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Blog Tour and Review: ‘Castle Collection’

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Castle Collection

Sweet & Sassy Anthology: Castle Collection

Readers will be delighted with five sweet, romance novellas in Sweet & Sassy: Castle Collection. In this charming anthology, you will fall in love again and again.

Dangerous Truth by Cindy M. Hogan
All By My Selfie by Jo Noelle
A Savage Ghost by Donna K. Weaver
The Ghost of Dunlow Manor by Paige Timothy
Rose of Sherwood by Kaye P. Clark

DANGEROUS TRUTH
Olivia loves everything about Belgium. So far, her humanitarian trip has gone perfectly–that is, until she sees a picture of a man she thinks is her father in the newspaper. The father who abandoned her family nine years ago without a word.

She tries to forget she ever saw his photo. He’s forgotten about her, after all. But soon it’s apparent that she can’t leave without knowing what happened.

Armed with years of hurt and the help of a gorgeous French photographer, she decides to confront him and his secrets once and for all.

Unfortunately, her father seems determined to keep those secrets hidden. . . and Olivia is one of them.

ALL BY MY SELFIE
While on vacation at McLeod Castle in Scotland, Gwen Mackenzie has nightly dreams of an ancient warrior bound by a curse. During the day, she sees Niall, nicknamed #ScottishBoyfriend. Oh, and can that man rock a kilt! As she gets to know him, she realizes that Niall is the warrior from her dreams, cursed to live as a ghost for the past five hundred years, to see life around him but never sense any of it—except Gwen.

A SAVAGE GHOST
Lia Savage reluctantly puts her dream of opening a dessert boutique on hold to help her dad remodel a castle he’s inherited in Washington State. Soon, a specter targets her younger sister.

Lia enlists the help of Coop Montgomery, the head gardener and her former crush. As they search together for a way to rid the castle of its ghost, the romance she used to dream about with him kindles. But Lia’s gentle giant means to stay in Washington while she’s determined to return to California. She must find the courage to face both the ghost and her future.

With Coop. Or without him.

THE GHOST OF DUNLOW MANOR
Bestselling author Alexis St. John needs an escape, and Nate, her personal assistant, thinks that a trip to a real castle in England will be just the thing. What neither of them planned on, though, was to encounter an actual ghost.

Lady Catherine Dunlow hates the idea of sharing her castle with tourists and does everything she can to chase them out, much to the amusement of her roguish suitor. But when her two newest guests stumble upon a mystery surrounding her death, she decides to let them stay.

With an eternal fate in the balance, Nate and Alexis must move quickly to bring the killer to light before Catherine is trapped forever.

ROSE OF SHERWOOD
Lady Rosamund, Baroness of Ravenswood Manor, is a destitute widow, imprisoned in Nottingham Castle. When the prince declares she must marry the ruthless man who had seized Ravenswood, she escapes with the help of a band of outlaws to Sherwood Forest. Her first love, a battle-worn knight, promises to help her find safety at a convent. Confused and afraid, her heart yearns for love. But are the risks too high?

Review:

I do love anthologies – they are lots of short stories compiled into one great read.

Each of these stories has the theme of a castle in them – most of them haunted! Whether present day settings or taken back in time this anthology set is a great choice. Each has very different magical stories to tell but all as interesting as the last.

I liked aspects of them all but my favourite one was All By My Selfie.

Dangerous Truth by Cindy M. Hogan

Olivia’s father abandoned her and her family nine years ago and the loss still affects her. While on a humanitarian trip in Belgium – her fathers place of birth – with some friends she gets quite a shock looking at a newspaper article. It shows a picture of politician whose main strategy point for election is family values – her father. At first all she wants to do is forget about it as she can’t be sure it is him as he is going by another name but with a bit of encouragement from Henri, a helpful stranger she meets on a boat trip, she soon embarks on discovering the truth. Only problem is that her father wants that truth staying buried.

Have to say that even though the main characters Olivia and Henri were great and I loved how they got to know one another with the journey they go on. The story for me really came alive when they went to see Jacques in his castle. His character/characters were just great and really made those chapters come alive and really fun to read.

All By My Selfie by Jo Noelle

Gwen has inherited a property in Scotland from her Grandmother and decides to get away from her job, which she is having doubts about, and take a trip to see it. Instead of staying at the property itself though she is pulled towards staying at McLeod Castle. Once there she decides to take in the scenery, which just happens to include a very sexy Scotsman. Throughout her first day there she sees him and tries to be as sly as possible with getting him in her many pictures she sends back to her friend in the States with the nickname #ScottishBoyfriend. Only problem is that her friend, or anyone else for that matter, can’t seem to see whom she is talking about. #ScottishBoyfriend turns out to be a five hundred year old ghost trapped in a kind of stases. Niall has waited a long time for someone to come along and break the curse on him and thinks Gwen might just be the person to do it. Only problem is that it comes with a risk of danger and he starts to wonder whether the risks of her being hurt are worth the possibility of being set free.

I loved this one from the start. I found Gwen such a fun, strong character that was going to do whatever it took to help Niall. She might just have found her reason to stay in Scotland for good.

A Savage Ghost by Donna K. Weaver

Lia’s hopes of setting up a small dessert boutique are being set on hold as she follows her family in suit to a castle that her father has inherited. She has recently lost her job so – with the help of her twin brothers advice – sees this as one last summer with her family before her life really begins. Only once there her priorities however start to change into something different. Seeing Coop Montgomery again, her summer crush from the year before has a big part in that. That’s not the only thing that’s making her to pause for thought – there’s the little matter of a ghost that seems to be determined to do everything in his power to make them leave, mainly by targeting her younger sister.

Now all she has to do is figure out what the ghost wants, help her parents get the castle ready for customers, see if what she feels for Coop could go somewhere and decide what she wants to do next in her career, all in the space of one summer – simple right?

The Ghost of Dunlow Manor by Paige Timothy

Author Alexis needs to get away from all the press that has been surrounding her lately and with the help of her personal assistant Nate ends up in a castle for a few weeks. Well they plan to be there for a few weeks but after a few strange occurrences the day after arriving – Alexis pen flying across the room and her work being deleted – they have a few questions for the person they hired the castle from. When they learn of the ghost stories that surround the castle and the story behind the person the ghost could be Alexis and Nate decide to help solve the mystery before its too late for her. While focusing on solving the mystery Alexis starts to wonder whether telling Nate to keep his feelings for her to himself is what she really wants.

Lady Catherine Dunlow does not like to share her castle. The fact that she is dead is beside the point; she just wants to be left alone. This changes though when she finds she can no longer travel as far as she used to around her land. With the help of her ghostly suitor Ian she tries to find a reason for this. Only when listening in on Alexis and Nate talking does Catherine find out how she really died. She was murdered and as the legend goes unless she figures out who her killer is her eternal soul might be trapped in the castle forever.

I loved that there were two love stories within this one and how they both interlinked with each other. Loved also how Catherine showed Alexis and Nate what to do, where to look and when, by slamming doors. Interesting means of conversation, well you have to make your presence known somehow.

Rose of Sherwood by Kaye P. Clark

Back to medieval times with Lady Rosamund being held in a prison of supposed safety at Nottingham Castle. She has been held there since her husbands’ nephew Sir Baldwin seized her home of Ravenswood. She went to seek refuge and to call upon the king to help get her home back as no message seemed to be able to get to her husband for help – not that she really wants him to return from war as he is not a nice man. While at dinner one evening she notices a pilgrim and asks that he speak to her, only when she does she realizes it’s her first love Will. He tells her that her husband is dead and that she is to be put under the ward of the king again and in his absence the prince has declared that she marry Sir Baldwin. Her only hope of survival is to escape along with her young cousin Marian. So with the help of Will and some Sherwood Forest friends they find along the way she embarks on a journey to take her to the safety of a convent. Only the more time she spends with Will the more her heart is pulled in two different directions. She longs for love and protection but doesn’t know how to have both and wonders whether the risk of trying is worth the gain she might have.

The inner struggle that Rosamund goes through with her feelings for Will are nicely placed throughout the journey they go on. Liked that this could also be the starting point for how Marian first met Robin Hood – both very stubborn, strong wiled, wild hearted characters.

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Overall 5 out of 5 stars for the lot of them

I received this ARC for my honest review.

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About the Authors

Cindy M. Hogan is inspired by the unpredictable teenagers she teaches. More than anything she loves the time she has with her own teenage daughters and wishes she could freeze them at this fun age. If she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her snuggled up with the love of her life watching a great movie or planning their next party. Most of all, she loves to laugh.

Jo Noelle grew up in Colorado and Utah but also lived in Idaho and California. She has two adult children and three small kids. She teaches teachers and students about reading and writing, grows freakishly large tomatoes, enjoys cooking, builds furniture, sews beautiful dresses, and goes hiking in the nearby mountains. Oh, and she’s two people, Canda Mortensen and Deanna Henderson, a mother/daughter writing team.

Donna K. Weaver: A wife, mother, grandmother, Harry Potter geek, Navy brat, Army veteran, and karate black belt. Donna is an avid cruiser, having sailed the Pacific five times. She’s lived in South Korea, the Philippines, Germany, and many US states. She and her husband raised six children and currently have nine grandchildren.

Paige Timothy has been writing for as long as she can remember… and probably before that, too, because her memory gets spotty at a certain point. She loves watching romantic comedies, blushes when the characters do something embarrassing, and sighs in all the right places.

Kaye P. Clark was born in New York City, grew up in southern California and raised her family living on remote cattle ranches in Arizona. She now makes her home in Idaho where she works part-time at the county library and teaches art to young children. She’s a mother and grandmother with a very patient husband who puts up with her passion for writing.

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Blog Tour: ‘Lord Fenton’s Folly’ by Josi S. Kilpack

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Lord Fenton's FollyLord Fenton’s Folly by Josi Kilpack

Lord Fenton is a gambler, a dandy, and a flirt-and he must marry or else he will be disinherited, stripped of his wealth and his position. He chooses Alice Stanbridge for two simple reasons: he once knew her as a young girl, and she is the least objectionable option available to him. However, Alice has harbored feelings for Fenton since their first meeting ten years ago, and she believes his proposal is real. When she discovers it is not, she is embarrassed and hurt. However, a match with the most-eligible bachelor in London would secure not only her future but that of her family as well. Determined to protect herself from making a fool of herself a second time, Alice matches Lord Fenton wit for wit and insult for insult as they move toward a marriage of convenience that is anything but a happy union. Only when faced with family secrets that have shaped Fenton’s life does he let down his guard enough to find room in his heart for Alice.

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Fenton groaned and put his saucer back on the tray, making an instantaneous decision that eased his mind quite a lot. To look at every woman he met as a potential wife was irritating, and after only two weeks he was quite tired of it. Perhaps the solution was to orchestrate a match that would not lay all aspects of matrimony at his feet all at once. Perhaps treating it as a business arrangement would help it to be exactly that, thereby freeing him from all the discomfiting realities he was not yet prepared to face. “I leave for Fentonview on Tuesday and shan’t be back for a week. Courting is such a boring prospect, and you yourself said that to become infatuated with anyone might become a complication.” He paused, considered one last time what he was going to say next, and decided he felt as good about it as could be expected. “You like Alice Stanbridge and feel she would make a good wife for me?”

Lady Chariton looked confused and perhaps a bit concerned. “I do, but-”

“Then that is good enough for me,” Fenton said, rising to his feet and smiling broadly at his mother, who stared back at him in surprise. “I do find her appealing and what’s more she is not a silly little thing without a practical thought in her head.”

His mother’s eyes widened and her eyebrows rose upon her forehead. Fenton struck a pose of consternation, with his thumb and forefinger on his chin as he looked toward the window a moment, then nodded crisply and turned back to his mother who still looked shocked by his pronouncement.

“Yes, I think that Alice Stanbridge is exactly what I should like in a wife, and so I shall see to it before I leave for Hampshire-I see no reason to wait until Michaelmas and might as well get it over with.” He leaned in and kissed his mother’s hand. “Thank you for your help, Mama. I shall let you know how she responds to my proposal.”

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Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney award for Mystery/Suspense in 207 and Wedding Cake, book twelve in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series won in 2014. Josi was also the Best of State winner in Fiction for 2012. Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband, children and super-cute – but not very friendly – cat.

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I’ve been nominated for…The Blogger Recognition Award

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A Big Thank You to Don’t Shush Me! for nominating me!

What is it?

This award was created by Edge of Night so that bloggers can recognize and thank other bloggers for being a part of this incredible blogosphere we are a part of!

What to do when you’ve been awarded?

  1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  1. Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post. Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  1. Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  1. Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing! (It happens LOL).

My Blogging Story so far

So I was going through books at such a rate and wanting to talk about them that I first set up my Facebook page a year or so ago (www.facebook.com/reading.nook84). I wrote up short reviews, posted funny quotes and images and links to books I had just brought (which there are many of!). The more I got into it the more I realised how much I liked writing about the books I love so thought I would try a hand at blogging. So at the end of April I set up my blogging page ReadingNook84 as a place to talk more about the books I read. I wasn’t sure quite how to go about it to begin with – do I do long posts or short ones, should I post daily or weekly – I then decided that I would just go at my own pace and see how the flow of it works for me. I found some great sites that give you ARCs of books for reviews and others where you can get involved in cover reveals, release blitz’s and blog tours. I think these helped me the best with posting more frequently as you can only read so much in a day (though I’d like it to be more lol!).

I do have my favourite genre’s and authors that have turned into ‘one click’ buys for me, whether in ebook or paperback. So I do tend to favour them with choosing something to read but also love getting recommendations of new books as I am always looking to widen my reading scope.

Throughout the year I have set myself some reading challenges. My Goodreads one is to read 125 books this year as an increase of the 100 I read the year before (currently on books 91 (Lost Voices of the Nile) and 92 (Silver Rain) at the moment, one to be read at work and the other at home). Along with this I have found a couple of other challenges to do: The 2015 Reading Challenge and the 2015 Bookish Bingo Challenge. If you check these out you will see a few that you can check off very easily (‘A booked based entirely on its cover’ is never hard to find) and some that are a bit harder as they might not be the type of book you would usually read (‘A Pultzer Prize winning book’). The one I found annoying to get was ‘A book written by an author with your same initials’. Now you might think that this would be easy enough to find but I have 460 eBooks and 425 books and found only 1 book where the author’s initials were the same as mine SG. Aaaahhhhhh talk about annoying as this same task is on both reading challenges. Oh well will just have to hunt down another one from somewhere.

My Advice

First things first, figure out what type of blogger you want to be and what you want to get out of it. Whether you want to be posting about books you have read or whether it is that you want to connect with other bloggers and authors. There are a lot of sites out there that can help but you may want to check out Goodreads as a first point of call. They have lots of reading groups set up already and ‘Ask the Author’ pages so you can get involved in the reading community there. Talking to authors direct is a great way to make contacts and you might even get to be a Beta reader for some of them.

Great sites to check out for ARCs are Net Galley, Blogging for Books and BookLook Bloggers. Depends on the type of book you are looking for but they all have quite a good range. To be members of these sites they prefer you to have a blog rather than just a Facebook page and like you to post reviews on the sites, aswell as Amazon and Goodreads. Some of your reviews might even get on the header pages of the sites. Other places to check out if you want to get involved with cover reveals, release blitz’s, blog tours etc are Give Me Books, Be My Book Boyfriend and I Am A Reader Not a Writer.

All in all you should just enjoy your blogging experience and do it for yourself. Have fun reading everybody!

So in no particular order I would like to nominate…

Give Me Books 

What I Write

I Am a Reader, Not a Writer 

The Owl and the Reader 

Be My Book Boyfriend 

Scorching Book Reviews 

Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews 

Nerdy Book Club 

Erotica and Romance eBook Excerpts 

Jessica Edouard 

Karine Leigh 

Tipsy Lit 

If Books Could Blog 

Ruth Roberts 

Sierra Kummings 

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