Thursday, November 30, 2023

Release: The Airman's Homecoming by Sabrina York with an excerpt and a giveaway

The Airman’s Homecoming by Sabrina York
Available December 26!!!

Forever a wanderer?
From the moment Noah Crocker steps into Amy Tuttle Tolliver’s bakery, the self-made baker’s a confection he can’t resist. The stunning entrepreneur needs help…and the pararescue medic is more than happy to share his hidden baking talent! When he realizes his unexpected link to the husband Amy lost in combat, the instant connection to her—and her two adorable sons—intensifies. Noah’s always been searching for home. Could it be that he had to come all the way to tiny Coho Cove to find what he was looking for?
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Read an Excerpt and Enter to win a Surprise Book and Bling Box from Sabrina York!

From Harlequin Special Edition: Believe in love. Overcome obstacles. Find happiness.
The Tuttle Sisters of Coho Cove
Book 1: The Soldier’s Refuge–Available Now!
Book 2: The Airman’s Homecoming–December 26, 2023
Book 3: A Father’s Redemption–March 2024

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Cover Reveal and Preorder: The Winter Wish (A Lake Bittersweet Novella) by Jennifer Bernard

The Winter Wish 

by Jennifer Bernard 

Releases on December 12th!
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When trauma nurse Annika Scarlett collapses just as a storm hits Lake Bittersweet, she knows who to call … the billionaire she’s been falling in love with over text. Not that she believes in love. She’s too independent for all that. But things change fast in a crisis, and if Brent Caldwell gets his wish, it won’t take long before Annika opens her heart to love. 

Cover Reveal and Preorder: Blazed (Breakers Hockey #8) by Elise Faber


by Elise Faber 

Releases on December 25th!

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He’d never wanted to settle down.
Until he’d she’d careened into his life.

Walker Laine is a star forward for the Baltimore Breakers, and he’s only interested in three things—pucks, food, and ever-revolving door of women.

Until Dommie.

The woman is as smart as she is infuriating, and more stubborn than any person he has ever met. Her walls are thick and impenetrable and for the first time in his life, he wants to break through every barrier in his way and get to the heart of a woman.

Because…he likes her.

And he wants her.

But how to convince her to let him keep her forever? 

Book Tour: Letting You Go by S.L. Sterling with an excerpt

Letting You Go

by S.L. Sterling

Release Date: November 20, 2023

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Slow Burn, Second Chance Romance 

Cover Design: Thunderstruck Cover Design



Bailey Scott had been my world from the time I was fifteen. I had always thought we could make it through whatever life threw at us. But I was wrong.

Five years ago, everything changed in an instant one weekend in December. Her brother had been shot and killed in the line of duty, and his killer had gotten away. I spent my days buried in work trying to track down his killer, while she sat at home not only blaming herself but everyone else for what had happened. Included in that everyone else, was me, her fiancée, and his partner. Unfortunately, that blame drove a rift between us that neither of us knew how to fix.

I was always told that time healed everything. It’s been five years. In that time, I spent my days at work, and my nights with women trying to release the hold Bailey still had on me. I’ve also been trying to release the guilt I’ve felt from that night.

I was doing pretty good until my best friend and partner tells me that he is getting married and he wants me to be his best man. Problem is, Bailey Scott, the girl who’d ripped my heart out is the brides to be maid of honor. She was finally returning, and I knew the moment I would lay eyes on her, I would do whatever it took to win her back.

S.L. Sterling’s, Letting You Go is a sexy, emotionally charged, slow burn second chance romance that will leave you swooning.

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I looked at my best friend and shook my head. “What did I think about what?” 

Cara gave me a knowing look and smiled. “Well, about Jackson. What did you think?” 

I blew out a breath and shrugged, rubbing both of my temples again as the pain shot through my head at her question. “What am I supposed to think? He’s still hot, I guess.” 

“Still hot, you guess. Bailey, any woman would have to be dead not to notice that man. Those blue eyes against that dark, tanned skin, dark, thick hair, those shoulders, abs, hands, that ass…” She winked. 

“Whoa, aren’t you supposed to be getting married in, like, eight weeks?” 

“Yes, of course, and I’m very committed to Ryan. But come on, Bailey, you can’t seriously say that you wouldn’t or didn’t notice him.”

“I never said that. Besides, that was always the way with him, though. I can still remember the first time I ever laid eyes on him,” I said, picking a piece off the muffin in front of me, getting lost in my thoughts.

“What is it?” 

“It’s nothing.” I shrugged. Even though I was adamant that we were through, a part of me still wanted to know about him, if he was involved with someone. I wanted to know who held his heart in her hands now. “So, tell me, what do you want to plan for this wedding?”  

“Oh no, don’t you dare change the subject! Just ask me the question that I know is eating away at you?” 

I looked at my best friend, her eyes shining with mischief. She could always read me like a book. “What question might that be?” I smiled. Two could play this game. 

“Bailey, as if you don’t want to know?” 

“Listen, I came here to talk about someone’s wedding, not about what happened last night at The Crooked Judge, nor about Jackson Walker. Now, could we please get on with things?”

Cara shrugged. “I just figured you’d want to know whether he was single because somewhere in that heart of yours, I know you’re dying to ask. I also know that somewhere deep down inside, you still care about him, and don’t pretend you don’t.”  

I shook my head and looked out the window just in time to see a Sunset Cove cruiser drive down the road. I bit my bottom lip to stop the tears I could feel building in my eyes at the fact that he could very well be happily involved with someone, maybe even have kids. What bothered me the most was the fact that if he had that, then the thought of us having another chance together would be taken away instantly. I’d have lost out on him. I turned back to face the only girl who truly knew me. 

“Look, he’s obviously with someone. I mean, he could barely even look at me last night. He certainly didn’t want to speak to me. Do you know he couldn’t even ask me questions in relation to what had happened? Also, that as soon as his partner had finished, he ran out of there faster than the gang member who started the whole thing.”

Cara stuck her spoon into her coffee and added another sugar packet before looking up at me. “Imagine that the man whose heart you ripped out doesn’t want anything to do with you. That’s shocking.” 

“That’s a little harsh, don’t you think?”

“No, I don’t think it’s harsh to tell the truth. You, Bailey Scott, ripped that man’s heart out, tore it into little pieces, stomped on it, and left it in the dirt. Proof’s in the pudding. You can ask anyone around here. They will tell you the same I am going to. That since you left, he hasn’t been in one relationship, but…”

I frowned, “But what?” I questioned, waiting for her to continue. 

“…but he’s been with everyone.”

“Everyone?” I looked at her in shock, thinking about every woman who’d wanted a piece of him when he’d been mine. 

She nodded. “Sadly, yes, ever since you left. He’s had what we used to refer to as bedroom cheerleaders, but he lets no one get close to him.” 

I blinked to clear my vision from the tears that were now burning my eyes. The information she had just given me struck a chord, and I no longer wanted to discuss Jackson, or hear about the current sex life of my former fiancée. 

“Bailey?” Cara reached across the table and placed her hand on mine. “Are you okay?”  

I cleared my throat and wiped my eyes with the back of my hand. I reached into my purse and pulled out a small notebook and began writing. 

“Okay, so the wedding. We have what, about eight weeks to get this thing together?” I said, completely changing the subject, pretending everything was okay. 


I looked up from the notebook in front of me and met Cara’s eyes. I could tell from the look on her face she knew I was upset about what she’d told me. 

“I’m sorry if I upset you,” she whispered. 

I didn’t doubt she didn’t want to upset me, but hearing those words fall from her mouth had done just that. It stung knowing the truth. 

“Look, you didn’t upset me. I guess I’m just hurt. I have only been with one man since we split, and he’s been with an entire town.” I inhaled, focusing on my breath, like my therapist had taught me, and looked at Cara. “To be honest, I really don’t want to talk about this anymore. So instead, let’s talk about bigger, and better things, okay? Like your wedding. Now, tell me, what do you need me to do?”

She respected my wishes and reached into her purse, pulling out a purple planner, flipping it open to a page that she had scrawled some information. 

“Well, I thought perhaps you could help me choose a color scheme, flowers, food selection and then arrange the seating plan. You were always good with that sort of thing.” 

I nodded. “Of course. Do we have a list of the wedding party and a guest list?” I said, making some notes for myself.

“We do. We are keeping it relatively small. You know, friends, family and a few work people. I think everyone has been waiting for this wedding, so we are pretty sure everyone we invite will attend. I’m just about finished with the invitations and am hoping to get them out later today.”

“Okay. That is one thing off our plates. Now, what about the wedding party?” 

Cara bit her bottom lip and flipped through a few pages in her journal. Then she lifted the book up off the table toward her so I couldn’t see what had been written on the page in front of her. 

“We have what you would call a rough list.” She said, biting her lip and looking down at the page in front of her.

“We can work with a rough list. It would help if I could I see it?” I asked, holding my hand out. 

Instead of handing me the book, she dropped it off the edge of the table and down onto her lap. “No, you can’t. I think we need to make a few adjustments or two, maybe three, before you see it.” 

I gave Cara an annoyed look. “Before I can see it? Cara, I can’t make accurate plans without it. What is the problem? Why won’t you let me see it? It’s just a list of names.” 

“I just told you why. It’s just a rough list.” 

“Cara? I don’t believe it. You’ve probably had this list planned for nine and a half years,” I said, standing up and reaching for the book, which Cara ripped away and shoved behind her back.

“You’re not seeing it.” 

“Cara, I know you know who you want in your wedding party. Hell, you’ve had that list planned out when Jackson and I got engaged. I know because Ryan told him. If you don’t want me to see the list, there is no way I can collaborate with anyone to get anything done. We already have a tight enough window. So that means no parties, no shower, no nothing. Now show me the book.”

“Bailey, I can’t.”

“Why not?” 

“Because you don’t want to talk about Jackson.”

“What? Cara, just give me the list.” I said, holding my hand out. 

Cara slowly placed the book in my hand, and I began reading the list. I hadn’t even gotten down the list when Cara spoke. 

  “Because Jackson is the best man. He’s your opposite in the wedding party.”

I’m sure my face was filled with shock as I looked over at my friend. I should have known. It was stupid to say I wasn’t expecting this, because I knew full well that he would be part of the wedding party. Ryan and he had been friends since preschool. To think he would have chosen anyone else was just foolish.

I sat there, staring down at our names listed side by side, thinking about all the things we’d be forced to do together, including walk down the aisle. 

  “It’s okay. I’m going to have Ryan redo his side,” Cara said, pulling the book back over to her. 

“He’s the best man?” I swallowed.

Cara nodded. “Like I said, I will have Ryan redo his list. I don’t want you to be uncomfortable or to have a hard time. So, we can always just switch one of the other guys into Jackson’s spot. Ryan will understand.”

Even though I really didn’t want to think about or see Jackson, I was here for their wedding. I needed to figure out how to work with him and put our differences aside. There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that Ryan wouldn’t change it, but it wasn’t fair to ask him, either. 

“Look, Cara, don’t,” I said, reaching across the table and placing my hand on hers. “I’m here for your wedding, to stand up for two people I love dearly. I’m here to help you in whatever way I can, and I won’t have Ryan redo his list. I will do my best to put aside my feelings to make your day amazing.”

“Really? Are you sure?”

I nodded. “I promise. So, give me the list and I’ll get started on everything.”

“You’re the best,” Cara said, looking up at me and smiling. “I can’t tell you how much this means to me.” 

Author Bio:

S.L. Sterling was born and raised in southern Ontario. She now lives in Northern Ontario Canada and is married to her best friend and soul mate and their two dogs. 

An avid reader all her life, S.L. Sterling dreamt of becoming an author. She decided to give writing a try after one of her favorite authors launched a course on how to write your novel. This course gave her the push she needed to put pen to paper and her debut novel "It Was Always You" was born. 

When S.L. Sterling isn't writing or plotting her next novel she can be found curled up with a cup of coffee, blanket and the newest romance novel from one of her favorite authors on her e-reader. Her favorite authors include Kendall Ryan, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Lauren Blakely, Alessandra Torre and Willow Winters. 

In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking, sunny destinations, spending quality time with family and friends and of course reading.  

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Blitz: Once Upon a Christmas Castle by Virginia Barlow with an excerpt, a giveaway, and my review

Once Upon a Christmas Castle

by Virginia Barlow

GENRE:   Historical Holiday Romance


Lady Rosalind Chatham journeys with her family to Weston Castle to wed an ancient earl on Christmas day. Yearning for true love, she falls for the duke, her stepfather’s cousin, while preparing for her nuptials.

Lady Rosalind entrances the Duke of Weston. Concerned for her future with the tempestuous earl, he can’t afford to get involved. The fines and scandal will be too great for a man of his wealth and power.

When the truth comes to light, and he almost loses her forever, he finds he cannot afford to give less than his whole heart.


Careful not to make a sound, she sat on the window ledge and slipped her feet out the window. Turning to face the interior of the room, she inched her hips over the window ledge. She slipped on the ice, frozen to the brick outside the window, and slid down faster than she intended, cringing when the silk of her day gown ripped.

Panic gripped her like a cinched corset. She did not fear falling. No. The fine sheen of terror covering her brow appeared out of fear she might wake the earl.

Catching the edge of the brick where she lay against it halfway between her bosom and her waist, she sucked in a deep breath, conscious she must present a sight with her skirts bunched up and wedged between her and the window ledge. Her white pantalets and silk-stockinged legs dangled as she maneuvered her hands so she could drop to the ground. Thank the gods no one wandered the flower gardens beneath her to see her unladylike display.

Her prayer of gratitude stopped dead, and she received the shock of her life when a large pair of hands caught her about the waist!

She froze in terror, not daring to breathe.

“Lady Rosalind, how unexpected of you to drop by like this.” The duke’s deep voice laughed at her as he held her still.

She swallowed her cry of surprise and choked. God, what Cousin Lucius must be thinking about her right now. 

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I have always loved reading romance novels. I used to sneak into my mom’s room as a young girl and read them while she was gone. As I grew older, my reading and tastes expanded to sci-fi, dystopian, paranormal, and fantasy.

I considered becoming an author in my late twenties but as a busy mother with toddlers, I didn’t have the time nor the energy.

Later, in my fifties, I decided to give it a try and have enjoyed every moment of it since. I recently signed my fourteenth contract and am doing my happy dance as I type this. My husband of forty-one years is my greatest support as are all my kids. Most of them are grown and carving out lives for themselves. They are the beat of my heart and with every grandchild, the rhythm gets stronger. I enjoy every moment of my life. 

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Virginia Barlow will be awarding a free copy of Gamble of Hearts to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

My Review - 4 1/2 of 5 stars - 

I enjoyed Rosalind and Lucius as a couple. The beginning seemed to be a little slow, but the story then pulled me in. My emotions went right along with Rosalind. I had tears, smiles, and fell in love with Thomas as well. Rosalind tried to do right by her family but was willing to stand up for herself when needed. Her sense of fun and family loyalty endeared her to me. Lucius was a surprise in that he appreciated her free spirit instead of expecting a straight-laced young lady. The many times he stepped up to support her was wonderful. I recommend this story.

Check out these other blogs on this tour:

November 6: Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read
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November 7: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin'
November 8: Locks, Hooks and Books

November 8: Guatemala Paula Loves to Read
November 9: Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Love

November 9: Wendi Zwaduk - Romance to Make Your Heart Race
November 10: Literary Gold
November 13: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess

November 13: Long and Short Reviews
November 14: Westveil Publishing
November 15: D.S.Dehel
November 16: Punya Reviews...
November 17: Hope. Dreams. Life... Love
November 20: Joanne Guidoccio
November 21: Twirling Book Princess
November 22: Hearts & Scribbles
November 24: Maggie Blackbird review
November 24: FUONLYKNEW
November 27: Celticlady's reviews
November 28: The Faerie Review
November 29: Sapphyria's Books review
November 30: Iron Canuck Reviews & More review
December 1: The Avid Reader review

December 1: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews

Preorder: Snowed (A Sierra Hockey Novella) by Elise Faber

Snowed   by Elise Faber   Releases on April 23rd ! Available on all platforms! Blurb :  My ex-boyfriend cheated on me...