Oct 302014
 

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Jackson “Jack” Quincy Graham Channing is a stodgy, straitlaced banker with a secret – a desire for adventure.

Lady Theodosia “Teddy” Winslow is an independent business woman with a secret – a desire for a hero.

What will it take for Jack to follow the adventure he sees in Teddy and for Teddy to accept that she wants a hero for life?

Could a pretend engagement work?

Hott Review:

The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding was terrific! It was so romantic and so real, but I laughed through every page! I love the sarcasm and snark in Victoria Alexander’s writing it makes her books so real & so fun!

Teddy & Jack are some of my favorite characters to date. There was something unfailingly romantic and loving in their relationship that just made me want to sink into the book.

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Author: Victoria Alexander
Source: Zebra via Netgalley
Grade: A+
Steam: Adult — only a page or two & not very steamy
Setting: New York & London
Series: Millworth Manor #4

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Author Bio:

New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

Since the publication of her first book in 1995, she has written thirty-one full length novels and six novellas. The Perfect Wife—originally published in 1996 and reissued in March 2008—hit #1 on the New York Times list. Sixteen of her books are bestsellers hitting the New York Times, USA Today and/or Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. With books translated into more than a dozen different languages she has readers around the world and has twice been nominated for Romance’s Writers of America prestigious RITA award. In 2009 she was given a Career Achievement Award from RT Bookclub and was named Historical Storyteller of the year in 2003. In 2008 she was the keynote speaker for the Romance Writers of American annual conference in San Francisco. Victoria credits much of her writing success to her experiences as a reporter.

Her years as a broadcast journalist were spent in two radically different areas of the country: Nebraska and West Virginia. In West Virginia, she covered both natural and manmade disasters. She was on the scene when a power plant construction accident in a small town left 52 men dead. She once spent the night on a mountain waiting to learn of the fate of coal miners trapped in a mine collapse. Victoria was producing a newscast when her husband (who worked at the same television station) and several other journalists were held hostage by a disturbed Vietnam veteran. In Nebraska, she reported on the farm crisis and watched people lose land that had been in their families for generations. She covered the story that was the basis of the movie BOYS DON’T CRY and once acted as the link between police and a gunman who had barricaded himself in his home. Her investigative work exposed the trucking of New York City garbage to a small town dump in rural Nebraska.

During her journalism career, Victoria covered every president from Ford to Clinton. She knows firsthand what it feels like to be surrounded by rising floodwaters and inside a burning building. She’s interviewed movie stars including Kevin Costner, ridden an elephant and flown in a governor’s helicopter. She’s covered a national political convention and Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Denver as well as small town festivals celebrating everything from walnuts to Glen Miller. Her work was honored by numerous organizations including the Associated Press who called a feature about a firefighter’s school “story telling genius”. It was the encouragement she needed to turn from news to fiction. She’s never looked back.

Victoria is a former president of the Omaha Press Club and in 2009 was named an OPC Face on the Barroom Floor. A caricature portrait of her joined previous faces including presidents, sports figures and politicians in a tradition that began in 1971.

Victoria claims her love of romance and journalism is to due to the influence of her favorite comic book character: Lois Lane, a terrific reporter and a great heroine who pursued Superman with an unwavering determination. And why not? He was extremely well drawn.

Victoria grew up traveling the world as an Air Force brat. Today, she lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and her dogs. Victoria had two bearded collies, Sam and Louie (named from characters in one of her books). Sam (on the left), the best dog in the world for 13 ½ years, passed away in September 2010. Louie took on the position of loyal companion and did a fine job even though he doesn’t understand that kitchen counter surfing is not allowed!

Now he’s been joined by Reggie, prince of the lilacs.

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Oct 292014
 

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Quinn is a fairy sprite who dreams of becoming queen. But how does one become a queen? All the books Quinn has ever read claim that damsels in distress are rescued by princes and then live happily ever after. Quinn’s search for a handsome prince is brought to an abrupt halt by a nasty two-headed ogre who threatens the safety of Fairy Land.

Can Quinn summon the queen inside her heart to outwit this evil foe?

Hott Review:

I really enjoyed this book. Julia Dweck’s verse coupled with Beth Trott’s amazing images takes readers young and old into a fairy world with the lovely Quinn.

It is so refreshing to remind our children that they can do big things too. That we don’t need to be rescued is something that in sadly lacking in the education of many. I loved this small and utterly fun push in te right direction!

Excerpt:

And suddenly, a dreaded sound,
As something wicked stomped the ground.
A gruesome ogre, wide and tall,
And both heads said, “I’m King of all!”
Now looking round, Quinn was alone.
How could she stop it on her own?
But fairies always locked their doors
When ogres came to settle scores.

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Author: Julia Dweck, Beth Trott (Ill)
Source: Sleepy Sheep Productions
Grade: A
Ages: 2+

Author Bio:

Julia writes children’s stories for digital and traditional publication. Her stories span the spectrum of humor, fantasy, and edutainment in rhyme and in prose. Julia’s background in elementary education affords her the opportunity to be in touch with what children want to read about and what makes them giggle. Julia collaborates with some of the leading artists in the world of children’s literature. Julia is also a designer of educational adjuncts for children’s literature, and has worked with such notable publishing houses as Penguin Young Readers.

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Oct 282014
 

$2 Today Only!! Detective Lessons by Bill Larkin Synopsis: When a wealthy real estate developer convinces Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Schmidt to search for his missing son, Schmitty senses trouble. It’s not the fact that it’s a prohibited side job, it’s the fact that he has to team up with Megan McCann, an attractive [More...]

Oct 272014
 

Once Upon a Jingle Bell Joss is on her own on the Bah! Humbug cruise to the Mexican Riviera this year. Her faithful companion and best friend Reese has defected to the other side – Joss completely understands that the fiance must come first, usually – and is having a perfect traditional Christmas with her [More...]

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