Thursday, March 31, 2016

Cover reveal: It's in his smile @ShellyCAlexande @BPICPromos

It's In His Smile
by Shelly Alexander
Series: Red River Valley, #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: June 14, 2016

Miranda Cruz isn’t just the best darned waitress in town anymore; she’s Red River’s newest innkeeper. But first, she has to find the contractor who’s disappeared with her life savings so she can start renovations. Not so easy for a woman who never depends on anyone, especially a man. And when a gorgeous old flame shows up, the fire between them is reignited and threatens to send her dreams up in smoke.

Acclaimed environmental architect Talmadge Oaks returns home to Red River on family business. He plans to get in and get out quickly because a professional catastrophe is waiting back in Washington. When an unforeseen snag keeps him in Red River longer than expected, he finds himself entangled in the renovations of his late grandmother’s Victorian inn. Handy with a hammer, he offers to help the beautiful new owner, but his motives aren’t completely selfless. Will his secret demolish everything they are building? Or can their undeniable passion keep them together?

Book 1: It's In His Heart

Book 2: It's In His Touch

Award winning author, Shelly Alexander grew up traveling the world, earned a BBA in Marketing, and landed a corporate job in Dallas, TX before marriage lured her to the beautiful Southwest. After growing up with four older brothers and having three sons of her own, she decided to escape her male-dominated world for some ‘girl time’ by reading romance novels. While reading in the New Mexico sunshine, she began to dream up love stories she’d like to write herself some day.

The years passed with her helping to run the family business, volunteering for every field trip and school function imaginable, and incalculable loads of dirty laundry generated by her three active boys. When she survived invasive breast cancer, she decided it was now or never and bought her first laptop so she could start writing down her stories.

Now she spends her days writing steamy romances while tending to two miniature schnauzers and a pet boa constrictor named Zeus. Her stories feature strong, independent heroines, hot heroes, and hefty doses of humor.

She still attends her three teenage boy’s sports events, school functions, and music performances, but they have learned to do their own laundry, providing her with more time to devote to writing.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Review: Heart Conditions @phoebefoxauthor

TITLE: Heart Conditions
SERIES: The Breakup Doctor #3
AUTHOR: Phoebe Fox
RELEASE DATE: February 9th 2016
PUBLISHER:  Henery Press
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review

Breakup Doctor Brook Ogden has spent the last year sifting through the fallout from the disastrous decision that led to her unconscious uncoupling with boyfriend Ben Garrett. Despite advising her clients you can’t be friends with an ex, she and Ben have somehow begun to stitch together a friendship—one Brook hopes is slowly turning into more. That is, until Ben introduces his new girlfriend, Perfect Pamela, a paragon of womanly virtues who is everything Brook is not. 
While Brook navigates her newly volatile emotional life, an unwelcome surprise shows up on her doorstep: the ex-fiancĂ© who broke her heart two years ago—one month before their wedding. Between her ex’s desire to rekindle their attachment, her best friend Sasha’s unexpected crisis, and her own unsquelchable feelings for Ben, Brook finds herself questioning the personal progress she’s made in the last two years—and threatened with the highest-stakes Breakup Doctor failures she’s ever faced.

The official bio:  Phoebe Fox is the author of the Breakup Doctor series, and has been a contributor and regular columnist for a number of national, regional, and local publications (she currently writes about relationships for the Huffington Post and She Knows). She has been a movie, theater, and book reviewer; a screenwriter; and has even been known to help with homework revisions for nieces and nephews. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two excellent dogs.

Author photo: Amber A. Novak


'Heart Conditions' is a simple but good chick lit. It's the story of Brook 'The Breakup Doctor'. After messing things up with Ben, she is now trying to be friends with him when the man who broke up their engagement knocks on her door.

This one is a fresh, fast and easy to read story. The plot is a bit predictable and some events were dragged for too long. If you like chick lit, you would enjoy this one because it has all the elements of the genre and the ending is everything you would expect.

The characters were ok but they are the reason why I couldn't love the book. Brook is the typical "Do as I say, not as I do". As a therapist, she makes a living giving people advice on how to move on after a breakup. Of course, she is the first on doing the opposite of what she preaches. She is friend with an ex, still has feelings for him and forgives her ex-fiance. I'm ok with all of these because real people often do this but she needs to act her age and talk to people instead of assuming what they're thinking. Then, we have her best friend who is dating her brother, another one that should just talk to people and say what's really on her mind. And don't forget Ben, I could smack him. He and Brooke were impossible, please someone needs to man up and talk about what's really going on.

Now, Michael was the one I liked. I enjoyed when people prove that changing is real and possible. Maybe he only needed to grow up.

It's true that this book can be read as a standalone but I think that if you read all the books you will understand the characters evolution or, at least, I hope so. I need to believe that Brook was not always like this.

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