Blog Tour: These Vengeful Hearts- Katherine Laurin

Title: These Vengeful Hearts

Author: Katherine Laurin

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Pages: 336

Rating: 4/5

A YA thriller? YES PLEASE!
The Red Court….a secret society..a cult..mean girls… (whatever you want to call them) are based at Hellar Hall. They grant favors in exchange for suture favors. The Red Court only seems to come together when there’s a social crisis going on.
Ember wants to get revenge on The Red Court after being involved in the accident that left her sister paralyzed from an accident. This was when she was a freshmen in school. Now she’s a sophomore and excited to be able to join The Red Cour. Perfect time to infiltrate this awful organization. With her new “responsibilities” as a member, she’s slowly building a case against them.

Just like any other time, when given too much power, you’re bound to abuse it. Ember isn’t giving up no matter what, and she’s not going to stop until she makes things right. This book was awesome. The author really threw some plot twists in there, making you wanting to know what’s next. A book that shows you how far people will go to get what they want. I wonder if there’s going to be a sequel? Thanks to NetGalley, Inkyard Press, and Harlequin for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

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Harlequin Blog Tours-ARC Review: The Henna Artist- Alka Joshi

Title: The Henna Artist

Author: Alka Joshi

Publisher: Mira Books

Pages: 368

Rating: 5/5

I never knew a book could take on such a magical journey. Everything about this book made me enamored for it. Taken place in the 1950’s in India, Lakshmi escaped her abusive marriage when she was a teenager. She headed to the city of Jaipur where she made a huge name for herself has a Henna artist. While other henna artist used basic lines, dots, and triangles, Lakshmi’s art spoke volumes and told stories about the women. The wealthy clients believed her art could bring back straying husbands and make the women have babies.

With her newfound stable income Lakshmi was able to afford her first home. Then the unthinkable happens and her ex-husbnd pops back into her life….and with a special guest. Her 13 year old sister Radha whom she had no idea even existed. This book takes you on a incredible journey of family traditions, secrets, revenge, and forgiveness. I loved how the author used her writing to give you a glimpse into the Indian Culture. I will admit, just like everyone has said in their reviews, the character list is quite intimidating at first. But, I had no problem keeping up. Oh, the author also provided an index in the back of all the words used in the book that were italicized.

I really enjoyed it and if you’re looking for an adventure to another world and country without having to fly in a airplane…this book is for you. Huge thanks to NetGalley, Mira Books, and Alka Joshi for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Harlequin Blog Tours- ARC Review: The Sea Glass Cottage- RaeAnne Thayne

Title: The Sea Glass Cottage

Author: RaeAnne Thayne

Publisher: Mills & Boon

Pages: 384

Rating: 5/5

I’m a sucker for cozy and generational stories. Reading: The Sea Glass Cottage felt like reading one of my other fave authors. Debbie Macomb, whose stories give you all the feels The Sea Glass Cottage has.
Olivia Harper is a entrepreneur that lives and makes a living in Seattle. She’s been trying to keep it together, especially because she’s dealing with PTSD. A while ago she was in a coffeehouse and a barista got brutally attacked. It weighs so heavily in her mind because she froze when everything happened and she wasn’t able to help the barista. She receives a call that adds on to her already stressed out life.
Her mother, whom she already has a rocky relationship with has fallen off a ladder and broken a few bones. She immediately drops everything and heads to her mother. In the back of her mind she’s hoping she can rekindle their relationship as mother and daughter. Three generations of women with baggage, secrets, teenage angst, men issues, and everything else you can imagine under the sun. Will they be able to leave the past behind them and turn over new leafs? Will they become a happy family?

I really enjoyed this book and I related a lot to Olivia. Even though she’s been treated like crap by her family, she still manages to be there for them…or maybe we’re just pushovers?
Thank you to NetGalley, Mills & Boon, ,and HarperCollins for a copy of this awesome book in a exchange for a honest review!

Harlequin Book Tours- ARC Review- Ten Days Long )A.L. McKittridge #1)- Beverly Long

Title: Ten Days Gone

Author: Beverly Long

Publisher: Mira Books

Pages: 384

Rating: 5/5

Books such as ‘Ten Days Gone’ remind me of James Patterson’s The Women’s Murder Club and The Alex Cross Series. Procedurals are one of my faves. I’m sure the A.L. McKittridge Series will be one of the my faves series’s. 
The book opens up with the death of the fourth woman in forty days. Each killed 10 days apart. The clues are out there. He has a M.O. The Baywood, Wisconsin Police Department have to act fast before the killer takes on his next victim. The author does a great job at describing the characters, making sure they stay embedded into your memory. A.L and Rena are very feisty characters and I love it. Both are dealing not only with the murders but, also dealing with their own personal battles in their respective homes. I loved the different point of views. I didn’t feel overwhelmed like certain authors make you feel sometimes. Ten Days Gone kept me on my toes (as a great thriller should make you feel), wanting to know what was coming next, and holding my breath for the next victim. The ending was mind blowing and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next. Thank you to Harlequin Trade Publishing, Mira and Beverly Long, and NetGalley for a e-arc in a exchange for an honest review. I’m happy to be a part of the Harlequin Blog Tours.

Harlequin Blog Tours- ARC Review-The Little Bookshop in the Siene Review, and Author Q&A (Rebecca Raisin)

Title: The Little Bookshop on the Seine

Author: Rebecca Raisin

Publisher: HQN

Pages: 416

Rating: 5/5

The Little Bookshop in the Seine was a magical romance tale for all true book lovers. When I saw this title being offered for the Harlequin Blog Tour, I just knew I needed to get my hands on it. We meet Sarah, who resides in a small town in Ashford. She owns a small cozy bookshop, living a comfy but predictable life. The only thing that is troubling her is the financial situation she’s in. With the rent going up, she doesn’t know how she’s going to manage the bookshop. Until one day Sarah’s friend Sofie from France calls her. Sarah and Sophie have been keeping in contact after they met through Sarah’s book blog. The best thing is Sofie owns a bookshop as well, and they spend their time gabbling about each other’s lives as bookshop owners. After a embarrassing break-up Sofie proposes to Sarah that she take over her shop in Paris….One Upon a Time. Of course, Sarah is hesitant at first. It’s a huge transition from her fairly quiet and comfortable life in Ashford.
It means leaving behind her gal pals, her parents, her bookshop, and most importantly her love Ridge. Granted Ridge himself has a rather busy life. What with all the traveling he does for his job trying to become a great reporter. All his constant assignments make him miss those special moments with Sarah. And so Sarah sets off to her temporary life in Paris and she quickly realizes how different it is there. It’s always busy, there’s ton of paperwork to be done everyday, the constant disrespect of the staff, and the place falling apart is enough to wanna make Sarah cry. Let’s not forget that they also have stolen her luggage on the first day she arrived.
Sarah runs into an interesting character in Once Upon a Time that makes her question her future in Paris and her relationship. Sarah knows that Ridge as a reporter has to be on assignment when they call. But the calls are coming less frequently, they’re constantly playing phone tag…she doesn’t know if it’s worth pursuing the relationship anymore. The Little Bookshop on the Seines a great book and definitely has that Paris feel to it. Enjoy it as a hopeless romantic, or holiday book.

Thank You to Harlequin Press and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of the book in an exchange for a honest review. It was great participating in the Harlequin Blog Tours.

Author Spotlight!

Q&A with Rebecca Raisin

Q: Have you ever been to Paris?  If so, what are some of your favorite Parisian things?

A: I’ve been lucky enough to go Paris four times and do a bit of exploring for the books. It’s my favourite city in the world and if I could up and move I’d do it! I love the bookshops of Paris, particularly the secondhand shops that are dusty and musty and disorderly. You never know what you’ll find and that makes it magical. If you’re in Paris find the Abbey Bookshop, it’s full to bursting with English books and it’s a treasure trove if you have time to hunt! I also love French food – who doesn’t?! My favourite place to eat is the Christian Constant bistros. He has one for every budget and they’re all glorious. If you splurge once, I highly recommend it’s there. 

The Ritz is also a must-see, from Bar Hemingway to Salon Proust, it’s an experience like no other walking in the footsteps of those literary greats. Buly 1803 is the most beautiful perfume shop in all the world, it’s like stepping back in time. My favourite is the rose oil… ooh la la. And holding a special place in my heart is Point Zero Paris, the exact centre of the city and a place where magic happens – you’ll have to read the book to find out more…

Q: What authors were/are a huge influence on you as you began writing?  Or Now?

A: I have always loved Maeve Binchy and Joanne Harris and the style in which they write. I love Maeve’s ability to write everyday relatable characters, and I love Joanne’s sense of whimsy. I love writing foodie books set in exotic locations and I think I probably fell in love with France through Joanne’s books, they managed to transport me fully and I must’ve reread them a hundred times by now. 

Q: What’s some of your favorite novels? What are you currently reading and what’s on your TBR (to be read) list?

A: I loved Me Before You. I cried ugly, ugly tears at that. I must be a sucker for punishment because my all time favourite is The Fault in Our Stars. And also Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance. Three books that you need to read in the privacy of your own home with some cucumber slices to apply after for puffy eyes! I’m currently reading the Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley, so a nice change of pace from sobbing my heart out. I love how different each sister is and how you still find common ground with them. 

Q: What inspired you to write your The Little Bookshop on the Siene?

A: My love of Paris and its bookshops! And truthfully, I wangled the family there so I could do some ‘research’ which included eating my body weight in macarons and walking until I couldn’t feel my feet anymore and feeling that I was a little bit French on the inside if only the locals could see that! 

Q: What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?

A: I hope you do something reckless, something that scares you, jump out of that comfort zone and do that thing you’ve always dreamed of! What’s stopping you – fear, money, work, life? You can make it happen if only you take the plunge! Open yourself to new experiences and people and don’t take the taxi, walk until your feet are numb and find those lost laneways and hidden alleys and see what you find! 

Q: What drew you into this particular genre?

A: I love love, but Little Bookshop is also about another kind of love, the love of a place, or a feeling…writing this genre leaves it open to interpretation and anything goes as long you tie it all up at the end in a satisfying way! 

Q: If you could sit down with any character in your book, what would you ask them and why?

A: I’d sit down with bookworm Sarah and ask her what she really thought of Luiz… I am still conflicted about that thread and what I could have done but didn’t!

Q: What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?

A: They’ve all been good in different ways but I’d say Facebook is my favourite. I have a great group of people who follow me there and really interact. It’s a nice place to stop and chat and they’re all really lovely. Instagram is good too. I love how creative book bloggers are with their photos, they’re very inspiring to me. 

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?

A: I’ve said this before and it’s really this simple. Write every day. I think it was Stephen King who said writing is like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets and it’s true! Carve out a time and stick to it. 

Q: What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?

A: I’m currently editing Aria’s Travelling Bookshop, which is about a Van Lifer who sells her wares as she explores France! (Are you detecting a pattern here!?) It’s the follow up to Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop, which was released last March. Both books are about a different way of living, about having less but gaining more as you go. I’ve loved writing Rosie and Aria!