Thursday, 31 May 2018

Review; The Cosy Teashop in the Castle (The Cosy Teashop #1) by Caroline Roberts

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In the search for something light and fitting for the Foodies Read Challenge, I ended up reading The Cosy Tea Shop In The Castle by Caroline Roberts. Today I'll post the review of the novel.

Description from Goodreads
When Ellie Hall lands her dream job running the little teashop in the beautiful but crumbling Claverham Castle, it’s the perfect escape from her humdrum job in the city. Life is definitely on the rise as Ellie replaces spreadsheets for scones, and continues her Nanna’s brilliant baking legacy.

When Lord Henry, the stick-in-the-mud owner, threatens to burst her baking bubble with his old-fashioned ways, Ellie wonders if she might have bitten off more than she can chew. But cupcake by cupcake she wins the locals over, including teashop stalwart, Doris, and Ellie’s showstopping bakes look set to go down in castle history!


Now all that’s missing in Ellie’s life is a slice of romance – can Joe, the brooding estate manager, be the one to put the cherry on the top of Ellie’s dream?


My Thoughts On The Book
It was a sweet and light read. In addition, it made me want to eat a lot of cake and luckily the recipe for Nanna's Choffee Cake was printed in the back (a cake that was often mentioned in the book). Perhaps soon time to do some baking?

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

My Favourite... Children's Book

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for a new My Favourite... post thanks to Maureen's Books and the theme of the week was children's book.


Well, I'm sure I could have written a top 20 list, but one of my favourite children's books are Ronia the Robber's Daughter by Astrid Lindgren. There is something about the main character (Ronia) that I really like.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Top Ten Tuesday; Bookish Worlds I'd Never Want to Live In

It's Tuesday again, which means it's time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was bookish worlds I'd never want to live in.

My picks are;
The farm in "Animal Farm" by George Orwell
Wonderland from "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll
The dystopian world in "The Kill Crew" by Joseph D'Lacey
The dystopian world in "Silo" by Hugh Howey
The dystopian world in "The Oryx and Crake" trilogy by Margaret Atwood
Neverland from "Peter Pan" by J. M. Barrie
The world portrayed in "For the Clan" by Archer Kay Leah
The Dark Realm in "Feyland: The Dark Realm" by Anthea Sharp
The parallell world in "The Forests of the Fae" series by K. Kibbee
The intergalactic world in "The Forever War" by Joe Haldeman

Monday, 28 May 2018

Omtale; Jente med dødningehode av Mona Høvring

Under Dewey's Readathon i oktober endte jeg opp med å lese noen diktsamlinger. Jente med dødningehode av Mona Høvring var en av dem og nå kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
«Jente med dødningehode» er Mona Høvrings sjette diktsamling og niende bok. Mona Høvrings fortettede skjebnefortellinger utfordrer og utvider sjangerens vante former med kraft og resonans. Med sitt særegne poetiske instinkt skriver hun frem sine dikt slik at hver bokside synes å åpenbare de mest prekære dramaer og de skjøreste og nødvendigste dialoger.

Mine tanker om boka
Det var flere bra dikt i samlinga, men på generelt basis var den kanskje ikke helt noe for meg. Kan påpeke at den kanskje kan fungere for andre, så ingen grunn til å bli helt "avskremt".

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Omtale; Krysseren Blücher - 9. april 1940 av Alf. R. Jacobsen

Da jeg for en stund siden kom over boka Krysseren Blücher - 9. april 1940 av Alf. R. Jacobsen på Løvås i Stavanger, klarte jeg ikke å motstå fristelsen, og nå kommer omtalen av boka.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
I grålysningen 9. april 1940 seilte den tyske Kampgruppe 5 innover Oslofjorden med den flunkende nye krysseren Blücher i tet. Målet var å vinne rask kontroll over hovedstad, konge og regjering. Hitler spilte høyt. Okkupasjonen av Norge skulle sikre isfrie havner for transport av svensk jernmalm fra Narvik og ubåt- og flybaser i kampen om Atlanterhavet. Dette er fortellingen om en manns vilje og mot. Og om dramaet som kostet hundrevis av tyske liv da krysseren Blücher gikk ned i Drøbaksundet. Det er fortellingen om tysk hovmod og villighet til å ta store sjanser. Og det er den tragiske historien om manglende norsk forsvarsvilje og effekten av en målbevisst nedrustning. Forfatteren gir oss et unikt innblikk i Norges skjebnetime - 9. april 1940.

Mine tanker om boka
Boka greier ut på en brukbar måte hva som skjedde fra Blücher seilte fra Tyskland til den sank i Drøbaksundet, samt forteller om hendelsene fra både norsk og tysk side for et litt mer komplett bilde. I tillegg kan en se at det har blitt gjort en del research i forbindelse med skrivingen av boka, men selv savnet jeg kanskje enda litt mer informasjon om hva som skjedde i ettertid.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Book Tag Saturday; The Totally Should’ve Book Tag

The Totally Should’ve Book Tag was created by EmmmaBooks on YouTube so definitely go and check that out.
This book tag takes a series of random situations to do with books and you have to say what book (or books) you would like to see that situation apply to.
Totally should’ve… Gotten a sequel
Roseblood by A. G. Howard

Totally should’ve… Had a spin-off series
The Bear and the Nightingale-trilogy by Katherine Arden

An author who should… Totally write more books
Samaire Provost

A character who totally should’ve… Ended up with someone else
Feel free to slap me for this one, but I do think that Harry and Hermione should be together

Totally should’ve… Ended differently 
The Burning Blue by James Holland - it seemed like he rushed it a bit in the end

Totally should’ve… Had a movie franchise
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone-trilogy by Laini Taylor

Totally should’ve… Had a tv series
Scales by Amity Green

Totally should’ve… Only had one point of view
Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde by R. L. Stevenson


Totally should… Have a cover change
Enemies and Playmates by Darcia Helle



Totally should’ve… Have kept the original covers

All those with movie-adaption covers


Totally should’ve… Stopped at one book
Wytches (Volume 1) by Scott Snyder

Friday, 25 May 2018

Book Blogger Hop; First Book I Read By Myself

It's Friday and perhaps time for a new Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "Do you remember the first book you read by yourself?".


I can't remember the exact first book I read by myself, but I do remember that I really enjoyed Rubber Tarzan by Ole Lund Kirkegaard around the time when I first learned to read by myself.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Omtale; The Emperor's Egg av Martin Jenkins og Jane Chapman

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Selv om jeg er voksen, synes jeg at enkelte bildebøker har en viss sjarm, og nå kommer omtalen av boka The Emperor's Egg av Martin Jenkins og Jane Chapman.

Beskrivelse fra Goodreads
Can you imagine spending the winter outdoors in Antarctica without anything at all to eat? That’s just what the male Emperor penguin does. While his mate is off swimming in the ocean and catching loads of fish, he stands around in the freezing cold with an egg on his feet for two whole months, keeping it warm and waiting for it to hatch. This charming, oversize picture book is full of fabulous facts about nature’s most devoted dad. 

Mine tanker om boka
Personlig likte jeg denne boka, spesielt med tanke på at den forteller på en pedagogisk og lærerik måte om livet til keiserpingvinene, og den kan gi unger en grei introduksjon til keiserpingviner.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

My Favourite... Recipe

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for another My Favourite... post thanks to Maureen's Books and the theme of the week was favourite recipe.


I couldn't decide between two, so I'm going to link up to both of them and they are Asian Sweet Chili Sesame Chicken and Portugese Orange Cake. Please don't be too intimidated by the list of ingredients for the Sesame Chicken, it is a really tasty dish (and simple to make).

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Top Ten Tuesday; Best Animal Character Names in the Harry Potter-Series

It's Tuesday, which means it's time for another Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was best character names and I decided to narrow it down to animal characters in the Harry Potter-series.

My picks are;
Crookshanks (Hermione's cat)
Hermes (Percy Weasley's owl)
Arnold (Ginny Weasley's Pygmy Puff)
Fang (Hagrid's dog)
Fluffy (Hagrid's three-headed dog)
Norbert/Norberta (Hagrid's Norwegian Ridgeback Dragon)
Aragog (the giant spider)
Buckbeak (the Hippogriff)
Pigwidgeon (Ron Weasley's first owl)
Hedwig (Harry Potter's owl)

Monday, 21 May 2018

Book Tour and Review; The Last Prejudice by Bill Blodgett

Blurb
When Ed Connor slips into a coma his wife, children and their families arrive at the hospital to await his recovery. They gather around his bedside and begin reminiscing about the good old days but as the hours pass stress begins to take its toll causing long held family secrets and unresolved issues to surface. A disagreement over a DNR order put Ed’s sons, Steve and Peter, at odds and the family speculates that their anger is really about an event that led to their falling out when they were teens. While in his coma, Ed exists somewhere between life and death and wonders what he could have done differently when Steve tried to tell him that he was gay. The family is drawn into the bitter battle between Peter and Steve, and they fear things will never be right between them again. It’s now up to the family to devise an intervention as a last ditch effort to bring these two battling brothers back into the family.

My Thoughts on the Book
Personally, I found the book heartwarming, even though I got a bit mad at Peter quite a few times because of his behaviour, especially towards Steve. Even though the book is in a sense about Ed and him being in a coma, it's also about Steve and him being gay in addition to the dynamics of this particular family.

Excerpt
The coffee cup shattered when it hit the white porcelain kitchen sink. She had just poured it and added a splash of half and half before she looked out the kitchen window to check on him. Oh well, if it makes him happy. Some things I just can’t change, she thought. Then he slumped over the steering wheel of the lawn mower. Fortunately the mower’s safety mechanism shut the mower down when he fell to the side and onto the newly mowed lawn.

The shattering of the cup had barely quieted before she was through the screen door and at his side. She pulled him the rest of the way off the mower and felt for a pulse. She found it. Thank God.

“Ed! Ed, can you hear me? Don’t do this to me, you stubborn old fart. I told you not to be mowing this damn lawn.”

His eyes opened when she cradled his head in her lap, and he mumbled something. She leaned closer. “… broken…” was all she heard.

“Broken? Ed, what’s broken?”

When he didn’t respond, she pulled back to look at him. His eyes went vacant and then slowly rolled back and closed.

“Help me, please… Anyone, please help me!”

She shrieked until someone heard her. Within minutes Beth, her neighbor, was at her side. “Jan, my God, what’s happened?”

“Call 911.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links
I still live in the community where I met and married my lovely wife, Janice. Actually, she lived around the corner from me and we both ignored each other until our teen years when the hormone thing kicked in and we suddenly realized that the cute little girl skipping rope and that goofy boy riding a bike had both grown up.
We are the proud parents of April and Lindsay; both of whom are now married. April married Darren and they have two beautiful boys, Brian and Owen. Lindsay married Tim and they have two beautiful children: Kailyn and Evan.

 I enjoy hiking, kayaking, camping with my family, golfing, making candles, and restoring my antique European sports car, a 1972 MGB.

They say to write from what you know, so I do. I write of love, life and relationships.

Barnes and Noble

Amazon:

My personal links:


Giveaway Info
Bill will be awarding an digital copy of Unrequited to 5 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Book Tour & Giveaway; Day Reaper by Melody Johnson


Day Reaper
The Night Blood Series #4
by Melody Johnson
Genre: Paranormal Romance

On the brink of death, Cassidy DiRocco demands that New York City’s master of the supernatural, Dominic Lysander, transform her—reporter, Night Blood, sister, human—into the very creature she’s feared and fought against for months: a vampire. The pain is brutal, she could lose the career she’s worked so hard to achieve, and her world will never be the same. But surviving is worth any risk, especially when it means gaining the strength to fight against Jillian Allister, the sister who betrayed Dominic, attacked Cassidy, and is leading a vampire uprising that will destroy all of New York City . . .

When she awakens, however, Cassidy realizes the cost of being transformed might be more than she was willing to sacrifice. But if Cassidy hopes to right the irrevocable wrongs that Jillian and her army of the Damned have wrought on New York City, she’ll need to not only accept her new senses, body, and cravings, but wield them in her favor. Irresistible and enigmatic as Dominic is, he no longer has command over the city or its vampires. Only Cassidy has the connections to convince the humans, Day Reapers, and the few vampires still loyal to Dominic to join forces. And maybe, if Dominic can accept her rising power over the coven he once commanded for the past several hundred years, the two of them together might forge a bond more potent than history has ever known. . .



Eternal Reign
The Night Blood Series #3

THE LEVELING


Last week, Cassidy DiRocco had some influence over the vampires that stalk the streets of New York City. She was never completely safe, but with her newfound abilities as a night blood and her honed instincts as a crime reporter, at least she had the necessary skills to survive.

Now, thanks to the injuries she sustained while saving her brother from a fate worse than death, she’s lost her night blood status just as another crime spree hits Brooklyn. Dozens of people are being slaughtered, and each victim bears the Damned’s signature mark; a missing heart.

Cassidy will need the help of all her allies to survive the coming war, including the mysterious and charismatic Dominic Lysander, Master Vampire of New York City. But as his rival’s army threatens his coven and his own powers weaken with the approaching Leveling, even Dominic’s defenses might not be enough protection.

With nothing left to lose, Cassidy must find the power inside herself to save Dominic, his coven, their city, and survive.





Sweet Last Drop
The Night Blood Series #2

Trust No One


Cassidy DiRocco knows the dark side intimately--as a crime reporter in New York City, she sees it every day. But since she discovered that she's a night blood, her power and potential has led the dark right to her doorway. With her brother missing and no one remembering he exists, she makes a deal with Dominic Lysander, the fascinating master vampire of New York, to find him. 

Dominic needs the help of Bex, another master vampire, to keep peace in the city, so he sends Cassidy to a remote, woodsy town upstate to convince her--assuming she survives long enough. A series of vicious "animal attacks" after dark tells Cassidy there's more to Bex and her coven than anyone's saying. That goes double for fellow night blood Ian Walker, the tall, blond animal tracker who's supposed to be her ally. Walker may be hot-blooded and hard-bodied, but he's hiding something too. If Cassidy wants the truth, she'll have to squeeze it out herself… every last drop.




The City Beneath
The Night Blood Series #1

As a journalist, Cassidy DiRocco thought she had seen every depraved thing New York City’s underbelly had to offer. But while covering what appears to be a vicious animal attack, she finds herself drawn into a world she never knew existed. Her exposé makes her the target of the handsome yet brutal Dominic Lysander, the Master Vampire of New York City, who has no problem silencing her to keep his coven's secrets safe…


But Dominic offers Cassidy another option: ally. He reveals she is a night blood, a being with powers of her own, including the ability to become a vampire. As the body count escalates, Cassidy is caught in the middle of a vampire rebellion. Dominic insists she can help him stop the coming war, but wary of his intentions, Cassidy enlists the help of the charming Ian Walker, a fellow night blood. As the battle between vampires takes over the city, Cassidy will have to tap into her newfound powers and decide where to place her trust...




Melody Johnson is the author of the Night Blood series. She graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming College with her B.A. in creative writing and psychology. While still earning her degree, she worked as an editing intern for Wahida Clark Presents Publishing. She was a copyeditor for several novels, including Cheetah by Missy Jackson; Trust No Man II by Cash; and Karma with a Vengeance by Tash Hawthorne. Book #1 of the Night Blood series, The City Beneath, is her debut novel. When she isn't writing, Melody can be found hiking the many woodsy trails in her Pennsylvania hometown or sunning and swimming at the beach. 




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Book Tour & Giveaway; Waking the Ancients by Catherine Cavendish


Waking the Ancients
Nemesis of the Gods #2
by Catherine Cavendish
Genre: Horror

Egypt, 1908
University student Lizzie Charters accompanies her mentor, Dr. Emeryk Quintillus, on the archeological dig to uncover Cleopatra’s tomb. Her presence is required for a ceremony conducted by the renowned professor to resurrect Cleopatra’s spirit—inside Lizzie’s body. Quintillus’s success is short-lived, as the Queen of the Nile dies soon after inhabiting her host, leaving Lizzie’s soul adrift . . .

Vienna, 2018
Paula Bancroft’s husband just leased Villa Dürnstein, an estate once owned by Dr. Quintillus. Within the mansion are several paintings and numerous volumes dedicated to Cleopatra. But the archeologist’s interest in the Egyptian empress deviated from scholarly into supernatural, infusing the very foundations of his home with his dark fanaticism. And as inexplicable manifestations rattle Paula’s senses, threatening her very sanity, she uncovers the link between the villa, Quintillus, and a woman named Lizzie Charters.

And a ritual of dark magic that will consume her soul . . .




Wrath of the Ancients
Nemesis of the Gods #1

DESTINY IN DEATH


Egypt, 1908

Eminent archeologist Dr. Emeryk Quintillus has unearthed the burial chamber of Cleopatra. But this tomb raider’s obsession with the Queen of the Nile has nothing to do with preserving history. Stealing sacred and priceless relics, he murders his expedition crew, and flees—escaping the quake that swallows the site beneath the desert sands . . .

Vienna, 1913

Young widow Adeline Ogilvy has accepted employment at the mansion of Dr. Quintillus, transcribing the late professor’s memoirs. Within the pages of his journals, she discovers the ravings of a madman convinced he possessed the ability to reincarnate Cleopatra. Within the walls of his home, she is assailed by unexplained phenomena: strange sounds, shadowy figures, and apparitions of hieroglyphics.
Something pursued Dr. Quintillus from Egypt. Something dark, something hungry. Something tied to the fate and future of Adeline Ogilvy . . .





Following a varied career in sales, advertising and career guidance, Catherine Cavendish is now the full-time author of a number of paranormal, ghostly and Gothic horror novels, novellas and short stories. She was the 2013 joint winner of the Samhain Gothic Horror Anthology Competition, with Linden Manor, which was featured in the anthology What Waits in the Shadows. Cat’s novels include The Pendle Curse, Saving Grace Devine, and Dark Avenging Angel. She lives with her long-suffering husband and black (trainee) cat. They divide their time between Liverpool and a 260-year-old haunted apartment in North Wales. 




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Saturday, 19 May 2018

Book Tag Saturday; Rapid Fire Book Tag

Inspired by the post at The Bibliophile Girl, I decided to join in on the Rapid Fire Book Tag.
E-Book Or Physical Book?
Physical book

Paperback Or Hardback?

Paperback, but if hardback is beautiful, it is a possibility

Online Or In-Store Book Shopping?

In-store book shopping without a doubt, but sometimes I have to do online as the selection of titles in English at bookstores sometimes varies.

Trilogies Or Series?

Trilogies

Heroes Or Villains?

Villains, as they often have a depth the heroes don't have

A Book You Want Everyone To Read?

This is About You - Amazing, Weird Beautiful You by Mary England

Recommend An Underrated Author?

Assaph Mehr, esp. Murder in Absentia

The Last Book You Finished?
Weirdest Thing You’ve Used As A Bookmark?

A napkin I think, even though it's not that "weird"

Used Books: Yes Or No?

Yes, if they are in a decent condition

Top Three Favourite Genres?

Fantasy, crime/mystery and sci-fi

Borrow Or Buy?

Buy, as I want my own personal library

Character Or Plot?

Plot

Long Or Short Books?

Long, but not 1200 pages long

Name The First Three Books You Think Of

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Burning Blue by James Holland and The Secrets of the Lazarus Club by Tony Pollard

Books That Make You Laugh Or Cry?

Cry, oddly enough

Our World Or Fictional?

Fictional because HOGWARTS!

Audiobooks: Yes Or No?

Nope. not for me.

Do You Ever Judge A Book By Its Cover?

*Cough*, yes

Book To Movie Or Book To TV?

Book to TV as the plot can be explored a bit more than in a movie

A Movie Or TV Show That You Preferred To The Book?

I can't remember

Series Or Standalones?

Standalones, as my ADD sometimes kicks in a bit if I'm too focused on a series for too long

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

My Favourite... Art

It's Wednesday again, which means it's time for a new My Favourite... post thanks to Maureen's Books and the theme of the week was favourite art.


It's hard to pick in terms of art, as I love so much of it in quite different styles, but I can't deny that I really love yarn bombing and street art in general.

Here are some examples of what I like.




Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Book Tour Grand Finale; Falling for You by Becky Wade

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Falling for You
By Becky Wade

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed the Facebook Chat, go check it out here. If you missed any of the stops you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Note from the Author

...Falling for You stars both Corbin and the oldest Bradford sister, Willow. The two had a romantic relationship long ago, so when I thrust them into each other’s path again (kicking and screaming, I might add) fireworks ensued, which was so much fun to write. I enjoyed their banter. Willow’s strength. Corbin’s charm. And the chance to explore the novel's theme of reconciliation.

I hope Falling for You steals your heart!

Warmly, Becky

Amy Watson Author - Excerpt & Review

Text message from Corbin to Willow fifteen days before their breakup:

Corbin
I miss you. It feels like forever since you left.

Willow
I just left Dallas yesterday.

Corbin
Exactly. Until I met you, I didn’t know a day could feel like forever.

"'Falling For You' has twists and turns that left my mind racing almost as fast as I could turn the pages. The complex, yet beautifully woven story lines elicited visceral responses as I read. And somehow, somewhere along the way, it stopped being about just Willow’s story, it’s your story and my story...

You may shed some tears (I did!), but have no fear; there is plenty of humor! Rare are novels that produce legitimate laugh out loud moments and inside jokes amongst friends. Wade’s ability to introduce humor into her novels is really something special. Finally, the last page comes WAY too soon and I was left salivating for the NEXT novel! Watch out for another award for this beautiful story! This is a MUST READ!"

Remembrancy - Review

"A second chance romance with two likable characters—more so as details of their tumultuous past are revealed—Falling for You introduces a new romance with some familiar faces. Wade once again delivers the complications of romance with the nuances of family (how much do you love these sisters?)."


"'Falling for You' did me in. It is decidedly my favorite of Becky’s books (and you have no idea how strong the competition was!).

I loved that both Willow and Corbin had made very obvious, very heartbreaking mistakes in their past. Mistakes that influenced them negatively years later. I also loved that they, slowly, came face to face with those mistakes. And overcame them. And found forgiveness...

This book gets all the stars, all the happy tears, and my full recommendation."

Heidi Reads... - Review

"There is a perfect balance between all the plot threads and the redevelopment of Willow and Corbin's friendship and romance. They share fun banter, even (especially) when they are at odds, their chemistry is crackling with passion, and their relationship develops greater depth as Corbin is determined to show Willow how devoted he is to her. . . . I love the spiritual themes that are woven in seamlessly of forgiveness and the importance of turning all our worries over to God and allowing him to guide our lives. Even though this is the second book in the series it can definitely be read as a standalone. Highly recommend!"

Top Ten Tuesday; Books I Disliked/Hated, but Am Really Glad I Read

It's Tuesday again, which means it's time for another Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic of the week was books I disliked/hated, but am really glad I read. In my case, there is a few books/texts from the literature courses I took at university, just so you're warned.

My list includes;
American Ideals by Theodore Roosevelt
Bradford's History of Plymouth Plantation, 1606-1646 by William Bradford
The Strenuous Life by Theodore Roosevelt
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
On Suicide by David Hume
New Poems Book Four by Charles Bukowski
Selected Poems, 1908-1959 by Ezra Pound
Wytches Volume 1 by Scott Snyder
Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin

Monday, 14 May 2018

Book Tour Grand Finale; Love, Unexpected by Virginia McCullough

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Love, Unexpected
By Virginia McCullough

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Note from the Author

Dear Reader,

Welcome to this book tour for LOVE, UNEXPECTED. I hope you’re happy to be back for the third visit to Two Moon Bay, Wisconsin. Book 3 of my Two Moon Bay series finds us on the waterfront again. Back when I wrote GIRL IN THE SPOTLIGHT, I knew Andi Sterling, Miles Jenkins’ former wife and Brooke’s mom, needed her own story. She told me so many times. You may remember Zeke Donovan and his dad, Art. They own Donovan Marine Supply and they made a couple of appearances in Book 2, SOMETHING TO TREASURE. They’re now front and center is this story, and Zeke gets a chance to expand his world—and his heart...

Heidi Reads... - Drifting Dreams

Like Andi says in LOVE, UNEXPECTED, someone (they don’t yet know who) named the wooden motor yacht Drifting Dreamer for a reason. For me, the name brings to mind the old song “Moon River,” with “two drifters off to see the world.” As Zeke observed, in 1939 no one built a 50-foot yacht if they didn’t have some big dreams.


"There's a lot to like in this sweet romance by Virginia McCullough, and I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Andi and Zeke in Love, Unexpected...

I loved how everything comes together, making the story’s restoration theme not only about Drifting Dreamer, but Andi’s dreams as well."


He let Teddy take him to the woman, who was tall and slender, and wore jeans and a red T-shirt. When she saw him coming, she lifted her sunglasses and perched them on her head. In her other hand, she held a giant-size Bean Grinder to-go cup.

“Good morning,” she called out, smiling. “I suppose I’m trespassing.”

He was tongue-tied. By a pretty smile and long legs. He raised his hand in protest. “Probably so, but we won’t call the sheriff, at least not yet.”

“I see. I have to prove myself first.” She held up the cup. “I’m armed only with the Bean Grinder’s morning mix.”

“In that case, we’ll…” Zeke watched Teddy sniffing the woman’s sneakers. “I was going to say we’ll call off the dogs, but, too late.”

I Am A Reader - Does Zeke Keep his Promises?

Early readers have remarked that Zeke is a likeable guy. What’s not to like? He’s very attractive, friendly, a successful owner of a marine supply store, smart, and he even has a sense of humor. But he’s in his late thirties, and he’s never been married and doesn’t have kids. And it looks like he lives with dad. Really? Could be Zeke is a guy afraid to make a commitment. Here are the facts. You be the judge...


"Love, Unexpected by Virginia McCullough takes us back to two moon bay. I love this little town. I always enjoy each visit. In this visit we get to restore an old yacht as well as get to know the lovely Andi and Zeke. The are both very humbling and sweet. I enjoyed getting to know both of them."


Andi stretched her arm to get deep inside a hard-to-reach cubbyhole behind the navigation table to check for damaged wood. Her hand hit a divider with a finger grip, but the first tug didn’t budge it. The second and third tries didn’t move it, either. Determined now, she took a breath and gave it one more hard pull. Bam…she captured the graying piece of wood, but jerked backward with the force of the movement.

When she righted herself, she shined her flashlight inside to have a look inside the narrow space. The beam caught the corner of something that looked like paper.

“Well, well, what’s this all about?” she said to herself, curious and excited. Secret papers? That could be an overstatement, but these pages weren’t left out in the open. Someone had stashed them out of sight.

Colorimetry - Andi’s Tips for Single Moms

Andi laughed in my ear when I ask her about tips for single moms, but once I got her started, she didn’t hesitate to give me her list, starting with:

Luck out and have a good ex-husband...


Andi tilted her head and looked where he was pointing. “Stars. Imagine that. It’s been ages since I’ve seen more than a few of the brightest ones.”

Zeke exaggerated a sweeping gesture to take in the boat. “So happens we have a boat. I guess when we get her put back together some, she could take us far enough out to see some stars, huh? This fall, before it gets too cold.”

Andi responded with a quick slap of her palms. “See? You inherited a floating stargazer. She’s only slightly torn apart.”

Zeke laughed. Drifting Dreamer wasn’t exactly ready for even a short cruise. It wouldn’t be long, though. Andi was making progress.


"Love, Unexpected was a fun read. I recognized some of the characters, since I'd read the first book in the series, Girl in the Spotlight, last year. I definitely think this book stands on its own, but it was fun seeing how those characters lives have continued...

I definitely recommend this novel to all fans of contemporary romance. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author."

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“I’m probably speaking out of turn,” Joy said, grimacing, “but I had a peculiar kind of bond with Zeke because of his mother.”

“Oh?” Andi’s heart pounded as she waited for the information. She was impatient for it, whether she’d like what she learned or not.

“My mom was a teacher, too,” Joy said. “One afternoon I was waiting outside for her after school. Zeke was there, too. I remember how he was kicking a stone around the gravel schoolyard while he waited for his mom to pick him up.”

Call it intuition or simply picking up Joy’s somber tone, but Andi began to feel a little queasy. “This story ends badly, doesn’t it, Joy?”

“Yes.” Joy paused, but Andi didn’t fill the silence.


"Heartwarming is definitely the right category for this sweet romance. It's such a subtle one, which is a breath of fresh air in a market saturated by fast love and lust. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy a lot of those books as well. But a story like this one feels so much more realistic to me and leaves me feeling a bit more peaceful and nostalgic.

...I have fallen in love with Two Moon Bay and its inhabitants. I hope more stories are yet to come from this beautiful place."


"I thought it was sweet, inspiring and heartwarming. Andi and Zeke had wonderful chemistry and their story were relateable to me. I love the beautiful setting of Two Moon Bay..."

Wishful Endings - What’s So Special about a Wooden Yacht?

Zeke and Andi have become attached to Drifting Dreamer. I understand why. I’ve been lucky enough to own a classic wooden sailboat, and later, a fiberglass boat with gorgeous wood trim. What was the difference between the two boats? Why do Zeke and Andi have such special feelings about the classic wooden motor yacht?...

Bri's Book Nook - Review

"I haven’t read a sweet romance novel in a while, and this was definitely a nice refreshing one. I read this book almost entirely in one sitting even though the book is almost 400 pages long, and was engaged for every single page."

underneath the covers - Restore? Or Accept “as is?”

When Zeke hires Andi to work on Drifting Dreamer, he has no doubt that the boat can be restored, meaning made wonderful and operational again while preserving the original beauty from its era. Zeke’s confident about this because at one time he was well known for restoring many local historical sites...


Zeke opened a cabinet where they stored things they almost never used and spotted a couple of vases on the top shelf. He pulled one down and arranged the flowers inside it before adding water.

Art let out a low whistle. “I haven’t seen you bring flowers to a woman in a long time.”

“It’s been a long time. That’s a fact,” Zeke said.

“Look, Zeke, you can tell me if you’re interested in Andi.”

“I know, Dad.”

He didn’t know how to respond. He was getting serious, but he didn’t know about Andi. With his back to his dad, he said, “I like her for lots of reasons, Dad. I think she likes me, too. That’s all I can say right now.”



"In this entertaining new novel by talented Author, Virginia McCullough, a woman and her 10 year-old-daughter move to a new, smaller town to be nearer the girl's father and his new wife...

This is a relaxing read with a few twists. However, it is mostly predictable but written with a flair and well-utilized literary skills. It keeps the reader's interest."

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Love, Unexpected
(Two Moon Bay #3)
By Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
May 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Moving to a new place isn’t easy…

Until a neglected ship and its owner make her feel at home

After spying a boat in need of some TLC, single mom Andi Sterling strikes a deal with its owner, Zeke Donovan, who shares her passion for restoring old things. Uncovering the legendary ship’s secrets draws them closer. Is it too soon for Andi to open her heart to the chance to build new dreams?

Other Books in the Series

Girl in the Spotlight
(Two Moon Bay #1)
By Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
June 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The daughter they never knew

When Miles Jenkins sees the graceful young figure skater on TV, he can't believe how much she resembles Lark McGee, the girl he dated briefly in college. Could this aspiring star be the child Lark gave up for adoption eighteen years ago? He has to find out.

Locating Lark ignites conflicting emotions in Miles—including regrets for what might have been and romantic feelings that take the two single parents by surprise. As they prepare to meet their daughter, this deeper connection between the two just might be the chance at love they never got.

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Something to Treasure
(Two Moon Bay #2)
By Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

If anyone can save him, she’s the one

Jerrod Walters hopes relocating to the coastal town of Two Moon Bay can be the fresh start he and his young daughter need. But the single dad is caught off guard when a beautiful PR professional offers to promote his diving excursions to legendary shipwreck sites. There’s so much he admires about Dawn Larson, starting with the woman’s upbeat, can-do personality. Dawn’s boundless capacity for joy might be the only thing capable of bringing him back to life after his tragic loss…


About the Author

A writer all her adult life, Virginia McCullough has had the opportunity to write the stories of her heart in her novels, including Girl in the Spotlight, the first book in her Two Moon Bay series for Harlequin Heartwarming. (Book 2 is scheduled for release in January 2018). Her award-winning romance and women’s fiction titles include The Jacks of Her Heart, Amber Light, Greta’s Grace, The Chapels on the Hill, and Island Healing.

Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.

Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.

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