One Good Man by Emma Scott is now available!

 

It’s spring, 1970. The Vietnam War has been raging for years with no end in sight. Janey Martin, a California college student and aspiring journalist is tired of writing puff pieces about her university men’s sports teams. She wants to be taken seriously as a journalist and as a woman. With riots at their doorstep, her wealthy father sends Janey to the Sorbonne in Paris to finish her college education away from the chaos.

Janey is reluctant to leave the Big Story that is Vietnam, but vows to prove herself. Much to her dismay, her first assignment is to interview the hotshot star forward of a local soccer team. Janey is sure Adrien Rousseau is going to be like every other playboy jock she’s ever dealt with, but quickly learns there is much more to Adrien than meets the eye.

The mysterious, sexy footballer just might be the biggest story of Janey’s life.

 

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I reached over and pushed ‘stop’ on Janey’s tape recorder and turned to her. “Saturday then?”

She coughed in surprise. “What happens Saturday?”

“We conclude the interview. You need to see a football match firsthand or your article is going to sound like a bunch of amateurish gibberish. You want to be taken seriously?”

She pressed her lips together for a moment. “Yes.”

“So do I. Saturday at noon at Stade Jean-Marc. We’ll finish the interview after.”

“Antoine wants the article in two days,” she said.

“Tell Antoine I said to wait.”

She took another long pull from the lemonade, her pride not letting her say yes to me so quickly.

“Saturday then,” she said. “For the article.”

“Right,” I said, holding her gaze. “For the article.”

She finished off the lemonade and set the glass down. “Thank you very much, Sophie. It was just what I needed.” She gathered her belongings and turned to me. “See you.”

“You have a drop of lemonade on your chin,” I said.

“Where?” Her hand flew to her mouth. “No, I don’t…”

I held out the cocktail napkin with my sketch of her, my brow raised.

Janey dropped her hand from her dry chin, fuming. I expected her to flounce away. But she snatched the napkin out of my hand, dropped it into her bag, and coolly walked away.

I wasn’t in love with her, but in that moment, I knew someday I would be.

 

 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Rachel McEwan

I’m not normally a fan of novella’s per se because when I’ve read them in the past, I’ve felt a little let down. Let me explain! What I mean by that is that short stories I’ve read come across somewhat diluted; however, when I read this was football (soccer to American readers) and it was written by one of my favourite authors I quickly changed my mind!

“I feel like the world is so much larger than a football pitch, and I want to make a big impact on that stage as I do playing the game.”

The very first page took me by surprise when I found it was set during the Vietnam War in 1970; well, that had my attention! The first chapter focuses on Janey’s fall from grace, well in her father’s eyes anyway. She’s currently attending college in California and is desperate to be taken seriously as a seasoned journalist covering the many prolific student protests. Unfortunately she’s in the wrong place at the wrong time and choice is taken away from her quite unfairly I might add. She then finds herself sent away to Paris to continue her studies at the Sorbonne. Janey is not to be deterred in her quest to make a name for herself so when she is given the task on interviewing a local football star she jumps at the chance to make the story her own.

“I told you a long time ago, what I want from you can’t be bought. Just you, Adrien.”

In enters Adrien Rousseau! The star of the team who seems to hold the key to their success in his skill of scoring goals. For such a young man he appeared to be carrying a huge amount of responsibility. He’s the sole provider for his family but torn between instant fame and the income he needs however, he desperately wants to finish his education and become a doctor. He’s aware of his sporting talent but also quietly modest about it as for him it’s a means to an end. As you can imagine he is quite the ladies’ man, enjoying the life his stardom has provided him. I loved that we saw two different sides to his character, he almost lived two lives to enable him to please not also his family, but his team mates too. Adrien is fiercely loyal and for that I had to admire him. My heart ached for him and I really didn’t envy the hard choices he had to make.

“That’s not the angle. Vietnam is the angle. How war tears apart families and countries alike. It ended for France in ’54 and yet we’re still feeling it.”

 For such a short read the character development was superb! Ms Scott did a fantastic job of writing such multi-faceted protagonists. Janey was strong-minded, kind hearted and focused.  Her passion for her work was admirable and work ethic knew no bounds. During her many meetings with Adrien she sees something she isn’t supposed to see; however, she doesn’t hesitate in doing the right thing and I think that’s when I not only liked but loved her. This scene is quite significant in the story and up to this point I thought I could see how the story would play out however, I was wrong and I’ve never be so pleased to be so. What came next was truly extraordinary; it gave the story new meaning. Ms Scott has written an exemplary story showing the reader the real human cost of war.

“I thought you didn’t like me.”

“I do. I always did. I’m just bad a flirting, remember?”

I must admit this read it not your typical sports read, its way more. It will steel your heart and not give it back until the very last page! This wasn’t a steamy sexy read but that’s not to say you don’t feel the chemistry oozing off the pages between Janey and Adrien. It’s a sweet and meaningful story of just how life can change your plans when you least expect them. If you love this author you will be truly amazed. I’ve debated all day before I wrote this review just what star rating to award it. The reason for my rating is I just can’t get the ending out of my mind and I think it will stay with me for some time. Hands down, 5 emotionally charged stars!

 

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REVIEW ~ TALES FROM CUSHMAN ROW by SUANNE LAQUEUR

 

Title: Tales From Cushman Row: A Compendium of Love

Author: Suanne Laqueur

Series: Venery

Release Date: December 12th, 2017

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“Come here, you moron.”

For fans of the Venery series, author Suanne Laqueur offers a compendium of love scenes—unpublished chapters, character sketches and assorted reflections about Javier Landes and Steffen Finch. A treat to skim through, skip around and linger over at leisure. Like caviar.

For people who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they will like. Contains adults in adult situations using adult language and a f**k-ton of gratuitous boning. No socks required. Batteries sold separately.

“Why do I like when you call me a moron,” Jav said.
Stef smiled. “Because the moron in me recognizes the moron in you.”
“Namoronste?”
“Exactly.”

 

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Reviewed by Rachel 

It’s no secret amongst my book buddies the Venery series is one of my all-time favourites so when I heard Laqueur was releasing a Compendium book of deleted and alternative storylines for A Charm of Finches, I admit I was a little torn. Why you may ask; because for me the stories she wrote couldn’t be any more perfect. I thought these extras would dilute my feelings or at the very least, make me think differently about the characters she made me fall in love with. Nonetheless, held in my hands was more of Jav and Stef and I simply couldn’t pass up that chance once again to immerse myself in their world and maybe fall even deeper in love!

“I’ll hold your trust in my hands like it’s the best gift I’ve ever been given.”

What I really enjoyed about this book is that the author explains before each chapter why scenes were cut which gave you a deeper insight into her incredible writing. As readers, I think we sometimes take for granted the words which appear before us. It’s very obvious from the notes she provided she lived and breathed these characters. In fact, I think she should make an appointment with Stef! Or maybe read some Nietzsche as she recommends in the introduction.

“I love when you’re raw. I love when you’re sweet. I love when you talk dirty and I love when you cry. I love all of it.”

My main concern was I would read scenes where Jav and Stef were experiencing difficulties in their lives. Knowing Jav’s back story gave me reason for concern. However, the scenes I read just confirmed how absolutely perfectly matched they were. Jav’s endearing vulnerability came through more but it was matched equally with Stef’s love, patience and his sensitivity. I have to say some of the extra scenes in this book were beyond hot and intense.

“You know you have more of me than anyone else ever has.”

“I know. I’ll be really careful with it.”

If you’ve read and enjoyed the Venery books and feel you didn’t quite enough of Jav and Stef, and also a few others of these lovable characters, then I highly recommend reading this collection of scenes. I’d like to say a huge thank you to the author for sharing your notes with us. Ms Laqueur, I took your advice and found this quote which I think sums up the series perfectly…. “To live is to suffer; to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.” A favourite quote by the man himself.

 

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suanne-laqueurA former professional dancer and teacher, Suanne Laqueur has gone from choreographing music to choreographing words. Her goal is to create a new kind of emotionally-intelligent romance that appeals to the passions of all readers, crossing gender, age and genre.

Laqueur’s debut novel The Man I Love won a gold medal in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards and was named Best Debut in the Feathered Quill Book Awards. Her follow-up novel, Give Me Your Answer True, was also a gold medal winner at the 2016 RFBA.

Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater. She taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010. Suanne lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children.

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REVIEW ~ TALES FROM CUSHMAN ROW by SUANNE LAQUEUR

 

Title: Tales From Cushman Row

A Compendium of Love

Author: Suanne Laqueur

Release Date: December 12th, 2017

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“Come here, you moron.”

For fans of the Venery series, author Suanne Laqueur offers a compendium of love scenes—unpublished chapters, character sketches and assorted reflections about Javier Landes and Steffen Finch. A treat to skim through, skip around and linger over at leisure. Like caviar.

For people who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they will like. Contains adults in adult situations using adult language and a f**k-ton of gratuitous boning. No socks required. Batteries sold separately.

“Why do I like when you call me a moron,” Jav said.
Stef smiled. “Because the moron in me recognizes the moron in you.”
“Namoronste?”
“Exactly.”

 

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Rachel 

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suanne-laqueurA former professional dancer and teacher, Suanne Laqueur has gone from choreographing music to choreographing words. Her goal is to create a new kind of emotionally-intelligent romance that appeals to the passions of all readers, crossing gender, age and genre.

Laqueur’s debut novel The Man I Love won a gold medal in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards and was named Best Debut in the Feathered Quill Book Awards. Her follow-up novel, Give Me Your Answer True, was also a gold medal winner at the 2016 RFBA.

Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater. She taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010. Suanne lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children.

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway : Excess Baggage by Laura Barnard

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How beautiful is this cover of Laura’s latest romantic comedy, Excess Baggage?  It’s out on the 23rd and you can pre-order now myBook.to/ExcessBaggageLB

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Synopsis

Stuck in a dead-end relationship, Erica Bennett finds herself daydreaming of her first holiday romance. She was fifteen, it was exciting, new and full of possibilities…and Jack Lawson was hot as hell. That kind of thing leaves a mark.

So when her friends suggest a girls holiday to Luna Island, it’s exactly what she needs to take her mind off things. What she doesn’t expect is to spot Jack – a much older, hotter version of him – across the hotel lobby.

Their attraction is still there and it isn’t long before sparks fly, but fifteen years is a long time. They aren’t the same people they were back then and besides, it’s only a week, right?

Is it a second chance at something real or will their excess baggage ruin their shot at love after they leave Luna Island?

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Love in Transit

Today we have the cover reveal for Love in Transit, a sexy new box set from a fantastic lineup of authors! Check it out and grab your copy June 1st!

Title: Love in Transit

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Day: June 1st

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You know those people that have a house full of motivational slogans? Embrace Every Moment, stamped on their coffee mugs. Always Kiss Me Goodnight painted above their perfectly made beds.

I’m not one of those people.

This morning I overslept, then slipped on a stray sock and banged my toe into the nightstand. The elevator in my building broke and I had to run down six flights of stairs. And then my local coffee shop was closed. For health code violations.

What’s that? Not the end of the world? You want me to suck it up?

Did I mention I’m wearing a wedding dress… on the subway?

It’s a Good Day for a Hot Mess. Someone embroider that on a pillow.

 

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Release Blitz : Remember When by Lindsay Detwiler

Title: Remember When
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 29, 2017
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
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This wasn’t how it was supposed to be….
 
They met at a wedding, Todd the only man wearing jeans, Jessica the beauty with a troubled background. Settled into married life after falling in love, they have so many things left to do in life. They think they have so much time… until Jessica and Todd’s average married life comes to a halt on a snowy back road. When their truck careens down an embankment, they find themselves in a life-or-death situation. With rescue seeming impossible, they cling to the only hope they have left: their love for each other.
As they fight for survival, their connection carries them through the biggest challenge of their lives. Memories and regrets swirl around the couple as they finally take a moment to reflect on what they’re doing in life.
There’s one big, icy question that haunts them, though: Is this where their story will end?
 

 Review by Emma-Louise Lewis on behalf of KFF

“A Single moment can change everything – but can love help us survive?”

~ Five Stars ~

This question is asked on the front cover of Remember When.  This question not only leads the reader into one of the most emotionally raw books I have ever had the pleasure of reading; but also pulls the reader through a beautifully sweet series of memories that Jess & Todd re-live during their harrowing situation.

Todd & Jessica Kling find themselves in a situation of life or death…their life or death. A fluke accident catapults their truck down a hill and wedges it between two trees. Todd injures his leg, leaving most of the rescue efforts to Jess.

“You come on.  If you go out there, you’re going to mess your leg up even worse, so stop.  I’ve got this.  I’m tougher than you think.”

“I know”.

“You’re amazing”

Parts of Remember When were almost too hard to read. Each time Jess and Todd attempt to free themselves their hopes are dashed.

“Now she realised nothing was guaranteed.  Life could be going along at a humdrum pace, promising you forever.  And then a single moment could rip everything to shreds.  A single movement of your foot on the brake could obliterate everything you thought you had time to do.”

“The cold had finally seeped the entire way through to her core, to her heart.  It was black, not with fear but with the feeling of giving up.”

The love between Jess & Todd is a truly beautiful thing to see. Having been together for years and having been through so much together, their love is solid.  It made my heart smile.

“It was simple beautiful, the two of them together, no matter what happened.  She would die, whether it be today or in one hundred years, thinking they were beautiful together.”

“He needed to hand on, and if he couldn’t, she needed to clutch on to him with everything she had.  She could not let him go.  They were in this together, just like everything else.  Live or die, they were in it together.”

 

Todd isn’t a tall, dark, sexy man.  He’s an average man with a pot belly and a beautiful heart.  Through the authors descriptions of Todd Kling, I could see him in those jeans when he met Jess and how truly sexy his beard must have looked.  I loved Todd’s awful sense of humour and I adored the way he saw the world and the way he used his optimism and realism to bring Jess back from her darkest moments.  These two were so real to me, I just can’t describe how much they mean to me.

Reviewing Remember When hasn’t been an easy thing.  The story had so much heartache; I must have spent at least 15-20% of the book, with tears rolling down my cheeks.  This was an emotional roller coaster, and to be honest, I loved every minute of it!

 
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A high school English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay’s the English teacher cliché; she love cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.

She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, and Bob; and their Mastiff, Henry.
Lindsay’s goal with her writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in her work. Some reviewers have noted that her books are not the “typical romance.” With her novels coming from a place of honesty, Lindsay examines the difficult questions, looks at the tough emotions, and paints the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. She wants her fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. Lindsay wants women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” She wants to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. Her aim is for readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how she knows she’s done her job.

Lindsay’s hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

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Release Blitz : The Bohemian and the Businessman by Katy Regnery

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Priscilla Story, the self-proclaimed “wild child” of the straight-laced Story clan, has always had a knack for getting herself trouble. Except this time, her “growing problem” is going to require a Daddy sooner than later…or she can kiss her inheritance good-bye.

Shane Olson, who previously dated Priscilla’s sister, Margaret, isn’t opposed to a marriage of convenience for the sake of furthering his business interests, but Priscilla – with her wild ways – is just about the last woman he’d choose to marry.

In order to make the marriage look convincing, they end up having to spend more time together than they’d originally planned. When rolling stone, Priscilla, who lives by the seat of her muu-muu, and seriously-ambitious Shane, who’s had his whole life planned since he was eleven, start falling for each other, it’s going to take a whole lot of compromise for this Bohemian and her Businessman to find their happily ever after.

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Review by Emma-Louise Lewis on behalf of KFF

The Bohemian and the Businessman; a title that truly is the definition of just how many differences there are between Priscilla Story and Shane Olson.

 “Wild child” Priscilla finds herself in a sticky situation.  Pregnant and single, facing losing her inheritance, if she doesn’t marry before her secret is exposed.

I’m not, she wanted to scream, fisting her hands by her sides and blinking back tears.  I’m not even close to okay.  I’m having a baby, and when our father finds out, he’ll disown me.  My allowance is almost gone.  I’ll have nowhere to go…

Hard working Shane, craves to be in the top tier of Story Imports…

“You can’t be a vice president here unless you’re family.”

“But Alice—“

“I’m not talking about the girls.  I need the right man for the job.”

“A son-in-law, I need a son-in-law who can start taking over the reins!”

Priscilla comes up with the idea that they should marry.  Solve her issue and Shane’s in one fell swoop.

Shane was a multifaceted character who broke my heart and rebuilt it so many times, I had this overwhelming desire to just tuck him in my pocket and keep him safe. Shane Olson is also a complex character, who on the surface comes across as arrogant and has no sense of humour.  Who Shane really is, is much more complicated and layered.  Honestly, somewhere in the midst of all the drama this book throws at the reader, I fell fast and hard for the inexperienced Shane Olson; his baby blue eyes especially.

The villain in this book is evident…Douglas Story the arrogant, sexist, vile father of Priscilla and her sisters. Douglas Story was like a bad smell you can’t clear from your nose. I have never, ever read a book where there was a character that was such a potential menace to me literally throwing my kindle across the room.

“…always wanted a boy.  A son.  Someone like you.

Instead I got them.  A mouthy rebel, a shrinking violet, an airhead, a hippie and a big baby.  Five girls.”

 The beauty of the love between Priscilla and Shane is breath taking.

Maybe life is like this sometimes for some lucky people, he thought: After years and years of nothing special, someone miraculous walks into your life, and in the space of a few weeks, everything changes.  You get married.  You fall in love.  Quickly.  All at once.  Without any warning.  And the thing is, if you longed for it but never saw it coming, the depth of your gratitude leave you speechless, humbled you, changes you from the inside out.  Because in one perfect flash of grace, everything you ever wanted is suddenly yours, even though you doubted something this good would ever happen to you.

From the front cover to the last words, I was enthralled.  Carried away on a journey I was so sure was going to go blow up in their faces. Priscilla and Shane are committed and rock solid partners from a certain point early-ish in the book.  I loved how they leaned on each other and supported each other. This book was the true definition of unconditional love.

~ 5 Stars ~

 

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About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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