Thursday, December 26, 2019

Cover Reveal: Under the Apple Blossoms ~ A Lake Harriet Novel

I'm thrilled to share with you the
cover of my upcoming 
romance novel


the 4th book in the

Lake Harriet Series

Coming March 2020!

Beautiful Cover Design by Deborah at Tugboat Design

Book Description:

Sometimes the only one standing in the way of your happiness is you.

Debbie Adams has never thought of herself as beautiful or witty. Her short, curvy stature has always made her feel self-conscious. As the owner of Deb’s Bridal Boutique near Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Debbie runs the business she’d inherited after her mother’s death. But owning a bridal shop has never been her dream—it had been her mother’s. And as the years go by, Debbie sees friends and neighbors pairing off and building a future while her life remains stagnant. Then, one March day, frantic to get in shape before a friend’s wedding, Debbie forces herself to go biking. As she rides along the icy lake path, she’s startled by a runner and slips and falls. Regaining her bearings, she looks up into a pair of warm, brown eyes and the most handsome face she’s ever seen. Could this tall, extremely fit, and good-looking man be her destiny?

Marc Bennett’s life is amazing. He owns a chain of fitness centers around the Twin Cities and lives in a beautiful mansion that overlooks Lake Harriet. The only thing missing from his life is a wonderful woman to share it with. Not that he’s lacking in applicants for the position. He’s a handsome man with a warm, caring personality and women flock to him. But at thirty-six, he’s had the shallow relationships and he’s not in a hurry to commit to anyone. Then one crisp, spring day, as he’s running the lake path with his dog, Bernie, he literally crashes into a woman on a bike. As he attempts to help her up, he finds himself looking into the most beautiful pair of blue eyes. Eyes he can’t seem to get out of his mind.

Release Date: March 17, 2020

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Book Review: The Queen of Paris: A Novel of Coco Chanel by Pamela Binnings Ewen

The Queen of Paris:

A Novel of Coco Chanel

Pamela Binnings Ewen

Book Description:

I’ve done terrible things, I know that now. But really, I had no choice.— Coco Chanel

The Queen of Paris is an amazing novel about Coco Chanel as she fights to protect her legend and secrets during the Nazi occupation of Paris in WWII. Love, espionage, murder, greed. A private war on a new front. And her weapons of choice: power and perfume.

This book is from an author with a literary pedigree and several awards of her own. Pamela Binnings Ewen is the latest writer to emerge from a Louisiana family recognized for its statistically improbable number of successful authors including cousin, James Lee Burke, Andre Dubus (Best Picture Oscar nomination for The Bedroom; his son, Andre Dubus III, author of The House of Sand and Fog, a Best Picture Oscar nomination and an Oprah pick; Elizabeth Nell Dubus (the Cajun trilogy); and Alafair Burke, just starting out with the well received Samantha Kincaid mystery series.

Publish Date: April 7, 2020
Historical Fiction
Blackstone Publishing

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My 5-Star Review:

As WWII looms over Paris, Coco Chanel is faced with the unexpected defection of the man she is in business with to produce her most famous product of all—her perfume, Chanel N° 5. In an attempt to get back her rights to the perfume, she will agree to do anything. But is it worth it in the end?

The Queen of Paris explores the life of Coco Chanel through the occupation of Paris during the war. This picture of Chanel is not a pretty one. It shows how she will do anything—even if it means going against her beloved France—to keep what she has built and protect the ones she loves. Glimpses into her past give you a clearer picture of why she became so motivated to be successful, and why it is so important for her to cling to what is hers. A beautifully written story. Perfect for readers of historical fiction.

About the Author:

Pamela is the author of six books published by B&H Publishing Group, including the non-fiction Faith on Trial (1999) and the novels Walk Back the Cat (2001) (re-released in 2010 as Secret of the Shroud),The Moon in the Mango Tree, (2008) (a 2009 Christy Award Finalist), Dancing on Glass (2011) (a 2012 Christy Award Finalist, and winner of a Single Titles Reviewers Choice Award); Chasing the Wind (2012), a Top Pick by RT Book Reviews, and An Accidental Life (2013).The Moon in the Mango Tree was honored with the 2012 Eudora Welty Memorial Award, given by the National League of American Pen Women.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Happy Holidays Reader Appreciation Giveaway!

Update: The Giveaway has ended. Three lucky winners have been chosen:

Mick M. - $50 Gift Card
Jeanne K. - $25 Gift Card
Still waiting on response from 3rd winner.

Thank you all for entering! 

The Holiday Season is here
and I'm thrilled to annouce the 

Happy Holidays
Reader Appreciation Giveaway!

As a way of thanking all my amazing and supportive readers, I want to give you a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards.

1- $50 Amazon Gift Card
1- $25 Amazon Gift Card
1- $25 Amazon Gift Card


November 29th - December 20th

Enter by using the Rafflecopter below. The more entries you have, the greater the chance of winning!

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And have a wonderful holiday season!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Book Review: Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey

Hi all,

This debut novel by the talented Samantha M. Bailey is going to keep you on the edge of your seat. Be prepared to be taken for a bumpy ride! Here are my thoughts.

Woman on the Edge

Samantha M. Bailey

Book Description:

A moment on the subway platform changes two women’s lives forever—a debut thriller that will take your breath away.

A total stranger on the subway platform whispers, “Take my baby.”

She places her child in your arms. She says your name.

Then she jumps...

In a split second, Morgan Kincaid’s life changes forever. She’s on her way home from work when a mother begs her to take her baby, then places the infant in her arms. Before Morgan can stop her, the distraught mother jumps in front of an oncoming train.

Morgan has never seen this woman before, and she can’t understand what would cause a person to give away her child and take her own life. She also can’t understand how this woman knew her name.

The police take Morgan in for questioning. She soon learns that the woman who jumped was Nicole Markham, prominent CEO of the athletic brand Breathe. She also learns that no witness can corroborate her version of events, which means she’s just become a murder suspect.

To prove her innocence, Morgan frantically retraces the last days of Nicole’s life. Was Nicole a new mother struggling with paranoia or was she in danger? When strange things start happening to Morgan, she suddenly realizes she might be in danger, too.

Woman on the Edge is a pulse-pounding, propulsive thriller about the lengths to which a woman will go to protect her baby—even if that means sacrificing her own life.

Psychological Thriller
Publish Date: November 26, 2019

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Paperback (Releases 3/3/20)

My 5-Star Review:

Morgan Kincaid’s life has already been set in a tailspin from her deceased husband’s dealings and all she wants is for her life to be normal again. But while waiting on the platform for the train, a frantic woman she’s never met before shoves her small infant in Morgan’s arms and asks her to take care of her baby. Then, in an instant, Morgan’s life changes forever when the woman falls in front of the moving train. Soon, Morgan finds herself a suspect in the woman’s death as strange details come to light. Desperate to clear her name, she begins to unravel the woman’s last days before she died to prove her innocence. But unraveling the web of deceit and lies is more difficult that Morgan could have ever imagined.

Woman on the Edge is a tightly-woven, edge-of-the-seat psychological thriller that you will not be able to put down. The twists and turns in this story will keep you guessing until the very end. A brilliantly written debut novel by the talented Samantha M. Bailey, this novel is a must-read for all thriller fans.

About the Author:

Samantha M. Bailey is a Toronto-based novelist, journalist, and freelance editor. Her work has appeared in NOW Magazine, The Village Post, and Oxford University Press, among other publications. She was a writer-in-residence for Kobo Writing Life at Book Expo America 2013. She is the co-founder of BookBuzz, a promotional and interactive author-reader event held in New York City and Toronto. Woman on the Edge is her debut novel. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram @SBaileyBooks and on her website at

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