Saturday, February 27, 2016

Book Review: The Bette Davis Club by Jane Lotter


Hi all,

I can’t say enough good things about this latest book I’ve read. The Bette Davis Club by Jane Lotter was such a delight to read. It’s an absolute must-read for those who love a great women’s fiction novel. Here is more about the novel and my review.

 

The Bette Davis Club

Jane Lotter

 

Book Description:

The morning of her niece’s wedding, Margo Just drinks a double martini and contemplates the many mistakes she’s made in her fifty-odd years of life. Spending three decades in love with a wonderful but unattainable man is pretty high up on her list of missteps, as is a long line of unsuccessful love affairs accompanied by a seemingly endless supply of delicious cocktails.

When the young bride flees—taking with her a family heirloom and leaving behind six hundred bewildered guests—her mother offers Margo fifty grand to retrieve her spoiled brat of a daughter and the invaluable property she stole. So, together with the bride’s jilted and justifiably crabby fiancĂ©, Margo sets out in a borrowed 1955 red MG on a cross-country chase. Along the way, none of what she discovers will be quite what she expected. But it might be exactly what she’s been seeking all along.

From acclaimed humor writer Jane Lotter comes this madcap, laugh-out-loud adventure, The Bette Davis Club.

 
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My Five Star Review:

 
Margo Just is near the end of her rope with no money in the bank, debt, and no income coming in. When her sister—her wealthy sister—invites her across country to California to attend her niece’s wedding, Margo decides a family celebration is just what she needs. Then, when her niece takes off before the ceremony, a wonderful opportunity comes Margo’s way. Her sister is willing to pay her loads of money to track down the runaway bride and get back the family heirloom she’s absconded with. One catch—the jilted groom will go along, too. So, off they go in Margo’s father’s old 1955 MG on a wild goose chase across country, and Margo learns much more about herself than she anticipated along the way.

 
The Bette Davis Club is one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. Author Jane Lotter is a pro when it comes to writing a hilarious, heartwarming story. The characters are written with expertise and the storyline truly keeps you turning the pages. Such a well-written story! I loved how each and every character was flawed, but also able to win your heart. When you read The Bette Davis Club, you know you are reading a story by a talented wordsmith. Thank you, Jane Lotter, for leaving us this amazing story.

 
If you love witty, heartwarming stories, you will love this novel.

(I received this novel from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)

 

About the Author:

Jane Lotter was a Seattle-based writer and humorist whose work has appeared in national publications. Her hilarious column, Jane Explains, ran in the Seattle Sun, winning several awards, including one from the Society of Professional Journalists. Jane’s only novel, The Bette Davis Club, won first place in the Mainstream category in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest.

 

I hope you will give this novel a try – you will not be disappointed.

 
Cheers,

Deanna

Monday, February 15, 2016

Book Review: The Return of the Witch by Paula Brackston


Hi all,

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, St. Martin's Press, I was able to read and early copy of Paula Brackston’s latest novel The Return of the Witch. As someone who has read everything that Ms. Brackston has written, I was delighted to have a chance to read this one. And I was not disappointed. Paula Brackston continues to charm with her latest novel.

 

The Return of the Witch

Paula Brackston

 

Book Description:

Paula Brackston's debut novel, The Witch's Daughter, was the little book that could--with a captivating story, remarkable heroine, and eye-catching package, it has now netted over 200,000 copies in all formats. Now Paula returns with its sequel The Return of the Witch, another bewitching tale of love and magic, featuring her signature blend of gorgeous writing, a fabulous and intriguing historical backdrop, and a headstrong and relatable heroine readers will cheer for.

After five years in the Summerlands, Gideon has gained his freedom. Elizabeth knows he will go straight for Tegan, and that she must protect the girl she had come to regard as her own daughter. In the time since she the dramatic night in Batchcombe woods, Tegan has traveled the world learning from all manner of witches, and she is no longer the awkward teenager and novice spellcaster she once was. However, her skills are no match for Gideon's dark, vengeful power, and he succeeds in capturing her. Will Elizabeth be able to find her? Will they be able to defeat their nemesis once and for all?

In a breathless journey that takes them through history to the 17th and 19th centuries, witch pursues warlock. Three people steeped in magic weave a new story, but not all will survive until the end.

 
Publish date: March 8, 2016

Preorders now available

 

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My 5 Star Review:

 
The Return of the Witch continues with the characters we came to know from the first novel, The Witch’s Daughter. Once again, Tegan is fleeing the powerful Gideon and Elizabeth is in hot pursuit to save the young witch she’s come to think of as her daughter. But will Elizabeth find her in time?

Paula Brackston has such a beautiful writing style that her stories flow effortlessly from page to page. You just don’t want the story to end. And in this story, she takes us on a journey through time as Elizabeth pursues Gideon and Tegan to try to end his evil once and for all. She writes rich, full characters that change and grow throughout the book. And you will fall in love with the time stepper, Erasmus, who helps Elizabeth on her journey throughout the story.

A definite must read for anyone who loves a well-written, highly entertaining magical story!

 

Read my review of The Witch’s Daughter

 

About the Author:

Paula Brackston lives in a wild, mountainous part of Wales. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, and is a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Wales, Newport. Before becoming a writer, Paula tried her hand at various career paths, with mixed success. These included working as a groom on a racing yard, a travel agent, a secretary, an English teacher, and a goat herd. Everyone involved (particularly the goats) is very relieved that she has now found a job she is actually able to do properly.

When not hunched over her keyboard in her tiny office under the stairs, Paula is dragged outside by her children to play Swedish tennis on the vertiginous slopes which surround them. She also enjoys being walked by the dog, hacking through weeds in the vegetable patch, or sitting by the pond with a glass of wine. Most of the inspiration for her writing comes from stomping about on the mountains being serenaded by skylarks and buzzards.


In 2007 Paula was shortlisted in the Creme de la Crime search for new writers. In 2010 her book 'Nutters' (writing as PJ Davy) was shortlisted for the Mind Book Award. Last year she was selected by the BBC under their New Welsh Writers scheme.


 
Connect with Paula:

Website




I hope you'll try this novel - I loved it!

Cheers,
Deanna

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Walking Sam Cover Reveal & Pre-order

Hi all,

I am so excited to share with you all today the cover reveal of my latest contemporary romance novel, Walking Sam. And even more exciting - you can now pre-order it on Amazon Kindle!


Walking Sam
Cover design by Tugboat Design

Deanna Lynn Sletten

Book Description:


Love isn’t always a walk in the park…

Ryan Collier has lived a quiet life with his golden retriever, Sam, and two orange tabbies since the death of his wife nearly three years ago. His friends and family are encouraging him to move on and find someone to share his life with, but Ryan feels he’ll never find anyone he’ll love as much as his wife. Ryan reluctantly starts going out on weekends, and soon finds that not only have women changed, but also the rules of dating. He’s longing for a fulfilling relationship but everyone he meets only want one-night stands. Then, Kristen moves in next door and he finds they have a lot in common. There’s only one problem—she’s not available.

Kristen Foster craves a peaceful place to call home. With her stressful job as a Pediatric Oncology Nurse and a failed marriage behind her, she doesn’t want any more drama in her life. Then her casual boyfriend—a surgeon—proposes to her. And she finds that the widower next door is a thirty-something, handsome man who seems to have his choice of young women every weekend. His only redeeming quality is his beautiful dog, Sam. But as she gets to know Ryan, Kristen is drawn to him. She finds herself struggling to choose between the dependable surgeon or the man she believes is the neighborhood playboy.

Can Sam’s furry charm bring Ryan and Kristen together?

Walking Sam is a heartwarming story of two people who have to let go of the past in order to see what’s right in front of them.
 
Contemporary Romance
Release date: March 29, 2016
 
Pre-order now on Amazon Kindle - $3.99
 
Coming soon to Paperback
 
A big thank you to Deborah at Tugboat Design for creating the beautiful cover. This is one of my favorites of all the covers she's created for me.

Cheers,
Deanna

Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentine Deal & Giveaway!

Hi all,

In celebration of Valentine's Day, I am participating in an amazing giveaway in association with The Kindle Book Review and several other wonderful authors. In addition to that, I am having a deal on my romance novel, KISS A COWBOY. Here's the scoop!

 
 
  Here's a chance for you to win one of four $200 Amazon gift cards in The Kindle Book Review's $800 Valentine's Giveaway. Just click on the link and enter at the #1 site for reader giveaways--The Kindle Book Review. It's easy & fun. If you love reading, enter now.
 
Runs February 8 - 22nd. 
Click Here to enter! https://wp.me/P2H01p-67T
No purchase necessary to enter.
 
And there's more!
 
During this Giveaway - Feb. 8 - 14th - My romance novel
 
Kiss a Cowboy
 
will be priced at only $0.99.
 
You can buy Kiss a Cowboy on Amazon
 
 
 
Happy Valentines Day! And Good Luck
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cheers,
Deanna


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