Thursday, 5 March 2015

Spotlight: The Dance of the Firefly by Kathy Bosman #Romance #Africa

I’m excited to present my good friend and Decadent Publishing sister's  second book in the Ubuntu Line. If you weren't aware the Ubuntu line books are set in Africa. Something different and exciting.

Blurb:

Mix together a beautiful ballerina and ballet teacher, a sexy single dad, and a precocious-yet-sweet daughter, and emotions run high. Add racial and cultural differences, work contracts coming to an end, and hurts and memories from the past and sparks fly.

Rowena loves to dance but has ended up teaching ballet instead. When she helps out Cameron’s difficult daughter, a bond develops between the two dancers. Cameron makes Rowena uncomfortable because he stirs up new, unwanted feelings which make no sense when he intends to leave Zambia soon when his contract ends.

Cameron can’t resist sanguine live-wire Rowena who makes his daughter smile for the first time in years. But can he risk his heart again when memories of his late wife come back to haunt him? And Rowena has a lot more at stake in giving her all.


Excerpt 

She’d expected him to disappear. Instead, she jumped as a shadow appeared in front of her. The man stood a foot from her. Close up, his presence seemed to permeate her. For a brief moment, her gnawing sorrow vanished, and attraction surged in like a current of potent goodness. His features were clear-cut yet contrasting: bronzed skin against almost ginger hair. It could pass for golden brown. Speckles of day-old matching beard. Light brown eyes like the earth near Lake Kariba. Sturdy posture, straight and purposeful. Broad shoulders. Strength she could rely on at this time.
She pushed the crazy thoughts away.
His expression had changed to almost lost. Patience settled upon her, sweet and refreshing after days of pure irritation at everything that moved.
“Maybe you could help Jamey.”
“I’m sorry?”
He raked his fingers through his hair. There was anxiety there. Suffering. She took her leg down to give him her full attention.
“What could I do?”
“You could give her extra lessons.”
“I’m full up already, Mr. Hosking. I don’t have time….”
“Jamey loves to dance. Her late mother was a ballet dancer. It’s her only connection with her.”
Late mother! Rowena’s lungs drained of air. Oh, how she could identify with her pain. Although her mother’s death was recent, only six days ago, and she wasn’t a child, she suddenly wanted to hug Jamey and fill her heart with love to take away the lonely hopelessness. How could she have been so impatient with the child? No wonder she was so restless. The recital had become more important than the children. Creating a good image for her studio to increase the size of her classes had taken precedence over putting something into the ones she had.
He peered into her frozen face. “I’ll pay you double the price of a normal lesson. Please.”
She nodded. “I will. Of course.”
He instinctively grabbed her hand. “You won’t regret it. Jamey’s a very bright child, and she’s crazy about you.”
Her insides shuddered, and her toes curled at the simple contact. His hand was warm, and he squeezed a little too hard, but suddenly she wished he would keep it there. But he didn’t.
“Really?”
He laughed. “Yes. She says you’re so beautiful, like her mommy. You do look a bit like her.” His eyes became dreamy and distant, as though a lifetime of memories passed through his mind.
A pang shot through her. Imagine a man like him loving her with the intensity he directed toward his late wife? What a selfish thought. He was still grieving.


Author Bio:

Kathy loves reading and writing even more. She homeschools her three kids, so in between unsuccessfully explaining the difference between subject and predicate or how to divide fractions, she enters an imaginary world of troubled and passionate characters whose stories take over the page. Kathy lives in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, where the summers are hot, the winters cool, and bugs thrive. Her first published novel, Wedding Gown Girl, came out in 2012 with Astraea Press. She belongs to the Romance Writers of South Africa Group (ROSA) which has been her greatest support and inspiration the last few years.

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Spotlight: Let Mercy Come by Zee Monodee

Let Mercy Come by +Zee Monodee 
Corpus Brides #3: The Conclusion
Romantic Suspense


Let mercy come
...and wash away our sins...

A woman on the run
Valeriya Morozova has managed to carve out a do-over for herself away from the clutches of the Corpus agency. The one formerly known as Anastasiya still lives on the edge, paranoid anyone will bust her secret and turn her in. Agency leaders believe her to be at the heart of the failed mutinous plot to overtake command, and the price of that betrayal—never mind that she is innocent—will be her life, paid in blood.

A man who’s always followed orders
In his decades inside the Corpus agency, case officer and former super-spy Graeme Whitman—aka Scott—has always paid heed to rules and obeyed all his orders. When he is chosen to bring the traitor Anastasiya back into the fold, Scott knows it will be just one more job he will successfully complete. After all, doing the right thing is atonement for your past mistakes, right?

Secrets running deep
Scott has secrets; who doesn’t? But he isn’t prepared for the full cupboard of skeletons Anastasiya carries with her...starting with the reason why she ran away from the agency. The more he digs, the less he is certain of, until he comes to ask himself why everyone has falsely painted her as a hard-hearted sociopath.


But is Anastasiya a victim, or a skilful manipulator? When her past collides with her present, the future as both she and Scott conceived it shatters. They’ve answered the call of duty all their lives—will they have to make the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love?









EXCERPT 
“Why did you run, Ana?”
She hitched in a breath. That’s the nickname he’d used— Don’t. Think. Of. That.
“Antonia. Nothing mattered except her. She wouldn’t grow up inside the agency, and I wouldn’t let anyone take her from me.”
“There was nothing else?”
“That wasn’t enough?” she shot back at him.
He sighed again. “Things have been happening inside the organization.”
“What kind of things?”
He stared at her. “Mutiny.”
“What?” Surprise dropped like an anvil over her and she stumbled to the bed, where she fell into a heap next to him. “You must be joking!”
“Sadly, no. You didn’t notice anything back in there? It never struck you that something could be amiss?”
She turned to face him. “Something was amiss, Scott—I was pregnant, about to bring an innocent, defenceless child into this fucked up existence of being a Corpus agent. Excuse me for not thinking of anything beside that.”
“Speaking of, who’s her father?”
She steeled herself to answer this question...with a non-answer. “Why did you have to fake your death?”
Had he noticed she’d evaded the query?
He remained silent for long seconds, before he responded. “You recall the Stepanovic case in Marseille, a little over a year ago? Nothing was going as planned there, and it even ended in a case death.”
She nodded. “No conclusive evidence, no influence worked, and he even disappeared after a while. Total failure for us on that one, I remember. The boss hadn’t been pleased.”
“You’ll also recall it’s not the only case that fell off the wayside around that period.”
She frowned. “Now that you mention it...”
“Someone from the inside was letting those criminals walk away. Fey had also disappeared; we suspected she’d gone rogue.”
She winced upon hearing that name. How she’d hated that woman, because Fey had worked with Scott and had managed to snare him into her bed a long time ago. She’d had everything Valeriya had ever wanted for herself.
“Then someone targeted Kali.”
“Oh, my God! Is she okay? She isn’t...?”
“She’s fine. Her agent status burned, but she’s alive, living like a civilian now in Notting Hill with her husband.”
A sigh of relief rushed out of her. Kali—aka Rayne Cheltham—had been her best friend inside the Corpus. Right before cutting and running from Prague, she’d done all she could to save the life of Ash, Rayne’s husband, who’d been hit by a rogue bullet when he’d walked in on one of her operations.
Rayne, the only person she’d informed of her leaving, without giving her any details as to why. Her friend must now think the worst of her.
And so must Scott, and everyone else. Clarity suddenly beamed in her mind.
“You think I had anything to do with this?” Only someone on the upper echelons of the organization could’ve pulled this mutiny through, what with having access to case files and their whole arsenal.
And she had disappeared right after Rayne got burned.
That’s why Scott had been looking for her.





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Author, editor, smitten wife, in-over-her-head mum to a tween boy, best-buddy stepmum to a teenage lad, bookaholic, lover of all things fluffy & pink, chronic shoeholic, incompetent housewife desperate to channel Nigella Lawson (and who’ll prolly always fail at making domestic goddess status)...

Zee hails from the multicultural, rainbow-nation island of Mauritius, in the southern Indian Ocean, where she grew up on the figurative fence—one side had her ancestors’ Indian and Muslim culture; the other had modernity and the global village. When one day she realised she could dip her toes into both sides without losing her integrity, she found her identity.
This quest for ‘finding your place’ is what she attempts to bring in all her stories, across all the genres she writes. Her heroines represent today’s women trying to reconcile love, life, & relationships in a melting pot of cultures, while her heroes are Alpha men who often get put back into their rightful place by the headstrong women she writes. Love is always a winner in her stories, though; that’s a given.


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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Prah and Constantine Review: Share the Moon by Sharon Struth #ContemporaryRomance



February 2015 was one of the most hectic months I’ve had in long time. I’m lucky I got this book read in time. Imagine how depressing it is to read only a couple of books in month. I’m going to have to make up for it in March. 

Remember to stop by Constantine’s blog to see what she thought of the book.


The Blurb

Sometimes trust is the toughest lesson to learn. Sophie Shaw is days away from signing a contract that will fulfill her dream of owning a vineyard. For her, it's a chance to restart her life and put past tragedies to rest. But Duncan Jamieson's counter offer blows hers out to sea.

Duncan still finds Sophie as appealing as he had during boyhood vacations to the lake. Older and wiser now, he has his own reasons for wanting the land. His offer, however, hinges on a zoning change approval.

Bribery rumors threaten the deal and make Sophie wary of Duncan, yet she cannot deny his appeal. When her journalistic research uncovers a Jamieson family secret, trust becomes the hardest lesson for them both.

My Review
I can see why romances featuring middle aged men and women are so popular. I'm sure most of us like to read what we can relate to. Ms. Struth demonstrates that Sophie can still long for and find a heated romance after a life of divorce, children, and heartbreak. I enjoyed that Duncan and Sophie had some kind of history. Their reaction to each other when they first met in the book was endearing and I started rooting for them to get together immediately.

Ms. Struth evokeda plethora of deep emotions. My heart broke for both the hero and heroine, I had more than a little bit of curiosity about the mystery that needed to be solved, and I even got angry towards a few people in the story.

All in all it was a great read that kept me hanging on to see both what would happen between the Duncan and Sophie and to solve the mystery. 

I'd love to see a story featuring Trent, Duncan's older brother.

I give this book four out of five round white chocolate bars.

I purchased it from Amazon.





Sunday, 1 March 2015

Destiny Mine Blog Tour Sign Up #Romance #MC


Destiny Mine is being released on March 10th. (Taking a moment to do the wop)

A new book release means a new blog tour. Aren't you lucky that you haven't missed out on signing up for the blog tour? Please sign up and share the news. More blogs for Nana!

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Blurb

Extraordinary midwife, Esi Darfour, is looking to get married.  She’s a master matchmaker but has no luck when it comes to her love life and has yet to find a man worthy of her. Until she has to deal with gorgeous Dr. Adam Quarshie outside of work.


Adam is a player who refuses to get married—ever. His interest lies more in getting her into bed than in having any kind of committed relationship. Esi’s matchmaker instincts warn her to run in the other direction as quickly as possible, but her heart insists she stay…get closer…and see if what they feel for each other can change his mind.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Cover reveal: Destiny Mine #ContemporaryRomance #Africa

Not sure just how to describe how excited I am. Let's just say that my niece has nothing on me, not even when I sing the itsy bitsy spiders on and she rolls on the ground in giggles.

The second book in the Destiny series is being released on March 10th.

Blurb.
Extraordinary midwife, Esi Darfour, is looking to get married.  She’s a master matchmaker but has no luck when it comes to her love life and has yet to find a man worthy of her. Until she has to deal with gorgeous Dr. Adam Quarshie outside of work.


Adam is a player who refuses to get married—ever. His interest lies more in getting her into bed than in having any kind of committed relationship. Esi’s matchmaker instincts warn her to run in the other direction as quickly as possible, but her heart insists she stay…get closer…and see if what they feel for each other can change his mind.


Just to make you as happy as I am, Midwife to Destiny (Book 1 of the Destiny Series is on sale for 99 cents for a limited time. Didn't that just make your day?

Blurb
Ghanaian nurse Aurora ‘Ora’ Aikins never expected to find the love of her life while on vacation in South Africa. Engaged to another and believing that love has no place in her life, she returns to Ghana, and puts duty and honor first.

Three years later, Dr. Jason Lartey still can’t get Ora out of his mind or his heart. After learning she never married, he takes a risk and moves to Ghana hoping to rekindle what they started. His sudden appearance in Ora’s Emergency Department sends sparks flying all over again.

They’re in the same country, working in the same hospital, and together but distance creeps between them. Can they make their destined love one for the ages?


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

When Romance is Traumatic #Romance



Eons ago (back in high school) my friend Jane and I went to see Untamed Heart with Marissa Tomei and Christian Slater. Since the movie is virtually ancient, I’ll let you know that Christian had a heart defect (he called it a baboon heart) which could no longer sustain his life. They fell in love and then he died. After all these years I still recall the conversation my friend Jane and I had.

Me (gushing): That was such a good movie. So romantic.

Jane (jaded): But he died. Now she’s going to have to go through life knowing that she once had love and now it’s gone (said with arms akimbo).

Me (disappointed in myself for not having thought of that aspect, yet still a pseudo optimist): Oh. But she found love and enjoyed it while she had it. Some people never experience that kind of intense love.

Jane (not convinced and looking at me askance): But he died.

In my book LoveThrough Time, the grandmother – who’s a hoot by the way- says something similar to Jasmine, the heroine. I chanelled the long ago conversation I once had with Jane to write the scene. In my humble opinion, I believe it’s better to love someone for a short time than not at all.
Of course loving them for a long time would be way better.

 I also wanted to add the lyrics to Garth Brooks song The Dance to the novel, but it would’ve been a tiny bit of overkill.

Here is the song for your listening pleasure.


 What's your opinion? Is it better to have loved and lost or never have loved at all.

Confession of a former wuss #Nurse

People who met me as an adult may not believe this post, but I used to be a major ass wuss when I was younger. Sure, now I can and will stand up for myself and others without backing down. When did I change from being a person whose opinion would vacillate depending on who I was around? I'd say it was when I became a nurse (My gutter mouth started up then too). 

Nurses have no time for being a pansy. We have patients to protect. With all that we have to deal with, it gets beaten right out of us, otherwise we end up leaving the profession. When I encounter a shy nursing student I warn him or her that shy nurses don't exist anywhere on this earth so they'd better snap out of it before it gets snapped out of them. (I say it in a nicer manner, though - I hope).

I don't tolerate weakness well because I know what it means to be pushed around by others and never expressing my own thoughts for fear of not being liked. This is why you won't read one of my heroine's as weak, unless she starts that way and gains strength as the book progresses. Hmmm, possible romance novel idea - feel free to add on if you'd like.

Were you ever a softie? When did you change.