Posts Tagged ‘romantic suspense’

Mountain Fire Brenda M


This book has action, romance, suspense, beautiful setting in the Canadian wilderness, and loads of adventure.  Alex Weaver is a Conservation officer. June Brandt is a Natural Resources student. When June and Alex meet, over a poached Grizzly bear, it’s an instant attraction.

They have so much in common: a love and respect for the great outdoors, a keen interest in hiking and other recreational activities. However, they have a few major differences. One of those is family. June is from a large, loving, and fun (almost quirky) family. Alex’s family relationships would best be described as estranged.

Illegal bear poaching is the glue that keeps these two lonely hearts together. They want to bring the poacher(s) to justice. Then a series of accidents start happening to June. She is almost run over by a motorcyclist. She gets a shredded tire and while changing it, someone shoots off a gun near her. While she and Alex are hiking in the woods, another gunshot goes off nearby. When another CO is found murdered, Alex decides he is bad luck for June and backs out of her life– for her own good. Even if it just about kills him.

June’s misaligned trust in a friend causes her to need Alex– in a matter of life and death.

Mountain Fire was a fantastic read I would recommend for anyone who likes Canadian settings, outdoorsy locales, and characters so very similar yet so very different.

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This is a well done romance with plenty of twists and turns. I am not sure whether Ms. Gilmore is personally knowledgeable about London’s social scenery or if she researched it thoroughly. Either way, the London scenes were most believable. The story spans three countries:, England, USA, and Mexico.

Taylor Fairchild’s dad persuades her to take a vacation from their music insider business, and fly to London, England. Begrudgingly, she complies. While there, she discovers a rock band called Fury. She is convinced they could become hot in America and she starts the pursuit to suggest they create a demo recording for her.

Once she and lead singer, Craig Phillips, join up, the chemistry is undeniable. They spend a large amount of time together. However, Craig and another Fury band member have a secret side-job: being the drop men for a underworld drug kingpin.

Taylor, Craig and the Fury band go to Los Angeles, and indeed they become the next big rock group. Craig thinks he’s left his undesirable side job behind him, in the past where it belongs. He focuses his attention on building his dream with the band, and creating a serious relationship with Taylor.

It all goes smooth for a while, until Craig’s past returns to haunt him. His kid brother, Shaun, disappears, and Craig is summoned to Mexico to get him. There, Craig’s past and present collide, caught in the clutches of a vile, heartless drug lord.

Meanwhile, Taylor grows tired of waiting to hear from Craig, and launches her own investigation to find him. She tracks him to Mexico and soon finds herself caught in the dangerous and mysterious web of his past as well.

With thoroughly despicable bad guys and sizzling chemistry between Taylor and Craig, and plenty of unexpected plot twists; I can only say one thing for Diane Gilmore’s “Perilous Pursuit”: Well done!

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I am so excited to have author Joanne Guidoccio stop in for a visit. She is here to tell us about her new romantic suspense book, “Too Many Women in the Room“. I really like that title. Joanne, please take it away:


On a Greek Culinary Journey with Joanne:

Gilda Greco, protagonist of Too Many Women in the Room, and I have a special fondness for Greek cuisine. We appreciate the simple and elegant flavors of foods and beverages that can be traced back to Ancient Greece.

Here are ten interesting milestones from Greek culinary history:

  1. Feta cheese is said to be about 6,000 years old, making it one of the world’s oldest cheeses.
  2. In Greece, cheesecakes were considered excellent sources of energy and served to athletes during the first Olympic Games in 776 B.C. Greek brides and grooms celebrated their nuptials with cheesecake.
  3. The first “cookbook” was written by Greek poet and gourmand, Archestratos, in 330 B.C. His humorous didactic poem Hedypatheia (Life of Luxury), written in hexameters but known only from quotations, advises the reader where to find the best food in the Mediterranean world.
  4. In the Middle Ages, monastic brothers who prepared food in the Greek Orthodox monasteries, wore tall white hats to distinguish themselves from regular monks, who wore large black hats.
  5. Many ingredients used in modern Greek cooking—bananas, potato, spinach, tomato—were unknown until the discovery of the Americas.
  6. Dishes with names like tzatziki (from the Turkish “cacik”), hummus (from the Arabic word for chickpea) and dolmades (from the Turkish word “dolma”) also found a home in Greek cooking.
  7. The Greek Frappe (similar to an iced coffee) was invented at the Thessaloniki Trade Fair in 1957.
  8. Greece’s climate is ideal for growing olive and lemon trees, producing two important elements of Greek cooking. Spices, garlic, and herbs such as basil, mint, oregano, and thyme are added to create blends of tangy seasonings.
  9. Lamb, which is usually spit-roasted, is the most popular meat served in Greek homes and restaurants. Other meats include chicken, pork, beef, and fish. All of these meats can be used in souvlaki.
  10. Filo dough, ultra-thin, flaky pastry, forms the foundation of many popular Greek recipes, including Spanakopita (spinach pie) and Baklava (sweet pastry with nuts).

Yep, I am fond of several Greek foods; Baklava, olive oil, and of course cheesecake!

Blurb for “Too Many Women in the Room”:

When Gilda Greco invites her closest friends to a VIP dinner, she plans to share David Korba’s signature dishes and launch their joint venture— Xenia, an innovative Greek restaurant near Sudbury, Ontario. Unknown to Gilda, David has also invited Michael Taylor, a lecherous photographer who has throughout the past three decades managed to annoy all the women in the room. One woman follows Michael to a deserted field for his midnight run and stabs him in the jugular.

Gilda’s life is awash with complications as she wrestles with a certain detective’s commitment issues and growing doubts about her risky investment in Xenia. Frustrated, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers decades-old secrets and resentments that have festered until they explode into untimely death. Can Gilda outwit a killer bent on killing again?


“I’m a nobody here,” David said, glancing down at his plate. “And with my credit rating, none of the banks would endorse a loan. I’m screwed.”

“What if I backed you?” I couldn’t believe I was speaking so casually, all the while my heart beat at an alarming rate.

David rubbed a hand over his chin and flashed a grin at me. “Gilda, darling, you’re sweet to offer, but I don’t think you know what’s involved here.”

Susan nodded in agreement.

Were they playing me, I wondered. Since winning nineteen million dollars in Lotto649, I had encountered many sharks who hoped to prey on my easy-going nature. A quick Google search would have revealed my three-year-old lottery win. Old news, but still there on the second and third pages.

“Would one hundred thousand dollars be enough?” I asked. “In case you don’t know, I won a major lottery several years ago.” Since winning, I had received many proposals from across the province and had backed three local ventures. In each case, I had chosen to remain a silent partner.

David’s right hand trembled as he poured himself another glass of wine. Susan’s mouth dropped open, and she gave a little gasp.

“I take it that’s a yes,” I said.

More mild protests followed, and another bottle of wine disappeared. We were all a bit tipsy when we shook on the agreement. And so Xenia was born.

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In 2008, Joanne took advantage of early retirement from a 31-year teaching career and decided to launch a second act that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes cozy mysteries, paranormal romance, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.

Where to find Joanne…

Website: http://joanneguidoccio.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/joanneguidoccio

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjoanneguidoccio

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joanneguidoccio

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jguidoccio/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7277706.Joanne_Guidoccio




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This story began with a rough and rocky start. A woman was getting beat–again–by her alleged boyfriend. It left a sour taste in my mouth and I almost stopped reading right there. But I reasoned there was hopefully nowhere else for the plot to go but up, so I turned another page.

To be honest, it was hard to swallow and I wondered why this woman–the story’s heroine–was staying for yet around round of abuse. After a flip of the page, she has left the sod, apparently for good. I let out a ragged breath and turned the page again.

Lauren McCray left Michigan in a haste, fleeing the vile and completely hate-able Clint Jackson. She eventually crosses enough state lines to run into Chase Montgomery, a slow drawling rancher you can’t help but instantly stumble into. Or fall for

Grammatical errors abound, which distracted from the read. It is a good story but I felt it could have benefited from another round of edits. The suspense was tight, the characters–especially the secondary ones–well-developed, and the story line moved along at a nice pace.Yes, there are rustlers involved, and I won’t spoil it except to say it was not exactly who I thought it might be. And there is very fast romance between Lauren and Chase. Personally, considering her terrible track record, I thought she ought to wait a bit before dashing off to love-land with Chase, but sometimes it just happens that fast. And Chase is just the protective rancher that you want to cuddle with and start your day with, and definitely end you day with.

Overall, “Rustlers and Romance” was not a bad book to read, fairly short at 129 pages, and worth spending an afternoon or evening curled up with.

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I am super excited to share my upcoming release with Soul Mate Publishing. Entitled “Upon the Tide”, and scheduled to launch May 18th. A suspenseful novel with thrilling romance and unexpected danger on the high seas. Love this cover…


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Tossed together by happenstance, fleeing for their lives and falling in love under the Caribbean sun as paradise turns deadly.

New York fashion designer, Piper Kincaid, simply wanted a pleasant vacation in Florida with her cousin. That was before she and handsome beach bum, Kade Wyatt, become the targets of a gang of robbers and killers. Fleeing for their lives aboard Kade’s big boat, they experience risk, surprises, mystery and romance during the Great Caribbean Boat Chase. However, the biggest surprises are waiting for them back at port.

Offered beginning May 18th by Soul Mate Publishing, through Amazon.com.


I can’t help but think that sounds like a super summer beach read. Or anytime read, for that matter. In honor of this most recent release, I want to giveaway this sterling silver sailboat necklace.  (say that five times fast)


Isn’t that pretty? .925 Sterling silver hammered sailboat charm on an 18 inch silver chain. Made in Thailand. (Sorry, shells not included). I really want to give this to some lucky person. I also have a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card to give away to another lucky reader. This would be electronically sent to the winning email address.

All you have to do to qualify is leave a comment below and ask to be added to my newsletter mailing list. I will need an email address to qualify. If you already are on the newsletter list, just leave a comment, with email, and tell me you already signed up. You’re still in the running to win either gift.

Here is a tantalizing snippet from “Upon the Tide”:

“Good, because I was hoping you’d cook once in a while.”

“With no takeout as an option, I guess I’ll do what I can. There’s no underwear here though,” she finally said, surveying the pile of clothes.

Snapping his fingers, Kade returned to another drawer, withdrawing two ladies’ bikini briefs swinging off his finger. He couldn’t help but feel a blush of color touching his cheeks.

“They’re clean, if you’re interested,” he offered softly.

As she reached for them, he read the question in her eyes. “Do you really want to know?” he asked, handing them over.

“No, not really. Thanks for the . . . um, loan.”

Adding them to the pile, she turned to leave, her eyes falling on something black on the floor. “What’s that?”

Scooping it up, Kade’s face went even redder. As nonchalantly as possible, he dropped the black G-string back into the drawer. “Too big for you.”

“Curious,” she commented, holding the clothes pressed to her. “I recently saw a man wearing one of those. Just like it in fact.”

He arched his brows. “Really? Wherever at?”

“A place called the Beach Crab. My cousin took me there the night before all this started.”

He nodded. “And did you like it? And this man wearing one of these?” A faint grin played on his lips, amused at the color flaring in her cheeks now.

She nodded. “He was . . . interesting.”


Here is the fine print details of the giveaways: Offered to two separate winners are one sterling silver sailboat necklace to be mailed to physical address and one $10 Amazon gift card to be electronically delivered. To qualify, reader must leave valid email address in comment section, asking to be added to newsletter mailing list or stating they have previously signed up for newsletter mailings. Email addresses will be checked for validation. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email. Giveaway contest dates will begin (Tuesday) May 10, 2016 and end midnight, May 18th, 2016. (Wednesday) Winners will be notified by private email. Sailboat necklace winner will have to provide a physical USPS address for delivery of prize. Initials of winners will be posted on author website.

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