Fresh Face Friday: The Beltane Choice by Nancy Jardine

Happy Friday!  I hope you all have had a good week and like me are looking forward to a nice weekend.   To start your weekend off right I am spotlighting a wonderful historical romance by Nancy Jardine called The Beltane Choice. This story set in a time of turbulance between Celtic clans and the threat of Roman invasions fosters a wonderful Romeo and Juliet like story that will capture all readers.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a great weekend and if your stuck in snow keep warm and if its sunny in warm keep me in mind cause I’m freezing my butt off up here!  🙂

15731436Book Blurb: (courtesy of Goodreads)

AD 71.

Banished from the nemeton, becoming a priestess is no longer the future for Nara, a princess of the Selgovae tribe. Now charged with choosing a suitable mate before Beltane, her plan is thwarted by Lorcan, an enemy Brigante prince, who captures her and takes her to his hill fort. Despite their tribes fighting each other, Nara feels drawn to her captor, but time runs out for her secret quest.

As armies of the Roman Empire march relentlessly northwards, Lorcan intends to use Nara as a marriage bargain, knowing all Celtic tribes must unite to be strong enough to repel imminent Roman attack. Nara’s father, Callan, agrees to a marriage alliance between Selgovae and Brigante, but has impossible stipulations. Lorcan is torn between loyalty to his tribe and growing love for Nara.

When danger and death arrive in the form of the mighty Roman forces, will Nara be able to choose her Beltane lover?


When The Beltane Choice begins we find, Nara, Princess of the Selgovae, stuck up a tree threatened by a wild boar.  As she cries out for help,  an unknown rescuer comes to her aid and kills the boar.  When Nara sees that her rescuer is actually a warrior from a rival clan she resists but is drawn to him in ways no other man has ever drawn her.  Lorcan, Prince of the Brigantes, sees the beautiful mysterious Nara and realizes he can’t let her go like he should.  Lorcan takes Nara prisoner and drags her back to his settlement.  During their journey home they learn and grow closer even while Nara tries to escape every chance she gets and Lorcan fights himself from taking Nara the way he really wants to take her.  Through their journey they realize their affection for each other lies deeper than they both know.  At last back at the settlement, Lorcan proposes a viable way for a truce between Nara’s father and his own people.  Unfortunately, things don’t go as smooth as Nara and Lorcan would like.  The invasion of the Romans, Nara’s father’s ridiculous stipulations and the love they have looks as though it will be swiftly taken from them.  But, when Beltane comes around Nara must choose who she will love forever and who she will live her life with.  For some this means two different people, but for Nara her choice is made for her or so she thinks.  In a time of turbulence and strife can two rival clans get passed their difference and find a lasting love or will circumstances end the star-crossed lovers forcing them apart?

As I wrote the synopsis for this book, it really hit me how much of this story can be compared to Romeo and Juliet.  Most readers love a good will they or won’t they story and this one set in the early dawns of AD definitely will entice readers.  Nara and Lorcan’s love story is one for the ages.  I adored their chemistry, but with Nara’s fiestiness and Lorcan’s obstenance they are wonderful.  It’s not just Nara and Lorcan though.  Their story would be mundane if it wasn’t for the historical elements of Roman invaders and rival clans.  I think Nancy Jardine did an excellent job in illustrating the historical climate of the time and also adding in the additional socioeconomic customs of the clans.  Things would be very different for both Nara and Lorcan if they weren’t born to who they were born.   Overall, this is a great historical romance that will captivate the reader.  I can’t wait to pick up Nancy Jardine’s  next novel.  I’m sure it will be equally romantic and historically captivating.

Author Bio:

(courtesy of

3528770A big  hello from me. If I’m not found typing away at my desk then the remainder of my week tends to be spent between working in my large garden, which often gets very neglected, and childminding my energetic granddaughter who is now 2 years old.

I’m still writing in different sub- genres of fiction and like the challenge of switching from contemporary to historical. My curent project is my family saga which begins around the 1850s and will likely be concluded around 1930s. Three books are planned, but who knows? 

I also have ideas for a fourth Celtic/ Roman Britain historical and would love to find the time to add another book as a follow up to my time travel adventure for early teens.

Sounds like a lot of plans for the remainder of 2013.

My personal novel/fiction reading has been very limited since I’ve been too easily sidetracked with my non-fiction researches into Roman Britain. I’m now spending time on Victorian Scotland and I’m really enjoying that!


Coffee and a Review with Hell or High Water by Jerrie Alexander

Today I am privileged to start your week off with a wonderful author I have spotlighted here before.  Hell or High Water is another wonderful romantic suspense novel by Jerrie Alexander who just keeps getting better and better.  The well written story and captivating characters are just two reasons to pick up this book.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a wonderful week!

18189928Book Blurb:

When ex-SEAL Nate Wolfe learns a woman from his past is in danger, nothing will stop him from protecting her. Not even her.

Dallas Child Protection Services Investigator Kay Taylor doesn’t want or need Nate in her life. But he doesn’t seem to understand the word no. He seems to also have forgotten the brand he left on her heart.

When Kay is taken and sold to a monster, the devil himself couldn’t stop Nate from doing whatever it takes to find her…but will he be in time?


Kay wakes to find herself with a monstrous headache and tied to a chair.  Kay manages to free herself and escape while her abductors are distracted.  While in the hospital after her kidnapping she tries to piece things together only to find that she may have uncovered a slave trade of underage girls.  As Kay investigates more her life is put into more danger and attempts to kidnap her continue to pop up.  When her life is in danger the need for security thrusts an old flame back into her life.  Nate can’t stand aside anymore while Kay places herself in life threatening situations.  When Kay teams up with Nate the rest of Wolfe’s pack they try to find who is hunting Kay.  When they finally do the team is turned on its side and more danger threaten the rekindled sparks between Kay and Nate.

I adored this story.  Jerrie Alexander has done it yet again.  Her weaving of suspense and romance is masterful.  Her characters both main and ancillary are well-written.  I loved Kay and Nate.  I thought they were fantastic to start this series off with.  Kay with her head-strong personality and Nate with his sexy protective nature ignite like gasoline and a flame.  The characters are only one reason why they should pick up this book.  Jerrie picks a story that could be ripped straight from Dateline and places characters that you learn to care about and relate to on a personal level.  This is only book one in Jerrie Alexander’s Lost and Found Inc series but I personally can’t wait to pick up book two, Cold Day in Hell.   I can’t wait to see what happens to Tyrell.  Overall, this book was a wonderful blend of suspense and romance.  For those who like romance you will be satisfied and for those suspense lovers you won’t be able to put this book down either.

Fresh Face Friday: Cryptid Girl by J.R Mallette

***Sorry guys didn’t realize this didn’t post yesterday***

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone has had a wonderful week.  Today I am spotlighting Cryptid Girl by J.R Mallette.  This is a good urban fantasy novel that brings in the mythology of the Chupacabra and puts it in a novel that captivates you from the beginning.  This is definitely a must read if your interested in those unexplained myths like Bigfoot, Yeti and Lochness Monster.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb. I hope you all have a great weekend and pick up a good book if your snowed in.

18652242Book Blurb: (courtesy of Goodreads)

A traumatic spelunking experience leaves Lorna McHaley haunted by disquieting nightmares regarding the deaths of people close to her. They disrupt every aspect of her life, especially her relationship with her best friend, Paige. One by one Lorna’s nightmares come true; each victim is killed by a terrible monster she claims attacked her in the cave. Lorna struggles between her own possible madness and the belief that the creature truly exists. With Lorna on the verge of a breakdown, Paige must uncover the secret of the mysterious cryptid. When she does, it will mean betraying Lorna and sending her into ruin


Lorna goes astray from the spelunking party after getting sidetracked by the sights.  When she tries finding the party she ends up having a horrible experience and is attacked by an animal she had never seen before.  After her horrible incident she returns to her life with horrible nightmares of the creature she was attacked by attacking people she knew.  When Lorna confides in her friend Paige about the creature that those in Mexico called El Chupacabra, Paige is skeptical until Paige witnesses something that confirms Lorna’s worries.  With Lorna’s familial link to mental illness everyone she confides, in except for Paige,  think she has finally succumbed to her mother’s schizophrenia.  Paige does all she can to help Lorna until helping Lorna threatens Paige and her loved ones.  Will Paige be able to save Lorna before more people die or will Paige herself meet the Chupacabra?

This was a great paranormal suspense novel.  It really had a great subject in the mythological Chupacabra.  This story takes you on a ride where it keeps you wondering what is really going on with Lorna.  J.R Mallette does a great job bringing you into the story.  You really can feel for Paige and what she goes through.  This story may start by focusing on Lorna’s story but in the middle it really flips to Paige and she becomes more relatable than Lorna.  Your heart will break at points but there are bits that really make up for the heart-break.  Overall, this is a short well written novel with a full story and developed characters.  This is a great story for those interested in mythological creatures wrapped in a suspenseful plot.

Author Bio: (courtesy of Goodreads)

I grew up in northeast Nebraska in a town with fewer than 600 people. There wasn’t much to distract my over-active imagination, so at age ten I started putting short stories down on paper. The idea of writing a full blown novel didn’t manifest until I was twenty-two and a senior in college. I never thought much of my writing and neither did anyone else until I was required to take an advanced writing course the second semester of my senior year. The professor took each student aside at the beginning of the semester and asked us about our inhibitions regarding her class. I told her that I just didn’t feel like I was that great of a writer. I’ll never forget the words the professor, Patricia Trautrimas, spoke to me after I aced our final project: “See, you really CAN write!” That birthed the mindset that I was more than capable of putting together a solid, well-built novel

Cover Reveal: Ilicit Desire by Kasey Milstead


Ebook Cover - Illicit Desire

Title: Illicit Desire

Author: Kasey Millstead

Cover Design: Cover It


 Release Date: February 28, 2014

Full Jacket - Illicit Desire

Beau Diesel…He was my “one”. My one that I would sacrifice everything for. My one that I wanted to be with until

I took my final breath. My one that completed me.

I wanted him. I needed him. But he was off limits. I knew

this, but the risk of consequences didn’t outweigh the depth of my desire.

So, I fought for our love.

But, I wasn’t Beau’s “one”.

So, he fought against our love.

He fought so hard, eventually I had to

give up. I had to admit defeat.

But, that’s the thing about love – when you’re down and out, true love wins. It

prevails…and it raises you up.

**This is a stand alone novel,

with a happy ever after**


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Kasey Millstead lives a quiet life

in country New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and their four young children. She enjoys baking, singing

(ridiculously out of tune) & spending time with friends and family. Kasey has always harboured a deep love for reading

and writing, and she is now lucky enough to be living her dream of being an Author.

Coffee and a Review with Viking Fire by Andrea R. Cooper

images7Happy Monday!  For those of you celebrating today is also Martin Luther King Day in the U.S.  Today for those of you who have off or it’s just another Monday I am spotlighting Viking Fire by Andrea R. Cooper.  This is a wonderful historical romance.  It isn’t filled with erotic moments but the hero will seduce you just like he does the heroine.  Be sure to check out my full review after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a wonderful start to your week!

Book Blurb:

roses2856 CE, Ireland is a land of myth, magic, and blood. Viking raiders have fought the Irish for over half a century. Rival Irish clans promise only betrayal and carnage.

Kaireen, daughter of Laird Liannon, is suddenly forced into an arranged marriage with her sworn enemy, a Viking. She refuses to submit. With no mention of love, only land and the protection of her clan, she endeavors to get her betrothed banished from her country. Will love find its way around her stubborn heart?

Bram, the Viking, finds himself without future or inheritance as a younger son in his family. A marriage to the Laird’s daughter would grant him land if he swears fidelity and if his men will fight along with the Liannons against any foe—Irish or Viking. However, the Laird’s feisty daughter only holds animosity for him and his kind. Is marriage worth the battle scars of such a relentless opponent?

With the blame for a rival laird’s death treacherously set against the Liannons, Kaireen and Bram must find a way to lay aside their differences as an unforeseen darkness sends death snapping at their heels.


Kaireen refuses to follow her father’s command and marry a Viking.  Kaireen makes it abundantly clear that she would rather do anything but marry the Viking.  Though she feistily refuses Bram, the Viking, starts weasel his way into her life and her heart.  Through a series of perilous situations Kaireen begins to see Bram in new lights and longs for those kisses that he sneaks when she is caught off guard.  Bram doesn’t give up on Kaireen so easily.  She may push him away but he feels the heat in her kisses.  It isn’t until Bram and her family are threatened by a rival clan when Kaireen sees her hearts true desire and must do all she can to make sure her fate leads her that way.

This was a great little historical romance.  I thought the love story was fairly true to the historical aspect.  Kaireen and Bram’s relationship was fun to read and very well written.  The strife between clans and the Vikings was also well done.  This was fairly historically accurate and did a wonderful job of taking this part of history and setting a story in which you grow to care for the characters and hope all works out for them.  I think Andrea Cooper did a great job with this story.  I hope she continues in with this clan.  I’d like to see more of this family and especially Bram’s brawny brothers.  If you’d enjoy a good historical romance and want a quick read (I read this in a day) then you will definitely want to pick up Viking Fire.

Surprise on a Saturday with The Clover House by Henriette Lazaridis Power

Hey Everyone! Today is actually going to be my Fresh Face Friday post. I haven’t been feeling well lately and didn’t get a chance to post yesterday. So, better late than never I am featuring Henriette Lazaridis Power’s book, The Clover House.  This is a great mix of contemporary and historical fiction.  It blends the history of a country and the history of a family in with today’s world.  It’s a wonderful mystery that you can’t wait to find out the truth.  For my whole review be sure to check it out after the book blurb.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

15798318Book Blurb:

A phone call from her cousin sends Calliope Notaris Brown from Boston to the Greek city of Patras to sort through an inheritance from her uncle. She arrives during the wild abandon of Carnival, when the world is turned upside down and things are not as they seem. Digging through the keepsakes her uncle has left, Callie stumbles upon clues to the wartime disappearance of the family’s fortune and to the mystery of her estranged mother’s chronic unhappiness. As she pieces together family secrets that stretch back to the Italian occupation of Greece during World War II, Callie’s relationship with her fiancé, her mother, and her mother’s two sisters will change irrevocably


In The Clover House, Callie is made to come back to Greece after her cousin calls to inform her that her favorite uncle has died.  This is unwelcome news on all fronts.  She has not returned to Greece since she had a falling out with her mother five years prior.  But, Callie feels the pull of familial obligation and of mystery.  Her mother has always been cold to her but she is especially acting strange now that her uncle has left Callie all of his belongings.  Callie is unsure about all this but to top things off she is having her own problems with her fiancée.  Choosing to flee to Greece to uncover what her uncle wants her to she is also running from her problems at home.   Upon her arriving she finds herself immersed in lives that have long passed and the stories she has always known are marred with truths long since past.  Callie takes it upon herself to unravel these mysteries that may give her some understanding as to why her mother is the way she is and why she also is the way she is.  What Callie discovers along the way will change not only her but her family.

This was a highly enjoyable read.  I loved the mystery and the history of the book.  Most of all I enjoyed the truth Callie finds then reading the real unmarred truth.  The history of the Greek involvement in WWII and occupation through the eyes of a family that was impacted to severely was phenomenal.  I am a huge history buff and to read a story such as this is wonderful.  In a story such as this it was masterfully done to show that even during war children and teenagers still make mistakes.  Only during this time they have much more far-reaching consequences.  It wasn’t just the history of this story though.  It was the cultural and familial structure that is shown so well.  Clio and Callie’s relationship was still quite unknown by the end of the book, but I feel with the discoveries that Callie had she understood why she was the way she was.  Her mother was always spoiled but she hid such darkened depths that only one other person knew.  It is the complexities of family and how they mold your life that is very much illustrated.  You can see that with Callie’s decisions with her own life and how her mother’s negligence disguised as leniency allowed Callie to be reckless.  Overall, this is a fantastic book and if you like history, not only world but personal you will love The Clover House.

Author Bio:

6459197Henriette Lazaridis Power is a first-generation Greek American who has degrees in English literature from Middlebury College; Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar; and the University of Pennsylvania. She taught at Harvard for ten years, serving as an academic dean for four of those. She is the founding editor of The Drum, a literary magazine publishing exclusively in audio form. A competitive rower, Power trains regularly on the Charles River in Boston.

Coffee and a Review with Sin’s Flower by Carlene Love Flores

images5Welcome to our first Coffee and a Review for 2014.  I have a good one to start off our year.  Carlene Love Flores’ second book in her Sin Pointe series is Sin’s Flower.  This was a wonderful follow-up to the first one, Sidewalk Flower. I love Jaxon and Lily.  Their romance blooms so well and you fall in love right along with them.  You can find my review of Sidewalk Flower here.  For the rest of my review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a great week everyone!

18186234Book Blurb:

When Jaxon James, a sexy rock star and struggling single-father, is invited to ditch California and spend Christmas in Tennessee with his estranged family, he hesitantly accepts for his young daughter’s sake.

But his attraction to his best friend’s baby sister, Lily Elstone, threatens to unravel the bonds he’s made for his daughter. The honorable thing to do would be to give up Lily. But his instincts are telling him she’s exactly the one who could bring light to his life and the missing fire to his bed.

Unfortunately, Lily’s too sweet for his world. He fears his rock and roll life style will taint her. How far are Jaxon and Lily willing to go to find what’s missing at home?


This was a great follow-up to Sidewalk Flower.  We meet Lily again as she is pulling up to Trista and Lucky’s house.  Though Lily is fearful of her sister’s rejection she really had nothing to feel.  She is welcomed into her sister life with open arms.  After five months of living with her sister and her husband Lily realizes that something is missing in Trista’s life.  She sees the excitement that her best friend’s daughter’s visit gives her but she sees that it is her best friend, Jaxon  that she truly misses.  Lily decides to take it upon herself to try to go to California and convince Jaxon that Trista needs to see him as much as he needs to see her.  What she doesn’t expect is to find a man who begins to win her heart.  Lily is unsuccessful in her trip to California but with a bit of pushing from his Sin Pointe band mates Jaxon flies out to Tennessee for the holiday.  Jaxon knows Lily is off-limits but her influence alone continues to brighten his days.  Will Jaxon and Lily follow their hearts or will the outside pressures destroy each others chance at real happiness?

I loved Jaxon in the first book but this brought him to a whole new level.  Jaxon and Lily’s love affair is just that its much more focused on love than on sex.  I enjoyed that since you almost expected his story to revolve around sex.  With that being said they did have some very steamy sex scenes that had my nook almost at melting point.  The story itself was emotional and touching.  The two of them both have haunted pasts and that really made their love seem more genuine.  It wasn’t painted as if they were just filling an emotional need but they were really building something.  I think the one thing I do wish I had more closure on what Lily’s past.  We see bits of it coming back but in the end I expected something to happen but it just kind of vanished from the story.  Maybe this will be brought up again in a future novel but I would say that was the only little bit of a loose end.  I am extremely excited that Ben’s story is next.  I love him and think he deserves a wonderful story.  I can’t wait to get my hands on that.  Overall, Carlene Love Flores produced yet another awesome story that I enjoyed.  I would suggest that readers read these books sequentially.  There was a lot of information in the first book that pops up in the second.  So, if you’re looking for a romance story with a rock star instead of a rock star with a love story then you need to pick up this series!

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