Thursday, January 23, 2020

Review: The Matchmaker's Rogue by Regina Scott


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My rating: 4 stars / I really liked it

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Synopsis

Grace-by-the-Sea: Where romance and adventure come home.

Polished Jesslyn Chance has one of the most enviable positions in the little Regency coastal village of Grace-by-the-Sea. She is the hostess of the spa, arranging introductions and entertainments and playing matchmaker to the ladies and gentlemen who come to take the waters, promenade through the shops, and dance at the assembly. But when a rogue returns from her past, Jess finds herself suddenly at sea.

Always an adventurer, Larkin Denby left Grace-by-the-Sea to right the wrongful death of his father. Now he’s back on a mission: to identify the mysterious Lord of the Smugglers who allegedly sails from Grace Cove and takes England’s secrets to France. But Grace-by-the-Sea is the perfect little spa town, run by the still oh-so-perfect Jesslyn Chance. When the village’s future is threatened, Jess must work with Lark to solve the mystery and protect the town’s own. In doing so, the matchmaker of Grace-by-the-Sea may just find that the best match for her is the rogue who stole her heart years ago.


My Review

I'm so excited to have a new Regency series from Regina Scott! I love the unique setting of a seaside spa village, and the elements of suspense and intrigue that were incorporated which brought momentum to the pace of the book. This is a second chance love story, but Jesslyn and Lark had been apart for several years and become strangers. I liked how their renewed acquaintance turned quickly to friendship again, and working together to investigate the smuggling brought a sense of camaraderie. I didn't feel much in the way of romance between them- they each had their reasons for repressing any feelings, and with their friendship working so well combined with the focus on the plot, I felt there wasn't much romantic tension. There is a great supporting cast of family and townspeople to liven things up and all the quirks and mannerisms were entertaining. I'm looking forward to the next in the series!

(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)


Blog Tour, Author Interview & Giveaway: Breathing on Her Own by Rebecca Waters


Breathing on Her Own JustRead Blog Tour 
Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for Breathing on Her Own by Rebecca Waters, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE BOOK


Breathing On Her Own by Rebecca Waters Title: Breathing on Her Own
Author: Rebecca Waters
Publisher: Ambassador International
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: November 5, 2019

An icy road and a sharp turn leave one woman dead, another clinging to life.

Molly Tipton looks forward to a peaceful retirement, but her life suddenly spirals out of control when her oldest daughter is involved in a terrible accident.

While two families grieve, details emerge that shake Molly to her core. As she prepares her daughter for what lies ahead, Molly discovers her oldest child is not the only one injured and forced to deal with past mistakes.

If it’s true that time heals all wounds, what are we to do with our scars?

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INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR REBECCA WATERS


Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Certainly. I was a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and professor before I started my writing career. Then I was a widow, a teacher, and a missionary before I returned to my writing career. Now I describe myself as a mother, grandmother, and author.

What do you do besides writing?
I volunteer at my church, travel, and love to walk. I also love to paint, though my artistic efforts are not where I want to go…yet.
Do you have images you can share that come close to how you picture your characters? Do you like to find visual inspiration for your characters before or during your writing process?

This is an interesting question. I don’t generally have a “picture” of my characters in mind but when I saw the image for the cover of Breathing on Her Own, I recognized Travis and Molly immediately! And they looked strangely similar to my sweet husband and me standing there.   

What are some songs that you listened to or inspired you while writing your book?
Breathe by Michael W. Smith. That song didn’t come into the writing until though. I didn’t even have the title for the book until I was half way through the first draft. But it is the song I hear when I think of that book.
What message would you like readers to ultimately take away from the book?

I think the big piece is about not living on “borrowed faith.” Just because our parents may have been believers doesn’t make us believers. And Just because we go to church doesn’t make us believers.

What can we look forward to coming from you in the future?

I have another book, Libby’s Cuppa Joe set in Door County Wisconsin currently out and I am working on a romantic series set in my hometown of Lutz, Florida.


Thanks Rebecca!
 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rebecca Waters

Rebecca Waters has been a writer most of her life. Her first published work was a story in the school newspaper she wrote in second grade. For many years Rebecca used her stories as illustrations in church settings and to entertain her own three daughters. Her professional writing included educational articles and research. Following her retirement as a professor of education from Cincinnati Christian University, Rebecca turned her pen to the world of fiction. She has also published several articles in Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Lookout Magazine, and Home Health Aide Digest.

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(1) winner will receive a $10 Dunkin' Donuts eGift Card and signed print copy of Breathing on Her Own (US only) OR a digital copy of the book and $10 gift card (outside the US).

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

New Release & Giveaway: The Solicitor’s Son by Rachael Anderson

 

Happy Release Day!!  

The Solicitor’s Son by Rachael Anderson

At the end of her third season, Miss Sophia Gifford is firmly on the shelf, and she’s determined to accept her current suitor—a man she likes but cannot love. When her sister decides to throw an impromptu summer house party, Sophia reluctantly agrees to help. What she doesn’t realize is that her sister has plans of her own—plans that would bring a certain childhood friend back into Sophia’s life.

It’s been nearly a decade since Sophia has seen Hugh Quinton. He’s grown into a handsome, charming, and successful—yet completely unacceptable—tradesman. Her mother looks down on him, her father detests him, and society would snub him in an instant. Sophia shouldn’t even consider him. But her heart doesn’t listen to reason, and before long, she finds herself wondering how much she is willing to sacrifice for love.

   

   
Release Day Giveaway 

$50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash Ends 2/2/20 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Kathy from Clean Wholesome Romance and is sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Book Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: The Matchmaker's Rogue by Regina Scott #MatchRogue


On Tour with Prism Book Tours

The Matchmaker's Rogue
(Grace-by-the-Sea #1)
By Regina Scott
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 272 Pages
January 8th 2020

Grace-by-the-Sea: Where romance and adventure come home.

Polished Jesslyn Chance has one of the most enviable positions in the little Regency coastal village of Grace-by-the-Sea. She is the hostess of the spa, arranging introductions and entertainments and playing matchmaker to the ladies and gentlemen who come to take the waters, promenade through the shops, and dance at the assembly. But when a rogue returns from her past, Jess finds herself suddenly at sea.

Always an adventurer, Larkin Denby left Grace-by-the-Sea to right the wrongful death of his father. Now he’s back on a mission: to identify the mysterious Lord of the Smugglers who allegedly sails from Grace Cove and takes England’s secrets to France. But Grace-by-the-Sea is the perfect little spa town, run by the still oh-so-perfect Jesslyn Chance. When the village’s future is threatened, Jess must work with Lark to solve the mystery and protect the town’s own. In doing so, the matchmaker of Grace-by-the-Sea may just find that the best match for her is the rogue who stole her heart years ago.

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 Excerpt
 
“Good afternoon, Mr. Denby,” she said, launching into her prepared speech. “Welcome to the spa at Grace-by-the-Sea. I am your hostess, Miss Chance, and this is my assistant Mrs. Tully. If you have any questions or would like an introduction, you have only to ask.”

His head snapped up. Though he held her gaze only a moment, as was proper, she felt as if he were memorizing every feature, from the blond curls clustered around her face to her gloved hands resting on the table beside the book. His smile bloomed, and something inside her bloomed with it. “Miss Chance. How nice to see you and your charming aunt again.”

A simple statement, hardly threatening, yet a dozen ways to escape rushed in on her. She kept her smile in place. She had no reason to run. She’d welcomed nearly a thousand guests, first as a volunteer, then as an assistant to her father, and now in her own right. She arranged introductions, friendships, courtships! On any given day, she kept as many as three dozen people healthy and happy, and that didn’t count her younger brother, Alex, or her aunt.

“And hostess now,” he continued. “But of course you’d want to serve beside your father.” He glanced around as if seeking the spa’s physician.

Jess’s throat tightened, but her voice came out all politeness. “My father passed away a year ago, sir. We are without a physician at present.”

His gaze swung back to her, softening. “I’m sorry to hear that. Your father was a good man.”

He’d been a great man, one sorely needed. She could never fill his shoes, and Alex did not seem to want to try.

“Thank you,” she said. “Allow me to reacquaint you with the spa.” She picked up the carefully worded pamphlet from the Corporation and offered it to him.

“The water is poured from nine to four Monday through Saturday, noon to three on Sunday. Bathing is on the low tide and by appointment. Tea is served at four Monday through Saturday and one on Sunday here in the Grand Pump Room, and we close early every Wednesday for an assembly in the evening in rooms just up the hill. I do...”

“Hope you’ll join us,” Maudie finished for her, and rather breathlessly at that.

Lark accepted the pamphlet from Jess. His fingers touched hers, as briefly as his glance. She had to fight to keep from snatching back her hand.



About the Author

Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t sell her first novel until she learned a bit more about writing. Since her first book was published, her stories have traveled the globe, with translations in many languages including Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese. She now has more than forty-five published works of warm, witty romance.

She loves everything about England, so it was only a matter of time before she started her own village. Where more perfect than the gorgeous Dorset Coast? She can imagine herself sailing along the chalk cliffs, racing her horse across the Downs, dancing at the assembly, and even drinking the spa waters. She drank the waters in Bath, after all!

Regina Scott and her husband of 30 years reside in the Puget Sound area of Washington State on the way to Mt. Rainier. She has dressed as a Regency dandy, learned to fence, driven four-in-hand, and sailed on a tall ship, all in the name of research, of course. Learn more about her at her website.


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