Thursday, April 8, 2021

Book Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway: In Your Eyes by Jayne Townsley

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In Your Eyes
(Seasons of Love #2)
By Jayne Townsley
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 127 Pages
January 5, 2021

Crystal Davis got her wish for the Crew’s long-awaited post-graduation trip. Sun and fun before focusing on her new career as a pediatric RN at St. Francis’ Children’s Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was just what she needed. Bonus? She met Troy Bennett, and she realized she wanted less frivolity in her life and a little more serious.

Troy Bennett is a man fighting the demons who tell him he is worthless every day of his life. Demons his mother conjured. He quiets them with alcohol and casual relationships, never allowing any woman to get close enough to him so he will never have to disappoint one. Then on the spur of the moment trip to Panama City Beach with his Ranger buddies, he sees the future he’s always been afraid to pursue exit a Jeep Wrangler at a local donut shop.

Just as Troy and Crystal are finding their footing, she gets the call she never thought she would earn: Crystal Davis is going to Hollywood to be a contestant on America’s Next Chart Topper. What started as a way to honor her murdered friend has now become her dream. Chasing her dream means leaving Troy behind for a bit, and she wonders if her absence will cause what they’ve built so far to come crashing down.

Chasing her dream also means she’s put herself in a place where she’s vulnerable to the side of Hollywood that no one wants to acknowledge. A place where people only care about her and Troy’s story for the audience while behind the scenes, evil, selfish people work to tear them apart.

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Guest Post from author Jayne Townsley

Hitting Publish

It all started on a rainy night…no, scratch that. It didn’t. Almost five years ago, the country was too divisive, and I was overwhelmed by all the ‘stuff’ on social media. I took a social media break and deleted all my accounts. The problem was, I enjoyed entering sweepstakes, and you have more chances to win if you have social media accounts. What to do, what to do?

I hit upon the marvelous idea of creating social media accounts devoid of anything personal. They would strictly be for entering sweepstakes. That decision led to finding all the indie book authors on Facebook and their groups. I had recently gotten a Kindle, and as an avid reader, I was devouring these indie short stories. Sometimes 2 or 3 a day.

Kindle suggested an author named P. Jameson, who had a paranormal series set in Joplin, Missouri. I used to live there, so I was very interested. The Ozark Shifter series led me down the paranormal shifter rabbit hole, and I discovered TS Joyce. I cannot adequately put into words, verbal or written, how much her books meant to me at that time and still do. It comes out like gibberish. I read everything by her I could find and then got involved with her book groups. I began attending book signing events and joined other Facebook groups that focused on self-published indie authors.

In a group focusing on premade covers, an artist posted a graphic of a woman walking on a beach with shoes in her hands. This cover reminded me of Blake Shelton’s song Sangria, which reminded me of my honeymoon in Panama City Beach, which reminded me,…you see how this goes? And Run to You, Book 1 in the series, was born.

I put it on the shelf for four years due to some chaos, and then COVID came along. While it’s been challenging in many ways, for my family, it has birthed new opportunities. In August, I watched the documentary The Last Dance, which told Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls. I consider myself a native Chicagoan even though I am, in all reality, a former suburbanite. I was there for the 90s. I went in for the nostalgia and to remember good times and shut out the negative and came out of it with a purpose to ‘Be Like Mike.’

No, not a GOAT NBA player. But to find my passion and put everything I had into it. To ignore the naysayers and use all negativity as fuel for me to chase my dreams. I picked up Run to You again in August, and here we are. I’ve published two books in the series, and book 3 is right around the corner.

And the ride isn’t over. Good things are coming.


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About the Author

Jayne Townsley lives with her multi-generational family in Northeast Oklahoma's aptly named Green Country. A transplanted Okie from the Chicago suburbs, she has grown to love this state and its people with a passion, happily calling it home for the past 15 years.

Jayne shares her home with a rescued Shollie named Maui and two cats called Gamora and Nebula. 

Jayne enjoys old-fashioned road trips and is in the process of planning one to tour Oklahoma's Route 66. 

She is also something of a Disney World addict.

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Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Downsizing by Lin Stepp

Downsizing JustRead Blog + Review Tour 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Downsizing by Lin Stepp, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!




Title: Downsizing
Series: Mountain Home Books #2
Author: Lin Stepp
Publisher: Mountain Hill Press
Release Date: April 1, 2021
Genre: Clean/Sweet Contemporary Romance

Forced to suddenly downsize her life, and not by choice, pushes Mary Pat Latham to give up all that is familiar, to reexamine her life in every area, and to eventually open her heart to new beauty and purpose, instead of only looking back in regret.

At midlife, Mary Pat Latham has an almost perfect life—a successful husband, a beautiful home, four fine grown children, and a wealth of meaningful activities and social clubs to fill her days—so it’s a total shock when her husband walks in one day and says he wants a divorce. As if hearing a stranger talking in her own kitchen, Mary Pat listens to Russell’s reasons for wanting to abandon their long marriage and to his plans, already in place, to sell their home and move on. What will she do? Where will she go? She hasn’t worked since the children were born, her life wrapped up in home and family. Stunned, Mary Pat heads to the small mountain home she and Russell bought from her parents years ago, too shocked and humiliated to face her friends or anyone she knows right now. 

Owen McCarter knew he’d need to stop by the old Jennings place, on some pretense or other, after Wheeler told him he’d seen a woman up there acting sick. After all, the house was next door to his at the end of Highland Drive. When he knocked on the front door later, it took him a minute to recognize Mary Pat, weeping and so different from the girl he’d known in childhood and fallen in love with. Owen reached out in friendship, of course, seeing Mary Pat so upset, but he felt surprised at the old memories that touched him, too. Hearing her problems and learning why she’d come to the mountains, Owen knew it unlikely she’d stay for long after the more lavish life she’d known. But he couldn’t help wishing she would. 

Another Lin Stepp novel set in the Smoky Mountains … with a special “Downsizing Diet” available free to readers as a book supplement.

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The next day after driving her mother to the airport, Mary Pat pulled into the driveway in front of her home and had one of those moments. She stared at the house, the house that had been her home for over twenty years, and wept. She’d been so happy here, raised her children here, shared holidays with her family here. It was going to be very hard to walk away and say goodbye. The house, a beautiful large two-storied white colonial home had crisp black shutters, lush landscaping and a black ornate fountain in front, with a long, green lawn reaching down to the river behind to the boat dock where Russell kept his boat. Or where Russell had kept his boat. He’d moved it somewhere now. …

   While her mother had been here this month, Mary Pat held back a lot of her grief, hating to seem overly emotional and immature. But she knew she had some bad days ahead of her now. Despite how everyone said ‘things were only things’ the things in her home had meaning to her and were filled with the memories of her married life and years raising her children. It would be hard watching all her possessions hauled out of the house. Sold or given away. ….

   Mary Pat expected a lot of crying sweeps over the days to come. And some lonely, lonely times.

   None of the children had come home during this time to be a comfort either. They made excuses as to why, but she knew they were angry about the divorce. They didn’t want to come home; they didn’t want to see her or Russell or the house they’d grown up in that would soon be sold. …

   Taking a deep breath, Mary Pat got out of the car at last. She had a lot to do and precious little time in which to do it. In the kitchen she stopped to read the quote she’d put on the refrigerator door to encourage herself: “Grief comes in two distinct stages. The first is filled with loss, denial, and heartache. But the second is filled with new beginnings and the making of a new life.” She needed to remember that and to look ahead instead of back.





Lin Stepp

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Lin Stepp is a New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon best-selling international author, A native Tennessean, businesswoman, and former  faculty member at Tusculum College, Lin has twenty-one published books, including her beloved Smoky Mountain and Mountain Home novels, all set in different Tennessee and North Carolina locations, plus a novella A Smoky Mountain Gift in one of Kensington’s Christmas anthologies.

Stepp’s latest novels, set around the Smoky Mountains, are Downsizing (2021) and Happy Valley (2019). Lin also has three novels set on the South Carolina coast in her Edisto Trilogy: Claire at Edisto (2019), Return to Edisto (2020) and Edisto Song (2021). Lin and her husband J.L. also write regional guidebooks, including a Smoky Mountain hiking guide and two state parks guidebooks for Tennessee and South Carolina.

Lin’s title Claire At Edisto was the 2019 Best Books Award Winner in Fiction: Romance, sponsored by American Book Fest, her novel Welcome Back a finalist in the 2017 Selah Awards, and Lin and her husband’s guidebook Discovering Tennessee State Parks a 2019 Best Books Award Finalist in Nonfiction: Travel Guides with American Book Fest.

Lin enjoys hiking and exploring out of doors and she loves speaking for events, festivals, libraries, and book clubs and sharing about her work and interests through her monthly blog and newsletter, both on her website at:

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Review: Before Time Runs Out by Amy Matayo

My rating: 5 stars / It was amazing


Graduate student Bree Sanders is failing the one class she needs to get her degree. So when her professor gives her an ultimatum—ace her dissertation or risk having to repeat her final semester—she knows she has to pull out all the stops. After scrambling for an idea, she decides to create her own Ghost Club, a club that blames ghosts for unsolved crimes, the same type of club originally founded two centuries ago by Charles Dickens.

What she doesn’t expect is to find an original copy of one of Dickens’ early works, or to be transplanted into Dickens’s actual ghost club meeting, circa 1870, the instant she picks it up.

When Bree shows up in nineteenth-century England wearing cut-offs and an old t-shirt, her only option is to hide. The Cambridge of 1870 won’t look kindly on a woman dressed like her. So, when Theodore Keyes finds her tucked behind a bookcase at the Trinity College library and immediately demands to know where she came from, she knows he doesn’t belong here either. Turns out she’s right; the same book caused him to time-travel from 1947 almost three months ago and he’s been stuck in England since.

Together, the two vow to work side-by-side in their search for the lost book that will take them home. But as their feelings for one another deepen, Theo and Bree are caught between a desire to return to the lives they each left behind, and the knowledge that if they find the book, they won’t be able to leave together.

In the end, they each must decide which sacrifice is worth making—the one that will cost them their hearts, or the one that could cost them their very existence.

My Review

I'm not a fan of time travel stories, but when it's a favorite author I make exceptions, and I'm so glad I did! I think the biggest reason this worked for me is that Bree and Theo are both from the future- albeit different futures. The premise is fascinating, and I loved learning fun tidbits about Dickens and the era. The technicalities of the time travel were left vague, and the focus was more on the characters and what they are facing in their lives- the lives they just left and the current ones in Victorian England. Bree's voice is definitely modern young adult, but her sometimes shallow persona is offset by the deep grief she feels for her lost brother as well as her love for classic literature. Theo's history is a painful one as well, having recently served as a medic in WWII and struggling to feel joy in daily living. I loved the way they surprise each other with their differences due to living in different time periods, but they also connect in important ways. The story has a good pace and I was eagerly reading to see how the plot and their relationship would come to a resolution. I'm excited that the author will be writing more books in this new series! 

Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.