Ronan (The Protectors #12) by Teresa Gabelman

Kira is running.  She and her sister can’t afford to stop because the wicked warlock will kill them.  The curse on him will be dissolved as soon as all the Grail women are dead.  Will they give up and hope for mercy or fight?  Of course they are gonna fight.

Title:  Ronan
Author:  Teresa Gabelman
Series:  The Protectors #12
Publish Date:  July 30, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Vampire Romance
Source: reviewer purchased
Publisher’s Description: Most think that newest VC Warrior, Ronan McDonald, is just a laid back cowboy. What they don’t see is the inner turmoil that only his small ranch and horses can tame. At least that was the way it had been until a witch with a beauty none could deny walked into his life.

Running has been Kira Grail’s life for as long as she can remember. It isn’t until she meets a VC Warrior that she realizes she is growing weary, but the forces chasing her will never bend.

Ronan doesn’t believe in witches or curses. What he does believe is that only he can keep Kira safe. Together they fight to bring the once powerful warlock, Orjyll, to his knees releasing the women of the Dragonfly Coven. During their perilous journey Kira vows to keep her distance, but the vampire cowboy has other plans.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In some cases…spoilers. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This series is fun.  They are all basically the same concept with different couples.  There is death, dismemberment, blood and gore but also it “could” be a standalone.  It would be better to read the series to keep up with the history, though.  There is sex because, um, well…vampires.

Ronan is a newbie to the VC Warriors. and he’s a lot more laid back than the rest.  Vampires and witches don’t always mix, but they are joining forces to protect the world from one mean and angry warlock.  Ronan happens to be smitten with Kira and wants to make her his mate.  She needs to be convinced.

This is a quick romance as it doesn’t take much time to develop but there are appearances from all the other vampires and their mates so that makes the story more engaging.  I especially liked the fact that even though the vampires are mated for life doesn’t always mean it’s happily ever after.  There is some drama in one couple that needs work, but they’ll get it straightened out.  That kind of drama makes the story a little more realistic since no matter how swoony in love a person is, their mate can drive them nuts every once in awhile.

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Nell’s Gossip and book hunt 10/13/18

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

Ruby Lee and I went to Sioux Falls, SD this weekend to see the authors participating in the Fall Into Books Event hosted by On The Run Book Reviews.

Ruby and I didn’t know what to expect since this is the first ever of a hopefully every other year event.  We got to Sioux Falls in time to hear through the grapevine that there was going to be an informal meet and greet that evening.  After settling in we ventured out. Lo and behold, as we were walking out of our room, here was author Terry Maggert battling the ice machine like it was some ancient demon.  You know, writers are pretty tough cookies…

Around 6 pm, we went to see if we could crash the meet and greet event.  Ruby sat next to Jane Ashley Converse who wrote Backroads that released July 19, 2018.  It’s now in my TBR pile.

Title:  Backroads
Author: Jane Ashley Converse
Published:  July 19, 2018
Description:  A detour is what she needed.

Holly:

I was living the life I always thought I wanted. Good job, rich fiancé, and a glamorous social life. But in a blink of an eye it was all taken away. With nowhere else to go, my aunt offers me a job on her ranch. I didn’t know I’d be forced to work alongside her gorgeous ranch hand Chase. Instead of getting my old life back, I’m finding he’s a distraction I didn’t see coming.

Chase

I’ve spent years running from my past. Don’t stay in one place too long, don’t make long-lasting friendships, and most definitely don’t fall in love. The day I met Holly, I was done running—I just didn’t know it yet. Those heels, that skirt—all wrong for the country, but perfect for her. Her past is keeping her from trusting me. But I’m going to show her she’s more than worth the wait.

For a bit (because she fluttered around from person to person like a super hostess) I got to sit and visit with Annaliese Murine.  She flies through this world like a bullet on crack.  Her On The Run Book Reviews is perfectly named.  Annie knew that I was super stoked to meet Kris Michaels – the author that, as she walked into the room, the sky opened and angels sang.  Okay, that’s maybe a bit dramatic, but I was very excited to meet her.  Kris writes The Kings of Guardian series, The Guardian Security Shadowland jewellseries and she’s also taking part in the Silver SEALs series.

Annie sat me next to Kris Michaels who was super nice and very modest.  “I’m no celebrity” she says.  Uh huh.  Right.  In my book, she definitely is a celebrity. While we sat visiting, her husband sent her a picture of the sunset overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, where Kris lives.  It was an warm and inviting photo not only because it was picturesque, but because it had snowed in Sioux Falls that day.

I got to ask questions of all the authors that were there but the thing I had always wondered was how Kris got so in depth with her characters and well, it’s a complicated process.  In my opinion, she is a great writer because of all the research and effort she puts into creating her books.  If you haven’t read them, stop over to your local ebook store and check them out.

mira lyn kellyOn my other side was Mira Lyn Kelly.  She was another author that had a lot of insight as to how the book world worked as she should because of all the books she has published.  She’s also now on my TBR pile.

ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT – Saturday.  Ruby and I stood in line so we could be one of the first 50 to get swag bags.  After we were admitted, there was so much to see that I didn’t know where to start.  That turned into a no brainer since Kris Michaels was practically inside the door.  We kind of felt like Norm on the tv show Cheers.  It made us both feel all warm and fuzzy inside to be recognized. I went from table to table looking at book covers trying to decide if they were my genre or not.  Either way you look at it, my TBR pile multiplied.  There are a lot of great authors out there, we just don’t know them yet!

Ruby’s holy grail meeting was E.J. Whitmer who wrote Iowish Roots.  According to Ruby it was amazing, so I think that endorsement alone should warrant a wander over to your ebook store and check it out.

Title:  Iowish Roots
Author:  E.J. Whitmer
Published:  December 15, 2017
Description:  After suffering a devastating loss, Violet Monroe needs a fresh start. Billybog, Ireland is the ideal place to open a coffee shop and finally live the life of her dreams. With her Instagram-famous dog in tow, she says goodbye to Iowa and runs toward her next adventure.

Pub owner Aidan Donovan is the epitome of a wounded soul. Jaded by his last relationship, he’s dedicated his life to never giving his heart to anyone again… then, he meets “Lettie”, Billybog’s newest resident. She’s beautiful, funny, and an American, and that makes her too much of a risk. While he does everything he can think of to keep her at a safe distance, her quirky American sensibilities and irresistible nature prove to be more difficult to resist than he imagined.

Will Lettie find her new home in the arms of a brooding Irishman, or will his tortured soul keep them from the happily-ever-after they both deserve?

Here comes the picture of the haul that Ruby made.  I was thrilled with the books and swag I got too.  I just want to say, if you ever come across a book signing of authors that are not known – take a risk and check them out.  They are worth it. 

Now, let me talk quick about the logo below.  Stitches Embroidery had these very cool screen prints available on just about anything.  I ordered the reading team in a sweatshirt, hoarding books in a tshirt and I got the audio nerd in a coozie.  I am positive that if anyone out there wants to order something, the proprietor would be more than happy to accommodate. Contact her through her website or she also has a page on Facebook.  As a reader, I love to promote my habit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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His Bluestocking Bride (Branches of Love #3) by Sally Britton

Called a spinster at 26 (I mean, really?), what does Ellen have to look forward to?  Shuttled around from family member to family member being treated basically like a servant because she’s not got a husband.  Blech!  Well, Ellen is going to have to take her own future into her hands and she does…

Title: His Bluestocking Bride
Author: Sally Britton
Series: Branches of Love #3
Publish Date:  June 6, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: purchased by reviewer
Publisher’s Description:  He vows to never risk his heart again. She hides her love to avoid rejection. A marriage of convenience is not what either of them wished for.

Overlooked by society and underappreciated in her family, Ellen Bringhurst has resigned herself to spinsterhood and a life of reading. Until her match-making friends contrive to reintroduce Ellen to the man she has secretly loved since their shared childhood.

As the younger son to an earl, Marcus Calvert must wed in order to inherit his estate. Still nursing a broken heart, he prefers a practical approach to matrimony rather than romantic love. When Ellen is presented as a possible bride, he proposes a marriage of convenience.

Ellen accepts his hand, hiding her feelings rather than risking her husband’s rejection. Marcus, though determined not to expose his heart again, finds more to admire in his childhood friend with each passing day. What began as a sensible arrangement now has the possibility to become so much more. But is Marcus willing to risk his heart a second time?

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In some cases…spoilers. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This is a historical romance can be labeled a proper romance.  No sex, no violence but lots of things that were just plain miscommunicated.  It’s a happy ever after and the historical part of the romance was done with a lot of research.  I learned a lot about things in that slice of history that I didn’t know and this author researches it all.  It’s kind of fun to read about a romance and learn a little history too.

Marcus is kind of a “slap up side the head” kind of hero.  Ellen is a great woman and he’s too blind to see her.  She grew up with him as a friend and still he’s blind.

I liked this story because it was standalone (I didn’t have to read the others in the series first) and it had a strong leading lady.

Other recommendations…

 

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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 10/7/18

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

New release!  Yay!!  Bought this a couple of days ago and I’m waiting to crack the spine on my kindle to start reading!  (The release date kind of slipped past me, so sorry about that.)

Title:  Shades of Fire and Ash
Author:  Ken Lange
Series: The Vigiles Urbani Chronicles #3
Release Date:  September 25, 2018
Description:   After surviving an unholy horde in New Mexico, Gavin Randall didn’t think things could get much worse, but the world he walked into eleven months ago grows more dangerous with each passing day.

A new threat has surfaced in the form of fanatics hellbent on destroying him, his friends, and the Archive itself. It’s his job to make sure that doesn’t happen, but these guys don’t play fair and have found a way to stack the odds in their favor.

With the primordial fires of Muspelheim lapping at his heels, can he survive long enough to fulfill his destiny, or will the world be burned to ash?

Also, if you haven’t started the series, you can slip on over to Amazon and get Accession of the Stone Born, Book #1 of the Vigiles Urbani Chronicles for 99 pennies.

My reviews of the others of the series:

 

Now this is not a book find but rather an event find.  Next weekend in Sioux Falls, SD, On The Run Book Reviews will be sponsoring an amazing event called Fall Into Books.

The Sioux Falls FALL INTO BOOKS Event (FIBE) is a multi-genre book signing that is hosted by the local book blog, On The Run Book Reviews.

FIBE will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Museum of Visual Materials in downtown Sioux Falls, SD.

This event is for ALL book lovers, readers, and writers alike. A place for readers to meet their favorite authors and visa versa. Have you ever wanted to meet the person behind the pages? This event is for you!

With nearly 40 authors attending there will be something for everyone. Ranging from children’s to fantasy to romance, FIBE will have a little of everything.

These authors are some of the best in the Indie world right now.  Here’s a peek at the line up.

I have reviewed two of the authors that will be attending:

Terry Maggert                                                         Kris Michaels

The Fearless series                                                  The Kings of Guardian series
Halfway Witchy series                                             Guardian Security Shadow World

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Promises and Primroses by Josi Kilpack

Sweet historical romance.  This book has two romances inside it’s covers and both romance couples have had or are having trials they aren’t sure they can overcome.  Families aren’t always perfect and this one truly isn’t.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title:  PROMISES AND PRIMROSES
Author: Josi S. Kilpack
Series:  Mayfield Family #1
Publish Date:  September 4, 2018
Genre:  Historical/Sweet Romance
Source: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publisher’s Description:  Lord Elliott Mayfield aims to correct the very messy marital mistakes and spousal scandals of his brothers and sisters by requiring his nieces and nephews to choose worthy companions. If they choose wisely, they will receive their generous share of the family’s inheritance.

Peter, Elliott’s eldest nephew, thinks the entire idea is ridiculous. A widower with two young daughters, he simply needs a governess, not a wife. Julia Hollingsworth certainly has the credentials and the experience, but is altogether too young and pretty for such a job. So why can’t he stop thinking about her?

Julia loves working as a governess, despite the objections of her mother, Amelia. And as it turns out, Amelia has a lot to say about the Mayfield men—none of it good. But Julia dismisses the rumors of ruined reputations and instead concentrates on helping Peter with his children and his fledgling business in canine husbandry. His kindness and gentleness is endearing—and increasingly attractive.

But Amelia, whose heart was broken thirty years ago by none other than Elliott Mayfield, is determined to prevent any relationship from blooming either between Peter and Julia—or between herself and Elliott.

Hearts and history collide as both couples must face their pasts and decide if risking it all is worth the promise of new love and a new future.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In some cases…spoilers. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

Losing someone you love is a heartbreak without much comfort.

This is a sweet historical romance that is original in it’s design.  I’ve read lots of romances and they sometimes share the same qualities, but this story is different.  It’s engaging and although I might have known everything would turn out happy, there were some passages that made me hold my breath.

It’s also different whereas there is another romance in the same book.  While one is the center of attention, there is another that is just begging to surface.  I could really relate to the heroine in this book because she was down to earth, had common sense and not afraid to get her hands dirty.

I enjoyed the parts of the books where the dogs came into play.  I cried in some places and in the end was so very glad how it all turned out.  I have to say, though, I’m more happy for the sideline romance than the spotlighted romance only because it had a steeper hill to climb for happiness.

This book did not have sex and was not a cliffhanger by any means.  It was a very satisfying story and I enjoyed it greatly.

Other recommendations…

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

 

 

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