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#Review of The To-Do List by Sharon Struth w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

The To-Do List

by Sharon Struth

 

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GENRE: romantic comedy/suspense

 

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Maggie Harris has her ultra-organized life well in hand, until she finds her neighbor and husband together, in her bed, and the tight hold she keeps on her world unravels, leaving her grasping for an escape. So how can she refuse when she’s handed the dream job of running her aunt’s bookstore and a chance for a fresh start? Even though the bookstore is in Brockport, Connecticut, her former hometown, and a place she’d vowed to leave behind forever.

When someone breaks into Maggie’s new business and leaves a threat on the wall, Detective Cooper Stanton is assigned the case. It’s been twenty years, but Coop hasn’t forgotten the way Maggie once charmed him at every turn—even with her controlling ways. This time, though, Coop refuses to let her seize the reins. What he doesn’t know is she plans to grab them anyway…and she’s got a secret she never shared.

 

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Excerpt Two:

 

He peered at her for several uncomfortable seconds. She wished she’d worn a better outfit. Or at least washed her hair instead of just brushing it out and tossing in a plastic headband belonging to her daughter. Her appearance was so far beyond repair at this moment even the dog was having a better hair day. The worst part of this was somehow it mattered how she looked seeing Coop after all these years, even though it shouldn’t.

 

“Since I don’t see registration tags on the dog, I suggest you go to town hall.” He cocked his head, and his mouth curled into a tight smirk. “You’ve changed. The Maggie Harris I used to know never let details slip through the cracks.”

 

She narrowed her eyes. The smirk slipped from his face. He quickly stepped out the door and jogged across the street to a dark sedan.

 

Details never slipped through her cracks! She’d planned to take care of the dog’s license details after the store’s grand opening. Maggie clenched her fists, curbing the need to chase after him and duke it out. Why bother? She’d probably end up crying and showing him how much she had once cared for him. He didn’t deserve to know.

 

Maggie knelt at Roxy’s side. Heart-melting large brown eyes, nearly hidden behind chocolate shaggy bangs, begged for compassion and softened her anger. “No more carousing. Got it?”

 

Roxy wagged her tail. Always so agreeable. Why couldn’t people be more like that?

 

Especially Cooper Stanton. He’d manipulated her, found the cracks in her hard core, and left her shattered. The secret she’d kept from him after they’d gone their separate ways to college had plagued her for a long time. She’d made her peace with it because she never thought their paths would collide. Now what would she do?

I have to admit that I didn’t read this book until Sunday.  Yes, being on vacation killed my reading mojo.  If you know me, I have to read in complete silence and the in-law’s house is not quiet…ever.  Boy, am I glad that I waited for the afternoon to read this gem of a book.

For starters ,the book is a second chance, reunited lovers book that Ms. Struth wrote so beautifully.  I’ve never read anything by her but I will quickly put her on my list of authors to read from now on.   I was impressed that she took the time to have Maggie and Coop find the love that they had before slowly and find the friendship that they had before.  Some authors rush it but with Coop leading the investigation and the pent up anger and frustration that they had towards each other, she doesn’t let the reader get mad about the conflict that is swirling around them from the first chapter.

Coop and Maggie have an intertwined past that is beyond just first love in high school.  Each one holds a secret that they don’t think they other will be too happy about learning.  Trust me, they are doozies but Ms. Struth doesn’t let the secrets be the forefront of the story.  Yes, Coop’s secret is big one that would crush Maggie but Maggie’s is…wow, just wow!  The big black moment…there is one but it’s not.  You just need to read it to figure out what I mean.

There is a suspense element that is critical to the plot.  Everything ties into it and I loved it.  Coop is the alpha cop but when it comes to Maggie, he is a marshmallow.  I loved how Roxy (the dog) is a complete character in the book.  Not to mention Maggie’s daughter, Brooke.  I can’t forget the other secondary characters Celeste, Bryan, Liam, Ben, Denny, Jackson and Archie.  I loved how they all became involved in the romance of Coop and Maggie.

I would be remiss to add that there is a bookstore, sailing, and just some good old fashioned small town charm that you will love.  But overall, this book is about trusting someone with your love and heart and finding that they had that trust all the time.  Again, a gem of a book that you shouldn’t miss reading.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Bestselling author Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. When she’s not writing, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail.

 

The Hourglass (Etopia Press), her debut novel, is a finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Awards for Best First Book and winner of the Chatelaine Award For Romantic Fiction. Her follow-up release, Share the Moon (Kensington Publishing) is a Barnes & Noble Romance Bestseller. The series also includes Twelve Nights (11/15), Harvest Moon (12/15) and Bella Luna (2016).

 

She writes from Bethel, Connecticut, the friendliest place she’s ever lived along with her husband and dogs. For more information, including where to find her books and published essays, please visit www.sharonstruth.com

 

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Exceprt from C.A. Harms Rush (Montgomery Men #1) w/a raffflecopter giveaway! @charms0814

Title: Rush
Series: Montgomery Men #1
Author: C.A. Harms
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published: August 23, 2016
I was running from my husband, a man I thought I’d known. Running from the hell he had put me through.

He’d nearly destroyed the woman I had once been and I would do whatever it took to regain my freedom.

I would lie, and cheat. I would steal if it meant that I never had to go back there.

I’d run and keep running…

But there was one problem. I hadn’t planned for Ashton Montgomery.

He was a distraction I couldn’t allow. Not if I wanted to stay safe. I had to remain distant, but he was relentless and had other ideas.

I caved because I hadn’t thought it all through, not in detail.

If I had I would’ve realized that you can only live in a fantasy world for so long before everything came crashing in around you.

And those lives you’ve destroy along the way, make you no better than the monster you were trying to break free from.

How could I have been so careless? It wasn’t meant to turn out this way. But the Rush of my freedom took control and I forgot how important it was to keep the secret of who I had once been.

And now I had nothing…

Only the fear that the man I’d run from would find me again, and finish what he started.

EARLY REVIEWERS ARE LOVING IT!
–Rush, is written superbly. From start to end all the words piece together beautifully. The story line flows easily through a very solid foundation. The angst ranges from light to heavy to “damn my breath has gone”. Rush is indeed a Rush of epic proportions!



Rush Excerpt © C.A. Harms 2016
She’d turned on her heel and begun to walk toward my office door when without a second thought I hooked her around the waist and pulled her body back against my own. She yelped, but I didn’t let it halt me.
The smell of her perfume mixed with her shampoo filled my nostrils, and for a moment I just took in the fragrance. I had never smelled anything more appealing. “Let me prove it to you,” I whispered. She was tense in my arms, and I knew I needed to tread lightly. Something told me that telling her I wanted nothing more than to pin her against the wall, reach beneath her skirt, and find the spot that drove her crazy would only terrify her. Yes, my usual tactics would not work on Kiera.
“Have dinner with me,” I whispered against her ear. “You pick the place and the time, anywhere you want.” I fought the urge to demand her presence, which was my usual method because most women I ran across said yes without hesitation.
But she wasn’t like the women I’d been with in the past.
“Today was refreshing after all the tension faded,” she confessed, and I felt relieved that she thought so too. But it faded as she continued to speak. “I think it’s best that we keep things between us strictly professional. I just don’t have room in my life for anything more.”
I felt like she’d just kicked me in the nuts.
“I don’t know what happened to you,” I said in return, and though she tensed in my arms again, I went on. “I don’t know why you’re so scared of giving this thing between us a chance, but I won’t give up. It’s not who I am, Kiera. I’m a fighter, and when I have my sights set on something I want, I don’t give up until I’ve won.”
I moved closer, making sure she could feel my lips against her neck when I continued to talk. “And you are all I think about. It’s quite distracting.”
Chills covered her neck and shoulder as she shivered in my arms.
Fighting my arousal was becoming more and more of a challenge. I was so fucking wired and turned on I felt like my balls were about to explode.
“I don’t lie, and I don’t hide the way I feel.” I closed my eyes tightly and tipped my head just enough that her hair brushed against the tip of my nose. God, her scent was pure heaven. “I want you, Kiera,” I confessed, becoming lost in her presence, lost to the feel of my body pressed tightly against hers. “I know that seems to terrify you, but I need you to know. I won’t stay away; I can’t. I want to feel you against me, hold you close, and hear the sound of your pants in my ear. I won’t lie to you, Kiera,” I reiterated. “I won’t ever lie to you.”
I pressed a soft kiss against the base of her neck, and for a moment she went stock-still. As if she was terrified of what I may do next. That thought left a bad feeling in my stomach. Did she actually think I would force her to do anything she wasn’t completely willing to do?
I slowly released her, stepping back to put some space between us. My own heart was racing, and she wasn’t the only one that needed some distance.
She kept her back to me as we both remained perfectly still, just calmly breathing. I didn’t speak for fear of spooking her. I’d already told her my intentions. I hoped that was enough.
And when she reached for the door, pulled it open, and walked out without looking back, I felt like she took a part of me with her. I sagged in disappointment as I listened to the fading sound of her heels clicking against the tile floor.

A little about me. Let’s see where to start.

I love HEA stories, as long as they come packing a little heat. I need some excitement, some angst, and moments that make me fan my face are always good too. I am an Illinois girl, born and raised. Simple and true, it honestly doesn’t take much to make me happy. I love the little things; they truly mean the most. I may have a slight addiction to my new Keurig–oh my, that thing is a godsend. And so fast too. I have two children who truly are my very best friends, and their faces never fail to put a smile on my face. I have been married to my husband for sixteen years, and even though at times I want to beat him with a stick, I would never change the years we have had. We have learned and fallen, only to pick each other up, dust off the ache, and help each other make it right.

I am one of those authors that adore my fans. I love to hear from you. After all, it is because of each one of you that I continue to write. I look forward to your feedback.

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Excerpt & Book Trailer for The Deepest Dark by Joan Hall Hovey w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

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The Deepest Dark

by Joan Hall Hovey

 

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GENRE: Suspense Thriller

 

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THE DEEPEST DARK

 

Following the deaths of her husband, Corey, and ten year old daughter Ellie in a traffic accident, author Abby Miller sinks ever deeper into depression. She contemplates suicide as a way to be with them, and to end her unrelenting pain.

 

In a last desperate effort to find peace, she drives to Loon Lake where they last vacationed together, wanting to believe they will be waiting for her there. At least in spirit. Barring that, the pills Doctor Gregory gave her to help her sleep, are in her purse.

 

The cabin at Loon Lake was her and Corey’s secret hideaway, and not even Abby’s sister, Karen, to whom she is close, knows where it is.

 

But someone else does. He is one of three men who have escaped from Pennington prison. They are dangerous predators who will stop at nothing to get what they want – and to keep from going back to prison. Having already committed atrocious crimes, they have nothing to lose.

 

Unknowingly, Abby is on a collision course with evil itself. And the decision of whether or live or die will soon be wrenched from her hands.

 

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“…Joan Hall Hovey knows suspense. She keeps it simmering in every scene she writes and knows just the right moments to turn up the heat and bring it all to a boil. THE DEEPEST DARK is a terrific suspense novel.” James Hankins, author of BROTHERS AND BONES and SHADY CROSS

 

“…readers will be chilled as they root for Abby to take back her life and escape the Loon Lake cabin alive and breathing. Once the first page is read in this one, nothing will be able to draw your attention away…”

 

Reviewed by Amy Lignor, author of “The Charlatan’s Crown,” published by Suspense Publishing, an imprint of Suspense Magazine

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EXCERPT:

 

The three dark figures moved quietly among the shadowy, rain-dripping birches, pines and alders toward the old farmhouse where amber lights glowed in the two lower windows. They crept with the stealth of foxes intent upon the chickens in the hen house, hungry and deadly, already tasting blood. And the Nichols’ actually did keep a few chickens of their own, mainly for the fresh eggs, but not altogether for that reason. They liked seeing them clucking and pecking about the yard; they were good company and cost only a bit of seed. Once, they had operated their own farm, and a fair sized one it was, too. These days they kept a small vegetable garden and Ethel Nichols tended the flowers that grew along the walkway and in her window boxes, mainly morning glories in heavenly blue and pansies in shades of lavender and sun-yellow.

 

In their early eighties now, and in relatively good health, they were enjoying the fruits of their labor in these latter years, including the big screen TV on which they were presently watching an old rerun of All in the Family, one of life’s pleasures that Hartley and Ethel shared. …

 

When the commercial came on, Ethel rose from the big stuffed chair across from her husband’s Lazy Boy. She was white-haired, ample of figure, and quick to smile. “Cup of tea, Hartley?”

 

He looked in her direction and grinned mischievously. Though his own hair had long gone and he walked with a limp, to Ethel he was as handsome as the first time she saw him walking into Mr. Biggar’s class in grade nine. She could still see him as he was then, tall and lean, with a thatch of fair hair fallen over his brow.

 

“Wouldn’t mind having just a tiny slice of that apple pie you baked to go with my tea.” An affectionate coaxing twinkled in blue eyes that had faded only a little over the years.

 

Looking at him, she mentally shook her head. He knew he had trouble getting to sleep if he ate after he’d had his supper.  “Sure,” she said. And it will be tiny, Mister Nichols, you can bet on that.  She had started for the kitchen when she stopped in the doorway between the living room and kitchen, thinking she’d heard a noise outside. She listened. Heard it again. A squeaking of the porch swing chain?

 

“Did you hear that?” she called into the living room.

 

“Hear what? Didn’t hear nothin’, Ethel.”

 

“I’m not sure. Sounded like… oh, I’m sure it’s nothing. The wind.”

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Joan Hall Hovey, Photo: Cindy Wilson/Telegraph-Journal
Joan Hall Hovey, Photo: Cindy Wilson/Telegraph-Journal

 

Joan Hall Hovey is the definition of an ‘artist’. From her writing that has taken the form of suspense novels, as well as short stories and articles, this woman has not only taken the suspense world by storm, but also dabbles in the theatre community. In addition to it all, Joan takes the time to work with other authors, giving them the information and help they need to embrace their talent and become a part of the literary world.

 

Born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, Joan has a family she adores; including, Scamp, the family dog. She is blessed to look out every day at the tall pine trees and the stunning view of the Kennebecasis River. But although that view is certainly inspiring, her fans will tell you that it is Joan’s view – the scenes and characters within her own creative mind – that is truly unforgettable. This is a talent who brings vibrancy to the page, creating locations that, even in the light of day, chill fans to the bone.

 

An insatiable reader, the works of Poe, King, and other masters of the mystery world, inspired Joan to write. And now, with her latest novel – THE DEEPEST DARK – she once again hits the nail on the proverbial head, drawing readers into a world of fear that will leave them absolutely breathless.

 

Available at most online bookstores.

Published by Books We Love Inc.

 

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Official website of Joan Hall Hovey    www.joanhallhovey.com

 

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Other Suspense Novels by Joan Hall Hovey

 

Tragic Spawn

The Abduction of Mary Rose

Night Corridor

Chill Waters  – winner of the Bloody Dagger Award

Nowhere To Hide – Winner of the Eppie Award

Listen to the Shadows

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Joan will be awarding a Still Life by Jean Baptiste Oudry from Metropolitan Museum of Art – US, Canada Only. 10 1/2″ x 8″ Violin, Sheet Music Laminate to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 
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