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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Now Available on Nook: Jordan's Return

Contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase's debut novel, "Jordan's Return" is now available on Barnes and Noble's Nook!  You can click HERE to go directly to the link and get your copy for only $1.99.

I always get excited for new author's because it's the realization of a life-long dream and I like to do what I can to help them and promote them.  Even if you don't have a Nook, head over to Barnes and Noble and click "Like" and show your support for someone who had the courage to follow their dream.

But if you are a fan of contemporary romances, you'll want to add "Jordan's Return" to your "must read" list!

Monday, November 21, 2011

"Jordan's Return" is now available on Kindle!

I have to say that I admire  how quickly Amazon gets books up and going on Kindle.  This one went up super-quick!  

You can now read "Jordan's Return" by Samantha Chase through your Kindle!  You can buy it now for $1.99 by clicking HERE.

Check her out; she's a first time author and I know that she'd love to see some positive feedback on her Amazon page.  Remember to click "LIKE" when you stop by!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Coming Soon...

A promising new author is ready to hit the bookshelves and eReaders for all of you contemporary romance reader fans out there!  Coming this Friday, "Jordan's Return" by Samantha Chase will be available for sale.  Stop back on Friday for a full review!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Susan Mallery & her editor going over "Only His"

Have you ever wanted an insider’s view into the editing process of the books you love? If so, you’re in for a treat! This is the transcript of a live edit between New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery (www.susanmallery.com) and her editor at HQN Books, Tara Parsons. The book they’re discussing is ONLY HIS, the third book of the Hendrix triplets trilogy in the Fool’s Gold romances series.

A little background information: ONLY HIS features Nevada Hendrix and the man who was her first love in college, Tucker Janack. Unfortunately, Nevada wasn’t Tucker’s first love. They were friends, but he was completely enamored with his girlfriend at the time, the exotic artist Caterina. Without giving too much away… Nevada and Tucker had just one “romantic” encounter in college – Nevada’s first – and it was not a success, to say the least.

You will get some hints about the story in ONLY HIS in this transcript, but all true spoilers have been censored out. And now, Susan Mallery and Tara Parsons…

TP: I love your new haircut and color! I think I want to go platinum blond.
SM: Oh, honey. You don’t have the coloring for that.
TP: Hmmm, maybe blonde streaks?
SM: I like the brown!
TP: OK, well, the blonde triplets are my inspiration.
SM: Understandably.

TP: Time to start the actual edits?
SM: If we must!
TP: The word to watch for this time around is “interesting.”
SM: That’s one of the last things I do in a manuscript—look for word reps. It was “kind” last time.
TP: So on page 50, Tucker looks at Nevada and how she’s changed since college. Why does he view her differently?
SM: Aside from Cat’s influence on him?
TP: Yes, we need that extra bit – why does he see her in another light now?
SM: Part of it is just that he’s no longer ruled by his hormones the way he once was. He’s a little bit older, a little bit wiser. He’s more into substance than surface.

TP: I love Cat, by the way. She’s a great secondary character.
SM: She’s just fabulous. Actually, she’s sort of every woman’s nightmare. Cat is the kind of woman you pray your husband or boyfriend will never, ever lay eyes on, because there’s no way you can shine in comparison to her. She’s luminescent. Exotic, with lush, full lips and a body that makes men forget they even have a name, much less what it is. An Angelina Jolie type, a woman who understands her own power – and uses it.
TP: On page 89, what’s keeping them apart at this point? There’s no Cat.
SM: The horrible memory of their first night, he’s leaving at the end of his job, and Cat still does have a hold over him.

TP: Is him leaving as a conflict for them too close to the problem between Simon and Montana from ONLY YOURS?
SM: Also, his dad’s a womanizer. He’s not good at relationships. He’s been raised to think love makes you a fool.
TP: OK, and he does see Will acting like a fool for Jo, later?
SM: Oooh yes! Love makes you a fool. I’ll pump up the father.
TP: That way you can hold off on the revelation about Cat and prolong Tucker’s fear.
SM: He doesn’t know yet how he’ll react. He thinks he’ll be sucked back in.
TP: He’s scared of being alone with Cat because of that? But he can’t still be attracted to her if he’s the hero.
SM: No, no. He’s scared that he will be but we won’t see him attracted to her.
TP: I’d love it if you could add another scene from the past with the three of them together. It would be good to see their friendship.
SM: I can do that.
TP: Ok, I don’t have much big stuff. I did some line editing on the pages.
SM: Oh, good. I always like that.

TP: I worry about the scene where Nevada remembers their first night together.
SM: Well, you do have delicate sensibilities.
TP: Is it too BLEEP BLEEPY?
SM: You’d never make it in Blaze!
TP: I am too conservative. Maybe pull it back a notch. Less BLEEP, more BLEEP?
SM: Ok, I’ll revisit that one.
TP: There was an *awesome* sex scene later tho.
SM: In the bath? That took some time.
TP: Yes! And I love that she cleans the water up later J. I would do that too.
SM: Ha.  She had to wipe up the floors—she cares about her house, and I didn’t want readers to worry about the water!

TP: The scene with Max coming to the door for Denise was a bit anticlimactic. He just shows up randomly?
SM: I know, but it’s so romantic!
TP: Could it be a special day?
SM: I’ll make it more significant.
TP: Speaking of Denise and Max, you had a lot of hilarious parts in here.
SM: Montana’s book, ONLY YOURS, is so emotional, we had to have a fun romp this time!

TP: With Jo and Will and this “leaving quandary”…does it sound too similar to the main characters?
SM: I’ll make it clear—his leaving is a way of her protecting herself.
TP: And speaking of Jo and the BLEEP BLEEP, could it be that she wasn’t actually the one directly responsible? But something really terrible still happens so it has more weight.
SM: I’m good with that.
TP: On 331, Will and Jo just broke up because she revealed her past. That could be a nice source of tension for Nevada and Tucker.
SM: Like they take sides?
TP: Yes, if Tucker’s using Will/Jo as one of his hang ups….
SM: Oh! Exactly. Ok.
TP: So…I’m wondering about the BLEEP.
SM: The giant BLEEP?
TP: The sculpture. Does it look like an actual BLEEP?
SM: What I was picturing was the spaceship from Men in Black II.
TP: Ha! Altho, it should look like a BLEEP, or else it doesn’t make sense for everyone to be so offended.
SM: I’m actually writing a note to myself. “Make BLEEP more real.”
TP: Like an BLEEP BLEEP, BLEEP but not BLEEP.
SM: Got it.

TP: Can we talk through the two subplots? Max/Denise and Jo/Will? Can you trim?
SM: Earlier you said you wanted another scene of Max/Denise.
TP: But maybe then too much will be going on?
SM: Ok, so you need to pick!
TP: I know, I know. What about the arrival in Chicago?
SM: She’ll come after him before “I can’t believe you’re doing this again!”
TP: I like that. More of an arc. Oh, and of course, I loved the ending. I wanted more descriptions of the triplets’ wedding dresses!
SM: I can do that.

TP: I can’t wait for the goats in Heidi’s book, by the way.
SM: AND llamas will herd the goats in the 2012 Fool’s Gold cowboy books. And the feral cows are rounded up and sent away.
TP: Ha! I can tell you’re doing animal research.
SM: And the next book I sent you, BAREFOOT SEASON, I’m warning you, you’ll cry. Be careful reading on the train.
TP: I’m sure it will be amazing! I’ll be reading it on my way to sales conference in Florida.
SM: Have fun!
TP: As long as I’m not near gators or large bugs, it’ll be fun.
SM: In Florida, the bugs drive at night. In Houston, some claim they form gangs and knock over liquor stores.
TP: You are too much. Now I’m going to be scared AND crying from your book.
SM: I try.

 
To see the uncensored version of this transcript, visit www.facebook.com/susanmallery on Tuesday, October 4.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"Only His" Is Out TODAY!!!

Wedding bells are ringing in Fools Gold but not for Nevada Hendrix.  Her triplet sisters are engaged and even her mother has a more active love life than she does.  Determined to make a fresh start, she applies for her dream job, only to discover that her new boss is her first love.  Maybe she could overlook the fact that they've seen each other naked, but she'll never forget the way he broke her heart.  

Tucker Janack agrees to Nevada's "business only" ground rules.  After all, love is a trap that the construction millionaire has avoided his whole life.  But when great business partners turn out to be so much more, every rule gets broken.  Will either of them be willing to try again...or will their past get in the way?

This is the last book in the Hendrix sister trilogy and it was amazing.  This is the kind of book we all longed for - it gave a great romance, wonderful sub-plots and interesting characters that had us caring so much that we kept turning the pages.  Susan Mallery answered all of the questions we had been asking and managed to set up the next series quite nicely.  

"Only His" is laugh out loud hilarious one minute and beautifully poignant the next.  It is a great balance and has something for everyone.  While I must admit that my favorite of the trilogy is still "Only Yours" this book delivered an equally satisfying read.

If you haven't checked out Susan Mallery yet or her Fools Gold series, it's not too late!  You can essentially pick up any book in the series and read them out of order and not be lost.  I thank Ms. Mallery again for giving me a wonderful story to read and characters that make you want to be friends with them in a town that I only wish was real.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Only His comes out tomorrow!!

Run, don't walk, to your local retail store tomorrow and get your copy of Susan Mallery's "Only His".

This is book number three in the Hendrix triplets trilogy (or the "Only" books) and book number six in the Fools Gold series.  This book will have you laughing out loud as a wonderful romantic comedy and then have you sighing and falling in love with the love story it has to tell.

For an excerpt to this great book, you can click HERE.  Become a fan of Susan Mallery on Facebook or join her members only section on her website and get the extended version of the first chapter and you'll find out for yourself that "Only His" is a story that you MUST read!

Trust me!  I'll leave you with this teaser:  Never agree to a job interview where the interviewer has seen you naked...

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Me and Susan Mallery - Harlequin Live Chat Tomorrow!!!


"Only Yours" Q&A with Susan Mallery

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women and the relationships that move them. Publisher’s Weekly calls Susan’s prose “luscious and provocative,” and Booklist says, “Novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling.” While Susan appreciates the critical praise, she is most honored by the enthusiastic readers who write to tell her that her books made them laugh, made them cry, and made the world a happier place to live. Susan lives in Seattle with her husband and her tiny but intrepid toy poodle. She’s there for the coffee, not the weather. www.susanmallery.com

ONLY YOURS is a Beauty and the Beast story, which is one of my favorite themes, but which I never get to write because I don’t normally do dark, tortured heroes. Simon is a brilliant surgeon whose intelligence set him apart as a child, made him seem strange to everyone around him, including to his own mother. After a fire left him with scars on half of his face, he became even more convinced that he was unlovable. All his life, he has protected his heart by burying himself in his studies, then in his work. He travels from hospital to hospital to heal their toughest cases, moving on before anyone gets too close.

Montana, on the other hand, is deeply connected to her hometown, Fool’s Gold, and to her large, boisterous family. One of the Hendrix triplets, Montana has always seen herself as the screw-up. Until now. She’s finally discovered what she was meant to do – she works with therapy dogs, and the dogs play a big role in the story, which was a lot of fun. Montana has an amazing purity of heart. She’s just what Simon needs, and he will love her with a ferocity that will complete her.

Simon and Montana are one of my favorite couples. I love these two together!

Click here to read a free excerpt of ONLY YOURS: http://susanmallery.com/excerpt_september2011.php

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

"Only Yours" By Susan Mallery Released Today!!!

After so thoroughly enjoying "Only Mine" by Susan Mallery, I was super excited to get the next book in the series, "Only Yours".  

 Find it on bookshelves everywhere today or order yours at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble - and don't forget to leave me a note telling me you got yours!

 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Interview with the Fool's Gold Varsity Cheerleaders!


Will your squad answer some questions?
They would love too!!  Readers please meet the squad!


Why did you try out for the squad?
Kelly: I tried out for the squad because I fell in love with Fools Gold about two pages into Charity and Josh’s story in Chasing Perfect and I thought everyone should know about the wonderfulness that is the fictional California town.

What is your favorite Fool’s Gold title?
Angela: Probably Finding Perfect. I loved Pia's sense of humor. And the sacrifices she was willing to make for her friend. Wouldn't you want to be friends with someone like Pia? She's always on the go and doing something. And I've wanted Raoul's story forever. I think I have a crush on him. ;)

What's your favorite book by Susan?
Jen:  I have to say Chasing Perfect

Marilyn:  Accidentally Yours and Sunset Bay

How did you discover Susan for the 1st time?
Stacey:  I am an avid reader of the Harlequin Desire line and found Susan that way.  Her “Millionaire” series was my favorite.

Sarah:  I had stopped reading for a long time, my niece told me to check out the Twilight Saga well I tore that up in a week and then I felt lost... I went to my local library and see if there were any books that caught my eye... Accidentally Yours and Falling for Gracie both did and I've been hooked ever since. 

Marilyn: Her Desert Rogue series were recommended to me

What made you an avid fan of Susan's books?
Stacey:  After reading the three books in the “Millionaire” series, I started looking for other titles that she had written.  Now my personal library is FULL of her books!

Kelly: The realistic characters. They have flaws, problems, daily troubles, but at the end of the day they are all open to the happily ever after that we all want. They have realistic careers and aren’t all perfect. They don’t fit stereotypes either, which is wonderful, and most involve family and other unique background characters that make the read more enjoyable.

Marilyn: Her warmth, sense of family, humor

What's it like to be on the squad?
Jennifer: I take great pride! Being chosen by Susan is an honor!!!

Have you read only mine yet?  What do you think?
Charlotte: YES I've read Only Mine it was again a magical story that had you laughing and crying.  Dakota, Nevada and Montana are sisters and I can relate to having sisters and loving them as they do.  I can’t wait for the next two installments.

Why should readers buy this book?
Jennifer: It is a Susan Mallery classic!!! You will love it even if you haven’t read the other Fool's Gold books
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Any favorite quotes from the book?
Stacey:  It’s funny because my favorite quote is practically right at the beginning…the book is full of great lines but the one that stands out the most is when Finn and Dakota first meet and he’s ranting and raving and she looks at him and says:  “You have a lot of attitude for someone wearing a plaid flannel shirt”.

Angela: "You're that man," she said, peering at him. "The one dating Dakota."
 He wasn't sure if she was telling him or asking a question. Either way it wasn't her business. Except this was Fool's Gold and he’d learned that people got involved whether you wanted them to or not.

Be honest... What's Susan really like?
Stacey:   Susan is an amazing person and what I think I like most about her is that she is very comfortable with interacting with her fans.  I have exchanged emails with her, she’s visited my blog and left comments, I mean, not a lot of authors take the time to do that.  She’s the kind of person who would probably come for dinner if she was in town!

Kelly: Could I ask for a better author to be a fan of? Absolutely not! She has taken the time to converse with us on a near daily basis since we’ve started this Cheerleading adventure. She’s extremely appreciative of all we’re doing, just as we’re abundantly thrilled she’s writing these fabulous books for us to gush about! 

Tiffany: Supportive, Caring, Giving, Friendly, Creative, and a great author!  She is someone you would want as a friend in good times and bad.  She really has been so kind and supportive of all of us even when it has nothing to do with her or her books!  She just cares.

Marilyn: I started out as a fan, now that I personally know her, she is part of my family, she is the sister I never had and that's the God's truth.

Q&A with New York Times Best Seller Susan Mallery - Part Four

The recent Buzz has been that you have your own team of Cheerleaders for the release of Only Mine and the books to follow.  How did the idea come about?  What is their purpose?  How did you choose the squad?

Often, I hear from excited fans who discovered me because someone put one of my books in their hands and said, "You have to read this!" It moves me. And this year, it inspired me to create the Fool's Gold Varsity Cheerleading Squad. I decided to form a team of avid readers to share with the world their love of Fool's Gold, the Land of Happy Endings. (Fool's Gold is the setting of my ongoing series of romance novels. It's a quirky small town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Fool's Gold is dealing with a man shortage. This year's stories center around the Hendrix triplets. They are ONLY MINE, ONLY YOURS, and ONLY HIS.) The cheerleaders will earn lots of prizes along the way for doing what they love - talking about books - and I will dedicate a book next year to the grand prize winner. 

I invited my fans to "try out" for the team by sharing three creative ideas for spreading the word about Fool's Gold. I was overwhelmed by the response! More than 500 fans tried out in the first few days, with some pretty amazing ideas. As I read through their applications, their enthusiasm brought a lump to my throat. I wish I could have accepted every one of them and had a cheerleading battalion that could take over the country. Unfortunately, I
only had 25 advanced copies of ONLY MINE to give away. Selecting the final 25 was a daunting task. I wanted to get a good mixture of people who emphasized online ideas and those who emphasized in-person ideas, such as standing in front of a bookstore on release day, wearing a sandwich board, ringing a bell like the Salvation Army. (Yes, she got picked. Hi, Stacey!) I also wanted cheerleaders from all across the U.S., so geography played a
role. 

I don't know if it was pure luck or my discerning genius, but I am thrilled with the cheerleaders who made the team! They've handed out bookmarks, talked to people at the bookstore, called long distance friends. And now they're doing a blog tour to tell the world how much they love Fool's Gold! 

Where can readers meet the squad?
 The cheerleaders are pictured on my Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/SusanMallery?closeTheater=1.  You can also join my Goodreads fan page http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8716.Susan_Mallery and my Goodreads group to discover other readers who love my books! (Including the cheerleaders!) at 
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/49998.We_love_Susan_Mallery_


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Q&A with New York Times Best Seller Susan Mallery - Part 3

This is our final part of our interview with author Susan Mallery about her newest book in her Fool's Gold series, "Only Mine"

How many more Fool's Gold books will you write?
There will be at least seven more books after this year's.  In 2012, three delicious cowboy brothers and their younger sister will move to Fool's Gold.  And in 2013, I think I'm going to establish a bodyguard academy on the edge of town.  After that, who knows?  If readers clamor for more from Fool's Gold, anything's possible.  (You can let me know you want more by writing to me at www.facebook.com/susanmallery, www.twitter.com/susanmallery, or go to www.goodreads.com/susanmallery.)

Are you working on anything new outside of Fool's Gold?
BAREFOOT SEASON, my next women's fiction novel, will be out in April 2012 and will launch a new series set on quaint Blackberry Island.  The story is about two former best friends who form a turbulent truce to save the inn they both love.  

Much thanks to Susan for letting us get a glimpse of her creative process.  Is she awesome or what??  Be sure to go out on the 26th and get your copy of "Only Mine"  and visit Fool's Gold - the Land of Happy Endings!

Fool's Gold Summer Kisses magazine...check this out!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Q&A with New York Times Best Seller Susan Mallery - Part 2

Today we're going to continue our interview with New York Times best selling author, Susan Mallery about her latest book, "Only Mine".

What draws Dakota and Finn to each other?
At their core, Finn and Dakota both value their families more than anything.  Finn thinks he wants to be done with his familial duty.  He wants to get his brothers through college so he can return to his days as a carefree bachelor, but he will learn that he's not that guy anymore.  Somewhere along the way, he grew up.  At heart, he's a family man.

You love to write about families, such as the Hendrix triplets.  Why?
I was an only child, so I love writing about the big, boisterous family that I never had.  Triplets are an extension of that - three sisters who have been together since birth.  Each of the triplets has her own personality, but the experiences these three women have shared throughout their lives make them as close as it's possible to be.

You're known for both the depth of your characters and for your humor.  Do both come naturally to you?
I think men and women falling in love with each other is inherently hysterical.  Who came up with that bright idea?!  Men do everything they can to avoid emotion, and yet they're irresistibly drawn to women, who overflow with emotion.  When I get teary-eyed over a commercial, my husband looks at me like Im completely nuts.  There's this constant push-pull between men and women that never really goes away, and it will always be funny to me.

Most of my storylines are not funny in and of themselves.  My characters deal with some very serious issues in their lives, but their ability to find the humor says a lot about their resilience.  I like people in real life who can laugh at themselves, and I like that in characters, too.

Do you plot your books before writing?
I do a lot of plotting in advance, which means I can write the story quickly, which further means that I don't lose interest.  For me, the creative rush is highest during the plotting process, and the actual writing of the book is more about getting the story down on paper.  I've tried writing without a plot, and it just doesn't work for me.  I enjoy the aspect of surprise, but I dread revisions.  Even when a book is thoroughly plotted, though, the characters can sometimes surprise me.  I was sweetly surprised by a secondary romance in ONLY MINE.    

Friday, July 22, 2011

Q&A with New York Times Best Seller...Susan Mallery - Pt. 1

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women and the relationships that move them. Publisher’s Weekly calls Susan’s prose “luscious and provocative,” and Booklist says, “Novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling.” While Susan appreciates the critical praise, she is most honored by the enthusiastic readers who write to tell her that her books made them laugh, made them cry, and made the world a happier place to live. Susan lives in Seattle with her husband and her tiny but intrepid toy poodle. She’s there for the coffee, not the weather. Visit Susan online at www.susanmallery.com and www.facebook.com/susanmallery.

With her latest trilogy, Susan returns to the quirky small town of Fool’s Gold, California [link: www.foolsgoldca.com], the town with the man shortage, with stories for the Hendrix triplets. First up is ONLY MINE.  

Tell Us About ONLY MINE
Each book in the Fool’s Gold series is a standalone novel, meaning that you won’t get lost if you read them out of order. Fool’s Gold is a town facing a serious (and seriously funny) problem – the 2010 census revealed that the town is suffering from a man shortage. Fool’s Gold has become the punchline of countless jokes on TV talk shows, which makes the strong, independent women in town pretty darn crabby... and which attracts the attention of a sleazy TV producer.


In ONLY MINE, it’s Dakota Hendrix’s job to interview potential contestants. After she recommends two handsome young twins for the show, the twins’ gorgeous, stern older brother demands that she declare them unfit. Finn Andersson wants his brothers to return to college. Finn has raised the boys since their parents died, and he won’t consider his duty done until they graduate. While Finn does everything he can to strongarm or coerce his brothers back to Alaska, Dakota is struggling with a problem of her own, a problem so big that it will change the course of her life.

You can read free excerpts at www.foolsgoldca.com. You’ll find lots of freebies and fun bonus content there, too!  

How Did You Come Up With The Fool's Gold Series?

I knew I wanted to create a series based on a place. In the past, I’d written series based on a family, so once I ran out of siblings, I ran out of stories. Readers kept asking me for more in every series. They loved that sense of connection, and they wanted it to go on. Debbie Macomber was the one who suggested I stop writing about families and start writing about a place. With a place, the story possibilities are infinite. (Debbie Macomber is like my Mayor Marsha – I never say no to Debbie! She’s a genius.)


The place itself needed to have a strong identity. As I was brainstorming the series, I heard a story about the then-upcoming 2010 census, about everything a town can discover about itself from census results. I wondered, “What if there was a man shortage?”


So Fool’s Gold was born… the town with the man shortage. But instead of making the women eager to get more men to town, I tweaked reader expectations and made the women strong, self-sufficient, and kind of crabby that anyone would think they need more men. They can run the town just fine without men. Which means that any men who do move to Fool’s Gold have to earn the right to live there. . . and they have to earn the hearts of the women they love.


www.FoolsGoldCA.com is my gift to readers who have been so loyal to me. I wanted to create an experience for readers that goes beyond the books. On FoolsGoldCA.com, readers will find amazing bonus content such as between-the-books updates, stories and pictures from the characters’ weddings, Fool’s Gold magazines, a map of town, funny ads from local businesses… I could keep going, but the truth is, you have to see it to get it. Fool’s Gold is the Land of Happy Endings!

Look for more to this interview over the next couple of days leading up to the release of "Only Mine".  

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Review: Only Mine by Susan Mallery

"Her town’s lack of men may make headlines, but it isn’t news to Dakota Hendrix. The beautiful blonde has bigger problems to deal with, such as overseeing the romance reality competition filming in Fool’s Gold. Screening eligible bachelors is a difficult enough task, but Dakota hits an unexpected snag when a sexy stranger comes to town. 

Finn Anderssen will do anything to keep his twin brothers — the perfect contestants — off the show. Despite Dakota’s better judgment, she finds herself drawn to the mysterious outsider. Like her, Finn knows about heartbreak and how a family can fall apart, so she doesn’t dare to hope for anything more than a fling. After all, even in the Land of Happy Endings, finding true love is never as easy as it looks on TV" 

"Only Mine" is book #4 in the Fool's Gold series and, to me, is a perfect fit.  This time around, Susan is focusing on the Hendrix triplets and first up is Dakota.  She's pretty straight forward and level headed and where we find her at the beginning of the story, her world is slightly upside down.  The great thing about the way Susan Mallery writes is that all of the situations that Dakota finds herself in are believable - nothing is so over-the-top that you can't grasp and follow along, anxious to see how it all goes.

Finn Adnerssen is a really likable guy but at times, you just want to smack him.  That is a great way to make your reader feel because you, along with the heroine, WANT him to change.  It's not that he's so flawed, it's just that his view of reality is a bit off at times.


There is a lot of sub-plots going on throughout the book between the stories of Finn's twin brothers and the story involving Dakota's mom trying dating again after ten years of being a widow - all that on TOP of catching up with some of the great character's of Fool's Gold and you've got a very full book.  I almost wish it could have been longer because the sub-plots were just as interesting as Dakota and Finn's story - particularly Finn's brother Stephen's story.  He just seems yummy.


"Only Mine" is a great addition to the Fool's Gold series and I cannot wait for the next two books to see how the triplets all find their happily ever after.  


FIVE STARS!!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

It's Susan Mallery Month!!!

Okay so I know that I don't get to post on here as often as I should, but I'm hoping to get better with that.

For the next month or so, this site will be all-things Susan Mallery.  That's right, I am majorly sharing the works of one of my all-time favorite authors.  If you have not read any of Susan's work, it's a great time to get started.

To get familiar with her, you can go directly to her website HERE.  Her latest series is once again set in the town of Fool's Gold and will start with the book, "Only Mine" - which will be released on July 26th.  If you have the time, pre-order it directly from these links from Amazon or Barnes & Noble  and leave me a comment telling me that you've pre-ordered.  I'll be explaining more about that in another post but if you could let me know that you've pre-ordered, that would be GREAT!

So join me in showing Susan Mallery some love this month!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Look of Love by Bella Andre



Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she’s convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her in the middle of the rain storm must be too good to be true. Or is he?

As a successful photographer who frequently travels around the world, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women, and whenever he’s home in San Francisco, one of his seven siblings is usually up for causing a little fun trouble. Chase thinks his life is great just as it is—until the night he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley. Not only has he never met anyone so lovely, both inside and out, but he quickly realizes she has much bigger problems than her damaged car. Soon, he is willing to move mountains to love—and protect—her, but will she let him?

Chloe vows never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Only, with every loving look Chase gives her—and every sinfully sweet caress—as the attraction between them sparks and sizzles, she can’t help but wonder if she’s met the only exception. And although Chase didn’t realize his life was going to change forever in an instant, amazingly, he isn’t the least bit interested in fighting that change. Instead, he’s gearing up for a different fight altogether…for Chloe’s heart.


This is book one in Bella Andre's The Sullivan's series and I think this has it off to a great start.  They are a likable family with down-to-earth personalities even though with eight siblings, they range from a librarian to a world-famous actor.

In this story of Chloe and Chase, their attraction is instant and she is coming into this with a lot of baggage.  While the story only takes place over the course of about a week, I wish that there had been a little more of a realistic time frame.  While we all enjoy a love at first site story, when you have a complex character like Chloe, you need to give it a little more time. 

This was a wonderful story and kept me thoroughly engaged,however, there came a point where the story stopped and it was just sex. I find it a little hard to believe that Chloe went from a battered wife/victim to someone who is just that over the top sexually with a a virtual stranger within a span of four days. The story was good on its own without so much sex thrown in.