Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Perfect 10:

THE COLLECTOR – Nora Roberts 
A Perfect 10 
G.P. Putnam's Sons (Hardcover) 
ISBN: 978-0-399-16445-3 
April 2014 
Romantic Suspense/Thriller 

New York City – Present Day 

As the daughter of an Army officer, Lila Emerson grew up moving often, which meant being the new kid in school a lot, and also being without a father much of the time. Of necessity, Lila became self sufficient. Her parents are now retired in Alaska and she's on her own. Lila is a professional house sitter who writes on the side, or she's a writer working on a sequel to her popular teen fantasy novel who also house sits. Either way, she's an independent young woman of twenty-eight who takes prides in taking care of herself. She loves both careers. Her house sitting gives her a chance to see new places and meet new people. She's a friendly person with an open mind and heart. As this story opens, she's living in an upscale apartment in New York's Chelsea district, minding the place and the cat. She enjoys sitting on the balcony observing the neighborhood and watching the neighbors enjoying their own terrace. People-watching is a favorite activity; her creative mind makes up stories about them. Lila often watched the volatile couple across the way spat and make up, but not this morning. It was going on for two in the morning and she couldn't sleep. She picked up her binoculars and saw the attractive blonde near her window with tears in her eyes, watched as she was struck and struck again. She jumped to get her phone to call 911 and then saw the woman come through the window and fall to her death. 

Ashton Archer has no illusions about the way his charming brother could sometimes come close to crossing an ethical line, but no way will he ever believe Oliver could strike a woman or commit a murder, much less kill himself. After talking to police at the station, he saw the witness to the woman's death and caught up to her. He persuaded her to help him find the truth that would surely clear his brother of the crime. He finds she didn't really see more than a man's arm that night. Ash is sure it was a double murder, not murder and suicide. 

I was eager to read THE COLLECTOR but had to be up early in the morning, so I gave myself two hours to get started. Ha! It was nearly double that before I slept. But as I read in the following days—yes, days—an odd thing happened. I had to slow down. It was like enjoying the finest of desserts that needs savoring, so rich in plot, dialogue, and characters is this wonderful book. Ms. Roberts bares the minds and hearts of Lila and Ash as they follow a trail that will lead them to danger and adventure searching for the cause of it all, a treasure created for a Russian tsar. That lost treasure figures prominently in the tale, not only as the impetus to our protagonists' travels, but as a fascinating story of its own. Every page is a small masterpiece. 

Though Lila has no family nearby, she has a best friend and a most interesting Gypsy-like life. In contrast, Ash, who is a successful artist, has a large extended family with many siblings: full, half, and step. We get to know many of the characters well, notably Lila's friend Julie and Ash's friend Luke. We also get a chilling peek into the mind of a killer. 

I haven't read nearly all of Nora Roberts's 200 novels, but know only that I consider this the best I've ever read. Not only is it suspenseful, but it's highly entertaining and romantic as well. It's more than worthy of RRT's Perfect 10 rating. I wish I could give it a Perfect 100. 

Jane Bowers

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Chat tonight with.... Catherine Mann!!

USA Today Bestselling author Catherine Mann joins us to discuss her latest release, ONE GOOD COWBOY. Door prize: One lucky winner will receive their choice of either FOR THE SAKE OF THEIR SON or Catherine's 2-in-1 book featuring GRAYSON'S SURRENDER and TAKING COVER! 

Moderated by Sandi.

When? Tonight (Wed) at 9:00PM Eastern time

Where? http://client0.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122 or go to www.romrevtoday.com and click on RRT CHAT. Once the Sign In screen loads, just type your name and choose Mo's room from the chat room menu.

Note...please make sure your java is up-to-date so you don't have problems entering the room.


Mo


Author website:  http://www.catherinemann.com/
 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Q@A with Avery Flynn!





1.      Tell us about your release. Give us a blurb to tease us!

Betting the Billionaire is the story of Keisha Jacobs (AKA Miss Responsibility) and a bad boy billionaire, Gabe Campos. He wants to buy her family furniture business and hes so used to getting his way, he cant imagine that not happening. Too bad hes about to find out just how stubborn a good girl can be.

2. Name five things (not research notes) that are on your desk right now.

A Dean Winchester doll. A Kermit the Frog lunchbox. A family photo with the Flynns all looking as goofy as possible. A squirrel. A giant cup of coffee. 

3. Whats the best advice (writing or personal) that anyone has ever given you?

Speak up, stand tall and make a difference. 

4. What is your writing day like?

Total craziness! :) There are days when nothing comes (bad, bad days) and amazing days when everything spills out.

5. If you could have dinner anywhere with any five authors, dead or alive, which five would you choose?

Fun! I have to go with the funniest authors I know because nothing goes better with a wine-filled dinner than giggles: Cherry Adair, Dakota Cassidy, Robin Covington, Kimberly Kincaid and Robin Kaye.

6. If you werent writing, what other career would you have?

Game show hostess? :) Honestly, I cant imagine ever doing anything else.

7. Finally.tell us how we can connect with you online.
Find out more about me on my website, follow me on Twitter and Pinterest, like me on her Facebook page or friend me on my Facebook profile. Shes also on Goodreads and BookLikes.
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Book Blurb:

If that man calls her one more time…

So what if Gabe Campos is a model-dating billionaire who gets Keisha Jacobs hotter than a Ferrari’s engine on the straightaway? He keeps pushing her to sell her family’s furniture business, but she’ll never give in—not unless she wants to give her father a second heart attack.

All Gabe should be thinking about is how he’ll finally get revenge on the man who killed his father. But when he meets the man’s daughter, Keisha, instead of focusing on destroying Jacobs Fine Furnishings, he can’t get her warm-whisky voice out of his mind.

Forced by a snow storm to spend the night together, their passion ignites. The next day, however, it’s back to business. The only way Keisha can save her family is to win a bet with the billionaire. But neither realized their hearts are part of the bargain…
Purchase links:
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1oNF4Lm



Author Bio:

Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.

Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.


Monday, April 21, 2014

A Perfect 10:

GHOST SEER – Robin D. Owens 
Ghostlayer Series 
A Perfect 10 
Berkley 
ISBN: 978-0-425-26890-2 
April 2014 
Paranormal Romance 

Colorado – Present Day 

Jackson Zachary Slade is no longer a deputy sheriff, not by choice, but by way of a bullet that tore through his leg and left him with a permanent limp and a bad foot. He's not the desk job sort of guy, so rather than be humiliated, Zach heads to Denver to start a new life. The sheriff has given him a name of a private investigator there who may have work for him. 

Meanwhile, in Denver, former C.P.A. Clare Cermak is trying to get used to her new life. And it's mighty difficult with the ghost of a long dead Labrador Retriever hanging out with her and telling her he's her dog now. With the death of her eccentric great-aunt Sandra, who claimed to actually see ghosts, it seems that now Clare is the recipient of this special ability. What's thoroughly frightening is that she's seeing ghosts everywhere, as she's driving, as she's walking, even in her own little house. Being a logical person, Clare is having a very difficult time aligning her brain with this "gift". Her great-aunt told her that she helped ghosts “transition”, and one ghost has targeted Clare to help with just such a need. Jack Slade, a notorious gunman from the mid eighteen hundreds, wants to join his wife in the afterlife. But without help from Clare, he is doomed to an eternity of…nothing. And the other thing about great-aunt Sandra, she left Clare a millionaire, yet another issue Clare must face. 

Enzo, Clare's new “dog”, informs her that her new life must be to help with the transition of other ghosts. She has no choice; she must either come to grips with this or she will die. When Jack Slade talks her into attending an auction to bid on a box that belonged to his wife, she reluctantly goes and runs into Zach, a man she met at a restaurant with whom she exchanged phone numbers. They are both very much attracted to each other, and soon it becomes clear to Zach that Clare is either in some kind of trouble, or there is something terrible bothering her. Even though he has a lot on his mind dealing with his handicap, he's also very much attracted to Clare and wants to help her. The team of Clare, Zach, and, yes, Enzo, begins their strange search for a way to get Jack Slade out of the lost world he is in and to transition him to his wife's side. 

Zach's own ability to feel danger (he sees crows, and according to their numbers, the results can be danger, or worse) has him worried about Clare and her safety. Clare is determined to deal with this new existence one ghost at a time, and she needs to move quickly to get Jack to his wife before Jack loses control. Before Jack can rest, Clare and Zach will face plenty of stumbling blocks, both real and emotional, and danger lurks too. 

For several years I've thoroughly enjoyed the magical Celta series of books that Robin D. Owens has written and continues to write. Contemporary paranormal is a new and extremely entertaining shift, and this first novel is humorous, poignant, and loads of fun. I can't help but give GHOST SEER a Perfect 10 for the excellent writing, research, and very realistic characters. The all-too-human Zach and Clare, and the loveable, and yet mysterious Enzo make this character-driven tale difficult to put down. I am looking forward to more adventures in the next book: GHOST LAYER. 

Jani Brooks