Book Review * Choosing Heart or Home



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Christmas, 1889
The widowed Queen Victoria reigns over an empire on which the “sun never sets,” and London is bright with holiday decorations. Detective Rudyard Bloodstone’s career is moving along well as Holborn Station’s lead investigator. And, his year had gotten even better when he met London’s celebrated music hall star, Honeysuckle Flowers.

As he and his lady embark on celebrating the holidays, Rudyard grows homesick for Wales and his family there. He makes plans to see his parents and thinks it is the perfect time to introduce Honeysuckle to them. To his unhappy surprise, his mother paints her with a trollop’s brush. His mother is firm: he is loved and missed and most welcome in the family home but not his lady. He must choose between them and to choose means the risk of losing the other.


Chris Karlsen is a retired police detective. She spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. The daughter of a history professor and a voracious reader, she grew up with a love of hisotry and books.
An internationally published author, Chris has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa satisfying her need to visit the places she read about. Having spent a great deal of time in England and Turkey, she has used her love of both places as settings for her books. “Heroes Live Forever,” which is her debut book, is set in England as is the sequel, “Journey in Time,” the third is “Knight Blindness.” They are part of her Knights in Time series. All three are available as a boxed set on Kindle. She is currently working on the fourth in the “Knights in Time,” series. “Golden Chariot,” is set in Turkey and the sequel, “Byzantine Gold” is set Turkey, Paris and Cyprus. They are part of her Dangerous Waters series.

Her most recent release is called, “Silk” and is book one of a new series, The Bloodstone Series. It is a suspense set in Victorian London.
Published by Books to Go Now, her novels are available in digital, ebook, and Android App. and in paperback. “Heroes Live Forever” is also in audio format.

A Chicago native, Chris has lived in Paris and Los Angeles and now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and four rescue dogs. A city girl all her life, living in a small village on a bay was a interesting adjustment. She’d never lived anywhere so quiet at night and traffic wasn’t bumper to bumper 24/7.
Some of Chris’s favorite authors are: Michael Connolly, John Sandford, Joseph Wambaugh, Stephen Coonts, Bernard Cornwell, Julia Quinn, Julie Anne Long, Deanna Raybourne and Steve Berry.


ARC Book Review : A holiday romance set in 1889 this historical romance is filled with great characters who show us the true meaning of Christmas -love, compassion and generosity  to your fellow man. As we learn a lesson about judging people by look or job description. by Rudyard mother and her treatment of Honeysuckle . As he must make the depression to choose heart or home. This book is a  must read for any historical  romance reader looking for a sweet holiday romance  to enjoy this holiday season. Lisa 


ARC Book Review *Snowed in for Christmas


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Three all-new holiday novellas about couples finding love while trapped together in the snow.

Stranded in the Snow (Holiday Acres, Book 2) by Noelle Adams

Olivia Holiday doesn’t expect to spend the weekend stranded in a romantic cottage during a snowstorm with the one man she dislikes the most. Scott is a player and holds a grudge against her family, and she’s determined not to give in to the deep feelings for him she’s been hiding.

A Christmas Rescue (Silver Bell Falls, Book 4) by Samantha Chase

Saving a litter of puppies right before Christmas was incredibly rewarding for Bailey Walsh. But getting snowed in with her sexy-yet-grinchy veterinarian boss turns out to be rewarding in a whole other way.

Love on the Edge of Reason (Pine Harbour, Book 8) by Zoe York

Tom Minelli doesn’t know why Chloe Davis has fled Pine Harbour, but she’s pregnant with his baby and he wants her back. But a winter storm rolls in just as he finds her, trapping them together in a cabin on the lake.


Net Galley Review : Its Holiday time  and with that we have a great set of novella books about love trapped with the one you love. Well maybe – in Olivia case the one you fall far after being trapped. But a happy ending and a Christmas to remember for all. These novella are part of each others series -which if you are a fan a great addition -but if new a great example of each others books  . So If you are a new reader dont let that stop you from readying this holiday romance.   Lisa 



ARC Book Review * Thread Herrings


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Angie’s first auction may turn out to be her last—when she bids on a coat of arms that someone would literally kill to possess . . .
Tagging along to an estate sale with her fellow Needlepointer, antiques shop owner Sarah Byrne, Angie Curtis impulsively bids on a tattered embroidery of a coat of arms. When she gets her prize back home to Haven Harbor, she discovers a document from 1757 behind the framed needlework—a claim for a child from a foundling hospital. Intrigued, Angie is determined to find the common thread between the child and the coat of arms.

Accepting her reporter friend Clem Walker’s invitation to talk about her find on the local TV news, Angie makes an appeal to anyone who might have information. Instead, both women receive death threats. When Clem is found shot to death in a parking lot, Angie fears her own life may be in jeopardy. She has to unravel this historical mystery—or she may be the next one going, going . . . gone . . .



Net Galley Book Review : This is book 7 in this series .Can be read as a standalone but way.Were back in the state of Main for an Auction that Angie attends with Sarah. When Angie buy a tattered embroidery  coats of arms – the story behind the piece leads to murder. Can she solve the mystery with a little help in this newest book – read it and finds out the mystery behind the coats of arms.  Perfect Sunday afternoon read – cant wait to see what happens in the next book.  Lisa 




About the Author

Lea Wait lives on the coast of Maine. A fourth generation antique dealer, and author of the Agatha-nominated Shadows Antique Print mystery series, she loves all things antiques and Maine, and she’s learning to do needlepoint. She also writes historical novels for young people set in (where else?) nineteenth-century Maine. Lea adopted her four daughters when she was single; she’s now the grandmother of eight, and married to artist Bob Thomas. Find her at Facebook, Goodreads, and at

Book Review * His Angel



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I’m not leaving your side, Memphis. You are my home, Angel, so where you are, is where I want to be.”


Creed Stephens lost his heart when his wife died in an accident that also took the life of his unborn child. He threw himself into his job as a trained sniper, no longer caring about anything other than his team. After one disastrous mission, which left him broken and battered, he entered the real world again. Creed lived only for his club and his position as its road captain. Love was something Creed never wanted to feel again. He knew loss and drowned in it every single day—at least, that was until a brown-haired, sweet, and stubborn goddess insisted on reminding him that loss wasn’t a reason to stop living.


Memphis Van Elsen had experienced far too much loss in her young life. She lost her parents, her sister, and her sight. The one person she had left was the only person she loved, the only person she wanted. But how could she compete with a ghost? Did she want to? All she knew was that the deep, aching love she felt for her former brother-in-law made her wish for things she shouldn’t. When a chain of events forced them together, would Memphis be able to make Creed see she can be the one for him, the one to make him smile again? Or would Rogue rip her heart’s desire away from her before she ever got the chance?

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The latest book in this amazing series featured  Creed and Memphis. Creed lost his wife and child on the back of his bike and have never been the same. But he has a secret – Memphis his blind sister in law who has now been threaten by Rouge. Who now he must marry and protect : 

This is a moving book – with Creed letting go of his past and moving on with Memphis . Who has been in love with Creed her whole life and been blind since 17 . She has tried to move on but Creed was always her dream even though he married her sister. But with everything going on Creed find himself falling for Memphis and protecting her and the club from Rouge .In this book filled with danger,protection and second chances for all . 

As we see the club comes together over loss and beat Rouge and make a new beginning for everyone. As the next generation is born in peace.   Lisa 







I am in love with love! I don’t write about cheating and l try to stay away from angst. I prefer the word drama. I am Australian, a mum to three beautiful girls. I have a weird sense of humour and like to write my books to music, love songs! I am addicted to Sons of Anarchy and Friends. I read constantly, l even read when l have to stop at traffic lights! I believe that everyone has their happily ever after waiting for them.

Boston Cream Bribery by Jessica Beck

Happy Boston Cream Pie Day !!! 




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Donut Mystery 32, Boston Cream Bribery, from New York Times Bestselling Author Jessica Beck!

When head town councilman Van Rayburn is attacked at his home and left for dead, Suzanne and Jake struggle to prove that their friend, Mayor George Morris, is innocent of committing the assault. The only problem is that there is evidence left at the scene that implicates the mayor, and Van can’t seem to remember the attack at all!

For more information about Jessica Beck, please visit

Jessica Beck is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Donut Shop Mysteries, the Classic Diner Mysteries and the Ghost Cat Mysteries. For more information, go to

ARC Book Review * Sentinel of Darkness


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She thought she’d put her past behind her…

Local artist Keva might be human, but she knows about the things that go bump in the night. Years ago, a dragon shifter saved her from certain death. Ever since, she’s lived in his clan’s territory and put her life back together. But the feeling of security is only an illusion, because her past has come back to haunt her. A past with claws and fangs, demanding blood.

He’ll do whatever it takes to defend his mate…

Dagen has finally met his mate—except he insults her the first time they meet. He’s not too proud to grovel to get back into her good graces. But when a threat from her past emerges, he realizes that he’ll do anything to keep her safe. Even if it means dying—or losing her forever.

Length: 30,000 words

Author note: This is a stand-alone story in the Darkness series complete with an HEA and no cliffhanger.

Darkness series:
1. Darkness Awakened
2. Taste of Darkness
3. Beyond the Darkness
4. Hunted by Darkness
5. Into the Darkness
6. Saved by Darkness
7. Guardian of Darkness
8. Sentinel of Darkness
8.5 A Very Dragon Christmas

Net Galley Book Review : Keva local artist and friend of the local Dragon clan is in trouble from past mistakes . But she has the backing of the clan and Dagen who is her mate.  But each brings to this mating there own darkness filled with secrets but  he’s one Dragon that can protect her and love her. It’s another exciting book in this series and glad these two amazing people found each other.  Lisa 





Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Katie Reus is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Darkness series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

Book Review * Not Quite Christmas by Sharon Kleve



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After years of being away during the holidays, all Adair Hutton wants is to spend Christmas with her family. As a travel nurse, she’s been all over the country and enjoyed every minute of it, but it’s time to come home for good.

It becomes more difficult than Adair has anticipated when she has to rely on a handsome stranger, a taxi, Greyhound bus, an Uber, and an airplane to make the journey home. Because the road home isn’t always as easy as planned.

Easton is a cartoon artist and can work from anywhere and isn’t in any hurry to reach Seattle. There’s no family waiting for him. When a beautiful stranger needs his assistance to get home for the holidays, he jumps in with both feet and maybe his heart too.


Book Review ( by author request) A sweet holiday romance about two people going home for Christmas. Adair is a traveling nurse going home to Seattle to be with her family for Christmas. But when she is stuff in the airport she meets Easton going the same way and a bus trip to Dallas and a flight home together makes a charming books as these two get closer. But when plans changes Christmas  has a new meaning for Adair. Its a cute book  perfect for anyone traveling  at the holiday  home. Hopefully your trip will bring you love too. Lisa 





Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband and two cats. When not writing, and working full-time, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cats and a good book or in the kitchen making cheese or baking sourdough bread or bagels.

Sharon is a multi-published author of contemporary romance with over twenty stories published in eBook, paperback, on audio and translated into six different foreign languages. She has written New Adult and Romantic Suspense, but what brings her the most joy is writing Romantic Comedies.

She loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few laughs and maybe a few bumps and bruises along the way.

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Book Review : Gingerbread Home by Jennifer Conner

Lisa Holiday Book Blast  : 


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Christmas has not been filled with happy memories since Emilyn Owens left her small town of Berry Grove. She comes home to visit her sister who has taken over the family’s bakery, Sugar Street Treats.

Thary Murray has been riding across country to outrun the tragic memories of his past. He’s taken a short-term job at the bakery and makes the best pastries anyone’s ever eaten.
When Emilyn’s sister becomes ill she and Thary must work together to finish a gingerbread village promised as a fundraiser for a children’s home.

As they begin to open up to each other about the pains of their pasts, will this draw them into something deeper for the holiday season? Possibly love?

Book Review : Special Request by author . This sweet  holiday romance is the perfect holiday book to get you ready for holiday baking. Emilyn comes home to visit and find herself working at the family bakery when her sister ends up in the hospital . She’s always loved her family bakery but a family misunderstanding drove her away. But she may have found a reason to stick around  other than working on a gingerbread house. But can these two find there way together and maybe find love together.  A well written book perfect for the season – read and dream about gingerbread cooking in the oven.  Lisa 







Jennifer Conner is a best-selling Northwest author who has seventy short stories, books, foreign language editions, and audiobooks. She writes in Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance, and Erotica.
She has hit Amazon’s top fifty authors ranking and her books have been #1 in sales.
Her novel Shot in the Dark was a finalist in the Emerald City Opener, Cleveland, and Toronto RWA contests.
Jennifer is an Associate Publisher for the indie e-book publisher, Books to Go Now who resides in the Seattle area. They pride themselves in helping new authors get their foot in the door with well-edited manuscripts, professional covers, and platforms uploads.She lives in a hundred-year-old house that she grew up in. Her semi-small town holds an interesting mix of resident hillbillies, yuppies and Navy Seals. And of course, Seattle, only a few miles away, is the birthplace of Starbucks so coffee is always on the checklist. She blows glass beads with a blow torch, (which relieves a lot of stress and people don’t bother you) and is a huge fan of musicals.

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Crystal Dawn Holiday Books*

Welcome to Thursday  Addition to Lisa Holiday Book Blast :  Today we visit with author Crystal Dawn and her holiday books : 



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Jackson has brought some of his pack to visit Blake and Ariel. Christmas will be exciting this year and he hopes to find his match while he’s there.
Greta has missed several Christmases but she’s finally making it home for the holidays. Ariel is like a mother to her and she knows she would never steer her wrong, but would she match her up?

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This is set in the white wolf world. And it’s Christmas time and the pack and Ariel family is gathered together to celebrate the season. Greta -Ariel cousin meets a visiting alpha in Blake and the romance begins. But Blake’s pack is in trouble and they go back to help him out and she finds a new home. In this touching Christmas story.

  Its best to read this with the other books in the White Wolf series. 



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Calden is completely in love with Lois and has taken her young son under his wing. They’ve dated over a year now growing steadily closer, but he is ready to mate. Will she commit? When tragedy strikes and Calden helps her, will she realize that only with him will she and her son have a complete family?


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Ros doesn’t want to go on this mission, especially as Santa Claus, but it may be the most important one of his life. He’ll get the opportunity to rescue some of his brothers. He’ll also meet a female that makes him feel more than he ever has.
Jen likes Ros, but she has too much going on with a son and a baby on the way. He seems like a great guy, but no one is going to take her with all her responsibilities.
When all is said and done, will Ros go back to Olympus alone or will he have the Merriest Christmas ever as a family man?

 Author Crystal Dawn :

Berryville, AR

Bio: I am a sci fi/fantasy- paranormal /romance writer. My first book is Planet Amazon the Rebirth. My hobbies are reading a variety of genres, travel, and watching movies.

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