Friday, February 12, 2016

Back in the Saddle all right


Is it time to jump back in the saddle?



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Title:  Back in the Saddle
Series: Double S Ranch, Book 1
Author:  Ruth Logan Herne
Publisher:  Waterbrook Press / Multnomah Books
Release Date:  March 15, 2016


ABOUT THE BOOK

The Prodigal Is Coming Home

It’s been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray’s Glen, Washington. He’s broke, but not broken, and it’s time to check in with his ailing father, and get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again.

He doesn’t expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest— a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there’s more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye and he’s determined to find out what she’s hiding...and why.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Always Watching Gladly


Always Watching will have you always watching.

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Title:  Always Watching
Series: Elite Guardians #1
Author:  Lynette Eason
Publisher:  Revell
Release Date:  February 2, 2016

    

ABOUT THE BOOK


Intensity. Skill. Tenacity.
The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.


When it becomes clear that popular psychiatrist and radio personality Wade Savage has a stalker, his father secretly hires Elite Guardians to protect his son. But when Wade's bodyguard is attacked and nearly killed, agency owner Olivia Edwards must step in and fill the gap.

Olivia's skills are about to be tested to the limit as Wade's stalker moves from leaving innocent gifts at his door to threatening those closest to him--including Olivia. But in her mind, even more dangerous than the threats to her life is the hold her handsome client has on her heart.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Painter's Daughter Painted Quite a Picture

When dire circumstances brings love in unexpected ways.



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Title:  The Painter's Daughter
Author:  Julie Klassen
Publisher:  Bethany House
Release Date:  December 1, 2015


ABOUT THE BOOK

Sophie Dupont assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. In private, she paints the picturesque north Devon coast, popular with artists--including handsome Wesley Overtree, who seems more interested in Sophie than the landscape.

Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother Wesley's responsibilities. Near the end of his leave, he is sent to find his brother and bring him home. Upon reaching Devonshire, however, Stephen is stunned to learn Wesley has sailed for Italy and left his host's daughter in serious trouble.

Stephen feels duty-bound to act, and strangely protective of the young lady, who somehow seems familiar. Wanting to make some recompense for his own past failings as well as his brother's, Stephen proposes to Miss Dupont. He does not offer love, but marriage "in name only" to save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he fears, she will at least be a respectable widow.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Keeper of the Stars + Giveaway



Title:  Keeper of the Stars
Series: A Kings Meadow Romance, Book 4
Author:  Robin Lee Hatcher
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Release Date:  January 26, 2015

    

ABOUT THE BOOK


Because it's not always love at first sight!

When her mother died from pneumonia, Penny Cartwright was heartbroken. But now, after burying her younger brother just 12 years later, she is devastated. Anger, guilt, and sorrow cloud Penny's mind, and thelast thing she wants is to be reminded of her pain---but that's exactly what happens when a stranger comes to town.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Last in a Long Line of Rebels


Mystery and history fans will sure love this one.

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Title:  Last in a Long Line of Rebels
Author:  Lisa Lewis Tyre
Publisher:  Nancy Paulsen Books
Release Date:  September 29, 2015
Ages: 10+       Grades: 5+

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Debut novelist Lisa Lewis Tyre vibrantly brings a small town and its outspoken characters to life, as she explores race and other community issues from both the Civil War and the present day.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Bronner: A Journey to Understand + Giveaway




Title:  Bronner: A Journey to Understand
Author:  Sherri Burgess
Publisher:  New Hope Publishers
Release Date:  January 19, 2016

    

ABOUT THE BOOK

God teaches and refines us through pain and suffering. Author Sherri Burgess, wife of Rick Burgess of The Rick and Bubba Show, knows this to be true. After the earthly death of her youngest son, Bronner, Burgess asked, "Why?" And God answered.

Friday, February 5, 2016

If I Run + Giveaway


If I run, to where? Will it set me free?

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Title:  If I Run
Series: If I Run
Author:  Terri Blackstock
Publisher:  Zondervan
Release Date:  February 16, 2016

    


ABOUT THE BOOK

Casey knows the truth. But it won't set her free.

Casey Cox's DNA is all over the crime scene. There's no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she's arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn't matter anymore.

But what is the truth? That's the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren't adding up. Casey Cox doesn't fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan's skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn't guilty, why did she run?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Dream to Love - for sure!


Dare to Dream a Dream for Love?

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Title:  A Dream for Love
Author:  Lisa Belcastro
Publisher:  Washashore Publishing
Release Date:  December 29, 2015

  

ABOUT THE BOOK

A single mother with a secret past. A Hollywood star who's life is anything but hidden. Will the past deprive them of a future? Or will they dare to dream a dream for love?

“Sold!”

When the gavel hit the wooden block at the Possible Dreams Auction, Laurel Simmons sat in stunned silence. Her sister had lost her mind, purchasing a week’s vacation stay for two at actor Ryan Crandall’s beach house on Martha’s Vineyard. And then Tammy announced that she was giving the “dream” to Laurel as an early birthday present.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Grace's Forgiveness + Giveaway

Will anyone look beyond the outward appearances?

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Title:  Grace's Forgiveness
Series:  Keepsake Pocket Quilt Book 2
Author:  Molly Jebber
Publisher:  Zebra, part of Kensington Publishing Corp.
Release Date:  January 26, 2016

    

ABOUT THE BOOK

A handsome newcomer with secrets shows a yearning Amish woman a chance at happiness—but their love will need all their courage to keep . . .

Grace Blauch is skilled at midwifery—and crafting quilts that help others pass on messages of enduring family love. But a disfiguring birthmark keeps the young Amish woman from a husband and home of her own—until Mark King arrives from another community. His helpfulness and independent nature earn Grace’s respect. And he finds her outspoken ways and determination to do right irresistibly appealing. Soon Grace is planning a wedding quilt of her very own . . . until her father discovers that Mark’s shunned brother is hiding somewhere in town . . .

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Arcana + Giveaway


Magic, power, love and history. Need more?

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Title:  Arcana
Author:  Jessica Leake
Publisher:  Talos
Release Date:  January 5, 2016

  

ABOUT THE BOOK

A romantic, suspenseful, genre-bending debut set in Edwardian London.

Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London’s most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting.

Through her late mother’s enchanted diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. Any misstep could mean ruin—and not just for her family name. The Order of the Eternal Sun is everywhere—hunting for those like her, able to feed on arcana with only a touch of the hand.

Book Spotlight + Author Top Ten: Arcana by Jessica Leake

Today's Book Spotlight is on Arcana by Jessica Leake. You'll be able to get the first look on a snippet of the storyline, the first meeting between our main characters.  Then a special treat - get to know a little more about the author, Jessica had kindly provided her top ten favorites!  On top of that, don't forget to come back at 9:00 AM for my review and a chance to enter the Arcana Blog Tour Giveaway!


Title:  Arcana
Author:  Jessica Leake
Publisher:  Talos
Release Date:  January 5, 2016

ABOUT THE BOOK

A romantic, suspenseful, genre-bending debut set in Edwardian London.

Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London’s most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting.

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Restaurant Critic's Wife + Giveaway


Free food at the top restaurants? What not to love? How about being a restaurant critic's wife?


Title:  The Restaurant Critic's Wife
Author:  Elizabeth LaBan
Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing
Release Date:  January 5, 2016

  

ABOUT THE BOOK

Lila Soto has a master’s degree that’s gathering dust, a work-obsessed husband, two kids, and lots of questions about how exactly she ended up here.

In their new city of Philadelphia, Lila’s husband, Sam, takes his job as a restaurant critic a little too seriously. To protect his professional credibility, he’s determined to remain anonymous. Soon his preoccupation with anonymity takes over their lives as he tries to limit the family’s contact with anyone who might have ties to the foodie world. Meanwhile, Lila craves adult conversation and some relief from the constraints of her homemaker role. With her patience wearing thin, she begins to question everything: her decision to get pregnant again, her break from her career, her marriage—even if leaving her ex-boyfriend was the right thing to do. As Sam becomes more and more fixated on keeping his identity secret, Lila begins to wonder if her own identity has completely disappeared—and what it will take to get it back.

Guest Post: Elizabeth LaBan on Writing Adult vs Young Adult Fiction + Giveaway

Welcome Elizabeth. Thanks for stopping by Just Commonly.  A little about Elizabeth:

Elizabeth LaBan lives in Philadelphia with her restaurant critic husband and two children. She is also the author of The Tragedy Paper, which has been translated into eleven languages, and The Grandparents Handbook, which has been translated into seven languages.  Her latest novel, The Restaurant Critic’s Wife is a charming portrait of the complexities of life that many women face when dealing with their marriages, their children, their friendships, and their careers. All the talk about exquisite food is merely the icing on a one-of-a-kind cake. 
As you can see, Elizabeth has ventured in the young adult genre, as well as the adult fiction with The Restaurant Critic's Wife. So without further delay, here's what she have to say about the differences in the two genres.