Friday, July 19, 2024

Book Blitz for Broken Fortune by Aly Mennuti with a GIVEAWAY


Broken Fortune 
by Aly Mennuti

Publication date: July 16th 2024
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction


Broken Fortune explores the unraveling of a wealthy, blended family forced to reconsider their future together as their world falls apart around them.

Elizabeth Sunderland—a forty-three-year-old wife and mother of two teenagers—is the oldest of five children in a blended family that never quite blended. The only thing that has held them together is the iron will of their wealthy parents: Benjamin Sunderland, a venture capitalist, and Kate Bernard, a partner of a hedge fund. Together, Benjamin and Kate create and rule over a Manhattan dynasty of which their children each bear their own unique scars.

Elizabeth has been trying to keep the family together since she was ten years old, hoping to convince everyone they have more in common than just their fortune. This stance will be put to the ultimate test when Kate dies with one final request: that the family travel together to the island of St. John and spread her ashes in the ocean. However, Kate’s plan to fix the family will involve more than just a family trip to the sea.

As the hidden secrets and quiet betrayals built up over thirty years begin to ripple and crash like the ocean surrounding the sinking family, Elizabeth not only faces each of her sibling’s personal inflection points—moments that could lead to reconciliation or ruin—but she has to face her own demons that have laid dormant. What happens next will shock Elizabeth into recognizing a reality she had no idea existed.

Aly Mennuti has always had two passions: philanthropy and literature. She satisfies one of those by being an executive at an international nonprofit consulting firm and has helped a diverse range of high-profile clients reach their philanthropic goals. However, she’s always had a desire to express herself creatively and carve out her own role as a writer in a writing family. Finally, in her forties (and with two children hitting their teens and deciding Mom is really uncool and not needed to hang out with anymore) she has the time and headspace to tell her own stories. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, Nicholas Mennuti, a novelist and screenwriter, their two children, Charlie and Lilly, and their eccentric Goldendoodle, Barry. 

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Book Review for The Windsor Conspiracy: A Novel of the Crown, a Conspiracy, and the Duchess of Windsor by Georgie Blalock

 The Windsor Conspiracy: A Novel of the Crown, a Conspiracy, and the Duchess of Windsor by Georgie Blalock

Published July 16, 2024 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Genre:  Historical Fiction

Taken from Goodreads: 
Georgie Blalock, the acclaimed author of The Other Windsor Girl, delivers an enchantingly reimagined fictional portrait of Wallis Simpson through the lens of her cousin who is engaged to spy on the Duchess of Windsor for her alleged Nazi sympathies and finds much more than she bargained for!

American Amelia Montague defied her family five years ago to marry the man she loved, but that decision cost her everything. Disowned by her family, and left a penniless widow after her husband’s death, Amelia becomes her cousin Wallis Simpson’s private secretary in France. With no other prospects available, Amelia has no choice but to succeed, and under their Aunt Bessie’s direction, hopes to have a positive influence on Wallis and the Duke of Windsor.

During the next two years, Amelia realizes that not everything with the Windsors is glittering happiness. Beneath the fa├žade of the besotted couple simmers Wallis’s rage at her stunted ambition, and the couple soon reveal themselves to be self-centered Nazi supporters who pursue their own interests at any cost.

When the Germans invade France, and the Windsors leave Amelia to escape the Gestapo on her own, Amelia finds herself in position to work for the most unlikely of employers: MI5 and the FBI. Convinced to work undercover, Amelia joins the Windsors in Nassau and soon realizes that Wallis’s treachery extends far deeper than the US and British government even knows…

Richly imaginative, Georgie Blalock’s novel stuns as it explores two women, opposites in every way, and the choices they make to survive both war and each other. . .


My Thoughts:  Holy… I know this is historical fiction but there is a lot of truth in the story.  Wallis Simpson is quite a character.  She has aspirations of being someone important and rich.  The lengths she goes to, the people she becomes friends with, and the people she does not become friends with all to get to where she wants to go.  I was amazed at how she lived her life.

The Windsor Conspiracy is the story of Wallis Simpson and her marriage to the abdicated King.  It is also a story of exiled royalty not accepting their place in the world.   I am not sure that Wallis ever figured out that her dream life is not her real life.   She seemed to live in her own world, not seeing how her choices made her life more difficult in the long run.

Georgie Blalock wrote a great book about the lesser known royal family members.   I cannot imagine how different the royal family would if she had become Queen. 

Thank you William Morrow for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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Meet the Author (taken from her website): 
 Georgie Blalock is a history and movie buff who loves combining her different passions through historical fiction, and a healthy dose of period piece films. When not writing, she can be found prowling the non-fiction history section of the library or the British film listings on Netflix or in the dojo training for her next karate black belt rank. Georgie also writes historical romance under the name Georgie Lee


Thursday, July 18, 2024

Cover Reveal for Keep Tuscany by Kelly Kay


Kelly Kay has revealed the cover for Keep Tuscany!

Releasing August 26, 2024

What if you got a star-crossed Italian do-over?

Single Dad, Second Chance, Soulmates, Friends To Lovers

When life gives you lemons, make limoncello.

I gasp because the expression in Colt's eyes is exactly the same as our first glance fourteen years ago. Neither of us should logically be here, but here we are, trapped in each other's gaze in the middle of Tuscany with a lifetime of history dividing us.

But as I sit in my dilapidated Italian villa, surrounded by way too many lemon trees and the possibility of a mongoose in the walls, I can't help but smile. Despite the fear of what I left behind, the uncertainty of tomorrow, and the fragments of a broken heart, I am determined. Maybe this time, I'll get to love him forever. Maybe healing a broken heart means getting a second chance. Or maybe I'm meant to remain shattered. Whatever it is, I'm done making lemonade from the lemons life keeps handing me. But I really hope this time love can conquer all.

The Boston Brothers: A Second Chance series are interconnected standalone stories featuring the lives and loves of six guys who are either brothers or brothers from another mother and the women they were lucky enough to find, screw it up and then find again.

Cover Designer: Lori Jackson Design  

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Meet Kelly Kay

I used to create dreams with my best friend growing up. We'd each pick a boy we liked, then we'd write down a meet-cute that always ended with a happily ever after. Now I get to dream every day, although it's a little steamier now.

I'm a Chicago-based writer, married to a writer, mother of a creative dynamo of a twelve-year-old boy and currently a little sleepy. I'm a klutz and goofball and love lipstick as much as my Chuck Taylors. And there are pretty good odds that I have either a glass of wine or a cup of coffee in my hand right now. 


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Release Blitz for Wildest Dreams by Kristen Proby


Wildest Dreams by Kristen Proby is now live! 

From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby comes an all-new Small Town, Single Dad, Brother’s Best Friend, Cowboy romance.

Ryan Wild thought he had everything he could ever want. A billionaire before thirty, he’s finally moved back home to Bitterroot Valley, built a beautiful house on his ranch, and has recently adopted a teenage boy that has brought nothing but joy into his life. The only thing that’s been missing is the feeling of Polly in his arms since their incredible night together months ago. Memories of her touch aren’t nearly enough to satisfy him, and Ryan will do anything he can to make her his. 

Polly can’t forget the one night she spent with Ryan all of those months ago, but she understood that it was a one-time deal. Yes, she still thinks about the sexy billionaire cowboy and his strong arms wrapped around her, but she’s a busy woman, with a thriving clothing shop and a group of friends that keep her on her toes. When you add in a house that always needs repairs, Polly’s days and nights are completely full. But when Ryan starts coming around, tempting her with that killer smile, heated bedroom eyes, and generous gifts, how is she supposed to stay away from him?

Polly knows how important the bond between father and son is and feels guilty for taking some of Ryan’s attention away from Jake, especially when Ryan whisks her away to Paris for the romantic vacation of her dreams. And just when the three of them start to settle in together, where Polly, Jake and Ryan start to feel like a family, she starts getting warnings and prank phone calls. Someone wants to come between them and their growing relationship.

The love they share is beyond their wildest dreams, but when danger lurks, will they be torn apart forever?

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Kristen Proby is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over seventy published titles. She debuted in 2012, captivating fans with spicy contemporary romance about families and friends with plenty of swoony love. She also writes paranormal romance and suggests you keep the lights on while reading them.

When not under deadline, Kristen enjoys spending time with her husband and their fur babies, riding her bike, relaxing with embroidery, trying her hand at painting, and, of course, enjoying her beautiful home in the mountains of Montana. 

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Book Review for The Perfect Sister by Stephanie DeCarolis

 The Perfect Sister by Stephanie DeCarolis

Published July 16, 2024 by Bantam

Genre:  Thriller

Taken from Goodreads:
  One woman's search for her missing sister on the sandy white beaches of the Hamptons uncovers a wealth of secrets worth killing for—a sultry and sumptuous psychological suspense from USA Today bestselling author Stephanie DeCarolis.

Alex Walker has always looked up to her perfect older sister. Maddie has succeeded in all the ways Alex has not: she escaped their hometown and seems to have put the memories of their unstable childhood behind her. But despite the different paths their lives have taken, the two sisters made a pact to spend one week together every summer. It was a promise they’d never broken. . . Until now.

When Maddie suddenly cancels her annual trip home, Alex begins to worry. But when she stops returning her calls altogether, Alex is certain something is wrong. Relying on the only clues Maddie left behind, Alex follows her sister's footsteps to the Hamptons, where she meets the Blackwell family—the last people to have seen Maddie alive before she vanished into thin air. The Blackwells seem to have it all: wealth, beauty, and a beach-side mansion on a private stretch of Hamptons real estate. It's a world unlike any Alex has ever known, but she quickly discovers that looks can be deceiving, and a life of luxury always comes at a cost.


My Thoughts:  A missing sister, a privileged family, and lots of secrets.    There are so many secrets in this book.  The relationships in this book are quirky and unique.   I kept trying to put it together and figure out what had happened to Maddie and if Alex would find her sister before it was too late.

When I picked up The Perfect Sister, I was looking for a book that held my attention and kept me wanting more.   The Perfect Sister started off being just what I was looking for.  About ¾ of the way through I started to slow down.  I was losing interest but had to finish and find out the answers.  I am glad I stuck with the book. 

Thank you Bantam for a copy of the book via NetGalley.


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Meet the Author: Stephanie is the USA Today best selling author of The Guilty Husband and Deadly Little Lies. A graduate of Binghamton University and St. John's University School of Law, she currently lives in New York with her husband, their two daughters, and their very spoiled cat. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Release Blitz for Weddings, Revenge & Fake Dating by Rebel Warren


Weddings, Revenge & Fake Dating by Rebel Warren is now live!

Freshly divorced mom Jeanie Benton has one thing on her mind: 
get to Miami Beach, bust up her ex's wedding, and win back the groom.
She's determined to mend her broken family at any cost. 

Her evil plan falls into place when she meets hunky Nathan Wolf. He's the epically immoral, wanna-be life coach she never knew she needed. The two strike a deal. If she becomes his first client, he'll make her ex jealous by pretending to be her younger boyfriend. 

Nathan Wolf isn't the aspiring life coach Jeanie believes. His day job is a little more provocative. Nor is he the same eighteen-year-old nerd who worked at Jeanie and her ex-husband's Chicago hot dog stand over a decade ago. She doesn't remember Nathan, but he remembers her--vividly. He's held a MILF torch for her since, which makes their new arrangement a dream come true. This close, Nathan can angle for one hot night between Jeanie's legs, while also exacting revenge on her ex for firing him. 

Under Nathan's diabolical tutelage, Jeanie befriends the annoyingly sweet bride, who happens to be her childhood nemesis. But weaseling her way into the role of Mayhem of Honor to systematically sabotage the wedding is harder than expected, especially with a suspicious ex.

As their wedding-wrecking love charade continues, Jeanie discovers there's 
more to Nathan than being a devilish sidekick. He has angelic intentions too, from encouraging her awkward kid to showing her what it's like to have an engaged partner. Nathan becomes her ride-or-die, rather than a ride-and-run-away like her ex. 

If Jeanie's not careful, Nathan's special form of "life coaching" 
will steal her heart instead of a wavering groom.

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Meet Rebel Warren

If Rebel Warren had a spirit animal, it would be a French Bulldog in a tutu, riding a teal Vespa through a ring of fire. She lives in Chicago, dreams of California but hails from Maryland. She has a slight obsession with travel, sunshine, and Milano cookies. If you can handle all the fuzzy feels, a little bit of second-hand awkwardness, and some spicy spice, read her new romantic comedy--Weddings, Revenge & Fake Dating


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