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review 2019-03-09 11:00
Blog Tour & Giveaway with 4 STAR Release Week Review! The Sweetest Match (Applebottom Matchmaker Society) Abby Tyler!






Hello, Readers! Today I am sharing a new small town wholesome romance by Abby Tyler! Enjoy and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!






The Sweetest Match 
by Abby Tyler 
Publication date: March 7th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance



She hid secret messages in frosting, thinking no one would notice.

Abby Tyler welcomes you to the witty, well-meaning busybodies of Applebottom, Missouri, where the community takes its pies -- and its matchmaking -- very seriously.

When Sandy Miller emerges from her shack on the edge of town after eighteen years, she finds a job making tea cakes for a little shop on Town Square.

But then everyone starts spotting secret words of love and longing on her cakes.

Andrew McCallister is the first to admit that he never got over Sandy Miller when she dropped out of high school and disappeared. But now she’s back.

He just has to get the guts to talk to her.

When the town summons the pair to a meeting to plan the school’s centennial bash, Andrew and Sandy discover they are the only two members of the committee. As they attempt to rekindle the long-lost flame, they realize the community must come together for more than an anniversary party. For their new relationship to flourish, the old guard must learn to support their most vulnerable members even when times get hard.




Readers that visit the small town of Applebottom, Missouri find reading this second chance romance to be delightfully charming and sinfully sweet. Sandy and Andrew are strong, compelling characters that easily charm readers into their story. The small town setting and the matching making townsfolk add to the ambiance of this romance as Sandy and Andrew try to rekindle their long lost flame and reach for their second chance at that happily ever after. Emotional turmoil regarding the past adds depth and suspense to the story while Sandy’s secret messages adds a bit of flair and spices things up. The story is a bit on the short side but the plot is fast paced, flows smoothly and provides readers with a delightful and enjoyable read.





Goodreads -


BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/the-sweetest-match-an-applebottom-matchmaker-society-small-town-sweet-romance-by-abby-tyler


Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1041621


Romance.io - https://www.romance.io/books/5c78ed6801dbc864fb9aee09/the-sweetest-match-abby-tyler


GBooks - https://books.google.com/books?id=QGKGDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA193&dq=abby+tyler+the+sweetest+match&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiAla6qsfPgAhVNMqwKHRkXDucQ6AEIKjAA


BLikes - http://booklikes.com/the-sweetest-match-abby-tyler/book,13997816





AVAILABLE in print or ebook


Amazon: http://deannaroy.com/sweetestZon

Apple Books: http://deannaroy.com/sweetestAP

B&N: http://deannaroy.com/sweetestBN

Kobo: http://deannaroy.com/sweetestKB

GooglePlay: http://deannaroy.com/sweetestGP





Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)


The Abby Gift Box!

Includes a signed book, a beautiful inspirational heirloom pie plate, plus Abby swag and gifts.


(this giveaway is set up and managed by author, not Xpresso Book Tours):


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Abby Tyler loves puppy dogs, pie, and small towns (she grew up in one!) Her Applebottom Matchmaker Society books combine the sweet and wholesome style of romance she loves with the funny, sometimes a-little-too-truthful characters she remembers from growing up in a place where everyone knew everybody’s business.

Twitter - https://twitter.com/AbbyTylerAuthor


Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/authorabbytyler/


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18698906.Abby_Tyler


Website - https://www.abbytyler.com/








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review 2018-10-02 11:00
Release Week Review! Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas (Rocky Mountain Cowboys #1) Katie Ruggle!



In the heart of the Rockies
In the arms of a cowboy
One white Christmas can change everything.


When firefighter and single dad Steve Springfield moved his four kids to a Colorado Christmas tree ranch, he intended for it to be a safe haven. But he never expected danger to follow them to his childhood home...


Or that he would come face-to-face with the one girl he could never forget.

Folk artist Camille Brandt lives a quiet life. As the town's resident eccentric, she's used to being lonely--until Steve freaking Springfield changes everything. Brave and kind, he's always had a piece of her heart, and it doesn't take long before she's in danger of falling for him and his rambunctious kids. But as mysterious fires break out across the sleepy Colorado town, Steve and Camille will have to fight if they want their happy family to survive until Christmas...



The first book in the new Rocky Mountain Cowboys series by Katie Ruggle is a thrilling and sweet romance that captivates readers from beginning to end. Steve and Camille are strong characters that easily draw readers to them as well as fascinating them with their romance. The sparks fly from first contact, the romance is sweet and full of emotional turmoil as Camille bravely tries to interact with Steve, his kids and his brothers in order to give their attraction a chance. This vulnerability speaks to readers and tugs at heart strings while they cheer Steve and Camille toward their happily ever after and well the kids adds their own special brand of happy to the story while capturing hearts as well.


The story has a steady to fast pace that keeps anticipation building throughout with small details that show that there is a danger to Camille, but the danger isn’t obvious which adds to the thrilling expectation of the story and keeps readers on the edge of their seats. There is a stunning betrayal and surprising twist that makes the suspenseful climax even more exciting and the whole holiday atmosphere of the story adds spice and goodwill to the story as the couple try to keep their family alive until Christmas. I was completely enthralled with the Springfield brothers and their holiday business and ranch combination and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.



Add to your shelves at -


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37827091-rocky-mountain-cowboy-christmas


BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/rocky-mountain-cowboy-christmas-by-katie-ruggle



Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas is the 1st book in the Rocky Mountain Cowboys series -


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/237185-rocky-mountain-cowboys




AVAILABLE in print or ebook -


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CP3ZW71/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i8


B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rocky-mountain-cowboy-christmas-katie-ruggle/1127704374?ean=9781492658665#/


iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/rocky-mountain-cowboy-christmas/id1377705434?mt=11


GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Katie_Ruggle_Rocky_Mountain_Cowboy_Christmas?id=jBRcDwAAQBAJ


Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/rocky-mountain-cowboy-christmas-2



A fan of the old adage “write what you know”, Katie Ruggle lived in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains until her family lured her back to Minnesota. When she’s not writing, Katie rides horses, trains her three dogs, cross-country skis (badly) and travels to warm places where she can scuba dive. A graduate of the Police Academy, Katie received her ice-rescue certification and can attest that the reservoirs in the Colorado mountains really are that cold. A fan of anything that makes her feel like a bad-ass, she has trained in Krav Maga, boxing and gymnastics.



Website - http://katieruggle.com/


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14156852.Katie_Ruggle


BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/katie-ruggle


Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008958855323


Twitter - https://twitter.com/KatieRuggle


Pintrest - http://www.pinterest.com/katieruggle/




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review 2018-08-30 11:00
Release Week Review! Twilight Desires (Morgan Creek #3) Amanda Ashley!
Twilight Desires - Amanda Ashley



“A master of her craft.” —Maggie Shayne


Sofia Ravenwood was once fascinated by vampires—their seductive power, their inhuman strength, their dark desires. Then one of them attacked her family, and she threw out her goth attire and vowed to keep clear of her enemies. Until she heard about Ethan Parrish: a sweet, sizzling-hot former college football player, turned into a vampire against his will.


Wandering the deserted streets of Morgan Creek, Wyoming, Ethan’s sure he'll be alone forever—a monster like him deserves nothing else. Then beautiful, complicated Sofia agrees to meet him, fangs and all. The need she ignites in him is more than just the pulse of her blood or the scent of her skin. But he's not the only bloodsucker desperate to make her his own . . .


Praise for Amanda Ashley and Twilight Dreams

“A tender paranormal romance exploring love and family ties, and it’s tinged with intrigue and vengeance. . . . This portrait of new love is sweet and endearing.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Author Ashley is no stranger to paranormal romance . . . Intriguing.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Master storyteller Amanda Ashley weaves a classic vampire tale of sensual, spine tingling suspense.”
—Christine Feehan



Passion and excitement explodes from the pages of this thrilling traditional vampire romance as Sofia and Ethan try to overcome some traditional issues regarding vampires and some not so traditional ones. The characters are strong and convincing as they draw readers into their story as Ethan has trouble accepting what he is and has lots of worries that go along with being turned into a “monster,” while Sofia has to wonder if being with Ethan is the best thing for her and her future. This has lots of emotional turmoil that readers can understand as well as keeping them glued to the pages as they wonder if this couple will reach a happily ever after or will their difference be more than they can handle.


The plot is steady to fast paced plot and keeps readers hanging on the edge of their seat with lots of thrilling suspense as Sofia and Ethan not try to move forward but a fight with an enemy that has set his sights on Sofia and the town of Morgan Creek. This enemy takes some elaborate measures to get what he wants most of which are deadly and brings unknown elements into the mix. Which gives readers as well as Ethan and Saintcrow, quite a few surprising twists to become caught up in.


The author is instigating some changes to the town of Morgan Creek and I have to wonder where she is taking this thrilling and mesmerizing series, especially since I can imagine several different paths she could take from here which could mean more wonderfully spine tingling vampire romances to come for readers. Note: While the story may be in the more traditional style of vampire romance, it is in no way boring and readers are easily smitten and charmed by the sexy vampires of Morgan Creek.



Author book page - http://members.authorsguild.net/amandaashley/twilight_desires__12444.htm



Add Twilight Desires to your shelves at:


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37802513-twilight-desires


BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/twilight-desires-by-amanda-ashley



Twilight Desires is the 3rd book in the Morgan Creek series -


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/189398-morgan-creek


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0785KFKDY?ref=series_rw_dp_labf


Morgan Creek includes

1 As Twilight Falls
2 Twilight Dreams
3 Twilight Desires



in print or ebook at


Kensington print - http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/36656


Kensington ebook - http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/36657


Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/s/?field-keywords=9781420147407


iBooks - http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781420147407?uo=8


GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/search?q=9781420147407&c=books


B&N - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/9781420147407


Kobo - http://www.kobobooks.com/search/search.html?q=9781420147407


Hudson Booksellers - http://www.hudsonbooksellers.com/book/9781420147384


BaM - http://www.booksamillion.com/search?query=9781420147384&where=All


Target - https://www.target.com/p/twilight-desires-morgan-s-creek-by-amanda-ashley-paperback/-/A-53746319


IndieBound - http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781420147384


Walmart - https://www.walmart.com/ip/Twilight-Desires/838956859



Amanda Ashley is one of those rare birds—a California native. She's lived in Southern California her whole life and, except for the earthquakes, she loves it. She shares a home with her husband, as well as an adorable Pomeranian named Lady, a wild house sparrow named Tweety, and a tortoise who remains nameless. Amanda and her alter ego, Madeline, have written 60 books. Not bad for someone who started writing just for the fun of it. Her books have made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. You can get a sneak peek at her next book on her website AmandaAshley.com.


Website - http://www.amandaashley.com/


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/48190.Amanda_Ashley


BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/amanda-ashley


Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/vampyrewritr


Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AmandaAshleyFanPage?fref=nf




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review 2018-08-29 10:00
Release Week Revew! Through the Fire (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #4) Katie Ruggle!
Through the Fire - Katie Ruggle



Kit Jernigan despairs of ever fitting in with her new tight-knit K9 unit. They've been through too much to open their arms to a stranger―and as mysterious fires begin raging across Monroe, she can't convince them to trust her long enough to catch the woman she knows is responsible.

Wesley March, local fire spotter, knows Kit is right, and he's willing to help her prove it. But the more time they spend together, the closer they get...and the more danger they're in. A member of the K9 unit's inner circle is determined to get revenge―no matter who gets burned in the process.
This time, it's personal.


Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit Series:

Run to Ground (Book 1)
On the Chase (Book 2)
Survive the Night (Book 3)
Through the Fire (Book 4)



She knows who is responsible for the mysterious fires raging across Monroe, but Kit convince the locals to trust her. Wesley March is willing to help her prove she’s right.


Strong, convincing characters easily draw readers into this thrilling and explosive romantic suspense that keeps readers holding their breath in anticipation of what will happen next. The romance between Kit and Wesley is sweet and charming as both seem a bit hesitant in moving forward but the chemistry between sizzles with electrical intensity pulling them closer. Wesley is a bit of a nerd with some social issues that easily captivates readers while Kit is more outgoing and take charge which proves that opposites does attract sometimes and ensures that readers keep a smile on their face. There is quite a few emotional concerns that have to be overcome as well as all the danger surrounding them which makes this romance quite interesting.


The fast paced plot flows smoothly from beginning to end with lots of exciting danger, adrenaline pumping thrills and surprising twists that keeps readers guessing as well as ensuring that there is never a dull moment to be found. The well-developed story and characters is full of vivid details that make it easy for readers to connect and become caught up in each and every aspect as well guaranteeing that readers can picture each and every scene which in return means readers become unable to put the book down. I was certainly one that couldn’t put it down and I fell hard for Wes and his robot cat and I really like the explosive final battle with the bad guy as it had such realistic events taking place.



Add Through the Fire to your shelves at:


Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36748616-through-the-fire


BookBub – https://www.bookbub.com/books/through-the-fire-by-katie-ruggle



Through the fire is the 4th book in the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/190390-rocky-mountain-k9-unit


Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0788V44NK?ref=series_rw_dp_labf



Which includes

1 Run to Ground
2 On the Chase
3 Survive the Night
4 Through the Fire



In print or ebook at


Sourcebooks - https://shop.sourcebooks.com/through-the-fire.html


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078D68P3Z/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0


B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/through-the-fire-katie-ruggle/1127210373?ean=9781492664581#/


iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/through-the-fire/id1321675803?mt=11


GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Katie_Ruggle_Through_the_Fire?id=xaZBDwAAQBAJ





A fan of the old adage “write what you know”, Katie Ruggle lived in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains until her family lured her back to Minnesota. When she’s not writing, Katie rides horses, trains her three dogs, cross-country skis (badly) and travels to warm places where she can scuba dive. A graduate of the Police Academy, Katie received her ice-rescue certification and can attest that the reservoirs in the Colorado mountains really are that cold. A fan of anything that makes her feel like a bad-ass, she has trained in Krav Maga, boxing and gymnastics.


Website - http://katieruggle.com/


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14156852.Katie_Ruggle


BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/katie-ruggle


Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008958855323


Twitter - https://twitter.com/KatieRuggle


Pintrest - http://www.pinterest.com/katieruggle/




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review 2013-08-07 17:56
Vielversprechender Start einer geheimnisvollen Reihe
Smalltown Girls: Der Tod kommt selten allein - Josephine Mint

Eine kleine Stadt, irgendwo in Deutschland. Hier wohnen Charlie und Lu, Freundinnen seit dem Sandkasten. Die beiden geben ihr Bestes um nicht vor Langeweile zu sterben: Lu hat eine Band, Charlie ist verliebt wie noch nie und freitags wird gefeiert bis zum Morgengrauen. Da stirbt Jakob, Lus wunderbarer Bruder. Ein Unfall? Charlie weiß etwas, das Lu nicht weiß. Und auch nicht wissen will. Es kommt zum Streit und zu einer verhängnisvollen Zugfahrt. Und plötzlich verwandelt sich das Leben der Mädchen in einen Albtrau: Kann es sein, dass auch sie sterben werden?


Gelegentlich gibt es Bücher, bei denen ich gar nicht genau weiß, wieso ich auf sie aufmerksam geworden bin bzw was mich an ihnen eigentlich genau reizt.
So war es bei den “Smalltown Girls” auch. Das Cover empfand ich als nicht sonderlich Aufmerksamkeit heischend und der Klappentext versprach ebenfalls nicht DIE Story. Jedenfalls für mein Empfinden.
Trotzdem war das Buch an zwei Abenden ausgelesen. Die Story erinnerte mich an die Filmreihe “Final Destination”, die mir prima gefällt. Ich bin gespannt, ob die Auflösung später tatsächlich in diese Richtung zielt.
Bisher ist das noch nicht abzuschätzen. Ich bin nicht einmal ganz davon überzeugt, dass mit Charlie, Lu und Sunshine wirklich etwas Übersinnliches vor sich geht. Es sieht zwar danach aus, aber eindeutig ist es für mich bisher nicht.
Charlie und Lu sind auch total verschieden. So zieht Charlie durchaus Übersinnliches wie eine Prophezeiung  in Betracht. Lu dagegen will davon lange Zeit nichts wissen. Erst als Sunshine auf undurchsichtige Art zu den Freundinnen stößt und vermittelt, denkt Lu über Charlies Theorie zumindest nach.
Diese Gegensätzlichkeit der Freundinnen hat mir gefallen, denn diese so verschiedenen Einstellungen lassen einen zusätzlich grübeln, ob man es mit etwas Übersinnlichen zu tun hat, oder nicht. Jeder von ihnen hat überzeugende Argumente auf Lager. Sympathisch fand ich Charlie und Lu seit Anfang an, und ihre Gegensätzlichkeit sorgt zudem für gewissen Zündstoff.
Mir hat es speziell gefallen, dass man trotz all der mysteriösen Vorkommnisse und bislang unbeantworteter Fragen nie das Gefühl hat, total “im Wald” zu stehen und nichts zu verstehen. Weder während des Lesens, noch danach. Die Geschichte bietet ein gesundes Maß an Mystery auf und ist nicht so sehr damit überladen, dass man auf jeder Seite ein Detail antrifft, das man in seine Überlegungen einbeziehen muss. Man hat die hauptsächliche Handlung und drum herum eine Hand voll weiterer interessanter Details. Damit kann man knobeln ohne überfordert zu werden.
Verblüfft hat “Smalltown Girls” mich damit, wie offenherzig es mit manchen Themen umgeht. Charlie will nicht fremdbestimmt sterben. Also nimmt sie ihren Tod selbst in die Hand.
Kommt eine Droge für die unheilvolle Vision infrage? Das lässt sich nur beantworten, wenn man es ausprobiert.
Es ist also sinnig, dieses Buch nur jungen Lesern in die Hand zu geben, die nicht alles für bare Münze nehmen und für nachahmenswert halten.
Für eine Story, die auf einem kleinen Dorf in Deutschland spielt, geht es hier ganz gut zur Sache. Womit mal wieder bewiesen wäre, solche Geschichten funktionieren auch dort ganz ausgezeichnet. Bei mir hatte “Smalltown Girls” alleine schon durch diesen Schauplatz einen Stein im Brett.
Ich bin also sehr gespannt auf die Fortsetzung! Nur etwas atmsphärischer dürfte es gelegentlich zugehen. Bestimmt Szenen geben das ganz klar her, aber Charlies flapsige Erzählweise untergräbt es leider oft.


Dabei mag ich ihren Erzählstil wirklich! Er ist mit dafür verantwortlich, dass ich “Der Tod kommt selten allein” so schnell ausgelesen hatte. Jugendlich, sehr locker und flott weg. Da ist Tempo drin und entsprechend zügig und unterhaltsam liest es sich.


Auch wenn mich das Cover nicht vom Hocker gehauen hat, so gefällt es mir doch. Ich mag das kräftige Violett und die Darstellung der Mädchen, deren Körper unterhalb des Gesichts mit in den Hintergrund einfließen. Rund um die Köpfe sieht das Motiv ein wenig wie ein sehr altes Dokument oder Bild aus. Das hat einen gewissen Charme.


Fazit: Mir hat dieser erste Teil der “Smalltown Girls” sehr gut gefallen. Sie Reihe lässt sich vielversprechend an. “Der Tod kommt selten allein” ist spannend, geheimnisvoll und rasant. Eine prima Mischung für einen Jugendthriller. Ich traue der Reihe noch so manche Überraschung zu. Deshalb freue ich mich auch schon darauf, im November zu den drei Mädchen in ihr kleines Dorf zurückkehren zu dürfen.

Source: leserattz.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/rezension-smalltown-girls-josephine-mint
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