Tuesday, November 29, 2022

The Sky King Ranch Series ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours Spotlight & Giveaway!

Sunrise, Sunburst, & Sundown
The Sky King Ranch Series

Christian Fiction / Romance
Publisher: Revell



Meet the boys of Sky King Ranch! The Kingston brothers are back in town, and you can read their stories in the Sky King Ranch series books Sunrise, Sunburst, and Sundown by USA Today bestselling author Susan May Warren.


Sunrise: Pilot Dodge Kingston has always been the heir to Sky King Ranch. But after a terrible family fight, he left to become a pararescue jumper. A decade later, he’s headed home to the destiny that awaits him.

Sunburst: When former Navy Seal and lifelong bachelor Ranger Kingston is called upon to take part in a rescue mission to save his brother Colt, who has been kidnapped by terrorists in Nigeria, he is shocked to find among the hostages a woman he knows and could never forget.

Sundown: Former Delta Operative Colt Kingston may not know the truth, but he sure doesn’t trust Tae, the woman who is caring for his ailing father at Sky King Ranch. Behind those beautiful blue eyes, he can tell there is a troubled–and smart–woman.


"Warren proves yet again why she is a master in the genre."--Booklist, starred review on Sunrise

"International intrigue and adventure paired with a simmering romance equals one fast-moving story you won't be able to put down!"--Lisa Harris, bestselling author of the Nikki Boyd Files series, on Sunburst

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Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling author of nearly 90 novels with more than 1.5 million books sold, including the Global Search and Rescue and the Montana Rescue series, as well as Sunrise and Sunburst. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT Medallion and numerous Readers' Choice Awards, Susan makes her home in Minnesota. 



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Friday, November 25, 2022

Deep Devil: The Deep Series, Book 4 ~ Audio Book Review

The Deep Series, Book 4
written and narrated

Publisher: Wild Yonder Press

Length9 hours 32 minutes
Release dateApril 1, 2021

ABOUT THE BOOK: Between the devil and the deep blue sea...is the last place you want to be.

Boone Fischer and Emily Durand have been through a lot in the past few years. A new beginning on the island of Cozumel is going swimmingly: their own dive boat, their own business, a new canine friend, and a room with a view. But a chance encounter with a staggeringly wealthy family and their luxury cruise line will bring pandemonium to this peaceful paradise.

In this fourth book of the best-selling Deep Series, Boone and Emily find themselves immersed in a world of wealth and privilege, where jealousy, greed, and deceit can lead down a dark path.

From drift dives in whipping currents to the claustrophobic confines of the infamous Devil's Throat; from the crashing waves on the "wild side" of Cozumel to a massive mega-yacht on the high seas, Deep Devil will take you to fascinating places. Some beautiful...some deadly.

HALL WAYS REVIEW: AUDIO BOOK REVIEW. I think that with every book in this series, I keep saying that it's the best one yet. But this one really is the best one yet! (You can check out my other reviews: Book 1, Deep Shadow; Book 2, Deep Cut; and Book 3, Deep Roots)

The tropical Caribbean destinations of each of these books make the stories even more engaging. Sullivan's descriptions take readers on a journey that includes sparkling ocean waters, underwater wonderlands, and of course, drinks and eats at a grass hut beach bar -- great for armchair travel. DEEP DEVIL takes us to Cozumel and Isla Mujeres, more familiar than the places in the first three books, but still exotic and exciting -- and full of intrigue and mystery.

The plot is great with divemasters Emily and Boone pulled into the world of the uber-rich, uber-messed-up people who dwell there. Twists, turns, and edge-of-your-seat action keep readers enthralled especially as the story ramps up to the big reveal.

Author Nick Sullivan's narration of the story is excellent. He's comfortable with his main characters and voices them perfectly. Particularly, I give him a tip of the hat for bringing Emily to life, in all her hilarious and sassy glory. He's been tweaking this character from the start and she's just right now.

With characters to loathe and love (including our favorite potlicker pup), an unforgettable setting, and a well-crafted story, DEEP DIVE is among my favorite books of the year. And I am thrilled that there are still two more books in the series that I can -- wait for it -- dive into right away.


Born in East Tennessee, Nick Sullivan has spent most of his adult life as an actor in New York City, working in theater, television, film, and audio books. After recording hundreds of books over the last twenty years he decided to write his own. Decades of scuba diving and travel inspired the Caribbean Dive Adventures. The first book in this series, the best-selling Deep Shadow, is set in the island of Bonaire. Deep Cut picks up on the little Dutch island of Saba. For more information on this series, visit www.deepnovels.com

And for something completely different, visit zombiebigfoot.com to learn about his first novel, Zombie Bigfoot, which was #1 in Horror Comedy on Amazon.

Nick has been recording audiobooks since 1994 (starting on reel-to-reel) and has been listening to them even longer. He has narrated over four hundred fifty titles in nearly every genre.


Monday, November 21, 2022

A Spying Eye ~ Book Blog Tour Review & Giveaway!

A Henrietta
and Inspector Howard Novel

Genre:  Adult Fiction (18+)
Categories Historical Mystery
Publisher She Writes Press
Pages: 256 pages
Release dates:   October 25, 2022

Content Rating: R: There are some swear words peppered throughout (not many) and 2 explicit sex scenes (tasteful, but more than a PG-13 scene)

Book Description:

In A Spying Eye, Clive and Henrietta return to Europe in an attempt to resurrect their failed honeymoon. While in London, they are approached by their old friend, Inspector John Hartle, who convinces them to search for the missing panel of the Ghent Altarpiece, a famous Renaissance painting, of which Hitler’s top men are also in pursuit.

Meanwhile, back in Chicago, Oldrich Exley threatens to cut off financial support for the entire Von Harmon brood if Elsie continues with her plan to marry Gunther―a situation made worse by the sudden appearance of one Heinrich Meyer, who claims to be little Anna’s father and threatens to take her away. Desperate, Elsie seeks the help of Clive’s sister, Julia, who is herself the victim of domestic abuse and who has fallen under the spell of a handsome Texas millionaire bent on acquiring a rare painting from the Howard collection.

Clive and Henrietta’s search takes them to Chateau du Freudeneck in Strasbourg, France―the ancient seat of the Von Harmons and home to three eccentric distant relatives. What begins as a wild goose chase turns decidedly more deadly when several Nazi officers also arrive at the chateau in search of a “valuable item.” When Henrietta and Clive attempt to flee after Henrietta uncovers a shocking truth, they are forced to trust themselves to a suspicious French servant who seems all-too willing to help...

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HALL WAYS REVIEW: Hmm. Do I go with the bad news or the good news first? I think the bad news. Upon reading the last words of the Epilogue on this sixth installment of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series (I've devoured them all), I have a serious case of the blues. Why? Because I have NO IDEA WHEN the next book is coming, and I must have answers! Answers, I say! Sure, author Michelle Cox masterfully connects the dots of our main mystery and gives us enough closure on that element that readers are satisfied. And sure, we get our dose of warm fuzzies with our main couple's HEA, but there are so many subplots that demand another book from Ms. Cox, and I need it, stat!

Okay, so there really isn't any bad news other than that I will have to again exercise patience in waiting for the next Henrietta and Clive adventure to begin. And truly, I cannot complain one single little bit since Cox dropped in my much-demanded Texas twist, and lemmetellya, billionaire cattle rancher Glenn Forbes does not disappoint. High-five for giving Julia (and readers) something to smile about in her life. I cannot wait to see how this unfolds. Or Elsie and Gunther's story unfolds...or Antonio and Bennett's...or Edna and Pascal's...and what about M15, the Nazis, the Russians, and the Deuxième Bureau?! 

Speaking of the Deuxième Bureau, not only did my Texan heart sing, but my Francophile heart did as well with so much of A Spying Eye set in France. The descriptions of the countryside, the villages, and the even a chateau area perfect and pulled me right into the story. I thoroughly enjoyed the French phrases sprinkled throughout the novel to add authenticity to the dialogue. Having Clive return to France and the Nazi presence there adds an edginess to the plot. (And perhaps explains why Clive seems a bit grumpier than usual.) Trust no one --except PLEASE, can we trust the Texan?

As always, Cox's characterization skills shine in her storytelling, and readers see the very best and very worst of people. There are characters to love and loathe, and some who fall into a gray area between -- we want to loathe them, but is there a spark of something good? Or in those we think we love, is there a spark of something unseemly? Off? Misunderstood? 

One thing that's certain is A Spying Eye is a fabulously entertaining novel, start to finish. (And don't skip over the Author's Notes and Sources sections at the end. Fascinating stuff.) I recommend the full, delicious series but if you want to jump right in, you certainly can and won't be disappointed. 

Meet the Author:

Michelle Cox is the author of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series as well as “Novel Notes of Local Lore,” a weekly blog dedicated to Chicago’s forgotten residents. Her books have won over 50 international awards and have been praised by Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Foreword, Elle, Redbook, Brit&Co., POPSUGAR, Buzzfeed, and many others.

Unbeknownst to most, Michelle hoards board games she doesn’t have time to play and is, not surprisingly, addicted to period dramas and big band music. Also marmalade. She lives in Chicago with her husband, three children, and one naughty Goldendoodle and is hard at work on her latest novel.  Connect with the Author:  

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The Aquamarine Surfboard ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours Pop-Up Blog-Hop & Giveaway!





Middle Grade / Magical Realism / Fantasy

Publisher: Atmosphere Press

Page Count: 290 pages

Publication Date: November 22, 2021

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“Age never matters; these things are about bravery and heart.”

Thirteen-year-old Condi Bloom’s dream is to learn to surf, but her laid-back beach town isn’t what it used to be. Big resort owners are taking over the cove. Worse, someone’s harassing the Beachlings, the mysterious old women living in the cliffs off Windy Hollow, a lonely tower of rock that people say is haunted. When a new surfer boy named Trustin shows up in town and invites Condi to a forbidden surfing spot, she’s swept into an extraordinary underwater adventure, where a surprising encounter with Koan, the Riddlemaster of the Sea, changes her life. Along with Trustin, his quirky twin and a mystical aquamarine surfboard, Condi learns the untold stories of the Beachlings, uncovering the timeless secrets of Windy Hollow.

Ebbing and flowing between reality and magic, times past and present, The Aquamarine Surfboard by Kellye Abernathy is a riveting beach tale about opening up to mystery, building community when and where you can — and discovering the ocean is filled with magic—the really BIG kind—the kind that changes the world


Listen to author Kellye Abernathy read from her book, The Aquamarine Surfboard!

Kellye Abernathy's passions are writing and serving trauma survivors as a yoga teacher and practical life skills advocate. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Kansas. Her home is in land-locked Plano, Texas—where she’s dreaming of her next trip to the sea!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

The Love and Honor Series ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours Multi-Books Tour & Giveaway!


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September 2022, 384 pages

You can't override the heart

It may seem odd to seek peace by moving to a war-torn African country, but for medical missionary Dr. Cynthia Myers, it provided a way to escape a shallow life of unearned wealth, a philandering fiancé, and a father now square in the public eye as vice president of the United States. At least here she knows her work and life have meaning. But all that is thrown into chaos when she fails to save the life of a local warlord's mortally wounded son.

As part of the Army Special Forces A-Team on a mission to capture and subdue the warlord, Captain Rick Norton is compelled to use deadly force to save Cynthia's life. Enraged at the violence she witnessed and riddled with guilt that men died because of her, Cynthia doesn't want to like anything about Rick and his team--but an unexpected attraction is taking hold.

With two members of his team badly injured and rebels in hot pursuit, Rick will have to draw upon all his strength and cunning to get her out alive . . . because he's beginning to think that, despite their differences, they just may be able to make a life together.

October 2022, 384 pages

You can't outrun the past

FBI Special Agent Lynda Culter is investigating an ecoterrorist organization in the Alaskan wilderness when she and her partner are taken captive and he's murdered before her very eyes. The only person who can identify the key players, Lynda gets assigned to take part in a joint operation in Istanbul to take the organization down.

As a woman in a Muslim country, she'll find it much easier to move around undetected with a fake husband. Unfortunately for her, the one assigned to play the role is none other than Army weapons specialist Bill Sanders--the man who crushed her heart in college.

With a cargo bay's worth of hurt and baggage between them, these two consummate professionals must play their parts perfectly if they hope to stop those responsible for bombing oil pipelines, which has killed innocent civilians and threatened to destabilize the oil markets. Protecting Lynda becomes Bill's primary focus--but love long buried has a way of resurfacing at the most inopportune times.

November 2022, 352 pages

You can't give up on love

When she was just five years old, Melissa Braxton watched her father take her mother's life and suffered the pain of separation from her sister, Lola. Melissa grew up with a strong desire to help those stuck in abusive relationships. It's why she became a therapist and opened a domestic abuse shelter.

After losing a leg to a gunshot wound in the line of duty, Phil Osbourne has felt like a man without a purpose--until he hears Melissa's story and decides to use his Special Forces contacts to track down her missing sister, the wife of a Colombian cartel teniente. He knows what he discovers will break Melissa's heart. What he doesn't realize is that helping the women reunite will bring the cartel down on them like the category 5 hurricane striking Miami..

Bruised yet not quite broken, Melissa and Phil battle the storm and the cartel, calling on strength they didn't know they had to escape death, save the innocent, and--just maybe--find healing in each other's arms.


Hallee Bridgeman is the USA Today bestselling author of several action-packed romantic suspense books and series. An Army brat turned Floridian, Hallee and her husband finally settled in central Kentucky, where they have raised their three children. When she's not writing, Hallee pursues her passion for cooking, coffee, campy action movies, and regular date nights with her husband. An accomplished speaker and active member of several writing organizations, Hallee can be found online at:

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