Sneak Peek: The Artisan Heart

9781771681421Today I’d like to introduce you to the fourth book by Dean Mayes, The Artisan Heart. Featuring a strong female lead, this novel captures the essence of small town romance and  beautifully portrays a second chance at love; all snuggled in the valley of a picturesque Australian mountain village.

Hayden Luschcombe is a brilliant paediatrician living in Adelaide with his wife Bernadette, an ambitious event planner. His life consists of soul-wrenching days at the hospital and tedious evenings attending the lavish parties organised by Bernadette.

When an act of betrayal coincides with a traumatic confrontation, Hayden flees Adelaide, his life in ruins. His destination is Walhalla, nestled in Australia’s southern mountains, where he finds his childhood home falling apart. With nothing to return to, he stays, and begins to pick up the pieces of his life by fixing up the house his parents left behind.

A chance encounter with a precocious and deaf young girl introduces Hayden to Isabelle Sampi, a struggling artisan baker. While single-handedly raising her daughter, Genevieve, and trying to resurrect a bakery, Isabelle has no time for matters of the heart. Yet the presence of the handsome doctor challenges her resolve. Likewise, Hayden, protective of his own fractured heart, finds something in Isabelle that awakens dormant feelings of his own.

As their attraction grows, and the past threatens their chance at happiness, both Hayden and Isabelle will have to confront long-buried truths if they are ever to embrace a future.

The Artisan Heart will be released on September 1, 2018. Please join me in celebrating this new novel with some tweet love to Dean.

 

 

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Happy Book Birthday: The Way Back

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February 1 marks the official release date of The Way Back, the eighth book in Abbie Williams’ amazing romantic, endearing and simply awesome series, The Shore Leave Cafe.

The series has explored this wonderful family of women who reside by the shores of a Minnesota lake and in these last few books of the series, takes a darker and somewhat paranormal turn.

Ruthann Gordon  has disappeared.

Swept away by powerful circumstances beyond her control, Ruthann awakens in a place far removed from what she has ever known. Terrified and alone, fate guides her path to people she is certain she has never met, but somehow knows.

Marshall Rawley has also vanished from his hometown of Jalesville, Montana, and there has been no word for months. Trapped in the wild and dangerous past, Ruthann discovers truths she never imagined – and begins to understand her role in saving not only her family, but the family of the man she loves more than her own life.

You can start the series from the beginning in print, ebook or audio or pick it up with Until Tomorrow by requesting it over at NetGalley where we’ll keep it up for a few more weeks.

Sneak Peek: [Dis]Connected: Poems & Stories of Connection and Otherwise

9781771681452Today will commence the first of a few upcoming posts with sneak peeks of our upcoming fall titles. I’d like to start with what I think is the most unique book we’ve published to date.

[Dis]Connected: Poems & Stories of Connection and Otherwise is a collaborative project with some of today’s most confessional and popular contemporary poets. This amazing collection of poetry and short stories has contributions from upcoming and current powerhouses in contemporary poetry including: Sara Bond, Nikita Gill, Pierre Alex Jeanty, Amanda Lovelace, Canisia Lubrin, Trista Mateer, Cyrus Parker, Yena Sharma Purmasir, Liam Ryan, R.H. Swaney and Iain S. Thomas.

Humanity exists in a hyper connected world, where our closest friends, loves and enemies lie but a keyboard stroke away. Few know this better than the poets who have risen to the top of their trade by sharing their emotion, opinion and art with millions of fans. Combining the poetic forces of some of today’s most popular and confessional poets, this book presents poems and short stories about connection wrapped up in a most unique exercise in creative writing.

Follow along as your favorite poets connect with each other; offering their poetry to the next poet who tells a story based on the concept presented to them. With poetry, stories and art, [Dis]Connected is a mixed media presentation of connection, isolation, love and loneliness.

[Dis]Connected will be released on October 1, 2018. Please join me in celebrating this collaboration with a tweet or some instagram love to these poets. (You can click on their names above to take you to their twitter pages!)

 

 

Honeybee by Trista Mateer

This review is from over at Blissfully Bookish and summed up perfectly how many readers (including myself) have felt about Trista Mateer’s Honeybee. Thank you, Blissfully Bookish!

Thanks to Netgalley and my status as a librarian I have the opportunity to review books before they are published, or to those familiar with book lingo, to get ARC copies. These reviews will always be 100% my own thoughts and opinions and unbiased regardless of how I receive copies of books.

Honeybee  is set to launch on June 1st, 2018 and if you haven’t checked it out and added it to  your amazon cart, seriously, go do it now. 

Cost:

You can pre-order the Kindle version for $3.82 or a paperback for $12.95.

Description:

Honeybee is an honest take on walking away and still feeling like you were walked away from. It’s about cutting love loose like a kite string and praying the wind has the decency to carry it away from you. It’s an ode to the back and forth, the process of letting something go but…

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The Girl Waits

9781771681339Jennifer Haupt’s debut novel is getting a lot of buzz. From being named by Bustle as a debut novel not to miss in 2018 to a whole lot of love from booksellers, we couldn’t be more proud to release this amazing book.

What follows is the first few chapters of prologue from the novel, originally published over at Flash Fiction Online. You can read the full prologue by heading over there and giving them some visit-love.

 


The Girl Waits

April 14, 1994, Mubaro, Rwanda

The girl waits. There are only the silver threads of a web swooping precariously over the top left corner of a splintered window frame. There are no rays of warm light seeping through mottled glass. There is no slight breeze, no swaying jacaranda branch heavy with purple blossoms her mother sometimes plucked before church and pinned to the brim of her straw hat. These simple luxuries disappeared hours, perhaps days, ago.

She is not sure how long she’s been curled up in the darkness, under the frame of a stepladder tented with a blue tarp. Long enough so that there is only the faintest odor of paint, turpentine, urine, and a piney cleanser. Long enough that her empty stomach no longer gurgles, and the certainty of a machete blade slitting her neck no longer brings up the sour taste of fear. For as long as she can remember, her family has lived with the threat of death—maybe today, maybe tomorrow—as if each day is a gift, so easily snatched away. It occurs to her that fear is what has given the Hutus their power all of these years. The boys who sometimes shove her into the dirt while walking to school and steal her lunch. The men who come to take her father’s crops or burn the fields if he refuses. It is some small comfort that they no longer have power over her.

 

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Happy New Year & Book Birthday to Abbie Williams!

Happy New Year and please join us in welcoming two new books to the world: Grace of a Hawk and Until Tomorrow, both penned by the fantastically talented Abbie Williams.

Grace of a Hawk is the third and final book in the award-winning Dove series of an ex-Civil War prostitute and 3 ex Confederate soldiers looking to make a new life for themselves in the North. It’s historical fiction at it’s best and the first book, Heart of a Dove, won best Romance in the IPPY’s in 2015 and Soul of a Crow was a Foreword Reviews Indies Finalist last year.

Until Tomorrow is the seventh book in the Shore Leave Cafe series of a family of women on a lake in Minnesota. This book follows Tish, a young woman on her way to making it big in corporate law in Chicago, until she meets Case Spicer that is, a small town boy who captures her heart and soul.

Please celebrate the launch of these two great books by shooting a tweet over to @WilliamsAbbie77 to congratulate her!

A Wonderful Book That Will Stay in Your Mind, IN THE SHADOW OF 10,000 HILLS

9781771681339The reviews for one of our spring titles, IN THE SHADOW OF 10,000 HILLS by Jennifer Haupt are starting to roll in. Below is a wonderful review of the book, and pretty much sums up how I felt about it personally.

AN INVINCIBLE LOVE OF READING

IN THE SHADOW OF 1000 HILLS

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Jennifer Haupt

This is one of the finest books I have read recently. It opens with the picture of a blood spattered child, hiding in a ruined shack, frozen with fear.  What she witnessed,  the horror of people chopped to death with machetes, will never leave her,  the screams of friends and family who did not escape haunting her dreams forever.  She cowers in the filth waiting for the return of a man who has wrapped her in his shirt,  promising to return when it is safe. This is Rwanda during the horrific genocide that occurred there in the 1990s. 

The story moves to the present day in New York where Rachel and her husband are struggling with another miscarriage and the recent death of Rachel’s mother. The trauma has awakened Rachel’s fond memories of her loving father…

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