Monday, 17 March 2014

For the Love of Murphy

For the Love of Murphy
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: March 17, 2014
Key Words: Adult, Romance, Sweet, Contemporary, Anthology
They say love conquers all, but whoever "they" are, must not have heard of Murphy's Law -- whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.
These five tales of sweet, accidental romance prove Cupid's arrows are a lot tougher than they seem, and sometimes it pays to be unlucky.
No Wrong Turns by Lisa A. Adams
Jessica Brannah is escaping from her last heartbreak with a loaded car and a new address. But, when Murphy's Law finds her stranded in a back country town, she realizes there's no outrunning love.
Falling For You by Michelle Ziegler
Darci’s ready to move on. Too bad the dating pool stinks. Until, a ghost from her past resurfaces—the man she missed out on in college.
Andrew was the one man she’d always loved, but neither of them ever made a move. But, old feelings aren’t the only thing resurfacing of late. Darci’s ex comes crawling back at the most inappropriate time, and with all the testosterone flying, she might not end up with either man.
Coffee and Cufflinks by Annabelle Blume Fresh out of a failed relationship and exhausted by a constant barrage of fiascos at work, Olivia Johnson doesn’t see the man of her dreams standing right in front of her. She tells herself the morning coffee meet-ups with Daren are nothing but coincidence, but even she can’t deny his unequivocal attractiveness. When a night entertaining clients takes a turn for the worst, and Daren shows up where she least expects him, failure starts to look more like fate.
A Slippery Slope by Rebecca Hart
Anne Montgomery is psyched for her girl’s only weekend, despite her friends’ choice of vacation locale—the snowy slopes of Harris Peak Ski Resort—where someone as notoriously accident prone as she has no business being. When Murphy’s Law finally catches up with her, Anne is forced to consider there may be times when it pays to be unlucky.
The Shamrock Incident by London Saint James
Florist, Marissa Carmichael isn’t usually a klutz, but she’s in a hurry and having a bad day. In her haste, she loses her balance and tumbles from the back room of her shop, arms flailing. Her less than graceful entrance halted by a headfirst crash into a display case chock full of silk flowers.
Trey Cleary didn’t think his day could get any worse, until he finds. himself picking the side view mirror of his BMW up from the ground. On a mission to do something about it, he locates the flower shop matching the name on the back of the van that mangled his ‘baby'. But, his car is forgotten when a beautiful woman bursts into the room like an out of control whirling dervish, and takes one mother of a wipeout into the shop’s counter. Coming to her aid brings out the hero in him like no one he’s ever encountered, and leaves him with a need to know more.
For Marissa and Trey, this just might be the one time it pays to be unlucky.
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Sunday, 2 March 2014

Irish Inheritance by Paula Martin

My friend, Paula Martin, appeared on my main blog a few weeks ago after the launch of her latest contemporary romance- Irish Inheritance.

It's definitely on my TBR list and sounds just right up my street.

In case you missed the details -here they  are!

Irish Inheritance
English actress Jenna Sutton and American artist Guy Sinclair first meet when they jointly inherit a house on the west coast of Ireland. Curious about their unknown benefactress and why they are considered 'family', they discover surprising links to the original owners of the house.
They soon unravel an intriguing tale of a 19th century love affair. At the same time, their mutual attraction grows, despite personal reasons for not wanting romantic involvements at this point in their lives.
A local property agent appears to have her own agenda concerning the house while other events pull Jenna and Guy back to separate lives in London and America. Friction builds over their decision about the house and its contents.
Will their Irish inheritance eventually drive them apart – or bring them together?

About Paula: 
 Paula Martin lives near Manchester in North West England and has two daughters and two grandsons.
She had some early publishing success with four romance novels and several short stories, but then had a break from writing while she brought up a young family and also pursued her career as a history teacher for twenty-five years. She has recently returned to writing fiction, after retiring from teaching, and is thrilled to have found publishing success again with her contemporary romances.
Apart from writing, she enjoys visiting new places. She has travelled extensively in Britain and Ireland, mainland Europe, the Middle East, America and Canada. Her other interests include musical theatre and tracing her family history. 

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Best wishes for wonderful sales for all of your books, Paula! 

Dark Whisky Road by Jen Black

It’s refreshing to read a plot set in the north of England where the protagonists need to be creative over avoiding the Excise men, where smuggling is second nature to the upper classes as well as the lower classes who do a lot of the toil. Similar plots I've read have been located on southern English coastlines, so it's nice to have it set in the border country of Northumberland with southern Scotland getting a mention, an overland route for the illicit whisy rather than a sea route. The occasional northern dialect that’s used sets the reader firmly into the locale as does the fine description of the landscape.

Jen Black’s writing style is crisp and flows beautifully, the story moving forward at a steady pace. Melanie, a dowager duchess, takes on her new housekeeper situation with fortitude and determination. Her choices are limited and she must make it work. Overcoming the recent horrific events she’s had to endure isn’t easy and her wariness of men is a stumbling block she must conquer. Her reactions to the widower, Lord Jarrow, are sometimes humorous, subservience not really something that comes easily, since she’s too used to leading and making her own decisions.

Jen Black’s portrayal of Melanie is sympathetic and well drawn-she’s a heroine with some spunk but also with vulnerabilities and weaknesses. Lord Jarrow’s secrets are well guarded, though Melanie determines to uncover them. That Jarrow has been living a semi reclusive life for years is believable in Victorian times – yet he’s not a dark and brooding hero. There are some very likeable secondary characters who add colour and humour to the story.

This is an enjoyable, quick read for a lover of historical romance.