All posts for the month October, 2013

Book Review – Between Now and Forever by Barbara Freethy

Published October 29, 2013 by The Book Momster

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Continuing the Callaway series, this book focuses on Nicole and Ryan, currently separated after growing apart after their son’s autism diagnosis. After Brandon is kidnapped, they come together to search for him and end up finding their way back to each other as well. A beautifully written story, fans of Barbara’s Angel’s Bay series will be happy to know the search leads them to Angel’s Bay where we get to check in with some old friends.  While this book can be read as a standalone, I think you will appreciate the story more if you’ve read the first three books and seen more of the struggle Nicole and Ryan faced before the beginning of this story.  Also ongoing in this series is a secret between the Callaway grandparents – this book mentions it, but not a lot of forward movement on that storyline.   We also catch up with the couples from the previous books in the series and my only comment is – SPOILER ALERT – couldn’t the epilogue have ended with us at least knowing if Sara and Aiden had a boy or girl??  Sigh – I’m not a patient person so I guess I have to wait to the next book to find out.  Speaking of, this book did a wonderful job of setting up Sean’s story and I enjoyed his part of this book.

Overall, fans of Barbara will not be disappointed with this story.  This book reminded me a lot of my favorite book by Barbara, Daniel’s Gift. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!


Book Review – Through the Smoke by Brenda Novak

Published October 28, 2013 by The Book Momster

through the smokeRating – 4 of 5 stars

Today’s review will be short and sweet…

Admittedly, if I had not received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review it may have been a while, if ever, that I got around to reading this book.  That would have been a shame because this is my favorite book that I’ve read by Brenda Novak.   The Earl  of Druridge seeks out commoner Rachel McTavish because he thinks she has information that will help him solve the murder of his wife in a mysterious fire that he barely survived and has no memory of.  This book is a fast paced and exciting read.  There is romance, adventure, and mystery and I was hooked from the beginning.  I found that I couldn’t put it down and finished it pretty quickly.  Even though you can easily narrow down and get a list of potential killers, I still wasn’t completely sure until the ending was revealed.  The romance is sweet as we watch the struggle of people from two separate worlds try to find a way to make their relationship work.  This is the type of historical romance that I enjoy – good romance, good mystery, a little bit of suspense and action and a satisfying resolution.

Cover Reveal and Big News from Author Carly Phillips

Published October 15, 2013 by The Book Momster

Hi everyone – I’m happy to say my blog is part of revealing the cover of Carly’s upcoming book and some big news Carly has for all of her readers!  So, without further adieu…COVER REVEAL!


New York Times Bestselling Author Carly Phillips turns up the heat in her newest sexy contemporary romance series, and introduces you to the Dare family… siblings shaped by a father’s secrets and betrayal. 

Since finding out his father had another family on the side, Ian Dare swore to be the upstanding, responsible man his cheating parent had never been.  When it comes to his relatives, he gives his all but in relationships he offers the bare minimum.  But one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor arouses his dominant and protective instincts and Ian is entranced.  He will do anything to possess her … and does.  But any future with Riley must include him extending an olive branch to the half-brother who is a constant reminder of the pain he’d rather forget.

Independent and always in control, Riley Taylor makes no apologies for choosing men carefully.  Relationships have never been a priority and she believes herself hardened to domineering men – until she meets charismatic Ian Dare.  He manages to turn a simple kiss into an all out assault on her senses and when he takes control in the bedroom, she’s stunned to discover she likes it. As their affair heats up, they soon realize they complete each other in ways neither imagined.  But Riley’s past is closer than she cares to remember, and her struggles with Ian’s dominance might just cost her everything.

News from Carly:  

Dear Readers,

I know I’ve been teasing everyone for a while now about some exciting news that I have in the works. And I now have the official go-ahead to tell the world what’s coming next for me!   Are you ready? I’m so ready to share. I’ve been DYING to shout from the rooftops and have had a hard time keeping the news to myself. But here you go:

 I’m going Indie.  

That’s right. Instead of publishing my next series of books with a traditional publisher, I’ve decided to self-publish the series.  Don’t worry, I’ll explain what this means for you.  But first …Why am I making the switching to Indie you ask?   Well after a lot of research and many debates with myself, I made the decision to self-publish my next series for one primary reason: YOU, my readers. The rise and success of self-publishing has obviously made a huge impact on the industry, and many of my readers have reached out to me personally, encouraging me to make some changes.

Although my publishers have always been very good to me and I’ve very much enjoyed working with them, there is a good reason for me to make the switch. More control.  Making the move to indie is giving me more control over my books. I’m no longer tied to a specific word count set by a publisher. I have more control over the editing process. I can make the final decisions on covers, release dates, blurbs and content. And the most important factor: I now sets the price points of my books.  Making the switch to self-publishing is giving me total control to make both myself and you, my readers very, very happy. 

Now the answer to WHAT’S NEXT … The first book in my brand new Dare to Love series (also titled Dare to Love) is set to release on November 18th 2013.

Coming soon, you can pre-order DARE TO LOVE exclusively at iTunes. On the day of release, you can find the books on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo. In addition, the book will be available in paperback too! Of course I’ll send a newsletter, but be sure to follow me on social media (links below) in order to get the most up to date information as it happens! For my paperback readers: This bears repeating: YES these books will available in paperback as well as eBook!

A fun note about the story. In the past my books have been sweet and sexy contemporaries with a small town setting, but with Dare to Love I’m turning up the heat. The Dare to Love Series will be steamier, sexier and hotter than anything I’ve ever written. And I can not wait for you to read it!

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The Book Momster here – so what do you think about Carly’s cover and big news?  Sound off below!  I for one am excited and can’t wait to read this book!

Have you read Christmas on 4th Street?

Published October 1, 2013 by The Book Momster

Christmas on 4thIf you’ve read and/or purchased Christmas on 4th Street, leave a comment below and let me know what you thought.  If you’ve purchased a print copy, I have a limited supply of autographed bookplates I can send for your copy.  Leave a comment below and I will contact you to send your bookplate.

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