Wednesday, January 8, 2020

By Design Audio Blitz

✯✯ By Design Series Audio Blitz Giveaway ✯✯
written by J Boykin Baker
& narrated by Hallie Ricardo
The By Design series written by J Boykin Baker and narrated by Hallie Ricardo, offers a sweet, southern romance sharing the ups and downs of Anne and Brad’s relationship that is guaranteed to warm your heart. Check out the audiobooks, listen to a sound bite and check out one of the recipes you'll find in the stories

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Anne is a young, Southern professional with just the right connections and a privileged point of view. Confident in her innate value, she has complete faith in her power to control her own future. After all, even with the challenges that come with working at a high-profile interior design firm located in the heart of Atlanta, she knows exactly where she’s headed. What she doesn’t expect is Dr. Brad Young, Jr. 

Sparks immediately fly between the handsome young doctor and Anne when she’s assigned to troubleshoot for his surgical practice, but chemistry can only get you so far. As their relationship develops, so too does a burgeoning conflict and confusion over the uncommon roles their mothers play in their lives. Over the course of an emotional weekend and the exposure of a secret lurking in his past, Brad is forced to make a life-changing adjustment as Anne discovers the devastating betrayal of a trusted plan. 

By Design is an emotional romance guaranteed to warm the hearts of anyone who has ever experienced the breathtaking intensity of new love.

Anne and Brad’s love for one another continues to blossom in By Design II. The young Southern designer inspires a depth of new emotions in the handsome doctor as he finds her love for everyone in her path a magnetic force he cannot resist. But . . . can he overcome his frustrations with her independent ways? Anne on the other hand, finds Brad’s loving attentions and boyish Southern charm irresistible as she takes on the challenge of his somewhat spoiled nature. One has to ask . . . will their life together withstand professional demands, daily challenges and the possibility of trust issues as they see their worlds so differently?

By Design II: Matters of the Heart will resonate soundly with the majority of readers who find it challenging to balance life in the turmoil of our modern culture. But take heart, it may just be possible!

The third and last novel of the By Design trilogy continues the journey of

Anne and Brad as they make their way through the many complications, heartaches, and joys of life. Inevitably, they begin to think of their own mortality as the years move forward. Anne thinks of her mother a lot these days. Even though Gretchen’s life had ended way too soon, she had managed to prepare her daughter well-she left a legacy to be envied. Now, after so many years, that legacy has the daunting task of seeing Anne through. Will life be gentle with Anne? Or will it present a costly bill? Her mother’s promise from so long may be her only hope.

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By Design shares some delicious southern recipes that play a part in this charming southern story. Estelle's Tea Cakes are ones we hope you enjoy.

J Boykin Baker 
grew up in the small town of Wilson, North Carolina. She knew from the age of seven, after seeing the old movie “Pillow Talk,” that the only career for her was interior design. After college, marriage, and babies, her dream of being an interior designer came true with the start of her own design firm in Atlanta, Georgia. As timing would have it, she just happened to be in the right place - at the right time - with the right look and ended up designing hospitals, corporate offices, and high-end residential projects across the nation. During her years as President of Baker Interiors, Inc. she had the privilege of working with countless women. Due to a caring nature, she was led to mentor young women through familiar struggles of a recurring nature. Eventually, she carried her love for women and children even further when she founded a non-profit, Widow’s Mite Experience, Inc, to provide emergency water relief for families in the United States and around the world. With the help of hundreds of women volunteers, this ministry is now active in 32 countries.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Branding Lily ~ Review

Branding Lily
Cartel Cowboys Duet Book 1
by Gracin Sawyer
Publication Date: December 16, 2019

She was mine, and I protect what is mine.

Lily ~ I escaped my prison only to fall into the arms of a man sworn to kill me. The way my body reacted when he was around was dangerous. His gentle touch sent me over the edge, needing more. Now I'm hoping he'll let me stay, but when he finds out who I am, I'm dead.

Jacob ~ My family name had a past, but I was far from the man my father was. I knew from the moment I saw her she would be mine. And I protected what was mine. Whoever had hurt her would pay, no one else would touch her again.

New author, new addiction!, December 16, 2019
There is so much going on in this book. A whole lot of drama, a few serious topics (but not too heavy of a read) some spicy scenes lightened it up, & feel good moments added to the love of these characters. Beware it is a bit too easy to get sucked into this Nevada desert, but very much worth it. I was glad to see Lily find herself & become a strong character even after all she has been though. Jacob is absolutely dreamy in every way. Flapjack, & Diesel won me over quickly. And Doc has a special place in my heart!

I read 74% of Branding Lily immediately!! I could not put it down until I just HAD to. At first I worried it might go a bit darker with topics mentioned, but this author did a phenomenal job lightening that mood for us. As soon as I could I grabbed it again...and NOW I am freaking out!!!! Dying! OMG I need to know what happens ASAP!!!! Such an intense read with a whirlwind of emotions. I did not expect this story to go the direction it did AT ALL. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I HAD to finish it! Final conclusion......I love this story!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I will be first in line to get my hands on part 2!!

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Branding Lily by Gracin Sawyer

Branding Lily
by Gracin Sawyer
Publication Date: December 16, 2019

She was mine, and I protect what is mine.

Lily ~ I escaped my prison only to fall into the arms of a man sworn to kill me. The way my body reacted when he was around was dangerous. His gentle touch sent me over the edge, needing more. Now I'm hoping he'll let me stay, but when he finds out who I am, I'm dead.

Jacob ~ My family name had a past, but I was far from the man my father was. I knew from the moment I saw her she would be mine. And I protected what was mine. Whoever had hurt her would pay, no one else would touch her again.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover ~ Review

Regretting You 
by Colleen Hoover
Release Date: December 10, 2019
Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.

With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.

While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.

Publisher: Montlake

ALL THE FEELS! I was aware of the main plot twist since I read the blurb beforehand. However, I was not prepared for the emotions this creation would rip out of me. Wow!!! This book shattered a whole world so fast, but the way they melded it back together was insanely beautiful.
There really is more like 3 stories in 1 here as we go back & forth a bit from the main characters younger years vs. present day & the mother daughter side of things. Ok, so honestly there are a few more than 3 if we really focus on each of the major pieces to this world Hoover has created, but the main players are mainly the big plot twists that grip you even though you already know they’re coming. You feel them, anticipate them, & yet they still hit you upon their reveal. Anyone who knows me KNOWS I tend to stay far away from the books that shatter your heart & soul to the very core, but their are a few authors who manage to do so in such a beautiful way you simply can not deny them access to do as they please. Colleen Hoover has proven she is one of them for me. I could not stop reading, did not want to put it down. This creation of hers literally took my breath away a few times as my mind attempted to catch up to my emotions. Again, I read the blurb. I was aware. BUT the execution of what was foretold still pounced as stealthy a predator in the wild. No matter how well we may believe we have dealt with our pasts & moves on these characters prove that sometimes we choose to believe things happened one way/for another reason yet when we reflect later realize we missed key facts or ignored them all together. Minor details that had huge impact on our futures. Love this book!!!! I will definitely be reading more books by this author. I also hope she might bring us a bit more of these characters at a later date. I would enjoy an update on their life happenings very much!

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Q&A with Author Colleen Hoover

You are ‘label-less’ in the fact that you write in several genres. Readers never know what to expect next. If someone asks, how do you label yourself?
When I self-published my first novel I had no idea what genre to put it in. I thought I had written a drama but it turns to that I had written a romance. I’ve learned a lot since then, but I still don’t put a lot of weight in genre when I write. When your best friend is begging you to read a book, it’s not going to matter what genre it is when someone you trust is passionate about the story.

To keep all of your stories and characters straight, you must be very organized.
I’m the most disorganized person you will ever meet! I have no schedule. I can’t wake up before nine in the morning. I probably don’t go to bed until like three in the morning. I usually work about 16 hours a day. 

What happens if you get blocked when you are writing? 
If I get stuck writing, I go for a drive and play music. Music really helps me plot. I love The Avett Brothers, X Ambassadors, Airborne Toxic Event...I could go on and on. 

What can you tell readers about your latest release Regretting You?
I would spoil it if I told you about it! Most of my books are like that. I can’t say what they are about or it spoils it. But I can say that Regretting You is told from a dual point-of-view centered on the inner lives of both a teen and adult protagonist.

Sounds like lots of different types of readers will be interested!
Absolutely. I wanted to write a book that bridged the gap between young adult and contemporary romance so that mothers can read with their daughters. I think it’s exciting to see people sharing reading experiences. 

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Colleen Hoover 
is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including the bestselling women’s fiction novel It Ends with Us and the bestselling psychological thriller Verity. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three years in a row—for Confess (2015), It Ends with Us (2016), and Without Merit (2017). Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Hoover and her family founded the Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service that offers signed novels donated by authors. All profits go to various charities each month to help those in need. Hoover lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Visit

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