Excerpt and Giveaway: Strollers and Stilettos by Nana Malone

Strollers & Stilettos CoverBook Summary:

What happens when real life gets in the way of Happily Ever After?

Chronic list-making, event planner, Jaya Trudeaux Westhorpe, envisioned a fairytale ending once she married hotel magnate, Alec Westhorpe—complete with a steamy, extended honeymoon and an eventual family.  What she didn’t expect was a baby on their doorstep and a family-phobic husband.

When reformed playboy, Alec Danthers Westhorpe, married the woman of his dreams, he thought he’d finally found peace. But a long-hidden secret threatens to jeopardize what he holds most dear.

Warning: Sexy, sass talking women will make you laugh, cry and want a pair of killer footwear.

Excerpt:

Jaya blew a strand of hair out of her eyes.  “You’d think it would be easier to find a nanny.  It’s not.  You should have seen the big-boobed husband-stealer that strolled on in here today though.  Low cut top, tight skirt.  Looking around, admiring my ring.” She shook her head. “She’s delusional if she thinks I’m hiring her.”

“I thought you trusted Alec,” Micha teased.

“I do. But I also know some single white female shit when I see it.”

Micha tsked. “Language, Jai. We have an impressionable baby in the room.”

Jaya smirked as she flipped her off.

Ricca asked, “So how is Alec adjusting?”

“If by ‘adjusting’ you mean never actually touching or holding the baby, then really well.”

Micha raised a brow. “So I guess it’s safe to say he’s not changing diapers?”

“Yeah, no.”

Micha slid her a glance. “Okay, real talk?”

Jaya groaned. When Micha said real talk, it usually meant Jaya wasn’t going to like what her friend had to say. “Shoot.”

“Now, remember I’m on your side, and what you believe, I’ll have my fiancé investigate, but you have to admit it’s probably alarming for Alec to find this baby on his doorstep who looks a lot like him. Down to the chin and the eyes.”

“Yeah well, she also looks like Max too,” Jaya said stubbornly.

Ricca nodded. “True. It’s possible.”

“Or,” Jaya added with more confidence, “this is some elaborate scam for money as the extortion note would suggest. She’s not his.”

Micha sighed. “Okay, look, the real question here is if you think he was capable of sleeping with anyone while you guys were apart.  I mean, have you guys talked about it?”

Jaya tried to suppress the shiver of doubt that rolled down her spine. “I—we—look Alec didn’t.”

Micha shook her head. “Wait, he said he didn’t or you inferred he didn’t? Because those are two separate things.”

This was the last conversation Jaya wanted to have right now. “He doesn’t’ remember, okay? And it doesn’t matter to me. We’re together now.  We weren’t then. Anything that may or may not have happened is long over.”

Micha crossed her arms. “Except the evidence of what may or may not have happened is living in your spare room. You need a definitive answer. The Jaya Trudeaux I know doesn’t bury her head in the sand.”

Jaya and Ricca stared at her.

Micha laughed.  “Yeah okay, maybe a little. But I think you guys should at the very least do a paternity test.”

“For your information, we are. But it’s to definitively exclude him. Even if he did sleep with someone, there’s no way he’d do it without a condom. Besides, I believe he didn’t sleep with anyone.”

Ricca took her hand. “Yes, sweetie, but wanting something to be true isn’t the same as making it true. I’m inclined to believe him because I saw him when he came back for you.  That was a man on a mission, determined to have the woman he loved back. But you can’t discount the possibility.”

They had a point.  It could be a possibility, yet every time she thought about the idea of him sleeping with someone else, it made her vaguely ill.  But she also knew him. Even if they had been apart and he had been with someone else, he wouldn’t have been careless. Not after his childhood.

“I hear what you guys are trying to say. And I appreciate the concern. But I know him.”

She only hoped she was right.

NanaMaloneAbout the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.

With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana meantime works out her drama, passion, and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

Nana is the author of 20 novels. And the books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.

Connect with Nana: Website / Facebook / TwitterNewsletter

Giveaway Details

Nana will be giving away a digital copy of Sexy in Stilettos, the first book in her In Stilettos series.

Sexy in Stilettos CoverBook Summary for Sexy in Stilettos: 

What’s worse than having to watch your sister marry your ex fiancé? How about when that fiancé fires you from the family business?

Hyper-organized, event planner, Jaya Trudeaux is used to doing things by the book and never making waves. It’s a strategy that’s served her well until she finds herself in failure alley with no fiancé, no job and her thirtieth birthday looming. Maybe it’s time to change her methods. Starting with an unlikely date to the wedding from hell.

The only thing that can tie carefree, playboy, Alec Danthers down is his formidable step mother. When she calls him home to help find his wayward brother, he never imagines an uptight, list making, sass-talking woman would make him think about putting down roots.

Can Jaya put the lists down long enough to enjoy the ride that is Alec? Will Alec stop running long enough to recognize true love?

Warning: Sexy, sass talking women will make you laugh, cry and want a pair of killer footwear.

Buy: Sexy in Stilettos

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Review: The Temporary Wife by Mary Balogh

temporary wifeHero: To say that the Marquess of Staunton does not have a good relationship with his father is an understatement. When summoned to return home after eight years of separation, he decides to thwart his father’s matrimonial plans by finding his own wife first. He wants to embarrass and wound and decides the lowest he is willing to go – a plain biddable working gentlewoman – and advertises to find her. But of course, advertising for a wife is out of the question so he advertises for a governess. After she has served her purpose, Anthony will pension her off and go back to his usual routine.

Heroine: Miss Charity Duncan saw her future spin out before her as a dull and bleak thing. She would be an aunt and a sister, but never a wife or mother. She would always need to support her family in one role or another. Too beautiful to gain work as a governess, she disguises her beauty and answers an ad that will change her life. Mr. Anthony Earheart’s proposal is outrageous and yet… it could be the answer to her family’s debt. She does not expect him to be a Marquess anymore than he expects her to beautiful and vivacious. They’re both in for a surprise.

Review: I hugged this book a couple of times while reading it because it was so good. This is definitely staying on my favorite’s shelf. I can’t believe I picked up The Temporary Wife from a community table at my condo. Mary Balogh’s writing pulled at my heart and reminded me why I loved to read romances. I’d rate six stars, if my rating system went up that high. What I liked best: Staunton discovering that his heart can be touched and transforming into a better man, their first time together at a hotel on the way to his father’s estate, and Charity’s ability to win over everyone determined to look down on her – including Anthony’s ducal father.

Rating: ★★★★★

Buy: The Temporary Wife/A Promise of Spring

[phpbay]temporary wife mary balogh, 10, 377, “”[/phpbay]

Review: Big Daddy’s Rules by Steve Schirripa with Phillip Lerman

big daddys rules by steve schirripaSteve Schirripa is known for the parts he plays on The Sopranos and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. He is the father of two daughters.

The book is funny and insightful. He is smart, with equal parts of crazy and tender. He peppers the book with other fathers’ stories of raising their own kids.

While not a romance per se, it is the story of the deep love of a father for his daughters.

He’s not afraid to take a stand. He empowers you to take your own stand. You don’t have to be a dad to gain insights to use as a mother.

He says you aren’t supposed to be their friend, but you are supposed to be in their corner, helping them make choices that will stand them in good stead through their lives — such as getting out of bed, not living in a darkened room, or only playing video games.

He discusses tattoos — not to get ones you have to hide your whole life to hold a job.

My one objection is his constant F bombs — and at the same time he does not want or allow his girls to swear.

And he believes in early curfews — be home by 11:30. Nothing good happens after midnight. And while he took trains in the city at night and was safe — as he says surprisingly — his girls will not. His first priority is to keep them safe.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: Big Daddy’s Rules: Raising Daughters Is Tougher Than I Look

Review: Great Aunt Sopia’s Lessons for Bombshells by Lisa Cach

lessons for bombshellsReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

This story takes place in Pebble Beach, California. Grace Cavanaugh has come for the summer to take care of her great aunt. As she takes care of Sophia, she’ll also be working on her dissertation. Sophia was what used to be called a “B” actress. If you follow this link, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B_movie, it will give you the definition of what a “B” movie and a “B” actor is.

With Grace going after her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies, I’m a little surprised at how she feels about herself. Her time with her aunt is starting off with a real bang – she meets her aunt’s personal assistant. Darlene has quite the personality. You will have to read in order to understand.

As Darlene takes Grace, and her friend Cat, up to see her aunt they meet Declan O’Brien. He’s Sophia’s financial advisor and “friend”. When they finally meet the aunt, two words come to mind – “hot ticket”. Their first “debate” is both intellectual and funny. Sophia shoots straight from the hip and takes no prisoners. She says what she feels no matter who gets hurt.

You will find that Lisa uses some big words with Grace’s character. If you don’t know what they mean, just keep a dictionary handy. Don’t let them put you off – they show you how intelligent Grace is. Declan is a plain spoken man but it will be interesting to watch his interactions with Grace.

Great aunt and niece make a bet and this is where the fun begins. Now make sure that you don’t miss a page otherwise you may miss something good. Lisa also has you chuckling especially when we see Grace hide some food. We also get to see some of Grace’s research. She could just make note of it in the story and move on but she gives the reader actual snippets of Grace’s research notes.

Lisa has made Declan a man who is full of himself. He seems to be someone that most women would stay away from – if you’re looking for a lasting relationship. He and Grace have a love/hate relationship. We’ll have to continue reading to find out who teaches who a lesson. This is what makes it tough to put this book down.

Lisa takes on a very hard subject in her book – women and their weight. Women just have so many issues and I was brought up in the age where there were two things about women that were off limits – a woman’s age and her weight. Lisa doesn’t get preachy but does show how family can be when one of their women is just a little too curvy.

If you have never read any of Lisa’s work, this is a great piece to cut your teeth on. You can also check out her web site, http://lisacach.com/, and see what else she has available. I’m looking forward to reading more of her work.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: Great-Aunt Sophia’s Lessons for Bombshells

[phpbay]lessons bombshells lisa cash, 10, 377, “”[/phpbay]

Review: Semi-Sweet by Roisin Meaney

Summary: Hannah Robinson gets dumped by her longtime boyfriend days before she’s going to open her new shop, Cupcakes on the Corner. Even though he’s told her he’s leaving her for another woman she can’t quite believe it’s happened. Everyone loved Patrick, including her, she didn’t even know things were bad with them… and even her mother was certain there would be wedding bells before long. What a nightmare! Her best friend, Adam, gives her his birthday as the deadline to get the shop up and running and successful, which she’s determined to do, even if Patrick’s new girlfriend is pregnant and bombshells keep landing on her head and the lives of those around her, specifically family friend Alice.

Review: Semi-Sweet switches POVs with several characters examining all aspects of love and romance across several different couples. You get inside cheating Patrick’s head (props for this), sweet Adam’s mind, the nervous wreck of Hannah’s, and also into a slew of other side characters including Patrick’s new girlfriend, Adam’s sister, Hannah’s mom, the new girlfriend’s mom, Hannah’s mom’s friend/boss Alice, and so on, which can a little confusing as sometimes you don’t know which head you pop into for a sentence or two.

Life isn’t easy for the characters as you watch them muddle through their relationships in this small Irish town where everyone knows everyone. Other people’s problems cut into Hannah’s new romance and among them are alcoholism and a child’s death, which turned the novel into a downer for me personally.

Recommended: If you read chick-lit novels, contemporary women’s fiction, books on love and loss, or want to simply find out just how much scum Patrick is, this book is for you.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Buy: Semi-Sweet: A Novel of Love and Cupcakes

[phpbay]semi sweet meaney, 10, 377, “”[/phpbay]

Review: Love You to Death by Melissa Senate

guestreview

By: Cara Lynn, guest reviewer

Love You to Death by Melissa Senate is a light, summer read.

Who is turning Abby Foote’s life upside down? Abby has had the unfortunate (or fortunate) experience of loving and losing a number of truly unsuitable men.

Her latest is unable to attend the bris of her nephew and deserts her in LL Bean. But he is substantially better than her last love. While serious about him, she found him in intimate circumstances with the woman who is now about to become his wife. Or is he?

His engagement picture hits the paper the day of the bris.

Then he is found murdered. In the course of the investigation, it is learned that two other of her former lovers have had attempts on their lives.

Enter Detective Benjamin Orr, the best thing that has ever happened to her. She is the police’s number one suspect, but if she isn’t the one who has committed these crimes, then someone close to her is liable to harm her also.

To the author’s credit, the family dynamics, the fiance to her ex-love, and the co-workers are all developed well. There is a lot of humor as those close to her suck up to her, while claiming they don’t believe it, because they think she is capable of murder and who knows if they might be next on the list.

Then again, it is a serious subject and in real life it might not tie up as neatly. It’s a lucky thing for her that she is believed and the real murderer is found out.

I give it a 2.5.

Buy: Love You To Death

Writing a review for a novel is easy! Check out LRP’s submission guidelines for more information on how you can be a guest writer for this blog.