Knowing Nichelle by Tinsley Sellers Publication date: August 16th 2019 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
(A Beckley's Daughters Romance) #3
(6 Aug. 2019)
She’s just met the man of her dreams…but he’s not who he said he was. Neither is she. Until they get a second chance to make a first impression. Is he a sophisticated big-city lawyer, or an easygoing small-town woodworker? And if she’s not a career-driven high-powered attorney, then who is she? Hiding behind their masks is second nature until circumstances force them to see beneath the surface and realize just how alike—and in love—they really are. He’s only got one rule: no lawyers. She’s a lawyer. Burned by experience, Buck’s got a rule for a reason. After walking away from a lucrative legal position, he found his peace in Beckley. Life on the farm is simple, and his woodworking business is thriving. He’s not interested in trading his work boots for wingtips and rejoining the rat race. So what if she’s the most compelling woman he’s ever met? She’s only got one requirement: no a**holes. He’s an a**hole. After a disastrous encounter in a trendy bar, Nichelle’s convinced that he’s an over-muscled a**hole. She’s got a sleek car, luxurious condo, and elegant designer clothes. Family comes first, and her legal career is on the fastest track. She’s never met a problem she couldn’t solve on her own. So what if he can see beneath her carefully constructed façade? They’re perfect together. They just don’t know it yet. Welcome back to Beckley, Michigan! Autumn is in the air and as the days get shorter, the air gets cooler and the calm lakes reflect the blue skies and red-gold trees for a double-dose of fall color. The people are just as warm, friendly, smart, funny, and real as you remember. When you need a place to call home, Beckley welcomes you—and sometimes the family you choose is as strong as the bonds you’re born with. If you like small-town romance, you’ll like Beckley. If you like smart heroines who balance demanding professional careers with a commitment to family, friends, and finding love, then you’ll definitely like it here. If you like strong, sexy, hard-working heroes who have not-so-secret soft spots for kids, dogs, and classic cars, you may find that you never want to leave!
I enjoyed reading this book and was tempted to read the books 1 and 2 in the series, but then realised I already knew their outcomes and some of their trials and tribulations so…
I like the town this is set in, but really agree, a coffee shop is needed – perhaps then they wouldn’t spend their time so much in the tavern and get drunk quite so often!
This book gently took you into the issues with racism in the States and some areas, especially small town living. Miscegenation is a term I really haven’t heard for a very long time, and certainly not when my own cousin married a gorgeous tall girl whose father is very dark indeed and mother is Cypriot. A model to look at and I just wonder how he persuaded her into marriage..
I also suspect the issues with lawyers may not be quite as rabid here in the UK although London may be an exception to some extent.
I liked the writing style – it was clean and easy and yet you allowed you to think about issues without being over the top.
Tinsley Sellers grew up in Chicago, spending her summers with her grandparents in a tiny town a lot like Beckley, Michigan. Life took her to Arizona, Washington, and Idaho before she finally found her home in Arkansas. She is married to an amazing, supportive (and handsome!) man, with whom she has rescued three dogs and two cats. When she’s not writing, she teaches physics and engineering at the local university. When she’s not writing or teaching, she’s probably trying new recipes. She enjoys fast cars, loud music, fine whisky, and big books. In no particular order. Author links:
We All Have Secrets
Dr. Molly McCormick Series Book 1
by Florence Love Karsner
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 06 Apr 2019
The year is 1962. Dr. Molly McCormick, a young female physician, has been attacked by a deranged psychiatric patient and has suffered physical and psychological damage. She is recovering at her grandfather’s home which is located on an island off the Southwest coast of Florida. Such a great location with one problem . . . it is just a hop and skip to Cuba where Fidel Castro has just pointed Russian missiles in the direction of the United States. The Cuban Missile Crisis is heating up and the whole world is on pins and needles.Dr. McCormick’s grandfather, a retired U. S. Navy Captain, Intelligence Officer, is neck deep in stopping arms from being sent to the rebels in Cuba. Recently he has learned that someone on his island is preparing to supply the rebels with a stash of sulfur mustard, a chemical that can be converted to mustard gas. This weapon can be spread many ways and will cause grave illness and possibly death to thousands. Oh, and just one more small issue . . . Dr. McCormick’s attacker is still out there . . .and has promised to “find her” again!
Down to the sea we go – the steamy sea – the islands with
swamps and mosquitoes and noseeums – all ready to drink your blood…
In this novel we go back to the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis
and the islands that are just next door to Cuba.
There are some interesting hints of future storylines coming
through in the male characters and it will be disappointing if the series doesn’t
follow them up.
The female character – Molly- still lacks definition for me,
not yet fully formed but hopefully she will develop. Her final choice of career
was obvious from the visit she made to an outlying island so no surprises
This is not the first book by this author that I have read,
but the one with most potential for me.
Such a Fun Age
by Kiley Reid
General Fiction (Adult) , Literary Fiction
Pub Date 07 Jan 2020
What happens when you do the right thing for the wrong reason?
Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living showing other women how to do the same. A mother to two small girls, she started out as a blogger and has quickly built herself into a confidence-driven brand. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night. Seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, a security guard at their local high-end supermarket accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make it right.
But Emira herself is aimless, broke and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix’s past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.
With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the awkwardness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone ‘family’, the complicated reality of being a grown-up and the consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.
An excellent story about what it is like being a coloured person in a middle-class white culture.
It is a coming of age story but the person it concerns, Emira, comes of age much later than many.
Emira struggles to find a purpose and what she is really interested in – apart from dancing and drinking and going out – her teenage and college life never seems to end even though she has got her degree. Alex tries to help her, but fails to understand her and her background. And then we have a strange man – helping Emira – or not?
I found it difficult at times to understand the speech that the girls shared as it was very particular to their culture but mostly got the gist – I think.
It is tricky to think about your domestic help and what they might want from life – especially when they come from such a different culture to you. and when your immediate impulse is to help them find their way.
Truthfully we had a mother’s help with a degree and we did help her find her next job – after 2 years with us as we taught business skills and she helped with our own business as well as the children, and she came from a nice middle class white family so i have not been confronted with his dilemma personally. But I suspect I would be an Alex!
Steal My Heart
contemporary fiction, romance, erotic
(5 Aug. 2019)
When a fantasy turns into a cold reality
Lexanne Harris had a plan down to the last sexy detail. Never did she think her attempt to spice up her love life with her boyfriend would involve her in a burglary with a sexier than sin thief whose emerald eyes and serious between the sheets skills are impossible to forget. As a police detective she is expected to stand on the side of the law and fight for justice. But what happens when the lines of justice blur and what’s wrong becomes way too tempting?
The situation might be challenging but Lexanne is determined to get assigned to the case, recover the jewels and catch the culprit.
The question is: What will she do with her sexy cat burglar when she catches him?
O’Brian, author of Steal My Heart, a
hot, contemporary romance with elements of mystery and suspense
Can you tell your readers
something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What
appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is
Steal My Heart has been percolating in
the back of my mind for years. What might happen when a woman plans to act out
her sex-with-a-cat-burglar fantasy with her new boyfriend? What if her plans were
to go awry in a deliciously naughty way? I never thought I’d be brazen enough
to write this novel, but the boldness of my protagonist drew me in. I’ve always
had a strong first-person voice and decided to showcase that by writing a hot,
fast-paced, contemporary romance with a heroine who knows what she wants, isn’t
afraid to admit it and is willing—at least to herself—to own her mistakes.
How many times have you
been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was
I don’t know how many
times I’ve been rejected, but it’s a lot,
so I choose not to count them. Those rejections taught me to be a better writer
and to have a tough skin. I started
seriously writing in 2011 and joined Romance Writers of America a year
later. That’s where I really learned my
craft and made the contacts I needed to begin submitting. I went from form
rejections, to the occasional encouraging note, to personalized feedback.
Overall the agents and editors who rejected my work were generous in their
comments, and it made at tremendous difference.
I finished four novels over eight
partial and abandoned manuscripts. Steal
My Heart is my fourth completed novel and the first to be published.
Did you need to self-publish
on e-books before a publisher took you up?
Knowing I needed affirmation
that my work was ready for publication, I chose not to self-publish. Each
rejection was the impetus I needed to get better. Entering contests also provided valuable feedback.
I never ruled out self-publishing, but I
didn’t want to put my work out there before it was ready. Once accepted, this
book went through three rounds of edits: developmental, copy-editing and
proofreading. I’m grateful for the expertise of my publisher and editors, who
not only made the story better and me a better writer, but caught mistakes I
missed. One such mistake was assuming the signature of an artist I referenced
was legible. The copywriter of her own initiative looked up the signature and
let me know that my characters wouldn’t be able to read it off a painting. This
required I rewrite the dialogue in that scene for accuracy. So to the writer
considering self-publishing, I’d advise investing in professional editing. I
know my book is much improved because of it.
What do you read when you
are ill in bed?
When I’m ill and don’t
want to think too hard but want immediate gratification and distraction, I go
straight for smart, sassy heroines in pretty dresses. For me, this usually translates into a
What is your favourite
I read primarily romance.
It’s what I want to write, so I immerse myself in all its subgenres:
contemporary, historical, romantic suspense, and paranormal. I enjoy its many
heat levels, everything from sweet to hot.
I’ve been known to veer off into science fiction and mystery, but still
crave that happily ever after.
What have you done with the
things you wrote when in school?
I love perusing my college
papers. I was so smart. Sometimes I wonder at the vocabulary I used. I was
quite the literary writer. But the ability to write a superlative essay does
not translate to commercial fiction. I was quite stunned at how difficult it was
to write a romance. Romance writers make it look easy. The easier a story is to
read, the harder it is to write. What
did translate from school was the drive to write well. University classes taught me to work hard and
to work on deadline.
Do you have an unusual
I don’t how
unusual it is, but I love visiting museums. I can get lost, literally, in a
museum for hours. I recently visited the Metropolitan Museum in New York City
and had to leave after three hours. It was heart-breaking. I could’ve spent
I also really
like being on the water. Every time I go on vacation, I find myself on a boat.
I love harbor cruises and ferry rides. And windy days on the water are the
Having lived in both California and Texas, Aimee O’Brian now resides in the beautiful wine country. With her three children grown and experiencing their own adventures, she and her husband are free to explore the world. When she’s not reading, writing, or planting even more perennials in her garden, she can be found stomping through ancient ruins and getting lost in museums.
The Things I Know
contemporary fiction, romance, women's literature
Lake Union Publishing
Pub Date 11 Jun 2019
From bestselling author Amanda Prowse comes a heartwarming tale of first impressions and lasting love. Thomasina ‘Hitch’ Waycott loves living and working on the remote family farm and B&B. But she also wants more. To see the world. To own her own home. To fall madly in love. But those are fairy tales, and if her life is a fairy tale, then she’s the ugly duckling. Her deformed lip, her crooked limbs and her weak heart have kept her from taking chances. But that’s about to change. When Grayson Potts comes to stay, he’s unlike anyone Thomasina has ever met. He’s aloof, eccentric and exceptionally kind. He’s also totally unconcerned with the physical flaws that have always defined Thomasina. The two form a bond that neither has had before. It’s possible that it could become something more, but Thomasina also wonders if it’s too good to be true. By putting her heart on the line, Thomasina may open herself to heartbreak. But she may also open herself to so much more.
This is the first book I’ve ever read
where I cried at the first chapters.
Hitch – Thomasina – is such a sad
character as the story opens, taking happiness in the very small things in her
Over-protected by her parents, her life
is kept small as her health, as a baby, was precarious, and he rparents hadn’t
realised how strong, physically and mentally, she had become.
The story is both sad and also uplifting.
It reminds us that happiness is in own hands and can be created from small
As we see Thomasina grow in self-belief,
we are shown possibilities. There is a strong underlying philosophy apparent in
this story that is developed empathetically and subtly with great style.
One of the best quotes from the book is:
‘I know that words are powerful things
and have great weight’.