Book Blog Tour: The Sugarhouse Blues

Book Description:

Allie, Des, and Cara, each having her own reasons for wanting a share of their father’s estate, meet in the grand Victorian home in which he grew up, only to be greeted by another secret he purposely hid from them: his sister Bonnie. The women reluctantly band together to take on Fritz’s challenge, working with a local contractor to begin the renovations financed by an account Fritz had set up for the task. While the restoration appears to go smoothly at first, it soon becomes apparent that the work will be more extensive than originally thought, and Des, elected to handle the money, needs to find ways to stretch out the remaining savings while searching for new sources of funding.

As strangers linked only by their DNA try to become a family, the Hudson sisters also try to come to terms with the father they only thought they knew. In the process, each woman discovers her own capacity for understanding, forgiveness, love, and the true meaning of family.

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THE SUGARHOUSE BLUES (The Hudson Sisters: #2) Written by Mariah Stewart

MAY 15, 2018; 400 Pages (Gallery Books)
Genre: contemporary, small towns, family drama, romance

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​(I received an ARC from the PUBLISHER via NETGALLEY​)​

RATING: 4 STARS

I have been waiting for over a year for the second book in the Hudson Sisters series. The Sugarhouse Blues did not disappoint. One thing I really enjoyed about this novel was that it had characters in the past and future books. This book was Des and Seth’s story, but we get more about Allie, Des and Allie’s relationship, Fritz and Barney’s past. It really makes the town and series come to life. It also makes me remember the characters and story for when the next book comes out. I was nervous starting this one, afraid I would have forgotten details from the first book. As soon as I got to chapter 2, I remembered it all, and enjoyed the continuing story of remodelling the Sugarhouse.

Des is one of my favourite characters and I enjoyed the sweet romance between her and Seth, the mayor. Seth is the bad boy on the outside with the heart of a nice guy. Des is a bit standoffish and looking for a stable man. She doesn’t think Seth is that guy. Seth proves her wrong as the two work on the theatre and rescue dogs. The novel also sets up book three with Allie and Ben’s tension (and chemistry) and how Allie is spiralling into alcoholism. I would recommend reading these books in order as the story continues to the next books.

MariahStewartAUPhoto.jpgABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mariah Stewart is the award-winningNew York Times andUSA TODAY bestselling author of numerous novels and several novellas and short stories. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and two rambunctious rescue dogs amid the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she savors country life and tends her gardens while she works on her next novel. Visit her website at MariahStewart.com, like her on Facebook at Facebook.com/AuthorMariahStewart, and follow her on Instagram @Mariah_Stewart_Books.

 

EXCERPT:

Dad was the late Franklin—Fritz—Hudson, Hollywood agent and father to Des and her sister, Allie, via their mother, Honora—Nora—Hudson, the actress, who’d died four years earlier. Unbeknownst to them until recently, he’d also been father to Cara, whose mother, Susa, may or may not have been Fritz’s legal wife. Things were a bit fuzzy where his marriages were concerned. Had he divorced Nora before marrying Susa? The paper trail was spotty, and Fritz’s best friend and attorney, Pete Wheeler, hadn’t been able to shed any light on the situation when it came time to sort out the legalities. After Fritz died, it had fallen to Pete to introduce Des, Allie, and Cara to each other, and to break the news to all three daughters about their father’s dual families. Once the shock had begun to subside, Pete’d dropped the other shoe: To inherit Fritz’s estate, the three women had to live together in their father’s family home in Hidden Falls, Pennsylvania, until they completed the restoration of the family’s boarded up, run-down theater. If any one of the three refused or left before the restoration was complete, the entire estate would be donated to a charity of Pete’s choice. Since Fritz’s daughters each had her own reason for needing the money, they’d agreed to the absurd terms.

But it turned out that Fritz had kept other secrets.

There was that little matter of Fritz’s sister, Bonnie—known to everyone in Hidden Falls as Barney—who’d been living in the Hudson family home. While Fritz’d never told his daughters about her, Barney had known all about them and the terms of her late brother’s will, and was waiting for them with open arms when they arrived. It had been impossible not to love Barney, and they’d all taken to her immediately. Barney was not only smart, she was wise, loving, and had a heart of gold. She’d cheerfully filled in her nieces on the family history their father had neglected to share. Des knew her life was so much richer for having Barney in it.

And the more Des got to know Cara, the more she cared about this half sister who was down-to- earth and fun, and had been blessed with common sense, a logical mind, and an abundance of heart. She and Des even looked a little alike, both having the same curly auburn hair and heart-shaped face. Together they’d studied the family portraits displayed in Barney’s front hall, trying to figure out which ancestor they resembled.

Cara was easy to get along with, certainly more so than Allie, who was the oldest of the three, and the tallest. She was slim, and her blond hair was long and straight. She had cheek bones that a model would envy, and features that guaranteed that more often than not, she’d be the most beautiful woman in the room. Allie had an innate sense of style that Des admittedly lacked. And while as a child Des had been the star of her own TV show, Des Does It All, she’d always felt invisible when Allie was around.

 

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Book Blog Tour: Review: In the Blood

In southeast London, a young mother has been accused of an unthinkable crime: poisoning her own child – and then leaving him to die. The mother, Ellie, is secretive and challenging – she’s had a troubled upbringing – but does that mean she’s capable of murder? Balancing the case with raising her disabled five-year-old son, criminal defence lawyer Sarah Kellerman sets out in desperate pursuit of the truth. But when her own child becomes unwell, Sarah realises she’s been drawn into a dangerous game. Unsettling and compulsive, In the Blood is a chilling study of class, motherhood and power from a new star in crime fiction.

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IN THE BLOOD Written by Ruth Mancini

May 1, 2018; 400 pages (Head of Zeus)
Genre: mystery, suspense, law, fiction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​(I received an ARC from the PUBLISHER via NETGALLEY​)​

RATING: 3 STARS

I liked this book, but there seemed to be something missing. It might have been the suspense. At times I was more interested in Sarah’s life than the mystery. Mancini reveals little clues so that you can guess who is behind the little boy’s poisoning. I liked how it comes together, but found some parts of the ending a bit too much. I did find Jay Barrington-Brown’s character a bit confusing. I assumed he was younger, like in his twenties, and only later found out he was a lot older. This changed some of my thoughts of the case. You can tell that Mancini did a lot of research in Ben’s condition and what is must be like for a parent to deal with this on a every day basis.

 

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Ruth Mancini is a criminal defence lawyer, author and freelance writer. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and two children.

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Book Blog Tour: The Boy at the Door

What would you do for the perfect life? Would you lie? Would you steal? Would you kill?…

Cecilia Wilborg has the perfect life. A handsome husband, two beautiful daughters and a large house in the picture-postcard town of Sandefjord.

But then Tobias enters her life. He is a small, friendless eight-year-old. And he threatens to bring Cecilia’s world crashing down.

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THE BOY AT THE DOOR Written by Alex Dahl

MAY 1, 2018; 368 Pages (Head of Zeus; Aria)
Genre: fiction, standalone, suspense, mystery, psychological, norwegian

​​(I received an ARC from the PUBLISHER)

RATING: 2.5 STARS

This book starts with a bang that holds you in suspense for a few chapters, but then dies down to almost a stall. And it continues like that throughout the book. Alex Dahl is a good writer but it seems like the editing was not as strong. Anni’s diary really drags, as does some of Cecilia’s thoughts. Cecilia is not a likeable person but a great character to dislike. While you don’t feel sympathy for her decisions you do feel invested in knowing what will happen next. As slow as some parts were, I never thought of putting the book down. Instead, I found myself speed reading those parts. While I didn’t love this book, I am looking forward to more of Dahl’s writing.

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Half-American, half-Norwegian, Alex Dahl was born in Oslo. She graduated with a B.A. in Russian and German linguistics with international studies and went on to complete an M.A. in creative writing at Bath Spa University, followed by an M.S. in business management at Bath University. Alex has published short stories in the U.K. and the U.S. She is a serious Francophile and currently lives in both London and Sandefjord. The Boy at the Door is her first novel.

 

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Book Blog Tour:What Did I Do?

The new heart-pounding psychological thriller from the bestselling author of ‘When I Wake Up’. 

“Kristin is on the run. From her life. From herself.” When two murders happen in Chicago, a witch-hunt ensues, and Kristin quickly finds herself at the centre. The problem is she isn’t sure of what she did or didn’t do. Armed with a life insurance payout, she runs away to Sweden to start her life over. But it’s not that easy to escape the past. And whatever she’s done, someone is on her tail, wanting her to pay…

The question is: could she be a killer and not even remember?

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WHAT DID I DO? Written by Jessica Jarlvi

MAY 1, 2018; 420 Pages; Aria
Genre: fiction, suspense, thriller, contemporary, Sweden

​​​​(I received an ARC from the PUBLISHER via NETGALLEY​)​

RATING: 2.5 STARS

I really enjoyed Jarlvi’s first novel, When I Wake Up, so I was excited to see another book being published this year. On the whole, I enjoyed the book, but I found it hard to always stay on track with who was speaking. There were moments, especially towards the end, that plot points seemed to be forced in order to make all the pieces fit. It did keep me reading to see where it would all end up.

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Born in Sweden, Jessica moved to London at the age of 18 to obtain a BSc Hons degree in Publishing and Business. She worked in publishing in the UK for a number of years before heading to Chicago where she edited a magazine for expats. Back in Sweden, she completed a Masters in Creative Writing. Since 2010, Jessica has taught journalism and media at a local university, and has spent the last five years as the marketing and PR manager for a British firm. Last year, she was one of the winners in the Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Jessica is married with three spirited children, and although she’s known for her positivity, her writing tends to be rather dark!

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Blog Tour: Review: The Lost Children

First in a gripping new thriller series featuring investigative journalist Oonagh O’Neil

Perfect for fans of Broadhurch. TV journalist and media darling Oonagh O’Neil can sense a sinister coverup from the moment an elderly priest dies on the altar of his Glasgow church. Especially as his death comes as she is about to expose the shocking truth behind the closure of a Magdalene Institution. The Church has already tried to suppress what happened to decades of forgotten women. Is someone also covering their tracks?

DI Alec Davies is appointed to investigate the priest’s death. He and Oonagh go way back. But what secrets lie behind the derelict Institution’s doors? What sparked the infamous three-day riot that closed it? And what happened to the girls that survivedthe institution and vowed to stay friends forever?

From Ireland to Scotland.

From life to death.

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THE LOST CHILDREN (Oonagh O’Neil: #1) Written by Theresa Talbot
(also published as Penance)

April 1st, 2018; 466 Pages (Head of Zeus, Aria)
Genre: mystery, historical, Scotland, fiction, religion, journalism, adoption

​​​​(I received an ARC from the PUBLISHER via NETGALLEY​)​

RATING: 3 STARS

This is journalist, Theresa Talbot’s first novel, and it is set in Scotland/Ireland 2000, and alternates between 1958. I really liked the characters, Oonagh, Alec and Tom, and am hoping we see more of the latter two in the next book. My only issue with this book and the writing was that it was too much filler and detail. There were chapters that could have been whittled down or deleted. Instead of building suspense it just slowed the book down. We have stuff going on in the past and “present day” in the novel but at times instead of tying together you feel like you aren’t sure where it is going. The ending comes to the reader a bit sooner but that is because Talbot unpacks and ties of ending in a linear way – which was not a bad thing. I am ready for book two (slated for September 2018) and see what comes Oonagh’s way. So much happened to her book one, you only hope things look up for her, but not too much for the sake of the story, lol.

 

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Talbot_Theresa_previewABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Theresa Talbot is a BBC broadcaster and freelance producer. A former radio news editor, she also hosted The Beechgrove Potting Shed on BBC Radio Scotland, but for many she will be most familiar as the voice of the station’s Traffic & Travel. Late 2014 saw the publication of her first book, This Is What I Look Like, a humorous memoir covering everything from working with Andy Williams to rescuing chickens and discovering nuns hidden in gardens. She’s much in demand at book festivals, both as an author and as a chairperson.

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Blog Tour: Review: Her Greatest Mistake

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Do we ever know what goes on behind closed doors?

Eve and Gregg were the perfect couple, with the perfect marriage…which has become the perfect lie. Gone is the charming, attentive Gregg – instead Eve wakes up each morning beside a manipulative and sinister man who controls his wife’s every move.

So Eve flees her immaculate marital home to keep herself, and young son Jack safe.Yet no matter how careful she has been, she knows Gregg will be relentless in his pursuit of his missing family. And that one day, when she’s least expecting it, he will find them…

What was Eve’s greatest mistake? Marrying Gregg? Leaving him? Or leaving him alive…

HER GREATEST MISTAKE Written by Sarah Simpson

April 1st, 2018; 301 Pages (Head of Zeus, Aria)
Genre: suspense, domestic abuse, family drama

​​​​(I received an ARC from the PUBLISHER via NETGALLEY​)

RATING: DNF (35%)

This is Sarah Simpson’s debut novel so I want to say that despite the low rating I would try this author again. The main reason for this is the writing. I did not even get to enjoy the books as it drowns in over description and head shaking phrases. But what made me abandon ship was having to reread certain paragraphs to find out where we were in the timeline. When I put it down it was as if my mind erased everything I just read as I could not hold the synopsis or characters in my mind to read more. Please note this novel has a lot of 5 stars with some 4 and 3 and a few 2, with me maybe being the only one to rate it an one. When I am going to rate a novel less than a 3, I have to check other reviews on Goodreads. Not for the reasons you think, to see if others felt the same, but rather if there are too many bad reviews I don’t want to add another horrible one. I feel not so guilty knowing others loved it, and maybe it’s me.

 

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Sarah Simpson has a first-class honours degree in Psychology and has worked in a neuro-psychology department at a Brain Rehabilitation Hospital. When she first graduated she formed a mental health consultancy and worked as a psychologist within the family court system of Warwickshire and Oxfordshire. Three years ago she moved to Cornwall with her husband and three children, and runs her own practice in Truro. Her Greatest Mistake is her first novel, and she is currently working on the second.

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Book Tour (Review) – Little Woodford

SYNOPSIS:

Trouble comes to the sleepy market town of Little Woodford- a world of allotments, pub quizzes, shopping and gossip – the heart of middle England.

Little Woodford has a sleepy high street, a weekly market, a weathered old stone church and lovingly tended allotments. A peaceful, unexciting place, the very heartof middle England.

In Little Woodford no one has fingers in more pies than Olivia Laithwaite, parish councillor, chair of the local WI, wife, mother and all round queen bee. So of course it’s Olivia who is first to spot that The Beeches has beensold at last.

Soon rumours begin to swirl around the young widow who has bought this lovely house. Why exactly did she leave London with her beautiful stepdaughter and young sons? Are they running from someone? Hiding something? Though if they are, they won’t be the only ones. Sometimes the arrival of newcomers in a community is all it takes to light a fuse…

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LITTLE WOODFORD Written by Catherine Jones

March 2018; 336 Pages (Aria, Head of Zeus)
Genre: contemporary, small town, fiction, drama

(I received an ARC from the PUBLISHER)

RATING: DNF

I made it through 30% of this novel over 3 days, and it was not due to lack of time. I love novels set in Britain, small towns, and cozy “mysteries” so I was excited for “the secrets of a small town”. I knew going in the “mysteries” wee going to be secrets that members of the town was keeping, especially the new people in town. What I was expecting and didn’t was the small town charm and intrigue. The novel moves even slower with all the cast of characters. The flow doesn’t seem to come easily. The characters are all a bit caricatures and very annoying. Not unlikeable, but get your last nerve. What finally made me stop reading was Bex yelling from downstairs to Megan to take care of her boys. She’s widowed and already getting over him, but thinks Megan should be a trooper and take care of her two small sons. The cleaning lady, Amy seems nice but then is not only dropping people’s secrets but embellishing with what she thinks is going on. Her mother, the hairstylist, thinks a mother than lost her college age daughter is being too hysterical and should move on. I almost gave up 10% in but I do adore the books that usually come from the publisher so I kept trying. Maybe it starts to get better and is amazing by the end, but…like the characters in this book suggest, I am moving on.

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Book Blog Tour (Review) – Daughters of the Night Sky

 

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SYNOPSIS:

A novel—inspired by the most celebrated regiment in the Red Army—about a woman’s sacrifice, courage, and love in a time of war.

Russia, 1941. Katya Ivanova is a young pilot in a far-flung military academy in the Ural Mountains. From childhood, she’s dreamed of taking to the skies to escape her bleak mountain life. With the Nazis on the march across Europe, she is called on to use her wings to serve her country in its darkest hour. Not even the entreaties of her new husband—a sensitive artist who fears for her safety—can dissuade her from doing her part as a proud daughter of Russia. After years of arduous training, Katya is assigned to the 588th Night Bomber Regiment—one of the only Soviet air units comprised entirely of women. The Germans quickly learn to fear nocturnal raids by the daring fliers they call “Night Witches.” But the brutal campaign will exact a bitter toll on Katya and her sisters-in- arms. When the smoke of war clears, nothing will ever be the same—and one of Russia’s most decorated military heroines will face the most agonizing choice of all.

 

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DAUGHTERS OF THE NIGHT SKY Written by Aimie K. Runyan

January 2018; 316 Pages (Lake Union Publishing)
Genre: historical fiction, war, world war II, women, Russia, romance

(I received an ARC from the PUBLISHER via NETGALLEY)

RATING: 2.5 STARS

I was very intrigued with this novel’s synopsis. It was not only a book featuring a woman set during World War II, but it takes place in Russia. I have not read many fiction books about or set in Russia, especially not a book like Daughter in the Night Sky. I may have had too high expectations as I found the the novel hard to get into and hold my attention. Often I read several pages and it seemed like much had happened. I am very picky about romances…in that it either clicks with me or it doesn’t. I felt Katya a bit wooden in this aspect. What I did like about the book was the passion behind the book, about the subject matter. I am looking forward to researching more about this time in Russia and about the women in the war.

 

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Aimie K. Runyan writes to celebrate history’s unsung heroines. She is the author of two previous historical novels: Promised to the Crown and Duty to the Crown, and hard at work on novel #4. She is active as an educator and a speaker in the writing community and beyond. She lives in Colorado with her wonderful husband and two (usually) adorable children. To learn more about Aimie and her work, please visit her http://www.aimiekrunyan.com (Twitter: @aimiekrunyan)

 

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Tour Schedule: Blog Stops

March 12th  

Book Spotlgiht – 2 Kids and Tired Books

Book Review – MY NOVELSQUE LIFE

March 13th

Guest Post – Let Them Read Books

Book Review – Locks, Hooks and Books

March 14th

Book Spotlight – The Writing Desk

Book Review – The Maiden’s Court

March 15th

Book Excerpt –  A Bookaholic Swede

March 16th

Interview –  Just One More Chapter

Book Excerpt – A Literary Vacation

Book Review – before the second sleep

 

 

 

Book Blog Tour (Review): Behind a Closed Door

SYNOPSIS:

What if everything in your life was a lie? An emotionally tense story of love, loyalty, betrayal and revenge. Perfect for the fans of Louise Jenson.

DUBLIN – For the past two years Jill Ryan has tried to keep her darkest secrets deeply buried and remain relatively anonymous. Haunted by her tragic past and struggling to keep her life together, Jill soon realises that the last person she can trust is herself.

KILKENNY – Only Heather Martin knows the lengths her husband will go to teach her a lesson and Heather has had enough. Faced with the impossible choice of saving herself or staying to care for her ailing father, Heather has a choice to make. But does she have what it takes to survive? When Detectives Louise Kennedy in Dublin and Tony Kelly in Kilkenny begin to investigate, their dark

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BEHIND A CLOSED DOOR (Kelly and Kennedy: #2) Written by Adele O’Neill

March 2018; 281 Pages (Aria)
Genre: mystery, police, domestic violence, suspense, Ireland

(I received an ARC from the PUBLISHER via NETGALLEY)

RATING: 4 STARS

Thank you for answering my wishes and continuing Tony and Louise’s story. In the second book we see more of Louise and Tony outside of their jobs. In 2018, Louise has a new promotion in Dublin, and Tony has retired and will follow her to Dublin after the sale of his house. In 2016, Heather, daughter of Tony and Louise’s former Chief, is married to a police officer, Mike. Mike has been abusing Heather since they married. Afraid for her life she makes a decision. Much like, O’Neill’s first novel there are two points of time (2016 and 2018) coming together to reveal the truth behind the secrets. I would not call either novel a conventional mystery or suspense, but rather a literary suspense book. There is more characterization and emotions behind the “crimes”, that you become less curious of who did it, but rather what has happened and how it all comes together. I really enjoy O’Neill’s writing and plots.

 

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AUTHOR BIO:

Having lived and worked in the UK and Dublin since college, Adele now lives in her home town in Co. Wicklow with her husband and two teenage daughters. She writes overlooking the Irish Sea and is an active member of the Wexford Literary Festival committee.

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Blog Tour: When the Stars Come Out

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WHEN THE STARS COME OUT (Cottonbloom: #5) Written by Laura Trentham

JANUARY 30, 2018; 320 Pages (St. Martin’s Paperbacks)
Genre: romance, contemporary, fiction, series, small-town

(I received an ARC from the AUTHOR and PUBLISHER via NETGALLEY)

when the stars come out coverRATING: 4 STARS

As long as mysterious Willa Brown has been working at the Abbot’s garage, Jackson has not noticed her, other than being a stellar mechanic. Willa has definitely noticed Jackson. She has had a crush on him since she first started working with him. Even if she could be brave enough to let him know her feelings, he is her boss and Cottonbloom is only supposed to be a stop for her. Jackson has started to notice Willa, her beauty and sensuality. He kicks himself for not noticing earlier. He also wonders what her story is and will do anything to earn her trust.

Willa is scared that someone from her past will find her and it will put the Abbot brothers in danger. She wants to confide in Jackson but doesn’t want him to get hurt. Meanwhile, Jackson’s eldest brother, Ford has disappeared and the Abbot brothers are afraid he may sell his share of the business. As Willa and Jackson try to help one another they give into their passion, but will Willa’s secret keep them apart?

I binge read the first four Cottonbloom novels and really enjoyed my time in small quaint town. This unique town is technically in two states, and the rivalry between the two is entertaining. I love romance books set in small towns…I am a true sucker for them. With each novel, Trentham writing skills gets stronger. The writing is great with engaging plots. It is the characters, the hero and heroine and the big cast of secondary characters, that makes this series endearing to me.

When I first read this series I was getting over a break up and starting to date again. I would half long for, and half scoff at the heroes. The men I was dating were much like Andrew and Derrick, instead of the heroes. I started to wonder if these were indeed “fiction only”. Now having met my boyfriend, I know that there are great men out there. I don’t know if it is my boyfriend and my sappiness, but I was swooning over the romance a bit more than usual. I love the chemistry between Willa and Jackson. I also loved the story line with River, the runaway dog. I recommend this series to any romance reader, and suggest reading them in order. (Each book has spoilers for past books). I cannot wait till Mack’s book, and I have a feeling he will be falling a certain enemy!

Laura TrenthamQ&A with LAURA TRENTHAM:

1. How many books do you think will be a part of Cottonbloom?
That’s an excellent question and one I can’t answer yet! Writers with traditional houses work from one contract to the next (usually, but not always in three-book series.) Set the Night On Fire (out July 31 st ) wraps up my contract. What happens next will honestly depend on sales. It’s the stark reality of publishing as a business. As an aside, this is why downloading pirated copies of books hurts writers so badly! Not only is it a financial hit, but if people are pirating rather than buying then publishers won’t ask for more books from that author. That being said, I do have an idea for another trilogy set in Cottonbloom, so we’ll see! *fingers crossed*

YAY! I am excited to hear that there will be a book for Mack – at least I hope it is Mack.  I hope that you will be able to do another trilogy for Cottonbloom…I also, kind of hope Ford finds some redemption.

2. What gave you the idea of this series and characters?
The original trilogy was a request from my publisher (St. Martin’s Press) for a “summer
series.” They had the release dates already set; they just needed the books! I got out my
huge old fashioned paper atlas and flipped through it looking for a setting. I saw the east-
west running border between Louisiana and Mississippi and the idea of competing summer festivals across a town split over the state line snapped into my head within seconds. Cade and Monroe (from Kiss Me That Way) jumped into my head fully formed. Even before I pitched the idea to my editor, I knew it was a winner. Sometimes writing feels like bleeding on the page and sometimes it’s pure magic.

I love that idea of a border between Louisiana and Mississippi, and the festival concept.  

3. What is next for you? (another series, etc)
I am noodling on a new small town contemporary series set in north Georgia. I won’t say
too much about it except that it was inspired by a watching a car commercial and wondering what happened after they drove off… I also have two military themed romance/Women’s Fiction books releasing in 2019 from St. Martin’s Press. More info on those coming soon, I hope! And then, I’m also planning on publishing Book 4 in my historical romance Spies and Lovers series this year. I’m very busy and I love it!

Lol, I always wonder about things like that too, with commercials.  I hope you are able to do it and let us know what commercial 😉 I will have to give Spies and Lovers a read, as I also love historical romance.  Good luck with whatever you write and publish next 🙂

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Other Praise for When the Stars Come Out:

“The fifth installment in the Cottonbloom series, following Leave the Light On (2017) is hot and sweet, and readers will cheer for Willa and Jackson. Fans of Kristan Higgins and Susan Mallery will love the immersive world that Trentham has created in Cottonbloom, a small southern town divided by the Mississippi River”.  Booklist

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