Thursday, November 16, 2017

REVIEW: A Rancher's Heart by Vivian Arend

A Rancher’s Heart 
Heart Falls, book 1
by Vivian Arend
Released: November 14, 2017

About the Book:

Caleb Stone is wearing too many hats and it’s making him crankier than usual. He’s a cowboy, a father, and the head of his large family—and has been since tragedy claimed his parents over ten years ago. The ranch is struggling, but it’s the title of single dad that’s got him tangled up in knots. He needs a full-time, live-in nanny at the Silver Stone homestead in Heart Falls, Alberta, to help with his two little girls, but the woman about to arrive on his doorstep? Tantalizing, tempting, and trouble with capital T’s.

Tamara Coleman doesn’t regret the choices that led to losing her job, but she definitely needs a fresh start. When a friend recommends her for a nanny position in a new town, she swears this time it’ll be different. No more acting on impulse—except sexy, gruff Caleb is exactly the kind of man who pushes all her buttons. And what’s more, it’s so much fun to push his in return. Sparks fly between Tamara and her gorgeous boss, but she can’t risk her position, and he doesn’t dare risk his heart.

With two people fighting their true natures, something’s going to give. Luckily, there’s more than one way to capture a rancher’s heart.

The Review:

When it comes to Vivian Arend books I’ve come to expect a couple things: main characters who may not realize their own strength but have it spades, interesting characters with depth, personality and heart, and heat. A Rancher’s Heart delivers all that and more. As the first book in a new series we’re being introduced to a whole host of new things – a new “main” setting, a new central cast of characters, and new relative history. Put together that can be a good thing or a bad one. In my opinion, A Rancher’s Heart is all good.

In this opening book of the Heart Falls series those of us who’ve read the books of Arend’s Six Pack Ranch series are lucky in that not every little thing is unknown to us – you don’t have to read those books to understand the story told in A Rancher’s Heart but a little bit of back story never hurts. (Right?) Tamara Coleman, our heroine, is a woman with a heart of gold and a spine of steel; when she thinks something needs to be done or said she does it, damn the consequences. Fortunately for her that steel spine sees her through, even while that compassionate heart may cringe at the results of her actions. After all, if she can stand up to all the craziness of being part of the Coleman brood, she can handle just about anything. Even helping raise two little girls who’ve been hurt in the past.

Caleb Stone is a man who has had little choice in his life but to stand up and bear responsibility. He always acts in what he believes is best for his family’s ranch, his younger siblings, and his two seriously precious daughters. The course of his life, ever since his parents died years earlier, has left very little room for kicking back, for taking it easy, for going with the flow. Or for doing the things that would simply make him happy from day-to-day. Through the years he’s taken kicks – to his pride and his heart – but he musters on the best he can, though without much hope for anything better for himself.

So what happens when two strong, take-charge personalities collide?

From the first moment, there are sparks. Tamara and Caleb are determined to keep things professional though and do their best to ignore the building heat between them. They do a pretty good job of it for a while too by keeping their focus on Caleb’s young daughters.

But, really, how long can they hold out when every day the want grows stronger until it becomes a need? What happens when suddenly your enjoyment of a normal day comes to depend on the presence of another? And how will two people who can normally handle anything life throws at them, handle falling for each other?

I really enjoyed reading Caleb and Tamara’s story. It had moments that made me laugh out loud, sections that made me cry, and pages that held me entranced by the possibilities. Tamara fits in to the Stone family perfectly and is the breath of new life desperately needed, not just by Caleb, but all the Stone siblings. Caleb is the perfect stable foil for Tamara’s frequently spontaneous nature. Together they’re an ideal combination to make for a long, happy, interesting life full of love, laughter, and plenty of heat.

😍  💋  😍  💋  😍  💋  😍  💋  😍

Get your copy of A Rancher’s Heart now.  

Monday, November 13, 2017

FAOM: A Chat With Linda Oaks

One of the things I am looking forward to most as I do the Featured Author of the Month posts is having a chance to talk to the authors – to ask them questions about their writing, their books, their goals, and so much more. When I read a book, well okay – after I finish a book I often think to myself “I wonder what the author was thinking when they wrote this?” I cannot tell you how excited I am to be in the position of being able to actually ask that question now when it crosses my mind – or you know any of the other dozens of random questions that may come to me.

Author interviews are always interesting to me – sometimes the responses I get to questions I’ve asked are surprising. I mean that seriously, sometimes I’ll see the response and say “No way!” or “Really???? Wow.” Other times I read the authors responses and I end up thinking to myself that this person (regardless of their being an author I’m interested in) could be my new best friend! LOL. But really, to me, interviews offer an intriguing glimpse into the minds and lives of the authors featured in them. Linda’s interview was no different and you know, that’s a good thing.

I had to start, as I very frequently do, by asking Linda why or how she decided to become an author. It’s an important question – the answer could be deep, could be silly, or somewhere in between, but all things considered can offer significant insight. From there, well let’s just say my questions, like the possible answers to that first very important question, ran from deep to silly, and back again. Now without further ado, I think this is a great time to share with you the interview that I had with this month’s FAOM Linda Oaks.

Thursday, November 9, 2017


The second book in a series makes the reader one of two things: extremely excited because they loved the first book and can’t wait to see what happens next in the authors world, or extremely nervous because they loved the first book and can’t wait to see what happens next in the authors world. There’s a third option I suppose – a little of both. Having truly enjoyed the first book in November’s FAOM Linda Oaks’ series The Chasing I’m actually going to slide myself into that third position and say that I’m both excited and nervous. I’m just diving in to book 2 myself and I’m honestly looking forward to what I’m going to find.

Finding Forever (#2, The Chasing)
by Linda Oaks

What if forever was never meant to be?

Kara Thom had always been the confident one until the fateful day her heart was shattered. She lost the one person she thought would never walk away…

Devon McGraw, the man who had promised her forever.

When Kara returns to her hometown for a wedding, fate intervenes throwing her and Devon together once again. Their chemistry is stronger than ever before, but Devon is not the same guy that Kara fell in love with. The man he’d become had a past, and it was complicated.

He wanted a week, but Kara wants forever.

Will Kara forgive Devon’s past or will her own ruin any chance of her finding forever?

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

An Historical Romance Debut Release

My love affair with romance began many years ago when I picked up a historical romance novel in my older sister’s room and started reading. While my interests have spread much wider through the romance genre since that long ago day, I still love going back in time and reading romance as it may have played out in other times. It is with that in mind I highlight a new release from a debut author today!

The Petticoat Letters
by Kelly Lyman

At the outbreak of the Revolutionary war, Nora Bishop’s home is burned to the ground – along with her dreams, plans and all her family members except one. At 20-years-old and still unmarried, she moves to Manhattan to live with her Loyalist uncle, hoping to find her brother who has joined the Patriot cause against her late family’s wishes.

But, battle breaks out and she finds herself at the mercy of one American ranger, Alex Foster, who is the only person in a position to bring her to safety. Her growing feelings toward Alex and his passion for freedom help her re-evaluate her stance on the case for independence and makes her question her loyalties further.

When she is asked to spy for the rebels, she agrees.

But can she partake in the act of treason and do what is asked of her when the sadistic Captain William Roth seems to watch her every move and threatens the life of her brother who has been captured?

And how can she grow closer to Alex when the war threatens to tear them apart?


Get your copy today at:
Amazon  //  B&N 
Kobo (coming soon)

And you can connect with the author online here:
Facebook  //  Twitter  //  Instagram 

Monday, November 6, 2017

FAOM: An Overview of 'The Chasing' Series

As her bio told us, Linda loves chaotic romances with happily-ever-afters - those stories that draw us in with their many twists and turns, before delivering heart-warming, happy endings. So it shouldn’t be too surprising that the stories she writes are just that sort. From my experience so far, the books of The Chasing series take you into the grit and dirt, before brushing you off and leading you down the right path to happiness. Which, for me, just makes them all the more appealing.

Today I’ll introduce you to each of the titles in Linda’s The Chasing series…

Chasing Rainbows (book 1)

At the start of her freshman year, Addison Hayes’s world is tragically turned upside down and she finds herself spiralling into the darkness of destructive habits. Now three years later, she’s still battling the ghosts of her past.

With the start of her senior year, Addie finds herself entangled in a twisted game between twin brothers, Chase and Chance Logan. Their path of destruction leaves an already tormented girl feeling even more lost and confused. But sometimes out of complete chaos can arise a blindingly blessed insight whose name is Jake Riley.

Jake is like no other guy that Addie has ever met before. He doesn’t scare easily. Unfortunately for Addie, Jake wants her, darkness and all.

Will Addie lose herself in the darkness or will she be brave enough to finally set herself free?

This month we’re giving away 2 e-copies of Chasing Rainbows away to two lucky people! It is super easy to enter and multiple ways to get your name in the bucket… ENTER HERE.

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Finding Forever (book 2)

What if forever was never meant to be?

Kara Thom had always been the confident one until the fateful day her heart was shattered. She lost the one person she thought would never walk away…

Devon McGraw, the man who had promised her forever.

Will Kara forgive Devon’s past or will her own ruin any chance of her finding forever?

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The Way Home (book 3)

It was an arrangement until it became more.

“Not everyone you love is going to leave you… but what if they do?”

For Nate Lucas, this was his reality.

When he lost her, he was left with no choice. Life was impossible in Crawley without her. He couldn’t live with all the memories or her ghost.

He vowed to never return again.

When you lose your way, how do you find the way home?

Find Your Copy of The Way Home at 

Fighting For A Chance (book 4)

It all began with a secret.

A cross of paths that altered a life.

Iris Malone had a plan of revenge. She searched for the man known as “The Savage.”

Chance Logan was one of the most promising heavyweight contenders on the planet.

Her plan was simple, to make a savage fall to his knees. She would break his heart like he’d broken so many countless others before her.

But sometimes even the best laid plans can begin to unravel.

Do you care to place your bets as to who will be standing at the end of the final round?

Available Now at  

And there you have it. Four books to pull your heartstrings, twist you up, and then reduce you to a puddle of “awwwwwwww” at the end. Throughout November I’ll be taking a closer look at each of the books and will be sharing more about each one with you.

Until then – happy reading!

But wait... Have you entered the giveaway yet? 
Take a minute and do that now HERE 😉

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Catherine Gayle and Dark Realities in Romance

The last week or so I’ve been reading Catherine Gayle’s Tulsa Thunderbirds series. The first four books – Bury the Hatchet, Smoke Signals, Ghost Dance and Rites of Passage were re-reads for me as I worked my way up to reading the fifth book Rain Dance for the first time. That’s my thing you know, re-reading the previous books in a series to prepare for the new(est) release. Now here’s the thing about Catherine’s books: I got Breakaway, book 1 of the Portland Storm series, for free. I decided to give a “Hockey Romance” a try because Heli Dad (my hubby) and I had started watching and going to our local WHL team’s games and I figured ‘why not?’
Then I fell in love.

Friday, November 3, 2017

FAOM: Giveaway with November Author Linda Oaks

Who doesn't love a giveaway?

This month we've got 2 e-copies of Chasing Rainbows - the first book in Linda Oaks The Chasing series - up for grabs. 

You can enter in a number of ways: commenting on any FAOM post during November, visiting us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, Tweeting about the Giveaway, and even by joining the Ups, Downs, Ins & Outs mailing list. That simple, that easy, and you could win!

Contest closes November 29th, 2017 and winners will be announced and contacted by the end of the month. 
Good luck! 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Introducing... The NOVEMBER Featured Author of the Month

The Featured Author of the Month for November is someone that I was lucky enough to have discovered in August 2015, not long after the release of her first novel. It was through a promotion on my Facebook page that she became an Author of the Day back then. Now it’s my pleasure to (re)introduce you all to Linda Oaks. Since that long ago promo event, I’ve followed Linda’s writing career as she’s gone on to publish 3 more books – all four are part of her Chasing series.

Linda loves chaotic romances with happily ever after’s. She believes the road to true love is always complicated. She has a passion for sweet tea, chick flicks, fuzzy socks and eighties big hair bands. When she’s not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, reading, fishing or lying in a hammock in her front yard daydreaming. She resides in Eastern Kentucky with her husband, two children and a horde of animals. She can be found on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

So I hope you will join me in welcoming Linda to the blog as our very first FAOM: Featured Author of the Month! Pop over to my Facebook page and say hello on any of the FAOM posts, or send us a shoutout on Twitter, just tag @apalusa_light and @banished4ever

You can track Linda down at a number of (other) places online and sell hello! Check her out: 


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