Wolfheart

Wolfheart (The Shady Gully Series Book 2) by Hallie Lee

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I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Today is my spot on the #booktour for Wolfheart by @hallie_lee_books hosted by @lovebookstours

SYNOPSIS

The much anticipated second book in The Shady Gully Series picks up five years after Paint Me Fearless, Hallie Lee’s Best-Selling debut novel. Book 2 begins the morning after a torrential storm upends Shady Gully, and its citizens wake to the news that Wolfheart’s beloved sister, Peony, has been brutally murdered.
WOLFHEART…earned his reputation as the town low life in Book 1, inciting unrest and corrupting the youth with his home-grown product and signature scowl. But now, it’s five years later, and the scoundrel from across the creek is an upstanding citizen, a church-streamer, and a doting brother and uncle. Or is he?
LUKE

Desi and Lenny’s eldest son, feels responsible for Shady Gully. Always the serious one, Luke carries the weight of the town’s progress—or lack thereof—on his tense shoulders. Even as the community rolls their eyes as he expounds incorporation, Luke is determined to present Shady Gully with the amenities it deserves.
SHERIFF RICK

Inherited the job when the last ornery official went and had a heart attack. Reluctant to trade his easy life of coasting to one of accountability, Ricky is surprised to find that the office gives him purpose.
As the fates of these three uncompromising and principled men collide, another body is discovered, and Shady Gully explodes in chaos and violence. When Wolfheart is finally led away in handcuffs, he has only one thought:
How can he protect his niece and her daughter from the same fate as his sister?

My Review

When I read page 1 of Wolfheart I knew that I had really missed out by not reading the first book in the series. I was immediately lost when I started reading about the huge list of characters in this book. After the first chapter, the plot started to appear and everything started to make sense. The culture of the small village of Shady Gully was unique and learning about the two sides of the town was necessary to understand the story.

The Creek people were the Native American/Cajun people who kept to themselves. They didn’t want to assimilate and didn’t trust the white people who lived in the other half of the small Louisiana town. They had their old ways of medicine and had many native superstitions and spiritual beliefs. The most respected man in the Creek side was Wolfheart.

The reader is left wondering what did Wolfheart do after reading the beginning of the book. As the book goes on the reader understands more and more about the cast of characters. The full explanation of the secrets and plot doesn’t come clear until the end of the book. Each chapter is told from the voice of a different character, so the reader can see all the problems in the town from a specific perspective. This is very interesting.

I loved how Wolfheart’s past of being a person who was into drugs and bad behavior changed when he met God. Even the characters who went to their local Catholic church continued to hold onto Native Spiritual traditions and beliefs. They combined their old beliefs with the Biblical beliefs. There is discussion of immorality with an underage girl and violence.

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The Snowman’s Sweetheart Book Blitz

The Snowman’s Sweetheart
Shanna Hatfield
Publication date: January 27th 2022
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Will a whirlwind winter romance result in a forever love?

After a Christmas Eve catastrophe that left her heart encased in ice, Sierra Goodwin detests anything to do with winter and the holiday season. To take her mind off her troubles, her best friend talks her into a weekend spa getaway to a town she’s never heard of. Her bestie’s boyfriend tags along like a bumpy third wheel, and things go from bad to worse when they arrive in town to find a winter fest in full swing. Then Sierra runs into a handsome stranger, a man everyone calls Mr. Snowman, and discovers her heart might not be a frozen fortress after all.

Kylan Snow loves his life, his Christmas tree farm, and the town of Pinehill where he was raised. There’s nothing he enjoys more than a beautiful winter afternoon spent outside in the crisp, fresh air, or time spent with friends and family. When he unexpectedly encounters a dimple-cheeked woman in need of a little hope, he has no idea one weekend with her with completely alter his world.

Will their winter wishes for a forever sweetheart come true? Find out in this sweet romance brimming with laughter, snowmen, small-town charm, and love.

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EXCERPT:

As they reached the parking garage, Sierra followed Jenn over to her parking space, only to find Rob Kohl, Jenn’s boyfriend, waiting for them in his SUV.

“Hey, Sierra!” he said, hopping out and opening the back of the vehicle. “Isn’t this great?”

Sierra scowled at Jenn, furious she’d invited her boyfriend to join them for a weekend they’d been planning for months. “What, exactly, is going on?”

“Rob got time off from work, too, and is joining us,” Jenn said, practically squealing with joy.

Sierra had visions of spending the entire trip watching Jenn and Rob making lovey-dovey eyes and kissy-faces to each other. Although they were always good to include her in activities, she often felt like an unwanted third wheel when she was around them. She certainly didn’t need to feel that way on a vacation that was supposed to be a time for her and Jenn to relax and have fun.

She tossed the interloper a blistering scowl. “I’ll stay home. You two go.” She started backing away from the vehicle.

“No! You’re going,” Jenn said, handing her things to Rob, then grabbing Sierra’s arm before she could make an escape. “Rob surprised me this morning with the news he was free to go with us. I knew you’d do this, try to back out of it if you knew he was coming along, but you are going on this trip, and you are going to have fun!”

Rob chuckled. “You can’t force her to go or have fun, Miss Bossy.” He winked at Jenn, then looked at Sierra. “But we really do want you to go, Sierra. Please? I promise we’ll both be on our best behavior. If you refuse to go, then I’m the one who’ll stay behind.”

Sierra rolled her eyes. She wanted to refuse and storm off in a fit of anger, but Rob was truly a nice guy. And if he said he’d stay behind, he would, even if it was painfully obvious how much he wanted to go. She couldn’t very well march off in a snit after his offer to remain behind. Though she was disappointed her girls’ weekend with Jenn had just morphed into something entirely different.


Author Bio:

USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes sweet romances rich with relatable characters, small town settings that feel like home, humor, and hope.

Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”

When this farm girl isn’t writing or indulging in rich, decadent chocolate, Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller. She also experiments with recipes, snaps photos of her adorable nephew, and caters to the whims of a cranky cat named Drooley.

To learn more about Shanna or the books she writes, visit her website http://shannahatfield.com or find out more about her here: linktr.ee/ShannaHatfield

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Is This For Real? Blog Tour

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Is This for Real?

An opposites attract, friends-to-lovers, slow burn, fake dating romantic comedy

Love is all fun and games until somebody gets hurt. Usually me. I admit it, I’m a relationship-recluse. Ironic, given that I write romantic comedies. So, I’m on a sabbatical from dating.

Which is why fake dating my best friend Rory is fool-proof. Rory suggested it because he needed a date for work functions. And I can use our experiences as fodder for my romcom novel. Plus, my sister doesn’t know it’s not real and she is thrilled that I’m not walling myself off emotionally. Her words, not mine. But I do wish she would stop saying that she always suspected there was something more between me and Rory. She should realize that we’ve been friends forever so I’m immune to his appeal. 

We would never work. Rory is such a romantic; he still believes in that perfect love similar to his parents’ marriage. My parents fought bitterly. So, we are better off as friends. I can’t risk losing our friendship, even if this might be my chance—before his ex-girlfriend wins him back.  

Those flickers of attraction? Easily extinguished by cold water reality—like a two-mile hike in drenching rain over sand with wheelie luggage. 

But our relationship is not sticking to the plot—or is it?

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Amazon UK  – https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Real-friends-lovers-Friendship-ebook/dp/B09L2J9XD3

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/This-Real-friends-lovers-Friendship-ebook/dp/B09L2J9XD3

Author Kathy Strobos

Author Bio –

Kathy Strobos is a writer living in New York City with her husband and two children, amid a growing collection of books, toys and dollhouses. She grew up in New York City and graduated from Stuyvesant High School, Harvard-Radcliffe University magna cum laude, and Columbia Law School. She spent two semesters abroad at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. She previously worked as a lawyer. She left law to pursue her dream of writing fiction full-time and getting in shape. She is still working on getting in shape.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: @kathystrobos

Instagram: kathystroboswriter

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Facebook: @kathystrobosRewrites

EXCERPT:

[Background: Penelope, an unpublished writer, is meeting her former crush, Jamie, with his new girlfriend. She and Rory have agreed to fake date so she can look like she is over Jamie. Penelope is wearing a 1920’s cloche hat in the hope that it makes her look more sophisticated—less cute little buddy.]

“My mom would love for you to help her out with the store.” Jamie leans in as if he’s closing a sale. “And I really appreciate that you’ve been having dinner with her once a month. She always sounds so upbeat after your dinners.”

“That’s definitely a possibility.” Not that working at Theresa’s Sports Store would give me a lot of time for writing. It’s like death by a thousand sneakers. I’d be running home to write every night, like I had with my last job. But it’s a backup plan. If I don’t find a publisher for my book, which would give me just enough income—with my odd jobs—to allow me to continue writing full time.

Willow unbuttons Jamie’s cuff at the wrist and sticks her hand and arm up Jamie’s cotton shirt sleeve. My glance meets Rory’s. Is she for real? She needs to be inside his sleeve? At a brunch? With the girl he rejected? She could tone it down a bit, have a little sympathy for my bruised feelings. Just unbutton his shirt, why don’t you? Why bother with just his arm?

Rory puts his arm around me, although I feel like he has to make an extra effort to get around The Hat. Should I relax into him? That seems too intimate. But otherwise, I am sitting very stiffly between The Arm and The Hat. I lean against Rory.

Jamie’s brow furrows. A feeling of glee makes me snuggle even closer to Rory.

“I didn’t realize you knew anything about writing or publishing,” Jamie says to Rory.

“I don’t particularly. I’m learning along with Penelope. But I do know about marketing a product. And Penelope’s book is good, although the male lead needs to be a bit more human.”

“Not with my poor male lead again.” I narrow my eyes at Rory. Rory thinks I’ve based my male lead on Jamie. Because he has curly, blond hair. Just to pay him back, I’ll model the romantic lead in my current novel on Rory’s looks—tall, lean, wavy, dark hair, blue eyes, a strong jaw with a cleft. How to describe his smoldering sexuality that makes him irresistible to so many women? It’s like an invitation to see if one can light that candle, or at least have fun trying, if the mischievous twinkle in his eyes is any indicator. I’m immune now, but that was definitely my first impression. I will note that Zelda says he’s attractive, but he’s not “all that.”

“What’s wrong with your male lead?” Willow asks as she turns her head to look at me. Her body is facing Jamie, her arm is still up Jamie’s shirt sleeve, and her other hand is rubbing Jamie’s back. It looks uncomfortable—for Willow.

Rory rubs my back. I feel like a cat that wants to purr. Did I just “mmm”? Rory gives me an amused glance. Warmth flushes my cheeks. I must schedule more massages because I shouldn’t be having this reaction to Rory.

Now Willow’s hand is in Jamie’s hair. Not to worry, though. Her other hand is still up his sleeve. Rory’s hand moves to massage the back of my neck. I arch my head back and my eyes close.

“He’s an arrogant investment banker,” Rory says.

My eyes open. Jamie shoots me a look.

“Based on Jamie?” Willow laughs.

Am I so obvious?

“Hey, I’m in tech now,” Jamie says.

“Based on New York men encountered in the dating scene.” By Zelda. Rory’s right that I don’t date that much. But admitting that will only make Jamie think I’m still pining for him. “And he’s not that arrogant. He just comes off as arrogant initially. But agents keep telling me that the arrogant hero is no longer appealing to modern women.”

“Is that true?” Willow asks.

Yeah, I don’t believe it, either. A lot of women still seem to be seeking Mr. Darcy. There’s all the joy in the comeuppance. Rory is snorting next to me. I don’t know if it’s because of the discussion or because Willow is so entwined with Jamie. One writer friend uses Barbie dolls to check her descriptions of physical contact, but Barbie dolls aren’t flexible enough for this. I wouldn’t have believed it possible. How are they going to eat? Rory stops massaging my neck and is typing on his phone next to me.

Rory: I was treating it like a drinking game where every time Willow touched Jamie, I touched you. But CAN’T keep up.

Willow pulls her hand out of Jamie’s shirt sleeve. She rubs Jamie’s back.

“Apparently, in fiction now it’s the sweet, sensitive man that’s hot. I gave my male lead a cat.” I shrug. “In my most recent rewrite. He’s secure with his masculinity.”

“Yes, and now he’s so amazing that no man can compete with him,” Rory says.

“He’s a book boyfriend. He’s not real,” I say.

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The Lizard Who Loves A Blizzard Book Tour

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Join Us for This Tour from January 4 to January 31!

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Lizard Who Loves A Blizzard by Shelley Larkin and Michael John Sullivan
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  36 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
PublisherMagic Everywhere Inc. 
Release date:  September 2021
Content Rating:  Rated G. Suitable for everyone

Book Description:

Larry the Lizard has always dreamed of snow. The only problem is, he lives in Australia. Find out what happens when a lizard gets a very silly idea… and it finally comes true. Join Larry and his friends as they skid, skate, slide and have an adventure in this wonderful ride. 

 
Meet the Authors:
 
Michael John Sullivan is the co-creator of The Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard, Nick Knitley and The SockKids. He is also co-developing three other animation series, including the Dr. Neverme and Dinomike projects. Sullivan has written several children’s books, including a Digimon series book with HarperCollins Publishing. In addition, Michael has written five novels, receiving awards and best-selling status.His first book, Necessary Heartbreak, was published by Simon & Schuster and was named by the prestigious Library Journal as one of the best books in 2010. Sullivan previously advocated for the homeless, drawing off of his own experience of riding the New York City trains at night for one winter. He has written articles about the plight for CNN.com, The Washington Post website, The Huffington Post, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Patch.com. Before he took up living among his animated characters, Michael worked for ESPN, Rival.com, Scout.com, and the Sporting News, covering high school and college basketball. He is a former board member of the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless.
 

Shelley Larkin is the co-creator of The Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard, Nick Knitley and The SockKids, and is co-developing other animation series with Michael, including the Dr. Neverme and Dinomike projects. Shelley is involved in all aspects of the animation ventures, including marketing and promotions, and merchandising of books, videos and other products.One of Shelley’s passions is the Destination Imagination (DI) worldwide learning program for kids K-12, where she served as Director in the greater Sacramento area. Focused on creative problem-solving techniques, hundreds of thousands of children are served by the program each year, supported by thousands of volunteers. Shelley was presented with the DI Spirit of Discovery Award in recognition of her outstanding commitment and devotion to the global program. Michael and Shelley’s initial collaboration was co-authoring a children’s short story, “The Sock Kids Stand Up Against Bullying”, a nationally distributed book developed in concert with Destination Imagination. This story creates awareness of an important life lesson for children, and shows how The SockKids can deliver these messages through animation and books. 

connect with the authors: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodread
 
Tour Schedule:

Jan 4 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 4 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 5 – Booking with Janelle – book review
Jan 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 7 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Jan 7 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 10 – My Bookish Bliss – book review
Jan 11 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review / giveaway
Jan 11 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 12 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Jan 12 – @twilight_reader – book review
Jan 13 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / giveaway
Jan 13 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
Jan 14 – Kam’s Place – book review
Jan 18 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 20 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 20 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Jan 21 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 24 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
Jan 24 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Jan 25 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Jan 25 – The Adventure of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 26 – Triquetra Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 27 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 31 – Books for Books – book review
Jan 31 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
 

My Review

I’m so excited to recommend this beautiful book. When I saw the colorful illustrations, I knew that it was going to be a favorite. The main character is Larry the Lizard who lives in Australia. He owns a little café and dreams of a white Christmas. He talks of and wishes for a snowy Christmas. His friends all tell him that it is impossible to have a white Christmas in Australia. Year after year, the holiday is green and warm, but Larry doesn’t give up on his dreams. Finally, Larry wakes up to a Christmas and a snowflake falls. Then it snows harder and harder! He makes it the best Christmas day ever and all his friends join in the fun. Kids will love this adorable book.

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A Pony Named Winds of Spring Book Tour


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Date Published: December 17, 2020



In the follow up to her debut children’s book Mom, I Want a Pony, Lois Poster continues to follow Jennifer and Windy through the exciting ups and downs of the training process. Perfect for children and parents alike, A Pony Named Winds of Spring is an entertaining and educational tale of a young girl and the pony she loves.



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