First up is this historical fiction book, downloaded from NetGalley, and for which, in collaboration with publisher Aria Fiction, I shall be taking part in the upcoming Blog Tour.
‘THE MISTRESS OF PENNINGTON’S‘ by RACHEL BRIMBLE
Elizabeth Pennington should be the rightful heir of Bath’s premier department store through her enterprising schemes and dogged hard work. Her father, Edward Pennington, believes his daughter lacks the business acumen to run his empire and is resolute a man will succeed him.
Determined to break from her father’s iron-clad hold and prove she is worthy of inheriting the store, Elizabeth forms an unlikely alliance with ambitious and charismatic master glove-maker Joseph Carter. United they forge forward to bring Pennington’s into a new decade, embracing woman’s equality and progression whilst trying not to mix business and pleasure.
Can this dream team thwart Edward Pennington’s plans for the store? Or will Edward prove himself an unshakeable force who will ultimately ruin both Elizabeth and Joseph?
I have worked with author Norma Budden previously, in helping to promote her book ‘If Only‘. So I was more than pleased to have her contact me again, as she extends promotion of this, her most recent book and the first in a proposed trilogy, whilst preparing to submit editor’s copy for the second installment.
‘THE PRAYER‘ (THE WISH TRILOGY BOOK #1) by NORMA BUDDEN
The thought of going to university for another year sends shivers up Sierra’s spine. She knows she needs an education but is quickly becoming bored with life, unable to find passion for anything. All she desires is to get in her car and drive.
Tamara loves her mom with all of her heart, but she has missed out on having a dad in her life, an ache that never seems to go away. The unthinkable happens: her mom falls and suffers a head injury, then goes into a coma. A month later, the heartache has become too much to bear so she insists upon a trip to the ER, where she meets Doctor Brady Carlos – and the longer she’s around him, the more she wishes he could be her dad.
Long after Tamara left the ER, she was still on Brady’s mind – so much that, at the end of his shift, he makes a trip upstairs to visit her mother, Katarina. The moment he sees her lifeless form in the bed, he gravitates toward her in a way that takes him by surprise, even as a paternal instinct he didn’t know he possessed yearns to shelter Tamara from further emotional pain.
A chance meeting later brings Sierra and Brady together in the same place, equally fascinated with each other for different reasons. As they get to know each other, an emotional connection develops between them, but is it strong enough to withstand the pull Brady feels toward Katarina?
When all is said and done, will Brady and Tamara be able to hold onto each other, become the father-daughter team they both desire, or will something greater than either of them imagined stand in their way?
And finally this week, another author request, this time from Traci McDonald, a new to me name, but she is a little lady with a big story to tell, which will all be revealed in the lovely Guest Post we have plans to publish real soon!
‘SOUL OF STONE‘ (ICE AND STONE BOOK #1) by TRACI McDONALD
Danielle Lyndon, owner of a 200-year-old bookstore in Greenville, Alabama, has built a fortress of suspicion around her heart. A tragic fire has taken the lives of her beloved Grandmother and mother, leaving her with nothing but an ancient collection of magical books.
Facing what seems like an eternity of loneliness and abandonment, her life is inexorably altered late one night when a runaway teenage girl breaks into her store and Danielle receives a mysterious text message…from her dead mother.
The only person who can help her is Aaron Donnell, a reckless, tormented drifter with haunting silver-blue eyes who is searching for the burglar, his younger sister. Aaron somehow holds the answers to the mysterious texts, but he’s arrogant, dangerous, and is clearly no good for her. The problem is . . . . she’s falling in love with him.
Consumed with Aaron’s mysterious darkness and the prospect of locating the source of the texts, Danielle allows him to unwittingly drag her into an insane, mystical world where human trafficking is the usual, black magic reigns supreme, and inhuman power lasts forever.
Are the dark chasms of magic and eternity too wide and deep for love to cross? Is the collateral damage in their battle too high of a price to pay if it leaves someone with their soul encased in stone?
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