Great Things Are Still Happening!

Thankfully, artists are still creating their art to help keep us sane in these trying times. Music, movies, tv shows, video games, funny/thought-provoking/inspirational memes entertain us for hours without end while we’re confined to our homes. And for book-lovers, new novels are being published every single day! Which brings me to the re-introduction of An Unconventional Family by Roberta Bombonato and the sequel An Unbreakable Family! Now available on Amazon! Both are part of The Family Tree series. Book 3 will be available in Spring 2021.

An Unconventional Family – Book 1

Originally published in 2009, the author wanted to edit and update the story and it was my pleasure to help!
The Family Tree series Book One

Marvin Costa, alias Azrael, has had vengeance on the brain for nearly two decades. Carmen Moreno has invested one of those decades in a relationship with him that often seems one sided. Keiko Akashimi joins the two when her family became victims of a mob hit in which she barely escaped with her life.

What do they all have in common? Fate has thrown them together against all odds and after an epic, action packed adventure filled with bloodshed and heartache they finally become: AN UNCONVENTIONAL FAMILY

You can more from Roberta at http://www.RobertaBombonato.com and facebook @RobertaBombonatorAuthor and Twitter @AuthorBombonato


An Unbreakable Family – Book 2

An Unbreakable Family by Roberta Bombonato

Marvin and Carmen’s marriage is fantastic. Giovanni, their son, is a lively boy who can hold his own against bullies. Akemi, their adopted daughter, is 18 and struggling to find herself. The past affects the present and the future in a big way.

How can she move forward without knowing the whole truth and trust the parents she has come to love? Digging for answers alerts the other side and forces Marvin to come out of retirement. 

Uniting against domestic terrorists might be better than therapy for: AN UNBREAKABLE FAMILY


Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, farmers are still farming, food manufacturers are still manufacturing all of our favorite comfort foods, truckers are still trucking it to the stores, supermarkets are still stocking their shelves, and restaurants are still cooking and serving everything we love. Carpenters are still building, plumbers still plumbing, electricians still wiring, etc. But many people have been furloughed or laid off. In the midst of so much pain and sorrow, I have never seen so many loving, kind, generous human beings coming together to help each other get through this scourge.

If you need help, reach out! If you can be of help, reach out! God bless you and keep you all safe, healthy, and happy in this crazy world turned upside down.

Peace & love,

Lis

Debut Novel – SQUARE ONE – A cozy mystery by Janie Dean

Available Now at Amazon

Kelsey Lowell’s grandmother and her quilting group are being burglarized. Strange, but the only thing stolen is a quilt, meaningful to the owner but not valuable. The police are investigating but it is a low-profile case.

Kelsey steps up to investigate and protect her grandmother and the other quilters but the thief pins his attention on her and violence escalates. Can Kelsey piece the clues together before robbery becomes murder?

You can find Janie Dean on facebook where she plans to announce future book releases. Please follow her there!

Janie Dean Books

Janie Dean grew up in the south on a family acreage with her brothers and with a large extended family nearby. Even as a child, she read mysteries and played mystery games that let her imagination run wild.  After receiving a bachelor’s degree, she ventured from the south and pursued a master’s degree at a college in the Northeast and then job opportunities out west. Her husband’s work took her and her children overseas which led to many new experiences in foreign places.

Recently, she resettled from Florida to Colorado to be near family. Throughout her experiences she has written stories. Still enjoying mystery and intrigue, her passion continues through her cozy mystery stories.

As a child, she played under the quilt stretched on her grandmother’s quilting frame and later took her first inept stitches. In Square One, she combines her interest in quilting with her love of writing.

More good things coming! Stay tuned!

Review: Ladybugs and Fireflies by Cheryl Alldredge

Ladybugs and FirefliesLadybugs and Fireflies by Cheryl Alldredge

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Feisty fraud investigator Callie Roberts isn’t looking for a knight in shining armor to rescue her. The last thing she needs is to be distracted by a man, especially when he’s the powerful New York attorney in town to represent the man her dream client has hired her to investigate. With a past full of heartache, will Callie ever allow herself to believe happily-ever-after really can come true?

I loved Taylor and Callie! And the ending was so cool! I didn’t see that coming. 🙂 There were a few minor typos and Taylor said a couple of things that I thought were a little un-alpha male, but none of that detracted from this great read. Once I started this short novel, I couldn’t put it down. The author did a superb job of describing the town and people, creating a perfect movie in my mind. I’d definitely recommend Ladybugs and Fireflies to others.

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Lord Sener and Lady Joanna’s Story

Sweet Liberation

Excerpt:

Richard pressed his lips to Joanna’s sensitive nape causing goose bumps to travel the length and breadth of her form. She whimpered as her newly initiated body responded to her husband’s skillful ministrations. She clutched his arms where they held her back pinned to the chair, loving the feel of the coarse hair abrading her fingertips. His tongue set her aflame.

A low growl penetrated her wine-fogged mind. “Joanna. What you do to me without a tittle of effort boggles my mind.”

He pulled her from her seat and backed her tightly against his hard body, dwarfing her with his towering strength.

“Feel what you do to me, my lady.”

Oh, she felt exactly what she did to him. His stiff member pressed firmly into the small of her back left no doubt she had the ability to affect him without so much as a come-hither glance. She didn’t want to admit what he did to her. To do so would be to face her growing need for him to the exclusion of all else.

He deftly lifted her in his arms and descended the forward steps down to the gun deck. His long strides ate up the distance to the cabin in mere moments. She stared up into the hard planes of his face, it appeared as though he was angry—or in pain.

Before he could even gain the Great Cabin door, he stopped next to the aft companionway steps and plundered her mouth in a soul-searing kiss. He sucked the breath from her lungs and all thoughts, save the realization she was hopelessly in love.

Thank You, Mary Jo Putney

On the off-chance the world as we know it comes to an end at 6p.m. this evening, I just want to thank you, Miss Mary Jo, for writing a story that was one of the best reads of my life.  I finished Silk and Secrets yesterday and can’t quit thinking about the characters.  I was really looking forward to starting Silk and Shadows, but I fear I won’t have time to read the whole thing before the apocalypse deadline.  However, I’m starting it and will read until whichever end comes first. 😉

Reading: Her Ladyship’s Companion

I love how Evangeline Collins writes!  I think I picked up this book at the 2010 RWA National Conference, but I’m not sure.  I brought home at least two dozen books and accumulate hords of romance novels from friends, book stores, and library sales so it’s really hard to say exactly from whence it came.  Maybe it was hidden in the depths of my goody bag from the Southern Lights Conference.  However it arrived in my house, I’m thrilled to have lifted it from one of my TBR stacks. Continue reading

Hot Read Alert!

What Happens in London, by Julia Quinn is excellent!  I’m half-way through and find it extremely difficult to put down.  If you don’t have a copy, run–don’t walk–to your nearest bookstore and buy it.  It’s well-worth whatever it costs!  If you happen to know me, I’ll lend you my copy. 🙂

(And if you don’t agree that it’s an awesome story, I’m sticking my fingers in my ears so I can’t hear you (or covering my eyes so I can’t read your bad review)!)  😛