Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Sage After Rain A love story by Jaclyn Hawkes

High Society or High Desert?
A Washington D.C. socialite would never walk away from the power and prestige of marrying a sitting U.S. Congressman—especially not to live in the high desert out west, would she?
At least that’s what Taya Kaye hopes the corrupt elected officials from inside the Washington beltway assume. Faced with the choice of disappearing into the witness protection program, or into the high desert, Taya opts for Colorado color country and a world far removed from the glamour and hype of high society.
It’s not so secret as secluded, and surprisingly, after what she’s been through at the hands of those in power, Taya is just fine with that. It’s peaceful and simple. Unpretentious. Safe.
After all, what could possibly happen to her in the desert, where the smell of the sagebrush after the desert rain is like a drug? And who knew she’d discover the most masculine and intriguing man she’d ever met out in the middle of nowhere?
Sometimes power has more to do with strength, than with politics.
Kindle Edition, 270 pages

Published November 24th 2013 by Spirit Dance Books LLC

My Review:The Sage After Rain A love story by Jaclyn Hawkes


LDS Romance story. I liked it. Others might find a lot of religion talk in it. It is a clean romance with some danger on the side.

I like Taya. She is smart, beautiful, believes in helping others, of doing what is right. Taya starts out getting ready to go to a fundraiser with her parents and fiancé a U.S Congressman. Her mom wants her to take off her jacket and show her arms. Taya refuses because it would not be modest. Soon everyone is trying to pressure her into it. Taya stays strong. but her fiancé gets mad and hits her and knock her into the wall. While she is hurt bleeding everyone including her parents leave her hurting on the floor.

Taya presses charges and because the police taking evidence more misdeeds come to light. They want her to go into witness protection. Instead she goes out west to college friend and gets hired to watch sheep all by herself.

Matt Maylon life is a mess. He somehow ended up living with a girl named Stacy who drinks a lot. He is supposed to be working in an office, but his coworkers instead of working are just staying at motel, partying and doing drugs. So Matt trying to save his job does their work and his.

Matt is a nice guy and hard worker. When he runs across Taya tending sheep. They slowly become friends and help each other when things get dangerous. Taya also helps Matt to save his job.

They both feel they can trust each other and Matt ends up camping by her sheep trailer using her electricity and shower. He helps her to stay safe. Her knowledge and use of rifle saves him. They for the most part at first just end up leaving things for each other like dinner or breakfast.

Taya is in hiding but she asks Matt to go with her to church. They go to different towns and always goes in late so no one will ask their names.

When two strangers come to sheep camp Matt pretends that the sheep camp is his. He has not seen anyone like a women sheepherder.

I like Jaclyn Hawkes books. I bought this on amazon.

Burnout by Teres Trent $25 Amazon Giveaway (Pecan Bayou Series #5) Blog Tour Review

by Teresa Trent

Burnout (Pecan Bayou Series)
Cozy Mystery
E-Book File Size: 895 KB
Print Length: 202 pages


It’s November in Pecan Bayou, Texas and while the town is getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday a deadly fire breaks out at the newspaper office. When Rocky, the editor is nowhere to be found, Betsy refuses to believe he has perished in the fire. The entire town is coming down with the stomach flu and Betsy must deal with her husband’s new found celebrity as an on-air weatherman filling in for and under-the-weather Hurricane Hal . Leo loves all the attention he’s getting, especially from the sexy administrative assistant who works at the station. Is their new marriage in trouble already? Find out in the fifth book of the Pecan Bayou Mystery Series. All the characters you’ve come to know and love are back and you’ll find plenty of the Happy Hinter’s recipes and tips included at the end of the book.

My Review: Burnout by Teresa Trent (Pecan Bayou Series #5)


I have liked the two books of Pecan Bayou that I have read. It is a cozy mystery with characters I find interesting and sometimes funny.

Betsy now married mother of two teenagers. It is a big change for the newly blended family. She writes a newspaper column Helpful Hints. She also gets involved solving murder mysteries.

Leo is a weatherman and has been asked to fill in for a sick tv weatherman Hurricane Hal. He had one son now another one. Leo is working two jobs right now. So hardly gets to see Betsy and the boys.

Zach is 11 months younger than Tyler. He is having a hard time adjusting to a new brother and step father. He feels that Tyler is so much better than him.

Tyler is the new kid in town. He is making friends and doing well.

Rocky the newspaper owner is presumed dead in the fire of the newspaper. Rocky has made lots of people mad at him for different articles he has published. He has no family.

Betsy does not want to believe that Rocky died in the fire. She is determined to find out what he was working on and their alibi for the time of the fire.

There are a few suspects. I kept guessing wrong. Their is some other things in the story line that I did figure out early.

I really liked the scene with the woman from the beauty parlor arrive to help Betsy. It is funny picture in my mind.
I love the town of Pecan Bayou and their involvement with everyone business. The caring of different characters and their relationships to each other. The humor in the book is fun and made me smile a lot.

I would love to go back and read the other books that I have missed in Pecan Bayou series.

I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it.

Book Excerpt

An hour later, Tyler and I walked into the Harvest Dance with our arms full of every baked item we could get our hands on from the grocery store. The tables were already covered in sparkling autumn colored table cloths with tasteful pumpkin and scarecrow centerpieces. It was stunning, and I hated to plop a box of Tasteeo Cupcakes on top of it all.
Phyllis, dressed in a mustard turtleneck with a maroon silk scarf tied around her neck approached. “What is this?” Her face turned white, and then was replaced with a complimentary fall color of scarlet red.
“Uh…” I stammered. “I had a little difficulty with the pumpkin squares, but you know kids. They’ll eat anything sweet, right?”
I waited for her to reassure me, but she seemed to be at a loss for words.
“You want me to open up these boxes, Betsy?” Tyler asked.
“Yes, if you would. I’m sure Mrs. Hamlin has lovely plates for us to put these on.”
Phyllis gritted her teeth and turned toward Tyler. “There are some paper plates over there.”
She turned back to me and took hold of my arm squeezing tightly on my bicep with her tastefully manicured nails.
“I specifically told you to make the pumpkin squares. If I wanted a hodge podge of junk food I would have simply stopped down at the Circle K Convenience store.”
Another mother stepped by with her freshly groomed son in tow. “Lovely tables Phyllis,” she said with a little wave.
“Thank you Shelley. We work very hard to make it a wonderful experience for our children.” Somehow I knew she wasn’t including me in that statement.
“I tried to make the pumpkin squares, but we’ve had flu at our house, and … I lost track of time, and they burnt.”
“Then why didn’t you just make another batch?”
“There’s not a can of pumpkin left in the entire town.”
“Yes, there is. I have four cans of pumpkin in my pantry. All you had to do was call me.”
The principal walked by. “Beautiful job, Mrs. Hamlin. Don’t know what we’d do without you.”

About The Author


Teresa Trent writes her Pecan Bayou Mystery Series from Houston, Texas. With a father in the army, her family moved often finally settling in Colorado. Living in Texas for the last 18 years she loves the people and even the weather. Teresa includes Danny, a character with Down Syndrome in her Pecan Bayou family and in real life is the mother of an adult son with Down Syndrome/PDD. Creating the character of Danny and all of the other inhabitants of Pecan Bayou has been a joy for her. Even though she lives in the big city, her writing is influenced by all of the interesting people she finds in small towns and the sense of family that seems to be woven through them all.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dyed and Gone by Beth Yarnall $50 Amazon or Paypal giveaway (An Azalea March Mystery, #1)

Dyed and Gone
by Beth Yarnall

Dyed and Gone
(Azalea March Mystery)
New Cozy Series
Publisher: Entangled: Select (March 25, 2014)
Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1622661237
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Hairstylist Azalea March is looking forward to a wild weekend in Las Vegas with her friends. Oh, sure, they’re supposed to be there on business, attending the biggest hair show on the west coast, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a little fun. But fun quickly turns to drama. On the first morning of the show, Dhane, the biggest celeb of the hair-styling world, is found dead. As it urns out Azalea’s friend, Vivian, not only knew Dhane, but the tale she weaves of how they met is faker than a showgirl’s uh… assets. When Vivian confesses to the murder and is arrested, Azalea knows there’s no way she could have done it and suspects Vivian may be trying to protect someone. But who?

Azalea now has to convince Alex, the sexy detective from her past, to help her prove Vivian’s innocence and comb through clues more twisted than a spiral perm. But the truth is stranger than anything found on the Las Vegas Strip, and proving Vivian’s innocence turns out to be more difficult than transforming a brunette into a blonde.

About This Author

Best selling author, Beth Yarnall, writes romantic suspense, mysteries and the occasional hilarious tweet. A storyteller since her playground days, Beth remembers her friends asking her to make up stories of how the person ‘died’ in the slumber party game Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, so it’s little wonder she prefers writing stories in which people meet unfortunate ends. In middle school she discovered romance novels, which inspired her to write a spoof of soap operas for the school’s newspaper. She hasn’t stopped writing since.

For a number of years, Beth made her living as a hairstylist and makeup artist and co-owned a salon. Somehow hairstylists and salons always seem to find their way into her stories. Beth lives in Orange County, California with her husband, two sons, and their rescue dog where she is hard at work on her next novel.

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My Review:Dyed and Gone by Beth Yarnall


Azalea and friends make for a fun cast of characters. Even the suspects are a range of characters that keep you guessing about who might be guilty or not. Lots of drama, action and romance among the hairstylist convention in Las Vegas. It is also a clean cozy mystery.

Azalea March is a salon owner that is depressed over romance that is over before it really started. Her two friends get her to go with them to the convention. Azalea is a very curious person. She gets a invitation and room key to come up to Dhane's hotel room after only meeting him that morning.

Vivian is her partner and friend. She turns out that she knows the famous Dhane and lies to her friend how she met him. She is found in Dhane hotel room. She turns up confessing to the murder. Her boyfriend is James back home.

Juan Carlos is the other friend and hairstylist that goes to Las Vegas with Azalea, & Vivian. He is single too. Juan gets into a fight with Richard who used to work with them. They are fighting a lot.

Alex is a detective and the boyfriend that Azalea was being depressed over. He comes with James to help prove Vivian's innocent.
I like Alex and Azalea they keep each other guessing about their relationship.

Azalea does not believe her friend is a murder and she is determined to find out who is the killer. Azalea turns up everywhere and gets on Detective Kennedy's radar as a suspect.

There is a lot of humor, lots of suspects. Azalea gets into a lot of trouble. I really like the makeover she did on one of policeman.
I would like to see more of Azalea and her friends in future books.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

The Most Important Catch by Jaclyn M. Hawkes

Run or die!

She knew too much, and she’d seen too much. And the police refused to help. Knowing that she was to be the next scheduled death, Kelly Campbell hid under head to toe black leather and a tinted motorcycle helmet and ran for her life.

When the weather turned cold, she turned south. She ended up in North Carolina, home to one of the most famed and eligible NFL football stars in the whole league; only she didn’t know that. She thought he was a businessman. Not being a huge fan, all she knew was that he was incredibly attractive, kind, generous, and that she was safe with him. Or was she?

His brand of fame proved to be all but deadly, but his fame wasn’t nearly as lethal as his attraction. He kept her safe and protected. All except for her heart.

Contemporary Romance. 318 pages.
2012, Spirit Dance Books. ISBN: 978-0985164805

My Review: The Most Important Catch by Jaclyn M. Hawkes


I have been reading a lot of her books the last few days. I have liked all of them so far. It does talk a little about LDS but not preachy. Is a clean read. Has some danger and tension. I love the characters.

Kelly Campbell is a nurse. She saw too much and realized her life was on the line. She went to the police but could tell he was not going to do anything about what she saw and knew. So she faked her death is on the run.

Kelly is 23 smart and brave. Her cousin helped her with old motorcycle and what cash he had. She took no id or credit cards.
She ran out of gas in middle of the country.

Robby Robideaux loves his career but hates all the attention he gets from women for the wrong reason. He is tired of the rat race. He buys a old run down farm house not far from the city. He sees the broken down motorcycle being pushed from a young kid in leathers and helmet. He offers to give him a ride. When refused he decided to go buy a gas can of gas and take it to him.
Later he sees him taking of the helmet and her lush hair fall down.

He talks to her at restaurant and feels like he should offer her the job of caretaker. Help him get the place livable. She accepts.

Kelly has no idea who he is. She treats him like a regular person. Robby knows it cant last for long but it is refreshing to him.

I just enjoyed reading about the characters. I like how Robby p
describes his job as a wide receiver and his friend the quarterback describes his job is funny.

I will keep reading Jaclyn M. Hawkes books.
Bought this on Amazon.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Outer Edge of Heaven by Jaclyn M. Hawkes

Montana truly is heavenly. Especially a certain handsome rancher. Her parents want a clout wielding attorney, safely enthroned in an appropriately high end Mercedes sedan and a tailored business suit. She just wants to teach kindergarten. When her "all-powerful" parents actually choose her future husband, who just happens to be a divorce lawyer named Elroy, Charlie opts out and heads for Big Sky Country. After all, who marries a divorce lawyer? She and her best friend Fo, who have been buddies since the third grade, go to work on his cousin's sprawling ranch in the heart of the Montana Rockies. Filled with colorful characters of all shapes, sizes and species, including an orphaned baby pig, most of the Langston family put the fun in dysfunctional, -give or take a couple of black sheep. There's one in every family, isn't there? Add to that glorious scenery, a horse of her own, and one extremely attractive cousin rancher, Luke Langston, and it makes for a summer never to be forgotten. Which might not be a good thing. She has the time of her life, but her heart may never recover. Once again, Jaclyn M. Hawkes spins a tale filled with a deft mix of humor, romance, and tension that will leave you wishing that she'd kept on writing.
Paperback: 269 pages
Publisher: Brigham Distributing (August 3, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615517773
ISBN-13: 978-0615517773

My Review:The Outer Edge of Heaven by Jaclyn M. Hawkes


I liked the plot of this story. The humor was funny. The characters were likeable and still had faults and good points.

Charlie goes with her best friend Fo to work at his family ranch in Montana instead of going home after she graduates from collage and standing up for what she wants against her parents. Fo's relatives are surprised when his best friend since he was young is actually a girl.

Charlie wants to be a teacher someday. She is smart, talented, strong except when facing her parents. They want her to be a lawyer and have picked out her future husband Elroy. She is single and does not plan to marry a divorce lawyer her parents have chosen for her.

Luke is running his family ranch helping his father. He is surprised to find Charlie is a girl. He has to figure out where he can put her. He really says they need help with the children. Luke is engaged to be married.

Jamie is 2 years old and cute sounding little boy.
Evie and Elsa are four and five years old
Tuckett is 14 years old

Chase is the oldest. He works out a lot and chases the girls. He does as little as he can.

Chase and Luke's mother died. Tuckett's mother left his father when he was only 6. Richard's third marriage is not happy.

Charlie is strong and makes a difference with everyone. Stepping into help with the little ones. Just like Luke asked for help. If only she can stand up to her parents.

These characters have real problems that a lot of people are facing. Dealing with moral problems, stalkers, teens smoking, unwed pregnancy.

I like reading Jaclyn M. Hawkes books and will continue reading them.

For Joey: A love story (The Rockland Ranch Series) by Jaclyn M. Hawkes

He didn’t mean to mislead her.
She didn’t mean to fall in love with him.
Joey Rockland is the only sister among 6 brothers on the sprawling Rockland Ranch. Leggy, beautiful, and the best darn exotic sports car mechanic in the whole valley, Joey has lots of male admirers, but no one who actually makes her feel emotional fireworks—until an intriguing and hunky Easterner shows up.
Burnt out with high society, lonely, and mourning his father’s recent death, when New York banking tycoon Michael Morgan accepts a friend’s offer to use his remote ranch house in Wyoming, he has no idea what he’s getting himself into.
Thinking he will lick his wounds alone and unknown out west, Michael is surprised when even though he doesn’t tell anyone who or what he is, he’s cheerfully swallowed up into the huge Rockland family. Their world of brown eggs, homemade bread, anonymous acts of service, and unlocked doors is like a foreign country to him sometimes. Still, their slightly boisterous, yet always entertaining welcome is exactly what his thrashed spirit needs.
Now if he can just make Joey realize that he’s exactly what she needs as well.

My Review: For Joey: A love story (The Rockland Ranch Series)


I really like this series of romances. Love the characters both the old and the new ones. Love the family closeness to each other, love the scenery. That it is a good clean read that you don't want to put down.

Did not like how all of a sudden Joey lost her confidence for so long. It just did not seem real to me. Maybe it was because she was feeling pain and trapped.

Joey loves cars. even wants to design safer cars. She works on the family ranch. She is the only girl with 7 brothers. She has lots of guys wanting to marry her but she is holding out for love. One is a famous singer, one a doctor. She is talented, beautiful, kind and caring. She sees Michael in trouble and wants to help him.

Michael Morgan is a strong character. His father just died and he is morning. He gets out of town and stays at a friends house he just received. Michael is finding out that small town is a lot different than New York City. He is a banker, writes music and is rich.

Joey and her mom want to help Michael heal. They offer food, company and animals to help. In fact her whole family befriend him.

Michael actually knows two of the women that have married into the Rockland family. They know more about him in different ways, and keep his secrets.

Does talk about prayer, That their is life after death. That they believe in a heaven.

I bought this story from Amazon and have another couple of her books to read. I like Jaclyn M. Hawkes
I have read a few of her books and have enjoyed them. You can find my other reviews below.

Once Enchanted A love story (Rockland Ranch Series) by Jaclyn M. Hawkes 4 STARS

Peace River (Rockland Ranch Series) by Jaclyn Hawkes 5 stars

Above Rubies (Rockland Ranch) by Jaclyn M. Hawkes 5 STARS

Warrior's Moon by Jaclyn M. Hawkes 5 STARS

Once Enchanted A love story (Rockland Ranch Series) by Jaclyn M. Hawkes

What happened to her fairytale life? She's young, she's sharp, she's the hardest working attorney in the whole LA office. Still, when Alexis O'Brien finally gets brutally honest with herself, she has to admit she's nothing more than a glorified workhorse for her boss and his slippery partners. Her dissatisfaction only deepens when she gets sent on a wild goose chase to rural Wyoming to find some elusive gifted architect for a project she thinks is corrupt. Then she meets Sean Rockland. The antithesis of the effeminate manicured types she's used to at work, with his muscles fairly rippling under his button down, Sean ticks her off from the very first moment she lays eyes on him as he's recuing her from car trouble-which only makes him laugh. Of course that doesn't help. Sean has this way of calmly logically encouraging her to face her issues that makes her even madder. Why does he always have to be right? Why is she drawn to him anyway? What's up with all these crazy fairies appearing? And why can't she find the darned missing architect? When her spitfire meets his steel sparks begin to fly! Watch for more of the Rockland Ranch series! You really can't go wrong with any Jaclyn M. Hawkes' book you pick up!" Cathy G.
Series: Rockland Ranch Series

Paperback: 332 pages
Publisher: Spirit Dance Books; 1 edition (August 26, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0985164859
ISBN-13: 978-0985164850

My Review: Once Enchanted A Love Story


I really like this series. I love the characters, the settings, the humor, clean reads.

Once Enchanted A Love Story is the third book in the Rockland Ranch. In this book we get to know more about Sean Rockland. He is a talented Architect. He is only willing to work with certain people. If he does not like their ethics he won't work with them. He is single.

Alexis O'Brien is a attorney who works in LA. One of her bosses sends her to Wyoming to find Sean Rockland but she does not know his name just the company name. Alexis is out of place in Wyoming. Her cell phone does not work in most spots. She can't find the mystery Architect. She is the third person her boss has sent out to find him.

One of the first person she meets is Sean and they get off to a bad start. She thinks he works for a towing service. Because their is no hotel around Sean's mother offers her a place to stay while her car is being fixed. Even lends her a car.

Alexis is going everywhere she can think of to find him. Everyone promises they will pass on her card and tell Sean about her. They also chuckle when they find out she is staying at Rockland Ranch.

This does have LDS beliefs and talks about prayer.

I have read a few of her books and have enjoyed them. You can find my other reviews below.

Peace River (Rockland Ranch Series) by Jaclyn Hawkes 5 stars

Above Rubies (Rockland Ranch) by Jaclyn M. Hawkes 5 STARS

Warrior's Moon by Jaclyn M. Hawkes 5 STARS

Author Jaclyn M. Hawkes

Jaclyn M. Hawkes grew up in Utah with 6 sisters, 4 brothers and any number of pets. (It was never boring!) She got a bachelor’s degree, had a career and traveled extensively before settling down to her life’s work of being the mother of four magnificent and sometimes challenging children. She loves shellfish, the out of doors, the youth and hearing her children laugh. She and her fine husband, their family, and their sometimes very large pets, now live in a mountain valley in northern Utah, where it smells like heaven and kids still move sprinkler pipe.