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The Forbidden Duke, a review

The Forbidden Duke by Darcy Burke Narrated by Marian Hussey

Second chances at a happy ever after don’t come around every day. For spinster Miss Eleanor Lockhart, suddenly homeless and in need of a situation, it is like a fairy tale come true when her new employer decides to re-launch her into society. Eleanor lost her chance for happiness as a young girl when a rogue ruined her and left her to take the brunt of society’s punishment. Ten years later, the leader of the gang of rakes and rogues, now reformed, has been commissioned by his stepmother to assist Eleanor in becoming the angel of the ton.

Titus St. John, Duke of Kendal, is the Forbidden Duke. After years of debauchery, he changed to become the man his father would be proud of, unfortunately, it was too late for Miss Eleanor’s reputation. What started out as a favor for his beloved stepmother quickly turns to something more. Who is saving whom in this lovely Cinderella story of second chances?

Darcy Burke does an excellent job of showing weakness without making her characters weak. We all have our flaws, but we do not have to be defined by them. This was definitely a story I would listen to over and over again, and a series I want to read in its entirety.  

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Review of Project Duchess

Project Duchess by Sabrina Jeffries, Narrated by Beverley A Crick

Grey, the duke of Greycourt avoids his aunt’s machinations to marry his cousin with the death of his stepfather. His oft widowed mother has summoned him and while reluctant to be around family, it is preferable than to be once again at the mercy of his aunt.

Grey doesn’t trust society, but he has no solace with his family. Estranged for years, he holds everyone at bay with his arrogance. Confronted with a woman who has suffered a similar past, is outspoken and spirited he finds himself attracted despite suspecting her of being involved in his stepfather’s murder.

Beatrice Wolfe embraces Grey’s family as her own. An orphan at the mercy of her lascivious uncle, she finds refuge with Grey’s mother and stepsiblings.

When his brother asks him to help discover who killed his father, Grey agrees to investigate Beatrice under the guise of helping his mother prepare her to make her society debut.

Neither believes themselves capable of receiving love and are reluctant to allow themselves to fall, but they fall hard for each other. Can they overcome the difficulties facing them as others threaten to steal their chance at happiness?

Sabrina Jeffries is one of my favorite authors, even as she deals with some difficult subjects, she brings her readers into the light with hope. This series appears to have an ongoing mystery with each of the duchess’ children finding love while trying to discover what may have happened with their fathers. I look forward to reading or listening to each book. If you like strong characters, especially strong female characters then you will fall in love with Ms Jeffries’ books. This one was one of her bests.

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An Easy Death

by Charlain Harris Narrated by Eva Kaminsky

Gunnie Rose is the lone survivor after her team is ambushed. Alone, she manages to fulfill her duties and return home only to find one more task waiting for her.

In a world where the US collapsed following the assignation of FDR in 1930 and divided up between warring factions. Lizbeth Rose becomes a hired gun in the western territory of Texoma.

When she is hired to be a guide and bodyguard to a couple of Wizards from the Russian controlled west coast, she signs on, only to learn more about why they are hunting Alex Karkarov. KarKarov is dead, Gunnie Rose killed him. He raped her mother, fathering a child, when they the magicians learn he is dead, they decide to look for his daughter, Lisbeth’s half-sister.

Trusting the wizards doesn’t come easy for Gunnie Rose, especially with the history of her own conception but when bullets and magic are flying, you have to trust someone. As their enemies’ numbers swell, it seems none of them will make it out alive, but a sorcerer is no match for a gun’s bullet.

Is it magic or her skill with a gun that brings Lizbeth Rose back to Texoma? Perhaps, she is her father’s daughter after all?

An excellent story of a woman who does what she has to do to survive and takes her happiness where she can. Charlain Harris has a way of creating a world we believe possible and characters who thrive there.

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Review from Author of Sarah the Bold

My author-friend, Eileen Lettick writes strong, realistic characters. Even though she writes mostly grade-school adventures, she reads widely and it is a great honor to have her review my novel White Gold.

Welcome to my blog, Eileen Lettick. To my readers, if you are looking for a great read for children 8 to 13, or if like me, you enjoy middle-grade fiction with strong characters and a unique adventure, check out Eileen’s Sarah the Bold.

The town of Leeward, North Carolina has an eclectic cast of residents, but none so charming and fun-loving as Dana Windley, a hopelessly romantic, curvaceous biracial woman, who, as the owner of Cupid’s Zone, a matchmaking service, is constantly in search of love and “Mr. Right” for herself and others.

When Dana realizes there has been a security breach into her Cupid Zone database, she teams up with her friendly and sexy NC Investigative Agent, Jake Monroe. The closer the investigation gets, the stronger the attraction between the twosome.Should they give in to their desires, or keep it on a strictly professional basis? Both of them fear the prospects of emotional hurt.

When on the surface the breach seems to be simply a security breach, more disjointed clues surface and lead to the very strong possibility of a young girl sex trafficking ring with a very close connection to Dana and the people she cares most about.

In Hollister’s “true grit” style, she weaves the steamy tale of a strong woman seeking romance on her own terms yet carefully protecting her heart and doggedly defending her hometown against the monster responsible for terrorizing young women. Salted with humor, steamy scenes of passion, a strong sense of place, all wound into an intriguing plot with a satisfying conclusion, White Gold has Hollister’s fingerprints all over it. I strongly recommend the book as a seductive, page-turning read to those looking for a thriller peppered with romance.

Eileen Lettick

Author of Sarah the Bold,  middle-grade historical, time-travel adventure

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Drawing Tomorrow Night

Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to write a review for Chrome Pink and White Gold. As an independently published author, I depend on readers’ review to get the word out about my books. I have been blessed with a great group of readers who support my dream of being an author. To thank you for that support, I will draw one name from those who have published a review on Amazon, Goodreads or Bookbub, or have mentioned my books on their website or social media. There’s still time, if you post a review don’t forget to tag me so I can add your name to the drawing for a charm bracelet and jewelry box. 

The winner of the charm bracelet and jewelry box is…Brenda Mayo Jones! Brenda is a local hero. She is an EMT. I am thrilled that she likes my books. Thanks Brenda for reading and reviewing my books. I hope you enjoy your bracelet.

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Let’s Play a Game

Questions I used for my book signing. How many questions can you answer? You could win prizes. Just post your answers on Facebook and Twitter, the ones who answer the most will be put into a drawing. Don’t forget the drawing for the charm bracelet December 2nd, all you have to do is leave a review. You can leave one on Amazon (even if you didn’t buy the book there), Book Bub and Goodreads. I’ll put your name in the hat as often as you post a review. I’ll even count it if you put it on your personal social media, just don’t forget to tag me. 

  1. In White Gold, who do you think is pregnant?
  2. Who is Dana’s mother, Ms. Sandy seeing?
  3. What is the name of Dana’s dating club?
  4. What is the name of the town where the stories take place?
  5. What was Agent Jake Monroe’s alias in Chrome Pink?
  6. What did the girls call their group of friends in middle school?
  7. Who owns the Lee Creek Mine?
  8. Who took the picture used on the cover of White Gold?
  9. Rae’s mother’s name?
  10. What is the name of the cafe?
  11. Who owns the café?
  12. The names of Leeward’s Police Officers? (2)
  13. What’s the computer guy’s name?
  14. Logan’s mother’s name?
  15. Where did the title Chrome Pink come from?
  16. Where did Logan and Rae first meet?
  17. What was the name of the bar in Chrome Pink?
  18. What did Rae like to do to unwind besides drink? (4)
  19. How did Rae save the fishing camp?
  20. What was Todd’s wife’s name?
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Drawing for Review

As a thank you to all those who have supported me and leave a review, I will be doing a drawing December 2nd for the charm bracelet and jewelry box I made. Anyone who does a review for White Gold or Chrome Pink is eligible. Just message me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook Messenger and let me know your review has gone live and where, then I will put your name in the jar for the drawing. If you do multiple reviews, your name will be added as many times.

Where can you put your reviews? Amazon, Goodreads, Book Bub, on your social media sites. Anywhere other people might read them and choose to try out my books. As an independently published author I need you guys to help get the word out. I am so blessed to have such great friends and family who support my dream of being a published author.

I don’t want to be rich or famous, okay, maybe a little bit rich would be nice. I just want people to read my books. Thank you for your support.

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Celebrating My First Novel

Seeing my novel on Amazon for the first time was like seeing your child after a long trip. I’m so excited and a bit overwhelmed.

In celebration I’d like to host a drawing. I will give away a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. All you have to do to win is post a review of my new book, Chrome Pink by S L Hollister. You can post it on Amazon, Bookbub or Goodreads, then copy it and send it to me via email at I will have one of grandchildren pull a name from bowl and contact the winner. We will draw the winner on December 26th.

Thank you for celebrating with me the launch of my first novel!