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Giveaway: Deadly Errors by Allen Wyler

[ 10 ] August 18, 2014

DeadlyErrorsTo celebrate the release of Allen Wyler’s Deadly Errors, I have a copy to give away!

Open to US residents only

About the book

A comatose man is given a fatal dose of insulin in the emergency room, even though he isn’t diabetic. An ulcer patient dies of shock after receiving a transfusion of the wrong blood type. A recovering heart patient receives a double dose of medication and suffers a fatal heart attack.

Brain surgeon Dr. Tyler Matthews suspects that something is seriously wrong with the hospital’s new Med-InDx computerized medical record system. But he doesn’t suspect that there’s something murderously wrong with it.

As Matthews begins to peel back the layers of deception that cover the deadly errors, he crosses powerful corporate interests who aren?t about to let their multi-billion dollar medical record profits evaporate. Now a target, Matthews finds himself trapped in a maze of deadly conspiracy, with his career, his marriage, and his very life on the line.

Once again, Wyler blends his unparalleled expertise as a world class surgeon with his uncanny knack for suspense to create a true best-of-breed medical thriller. Deadly Errors is a lightning-quick action procedural that is destined to win new fans to the medical thriller genre.

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Giveaway: Good Chinese Wife by Susan Blumberg-Kason

[ 15 ] August 11, 2014

Good-Chinese-Wife-CoverI have a copy of Good Chinese Wife by Susan Blumberg-Kason to give away!

Open to US residents only

About the book

The clash between an American woman’s ideals and her struggle to the perfect, traditional Chinese wife is at the center of a riveting new memoir, Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair with China Gone Wrong.

When Susan Blumberg-Kason met Cai during grad school in Hong Kong, she thought she had found the man of her dreams. Long enchanted with Chinese culture, Blumberg-Kason believed her intercultural marriage would play out like an exotic fairy tale.

Instead, it quickly turned into a nightmare.

Good Chinese Wife examines the values of marriage and family in contemporary China and America, and highlights one women’s journey of reclaiming her identity for the sake of her son’s future.

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Giveaway: Bed, Bath and Beyond Gift Card

[ 4 ] August 11, 2014


In honor of her July debut, Find My Way Home, Michele Summers is channeling her interior designing main character, Bertie Anderson, and giving away one $25 Bed, Bath and Beyond gift card to a lucky fan!

About the book

She’s just the kind of drama

Interior designer Bertie Anderson has big dreams for her career, and they don’t include being stuck in her hometown of Harmony, North Carolina. One last client, and Bertie is packing up her high heels and heading for her dream job in Atlanta. But her plans are derailed by the gorgeous new owner of that big old Victorian she’s always wanted to renovate…

He’s vowed to avoid

For retired tennis pro Keith Morgan, Harmony is a far cry from fast-paced Miami—which is exactly the point. Keith is starting a new life for himself and his daughter Maddie, and he’s left the bright lights and hot women far behind. Bertie’s exactly the kind of curvaceous temptation he doesn’t need, and Keith refuses to let their sizzling attraction distract him from his goals. Keith and Bertie both have to learn that there’s more than one kind of escape, and it takes more than wallpaper to turn a house into a home.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Tempesta’s Dream by Vincent B. LoCoco

[ 8 ] July 21, 2014

Tempesta's DreamPlease join Vincent B. “Chip” LoCoco, author of Tempesta’s Dream, as he tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy below – open to US and Canada residents only

Reviewed by Lauren Cannavino

In the city of Milan, opera is life to twenty-five year old Giovanni Tempesta. Born to poor, Sicilian parents, Giovanni does not have the financial means nor the formal musical training to extend his love of the opera to much beyond singing part-time at Angelo’s, a local restaurant, that is close to the famous opera house La Scala. Giovanni’s love of music, his vast knowledge of the operatic greats and even his striking tenor singing voice, were all passed down from his beloved father Franco who died in a car accident. With a passionate wish to honor his father, as well as his own dreams, Giovanni dreams of one day singing himself at the historic La Scala. As friends, family, potential benefactors and music teachers continue to shoot down his dreams; Giovanni soon feels he will never fulfill his passion.

One Saturday night singing at Angelo’s, Giovanni soon finds his attention drawn to a beautiful young lady in the audience. Isabella is the eighteen-year old daughter of a prominent, wealthy judge, who forbids his daughter to speak to or see Giovanni due to his social rank. As Isabella and Giovanni realize their connection, he soon also realizes that he must do anything that he can to make his dreams a reality in order to be accepted by Isabella’s family and win her love. After entering the local retirement home Casa di Riposo that is exclusively for musicians and performers, Giovanni meets Signor Alfredo del Monte who agrees to teach and coach him in exchange for only his company and to share their love of opera. Alfredo also asks Giovanni to place him front row at La Scala when he makes it as an opera singer. Giovanni’s progress and failures rise and fall as his adulthood progresses and throughout it all, he continues to grow. There is an unspoken theme of the importance of relationships and the lessons that can be learned from every interaction. The love and hardships that Giovanni endures with Isabella, his family, himself and opera all manage to strike a chord on an emotional level that makes the reader want nothing more than for him to be happy and successful.

The use of operatic arias, essentially the lyrics, throughout the story and blended into the dialogue is a powerful creative tool used by Vincent B. LoCoco. These passages are used to share his love and knowledge of opera and add a higher level of dimension to the conversations in the story. LoCoco’s Giovanni is a careful, dedicated dreamer, a character that faces the odds stacked against him and yet still manages to keep his head up, remain noble and follow his heart. Tempesta’s Dream is a joyous story of art, opera, dedication and love.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Lauren Cannavino is a graduate student, freelance writer, wine lover, and avid reader. Random musings can be found over at

Review and giveaway copies were provided by Vincent B. LoCoco. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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Giveaway: The Songbird of Sovereign by Jennifer Wixson

[ 9 ] July 19, 2014

Sovereign Series notecard pic by Sally B 2-14Luxury Reading is kicking off The Songbird of Sovereign blog tour and hosting a fabulous giveaway, courtesy of the author Jennifer Wixson! 

5 winners will receive a copy of the book and 2 grand prize winners will also get packages of the Sovereign Series note cardsOpen to US residents only

About the series

Four novels (and a companion cookbook) about rural love and friendship in the tradition of Sarah Orne Jewett penned by Maine farmer and author Jennifer Wixson. The books are set in the mythical town of Sovereign, Maine (pop. 1,048) where eccentric and lovable characters weave in and out like good friends dropping in for a cup of tea.

Popular residents of Sovereign include the retired music teacher Miss Hastings and the old chicken farmer Wendell Russell. Each book is a stand-alone novel that features a feisty leading lady complete with her own challenges, mischances, and loves. The novels have been compared by readers and reviewers to the classic tales of Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables) and Betty MacDonald’s book (The Egg and I).

Get lost in this picturesque town of rolling pastures, vernal pools, and pine-scented woods whether while sharing a picnic at the Millett Rock or picking fiddleheads beside Black Brook. Come visit Sovereign–the doors are always open (and unlocked). But be careful; you might never want to leave!

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Queen’s Exiles by Barbara Kyle

[ 23 ] July 16, 2014

The Queens ExilesPlease join Barbara Kyle, author of The Queen’s Exiles, as she tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy below – open to US and Canada residents only

Reviewed by Colleen Turner

Have you ever found a book series that had you devouring each book as they came out, simultaneously saddened when the current book is over and newly excited to see where the next book will take the characters? Well after reading Barbara Kyle’s last book in her Thornleigh saga, Blood Between Queens, I knew I had found just that. I went back and listened to the audiobook version of the first book in the series and purchased the rest of the series to get caught up with the actions of the Thornleigh family as they navigated the twisted labyrinth that was the Tudor court. Ms. Kyle’s newest book in the series, The Queen’s Exiles, picks up in 1572, three years after the action in Blood Between Queens and, just like its predecessor, takes off running and never slows down.

Venturing away from England into the wild open sea and onto the turbulent and dangerous lands of the Spanish-occupied Netherlands, The Queen’s Exiles shines a light on Fenella Doorn, a Scottish born woman running her own ship-refitting business on the island of Sark, making her own way in life after her husband was killed by Spanish invaders. When Adam Thornleigh, a man she helped rescue eleven years previously and one she has never been able to forget, sails into Sark’s harbor she is instantly drawn into his quest to not only work as Queen Elizabeth’s agent on the high seas but to get back his children from his traitorous Catholic wife, Frances, who has been in hiding since her failed attempt to kill the Protestant Queen of England. Their journey is dangerous and filled with endless surprises, people they believed to be dead found alive and some of those they have long had at their side meeting their final end. As they both work to rescue their loved ones from the clutches of the tyrannical Duke of Alba, a man slaughtering the Dutch in the name of his faith and his Spanish King, they will find themselves falling in love in a world that wants nothing more than to keep them apart. Fighting between what they want and what is right, both will make tremendous sacrifices in the name of love.

Intertwined with the story involving Fenella, Adam and Frances is that of Adam’s sister, Isabel and her husband Carlos Valverde, a man longing for his home in England but having to work for the Duke of Alba in order to make enough money to be able to return to England and pay off his debts. These characters, like the others mentioned, have all been introduced in previous books in the series and it is fascinating watching them all try to untangle themselves from the various destructive webs they find themselves in, some of which have been twisting around them for a number of books. Mixed in with these established characters are some new and fascinating ones such as those in the groups The Sea Beggars and the Brethren, men and women all putting their lives on the line to push out the Spanish in the name of William, the Prince of Orange. The action and sacrifice is constant and Ms. Kyle does not shy away from placing the reader at the heart of the violence and adventure. But as in real life the determination and willingness of each character to give everything for what they believe in makes their triumphs that much sweeter and, for those that are not successful, their sacrifices that much more heartbreaking.

Barbara Kyle’s Thornleigh Saga is enthralling and each book draws the reader deeper and deeper into the lives and worlds of her characters, all against the backdrop of the very real and exhilarating history surrounding them. I for one cannot get enough of these books and am once again anxiously waiting to see how Ms. Kyle continues the many dangling threads of storyline in her next book.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Colleen lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband, son, their dog Oliver and their fish Finn. When not working or taking care of her family she has her nose stuck in a book (and, let’s face it, often when she is working or taking care of her family as well). Nothing excites her more than discovering a new author to obsess over or a hidden jewel of a book to worship.

Review and giveaway copies were provided by Kensington Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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