Blog Tour – The Recovery of Catherine Brodie

Today I’m delighted to welcome my fellow writer (and Leeds signing author) Grace Harper to my blog. Grace’s latest release is The Recovery of Catherine Brodie, the follow up to The Disappearance of Catherine Brodie. A dark and emotional read, these stories will grab you from the first page. Scroll down to read some more!

 

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The Recovery of Catherine Brodie is the second book in the Catherine Brodie Chronicles.

A romantic suspense story chronicling Catherine’s life after she made a fatal mistake. The four books span a decade telling the story of how she comes to terms with her new life. The friends and enemies she makes along the way. Will she ever find absolution?

Book 1, The Disappearance of Catherine Brodie is at half price until 17th February, so if you want to start the series, now’s a good time. It’s available on all platforms.

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The Introductory price for The Disappearance of Catherine Brodie is also at half price on all platforms, here are the links:

Amazon: myBook.to/TROCB
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1VoJJ2o
B&N: http://bit.ly/1OWAAub
iBooks: https://itun.es/gb/MPtlab.l

You can also add it to your TBR list on Goodreads here: http://bit.ly/1LaJwKl

Synopsis:

“…’Do you love me yet?’ Alex said, hoping the answer was yes…”

The Recovery of Catherine Brodie starts four years after Erin’s confrontation in the cellar of Green’s. Alexander Devlin wants his band to perform at Green’s and writes a begging email. Erin relents and says yes, even though it goes against all her rules.

Erin continues to put her past behind her, but like every bad penny, they always turn up.

Erin Brodie has made a success of her music venue and it’s the most sought after place in the country for non-signed artists to perform. Alexander Devlin is the guitarist from the rock band Fragile, they are at the top of their game and are just about to release their final album.

Erin drops her guard and so her courtship with Alex begins, but it comes at a price. Erin has enemies and, this time, they have upped their game. This time, her life is in jeopardy and it takes all of her friends to race to find her.

This time, they might just be too late…

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Author Bio

Grace Harper is a British author who loves to write about strong women and the friends and lovers who make them stronger. She adores writing steamy scenes of first encounters and there is always a little twist along the way.

When Grace is not writing, she can be found mooching about in stationery stores, dreaming up tattoo designs or teasing her friends until everyone is in fits of giggles. Grace might have a Maltesers addiction but is not ready to stand up and own that just yet.

If you want to get in touch, please do, Grace is pretty laid back and friendly.

Twitter: @authorgharper / Tsu: @graceharper / Instagram: @authorgraceharper /

Email: authorgraceharper@gmail.com / Facbook: Grace Harper, author

Release Day and Review – Austin by S.L. Scott (From the Inside Out)

 

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Ever since that fateful day, I became an expert at avoidance.

Avoiding attachments. Avoiding relationships. Avoiding love. 

My company became my constant, the only companion I needed… until a chance encounter with Jules Weston. I met her at a most vulnerable moment. Despite the tears that streaked her face, I fell in love the first time I ever laid eyes on her. I needed her in my life.

She was broken, but I knew I could heal her. I would wait until she let me into her heart, allowing me to love her. And maybe, just maybe, one day she could heal me too.




 
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I’ve loved everything about S.L. Scott’s From the Inside Out series. The premise alone is enough to get me excited. A series of four books about Juliet, Dylan and Austin, with a chance to choose the ending you want. It’s not just a series, it’s an event, and one that everybody should be part of.
Because I don’t want to spoil the story for you, my review is going to be deliberately vague. The set up of the four books is this; Jude is a girl who has been hardened by lost love, still bitter three years after her college sweetheart, Dylan, left her, taking nearly everything they owned except for a shiny coffee machine. He never told her why, he never gave her any closure, leaving her wondering what went wrong and unable to move forward in life.
Three years later, she bumps into Dylan again, and though she’s angry with him, the spark still remains. At the same time, she starts to see Austin–a client of her business and a rich, succesful businessman. But with her heart torn in two, who will she choose?
The answer is; whoever you want her to choose. That’s the beauty of the series, you get to go with whichever hero you prefer. I loved Austin–he was gorgeous, succesful and truly in love with Jude, so I’m completely team Austin. But there are Dylan supporters too–and they’re just as vocal about their hero, loving his bad-boy edginess, and the second chance they both have in love.
So there you have it, not only are the four books a wonderful read, they’re also the chance to have the author go the way you want her to. And if you’re in the middle, why not buy them both? 

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S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures. 

Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.

Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys. 

Her novels include Naturally, Charlie, Good Vibrations, and A Prior Engagement.

She welcomes your notes at sl@slscottauthor.com.

 
 
 
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Review – Certainty of Deception by Jeanne McDonald

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The Certainty of Deception by Jeanne McDonald is the second in the series, the follow up to The Truth in Lies, which was released in 2013. In the first book, we met Drew and McKenzie, and watched them fall in love despite the complications in their lives, and the fact that Drew’s girlfriend (Olivia) was McKenzie’s best friend.

The second book picks up where the first left off. Drew has been blindsided by Olivia’s announcement that she’s pregnant with his child, and McKenzie flees to her home state of Texas in order to escape the pain. As far as she knows, Drew is going to get back with Olivia and raise their baby, because that’s exactly what Olivia wants her to think.

As always, Jeanne’s prose is beautiful. Descriptive without being flowery, it sets the scene perfectly, making me almost taste the salty ozone off the Gulf of Mexico, and hear the lap of the waves as they creep up the beach. Her characters, too, are real and fleshed out, and I found myself falling once again for Drew, as we learned about the pain of his past and his desperate hope for the future.

McKenzie, too, has her own path to tred. Her friendship with Olivia blinds her to certain truths, and the title of the book has never been more apt than the way Olivia tries to blindside them all with her connivance. I found myself rooting for both McKenzie and Drew, desperate for them to get back together, to show Olivia that she couldn’t step in the path of true love.

Without giving away any spoilers, this is the second in a trilogy, so not all ends are neatly tied by the finish of the book. But that really didn’t matter, because I’m desperate for more of Mickie and Drew, and can’t wait for the third book to come out.

Five well-deserved stars to this hugely enjoyable book.

Author: Jeanne McDonald
Title: The Certainty of Deception (The Truth in Lies Saga #2)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Jada D’Lee Designs
Release Date: July 8, 2014
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Summary:
After years of living in the darkness of his past, Andrew Wise, a young attorney working for his family’s law firm in Sarasota, Florida, has finally broken free of the demons that haunt him.  Wealth, success, happiness, and true love; everything a man could ever dream of, was right at his fingertips.  Or so he thought.  But in the blink of an eye, all of that changed.  Upon discovering that his ex-girlfriend, Olivia Hamilton, was pregnant, Drew fell back into some old habits, which led to him losing the one person that mattered the most in his life – McKenzie Evans.
When McKenzie left him and returned to Texas, Drew was beside himself.  The night before she left, he made an agreement with her best friend Jared Christopher, that he would give her time and space to come to grips with the fact that he’d fathered her best friend’s child.  Now, two months later, he feels as though he held up his end of the bargain, Drew can’t take their separation any longer.   With his
brother’s wedding mere weeks away, Drew devises a plan to win McKenzie back.
Under the guise of a bachelor getaway for Gavin, Drew, along with his brother and Jared, jets off on an adventure to the panhandle of Texas.  There, he will learn what made McKenzie who she is and will find strength within himself that he never realized existed. 
In this charming sequel to The Truth in Lies, Drew and McKenzie discover that not everything is as it seems, forgiveness is a matter of acceptance, and true love really can conquer all.
Excerpt:
“Evans’ Bodyworks, McKenzie speaking,” her sweet voice serenaded me like a siren’s song.
The wind pushed from my chest in the most orgasmic of ways.
I closed my eyes and allowed the intense rush of relief blow from my chest.  For the last two months, I’d called her office just to hear her voice.  She’d changed her cell phone number to an Amarillo number after leaving, but Evans’ Bodyworks was a listed number.  As per my agreement with Jared, I never said a word.  I simply listened to her until she hung up.
“Hello?”  I shivered with delight at the sweet timbre of her tone.
Since her departure, I’d taken up sending her flowers every Monday, simply to brighten her week. The phone call was to brighten mine.
“Hello?  Anybody there?”
Oh, God, that Southern drawl.  She’d commented several times about how much she hated her accent.  “I sound like a backwoods hick,” she’d
complained.  She didn’t sound like a hick to me.  On the contrary, I could’ve listened to her talk all day long if given the chance. 
Drops of rain splattered to the ground.  I looked up at the sky.  It appeared the sun was going to lose the battle of the clouds after all.  Not that I minded, I loved the rain.  The rain held a sentimental value to me.  It was a rainy night where I first made love to McKenzie.  Rain was a good thing.  It brought life and in my case, it brought love.
I closed my eyes to recall the smell of her skin mixed with the rain.  Shadows of her danced in the recesses of my mind.  I swallowed hard, thinking of how it felt to have her smooth skin pressed against mine.  Every minor detail displayed with vivid accuracy in my consciousness.  Her shimmering blue eyes sparkled, her playful smile, and the way her golden hair fell in front of her face when it was wet.
“Andy?  Is that you?” she whispered.
Tha-thump.
My heart skipped a beat at the sound of that nickname on such beautiful lips.  Only Mickie was allowed to call me that.  Just because my name was Andrew, didn’t mean people should call me Andy. Andrew or Drew was fine with me, but never Andy.  That was my twin sister’s nickname, after all.
I sprang to my feet in a single bound, and looked around the beach.  It was still fairly empty.  Just a few runners making their way to their cars before the rain picked up.
“I guess not,” she faltered.
The sadness in her voice chipped away another piece of my mangled heart.  She missed me.  The evidence was there in the sound of her voice.  Fine, the evidence was hearsay, but this wasn’t a court of law, so it was admissible. She called me by name, hoping it was me on the other end of the line.
This was what I’d been waiting for.  I needed to know that she missed me too, that I wasn’t alone in my heartache.  I wanted to reveal myself, but I feared it would ruin my upcoming plans.  Only one person knew what I was about to do and that was because he was intricate to my plans.  All I needed was for Jared or Gavin to get wind of my trip to Amarillo.  There was no doubt in my mind that they’d try to stop me. So, instead of acting on instinct, I sat there like a fool, listening to her breathe.
Click.
The phone went silent.
For several seconds I stood, unmoving.  She had spoken to me.  To hear her call me by name was an answer to my prayers.  It only solidified my
decision to get off of my ass and fly to Texas. I’d waited like Jared and Gavin demanded.  Two long, miserable months, I’d waited.  Not a single drop of liquor had touched my lips since that night, no matter how bad I wanted a drink.  I’d been patient, keeping my distance, well, in a way.  Sure, the flowers didn’t equate to distance, but she hadn’t told Jared about them as far as I knew.  I was sure if she had, I’d never hear the end of it.  So, to me, that was a signal that she wasn’t over me any more than I was her. They were lucky I’d lasted this long. Patience was not one of my virtues. The time had come, and I was getting my girl back.
My mind released me from its temporary prison, allowing my heart to say what it needed to say.  “I miss you,” I whispered, breathless.
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About the Author:
Jeanne McDonald began telling stories at the ripe young age of five, when her mother considered the truth to be a lie due to her extensive embellishment to the retelling of an event.  She wrote her first short story when she was twelve years old, and at the age of sixteen she tried her hand at poetry.  She reconnected with her love for writing in 2010 thanks to the encouragement of a dear friend.
Her passions include a “mild” Starbucks addiction, music, reading, quotes, movies, and romance.  When she’s not spending time with her family, she can be found reading, writing, chatting with her friends or diligently working toward her bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology.  A proud Texan, Jeanne currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her family.
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