People Of Dirt By C. C. Hogan

Cover of People of Dirt by C. C. Hogan. I loved this book too. People of Dirt is even better than Dragons of Dirt.

I laughed. I cried. I did NOT want the book to end.

You will cry reading this one. If you don’t like to cry when reading, then don’t even bother with this one, because it IS GONNA HAPPEN!

I got mad about that too. Wanted to go find Mr. Hogan and kick his butt up and down the street, and around the block.  I got over that. Mostly. I mean really, you can’t have a war and no one dies. It just doesn’t happen so if you gonna read about war, you best be prepared to mourn.

There is a lot of fighting in this book. There are bad people who just DO NOT want the world to be a better place. Plenty of them in this story. They mostly get whooped. Eventually. The story is in the getting there. Lots of interesting stuff in this one.

It is a really good read! Hard to say much about it without spoilers. So go get a copy and read it! There is an excerpt you can read here.

I’m hoping this isn’t really the end. I’m pretty sure there’s more story to be told. If he decides to tell it, I’m gonna read it.

About the book:

Don, the capital of the beautiful country of Sarn is besieged by the armies of Lefton and Tol Nalan and the icy winds that are blowing down from the north.

Preland is in the grip of the worst winter anyone can remember in hundreds of years, and from beyond the Red Mountains, a wagon train arrives, sent by the king of Wone. The people of the north are freezing to death and running of out of food. They need help, help that only the dragons can provide. But it will take hundreds of them; Mistry must send to Angyn for help.

And beyond the storms, the vile True Path are allying with Categan. When the winter is over, they will head south intent on wiping out the dragons and building their new empire.

Not for the first time, Silvi finds herself at the front, being compared to her great father, General Johnson Farthing. But can this young woman lead an army? Can she defeat this terrible foe?

People of Dirt is the dramatic finale of Dirt, series two.

About the Author:

This bit is from the Dirt website-

C.C.  Hogan is addicted to writing and loves telling stories whether that is a fantasy like Dirt, about young people in The Stink or in music and poetry.

He is a Londoner by birth and writes full time.

Find out loads more at his Blog.

This bit is from Goodreads-

One way or another I have spent far too many years playing with words; by too many I mean I am completely addicted now and can’t do anything else.

I have been in the media most of that time, cooked quite a lot of the time and played guitar some of the rest of the time.

I am medium height, not pretty and talk far too much. You will only want me round to dinner if I agree to cook it for you.

I love lovers.

Visit the website for A World Called Dirt, check it out on Goodreads too. While you are at it follow C.C. Hogan on Twitter and Facebook.

The Essential Carl Mahogany Review

Cover of The Essential Carl Mahogany. The Essential Carl Mahogany is one of the weirdest books I have ever read. Carl is a singer/songwriter from Nashville, who is living in Colorado, and is about to go on a tour to promote his latest album.

His living arrangements, travel arrangements, and lifestyle, are very strange and just get stranger. Carl is one of those people who can get themselves into trouble without trying, and seem to have no idea it is coming at them.

Some of the situations he ends up in seem a bit far-fetched, but not any more so than some stuff that makes the newspapers. At least in the South. Dunno about your neck of the woods.

It is a really good read.  It is well written, engaging, and downright funny sometimes.

About the book:

What can an award-winning Nashville singer/songwriter learn about himself by agreeing to a best-of tour in a beat up old van? If it means getting out from under the thumb of a label that considers him washed up, he’s willing to find out. At least until an ex-lover wants to come along for the ride.

Carl Mahogany’s not your average protagonist. In the practiced drawl of the aging country singer, and echoing Edward Abbey’s Henry Lightcap, Boddicker takes us across the country in an Americana-steeped journey through Mahogany’s roots. Encounters with old friends and lovers, including the Eisenhower Interstate System, a firecracker tenured professor, former bandmates, and a down-to-earth small town mechanic, shake the dust out of Mahogany’s creases to revision his life.

If a lifetime of travel, songwriting and performing equates to learning to work with the monsters inside us, The Essential Carl Mahogany is that journey. Grab a six pack, settle into the cushions, and come along for the ride.

You can buy a copy on carlmahogany.com.

 

Mind Virus By Charles Kowalski Blog Tour

Cover of Mind Virus by Charles Kowalski.I liked Mind Virus. The idea of a virus that targets people who are religious is pretty far out. I’m still not sure how that is supposed to work. It seems really far-fetched that something could kill ONLY believers. I hope no one ever actually creates something like that.

The story itself is good. It has lots of travel, trying to find where the next attack is gonna happen. The visits to Israel and Vatican City were neat. Kept me interested.

Not my usual cup of tea but pretty good.

About the book:

Robin Fox, peace-loving professor of world religions, wants only to leave his dark past as a military interrogator behind him. But when an unknown suspect tries to disperse a deadly virus in downtown Washington, Fox is unwillingly drawn back into the shadowy world of intelligence.
The FBI and CIA automatically suspect Islamic terrorists, but Fox digs deeper to discover the far more frightening truth: a global conspiracy to eradicate all religion from the face of the earth.
From Washington to Jerusalem, from Rome to London, Fox must use all his wits in a perilous race to stop a psychopathic mastermind from unleashing worldwide devastation.

You can purchase a copy on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or Literary Wanderlust.

Author Question & Answer:

What is the theme of Mind Virus?

Mainly, that the fanaticism that leads to violence can be found anywhere, whether among religious believers or nonbelievers, and the will to seek peace and understanding can also be found anywhere.

What was your favorite part of writing Mind Virus?

Following in my protagonist’s footsteps in Israel, Vatican City, and England.

Tell us about the conflict in this book. What is at stake for your characters?

There are many layers of conflict. The main one, of course, is the race to stop the villain before he can start a worldwide epidemic. There’s also the undercurrent of tension between Fox and his CIA counterpart, John Adler, and Fox’s anxiety that the more he cooperates, the deeper he’s dragged back into a chapter in his life that he wanted to keep closed forever. And to top it all off, there’s danger to the woman for whom Fox secretly harbors an impossible love.

What makes your book different from other books in your genre?

Mind Virus isn’t the typical thriller that pits the infallible West, led by the invincible United States, against the dark forces of Islam. It paints the world in more shades of gray (though perhaps not fifty!). And Fox is quite different from the standard-issue action-adventure protagonist; he’s a reluctant hero, tormented by remorse and self-doubt, who always prefers nonviolence over violence when he has a choice.

About the Author:

Promo picture of author Charles Kowalski.Charles Kowalski is almost as much a citizen of the world as his fictional character, Robin Fox, having lived abroad for over 15 years, visited over 30 countries, and studied over 10 languages. His unpublished debut novel, Mind Virus, won the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold Award and was a finalist for the Adventure Writers’ Competition, the Killer Nashville Claymore Award, and the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association literary award.

Charles currently divides his time between Japan, where he teaches English at a university, and his family home in Maine.

Mind Virus is scheduled for publication by Literary Wanderlust on July 1, 2017.

Other novels and short stories by Charles Kowalski:
“Let This Cup Pass From Me”
“Arise, My Love”
“The Evil I Do Not Mean To Do”

Charles can be found at his website, and on Facebook and Twitter.

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I received a free paperback copy to review.

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Romancing Daphne By Sarah M. Eden Review

Cover of Romancing Daphne by Sarah M. Eden.This is a good book! It is well written and the characters are very likeable. Except for one, but there is always at least one bad apple. Every family has one. If they are lucky it is only one.

It is a regency romance, but don’t let that put you off if you haven’t ever read one of those. Or even if you have and didn’t care for it. This book is good enough that you won’t really notice the historical stuff.

I liked Daphne. I used to be as shy as she is. She has more courage than I did. Not sure I could have gone to parties and actually had conversations with people, but she does a good job of it even though it scares her. I admire that.

The other characters are pretty cool too. Reading Daphne’s story, got me wondering how she got to be the Dukes ward, so I am reading Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster. Those are about her older sisters and I expect they are good too.

I’m hoping there will be more in this series. There is one more sister to write about, and a brother, and all the kids. Lots of good stories!

I hope the Duke has a daughter, they were expecting a child in this story, and watching him guard her would be even better than the way he did his sisters-in-law. Poor man will probably go nuts.

About the book:

As her first London Season looms before her, the thought of the impending social whirl fills Daphne Lancaster’s timid heart with dread. She hasn’t her sisters beauty nor their talent for conversing easily. Even her family’s enviable connections may not be enough to prevent disaster.

But Daphne’s misery turns to surprised delight when the first event of her Season brings an unexpected visitor to her door—James Tilburn, whose tender kindness stole her heart in her youth. When the handsome young gentleman expresses his desire to court her, Daphne is elated. Their feelings for each other quickly grow, and it appears that, much to Daphne s disbelief, her happily ever after is within reach.

Yet nothing is as it seems. The couple finds themselves caught in a tangled web of greed and deceit, leaving James and Daphne to determine whether they are willing to risk everything for true love.

About the Author:

Author Sarah M. Eden.

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Save Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today Bestselling author of witty and charming historical romances, including AML’s “2013 Novel of the Year” and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, as well as 2014 Whitney Award winner for “Best Romance” and “Best Novel of the Year,” Longing for Home: Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.

You can find out more about her from her website, Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.

I received a free book to review.

Dragons Of Dirt By C. C. Hogan Review

Cover of Dragons of Dirt by C. C. Hogan.I loved this book! It is as good or maybe even better than the first book Girls of Dirt.

This one is a continuation of the story. It has a lot more of the Dragons in it. Dragons are everywhere! Very cool dragons they are too.

These dragons are pretty much like people. They like tending gardens, olive groves, fishing, making beer, and drinking beer. Any idea how much beer a dragon can drink?? Lots. They better make it themselves or there won’t be enough.

This book has a lot of fighting going on. The good guys are trying to improve things for everyone. The bad guys only want things to be good for them. Which is pretty much business as usual, even in our world. Too bad we don’t have dragons here, even if they don’t eat people.

Anyway…this second book has lots of adventures, training people to fight, big battles, small battles, a few mysteries, even Romance! It has a bit of everything.

I was really glad that Mistry finally found someone else to love. That was way cool. So has Silvi. Ferret is still a bit shy but maybe she will get there too.

I will be starting on the third book soon and then the reading the first series.  My mom tells me the first series is better than the second series, so I’m really looking forward to that.

If you haven’t read these books yet, you should! The first book in each series is FREE so you don’t have any excuse not to try. None of them cost much and you can buy them here or through the links on the World of Dirt website.

About the Book:

In the hills above Meressa, on the southern coast of Preland and in the ruined town of Ponack, dragons are now returning and setting up small, optimistic communities.

Mistry must now work to put the rest of her centuries-old plan into action, but nothing can happen until they find the descendant of the Cwendrina.

But while Silvi and Ferret travel across Preland with Be-Elin and Mab-Abin, two old enemies are rising across the Yonder Sea in Bind.

Whether or not they are successful in their search, they will have to confront the warring Keffra-See and the memory of the Haftens.

For Silvi Farthing, it will mean a trial by war that will tear her soul in two.

The saga continues with Dragons of Dirt.

“I have done as you and Be-Elin asked and as I promised myself I would do.” He turned to the small women, his eyes bleak. “Why does it hurt so much?”

Mistry took his hands in hers, reached up and wiped the tears from his face. “Good deeds hurt the most, Edver. And good people feel the pain most of all.”

About the Author:

This bit is from the Dirt website-

C.C.  Hogan is addicted to writing and loves telling stories whether that is a fantasy like Dirt, about young people in The Stink or in music and poetry.

He is a Londoner by birth and writes full time.

Find out loads more at his Blog.

This bit is from Goodreads-

One way or another I have spent far too many years playing with words; by too many I mean I am completely addicted now and can’t do anything else.

I have been in the media most of that time, cooked quite a lot of the time and played guitar some of the rest of the time.

I am medium height, not pretty and talk far too much. You will only want me round to dinner if I agree to cook it for you.

I love lovers.

Visit the website for A World Called Dirt, check it out on Goodreads too. While you are at it follow C.C. Hogan on Twitter and Facebook.

The Upside Of Regret By T. K. Rapp Blog Tour

 

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I enjoyed reading The Upside of Regret by T. K. Rapp. It is an easy to read young adult romance. Great read for a rainy day.

It has a great ending, but the getting there was the best part.

Brighton has a great family. I loved how they watch out for her. The romance between her and Matt was handled really well too, with nothing getting out of hand.

One of the main characters, Leah, kept making me mad during the first half of the book. She liked a bad guy, who just plain was not nice, and let him get away with lots of crap. As I learned more about what was really going on, it reminded me that we don’t always know everything we think we know. Especially about other people.

And really good friends are hard to come by. Hang on to them.  Tight!

About the book:

Brighton and Leah have been the best of friends since seventh grade. Where Brighton is the quiet one who is focused on school, Leah is the bold and daring one who craves the adoration of an audience. It’s always worked for them, until now.

Heading into their senior year, Brighton is challenged with an opportunity that can change the course of her future. The only problem? She just might have to step out of her best friend’s shadow.

But when Leah doesn’t support the choices she makes, Brighton is forced to reevaluate what true friendship is.

Brighton is changing and exciting doors are opening. A new world of music, friends, and even love are falling at her feet. But it’s hard to enjoy it when Leah’s life is spiraling out of control.

Now Brighton must try to not only save her friendship, but also her friend, before it’s too late.

Buy now at Amazon.

About the Author:

Promo pic of author T. K. Rapp.TK Rapp is an author living in Houston, Texas with her husband and two daughters.

Prior to writing, she spent over ten years as a photographer and photo editor, specializing in wedding album design. She left photography to pursue her dream of writing a story and it was in 2013, she self-published her first novel, Being There. It was a standalone story about long-lost friends finding each other. She has since written both contemporary and young adult novels.

Rapp grew up in Texas, but has lived in California, South Carolina, and Virginia, all of which serve as inspiration for her writing. With several more works in queue, she doesn’t anticipate stepping away from the computer anytime soon, especially since she makes friends with all of her characters.

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Girls Of Dirt By C. C. Hogan

Girls of Dirt cover.Girls of Dirt by C. C. Hogan is a wonderful adventure! I loved this book! I started reading it right after breakfast the day before yesterday. I ended up not doing much of anything at all besides reading. All day!

The animals are lucky I remembered to feed them. I had to stop when the kindle quit. I had forgotten to charge it. Ticked me off.

Of course I couldn’t have done that if the hubby wasn’t out of town. He would have been fussing at me. It was a great day lol.

Now keep in mind this is a BIG book. I love big books. If they are good. Because I never want the story to end. In this case there are two more books in this series to read. So I’m happy about that.

This one is about girls. Well one of them is a girl. Not yet eighteen when the story starts. The others are more grown up, but still seem pretty girlish which is about right. I still feel like a girl most of the time and really have no intention of growing up. So there! :p

AND!! AND!! There be DRAGONS! Yea Dragons. I love dragons. Especially these dragons. They are not grown up either lol. And some of them are smart alecks.  All of them are good people (dragons?). I liked them.

The girls and the dragons end up trying to save the world from jerks. Which I’m all for. Wish they could come here. That would be way cool. I would love to ride a dragon.

It isn’t all sweetness and light. There is an attempted rape scene, some bloody battle scenes, and some really bad people to deal with.

Very good read! You will laugh, you will cry, you will cheer them on. You WILL want to read the other books in the series. They don’t cost much though and you can buy them here or through the links on the World of Dirt website.

About the Book:

It is five hundred years since the end of the great wars, and Pree and Farthing’s hopes of a new world are in tatters. The dragons are nothing more than children’s tales, the population of Dirt is smaller, tiny countries are ruled by greedy kings and humans are poorer and struggling.

But on the Isle of Hope, the weather is warm, the life is good and Silvi Farthing, the seventeen-year-old descendant of Johnson and Mistry, is making cheese and keeping goats.

But her little dream of independence is about to be turned upside down by her misogynistic and violent brothers, and she is not convinced that her rescuer is not actually worse!

So begins a new chapter in the story of Dirt as Silvi, Be-Elin, Mab-Abin and the Ancient Ferret, Weasel’s daughter, work to bring back the dragons, and look for a country where they will be accepted by the people and can help build a better future for all of Dirt.

Includes a recap of Series One.

About the Author:

This bit is from the Dirt website-

C.C.  Hogan is addicted to writing and loves telling stories whether that is a fantasy like Dirt, about young people in The Stink or in music and poetry.

He is a Londoner by birth and writes full time.

Find out loads more at his Blog.

This bit is from Goodreads-

One way or another I have spent far too many years playing with words; by too many I mean I am completely addicted now and can’t do anything else.

I have been in the media most of that time, cooked quite a lot of the time and played guitar some of the rest of the time.

I am medium height, not pretty and talk far too much. You will only want me round to dinner if I agree to cook it for you.

I love lovers.

Sounds like my kind of author. I don’t care if they are pretty or not. Just saying.

Visit the website for A World Called Dirt, check it out on Goodreads too. While you are at it follow C.C. Hogan on Twitter and Facebook.

My First Home By Shashank Shekhar Review

Cover picture of My First Home by Shashank Shekhar.

Are you dreaming of owning your own home? Would you like to avoid the pitfalls of buying a home? Before you do anything else read My First Home: A step-by-step guide to achieving the ultimate American dream by Shashank Shekhar with Richa Sarin.

Reading this book could save you a lot of time and trouble.

The author walks you through the process of buying a home from being sure you are ready to buy a home, finding a Home Buying Team, and getting Pre-Approved, all the way to living in your house and making it a home.

There is a lot of good advice in this book. The author recommends getting out of debt, and saving up for a deposit, before you do anything else. That does make it lots easier.

Chapters include information on how to start looking for a house, knowing what kind of home you want, some things to look out for, getting a mortgage, home inspections and appraisals, how to hold titles, and tips on saving money on utilities.

The book is well written and easy to understand without making you feel like he is talking down to you. I like that.

You can buy a copy on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Excerpts:

 First time home buying is a special occasion in everyone’s life. But because of the complexities around it, most people approach it with a mix of fear, anxiety and uncertainty. I wrote this book with the sole purpose of making the process easier and more predictable.

This book first helps you in deciding whether you are ready to buy or not and then gives a step-by-step instruction on what you can expect along the process should you decide to buy. The book takes it a step further and even advises you on steps you can take to remain a happy homeowner.

Few things have greater impact on net worth than owning a home. In a comparison of renters versus homeowners, the Federal Reserve Board of Consumer Finance found that the average net worth of renters was just $4,000 compared to homeowners at $184,400.

Homeowners create positive environments for families. Children of homeowners are 59% more likely to become homeowners. Their children are also 25% more likely to graduate from high school and 116% more likely to graduate from college. (Source – Rossi and Weber National Survey of Families.)

There can be no other benefit that can beat the emotional satisfaction of home ownership. Whether it’s having the nicest lawn on the block, or having your own backyard and garage or being able to color the walls the way you want, it is so much more fun than renting.

Remaining in one neighborhood for several years lets you and your family establish lasting friendships, and offers your children the benefit of educational continuity.

A home often symbolizes family, rest and security — it’s not just four walls and a room. Because of this, home buying and selling can be an emotional undertaking and a personal milestone.

Just a few simple steps before you write that purchase offer can turn your fortune and have other would-be buyers wondering – what are they doing that I’m not?

After all, even though we pretend to look logical, most of our decisions are based on emotions.

Establishing a good credit history has never been as important as it is today. It’s not just that you’ll need good credit to get decent rates when you’re ready to buy a home or a car. Your credit history can determine whether you get a good job, a decent apartment or reasonable rates on insurance. It’s a classic Catch-22: You’ve got to have credit to get credit. So where do you start?

To get the best credit score, you need a mix of different credit types including revolving accounts (credit cards, lines of credit) and installment accounts (auto loans, personal loans, mortgages).

About the Author:

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Shashank Shekhar is the founder and CEO of Arcus Lending, which has grown over 1000% in the last three years by helping thousands of families secure better financing for their homes. He is a well-known writer and blogger in his field, and has been featured in Yahoo! News, FOX, The Washington Post, Bankrate.com, Huffington Post and several other media outlets for his expertise.

Shekhar is the Amazon.com best-selling author of  First Time Home Buying 101, Real Estate Unleashed, and the much anticipated My First Home: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving the Ultimate American Dream. He is the host of the TV and radio show, “Mortgage Matters,” and was interviewed by Emmy Award-winning director Nick Nanton on his TV show.

His awards include: “Top 40 Under 40′′ most influential mortgage professionals in the country for 2012, 2013 and 2014 by National Mortgage Professional Magazine; “Hot 100′′ movers and shakers in the country by Mortgage Professional America (MPA) for 2014, 2015, 2016; “Top 200 loan officers in the country” (ranked by production volume) by Origination News – 2014, 2015, 2016; “Top 25 most connected mortgage professionals in the country” in 2011 and 2014 by National Mortgage Professional Magazine; Scotsman Guide Top Originators – 2015, 2016; Nominated for “Entrepreneur of the Year” award at Silicon Valley Awards, 2013.

Shashank has an MBA in marketing, and before founding Arcus Lending, worked for GE Money in mid-level management and worked for a start-up mortgage origination company as Director of Product Management.  He credits the success of Arcus Lending to legendary customer service and an unrelenting focus on education. Shashank lives and breathes the mantra “We are in the customer service and education business; we just happen to do mortgages.”

Shashank sits on the board of Give India, a non-profit that works for fundraising for Indian charities. He is a homeowner in Saratoga, CA with his wife Smita and two daughters, Anishka and Anya. When he is not busy growing his company, he can be seen skydiving from 15,000 feet or learning biohacking techniques.

I received a free book to review.

Other Breakable Things By Kelley York And Rowen Altwood Review

Cover of Other Breakable Things by Kelley York and Rowen Altwood.I loved this book! I could not stop reading it even to take a break. I almost peed myself. It was that good!

It made me cry.  I am gonna want to read it again too. So yea. REALLY good book.

It is well written, with the story coming in parts from both the main characters. I liked that a lot. It helps you see the other side of a situation.

I loved both the main characters, even if they were both too stubborn for their own good. They both did some growing and lost a bit of the stubborn during the trip together. I was really glad to see Evelyn stand up to her moms boyfriend. She grew up a lot.

I wish the story would have lasted longer. I have a lot more sympathy for transplant patients now too.

About the Book:

Other Breakable Things

by Kelley York and Rowan Altwood

Publication Date:  April 4 ,2017

Publisher:  Entangled Teen

According to Japanese legend, folding a thousand paper cranes will grant you healing.

Evelyn Abel will fold two thousand if it will bring Luc back to her.

Luc Argent has always been intimately acquainted with death. After a car crash got him a second chance at life—via someone else’s transplanted heart—he tried to embrace it. He truly did. But he always knew death could be right around the corner again.

And now it is.

Sick of hospitals and tired of transplants, Luc is ready to let his failing heart give out, ready to give up. A road trip to Oregon—where death with dignity is legal—is his answer. But along for the ride is his best friend, Evelyn.

And she’s not giving up so easily.

A thousand miles, a handful of roadside attractions, and one life-altering kiss later, Evelyn’s fallen, and Luc’s heart is full. But is it enough to save him? Evelyn’s betting her heart, her life, that it can be.

Right down to the thousandth paper crane.

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About the Authors:

Kelley York and Rowan Altwood are a wife and wife writing team living in central California with their daughter and way too many cats. Kelley is the author of Hushed, Made of Stars, and Modern Monsters, and Other Breakable Things is Rowan’s debut.

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Rise Of Miss Notley By Rachel Anderson Review

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Yep. It was just as good as I expected it to be.

I really admired the main character. When her family decided to marry her off to someone she really didn’t like, she became a housekeeper instead. And she did a good job of it.

She didn’t tell the man she was working for anything about her past either. Turns out, he was more than met the eye too.

That was pretty cool. Especially since it ended up getting her out of trouble.

Good read.

The Rise of Miss Notley by Rachael Anderson

When Miss Coralynn Notley’s father barters her off to the first titled gentleman to come along, she realizes she must flee her home or be forced to wed a despicable man. Driven by desperation, she applies for the position of housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor, the home of the handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow. The moment Jonathan sees Miss Notley, he is intrigued. She is far too young and inexperienced, yet there is something about her that that inspires a certain hope within him. Does he dare offer her the position of housekeeper or will doing so result in catastrophe?

 

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Cora nodded and followed Mr. Ludlow into the parlor. He closed the doors and stood in front of them with his arms folded, looking far more intimidating than he had during their last meeting. He said nothing, merely lifted an inquiring eyebrow and waited.
Caught unprepared, Cora stared at him, trying to organize her thoughts into words. After a few moments of awkward silence, he lost patience. “What is it you wished to speak with me about, Mrs. Notley? Or are we to stand here staring at each other all afternoon?”
Not knowing how else to begin, Cora blurted, “Why have you hired me, sir?”
He blinked a few times before frowning. “I believe I have made that perfectly clear. You are to be the housekeeper, are you not?”
This was going to be more difficult than she had imagined. “Yes, of course, but there has been some talk about, or rather concerns expressed . . .” How did one put this delicately?
“About . . .?” he prodded, obviously not thrilled that his morning regime had been waylaid.
“About the reasons I have been offered the position,” she quickly said, hoping that would be enough to make him understand her meaning.
Unfortunately, his brows drew together in confusion. “What are you saying, Mrs. Notley? I have hired you to do certain duties that will hopefully make my household run more smoothly. What other reason could I possibly have for offering you the position?”
“You have hired me to do a job I am untrained to do,” she said. “While I am grateful for the opportunity, I also find it necessary to clarify that I have come here to be a housekeeper and only a housekeeper. Even though I am young and . . .” Her voice drifted off. Had she almost referred to herself as pretty? Goodness, this was proving to be very awkward indeed.
“Beautiful?” he finally guessed, not looking at all pleased with the direction the conversation was taking.
“I was going to say not repulsive,” she fibbed.
“Very well,” he said. “Even though you are young and not repulsive . . .” He moved his hand in a circular gesture, urging her to finish her thought.
Cora straightened her shoulders and forced herself to continue. “I am not the sort of girl who would ever . . . fraternize with her employer.” Her face infused with heat, but she forced her gaze to remain steady.
“I see.” He walked slowly towards her, rubbing his chin with his hand. A few steps away, he stopped and eyed her quizzically. “Have I made any improper advances towards you?”
“No, sir.”
“Have I spoken to you in an unprofessional manner?”
“No.”
“Have I looked at you in a way that has made you feel uncomfortable?”
“No.” Cora suddenly wished she had not felt the need to clarify anything. He made her feel as though she had put the cart before the horse when what she had been trying to do was see that the cart and horse simply stayed in their proper places. Was that so wrong?
“Might I ask who, exactly, has led you to believe that I am the sort of man capable of—how did you put it? Fraternizing with my help?”
“I, er, would rather not say, sir.” Though Cora felt no loyalty towards Sally, she refused to bring Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd’s names into the conversation. “I did not mean to besmirch your name or cause any offense, Mr. Ludlow. I merely wanted to make my feelings on the matter clear.”
“And you have.”
“Good.” Cora dropped into a quick curtsy, anxious to get away. “I shall go and find Watts now.”
She was almost to the door when his voice stopped her. “Once again, you are attempting to scuttle away before we have completed our conversation.”
Slowly, she turned around and lifted her eyes to his. “I never scuttle, sir.”
“What would you call that rapid walk of yours?”
“A rapid walk.”

 

RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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