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Return to Summer by Melissa Baldwin *Release Day Blitz*




Hey Everyone!

I'd like to introduce you to Melissa Baldwin, who has just released her latest romantic comedy novella, Return to Summer.

Melissa Baldwin is an avid runner, planner obsessed, and has always had a love for writing. She is a wife, mother, and avid journal keeper who took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember...or Forget. Melissa writes about charming, ambitious, and real women and is now a published author of nine Romantic Comedy novels and novellas.


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Return To Summer

Summertime has arrived and things aren’t only heating up outside for Summer Peters. After a rocky spring, Summer thinks she’s finally moved on from the heartache of last year. She’s found a new place to live, her company has new clients, and her relationship with Alexander Williams is going strong, despite the desperate attempts by others to sabotage it.

Just when Summer thinks everything is finally falling into place, she receives another crushing blow, and this time it could even affect her business. Summer knows it’s finally time to put a stop to the one thing that threatens her happiness, even though it requires a difficult decision in order to do this. Will this season bring her everything she’s always wanted or will history repeat itself?
Find out how Summer’s one-year journey ends in this final installment of the Seasons of Summer Novella Series.


Where to Find RETURN TO SUMMER


Return to Summer by Melissa Baldwin

Read the first three SEASONS OF SUMMER novellas!
FALL INTO MAGIC - https://books2read.com/mbfim
WINTER CAN WAIT - https://books2read.com/mbwcw
TO SPRING WITH LOVE - https://books2read.com/mbtswl




Brake Failure by Alison Brodie

“Is it too late to tell him you love him when you are looking down the barrel of his gun?” 

An English debutante transforms from Miss-Perfectly-Correct to criminally insane as she breaks the bonds of her rigid upbringing. Sheriff Hank Gephart tries to reel her in - but she’s out of control and she’s not hitting the brakes. 

What happened to the genteel lady in twin-set and pearls? And why did she shoot Mr Right? 

Brake Failure is set in 1999 in the months leading up to Y2K “meltdown” when the US government was spending $150 billion preparing for Armageddon As Lionel Shriver says in her novel, We Have To Talk About Kevin: "1999, a year widely mooted beforehand as the end of the world." 



Hey! Here's my review.

Quirky characters, lots of giggles and racoons in the chimney.

Set in the not too distant past, Ruby learns to let go and party like it was 1999 (because it was). A romantic comedy that begins at the end then put all the pieces together. 
I enjoyed Ruby's story and look forward to reading more from Alison.

★★★★

  • Where: Review request
  • Format: ebook

Matt's Lasagne


Hey Everyone!

It's winter and I'm craving home cooked comfort food just like the lasagne Matt cooked in Don't Mean a Thing.



Excerpt from Chapter 11
I parked Bertie right out front. I took a deep breath and held it for a moment, in an attempt to suffocate the butterflies. A wave of cool air greeted me as Matt opened the front door and invited me in.

“Just give me five minutes to put the white sauce on, then I’m all yours,” Matt said, beckoning to follow him into the kitchen. The scent of garlic and onion hung in the air. I watched as Matt poured the contents of the saucepan into a casserole dish, sprinkled on a handful of cheese then slid it into the oven. “There. We have about half an hour ‘til dinner’s ready.” Matt held up his glass of red wine. “Would you like a wine? I’ve already had one for me and one for the pot.”

“I’d love one.”

Matt poured a glass, then gave me the grand tour of the two bedroom unit. The first bedroom was set up as a study. A bookshelf stood in the corner loaded with books, a comfy chair under the window, and a desk with piles of papers almost hiding the laptop.

I stood still for a moment to taste the wine, taking the utmost care not to dribble any on my white shirt. The merlot went down smoothly, the cool liquid leaving a warm sensation in my chest. Matt opened the door to the master bedroom, and the images that popped into my mind sent that warmth sloshing around my body. Instead of testing out the springs of his mattress, Matt headed back to the lounge room, where he’d set out cheese and crackers on the coffee table. 



Bzzzzzzz. 

“Dinner’s ready,” Matt announced.

A rich cheesy aroma had been wafting into the lounge making my stomach gurgle in anticipation. I could hardly wait to find out if dinner tasted as good as it smelt.
I took a seat at the dining table. The places were set with cutlery, napkins, and even a vase of flowers. Well, it was a glass with a couple of stalks of basil with a spray of small white flowers at the end. I giggled, but when I thought about it, the basil was perfect. Matt topped up our glasses, placed a bowl of salad in the centre of the table, then came back with two plates of steaming lasagne. 

“Wow, this tastes even better than it smells,” I said.

“Secret family recipe.” 

“Really?”

“Not really. It’s the recipe Mum always made, but she actually got it from the back of the box of supermarket brand lasagne sheets. She cut it out and sent it to me while I was at Uni. It’s stuck on the fridge, but a bit worse for wear now.”

“I’ve got the best recipe app on my phone. I’ll have to copy that recipe in. Or maybe not. Maybe I’ll just make you cook it for me every time I’m craving lasagne.”


Want to find out what happens next? 
It's one of my favourite scenes, involving Tim Tams...

The recipe

The recipe I wrote about was off the back of the Bi-Lo lasagne sheets I used to buy. That supermarket chain has since been taken over by Coles and the lasagne sheets are no longer available. Luckily, just like Matt's mum, I cut the recipe from the back of the box and thankfully I think like Macie and typed it into my recipe app on my phone before it disintegrated. It's the best lasagne recipe I've ever found. 

Matt's Lasagne

Ingredients

1 packet lasagne sheets
500g mince
200g chopped onion
2 tsp crushed garlic
400g tin diced tomato
200g tomato paste
1 beef stock cube
100ml red wine
300ml water
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1/3 tsp white pepper
600ml white sauce
150g shredded cheese

White sauce
80g butter
600ml milk
80g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Brown meat, onion and garlic
  2. Add tomato, paste, seasoning and liquid
  3. Bring to the boil then cover and simmer for 45 minutes

White sauce

  1. Melt butter then stir in flour
  2. Add milk and stir continuously until thickened
  3. Add salt, cover and stand until required
Preparation
  1. Grease 22 cm square ovenproof dish
  2. Cover base with thin layer of white sauce then alternate lasagne sheets and meat sauce, finishing with lasagne
  3. Pour over remaining white sauce and sprinkle with cheese
  4. Bake at 200°C for 30 minutes (if cold: bake 1 hour, reducing to 180°C for last 30 minutes)

Diamond Sky by Annie Seaton

The Kimberley can be a haven for those who can stand the heat, but its isolated beauty can also be deadly, if you're not paying attention...

The remote Matsu diamond mine in the Kimberley is the perfect place for engineer Dru Porter to hide. Her insignificance in that vast and rugged landscape helps her feel invisible. And safe. Surely the terror she left behind in Dubai will never find her here.

Security specialist Connor Kirk knows from experience that beautiful women are capable of treachery. When he arrives at Matsu to investigate a diamond theft, he immediately suspects the reclusive but obviously capable Dru Porter. He knows she's hiding something.

As Connor's investigation deepens and Dru's past catches up with her, their instant, mutual dislike threatens to blind them to the true danger lurking in the mine, one which could leave them both at the mercy of the desert...
 



Hey! Here's my review.

Evocative descriptions, engaging characters and edge-of-your-seat suspense, this outback romance will keep you turning pages.

Diamond Sky is the third book in the Porter Sisters trilogy but can be read as a stand alone. I loved the descriptions of the fly in fly out lifestyle of a diamond mine worker and the vivid descriptions of the Kimberly region. It was the characters that really made the story, though. Dru was a fantastic strong heroine. I'm looking forward to reading more of Annie's books.


I reviewed a complimentary copy.

★★★★★

  • Where: provided by the publisher
  • Format: ebook

All that Glitters by Tracy Krimmer


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This is my stop during the book blitz for All That Glitters by Tracy Krimmer. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 19 till 25 June. See the tour schedule here.

All That GlittersAll That Glitters (All That #1)
By Tracy Krimmer
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction
Age category: Adult
Release Date: summer 2017

Blurb:
Country-music star, Dory Walker, never wanted to come back to the small town of Sycamore Bay. But after her fairy-tale life is flipped upside down, and her marriage becomes a casualty, she has no choice.

Harris Malone is a man with few commitments. He keeps a low profile most days while he cares for his young daughter and helps run his dad’s hardware store.

But when he and Dory run into each other at the local gas station, all either can think about is the searing kiss they shared many years ago.

Can a woman who only wants to rekindle her career and a man who enjoys a no-strings attached lifestyle find everlasting love?

Hey! Here's my review.

 I loved this sweet small town romance. I'm not really into the "rock star romance" theme - I can't relate to all the fame and stardom but a country singer, fallen from grace, who crawled back home to the people she'd ditched on her way up - yep, loved it. And the single dad romance - swoon.
I think Stella, Dory's grandma, was my favourite character. She was down to earth and tough.
I can't wait to read the next book in the series and see where Dory goes from here.
I reviewed a complimentary copy.

★★★★★

  • Where: Lola's Blog Tours
  • Format: ebook

“Even though on the outside we glittered like gold, inside we were almost as black as coal. Sometimes the glitter people saw was only the shattered pieces reflecting among the broken glass.” Like quote on Goodreads

You can find All That Glitters on Goodreads

You can buy All That Glitters here.

Tracy KrimmerAbout the Author:
Tracy's love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She's been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her loves include fitness, reading, coffee, dogs, and naps (not in that order), and her dislikes are blue cheese, cold weather, and burpees.

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