Saturday, 31 August 2013

My Review of 'The Paris Affair' by Teresa Grant

The Paris Affair (Charles & Mélanie Fraser, #6)The Paris Affair by Teresa Grant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I’ve read by Teresa Grant but it won’t be the last. This adventure, one of a series featuring husband and wife team, Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch, is set in post Napoleonic Paris, at the time of the restoration of the monarchy. It holds a marvel of historic detail seldom found in such novels. Grant has researched the period thoroughly and has added to the verisimilitude of her complicated and involved plot by threading real historic figures through it in ways that are central to the story. We meet Wellington and Talleyrand and a host of other important figures of the time, all artfully woven into a story of intrigue and romance. To anyone who likes the history part of historical romance to be accurate and interesting this book is a “must read.”

I debated giving The Paris Affair five stars. What stopped me was the sheer number of characters the reader has to keep track of. Grant puts a three page list of her characters at the beginning of the book, making clear which are real people and which are fictional, but even so, six (or is it eight?) major characters are a bit much.

Still The Paris Affair is a good read and I highly recommend it.


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Following are my published novels. Go to my Goodreads page, to find more info and reviews.  

To purchase one of these books, just click on the book link below and select the vendor of your choice.


 • The Memory of Roses ~ The story of a secret and how it impacts two generations of the McQuaid family.  It unfolds on the beautiful Greek Island of Corfu and is a tale complete with beautiful and passionate women, handsome and fiery men, and an intriguing mystery.


"The Memory of Roses by Blair McDowell is simply an incredibly lovely story. It’s also a love story, and a story about finding yourself, and about closure. The theme running through the book is “all’s well that ends well.”  --  Marlene, Reading Reality



 • Delighting In Your Company ~ Delighting In Your Company is a paranormal romance set on an exotic Caribbean island, featuring a handsome ghost and an adventurous heroine who travels back in time to solve a mystery!

"Delighting In Your Company is a unique paranormal romance that brings together island folklore, history, and mystery with an unlikely romance between the past and present that had me going through a torrent of emotions and made it impossible to put down." -- The Romance Reviews




 • Sonata ~ Sayuri McAllister has just arrived home to Vancouver to find some shocking situations 
~ A robbery has taken place at her family home, and it is being investigated by her old flame;
~ Alyssa James who she barely knows, is about to become her new stepmother; 
~ and Alyssa’s brother, Hugh James, is a charming Irishman who is intent on bedding and wedding the rich and beautiful Sayuri. 

It’s a confusing and difficult time for Sayuri, especially when dangerous accidents happen to her father and herself – or are they accidents?


“I found Sonata to be a charming novel that left me laughing out loud in parts and gnawing nails in others. It was a delight to read.” – Night Owl Reviews




 Abigail's Christmas (short story) ~ An enchanting tale of love and romance, with a magical touch of fantasy.
Abigail's Christmas is a holiday story about Abigail who goes looking for a tree on Christmas Eve, and ends up with the man of her dreams in a sleigh in the Rockies --- with a wedding in the offing! Is it real?  Is she dreaming?  Or is it just Christmas magic?



Thursday, 15 August 2013

Review of 'Whiskey Beach' by Nora Roberts

Whiskey BeachWhiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am a dedicated fan of Nora Roberts. I think she is a master at setting a scene, creating believable characters and producing compelling plots. Some of her shorter, earlier (genre) romances may leave something to be desired, but her most recent novel, Whiskey Beach is Nora Roberts at her best. She gives us everything here. A tormented hero, a fey and charming heroine, a truly nasty villain, a missing pirate treasure, a grand old mansion on the beach, and an unsolved murder that is destroying lives.

The story moves. It never bogs down. This in spite of the fact that Roberts often spends paragraphs, even pages on background story and setting.

Somehow she makes us care about her characters and where and how they live. Whiskey Beach becomes so real that one wants to pull out a map and find it. If you are a Roberts Fan, don’t miss this new book, and if you’ve never read a Nora Roberts, this is a great one to start with. Highly recommended.


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Following are my published novels. Go to my Goodreads page, to find more info and reviews.  

To purchase one of these books, just click on the book link below and select the vendor of your choice.


 • The Memory of Roses ~ The story of a secret and how it impacts two generations of the McQuaid family.  It unfolds on the beautiful Greek Island of Corfu and is a tale complete with beautiful and passionate women, handsome and fiery men, and an intriguing mystery.


"The Memory of Roses by Blair McDowell is simply an incredibly lovely story. It’s also a love story, and a story about finding yourself, and about closure. The theme running through the book is “all’s well that ends well.”  --  Marlene, Reading Reality



 • Delighting In Your Company ~ Delighting In Your Company is a paranormal romance set on an exotic Caribbean island, featuring a handsome ghost and an adventurous heroine who travels back in time to solve a mystery!

"Delighting In Your Company is a unique paranormal romance that brings together island folklore, history, and mystery with an unlikely romance between the past and present that had me going through a torrent of emotions and made it impossible to put down." -- The Romance Reviews




 • Sonata ~ Sayuri McAllister has just arrived home to Vancouver to find some shocking situations 
~ A robbery has taken place at her family home, and it is being investigated by her old flame;
~ Alyssa James who she barely knows, is about to become her new stepmother; 
~ and Alyssa’s brother, Hugh James, is a charming Irishman who is intent on bedding and wedding the rich and beautiful Sayuri. 

It’s a confusing and difficult time for Sayuri, especially when dangerous accidents happen to her father and herself – or are they accidents?


“I found Sonata to be a charming novel that left me laughing out loud in parts and gnawing nails in others. It was a delight to read.” – Night Owl Reviews




 Abigail's Christmas (short story) ~ An enchanting tale of love and romance, with a magical touch of fantasy.
Abigail's Christmas is a holiday story about Abigail who goes looking for a tree on Christmas Eve, and ends up with the man of her dreams in a sleigh in the Rockies --- with a wedding in the offing! Is it real?  Is she dreaming?  Or is it just Christmas magic?



Rebel Ink Press' Third Anniversary Blog Hop




August 17, 2013

Happy Birthday to all Rebels

It seems just yesterday that I sent my first novel, The Memory of Roses, off to Elizabeth Carr hoping she might like it. And like it, she did. I had a contract back within a matter of days. I was so shocked that I sat there looking at the pages and thinking about it for about three days before answering. Since then, she has also brought out my paranormal romance with time travel, set in the Caribbean, Delighting In Your Company, and my romantic suspense novel, Sonata.

There is much to admire about the Rebel Ink operation, from the careful editing of the copy editors to the great covers by Carl to the efficient and timely way they bring books out. But most of all I have so appreciated it that the Editor In Chief, Elizabeth Carr, (or simply “E “, as she prefers to be addressed), answers my emails instantly when I have a question. She gives the word “approachable” a whole new meaning.

So on this THIRD birthday of Rebel Ink I hoist a glass in their honor. To all the people who keep Rebel Ink racing along.

We’re in the midst of summer madness here at our B&B. Never an empty night. My daily routine consists of serving breakfasts, dealing with rooms, shopping for supplies and, of course, writing. Got to get that next book Rebel-ready.

As for the marketing of the present three, I’ve been having some success with book signings and readings. They’re fun to do, don’t take too much time and DO sell paperbacks.
My wish list for Rebel—get together with one of the big distributors that can put our paperbacks on shelves in drug stores, supermarkets and, yes, even the mega bookstores. I believe in dreaming BIG.












Blair McDowell
www.blairmcdowell.com

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Review of 'How to Lose A Bride in One Night' by Sophie Jordan

How to Lose a Bride in One Night (Forgotten Princesses, #3)How to Lose a Bride in One Night by Sophie Jordan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read widely — everything from poetry to biography and literary fiction to detective stories and really trashy romance -- as those who follow my reviews will surely realize. I have been puzzled for some time by the popularity of so-called historical romances. There seems little of history about them other than costumes and carriages. How to Lose a Bride is like others I’ve read in this genre in that it is peopled with dukes and duchesses and set in England in presumably the Regency period. The pages are filled with titillating sex, as seems to be the usual pattern.

However, that being said, there is a certain freshness in this story about a bride who is “murdered” by her bridegroom on their wedding night, that kept me reading until the end. It has gypsies, a tormented hero, a feisty heroine, a villainous husband and a somewhat predictable plot. It is more literately written than some others I’ve read. I’d rate it as an acceptable “beach read.”

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Following are my published novels. Go to my Goodreads page, to find more info and reviews.  

To purchase one of these books, just click on the book link below and select the vendor of your choice.


 • The Memory of Roses ~ The story of a secret and how it impacts two generations of the McQuaid family.  It unfolds on the beautiful Greek Island of Corfu and is a tale complete with beautiful and passionate women, handsome and fiery men, and an intriguing mystery.


"The Memory of Roses by Blair McDowell is simply an incredibly lovely story. It’s also a love story, and a story about finding yourself, and about closure. The theme running through the book is “all’s well that ends well.”  --  Marlene, Reading Reality



 • Delighting In Your Company ~ Delighting In Your Company is a paranormal romance set on an exotic Caribbean island, featuring a handsome ghost and an adventurous heroine who travels back in time to solve a mystery!

"Delighting In Your Company is a unique paranormal romance that brings together island folklore, history, and mystery with an unlikely romance between the past and present that had me going through a torrent of emotions and made it impossible to put down." -- The Romance Reviews




 • Sonata ~ Sayuri McAllister has just arrived home to Vancouver to find some shocking situations 
~ A robbery has taken place at her family home, and it is being investigated by her old flame;
~ Alyssa James who she barely knows, is about to become her new stepmother; 
~ and Alyssa’s brother, Hugh James, is a charming Irishman who is intent on bedding and wedding the rich and beautiful Sayuri. 

It’s a confusing and difficult time for Sayuri, especially when dangerous accidents happen to her father and herself – or are they accidents?


“I found Sonata to be a charming novel that left me laughing out loud in parts and gnawing nails in others. It was a delight to read.” – Night Owl Reviews




 Abigail's Christmas (short story) ~ An enchanting tale of love and romance, with a magical touch of fantasy.
Abigail's Christmas is a holiday story about Abigail who goes looking for a tree on Christmas Eve, and ends up with the man of her dreams in a sleigh in the Rockies --- with a wedding in the offing! Is it real?  Is she dreaming?  Or is it just Christmas magic?