Christy Newton – Guest Post and My 5*Review: A Guide to Love

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Check out my reviews of Christy’s books here

Over to you Christy…

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Hi! I’m Christy Newton, author of over ten novels. I’m a wife, mother and book lover. Thank you, Jane, for having me on your blog. I have to say I’m a little jealous of where you live. Visiting the UK is a dream of mine. Maybe someday if I can sell enough books. Anyway, I’d like to tell you a little about the inspiration I had for writing my two newest books.
T25366832he first, Naturally Enchanted, is a paranormal about witches of Mango Cove Island. This book was always inside me—probably from the time I was a little girl and adored the TV show Bewitched. I would even play witches with my Barbies. And if only I could cast a spell on my pesky little brother hehe, sorry Johnny.

When I started writing four years ago, I knew someday I’d write a witch story. When I finished Naturally Enchanted I knew I had not only wrote this for my fans and family, I wrote it for myself.
27830980My newest book, Breaking Free, is a young adult romance. Here again, is something from my childhood. I don’t talk a lot about my past, but like Elin, I had an evil stepfather. Having two teens myself now, I wanted to write a book that dealt with the serious issue of abuse that a lot of children have experienced. I also wanted to write about how strong a person is who can overcome that abuse.
The one thing every one of my books will have in common is a feel good theme with a happy ending.

 

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A Guide to Love:
Genre: Contemporary Romance

The love ship sailed long ago for Daphne Pepper…

Feisty native of Sand Crest Island, Daphne has everything she needs… or so she thought. Until she meets handsome Remy Rosetto who is on a mission to complete his grandfather’s request in order to earn his inheritance.

Remy hires Daphne to be his tour guide for an unheard of amount of money and she is more than happy to take his cash then send him away. Which is fine with Remy, who wants to get back to his penthouse in New York.

Daphne loves her island and will not even think of leaving her family and friends, but as Remy falls for this island beauty he has other plans.

Can they both find more than they ever wanted or are they too stubborn to compromise?

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This is fun-filled sweet romance set on an island, in the Bahamas. Daphne loves her family and her home and even gave up her chance for love to stay there. She lives an ordinary life filled with work, friends and family and a lovely cat. The humour in this story is there from the first page and you can’t help but like Daphne’s outlook on life. Island life is a lot like village life in the UK, everyone knows everyone’s business and they look out for each other.
When Remy arrives on the island to fulfil his Grandfather’s wishes and claim his inheritance,
Remy and Daphne’s attraction is instant and grows, when she becomes his island guide. The mystery of the letter keeps the two in close proximity and inevitably passion overtakes them. They say opposites attract and these two are opposite in many ways. A Guide to Love offers the chance of a happy ending and a mystery to solve, perfect escapism; an easy to read, light-hearted story perfect for couple of hours on the beach.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Other Books by Christy Newton

More Than Treasure Trilogy
(Stolen Hearts#1, Something to Treasure #2, Treasured Hearts #3)
Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Jewels, deception and adventure…

Twenty-two year old, Cammie Adams knows one thing for sure… life isn’t fair. She’s still a wreck from the tragic loss of her parents seven years ago. Right after she gets her PI license she is not only robbed, but abducted, only to find her life was all a lie. When she finds her mother’s diary she discovers she was only a pawn in her mother’s dangerous game. Now she must get back what is rightfully hers from the man who murdered her mother.

Hot and mysterious Simon Fisher has really only loved one thing… jewels. This ex-jewel thief, now bodyguard, doesn’t even know what hits him when he rescues Cammie as a favor to her father. Simon must protect her, but soon finds where there is trouble, Cammie isn’t far behind.

She will not only steal his prized jewel, but his heart.

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Murder, jealousy and treasure…

When Cammie Adams, determined novice PI, gets an urgent call from her ex, she is compelled to take his case. Miles, a luxury hotel owner and an upstanding citizen of Upton Hills, finds one of the maids dead. He turns to Cammie for help to keep his beloved hotel from being tarnished. With her partner and boyfriend, Simon, she takes on a case that might just be their last. Her ex’s hotel is an eighty-year-old building that has secrets of its own.

Can they catch the murderer to save the hotel and her ex’s reputation or will the case take a turn that will leave them lost forever?

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Spies, weddings and new beginnings…

Ready to get back to work after a long leave from their PI business, Simon Fisher and Cammie Adams take the first case that comes their way. Someone is selling company secrets and it’s up to them to find the spy. But when they get their answer, they uncover much more than espionage.

After attending recent family weddings, Simon has become an expert at dodging Cammie’s hints about giving her a certain piece of jewelry he has always secretly feared. Simon doesn’t know how long he’ll be able to keep his girlfriend satisfied without giving her the one thing she still desires.

As they work their case, will Simon and Cammie discover another fortune or will they see that the greatest treasure of all is the one they already have… love?

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

What if one night changed your life forever?

Maisie Scott lost not only her husband and unborn child in a tornado two years ago she lost her will to live. Keeping busy is the only way she can get by. This small town waitress won’t let herself get attached to anyone… until Ryan, the new veterinarian for exotic animals, starts making regular trips to her diner. As hard as she tries not to feel anything, Ryan ignites a spark in her broken heart.

Ryan Tucker craves a happy family of his own more than his Momma’s apple pie. Getting over his fiancée leaving him six months ago, he moves to Pleasant Valley for a fresh start. When he meets Maisie and notices the sadness in her eyes he is determined to put a smile on her pretty face.

What starts out as innocent flirting turns into two people finding something they no longer want to live without. The problem is Maisie has deep scars inside and out. Showing Ryan that part of her may just be too painful.

When another dangerous storm hits, Ryan stays by Maisie’s side. She fills the missing piece in his heart, but will Ryan share his secret? Can Maisie move on from the past and learn to begin again?

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Once broken, can the heart really trust again?

Dreams of escaping her small town brought Ellie Oliver to New York only to find that life there wasn’t all she’d hoped. Seven years later, she is returning to Pleasant Valley, Indiana with new hopes and secrets. She wants nothing more than to fade into the slow pace of small town life and forget about the demons of her past.

Jacob Jones is at loose ends. At twenty-six, a man shouldn’t be starting his life over from scratch. Finding himself out of work, Jacob looks for a new home in Pleasant Valley. He is ready for the single life just enjoying the company of close friends. All that changes when he takes a job remodeling the town’s toy shop and comes head to head with its new owner. Ellie turns out to be sweeter than the candy she sells in her store.

Ellie and Jacob bring out feelings in each other neither were looking for, but both can’t deny. Can they truly trust again or will their shattered hearts refuse to mend

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Genre: Romantic Suspense

Julianna Fox was made for her job. Or so she is told. The only memory Julianna has of her past is after the explosion. She was a nameless victim until a man pulled her out of the darkness and gave her new life. A new purpose, because anything is better than being no one. When she is about to eliminate her next mark something stops her. The moment Julianna makes eye contact with Reid Castleton, she has a flashback of her forgotten past. How does she know the man? And why can’t she follow through with her assignment?

Expert assassin, Reid Castleton, has been told to kill the only woman he ever loved if he wants to live. When he finds his fiancée, he can’t go through with the hit, even if it means losing his own life. Either she can’t remember who she is or is damn good at acting.

Neither one knows who to trust. Both make a truce until they can find out why the leader of ETE 7 wants them both dead. What they uncover is a long line of lies and deception that started the moment Julianna was conceived. Will love conquer all or will fear make them do the unthinkable?

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

After a tragic accident that brought the small town of Wynter Haven to their knees, Claire Belmont and Nick Lewis went in opposite directions coping in very different ways. Three years later, Claire gets a call urging her to come back to help her friend move past his grief.

It will take more than a little hot cider, gingerbread and mistletoe to bring back Nick’s holiday spirit. He hasn’t celebrated Christmas since his twin sister died. In fact, he’s mastered locking up his feelings so he will never be hurt again.

Claire has a secret and hopes that somehow she and Nick can both get a Christmas miracle this year. After all, Nichole would want them to be happy and cherish the holiday that had been their favorite. Maybe a little bit of Christmas is just what they both need.

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Genre: Paranormal

Ezra Ravenhart has lived with the rumors of her family’s witchcraft her whole life. Too bad she doesn’t believe them – she’d conjure up a boyfriend. But the thing called love remains as mysterious as her Grana’s herb shop on their tropical island.
As a struggling journalist, Owen Cooper has to make a name for himself, and a tip that a real-life witch is living on Mango Cove may just lead to the big story he needs. Undercover as a shipwrecked tourist, he worms his way into Ezra’s family – and their secrets.
But how will he handle the fact that Ezra has found the magic answer to his heart when his body belongs in Chicago? And is their love strong enough to survive the evil stalking their every move?

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Genre: Young Adult

Being sixteen is hard enough without Elin Skye pretending to be a new person over and over again. On the run with her mom from a psycho stepdad, who happens to be a deputy sheriff, her life sucks. She’s determined to sever Wyatt’s hold on them even if it means breaking all the rules.

Sawyer Knight’s summer is doomed when he’s unjustly grounded and must stay with his pain in the ass older brother to earn back his parents’ trust. Things start turning around when he meets a pretty but odd girl trying to kill a vending machine. After Sawyer learns the truth about Elin he has to help her no matter the consequences.

Two teens on their own with little money could be dangerous, not to mention life changing. In order to be free Elin must do something her mom never could—stand up to the monster who made them his prisoners.

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Author Bio

Christy Newton is a hopeless romantic and writes many genres of romance. She just might be the only author out there who doesn’t drink caffeine, but dark chocolate is her must have. She falls in love with each of her heroes and hopes you will too! Christy is the author of over ten novels.

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5*Review: Naturally Enchanted – Christy Newton

25582673Paranormal BlurbEzra Ravenhart has lived with the rumors of her family’s witchcraft her whole life. Too bad she doesn’t believe them – she’d conjure up a boyfriend. But the thing called love remains as mysterious as her Grana’s herb shop on their tropical island.

As a struggling journalist, Owen Cooper has to make a name for himself, and a tip that a real-life witch is living on Mango Cove may just lead to the big story he needs. Undercover as a shipwrecked tourist, he worms his way into Ezra’s family – and their secrets.

But how will he handle the fact that Ezra has found the magic answer to his heart when his body belongs in Chicago? And is their love strong enough to survive the evil stalking their every move?

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Naturally EnchantedThis story is a curious mix of fantasy and small town romance. ‘Naturally Enchanted’ is an interesting and original take on the popular supernatural themes, of soul mates and good versus evil.

Set on a tropical island. The atmospheric and vivid, sunny location contrasts beautifully with the story’s darker supernatural elements. Charming witchy magic is subtly introduced, so the later fantasy revelations are easier to accept and visualise

Ezra has attitude and refuses to believe she possesses supernatural traits. Her relationship with her grandma is pivotal to the story and their strong family bond is realistic and heart-warming. Owen is not what he seems to be. Will the ambitious journalist really do anything for his career story, regardless of the collateral damage?

Something more powerful than mere physical attraction draws Ezra and Owen together. Enchantment and passion is inevitable. The love scenes are sensual but avoid the erotic undertones of many fantasy romance stories.

‘Naturally Enchanted’ is an exciting mix of legend, magic and romance, the perfect escape.

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Naturally Enchanted by Christy Newton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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Author Interview: Jennifer De Cuir

Author Interview

72550559781440588686Today I’m welcoming Jennifer De Cuir to my blog. Jennifer’s fourth novel Trapped in Tourist Town was released on 5 January and it’s a wonderful read.

 Here’s my 5* review..

Now to find out a little more about Jennifer.

Did you always want to be a writer? Can you tell us what influenced your career choice?

I’ve always been writing. Ever since I used to fill up notebooks from about sixth grade on. Actually having a book published probably wasn’t on my radar until my early 20’s.

What would you like your potential readers to know about Jennifer De Cuir?

I’m a terrible introvert in person, but can’t seem to shut up on social media. Ha! Go figure.

What inspired you to write your latest novel – ‘Trapped in Tourist Town”?

Believe it or not, this was actually the first novel in my Scallop Shores series. I always meant to tell Cady’s story first. Harlequin American Romance shot it down and it took me years to get up the nerve to give it a good rewrite.

So glad you did it’s a lovely story.

Do your wonderful characters and stories evolve purely from imagination, or are they based on people you have met and places you have been?

My characters come to me and ask for their story to be told (well, sometimes they ask, sometimes they demand). So far all the stories in the SS series are based on my hometown on the coast of Maine.

What is your favourite time of day to write?

I am a late night WEENIE! Usually can’t stay awake much past nine PM. So my favourite time of day to write is early morning. Bonus points if I am the first one up and the house is eerily silent.

Tell us a little about ‘Trapped in Tourist Town’.

Trapped is about Cady, a small town girl with dreams of big adventures in the city. Until she meets Burke, a travel journalist from the city, who helps her learn to appreciate the benefits of family, community and a chance at happily ever after without ever leaving home.

What writing tips helped you to become a published author?

Don’t give up. Write every day. Join a local chapter of RWA (or its equivalent) to connect with fellow writers (it gets very lonely sitting at that computer every day!)

I really enjoyed reading ‘Five of Hearts’. What other books have you written?

The first book in the Scallop Shores series is Drawn to Jonah and then after Five of Hearts came Wynter’s Journey. I’m currently writing the last book in the series, Always My Hero.

Where can your readers connect with you on social media?

I’m an obsessive checker of Facebook.
Still learning the ropes on Twitter
I am a very visual person and LOVE to be able to share some of how I see my Scallop Shores world on Pinterest

When you’re not writing do you enjoy reading? What’s your favourite type of story?

I wouldn’t be much of a writer if I didn’t love to read. 😉 I make it a point to be early everywhere I go, just so I have a chance to sit and read for a few minutes here and there, throughout my day.
My favourite indulgence is time travel romance, or rereading The Hobbit or the Harry Potter series (when I can wrestle a book away from my 10 year old).

Read my  5* Review and spotlight, to find out about book 4 ‘Trapped in Tourist Town’.

Here some details on Jennifer’s first three books in the Scallop Shores series.

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Quinn finds new purpose in life caring for the local handyman’s daughter and teaching the sexy single dad how to read. He knows he owes her a huge debt, but he’ll start by giving her his heart.

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9781440579608 Five Hearts Jennifer De CuirShannon is a single mom to triplets. Dean is a former boy band member hiding from the latest fake paternity scam. They couldn’t be more wrong for each other. Sometimes falling in love is more about chance than choice.

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20957837A childhood promise brings Wynter and Sam together again after tragedy ripped them apart over ten years earlier. Fate has given him a second chance to tell her how he feels. This time he’s not going to run.

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5* Review Five of Hearts Jennifer De Cuir

9781440579608 Five Hearts Jennifer De Cuir I was asked by Crimson Romance author Jennifer De Cuir to review her latest story Five of Hearts which is  a Scallops Shore novel. Here’s what the story’s about:
Being a celebrity had taught Dean that women only wanted him for his money and fame. They weren’t interested in him as a person. And they would use any sneaky means at their disposal to get what they wanted – including false paternity suits. Fed up, Dean moves to the other side of the country, to a small town on the coast of Maine. Surely he wouldn’t be bothered here.
Shannon has no use for men. Her father left when she was very little and her husband took off the minute the ultrasound revealed they weren’t having one baby, but three babies at once. She could handle it all on her own, thank you very much. But living up here on the bluff got lonely, even with her rambunctious triplets. And if she spent a little time with the hunky new guy next door, that was just being neighborly, right?
Dean’s idyllic new life was not supposed to include the hot neighbor-lady’s children sneaking into his yard every day. But the more time he spent with the triplets and their stubbornly independent mama, the more he realized his new hermit lifestyle may not have been the best choice. With Shannon, he could trust again. She was genuinely interested in him, not his fame. Of course, that could be because he’d neglected to tell her about his former life as the lead singer of the boy band, Five of Hearts. When she found out, would she forgive him for hiding something so important from her? Would she believe he did it to protect himself? Would she still love him… for him?

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My Review

Five of HeartsFive of Hearts is an absorbing, feel good romance with a feisty, courageous heroine and a sexy mysterious hero.

Dean a former boy band superstar is tired of paparazzi, gold diggers and everyone looking to him to maintain their golden lifestyle. The quiet coastal community of Scallops Shore is his chance for solitude and seclusion. Enter a trio of noise, mischief and fun. Shannon the triplets’ mother and the caretaker from the cottage next door is a visual delight and despite his misgivings he finds himself drawn to the fiercely independent woman and her children along with rest of Scallop shores characters who show him the true meaning of community. Dean is keeping secrets from Shannon but the one that threatens to divide them forever is not the one he’s worried about.

Shannon’s past experience has labelled men as untrustworthy and why should the sexy surfer guy next door be any different? Tough through necessity she always puts her children first. Dean’s reticence to be neighborly challenges Shannon she wants to know what he’s hiding. Dean makes Shannon question her choices and wonder what else she can have in her life. A spectre from the past threatens Shannon’s peace of mind.

The characters are interesting and you empathise with the dilemmas they face. The attraction Dean and Shannon feel is a surprise for both of them and its left to the wonderful cast of support characters to chivvy them into each other arms. Full of gentle twists and turns this is a page turning read I couldn’t put down until I’d finished.

Five of Hearts is the first Scallop Shore novel I have read. I ‘m definitely looking forward to the next one in the series.

I received an arc of Five of Hearts from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Five of Hearts by Jennifer DeCuir

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5* Review: Begin Again Christy Newton

Begin Again

Begin Again is a sweet, poignant small town romance which is a pleasure to read.

Maisie is an island cut off from the world and her family as she grieves for the loss of husband and unborn child in a horrific tornado two years previously. She works long hours at the local diner and lives in her sister’s basement. She has little hope of enjoying life and finding love again. Physically scarred from the tornado she shies away from intimacy but it is her mental scars and self loathing she must overcome to live again.

Emotionally damaged Ryan Tucker moves to the small town in Indiana for a new start as the local exotic animal vet. His love of apple pie draws him to the local diner where he meets Maisie a beautiful woman with sad green eyes. He vows to make her smile and the charming romance begins.

Maisie attracts empathy and loyalty. The internal conflict is believable and increases your support of Maisie in her quest to overcome the past. Ryan is charming and caring and every inch the dashing hero but as the story progresses you realise he isn’t perfect either. This increases his charm and makes him real.

The support cast of characters in the diner and Maisie and Ryan’s respective families enhance the story and reinforce the ethos of small town living. The animals featured are characters in their own right and give the story instant appeal.

A plot with numerous twists interwoven with well-developed characters makes you care and keeps you turning the pages.

The traditional values of this story are given a contemporary slant and reflect the distinctive voice of the author it is easy to read and hard to put down…

Begin Again by Christy Newton

My rating: 5 of 5 star

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