Book Review: Ruse and Romance

Ruse & RomanceRuse & Romance by S.G. Rogers

About the book:

Unjustly labeled a flirt, Kitty Beaucroft is in need of a fiancé. Lord Philip Butler’s father wants him to settle down before he can become a landowner. With no intention of following through, Kitty and Philip enter into a temporary engagement as a means to an end. Unfortunately, someone knows the truth and is determined to expose them. Will the ruse turn into a romance before it’s too late?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this and read it quickly. The story piqued my interest from the start and I was dying to know the result of the misunderstandings and Victorian-style “scandals”. If you enjoy sweet, clean historical romance, you’ll love this one.

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Guest Author: Tamie Dearen!

Meet another talented author, Tamie Dearen! Tamie writes delightful romantic comedies and YA fantasy novels. I’ve recently read her Best Girls Series and it is so much fun.

She also writes a free serial story that has me on the edge of my seat! It’s a fun romantic comedy, try it here: A Rose in Bloom

Best Girls Banner 2014-08-17 at 2.58.51 PMTHE BEST GIRLS SERIES

Anne Best, a 45-year-old widow, and her two daughters, Emily and Charlie, find adventure, laughter, and love when they move from Weatherford, Texas to New York City.

In HER BEST MATCH, Anne Best, veteran matchmaker, teams up with Gram to find a match for her new boss, and fights a growing attraction to him while she’s courted by a handsome playboy from France.

In BEST DATING RULES, Emily Best, who loves ballet, art and reading, tries to adhere to her strict household dating rules and hold her heart in check, but she’s thrown off-balance by her crazy attraction to Spencer, a handsome, athletic, outdoors enthusiast with the reputation of a player. But Spencer has a secret . . . He’s never kissed a girl!

In BEST LAID PLANS, Charlie Best denies her attraction for Josh for two years, until unforeseen circumstances force him to find a wife immediately. So Charlie sets out to help him find happiness in someone else’s arms. Soon almost everyone is plotting and planning at cross-purposes, trying to convince Josh whom he should marry, while a buxom nurse schemes to snag the handsome doctor for herself.

BEST FOOT FORWARD stars Spencer’s sister, Grace, who is spicy, fun, prone to mishaps, and little bit crazy. But though she encourages others to find love, she’s terrified to make the same kind of commitment herself.  Brad’s kisses make her knees go weak along with her self-control. So she determines to end their relationship before she becomes too emotionally attached. Too late, she realizes her actions were a mistake.  Now she wants him back, but klutziness and awful luck conspire to keep them apart. Add a mischievous brother and a terrible shrew to the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

The Best Girls will make you laugh and cry and laugh again, while you follow your friends on their madcap adventures to the inevitable happy endings.

Get the Series here:

10649789_1692632274294668_3986734810420514844_nTamie Dearen lives with her very romantic husband of thirty-two years. She has two beautiful daughters, two amazing son-in-laws, and one awesome grandson. She plays piano, flute, harmonica, keyboards, and guitar, and loves composing and art. And she hates housework.Tamie met her husband as a freshman in college when she acted out of character on a whim. One night in the library lobby, she spied a cute guy with his first name written on the back of his shirt. She called out his name. When he approached to talk to her, she pretended that she’d met him before, asking about his classes and how he liked college. To her surprise and delight, he also pretended that he knew her, but of course he didn’t know her name. They continued this false relationship for two months. Each time they saw each other, an event that occurred three times per week at the cafeteria, he would pretend he knew her. Meanwhile, all of Tamie’s friends were careful not to reveal her name to him. When he finally admitted his ignorance of her name, he was astonished to learn the truth. And the rest is history.

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Guest Author: Krysten Lindsay Hager

Meet another great author, Krysten Lindsay Hager! Give her book True Colors a try, it’s a fun YA read that will appeal to everyone. I really enjoyed it.

“A little competition can really bring out people’s true colors.”TrueColors453X680

About the Book: Landry Albright just wants to be one of the interesting girls at school who always have exciting things going on in their lives. She wants to stand out, but also wants to fit in, so she gives in when her two best friends, Ericka and Tori, push her into trying out for a teen reality show modeling competition with them. Landry goes in nervous, but impresses the judges enough to make it to the next round.

However, Ericka and Tori get cut and basically “unfriend” her on Monday at school. Landry tries to make new friends, but gets caught up between wanting to be herself and conforming to who her new friends want her to be. Along the way she learns that modeling is nowhere as glamorous as it seems, how to deal with frenemies, a new crush, and that true friends see you for who you really are and like you because of it.

From the back cover: “Every day I walked down the sidewalk to school and wished I were one of the interesting popular girls who ran up with exciting news. Just once I’d like to be one of those girls instead of the being the one who didn’t get invited to things because people “forgot” about me.” True Colors on Amazon

Krysten Lindsay HagerKrysten Lindsay Hager is an author and book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and also writes middle grade, YA, humor essays, and adult fiction. TRUE COLORS is her bestselling debut novel from Astraea Press. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and currently resides in Southern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing. She received her master’s in American Culture from the University of Michigan-Flint.


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Guest Author: Valerie Howard

Today I’d like to introduce you to my friend and fellow author, Valerie Howard! Check out her interview and the link to the first chapter of her latest book, Carry Me Home. It’s an inspirational story and an excellent read.

From the back of the book: “As a nurse who has experienced the pain of personal loss, Amanda strives to provide flawless medical care to the neediest of patients. But when her life starts crumbling and she meets her most stubborn patient yet, will sheer determination be enough to see her through? Or should she start wishing for a miracle from a God she doesn’t believe in?” Chapter One of Carry Me Home

10717684_205085433024749_1869171570_nValerie Howard has been writing stories since she was in second grade when she wrote “The Mystery of the Missing Crayon.” She lives in Maine with her youth pastor husband, her toddler, and two crazy beagles. She graduated from Sacopee Valley High School in Hiram, Maine and Piedmont Baptist College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Valerie has self-published 17 books and plays for ages 4 to 104.


Amazon: Valerie Howard
Twitter: @PenHelp



What inspired you to write Carry Me Home?

It actually started out as a completely different book. I wanted to feature a 90-something person who was home bound because I feel we as a nation neglect the elderly. I wanted to delve into what issues and troubles an elderly person would have to face that we never think of. In one of the scenes, Hector, a 92-year-old ex-army chaplain, doesn’t want to admit that he has to buy two half-gallons of milk instead of a full gallon because he can’t carry a full gallon anymore. I think a lot of elderly people struggle with things we can’t even imagine, especially if they are single and have no family nearby. That’s the reason I started this book, and it kind of transformed from there.

Did a real person inspire your character Amanda?

Yes, my sister-in-law is a home nurse who is very dedicated to helping others. She helped with some questions I had about the medical research I had to do since I have no experience in the medical field.

How long did it take to write?

I think I started it at the beginning of 2014 or the end of 2013, so almost a year from idea to publication.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a fun children’s poetry book called “chickaboodle”. It’s a nick-name that I call my kid, and it’s just a fun and completely made-up word. After that, I’m going to take a break from novels and work on my new “Waiting Room Reads” short story series. These books are meant to be short, one-sitting reads that you could start and finish while waiting at the DMV or doctor’s office. I intend for them to be free on the first day of every month so everyone can enjoy them on their Kindle or Kindle apps without spending anything!10726299_205085729691386_1926123121_n