Posts By: Jessica

Nov 11
Celebrating a Life: Kaos the Cat

Celebrating a Life: Kaos the Cat

On Monday, November 02, 2015 we had to put our oldest cat, Kaos to sleep. He was about 13/14 years old and came into our life as a wrecking ball. At the time, our only cat Kitty, was an outdoor cat and every evening, I’d go out to the front and call her, “Kitty! Here Kitty, kitty, kitty.” Sometimes she’d come right away and other times we’d go inside and then come back for a second round of calling. That night, my sister and I called for her and we heard meowing but she wasn’t around. Then all of sudden this little white ball of fur came running out of the bushes and we go into the house screaming! He was named after two members of boybands: Lance Bass from… Read more »

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Nov 10
If We Were Having Lunch: First Edition

If We Were Having Lunch: First Edition

Jaime at The Perpetual Page-Turner was inspired by a post written by Ashley (Your Super Awesome Life). Her post, If We were Having Coffee, is a great way to interact with others and share what’s going on in one’s life. If we were having lunch, I’d tell you-my heart hurts for my city. In the course of a week, a beautiful 4 year old girl, Lily Garcia, was shot dead in a road rage incident and a dedicated police officer was shot while conducting a routine traffic stop. That officer, Daniel Webster, was a former Army paratrooper and nine-year veteran of the Albuquerque Police Department. And my heart hurts. In a city where we’ve had a lot of police involved shootings and the city paying out thousands to victims, it… Read more »

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Nov 09
Dear Secret Sister #5

Dear Secret Sister #5

#OTSPSECRETSISTER is hosted by On the Same Page. It’s a six month “Secret Santa” type of set up, but instead of focusing on gifts, it’s a cheer club. Everyone is paired up and throughout the round, cards, little gifts, and cheer are sent. For more information about the set up and how to join the next round, see this post over at The Book Addicts Guide. Dear Secret Sister: I did this last round with my then Secret Sis and had planned on doing it again, but as you know life gets in the way. I wanted to thank you for the thoughtful packages! I love the hints you’ve included as to your identity and admit, I have NO IDEA who you are! August’s package was awesome! The funny thing… Read more »

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Oct 26
Cover Reveal: Christina Dodd’s Governess Brides Series

Cover Reveal: Christina Dodd’s Governess Brides Series

I’m really excited about the relaunch of Christina Dodd’s Governess Brides series! I read the first two books a few years ago and really enjoyed them! The new covers are part of the Avon “Encore” program – they take the “gems and jewels” of their collection, and give them new cover art, and launch them back into the marketplace. * * * Rules of Surrender on sale October 27, 2015 The Rules of Employment for The Distinguished Academy of Governesses: Always remember your station. Be sure to maintain a disciplined schoolroom. And never, ever become too familiar with the master of the house… Lady Charlotte Dalrumple is known as England’s most proper governess, a woman who has never taken a misstep socially–or romantically. On the surface, she seems perfectly suited… Read more »

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Oct 10
Blog Friends Forever Blog Hop: Random Acts of Kindness + Giveaway

Blog Friends Forever Blog Hop: Random Acts of Kindness + Giveaway

I’m really excited to be taking part in the Blog Friends Forever Tour hosted by the wonderful ladies of Fiction Fare and Swoony Boys Podcast! The idea behind the blog hop was to spread blogger love and showcase the awesome bookish community. The best part of the blog hop? Each participant has a different topic and I’m loving how unique everyone’s responses has been. You can check out the full participation schedule here. And, Jana over That Artsy Reader Girl interviewed me for the blog hop and she’s giving away a book from your own wish list! I’m about to get personal…when I was a child, I struggled with reading. A large part of it was because I spoke English in the house and my mom, who spoke Spanish went… Read more »

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Sep 04
Blog Tour: Review-Tessa Dare’s When a Scot Ties the Knot + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Tessa Dare’s When a Scot Ties the Knot + Giveaway

I have a confession…I’ve never read a Tessa Dare book until a few months ago. I was gifted a copy of Romancing the Duke and read it one sitting! I really enjoyed it and when the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for Dare’s When a Scot Ties the Knot, I couldn’t say no! When a Scot Ties the Knot is the third in her Castles Ever After series and if you haven’t read the first two, it’s not necessary to enjoy When a Scot Ties the Knot. We have really good character development. Madeline Gracechurch is desperate to avoid a London Season and does the unthinkable: she invents a suitor and quickly announces their engagement. Maddie is so likeable and you can easily imagine being friends with… Read more »

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Sep 04
Excerpt: Tessa Dare’s When a Scot Ties the Knot

Excerpt: Tessa Dare’s When a Scot Ties the Knot

As part of the blog tour, I have an excerpt of Tessa Dare’s When a Scot Ties the Knot. Enjoy! Synopsis: On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shy, pretty and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: she invented a sweetheart. A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her, but conveniently never around. Maddie poured her heart into writing the imaginary Captain MacKenzie letter after letter … and by pretending to be devastated when he was (not really) killed in battle, she managed to avoid the pressures of London society entirely…. Read more »

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Aug 21
Dear Secret Sister #4 (And I know who you are!)

Dear Secret Sister #4 (And I know who you are!)

#OTSPSECRETSISTER is hosted by On the Same Page. It’s a six month “Secret Santa” type of set up, but instead of focusing on gifts, it’s a cheer club. Everyone is paired up and throughout the round, cards, little gifts, and cheer are sent. For more information about the set up and how to join the next round, see this post over at The Book Addicts Guide. . Dear Secret Sister: This post is a long time coming and I finally know who you are (and you dear readers will know too at the bottom of this post). I’m so excited to tell the world and words can’t express how thoughtful you are! Secret Sis decided to say hello and sent Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare! I’ve never read Dare… Read more »

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Aug 06
Cover Reveal: Fall of Poppies + Excerpt

Cover Reveal: Fall of Poppies + Excerpt

I’m really excited to share the cover reveal for Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War. The First World War has always been an interest of mine and I really enjoy historical fiction and romance so these stories will probably tear at our hearts! The collection doesn’t come out until March 2016, but in the meantime we have a cover reveal and an excerpt! Plus scroll down to win print copies of After The War is Over, A Memory of Violets, and Land of Dreams. * * * Title:Fall of Poppies Authors: Heather Webb, Hazel Gaynor, Beatriz Williams, Jennifer Robson, Jessica Brockmole, Kate Kerrigan, Evangeline Holland, Lauren Willig, Marci Jefferson Publication date: March 01, 2016 Genre: Historical Fiction Synopsis: Top voices in historical fiction deliver an intensely… Read more »

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Jul 28
Blog Tour: Review-Marci Jefferson’s Enchantress of Paris + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Marci Jefferson’s Enchantress of Paris + Giveaway

Last year I read and adored Marci Jefferson’s Girl on the Golden Coin. When I was offered the opportunity to review her second novel, Enchantress of Paris, I couldn’t say no. I’m so glad I didn’t pass up the chance because Jefferson’s newest is wonderfully written and a must read for any fan of historical fiction! We have good character development. When we first meet Marie Mancini, she’s a teenager on the cusp of womanhood. Her father was an Italian aristocrat who was also a well known astrologer. Marie is naive, but it’s her naiveté that makes her a breath of fresh air! You can feel her frustration at the way things are and will cheer her on as she blossoms. We have a wide array of historical figures who… Read more »

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Jul 23
Book Review: Jessa McAdams’ The Perfect Bargain

Book Review: Jessa McAdams’ The Perfect Bargain

I’ve read a few of Julia London’s historicals and she’s one I want to read more of. When the opportunity came to review a contemporary under the pen name, Jessa McAdams, I was intrigued. When I read the plot involved the Scottish Highlands, I couldn’t pass up the chance! Character development is a bit weak. Sloane Chatfield is an American girl who decided to leave it all behind for a few weeks to find her real life Jamie Fraser in Scotland. If you’re not familiar with who Fraser is, you’re not alone! Even our hero Galen Buchanan had no idea who he was, but I’ll be kind to you. Fraser of course is the hero in the Diana Gabaldon novels and one who has stolen the hearts of thousands of… Read more »

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Jul 22
Book Review: Kate Meader’s Even the Score

Book Review: Kate Meader’s Even the Score

I’ve made no secret of my love for Kate Meader and her books! When she asked if I’d be interested in reviewing the first in her Tall, Dark, and Texan series, Even the Score, I couldn’t say no. And, wow-talk about pent up sexual attraction! You’ll definitely need a fan as you read. We have great character development. Tess McKenzie was born to a famous actress and had the life of privilege growing up. She’s not spoiled and works hard in order to make her own way in the world. Tess is feisty and protective of her friends. You can easily imagine hanging out with her and just having fun. I really liked her. And ladies, be prepared to swoon over Hunter Dade! He’s a man on a mission who… Read more »

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