10 July 2018

*Read My Review & Enter a Huge Giveaway!* TO CATCH A TEXAS STAR by Linda Broday

TO CATCH  A TEXAS STAR
Texas Heroes, Book 3
by
LINDA BRODAY

  Genre: Western / Historical / Romance
Date of Publication: July 3, 2018
Number of Pages: 352

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On her way to town early one morning, Marley Rose McClain finds a man unconscious and bleeding at the side of the road. She loads him in the wagon and takes him to her family ranch.

Drifter Roan Penny fights for his life, his one goal eating at him—to find the ones who murdered his best friend. As he recovers, he finds himself falling in love with Marley. She’s everything he wants and dreams of making her his wife even as he knows it’s impossible.

A terrifying stranger appears and a long-kept secret shakes Marley to the core. Roan helps her through very frightening times and they pledge their love for each other.

As Roan hunts down the hooded men who killed his friend and grows closer to learning the truth of the stranger’s identity, he finds both himself and Marley being stalked.

Shocking events unfold, secrets come to light, and a love refuses to be denied in this cat and mouse game where danger lurks around every corner. Will Roan and Marley survive to see the future they plan? 

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Y’all, when this beauty popped up in our blogger group for sign-up, I nearly tripped over my own cowgirl boots to review TO CATCH A TEXAS STAR by Linda Broday. Just between y’all and me, I may have (accidentally-on-purpose) knocked over one or two of my blogger friends in order to get to the front of the line. I ain’t ashamed, I tell ya!

Now, this ain’t my first rodeo in reading and reviewing Ms. Broday’s work. Y’all can read my review of her book, TO MARRY A TEXAS OUTLAW by clicking right here. So, when I saw that Lone Star Literary Life was bringing her back on tour, I was over the moon like a shootin’ star, yo!

TO CATCH A TEXAS STAR by Linda Broday arrived in my mailbox on a scorching hot Texas summer day (my personal favorite type of day, I might add). I knew I wouldn’t be dismayed, because 1.) Broday’s cover art is always gorgeous, and 2.) She always sends an autographed review copy. Still, I held my breath as I tore open the envelope and gingerly removed the ARC. Gorgeous, isn't it??? Oh, you must see this in person to appreciate how lovely it is. 



And, oh, what is that?! A SIGNED AND PERSONALIZED POSTCARD! YASSSSSSSS!!!!!






“Surely, she didn’t send a signed postcard in lieu and an unsigned ARC,” I thought to myself. Carefully, I turned back the lovely cover (‘cause, by now, y’all know I like my books to remain looking brand-spanking-new), and there it was! Her autograph! YEEHAW!!!!!



Even my doggie, Sascha Marie (who has her own Facebook page - click on her name to check it out), has enjoyed caressing this book with her eyes!




Alright, alright, keep your hats on! I’ll get on with the review. Sheesh!

It’s the Fall of 1899 when the reader steps into this story and lands smack-dab in the middle of Central Texas (see what I did there?). The first person the reader meets is a smolderingly handsome cowboy named Roan Penny. Now, Roan’s had a rugged life, but he hasn’t let it turn him into a bitter man with a hard heart. And maybe that’s because of his friend, a good ol’ fella named Mose who took him in and treated him like family…something Roan never really had before, well, except for the old lady his sorry father had given him to the day his mother died. 




But, I digress…

It’s nighttime, and the moon is waning. That can only mean one thing to Roan: something bad was about to happen. And boy does it ever.

I won’t give any spoilers here, ‘cause y’all know I never do. (Why do y’all keep asking me to?) But the harbinger moon brings some bad deeds and ends up leaving Roan for dead among the bushes far from Mose’s farm.

Enter the lovely Marley Rose. She’s had everything that Roan’s never had: a happy home, family, and dreams. She rescues the man who looks more dead than alive and takes him back to Aces ‘n’ Eights, her father’s ranch.

And that’s where it all begins!


Will Marley Rose win over the heart of the handsome stranger she’d rescued? Or will Roan Penny decide he’s too much trouble for the lovely brunette who nurses him back to health in heart, body, and soul?  What happened to his old friend Mose the night the moon hung low in the sky? I ain’t gonna tell y’all.

But, I will tell y’all this – y’all’ve gotta read this book. I wouldn’t ever lie to y’all.

Ms. Broday’s writing is that comfortable, engaging style that lulls the reader into the story by degrees until, suddenly, the real world disappears and the words on the page become reality. Her worldbuilding and character development is so rich, it’s delicious. So, brew up a strong cup of joe (‘cause this book will keep you up ‘till the wee hours of the morn), and snuggle in for a cozy read.

Oh, and don’t forget to scroll down and ENTER TO WIN a generous giveaway!!!


TO CATCH A TEXAS STAR by Linda Broday

is as brilliant as the night sky!



And that’s why I grant it
5 Gleaming Brooms!




Praise for To Catch a Texas Star: 

“Fans of the previous books will enjoy returning to the McClain clan, and new readers will appreciate the story’s layered mysteries, emotional depth, and believable scenes of attraction.” -- Publisher’s Weekly 


“I loved the twists and turns that this story takes. It is pretty interesting seeing this romance blossom and how much their relationship strengthens as they face danger and the truth together.” -- Addicted to Romance 


“Marley Rose has one of the most gentle and winsome souls; her affection and compassion for others and delightful creativity pour off the pages and you can't help but adore her.” -- Michelle (Goodreads)



Linda is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of full length historical western romance novels and novellas. She’s published over twenty books and short stories and resides in the Texas Panhandle on land the American Indian and Comancheros once roamed. On a quiet day, she can often hear their voices whispering in the wind. 

The love of this state and its people runs bone deep and she instills that into each book she writes. She sets all her stories in Texas because of the rich history and interesting people.

A mother, grandmother, and soon to be a great grandmother, Linda finds research fascinating and always looks for little known tidbits to add realism to her stories. When she’s not writing, she collects old coins and confesses to being a rock hound in addition to making herself a nuisance at museums, libraries, and historical places which inspire her.

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7/4/18
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7/5/18
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7/6/18
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7/7/18
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7/8/18
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7/9/18
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7/10/18
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7/11/18
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7/12/18
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29 June 2018

*Read an Excerpt & Enter to Win!* HARMON GENERAL by Kimberly Fish

HARMON GENERAL
Misfits and Millionaires #2 
by
KIMBERLY FISH

Genre: Historical Fiction / WWII / Spies 
Publisher: Fish Tales, LLC  
Date of Publication: June 16, 2018
Number of Pages: 330 

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In 1943, Lane Mercer and Emmie Tesco had nothing in common. Well, nothing stronger than a town neither of them chose and careers they couldn’t advertise as agents within the Office of Strategic Services. During the days of Longview, Texas’s Friendly Trek Homecoming Parade, Lane was gearing up for the grand opening of a bookshop that also disguised an espionage safe house, and Emmie was chasing a criminal with evil intent through the US Army’s new medical facility, Harmon General Hospital, treating diseased and amputated soldiers. Emmie ropes Lane into international threats at Harmon General, making it increasingly hard for the two spies to navigate the Junior Service League, church life, or anything else that might be considered normal for a town sizzling with oil boom wealth. A friend from Lane’s past arrives and pushes against the fiction she’s created to distance her spy history from the wedding bells ringing her future. Emmie flirts with the idea of finding a life outside of the OSS but justifies the danger as a way to make amends for those she’s betrayed. Connecting the two women, to their surprise, is a rogue agent who targets them for crimes he believes they created. For better, or worse, they have to put aside their differences to share responsibility for stopping “The Grasshopper” before he blows apart the Big Inch Pipeline project and Harmon General Hospital. The hope of malaria treatments for US soldiers depends on it, and justice of the heart demands it. 


PRAISE FOR HARMON GENERAL:

"The war that changed the world brought the world to East Texas through Harmon General, a significant US Army hospital that treated thousands of wounded soldiers in Longview.  In Harmon General, we meet again Lane Mercer, a World War II heroine, and we enjoy again how the drama of her secret service to the nation and her complicated personal relationships pull us into the vast impact of the world war." -- Dale Lunsford, Ph.D., President, LeTourneau University 

Harmon General is a brilliant story for historical fiction readers! Set in World War II, the female spies, Army hospital setting, and drama amongst the Longview townsfolk kept me riveted and engaged until the very end.” - Jody T. Morse


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EXCERPT FROM HARMON GENERAL 
BY KIMBERLY FISH 

“Mr. Lassiter says I have to give customers three reasons to come to my shop, so I’m thinking through what else someone might need when they’re on the hunt for a good book. In these days of rations, I think cookies would be a plus.” 

Molly narrowed her papery lids. “Do you spend a lot of time with Mr. Lassiter? I’ve always thought he was a … confirmed bachelor.” 

Lane didn’t know enough about J’s backstory, but she’d bet Molly had a dossier worthy of Theo’s files. Once she was past the machinations of her aunt, and the Junior Service League, she’d tackle getting Molly’s information. 

 “At the moment, he’s my business professor,” Lane said. “But if there’s something you feel I need to know, don’t hold back.” 

“Nonsense, dear.” Molly clutched her belt. Her mouth pinched as if lunch was coming back to repeat. “I’m sure he’s a lovely man. He’s just not from around here, now is he?” 

The more Lane lived in Longview, the more she understood the caste system. Outsiders were a commodity best endured with distance. 

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A WORD FROM THE AUTHOR:



Kimberly Fish started writing professionally with the birth of her second child and the purchase of a home computer. Having found this dubious outlet, she then entered and won The Writer’s League of Texas manuscript contest which fed her on-going fascination with story crafting. 


She has since published in magazines, newspapers, and online formats and in January 2017, released the first novel in the Misfits and Millionaires series set during the World War II years in Longview, Texas—The Big Inch. Her second book, Comfort Plans, was published later that same year.

She lives with her family in East Texas.

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6/23/18
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6/23/18
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6/24/18
Guest Post
6/25/18
Review
6/25/18
Character Interview
6/26/18
BONUS Review
6/27/18
Review
6/27/18
Top Ten List
6/28/18
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6/29/18
Review
6/29/18
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6/30/18
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6/30/18
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7/1/18
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