SNEAK PEAK ~ Romance Author Fall Blitz


September will have the BIGGEST giveaway I have ever done!! Over a DOZEN Lady Romance Authors have agreed to answer some very pressing questions; in traditional ‘Steph’s Book Retreat’ style of course. Dates are still TBA and the ‘official’ list of authors is still in the works. To date, we have 8 e-book donations for raflecopter and 2 gift cards!!! Check back next week for more details!!




A VERY Special Congratulations to Dana Delamar. Her long time love, Jim, finally made an honest woman out of her and MARRIED her!!!

They were married on Saturday, the 24th of August in Washington state.

Congratulations to the newly weds!!

Love you both!!!

BOOK BLAST ~ “The Blue Blood Legacies” by Amy Bol

About The Author

Amy Bol grew up in Twin Lake, MI. She met her husband, Bryan Dykes, on vacation during her second year of college and moved to Virginia Beach to help him battle Hodgekins disease. Cancer free, the couple went on to have two daughters and eventually return to Twin Lake to raise their young family in her hometown.
Bryan was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer in April 2008 and he died three short months later. Her first book, a memoir of non-fiction, short stories entitled “Complements of a Dying Man,” started out as a test to learn how to upload her work onto Amazon. The book is currently rated five stars and was described as both humorous and heartfelt.
However, her guilty pleasure is writing adult paranormal romance. Draw of the Bane, the first book in The Blueblood Legacy series is her first novel. She is currently at work on the sequel Rise of the Red Wolf. She lives with her fiancé, Nick, and her two stubborn, strong, and infinitely amazing young daughters.
Twitter: @amybolwrites

The Book:
Mila was use to life on her own. She was done running, and fully expected to face her past alone and on her own terms. That is, until Landon wandered into her life and changed the terms. Now, together, they face a common enemy, one that neither can run from forever. For, even as her enemies exist a continent away, the draw of the Bane in her blood will bring them only a heartbeat from her. But it was the heartbeat beside her that pounded the loudest, and the one that could be her undoing…

“So deep was the fine design woven into the very fabric of their blueprint, so precise and sharp were the instruments of Mother Nature, that the danger came not in the divine intention of their form, but in the commune of their unnatural numbers. Dens that size don’t exist in nature for a reason. Yet, here one came…”

“He was the kind of man that if you saw as a stranger in a room, you allowed yourself that one fleeting moment when you imagine you’re flat on your back and pinned firmly beneath him.”

This is an adult book and is not recommended for young readers.


Amazon  Amy will be offering The Blue Blood Legacies “Draw of the Bane” for .$99 today                           ONLY   (August 22)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

ARR Book Review ~ “The Perfect Setup” by Douglas Wickard

Title: The Perfect Setup
Author: Douglas Wickard
Format: PDF
Stars : 5

****A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.****

Short Recap~

A moment of weakness…
an afternoon of passion…
a brutal murder hits close to home…
The explosive sequel to A PERFECT HUSBAND.

Sami’s back! And this time it’s personal!

The New York Times, Daily News and New York Post all hailed her a hero!

Samantha Saxton “owned the night,” they reported. She was the victor, the quiet champion, the anti-heroine single-handedly destroying the career of a lethal serial killer stalking the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for six unremitting years. The disappearance of six teenage girls and the horrific details of their deaths received national, frenzied attention and Sami Saxton became the unlikely poster woman in all the coverage.

Sami’s attempt to find a quieter, less hectic life by moving to the cabin her deceased father built years ago in the remote township of Montague, New Jersey didn’t turn out quite the way she expected.

Returning to the City, Sami purchases a spacious, fifth floor, open-airy, glass-walled condominium on the Upper West Side overlooking the Hudson River…another new start!

But, that night continues to haunt her…in her dreams and in her life. The nightmares persist, vivid, ongoing and relentless. Posttraumatic stress syndrome paralyzes her, keeping her prisoner in her newly renovated home. The anxiety and panic attacks intensify and not even prescription painkillers can relieve the anguish.

Then, the unthinkable occurs. A young, female model is found brutally murdered in a midtown hotel. And, Jerry Saxton, Sami’s ex-husband, is taken into custody for the heinous crime.

TRUST NO ONE! (Recap courtesy of

Douglas reunites us with Sami; after her last ordeal in “A Perfect Husband” she is recovering. Douglas makes Sami very relatable and even in some ways a heroine who has her own daemons that are normal after surviving hell.

Warning to the reader, don’t be eating or drinking anything very heavy strong while reading; trust me on this.

Their were times where I wanted to hug Sami or hide, the fear and determination become real as the reader is pulled inside the world that Douglas masterfully creates and holds the reader in from the first page until the very last moment.

Unexpected twists, turns and will keep you reading “just one more chapter” and then leave you sleeping with the lights on and jumping at every little sound. If you live in the city, that doesn’t mean you are safe. Sami thought she was safe and well……

Douglas is as masterful in this as the last Sami novel and left me clutching onto something as the night got darker and the chance of danger got more real.

I will once again be waiting for Douglas to scare me again very soon. You can’t help but fall in love with Sami and with Douglas Wickard.

Author Interview ~ Amy Bol

When it comes to author interview questions, I think I offer a great mix of questions, well, today’s Author Interview is with Amy Bol, and she agrees, lol. She said, and I quote, “BEST INTERVIEW QUESTIONS EVER!” I will take that as a compliment. Amy’s rep, Michelle, was nice enough to pass on my info to Amy (where Michelle and I connected, I cannot remember), so we can blame or thank Michelle for today’s interview (if you enjoy it, ‘thanks Michelle’, if you don’t, well, it’s all Michelle’s fault.. 😉 ) . It turns out Amy and I are a lot alike, I will let YOU figure out how. Please pull up a chair or get comfy because today’s Author Interview will leave you smiling and laughing, as it did me.

ps~ Amy has offered me a chance to read her yummy novels in exchange for reviews, hmmmm I will be taking her up on that, once I get a bit more caught up this month. but stay tuned for those!!!

–Personal Note… I think I might win the prize for weirdest questions asked to an author, I’m just sayin.. —


Please tell me about your current novel.

Draw of the Bane is the first book in The Blueblood Legacies series which centers on the great wolf dens of Eastern Europe. It’s an adult, paranormal romance with some fun twists and the right amount of naughty. The first book takes place in America, with the main character, Mila, getting ready to take a stand against those who have been pursuing her. Enter Landon, who shares a common enemy with her and turns her plans, and her heart, upside down. I can’t wait to finish the sequel. There are some fun characters I get to introduce! What or who inspired you to write it? My Aunt pushed me. She read an earlier version of the book and every time I saw her asked me what I planned on doing with it!

Who are some of your favorite authors and books? Did they influence or inspire your writing style and give you ideas?

I love Anne Rice, but I also spent an entire summer reading nothing but Barbara Cartland. I loved Cartland’s stories, still do, but she always seemed to stop right before the action. I didn’t. LOL

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?

I just started publishing, so it hasn’t happened yet. I’m trying to prepare myself for it. People have different tastes, and you’re not going to please everyone. I’ve read how mean some people can be when giving reviews. It scares the crap out of me! I think that constructive criticism is welcome, but you don’t have to be mean about it. People sometimes forget that it’s very personal, writing. Authors take comments to heart.

What was the biggest compliment?

My friend told me she had trouble reading my first book because she felt like she was eavesdropping into a private and painful part of my life. It made my day!

Did those change how or what you did in your next novel?

It makes me strive to create that same emotional involvement in my fiction as people felt in my non-fiction.

This or That – paperback or iBook?? I love to hold a good paperback, but a kindle can hold tons of them! Smoothies or Milkshakes?? Milkshakes, without question! Chocolates or Jewelry?? I SHOULD say jewelry. But, let’s be real, chocolate!

When you sit down to write, are you at a computer or do you do it, the ‘old fashioned’ way with pen and paper? Do you prefer one way or another?

Computer: easier to erase and type over. Which, I do a lot!

What do you do in your down time?

That’s private, and a highly inappropriate question. JK! We have an old pontoon boat with a slide on it. We love taking it out on the water! Do you pick up something from your ‘to be read’ stack? On occasion, but I have to make sure I have a solid block of time. If a book draws me in, you won’t see me until it’s done. Not kidding, whenever a new Harry Potter came out, I would walk around the house reading it. Yes, I brought it into the bathroom with me while I did my business. Don’t judge.

If your protagonist was a real person, what would they think about you?

She would hate me. I’m interested in her man.

Would they want to hang out with you?

I would hope that Landon would, but I’d be scared of Mila.

What do you look for in a book when you sit down to read for fun?

Characters with charm: likeable but imperfect, a fun plot line, some unexpected twists and a lot of romance.

When you go to Starbucks or Jamba Juice, what do you order?

Peppermint Mocha, hot or cold depends on day, and biggest they have.

Do they know you by name or drink?

I spread my Starbucks love around; I’m not a regular at any particular store.

What has been your favorite part of being an author?

The responses from people who have enjoyed my words, It’s ADDICTING! What has been your least favorite? Formatting! Not fun!

When you walk into a book store, where do you head first?

To get coffee, then I get lost, people. I get lost!

Did you get to quit your ‘day job’ and become an author, or do you have a ‘day job’ and writing is something you do for fun?

I stay home with my girls. Writing keeps me sane.

What has been the strangest thing a reader has asked you?

I can’t think of a “strange” question. Sounds like a challenge! If anybody reading this can think of a “strange” question, post it on my facebook page at with the caption “Strange Question Challenge.” I promise to answer it!

What is your favorite junk food vice?

CHOCOLATE, come on, I passed on jewelry!

Is their any movie you have seen that was based on a novel, which you think lived up to the novel?? What made it live up to the novel?

I love a movie that follows the novel, but I have yet to see one that lives up to it. I like the worlds I create in my own head while I read.

If you could step into the shoes of your protagonist for one day, would you? What would you like to experience or see during that day?

YES!! I want to do what she can do! And who! LOL

Did you have any teacher(s) in high school or college that encouraged you to write? Did you take their advice?

In elementary school, I had a teacher who used to make me read my stories in front of the class. It made me want to keep coming up with new ideas.

What type of ice cream or gelato could I find you eating on a hot summer day?

A peanut butter sunday, extra peanut butter, with whip, no nuts, no cherry.

If we snuck a peek in your purse right now, what would we find?

A mess

We all have our little ‘things’ when it comes to reading or writing; is their anything that bugs you when you read a novel?

Plot twists that were too obvious.

Who was your first novel dedicated to? Was their a particular reason for that person?

My two girls. The book was about losing their dad to cancer. When they are older and eventually read it, I want them to remember how much he loved them and what a positive, funny guy he was.

This or That – Christmas or Your Birthday?? CHRISTMAS!!!!! Cell Phone or No Phone?? Cell phone, I would be lost without it. Quality or Quantity?? Quality, all day.

What do your friends and family think of your writing? Have they been supportive?

Yes, they have been very supportive. They think it’s fun.

In 4 words, describe yourself.

Oh, I couldn’t answer this one. I asked my fiancé and he said: “smart, sexy, sassy, and loud.” But, he’s been conditioned to give responses like that; I’m pretty sure he thinks it will earn him a back rub. But, it’s late and I’m going to bed when I finish these questions. Plus, he just called me “loud.”

Is their anything else you would like to share or say to those who will read this?

Thank You! I love hearing your comments! Thanks for taking the time to give my work a chance!


ARR Book Review ~ “Micah’s Heart” by Judith Leger

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Title ~ “Micah’s Heart”

Author ~ Judith Leger

Series~ Witch Mountain

Book # ~2

Format ~ebook via Kindle

Rating ~5 Stars


**DISCLAIMER** A copy was provided to me in return for an honest review


Short Recap ~ Dark clouds soar in the skies above Sabre Nichols the first time she meets Micah McGregor. Still the gloom doesn’t detract from the overwhelming hunger she feels for the sexy half native American with his lean body, long dark hair and captivating blue eyes. She wants him.

After attending her great grandmother’s funeral, Sabre assumes she’ll stay a week at the old homestead on Witch Mountain, and then return to her job as a paranormal researcher. But strange events on the mountain and Micah’s sexy charisma wreak havoc with her plans. Micah seems to hide something eerie behind his brilliant blue gaze…

Can she trust him to help find the source of the spectral activities? Or can she believe the tales of her witch heritage? If she puts her faith in Micah, will she find answers… and lose her heart? (recap courtsoy of



Judith let me ask some questions to ‘Esmerelda’ a few months ago, and Esmerelda never got back to me, now I understand why. In this tale, my questions are answered, how deliciously tricky of Judith to make me wait to get my answers.


This novella was a great follow-up to “Esmerelda”; the reader does not have to have read the previous novel to be able to understand what is going on and to fall in love with not only the characters, but the magic that surrounds Witch Mountain and it’s delightful characters.


The love that grows between the main characters is unorthodox, as it’s based on something Sabre doesn’t understand and a pull that leaves her confused and at the same time pulled towards her great grandmother’s tenant, Micah. With love that transcends time and a magic that has it’s own rules, Micah and Sabre learn to not only trust each other, but to trust the magic that surrounds the mountain.


There is no lack of action or suspense in this short read, nor is their any lack of passion. For such a short read, Judith packs a punch and holds onto her reader as they once again make their journey to the magical ‘Witch Mountain’……

Happy Saturday Aug 10th


Hubby & the boys are watching a movie, so I am enjoying a few moments of paperback & Dr Pepper bliss, before I am needed.

ps~ yes my toes do that on their own. that’s how you can tell I’m relaxed. 😋

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