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Monday, December 31, 2018

Learning to Love by Jennifer Wilck - Book Tour - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hey lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Jennifer Wilck and her new book, “Learning to Love”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Jennifer and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Learning to Love
by Jennifer Wilck

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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Dina Jacobs is a single librarian who has never fit in due to her off-the-charts intelligence, frizzy hair and rounder-than-socially-acceptable figure. She left her past behind until she receives an invitation to her ten-year high school reunion, and all her insecurities return.

Adam Mandel is a single corporate attorney who just missed his third deadline at his father's law firm, the law firm where he is up for junior partner. With his reputation on the line, Adam needs all the help he can get to convince his father that he deserves the promotion.

When Dina and Adam run into each other on a deserted road, Dina thinks Mr. Flashypants can't possibly be interested in someone like her. Adam thinks Dina is just the person to help him improve his reputation. Lies and insecurities force them to take a look at themselves. Can they trust each other to look beyond the surface?

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EXCERPT TWO:

“You’re a genius.”

She was, but it wasn’t something she mentioned during the first week of a relationship, so she doubted he referred to her IQ. “What are you talking about?”

“My dad is on my case about being more responsible, improving my image, etc. When he saw you with me, he backed down. This is the solution to all our problems.”

This time she stiffened. He couldn’t be...

“You need me to take you to the reunion. I need you to help my dad see I’m mature enough, attentive enough, for the promotion.”

...he was. Did she misread his intentions after he sent her those flowers?

“We were already going to the reunion together,” she said. “And shouldn’t your performance at work determine whether or not you get a promotion?”

“I need a hidden weapon outside of work. And you, my dear,” he planted a kiss on her forehead, “are it.”

No, no, no. “You don’t need a weapon. You need to have a conversation with your dad to fix things.”

“My dad doesn’t work your way.”

The sinking feeling in her stomach increased. Because while she had started to feel something for Adam, he’d turned her into a career asset for his own ambition.

“You’ll help me convince my father, right?”

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BOOK REVIEW:


Wow!  Amazing characters that you will fall in love with and root for their happiness!

This book is a happy, feel-good, enjoyable, entertaining read!

This book is about Dina Jacobs, a frizzy-haired, out-of-place, socially awkward, super intelligent, librarian.  Dina receives an invite to her 10-year high school reunion and is in crisis mode trying to find a date and decide if she should even go back to the one place she felt evermore like an outcast.

This book is about Adam Mandel, a smart, good-looking, corporate attorney, with a somewhat fake, cocky, player-ish attitude.  Adam is up for a big promotion to be a junior partner at the firm – his dad’s law firm, but he keeps missing deadlines and slacking off.

However, when Dina gets a flat tire and Adam stops to help, this chance encounter could be the perfect solution for each other’s problems!  Dina needs a date for her high school reunion event and Adam needs a serious girlfriend to show his dad he’s grown up and is ready for more responsibility.

As both need something from each other it becomes more of an arrangement at first – but could these two actually fall in love and this pretend relationship turn into the real thing?!  No spoilers here!!  But you definitely will want to read this book and find out!!

This book keeps you totally engaged from page one through the very last page!  I truly had a hard time putting this book down!

I really liked the main characters, Dina and Adam!!  They were likable, relatable, and genuine.  Both characters had some serious low self-esteem issues and personal insecurities.  They both dealt with them differently and tried to keep them hidden from the world.  However, when they were together – they were able to just be themselves…  And that’s why they were so perfect together – because they were being their honest, true selves – and trusting each other with that openness.

I think a lot of readers will able to relate to Dina as many of us battle with personal insecurities and it’s often something we try to keep hidden from others.  Plus, I’m sure readers will also be cheering Dina on – from when she shows up the means girls at the reunion to the cute, real feelings developing moments with Adam!!  You can’t help but root for this adorable couple!!

I think the author did a fantastic job on her character development as these characters were so real and personal on many levels.

I really enjoyed reading this book and totally had a smile on most of the time I was reading it!

This book has a great storyline that flows, terrific writing style with detailed scenes, well-developed characters, is steady paced, and keeps you completely entertained through the last page.

This book is the third book in the Serendipity Book Series.  I had not read either of the books in this series before reading this book.  I did not get lost or confused, so this book can be read as a standalone.  However, there are many references to the previous book and the characters seem to overlap.  However, since I liked this book, I would suggest getting in from the beginning and starting with book one, so you don’t miss anything.

For me, this book absolutely worked!!!  It hit everything I look for and need when I am reading and reviewing a book!!!

All in all, I would absolutely recommend this book, and this author as I was truly impressed with the quality of writing, intriguing storyline, and excellent character development!  I will definitely be continuing to follow this author and check out her upcoming books!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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AUTHOR BIO:


Jennifer started telling herself stories as a little girl when she couldn’t fall asleep at night. Pretty soon, her head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Even as an adult, she thinks about the characters and stories at night before she falls asleep or walking the dog. Eventually, she started writing them down. Her favorite stories to write are those with smart, sassy, independent heroines; handsome, strong and slightly vulnerable heroes; and her stories always end with happily ever after.

In the real world, she’s the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men she knows. When she’s not writing, she loves to laugh with her family and friends, is a pro at finding whatever her kids lost in plain sight, and spends way too much time closing doors that should never have been left open in the first place. She believes humor is the only way to get through the day and does not believe in sharing her chocolate.

She writes contemporary romance, some of which are mainstream and some of which involve Jewish characters. She’s published with The Wild Rose Press and all her books are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and The Wild Rose Press.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Jennifer will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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On the Count of Three by Carolyn Arnold - Book Tour - Interview - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hey lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Carolyn Arnold and her new book, “On the Count of Three”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a paperback copy of Carolyn Arnold’s book, “Remnants,” which is Book #6 in the Brandon Fisher FBI Book Series!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Carolyn and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


On the Count of Three
by Carolyn Arnold

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GENRE: Thriller

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BLURB:

And they thought prison was hell…

When a woman’s disappearance ticks off all the same boxes as two unsolved murders, Miami homicide detective Kelly Marsh is convinced there’s about to be a third. If she’s right and the killer sticks to their previous MO, she only has three days before Jenna Kelter’s decapitated head will show up somewhere in the city. With no time to waste, Kelly reaches out to the one person she knows can help: her former mentor and family friend Jack Harper, who just happens to lead a team with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit.

BAU special agent and profiler Brandon Fisher easily sees the similarities between Detective Marsh’s missing person case and the two cold cases: all three victims served time for DUI vehicular homicide and disappeared three days after being released from prison. But is that enough to assume Kelter has been abducted by a serial killer? Brandon’s not so sure and fears his boss may have let his personal connection to Marsh cloud his judgment. Surely there isn’t any other explanation for why they jumped into an investigation less than twenty-four hours after Kelter was reported missing. Then again, maybe Brandon is letting his own differences with the detective affect his perspective. He’ll need to move past it, though—and quickly.

After all, this killer has evaded capture for the past six years, and they may be looking at a lot more victims than originally suspected. This serial killer is calling the shots and pulling them into a macabre game of cat and mouse. While the team has no choice but to play, if they don’t make the right moves, one of them may not make it out of Miami alive.

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ABOUT THE BRANDON FISHER FBI SERIES:

Profilers. Serial killers. The hunt is on. Do serial killers and the FBI fascinate you? Do you like getting inside the minds of killers, love being creeped out, sleeping with your eyes open, and feeling like you’re involved in murder investigations? Then join FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher and his team with the Behavioral Analysis Unit in their hunt for serial killers.

This is the perfect book series for fans of JT Ellison, Catherine Coulter, Allison Brennan, and Blake Pierce. This series is also bound to entertain those who enjoy Criminal Minds, NCIS, Silence of the Lambs, Seven, Dexter, Luther, and True Crime.

Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning: Eleven, Silent Graves, The Defenseless, Blue Baby, Violated, Remnants, On the Count of Three.

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EXCERPT TWO:

The coffee in my gut was a churning, acidic whirlpool. The victims had been alive when their heads were severed. Now give me bloody murder scenes any day of the week. But decapitations? No thank you. Maybe it all started with that “neck bone connected to the head bone” song as a kid? Even kids know a head should always be attached to the body! I ran a hand through my hair, basking in the fact that my head was still there.

My repulsion wasn’t because I was still wet behind the ears. I’d seen my fair share of serial killers’ handiwork since I’d come on board with the BAU about three years ago: Some who tortured, some who raped, some who mutilated bodies. Even one who wore his victims’ skin, but the latter desecration had been done postmortem.

And here I was, not even in Florida yet, and my pops’s voice was in my mind. He’d have no sympathy for what I faced every day on this job. He’d never been a fan of the BAU; he would have been happier if I’d enrolled and served in the Navy as he had. To him, serving God and Country was more in line with patriotic duty. That was all fine and good, and I had no doubt it was because of him that I’d hoped for an assignment in counterterrorism when I finished at Quantico. But that wasn’t meant to be. And I’d adjusted. The work I did with the Bureau made a difference regardless of Pops’s opinion. We brought closure to devastated loved ones, got justice for innocent victims, and on the best days, even saved lives.

My gaze fell to a photo of Jenna Kelter, and I stared into her eyes. She was the image of a thirtysomething girl next door. She was a brunette with hazel eyes and a cute smile. We needed to save her, and the fastest path there was to figure out what sort of killer we were dealing with. I considered this killer’s actions thus far and drew a preliminary conclusion. “Our unsub is intelligent, organized, yet adaptive,” I posited. “They have the patience to wait until circumstances fit their needs.”

Paige nodded. “That could also indicate they’d watched their targets beforehand.”

“Even if they were familiar with all the victims’ routines before prison, what’s to say their schedules resumed that within three days of release,” I opined.

“Well, they obviously knew where to strike to get them alone. None of the families or their friends saw the abductions.” Paige pressed her lips, a little smugness coming from her.

I flipped through the pages, looking for details on their bail hearings. “I’m assuming Kelter got out on bail?” I’d read enough of the file to know that she didn’t have any prior DUI offenses, so the bail amount would likely have been set low.

“She did. And her trial came quickly because she didn’t dispute the charges,” Zach said. “According to the file, she’d expressed remorse.”

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INTERVIEW:

Q&A with Author Carolyn Arnold About Her FBI Thriller On the Count of Three

Carolyn Arnold has stopped by today to answer some questions about her FBI thriller On the Count of Three.

Carolyn is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She writes in diverse genres offering readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures. She also has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books.

So without further ado…

Good morning Carolyn!  Welcome to Fabulous and Brunette!  We are thrilled to have you here and can’t wait to learn more about you and your new book, “On the Count of Three.”

What inspired you to write On the Count of Three?
I wanted to write something complex and that stated something on a social level. I probably do this more often than I realize, but my Detective Madison Knight novel, In the Line of Duty comes to mind. In that book, I essentially stood up for law enforcement in a world that so often shows them so little appreciation. In On the Count of Three, I take a clear stand against drinking and driving.

What would you say is the driving theme of On the Count of Three?
Our actions have consequences, and sometimes these may not be easy to see and can be far more reaching than we anticipate. At the end of the day, I hope we all realize that what we do affects other people—even those we’ve never met.

How long did the writing and editing process take for this book?
It might have felt like forever… I do several editing passes on my books and this one took about a year.

Now I understand that On the Count of Three is the seventh book in the Brandon Fisher FBI series. Do readers need to read the preceding books in the series before reading this one?
It’s not necessary. Every book in the Brandon Fisher series has been written to stand alone.

For those of us who have already been introduced to Brandon Fisher, can you walk us through some pivotal moments for Brandon Fisher that are present in the book? How does he grow personally and professionally? What challenges does he face?
Brandon Fisher is a fairly new with the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit and is on a team led by Jack Harper. Jack’s a tough old dog who expects excellence and perfection from his agents. Brandon is driven to not only be a good agent but to impress Jack.

In On the Count of Three, Brandon feels envious of the local detective who seems to easily garner Jack’s praise. The personal history that the detective has with Jack doesn’t help Brandon at all and he feels the scales are tilted. Regardless, though, Brandon needs to keep his head in the game and learn how to play well with others if they’re going to catch a killer. Along the way, Brandon may even learn that he doesn’t need Jack’s approval at every turn.

It also seems that Brandon may be projecting the issues he has with his father onto Jack. Brandon and his father don’t see eye-to-eye most of the time and Brandon just might need to learn to stop trying to change his old man and be more accepting himself.

The book description mentions a detective named Kelly Marsh. Is Kelly going to become a part of the series?
No spoilers here. I guess you’ll have to read the book and continue reading the series to find out.

What’s something readers can expect from On the Count of Three?
It’s an FBI thriller that will make you think and put you right into the investigation alongside law enforcement. There are also chapters from the killer’s point of view so you’ll be privy to their thoughts—what motivates them, what makes them tick—and their actions.

What proved the most challenging about writing this book?
As an author, it’s only natural that your personal viewpoints are inserted in your work. With this book, I scaled back some intense feelings (and judgments) I have against drinking and driving. The characters and the plot were to drive the story.

In this book, it seems the serial killer is targeting people who have served prison sentences for DUI vehicular homicide. What prompted you to write that?
So often motive for murder results when someone isn’t found guilty or they’re given a slap on the hand. I wanted to go down a different route with On the Count of Three.

The matter of drinking and driving is a very sensitive topic any day. Fortunately, I’ve never been personally affected by a DUI accident, but my heart aches for those who have. I would think the what-ifs would drive a person crazy. I’d always wonder if that person hadn’t gotten behind the wheel intoxicated, would my loved one still be around or would my loved one still be healthy?

There’s such a delicate balance between acceptance and true forgiveness, too, I believe. It’s one thing to accept that life has been forever changed and another to pardon someone their mistake, transgression, oversight. Certainly, it’s never anyone’s intention to get behind the wheel drunk and kill someone or get into an accident. (Or at least I wouldn’t think so!) But when you go out for drinks with friends, do you make sure that you have a designated driver? Do you make a commitment to yourself and others not to drink if you’re going to drive? Or if you plan on drinking, have you made clear arrangements ahead of time to get yourself and friends safely home?

Thank you so much for spending time with Fabulous and Brunette readers and sharing your exciting new book with us!  We wish you all the best on your book tour!

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AUTHOR BIO:


CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Carolyn will be awarding a paperback copy of “Remnants,” to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase made I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.