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My Mother’s Art

Growing up, I was amazed at my mother’s talent. She used to spend hours standing in front of an easel, seeing something only she could see. Many times she painted a scene from memory. Sometimes, she had a still life arranged on a nearby table. She painted everything, but enjoyed portraits the most. My favorites range from the portraits of the old women of Mexico to some landscapes she did of the Texas Hill Country. I don’t remember being cautioned to stay quiet or leave her alone. I just recall that it was something my brother and I did. Mom was painting, so don’t interrupt her. She worked primarily in oils, although she often sketched in charcoal. Her box of brushes and tubes of paint were contained in this broad and shallow wooden box that was totally off limits. I was raked over the coals once for using one of…

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Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips #Paperback @Avonbooks #Giveaway #BuyNow #Release

Enter to Win A Surprise SEP Prize Pack HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS Susan Elizabeth Phillips Releasing in Paperback July 28th Avon Romance The dead of winter.An isolated island off the coast of Maine.A man.A woman.A sinister house looming over the sea … He’s a reclusive writer whose macabre imagination creates chilling horror novels. She’s a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids’ puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill with laughs. But she’s not laughing now. When she was a teenager, he terrified her. Now they’re trapped together on a snowy island off the coast of Maine. Is he the villain she remembers or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes. It’s going to be a long, hot winter. Now Available in Paperback Amazon | B&N | BAM a Rafflecopter giveaway Susan Elizabeth Phillips soars onto the New…

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Review Stop on the Tasty Virtual Book Tour for PERFECT TOUCH by Elizabeth Lowell with #excerpt + #giveaway

Welcome to my review stop on the Tasty Virtual Book Tour for PERFECT TOUCH by Elizabeth Lowell, releasing everywhere tomorrow from William Morrow! I am such a huge fan of Ms. Lowell’s and yet just when I think she can’t outdo her last novel, she does. PERFECT TOUCH is a perfectly wonderful read. Stick around for an excerpt from this fab book and a tourwide giveaway too! ***eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest and unscripted review. Blurb for PERFECT TOUCH: Sara Medina is a designer and art dealer from San Francisco. She matches her clients’ desires with fine and folk art from the world over—living up to her thriving business named Perfect Touch. She still remembers her rural childhood of hard work and poverty on the family dairy farm, but she keeps it firmly in the past as she searches out new artwork and artists…

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Review: Hard to Come By by Laura Kaye

Hard to Come By by Laura Kaye Hard Ink Series #3 BlurbCaught between desire and loyalty… Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.  When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he’s become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust.  As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to…

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Finding Us by Debra Presley Pre-order blitz w/ giveaway

Book Title: Finding Us (A Nucci Securities Novel)Author: Debra PresleyGenre: Contemporary RomanceRelease Date: July 31, 2015Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions Pop star Abby Murphy is living every girl’s dream. She has fame, fortune, and a handsome boyfriend, a guitar player named Sean. That changes the night she finds him in the arms of another woman. Hurt and betrayed, Abby ends their relationship. But Sean won’t accept the breakup, and she soon learns that he’s had a hidden agenda all along. Overnight, Sean transforms from loving boyfriend to dangerous adversary, and Abby no longer knows who she can trust among her friends and family. Abby turns to her bodyguard, Danny Nucci, a man who will do everything in his power to keep her safe. But when Abby realizes her feelings for Danny run much deeper than she thought, she refuses to give in to her attraction in order to preserve her…

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The Bride Wore Denim by Lizbeth Selvig Review

The Bride Wore DenimSeven Brides for Seven Cowboys # 1 By: Lizbeth Selvig Releasing July 21, 2015 Avon Impulse When Harper Lee Crockett returns home to Paradise Ranch, Wyoming, the last thing she expects is to fall head-over-heels in lust for Cole, childhood neighbor and her older sister’s long-time boyfriend. The spirited and artistic Crockett sister has finally learned to resist her craziest impulses, but this latest trip home and Cole’s rough-and-tough appeal might be too much for her fading self-control. Cole Wainwright has long been fascinated by the sister who’s always stood out from the crowd. His relationship with Amelia, the eldest Crockett sister, isn’t as perfect as it seems, and with Harper back in town, he sees everything he’s been missing. Cole knows they have no future together—he’s tied to the land and she’s created a successful life in the big city—but neither of them can escape their…

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Review & Giveaway: Chasing Jillian by Julie Brannagh

Chasing JillianLove and Football # 5 By: Julie Brannagh Releasing July 7, 2015 Avon Impulse Blurb Jillian Miller likes her job working in the front office for the Seattle Sharks, but lately being surrounded by a constant parade of perfection only seems to make her own imperfections all the more obvious. She needs a change, which takes her into foreign territory: the Sharks’ workout facility after hours. The last thing she expects is a hot, grumbly god among men to be there as witness. Star linebacker Seth Taylor had a bad day-well, a series of them recently. When he hits the Sharks’ gym to work out his frustration, he’s startled to find someone there-and even more surprised that it’s Jillian, the team owner’s administrative assistant. When he learns of Jillian’s mission to revamp her lifestyle, he finds himself volunteering to help. Something about Jillian’s beautiful smile and quick wit makes…

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Review: Close to Heart by T.J. Kline

It only took an instant for her world to come crashing down…but Heart Fire Ranch is a place of new beginnings, even for those who find their way there by accident As the only veterinarian in town, Justin Hart doesn’t have time to think about romance. So when A-list actress Alyssa Cole crashes her car outside his clinic, it’s entirely unexpected when there’s a spark between them he can’t ignore. Still, she’s a movie star, and he’s just a small town cowboy. Alyssa has learned the hard way not to believe first impressions, especially not in Hollywood. But, 400 miles from her former life with nowhere to go and no one to turn to, she places her trust in the handsome vet who comes to her rescue. There’s no denying the connection between them, but when Alyssa’s past shows up at the door, will their new relationship be able to…

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#TBRJar Review: A Match Made in Hell by Terri Garey

This post is property of Geeky Bloggers Book Blog – ..reader with a blog and a glass of wine Source: Kindle Purchase A Match Made in Hell by Terri Garey A brush with death and a brief trip to the hereafter left vintage clothing store owner Nicki Styx an unwilling ghoulfriend to the dead. She can see and hear spirits, and boy, do they want to be heard! Luckily, her new boyfriend, sexy doc Joe Bascombe, is there to help, especially when Nicki faces her latest ghost, a woman in pink sequins who holds the key to some family secrets.Unfortunately for Nicki, it turns out that there are more skeletons in the family closet than she thought, including a twin sister and a mysterious house full of spirits and surprises. Things go from bad to worse when the devil himself shows up, determined to lure Nicki from Joe’s side. Will…

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