Take Your Time – A Review


This is another instalment in the Pine Cone trilogy, and it’s just as charming as Take A Chance. This one though focuses on Grace and Dani and their slow burn romance. It’s a constant push-pull between them, and even though I didn’t think much of Dani at first, I grew to like her bravado and protectiveness. She was so flawed it was hard not to fall for her better side.
You don’t have to read the Pine Cone trilogy in any specific order, and I love the concept of each author taking one of the books. It must have been a challenge writing them, but a lot of fun too.
I’m off to find Missouri Vaun’s contribution now!

You should totally read this book! You can find it at Bold Strokes Books


Desperate – A Review


I enjoyed this novella more than I expected. It’s entertaining escapism to be sure, but I could see a trio of determined sisters pulling off something like this. At least until they got a reputation. But history is peppered with women that were forced to get creative if they didn’t want to make money on their backs, so there is a precedent for this type of creativity. Anyway, each of the sisters stood out on their own. Annabelle and Ruby each grew a backbone after life dealt them a bit of reality and they certainly had grit. Meg was already tough. This is a quick read, but an entertaining one. The cover is a little hokey, but the writing inside is better. The author is an award-winning and best-selling with far more books than just this one that you can find at her website.

I’m pleased to see it launched other stories about the sisters. I plan on looking those up.

You can find the novella at Amazon

Shaken To The Core – A Review


As with most of Jae’s work, I enjoyed it. Normally, I’m not one for historical romances, but Jae seems to be the exception to that. I liked that this book has a connection to Backwards To Oregon (which I also enjoyed). I connected with the characters easily, even Lucy. In the end, I even liked the newspaper editor a little.
And as much as I am tweaked out by rats, I appreciated their presence, if only to make the setting and conditions in San Fransisco a little more realistic. It only makes sense that they would have displaced as well.

It was refreshing to see that it took the main characters so long to admit their feelings for each other, and then even longer to kiss. Within that time frame, it was completely plausible.

I was a little disappointed when it ended, I have to admit. If a sequel ever makes an appearance, I’d absolutely buy it!

You can find ‘Shaken To The Core’ at Ylva Publishing

Is the hammer about to drop on Ontario beer?

This saddened me greatly. I loved Stone Hammer…

Ben's Beer Blog

According to my sources, it will soon be announced that Stone Hammer Brewing in Guelph is closing its doors for good.

While I have not been able to reach the company for confirmation, I’m told that last week employees were told to head home and asked not to return and that production of beer had ceased permanently.

And while it’s unlikely that “lack of shelf space” will be listed as the official cause of death for Stone Hammer Brewing, the closure has me — once again — wondering if the inevitable purge of Ontario craft beer is about to begin.

It’s a topic I seem to be asked about with increasing frequency whenever a reporter is doing a story on craft beer and stumbles upon my blog seeking “industry expertise.” Can Ontario continue to sustain this growth of craft breweries? My answer is always the same, and it’s “No…

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Under A Falling Star – A Review

Another great read from Jae!

Rainbow Reflections


Jae has created a memorable, funny and heartwarming masterpiece of a romance with ‘Under a Falling Star’. Jae consistently manages to create the perfect settings, plots and characters, and weaves them together to make the perfect romance.
In this story Jae uses a little magic to help her characters, Austin and Dee meet and fall in love. She has the story begin in the magical season of the Christmas holidays. She uses a little magic with a wishing Christmas tree and of course the star tree topper that brings the main characters together in a rather startling way.
This story is filled with humor, angst, drama and love; all the elements that you need for a good romance. The characters are believable, and the setting is perfect for the story.
I also enjoyed seeing two old friends, Dawn and Aiden, from Jae’s book ‘Conflict of Interest’. I’ve always liked how…

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