★ Book Review ★ FOR YOUR LOVE by Beverly Jenkins!

We're so excited to share our review of Beverly Jenkins' latest novel, FOR YOUR LOVE!

For Your Love (430x648)About For Your Love

(Blessings, Book 6)
• Paperback: 304 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (April 28, 2015)

Return to Henry Adams, Kansas—an unforgettable place anyone would want to call home. . . .

Mayor Trent July and his wife, Lily, are enjoying life as newlyweds and embracing the challenges and joys that come with being adoptive parents to two wonderful boys. But fatherhood has inevitably forced Trent to think about his own birth mother. Raised by his grandmother Tamar—and, in many ways, the good people of Henry Adams—Trent was blessed with a childhood full of love. But he can't help wondering what happened to the scared teenage girl who gave birth to him. And questions that he's never voiced are now begging to be answered: Who was she? Is she still alive? Why didn't she want him? Trent has always believed that no good comes from dwelling on the past, especially when you have a loving family, a strong community, and folks who depend on you. But when the past comes to Henry Adams, Trent has no choice but to face it—and the woman who left him behind.

The truth will shake his very being and everything he thought he knew about life, love, and the bonds that hold families together . . . but can also tear them apart.

Cove Member Roberta Reviews!

Bobby and Kiki are leaving their past behind as they move to Henry Adams, Kansas. 
They have loved each other since middle school. They both dropped out of high school, but want better lives for themselves and their babies. They are nervous and not sure what will happen in their new home. They are completely overwhelmed by the kindness of their new neighbors, especially Mayor Trent July. 
Trent has his own surprises to deal with as his past comes to Henry Adams. Everything he thought he knew is turned upside down. 
FOR YOUR LOVE is the sixth novel in Beverly Jenkins' Blessings series. Although I did not know that when I chose this book to review, there was no need to angst over not having read the previous novels. The author did a fantastic job of adding just enough details so the reader is up to date on the location and the characters. 
There are quite a few characters in FOR YOUR LOVE, but they are fully fleshed out. I felt I knew them by the end of the story. 
The author emphasizes loving kindness and accepting people for who they are. That seems to be in short supply in today's society, but it is something we can strive for in our on daily life. 
I would love to live in a community like Henry Adams, but like Bobby, I would have a very tough time with the winters. 
FOR YOUR LOVE blessed me on so many levels. I plan to read the previous five books in the Blessings series and recommend readers do the same.

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Beverly Jenkins is the author of thirty historical and contemporary novels, including five previous books in her beloved Blessings series. She has been featured in many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, People, the Dallas Morning News,Vibe, and many other publications. Find out more about Beverly at her website and connect with her on Facebook.

★ Book Blitz ★ REMIND ME by Ann Marie Walker and Amy K. Rogers + Excerpt + $25 Amazon Giveaway!

Have you met Hudson Chase?

Chasing Fire #1
Ann Marie Walker & Amy K. Rogers
Released: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Berkley Intermix

First in a tantalizing new trilogy about reigniting a forbidden desire from long ago...

As heiress to a media empire Alessandra Sinclair was raised to put family obligations first. But everything changes the night her first love walks back into her life and turns her whole world upside down. Haunted by the memories of a secret romance with a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, she can't seem to get Hudson Chase out of her mind. Once again torn between two worlds, Allie must decide how much she's willing to risk to have the love she's always longed for.

Ten years is a long time to wait, but billionaire Hudson Chase didn't become CEO of one of the country's fastest growing companies by giving up on what he wants. Now that he's got Allie in his sights again, he's determined to make her regret breaking his heart. And this time, he's going to make damn sure he's not so easy to forget.

Includes a preview of Release Me, book two of the Chasing Fire trilogy.

Praise for the Chasing Fire trilogy

"Exceptional...Seriously sexy and sinfully steamy. Can't wait for more from this writing duo!"
—New York Times bestselling author Tara Sue Me

"Walker and Rogers strike the perfect balance between blistering physical desire and heartfelt connections..."—RT Book Review  

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Just when he was about to rip the damn door off the hinges, it swung open. “Took you long enough.” Not an ounce of amusement resonated in his voice. 
Alessandra stared at him for a beat, her face registering disbelief and bewilderment. “I was in the shower.” 
Hudson stood framed in the doorway. Right now he wasn’t feeling like the billionaire mogul the rest of the world knew, but a man past the limits of control. His eyes raked over her from head to toe and she pulled the lapels of her robe tighter against his searing gaze. “Why did you come to my place?” he demanded. 
Her spine straightened. “Shouldn’t you be out with a leggy brunette about now?” 
“Canceled. Now answer the question.” 
“I . . .” She hesitated. 
“Tell me.” 
“I don’t know.” Her grip tightened on the silk robe, wrinkling the fabric. 
“Bullshit. You do know. You can’t stop thinking about me.” He jutted forward, bracing one hand on the doorjamb. “I know this because I can’t stop thinking about you.” 
“Every time I close my eyes I see you, feel your mouth sliding against mine, and it drives me fucking crazy—” 
She held up her hand. “Hudson, please stop.” 
“Then you show up at my penthouse. And now, knowing you’re naked underneath that robe . . .” 
“You can’t keep saying these things to me.” 
“You don’t mean that. In fact,” his eyes flicked down briefly to her nipples straining against the thin fabric, begging for his attention, “I think it turns you on.” 
“You’ve got a lot of nerve.” 
“Do I? I bet if I rip open that robe and feel between your legs, you’re soaking wet.” His gaze darkened and his voice lowered to an intimate challenge. “Want me to prove it?” 
Her jaw dropped. “You need to leave.” 
When she made a move to close the door, Hudson’s palm smacked flat against the wood. “Not until you admit I’m right.” 
“Is that what this is about, you being right?” 
“No, though I am.” His voice took on a decisive edge. “The road is paved in hard truths, Alessandra, not denials.” 
“And you think I’m the one in denial?” 
His gaze was rock steady. “I know you are. But fuck if I’ll let you push me away again.” 
“It doesn’t matter how I feel.” Her voice thinned. “It’s too late for us, Hudson.” 
“The hell it is.” His chest expanded and he blew out an exasperated breath. He needed to connect with the girl she used to be, the girl he knew was still there, beneath the layers of socialite status. “Damnit, Allie. Just admit you feel the same.” 
“Admit what? That I haven’t stopped thinking about you since the moment I turned around and saw you at the gala? That I can’t stop picturing what could have happened in your office? Or about how part of me was disappointed you didn’t fuck me on that barstool? Is that what you want me to admit, Hudson, that no matter how many years have passed, I still want you as much as I did back then?” 
"Yes, I need to hear you say it." 


About the Authors

Though thousands of miles apart, Ann Marie Walker and Amy K. Rogers are in constant contact, plotting story lines and chatting about their love of alpha males, lemon drop martinis and British supermodel, David Gandy. You can find them on twitter as @AnnMarie_Walker and @Amy_KRogers

Amy K. Rogers

Ann Marie Walker

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Coming Soon to Your e-Reader...
The Highly Anticipated Conclusion 
of the Chasing Fire Series!

Chasing Fire #3
Ann Marie Walker & Amy K. Rogers
Releasing October 21, 2015
Publisher: Berkley Intermix

As the heart-pounding Chasing Fire trilogy concludes, a dangerous entanglement leaves Hudson and Allie wondering how much they're willing to risk for the love they can't live without...

There's almost nothing Alessandra Sinclair wouldn't do for Hudson Chase. He was her first love, and she's determined that he'll be her last. But when the terrible truth Hudson has been hiding comes to light, Allie finds herself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a man from her past who's determined to use what he knows to ruin Hudson. Now, the only way to save the man she loves may be to lose him forever...

Hudson has always known that the secrets he keeps could be his downfall, but he never expected them to put Allie's life in danger as well. It's time for him to come clean--before everything he's ever wanted is destroyed...

Includes previews of REMIND ME and RELEASE ME, the first two books of the Chasing Fire trilogy.

Praise for the Chasing Fire trilogy

"Exceptional...Seriously sexy and sinfully steamy. Can't wait for more from this writing duo!"--New York Times bestselling author Tara Sue Me

"Walker and Rogers strike the perfect balance between blistering physical desire and heartfelt connections..."--RT Book Review  

Pre-Order Now!

Though thousands of miles apart, Ann Marie Walker and Amy K. Rogers are in constant contact, plotting story lines and chatting about their love of alpha males, lemon drop martinis and British supermodel, David Gandy. You can find them on Twitter as @Amy_KRogers and @AnnMarie_Walker.

Amy K. Rogers

Ann Marie Walker

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HOTEL MOSCOW by Talia Carner ★ Blog Tour ★ + Guest Post + Giveaway!

We're so excited to share Talia Carner's wonderful new novel, HOTEL MOSCOW! This feature is part of the virtual book tour organized by Tasty Book Tours. See below for Talia's insightful guest feature: Russia Then and Now + a giveaway! 

By: Talia Carner  
Released June 2, 2015
William Morrow

From the author of Jerusalem Maiden comes a mesmerizing, thought-provoking novel that tells the riveting story of an American woman—the daughter of Holocaust survivors—who travels to Russia shortly after the fall of communism, and finds herself embroiled in a perilous mafia conspiracy that could irrevocably destroy her life.

Brooke Fielding, a thirty-eight year old New York investment manager and daughter of Jewish Holocaust survivors, finds her life suddenly upended in late September 1993 when her job is unexpectedly put in jeopardy. Brooke accepts an invitation to join a friend on a mission to Moscow to teach entrepreneurial skills to Russian business women, which will also give her a chance to gain expertise in the new, vast emerging Russian market. Though excited by the opportunity to save her job and be one of the first Americans to visit Russia after the fall of communism, she also wonders what awaits her in the country that persecuted her mother just a generation ago.

Inspired by the women she meets, Brooke becomes committed to helping them investigate the crime that threatens their businesses. But as the uprising of the Russian parliament against President Boris Yeltsin turns Moscow into a volatile war zone, Brooke will find that her involvement comes at a high cost. For in a city where “capitalism” is still a dirty word, where neighbors spy on neighbors and the new economy is in the hands of a few dangerous men, nothing Brooke does goes unnoticed—and a mistake in her past may now compromise her future.

A moving, poignant, and rich novel, Hotel Moscow is an eye-opening portrait of post-communist Russia and a profound exploration of faith, family, and heritage.

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Russia Then and Now . . .
By Talia Carner
This essay was written in December 2011, twenty years after the fall of communism.
 When the Israelites fled Egypt, they wandered in the desert for forty years until the generation born into slavery had died. According to God, only a people who had known a life of freedom possessed the strength to overcome the hurdles of building a new nation in the Promised Land, and would enter it. 
     I understood that wisdom when I journeyed to Russia twice in 1993 to teach women entrepreneurial skills. And I am reminded of my impressions at that time today when Russians are supposed to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of democracy. Instead they are taking to the streets to protest the autocratic regime that is all too similar to the totalitarian Soviet rule it had replaced. 
     In late April 1993, merely sixteen months after the fall of communism, I joined a group of American businesswomen to meet courageous Russian women who traveled to Moscow and St. Petersburg from areas as far as the Ural Mountains and from far republics whose names I had never heard. Suddenly we were no longer The Enemy. They watched with awe how we walked tall, strutted about with confidence, and punctuated our talks with smiles. (They asked why so many of us were in mourning or else why would we wear black when all the colors of the rainbow were available to us?) 
     At the edge of their seats, they clung to every bit of information we could dole out. As we spoke through interpreters to groups and individuals about business plans, marketing strategies, and pricing policies or as we lectured about advertising, promotions, and selling tactics, they took furious notes. In turn, they asked tough questions to which we had no simple answers: from how to export their homemade, poor-quality products “to America,” to how to launch a women’s political party or start a women’s bank.
     As hopeful and valiant as these women were, we hit a wall when we introduced the concept of  networking. “Both of you. face the same problem motivating employees,” I said to two students who had found themselves running bed and beer barrel factories, respectively, after a lifetime of working on the conveyor belt sawing and gluing lumber. But the two women glared at each other with suspicion. “Look, you live over six hundred kilometers apart,” I explained. “There is no risk, and you can both benefit if you share ideas about ways to deal with business problems. You are not even selling to the same consumers!” But the women only shook their heads at my naïveté.
     In a city that had never published a phone book, one’s Rolodex equivalent had become a cherished commodity. It meant survival in a country that had never had aspirin or toothbrushes in its few stores. We soon learned that expecting our students to share any information—from a reliable printing shop to the name of an English teacher—was doomed. They balked at the notion that they should help a friend, let alone a stranger. They also asked why Americans smiled so much, finding this basic human gesture incomprehensible. And the idea of attempting to connect with strangers was outright frightening. It involved eye contact! Who could imagine what disaster a stranger might bring upon you?

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Author Info
Traveling around the world has brought Talia Carner, former publisher of Savvy Woman magazine, a business consultant to Fortune 500 companies, and a speaker at international women’s economic forums, to find the stories right within herself. 

In her new novel, Hotel Moscow, she continues her mission to save and empower women. Carner hit the ground running with her first novel, Puppet Child (The Top 10 Favorite First Novels 2002,) followed by China Doll, (her platform for 2007 U.N. presentation against infanticide,) and Jerusalem Maiden (winner of Forward National Literature Award,) and now shares her passion for social justice and human rights domestically and globally. She explores the individual’s spirit as it clashes with the power of religion, social conformity, or political upheaval. She lives in New York with her husband. Please visit her at www.taliacarner.com.

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