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#Review “His Inherited Princess (Royal House of Saene Bk 2)” by Empi Baryeh

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5/5 Stars!

India Saene feels she’s fallen down a patriarchal rabbit hole when she wakes from a coma to find herself married to her husband’s brother, Omar, the new would-be king. A tragic car accident only hours after her wedding has left the independent, educated woman a widow… and an inherited wife.

She’d agreed to the first arranged marriage out of service to her country, but she’d had no say in the second. To complicate matters, she can’t leave the marriage without devastating her country and insulting her husband’s country, and Omar finds evidence his brother’s death may have been murder… and India could be involved.

Explaining to Omar why she looks guilty would put others in danger and India isn’t prepared to do that. But danger is closer to her than she realizes.

India is also intensely drawn to and developing feelings for Omar… two things she hadn’t had for his brother. Finding he has feelings for her doesn’t lessen India’s misery.

As Omar works to clear India’s name, he’s blindsided when he’s challenged for the throne by his uncle.

India and Omar are great characters who maybe both have a bit too much pride. They can’t move forward without dropping their guard and it seems near impossible for them. This sensual romance is a bumpy ride with a couple of plot twists you won’t see coming, and a good case of crazy for the books.

Book two in the Royal House of Saene series delivers mystery, suspense, and romance and I highly recommend it!

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welcome to the sovereign kingdom of bagumi

The Kingdom of Bagumi is one of the last intact African monarch states. Treaties and alliances over several centuries have ensured their continued dominance in the region.

Each generation of the powerful and proud Royal House of Saene is bound by loyalty to their family and duty to protecting their nation.

However, soon, long-trusted traditions come under attack and change becomes inevitable, especially when love clashes with duty.

The long-standing, distinguished Royal House of Saene is about to be rocked by three sexy, determined interlopers. Princesses Amira, India and Isha may have to choose between sacrificing their hearts or their kingdom.

A spoilt princess and a commoner…a match made online.

A widowed princess and a reluctant king…a match shrouded in suspicion.

A crusading princess and a freedom fighter…a match built on conflict.

The Royal House of Saene: Princess India

His Inherited Princess

his inherited princess by empi baryeh (book two)

India Saene, Princess of Bagumi, must enter a marriage alliance to save her kingdom from an economic crisis. Tragedy strikes when her husband of a few hours is killed in an accident on the way to their honeymoon. She recovers from a coma two weeks later to discover she has been inherited by her husband’s younger brother!
Sheikh Omar El Dansuri has never wanted to be king, nor does he desire a wife. However, when his older brother dies, he not only becomes the future king of Sudar, but he also inherits his brother’s bride through an age-old tradition. Falling for the headstrong India is out of the question especially when evidence points to her as his brother’s killer.
Neither India nor Omar wanted this marriage, but the passion that burns between them cannot be denied. When India’s secret is revealed, will either of them survive the consequences?

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Love Africa Press is a publisher that celebrates all things African in genre fiction.

From the Îles des Chiens in Tunisia to Cape Agulhas in South Africa, Santo Antao in Cape Verde to Rodrigues in the Mauritian Islands, our stories take the readers on adventures across the African landscape, whether it is in cities or villages, deserts or jungles, mountains or beaches. No African location or experience is off limits.

We are currently accepting the following: romantic fiction, women’s fiction, urban fantasy and thrillers.

Visit our website to find out how to submit your manuscript: http://www.loveafricapress.com

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Tour Schedule – December 17-21

Monday, December 17

Cethel

Review

Nana Prah’s Blog

Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

Love Africa Book Club

Spotlight (Cover & Blurb), Excerpt

Nesie’s Place

Review

Empi Baryeh

Excerpt, Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

Shay_Books Reviews & Recommendations

Excerpt, Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

Dispatches from Romancelandia

Review

Brazen Book Reviews

Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

Tuesday, December 18

Kim Talks Books

Excerpt, Review, Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

Harper’s Court

Excerpt, Review, Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

Vaneka’s Book Blog

Excerpt, Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

Wednesday, December 19

Love in Panels

Excerpt

Small Queer, Big Opinions

Excerpt

Romana Reads Romance

Excerpt, Review, Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

Thursday, December 20

Jami Gray

Excerpt, Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

MidnightAceBookBar

Excerpt, Review, Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

Friday, December 21

Reading on the Edge

Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

The Hive

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#Review “His Defiant Princess (Royal House of Saene Bk 1)” by Nana Prah

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5/5 Stars!

After traveling five-thousand miles from Vermont to West Africa to meet the woman he’s spent the last year getting to know online, Jake Pettersen is more than a little shocked to find out she’s a royal princess.

Enjoying being a regular person with Jake, Amira Saene hid her true identity, never being able to confess her lie of omission even as Jake’s arrival to the kingdom of Bagumi grows closer.

Not getting the meeting or greeting he’d hope for from the woman who’d stolen his heart, the young dentist soon learns his lack of wealth or status… or royal blood makes him unworthy of Amira in every way.

End of story, right?

Not even close.

Accompanied by his best friend and business partner, Calvin (whom I absolutely adored!), Jake stays and continues his vacation and chaperoned time with Amira.

It’s obvious the feelings Jake and Amira have for each other are real, and just when it looks like they’ll figure it all out, drama and conflict arrive together, and we’ll call them Duak—a prince and future king of a neighboring country.

Every story has that character you want to punch in the face, and in this story it’s Duak.

But even with the dark shadow Duak casts over the story… and Jake and Amira’s chance at happiness, help shows up from the unlikeliest of places and takes this read in another direction.

Will these two walk away from each other or is what they have worth fighting for? Amira will learn a lot about herself and the people she loves the most, but it may be too little too late.

His Defiant Princess has just the right amount of sweetness and spice, but it’s the romance that makes this read shine. This couple spent their online time really getting to know each other, sharing things they shared with no one else. Their hearts connected long before they met.

Amira and Jake are strong, well-developed characters. Jake isn’t diminished by the reversal of power, instead, he rises to the occasion. They have a great supporting cast, with Amira’s brother, Zareb, and mother, Queen Zulekha, as standouts. And, of course, Jake’s BFF, Calvin. (Did I mention I adore him?)

Pay a visit to the kingdom of Bagumi where the women are fierce, the men are protective, and the last thing you want to do is cross a member of the Royal House of Saene.

Enjoy!

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welcome to the sovereign kingdom of bagumi

The Kingdom of Bagumi is one of the last intact African monarch states. Treaties and alliances over several centuries have ensured their continued dominance in the region.

Each generation of the powerful and proud Royal House of Saene is bound by loyalty to their family and duty to protecting their nation.

However, soon, long-trusted traditions come under attack and change becomes inevitable, especially when love clashes with duty.

The long-standing, distinguished Royal House of Saene is about to be rocked by three sexy, determined interlopers. Princesses Amira, India and Isha may have to choose between sacrificing their hearts or their kingdom.

A spoilt princess and a commoner…a match made online.

A widowed princess and a reluctant king…a match shrouded in suspicion.

A crusading princess and a freedom fighter…a match built on conflict.

The Royal House of Saene: Princess Amira

His Defiant Princess

his defiant princess by nana prah (book one)

Princess Amira Saene has always done the right thing when it came to her beloved Kingdom of Bagumi. Yet her unorthodox online relationship with a man across the sea has derailed her from cultural norms. After a year of communicating, the man she’s developed feelings for comes to visit.
Jake Pettersen never thought he’d meet the woman of his dreams, much less online. Flying thousands of miles to West Africa to meet her verifies that the feelings he’s developed are real. Too bad her family doesn’t think he’s worthy of her.
When Jake learns that Amira has been betrothed, he must decide whether to fight for her or accept the loss for the sake of her homeland. Is their happiness worth the devastation of her country?

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About Love Africa Press

Love Africa Press is a publisher that celebrates all things African in genre fiction.

From the Îles des Chiens in Tunisia to Cape Agulhas in South Africa, Santo Antao in Cape Verde to Rodrigues in the Mauritian Islands, our stories take the readers on adventures across the African landscape, whether it is in cities or villages, deserts or jungles, mountains or beaches. No African location or experience is off limits.

We are currently accepting the following: romantic fiction, women’s fiction, urban fantasy and thrillers.

Visit our website to find out how to submit your manuscript: http://www.loveafricapress.com

Bloggers/Reviewers: sign up to join our ARC Club and be one of the first to read our books: http://www.loveafricapress.com/advance-readers-club

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Tour Schedule – December 17-21

Monday, December 17

Cethel

Review

Nana Prah’s Blog

Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

Love Africa Book Club

Spotlight (Cover & Blurb), Excerpt

Nesie’s Place

Review

Empi Baryeh

Excerpt, Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

Shay_Books Reviews & Recommendations

Excerpt, Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

Dispatches from Romancelandia

Review

Brazen Book Reviews

Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

Tuesday, December 18

Kim Talks Books

Excerpt, Review, Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

Harper’s Court

Excerpt, Review, Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

Vaneka’s Book Blog

Excerpt, Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

Wednesday, December 19

Love in Panels

Excerpt

Small Queer, Big Opinions

Excerpt

Romana Reads Romance

Excerpt, Review, Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

Thursday, December 20

Jami Gray

Excerpt, Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

MidnightAceBookBar

Excerpt, Review, Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

Friday, December 21

Reading on the Edge

Spotlight (Cover & Blurb)

The Hive

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#Review “Naked Truths (Naked, a romantic mystery, thriller and suspense series Book 1)” by Karen Botha

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4/5 Stars!

Plot twists and deceptions are the order of the day in this suspenseful read.

Lucy is a professional masseuse—she prefers the term therapist–afraid to open her heart after a bad relationship but is drawn to the soft-spoken widower who shows up at her business.

Her best friend and former cop, Paula, is immediately distrustful of the man and has doubts—read suspicions–about the death of his chronically ill wife.

As family and friends are drawn (or dragged) into the story, it’s difficult to know who to trust… or if anyone can be trusted. It seems everyone had a motive to get rid of Steph Harrington… including her husband.

Enjoyed this work of crime fiction even though I didn’t care for any of the characters, including Lucy. Guess that means they all played their parts perfectly.

The spins and twists are spot on and will cause readers to pause gaped mouth more than once, and even when you think you know… you don’t. You have to read to the very. Last. Word!

Enjoy!

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He’s a grieving widower, the perfect boyfriend, and the prime suspect…

Lucy knows the importance of boundaries. As a massage therapist, she keeps her work and her personal life completely separate. But when a handsome widower shows up on her table and sparks an instant attraction, Lucy is shameless. Breaking her rule, she crosses the line, triggering a series of thrilling mysteries.

Paula isn’t so sure about her best friend’s perfect man… or the story of his wife’s death. To uncover the truth, the former detective infiltrates his social circle. When she examines a scandalous lodger, a jealous brother, and a protective mother-in-law, everyone seems to have a hidden motive for murder…

Lucy is torn between her old friend and her dark new love. Will she follow her head or her heart? And can Paula discover the true killer before her friend makes a fateful mistake?

Naked Truths is the first book in a series of pulse-pounding romantic suspense books. If you like the odd steamy sex scene, complex characters, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love the suspense of Karen Botha’s gripping romantic suspense.

The rest of the Naked Series of gripping mystery romances can be read as stand alones or as part of the series and are free on Kindle Unlimited.

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#Review “Fishing for Māui” by Isa Pearl Ritchie

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4/5 Stars!

Set in New Zealand, Fishing for Maui is a story which would resonate with any reader.

It’s multiple POVs crosses generations and gives an in-depth look at what holds a family together—and how uniquely different they all are.

It’s easy to forget this is a work of fiction as the themes dealt with could be found on any news site or blog—which are also covered.

Fishing for Maui is a challenging read without being preachy or judgmental.

Any mother could relate to Valerie’s trials. She’s a physician being challenged by her daughter. But it’s not about makeup, boys or wardrobe—the big three—but homeopathy. Remember, Valerie’s a doctor. *Initiate meltdown* Rosa just wants to be a kid and not always have to contend with the matrix of school or hierarchy of family, and Michael wants to find out who he is again by reconnecting with his Maori roots.

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, Fishing for Maui reminded me of holidays celebrated during my childhood. Long before there were mad dashes for Black Friday shopping, there was just family, a long holiday weekend… and food. The food may have evolved for healthier, more nutritious versions (except for the lemon pound cake and homemade French vanilla ice cream which are still heart attacks in the making), but there’s still always lots of food.

November would be a great time to sit down with this read. Even if you’re non-U.S., Fishing for Maui will still give you pause, and remind you of what’s important.

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FFM coverA novel about food, whānau, and mental illness.

​Valerie reads George Eliot to get to sleep – just to take her mind off worries over her patients, her children, their father and the next family dinner. Elena is so obsessed with health, traditional food, her pregnancy and her blog she doesn’t notice that her partner, Malcolm the ethicist, is getting himself into a moral dilemma of his own making. Evie wants to save the world one chicken at a time. Meanwhile her boyfriend, Michael is on a quest to reconnect with his Māori heritage and discover his own identity. Rosa is eight years old and lost in her own fantasy world, but she’s the only one who can tell something’s not right. Crisis has the power to bring this family together, but will it be too late?

​”An accomplished story of a family in crisis – Ritchie’s great skill is her ability to conjure the inner lives if her characters. Fishing For Māui is a compassionate meditation on what it means to be well“. – Sarah Jane Barnett

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Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DZBXSCN/

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DZBXSCN/

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#Review “The Harbinger” by Candace Wondrak

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4/5 Stars!

Unique world-building and complex characters reel you right into The Harbinger.

YA is not a genre I read often but stepping out of my comfort zone lead me to a good story.

Faith Blackwell, an eighteen-year-old ‘cadet’ is a reckless rule-breaker, anxious to graduate and began her own career as an agent for the Division, the agency who polices the “otherworldly” issues involving earth and other realms from the Second—a world on the other side of a magical portal.

The regular field trip fifth-year cadets make to the Second to learn about and from the Elves—earth’s closest ‘friend’—will forever change Faith’s life, awakening her to a destiny… and a past dormant inside her.

Faith is a strong, flawed character. Sometimes she’s a brilliant young woman on the cusp of adulthood and others, she’s an annoying, rude, immature teenager.

I didn’t like the annoying, rude teenager because she tried too hard. Her efforts to be a lone wolf—for lack of a better name—felt forced, and lead to one bad decision after another.

The reflective, young woman inside Faith was much more honest and endearing and to me, had a better understanding of herself and her life.

It’s the annoying teenager who goes through the portal to the Second, but the young woman who returns, confused, but resolved to her destiny. She just has no idea how to get back to it.

Faith gets help with that from Light—Weylon Lightfoot—an Elven hunter, Faith’s tutor in the Second… and the man she’s drawn too. Light, hater of all things human, doesn’t understand his attraction to Faith—because she’s a smelly human—but believes she has a destiny to fulfill to save the Second, and he needs her with him.

The scenes where Faith and Light are both bewildered by their feelings for each other are the best. Their honesty rings true and adds the right touch of romance. But too soon, they fall back into their antagonistic, defensive snark and the moment is gone. For now.

Jag joins the story when he helps Light get Faith back to the Second. Jag is more than interested in Faith, and she’s a bit too interested in him for my liking. She’s had this slow-build going with Light, but not so much with Jag.

Strong writing and good editing help The Harbinger to flow with only one lapse—where Faith’s grandmother, Christine, is “Catherine” for a few paragraphs—taking me out of the story. I recommend this fantasy and read it quickly—book 2 is on the way!

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TheHarbinger CoverThe Harbinger (Book #1)

Genre: Reverse Harem/ Fantasy

Expected Publication Date: November 5th, 2018

Synopsis:

The rules of the Second, a list by Faith Blackwell.

One: technology doesn’t work. The Second doesn’t need electricity when it has magic. Two: don’t trust anyone. The Second’s races—the Elven, the Malus, the Ulen and the Dracon—are way too pretty to trust. Three: when someone tells you you’re the new Harbinger, believe them. Bad things happen if you don’t.

Back in the sixties, the last Harbinger permanently opened the gateways between Earth and the Second. Humanity grew accordingly. Faith is in her fifth year at the Academy, with her sight set on joining the Division, the branch of government that enforces what most law enforcement can’t, like smuggling goods between worlds. Following her mother’s footsteps has always been the plan.

Of course, she doesn’t want to follow them to a T. Her mother had awful luck with men, as did her grandma. Faith wouldn’t mind finding out what’s so special about a man that it has her quirky grandma swearing at them constantly. A field trip to the Second is just what she needs.

Being the first female Harbinger in the Second’s history and having to face down the realm’s most dangerous Dracon, also known as the ridiculously-named Dread King? Not what she needs.

Faith isn’t a hero. That sort of responsibility is not what she wants. The perks that come with it—like a sexy but infuriating Elf, a flirty Malus, and a quiet and pensive Ulen—well, maybe for them she’ll make an exception to her grandma’s no-man rule.

Maybe she’ll have them all.

The Harbinger is the first in a slow-burn, reverse harem fantasy series. Expect eventual hot and steamy scenes, coupled with the Chosen One trope, and a heroine who will reluctantly try to save a world that isn’t hers.

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#Review “No One Can Hear You” by Nikki Crutchley

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5/5 stars!

No One Can Hear You is like one of those five-hundred-piece landscape puzzles that’s all blue sky and bluer ocean with the sun hanging over the horizon.

Of course, the edges are the starting point and a frame appears. Now the only thing to do is continue to work inward, placing puzzle pieces until the last piece left is that corner of the sun that could not be placed until all the other pieces surrounding it were in position.

Such is the plot of this suspenseful read.

Zoe Hayward planned never to return to her hometown but when her estranged mother, Lillian, passes away… on the same day Zoe quits her job, she feels it’s her duty to return to Crawton and handle her mother’s final affairs and service.

Crawton. One of the many places young women disappear from and no one cares or makes much of an effort to find them. Their questionable character and tarnished pasts make them the type no one cares about.

But Zoe comes across notes and journals in her mother’s home about women in trouble and/or missing.

Is there anything to it or just the ramblings of a mind being overtaken by Alzheimer’s?

Zoe begins to ask questions of people who knew Lillian, and she doesn’t understand the questions are leading her down the same path as her mother… to the truth and danger.

Multiple POVs kept me moving forward, anxious to see how everything fit together. While I did figure out the identity of one of the guilty parties, I was yelling, “Are you kidding me?” at my Kindle as the net stretched wider and the plot twists kept knocking at the door.

Kudos to the author for an excellent, well-woven plot and strong, determined female characters who know sometimes the only hero you get is yourself.

Readers of mystery, suspense and thrillers will get a big kick out of No One Can Hear You.

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He said that they’d let me go on purpose. That they could easily find me if they wanted to. He No One Can Hear You coversaid that they didn’t want me. That I was too much trouble. He said if I went to the cops, he’d know. If I told Sonya, he’d know. If I talked to friends or teachers, he’d know. He told me to pretend it didn’t happen. He told me to consider it a compliment, that I was too strong. His last words to me were, ‘Just forget’.

Troubled teen Faith Marsden was one of several girls abducted from Crawton, a country town known for its picturesque lake and fertile farmland. Unlike the others, she escaped, though sixteen years on she still bears the emotional and physical scars.

Zoe Haywood returns to Crawton to bury her estranged mother Lillian, who has taken her own life. As she and Faith rekindle their high-school friendship, they discover notes left by Lillian that point to two more young women who recently disappeared from Crawton. But Lillian’s confused ramblings leave them with more questions than answers.

As Faith and Zoe delve deeper into the mystery, they become intent on saving the missing women, but in doing so are drawn into Auckland’s hidden world of drugs, abduction and murder. And then Faith decides to confront the mastermind – on her own.

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#Review “Do Bugs Wear Shoes? And Other Silly Questions (Kids Fact Book)” by Addie Broussard, Anthony Puttee

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5/5 Stars!

You don’t have to have an interest in entomology—or even like bugs—to get a big kick out of Do Bugs Wear Shoes?

Quality, color photographs and concise, easy to understand text will make this book a hit with the whole family.

The silly questions contained in Do Bugs Wear Shoes? not only inform and educate but can lead to more interest and discussion on the insect world and beyond.

I live in Arizona where finding scorpions in the sink or tub is not a rare occurrence and I learned quite a bit from this book. (Although I’m sure I’ll still freak out whenever I see one!)

I reviewed a kindle copy of Do Bugs Wear Shoes? and while the recommended age is 6 and up, my four-year-old grandnephew is getting a print copy for Christmas. It’s never too early for children to learn and being more informed and aware could only help assuage some of the fear of bugs we all grow up with.

I just hope he doesn’t ask me to read it to him! (And I’m not putting crickets in my smoothie!) HA!

Enjoy!

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A colorful, fun-filled book packed with answers to all your silliest bug questions! Bug cover
Learn what happens when a bug goes to space, to school, and to the gym. Find out if bugs have feelings like people do. Discover robot bugs, dancing bugs, bugs that poop and so much more!
Filled with illustrations, photographs and interactive videos, Do Bugs Wear Shoes will have kids laughing and learning as they discover awe-inspiring facts about the insect world. This beautifully designed book is organized into colorful two-page spreads that each focus on a different question, making it easy and fun to read for children and big kids alike.

BOOK EXTRAS include videos and printable worksheets for extended learning. Great for educators and at-home learning.

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Purchase Links:

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