Excerpt: The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber and Giveaway!

Thanks to the super-duper peeps at Random House, I have 10 ARCs of Debbie Macomber’s The Inn at Rose Harbor to giveaway.  I’m geeked about this!   Matchmakers first introduced me to Debbie’s writing, and I have read so many of her books since then!  Check out the excerpt below, and then enter for a chance to win an ARC of your own!

Here’s a description:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber comes a heartwarming new series based in the Pacific Northwest town of Cedar Cove, where a charming cast of characters finds love, forgiveness, and renewal behind the doors of the cozy Rose Harbor Inn.

Jo Marie Rose first arrives in Cedar Cove seeking a sense of peace and a fresh start. Coping with the death of her husband, she purchases a local bed-and-breakfast—the newly christened Rose Harbor Inn—ready to begin her life anew. Yet the inn holds more surprises than Jo Marie can imagine.

Her first guest is Joshua Weaver, who has come home to care for his ailing stepfather. The two have never seen eye to eye, and Joshua has little hope that they can reconcile their differences. But a long-lost acquaintance from Joshua’s high school days proves to him that forgiveness is never out of reach and love can bloom even where it’s least expected.

The other guest is Abby Kincaid, who has returned to Cedar Cove to attend her brother’s wedding. Back for the first time in twenty years, she almost wishes she hadn’t come, the picturesque town harboring painful memories from her past. And while Abby reconnects with family and old friends, she realizes she can only move on if she truly allows herself to let go.

A touching novel of life’s grand possibilities and the heart’s ability to heal, The Inn at Rose Harbor is a welcome introduction to an unforgettable set of friends.

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The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber (Preview)


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Cover Shot! Midnight City by J Barton Mitchell

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café. I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share. More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents. There is an allure to a beautiful cover. Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

Ever since I read The White Mountains by John Christopher when I was a kid, I have loved alien invasion books.  None of them have been able to stand up to The Tripods series, though.  Perhaps Midnight City by J Barton Mitchell will finally satisfy my craving for an incredible, impossible to put down read with defeated teens attempting to gain freedom from their alien oppressors?

In stores October 2012




In a post-apocalyptic world controlled by alien invaders, two teens and a young girl with mysterious powers embark on a dangerous journey. What they find will change everything…

Earth has been conquered. An extraterrestrial race known as The Assembly has abducted the adult population, leaving the planet’s youth to fend for themselves. In this treacherous landscape, Holt, a bounty hunter, is transporting his prisoner Mira when they discover Zoey, a young girl with powerful abilities who could be the key to stopping The Assembly. As they make their way to the cavernous metropolis of Midnight City, the trio must contend with freedom fighters, mutants, otherworldly artifacts, pirates, feuding alien armies, and perhaps most perilous of all: Holt and Mira’s growing attraction to each other.

Midnight City is the breathtaking first novel in the Conquered Earth series, and a stunning work of imagination from debut author J. Barton Mitchell

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Review: Rodeo Rebel by Debra Kayn



Title: Rodeo Rebel

Author:  Debra Kayn

Publisher:  Entangled Publishing

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

When widower and land baron Cole Reardon acquired the Turner Grain Corporation, he didn’t know the company sponsored a bull rider. He refuses to support thrill-seekers dumb enough to get on the back of a crazed animal. He’s not willing to risk his fortune and livelihood when he has his daughter’s well-being to consider. Not even when the bull rider is the sexiest woman he’s ever seen.

Bull rider Florentine McDougal plans to turn pro after the season championship, fulfilling her lifelong dream of succeeding in a man’s world. That is, until Cole Reardon shows up and threatens to break his sponsorship contract with her. Now everything she’s worked for is less than eight seconds away from being destroyed.

Cole distracts Florentine with his sexy mouth and unreasonable demands, and he’s not going to compromise his integrity. But she’s not going to let him loose until she has pro status. And neither will come away from this dust-up unscathed.


This was a fun read because of the role reversals.  Cole, a widower, has withdrawn from risk after his wife dies in a tragic accident.  He doesn’t condone dangerous behavior in any form, and he shelters his young daughter from all possible harm.  When he purchases Turner Grain Corporation, he is appalled to discover that he is now the unhappy sponsor of a bull rider.  A female bull rider at that!  Determined to buy out her contract, Cole and Florentine shoot sparks from their very first encounter.  He doesn’t want to send a message to Sarah, his daughter, that he supports stupid, dangerous behavior.  Little does he know that he’s met his match in Florentine.

Florentine is just as determined to make it in the male world of bull riding.  She wants to make it to the top, so she can mentor disadvantaged girls, proving to them that anything is possible with the right attitude.  When handsome Cole shows up demanding that she release him from her contract, she gets a major bug up her butt.   Cole grated on both my nerves and Florentine’s with his unwillingness to see her side of things.  While I don’t think that trying to ride a large, pissed off beast is very intelligent, I had to at least give her props for sticking to her guns and going after what she wanted.  I would have been more comfortable with her career choice had she donned proper safety gear, you know, a helmet  and a face mask, but then she probably wouldn’t have suffered from a concussion, which set up their courtship at Florentine’s family’s ranch.

While I would have liked more time on the rodeo circuit, I did enjoy meeting the McDougal clan.  Florentine comes from a large family, and they exert a great deal of influence over their small town.  Florentine developed her desire to help others while growing up on the large cattle ranch and watching her father give generously of his time and money.  I liked this.  Everyone was nice; there are no douchebags in Rodeo Rebel, no real bad guys to get ticked off at.  Instead, you have a family that cares for each other, and an emotionally remote, seriously uptight dude who doesn’t know what’s just hit him.  Cole is extremely slow on the uptake, and that frustrated me about him.  He is so afraid of taking chances that he is willing walk away from Florentine and the chemistry zinging between them.

This is a quick, fun read.  I loved Florentine’s drive and her ability to embrace risk – both emotional and physical. Cole needed a kick in the pants to re-engage with life, and Florentine gave it to him.  While I have some concerns that he will remain a fuddy duddy,  I am confident that Florentine will quickly set him straight again.

Grade:  B/B-

Review copy provided by publisher

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