Cover Reveal ~ The One That Got Away by M. B. Feeney

M. B. Feeney Cover Reveal
The One That Got Away

There’s something about that one person we date in our teens, but never become intimate with. Why does a sexless relationship render us unable to stop carrying that person, the what if, with us into our adult life?

For Heidi Johnson, Shane Hughes is her “one that got away.” Through the years, he has stayed in the back of her mind while she became an adult, a mother, and her own person. Meanwhile, Shane has lived a life of regret that he let Heidi go for the wrong reasons: fear and a misguided sense of not wanting to hurt either of them. 

When they reconnect online, the memories they've tried to suppress over the years return, reigniting the feelings never explored ‘back in the day.’ Will a school reunion in their home town of London, surrounded by old school friends, help the pair address the questions the years apart left unanswered? Or will they still be left with wanting more?

Coming Soon: 13 February 2015

About the Author:
 M. B. Feeney is an army brat who finally settled down in Birmingham, UK with her other half, two kids and a dog. Currently at university studying for her BA (Hons) in primary teaching, she procrastinates on her assignments by listening to music of all genres and trying to get ‘just one more paragraph’ written on whichever WIP is open. She is also a serious doodler and chocoholic. Writing has been her one true love ever since she could spell, and publishing is the final culmination of her hard work and ambition.
Her publishing career began with two novellas, and she currently has a novel under way, whilst Honour, a compilation of her own military based shorts, is due for release 1st November 2013. Always having something on the go can often lead to block which eventually gets dissolved by good music and an even better book.

My Review Pile Reading Challenge 2014 #RPRC2014


I didn't know if I was going to make it all year. I did and I surpassed my original goal of 50 books to read and 20 books to review. I got to level 4, 31-40 books reviewed, and achieved Grand Master status! Pretty sweet. If you missed any of my reviews, here is my list for 2014.

1. Waking Up Pregnant by Mira Lyn Kelly 1.3.14
2. I Thee Wed by Savannah Leigh 1.10.14
3. To Catch a Falling Star by L. Duarte 1.17.14
4. Redeemed by a Rebel by Cynthia Woolf 2.21.14
5. A Debt Repaid by N. Isabelle Blanco 2.28.14
6. Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins 3.12.14
7. The Morph by J. C. Andrijeski 3.28.14
8. Inferno of Love by Allie Boniface 4.11.14
9. Once Upon a Lifetime by Jennifer Kitchens 4.18.14
10. Protection by Elise de Sallier 5.1.14
11. Right Click, Love by M. B. Feeney 5.3.14
12. Unmasking Juliet by Teri Wilson 5.9.14
13. Passion and Propriety by Elise de Sallier 5.29.14
14. Guilty Pleasures by Manuela Cardiga 6.13.14
15. Soldier On by Sydney Logan 6.20.14
16. Another Shot at Love by Niecey Roy 6.27.14
17. Healed by a Heart by Cynthia Woolf 6.30.14
18. Innocents (Dusty #1) by Mary Elizabeth and Sarah Elizabeth 7.18.14
19. In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins 8.21.14
20. No Ordinary Bloke by Mary Whitney 8.22.13
21. Touched to the Heart by Elsa Winckler 9.5.14
22. The Crystal Slipper by Selena Fulton 9.16.14
23. Cassidy Jones and The Luminous by Elise Stokes 9.27.14
24. Done with Love by Niecey Roy 10.8.14
25. The Love Match by Lily Maxton 10.13.14
26. Gone by Stacy Claflin 10.16.14
28. Seduced by a Sinner by Cynthia Woolf 11.6.14
29. Eight Days a Week by Amber L. Johnson 11.12.14
30. Resisting Her Rival by Sonya Weiss 11.18.14
31. Black Rose by Kris Thompson 11.20.14
32. Getting Lucky by Beth Bolden 12.5.14
33. Held by Stacy Claflin 12.9.14
34. Nellie by Cynthia Woolf 12.16.14
35. The Thornless Rose by Morgan O'Neill 12.29.14

For all the books I read but didn't get a chance to fully review, check out my 2014 Reads bookshelf on Goodreads.

Author on Author Book Review ~ The Thornless Rose by @AuthorMONeill


No one ever knew what really happened to Dr. Jonathan Brandon back in 1945. He simply disappeared from a London pub, leaving behind an unsolved mystery and his fiancĂ©e—Anne Howard's grandmother. Seventy years later, Anne herself is haunted by the strange tale, along with inexplicable hallucinations straight out of Elizabethan England. Including a scarred, handsome man whose deep blue eyes seem to touch her very soul.... Anne wonders if there isn't something more to the story. Is it even possible that Jonathan disappeared into the England's dark past? And why does Anne keep hearing him whisper her name? Because now she too feels the inexorable pull of the past, not to mention an undeniable attraction for a man she doesn't even know.  It's just a matter of time before Anne will step back into history, and face a destiny―and a love―beyond imagining...

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I've always fancied the theory that time is like a ball of string. It can be all tangled up at times and different time periods are separated by only a thin veil. The Thornless Rose explores that theory as two people from two different time periods travel back to Tudor era England during the reign of Elizabeth I.

Jonathan Brandon disappeared from a pub only days before his wedding in 1945. Sixty-nine years later, the granddaughter of Jonathan's fiancĂ©, Anne Howard, slips through a veil as well. Anne had one advantage, her grandmother prepared her with a cloak, medication, and a few other necessities needed to survive in the Tudor era. 

This was my first time reading a novel by the duo that makes up Morgan O'Neill. I am so glad I took a chance on this 500+ page adventure into history. There was something new to make my heart race in every chapter. The vision of the era was truthful and at times hard to imagine how those people survived at all.

Modern woman Anne was able to slip into Tudor life fairly well, but she was shocked by some of the customs of the era. How one bathed, dressed, and even spoke was a new experience to her. Making her way to Jonathan once she appeared on a dark night was no easy task. The two men who witnessed her arrival cause trouble that turned deadly. Once Anne is safely ensconced in Jonathan's care, it becomes obvious why the two ended up in the time they did. Separated by decades, the couple was fated to love one another in a time foreign to both of them.

I applaud these authors for their creative vision of several historical figures. Elizabeth I plays a big part in the story of Jonathan and Anne's survival. I loved her plucky spirit and charm. It gave me a new vision of the young Queen, one I quite liked. The villain of the story, Norfolk, seemed much too devious for a man of only twenty-four years. He was truly evil and a formidable foe. At times, I believed he would be the victor, but one twist and another turn put Norfolk in peril himself.

The Thornless Rose is a time-traveling, spine-tingling, romantic suspense that will leave you breathless and hungry for more. I can't wait to sample more adventures from Morgan O'Neill. Thanks so much to Entangled Publishing for providing me with a copy of The Thornless Rose in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Authors

Two authors writing as one, Cary Morgan Frates and Deborah O’Neill Cordes specialize in recreating pivotal moments in history, epic adventure, and romance - with a time travel twist. They are the award-winning authors of the medieval Italian time travel duo, The Other Side of Heaven, and its sequel, Time Enough for Love, and the forthcoming Elizabethan time travel series, which will debut with The Thornless Rose, from Entangled Publishing, LLC, in late December, 2014. They are also the authors of the Roman time travel series, which will be re-released in 2015.


Author on Author Book Review and Giveaway ~ Nellie by @CynthiaWoolf


Nellie (The Brides of San Francisco I)

by Cynthia Woolf

Quick Facts                                        
Release Date:  November, 2014                
Genre: Historical Romance. Western                                              
Formats to buy: Paperbacks and all ebook formats

Nellie Wallace is a young widow with two children. In post civil-war New York, the men are scarce and none want the burden of a wife with children. Her dead husband's family is wealthy, and cruel. Desperate to escape their influence, and eager for a home, a husband, and a stable life for her children, Nellie decides to make a new life in San Francisco as a mail order bride.

Saloon owner Blake Malone is a bachelor and likes it that way. He worked hard for everything he has, but the San Francisco City Council won’t approve his plans to build a family emporium unless he is a family man himself. The solution? A mail order bride from New York who will bring him a ready-made family, stability, and the council's approval.

Blake expects his future wife to care for his home and, other than helping him impress the city council, to stay out of his business. He expects life as usual. What he gets is an unexpected desire to win Nellie's heart, a dangerous threat to his new bride, and a rich benefactor determined to steal his new family out from under him.  Blake believed his battle for success a hard one. But he will discover that the battle to win Nellie's heart and keep his family safe is going to take everything he's got.

I'm so excited to dive into a new series by Cynthia Woolf. In this first installment of The Brides of San Francisco series, "Nellie", we get a connection to an early series written by Woolf, Matchmaker & Co. The matchmaker herself, Margret Selby, makes a brief appearance to match Nellie up with saloon owner, Blake Malone.

As Nellie and her kids arrive in San Francisco to meet Blake, I began to wonder if he was too good to be true. Handsome, rich, charming, and good with children. Really? How many guys are like that these days, let alone the 1860's.

Blake does have an ulterior motive for marrying Nellie to get a ready made family. He wants to become a respectable business owner and open a family centered entertainment emporium. To do that, he needs the credibility that comes with having a loving family. Nellie knew this upfront and was willing to play the part. What she didn't expect was the part where she didn't have to act at all.

The attraction is instant on both, leading them to wed within a day of meeting each other. Nellie's heart is captured instantly when her young daughter places her slobber covered hand on Blake's cheek and he doesn't seem to care. Blake is as affected as Nellie is, but because of his past, love isn't on his radar.

Trouble comes in the form of Nellie's ex father-in-law and Blake's former mistress who also manages his saloon girls. I feared for both Nellie and Blake's lives at several points in the story. The fear that both the characters felt led to a deeper understanding of their feelings for each other.

Woolf doesn't skimp on the heat in this book either. It is a little bit of a slow burn since Nellie's sexual experience with her late husband was a painful one. Eventually, when neither of them can take the build up anymore and Blake convinces his bride he will bring only pleasure, the two give in to their desires. *fans self* They end up giving in pretty much every night there after.

Woolf delivers the thrills, spills, and romance heightened by the allure of the time period. I devoured the 361 pages in one day. I will be anxiously awaiting the next installment of this series to see what this virtuoso of historical romance has in store for us next.

Thank you to Cynthia Woolf and Black Lion Book Tours for gifting me with a copy of "Nellie" in exchange for an honest review.

Get to know the author:

Cynthia Woolf is the award winning and best-selling author of ten historical western romance books, one short story, and one novella in the anthology Lost in a Kiss, with more books on the way. She was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.

Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.

Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time.

Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart, was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia’s father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy not a bounty hunter and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now) not the ranch owner.

Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she's made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.



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