Secretly Smitten | An Evening of Giggle, Gab & Prizes

 Secretly Smitten

by

Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter

About the book . . . 

Summer, fall, winter, spring—Smitten, Vermont, is the place for love . . . and mystery!
There’s a secret in Grandma Rose’s attic—a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins was killed in action and never returned to Smitten. How did the dog tags end up in the attic?
The mystery intrigues Rose’s three granddaughters—Tess, Clare, and Zoe—and they decide to investigate, though their mother, Anna, warns against meddling. But as the seasons turn and the mystery unravels, the three young women and their mother encounter some intriguing mystery men of their own. Has a sixty-year-old puzzle sparked something new for this close-knit family of women?
Join popular romance novelists—and real-life BFFs—Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter for four delightful intertwined tales of mystery and sweet intrigue.
  

The “gals” are celebrating the release of Secretly Smitten with a fun Live Webcast on February 5th. They’ll be debuting the *NEW* animated Smitten trailer, giving away tons of prizes, dishing on the book and their friendship. They’ll also be wrapping up the Secretly Smitten blog tour, answering audience questions and testing your trivia skills. Don’t miss the fun and bring your friends. Click here to RSVP and set up a reminder.

About the authors. . . .          

RITA-finalist Colleen Coble is the author of several best-selling romantic suspense novels, including “Tidewater Inn”, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. 
Christy Award finalist and two-time winner of the ACFW Book of the Year award, Kristin Billerbeck has appeared on The Today Show and has been featured in the New York Times. Her books include “A Billion Reasons Why” and “What a Girl Wants.”
Denise Hunter is the award-winning and best-selling author of several novels, including “A Cowboy’s Touch” and “Sweetwater Gap.” She and her husband are raising three boys in Indiana. * Diann Hunt has lived in Indiana forever, been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, her dog, and, well, chocolate. 
Reader Review . . . 

Grandma Rose never told her daughter and granddaughters about her first love, David Hutchins, who did not return  from the Korean War.  But when they find his dog tags in the attic, the girls won’t stop until they solve the mystery of what became of David.  Meanwhile, love is in the air in their aptly named hometown of Smitten, and no one is immune.

Secretly Smitten is a collection of four novellas which combine to make one romantic mystery novel.  The four authors have woven their separate works seamlessly together so that there is no interruption in the storyline.  Each novella features a different character, while the secondary characters remain prominently in the plot.  Fortunately, each one is unique, making it easy to follow and differentiate between them.

For me, the mystery works better than the romance angle.  The romance is always a bit predictable (much like the character of Clare), and I would have liked for their stories to be a bit more in-depth.  But the mystery of David was enough to keep me hooked until the end.

Clean romantic mystery; suitable for adolescents and up.

4 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity Group<http://www.litfusegroup.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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2013 A-Z Reading Challenge

 


Do you love to read?  You know I do!  Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book is hosting a reading challenge for 2013.This challenge will run from January 1st, 2012 until December 31st, 2013.

You can join anytime. It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book starting with every letter of the alphabet. 


So there are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z Reading Challenge.

A -  Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.

OR

B – Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the alphabet. For example: A – The Azalea Assault B- Blue Monday C – Crops and Robbers D – A Deadly Grind etc.

Books can be read in any order and all formats – print – e-book – audio – are acceptable for this challenge!

Ready to join?? 
Sign up at Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book and grab the button.  

Non-bloggers you can join too! Just keep track any way you wish and enter a link below if available or sign up in the comment section. You can even set up a special shelf on Goodreads to help you keep track!

Need some help finding titles to match the alphabet – Jandy’s Reading Room has a wonderful list to get you started.

Here is my list:  

A        AN ANGEL BY HER SIDE – RUTH REID – 4 stars
B       
C        CHRISTMAS WITH THE FIRST LADIES – COLLEEN CHRISTIAN BURKE
D        THE DILEMMA OF CHARLOTTE FARROW- OLIVIA NEWPORT
E       
F        

G       
H       
I         ICONIC SPIRITS:  AN INTOXICATING HISTORY – MARK SPIVAK
J       
K       KILLER RATINGS -  LISA SEIDMAN
L       TO LOVE A WOLF – BK WALKER
M        MY NAME IS MARY SUTTER – ROBIN OLIVEIRA
N        NEVER LET YOU GO – ERIN HEALY
O       
P        PERIL:  FROM JACKBOOTS TO JACK BENNY – PEARL GOODMAN – 4 STARS
Q        QUEEN OF THE AIR:  A TRUE STORY OF LOVE AND TRAGEDY AT THE CIRCUS – DEAN JENSEN
R        RAISING CUBBY-JOHN ELDER ROBISON
S        SECRETLY SMITTEN – COLLEEN COBLE, DENISE HUNTER, KRISTEN BILLERBECK, & DIANN HUNT
T        THE POSTMISTRESS-SARAH BLAKE
U        UNCONQUERED:  THE SAGA OF COUSINS JERRY LEE LEWIS, JIMMY SWAGGART, AND MICKY GILLEY – J.D. DAVIS
V        VANISHED-IRENE HANNON – 5 STARS
W       
X       
Y       
Z       

I will be updating my list and will keep it posted on here.  Check back to see what I’ve read, and comment and let me know when you join the challenge.  Here’s to a year of good reading!
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