Monday, July 31, 2017

Ashley York Release Day Blitz

Release day blitz, Ashley York!!

Genre: Historical Romance
Book 2 of 2 in The Derbfine series (2 Book Series)

Publication date: July 31, 2017
Language: English
In ancient Éire, men and women take to the legends for answers. Different-colored eyes are the mark of a Seer, it is said, and those who can see the future are in league with the devil. They cannot be suffered to live.

He wishes to prove himself…

Marcán of Clonascra bears the bloodline of Brian Boru, the legendary high king, and his prowess as a warrior has earned him great respect. But he was born with different-colored eyes, and there are some who would have him suffer a Seer’s fate. His fiercest adversary is Beibhinn, mother to Diarmuid, his close friend and king, and Astrid, the woman who holds his heart. If Astrid ever showed him any interest, he would fight Beibhinn and any army to wed her.

She is desperate to escape…

Astrid is sick of her mother’s belittling, but her brother is in no hurry see her married, so she decides to see to her own match-making. The man she approaches quickly reveals his lack of honor, but her overbearing mother pushes her to wed him anyway. When Astrid discovers Marcán’s love for her, she realizes that what she wants has been in front of her all along. True happiness awaits them, but only if they can put a stop to her mother’s plans.

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Meet Ashley York:

Two things you should know about me right up front. I’m a hard-core romantic! And I

I believe true love does exist and once found, can transform your life from a solitary journey into a passionate adventure. Easier said than done sometimes but writing about the infinite number of possibilities, working out the exact when and where, and developing the character's personal journey to get there, thrills me to no end.

I love history with larger than life heroes, chivalrous knights, lords and ladies, castles, manors, battles and conquests. These are the foundations for passionate, historical romance novels. That’s what I write.  There is nothing like the intense emotions sparked between a driven, hard-working medieval warrior and a feisty damsel in  a quandary, often not of her own making.

I’m fascinated by the High Middle Ages in Scotland, England, and Ireland. There are so many world-changing events taking place here from their participation in the Crusades to the Battle of Hastings that permanently connected the islands to the continent. Before the Declaration of Arbroath, before William Wallace,  before the Doomsday Book, the area was ripe for great events and they never failed to deliver. It is on this combustible backdrop that I create characters with the same desires and motivations as we have today.

When I’m not writing, I enjoy cooking. It’s relaxing and I always like to find something new and easy. On Fridays I occasionally share simple recipes with Foody Friday. Sometimes entrees. Sometimes desserts. Sometimes snacks. Always delicious.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017


Book Signing Saturday, August 12th at 11 AM

Booktrader of Hamilton
2421 Nottingham Way
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Owner-Joan Silvestro

Phone number 609-890-1455

Meet Authors Terri Brisbin and Ceci Giltenan

Come chat and take selfies  with Terri and Ceci.

Free Event
Free Beverages
Free Refreshments

Only 6 miles from train station .

Bus stop right in front of store.

If in the area please stop  by. We always have a blast at Booktrader!  Thank you.

Never Kiss A Highlander by Michele Sinclair, The McTiernays, Book #6, 5 Kilts. Celtic Barb was blown away! Amazing read!

Book:Never Kiss Highlander
By Michele Sinclair

Series: The McTiernays, Book #6

Reviewed By: Barb Massabrook (of) 1)Tartan Book Reviews - Administrator & Creator
2)Purple Tulip Book Reviews - Administrator
3)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog - Blogger

Heat Rating:  Hot

Overall Rating:  5 Stars

This is the story of Hamish MacBrieve and Mairead MacMathain.

This is a story of betrayal and heartbreak. As Hamish was to marry Selah MacMathain, he discovers she loves his younger brother. Hamish was supposed to lead the clan and marry Selah MacMathain ten years ago. Yet he finds out Selah loves his younger brother Robert.  As this is the woman who was suppose to be his bride. He gives the lairdship to his brother as well as the woman he thought he loved.

Ten years later: Hamish had been working as an elite guardsman of Clan McTiernay for the past decade. Again he's been betrayed and duped by another woman. Now over the years his brother Robert had tried to reconnect, sending messages to come back. Hamish has refused, now castle Foinaven is in danger and needs his help. The danger surrounds Selah’s younger sister Mairead.

Mairead had idolized Hamish as a little girl and  thinks he will be her savior. Yet when he returns with only himself and no army it is sheer disappointment.

When Hamish returns after such a long absence - he doesn't even notice Selah. He only has eyes for her younger sister Mairead, who was only a child last time he saw her. Mairead is also quite smitten with the handsome Hamish. Can she break through his cold untrusting  heart. Will he realize the danger she's in and lend a helping hand?  Will he open his heart or has heartbreak and betrayal gotten the best of him?

This is a must read. In book six of The McTiernay series by Michele Sinclair . I highly recommend it as I have read the others always a sheer joy to read. You can read “Never Kiss A Highlander”as a stand  alone book or in book order. I absolutely loved it!

I received an advance reader copy from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review through netgalley. All words, thoughts and ideas are my own.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Kyla By Keira Montclair. The Highland Clan Series, Book #9 Five Kilts. Celtic Barb says Keira Knocks out another winner! Fantastic read!

Book: Kyla by Keira Montclair

Series: The Highland Clan, Book #9

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook
1)Tartan Book Reviews
2)Purple Tulip Book Reviews
3)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Heat Rating: Mild

Overall Rating: 5 stars  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Highlands of Scotland, Late 13th century

This is the story of Kyla Grant and Finlay MacNicol. Kyla is Alex Grant’s daughter sister of Jamie and Jake Grant. Findlay is Jamie Grant’s second in command and best friend. Kyla and Finlay have known each other since they were children. Sometimes it takes a second look to know what is right in front of you.

As there is a lot of turmoil since the attack on Alex Grant. While he is recuperating from his near fatal wound twins, Jamie and Jake are acting as Lairds for their Da. These are Kyla’s elder brothers.

Kyla is determined to act as her Clan's peacemaker even if it puts herself in danger. She will do whatever it takes to protect her clan and allies. After watching her Da the great Alex Grant in a weaker state and he mama always worried. She will do whatever it takes to stop this upcoming clan war. The only way is her connection with their enemies daughter, Davina Buchan. As they are similar in age and can feel compassion in her.

She follows her brother Jamie to go to enemy Buchan on a peaceful mission.  It is to secretly find out if other enemies are hiding out in Buchan holding. Kyla feels she's an assets to the clan to speak with Buchan  Daughter. As Kyla like her mother has a huge heart. When she finds out how Buchan uses his own daughter all she wants to is to protect and save Davina!

The Buchan is furious Kyla won't help him and throws her and her guard Findlay out. Than Laird Buchan uses Kyla’s big heart to take advantage to abduct her and hold her for ransom. As he wants both Kyla as a trade for Grant land and Castle. Plus he wants Findlay to train his untrained men in battle.

He now is allowing another sadistic enemies, Simon de La Porte under his roof. This enemy is even more dangerous and twisted, where Kyla and Findlay may end up dead. Just as they both realize they are in love.

You just don't want to mess with Clan Grant or Ramsay and not to expect retaliation or worse. Yet will Findlay leave his beloved clan as his plan to show his mettle did not work out! Will he and Kyla even survive?

Another nail biter as Keira Montclair pens another phenomenal tale with so many twists and turns. I could not put this book down!
This is the ninth fabulous page turner in The Highland Clan series . It is a riveting, action packed, heart melting  adventure from start to finish. I just love the Grant/Ramsay Clan and all their allies. It's is definitely a book readers and lovers of Scottish historical romance don't want to miss!

I received a complimentary reader’s copy that I voluntarily agreed to do a fair review and blog. All thoughts, ideas and words are my own.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

How To Lose A Highlander by Michelle McLean. The MacGregor Lairds Series. Five Kilts. New Author for Celtic Barb the she absolutely loved!

Book: How To Lose A Highlander
By Michelle McLean
Series: The MacGregor Lairds
Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook [of]
1)Tartan Book Reviews
2)Purple Tulip Book Reviews
3)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog
Overall Rating: 5/Stars- 5/Kilts

The Campbells and The MacGregor have been feuding and  been enemies  for generations. Both accusing the other of horrendous crimes from raiding, stealing livestock to abducting farmers daughters! Laird Campbell's has had enough and petitions the Kings to settle   as he wants King Charles to settle this rival and answer for his crimes. He demands his daughter Sorcha to attend at his side hoping to catch the King’s  eye if possible. Sorcha won't play the whore but she is not against some innocent flirtation to distract the King and persuade him on their side. The problem is he has become fast friends with the outlawed MacGregors! As they they helped him and became fast friends with their Laird on his recent exile and fall from grace. What Cambell does know is MacGregor found a couple Campbells.

The night before the hearing with the King is a masked ball and Sorcha find herself attracted to a masked man. The man was also attracted to this beautiful creature and they had a little interlude and shared a passionate kiss. The attraction and chemistry in instant. Then after pthe hearing she feels betrayed seeing the man from the masquerade ball is non other than her father's enemy Laird Malcolm MacGregor!

The two Chiefs start squabbling and accusing each othe of many crimes. The King has heard enough and found only one solution. That is a forced marriage between Sorcha Campbell and  Malcolm MacGregor. Laird Campbell is appalled feeling no man is good enough for her only daughter. Especially a MacGregor his enemy and his family for generations! Then he worries if MacGregor would take his hate out on his daughter and abuse her physically. MacGregor promised he would never. When Sorcha hears this new she is devastated until her maid comes up with a man of how to this lose this highlander. Yes she had to marry him put there are ways to get out of the marriage that does not include murder. The one thing she cannot do is consummate the marriage so she can declare him incompetent and can get an annulment. As Malcolm's dear cousin John also says to seeks an annulment by declaring Sorcha insane.

Will two people so attracted to each other be able to go through with these deceitful  plans? Yet, as they get to know each other they realize the hateful image they had of each other is not true at all. As they soon find out they are each others soul mate, fate and destiny.  They might possibly go their separate ways, after being brainwashed and conditioned to think of each other in a tarnished light. Will they be  brave enough to take a chance possibly on love?

Will they have this  marriage null and void? Will their beating hearts become entangled or beat as one? Will all this deceit just turn into heartbreak and betrayal? You will have to read this phenomenal read to find out, I highly recommend it!

This is my first book author Michelle McLean which is absolutely spectacular! I was totally captivated and mesmerized from start to finish. It is a fast paced page turner that I just could not put down.

It is filled with all the elements Scottish historical romance readers love. This novel will leave you breathless, with a storyline that has so many twists and turns - not knowing what  could happen could possibly happen next.

“How To Lose A Highlander” by Michelle McLean  is absolutely brilliant! I can’t recommend this book enough! I can hardly wait for the next book in “The MacGregor Lairds” series!

***Disclamer- I received an advance readers copy from the publisher. I voluntarily agreed to do a fair review and blog through netgalley. All thoughts, ideas and words are my own.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Duke By Kerrigan Byrne. Victorian Rebels series #4. 5 Kilts! Celtic Barb says Kerrigan wrote another captivating read!

Book: The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne

Series: Victorian Rebels #4

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook (of)
1.Tartan Book Reviews
2.Purple Tulip Book Reviews
3.Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Heat Rating: Hot

Overall Rating: 5 Stars/5 Kilts

London 1876

Collin “Cole” Talmage Is the Duke of Trewyth, had been the English Empire's favored son. That is until tragedy hits home and his family is killed! This is how Collin gains the title of Duke of Trewyth. On top of that someone he trusted and called friend betrays him! In battle this so called friend leaves him close to death on the battlefield! He is one move forward not dwell on the past. Now he'd prepared to fight for the battle of his life!

Imogen  “Ginny” Pritchard is an attractive lass who works in the hospital by Day and in the evening works as a serving maid at a bordello/ bawdy house/ alehouse/tavern.  She is determined to pay off her father gambling debts. So her mother and sister don’t have to go to debtor's prison.

Cole meets the poverty stricken lass, who is trying to keep her mother and sister out of the poor house. Paying off her deceased father's gambling debts.

The chemistry between Colin and Ginny is immediate. As Ginny sees sorrow in Collin’s face and Collin sees her beauty and wants to forget. Ginny pleads with the Bordello owner at the Bare Kitten Gin and Dance Club to refuse this offer! As she does not want to become any man's whore plus she's an innocent, a virgin!

Though it would pay off a huge part of her father's gambling debt.  Collin and Ginny do spend the night together. Though it will be many years until they see each other again. As Collin was captured in battle and became a prisoner of war. He becomes a battle scarred warrior both inside and out.

Collin does try to locate Ginny after his release, yet he doesn't realize she was wearing a disguise and using a fake name. As she was the only bright light in his memory it all the years in prison.

Ginny is still now working as a nurse by day as a nurse  and at the bordello/alehouse at night. Now Collin has been deeply injured in battle and is shocked to see Ginny again. Though this time as his nurse, The nurse who saved his life! Ginny has moved up in the world having  married a titled man who is now deceased. She is now a countess and wants to help others, especially the less fortunate. Ginny has a lot of compassion coming from a background of poverty and abuse. Where Collin coming from a privileged background has a lot of prejudice.

I didn't always like this hero but he redeemed himself. Plus he is also suffering  plus he struggling with PTSD and more. His behavior is very common for those born with a silver spoon in their mouth- the wealthy and titled. Will these two opposite meet on a common ground? Or will they go their separate ways with separate lives? Plus there are secrets and betrayals the make things rather interesting You will have to read this magnificent story and finds out.

Another spectacular Kerrigan Byrne read! She has that special spin that always touches my heart. I have been reading her since her debut as an independent author. Now a brilliant published author and I have loved every book! Kerrigan is one of my favorite authors as I always get caught up and lost in her lush riveting romantic adventures. I can never put her novels down! Always a delight to read from start to finish!

I am always excited to see what Kerrigan Byrne will be writing next! Book 5 is called “The Scot Beds His Wife” to be released October 3rd.I can't wait to read and blog about it. I absolutely love this series! Kerrigan is one of the most powerful authors in historical romance!
Victorian Rebels Series
by Kerrigan Byrne

1.The Highwayman
2. The Hunter
3. The Highlander
4. The Duke
5. The Scot Beds His Wife (To be released October 3rd)

I received an advance readers copy from the publisher. I voluntarily agreed to do a fair review and blog through netgalley. All thoughts, ideas and words are my own.