Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Publisher:    Forever
Published:   March 28, 2017
ISBN:        978-1455597802
Genre:       Historical Romance
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com


Akira Ayers is a healer.  Despite being maligned as a gypsy, otherwise known as a tinker, she does not let the slights and insults stand in the way of her healing. Following a brutal battle she makes her way onto the field to see what she can do to help. There she finds a Highlander, a nearly dead one, but while life still courses through him she will do what she can to save him.

George Gordon, Duke of Gordon has no liking for the usurper to the throne. Given his love of country he finds himself wounded after battle. When Akira finds him he accepts her care but the advent of a greedy red coat and his band set them on the run. With help from a neighboring clan they make their way to the Gordon stronghold, but the British Captain Roderick is hot on their trial.

Unable to fight his attraction to Akira and wanting to protect her should they be caught, George keeps his true identity a secret until he no longer can. She takes his revelation that he is a duke in stride…and is thrilled when he tells her he loves her. But all is not well at the Gordon castle—the duke’s former wife, a mean and vicious harridan, is in residence. The woman wastes no time telling Akira that George will never marry her, but rather he will soon discard her as he has done all his former mistresses. Believing the duchess, Akira flees for her home.  Can a man a heartbeat away from the throne and a low born healer find a life together?

THE HIGHLAND DUKE is the first book by Amy Jarecki I’ve read. As a lifelong romance reader I cannot resist a good love story. Having cut my romance reading teeth on historical romance, with Highlanders a favorite Akira and George’s story sounded too good to pass up. She writes in what I feel is a classic romance style—there are no gratuitous sex scenes but rather a deep and abiding love, that, while it happens quickly, you know is true. Jarecki tells not just a story of the couple, but both characters have their own story.  And, their personal stories are interesting.

Akira reminding George and herself over and over she is a healer got a little old.  After the 15th time I kinda got it.  And he ruminated about keeping his secret identity a few times too many. His reason was laudable and he explained it well. It just got a bit repetitive. A little less of the tinker/identity discussion and a little more of the scenery would be nice. I never got a feel for what it felt like sleeping in the cave, what it felt like for Akira to be in a castle for the first time…but I had a clear picture that he thought she smelled like jasmine.

Akira and George’s story is a nice one. Like I said, it’s written in the classic style of a true romance.  It is a story of a couple knows there will only ever be one person for them and they will do anything to be with that person…like the kind of love we’d all like to have for ourselves.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


Friday, March 24, 2017

OVER THE LINE by Sierra Cartwright

Publisher: Totally Bound
Date published: June 21, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-78184-352-9
Genre: Bondage  BDSM
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)

Obtained via publisher

Rating: 4 Hearts

Michael and Sydney live lives on the opposite of the spectrum. She loves being wild and free while he is fixated on running his ranch.  Yet the two have a chemistry like no other.  The two are a perfect fit right from the start. Neither one is looking for something permanent and it all seems like just good fun and games but soon emotions come into play.  Both Michael and Sydney have pasts that they need to deal with if they want to have any kind of future together but that it the big question. Do they want a future together? Are they willing to trust their hearts and take a chance or are they going to let the past hinder them?

This is another good read from the Mastered series. Sydney and Michael are great characters. Sydney is an adventurer but something about Michael grounds her and feels like home but at the same time it scares her. Having only one other real relationship with a Dom to compare this one to makes Sydney’s choices hard to make. Michael is his own man and he shows her just how wonderful it can be with him. The two have an attraction that is off the charts they fit nicely together and I enjoyed seeing that attraction deepen into something else. It was nice to see the two work through it all.  They have been given a second chance at love and are   willing to try and fight for it.  I enjoyed seeing Sydney open up and find out that her past experience was just that a past experience. Michael is a good man and he shows her just what true love can be like if she can just let him in.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.




Wednesday, March 22, 2017

BEAUTY, INC. by Tara Lain

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Date published: 12/08/16
Fairy tales, M/M

Obtained via publisher

Rating: 4 Hearts

Belle works hard for his family’s company. Always trying to keep things new and the company in the black but he is fighting a losing battle when his father continues to gamble and drink everything away. Everything seems to include Belle himself. His father has lost Belle to their highest competitor and he must now go work for Magnus Strong.  What will happen to Belle now and how will his father’s company stay afloat while he is gone?  Belle must figure out who his loyalties go to. His world is full of emotions and turmoil. Can love be in Belle’s future? What will he chose and can he live with the consequences?

Only a select few truly know Magnus. Many just see his scars not the man. Belle is different he sees so much more in Magnus. Their tale has its ups and downs but Belle and Magnus are ready to find a way to fight for their happy ending. I enjoyed watching the two work through it all to find a better place and maybe even love. The men must decide if they are willing to take a chance with their hearts or lose what they long for.

Tara Lain has woven another great story and Kale Williams brings these characters to life in this audio version of Beauty, Inc.  I enjoyed Magnus and Belle’s story. It is full of emotions and pulls you in right from the start. I love when an author puts a new spin on an old fairy tale and Beauty, Inc. is a wonderful retelling of one of my favorite tales.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


Monday, March 20, 2017


Breeds #31
Berkley Books, May 2017

Obtained via:  publisher
ISBN: 1101612517
ISBN13: 9781101612514
Paranormal Romance

The latest in Lora Leigh’s Breeds books, WAKE A SLEEPING TIGER, comes out just as the weather turns nice enough to sit outside and really enjoy turning those pages.

Recessed Bengal Breed Cullen Maverick has risen to commander of the Navajo Covert Law Enforcement Division in Window Rock, New Mexico where he leads a group of agents in protecting the treasures of the Navajo Tribes.  Created in a lab, Cullen’s primal Bengal genetics are recessed so deeply that no hint of them can be found on him.  Yet they are there, waiting.  When his assistant, Chelsea, tires of her lack of promotional opportunities, despite her obvious qualifications, and quits, the Primal lurking deep within Cullen sits up and takes notice.

For those of us who still really enjoy the feel of a hardcover book in our hands, Lora Leigh’s WAKE A SLEEPING TIGER, arrives just in time to read outdoors and really simply enjoy.  Like all her breed books, this book once again finds the two fated mates fighting the mating heat and confusing each other with their raging hormones and angst. 

Cullen has been married before, but was not mated to his wife.  When she dies, he settles into a deep depression that only lifts after he agrees to hire Chelsea as his assistant.  Chelsea was only twelve when Cullen married, but she still remembers the love in his eyes as he married her cousin.  So when he suddenly wants more from their relationship than just employee/employer, it is difficult for her to hope and accept that her longtime crush could be seriously seeing a future for them together.  The danger factor, as always in the Breed world, is running high and the testosterone is even higher.  Cullen and Chelsea’s journey to love is hectic, trying and emotional; and fated in the stars.

As to the few negatives - while the recessed gene thing is new to the Breed series and really very interesting, the majority of the book could be any of Leigh’s earlier Breed books.  And the sex is hot, but perhaps a bit redundant. 

Fans of Lora Leigh books, paranormal romance and the Breed books are going to enjoy WAKE A SLEEPING TIGER.  The book is well written, has a nice flow and just enough of the lesser characters to remind readers of previous stories and hint at future books to come.  Can we all say, “Cassie”?

Reviewed by T. Barringer

"This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book."

Saturday, March 18, 2017

BLOWN AWAY by Clover Tate

Publisher:    Berkley
Published:    February 7, 2017
ISBN:        978-0425283547
Genre:       Cozy Mystery
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  

Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com



From the first time Emmy Adler flew a kite she knew she’d found her most favorite thing to do. And now, in Rock Point, Oregon, she’s living her dream. She’s opened up a kite shop called Strings Attached where she’s designed a number of the kites for sale. As a child her family visited Rock Point and along the way she met her best friend, Avery. She’s now living in Avery’s family home and life is good. While a small town, Rock Point has several nice amenities including a stellar restaurant, a quaint B&B and a beach to enjoy all sort of outdoors activities, including kite flying. Unfortunately there is also the matter of a dead body she stumbles on shortly after her shop opens. Even worse, it turns out to be Avery’s former boyfriend, Miles. In short order the local sheriff has his sights on Avery as suspect No. 1. What kind of friend would Emmy be if she didn’t try to find the real killer before Avery is railroaded into prison?

BLOWN AWAY is Clover Tate’s debut cozy mystery and it is off to a great start. As someone who grew up with kites as part of my summer entertainment, as well as enjoying the various designs we now have available to us today when I pass the Marina Green in San Francisco, a series based around them is going to be such fun.

Tate introduces readers to a super group of characters starting with Emmy. At 30-something she’s dealing with a helicopter mom—and the main reason she felt the need to move from Portland to Rock Point. I’m sure many of us can relate to loving our parent…but needing a little breathing space now and then to live our own lives. Tate also provides readers with a nice cross-section of townsfolk of various ages and jobs that make for a nice mix. I wasn’t so sure about Stella at first, but shortly really started to like the character. Tate’s introduction of Jack Sullivan into the mix was a nice touch.
Another fun touch is Emmy’s dad playing Nixon in his Watergate re-enactment group a tie in to that era’s crime.

Hopefully another entry in this series will be coming soon.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann Krentz

Published:   November 29, 2016
ISBN:        978-0515156348
Genre:       Romantic Suspense
Format:     Ebook
Obtained via:  Publisher  

Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com




Eighteen years ago Madeline had a pretty nice childhood.  Yes, her parents died, but her grandmother, Edith, made sure she wanted for nothing. Edith, the owner of a line of boutique inns based their home on Cooper Beach. Then one night, during a sleepover with her best friend, Daphne, Madeline’s world changed.

In hours Edith removed Madeline from the island and they took up residence in one of Edith’s other properties while Daphne and her mother headed off to Colorado. Now, eighteen years later Edith dies in a freak fire and Madeline is left to pick up the pieces. Among those pieces is Jack Rayner, the security expert Edith hired for the hotel line shortly before her death.  Still reeling from her grandmother’s death Madeline is shocked and upset to receive a call from Tom, the caretaker left in charge of the inn at Cooper Beach.  Tom tells Madeline he needs to speak to her, in person.  Madeline, along with Jack, heads to Cooper Island and they arrive moments before Tom dies…killed by an intruder still in the inn.  And so begins a race to find why someone is trying to kill anyone who was on Cooper Island eighteen years ago.

I haven’t read Jayne Ann Krentz for quite some time and SECRET SISTERS was a wonderful “welcome back” to her stories. The seclusion of Cooper Island made for a Christie-esque mystery—all the players on an island with limited means and times for leaving while a killer is among them.  That, coupled with a Ewing type family—a matriarch, a son heading into a political career, a brother with a penchant for mayhem is only the beginning of potential suspects.

I liked how Jack worked step by step to track down the killer while at the same time confronted is own issues.  The same with Madeline—for so long she avoided her past and now, with it dogging her steps, she stops running and turns to face what happened. Despite some frightening events, Krentz gives her a wonderful inner strength. I liked how she had that strong core, but bit by bit her softer nature came through.

The secondary romance between Abe and Daphne was a nice addition—particularly because Abe is not one of the usual alpha heroes, but your basic, regular guy.

What didn’t work for me, which was fortunately a very small part of the story, was an event that happened to Jack. It was a needless bit of gratuitous drama I could have done without.

Definitely one for your TBR.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Publisher:    Berkley
Published:   September 27, 2016
ISBN:        978-0451476586
Genre:       Cozy Mystery
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  

Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com




Having decided to stay in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and continue to learn about her witch heritage, Annabelle Britton is settling in nicely. So much so she has invited her grandmother BB to come and visit…and repair some decades old fences.  And while she has promised not to practice her magic unsupervised, well sometimes a girl needs to step up and help her friends, right?  And really, how much trouble can double checking a building to be sure there’s no ghost in there be?  Especially when you don’t believe in ghosts?  But when she gets into Jake and Miranda’s new building it’s not a ghost she finds…it’s a dead body.  The first question is who is the dead man…and the second is, how did he get there?  Annabelle doesn’t really want to get involved, but Jake and Miranda are the number one suspects.  And it’s not too long before the local lieutenant has his sights on her as well.  Under those circumstances, how can she not get involved?

BY FAMILIAR MEANS is the second book in Delia James Witch’s Cat Mystery series and the characters make for a nice addition.  The star of the series is, of course, Alistair, the kitty who is Annabelle’s familiar.  He’s a smart cat who knows just when to pop in and help his human out. While a number of craft elements, such as the importance of a circle, the use of a wand for focus, calling in the quarters, are explained in book 1 and further in book 2, just what a familiar is and what they can do is hinted at, but he isn’t completely explained, which is puzzling in a series about a Witch’s cat.  Everyone recognizes him, but no explanation is given for why a fifty, give or take, year old cat is still around. Trust me, if mine could live that long I’d be thrilled…but then mine are regular house cats and not magickal ones.

The characters are interesting in and of themselves, but they sure seem to have a lot of spats back and forth. True, Annabelle is working to bring her grandmother and old friend Julia back together, but it seems like all of them, at some point or other, is always angry or irritated with Annabelle herself. They aren’t all that cozy with each other.

The story itself was kind of flat.  Not a bad read, but not a page turner.  The only characters I really enjoyed were Leo and Max, the miniature dachshunds and Alastair.  The humans came across pretty flat except when they were angry at each other. The series does have promise and I do like how aspects of the craft are explained in the stories.  The writing just needs to be tightened up a bit.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


Monday, March 13, 2017

HER SECRET by Shelley Shepard Gray

Publisher:    Avon Inspire
Published:   March 14, 2017
ISBN:        978-0062469106
Genre:       Amish, Romantic Suspense, Young Adult
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com


For most of her life Hannah Hilty was happy and content. When a man named Trent showed interest in her she was flattered. He asked her questions about her life and how the Amish lived and he gave her flowers…daisies because they made her happy. But then he changed…he began demanding and possessive…or maybe he was always like that. His actions became more and more sinister until one day he sent her a package of photographs—photographs of herself, but in private settings. His actions became so invasive and threatening the Hilty family moved from their community in Berlin, Ohio to a small community in Kentucky. There, despite being away from Trent, Hannah became more and more reclusive. She would not leave her home unless she had to until one day her mother tells her she needs to step out, to take a walk. Not one to disobey her mother, Hannah does so and while she is out she meets neighbour, Isaac Troyer.

Isaac and Hannah’s initial meeting doesn’t go all that well. He asks too many questions and she isn’t ready to trust. Bit by bit though, Hannah begins to trust Isaac and they form a close friendship. That friendship is tested when first some upsetting news come to the Hilty family and then when Trent shows up back in Hannah’s life. This time Trent is not going to take no for an answer.

I’ve seen any number of Shelley Shepard Gray’s Amish romances but have never picked one up to read. When HER SECRET arrived for review along with a note that it was the beginning of a new series I thought I’d give her a try.  I’m glad I did.

HER SECRET is billed as a romantic suspense and initially within the parameters of a young adult, it is. When Trent arrives in town it becomes a full blown, breath holding, thriller.  Gray delves into the mind and machinations of a stalker and with each turn of the page you wonder what he will do next.  When it becomes clear just what is going on I mentally yelled at her to run. 

The author takes you into a family with secrets, secrets meant to protect but ultimately cause more problems. Reading how the characters resolve those problems and build a stronger family made for a read that gives you something to think about in your own lives be it family, friends or work.

As I said, I’m not a fan of Christian fiction, however, while it is part of the fabric of the story, it is not overwhelming. If it’s not your thing, it’s not preachy and infrequent enough you can just skim those parts.

Die hard romantic suspense fans may find the writing and characters somewhat immature. I’m not sure if that’s because of the Amish aspect or simply because that’s how Gray writes. That said, it is a good read and a good introduction to romantic suspense for a young adult if there is one in your home.

In her author notes at the end of the book (something I always read and am never disappointed with what the author has to share) Gray talks about the Amish of Hart County series and how while each of the books are connected in some way, they are completely standalone stories. I have a feeling that each book is going to get better and better and I can’t wait for the next one. I do find myself asking “how have I missed this author until now.”

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

EVERY LITTLE THING by Samantha Young

Publisher:    Berkley
Published:    March 7, 2017
ISBN:        978-1101991695
Genre:       Contemporary Romance
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  

Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com



Bailey Hartwell, the “princess of Hartwell” has a smart mouth and a sassy style. She’s outspoken and speaks her mind without giving much thought to what she is going to say first.  Her friends have little to no problem with her outspoken style because they know she’s there for them and the first to step up and protect those she cares for and that includes the town of Hartwell.  And it’s no coincidence her last name is that of the town she so fiercely loves—her family founded Hartwell. But for all her care and compassion for not only the townsfolk and virtually everyone she meets there is one person she goes out of her way to, in a word, attack. That would be Vaughn Tremaine. Try as she might, she cannot explain her instant and continuous dislike of the handsome, wealthy hotelier.

Vaughn Tremaine absolutely cannot stand Bailey Hartwell.  There is nothing he likes about the woman. Nothing at all. Then why does he find himself trying to come to her rescue every chance he gets?  And generally succeeding.  Why does he watch her every move and find reasons to be where she is? They say there is a fine line between love and hate – so maybe he doesn’t dislike her quite so much. Sometimes the heart knows better than the head.

Bailey and Vaughn have spent a life time running not just from each other but from love.  It may be time for them to take a look at what they are running from.

I’m not a fan of first person writing.  It has its place in cozy mysteries, but in romance I really do not care for it. The only thing that can make it worse is when an author uses that new and growing in popularity first person/present tense. I don’t think anything reads worse than that. And shifting points of view can be very difficult to follow, especially when one character is written in the first person and the other in third.
It takes true talent and a strong voice to carry it off…something Samantha Young has. She is such a great story teller that you feel you not only know the characters personally, but that you are right there with them.

We met Bailey and Vaughn in book 1 of Young’s Hart’s Boardwalk series, ONE REAL THING which was Jess and Cooper’s story. EVERY LITTLE THING, book 2. is Bailey and Vaughn’s story and what a super read. The author gives just enough backstory so that if for some reason you missed book 1 (which you really are missing out on a good read if you don’t pick it up along with EVERY LITTLE THING) you don’t tell left out of the action. Characters from ONE REAL THING are back and you have a chance to catch up on their lives.

We could all use a friend like Bailey – someone who is smart, loyal and caring just because they’re your friend. And she knows her own mind…well, except for Vaughn. She’s one of those people who makes you feel good about yourself and is there by your side when life throws a curve at you.

Vaughn is a slightly different take on the strong silent type. He knows how to cut to the chase and has no qualms about solving problems about those around him. He is so sensually sexy you want to pull him out of the book and make him a real man…your man.

While this is Bailey and Vaughn’s story the other townsfolk are equally fleshed out with their own stories that are shared in the story. And Young doesn’t take you from “hello” to “I love you” inside of a week. Instead the story takes place over several months with each of the characters going on with their lives in that time. They have accomplishments, life bumps and comings and goings giving them full lives.

Hartwell is drawn as such a wonderful town. The author describes the Boardwalk and each of the businesses on it so you know exactly what they look like and what it would be like to walk into them. I have to admit I wish my town had a bookstore just like Emery’s – I’d be in there every week.

EVERY LITTLE THING is a definitely “do not miss” read.  Hopefully another entry in this series will be coming soon.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.



Thursday, March 9, 2017


Publisher:    Forever  
Published:   February 28, 2016
ISBN:        978-1455537228
Genre:       Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Overtones
Format:     Ebook
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com


Ava DiRossi has loved only one man and it is a man she walked away from a decade ago. She never stopped loving him, but one day she walked away.
Griffin Gallagher has loved one woman.  He has cared deeply for another, but not the breath catching love he has always felt for Ava DiRossi. To this day he doesn’t know why Ava left him and he still cannot help but wonder why.

With the death of family matriarch, Colleen, now some four months before, the fate of Greystone remains undecided. With the town’s mayor and real estate mogul Paige Townsend intent on selling the family home, a mansion turned hotel, to have it converted to condos, Colleen structured her will so that her great grandchildren would ultimately decide the outcome.  So far only one of the great grandchildren, Liam Gallagher, is on “team Greystone” but along with his wife, Sophie, and several of the other employees, he’s trying to get his siblings on board.  If it makes his wife happy, it makes him happy.  With Griffin in town it may be time to bring him on board.

Over the past several years Ava and Griffin have more or less managed to avoid each other. But with him back in town and Ava working at Greystone they seem to be crossing paths more often. And then there are Colleen’s memoirs.

Ah, the memoirs aren’t quite memories of Colleen’s life. Rather they are a book filled with virtually everyone in Harmony Harbor’s secrets – including Ava’s. It is when Ava is searching for the illusive book she and Griffin find themselves alone and very much aware that they have never stopped loving each other.

When I read MISTLETOE COTTAGE, the first in Debbie Mason’s Harmony Harbor series, I wondered how I managed to miss her books for so long. She tells such a good story—a toe curling romance with characters you would like to know. Added to the romance are real life situations many of us face or know someone who has and she deals with the conflicts in a compassionate and caring way.

And then, depending on your belief system, she adds either a bit of whimsy or possibility with Colleen’s spirit remaining at Greystone.  (In Mistletoe Cottage Colleen dies at 104 years of age and makes the decision to remain at the manor to help her family).  Reminiscent of Topper, both the movies and television series, Colleen does her best to help her family out—often with mixed results. Those results add a bit of humor to the stories, as does Simon the black cat who can see and hear Colleen and Jasper, the long-time butler who doesn’t see or hear her, but knows she’s around.  Colleen, Jasper and Simon are really my favorite parts of the books, which is saying a lot because so far I’ve really enjoyed both stories.

I did have a bit of a brow raise over what was going on with Griffin’s wife No. 2, Lexi.  It just didn’t ring true to me and I’m not sure how the solution will ultimately play out.  We’ll have to see in book 2.

Each of the books are stand alones and except for Colleen’s part in the stories you do not have to read them in order.  That said, if you do not read them, you are missing out on some fantastic reads. Now I have to wait for book 3, which just cannot come out soon enough to suit me! This is one very special series.



This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


A chat with Debbie Mason -- The Woman Behind the Starlight Bridge

Hi Debbie!  Thank you for taking the time to chat with us today!  I read MISTLETOE COTTAGE, book 1 of your Harmony Harbor series and just had to pick up book 2, STARLIGHT BRIDGE as soon as I could. You have created a fantastic series with wonderful characters and a super setting.  

 Aw, thanks so much! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the series.

So are readers can find out a bit more about the woman behind the pen, let’s start with a few simple questions.  

What inspired you to pick up the pen (or sit down at the computer) one day and create the characters in this series that capture the imagination?

 When my publisher decided we’d end my previous series at book 7, I began playing with ideas for a new series. I wanted to come up with characters my readers would enjoy as much as they did the story people in Christmas, Colorado. I love the ocean and Massachusetts and once I’d decided to set the series there, I got to work on the history of my fictional town, which I loosely based on Gloucester. While researching the area, I came across Hammond Castle and it became the inspiration for Greystone Manor. And if you have a castle, you have to have a ghost, so that’s where the idea for Colleen originated. And if you have a ghost, you better give her a reason for being and that’s how the Gallagher family came to be. With twelve great-grandchildren who are currently single, Colleen will be up to her matchmaking tricks for a while. 

 I have to admit Colleen and Simon, along with Jasper, remind me in some ways of one of my favorite TV shows growing up, Topper. What led you to taking Colleen down that path?

 I just looked up Topper. I’d never heard of the show but it’s definitely one I would have watched. Interestingly enough, one of my favorite sitcoms growing up provided partial inspiration for Colleen becoming a ghost. It was The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.


 In these first two books your characters deal with some very rough real-life situations. How did you get yourself into a place to write about and then resolve those issues? 

For Starlight Bridge, as well as spending a lot of time doing research on the internet, I read College Girl: A Memoir by Laura Gray-Rosendale and watched the documentary The Hunting Ground. While I was writing the story, I’d check in with my oldest daughter to make sure Ava’s feelings in response to certain situations and how she reacted to them rang true. As well as having her MSW, MPH, and working toward her Ph.D. in Public Health, my daughter has spent years on the frontline working with abused and traumatized women and children. Now that I think about, she’s probably the reason my characters tend to deal with difficult real-life situations.

Which of the brothers, including looking ahead at future books, would you most like to come to life? 

I’d have to say the brother whose story I’m currently writing, Aidan Gallagher. He’s the hero in Sugarplum Way, which comes out in October of this year. A Gerard Butler lookalike, Aidan’s a former DEA Agent who now works at the Harmony Harbor Police Department. He’s smart and tough, and you do not want to get on his bad side. But with his daughter and the heroine, he’s a marshmallow.

 You’ve gotten the call, a Hollywood producer is going to bring the Harmony Harbor series to the big screen. Who do you cast in the major roles? 

I’ve used mostly actors and actresses for character inspiration, so this is fairly easy. Sadly though, some of the actors and actresses are no longer with us.

Colleen Gallagher—Katharine Hepburn.

Kitty Gallagher—Ellen Burstyn.

Rosa DiRossi—Sophia Loren.

Jasper—Christopher Plummer.

Colin Gallagher—Paul Newman.

Griffin Gallagher—Chris Hemsworth.

Ava DiRossi—Eva Mendes.


Thank you for taking some time with us today! 

Thanks so much for having me.