Thursday, July 4, 2019

YOU SEND ME (Compass Cove Book 2) by Jeannie Moon

Jordan Velsor has been a school teacher is the comfy town of Compass Cove for the better part of a decade. Recently haven broken off her engagement to a local, under awful circumstances, the beautiful thirty-something is trying to get through the day to day and deal with her father's terminal cancer diagnosis all alone.

Dr Nick Rinaldi came to Compass Cove to recuperate from surgeries due to a shooting incident in the Middle East. The former military man and Dr. is feeling just right in the comfort of his grandparents hearth and home.    

Jordan never has had much of a family besides her father, but when tragedy strikes and Nick saves Jordan from a falling tree during a historic nor'easter, she begins to find out what family really is. Can the relationship shy Jordan open up her heart to what is right in front of her? Can the Dr, who has hidden his past from everyone come clean and let out the story of  atrocities that he blames himself for out in the open? You will most definitely have to read this impressive book to find out, and I strongly suggest you do.

What I wrote here is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Most who know me well, understand that Contemporary Romance is not my gig. It has to be something really special to take me out of my historical haze and this book is one that just calls to me. Author Jeannie Moon's love for Long Island is evident in this book, and frankly in every book she has written. YOU SEND ME is a beacon for second chances without being in your face. Her characters are strong and independent, loving and endearing. Jeannie Moon's conflict in YOU SEND ME is real and grabs ar your heartstrings. You genuinely care what happens to everyone. 

Last year when Jeannie Moon did a reading from this book at a local North Shore haunt, The Gourmet Whaler, I was done in. I knew this book was for me. It did take me a while to finally pick in up due to that historical haze, but I was in my right place and time to fully let this book take me on the journey that Jeannie Moon intended, and I am so happy I did.

Later this Summer, on August 28th, the next Compass Cove will be released, and I am impatiently waiting. 


AUGUST 28, 2019

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Release Day Bliss: Wicked Highlander Ways by Mary Wine


A fiery woman who won't be tamed
A powerful Highland chief by her side
A passion neither can deny

Brenda Grant's abusive first marriage taught her that she's better off on her own. But when her family threatens her freedom and demands that she remarry—to a man they've chosen—she makes a deal with a brawny Highland chief to escape.
Bothan Gunn is smitten by the woman who won't be tamed. He's helped her before—but can he do so now, when Brenda's complicated past threatens their lives? With danger closing in, their only chance at love and survival is to escape to the heart of the Highlands...

Chief Bothan Gunn pulled his horse to a halt. He reached forward to rub its neck as he contemplated the view before him. 
Maddox, his captain, came up beside him, tilting his head to one side as he waited to see why Bothan had stopped. Both of them peered at the land in front of them, the place where Scotland ended and England began. 
“I never thought to lay eyes on that,” Maddox declared when Bothan remained silent. His voice drew out the last word, making it clear Maddox cared little for the place they were heading. 
Bothan turned to look at him. “Or cross into it.” 
Before them were the borderlands. England lay on the other side of them. He didn’t belong there, but Bothan set his stallion into motion because Brenda Grant wasn’t suited to England any more than he was. 
She was wild. 
And he was going to ensure she could remain unbridled by those who didn’t understand the value of a woman with the spark of life burning in her. Let the English keep their wives in submissive obedience. He craved a wife who would singe him with her heat and give him children with the strength to rise up to the challenge of living in the Highlands. 
Brenda was that woman. 
She would spit in his eye though. At least until he proved his worth to her. 
He slowly grinned as he contemplated the battle ahead. 
It was a fact; he was going to enjoy it. 
And so would Brenda. 
He’d see to that…personally. 
Of course, first he had to rescue her. His lips curved into a grin. At last there was something pleasing about his journey into England. Snatching a prize from the hands of the English—well, there was something he would enjoy full well. They told tales in England of wild savages such as himself. 
Not that he was planning on changing the way the English thought about him. 
No, he was riding onto their land to retrieve the woman he craved. Any who stepped between them was going to discover he was tenfold worse than any story they had ever heard. 

Friday, May 10, 2019


Book Obsessed Chicks and ROMANCING THE GOLD COAST 2020 are very proud to share a little interview with one of our awesome Featured Authors, Lorraine Heath. We are so happy to have her at the October 2020 Historical Weekend. 

1.       Please tell us a bit about yourself and what you write.

Born in England and raised in Texas, I have a deep love of both my heritages. As a result, I’ve written historical romances set in Texas as well as stories set in England. Sometimes I take English characters to Texas and sometimes I take Texas characters to England.

2.       How and why did you become a writer?

I’ve always loved writing and began writing my first story when I was seven. It was about a fisherman who fell in love with a mermaid.

3.       Was it hard for you to get published?

I began writing books seriously in 1990 and sold my first manuscript in 1993 so the journey was a relatively short one. However, I’ve received more rejections since I got published so my career has very much been like a rollercoaster ride but I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.

4.       Who are your favorite authors and what do you read in your spare time?

I have too many favorite authors to list. I read all types of romance: historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, paranormal, etc. I love the variety that romance offers. When I’m not reading romance, I tend to read nonfiction books about the Victorian era and the people who lived during that time.

5.       What hobbies do you have?

I binge watch TV shows, travel, enjoy wine tastings.

6.       What is the hardest thing about being a writer?

Not to second guess the story I’m writing and worry that it’ll disappoint readers.

7.       If you weren’t an author, what would you do?

For 20 years, I was a government employee so I’d probably have to go back to that.

8.       Favorite hero and heroine from your books? Why?

Each hero and heroine is my favorite while I’m writing their story. I’ve found that they tend to be the characters that I need at that moment in my life so I look back on them all fondly.

9.       Favorite hero and heroine from another author’s books?

Will and Ellie Parker from Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer because they made me fall in love with the romance genre.

10.   What’s your favorite food and drink?

Favorite food is fried shrimp. Favorite drink is red wine.

11.   Why are you looking forward to Romancing the Gold Coast?

I’m looking forward to connecting with readers who love historical romance as much as I do. Although I read all sub-genres of romance, historical romance remains my first love and it’s always fun to be around people who enjoy exploring the past and appreciate it as much as I do.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Romancing the Gold Coast: Featured Author GINA CONKLE

We at Book Obsessed Chicks and the ROMANCING THE GOLD COAST event are very proud to share with you our spotlight on one of our talented Featured Authors, for the October 2020 event, 
Gina Conkle.

1. Please tell us a bit about yourself and what you write.

Hi! I write Viking and Georgian romance. I know…a crazy combination. Those sub-genres spring from my love of all things Viking and from a love for the 1700s.

My official author bio: Gina Conkle writes adventurous Viking romance and sensual Georgian romance. Her books offer a fresh, addictive spin on the romance genre, with the witty banter and sexual tension that readers crave. She grew up in southern California and despite all that sunshine, Gina loves books over beaches and stone castles over sand castles. She’s married to her favorite alpha male, Brian, and when not writing, Gina occasionally gardens and cooks.

2.       How and why did you become a writer?

Since 5th grade I knew that I’d write books. It was a matter of when. I wrote my first book, Norse Jewel, in 2003/2004 because I decided “it’s time.” I revised the manuscript over the years but I wasn’t directed about my career—until New Year’s 2012. That holiday changed everything!

My husband told me he was going to quit his job. I supported his decision, but I said I ought to get a regular, full-time job in one of my previous careers, either teaching or biotech. His response stunned me: “You’re a writer. I think you should write.”

The shocker is I hadn’t put a lot of effort into getting published. But Brian saw something and encouraged it. He’d even bought my domain name as a Christmas gift.

3.        Was it hard for you to get published?

In short, no. Everything changed when I got serious about my career in 2012. Later that year, I signed with my agent, Sarah Younger of Nancy Yost Literary Agency, and sold my first book. A few months later, my first Georgian romance series sold as well.

4.   Who are your favorite authors and what do you read in your spare time?

Julie Anne Long is one of my favorite romance authors. She writes beautifully. Eloisa James is another. I also love Kate Quinn’s historical fiction (her Empress of Rome series).

When it comes to picking a book, I’m a mood reader. With romance, it all depends on the trope, the hero, and the setting. Sometimes I want a lone wolf hero, other times I want a great marriage-of-convenience love story. I read mostly historical romance with a side of contemporary.

I balance my fiction habit with non-fiction. I follow historians and archaeologists, so when my favorites publish papers or books, I buy or read their research.

5.    What hobbies do you have?

I like to cook recipes from the eras in which I write. I enjoy gardening, but really, I’m a dabbler. Recently, I started collecting ancient coins and traveling more.

6.    What is the hardest thing about being a writer?

Working alone. Solitude is double-edged—perfect for writing, dangerous for writing.

7.    If you weren’t an author, what would you do?

                I’d teach.

8.    Favorite hero and heroine from your books? Why?

Gah! That’s like asking me to pick a favorite kid! I love them all.

9.    Favorite hero and heroine from another author’s books?

I love, love Villiers from A Duke of Her Own by Eloisa James. Another favorite is Jack Dalton from Zoe Archer’s Sweet Revenge.

10.   What’s your favorite food and drink?

Unfortunately, I love all kinds of food, and it likes me. With beverages? In the morning, good coffee is a must. In the evening, you can lure me with red wine (Malbec).

11.   Why are you looking forward to Romancing the Gold Coast?
I’m looking forward to spending time with readers and other authors, talking about all things romance (and what a gorgeous setting!).

12.    Social Media Links
Norse series website page ~
Forgotten Sons series website page ~
Midnight Meetings series website page ~

OCTOBER 1-4, 2020


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Release Day Bliss: London's Best Kept Secret (Midnight Secrets #2) by Anabelle Bryant Guest Review by Joann

This is book two of the Midnight Secret Series although this book is a stand alone. 

Jeremy Lockhart, Viscount Dearing is commanding in his financial matters but lacks that same ability in matters of love. Dearing was mesmerized when he first saw Lady Charlotte and followed her to all the balls she attended never revealing himself.

When he observed her being pursued by other bachelors he knew his shyness would lose the love of his life. The same methods used by him in his financial decisions he applied To turn the tables in his favor. Although, somewhat unscrupulous it worked. This secret of his machinations ate at his inner conscience. 

Charlotte and Dearing’s marriage certainly did not get off to a great start. His conscience and shyness being the problem. 

Ms Bryant has a gifted way with her characters that warms you inside and out. One moment you urging him on to speak his thoughts and the next your terrified of how Charlotte will feel when she realizes all her own choices were taken from her.

While hoping for a HEA you don’t see how it is possible. Read this book and see.. 

~Joann Maggio~

Monday, March 25, 2019

Romancing the Gold Coast Featured Author : Tabetha Waite

Hello all!Welcome to ROMANCING THE GOLD COAST, the very first Historical Romance event to take place on Long Island. The four day event will take place at the historic, Mansion at Glen Cove and will include fun and games, as well as a High Tea and a Costume Ball. 
A few times a month, leading up to the event, am attending author will be featured on the blog and posted across social media. Please enjoy the author's responses and have a peek at their books! 

The lovely Tabetha Waite is one of the Featured Authors! Here is more about Tabetha!

     Please tell us a bit about yourself and what you write.
I am a small town Missouri girl that held on to a dream for 30 years! I am happily married to the love of my life and have two wonderful daughters. I was always an avid reader, but when my grandmother introduced me to the older Gothic novels that she used to read, I found an interest in romance. Moving to Harlequin, Zebra, Avon, I found that I was hooked on the HEA! This was also what spurred me to write my own romance. I chose historical because I love the balls, the gowns, and the polite society that goes with the territory of the era. However, I have also written an erotic contemporary short, as well as a fantasy short. I’m always ready to push the boundaries of my writing.

    How and why did you become a writer?
It all started at the age of nine. My fourth grade teacher would give us writing assignments. She always said she liked reading my stories, and for a shy, bullied girl, her encouragement started this long journey, one that gets more interesting every single day.

    Was it hard for you to get published?
You could say that! I was notified in February of 2016 that a small publishing company accepted my first novel. They liked the premise of “Why the Earl is After the Girl,” so I was offered a contract. I will always be grateful that they gave an unknown a chance. However, that was the third book I’d written and sent out to agents and publishers. The first two were promptly rejected. Of the three, I have all of my 63 rejections letters that I received before I got ‘the one.’

     Who are your favorite authors and what do you read in your spare time?
There are soooo many authors that it’s hard to narrow it down! But I will say that my bookshelf is full of Sabrina Jeffries, Victoria Alexander, Sophie Jordan, Andrea Kane, Lisa Kleypas – the list truly goes on! However, I also adore Sarah J. Maas and J. R. Ward. Reading their books has inspired me to possibly branch out into the paranormal and fantasy genres. Who knows what the future holds?

     What hobbies do you have?
While a lot of people consider collecting dolls creepy, I find that their smiling faces are a comfort to me. Several of my aunts also enjoy it, so it’s almost inherited! I also can’t seem to pass up the chance to browse a flea market or antique mall. I love hunting for a bargain, or something unique to history.

     What is the hardest thing about being a writer?
The market is terribly competitive, which is why it’s so hard to find someone to represent you and your work. It’s hard (and expensive), to sift through the promotion opportunities that work for you, but that’s why it’s good to have an author community. I’ve had some great advice! At the moment I also enjoy being an indie writer. I like that I can pick my own covers, ones that match the characters I’m bringing to life on my laptop. I just try to write what I’d want to read and hope that my readers will enjoy the adventure.

     If you weren’t an author, what would you do?
I’m not really sure. I always thought it would be fun to be a DJ. I love music and can’t read or write without it. More than likely I’d be sitting at a desk somewhere waiting for five o’clock. As it stands, I work as a part-time lunch lady at the local community college. It’s been great meeting all the new students each year. There are some amazing people out there.

     Favorite hero and heroine from your books? Why?
All of my characters have a special place in my heart. But then we are with them almost every day for hours upon end. But if I had to choose one, it would probably be Orion and Athena from my first book, “Why the Earl is After the Girl.” That couple helped to get me noticed and so they are special to me. And, of course, it was great how Athena constantly frustrated Rion to no end!

     Favorite hero and heroine from another author’s books?
For historical romance, that honor would have to go to Candace Camp and her matchmaker’s series. To this day it’s hard for me to forget Francesca and the Duke of Rochford. I remember them fondly to this day, as well as my all time favorites – “A Rose in Winter” by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss and “Midnight Bride” by Kathleen Drymon.

  What’s your favorite food and drink?
That’s a tough one! Hmm. Food would have to be some type of sub sandwich. Even if I can’t figure out what I might be hungry for, that always sounds good! And, of course, ice cream! For drink - alas, I love Pepsi OR Coke, but I try to limit myself on how much I indulge.

  Why are you looking forward to Romancing the Gold Coast?
Location, location, location! I’ve always searched for an excuse to go to New York, but honestly, the prospect has always been daunting. When I learned of this event, I was ecstatic! Not only is it going to take place on impressive Long Island, but it’s also a chance to dress up and rub elbows with fellow authors and fantastic readers! It was perfect!


OCTOBER 1-4, 2020