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Cradled Dreams

By Beverly Hoffman

Cradled Dreams

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release Date: April 2013

Publisher: Abbott Press

As her family gathers for Thanksgiving, Georgie’s heartbreak is hard to conceal. After years of pursuing her dreams of motherhood, she has recently learned that her last option to conceive has failed. Grim amid the festive holiday celebrations, Georgie feels that she has little reason to give thanks.

Her sister-in-law, Robin, desperate to ease Georgie’s suffering, struggles for a way to help. On loving impulse, she offers a solution-surrogacy.

Flush with excitement, neither woman can predict how her life will change. But each is comforted by the knowledge that her love for the other will guide the way. Soon, after in vitro using a relative’s sperm and her own egg, Robin shares the joyous news that she is pregnant. Every conversation sparkles with her private joy at the gift she could give her sister-in-law. But she encounters unexpected criticism when discussing the plan with others. She must now deal with judgment and questions about ethics. Relationships are strained. Both must pay emotional costs they never anticipated. Soon, questions they never asked begin to haunt them both.

Where do boundaries of possibility meet long-term responsibility? Under what circumstances does science need to pause to consider moral outcomes? When organs and tiny bones grow in spite of circumstances never seen in nature, where does motherhood begin and end?

And most haunting of all is the question Robin couldn’t ask herself on that first day: Will she really be able to give up the child for the sake of Georgie’s dream?

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About the Author

Beverly's Book PhotoBeverly Hoffman spent her childhood in Texas eating barbeque and drinking Big Reds. After college, she and her husband, Marty, moved to Panama, where she taught English for twenty-six years. Beverly loved to push her students to realize their full potential. She was able to help her students by taking huge assignments apart and helping them accomplish discrete pieces and then put all of them together into a finished project.

While in Panama, Beverly explored the country. She rode her bike 57 miles in one day from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, paddled the Panama Canal twice, and participated in Green Hell, an obstacle course, which included rappelling out of a 30 foot building.
Beverly and her husband later retired to Sequim, Washington, where they enjoy the bounty of fresh Dungeness crab, Washington wines, and family.
Beverly has a Masters degree in English and has been in a writing group for over six years. Beverly loves writing and hopes that through her books, she can get people to explore new concepts. Join Beverly on Facebook for giveaways, scenic photos, and more information about her books at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBeverlyHoffman.

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Blog Tour, Giveaway & Review: The Christmas Spirit – Susan Buchanan

The Christmas Spirit Tour BannerWelcome at the awesome blog tour of The Christmas Spirit! I have read this book back in October where I was still shying away from the dreaded ‘C’ word – but this book really got me in the spirits! Go and enjoy and let me know in the comments what you think. ^_^

thechristmasspirit5_finalChristmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it.

Rebecca has just been dumped and the prospect of spending the holiday period with her parents is less than appealing.

Eighty- two year old Stanley lost his beloved wife, Edie, to cancer. How will he cope with his first Christmas without her?

Jacob’s university degree hasn’t helped him get a job, and it looks like he’ll still be signing on come New Year.

Workaholic Meredith would rather spend December 25th at home alone with a ready meal and a DVD box set. Can anything make her embrace the spirit of the season?

The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?

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My Thoughts

I quite enjoyed this book – from the beginning it reminded me a little bit of Mary Poppins… and I love Mary Poppins!

Natalie Hope is in town and she’s determined to turn around and give out the Christmas Spirit to 4 people who deserve it, or need it the most – sometimes even without knowing that they need it!
I quite liked Natalie from the beginning, the detail in which Rose Cottage was described was so cute and lovely I had an instant picture of it in my head! So cute and romantic ^_^
She starts in this cute bakery and instantly feeds the customers the Christmas Spirit and installs some festive cheer – well it certainly did for me!

All 4 people in this story, Meredith, Jacob, Stanley, Rebecca and a few more other side characters, are all so in need of the Festive Cheer that I wanted all to give them a hug and sit down and listen to all of their stories. I can’t give away too much without giving away the story, but even the people where you think… why do you need to be helped you are downright rude – need a helping hand in finding the Christmas spirit. Yes if you read it you probably know who I am talking about and I also had pre-conceptions…
There is also a little bit of romance which was just really good and romantic and ideal for the book.

The cakes deserve a special mention! I almost felt the need to start baking for days on end!! I was drooling everytime Natalie was baking a new Christmas cake! I desperately need some recipes ^_^

 

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twitterpicSusan Buchanan has written three novels in the chicklit and contemporary fiction genres: Sign of the Times, The Dating Game and The Christmas Spirit. She lives in Central Scotland with her partner, Tony, and their baby daughter. She is currently working on her fourth and fifth novels, What If and another Christmas themed book, both due to be released in 2015.

Blog – www.susancbuchanan.blogspot.co.uk

Twitter – susan_buchanan

Facebook – www.facebook.com/susan.buchanan.author

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4216164.Susan_Buchanan

Books

The Christmas Spirit – http://amzn.to/1gcpTrc (UK) & http://amzn.to/KUArMU (US)

Sign of the Times – http://amzn.to/GKqZGd (UK) http://amzn.to/IYN0Fc (US)

The Dating Game – http://amzn.to/RuSl7Y (UK) http://amzn.to/WZQtZK (US)

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2 Ecopies of Susan’s book THE DATING GAME

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Blog Tour & Review: A Week in New York – Louise Bay

Welcome to the Blog Tour and Review for A Week in New York by Louise Bay! The rest of the Tour Schedule is available here: http://wp.me/p20ttU-3jL

A Week in New York

A sexy, romantic fiction novella series

Installment #1

Release: October 21, 2014

Each novella is around 30k words

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Anna Kirby is sick of dating. She’s tired of heartbreak. Despite being smart, sexy, and funny, she’s a magnet for men who don’t deserve her.

A week’s vacation in New York is the ultimate distraction from her most recent break-up, as well as a great place to meet a stranger and have some summer fun. But to protect her still-bruised heart, fun comes with rules. There will be no sharing stories, no swapping numbers, and no real names. Just one night of uncomplicated fun.

Super-successful serial seducer Ethan Scott has some rules of his own. He doesn’t date, he doesn’t stay the night, and he doesn’t make any promises.

It should be a match made in heaven. But rules are made to be broken.

 A Week in New York is the first in a series of three novellas.

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