Friday, 8 March 2013


Today I have the pleasure of spotlighting a couple of awesome books by Nell Carson, The Gingerbread House and Tell-All. There will also be a giveaway at the bottom for US only (sorry international readers).

Title: The Gingerbread House
Series: n/a
Author: Nell Carson
Publisher: Avalon Books
Release Date: 6th April 2012

After a tumultuous past, Greta Kendall has focused mainly on her bridal shop, located on the first floor of her beloved Queen Anne Victorian near Aspen. For two years she’s fought to save her house from Stephanie Harwood of Harwood Development, who is intent on razing her home to build a new mall. But now Greta’s running out of time. The town council is about to approve the final plans for the mall.

When Gray Daniels walks into her shop, Greta is immediately attracted to his rugged good looks and midnight blue eyes, until she learns he’s Stephanie Harwood’s fiancĂ©. She’s furious to find they’ve tricked her into a publicity stunt aimed at garnering support for the mall. So now her little war has a new front: Gray Daniels. If only she could also fight her growing attraction to him.

A knock on the door brings a return of old danger, and Greta must now put aside her anguish over the house to discover if she’s at last capable of looking the past in the eye and overcoming it—and if she’s finally free to love again.

Title: Tell-All
Series: n/a
Author: Nell Carson
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: 1st February 2012

In Tell-All, New York City writer Kat Callahan is just finishing an explosive unauthorized biography of Hollywood's 'It' couple, Alex and Victoria Janssen, when they mysteriously disappear along with their 7-year old son, Jeremy. Now Kat's publisher is hot on her heels to finish the book to cash in on the free publicity. Little does Kat know the charming cowboy who's just strolled into her life is actually Alex Janssen's brother, Luke, dead-set on stopping the book. He knows it will reveal a fiercely guarded secret that could destroy the lives of all four Janssens. Now he'll stop at nothing to ensure that doesn't happen.


The man in the blue windbreaker leaned against the building, his eyes intent on the tall redhead across the street. Oblivious to him, she walked out the glass doors of the fancy-schmancy high-rise, ‘Winslow Publishing’ printed on the awning in swirling green letters.

The man glanced up at the dark clouds gathering overhead and pulled the hood of his jacket up around his face as the first drops fell. He took a sip of cold coffee from his Styrofoam cup, pulled out his cell phone and pushed the redial button.

“It’s me,” he said gruffly into the phone. “Alice has left the tea party. Repeat, Alice has left the tea party.”

An impatient rush of air came through from the other end. “Spare me the drama, OK?”

The man huffed. “It’s code, not ‘drama’. It helps to--”

“Fine. Thanks for the update. Call me the second she gets off the sub--”

“But I was about to go home,” the man interrupted, his officious tone dropped in favor of a high-pitched whine. “It’s raining. Can’t you just--”

“Look, I don’t care if a friggin’ Category 5 hits. Just do your job.”

Now it was the man’s turn to let out an irritated breath. Unfortunately, the line went dead mid-sigh. No satisfaction.

He took one last sip of coffee then threw the cup at the trashcan by the curb. Of course he missed.

* * *

Luke Janssen put down his cell phone, shaking his head. If there was one thing he hated more than yellow journalists and summertime in Manhattan it was incompetence from his employees.

He should have fired that so-called ’Private Investigator’ the first time he’d switched on the whiny mode. It made the man sound like a five-year old.

Knowing time was short, he got back to the matter-at-hand, ripping up sheet after sheet of yellow lined paper into tiny unreadable pieces, taking tremendous satisfaction in the sound of every long tear, knowing each one helped delay the publication of that wretched book.

About the Author

I was born in Philly but grew up primarily in Seattle where I got a little rusty from all that rain. I obtained my degree in Literature at UC Santa Barbara and now live in Denver with my husband Ben and our beautiful baby boy Cole. In my spare time, I like to cook, garden and work on the endless renovations of our 1922 bungalow.


Open to US residents only (sorry internationals)
Ends midnight Thursday 14th March 2013
1 hardcover copy of The Gingerbread House and 1 hardcover copy of Tell-All

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  1. I don't know which of these books sounds better! They both sound great, but that excerpt has me leaning toward Tell All!

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

  2. I enjoyed reading the excerpt! Thank you very much for the giveaway :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven