23 June 2009

Romantic Times ad Sept 2009

This is the proof from the ad for Romantic Times Review Magazine, which will be in their September issue. I think they did a beautiful job on it!

17 June 2009

The Huntress Reviews - A Wolf in Wolf's Clothing

TITLE: A Wolf in Wolf's Clothing

(Sisters of Colford Hall ™, #3 / July 28, 2009)

AUTHOR: Deborah MacGillivray

13 ISBN: 9780505527813

10 ISBN: 0505527812

5 STARS! *****

Set in England, close to London. Trevelyn "Trev" Sinclair Mershan and his brothers are on a mission of vengeance. The Mershan brothers never stopped blaming Sean Montgomerie for their father's suicide. It has taken decades of work and maneuvering, but the Mershans are finally set to extract some justice. Since Sean is deceased, the brothers are going after his grandchildren and the family business, Montgomerie Enterprises (M.E.). Quietly they have been buying up the company's stocks and soon the hostile takeover will begin. So that no one will connect him to the Mershan family name, Trev will be known as Trevelyn Sinclair. His duty is to get close to Raven Montgomerie, the timid sister, in order to keep an eye on her CEO brother, Cian, and the daily operations of the business.

Trev manages to get an invitation to the annual charity gala M.E. is hosting. Since Raven is the artistic sibling, she has set everything up. She even brings one of her most cherished possessions as a prop. It is a birthday present from one of her absent sisters, a fortuneteller booth. When someone drops in a coin, the life-like gypsy doll within consults her crystal ball, followed by a card popping out with their fortune upon it. The gala is going well until Raven spies her abusive ex-husband, Alec. Just before Alec could manage to publicly humiliate Raven, Trev steps in to rescue her and begins to work his charms on the shy lady. But Trev has underestimated the effect Raven would have on him.

Raven is one of seven sisters. Though most of the family in the area resides at Colford Hall, the family's massive manor, Raven prefers to live in a thatched cottage on the far side of the vast estate. Here, Raven can paint in solitude and hide away from the world while doting on her menagerie of pets. The two fat cats, midget pony, and one-legged sea gull are the only companions she desires. But after Trev manages to storm into her heart and her bed, Raven finds herself coming out of her shell.

***** FIVE STARS! This is the third installment of the "Sisters of Colford Hall ™" saga. All three of the stories run in the same time frame. It does not matter in what order you read them, but if you wish to read them in order of publication: One is "The Invasion of Falgannon Isle” and is the story of Desmond and BarbaraAnne. Two is "Riding the Thunder” and is the story of Jago and Asha.

One thing I enjoy about this series thus far is the setting changes. The first book is on an isolated isle, the second is in Kentucky, USA, and this one is in a small fictional town near London, England. The author inserts humor into them as well. In this one, Trev is allergic to the two cats, the black mini pony keeps breaking into the cottage and loves to be chased by humans, and the one-legged sea gull thinks it is a cat but enjoys pecking on Trev's bare toes. I fell totally in love with these animals.

For those who enjoy some suspense, the ex-husband causes lots of danger and trouble due to his hatred of Raven and of Trev for defending her from his bullying. There is also some eerie magic. The booth's fortune teller looks very life-like. No one can figure out how the booth makes its special affects and the fortunes she pops out are always spot-on. She gives ominous warnings that are totally correct every single time. When I saw the gypsy doll for the last time, I actually felt a chill go down my spine. I have yet to succeed in getting THAT scene out of my head.

Needless-to-say, I believe this title is the author's absolute best story to date. It flows smoothly, all the characters are will developed and have their own personalities and problems, and the writing style is superb. I can hardly wait for the 2010 release of "To Bell a Vampire”, Brishen's tale. Author Deborah MacGillivray gets better and better with each story she puts out. *****


Reviewed by Detra Fitch

09 June 2009

Night Owl Romance review of A WOLF IN WOLF'S CLOTHING

Street Date: July 28, 2009
A Wolf in Wolf's Clothing
Mershan Brothers - Book 1

Author: Deborah MacGillivray (Author Website)

Genre(s): Contemporary -
Romantic Comedy

Review Date: 6/4/2009
ISBN: 9780505527813
Print Book Price: $6.99
E-Book Price:
Dorchester Publishing -(Website)
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SCORE: 4.25 / 5

Trevelyn Sinclair Mershan is one of three brothers who have a plan. Years ago their father committed suicide due to Sean Montgomerie causing the Mershan family to become extremely poor. Though Sean recently died, the Mershans are preparing to do a hostile takeover of the Montgomerie businesses. To get closer to the family, each brother is going after one of the Montgomerie sisters. Trevelyn is posing as Trevelyn Sinclair, a wealthy businessman who has decided to work out of the small town the Montgomeries live in.

Raven Montgomerie is a divorced painter that lives on the edge of her family’s estate in a smallish thatch cottage. She shares her cottage with a couple of cats, a one leg seagull and a miniature horse. She’s content with her life and has no desire to date or become involved in the Montgomerie business ventures. The one thing she does do is attend a gala for orphans. As part of the decorations, Raven has lent her birthday present from one of her sisters, a mechanical gypsy tarot card reader. When she puts her coins in to see if its working, her card warns her to beware of a wolf.

Raven’s ex shows up at the gala with his very pregnant new wife and starts by harassing Raven. Trevelyn comes to the rescue by appearing to be Raven’s late arriving date. Could Trevelyn be the wolf Raven was warned about especially when he calls her Red Riding Hood?

Trevelyn finds Raven is more than a means to a goal but can he stop the plan that he and his brothers have already started? Are the tarot cards that Raven and Trevelyn connected to their lives or are they just a coincidence? What are these flashbacks that Trevelyn suddenly gets? Will love or family win out?
This was such a fun book to read. The characters were very well done. The situations that they found themselves in were believable. The feelings expressed were perfect.

The characters had depth. Raven and Trevelyn had interactions with their families as well as each other giving a very well rounded feel to them. They weren’t perfect people either making them easy to relate to. Raven’s large family played a significant role in this story and though there were lots of characters each had their own personality allowing readers to distinguish them from each other. Even the tarot card reader seemed to have a major role in the story and interacted with Raven and Trevelyn. Could she really predict the future?

Who hasn’t had someone make them uncomfortable in a social setting or done something they wish they hadn’t? These types of situations are found throughout this story and they make the characters feel as though they could be one of us. Trevelyn is even allergic to Raven’s cats! These everyday fallacies keep this story real.

Poor Trevelyn is being pulled between his growing feelings towards Raven and his loyalty towards his brother. He gets further stressed as his mother lies at death’s door and he needs to leave Raven behind and deal with his brothers. To add a little comic relief, Raven’s youngest sister is after one of Raven’s best friends, a very talented Gypsy.

This was a fantastic story that I really enjoyed. Due to the way it was written, I’m assuming that this is not the last time that we’ve seen the Mershan brothers. It seems that Trevelyn’s brothers are having their own issues with Raven’s sisters.
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