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Book Review-Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier #BookReview @NetGalley #thriller #suspense @JenniferHillier #NetGalley @MinotaurBooks

New Release!
Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
Minotaur Books
ISBN 9781250154224

About The Book:

“Unflinching and unforgettable. Little Secrets has everything you want in a thriller” —Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Lock Every Door

Overwhelmed by tragedy, a woman desperately tries to save her marriage in award-winning author Jennifer Hillier’s Little Secrets, a riveting novel of psychological suspense.

All it takes to unravel a life is one little secret…

Marin had the perfect life. Married to her college sweetheart, she owns a chain of upscale hair salons, and Derek runs his own company. They’re admired in their community and are a loving family—until their world falls apart the day their son Sebastian is taken.

A year later, Marin is a shadow of herself. The FBI search has gone cold. The publicity has faded. She and her husband rarely speak. She hires a P.I. to pick up where the police left off, but instead of finding Sebastian, she learns that Derek is having an affair with a younger woman. This discovery sparks Marin back to life. She’s lost her son; she’s not about to lose her husband, too. Kenzie is an enemy with a face, which means this is a problem Marin can fix.

Permanently.

Adele’s Review:

5 Stars!

Little Secrets is a gripping, fast-paced psychological thriller with twisting plot points that kept me turning the pages and guessing the outcome until the very end. Hillier has written a complicated book with a central plot and several subplots with their own story lines. She’s intricately woven the story threads into a uniform whole that brings the tale to a most satisfying conclusion. Great pacing, tight writing, entertaining, and highly recommended.

If you love to read thrillers like I do, don’t miss this one! Loved it! Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Minotaur Books for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of this novel.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3127923051

Book Review-The New Husband by D.J. Palmer #book review #NetGalley #thriller #suspense @djpalmerauthor @StMartinsPress

The New Husband is a riveting thriller about the lies we tell ourselves from D. J. Palmer, the author of Saving Meghan.

About The Book:

Just because you love someone doesn’t mean you know them.

Nina Garrity learned that the hard way after discovering that her missing husband, Glen, had been leading a double life with another woman. But Glen’s gone–presumably drowned while fishing on his boat–so she can’t confront him about the affair or any of his other misdeeds. A year and a half after the accident, Nina considers herself a widow, even though the police never found a body. Following a chance encounter with Simon Fitch, a teacher from her daughter Maggie’s middle school, Nina finds love again and has hopes of putting her shattered life back together.

Simon, a widower still grieving the suicide of his first wife, has found his dream girl in Nina. His charm and affections help break through to a heart hardened by betrayal. Nina’s teenage son, Connor, embraces Simon as the father he wishes his dad could have been, but Maggie sees a far darker side to this new man in their lives. Even Nina’s good friends wonder if Simon is supremely devoted–or dangerously possessive.

But Nina is committed, not only to her soon-to-be new husband but also to resuming her former career as a social worker. Before she can move forward, however, Nina must first clear her conscience that she’s not making another terrible choice in a man. In doing so, she will uncover the shocking truth: the greatest danger to her, and her children, are the lies people tell themselves.

Adele’s Review:

4.5 Stars!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The novel did what it was supposed to do—kept me turning the pages to see what happened next—creating thrilling entertainment from the first pages to the last.

I wanted the protagonist, Nina, to be smarter and more cautious about allowing a new man into her life and home and the home of her children, but there would have been no story if she’d done that, right? The New Husband is another cautionary tale about what can happen when otherwise smart, capable women ignore their instincts and good common sense and give the benefit of doubt to someone they barely know. Worse, when they take the word of a man over that of their child(ren) and side with him. When we ignore our instincts and our children’s feelings and perspectives, we invite monsters like Simon into our world. A chilling thought.

Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read and review this book. I definitely recommend The New Husband for an adrenaline-filled experience.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3104860441

Book Review-I Know You by Annabel Kantaria #Thriller #IKnowYou @BellaKay @HQStories #NetGalley

I Know You
A Novel of Suspense by Annabel Kantaria
Crooked Lane Books

Mystery & Thrillers, Women’s Fiction
Pub Date 11 Jun 2019

Description:

A twisted domestic thriller in the vein of B. A. Paris and Shari Lapena that asks: How well do you know your friends?

That picture you posted?
I’ve seen it.
That location you tagged?
I’ve been there.
I know everything about your life . . .
And I’m going to destroy it.

A recent transplant from sunny California, life in the London suburbs is not what Taylor Watson expected. Far from the West End shops and city lights she imagined, she finds herself pregnant and lonely, with a husband frequently away on business and only social media to keep her company. It’s only after Taylor joins a book club and a walking group, that she finally starts to make some real-life friends.

Before long, Taylor’s hanging out with Anna, Sarah, Simon, and Caroline but, as her pregnancy progresses and her friendships blossom, a sense of unease develops. Nothing’s ever quite as it seems on the surface, and it soon becomes clear that Taylor’s new friends have secrets. One appears to be after Taylor’s husband, another’s always putting her down, and then there’s the question of Simon. Could he have feelings for Taylor?

But far more worryingly, one of the group’s not being too careful what they post on social media—and another is watching all too closely. Who’s stalking who . . . and why?

Adele’s Review:

4.5 Stars!

I loved reading this book! I Know You is a thrilling roller coaster ride that left me breathless and turning the pages until its explosive conclusion. Well plotted and very well-written, this novel is a must read for fans of the genre; especially if you’re one of the millions of people who post personal images on social media and share tidbits of your day to day life. We really don’t know who’s watching us!

I found the protagonist, Taylor, the pregnant American wife living in London to placate her not-so-great husband to be realistic and quite relatable. Pregnancy really does color a woman’s perspective, especially without the support of family and friends, and watching Taylor struggle to adapt to her new surroundings made me root for her from the first page to the last. There are lots of suspects in this mystery/thriller to choose from and all are interesting characters that lure us deeper into the drama. (Because I was drawn into the story, I was able to forgive the diction of the American heroine sounding exactly like her English acquaintances.) I thoroughly enjoyed reading I Know You by Annabel Kantaria and recommend adding it to your 2019 reading list. Received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2681187056

LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs #ContemporaryRomance #RomanceBooks @Adele_Downs

Looking for your next read? LUXURY MODEL WIFE is a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit winner that has earned 5-Star reviews from book bloggers and readers.

“Adele Downs’ LUXURY MODEL WIFE is a great read. This book is so good I couldn’t put it down.” 5 Stars! Kim~Danielle’s Domain Reviews

“I’d make some space on your ‘Keeper’ shelf if I were you.” 5 Stars! Cuddles Please Blog

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About the Book: Antiques expert Steve Carlson must face the mistakes of his past to discover a treasure he never imagined: the heart of a vulnerable yet determined young widow.

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Also available on Apple, Kobo, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble.

Book Review-The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald #Thriller #NetGalley @Christinamac79 @simonschuster #TheNightOliviaFell #BookReview

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

ISBN  9781501184000
PRICE  $16.00 (USD)

Release Date: February 5, 2019.

Description:
In the vein of Big Little Lies and Reconstructing Amelia comes an emotionally charged domestic suspense novel about a mother unraveling the truth behind how her daughter became brain dead. And pregnant.

A search for the truth. A lifetime of lies.

In the small hours of the morning, Abi Knight is startled awake by the phone call no mother ever wants to get: her teenage daughter Olivia has fallen off a bridge. Not only is Olivia brain dead, she’s pregnant and must remain on life support to keep her baby alive. And then Abi sees the angry bruises circling Olivia’s wrists.

When the police unexpectedly rule Olivia’s fall an accident, Abi decides to find out what really happened that night. Heartbroken and grieving, she unravels the threads of her daughter’s life. Was Olivia’s fall an accident? Or something far more sinister?

Christina McDonald weaves a suspenseful and heartwrenching tale of hidden relationships, devastating lies, and the power of a mother’s love. With flashbacks of Olivia’s own resolve to uncover family secrets, this taut and emotional novel asks: how well do you know your children? And how well do they know you?

Adele’s Review:

4.5 Stars!

Creating character emotion that evokes reader empathy is an author’s biggest challenge, and Christina McDonald achieves that in spades in her debut novel The Night Olivia Fell. Sentences can be rewritten during the editing process and facts, grammar and spelling can be verified or corrected during copy editing. However, no amount of rewriting or editing can put emotion to the page if an author is unable to channel sentiment from her creative mind to her reader.

The Night Olivia Fell is a mystery and a thriller with a subtle secondary romance that softens the edges of sharp, painful human emotions like jealousy, loss and rage, and brings hope after despair. Though the story includes several important characters, it is a mother/daughter tale that will keep you guessing and turning the pages until the very end.

Received an ARC for an honest review from NetGalley.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2639599827?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

Book Review-Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks #Thriller #HerOneMistake #NetGalley @HeidiPerksBooks @GalleryBooks

Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks
Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
Gallery Books

Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 08 Jan 2019

Description:

What should have been a fun-filled, carefree day takes a tragic turn for the worse for one mother when her best friend’s child goes missing in this suspenseful, compulsively readable, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

It all started at the school fair…

Charlotte was supposed to be looking after the children, and she swears she was. She only took her eyes off of them for one second. But when her three kids are all safe and sound at the school fair, and Alice, her best friend Harriet’s daughter, is nowhere to be found, Charlotte panics. Frantically searching everywhere, Charlotte knows she must find the courage to tell Harriet that her beloved only child is missing. And admit that she has only herself to blame.

Harriet, devastated by this unthinkable, unbearable loss, can no longer bring herself to speak to Charlotte again, much less trust her. Now more isolated than ever and struggling to keep her marriage afloat, Harriet believes nothing and no one. But as the police bear down on both women trying to piece together the puzzle of what happened to this little girl, dark secrets begin to surface—and Harriet discovers that confiding in Charlotte again may be the only thing that will reunite her with her daughter….

This breathless and fast-paced debut—perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door—takes you on a chilling journey that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

Adele’s Review:

5 Stars!

Loved reading this book! I couldn’t put it down. I should have been wrapping Christmas presents, baking cookies, or cleaning my house for company but I kept reading this gripping novel instead. I wanted to find out how Charlotte and Harriet resolved things, though I can’t say more without spoilers. Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks is a fast paced, well-written story for all women that challenges our expectations of marriage, child rearing, and the bonds of friendship. A must read! Received an advance copy from NetGalley for an honest review. Review also posted on Goodreads.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2631643100?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

March Issue of InD’Tale Magazine, Available Now! @InDTaleMagazine #books #romance

InD’Tale is a digital monthly magazine covering our favorite subject–books–and specializes in titles written by indie authors and those who write for small presses. I’m pleased to share that my article “Pen Names–Your Personal Brand” is featured in the March 2018 issue. I hope you enjoy the magazine, subscribe (it’s free!), and will check out my article.

http://magazine.indtale.com/magazine/2018/march/

GRAND OPENING! New Website! AdeleDowns.com

Celebrating the GRAND OPENING of my redesigned author website!

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LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs–Excerpt

LUXURY MODEL WIFE has garnered 5-Star reviews from book bloggers and readers and received the 2017 HOLT Medallion Award of Merit in the Contemporary Romance category.

Have you downloaded your copy or ordered a copy in print? The book in print would make a lovely gift!

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“I’d make some space on your ‘Keeper’ shelf if I were you.” 5 Stars! Cuddles Please Blog

“Adele Downs has given us another amazing story.” 5 Stars! ~Bella’s Blog

“So good I could not put it down.” 5 Stars! ~Girl With Pen

LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs

Antiques expert Steve Carlson must face the mistakes of his past to discover a treasure he never imagined: the heart of a vulnerable yet determined widow.

Excerpt:

Steve tilted his head, his bright blue eyes sizing her up. “Sorry, but I gotta’ ask. Do you always talk like that?”

Victoria felt her cheeks warm. “Whatever do you mean?”

There.” He studied her again with not-so-subtle curiosity. “You sounded like your late husband James just now. Funny, you don’t seem like the snooty type to me. More like a regular girl.”

His comment touched a nerve like hot wires to stripped cable. Victoria bit back a retort while blood rushed through her ears. She closed her eyes against the sound to clear her head. Twenty-eight was hardly a girl, and she was damn tired of defending her right to be a Van Orr.

For five years she’d tried and failed to fit into the privileged world of her older husband—learning couture, keeping her posture as straight as a modeling school graduate, rounding her O’s when she spoke —apparently fooling no one on either side of the social spectrum in the process.

Defeat swept over her and her shoulders sagged beneath five-thousand dollar silk and linen. No matter how hard she tried, she’d forever be exposed as the abandoned kid who’d grown-up in shelters.

Strange though… when she opened her eyes and returned them to Steve Carlson’s handsome face, she sensed his remark was meant as a compliment and not a reminder that she lacked James’s pedigree. It was like he saw her.

Her. Not James’s luxury-model second wife.

Still, his manners were disgusting. Even store-owner-janitors should know how to behave. Snooty type. Who was he to say that to her? She was a potential client for heaven’s sake.

Victoria stood to leave. She was sick and tired of people voicing their opinions about her and her late husband’s disparate lineage. She’d been bullied and belittled since the day she’d become engaged. “You don’t know me well enough to analyze me, Mr. Carlson.” She kept the annoyance out of her reprimand. The rich had taught her that cool disdain wounded more deeply than anger.

Steve grimaced, rubbed his jaw, and then stood to face her, his expression sheepish. He waved her back to her seat. “Please. I’m sorry I offended you. I’m a friend. Really. We’ve gotten off on the wrong foot.”

He ran a hand through his hair and his bicep bulged with the movement. Victoria’s gaze followed the lines and curves of sinew and muscle and took in the military tattoo peeking from the hem of his tee shirt.

She resisted the images that teased her dormant libido, and brought her eyes back to his face. Damn. That didn’t help. Why did this annoying man have to be so good-looking? Her attraction to him only made her feel guilty, like she’d betrayed James’s memory. Widowhood came with a unique set of baggage.

If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, I hope you will today!

Buy the book on Amazon!

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LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs – One For the Keeper Shelf #romance #love #amazon

Looking for a satisfying read? LUXURY MODEL WIFE is garnering 5-Star reviews from book bloggers and readers who say they’ve added the book to their keeper shelf.

A 2017 HOLT Medallion Award of Merit Winner

“So good I could not put it down.” 5 Stars! ~Girl With Pen

“I’d make some space on your ‘Keeper’ shelf if I were you.” 5 Stars! Cuddles Please Blog

“Adele Downs has given us another amazing story.” 5 Stars! ~Bella’s Blog

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About the Book:

Antiques expert Steve Carlson must face the mistakes of his past to discover a treasure he never imagined: the heart of a vulnerable yet determined young widow.

If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, buy yours today!

Available in both digital and print formats.

Buy the book on Amazon!

Buy the book on Smashwords!

LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs-5 Star Reviews

LUXURY MODEL WIFE is garnering 5-Star reviews from book bloggers and readers. Have you downloaded your copy yet, or ordered a copy in print? If not, what are you waiting for?

“I’d make some space on your ‘Keeper’ shelf if I were you.” 5 Stars! Cuddles Please Blog

“Adele Downs has given us another amazing story.” 5 Stars! ~Bella’s Blog

“So good I could not put it down.” 5 Stars! ~Girl With Pen

Buy the book on Amazon!

Buy the book on Smashwords!

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LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs

Antiques expert Steve Carlson must face the mistakes of his past to discover a treasure he never imagined: the heart of a vulnerable yet determined widow.

Excerpt:

Steve tilted his head, his bright blue eyes sizing her up. “Sorry, but I gotta’ ask. Do you always talk like that?”

Victoria felt her cheeks warm. “Whatever do you mean?”

There.” He studied her again with not-so-subtle curiosity. “You sounded like your late husband James just now. Funny, you don’t seem like the snooty type to me. More like a regular girl.”

His comment touched a nerve like hot wires to stripped cable. Victoria bit back a retort while blood rushed through her ears. She closed her eyes against the sound to clear her head. Twenty-eight was hardly a girl, and she was damn tired of defending her right to be a Van Orr.

For five years she’d tried and failed to fit into the privileged world of her older husband—learning couture, keeping her posture as straight as a modeling school graduate, rounding her O’s when she spoke —apparently fooling no one on either side of the social spectrum in the process.

Defeat swept over her and her shoulders sagged beneath five-thousand dollar silk and linen. No matter how hard she tried, she’d forever be exposed as the abandoned kid who’d grown-up in shelters.

Strange though… when she opened her eyes and returned them to Steve Carlson’s handsome face, she sensed his remark was meant as a compliment and not a reminder that she lacked James’s pedigree. It was like he saw her.

Her. Not James’s luxury-model second wife.

Still, his manners were disgusting. Even store-owner-janitors should know how to behave. Snooty type. Who was he to say that to her? She was a potential client for heaven’s sake.

Victoria stood to leave. She was sick and tired of people voicing their opinions about her and her late husband’s disparate lineage. She’d been bullied and belittled since the day she’d become engaged. “You don’t know me well enough to analyze me, Mr. Carlson.” She kept the annoyance out of her reprimand. The rich had taught her that cool distain wounded more deeply than anger.

Steve grimaced, rubbed his jaw, and then stood to face her, his expression sheepish. He waved her back to her seat. “Please. I’m sorry I offended you. I’m a friend. Really. We’ve gotten off on the wrong foot.”

He ran a hand through his hair and his bicep bulged with the movement. Victoria’s gaze followed the lines and curves of sinew and muscle and took in the military tattoo peeking from the hem of his tee shirt.

She resisted the images that teased her dormant libido, and brought her eyes back to his face. Damn. That didn’t help. Why did this annoying man have to be so good-looking? Her attraction to him only made her feel guilty, like she’d betrayed James’s memory. Widowhood came with a unique set of baggage.

If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, I hope you will today!

Buy the book on Amazon!

Buy the book on Smashwords!

LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs – Holiday Relax and Read

LUXURY MODEL WIFE is the perfect romance to relax with over the holidays. An All Romance eBooks Staff Pick! If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, I hope you’ll give the book a try. Garnering 5-Star reviews from book bloggers and readers. Available in both digital and print formats.

“Adele Downs’ LUXURY MODEL WIFE is a great read. This book is so good I couldn’t put it down.” 5 Stars! Kim~Danielle’s Domain Reviews

“I’d make some space on your ‘Keeper’ shelf if I were you.” 5 Stars! Cuddles Please Blog

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Buy the book on Amazon!

Buy the book on Smashwords!

See LUXURY MODEL WIFE Staff Pick page at All Romance eBooks!

LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs – Contemporary Romance

Have you ordered a copy for yourself and the readers on your Christmas list?

LUXURY MODEL WIFE is a contemporary romance novel with elements of suspense. Garnering 5-Star reviews from book bloggers and readers. An All Romance eBooks Staff Pick!

“Adele Downs’ LUXURY MODEL WIFE is a great read. This book is so good I couldn’t put it down.” 5 Stars! Kim~Danielle’s Domain Reviews

“I’d make some space on your ‘Keeper’ shelf if I were you.” 5 Stars! Cuddles Please Blog

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LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs

Antiques expert Steve Carlson must face the mistakes of his past to discover a treasure he never imagined: the heart of a vulnerable yet determined widow.

TRUE RICHES

Twenty-eight-year-old Victoria Van Orr just lost everything. With the death of her billionaire husband went his mature patience and warm encouragement; and the veneer of acceptance from everyone else. His friends and colleagues now ignore Victoria, and if his son succeeds she just might be forced back to the streets upon which she was raised. But money was never her goal. All she wants is love. Real love.

Antiques expert Steve Carlson knows the value of everything. Pain and betrayal? Those he gave away–and now they’re coming back. His worst mistakes were all with one man: an old friend, the son of a father figure, now the stepchild of a beautiful young widow who wants Steve to help her auction off the family estate. To help Victoria, Steve must face his past and become a better man. To find true love, he will discover her surprisingly pure heart, vulnerable yet determined. And beyond price.

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Buy the book at All Romance eBooks!

See LUXURY MODEL WIFE Staff Pick page at All Romance eBooks!

LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs-One For The Keeper Shelf!

LUXURY MODEL WIFE is an All Romance eBooks Staff Pick! If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, I hope you’ll give the book a try. The story is contemporary romance with elements of mystery and suspense. Garnering 5-Star reviews from book bloggers and readers.

“Adele Downs’ LUXURY MODEL WIFE is a great read. This book is so good I couldn’t put it down.” 5 Stars! Kim~Danielle’s Domain Reviews

“I’d make some space on your ‘Keeper’ shelf if I were you.” 5 Stars! Cuddles Please Blog

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Buy the book on Amazon!

Buy the book on Smashwords!

Buy the book at All Romance eBooks!

See LUXURY MODEL WIFE Staff Pick page at All Romance eBooks!

LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs-5 Star Reviews and a Staff Pick!

All Romance eBooks selected LUXURY MODEL WIFE as a Staff Pick! I’m so pleased by this honor.

LUXURY MODEL WIFE is also garnering 5-Star reviews from book bloggers and readers. Here are a few new recommendations:

“I’d make some space on your ‘Keeper’ shelf if I were you.” 5 Stars! Cuddles Please Blog

“Adele Downs has given us another amazing story.” 5 Stars! ~Bella’s Blog

“So good I could not put it down.” 5 Stars! ~Girl With Pen

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If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, I hope you will today!

Buy the book on Amazon!

Buy the book on Smashwords!

Buy the book at All Romance eBooks!

See LUXURY MODEL WIFE Staff Pick page at All Romance eBooks!

Praise For LUXURY MODEL WIFE – Releasing 9/20/16

Early reviews of LUXURY MODEL WIFE are overwhelmingly positive. I’m thrilled!

I hope you’ll download a copy of LUXURY MODEL WIFE on release day, or order a copy in print, and celebrate September 20 with me!

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Find books by Adele Downs on Amazon!

http://www.amazon.com/Adele-Downs/e/B00G1RRS60

Introducing AdeleDowns.com

Hello All! I have a few announcements:

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After two years of building a readership of over 900 subscribers to this WordPress blog (thank you!) I finally bit the bullet and built a website http://adeledowns.com/

I know I created my platforms backwards, since authors typically unveil their website first, but I like the freedom and instant communication that comes with blogging. My website allows me to do more with my book page and photography page, though, so the two sites will provide all the flexibility I need to keep in touch with my readers.

I hope you’ll stop by AdeleDowns.com, take a look around, and leave your feedback in the comments section here. I’d love to know what you think of the site.

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Today is my birthday (October 6) and my dear husband bought me a professional grade printer so that I can create my own high quality promotional materials. I love postcards and bookmarks and will have lots of fun designing swag with my new toy. Stay tuned for giveaways!

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Just a reminder that if you live in Delaware, or within driving distance, that Mariah Stewart, Judi Fennell, and I will be signing books at a cocktail party style book bash at Hockessin Book Shelf on Rt 41 in DE, Wednesday, October 7. There will be wine, appetizers…wine…lively book chat, and books galore.

Here are the details. Driving directions on Google and the Hockessin Book Shelf Facebook page. We hope to see you there!

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The winners of the prizes from the INTO THE FLAMES new release book blast with My Family’s Heart Promotions will be announced later this week. Thank you for your wonderful support!

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Fall Into Romance, October 7, Hockessin Book Shelf, Delaware

YOU Are Invited!

Join NYT best-selling author Mariah Stewart and best-selling, award-winning authors Adele Downs and Judi Fennell for a casual discussion about romance novels, a book signing, and refreshments at the Hockessin Book Shelf in Hockessin, Delaware on October 7, 2015. I have it on good authority there will be wine. And appetizers! Did I mention wine? And, of course, books offered for your reading pleasure.

Mariah Stewart will chat about her Chesapeake Diaries series, Judi Fennell will discuss her Manley Maids, and Adele Downs will offer her new contemporary romance Lip Service.

Please call the Hockessin Book Shelf to reserve your seat. There will also be tickets available at the door.

Mariah, Judi, and I hope to see you there!

~Best, Adele

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Contemporary Romance Night at Lady Jane’s Salon Philly @LadyJanesPhilly

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The consensus of book lovers who attended Contemporary Romance Night at Lady Jane’s Salon Philly was, “We had fun!”

Despite torrential rain with heavy downpours and street flooding, romance lovers turned out for an evening with authors Susan Scott Shelley, Judi Fennell, and Adele Downs at Main Point Books in Bryn Mawr, PA and gave us a warm welcome. Susan read from her book Rekindled, Adele read from Lip Service, and Judi read from What A Woman Wants. We sipped wine, nibbled chocolate, gave away prizes, and had lots of laughs despite the weather.

From Left to Right: Susan Scott Shelley, Adele Downs, Judi Fennell

From Left to Right:
Susan Scott Shelley, Adele Downs,
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Some of the guests at Lady Jane's Salon Philly

Some of the guests at Lady Jane’s Salon Philly

Susan Scott Shelley, author and one of three founders of Lady Jane's Salon Philly with visiting author Ursula LeCoeur

Susan Scott Shelley, author and one of three founders of Lady Jane’s Salon Philly, with visiting author Ursula LeCoeur

Proceeds from the event benefitted the Center for Literacy, Philadelphia.

A Visit to Wellington Square Bookshop, Exton

I found Wellington Square Bookshop in Exton, PA by accident. Turns out, it’s the #1 rated bookshop of its kind in the Philadelphia region, which makes finding it a happy accident. The independent bookstore is beautifully decorated, yet provides that cozy feeling readers like me look for.

My adventure began when my husband and I went to our favorite farmer’s market in the Exton Towne Center to buy our usual meats, pasta, sweets, fruits and vegetables. Author and food blogger Marisa McClellan made an appearance to demonstrate homemade pear and chocolate jam and promote her new book Preserving by the Pint. Marisa was clearly knowledgeable and her recipe tasted delicious. (We gladly enjoyed the samples.) Wellington Square Bookshop hosted the event, so hubby and I visited the store afterward. We were greeted by a friendly staff member who also helped me with my book purchases. If you live in southeastern Pennsylvania, or plan to visit the area, stop by the Towne Center in Exton for its quaint shops and restaurants.

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Welcome!

WSBookshop2Kissing fish above a wishing pond greets visitors inside the entrance.

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Yay! A coffee bar with snacks and places to sit.

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 Books line the largest room in the shop, complete with ladders!We

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 Cozy Victorian style reading area. This looks like a great meeting place for writers or book clubs!

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I took my cappuccino to go, but I’ll be back!

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For more information about independent bookstore Wellington Square Bookshop, visit their website: http://www.WellingtonSquareBooks.com

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