When The Right One Comes Along – Book Tour Finale – (Book Review)

Please check out this great book! It’s the start of a series by Kate James. Thank you Kate, Prism Books, Harlequin for the opportunity in Kate’s book tour.

On tour with Prism Book Tours.

Grand Finale†for
When the Right One Comes Along
By Kate James

Did you get to know a little more about K-9 Officer Calen Palmer and his dog, Scout, as well as Trauma Surgeon Jessica Hansen? If you missed any of the posts on this tour, you can go check them out now…

Launch – Intro to the Series

My October 1st release, When the Right One Comes Along, is the first book in my K-9 trilogy. It is the story of trauma surgeon Jessica Hansen and San Diego Police Department search and rescue officer Cal Palmer.

” A sweet story that will warm your heart. A nice change in pace.. “

The Written Adventure – Interview

3) Who/What inspired your characters?

I take inspiration from a variety of sources. For the K-9 trilogy, the inspiration for the K-9 unit members came from real-life police officers who work tirelessly and often at great peril to themselves to protect us and keep our communities safe. Jessica Hansen was partially inspired by a good friend who is a medical doctor. She has an important and unique job.

Anndawson’s Blog – Review

“I enjoyed the open way Kate wrote this story. She easily explained things and made the book easy to follow and intriguing. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I look forward to the rest of the book series and hopefully she will intermix these characters with new characters.”

Calís blood ran cold as he watched a ceiling beam tear loose to his right. Still anchored to a column by some rebars, it hurtled toward him like a battering ram.

Writing Pearls – Review

“A cozy romantic read with exuberating characters. Definitely worth the time to read.”

Amanda Writes – Review

“Ms. Jamesí novel draws you in from page one, and leaves you feeling happy and then tormented as the crisis point breaks but eventually she brings her characters together in the most beautiful and deserving way. This is one Harlequin Heartwarming story you should not miss!”

Slice of Life – Review

“This well-written novel depicts the problems and dangers which can occur after an earthquake, as well as rescue operations, and the author also shows much knowledge concerning K-9 dogs. I would recommend When the Right One Comes Along to anyone who is interested in action and romance.”

Mythical Books – Excerpt

This time Cal did lose his balance. Landing on his backside, he was catapulted down the inclined rooftop headfirst. The harness he hadnít fully secured snapped free. He tried to twist around as the edge of the rooftop rushed toward him. He managed to turn enough so that he wasnít leading with his head when he hit the parapet wall. He lay still for a few moments to catch his breath. His left shoulder screamed but he didnít think it was broken. He hoped it wasnít dislocated, either. Nothing else seemed to hurt enough to worry about.

“The characters in the book go through some rough struggles, but they are made stronger by the struggles. The romance is sweet and cleanÖyou know I love that! I really like the theme of the story and Iím looking forward to the other two K-9 books to follow. You will be enchanted by this sweet book! I definitely recommend this to you sweet romance lovers!”

Beck Valley Books – It’s All About You Guest Post

I am frequently asked what made me decide to write. There is a multitude of talented authors out there and an ever-growing plethora of wonderful choices for readers in all genres. So why did I decide to leave a successful and enjoyable business career to write? The answer is simple. It’s because of you, the reader!

underneath the covers – Excerpt

Jessica narrowed her eyes as she glared at the man standing before her, shirtless and leaning heavily on the shoulder of a firefighter. His simple question sounded both gruff and belligerent. Her gaze dropped to the well-muscled chest and arms, before sliding lower and seeing the makeshift tourniquet, understanding why he wasnít wearing a shirt. ìMarcia,î she called, keeping her eyes on the man but a steadying hand on the girl. ìCan you please get MrÖ.?î She looked at the man inquiringly.

“Great characters! I really enjoyed meeting Cal & Scout and canít wait for the future stories about their K-9 teammates!”

Dixie n Dottie – Review & Excerpt

“I loved Scout and the relationship he and Cal had.”

Jessica Hansen looked much as he remembered her from the quake site. But a cleaned-up version. Seeing her in jeans, low-heeled sandals and a tank top made her seem moreÖapproachable. The thing that struck him most was her hairólong, loose and cascading down her back. It seemed so incongruous with the prim and proper doctor he assumed her to be. Gorgeous hair, clearly intelligent and a fondness for dogs and cars. How could a guy not be captivated?

Wishful Endings – Review

“When the Right One Comes Along was a story of redemption as these characters learn to forgive themselves, in grasping the love that is in front of them, and finding family in each other. I’d recommend this one to those readers who enjoy heartfelt romance.”

I Am A Reader – Excerpt

But then she looked at Cal, saw the despondency in his eyes. She wanted to help them. She really did. And yet she couldnít deny that one contributing factor was the fact that sheíd be able to see CalÖ

ìItís no trouble.î Cal couldnít remember the last time heíd seen a grown woman blush. Anna certainly never had. He found it unreasonably touching. There was something vulnerable and shy about her right then that appealed to him. ìIíd like you to stay,î he added to his own amazement. He wondered if heíd hoped for it all along, since the steak he was marinating was large enough for two healthy appetites.

“This was a great book to settle in with. I loved the characters and I loved the struggle. The chemistry was there between Jessica and Cal- they knew it and I knew it too. The forward progression of this book was good and the characters were solid. I read through this book quickly because I just didn’t want to put it down. Yay for a good, clean romance!”

Mel’s Shelves – Excerpt

Cal couldnít explain it, but as he watched the woman and child walking toward him, hand in hand, emotion clogged his throat. He coughed brusquely, blinked a few times and rose from the bench.

This heart-warming Harlequin K-9 Trilogy book 1, When the Right One comes Along, will touch your heart. This story is filled with characters and scenarios that readers will easily relate, comprehending the tragedy and heartache, as well as the joy and love.

Kindle and Me – Review

The story was cute and very believable. I adored the love the father had for his daughter and how Cal also wanted Kayla in his life too! Jessica was nice and encouraging as well.

Read all the book and author info and enter the tour giveaway below…

When the Right One Comes Along (K-9 Trilogy, #1)When the Right One Comes Along
(K-9 Trilogy #1)
by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 293 Pages
October 1st 2015 by Harlequin

Brought together by disaster. Kept together by love.

In the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, it’s chaos for trauma surgeon Jessica Hansen. Among the many victims, one patient stands outóSan Diego Police K-9 search and rescue officer Cal Palmer.

Cal vows to help Kayla, a child orphaned by the disaster. But he needs Jessica’s help. Will their shared concern for Kayla and for Cal’s canine partner, Scout, allow them to put aside their personal torments and discover the difference love can make?

Kate James 2.jpgKate James†spent eight years of her childhood living in foreign countries as her professional parents travelled on business. She lived in four countries and spoke five languages before settling down in Canada again to attend university. After graduating with a degree in civil engineering, she held a variety of positions in the field of real estate development and operations, and ran three substantial organizations. While her writing during this period was mostly business related, including presentations and speeches she delivered both nationally and internationally, her passion is and always has been fiction.

Kate’s business and personal experiences enable her to write fiction with a deep, often first-hand knowledge of what she is writing about. This approach makes Kate’s stories richer and more vivid.

Kateís goal is to entertain you with well-written, engaging stories, set in intriguing places and with strong, likeable characters. ìI hope my stories bring you pleasure and entertain you. Nothing pleases me more than receiving feedback from people who have chosen to spend their valuable leisure time with one of my books,î notes Kate.

Kate married her husband, Ken, in an elegant, ocean-front wedding on a tropical island. When they are not traveling, they split their time between their properties in southern and central Ontario in Canada.

Website†-Goodreads†-†Facebook†-†Twitter

Tour Giveaway

Grand Prize:†Spa Gift Basket and a print copy of When the Right One Comes Along (US/CAN only)

2nd Prize: $50 Amazon gift card and a†copy of†When the Right One Comes Along†(print if US/CAN, ebook if international)

3 ñ 3rd Prizes: copy of†When the Right One Comes Along(print if US/CAN, ebook if international)

Ends October 16th

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College Update

Well, I ended up dropping the Economy class. Monday’s class was the last straw. She came strolling in about 7:40 herself (class starts at 7:45) and then had the nerve to make a snide comment that there better be more students coming to this class to warrant her driving all the way from Columbus. Really? She’s getting paid to be a professor. She’s SUPPOSED to be TEACHING an economics class but instead she’s making snide comments, giving study guides for us to study yet putting the answers on the board using a totally different formula and stated oh well it will get the same result/answer. WHAT? You give us one formula to study but expect us to retain/remember it when you do it differently on the board? She won’t allow us to use any notes during tests. She literally stated everyone would fail if one person had notes out. She thinks we should memorize all the terms, formulas and process after 1 session. She assumes we all know “basic” math formulas, terms and other things. The last I knew, this was a freshman class for Economy not rocket science. I felt like everything I had comprehended with the tutor was thrown out the window once she starts “teaching”. She’s not consistent in teaching and has no curve. Even if you have part of the answer she gave you no points.
So, I dropped the class. I still pay for it of course but I won’t have my gpa drop when I would have eventually failed it (big time). I feel as though a great weight has been lifted from me. I worked my tail off for that class and have nothing to show because of the poor “teaching”. I told my advisor but she did not seem surprised or willing to take it upwards.

Oh well. I’m free of the class and that infuriating woman.

My other class, Classic Greece Civilizations is great. However, I’m interested in that, and it has more to do with my major (English) than Econ. But, that professor is fun and has more knowledge on teaching than she or most. I spent a leisurely evening at home rather than being confused in that Econ class.

Book Review – When the Right One Comes Along – (K-9 Trilogy #1) by Kate James

First, let me say I am one of those people who see books, magazines or movies involving dogs and immediately thinks, “don’t injure or harm the dog!” That being said, I enjoy reading stories including dogs in the story either way it goes. Kate does a great job of incorporating the importance of service/police dogs in this story and that is just one of the reasons I enjoyed reading this book.

I was also pleasantly surprised by different locations mentioned and used in this book. I find that some authors use the same old cities as their backgrounds and places. After awhile, that gets stale. Kate does a wonderful job of explaining details of places and making the pages come alive. The initial plot of the story is different and unusual due to the location of the emergency events that lead to the main characters meeting. I like to think of these meetings as “meet cutes”, and though this one is not quite “cute” it works and is out of the ordinary. (I have to mention that the “meet cute” was from the movie, “The Holiday” and I just love that line). That tone setting was a welcomed change to the “normal” location setting and allowed the reader to become well acquainted with the area. At least for me I began forming a mental picture of the settings and what things would be like had those events truly happened in San Diego.

In addition to the San Diego setting, I also enjoyed the interaction concerning Jessica’s job in Honduras. It appealed to me since my father is from there and it was a welcomed scenery change.

I enjoyed getting little tidbits here and there concerning character background throughout the book. Sometimes authors give away the character background too early (or too late) and the reader is left with lapses from the initial telling of their story and the meat of the story. Instead, Kate mentioned or eluded to each characters “baggage” a number of times and it kept me wondering what was happening. I would get involved in the story, the interaction between Cal and Jessica then she would bring up their struggle and elaborate more each time. The attention to detail about the lives of law officers, the units, training, divorces and the horrible things women (or men I suppose) do to obtain custody of children was fascinating. I found myself so mad at Cal’s Ex-Wife for treating him the way she did. I sympathized with Jessica concerning her guilt over the child she cared for.

A good story reels a reader into the plot like a fish on a fishing rod and makes them wish the story never ended. This book is definitely a story like that. The characters, though simple, are real and believable. I found myself a number of times smiling at the dialog or even the situation Cal and Jessica found themselves in. I related to their conversations from personal experiences and the conversations were so real and not to mention similar to those I have had. Sometimes in books the conversations seem totally unrealistic. The interaction between the characters was lively and entertaining to say the least. Kate must have done her homework on these situations and lifestyles in order to have such realistic and down to earth dialogs she created I this book. The attention to detail really goes a long way when a reader gets into the book.

I enjoyed the open way Kate wrote this story. She easily explained things and made the book easy to follow and intriguing. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I look forward to the rest of the book series and hopefully she will intermix these characters with new characters. Ok, and I hope she addresses some of the other K-9 unit officers. I’m just saying…

My rating for this book is 4 1/2 stars. I would have liked to have read a bit more about Cal and the adoption while Jessica was out of the country.

 

 

On tour with Prism Book Tours.

When the Right One Comes Along (K-9 Trilogy, #1)When the Right One Comes Along
(K-9 Trilogy #1)
by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 293 Pages
October 1st 2015 by Harlequin

Brought together by disaster. Kept together by love.

In the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, it’s chaos for trauma surgeon Jessica Hansen. Among the many victims, one patient stands outóSan Diego Police K-9 search and rescue officer Cal Palmer.

Cal vows to help Kayla, a child orphaned by the disaster. But he needs Jessica’s help. Will their shared concern for Kayla and for Cal’s canine partner, Scout, allow them to put aside their personal torments and discover the difference love can make?

Kate James 2.jpgKate James†spent eight years of her childhood living in foreign countries as her professional parents travelled on business. She lived in four countries and spoke five languages before settling down in Canada again to attend university. After graduating with a degree in civil engineering, she held a variety of positions in the field of real estate development and operations, and ran three substantial organizations. While her writing during this period was mostly business related, including presentations and speeches she delivered both nationally and internationally, her passion is and always has been fiction.

Kate’s business and personal experiences enable her to write fiction with a deep, often first-hand knowledge of what she is writing about. This approach makes Kate’s stories richer and more vivid.

Kateís goal is to entertain you with well-written, engaging stories, set in intriguing places and with strong, likeable characters. ìI hope my stories bring you pleasure and entertain you. Nothing pleases me more than receiving feedback from people who have chosen to spend their valuable leisure time with one of my books,î notes Kate.

Kate married her husband, Ken, in an elegant, ocean-front wedding on a tropical island. When they are not traveling, they split their time between their properties in southern and central Ontario in Canada.

Website†-Goodreads†-†Facebook†-†Twitter

Tour Schedule

9/29:†undercover book reviews &†The Written Adventure
9/30:†Anndawson’s Blog &†Letters from Annie (Douglass) Lima
10/1:†Writing Pearls &†Amanda Writes
10/2:†Slice of Life &†Mythical Books
10/4:†Christy’s Cozy Corners,†Beck Valley Books, &†underneath the covers
10/5:†teatime and Books &†Thoughts of a Blonde
10/6:†Dixie n Dottie &†Wishful Endings
10/7:†I Am A Reader,†Zerina Blossom’s Books, &†Getting Your Read On
10/8:†Mel’s Shelves &†Singing Librarian Books
10/9:†Kindle and Me
10/11:†Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

Grand Prize:†Spa Gift Basket and a print copy of When the Right One Comes Along (US/CAN only)

2nd Prize: $50 Amazon gift card and a†copy of†When the Right One Comes Along†(print if US/CAN, ebook if international)

3 ñ 3rd Prizes: copy of†When the Right One Comes Along(print if US/CAN, ebook if international)

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Greece – Civilizations, The Mycenaeans

I wrote this short little essay for a quiz and thought it was thought provoking. 

Question: In the period around 1200 B.C.E in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean region, what seems to have happened?
 Scholars are not really certain what truly happened during this time. The evidence however indicates great destruction began at the hands of foreign invaders. Some believe they were nomadic tribes from north and east of Anatolia and Syria. The Egyptians believed they were bands of marauders, men from the northern lands. They called them “peoples of the sea”. The Egyptians were also attacked around 1208 (and other times) though they survived the attacks.

 We do know one by one the great palaces were consumed by fires and they simply vanished by the end of the Twelfth century. In less than two generations most of the towns associated with the palaces were either abandoned or destroyed as well. There was no more order only turbulence. Most of the towns never recovered and were lost forever. Others were able to enjoy a brief resurgence only to be attacked once again. Athens is the only town that avoided destruction though severely depleted of its population. Troy was also a victim of this great destruction. Scholars commonly believe the Mycenaeans were a part of this band of attackers known as “the sea people”. There is no proof of this however. There is a possibility in my opinion, the Mycenaeans in charge of the ships for trade and protection turned on their people and attacked their own people for their own benefit with the other “sea people”.

 The people or what was then considered the Mycenaeans are thought to have dispersed to the four winds of the region and effectively what was once a grand civilization of Mycenaeans disappeared. Perhaps they migrated into other cultures throughout Europe since we do not have any further proof of those people ever existing outside of their original civilization.

Good Things 

I finished up my second week of classes as OSUM. I hope I did good or at leas passed the first quiz homework for Economics class. My midweek confusion was partly me over thinking. I am not good with numbers so I worry about passing the Econ class.

I received my good news about the job I have been interviewing for. I was offered the job as service coordinator, with a $2.14 per hour raise from my current per hour wage. I will pay more for insurance but the coverage is better, co pay cheaper, prescriptions both cheaper and better overall for the most part. It is the insurance I would have had had my current company not cheated us out of it. I will have a 45 minute drive to work but I will have the opportunity to work from home if the weather is bad this winter. I will have a friend and former co-worker for company. She’s the one who left work and got me in. 

My current supervisor has also applied for a job with this same company. He’s a great guy, smart and I would love to see him come with us to this new place. 

I am turning my two week notice in Friday, and will send out the e-mail to the team. Of course my closest friends already know. 

I am excited for my new adventure, glad for a challenge and a bit scared all rolled into one. I have a good support group surrounding me. 

Here’s to Friday.

First week of classes finished

I finished up my first week back in college at The Ohio State University (Marion Campus). The professor for my Greece Classics class is pretty “unique” but I like him. I remembered to take my MacBook today and I took notes on that (using Pages from Apple) rather than writing out everything. I bought myself a mini, portable mouse to use with it which was much better than the track pad I am used to. 

In class we spent some time going over topics we will discuss this semester and some other related (Greece wise) topics. He mentioned a website called artcyclopedia.com which I found fascinating (I sound like Spock) because you can search for paintings and such. Anyway, he gave some examples and coherence references to the Greek and some origins such as The Milky Way and mythological aspects. There was also a search, by the professor, of IMDB.com. He was talking about The movie Troy (Orlando Bloom, Eric Bana, and Bead Pitt). I enjoyed the Orlando. 

So, the first week is done and I am tired. I am going to read and work on my bills which need to be paid tomorrow. I still have not heard from the job I put in for and I am a bit discouraged. I guess I will survive either way.  

 

College begins, again

I returned to classes today. After parking I walked to Morrill Hall and started wandering around. I had time to spare before I went upstairs to my classroom. Eventually I walked up the stairs and found my room. 

There was another class finishing up when I arrived. The professor was hanging around with us too. He is not what I expected in my “mind’s eye”. According to the style he wrote the syllabus, I figured he was about 40-45, short hair, studious, yet smart. 

He could not have been any farther from that. He’s a large man, (tall and broad not heavy set) with a long beard. He’s friendly, a bit odd, but fun to be around. He does not believe in punishing students who can’t make a class. Everyone gets points regardless of attendance or  full participation. For example, if you only submit a quiz that is partially or even totally blank, you still get 40% of the grade. 

The class itself, Classical Greece Civilizations, is fascinating to me. I have always wanted to learn about Greece/Greek history. 

Each class we will write a little of something, feedback,comments or something related to our topic for the class discussion. We are awarded seven points for that. He reads the notes, responds with feedback and said it is a way to get to know us. I like that, it’s different. 

We will have a group project, something new he said. That should be interesting. I am not the oldest person in the class. There is a lady about moms age I the class as well. I did talk with a young lady, obviously younger than I but with some experience. She was friendly and has had this professor a few times. 

All in all it was an interesting and fun evening. I am looking forward to this class.