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.

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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.

When Did One’s Opinion Make You A Hater?

So, I start this post quite annoyed. I haven’t posted much and not had too much to say nor the time to write but this topic has ticked me off enough to write about it.

I am not a huge fan of the current society’s so called “media”. I generally do not watch news, read about it online or in a newspaper. I see enough indirectly and I choose not to be brought down by the constant negativity in world. I do not like celebrity gossip and I most certainly do not like (or condone) the paparazzi’s. I like some celebrities but I do not need to know what they are doing in their own PRIVATE LIVES, unless THEY choose to share it themselves. I don’t care who’s gay, who’s not, who’s bi or who’s sleeping with who. I have enough drama in my own life. People, actors, musicians, entertainers whomever, can do whatever they like. Why do I need to know their business?

I like who I like and I don’t really go around pushing my opinions or favorites on others. If need be, I will comment on something and say I don’t care for this or that or that I wouldn’t see this movie or buy this album. I do not however go in and say I hate them or bad mouth them in some other slanderous way. I am a realist and that often is confused as being negative though it absolutely is not. It can be true, of some I suppose. But it doesn’t and should not be automatically assumed a realist is negative. Stereotypes aren’t just about race or religion. Assume, ass of you and me.

The fact that media personnel breaks the cardinal number one rule of not getting involved in stories just burns my haystack. They may or may not report on the actual facts. They twist it to make a name for themselves. How has it become accepted and even expected that our media outlets are allowed to conduct themselves in this manner?

Alongside this, and the point of my rant is related to that topic. Opinions. These are statements, comments or rants even, that are purely the thoughts of an individual. One’s opinions is based upon that person’s likes, dislikes, personal experiences. One’s opinion can be based on facts or they cannot. Sometimes an opinion is one way or another because there is just something about that person, place or thing that the person doesn’t like or doesn’t like what it stands for. We are all entitled to our opinions, right or wrong and under the Constitution (or is it actually in The Bill of Rights… never can remember that.. lol) of The United States of America we are entitled to Freedom of Speech. We do not have the right to slander another person and defame them.

These are our rights, though in the eyes of the media, Facebook, twitter or wherever else people who share their opinions on people, places and things are often considered “haters”. I am quite unfamiliar with this and it ticks me off.

So, in the eyes of some people on social media, reporters or just common people, if you do not like a person, place or thing and you make an innocent comment, not even stating mind you, that you disliked the person, place or thing, but make a simple comment about what is likely to happen due to past history relating to the topic, you are considered a “hater”.

Really? Really? REALLY?

That being said, in the comments and discussion, the TRUE haters show their colors and start bashing those people who they now consider the “hater”. They resort to name calling, defending the topic and trying to convince people – themselves perhaps? – that this topic is special and is being unfairly judged. But those people are now being rude and downright mean to someone who made an innocent comment about a topic that was SPOT ON, based on the behavior of previous situations and in no way stated they hated or disliked the topic of discussion.

This person, who makes the comment is now banned or “defriended” and continues to be bashed by people who claim to be good people. They are so hypocritical that they don’t even grasp the fact that they are the haters and are seriously throwing a fit over a simple innocent comment. I am just amazed at the utter stupidity of people in this world. Is there no limit to the strangeness of society?

Nothing is done to them and they were allowed to go on name calling and acting like pre-school children fighting over a crayon.

I ran across a situation like this today (though indirectly through a person I know).

A story about Taylor Kinney and Lady Gaga’s wedding was posted. The comment by the local media person was something to the effect of “I wonder if she will sing at her own wedding or if they will have someone else sing?”

The person I know, made the comment, “I don’t know, maybe she will wear a banana suit”.

I do not find anything in that simple statement to be bashing Lady Gaga or even out of the way considering she once arrived at an awards show in a bloody freaking egg (not to mention may other strange outfits and behavior). So, why then was this comment then immediately turned into a “haters” comment?

The person then, after being trashed, ridiculed and accused of being a hater, was promptly defriended by the media person. Subsequent personal messages were sent and the person asked why was it ok for her to be bashed yet those same people called her the hater. It was all smoothed over and apologies written despite the bashing still going on even after she was readded by the media person. That question was never answered. The media person said they won’t allow haters on his page. I get that to a certain point but really, that’s taking away conversation and FREEDOM OF SPEECH. It would have been different if the person commented something blatantly gross, or slanderous in response to the story but it was not like that at all. I wouldn’t have apologized had it been me. I would likely unfriended and banned them to be quite honest. I don’t give a flying monkey about this couple/topic. My problem is that it was wrong to make the comment about a banana suit but perfectly ok to ridicule the person for making the comment in first place? This is just jacked the F up.

It seems to me that people get their f’ing panties in a wad over the most stupidest things. I mean seriously, you unfriend someone because they don’t share the same opinion you do or make a funny comment on a story you post and suddenly they are a “hater”? I think that person or people who blew this WAYYYYYY out of proportion should take a serious look at their own lives and sort out their priorities. Do they truly have nothing better to do than to sit at their computers all day, on Facebook and stalk media posts and get offended by someone else’s innocent (and funny) comment about a performer? Really? In the long run who the hell cares what Lady Gaga does or doesn’t do. Was that “entertainer” that important that you wasted time and effort on defending them against a comment about them wearing a banana suit to their wedding? These people seriously don’t understand or see that they are the “haters” and that they caused an un-necessary controversy? They even ridiculed this person for them saying all this controversy made the person “ill”. They had the nerve to say that person was crazy if this made them ill. OMFG? REALLY? Read English much? Skimmers. People skim and don’t actually read the comment and then think it means something it actually doesn’t. Haha, that goes along with the “so-called” tone of an e-mail. BS. Buffalo Shit. LMAO (inside joke)

OMG PEOPLE!! We have people in the world with no job. food, clothes, money or a decent place to sleep. We have terrorist who want bomb us, we have a country who want to test necucular bombs, animals are being slaughtered for their fur, tusks and god knows what else and those people are worried about defending an overrated, odd “entertainer” and accusing people of being “haters”. OMFG GROW THE HELL UP!!!!!!!

Mankind is doomed. I weep for the children and our future. These same people, the true “haters”, are most likely the same people who allow their children to bully kids in school and allow their children to wander the streets all hours of the day and night then wonder why their child ends up in Juvenile Detention and murderers, thieves and bad people.

CRAZY just Crazy!!

Challenge Overkill

Freedom of speech, the last I knew, was still part of the American Constitution. But I will still (and have been) get flak for my opinion on this issue. I have mostly kept my mouth shut for literally MONTHS. But now it’s gotten to be nauseating. At first it was like, “what is this? Oh I will watch.” And then to, “OMG that’s the 20th video I’ve seen in 5 minutes! Make it stop!”

I am NOT saying that I do not acknowledge the need for charities, fund raisers, telethons , support and overall awareness for ailments, diseases and cures for them. People are so narrow minded when it comes right down to it. They think or believe that just because a person, like myself, who doesn’t blatantly go along with the challenge or “crowd” and follow the leader that we don’t support or understand the reasons behind something.

I’m not dumb, nieve or un-informed.

If I want to think and believe this ice bucket challenge thing is STUPID & and get annoyed by the ENDLESS parade and seemingly never ending posts by friends, colleagues, celebrities and everyone in between, posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (and god knows where else) then I guess that’s MY RIGHT.

I’m not a bad person. I’d just like to have the days back where I don’t see 40 videos in 10 minutes with someone pouring ice/water over their heads.

Post website links for donating, place banners, billboards, whatever but TOO MUCH OF ANYTHING is bad. Yes, even water.

I actively support a number of charities for diseases, animals and beyond.

I get that there’s a point to it. I get that it’s supposed to mimic the symptoms.

I am TRULY sorry for any person, young or old that has to deal with any disease, myself included with Fibromyalgia and other ailments.

However, there other ways to donate, support and get involved. No, I’m not “worried” or “scared” of ice and ice water. Some people have a low tolerance (or even allergic) to the cold. I know of at least two people in my everyday life who suffer from the effects of the cold (not including myself).

It’s my right as an American to CHOOSE not to do something I don’t want to. Even if I wasn’t an American, it would be my right whether legal or not. I’m not going to force someone to smoke who doesn’t smoke. It’s the same principal. (No, I’m not a smoker either)

I am SIMPLY tired of seeing these damn things everywhere. I can’t go anywhere, not even to work, to escape then non-stop taking about or actually seeing it. I for one will be damned glad when it stops. For heaven sakes just have a telethon. Something, anything! Just move on from this and get a new avenue. I’m sorry the guy who came up with it died. Truly but it’s time to move on now.

I shouldn’t have to justify my thoughts and opinion of it without being judged or looked down upon because I don’t want to see it anymore.

People just don’t like because I’m not on the “bandwagon”. Anyone who TRULY knows me, the real me, knows I’m not a bandwagon sort of person. I do things for reasons. My reasons. I don’t like attention. I don’t like the be the center of attention but I don’t follow others into things just because everyone is doing it. I’m strong willed and do what I want (well, when possible). I spent too much time in my life trying to please others, watching others trying to please others. I like structure, I do things honest and do the best I can in EVERYTHING.

I often tell people to take my word for face value and if I say I will do something I will do it, and I will do it because I care and because I WANT to do it. Otherwise, I will never say I would do it.

So, in short here at the end of my rant, if challenged would I do it? HELL NO. And not because I’m tired of seeing it. But because I don’t want to. Hell, I’d pay whatever the bet or money amount is just to make it stop. I don’t like being “forced” to give money to anything just because it’s good and supportive. Charity starts at home and then spreads out from there. These sorts if stunts actually make me not want to give and support things because it just overwhelms and pisses me off. But I guess that’s my opinion and it won’t be changed.

Memorial Day 2014

I spoke to my mom this past weekend about my great uncles involvements in the military. My grandfather Lawrence missed the cut off and was under the protection of a family so he didn’t serve. His brothers, Donald, Harold and Clifford all served. Clifford was MIA for quite sometime and was feared dead. He was imprisoned in a Japanese camp and lost a arm to their barbaric medical treatment at the time. The others did return mostly unhurt. My mom ways talks about Clifford’s drastic change after he came home. He was not them same carefree and loving person he was before the war. She spoke of the day they got word of him being MIA. It was very emotional for them all. He got better as time went by one he returned but was never the same. I remember him a little growing up. I was a bit intimidated by his injury. But I always liked him and he was always nice to me. I have often wondered what happened to the Japanese sword (he brought back with him) and his Purple Heart he received. His wife is gone and we don’t often see his son or family.

All of the brothers (my great uncles and the sisters, total 13) are gone now, my grandfather has been gone 20 years now himself. I. We were closest to him and to this day it’s hard not to think of him.

My uncle Dan, had not been up to see his dad’s grave since his mom (Grandma Helen) died in 2011 and this weekend was the first time since then. We ended up meeting him, his wife and one daughter up to the grave yard today. We were going up anyways so it was nice to see them and we helped plant flowers at their grave as well as some other family members graves too.

The importance of family is often overlooked theses days.

May Ipsy Bag

Green and off white bag with leaves on it.

  1. Hang Ten Classic Sport 50 SPF sunscreen (trial)
  2. Boo-Boo Coverup Concealer (trial)
  3. Eau Thermale Avéne – Soothing, softening (slightly larger – trial)
  4. Pacifica eyeshadow due [natural beauty] (trial)
  5. Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil [Organic Sesame & Lemon Grass Balancing Oil]

My favorite of the group is the no frizz oil. That stuff is great! I tamed my hair like you would not believe and QUICK too.
The cover up worked real well (tested on my burn scar on my arm and it hid it pretty well). The soothing spray/Eau was refreshing and indeed cool. There is little or no fragrance and it felt great on a warm(er) day. The other two I’ve not tried as of yet but this weekend I will give them a go.

My mom gets a bag too and she got a lip balm from Olive Natural Beauty. The only other time I’ve had olive oil based products was from last year in Spain. Being an Ipsy member gets you discounts of course on purchases. The coupon was $5 off. So, I went and bough a five count case of it, since I didn’t get one myself. It was $25, but after the discount and shipping it was still only $22.00.

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Wolf of Wall Street

First, I’m a Leonardo fan. That’s out of the way. Now, with all seriousness I begin a “rant” of sorts.

To be fair, I have NOT seen Dallas Buyers Club, starring Matthew McConaughey. However, it’s not likely I would ever willingly watch that movie. It is just not my cup of tea. I’m sure it’s got a good message and is no doubt well acted.  I watch movies and TV Shows to be entertained and to insight thinking or wonderment. 

I recently watched Wolf of Wall Street and I was blown away. Who knew Leo could be so funny? Traditionally, Leonardo is known for his dramatic roles. I have liked all of them, even if I wasn’t fond of the plot or nature of the movie. He truly can play just about any role and make it truly unique and inspiring. 

After watching this movie I was just amazed that he did not win that Oscar. I was MAD at the time, of course but now? I’m irritated again. How could he not have won? What more does this man need to do? He’s done period pieces, [such as Django Unchained, Titanic (of course) and Gangs of New York] thrillers [Shutter Island, Inception, The Departed], and so many more genres and great, great movies.

Kate was told a few years back that if she did a Holocost/Jewish movie she’d win an Oscar. Maybe Leo needs to do that. It should not be so difficult for such a talented actor to get the award he deserves. Sad. Just sad. 😦