A Gentleman and a Rogue

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Book Review Tuesday: 7 Up by Janet Evanovich #bookreview

Book Review for: Seven Up
Written by: Janet Evanovich
St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 978-0-312-98014-6
Avail as: an ebook and in print

4 Stars

Evanovich's bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, is up to more hijinks in "Seven Up." When Eddie DeChooch skips bail it's up to Stephanie to bring him in. Eddie may be old, but he's got his wits and he's able to avoid Stephanie like the plague.  Complications arise when Dougie, then Mooner, disappear. Stephanie figures out Eddie wants something from Dougie, but has no idea what. She's going to need help from her friends Lula and Ranger to bring Eddie in.  On the home front, Valerie, Stephanie's sister moves back home, while marriage plans with Joe Morelli move forward. What's a girl to do?

Evanovich's writing remains crisp and witty after seven installments. There's never a dull moment in Stephanie's adventures. The supporting cast is delightful. Grandma Mazur still finds entertainment in visiting the funeral parlors and Valerie is convinced she wants to be a lesbian. Evanovich continues to tug on the reader's heart with her all too human characters.  Even after seven books, there's always something new to learn about them.

"Seven Up" is a cozy mystery that leaves the reader guessing right along with Stephanie as she uncovers the clues to solve the case. I would recommend this book for thirteen years on up. You'll laugh, gasp, and hang onto the edge of your seat. "Seven Up" is a very satisfying addition to the series.

Questions for readers: Who is your favorite character in the Stephanie Plum series? 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Snippet Sunday: 2.99 Paranormal Romance: The Hungarian #snippetsunday

Hi all, I'm participating in the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday. This month, I'll be taking snippets from my paranormal romance, The Hungarian, Book 1 in the "Budapest Moon" series. You can find the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday list at:

This snippet:      Matthias steps into the room. 

His eyes drew her to him -- malachite green with a gold ring around the iris. Even now, as he looked at her, they softened and grew translucent. He stopped in front of the window and casually threw his blazer onto a nearby chair as if he owned the room.

"Hello," he said.
"Hello," Katherine replied.
"You're staring."
"I thought you were staring at me."
He chuckled, "Perhaps I was admiring you."


"The Hungarian" is a paranormal romance and Book One in the "Budapest Moon" Series." Matthias falls in love with Katherine, but dare he trust her with his secret? 

Link to You Tube Video for The Hungarian:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZwaF8hAdow

Reviews for The Hungarian:

You Gotta Read Reviews - You Need to Read, Lupa

I was so very happily surprised by this book. The characters are enchanting, the scenes are vividly written, and the story has a fantastic flow. I really enjoyed the warm love and fiery passion that seemed to leap off the page. 

Sizzling Hot Book Reviews, 5 Hearts
"I highly recommend "The Hungarian," even if you aren't that interested in the paranormal such as werewolves. The romantic tale of "The Hungarian" is enough to win over anyone."

Reader's Favorites, 5 Stars

"This book is extremely entertaining. The plot is sensual and romantic."

BUY LINKS:  (The Hungarian is avail as an ebook and in print)












Saturday, August 23, 2014

Save the Date: It's the Coffee & Chocolate Giveaway 26-31 AUG 2014 #giveaway

Save the date for the Coffee & Chocolate Giveaway AUG 1014

I love coffee and adore chocolate and what's better than coffee & chocolate in a giveaway? :)

When: It will be held 26-31 AUG 2014. Grand Prize Winner and ebook winners will be announced on Monday 1 SEP.

Where: My Facebook Fan Page at: https://www.facebook.com/StephanieBurkhartAuthor

Featuring: A Lady Never Lies, Book 3 in the Windsor Diaries steampunk romance series

What's involved:

Every day from 26-31 AUG I'll be putting up 4 posts marked "Coffee & Chocolate." Topics will vary. There will be a focus on book 3, A Lady Never Lies, from my steampunk romance series, The Windsor Diaries. Leave a COMMENT in the coffee and chocolate posts and you'll be entered into the giveaway drawing. Every time you leave a comment, you'll be entered into the drawing.

Grand Prize: An original Lori Powell handmade book bag, 10.00 GC to Starbucks, Andes Chocolates, a coffee mug, magnets, and other little treats.

Other prizes: I'll be giving away print copies of Victorian Scoundrel and A Gentleman and a Rogue. I'll also be giving away a print copy of the 2014 Summer Collection featuring my story "Arrow Through the Heart" and a print copy of my YA story, "First Flag of New Hampshire."

Winners will be announced on my Facebook Fan Page and my official website at: http://www.stephanieburkhart.com  You can see previous winner on my official website at the bottom of the page.

Any questions, comments, concerns, just ask. Hope to see you on the 26th!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Book Review Friday - Killing Lincoln #bookreview

Book Review for: Killing Lincoln
Written by: Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
Henry Holt LLC
ISBN: 978-0-8050-9307-0
Avail as: an ebook and in print

5 Stars

O'Reilly and Dugard pen an insightful and gripping look at Lincoln's assassination. Putting politics aside, O'Reilly and Dugard present the facts and interesting tidbits that lead up to and after Lincoln's death.

Abraham Lincoln is one of America's most beloved and admired presidents. O'Reilly and Dugard show us why. Lincoln changed America, pulling it forward, fighting the Civil War to keep the Union together. He embodies the qualities the Founding Fathers were looking for in America's presidents. John Wilkes Booth, his assassin, is one of the most infamous men in American history. His refusal to change and adapt with the times seals his fate.

The book is written in a very straightforward manner, making it easy to read. O'Reilly and Dugard unravel Booth's schemes and plots so they are understandable to the reader. The authors also share intimate details of the lives of Lincoln and Booth, presenting a very human story. The pivotal moment comes when Lincoln's bodyguard, John Parker, abandons his post, leaving Lincoln vulnerable.

O'Reilly and Dugard's taunt writing ratchets up the suspense and will have the reader on the edge of their seat as Booth marches closer to April 14, 1865. Well researched, gripping, and suspenseful, "Killing Lincoln" will resonate with readers long after they've finished the novel.

Question for you: Is Lincoln one of the presidents on Mt. Rushmore? Who are the others?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Snippet Sunday: 3.99 steampunk romance: A Lady Never Lies #snippetsunday

Hi all, I'm participating in the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday. This month, I'll be taking snippets from my steampunk romance: A Lady Never Lies, Book 3 in The Windsor Diaries. You can find the Weekend Warriors Snippet Sunday list at:

This snippet:     Richard discovers what is bothering Jocelyn. 


 "There can't be an us."
"Why not?" His brows knitted.
She gazed at him, unable to look away as hurt danced in his eyes.

Finally, she spoke. "I don't want to be held hostage by time."
"There were complications," he replied.


A Lady Never Lies  is a time traveling steampunk romance and is book three in "The Windsor Diaries." Richard travels back in time to win Jocelyn's heart, but will she leave her ailing father? 

Link to You Tube Video for Victorian Scoundrel:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IUYj2d7ZeY

Reviews for A Lady Never Lies:

5 Stars,  Michelle Stanley for Reader's Favorites
"A wonderful book." 

"You've got romance, betrayal, time travel and gadgets. Perfect mix!!! Can't wait for the next book!" The Crafty Cauldron

4.5 Stars, Clue Review
This is a fun series! The author has a huge imagination.

5 Stars,  Michelle Stanley for Reader's Favorites

"A wonderful book."












Saturday, August 9, 2014

AUG Update: Walk to End Alzheimers Forget Me Nots Team

It's been a busy month for the "Forget Me Nots" Alzheimer's 5K walk team. As I write this, we have 42 days to go until the walk in Santa Clarita, CA on 20 SEP. Let me tell you a little about the team and we hope you consider helping out.

The team consists of my son and 12 co-workers from LAPD's Valley Communications Dispatch Center. We answer 911 for the city of Los Angeles. It's a challenging job, but we find it rewarding to assist those who need help. If anything, that's the glue that keeps us together – that desire to help those who need it. Not only that, all of us have had Alzheimer's touch our lives one way or another.

July's fundraising consisted of our day watch coffee club and we earned $90.00 the 3rd month for a total of 400.00 from coffee club sales.

WE REACHED GOAL!  Due to the overwhelming support of my co-workers, our families, and friends, we've reached our $2,000.00 goal, earning to date: $2,430.00. We want to thank everyone who has supported us. ((hugs))

We are planning an opportunity drawing around the 1st SEP. 

If you'd like to donate to help the team you can follow this link. Any amount is welcomed. http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2014/CA-CaliforniaSouthland?team_id=204372&pg=team&fr_id=4950

My story:
My son (who is also walking) and I know someone who is developing Alzheimer's. The other day we invited her to Easter and she asked for our address. She's been to our house many, many times. It broke my heart. I see the struggle it takes on a family, and I know it's hard. If anyone would like to share their story, please do. Know that you're not alone in your struggles to provide care for your loved one. This is why I walk. To help those family members who care for their loved ones with the disease.

I just read a great book that chronicles the challenges caregivers face when helping family members deal with Alzheimer's. It's called Alzheimer's Through My Mother's Eyes by Suzette Brown. If you wold like to suggest or recommend a book for those who support alzheimer's patients, please do so. Here's a link to Suzette's book:  http://amzn.com/B00H5QAY3A

Alzheimer's facts:
In 2013, 15.5 million family and friends provided 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer's valued at 220.2 billion.
Today over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's.

1 in 3 people over 85 has Alzheimer's. Andrew's grandmother is 83.

How to obtain a diagnosis:

A doctor will need to evaluate a patient's history, conduct a physical exam, and do a comprehensive neurological evaluation that assesses balance, sensory function, reflexes and vision.

If you have concerns or something doesn't seem right, the sooner you involve a medical professional, the better. Early intervention goes a long way in helping you to prepare for quality of life issues.

Please, if you have a story you'd like to share, we'd love to hear it.
All the best

Monday, August 4, 2014


I owe many thanks to fabulous writer Karen Michelle Nutt for including me in this fun blog tour. 
First I’d like to introduce you lovely readers to Karen then will move on to my character Jocelyn.

Her bio reads: 

Karen Michelle Nutt resides in California with her husband, three fascinating children, and houseful of demanding pets. Jack, her Chorkie, is her writing buddy and sits long hours with her at the computer.
When she’s not time traveling, fighting outlaws, or otherworldly creatures, she creates pre-made book covers to order at Gillian’s Book Covers, “Judge Your Book By Its Cover”. You can also check out her published cover art designs at Western Trail Blazer and Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing.
Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, historical or time travel, all her stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena—falling in love.

Please visit Karen at her blog at: http://kmnbooks.blogspot.com

Now let's meet the Character from my A Lady Never Lies, Jocelyn Dunkirk.

What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Jocelyn is Lady Jocelyn Ridgecroft. Her family name is Dunkirk.  She is a fictional person.

Nina Dobrev inspiration for Jocelyn
When and where is the story set?
The story is set in 1855 England. 

What should we know about him/her?
She's an inventor. She'd rather work with dirty rivets than knit.  She scoffs at the ton. 

What messes up his/her life?

Richard Windsor. He steps into her life from the future and gives her a ring.  Unfortunately, the ring explodes when her father is hurt and he is gravely injuried.

What is the main conflict? 
Jocelyn is torn. Should she follow her heart and Richard to the future or stay in the past with her father.  She really is needed in the past.

What is the personal goal of the character? 
To help others and her country.  She wants to build a better world where coal dust doesn't make people sick. She wants other people to be treated fairly and ultimately agrees to broker a mediation between the coal mine owners and workers.

Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?  
A Lady Never Lies

Stephanie Burkhart's Bio:  Stephanie is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. She enjoys writing contemporary, steampunk, fantasy, and paranormal romances. She's published with Desert Breeze Publishing, 4RV Publishing, and Victory Tales Press.