Book Spotlight w/ Extract and Notes | “A Priceless Find” by Kate James

Posted Saturday, 7 October, 2017 by jorielov , , , , 0 Comments

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Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!

I was happily looking forward to reading this novel A Priceless Find, however, due to different circumstances the novel is still inbound to me whilst I have been having some technical issues in regards to my connectivity! Not that I am letting this get me down or keep me offline for too long – as you might have seen I tweaked and edited another special post today! I am even getting a bit crafty in how I can blog without having a stable internet, which not only gives me more hours to appreciate the moments I am within stories, but it is also opening me up to the ways in which communities are making it easier for those who telecommute or for bloggers who need to find a place to plug in whilst not compromising their safety online.

Whilst I’ve been sorting out my blog today, the author was featured over on the Harlequin Heartwarming blog, where she offered a lovely Q&A and round-up of all the latest stories she’s been publishing throughout the year! I admit, I have liked reading Harlequin authors long before the last Acquisitions and Mergers went through – as I remember finding the publisher in the early 90s as I have been a reader of Romance for every decade I’ve been alive! lol I started out reading Roms when I was a young girl – smitten by the Regency and Victorian eras (first and foremost, of course!) before I explored other options – ironically or not, Contemporary Roms were one of the last ones I fancied which I have a better appreciation for finding now that I am a book blogger. The main imprint I used to read the most was Mira, however, there were different sub-series and imprints by Harlequin I have long admired – including the wholesome stories of the Heartwarming series and/or the Love Inspired. They also purchased my beloved mail-order series Heartsong Presents before it finally was closed a few years ago prior to the last merger.

The one thing I have appreciated about Harlequin authors though is how approachable they are and how friendly they are to speak with about their stories and writings. They also have the tendency to write the kind of stories you expect to find on Hallmark Channel – inspiring, uplifting and bursting with wicked good Romances! I find the channel to be a pulse of joy to watch (even if I’m currently a cable-cutter without access to it!) as you can curl up inside those movies with a sense of peace and a joyfulness in your spirit. Who doesn’t like that?

This is how I feel about reading stories by Harlequin – I like the lighter side to literature, as although I’m a drama lover, there is something to be said for a kind respite and a lighter story-line which picks up your spirits just at a moment where a story like these can be a balm to your weathered soul! I am thankful I found Prism Book Tours – if only to start to seek out new authors under Harlequin’s imprints and start to make enroads once again in reading them regularly!

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A Priceless Find by Kate James

Can opposites really attract?

A robbery followed by the discovery of a forgery at a respected art gallery thrusts Chelsea Owens into the center of an investigation headed by Detective Sam Eldridge. The instant chemistry between the high-spirited aspiring curator and the tall, dark, brooding cop is a classic case of opposites attract.

Complications arise when Chelsea uncovers a connection to an unsolved art heist. Teaming up with Sam to find the stolen paintings ignites feelings that could lead to lasting love. But Sam isn’t ready to move beyond the tragedy in his past, no matter how promising his future with Chelsea could be…

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Published by: Harlequin Heartwarming

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Another story in this series is a Christmas themed story – one of my favourites, to be honest! I could curl up inside a lovely batch of Christmas themed stories throughout the Christmastide and never tire of reading them – as there is something to be said for the joy of the season and the ways in which the spirit of the holiday is fused into the stories which gives us pause as we read them. Sometimes I know there are stories which have more drama than peace inside them, but ooh, to read a story set at Christmas? How can you not want to be inside that world?

A Child's Christmas by Kate James

There’s a stranger at the door on Christmas Day… 

Single mother Paige Summerville wants to give her seven-year-old son the Christmas of his dreams. Jason needs surgery to beat the illness that’s plagued his young life, leaving Paige desperate to make ends meet. So she turns to a charity that grants the wishes of sick children…

Then a stranger arrives bearing gifts for Jason—and for her. He’s Daniel Kinsley, a lawyer who’s grown cynical about family. But his kindness in making Jason’s wishes come true offers him more than he ever imagined. Is there room in Paige’s heart for a man who could fulfill all their dreams? And not just at Christmas!

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I’m looking forward to when this story “A Priceless Finds” arrives by Post – I’ll be reading and sharing my thoughts on it’s behalf as soon as I receive it, however, ahead of which I happily have an extract from the novel to share with you in case you were considering picking up this novel!

Chelsea’s mischievous streak kicked in. Sam was someone who, by his own admission, knew little about art, and it stood to reason that he had equally limited interest. She’d see what she could do about turning him into an art aficionado.

“Why don’t we start with some baroques,” she suggested. “Are you on duty?” she asked, when she saw a waitress approach with a tray of champagne.

“Not at the moment. Why?”

Chelsea signaled discreetly to the waitress and she veered toward them. “Thank you, Marsha,” she said, taking two flutes from the tray and offering one to Sam. “If you’re not inclined to appreciate art, I thought this might help.”

He accepted the glass and took a sip. “Nice. Hmm… Krug Grande Cuvée, 2013.” When Chelsea raised her brows, he said, “I may not be an expert at art, but…”

“But you’re an expert in fine wines and champagnes?” she guessed.

“No, but I’m a detective and I have well-honed investigative and observation skills,” he said with a smug smile.

She stared at him blankly, not sure what he meant.

“There was an empty carton in the corner of the hall closet when I hung up my coat,” he explained. “It was clearly labeled.”

Chelsea wouldn’t have thought the intense cop had a sense of humor, but it appeared that he did. And when he smiled? He went from seriously good-looking to dangerously handsome.

“Why don’t we start here?” she suggested, hoping he wouldn’t notice that she was blushing
again, and led him to a watercolor of a Venetian canal by American artist John Singer Sargent.

“I personally like this painting,” she began. “Sargent was said to be fascinated with Venice, and I think it shows in his work. He’s captured the different shades of the water and the brightness of the light beautifully. It’s interesting that although he turns a commonplace neighborhood into something so romantic, he didn’t use much detail depicting the people on the bridge.” She smiled up at Sam. “Sargent’s passion for the city didn’t seem to extend to its inhabitants.”

Next, she showed Sam a Ralph Curtis painting, also of Venice. “Curtis was the son of Bostonians, who moved to Venice in the late 1870s. He was educated at Harvard, but then studied in Paris. We purposely juxtaposed these two paintings to allow our patrons to compare and contrast the style and emotion of the two. Sargent and Curtis were, in fact, distant cousins. It’s quite remarkable, isn’t it, how Sargent’s work evokes romance and joy while this one…well, is quite bleak.”

“Uh-huh,” was Sam’s noncommittal response.

Chelsea guided him to a Childe Hassam winter scene in New York next and continued talking until she could all but see his head spin. Since he’d said he was there for business and pleasure, she assumed the business had to do with the robbery next door, so she made a point of taking him to speak with the Rochesters. She almost laughed at the relief she saw on his face as they approached the elderly couple.

This extract is being used with the permission of the author and was provided by Prism Book Tours.

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About Kate James

Kate James

Kate spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result, Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word.

Kate's goal is to entertain her readers with engaging stories featuring strong, likable characters. Kate has been honored with numerous awards for her writing. She and her husband, Ken, enjoy traveling and the outdoors, with their beloved Labrador Retrievers, Harley and Logan.

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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