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Length: 272 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Chosen as Best Historical Romance 2012 by Lori Caswell (escapewithdollycas.com/2012/12/28/best-reads-of-2012/) "An awesome debut! A love story that will carry you back to a very exciting time...A perfect story for me. I was unable to put it down."

"I give Cera's Place 5 stars. I highly enjoyed reading the adventure of Jake and Cera." Kathy from Inside the Mind of Wenona (wenonahulsey.com/2012/01/review-ceras-place-by-elizabeth-mckenna.html)
 
"Cera's Place...leaves you with a nice, romantic story you can't help but get lost in." 4 out of 5 stars from Jessica of Peace Love Books (readingwithstyle.blogspot.com/2012/01/book-review-ceras-place-by-elizabeth.html)

"Cera's Place is a beautiful and sweeping love story that you can easily fall in love with.  With compassionate characters and enticing drama, Elizabeth McKenna writes a charming historical western romance readers will adore!" 4 out of 5 stars from Lisa of Once Upon a Chapter (onceuponachapter.com/2012/02/review-ceras-place-by-elizabeth-mckenna.html)

"Elizabeth McKenna delivered a powerful and captivating read with Cera's Place. Supported by a striking and witty cast of characters, Cera's Place... is a thrilling read that kept me riveted to my chair from start till finish!" 4 stars from Marissa's Book Lounge (dream-mistress.blogspot.com/2012/02/requested-review-ceras-place-by.html)

About the Author

Elizabeth McKenna works as a full-time technical writer/editor for a large software company. Though her love of books reaches back to her childhood, she had never read romance novels until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene). She had always wanted to write fiction, so she combined her love of history, romance and a happy ending to write her debut novel Cera's Place. Her short story, The Gypsy Casts a Spell, is available for free on her website elizabethmckenna.com/. She hopes you will enjoy her latest novel, Venice in the Moonlight, as much as others have enjoyed her previous works.

Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy Labrador. When she isn't writing, working, or being a mom, she's sleeping.

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  • File Size: 585 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publication Date: September 25, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PNP3BI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,537 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Elizabeth McKenna works as a full-time technical writer/editor for a large software company. Though her love of books reaches back to her childhood, she had never read romance novels until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene).

She had always wanted to write fiction, so she combined her love of history, romance and a happy ending to write her debut novel, Cera's Place. Her short story, The Gypsy Casts a Spell, is available for free on her website http://elizabethmckenna.com/. She hopes you will enjoy her latest novel, Venice in the Moonlight, as much as others have enjoyed her previous works.

Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy Labrador. When she isn't writing, working, or being a mom, she's sleeping.

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A sexy war hero meets a gorgeous Irish saloon owner with a shotgun in his face! Now that a great beginning to a romance story!

Cera Cassidy was raised in a mining with her Irish folks. Her mom died, she stepped in to help her dad, her dad was shot in front of her, Cera shot back & killed the killer and raised herself after that. Cera is one tough woman with a gooey heart for all hard luck folks, but mostly women. She opened Cera's Place with her partner/piano player Isaac. She has a Wall of Dreams in her saloon, but of other folk's dreams. She has surrounded herself with a new & chosen family, with sassy Ginger, Gypsy Sonya, Quiet Mary Beth, Trusty Li, Energetic Sadie, Trickster Johnny & Dependable Isaac. Cera's Place has great food with beer or whiskey, honest games & absolutely no prostitution for her girls! The sign hanging over her door says it all, " Mind Your Manners Or Leave! Thank You!"

Jake Turner is a man who has been living 4 years tormented with nightmares of his dead wife, child & friend Daniel. Since the end of the Civil War, he has been traveling the US to find Daniel's daughter, Sadie Freedom, to give her a locket because it was a dying wish of brave Daniel. Jake may have a scar across half his face, but to say he has a heart of gold, is an under statement! Jake finds himself outside Cera's Place to hopefully find Sadie!

San Francisco is a town with corruptions as it's unseen middle name with all it's prostitution, dirty cops, gangs, slavery & Gold Rush fever. Cera's Place is a haven, so when Sadie rushes in with a hurt & scared Chinese girl, Hu, Cera is angered & shocked, but not surprised, at the story of murder, kidnapping & Chinese girls sold into brothels & Samuel Biggs is at the center of it all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell VINE VOICE on August 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
Set in San Francisco in 1849 Cera's Place is where men go for a hot meal, whiskey and a game of cards. You want anything more you can take your business somewhere else. Prostitution is not allowed. Cera offers women honest work and a chance to redeem themselves.

The employees at Cera's place are her family and she will go to great lengths to protect them. Even places women at not allowed. So when a young Chinese woman bursts threw the door telling of murder, kidnapping and the selling of young girls, Cera vows to save every girl she can and put those responsible for this outrage behind bars or worse.

Jake Tanner, a soldier from the Civil War, enters Cera's Place as a man on a mission. He comes with many scars inside and out but thinks things will be better if he can just fulfill a promise he made to his dying friend. Meeting Cera he is immediately taken by her strength and beauty. He wants to stay on and help her in her fight but she has been burned by a man before and is wary of Jake's intentions. She may need to swallow her pride and admit she needs him in more ways than one.

An awesome debut! A love story that will carry you back to a very exciting time. It turned out to be really different from what I was expecting.

Cera is strong, outspoken, opinionated, all very uncommon for woman of this era. She only has her saloon because she has a male partner. She is a lady all about justice repeatedly putting herself and others in danger.

Jake comes to town just in time to save Cera and himself. They both need each other. First they need to right the wrongs of others and then they can concentrate on healing each other.

All the characters were very well developed and believable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By patyjuan on October 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.

This story takes place in 1869, San Francisco. It's a time when thugs and Chinese mafia prevail and many poor citizens don't have a chance in stopping their crimes. One of the crimes involves the kidnapping and buying young Chinese girls for the purpose of prostitution.

There are interesting and well developed characters in this book who seem to be very believable. The interplay among them all is well defined
The main characters, however; are a saloon owner, Cera Cassidy, who offers redemption to any woman looking for honest work. Her salon is called Cera's Place where men can get a decent hot meal, whiskey or ale and an honest card game. Anything more, they have to go elsewhere.

Jake Tanner is a scarred survivor of the horrors of the Civil War who is haunted by all he has seen and done during that war. For 4 years he has been traveling all over the US trying to fulfill a friend's dying wish. At the end of his journey he ends up at Cera's Place. There is immediate chemistry and mistrust between the two.

Just prior to Jake's arrival at Cera's Place a distraught Chinese girl bursts through the swinging doors with a shocking tale of murder, kidnapping, and prostitution. Cera vows to set things right.

The story continues with Cera, Jake and all the rest of the colorful characters trying to "set things right". There is enough romance, comedy, jealousies; mystery and suspense to keep most readers interested.

My only disappointment in this story is taht it was so predictable, but I enjoyed reading it anyway.
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