AWRW BOOK REVIEW 📖 RED: A LOVE STORY (RED I) 📖 by Author Nicole Collet @NicoleCollet

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It will all hang on the roll of a die.

Marco is a seductive literature teacher embracing a life of unconventional pleasures to escape his past. His student Marisa hides behind a cheerful façade while struggling with the loss of her father and the estrangement of her mother.

Their mutual fondness of literature brings Marco and Marisa closer, and the two find in each other a soulmate. When their secret relationship comes to light, they are torn apart.

An unexpected encounter amidst mayhem brings them together again — two changed beings sharing unchanged feelings for each other.

To be reunited, however, Marco and Marisa must take a risk that can jeopardize their love forever.

Paperback, 285 pages
Published March 30th 2016 by Something Or Other Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Prose Fiction
2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist
What’s it About?

“It is said the prohibited is exciting. In their case it wasn’t.”

Red: A Love Story is a seductive tale about a forbidden romance between a student and a teacher, both whom are fond of poetry and books. Their love for words bonds them together and they find comfort with one another as they explore their fantasies.
My Thoughts

“By giving me your love, you give back to me my own love, which I thought I was no longer able to feel.”

Red: A Love Story
is told in purple prose and reads like poetry. It has been compared to 50 Shades of Grey – (I believe because of the extravagant/flowery text and BDSM). I loved Marco and Marisa and found their relationship fascinating.
This is not your typical romance novel for many reasons. The hero and heroine fall hard and fast and their relationship doesn’t develop as expected. ‘Love’ has little to do with what they feel for one another – or so they say. They’re under each other’s spell. She loves to experience new things and he likes to explore his fantasies. They are a match made in heaven, or hell – depending on how you look at it.

Marco is definitely a swoon-worthy character and he has met his match with young Marisa. Marco comes off as a womanizer and a player, but Marisa seems to mean more to him than the women of his past. They both leave indelible marks on one another’s soul.

I loved Marisa. She’s a strong female lead. Marisa is strong, yet sensitive. Confident, yet self-conscious. She is ‘every woman’. A very relateable character. My favorite scene was when Marisa was spying on Marco and “Edible” from the newsstand.:)

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. If you are a lover of words, poetry, and romance – I highly suggest this promising new series. I also want to mention that I really like the cover of this book. Props to the cover designer! I am giving this novel four stars.

***In the interest of full disclosure, I received this novel in exchange for a fair, honest, and thoughtful book review: This in no way swayed my opinion.***

PURCHASE LINKS

AMAZON, USA


AUTHOR BIO
Nicole Collet
Nicole Collet is a Brazilian-born writer and translator with degrees in journalism and cultural management. She has edited and translated works from authors as diverse as Ken Follett, Nora Roberts and Machiavelli. Nicole’s writing invites readers to think about love in different ways, merging story with psychology, philosophy, music, and literature. — Goodreads Author Bio
Note from the author: “This novel can be read as a standalone. It ends exactly as I intended before deciding to turn it into a trilogy. You get your happy ending, and I leave your imagination take over and fill in the details.”

RED is a tale of forbidden love that has received over two million hits on Wattpad. It was endorsed by journalist Debra Picket, a former columnist of The Chicago Sun-Times and contributor to CNN, as “an intriguing first novel – a thinking woman’s 50 Shades of Grey.” Set in Brazil and the US, RED is an unusual contemporary romance featuring references to philosophy, psychology, music and literature. If you enjoy the works of Sylvain Reynard, you’ll love RED.

What others have to say about RED: A Love Story

“A thinking woman’s 50 Shades of Grey, this intriguing first novel covers familiar territory but adds plenty of new twists. There’s enough philosophy, magical realism and literary reference to fuel a lively discussion at your next book group meeting or keep you entertained between flirtations with the handsome strangers on your overnight flight to Rio.” – Debra Pickett, journalist and author of Reporting Lives

“A feminist erotic novel with an empowered heroine.” – Amy Guth, WGN radio host and author of Three Fallen Women


Cover Reveal: Time After Time by Author Hannah McKinnon @MrsElectrilight @HarperCollinsUK

Time after Time

Hayley Cooper, a powerful but now struggling lawyer, fantasizes about what her life would be like if only if she’d made different choices. It’s understandable; the past two years have been hell. She barely sees her kids, her boss is trying to sabotage her, and her marriage is falling apart.

Burnt out, Hayley goes to sleep wishing for a different life. When she wakes up married to her first boyfriend, one she has not seen in over twenty years, she realizes there might be some truth in the saying “be careful what you wish for”. Over a single weekend, like Ebenezer Scrooge, Hayley gets to see her life on other side of the white picket fence – not just with her first ex, but with each of her past loves. But is the grass always greener, and will she ever want to go home?

 Publishing June 2nd, 2016 through HarperCollinsPublishers

☀ Summer at the Cornish Cafe ☀ by Philippa Ashley 👙 🍦 #BookBlast #SummerRead

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☀ One summer can change everything . . . ☀

Demi doesn’t expect her summer in Cornwall to hold anything out of the ordinary. As a waitress, working all hours to make ends meet, washing dishes and serving ice creams seems to be as exciting as the holiday season is about to get.

That’s until she meets Cal Penwith. An outsider, like herself, Cal is persuaded to let Demi help him renovate his holiday resort, Kilhallon Park. Set above an idyllic Cornish cove, the once popular destination for tourists has now gone to rack and ruin. During the course of the Cornish summer, Demi makes new friends – and foes – as she helps the dashing and often infuriating Cal in his quest. Working side by side, the pair grow close, but Cal has complications in his past which make Demi wonder if he could ever truly be interested in her.

Demi realises that she has finally found a place she can call home. But as the summer draws to a close, and Demi’s own reputation as an up and coming café owner starts to spread, she is faced with a tough decision . . .

A gorgeous story exploring new beginnings, new love and new opportunities, set against the stunning background of the Cornish coast. Phillipa Ashley has written a feisty, compelling heroine who leaps off the page and encourages you to live your summer to the full.

☀ Recommended for readers who loved Summer at Shell Cottage, The Cornish House, Tremarnock and Poldark. ☀


🐚 “Warm and funny and feel-good. The best sort of holiday read.” –Katie Fforde 🌸

Publishing this May by:

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AWRW Book Review: SICKER: A Novella, Book 2, by Author Christa Wojo @ChristaWojo

Sicker eBook Cover Edited SUbtitlePart II of Christa Wojciechowski’s debut psychological suspense horror series continues. Welcome to the mind of John Branch.

Kindle Edition, 82 pages
Published April 13th 2016 by Amazon Digital Services LLC
Genre: Psychological Suspense, Horror

What’s It About?

***Blurb***

How did John Branch get so sick? Part II of the disturbing psychological suspense series continues from the mind of John Branch. John Branch’s sickness has dominated the lives of all those around him, consuming all it can from well-intentioned doctors, compassionate strangers, and trusting loved ones. His chronic illness also bonds him intimately to his wife Susan, trapping them in relationship of unhealthy psychological attachment.

But John’s disease isn’t the only blight in the Branch family.

Injured and loaded with Demerol, John Branch tells his life story from his filthy sickbed and confesses the horrific secrets of the past. Most disturbing of all, he reveals the philosophy he’s constructed around his condition and tries to indoctrinate Susan. Will she stay with him now that she finally knows the truth, or will she put and end to the madness? 


My Thoughts

I’ve been looking forward to reading this installment of the SICK book series since I finished book one. You can’t imagine my delight when this book turned up in my email.:) Special thanks to the author for offering me this book, in exchange for a fair, thoughtful, and honest book review.

Sicker explores John’s self-mutilation and Munchhausen syndrome. Where Book 1 was told from the point of view of Susan, Book 2 is told from the perspective of John Branch. In this installment, we learn more about John’s disorder, as well as his upbringing which lends clues as to why he’s the man he is today. The story picks up within the same scene that Book 1 ended.Author Christa Wojo’s writing is very descriptive and vivid, lending the sense that you are in the room observing the characters. John’s character is more sympathetic in this installment, as we learn his shocking backstory. I really enjoyed getting to know John Branch.

The psychological aspects of this series enthrall me and I’m curious as to what book 3 will have in store for Susan and John Branch!

Purchase SICK – Amazon, USA ~ FREE ON AMAZON KINDLE! 
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About The AuthorChrista Wojciechowski
Christa (Wojo) Wojciechowski is the author of The Wrong David, SICK: A novella, and is working on a series called The Sculptor of New Hope. Her characters explore existential turmoil, mental illness, and the complexity of romantic love. She uses her stories to compare the dark, carnal nature of humanity with its higher qualities of creative expression and intellectualism.Christa currently resides in Panama with her husband and a house full of pets. She works as a freelance digital marketer and loves to help fellow authors build their brands and platforms. Christa enjoys foreign movies, yoga, wine, and the outdoors. Most of all, she’s passionate about books and writers and loves discussing them on social media. Be sure to find her on blog christawojo.com, Twitter @christawojo, and Facebook /WebbellaChrista.

AWRW Book Review: Echoes of Scotland Street by Author Samantha Young @AuthorSamYoung #Romance

SIMG_20160408_200943hannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wakeup call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.

Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude and win her heart.

As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good…

Paperback, 331 pages

Genre: Romance, Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance

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Published October 7th 2014 by NAL (first published January 1st 2014)

 What’s it About? IMG_20160408_201302

When Shannon escapes her past and finds herself as a secretary at a popular tattoo shop, she meets Cole – who is everything she wants to avoid. She hardens herself to his advances, never giving him a fair chance; convinced he is like all of her abusive exes – solely based on his appearance.

“She’s done with bad boys… but he’s just too good…”

Cole doesn’t know what the new secretary’s problem is, nor does he understand why she is so cold to him and nice to everyone else. He does know one thing: he is set on winning her cold heart.

And when he does, passions ignite!

After being burned by her past, can Shannon truly trust Cole?


My Thoughts

I received this book in exchange for a fair, thoughtful, and honest book review. This in no way swayed my opinion nor rating.

While getting all the product details ready for this review, I realized that this book is part of a series. Fortunately for me, Echoes of Scotland Street can be read as a stand-alone. I never felt lost or without answers, despite this being book 5 in the series.

I liked how the Author started this novel with a prologue of Shannon and Cole meeting briefly when they were teens, to later reconnect as adults. Their love was fated to be! Although I was a bit confused at first – I thought, is this a YA? But then I got to chapter one which brought the novel to present time, nine years later when they were in their twenties.
I loved the setting of a tattoo shop and the romance between a tattoo artist and his secretary. I would’ve liked to hear more about the customers and their tattoos, considering most of their time together was spent in the tattoo shop – but I got my fix when Cole tattooed Shannon. The women coming in vying for Cole’s attention were hysterical; as was Shannon’s little stunt when his ex showed up. :) I loved the family atmosphere of the tattoo shop and was happy when Shannon was accepted into the fold.

Speaking of Cole and Shannon, I was happy to see them get together. Once she let down her guard, their relationship made sense. Their passions ignited and my book nearly burned up; the scenes were so hot and steamy! And although they were seemingly different, they actually both had a lot in common. They were both lovers of art and cared deeply about the ones around them. 

Overall, I enjoyed this author’s writing style and the cleverly crafted story about a tattoo artist and his secretary who fall in love, slowly but surely. It was a delightful story with a happily ever after. I would recommend this story to romance fans, and women who have a hankering for tattooed “book boyfriends”.

About The Author
Samantha Young
Samantha Young is a Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET, Best Romance 2014 for BEFORE JAMAICA LANE, and Best Romance 2015 for HERO. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in twenty-nine countries.

AWRW Book Review 🎉 🏀 Cheerleading Can Be Murder: Horror High Series 1 🎉 🏀 by Author Carissa Ann Lynch @CarissaAnnLynch @LimitlessBooks

cheerleadingWho will make the team and who will… die?

Getting on the cheerleading squad is hard enough without a psycho on the loose…

For Harrow High freshman Dakota Densford, life should be easy. All she has to worry about is talking to cute boys and remembering her locker combination. But when cheerleading tryouts draw near, she learns the cards are stacked against her—spots on the varsity team are limited. Dakota faces her competition head-on, but when her life is threatened, that takes the competition to a whole new level.

High school is never easy, and freshman year is off to a rough start…

Between Dakota’s uniform being ripped up and masked vandals trashing another girl’s house, everyone is suspect. To complicate matters further, Dakota has a thing for Andy McGraw, but she finds him locking lips with another girl.

The harassment continues, and when Dakota finds suspicious flyers inside her best friend’s locker, she doesn’t know what to think. The principal’s unfeeling, overachiever daughter, Brittani Barlow, will do anything to secure her place on the team. But Dakota’s neighbor, on the other hand, definitely fits the profile of a sociopath.

Cheerleading has become a game of life or death.

Advanced Release Copy, 200 pages
Expected publication: April 5th 2016 by Limitless Publishing
Genre: YA, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

What’s It About?


Dakota is a Harrow High freshman who has been preparing for cheerleading tryouts her whole life. She desperately wants to make the varsity squad and her motivation is spurred further when she learns a boy she likes is on the basketball team.

Unfortunately, a sociopath is on the loose at Harrow High, who seems to be particularly interested in the cheerleaders. When pranks become crimes, Dakota is unsure of who to trust… But as they say, the game must still go on.

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My Thoughts

What was fun about this book was the world-building/setting. I pictured my own high school as I was reading – the cafeteria, gymnasium, classrooms, etc. Anyone who is or has been in high school can relate to this story. It was a nostalgic experience for me.

The Three ‘T’s!

You don’t need to identify with cheerleaders to enjoy this story. Dakota’s character was sweet and down-to-earth; not the snobbish, bubble-headed girl who cheerleaders are often stereotyped as. I really enjoyed Dakota’s character and enjoyed seeing the world through her eyes. –(First person POV)

And then the author throws a deranged sociopath into the mix of cheerleading and basketball games.:) This is why I love Author Carissa Ann Lynch. And boy oh boy was this person DERANGED! –I’m talking squirm in your seat, stomp your foot, yell at your book, deranged!

Words cannot express how much I enjoyed this nostalgic tale of teens and their high school dramas. The ending absolutely floored me and I look forward to Horror High, book 2, to get to the bottom of the mystery!

5 out of 5 pom poms!
    

Enjoy a good whodunit? Then be sure to get your copy of Cheerleading Can Be Murder, available for purchase on April 5th, 2016! (Now available for pre-order!)

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About the Author


Carissa Lynch_authorBesides my family, my greatest love in life is books. Reading them, writing them, holding them, smelling them…well, you get the idea. I’ve always loved to read, and some of my earliest childhood memories are me, tucked away in my room, lost in a good book. I received a five dollar allowance each week, and I always — always — spent it on books. My love affair with writing started early, but it mostly involved journaling and writing silly poems. Several years ago, I didn’t have a book to read so I decided on a whim to write my own story, something I’d like to read. It turned out to be harder than I thought, but from that point on I was hooked. I’m the author of the Flocksdale Files trilogy, This Is Not About Love, Grayson’s Ridge, and the Horror High Series. I live in Floyds Knobs, Indiana with my husband and children.
Also…I love my readers!!! Thank you guys so much for reading my books!!!
Follow my blog and check out my website for updates here:
https://carissaannlynch.wordpress.com

For the Love of Art

So honored to be a part of the Wind Trail Publishing company! Stop by Author Jacqueline E. Smith’s website and say hello!

A Platform of Sorts

For some reason, WordPress is being a bit of a stinker and not allowing me to reblog at this time, but I’d like to start off by welcoming the newest member of the Wind Trail Publishing family, April L. Wood!  April is known by many as one of the finest book bloggers around, and I am thrilled to announce that Wind Trail will be publishing her first book, Winter’s Curse, in October 2016!

There seems to be a lot of discussion in the literary world this week about publishing, both traditional and independent.  On the one hand, there’s been an article circulating that lists all the reasons why the author would never consider self-publishing.  I’m not going to go into what she said, because quite frankly, it was insulting and altogether untrue.  It was also very disheartening.  The independent author community is so open and loving and supportive.  Other…

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From #Blogger to #Author: How I Made the Leap

What a title huh?

So, I have amazing news. If you’re friends with me on Facebook or Twitter I’m sure you already know, but I’ve been accepted by an amazing publishing company, Wind Trail Publishing, and will be publishing my debut series SEASON OF THE WITCH, beginning with WINTER’S CURSE on 10/16!

You can like my Author page, here! Many thanks in advance!

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In a nutshell, the book series, SEASON OF THE WITCH, is about immigrated witches who find refuge in America, where they escape from witch-hunters, but not from their otherworldy problems and personal teenage dramas. It’s a female-driven YA, in an Urban Fantasy setting, that leans on the Paranormal Romance genre a bit. This series was inspired in part by the Syrian refugee crisis and my love of  dark folklore.

Part of my publishing contract included expanding my presence on social media, including Instagram. You can follow my Instagram account, here! And guess what? Now, I’m INSTA-ADDICTED! Check out some of my posts:


IMG_20160328_143338WE THAT ARE LEFT, by Author Clare Clark (Women’s Fiction set in 1910)
IMG_20160328_150212CEMETERY TOURS BOOK 1, by Author Jacqueline E Smith (Contemporary Paranormal Romance Fiction)
IMG_20160329_134715Yellow Books! (A collection of suspense, mystery, romance, and chick lit)
IMG_20160323_114614ONE FATEFUL SUMMER, by Vanessa Star (Women’s Fiction, Summer Read)

“Hello, my name is April and I’m addicted to Instagram.”


So what does this mean for the blog? Absolutely nothing! I will continue to offer expedited book reviews, beta reads, book reviews, as well as other author services – perhaps at a slower pace, but A Well Read Woman Blog is still up and running and at your service!

Back to becoming a published author; this has been a dream of mine since I learned to write. My mother was always reading me stories and I liked to make stories up in my head. My father kept a book I wrote when I was really, really young (like seven years old, maybe?) This book was about our German Shepherd, Luke, and even back then, I understood the concept of world-building! It blows my mind.:) I can remember making my friends write books with me at slumber parties, and laminating them with contact paper, (in middle school). In the sixth grade, upon noticing my friend had a computer, we sat down and wrote a really bad romance story. As a teenager, I wrote these really bad song lyrics. I had notebooks full of lyrics that I hid in my closet. Several years ago, I wrote an 80K romance/suspense that I queried to a dozen different publishers, but didn’t have luck with. – I still consider this experience valuable because it taught me a lot. Most importantly, I began this blog, read a ton of books, and made a lot of amazing connections. What’s the point of this long-winded paragraph? The point is, I never stopped writing. All these pieces finally came together, and I became an author!

I’m lucky because I’ve always had the support of people around me. My husband, parents, parents-in-law, sister, friends, and associates have always supported my writing. One time, someone told me I shouldn’t tell anyone I’m interested in becoming a published author, because, “what if it didn’t happen, and won’t you be embarrassed?”

Clearly, I didn’t listen to this person’s advice.

To me, it was easier to tell everyone before it happened, because when I announced that my dream became a reality, I already had the support. I didn’t need to hide behind a pen name, (not that that’s the reason people use pen names), nor have to explain HOW it happened. People already knew I’ve written all along. I wanted my accomplishment to be the surprise, not my writing in general.

Looking ahead, I’m super excited to release WINTER’S CURSE, in October of this year, and I can’t wait for people to read it! I’m looking for bloggers to take part in promos, cover reveals, and book reviews – preferably fans of young adult, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy fiction – so please, if you’re interested, let me know!

And if any authors have advice for me as a brand new author, I’m all ears.

Thank you for following A Well Read Woman Blog, and for supporting me as an Author!

The Virgin Queen, The Chronicles of Parthalan Book 2, by Author Jennifer Allis Provost @Parthalan #NewRelease #BookBlast

Wondering what ever happened to Asherah? Well, I have great news! The Virgin Queen, Book 2 of The Chronicles of Parthalan, by Author Jennifer Allis Provost, will be available for purchase on April 5th!


A broken queen. A friendship mired in deceit. Can one man from the desert help hold the realm together?

Asherah, Queen of Parthalan and Lady of Tingu, has led her people through eight centuries of prosperity. That peace shatters when Mersgoth, the mordeth thought long dead, attacks Teg’urnan. In the aftermath a new warrior emerges: Aeolmar, a man as secretive as he is deadly.

Asherah and Aeolmar race across Parthalan in pursuit of Mersgoth, and track the beast to the High Desert. While they’re gone, Harek, now Prelate of Parthalan, conspires with the Dark Fae against the elves…Against Leran, the king of the elves and Asherah’s son in all but blood. Will Asherah see the truth of Harek before it’s too late, or will he bring down the fae once and for all?

Bellatrix Press, April 5, 2016

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Romance

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If you haven’t read the first installment of this epic fantasy, Heir to the Sun, let me catch you up to date:

A mad king. An escaped slave. One warrior to save the realm…

When Asherah, stripped of both her memory and her dignity, learns that King Sahlgren is responsible for her torment it nearly breaks her. Instead, she leads her fellow slaves to freedom. More prisons are scattered across Parthalan, and Asherah vows to burn them all.

Caol’nir, a warrior descended from the gods, is sworn to serve and defend the king. Then a priestess is murdered, and Caol’nir learns that Sahlgren is to blame. Determined to stop the king, sacred oath or no, Caol’nir joins Asherah’s rebellion.

What Caol’nir doesn’t know is that Sahlgren has promised the demon lord a woman of rare and singular beauty, a woman whose abilities are rumored to rival the sun god’s themselves…a woman Caol’nir knows all too well.

Bellatrix Press, August 9, 2011

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Romance

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Wondering what else is coming up for The Chronicles of Parthalan?

Check out these tentative release dates!

Rise of the Deva’shi – available September 1, 2016
Golem – 2017
Elfsong – 2017
Blood Prince – 2017

About The Author


Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. She lives in a sprawling colonial along with her beautiful and precocious twins, a dog that thinks she’s a kangaroo, a parrot, a junkyard cat, and a wonderful husband who never forgets to buy ice cream. She spends her days drinking vast amounts of coffee, arguing with her computer, and avoiding any and all domestic behavior.

www.authorjenniferallisprovost.com

http://www.facebook.com/jennallis

https://www.facebook.com/copperraven

Twitter: @parthalan

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2975887.Jennifer_Allis_Provost

AWRW Book Review: Splintered, by Author Kelly Miller @MillerMystery

Li28580982fe turns from barely tolerable to complete hell when Maddy Eastin’s impulsive plan to win back the attention of her absentee father backfires. Word of her scheme spreads through her high school, but when mockery escalates to cyberbullying, Maddy and her failed stunt become headline news. But the worst is yet to come…

A disturbed man is fighting the overwhelming urge to surrender to his true nature—a moral code molded by a sadistic father who taught him that a girl needs proper training to become the perfect subservient woman. As he watches Maddy on the evening news, his already fractured psyche completely splinters. She’s the girl he’s been waiting for.

When Maddy disappears, she’s labeled a runaway even though her mother believes it was foul play. Will the two detectives investigating Maddy’s disappearance find her before it’s too late? Or has she already fallen prey to the vicious stranger hunting her?

This mystery/psychological thriller unfolds through the viewpoints of five deeply flawed characters. Each is on their own emotionally charged journey that ultimately intersects in a collision course of devastating consequences.

Paperback, 342 pages
Published January 27th 2016 by Kelly Miller
Genre: Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery
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What’s It About?

Maddy fakes a kidnapping, in an effort to get the attention of her absentee father. When the truth comes to light, Maddy’s mother is furious, and the kids at her school tease her mercilessly. What she wasn’t expecting, was to get the attention of a seriously disturbed man…

My Thoughts

I voted for this novel to win the KDP select program in 2015, and not surprisingly, it did! I was asked by Amazon to provide a fair, thoughtful, and honest book review, upon acceptance of this book.

I got lost into this fast-paced psychological suspense quickly, immediately feeling sympathy for Maddy who craved the love of a father who left her for his new family. Her plan was impulsive and not very well thought out; typical of most teenagers. I felt terrible for her when she crossed paths with the villain. Labeled as a “troubled teen”, the police were unwilling to invest anymore time into her case. I could feel and sympathize with the frustration her mother felt.

Maddy’s character felt authentic to me. I liked her the most, despite her many flaws.

The story was dark at times and even a bit cringe-worthy – (e.g. A sadistic father who taught his sons to demean and disrespect women). Splintered definitely brings out the emotions of anger, sadness, and even happiness. At times it reminded me of a Law & Order episode, with the unpredictable twists, turns, and heart-racing suspense.

My only problem with this novel was all the POVs; five in all. I was much more invested/interested in the protagonist, her mother, and the villain, than I was with the detective, family friend, etc. Other than that, I really enjoyed this story and I would recommend it to fans of crime fiction, psychological suspense, and mystery/thrillers.

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About The Author


Writing has always been in my blood. Since the age of thirteen when I coauthored a cheesy romance novel in a blue, spiral bound notebook, I knew I wanted to pursue writing as a career. But somewhere along the way, I lost my voice. Sure I could craft a witty email or write marketing copy for other authors, as I did in a previous job, but to write that great American novel seemed just out of reach.

As is often happens, life simply got in the way. I got married, had three children, and adopted a black Labrador. As a stay-at-home mom, I was lucky to get an hour a day to myself. And when I found those few precious minutes, they were spent reading a good book. A voracious reader, I’ve been researching the mystery and suspense genres for more than two decades.

It was in my search for my own identity after staying at home with the kids that ultimately lead me back to my love of writing. I started my journey towards publication in August 2010. The first draft only took four months to write, but was followed by an enormous amount of time rewriting, and an even longer time searching for a publisher. Determination, perseverance, and God’s blessing made my publishing dream a reality. I signed a contract with Black Rose Writing on May 18, 2012 and my first mystery novel, Dead Like Me, debuted in November 2012. The second installment in the Detective Kate Springer series, Deadly Fantasies, debuted December 19, 2013. Since that time, the book’s rights have reverted back to me and I’ve gone indie!

My newest mystery novel, “Splintered,” debuts in January 2016. In this story, I’m introducing my readers to a whole new set of characters. “Splintered” was chosen as a 2015 Kindle Scout winner and the e-book and audio book will be published by Kindle Press.

AWRW Book Review ⚰ After Death, Cemetery Tours #3 ⚰ by Author Jacqueline E Smith @JackieSmith114 #ParanormalRomance #Horror #Ghosts

afterdeathWelcome to the Circus of the Dead.

When Michael Sinclair receives an invitation to the grand opening of Cirque Somniatis, he figures it will be a good opportunity to get away from ghosts, potential in-laws, and the seemingly endless stream of rejected job applications… And a chance to spend a romantic weekend at the circus with Kate.

But nothing is as it seems as Michael, Kate, and ghost-hunter extraordinaire Luke Rainer venture onto the haunted fairgrounds in the small town of Hugo, Oklahoma. New rivals, theatrical psychics, and a Ringmaster with a dark secret of his own all wait for them under the Big Top.

Come one, come all. Do not forego.
Step inside, enjoy the show…

Paperback, 250 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Wind Trail Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Horror, New Adult Fiction
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What’s it About?

“The Cirque Somniatus almost reminded her of fairs and carnivals growing up, but it was far more elegant, more majestic, than the fairgrounds of her childhood. The colors were primarily those of gemstones: garnets and amethysts, with touches of sunlight and moonlight embellishments. It was like stepping through the door to wonderland.”

When Michael Sinclair is offered three free weekend passes to The Circus of Dreams, he invites his girlfriend Kate, and ghost-hunter friend, Luke Rainer along for the ride.

They find themselves in a haunted circus, at the mercy of a lost soul who interferes with Michael and Kate’s relationship; a Ringmaster who may have an ulterior motive for inviting them; an extravagant psychic who warns them off; and even worse, Luke’s rival – who lives to stir up trouble for the three!

This fun, relaxing weekend quickly turns into a disaster…

Will the three land on their feet?

My Thoughts

After Death, by Author Jacqueline E. Smith is nightmarishly awesome! I loved this installment of the Cemetery Tours book series. I’m curious if there *might* be a Cemetery Tours book 4, based on the way CT book 3 ended! Eeep! A girl can dream, right?!

The world building is phenomenal. I really enjoyed the haunted circus setting as well as all of the extravagant secondary characters. The author truly can paint a scene with her words. Reading this book was such an enjoyable experience.

Speaking of the characters, I loved it when Chance McDermott stepped into the novel. Luke’s reaction to Chance was priceless! My favorite character, (other than Michael, Kate, and Luke, of course,) was Claire. She added a different twist to After Death, and in the end, her interference strengthened Michael and Kate’s relationship. I just love a well-written paranormal romance.❤

Like a good mystery, every character had me guessing – are they the villain of the story? When all was revealed I was delightfully surprised.

I would recommend this series to fans of ghost-hunting shows, and to people who enjoy the paranormal in general. You won’t be disappointed!

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Jacqueline E. Smith

Jacqueline Smith was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Dallas, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Performance in 2010. Two years later, she earned her Master’s Degree in Humanities. Along with writing and publishing, Jacqueline loves photography, traveling, and nature.

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Under My Skin, by Author Laura Diamond #CoverReveal #Giveaway @DiamondLB @ChapterXChapter @SwoonRomance

Welcome to the Cover Reveal and Giveaway of Author Laura Diamond’s latest YA novel, Under My Skin, published through Swoon Romance! I absolutely love this cover and I’m happy to share it with you all! Check it out!

Under My Skin by Laura Diamond

Publication Date: April 12, 2016

Publisher: Swoon Romance

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Under My Skin by Laura Diamond

 

 

Bookish Brit Adam Gibson is one wonky heartbeat away from a fatal arrhythmia. But staying alive requires Adam to become keenly focused on both his pulse and the many different daily medications he must take in exactly the right dosages. Adam’s torn between wanting to live and knowing that someone else must die in order for him to do so. He needs a new heart.

The pressure is getting to him. Adam stops talking to his friends back home, refuses to meet kids at his new school, and shuts his parents out entirely. His days are spent wondering if he can cope with having a dead man’s heart beating inside his chest, or if he should surrender to the thoughts of suicide swirling around in his head.

And then a donor is found…

Outspoken artist Darby Fox rarely lets anything stand in her way of achieving her goals. Whether it’s painting, ignoring her homework, (dyslexia makes a mess out of words anyway), kissing a hot boy she doesn’t even know, or taking the head cheerleader down a peg , no one has ever accused Darby of being a shy. She also happens to be the twin sister to a perfect brother with good looks, good grades, manners, and the approval of their parents – something Darby has never had.

Darby’s always had bad timing . She picks the worst time to argue with her brother Daniel. In a car with bald tires, on an icy road in the freezing cold, the unthinkable happens. In a split-second, everything changes forever.

Giveaway

One (1) winner will receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card and a digital copy of Under My Skin by Laura Diamond (INT) Contest Ends April 1, 2016

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Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist currently specializing in emergency psychiatry. She is also an author of all things young adult—both contemporary and paranormal. An avid fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and anything magical, she thrives on quirk, her lucid dreams, and coffee. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found sniffing books and drinking a latte at the bookstore or at home pondering renovations on her 225 year old fixer upper, all while obeying her feline overlords, of course.

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AWRW Book Review 👻 Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper # 1 👻 by Author J.L. Bryan @JLBryanBooks #BookReview #Paranormal

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Ellie Jordan’s job is to catch and remove unwanted ghosts. Part detective, part paranormal exterminator, Ellie operates out of Savannah, Georgia, one of the oldest and most haunted cities in North America.

When a family contacts her to deal with a disturbing presence in the old mansion they’ve recently purchased, Ellie first believes it to be a typical, by-the-book specter, a residual haunting by a restless spirit. Instead, she finds herself confronting an evil older and more powerful than she’d ever expected, rooted in the house’s long and sordid history of luxury, sin, and murder. The dangerous entity seems particularly interested in her clients’ ten-year-old daughter.

Soon her own life is in danger, and Ellie must find a way to exorcise the darkness of the house before it can kill her, her clients, or their frightened young child.

Paperback, 218 pages
Published August 27th 2014 by Createspace
Genre: Paranormal, Horror, Urban Fantasy

What’s It About?

“The dead are not our concern. We’re here to protect the living. We stand on the border between the world of light and darkness beyond and there aren’t very many of us. The world is teaming with the dead.”

Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper is a female-driven, paranormal, urban-fantasy novel about a small group of ghost-hunters who investigate a house in Savannah, purported to be haunted. By taking on the job, they are given more than what they bargained for, when things go from bad to worse…

My Thoughts

I really liked this book. Ellie is a strong, super-heroine who traps ghosts and protects the living from violent, restless spirits who don’t realize they are dead. As interesting as Ellie is, the histories of the ghosts who reside in the Treadwell’s future bed and breakfast blow her out of the water. The restless spirits, who I would consider secondary characters, were as fleshed out as the main, living characters.

My favorite character was Mercy. I was surprised when I learned why she haunted the Treadwell’s home. She was a very misunderstood spirit!

The conclusion of this story was very satisfying. I would recommend this novel to fans of the paranormal.

***In the interest of full disclosure, I received this novel in exchange for a fair, honest, and thoughtful book review. This in no way swayed my opinion, nor rating.***



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About The Author
J. L. Bryan
J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on English Renaissance and Romantic literature. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in the metro Atlanta sprawl with his wife Christina, where he spends most of his day serving the toddler and animal community inside his house. He is the author of the Paranormals series and the Songs of Magic series.

Shrouded Passions by Faye Hall #NewRelease #EroticRomance #EroticLit #HistoricalRomance @FayeHall79

ShroudedPassions_MediumIt was love at first sight when Devon Munroy first laid eyes on Lotte Higgins as she swam in the local waterhole. He wanted nothing more than to spend his future with her. He would have defied his father to do so too had she not been shot, lying bleeding and dying in his arms.The woman he loved was dead and Devon no longer cared what was to become of his future.

Four years passed and Devon’s life had become little more than a drunken haze. All he wanted was the woman he loved back in his life and in his bed. When he reluctantly went to the local Hotel to spend the night with a woman, he didn’t expect her to look so much like Lotte Higgins. He certainly didn’t expect her to turn up at his estate as his wife’s new handmaiden.

When Lotte started work at Devon’s estate, she thought only to uncover the secrets and reveal the monster who had tried to kill her four years before. She could never have imagined the whirlwind of passion she would be swept up in with Devon Munroy, the man who still owned her heart.

Lotte knew if she were to succeed in targeting her attempted murderer, she would have to keep her true identity hidden from Devon, never revealing to him that she was in fact the woman he had thought died in his arms all those years ago. Lotte wanted nothing more than to tell him the truth, but she feared if she did than Devon’s wife, the woman whom had already tried to kill her once, would discover she had survived that night.

When more bodies began turning up around the town, all brutally murdered, Lotte knew she had let things go on long enough. She would have to tell Devon the truth about his wife and about herself and hope he loved her enough to forgive her deception.

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He walked up behind her, his arms going around her waist and down to the apex of her thighs, his fingers gathering up her skirts searching for the bare flesh beneath.

She struggled against him, finally pulling away freeing herself.

His stare was dark and confused. “Is my touch no longer welcomed?”

“I am not some whore for you to play with at your will!” she spat at him, her anger obvious.

Slowly he stepped towards her, again closing the distance between them. “Are you so sure of that, my dear?”

“You bastard!” she cursed at him. “You would fuck near on anything if you were given half the chance!”

Reaching out to her, he again pulled her to him, her rear pressing into his already strained mound in his trousers.

“I would fuck you…here…now…but it appears my attentions are no longer welcomed.” He whispered near her ear, his breath hot against her face, his hands holding her hips as he ground himself into her suggestively.

Pushing against him, she struggled to again free herself. He grabbed at her arm, holding her wrist, stopping her escape.

“You son of a bitch!” she spat at him, holding her tears at bay. “You have fucked your way through your serving staff until there is none left. You would even fuck that woman…that thing…you share your bed with…the thing you call…”

“My wife.” He finished for her.

He stood there for what seemed hours holding her, studying her. Finally he let her wrist drop from his hand.

“You should get back to work,” he said steadily, knowing he was not ready for this moment.

She stood there, a single tear falling from her eye. “You should go back and crawl between your wife’s thighs.”

Stepping towards her, his hands went to her face cupping it, his fingers lacing in her hair, his lips hungrily taking hers. Walking her backwards, he laid her on the bed behind her, one hand leaving her face to gather up her skirts. Despite having returned his kiss, she fought against him as he gathered up her skirts.

“Get off me!” she shouted at him, her hands trying to push him away as her feet kicked at him.

Struggling against her, he finally grabbed both of her wrists in his hands, holding them above her head. Looking down at her, her cheeks flushed, her breasts moving with her ragged breathing – never had he seen her look more beautiful. And never had a wanted her more.

“If I wanted little more than a quick fuck I would go to the tavern and pay for it.”

“Why not go to your wife?” she asked, her fight calming.

“My wife was a contract, nothing more. Our parents thought we’d make a profitable match.”

“Yet you will still sleep with her.” she spat at him.

He couldn’t stop his slight smile at her words. “Until I met you…until you came here…the only woman my body burned for was a girl from my youth…a girl so uninhibited and unconvential…you are so much like her…yet you are so much more as well.”

His words trailed off.

“What happened to her?”

His smile began to fade as reality returned to him. “I killed her. There was a struggle…my gun went off…and she died in my arms.”

“If you loved her so much…desired her so much…why did you marry Elizabeth? Why come to me?”

He let go of her wrists, his hands moving over the swell of her breasts. His fingers began unbuttoning her blouse.

“Since you have come into my life, I desire no other woman. You are everything I have ever wanted and more…”

“Your wife…” she reminded him.

“You are the only woman to have touched me since I shot that girl.” Unbuttoning her blouse, he let the fabric all away from her, revealing the light shift covering her, still hiding her breast from him.

“I have not lain with my wife…ever.”

She tried to stay strong. “When you can fuck your way through your servants, I suppose why would you?”

His fingers circled her nipples, hardening them, making her reveal her want for him. “If I wanted to ‘fuck’ you, I would have when I first walked in this room. I would have bent you over that table you were cleaning until I spilled myself inside you.”

She bit her lip. “Why didn’t you?”

His fingers stilled, his gaze holding hers. “I want to give you pleasure. I want to see your passion.” He held his breath. “I want to give you what was taken from me all those years ago.”

“I-If your wife comes in here…if she sees us…” she tried.

He kissed her softly. “I do not care who sees us.”

“I am not this girl from your past, Devon,” she tried to remind him.

Gathering up her skirts, he revealed her naked thighs to him. “I know who you are, Lotte…and what.”

He kissed her then, silencing her, his fingers caressing her thigh.

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Faye Hall’s passion driven, mystery filled books are set in small townships of North Queensland, Australia during the late 1800’s. Each of her novels bring something symbolically Australian to her readers, from Aboriginal herbal remedies, to certain gemstones naturally only found in this part of the world. Each of her books tell of a passionate connection between the hero and heroine, surrounded and threatened by deceit, scandal, theft and sometimes even murder. These romances swerve from the traditional romances as Faye aims to give her readers so much more intrigue, whilst also revealing the hidden histories of rural townships of North Queensland. Faye finds her inspiration from the histories of not only the township she grew up in, but the many surrounding it. She also bases most of her characters on people she has met in her life. Faye was able to live her own passion driven romance, marrying the love of her life after a whirlwind romance in 2013. Together they are raising their 9 children in a remote country town in northern Queensland, Australia.

 

Porn Money & Wannabe Mummy by @BarnardLaura #CoverReveal #ChickLit #NewRelease

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Check out the gorgeous cover for Laura Barnard’s new romantic comedy book Porn Money & Wannabe Mummy!  It’s the third instalment of The Debt & the Doormat series, but can be read as a standalone.

Genre: Chick Lit, Rom-Com

SYNOPSIS

What is it about turning thirty that sends rational women into a tailspin?

Suddenly going from having all the time in the world, to cringing at the ticking of her biological clock, Poppy is drowning under the strain of trying to get pregnant.

With a dad in the throes of a mid-life crisis, a crazy mother-in-law and time racing towards Lilly’s wedding, will she be able to cope with it all…and give Ryan the baby they so desperately want?

Finally able to inherit her dad’s porn money, Jazz can’t wait to be rich! She can buy a house in Chelsea, go out partying with her old mates and start living how she deserves.

But with Ollie, Jemima and Meryl each clawing at their own little piece of her happiness, will she have to leave behind those closest to her in exchange for it?

The real question is, can Poppy and Jazz rescue their own lives before everything gets ruined, or will their own stubbornness destroy the lives they’ve created.

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About The Author
Laura Barnard
Laura Barnard lives in Hertfordshire, UK and writes romantic comedy or ‘chick lit’ as its so often described. In her spare time she enjoys drinking her body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of her face and drooling over hunks like Jamie Dornan, Ryan Gosling and Leo Dicaprio.

She enjoys wearing yoga pants and reading fitness magazines while sitting on the sofa eating chocolate. She’s a real fan of the power nap and of course READING!

She writes not to get rich or famous, but because she LOVES writing. Even if one person tells her they enjoyed her book it makes the midnight typing worth it!

Fool For Love (Believe #2) by Author Karen Ferry #CoverReveal! #FFL #ComingSoon @AuthorKarenFerry

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It’s the cover reveal day of Karen Ferry’s second book in The Believe Series, “Fool For Love”!
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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 27th April, 2016

Cover Design: Louisa Maggio of LM Creations: http://lmbookcreations.wix.com/lm-creations

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What do you do when everything you thought you knew about yourself turns out to be a lie, forcing you to re-evaluate your life?

Do you face them?

Or do you run?

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My name is Suzy. I am the girl who has always believed in fairytales, unicorns, and that wishing upon a shooting star would make all my dreams come true.

I have always had faith that I would find my very own Prince Charming. I have always been certain that we all have a soul mate…that we will find our true love someday, and that we must never give up.

But not that long ago, I started to wonder…

What if my Prince is in fact…a Princess?

Why is it so hard to be seen for who I am?

Love is love, isn’t it?

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I have started to lose faith in my once so adamant beliefs: where is my one? Where is the person who will be able to restore my faith in the fairy-tale and the happy-ever-afters?

Is New York the right place for someone like me? Or will she squish me like a small, insignificant bug beneath her feet?

Only time will tell.

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***While this is book #2 in The Believe Series, it can be read as a standalone novel. Due to the sexual nature and subjects addressed, it is not appropriate for readers under the age of 18.***


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🍸 Queen of Schnapps 🍸 by Tina DC Hayes #CoverReveal @Tina_DC_Hayes @BisonPub

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TITLE: Queen of Schnapps

AUTHOR: Tina DC Hayes

PUBLISHER: Bison Publisher, LLC.

IMPRINT: Edge

RELEASE DATE: March 15th

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To say Judith Webster is quirky would be an understatement . . . turns out she’s an alcoholic serial killer hell-bent on getting everything her heart desires.

She hates her job at Gas ‘N Go, but works to fund life’s necessities: gambling, eBay, and her schnapps collection. When a hunky Irish actor joins the cast of her favorite soap opera, Judith’s new goal in life is to meet and marry Evan Gallagher. Her husband will just have to deal with it.

Nobody would ever guess Judith is insane, that she duct tapes her cat inside a goldfish-shaped bed from hell, or how mad she gets when Harry Qualls struts down the street with his mailman purse. Her biggest secret, however, is the way she deals with people stupid enough to piss her off. On her shit list is a dangerous place to be, but she’s taking names.

She hasn’t been held accountable for her crimes before, but a girl can never be too careful.

 

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Tina DC Hayes writes sassy Southern suspense. She lives down a little country road in western Kentucky with her husband and four children. A few pampered pooches and two parrots keep her company while they stand guard against writer’s block. Currently up to her elbows in diapers, she’s an expert at 4 a.m. bottle feedings and Patty Cake.

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🔥Burned🔥 by Author Jordan Marie, @Author_JordanM is LIVE! @DDsBookRoom

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When you play with fire you’re bound to be BURNED

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Cover Reveal! ☠ 👠 💅🎉 #CheerleadingCanBeMurder ☠ 👠 💅🎉 by @CarissaAnnLynch, @LimitlessBooks

From the talented Author who brought us the Flocksdale Files Book Series, comes the new, Horror High Series, beginning with CHEERLEADING CAN BE MURDER:
Who will make the team and who will… die?

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Horror High Series #1 by Carissa Ann Lynch
Coming April 5th from Limitless Publishing!
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Getting on the cheerleading squad is hard enough without a psycho on the loose…

For Harrow High freshman Dakota Densford, life should be easy. All she has to worry about is talking to cute boys and remembering her locker combination. But when cheerleading tryouts draw near, she learns the cards are stacked against her—spots on the varsity team are limited. Dakota faces her competition head-on, but when her life is threatened, that takes the competition to a whole new level.

High school is never easy, and freshman year is off to a rough start…

Between Dakota’s uniform being ripped up and masked vandals trashing another girl’s house, everyone is suspect. To complicate matters further, Dakota has a thing for Andy McGraw, but she finds him locking lips with another girl.

The harassment continues, and when Dakota finds suspicious flyers inside her best friend’s locker, she doesn’t know what to think. The principal’s unfeeling, overachiever daughter, Brittani Barlow, will do anything to secure her place on the team. But Dakota’s neighbor, on the other hand, definitely fits the profile of a sociopath.

Cheerleading has become a game of life and death.

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Besides my family, my greatest love in life is books. Reading them, writing them, holding them, smelling them…well, you get the idea. I’ve always loved to read, and some of my earliest childhood memories are me, tucked away in my room, lost in a good book. I received a five dollar allowance each week, and I always — always — spent it on books. My love affair with writing started early, but it mostly involved journaling and writing silly poems. Several years ago, I didn’t have a book to read so I decided on a whim to write my own story, something I’d like to read. It turned out to be harder than I thought, but from that point on I was hooked. My first and second books were released by Sarah Book Publishing: This Is Not About Love and Grayson’s Ridge. I’m a total genre-hopper. Basically, I like to write what I like to read: a little bit of everything! I reside in Floyds Knobs, Indiana with my husband, three children, and massive collection of books. I have a degree in psychology and worked as a counselor.

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AWRW Book Review ✩ Sleeper Protocol ✩ by Author Kevin Ikenberry @TheWriterIke @RAPublishing #SciFi

28456841Kieran Roark awakens in a wheelchair, unable to remember anything. As part of a classified experiment, he will have one year to learn his identity and recover his memory, or he will be euthanized by the state.

Scientist Berkeley Bennett has one mission: manipulate Kieran’s emotions in an attempt to bring back his memory. But when she falls in love with him, she is forced to make a harrowing decision that may cost Kieran his life.

What Kieran knows could save Earth from a coming war. Whether he believes the future is worth saving is another matter. Racing across an unfamiliar world in a body he does not recall, Kieran needs to discover who he was and, more importantly, who he is.

 

Kindle Edition, 305 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Genre: Military Science Fiction, War Fiction, Time Travel, Romance
What’s It About?
Imagine waking up as a patient in a wheelchair, not knowing as much as your own name… Imagine looking upward, to an alien sky and flying cars. Then, imagine being told you’re being released and that you have to put your memory back together – if you don’t, you will be euthanized by the State.

Dropped into the outback to survive on his own, the subject has random recollections of his life before he wound up in the hospital. Most of his memories are from the Middle East, where he believes he may have been a soldier fighting in Afghanistan. He is tracked throughout his “walkabout” and is in constant contact with a “guidance protocol”. He studies his new world as he tries to make sense of who and what he was and eventually he concludes that he’s been woken for a purpose that no one else seems capable of doing.

My Thoughts

While science fiction isn’t my favorite genre, I can appreciate good writing. This story exceeded my expectations. I loved the crossover between military fiction and science fiction. The results of this crossover was non-stop action! Truly, there was never a dull moment in Sleeper Protocol.

I absolutely loved the subject’s “mother hen” guidance protocol, Mally! Although not a real person, Mally was my favorite character. She became more and more possessive of the subject as the story progressed – convinced that the destruction of her subject meant her demise. I particularly liked when she was mad at him for hanging out with Chastity the prostitute. I think she was jealous!

There were so many unpredictable twists and turns in this novel, making it a page turner. Trust me, you won’t see the ending coming. The world building was incredible, giving the reader a great picture of time and place. I also want to mention that the cover of this novel is perfect, considering the “walkabout”. StreetLight Graphics absolutely captured the concept of this story on the cover of the book.

I would recommend this fast-paced novel to fans of military science fiction.:)

In the interest of full disclosure, I received and e-copy of this novel from the author in exchange for a fair, honest, and thoughtful book review. This in no way swayed my opinion nor rating.

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About The Author
Kevin’s head has been in the clouds since he was old enough to read. Ask him and he’ll tell you that he still wants to be an astronaut. Kevin has a diverse background in space and space science education. A former manager of the world-renowned U.S. Space Camp program in Huntsville, Alabama and a former executive of two Challenger Learning Centers, Kevin continues to work with space every day. Kevin lives in Colorado with his family.
Kevin is a member of Fiction Foundry, Pikes Peak Writers, the Horror Society, and the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group. His short fiction has appeared twice on the webzine Mindflights and in print with Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Issue #56, and Twisted Dreams Magazine. His story “Maelstrom” appears in the Extreme Planets anthology forthcoming from Chaosium. His now self-published novelette “Ascent” won an Honorable Mention in the 4th Quarter 2011 Writers Of The Future Contest.
Kevin’s debut science fiction novel, SLEEPER PROTOCOL, will appear from Red Adept Publishing in late 2015.

AWRW Book Review 🔪 Dying For Danish 🔪 by Author Leighann Dobbs #CozyMystery

dyingfordanishWhen Lexy Baker lands a high paying catering job that allows her to buy some much needed kitchen equipment, she’s excited that things are going so well … until she stumbles over the body of the bride-to-be.

Suddenly Lexy finds herself in a race against time to find the killer. Aided by four iPad toting amateur detective grandma’s, her best friend and her little dog Sprinkles, Lexy finds the suspect list growing at every turn.

To make matters worse, the investigation is headed up by her hunky neighbor Detective Jack Perillo who she had been hot and heavy with – until he mysteriously stopped calling her several weeks earlier.

Add a handsome, rich bachelor who is also a suspect and seems to have designs on Lexy to the mix, and Lexy soon finds that things are not what they seem.

Will Lexy be able to catch the killer in time, or will she end up Dying for Danish?

Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published December 3rd 2012
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Romance
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Add one little white dog,
 A protagonist who owns a bakery,
a dash of murder mystery,
and a splash of romance for good measure!

Dying for Danish has everything that I enjoy about the cozy mystery genre, plus more! I love Lexy Baker, the stiletto- wearing-baker who always winds up involved in a murder mystery, and her little white dog, sprinkles! I have to mention, the titles of these books in this series are GREAT.
My only complaint is the way it reads. This novel, like the first, really needs another round of editing.
Nevertheless, I am hooked on this series and I highly recommend it to fans who enjoy cozy mysteries!

AWRW Book Review: Taste Me, Tempt Me: Eight Tales of Sweet & Spicy Romance #Anthology by @WriterGGAndrew @Grrlgenius @BeccaBooks @LikeItHotBooks @ColeHeartedGirl @AmandaGaleBooks @MadeleineKeane1 @JenniferSable

💋 Taste Me, Tempt Me: Eight Tales of Sweet & Spicy Romance 💋

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Here’s a sweetener: ALL PROCEEDS from this anthology will be donated to America’s Second Harvest and Food Banks Canada. Indulge yourself. You’ll warm your heart and help feed others!

PLUS, there are delicious recipes at the end of each short story!

Sink your teeth into something delicious. Eight contemporary and historical romance authors offer tempting stories of love and lust through time, served hot. Some of these novellas are sweet, and some are spicy, but they’re all perfectly portioned! So pull up a chair and get ready to indulge in a feast of love…

ebook, 300 pages

Published November 10th 2015 by SkySpark Books


A TASTE OF AMBROSIA

Author G.G. Andrew
G.G. Andrew
Jack, a young widower in 1963 American suburbia, can’t look away from his sensual new neighbor. Unfortunately, she’s got a recipe he needs. She may have everything he needs.
 

Short & Sweet Review

A widower gets a taste of ambrosia salad dessert from the beautiful woman who moves in next door and he is hooked – on the sweet salad and its creator.

One of my favorites in this romance anthology. A beautifully written, sensual romance. I look forward to reading more from this author. 🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓

THE REAWAKENING
Author Saskia Blake
Saskia Blake
Reeling from her husband’s adultery, Meg steels herself to cope with the annual maple syrup harvest… but her much-younger hired hand proves to be an infuriating distraction.
Short & Sweet Review
A “deliciously naughty” tale of a woman who owns a forest of sugar maples. Upon her husband leaving her, she hires a (much younger) hired hand to help her with her harvest.
Another favorite of mine. The way the author described the sugar shack and the sugar maples reminded me of an enchanting fantasy novel. This short romance story could easily be expanded into an enjoyable full-length novel. I loved the characters and I want more! 🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓
BLACKBERRIES IN THE MORNING
Author Rebecca Brooks
Rebecca Brooks

A lonely cafe manager in the Adirondacks feasts her eyes on a stranger to her small town. But is he the type to stay past blackberry season?

Short & Sweet Review

“When she kissed him he tasted like blackberries and morning, rain water and earth.” 

I really, really loved the above quote so I wrote it down in my book review notebook with intentions to include it within this review. This short story is about a responsible, single mother who owns the Sweet Amandine bakery. Tired of the same routine every day, she just wants to have fun. And her “fun” comes in the form of a landscaper named Deegan James. 🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓

SUGAR AND SUNLIGHT
Author Elizabeth Cole
Elizabeth Cole
In Regency-era Philadelphia, a wounded soldier is drawn to an aloof candymaker. Can he show her life will be sweeter with him?
Short & Sweet Review
“She lived in a cloud of sweetness. But she lived in it alone.”
This short story is about a man who falls in love with a confectionery shop owner, bite by bite. Proof that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. 🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓
LOVE IN THE LAVENDER
Author Amanda Gale
A man from busy New York City searches the woods for a reclusive writer. Instead, he finds a beautiful woman hiding in a field of lavender–and she’s got a surprise in store.

Short & Sweet Review

Andrew searches for the writer of a book that touched his heart and finds a woman secluded in the wilderness, looking like a lonely princess. He asks her for a simple glass of water and she surprises him with a specialty lavender drink, that tastes like an odd intermingling of earth and candy.
Taken by her and the lavender, he visits again. When she reveals her secret, their destiny is set.
Love in the Lavender was the reason I picked up this anthology. I love the writing of Amanda Gale and Love in the Lavender didn’t disappoint! My favorite flower is lavender so it was fun for me to live vicariously through Mary. I was completely charmed by the world Amanda Gale created around Andrew and Mary.
This is another short story I would love to see expanded into a full length novel.
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TROUBLE WITH TRIFLES
Author Madeleine Keane
Madeleine Keane
A French girl in late 18th century Baltimore had her heart broken years ago. But when the young man she loves returns, will he be willing to offer her his hand again?
Short & Sweet Review
In August of 1792, Marguerite de Kermerrac’s world crashes all around her. Aided by a boy named Simon, Marguerite and her family escape with their lives.
Marguerite and Simon bond as they await on the fate of her father. Unfortunately, when he returns, he doesn’t approve of their budding relationship.
Trouble with Trifles is a story about love and patience, ending with a sweet happily-ever-after. 🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓
HEARTS AND FLOURS
Author Jennifer Sable
A pastry chef meets her best friend’s smoking hot brother for the first time. Can she dream up a recipe that will tempt him to try something new?

Short and Sweet Review

“No one turned down her baked goods.”

Ah, I loved this one! Featuring a smart heroine who runs her own bakery and is secretly in love with her male best friend.
Sarah carter gets the worst news of her life, but is consoled by her best friend’s charming brother – who, for some reason she can’t understand, won’t eat her baked goods! When she learns the reason he won’t try her baked goods, she promises to alter her recipes, and he promises to marry her if she can make a meal he can eat. She accepts the challenge! 🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓

POP GOES MY HEART
Author Coco Quill
Colleen Quill
When Mimi gets the chance to compete for her desserts going big time, she is reunited with an old crush whose kiss still burns in her memory. Can she trust him, or are his affections meant to throw her off her game?
Short & Sweet Review

Fox Tudor is an unwelcome distraction when the stakes are higher than ever…
Mimi is delighted when she learns she has been accepted into a contest where she can possibly win distribution for her frozen desserts, until she checks out the contestants, and notices an old fling from when she attended culinary school in Paris, France.
I really enjoyed this short story and was surprised with the dark direction it took.  I’d recommend this short story to lovers of romantic suspense! 🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓

AWRW Book Review ★ The Lost Woman ★ by Author Gill Stewart @AccentPress @GillStewart2

the-lost-womanHow much do you know about your family?

Feisty, hard-working Catherine McDonald knows what’s best for everyone and tries to make it happen. To keep her aristocratic family’s heads above water, she’s turned their Scottish Highland home, Annat House, into a hotel, but she’s struggling to establish her business. And things don’t improve when a woman goes missing in the nearby mountains and the hotel becomes the setting for a media circus.

Successful businessman Haydn Eddlington-Smith has had enough of fitting in with other people’s wishes. He’s moved to the Highlands so he can do exactly what he wants. So why does he find himself spending so much time with his interfering neighbour Catherine?

When the present is so complicated, how do you let the past go? And what exactly has the missing woman to do with the McDonalds?

Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published July 24th 2015 by Accent Press
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Mystery

What’s It About?

On the verge of launching a major tourism venture in the Scottish Highlands, a woman goes missing, bringing a lot of bad publicity to Catherine McDonald’s house turned hotel. If that wasn’t bad enough, her father gathers the McDonald siblings together with major news, and not everyone is excited about it.Will Catherine ever get a break?

Haydn Eddlington-Smith was a successful business man who moves into the Annat cottage, next door to Catherine, to get away from his troubles and start a new life for himself. Unfortunately, his past follows him to the Scottish Highlands…

Unanswered questions overwhelm Catherine about the lost woman and her new neighbor, Haydn. Will she get her answers? And more importantly, will the woman who does everything for everyone else, figure out what she wants for herself?

My Thoughts

Wheeew! A mystery, romance, and women’s fiction novel all rolled up into one book!

The beginning pages grabbed my attention and I was eager to turn the page to continue the story. Like Catherine, I had so many questions about the lost woman. – Did she commit suicide? Did she climb the mountain and get lost? Was there foul play? 



When I got my answer, (and it was a shocking revelation), I was really surprised with the direction the novel took. The mystery then shifted into two separate slow-simmering romances, from the perspectives of not only Catherine and Haydn, but Catherine’s brother, Malcolm, and Catherine’s employee, Mhairi. The pacing slowed down quite a bit at this point and I wondered why the author didn’t divide the three by creating a trilogy and expanding on the sub-plots a bit.

Even so, the characters were well-developed and I didn’t have a problem following the sub-plots of the story. As a matter of fact, I really enjoyed the characters, particularly Catherine and her brother Malcolm. I could relate to his nagging, enthusiastic interest in the search and discovery of the missing woman. I would have been all over that search too! I enjoyed his scenes and point of view.

Toward the end the pacing picked up again leading to more shocking revelations and plot twists that I wasn’t expecting, ending with a happily-ever-after that left a smile on my face. If you enjoy slow-simmering romances set in the historic region of Scotland, with a little mystery to throw the characters together, (whether they want to be or not), then I would suggest The Lost Woman as your next read.:)


In the interest of full disclosure, I received an e-copy of The Lost Woman in exchange for a fair, thoughtful, and honest book review. This in now way swayed my opinion nor rating.

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“A teacher turned accountant, what I’ve always really wanted to do was to write. I still have my first full-length teen novel, written in almost indecipherable handwriting at about age 14. My first novella was published in 2009, under the pen name Gillian Villiers, and a further 3 have followed. In 2014 I was take on by Accent Press and in 2015 they published my two full-length women’s contemporary fiction novels under the penname Gilly Stewart. And just to complicate matters further, I have begun to publish a trilogy of YA romance/mysteries under the name Gill-Marie Stewart. I live in the beautiful village of Newtonmore in the Scottish Highlands. When not writing or walking our four dogs (four dogs is too many dogs!) I am trying to learn Gaelic, improve my knitting skills and finally master crocheting.” –Novel Points Of View Blog

AWRW Book Review 🔪 🍰 Killer Cupcakes 🔪 🍰 Lexy Baker #CozyMystery Series Book 1, by Author @LeighannDobbs

16149634Things are going great for Lexy Baker. She’s finally opened her dream bakery, gotten rid of her cheating boyfriend and settled into her grandmother’s house with her perky dog Sprinkles at her side.

But her blissful life doesn’t last long. When her ex-boyfriend is found poisoned with cupcakes from her bakery, Lexy finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation headed up by her hunky neighbor detective Jack Perillo.

With the help of a gang of iPad toting, would-be detective grandmothers, Lexy decides to take it upon herself to find the real murderer in order to clear her name and get her bakery back in business.

As things heat up on the murder trail, in the kitchen and between Lexy and the hunky detective, it’s a race against time to put the real murderer behind bars and get back to baking.

Will Lexy get her man?

Kindle Edition, 146 pages
Published November 2012
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Chick Lit, Romance
My Thoughts

Oh, Killer Cupcakes, how much I love thee. Let me count the ways!

1.) The adorable little white dog named Sprinkles. I have two adorable little white dogs, myself, and can always appreciate a protagonist with a little doggy by her side!

2.) CUPCAKES! I totally and completely dig these cozy mysteries because the main character always runs some sort of bakery or coffee shop. If I can’t eat cupcakes all day, at least, I can read about them.:)

3.) Murder Mystery! Yeah! Give me a good whodunit!

4.) Sexy next-door-neighbor who also happens to be a detective, (I.E.: man-in-uniform), on the murder mystery case. Score!

5.) The Senior-Citizen-Women-Detectives and their IPads! LOL! They blew me away!

6.) And last but not least, Lexy Baker herself! A stiletto wearing, cupcake baker extraordinaire!

Alternate Book Cover

Unfortunately, there were some things unrelated to the plot that didn’t work for me. This book really could have used an editor, or at the very least, a proofreader or two. I actually edited the book blurb, above, because my Grammarly app was lighting up like a Christmas tree! If you are a stickler to grammar, this might not be the book for you, BUT if you can get past that and appreciate the plot, then I have no doubt fans of cozy mysteries can appreciate this story.:) I know I did and I’ve already grabbed book 2 in the Lexy Baker Series, Dying for Danish! -Don’t you just love the names?

5 out of 5 Killer Cupcakes!

The great news is this novel is available for free on Kindle through Amazon, (USA), and you can grab your copy, here!
About The Author

Leighann Dobbs


USA Today bestselling author, Leighann Dobbs, discovered her passion for writing after a twenty year career as a software engineer. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband Bruce, their trusty Chihuahua mix Mojo and beautiful rescue cat, Kitty. When she’s not reading, gardening, making jewelry or selling antiques, she likes to write cozy mystery and historical romance books.

AWRW Book Review: Nine Lives by Author Erin Lee @CrazyLikeMe2015 @LimitlessBooks

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I LOVE This Cover!

Three teenage sisters didn’t mean to destroy their family…

Sisters Laina, Faith, and Sadie Nelson know they are to blame. There was no way to predict how their lives would shatter with just a few lies—but they did, and now they fear the pieces are too many to pick up.

Had their parents let them leave, their father wouldn’t be behind bars…

The girls only wanted to escape from their hyper-strict home and start lives of their own. If he’d just allowed them to spread their wings, their father wouldn’t be serving thirty years for a crime he didn’t commit.

Sometimes you have to be creative to get your way, but creativity’s not always what it’s cracked up to be…

With the lives of nine siblings hanging in the balance, what will it take for the girls to admit their deceit and recant their tales of abuse? And if they do, will there be any room for forgiveness?

Family and friends are left to question everything they know about the legal system, social services, marriage, and family.

Can anyone really be trusted?
Can a family heal in the wake of false allegations, broken promises, and betrayal?
Or is it too late…

“Be careful what you lie for…”

Published February 2, 2016 by Limitless Publishing

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, New Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Social Issues, Drama


What’s It About?

Oppressed by their parents’ rules, Laina and younger sister Faith have always dreamed about escape. When they meet a troubled young girl who was molested by her father and brother, a light bulb goes off in the girls’ brains… if their father is gone, too, they can live the kinda life they want to live!

“We didn’t mean to destroy our family. To send our father to jail. Break our mother’s heart…”

A skilled social worker takes the case, and sees the girls for who they really are. Nine Lives by Author Erin Lee is a fictional account about a shift in power these two teens have over their innocent parents and the aftermath of their lies.


My Thoughts

Ok, so I haven’t gotten my butt off the couch all day because I have been so absorbed in Nine Lives. I literally could not put the book down because I wanted to know how this story would play out! I love fictional books that center around social issues and this book didn’t disappoint.

This book was written in the same style as Wave To Papa, another great book by this Author, centering around another fictional DCYF case. So if you read Wave To Papa, be sure to check out Nine Lives! The author is extremely knowledgeable about DCYF cases, because she is a therapist/child advocate herself, and has seen it all. Her cases inspire her stories, and allows the reader a unique view into this hidden world.

Laina and Faith sure did stir up a lot of trouble and while they would be easy to hate, I sympathized with them. Teenagers are so impulsive and their brains aren’t fully developed. They think about themselves first, and not about the consequences of their actions. I can picture this horrendous scenario playing out perfectly. It makes me wonder how many parents are falsely accused.

Told in first person perspective by the major players, Laina, Faith, sister Hope, Mother Heather, Father Tom, friend Harley, and Caseworker Juliet, the reader gets a full impression of this fictional case, from all sides. I truly loved this story and I look forward to more books by this author in a similar style!

To sum up, I loved the believable plot, the connection I felt with the characters through the author’s chosen first perspective point-of-view, and the flawed, yet sympathetic characters. If you have interests in psychology, social issues, and sociology, I HIGHLY recommend this novel to you! A great story that is difficult to put down. 5 stars!

***In the interest of full disclosure, I received a copy of this novel by the author in exchange for a honest, thoughtful, and fair book review. This in no way swayed my opinion or rating.

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About The Author

Author Erin Lee, Isn’t She Delightful?

Erin Lee is a freelance writer and therapist living with her family in southern New Hampshire.

She’s published numerous magazine articles, particularly on the topic of mental illness. She is the author of “Crazy Like Me” from Savant Books and Publications and “Wave to Papa” by Limitless Publishing. Her other writing interests include poetry and journaling. She recently completed her master’s degree in psychology. She is currently writing book one of the “Lola, Party of Eight” series titled “Alters.”

In her spare time, she serves as an unpaid taxi cab driver for her children and rescue/therapy dog, Milo Muse.

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AWRW Book Review 💋 Speaking in Tungs 💋 by Author Karla Jay @AuthorKarlaJay

26142984In this entertaining first novel, set in rural Pennsylvania, a young San Francisco woman searches for her birth-parents and from the moment she arrives in the backwoods town of Tungston, she falls under the spell of unforgettable characters, the unexpected-but-real threat of a violent fugitive, and the unexpected-but-real charm of a local fireman-all leading her to discover the true meaning of family.

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Paperback, 380 pages

Published May 14th 2015 by Hedgehog & Fox

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Humor, Romance, Rom-Com, Mystery

Series: Speaking in Tungs, Book 1

What’s It About?

Marleigh Benning is a speech therapist who drives cross-country to establish a new life in a rural town called Tungston, where she can help people who have language/speech disorders, and locate her birth parents who gave her up when she was two-years-old for reasons unknown.

While making small strides with her patients, she meets the local fire chief, and sparks ignite.

But if she was looking for a relaxing getaway, she won’t find it in Tungston, where around every corner is a rattlesnake nest, a vicious wolf, a madman on the loose – and if that wasn’t bad enough, the locals think she is a walking joke!

Will the small town of Tungston accept Marleigh as one of their own? Or will she always be the “walking joke” of Tungston?

My Thoughts

Talking in Tungs is a delightful women’s fiction novel about a very likable speech therapist who is down on her luck, but handles it with humor. I loved her relationships with her patients, and could relate to a lot of what her patients told her, when upset that the former speech therapist quit. I too have had to pick up the pieces of a former medical worker who was fired, and having to hear from patients all the wonderful things she would do for them, (against every rule in the book, mind you), and making me feel bad for not being “as nice” as the one before me. I knew exactly what Marleigh was feeling. Of course, nobody asked me to do their grocery shopping or sell chickens,:) , but the general feeling was still there.


For instance:

“No, you can’t spend your lunch break here, in a laboratory. I can’t even do that.”
“But /redacted/ would always let me!”
“No, I can’t check my computer for your blood test results. Call your Doctor for you results, please.”
“But /redacted/ would always check for me!”
My inner thoughts — (and that is why she is no longer working here and I’m here having to deal with you!)

Sorry, went off a bit there. Point is, I totally and completely sympathized with Marleigh when her patients were being pushy! I’m sure MANY, if not most, medical workers can relate to these scenes!

I loved seeing the changes in her patients’ behaviors as she would work with them and customize different exercises for their individual needs. My favorite family she visited was Honey and Casey. I also loved all her progress with Milt.

“You’re about as safe as a sugarcoated boy scout in bear county.”

The witty, humorous dialogue made Speaking in Tungs a page-turner. At some points, I was laughing so hard I was crying! With every turn of the page, I was eager to find out what Marleigh would do next. She sure did get herself into A LOT of trouble!:)

Very impressive writing for a debut novel. I look forward to book 2 of Speaking in Tungs! In the meantime, I highly recommend this novel to fans of mysteries and humorous women’s fiction/Chick Lit. You won’t be disappointed!

***In the interest of full disclosure, I received a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair, honest, and thoughtful book review. This in no way swayed my opinion or rating.

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About The Author
Karla Jay is the author of Speaking in Tungs. Raised in Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania, Karla lives in Salt Lake City where she has been a speech therapist for, well, let’s just say for decades. She loves movies, books, traveling and gardening. Her love of runnings and words show up in this book, her first novel.  –Goodreads Author Bio

AWRW Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

papertownsWho is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.

After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…

Paperback, 305 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Speak (first published October 16th 2008)
Genre: Travel, Adventure, YA, Mystery

I don’t understand all the hype that surrounds this book. It took me an inordinate amount of time to finish – I believe I started it in September, but I wanted to finish it. I wanted to give it a chance because I heard such positive things about this story.

It’s mostly narrative, told from the perspective of Quentin, a teenager who has an obsession with a girl named Margo. Spending the entire book in his head and viewing the world through Quentin’s point of view was difficult for me. The Margo mystery was driving me as batty as it drove Quentin. AND SHE DIDN’T EVEN DESERVE ALL HIS ATTENTION!

Paper Towns has a lot of great quotes. I can see why it would appeal to teenagers who center their worlds around their peers and their friendships. I really liked the conclusion because it popped Quentin’s little balloon and he saw Margo for who she really was. -FINALLY!

Overall, I liked this story, but I didn’t love it. It just wasn’t for me. Due to how successful/popular this author is, I look forward to reading his novel, The Fault in our Stars.
I give Paper Towns three out of five stars.


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About The Author

John Green
John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

In 2007, John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, “Brotherhood 2.0,” where they discussed their lives, books and current events every day for a year except for weekends and holidays. They still keep a video blog, now called “The Vlog Brothers,” which can be found on the Nerdfighters website, or a direct link here.

–Goodreads Author BIO


AWRW Book Review ⌚ The Journey, Northwest Passage Book 2 ⌚ By Author John A Heldt @JohnHeldt #SciFi #TimeTravel

Peaceful ContemplationSeattle, 2010. When her entrepreneur husband dies in an accident, Michelle Preston Richardson, 48, finds herself childless and directionless. She yearns for the simpler days of her youth, before she followed her high school sweetheart down a road that led to limitless riches but little fulfillment, and jumps at a chance to reconnect with her past at a class reunion. But when Michelle returns to Unionville, Oregon, and joins three classmates on a spur-of-the-moment tour of an abandoned mansion, she gets more than she asked for. She enters a mysterious room and is thrown back to 1979.

Distraught and destitute, Michelle finds a job as a secretary at Unionville High, where she guides her spirited younger self, Shelly Preston, and childhood friends through their tumultuous senior year. Along the way, she meets widowed teacher Robert Land and finds the love and happiness she had always sought. But that happiness is threatened when history intervenes and Michelle must act quickly to save those she loves from deadly fates. Filled with humor and heartbreak, THE JOURNEY gives new meaning to friendship, courage, and commitment as it follows an unfulfilled soul through her second shot at life.

Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published November 4th 2012 by John A. Heldt
Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel

After reading Northwest Passage Book 1, The Mine, I was happy when the Author offered me the rest of the series to review. I greatly looked forward to this installment in the series and I wasn’t disappointed!

The Journey is a story about parallel universes, second chances, and a haunted house that takes unfortunate visitors back in time. The Pennington house’s latest victim is Michelle, a woman who barely has traveled thirty miles from home, finds herself traveling thirty years backward in time.

“She had the means to be an agent-of-change and not just as a pint-sized interloper leaving tiny footprints either. She had a chance to make broad and deep marks and influence people in ways that went far beyond homework help and pep talks… Michelle had an opportunity to remake lives, including her own.”

I’m not a huge fan of science fiction but I love the theme of time travel in this series. I also loved the protagonist, Michelle, and enjoyed watching her grow as a character. I also liked how she used her “future” experiences to help the people she met “in the past”, including a younger version of herself!

If you’ve ever wished you could tell your younger self what you know now, or if you enjoy books with time travel, in general, I would recommend this novel to you! Well written and whole-heartedly entertaining; I give this book 5 stars!

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About The Author


John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage and American Journey series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past, he weighs in on literature and life at johnheldt.blogspot.com.

Judging Covers: New Book Cover and Blurb for Author Michele Gorman’s Match Me If You Can @NottingHillPR @MicheleGormanUK

It’s interesting to see how the same book is marketed differently depending on where its fans are based. Michele Gorman’s Match Me If You Can is published by Avon (Harper Collins) in the UK and by Notting Hill Press in the US.

Avon took the lead in designing the marketing package for Michele’s UK chick lit fans, with a pretty teal cover, fun font and firm focus on the online dating/romance storylines in the book.

Meet best friends Catherine, Rachel and Sarah. Yet to find Mr Right, they’ve been settling for Mr Right Now. But when Catherine, London’s finest matchmaker, gets the girls to join her dating site where they can rate and recommend their ex-boyfriends, they soon realise that anything could happen…

There’s someone for everyone, right? These best friends are about to find out!

The folks over at Notting Hill Press rethought the blurb and the hot pink book cover and came up with the following:

Brand new U.S. cover!

Brand new U.S. cover!

And the brand new blurb!

Meet best friends, Catherine, Rachel and Sarah. They’re fun, smart and successful, and haven’t had a date worth booking a wax appointment for in ages.

Catherine runs London’s most successful matchmaking business with her silent partner and ex-husband, Richard, who’s just announced that he’s marrying his twenty-three-year-old girlfriend. Catherine has bras that are older than Magda, and now she’s barging in on their business with her meddlesome demands and wedding plans.

Architect Rachel’s got problems of her own. At work she’s competing against her ex-boyfriend, James, to win their biggest project and the promotion that comes with it. So when she joins Catherine’s website, RecycLove.com, where everyone brings an ex to recycle for the chance of an upgrade, she knows just who she’s going to trade in.

Homebody baker, Sarah, is in a rut thanks to family demands over the last few years. Reluctantly she joins RecycLove.com, where she’s convinced that some minor adjustments will improve her chances. But as minor adjustments turn into a complete overhaul and dates start falling at her newly-pedicured feet, will her popularity be worth the sacrifices she’s making?

A warm, funny story of friendship, strong women and self-discovery. Match us if you can, guys, but if not then please step aside and we’ll get on with being fabulous.


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AWRW Book Review ★ Braineater Jones ★ by Author Stephen Kozeniewski @OutFortune @RAPublishing

Brains, Babes, and Booze… 

braineaterjonesBraineater Jones wakes up face down in a swimming pool with no memory of his former life, how he died, or why he’s now a zombie. With a smart-aleck severed head as a partner, Jones descends into the undead ghetto to solve his own murder.

But Jones’s investigation is complicated by his crippling addiction to human flesh. Like all walking corpses, he discovers that only a stiff drink can soothe his cravings. Unfortunately, finding liquor during Prohibition is costly and dangerous. From his Mason jar, the cantankerous Old Man rules the only speakeasy in the city that caters to the postmortem crowd.

As the booze, blood, and clues coagulate, Jones gets closer to discovering the identity of his killer and the secrets behind the city’s stranglehold on liquid spirits. Death couldn’t stop him, but if the liquor dries up, the entire city will be plunged into an orgy of cannibalism.

Cracking this case is a tall order. Braineater Jones won’t get out alive, but if he plays his cards right, he might manage to salvage the last scraps of his humanity.

Advanced Release Copy: 234 pages
Published October 14th 2013 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC (first published October 9th 2013)
Genre: Noir, Mystery, Humor, Urban Fantasy, Horror
What’s It About?
“There had to be rules, had to be reckonings. That was dealt with, but there was no reckoning for my own death.”
Braineater Jones wakes up dead, in the bottom of a pool, with no memory of how he got there. On a mission to discover his past and seek revenge, he meets a lot of interesting characters along the way, including a severed head named Alcibe and an aborted fetus soaking in a mason jar of alcohol – who runs a bar.
My Thoughts
“I woke up dead this morning.”
Sometimes disgusting, but mostly hilarious – I really enjoyed this read. I was curious as to how he got himself into his predicament and was eager to turn the pages to decipher the mystery. I also liked the twist that the zombies had to drink alcohol to pickle their brains in order to calm their cravings for human flesh.
I liked the first person point of view and enjoyed the narrative. Since Braineater Jones couldn’t remember his past, there was little to no backstory, propelling this story forward. Truly, there was never a dull moment.
The odd and unlikely friendship between Braineater Jones and Alcibe, the severed head, was hysterical. Their constant banter made me laugh.
What kept this story interesting was that it seemed like whenever Braineater Jones would discover a new clue, he would have several more questions. I felt as clueless as he did and was surprised by all the unpredictable twists and turns of this story.
This book is definitely not for the easily-offended, or the squeamish, but if you enjoy noir mysteries about zombies, I would recommend adding Braineater Jones to your to-be-read pile!
In the interest of full disclosure, I received an ARC of Braineater Jones, from Red Adept Publishing, in exchange for a fair, thoughtful, and honest book review. This in no way swayed my opinion or rating.
This novel made Horror Made’s Top 13 Horror Novels of 2015!

“It’s a fun read with all the gore and violence a zombie novel needs set in the vivid alternate reality of prohibition era Chicago. Mobs, the drunken private eye and a twisted, excited mystery is was makes this book so addictive. It is certainly written for mature audiences with a strong stomach however.” –Horror Made


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About The Author

Stephen Kozeniewski

Stephen Kozeniewski (pronounced “causin’ ooze key”) lives with his wife and two cats in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the modern zombie. During his time as a Field Artillery officer, he served for three years in Oklahoma and one in Iraq, where due to what he assumes was a clerical error, he was awarded the Bronze Star. He is also a classically trained linguist, which sounds much more impressive than saying his bachelor’s degree is in German. Amazon Author Bio

 

AWRW Book Review 🎠 Carnival of Dead Girls 🎠 by Author Carissa Ann Lynch @CarissaAnnLynch @LimitlessBooks

carnivalofdeadgirlsNothing interesting happens in the podunk town of Lamison Point—until a freak show rolls through…

When a traveling carnival stops in the sleepy countryside, sixteen-year-old Josie Crowley is psyched to go with her new friend, Freya. But what started out as a fun-filled night of games, candied apples, and ferris wheel rides quickly spirals into a gut-wrenching encounter with one of the carnival attractions.

Once the excitement is over, Lamison is missing one of its residents…

When Freya is nowhere to be found, Josie suspects the carnival has something to do with her disappearance. Her goal to track down the elusive show leads to an alarming revelation—there is no record of it ever existing. And as she digs deeper, Josie is led to a mysterious town with a tainted past—Flocksdale.

Buried in Flocksdale’s sick, twisted history is where Josie may find the truth…

Creepy clowns, disfigured freaks, and a terrifying haunted house are the least of Josie’s problems…now she has to deal with a group of real-life monsters, otherwise known as the evil Garrett family and new, rising generation of hell-bound freaks.

If Josie is pulled into their world, she may become another member of a carnival of dead girls, where she goes in, and never comes out…



Advanced Release Copy: 210 Pages

Genre: Psychological Suspense, Horror, Young Adult

Expected Publication Date: January 26, 2016, by Limitless Publishing

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Series: Flocksdale Files, Book 3

What’s It About?

Josie and the Evil Clown

Freya

“Maybe the carnival would be fun… Maybe it would be a night I’d never forget.”

When Josie is invited by sort-of-friend Freya to the Carnival de Arcanorum, she jumps at the chance of friendship and a night of fun. Things don’t go as planned and Josie leaves the carnival sad, depressed, and lonely.

When Freya never returns home, Josie feels guilty for leaving her behind. She sets off, without a word to her father or step-mother, determined to track down her friend and the elusive carnival.

But Josie isn’t prepared for where the search leads her…  A town filled with evil, secrets, and possibly Freya.

 A town called Flocksdale.


My Thoughts

 

Hold on to your seats, folks! Carnival of Dead Girls is one terrifyingly, exciting ride!

Scary Clowns ✔

Missing Girls ✔

Freak Show ✔

A Carnival run by shady people ✔

Violence ✔

Haunted House ✔

Carnival of Dead Girls, the chilling third installment of the Flocksdale Series, by Author Carissa Ann Lynch, is absolutely CREEPTASTIC! I thoroughly enjoyed this dark and scary ride.

The ride may be over, but the powerful conclusion of Carnival of Dead Girls, of the Flocksdale Files series, left me feeling satisfied. I look forward to future works by this talented author.

I really enjoyed the traveling carnival setting of this novel. Often looked down upon because of shady business practices, the carnival added an additional element of suspense. The world building in the novel is phenomenal. I loved the vivid, descriptive scenes about the fair food, the various attractions, and the freak show at the carnival.

But the traveling carnival is merely a backdrop to what is really going on…

I loved Josie. I think her personality is very relatable to a lot of teenagers who just want to fit in with their peers. Her heart was pure gold. Freya was lucky to have such a wonderful friend who cared about her – whethor or not Freya deserved it, is up for debate.

5 Stars!

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About The Author

Besides my family, my greatest love in life is books. Reading them, writing them, holding them, smelling them…well, you get the idea. I’ve always loved to read, and some of my earliest childhood memories are me, tucked away in my room, lost in a good book. I received a five dollar allowance each week, and I always — always — spent it on books. My love affair with writing started early, but it mostly involved journaling and writing silly poems. Several years ago, I didn’t have a book to read so I decided on a whim to write my own story, something I’d like to read. It turned out to be harder than I thought, but from that point on I was hooked. My first and second books were released by Sarah Book Publishing: This Is Not About Love and Grayson’s Ridge. I’m a total genre-hopper. Basically, I like to write what I like to read: a little bit of everything! I reside in Floyds Knobs, Indiana with my husband, three children, and massive collection of books. I have a degree in psychology and worked as a counselor. —Goodreads Author Bio

ღ Changing Scenes ღ by Author Jennifer Allis Provost #OnTourWith @HeaBookToursPR @Parthalan #HBTPRM & #Giveaway!

Changing Scenes FRONTCHANGING SCENES by Jennifer Allis Provost

Series: Change Series #2

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

“Image isn’t everything…

Or is it?”

For Astrid Janvier, image is everything…

Astrid is a world-renowned model, as famous for her strut as her startling green eyes. She’s modeled for the biggest names in the fashion world, and is regularly invited to parties in New York, London, and Paris. Thanks to a designer label addiction, she’s also broke, and takes a job as a cocktail waitress just to make rent. When her best friend Britt asks her to be her maid of honor at her upcoming wedding, their first task is to decide the menu.

Donnie Coehlo is a young, up-and-coming chef with a dinner menu to plan…

Donato—Donnie for short—is the head chef at Thirty-Nine and Twelve, a seafood bistro on the Connecticut shore. It’s a great accomplishment given his youthful age, but Donnie doesn’t brag. He just wants to find the right girl, settle down, and have a bunch of kids. When Astrid arrives at his restaurant, Donnie hopes she is the one. But would a high-priced model like Astrid be interested in a regular guy like him?

As Astrid’s life crumbles around her, and Donnie makes a terrible choice, Astrid learns the two of them are irrevocably tied together.

Will their connection be enough for Astrid to leave her high-fashion life behind, and accept what Donnie has to offer? Or will she chase her dreams as a model, leaving Donnie as part of her past?

TEASER

EXCERPT

“So, what’s this adventure all about?”

“We’re going shopping,” he said as he pulled away from the curb. “You like shopping?”

If he only knew. “Doesn’t everyone? But I don’t think anything’s open right now.”

Donnie glanced at the clock above the dashboard. “Actually, this place’ll open up in about half an hour.”

“Great,” I said. “I’m going to be like one of those girls on the true crime show, kidnapped by a cute guy and sold into slavery.”

“You think I’m cute?”

I raised my mug, hoping to blame my warm cheeks on the steam. “I’m sure they’ll get a good looking actor to portray you. Ratings and all.”

“Ratings.” We stopped for a traffic signal, the streetlight above making the interior of the van bright as day. “You’re not wearing a drop of makeup, are you?”

“Um, no.” In fact, this was the most casual I’d been in public in years. My hair was pulled back in a bun, and I was wearing jeans, an orange turtleneck sweater, and a navy blue down vest. And cowboy boots; one must be stylish, even in the cold. “Is that all right? You didn’t say where we were going.”

“It’s fine,” he said, his dark eyes holding me. “I like seeing the real you.” We watched each other for a moment, then the light turned green, and Donnie returned his attention to the road.

“All right, go ahead and ask me,” I said.

“Ask you what?”

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“About my eyes.”

Donnie glanced at me, his forehead wrinkled. “What about your eyes? You have x-ray vision or something?”

I blinked. “You’re really not curious?”

“Seriously, babe, you’ve lost me,” he said. “Help a guy out and tell me what I’m supposed to be curious about.”

“Everyone wants to know if they’re green because of contacts, or if I have some crazy white ancestor,” I explained.

“I got lots of crazy white ancestors,” Donnie said. “It’s not all it’s cracked up to be.”

I laughed, and watched my reflection in the passenger window. “I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have assumed that about you.”

“S’okay. Besides, I already know everything I need to about your eyes.”

“And what’s that?”

“That they’re gorgeous.” My jaw dropped, but before I could say anything he continued, “And anyway, it’s not like the fish’ll care what color they are.”

I shut my mouth with a clack. “Fish?”

“Yeah. Didn’t I tell you? We’re going to the fish market.”

“At one in the morning?”

He shrugged. “It’s when it opens.”


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★★★★★

What’s It About?

“Yes, I’m black. Yes, my eyes are green. No, I have no idea how I won the genetic lottery.” 

Astrid Janvier is so far in debt, she can’t see the sky… but that doesn’t stop her from being fabulous. Despite her credit card drama, and the constant phone calls from Visa and American Express, she throws elaborate parties that impress all her friends, and wears the fanciest designer clothing and shoes. She walks the fashion runways with her signature strut and hip-pop, and nobody knows the secrets she keeps. Her life is an illusion. Till she meets Donato.

Donnie is a Portuguese head-chef looking for love. When Britt and Astrid come into his restaurant for a menu tasting for Britt’s upcoming wedding, he’s in love.

But their worlds couldn’t be further apart.

Will Donnie be able to wiggle himself into Astrid’s heart? Or will she continue to pursue an unattainable dream, without him?

My Thoughts

Changing Scenes, by Author Jennifer Allis Provost is one HOT read. I loved the unlikely romance between Astrid and Donato. This novel proves that sometimes opposites really do attract!

Love, love, love Astrid. Despite her flawless exterior, she is a walking illusion. Her problems are relatable to anyone who has ever spent above their means, (hmmm everyone). I loved her transformation; by the end of the novel, she is practically a different person.

And Donato is a sexy Portuguese chef who is all about action. Typical male that he is; he wants to “fix” Astrid’s problems. And Astrid, being the proud black woman that she is, isn’t havin’ it! I loved how their personalities clashed. Their conflicts built up the tension in this novel, making it a page turner!

There were also several HOT erotic scenes that could classify this novel as a contemporary erotic romance. If you like your romance novels with a little heat, I’d recommend checking out this series. 🔥

***In the interest of full disclosure, I received an e-book from Limitless Publishing, HEA Book Tours PR, in exchange for a fair, honest, and thoughtful book review. This in no way swayed my rating or opinion.

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About The Author

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Jennifer Allis Provost is a native New Englander who lives in a sprawling colonial along with her beautiful and precocious twins, a dog that thinks she’s a kangaroo, a parrot, and a wonderful husband who never forgets to buy ice cream. As a child, she read anything and everything she could get her hands on, including a set of encyclopedias, but fantasy was always her favorite. She spends her days drinking vast amounts of coffee, arguing with her computer, and avoiding any and all domestic behavior.

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AWRW Book Review 💋 Match Me If You Can 💋 by Author Michele Gorman #MatchMe @MicheleGormanUK @AvonBooksUK @HarperCollinsUK

 

27246450 Ever thought about recycling your ex?

Best friends Catherine, Rachel & Sarah are fun, smart, successful and single – just like millions of women with a low tolerance for idiocy in their dates.

Mr. Right hasn’t turned up yet, and Mr Right-Now isn’t worth booking a wax appointment for. So when Catherine, London’s finest matchmaker, gets Rachel and Sarah to join her dating site where they can recycle their ex-boyfriends in exchange for an upgrade, they soon realise that anything could happen . . .

Three best friends, proving that sometimes it really isn’t you… it’s him.

Paperback Edition: 406 Pages

Expected publication: January 14th 2016 by Avon

Genre: Chick Lit/Women’s Fiction, Romance

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What’s It About?

“What if Mr. Right is just a click away?”

Match Me If You Can is a humorous chick lit novel about a woman named Catherine, known as “London’s best date doctor”, who owns a dating business called Recyclove. She convinces her best-friends and housemates, Sarah and Rachel, to join her site and get their exes to sign up along with them. Recyclove is in the business of recycling your ex, and upcycling to a better relationship!

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My Thoughts

This novel had me laughing sooooo hard. I actually got the attention of my mother-in-law, who thought I was screaming in pain, when in fact I was just laughing hysterically. My favorite scene, and the scene that got my MIL’s attention, was when Rachel was having a wardrobe malfunction with her pantyhose. -Nearly died of laughter!

I loved the women of this novel. I kept going back and forth between which lady was my favorite. In the end, I settled on Sarah. Sarah’s love of baking and family/friends warmed me to her. Then there was Rachel, my second favorite. I loved her description as a “colour blind cat-lady”, regarding her looks. And of course Catherine… I don’t know how she dealt with her ex-husband’s new fiance, Magda! -But, I sure did enjoy reading about them. (Another great scene was Magda’s compulsive belly rubbing).

Another great touch was the crossover with The Curvy Girls Club. It made me smile when the ladies expressed an interest in it. Match Me If You Can reminded me a lot of The Curvy Girls Club, so if you have read that book by Michele Gorman, and enjoyed it, I would recommend this delightful chick lit as your next read!

In the interest of full disclosure, I received a paperback copy from Avon HarperCollins UK Publishing, in exchange for a fair, honest, and thoughtful book review. This in no way swayed my opinion or rating.

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About The Author

Michele GormanMichele Gorman is the USA TODAY bestselling author of nine romantic comedies including The Curvy Girls Club and the Single in the City series.

Born and raised in the US, Michele has lived in London for 17 years. She is very fond of naps, ice cream and Richard Curtis films but objects to spiders and the word “portion”.

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New Release ♡ Changing Scenes (Changes II) ♡ by Author Jennifer Allis Provost! @Parthalan @LimitlessBooks #TeamLimitless #NewRelease #ContemporaryRomance

Image isn’t everything… Or is it?

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Changing Scenes, a contemporary romance by Author Jennifer Allis Provost, releases today from Limitless Publishing! 🎉

Changing Scenes is book 2 of the Changes Series, following Changing Teams, which was released by Limitless Publishing in November of 2015.

changingscenesFor Astrid Janvier, image is everything…

Astrid is a world-renowned model, as famous for her strut as her startling green eyes. She’s modeled for the biggest names in the fashion world, and is regularly invited to parties in New York, London, and Paris. Thanks to a designer label addiction, she’s also broke, and takes a job as a cocktail waitress just to make rent. When her best friend Britt asks her to be her maid of honor at her upcoming wedding, their first task is to decide the menu.

Donnie Coehlo is a young, up-and-coming chef with a dinner menu to plan…

Donato—Donnie for short—is the head chef at Thirty-Nine and Twelve, a seafood bistro on the Connecticut shore. It’s a great accomplishment given his youthful age, but Donnie doesn’t brag. He just wants to find the right girl, settle down, and have a bunch of kids. When Astrid arrives at his restaurant, Donnie hopes she is the one. But would a high-priced model like Astrid be interested in a regular guy like him?

As Astrid’s life crumbles around her, and Donnie makes a terrible choice, Astrid learns the two of them are irrevocably tied together.

Will their connection be enough for Astrid to leave her high-fashion life behind, and accept what Donnie has to offer? Or will she chase her dreams as a model, leaving Donnie as part of her past?


Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance

Series: Changes

Length: 247 Pages

Published: January 5, 2016 by Limitless Publishing

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About The Author

Jennifer Allis Provost is a native New Englander who lives in a sprawling colonial along with her beautiful and precocious twins, a dog that thinks she’s a kangaroo, a parrot, a junkyard cat, and a wonderful husband who never forgets to buy ice cream. As a child, she read anything and everything she could get her hands on, including a set of encyclopedias, but fantasy was always her favorite. She spends her days drinking vast amounts of coffee, arguing with her computer, and avoiding any and all domestic behavior.

AWRW Book Review ✞ God On Trial ✞ by Author Sabri Bebawi @DrSabriBebawi

18813539Goodreads Book Synopsis

For the main character of Sabri Bebawi God On Trial, each moment brings a torment of some kind. The character is extremely intelligent and yet disturbed by thoughts that never cease, as well as memories that evoke strong responses, eventually leading to a confusion of time and current reality. Indeed, as time progresses, the confusion grows worse; his reality rarely merges with truth. Paranoia and hallucinations take over his mind and thoughts, provoking dangerous responses on his part.

As this deterioration advances, his connection with his wife becomes tenuous in that she is not able to understand the dimensions of his personal reality. He may have little intellectual connection with his wife, but one portion of his thoughts remains largely coherent. In an attempt to gain some recompense for his suffering – and possibly to protect others from similar problems – he wishes to put God on trial. With little sleep or rest, he begins to gather the data needed for such a task even as his life begins to fall apart. His rage against God takes on new proportions as he develops the case; reviewing Holy Scripture, he in fact finds God culpable in the most heinous of crimes against humanity. The case envelops his imaginings, isolating him from those who care about him most.

This disturbed man is presented in Bebawi novel as a remarkably compassionate person who has experienced the worst of life in his various ailments. He is certainly representative of much of the reader’s own private questionings of God and the trials that are faced by even the most innocent. Even in the midst of obvious hallucinations, he provides a lucid argument against God, definitely not the ravings of a madman.

And yet mental illness is one of his problems, the most prominent one during the action of the novel. Following his thoughts through various mental states, the writing in Bebawi book is chaotic but not confounding; it is more disconcerting in that the reader witnesses the suffering of such a kind and intelligent man in the midst of mania and delusion. Bebawi skillfully leads the reader through the meanderings of his mind and leaves the indelible impression of a man who did not deserve his fate. Too, the writing is obviously sympathetic toward those with mental illness without being condescending or overly dramatic in its representation.

By presenting the argument against God within the context of the thoughts of a mentally ill person, Bebawi may be providing a “safe” place for such discussion. Some may dismiss the case that the character is developing as that of delusion, and yet there are those in the novel who find it remarkable. Following the main character as he gathers his information from the various religious texts, the reader may make a similar conclusion. Or, if religious, he or she might simply find a common ground with this man in his suffering and the rage caused by it. Bebawi leaves such a decision up to the reader and his or her conscience.

This intricate story is so captivating with such vivid, detailed characters, that readers will fall in love with this book. Even within the space of a short novel, Sabri Bebawi is able to present difficult – and often private – questions of life, God, and reality in the harsh existence of a mentally ill man. Through smooth prose that expresses the man’s desires, Bebawi provides the reader with not necessarily the answer to whether or not God is guilty of crimes against humanity, but rather the context in which to begin answering those questions. The fictional space of the book provides only the beginning of this discussion, and yet it is a powerful beginning.


God On Trial ( A Short Fiction)

Paperback, First, 212 pages

Published November 8th 2013 by CreateSpace
Genre: Adult Fiction
My Thoughts

I won this novel in a contest, and upon the Author learning I was a book reviewer, was asked to review this book. This in no way swayed my rating or opinion.

For starters, I really liked this book for its subject matter. It held my attention and I was eager to turn the pages to find out what would happen next. Yesterday morning, I only planned to read a couple chapters, and wound up nearly finishing the entire book, (I was at 90%). I love it when a book captivates me to the point that I cannot put it down!

With that being said, it isn’t particularly well written, and can certainly stand a round of editing. –(My Grammarly app is lighting up like a Christmas tree regarding the synopsis). Despite these problems, I was so intrigued by the subject matter of a schizophrenic man wanting to bring God to trial for crimes against humanity, that I didn’t care about the before mentioned issues.

I loved the lawyer, Julianna; albeit a hallucination, still a fascinating character. I felt sympathy for Sophia, the wife, who supported her husband through his delusions and sought to get him help. The Author makes it clear whether or not “the disturbed man” is having a delusion or not, so the reader is able to determine if he is having an episode or if he is experiencing reality. -Thank goodness for that, or this would have been a very confusing read.

Definitely worth a read, and the price is right at $1.99 for Kindle.:)

Overall, I would recommend this read to fans of books where the protagonist is mentally ill and on a mission. -Such as Silver Linings Playbook.


About The Author

Sabri BebawiThe middle of five children, Sabri Bebawi was born in 1956 in the town of Fayoum, Egypt, where he attended law school at Cairo University. He then left Egypt for the United Kingdom. He was invited by Oxford University, where he spent some time, and never returned to Egypt. A few years later, after living and working in England, Italy, France, and Cyprus, he took refuge in the country he loved most, the United States.
In California he studied communications at California State University, Fullerton, then obtained a master’s degree there in English education. Later he worked at many colleges and universities teaching English as a second language, freshman English, journalism, and educational technology. He did further graduate work at UCLA and obtained a PhD in education and distance learning from Capella University.
Although English is his third language, he has published many works in English on eclectic topics. It has always been his ambition to write novels, and this is his first attempt. As English is a foreign language to him, the task of writing a novel has been challenging.
As a child, Bebawi struggled to make sense of religions and their contradictions; in fact he grew up terrified of the word God. As he grew older and studied law, as well as all the holy books, he developed a more pragmatic and sensible stance; the word became just that—a word.

AWRW Book Review 💔 The Bad Girl 💔 by Author L. Donsky-Levine @LDonskyLevine

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Synopsis

1971. Riley Madison is always looking over her shoulder. And always running. From poverty, from abuse, from a childhood snuffed out by a junkie mother, and a violent past marginally kept at bay.

This twenty-two-year-old New Yorker lives in her less than perfect world where her only friend is a cat, and when not self-medicating with Twinkies, Oreos and cigarettes, she works at a Times Square sex emporium servicing anyone who can pay.

Not because she wants to. But because she has to if she aims to stay one step ahead of the dangerous underworld that sees her as nothing more than prey.

Prey whose internal armor is about to be tested in ways she never imagined when her life once again spirals out of control.

Survival in the animal world is a simple concept. Survival in the human world is not.

Kindle Edition, 142 pages
Published November 18th 2015 by Steel Wheel Publishing
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Dark, Crime


What’s It About?


***Contains Some Spoilers and Quotations***

“Riley learned real quick what she had to do to stay alive.”

Riley Madison is a sex worker and animal rescuer, who was abandoned by her mother at 12 years old to a pervert who held her captive for three years.

When diagnosed with lockjaw, a hazard of her job as a sex worker, she is no longer able to work and winds up homeless. Then, a kind act by a stranger takes her from being broke, homeless, cold and hungry; to safe, with goals and a future full of prospects that wouldn’t have been available to her, otherwise.

Her brain clouds with thoughts of retribution, when someone from her past shows up at her door, leading to a bittersweet ending, that I didn’t at all expect.

“It was a moment long in the making. Where atonement and retribution had to collide for the sake of that twelve year old girl.”

The Bad Girl is a dark women’s fiction novel, told from the perspectives of Riley, a Vietnam Vet named Fritz, an old man named Bennie, and Samson –a superior Havana Brown cat. -Yes, seriously!:)

My Thoughts

The Bad Girl was so engrossing, I finished it within one sitting!

It’s funny, because I once had the idea to include a cat’s point of view in a novel, and I see that Author L. Donsky-Levine beat me to it! Even so, I was delighted to read Samson the cat’s thoughts!

Riley Madison’s character is troubled and disturbed. She numbs herself with food and benzos, and works at a sex emporium because she has to. She doesn’t have many options, due to her troubled past, lack of education and social skills, among other reasons. She is still a sympathetic character, despite her drug use and job as a prostitute because her heart is kind; She rescues stray animals and brings them to the shelter. She might not care about herself, but she cares about the poor, stranded animals she finds on the streets. These acts warmed her to me.


The secondary characters, with the exception of Bennie and Samson the cat, felt “extra” to me. Fitz Darcy didn’t come across to me as the hero he tried to be. I felt he meddled in Riley’s life too much, as opposed to Bennie, who gave her options, but didn’t push his will on her.

There were a couple scenarios in the novel that didn’t seem logical. The incident with the eight boys partying in the warehouse was hard for me to wrap my head around because one would think you could have heard them from a mile away, and not have been surprised to find them. I felt so bad for her for what happened next, but was scratching my head as to how she didn’t realize they were there, when only moments before she could hear the broken glass under her feet and the sounds of her own breathing. Eight boys partying around the corner would have been hard to not hear.

The ending was completely unexpected and bittersweet. It choked me up a bit because in one way, it was sad and in another, it was freeing.

I really enjoyed this thought-provoking read and I would recommend it to fans of dark women’s fiction!


In the interest of full disclosure, I received an e-copy of this novel, in exchange for a fair, thoughtful, and honest book review. This in no way swayed my rating or review.

Editorial Reviews

Review

RIVETING. Debut author, Donsky-Levine enters the literary arena with a superbly-crafted exploration of the grieving process and what happens when we can’t move on. In Riley, a feisty, emotionally scarred woman who lives in an uncertain world where survival shares a place alongside the thin edge of violence, she has given her readers a fresh perspective on an oft-traversed topic (sexual abuse). One seen not only through Riley’s eyes, but through her cat’s and the two men who enter her isolated existence hoping to save her.” ––Midwest Review

MAY BE HER FIRST . . . but L. Donsky-Levine’s debut novella of lost souls living half-lives amidst the bustle of New York city in the 1970s is so beautifully crafted, so seamlessly seasoned with unforgettable characters and a storyline that delivers on all levels, readers will be begging for more.” —Readers’ Favorite



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About The Author

L. Donsky-Levine
L. Donsky-Levine was born and raised in New York and where according to her mother, she was writing before she even walked, telling those stories with a twig in the dirt. But it would take a lifetime and the raising of a family first before that career as storyteller would come to fruition. In her trademark witty and wise fashion, she crafts stories crossing all genres, all emotional landscapes of the heart about characters dealing with all the things life could possibly throw their way. The Bad Girl is her debut novella. She currently lives in South Florida with her family, and when not writing she can be found tinkering around in the kitchen (just for fun), painting, taking long walks with her granddaughter, Cupcake, or online. You can find out more about her work by visiting her website as well as be the first to hear about upcoming books by signing up for her mailing list newsletter.

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AWRW Book Review ☀ Dark Southern Sun ☀ Ryan’s Journey Volume 2, by Author Shaun J. McLaughlin


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Love, Friendship and Honor in the Goldfields of Old Australia

ebook, 284 pages
Published December 1rst 2014 by Raiders and Rebels Press
Genre: Historical Fiction, Adventurous Fiction
Ryan’s Journey Series, Book 2
Synopsis

Dark Southern Sun is a story about love, friendship, and honor in the goldfields of old Australia.

In this sequel to Counter Currents, Ryan washes up on the southern shore of Australia near death in 1845. Rescued by two Wathaurung native children and nursed to health by their parents, his life and theirs are entwined through good and sorrow for the next ten years. Set against the historical backdrop of Australia’s formative years, Ryan witnesses the displacement of the Aboriginal people, and he faces the chaos of the world’s largest alluvial gold rush and the bloodshed of Australia’s only armed uprising.

Throughout, two very different women—one white, one black—tug at his heart as he struggles from penury to prosperity. As he rises in social esteem as an astute businessman and cunning streetfighter, Ryan creates two bitter enemies—one white, one black. In time, they set aside their vast racial and emotional hatreds and combine forces. Can Ryan survive their vicious attempt to destroy him and save the good life he has built?


“Our opposing destinies have walked side-by-side for ten years. Today, we end that.”

Having read Counter Currents, late 2013, I looked forward to getting to this volume of Ryan’s Journey. I must say, this novel shows Ryan’s growth, not only physically, but mentally too.

I liked that this novel was named after my favorite character, Alinga.:) I liked her from the start when Ryan washed up at their camp and she tended to him, and then she further grew on me, the more I read. *Spoiler alert* –You can’t imagine my disappointment upon her death, but was satisfied in the way that Ryan avenged her death. –*End of Spoiler Alert*

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What I learned from this novel is that sometimes honor costs more than it’s worth. There were so many opportunities for Ryan to have taken out dangerous people, but because of honor, he wouldn’t, and in the end, it really bit him in the butt! That was extremely depressing!

And that Ellen, grrr! Never liked her! When she was referred to as a “possum in heat”, I nearly spit my coffee all over myself! That insult was perfectly fitting for her!

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What made me sad about this novel was that had Ryan never washed up on their shore, the family would have gone on to live their normal, warrior lives. Certainly, Ryan contributed a lot to them and he helped them and their relatives in many ways. But in the end… was it worth it?

At times, the pacing was slow, and after my favorite character’s death, I tuned out a bit.The murder of her and her family was such a major blow. I was surprised the Author went in this direction with the story.

Judging by the way this novel ended, I’m wondering if Ryan’s Journey will continue? I would love to read the third installment and hopefully, Ryan will get his “happily ever after”. He sure didn’t get it in this installment.

I would recommend this series to fans of historical (1800’s) and adventure fiction!

In the interest of full disclosure, I received an e-copy of this novel, in exchange for a fair, thoughtful, and honest book review. This in no way swayed my review or rating.

Purchase

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About The Author

Shaun J. McLaughlin
Shaun J. McLaughlin has so far published two history books on the Patriot War of 1838 and two novels. All books are available as ebooks and paperbacks.

His first novel, Counter Currents, won the 2013 silver medal for Historical Literature Fiction-Modern (set 1500-1940 AD) awarded by Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards.

The sequel, Dark Southern Sun, is a story about love, friendship, and honor in the goldfields of old Australia.

A researcher, journalist and technical writer for over thirty years, with a master’s degree in journalism, Shaun lives on a hobby farm in Eastern Ontario. Now a semi-retired freelance writer, he focuses on fiction writing projects.

★ AWRW Book Review ★ The Trinity, by Author K.P Ambroziak @KPAmbroziak

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Published December 12th 2015, by K.P. Ambroziak

288 Pages

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Crime, Mystery

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Synopsis

When Jacob’s mentor, Father Stephen Brentwood, the man for whom he joined the priesthood, is killed, he realizes he is embroiled in a plot far more sacrilegious than he originally thought.

As he uncovers the mystery of Stephen’s past, he discovers that of his own. The scheme of his mentor’s death pulls him deeper into the church, and brings him closer to the elusive figure at the head of the Trinity. Once Jacob’s role in their machinations is revealed, one for which he is unknowingly destined to play, it is too late for him to disentangle his truth from their heresy.

My Thoughts

As usual, Author K.P. Ambroziak has blown me away with her amazing writing skills!

The Trinity is a story about a church with an unbelievable, tangled weave of secrets, that leads to a murder of one of their own. I was HOOKED the moment when the young woman, (Rebecca), burst into the church and demanded to see Father Stephen Brentwood. I wondered what their connection could be and I was eager to read more.

I loved the conspiratorial elements of The Trinity, from the Bishops keeping secrets, the painting of the Garden of Eden depicting Eve with two men, (was one possibly Satan?), to the article of faith called the dual seed. This novel challenged my thoughts and really made me think.

“Evil can’t come from God, so it must have come from Satan as far back as the Garden… Evil came into the world alongside good.”

The unpredictable twists and turns had my head spinning around in different directions. Everyone was exchanging roles and nobody was as they seemed. I found myself flipping through my notes of the book to reread passages I wrote down so I could keep up with all the action! This is a book I definitely need to read again to see if I missed any small clues that were peppered in by the Author. I love a good mystery, and The Trinity was a GREAT mystery!

I would recommend this novel to fans of mystery and suspense with religious overtones.



In the interest of full disclosure, I received an e-copy of The Trinity in exchange for a thoughtful, honest, and fair book review. This in no way swayed my opinion.

Purchase


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About The Author

K P Ambroziak
K. P. Ambroziak has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a concentration in English Renaissance drama and art. Her research relies on early Christian writings, ancient philosophy, natural religion, Greek and Roman mythology, as well as the medieval church. She is interested in how religion impacts humanistic study, and her work often includes research on visual art. Most recently, for example, her article “Poussin’s Echo of Ovid” was published in WRECK: Graduate Journal of Art History, Visual Art & Theory.

She writes fiction as well, and is currently working on her fifth novel.

❅ A New Year’s Eve Romance ❅ Guest Post by Author Rebecca Brooks! @BeccaBooks @EntangledPub


A New Year’s Eve Romance

Guest Post by Rebecca Brooks

Ah, New Year’s. The crowds, the noise, the ridiculous expense. The inability to feel your toes if you live, like I do, somewhere where winter temps make you want to curl up in pj’s with hot cocoa, not don a LBD and guzzle chilled champagne.

As a kid I remember freezing during First Night in Boston and begging my parents to take me home. Another year my parents were excited to take my brother and me to Trafalgar Square and we, yes, begged to go home. The most fun I remember having on New Year’s Eve when I was young was staying up late playing bingo with my grandparents and drinking Martinelli’s sparkling cider. Which I guess says a lot about me.

Later there would be holidays spent dancing in some warehouse space in Brooklyn, and quieter girl’s nights in with friends, and the New Year’s Eve in which I discovered something more disheartening than the boy you like having a girlfriend, which is the boy you like having a girlfriend and still wanting you for a night.

But there was one New Year’s Eve that was so fun, I decided to write a book about it.

In How to Fall, Julia and Blake celebrate New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They wear all white for good luck, as is the custom, and stay up all night dancing barefoot on the beach. Midnight finds them swimming in the ocean as fireworks burst overhead and then sneaking off to more, ahem, private places. It’s a turning point for both of them as they shed their past selves and embrace a new future together. It’s also a scene I based pretty heavily on my own life and one of my favorite memories.

I rang in 2005 on Copacabana Beach in Rio, wearing a white outfit of which there is hopefully no remaining photographic evidence because I’m sure not sharing it online. I had been studying abroad in Brazil and stayed on after my program ended, and while my travels took me to other parts of the country—including the spectacular waterfalls where Blake and Julia first meet—I wound up in Rio with a handful of friends. No sweeping romance for me, but I’ve always remembered how much fun that night was on the beach. I wanted to capture that sense of excitement and possibility, and show both my characters and readers a seriously good time.

Nowadays my New Year’s Eve plans tend to be quite a bit tamer. When my husband and I first got together we made a vow not only to love and care for one another but to not make ourselves go out and brave New York’s crowds and cold each year. Instead we cook together—something a step up from our usual weeknight fare and definitely involving chocolate—and watch a Shakespeare production on TV. What can I say? We like good food, good art, good bubbly, and even better company.

What are your New Year’s traditions? Doing anything special this year?

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One week of adventure might just lead to love…

 

Julia Evans has always put others ahead of herself—her high school math students, her troubled best friend, and her ex. But with New Year’s approaching, she buys a round trip ticket to Brazil. For one week, she can put her needs first. She can meet a stranger in the hotel pool at midnight and dance all night on the beach.

Screenwriter Blake Williams has to keep moving before Oz’s latest scandal catches up to him. But the dark-haired beauty with a backpack and an adventurous streak is messing with his plans. He can’t seem to walk away from her. But secrets have a way of coming out, and when the week is up, Julia and Blake will have to decide if they’re jumping into the biggest adventure of all or playing it safe.

Excerpt: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/how-to-fall

Buy links (print and e-book):

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/How-Fall-Rebecca-Brooks-ebook/dp/B015WAHKVY

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/how-to-fall-rebecca-brooks/1122713205?ean=9781633754225

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/how-to-fall/id1044184305?mt=11

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Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/how-to-fall-5

Indigo (Canada): https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/how-to-fall/9781633754225-item.html

Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/How-Fall-Rebecca-Brooks-ebook/dp/B015WAHKVY?

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Fall-Rebecca-Brooks-ebook/dp/B015WAHKVY?

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Rebecca Brooks lives in New York City in an apartment filled with books. She received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them. She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx. Her books are about independent women who leave their old lives behind in order to try something new—and find the passion, excitement, and purpose they didn’t even know they’d been missing.

Find Rebecca on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

🌟 Cover Reveal 🌟 Twice Upon A Time (The Black Angel Book Series #1) by Author Hope Iriving @HI_author

Author Hope Irving has big news! She now has a sexy new cover for Twice Upon A Time, book 1 of The Black Angel Book series, and because of reader demand, has a sequel in the works! 🎉 🎉
Check out the new cover!

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Twice Upon A Time (The Black Angel Book #1) – Synopsis

Once upon a time, there was the wandering soul of Morgann, an 8th century Irish calligrapher-monk longing to be reunited with his soul mate. Deirdre was his forbidden love, a witch with whom he wrote a coveted book.

Under her spell, the souls of the star-crossed lovers travel from bodies to bodies until they find each other. Eventually.

That became his quest: unearth her new body and trigger her memory, for she is clueless about whom she once was. Unfortunately their story didn’t get a chance to become a fairy tale yet it still turned out as a famous urban legend referred as The Black Angel Book

Twice upon a time, not so long ago, there was me, rational and devastated Rose. I needed to get a grip, said my French mum after my year of numbness due to a painful break-up that led me to cut my wrist daily, to feel something, anything.

So she sent me off to the free-spirited village of Provincetown, Massachusetts, to spend the summer with my American relatives. And just like that, I wasn’t myself any longer. Because someone pulled me out of the darkness and bewitched me, somehow.

I couldn’t wait to jump his bones… but why was he holding back?

He couldn’t wait to welcome me into his world… but was I ready to question my convictions and acknowledge that my self-inflicted cuts were now healing in record time?

How could I have imagined he was longing for his own unorthodox fairytale to come true? Frantically.

EXCERPT #1 from Twice Upon A Time (The Black Angel Book series #1)

“Hi, I called you last week about registration—” I opened the cupboard to get a plate for my cinnamon raisin bagel that was being toasted as I spoke.

Without letting me finish my sentence, the sexy voice, still this aching tone—not from a sore throat, then—declared, “Hi yourself.” A cough on the other end of the line.

“Oh, I remember you!” He chuckled. “You hung up on me so fast I didn’t get your name.” How could he remember me from a week ago? “So I guess, it’s ‘Hi yourself… again’, right?” He paused for a split second, in a playful tone, added, “I do remember your voice, though. Will you tell me your name this time or are we gonna play hide and seek again? That’s why you’re calling back, right? You realized your mistake?”

Flabbergasted, I replied, putting a large amount of cream cheese on my heated bagel. “Exactly… I forgot to give you my name. You’re gifted, you know, recognizing my

voice like that. I bet I wasn’t the only one who called to enroll.” A giggle that almost came out as a roar.

“You’re right, I got a few phone calls…” He coughed again then said, “But actually recognizing your voice was pretty easy. I like your voice: warm and confident although I can hear a little bit of worry in it. I bet it’s due to both excitement and fright about attending the workshop. Anxious and curious, I would say.” Did he say that to everybody, to be nice? “Your voice is tinged with… I don’t know, sorrow, I would say, and that’s why it sounds different.”

O-kay, where did that come from? I sighed at his accurate comment.

“Well,” I started, biting on the bagel to buy me some time, “thanks for the comment on my voice. You’re insightful, I must add.” And out of the blue I blurted out, “I love your voice… too… mmm.” Did I say that out loud? Sure I meant it but couldn’t say that to a complete stranger. “I mean… I like your voice, too.”

Silly me. Now he was going to think I was hitting on him over the phone. Great!

“Thanks, stranger. And by the way, I wasn’t making a comment about your voice I was paying you a compliment,” he stated, correcting my assumption. “So, anyway, what did you say your name was?”

“I didn’t give it to you, yet. Sorry, I’m not doing that on purpose, I swear.” Here I was, toying with my hair again, embarrassed. “My name is Rose Perry.”

“So I remember you’ve always wanted to learn calligraphy but never had the chance, is that correct?” Calm and in control, with a sensual kind of a rugged voice, from which you could altogether fantasize about a hot guy as its beholder.

© 2015 Hope Irving


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EXCERPT #2 from Twice Upon A Time (The Black Angel Book series #1)

Centuries ago Deirdre got killed. Centuries ago Morgann was left for dead. Since then, it is revenge his soul is after; my soul. For Rose to trust me, comprehend the depth of my feelings and remember the truth, I need to confide in her and let her know what we are. What I am. Otherwise it will never work out. I don’t want her to feel pressured because of this spell. I have no idea about the extent of our free will in that story. As far as I’m concerned, I’ve accepted my fate long ago. I pray for her to do the same. I’m convinced we belong together. © 2015 Hope Irving

About The Author

Hope Irving is a debut indie author who lived in Paris, France, most of her life and also in the US, where she graduated with an MBA. She currently lives in Paris with her family.

When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, going to the movies and watching paranormal TV series. Her influences are diverse: Choderlos de Laclos, Brett Easton Ellis, Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris or S. E. Hinton.

She can’t stand the rain but it gives her an excuse to watch the Barbie movies with her daughter, over and over again, and sometimes Harry Potter and Edward Cullen sneak in.

She loves Nutella and Camembert cheese (not together), carrot cake, cinnamon Altoids and Dr. Pepper.

 

Random facts 

I’m a recovering TV addict. Haven’t watched TV in about a year; I’m a happy bookworm.

I still indulge on movies at the movie theater.

I love red heads.

I am not into sports (at all) but I enjoy walking (a lot), especially when shopping.

I hate karaoke but love music blind tests.

My favorite ice-cream flavor is peanut butter cup although I don’t like peanut butter. Go figure!

I am a French citizen who has a soft spot for country music… probably because I lived in Texas where I graduated.

I was 16 when I first traveled to the US.

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton is the first book I read in English.

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Connect with me

 Facebook: https://goo.gl/qPcwkO

Twitter: @HI_author

Pinterest: https://goo.gl/vBCeIKEndFragment   

Goodreads – Book page: https://goo.gl/4HSedH

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Blog: https://goo.gl/s53bEM

Twice Upon A Time playlist on YouTube: https://goo.gl/18zyxJ


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Amazon CA: http://goo.gl/VZoJ0P

Amazon UK : http://goo.gl/EnwDBd

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