AWRW Book Review: Moody Not Broody, by Author Kathryn Player #WomensFiction

moodynotbroodyEmma is a newly-wed looking forward to some blissful years with her new husband, Mike, but everyone else expects her to have children. Emma is a teacher and so, in everyone’s mind, she MUST want children.

However, Emma has never wanted children and has to convince her husband, her family and her friends that she’s not cut out for motherhood.

Instead, Emma wishes to pursue her teaching career and help children with Special Educational Needs, but her plans are thwarted and she has to make a decision which will affect her and her husband, Mike, forever.

“To breed or not to breed, that is the question!”

Kindle Edition, 1, 218 pages
Published June 15th 2013 by Kathryn Player
Genre: Women’s Fiction/ Chick Lit

What’s It About?

Moody Not Broody is a chick lit novel about a young newly wed/special ed teacher, who is being pressured by her husband, family, and friends to have children. Emma doesn’t feel ready yet, and she doesn’t know if she will EVER feel ready to have children…. that is until her plans are derailed, and she has to make a very important decision that not only affects her, but her husband too.

My Thoughts:

I’d like to thank Holly from Bookaholic Confessions for recommending this novel, which was free for a limited time. I read this novel for my own pleasure, and wasn’t asked by the author for a review.

This was a good story. I enjoyed the author’s voice and found Emma to be a likable, and relatable character. Being a woman in my 30’s myself, I can relate to the feelings of pressure to have children. (Although, I believe Emma was actually in her 20’s.)

The ending was ABRUPT… I’m curious if there will be a sequel, because the story didn’t feel resolved.
***Note, per the Author’s bio, there will be a sequel.

Recommendation:

Anyone who enjoys stories centered around a woman’s experiences, with a special interest in unfair pressure by society to have a baby, mixed with humor.

Purchase:

To buy Moody Not Broody, or not… That is a silly question! ;) Purchase, here!

Rating:

About The Author:

Kathryn PlayerKathryn Player was a teacher for ten years before she decided to have a career break and become a stay-at-home Mum. At the same time, she launched her debut novel, ‘Moody not Broody’, which was written three years earlier. ‘Moody not Broody’ is based on her teaching antics (experiences) over the past ten years.

Kathryn’s second book (a short romantic comedy) will be released on August 14th 2014. It is about two sisters who work in a charity shop and is based on real life stories.

Currently, Kathryn is working on the sequel to ‘Moody not Broody’. –Goodreads Author Bio

AWRW Book Review: God Doesn’t Love Us All The Same, by Author Nina Guilbeau

godJanine Harris never really thought about homeless people. She barely even notices them as she passes them by on her way to work in downtown Washington D.C. All Janine can focus on is the shambles of her own young life, afraid that she will never be able to get past the painful mistakes she has made.

However, all of that changes on a snowy evening in December when Janine unexpectedly finds herself alone with Vera, an old, homeless woman who seems to need her help. Now Janie wants to know what could have possibly happened to Vera to leave her so broken and alone.

As Vera shares her life story with Janine, the two women form an unusual bond and begin a journey that changes both of their lives forever. Reluctantly, they each confront their own past and in the process, discover the true meaning of sacrifice, family and love. Although in the end, they learn that they must face the most difficult challenge of all – forgiving themselves.

Paperback, 254 pages
Published May 5th 2014 by Juania Books LLC
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Social Issues

What’s It About?

God Doesn’t Love Us All The Same
is an emotionally engrossing novel about a young banker who callously steps over a homeless woman every morning on her way to work. One day she takes the time to speak with her. After a few more discussions, she learns her entire life story, and becomes closer to this homeless woman than she ever would’ve thought. Her discussions with this woman change the path of her life, and her attitude towards people in general.

My Thoughts:

Finally the weeping has stopped! I cried throughout most of this novel. Can I please give it 10 stars? Because it was THAT GOOD!

God Doesn’t Love Us All The Same is a story about racism, stigma, familial love and devotion, and the power of forgiveness. It is a story that will have you crying, and then smiling ear to ear. I was very emotional reading this book.

I hated Janine at the beginning of the story. She was self absorbed and unfeeling to others. I couldn’t believe the turnaround she made by the end of the novel. It’s amazing how a chance meeting with someone (Vera, the homeless woman), can influence, and ultimately change your life. –And I think that this is the underlying message of this story.

Noteworthy Characters:

Janine: College drop-out/banker who lives with her sister. She is miserably confused, and just wants a do-over.

Vera: Multi-racial, elderly homeless woman who doesn’t fear death… She fears seeing God disappointed with her.

Robert Tillery Sr: Vera’s wealthy, racist, and influential white grandfather.

Sara Tillery: Vera’s white grandmother.

Vicki: Janine’s sister.

Hattie: Vera’s black mother. She feels helpless under the control of the Tillerys.

Robert Tillery Jr: Vera’s deceased white father.

Clyde Thomas: Hattie accepts a marriage proposal from Clyde, who is 20 years her senior, as a way out from the control of the Tillerys.

Marianne: Vera’s daughter

Recommendation:

Anyone who enjoy stories centered around a woman’s experience, and/or anyone who enjoys the drama of societal issues, (and this book has PLENTY).

Rating:

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***In interest of full disclosure, I received an e-copy of God Doesn’t Love Us All The Same, by the author, in exchange for a thoughtful, fair, and honest book review.

Purchase:

Did my review pique your interest? Purchase a copy of God Doesn’t Love Us All The Same, on Amazon, here!

About The Author:

 Nina Guilbeau “As a writer I feel as if I walk two distinct paths. On one path, I am drawn in the direction of non-fiction family pieces. I believe that if we can understand our family relationships, we can get a better understanding of who we are as individuals.

On the other path, I enjoy the creativity involved when plotting out different fictional stories. As the characters go through their ups and downs, it’s comforting to know that on some level, it will all work out for them. My central characters always carry the lesson that sometimes to grow, you have to “let go.”

Nina Guilbeau is the Siblings Editor for BellaOnline where she writes weekly parenting articles. She is the winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award and author of Too Many Sisters, Birth Order and Parenting with writing credits in short story anthologies From Our Family to Yours and Chicken Soup for the Soul. –Goodreads Author Bio

AWRW Way Back Wednesday Book Review: Comes The Blind Fury, by Author John Saul

Way Back Wednesday is a Book Meme created by A Well Read Woman with the aim to write mini book reviewwaybackwednesdays on books read in the past, that left a lasting impression. You know what kind of books I am talking about… The ones that you have read multiple times, and they still bring you nostalgia. Books like these are the reason you enjoy reading!

EVERYONE is welcome to participate. For instructions, please visit here!

239887Today’s Way Back Wednesday post is dedicated to a favorite of mine, Comes The Blind Fury, by Author John Saul.

“A child cries out… In torment. In terror. From out of the past, from out of the mists, a terrible vengeance is born.”

A century ago, a gentle blind girl walked the cliffs of Paradise Point. Then the children came — taunting, teasing — until she lost her footing and fell, shrieking her rage to the drowning sea… Now Michelle has come from Boston to live in the big house on Paradise Point. She is excited about her new life, ready to make new friends… until a hand reaches out of the swirling mists — the hand of blind child. She is asking for friendship… seeking revenge… whispering her name…

Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 2nd 1990 by Dell (first published January 1st 1980)
Genre: Mystery, Fantasy, Supernatural, Thriller

Gah! I loved this book, and I read it so many times that the book eventually fell apart on me. I was drawn in by Amanda’s (the blind girl) story, and I couldn’t help but feel sad for her and I wanted the revenge she sought.

Then, Michelle is introduced to the story, and she is teased by children, much like Amanda, for being crippled. A ghostly Amanda reaches out to Michelle, and soon the laughter stops…

John Saul can weave a supernatural thriller like nobody else. As a teenager, I read ALL of his books, but Comes The Blind Fury was my favorite by him. (I really need to build my collection of John Saul books back up.) I would recommend this novel to teens and adults like, who enjoy a good supernatural thriller!

Purchase this terrifying bestseller, here!

AWRW Book Review: Layla, by Celine Keating #WomensFiction

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Layla is the story of a young woman whose journey forward is through the past.

In the 1960s, Layla’s parents were protesting the Vietnam War. Students were burning draft cards. Thousands were marching on Washington. The Weather Underground was taking things further—making statements, making bombs. Now it’s 2005, her mother has died, and her legacy to Layla is an envelope of enigmatic letters and instructions for a cross-country journey that will be as disorienting as a ’60s acid trip.

Traveling from New York City to the Adirondack Mountains and Boston, across the country to Colorado, the Oregon forest, and a hippie outpost in the California desert, Layla falls deeper into danger as she gets closer to the bombshell at the heart of her parents’ past.

Yearning to learn more about the father she’s never known, Layla, apolitical and disaffected, doesn’t take her mother’s warnings seriously – until it is too late. Confronted with a painful, life-changing choice, Layla discovers her own values as she comes to grips with the consequences of her parents’ activism.

Paperback Edition: 247 pages

Published January 13th 2014 by Plain View Press

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Fiction, Political, Suspense

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***I would like to thank Celine Keating for providing me with a paperback copy of Layla, in exchange for a fair, thoughtful and honest book review.
laylabycelineWhat Is It About?

Layla is a women’s fiction novel about a young woman’s cross country journey, where every stop unravels a small part of her past, and shocking family secrets are revealed.

Born to left wing politico parents. Layla has been told her entire life how great the ’60s were. She strongly resists this ideology, and resents politics in general. Layla feels politics took her mother’s attention from her growing up.

Layla develops her own point of view, and discovers her true self along the way.

My Thoughts:

This is one of those books that I may have never picked up/heard of if it wasn’t offered to me in exchange for a review, and I am so glad it was, because I absolutely loved it. The slow winding suspense, and likability of the main character will make this book a memorable one for me.

I loved being along for Layla’s cross country journey, interacting with her parents’ hippy friends, an odd hitchhiker with her son in tow, and of course all the evasive letters that were strategically sent to her along the way. Layla is an empathetic character, and someone who you want to see succeed. I enjoyed watching her grow as a person, and I was proud of the woman she had become because of it all! Layla represents women’s fiction at its finest!

What I Loved:

There were a few gasp worthy moments and plot twists that I didn’t see coming, which propelled the story forward into a direction I wasn’t expecting. I love it when a story can ‘keep me on my toes’!

The suspenseful writing makes this novel hard to put down. I love a story that I can stay immersed in, and doesn’t lose my interest. Layla never lost my interest.

What I Disliked:

Now that I have finished Layla, I miss being along for the ride! I sighed as I closed the book, knowing that Layla’s, (and my), journey was over.

I didn’t understand why Jenny, who was accompanying Layla on her trip, left after one stop. Why was it necessary for her to come at all? However, I think the author made a wise decision in sending her home, because we got to see Layla grow as an individual, and bravely navigate on her own.

Recommendation:

I believe that so many people could enjoy this novel; specifically, anyone who lived through the tumultuous ’60s, political activists, and anyone who enjoys a slow winding suspense.

Purchase:

Purchase Layla on Amazon!

Rating:

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About The Author:

Celine Keating

Celine Keating is a fiction writer living in New York. Her novel, Layla, published in June, 2011, from Plain View Press, was chosen by both HuffPost and Poets & Writers as a must-read book, and was featured in the summer issues of Poets & Writers in 2011 and 2012. Her short fiction has been published in many literary magazines, including Appearances, Echoes, Emrys Journal, The North Stone Review, Prairie Schooner, and Santa Clara Review. Keating is a board member of The Concerned Citizens of Montauk, an environmental group. She is also a music reviewer and contributor to Acoustic Guitar magazine and Minor7th.com.

 

AWRW Book Review: Stranger At Sunset, by Eden Baylee

Vacation can be a killer.

Dr. strangeratsunsetKate Hampton, a respected psychiatrist, gathers with a group of strangers at her favorite travel spot, Sunset Villa in Jamaica. Included in the mix are friends of the owners, a businessman with dubious credentials, and a couple who won the trip from a TV game show.

It is January 2013, following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The luxury resort is struggling, not from the storm, but due to a scathing review from caustic travel writer, Matthew Kane. The owners have invited him back with hopes he will pen a more favorable review to restore their reputation.

Even though she is haunted by her own demons, Kate feels compelled to help. She sets out to discover the motivation behind Kane’s vitriol. Used to getting what he wants, has the reviewer met his match in Kate? Or has she met hers?

Stranger at Sunset is a slow-burning mystery/thriller as seen through the eyes of different narrators, each with their own murky sense of justice. As Kate’s own psychological past begins to unravel, a mysterious stranger at Sunset may be the only one who can save her.

Paperback, 348 pages
Published September 14th 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published June 22nd 2014)
Genre: Psychological Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

My Thoughts:

Stranger at Sunset was inspired by the Author’s trip to Jamaica. It is the first in a series, yet to be penned/released. After reading this story, I am interested in the rest of the series and look forward to their release!

This story is told by multiple points of view, and while I thought in the beginning that it was Kate’s story, it really wasn’t. Strangers At Sunset is the story of not only Kate, the respected psychiatrist with an eidetic memory, but the story of Anna and Nolan Pearson; the owners of Sunset Villa, and Jessica and Rob; the lucky winners of The Price is Right game show, and Adam; the egocentric businessman who claims he knows the secrets of being an alpha male, and of course Matthew Kane; the reviewer with a host of allergies and endless demands. Other characters worthy of a mention: Harrison; the bartender and loyal employee, Nadine; Anna and Nolan’s friend, Greg and Tom; married and owners of the OMG fashion line, Violet; the resort’s chef extraordinaire.

Multiple narratives tend to be confusing in stories, and at times it was. Like I said earlier, I wasn’t sure whose story Stranger At Sunset was. Even so, I enjoyed spending some time in each character’s head, and I felt I got a better understanding of why each character acted as they did. Even with Matthew Kane, who the Author painted as a very unsympathetic character.

I absolutely loved the prologue. The narrative intrigued me even though I didn’t know what was going on, until the end when it all made sense.  I got through 80% in one sitting and then finally forced myself to put it down till the next day. This novel had me wondering, what is going to happen next? Like I said, it was hard to put down once I got into it.

What Is It About?

Stranger At Sunset is a psychological suspense about two resort owners who invite back a reviewer who slammed their beloved resort, in hopes of changing his mind, and getting him to change his negative review into a positive one. They invite their friends along, for moral support. Included in the group, a troubled psychiatrist. What happens by the end of the week could determine the future of Sunset Villa.

What I Loved:

The characters were amazing, dynamic, and I wanted to get to know them better which was accomplished though multiple POVs. (Even though the multiple narratives made me nutty at times).

There were so many things to love about this novel, including the unique story itself. I haven’t read a novel quite like this before, so it was a refreshing change of pace!

The slow burning suspense made this book hard to put down. Strangers At Sunset is a book that can easily be finished in one sitting.

What I Disliked: (Warning Spoilers)

The author strayed away from the plot a few times, and I was expecting/hoping the loose ends would be tied up in the end regarding Jessica and Rob; whatever happened to them? Also, Kate’s photographic memory and PTSD symptoms (her insane confrontation with her Father in the end made me think SHE should be the one seeing a psychiatrist because she came off as a mental patient), and most importantly and without destroying the mystery, I am asking WHY? What was the motive behind it all?

Based on everything I mentioned above, I’m curious if the story continues in in the next book.

With a setting like Jamaica, I wished I felt transported there. The vacationers spent little time at the beach, and lots of time at the hotel.

Recommendation:

I believe so many people could enjoy this novel, specifically fans of mysteries who enjoy a good psychological suspense! If my review piqued your curiosity, don’t just add this novel to your TBR list and forget about it! Purchase it, today!!

Amazon US / UK Best Seller 
International Mystery and Crime
- Literary Fiction – Psychological
- Crime Fiction – Murder

***I was provided with a complimentary copy of Strangers At Sunset, by the Author, in exchange for a fair, thoughtful and honest book review.

About The Author:

Eden BaEden Bayleeylee left a twenty-year banking career to write. Incorporating some of her favorite things such as travel, culture, and a deep curiosity for what turns people on, her brand of writing is sensual and literary.

She has written three collections of erotic novellas and flash fiction ~ SPRING INTO SUMMER, FALL INTO WINTER, and HOT FLASH.

On June 30, 2014, she released her first novel–a psychological mystery/thriller set in Jamaica called STRANGER AT SUNSET.

Eden loves hearing from readers, so connect to her via her website at www.edenbayleebooks.com and all her social networks.
–Goodreads Author Bio

I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys thrillers, and psychological suspense.

AWRW #WayBackWednesday Book Review: Ski Weekend, by R.L. Stine

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It was a perfect setting –for murder!

Way Back Wednesday is a Book Meme created by A Well Read Woman wwaybackwednesdayith the aim to write mini book reviews on books read in the past, that left a lasting impression. You know what kind of books I am talking about… The ones that you have read multiple times, and they still bring you nostalgia. Books like these are the reason you enjoy reading!

Full rules to participate can be found, here!

Today’s Way Back Wednesday post is dedicated to an old favorite o’ mine: Ski Weekend, by R.L. Stine!

Author R.L. Stine is like the Steven King of YA. Out of all the Fear Street books, Ski Weekend has stuck with me. (In particular, a scene involving a kiss and carrot cake breath… I have no idea why that left such an impression on me, but nevertheless, it did!)

I loved this novel because of the edge-of-your-seat suspense that made the book difficult for me to put down. I don’t know if I would be able to fully lose myself in this series now as an adult, as I did as a pre-teenager, so I don’t want to reread it so I can keep my fanship alive in my heart.

Book Synopsis:
“Red” Porter was a stranger they’d met on their ski weekend. But Ariel Munroe, Doug Mahr and his girlfriend Shannon Harper were grateful he was there when they set out for home on the icy roads. Thank heaven for Red! He spotted the hilltop lodge when they were stranded by the blizzard. He took charge when they stumbled into strange surroundings, scared, tired and looking for refuge. But can he save them when their refuge becomes a trap?

Suddenly their hosts are acting very sinisterly. Doug’s car is gone. The phones are dead. And the house is full of guns. If they steal one, maybe they can escape! Until a shot is fired and the real terror begins…

Paperback, 165 pages
Published September 21st 1996 by Simon Pulse (first published 1991)
Ski Weekend (Fear Street, #10)
Genre: YA, Thriller, Teen Mystery

Do you have a pre-teenager, or young adult in your life who enjoys thrillers? Purchase Ski Weekend for them today!

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AWRW Book Blast + Facebook Launch Party! Dai’s Dark Valentine, by Dariel Raye

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Dai’s Dark Valentine, by Dariel Raye

 

What happens when a sheltered cat-shifter and a dark fey come together?

Three-hundred years is a long time, but left to its own devices, what began as the vendetta of one man can grow to encompass even more formidable hatred.

Daitre Salons is a beautiful but naïve heiress whose true heritage has been kept secret even from her. Now, her abilities are emerging and her father’s enemies want her dead, but what bothers her most is that her new husband “in name only” insists on treating her like a child.

Joban Beaucoup, professional guard to the Salons family, and dark fey (alternate spelling from Vodouin origin), has chosen to leave the quaint yet suffocating French town of his orphan-childhood and venture to the Americas, but he needs one thing he cannot concoct, despite his magical abilities – a wife.

When Joban agrees to marry Daitre and take her to the Americas with him, he carries her three-thousand miles away, then whisks her three-hundred years into the future to assure her safety, but while Daitre struggles to adjust to this strange new world, manage her newfound powers, and make peace with her feelings for Joban, Joban learns that even here, their enemies have followed them, now more deadly than ever.

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Dariel RayeFor more about Dariel, follow her blog or website.

She also publishes a new release newsletter and daily newspaper.

You can contact with her on Twitter, FacebookGoodreads, & Pinterest.

 

AWRW Book Review: Wolfsong Lullaby, (Wolfsong Trilogy 1), by HD March #Paranormal #EroticRomance

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Lyric discovers nothing is what it seems on Coral island, least of all its inhabitants, one wants to love her, the other destroy her.

Arriving on Coral Island Lyric discovers a world she never knew existed. Between the hot vampire Quest and wicked werelion Chaya she is in sexual heaven. But there is something that intends spoiling her fun. Lyrics presence has awakened an evil entity; the taking of her soul its target.

Only Quest stands in the way, but will his powers be enough to save her. Recalling the words that he’d fall in love, giving his heart, only to have his love snatched from him. That he’d face an eternity of pain, and Quest fears they are about to come true.

Kindle Edition, First, 203 pages

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Supernatural, Erotic Romance

Publication Date: June 20, 2014

Lyric has two goals in life: Become an accomplished sex therapist, and find a man who can keep up with her in bed. When her father remarries, she leaves home to stay in a cottage on Coral Island for a few months to work on her thesis, and to continue her quest for a lover who can satisfy her.

Coral Island is home to shape-shifting vampires, werewolves, and big mangy cats with serious claws. Quest, Draven, And Krish are brother peacekeepers who monitor the werecats and keep mortals safe. They are also vampires who have yet to meet their equals.

Quest swears off love and possessiveness. He wants to enjoy sex without all the distractions of a relationship. And kissing is absolutely out of the question…

On Lyric’s first night in the cottage, she senses something is off. The darkness and solitude of Coral Island frightens her. Claws scratch her door and window, and evil unleashes itself.

Quest meets Lyric, and almost immediately, he possesses her, an emotion he has sworn off his entire 300 year life. Has he met his match?

Lyric is in trouble. She finds herself caught up in a ten generations old curse meant to take her life.

Her time is running out.

Will she meet her destiny?


Noteworthy Characters:

Lyric: Main female character

Dionne: Lyric’s model/singer best friend

Jason: Lyric’s Father

Mercy: Jason’s new wife

Anya: Lyric’s deceased Mother

Chaya: Werecat

Quest: Sexy Peacekeeper/Vampire

Draven: Brother of Quest, Sexy Peacekeeper/Vampire

Krish: Brother of Quest and Draven, Sexy Peacekeeper/Vampire

Marlo: Father of the Peacekeepers

Tienni: Hybrid Wolf Woman, sworn to Quest

Siku: Werecat

Enedi: Werecat

Sicara: Half man/half beast killing machines, sworn to the peacekeeper brothers by allegiance

Lewis: Coral Island’s only cop

First off, I would like to thank HD March’s publicist for providing me with a complimentary copy of Wolfsong Lullaby, in exchange for a fair, honest, and thoughtful book review.

I enjoyed this novel. It is sexxxy and has lots of supernatural elements to it that reminded me of True Blood on steroidsWith Wolfsong Lullaby, you get vampires that shift into werewolves, and men and women that shift into big cats. Thrown in are a black mamba, ages old curses, and lots, and lots of dirty, graphic sex! If your thing is supernatural erotic romance, you NEED to add this novel to your TBR pile!

I got the impression, (and I was right), that this novel would be part of a series, so I am curious as to how the saga will continue! To read more about the series, click here!

If you are interested in a sexy supernatural read, purchase here!

About The Author


Hello and welcome to my corner of the world :)

I live on top of a mountain in Wales ideal in the summer not so in the winter months or when it rains, which is a lot in Wales!

My three children have left home, however my life is still manic. I live with my husband he sadly won’t leave home but I live in hope (joke). I have one suicidal cat that really does have nine lives.

I have five Alaskan Malamutes. They own me literally as I never go anywhere without taking their hair with me, they insist! My hobbies are showing and working them.

My first love though is writing, it’s a total escape for me my selfish time :) Writing my books takes me from the mundane chores of work into another universe.

Since a child I devoured any written word and enjoy acting out my fantasies in print.

My ambition is to pack in my nine to five job and become a full time writer. Another one of my many dreams. I have stockpiled work of various genres, including my first love erotic romance, followed by psychological thrillers and supernatural so be prepared I am making my mark on the world of literature.

H D March is the alter ego of Ellen March. I’m still writing erotic romance, only this time in the paranormal.

Here is the link to my Ellen March Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show…

I love the freedom that writing paranormal gives me, leaving my imagination fly. The research has to be my favourite part and in particular studying mythology and putting my own slant on things.

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AWRW Interview with Up And Coming Romance Author Karen Ferry!

Welcome, all! I recently had the pleasure of interviewing up and coming Romance Author Karen Ferry! We discussed her soon-to-be released new-adult, romance novel, Make Me Believe, and her ambitions for her writing career. Check out my interview, and connect with her today!

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AWRW: Hi Karen, thank you for allowing me to interview you on A Well Read Woman Blog. Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

KF: Hi April! Thanks so much for having me.

Well, I’m married to a really sweet, laidback man – according to himself, anyway ;-) – and we have a daughter who will be turning two this coming May. I am Danish, a self-proclaimed anglophile – so apart from the cooking, I LOVE all things British!! Lol. – and I am a HUGE bookworm. I come from a home where it was encouraged by my parents and grandparents to read every chance I could get, and so I did. I am also a romantic, but I tend to be cynical about it at the same time. (I do not know how that is possible, but there you have it.) I am fiercely protective of people I love, got a rather nasty temper on me – but it is not let loose that often – and I am told that I am a bit weird. *shrugs* In a good way, of course.

AWRW: What are your ambitions for your writing career?

KF: Oh, dear…this is a hard question. Okay. I am very ambitious, so I would be lying if I said that I do not hope to be able to make a living of it. Because I do. And I want it pretty badly. However, I also know that the journey towards this goal can be long, hard, and filled with obstacles, but that does not dissuade me in the least. And it may take 5 or 10 years, but that does not matter: I am a fighter. I will get there. Eventually. Whether it will be as a self-published or traditionally published author…only time will tell.

AWRW: Excellent! Keep up that tenacious spirit and you will go far! :) Which authors inspire you?

KF: There are so many authors who inspire me, so my apologies if this list gets rather long. ;-)

One author in particular whose work always manages to evoke a wide range of emotions in me is Kristen Ashley – her words are just magical. Other authors I would have to mention are A. L. Jackson, Nina Levine, Deborah Harkness, Renee Carlino, Tillie Cole, Tina Reber, and Pepper Winters. (This list could go on and on, but I will stop here.)

All of these authors have their own, unique ways of telling their stories; they are amazing storytellers, in my opinion, and their passion for writing is part of why they inspire me so much.

AWRW: Please tell us about your current work-in-progress.

KF: My current WIP is titled “Make Me Believe”, and it is about a 23-year-old woman, Emma, who has some serious issues to work through but is in denial about them. Meeting Daniel, however, happens to set off some events that force Emma to realise that she has to fight…She is pretty stubborn, though. Oh, she is also a bit of a goth girl, and she has a couple of tattoos and piercings as well.

Daniel, in turn, is dyslexic and has his own battles to conquer. He is a geek, quiet, incredibly shy and he does not know how to handle a girl like Emma who seems to be his opposite in every way. He is quite a “preppy” guy, completely different from the men Emma usually takes a fancy to.

Both Emma and Daniel revise plans of their own in order to reach their goals, but the question is if they will be willing to take a chance on each other?

I would also like to add that even though parts of my story are inspired by true events, it is important to remember that the book is still a work of fiction! (Just want to make that clear in order to prevent any misunderstandings.)

Make Me Believe

Synopsis

 

Sometimes, a chance meeting is just the push you need in order to break free from the darkness within…

My name is Emma, I’m 23, and I’ve never been kissed. I’m no virgin…But kissing is too intimate, too intense, and I don’t want that – not ever. I like sex, though, and most of my hook-ups don’t seem to mind the no-kissing part.

But then I meet Daniel, who’s such a geek, and definitely not the kind of guy I’d normally take an interest to. He’s the shy, quiet type, but with such a charming smile, and he makes my heart race – something I’ve never experienced before.

Daniel has his own issues to work through, and I know my hardened heart shouldn’t melt when he looks at me. I really shouldn’t be falling for him, either, but somehow, he manages to tear down my walls, and I’m scared…because once he learns my secrets, he’ll want nothing to do with me.

All I know is that Daniel makes me feel things that I have never felt before – but do I dare let down my walls and confide in him?

Will I let him be my first kiss?

This is my story, and I’ll reveal everything in my own sweet time…

Just don’t expect all the hearts-and-flowers stuff.

Life is messy, and mine is no different…

INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS

 

***Due to possible ‘triggers’ and adult situations (yes, there is lots of sex in this book) it is not recommended to persons under the age of 18.

Portrait of young attractive couple, outdoors

AWRW: Karen, thank you so much for sharing your current work in progress! I look forward to the release of Make Me Believe! And I absolutely love that it is told in first person! I think this creates an intimacy between the character and the reader, and I wish more authors would write in first person narrative!

What genre is your current WIP?

KF: New Adult / Contemporary Romance.

AWRW: If a movie adaptation was made of your current WIP, what actors/actresses would you like to see play your characters?

KF: Good lord, I have no idea! Hahaha! I am actually pretty horrible with actors/actresses and seldom compare my characters to any of them. You see, I am the kind of writer who, initially, does not always have a clear image of my characters in my head when I first start writing. And I am still at that stage, actually. So I am sorry, but I cannot really answer that…

AWRW: Hahaha, I understand! Who is designing your book cover? And do you think a book cover plays an important role in the book buying process?

LM CreationsKF: Louisa Maggio of LM Creations – this lady is so amazingly talented, it is quite scary! We have had a few brainstorming sessions, and I have no doubt that she will be able to design a cover that fits my book perfectly,

Le sigh. I really wish that I could say no, but, sadly, I have to say yes: the cover most often play a big part of making a reader decide if he/she wants to read your book; the cover is what makes a reader take notice and helps you decide to take a look at the synopsis. Personally, though, a book cover does not have to attract me just because it depicts a sexy couple embracing each other; no, the book cover has to reflect your story instead. That is key, I believe.

AWRW: Are you self-publishing? If so, have you run into any obstacles on your self-publishing journey?

KF: Yes, “Make Me Believe” will be self-published. As far as obstacles are concerned…well, I would not say that I have come across any major ones just yet. However, researching how to go about self-publishing, and getting the word out about me and my book? Those are definitely challenges that can make me feel a bit insecure and overwhelmed sometimes, and I am positive that said challenges are part of why I find a new grey hair when I look at myself in the mirror every morning. ;-) (Joking. Maybe…) Nevertheless, I am part of a couple of author groups on Facebook, and all these amazing authors are a fountain of information. I do not think that I would have the faintest idea of how to do this if I did not have them to turn to.

AWRW: When can we expect your books to hit the shelves/ e-readers?

KF: I have set the release date of “Make Me Believe” to 27th of April this year. (The ebook – the paperback, I hope, will be available the following week.) I have to confess that I am a bit uncertain about it – I am really nervous that I will be unable to meet my deadline – but, nevertheless, that is what I am aiming for.

I also hope to release another book, an adult contemporary romance, when we reach fall/winter (that one is currently untitled, however, so it is not set in stone).

AWRW: Wow! You certainly have been busy writing! I will cross my fingers for you in hopes that you will meet your deadlines.

How can your fans get in touch with you?

KF: I can be found on various social media sites, and I have listed them below – please come say ‘hi’! ;-)

Facebook Author Page 

“Karen’s Fairies” (Street Team/Fan Page)

Twitter 

Blog 

Pinterest 

Goodreads Author Profile 

Goodreads Link to “Make Me Believe” 

Thanks again, April!

AWRW: Thank you Karen! Lovely to have you on A Well Read Woman Blog!


Karen Ferry is an aspiring author, a wife to a quiet, laidback man, and a mother to a gorgeous, stubborn, redheaded girl Karen Ferry Author Facebook Profile Picwho will turn two years old in May. Even though Karen is Danish, she has always felt more at ease writing stories in English, and she has not read a book in her native tongue in over ten years.

Karen tends to have a short fuse if she does not get a proper caffeine fix first thing in the mornings, but she is, in fact, a gentle person deep down.

Karen loves Italian food and wine, travelling, and spending time with her family. When she is not writing, she reads – her favourite genres are New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotica and Romantic Suspense. Oh, and a bit of PNR as well. She can never get too much romance. Or too many book boyfriends, either.

She can be very outspoken and a complete fangirl of other authors online but will, in fact, be very shy once she meets you in person.




 

 

AWRW Interview with Fantasy Author Marsha A. Moore, Plus 99 Cent Sale!!

AWRW: Hi Marsha, thank you so much for agreeing to be interviewed on A Well Read Woman Blog! Please tell us a little about yourself and your background.

MM: “I love to write fantasy and paranormal romance. The magic of art and nature often spark life into my writing, as well as into my watercolor painting and drawing. I’ve been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade and am a registered yoga teacher specialized in work with veterans.

After a move from Toledo to Tampa in 2008, I’ve transformed into a Floridian, in love with the outdoors. I’m crazy about cycling. I live with my husband on a large saltwater lagoon, where taking my kayak out for an hour or more is a real treat. I never have enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at stories with my toes wiggling in the sand. Every day at the beach is magical!”

AWRW
: Sounds wonderful! Please give us the title and genre of your latest book, and a short tagline meant to intrigue.

MM:“Shadows of Serenity is a mix of genres, best described as a women’s fiction paranormal mystery.”

Can Joyce Runsey guide her class to become yoga teachers in her new studio, when the ghost inhabiting the old Victorian house has other plans?

AWRW: I recently read and reviewed your book, Shadows of Serenity, an excellent paranormal novel about a haunted yoga studio. What was your inspiration behind Shadows of Serenity? As a registered yoga instructor, did you pull a lot of your inspiration from your experiences?

MM: “Shadows of Serenity was inspired by my experiences while completing a yoga teacher training program. I was overcome with joy seeing the incredible, positive transformations of my classmates. I wanted to create a story that would show this amazing growth. To do so, I created a force of evil that the power of yoga must overcome. The negative energy manifested through a ghost who haunted the yoga studio and was tormented by her former husband, a man capable of dark witchcraft.”

AWRW: Please give us some insight into the main character of Shadows of Serenity, Joyce Runsey. What does Joyce do that makes her worthy of the title, “heroine”? What does she do that makes her interesting?

MM: “Joyce is a good heroine because she’s a compassionate leader and goes to great lengths to keep her students safe. She’s interesting because she has flaws she must overcome in order to help her students reach their personal goals. With a malicious ghost and a very real mass murderer on the studio’s property, she must rely on her own yoga training in order to lead her to the only key that will dispel those threats. A calm and tranquil mind escapes Joyce when faced with these dangers. Her determination and will are certainly challenged.”

AWRW: Excellent answer. I agree that Joyce is a great heroine and I enjoyed living vicariously through her while reading Shadows of Serenity. :)

Speaking of her, if a movie adaptation was made of the novel Shadows of Serenity, who would you like to see play Joyce Runsey?

MM: “I could imagine Jennifer Aniston playing Joyce. She has the ability to be both calm and flustered like a light switch, which is just what Joyce goes through in this story.”

AWRW: Who designed your cover art for Shadows of Serenity? Do you use the same designer for all of your books? And do you think a book cover plays an important role in the buying process?

MM: “I like to do my own cover art. I tend to create something a little different than the current trends so my covers are more memorable. I think that’s critical to catch readers’ attention.

For Shadows of Serenity, I wanted a cover that contrasted the forces of good and evil in the book. The soft, white lotus represents yoga’s positive energy. The angular black graphic represents the dark witchcraft influence of the ghost’s former husband. Between those two images, is the vaporous ghost who haunts the yoga studio and is caught in the struggle between good and evil.”

AWRW: It’s a beautiful cover. What genre of books do you write?

MM: “I write mostly fantasy and paranormal, usually with a subplot of romance. Shadows of Serenity was a bit different, without any romantic element, and more of a mystery subplot. Also, the magical elements in the book are used in the style of magical realism, where the magic is accepted as commonplace by the characters. I enjoyed playing with that treatment of fantasy elements.”

AWRW: What draws you to this genre?

MM: “I like the complexity of weaving fantasy elements into reality. That has always appealed to me. When I was a child, as young as five, my favorite story-time activity with my dad was to make up fantasy tales. Together we created some amazing adventures in the Land of Wicky Wacky.”

AWRW: Please tell us what books you have written.

MM: “I’ve written a high fantasy series, The Enchanted Bookstore Legends. There are five parts that tell the entire story.

The Enchanted Bookstore Legends are about Lyra McCauley, a woman destined to become one of five strong women in her family who possess unique magical abilities and serve as Scribes in Dragonspeir. The Scribes span a long history, dating from 1,200 to present day. Each Scribe is expected to journey through Dragonspeir, both the good and evil factions, then draft a written account. Each book contains magic with vast implications.

Lyra was first introduced to Dragonspeir as a young girl, when she met the high sorcerer, Cullen Drake, through a gift of one of those enchanted books. Using its magic, he escorted her into the parallel world of Dragonspeir. Years later, she lost that volume and forgot the world and Cullen. These legends begin where he finds her again—she is thirty-five, standing in his enchanted bookstore, and Dragonspeir needs her.

When Lyra reopens that enchanted book, she confronts a series of quests where she is expected to save the good Alliance from destruction by the evil Black Dragon. While learning about her role, Lyra and Cullen fall in love. He is 220 years old and kept alive by Dragonspeir magic. Cullen will die if Dragonspeir is taken over by the evil faction…Lyra becomes the Scribe.”

AWRW: Wow! The Enchanted Bookstore Legends sounds like an EPIC read! What are you working on now? Could you please tell us a little bit about your work-in-progress?

MM: “I’m super excited about my upcoming release, Witch’s Moonstone Locket: A Coon Hollow Coven Tale. The release date will be March 24.

I can’t wait to share this new series! I’ve been writing this one in my mind for several years. It’s set in southern Indiana, south of Bloomington, where I spent my favorite childhood years surrounded by the love of a big family. The book is rich with a warm Hoosier down-home feel. Here’s the book blurb:”

Twenty-three-year-old Jancie Sadler was out of the room when her mother died, and her heart still longs for their lost goodbye. Aching to ease her sorrow, Aunt Starla gives Jancie a diary that changes her entire life. In entries from the 1930s, her great grandmother revealed how she coped with her own painful loss by seeking out a witch from nearby Coon Hollow Coven. The witch wore the griever’s moonstone locket, which allowed whoever could unlock its enchantment to talk with the dead.

Determined to find that locket, Jancie goes to the coven’s annual carnival held in her small southern Indiana town of Bentbone. This opposes her father’s strict rule: stay away from witches. But she’s an adult now and can make her own decisions. She meets Rowe McCoy, the kind and handsome witch who wears the moonstone. He agrees to let her try to open the locket, but they’re opposed by High Priestess Adara and her jealous desire to possess him. Desperate for closure with her mother, Jancie persists and cannot turn away from a perilous path filled with magic, romance, and danger.

AWRW: I can’t wait for the release of Witch’s Moonstone Locket! Thank you again Marsha for sharing information about yourself, and your work. Where can readers discover more about you?

Website: http://MarshaAMoore.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marshaamooreauthorpage

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MarshaAMoore

Google +: http://google.com/+MarshaAMoore

Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/marshaamoore/

Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/marshaamoore

Goodreads author page  http://www.goodreads.com/marshaamoore

MM: “Thank you, April, for interviewing me today! And for your readers who are interested in reading Shadows of Serenity, it’s on sale through February 18th for 99 cents on Amazon.

AWRW: Thank you, Marsha. :)

***

I HIGHLY recommend Marsha’s novel, Shadows of Serenity. I read A LOT of books, but this one stuck with me. You DO NOT want to miss out on the opportunity to read this novel for only .99$!!! Purchase, here!!!

If you are interested on my thoughts of this novel, you can read my review, here!

AWRW Way Back Wednesday Book Review: Strangers When We Meet, by Merline Lovelace #WednesdayBookMeme

Way Back Wednesday is a Book Meme created by A Well Read Woman with the aim to write mini book reviews on books read in the past, that left a lasting impression.

You know what kind of books I am talking about… The ones that you have read multiple times, and they still bring you nostalgia. Books like these are the reason you enjoy reading.
So grab that old-dusty-yet-loved-book off the shelf, glance it over, write a mini review, and join in with me on Wednesdays! EVERYONE is welcome to participate.

Full rules can be found, here!

10824056I am dedicating today’s Way Back Wednesday post to the Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Strangers When We Meet, by Author Merline Lovelace.

This novel is special to me because it was the first Harlequin Romantic Suspense that I had ever read, and it spurred in me a desire to write.

Book Synopsis:

That distinctive, lethal voice……

It was the voice Major Larissa Petrovna had heard the night of the tragic fire that ravaged her life. Thus begins a race against time as Lara performs her duties as head of Russia’s nuclear inspection team while trying desperately to discover the voice’s source. All the while, she must battle her growing attraction to the irrepressible Air Force pilot assigned as her escort.

Omega Agent Dodge Hamilton finds the icy beauty fascinating but entirely resistible, and his assignment fairly routine. At first. But as a killer targets Lara once again, soon blazing passion melts their mutual suspicion and professional reserve, unearthing feelings Dodge has never known….

Book Details:

Mass Market Paperback,

Harlequin Romantic Suspense #1660

224 pages

Series: Code Name: Danger #17

Published May 24th 2011 by Harlequin Books (first published January 1st 2011)

My Brief Opinions:

Major Larissa Petrovna, head of Russia’s nuclear inspection team has had a brush with death before, and she finds herself and her daughter in danger again. Omega Agent Dodge Hamilton is assigned to escort Major Petrovna, and as these stories always go, they fall in love.

It started off slow at first, but toward the end it became an absolute page turner! All the loose ends were tied up nicely by the end, and although it nearly became a DNF, I’m glad I finished it, because it became one of my favorites. :)

Purchase: (Amazon USA)

Interested in a Military, Romance Suspense? Purchase Strangers When We Meet, here!

About The Author:

As an Air Force officer, Merline Lovelace served at bases all over the world. When she hung up her uniform for the last time, she decided to combine her love of adventure with a flare for storytelling. Since then, she’s produced more than 85 action-packed novels. Over eleven million copies of her works are in print in 30 countries. Named Oklahoma’s Writer of the Year and Female Veteran of the Year, Merline is also a recipient of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Rita Award.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

“How would you like to get back into an air-force flight suit for a few weeks?”Sloan Hamilton, code name Dodge, smiled wryly as he steered his rented Jeep 4×4 toward the front gate of Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, on the outskirts of Cheyenne, Wyoming. He had the windows open to the cool September air, shimmering with a crystalline clarity. Dodge’s thoughts weren’t on the purity of his native Wyoming atmosphere, however. Instead, he replayed conversation that had taken place in a windowless control center back in Washington, D.C., just four days ago.

That’s all it had taken. One casual suggestion from Lightning and Dodge had jumped at the chance to get back in the cockpit again. Not that he didn’t have plenty of opportunity to fly in his civilian job. The other civilian job. The one that didn’t involve crashing headfirst through eighth-story windows or being inserted into a damned near impenetrable jungle in pursuit of some sleazoid drug runners. Conducting aerial surveys in his steady, sturdy Cessna wasn’t anywhere near as much fun as piloting an air-force UH-1N, though. The helo was Vietnam-era vintage, but after several generations of modifications it was still the best and most reliable chopper in the air.

As it turned out, Dodge should have asked for a little more detail before accepting this assignment. Instead of driving a Huey, he was about to undertake what looked to be one of his tamest missions for OMEGA—riding herd on a three-person Russian team that would arrive in Cheyenne tomorrow to inspect U.S. Minuteman III missiles in accordance with the new START treaty.

True, the president had just signed the treaty after more than a decade of fierce negotiations between Russia and the U.S. Also true, recent tensions between the U.S. and Russia had made this first inspection under the new protocols a matter of intense interest at the highest national security levels. Still, Dodge would have much preferred a task that involved flying his old bird to babysitting a Russian major and her two teammates.

Even a Russian major who looked like this one.

He glanced at the file on the passenger seat. Clipped to its outside was a brief bio that included a head-and-shoulders shot of Larissa Katerina Pe-trovna. The fact that the photo was in black and white and a little grainy in no way detracted from the major’s ice-maiden beauty. Her hair looked as pale as fine champagne. Her wide-spaced eyes stared back at Dodge from above a straight, aristocratic nose. Her mouth was full and ripe and downright sensual.

He knew from the detailed briefing he’d received at OMEGA headquarters, before departing for Cheyenne, that those eyes were electric-blue. He also knew the puckered skin on the left side of Petrovna’s neck and jaw were the result of horrific burns she’d suffered in the apartment fire that had killed her husband and almost claimed her baby girl.

Dodge felt a flicker of sympathy, quickly doused. A female didn’t make it to the rank of major in any air force, Russia’s included, by being soft or welcoming expressions of sympathy. And judging by the jobs Larissa Petrovna held on her way up the ranks, the woman was tough as nails. More to the point, she was here to do a specific task.

So was Dodge, although he had to admit, being back in Wyoming was almost as much of a plus as being back in uniform. His gaze shifted to the snow-and-pine-covered mountains on the horizon. They looked close enough to reach out and touch, but he knew how deceptive the expanse of rolling plain between here and those jagged peaks could be. He should. He’d ridden fence lines on these wind- and snow-swept plains often enough.

He’d grown up just a little over an hour north of here. He and his cousin Sam. Closer than brothers, they’d tickled trout in mountain streams and brought cattle down from the high country each fall. They’d also eaten their share of dirt after being bucked off angry bulls and mean-tempered broncs while competing in rodeos in and around Cheyenne. Sam was the one who’d hung Dodge’s nickname on him, commenting laconically that his cuz was a whole lot better at dodging bulls’ horns than staying on their backs.

Grimacing over the memory of how close one particular set of horns had come to gelding him, Dodge wheeled through Francis E. Warren’s gate one. Just inside the gate stood three gleaming white missiles, mute testimony to the base’s current mission.

A legacy of President Lincoln’s plan to establish a transcontinental railroad, the original outpost had been established in the 1870s to protect Union-Pacific workers from hostile Indians. Gradually, it had grown into the largest cavalry post in the nation. Troopers assigned to the fort had endured the bone-biting winter winds that howled across the plains, participated in the Great Sioux Indian Wars and over the years watched their role transform from cavalry to field artillery to airplanes to sleek, intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Now, the 90th Missile Wing headquartered at Warren controlled a lethal arsenal of Minuteman III missiles spread across twelve thousand square miles of Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska. The Mighty Ninety, as it was known in air-force parlance, took its nuclear mission very, very seriously. There was zero tolerance for mistakes in judgment when you controlled the launch codes for ICBMs.

Making a left turn onto Old Glory Road, Dodge followed the traffic flow down a sloping hill to the marshy lowlands of Crow Creek, then back up to the newer part of the base. A few more turns took him to the tan-colored, corrugated-tin building that housed the 37th Helicopter Flight. He found a parking space and clamped a hand on his flight cap to anchor it during the short walk to the door.

Luckily, he’d retained his status in the reserves. When the Russians checked him out, as he knew they would, his cover was that he’d been recalled to active duty because of critical manpower shortages due to the 37th’s support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. To give substance to that cover, Dodge had arrived at the base two days ago and gone through refresher training on the Huey. Although his escort duties didn’t require him to fly, even the most cursory check of flight records would show that Major Sloan “Dodge” Hamilton was current in all phases of the UH-1N.

Dumping his gear in the large, open room that served as the pilots’ office, he snatched a cup of coffee and headed down the hall to check the operations center status board. With luck, he might snag another few hours in the cockpit before he went into babysitting mode.

“Hey, Major.” The duty officer manning the ops desk gave him a message instead of another flight. “The CO wants to see you.”

Nodding, Dodge retraced his steps through the corridors to the flight commander’s office. He’d known Lt. Colonel Sean McGee for years, had flown with him back when they were both gung ho lieutenants doing combat rescue. Dodge greeted his friend back with the irreverent graveyard humor that had earned McGee his nickname.

“Morning, Digger. You want to see me?”

“Not me. Colonel Yarboro.” Dodge’s brows lifted. “The Mighty Ninety commander? Why?”

“His exec didn’t offer any specifics. Just said Yarboro wants you to report to his office.” Propping a boot on an open desk drawer, McGee tilted back in his chair. “Might have something to do with my suggestion, though.”

“The one that involves my permanent transition back from civilian status?” Dodge asked with a smile.

“That’s the one.”

“Wish I could oblige.”

McGee knew Dodge now ran his own aerial-survey company. He didn’t, however, know about his work for OMEGA. The agency was so secret that few people outside of a trusted handful were even aware of its existence.

“Think about it,” McGee urged. “You haven’t lost your touch. My guys tell me you aced both checkrides.”

“Yeah, well,” Dodge drawled in the Wyoming twang he’d never quite shed. “Flyin’ a Huey’s like makin’ love to a beautiful woman. Once you get her out of the chocks, everything else comes naturally.”

McGee grinned. “You’ve sure as hell gotten more than your share out of the chocks. And escaped their clutches afterward. You and I both know your handle doesn’t come just from dodging bulls.”

Dodge kept his smile in place and let the comment slide. He’d loved once, or thought he had. The memory could still slice into him when he let it.

“I’d better go see what the colonel wants.”

He reported in to the commander of the 90th Missile Wing fifteen moments later. Seated behind a desk roughly the size of Kansas, Colonel Yarboro returned his salute and waved him to a seat.

“You ready for the Russian team?”

“Yes, sir.”

The colonel’s eyes raked him from head to toe. Good thing Dodge had had his shaggy brown hair trimmed and boots buffed. OMEGA undercover operatives tended more toward comfort than spit and polish when in the field. Rejoining the air force, even temporarily, had called for some spiffing up.

Yarboro was only one of three people who’d been read in on the real reason for Dodge’s sudden appearance at F. E. Warren. Everyone else had been fed the cover story. The colonel wasn’t happy about having an outsider foisted on him, though. Even one with Major Sloan Hamilton’s military and civilian credentials.

“Before you make contact with Major Petrovna,” he said brusquely, “I want to make sure you understand who you’re up against.”

Yarboro lifted a typed sheet and skimmed down the page. A career missileer who’d worked his way up from launch officer to commander of the world’s most sophisticated ICBM force, he targeted the salient items with pinpoint accuracy.

“Born, Bryansk. Age 33. Widowed. One child. Attended the Gagarin Air Force Academy. Holds advanced degrees in both math and astrophysics.”

That would strike a cord with the colonel, Dodge guessed. Yarboro had earned a doctorate from MIT in astrophysics himself.

Top Ten Tuesday: Romance in Books, What I Like/Dislike, Hosted by The Broke & The Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week participating bloggers can create lists of topics given by the host, and share them with others!

Today’s topic is about romance in novels: likes & dislikes!

So, let’s start with the likes!

***This post is 18+ due to sexual images & language***

1.) I love syrupy sweet romances, with a happily ever after, and lots of sap. The cornier the better. These types of novels make me feel good, and are a nice reprieve from the annoyances of everyday life…


2.) I love winter-themed Holiday romances. You know, the kind where the hero and the heroine are snowed in a log cabin together in Vermont. <3 How much more perfect does it get than that?

3.) I love adult erotic romance, where romance takes a backseat to sex. Everyone needs to enjoy a red-hot, sizzling, boddice-ripping read, once in a while. :)

4.) I like all the care and devotion that the hero gives to his heroine. It’s always nice to be treated like a queen, vicariously and otherwise.

5.) Lastly, I enjoy romance because it is a fun genre, with the driving message that everyone, (regardless of your size, or social class), can find romance and live happily ever after. I am in no way dissatisfied with my marriage, so I get my kicks by reading erotica, because I’m a bored and lonely housewife, *snark*. I enjoy romance because the genre is awesome, and I’ve read a lot of great books by amazing Authors who I can only wish to emulate someday in my own writing career.

And now it is time to get critical…

6.) I do NOT, absolutely do NOT like to read erotica that isn’t 18+!!!! It makes me feel beyond squeamish and awkward, and I don’t care if every loser troll online wants to take me up on this that sex is a fact of life and blah blah blah! No kidding, man… That doesn’t mean I want to spend my time READING dragged out sex scenes between KIDS. YUCK!!!!!! (And yes, I have been harassed about my opinions on this on both Goodreads and Amazon).

7.) Arrogant and rude heroes need not apply.

8.) With the exception of True Blood, (because well, Eric & Bill!), I am not a fan of love triangles. And I certainly don’t understand why most YA novels have an underlying love triangle theme!

Lucky, lucky Sookie… but I digress.

9.) The helpless and the spineless damsel in distress who is in constant need of a saving. I strongly dislike this type of heroine in a novel, and find myself rolling my eyes every time she gets herself into trouble.


10.) Lastly, I don’t do “romanticized rape”, or violence against women. And I don’t mean of the FSOG variety, (BDSM). Rape is not a sexual relationship, and it shouldn’t be romanticized, nor should non-consensual violence against women during sex. If a book features this, it is an automatic DNF.

So, those are likes and dislikes of romance in novels. What are yours? Please leave your comments below!

AWRW Book Review: Her Favorite Honeymoon, by Author Barbara Lohr #ContemporaryRomance

Hard to keep your head on straight in Italy. Even harder to keep your heart.

The wedding mhfhight be off, but the honeymoon? No way will Amy forfeit the week in Tuscany. Travel Chums pairs her up with Mallory. But Amy expects a woman, and the man from Savannah doesn’t expect her surprise. From Rapallo to Venice, can they keep their pact for a platonic tour? So many temptations. So little time. They finds lots of excuses to break the rules because there are lots of surprises along the way.

Fresh pesto in La Cinque Terra, peach bellinis in Venice—hard to put it behind. Outrageous fun and tempting decisions for the Windy City girl taking …. her favorite honeymoon.

Windy City Romance #2

Paperback, 262 pages

Published December 18th 2013 by Purple Egret Press (first published December 1st 2013)Genre: Contemporary Romance

“Venice, city of romance. And she was here with a handsome man from Savannah. What could top this?”

Days before the wedding, Amy is betrayed by her fiance. Devastated, she cancels the wedding, but refuses to cancel the non-refundable luxury hotel in Venice.

Her sister encourages her to sign up for Travel Chums, an internet service that matches travel partners. Expecting a woman, Amy is more than surprised when Mallory is a devastatingly handsome MAN!!!!!

“Time to take some chances.”

For one week, Amy will throw caution to the wind, and enjoy this trip. But this trip takes several unexpected turns, and Amy asks herself, who really is her travel chum, Mallory Schuster?

First of all…


Seriously… I am so glad that the protagonist’s canceled wedding wasn’t dragged out to death in this novel. Of course a canceled wedding is a horrible thing, but Amy flipped that right around, went on her honeymoon, and had a GREAT time. So Amy, you go girl!

Out of all the Windy City Romances, Her Favorite Honeymoon is my favorite! For starters, it is HILARIOUS!!! From Mallory seeing his life flash before his eyes while Amy is “driving”, (if you can call that driving, am I right Mallory?),

to Amy’s crazy family, and an expelled chunk of chicken… (don’t ask, just read the book!). This novel had me laughing uncontrollably!

What I like about the Windy City Romances is that the characters make reappearances throughout the series. It’s like coming into contact with an old friend again, and it made me smile to revisit the characters. :)

Her Favorite Honeymoon, by Author Barbara Lohr, is a contemporary romance with a happily ever after that I guarantee you will make you smile. I would recommend this novel to fans of romance!

***I was provided with an e-copy of Her Favorite Honeymoon, by the author’s publicist team in exchange for a fair, honest and thoughtful book review.***

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Barbara LohrBarbara Lohr writes contemporary romance, both adult and new adult. A flair for fun and subtly sexy love scenes is her trademark. Always a bookworm, she began by teaching writing and lit, while penning theater and book reviews. When her career broadened to healthcare marketing, her love of literature and writing remained. Her Windy City Romance series launched in 2013. In her work, feisty women take on hunky heroes and life’s issues. Family often figures in her stories. “No woman falls in love without some family influence, either positive or negative.” Dark chocolate is her favorite food group, and yummy food often figures in her work. Barbara lives in the Midwest and the South with her husband and a cat that insists he was Heathcliff in a former life.

Sign up for her newsletter by going to her website. Friend her on Facebook or send her a Tweet! http://www.BarbaraLohrAuthor.com; http://www.facebook.com/Barbaralohrauthor; http://www.twitter.com/BarbaraJLohr.

–Amazon Author Bio

Interested in a contemporary romance with a happily ever after? Purchase Her Favorite Honeymoon, here!

AWRW Book Review: Her Favorite Mistake, (Windy City Romance #1), by Barbara Lohr

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When Vanessa Randall appears on “Eye of the Tiger,” a popular reality TV show, she isn’t prepared to see her Vegas Hunky Hottie from four years earlier. She needs the Chicago Internet mogul’s help, but he’s the last man she wants back in her life.

Oh, Alex recognizes her all right. The long-legged brunette had called herself Vivien Leigh before slipping out before dawn. More than a little ticked off, he becomes Vanessa’s mentor to help her ramp up Randall’s Whipped Cream Cakes.

Revenge can be sweet.

When business becomes personal, things get complicated. He wasn’t counting on her toddler stealing his heart. His beach house on Lake Michigan doesn’t impress her. Will sand castles and cinnamon toast win her trust? No way in hell does he want to be her favorite mistake.

Subtle, sexy love scenes. “Her Favorite Mistake” is the first novel in the Windy City Romance series.

ebook, 334 pages
Published October 2nd 2013 by Purple Egret Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Windy City Romance Series

“I guess every woman has her favorite mistake.”

Vanessa and Jillian Randall nervously approach 5 entrepreneurs on a reality tv show, desperately hoping for backing for their family-owned bakery, Randall’s Whipped Cream Cakes. What Vanessa wasn’t expecting, was that one of those entrepreneurs was her “hunky hottie” from four years prior. A man she had a one night stand with, in Vegas.

“Eye of The Tiger had coughed up a woman who’d made him crazy for one night -then dumped him like a bad habit.”

Business becomes personal, and although Alex came for revenge, he finds himself enjoying time with Vanessa, (a woman he has come to respect), and her family, including her toddler boy.

“Life was complicated enough right now. Her family and business had to be her priorities.”

Alex makes it his mission to become more than just Vanessa’s favorite mistake.

Oh, it feels so wonderful to have read a HEA (happily-ever-after). That is one thing I have come to expect from Author Barbara Lohr, a happily ever after that will tug at your heart strings.

Her Favorite Mistake is a contemporary “windy city romance” with a strong family element, (which I love in a story). Whether it be siblings, parents, kids, grandparents, etc., it certainly adds to the character development of the main characters. And I like to get to know my characters! This story was actually multi-generational because it revolved around a family owned bakery.

Speaking of getting to know my characters, what was great about this novel was that it was told from both Vanessa and Alex’s point of view. The reader is never left in the dark about what the other character is thinking.

There were a few gasp worthy moments, and pleasant surprises that I did not expect that made me smile. Some stories are worth melting for, and Her Favorite Mistake is one of them.

If you enjoy family themed contemporary romance, I urge you to pick up Her Favorite Mistake, by Barbara Lohr. It can be purchased through Amazon by clicking, here!

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***I was given an e-copy of Her Favorite Mistake by the Author’s publicist, in exchange for a fair, thoughtful, and honest book review.***

Barbara LohrBarbara Lohr writes contemporary romance, both adult and young adult. A flair for fun and subtly sexy love scenes is her trademark. During her early career teaching writing and lit, she also wrote theater and book reviews for a newspaper. When her career broadened to advertising and marketing, her love of literature and writing remained.

Her Windy City Romance series launched in 2013 with “Her Favorite Mistake,” followed by “Her Favorite Honeymoon,” “Her Favorite Hot Doc” and the Prequel, “Finding Southern Comfort.” In her work, feisty women take on hunky heroes and life’s issues. Family often figures in her work. “Every woman who falls in love is influenced by her family, either positive or negative.” Chocolate is her favorite food group, and great food often figures in her novels. Barbara lives in the Midwest and the South with her hunky hero husband and a cat who insists he was Heathcliff in a former life. She invites readers to sign up for her newsletter onwww.BarbaraLohrAuthor.com.

AWRW Way Back Wednesday Book Meme: Lucky, a Memoir by Alice Sebold

waybackwednesdayWay Back Wednesday is a Book Meme created by A Well Read Woman with the aim to write mini book reviews on books read in the past, that left a lasting impression.

You know what kind of books I am talking about… The ones that you have read multiple times, and they still bring you nostalgia. Books like these are the reason you enjoy reading.

If you are interested in participating in this meme, (and I hope you will), you can find full instructions, here!

Today’s Way Back Wednesday post is dedicated to the memoir Lucky, by Alice Sebold.

luckyIn a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an eighteen-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus.

What propels this chronicle of her recovery is Sebold’s indomitable spirit-as she struggles for understanding (“After telling the hard facts to anyone, from lover to friend, I have changed in their eyes”); as her dazed family and friends sometimes bungle their efforts to provide comfort and support; and as, ultimately, she triumphs, managing through grit and coincidence to help secure her attacker’s arrest and conviction.

In a narrative by turns disturbing, thrilling, and inspiring, Alice Sebold illuminates the experience of trauma victims even as she imparts wisdom profoundly hard-won: “You save yourself or you remain unsaved.”

Paperback, 246 pages
Published September 16th 2002 by Back Bay Books (first published 1999)
Genre: Memoir, Autobiography, True Crime, Drama, Non-Fiction

This book gave me chills, from beginning to end. The title is from what a moronic police officer said to Alice Sebold; that she was “lucky” she hadn’t been murdered.

Lucky? This was after she had been dragged under a tunnel, raped and beaten. “Lucky!??”

(Somebody needed some serious sensitivity training, but I digress…)

I enjoyed this candid true story because the Author is extremely witty, and it’s so well written. Alice Sebold doesn’t waste time sugar-coating her rape, or the subsequent trial. Lucky is brutally honest, and downright breathtaking.

I only wish I still owned my copy, but a co-worker took it to borrow, and I never saw it again. :(

Perhaps the name Alice Sebold rings a bell? That is because she also wrote The Lovely Bones, which was turned into a major motion picture.

I would recommend this novel to crime survivors, fans of memoirs and true crime, and anyone who has read The Lovely Bones and enjoyed it.

Purchase, here!

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Alice SeboldAliceSebold is the bestselling author of “The Lovely Bones,” a novel, and “Lucky,” a memoir. Both are #1 New York Times bestsellers. Born in Madison, Wisconsin,Sebold grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended Syracuse University, as well as the University of Houston and the University of California, Irvine. She now lives in California with her husband, the novelist Glen David Gold.

 

AWRW Book Review: Beast, by Ella James

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At twenty-one years old, third-generation movie star Cal Hammond was on top of the world. He had more money than God and more women than any man could need. But when a night of debauchery ends in tragedy, he forfeits a life of luxury for a ten-year prison sentence at La Rosa, California’s most violent prison.

TO A BRUTAL BEAST
Eight years later, a ruthless, cunning man runs La Rosa from the inside. He is known simply as BEAST. All the wardens fear him. All the gangs obey him. He speaks to no one but his inner council. What he says is law.

NOW ONLY SHE CAN SAVE HIM
Annabelle Mitchell’s father is the warden at La Rosa. He deals as dirty as his trustees, and after years of smooth relations with Beast and the gangs he runs, Holt lands on the powerful prisoner’s hit list. That very afternoon, Annabelle pays a surprise visit to her father’s work, hoping to use her new counseling license at a place she thinks she could make a difference. When she catches Beast’s eye, he releases the warden and grabs the daughter. The price for the warden’s error is not death. It’s his precious Belle.

ebook, 65 pages
Published August 18th 2014 by Barkley’s Books
Genre: Erotic Romance, Dark, Fiction, Adult Fiction

***Warning: This post is 18+***

“Do you…believe in fate?”
“I’m not sure. Do you?”
“I…believe in…punishment. And…you.”

Beast by Ella James is an erotic retelling of Beauty & The Beast, although I didn’t see any connection to the original. -NOT. EVEN. IN. THE. SLIGHTEST.

*Warning: Contains Spoilers & Adult Language*

17 year old Annabelle attends a party with hopes of losing her virginity to her movie-star crush, Cal Hammond, also known as Ricardo. Her hopes of such fall flat, although they do meet. On her way home she is witness to a car wreck, and the victims are Cal and his friends.

Seven years later, she has some pretty serious PTSD from the incident. With a degree in mental health counseling, she wants to help people at the local prison where her father works. There she runs into Cal Hammond, aka Ricardo, now known only as Beast.

Annnnnd it gets pretty raunchy from there.

Annabelle’s Dad is indebted to Beast, but Beast is willing to let him pay off his debt, with his daughter’s body.

“You will be here every day. Ready to give me what I want. Ready to please me. I’ll please you, too, Angel… You’ll be my whore, Belle. You’ll be a killer’s slut. Are you willing to do that?”


And in the next installment we learn whether or not she takes him up on his offer.

But will I be reading the next installment? No, I’m afraid not… I really don’t want to know if she accepts his “offer” or not. -If you can even call it that. I get that she had a crush on him as a 17 yr old kid, but why would that carry over, seven years later when she is an adult woman? And why is it her responsibility to clear up her Dad’s debt?! All the men in this novel are f*cked!

I get that women like a dirty-talking, bad boy hero. But Beast holds no redeeming qualities. As a matter of fact, he is an asshole.

Should you give this book a try? Well, if you like erotica, dirty-talking bad boys, and novellas in general, you would probably enjoy this serial. I feel obligated to mention that Beast has a 4 star average on Amazon, with over 200 reviews. It just wasn’t MY cup of tea, but I really, truly did want to enjoy it!

I was given a copy of Beast, by Ella James in exchange for a fair, honest, and thoughtful book review.

You can read Beast for free by clicking, here.


AWRW January Reading Roundup: Reading Is Snow Cool + Guest Bedroom Revamp!

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Happy Groundhog day everybody! Turns out Mr. Phil Punxsutawney did indeed see his shadow, so we are in store for 6 more weeks of winter… and being snowed in with books! I think I can handle that. ;)

January was full of book reviews, book blasts, me blasting on some bad romance covers, and other bookish posts. In case you missed it, here is my January recap!

Book Reviews:

Between Worlds, by Jacqueline E. Smith.  (5 Star Review) Between Worlds is an excellent, new-adult paranormal romance, with lovable ghost-hunting characters. I love this series, and I look forward to the next installment!

Findo’s Mousetrap, by Graham Paskett. (3 Star Review) I liked this story, it had a nice flow and I was able to wrap myself up in it.

The Blue Amaryllis (A Love Story), by Sonia De Leon. (5 Star Review) It didn’t take me long to get wrapped up in the world of The Blue Amaryllis. For starters, the world building was INCREDIBLE, and the setting of an Amazon Rainforest for a romance was a wise pick. I learned a lot about the indigenous tribes, and their way of life. This story sheds a lot of light on a way of life that is no longer lived in many parts of the world.

Lore: Tales of Myths & Legends Retold, An Anthology by by Brinda Berry, Karen Y. Bynum, Laura Diamond , Jayne A. Knolls,Theresa DaLayne , & Cate Dean. (4 Star Review) A collection of six folklore retellings that will twist your mind and claim your heart.

Her Favorite Hot Doc (A Windy City Romance), by Barbara Lohr. (4 Star Review) Her Favorite Hot Doc was an enjoyable read with a delightful happily-ever-after that will tug at your heartstrings. With this novel, you get all of the excitement of a fast paced medical setting, including patients who have their own stories, and a slow-burning romance between a nurse practitioner/certified midwife, and a sexy obstetrician who Chicago Magazine has named one of the city’s ‘hot docs’.

Finding Southside Johnny, by Anne Kelleher and Don Goodman. (4 Star Review) I loved the idea of a ‘celebrity supernatural’ story. This husband and wife team of authors crafted an original!

AWRW Way Back Wednesday Book Reviews:

Nickel & Dimed: On (NOT) Getting By In America, by Barbara Ehrenreich.

Rigor Amortis: An Anthology -Zombie erotica at it’s finest!

AWRW Book Blast:

Billionaire Untamed: The Billionaire’s Obsession, by Author J.S. Scott

AWRW Bookish Posts:

AWRW Directory of Sunday Book Blog Memes

Ten Problems That Only Book Nerd Girls Can Relate To #BookNerdGirlProblems

Caught In A Bad Romance: When Book Covers Go Bad

Beautiful Blogger Award: Featuring Seven Of My Favorite Beautiful Blogs

Mailbox Monday

Fictitious Fridays

And on the home-front, in between shoveling snow and reading books, I tackled our guest bedroom. This bedroom was all sorts of UGLY. The wallpaper was painted, yes painted, dark green, making the room dark and gloomy. Underneath the wallpaper, a whole ton of scribbling and writing with black crayon, dating back to 1979.

The walk-in closet was almost unusable, as it had a bar down the center, so you couldn’t walk into it. That had annoyed me since we bought the house!

So I sprayed the walls down with steamy hot water, stripped the wallpaper off the plaster walls with the Mother-in-law, then proceeded to paint extra primer over the graffiti so it wouldn’t show through the light color paint I chose. Next, I painted the ceiling and trim. Finally, I applied two coats of paint to the walls.

Here is our finished guest bedroom and walk-in closet/dressing room:

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We are now accepting reservations…. ;) But check with our cat first, since she spends most of her time in here.

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The Father-in-law customized this closet for me. Thanks, Dad! And my Mother-in-law’s clothes already found their way in…

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So that was my month! How was yours? :)

AWRW Virtual Book Tour: Rookie Season, by V.K. Robbins & Guest Post, Hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours

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Welcome all!

Thank you for stopping by A Well Read Woman Blog to check out The Rookie Season, by Author V.K. Robbins! Rookie Season, an erotic romance/suspense, is the first book in the Love In The Ballpark series. Read on to find out why nothing is more romantic than baseball, according to Author Veronica Robbins!

Guest Post by Author V.K. Robbins

I love baseball. I always have. So when it came time to write Rookie Season, it was easy to envision a story that developed around the game of baseball.

Baseball is very romantic. Many of us have memories as children of going to ball games with fathers or grandfathers and, even if you didn’t love the game, the memories of sharing the time with someone you love run deep. For those who love the game, nothing is more romantic than baseball.

The feel of the warm sun on your skin. The sounds of the crowd and the crack of the bat.  The scent of freshly cut grass. It’s a perfect storm of nostalgia and the glory of the present moment, yesterday and today, love and fun.

Rose Lasting, Rookie Season‘s main character, shares my love for baseball and everything about it. She’s a 36-year-old divorcée who falls in love with a rookie ballplayer (Clay Love) about ten years her junior. They share a deep love for the game, but their passion and connection go much deeper than that.

When I wrote Rose, I wanted her to be an independent woman who was happy and successful on her own. She didn’t need Clay in her life to be okay, so when she met him and fell in love, she wanted him in her life, and then she found a connection she didn’t know she needed.

I think we all have similar experiences. We think we’re happy until we meet someone or have a new experience that shows us how much happier and fulfilled we can be. That’s what happens to Rose.

Even though the story of Rookie Season is set in the world of baseball, you don’t have to know anything about the game to enjoy it.  It’s the characters and the story they live that will capture you and draw you in. Just as in life, it’s all about the people and the relationships. The rest is icing on the cake.

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By V.K. Robbins

Genre: Erotic Romance, Romance Suspense

Publication Date: January 30, 2015

 

Book Synopsis:

 

Talented young ballplayer Clay Love has just been called up from the minors to play major league baseball. Freelance writer and divorcée Rose Lasting, the world’s biggest baseball fan, wasn’t expecting to fall in love when she fell into Clay’s arms, but fall in love she did. Now they are caught up in a whirlwind romance complicated by the paparazzi, Clay’s ex-girlfriend, Rose’s ex-husband, and a stalker who puts Rose’s life in grave danger. Saving her life and catching her attacker takes you on a roller coaster of emotion and intrigue that you won’t soon forget.

Rookie Season is the first book in the Love in the Ballpark Series, by V.K. Robbins. This adult erotic romance tale sizzles with romantic and sexual chemistry, emotion, and suspense. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to put it down.

AuthorAbout The Author:

Veronica Robbins is a published author of both fiction and nonfiction who has been writing professionally for the last 20 years. In addition to writing fiction and poetry (her first love), she is also an expert grant writer and copy writer.  When she’s not writing, she’s watching baseball, enjoying her children, reading, and trying to train her dog, Handsome, who so far has been very successful at training her. You can follow Veronica on Facebook or through her blog, A Writer’s Journey.

Blog/website:  http://veronicarobbins.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/veronica.robbins

Twitter: http://twitter.com/veronicarobbins

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/veronicarobbins

 

Pre-Order Buy Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1vkF0jC

B&N: http://bit.ly/1Bi8Cmf

This post was hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours! Click to visit!

 

 

 

 

AWRW Directory of Monday Book Blog Memes #BBMemes

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Hello Book bloggers! Are you looking for something different to post today? Do you participate in memes? Well I’ve got you covered because I’ve scoured the internet for every Monday Book Blog Meme that I could find! Below you will find a list of Monday #BBMemes to participate in, if you choose! Because book blogging is more than just reviewing books! (If you happen to know of any that I haven’t listed, comment below!)

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

middlegrademondayMiddle Grade Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Jordan’s Jewels where you spotlight a middle grade book, (or series), that you’ve read or is on your TBR shelf.

The point of this meme is to showcase middle grade books that people wouldn’t have sought out otherwise.

Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued.

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?‘ -Is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila of Book Journey.

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

Sheila of Book Journey encourages those who participate to visit others’ posts in return!

 photo button_zpsf54ece10.pngMaking Up For Monday is a weekly book meme hosted by An Avid Reader; A Wannabe Writer.

Each week Tiffany will have a theme or game, or something fun to do that week. And you can play along! All you have to do is find the question for that week, go to your own blog, write a post that day based on that question, and link your post to this one using the link up tool at the bottom of the post.

Memorable Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Escape in a Book.

1. Share a quote that has captured your interest lately in a Memorable Monday post on your blog. Feel free to grab my logo (download it to your computer first).
2. Come back here and leave the link to your post in our inlinkz widget.
3. It would be nice if you visited one or two of the other participants.
4. If you tweet your posts then feel free to use the hastag #MemorableMonday

Rambling MondayRambling Monday is a weekly meme hosted by The Realms of Books.

We all need to rant, what better timing then Monday’s? Rant about what you are reading, your blog posts, movies related to books, what is annoying you in the book world, etc.

I just ask few things:
1. Enter you link on the post, it will be open all week
2. Please link back to this post or the blog
3. Visit others who have linked!

AWRW Way Back Wednesday Book Review: Rigor Amortis, A Dark Erotic Anthology #ZombieErotica

Way Back Wednesday is a Book Meme created by A Well Read Woman with the aim to write mini book reviews on books read in the past, that left a lasting impression.
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You know what kind of books I am talking about… The ones that you have read multiple times, and they still bring you nostalgia. Books like these are the reason you enjoy reading.

So grab that old-dusty-yet-loved-book off the shelf, glance it over, write a mini review, and join in with me on Wednesdays! EVERYONE is welcome to participate.

RULES:

1.) Discuss a book you read in the past that left an impression on you. You can write a condensed review if you prefer.

2.) Tag your post as “Way Back Wednesday” and include the vintage AWRW Way Back Wednesday button, (above).

3.) Link back to my blog, and this page.

4.) Include instructions, (copy & paste everything above), for others to participate. :)

Maybe rigor_amortisa tender love story is your thing, a husband doting on his wife’s rotting corpse. Or perhaps a forbidden encounter in a secret cafe, serving up the latest in delectable zombie cuisine, or some dirty, dirty dancing in the old-time honky-tonk. Voodoo sex-slaves and vending machine body-parts? You’ll find those here, too.

 
Whatever your flavor, these short tales of undead Romance, Revenge, Risk, and Raunch will leave you shambling, moaning and clawing for more.
 

Features works by: Pete Alberti, Damon B, Renee Bennett, Xander Briggs, Jennifer Brozek, J R Campbell, Johann Carlisle, Nathan Crowder, Carrie Cuinn, R Schuyler Devin, Annette Dupree, Michael Ellsworth, Jay Faulkner, Kaolin Imago Fire, M G Gillett, Sarah Goslee, Kay T Holt, Calvin D Jim, Alex Masterson, Edward Morris, Don Pizarro, Michael Phillips, John Nakamura Remy, V R Roadifer, Ander Penn Romine, Armand Rosamilia, Jacob Ruby, Steven James Scearce, Lance Schonberg, Lucia Starkey, R E VanNewkirk Wendy N Wagner.

Rigor Amortis

134 pages

Published: (first published October 15th 2011) by Edge

Genre: Undead Romance, Fiction, Erotica, Adult Fiction, Horror, Zombie Erotica

When I checked my rating on Goodreads, I saw that I only gave this anthology three out of five stars. Regardless, this was a book that stuck with me. (Hard to imagine that a zombie erotica would leave an impression on me, right? *Snark*

zombie love photo: Zombie Love 527839_526621167388341_189790743_n_zpsa7b7ad37.jpgRomantic zombies, horror and erotica; this book was REALLY weird… Not that I am complaining, I do like weird! :)

This isn’t your ‘typical’ romance book, but the writers of this book certainly have a TALENT to weave the dark and macabre into 34 tales of love and erotica, divided by four categories; romance, revenge, risk, and raunch.

And raunchy it is…

I would read this before I went to sleep at night and let me tell you, I had some pretty interesting dreams! This book certainly isn’t for everyone, but a select few, (18+), could certainly enjoy it.

Purchase, if you dare!


AWRW Book Review: Finding Southside Johnny, by Anne Kelleher and Don Goodman

A down and out Wfindingsouthsideall Street advisor gets a second chance at love and the road not taken by means of some unexpected magic.

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Authors: Anne Kelleher & Don Goodman

Kindle Edition, 23 pages

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Celebrity Supernatural

Published October 8th 2013 by Pond House PressPurchase Links: (Amazon USA)  (Amazon UK) (Amazon CA)

 

Almost immediately I fell into this story. I loved the writing, and the world building. I was fascinated by this story. I didn’t realize this was a short story until I hit the dreaded, “The End”. I found myself wanting to learn more about the characters, and wishing the story was longer.

I loved the idea of a ‘celebrity supernatural’ story. This husband and wife team of authors crafted an original!

4/5 Guitars!

Anne KelleherBorn and raised at the South Jersey shore, Anne Kelleher has been writing from the time she could read. Her first novel, about a pair of pirate sisters who sailed the Carribean looking for love and adventure, was completed when she was in high school. Annie’s been looking for the same ever since, mostly recently on the shores of the Pacific in Kailua-Kona, HI.

Her writing includes thirteen novels, one novella and two short stories. Her books have been translated into five languages, and Annie is delighted to know her books have been read and enjoyed in such faraway places as New Delhi, Seoul and Brisbane. Although her first love is sf/fantasy and paranormal romance, Annie is most proud of her “David” series, which was inspired by her youngest brother, who has Down Syndrome. Written at an elementary reading level, the stories appeal not only to developmentally disabled adults, but to anyone who seeks to understand what it’s like to be differently-abled.

A life-long learner who holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University, Annie is working on a Masters’ degree in Storytelling and Oral Traditions at The Graduate Institute in Bethany, CT. The mother of four, and grandmother of two, Annie looks forward to sharing her stories for years to come. Annie enjoys hearing from readers… find Annie online at http://www.annekelleher.com.

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/AnneKelleherAuthor

TWITTER: twitter.com/akelleherauthor

PINTEREST: pinterest.com/akelleherauthor/

Books by Author Don Goodman, can be found here!

 

AWRW #BOOK BLAST! Billionaire Untamed, The Billionaire’s Obsession -Tate- by Author J.S. Scott

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Lara Bailey isn’t in Rocky Springs for the hot springs, the resort activities or the fabulous skiing. She has come to Colorado for one reason and one reason only: to find and get close to Marcus Colter, the eldest Colter brother.

Unfortunately, trouble finds her in the form of Tate Colter rather than Marcus. The youngest Colter brother is arrogant, cocky, smart, and tenacious in his attempts to find out why she wants to find Marcus even though she’s never met him. Lara isn’t willing to divulge that information, and Tate is determined to uncover her motives. It makes Tate one hot, wickedly sexy, adorably dimpled, alpha male pain in her backside.

Lara is really confused when Tate helps her out of a difficult and potentially dangerous situation. It leaves Lara wondering if he really is the cocky, arrogant jerk that he pretends to be, or if there isn’t much more to Tate Colter than she’d initially thought.

Colter wants Lara Bailey in his bed…badly. When she completely blows him off and ignores him when they meet, he’s even more determined to find out her secrets and get her to submit to the molten desire that radiates between the two of them. The fact that she’s one tough female, a woman who can give back exactly what he dishes out, makes her even more intriguing to him.

Sparks fly as Tate and Lara become involved in a battle of wits and wills that will ignite flames of passion and desire like neither one of them have ever experienced. But when deception is discovered and a betrayal takes place, can these two adversaries who are so much alike work together without letting the white-hot passion burning between them incinerate them both?


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Mine for Tonight (The Billionaire's Obsession, #1.1)

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Book Synopsis

Jason Sutherland is a billionaire investor who has it all: good looks, billions of dollars, and every expensive toy a man could ever want. What he doesn’t have is the one thing he wants the most: Hope Sinclair.

Unfortunately Hope, the little sister of his best friend, was off limits. But when he finds out that she’s getting married, he decides that he’s staking his claim before it’s too late, and it will take more than a little deception and risk to accomplish his goal.

Hope could end up hating his guts, but after spending one forbidden night with her that he can’t forget, he knows he has to try to make her his forever.

Hope Sinclair was born into money, but being rich has never made her happy. The one thing she wants is a man to care about her and not her bank account. The closest thing she’s ever found to real happiness was the magical, passionate night she’d spent in the arms of Jason Sutherland…until that night turned into heartbreak. So when he unexpectedly comes back into her life in the strangest of ways, Hope is determined to resist her attraction to him.

Thrown together by Jason’s deception and with their passion still burning hot, can the two of them survive after the billionaire is unmasked?

18+ only. Not suitable for children and teens under 18.

J.S. Scott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of steamy romance. She’s an avid reader of all types of books and literature. Writing what she loves to read, J.S. Scott writes both contemporary erotic romance stories and paranormal romance erotics. They almost always feature an Alpha Male and have a happily ever after because she just can’t seem to write them any other way!

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A few interesting facts about Author J.S. Scott:

Author J.S.Scott trained and worked for years as a Registered Respiratory Therapist before becoming an Author.

She self published in April 2012 with no experience at all. “I put together my own bad covers and edited the stories myself. (Big mistake!) I used KDP Select when I first started and offered up the stories for free, alternating the freebies. To my surprise… I actually started selling some books.” Then she really hit it when she started working on a serial romance trilogy that readers started to follow enthusiastically, -The Billionaire’s Obsession- which she eventually packaged into a “complete set” last February, selling the lot for one very low price. “I was lucky enough to have the book sell very well… well enough to hit the USA Today and NYT Bestsellers. Since then, I’ve written complete novels that have also done well.”

 

 

 

 

AWRW Book Review: Her Favorite Hot Doc (Windy City Romance #3) by Barbara Lohr #MedicalRomance

herfavehotdocOne feisty midwife.

One Hot Doc with a secret.

One mission trip to Guatemala where there’s no place to hide.

McKenna Kirkpatrick presents a challenge for the head of her department when she joins Montclair Specialty Hospital. Ranked a Chicago Hot Doc, Logan Castle has a reason for supporting established protocols while McKenna pushes the envelope. She also likes to push his buttons. Thrown together on a department revamp, Hot Doc soon discovers that McKenna generates her own heat.

Has he ever met a woman this outrageous? Has she ever been this drawn to a colleague’s bedside manner? They may have grown up on opposite sides of the L tracks on Chicago’s West Side, but Logan’s like the chocolates hidden in McKenna’s desk, so hard to resist.

When her Hot Doc joins Midwives in Action for a summer mission trip to Guatemala, McKenna wonders if working together in the remote highlands of Central America will resolve their differences… or end the romance for the Windy City girl.

Her Favorite Hot Doc is the third book in the Windy City Romance series.

Paperback, 282 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Purple Egret Press (first published April 28th 2014)
Genre: Medical Romance, Contemporary, Fiction

“After quaking with nervousness and holding him off for weeks, the country club doctor had inched his way into her Mckenna’s heart with small acts of kindness.”

Her Favorite Hot Doc was an enjoyable read with a delightful happily-ever-after that will tug at your heartstrings. With this novel, you get all of the excitement of a fast paced medical setting, including patients who have their own stories, and a slow-burning romance between a nurse practitioner/certified midwife, and a sexy obstetrician who Chicago Magazine has named one of the city’s ‘hot docs’. If you enjoy a good medical romance, Her Favorite Hot Doc fits the bill!

Mckenna is a strong independent woman, career minded, with an interest in alternative methods of caring for her patients. She is passionate about the benefits of water birthing, and when The Foundation offers to fund the OB department, she rallies for her cause in order to get what she wants.

Dr. Logan Castle  is impressively professional, and devastatingly handsome. He sees a different future for the OB department. He is interested in on-site radiology equipment for his patients.

Mckenna doesn’t want to go head to head with Dr. Castle for donor dollars, but if she has to, she will…

Despite budding feelings, Mckenna keeps Logan at an arm’s length, repeating the “bud-dy, bud-dy” mantra in her head. But when they travel to Guatemala on a mission trip, cramped quarters and admiration for each other’s professional skills make the inevitable, well, unavoidable.

Will the two come together despite their reservations, personal pasts and social differences? Or will Mckenna find herself repeating “bud-dy, bud-dy” every time she comes in contact with her favorite hot doc?

Read Her Favorite Hot Doc, to find out!

What I Loved: The main and secondary characters make this story, as well as the fast paced medical setting. -Particularly during their mission trip, where everything they are accustomed to is back in Chicago. Their struggles and professional manner made me like the pair even more.

What I Disliked: The story started off slow… It started off with some good action, ( a baby being delivered), but then it went into ‘shop talk’, and funding. (Snoooze) Fortunately, it picked up and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it once I got over that little hump.

Overall, I am rating Her Favorite Hot Doc 4 out of 5 Stars!


An e-copy of this novel was provided to me in exchange for a fair, honest, and thoughtful book review.

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About The Author:

Barbara LohrBarbara Lohr writes contemporary romance, both adult and young adult. A flair for fun and subtly sexy love scenes is her trademark.

During her early career teaching writing and lit, she also wrote theater and book reviews for a newspaper. When her career broadened to advertising and marketing, her love of literature and writing remained.

Her Windy City Romance series launched in 2013 with “Her Favorite Mistake,” followed by “Her Favorite Honeymoon,” “Her Favorite Hot Doc” and the Prequel, “Finding Southern Comfort.” In her work, feisty women take on hunky heroes and life’s issues. Family often figures in her work. “Every woman who falls in love is influenced by her family, either positive or negative.” Chocolate is her favorite food group, and great food often figures in her novels.

Barbara lives in the Midwest and the South with her hunky hero husband and a cat who insists he was Heathcliff in a former life. She invites readers to sign up for her newsletter: www.BarbaraLohrAuthor.com. –Goodreads Author Bio

Caught in a Bad Romance…. When Book Covers Go Bad

I love romance novels, but I have read some doozies. Even worse, some of the covers… wretched. If you read romance I’m sure you have seen them yourself.

I have gathered up some bad romance covers, with the titles reworked to give you all a good laugh. Enjoy! :D

a_weeA Wee Bit Lower, Lassy

“He couldn’t keep on a shirt, she couldn’t keep off her knees.”

Bahahahahaaa! Oh the romance!

Holy smokes, look at his face. Can you say GROUCH?! And the “heroine” looks like she has had her backbone removed. If this novel was the last one on the planet, I still wouldn’t pick it up.

lordofthehisyfitLord Of The Hissy Fit

I’d be a little testy too if I was standing without legs… Seriously, where are his legs?!

Kangaroo Gangbang

“A ‘Roo In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush.”

Ok, this one literally made me LOL! Seriously, what is up with the frolicking voyeur kangaroos in the background?

Just disturbing.


Under The Houseboat Fire

Why is she wearing a gown underwater? The smoke from the houseboat must have made her deliriously romantic…

What Are You Laughing At, Bitch?

“He Was Clueless… and she knew it.”

I’m guessing she is laughing at this ridiculous book cover.

Do you judge a book by it’s cover? Would you pick up the above books to read? Let me know in the comment section below!

AWRW Book Review: Precise (Pulling Me Under 0.5) A Novella by Rebecca Berto

“Still speaking over me,’ she says, meeting my eyes and scoffing. ‘You are still that worthless little girl.” –Precise

 

 

Precise, (Pulling Me Under 0.5) A Novella

Katie is a wife, a caring best friend, and the one person her mother, Rochelle, hates more than anyone. No one sees the darkness lurking just under the surface of their mother-daughter relationship, instead viewing Rochelle as misunderstood. That she has so much love for her daughter that she may seem harsh.

Wrong. So wrong.

Katie grew up taught that she was the cause of Rochelle’s miscarriages. She grew up with the belief she shouldn’t be happy knowing she’d caused her mom so much pain and suffering. Now Katie is pregnant and Rochelle is out to stop Katie from ruining her baby’s life—just like Katie ruined her own.

Still, Katie can’t imagine killing the life growing inside her. Hell hath no fury like Rochelle with a vengeance to make Katie pay for ruining her life.

In Rochelle’s quest for power, Katie’s baby is the pawn.

Published: (first published November 2012)
Genre: New Adult, Drama, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction

“The moment weighs down on me, threatening to unstitch my seams and expose me to the world.”

Holy smokes… Precise is a novella that floored me. It is the prequel novel to Pulling Me Under, by Rebecca Berto.

Warning, Contains Spoilers.

Katie is having a baby with the love of her life, and she should be happy, except her family is anything but supportive. -Specifically her Mother, a woman who I’m guessing suffers from histrionic personality disorder, as well as a slew of other mental health conditions…

Rochelle doesn’t want her daughter to have a baby, because she feels Katie doesn’t deserve happiness. In her twisted mind, Katie’s birth prevented Rochelle’s subsequent pregnancies from coming to full term. She is very bitter and accuses her daughter of murdering her siblings who never came to term.

Despite her mother’s seething anger, and violence toward her, Katie continues to be a good daughter, but with her own daughter’s safety at stake, she turns the table on her Mother, packs up, and runs…

Precise, by Rebecca Berto is a dark read that is balanced with some lighter aspects of romance, and the birth of a baby. I absolutely want to read the next installment of this series! I would recommend this novella to anyone who likes dark, dramatic fiction.

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Rebecca BertoRebecca Berto writes stories about love and relationships. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading her books, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She’s strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.

Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their pets. –Goodreads Author Bio

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AWRW Way Back Wednesday Book Review: Sister Light, Sister Dark, by Jane Yolen

waybackwednesdayWay Back Wednesday is a Book Meme created by A Well Read Woman with the aim to write mini book reviews on books read in the past, that left a lasting impression.

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Today’s Way Back Wednesday post is dedicated to a novel I read while in middle school, Sister Light, Sister Dark, by Jane Yolen.

This novel left such an impression on me, that I still think of it TO THIS DAY! Unfortunately, my copy eventually fell apart, and I still need to replace it!

Raised on a mountainside, Jenna learned the arts of the warrior, and from the mountain women the magic of the sisterlightancient lore. But the greatest magic of all was her ability to call forth her dark sister from the depths of the mirror of the land of light and shadow.

Skada was the dark one, able to exist only when the moonlight cast a shadow or lamplight flickered in a darkened room.

This is the story of Jenna and Skada. Sister Light and Sister Dark.

Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 15th 2003 by Tor Teen (first published September 1st 1988)
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Feminism

Sister Light, Sister Dark was nothing short of magical for me. I loved the strong warrior women theme of this novel. My 12 year old mind was mesmerized by sisters Jenna and Skada, and the incredible world building cleverly crafted by Author Jane Yolen.

My middle grade self was extremely interested in feminist views, and this novel found me at a perfect time. I wanted to be Jenna! I totally and completely lived cathartically through her as I turned the pages.

I don’t only want to replace my copy of this novel, I NEED to.

I would recommend this fantasy novel to pre-teen girls and up, and men who can appreciate a strong, warrior female protagonist.

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About The Author:

Jane YolenJane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Born and raised in New York City, the mother of three and the grandmother of six, Yolen lives in Massachusetts and St. Andrews, Scotland.– Goodreads Author Bio

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AWRW Book Review: Lore: Tales of Myths & Legends Retold #Anthology #Fantasy

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A collection of six folklore retellings that will twist your mind and claim your heart.

SHIMMER: A heartbroken boy rescues a mermaid… but is it too late to save her?

BETWEEN is about a girl, a genie, and a ton of bad decisions.

SUNSET MOON: Eloise doesn’t believe in Native American magic–until the dreamcatcher spiders spin her down an unknown path.

THE MAKER: An incapacitated young man bent on revenge builds a creature to do it for him.

A BEAUTIFUL MOURNING: The story of a Maya goddess torn between duty and love, and the ultimate sacrifice she must make to achieve true happiness.

THE BARRICADES: When a human girl risks everything to save the life of an Eternal prince, will their feelings for each other change the world they know, or tear it apart?

by Brinda Berry, Karen Y. Bynum, Laura Diamond , Jayne A. Knolls, Theresa DaLayne , & Cate Dean

Paperback, 283 pages
Published March 2014 by Sweet Biscuit Publishing LLC
Genre: Fantasy, Anthology, Short Story, YA, Fiction, Mythology, Fairy Tale Retelling, Supernatural


Shimmer 
by Brinda Berry

A beautifully told YA love story between a boy named Draven and a mer named Coral. Summer love with a fantasy twist! One of my favorites in the anthology, and a great story to kick off Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold.

Between, by Karen Y. Bynum

Between was another really good YA/Fantasy story in this anthology. Two teenage lesbian lovers, a butterfly charm that releases a genie, ‘mean girls’, and a whole lot of regret.

A great, well-written story that explores teenage angst, and homophobia. I also learned from this story what the word Genie comes from! -(Djinn)

Sunset Moon, by Laura Diamond

I picked up this anthology BECAUSE OF Sunset Moon, and I am glad that I had. It’s a great short story about a young, troubled juvenile delinquent who is sent off to a Native American group home, in exchange for doing time.Sunset Moon is a wonderfully crafted story that will forever change the way I look at dreamcatchers!

The Maker, by Jayne A. Knolls

The Maker is a story about revenge, based loosely on the myth of Golem.A young man left incapacitated by a car accident, creates a “man” to  exact revenge against his ex-girlfriend who left him behind, for dead.

“Ressurect, reanimate, revenge.”

This story wasn’t my favorite, and I actually felt bad for Jake who was a pawn in his master’s game. I wasn’t able to connect with the main character, Brett, due to his bitter nature. Overall, it was OK.

A Beautiful Mourning, by Theresa Dalayne

This is a story about the Sun God, and the Flower Goddess, who give up everything in the name of love.A wonderfully told fantasy tale based loosely on Mayan mythology, with vivid descriptions that will transport you into the middleworld with the characters.

The ending was bittersweet. I didn’t know whether to cry or smile!

Definitely worth a read!

The Barricades, by Cate Dean.

The Barricades is a fantasy story about a girl named Casey who saves an ‘eternal’ boy named Daniel who is gravely wounded. Casey goes where no mortal human dares to go, in order to save his life…

I liked this story, and enjoyed the ‘star crossed lovers’ romance between Casey and Daniel. I also liked that the setting wasn’t on earth, and that Fae and humans coexisted together.

Overall, I enjoyed these short fantasy stories, some more than others, and I am giving the anthology 4 stars.

If mythical folklore retellings interest you, purchase, here for free! (Amazon USA)

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About The Authors:

Brinda BerryBrinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She has a BSE in English and French and a MEd in Learning Systems Technology. She’s terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality. She doesn’t mind being called a geek or “crazy dog lady”. When she’s not working the day job or writing a novel, she’s guilty of surfing the internet for no good reason.

http://www.brindaberry.com

Karen Y. BynumKaren Y. Bynum is an author of young adult paranormal romance. Her novel Witch Way to Turn is published through Lyrical Press. She grew up in Hickory, North Carolina where mountains and magic surrounded her. Even as a child, she wrote her own faery tales and prattled incessantly to her imaginary friends.

After graduating from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Communications, she went on to become certified in culinary arts from The Art Institute of Charlotte. But it wasn’t until her aerospace engineer husband accepted a job in Virginia and they relocated that she knew what she wanted to be when she grew up.

With the support of family and friends, Karen embarked on a journey with the voices in her head. They wouldn’t stop talking (yes, she does answer back) and their stories took shape.

Karen enjoys reading, tweeting, writing and spending time with her husband and their spoiled rotten Vizsla named Rusty.

http://www.karenbynum.com

Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist and author of all things young adult paranormal, dystopian, and horror.

She’s a lucid dreamer, meaning she can direct her dreams while they’re happening. When she’s awake, she pens stories from her dreams and shares them with her readers.

Laura has many published titles including the Pride Series (New Pride, Shifting Pride, and Tsavo Pride), the Endure Series (Endure and Evoke), The Zodiac Collector, a novella Sunset Moon in the Lore anthology, and several shorts stories. When she’s not writing, she is working at the hospital, blogging at Author Laura Diamond–Lucid Dreamer, and renovating her 225+ year old fixer-upper mansion.

http://www.authorlauradiamond.com/

Jayne A. Knolls, Author of The Maker, lives and works in New York City. The Maker is her first published work of New Adult Fiction.

Jayne can reached at JAKnolls@optonline.net

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7847409.Jayne_A_Knolls

Theresa DaLayneTheresa DaLayne is a north-south-east-western kind of girl with a quirky personality to match her nomad life. Born in California, she migrated to three different cities in Washington State, a tiny island in Alaska, North Carolina, and finally to the suburbs of Ohio where she currently lives with her husband, three kids, vegetarian cat, and her ungrateful fish.

Always on the lookout for a new story, Theresa is a shameless eavesdropper and will take anyone who provides inspiration and mold them into a character without a second thought. She enjoys writing both paranormal and contemporary stories, considering her mind wanders between worlds of fantasy while she’s forced to live in the real world, very much against her will.

http://www.theresadalayne.com

Cate DeanCate Dean has been writing since she could hold a pen in her hand and put more than two words together on paper.

She grew up losing herself in the wilds of fantasy worlds, and has had some of her own adventures while tromping through the UK, and a few other parts of the world.

When she’s not writing, she loves cooking, scaring herself silly in the local cemeteries, and reading pretty much anything she can get her hands on.

A lover of all things supernatural, she infuses that love into her stories, giving them a unique edge.

http://catedeanwrites.com

 

AWRW Directory of Sunday Book Blog Memes #BBMemes

Check out the Sunday Book Blogging Memes below to gain inspiration for your next Sunday blog post!

Book bloggers! Do you participate in memes? awrwstock-photo-sexy-valentine-s-girl-illustration-typing-on-a-laptop-175191611

I’ve scoured the internet on a hunt for every Sunday Book Blog Meme available for book bloggers to participate in. Below you will find a list of #BBMemes to participate in, if you choose!

Because book blogging is more than just reviewing books!

Please comment below if you have, or know of a Sunday Book Meme that you would like me to add to this directory!

 Sundays in Bed With…. Welcome to my Sundays In Bed With… Meme! The meme that dares to ask, what book has been in your bed this morning?  Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today!


The Sunday Post 

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @
Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies. Link up once a week or once a month, you decide. Book haul can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books..share them!

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This new weekly feature is called Showcase Sunday and its aim is to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week.

Sunday Shorts The rules are easy, you feature a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!

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Super Six Sunday

Super Six Sunday is an original bookish meme created from Bewitched Bookworms and inspired by “Top Ten Tuesday” from The Broke and The Bookish .

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Is there ever such a thing as too many books? I don’t think there are too many books to read, but there can definitely be too many to review. Often I’m sent books and, with an already sagging review shelf, these unsolicited books often end being overlooked – I just can’t fit them in to my schedule. Sunday Shout-Out aims to acknowledge these books and the publishers who have sent them to me.

 The Sunday Whirl

To participate, write a poem or short prose using some or all of the wordle words.  Forms of the words are fine.  Challenge yourself to use them all, but it is not a requirement.  A wordle will be posted every Sunday at 12:01 a.m. Mountain Standard Time.  Mister Linky will accept your posts. You have all week to write and visit other pieces inspired by the words.  I will send an email with the list of words on Friday evening (no specific time) if you want a headstart with them.  As the blogstress I start selecting words on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and appreciate the chance to play with them a bit prior to posting.  E-mail me if you want to be on the “early word list.”

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Simply Sunday is a reading meme run here at Books for a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you can share your favorite quote of the week; be it from a book, a novella, a short story, a poem, a song – whatever you like!

sunday blessings Sunday Blessings

Sunday Blessings is a monthly meme where I share to you the books and other book-related things I hauled this month. Similarly like In My Mailbox and Showcase Sunday.

Sunday Wrap-Up

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up.

 Stockpile Sundays

I decided to create this weekly meme, where I show you the stuff that I’ve been obsessing over and “stockpiling”. Stockpiling in the sense of addiction to particular things and not necessarily physical collection of objects. These “things” can range from books and TV-shows to little bits and bobs that you might discover in your everyday life.

Series Sundays

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.


AWRW Book Review: The Blue Amaryllis (A Love Story)

theblueamaryylisUpon the death of her mother, 26 year old Leia York is left bereft and grief-stricken. An old college professor extends her an invitation to join him in one of the most beautiful, yet most dangerous, places on earth – the Amazon rainforest.

She embarks on an impulsive journey, hoping to forget the sadness of her life in Chicago. Shortly after arriving in the village, Leia is among those chosen to go on a quest that is vital to the survival of the natives. The six week quest is fraught with danger, adventure, and unexpectedly: love. A love which is strictly forbidden.

Will Leia respect an indigenous law that prevents her from pursuing the only love she has ever known?

The Blue Amaryllis is a unique story that blends romance and adventure, while exploring the very real ecological issues threatening the Amazon rainforest and tribes within. It is a story of a proud people whose unique way of life faces extinction, and the passionate love that develops between one of their own and an outsider.

 


The Blue Amaryllis: A Love Story

Author Sonia De Leon

Paperback, 422 pages

Published July 14th 2014 by CreateSpace (first published July 14th 2013)

Genre: Romance, Adventure, Contemporary, Fiction

The Blue Amaryllis, a sacred plant, essential and deeply connected to the tribe’s health and soul.

Leia is looking for a change of pace from Chicago, and boy does she get it when she travels to the wild jungles of the Amazon to join her professor on an anthropological expedition. She is to assist him in cataloging healing plants that the natives use. This should keep her busy, and her mind quiet.

When she arrives, red faced, sweaty and muddy, she meets Tanun, the tribe’s medicine man, a bronzed heathen Adonis come to life! *Fans myself* He is the most gorgeous man she has ever lain her eyes on. With him being a medicine man, she could learn a lot from him.

Leia respects everyone in the tribe for their way of life and unassuming joy. She tries to fit in, participates in the rituals, but she isn’t quite ready to shed her clothing yet.

“Just another day of bathing with nude muscular hunters in the Amazon rainforest.”

Leia, and Tanun are selected, among others, to journey into the Peruvian Amazon, to bring back seeds from the blue amaryllis. This adventure ties them closer together, but there is one problem… Their love for each other is strictly forbidden by the Matis tribe.

It didn’t take me long to get wrapped up in the world of The Blue Amaryllis. For starters, the world building was INCREDIBLE, and the setting of an Amazon Rainforest for a romance was a wise pick. I learned a lot about the indigenous tribes, and their way of life. This story sheds a lot of light on a way of life that is no longer lived in many parts of the world.

Secondly, what I especially liked about this novel, was the “star crossed lovers” twist to their slow burning romance. Leia is a white woman from Chicago, and Tanun is a Matis, native to the wild jungles of the Amazon. Their worlds never should have crossed, and yet they did.

“Resisting him was like trying to prevent the sun from rising above the horizon…”

Ladies, if you are looking for a new “book boyfriend”, Tanun is your man! He is tall, strong, muscular, has long gorgeous hair, and he walks around naked all day, lol!

Yes, please!

Thank you Author Sonia De Leon for crafting such a wonderfully beautiful character! *Drools*

I’d be lying if I told you I DIDN’T live vicariously through Leia’s character. *Sigh* I was sad to leave the world of The Blue Amaryllis!

Book hangover, much?

Overall, I absolutely LOVED this novel, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a little adventure to their romance!

I was provided with an e-copy of The Blue Amaryllis in exchange for a thoughtful, fair, and honest book review.

Don’t delay! Meet your new book boyfriend today! Purchase, here! :)

If you are interested in donating to a worthy cause, please visit:

http://www.kayapo.org

http://www.survivalinternational.org

About The Author :

Sonia De Leon“Hello readers and friends! I am a mother to 3 girls, and live with my husband in the south suburbs of Chicago. My love of reading began around the age of 7 when my parents decided that my siblings and I were too obsessed with watching television. So they did what any normal, rational (where is my sarcasm font?) parent would do, and threw the TV out. When my siblings and I smuggled it back inside in the middle of the night, they reacted in a similar normal and rational manner, by throwing the TV out of the second story window.

And thus began my love of reading, an activity that still tightly binds my siblings and I down to this day. Worlds unraveled before my eyes as I solved mysteries with Nancy, explored a chocolate factory with Charlie, and discovered Narnia alongside a talking lion named Aslan. From the age of 7 on, you could almost always find me with a book in hand. In my teenage years, I discovered VC Andrews, LJ Smith, Diana Gabaldon, and Morgan Llywelyn. As a woman, my favorite authors are Laura Kinsale, Penelope Williamson, Colleen Hoover, Mia Sheridan, and (still) Diana Gabaldon. My favorite stories are the ones that make me forget, inspire me to live, and enrich my undying belief in happily ever after.”–Amazon Author Bio 

 

Ten Problems That Only Book Nerd Girls Can Relate To #BookNerdGirlProblems

We all have our problems, but book nerd girls have their own special set of problems… You just might be a book nerd girl, if you can relate to the following scenarios:

1.) You have an epic meltdown when the movie adaptation of a book leaves out important parts of the story.

2.) You have, at one point in your life, dreamed of owning your own bookstore, or you do own your own bookstore.

3.) When reading, you figure something out before the character does, and you just want to scream at them, and/or toss your book out the nearest window.


4.) You get a book hangover, and have a difficult time getting into your next read, because you are still mentally in your last one.

5.) Your purse has to be big enough to hold the book you are currently reading.

6.) You stay up all night reading, with little to no respect for what you have going on the next morning.

7.) The agony you feel when the release date of the next book in the series is a year away.

8.) You have felt embarrassed when a character in a book does something awkward.

9.) You love the smell of a brand new book, more than any expensive perfume or cologne.

 

10.) And finally, you consider it a compliment to be called a “book nerd girl.” :)

Beautiful Blogger Award: Featuring Seven of My Favorite Beautiful Blogs!

I was nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award by sister book blogger Brin @ Brin’s Book Blog! Thank you, Brin! If books are your passion, then you NEED to check out Brin’s blog and hit the follow button so you can stay up to date with the books she features and blogs about. :)
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Rules:

1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo.

2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them.

3. Nominate 7 (yes, only seven) other bloggers and say a little something about them.


I follow soooo many awesome blogs but I can only pick seven. I present to you my seven picks! : )

image1.) Blahpolar Diaries “Where folly holds her throne.”  I absolutely love this blog and I look forward to new posts in my reader from her.  She writes honestly and frequently about her bipolar disorder, the medication she takes, as well as providing the latest medical information that she finds from medical journals online.

I also have bipolar disorder, but I’m not as open about it as she is. This woman makes me feel more comfortable in my own skin, knowing that I’m not alone!

Paris Baker2.) Paris Baker’s Book Nook “Daydreamer, bookworm, writer.”

Paris has a beautiful blog where she (lately) features mostly women’s fiction/chick lit book reviews, and other genres, including fantasy and psychological suspense, too! She is a self-professed “nerd”, and is on her way to becoming an Author herself!

As a sister chick-lit blogger, I admire her blog and recommend others to visit her and check out her reviews!

The Cheap Reader 3.)  The Cheap Reader “A pseudo librarian’s thoughts on books.”

Alison is a bookworm who loves books so much that she not only blogs about them, she also works in a library! How great is that?! She loves to blog about young adult and middle grade books, and has an awesome feature on her blog called, “Behind The Blog”.

I bet you are wondering about “Behind The Blog“. :) Well let me tell you, if you are a blogger you will want to know Alison. Alison interviews bloggers and blasts those interviews out on her blog and social media to all her followers. I suggest you follow her, today!

Stories Unfolded4.) Stories Unfolded “Book Reviews & Stories by Danielle”

Danielle loves to read, blog about what she reads, and writes stories of her own too! She is also the Social Media Chair for the Women’s National Book Association – Los Angeles Chapter! This woman knows books! In addition she also holds a bachelors AND a masters degree! Did I mention she is super smart?

Jacqueline E. Smith5.) A Platform of Sorts  

Jacqueline E Smith is one of my favorite Indie Authors and A Platform Of Sorts is her blog. She writes paranormal, new-adult books that feature lovable characters, ghosts, haunted houses, and even some romance! If you haven’t yet read The Cemetery Tours series, I would advise you to do so RIGHT NOW! (I gave both her books 5 star reviews and I do not do that often!) Her novels can be found on her Goodreads Author page, by clicking here.

Jackie is very open with her fans and shares her musings on life online. She is an amazing photographer, with a fondness for sunflowers. Mark my words, this woman will one day be a NYT Best Selling Author!

Parajunkee6.) Parajunkee’s View

Rachel Rivera is the QUEEN of book blogging! I greatly admire her blog because she features awesome content, and is all about helping her book blogging sisters out!

PJV not only features reviews, but book blogging tutorials, and helpful advice for fellow bloggers. If you do not know who this woman is, then you NEED to… NOW! Like I said, she is the Queen, and all….

7.) Bookaholic Confessions “Everything and anything bookish. Book review, news, author interviews, guest posts, and latest releases… <3

Holly is a bookaholic and library assistant who loves shoes ALMOST as much as she loves books! I love how she uses high heels instead of stars as a rating system! Her pretty in pink blog DEFINITELY deserves a beautiful blogger award!

Lately, Holly has been featuring lots of guest posts which are not only interesting, they are informative! Check out Holly’s well rounded book blog!


Please check out the above blogs and don’t forget to hit the FOLLOW button! There are so many beautiful blogs in the blogosphere, and I am happy to feature the above seven here at A Well Read Woman Blog!

I encourage the above seven to participate in this meme, but if you are “anti-blogger award”, please just take it as a compliment from me to you!

Thanks for visiting!

AWRW Way Back Wednesday Book Review: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

Way Back Wednesday is a Book Meme created by A Well Read Woman with the aim to write mini book reviews on books read in the past, that left a lasting impression.

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This week’s Way Back Wednesday post is dedicated to a required read I had in a college sociology class, titled Nickel And Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich.

1869The New York Times bestseller, and one of the most talked about books of the year, Nickel and Dimed has already become a classic of undercover reportage.

Millions of Americans work for poverty-level wages, and one day Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any job equals a better life. But how can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 to $7 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich moved from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, taking the cheapest lodgings available and accepting work as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart salesperson. She soon discovered that even the “lowliest” occupations require exhausting mental and physical efforts. And one job is not enough; you need at least two if you intend to live indoors.

Nickel and Dimed reveals low-wage America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity — a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate strategies for survival. Instantly acclaimed for its insight, humor, and passion, this book is changing the way America perceives its working poor.

Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Owl Books (Henry Holt) (first published 2001)
Genre: Social Issues, Academic, Non Fiction, Economics, Book Club, Banned Book

Nickel and Dimed is a book about a woman who crosses the country attempting to live off of minimum wage work. It is a social experiment intended to change people’s thoughts about welfare, food stamps and other government “handouts” in America. Barbara Ehrenreich quickly discovers that not only can you not survive on one minimum wage job, you can hardly survive on two!

This novel is considered a “banned book” due to offensive language. Even my Mother picked it up and said, “What are they teaching you?” -LOL!!

Nickel and Dimed is an eye-opener. I laugh to myself when people have a million negative things to say about people on food stamps, and other government assistance, because the naysayers haven’t a clue. I’m more concerned about the big banks and corporations who are filthy rich, while their employees work a 40 hour week and can barely stay afloat. We should be more concerned with the greed of these corporations, than a working family during an economic recession!

And that is what this book is all about.

I loved this book, and I’m glad it was a required read because it really opened my eyes to what poverty REALLY looks like. It isn’t always the stereotypical ‘man holding a sign looking for money in a parking lot’. In fact, poverty looks like you and me. It doesn’t have a FACE. It can happen to anyone, and being a hard worker isn’t worth diddly squat if your employer only pays you minimum wage.

If societal issues interest you, specifically issues related to the working poor, then give this book a shot! It is worth a read!

Purchase, here!

5 Stars! (Or Dollars) ;)

Barbara Ehrenreich is the bestselling author of sixteen previous books, including the bestsellers Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch. A frequent contributor to Harpers andThe Nation, she has also been a columnist at The New York Times and Time Magazine.

AWRW Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.
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Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

*Fangirl Mode Activated*

I haven’t written a Mailbox Monday post in quite awhile… so prepare yourselves for one mighty book haul!!

Books I have recently acquired in Print in exchange for Review:

Denied (One Night, #2) As Good As It Gets? The Invention of Wings The Swap: A Mystery The Curvy Girls Club

Books I have recently acquired in e-book format in exchange for Review:

Bowery Girl September Sky (American Journey #1) Behind the Scenes what they don't tell you about love in the movies Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Women Sliding Past Vertical The Education of Lord Hartley Knife Skills (Trudi Wells Cozy Mystery Series Book 1)

Books I Have Recently Acquired For My Own Reading Enjoyment:

Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold Precise (Pulling Me Under, #0.5) Mine for Tonight ~ Simon (The Billionaire's Obsession, #1.1)

And there you have it! What books have recently arrived in your mailbox??

Fictitious Fridays: Hosted by Mortal Moments

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Fictitious Fridays Hosted by: Mortal Moments Description: Fictitious Fridays is a weekly short spotlight on your favourite fiction book(s), character(s), place(s) and just about anything fictitious you can think of! ;) Fiction of any genre is welcome but I will mainly be focusing on YA Fiction as that is mostly what I read.

This may be a bit presumptuous, but I just began the novel The Blue Amaryllis, for review, by Sonia De Leon, and although I am only 32% into it, (page 136), I absolutely LOVE it!!!! I do believe we have a winner here, folks!

I just know this book will become one of my favorites, which makes it perfect for a ‘Fictitious Fridays’ post. The Blue Amaryllis has everything I crave in a good romance novel and more!

For starters, it takes place in Brazil, to be exact, the wild jungles of the Amazon! The men there are TOUGH. They have long hair, tan skin, and muscles galore from physical work. The women work just as hard, and they take care of their men and their family. And they are all nakey! LOL!

I don’t know what to expect from this novel, but the world building done by the author is incredible. I look forward to turning the next page!

Review to follow! :)

22967304Upon the death of her mother, 26 year old Leia York is left bereft and grief-stricken. An old college professor extends her an invitation to join him in one of the most beautiful, yet most dangerous, places on earth – the Amazon rainforest. She embarks on an impulsive journey, hoping to forget the sadness of her life in Chicago.

Shortly after arriving in the village, Leia is among those chosen to go on a quest that is vital to the survival of the natives. The six week quest is fraught with danger, adventure, and unexpectedly: love. A love which is strictly forbidden.

Will Leia respect an indigenous law that prevents her from pursuing the only love she has ever known?

The Blue Amaryllis is a unique story that blends romance and adventure, while exploring the very real ecological issues threatening the Amazon rainforest and tribes within. It is a story of a proud people whose unique way of life faces extinction, and the passionate love that develops between one of their own and an outsider.

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Author Sonia De Leon

Author Sonia De Leon writes contemporary romance novels.

You can tweet her at @AuthorSonia.

AWRW Book Review Findo’s Mousetrap, by Graham Paskett

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      Findo’s Mousetrap is the debut novel from author Graham Paskett. It’s a modern romance that melds the Stone Tape Theory, an Anglo-Scottish laird, and Irish-American media luvvy, and high tech computer technology to unravel mysteries that have been lost to the mists of time. Findo’s Mousetrap follows the adventures of Findo Gask and his trusty friend Mac as they and the Mousetrap solve a Royal mystery, a petty theft, and gain notoriety for their unique invention that can unlock events and emotions that have been recorded and held in the very fabric of buildings. Join Findo and his friends on an unforgettable journey. 

“He knew at that very moment that he was sitting on the edge of a precipice, get his footing wrong and his whole world could come tumbling down…”

Findo’s Mousetrap

Author: Graham Paskett

Paperback, Second Edition, 214 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Graham Paskett Publishing (first published June 20th 2012
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

When significant events take place the dramatic scenes can be trapped inside the stone and brickwork of surrounding buildings. When a series of very specific conditions are met, those images are released – rather like old magnetic recording tape – and the whole event comes back to life. This is when people see ‘ghosts’.

It is also the basis of the Stone Tape Theory and a young Scottish aristocrat, Findo Gask, and his business partner and friend, Andrew McCubbin, have discovered what it is that triggers the release of those images frozen into the stone and brick. They call their computer-based system Findo’s Mousetrap.

Mousetrap was the name given to the camera used in 1835 when Henry Fox Talbot took the world’s first photographic negative at Laycock Abbey in Wiltshire in England.

By applying their science Findo and Andrew are able, quite literally, to turn back the pages of history.

Join Findo and his friends on an unforgettable journey.

Dympa Doyle, of Findo’s Mousetrap

I liked this story, it had a nice flow and I was able to wrap myself up in it. In the beginning it was all about Findo and his business partner Mac, and their gold mine of an invention which brings history back to life. This invention brings Findo a lot of attention, especially from the media. He is interviewed by a major TV network, and there he meets Dympa Doyle.

Dympa Doyle is a red haired beauty with a self-destruct button triggered by alcohol. Her producer asks her to get to know Findo better. Findo and Dympa share a mutual attraction, and almost immediately they fall in love.

My favorite character is Dympa. She has this fiery attitude and isn’t afraid of anyone, even Sir Findo, Findo’s father, *spoiler alert* who threatens his son to exclude him from his estate and his inheritance if he doesn’t stop with his mousetrap idea. Dympa stands up to him, and announces she will fund Findo’s dreams! (Of course this was after a bit of Irish whiskey!) ;)

My problem with this story is that I’m not certain what the main point of the book was. Once the romance started, the Mousetrap took a back seat. Findo’s plans for the Mousetrap never came to fruition. A lot of loose plot threads weren’t tied up when it ended, which was disappointing.

Overall, I liked this novel, and I am giving it three out of five stars.

***I was given a paperback copy of Findo’s Mousetrap in exchange for a fair, honest, and thoughtful book review.

Are you interested in a novel that blends inspiration from the Stone Tape Theory with a transatlantic romance? Purchase, here!

About The Author: Graham Paskett

Graham Paskett began his career as a cub reporter on a weekly newspaper in Coventry and, after completing his training, worked on several newspaper titles in the UK before moving into public relations in the oil industry. He now runs a successful PR consultancy business, Paskett PR, specialising in gardening and retail.

His real passion is the countryside and he is very proud of his Scottish ancestry, spending a lot of time North of the Border salmon fishing. For almost 30 years he and his wife have driven past the signs to the small Perthshire village of Findo Gask en-route to the Speyside fishing. It was there he first met the Grants, owners of the Glenfarclas Distillery, and was introduced to their 17-year old malt whisky.

Graham started writing Findo’s Mousetrap on a trip to Australia in 2000 but it was in 2011 that he really focussed his full attention to completing the story, finally releasing the book on Kindle in 2012. –Goodreads Author Bio

 

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AWRW Book Review: Between Worlds (Cemetery Tours II), by Jacqueline E. Smith

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Now that his secret is out, Michael Sinclair finally agrees to join paranormal superstar Luke Rainer and the Cemetery Tours crew on an investigation. Not just any investigation. The biggest investigation of their career. Once home to the wealthy Sterling Hall and his beloved wife, Joanna, Stanton Hall Manor in Maine is famous for the love story that inspired it… and the ghosts who now inhabit it. For Luke and the crew, Stanton Hall is a dream come true. Unfortunately, some dreams turn out to be nightmares.

“Someone always dies. Someone is always left behind. Someone is always caught between worlds.”

 

Title: Cemetery Tours
Author: Jacqueline E. Smith
Paperback, 252 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Wind Trail Publishing (first published June 28th 2014)
Genres: Paranormal, New Adult, Romance
Series: Cemetery ToursMichael Sinclair is coming to terms with his new-found pseudo-celebrity status, when pro ghost hunter, Luke Rainer comes back in to town.

Luke needs Michael’s help, because the owner at a location he wants to investigate, specifically requested Michael. Now he just needs to get him on board!

Michael, after being coaxed by Kate, agrees, and off they go to investigate Stanton Hall Manor, a haunted mansion in Maine.

But this isn’t an ordinary ghost hunt. This mansion has a dark past, and Michael finds himself in a predicament that even Luke himself didn’t see coming. The crew is in danger, and Michael is the only one who can help.

Between Worlds, by Jacqueline E. Smith is Michael Sinclair’s story. And when you have Michael, you get his ghostly sidekick Brink! -Lovable, hilarious Brink! :)

It has been awhile since I read Cemetery Tours, so I was absolutely delighted to read Between Worlds, and fall back in love with the characters all over again. <3 I really missed Michael, Brink, Kate, Gavin, and Luke! Cemetery Tours is a series I could read FOREVER! I would love to see more CT books from the perspectives of ALL the characters!

Overall, Between Worlds is an excellent, new-adult paranormal romance, with lovable ghost-hunting characters, that I absolutely would recommend to a friend. I love this series, and I look forward to the next installment!

Between Worlds gets 5 out of 5 Ghosts!

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Some secrets are best kept laid to rest. At least, that’s as far as Michael Sinclair is concerned. At twenty-seven, he has spent his entire life pretending that the ghosts he encounters on a daily basis do not exist. Now, if only the dead would let him rest in peace. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem likely, especially after Kate Avery and her ailing brother, Gavin, move in next door. Kate and Gavin are haunted, and not by a dearly departed loved one. This spirit is aggressive, menacing, and harboring a dark resentment toward Gavin. In spite of every instinct advising him to walk away, Michael finds himself seeking to uncover the mysteries of Gavin’s past and falling for the bright and lovely Kate. Yet competing for her affection is Luke Rainer, television’s hottest celebrity ghost hunter and the only (living) person to know Michael’s secret. But the dead have secrets, too. Some will go to any length to withhold what should have gone with them to the grave, while others will risk everything to make their voices heard, even if that means putting another’s life at stake. Now, for the sake of friends and strangers alike, Michael must choose between preserving his cherished anonymity and lending his aid to those for whom all hope seems lost.

Have you read Cemetery Tours? Check out the first novel in the series!

About The Author: 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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AWRW December Reading Roundup: Reading Is Snow Much Fun

December was a flurry of books, reviews, blogger awards and even an author interview here at AWRW blog.

And what a better way to enjoy the winter, than stay inside with a good book! Because after all, reading is snow much fun! ;)

Here is my monthly recap of December happenings at AWRW Blog:

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December started off with a book tour hosted by Fire & Ice, featuring a dark Christmas fantasy, The Krengel & The Krampusz, by M.C. Norris. After reading this novel, you might not look at Christmas the same way ever again! This was a perfect read for the Holiday season.

amulleteNext, I read and reviewed Amullette Aflame, Princess X, (Book III), by Rasheedah Prioleau.

I loved this story. It is a perfect blend of dystopian fantasy and romance, with a heck of a cliffhanger! This novel also has me intrigued about the other books in the Princess X series.
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Then, I reviewed the psychological suspense Mazie Baby, by Julie Frayn. Mazie Baby sheds much needed light on domestic violence and battered women’s syndrome. It is a compelling, poignant story about a battered woman’s attempt to save herself, and her teenage daughter.

I later had the pleasure of interviewing the author of Mazie Baby, Julie Frayn! We talked about her novels, which included all the behind the scenes work that goes on behind writing, (i.e. research, etc.), advice for writers who get the dreaded writer’s block, and her upcoming book releases! My interview with Julie can be found here.

December was the month for festive reads, and that included the chick lit novel, I’ll Tilltakenewyorkake New York, by Miranda Dickinson, which is about a woman who is ready for a new life, new outlook, and new acquaintances! She gets all this and more, set in the charming setting of New York City!

22307882My next read and review was on another festive treat, Coming Home For Christmas, by Julia Williams. Coming Home For Christmas is a chick lit about three women with very real struggles, who could all use a Christmas miracle!

Also, I read and reviewed Get Your Motor Running, by Paige Madison, an erotica guaranteed to melt the snow off your roofs! No telescoping snow broom needed! This hot little novella utilizes Google street vie23005528w, so the reader can virtually visit the places our curvy girl Amanda visits! How cool is that?!

thereconThen, there was the M/M romance Charles and Edward, Part II, The Reconciliation, by Beau Garcon De La Nuit, which I read and reviewed.

The Reconciliation is second to Charles and Edward, and is written as a series of emails between the two lovers. I wouldn’t recommend reading these novels out of order, because you will be utterly confused! I do believe there will be a part three! At this time, The Reconciliation isn’t for sale.
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My last book review for the month of December was on the paranormal, women’s fiction  Shadows of Serenity, by Marsha A. Moore.

Not only did I love this story, but I learned some beginners yoga vocabulary! You see, Shadows Of Serenity takes place in the serene setting of a yoga studio, with a very dark past!

waybackwednesdayAs most of you know, I’ve created a book meme, and I’m super excited to see it taking off and featured on meme directory sites! My AWRW Way Back Wednesday posts for the month can be found by clicking on the book covers below. :)

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Last but not least, I received several blogger awards! Namely, The Sisterhood of The World Bloggers Award, The Addictive Blog Award, and The Jolly Blogger Award! Thanks to those who have nominated me!

Clearly, December was a busy month for AWRW Blog. In addition, I would like to thank the Authors and publishing houses who are kind enough to provide me with the above books to read and review. It’s like Christmas, every day! :)


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***Reviews, interview, and awards can be found by clicking on the appropriate highlighted text.***

AWRW Year In Review: 2014 + Bookish Resolution for 2015


I finished 2014 having read 63 books for the year, and when I made a list to categorize the books I read, I noticed an interesting trend… One that I wasn’t aware of till now.

Books I read for the heck of it:

Sprinkle with Murder (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #1)Tasha Tudor's GardenThe Husband's SecretThe Tattered Quilt  (The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club, #2)Angels at the Table (Angels Everywhere, #7)Bake Sale Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #13)

Books I Read In Exchange for a Review:

Something Returned (Terry Roche #2)American SpecterCemetery Tours (Cemetery Tours, #1)A Perpetual MimicryCursed Hearts (A Crossroads Novel) Book 1A Witch Before Dying (A Wishcraft Mystery, #2)Body DoubleThe Divorced Not Dead WorkshopIndiscretionTrying Too Hard...I'll Be Damned (Anna Wolfe #1)In RetrospectSaved by the Spell (Anna Wolfe, #2)Just DestinyA Long ThawThe KelpieSemmantCharles and Edward: A Modern Day Pretty WomanCopper Ravens (Copper Legacy, #2)No More MulberriesAboveA Very Good Life (Dana McGarry, #1)Once Broken (Dove Creek Chronicles, #1)Wilde Chase (Wilde Brothers, #1)Discovering DanielHer Summer with the Marine (The Donovan Brothers, #1)Inanimate ObjectsFrom Fairies and Creatures of the Night, Guard Me (Annwn book 1)Here (Here Trilogy, #1)Harlot at the Homestead (The Duggans of Montana, #1)When They Weren't Looking  (Wardham, #3)The Amazing Crystal: RevelationsHis Girl FridayHeartbreaker (Love Series, #2)Lost (Lost, #0.5)Lost in Us (Lost, #1)Awakening Foster KellyScared ScriptlessThe Ghost in the Electric Blue SuitThe Zodiac CollectorThe Baby and the Bride (The Debt & the Doormat, #2)The Girl On The Half Shell (The Half Shell Series #1)Quintal's QuandaryThe Monster WithinThe Mine (Northwest Passage #1)Binds That TiePleaseKrengel & the KrampuszAmullette Aflame (Princess X)Mazie BabyI’ll Take New YorkComing Home For ChristmasKick-Start: Get Your Motor RunningThe Reconciliation A Novella Charles Edward Part 2Shadows of Serenity

As you can see, I read way more books for review, a whopping 57 out of the 63.

Fortunately, I enjoy the books I receive for review, but whatever happened to reading simply because I enjoy it?

Reading for fun means to me: reading without taking copious notes, on MY schedule, and without having to plaster my reviews on every available form of social media.

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2015 will find me reading MORE books, but for FUN! I will frequent my local library and bookstore and I will borrow/buy books to my hearts content, regardless of my TBR review pile! I will finally get around to setting up a home library to store my newly purchased treasures!

And that is my 2015 bookish resolution.

AWRW Way Back Wednesday Book Review: Cruel Sacrifice, by Aphrodite Jones

waybackwednesdayWay Back Wednesday is a Book Meme created by A Well Read Woman with the aim to write mini book reviews on books read in the past, that left a lasting impression.

You know what kind of books I am talking about… The ones that you have read multiple times, and they still bring you nostalgia. Books like these are the reason you enjoy reading.

So grab that old-dusty-yet-loved-book off the shelf, glance it over, write a mini review, and join in with me on Wednesdays! EVERYONE is welcome to participate.

RULES:

1.) Discuss a book you read in the past that left an impression on you. You can write a condensed review if you prefer.

2.) Tag your post as “Way Back Wednesday” and include this button: waybackwednesday

3.) Link back to my blog, and this page.

4.) Include instructions, (copy & paste everything above), for others to participate. :)

91510Today’s Way Back Wednesday post is dedicated to the true crime story, Cruel Sacrifice, by Aphrodite Jones.

Veteran true crime journalist Aphrodite Jones reveals the shocking truth behind the most savage crime in Indiana history–the torture, mutilation, and murder of 12-year-old Shanda Sharer by four teenage girls. Here is a tragic story of twisted love and insane jealousy, lesbianism, brutal child abuse, and sadistic ritual killing in small-town America. Includes 16-page photo insert.

Paperback, 333 pages
Published May 3rd 2005 by Pinnacle (first published 1994)
Genres: True Crime, Non-fiction

Cruel Sacrifice documents the brutal torture murder of Shanda Sharer, at the hands of her peers, told by crime journalist, Aphrodite Jones. It even includes crime scene photos. This book is not recommended for the faint of heart!

What makes me crazy about the events in this book, is that nobody stopped it… The torture continued for days. Why didn’t any of the girls step forward and say, “ENOUGH!”? There were so many chances for the girls to stop, and yet they continued to hurt and eventually kill 12 year old Shanda.

How can four teen girls act so evil? What made them this way? Yes, they were abused, but many kids are abused and they do not torture and murder friends of theirs.

Here are the gritty details: They beat her, they humiliate her, they light her on fire, they pour bleach on her wounds, they suffocate her, they hit her with a crowbar, they stab her, and so much more.

Why did they do this? Because one of the girls was jealous of a budding romantic relationship between another girl and Shanda in the group. It had been brewing for months, and finally culminated into her murder.

Sad. Sick. Twisted.

Cruel Sacrifice explores just how quickly a teenage relationship can spin out of control, and the sociology of peer pressure. As a group, the teenagers fed off one another’s rage, and urged each other on to become more and more violent. As individuals, this crime would have never happened.

This book eventually fell apart on me and I had to throw it out. It had been read MANY times, and loaned out to friends and family more than I can count. Anyone who reads this book grips it with white knuckles, thus the damage! It is THAT kind of a story.

I would recommend this book to advanced students of psychology, as well as sociology, and lovers of true crime.

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Did my review interest you? Purchase, here.

About the Author:

Aphrodite JonesTrue crime writer published by Pinnacle Books and HarperCollinsPublishers.
She is also the host of the TV series True Crime which airs on Investigation Discovery.

http://www.aphroditejones.com/

AWRW Book Review: Shadows Of Serenity, by Marsha A. Moore

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Joyce Runsey spends her life savings to open a yoga studio in an historic Victorian St Augustine house, only to discover the property is haunted. A female ghost’s abusive, and very much alive husband, still tortures her by using dark witchcraft. The disruptive energy thwarts Joyce’s ambition to create a special environment to train students to become yoga teachers.

Joyce engages in a deadly battle with not only the tormented spirit, but also the dangerous husband. To protect her students from harm, she must overcome mounting obstacles. An unknown swami pays an unexpected visit to give advice on how to free the anguished ghost. Can Joyce comprehend and follow the wise man’s guidance in time to save everyone who depends on her?

205 pages
Published June 9th 2014
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Paranormal, Fantasy

“Something is not right. And I don’t intend to let whatever negative energy is here to drive off, or worse yet, harm my students of my studio.”

Joyce Runsey just bought a beautiful Victorian home in the woods, with a converted yoga studio, she named Serenity Woods Yoga. It is a great place for her to live, and teach her students the ages-old yogic path, so that they can become teachers themselves.

Almost immediately, bad energy surrounds the new construction, and a creepy message is scrawled on one of the boards. Her studio, although well meaning, is bathed in negativity.

Joyce learns that her Victorian is inhabited by a restless spirit who once lived there and wants no part in her or her teachings. How is Joyce to make sure her students reach personal growth when a ghost is harassing them? How is she to deliver the spirit from it’s imprisonment?

Before Joyce knows it, a Swami blesses her residence, and a paranormal investigative team named the Granny Ghoulies inspect her home. Joyce is willing to try anything to break the cycle of darkness, and the race is on… before it is too late and everyone is affected by the dark spirit.

I loved the plot for Shadows of Serenity. The juxtaposition of a serene, peaceful yoga studio, set up against the mystery and dark energy of the paranormal, made for a fascinating read! I can honestly say this was one of the most unique stories I have read to date.

I enjoyed Marsha A. Moore’s ability to build a world around her characters. Her writing style made the characters leap up from the pages. When she described the musky exotic scent emanating from the yoga studio, I felt as if I was there, practicing yoga and inhaling incense with the other students.

I learned a lot about yoga from Shadows Of Serenity, and it did pique my interest. The following is some of the yoga vocabulary I learned:

Asana:  The art of sitting still.

Purvadista: Award of destiny.

Ahimsa: The principle of non-violence toward all living beings.

Eight Limbs of Yoga: Guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life.

Dirgha Breath: A basic breathing exercise that is calming and grounding. Also called “three part breath”.

Metta: Empathy. An attitude of friendliness.

In my personal opinion, lovers of the paranormal, chick lit, and/or books that are yoga themed would love Shadows of Serenity!  Treat yourself to a copy today!

I was provided with a complimentary copy by the Author, in exchange for a fair, honest, and thoughtful book review.

Marsha A. Moore

Author Marsha A. Moore

About The Author:

Marsha A. Moore loves to write fantasy and fantasy romance. Much of her life feeds the creative flow she uses to weave highly imaginative tales.

The magic of art and nature often spark life into her writing, as well as watercolor painting and drawing. She’s been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade and is a registered yoga teacher. After a move from Toledo to Tampa in 2008, she’s happily transformed into a Floridian, in love with the outdoors. Marsha is crazy about cycling. She lives with her husband on a large saltwater lagoon, where taking her kayak out for an hour or more is a real treat. She never has enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at stories with toes wiggling in the sand. Every day at the beach is magical!

Read her ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS for adventurous, epic fantasy romance.

For a FREE ebook sample of her writing, read her historic fantasy short story, LE CIRQUE DE MAGIE, available at Amazon and Smashwords.

Learn more about Marsha at her website:
http://MarshaAMoore.com
and chat with her on Twitter
http://twitter.com/MarshaAMoore.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marshaamooreauthorpage

 

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