AWRW Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

papertownsWho is the real Margo?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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About The Author

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

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

–Goodreads Author BIO


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About The Author


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brand new U.S. cover!

Brand new U.S. cover!

And the brand new blurb!

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

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

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

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

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


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

Brains, Babes, and Booze… 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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About The Author

Stephen Kozeniewski

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Advanced Release Copy: 210 Pages

Genre: Psychological Suspense, Horror, Young Adult

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

Goodreads

Series: Flocksdale Files, Book 3

What’s It About?

Josie and the Evil Clown

Freya

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

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

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

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

 A town called Flocksdale.


My Thoughts

 

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

Scary Clowns ✔

Missing Girls ✔

Freak Show ✔

A Carnival run by shady people ✔

Violence ✔

Haunted House ✔

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

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

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

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

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

5 Stars!

Available for Pre-Order!

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Book will be released on January 26, 2016

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About The Author

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

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

Changing Scenes FRONTCHANGING SCENES by Jennifer Allis Provost

Series: Change Series #2

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

“Image isn’t everything…

Or is it?”

For Astrid Janvier, image is everything…

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

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

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

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

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

TEASER

EXCERPT

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

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

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

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

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

“You think I’m cute?”

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

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

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

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

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

“Ask you what?”

Aaliyah as Astrid Janvier

“About my eyes.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“And what’s that?”

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

I shut my mouth with a clack. “Fish?”

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

“At one in the morning?”

He shrugged. “It’s when it opens.”


AWRW Book Review
★★★★★

What’s It About?

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

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

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

But their worlds couldn’t be further apart.

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

My Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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About The Author

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

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

 

27246450 Ever thought about recycling your ex?

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

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

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

Paperback Edition: 406 Pages

Expected publication: January 14th 2016 by Avon

Genre: Chick Lit/Women’s Fiction, Romance

Goodreads

What’s It About?

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

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

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My Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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About The Author

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

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

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

Image isn’t everything… Or is it?

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

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

changingscenesFor Astrid Janvier, image is everything…

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

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

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

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

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


Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance

Series: Changes

Length: 247 Pages

Published: January 5, 2016 by Limitless Publishing

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About The Author

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

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

18813539Goodreads Book Synopsis

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

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

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

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

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

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


God On Trial ( A Short Fiction)

Paperback, First, 212 pages

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


About The Author

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

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

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Synopsis

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

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

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

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

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

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


What’s It About?


***Contains Some Spoilers and Quotations***

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Thoughts

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Editorial Reviews

Review

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

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



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About The Author

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

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


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Love, Friendship and Honor in the Goldfields of Old Australia

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Alinga!

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

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

Ellen

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

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

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

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

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

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About The Author

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

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

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

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

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

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

288 Pages

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Crime, Mystery

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Synopsis

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

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

My Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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About The Author

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

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

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


A New Year’s Eve Romance

Guest Post by Rebecca Brooks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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One week of adventure might just lead to love…

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

© 2015 Hope Irving


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

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

About The Author

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

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

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

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

 

Random facts 

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

I still indulge on movies at the movie theater.

I love red heads.

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

I hate karaoke but love music blind tests.

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

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

I was 16 when I first traveled to the US.

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

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Connect with me

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AWRW Book Review ♫ Backstage ♫ (Boy Band #2) by Author Jacqueline E. Smith @JackieSmith114 #TKOS

26807369Melissa Parker might just be the luckiest girl on the planet.

She’s just turned twenty-one.
She’s best friends with The Kind of September.
And she’s dating Sam Morneau, everyone’s ultimate celebrity crush. Of course, no one is supposed to know about that.

As it turns out, no one is supposed to know about a lot of things that happen behind the scenes of life with the planet’s most popular boy band. Now, what should be Happily Ever After for Mel and Sam is turning into a series of secrets, manipulation, and potential heartbreak… Just in time for The Kind of September’s world tour.

Paperback, 205 Pages
Published December 8th 2015 by Wind Trail Publishing
Genre: Teens, YA, New Adult, College, Romance
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AWRW Book Review of Boy Band (Book 1)


What’s It About?

“I thought my romance with Sam was the hardest secret I’d ever have to keep.”

Backstage begins where Boy Band ended, with Mel being the unwilling recipient of a secret she would rather not know about. In addition to this, she is having a secret romance with Sam, that even the band isn’t aware of. Mel is keeping a lot of secrets!

Before ‘The Kind of September’ goes on their third world tour, they celebrate the holidays together in style. And then, scandal erupts…

Rumors about the band continue to trend on Twitter and one of the members is left betrayed and heartbroken. Will this be the end of TKOS?

My Thoughts

Sometimes I read a book and I like it so much that I jump into the character’s body. I live and breathe inside of them. Everything stops around me and I’m no longer myself. This book was like that for me. I enjoyed “being” Mel and living in her world. :)

I was eager to read this story after one heck of a cliffhanger at the end of Boy Band, (Book 1). It began with a Holiday movie night, which was perfect for this time of year. I love reading stories that are relevant to the season! 🎄

Something I forgot to mention in my previous book review was how funny this series is! It really does have a lot of humor. -For instance, for Holiday movie night, the band is wearing Christmas onesies! HILARIOUS! :)

I also loved the rumors on Twitter. The tweets made me laugh sooo hard. “#JoshAndPizza” had me rolling!!! I loved all the tweets and it’s kind of depressing to me to think that TKOS isn’t real and that these cuckoo “Septemberists” don’t really exist!

Mel turns 21 and gets a tattoo that represents my fave song by TKOS, “Snowlight”, so that was perfect.  ❄

Overall, I love this series. It has a plot I enjoyed getting lost in and the action never stops! I would recommend this novel to fans of young adult/ new adult fiction, romance, and of course anyone who likes “boy bands”. :)

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Jacqueline E. Smith

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

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Release Blitz & #Giveaway ❤ Desired ❤ Onyx Club #4 by Author Sebastian Ex @Sebastian_Ex @Lee_Ann_k

RELEASE BLITZ

Title: Desired

Series: Onyx Club #4

Author: Sebastian Ex

Genre: Erotic Romance  

Release Date: December 14, 2015

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A celebration involving the Onyx Club Dominants and their ladies, brings the couples together as we say goodbye to them in the most spectacular of ways.

Matthew and Ella are focused on their growing family and are still in the throes of their Filthy Desire. Brandon and Penny have survived their Dangerous Desire; and are now dealing with Penny’s inability to have children. Nathan and Bianca’s Carnal Desire for each other has yet to be sated. They’re moving beyond Bianca’s horrid start in life, and focused on making progress.

Ella, Penny, and Nathan all have surprises their partners have Desired

 *Possible triggers, coarse language, graphic sex and adult themes.*

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Sebastian Ex is a native of Sydney, Australia, having grown up in a tight-knit family mostly Sebastian Ex is a native of Sydney, Australia, having grown up in a tight-knit family mostly surrounded by women. A serial lover of the sheer beauty which is every woman, Sebastian was encouraged to pen his words when a lady friend of his compared some paragraphs from contemporary erotic novelists to his scorching, hot sexts. Now, Sebastian has released the first three books in the Onyx Club Series and is in the process of writing the third. Sebastian writes full-time, as he aims to bring characters to life, that are both real and identifiable.

The books in the Onyx Club Series have made Amazon top 100 list in erotic romance. Filthy Desire, Dangerous Desire, and Carnal Desire are available now. Meet Matthew Weston from Filthy Desire, Brandon Edwards from Dangerous Desire and Nathan Stone and enjoy their stories.

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What if Mr Right was just a click away?

Meet best friends Catherine, Rachel and Sarah.

Yet to find Mr Right, they’ve been settling for Mr Right Now.

But when Catherine, London’s finest matchmaker, gets the girls to join her dating site where they can rate and recommend their ex-boyfriends, they soon realise that anything could happen . . .
There’s someone for everyone, right? These best friends are about to find out for themselves!


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★ Cover Reveal ★ Layla Hagen’s THE BENNETT FAMILY @LaylaHagen @InkSlingerPR Plus, 20$ Amazon Gift Card #Giveaway!

Today I have the cover reveal for the first two books in Layla Hagen’s new series, The Bennett Family. Check out the gorgeous covers for the first two books in this new series!

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Title: Your Irresistible Love

Release Date: January 15th 2016

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Sebastian Bennett is a determined man. It’s the secret behind the business empire he built from scratch. Under his 6rule, Bennett Enterprises dominates the jewelry industry. Despite being ruthless in his work, family comes first for him, and he’d do anything for his parents and eight siblings—even if they drive him crazy sometimes. . . like when they keep nagging him to get married already.

Sebastian doesn’t believe in love, until he brings in external marketing consultant Ava to oversee the next collection launch. She’s beautiful, funny, and just as stubborn as he is. Not only is he obsessed with her delicious curves, but he also finds himself willing to do anything to make her smile.

He’s determined to have Ava, even if she’s completely off limits.

Ava Lindt has one job to do at Bennett Enterprises: make the 7next collection launch unforgettable. Daydreaming about the hot CEO is definitely not on her to-do list. Neither is doing said CEO. The consultancy she works for has a strict policy—no fraternizing with clients. She won’t risk her job. Besides, Ava knows better than to trust men with her heart.5

But their sizzling chemistry spirals into a deep connection that takes both of them by surprise.

Sebastian blows through her defenses one sweet kiss and sinful touch at a time. When Ava’s time as a consultant in his company comes to an end, will Sebastian fight for the woman he loves or will he end up losing her?

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Title: Your Captivating Love

Release Date: April 2016

Logan Bennett knows his priorities. He is loyal to his family and his company. He has no time for love, and no desire for it. Not after a disastrous engagement that left him broken-hearted. When Nadine enters his life, she turns everything upside down. She’s sexy, funny, and utterly captivating. She’s also more stubborn than anyone he’s met… including himself.

Nadine Hawthorne is finally pursuing her dream: opening her own shop. After working so hard to get here, she needs to concentrate on her new business, and can’t afford distractions. Not even if they come in the form of Logan Bennett. He’s handsome, charming, and doesn’t take no for an answer.

It doesn’t help that Logan’s family is scheming to bring them together at every turn

Their attraction is sizzling, and their connection—undeniable. Slowly, Logan wins her over. But what starts out as a fling soon spirals into so much more. Will they learn to trust their feelings? Will they have the strength not to let go of each other?

★ About the Author ★

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I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later. I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world. And I drink coffee. Lots of it

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Wonderful Christmastime

Author Jacqueline E Smith is currently beta reading my urban fantasy novel ANNNND she doesn’t hate it! :)

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Hi, friends!  Well, the new book is out, I enjoyed a wonderful evening at the Sanger Library as my last public book even for the year… I’m ready to enjoy the holidays!

It’s funny, I’ve had so many deadlines this year that every time I look at my phone and see the date, I think, “Oh my gosh! I need to hurry up and…”  And then I remember that I HAVE no more deadlines this year!  Yay!  It’s a pretty great feeling.  Not gonna lie.  And I’m proud of myself for sticking to them.  Now I just have to get them out of my head and relax and enjoy.  I’ve never considered myself a workaholic, but I am very goal oriented and I usually have to have SOMETHING I’m working on or toward or else I just don’t know what to do with myself.

But I DO have a lot…

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Cover Reveal ❣ Maggie’s Marriage ❣ Cloverleaf Series Book 2, by Author Gloria Herrmann @GloriaIsWriting @LimitlessBooks #OnTour with @HeaBookToursPR #HBTPRM

Maggies Marriage Front “Even love can fade under life’s greatest tests…”

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Maggie’s Marriage by Gloria Herrmann

Series: The Cloverleaf Series: Book Two

Genre: #ContemporaryRomance | #SweetRomance | #SmallTownRomance

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Release Date: January 5, 2016

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Marriage is hard work, but no one ever told Maggie it would be this hard…

How did life end up so completely turned upside down? When Maggie Trembley took her vows more than six years ago, she didn’t anticipate becoming just a wife, just a mother, and no longer…Maggie.

 It’s impossible to cling to the bit of self-identity you have left when you’re someone’s everything…

Meeting and falling in love with Michael Trembley, a young and handsome attorney, was the easy part. Moving away from her family, raising their six-year-old daughter almost singlehandedly, and learning she is now pregnant again is an entirely a different story. All she wants to do is retreat back home to Birch Valley and her loud and loving family, the O’Briens. So when Maggie hits her breaking point, she takes their daughter and reluctantly leaves Michael to his endless hours at the office.

To be on top, you have to make sacrifices…

Michael Trembley wants to be the best—the best corporate defense attorney, the best son, dad, and husband—but he falls short in the last two on his list of priorities. Now his perfect world is anything but. The distance from his family is a major wakeup call, but what is he willing to sacrifice to make it right?

 The journey of life is full of twists and turns. Will Maggie and Michael survive this bump in the road, or will their perfect idea of a family fall completely apart?

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I was born and raised in southern California and relocated to beautiful eastern Washington state. The rural small towns that speckle this vast area have inspired my ideal setting for most of the stories I write. The pine and tamarack trees covering the towering mountains, the shimmering lakes and rivers, the abundant wildlife and a feeling of a time forgotten, stirs so many of my creative juices. I can’t thank my parents enough for dragging this city kid on long roadtrips up to this rugged foreign area, because now it is my home and I truly love my life here.

Reading was something that spurred me to begin writing at a young age. I enjoyed creating characters, different settings, and describing anything and everything. Storytelling, I have found is something I have inherited from both of my parents. I love attention to detail, using words to fully bring the picture alive, that is something I got from my dad. Creating characters and figuring out their story and how to achieve their happy ending comes from my mom. Then there is the smell of a book, new or old, the weight of it in your hands as you balance it open, seeing all those beautifully typed words spun and woven into sentences, this was created by a writer. I knew that was what I wanted to be when I grew up.

 

Over the years I fiddled with a story here and there, but it wasn’t until 2015 that I realized it was time. Time to get those dreams down on paper (or my laptop) and so The Cloverleaf Series was born. Coming from a family that is focused on being involved in each other’s lives as much as possible created a great deal of inspiration and ideas for The Cloverleaf Series. My family is one that has weathered several terrible storms and still somehow keeps propelling forward. During those sunny times we can be seen gathered around, eating good food, sharing memories, and laughing until we can’t catch our breath. We fight hard and love hard.

Romance, I simply love it, that’s why I write it. I remember my mom giving me my very first paperback romance novel. It was a pretty exciting one filled with suspense and an overall excellent storyline, she had just read it and she felt it was suitable for my teenage eyes. That was it, I was hooked. I began to devour these romance stories that varied over the years from sweet to sultry, I consumed thousands of books and stories over the years. Each time I finished reading a novel, the desire to write my own grew stronger. As ideas for books swirled in my mind, it always had a romantic element to it, and I suppose it always will. What is there not to love about falling in love and finding that special person to share your life with? Who doesn’t wish for passion, butterflies in your stomach, and that happily ever after?

As a reader, I can’t even begin to thank all of the writers that have created so many emotions for me, falling in love with characters, mourning their loss, sighing as I close the final chapter or smiling when everyone lives happily ever after. As a writer, I just want to do the same.

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AWRW Book Review 🎤 Boy Band 🎶 Book 1, by Author Jacqueline E. Smith! @JackieSmith114 Plus #NewRelease Backstage, Boy Band Book 2!

23966802It’s weird enough being in love with your best friend. It’s even weirder when the rest of the world is in love with him, too.

Sam Morneau is Melissa Parker’s best friend. He’s also a member of The Kind of September, basically the hottest boy band on the planet.

After two and a half years, Mel is all too familiar with the day-to-day occurrences that come with being a member of the band’s inner circle, including hectic schedules, passionate fans, and gossip-mongering celebrity girlfriends.

Now, with the release of the group’s third album just weeks away, their lives have never been crazier and Mel is doing everything she can to keep up, all the while trying to cope with the ridiculous rumors that follow the band everywhere they go and pretending that she isn’t harboring a secret and hopeless crush on Sam.

Published April 21st 2015 by Wind Trail Publishing (first published March 26th 2015)

Print Length: 207 Pages

Genre: Young Adult, Teen, Romance, Contemporary

🎶 What’s It About? 🎶

“He’s the guy you didn’t want to fall in love with because you know that if he ever figured it out, things might not be the same between you, and you love the way things are.”

The Kind Of September is an extremely popular boy band, consisting of members Josh, Cory, Oliver, Jesse and last but not least, Sam. Melissa Parker is their unofficial design intern and has been along for the ride since the beginning. Mostly, they have all been friends since elementary school.

Mel is in love with her best friend, Sam, of The Kind Of September, but is afraid to cross that line with him. What if it changes their relationship? What if he doesn’t feel the same?

She follows the guys across the country for major appearances, concerts, interviews, and album release parties, all while keeping her secret crush to herself.

“It’s like saying goodbye to a dream that was never mine in the first place. Love is the worst.”


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My Thoughts 🎶

While not a fan of boy bands or pop music in general, I really, really enjoyed the characters of the band, The Kind Of September, and the people who surrounded them. My favorite character was Mel Parker and I’m glad the point of view was through her because she had some really funny thoughts inside her head! I loved her deadpan sense of humor!
I also really enjoyed the dialogue between the characters, especially between the band members. They were hysterical! I liked them all the better because even though they were wildly popular and successful, they were still down to earth and acted like regular guys.

Every chapter began with song lyrics which I thought was a nice touch. My favorite song was “Snowlight”. I read it over and over again. I love how the author incorporated song lyrics into the book!

And I am so glad that I finished book 1 on book 2’s release day because it ended with one mega cliff-hanger! I cannot wait to start book 2, Backstage, to find out what happens next!!

Even though the characters are very early 20’s, the book has a young-adult feel to it and can be enjoyed by fans of both young adult and new adult books. I think young girls would really enjoy this novel, as well as adults who enjoy YA! I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful novel and I’m giving it 5 stars!


In the interest of full disclosure, I received a copy of Boy Band by the author in exchange for a fair, honest, and thoughtful book review. This in no way swayed my opinion or rating.
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Melissa Parker might just be the luckiest girl on the planet.

She’s just turned twenty-one.
She’s best friends with The Kind of September.
And she’s dating Sam Morneau, everyone’s ultimate celebrity crush. Of course, no one is supposed to know about that.

As it turns out, no one is supposed to know about a lot of things that happen behind the scenes of life with the planet’s most popular boy band. Now, what should be Happily Ever After for Mel and Sam is turning into a series of secrets, manipulation, and potential heartbreak… Just in time for The Kind of September’s world tour.

Print Length: 205 pages

Publisher: Wind Trail Publishing (December 6, 2015)

Genre: Teen, Young Adult, New Adult, Romance, Contemporary

🎶 About The Author 🎶

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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Release Blitz ★ Exit Wound ★ by Author Alexandra Moore @amooreauthor #OnTourWith @HEABookToursPR @BookJunkyGirls @LimitlessBooks #TeamLimitless #HBTPRM

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✦ ✦ #NewRelease – EXIT WOUND by Alexandra Moore ✦ ✦

Genre: #NewAdult #Thriller

Release Date: December 8, 2015

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

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Being crowned as royalty in Rosewood Academy’s secret society wasn’t in Bea Morrison’s plans…

 A senior in high school, Bea’s life changed forever when a tragic car crash claimed her best friend’s life, leaving her devastated and alone. Now at Rosewood Academy of Arts, Bea owes a debt. With her best friend no longer queen, it’s up to Bea to be fulfill the role until graduation.

 There is nothing money can’t buy, including Crosley’s king status…

 When Bea accepts her place as queen, the arrogant Crosley is quick to remind her of her royal duties. Obsessed with the era of the Tudors, Crosley insists they must consummate their relationship—but spousal duties aren’t what Bea signed up for. When she rejects Crosley’s proposal, his expectations twist into absolute obsession.

A sadistic mind makes for an expert stalker…

 After graduation, Bea thinks the nightmare of Rosewood Academy is over. She’s pleasantly surprised to reconnect with the gorgeous Everett Thompson, a drummer for her brother’s band. As feelings from their past fling resurface, Bea hopes for a fresh start with the guy who got away.

 Bea’s hopes are shattered when she receives threatening texts from Crosley, who is still determined to collect his debt. And as Crosley continues to pursue her, a terrible tragedy proves he is even more dangerous than she feared.

 If Bea has learned one thing, it’s that life is too fragile, and it’s anybody’s guess who will make it out of this nightmare alive.

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My name is Alexandra Moore. I’ve been creating stories since I could talk. I’ve been putting them onto paper since I could write. Writing books is my dream and my passion, along side with rescuing African Pygmy Hedgehogs, retired race Greyhounds, French Bulldogs, and other various animals I’m probably allergic too.

 I’m convinced I’m the blood of the dragon, and the Mother of Dragons.

When I’m not watching GoT, I’m watching Grey’s Anatomy (again) on Netflix, and crying over all the MerDer feels. I also spend time with my Boston Terrier Tank and my boyfriend. Both are my cuddle buddies, and I’m afraid the dog is around more often. I don’t bite (unless provoked) so feel free to tweet at me, or leave a comment on one of my InstaPics. I can’t wait until my book is in print, and to share my thoughts with the rest of the world.

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AWRW Book Review 💝 The Fetish Collection 💝 by Author Paul Burns

thefetishcollection“Rarely has man been more cruel against man than in the condemnation and punishment of those accused of so-called sexual perversions.” — Alfred Charles Kinsey, 1948

The fourteen short stories that make up The Fetish Collection are varied other than each refers to at least one unusual sexual preference. These range from ablutophilia (bathing) to zonaphilia (girdles) by way of balloons, dolls, food play, painted toenails, shoulders and yachts.

The characters deal with issues at different stages of life including a boy who can’t understand why men stare at his mother, a student grappling with honesty, a priest who no longer has faith, grief in old age and a woman facing imminent death. Some stories feature explicit sexual scenes, others are coyer. Surprises abound.

The geographic spread is wide with the majority featuring England or New Zealand. The period covered stretches from WWII to the present day

The collection includes one modern Gothic tale, the prize-winning Folie à Deux, about the descent into madness of a man addicted to affairs with married women and obsessed with intimate presents from their husbands.

Print Length: 336 Pages
Published November 1st 2014 by The Aboulia Press
Genre: Erotic Fiction, Literary Fiction
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What’s It About?

The Fetish Collection is an anthology of short stories that feature different sexual fetishes as the backdrop to the story; including Folie a Deux, The Ogling Man, Fleeing South, The Brothel Keepers, Moobs, The Harimai Harem, Beholden, Father Sweet, La Belle Indifference, Glutted With Conceit, The Wife He Never Married, Lurus vs. Lurus, More Sincere than is Proper, The Order of Abraham, and A Life Reviewed.

“In time, lovers had to be wed. It was as if the betrayal of the marriage vow was a prerequisite to my sexual fulfillment.”

The fetishes vary in their degrees of raunch, and include a man who prefers married women; men who ogle at large breasts; an Iranian woman who writes illicit novels, risking torture and death if she is found out; a secret life spent seeing a dominatrix and prostitutes; “pearl necklaces”; bathing fetish; plushophilia; balloons; emetophilia; dolls; role play; sitophilia; spanking; and many more.

“I saw no reason to deny others the sexual freedom that I craved but said nothing in case it led others to suspect the deviant in me.”


My Thoughts

It’s difficult to review an anthology because all stories aren’t created equal and some I enjoyed more than others. I will list my favorites and discuss why I enjoyed them:

“What we have here is a cross between a hospice and a harem.” –The Harimai Harem

My favorite short story was The Harimai Harem. This one was particularly well-written and I loved the plot idea of a farewell extravaganza for an old man dying of cancer.

“He enjoys creating little worlds and manipulating his puppets.” –Folie a Deux

I also really liked the prize winning short story, Folie a Deux, and the supernatural aspect to it. I mean, what is not to love about a cheating couple being forced to dance compulsively at a phantom pub… EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT. And the only way to end the madness, is incarceration to falling prey to a scorned husband! 

Fleeing South is another notable short story. I loved it how the little girl was able to cheer up the sad old lady on the cold bench, and how she wouldn’t have been there, if it wasn’t for her mother needing time to write her erotic stories in the house alone. 

The Brothel Keepers, which can be downloaded for free, here , is another gem in The Fetish Collection that explores the duty one feels to a friend, even when what they are doing is criminally wrong, (seeking out prostitutes).

“The love he felt would be his secret… She would be the wife he never married.” –The Wife He Never Married

I loved The Wife He Never Married. Amidst the raunch of the other short stories was this charming little romance. <3


What I liked about this collection of short stories was how varied each one was, and just like people have varied tastes, they can pick and choose what stories they may enjoy from this collection. Truly, there is a story for everyone in this anthology. I would recommend The Fetish Collection to readers who enjoy short stories with an erotic sub-plot.

***In the interest of full disclosure, I was provided with an e-copy of The Fetish Collection, by the Author in exchange for a fair and thoughtful book review. This in no way swayed my opinion or rating.
About The Author

Paul spent nine years in North Wales and Merseyside before his family migrated to New Zealand in 1960. He studied psychology in Wellington and was a primary school teacher.

Returning to England in 1978, he worked in continuing education and organisation development. Between 2000 and 2007 he helped survivors of torture as a volunteer. Capturing the accounts of survivors for legal and therapeutic reasons re-ignited his interest in writing. He has a Certificate in Novel Writing from City University and also studied writing at the City Lit in London.

From 2007 onwards he reduced the number of days he worked to make more time for writing and became a full-time writer in 2013.

He lives in Wembley with his partner, Sue and Lola, a cat who often sits muse-like on his desk as he writes.

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AWRW Book Review ★ Changing Teams ★ Changes Book 1, by Author Jennifer Allis Provost! @Parthalan @LimitlessBooks #TeamLimitless

“What if you met the man of your dreams… And found out he was living a lie?”

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Britt Sullivan, part time model and full time aspiring artist, is sick of living alone in the city…

Taking lame jobs just to make ends meet is leading Britt nowhere, and she knows something has to change. She needs some excitement, and when she meets blue-eyed Midwesterner Sam MacKellar at a photo shoot, she realizes he’s perfect for her in every way—well, except for the fact he’s gay.

A devastating childhood trauma turned Sam’s whole life into a lie…

Sam came to New York City to escape an existence that had become unbearable, and when his job as a photographer’s assistant leads him to Britt, he realizes he’s finally met someone who sees him as he really is. But plagued by nightmares and trapped by his own deception, he doesn’t know how she can truly be part of his life.

Friendship leads to a passionate encounter and hidden dangers…

Britt comforts Sam though his nightmares, and they begin to explore their mutual attraction, but the tables are turned when Britt faces unwelcome attention from a manipulative art instructor and Sam must come to her defense.

Sam is terrified to reveal the source of his nightmares, sure the truth would shatter his complicated relationship with Britt, but when she suffers an unspeakable trauma of her own, only Sam can help her pick up the pieces.

When Britt learns the magnitude of Sam’s lies, will his reasons and the depth of their feelings be enough to allow her to forgive him? Does she have a future with Sam, or does his deception also include the reality of changing teams?

Published November 10th 2015 by Limitless Publishing

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Print Length: 236 pages

Genre: New Adult, Edgy Contemporary Romance

What’s It About?

“I was the damsel with her bodice ripped open, and Sam was my hero. No, he wasn’t my hero; he was my kryptonite.”

Britt is an aspiring artist/model who meets NYC assistant photographer, Sam, at a romance cover shoot. Their friendship blossoms when they run into one another again, at a party, and Britt invites a very drunk Sam back to her place to sleep it off on her sofa. The lines are blurred when he crawls into her bed… After all, Sam is gay.

“What the hell is wrong with me, getting all worked up over a woman?”

Waking up to Britt feels right to Sam. With her, he experiences none of his usual nightmares. They go with the flow, neither sure what to make of their unusual relationship.

When Sam reveals a secret, Britt is angry that their relationship started on a lie…

“As long as I knew she loved me, I could give her all the time she needed.”

Meanwhile, modeling can be risky business and behind all the dazzle is a deadly world of manipulative con-men, and sex-offenders.  When Britt finds herself in a dangerous predicament, will Sam swing in and save his damsel, with her bodice ripped open, in distress?

My Thoughts

Changing Teams is a fresh, edgy contemporary romance that proves love doesn’t always make sense. :)

I loved the NYC setting of this novel, and the subplot of the seedy modeling world made for an interesting backdrop to the unusual romance between Britt and Sam. Speaking of Britt and Sam — LOVE them! The point of view was split in two and clearly defined, so the reader gets the inside scoop of both the characters’ thoughts and motivations.

Let’s talk about Britt. I enjoyed her character a lot because she is a young woman who is struggling hard to make it and she never gives up. She has goals, aspirations, and dreams, and I love a character with stars in their eyes. I love dreamers, and Britt definitely fits that mold.

Sam is great for so many reasons and it takes a bit of peeling to get to know him, but it’s worth it. Sam is a bit hardened from his past and is perfectly compatible for Britt because he grounds her into reality. I love it when couples come together in print and it just makes sense. Sometimes I will read a romance and I will think, ‘these people would never come together in a million years!’. Sam and Britt aren’t like that. Their chemistry is instant and continues to grow with time till conflict seals them together.

As outlandish as a plot of a gay man and a straight woman coming together seems, trust me, the plot makes sense. Nothing is as it appears, much like a heavily photo-shopped version of a romance cover model! If you are looking for an edgy, contemporary romance, then look no further! Changing Teams is the beginning of a promising new series by Author Jennifer Allis Provost. I urge you to check it out!


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Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. Heir to the Sun, book one of the Chronicles of Parthalan, launched June 1, 2015. Changing Teams, the first in a new contemporary series, released November 10, 2015 from Limitless Publishing. The second book, Changing Scenes, will release January 5, 2015.

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AWRW Book Review ❋ The Dandelion ❋ by Author Terry Guilford

24581717You were the love of my life. You still are, and now I’m leaving you.”

After discovering her husband of 26 years is having an affair, the narrator of the story falls into what she describes as a deep, dark well of fear and despair. The thought of possible losing everything in her life, including her sanity, encourages her to seek the help and support of a psychologist.

With the psychologists gentle and compassionate guidance, the narrator (who remains unnamed) travels through a range of frightening emotions encompassing rage, revenge, anger, frustration, overwhelm, pessimism and boredom.

Eventually she finds a glimpse of hope when she learns that she has the ability to alter her thoughts and feelings through practice, and understanding that her beliefs are just thoughts she keeps thinking. It enables her to begin making positive and courageous decisions for herself and for her future and she discovers a wonderful would be beyond her middle-class comfort and role as a wife and mother.

Paperback Edition: 186 pages

Published September 9th 2014 by Balboa Press (first published September 4th 2014)

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Inspiring, Self-Help

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What’s It About?

The Dandelion is a fictional goodbye letter to the narrator’s husband of 26 years, after she catches him having an affair. Using the help of a persevering psychologist, the narrator pulls herself out of a dark well of depression, and eventually is able to stand on her own again.

This story focuses on the powers of thoughts and the concept of law and attraction. It is an inspiring tale of one woman’s personal growth through therapy, her grief, and then later, relief.

My Thoughts

Have your tissues at hand and get ready to sink into an absorbing book! 

This book definitely tugged at my heartstrings. I was literally weeping at the opening! I had to put the book down, dry my eyes… and repeat. The emotions on the pages were so powerful that I was able to experience them myself. Thank goodness the whole book wasn’t like the introduction, and the narrator decided to get therapy for herself to help her work through her options and ultimately the decision she made.

I mentioned in the genre listings that I classified this book as a self-help. I say that because the author is a psychologist and uses her own learned practices with the psychologist character she created. I think that this book could inspire a woman who is climbing up their own “emotional ladder”, burst their rage balloon and hopefully go on a “rampage of appreciation”.

I loved the world of opportunities that opened up to the narrator once she decided to let go. I loved when she said she was actually happy her husband had the affair, because of how it changed it her, and her life for the better. I needed a happy ending and I’m glad the narrator got hers.

I do wonder what became of her husband though. It would be so fun if the author created a sequel from the husband’s perspective, written in the same manner as a reply note. :)

As I was reading this book, I really wasn’t sure if it was a fiction or not. The plot and the characters are that believable! I would recommend this novel to fans of inspiring women’s fiction novels. :)


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

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Terry GuilfordI am a mother, grandmother, psychologist, aqua aerobics instructor and lifeguard. I was born in England and migrated with my family in 1956 to Australia. I have worked many jobs and have been lucky enough to be have been inspired to write my novel The Dandelion at the age of 62.

The Dandelion is based on the philosophy Abraham-Hicks and is dedicated to Jerry and Esther Hicks. It chronicles the therapeutic journey of a woman in anguish, to freedom, joy and power. —Amazon Author Bio

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Sleeping with a Serial Killer Makes You a Target… ★ Cover Reveal ★ Like Glass We Break: The Glass Series Book 2 ★ by Author Kari Fisher @KFisherAuthor @LimitlessBooks #TeamLimitless


Welcome all, to a cover reveal of Like Glass We Break, Book 2 of The Glass Series by Limitless Publishing Author Kari Fisher!

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LIKE GLASS WE BREAK by Kari Fisher
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release Date: December 29th!
Cover Designer: Redbird Designs
– SYNOPSIS –
He’s more than the man she sees. He’s a killer…
Scott Reid wakes up in someone else’s house, thinking he belongs there. He believes Cora—the girl he took on a date last night—wanted him to stay. But when he walks downstairs, Cora doesn’t seem to agree. Terrified, she struggles to break free of the ties binding her wrists, shivering on the cold basement floor. Scott is tired of feeling used by women. He fits on a pair of gloves. It’s time to stop being used…
Scott Reid is handsome and charming—Renae’s idea of the perfect guy…
A young, urban professional at an accounting firm, Renae becomes infatuated with Scott. Her love life leaves much to be desired, but winning over Scott would certainly spice things up. There’s something mysterious about him. Something alluring. Except he seems more interested in her best friend, Sophie.
Who is the man behind the mask?
When Renae and Scott are sent on a business trip together, she’s determined to win him over. Infatuation turns to passion, and Scott proves to be the thrill she was hoping for. But when they return home, Renae stops hearing from Sophie. And when the police knock on her door, a more sinister motive to her friend’s disappearance is brought to light.
Is Scott Reid a charming coworker from accounting? 
Or a serial killer stalking his next victim?

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About The Author

Kari Fisher
Kari Fisher is an author, poet and dog groomer who has made Northern Ontario her home. She is a fan of many different types of literature and music, and spends her days shaving dogs or writing while sipping coffee, which she is hopelessly addicted to. She holds a blue belt in Taekwondo and has run a marathon. Kari loves food, and so does her cat, NyQuil. On Facebook, you’ll often read her frustrating rants about how NyQuil has gotten into something again—last night he opened a kitchen cupboard and ate through a box of stovetop stuffing while Kari slept.

Kari was raised in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, and studied Psychology at Champlain Regional College in Sherbrooke, Quebec, before settling down in Northern Ontario, where she met her fiancé, Christian. In 2013, Kari and Christian welcomed a beautiful little girl named Milena. Milena loves books and bedtime stories already. In 2014, Kari self-published her debut novel, Through Glass, which is being re-released through Limitless Publishing.

❤ AWRW Book Review ❤ Afraid of Her Shadow by Author @CMScottAuthor #RomCom

26005257Forty something, self-proclaimed cougar, Rebecca is committed only to her cats and her career. Her veteran single girl lifestyle has been peaceful and happy – that is until she started dating age-appropriate Steve, an entomology professor with a sweet smile and demeanor to match. Who knew an insect scientist could be so appealing?

The problem? Steve is a widower with baggage to spare. Memories of his late wife fill his home. Smiling photos and jars of bugs serve as constant reminders of Steve’s continued attachment to his dearly departed wife, Noreen, who shared his passion for creepy crawlies!

Now that Rebecca is facing her commitment phobia by moving in with Steve, she is becoming more unhinged. Behaving more like her zany friends than her level-headed self, she burns her butt at the tanning salon, crashes on energy drinks, and even loses a hamster. Throw into the mix a few delusional relatives, a sarcastic teenager, and a fluffy dog who sheds a new dog every day, and Rebecca doesn’t recognize her old self.

And if that isn’t enough to push her over the edge, her smokin’ hot ex returns, reminding her of a simpler time with a man who carries no more baggage than a wallet.

Paperback, 344 pages
Published July 29th 2015 (first published July 22nd 2015)
Genre: Rom-Com, Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction, Humor

What’s It About?

 

“How did I go from a cat loving, single career woman who goes out on the weekends and has fun — to someone who lays on the floor in an insanely sexy nightgown with a dog?”

Rebecca is a 40-something-year-old woman who runs the human resources department of an up and coming publishing company. When we meet her, she is celebrating her one year anniversary with her boyfriend, Steve.

Steve, a widower, carries a lot of baggage. Rebecca is terrified of his house, which she refers to as the “house of horrors”. She fears the ghost of Steve’s deceased wife is still in it. The wedding pictures are still up, and her toiletries are still in the bathroom.

Rebecca’s relationship with Steve is perfect, as long as she stays out of his house! But then she learns his step-daughter can’t handle her dog, Elsa and Steve is adopting her. If Rebecca wants to spend any time with her boyfriend, she will have to go to his house.

Then, her sexy Portuguese ex-boyfriend, Luke, comes back into town. Luke has no emotional burdens, wacky relatives, animals, or kids, and certainly no shrines to a dead woman in his home.

And he is making every effort possible to get Rebecca’s attention…

“A wonderful anniversary night blemished by the news of a canine interloper, a future spent in an almost certainly haunted house, and now… Luke is back.”

My Thoughts

Author Carol Maloney Scott made me fall in love with chick lit all over again.  ❤

I loved the characters, especially Rebecca. Her character was multi-faceted and someone who I think a lot of women could relate to. I loved her introspective thoughts –those had me laughing the hardest! I liked how the author put Rebecca in different situations to reveal her personality. We got to see Rebecca in her human resources role, how she is when out with her girlfriends, how she handled an ex-lover who appeared around every corner, and most importantly how she handled her sometimes difficult relationship with Steve.

The secondary characters were also well-developed. I felt like I understood the motivations of both Steve and Luke. The introduction of the friends and relatives made this book all the more enjoyable. –Especially the wacky ones!

There was a dark poem in the novel, that Rebecca finds, about a rose and it really stuck with me. I re-read it several times. It was beautiful. Rebecca found a lot of interesting things tucked away in that house, but that poem was my favorite of all.

I was really glad that in the end, Rebecca got her happily-ever-after. :) I was hoping it would go that way but you never know what kind of curve ball an author is going to throw at their reader!

Afraid Of Her Shadow had me literally laughing out loud! Let me give you some of the highlights:

1.) “Buzzy bee nuptials”.

2.) Elsa, the dog, eats her expensive designer purse.

3.) “Tanning virgin”.

4.) She nearly dies on a bike course and a toddler, who took that same route, laughs at her.

5.) “Ten ways to murder Eve”.

6.) (And my personal favorite): “Scalped by hippie beads.”

Just thinking about the above scenes has me laughing as I’m typing. :) The combination of humor and romance truly makes this novel a feel-good read! I would recommend this novel to fans of romance comedies and chick lit!

***In the interest of full disclosure, I received an e-copy of Afraid of Her Shadow, from the Author, in exchange for a fair, thoughtful and honest book review. This in no way swayed my opinion or rating.

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Carol Maloney Scott

My name is Carol, and I’m addicted to Romance.

I grew up in the Hudson Valley area of New York, surrounded by “city folk,” like my Manhattanite mom and Bronx-native Dad, who taught me to be sweet on the outside, yet tough on the inside.

As a result, I’m often gifted sassy labels like “firecracker” or “feisty,” which I choose to take as a compliment, due to my Irish/Eastern European heritage.

My romantic history is as real (and complicated) as that of the heroines in my novels. I’ve been divorced, relocated, plunged fearlessly into the turbulent waters of online dating—only to retreat, yelping, at the occasionally shocking climate before bravely renewing my efforts—until finally, I grabbed hold of happiness and refused to let go.

While I did eventually find my “HEA” in the form of a real life relationship, I also fell in love with writing, and it’s a romance I can’t get enough of.

That’s why I can’t help chasing after that thrill of first love, of never-ending passion, of self-discovery, of romance—even if that chase leads me to (and sometimes over) the edge.

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★ Flocksdale Series BLOG TOUR ★ by Author Carissa Ann Lynch, @CarissaAnnLynch @EJBookPromos #Giveaway

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Lately, my blog has been all about the Flocksdale Files Series and there is a good reason for that: I stand behind these edgy, thriller books! Therefore, any chance I can get to hop onto a blog tour for Carissa Ann Lynch, I take because I love putting good books into readers’ hands. ☺

At the bottom of this post is a giveaway for a signed copy of Have You Seen This Girl? So be sure to enter! (Open to US residents only).

So without further ado, I present to you The Flocksdale Files!

 

Have You Seen This Girl FRONT COVERIn book 1 of The Flocksdale Files Series, the reader is introduced to Wendi Wise. Check out this excerpt and if you enjoy it, please click the link below the excerpt to purchase your own copy of Have You Seen This Girl?

­ PROLOGUE ­

Present Day:

I lost my straw three hours ago, which sucks because it was my favorite one. Getting up to look for it seems like a painstaking, insurmountable task right now, but I pull myself up to a sitting position and swing my legs over the side of the bed. The “bed” is nothing more than a dingy, rust­colored mattress that lies on the floor of a two­ room basement apartment in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The threadbare carpet that covers the floor provides no support for my feet, and frankly, it stinks. I get down on my knees and lay my face flat against the carpet, holding my breath and peering under an ancient, stained armchair and the dresser that stands beside it. Now, where the fuck is that straw?

All I can see are dust bunnies, mouse droppings, and the carcass of a cockroach. No straw. I let out a frustrated groan. I give up searching, stand back up, and pad across the hall to the tiny bathroom I share with my current boyfriend, Michael, or “Mick” when he thinks he’s cool. I plop down on the toilet, running my hands through my tangled mop of greasy black hair.

I wait for the pee to come. Then wait some more. I can remember one of my old AA mentors, telling me once why opiates interfere with bodily functions like peeing, for instance. It was something about wires in the brain getting crossed…I wish I had a stopwatch to time this affair, but then it finally comes and I let out a sigh of relief.

Mick’s clothes from the night before are strewn across the bathroom floor at my feet. Suddenly I have a thought, and begin rummaging through the pockets of a brown pair of khaki shorts that I remember him wearing last night. I find what I’m looking for: a tattered black wallet, worn out from age and being sat on all day long. I open it up and peer inside. It only contains two dollars, but that’s fine by me—all I need is one.

Pulling out the faded, crumpled bill, I smooth it flat against the round edges of the wash basin. Once flattened, I begin slowly rolling it into a perfectly cylindrical mini­version of my straw. It’s basically perfect.

The dope is in my bedroom drawer, along with my razor. Using the tiny blade, I lovingly chop the heroin until it is fine and powdery, and then use the rolled up dollar bill to suck it straight up my nose. Its taste hits the back of my throat instantly and drains down through my sinuses, a sensation I used to loathe but have grown to love.

Wiping the residue from my nose noisily with the back of my hand, I glance at Mick, who is still passed out on the bed. Getting high makes him sleepy, but it fills me with an insatiable need to do something productive.

Our bedroom is dotted with tiny land mines of crumpled t­shirts, inside­out jeans, and day-­old panties. I make my way around the room, picking them up and tossing them all into a wicker laundry basket in the corner.

Besides the bedroom and bathroom, we have a small, windowless sitting area, a narrow galley kitchen, and a small extra bedroom that we use for trash and other random items. I move my cleaning to the living room, gathering up snack wrappers and empty Solo cups, and then carry them into the small silver garbage can under the kitchen sink. The sink is filled to the brim with two-day­-old dishes, so I start filling the sink with water and shampoo.

I’ve been out of dish soap for weeks now, but the hair care product seems to get the job done so I don’t complain. The water from the faucet never gets hot because our gas got shut off months ago. If I want hot water, I have to boil it. This all sounds ridiculous, I know. This is the twenty­-first century, but my addiction has me back in the Stone Age, because when you’re an addict, you don’t spend money on things like food, water, clothes, electricity…you spend it on drugs. At least the truly hardcore addicts like me do.

Crusty teacups, sauce-­covered plates, and sour-­smelling utensils permeate the water, rising steadily to the brim. I plunge my hands into the frigid, cloudy water and begin mindlessly washing.

For the past six months, our daily life can be divided into three segments: looking for money to buy heroin, finding the drug, and then getting high. Oh, I almost forgot about the fourth segment: coming down from the drug—my least favorite time of day. Our entire life revolves around heroin and our bodies rely on it to function. It’s not about getting “high” anymore because I never feel lifted or high­spirited, or overly anything these days. We wake up feeling low and we need it to feel normal. Maybe they should change the expression to “getting normal” or “avoiding feeling like shit,” instead of “getting high.”

Today will be different though. Today I have a date with my good friend rehab, and in six hours from now, my daily routine should change dramatically. Mick isn’t going, but I’m fine with that. He’ll do his own thing when he’s ready. I’ve been planning this for a month now, and finally the phone call came: a bed opened up at the local in­patient clinic and today is the day to report.

I’ve been to rehab before, and will mostly like go again after this stint, but everything is about to change. This time around, major plans have been made for when I get out of rehab.

Those plans involve me and a sharp set of butcher knives, but I’ll explain that later.

Perhaps you’re wondering how I got this way. Or perhaps you don’t give a damn. Either way, this is my story. It’s not a story about addiction. This is a story about murder.
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Have You Seen This Girl (Flocksdale Files Book #1) Blurb:

Wendi Wise is a troubled young woman who snorts her breakfast through a straw and spends more time in rehab than in the real world…

Her life is seemingly out of control.

But now she has a plan.

That plan involves a sharp set of butcher knives.

She’s going back to where all of her troubles began…

Flocksdale.

Wendi was lured away from a local skating rink, at the age of thirteen, and held captive in a place she calls ‘The House of Horrors.’ Dumped off blindfolded on the side of a dirt road, Wendi soon discovered that she was addicted to the drugs they fed her while she was captive.

Too scared to go home, and having a new habit to deal with, she hopped on a bus, vanishing from the family she loved.

Vanishing from Flocksdale…

The town of Flocksdale is littered with fliers with a grainy image of young Wendi, and the words ‘Have You Seen This Girl?’ written below.

Now, eight years later, she’s on a mission—a mission to find the mysterious house from her youth and the monsters who dwell inside it.

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Next in the Flocksdale series, we meet Marianna Bertagnoli. Check out the following excerpt from House Of The Lost Girls, Flocksdale Files Book 2! Again, if you enjoy it, please click the purchase link to own your own copy!

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Fuck Flocksdale. Not my words—someone else’s. The flat black spray paint obliterated the real words—Welcome to—on the shiny metal sign greeting us on our way into Flocksdale. Our new town. Not my choice of towns—someone else’s.

In the backseat of my parents’ SUV, I was slumped down in the seat with yellow earbuds shoved as far into the openings of my ears as they would go. The ornery words aroused me from my black mood, and I leaned forward, pressing my face to the glass as we passed.

I tried not to smile. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who hated this town.

“Wow. That’s just great,” my mother said, also noticing the nasty words scrawled on the sign as we passed by. “Who would do something like that?” she asked.

“Oh, honey. You know who. Rotten teenagers,” my stepdad uttered disgustedly, staring back at me in the rearview mirror. I may as well have written the words myself based on his nasty look. It was so obvious that he hated me. Why couldn’t my mother see that? Or maybe she sees it and just doesn’t care, I thought bitterly.

I narrowed my eyes at my stepdad darkly, sliding back down in my seat. I turned up the volume on my iPod, switched the song to Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day. I mouthed words to the song, lonely lyrics about walking alone, as we entered my new town of Flocksdale.

I hated him…not my stepdad, but my real dad. For leaving my mom and I five years ago, and ultimately, bequeathing me to this asshole. Everything between my mom and dad was fine, and then one day it wasn’t. He left a note, saying he was going to live with his new girlfriend.

A note. If I ever got to see him again, I had a few notes of my own to give him.

My mom and George got married only a year ago, but George had been wrecking my life ever since.

Like right now, for instance.

He had accepted a job in Flocksdale, and even though my mom had her own job in Ohio, and I had my school and friends, here we were—starting over. Our lives didn’t matter to him. It was all about him, furthering his career goals. He didn’t care that I had to leave my old school. The school I’d attended my entire life…

Despite the explicit greeting on the way in, the part of town we drove into seemed quiet and quaint. It was nearly ten o’clock at night, but the main street was free of motorists and the sidewalks held no pedestrians. Rows of brick buildings, apparently small businesses, lined the street on both sides, “We’re Closed” signs firmly displayed in their windows.

“Well, this definitely looks like a peaceful town, Georgie,” my mother said, using that stupid pet name I hated for ‘George.’ She patted my stepdad’s arm, her attempt to let him know she was fine with moving here. That she’d forgiven him. Her eyes fluttered back to meet mine, encouraging me to do the same, but I closed them, refusing to cater to Georgie’s sensitivity. Well, I haven’t…I mouthed sulkily.

I was never going to be okay with moving here. Technically, I was almost eighteen and soon to be free to go anywhere I wanted. But even after I finished my senior year of high school, at my new school, there was supposed to be college and all that…

In other words, I was stuck with my mother and surrogate daddy for at least a few more years. And now I was stuck serving out my time in this lame-ass town called Flocksdale.

“Are you sure anyone really lives here?” I asked, yanking my earbuds out. My mother shot me a death glare and my stepdad ignored my comment. He’d grown up here in this dump, and I knew insulting his alma mater would get under his skin.

But getting under his skin was turning out to be one of my favorite pastimes.

 

I twisted my hair in a tight bun and started packing up my book and iPod into my messenger bag. It was all I’d brought, besides my duffel bag containing a few outfits. Everything else was coming by U-Haul. I didn’t care about my stuff. It was my friends and school I worried about leaving behind.

I was relieved to see lights up ahead, illuminating a McDonald’s and CVS as we entered the heart of town. So, there is civilization here, I thought wearily.

More businesses—a grocery store, diner, coffee shop, and a badass-looking used book store. Then the stores faded away and we entered a cluster of residential houses and neighborhoods. The houses were small and close together, mostly shotguns, but then they got larger and grander as we got further from town.

“We’re getting close. It’s on the river,” George said, his voice taking on an excited, boyish tone. I knew we were getting close to the water because the houses were taking on a strange quality. Some of them were sitting up high on stilts. I’d never seen anything like it.

“I guess they’re worried about floods here,” I remarked softly. I had to admit, the houses looked pretty cool, sitting up high on solid, wooden beams. Like they were too cool to hang out on the ground with the rest of the houses.

“Yeah, sometimes the river gets high around here. But there hasn’t been a major flood in forty years,” my mom said, answering for George.

But then he said, “Nearly thirty houses and businesses were torn down and rebuilt. They built smarter the second time around, preparing for floods. But we won’t have to worry about that…”

Rolling down the window, I leaned my head out, sucking in deep breaths of damp July air. Why did they tear them down? And who were “they”? I wanted to ask, but then I could almost hear…water.

There it was—rolling, murky water with steaming pipes from a nuclear plant on the other side of the river. A huge sea of nothing but water, and more nothingness beyond it. An old, metal walking bridge glittered in the distance. “It’s down here,” George nearly whispered, taking a turn onto Clemmons Street.

There were nearly six houses on both sides of the street, all built on stilts . But at the end was a gigantic Victorian home, its own flood wall behind it, sitting right on the river. It towered in the black night sky, moonlight dancing crazily on the rough waters in the background.

It was beautiful in an eerie sort of way and as we pulled up in front of it, I felt the hairs on the back of my neck stand upright. Could it be…? The House of Horrors…?

That’s right. I did my research on this place. The town of Flocksdale had a history. A nasty, evil sort of history.

Nearly twenty years ago, a deranged family ran some sort of trafficking/drug ring. The bodies of nearly forty young girls were found buried in the crawlspaces, basements, and backyards of the townspeople involved in the operation. The townspeople of Flocksdale.

All of the perpetrators were either apprehended or dead, but it still gave me the creeps. I’d read everything I could find on the internet about the murders. In some of the write-ups, I’d read about the description of the main house used in the kidnappings and subsequent killings—an old, creepy Victorian. A description that seemed to fit this one. Surely, there were other Victorian homes in this town? Right…?

I’d tried to tell my mom, and even George, about it. But George ignored me, and my mom said, “Every town has history and crime is everywhere, Marianna. George grew up there, so it must be all right.” Yeah…that made me feel a whole hell of a lot better.

George parked the SUV in a concrete driveway out front of the house. I made no attempt to get out. I stared up at this beautiful monster of a house, wondering what was in store for me in this creepy little town with its even creepier history. I shivered involuntarily. Two words came to mind: Fuck Flocksdale.
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House of the Lost Girls (Flocksdale Files #2) Blurb:

Seventeen year old Marianna Bertagnoli is miserable…
Not only did her father abandon her five years ago, now she’s being uprooted and forced to move with her mother and new stepdad to a creepy Victorian house they inherited in the even creepier town of Flocksdale.
Flocksdale has an evil, ugly past—and history has a way of repeating itself…
Marianna notices some strange qualities about her new home, and soon realizes she’s living in none other than the infamous House of Horrors. That’s right, the very house where the demented Garrett family ran a drug ring, leading to the kidnappings and murders of forty young girls.
The dark energy of the town begins to rise again…

Within a week of moving in, Marianna’s mother disappears, one of her small group of new friends is found murdered, and she’s attacked by a man wearing a hideous clown mask. As she searches for answers, Marianna wonders if the malevolence still lingers, somehow alive…and how her stepdad came to own the House of Horrors.
Unsure who to trust, Marianna turns to Wendi Wise, a survivor of the Garretts’ crimes…
Caught up in twisted family ties and surrounded by deceit, Marianna is targeted by a new generation of evil. Doubly imprisoned—in her own body and in the real house of the lost girls—Marianna needs Wendi’s help to unravel the bizarre history of Flocksdale.
But will Marianna survive long enough to bring the evil to light…or will she be trapped in the house of the lost girls forever?

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houseofthelostgirlsIs evil ever truly defeated—or is it just waiting for another chance?

Seventeen year old Marianna Bertagnoli is miserable…
Not only did her father abandon her five years ago, now she’s being uprooted and forced to move with her mother and new stepdad to a creepy Victorian house they inherited in the even creepier town of Flocksdale.

Flocksdale has an evil, ugly past—and history has a way of repeating itself…

Marianna notices some strange qualities about her new home, and soon realizes she’s living in none other than the infamous House of Horrors. That’s right, the very house where the demented Garrett family ran a drug ring, leading to the kidnappings and murders of forty young girls.

The dark energy of the town begins to rise again…

Within a week of moving in, Marianna’s mother disappears, one of her small group of new friends is found murdered, and she’s attacked by a man wearing a hideous clown mask. As she searches for answers, Marianna wonders if the malevolence still lingers, somehow alive…and how her stepdad came to own the House of Horrors.

Unsure who to trust, Marianna turns to Wendi Wise, a survivor of the Garretts’ crimes…

Caught up in twisted family ties and surrounded by deceit, Marianna is targeted by a new generation of evil. Doubly imprisoned—in her own body and in the real house of the lost girls—Marianna needs Wendi’s help to unravel the bizarre history of Flocksdale.

But will Marianna survive long enough to bring the evil to light…or will she be trapped in the house of the lost girls forever?

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Paperback/Kindle, First edition, 233 pages
Expected publication: November 3rd 2015 by Limitless Publishing
Series: Book 2 of the Flocksdale Files series
Genre: Mystery Thriller, YA, Psychological Suspense, Horror, Crime

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Chapter One:

Fuck Flocksdale. Not my words—someone else’s. The flat black spray paint obliterated the real words—Welcome to—on the shiny metal sign greeting us on our way into Flocksdale. Our new town. Not my choice of towns—someone else’s.

In the backseat of my parents’ SUV, I was slumped down in the seat with yellow earbuds shoved as far into the openings of my ears as they would go. The ornery words aroused me from my black mood, and I leaned forward, pressing my face to the glass as we passed.

I tried not to smile. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who hated this town.

“Wow. That’s just great,” my mother said, also noticing the nasty words scrawled on the sign as we passed by. “Who would do something like that?” she asked.

“Oh, honey. You know who. Rotten teenagers,” my stepdad uttered disgustedly, staring back at me in the rearview mirror. I may as well have written the words myself based on his nasty look. It was so obvious that he hated me. Why couldn’t my mother see that? Or maybe she sees it and just doesn’t care, I thought bitterly.

I narrowed my eyes at my stepdad darkly, sliding back down in my seat. I turned up the volume on my iPod, switched the song to Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day. I mouthed words to the song, lonely lyrics about walking alone, as we entered my new town of Flocksdale.

I hated him…not my stepdad, but my real dad. For leaving my mom and I five years ago, and ultimately, bequeathing me to this asshole. Everything between my mom and dad was fine, and then one day it wasn’t. He left a note, saying he was going to live with his new girlfriend.

A note. If I ever got to see him again, I had a few notes of my own to give him.

My mom and George got married only a year ago, but George had been wrecking my life ever since.

Like right now, for instance.

He had accepted a job in Flocksdale, and even though my mom had her own job in Ohio, and I had my school and friends, here we were—starting over. Our lives didn’t matter to him. It was all about him, furthering his career goals. He didn’t care that I had to leave my old school. The school I’d attended my entire life…

Despite the explicit greeting on the way in, the part of town we drove into seemed quiet and quaint. It was nearly ten o’clock at night, but the main street was free of motorists and the sidewalks held no pedestrians. Rows of brick buildings, apparently small businesses, lined the street on both sides, “We’re Closed” signs firmly displayed in their windows.

“Well, this definitely looks like a peaceful town, Georgie,” my mother said, using that stupid pet name I hated for ‘George.’ She patted my stepdad’s arm, her attempt to let him know she was fine with moving here. That she’d forgiven him. Her eyes fluttered back to meet mine, encouraging me to do the same, but I closed them, refusing to cater to Georgie’s sensitivity. Well, I haven’t…I mouthed sulkily.

I was never going to be okay with moving here. Technically, I was almost eighteen and soon to be free to go anywhere I wanted. But even after I finished my senior year of high school, at my new school, there was supposed to be college and all that…

In other words, I was stuck with my mother and surrogate daddy for at least a few more years. And now I was stuck serving out my time in this lame-ass town called Flocksdale.

“Are you sure anyone really lives here?” I asked, yanking my earbuds out. My mother shot me a death glare and my stepdad ignored my comment. He’d grown up here in this dump, and I knew insulting his alma mater would get under his skin.

But getting under his skin was turning out to be one of my favorite pastimes.

I twisted my hair in a tight bun and started packing up my book and iPod into my messenger bag. It was all I’d brought, besides my duffel bag containing a few outfits. Everything else was coming by U-Haul. I didn’t care about my stuff. It was my friends and school I worried about leaving behind.

I was relieved to see lights up ahead, illuminating a McDonald’s and CVS as we entered the heart of town. So, there is civilization here, I thought wearily.

More businesses—a grocery store, diner, coffee shop, and a badass-looking used book store. Then the stores faded away and we entered a cluster of residential houses and neighborhoods. The houses were small and close together, mostly shotguns, but then they got larger and grander as we got further from town.

“We’re getting close. It’s on the river,” George said, his voice taking on an excited, boyish tone. I knew we were getting close to the water because the houses were taking on a strange quality. Some of them were sitting up high on stilts. I’d never seen anything like it.

“I guess they’re worried about floods here,” I remarked softly. I had to admit, the houses looked pretty cool, sitting up high on solid, wooden beams. Like they were too cool to hang out on the ground with the rest of the houses.

“Yeah, sometimes the river gets high around here. But there hasn’t been a major flood in forty years,” my mom said, answering for George.

But then he said, “Nearly thirty houses and businesses were torn down and rebuilt. They built smarter the second time around, preparing for floods. But we won’t have to worry about that…”

Rolling down the window, I leaned my head out, sucking in deep breaths of damp July air. Why did they tear them down? And who were “they”? I wanted to ask, but then I could almost hear…water.

There it was—rolling, murky water with steaming pipes from a nuclear plant on the other side of the river. A huge sea of nothing but water, and more nothingness beyond it. An old, metal walking bridge glittered in the distance. “It’s down here,” George nearly whispered, taking a turn onto Clemmons Street.

There were nearly six houses on both sides of the street, all built on stilts . But at the end was a gigantic Victorian home, its own flood wall behind it, sitting right on the river. It towered in the black night sky, moonlight dancing crazily on the rough waters in the background.

It was beautiful in an eerie sort of way and as we pulled up in front of it, I felt the hairs on the back of my neck stand upright. Could it be…? The House of Horrors…?

That’s right. I did my research on this place. The town of Flocksdale had a history. A nasty, evil sort of history.

Nearly twenty years ago, a deranged family ran some sort of trafficking/drug ring. The bodies of nearly forty young girls were found buried in the crawlspaces, basements, and backyards of the townspeople involved in the operation. The townspeople of Flocksdale.

All of the perpetrators were either apprehended or dead, but it still gave me the creeps. I’d read everything I could find on the internet about the murders. In some of the write-ups, I’d read about the description of the main house used in the kidnappings and subsequent killings—an old, creepy Victorian. A description that seemed to fit this one. Surely, there were other Victorian homes in this town? Right…?

I’d tried to tell my mom, and even George, about it. But George ignored me, and my mom said, “Every town has history and crime is everywhere, Marianna. George grew up there, so it must be all right.” Yeah…that made me feel a whole hell of a lot better.

George parked the SUV in a concrete driveway out front of the house. I made no attempt to get out. I stared up at this beautiful monster of a house, wondering what was in store for me in this creepy little town with its even creepier history. I shivered involuntarily. Two words came to mind: Fuck Flocksdale.


 

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★ ABOUT THE AUTHOR: CARISSA ANN LYNCH ★

Besides my family, my greatest love in life is books. Reading them, writing them, holding them, smelling them…well, you get the idea. I’ve always loved to read and never considered myself a “writer” until a few years ago when I couldn’t find a book to read and decided to try writing my own story. I’m the author of Have You Seen This Girl? (Flocksdale Files Book #1), Grayson’s Ridge, and This Is Not About Love. I reside in Floyds Knobs, Indiana with my husband, children, and massive collection of books.

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AWRW Book Review 🎩 🐇 A Sudden Gust Of Gravity, by Author Laurie Boris @LaurieBoris

asuddengustofgravityChristina Davenport, waitressing to pay the bills, has abandoned her childhood dream of becoming a magician–until she meets the mesmerizing Reynaldo the Magnificent.

He hires her as his assistant for his magic and juggling show; she hopes she can play the role without cutting his giant ego in half.

Devon Park, a surgical resident, is escaping his own problems when he visits the street performers in downtown Boston. But the young doctor worries that the bruises beneath Christina’s makeup go deeper than the training accident she professes.

Convinced the doctor’s interest is more than clinical, the mercurial magician attempts to tighten his grip on Christina. Now she needs to decide–is the opportunity Reynaldo offers worth the price of admission?

Page Count: 291

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance

Published November 7, 2015

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What’s It About?

“If only her father’s magic wands were real and she could wave all of this away.”


Christina Davenport is minding her own business in yoga class, when a charming and persuasive magician sidles up next her, promising her a world of magic and money. Despite her past traumas and bad experiences with magic, she considers and accepts the position of Reynaldo The Magnificent’s Assistant, Teeny.

Devon Park is a medical resident at Mass General whose past weighs heavily around his neck. When he stumbles upon a street performance on Atlantic Avenue with his young nephew, his Doctor side kicks in and he worries about the ‘juggling lady’ who is covered with bumps and bruises.

Christina practices and practices, her dream to be on stage one day, and not performing alongside a street hack. When Reynaldo gets wind of this he draws a line in the sand… what he isn’t aware of, is that the Dr. who has been watching them has a dark past, and he isn’t afraid to use it to protect Christina…


My Thoughts

First of all, I loved the themes of street magic and illusion in this novel! It was such a fun and unique way to bring the characters together. I enjoyed the magic tricks and costumes, and can see how someone, like Christina Davenport, could be caught up in the glitz and glamour of performing arts!

I really enjoyed the characters, too. Christina is highly sympathetic and someone who you want to route for.  I was really surprised by the plot twist of one of the major characters who turned villian. –DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!

The world building was great. The story takes place in Boston, and mentions major landmarks like Commonwealth St, Atlantic Avenue, and Quincy Market to name a few. :) Anyone who enjoys Boston will be excited to live vicariously through this novel, (as long as you don’t mind a juggling pin to your face every once in awhile!)

The plot was steady with several unpredictable twists and a surprising romance. I enjoyed how everything came together. :)

I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys thrilling stories about street/stage magic, with charismatic characters and a subplot of romance! 5 stars!  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

In the interest of full disclosure, I received a copy of A Sudden Gust Of Gravity in exchange for a fair, thoughtful, and honest book review. This in no way swayed my opinion or rating.

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Laurie BorisLaurie Boris is a freelance writer, editor, proofreader, and former graphic designer. She has been writing fiction for over twenty-five years and is the award-winning author of five novels: The Joke’s on Me, Drawing Breath, Don’t Tell Anyone, Sliding Past Vertical, and Playing Charlie Cool. When not hanging out with the universe of imaginary people in her head, she enjoys baseball, cooking, reading, and helping aspiring novelists as a contributing writer and editor for IndiesUnlimited.com. She lives in New York’s lovely Hudson Valley. —Amazon Author Bio
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AWRW Book Promo 💋 Taste Me, Tempt Me: Eight Tales of Sweet & Spicy Romance by Authors @AmandaGaleBooks @WriterGGAndrew @JenniferSable @MadeleineKeane1 Coco Quill, Saskia Blake, Elizabeth Cole, and Rebecca Brooks!

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

Featuring:

SUGAR & SUNLIGHT
In Regency-era Philadelphia, a wounded soldier is drawn to an aloof candymaker. Can he show her life will be sweeter with him?

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

THE REAWAKENING
Reeling from her husband’s adultery, Meg steels herself to cope with the annual maple syrup harvest… but her much-younger hired hand proves to be an infuriating distraction.

TROUBLE WITH TRIFLES
A French girl in late 18th century Baltimore had her heart broken years ago. But when the young man she loves returns, will he be willing to offer her his hand again?

HEARTS & FLOURS
A pastry chef meets her best friend’s smoking hot brother for the first time. Can she dream up a recipe that will tempt him to try something new?

LOVE IN THE LAVENDER
A man from busy New York City searches the woods for a reclusive writer. Instead, he finds a beautiful woman hiding in a field of lavender–and she’s got a surprise in store.

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

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


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

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Length: 233 Pages

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency, Romance


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When I Remember You
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Nina Archer is back in Florida, discovering a love for life she never had before… 
 
Things are finally looking up for Nina. Her mother is sober again, she shares an apartment with her best friend, and she’s training for her first marathon. She’s even sending out queries for her first novel, though she doubts anyone would publish something by a nobody like her. But memories of her late father, while painful, give her the strength to persevere. 
When Wes Ladner shows up on race day, he almost stops Nina in her tracks… 
 
Wes is back in Florida to work on his new book after months of traveling, and Nina isn’t sure what to do about their intense friendship. Making love on the beach was easy for them, but committing to a relationship doesn’t seem possible, and Wes appears to be carrying an emotional burden he hadn’t before. 
 
Nina settles into a rhythm and finds her place in life but struggles to understand what she and Wes have taught each other through their passionate intimacy. 
Is it possible for Nina and Wes to move beyond friendship, or is it their destiny to part ways and carry only precious memories on separate paths to fulfillment?

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Rosa Sophia is a novelist and full-time editorial consultant. With a degree in Automotive Technology, she adores writing and editing as well as fixing cars. Rosa is also a crazy cat lady in training, and currently divides her time between South Florida and Pennsylvania.
 
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AWRW Book Review: Everlasting Da Eb’Bulastin, by Author Rasheedah Prioleau #BlogTour

everlastingAfter another incident of sleepwalking, Aiyana Gamelle wakes up lying under the stars on the Beach of Sa’Fyre Island, an island off the coast of South Carolina with a rich Gullah and Native American history.

Knowing these incidents of sleepwalking have something to do with her long awaited transition into queen of the island, Aiyana shrugs them off as little more than a nuisance to be expected since her lineage leads to a mysterious African goddess.

Aiyana moves forward with plans to host a week long festival that will end with her succession to the island throne, but the murder of an important guest and the passing of her grandmother threaten to bring the festivities to a screeching halt. Then Aiyana learns that the transition involves an unwanted possession and the revelation of a dark family curse.

Sa’Fyre Island Series Book 1
Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Self Published October 31st 2014 (first published October 30th 2014)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Horror, Dark Fantasy, Speculative Fiction

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“What it must be like to be young an free on the island, unburdened by the worry and responsibilities Aiyana juggled on a daily basis.”

Aiyana and her four siblings run a large scenic vacation resort, and are planning a five day music festival for their guests. As their visitors arrive via ferry, Aiyana is surprised to see her old love interest, Caleb, on the island.

Initially, Aiyana isn’t interested in rekindling their relationship. She doesn’t want to see history repeat itself, and more importantly, Aiyana is encumbered with bigger problems.

Aiyana has been sleepwalking and waking up in dangerous places, which she attributes to her “transition” into becoming Queen. Aiyana isn’t prepared to lead the island, and fears she may be responsible for the deaths at her resort.

Aiyana goes outside her family to learn the truth behind the strange occurrences and whirlwind of murders. What she learns makes her wish she was dead…

My Thoughts

I loved Author Rasheedah Prioleau’s fresh perspective on her island horror story. So many authors would choose an island resort as the setting of a romance, but not Rasheedah! She crafted an urban fantasy on Gullah territory, with Gullah characters who speak the Gullah language of sea island creole, giving this novel a breath of fresh air. Everlasting Da Eb’Bulastin is unlike any other novel I have ever read set on an island.

The novel is told in third person perspective, and focuses on the main character, Aiyana. There is a sub-plot of romance between her and Caleb, but the main focus of this book is on Aiyana who is unexpectedly drawn into an otherworldly struggle.

My favorite scene was when Aiyana woke up by the ledge, naked, and tourists snap pictures of her with their camera phones. Her response, “Oh, God,” felt real to me in a way that is hard to explain. Something about the actions of the tourists coupled with her reaction grounded this book for me. It was the blending of supernatural fiction with mundane reality that made this dark fantasy feel real.

I also take away from this novel a bit of knowledge about Gullah culture. After reading, I looked it up on the internet because I wanted to learn more. I love to learn about other cultures, and it was fun to do so, even if in a fictionalized setting.
Overall, I would recommend this novel to people who enjoy tales of horror, set in exotic settings! You can grab your own copy here:

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About The Author


Rasheedah Prioleau is a Southern African American writer with an eclectic range of writing and ghostwriting credits.  After an unfulfilling stent in the corporate world she started over from the bottom as an unpaid intern at the age of twenty-six and never looked back.

“I love to write because there are no limits. All it takes is a finite space of time and I can create a story from infinite possibilities.”

Writers who have influenced her include: Judy Bloom, Jude Deveraux, V.C. Andrews, Octavia Butler, Stephanie Meyer, Charlaine Harris, Joss Whedon, William Nicholson, Shonda Rhimes, Quentin Tarantino, Tyler Perry, Mike Kelley, and J.J. Abrams… just to name a few.

Rasheedah Prioleau currently resides in her hometown of Washington, Georgia.

AWRW Book Review: House Of The Lost Girls, (Flocksdale Files Book 2), by Author Carissa Ann Lynch @CarissaAnnLynch @LimitlessBooks

Is evil ever truly defeated—or is it just waiting for another chance?

Sevehouseofthelostgirlsnteen year old Marianna Bertagnoli is miserable…
Not only did her father abandon her five years ago, now she’s being uprooted and forced to move with her mother and new stepdad to a creepy Victorian house they inherited in the even creepier town of Flocksdale.

Flocksdale has an evil, ugly past—and history has a way of repeating itself…

Marianna notices some strange qualities about her new home, and soon realizes she’s living in none other than the infamous House of Horrors. That’s right, the very house where the demented Garrett family ran a drug ring, leading to the kidnappings and murders of forty young girls.

The dark energy of the town begins to rise again…

Within a week of moving in, Marianna’s mother disappears, one of her small group of new friends is found murdered, and she’s attacked by a man wearing a hideous clown mask. As she searches for answers, Marianna wonders if the malevolence still lingers, somehow alive…and how her stepdad came to own the House of Horrors.

Unsure who to trust, Marianna turns to Wendi Wise, a survivor of the Garretts’ crimes…

Caught up in twisted family ties and surrounded by deceit, Marianna is targeted by a new generation of evil. Doubly imprisoned—in her own body and in the real house of the lost girls—Marianna needs Wendi’s help to unravel the bizarre history of Flocksdale.

But will Marianna survive long enough to bring the evil to light…or will she be trapped in the house of the lost girls forever?


Paperback/Kindle, First edition, 233 pages
Expected publication: November 3rd 2015 by Limitless Publishing
Series: Book 2 of the Flocksdale Files series
Genre: Mystery Thriller, YA, Psychological Suspense, Horror, Crime

What’s It About?

“My life was starting to feel like some crazy, knife-wielding version of Alice in Wonderland.”

Marianne’s mother and step-father married a year ago, and he has been wrecking her life ever since. They pack up and move to the town of Flocksdale, into a giant Victorian on Clemmons St. Also known as the ‘House of Horrors’, a home where countless girls were kidnapped, held against their will, and murdered.

“The town of Flocksdale had a history. A nasty, evil sort of history.”

Despite the house being rebuilt from the ground up, Marianne cannot get comfortable in her new environment. Nothing about the house on Clemmons St. feels like home.

Soon, a girl goes missing, and her dead body is found. Marianne’s mother leaves in the middle of the night, and Marianne cannot get a hold of her, leaving her with her step-father…

“Is history repeating itself?”

Marianne isn’t sure who to trust. She begins her own investigation. After reading a book written by Wendi Wise, one of the house’s victims, Marianne knocks on her door, seeking help.

“I thought about Wendi Wise, how strong she’d been when she went after the monsters from her youth. I channeled her energy. Her strength, Her courage.”

Together, they are The Lost Girls, and they are on a mission… A mission to avenge.



My Thoughts

The Flocksdale Files is a series that I hold near and dear to my heart. Both feature a strong female lead who you route for throughout. I enjoyed Marianne’s character as much as Wendi’s from book 1.

Before reading, I wondered how Author Carissa Ann Lynch would continue this series. I loved the direction she went with in this installment of the Flocksdale Files. Like the first book, it was a steady, action-packed read that had me sitting at the edge of my seat in suspense!

Deception surrounded Marianne, and the author kept me guessing: Who can Marianne trust? I loved that Wendi from book 1 played such a big role in this book also. I loved her character and reintroducing her into the story was like reuniting with an old friend.

I loved the first person perspective. It connected me with Marianne. I could see the world through her eyes, and I had access to her inner thoughts. I’ve always preferred first person POV because it feels like the character herself is telling me her story, versus me watching from the sidelines with a third person perspective. I feel that the author made a wise choice in choosing first person POV.

Author Carissa Ann Lynch creates well-rounded characters that I genuinely care about and think about long after I have closed the book. She also has a talent for creating a compelling plot, that keeps me turning the pages.  I highly recommend this series to readers who enjoy gritty, edgy crime thrillers with kick-butt female protagonists!


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


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Interview of Author Carissa Ann Lynch

Character Interview of Wendi Wise, from Have You Seen This Girl?


About The Author

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

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AWRW Way Back Wednesday Book Review: The Babysitter’s Club Series, by Ann M. Martin

Welcome to another Way Back Wednesday Book Review! This week, I am featuring the classic series The Babysitter’s Club!

Way waybackwednesdayBack 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.

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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 button above.

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

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


“Four friends and babysitting -what could be more fun?”

The series is about a group of middle school students living in the fictional town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. They run a business called “The Baby-Sitters Club” that helps parents find babysitters from the club who are available for jobs by calling during their club meetings. The club starts out with four members: Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, and Stacey McGill; it eventually expands to ten. When the club was founded, the four members were in the seventh grade, but ten novels later, they are promoted to the eighth grade. From there, they are frozen in time until the very end of the series, in which they graduate from middle school. A notable facet of the series is that each novel contains at least one subplot dealing with different issues the girls face.Wikipedia

Genre: Middle Grade

Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks

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The girls’ friendship is at the heart of each novel, as well as the club itself and the girls’ entrepreneur skills. There was always an important life lesson to be learned from these stories. I loved the concept of this novel, and while reading I wished these girls were my real friends.

There are a whopping 200+ novels in this wildly successful series, and Author Ann Martin wrote approximately 80 of these. Originally, this was planned as a 4 book series, but an editor for Scholastic kept asking for more! There were also several spin-offs of The Babysitter’s Club, which included TBSC Mysteries, TBSC Super Mysteries, TBSC Super Specials, TBSC Little Sister, TBSC Little Sister Super Specials, TBSC Friends Forever, TBSC Portrait Collection, and lastly TBSC Graphic Novel Adaptations! The complete list of The Babysitter’s Club novels can be found here.

Thank you for joining me on this little trip down memory lane, and I hope you will revisit next Wednesday when I feature the Choose Your Own Adventure novels, which feature the rare second person POV!

AWRW Book Review: The Jesus Gene, by Author Anne Kelleher @AKelleherAuthor

 

the-jesus-geneAll his life, Jack Chance has been plagued by dreams and the sense that he used to be someone else – or maybe many someone else’s. Raised in a Brooklyn ghetto by parents Jack knows aren’t really his, nothing has prepared him for the beautiful ghost that suddenly appears in his taxi, claiming she’s there to keep him safe from the demon that’s hunting him – a real live demon who will stop at nothing to make sure Jack – and the bloodline he carries – is completely obliterated from the face of the earth….

 

Kindle Edition, 327 pages
Published October 12th 2015 by Pond House Press
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural, Mystery

What’s It About?

“Am I supposed to believe I’m some kind of cosmic warrior, sent by God to battle evil?”

Jack Chance feels and sees images nobody else can see. He also has bizarre reoccurring dreams that he is unable to shake off. But these incidents are nothing compared to what happens next.

Women begin appearing in the backseat of his taxi as he is driving. He isn’t sure if he is losing his mind, or if they are supernatural. One in particular offers him a warning…

Meanwhile, while dropping off a woman who may or may not be real, he meets a tabloid reporter who is investigating the deaths of a dozen unidentified women. After much convincing, they set off on an adventure to connect the dots between the murders.

Soon, Jack finds himself wrapped up in a supernatural world of vampires, murder, and mystery. Will he heed the warning of the beautiful ghost who appears in his backseat? Or will the hunter become the hunted?

My Thoughts

This novel is a perfect example of why one shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover!

I really enjoyed reading this story. I loved the introduction of Jessie. She added so much to the story, and I loved how she was an assistant librarian by day, wearing pearls and sensible shoes; and a gothic rocker chick by night, adorned in leather and chains. I thought she was such a fun character, and I knew from the prologue that I would find this book enjoyable.

Then the story switches to Jack. I pictured him as Bradley Cooper for some reason. :) I found his dreams intriguing, and when strange women began to appear in the back of the taxi, there was no turning back for me! I just fell into the story and needed to know what would happen next!

I loved the alternating POV between Jack and Jessie. The characters were well developed, and each had their own distinctive voice. Even without the headings notifying the reader of the specific character’s pov, I would’ve been able to decipher who the character was.

The plot was incredible. The best way I can describe this novel is “supernatural mystery”. I found myself gathering clues as I got deeper into the story, but was completely blown away at the conclusion because I was soooo far off! I also enjoyed the happily-ever-after ending, as it left me with a satisfied feeling.

I would recommend this novel to fans of supernatural mysteries, and urban fantasy!

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


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About The Author

PictureMy father was a great storyteller, my mother encouraged me to read.  I grew up loving the March girls, Anne Shirley, Cherry Ames, Sara Crewe, the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew. But every story came with a price.  At the end of every book, I always felt inevitable disappointment.  Saying goodbye to the characters felt like leaving behind good friends.  By the time I was six or seven, it occurred to me that I could make up my own stories.  I remember sitting down to attempt my first novel when I was eight.  I tried again in high school and managed to complete my first manuscript about a pair of pirate sisters when I was seventeen.

Eventually, I realised my dream of publishing a novel when Warner Books chose Daughter of Prophecy to be part of the launch of their Aspect line.  That high school manuscript eventually formed the basis of my seventh novel, Love’s Labyrinth.  Over the years, I’ve continued to write many more, and worked with three literary agents, two more of the top publishing houses in NYC and now a boutique small press.  I became a true “hybrid” author with the publication of my collection of short stories, Free to Good Home.

Why did I make the switch?   For one, I was diagnosed with cancer in the spring of 2013.     But I also didn’t like being categorized as one sort of writer or another.   I like to write across a wide range of genres, from epic fantasy (my Through the Shadowlands trilogy) to paranormal romance and time-travel (The Ghost & Katie Coyle and A Once & Future Love); from erotica (Wickham’s Folly and Wickham’s Fancy) to cozy mystery (The House on Lake Jasper.)  The common theme in most of my stories is some element of the paranormal or the supernatural – as a psychic medium, I talk to dead people – but only when they talk to me first :).

Want to know more?  Read one of my stories… OR consider attending the Big Island Writers’ Retreat & Conference this April, 2016…. —Anne Kelleher’s Website

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Kindle Countdown Deal: No More Mulberries, by Author Mary Smith @MarySmithWriter

Hey bargain-bookworms! I have great news! No More Mulberries, by Author Mary Smith is being featured as a Kindle Countdown Deal on Amazon! Until October 21, 2015, you can purchase this e-book for a bargain .99$! Even better, if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can grab this book for FREE!

Scottish-born midwife, Miriam loves her work at a health clinic in rural Afghanistan and the warmth and humour of her women friends in the village, but she can no longer ignore the cracks appearing in her marriage. Her doctor husband has changed from the loving, easy-going man she married and she fears he regrets taking on a widow with a young son, who seems determined to remain distant from his stepfather.

When Miriam acts as translator at a medical teaching camp she hopes time apart might help her understand the cause of their problems. Instead, she must focus on helping women desperate for medical care and has little time to think about her failing marriage. When an old friend appears, urging her to visit the village where she and her first husband had been so happy. Miriam finds herself travelling on a journey into her past, searching for answers to why her marriage is going so horribly wrong.

Her husband, too, has a past of his own – from being shunned as a child to the loss of his first love.


Mary Smith is an excellent storyteller. She blends history with fiction, and accurately portrays life for modern families living in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

No More Mulberries by Mary Smith is a story about customs, reputation, love, and marriage. I highly recommend this compelling story to anyone who enjoys women’s fiction, fiction about living in a foreign country, and multicultural marriage stories!


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Kindle Edition, 260 pages

Published October 1st 2011 by King Street Press; 2 edition (first published 2009)

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Cultural, International, Middle Eastern, Fiction


“Mary Smith makes the reader care what happens to every character and leaves us the richer for having read it.”
ROSEMARY GEMMELL (Dangerous Deceit)

“Her characters are complex with layered pasts (Iqbal’s leprosy and the metaphorical and physical scars it has left behind – Miriam’s lives in Scotland and with her previous husband) and uncertain futures…A lovely book which calls for attention.”
JANICE GALLOWAY (This is Not About Me)

“Written with empathy and humour, No More Mulberries provides a fascinating insight into life in rural Afghanistan.”
JAMES ROGERS

“This book might be about Miriam, but it’s Afghanistan which will grab you and hold you.”
THE BOOKBAG

“It is so much more than just a good romantic novel; it has a serious subtext of highly informative passages incorporating colourful detail across the whole spectrum of political and social issues in 1990s Afghanistan. Smith’s ability to manipulate plot and rationalise timelines makes this book a real ‘page turner’ – A triumphant debut as a novelist.”
SUSAN HARVARD

“Beautifully written, full of the sounds, smells, skies of Afghanistan. And written by a woman who clearly loves and respects that country and its culture.”
SHEILA TEMPLETON (Digging for Light)


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About The Author

Mary Smith has always loved writing. As a child she wrote stories in homemade books made from wallpaper trimmings – but she never thought people could grow up and become real writers. She spent a year working in a bank, which she hated – all numbers, very few words – ten years with Oxfam in the UK, followed by ten years working in Pakistan and Afghanistan. She longed to allow others to share her amazing, life-changing experiences so she wrote about them – fiction, non-fiction, poetry and journalism. And she discovered the little girl who wrote stories had become a real writer after all.

Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Women is an account of her time in Afghanistan and Mary Smithher debut novel No More Mulberries is also set in Afghanistan.

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AWRW Book Review: The Night Sister by Author Jennifer McMahon @JenniferMcMahon @DoubledayPub @PenguinRandom

The latest novel from New York Times best-selling author Jennifer McMahon is an atmospheric, grithenightsister2pping, and suspenseful tale that probes the bond between sisters and the peril of keeping secrets.

Once the thriving attraction of rural Vermont, the Tower Motel now stands in disrepair, alive only in the memories of Amy, Piper, and Piper’s kid sister, Margot. The three played there as girls until the day that their games uncovered something dark and twisted in the motel’s past, something that ruined their friendship forever.

Now adult, Piper and Margot have tried to forget what they found that fateful summer, but their lives are upended when Piper receives a panicked midnight call from Margot, with news of a horrific crime for which Amy stands accused. Suddenly, Margot and Piper are forced to relive the time that they found the suitcase that once belonged to Silvie Slater, the aunt that Amy claimed had run away to Hollywood to live out her dream of becoming Hitchcock’s next blonde bombshell leading lady. As Margot and Piper investigate, a cleverly woven plot unfolds—revealing the story of Sylvie and Rose, two other sisters who lived at the motel during its 1950s heyday. Each believed the other to be something truly monstrous, but only one carries the secret that would haunt the generations to come.

Hardcover, 322 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Doubleday
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller, Suspense, Supernatural


What’s It About? (Spoiler Free)

“Do you believe in monsters?”

When Amy was 12, her and her friend Piper, and Piper’s younger sister Margot, found a suitcase. After that, nothing was ever the same.

“Don’t think about the thing in the tower.”

Years later, Amy’s entire family, except her young daughter Lou, are butchered… Piper and Margot cannot believe that their childhood best friend could be capable of killing her family, as the media is reporting. The deaths bring back that fateful day when the girls found the suitcase.

The motel’s secrets resurface… Piper and Margot are determined to discover the truth behind the strange disappearances over the years, and the murders that seem to be connected to the old Tower Motel.

“When death comes knocking on your door, you’ll think you’ve seen his face before. When he comes creeping up your stairs, you’ll know him from your dark nightmares. If you hold up a mirror, you shall see that he is you and you are he.”

The Night Sister is a chilling tale about family curses and secrets, that leads to a major discovery that even the most astute mystery detective will not see coming.


My Thoughts 0929151955a

Wow, what a read!

I absolutely loved Rose and Sylvie, and then later Amy, Piper, Margot, and Jason! Each character was well developed with unique backstories that I was eager to learn more about. The author featured multiple povs from the characters, which I enjoyed. The characters felt like real living people to me!

My favorite character was Piper. She was my favorite character because I admired her determination and bravado. She stopped at nothing to find out what really happened that tragic night when Amy, her husband, and son were murdered.

The story jumps around to different time periods, but in an organized fashion, allowing the reader small clues to the mystery. As the story progressed, the mystery unraveled, but the Author never gave away all her secrets till the very end. The suspense had my heart up in my throat! I was constantly guessing as to what the girls would discover next, and what it meant!

The Author certainly has a talent for crafting a fictional universe around her characters. The world building was phenomenal. I loved the description of Sylvie running down the gravel road, her blue nightgown billowing at her feet as she ran, (the book cover bears this image). It was like watching the book cover come to life in my brain! The descriptions of the dank, musty motel tower were my favorite. I felt like I could smell the molding leaves and clouds of dust! My imagination soared with the help of the author’s vivid, descriptive storytelling.

The plot stands out the most to me because truly, it wasn’t what I expected when I began to read this novel. I had no idea it was going to play out the way it did, despite taking careful notes and studying every word, cover to cover! I would highly recommend this book to fans of thrilling mysteries with suspense!


0929152008 (1)Thank you Penguin Doubleday Books Random House Publishing for sending me a hardcover copy of The Night Sister, in exchange for a fair and honest book review! This novel is a new literary favorite of mine!


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Jennifer McMahon

I was born in 1968 and grew up in my grandmother’s house in suburban Connecticut, where I was convinced a ghost named Virgil lived in the attic. I wrote my first short story in third grade. I graduated with a BA from Goddard College in 1991 and then studied poetry for a year in the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College. A poem turned into a story, which turned into a novel, and I decided to take some time to think about whether I wanted to write poetry or fiction. After bouncing around the country, I wound up back in Vermont, living in a cabin with no electricity, running water, or phone with my partner, Drea, while we built our own house. Over the years, I have been a house painter, farm worker, paste-up artist, Easter Bunny, pizza delivery person, homeless shelter staff member, and counselor for adults and kids with mental illness — I quit my last real job in 2000 to work on writing full time. In 2004, I gave birth to our daughter, Zella. These days, we’re living in an old Victorian in Montpelier, Vermont. Some neighbors think it looks like the Addams family house, which brings me immense pleasure.

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AWRW Book Review: The Gift Of Charms (The Land of Dragor Book 1) by Author Julia Suzuki @JuliaSuzuki_uk

23219020“Julia Suzuki’s Award Winning ‘Land of Dragor’ series will entrance readers of any age. The Gift of Charms, the first volume of Julia Suzuki’s series is an epic fantasy story set to enchant and entertain…”

In a secret land, far away from the habitation of man, dwell the world’s remaining dragons — hoping the dragsaur beasts have vanished forever. Here they try to live their daily lives, but all is not well and their talents are fading.

Things change, however, when, from a strange egg, Yoshiko is born – a dragon with a unique destiny.

Great adventure lies ahead as many challenges must be overcome, leading to a dangerous mission to the human world in attempt to return to the clans their missing magic!

Can Yoshiko make it in time?


Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 4th 2014 by Dino Books
Genre: Children’s, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fairytales, Adventure
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British Arts Council Award (2014)

What’s It About?

A long, long time ago, many great creatures roamed the earth. Then, dragsaurs, a dinosaur/dragon super species, became extinct with the dinosaurs. Fortunately, the dragons managed to survive.

Unfortunately, the dragons became slaves to the humans, till the great rebellion, when they all fled to the land of Dragor…

One day, a dragon couple named Ketu and Kiara had a dragon baby, who was born from a strange, multi-colored shell. Rumors spread, and the clan’s Hudrah arrived to take the baby away. However, she was paid off, and she held her tongue, despite her beliefs that the dragon hatchling, known as Yoshiko, was cursed.

The Gift of Charms is Yoshiko’s coming-of-age story, and his destiny to save all of the dragon clans by restoring their abilities!

“There may be greatness ahead for Dragor… if a dragon can master his gifts.”

My Thoughts

I worried that since this is a middle grade/children’s novel, that I wouldn’t like this story or that I would find it boring. I couldn’t have been any more wrong in my thoughts. I couldn’t believe how fast this story pulled me in!

This is a tale of a dragon who is bullied for being different, thought to be cursed, and is sent on a dangerous mission that only he can complete. He is a dragon who you root for! What fascinated me was how relatable the Author made the dragons. They had families, attended school, and had rules (commandments) to abide by. I loved the map at the beginning of the book, and I think kids would enjoy this feature!

Another thing that I enjoyed about this book was how cleverly the author intertwined the history of the dragons with Yoshiko’s destiny. I loved reading about the history of dragons, and how they came to be in Dragor. I even found the different clans fascinating.

I also enjoyed the steady pace of The Gift Of Charms. I think it is easier for kids to stick with a book when the pace is steady, and there aren’t any lulls in the story. I highly recommend this novel to preteens, and adults who love dragons! :)

***I received a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest book review. This in no way swayed my opinion or rating.

5 out of 5 Flames!

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About The Author

Julia SuzukiJulia Suzuki is a British author of children’s and YA literature.

She is represented by the agency ‘Authors Abroad’.

Julia is known for her unique style; threading together adventure and suspense in a magical, epic settings, with stories that are full of powerful messages. Through her ability to touch the emotions, Julia climbs into the reader’s, soul bringing about excitement, hope and promise, as well as new ways of thinking.

Media/bloggers please vpatis.juliasuzuki@gmail.com to request a review copy.

British Arts Council Award 2014
Patron of Reading 2014

Praise for The Land of Dragor:

‘Action packed. This book is on fire.”
DAVID LLOYD, SPORTS ENTREPRENEUR

“This is a classic in the making – a mythical magical fable in the tradition of Tolkein and JK Rowling that will appeal not only to children but their parents as well! Julia Suzuki is one of the brightest new talents for years.”
PHIL DAMPIER, ROYAL COMMENTATOR & SUNDAY EXPRESS JOURNALIST

“A beautifully presented, wonderfully unique debut.”
THE SUN NEWSPAPER

‘Fantasy fans will warm to this tale of how being different can be a strength rather than something to be feared.’
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Cover Reveal: Changing Teams, by Author Jennifer Allis Provost @Parthalan @LimitlessBooks #TeamLimitless

“What if you met the man of your dreams… And found out he was living a lie?”


Author Jennifer Allis Provost has broken out of her usual role as a fantasy author, and written Changing Teams, a contemporary romance with a twist! And in true Jenn AP fashion, this isn’t your sappy, lovey-dovey romance, oh no… This one is dark and gritty, and it will leave you absolutely speechless! How do I know this, you might be wondering? Well, as a perk of being her good friend, I get to read her books before anyone else does! :)

So without further ado, here is the book cover for Changing Teams!

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I just love this gorgeous cover by Wicked By Design! The NYC skyline, and the couple kissing portray this book accurately and with class! This is a book I would be proud to have on my bookshelf! I will have to add it to my Jennifer Allis Provost collection of books!

Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Published by Limitless Publishing, (Expected Publication November 10, 2015)

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26839954Britt Sullivan, part time model and full time aspiring artist, is sick of living alone in the city…

Taking lame jobs just to make ends meet is leading Britt nowhere, and she knows something has to change. She needs some excitement, and when she meets blue-eyed Midwesterner Sam MacKellar at a photo shoot, she realizes he’s perfect for her in every way—well, except for the fact he’s gay.

A devastating childhood trauma turned Sam’s whole life into a lie…

Sam came to New York City to escape an existence that had become unbearable, and when his job as a photographer’s assistant leads him to Britt, he realizes he’s finally met someone who sees him as he really is. But plagued by nightmares and trapped by his own deception, he doesn’t know how she can truly be part of his life.

Friendship leads to a passionate encounter and hidden dangers…

Britt comforts Sam though his nightmares, and they begin to explore their mutual attraction, but the tables are turned when Britt faces unwelcome attention from a manipulative art instructor and Sam must come to her defense.

Sam is terrified to reveal the source of his nightmares, sure the truth would shatter his complicated relationship with Britt, but when she suffers an unspeakable trauma of her own, only Sam can help her pick up the pieces.

When Britt learns the magnitude of Sam’s lies, will his reasons and the depth of their feelings be enough to allow her to forgive him? Does she have a future with Sam, or does his deception also include the reality of changing teams?

Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. Her latest release, Heir to the Sun, launched June 1, 2015. Changing Teams, the first in a new contemporary series, will release November 10, 2015 from Limitless Publishing.

Friend her on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/jennallis

Follow her on Twitter: @parthalan

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