AWRW Cover Reveal + #Giveaway: Make Me Believe, by Author Karen Ferry @authorkarenferr @BookEmpirePromo

MAKE ME BELIEVE KAREN FERRY AMAZON KINDLE EBOOK COVERTitle: Make Me Believe

Author: Karen Ferry

Genre: New Adult

Release Date: Mid 2015

Cover Designer: LM Creations

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SYNOPSIS

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

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

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

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

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

Will I let him be my first kiss? 

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

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

Life is messy, and mine is no different…

MAKE ME BELIEVE KAREN FERRY FULL JACKET FINAL

INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Karen Ferry is a thirty-something writer, wife to a quiet, laidback man, and mother to a gorgeous, stubborn, redheaded girl who keeps her parents on their toes.

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

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

Even though Karen is Danish, she has always felt more at ease writing stories in English, and she has not read a book in her native tongue in over ten years.

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

SOCIAL LINKS

Website: http://authorkarenferry.com/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorkarenferry?ref=hl 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorkarenferr 

Instagram: @authorkarenferry 

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/athorkarenferry/ 

“Karen’s Fairies” – Street Team/Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/763032850451948/ 

Goodreads Author Profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12055659.Karen_Ferry

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Silver necklace with charm – “Believe”

 

AWRW Interview of Contemporary Women’s Fiction Author Katie O’Rourke

Hi everyone!

Author Katie O’ Rourke recently re-leased her formerly traditionally published novel, The Long Thaw, on her own, plunging into the world of self-publishing. To read more on that, check out her insightful guest post, here!

Today, she is being interviewed on A Well Read Woman Blog, and I’m delighted to have her here! I encourage everyone reading this post to leave a supportive comment! And without further ado, please welcome, Author Katie O’ Rourke!

Hi Katie, please tell me a little about yourself and your background.

I grew up in New Hampshire, went to college at a tiny liberal arts school in Massachusetts and moved to Tucson, Arizona shortly thereafter. It is beautiful here and only snows on the top of the mountains a couple times a year.

My parents were high school sweethearts who are still together. I had the kind of happy, simple childhood that is supposed to ruin your chances of being a writer. And yet, both my brother and I are writers.

From New England to Arizona! That is quite the change!

What have you written, Katie?

I have written all my life, but thankfully most of the early stuff was never published.(Unless you count a Thanksgiving story my local paper printed when I was in grade school.) Monsoon Season was published in 2012 and A Long Thaw in 2014, which I’m re-releasing now. I have two and a half books currently awaiting publication.

13578779Monsoon Season

Riley refuses to call herself a battered woman – she doesn’t fit the profile. When her boyfriend Ben hits her, she doesn’t know what to call it. She does know to pack her things and run to the one place that feels safe – home.

Riley discovers she’s pregnant and her emotions become tangled. She can’t shake the fact that she’s still in love with Ben… A horrific accident then turns Riley’s world even more upside down, forcing her to accept help from those around her.

Before she can begin to heal, she must learn the difference between being independent and being alone. A gripping emotional drama, perfect for fans of Anne Tyler and Anita Shreve.

A Long Thaw

A multi-generational story about the power of secrets and the unbreakable bonds of family.

A Long Thaw is about two female cousins who were close as children and reconnect as adults. Abby and Juliet were born into one big, close, Catholic family. But the divorce of Juliet’s parents fragments this family and sends the girls in very different directions.

Juliet grows up too quickly, on the west coast, forced to be responsible for her younger sisters as well as an alcoholic, single mother. On the east coast, Abby grows up a pampered, sheltered only child. As women, they try to mend the rift and come to terms with the way their shared history connects them in spite of the years apart.

This book has been published traditionally and I’m rereleasing it on my own.

I would love to see that Thanksgiving story. :) I bet it was adorable!

How important are the names of characters to you in your books? And how do you choose character names?

I have looked at baby name books. I really do consider naming a character like naming a child. I also consider what names would have been popular when that character was born and what might be appropriate for their ethnicity. Many of my Irish Catholic characters have names you’d find in the bible. A name has to really feel right too, which is harder to articulate. I rarely change a character’s name after the first draft and if I do, it’s a peripheral character and there’s a really good reason.

Do you read your book reviews? Have you ever responded to a book review, or have you been tempted to? If you’ve ever received a negative review, how did you handle it?

I always read them and I never respond when they’re negative. I think readers are totally entitled to their opinion and I try to remember to be grateful that they’ve spent time reading my work in the first place. I’ve developed a pretty thick skin so it’s unlikely a bad review will hurt my feelings. Reader’s taste is subjective. If I agree with a criticism, I take it to heart and make the next book better.

Is there one subject that you refuse to write about, or have a difficult time with, as an Author?

I don’t think so. I write whatever the story demands and I have occasionally felt a story heading in a direction I didn’t expect. I just go with it. 

How can your readers and fans get in touch with you?

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5806453.Katie_O_Rourke

Thanks, Katie! I wish you all the success in the world with the re-release of A Long Thaw!

And to support this Author’s endeavors, consider purchasing A Long Thawa story about the power of secrets and the unbreakable bonds of family, today!

BUY LINKS:

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Amazon, UK

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AWRW Book Review: Confessions From A Coffee Shop, by Author T.B. Markinson #LGTB

confessionsCori Tisdale was on top of the world. A basketball star at Harvard and a promising author with a lucrative book deal.

A few years later, Cori’s life is falling apart. Her beautiful girlfriend, Kat Finn, has a shopping addiction. To make ends meet, Cori takes a part-time job at a coffee shop.

Just when Cori thinks her life can’t get any worse, an old crush appears out of the blue. Cori’s friendship with Samantha Clarke pushes Cori further into a dangerous abyss when Sam reveals two secrets to Cori and asks her not to tell a soul, including Kat.

Will this be the end of Cori’s and Kat’s relationship?

Kindle Edition: 227 pages

Published: July 2014

Genre: LGBT, Lesbian Romance, Romance, Contemporary, Humor

What’s It About?

Cori Tisdale, an English University Professor, has to take a part-time job at Beantown Cafe, in an attempt to pay down some of the debt her jobless girlfriend, Kat, continues to rack up every month. One day, Cori’s high school crush, Samantha, turns up at the coffee shop. Kat is intimidated by their friendship, adding to their relationship problems.

“How could I tell a woman I was madly in love with that she was making my life a living hell by spending dimes I hadn’t even made?”

Noteworthy Characters:

Cori Tisdale: University Professor penning her first novel. She suffers from writer’s block but is encouraged by her girlfriend and eccentric family to keep writing.

Kat Finn: Cori’s beautiful, voluptuous girlfriend. She has a shopping addiction and a very rigid, stiff family who is completely opposite of Cori’s family.

“The Finn’s were the coldest people I’d ever meet. Rattlesnakes had more charm.”

Harold: Cori’s co-worker at Beantown Cafe. Bullied by his peers, Cori feels bad for him and she and Kat take him under their wings.

Ness: Cori’s over-dramatic, attention-seeking, sex-crazed, hilarious mother. She is convinced her husband is having an affair, despite any proof.

Aunt Barbara: Cori’s aunt. She owns an art gallery, and is married to a man who cheats on her.

Samantha: Cori’s former high school crush.

My Thoughts:

I liked the characters, specifically Cori’s mother Ness was my favorite, and I liked Kat a lot too. There was a lot of funny banter and dialogue between the characters that kept me interested.

The plot was believable. I can imagine Cori and Kat as real, everyday people. Like I said before, I absolutely loved Ness and Cori’s family as a whole. I enjoyed how accepting they were of Cori and of her relationship with Kat. In some ways, Ness was closer to Kat then she was with her own daughter! I thought that was nice, and I enjoyed their relationship.

The sex scenes between Cori and Kat were written well, and bordering on erotic romance. –Simply because there were so many of them, and they were by no means subtle! :)

However, I never caught what the central focus of the story was. I kept waiting for it to come, but then I reached the end. I felt like there was a lot missing from the story.

In addition, there was too much introspection/day dreaming on Cori’s part, in an attempt to build character.

And why oh why include politics in a book?!?! There was a slight mention of President Bush which made me a little crazy, and I wasn’t sure if that was the Author’s opinion reflected in the novel, or Cori’s opinion. I would advise any Author to steer clear from politics in books. The mention I am referring to is when Cori said something derogatory about President Bush, regarding his stimulus package act of 2008. (P.S. I am a die-hard President Bush fan, so you should have seen my eyes when I read that passage…)

Recommendation:

I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys lesbian romance/ LGBT novels that border on the erotic romance spectrum.

Rating:


***In the interest of full disclosure, I received a copy of this novel, in exchange for a fair, thoughtful, and honest book review.

What Other Readers Had To Say:

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About The Author:

T. B. MarkinsonT. B. Markinson is an American writer, living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in England, or taking the dog for a walk. Not necessarily in that order. T. B. has published five novels: A WOMAN LOST, A WOMAN IGNORED, MARIONETTE, CONFESSIONS FROM A COFFEE SHOP, and CLAUDIA MUST DIE.

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AWRW Book Blast: The Black Swan Inheritance, by Author Marigold Deidre Dicer #SALE!

The Black Swan Inheritance, by Author Marigold Deidre Dicer, Now on SALE!!

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The Black Swan is native to Australia, unrelated to the pure White Swan of Europe. She is found in the strangest of places – from ugly mines to ordered farmland, beautiful bush to battered beach.

Yet, she always shies away from humanity.
The Black Swan is always beautiful, surprisingly resilient and very, very powerful. Most Black Swans are wise enough not to use that power to challenge the status quo.

Most…

Anita had the kind of reputation in high school that no one wants to carry into adulthood, especially since she wants to be a doctor like her dad. Now at university, she is determined to be good, but one little end-of-semester celebration can’t hurt, right?

Well it can if she ends up having a one-night stand with a werewolf that triggers a dark awakening. Turns out Anita’s over-active libido isn’t just hormonal – it’s magical.

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The Black Swan is a powerful legacy that brings both temptation and danger. Having now inherited the title and all that comes with it, Anita finds herself beset upon by ancient abominations that won’t take no for an answer. No wonder the Black Swan had been driven to seclusion and banishment in the past. But Anita is determined not to run away – she is here to help, whether the medieval dragon-wolf or the undead cultists want it or not.

She will be no one’s pawn. She will rise to the challenge.

If she can just manage to deal with her own flaws first. Anxiety, panic-attacks, and bouts of bitchiness does not a diplomat make.

Book Details:

Genre: Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy

Pages: 236

Published: November 2014 by Smashwords Edition

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What others had to say about The Black Swan Inheritance!

“Marigold Dicer has beautifully woven together a masterpiece that readers won’t want to let go of…The Black Inheritance is a must read novel! I loved following Anita’s journey and growth as a strong character. Her world, thoughts, and actions became my own as I was lured deep into the plot. A well written story that is one readers everywhere won’t want to miss out on reading. A compelling and intriguing novel that will hook readers in from the beginning to the very end. Marigold Dicer has a talent of bringing her characters and new world alive for us readers.” –Danielle Urban

“The Black Swan Inheritance is a great read for paranormal and/or new adult fans. Also an interesting read for those who read their fair share of vampire stories, witches and urban fantasy in general.” — Karen

“It’s a very interesting and entertaining book, it kept me turning the pages, and I couldn’t put it down. The character Anita is telling the story, and I felt like she was telling this story directly to me, like we were close friends. I like this style used by the author, making me directly involved with the story.” –Elizabeth

Treat yourself today to a paranormal fantasy! But hurry, The Black Swan Inheritance is on sale for a limited time!!

Purchase, Amazon USA, here!

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About The Author of The Black Swan Inheritance:

Marigold Deidre Dicer is my pen name.

Marigold: For all the beautiful things I love.

Deidre: For the old soul who resides within me.

Dicer: For my love of stylized violence. Yep.

I’m an Australian writer living in Brisbane, Queensland. I like to  explore things in my writing that I would, quite frankly, never do in  real life. Some of things my characters say and think I agree with, and some I don’t. Therefore, I try to make them as much into real individuals as possible.

Personal Links:

Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads

AWRW Interview & Author Spotlight, Featuring Author Eden Baylee

Hi Eden, thank you so much for agreeing to be interviewed on A Well Read Woman Blog. Please tell me a little about yourself and your background.

ebHi April, thank you so much for the opportunity to be on your excellent blog. It’s great to be here.

I’m Canadian and was a banker for twenty years before I turned to writing full time five years ago. It was a difficult decision to leave a secure, full-time job to chase a dream, but I am very happy I made the leap. Writing is a tremendously rewarding profession, even though I work harder at it than anything else I have ever done before.

That is incredible. I’m glad everything worked out for you! What have you written?

I’ve written three collections of erotic novellas and flash fiction—Spring into Summer, Fall into Winter, and Hot Flash, along with contributing to the anthologies: Allegories of the Tarot, Indie Authors Naked, and Triptychs.


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All of the novellas in my first two collections are also sold individually as the eroticism and sexual content vary from story to story. Some lean to romance, and others more toward the erotic.

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In 2014, I released a mystery/thriller and suspense novel called Stranger at Sunset, the first of a trilogy with my protagonist, psychiatrist, Dr. Kate Hampton.

 I recently read and enjoyed your psychological thriller, Stranger At Sunset. inspired by your trip to Jamaica. Please tell me a little more about that.

Yes, thank you so much, April for reading and reviewing. I’m so happy you enjoyed it.

 

You’re right that I formulated the idea for the book in January 2013 after a trip to Jamaica. There, I stayed at a small resort next to where author Ian Fleming of James Bond fame once owned a property. A place where such a prolific writer lived and wrote obviously inspired me. I’m a James Bond fan and spent a lot of time gazing in the direction where Fleming lived! Being in the sun and sand helped cultivate my ideas as well. I’m a sun worshipper!

In my book, the story takes place over a week’s time at a holiday resort not unlike where I stayed. Twelve guests, including the owners of the small hotel and their staff make up the characters of the book. What happens during the week is an intricate play of events, mind games, and of course—murder.

In Stranger At Sunset, after a scathing review, the resort owners invite the reviewer back, hoping for a more favorable review. Have you ever received a negative book review? If so, how do you deal with it? eden

Oh yes, I’m sure most authors get them eventually. There are two ways I look at them.

One – if it’s a critical review that touches on any aspect of my book, and I think I can learn from it, then I’m very grateful for it. As a writer, there is a certain amount of detachment required. I cannot take criticism personally, otherwise it would cripple me and I’d never get any work done. I view these types of reviews as an opportunity to improve as a writer.

Two – if it’s a review that is critical but does not offer anything I can learn from, then I simply ignore it. I don’t dwell on the negative. I’ve had one-star reviews because my book was too short, even though it was advertised as a short story. There is not much I can do about this.

I’ve heard authors complain about the reasons they get negative reviews, and I understand that sometimes the motives may seem questionable and/or irrational, but … there really is no point getting upset over it. We need to grow thick skins and realize that readers have diverse tastes and not everyone is going to like what we write. Readers can leave negative reviews for any reason. We cannot stop them.

That’s why it is always such a treat for me to get an honest review, one I can learn from, and that includes the negative ones.

That is an excellent take on book reviews. I think a lot of Authors could learn from you. It annoys me when an Author assumes a negative review must have been from a troll, and then they flail all over Facebook about it.

What are you working on at the moment? Care to share?

Yes! I just completed a novella called A Snake in Paradise as part of a new Kindle Worlds offering, which will launch April 7th.

I’m also writing the second and third books in Kate Hampton’s journey. Book two is called A Fragile Truce, and book three is nameless for now. I really want to get them out this year.
Great! I look forward to Kate Hampton’s next book! I’m glad her journey continues!

How can readers discover more about you, and your work?

I’m very accessible via all my networks, and I’ve included them here (below). One of the great pleasures for me is talking to readers, so always feel free to connect to me. Sign up to my mailing list and blog to receive information firsthand or email me.

My laptop is practically attached to my hip!

Many thanks again April for the interview. I’m so thrilled we are connected! –eden

Thank you, Eden!

 

23276290Vacation can be a killer.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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About The Author:

An image posted by the author. Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to become a full-time writer. She incorporates many of her favorite things into her writing such as: travel; humor; music; poetry; art; and much more.

Stranger at Sunset is her first mystery novel, on the heels of several books of erotic anthologies and short stories. She writes in multiple genres.

An introvert by nature and an extrovert by design, Eden is most comfortable at home with her laptop surrounded by books. She is an online Scrabble junkie and a social media enthusiast, but she really needs to get out more often!

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AWRW Book Review: Identity Theft, by Author Laura Lee

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     When a bored employee in a rock star’s office decides to flirt with a fan online in the guise of his boss he sets off a chain of events he cannot control… 


My Spoiler Free Book Synopsis:

Candi Tavris is being harassed by creditors. She has no idea how she got to this place in her life; in debt and living in the only house at a trailer park that is often mistook for a rental office. She wakes up every morning hoping her credit history will be stolen… but so far, no takers!

She loves music by 80’s rocker, Blast. When she listens to his music she almost forgets about the lay offs at her office job, and her capital one bill.

When Ollie isn’t busy performing for the masses as Blast, he is staying at random hotels and touring the country, never quite catching a break. He is stretched thin, and almost can’t believe it when he is served divorce papers. Unable to deal with the massive speculation by his fans over his impending divorce, he hands over his passwords for his social media to the new kid at the office, trusting him to post to his fans as “Blast”.

Ethan lives with his mother in her basement. When given the passwords for Blast’s account, Ethan feels like a superhero with a secret identity! When an attractive woman named Candi posts to Blast in a fan forum, Ethan takes the initiative to message her privately.

Candi can’t believe it… Blast is interested in her! She was starting to form a new image of herself; not as a powerless indebted office worker, but a sexy, fascinating, risk-taking woman! She resolves to keep her doubts to herself about their budding relationship, and enjoy it for what it is!

Ethan is in over his head, and he may not be able to swim out of this one!

Book Details:

Paperback, 310 pages
Published February 8th 2015 by Elsewhere Press
Genre: Psychological Suspense, Women’s Fiction

My Thoughts:

Identity Theft reads like a psychological suspense. There is nothing predictable about this story, and all the twists and turns intrigued me and kept me turning the pages.

Identity Theft had me thinking WHAT IF? I could see how this scenario could play out in real life. I couldn’t imagine being caught up in the drama like Candi, Ethan, and Ollie were. This plot was so incredibly unique, and unlike anything I have read before.

Catfishing people online has been brought to everyone’s attention due to popular TV shows like MTV’s Catfish, and even Dr. Phil has jumped on board! People catfish others for all different reasons; love, financial gain, and fantasy.  Being a relatively new problem, I don’t think there are any laws against impersonating someone else on a computer. Which makes this story all the more interesting; it could really happen!

Characters:

I loved the characters of Identity Theft. Ethan, although a impersonator, an impostor really, was still a sympathetic character. He truly believed he could make things right. He was operating on the notion of fantasy, believing he could emerge in this scenario as Candi’s knight in shining armor. Ethan thought he still had a chance with Candi. He couldn’t have possibly been more wrong.

And Candi, how could I not love Candi? Her communications with “Blast” online were a much needed distraction from her humdrum life. In some ways, it was good for her, (she was happy, and she lost weight,)… that was until reality came crashing down. Then things got bad, fast!

I enjoyed Ollie’s character too. He personified Rock Star on stage, but was a regular guy off stage, dealing with real problems. I’m glad the Author offered his POV throughout the story.

Secondary characters included Ethan’s friend Ale, and their hippy friend Sasha. They added to the story because they humanized Ethan, who otherwise may not have been a sympathetic, likable character.

Favorite Scene:

When Candi met Blast for the first time before Ethan was able to intervene, I couldn’t breathe!!! I was seriously holding my breath as I was reading!

Recommendation:

I can’t think of a person who wouldn’t enjoy Identity Theft, by Laura Lee! Teenagers and adults alike are fascinated by Catfish cases, (my evidence = Dr. Phil shows, and Catfish the TV show on MTV). So, if you enjoy psychological suspense, with a catfish twist, you would enjoy Identity Theft!

Rating:

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

Purchase:

Available in Kindle and Paperback! Purchase, here!

About The Author:

Laura LeeI am the author of more than a dozen books, the novel Angel, and numerous non-fiction titles including The Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation (Black Dog and Leventhal), now in its third printing and published in France under the title Le Dictionaire des Contrairites; Arlo, Alice and Anglicans (Berkshire House/W.W. Norton), which tells the story of the church made famous in Arlo Guthrie’s song and movie Alice’s Restaurant; The Name’s Familiar: Mr. Leotard, Barbie and Chef Boyardee (Pelican Publishing), a Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection and its sequel The Name’s Familiar II; the 100 Most Dangerous Things in Life (Broadway Books/Random House), which was featured on Good Morning America and CNN’s American Morning; Blame it on the Rain (HarperCollins), The Elvis Impersonation Kit and A Child’s Introduction to Ballet (both Black Dog and Leventhal), Schadenfreude, Baby! (Lyons Press), and Broke is Beautiful (Running Press).

The San Francisco Chronicle has said of my work, “Lee’s dry, humorous tone makes her a charming companion… She has a penchant for wordplay that is irresistible.”

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AWRW Guest Post: What They Don’t Tell You About Getting Published, by Author Katie O’ Rourke

What They Don’t Tell You About Getting Published Katie O'Rourke

Guest Post by Author Katie O’Rourke 

My debut novel sold over 10,000 ebooks. Then, for reasons that still remain unclear to me, my publisher did nothing to promote my second book. They provided a professional edit and cover and put it on Amazon very, very quietly. It felt as if they’d gone to the trouble of renovating a house, then simply hoped it sold by word of mouth.

Now tself_publish1hat the rights have reverted to me, I have re-released it on my own, getting my feet wet in self-publishing. I’m learning as I go and so far, I’m finding the experience absolutely freeing.

There’s so much you can’t imagine when you sign a contract with a publisher. Many authors have their titles changed and may have little to no input on cover design. You have no control over whether and how the publishers promote your book. And it can take up to a year for the publisher to let you know how sales went.

Here’s the difference with self-publishing: A Long Thaw is my title and I fell in love with the cover image and worked with the designer to get the font and text just right. I wrote the blurb on Amazon that describes the book, clicked the genre categories it belongs in and approached book bloggers who read and review this kind of book. I get instant feedback on sales, which means I know when I’ve hit a slump and need to work a bit harder and I can see which of my promotional efforts actually pay off.

Of course, the other side of that is that there’s no one working on my behalf, no one else to blame if things go pear -shaped. It’s all on me. It’s still early days, but it’s working okay for now.

Katie O’Rourke was born and raised in New England, growing up along the seacoast of New Hampshire. She went to college in Massachusetts and graduated with a degree in gender and sexuality. She lives in Tucson, Arizona where she writes, loves and is happy.

Monsoon Season, her debut novel, was a bestselling e-book. Her second novel, A Long Thaw was released in 2014.

A_LONG_THAW_COMPLETE-200x300A Long Thaw, by Author Katie O’ Rourke

A multi-generational story about the power of secrets and the unbreakable bonds of family.

A Long Thaw is about two female cousins who were close as children and reconnect as adults. Abby and Juliet were born into one big, close, Catholic family. But the divorce of Juliet’s parents fragments this family and sends the girls in very different directions.

Juliet grows up too quickly, on the west coast, forced to be responsible for her younger sisters as well as an alcoholic, single mother. On the east coast, Abby grows up a pampered, sheltered only child. As women, they try to mend the rift and come to terms with the way their shared history connects them in spite of the years apart.

This book has been published traditionally and I’m rereleasing it on my own.

Genre: Women’s Fiction
Pages: 195, (Kindle Edition)

Purchase, here! (Amazon USA)

AWRW Book Blast: Behind The Scenes, by Author Sophie Childs @SophieWritesAlot @SoVainBooks

BTSThings are never quite as they appear.

Bethan Brooks works in London for the ultimate boss from Hell, trying to support her wannabe rockstar boyfriend. But are The Vampire Squirrels really ever going to make it big or is she doomed to be a secretary forever?

Luckily, Bethan finds the perfect escape when going to the cinema. There she loses herself in another world and forgets all about the dreaded filing and monotonous office work. Imagine her surprise when one day she encounters her favourite actor on the Tube.

Suddenly, she finds herself part of the glamorous movie world she only ever dreamed about. With more at stake than she could ever realise, does she really want to know what goes on behind the scenes?

 

Paperback, 306 pages
Published February 26th 2015 by So Vain Books
Genre: Chick Lit, Women’s Fiction

About The Author:

Sophie Childs is a home educating mother of five. Her claims to fame include hosting an open mic night with Ewan McGregor in the audience and winning both The Weakest Link and The Chase. When she’s not running around after her children, puppy and chickens, she writes and writes and writes. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes, is due for publication by So Vain Books in February 2015 and she’s currently hard at work on her second, due out early in 2016.


What others are saying about Behind The Scenes:

“Behind the Scenes was, for me, a really lovely story about chasing dreams and discovering yourself, for lack of a less-clichéd way of putting it. It’s entertaining, quite dramatic and with a few twists that I could kind of see coming but really didn’t care because I still enjoyed reading it. I LOVED the last few chapters and throughout the whole highs and lows seen in this story, I was always reading with a smile on my face thanks to the author’s charming style of writing.” –Sophie

“This was a hugely entertaining, yet heart felt story… This was a book about relationships and discovery. About self doubt and realisation. A very light hearted read with a few strong messages. Ultimately, if you want to live the dream, you have to make it happen. Sometimes in life we have to make choices that benefit others more than ourselves but there comes a time when we should put ourselves first.” –Dawn

Interested? Purchase Behind The Scenes, today!

USA Customers, purchase here!

UK Customers, purchase here!

AWRW Book Review: Meredith With The Waves, by Author Amanda Gale

Meredith’s journe24084853y has brought her far from the buoyant, idealistic girl she was before. But she has grown wiser and more courageous with each experience, never losing her integrity, her kindness, or her spark for life. In Book Four, Meredith With the Waves, she comes to be at peace with the world and with herself as she and her husband begin their life together. Their relationship will blossom and mature as they face trials and share laughter, together finding that life’s imperfections are what make perfection after all.

In this poetic final installment of the Meredith series, Meredith learns of intense love, intense sacrifice, intense sadness, and intense joy. It is a story of birth and death, life and family, and the ways they teach us what is truly important. A poignant tale of reconciliation and the putting to rest of personal demons, it is a truly satisfying conclusion.

About The Meredith Series:

Meredith Beck, a teacher from Philadelphia, must redefine herself after she is shaken by tragedy. The series chronicles the remaking of her life and her relationships with three men, each struggling with his own journey. Carrying her experiences with her, Meredith emerges stronger, wiser, and at peace as she discovers the beauty of an imperfect world.

Book 1: Meredith out of the Darkness
Book 2: Meredith Against the Wind
Book 3: Meredith into the Fire
Book 4: Meredith with the Waves

Paperback Edition: 304 Pages

Published July 3rd 2014 by Brenda & Cobena Books

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance

My Thoughts:

*Sighs* I didn’t want to finish this book… and not for the same reasons that other reviewers mark a book DNF, (did not finish). Rather, I enjoyed it so much that I didn’t want to part with it. I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to Meredith yet.

The book blurb promises a “truly satisfying conclusion”, and I have to agree that it was. As hard as it was for me to finish this series, I am so glad that it ended as a ‘happily ever after’. Meredith deserved that.

Book 4, Meredith With The Waves, was completely different from the first three installments. Meredith finally gains the upper hand, she refuses to submit, nor settle, and she is so happy she doesn’t know what to do with all her happiness! :)

Meredith With The Waves reads like a classic Hallmark romance; a bit of tragedy, and lots of sappy, whirlwind romance, with a happily ever after. And don’t we all just love the sap?! Romance readers, you will thrive on Meredith With The Waves!

Favorite Part:

I’ve been sworn to secrecy to not reveal who Meredith ends up with. :) But I must say that I was pleasantly surprised! My heart absolutely melted with the direction this book turned!

Recommendation:

I would recommend Meredith With The Waves to anyone who read the first three installments of the Meredith series. I’d also extend my recommendation to romance readers who hadn’t read the first three books, because there is a lot of back story in this one that I think the reader would feel caught up. (However, I’d strongly recommend the reader to start with book 1 so they can take the journey along with Meredith).

Rating:

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***In the interest of full disclosure, I was provided with a copy of Meredith With The Waves, in exchange for a fair, thoughtful, and honest book review.

Purchase:

Purchase Meredith With The Waves, here!

About The Author:

A graduate of Vassar College and Boston University, Amanda Gale taught high school English before she began writing women’s fiction. The four novels of her *Meredith* series explore love, growth, and the flaws that make us human. A lover of history, classic literature, and quiet nights at home, she lives outside Philadelphia with her family.

http://www.amandagalebooks.com


 

 

Guest Post: Building A Hero I Can Believe In, by Author Samantha Bryant

Building a Hero I Can Believe In, by Author Samantha Bryant

 

She stands atop the building, the wind blowing her cape and long, flowing hair out behind her as she scans the horizon. Her perfectly-toned, eternally twenty-three-year-old body is poised to leap (a position that apparently involves torquing your body to accentuate both your breasts and your butt at the same time for the viewing pleasure of anyone who might be watching). She only awaits the call…

 

That could be a description of many a comic book cover or movie poster.

 

I’ve always found it funny. Why in the world would a woman who can bend iron in her bare hands or melt through walls dress like that? Surely, with all that power comes some self-confidence and self-respect. I mean, sure, breasts can be wielded like a weapon, but when you’ve got other, more effective and direct weapons, it seems like overkill.

 

Luckily, this is changing. Like any former all boys’ club, the superhero and comics industry is slow to come around, but change is in the air and it’s exciting. There have always been people trying to write well-rounded female characters in the hero business, but now those characters are going mainstream in a big way.

 

Sure, Gamora was left off the Guardians of the Galaxy lunchboxes and tee shirts. But she was one of the stars of the movie and held her own on the screen even when she shared it with a giant sentient tree. Black Widow, too, was more than window-dressing in the Avengers movies. Neither of these characters was there in the role of victim, hostage, girlfriend, or comic relief. They were heroes alongside the other heroes. And both of them did it wearing pants and practical shoes more often than not.

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It’s an exciting time to be writing in the superhero genre, trying to create characters that speak to grown women.  In Going Through the Change and the rest of my Menopausal Superhero series, I’m writing about women with careers, families, and partners. I wanted heroes that I could connect with; and the older I get, the harder it is to connect with angsty underdressed teenagers. Helen, Patricia, Jessica and Linda are adults, with adult problems and situations in their lives. Of course, they can also throw fire or pianos, transform and fly. That’s the fun part.

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Going Through The Change: A Menopausal SuperHero Novel

Expected publication: April 23rd 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press
Genre: Speculative and women’s issue fiction with a feminist bent.

goingthroughthechangeGoing through “the change” isn’t easy on any woman. Mood swings, hot flashes, hormonal imbalances, and itchy skin are par for the course. But for these four seemingly unrelated women, menopause brought changes none of them had ever anticipated–super-heroic changes.

Helen discovers a spark within that reignites her fire. Jessica finds that her mood is lighter, and so is her body. Patricia always had a tough hide, but now even bullets bounce off her. Linda doesn’t have trouble opening the pickle jar anymore…now that she’s a man.

When events throw the women together, they find out that they have more in common than they knew–one person has touched all their lives. The hunt for answers is on.

 

author-samantha-bryantSamantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her debut novel, Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero Novel is now available for pre-order and will be released by Curiosity Quills on April 23, 2015. You can find her online on her blog,  Twitter, on Facebook, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on the Curiosity Quills page, or on Google+.

 

AWRW Way Back Wednesday Book Review: Hot Rocks, by Nora Roberts

Way Back Wednesday is a Book Meme created by A Well Read Woman with the aim to write mini book reviews on waybackwednesdaybooks 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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Today’s Way Back Wednesday post is dedicated to the romantic suspense, Hot Rocks, by Author Nora Roberts!

When her notorious past catches up with Laine Tavish, proprietor of the antique shop Remember When, it’s up to her and an enigmatic stranger named Max Gannon to find out who’s chasing her-and why. The answer lies in a hidden fortune that will change Laine’s life…

 

Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Jove (first published January 1st 2005)
Genre: Romance/Suspense, Mystery, Thriller”Wait a minute, wait a minute. You’re saying you believe my father was involved in a heist with a take over twenty-eight million? Million? That he had something to do with a murder?”

Nora Roberts is by far one of my favorite Authors. Hot Rocks, in a nutshell, centers around a seemingly normal shopkeeper, whose past comes back to haunt her, via a cheap ceramic pooch. She later falls in love with the man who was hired to investigate her, and together they work to make things right.

I chose this book for a Way Back Wednesday post because I have read it many times, and have nothing but fond memories! I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a thrilling romantic suspense!

Purchase Hot Rocks, here!

Nora Roberts is the number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 190 novels, including The Search, Black Hills, Tribute, High Noon, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. Roberts has more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

AWRW Book Review: Meredith Into The Fire, by Author Amanda Gale

They’ve been crossPageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00025]ing paths for over a year. Now fate seems to throw Meredith together with Shane Thayer, an aspiring celebrity chef with an odd sense of humor and a volatile temper. Struggling to make a name for himself and to satisfy the ambitions of his overbearing parents, Shane seems a far cry from the security for which Meredith yearns. But she is tired of following the same path, and she is anxious for her search to be over. Against the advice of her friends and family, to whom it is obvious that Shane is all wrong for her, Meredith sprints toward what she convinces herself is stability. Unfortunately, her attempt to take control of her life only brings her more chaos.

With tension at her job mounting and her unstable relationship rushing toward an unknown conclusion, Meredith makes a desperate grasp for control as her life crumbles around her. As her journey culminates in a dramatic explosion, will she settle for Shane or will she find what she is truly looking for?

About Book Three, Meredith Into the Fire:

Ever optimistic, Meredith has never given up hope that she’d recapture perfection. However, experience has taught her how easily her world can fall apart. Having endured enough losses, in Book Three, Meredith Into the Fire, she resolves that it will never happen again.

About The Meredith Series:

Meredith Beck, a teacher from Philadelphia, must redefine herself after she is shaken by tragedy. The series chronicles the remaking of her life and her relationships with three men, each struggling with his own journey. Carrying her experiences with her, Meredith emerges stronger, wiser, and at peace as she discovers the beauty of an imperfect world.

Book 1: Meredith Out of the Darkness
Book 2: Meredith Against the Wind
Book 3: Meredith Into the Fire
Book 4: Meredith With the Waves

Paperback, 218 pages
Published July 4th 2014 by Brenda & Cobena Books (first published July 3rd 2014)
Genre: Women’s Fiction


What’s It About?

“She felt that the universe had thrown her and Shane together for a reason; why else would they have been crossing paths since the beginning of their journey?”

Meredith yearns for the security and stability of a marriage. She believes that her and Chef Shane Thayer continue to cross paths for a reason; It must be fate! Unfortunately, her and Shane are the only ones who believe their relationship can work out.

Grasping at straws to achieve some form of normalcy, Meredith is willing to settle for someone who might not be right for her. Met with warnings from her best friend and both sides of one another’s family, ever headstrong, Meredith goes through with planning her wedding, anyways. She tries her best to impress her fiance’s parents, but they cannot be won over.

Meredith jumps out of the frying pan, and into the fire…

My Thoughts:

If you have read my book reviews for book 1 & 2 of the Meredith series, you know I am a HUGE fan of Meredith. I just couldn’t possibly like her anymore than I do now! And book 3, like the others, gets another 5 star rating!

I felt so bad for Meredith in this installment. She literally is jumping out of the frying pan, and into the fire, which is urban slang for leaving a bad situation, only to get into another bad situation. For instance, she left her controlling boyfriend Wes, and entered into a relationship with Shane, a man she isn’t even sure she’s in love with! Why, you might ask… well that is Meredith, and I think she needs male companionship to feel emotionally secure.

Holy cliff hanger! The ending was just, wow… I was pleasantly surprised! I cannot wait to read what happens next!!

Favorite Scene:

When Meredith compared Wes and Shane to roosters! That was hilarious! :)

I couldn’t breathe when she looked out the window and discovered Shane across the street. He really did have a lot of nerve! As if it wasn’t awkward enough already!

Recommendation:

Anyone who enjoys a story that revolves around a woman’s experiences. The Meredith series is full of drama and excitement! I’d recommend this series to anyone who enjoys women’s fiction!

Rating:

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***In the interest of full disclosure, I received a copy of Meredith Into The Flames, in exchange for a fair, honest, and thoughtful book review. This is no way swayed my rating.

Purchase:

Meredith Into The Fire is available in Kindle as well as paperback. I would recommend reading books 1 and 2, first. Purchase book 3, here!

About The Author:

Amanda Gale

A graduate of Vassar College and Boston University, Amanda Gale taught high school English before she began writing women’s fiction. The four novels of her *Meredith* series explore love, growth, and the flaws that make us human. A lover of history, classic literature, and quiet nights at home, she lives outside Philadelphia with her family. –Amazon Author Bio

http://www.amandagalebooks.com

AWRW Book Review: Meredith Against The Wind, by Author Amanda Gale

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00034]In a Washington, DC suburb of Virginia, Meredith meets Wes Bickhart, a charismatic attorney recovering from a divorce. Wes sweeps her off her feet with his wit, charm, and chivalry, and together they enjoy a passion for intellectual banter and for each other.

Meredith feels safe with Wes, who having been burned himself, is also seeking the perfect love and wants nothing more than to give her a future of comfort and security. She is tempted by the seemingly perfect life Wes offers her. But in the back of her mind, she wonders if this is what she wants anymore. And the longer she takes to decide, the more she realizes that this life might require her to sacrifice more of herself than she is willing.

In Meredith Against the Wind, Meredith is put to the test as she is forced to stand up for herself, even as she redefines who she really is. Harder now but stronger, and with new perspective, she becomes embroiled in a power struggle as she determines how much is worth surrendering for love.

About The Meredith Series:

Meredith Beck, a teacher from Philadelphia, must redefine herself after she is shaken by tragedy. The series chronicles the remaking of her life and her relationships with three men, each struggling with his own journey. Carrying her experiences with her, Meredith emerges stronger, wiser, and at peace as she discovers the beauty of an imperfect world.

Book 1: Meredith Out of the Darkness
Book 2: Meredith Against the Wind
Book 3: Meredith Into the Fire
Book 4: Meredith With the Waves

Paperback, 306 pages
Published July 4th 2014 by Brenda & Cobena Books (first published July 3rd 2014)
Genre: Women’s Fiction

What’s It About?

Meredith moves to Lovelace, Virginia to begin her life anew, and hopefully recover from her breakup with her boyfriend, Nick. Instantly, her neighbors embrace her and play matchmaker, setting her up with a newly divorced attorney, Wes, who lives across the street from her.

Immediately, she is charmed by him, much like everyone else in the neighborhood, but she soon learns that insecurity and a need to control is hidden under his shiny, pristine exterior. Meredith’s future and free will are at stake, all in the name of “love”.

My Thoughts:

Oh my God! I LOVE Meredith! I am going to be seriously depressed when I finish this series!

But anyways, in my last review I pondered whether or not Meredith might have border line personality disorder. I thought this because of how she clung to her boyfriend Nick. I can now definitely say she does not, based on her actions and behavior in the second novel. Her confidence spiked, she stood up for herself against mean spirited teenagers, an undermining boss, and a boyfriend who was interested in a cookie-cutter girlfriend. I even pictured her walking a little straighter in this novel. :)

Wes certainly pushed the boundaries with Meredith. He slowly tested the waters, and continued to push her further and further past her comfort zone. His grip seemed to get tighter and tighter on her. Poor Meredith… she either has a boyfriend who pushes her away, or one who barely gives her any breathing room!

Another thing I really enjoyed in this novel was her interactions with her students and colleagues. I was excited to see what would happen next with Rosalie, and what complaint Nancy would have next. It added a little more drama to the book, and showed her life outside her romantic pursuits.

I loved Meredith Against The Wind, and enjoyed seeing her grow as a woman. I’m super curious to see what book 3 holds in store for Meredith!

Recommendation:

I would gladly recommend this novel to anyone who is interested in a story that is based on a woman’s experiences. If you enjoy women’s fiction, you will surely enjoy the Meredith series.

Purchase:

Click here to purchase Meredith Against The Wind, Book 2 of the Meredith series!

Rating:

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*** In the interest of full disclosure, I received a copy of Meredith Against The Wind, in exchange for a fair, thoughtful, and honest book review. This is no way swayed my rating.

About The Author:

A graduate of Vassar College and Boston University, Amanda Gale taught high school English before she began writing women’s fiction. The four novels of her *Meredith* series explore love, growth, and the flaws that make us human. A lover of history, classic literature, and quiet nights at home, she lives outside Philadelphia with her family.

AWRW Way Back Wednesday Book Review: Flowers In The Attic, by V.C Andrews

 

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

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

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

Full instructions, here!

Today’s Way Back Wednesday Post is dedicated to an old favorite, Flowers In The Attic, by V.C. Andrews.

Paperback, 389 pages

Published 1979 by Pocket Books

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Classics
Series: Dollanganger (#1 )

Characters: Cathy Dollanganger, Chris Dollanganger, Cory Dollanganger, Carrie Dollanganger, Corinne Dollanganger

“Such wonderful children. Such a beautiful mother. Such a lovely house. Such endless terror!”

It wasn’t that she didn’t love her children. She did. But there was a fortune at stake–a fortune that would assure their later happiness if she could keep the children a secret from her dying father.

So she and her mother hid her darlings away in an unused attic.

Just for a little while.

But the brutal days swelled into agonizing years. Now Cathy, Chris, and the twins wait in their cramped and helpless world, stirred by adult dreams, adult desires, served a meager sustenance by an angry, superstitious grandmother who knows that the Devil works in dark and devious ways. Sometimes he sends children to do his work–children who–one by one–must be destroyed….

“Way upstairs there are four secrets hidden. Blond, beautiful, innocent struggling to stay alive….”


“I wish the night would end,
I wish the day’d begin,
I wish it would rain or snow,
or the wind would blow,
or the grass would grow,
I wish I had yesterday,
I wish there were games to play…”

Oh to have a peek inside the mind of V.C Andrews. I imagine it was a very dark place.

Flowers in The Attic is an old favorite of mine. I read it a couple times in junior high school, and then again when I was older. Like many of my other faves, this novel fell apart on me and I eventually had to throw it out.

What’s It About?

Flowers In The Attic is a novel about four children who are confined in a dark, dusty attic, by their greedy mother and evil grandmother. They are hidden away because the grandfather isn’t aware of them, and their mother doesn’t want them getting any of the money she is due to inherit.

My Thoughts:

What is up with V.C. Andrews and incestuous relationships? No, seriously, whyyyyy????

V.C. Andrews’ books were a guilty pleasure of mine growing up. They are dark and disturbing, and her ‘writing voice’ is oh so addictive. Someday, I will have all her books on my bookshelf.

Recommendation:

I devoured this series as a pre-teen, but these books may not be appropriate for ALL pre-teens. If you enjoy dark, twisted family dramas, this novel might interest you!

Rating:

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Purchase:

Click here to purchase Flowers In The Attic, by V.C. Andrews!

About The Author:

V.C. Andrews

Virginia Cleo Andrews (born Cleo Virginia Andrews) was born June 6, 1923 in Portsmouth, Virginia. The youngest child and the only daughter of William Henry Andrews, a career navy man who opened a tool-and-die business after retirement, and Lillian Lilnora Parker Andrews, a telephone operator. She spent her happy childhood years in Portsmouth, Virginia, living briefly in Rochester, New York. The Andrews family returned to Portsmouth while Virginia was in high school.

Her novels were so successful that after her death her estate hired a ghost writer.

Read more about V.C. Andrews, here!

AWRW Book Review: Meredith Out Of The Darkness, by Amanda Gale

Meredith BecPageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00028]k is living the perfect life. She has a thriving career she loves and an apartment in New York City with the man of her dreams. But when she is devastated by tragedy, Meredith must rebuild her life in what she discovers is a shockingly less-than-perfect world.

In Book One, Meredith Out of the Darkness, Meredith stumbles through her day-to-day responsibilities without passion or hope. Her mundane routine is pleasantly interrupted when her brother introduces her to Nick Kelly, a quiet painter from a small town in Maine. Meredith is drawn to Nick’s love of nature and is comforted by his purity of heart. They begin a whirlwind romance, and as they plan their future together, she is delighted to have found peace once again, this time in a simple life far removed from the fast-paced life she’s known. But they are haunted by the past, competing with ghosts and desperate to meet unreachable expectations.

Full of colorful characters and leading the reader on an emotional journey from Philadelphia to Maine, Meredith Out of the Darkness is about two people’s awakening to a world of possibilities. But when their different visions of perfection come between them, the question remains: what is true perfection?

About The Meredith Series:

Meredith Beck, a teacher from Philadelphia, must redefine herself after she is shaken by tragedy. The series chronicles the remaking of her life and her relationships with three men, each struggling with his own journey. Carrying her experiences with her, Meredith emerges stronger, wiser, and at peace as she discovers the beauty of an imperfect world.

Book 1: Meredith Out of the Darkness
Book 2: Meredith Against the Wind
Book 3: Meredith Into the Fire
Book 4: Meredith With the Waves

Paperback, 247 pages
Published July 4th 2014 by Brenda & Cobena Books (first published July 3rd 2014)
Genre: Women’s Fiction

What Is It About?

“What did she have to do–what sacrifice did she have to make–to prove to the universe that she was ready to be happy.”

Meredith is a teacher working on her Master’s degree, with high hopes for her future. She has been swept up in a new relationship, and refuses to settle in life. Wide eyed and optimistic, she is going to make her life perfect.

Several years later, tragedy strikes. Grief stricken, Meredith is consumed by darkness. She moves back in with her parents to try to get her life back on track. It’s time for Meredith to reevaluate her future, and redefine “perfection”.

“I don’t think it’s about the perfect life… I think it’s about the perfect peace.”

Meredith’s brother Vince comes home, and with him he brings his buddy and co-worker Nick. Nick’s quiet voice reflects the quietude of his soul. For the first time in a year, Meredith doesn’t cry herself to sleep.

Finally, Meredith wants to move forward, and climb her way out of the darkness…

My Thoughts:

I’m torn between whether or not Meredith’s loneliness stems from her grief, or something deeper. I think I will have a better impression of her with the next Meredith installment. Her behavior reminded me of someone who is afflicted by borderline personality disorder.

I absolutely love Meredith as a character. She couldn’t possibly be any more likeable. And I enjoyed the family element to the story. Big brother Vince was an excellent supporting character, and the brother I wish I could have had for myself.

I loved the subtle, sexy love scenes in this novel. Author Amanda Gale’s subtle seduction was much more powerful than had she have went into full-out overkill by describing a graphic sex scene. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy an erotic romance. However, since her writing wasn’t meant to be erotic, I didn’t feel the need to examine Meredith’s sex life with a flippin’ microscope. In other words, Author Amanda Gale made good choices when she crafted Meredith’s sexual encounters.

I’d also like to mention that the cover art, done by Adara Sanchez Anguiano, is superb! I love having these beautiful books on my shelf!

What I Liked The Most:

The characters were extremely likable.

I enjoyed the pacing of the novel, and I look forward to following Meredith in the next installments.
I enjoyed the Author’s writing voice.
The story itself was extremely appealing, and it held my interest.

What I Disliked:

Oh, Nick! You idiot!!!!!!!!!!

Recommendation:

I would recommend Meredith Out Of The Darkness to fans of romance, and fiction that centers around a woman’s experiences.

Rating:

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***In the interest of full disclosure, I was provided with a copy of Meredith Out Of The Darkness, by the Author, in exchange for a fair, thoughtful, and honest book review. This is no way swayed my rating.

Purchase Meredith Out Of The Darkness, here, and be charmed by Meredith and Author Amanda Gale’s writing like I am! :)

About The Author:

Amanda GaleA graduate of Vassar College and Boston University, Amanda Gale taught high school English before she began writing women’s fiction. The four novels of her *Meredith* series explore love, growth, and the flaws that make us human.

A lover of history, classic literature, and quiet nights at home, she lives outside Philadelphia with her family. A graduate of Vassar College and Boston University, Amanda Gale taught high school English before she began writing women’s fiction.

The four novels of her *Meredith* series explore love, growth, and the flaws that make us human.

If I Knew Then What I Know Now… Guest Post by Author Sophie Childs

 

IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW

by Sophie Childs, author of Behind the Scenes

 

If I knew then what I know now…

I wouldn’t have spent 8 years living with someone I didn’t love. It wasn’t that he was a bad person, he just wasn’t the right person for me and I was miserable. Yet a lack of self-confidence and a worry about money meant that it took me a long time to work up the courage to leave.

How different my twenties would have been if I’d just taken that leap of faith into the great unknown sooner. I could have rented a room in a shared house, lived my life the way that I wanted to and not be tied into a suburban lifestyle that really wasn’t me.

If I knew then what I know now…

I wouldn’t have spent 5 years working in offices. I had no idea that there was money to be made in freelance writing, good money. I thought that the only way you could have a career as a writer was if you wrote novels and with bills to pay, I foolishly thought that office work was the only way I could keep a roof over my head.

What fun I could have had if I’d realised that the world of a freelance writer is much more interesting and varied than I could ever have imagined. I could have travelled the world, writing about my experiences, combining ghost writing novels with blogging and providing web copy to businesses, funding a lifestyle that contained a million and one adventures.

If I knew then what I know now…

I would have waited a little longer before starting a family with my husband. The moment I met him, I knew that I’d found the man I was meant to marry and have babies with. Both Virgos, we had a plan. We were going to go on holiday, first for a week, then for a fortnight, and if that went well, move in together. If we were happy living under the same roof, we’d get engaged, then married, maybe starting to try for a family once we were engaged, not caring if there was a baby bump in the wedding photos.

The best laid plans lasted as long as the first holiday. We figured that it would take us at least 6 months to fall pregnant, so we started trying for a baby soon after we met. We’d been dating a mere 4 months when that little blue line appeared and our oldest son was on his way, to be followed by 3 sisters and a brother over the next 7 years.

But then… but then…

If I hadn’t made the decisions I had, I wouldn’t have lived my life. The life that made me who I am. The life that has given me 5 gorgeous children and a husband I adore. The life that has inspired a novel or two and given me endless material to write about for my clients. Much of my freelance work has come out of my parenting experiences and without my children, my career would have taken a very different path.

I look back and think that if I knew then what I know now, maybe I wouldn’t have made decisions that were so very different. I have the life I always dreamed of as a child and even though I might have taken the scenic route to get here, it’s those little diversions that keep things interesting.

All in all, I can’t say that I regret a thing, when I look back and think about what I know now.

Sophie Childs is a happily married mother of five. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes, is due to be released by So Vain Books early in 2015. It combines Sophie’s love of movies with her experiences working in offices to tell an intricate tale of life behind the scenes in the glamorous world of film making. She’s now hard at work on her second novel.

An Oxford Modern History graduate, Sophie set up her own publishing company, Fey Publishing, which she ran for five years before selling it as a going concern in 2013 to focus on her writing. She is the editor of Idol Musings and Idol Meanderings, anthologies based on an online writing competition and a freelance writer who’ll write anything you need, with children’s stories, memoirs, novels from all types of genre and web copy all forming part of her regular work.

After spending five years living in New Zealand, she s now comfortably settled in the beautiful Welsh valleys, where she enjoys exploring the local nature reserves and castles with her children and dog.

“Things are never quite as they appear…”

 

Never wear a pair of high heels on a film set no matter how good they may look!

After stumbling upon her favourite actor, Bethan’s life seems to take a turn for the better. All of a sudden, fabulous parties and mingling with celebs are part of her everyday routine. But she soon finds out that life behind the scenes comes with its own complications…. and Bethan is so not prepared for all this!

Release Date:

26 February 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s It About?

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

Recommendation:

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

Purchase:

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

Rating:

About The Author:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s It About?

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

Noteworthy Characters:

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

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

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

Sara Tillery: Vera’s white grandmother.

Vicki: Janine’s sister.

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

Robert Tillery Jr: Vera’s deceased white father.

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

Marianne: Vera’s daughter

Recommendation:

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

Rating:

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

Purchase:

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

About The Author:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Purchase this terrifying bestseller, here!

AWRW Book Review: Layla, by Celine Keating #WomensFiction

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

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

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

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

Paperback Edition: 247 pages

Published January 13th 2014 by Plain View Press

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

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

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

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

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

What I Loved:

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

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

What I Disliked:

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

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

Recommendation:

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

Purchase:

Purchase Layla on Amazon!

Rating:

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About The Author:

Celine Keating

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

 

AWRW Book Review: Stranger At Sunset, by Eden Baylee

Vacation can be a killer.

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

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

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

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

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

What Is It About?

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

What I Loved:

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

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

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

What I Disliked: (Warning Spoilers)

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

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

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

Recommendation:

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

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

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

About The Author:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It was a perfect setting –for murder!

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

Full rules to participate can be found, here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dai’s Dark Valentine, by Dariel Raye

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

She also publishes a new release newsletter and daily newspaper.

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

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

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

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

Kindle Edition, First, 203 pages

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Supernatural, Erotic Romance

Publication Date: June 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Her time is running out.

Will she meet her destiny?


Noteworthy Characters:

Lyric: Main female character

Dionne: Lyric’s model/singer best friend

Jason: Lyric’s Father

Mercy: Jason’s new wife

Anya: Lyric’s deceased Mother

Chaya: Werecat

Quest: Sexy Peacekeeper/Vampire

Draven: Brother of Quest, Sexy Peacekeeper/Vampire

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

Marlo: Father of the Peacekeepers

Tienni: Hybrid Wolf Woman, sworn to Quest

Siku: Werecat

Enedi: Werecat

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

Lewis: Coral Island’s only cop

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

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

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

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

About The Author


Hello and welcome to my corner of the world :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AWRW Interview with Up And Coming Romance Author Karen Ferry!

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

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

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

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

AWRW: What are your ambitions for your writing career?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make Me Believe

Synopsis

 

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

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

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

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

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

Will I let him be my first kiss?

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

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

Life is messy, and mine is no different…

INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS

 

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

Portrait of young attractive couple, outdoors

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

What genre is your current WIP?

KF: New Adult / Contemporary Romance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How can your fans get in touch with you?

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

Facebook Author Page 

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

Twitter 

Blog 

Pinterest 

Goodreads Author Profile 

Goodreads Link to “Make Me Believe” 

Thanks again, April!

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


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

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

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

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




 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AWRW: What draws you to this genre?

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

AWRW: Please tell us what books you have written.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Website: http://MarshaAMoore.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MarshaAMoore

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

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

Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/marshaamoore

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

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

AWRW: Thank you, Marsha. :)

***

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

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

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

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

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

Full rules can be found, here!

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

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

Book Synopsis:

That distinctive, lethal voice……

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

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

Book Details:

Mass Market Paperback,

Harlequin Romantic Suspense #1660

224 pages

Series: Code Name: Danger #17

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

My Brief Opinions:

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

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

Purchase: (Amazon USA)

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

About The Author:

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

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

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

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

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

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

Even a Russian major who looked like this one.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“That’s the one.”

“Wish I could oblige.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“You ready for the Russian team?”

“Yes, sir.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So, let’s start with the likes!

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

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


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

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

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

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

And now it is time to get critical…

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

7.) Arrogant and rude heroes need not apply.

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

Lucky, lucky Sookie… but I digress.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Windy City Romance #2

Paperback, 262 pages

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

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

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

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

“Time to take some chances.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

–Amazon Author Bio

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

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

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

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

Revenge can be sweet.

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

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

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

“I guess every woman has her favorite mistake.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Purchase, here!

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

 

AWRW Book Review: Beast, by Ella James

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Warning: Contains Spoilers & Adult Language*

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

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

Annnnnd it gets pretty raunchy from there.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

You can read Beast for free by clicking, here.


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

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

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

Book Reviews:

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

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

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

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

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

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

AWRW Way Back Wednesday Book Reviews:

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

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

AWRW Book Blast:

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

AWRW Bookish Posts:

AWRW Directory of Sunday Book Blog Memes

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

Caught In A Bad Romance: When Book Covers Go Bad

Beautiful Blogger Award: Featuring Seven Of My Favorite Beautiful Blogs

Mailbox Monday

Fictitious Fridays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Welcome all!

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

Guest Post by Author V.K. Robbins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

rookie smallRookie Season (Love in the Ballpark Series Book 1)

By V.K. Robbins

Genre: Erotic Romance, Romance Suspense

Publication Date: January 30, 2015

 

Book Synopsis:

 

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

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

AuthorAbout The Author:

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

Blog/website:  http://veronicarobbins.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/veronicarobbins

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

 

Pre-Order Buy Links:

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AWRW Directory of Monday Book Blog Memes #BBMemes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RULES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rigor Amortis

134 pages

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

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

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

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

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

And raunchy it is…

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

Purchase, if you dare!


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

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

Finding Southside Johnny

Authors: Anne Kelleher & Don Goodman

Kindle Edition, 23 pages

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Celebrity Supernatural

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

 

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

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

4/5 Guitars!

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

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

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

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/AnneKelleherAuthor

TWITTER: twitter.com/akelleherauthor

PINTEREST: pinterest.com/akelleherauthor/

Books by Author Don Goodman, can be found here!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Mine For Tonight

Mine For Now

Mine Forever

Mine Completely

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Book Synopsis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please visit me at: https://www.facebook.com/authorj.sscott.9?fref=ts

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

herfavehotdocOne feisty midwife.

One Hot Doc with a secret.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read Her Favorite Hot Doc, to find out!

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

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

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


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

Click to Purchase, HERE!

About The Author:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

a_weeA Wee Bit Lower, Lassy

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

Bahahahahaaa! Oh the romance!

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

lordofthehisyfitLord Of The Hissy Fit

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

Kangaroo Gangbang

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

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

Just disturbing.


Under The Houseboat Fire

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

What Are You Laughing At, Bitch?

“He Was Clueless… and she knew it.”

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

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

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