Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review of Love Illusion by Chineka Williams!!


Lucy is a confident PR professional, who is fearful of her troubled ex-boyfriend Charles. He is in denial about their breakup. With issues of alcoholism and abandonment, he spirals out of control. 
Meanwhile, Lucy’s best friend Jade has found love and is about to get married. She is a loyal friend who is there for Lucy every step of the way. 

Feeling trapped, Lucy is determined to fight back against Charles, but it won’t be without complication. After great debate, she optimistically accepts a new job offer miles away. Lucy soon embarks on an uncertain journey all connected to love. 

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This book scared me at times... for the one simple reason.  Charles.  He scared me.  

Lucy is trying to move on from her break up with Charles.  She's just moved into her own house, and has a successful career in Public Relations.  Her best friend Jade is weeks away from getting married, and she relishes in helping with the planning of the wedding.  I wish I had an eighth of this girl's fashion sense.  

What she wants most is for Charles to start moving on with his life.  It becomes obvious that's not going to happen, and he will stop at nothing to get her back.  If that means taking out a prospective man in her life, so be it.  He's prepared to do it, and makes that known to her.  He even goes so far as to hire a private investigator to keep tabs on what she is doing.  His obsession combined with his drinking makes for a scary combination.

Because of this, Lucy is forced to make some changes in her life.  

I really loved reading this book!  There was a strength in Lucy she didn't know she had.  She knew Charles getting bad, and tried to get away before things got really bad.  Too bad he had other ideas in mind.

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Chineka Williams found a love of reading and writing early on as a child. She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Books and Stilettos is the blog that she maintains for all things women's fiction and writing updates. Outside of reading, her hobbies include baking, playing the clarinet, photography, and DIY. She can always be seen with a cup of tea close by. Love Illusion is her debut novel.

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Review of Spark by Jennifer Ryder!!


Title: Spark
Author: Jennifer Ryder
Genre: Erotic Romance/ Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: February 28, 2014



Not many people know that I, Eevie Lawson, have a problem. An addiction to romance novels. I eat them for breakfast. I hide it the best I can, but I need them to breathe. It’s how I cope.

I’ve had a swag of book boyfriends, but now that I’m free from the responsibility of caring for my three younger brothers, it’s time to find one in the flesh.

In real life, no girl meets their hero on page one, or even at the end of chapter one. I should know.

My journey is real. It’s not perfect, and it sure as hell isn’t easy—but the fight for something worthwhile never is.



There was only one thing that bothered me about this book... the amount of drinking that went on a lot of the time.  I understand she was turning twenty-one, but she didn't have to drink that much.  Because of that, it got her into a lot of situations she really didn't need to be in.

Other then that, I really enjoyed this book.  Eevie is finally out of her parents home and living on her own.  She has a little bit of guilt, since her mother and brothers came to depend on her, but she knows it's time for her to move on.  When her best friend Jon sends her a dozen roses for a house warming gift, she's worried they mean more then they should.  He's been her best friend for years, and she's terrified he's going to want more from her then she's willing to give.

When he puts her in a situation she can't say no, she decides to try and date him.  She doesn't want to lose him, but there really is no spark with him.  He's like a brother.  Plus, he has issues of his own she had no idea about.

Then she meets Aaiden and her world is turned upside down.  The timing is all wrong, because he's got a girlfriend and she's got Jon, but the attraction is there.  When she finally makes the decision to ends things with Jon, she's not expecting his reaction.  What happens is exactly what she feared, and in the end he isn't the friend she thought he would be.

As I said earlier, because of the alcohol involved, it causes Eevie to make some really stupid decisions. Because of this, there is a guy from her past who makes it known of his interest in her.  Eevie is a virgin, and this guy makes it known he wants to be the one to take it from her.  Too bad she catches him in a very compromising position before she does anything she will regret.

When she's reunited with Aiden, the sparks are still there between them.  The difference?  They are both single this time.  She's determined to have him, and he's still interested in her.

I really loved this book.  I felt sorry for Eevie at times, as she was going through a lot of things that normal twenty year olds shouldn't have to go through.  It gives her strength though, and makes her into the woman she is.










A sexy imagination, a life-long love of books and a sucker for romance, Jennifer Ryder couldn't stifle her creativity any longer.

Writing steamy adult romance has become her new focus. Living on a rural property in New South Wales, Australia, she enjoys the best of city and country.

Her loving husband is ever willing to provide inspiration, and her two young cherubs, and sheep that don't see fences as barriers, keep life more than interesting.

  1. Favourite cuisine would have to be Japanese, although I’ll eat anything besides broad beans.
  2. I was a champion ‘speller’ in primary school. Yes. I’m a nerd.
  3. I have skydived, and loved it, but now having kids I would never do it again.
  4. I married my first love, and have been together 16 years.
  5. Favourite drink? BIG toss up between coffee and vodka, but seeings I have to be coherent most of the time, coffee it is.
  6. I only ever eat cheeseburgers when I am hungover.
  7. I believe coke and cheeseburgers are the best hangover cure.
  8. I once worked as a Security Guard.
  9. I once fell asleep with my eyes open, working as a Security guard. True Story.
  10. I know how to use the jaws of life, being trained in motor vehicle accident rescue as a previous member of the State Emergency Services.
  11. I am addicted to romance novels. Without question.
  12. I have a thing for tall, dark and handsome.
  13. I have a thing for boys on bikes.
  14. I love chocolate, but my addiction can be satisfied with just a square (this drives my girlfriend’s nuts).
  15. I can ride a dirt bike (seriously).
  16. I failed my first driving exam BIG time, and it was enough to keep me away for two years before trying again.
  17. I never liked Barbies. Still don’t.
  18. I got married in a little white chapel on top of a hill on Hamilton Island, Australia.
  19. I do have too many book boyfriends to count.
  20. I always have to have my toenails painted, otherwise they just look wrong!






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Cover Reveal for Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters by D.C. McGannon and C. Michael McGannon

Title: Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters: Council of the Hunters (Book 3)
Author: DC & C. Michael McGannon      
Genre: YA Fantasy/SciFi/Action/Adventure MG 13+
Released Date: April 29, 2014
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Synopsis
A new school year brings fresh beginnings. At least that’s what the Monster Hunters of Hunter’s Grove are hoping for. After facing down dark magic and vengeful gods in the portal village of Drakauragh, Charlie Sullivan and his band of unlikely friends look forward to a quiet, fun—and most importantly normal—first year of High School.
More than hope is needed however, as sinister activity is haunting the shadows of their once sleepy little town again.
With news of Chen’s disappearance, and an unseen force that threatens to break the protective wards surrounding Hunter’s Key, tensions quickly rise once more for Charlie Sullivan and his friends.
The five teenagers’ credibility is called into question by an elder hunter, forcing them to defend their reputations in a dangerous game where they can trust very few. Now, the reticent Council of the Hunters will convene to decide their fate as Monster Hunters.
A shocking betrayal, disquieting new figures in their own society, a corrupted nemesis, and a cloud of deception hovering over their elders all weigh heavy on the team. The Monster Hunters of Hunter’s Grove could be shut down before they have a chance to stand against the demonic shadow that threatens their bonds of friendship, loyalty, and the safety of those close to them.
Something, or someone, is tearing at the veil between our world and the Otherworld, promising to unleash Hell and prepare the way for what hunters throughout the centuries have feared would one day happen…the rise of the Ancients.
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Michael and Nathaniel, play along with him to make him feel better about it when he does. His other biggest fan (his wife, Holly) usually nods her head in restrained agreement, walks away, and hopes nobody gets hurt. Mr. McGannon is the author of the Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters series with his son, C. Michael McGannon. He is also at times a pirate, an alien, or simply the one who retrieves the Frisbee from the far side of the yard. D.C. lives with his family and their little Maltese dog somewhere in the Midwest, and is partial to coffee, video games, and coffee.
 
C. Michael McGannon is a fan. Of stories, of libraries, of books, of Japanese and British humor, of chocolate, and of Root Beer. Mr. McGannon is the coauthor of the Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunter series with his father, DC McGannon. He enjoys gaming, a good book, teaching his little brother Japanese, and grilled-cheese sandwiches. Especially grilled-cheese sandwiches.

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Cover Reveal for Fissure by Marilyn Almodovar!!!!

FISSURE
(Chronicles of the Interred #2)


By Marilyn Almodovar
YA Paranormal Romance
Releasing May 20, 2014
Published by Iambe Books, LLC
Cover designed by Nimbi Design

Baxter Jacobs just survived the worst Sweet Sixteen in history: buried in a coffin, hunted down by assassins, and losing almost everything that mattered to her. She’s ready for some normalcy, but “normal” won’t play any part of this Time Bender’s future.

Now that the immediate threat is over, Baxter learns just how much the English Council expects of the newest Interred. The pressure has her seriously considering her uncle’s offer to take her to New York, especially since she thinks it will keep her Healer, Jack, from overusing his abilities. Knowing the New York Council’s ranks are filled with beings using dark powers, however, makes her hesitate.

Before she can choose, the decision is wrenched from her. Fissures in Time result in a new battle with an old enemy. Someone she thought she’d lost reenters her life, and she’ll discover a web of lies woven into the fabric of Time…lies only she can unravel. Baxter will have to use her growing abilities to try and reveal the truth, even if it forever changes the reality she knows.



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Marilyn Almodóvar is the author of a series of YA paranormal novels. Born in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, Lyn is a lover of words whose reading tastes range from Victorian novels to the books of Stephen King. Her favorite past-times have always been reading and writing, two activities that let her escape to other worlds.

Lyn could happily exist breathing the clean air of Narnia, trapped in a cupboard under the stairs with Harry, fighting alongside Captain Jack Sparrow, doing an internship in Torchwood, or traveling around time and space with the Doctor...as long as she can have Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk and Captain Mal as companions.

She currently lives in Central Florida with her French husband, English-born eldest son, and French-born youngest son.



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cover Reveal for Intercepting Love by L.P. Dover!!!

I am so happy to have this reveal on right now!!!!  I love it!!!!
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Releasing May 25, 2014

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Synopsis
Both have what she wants … but only one has what she needs.
Working with professional athletes and helping them recover from their injuries has always been Kate Townsend’s dream, but after an accident left her scarred and heartbroken years ago she refuses to let what happened in her past happen again. Staying focused is the key, as well as not letting her feelings interfere with her job … no matter the circumstances. All of that is easier said than done when not only one, but two men crave her healing touch, igniting every single desire she’s denied herself for so long.
Cooper Davis, NFL’s star quarterback and most eligible bachelor, packs up and leaves his home to move across the states to the East Coast after an injury results in the embarrassing trade to another team. Bitter from the pain, he deals with his problems through drugs and alcohol—almost ruining his football career—until he meets the one woman who makes him want to feel; the same woman who refuses to give up on him no matter how many times he screws up. He has to have her, and he’s not going to stop until he makes her his. Especially, now that someone else threatens to take her away.
Motocross champion and local bad boy Luke Collins never takes no for an answer. For the past four months he’s used his charms to get what he wants, and now he’s so close to getting the girl of his dreams … if she’ll give in just once. One time is all he needs, and he’s never been known to fail, but he’s also never had to fight for a woman’s affections. Only one man will win their way into Kate’s heart, but which one will intercept the other and take what they want? Which one will she choose?
Excerpt
Tilting my chin up with his finger, he gazed down at me, his lips so close to mine. “I’m not a bad guy, love. I have my issues and you have yours. I think in time we’ll be what each other needs. You may not see it now, but you will. I’m still waiting on you to ask me.”
“Ask you what?” I breathed.
“To kiss you, touch you … whatever it is you ask of me. When that time comes I don’t want you to only want me. I want you to need me like I need you.”
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USA TODAY Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is the author of the Forever Fae series, as well as the Second Chances standalone series, and her NA romantic suspense standalone called Love, Lies, and Deception. She lives in the beautiful state of North Carolina with her husband, her two wild girls, and her rambunctious kitten Katrina.
Before she began her career in the literary world, L.P. Dover spent her years going to college and then graduated to cleaning teeth, which she loved doing. At least until the characters in her head called her away. She has never been the same since.
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Review of Besieged by L.P. Lovell!!


Title: Besieged
Author: L.P. Lovell
Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: February 14, 2014 


What would you do if you were granted millions of pounds and a face that melts the underwear off of any woman? Meet Theodore Ellis, the business man who parties like a rock star, and has more women than he has room on his bed post to put the notches.

Meet Lilly Parker. With a difficult past; Lilly is cold, closed off and emotionally unavailable in every way. Don't go thinking she's the sweet and innocent victim though, she plays the game better than most men, and is the original use and abuse woman.
She's built her walls ten feet high and topped with razor wire, but Theo is relentless in the face of a challenge and Lilly finds herself besieged by him. Can he get in her pants? Or will the unsuspecting man whore go a step further and finally tear down her walls? Unlikely.

This is no hearts and flowers love story, it is a battle of wills as a woman who trusts no-one denies a man who has never been denied.

Cue fireworks as female sass meets alpha male tenacity.

Besieged will make you laugh, fantasize and perhaps even shed a tear.

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I so loved this story!!!  The main reason... Theo had finally met his match!!  

He's been used to women falling at his feet and not one of them dare tell him no.  Then he meets Lilly Parker.  He puts on all his charm on her and she still walks away from him.  

Not thinking she's ever going to see him again, Lilly puts the player out of her mind.  She's not expecting to be reunited with him as her firm's biggest client.  Theo makes it known that he wants her, but she again turns him down.  She knows he's a man whore who is used to getting what he wants.  She's not the typical woman he falls for, but she's posed a challenge to him, and there is nothing Theo likes more then a challenge.

After a rather embarrassing night with the gorgeous man, Lilly is convinced he will not see her again.  She doesn't understand the determination of a man who is desperate.  He's desperate for her, and will do almost anything to have her.

As I said, I loved this story for the main reason that Lilly wasn't going to give in to him.  If she did, it would be on her terms, and it would be her choice.  She just didn't expect him to be so damned tempting; and Theo is pretty damn tempting.  Also, she's got reasons why she doesn't want to give him what he wants... secrets that she keeps close to her.  

I loved Lilly, because she wasn't the easy pickings that Theo assumed she would be. She's different and he's constantly struggling to get her out of his head.

I gotta say, I didn't like Theo at first, as he was a man who was used to women flinging themselves at him.  He proved that he was different once he took care of Lilly when she got a little too drunk at a club one night... OMG... I would have died if I would have been her.  DIED!!!! 

I can not wait to read this book again!!!! 
 



Lauren Perry-Lovell or L.P Lovell is a 24 year old indie author from Salisbury, England. Lauren has written for several publications, including many women’s magazines. Lauren is known amongst her peers, clients and blog followers for her candid writing style and strong feminist views.







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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Rest in Places by Marlayna Glynn Brown!!



Author: Marlayna Glynn Brown 
Genre: Memoir/Travel 
Publish Date: 01/12/2014 
Publisher: Self Published Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.  

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Join award-winning memoirist Marlayna Glynn Brown on a tender journey to understand the father she never knew in life by spreading his ashes around the world after his death. A relatable must-read for anyone who has lost a loved one, this memoir lights the way to afterlife and afterdeath where forgiveness supersedes pain, blame, remorse and regret. In her effort to understand the generational effects of alcoholism and subsequent dysfunctional adult relationships, Marlayna takes her youngest son and her father's ashes on a personal journey, embarking on an emotional voyage to both physical and mental states of being. She confronts her own existence as a mother and a daughter, seeking and ultimately finding peace with her disappointment, anger, failed marriage, and complex relationships with her own four children.

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Rest In Places: My Father's Post-Life Journey Around The World
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by Marlayna Glynn Brown

At last I have a few moments of silence to observe my father. I take his hand in mine and think about the strange fact that I am sitting at my father's death bed. It is an odd term. I turn it around in my head like I would marbles in my mouth; rolling and grinding and scraping the words against each other:

my
father's
death
bed

My father always had a rest spot in his homes, usually an easy chair with a nearby table on which he would rest his cigarettes, ash tray and glass of amber-colored VO whiskey. But this bed (this death bed) is one from which he will not rise. He will not put on his tennis shoes and go for a run around the park as he often did in his younger years during periods of sobriety. He will not go to the kitchen to broil steaks, bake potatoes and craft a salad for dinner all the while explaining to me how important it is that a salad contain many different colors.
He will however go gently into that good night, and of this there is no doubt.
His cigarettes, ash tray and whiskey have been replaced by an oxygen tube and small plastic cup of water with a straw. He will think his last thought, take his last breath in this bed. This will be the last view he will ever have.
I recall all the times he worshipped and praised the beauty of a day - the sunrise, the ocean, the sunset, the mountains - yet these four unremarkable drab walls will be the last things he will see before he closes his eyes for good. His bed is placed under the window so he is only able to see out of the window if he looks at the reflection in the mirrored closet doors before his bed. But even if he did so there is nothing to see: the window faces a gray block wall impassively separating this property from the next.


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Marlayna Glynn Brown is a best selling American memoirist, award winning photographer, screenwriter and yogi. Immediately upon publication Marlayna's first book became and still remains one of the most highly rated author memoirs on Amazon, and placed as a finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Marlayna's extensive travels, BA in Literature and MS in Human Services have honed her remarkable gifts in observing and recording the ways of humanity. Her works include: Overlay: A Tale of One Girl's Life in 1970s Las Vegas City of Angeles Big As All Hell And Half Of Texas The Trilogy: Memoirs of Marlayna Glynn Brown One Day The Invitations Will Stop Arriving: A Travel Memoir Lovers, Liars and Lotharios: Lessons Learned and Self Esteem Earned Rest In Places: My Father's Post-Life Journey Around The World The Nomadic Memoirist: Memoir Writing Tips For Authors The Nomadic Memoirist: Award-Winning and Best-Selling Promotion and Marketing Tips for Authors     Find Marlayna on Facebook, Twitter, and visit her at www.marlaynaglynnbrown.com.
 

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