Friday, October 21, 2016

Wild Montana Skies

Bestselling Author's New Series Delivers Romance and Adventure as an SAR Team Searches for Others--and Finds Themselves

Search and rescue pilot Kacey Fairing is home on leave in Mercy Falls, Montana, twelve years after she joined the military to escape the mistakes of her past. With a job waiting for her as the new lead pilot of Peak Rescue in Glacier National Park, Kacey hopes to reconnect with the now-teenage daughter she sees only between deployments. What she doesn't realize is that someone else is also back in town.

Ben King has been building his country music career since the day Kacey shut him out of her life. Now all of that's on hold when his injured father calls him home to help run Peak Rescue until he's fully recovered. It doesn't take long, though, to discover his father's ulterior motives as Kacey Fairing walks into the house and back into his heart.

With Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben are forced to work together to save lives. But when floodwaters turn personal, can they put aside the past to save their future?

My Review

Although Ben and Kacey were young when they were in a relationship and are older now and it has been a long time since they ended, I felt the deep connection they both shared with each other. This is due to the references of the past. Then when Kacey shared how hurt she was with Ben's leaving of town to be a singer. Yet, you could tell that Ben also never forgot about Kacey with his music. The mystery aspect of this story was also good but I wished that the intensity level was stronger. I kind of felt like this story was more about Ben and Kacey and the rescues were kind of an after thought with the storyline rushed towards the last third of the story. Of course this story did have a happy ending. I did enjoy the location for this story. This was an quick and enjoyable read.

Bloodmark + Giveaway

Sixteen-year-old werewolf princess Ashling Boru is different from other wolves—she was able to shift to wolf form at birth. Rather than bringing pride to her family, it brings fear, and as a result, she is forced to live in seclusion in Ireland’s countryside. Ashling’s reputation is further blackened when she refuses her betrothed and defies the ancient laws. When her pack’s oldest rivals begin hunting her, she finds herself in the small town of York Harbor, Maine—far from everything she’s ever known.

In Maine, she crosses paths with the dark and rebellious Grey Donavan, and something ignites within her soul. There’s just one problem: Grey is human. Their instant connection turns into a passionate romance, and Ashling begins to believe she can create her own life outside of wolf laws. When she begins to uncover long-buried pack secrets—secrets that threaten to destroy all she holds dear—Ashling’s courage and tenacity are tested. Will she choose her deep and enduring love for Grey, or will she follow Old Mother’s path to her destiny?

My Review

I have never heard of this series. If I had not had the chance to try this series out I would still be going through life not knowing what great bliss I was greatly missing. Instantly, I fell in love with this story as well as Ashling and Grey. They make a great couple. I could feel the strong "soul" connection that these two shared with each other. Thus the reason that it was so easy to accept that Ashling feel hard and so quickly for Grey. Another aspect of this book that I really enjoyed is the werewolf. The wolves were not horror story corny but actually believable as real wolves. Ashling is starting to grow within herself and find her strength. I can't wait to see how much she progresses in the next book. I literally had to make myself put this book down to get some sleep. A recommended read!

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Author's Bio:

Aurora Whittet started out as a wild red-haired girl in Minnesota dreaming up stories for her friends to read. Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love is just the latest in a string of acclaimed works. Her first official writing endeavor became The Bloodmark Saga, featuring a werewolf princess-turned-ruler who falls in love with a human boy. Her first novel in the Bloodmark Saga, Bloodmark, came out in 2013, followed by Bloodrealms in 2014 and the final book Bloodmoon in 2016.
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The healing touch of writing by Aurora Whittet
I started writing the Bloodmark Saga when my mom was diagnosed with cancer for a second time, because I realized if there was something I wanted to do with my life, I needed to do it today, for tomorrow wasn’t promised. I began writing the first book and found myself often lost in the words, almost as though I was running with the pack. I realized I needed the world of Bloodmark. It was my place to hide, to feel, to explore, to find a friend and sometimes to avoid reality.
I went to appointment after appointment with my mom for injection after injection. Cancer is dark and death can be scary. Reality can sometimes be too much to even continue crawling your way through the mud of life. Sometimes you just have to sit down in the mud and cry. And writing did that for me, it helped me cope with an incurable disease that festered in my mom. So I wrote nearly every day just to survive my own fears.
I realized after my mom died that while I had been writing, I put her in my novel. Maybe I knew it all along, but I admitted it then. I had hidden her in my written words, where I could keep her alive forever. Writing pulls to your soul and lets out your pain, blossoms your joy and helps you find peace in yourself. It is therapeutic whether you are writing a personal journal, a memoir or even a fiction novel. They all have the power to help you find yourself.   

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Everyone Loves You Back

In the three generations since Bob Boland’s family settled into the tired townhouse in Cambridge, Massachusetts where Bob lives, real locals – the guys who deliver the mail, plow the driveways and fix the burners -- have been crowded out by urban tree-huggers and uppity intellectuals with designer dogs. On Bob’s street, they’ve launched a movement to save an antique Japanese maple from a condo developer while nagging him to trim the sun-blocking trees in his own back yard.  A sarcastic, jazz-loving radio technician working the night shift and stuck in the past, Bob just wants silence by day so he can sleep, and status quo in his routine.
When romance buds with two very different women – one from the familiar though evolving world of radio, the other a sophisticated Harvard dance professor – Bob is forced to reconcile the comfort of stagnation with the inevitability of change.

Louie Cronin, author of the novel Everyone Loves You Back, is a writer, radio producer and audio engineer. For ten years she served as NPR’s “Car Talk” traffic cop, producing the show and ensuring that every call was entertaining.  A graduate of Boston University’s Masters program in Creative Writing and a past winner of the Ivan Gold Fiction Fellowship from the Writers’ Room of Boston, Louie has had her fiction and essays published in Compass Rose, The Princeton Arts Review, Long Island Newsday, The Boston Globe Magazine, and on Her short stories have been finalists for both Glimmer Train and New Millennium Writings awards. Louie has been awarded residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. Currently she works as a technical director for PRI’s The World and lives in Boston with her husband, the sculptor James Wright.

My Review

This book is my first introduction to this author. The saying is "First impressions matter". Well Mrs. Cronin really made a great impression on me. I recently watched the movie, Gran Torino featuring  Clint Eastwood. In the movie he plays a grumpy, old man, who hates his neighbors due to their race. Yet in the end he becomes fast friends with his neighbors. I am not saying that Bob was that way but this is the image I got of him. His dueling with his neighbors may not have been as bad and in the end I am glad that he grew a back bone.

What I won't give to actually live in Bob's neighborhood. What with all of the quirky characters on both ends...the tree huggers and the developers. I actually felt bad for Bob. I think he did get shafted in the end with his relationship with Leonie. Yet. he was lucky that he was able to get out when he did. Bob was too nice of a guy. Leonie was the one wearing the pants in their brief relationship. Back to Bob's neighbors. I was rooting on the side of the tree huggers. I look forward to reading more work by this author as Everyone Loves You Back.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Crucible of Global War

Nobody outside of despots and tyrants and dictators bent on world domination ever wants to go to war. And yet entire nations of people are moved to do so because, to put it simply, there is no other choice... They can try to put it off. They can institute political and economic policies that ignore the underlying realities and watch as conditions deteriorate to the breaking point. They can try futilely to stem the tide of history. But they can only kick the can so far down the road. Ultimately, people go to war.”

So writes Christopher Petitt in this groundbreaking work. Global economic malaise, record financial inequality, chaos in the Middle East (including the rise of ISIS), Russian expansion, the Eurozone crisis, the growth of China’s military, the loss of American influence – the world is beginning to see turmoil that may rival the global turmoil of the 1930s on the eve of the Second World War. Are there instructive parallels? The power structures of the world are changing, and if history is a guide, the changing will not come quietly.

In "The Crucible of Global War – And the Sequence that is Leading Back to It," Petitt – history devotee, market economist, avid student of Middle East affairs – lays out in chilling detail the connections between today’s geopolitical disorder and the critical moments throughout history that have preceded times of global war. Is it humankind’s destiny to experience global war again? Is war inevitable?

"The Crucible of Global War" is a page-turning exposition of history, politics, economics, current events, and philosophy – a must-read for anyone interested in gaining insight into the nature of history and the inexorable unfolding of the perilous times ahead.

My Review

This book is very appropriate for the present. It has nothing to do with politics, race, clowns, the Kardashians, or any other social media frenzy. In this book Mr. Petitt talks about something more important...Global War. He shares real facts from history and other sources. Which if you have read other books where authors are experts or share quotes; they can some times get too quote happy or ramble on and on using huge words and such. To the point that reading the book becomes a chore. Well I can tell you that this book is not like that. Mr. Petitt does quote and share facts from history but within reason to make a point or explain the trends that are currently plaguing us in today's society that can lead us back into history (not in a good way). Reading this book really gave me a deeper perspective on our society. We really do need to learn from past history and our mistakes. It is very sad that ISIS is able to recruit people so easily as an example. If you are a history buff or are looking for something enlightening to read, then you have to check out this book. A worthy read!

Date Like a Girl Marry Like a Woman + Giveaway Book Spotlight

Book Details:

Book Title:  Date Like a Girl, Marry Like a Woman by Jessica R Bunevacz
Category:  Adult non-fiction, 241 pages
Genre:  Self help, romance, love, memoir
Publisher:  SZ Publishing
Release date:  July 5, 2016
Tour dates:  Oct 17 to Nov 4, 2016
Content Rating:  R (This book has sex advice)

Book Description:  

Navigating our romantic lives can be filled with incredible highs and unfathomable lows. Everyone enters relationships with a unique idea of what makes connection work. But even with our differences, we have a common thread running through all of us: the deep desire to love and be loved.

Based on her experiences, and with the help of her closest friends and the men in her life, author Jessica R. Bunevacz created a series of guidelines for women looking to enjoy dating and romance and avoid common pitfalls and difficulties.

Whether you're dating, getting ready to walk down the aisle, or are already married and looking to take your marriage to the next level, it's profoundly important to celebrate where you are on your journey and make every day special and meaningful for yourself and those around you.

Date like a Girl, Marry like a Woman incorporates Bunevacz's own stories of love, dating, and marriage with practical advice for today's modern relationship and reminds readers not to settle for anything less than the best.

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Meet the Author:

What do you get when you mix a strict Catholic upbringing, a strong curiosity for the opposite sex, and the need to grow up quickly? If you are lucky you get an outcome like Jessica Bunevacz, the vivacious first time author behind "Date Like a Girl, Marry Like a Woman: The Polished Woman's Guide to Love, Romance and Sex."

Jessica is a former actress and fashion model born and raised in the Philippines, and currently living in Los Angeles. A happily married mother of three, she has made the journey from MANnizer to the quintessential polished woman. Utilizing her own past experiences and a passion for helping others, she will quickly become the best friend you wish you had! 

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An Amish Family Christmas

In Shelley Shepard Gray’s fourth book in her Charmed Amish Life series, an unlikely Amish romance reveals that Christmas is a time for family, miracles—and love. 

Ever since his father died in a tragic fire, Levi Kinsinger has felt adrift. Newly returned to Charm, Ohio, Levi is trying to fit into his old life, only to discover he seems to have outgrown it.

But when Julia, his young widowed neighbor, asks for his help with a Christmas project, Levi finds a sense of purpose for the first time in months. She and her daughter are new to Charm and could use a friend, a job Levi takes personally. Soon enough, friendship grows into attraction, but Levi can’t help having doubts. There’s something about Julia that doesn’t ring quite true…

Like Levi, Julia Kemps has survived her fair share of hardships—but only by hiding the truth of her past. Being an unmarried mother in an Amish community was unthinkable. Feeling hopeless, Julia did the only thing she could do: she moved to a new town and pretended to be a widow. But meeting Levi, she’s hopeful for the first time. Little by little, she begins to imagine telling him her darkest secret, and eventually…perhaps even sharing her life with him.

Christmas is a time for family, and as the holiday draws closer, Julia and Levi will have to face their pasts together…in order to find the healing, support and love they so desperately desire.

My Review

I absolutely fell in love with A Sister's Wish, the third book in this series. That book was also the first one that I had read by this author. As I stated prior that I love the town of Charm as does the author. Shelley has visited it many times and it shows. There is so much love written into these books. In was in the third book that I met Levi. I did not really know too much about him so I was very happy to see that he was the main feature in this book. Levi really does have a kind heart. I kind of saw this in the prior novel. He and Julia was so sweet together. Although, Julia's daughter, Penny was precious. I enjoyed the setting of this story being a Christmas one as it fit perfectly for the situation. Yet, as much as I liked Levi, Julia, and Penny; I was not in as much love with them as I was with Levi's sister's story in the prior novel. Still a good read.

Sweetly, Deeply, Absolutely + Giveaway

Sweet Love #3
Kira Archer
Contemporary Rom Com
227 Pgs. |Heat Level: 3

Blurb Hello, Mr. Right...for Now.

With a month off from culinary school, Jenny Boyd has some serious party plans. Especially when the hottest guy in the club literally lands in her lap.  He’s 6’2” of cocky, sexy, man-candy, and just as commitment-phobic as she is. 

She’s definitely off limits…

Graphic designer Jared Crew is shocked when his best friend's sister-in-law doesn’t remember him right away. Luckily, she is more than willing to let him jog her memory, no complications required.

It’s all fun and games...until the condom breaks.
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My Review

What a sweet, charming, funny read. Jenny and Jared made a nice couple. The heat level was raising between them. Yet, if you are thinking this might be too much for you; you are alright as the sex scenes are mild but not too graphic. Even though Jared had the persona of a playboy it was Jenny that made the first move and most of the other moves as well. Jared was so charming that even I had could not help but smile. However as much as I enjoyed the romance of this story, I was also wanting to read this book for the baking. Yes, Jenny and Jared did spend time in the bakery and made some sweets but it was minimal. I wanted more focus on the baking. Overall, this was a nice read. I would read another book by this author.

About The Author

Kira Archer resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kiddos, and far too many animals in the house. She tends to laugh at inappropriate moments, break all the rules she gives her kids (but only when they aren't looking), and would rather be reading a book than doing almost anything else. She has odd, eclectic tastes in just about everything and often lets her imagination run away with her. She loves her romances a little playful, a lot sexy, and always with a happily ever after.

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“So let me draw you, then.”
“What, like pose for you?”
She hesitated. “Like those?” She pointed at the portraits he had hanging on the wall.
He shrugged. “Any way you’d like to pose.”
Hmm. Lying naked on a couch like in Titanic?”
He laughed and pulled her in close. “If you were naked on a couch I’m not sure I’d be able to keep my hands on my pencils.”
“Ah, but touching the model wouldn’t be professional, would it?” She ran her hands up his chest and he put his hands over hers, hoping she’d leave them there. He’d missed her touch. Had begun to crave it like an addict going through a withdrawal. 
For a moment he thought she might draw him closer. But the moment passed. She dropped her hands and stepped away and he closed his eyes against the near physical pain of it.
“Well, I’m nothing if not professional,” he said quietly.
She didn’t look at him for a moment, but when she did her smile was back in place. “How do you want to draw me?” She raised her gaze to him and held it, her sea green eyes boring into his until he felt like he was drowning in them.
He grabbed his sketch pad and a pencil and held out his hand. “Come with me.”
She cocked an eyebrow at him, but took his hand. He led her out of the studio and down the hall to his bathroom where a big, old fashioned claw tub stood.
“You want to draw me taking a bath?”
He chuckled. “I’d actually love to watch you taking a bath, but I’m not sure how long I could remain on the outside of the tub.”
Her cheeks flushed and it was all he could do not to crush her against him and kiss her until she was moaning in his arms. He took a deep breath to get a little control and led her over to the tub and handed her a big, fluffy towel.
“I want to draw you sitting on the edge, your back to me, bare,” he said, his hand tracing the outline of her body down to where her waist met the swell of her hips, “down to here. With the towel draped over the rest of you.”
She watched him watching her, and then she held out her hand for the towel. He’d meant to turn around, give her privacy to undress. He wasn’t sure why. They’d seen each other naked. Several times. The image of her beautiful body would be ingrained in his mind until the day he died and hopefully long afterwards.
But she didn’t give him the option. She pulled her shirt off over her head. Unbuttoned her jeans and pushed them down her legs until she could step out of them. She stared right at him as she reached behind her to unhook her bra and let it slide off her arms. Her panties followed.
She stood before him, bare, breathtakingly beautiful. Neither one of them moved. His heart jack-hammered in his chest, while his body warred with itself. The desire to touch her, draw her into his arms and hold her there forever, made him ache. But the privilege of standing before such perfection was a moment he’d cherish the rest of his life. He wouldn’t ruin it by making an advance that might drive her away. For now, it was enough. More than enough, to just look and worship the unique beauty before him.
A faint smile touched her lips and she turned to sit on the edge of the tub, arranging the towel beneath her. She leaned forward and turned the faucet on. Within moments, steaming water began to fill the tub.
She glanced at him over her shoulder. “Seems a shame to waste the chance to soak in such a beautiful tub. Since I’m right here.”
Jared smiled and began to draw.
She raised her arms to gather her hair in a bun. A few tendrils escaped to tumble down her back. Absolutely perfect. He sketched quickly, his fingers drawing the lines he longed to touch in person, following the contours of her body.
He finished one sketch and pulled out more paper. She shut off the water and stood, swirling the water about with one foot. He drew her from that angle as well. Long, strong lines. Muscles defined beneath the soft curves of her body. He drew until he couldn’t take it anymore.

And then he put the paper aside and went to her.
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