Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sweet Lake

Linnie Wayfair knows just how many people are counting on her. But knowing doesn’t make doing any easier.

Everyone in Sweet Lake, Ohio, wants her to muster all her business sense and return the Wayfair Inn to its former glory. Her parents hope she’ll forgive her scoundrel of a brother and reconcile the family. The eccentric Sweet Lake Sirens want her to open the inn—and her heart—to new possibilities. And her hilarious lifelong friends Jada and Cat are dropping none-too-subtle hints for her to ignite a romance with Daniel Kettering, the sexy attorney who’s been pining for her for years…

Now a shocking turn of events will open old wounds and upend the world Linnie has carefully built. She has to make changes quickly—and the results, though not entirely what she expected, might be what she’s been yearning for all along.
  

My Review


I went into this book ready for a sweet read. The story started out fine, yet after a few chapters I found myself struggling to keep reading. My issue was with the characters. No matter how much I tried and tried, I could not find any connections towards any of them. Therefore, if you strip away that fact I am left with just a story that could be about anyone. Although, I did like the charming town of Sweet Lake. In addition, the fact that Daniel was slowly charming his way into Linnie's life was sweet. The fact that Daniel and Linnie did not just fall for each other instantly lent itself nicely to the story. As I have pointed out there are elements of this book that I did enjoy and had I found that strong connection to the characters in the story, I would have kept reading on. However, I would try this author again in the future.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

His Cowboy Heart

Bound by honor and by love…

That’s a Montana Man

Ford Kendrick has often dreamed of the day that Jamie Keller would come home to Montana. After high school, she needed to leave—and he, duty-bound to rescue his family’s ranch, pushed her to go. The Army made Jamie a hero, but Ford still sees the gorgeous, loving woman who lit up his whole world.

Every day since she left, Jamie has longed for Ford. One glimpse confirms it: the sexy, dangerous-looking cowboy left a hole in her heart that nothing else can fill. Yet the battle scars she bears—inside and out—won’t let her trust anyone enough to get close.

Ford wants to bring Jamie back to the life they dreamed of building. But locked somewhere in her memories is a dark truth that threatens her safety. It’s a battle Ford won’t let her fight alone, not when he’s determined to keep her by his side, now and always.


My Review

I have read many books where the male lead is the one coming back from a war and suffering from PTSD. Yet, I rarely read about the female lead being the war hero. That is what drew me to pick up this book and read it. I will tell you I read in one day. Yes, this book is a one day read! His Cowboy Heart took me on an emotional roller coaster with great characters!

I loved both Ford and Jamie. The sweet nickname that Ford has for Jamie, I could not help but melt at the love behind it. The nickname is "Firefly". In addition, I just loved how Ford did not push Jamie to heal quicker and acknowledged both her physical and emotional scars. He was not turned off by either of them.

Author, Jennifer Ryan did a wonderful job of not shying away from the topic of PTSD in this book. She brought the subject matter to the front which I appreciated. PTSD is real and people need to be aware of PTSD. As the author highlights in this book, it does not just affect the person (Jamie) but all of those around the person as well (Ford). The first time that Ford and Jamie made love, I had a smile on my face. Because, they were meant for each other and I could see Jamie starting to let her guard down.

What is the Deep End?

 
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About THE DEEP END (Erotic Romance Releasing March 7, 2017):

Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are committed to fulfilling a woman's every desire…

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him hungers for the lifestyle offered by this exclusive club. Here, no boundary will be left untested…and one's deepest fantasies will become an exquisite reality.

When Amélie invites Olivier to surrender, she gives the alpha submissive what he craves. Soon they both find themselves falling harder than they ever anticipated—but as their connection deepens, the truth about Olivier’s past could destroy everything…

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.

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  EXCERPT: She turned back to him. “You seem to have a good deal of stamina.” “Amelie…Mistress, I don’t think you’re getting’ that I seriously find you not hard on the eyes.” She bent closer, as intended for this part of their session, some of her fair falling on his chest in another caress. She did this letting her amusement show, if not all of the emotion she felt at his compliment. “I wonder, monchou, if you think you can butter me up with compliments.” “I don’t know. Maybe. Though not sure why I’d bother since I didn’t give you one and you just made me shoot a huge-ass load the like that have never come from my cock.” “And he gives another compliment,” she said through a smile. “You earn it, I’ll say it, he replied, his lips twitching. “That is, if I’m physically capable of speech.” She was still smiling when she reached out a hand and delicately traced circles around his nipple. His eyes darkened. Her good humor increased. “You’re of course aware I should do something about you being so audaciously cheeky.” Another darkness crossed his face. “What?” “I shouldn’t allow you to be cheeky with me.” “Cheeky?” “Impudent,” she explained. The look fled. “You mean, in uppity, hot-chick speak, a wise-ass.” Amelie couldn’t help it, she laughed softly. “She’s got a pretty laugh, too, to go with that pretty accent,” he murmured and she saw his eyes on her lips. I could get lost in this one, she thought. Lost and never found.      



About Kristen Ashley:

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning. Nothing's changed. Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Woman Behind the Waterfall

Heartbreak and transformation in the beauty of a Ukrainian village

For seven-year old Angela, happiness is exploring the lush countryside around her home in western Ukraine. Her wild imagination takes her into birds and flowers, and into the waters of the river.

All that changes when, one morning, she sees her mother crying. As she tries to find out why, she is drawn on an extraordinary journey into the secrets of her family, and her mother's fateful choices.

Can Angela lead her mother back to happiness before her innocence is destroyed by the shadows of a dark past?

Beautiful, poetic and richly sensory, this is a tale that will haunt and lift its readers.

My Review

I had mixed emotions while reading this book. It was an experience all of its own. On one hand I was memorized by the story as if it was part dream and part mystical. At the same time it was for these elements that I struggled at times to stay connected to the story. However, what kept me grounded was the characters...Angela, her mother, and grandmother. There was a strong connection between all of these women.

Angela represented joy. Her mother represented sadness. Her grandmother represented love. As I kept reading this book, the story revealed itself to me and I did not care if I may not have always got the concept of what I was reading but all I knew is that I did like this book. So, I just sat back and enjoyed myself. I loved when Angela and her mother went to town. This was a happy moment. The ending was not too much of a surprise but I can say that it was a fitting one. The Woman Behind the Waterfall is a lovely read!




About the Author:

Leonora Meriel grew up in London and studied literature at the University of Edinburgh and Queen’s University, Ontario. She worked at the United Nations in New York, and then for a multinational law firm.

In 2003 she moved from New York to Kyiv, where she founded and managed Ukraine’s largest Internet company. She received an MBA from Kyiv Mohyla Business School and served as President of the International Women’s Club of Kyiv, a major local charity. During her years in Ukraine, she learned to speak Ukrainian and Russian, witnessed two revolutions and got to know an extraordinary country at a key period of its development.

In 2008, she decided to return to her dream of being a writer, and completed The Woman Behind the Waterfall, set in a village in western Ukraine.

Her second novel The Unity Game, set in New York and London, will be released on May 1 2017.

Leonora lives in Barcelona and London and has two children.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Let's Try This Again + Giveaway




Book Description:
One girl.  Two guys.  It's complicated. And hot.


First there is Isaac, the ex-boyfriend who threatens her move to a sunny new life on the west coast when he suddenly comes back into the picture.  The chemistry is intoxicating and Josie starts eating, breathing, and sleeping with him again until the move.  Things are hard enough saying goodbye to her childhood home and very best friends, but when Isaac makes it seem like he might actually want her to stay, Josie wonders if she’s giving up on him too quickly.


Josie takes the plunge and moves to California.


Then comes Carter. Sweet, doting - and, oh my god! - former boy band heartthrob, Carter. Josie’s new life falls into place, with new friends and a job working as the personal assistant for Carter as he plans the re-launch of his career. When it seems like there might be something between Josie and her new boss, she can’t help but hold back in fear of crossing a line and, worse yet, getting her heart crushed.  Once again.


What spirals into a complicated, heart wrenching, unexpected love triangle forces Josie to face a decision that she is not sure she can make.  Carter or Isaac.  Or - who knows?


It’s Sex in the City meets Bridget Jones Diary under the Hollywood sign.  A masterful debut novel of love, sex and rock & roll in the New Adult genre.

My Review


I was in the mood for a good comedy. That is what I thought I was getting with this book. Sadly, I was not laughing. Not even by the half way mark. It was a slow start to this book for me. Yet, I was determined to stick it out and give it a chance. Josie's friends were more fun than she was. She did not give me a good vibe. There was a scene where Josie was trying to show up one of Isaac's exs. Yes, I should be cheering for Josie that she got the upper hand but instead she came off as too catty for my taste. This probably had to do with the fact that I could not understand why Josie was with Isaac or what she saw in him. Despite all of this I thought things would turn around for the better once Josie got to California. It was starting to with Carter but not fast enough. I won't see Josie's happy ending.

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Author's Bio:
Jordyn Woodtke is an exceedingly gifted new author who is destined to take the New Adult genre by storm with her debut novel entitled Let's Try This Again.


A graduate of NYU, she majored in screenwriting with a minor in bottomless brunching, skills she took with her when she moved to Los Angeles to follow her dream of becoming a writer. Jordyn started writing poetry and plays in high school, garnering prestigious awards and accolades from the Hartford Stage, Drexel University, the Waterbury Young Playwrights Festival and the national Scholastic Art & Writing awards, among others.


Now, on any given afternoon you are likely to find Jordyn petting random dogs on her street, noshing at any of the numerous brunch spots in LA, or bingeing Netflix on her couch. She's grateful and dedicated to the art of storytelling because it lets her say all the things she wished she'd said when she had the chance.


And if Let’s Try This Again is any indicator of future success, Jordyn will get to keep saying them for a long, long time.  


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Q. How long have you been writing?

A. I can’t honestly remember a time when I didn’t identify as someone who enjoyed writing. Throughout elementary school we’d periodically have to write short stories in a fixed amount of time, and that’s my first recollection of loving story telling. But I started taking it seriously, writing longer form content, and hoping to make it into a career in high school through the creative writing program and my amazing creative writing teacher and mentor!
 
 
Q. Where do you get inspiration for your stories?

 A. The people around me have always inspired me. The old adage “write what you know” is definitely true, but it helps when complex, challenging, interesting people who either directly or indirectly influence your work surround you. Looking at the small subtleties of every day life and interactions has always fascinated me, so I get inspired by the little moments that might go unnoticed. I usually take an image, thought, or connection that has stuck with me for whatever reason and go from there.

 
 

Q. Any hobbies? What’s a quirky thing you like to do?

 A. I love food so, so much. So a lot of my hobbies center around eating, cooking, exploring new restaurants, etc. Brunching is my favorite activity and trying adventurous dishes is a passion — the weirder the combination of foods, the better.

 
Q. What advice would you give budding writers?

 
A. Make sure it’s something you have to do. A professor in college told me once, “If you don’t have to write, you won’t.” I think it’s one of the most insightful and honest things I’ve ever heard. If you aren’t compelled to tell that story or write down that feeling or share your thoughts in a new and interesting way, you won’t do it. And if you don’t write often and write consistently, this kind of craft is going get away from you. And read! All the time!

 Q. In today’s tech savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written parts of your book on paper?

 A. I keep a lot of pocket journals; they’re my favorite things to collect. I like to have them close by incase a line or idea pops into my head, and I’m not near my computer. Throughout the process of writing Let’s Try This Again there were plenty of moments I was struck by something that I wanted to write about, so I have lots of notes written down in different journals that ended up in the book.
 

 
 
 Q. What genre do you write and why?
 
A. I like to write dramedies, a nice mix of drama and comedy. I think it’s the genre that most closely resembles true life besides non-fiction. Life isn’t always funny and it isn’t always tragic and the two aren’t mutually exclusive. I like writing about honest things I’m sure other people have thought about and talked about and want to know that someone else has felt the way they did. Knowing that fact can make the anxiety or burden or just the weight of those feelings easier to bear and connecting with an audience on a visceral level, for me, is the ultimate goal.
  
 
 
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Title: SQUIRREL SUPERHIGHWAY: IT’S GOOD TO BE A DOG
Author: Anna C. Morrison
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 16
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Squirrel Superhighway features a dog on a self-discovery mission who is surrounded by many graceful squirrels. This is a vocabulary booster in a series of feel-good stories for children of all ages and those who read with and to them. The story includes squirrels, more squirrels, even more squirrels, and a dog who wants to be a squirrel!

 

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My Review

This is a sweet, charming book for young readers. I read this book on my computer screen. Yet, the illustrations still displayed wonderfully. They helped tell the story. I liked all of the different types and colors of squirrels. I am such a dog lover so I enjoyed Duke a lot. He was so precious trying to communicate and be part of the squirrel superhighway. The lesson that readers can learn from this book that being themselves is great is a nice lesson. Another plus about this book is that the words were not too big to pronounce that the older readers could read on their own and the younger ones for the most part with little adult supervision.


About the Author



Anna C. Morrison is an author of children’s books, including Silly Moments and Green Gooey Goop, with many more to follow.  She is also an adjunct professor for multiple colleges and universities, both face-to-face and online.  While she instructs various levels of English composition, she also teaches classes on literature, film, feature writing, and technical writing, among others.  In addition, she has worked with Adapt Courseware as a writing consultant on three video course projects, including college skills and composition.  Anna received her MFA in Writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, and her BA in English, Creative Writing, from California State University, San Bernardino.  Anna is an active member of SCBWI and is available for book signings.  She lives in Southern California with her family and pets.   

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I See You

The author of the smash bestseller, I Let You Go, propels readers into a dark and claustrophobic thriller, in which a normal, everyday woman becomes trapped in the confines of her normal, everyday world...
Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her...

It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her, a grainy photo along with a phone number and listing for a website called findtheone.com.

Other women begin appearing in the same ad, a different one every day, and Zoe realizes they've become the victims of increasingly violent crimes—including rape and murder. With the help of a determined cop, she uncovers the ad's twisted purpose...a discovery that turns her paranoia into full-blown panic. For now Zoe is sure that someone close to her has set her up as the next target.

And now that man on the train—the one smiling at Zoe from across the car—could be more than just a friendly stranger. He could be someone who has deliberately chosen her and is ready to make his next move…




My Review

The start of this book was good. It had the feel of Girl on a Train. Which is what I was hoping and looking forward towards. Ok, so this story started out slowly with nothing really chilling happening. Yet, I held hope because I thought this was going to be like a psychological thriller. In those type of books, sometimes the storyline is slow to build up but gets darker and darker as I get further into the story. Sadly, this was not the case for me. I felt the story slowly building up but it never really reached full dark mode. It was more like sweet and tangy. From everything that I did read, I enjoyed this book. I did read and finish it in two sittings. I know that this author can write a good book from I Let You Go. The next book will hopefully be as good as the prior novel.