Saturday, April 30, 2016

WINGDOG: SOUL PUP, A MAGICAL MUTT MEMOIR

It’s love at first sight…for both of them. An abandoned yet tenacious pup with one blue eye and one brown eye beats the odds and is enlisted as one woman’s WINGDOG. It’s a role he takes seriously, but he knows that his human needs more than just another set of eyes and ears. He must show her how to laugh and how to love again. His loyalty knows no bounds, and he takes his duties seriously riding shotgun as the pair travel life’s highway.

A dog may be man’s best friend, but the truth is…A WINGDOG is truly a woman’s gift.
For readers who enjoy contemporary canine classics such as MARLEY & ME, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, and A DOG’S PURPOSE, Janelle Jalbert’s ‘Magical Mutt Memoir’ combines the best of these storytelling traditions. Told as a memoir – adhering to how events unfolded – one woman seeks establish a new life after moving across the country from California to North Carolina.

Her chance at a new normal arrives in the form of Goose, a pup that melts not only her heart but also the hearts of everyone that he meets. As they travel coast-to-coast and places in between, the bond that the two share proves that love and loyalty can transcend even the greatest of obstacles.

WINGDOG: SOUL PUP is a heart-warming, emotional – and oftentimes comical – tale of how one pup becomes the consummate WINGDOG only to transform into the ultimate Soul Pup.

My Review

I love reading dog books. I am such a dog lover. While the last couple of dog books that I have read were good they were not "great". This book is great. Both the author, Janelle and Goose were so relatable. This helped make the book so much more enjoyable. Goose is the perfect name for the dog. All of the adventures that Janelle and Goose had were entertaining. Also, loved the thoughts of Goose as if he were really talking. I do believe that dogs can communicate with their owners. Only the ones that share a very special bond can listen and would agree. I have been communicating with all of the dogs that I have owned or came into my life since I was a little girl. I loved every moment of this book. For anyone who is a dog lover you need to pick up a copy of this book. You won't regret it.

Friday, April 29, 2016

A Cowboy's Claim



Everyone knows Victor Vicario—he's the scarred loner who's on his way to the National Finals Rodeo in Vegas. But no one knows about the guilt that drives him. And until he achieves his goal, there's no room in his life for attachments.

So when Vic is given temporary custody of his young nephew, he is torn. He can't turn his back on family, but how can he look after a kid when he's traveling the rodeo circuit? Then he runs into feisty barrel racer Tanya McGee and makes her an offer. She helps him with Alex, and he'll pay her rodeo expenses. The problem is their little "family" starts to feel all too real.

My Review

I am a sucker for a cowboy. Although Victor is charming and great with his nephew, Alex, I was not feeling the spicy chemistry between him and Tanya. For example the first time that they slept together, I had no reacts and just kept reading. Despite me not feeling the sizzle, I did think this was a sweet read. Alex is a cute boy. He warmed my heart and I could not help but fall in love with him. He just goes to show that you can say a lot even without words. The rodeo scenes were good too. For anyone who is not familiar with the rodeo or barrel racing will get a taste of what that experience is like with the scenes from this book.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Daughter of Albion


"Those who root for Game of Thrones' Daenerys Targaryen will find much to love in Ailia's personal quest."—The News Daily

Set in Ancient Britain on the cusp of Roman invasion, Daughter of Albion is a mesmerizing novel about the collision of two worlds and a young woman torn between two men.

Daughter of Albion transports the reader to the village of Caer Cad in southwest Britain, AD 43, where the dark cloud of the Roman Empire is gathering on the horizon.

A baby girl is abandoned on the doorstep of the Tribequeen’s kitchen. Cookmother takes her in and names her Ailia. Without family, Ailia is an outsider in her village, forbidden from marriage and excluded from learning. Despite this, she grows up an intelligent and brave young woman, serving the Tribequeen of her township until the day when an encounter with an enigmatic man named Taliesin leads Ailia to the Mothers, the tribal ancestors, who have chosen her for another path.

Ailia’s growing awareness of her future role as the tribal protector and her relationships with the two very different men she loves will be utterly tested by the imminent threat of Emperor Claudius preparing to take the island.

With an incredibly compelling heroine, Daughter of Albion is a suspenseful and richly rewarding novel about women, about power, about love, and about the clash of cultures and the tenacity of belief.

My Review

When I first picked up this book I thought it sounded intriguing yet I was not overly excited. In fact, I put it down but a few days later came back to it when looking for my next book to read. So glad I picked up this book. I read it in one day. This time I actually have to agree that the reference to Khaleesi is a good reference. Albion is a dynamic woman. The special abilities that she possess is cool. Although at this point I have not felt any strong feelings towards the two male interests. Hopefully this will change in the sequel. Also I just have to say that I will be watching the fish next time I go swimming in a lake. Anyone who likes paranormal, historical fiction, strong female heroines, or just looking for a new author to read you have to pick up a copy of this book as you will get lost in the story. Which for me turned into a quick read.

Last Light + Giveaway

 




  Welcome to another exciting tour with Novel Publicity. Today, I'm excited to share with you, my review of Last Light, by CJ Lyons! Also, make sure you check out the rafflecopter, because Novel Publicity & CJ are giving away scented candles, signed hardbacks. . . AND a KINDLE PAPERWHITE!

About the Books


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CJ Lyons. For fans of Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag, and Jeffery Deaver: "Everything a great thriller should be--action packed, authentic, and intense." ~#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

After leaving the FBI, life should be easy, right? Wrong--not if you're Lucy Guardino. Lucy has always seen herself as a normal Pittsburgh soccer mom who happened to have a job chasing the worst of the worst. But after a violent predator targets her family and she's injured, Lucy sacrifices her career with the FBI in order to keep her family safe.

What is she now that she's no longer a FBI Special Agent? she wonders as she begins her new job with the Beacon Group, a private consulting firm that specializes in cold cases and bringing justice to forgotten victims.Lucy fears she's traded being a kick-ass law enforcement officer for being a civilian mother hen shepherding a team of amateurs. What is she now that she's no longer a FBI Special Agent? she wonders as she begins her new job with the Beacon Group, a private consulting firm that specializes in cold cases and bringing justice to forgotten victims.Lucy fears she's traded being a kick-ass law enforcement officer for being a civilian mother hen shepherding a team of amateurs.

Her fears appear justified when she's partnered with TK O'Connor, a former Marine MP struggling with her transition to life back home, and sent to rural Texas to investigate a case that's more than cold, it's already been closed with the killers behind bars for the past twenty-nine years. But...who really killed Lily Martin, her infant daughter, and husband? Why was an entire family targeted for annihilation? What price will Lucy pay when she fights to expose a truth people will kill to keep buried? LAST LIGHT is the seventh Lucy Guardino novel, but they can be read out of order. If you enjoy captivating suspense, intelligent storytelling,strong and vulnerable characters, and a freight-train pace, then you'll love this adrenaline rush of a heart-pounding thriller. Join the millions of readers who've fallen for CJ's Thrillers with Heart and grab your copy of LAST LIGHT today!


My Review


My only exposure to this author is from the medical thrillers. So this is also my first time meeting Lucy Guardino. Although, I knew nothing about her or what she has endured in the past, I was able to instantly connect with her. It seems whatever things she endured in the past she was able to overcome and it made her a stronger woman. The partnership between her and TK was a good one. They worked well together to achieve results.

The other plus to this book is the killer and storyline. Both elements did not take a back sit to the characters. I hate when this happens. The story would at times flash back to the past but every time it did, it only gave me greater insight into the present. I plan to go back and read the past books in this series.


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Pediatric ER doctor turned New York Times bestselling thriller writer CJ Lyons has been a storyteller all her life—something that landed her in many time-outs as a kid. She writes her Thrillers with Heart for the same reason that she became a doctor: because she believes we all have the power to change our world. In the ER she witnessed many acts of courage by her patients and their families, learning that heroes truly are born every day. When not writing, she can be found walking the beaches near her Lowcountry home, listening to the voices in her head and plotting new and devious ways to create mayhem for her characters. To learn more about her Thrillers with Heart go to www.CJLyons.net Connect with CJ on her website, Facebook, or Twitter.

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 Welcome to another exciting tour with Novel Publicity. Today we're pleased to share an interview with our featured author, CJ Lyons! In this interview, we’d like to dive deeper into the world of FBI agent Lucy Guardino, and CJ's novel, LAST LIGHT. The characters, setting, and themes along with what makes them tick, and who was the loudest character that just wouldn’t shut up!

For readers that are new to you, can you tell us a bit about this collection of books and introduce us to Lucy Guardino?

CJ: I created Lucy because I was tired of reading thrillers featuring female FBI agents who were driven by angst, fleeing demons, fighting addiction, stalked by serial killers, or with dark, forbidden secrets, etc–all things that would never allow them to do their job effectively in the real world. As a woman who has always worked in a male dominated field (Emergency Medicine), I wanted to create a main character I could relate to.

Someone facing the same kind of struggles balancing work and family and who was “real.” So, I thought, why not go as real as it gets? How about a Pittsburgh soccer mom, who has a loving and supportive family? No angst, no dark past, no addictions or demons…Just the very real need to do her job the best she can while also giving her family as much love and attention as possible. Of course, I can’t go too easy on her, so during her early adventures with the FBI, I give her the worst possible job, tracking pedophiles and sex offenders. The fact that she happens to be good at it only makes her life more complicated because she fights a constant battle of protecting her family from her work.

Can these books be read out of order, or are they better read by publication date?

CJ: The first six Lucy books, the Lucy Guardino FBI Thrillers are best read in order: SNAKE SKIN, BLOOD STAINED, KILL ZONE, AFTER SHOCK, HARD FALL, BAD BREAK. I’m striving to design the new Lucy books, the Beacon Falls Mysteries, so that they can easily be read out of order.

Your website has lots of resources for writers, research links from stories you’ve done and extras. Research obviously plays a big role in your writing. Can you tell us about how you begin researching for writing a thriller?

CJ: All of the Lucy books center around true life crimes and criminals, so I read a ton of police newsletters, follow the FBI news stream, press releases, and their official Law Enforcement Bulletin to get an idea about the kinds of cases they’re focusing their efforts on and any strange twists that they’ve taken. I’ve also visited Quantico twice and have interviewed many FBI agents as well as other law enforcement professionals. For the Beacon Falls series, I have the luxury of using cold cases—and since they’re by definition unsolved, I can use my imagination to provide my own unique answer. I don’t go searching for the perfect crime to use in a Lucy story, it comes to me…guess it’s a good thing there are so many crazy criminals out there wreaking havoc! (something only a thriller writer could say!)

LAST LIGHT has a warning, is this more tongue in cheek, or have you had readers complain about the depiction of violence in your books?

CJ: I never include gratuitous violence in my books, but I do depict what violence there is in a very honest way, especially the emotional impact—all my years working as a victim’s advocate demand that. I began placing that warning on the first Lucy book, Snake Skin, years ago when it was a #1 on several Amazon bestseller lists, including Mystery. I’d noticed that despite its overwhelming popularity and rave reviews, including many from former FBI and law enforcement officers, I was getting strange one star reviews complaining that the reader had been expecting a cozy mystery and by gosh, there was blood and bodies and violence in this book, how could that be when it was the #1 Mystery? My one rule of writing is that I always strive to excite and delight my readers and obviously, for whatever reason, these readers were not my readers. I decided it was better to lose a sale than disappoint a reader.

Snake Skin already had a snake lunging off the cover (a very large, scary snake, in fact!), its subtitle was: a Lucy Guardino Thriller, and the series name using the word “Thriller” was also already right there on the top of the product page in big, bold letters, so I was at a loss of how to prevent readers from buying a book that wasn’t what they expected. I crafted that warning and added it to the top of the product description. It has seemed to work…so far, at least.

In the latest Lucy Guardino novel LAST LIGHT, Lucy has left the FBI to work with a private consulting firm on cold cases. Are there really consulting firms like this operating in the US, or are private detectives more a figment of our imagination?

CJ: Yes. The Beacon Group is a fictionalized composite of several private and non-profit organizations that exist in real life. These groups, such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, NAMUS, the Polaris Project, and the Vidocq Society among others, assist overworked and overwhelmed law enforcement agencies even though they have no police powers. They are the true unsung heroes and I hope that Lucy’s team serves to shine a light on their amazing work.

Lucy is a very strong female lead character, who are her supporting characters, and could you introduce us to a couple of your favorites to write?

CJ: Fan favorites of Lucy’s current cast of characters include Nick, her loving husband, and the closest thing Lucy has to a nemesis, teenaged-sociopath and daughter of a serial killer, Morgan Ames. Readers loved Morgan so much (she was introduced in BLOOD STAINED and reappeared in KILL ZONE) that I gave her her own spin-off story in FIGHT DIRTY. I’m hoping to find time to write more Morgan stories in the future as readers can’t seem to get enough of her quest to learn how to stop killing and live life as a “Norm.” In Lucy’s new Beacon Falls series, we get to meet new characters.

I think readers will especially resonate with TK O’Connor, the brash, young former Marine MP who was embedded with front-line special ops troops in Iraq and Afghanistan—something that actually happened as the military recognized the utility of having women involved in these dangerous missions. TK has returned from the war with no home or family left and no mission to guide her, so her partnership with Lucy and the others at Beacon Falls becomes more than just a job, but a chance to finally find her place in the world.

If Lucy were in the boxing ring with one of your other series leads, which series would it be, who would win the match and why?

CJ: Cassandra Hart from the Hart and Drake Medical Suspense series is going for a black belt in Kempo and she’s younger than Lucy, so Lucy wouldn’t win a straight out boxing match—but Lucy, being older and wiser, would find a way to de-escalate things before it ever came to that.

What do you think makes a good thriller a great read? Is it lots of action, suspense, multiple plot lines, or something else?

CJ: Great thrillers have all of those, but the main thing is the ever-increasing stakes the characters face until their entire world is at risk and they must sacrifice everything to save it. A good thriller is more than escapism, it makes you think: what would I be willing to do if that was me? In a way, they can teach us how to be heroes, even if it’s only through the vicarious experience of enjoying a good story.

We don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone, but we do want to ask...when you were writing the story, did it always end the same way, or did you have alternate endings?

CJ: The killer was always the same person but that’s all I knew when I began writing. As a seat of the pants writer, I never know the ending when I begin, all I know is whether it will be a happy ending or a tragic one. After all, if I’m surprised by the twists that happen, then readers will be as well. Thanks for joining us today CJ!

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When Daniel Gardner convinced the residents of his Kansas boomtown to advertise for mail-order brides, he never expected the woman he once loved to respond. But Leah Swann steps off the bride train…pregnant and widowed and in need of a husband. Drawn to protect his fragile childhood friend, Daniel proposes a marriage of convenience.

Seeing her onetime best friend waiting to meet the bride train is a wonderful shock for Leah. After her first rocky marriage, a practical partnership with Daniel sounds perfect—as long as her heart doesn't get involved. But when she starts to fall for her husband, will her plans of a fresh start be ruined…or is a real marriage to Daniel exactly what she needs?

Cowboy Creek: Bringing mail-order brides, and new beginnings, to a Kansas boomtown.

My Review

It has been a while since I have read a mail order bride themed story. I found this book to be very sweet and charming. This book is a good start to this series. It was nice that Leah had a friend in Daniel. He is a gentleman. I like that he did not push Leah into the romance. So this way I got to know them both better and thus their love felt real. A pleasant surprise was the references to God. Yet, this book is not preachy. The town and the other folks of Cowboy Creek were nice as well. Although I liked this story, the townfolk and the mail order brides, I did feel like this story was just that...charming. I wanted a little more than charming. However I do look forward to reading more by this author and this series.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Take Me, Cowboy

This sexy rancher is her best friend…but can he be more? Only from USA TODAY bestselling author Maisey Yates!

She’s just one of the boys, but with a new business in Copper Ridge, Anna Brown needs to change that. Her brothers bet she can’t land a date for a fancy charity event. So Anna turns to her best friend—the hottest bachelor in town—for advice.

Rancher Chase McCormack wants in on that gala. If Anna takes him, he promises to turn her into a lady. But the makeover reveals what he’s long suspected—Anna’s irresistible! Is his best friend prepared to be taken—heart, body and soul—by her very own cowboy?


My Review

So what happens when two best friends break down the barriers and give into temptation...Take Me, Cowboy. Anna and Chase's chemistry was HOT. As soon as Anna made the first move and they shared a kiss, I was feeling the heat. Anna may not have a lot of experience with men or her own body as a woman and I like that Chase realized this and was patient with Anna. Although after the first kiss they could not keep their hands and lips off each other. Yet, I would not expect anything less from a book in the Harlequin Desire series. The rest of the story was good too. It had funny moment as well that only best friends could share and relate to. I read the short snippet of the next book in the Copper Ridge series by this author and I liked what I read. I will be checking it out as well as the other books in this series.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Summer Heat Book Blast













Title: Summer Heat Box Set
Authors: Caridad Pineiro, Nina Bruhns, Rebecca York, Jennifer Lowery, Taylor Lee, Traci Hall, Stephanie Queen, Alicia Street, Kathy Ivan, Jackie Ivie, Michele Hauf, Rachelle Ayala, Katy Walters, Melissa Keir, Dani Haviland, Jacquie Biggar
Publisher: Chill Out
Genre:  Anthology/Box Set

16 All New Contemporary Romances from NY Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors. Guaranteed to make your blood run hot. Passion, steamy nights, excitement, and suspense. Something to suit every reader's taste. Grab a cool drink (you'll need it!), find a hammock, and curl up for an unforgettable escape.

1: Caridad Pineiro, Under the Boardwalk - A passionate night under the boardwalk brought them together, but can Chase and Natalie rekindle that lost love in just one night?

2: Nina Bruhns, Fast and Flirty - The top-secret package STORM Corps transporter Kade Maddox is hired to deliver turns out to be way more trouble—and a whole lot sexier—than he ever anticipated.

3: Rebecca York, Outlaw Justice - Will a surprise reunion with her old lover save her life when she flees from a homicidal husband?

4: Jennifer Lowery, The Fall (Book #2 ATCOM series) - The last thing ATCOM agent Brendan Devayne wants is to settle down, but Mia Lawrence makes him think twice…

5: Taylor Lee, Jared: (Book 1, The Justice Brothers Series) - The rookie cop learned the hard way that when tangling with the Justice Brothers, Justice—like Love-- isn’t always fair or easy.

6: Traci Hall, Festival by the Sea - Al Cooper’s too bad to be a cop and too good to be a crook; Darcy Smith can’t get enough.

7: Stephanie Queen, Beachcomber Heat - This summer’s heat wave on Martha’s Vineyard is breaking records, but so is the crime wave. The combination is causing a wave of red-hot dangerous desire between Dane and Shana.

8: Alicia Street, In Training for Love - When private fitness trainer Shannon meets her hot new client, loving her job takes on a whole new meaning.

9: Kathy Ivan, Sex, Lies and Apple Pies - A televised baking competition brings them together.  But deceit, intrigue and revenge are on this menu.  Can their love survive?
 
10: Jackie Ivie, The Hunted - LeeAnn’s got business in Miami.  Bring on the sun.  Sand.  Sexy men to look at.  The last thing she expects is to be someone’s target.

11: Michele Hauf, The Geek Gets The Girl - Mistaken for the IT geek? This sexy CEO is about to learn the intimate operations of his company—up close, and personal.

12: Rachelle Ayala, Bad Boys for Hire: Ken (Bad Boys for Hire Series, #2) - After Jolie Becker is left at the altar, her friends secretly hire a hunky beach bum to cheer her up.

13: Katy Walters, Sands of Seduction - Clary escaped to a place of sea and sand, a place of passion and seduction.

14: Melissa Keir, Protecting Her Pigg - Arson and fire bring them together, but what will cause the most damage…the arsonist bent on revenge or their own stubborn ways?

15: Dani Haviland, Pool Boy Wanted (No Experience Preferred) - He’d never known a woman before, and that’s just how she wanted him.

16: Jacquie Biggar, Summer Lovin’ - Can two mismatched lovers find a way past their mistakes, or will they keep their lonely hearts forever guarded?

For More Information

  • Summer Heat boxed set is available at Amazon.
  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
  • Summer Heat is also available at Google Play, Kobo,
  • Watch the book trailer for Melissa Keir’s PROTECTING HER PIGG at YouTube.
Book Excerpt:
From Protecting Her Pigg by Melissa Keir

Arriving on the scene, the smell of smoke with the tang of gasoline assaulted my lungs. The building was a total loss. It bothered me to see something once so beautiful destroyed.
“Sir, you can’t be here,” the officer I’d assigned to the perimeter yelled.
Turning toward the commotion, I witnessed a tall, dark-haired man storming toward me with violence in his approach. Sizing up the advancing danger, I threw my shoulders back and met the man halfway.
“This is my building. Who are you, and what do you know so far?” His gravel voice caused goose bumps to form on my skin.
“I’m sorry, Mr…?” Up close, the man took my breath away. His features weren’t “pretty boy” beautiful, but striking. Chiseled chin, full lips, slightly curved nose. Must have been broken at one time.
“Pigg, Lucas Pigg. And you are?”
Caught staring at his lips, I almost missed the question. “I’m Lily O’Neill, chief arson investigator. We don’t know much so far. I’ve only begun my investigation. This wasn’t an accident. It was set with gasoline as the accelerant. The smell is noticeable. I have some questions for you. I’d like to meet you in my office to talk.” No matter how good-looking, Mr. Pigg was my first suspect.


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About the Authors






Sixteen New York Times, USA Today, and International best-selling authors share new stories about Alpha men, Detectives, Sports’ Heroes, and sexy men. These authors write from their hearts and have stories that entertain.
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Giveaway!

The authors of the Summer Heat Boxed Set are giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card to one blogger who participates in their book blast and another $10 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky person who leaves a comment at any of their book blast stops!

Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One blogger will be chosen to receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card and one commenter will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card
  • This giveaway begins April 25 and ends on May 27.
  • Winners will be contacted on May 28 and announced on the author’s tour page.
Good luck everyone!

Ride Hard

Brotherhood. Club. Family.

They live and ride by their own rules.

These are the Raven Riders . . .

Raven Riders Motorcycle Club President Dare Kenyon rides hard and values loyalty above all else. He’ll do anything to protect the brotherhood of bikers—the only family he’s got—as well as those who can’t defend themselves. So when mistrustful Haven Randall lands on the club’s doorstep scared that she’s being hunted, Dare takes her in, swears to keep her safe, and pushes to learn the secrets overshadowing her pretty smile.

Haven fled from years of abuse at the hands of her criminal father and is suspicious of any man’s promises, including those of the darkly sexy and overwhelmingly intense Ravens’ leader. But as the powerful attraction between them flares to life, Dare pushes her boundaries and tempts her to want things she never thought she could.

The past never dies without a fight, but Dare Kenyon’s never backed down before .


My Review

After just finishing watching the final season episode of Sons of Anarchy (SOA), I was still feeling the vibe of biker gangs. So this book was perfect. I was definitely feeling the SOA vibe reading this book. Just like Jax, Dare is as sexy as hell. Although I have never had dreams of being an biker's old lady, I do have to say that after SOA and reading this book I have to admit that I was a bit jealous of Haven and wished that I was in her shoes. The chemistry involving Dare and Haven is scorching hot. Besides Dare and Haven, there were the rest of the Ravens, Bunny, and Cora that kept things entertaining throughout this story. I am sad that the next book does not focus on Cora but from what I did read of the snippet for the next book, I like what I read and can't wait to read it. For readers of romance, hot men and women, SOA, and Laura Kaye you will enjoy this new series.

Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep

A portrait of a woman, an era, and a profession: the first thoroughly researched biography of Meryl Streep—the “Iron Lady” of acting, nominated for nineteen Oscars and winner of three—that explores her beginnings as a young woman of the 1970s grappling with love, feminism, and her astonishing talent.

In 1975 Meryl Streep, a promising young graduate of the Yale School of Drama, was finding her place in the New York theater scene. Burning with talent and ambition, she was like dozens of aspiring actors of the time—a twenty-something beauty who rode her bike everywhere, kept a diary, napped before performances, and stayed out late “talking about acting with actors in actors’ bars.” Yet Meryl stood apart from her peers. In her first season in New York, she won attention-getting parts in back-to-back Broadway plays, a Tony Award nomination, and two roles in Shakespeare in the Park productions. Even then, people said, “Her. Again.”

Her Again is an intimate look at the artistic coming-of-age of the greatest actress of her generation, from the homecoming float at her suburban New Jersey high school, through her early days on the stage at Vassar College and the Yale School of Drama during its golden years, to her star-making roles in The Deer Hunter, Manhattan, and Kramer vs. Kramer. New Yorker contributor Michael Schulman brings into focus Meryl’s heady rise to stardom on the New York stage; her passionate, tragically short-lived love affair with fellow actor John Cazale; her marriage to sculptor Don Gummer; and her evolution as a young woman of the 1970s wrestling with changing ideas of feminism, marriage, love, and sacrifice.

Featuring eight pages of black-and-white photos, this captivating story of the making of one of the most revered artistic careers of our time reveals a gifted young woman coming into her extraordinary talents at a time of immense transformation, offering a rare glimpse into the life of the actress long before she became an icon.
  

My Review

I no nothing about who Meryl was growing up prior to becoming an actor. So I was very curious to read this book. I found Meryl to have an innocence about her. She did not know what a beauty she was growing up and the strong presence she has when on stage or camera. Mr. Schulman does do his research well about Meryl. I did feel like I have gotten to know her better know. When she first did the reading for a school production, it was like I was there sitting in the audience and I could hear Meryl acting out the lines. Yet, despite liking what I read, I could not commit my full attention to this book. There was a lot of skimming done and I did not finish reading this book.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Wizards and Books




As an added perk of Reader’s Legacy’s Rowling celebration, we will be holding a special 20% off sale for each of her novels from April 25th to April 30th – ReadersLegacy.com/JKRowling

The sale not only celebrates J.K. Rowling, but was also brings attention for a special grant program we have created in order to give away 1 million physical books in support of literacy programs! Spreading a love of books, and ending illiteracy around the world is 100% possible, and with the help of reader’s on the site, we believe will be one step closer to achieving that goal! Get in on this sale HERE.
 

Wizards, Witches, and Muggles, Oh My!

The votes are in, and in a remarkable landslide, J.K. Rowling has been identified as the top author of Reader’s Legacy! To celebrate Ms. Rowling’s literary triumph, we looked into our Goblet of Fire and pulled these out 10 magical phrases; sure to guarantee any Potterhead the Hogwarts acceptance letter they’ve been waiting for!
  1. “It’s no good crying over spilt potion.” – Meaning there is no use in worrying about events that have already taken place, and that cannot be undone.
  2. “In the name of Merlin.” – An expression of bewilderment. EX: “What in the name of Merlin, are you doing?”
  3. “Like bowtuckles on doxy eggs.” – Meaning to stick to someone or something, incredibly close. Used in a sentence, “She took to potions like bowtuckles on doxyeggs.”
  4. “I’ll take Cadogan’s Pony.” – Meaning to make light of a dark situation.
  5. “The fire’s lit but the cauldron’s empty.” – Meaning someone seemingly functions in a proper manner, but is actually socially inept.
  6. “The tip of the dungheap.” – Synonymous to the muggle idiom, ‘Tip of the Iceberg’, it symbolizes a smaller piece of a larger picture.
  7. “To have a hairy heart.” – Meaning, someone bitter. To have a cold and unforgiving way about you.
  8. “Don’t count your owls before they are delivered.” – Meaning to not plan on anything expected to happen in the future, as said to Harry Potter by Dumbledore in ‘The Half-Blood Prince’.
  9. “Hanged for a dragon as an egg.” – A larger punishment for a minor offence in order to bring the point across stronger to the offender.
  10. “Time is Galleons.” – Meaning, time is money.
 
 

Remember to Forget




In Remember to Forget from Watty Award-winning author Ashley Royer, Levi has refused to speak since the tragic death of his girlfriend, Delia, and can't seem to come out of his depression and hindering self-doubt. Desperate to make some positive change in Levi’s life, his mother sends him to live with his father in Maine. Though the idea of moving from Australia to America seems completely daunting, Levi passively accepts his fate, but once he lands faces personal struggles and self-doubt at the same time he and his dad battle through resentment and misunderstanding. And then, while at therapy, Levi meets Delilah, a girl who eerily reminds him of someone he lost.

My Review

I tried to like this book because most of the other readers who read this book could not stop raving about it. Yet, I found Levi to be very off-putting. I felt more resentment towards everyone and everything then I did depression. Which I guess in a way resentment is a form of depression. Aside from all of this again the way that Levi treated his father and his new friends in the beginning was not called for. All I could focus on is Levi acting like a spoiled brat that I could not focus on the rest of the story. I could not figure out why Levi's new friends including Delilah let him get away with his attitude other then to say that they must have felt sorry for him. There came a point where I could not deal with Levi anymore and skipped all the way to the last four chapters just to see if Levi did change. Luckily from what I did read in these last few chapters, Levi did change and was tolerable.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Glass Shatters


A man wakes up in a living room he doesn t recognize, unable to remember anything about himself. All he has are the few remnants of his identity scattered throughout the house clues to his past. He soon learns that he is Charles Lang, a brilliant scientist whose wife, Julie, and daughter, Jess, mysteriously disappeared several years ago. Soon, he begins to recover memories memories that may or may not be his own and as he does, he realizes that only by uncovering the details of his former life will he have any hope of being reunited with Julie and Jess. A haunting tale of love and longing, fate and free will, and the easily blurred lines between fiction and reality, Glass Shatters explores the risks of trying to reinvent oneself, and the dangers of pushing science to its limits."
My Review


At first this book did not seem to be my cup of tea, yet there were fragments of thins that I read that intrigued me. Just like Charles' memories. Also, Iris and Ava, Charles's neighbors. It was nice that Charles had an adult friend in Iris and the child like innocents of Ava. However the more I read the more I started to become invested in Charles' life. Even though I did not know Julie and his daughter, Jess before their disappearance in his life, as I read and became familiar with them I felt the love that Charles had for them both and their love for him.

In the beginning the back and forward switching from past to present to past past too a little getting used to the flow and I was not as interested in the past as I was the present, yet I found my groove and every time I read more about the past it was like finding another piece of the puzzle. The end result was a good one although it might have been a little bit of a slow journey. I would read another book by this author.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Impure Blood




In the heat of a French summer, Captain Paul Darac of the Nice Brigade Criminelle is called to a highly sensitive crime scene. A man has been found murdered in the midst of a Muslim prayer group, but no one saw how it was done. Then the organisers of the Nice leg of the Tour de France receive an unlikely terrorist threat. In what becomes a frantic race against time, Darac must try and unpick a complex knot in which racial hatred, sex and revenge are tightly intertwined.


My Review

This author is new to me. The story started out fine, yet I had trouble engaging myself in the story as it kept progressing. The murder itself was not interest. In fact, I kind of missed it the first time and had to re-read it again. Which again that was the theme for me for most of the first third of the story. I found myself more re-reading or even reading for a third time sections again. Captain Darac was interesting and lent a nice voice to the story. After a while I could not stick with this book anymore. While I was not a fan of the story itself or found the characters engaging, I did like the location and the feel of the overall story. Therefore, I would give this author another try in the future.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Last Maharajan Book Blast










Title: The Last Maharajan
Author: Susan Wingate
Publisher: Roberts Press
Pages: 152
Genre: Romantic Thriller/Women’s Fiction

With her mother dying and her marriage falling apart, Euly Winger returns to her birth place in order to uncover a dark secret about her parent's divorce. Something that has haunted their family since Euly was a young adult. 

But when Euly meets up with an old acquaintance, her time back home turns nightmarish when he angrily reveals everything he knows about her parents. 

A suspenseful and inspirational read, THE LAST MAHARAJAN is a story of love--in all of its forms, loss--in all of its sadness, and forgiveness--in all of its redemption.

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  • The Last Maharajan is available at Amazon.
Book Excerpt:

Why would she lie? Why now, knowing she was going to die?
Somehow Belle's words felt contrived, forced. Euly Winger had been calling her mother Belle since around the age of fourteen. When Belle showed signs that Euly could treat her as an equal.
Her mother's words rung like an indictment, allowing a wisp of a notion making Euly recoil from something that happened long ago, evoking a lingering emotion in Euly, a dreamy memory, caught somewhere between the dead and the living and equally unattainable to conjure.
What was it her mother said? The exact phrase, the exact placement of words, the first one and then the next, that stirred in her such a strong reaction?
“He’s your brother.”
Was it that simple? No, she had added the word "probably" and, with emphasis.
Euly remembered how, when Belle spoke, her breath leached out a rancid, metallic odor grown from all the intravenous drugs pumping into her, drugs keeping her alive.
Her veins looked larger against her pale mottled alabaster skin, accenting the clear plastic lines stabbed into her arms, covered by white paper tape to hide where the needles had been inserted.
No. That's not what she said. Belle's exact phrase was, “He’s probably your brother.” There it was. And Euly's mind roller-coastered back to a spot, an exact time, location, and age--the way the scent of mown grass takes you back in a specific point in your history, to your childhood.
Belle had said it as if to sentence her father, yet again, for their divorce. A divorce that happened so many years ago, a lifetime really, that Euly wondered how it could still bother her mother. But it did.
She stared into her cup dunking her teabag as she tried to put the pieces of yesterday's conversation back in order and wondering if her mother had tasted the hate drooling off of her tongue.
Belle's year-old diagnosis felt like a slap across Euly’s face--a swift year that blew by like a fleeting Santa Ana. And, what made it worse? The doctors now gave Belle less than a month. If that.


About the Author





If you want to read award-winning, fiction steeped in suspense and sometimes set in mythical lands, or books with mystery and thriller elements, you will enjoy reading Susan Wingate’s books. The twists and turns of her stories and her likable, touching characters are always unique. People say that her work is reminiscent to the fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia written by C.S. Lewis and also to the superhero Spider-Man series–books with unforgettable heroes and fantastical worlds readers can escape to. Susan Wingate’s bestselling, award-winning books are recommended for teenagers, young adults, and for the young at heart!
Susan began writing as a child when she learned her father was a writer. Susan Wingate writes fiction and is currently working on a gritty faith-based Apocalyptic thriller series. Susan offers writing instruction to emerging writers at writing conferences, libraries, and online webinars. Her popular workshop “Muscle-up the Gut of Your Story: How to Write the Novel“ has given emerging novelists the impetus to complete their first drafts quickly and efficiently. Susan also teaches writing craft, nuances about the publishing business, and how to market your book. Her workshops have been endorsed by many writers who have been struggling in their careers and have then gone on to get major publishing contracts with legacy publishers.


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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Cowboys, Oh My!

Come Love a Cowboy Western Romance Anthology ~ only $.99
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Eight stand-alone Contemporary Western Romance novellas from Bestselling and Award-Winning Authors.
From firefighters, bronco busters, and wealthy ranchers to bad boys, we have them all for you! If you've ever wanted to fall in love with a sexy, alpha cowboy of today...now's your chance.
On sale for $.99 via Amazon: http://myBook.to/Come-Love-A-Cowboy
Pre-order through March 31, 2016
Release date: April 1, 2016
Luke’s Fate by Kathleen Ball
Meg O’Brien hoped never to lay eyes on the one man who broke her heart. To her dismay, Luke Kelly arrives at her ranch a much different and broken man. Can Meg ever forgive his callous treatment of her and help Luke become the man he used to be?
Grant Me The Moon by Caroline Clemmons
All Tory Fraser intended was to show her high school history club students a local archeology dig. How could she know the excursion would involve a murder?
Three for The Win by Keta Diablo
Hollis should have known better than to fall for a bone-melting man like Stede. He’s gone now and Eli is left to pick up the broken pieces of her life.
Border Affair by Hebby Roman
When his partners’ daughter is kidnapped in México, a self-made millionaire must confront his feelings about their affair and the future of their relationship.
Leaving Necessity by Margo Bond Collins
Mac has one week to convince his ex-girlfriend Clara not to sell his oil company. In this high-pressure reunion, can they strike love again?
The Shape of Destiny by Julie A. D’Arcy
A young male shape shifter. A beautiful female ranch owner. Can love be born in a web of deceit?
Bad Boy, Big Heart by Andrea Downing
She’s a New Yorker escaping her parents. He’s a Wyoming cowboy supporting his dad. One summer, two young people—three months to find love.
Desert Heat by Patti Sherry-Crews
A single mother struggling to keep her guest ranch puts her own desires on hold. When a handsome and persistent fireman sets his sights on her, she must decide how much she’s willing to give.

Featuring:
Leaving Necessity by Margo Bond Collins
(also available as a stand-alone novella via Amazon: http://myBook.to/Leaving-Necessity)
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Can they strike love again?
At nineteen, Clara Graves left Necessity, Texas, to try to heal her broken heart. She swore she would never come back, and she's kept that promise for ten years. Until now. When she returns for her uncle's funeral, she inherits a small oil company that may keep her tied to Necessity for a few days longer than she expected. But as soon as she can close or sell the business, she's pointing her boots toward greener pastures.
To this day, Mitchell MacAllan regrets letting Clara go without a fight. But his whole life was in Necessity, and leaving town wasn't in the cards. As the foreman of Aerio Oil and Gas, he works hard to keep the townspeople employed and maintain the business, despite a recent downturn in petroleum prices.
Now Mac has less than a week to convince Clara that she should give Aerio a chance, and maybe even forgive him in the meantime. Otherwise, she will once again be leaving Necessity--and taking his heart with her, this time for good.
Leaving Necessity is also available in the Come Love a Cowboy Anthology

Excerpt
I had forgotten how big the sky is here.
Clara moved to the side of the caliche road, sidestepping several larger rocks in order to make her way to the edge of the small oil field—the ‘oil patch,’ Mitch had called it. Drawing in a deep breath, she could smell the dust and mesquite, even over the scent of the gas that hissed out of the pressure valve Mitch let go.
The orange rays of the sunset shot out from behind a distant limestone hill, streaking the clouds above with golden light. When she drew her eyes back down to the ground, everything seemed a little darker.
She couldn’t help but compare it to her life in New York. Despite the rhythmic sound of the compressor running the cricket-head well pump behind her, there was a sense of peace out here that came from being truly alone.
Or at least, as alone as she could manage with another person around.
Especially if that other person was Mitchell MacAllan.
Something about him still attracted her. Not necessarily physically—though that was still in the mix. No, it was the way they slipped into simply being in one another’s company, as if the last ten years hadn’t even happened.

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Margo Bond Collins is addicted to coffee (mmm...caffeine) and SF/F television, especially Supernatural (mmm...Winchesters). She writes paranormal and contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and paranormal mystery. She lives in Texas with her daughter and several spoiled pets. Although she teaches college-level English courses online, writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and the women who love (and sometimes fight) them.
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