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I would like to introduce to you new and aspiring writer Chiara Atoyebi.

 

 

 

Chiara has two books available now, I have listed them below, along with my reviews:

 

 

Blurb:

 

In the spirit of contemporary beat poets and slam poets, 3 A.M. Musings of Love Lost and Found speaks to the special voice within ourselves that yearns to be heard or hear something that allows us to live, speak or discover our truth. Allow this journey to be your own as you travel on this ride.

 

My review:

 

I love poems that make you sad. I love poems that make you happy. I love poems that fill you up from the inside out.

This is my first book of poems I have read from this author and I have to say I was highly impressed by her rhythmic flow, the way she crafted hers words with such ease. But mostly it was the emotion you could feel when she told her story.

 

My rating 5.0 out of 5.0

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Blurb:

 

Phoenix Mitchell would do anything to escape her dark and abusive past. On the eve of her twenty-eighth birthday she arrives in New York City with her modeling portfolio in hand with hopes to revive a dead career and dying relationships. Determined to make a name for herself by any means necessary the last thing she is looking for is anyone or anything that will stand in her way. That is until she meets the powerful and brooding Dexter Stiles. The handsome and notorious CEO of DQS Entertainment that holds the keys to the career she so desperately desires but also to her heart strings. She almost falls into the old patterns of her past until she meets Dexter's rival younger charismatic rival Big City and the games really begin. With friends constantly vying for her position; and her heart on the line, Phoenix begins to question does she have what it takes to make it on her own? Can she really have it all? Or is she really just a girl trying to walk in broken heels?

 

My review:

 

Phoenix Mitchell is a woman looking for a break from the treacherous life she has lived. All she wants is the freedom to live a happy life and doesn't everyone deserve that. She travels to New York City where she meets Dexter and finally gets her break, when she is offered the contract she is seeking. But things take a drastic change when she falls for the handsome Dexter Stiles. How do you have a successful career and a relationship? Especially, with the man who is your boss?

This story was deep and the writing was very poetic and the characters were real and engaging. I am happy to say with the way the story ended, there is definitely going to be a sequel and I am definitely looking forward to the continuing story of Phoenix and Dexter.

 

My rating 5.0 out of 5.0

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TITLE – Blow SERIES – Hard Hit AUTHOR – Charity Parkerson GENRE – GBLT Romance PUBLICATION DATE – 8/14/15 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 200 pages PUBLISHER – Punk & Sissy Publications COVER ARTIST – Punk & Sissy Designs with photography by Taria Reed

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BOOK SYNOPSIS

When the cover model who’s every man’s fantasy…

By most people standards, Ryker is considered odd. As the only child of a notorious conman, he understandably has a few trust issues. Most men are willing to overlook his parentage and strange personality since these days he’s better known as one of the hottest cover models around. Ryker knows his appearance pays the bills, but it’s also brought grief, stalkers, and one gorgeous cop into his life.
There’s one tiny problem with his new-found obsession, Grady—other than being a part of organized law enforcement—he also happens to be straight.
Meets a cop who’s unlike any other man…
Grady knows exactly what he wants in life. He has the career he’s always dreamed of, and plays the field, catching every woman he sets his sights on. That is until he meets Ryker. Something about the more-damaged-than-not cover model brings out Grady’s protective side. Ryker also does something else to Grady. He makes him burn. The last thing Grady expected was to fall for another man, but no one makes him feel the way Ryker does. He can’t get enough. Unfortunately, he’s not the only one.
Their passion will blow everyone away.
When Ryker’s ex threatens their newfound love, Grady will stop at nothing to hang onto the man he never knew he wanted, and the bond he’d die to keep.

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EXCERPT

“Wow, Cop. You’re really uncomfortable right now, aren’t you?”
He shook his head even as his lips refused to shape a lie and deny it. “After the Plethora incident, I was worried about you.”
Ryker’s stare was too knowing. It did nothing to abate Grady’s anger. “Do you make a lot of late night house calls like this one?”
“No.” Fuck. Even Grady heard the desire in his voice. What the ever-living fuck was he doing here? Ryker took a step toward him. Grady’s brain screamed for him to step back. His feet refused. In their defense, they were probably listening to his dick. It was closer after all, and hard as steel.
“What a mess you’re creating for yourself right now, Cop. You’re as straight as they come.” Obviously, Grady was experiencing some fucked up form of tongue paralysis. He couldn’t speak.
Ryker shifted even closer until barely an inch separated them. He hadn’t realized until that moment how much taller Ryker stood. Grady had to tilt his head back to hold the other man’s gaze.
“Now’s the time to chime in,” Ryker said, taunting him. The roaring need to do something, anything, rose up and overtook Grady’s brain before taking control of his body. Without his permission, Grady’s fingers gripped Ryker’s T-shirt and tugged.
Ryker didn’t obey. He didn’t budge a single inch. Instead, he held Grady’s stare as he slowly lowered his head, forcing Grady to acknowledge what was about to happen. He wanted to run away. God only knew how much he didn’t want this, except he did, and he couldn’t stop. When Ryker’s lips finally met his, Grady sucked in a deep breath. The room spun, making him realize it was the first true gulp of air he’d taken in since his knuckles brushed the wood of Ryker’s front door. With his eyes closed, his mind steadied. As Ryker’s tongue swiped Grady’s bottom lip, he forgot everything, including his inhibitions. Not who he was kissing. Grady was incapable of forgetting that detail. Ryker was too freaking amazing. The brush of lips on lips was gentle until Grady let Ryker in. His back hit the door as Ryker’s fingers dug into his jaw, holding him in place, and consuming him. There were kisses, and then there was whatever this was.
“You’ll regret me,” Ryker promised as he pulled away before attacking Grady from a different angle.
“No,” Grady said against his mouth, recognizing the truth. Maybe this wasn’t his life, but it was his moment. He’d wanted no other man before Ryker, but he did want Ryker.
Ryker’s mouth moved to Grady’s throat. “I’ll regret you.”

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AUTHOR BIO

Charity Parkerson is an award winning and multi-published author with Ellora's Cave Publishing, Indie Publishing House LLC, and Punk & Sissy Publications. Born with no filter from her brain to her mouth, she decided to take this odd quirk and insert it in her characters.

*Winner of 2, 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards *2015 Passionate Plume Award Finalist *2013 Readers' Favorite Award Winner *2013 Reviewers' Choice Award Winner *2012 ARRA Finalist for Favorite Paranormal Romance *Five-time winner of The Mistress of the Darkpath


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My review

 

Ryker is a gay cover model who is attracted to a man which would be normal, accept for that man, Grady is straight.

Grady is a cop and when he meets Ryker, there is something about Ryker that draws to him, something about him that he needs and intends on doing everything it takes to get it. But with every relationship, there is this wicked ex of Ryker’s who threatens to ruin everything. Will Ryker and Grady find their HEA?

 

It is always enjoyable to read a book where men can show their emotions and vulnerabilities without coming off as being weak. The relationship between Ryker and Grady was amazing . It was so nice to read a novel where both men could be vulnerable, yet not portrayed as weak. I thought that Ryker was an amazing character and was so happy that he found what he needed in Grady.

 

My rating: 4.0 out of 5.0




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TITLE – One With the Shadows SERIES – The Companion Series AUTHOR – Susan Squires GENRE – Regency Vampire Paranormal Romance PUBLICATION DATE – September 15, 2015 LENGTH – 322 pages PUBLISHER – Independent COVER ARTIST – Rebecca Poole, Dreams2Media

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BOOK SYNOPSIS

Bestselling author Susan Squires brings you a shadowy world of seduction and betrayal, vengeance and desire…
TEMPTATION BEGINS IN DARKNESS
Kate Malone makes her living reading Tarot cards and fleecing society’s elite. With no prospect of independence, her own fate looks bleak. But Kate’s fortunes change when she steals a magnificent emerald—and is confronted by a mysterious stranger. Kate is sure the striking gentleman’s attention is a ruse to retrieve the gem. But his presence awakens her to a passion she never dreamed of… and to powers she never knew she possessed.
AND LASTS FOR ETERNITY
Gian Urbano is bound by honor to retrieve the mystical stone that can drain a vampire’s power—and drive them to madness. The willful, stunning Kate has no idea of the emerald’s dark magic, or the lengths Gian’s enemies will go to possess it. But soon Gian discovers for Kate a desire more compelling than duty—one that could save them both or lead them to their downfall…
“Squires writes a darkly compelling vampire romance.”—Affaire de Coeur
Full of colorful characters, romantic locales and vivid details of 1820’s life [One with the Shadows] has a delicious pace and plenty of thrills, and her vampire myths is both mannered—almost Victorian—and intriguingly offbeat. Bound to net a wide audience of paranormal fans, this one may even convert devotees of traditional historical.”—Publisher’s Weekly (A Best Book of the Year)

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Everyone else in the room hung on her words, the men wanting something they could use to jibe him, the women hoping for something that said he would be theirs. But she couldn’t make out the story the cards told. She didn’t have any words, only an ache in her head and a feeling of... dislocation, as though she were looking at herself from far away.
Yet words came.
“You have seen blood, rivers of it, in a desert.” She blinked. The room began to swirl, the colors of the crowd melting together. “Blood you brought forth through extraordinary heroism in a cause you believed was just.” She stood. The table toppled. Surprised, she glanced down to see the cards scattering very slowly to the floor. But the crowd behind them was spinning faster. “It has left you wandering in your soul, impotent. Evil is around you even now, and may still win out.” Her voice did not seem to be her own. “Many trials are ahead. Thievery will be involved. I see a stone, an emerald. Your arrogance can still be tempered into wisdom by your trials.” She had a sensation of falling, and yet she knew she stood, looking up at him. He too stood, staring in fascinated horror. “Love can transform you.” She gazed up into those green eyes and the room receded entirely.
The green of his eyes turned into the green of a stone.
It was an emerald, as big as half her fist. It glowed in darkness. A woman’s hand with long nails held it with a pair of silver tongs. The glow of the emerald cast refracted green light on the rough stone walls and floor of a cramped room. He was there: the arrogant, beautiful one. He was naked and chained to the wall. His pale skin stood out against the dark stone on which he lay. “You are mine,” the woman said “The jewel will give you to me.” Fear shone in the man’s eyes. The woman came closer, touched the flesh of his chest with the stone. He arched and groaned. The glow brightened until it lit the cell with a blinding green light. The woman’s laughter echoed crazily back from the rock walls. And then nothing. The stone cell vanished. Kate took one breath, and collapsed.

 

AUTHOR BIO

Susan Squires is a New York Times bestselling author known for breaking the rules of romance writing. Whatever her time period, or subject, some element of the paranormal always creeps in. She has won multiple contests for published novels and reviewer's choice awards. Publisher's Weekly named Body Electric one of the year’s most influential mass market books and One with the Shadows a Best book of the Year. Time for Eternity, the first in the DaVinci time travel series, received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly.
Susan has a Masters in English literature from UCLA and once toiled as an executive for a Fortune 500 company. Now she lives at the beach in Southern California with her husband, Harry, a writer of supernatural thrillers, and two very active Belgian Sheepdogs, who like to help her write by putting their chins on the keyboarddddddddddddddddddddddd.

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Kate Malone was an orphan who believed that a man, who took her from an orphanage, had saved her. But she soon finds out this ‘father figure,’ was only using her to help him scam people out of money. It was him, who in a fit of rage. left a scar on his face.

After he passes away, Kate is left to face the world on her own, doing what she did best, scamming people. Posing as a Tarot reader, she comes across a man who exerts a strong energy when around her, Gian Urbano.

Gian Urbano was no ordinary man, but a vampire searching for a mystical stone, that he soon finds out is in Kate’s possession. After a fellow vampire threatens to get the stone, at any cost, including killing Kate, Gian takes them away, to protect not only the stone but Kate. What started out as something simple, turns into confusion for Gian, as his feelings for this human begin to grow deeper, his want for her overtaking his existence.

This was a very good story, I have read many books by this author and I have to say, she is an amazing wordsmith. Her characters are always likable, and have this realism to them that makes you root for them to make it through whatever darkness they may entail.

My rating 4.0 out of 5.0

 


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TITLE – The House at Homecoming Cove SERIES – Romantic Ghost Stories by Ginny Baird AUTHOR – Ginny Baird GENRE – Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Sweet Romance PUBLICATION DATE – 10-15-15 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 60K PUBLISHER – Winter Wedding Press COVER ARTIST – Dar Albert


 

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From New York Times Bestselling Author GINNY BAIRD A breathtaking romantic mystery set at the Virginia Eastern Shore...

Seeking out solitude in which to work, New York City music composer Melissa Carter rents a century-old farmhouse on the Virginia Eastern Shore. There, she meets a loner with rugged good looks and smoldering gray eyes, who has long-term ties to the property. When strange things start occurring at the historic home, the handsome groundskeeper comes to her aid, but is Melissa really safer in his arms?

When Stone Thomas meets a pretty northerner with a musical gift, he's immediately drawn to her. He's also determined to protect her from the increasingly odd happenings at the fifty-acre farm where he's employed. Soon, Stone finds himself wondering whether he and beautiful Melissa might share a future. Yet the secrets of Homecoming Cove threaten to drive them apart.

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The Ghost Next Door (A Love Story)

"A fine suspense and you just won't believe how it ends." ~ Barbara Baker

"The twist at the end took me by surprise! Great job to the author!" ~ Melinda Burchett

"Wow...wow...wow!! I did not see that coming." ~ Mary Ann

"This is a mind bender! Very well done!" ~ Sandra D. Griffin


 

The Light at the End of the Road

"A gripping tale with a hint of paranormal." ~ Dawn Pearson

"New, refreshing twists and turns." ~ Anna Gibson

"Ms. Baird has again exceeded any expectations." ~ Dianna Plano

"Wow. I mean, WOW. This is not your normal romance..." ~ Anita Slaugh

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EXCERPT

Her words came out in a whisper. “Thank you for everything. For coming to my rescue, for…” She was saying goodbye, yet her chin tilted toward his and she took a step closer, her lips barely parted, inviting. She peered up at him and met his gaze with a look that was surprisingly heated, decidedly predatory. There was no mistaking it. Melissa wanted him too. That was all the encouragement Stone needed to take her in his arms and bring his mouth down on hers with a hungry desire that surpassed all expectations.

Melissa gasped with delight and sighed into his kiss. Stone’s empty mug slid from her grasp and landed somewhere on the sofa. Stone pressed his eager body to hers and ran his hands up her back, threading his fingers through her hair. She was glorious, beautiful, her gaze sparking with reciprocal passion. Stone groaned and kissed her again, savoring the taste of her, delighting in the sweetness of her body molded to his, as his blood pumped harder and his heart beat like a kettledrum gone out of control. It was more than a kiss; it was like coming home.

“Stone,” she said breathlessly. He opened his eyes to find his cheeks nestled between her palms.

She looked up at him her face flushed with longing. “I think you’d better go.”

“Yeah,” he said, his pulse pounding. “I’d better go.”

Thunder boomed and rain slapped the windowpanes, while the fire hissed and moaned.

Neither one moved.

“Melissa,” Stone whispered, brushing his lips over hers. “You and me… It’s like… I don’t know.”

“I know,” she replied, meeting his kiss. “I feel it too.”


 

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NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling Author Ginny Baird has published novels in print and online and received screenplay options from Hollywood for her family and romantic comedy scripts. She writes heartwarming contemporary romance about single women facing everyday challenges. Known for featuring holidays and family themes in her work, Ginny frequently portrays the struggles of single parents or others who've given up on finding true love.

Ginny has two novella series, The Holiday Brides Series (holiday romance) and The Summer Grooms Series (summer romance), a Romantic Ghost Stories series (paranormal ghost romance), and additional single titles available. She is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, a Top 10 Best Seller on Kindle, NOOK and iBooks, and a #1 Best Seller in several Romance and Women's Fiction categories. Visit Ginny's website www.ginnybairdromance.com to learn more about her and her books.


 

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TITLE – A Bridge Through Time AUTHOR – Gloria Gay GENRE – Time Travel PUBLICATION DATE – July 10, 2015 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 1678 Words PUBLISHER – Kindle Direct COVER ARTIST – Killion Group

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Trapped in another era, Jane is forced to choose between her very life and the young man of the portrait, for she has fallen in love with the real version of Jestyn Greywick.
Years ago, at the age of fourteen, Jane Fielder visited England, the birth country of her parents, with her mother. A that time a strange event took place, and one that Jane never forgot. On a tour of a great estate with her mother, Jane became entranced by the portrait of a young man. She noticed that he had a pendant with the gold chain wrapped around his hand. Impulsively, Jane touched the young man’s hand and it felt warm. Now, years later, and devastated by the death of her parents, Jane returns to England as a foreign correspondent. She hopes the change of scene will make the loss of her parents easier to bear, for her health has lately taken a hit. Jane is as anxious to start her new job as she is to see the portrait again, for she wants to find out if she just imagined that the young man’s hand felt warm to her touch. Then when Jane touches the young man’s hand on the portrait again, she is blasted back in time to 1803.

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She stared at him. Now that he had leaned toward her she could see his face clearly. This was the second time she had seen this man. The first time had been when she had stared at his portrait. Electricity zig-zaged through her body, clear down to her toes. What did this mean?
Jane took out a tissue from her front jacket pocket and pressed it against her cut, mopping up the blood that had trickled to her chin and neck all the time the man was speaking to her in an irate tone:
“My brother is hurt and it appears you were also injured and it serves you right!”
Jane shifted her leg to ease the shooting sparks of pain going up her side and on her right arm.
“What's your name?” Jestyn asked when Jane just stared at him.
“What's yours?”
“Of all the insolent…I have a good mind to give you a thrashing.”
“So you beat women?”
“You're a woman? A woman wearing breeches?” His voice was incredulous as he continued asking, “And what kind of strange breeches are these? And where did you get this lantern? Is it magic?” The man looked keenly at the strong light coming from the flashlight. “Did you use magic?”
“Magic?” said Jane looking down at her flashlight. A flashlight was magic to this guy? “Listen,” she added when he just stared at her, “this pain is more than I can bear. I – could you help me up? My leg – something’s wrong with my left leg. I can’t get up.”
“It’s either sprained or broken,” the man replied. “You cannot walk on that – uh – limb for now.” His tone had changed on hearing she was a woman rather than a rascally youth spooking his horses on purpose.
“My name is Jane Fielder,” Jane said, in a more appeasing tone, I’m a reporter for CBS and I – I seem to have lost my way.” If this man was the only one that could help her, in spite of his strange attire, she should try to ask nicely.
“I’m Jestyn Greywick, miss,” he replied.
For a stunned moment Jane said nothing. Then she dragged out a few words. “You’re kidding, aren’t you?”
“I beg your pardon?”
“This whole thing…” Jane said, “…your costume, dressed as Jestyn Greywick…the carriage…were you – are these scenes arranged for tourists?”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, Miss Fielder,” he said.
“What I mean is you can’t really be serious about your name unless you’re – oh, I get it. You’re pretending to be Jestyn Greywick. That was the name of the man in the portrait I saw moments ago.” Jane felt dizzy and probably wasn’t making sense, judging by the look in the man’s eyes.

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Writing and painting have been Gloria’s main obsessions ever since she can remember. She and her husband consider themselves very lucky to be living in a beautiful place like San Diego, California, but most of all to have their children and grandchildren living nearby. Gloria is inspired by the sea and couldn’t think of living away from it.
A Bridge Through Time is Gloria’s first time travel romance. Her latest Regency romance, Enchanted Summer, is Gloria’s seventh Regency romance Her other Regencies include the recently published Lovely Little Liar and Scandal at Almack’s, both with Boroughs Publishing Group, as well as Love In A Dangerous Season and Kissed In The Dark that she self-published with Kindle Books.

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Bound by a Portrait

 

Jane first laid eyes on Jestyn in a portrait, holding a pendant when she went on a tea tour of Greywick Hall with her mother, when she was just fourteen years old. Fascinated by Jestyn’s picture and the pendant he held, she touched the pendant then his hand and it felt warm, which she found odd being as it was a portrait. She ran her hands across other parts of the portrait and found it cool to the touch, then touched his hand holding the pendant and it was warm.

 

Ten years later, Jane revisits that same estate with her friend Cybil but this time when she touches the picture, something magical happens and she is transported through the picture back into time.

 

This was a very fascinating read. I really enjoyed the magic and the story of how two people from two different times, meet and fall in love.

 

 

My rating – 4.0 out of 5.0

 


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TITLE – Into the Crossfire SERIES – First Force Series Book #1 AUTHOR – Cindy McDonald GENRE – Romantic Suspense, Romance, Military Romance, Black Ops PUBLICATION DATE – August 4, 2015 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 240 pages COVER ARTIST – Dawne Dominique


 

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It had been four years since ex-Navy SEAL, Jack Haliday, had an explosive run-in with a biker gang wounding their leader, Gunner. During those years Jack had acquired everything he ever wanted: a beautiful wife, an adorable daughter, and a lovely home in the suburbs—everything was as perfect as it could get, until Gunner returned to twist Jack’s world inside-out with a vengeance that he could never have prepared for. Critically injured, he found himself surrounded in the security of First Force International and in the care of their head medic, Dr. Rayne Lee, a beautiful and compassionate woman who knows firsthand the sharp slice of loss and grief.

Now Jack has a score to settle and he’s got some new friends to help him, but in the end, can Rayne help to ease his grief and encourage him to start a new life with team First Force?


 

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EXCERPT

Closing her eyes, Rayne took in a braced breath. “My name is Rayne. And I know all about the nightmares where the ones that you love are murdered in front of your eyes and you are powerless to stop it.” Her voice fell away.

Jack’s head snapped toward her.

She busied herself cleaning up the implements that she had used to suture him while she spoke. “My husband and I were on a medical mission in Peru three years ago. The Peruvian government had taken down a guerrilla group known as the Glory Road near the Amazonian Valley. They had killed or arrested approximately one-hundred members of the group. Matt and I were part of a small medical unit that went in to care for the women that had been held as sex slaves. They were in terrible condition, dehydrated, starved, and beaten. Anyway, Matt, me, and my four-year-old daughter, Sierra, were housed in one of the tiny shacks in a camp. One night, the camp was attacked by the guerrillas they hadn’t captured. It was a slaughter.” Rayne’s voice hiccupped. She needed to catch her breath. She sank onto the edge of the bed.

Jack watched her intently while she fought to muster composure.

Finally, she continued, “They killed my husband and my daughter, but for some reason they spared me and several of the women who had been rescued. I wished that they hadn’t. I was their prisoner for seven horrible months. I prayed for death every night. Uncle Walt and his team rescued me. It’s been a long road back to becoming a functioning human being.”

Hesitating, she wrung her hands together. She found the courage to look him in the eye. “So you see, Jack, I have a complete understanding of what you’re going through.”


 

CHARACTER BIOS

Jack Haliday: Jack is one hot ex-Navy SEAL. He is represented one the cover of the book by one very hot British rugby player and model, Stuart Reardon. Tall, muscle bound with a thick nest of dark wavy hair and a one-thousand megawatt smile that brings women to their knees. Does Jack know that he’s gorgeous? Sure, but he doesn’t let it get in the way of helping people in trouble and comforting those who need it most. Jack loves his family. He is madly in love with his wife, Laura, and that little daughter of his, Lil, is the apple of his eye. This man had it all. He was in love with his life, and when it is suddenly ripped out from underneath him, his life becomes one objective: revenge!

Dr. Rayne Lee: Four years ago, Dr. Rayne Lee lost her husband and daughter, Sierra, to a group of hostile guerrillas in Peru. It has taken great constitution to rebuild her life and to join her uncle’s international security firm, First Force, as the head medic. Now, just as she thought that her life was getting back to some semblance of “normal” a handsome man and his adorable daughter are brought into her care. Her motherly instincts kick in immediately as she take little Lil Haliday under her caring wing, but what is it about Jack Haliday that’s getting under her skin, and can she help him to get passed the grief and start a new life with First Force?

Lil Haliday: Lil is a curly-top cutie with a personality that draws everyone to love her instantly. Just a little tyke and at the age of four, her bravery in the face of a horrible tragedy is an inspiration to the men who make up the covert team of First Force. Like her father, Jack, and Dr. Rayne Lee, Lil is a regular character in the First Force Series—she’ll be there to entertain you and the other characters throughout the series.


 

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For twenty-six years Cindy’s life whirled around a song and a dance. She was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of her adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005. She often notes: Don’t ask me what happened, but suddenly I felt drawn to my computer to write about things that I have experienced with my husband’s Thoroughbreds and happenings at the racetrack—she muses: they are greatly exaggerated upon of course—I’ve never been murdered. Viola!

Cindy’s first book series, Unbridled, was born. Currently there are five books in the series. Cindy is a huge fan of romantic suspense series’, especially with a military ops theme. Although she isn’t one to make New Year’s resolutions, on New Year’s Day 2013 she made a commitment to write one. Most recently, Secret Cravings Publishing has picked up her First Force Series. Currently available: Into the Crossfire, coming very soon: Book #2, To the Breaking Pointe, Book #3 Into the Dark, and 2016 will bring Book #4 To the Brink.

People are always asking Cindy: Do you miss dance? With a bitter sweet smile on her lips she tells them: Sometimes I do. I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love writing my books, and I love sharing them with my readers.

Cindy resides on her forty-five acre horse farm with her husband, Bill, and her Cocker Spaniel, Allister, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


 

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Four years earlier Jack goes undercover as a biker for the gang Nomads and he quickly gains the trust of the leader Gunner. The undercover operation goes belly up, when fellow officer shows up and Jack is forced to save the man’s life, by shooting Gunner, thus revealing himself.

Now four years later, Gunner is back to seek his revenge on Jack.

 

I haven't read a heart pounding thriller like this in years! I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time. I, especially loved the way the author introduces just small tidbits of the past in the first few chapters. This was a wonderful read.

 

My rating 4.0 out of 5.0

 

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TITLE – Devon Drake - Cornerback SERIES – First & Ten Series AUTHOR – Jean Joachim GENRE – Sports Romance, Contemporary Romance


BOOK SYNOPSIS

Devon Drake, star cornerback, has it all: hot super model girlfriend and pro football career, or does he? A childhood friend wanders back into his life, upsetting his ideal existence. Is it finally time to tell her the truth about what happened fifteen years ago?

Stormy Gregory is on the run from an abusive man. Her best friend offers her a safe place at the shelter for abused women and children. Grateful to be out of harm’s way, Stormy helps with a charitable event, not expecting to run into Devon Drake, her friend’s brother. Will she run again rather than face rejection?

Cracks in his perfect world threaten the cornerback’s starting lineup status. An unwelcome surprise short-circuits Stormy’s attempt to build a new life. Can they pull together or will the secret that separates the former friends keep them on a downward spiral?


EXCERPT

But the last thing Stormy wanted was to hang around Devon Drake any longer than necessary. He had filled out since high school with pure muscle. Like Chutes and Ladders, Devon Drake had taken the big ladder from handsome to gorgeous. Hanging around might mean the revival of old feelings, leaving her vulnerable to rejection again. It was destined to happen, since he had a hot, high-powered girlfriend. Stormy needed to watch her step. He wasn’t available, but nobody had told her heart that. He sat up, his gaze glued to her. She hummed the tune “The Stripper” as she unzipped and peeled off her jacket. The man slid his chair closer to the window. She began to dance slowly. Out of the corner of her eye, she could see people on the sidewalk had stopped moving. She took a deep breath and eased her sweater up as slowly as possible. Now, the man in the headphones was gesturing and talking. The others in the room turned to stare. Stormy kept humming and dancing. She was getting into it. Ignoring the cold, she pulled her sweater over her head, twirled it around, and flung it at a man standing nearby. He caught it and applauded.

CHARACTER BIO

Stormy Gregory - Life hadn’t been easy for Stormy Gregory. The fighting between her parents drove her to seek the friendship of the two kids down the block, Samantha and Devon Drake.

Stormy continued her friendship with Devon and became Samantha’s shadow in high school. Until he broke her heart. They went their separate ways.

After getting her degree in nutrition, Stormy found a job far from home in Bolton, Illinois. She worked part-time in two senior centers, planning meals. She found success and friendship there with the older crowd, and a little romance with the director.

An old acquaintance from high school looked her up, seeking help finding a job and a new start. She did what she could, but resisted his advances. He became hostile, then violent, forcing her to flee.

Not knowing where to turn, Stormy contacted her old friend, Samantha Drake. Sam made space for her friend in the shelter where she volunteered. During an event, she bumped into Devon Drake.

Stormy hadn’t expected the encounter. It had been fifteen years since she’d seen him. Instead of hating him for past hurts, warm feelings resurfaced. Stormy pushed them down, figuring she couldn’t compete with a super model. Simply being near Devon Drake made her pulse jump. She needed to get away, but the man who had hit her showed up at her door. She had nowhere to go, or did she?


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Jean Joachim is a best-selling romance fiction author, with books hitting the Amazon Top 100 list since 2012. The Renovated Heart won Best Novel of the Year from Love Romances Café. Lovers & Liars was a RomCon finalist in 2013. And The Marriage List tied for third place as Best Contemporary Romance from the Gulf Coast RWA. She was chosen Author of the Year in 2012 by the New York City chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Married and the mother of two sons, Jean lives in New York City. Early in the morning, you’ll find her at her computer, writing, with a cup of tea, her rescued put, Homer, by her side and a secret stash of black licorice.

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I love football!

 

So I was excited to read this novel. I was lost at times with all the characters but the writing was very engaging and the story flowed well. The story begins with Devon, a cornerback for Connecticut Kings  missing his super model girlfriend. It was obvious to me as the story went on, she did not feel the same.

The story introduces Sam his sister who stays with Devon and basically takes care of him. Like any normal brother, Devon is protective and at times a bit overbearing, especially when it comes to men.

Sam’s childhood friend Stormy has been through a rough time, her boyfriend has been abused  her to the point of leaving bruises and forcing her to stay on a shelter.  She comes for dinner and Devon offers her a ride home. It's here they come face to face with her abusive ex and Devons protective nature kicks in and makes her get back in the car. She is after all, like a little sister to him, so he tries to convince himself but as time goes on he realizes that his feelings for Stormy are more, much more.

I liked the connection between Stormy and Devon, they had a deep friendship that made a solid and believable relationship. It was an enjoyable read.

 

My rating 4.0 out of 5.0

 

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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing author, Joan Ellis

 

 

Hi Joan, can you please tell us a little about yourself?

 

I love to laugh. When I was younger I remember giggling with friends until our tummies hurt. Happy days. I enjoy a cake or two and have crossed continents in search of the ultimate brownie. If I’m having one of those days, swimming in the sea works better than Prozac.

Being the only child of a single Mum living in a house with an outside toilet taught me a lot. Just as well, given I found myself in the same position with my own daughter albeit with better plumbing.

 

Name some of your favorite authors and why?

 

When I was a teenager, I read everything by Edna O’Brien. Her characters are achingly relatable. Martin Amis, Iain Banks and Ian McEwan conjure up the darker side of human nature. Clive James, Dorothy Parker, Harrison Keillor and Jerome K. Jerome make me smile endlessly.

 

When did you decide to become an author?

 

At school, English was the only subject I was any good at - my physics teacher said I was ‘stupid’ and the Latin master dubbed me an ‘ignoramus’ – so my career had to involve writing.

Working as an advertising copywriter in London’s Soho, I soon realised my job was pretty odd. Unlike my friends who had chosen sensible professions, my days often involved a talking dog with me trying to figure out what he would say. (According to Adland, a puppy has the same vocabulary as a toddler, in case you were wondering.) My first book, I AM ELLA. BUY ME. (Mad Men meets Bridget Jones) is based on those toe-curling antics.

I would still be penning chick lit had it not been for the man on the train. The murderer on the train who calmly confessed to having ‘slit someone’s throat.’ Any normal person (I think we’ve established I’m a long way off that) would’ve moved seats. Not me. I was mesmerized by his sordid story. Horrified but hooked, my plan was to keep him calm. It worked too well. He asked me to run away with him. I declined. (Even I’m not that daft.) But it got me thinking, why would a woman want to be with a man like him? I dedicated THE KILLING OF MUMMY’S BOY to him because he gave me a unique insight into the criminal mind without which I would never have written the book. I gave the characters free rein, allowing them to come up with some exciting twist and turns. People are never what they seem. We all present a face to the world but I think it’s more interesting when the mask slips. My second thriller, GUILT, is inspired by a real life tragedy. A young girl is left alone with her younger brother and he dies in her care. When the guilt threatens to destroy her life, she must discover who is to blame.

 

Any hobbies?

 

 

Strolling along the beach and kidding myself I’ve worked off that extra slice of cake.

 

 

What inspired you to become an author?

 

My Mum. When I started school, I couldn’t spell for toffee and my tests always came back with big red crosses all over them. Judging by my teacher’s furious expression, they weren’t kisses! It was Mum, not school, who taught me to spell and write essays. Much to my amazement, not to mention my teacher’s, I was soon getting top marks for my stories and having them read aloud in class. Recently, I was performing at a literary festival. Mum was in the audience and I dedicated my latest book, ‘THE THINGS YOU MISSED WHILE YOU WERE AWAY’ to her. It was a special moment. Then a stray cat wandered on stage and stole the show.

 

 

Do you have any advice for other aspiring authors?

 

 

Write.

Every book begins with just one word. And ends with over 70,000.   

There will be days when cleaning the oven seems more enticing than sitting at the keyboard. Don’t get distracted. Your characters need you to tell their story. Start now.

 

It was a pleasure interviewing you Joan, thank you so much.

 

 

A little more about Joan

 

Award-winning advertising copywriter, comedy writer, performer, lecturer – Joan Ellis has been them all. With a full-time job in a top London advertising agency and a new baby, she did what any right-minded woman would’ve done and set up a comedy club. She even appeared on the same bill as Jo Brand. Once.

A career highlight was casting a black and white moggie as Humphrey-Cat- Bogart for her award-winning cat food commercial. Other great performers who brought her words to life include Penelope Keith and Harry Enfield.

As a lecturer, Joan taught comedian Noel Fielding all he knows about advertising before encouraging him to showcase his creative talents on a wider stage.

Working for The Press Association, she tutored Wordsworth’s

great-grandson in the art of copywriting: Buy a host of golden daffodils and get a blue one, free!

Joan is the author of four books in very different genres: I AM ELLA. BUY ME, a girl in a man’s world battling her lascivious boss on her way to top of London’s Adland in the 80s. THE KILLING OF MUMMY’S BOY, psychological thriller inspired by Joan’s meeting with a murderer. GUILT, a chiller about a girl left alone with her younger brother when he dies. THE THINGS YOU MISSED WHILE YOU WERE AWAY, a funny yet poignant memoir about Joan’s childhood in the 60s and her daughter, Sophie’s in the 90s. Luckily, Sophie has grown into a well-adjusted, smart woman, despite sharing Joan’s uneasy gene-pool.

Suffering from swine flu and sweating like a pig, Joan moved from London to the Isle of Wight.

 

 

I have had the pleasure of reading Joan’s books you can find the links and reviews below:

 

 

 

‘I slit someone’s throat’

When a book starts with that line, you know you’re in for a hell of a thriller. Add a train, a woman and the hot confession of a murder and you’re instantly engaged—well I was anyways.

The story was intense at times and my mind was swirling with each scene as the plot thickened. The last few chapters were so crazy, I found myself lost in the book, in its world, until the last pages.

My rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

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Excellent

I was at first confused at where the story was going. Not sure if it was being told in first or third person. But I believe that was the clever touch of the pen by the author.

The story is told through the eyes of Susan. At the age of seven, her irresponsible mother leaves her alone with her four year old brother, which chooses to be a tragic mistake, after her brother finds his mothers tablets and takes them, subsequently ending his life.

As an adult, Susan finds it difficult to bond with her own child, so she begins to write a very long letter to her dead brother about everything that had happened in her life, since his passion.

This novel was so unbelievably gripping, I read from beginning to end in one sitting. This is the second novel, I have read by this author and I must say it definitely won’t be the last.

My rating: 5.0 out of 5.0

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Welcome to my tour stop of The Opposite of Love by T.A.Pace.  The full tour schedule can be seen here.

ABOUT THE BOOK:


When 37-year-old Melanie is challenged to find a mate by her overbearing mother, she finds herself in a relationship that pushes her sexual boundaries, and in a place like Sin City, that can be a precarious ride.

An homage to Erica Jong’s Any Woman’s Blues, The Opposite of Love is a psychological/sexual ride through Las Vegas and its local sex scene as experienced by two lovers who will test each other’s ability to accept them as they are, as well as their own ability to accept themselves.


EXCERPT

James arrived at Melanie's door promptly at seven-thirty wearing a suit and carrying a bouquet of flowers. Melanie opened the door in a burgundy chiffon gown that draped modestly in front and dramatically in back, with a slit up to her mid-thigh on one side. She spun in a circle, modeling for him, and he let out a low growl in sincere approval. Without a single strap holding it in place, it seemed like the dress could just slide right off of her shoulders. The thought made his dick pulse.

"That is some dress, babe."

"Glad you like it," she said. Then, nodding at the flowers, "For me?"

"Who else?" He handed them over with a kiss on the cheek.

He’d had his truck washed and waxed and when he opened the door she climbed in gracefully, her leg sliding out of the open slit in her dress, then sliding back in before he closed the door. That visual image reminded him of what he’d be doing to her later.

James didn’t always bring a date to the policemen’s ball. The last time he had was three years before and his date had worn a short, silver sequined dress with porn-star cleavage and platform heels that looked like they’d just fallen off a pole dancer. She’d had too much to drink and giggled at everything anyone said. Did she make his dick hard? Sure. But she looked like she was paid for, and that didn’t help his image with the higher-ups. Melanie was the kind of woman who could be sexy without being trashy and manage interesting conversation and drinking without being silly or embarrassing him. She was the kind of date who could help him get promoted.

It was August and monsoon season was at its worst. Almost daily, black storm clouds materialized over the valley, looming like dark ghosts, dropping an inch of rain and hundreds of lightning strikes in the matter of an hour, downing trees and power lines and causing flash floods before moving on and leaving the residents feeling vaguely assaulted. But worse, the air had become the one thing locals couldn’t tolerate: sticky. Even humidity of thirty percent was likely to have a Las Vegan mopping his forehead and complaining of swampy weather.

They valet parked, and once inside the casino, they were safe. No matter the weather outside, the air-conditioned wombs of the casinos were always mild and dry. As they crossed the casino floor heading toward the banquet hall, men playing blackjack and craps twisted their heads around and leaned back from their tables to get a look at Melanie. With her high heels she was still about two inches shorter than James, but the way she held herself made her appear statuesque. She didn't have bombshell curves, but her femininity was palpable and what curves she had were classy. She held her head high and kept her arm threaded through his as they walked. James tried to remember ever feeling so proud to have a woman on his arm, and couldn't. The thought made him a little nervous, but more than anything, he felt like the man. His colleagues would be insane with jealousy and insatiable with questions.

 

My review

 

Melanie is a woman who floats through life afraid of falling in love, at the fear of it not working out. She meets Derek at an art gallery and when he offers her a ride home, they have sex. The next four years, they continue the friends with benefits relationship.

 

After witnessing a fatal accident, Melanie is introduced to Detective James Perulo, who is assigned to asking her questions about the events of the accident. As the story continues, the detective and Melanie begin to date and she soon finds out at the detectives sexual appetite is a little out of her league. After speaking with her mother, Derek and sister they all tell her the same thing that she has to put herself out there, go outside the lines to keep this man happy if she wants to have a relationship. So she does just that.

 

But is James worth it? Is he truly the one?

 

This story took me a little while to get into only because it was kind of all over the place in the beginning. But as the story continued on it got better and I was able to engage in it. What I enjoyed about the story was the honesty of what really happens in the ‘dating world.’ Derek was my favorite character, because he was honest and real.

 

 My rating – 4.0 out of 5.0

 

BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Pan SERIES – The Untold Stories of Neverland AUTHOR – K.R. Thompson GENRE – Fantasy/Fairytale/Short Story PUBLICATION DATE – August 10, 2015 LENGTH – 15,000 words PUBLISHER – Createspace COVER ARTIST – Alchemy Book Covers

BOOK SYNOPSIS

Neverland has always been their sanctuary—until now.
Magic is dying in Neverland and only one pixie is brave enough to search the human world for someone to believe. Tink finds a desolate boy flying in the night, peering in windows, searching for the life he once knew. But can she convince him to abandon his quest and save Neverland?
Discover the untold story of the boy destined to become Peter Pan.

 EXCERPT

At least the boy was taking his task seriously, the pixie decided, watching him raise up on his toes in an effort to gain a better look inside one darkened, upstairs room. Some guardians were lazy, but this one was not, which was just as well, she noted, as the small, shadowy figure of a child exited through the window and joined him. A few seconds later, the two flew off into the night sky. The children of humans could be a handful—the ghosts of them even more so, especially when they realized they were no longer among the living. It only made sense to appoint another child to deal with their sorrow and accompany their spirits to the other side. The source of her attention currently gone, the pixie idly kicked into the open air. Small bits of dust sprinkled each time her feet touched the open mouth of the monster she’d been making a seat of. She glanced down, noticing his bottom teeth now sparkled like gold in the moonlight, giving him an even more ferocious look. The poor thing looked dreadful, with long curling teeth and bulging eyes—nothing at all like her own pretty, golden self. She gave him a bright smile. Likely, that was the only kindness ever given the monster forever stuck up here on the edge of this roof, so she reached down and gave his hard cheek an affectionate pat before turning her attention back to the sprawling town below. After all, she hadn’t come to save this monster. She’d come for the boy and soon he would need her—but not nearly as much as she needed him.

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AUTHOR BIO

K.R. Thompson writes paranormal stories with a bite and fairy tales with a twist. An avid reader and firm believer in the magic of books, she spends her nights either reading an adventure, or writing one.
She still watches for evidence of Bigfoot in the mud of Wolf Creek.

 

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My review

 

Who didn’t grow up reading about Peter Pan?

 

I know I did, so I was excited to read Pan. Pan takes us back in time when Peter was a guardian who helped guide children who were no longer with the living, like him, to the other side. He was sad, being a ghost, not being able to touch his family or to talk to them and when a tiny pixie named Tinker, entered his life, things changed drastically, as she took him to a place where he could be just a boy again, Neverland.

 

This was a very enjoyable story. It brought the child out in me instantly, I found myself giggling and smiling as I read this. I loved it and feel this book is for all ages. It’s a refreshing tale, that brings out the child in you and we all need that sometimes, no matter how old we are.

 

My rating - 5.0 out of 5.0

 


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