Sunday, December 4, 2016

Barbara L.B. Storey's FINDING OUR WAY Pre-Release Giveaway

Can Becca & Jon Survive their greatest tragedy?
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Finding Our Way
by Barbara L.B. Storey

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Trilogy: Fate Chose Us - Book 3
Publication Date: December 15, 2016
Publisher: Barbara L.B. Storey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 143 pages

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Life as a couple feels like nothing short of bliss for Becca and Jon at first. And when Becca finally takes a pregnancy test - sharing the experience with Jon over the phone, since he is away in France on a shoot - they are overjoyed at the results.  Plans and promises are made, and Jon can’t wait to get home and celebrate this big change in their lives; Becca’s only fear is facing the shock and disapproval that will certainly come from Jayani and Ruth.
But once again Fate takes over their lives – this time in a very cruel and tragic way.  Not even Jon’s father, Marc, can convince him that the loss he and Becca must endure is anything but a punishment for his carelessness.  And he cannot understand why Becca wants to break their good AND bad news all at once in a big family meeting.  But Becca knows they need time alone, to heal, and that won’t happen until everyone understands why they need to be by themselves. 
Afterwards, exhausted and happy they are finally alone, Becca quickly realizes something is very wrong.  Jon is careful not to touch her in any but the most innocent of ways, and when she presses him on the reason for this, he grudgingly tells her that he blames himself for their loss, and no longer feels he deserves her trust or her love.  As she recovers, Jon continues to maintain an emotional and physical distance that breaks Becca’s heart and comes close to damaging their bond. 
Becca knows that Jon putting her on a pedestal is going to ruin the best thing that has ever happened to either of them.  She forces her way through the walls he has put up between them, determined to heal the scars they have both suffered and find again that almost perfect physical passion they’ve known since their first night together.  One fateful, improbable weekend turned into a love neither of them ever expected to find, and she will not let that be destroyed.
Book Three of the Fate Chose Us series, Introducing Us, completes the story of Jon and Becca as they discover that everything will be all right, so long as they never let go of each other.

 
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Barbara L. B. Storey is a writer, photographer, and digital artist. She loves to write, to read, to travel, and is also crazy about baseball. She was born and now lives in Canada, but is a former resident of New York City and misses it very much.

She's also particularly fond of certain book series - Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and Outlander - of poetry, historical fiction, mysteries and thrillers, biographies, and history of almost any kind, but particularly art and political.

She has lived several different, interesting lives in both North America and Europe, but through them all, one thing has remained true: creating is essential. Writing or art - as long as she is making something and telling a story, she is happy.

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The Adventures of Natalie Bloom by Brooke Stanton Blitz and #Giveaway


The Adventures of Natalie Bloom
Brooke Stanton
(Bloom Sisters, #2)
Publication date: December 2nd 2016
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance
Natalie’s dreams are about to come true. She’s found the perfect spot for her new restaurant and a perfect business partner to make it happen – gorgeous Luke Hawker – until she discovers things are not as they seem. Luke has run off with her money, leaving her dreams crumbling around her.
With Max Euston – her friend and secret crush -alongside her, Natalie must race against the clock to find Luke and get the money back before it’s too late.
With twists and turns, Natalie won’t know who to trust (or love) until the very last page.
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Q&A with Brooke Stanton
Tell us a little about yourself.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I used to keep notebooks filled with short stories starting in middle school. If I’m going to be completely honest they were filled with some pretty risqué stories. I was young and didn’t know much about romance or sex, but my aunt wrote romance novels and I used to sneak and read them, so I tried to emulate her. I didn’t really understand the subject matter. I don’t think I’d even kissed a boy, yet. Once I got to high school, I wrote more mainstream fiction in my spiral notebooks. They were never for anyone to see. Just my own enjoyment. I went to a performing arts high school and funnelled my creativity on stage at the time. But I always knew one day I would publish a book.
Why do you write?
I write for the same reason I used to get on stage and sing and act. It’s cathartic. I love diving into different stories and characters. It makes me feel alive.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
To have the freedom to write what I want in many different genres. I hope my readers love my books as much as I love writing them.
What has been the hardest part of building your career?
Being patient!
Which writers inspire you?
Jojo Moyes, Emily Giffin, Meg Cabot. All their stories and characters are interesting and unique and I love how their stories unfold. The love stories feel authentic and there’s always a bit of fun and laughter.
What have you written? (Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest).
My debut novel was the award-winning RomCom, The Misadventures of Catie Bloom. My follow-up novel is The Advenutres of Natalie Bloom, which is the second book in the Bloom Sisters series (but can be read as a stand-alone). I have a blog on my website that focuses on my writing career with day-to-day life anecdotes. When I was trying to get preggers, I had a humor blog called Vagina Vacancy. I also contributed to Natural Awakenings magazine and wrote a column for examiner.com.
What inspires your ideas?
Everything! No, really. I never know when an idea is going to hit; I could be on a plane, in a car, watching a movie, reading the newspaper, about to fall asleep. My phone is filled with notes of story ideas. I have at least a dozen. And they will all be written.
Are there any correlations between the books you write and your life experiences?
The Adventures of Natalie Bloom was largely inspired by my yearly trips to Red Frog Beach in Panama. My parents own a place there and it’s a beautiful, unique, inspiring location. The wheels in my head were turning every time I went down there and out of that came this book.
My novel, How to Survive New York on Three Dates a Week (co-written by Corinne Barlow), is the most biographical. Most of the stories are pulled right from our lives. It’s scheduled to be released in early 2018.
All my books have a few anecdotes I took either directly from my life or my friends. If you know me, read carefully…you may find a bit of your life staring back at you!
Do you work from an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?
I used to write and see where the story took me. But I found writing for discovery without any kind of outline takes too long. Now I write a short outline before I write any book. It has done wonders for the speed in which I can write a book now. And there’s still a lot to discover, even with an outline.
Tell me about your most recent release.
It’s a romantic adventure about discovering what you and what you’ll do (and won’t do) to get. It’s a bit of romance, adventure, and mystery all tied together. Natalie Bloom discovers to get what she wants she has to fight for it and not be afraid to get hurt…a hard thing to do for all of us.
Is there a message in your novel that you hope readers will grasp? I don’t focus on a message as much as I focus on giving my readers something to indulge in, like sneaking a pint of rocky road ice cream and savouring every morsel as it slides down. But the most prominent theme in Natalie Bloom is not letting fear get in the way of living your life – stand up for what you want and go out and get it, no matter what the obstacles.
Any new projects we should look out for?
The third and final book in the series, The Downfall of Catie Bloom, is coming out in the summer of 2017.
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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.
Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.
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Snowed by Maria Alexander Blitz and #Giveaway


Snowed
Maria Alexander
Publication date: November 2nd 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Young Adult
Charity Jones is a 16-year-old engineering genius who’s much-bullied for being biracial and a skeptic at her conservative school in Oak County, California. Everything changes when Charity’s social worker mother brings home a sweet teen runaway named Aidan to foster for the holidays. Matched in every way, Charity and Aidan quickly fall in love. But it seems he’s not the only new arrival: Charity soon finds the brutally slain corpse of her worst bully and she gets hard, haunting evidence that the killer is stalking Oak County. As she and her Skeptics Club investigate this death and others, they find at every turn the mystery only grows darker and more deadly. One thing’s for certain: there’s a bloody battle coming this holiday season that will change their lives – and human history – forever.
Will they be ready?
SNEAK A PEEK AT CHAPTER 3:
I can hear Mom and Dad chatting in the living room, asking questions. Another softer voice with a strange accent gives staccato answers.
“Charity?” Mom calls out. She sounds annoyed.
I shuffle through the foyer, inhaling the smell of baking lasagna. When I enter the family room, Mom and Dad are sitting on the couch with mugs, tea bag tags draped over the edges. Some guy I don’t know sits with them in the easy chair. I can’t help checking him out. He’s my age, average height, with skin pale as cream and wavy ebony hair. His light blue eyes shimmer under long, inky lashes. His wrinkled, striped dress shirt is much too big for his narrow shoulders, and his scuffed black boots with pointed toes peek out from the cuffs of his baggy jeans. He gives off a weird vibe, like he’s been in prison or working for suicide bombers.
He must be a stray.
My mom’s a social worker. She’s always bringing home people for meals. Damaged people.
Mom wraps an arm around my shoulders, kissing my ear. “Where have you been? Did you get my message?”
I shake my head.
“Hey. How’d it go?” Dad hugs me as well. I kiss his big scruffy face.
They are being very nice. Something’s up.
“Not great. I’ll tell you later.” I stare at our visitor.
“Charity, this is Aidan MacNichol. Aidan, this is my daughter, Charity.”
“How do you do?” He holds out his hand. His eyes barely meet mine. His voice is a notch higher than I expect and kind of sing-song. What century is this guy from? Who says stuff like that?
“Hi,” I say and give him The Boneless Hand. I’m touching you but I’m not happy about it.
Except I am. His skin is incredibly soft, like my mom’s charmeuse dress. He
lets go. At the last second, I almost don’t.
And he almost doesn’t, either.
“Where’s your brother?” Dad asks.
“I don’t know. In jail?”
“Charity, stop it,” Mom sighs.
“What? I never know where he is.”
A car roars into the gravel driveway. It must be Charles’ ride. The music escaping the car windows sounds like someone is grinding the air into steel shavings. As the car retreats, Charles bursts through the front door and makes for the staircase.
“Hey! Charles, come here.” Dad motions to him.
Charles looks as if he’d rather snack on rat poison than join us, but he does.
“Hey.” Charles lifts his chin at Aidan. Aidan nods back.
“We want to talk to you guys.” Mom puts her hand on Aidan’s shoulder.
“Aidan is going to be staying with us for a little while.”
“This is bullshit,” Charles announces and heads for the staircase. He looks
at Aidan. “No offense.”
“Hey, get back here!” Dad yells.
“No family meeting? You just drop this on us?” I ask.
Mom looks mortally offended. “Charity!”
“It’s not fair. We never get a say in anything that happens around here. Not about Aunt Bulimia—”
“Aunt Bellina.”
“Or the dog I wanted?”
“Honey, you know Charles is allergic.”
“The only thing he’s allergic to is school!”
“Shut up, Cherry.” Charles glares at me, his hamster face squinching up.
“We have guests from my work all the time,” Mom says, “and you’ve never cared before.”
“Yeah, for dinner.”
Aidan slinks back, hands in his pants pockets. He watches the sky through the sliding glass door on the far wall of the living room. He’s humming a familiar tune under his breath. I can’t quite place it.
“I should go.”
Aidan’s announcement cuts through the room. Everyone falls silent.
“I can’t stay here,” he says. “I’m sorry, Mr. Jones. You’ve been very kind.”
“You’re not going anywhere, Aidan.” Mom invokes The Voice. It’s from her days as a trial lawyer. “If you leave, I have to call the authorities. You’re underage, your legal residency is in question, and the county has put you in our care. You can stay with us or you can go to juvy.” Mom darkened. “I don’t recommend juvy.”
“Neither does Charles,” I say.
“Shut up, Cherry!”
Aidan sighs. “I don’t know what this ‘juvy’ is but I suppose I don’t want to go.”
“Are you from like England or something?” Charles asks.
Aidan looks confused. “I beg your pardon?”
“Where is he sleeping?” I ask.
“Your room,” Dad says.
My face heats with horror. I bury it in my hands.
“Kidding!” Dad says, throwing an arm around me for a bear squeeze.
“Sewing room. Now let’s have some chow.”
Mom shuttles us to the dining table. She interrogates Charles as to why he stinks like cigarette smoke, but he claims it’s from riding with his friend Noah. I say nothing. As we set the table, she brings out the salad and lasagna, which smells heavenly.
Humiliation and disappointment haven’t affected my appetite at all, apparently. I wish something would.
I notice that Aidan holds the fork like he’s strangling it. He scrapes the plate. Everyone winces. Where is this guy from? And why is he so strange? Who doesn’t know how to use a fork?
I want to flee to my room to cry but I can’t. I want to make up with Keiko. I feel terrible about that fight. But Mom has laid down the law: No running off before the meal is over. Supposedly this encourages Charles to stay put and bond with us. If I ran upstairs and flung myself onto the bed now, I’d be doubly busted because we have a guest. I just want to be alone and this weird stranger is keeping me from my snug room where I can just melt down.
“Are you all right?” Aidan looks at me, concerned. “Don’t worry. It wasn’t
you who misbehaved at school today.”
Wait—what? How could he know? Or does he?
Mom shoots Aidan an anxious look, then me. “Honey, is there something going on?”
“Cherry started a riot at school today,” Charles offers.
“A riot?” Dad eyes me with disbelief.
“Shut up! That’s not what happened!”
“And then she made the Christian girls cry.”
“Charity!” Mom says. “Was this your club?”
“Mom, I didn’t do anything to anyone.”
“Then they sent Cherry like a million text messages so she can’t use her phone anymore.” Charles beams with triumph.
I want to slam his face into the Pyrex dish. “You! Did you give them my cell number?” My face heats with the rage. My hand balls into a fist on the table.
“That’s enough.” Dad points at Charles. “Did you give out your sister’s cell number?”
“Of course not,” Charles says, indignant. Dad eyes him suspiciously, but lets it drop. There is no justice.
Mom wearily passes Dad the wine bottle. “Charity, what happened?”
“Nothing. I put up a flyer about the Skeptic’s Club and the BFJs picketed my meeting, calling me a lot of unspeakable names. They harassed everyone who was there. They were harassing me with texts calling me a Satanist even before the club meeting. I had to turn off my phone. That’s why I didn’t get your call.” Tears scald the corners of my eyes.
“Where were the school officials?” Mom asks. “I can’t believe they let this happen!”
“Don’t worry. Mr. Vittorio told me he’s reporting it. He’s the librarian.”
Aidan sits with his hands folded in his lap, eyes trailing to the window.
Mom narrows her eyes at Dad and polishes off her glass of wine.
And then there’s Keiko… I can’t take it anymore. I manage to stand up and choke out, “Excuse me,” before dashing for my room.
I hear Charles complaining behind me. “So Cherry gets to have a tampon tizzy and get out of dishes?”
I slam the door and the tears spill out. As I fall on the bed, I look to Mr. Spotty and Miss Yoyodyne, who squat beside my desk. These aren’t stuffed animals. They’re robots I built. I feel like kicking one of my plastic component bins but I hurt so much, I just double over on the bed.
Footsteps pound up the stairs and Mom taps on my door. I know her knock.
“Come in.”
Mom sits on the bed and hugs me. Between sobs, I tell her what happened with Keiko.
“Honey, these people are serious bullies. Do you want me and Dad to talk to the principal?”
“No. That’ll only make it worse. Besides, the school says they’ll deal with it. Can we wait and see what happens?”
She looks unconvinced, wiping hair out of my eyes. “If they lay a hand on you…”
“…I have a good lawyer.”
After Mom leaves, I text Keiko.
I’m so sorry, K. Please don’t be mad. I won’t put up any more flyers. I promise! Xoxo
As I read One Hundred Years of Solitude for AP English, I can hear thebumps and scrapes of Dad and Charles setting up the cot in the sewing room. Despite his protests, Charles enjoys showing off that he can lift more than Dad, who had back surgery several months ago. Mom digs through the sewing room closet. “We’ll get you more clothes this weekend,” I hear her tell Aidan. They wish each other a good night.
After two long hours of AP Calculus followed by Honors Chemistry and French, I eventually crawl into bed, exhausted and wishing that I believed in something—anything—that I could pray to and make things okay with Keiko.
Everything falls quiet except for Aidan. I hear him humming. The wall is thin between us.
I remember hearing Mom crying in the sewing room after we first moved here. She and Dad weren’t getting along. I hate thinking of my mom being weak. She has to be strong, the badass lawyer who torches anything in her way with her words. I love her for that. To hear her sobbing was haunting.
Aidan keeps humming. It’s that same tune as before but this time I know what it is.
Carol of the Bells.
A Christmas song.


Author Bio:
Maria Alexander is a produced screenwriter, published games writer, virtual world designer, award-winning copywriter, interactive theatre designer, fiction writer, snarkiologist and poet. Her short stories have appeared in numerous publications and acclaimed anthologies alongside living legends such as David Morrell and Heather Graham.
Her debut novel, Mr. Wicker, won the 2014 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. She's represented by Alex Slater at Trident Media Group.
When she's not wielding a katana at her Shinkendo dojo, she's being outrageously spooky or writing Doctor Who filk. She lives in Los Angeles with two ungrateful cats and a purse called Trog.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Finding Our Way by Barbara L.B. Storey (Fate Chose Us, #3)

Finding Our Way
by Barbara L.B. Storey

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Trilogy: Fate Chose Us - Book 3
Publication Date: December 15, 2016
Publisher: Barbara L.B. Storey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 143 pages
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Life as a couple feels like nothing short of bliss for Becca and Jon at first. And when Becca finally takes a pregnancy test - sharing the experience with Jon over the phone, since he is away in France on a shoot - they are overjoyed at the results.  Plans and promises are made, and Jon can’t wait to get home and celebrate this big change in their lives; Becca’s only fear is facing the shock and disapproval that will certainly come from Jayani and Ruth.
But once again Fate takes over their lives – this time in a very cruel and tragic way.  Not even Jon’s father, Marc, can convince him that the loss he and Becca must endure is anything but a punishment for his carelessness.  And he cannot understand why Becca wants to break their good AND bad news all at once in a big family meeting.  But Becca knows they need time alone, to heal, and that won’t happen until everyone understands why they need to be by themselves. 
Afterwards, exhausted and happy they are finally alone, Becca quickly realizes something is very wrong.  Jon is careful not to touch her in any but the most innocent of ways, and when she presses him on the reason for this, he grudgingly tells her that he blames himself for their loss, and no longer feels he deserves her trust or her love.  As she recovers, Jon continues to maintain an emotional and physical distance that breaks Becca’s heart and comes close to damaging their bond. 
Becca knows that Jon putting her on a pedestal is going to ruin the best thing that has ever happened to either of them.  She forces her way through the walls he has put up between them, determined to heal the scars they have both suffered and find again that almost perfect physical passion they’ve known since their first night together.  One fateful, improbable weekend turned into a love neither of them ever expected to find, and she will not let that be destroyed.
Book Three of the Fate Chose Us series, Introducing Us, completes the story of Jon and Becca as they discover that everything will be all right, so long as they never let go of each other. 

  
Finding Our Way by Barbara L.B. Storey (Fate Chose Us, #3)


Finding Our Way (Fate Chose Us, #3)They have come so far, yet not everyone is happy that sweet and shy Becca and the movie industry’s heartthrob, Jon are in love. When they discover their intimate world of two is about to become and real family of three, Becca’s world becomes blissfully perfect, but…there are still the cynical skeptics to win over, Becca’s best friend, Jayani and Jon’s overbearing mother, Ruth. What will their reaction be to what should be a time of joy and love?

Then, it happened, a brutal and heartbreaking event that will leave both Becca and Jon broken. Now they must tell their families of both the pregnancy and their grievous loss. What will follow will be their time to heal, their time to share and hang on to each other for strength, or so Becca thought.

Jon is shattered and has taken on the burden of blame. Instead of realizing that Nature does things in its own way, Jon has decided he has done something wrong, that he has hurt the love of his life and pulls away, building his own prison of unshared pain. Could this be the end that some have predicted? Isn’t their love deep enough to weather the storm of loss? What doesn’t kill us should make us stronger, but Jon refuses to see the further pain he is causing Becca. Will love rescue them from the impending doom of their relationship?

Barbara L. B. Storey brings this trilogy of passionate love, created through Fate to a close with less sweetness and more painful reality. The atmosphere of FINDING OUR WAY is darker, more emotionally taxing and yet, still just as much of a beautiful love story as the previous books in this trilogy. Becca has gained strength and Jon finds his fame and fortune cannot buy him freedom from human agony. Ms. Storey has given more depth, more maturity and more drama to FINDING OUR WAY while keeping maintaining her heartfelt style of writing and her love for her characters front and center.

I received an ARC edition from Barbara L.B. Storey in exchange for my honest review.


A List of Cages by Robin Roe

A List of Cages
by Robin Roe


Publisher: Disney Hyperion (January 10, 2017)
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
ISBN-10: 1484763807
ISBN-13: 978-1484763803
Genre: YA | Abuse
Print Length: 320 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can't complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian--the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years.
Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He's still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what's really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.
First-time novelist Robin Roe relied on life experience when writing this exquisite, gripping story featuring two lionhearted characters.
 
 A List of Cages by Robin Roe
A List of CagesImagine one horrendous accident ripping your life apart in an instant. Now imagine being a young child, secure, happy and loved who must now face life without his parents through no fault of his own. With no family, Julian entered the foster system, found a loving home and began the slow journey of recovering from his loss. Now the “system” tells him they have found an uncle by marriage who will take him in and with that same “wisdom” of an overwhelmed, under 'compassioned' “system” it is decided he will be better off with “family.” It is that very man who vowed to protect and nurture him that will become the sadistic bastard that will make his life a secret hell.

Fate smiled on Julian the day he needed to see the counselor at his new school. It brought him back together with the older foster brother he had. Adam thought his job working in the office would be a piece of cake, but little did he know it would be instrumental in bringing out the most compassionate and caring side of him.

One look at Julian and something seemed off to Adam, he could never put words to his feelings but his actions spoke louder than any words ever could have.

Robin Roe’s A LIST OF CAGES is a brutal look at another of society’s failings and humanity’s inability to reach out and bravely go where no one else will, because there might be consequences. The power of youth may seem frustrating at times, but it is that power and determination that Adam had, along with his generous nature learned at home that gives Julian shards of hope for the future when he is at his lowest and most vulnerable.

Child abuse runs rampant and Julian is a prime example of being lost in a world that has let him down as the victim of a twisted mind who saw his actions as “discipline.” What is awakened in Julian’s lost memories is terrifying and will bring readers to their knees, while Adam’s heart will give us hope for a brighter future.

Beautifully written, raw and far too real to not become invested, Ms. Roe has made a statement that will leave scars down to your very soul. No one should have to live like Julian, but everyone should be like Adam. Love, friendship, loss, pain, joy, terror, hopelessness and hope, it’s all here and Robin Roe uncovers each emotion with her bold style and compelling words.

I received an ARC edition from Disney-Hyperion in exchange for my honest review.

Revelations by T. Marie Alexander

Revelations
by T. Marie Alexander

Publisher: Star's Sera Publishing (January 27, 2017)
Publication Date: January 27, 2017
Genre: Coming of Age | Women's Fiction
Available from: Amazon
 
Have you ever craved something so badly that all reason was just an excuse getting in your way?

Have you needed something so desperately that you didn’t care how you got it or who you hurt in the process?

I have—and not that long ago.

Acceptance.

Acceptance… from family and friends…

Acceptance of the person I am inside and not outright rejection.

It didn’t come easily for me, and now I believe the world needs to know just how ruthless life can be. How that overwhelming yearning for acceptance can mold you into someone you don’t recognize when you look in the mirror. I’m through hiding behind one façade after another—it’s time for the world to meet the real me.

~Antoinette Justice

 
Revelations by T. Marie Alexander

RevelationsShe never seemed to fit in anywhere, except maybe in her grandma’s arms. Her mother was a married man’s mistress and everyone knew both she and her sister were the results of a very long affair. When her father’s wife died, the three of them went to live in his upscale neighborhood and begin what should have been a fairy tale life of privilege, wealth, private schools and new friends who wouldn’t know her past. She would no longer be the outcast, the bullied or the shunned.

Antoinette was determined to start over, to fit in and to make the right impression, but once again, she is an outcast, they know her story and life is a living hell, as even at home she was made to feel like no matter what she did, she was not good enough. Would she ever find peace of mind or joy or even love? What was so wrong with her that no one seemed to accept her, not even her parents?

Acceptance, it was all Anna wanted, but she was the square peg trying to fit in the round hole and she had no idea why. This is her story, a painful and heartbreaking journey told through her own voice through her journal. It is a story of bullying, of depression, of wanting to die, of wanting to live and show the world she was strong. It is the story of the ugliness of humanity, the cruelty of family and the lack of a place to land for shelter and safety, of making bad choices in a desperate attempt to find anything close to being love. It is pinning one’s hopes on someone who is off limits.

T. Marie Alexander made my eyes fill with tears of sadness, indignation and pure outrage that any child should feel alone and unloved or to be judged by others for circumstances beyond her control. REVELATIONS is an indictment of what today’s world has become and the lack of compassion that can spread like wildfire on a hot and windy day. An older young adult book that belongs front and center to be read by ALL.

Ms. Alexander has condensed years of pain into just a few pages and given Anna the strength to keep trying, even against the worst of circumstances, not all teens have that inner strength and surely it warps their prospective on what life, love and humanity should be. Extremely powerful, deeply emotional and painfully told, this is a must read, no matter how difficult.

All I can say is, if you do NOT read this one, you are missing heartfelt and beautiful writing!

I received an ARC edition from T. Marie Alexander in exchange for my honest review.



  

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff's GOD OF WINE Review & Giveaway Blitz

 

God of Wine

Immortal Matchmakers, Inc. book #3

by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, comes a new standalone Contemporary Romance. GOD OF WINE, Book #3, Immortal Matchmakers, Inc. Series (Standalone) CAN ROCK-HARD ABS SAVE THE WORLD? HE SURE THINKS SO Acan, the God of Wine and Intoxication, has been partying for over ten thousand years. And New Year’s Eve, when humans around the world succumb to his naturally occurring spike in powers, is his big night. Only this year, things are bit different. A plague is sweeping the immortal community, and he’s turning downright evil. All those New Year’s bashes will turn into bloodbaths if he doesn’t stop it. Sadly, the only known cure is finding a mate, and he is a giant, rude, beer-bellied mess. Definitely not husband material. But can a little gym-time and help from the pros at Immortal Matchmakers, Inc. turn him into a divine sex-machine? Absolutely! So watch out, ladies! The God of Wine is lookin’ for love. And he has absolutely no clue what he’s doing.
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MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in Arizona. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men Sign up for Mimi’s mailing list for giveaways and new release news!

Immortal Match Makers, Book #1

Seven days to go from lethal immortal assassin to Prince Charming? Not likely. Demigod Andrus Gray may look like every woman’s dream, but when it comes to charm, he sees no point pretending: He has none and makes no apologies for it. Behaving nicely hasn’t made him the deadly assassin he is today. But is that really the reason he’s still single? The Goddess Cimil—owner of Immortal Matchmakers, Inc.—thinks yes. So when she foresees a mate in Andrus’s near future, she’s determined to make the match happen. That means hiring aspiring actress Sadie Townsend to help the barbarian “act” a little more civilized. But are seven days really enough? And why does the idea of seeing Sadie everyday excite him more than meeting his mate? (STAND ALONE NOVEL)

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Illusion of Ecstasy
Nicole Loufas
(2nd Dose in the Thizz Series)
Publication date: December 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
When Dani discovered the cash hidden in her attic, she had no idea the problems it would bring. With the help of the Marino’s, Dani is able to launder her father’s dirty money, but their help comes with a price. Her relationship with Matt.
Not wanting to hurt Dani’s future or freedom, Matt removes himself from the equation to keep everyone safe. But when it’s time to go home, he has to decide which is more important – watching his little sister grow up or returning to the girl of his dreams.
Nick is determined to make good on all the bad he’s caused, and has finally accepted his role as a Marino. Fate doesn’t make it easy for him. Especially, when he returns from Europe to find Dani is falling apart. With Matt out of the picture, Nick contemplates a future with the only girl he’s ever loved.
In the conclusion to Thizz, A Love Story, follow Dani, Matt, and Nick on a soul-searching journey into adulthood. The Illusion of Ecstasy explores the emotional tribulations they encounter without the help of thizz. How to deal with real emotion becomes the biggest obstacle of all on their road to maturity.
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Nick and I circle each other for a few minutes. I wait for him to make the first move. He always makes the first move. To my surprise, he just keeps circling and smiling. Finally, I go for it. I lunge, and he falls against the padded headboard. Wood cracks. I keep wailing on him with the pillow. Nick grabs me around my knees and takes me down. He tries to pin me using a move I taught him. He has no chance. I arch my back and twist my body. Before Nick can take his next breath, I’ve got him flipped over. We’re both breathing heavy. I hold Nick by the neck, not too hard. I don’t want to hurt him. Not really. I’m lying on my back, my arm wrapped around his neck as he’s lying beside me, sort of in front of me. I feel his hand tap out at the same time the screen on the front door squeaks open and then slams shut.
Nick starts to laugh when Dani appears in the doorway.
She takes in the room. The comforter on the floor, the sheets askew. Nick in my arms. She’s trying really hard to keep a straight face. “Am I interrupting something?”
“Just working out some aggression,” Nick jokes and breaks free.
I want to ask what she’s doing here, but I suspect Nick had everything to do with it. The phone call, changing the sheets, it makes sense now. That thoughtful motherfucker.
“I can come back later,” she teases and breaks into a huge grin. Her face lights up. She only beams like this when she’s high. There is only one person who could’ve given her pills.
Nick jumps off the bed and wraps Dani in his arms. He pulls back and kisses her on the forehead. Her eyes flutter closed, and all I can think is—karma is a bitch.
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Nicole was born and raised in California. She claims to be a San Francisco native, however she's lived in both Northern and Southern California. She credits her creativity to the fact that she attended 12 schools between kindergarten and her senior year in high school. Her nomadic childhood allowed her to reinvent herself often. Some might say she was a liar. While others see the stories she told as a coping mechanism. Twelve schools, in six cities, in twelve years - give her a break. Today she channels her storytelling ability into writing novels. Long story short - kids that lie become writers.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Deadly Spirits by E. Michael Helms (Mac McClellan Mystery - #4)

Deadly Spirits
by E. Michael Helms

Series: Mac McClellan - Book 4
Publisher: Camel Press (January 15, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1603813497
ISBN-13: 978-1603813495
Genre: Mystery
Paperback: 266 pages
Available from: Amazon

When PI Mac McClellan's girlfriend convinces him to join the Palmetto Paranormal Society, he becomes embroiled in a case of whooodunnit. The society president, while investigating an old hotel, is found dead at the foot of the stairwell, his neck broken. The man's secretary and current squeeze stands horrified beside his body. Authorities rule the death an accident. Mac has doubts--no one heard the man tumbling down the stairs. Then the secretary dies in an apparent suicide. Two deaths in two paranormal investigations, and not a peep out of either victim. Mac suspects there's more going on than a vengeful spirit. Book 4 in the Mac McClellan Mystery series, which began with Deadly Catch.


 Deadly Spirits by E. Michael Helms
(Mac McClellan Mystery - #4)
Deadly SpiritsHard boiled and flip on the outside, soft-hearted and just a good ole’ boy on the inside, Mac McClellan is to private investigators what grit is to sandpaper, rough, sometimes abrasive but able to uncover the beauty of truth under all of the lies. Is Mac dabbling in the paranormal? Doesn’t he have enough to investigate among the living world? Follow Mac as he uncovers who did the deed of death in DEADLY SPIRITS by E. Michael Helms, a ghost story with more ghosts in everyone’s closets than in the local cemetery.

Kate convinces Mac to join her at the Palmetto Paranormal Society, a group of amateur ghost hunters whose latest “fieldtrip” takes them to an old hotel, claimed to be haunted. While they found no evidence of ghosts, they did find the Society president dead from a fall, his neck broken and nobody knows what happened? Was he pushed by the spirit of a hotel guest? Or is the evil alive and breathing and ready to kill again? When another member is sent to the other side, Mac is quick to pick up that something foul is afoot and he is determined to keep digging until he uncovers the answers. What he didn’t expect was that his digging would find him neck deep in secrets, affairs and the webs people weave, or that he would become the next target for death.

Fear not, our crusty ex-Marine is on the case and this old dog has more lives than a cat on a hot tin roof. To call Mac a character is an understatement! He’s a charmer, a good ole boy, a sly fox and nothing gets past his suspicious nature, including the hot women who try to use their wiles to win his favor!

E. Michael Helms blends the grit of old time Private Investigators with the laid back Southern Charm of Florida’s Panhandle and pours it all into every word, thought and action that makes Mac, well, MAC! Filled with wry humor, and characters that all smell pretty fishy to me, follow along as Mac does what he does best, noses around like a hound on the hunt for a hidden bone! Mr. Helms can write and as a multi-genre author, he has never let me down yet! Dare I say Mac has his own brand of sex appeal?

I received an ARC edition from E.Michael Helms in exchange for my honest review!