Monday, May 29, 2017

A Dozen Truths: 12 Works of Fiction by Steven Manchester and MORE

A Dozen Truths: 12 Works of Fiction
by Lou Aronica (Editor)

Publisher: Fiction Studio Books (March 14, 2017)
Publication Date: March 14, 2017
Genre: Anthologies
Print Length: 276 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

The greatest truths are often revealed in fiction, as exemplified by this stunning anthology of stories that reveal the human condition in bracingly truthful ways. The eternal complexities of sibling relationships are revealed in four-time #1 bestselling author Steven Manchester’s “Lost.” The hope and betrayal that so often underlies love declare themselves in Marcia Gloster’s “Losing Will.” The reality behind a con man’s illusions emerge in Craig Ham’s contest-winning “Tonic and Spirits.” These are three of the dozen truths that will rise from these pages.

Side by side with the work of national bestselling novelists like Mary Marcus and Earl Javorsky, A DOZEN TRUTHS features the three winners of the 2016 AuthorsFirst Short Story Contest, providing a bold mix of experienced storytelling and fresh new voices.

As entertaining as it is engaging, A DOZEN TRUTHS promises twelve dramatic revelations – and as many powerful reading experiences.

Eric Andersson
Steven Manchester
Carmen Siegers
Marcia Gloster
Craig Ham
Lynn Voedisch
Mary Marcus
Christopher Slater
KJ Steele
Earl Javorsky
Roger Bagg
Robert Herzog

A Dozen Truths: 12 Works of Fiction
by Steven Manchester and MORE

A Dozen Truths: 12 Works of FictionReading this amazing anthology of tales was kind of like being the first person at the dessert buffet and no one is watching as I fill my plate with at least one of everything! Along with my tried and true favorite authors, I have had a chance to sample what I am sure are going to be MORE favorite authors, best part, no calories, no guilt, just per reading entertainment and pleasure.

The resounding theme is loss of one form or another and how these losses are dealt with or expressed. From the endearing to the intriguing and beyond, each tale is a powerful statement to the talents of these authors. Small slices of their work are on display with just enough to inhale the essence of each style, as well as the depth of the worlds they have invited us into.

Of course, I have a favorite, I won’t even lie about that, but I would hate to detract from anyone’s efforts, so I am completely comfortable with saying, this is five-star reading in a kaleidoscope of writing talents, moods and atmospheres! Time to try out the main courses these authors have to offer.

I received this copy from Steven Manchester in exchange for my honest review.

Hearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson

Hearts Are Like BalloonsHearts Are Like Balloons
by Candace Robinson

Publication Date: June 30, 2017
Publisher: Candace Robinson
Genre: YA Social Issues
Print Length: 158 pages
Available from: Amazon
 May Falkner’s past two years have been a rough road. When her father suddenly passes away, May needs to find a job to help out her mom and regain some control over her life. Working at the bookstore helps her heal, laugh, and hope again. It also leads her to cross paths with Nico Evitts, who begins as just a co-worker, but becomes so much more

When it all becomes perfect, because there is no perfect, life steps in to prove once again that it all can crash down harder than before. This is a story about finding yourself, love, and the things in life that are still here.

Hearts are like balloons. Sometimes they inflate… Sometimes they deflate…

Upper YA contemporary that contains mature themes

 Hearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson

Hearts Are Like BalloonsIt’s true, hearts ARE like balloons, they begin as we do in life, blank, smooth, deflated, but then they fill with what life gives us. In those times we experience pain, loss or disappointments, hopefully they only deflate a little, but when life gets almost unbearable with the weight it presses down on us, the heart deflates so much that what is left is stretched out and misshapen. There is only one way to fix that and it is to find that missing love and happiness and hang on tight!

Candace Robinson’s HEARTS ARE LIKE BALLOONS is one girl’s story of how her balloon deflated and almost didn’t get inflated again. Get ready to feel the intense emotions of a tale that could happen to anyone because life isn’t perfect and it is how you take on those bumps and smooth patches that keep your balloon afloat.

This is May’s story of love, loss, grief, mistakes and starting over, sadder, wiser, but ready to take on the world as she comes into her own, grows comfortable in her own skin, her own mind and matures with grace and dignity. Follow and FEEL May’s life unfold with some bold strokes of reality from author Candace Robinson. There is no over-the-top-angst, but there is realistic and raw emotions, struggles and the light at the end of a long and dark tunnel for one young woman I could only wish the very best for!

Find characters that feel and act real, witness true human responses to grief, disappointment, pain and joy. Candace Robinson has created a remarkable tale that knows no age boundaries, but has some great insights into the “what ifs” that can happen in an otherwise “normal” life. A wonderful hidden gem of a read!

I received an ARC edition from Candace Robinson in exchange for my honest review. Add it to your TBR pile, it is that good!

The Gate Guardian's Daughter by K.T. Munson (The Gate Trilogy - Prequel)

The Gate Guardian's Daughter
by K.T. Munson

Trilogy: The Gate Trilogy - Prequel
Publication Date: May 20, 2017
Publisher: K.T. Munson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 28 pages
Available from: Amazon

The interplanetary gates require guardians and the reformed demon Malthael is one of them.

His adoptive daughter, Elisabeth, is special, but her dangerous ability hasn’t awoken yet. Malthael knows it will one day and from then on her life will forever be altered. Malthael isolates her from outside world as much to protect everyone else as to safeguard her. It is all he can do to delay the inevitable.

Now that Elisabeth is ten, how long can Malthael keep her confined?

The Gate Guardian's Daughter by K.T. Munson
(The Gate Trilogy - Prequel)

The Gate Guardian's DaughterThe interplanetary gates needs a guard. It is the responsibility of the demon, Malthael. With his “family” by his side, his biggest worry is his adopted daughter, Elizabeth, only ten, but very special and her true nature has not come out yet.

Feeling the loneliness of a child who has been isolated for her own good, she jumps at the chance to have a friend who will spend hours sitting on the wall with her, playing games and reading. It is that very need for friends and the kind nature of her heart that worries Malthael the most…and then the unfathomable happens…

What an intro into The Gate Trilogy! A little background, some family dynamics and the kind of danger all children are warned of and all parents fear. K.T. Munson’s THE GATE GUARDIAN'S DAUGHTER is short and sweet, but packed with just enough story to feel the family relationship, no matter how different this family is! Elizabeth is an adorable child, naïve, and far too innocent for the world around her.

I was actually sorry to see this brief peek into The Gate Trilogy end because I know it is the promise of great things to come!

I received this copy from K.T. Munson in exchange for my honest review!


Title: The Lightning Luminary
Author: RS McCoy
Genre: Urban Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Kit Foster Design
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The Lightning Luminary is discounted to $.99 (usually $3.99), is free to KU subscribers


Talia Stanley may look like the typical wealthy New Yorker, but she's hidden her secrets for more than a thousand years. One of the last surviving members of an ancient race called Luminaries, Talia has suppressed her ability to control lightning in exchange for safety. 

And for generations it worked. Talia's hermit lifestyle protected her from strong Luminaries that want her power. All that changed the day Mason Rathbone walked into her life. 

A good-looking artist, Mason is just the guy to get Talia out of her penthouse apartment and show her what it means to live again. But just as she starts to get comfortable, Talia gets sucked right back into her vicious past.

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Rachel McCoy is a Texan living in New Jersey. Between binge-watching MTV reality shows and baking gluten-free treats, she writes paranormal fantasy and science fiction novels.

She is the self-published author of the Sparks Saga trilogy, The Alder Tales series, and The Extraction Files. Back when she lived in the real world, Rachel earned a degree in marine biology, which contributed to her die-hard love of manta rays. 

To connect with RS McCoy (or swap recipes), visit her on her website ( or check out her Facebook page ( You can also join her newsletter to receive release updates, free stories, and bonus extras ( 

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Blog Tour for TOUGHEST COWBOY IN TEXAS by Carolyn Brown



Author: Carolyn Brown
Series: Happy, Texas #1
On Sale: May 30, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $7.99 USD
eBook: $6.99 USD

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Brown's begins an all-new series of rugged cowboys.

“This is an emotional star-crossed lovers tale with tangible depths and an attitude that’s relatable to real life.” –RT Book Reviews

Last time Lila Harris was in Happy, Texas, she was actively earning her reputation as the resident wild child. Now, a little older and wiser, she's back to run her mother's café for the summer. Except something about this town has her itching to get a little reckless and rowdy, especially when she sees her old partner-in-crime, Brody Dawson. Their chemistry is just as hot as ever. But he's still the town's golden boy-and she's still the wrong kind of girl.

Brody hasn't had much time lately for anything other than ranching. Running the biggest spread in the county and taking care of his family more than keeps him busy. All that responsibility has him longing for the carefree days of high school—and Lila. She may have grown up, but he still sees that spark of mischief in her eyes. Now he's dreaming about late-night skinny dipping and wondering how he can possibly resist the one woman he can never forget...


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Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author and RITA® Finalist who has sold more than 2.75 million books. She presently writes both women's fiction and cowboy romance. She has also written historical single title, historical series, contemporary single title, and contemporary series. She lives in southern Oklahoma with her husband, a former English teacher, who is not allowed to read her books until they are published. They have three children and enough grandchildren to keep them young.




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2.     Boys ‘Round Here – Black Shelton (feat. Pistol Annies & Friends)
3.     Straight Outta Cold Beer – Blake Shelton
4.     If You’re Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band) – Alabama
5.     Sideways – Darryl Worley
6.     Redneck Woman – Gretchen Wilson
7.     Feels Like Love – Vince Gill
8.     Heaven’s Just A Sin Away – The Kendalls
9.     Unlove You – Jennifer Nettles
10.  Which Bridge to Cross (Which Bridge To Burn) – Vince Gill
11.  Check Yes or No – Georoge Strait
12.  Don’t Go Near The Water – Sammy Kershaw
13.  Holdin’ Heaven – Tracy Bryd
14.  Bless The Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
15.  H.O.L.Y – Florida Georgia Line
16.  So Much Like My Dad – George Strait
17.  I Never Knew Lonely – Vince Gill
18.  Rockin’ Years – Dolly Parton

Linda MacDonald's The Man in the Needlecord Jacket #Giveaway

Genre: Adult contemporary fiction; Domestic Noir
Release Date: 28th May 2017
Publisher: Matador – An imprint of Troubador Publishing
The Man in the Needlecord Jacket follows the story of two women who are each struggling to let go of a long-term destructive partnership. Felicity is reluctant to detach from her estranged archaeologist husband and, after being banished from the family home, she sets out to test the stability of his relationship with his new love, Marianne.

When Felicity meets Coll, a charismatic artist, she has high hopes of being distracted from her failed marriage. What she doesn’t know is that he has a partner, Sarah, with whom he has planned a future. Sarah is deeply in love with Coll, but his controlling behaviour and associations with other women have always made her life difficult. When he becomes obsessed with Felicity, Sarah’s world collapses and a series of events is set in motion that will challenge the integrity of all the characters involved.

The Man in the Needlecord Jacket is a thought-provoking book, written from the perspectives of Sarah and Felicity. The reader is in the privileged position of knowing what’s going on for both of the women, while each of them is being kept in the dark about a very important issue.

Inspired by the work of Margaret Atwood and Fay Weldon, Linda explores the issue of mental abuse in partnerships and the grey area of an infidelity that is emotional, not physical. The book will appeal to readers interested in the psychology of relationships, as well as fans of Linda’s ‘Lydia’ series.

Linda MacDonald is the author of three independently published novels: Meeting Lydia and the stand-alone sequels, A Meeting of a Different Kind and The Alone Alternative. They are all contemporary adult fiction, multi-themed, but with a focus on relationship issues.

After studying psychology at Goldsmiths', Linda trained as a secondary science and biology teacher. She taught these subjects for several years before moving to a sixth-form college to teach psychology. In 2012, she gave up teaching to focus fully on writing.
Linda was born and brought up in Cockermouth, Cumbria and now lives in Beckenham, Kent.
Twitter: @LindaMac1

First prize signed paperback book bundle of all of Linda’s 4 books with 3 recipe cards and a bookmark. (uk only)
Second prize signed copy of The Man in the Needlecord Jacket + 3 recipe cards and bookmark (uk only) OR  an ecopy of The Man in the Needlecord Jacket (International participants.)