Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Book Spotlight: Innocent Assassins

Innocent Assassins
Pemo Donyo


There are three rules to staying an assassin at the corporation of Covert Operatives: (1) your parents must be deceased, (2) your contracts must remain confidential, and (3) you must be under the age of eighteen.

After a murder mission goes awry a month before her eighteenth birthday, Covert Operatives assassin Jane Lu finds herself caught by the federal government and forced to spy for the CIA while remaining in Covert Operatives. Once her spying mission is over she will be allowed to live a civilian life without facing criminal consequences, a life she’s only dreamed of having.

As Jane leaks information to the CIA, she uncovers secrets with enough power to both destroy Covert Operatives and her own boyfriend, Adrian King, who’s next in line to be CEO of the company. When her identity as a double agent for the CIA is discovered within Covert Operatives, she must decide where her allegiance, and her heart, truly lies.

Author Bio:
Pema Donyo is a coffee-fueled college student by day and a creative writer by night. She currently lives in sunny Southern California, where any temperature less than 70 degrees is freezing and flip-flops never go out of season. As a rising sophomore at Claremont McKenna, she's still working on mastering that delicate balance between finishing homework, meeting publisher deadlines, and... college.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Book Blast: Son of War, Daughter of Chaos




 Son of War, Daughter of Chaos Aislynn is accustomed to watching for the enemy. Her parents instructed her from the time she was young to look for the signs: people with greater than normal strength, eyes that can glow green, and have the ability to jump long distances. Over the years, Aislynn has come to view her parents’ fears as quirks—things that get in the way of having a normal high school life. When Aislynn’s mother dies under suspicious conditions, her father doubles his restrictions. But all his precautions can’t stop the boy with glowing green eyes from finding Aislynn. She realizes too late she’s been drafted into an ancient Egyptian war, whether she’s prepared or not.  

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Janette RallisonAuthor Janette Rallison Janette Rallison is old. Don’t ask how old, because it isn’t polite. Let’s just say she’s older than she’d like to be and leave it at that. Janette lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five children and enough cats to classify her as “an eccentric cat lady.” She did not do this on purpose. (The cats, that is; she had the children on purpose.) Every single one of the felines showed up on its own and refuses to leave. Not even the family’s fearless little Westie dog can drive them off. Since Janette has five children and deadlines to write books, she doesn’t have much time left over for hobbies. But since this is the internet and you can’t actually check up to see if anything on this site is true, let’s just say she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, horse back riding and long talks with Orlando Bloom. (Well, I never said he answers back.)


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Monday, July 28, 2014

Book Spotlight: Love on the Lido Deck

Love on the Lido Deck
Barbara Olivero


Sharp-witted, always-organized Keira Graham has traded in her high tech career as a systems analyst for the whirlwind world of event planning. As she builds up her fledging business, she learns that her widowed mother has news of her own – she has a serious gentleman caller! Is Keira ready for mom’s new romance?

When she gets a game-changing opportunity to organize a major event on a luxury Caribbean cruise, Keira turns to best pal chef Alexandria D'Agostino to help recruit famous chefs who will offer classes for foodies looking for fun in the sun as they gain cooking know-how. The cruise becomes a rollicking adventure for Keira, her sassy assistant Juliet, the entire D'Agostino clan, Keira's mother and other surprise guests. And has Keira meet her match in charismatic Cruise Director Brennan McAllister, who could have something more than keeping everything shipshape on his mind?

Filled with wit, charm, and a few recipes along the way, Love on the Lido Deck brings characters to life with laugh-out-loud situations, crisp dialog and sweet romance on the high seas.

Author Bio:
Readers' Favorite Award™ Winner Barbara Oliverio is the daughter of Italian immigrants and grew up in North Central West Virginia with a love of reading and a passion for learning. Following a career path that included being a teacher, journalist, and marketer, she has lived as far away from home as Italy where she practiced her family's native tongue as well as took advantage of living near to other European countries to travel extensively. A rabid Pittsburgh Steeler fan, she lives with her husband, an equally committed New York Giants fan, in suburban Denver where off-football-season dinner conversation is calmer and is usually accompanied by a meal she cooks from one of her mother's treasured recipes. Other interests include New York Times crossword puzzles, good movies, and travel. She volunteers extensively for her parish and writes for its publications. She also teaches part-time for the St. Catherine of Siena Institute.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Goddess Born


Kari Edgren
Paranormal Romance
Historical Romance

"Other than the Devil himself, Nathan Crowley was the last person I wanted to see today. Then again, the Devil hadn’t been pestering me for months to become his wife."



Selah needs to marry, but not Nathan Crowley who has been pestering her to do so, even threatening to have her banished from the Quaker society.  Rather, Selah needs to marry her cousin, Samuel, from Ireland who already knows about her secret.  Selah is a descendant of the Goddess Brigid, and as such has a natural ability and responsibility to heal others.  But when Selah meets the news of Samuel's death instead of his person, she needs to act fast.  When a far fetched idea brings her and a stranger to matrimony, lies, danger...and perhaps love.

My Opinion: This was a lovely read that kept my interest throughout the story.  It is a rare find that keeps the paranormal, normal.  It doesn't go off the deep end into craziness, but keeps to the aspects of the paranormal and fits it into society and everyday life of the characters.  The meticulous plot played out well with good tempo, twists, and neat ends.  There was good suspense and a great romance with the main characters that was both believable and oh so sweet.  This book was well written and satisfying and kept me up all night.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Book Spotlight: Discovery

Discovery
Ginger Simpson


Even though a collection of stories is not the site owners cup of tea, I personally love them. These seven were published individually and when the contracts expired, I combined them into one book because they each have a message to deliver about discovering something.

Seven stories in one novel; each one with it's own plot and lead character: a stewardess who discovers her judgement may be a little flawed, an older divorcee who finds something far more interesting than sandals at a shoe clearance, a bride-to-be thinking she has a valid reason to call off her wedding, a pudgy ex-wife with a fear that a medical apparatus will make her look like Jacques Cousteau, a newcomer to Florida expecting fair weather and experiencing her first hurricane, but not alone or scared, a daughter in mourning, pursuing the meaning of three tarnished bars held together by a black ribbon, and a doctor who discovers something totally unrelated to medicine that heals a heart problem.

"Throughout these stories, facets of each person's character are revealed, layer by layer, often with a punch of the Ginger Simpson sense of humor. Delicious! I can think of no better way to spend an evening or lazy afternoon than wrapped in the comfort of her words." ~ H. Haven

Author Bio:
Born and raised in California, Ginger Simpson moved to TN and discovered a whole new side of life. She and her husband enjoy being retired, close to their only grandchild, and their Shih-Poo, Benny. Ginger has been writing over a decade with many genres to her credit. Her favorite is historical western romance, but she's not afraid to try her hand at whatever a character dictates. Yep, she's a pantser and having voices in her head is normal, even frightening when there is silence.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Changing Fate


Michelle Merrill
Contemporary Romance
Young Adult Romance

"I mean, it’s Kyler, his voice alone is worth the jump."




Most girls who move during their Senior year are worried about making new friends and fitting in.  Kate isn't like other teenage girls.  All she wants to do is live.  And break as few hearts, including her own, if she didn't.  Kate has been dealing with cystic fibrosis her whole life.  Just her and her mom, her father having abandoned them when she was diagnosed.  But her plans of quietly finishing high school are interrupted by both the vivacious Giana who insists on being her friend, and the good-looking Kyler who may just insist on being more.  But how can Kate open up to them when her future is so uncertain?  And what might happen if they found out her secret?

My Opinion: This was a very moving book.  The raw struggle that brings awareness of the pain and torment of a tragic disease.  The author weaves a stark story full of adrenaline and internal struggle.  It feels like real life and I guarantee you'll need a box of tissues...or two...before it's over.  However, while it did such a great job in this aspect, as a romance it seemed to fall short.  The rest of the world the main character is living in is a bit fuzzy, including the love interest.  After a while, it hardly seemed like Kyler was much of a driving part of the story, though it was compelling in other ways.  Overall a great and moving book, but not a great romance.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Author Interivew: Claudia Burgoa

Claudia Burgoa
author, Getting By


Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)

I was born in Mexico City, married a Texan and moved here at an early age with him. We have three children ages range from nineteen to thirteen. Two of them have learning disabilities but extra abilities to make the world special. We’ve done a few road trips through the US and when we get a chance, we travel to the nearest beach for a full therapy of R&R.



Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list?

I’m a book hoarder, thanks to the ebook era it isn’t apparent. I read a little of everything and love it. The one book I’ve read every year since 1993 is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It’s one of those books which meaning changes each time you read it.

What is one silly fact about you?

I’m a very silly person and love to make background noises or music whenever applicable, like suspense tunes “tan, tan, taaaaaaan.” Drumrolls and circus music when I do something worth of a circus act—quiet often.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so?

I just finished writing the sequel of Getting By; Standing By. It’s now heading to the editor and hopefully being released before fall. I’m planning on branching my genre to fantasy and sci-fi, next week I start the first draft of one of my projects. Hopefully I can release it by the end of the year.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

Knowing that my words let a reader know they’re not alone, or at least give them that escape from their real life to get sucked into a different world where they don’t have to worry about deadlines, family and the daily routine.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

A bit of them, I have a very colorful family that has gone through everything, and when I say everything, I mean everything. On the top of my head I can say that I’m an only biological child, my mother has two younger children and my father has twelve...

How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?

Five, and I’ve only published two; however there’s a third about to come out of the oven on 7/1/2014—Next To You

Please share about your book 

It’s a drama about two people with a difficult pasts and afraid of commitment, but is also about family. How family can play a big role in our lives.

If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?

Quirky, smart, introvert, geeky and artistic.

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far? 

Yes, Mitch Knight. He’s charming, big hearted and passionate.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

CLOSED Giveaway!!! Choice of Kathy Carmichael Books!

Hello all you lovely readers!  Today I am so excited to tell you about a wonderful giveaway for Kathy Carmichael books.  Three lucky winners will win their choice of an e-copy of either Chasing Charlie or My Southern Bride. Don't miss out on these great books!


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Monday, July 14, 2014

Book Spotlight: Changeling's Crown

Changeling's Crown
Juli D. Revezzo


When Ianthe began her career as a faery godmother, she stumbled so badly that Snow White will probably never speak to her again. After a long suspension, she's finally been given a chance to redeem herself...but everything on this latest assignment is going wrong.

But why?

Worse, she definitely doesn't need an attractive mortal man distracting her from her duties. Of course, needs and wants are two different things.

Briak has had his eye on Ianthe for a very, very long time, but he's been waiting for just the right moment to make his move. Despite the fact all hell's about to break loose on his watch, he can't resist the opportunity to insert himself into her earthly assignment. Can he convince Ianthe of her true calling and thereby win her heart? Or will his subterfuge ultimately cost him her love?

Author Bio:
Juli D. Revezzo is a Florida girl, with a love of fantasy, science fiction, and Arthurian legend, so much so she gained a B.A. in English and American Literature. She loves writing stories with fantastical elements whether it be a full-on fantasy, or a story set in this world-slightly askew. She has been published in short form in Eternal Haunted Summer, Dark Things II: Cat Crimes (a charity anthology for cat related charities), Luna Station Quarterly, Crossing the River, An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys; The Scribing Ibis: An Anthology of Pagan Fiction in Honor of Thoth, and Twisted Dreams Magazine. She’s the author of The Antique Magic series and the Paranormal Romance Harshad Wars series.

She is a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour. Come learn more about her at http://julidrevezzo.com

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Manroot

Manroot
Anne Steinberg


Manroot is the evocative and stirring story of a lonely town in Missouri, and a young woman named Katherine who discovers a mystical side to herself that she’d never known existed. Anne Steinberg weaves together fantasy, romance, and a young girl’s coming of age into a darkly magical story.  

Synopsis:

In the spring of 1939, Katherine Sheahan and her father, Jesse, are looking for work in the isolated tourist town of Castlewood. Jesse gets a job as handyman and Katherine as a maid at a small hotel. Jesse drinks and neglects his work and eventually disappears, abandoning his daughter. Frieda Broom, the hotel Manager, takes Katherine under her wing, and teaches her about ginseng, the manroot, and other secrets of the foothills. Katherine discovers that she is a natural healer and has the ability to communicate with spirits, a gift she inherited from her Navajo Indian mother.

Among the hotels regular clientele is Judge William Reardon. Escaping his sterile marriage, he becomes captivated by Katherine. As the pair bond over astrology and gardening, Katherine becomes convinced they belong together, despite him being much older than her and married. As they begin to fall in love, the violence of dark magic threatens to annihilate all Katherine knows and holds dear. Can their love survive?

Manroot is a potent tale of destiny, spiritualism and love, written in Anne Steinberg’s signature compelling style. The kindle version was published March 2014 and is available for sale on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Manroot-Anne-Steinberg-ebook/dp/B00J1BPZJA

Amazon reviews:

“Manroot is an undeniably good read; it’s well-written with a compelling plot and memorable characters. Recommended to readers who enjoy contemporary fiction imbued with fantasy, including Native American themes and the supernatural.”

“Words to describe this book are: romantic, thrilling, memorable, spiritual, magical, and well written in a breath taking way that will keep you enthralled well after it is over. I wish it would have lasted longer and was saddened when it came to an end. 5 stars and cannot wait to see what Anne Steinberg comes up with next!”

About the Author:


While living in England, Anne Steinberg’s first novel, Manroot was published by Headline Review in London. Manroot was heralded as an important first novel in 1994 and included in the Headline Review’s prestigious “Fiction without Frontiers,” a new wave of contemporary fiction that knows no limits. Eight modern storytellers were featured: Anne Steinberg, Margaret Atwood, Iain Banks, William Gibson, Peter Hoeg, Roddy Doyle, and E. Annie Proulx. It was an auspicious beginning to a long and varied career for Anne Steinberg, who went on to write several acclaimed novels, Every Town Needs A Russian Tea Room, the story of a wealthy socialite who falls in love with a penniless young Russian immigrant who is haunted by a bizarre shameful secret, The Cuckoos Gift, First Hands, and An Eye For An Ear. She is also coauthor of The Fence, written with her grandson Nicholas Reuel Tolkien, the great grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien. Nicholas is a filmmaker, director, and published poet. The Fence is a chilling story of a magnificent Gothic fence forged by a despicable blacksmith and infused with evil.

Anne was a partner in the world famous vintage clothing store, Steinberg & Tolkien, on Kings Road in Chelsea. After a successful run for over 20 years, the shop closed, and she returned to the US. Approaching her eighty-second birthday, she now writes, reads, and studies antiques, American Indian history, animal welfare, mythology, and folklore legends.

Anne recently re-released Manroot in kindle format. It was published March 2014 and is available for sale on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Manroot-Anne-Steinberg-ebook/dp/B00J1BPZJA

Connect with Anne on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ANSteinberg




Previously published novels include:
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The Cuckoo’s Gift:
Elias’s Fence:


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Official Rules:  All entrants must be 18 years old or older.  This giveaway is open internationally.  This giveaway will end at 11:59 pm EST on July 17, 2014.  All entries must be submitted before then.  The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond.  If there is no response, a new winner will be chosen.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Ethan's Bride


Margaret Desmond
Contemporary Romance
Book #1 in King's Valley Romance Series

"Who taught you how to drive?  Mr toad?"




Jessica has always gone along with what she should be doing.  She's the perfect everything.  That is, until she can't stomach saying 'I do' to a man who is anything but perfect.  But her flight from the alter finds her broken down on a lonely road.  That is until she meets a man who accuses her of setting her up as a joke, and his sweet grandmother who insists on taking her in until her car can be fixed.  Despite Ethan's brusque exterior, Jessica finds herself taken in by his grandmother and slowly drawn to his own charm.  Ethan wants nothing to do with those who are rich and feel like that makes them better than others.  When Jessica shows up in a fancy car on a day he'd rather not remember beautiful, rich women, he sets himself against her.  But Jessica is like no one he's ever met.  Can they bridge their differences?

My Opinion: This was a totally sweet little book.  With fun characters and a super, sugary sweet plot, it was a great dip into a quick romance.  The main characters fell in love naturally and sweetly, though they didn't seem to have a lot of flaws.  Everything fell into place in a way you enjoy on a wintry night in front of a fire and a book in hand, but without the depth of an in depth read.  The setting seemed a bit off and unresearched (for one who grew up in that area), but otherwise it was a well created world for the couple to find themselves in.  Overall a sweet romance.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

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