Thursday, October 18, 2018

Reckless Beginnings

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Tammy Mellows, a fourteen-year-old native of England, was shocked when her father and troubled older sister, Donna, moved to the States.



With her family now separated by divorce and divided by an ocean, Tammy felt helpless when she learned Donna had run away and couldn’t be found.

Thanks to her father insisting she stay behind in England to finish school, Tammy could do nothing for the next three years but pray that Donna would be found safe.

When Tammy’s lifelong dream of moving to the States was finally fulfilled, she had high hopes of looking for Donna. But with no leads and faced with turmoil in her own life, there wasn’t much Tammy could do.

After a forbidden secret love affair and a catastrophic dispute with her father, Tammy eventually meets Steven, settles down and has his child, only to discover he is a heroin addict. Thrown into a life of drugs and violence. Shadowed by his addiction, she becomes the silent and forgotten one. Living in fear of what Steven might be capable of and struggling alone to provide for her young son.

What consequences might she face if she leaves Steven? Is she ever going to find her sister alive? Will she have enough courage to conquer the impossible challenges of her twisted world and still come out on top?

MY REVIEW
Did you ever have one of those friends that just could not make good decisions about men? The kind that sees only good looks no matter the line she’s getting; no matter how ridiculous the story? I have, and it wasn’t your typical story either…bad parents, in need of attention, misunderstood. In this story, Tammy, the youngest child just seems clueless about men. Maybe she’s na├»ve. She lives in England and wants so badly to move to the U.S. where her father lives. She is just sure she can find her older sister who has been missing for quite some time. It seems Donna was just lost in the night; no clues, no calls, just a heartbroken family. It takes Tammy a long time to prove her maturity to her dad for him to pay for her to come to the states.  However, he might have been overestimating her maturity. Don’t get me wrong, Tammy is a nice young girl, willing to work hard and earn a living, a young woman that would never let anyone harm her child, but as I said, she seems to be a contest winner at picking losers.


This story was easy to read and involved enough to keep my interest. It didn’t take me long to read and I had a hard time putting it down. It’s not deep but it sure isn’t a cozy. It’s a somewhat different storyline with both good and bad characters. Each character has his or her own personalities and even though there are several, I never had one problem keeping them separate. This is a very important aspect to me. Having to turn back to figure out “who is who” is a great irritation to me. I found none of that here.

So, in conclusion…a good storyline, interesting characters and a very interesting read. Not much more you can ask than that is there?

***This book was given to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Read an excerpt...
“What should I do?” Tammy asked. “Should I come over there or should I call him on the phone?”

Joanne sighed. “Well, your father doesn’t want to see you right now.”

“What?”

“He needs to calm down and accept this in his own time. It may take him a while and, if I were you, I wouldn’t rush him. Let him call you when he’s ready.”

Tammy couldn’t believe her father didn’t want to see her. “Does he hate me?”

“No, he doesn’t hate you. You’re his daughter. He’s just upset right now. He’ll come around eventually. Just give him some time.”

Tammy was astonished. She didn’t realize how much this was going to hurt her father. Their relationship had always been good and they’d never experienced any conflicts, up until now. Lost in her thoughts, Tammy’s head buzzed with questions and fears. Mainly, she feared her father would never forgive her. 


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tina Hogan Grant was born in England and grew up in a small town on the Yorkshire Moors. She is the youngest daughter of science fiction author, James P. Hogan. After moving to California, she became a commercial lobster fisherwoman, fishing off the coast of Southern California for ten years with her husband Gordon.

For fourteen years, she’d had a notion of writing her debut novel “Reckless Beginnings”. But it wasn’t until the sudden death of her father in 2010 and a battle with breast cancer a year later that she made the decision to get it done. Seven years later, she finally completed it. She is now working on a sequel titled,  “Better Endings.”

She currently resides with her husband in the small mountain community of Frazier Park in Southern California. Together they enjoy anything that involves the outdoors, fishing, hiking, kayaking and riding quads.

Website: www.tinahogangrant.com

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Turnaround Farm



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Dedicated career girl Holly Grant has no time for romance. She doesn’t need a man to complete her, thank you very much. Building Grant Realty takes all of her time and attention. If she can close a deal for Turnaround Farm, her business will take off like a rocket. Her first problem is that Jeb Wakefield doesn’t want to sell his farm, and her second problem is Jeb’s grandson Dan, the finest looking man Holly’s ever seen.


Read an Excerpt:

He had no idea what had come over him, but he ignored the small voice in his head that told him to leave her alone and took a step closer to her. The aroma of her perfume teased his nose with its light, floral scent.

Holly gasped when his hands gently came to rest on her shoulders. Dan swept her hair to one side and brushed the side of her neck with his lips. He turned her around and pulled her close. “Put your arms around me, Holly.”

He saw a pulse wildly beating in her throat, but she slid her arms around him.

Dan pulled her head onto his shoulder and stroked her hair, reveling in its silky, blonde beauty. “I love your hair,” he whispered.

“We shouldn’t be here.”

Dan never knew how it happened. One minute the two of them were standing beside the bed; the next they were on the bed stretched out side by side with their arms around each other. Oh, the feel of her...soft and warm and yielding!

When their eyes met, he knew that if they didn’t get out of bed immediately, he would make love to her. And he could think of nothing he wanted more.

Maybe Holly saw it too because she seemed to recover her senses. “We shouldn’t do this,” she gasped. “This is the kind of thing my mother does.”

“I know.” Dan sat up on the side of the bed and observed, “Your bed smells like you and the perfume you wear.”


About the Author:

Born and raised in South Carolina, I hold a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University and am a member of Romance Writers of America and Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators. I’ve been married for forty-five years to my college sweetheart. We have two sons who’ve given us three wonderful grandchildren. We also have a sweet calico kitty, and a devoted little black and white dog.



I've been writing since 2001 when my son asked me to proofread a book he'd written. I figured if he could write a book, so could I. My first published novel, A New Leaf, was the winner of the 2003 Timeless Love contest. If I wasn't sold on writing before, that did it. I've been writing ever since and don't have any plans to stop. Frankly, I don't think I could even if I wanted to. Writing is a strange compulsion that drives me to spend long hours in front of a keyboard when I could be doing important things like napping or eating chocolate. My house isn't dusted as often, I rarely cook, and who cares if the laundry gets done or not. Yeah, no doubt about it, I'm addicted.



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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Queen Mary's Daughter

Historical fiction/fantasy
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There are so many possibilities that affect the course of history. One change, one small item overlooked, can make a world of difference, not only in a person's life, but in the history and well-being of an entire nation. And then there are those multiple scenarios of what if? What if King James VI of Scotland didn't succeed in amalgamating Scotland with England? What if there had been another heir to the throne of Scotland? One who would secure its independence? Would Scotland have remained free and independent and a nation of its own well into the twenty-first century? And would Scotland, this independent version, make its own decision to join the European Union when its southern neighbor was choosing to pull away?

"Queen Mary's Daughter" presents another plausible timeline, one that incorporates both historical fact and fiction with the endless possibilities of time travel.


Read an excerpt...
“What?” the regent bellowed. “Not another Mary, and a Stuart at that. We cannot be related. Are we?” He winced in the dim light and bent forward to take a closer look. “You have her look about you. It is uncanny. You could almost pass for her. And that brooch. Where did you get that brooch?”

“I do not know, sir.” Mary Elizabeth took her time to choose her words carefully. She wasn’t sure how to answer about the brooch, so she steered clear of that comment, saying instead, “Are not all Stuarts somehow related?”

It was not the right thing to say. James Stuart, Regent of Scotland, was not amused. “Grab her. She must be a spy. Or a traitor. Either is punishable by death.” He pointed accusing fingers at the others. “The rest of you stay here. I will deal with this troublemaker.”

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Emily-Jane Hills Orford is an award-winning author of several books, including Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the
2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. She writes about the extra-ordinary in life and her books, short stories, and articles are receiving considerable attention. For more information on the author, check out her website at: http://emilyjanebooks.ca

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Sweet Sacrifice

Fantasy/Paranormal
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Former Navy SEAL Sebastian “Bash” Lockard died in Afghanistan after leaping on a grenade to save his comrades. Little did he know his act of heroism would grant him a ticket into Heaven’s elite army as one of the few and powerful Archangels. Struggling with his new existence, Bash still retains his human memories, leaving behind a wife he loves with all of his heart. Although he’s forbidden to see her, he can’t resist her lure, or the mortal desires he harbors for her.


As a young widow and nurse, Irene Lockard still mourns her husband two years after his untimely death. His absence is everywhere, and when her best friend weds, she hits an emotional rock bottom. As if summoned from the skies above, Sebastian appears before her, and they share an unforgettable night. But when he once again vanishes, she wonders if she’s truly gone mad with grief.

The only way Sebastian can remain with Irene is if he makes the ultimate sacrifice. But will she overcome her fear of losing him again to another war?

My Review...

Well, once again I’m going to tell you that romance and paranormal are not particularly my thing and then I’m going to say EXCEPT for a few books, especially one like this. To begin with, Soul Mate Tree books are sweet. They may contain some intense sorrow as does this one. They may contain a lot of powerful emotions, but they are always a sweet refreshing clean read. This one by L.D. Rose does not disappoint. But this one has suspense combined with the internal and external battle of a SEAL though he might be in another place now. It also brings up some very tough questions for the reader. Would you give your life for your country and those around you without thought? Would you give your life knowing you would never again see the spouse you love? Sometimes we just read about those things, but we never truly really think about them. There are plenty of people who have done so without second thought. People in our Armed Services, our veterans, our cops, our firefighters, EMTs…well I’m sure I haven’t mentioned them all and that’s what this sweet, loving and yet deep-thinking book is about.  
L.D. Rose has made the characters vivid, most easy to love, and easily distinguishable between the good and the bad. A quick read, very hard to put down.

This is Book 9 of the Soul Mate Tree series. When I researched her other books, Rose had nothing but good reviews. So…for those of you who really enjoy this Romance/Paranormal genre, this is your book. Evidently it’s also for those like me who don’t read that genre but DO like this book.


Read an excerpt...
Bash’s gaze caught on a couple on the dance floor, the sight of her sinking into him like hooks and bringing him to a standstill.

With her dark curls springing over her shoulders, she spun across the hardwood, her pale gray dress flowing around her. Much like in his recent vision of her, she tipped her head back and laughed, beautiful, stunning, her smile as bright as the yellow calla lilies tucked in her hair. She swayed with a man in dress whites, a Marine, another fucking soldier she didn’t belong with. And as the rain of realization became a downpour of comprehension, he remembered the engagement, where Claude proposed to Lucille—at their wedding—right before Bash left for another tour of Afghanistan.

“Bash?” Gabriel stepped in front of him, blocking his view, pale eyes narrowed.

Bash’s hand slammed into Gabriel’s chest, pushing him away as he lurched forward. Gabriel reacted faster, though, snatching his arm and wrenching him back at least four feet. Bash lunged again and the Arc’s hand fisted in his white button-down shirt.

“Don’t,” Gabriel growled, all humor draining from his angular face and setting his expression in stone. “Do not.”

Bash’s heart punched at the angel’s fist, every fiber of his being burning with the urge to run to her, to wrap his arms around her and feel her body against his one more time. Envy, rage, longing, and sadness blasted through him in a toxic tornado of emotion ready to whip this place into oblivion.

He nearly ground his molars into pulp. “Let. Me. Go.”

“You are dead, Sebastian. You’re no longer part of this world. All you’ll do is bring her pain, bring yourself pain. Don’t do this.” Twin streams of air whistled from the Arc’s nostrils as he shook his head. “I should’ve never brought you here.”

Bring him pain? More pain than he’d already endured? No.

No.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

L.D. Rose is a neurotic physician by day, crazed writer by night, and all around wannabe superhero. She writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but she's been known to delve into horror, sci-fi, and medical suspense on occasion. L.D. Rose is a PAN member of
the RWA, FF&P, NEC-RWA and CoLoNY. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her studly hubby, her hyperactive boxer, and her two devious cats.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Becoming Magic

contemporary romance
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Carole Barnes once believed she would make her own way in Hollywood, but those days are long gone, leaving behind only a dark, slimy secret that Carole has never shared with anyone. Now she hides in the bright sunshine of the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. As far away as she can get from Hollywood. But what to do when Hollywood comes knocking in the form of a sexy movie star?

Connor Wallace has everything going for him—looks, talent, a successful career—but what he really wants is to perform magic on stage. His love of magic leads him back to his mentor Walt Bryson. At first, he’s pleased when Walt suggests his assistant Carole produce a documentary of his transformation from movie star to magician. He’s worked with Carole before—but the ambitious girl who had a crush on him is gone now, leaving a beautiful, withdrawn woman.

It’s the perfect arrangement. Carole knows she can make a success of the movie and Connor wants to work with her. But as they grow closer, Connor determines to find out her secret. Can love overcome the boundaries of fear? Or will Carole’s past return to plague them both?

Read an excerpt...
She reached for a handful of popcorn and her hand brushed his. When she turned her head and met the gaze of the same pair of clear blue eyes as those on the screen, her heart skipped a beat and she froze. For an eternity of a half second, neither of them moved, then he slowly turned his hand over and folded his fingers over hers. “Is this okay?”

“Yes.” She breathed the single word, then added, “And no.”

“No?” He raised his eyebrows.

“I really want some popcorn.”

“And I still really want to kiss you.” His eyes flickered down to her lips. Then he sighed and released her hand. “I guess one of us should get what they want, huh?”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Michelle Garren Flye is an award-winning romance author of eleven novels and counting. Her short stories have been published by the romance anthology Foreign Affairs, Opium.com, SmokelongQuarterly.com and Flashquake.com, among others. She has served
on the editorial staffs of Horror Library, Butcher Shop Quartet and Tattered Souls. Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the mother of three and lives in North Carolina.

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Blog: BREATHE: http://michellegflye.com
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Chronicles



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Follow the struggles, joys and sorrows on one man's personal journey as he chronicles his travails with early onset dementia and a rare, terminal brain disease- no treatment, and no cure.


Read an Exerpt
Now the worst part of the exam was about to be begin. The technician did a series of checks making sure the instrument was properly calibrated the light was working, and the monitor was in the correct position, so Trish and I could see the procedure. The nasal violation began. Up my right nostril – every inch felt like a foot – and slowly down the back of my mouth. It was then I learned I had a strong gag reflex.

My Review
This turned out to be a big surprise to me. Being familiar with the symptoms of both ALS and Parkinsons, I really thought this would be a downer to read. However, while it was a good insight to a man’s thoughts while knowing what his future would look like, it was also educational and truly had the occasional bit of humor we all need to get through life each day. Although you would think a book about such illness would be sad but in truth, while the whole darned subject is sad, this was not written in that manner.
I also thought it would read or seem clinical in its reading format. While it does deal with many doctor’s appointments and explanations, it’s interesting and fairly easy to read. It is called a memoir. I think a better description might be a person’s daily diary as they try to get through each day, as they must progressively deal with more and more deterioration. 
Among all of the things I have written, I should also say that this book is written by a man who worked in a factory, had an autistic son and a great wife, but never conspired to write or become an author. He is an everyday person just like the rest of us only living with the onset of a horrible disease. While his aim might not have been to become an author, he has most certainly done so with this book. It’s well laid out and easy to read. Educational as I have said, but laid out so that even a layman can understand.
He is of such strong spirit. I hope this book will be an inspiration to many people to come, be they readers, caregivers, or people diagnosed with this or any such devastating illness. 


About the Author:


T.J. Brown-an ordinary family man with an extraordinary story. He is from Toronto, On but has called the small town of Ayr, in southwestern Ontario home for the past twenty-five years. He worked in the automotive parts manufacturing sector until five years ago when he had to leave work life due to illness.
Tim has been blogging his PSP journey, sharing his personal experiences with this disease as well as FTD - frontotemporal dementia. His readership spans the globe.
Through his efforts, it is Tim’s hope to give voice to those suffering from PSP and similar diseases that no longer have a voice of their own. Advocating for those affected... patients, spouses, families and friends. Always, with the goal of raising awareness, understanding and support to further research into prime of life brain diseases. He has made his story universal, yet personal and relatable.



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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

So Many Secrets - Breakdown Series Book 2

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SERIES BLURB:

BREAKDOWN is a unique and groundbreaking four-book suspense series that will keep you turning pages until the killer is finally exposed.

In this explosive new miniseries, the idyllic community of Shutter Lake, nestled in the peaceful Sierra Nevada Mountains, is rocked by a shocking murder. Four women, friends who moved to the area to find healing and solace, must now dig deep and overcome the scars of past troubles to find a ruthless killer.

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BOOK BLURB:

So Many Secrets, BREAKDOWN Book 2 by Vicki Hinze


THE BREAKDOWN DEEPENS... Seven years ago, Dr. Dana Perkins came to idyllic Shutter Lake seeking safety from a traumatic experience in Phoenix. She became the principal at Shutter Lake School--and found her refuge… until Sylvia Cole was killed and one of Dana's best and brightest students, Vinn Bradshaw, confessed to the murder. A murder Dana is certain he didn't commit. But who is he protecting? Why? Seeking the truth shatters Dana's safety. Yet who could have predicted proving Vinn innocent would jeopardize her friends and neighbors… and expose so many secrets?

My Review
Even though this might be about a killer and of course, a murder, the interaction and friendship of the women involved makes the reading even more interesting. Maybe it is because they are from different careers, some running from horrors they can’t seem to overcome. Maybe because they have all had their fair share of bad things to handle.

This is a series of 4 books all written by different authors. So Many Secrets happens to be Book 2. This is a series of cozies, but all the elements are there…cute safe little town, interesting cop, at least one mean  person who is not what they seem to be, some nosy townspeople and some good friends set upon finding the killer, etc. Sounds sort of like where I grew up. Now by saying these are somewhat like cozies, I am not knocking this one bit. They are easy to read. So Many Secrets was a really quick read and they have an interesting storyline woven all the way through.   

While I enjoyed the book and felt that each author’s skill was equal to the others, Book 2 is not a stand-alone book. Be prepared to read all 4 books to “get the whole story” so to speak. 

However, I don’t think reading all 4 books would be a bad thing to have to do. I thought it was worth my time.

Read an excerpt...

Laney straightened and stopped rubbing her thigh.  “You know exactly what it’s like.”

“Unfortunately, I do,” Dana admitted.  “Before I came to Shutter Lake, for peace and tranquility, I taught at an elementary school in Phoenix.  There was a mass shooting.  Long story short, I lost four students.  When the shooting started, we weren’t in our classroom, we were in a hallway, and there was nowhere to go.  Finally, we ran back to a janitor’s closet and piled into it.  I sat closest to the door.  It was hot and locked and the kids were so scared.  I told them we had to be quiet and maybe the shooter wouldn’t know we were there.  He’d turned his back and started firing in another direction.”

“So you saved the kids.”

Dana let her agony show in her eyes.  “Four died.”  She recited their names.  “Cara, Misty, Sara and Joshua.”  She tugged at her earlobe and swallowed a lump of fresh tears from her throat.  “Part of me died, too.”

“Yes.”  Laney sparked recognition.  “Exactly.”  She sipped from her coffee.  “So you have nightmares, too.”

“I did for more than five years.  But this with Sylvia...it’s brought them back.”

“So they never end.”
 
“Regret is merciless, Laney.  That’s the simple truth.  But we get better at coping with it.  And that, my friend, is also the truth.”

“Merciless, I’ve got down pat.  It’s something…else, something that eases this stuff, I’m still searching for.”

“Yes, I know.”  Dana tapped her folded forefingers.  “We search because we feel guilty that we couldn’t prevent the incident.  Because we couldn’t do more.  Guilt tells us we’re there to protect and defend, and when we fail, for whatever reason we fail, we might be given forgiveness from everyone else in the world, but we struggle—oh, how we struggle—to forgive ourselves.”

Laney stilled and stared at Dana for a long time.  “It’s not regret, it’s guilt that rises up again and torments us.”

“It does, but guilt can’t ease things in us any more than regret could, because it isn’t what’s really tormenting us,” Dana said.

“Then what is?”  Laney winced.  “I’m missing a step here.”

Dana had, too. For a very long time.  “Forgiveness is tricky.  We think we forgive others so they can move forward, and so we do.  But we don’t accept that we must forgive ourselves so that we can move forward, too.”  Dana let that sink in.  “It’s really hard for us to admit, especially to ourselves, that we were helpless.  Or that we tried and just plain failed.  So we forgive everyone else, no problem.  But we don’t forgive ourselves because way down deep in places we don’t talk about or even acknowledge exist, we have this spark of doubt.  We hang onto it with all we’ve got, and we continue to believe there is something else we could have done.  Some way we could have changed the outcome.”

“Second-guessing ourselves, so it comes out in our dreams.”  Laney grunted.  “I get it.”

“Here’s the most important part,” Dana said.  “Until we accept that what happened did happen and it’s done, we’re stuck on this hamster wheel of hell.  There’s only one thing that can stop the wheel so we can get off.”

“What?”


“Us actually forgiving ourselves.  That is the only act that can set us free.  It’s simple but complex and hard to do, yet once we do it, we’re free to move on.”

 AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Raised in New Orleans, Vicki Hinze began writing before Kindergarten but her journey to writing books included a lot of corporate pit-stops. Eventually, she settled in and her first novel landed an array of awards and on the bestseller list. With nearly 40 books published,
she's been back many times with awards in multiple genres and appearances on multiple bestseller lists, including USA TODAY. Vicki is recognized by Who's Who in the World as an author and an educator and is best known for chilling suspense, trailblazing, and creating series that genre-blend. Her works include suspense, mystery and romance. Since 1994, this former VP of International Thriller Writers has written heavily about military and military families and in nearly all genres except horror. Hinze is a Floridian married to a former Hurricane Hunter/Special Operations Officer. She constantly pushes the boundaries on existing genres, opening the door for new novel blends.

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