Wednesday, October 31, 2018

TWO Big Giveaway Chances - Retribution and A Lord for Christmas

Romantic Suspense
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Regency Romance

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The World Breaks Everyone

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Every day, I wake up certain of only three things: I am responsible for my mother’s death. My father has vanished. Someone wants me dead. I’m on the run. It’s me against the world. I cannot let it break me.

When sixteen-year-old Olivia Jacobs and her celebrity chef father are brutally attacked after his French Quarter restaurant opening, the shell-shocked Olivia finds herself on the run on the streets of New Orleans. Who wants her dead? And why?

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The dark thoughts were back. Real and chilling. Like a bony finger tapping her on the shoulder.
Kate shivered. In one swift movement, she shrugged out of her soaked jacket, scattering an arc of raindrops on the floor like the outline of a crescent moon.

Instead of kneeling to wipe up the moisture, Kate turned and pressed both palms on the side table in front of the mirror. She gazed at her pale reflection. Deep brown eyes stared back, the flecks of gold dim from lack of rest and too much worry. It had been a hell of a week.

As a clinical psychologist, Kate fought for innocent victims. She delegated, advocated, and managed, helping each to regain their lives after violent trauma. She’d taken the helm at the crisis center only a year ago, and the demand hadn’t slowed for their services. New patients overflowed the clinic, with counselors working overtime. The court docket was jammed and their safe house was nearly full.

This afternoon, Kate was moments away from leaving the office when the new client, shell-shocked and tear-streaked, walked in. Every single counselor was busy. Theo would have to forgive her. Kate dropped her purse and wrap, grabbed an intake form, and brought the shaking girl a bent Styrofoam cup of lukewarm coffee before trying to coax out her story.

They spoke, in halting, awkward conversation about the damp weather and Mardi Gras, school exams at the girl’s Catholic high school. She was 16. And despite her torn uniform and scuffed leather shoes, the girl’s family was well off. But Kate knew better than anyone socioeconomic class didn’t segregate these victims. Rape was about opportunity, power, and control.

My Review
This is the story of a young girl who has lost her mother to illness and has a good but very busy dad. Olivia falls into depression and while trying very hard to come back to everyday life, is still haunted by the loss of her mother. When her father, Theo, is finally able to open the restaurant that was the dream of he and Olivia’s mother, things begin to break loose. It seems as if everyone can be untrue. Who do you trust when so many want something everywhere you look? And even worse…what do they want?

I really had a hard time figuring out who was who at the beginning of this story and I thought it was going to move slowly. Let me tell you, it most certainly did not. It got moving along within a couple of chapters and I had a very hard time taking a break for those chores and things you are supposed to do, right til the end. Once I had the characters figured out as I mentioned, I began to really see their unique personalities. You can’t “see” this or feel it for that matter unless the author has done a good job of giving you the tools to do so. Tools such as excellent descriptions, emotions as well as their surroundings. Lauren Clark had no trouble providing this in her writing.
Lauren Clark has several stand-alone novels. All rated very high.

***This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are definitely my own.

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Lauren Clark is the author of several award-winning novels, including Dancing Naked in Dixie, Stardust Summer, and Stay Tuned. She also writes suspense under the name Laura McNeill. Center of Gravity and Sister Dear have been published by HarperCollins.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Exit Stage Left

Dark Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
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Megan O'Day seems to be navigating the unpredictable relationship with Geoffrey Drake, her centuries-old vampire guardian angel, rather well. But then his past suddenly rips him from her, forcing her to face the unknown future alone in the gripping sequel to The Stage.

Still bound to Geoffrey through the power of the Link despite his unexplained absence, Megan's mind is flooded with his haunted memories. While she relives the darkest moments of his previous life, she discovers his attachment to a woman who bears a striking resemblance to her.

As she questions Geoffrey's love for her, she strikes up a dangerous alliance with Geoffrey's brother, Alexander, who is also a vampire. She hopes that he will help her find a way to rescue Geoffrey: instead, he seems to be awakening new emotions and desires within her.
As the past and present collide, Megan struggles to fend off Alexander's dark seduction. Is Geoffrey truly beyond the reach of her love forever? If not, what must be sacrificed to bring them back together again?

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I began to hear a sound as they were speaking; a small child’s voice, whispering to me. Her high pitched voice, singing a lullaby and I recognized the notes. It was Greensleeves, the same one my mother had sang to me when I was a child. Without thinking, I walked forward, ignoring them as they reached out for me.

“Megan, stop!” I heard them say yet I went in. Suddenly the room was full of sunlight. It was a child’s nursery, with light blue walls and soft white curtains at the lovely double sided windows that opened on to a huge oak tree, whose branches reached out to the window’s ledge. A small robin sat on the limb, singing. I turned to see toys and stuffed animals around the wooden floor that was covered with a multicolored throw rug. Shelf after shelf of books and nick knacks were all around the walls. Then I saw her in the corner, slowly moving back and forth in the rocking chair, holding a doll, gently stroking its hair. She looked up and I saw eyes, one green and one blue. Her light brown hair was tied up with a yellow ribbon, and she wore a pale blue dress with lace and bows. Her legs had the familiar white tights that I remembered as well as black Mary Jane’s on her little feet.

“Hello there,” she said, smiling sweetly.

“Hello. Who are you?” I asked walking toward her, still looking around, totally amazed at what I was seeing, experiencing.

“Well, I’m you of course.” She said, coyly. She jumped up and reached out for my hand. She looked at the cute little tea set on the table next to her.

“Will you join me for some tea with my dolly?” She asked in her little voice, so sweet and innocent. There was something I was supposed to be doing, but what was it? I couldn’t remember. Wasn’t there someone with me, right before I saw her? No, I must’ve of imagined that. Where else would I want to be besides here?

“Yes, I’d love to. Would you like me to pour?” I said, sitting down and crossing me legs as she sat in the little chair beside me.


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Catherine Russell was born in Tacoma, Washington and raised in a small town just south, South Hill, Puyallup. At the time South Hill was a heavily wooded area and far off the beaten path. Growing up she had the forests as her fantasy world along with the wild animals. She lived with her parents and an older sister. There are a few similarities from her own childhood that have carried over in to her first novel, “The Stage”. As a child, she did have a small dog named Toto, whom she would quite frequently roam the woods with. Her childhood home still stands, and is still nestled in the woods even though South Hill has undergone an extreme makeover since she lived there. She enjoyed hours of day dreaming and playing in the woods, which in turn fed her fantasy world of make believe.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Our Secret Powers

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Is the paranormal normal?

Many readers will be surprised when learning that reputable scientists, among them several Nobel laureates, have claimed that telepathy is a reality. Their curiosity will increase when reading that Cleopatra’s lost palace and Richard III’s burial place were recovered by means of clairvoyance. And some will think it to be science fiction when finding out about Stargate—the espionage program where the American military and CIA engaged in the development of psychic spies!

Simonsen, a Norwegian historian of ideas, introduces an array of entertaining paranormal tales from history, archaeology, anthropology and psychology, and presents scientific research that has provided fascinating results. He argues that the stories we hear about telepathy, clairvoyance and precognition ought not to be dismissed as superstition

In step with spiritual and occult traditions, the author suggests that consciousness is not limited to our own head. Rather he thinks that all humans (and perhaps all living beings) are linked together in a “Mental Internet.’ Via this network we may exchange ‘telepathic emails’ with friends and family and make clairvoyant ‘downloads’ of information. Thus perhaps what we usually call ‘supernatural’ is completely natural but little understood communications via this Mental Internet?

Our Secret Powers gives us a engaged and entertaining analysis of a controversial subject and would make an excellent travel companion.

"Superb survey of the paranormal... Although serious in content, it is written in a light, often humorous, style which is a delight to read. As someone who has myself made a lifelong study of the paranormal, I cannot recommend it highly enough." ~ fantasy author, Herbie Brennan

"Simonsen describes his book as "A travelogue from the twilight zone,"but he is far too modest. Our Secret Powers is a sprawling work, meticulously researched, in which the author deftly, and with engaging wit, pulls together the various strands of "psi"--telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition,telekinesis, and healing--and presents them for our consideration." ~ Pulitzer-prize winner, Teresa Carpenter
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Based on this idea, we launch a quite simple model, called the “Mental Internet.” The basic metaphor here is that somewhat in the way our computers are linked together via the Internet, the ‘consciousnesses’ of all humans, and perhaps all living beings, are linked together via some sort of Mental Internet. Consciousness, like the Internet, is—on some level—something that we are all doing together; it is networking. And telepathy is the communication that drives this network.

I therefore invite the reader to engage in a little thought experiment throughout the book: namely that an Internet Model of consciousness may have some relevance. Galileo once invited the Inquisition to look through his telescope in order to see what he himself had seen. But, as we know, the inquisitors were not very keen on having their horizons expanded and instead muttered murkily of ‘the work of the Devil.’ However, I take it for granted that the reader has a radically more open attitude than those darkened souls, and I am therefore confident that my invitation will be well received.

I find it intriguing to think that our everyday perception of Space and Time may, in some respects, be merely a mental frame, a habit. And therefore it might be possible to think outside the box in a more radical way. The proposed thought experiment about a Mental Internet allows for this, and telepathy can then be considered as the ‘emails’ sent and the ‘downloads’ made via this mental network. Many phenomena that otherwise would appear inexplicable will in light of this model fall quite nicely into place. More (much more) about this later!

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Terje G. Simonsen is an author with a Ph.D. in the History of Ideas. He has increasingly focused his attention on the esoteric and occult traditions and on paranormal phenomena, as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, telekinesis, healing etc. Recently he published the highly acclaimed Our Secret Powers, based on his extraordinary knowledge within this field. Elegantly and with great personal wit and insight, he discusses parapsychological phenomena such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition.

Simonsen has had his work praised by several of the world’s most renowned experts on the paranormal: The bestselling parapsychologist, Dean Radin, chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, says: ‘As an encyclopedic introduction to the psychic side of the fascinating but puzzling domain known as the paranormal, there is no better choice than Our Secret Powers.” And Stanley Krippner, expert on hypnosis, shamanism and altered states of consciousness, former leader of two departments in the American Psychological Association, says: “This is an outstanding book and it deserves all the attention it can get. Not only is Our Secret Powers a book for all seasons, it is a book for all reasons!’”.

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A Vintage Death

A Vintage Death by Mary Ellen Hughes
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My Review

This book seems to have everything I would enjoy. An October Festival full of hanging skeletons and ghosts and a book signing and reading by an author who writes paranormal stories. A quaint collector’s village with every type of collectible shop you can imagine…vintage music boxes, a vintage sewing shop, vintage cookware, a store called “Shake it Up”
filled with vintage salt and pepper shakers, a bookstore; even a vintage Bed & Breakfast. The shop names were all so clever it made me want to take a trip there myself. Except I might not want to come upon dead bodies as people seem to be doing in Keepsake Cove.  Callie, the owner of House of Melody music boxes (see what I mean? Makes you want to go look doesn’t it?), needs to help her friend Dorothy who owns Stitches Thru Time. The dead body was stabbed with a pair of vintage scissors, no less.

The reason I mentioned I wanted to visit Keepsake Cove has to do with the way Mary Ellen Hughes laid out the scene description. I even wanted to live in Callie’s cottage. Hughes did just as well with the leading or main characters. This is just a fun read you want to curl up and sit down for the day with. It didn’t take me much longer than that to read because I didn’t want to put it down. It’s sweet and entertaining.  

This is Book 2 in a series titled “A Keepsake Cove Mystery”. There is no question this book couldn’t stand alone as a good read. However, Mary Ellen Hughes has two or three series and there isn’t a one of them without good reviews. Better check them out everything out.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Seeking Sanctuary

Romantic Suspense
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She thwarted a killer’s attack. He’s off the case because of their prior involvement. Now, they’re at the top of the hit list…

Aleks Levin promised herself she'd never become a victim again. Out for a late evening run, she spies something terrible: a serial killer attempting to murder his next victim. Aleks interrupts the deed and saves the woman's life, but in the process she becomes the only witness to the U-District Strangler's brutal attacks. Refusing protective custody, Aleks has a better idea for keeping safe: pretending to date a detective on the case…

Neal Hawkins never knew if he'd see the alluring Aleks again, but he certainly didn't expect such life-or-death circumstances when he did. After their prior involvement gets Neal kicked off the case, he can't help but continue to investigate as the killer creeps closer to his next victim… her. The detective knows that sheltering Aleks is the best way to keep her safe, though he wonders if there's any way to suppress the sparks that start flying the minute she crosses his threshold. 

Caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, old wounds and secret lives threaten to reveal the Strangler's identity. Can Aleks and Neal stop the killer before his reign of terror continues with them?

Seeking Sanctuary is the third standalone novel in the captivating U-District series of romantic suspense novels. If you like sizzling chemistry, edgy characters, and twists you won't see coming, then you'll love Jodi Ashland's riveting tale.

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My Review
This is the story of a strong college age young woman who gets involved with a cop by thwarting a serial killer from suffocating another blonde. Aleks finds the killer while out jogging. She takes him on and fights. Fortunately, she was able to use the pepper spray she carries while running. When she successfully saves the life of another young girl who is prey to the killer, her life changes in every way. She becomes in great danger. A cop who she had previously met says he will protect her, will stay right by her side until the killer is found.  Unfortunately, this cop, Neal, is “sort of” dating an ER nurse, Kenzie, who Aleks knows. Neal is, of course, attracted to both.

I think the “dating two ladies” is a hint of what I got rather tired of in this book. I didn’t get tired of Neal playing the field, more power to him. However, Neal was constantly back and forth about the fact that he was so attracted to Aleks but shouldn’t lead her on OR he was thinking Kinzie was the one for him and feeling bad thinking about Aleks. That left Aleks working constantly to make Neal love her and to turn him on and Neal wanting to become involved but holding back. It all got really redundant. I wanted to tell him to be a man and make up his mind. 
Don’t get me wrong, I had no trouble finishing the book. I found it easy to read most of the time and there were some very intense moments and surprises. The characters were easy to picture hence their development. Either the storyline should have been developed more fully which would have been my preference or the book should have been shorter.

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“Why don’t you two get out of the car, so I can properly introduce Aleks to the police commissioner?”

Neal nodded. Nothing like a good dose of his captain to cool the libido.

When Cap walked off toward the commissioner, Aleks whispered, “He totally bought that.”

Neal stared into those whiskey eyes. She was playing it cool, but something more lurked under that façade. She’d felt it too. The question of the week, month, and year was, what did it mean?

There was no doubt they were physically attracted to one another. But now that he’d had a taste of her again, he craved what she could give him.

Is that enough to build something on?

The one night with Aleks had been fantastic, but what about a relationship? Could he see going the long haul with her?

Aleks climbed back to her seat and grabbed her hat. “Is my lipstick smudged?”

He looked down at her lips. Not good. They only made him want to kiss her again. “Yeah.”

She pulled the visor down and used her finger to clear any smudges. “Let’s go meet the commish, honey.”

This whole boyfriend-girlfriend thing was a terrible idea. He got out of the car and walked to her side to open the door after he confirmed their surroundings were safe. He leaned in to pull the Glock out of the glove compartment and inhaled her fresh scent.

Neal helped Aleks out of the car. He kept her hand in his to maintain appearances. It had nothing to do with the fact he wanted to hold her hand, that he’d grown accustomed to it, or that it felt right.

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Jodi Ashland is an award-winning author of romantic suspense. If you enjoy reading about empowered women who overcome adversity, flawed sexy heroes who love them, and action packed mystery and suspense, then you’ll love Jodi Ashland’s books. Jodi has a B.S. in Information Systems and an M.B.A. but has pursued her true passion writing novels and poems. She is a mother of two, cancer survivor, kayaker, skier, gardener, camper, and lover of all things outdoors.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Exene Chronicles

Vintage Young Adult / Multi-culture

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Camille A. Collins's lyrical debut novel speaks to the passionate engagement of adolescent girls—with music, with injustice, with love, with life. This is a courageous coming-of-age story, one that poet Nikki Giovanni recommends "sharing with our teenage sons and daughters."

Collins's 1980s southern California set novel is a literary debut that tackles social inequality with poetic riffs and heart-pounding angst.

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With the endless choices of the Salvation Army thrift store came the opportunity to take on whatever costume, and with it, whichever fantasy role they chose. Much like their descendant courtship with melancholy, their love of the clothes and hairstyles of the late 1950s and early ’60s was not grounded in reality, but in the promise of some Shangri-la where girls beguiled with hooded eyelids and teased hair, the glimmer of pale, iridescent gloss on full lips.

“Lia! You’ve got to see what I found for you!”

Ryan gave up waiting and raced to the back of the store, where Lia was admiring jewel-encrusted pocketbooks, and grabbed her by the hand. In a row of old frocks, some of them musty and stained, others absurd in their grandiose embellishment of floor- length drapery, puffed sleeve, and sequin, Ryan had discovered a jewel.

“Stand still now.” Taking her by the shoulders, Ryan made Lia stand tall and straight while she held the sleeveless, pink satin, ’60s-style dress up to Lia’s small frame.

Stepping in front of a mirror with the dress draped against her body, Lia cried, “Oh my god. I love it! I can’t believe how rad you are!” She threw her arms around Ryan’s neck.

“It’ll be your Supremes dress,” Ryan decided.

Ryan wasn’t as lucky in finding anything special at the thrift shop that day. To strike out at the Salvation Armywasonething, butatthedrugstoretherewasnever any shortage of items for consolation. With exactly $8.37 worth of merchandise between them, the girls were delighted by the prospect of getting back home where, imprisoned inside their still girlishly furnished bedrooms turned out in fluffy white comforters and stuffed unicorns, which they clung to during witching hours, when they dreamt of being spirited away by those creatures come to life, they would work up their sadness like warm palms dredging up the dark forces of a Ouija Board.

As they clambered onto the bus that would take them back to their serene pocket of suburbia, the two girls clasped hands.

“I love you!” Lia squealed. “You’re my best friend in the entire world!”

“You’re mine too!” Ryan cried.

If spilling peroxide on the pale green bathroom rug, which caused a spreading white stain and made Ryan’s mom yell at the girls, wasn’t foreshadowing—a telling clue that all that conjuring had been unnecessary— then Ryan’s cocky attitude once the peroxide took hold, and she showed up to school the next day tossing her long blond hair all over the place, should have been. “Coming over after school?” Lia leaned over to whisper as they prepped for a science lab.

Ryan shook her head. “Elizabeth Cole’s sneaking boys over while her mom’s out. I’d invite you, but you don’t drink, don’t make out…” Ryan flung her hair off her shoulder and abruptly turned away.

Ryan’s introduction to Neil Jimenez two weeks later wasn’t exactly the dream prescribed by the clutching of those unicorns, or their infant attachment to Baudelaire’s feverish lamentations; neither was the fact that Lia would end up donning her pretty pink “Supremes” dress on the loneliest day of her life.

About the Author: Camille A. Collins has an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been the recipient of the Short Fiction Prize from the South Carolina Arts Commission, and her writing has appeared in The African-American National Biography, published by Harvard University and Oxford University Press; in The Twisted Vine, a literary journal of Western New Mexico University, and other places.

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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?

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 naïve. 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?

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“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.”


“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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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.


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October 12: bookish bibliophile - review
October 15: The Reading Addict
October 15: Readeropolis 
October 16: Two Ends of the Pen
October 17: Rachel Brimble Romance
October 17: Deal Sharing Aunt
October 18: All the Ups and Downs
October 19: Jazzy Book Reviews
October 19: Bookaholic - review
October 22: The Avid Reader
October 23: T's Stuff
October 23: So Many Books
October 24: Independent Authors
October 25: Notes from a Romantic's Heart
October 25: Author C.A.Milson
October 26: Welcome to My World of Dreams