Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Dark Wolf Enterprises by A.M. Griffin




The big break Trudy Hollander’s small accounting firm needs has finally arrived, but unfortunately it comes with murder, mayhem and Kristof Farkas, a man she just can’t seem to resist. Even worse, Kristof is the CFO of Dark Wolf Enterprises—the one person who can pull the plug on the job that will take her company to the next level.

And then there are the assassins who can jump from three stories up and still be able to run away…

Kristof has no intention of giving in to his inner wolf and claiming Trudy. She’s human. Too fragile to withstand being a shifter’s mate. But the need to protect her is stronger than his resolve, and his desire is more powerful yet. He’ll fight with everything he has to keep her safe, both from those who would hurt her, and from himself.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Kristof is some kind of freak and he’s being attacked by wolves. She was god knows where with god knows who.

She could be killed out here and no one would know how to find her body.

Her gaze shifted to the cockpit door. They could kill her.

Flare gun.

She scrambled to the back of the plane and flung open the closet door. On the top shelf was the metal box Kristof had told her about. Grabbing it, she pulled the box down. The handle slipped in her sweaty palms and hit the floor with a crash. The contents spilled at her feet.

She spotted the flare gun immediately. Grabbing it, she ran back to her seat by the window and aimed the gun at the cockpit door.

While she waited for the pilots to come out, she continued to watch the fighting below. One of the wolves was down, leaving Kristof to fight the other two. She peered at the cockpit door. Still shut. Then back to Kristof. One of the others wolves was now limping badly.

Kristof snarled and grabbed the uninjured wolf by the neck and shook him. The wolf went limp and appeared to be more like a rag doll than anything else. Kristof stopped and opened his mouth. The wolf he held there fell to the ground in a lump. The only wolf left stood his ground. Both he and Kristof growled and circled each other until, finally, the injured wolf seemed to realize this was a losing fight and scampered off into the darkness.

Standing alone, Kristof let out a long howl at the night.

Trudy pressed her face to the glass and looked left to right, trying to see if she spotted any more of the other wolves.

Kristof ran off, to where she couldn’t see.

He’s leaving me.

The thought ripped through her mind. Then an instant later, another thought eased the first.

He’d never leave me. I belong to him.

She’d no time to pick apart the last thought because, on the next blink, Kristof—the wolf—was standing outside of her window—watching her.

She knew it was him and not some other wolf, she felt he was hers. Their eyes locked. A part of her wanted to shrink away under his stare, but the other…wanted to claim him.

The cockpit door creaked open and the pilot peered at her. Yelping she raised her gun and aimed. Screaming, he shut the door before she could fire off a shot.

“Come out here and I’ll kill you! Do you see what happened to your buddies?” Her hands shook as she aimed the gun.

She was going to die. There was a man-wolf killer outside and a pilot-kidnapper in here.

Another glance outside and Kristof stood, as a man, watching her. A naked man. A wonderfully naked man.

She shook her head.

Wolf-beast.

“Trudy. Open the hatch. I’m coming back up,” He yelled out to her.”

Was she supposed to let him back in? He hadn’t said that.

She chewed on her lower lip, waiting for an answer she couldn’t think of. If she opened the door would he attack her? Was he a rabid beast who couldn’t control himself?

She shook her head. “No. You said not to open the hatch.”

“I meant don’t open the hatch for them.”

“Since I know your secret are you going to kill me now?”

“Don’t be silly. It’s cold out here. Open the hatch.”

Should she let him back in?

“Are the pilots still alive?” he asked.

Her gaze shot back to the cockpit. “Yes. But not for long,” she yelled, loud enough for the pilots to hear.

“I’m naked and it’s about thirty degrees out here. Can you please let me in?”

“Wh-what about your super-human heating abilities? Aren’t you supposed to be so hot that’d you’d melt snow?”

He cocked his head to the side. “This is not a young adult story. I’m freezing my ass off.”

“If he kills me I’m going to be so pissed,” she mumbled to herself.

About the Author:A. M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies.

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Book Review -- Dark Wolf Enterprises by A.M. Griffin


Dark Wolf EnterprisesDark Wolf Enterprises by A.M. Griffin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story takes us through the lives of Trudy, a mentally formidable but physically fragile human being, and Kristoff, a shifter, who needs to keep his constantly gnarling inner wolf at bay. Life forces their career paths to cross. While Trudy thinks of this opportunity as a great break for her career, little does she know the price she needs to pay to keep her sanity and safety in place, if she needs to continue on her assignment. Kristoff, although logically reasoning that he can't get attracted to Trudy, as he knows she wouldn't be able to cope up with the life of being a shifter's partner, cannot help falling for her innocence and vulnerability. Will the protective and fierce Kristoff and the unsuspecting Trudy manage to overcome all obstacles to find solace in each other, is what the book takes us through.

This novella was a smooth casual read - it had adventure, elements of thrill, sparks of romance, all embedded in a pacy plot. I would have loved to see more about the inner emotional conflicts within the minds of Trudy and Kristoff, which would help the reader connect more to them, than just on the page.

I recommend this to lovers of fast-paced multi-genre books.

My rating for this book: 3 stars

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I, Kidney by Chris Six







Blurb:

Joe Zizzi's childhood in the 1950s had everything a kid could want--pro athlete dad, wonderful mom, cool big bro. When the '60s kick in, this ideal life is violently shaken: a car crash claims his mother's life and his father's career, and brother Matt becomes distant and disturbed. Over the years, Joe learns to cope and carves out a niche for himself as a college sports star, and later as a coach and writer, but he can't quite shake the family legacy. Diagnosed with kidney failure, the semi-pro husband and devoted dad has life-and-death decisions to make--and life wins, though perhaps only by a slim margin.




Excerpt:
Dr. Fabian—his first name, nobody uses his last name—referred Dad to Dr. Reilley, a nephrologist. Reilley’s got a brogue a mile wide and recognized Dad’s name from the Bruins.

First visit, he asked general health questions, kidney questions, and hockey questions, ending up by giving Dad an orange plastic urine collection jug in which to insert 24 hours’ worth, which has to be kept cold until next week’s visit. Imagine being confronted with this baby when you open the fridge for your juice.

Dad’s kidneys are functioning at thirty percent.

Next visit, Reilley reads the blood test results and gives Dad the list of the six foods to stop eating.
Bananas.

“What? I’ve eaten one every day since birth.”

Orange juice.

“What do I drink with breakfast?”

Potatoes.

“You’re not making this easy, doc.”

Avocados.

“Wait, I’m still working on the spuds. Okay, I’ll eat yams.”

That includes yams. Chocolate.

“Doc, you trying to kill me?”

And tomatoes.

“Doc, you know I’m Italian, right?”

And he told him to lay off fried foods. Dad said, “As a frequent fryer, I’m gonna find this difficult.”

Outside: “How do I manage? How do I survive? He’s got my five basic food groups.

What was the sixth thing?”

“Avocado.”

Dad patted me and chuckled. “Good thing you’re not the patient.”


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Chris Six is a writer, the chief everything officer of The Chris Six Group, and the recipient of somebody else's kidney: "I narrated the story onto tape before I ever wrote a word. I even brought my recorder to dialysis and upset the technicians. Nowadays, I'm in awe of indie authors doing hands-on marketing. I couldn't imagine doing this even five years ago."

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Book Review -- I, Kidney by Chris Six


I, KidneyI, Kidney by Chris Six
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.


The cover of the book made me wonder about what to expect from the book. Although I understood that the Kidney references must be an abstraction of thoughts and idealogies, I was eager to find out what the book revolved around. The book takes us through the life of Joe, who had an absolutely enviable childhood. The book transports us back in time, into the 1950s. As the story ages along with Joe, we move on to the next decade when life flips 180 degrees for Joe. Losing his mother and seeing his father become an emotional wreck, Joe tries to take solace in the support of his older brother, Matt. But to Joe's dismay, Matt is deeply affected by the different happenings and moves away too. Now grown up and having learned to sustain life, Joe is a successful coach and writer. But when he learns of his ailing kidney, he goes through a phase of existential enlightenment, being forced to make tough and selfless decisions for his family.

I loved the pulse of the book - the theme of existential philosophy, cloaked with a fictional concept. One sees life through the eyes of Joe, but gets questions about one's own life as one empathises with Joe's dilemmas and turmoils. The characterisation, specifically of Joe's, was remarkable. It's hard to shake his voice off even after finishing the book. The one point I would have loved to see toned up would have been the pace of the book - it drags at many points and at the cost of developing the characters, there seems to have a battle with not being able to propel the story forward.

Nevertheless, it's a fantastic read and I recommend it to all book lovers.

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

New York Dolls by Catherine Hensley

New Adult / Women's Fiction / Chick Lit
Date Published: November 17, 2014

It’s Fashion Week in New York, and Denton Hodges just got her first big assignment for Glitter magazine.
Denton’s assignment: Get in the show at the posh Regency Viscount Hotel, and find a story. But a chance encounter with hard-partying starlet Amber Donovan forever changes the course of the night—and Denton’s life. After a night of being chased by the paparazzi, swimming in swag bags, and falling heart over heels for Hollywood hunk Chris West, Denton’s not just on the story. She is the story.
Suddenly, Denton’s no longer merely a low-level assistant. Amber’s latching on like a BFF from hell, Chris is flirting and cooking her dinner, and as Denton falls for the real people behind the tabloid screen, neither knows about her ties to Glitter. Only Denton holds the secret—or so she thinks. Is Anna Creel, Glitter’s icy beauty editor, on to her? Will Denton be able to write a story exposing her new friends? And is Chris more than just a friend, or did Glitter get the headline right—“Chris and Amber: Hot Nights!”?
Step into the spotlight, and peek beyond the red carpet in New York Dolls.


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Catherine L. Hensley is a professional freelance editor and writer. From fiction and nonfiction manuscripts to academic pieces, she provides an extensive range of copyediting, proofreading, content editing, and writing services to a wide variety of clients located around the United States and abroad.
A native of south Louisiana, Catherine received her master of arts degree in creative writing and media studies from New York University and her bachelor of arts degree in English from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, with minors in history and mass communication. Her writing has appeared in The Advocate (Louisiana’s largest newspaper), OT Practice magazine, Quiet Mountain: New Feminist Essays, and Mused, the BellaOnline Literary Review. For more, visit www.catherinehensley.com.

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Book Review -- New York Dolls by Catherine Hensley


New York DollsNew York Dolls by Catherine L. Hensley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

When Denton, an intern working at Glitter, the magazine that the entire fashion industry pivots around, gets a chance to work on her first assignment, she least expects the turmoil that would come with it. Switching identities with her editor, Anna Creel, Denton goes as Anna to crack her first fashion report. After unexpectedly doing Amber a favour, Denton is thrown into the showbiz and spotlight by Amber. When she drinks in the full flavour of her newfound identity and the luxuries, she falls for, and in turn wins over the attention of the heart-throb Chris. Denton's intoxication is all short-lived, when Anna finds out about Denton's new powerful connections. Anna assigns to bring some inside scoop from the lives of Amber and Chris. Denton, at a very perplexing dilemma, needs to choose between her career on one side and her loyalty to the two people who matter to her - her new best friend and beloved - on the other. What she chooses and how she deals with the consequences is what the book takes us through.

The book was a bright and brisk romance read, with a lot of emotionally pulling moments. I loved the characterisation of Amber, easily trusting and ever so endearing. There wasn't much depth to the rest of the characters, but that was compensated for by the whirlwind pace of the plot and the chirpy narration.

I definitely recommend this book to lovers of romance tales.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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Game On! Never to part and Never to Love by Tara C. MacDonald



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Game On! Never to Part and Never to Love is an ebook with two short stories. Never to Part features Ryan almost getting run over by Sam at a bar one night. They see each other again as Ryan's hockey team is hiring her marketing firm in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. What can these two confused overachievers do when love strikes. Never to Love brings us to Halifax again where James and Sarah bump heads in a business deal to help out his motocross sponsorship prospects. Will they be able to put business aside and commit to their passions?

Enjoy an excerpt from Never to Part

As Sam left the bar and got into her Mini Cooper she looked at the snow gently falling down and wished, for the first time in her life, that she had been out of Nova Scotia. At least once. Then she sighed. I do love it here, and where else would I go? Gord could find his own way home. As the tears fell down her face she finally knew whatever they had had together was gone. Maybe she’d only seen what she had wanted to see.

Sam heard a thump and slammed on the brakes. She threw herself out of the car to see what she had hit. Oh, God, she thought, was it an animal?

“Why don’t you watch where you’re going?” came an American drawl. Her feet slid in some snow getting to the front of her car.

She looked up at a six-foot-four man wearing a ball cap that said Drakes and had the team logo on the side. He flexed his leg and glared at her.

“I’m so sorry! Are you hurt? Should we call nine-one-one? I can do that!” Sam grabbed her phone out of her pocket and waved it around.

“No! Lady, you weren’t even doing five miles an hour when you hit me. I’m okay. Call off the emergency first aid.”

She ran over to him and put her arm around him to give support.

“Lady, I’m fine. You don’t need to…”

“Just let me help,” she said and looked up into the warmest chocolate brown eyes she had ever seen. Her next thought died on her lips as she took in his deep forest scent. Her hand was grabbing nothing but hard muscle where she touched him. Her heart beat erratically as his lips curved into a smile.

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Author Tara C. MacDonald holds a B.A. English Literature from Trent University and has been a member of Romance Writers of America since 2008. Other writing groups such as Scribe Wenches, Romance Writers of Nova Scotia and other RWA chapters have helped her learn her craft. She believes in the hope that romance can bring and reads avidly. Her first published work was as a Co-Author in a non-fiction book called "Succeeding Through Doubt, Fear & Crisis" August 2014 with the eWomenNetwork publishing program.

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Book Review -- Game On! Never to part and Never to Love by Tara C. MacDonald


Game On! Never to part and Never to LoveGame On! Never to part and Never to Love by Tara C. MacDonald
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a book that has two different short stories. Although different in themes, characters and incidents, the stories are unified by their reaffirmation of belief that love does conquer all obstacles. The first story, Never to Part, revolves around Sam and Ryan. Sam almost runs over Ryan one cold and snowy night, and finds an instant pull when she looks into his eyes. With completely different pursuits and life trajectories, the two unlikely people resist their feelings initially. But when destiny throws them together again, can they deny and walk away from what life has in store? Never to Love brings us to the table where two different corporate cut throats are working together on a business deal. Sarah and James come with goals and career ambitions, and resist with all their might against falling for one another. But how powerful can their resolve be, when Cupid decides to intervene?

I thoroughly enjoyed both the stories and I found them to be easy and breezy reads. The characters were all quick-witted and the dialogues came out pretty well. The narrative was crisp and brisk, and it was a great idea to make these different short stories - making the book thoroughly engaging.

I definitely recommend this to romance lovers.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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Ruthless Perfection by Susie Warren






A filmmaker wanting to honor her family’s legacy approaches a reclusive billionaire for help

Isabel Neri’s innocence captures the attention of a well-known Italian marble mogul, Marc Santoro, when she approaches him against her family’s wishes. Wanting to honor her disgraced grandfather, Isabel needs Marc’s permission to produce a film about the Carrara marble industry.

Faced with honoring an old family obligation, Marc allows Isabel to travel to Italy with him but seeks to limit her exposure to his family’s tragic past. Isabel discovers the untold story and challenges Marc to reveal the truth. She is forced to expose her own secret as their desire sparks out of control.



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Excerpt:

First Meeting

Isabel felt a moment of panic as she watched the driver make a swift exit. She carefully walked up the stone path that led to the front door, being careful not to catch her black Manolo Blahnik heels in the stones.

The front door swung open and Isabel felt the oxygen leave her body. She wasn’t prepared for seeing Marc Santoro in the flesh again. She could feel his gaze rake over her in appraisal, apparently sizing her up. He looked every inch the wealthy business owner: he was dressed in an expertly tailored gray shirt with slightly darker gray trousers that were pressed to exactness. He was even more striking than she remembered, and she reminded herself to just breathe and focus on her pitch.

It was his intensity that she responded to; he seemed to be absorbing everything about her. Isabel hid her expression as she acknowledged to herself that while he may appreciate her outward appearance, he wouldn’t appreciate her damaged body.

Would he remember meeting her before?  

She forced herself to reach out and offer her hand. As his warm fingers enveloped hers, she felt a spark of attraction travel through her body. She immediately pulled back, but not before she saw his eyes darken.

He merely smiled at her reaction, saying, “So you are not just a figment of Alberto’s imagination.” Guiding her inside, he added, “I was beginning to doubt that the old man had any relatives interested in the marble trade.”

Isabel felt her spine stiffen. Was he questioning her family’s loyalty?

“My grandfather speaks very highly of you,” Isabel said as she took in the luxurious setting, trying to get her bearings.

His voice was cool and didn’t give her any clue if he welcomed her visit. “It isn’t often that Alberto Neri asks for a favor.”

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Susie Warren writes contemporary romance. Besides being an avid reader, she spends much of her free time crafting intense and complex stories about falling in love. When she is not writing, Susie works as an administrator in a small, independent school while caring for three teenagers and keeping tabs on her inventor husband. With the launching of her first book, The Forgotten Heiress, she has slowly begun to navigate the social media realm.

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Book Review -- Ruthless Perfection by Susie Warren


Ruthless Perfection (Rosa Legacy #1)Ruthless Perfection by Susie Warren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This breezy romance tales revolves around two characters who are adept at denying their own feelings and emotions to themselves. Isabel, innocent and oblivious to the dangers of the real world, approaches a Marble business magnate, Marc, to help her make a documentary on marble businesses. She wishes to dedicate the movie as an honour for her grand-dad, who has had a terrible downfall from prestige to shame. Marc, hesitant, wary and suspicious at first, reluctantly agrees to let her work on her film. While he fiercely guards his secrets and past, never wanting to give any of it away to anyone, Isabel stumbles upon what he doesn't want the world to know. What doesn't help the situation is that Isabel and Marc cannot help but get irresistibly drawn to each other. Do they manage to uncover, share and secure their pasts and spend their future together, is what the book takes us through.

This was a smooth and casual read and doesn't subject the reader to a lot of intensity. The characters linger in the mind for long enough until the story lasts. While the plot is a tad predictable after a point, many readers will agree with me when I say that at times there is a lot of comfort in that sort of predictability. Amidst a lot of chaos, such stories ease the mind up a bit. I found the narrative pretty good - the exchanges, repartees and the conversations flowed very well.

I definitely recommend this book to romance lovers.

My rating for this book: 3.5 stars

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Monday, 29 December 2014

Book Review -- Whispers by HK Savage


WhispersWhispers by HK Savage
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a story that combined narrations about psychological challenges and emotional trauma with supernatural abilites. As the reader, one wonders why Natalie is deemed "special" by the doctors. While her self-harming tendencies and self-hatred make one incline towards thinking that she is terrifyingly depressed, her fear of herself, her depression bouts, her doubts about her own sanity, are all arising from a very fearsome and mighty ability that she has - the ability to hear people's thoughts. The author has chosen an apt and brilliant title, which gives almost nothing away, and yet, as the plot unfurls, makes it clear to the reader what the title conveys. While she is petrified of what she can do with her special abilities, she finds herself in situations she has no recollection of getting herself into. Luka enters her life as a beam of hope. Luka is fighting his own demons and visions of his sister's death every day, and he is taken aback that Natalie has the same abilities that made his sister give up on her life. He pitches in to help Natalie, and teaches her about thought control, self-preservation and much more. Neither Natalie nor Luka can help getting drawn towards each other, but destiny, as always, plays a trick. Do these overcome all obstacles and get together, is what the book takes us through.

I found the plot very powerful and the author has done full justice to the promise that it held. Tha narrative was brisk and engaging. I loved the picturesque and visual descriptions of the scenes and settings throughout, in line with how Natalie's mind translates the world for her. Although this book revolves around Natalie, I would have loved to read about how Luka evolved as the character that he is and how his sister's death made him vulnerable and formidable at the same time.

I definitely recommend this book to lovers of multi-genre young adult books - the book has bits of thriller, paranormal and romance elements.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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Sunday, 28 December 2014

Lies a River Deep by Vera Jane Cook


General Fiction / Women's Fiction
Date Published: March 1, 2012 


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In the summer of 1962, at a high school graduation party, Bessie Day Hardy is victim to a brutal crime. Fifty years later, the consequences of that horrific night will transition into unforeseen events that will shatter her serene and uncomplicated life.

 
 
 
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Pharaoh's Star is Vera Jane Cook's most recent release. The Story of Sassy Sweetwater was Vera Jane’s second southern fiction novel and was a finalist in the ForeWord book of the Year Awards for 2012 and received a five star ForeWord Clarion review, as well as an Eric Hoffer honorable mention award for ebook fiction in 2013. Dancing Backward in Paradise also received a 5 Star Clarion ForeWord review and an Eric Hoffer notable new fiction award in 2006, as well as the Indie Excellence Award in 2006. Also by Vera Jane Cook: Lies a River Deep, Where the Wildflowers Grow, Marybeth, Hollister & Jane and Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem. Her next novel, Pleasant Day will be published in 2015 by Moonshine Cove Press.


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Book Review -- Lies a River Deep by Vera Jane Cook


Lies a River DeepLies a River Deep by Vera Jane Cook
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

This book deals with emotional trauma from a "bracing up to revisit the past" angle. Bessie, a victim of a brutal rape deals with her demons from the past, when she was a beautiful teenager, the envy of many. Being raped left her shattered. Now, 60 years old, she encounters people from her past again. The river here plays an important role - an abstract form of deep, deadly and buried secrets. The support characters, including Bessie's mom, Grey, the dunce of the town and Maggie, his wife, and Lily, Bessie's friend from high school. Bessie also had two ardent suitors - brothers Bart and Roland. One of these suite of people seems to be holding a secret - did one of them know about Bessie's rape, and if they did, why did they keep silent about it, is what the book helps us know, as Bessie unravels the happenings of her past.

The book has a promising premise and plot - but the narrative is at times caught between developing the plot and delving into the characters, that it ends losing momentum. Had the pace been a tad more brisk, the book would have been a much better read. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the author's command of the language and enjoyed reading the book.

I recommend it to lovers of thriller - drama hybrids.

My rating for this book: 3 stars

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The Paragraph Ranch by Kay Ellington and Barbara Brannon

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EVERY WRITER KNOWS YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN. But that’s just what is required of West Texas expatriate Dee Bennett-Kaufmann when her mother is badly injured in a mysterious car accident.

Single-again “Dr. Dee” has never been on the “A-team” in her trendy East Coast MFA program. When a prestigious summer fellowship gives her the chance to finally finish her book, salvage her career, and spend some quality time with her college-age daughter — Dee’s certain her luck is about to change. Returning to care for her irascible, widowed mother threatens all of that.
With so much at stake, Dee engineers a series of unorthodox strategies and creative tradeoffs to keep her options in play—and despite herself finds friendship, love, and the power of words in the unlikeliest of places.
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Meet Barbara Brannon

Barbara Brannon studied poetry with James Dickey at the University of South Carolina, where she earned the M.A. and Ph.D. Her poems have appeared in the Asheville Poetry Review, Cenacle, the South Carolina Review, and Yemassee, among other journals and magazines. She is a frequent contributor of travel and feature articles and author of The Ferries of North Carolina: Traveling the State’s Nautical Highways. Now heading up a nonprofit in Texas, she formerly served as managing editor of the University of South Carolina Press and director of the Publishing Laboratory in the Creative Writing Department of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her current projects include a history of the Hampshire Bookshop of Northampton, Massachusetts, a mainstay of American bookselling from 1916 to 1971. She is coauthor, with Kay Ellington, of the novel The Paragraph Ranch.


Meet Kay Ellington
Cotton fields, pumpjacks, and Friday Night Lights defined the world KAY ELLINGTON grew up in West Texas. A gypsy of newspapering, her career took her from New York to California to the Carolinas–and finally, back again to Texas.

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Book Review -- The Paragraph Ranch by Kay Ellington


The Paragraph RanchThe Paragraph Ranch by Kay Ellington
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

The tale revolves round Dee, who is a victim of the classic instance of Murphy's law. On the verge of taking up a fellowship which could give her all that she had been missing in life, she is forced to toss her research aside and head home, when her mom is seriously ill. Not looking forward to going back to her place for various reasons, she is least prepared for what she encounters there.

This drama - romance hybrid is set in Texas. I was apprehensive about the narrative and characters - I presumed I would find myself thrown into a stereotyped Texan world, which I have found more and more rampant these days. I have felt that the stereotyped approach had ruined many nice plots. Thankfully, The Paragraph Ranch is a brilliant take on life in the region - and a very enjoyable one at that. The plot flows ever so naturally and the interaction between the characters brings a smile to the face - Dee's character specifically is endearing. Her bewilderment, perplexity and the subsequent emotional upheaval, at facing warmth and kindness in the place she least expected it, has been brought out very well. I am also thoroughly impressed that this has been authored by two people - the narrative. is so seamless and flows effortlessly. Easily one of the best dual or multi author books I've read. The only point that I wish the authors had focused on was rounding up the sharp edges of the other characters equally well. Especially since Dee's character is so well formed, it highlights the shallowness in the portrayal of the others even more.

I definitely recommend this to lovers of drama and romance.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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Friday, 26 December 2014

Capturing You by Katana Collins





Capturing You
Maple Grove #1
Katana Collins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Date of Publication: 12/16/14
Word Count: 72,000
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde

After discovering she's infertile, Lydia Ryder has all but convinced herself that she doesn't need children or a family to be happy. All she needs is her camera, her passport, and a damn good manicure. And maybe, maybe a sexy male travel companion. But when her job as a magazine photographer lands her in the small town of Maple Grove, NH, a precocious ten year old and her single father barge into Lydia's life, turning what she thinks she wants onto its head. In this town full of happily ever afters, Lydia finds herself wishing for things she had sworn off long ago...
When Cameron Tripp's wife passed away from heart disease, he thought he'd never find love again. He certainly never would have expected a woman like Lydia Ryder to waltz into his life and awaken his dormant heart and libido. But despite his better judgment, Cam finds himself drawn to the vivacious and argumentative outsider. He quickly learns that, like him, she knows all about misplaced trust, heartbreak, and how quickly a family can fall apart if you let it.
As impassioned arguments morph into frenzied kisses, the two wonder if one weekend can ever be enough. Despite lacking a maternal side, can Lydia connect with his ten year old daughter? And when Cameron finally learns the true nature of Lydia's article, the trust he worked so hard to build crumbles once again. With such doubts filling their minds, is there any hope that Lydia and Cameron will be able to start a new life together?


About the Author:
Katana Collins splits her time evenly between photographing boudoir portraits and writing steam-your-glasses romances. Between navigating life as a small business owner, a first-time homeowner, and a newlywed, Kat is in a constant state of "OHMYGODINEEDCOFFEENOW."
She is the author of the Soul Stripper trilogy, Wicked Exposure, and the graphic novel, Cafe Racer, co-written with Sean Murphy.
She and her comic book artist husband commute back and forth as they please between Brooklyn, NY and Portland, ME with their ever-growing family of rescue animals (up to two dogs and a cat and still counting!). She can usually be found hunched over her laptop in a cafe, guzzling gallons of coffee, and wearing fabulous (albeit sometimes impractical) shoes.
Visit her on the web at www.katanacollins.com , on Twitter @katanacollins, or find her on Facebook www.facebook.com/KatanaCollins
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Book Review -- Capturing You by Katana Collins


Capturing You (Maple Grove, #1)Capturing You by Katana Collins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

This romance tale revolves around the lives of two people who have given up on love and emotions. Ever since his wife passed away, Cameron, a widower, has no place in his life for any woman except his 10 year old daughter. Little does he know that his resolutions, decisions and heart will all take a plunge when he meets the most opinionated, fiery and self-standing woman he has ever known, in the form of Lydia. Having been told she cannot have a child of her own, Lydia has devoted her life to her photography and going around the world. She is irresistibly drawn towards Cameron. But they both have their doubts about each other, despite the initial attraction. Stumbling upon Lydia's past makes Cameron's trust on her take a nose dive. Lydia is left shattered. Do the two of them manage to explain all things about themselves to each other, and admit to each other about their feelings, is what the book takes us through.

The author has intended this to be a good mix of a sweet and quiet countryside romance elements combined with physical attractions. I loved the characterisation of Cameron's daughter - quirky, cheerful and a lot of fun! The book was a good read and I would recommend this to lovers of romance.

My rating for this book: 3 stars

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Thursday, 25 December 2014

The Last Guardian Rises by Rebecca Trogner


  
The Last Guardian Rises
The Last Keepers’ Daughter Series
Book 2
Rebecca Trogner

Genre:  Paranormal, Romance, Mystery

Publisher:  Crescent Moon Press
Date of Publication: November 15, 2014

ISBN:  978-0-9908827-6-3
E-ISBN: 978-0-9908827-7-0

Number of pages:  295
Word Count: 90,000 approx



Book Description:  

Lily Ayres, Sanguis Ancilla to Krieger Barnes, has retreated into the shadows of the archives, hiding from the king and the intense emotions he arouses in her. How long can she deny him? Will she accept her role in the Other world and the abilities arising within her?

Krieger Barnes, Vampire King of North America, has shared his blood, his kingdom, and his heart with Lily. He summons her, needing her nearness, needing her to attend the council meeting with him.

Merlin, the king’s advisor, must fight the darkness that threatens to overtake him. Can he survive the dark magic?

Lucien Black, the wielder of the Dragon Sword, is once again charged with Lily’s protection. How will he explain his avoidance of her?

A being buried deep underground, inside a cage of iron and wrapped in chains, escapes. Is he the dark entity that the Others feel and fear?



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Excerpt:

He came back cradling what looked like a journal in his large hands. It was bound in leather with a faded black ribbon tied around the covers.

“Fell, I guess.”

Lily knew it couldn’t have fallen on its own. And why didn’t the lights come on when it moved? She took the offered book from Liam and rubbed her hand over the old leather. Someone had taken great care to keep it oiled and the leather supple as sin. For now, its contents were silent. Not all texts spoke with her – perhaps this one would later, or never would.

“Ready?” Liam opened the door and waited for her to follow.

Her mind said no, definitely not ready to see Krieger, but her heart beat faster, and she remembered his cool, calm voice, and how she loved the ambiguous color of his hypnotic bluegrey eyes. The night before Lily’s mother was discovered and she’d fatally stabbed Henry, Lily had argued with Krieger. From this vantage, Lily could see how trivial her protestations were. She’d felt he’d betrayed her, though he hadn’t, and because of her, Krieger had staunched the flow of blood through the bond they shared. Now, just a hint of warmth was flowing through her body, that feeling of being connected to him again, that tiny bit of delicious balm soothing her worries.



About the Author:


Rebecca Trogner lives in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia, and frequently crosses the Blue Ridge Mountains that were the inspiration for Krieger’s home. She dreamed of being a writer, but got sidetracked by the day-to-day adventures of life. With the encouragement of her family, she has finished her second novel and is currently writing the next book in The Last Keeper’s Daughter series. To find out more about the author visit www.rebeccatrogner.com.





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