Saturday, October 21, 2017

Book Review, Giveaway: Inked Hearts by Lindsay Detwiler

Inked Hearts

by Lindsay Detwiler 

Publication Date: October 21, 2017 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance



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“Six years, a complex about my freckles, a love for pastrami, and a fear of failure. That’s what he gave me before slaughtering my heart and my faith in men.” 

Suffering from the sting of betrayal, twenty-eight-year-old Avery Johannas quits her job and moves hundreds of miles away to Ocean City, the beach town of her dreams. With the help of her zany roommate, Jodie, Avery finds a new career, home, and freedom. Throughout her self-exploration, she makes only one rule: She won’t give her heart to a man again. She’s living for herself this time. 

But then she meets Jesse. 

A tattoo shop owner, the green-eyed Jesse Pearce is wild with a touch of mystery. As Jesse and Avery explore Ocean City and their friendship, they’ll have a hard time drawing a line in the sand between their hearts. 

When summer nights get a little more heated than either expected, they’ll have to ask themselves: Can they let go of their notions of love, or will their hearts be permanently inked by past pain?






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Favorite Quotes:



You know, Avery, rule one of getting a tattoo—don’t piss off the guy with the tattoo equipment who can wreck you for life.


He, like the elderly women, is also wearing rather tight yoga pants—except his are leopard print. To go with his leopard print pants, he’s picked out a black muscle tank that is leaving very little to the imagination—not that I would have really wanted to imagine his hairy chest anyway. I try not to stare at his pecs, nipples out and all, as I offer a polite grin. I don’t say anything, not really sure how to respond to a man twice my age who has just used the word “electrifying.” Jodie exhales with a little snort… Yoga is not only an epic disaster. It’s going to be epically disturbing.



Oh my God, you’re reprehensible. Both of you. What, are you both a hundred? You do know that at an adult sleepover, you’re not actually supposed to sleep, right?


I’ve never been the woman from the movies—the one who walks seductively in her dress that clings in all the right places, her eyes screaming confidence and sexual energy. I’m usually the girl who walks like a clomping goat in high heels and who has no sense of fashion. I’m the kind of girl who can’t pull off the serious photo face, and usually ends up looking constipated.



My Review:



Inked Hearts provided a realistic premise with real-life issues, an engaging storyline, and adorable and endearing characters.  The story developed gradually, as did the character’s confidence and new sense of identity after hitting reset and starting over at age twenty-eight.  This was a character-driven story, which I tend to savor and the talented Ms. Detwiler does so very well.  I appreciated the lack of contrived conflict and formulaic tropes.  The story was easy to follow, relevant, entertaining, inspiring, and could very well be happening in any community.    

Avery thought her marriage was forever and solid - until she found out in the most humiliating and humbling manner possible that it wasn’t.  There are few among us that after suffering a major set-back have not had the urge to remake ourselves and start afresh, where no one knows of your background, teenaged escapades, family shame, school struggles, unsightly acne, choice of prom date, childhood embarrassments, etc.  I did it and highly recommend it, the only problem being that you have to bring yourself along, damn - there is always a catch…

Avery quit her job, packed up her car and massive dog, ditched her pencil skirts and kitten-heeled shoes, found a roommate and apartment online, fled the controlling strings of her uptight family, and moved a state away with only a few other rather sketchy personal plans.  Pretty brave stuff.  I enjoyed watching Avery gradually open herself up to change, take risks, battle her self-doubt, silence the voice of her ex-husband in her head, and begin to blossom and finally realize she has found her footing.  Avery fell into and navigated through alternative routes she would have least expected and were as surprising to her as her newfound love of fried pickles; which is a dish I must now track down and sample. 

Empress DJ


 About Lindsay Detwiler









An English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay’s the English teacher cliché; she loves cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe. She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, Marjorie, and Bob; and their Mastiff, Henry. 
Lindsay’s goal with her writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in her work. Some reviewers have noted that her books are not the “typical romance.” With her novels coming from a place of honesty, Lindsay examines the difficult questions, looks at the tough emotions, and paints the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. She wants her fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. Lindsay wants women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” She wants to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. Her aim is for readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how she knows she’s done her job. Lindsay’s hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.




Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Release: Without Truth - Babylon MC Series Book #3 by Victoria L. James and L.J. Stock


Book: Without Truth - Babylon MC Series Book 3
Authors: Victoria L. James and L.J. Stock
Genre: MC Romance #WithoutTruthRelease



Synopsis

Determined to be a better man, Drew Tucker is trying to turn over a new leaf as President of The Hounds of Babylon. With the love of his life, Ayda Hanagan, by his side, and the enemy he once feared at every turn now gone, he can finally see a glimmer of hope on the horizon of their future together. 
With Ayda as adamant as ever to never witness her man suffering again, she has a different outlook on their lives. She wants protection. She wants assurances. She never wants to have to feel scared of losing the man she loves ever again. And she’s willing to do anything to make sure she’s the one who can save him. 
But secrets don’t stay secrets forever in Babylon, and when things done in the shadows begin to step out into the light, Drew and Ayda are faced with a hundred different challenges neither one of them see coming. When everything around you begins to turn your hopes into nightmares, who the hell can you turn to or trust?
Lies are no longer an option.
Not for Drew.
Not for Ayda.
Not for any of The Hounds of Babylon MC.
No matter what happens when the truth is finally set free...

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Meet The Authors

L.J. Stock on Victoria L. James ~ What can I say about Victoria L. James? Loads actually, she’s an amazingly talented author and I had the absolute distinct pleasure of writing with her. I also call her a friend. When we first met, we bonded instantly over our love of music, Victoria tends to be as eclectic as I am with her tastes. She finds stories in lyrics and feels the moods in the melodies. 
When we first started writing together, I’ll admit I was intimidated. Here is this woman with a huge passion for putting words onto paper and painting pictures so clearly that you are completely immersed in them. How was I going to keep up with that? I’m not sure I ever did, but over time we’ve built up a repertoire. We bounce off one another and bring our characters to the forefront and hope that the interactions are as real as they appear for us. 
On a more personal note, Victoria is bright, smart, kind, intelligent, funny, caring and witty. She can see so much in the world around her and always has time for anyone. Victoria lives in sunny ole Yorkshire with her family and her cats - had to mention them - and can normally be found in the playground of her imagination, listening to the Foo Fighters.
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Victoria L. James on L.J. Stock ~ There aren’t many people you bump into in life that you want to both work and spend your free time with. From meeting L.J. through the wonder that is the internet, we soon came to realise that we had a hell of a lot in common. Music was where our friendship truly began, but our writing partnership flourished not too far behind. I always felt like my writing was missing something, and it was only when I read L.J.’s work that I realised what exactly that was. It was missing her influence! 
After spending over a year working together, day in, day out, not a moment goes by where I don’t thank the Twitter Gods for bringing this amazingly strong and talented woman into my life. She’s an inspiration, a positive force in every situation and one hell of a talented writer. To say I’m honoured that she wanted to create a new world with me is a gross understatement. I’m blown away. One day, I hope I get lucky enough to visit her in Texas, where she lives with her family and her zoo of animals, so we can write by her pool and take part in our other dream… The great Taylor Kitsch Road (stalking) Trip. Who needs a yacht in the Caribbean when we have that to look forward to, right?


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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Spotlight: Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups by Andrew Joyce


Bedtime Stories For Grown-Ups

by Andrew Joyce


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Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups is a jumble of genres—seven hundred pages of fiction and nonfiction … some stories included against the author’s better judgment. If he had known that one day they’d be published, he might not have been as honest when describing his past. Here is a tome of true stories about the author’s criminal and misspent youth, historical accounts of the United States when She was young, and tales of imagination encompassing every conceivable variety—all presented as though the author is sitting next to you at a bar and you’re buying the drinks as long as he keeps coming up with captivating stories to hold your interest.

Comprised of 218,000 words, you’ll have plenty to read for the foreseeable future. This is a book to have on your night table, to sample a story each night before extinguishing the lights and drifting off to a restful sleep.

Mr. Joyce sincerely hopes that you will enjoy his stories because, as he has stated, “It took a lot of living to come up with the material for some of them.”


From Mr. Joyce:


What you are about to read is a true story. It’s from my book, Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups. It came about because my editor hounded me for two years to put all my short stories into one collection. Actually, it was supposed to be a two-volume set because there was so much material. I fended her off for as long as possible. I didn’t want to do the work of editing all the stories. There were a lot of them. But she finally wore me down. Instead of two volumes, I put all the stories into a single book because I wanted to get the whole thing over with. I had other books to write.



Bedtime Stories
is made up of fiction and nonfiction stories and some of ’em are about my criminal youth. I must tell you, I never thought any of these stories would see the light of day. I wrote them for myself and then forgot about them. By the way, there are all sort of genres within its pages, from westerns to detective stories to love stories and just about anything else that you can imagine.



There are a whole lotta stories in the book—700 pages worth. Enough to keep you reading for the foreseeable future.


Here’s one of my hitching adventures. By the way, in the hitching tales, I use my real name, Billy Doyle—Andrew Joyce being my pen name.



John, Kris, and Me





It was 1968; I was eighteen-years-old, and I was hitchhiking from Miami to New York. I had gotten off the beaten track, so to speak. I should have stayed on US 301 (this was before the Interstate Highway System), but instead found myself just south of Memphis, hoping to catch a ride into Nashville by noon and then catch a long haul out of that city.

It was early morning. The traffic was light, and I wasn’t having much luck when, suddenly, a black Mustang screeched to a halt, and the guy driving leaned over and said through the open passenger-side window, “I’m headin’ to Nashville, that do you any good?”

Of course, I said, “Yes,” and jumped in.

As he’s accelerating, he’s looking straight ahead, not saying anything, which is kinda strange but not unusual when you’re hitching. So I said nothing and stared out the windshield at the fast approaching skyline of Memphis. Then it hit me. I know this guy; I should have tumbled from the voice.

At that time in my life, I was not into different types of music; I liked rock n’ roll. Since then my taste in music has matured to encompass all types. But even though this guy wasn’t a rocker, I knew him and his music. A couple of his songs had crossed over and were played on the top forty stations.

The driver was intent on what he was doing, but I think he caught me looking at him out of the corner of his eye. I noticed he had a firm grip on the steering wheel, his knuckles were white. After a few minutes, he turned to me, saying, “Howdy, my name’s John.” At the same time, he raised his right hand from the wheel and stuck it out in my direction.

We shook hands, and I said, “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. Cash. My name is Billy.”

Once John and I shook hands, he became more talkative. Hell, he became downright verbose. He told me about his hitchhiking adventures and asked me about mine. We were three hours out of Nashville and I don’t think there was another quiet moment for the whole three hours. We talked about life, women, and we even got into a metaphysical discussion. He told me about his army days and the time he was arrested in Texas. Just to keep even, I told him stuff that had happened to me while on the road. We didn’t talk about his music or anything like that. I’d been around enough to know that coming off as a gushing fan would have been a major turn-off for him. And besides, at the time, I was not a fan, gushing or otherwise. But by the time we hit Nashville, I was becoming a fan … of the man if not his music.

As we neared Nashville, he told me he’d just gotten married a few months back and was dying to see his wife. “I’ve been gone two days and it feels like two years,” he informed me. Then he said, “It’s about dinner time; why not stop in and get something to eat and then hit the road. June’s a great cook.”

Dinner is what country folk call lunch.

I accepted his kind offer, and we got off the highway and headed for his home, which was only a few blocks away. When we got to his house and as we were pulling into the driveway, he said, “Looks like June is out somewhere, but don’t worry, we’ll rustle somethin’ up.”

I told him not to bother, that I could cadge a meal down the line. He looked at me, shook his head, and in that deep voice, he asked me if I had any money. Of course, I didn’t and I told him so. He told me that he’d been on the road and hungry, and that if I didn’t get my butt in the house pronto, he’d drag me inside.

So in we went, and we walked right back to the kitchen. John told me to sit at the table as he opened the refrigerator and looked around for a moment before saying, “Ah ha! It’s still here.” And he pulled out a platter with a ham on it. I mean a real ham, bone and all! He also came up with a jar of mustard and a hunk of cheese. As he started to slice the ham, he told me where the bread and plates were kept and asked me to get them.

When the sandwiches were made—two of them—he asked me if I’d like a beer.

“Yes, please.”

So there I am, sitting in the kitchen of a man I’d met only a few hours before, and I’ve got two thick ham and cheese sandwiches and a can of beer in front of me. Not a bad score and the day was still young!

I asked him if he was going to eat, and he said beer would do him fine.

We’re sittin’ at the kitchen table, shooting the shit, when the doorbell rings. John gets up, but before he leaves, he takes a long swig of beer. “Be right back,” he says. A few minutes later, he comes back into the kitchen with this guy.

“Billy, I want you to meet a friend of mine. This here is Kris.”

I had my mouth filled with ham sandwich, so I mumbled a hello. He waved and smiled, “Glad to meet ya, Billy.”

John asked Kris, “How about a sandwich and a beer?”

“Just a beer, please. It’s my lunch hour, and I’ve got to get back to work. But I have a new song I’d like you to hear and see what you think of it.”

By now, I’d eaten my two sandwiches, and I had nothing to add to the conversation, so I figured I’d just finish my beer and get the hell out of there. But before I could say my thanks and hit the road, John leaves the room and returns a moment later with a guitar.

Prior to my going any further, I’ve got to lay the scene out for you. We’re sitting at a round kitchen table. To my left is John and directly opposite me is this guy, Kris Kristofferson (before he was famous). John and I were hitting our beers and watching Kris tune the guitar. Then he picked at the strings and started to sing. I don’t remember what the song was. I wasn’t really paying attention. In my mind, I was rehearsing my good-bye speech to John.

When Kris was done, we all three sat there looking at one another. I didn’t say anything because it wasn’t my opinion Kris sought. Kris didn’t say anything because he was waiting for John to say something, which he finally did.

“It’s not bad. But I don’t know if it’s for me.”

I’ve got to hand it to Kris; he smiled broadly and said, “That’s okay. I just wanted you to hear it and get your thoughts.” Then he lifted his beer and said, “Prosit.” That was my cue to leave. I stood and told John I had to hit the road. He said he’d drive me back to the highway, but I told him not to bother, he had company, and besides, it was only a few blocks away. Kris said if I could wait a few minutes, he’d drop me off at the highway on his way back to work. I declined his offer. I didn’t want to wait around. I had a full stomach and New York City was calling to me. I said my good-byes and walked out the front door, retrieved my case from the Mustang and headed off for further adventures.



Just one last thing: When I got to New York and opened my case, there was Benjamin Franklin staring up at me from on top of my clothes. John must have put the C-note in there when he went to let Kris in.




Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn't return from his journey until years later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written five books. His first novel, Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, was awarded the Editors' Choice Award for Best Western of 2013. A subsequent novel, Yellow Hair, received the Book of the Year award from Just Reviews and Best Historical Fiction of 2016 from Colleen's Book Reviews.
Joyce now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his dog, Danny, where he is busy working on his next book, tentatively entitled, Mahoney: An American Story.

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Book Review: Retribution (Silent Cove #2) by Anne L. Parks




Title: Retribution (Silent Cove #2) 
Author: Anne L. Parks 
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Release Date: October 15, 2017 




Not even death can calm a vengeful soul. 

Lansing Abbott wants to find the perfect place to spend her sabbatical from teaching history at a private university in Rhode Island. After reading about the ethereal guests that still inhabit the Silent Cove Bed & Breakfast, she packs her bags for Chistine, Maine. While exploring the grounds of the inn, she stumbles upon an unmarked grave, and uncovers a secret many residents want to remain buried.

The last thing Tucker Kingsley wants is to go to Chistine and handle his dead uncle’s estate. He knows next to nothing about his father’s only brother, and even less about the mysterious deaths that plague their family. Until a chance encounter brings him face-to-face with his great, great grandfather—who’s been dead for nearly a century. 


When Lansing offers to help Tucker clear out his uncle’s home, things begin to heat up between the couple. Little by little they begin to piece together a family secret—one that may end both of their lives. 



Can they survive the horrors that await them at Silent Cove? 



Silent Cove: Retribution is the second heart-stopping book in the Silent Cove trilogy, a paranormal romance, by Amazon Bestseller Anne L. Parks. Get your copy and join Lansing and Tucker as they enter a world of vengeful spirits, haunted estates, and one final chilling twist that will leave readers on the edge of their seat.




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Favorite Quotes:



People could be cruel in their Christian values, and often found guilt through association with those they perceived as less than godly individuals… Those were the same people who would come to parties at the mansion Maurice had spent millions to build and then given to his mistress. They were all two-faced Saturday night sinners who would beg for forgiveness in church on Sunday morning.


It wasn't a question, which wasn't all that surprising in a small town like Chistine. Some of these families had been among the first settlers in the area. New people stuck out like a pimple on picture day.


Holy mother of lust!


My Review:



Carmen and Angelo seem to have found the secret to transforming Silent Cove into a successful enterprise by marketing themselves as having something extra special and outside the norm of the typical B&B on their lovely grounds, and thankfully, it is working.  Yet even with protections in place,  additional somethings (or someones) have slipped through to find and bedevil one of the new guests with a family connection.  These sly writers have added an additional level of intrigue, tragedy, and drama to the series with a totally new specter, as well as several additional mysteries to cause distress to the living and stir the ire of the restless spirits.  The plot was twisty and a bit complicated by a long slate of family members/characters past and present to track and account for, although my addled pea brain managed just fine, which proves the task doable.   


Empress DJ


     




Born and raised in the Rocky Mountains, Anne L. Parks has spent the last 25 years moving all over the United States. Married to the Navy - well a Commander in the Navy - Parks has lived in various locales throughout the United States. She currently resides in the Washington D.C area, and is loving every minute. When not writing, she spends her time reading, doing yoga, mountain biking, and keeping track of four kids. And drinking wine. 

2013 marked her debut in publishing. Her first novel, Strangers, released on her 45th birthday. She was amazed at the number of people who fell in love with a story about two people dealing with grief, and finding love again. Abby and Bryce were the perfect couple to introduce Parks as an up-and-coming author. 

Her second novel, The Return, released in December 2013. A wonderful Christmas romance, it is the first book in the Return To Me series. Book two, Return To Newport, released April 29th, and followed the couple through the murky waters of saying good-bye to a past that refused to let go. Lauren's Return, the third book in the series, released on August 19th. This chronicles the challenges of bringing together a family amidst tragedy and death, and still holding firmly to the love they have fought so hard to keep alive. The fourth book, Returning Home, shifts the focus away from Jake and Eve, and delves into the life Eve's eldest daughter. Clarissa has a secret she has guarded for most of her life. Fearing it will be revealed, she refuses to allow love into her heart - until she meets Griff. December 2014 brought the close of this series, with the release of RSVP: A Return To Me Christmas novella. The wedding of the year is threatened by Mother Nature, forcing the couple to re-evaluate whether "happily ever after" is really attainable. 

Stepping out of her comfort zone, Parks delved into the paranormal with a group of highly talented authors. The result? An unexpected fantasy of four sisters fighting to save the earth - and each other - from their deranged mother. Elementals, A Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Anthology, released on May 15th. Summer brought more collaboration with the release of a Fourth of July themed short story, FlyBoy, that was included in the Sparks Fly boxed set. 

Of Demons & Stones, the first book in the Tri-Stone Trilogy, also released in July 2015. Book two will release July 2016, and will pick up where Kylie and Alex left off, and is sure to take readers on a rollercoaster ride of suspense. 





 



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Monday, October 9, 2017

Foster An Author - N. Nieto


Author N. Nieto lives in a small town in north Alabama with her husband and 3 kids. She has always had a love for reading since she was a teen. Her love for writing, however, didn’t come until many years later. It all started with a dream that she wrote down and later published as her first novel in 2015. Since then she has published 7 other books and is always working on a new story sometimes multiple stories at once. She always says as long as one person likes her stories she will continue to write.

You can find her on social media and email her. She loves hearing what readers have to say so don’t be shy, message her and say hi.

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SURVIVING THIS LIFE








Olivia Gregg thought she had it all; a loving boyfriend, loyal friendship, and neighbors that didn’t try to bite her face off… Literally.

When Oliva finds herself in the middle of the zombie apocalypse with her best friend, Willow, she vows to do whatever it takes to keep her alive while they search for their boyfriends. But what happens when Willow no longer needs Liv to survive? Can Liv step back and let Wil take care of herself? Or will Willow’s independence cost them, not only their friendship but possibly their lives?
Read this epic tale of two kick-ass chicks who prove they don’t need a man to save them. They will be doing all the saving and Surviving This Life!



♡Love Remembers 


Ryan Nelson has everything he has ever wanted in life; his dream job, a warm bed to come home to at night and a beautiful fiancé that’s always there waiting for him. But what happens when that all gets taken from him in a blink of an eye? When Ryan is injured at work he loses thirteen years of his memory and leaves his perfect home, job and fiancé to go back to the only place he remembers and the only love he remembers. Will Ryan get his memory back or will he start over and make a new life for himself the way he always imagined, with his high school sweetheart, leaving everything and everyone he grew to love in those missing thirteen years behind?

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Jeremy’s Lies 



Have you ever loved someone with your whole heart? Even when all they seem to do is break it time and time again? Well unfortunately I have and I’m here to tell you it isn’t fun at all.

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Unseen Secrets - Exclusive - New Cover Reveals!






You cried reading Resurrected Secrets,  You were left speechless when Dispirited Heart ended but you will not be prepared for what’s to come in Secrets of A Shattered Heart!

☆With newly added scenes and added heartbreak, you do not want to miss this box set with its gripping tales of love, heartache, and obsession! Only $2.99 for all 3 books!
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Resolutions


 You met Timothy Green in the Unforeseen Secrets Series but you have never seen him like this before.

Catch N. Nieto’s short story, Revealed Secrets in Resolutions – A New Year Anthology to witness the beginning of Timothy’s madness.