Hi everyone. A lot of you know that I’ve stopped updating this blog. However, I did get a message from the photographer of the photo that I used for it. I would like to post a link to his site: http://www.ryanhollowayphotography.com/Personal-Work/Black-and-White-1/5721141_qcMmwN
His photography is truly amazing. Ryan, you definitely have a gift with the camera.
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Author: Kim Carmichael
Published Date: November 23rd, 2012
Publisher: Hot Ink Press
ISBN 13: 9780615729619
Copy provided by: friend
**warning: 18+ audience, with sexual content
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
Goodreads synopsis: There’s always the one…
He’s one person throughout life you think about every so often, the one who leaves his unique indelible mark on you, the person with whom you need closure.
For Margaret Collins that person was Mike Taylor. After he broke her heart seventeen years ago, she left everything she knew and reinvented herself. With a new home, a new look and a new name, Riley Williams is now an up and coming journalist given the assignment to interview a Mike Taylor. She never suspected he would be her Mike Taylor.
With Mike having no hint of Riley’s true identity, she must decide if she will make him pay for sins he doesn’t remember committing, or if she can wipe away the past and be with the one man who she has always wanted?
Can she finally have closure?
My review: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
We’ve all got that one person from childhood or our teenage years. That “what if” person. This book explores that idea….what if you came across that person years later? What would you do?
I loved this short story. I empathized with Riley as Margaret. True, I wasn’t the wanna-be Goth, but I was the painfully shy geek who preferred to have her nose in a book than to sit around gossiping about fashion and boys. But now Riley has her life together when she finds herself interviewing that person, her “what if” person.
I enjoyed how the author switched back and forth from Riley’s point of view and memories to Mike’s point of view and memories. Without that, it would have been so easy to demonize poor Mike.
The sexual chemistry and scenes between Riley and Margaret were hot. I finished this book in one sitting, and really enjoyed it!
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Title: Prophecy Girl
Series: Lacuna Valley
Author: Faith McKay
Published Date: Nov 20, 2012
Publisher: Self-published by author
Copy provided by: author
Genre: fantasy, YA
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Rating: 3 stars
Goodreads synopsis: Ever since Samantha Winthrop’s mother moved them to Lacuna Valley, supposedly in search of better weather, the list of strange questions she has no answers for has been growing out of control.
Does her little sister, Violet, have the ability to make things happen just by “praying” for them? Are Sam’s dreams really predicting the future? Is she destined to marry the boy she just met, and what is the mysterious orb that he’s guarding? Why does she get the impression that there are dangerous creatures watching from the woods?
While Sam should be focusing on answering those questions, there is one other that makes them seem almost irrelevant: Is her mother planning on killing her and Violet?
My Review: First, I’d like to thank the author for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest and fair review.
This was a book I really wanted to like. The first chapter though was horrifying and heartbreaking to me as a parent. Where the heck is DSS when you need them?! And what is up with the dad? Is he so frigging blind?! I never got his character or why his character was even there. Maybe it would have made more sense to me if he was one of those “dead before the story” dads. Unless there is more to his story.
I didn’t find the ending to be all that well-explained. I understood the basic gist of it, but again….where’s the dad?
Nick and Sam were cute together. They make good friends, but I’m still on the fence about them romantically, which is probably how Sam feels too.
While it was a nice read, I’m still pondering whether I care enough about the characters to read the next book in the series.
Be careful what you wish for.
When the breakup of her family forces Grae White’s mother to move her two children from their privileged city life to her hometown in the mountains of Virginia, all Grae wants is to be invisible in her new life. But that’s rather hard when everyone knows that her father is the latest headline-grabbing white collar criminal, the most popular boy in school wants to take Grae to the prom, and then there’s that she lives in a haunted mansion. It would make anyone want to get away. Grae soon learns that a simple wish can reveal an unknown ability.
Something more than curiosity spirals Grae back in time to seek the truth in the tragedy of a 200 -year-old murder. Along the way, she learns about history, happiness, and heartache in the lives of those who have lived on the property, including her own family. Her first journey reveals secrets that will lead Grae to further explore the legends of Graham Mansion.
REDEMPTION is Book One in the Legends of Graham Mansion series. Look for the second story in the series, AMBITION, in spring 2013.
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Tyler Karras is an honest man, a transplanted Brit living the American dream, but his charmed life takes an unexpected turn when his brother, Nick, is coerced into joining ranks with San Francisco’s Russian mafia. Ty intervenes to secure Nick’s freedom, yet only succeeds in incurring their wrath. With no choice but to accept Nick’s new life, Ty returns to his own, but his dreams are dashed when his wife—pregnant with their first child—is killed, the victim of a reckless crime.
Despondent and bitter, Ty macerates his grief in alcohol. From the depths of the bottle screams a voice, howling for vengeance. His target is a stranger, the woman who drew his wife toward her death. He doesn’t know her, but he’ll find her, and when he does, he will make her pay, for a deal has been struck with Nick’s Russian associates, enslaving her into a life of bondage. But as Ty moves forward in a cloud of alcohol, he mistakes the wrong woman for his intended victim and now all his plans have gone straight to hell.
With his eyes made clear by the stark reality of his mistake, Ty is driven, compelled by remorse and a relentless sense of guilt to make amends and protect Hannah Maguire, the innocent woman whose life he has derailed. He vows to keep her safe and out of the Russians’ hands, but they’re holding Nick as leverage to force Ty to complete their deal and turn over the girl. Once again, he must fight to free his brother, miring all three lives in further jeopardy. But Ty can’t do it all: Save the girl, his brother and his own soul. One of them must make the ultimate sacrifice.
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Nancy started writing fiction rather suddenly one day in 2010. Inspired by a song, she was struck with an idea she couldn’t shake and just had to write it down. It was while working on this, her first novel, that she discovered just how much she loved writing. She only wishes she had known how much years earlier.
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I’ve been thinking about this is past week or so when I look at everyone else’s blogs. I’ve noticed a lot of people are on on Blogger, versus WordPress. And then I noticed,really noticed why, when I tried to do a Rafflecopter giveaway on my blog for a tour that I was part of.
WordPress has been kind of aggravating me with the lack of flexibility that Blogger has. So I’ve made a decision to switch over to Blogger. Same person behind it, same amount of work, just a new name and new address.
It won’t be a sharp transition. I don’t want to lose any of my followers or contacts. I want this to be as gradual and easy for y’all as possible. So over the next 5 weeks (until the end of the year), I’ll be gradually switching over to my new reading/review blog. During those five weeks, I’ll be downramping this one, and revamping that one so that it will have the same things on it as now. It is a VERY different looking site, but one that is more me and not quite as dark as this one.
The new site will be:
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Until the end of the year, I’ll be posting on both sites until everyone has transitioned as smoothly as possible. So get over there and say hi!
Yes, today is my birthday. Happy birthday to all my birthday brothers and sisters out there! And since I wasn’t feeling all that good yesterday, I didn’t get to write my What Are You Reading?? post.
A day late, and possibly a dollar short (especially since I have to pay for the new tire to replace my flat tire I found this morning…. bestest. birthday. present. evah. </end sarcasm>
But here is my list of books for this week! I am surprised I actually got all 4 of last week’s books read (and reviewed). I’ve had a lot of people email me for reviews of their books and interview/tour requests, so if you’ve emailed me, please be patient.
This week’s list of books I’m reading are:
- The Last of the Bird People by John Hanson Mitchell
- Prophecy Girl by Faith McKay
- The King of Winter by Andy Monk
- The Advance Guard by Don A. Martinez
I’m hoping to get all four read this week, but I will get at least 2 of them read.
Title: Awakenig the Mobster
Series: Mobster series
Author: Amy Rachiele
Published Date: August 2012
Publisher: Self-published by Author
Copy provided by: author
Genre: YA romance
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Rating: 4 stars
Goodreads synopsis: What draws and binds people together-circumstance, experience, blood? Can you change what you’re made of or is it predestined? If you fight it, will it just come back to you ten-fold?
Antonio and Megan are running. Running away. Megan’s father told them to. Antonio and Megan fly to South Bend, Indiana. They are hiding out at Notre Dame until it’s safe to come home. But will it ever be safe with the line of work Antonio and Megan’s father do? There is no escaping the mob. It’s part of your existence.
Review: I’ve completely fallen in love with Antonio and Megan. And yes, now I’m hoping for something to happen between Vito and Erin. I think he’d be good for her. It looks like that’s where the author is headed for those two.
Where the first book ended is exactly where the second book picks up, and even though they go to South Bend, it doesn’t stop the Mafia action. I guess once you’re in, you’re in for life, but its not like they’re trying to get away from the lifestyle.
Antonio is still doing things for his dad behind Megan’s back, and when she finds out, she’s accepting. I still want to know why Megan’s mom is the way she is, and I’m hoping that comes out in the third book.
Overall, the book was another quick, enjoyable read.