Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Other Side of Quiet Book Review and Giveaway

The Other Side of Quiet

Mrs. Childs's creative writing students are expected to keep personal journals for self-expression. But when clues from a murder investigation cause police authorities to confiscate the students’ journals, writing intended to be private is no longer. Words meant to liberate now condemn. And an innocent writing project, meant to empower students, as well as rescue Mrs. Childs from her own personal tragedy, now open deep conflicts within the class.

My thoughts:

This book has it all! It has murder, mystery, tragedy and lots of teen drama, all wrapped up in journal entries. At first it was difficult to keep track of characters, since there's 10 students in the class and reading their journal entries gave a lot of back story that was hard to keep straight. However, within a few pages I was sucked into the story and enjoyed every minute of it!

What an amazing way to tell a story! I also really appreciated the fact that Mrs. Allred chose to write the journal entries using correct grammar and spelling, so that it was easier to read, rather than writing them as teens would (although she did a great job giving each person their own voice!).

I love the relationship Mrs. Childs had with her students, and how much they all (including Mrs. Childs) grew over the course of the year. What an amazing and inspirational book!


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TARA C. ALLRED is an award-winning author, instructional designer, and educator. She has been recognized as a California Scholar of the Arts for Creative Writing and is a recipient of the Howey awards for Best Adult Book and Best Adult Author. She lives in Utah with her husband.

Her published works include Sanders' Starfish, Unauthored Letters, and The Other Side of Quiet.

She is also the founder of the Other Side of Quiet online creative writing group (www.othersideofquiet.net).
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Friday, April 10, 2015

Booker: Tap That Review and Giveaway


NEW RELEASE....
A performance for the ages.

Courtney Johnson brings the house down in the heart of the vibrant Dallas Arts District. Later, shrills pierce the hallways of Wyle Theater when Courtney, a budding Broadway musical star, is found dead, a single bullet to the head.

Driven to find the killer before panic tears apart the arts community and all those who support it, private investigator Booker T. Adams discovers evidence of a professional hit, then uncovers a lovers ' triangle that takes him all the way to the mean streets of Boston.

And then it happens again. Another performer killed, someone Booker had met. Rocked by the shocking murders, performers and patrons alike fear that a serial killer is on the loose, and no one knows when and or where another dead body will show up.

But professional obligations quickly morph into personal vendettas. Running against an unforgiving clock, Booker is forced to solicit the help of a crime boss, The Shark.

With his life threatened at almost every turn, and his heart being put through a meat grinder, Booker taps into every resource at his disposal to stop more than just a killer.

But at what price?

Full of unforgettable characters, bone-chilling suspense and stunning thrills, BOOKER - Tap That is a wild ride that will test even the most fervent reader's quest for a luminous reading experience.

My thoughts:

This is the second book in the Booker series, which follows the life and career of Booker T. Adams. John Mefford writes a compelling mystery (or in actuality a book chock-full of mysteries) that leaves the reader guessing from page one.

Booker is cruising along with his private investigator career, and his personal life is plugging right along also. He's dating a woman he met when he solved her fiance's murder, and a ballerina is murdered at an event that they're attending. Booker is hired to solve the crime, but as the bodies begin to pile up Booker has to travel to Boston to continue hunting down the criminals.

This book can be read alone, but I definitely recommend starting the series from the beginning and enjoying them all!

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Booker: Streets of Mayhem (Booker #1)
On a cool October afternoon, the majestic blue sky above Dallas is polluted with swells of gray smoke, carrying shattered memories of fifteen people, mostly children, who've just been killed by an explosion on a bus.

A white supremacist group claims responsibility, opening old wounds, turning neighbor against neighbor--fracturing the community. A Southeast Dallas native, Booker T. Adams couldn't be more invested in the city…in the people he'd served for the last seven years as a beat cop for the Dallas Police Department. Without warning, it becomes personal for Booker on so many levels. And as panic grips the city, he must decide how much he's willing to sacrifice to end the chaos.

With his career called into question and his family in the crosshairs of one terrorist act after another, Booker invests every fiber of his being to protect a broken community, and to stop the brutal, senseless slayings.

If he fails, terrorism will reign in the city of Dallas.

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A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.

When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.


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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Seaside Secrets Book Review and Giveaway


SEASIDE SUMMERS BOOK 4.....
The newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series, featuring a group of fun, sexy, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re funny, flawed, and will have you begging to enter their circle of friends. You met them in READ, WRITE, LOVE, (The Remingtons, Book 5), follow these friends on their search for forever love in the Seaside Summers series.

NEW RELEASE SEASIDE SECRETS 
Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He’s got his choice of women, but Amy Maples is the one he wants. Fourteen years ago she was his for an entire summer, until a devastating accident changed everything, and what they had seemed like it had never existed—at least for her.

Amy Maples is as consistent as the day is long. She’s spent summers on Cape Cod forever, she always does the right thing, and she’s spent years trying to reclaim the heart of Tony Black, the only man she’s ever loved. She’s back for a summer of fun with her friends at Seaside, only this year she’s been offered the opportunity of a lifetime thousands of miles away, and she’s decided to try one last time to reconnect with Tony. But having a relationship with Tony means dealing with her past—and dealing with her past may knock her to her knees.

SEASIDE SUMMERS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series
**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

My thoughts:

Tony and Amy have been in love forever, and their friends have been watching the looks they give each other for years. But a major secret has kept them apart for fourteen years. Now Amy has come to her summer haven to sort out her life and figure out if Tony or a major move are the right choice for her.

Even though they are two very broken people, Amy and Tony deserve to be happy and find love. They've let the past stand in their way for far too long, but can they make it through this, or will they live as friends and continue to float along in life?

To be honest, before reading Seaside Secrets I'd only read one other of the Seaside books, so I didn't know much about Tony and Amy's story. Since I've gone back and read the rest of the series I've seen much more of their feelings for each other and watched them love each other from afar. So while this book can easily be read alone, I encourage you to read the rest of the Seaside series (and while you're at it read the whole Love in Bloom series!! You'll enjoy every last one of them).

This is one of my favorite of the Love in Bloom series (although I know I've said that a few times!), and I loved watching Tony and Amy blossom. This was a story I literally couldn't put down, and I had a very exhausted day the following day to prove it. The Seaside cottages have such an amazing group of friends, and they're even more wonderful in relationships!

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family. 

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Crashing into Love Book Review an Giveaway


NEW RELEASE........
Book #12 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #20

Only one woman could hurt ultra-alpha bad boy Jake Braden.
Only one woman can heal him.
Fiona Steele has arrived…

Fiona Steele has a great career, strong friendships, and a loving family. To an outsider, her life appears happy and fulfilling. But the one thing that’s missing is true love, and the only man Fiona wants is the one she can’t have, sinfully handsome and seductively intense Jake Braden—the man whose heart she broke, which she has regretted ever since.

As an LA stuntman, Jake Braden’s at the top of his game. He’s hired for all the best movies, hooks up with the hottest women, and lives an unencumbered lifestyle where his needs come first—and where he doesn’t have to examine his life too closely. Except when he visits his family in his close-knit hometown of Trusty, Colorado, where he spends his time avoiding Fiona—the only woman who knows who he really is.

When Fiona’s best friend is hired to act in Jake’s movie, Fiona jumps at the chance to try to win him back. There’s no denying the white-hot attraction burning between them. With every encounter, Fiona hopes Jake can’t resist falling back into the love they once shared. But her well-orchestrated rendezvous doesn’t go over well with the brooding heartthrob. Living in the fast lane is perfect for a guy who’s buried his emotions so damn deep he’s not sure he can remember how to feel—and he’s not sure he ever wants to.

THE BRADEN COUSINS are one of the newest additions to the LOVE IN BLOOM series.
**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

My thoughts:

Fiona broke Jake's heart as a teenager, and he's become a womanizer who has pulled away from his family. He's also become a famous stuntman and one of Hollywood's heartthrobs. Yet he can't even mention Fiona by name, and his family would love to see him happy again.

Fiona has realized that she made a mistake many years ago, and she's got a large promotion in her immediate future. But she's not happy without Jake, and she's decided to give Jake another try and see if they can be happy together.

When her best friend lands a part in Jake's next movie, she hires Fiona as her personal assistant so that Fiona has a reason to get close to Jake again. But can they make it? Not only is Jake a broken man, but their lives are so incredibly different that they'll likely never be happy in each others' life.

This is one of my favorite Braden books so far! I love the idea that even though someone is broken they still have a chance to find true love, and I really love the fact that Fiona and Jake know each other so well, yet there are so many things that are new since they were teens. This was such a wonderful read, with a mix of Fiona and Jake's past history and current problems, and I read it in one evening! I literally read through dinner and didn't stop until the end.

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa at The World Literary Cafe or her personal website.
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hot Flash Book Review and Giveaway


hot flash What's the recipe for a happy marriage?

That's what chef Jill Morgan Storm wants to know, and according to responses to the "Marriage Satisfaction Surveys" she and her closest friends cooked up, the answer is to marry a traveling salesman who is rarely home.

And Jill certainly deserves some happiness, after everything she's been going through. Her teen-aged son, who only speaks to her in French, needs college tuition. Her crazy mother is determined to find her a man—and only brings her unsuitable ones. A pesky schoolteacher keeps annoyingly trying to fix her life. Her sous chef job is in jeopardy, and, most aggravating of all, her ex-boyfriend has absconded with her favorite skillet.

What's a single mom to do?

Faced with the answers to her surveys, she sets off to find the traveling salesman who can share her dreams. Along the way, can she find herself and a man who will claim her heart?

My thoughts:

Jill is a chef and a single mom who can't afford to put her son through college, so she decides to try to find a man to help support them (maybe not the choice I would go for, but I kept reading).  Since she can't find a suitable man, she sends out surveys to couples who have been together a long time and decides that the secret to a happy marriage is being away from your spouse! So she decides to find a traveling salesman, and proceeds to jump headfirst into the salesman dating pool.

This of course leads to many amusing dates, and Jill is caught trying to balance upheaval in her job, raising an emotional artistic teenager, and juggling bad dates. A man from her past comes into her life, and even though she likes him he is all wrong for her plans.

Kathy Carmichael wrote a fun story about a woman struggling to make her life "right" and in the end she learns to just live it! This was an amusing, quick read that made me long to hear more from Mrs. Carmichael!

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"Witty dialogue and wickedly funny characterizations make Kathy Carmichael’s Hot Flash a jewel among romantic comedies. Great fun!"
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"Hot Flash is a keeper! It has heart, and I’m going to read it again. And again. Wonderfully well done! 
~ Kay James, Romance Reader at Heart

"I have never laughed or cried so hard as I have with this truly wonderful book!" 
 —Kathy Boswell, managing editor, The Best Reviews

"I highly recommend Hot Flash to anyone who loves to read romance. You will not be disappointed." —Romance Junkies

About the Author
USA Today Bestselling author Kathy Carmichael resides on the west coast of Florida with her Scottish husband, two not-so-wee sons, three cats, a part-time dog, and a huge collection of dust bunnies.

Kathy writes award-winning romantic comedies and humorous mysteries. Her Texas Two-Step romance series is a reader favorite. Kathy's romantic comedy, Hot Flash, was named by the American Library Association's BOOKLIST magazine as one of the Top 10 Romance Fiction titles for 2009.

In addition to her novels, she’s sold short stories and wrote a bi-monthly column on the business of writing for a national writing trade magazine. Kathy is also a contest judge for Writers Digest. She’s a member of the International Thriller Writers, an active member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters-in-Crime, Novelists Inc., the Florida chapter of MWA, is the published author liaison of the Tampa Area Romance Authors, and is an active member and past national board member of the Romance Writers of America.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Greed in Paradise Review and Giveaway


Tears will fall, hearts will pound, and bullets will fly in Greed in Paradise...

Just when Madison and Fab think it's safe to dip their sexy bodies into the cool tropical waters of paradise, they get the shock of their lives when a friend and business partner turns up dead and they discover they've been written into his will. But nothing is what it seems, as the women find out.

There are deadly secrets brewing beneath the surface of Tarpon Cove. Come along on a steamy, thrilling adventure as the two try to find out why their friend suddenly died--seemingly, without cause.

The fifth book in the series finds our sleuths waist deep in sexual tension, flinging barbs, and dodging bullets.

Deborah Brown's Paradise series is packed with Action, Romance, Intrigue, Mystery and Suspense. Oh... did I forget to mention the humor makes for a fast and enjoyable read? These books will be difficult to put down!

Greed in Paradise, is the fifth novel in Deborah Brown's Paradise series, which can be also read as a stand alone book.

My thoughts:

Deborah Brown has done it again! What a fun, easy read that's nearly impossible to put down! Madison and Fab are thrown into yet another mystery, and combined with several mini mysteries they're kept busy chasing evil and driving like crazy people. And of course Madison has yet another set of obnoxious tenants that they have to deal with.

It's rare for me to find books that make me laugh out loud while reading, and Deborah Brown is a guaranteed laugh for me! Between the mysteries and the humor there's also quite a bit of spicy romance. It makes for an overall great read.

This is book 5 in the series, but they can each be read individually without you feeling lost. But start at book 1 if you want to really immerse yourself!

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"If you have a broken heart and want to eat a bag of Kit-Kats while wishing for someone else's life, then you need this book." 

"Well written, a wide-range of unforgettable characters, heat and sex, then add a slice of humor that makes the romp an even cheekier ride." 

"If you're lying by a pool somewhere in the Florida Keys...you'll want this book to take your mind off the mosquitoes." 

About the Author
I've been writing, in one way or another for as long as I can remember; writing poetry, short stories, a romance novel secretly stashed under the bed and sappy love letters. Fiction should be fun. I wanted to create the perfect beach book, to make the reader laugh, cry and cheer... and then run out and tell their friends about it.

My love of reading began when I was seven, the day I opened the cover of my first Mrs. Piggle Wiggle book. Mrs. P gave lessons to other children in how to behave and to me I learned to love the written word. I live with my family and demon children aka rescue cats in South Florida.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Booker Streets of Mayhem Book Review and Giveaway


NEW RELEASE....
On a cool October afternoon, the majestic blue sky above Dallas is polluted with swells of gray smoke, carrying shattered memories of fifteen people, mostly children, who've just been killed by an explosion on a bus.

A white supremacist group claims responsibility, opening old wounds, turning neighbor against neighbor--fracturing the community. A Southeast Dallas native, Booker T. Adams couldn't be more invested in the city…in the people he'd served for the last seven years as a beat cop for the Dallas Police Department. Without warning, it becomes personal for Booker on so many levels. And as panic grips the city, he must decide how much he's willing to sacrifice to end the chaos.

With his career called into question and his family in the crosshairs of one terrorist act after another, Booker invests every fiber of his being to protect a broken community, and to stop the brutal, senseless slayings.

If he fails, terrorism will reign in the city of Dallas.

My thoughts:

Booker is a biracial police officer who doesn't fit in, partially because of his race and partially because he refuses to turn a blind eye to police brutality. He is put on suspension and struggles with what to do with his career. When the bus he believes his daughter is on blows up, killing fifteen, he's thrust into trying to keep Dallas safe, even though he no longer carries a badge. As the entire city is gripped with terror, Booker struggles to find the man behind the carnage that is spreading across his city.

This is a gripping story, and I had a really difficult time putting it down. I really enjoyed seeing Booker in action and watching him interact with his family and friends. I also really enjoyed the viewpoint from the man Booker was trying to catch. It made for a distinct storyline. It's first in the series, so I can't wait to see how his story continues to unfold!

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A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.

When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.

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