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Series Book Review: Callen by Kemmie Michaels

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Book: CALLEN
Series: Second Chance #3
Author: Kemmie Michaels
Genre: adult erotic romantic suspense
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Violence shaped Callen Reed’s childhood. Special Forces forged his adulthood. When the woman he loves is murdered, revenge should be both simple and necessary. Love, however, opened his heart once, and may also have the potential to save him from the darkness of his grief.

The world lays both love and revenge at his feet. His choice, his consequences.

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My Rating:

4 hearts

 

Favorite Quotes:

Ledger

“Everything I’m qualified to do falls under the category of minimum wage because I have no qualifications other than being conscious.”

“I stare at him wide-eyed, feeling like that speech must have been told in my imagination.  He couldn’t have laid his heart out like that, not for me.  I swear I can’t catch my breath.  His words… his strong body… he’s stolen the air from my lungs.”

“As soon as I had you, I wanted more of you.  I want to make you mine in every way.”

“My world is never so right as when I’m with Ledger.”

Mason

“With a love this basic, this solid, this simplistically true, the pace doesn’t need to be slow or romantic to prove the depth behind the connection.”

“I can’t imagine living life any stronger than loving Sofia, than being loved by her.”

Callen

“I swear I’m strategizing this dinner with the level of planning I employed to overthrow an African warlord.”

“I have been away from myself for far too long.”

“I am near weeping at the sensation of bringing my body and my mind in sync more powerfully than ever.  I never imagined love could be this amazing.”

“I’m not certain which makes more noise: my heart falling from the height he took me, or the sound of Callen falling off the pedestal I’d constructed for him.  Maybe the tears threatening to choke me would be louder.”

“Part of me wants to fast-forward a year to find out how all this will work out.”

 

My Review:

I can boldly declare that I have spent my week with Kemmie Michaels and 791 pages of her sexy men.  Ledger is my favorite as he is a sweet, tender, loving protector.  Then came Mason, who was is smart, yet brash and impulsive, but out for justice and wanting to do the right thing.  And ending with Callen who is grieving and out for vengeance and revenge, and finds betrayal.  Callen’s story is the heaviest read of the three as it is flavored with melancholy and regret.  All three of these stories are based on an obsession and heightened sense of duty and justice.  They do what some might consider awful acts, but do so for a good reason and a big heart.  This has been my first Kemmie experience and I found all three books to be well-written, insightful, entertaining, and deliciously steamy.  With her tactical knowledge, I believe I would be afraid to be on her bad side if I happened to live nearby.   I am anxious to see what happens in the next book.

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Mother of Two Boys…
My husband and I have been married for 17 years and are blessed with two amazing young men. They are 10 and 12 right now, and both are on very different parts of the autism spectrum. I’ve learned so much being their mom and I feel pretty lucky to have become part of a community of loving, understanding people.

If you’d like to meet my oldest son, watch Big Bang Theory and shake hands with Sheldon. Those two are so similar, straight down to the fake laugh when they recognize something is funny.

My youngest cannot be explained. He’s more of an experience, and a joyful one at that.

Romance Novelist…
I’ve always loved to write. I’ve written for newspapers and magazines, also a host of personal projects. Then in December of 2012 I was reading on my first Kindle, gobbling up romances left and right. That’s when I fell in love with Ethan Blackstone, by the way.

I was inspired to sit down and write. Less than one year later I’ve published three books, written another and its sequel novella, and started on two more. Another series popped into my head, as well. Now as of August of 2014, I’m on the verge of publishing book six, with at least five started or specifically planned. Since I’m sure I won’t update this bio for a long time, you’ll have to rely on my Facebook updates to know what’s going on with Kemmie Michaels romances. You can also subscribe to my newsletter for releases, covers, sales, and other news.

…and I LOVE coffee.

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Book Review: Chasing the Dragon by T.K. Leigh

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He’s trying to protect his heart…
She’s a shell of the girl she once was…
Can he chase away the demons threatening to destroy her?

Mackenzie Delano craves control. After tragedy strikes during her freshman year of college, she compensates for the helplessness she felt by micro-managing every aspect of her life, from her business life to her social life…to her love life. But she wasn’t expecting to cross paths with a mysterious man who seems to invade her every thought.

Tyler Burnham has been living his life with one rule in mind…never fall in love. Focusing solely on his career, he is able to remain a detached observer of life… Until a case is dropped in his lap, forcing him to form an intimate relationship with a sharp-tongued woman in order to obtain the location of a man deemed an enemy of the State.

When Tyler finds himself falling for Mackenzie, will he be able push his feelings aside and recover the information he needs? Or will he put the mission and their lives at risk to follow his heart?

Chasing The Dragon is the first installment of a two part series of deception and betrayal where nothing is as it seems.

***Note – Chasing The Dragon is the first book in a two-book duet and is a spin-off of T.K. Leigh’s USA Today Best Selling Beautiful Mess series. It is not necessary to have read that series in order to read this duet, but it will contain a mild spoiler from the third book in the Beautiful Mess series, Gorgeous Chaos.***

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“Dance with me, Mackenzie,” he said, holding my hand in his, sensually placing the other just below my hip bone.
“What are you−”
“Shhh…,” he admonished, expertly leading me in our dance, the band playing Cole Porter’s Every Time We Say Goodbye. “Just enjoy it and don’t think.”
I simply nodded, turning my head to scan the restaurant.
“Mackenzie, eyes on me. I need to know you’re with me.”
I snapped my eyes back to his, my mouth slightly agape as my heart pounded in my chest. He was warm and spellbinding. The way he held me in his arms comforted me and made me feel as if they were made to hold me.
“Are you with me?” he asked, raising his eyebrows.
“Yes,” I said, my voice soft.
He leaned toward me and the bit of stubble on his chin brushed my skin. “Yes what?” he whispered.
“I’m with you.”
The corners of his lips turned up slightly and there was a spark about him that wasn’t present yesterday. “I like the sound of that, Miss Delano.”
He pulled me closer and I tilted my head to peer into his striking eyes, needing the connection I felt at that moment. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced, all because of a well-placed hand, a sinfully sexy voice, eyes that made me want to melt, and arms that felt like home.
“Who would have thought that the Mackenzie whose lips I couldn’t stop seeing in my dreams last night would turn out to be Mackenzie Delano, proprietor of South Padre’s hottest new spot?”
“How did−”
“Shhh,” he said once more. “You think too much. Just enjoy the moment because it’s over once the band plays the final note to this melody.”
I snapped my mouth shut, a strange awareness of loss washing over me at the prospect of this complete stranger walking away from me once the song came to an end, wondering if I would ever see him again.
“You’re a lovely dancer, Miss Delano,” he commented.
“Thank you,” I answered, unsure of whether to say anything further. He seemed to be in complete control of the dance, of his words…and of mine. And, for the first time, I was okay with someone else calling the shots.
“You have a dancer’s body. I’m confident you’ve bewitched quite a few men with the way you can seamlessly navigate the dance floor.” He leaned toward me and whispered, “I must confess… You’ve bewitched me.”
His voice was sweet as it crooned in my ear, and I was left a silent, blubbering mute, the sincerity in his declaration sparking a renewed sense of longing I had ignored for years. My breathing grew ragged, and I was unable to formulate any response. I simply lost myself in the moment of our dance, wanting his sensual words to ring in the recesses of my mind for all eternity. I wished I could have recorded his voice murmuring those endearing words to me so I could replay them over and over again when I needed to feel something I didn’t think I would ever feel again.
He molded my frame to his, our bodies swaying to the classic tune, and began to sing along with the band. I imagined he was singing to me, and me alone. His voice was deep and guttural, but sweet as he leaned toward my neck and crooned the last verse into my ear. I closed my eyes, losing myself in his warmth, his voice, his everything.
All too soon, the final note rang out, silence encompassing the room, but we continued to sway to the music in our heads, our rhythm perfectly in tune to each other. A loud drum kick echoed, startling me, and I opened my eyes, almost expecting it all to be a dream. But it wasn’t, and I was met with my mysterious stranger’s strong face. Time stood still as we simply stared at each other, neither one of us moving. I licked my dry lips, nerves causing my breathing to grow more intense and labored.
He grabbed my hand and brought it to his soft lips, placing a kiss on it. The contact caused a rush of adrenaline to run through me. Before I could ask his name, he was gone, leaving me stunned and alone once more.

 

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My Rating:

4.5 hearts

 

Favorite Quotes:

“At first, I had been hesitant to take on a male roommate, but once I realized we both shared the same taste in men, my stress level decreased.”

“I wished I could have recorded his voice murmuring those endearing words to me so I could replay them over and over again when I needed to feel something I didn’t think I would ever feel again.”

“Yup.  This is hot.  I’m officially done for.  Any woman who looks as equally enchanting in a dress as she does in a pair of combat boots is a keeper in my book.”

“I’d rather you break my heart than to never have felt it beat to begin with.”

 

My Review:

I am sputtering in consternation after finishing Chasing the Dragon… I am not sure how to sum up how I feel, or even how I actually do feel.  The book is well written as all T.K. Leigh’s books are, she has skills!  She absolutely wrecked me with Heart of Marley and Heart of Light. Chasing the Dragon is full of intrigue and suspense, and as it involves a government conspiracy – and as it is our government – I can’t decide if the good guys are actually good, or if the bad guys are actually bad… the details are revealed ever so slowly with conflicting information… my head is spinning.  The romance progressed with a scorching sensual tease, amounting to a weeks’ worth of tantalizing foreplay before culminating into the sizzling, combustible, and mind-blowing merging of bodies at the 60% point.  After which, they were allowed a brief respite to be happy, but then – arg – cliffhanger!  I despise cliffhangers!  They are a pox, a curse, an evil and diabolical plan that I find worse than screaming children on an airplane!  But damn, I am hooked… snared… truly invested in this story.  Needless to say, I have muttered some of my favorite expletives as I huff and puff and pound out this review – some of them have been used repeatedly… But please, sigh, please sign me up for Book 2, like… now would be good…

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T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is the USA Today Best Selling author of the Beautiful Mess series. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog and three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). She always had a knack for writing, but mostly in the legal field. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to try her hand at creative writing and is now addicted to creating different characters and new and unique story lines in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense genre.

When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found running and training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall). Unlike Olivia, the main character in her Beautiful Mess series, she has yet to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

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Series Book Review, Giveaway: Love Not Included Series by J.D. Hollyfield

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My So Called Life
by J.D. Hollyfield
Love Not Included #3
Publication Date: May 19, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Romance

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Life couldn’t be any brighter for art dealer Christina Daniels. At the top of her career, she has no problem flaunting just how perfect her little world has become.

When tragedy strikes back home, Christina is forced to put everything on hold to return back to a past she’s tried so hard to escape. Including a love she regrets letting go.

Ian Whitman has only one regret and it was letting his first love walk out of his life. Now that she’s returned, his heart won’t give her up twice without a fight.

As secrets are revealed, can Ian soothe her heart while convincing her that a place she tried so hard to run away from is the place she’s destined to stay?

Will love get a second chance in the face of tragedy?

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Favorite Quotes:

Life in a Rut, Love Not Included – Book 1

“I had to crawl home to my parents, who definitely did not see this coming since they turned my room into one of those storage rooms where Home Shopping Network junk goes to die.”

“I think I just mentally fainted.”

“I think I’ve been in love with you since day one.  And all I think about and all I crave is to make you happy, to make you smile, and possibly to hear you scream my name on occasion.”

“Not that I am one to wave the white flag but if I don’t get a decent amount of food and caffeine in me, I am going to die of sexual exhaustion.  What would my poor mother say?   Would they write death by sexual exhaustion on my tombstone?”

“I knew exactly what he was to me.  He was my heart.  The one I loved more than the air I breathed.

Life Next Door – Book 2

“If I ever lost my eyesight, at least my drinking habits would survive.  My body is trained to sniff out wine.”

“We tried to be civil with one another, but having your soon-to-be-ex living next door with your trashy neighbor just didn’t allow for friendly banter.”

“I am going to spend the rest of our lives loving you like you deserve to be loved.  And till our dying breath, I will still never be able to show you just how deeply that love runs for me.”

“Then I’ll show you just how lucky of a girl you are by making you scream my name in languages you didn’t even know you could speak.”

 

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“I almost run over a whole family of skunks.  With the lingering stench in my car, I’m convinced one, to defend his family’s honor, jumped into my exhaust and has been spraying into my pipes ever since our head-on road battle.”

“Sometimes people use physical weapons to take a person to their knees.  And sometimes it takes a verbal beat down to call it quits.”

“I want to love you until I don’t have a single breath left.  And when that time comes, I will tell you how much you’ve made me whole.”

“I try and speak but my throat is broken.  I think he broke me.”

“And if there was a word to describe how I feel for you I would use it.  So for right now I will just say love. But I want you to know that word is mediocre compared to what I truly feel inside.

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My Review:

I am in total fan-girl mode after reading J.D. Hollyfield’s latest masterpiece.  She had mad skills and I plan to stalk her hard and soak up every word she ever writes down in the future.  I have now read all three of her published works and have loved every word.  Her humor and wit are unfailingly entertaining, and her insightful writing is witty and cunningly clever.  And her sensual scenes are volcanically hot.  Her main characters are women in transition after suffering a devastating loss – which sounds tragic, although Ms. Hollyfield’s narratives are anything but, her writing is crisp with self-effacing humor.  Her female protagonists tend to live in their heads, and are more than a bit clumsy, shrewish, snarky, smart, broken, and out of touch with themselves.  Each one is a hot mess in their own right and prone to Calamity Jane type antics.  I am enthralled with their inner narratives and thought processes, and delight in the entertaining and humorous summations of their self-discoveries and epiphanies.  I have enjoyed and adored all of Ms. Hollyfield’s characters, they are complicated, well-defined, witty, endearing, and lovable.  I felt a tug of regret to come to the end of each book, as I always wanted the stories to go on just a little longer, but I am greedy like that.

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J.D Hollyfield currently resides in the Midwest with her husband, son and three doxies. As a Creative Designer by day, she enjoys spending her spare time with her nose in a good book. This obsession inspired her to test out her own creative ability. With her love for romance books and a head full of book boyfriends, this encouraged her to bring her own story to life and create her first novel.

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Spotlight: Somewhere Along the Way by Ruth Cardello

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From NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author!Luke Andrade:

Wealthy, talented, fiercely loyal. He’s the glue that holds his
family together, but every man has a breaking point. When he heads to
Ohio to attend a funeral, he does so with the intention of taking time
off to clear his head. The very last thing he expects to do is meet a
woman.

Cassie Daiver:

Scarred, but not broken. She’s recreating herself in a small town far away from her painful childhood.

He’s angry with the world and himself. She finally has something she’s afraid to lose. They couldn’t have met at a worse time.

Luke and Cassie are about to discover love often happens somewhere along the way, and usually, when one least expects it.

The Andrades:

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Book 2: Home to Me

Book 3: Maximum Risk

Book 4: Somewhere Along the Way

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Cassie was glad Luke had decided to drive back because her hands were
shaking with a mixture of excitement and nerves. They tried to make
light conversation, but the sexual tension between them was too much to
sustain a topic.They walked into her kitchen together; the mounting anticipation was
palpable. Cassie didn’t realize she was hanging onto the doorknob until
Luke gave her a curious look.

“We don’t have to do this if you’re not ready, Cassie,” he said gently.

She’d felt brave in the restaurant and excited on the drive, but now,
back at her place, she was nervous. “I am. At least I think I am. It’s
just been a long time.”

He caressed the side of her neck lightly with one hand, and she sucked in an audible breath. “How long?”

His touch sparked flames of desire through her. She closed her eyes and
savored the feeling before answering in a whisper, “Four, maybe five
years.”

She opened one eye and peered up at him to assess his reaction. His expression was difficult to discern. “You don’t remember?”

Cassie turned her head away. “I was lonely, and he didn’t matter. I
didn’t even know his last name. I’m not proud of who I was back then. I
wasn’t in a good place.”

Tenderly, Luke turned Cassie’s face back toward his. “Don’t hide from me, Cassie. You can tell me anything.”

Cassie blinked back tears. Unless I tell you I may be pregnant. I can guarantee that would be a mood breaker. “Why am I so nervous? It’s not like I’m a virgin.”

He unbuttoned his coat, lifted her hand, and placed it on his chest
above his heart. “You’re not my first either, Cassie, but can you feel
that? My heart is beating like I just finished a sprint. Do you know
why? Because unlike every other time, this feels different—like I’ve
been waiting my whole life for this moment.”

Cassie’s hand shook against his chest. His heart, like hers, was indeed beating a wild dance. “We barely know each other.”

He placed his other hand over hers on the doorknob. “We can fix that.”
He gave her that lopsided, boyish grin of his that melted her heart.
Again. “But you’ll have to let go of the door, Cupcake.”

She laughed nervously and did. He took her hand in his and brought it up
to his mouth, kissing the inside of her wrist while never breaking eye
contact with her. “Let’s go upstairs to your room. We don’t have to
rush. I want to make love to you slowly, learn every inch of you, and
watch you come again and again for me.”

He swung her up in his arms and carried her out of the kitchen, up the
stairs, and into her bedroom as if she were precious to him. Cassie
buried her face in his neck and clung to him. His consideration for her
almost brought her to tears. She was used to people who took from her.
Even if he left before she woke in the morning, she wouldn’t regret
choosing to be with him. He wasn’t like the fumbling boyfriends she’d
had in high school, or the selfish short-term lovers she’d experienced
as an adult. He was a man who knew how to please a woman and intended to
enjoy doing that.

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Ruth Cardello was born the youngest of 11 children in a small city
in northern Rhode Island. She spent her young adult years moving as far
away as she could from her large extended family. She lived in Boston,
Paris, Orlando, New York–then came full circle and moved back to Rhode
Island. She now happily lives one town over from the one she was born
in. For her, family trumped the warmer weather and international scene.

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was an educator for 20 years, the last 11 as a kindergarten teacher.
When her school district began cutting jobs, Ruth turned a serious eye
toward her second love- writing and has never been happier. When she’s
not writing, you can find her chasing her children around her small
farm, riding her horses, or connecting with her readers online.

Her fourth book in the Andrade Series, Somewhere Along the Way is now available for pre-order!

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Lone Star Burn Series (Montlake Romance)
Book 1: Taken, Not Spurred
Book 2: Tycoon Takedown
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Book 1: Maid for the Billionaire (FREE on Amazon!)
Book 2: For Love or Legacy
Book 3: Bedding the Billionaire
Book 4: Saving the Sheikh
Book 5: Rise of the Billionaire
Book 6: Breaching the Billionaire: Alethea’s Redemption

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Book 1: Come Away With Me (FREE on Amazon)
Book 2: Home to Me
Book 3: Maximum Risk
Book 4: Somewhere Along the Way

Book 5: Loving Gigi (coming this Fall)The Temptation Series:
Book 1: Twelve Days of Temptation
Book 2: Be My Temptation

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Spotlight: A Complicated Love by D.M. Midgley

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Book: A Complicated Love
Series: Complicated Love Series #1
Author: D.M MIDGLEY
Genre: Contemporary
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My name is Annabelle and my life was running smoothly until I recently lost my job. My only form of income. It may have been a rubbish position, but I needed it. Now I’m feeling down on my luck, not only in my career but also in my relationships. Things just can’t seem to go my way. That is, until I meet the intoxicating Mr. Lynn.

He’s sexy, kind, caring and makes me feel alive from one single touch. The only problem… he’s the owner of Lynn Publishing and my new boss!

Love is never easy and never goes to plan. People get in the way, and a form of heartbreak could inevitably end up making everything I know into a complicated love.

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I really enjoyed this fast-paced story that’s filled with sexual tension with a few twists and turns.
I loved the characters and read it in one sitting. ~ Goodreads Review

I loved this fast paced story.The characters are all awesome and are easy to relate with.The story line flows so smoothly,you are done before you even realize it.Great Read!! ~ Goodreads Review

This book was so good! Annabelle and Joshua are amazing together!
Annabelle has had a lot of loss in her life. She lost her parents when she was young, went to live with her Aunt Sylvia. Her life really hasn’t gone to plan.. She’s been a mess in relationships and jobs. She is currently unemployed and looking. Her aunt sets her up for a PA job. She has no experience. She goes to interview, gets the good news and goes out to party the night away. She wasn’t planning on having sex with her boss but it happened. For awhile they act professional and pretend like nothing until she gets sick. She knows right away what is wrong. Both of them are scared but willing to make it work. They can’t do that with a psycho ex girlfriend still hanging around. She is out to get Annabelle and will stop at nothing to do so. This girl is beyond nuts! Joshua and Annabelle make things work even thru the tragedy. They prove to each other how much they really love each other and get their perfect happy ending. ~ Goodreads review

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She doesn’t want to care.

He doesn’t want a commitment.

A chance encounter at a wedding reception starts an unexpected love that is unwelcome and unwanted.

Tracy had a happy childhood. Her parents have been together forever, but love doesn’t come into the equation. They are both together to save face. Love between them died a long time ago and Tracy doesn’t want to end up like them.

Karl has loved once before and the heartbreak he felt was crushing. He can’t open his heart to another. He won’t do it. Not again.

What will happen when love grabs them both expectantly?

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She lives in England, UK and is married with two children. At the moment she is a stay at home mum whilst her son is still at nursery.

She has been a blogger for about a year and a half and use to admin for Magic Within The Pages but in January 2015 she decided to go it alone and set up her own page called Late Night Books and Reviews. She loves helping out authors and is really enjoying promoting them on her page. Also she beta reads for a couple of authors and is always happy doing their reviews.

She loves reading and remembers her first book read on her kindle was Little Women and as a kid she loved reading Disney stories, her favourite was peter Pan.

The idea for her debut novel, A Complicated Love came about rather abruptly one night in a dream. she wasn’t sure whether she could get it down on paper; however with much needed support by her author friends she has gained motivation and confidence to write her novel, This has greatly helped her inspiration and self-belief to grow.

You can follow her on facebook and keep up to date with the latest information about A Complicated Love, out April 17th 2015 and all future projects.

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Spotlight, Giveaway: Texting Under the Influence by Cara Lockwood

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One last hookup. At least that’s what graphic designer Jenna Cho has in mind when she texts her toxic-in-life but amazing-in-bed ex, Jax. When her gorgeous boss Jack responds to the booty call instead, Jenna learns exactly why a girl should never hit send after one too many vodka sodas. Still, faced with Jack’s sexy grin and even sexier Irish accent, Jenna thinks maybe she messaged the right man after all—especially when he admits he’s been hoping she’d make the first move…
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Cara Lockwood is the USA Today bestselling author of a dozen novels, including I Do (But I Don’t), which was made into a Lifetime Original Movie, starring Denise Richards and Dean Cain. She’s written the Bard Academy series for young adults, as well as books in other genres, including suspense, paranormal romance and romance. Her new project, a sizzling Super Romance from Harlequin takes place on a Kona coffee plantation on Hawaii, Cara’s favorite place in the world.
Her father, who is Japanese-American, and her mother, whose ancestors hail from England, raised her near Dallas, Texas. Cara made multiple trips to Hawaii growing up, where she was often mistaken for a local. Cara graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and worked for several years as a newspaper journalist for the Austin American-Statesman. She’s also the founder of Edit My Novel. She lives near Chicago with her two daughters.
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my Soul to wake

Book Review: Stain: My Soul to Wake Series by Tara Oakes

 
MY SOUL TO WAKE IS NOW LIVE!
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Witchcraft.
Reincarnation.
True love.

These are the things of legend. Unexplained, some even say impossible, but nonetheless prevalent in stories and tales from all cultures and in every land from the beginning of time. What if there is something to it? What if there is an explanation behind the mysteries and bedtime stories? Something beyond words?

SALEM, MASSACHUSETTES 1692

She was taken from him in the cruelest way… condemned, sentenced and punished out of fear of the unknown. How is he supposed to live without her? How can he go on knowing that in this life, by the natural order of things, they will never be together? There’s only one thing to do… only one option that will bring them together again.

SALEM , MASSACHUSETTES TODAY

Amelia is taken on a weekend excursion with her best girlfriends to let loose, relax and have a little fun. What harm is there in a little vacation? It’s not like the legends, the haunted history of the place can scare them away. It’s all harmless fun.

Or so she thought.

Something seems familiar about the town. The trees, the winds, the feel of everything. Her ever present nightmares have become more intense within the limits of the old historical setting. She’s prepared to write off the whole trip as nothing more than a case of her mind running away with the sensationalized magic here. When she meets a handsome stranger who’s eager to know her in a way no one else can, she begins to think there may be something more to this place, something more to him.

Will has been waiting, biding his time, and praying that she’ll come back. He’s broken the natural order of things to possibly find her again, weaving their way through the years until they can be together again. He knows he may never find her, but he can’t risk not trying. This place calls to her, just as it did to him. It will bring her back home. It will bring her back to him.

What’s 300 years when it comes to true love? He’s prepared to wait an eternity if he has to, just to see her, hold her, kiss her again.. to make her remember what was stolen from them so long ago. To make her remember who she is, the power she possesses and the love they swore to each other.

My Rating:

4.5 hearts

 

Favorite Quotes:

“I am destined to be a slave to all things caffeine related and be the queen of first dates.  I don’t need to pay someone fifty bucks to tell me that.”

“He’s supposed to think I wake up fully refreshed and never burp or never need makeup because I’m always glowing.”

My Review:

I don’t know why I think I am not much of a paranormal reader, but when I see listings for such, my typical reaction is, “No thank you.”  But when I was ever so politely asked by the precious PA for my girl Tara Oakes, I stuttered a bit then decided to give it a try.  I am wanting to kick myself now for typically passing up and dismissing this genre.  And I am so glad Ms. Oakes has a tireless PA who took the time to bring it to my attention and ask me directly – as I truly enjoyed it!  Stain, Book 1 of the My Soul to Wake series actually seemed more of a YA romance with a paranormal twist.  Which means I actually broke two of my blogging habits – as I don’t usually read YA either.  But I have learned my lesson… whatever and whenever Tara Oakes writes, I will sit down and read.  Her writing is always well written and a welcome and entertaining escape, regardless of the genre.

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Tara is a thirty something newbie author from Long Island, New York. She’s a voracious reader, a passionate writer and obsessive junk T.V. aficionado. When she’s not doing one of those three things she is attempting to garden, hanging with her hubby or partaking in some retail therapy. She enjoys connecting with her readers and is having a blast entering into this new world of publishing.

 
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