Book Review · Self-Help

Life Is A Four Letter Word

I had the pleasure this month of partnering with Suzy Approved Book Tours, Mango Publishing and David Levy to read the book “Life is A Four Letter Word.” When I read the description of this book, I had this feeling that it was going to offer life lessons as well as true life and humor and so I quickly signed up for this tour. SPOILER ALLERT: This book did not disappoint.

Synopsis

In this book, David Levy takes a look back at his life through 40 different essays about events that happened throughout his life that taught him life lessons. Written in chronological order, the reader is able to follow David’s life from a young child and through adulthood and learn those valuable lessons through the reflections he has about his life as well as wisdom that he can provide from those experiences.

Review

As I stated above, when I chose to be part of this tour, I had this feeling that this self-help books was going to be different and let me tell you I was totally right!!! David Levy presents a fantastic sequence of short essays about his life that provided me with valuable life lessons to thinks about. This book did not lecture me or give me advice at every turn, but made me relate to and think about the story David told as well as the life lesson being presented. Some of the life lessons hit home closer than others, but all of the life lessons really made me think. I must admit that some of them were so good that I committed the ultimate sin while reading a book of folding down the page corner!!! I know, I am terrible and should probably go to book jail, however the lessons were so good that I know I will go back to them for years to come. David’s writing style and stories about his life have a way of capturing you and making you think about things in a quiet manner, which I really enjoyed. There was no pointing fingers or “yelling” through the pages of a book…it was just quiet, wise advice. I really hope David Levy comes out with more books like this in the future, because I would definitely pick them up and get lost in those books, just as I did in this book!

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Adult Fiction · Book Review · Contemporary Romance · FIction · Romance

The Power of Love

This month I had the pleasure of working with Goddess Fish Promotions to review The Power of Love by Kemberlee Shortland. I had never heard of this author, but with the synopsis that I read, I was excited to give this new author a chance!

Synopsis

Meet Elaine and Ethan. They are newly weds, married at Christmas, and their plan is to wait to start a family until they are ready. However, Elaine discovers she is pregnant and is hesitant to tell Ethan as she is not sure how he will react. Ethan however surprises Elaine by accepting the pregnancy and soon to be parenthood with open arms and excitement.

At a prenatal exam, Elaine and Ethan find out devastating news that will change their lives as they know them. Their charmed relationship and lives are about to crash down around them.

With Christmas coming soon and Elaine due to give birth right around that time, will a Christmas wish come true for the couple or will everything they built end up as rubble?

Review

I have to be honest, I was really sad that this was a short story, as I loved the writing style and the story line. Kemberlee Shortland has a writing style that pulls you in at the first page and leaves you wanting more at the last. I immediately felt the emotions that Elaine and Ethan were feeling and found myself pulling for them as a couple as their world crashed around them. The descriptions of the characters and situations the characters were in were written so well that you felt like you where right in the book with them. My only complaint for this book was that it was not long enough and I wanted to know more about what happened to Elaine and Ethan. I can’t wait to explore more of Kemberlee Shortland’s books and get lost in her writing again!!

Excerpt

His strong hand grasped hers and brought it to lips framed with dark stubble, kissing the backs of her fingers. “Please, love. I can barely move.”

Elaine glanced down the solid length of him to the twitch beneath the sheet just covering his hips. “Could have fooled me.”

Leaning over, he propped himself up on an elbow and looked down at her. He nestled her head in the crook of his arm.

“Isn’t it enough you kept me up all night,” winking at the double meaning, “but you want to make me late for work, as well?”

You weren’t complaining an hour ago.”

His lips against hers echoed the passion they had shared through the night.

When he leaned away, his deep voice was soft, his blue-eyed gaze intense. “And I never will, Lany. I love you to the depths of my soul and will always be here for you.”

Tears welled and threatened to spill down her cheeks. “Will you?”

Nodding, he said, “Aye. Always.”

You truly want this baby.” It wasn’t a question. She rubbed her belly without breaking her gaze with him. When he nodded again, his grin answering more than his voice could.

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Giveaway

Kemberlee Shortland will be awarding a House of Tirgearryen t-shirt (Worldwide shipping, except in restricted regions as per An Post) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click HERE to enter this giveaway!!!

Adult Fiction · Book Review · FIction · Romance · Women's Fiction

This is Not How it Ends

This month I was pleased to be a part of Suzy Approved Book Tours and review the book This is Not How it Ends by Rochelle B. Weinstein. I never read any of Rochelle B. Weinstein, and when I saw the synopsis of this book, it sounded like a good read, that I just had to get my hands on.

Synopsis

Charlotte and Phillip meet on a flight to Missouri. Their connection was instant. They fell in love quickly and moved to the Florida Keys with plans to marry. However, as Charlotte wants to begin planning a wedding with Phillip, he is suddenly pulling away, leaving Charlotte to second guess everything they have built together.

Charlotte and Ben met in the grocery store after Ben’s son Jimmy had an anaphylactic reaction to nuts. Ben froze and Charlotte saved Jimmy’s life. Charlotte and Ben an instant connection and Charlotte suddenly feels pulled toward Ben.

Charlotte finds herself torn. Should she go for the love that she has always wanted or should she go for the love she knows that she needs? After a hurricane passes through the Florida Keys, Charlotte’s life is upended and she ,must reexamine the choices she has made throughout her life and look at choices that she will have to make in the future.

This is Not How it Ends is a book about an emotional journey of love, friendship, and sacrifice. Will Charlotte’s plans go off without a hitch, or will her best-laid plans change in a heartbeat?

Review

I really enjoyed this book by Rochelle B. Weinstein. The book started out a little slow, but the story quickly picked up steam. The writing in this book was enough to capture me and keep me turning the pages. It was fun to read a story that bounced back and forth between the past and present and then suddenly come colliding together into a story that tugged at my heart strings and left me wanting to continue reading page after page, long after I should have turned out the lights and gone to bed. Rochelle wrote this book in such a way that you felt what the characters felt. When they hurt, you hurt. When they were left questioning, you too where left questioning. While this book is not a quick read by any means, it is a book that is more than worth it to sit down and take the time to walk through the lives of Charlotte, Phillip, and Ben. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I can not wait to read more books by Rochelle B. Weinstein.

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Adult Fiction · Book Review · Crime Thriller · Thriller

Viable Hostage

I again had the pleasure of working with Goddess Fish Promotions for this book review. I must honestly admit that I had never heard of Audrey J. Cole before doing this book review, even though it says clear as day that she is a USA Today Best Selling Author. I was excited to get introduced to a new author and well as a story that sounded very intriguing.

Synopsis

Malorie’s best friend is missing, but no one seems concerned about the wayward medical student’s mysterious disappearance—until another student’s partial remains wash ashore a Seattle beach… 

When Malorie witnesses her best friend and roommate leave a campus bar with a mystery date driving a silver Mercedes, she suspects foul play, especially when Lani fails to return home the next day. Both women, med students in their final year at Elliott Bay University, have a lot riding on the line, but due to Lani’s wild past, no one in her family is worried. When Malorie’s fears for her roommate deepen, she turns to her Uncle Wade, a Sergeant at Seattle Homicide. 

Within 48 hours after Lani goes missing, the partial remains of a brutally murdered young woman wash up on Alki Beach, and a human hand is found in a crab pot off Bainbridge Island. When one of the bodies is identified as a pregnant, fourth-year medical student, Wade believes there’s a connection with Lani’s disappearance. And, that they might be looking for a serial killer. 

Malorie suspects Lani’s kidnapper is someone they know, possibly even one of their professors at the university, a prominent Seattle anesthesiologist whose wife is the president of EBU. But when Detective Blake Stephenson discovers evidence that links another suspect to the professor’s Mercedes, he and Wade must act fast to attempt a wild rescue in the middle of Puget Sound.

Review

This book was absolutely FANTASTIC!!! Audrey J. Cole’s writing captured me from the first page and held my attention until the last page. I hated that I could not read this book all in one sitting. Every time I had a minute I would pick up this book and ready. Audrey J. Cole also did a fantastic job in keeping you guessing throughout the story. I thought I knew from early on, what was happening, and the ending shocked me! It was not at all what I expected. Audrey J. Cole writes in wonderfully descriptive sentences that leave you wanting to read more. You feel like you are in the story and experiencing what the characters are experiencing. I even found myself imaging that I was one of the characters in this story as that is how real it felt. While I had never heard of Audrey J. Cole before reading this fantastic book, I certainly will not forget her name now, and will for sure be picking up more of her books!!!

Rating

This was for sure a 5 compass + read!!

Excerpt

There was something evil in the way he had looked at her. He was dangerous. Psychotic. Malorie could see it in his eyes. Those cold, dark eyes. He was chasing her.

Malorie ran faster, with so much adrenaline she didn’t feel the ache in her legs or the burn in her lungs as she gasped for air. She could feel him getting closer. Hear the sound of his boots scrape against the pavement behind her. He’s going to kill me.

She felt him close in behind her. A sharp pain ripped through her arm as he grabbed her and drew her close to him with tremendous strength. Malorie opened her mouth to scream as she was awakened by the sound of her alarm.

She wasn’t being chased. She was in Lani’s room. She sat up in her roommate’s bed, sweating through her t-shirt and breathing hard.

She silenced her alarm, flooded simultaneously with relief that it was just a dream and the familiar dread that her best friend was missing and possibly never coming back.

Giveaway!!!!!

Audrey J. Cole will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter. Click HERE to enter!!!

Adult Fiction · Book Review · FIction · Historical Fiction · Historical Romance

The Beekeeper's Bullet

I again had the pleasure of of partnering with Goddess Fish Promotions for another book book review tour! While I am not usually one to read historical fiction, the synopsis of this book intrigued me and I decided to give it a try! In addition, I had never heard of the author Lance Hawvermale, so I thought I would give his writing a try as well.

Synopsis

It is 1917 in Germany, where the Great War is raging.

Ellenor Jantz is an American who works as a teacher and a beekeeper for a wealthy loyalist. When tending to her bees one day, Ellenor sees a British aircraft call from the sky and crash behind enemy lines. Upon closer inspection, Ellenor sees that the pilot is injured, but not dead.

Alec Corbin-Dawes is the British airman whom crashes behind enemy lines. He is on a mission to save his sister within the next 4 days, before the factory that she works at gets bombed.

Both Ellenor and Alec are at a crossroads…will Ellenor choose to aid Alec or hand him over to the German authorities who now live in the manor where she is staying? Will Alec be able to make his way into Germany to rescue his sister now that his plane has gone down? Read The Beekeeper’s Bullet to find out!

Review

As I said, I was not too sure with it being historical fiction (and romance). While I enjoy history, I sometimes find it hard to follow the story line of what is happening due to all the historical details. This book was different however. While this book was set in 1917, the historical information was not too overwhelming, but enough so that you could follow along the story line and understand what it was like for both Ellenor and Alec during this time. While to me the book started a little slow and I could not see where the story line was going to go, the book picked up speed quickly and the story line was better than I imagined it would be. I enjoyed this book and the surprises that unfolded as I turned the pages. Author Lance Hawvermale did a great job telling this story with descriptive phrases to make you feel like you were right there will Ellenor and Alec. I really enjoyed this book and from what I understand, this book is the 1st in a series, and I am excited to read the next installment in this series!

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Excerpt

Something fell from the sky.

A shadow blasted across the truck, briefly barricading the sun. An instant later, a machine of wood and twanging wires flew across the truck’s hood, missing it by the breadth of a hand. Smoke coiled out behind it. The howling contraption flipped in the air, bits of it snapping free even as it dropped, and then it struck a patch of wild forget-me-nots on the side of the road, crushed them, and vanished in the tall grass beyond.

Ellenor torqued the steering wheel to the right and applied brake and clutch, her breath trapped behind her teeth. The truck came to a jarring halt, the two white brood boxes sliding in the back and dislodging a hundred dead bees. Exhaling, Ellenor looked from the window in the direction of whatever the hell it was. The war rarely reached this far from the Front; Ellenor never fell asleep with the sound of German artillery pounding French hillsides, as so many others did. Other than the occasional supply convoy from the factories in Berlin, Father’s estate and the villages nearby saw no evidence of the blood being hemorrhaged by millions a few dozen miles away. But Ellenor knew, staring from the truck’s dusty window, a part of the war had almost crushed her. Its smoke rose like a serpent from where it waited in the grass.

She opened the door. . . .

GIVEAWAY!!!!!

Lance Hawvermale will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Nobel gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click HERE to enter!!!!

Contemporary Romance · FIction

Book Blast: Audition

Publication Date: December 9, 2019

GENRE: Contemporary Romance

Summary

Blood and sweat. Bethany Lewis danced her way out of poverty. She’s a world class athlete… with a debt to pay.

Joshua North always gets what he wants. And the mercenary wants Bethany in his bed. He wants her beautiful little body bent to his will.

She doesn’t surrender to his kiss.

He doesn’t back down from a challenge.

It’s going to be a sensual fight… to the death.

Audition is the first book in an enthralling new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren.

Excerpt

Blinding lights. Aching lungs. Thunderous applause. The final show concludes the same way we rehearsed for months, the same way we performed for weeks. My muscles know the movements better than they understand rest. The prospect of after, of what comes next, makes my breath catch. Even as the primas take their bows, relief echoes around the stage. Vacations are planned. Relief for strained muscles. Everyone needs a break, even professional athletes. I’m the only one onstage dreading it.

We bow and curtesy with practiced grace. The curtain descends to the floor. Almost to the second we break formation—a flock of crows startled from the woods. The more exuberant among us, the young ones, the new ones, the ones using steroids, prance and jete toward the dressing rooms. Most of us limp our way out. One hundred percent of NFL players are injured every season. Professional dancing is the same. We hurl our bodies through the air, forcing massive impact through tired joints night after night. I catch my friend Marlena in my arms. Her face is white with pain.

“Ice,” she says. “Or better yet—tequila.”

I push my shoulder under hers as we exit the stage. “Don’t sell yourself short. You can have both.”

A delicate snort. “Not likely. We have to smile and flirt with the old men with big, fat wallets. And for what? I won’t be here next season. You won’t be, either.”

The reminder clangs inside me like a copper bell. I won’t be coming to the New York City Ballet after the break. We fall into our creaky chairs in the dressing room. “Are you going to miss it?”

“Miss it? Of course I’ll miss it.” Marlena turned twenty-eight last month. It’s comfortably retirement age for a dancer. “When the little children do their terrible pirouettes, when they sneeze and throw up and cry all over my leotard, I’ll think fondly of the beautiful art I left behind. Then I’ll be able to walk home. That won’t happen if I try to dance another season.”

“You’ll make a wonderful teacher. You know you were mine.” She didn’t teach me to dance. It was my first love, before I learned to flip and contort myself. Before I ever leapt from a trapeze bar.

Marlena taught me the ropes of the ballet company when I joined two years ago. Most of them thought I wouldn’t last a week. Some of them didn’t want me to. It’s a rigid world, the hierarchy stacked with graduates of Juilliard or the John Cranko school.

I don’t have a pedigree.

All I have is a body that does what it must, no matter how much it hurts.

Which means changing out of my sweaty leotard into a fresh one. We’re contractually obligated to attend the ball. Like Marlena said, we should smile and flirt with the high society people who attend. Both the male and female dancers have to do it. It’s what convinces the sponsors to write checks that will fund the next season. By the time they’re rehearsing The Nutcracker I’ll be in New Orleans, the place I swore I’d never return.

Author Bio

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance. Her books have sold over one million copies. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat.

GIVEAWAY!!!!

Skye Warren will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Nobel Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click HERE to enter!!!

Adult Fiction · Book Review · FIction · Romantic Comedy

The Swiss Mishap

This month I was able to do another review with Goddess Fish Promotions! I love being a partner with them and being given the chance to read and review books before they are released to the general public. I have not read any of Amey Zeigler’s books before, and this book was a great introduction to her writing. I would enjoy reading more of her books!

Synopsis

Elaine Peterson, better know as Lainey LOVES chocolate. She loves chocolate so much that she has spent the last 12 years of her life learning as much as she can about chocolate. She has learned to design, create, and produce quality chocolate bars.

Lainey travels to Switerland for what she believes will be an internship at Alpine Foods working in their chocolate department. When she arrives and finds out that the internship has been canceled, she decides to do whatever it takes to get herself in the chocolate department.

Yves Claremont, a department chair at Alpine foods, takes mercy on Lainey and offers her an internship in the Pet Care Department. He offers that with the promise that if she does a good job, she will be recommended for the chocolate department when she is done with her internship,

As Lainey begins to work in Yves Claremont’s department, she begins to find herself drawn to him. Yves too begins to find that he has a growing attraction for Lainey. However, at Apline Foods inter-office relationships are forbidden. Will Lainey and Yves be able to build a romantic relationship or will a co-worker, who is jealous of the success Yves has had, undermine both Yves and Lainey?

Review

This story was cute. Not the usual way that I start off my reviews, but at this time in my life, I needed cute. This book had a great story line and the lightheartedness of the story, pulled me in during a time that is hectic and stressful. Amey Zeigler does a wonderful job and describing characters and situations in the book, to where it makes you feel like you are right there with the character, more specifically Lainey, experiencing what she is experiencing. This book, although not written as a suspense book, kept me guessing as to what was going to happen to Laieny (and Yves) next. I really enjoyed this charming story and hope to read more of Amey’s work in the future.

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Excerpt From the Book

“C’est dommage. Le département de chocolat cannot you take.”

Marie Claire’s bluntness quickened Lainey’s heartbeat. Heat radiated from her face, her heartbeat pulsed into her head. Her brow lifted off her skull. Please, don’t pass out, she silently prayed. She didn’t want to know how hard the granite floor was. “Why not?”

“Bad economy, vous voyez,” she said. “Their budget was cut dernière minute. There is no money. You have to return home.”

“But I’ve come so far.” She couldn’t return home, not when she was in the lobby. Not when she could almost smell the chocolate. She closed her eyes, breathing deeply, hoping to stop the train wreck inside her head. All she envisioned was the image of her beaming parents waving goodbye as she bustled through security. What would their expressions be if she returned home tomorrow? “What am I going to do?” she asked.

Marie Claire shrugged with a pained expression on her face.

Chocolate! Lainey needed chocolate!

Her tongue lolled in her mouth, craving a molten blob of chocolatey goodness to soothe her spirits and calm her heart, but the delayed flights depleted her choco-stash. There was nothing left—zilch, nada, rien du tout.

“Is there somewhere else I can work? Some other department? Some other job?” She would mop floors, empty trash cans, anything at Alpine Foods. She didn’t say this aloud. It wasn’t the best bargaining chip to appear too needy. Maybe she could wander the lobby with a sign around her neck, “Will work for chocolate.” Her nose tingled. She sneezed. She always sneezed right before she cried. “Please. I’m willing to do anything.”

GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!!

Amey Zeigler will be awarding a $50 Amazon/Barnes and Nobel Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour!!! Click HERE to enter into the giveaway!!