Wednesday, August 22, 2018


Hello everyone! I know I haven't posted a book review in awhile but I received this book and media kit from Enchanted Books and I am so glad I did. This is a beautiful story with wonderful characters that I have fallen in love with. I would like to thank Enchanted for giving me the opportunity to read this beautiful story!.

About the book:

Title: All That Compels the Heart
Author: Erin Bowlen
Genre: Contemporary Romance

    Aoife O'Reilly seemingly had he perfect life: a good job, successful boyfriend, and the two best friends a woman could ever ask for. However, when tragedy strikes, she begins to feel her life is unraveling. After a visit to the monastic site of Glendalough brings her to the nearby charming village of Ballyclara, Aoife makes the bold decision to leave her friends and family in Dublin, and moves to the Irish countryside.
     Purchasing the long-abandoned Aldridge Manor, she throws herself into the ask of renovating the house with the help of local pub owner and contractor, Michael Flanagan. While Aoife begins to settle in well with the other villagers, she finds herself perpetually at odds with Michael. Aoife strives to find some common ground with him, but the more effort she puts into building a life in Ballyclara, the more she feels herself drifting apart from her friends and family back in Dublin.
     Just as Aoife makes a choice between her life in Dublin and life in Ballyclara, a career opportunity in New York presents itself and she is left with the question; will she choose to stay in Ireland? Or should she take the job in New York and leave everything behind?

My Review:

*****

I love everything about this story. One of my favorite places in the whole world is Ireland and I love stories that take place there. All That Compels the Heart is a story is sexy, there are some parts that are funny and it is intensely touching. Readers will not go wrong reading this installment by Erin Bowlen. It was hard for me to put it down.

Author Bio:

Erin Bowlen was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada. Growing up, she was influenced by her family's artistic roots in the art of storytelling, which fostered a deep love for literature at a young age.
Erin began her writing career during her postgraduate studies at the University of New Brunswick. Finding herself at a crossroads with her academic writing, a friend suggested that she try writing fiction. Afraid she might be too much of a storyteller to be completely academic (and afraid she might be too academic to be a storyteller), she decided to participate in a 30-day writing competition. At the end of the month she was surprised tat she not only met her word count goal, but she had also developed several novel ideas.
After a few years of developing her craft, she finally took the next step and published her first novel: All That Compels the Heart.
Erin currently lives in New Brunswick.

Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/erinbowlen
Website: https://www.erinbowlen.weebly.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorErinBowlen/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/erinbowlen
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erin.bowlen/




Monday, May 14, 2018

A Wonderful Read!


Blurb: We're all stupid in love.

Brand Ehlert drunkenly stumbles into Peace, Montana in the middle of the night. The shame of failure burns like a wildfire hot on his heels. It doesn't take him long to realize that running from the ruins of his old life was the best decision he's ever made. There's this girl, and he can't get enough of her. Before he knows it, the beautiful artist has him wrapped around her little finger. With only the shirt on his back and dumb luck, special moments come easy for them. But the lure of the bottle is strong. His personal demons ignite the embers of his past. Soon he fears he's destroyed the only thing that's ever truly mattered to him.

Will Brand's destructive history repeat itself, or is he capable of something more?




My Review:

****

I really enjoyed reading this book. Rachel Walter is someone you're going to want to watch out for. It was enthralling...a wonderful read. The combination of plot, deeply emotional characters, and ever-growing love is something you will enjoy. I love Brand's story and I hope to read more by this author.



Author Bio:

Rachel Walter is a wife and mother first, and a coffee-addicted, chuck-wearing, hockey-watching, snark-spewing author, second. She primarily writes Young Adult, but enjoys challenging herself in other genres, like Adult Contemporary. in 2012, Rachel began writing her first novel, True Connection, which she published in 2013. True Connection was re-released in 2014 as part of a boxed set, Pandora, which landed on USA Today's Best Seller list. When she's not writing, she can be found doing almost anything in South Central Pennsylvania, where she lives, to avoid washing dishes.

Links:

Facebook: https://bit.ly/2JDY01r

Twitter: https://bit.ly/2JJkqto

Instagram: https://bit.ly/2qtJwV3


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Another wonderful story from Aja James!



GENRE: Paranormal fantasy, romance

BLURB:

Ryu Takamura is the Dark Ones' Assassin. He has never missed his target...until now. Until her.

Ava Monroe is a talented geneticist who holds the key to the Vampire races' future...and perhaps her own as well.

Their attraction is explosive from the first. She would do anything to have him. He would sacrifice all to protect her.

But will their love triumph over seemingly impossible odds as they battle enemies new and old? Especially the demons from Ryu's past? And deep within his heart?


EXCERPT:

Pa Ava's breath froze in her lungs even as her heart pumped like a jackhammer. She stared owl-eyed and motionless into hypnotic, dark brown eyes, the pupils and iris' were all but indistinguishable.

He held her gaze and slowly, nonchalantly, pulled back his hand, leaving a trail of sparks along her skin where his fingertips grazed. A corner of his mouth tilted whether in amusement or derision she could not tell.

She did not see that hand fist so tightly on his thigh his knuckles turned white.

"Apologies," he said. She assumed he referred to the accidental touch that set her veins on fire.  "Allow me to help you."

What? Was he going to help her relieve the dark desires that were melting her into a gelatinous mass of wantonness?

Keeping his gaze locked on hers, he gestured to the leg rest. Ava's eyeballs was the only things that moved as they rolled to the right and down.

Oh that.

Before she provided a response, and perhaps it was better that he didn't wait, because he would have waited a very long time, he elongated his torso by half standing, reached over the partition, and smoothly removed the laptop bag that she had unwittingly jammed between the extended footrest and the inner corner of the sleep capsule.

"May I," he asked rather unnecessarily, since she hadn't yet drawn breath or found her voice, and pressed the recline key so that her feet finally adjusted into a comfortable position.

Involuntarily, Ava heaved a contented sigh. Finally, her lungs were functioning again. Now that she had the opportunity to look him full in the face, she decided he wasn't as irresistible as she first thought.

MY REVIEW:

*****

I give this book, the second one I have read by this author, five stars. The story is well written and holds you captive until you've finished. Ryu and Ava's story is one of second chances, proving that no matter what you've done wrong, you can always change your spots and redeem yourself. This is an enthralling and captivating romance with deeply moving characters, fraught with emotional turmoil. I think on Pure Healing I made the statement that I love when the hero does what has to be done even though he doesn't want to. Dark Desires is the same way and I absolutely can not wait to read more by this author.


AUTHOR BIO & LINKS:

Aja has been writing stories since the age of six, and novels since the age of thirteen. While she'd be the first to admit that those early efforts weren't particularly good, she sure loved putting them down on paper.!

The best part of writing, according to Aja, is that it is completely organic, the way the stories develops. When the inspiration hits, she writes just so she herself can learn where the characters are headed, because oftentimes they take her by surprise! It's her ultimate dream to share her stories with as many readers as she possibly can.

Her other loves include art, cooking, old movies (anything with Audry Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Clark Gable and all the song and dance numbers because she can't watch them and not be happy).

She adores taking long walks with her husband and running after her two rambunctious kids. She has traveled extensively (all seven continents except Antartica) and has a multi-cultural upbringing. She speaks two and a half languages and binge watch TV shows when the mood strikes.

Aja has a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature and Economics and two Master's degrees, one of which is in East Asian studies.

Contact Information:

Website: https://www.aja-james.blog/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Aja-JamesAuthor
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/megami771
Blog: https://www.aja-james.blog
Pinrest: N/A for now.
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Ice_Baby

Purchase Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Longing-Pure-Ones-Book-ebook/dp/B077993M4N

Giveaway:

Aja James will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.




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Sunday, April 15, 2018

I would like to welcome Kalen Cap to my blog. The name of his book is The Ancient Tripod of Peace.



GENRE: Young Adult Mystery

BLURB:

Teens Lexi and Gil face relic-thieving secret societies.

Plagued by loneliness in her Lake Erie Islands community, vegan Lexi hopes to make like-minded friends in high school. But her dad's job is jeopardized when relics are stolen from his museum, changing her priorities. And she finds her new teachers' eerie dislike of her troubling. 

His dad in jail, cipher enthusiast, and bacon-loving Gil hopes freshman year will provide a clean slate. Soon, he discovers secret codes within a Shakespearean play while paired with Lexi, pulling him into an ancient mystery.

With the official museum burglary investigation stalled, the mismatched teen sleuths join forces to try and crack the case. Lexi's inquiries and Gil's codes capture the teachers' attention. But these teachers have the stolen Tripod of Peace, a powerful relic sought by rival secret societies. Caught in these societies' crossfire as thieves willed and instrument of astounding power, Gil and Lexi are in danger.

The Ancient Tripod of Peace is the first book in novelist, Kalen Cap's Teen Thief-Catchers series. If you like stories with artifact treasures, fighting secret societies, and spirited protagonists, you will enjoy this novel. 


EXCERPT:

Lexi hadn't met any vegan guys her age, only girls. "Want to join me and Anita later?"

"Sure, I'll try it out," Trevor agreed.

"We only have a day to find our code for this project," Gil said. "Let's focus on the project. I don't want to start out locked with something weak."

The three read the project description again. Lexi felt clueless. She asked the others how to begin. 

Gil said the topic related well to his social science fair project the year before on secret codes in writing. 

Lexi rolled her eyes. From the way Gil told it, the project was designed for him. Full of yourself maybe?

Trevor said he spent part of a summer in Greece the year before when his father ran workshops there. There he'd learned about ancient Greek history. Lexi didn't mind as much when Trevor made it sound like his experience aligned with the project. Unlike Gil's, Trevor's voice soothed her.

Trevor and Gil both stared at her expectantly. She blushed, first believing they were checking her out. But she soon realized they wanted to hear her special connection to the project topic. 

"My grandmother usually teaches history here too. She gave the opening talk at assembly. Oh and my granddad's an actor. He used to be a professional and acted in lots of Shakespeare. They can give me pointers." Lexi said. My grandparents? That's my "in" on the project? I'm such a loser. She was determined not to be the weakest link in the group. 

AUTHOR BIO & LINKS:


Kalen Cap is a writer living in Ohio and regularly commutes back and forth between Columbus and Port Clinton residences. Set among the Lake Erie Islands, "The Ancient Tripod of Peace" is his second novel, first of the Teen Thief-Catcher series. His first novel, "Tangled Ties to a Manatee was published in 2012.

Author website: http://www.kalencap.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kalen-Cap/e/B007XZEKTC/

Author's facebook page for the new series: http://www.facebook.com.TeenThiefCatchers/

https://www.amazon.com/AncienTripod-Peace-Thief-Catchers-novel-ebook/dp/B07B29FTBX/


GIVEAWAY:

Kalen Cap will be awarding a $40 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Welcome back! Here is the rest of Stacey Keith's interview. Her book is entitled, Sweet Dreams.




How important do you think getting the perfect cover is to you?

Covers are important. Look at the success of EL James, Fifty Shades, franchise. One of the reasons the books took off the way they did was because their covers were uncharacteristically demure. Erring on the side of discretion isn't something the romance industry is typically good at. As a rule, it's all heaving bosoms and brawny backsides.

No woman wants to get caught reading a book with a lurid cover. It's one of the reasons ebooks is so successful in the genre of romance. On the other hand, a cover tells the reader what to expect, so it's really a Catch-22. I'm just glad covers aren't my "department" because I would make them entirely too artsy and they would never sell. Besides, the fun part for me is sending photos to the art department of what I think my hero's might look like. This one, for example. He's the prototype for Brandon McBride in DREAM LOVER which comes out in July.

Hello salty goodness:







AUTHOR BIO:




Award winning author Stacey Keith doesn't own a television, but reads compulsively and would, in fact, go stark raving bonkers without books, most of which are crammed into every corner of the house. She lives with her Jazz musician boyfriend in Civita Castellena, a medieval village in Italy that sits atop a cliff, and she spends her days writing in a nearby abandoned 12th Century church. But the two things she is most proud of are her ability to cook pasta alla matricana without burning down the kitchen, and swearing volubly in Italian with all the appropriate hand gestures.

LINKS:


Here's my website: www.StaceyKeithAuthor.com


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Hello everyone! I know I haven't posted a book review in awhile but I received this book and media kit from Enchanted Books and I am ...