Guest Post and Review: For the Love of Big Orange by Leta Gail Doerr

This is the second of my two posts today.  It’s a wonderful novella by Leta Gail Doerr called For the Love of Big Orange.  Leta is taking over today.  Be sure to check out my review after Leta’s take over.

Don’t Mind Her…She’s and Indie

I shutter to think of the many times I’ve been asked who my publisher is when I announce to a new acquaintance that I’m a published author, only to see the inquisitor cringe when I respond, “It’s me.” Most of the time, “I’m Indie” is very well received, but sometimes it’s clear that some folks are simply put-off by self-published works.  There’s a certain stigma associated with being an Indie or self-published author, I just can’t put my finger on why that is. Perhaps you can help.

Two of the three novels that I have published have had contracts with a small press, one of them is still active.  The other was cancelled at my request.  It’s almost as though being backed by a publisher gives some sort of reassurance to the reader, but I ask you, does it really?

Think about it. How many times have you seen a movie, or read a book published by a well-known actor/author and found yourself disappointed? It may have been the quality of the acting, the plot, the script, or perhaps even the overall lack of chemistry between the main characters. Does it really matter who backed the story (with funds/marketing, etc.) if the piece isn’t as entertaining as you hoped it would be?

As an Indie author, our works have to go under the same type of scrutiny before we hit that publish button to make our baby live.  We surround ourselves with fellow authors and beta readers who, when you tally up the years of experience, have decades upon decades of knowledge from working in the publishing industry. Indie authors have to work harder, be more diligent, and conjure resources that some publishers may not even offer.

We hire editors, proofreaders, and savor every bit of help our fellow authors will provide when working on our manuscripts. All at our own expense.  Our name is on the line, our reputation, and our brand. We are our own publishers, promoters, and sometimes we even craft our own cover designs. We aren’t just casual writers who think something up and post in every major retailer who’ll take us (well most of us aren’t anyway).

For those of you who are willing to read a story regardless of who the publisher is, I certainly applaud you.  And, quite frankly I thank my lucky stars that you are willing to give Indie authors a shot.

For those of you who may be a bit squeamish, how about take a chance? Most authors are willing to give away a piece of their work for free or for a bargain price, say $0.99. Take a shot; you just might discover your next favorite author.

Leta Gail

www.theliteraryblonde.com

For the Love of Big Orange Button 300 x 225For the Love of Big Orange

Bluegrass Country Novella, Book One

Leta Gail Doerr

ASIN: B00BFLDZBE

Number of pages:         127

Word Count: 43,500

Book Description:

They say you can never go home. Well, Lacie Joe Jensen never wanted to.

Lacie Joe left small town Kentucky for the big city lights and never looked back. Until now. Her ailing foster-father needs her, his memory is failing. But townsfolk remember all too well the troubles Lacie Joe caused as a youth, and they’re not afraid to remind her.

Lacie Joe has a few allies in town, for starters, ex-boyfriend turned police officer Jay Hayworth. Jay’s kept the fire burning for Lacie during her long absence. He’s one of the bright spots in Lacie’s troublesome past, him and her truck, Big Orange. A suspicious accident forced Lacie Joe to leave town, Jay steps in to remind Lacie she no longer has the right to remain silent.

Review:

I adored this novella.  I only wish there were more.  I loved Jay and Lacie Joe’s story.  I especially loved the story of redemption for Lacie Joe and Emma.  This story may have been short but it definitely packed an emotional punch.  I truly hope there will be more follow-up novels with this story line.  I definitely want more Jay.  But, this wasn’t all about the hot cop.  The writing and character development was fantastic.  I truly hope to read more from Leta Gail Doerr.

I’d like to thank Leta for stopping by today.  If you want to learn more about her be sure to click on the links below.  If you want to know more about For the Love of Big Orange  you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.  I’d also like to thank Bewitching Book Tours for allowing me to host this spot today.

About the Author:

Leta Gail is a small town girl with big dreams, who shares her life with her husband, son, and little dog Kimmy. She enjoys exercise, (as if), planning family vacations, dreaming up places to go with her husband, reading, tinkering with computer software, and watching her son grow.

She is a Project Manager by day working in Information Technology, who moonlights as a writer. She has a monthly column, Blonde Bytes, in a women’s publication- Pastelle Magazine, where she writes about fun geeky stuff.

She loves to write about great friendships and deep emotions. She finds the humor in everyday life and creates believable characters she hopes her readers will enjoy. She likes story lines like, life after divorce, strong-willed women making their mark on the world, and finding love in unexpected places. She also enjoys writing tales that salute our nation’s heroes.

She enjoys the super support of her husband and inquisitive son while she dreams big and “shoots for the moon”, as her husband so aptly states.

Visit her at www.theliteraryblonde.com  and www.randommoonbooks.com

Twitter: @LiteraryBlonde

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLiteraryBlonde

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscomletagaildoerr

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Review: The Royal Flush by D.N Simmons

Today’s first post is a review of The Royal Flush by D.L Simmons.  This is the third book in the Knights of Darkness Chronicles.  This was the first book I have read in the series, but I whole-heartedly recommend it.  Be sure to check out the rest of my review after the excerpt.

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The Royal Flush is the third novel in the edgy, action-packed, sexually-charged, Knights of the Darkness Chronicles. In the third installment of this tale, the hunt is on! The coven, Pack and Pride must join forces to stop a group of big game hunters by any means necessary! Hold on to your seat as the Knights take you on yet another wild ride that will not let you go until the last word is read and the book is closed!

Original, sexy and gritty, the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles will suck you in and
take you for a ride you won’t forget!

Excerpt:

“Oh, I’m so full right now, but I’ll be ready to eat again in about two hours,” Devin said with a chuckle.

“You and me, both,” Justin agreed.

“I hope you two exchanged phone numbers with all this damn talking you’re doing,” Sergio teased.

“Not yet,” Devin said, “but I think we will.”

Sergio chuckled. “Ahh, I miss my woman,” he said aloud to himself as he stretched his long form.

“I miss my man,” Devin stated.

“Even if he were here, you’d still be missing him,” Sergio said.

“Shut up!” Devin said, faking anger. “That doesn’t matter, because when he is awake there is never a dull moment.”

“Egh, that’s a little too much information for my taste,” Sergio said with a grimace.

Xander chuckled. “My sentiments exactly.”

“What?” Devin asked, looking at both Xander and Sergio. “I’m just saying that I have a lot of fun when I’m around him. We have a lot in common and I love being around him.”

“Is that it?” Sergio asked. “Well, for once your mind wasn’t in the proverbial gutter.”

“No, but clearly yours was,” Devin retorted.

“I hope that this vampire doesn’t go back on his word,” Nagesa stated. Everyone turned, looking at him. He was normally very quiet, and spoke only when he had something to say. Whatever the case, when he did speak, it was always relevant.

“We all hope that this Master vampire is an honorable one. It is true that not all vampires are honorable, as it is true with all beings. Let us hope that Darian knows his Master well,” Xander said thoughtfully.

Review:

The Royal Flush was the first in the Knights of Darkness Chronicles that I have had the pleasure of reading, but it most certainly won’t be the last.  I really loved the story and the characters.  It was quite a bit more erotic than I expected.  I thought it would primarily be paranormal but it really mixed the erotic with the story very well.  I loved Darian, Natasha and Xavier’s relationship.  Only in a book like this does a relationship like that work and seem feasible for anyone.  Well, I guess anyone who is a vampire, shape-shifter or mind reader.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is open to M/M and M/F/M sex in their books.  It is very well written and highly enjoyable.  I truly can’t wait to go back and see how they got to this point.  I will definitely read any books in the future of this series.

I’d like to thank Innovative Online Book Tours for letting me have this spot on the tour.  For more information about D.N Simmons be sure to check out the links below.  For more information about The Royal Flush and The Knights of Darkness Chronicles you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

BIO:

D. N. Simmons lives in Chicago IL., with a rambunctious German Shepherd
that’s too big for his own good and mischievous kitten that she
affectionately calls “Itty-bitty”. Her hobbies include rollerblading,
billiards, bowling, reading, watching television and going to the movies.
She has been nominated at Love Romances and More, winning honorable
mention for best paranormal book of 2006. She has won “Author of the
Month” at Warrior of Words. She was voted “New Voice of Today” at Romance
Reviews and “Rising Star” at Love Romance and More.

To learn more, and have the opportunity to speak with the author
personally, please visit the official website and forum at
http://www.dnsimmons.com . D.N. is always interesting in meeting new and
wonderful people.

ONLINE LINKS:

Website: http://www.dnsimmons.com

Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/user/dnsimmonsKOTD?feature=watch

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/DNSimmonsKOTD

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000552496587&ref=tn_tnmn

Blog: http://authordnsimmons.blogspot.com/?zx=824e0b32bd268e30

Fresh Face Friday: Sidewalk Flower by Carlene Love Flores

WooHoo!  Happy Friday Everyone!  Today I am pleased to feature Carlene Love Flores and her book, Sidewalk Flower.  This was a wonderfully romantic and emotional read.  It was hard to put down and all I wanted was more Lucky, Jaxon and Trista.  Be sure to see all of my review after the book blurb.

17234317Book Blurb: (Courtesy of http://www.carlenelove.com)

Trista, a jaded young woman, sets out on an intense road trip home to deal with her past when she is asked to allow a relative stranger to tag along.

But, she’s seen too many good guys succumb to the harsh realities of her supposed privileged life in the music business and intends on keeping her distance.

When she picks up Lucky, the southern gentleman cousin of her selfish best friend, she has absolutely no idea of how to accept a perfectly good person with good intentions.

Review:

Sidewalk Flower was a fantastic find.  It begins in Tennessee where we meet Trista.  Trista must travel across the country back home to California.  But, she is joined by her best friend’s cousin, Lucky.  He is there to hitch a ride and offer assistance if needed.  Almost immediately after meeting Trista and Lucky have electric chemistry.  The trip and the secrets revealed bring them closer as they approach California.  But, as with all great love stories there are obstacles.  In this story the obstacles are both Trista previous experiences and Trista’s opinion of herself.  Incidents in California tear them apart to a point where you don’t know if they will get their happily ever after.  Even when the chips are stacked against them,  and sometimes you really just want to take both characters and lock them in a room and tell them to figure things out, you will continue to hope for them to make it.  You will be drawn into the emotion and difficult situations that Trista, Lucky and Jaxon are thrown into.  But, through it all you will be continually routing, hoping and guessing whether Trista and Lucky will find their way back to one another.

This book was a great contemporary romance.  You fall for all the characters you meet, except Vangie!  The story told from Trista, Lucky and Jaxon’s points of view flows so well that you don’t feel like your missing anything.  The story is told so completely that you feel satisfied even when the story throws you for a loop.  I loved the back drop of rock star lifestyle.  I really enjoyed this story and became very attached to the characters.  I wanted more with each turn of the page and Carlene Love Flores definitely provided.  If you like contemporary romance with a little bit of rock and roll with a little bit country then you will fall for Sidewalk Flower.

author-carlene-love-floresAuthor Bio: (Courtesy of http://www.carlenelove.com)

Carlene Love Flores is a big fan of the stars (especially Orion), honest music (especially Depeche Mode), and her traveling family (no favorites there-she loves them all).  These things have always inspired her to think up stories and continue to do so.  Carlene feels honored to be a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Washington DC Romance Writers (WRWDC), and The Waterworld Mermaids.  She currently lives in the D.C. area where she can often be found listening to live music and looking up at the sky on clear nights.  If she could touch someone’s heart with her writing the way others have done for her, she’d say truly there never lived a luckier girl.  😉

Girls Love Travis Walker by Anne Pfeffer

This is the second book I’ve read by Anne Pfeffer.  I first read The Wedding Cake Girl and after reading Girls Love Travis Walker I can absolutely say without a doubt that I love Anne Pfeffer’s writing.  Her storytelling abilities are uncanny and she has a way of portraying both teenagers and young adults with deep emotion that usually consists of first love and the trials that come along with it.  Be sure to check out the rest of my review after the excerpt.

Book Blurb:

17456388To nineteen-year-old high school dropout Travis Walker, women are like snowflakes–

each one different, but beautiful in her own way.

He can charm any girl he meets, and yet down deep he fears he’ll always be a loser like

his jailbird father. As the landlady threatens to evict him and his sick mother, Travis

takes a job he hates and spends his evenings picking up girls at a nearby night spot.

When he enlists in a teen program at the local fire station, he finds out he’s amazing at

it. Then he meets the smoking hot Kat Summers, enlists Kat’s friend Zoey to help him

woo her, and falls in love for the first time ever.

But he keeps the details of his life secret. His girl will never love him back if she knows

the truth about him….

Excerpt:

Only fifteen minutes since I’d entered the halls of Perdido High School and already the beady eye of authority was upon me. I hadn’t even done anything wrong.

Yet.

“Travis!” Ms. Valenzuela called out to me from the door of the guidance office. Although she was getting old, maybe into her early forties, she hadn’t let herself go. She had great legs, which were hidden today by her lime green pants.

“Yo.” I loped over and unleashed a grin that combined sincere remorse for my failings with my irresistible charm.

She pursed her lips. “Don’t start with me, Travis.”

I led the way to her office and took my usual chair while she sat at the desk across from me. “New picture,” I said, nodding to the updated photo of her two daughters. “Kelsi and … Julianne, right?”

She struggled to keep back a smile. “Yes, Travis. Those are their names.”

“Fifth and seventh grade, right?”

“Yes, Travis.” Now she was smiling for sure.

Maybe it was my blue-green eyes, or maybe my granite abs, but I could always get women to smile at me.

Ms. Valenzuela opened my folder. “Six more absences since your last visit to my office. Plus numerous missed homework assignments. You’re this close to suspension.” She held up her thumb and index finger a millimeter apart.

“I have to work, Ms. Val,” I said. “Gotta get ahead, you know.” I had a promising position as a bus boy at Jake’s Burgers.

“How many hours are you working these days?”

“As many as I can get, whenever I can get ‘em.”

“You can’t cut back?” She knew she couldn’t push me that hard. My family’s sudden move to Los Angeles in November of my junior year, coupled with my erratic attendance at Perdido High, had screwed up my graduation credits. With all my former classmates in college, I was starting my senior year, again, at age nineteen.

“I can’t get weekend shifts at Jake’s,” I told Ms.Val.

She didn’t like me working there, but she should just be glad I wasn’t following in the path of my father, who knocked over a convenience mart a year ago and ended up in prison for armed robbery. Mom had gone to visit him, but I refused. He could rot there for all I cared.

“You’ve got one school year left to graduate. I want to see you get that high school diploma, Travis. Or a GED at least.” Between her fingers, she rolled a pen. It was the cheap kind the school district bought that wrote for about five minutes before it crapped out on you.

“Yeah, well, we’re about to get evicted,” I said, “so that’s kind of rearranged my priorities.”

Review:

Girls Love Travis Walker is a wonderfully written story about a boy who has to make tough choices.  Choices that could change his life for the better or worse.  It truly was an emotional story.  I think the most unique part was that the story was told in the boy’s point of view.  I find that to be unique considering the emotional turmoil that goes on between Travis and his mom along with his and Zoey’s relationship.  I think this story had a lot of depth and the characters were very well-developed.  Overall, it was a great addition to the New Adult genre.  I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good love story and a story where lessons are learned and good things do happen to those who wait.

I’d like to thank Reading Addiction book tours for letting me have a spot on this tour.  If your interested in more information about Girls Love Travis Walker you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

Author Bio:

Anne Pfeffer is the author of Any Other Night and The Wedding Cake Girl.  She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

 

Fresh Face Friday: Speak of the Devil by Shawna Romkey

Happy Friday Everyone!  Thank goodness it’s finally here.  Today I am spotlighting Shawna Romkey and her book Speak of the Devil.  This is a wonderful paranormal/young adult/romance.  It is a good story that grabs hold and won’t let go till your begging for Shawna’s  next book.  Be sure to check out the rest of my review after the book blurb.

Book Blurb: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

17184046What happens when falling in love and falling from grace collide?

After dying in a car accident with her two best friends, Lily miraculously awakens to grief and guilt. She escapes to her dad’s to come to terms with the event and meets some people at her new school who seem all too eager to help her heal. Sliding deeper into sorrow and trying to fight her feelings for two of them, she finds out who…what they really are and that they are falling too.

Can she find the strength to move on from the past, reconcile her feelings for Luc, find a way to stop a divine war with fallen angels, and still pass the eleventh grade?

Review:

Speak of the Devil was a very well written book that incorporated paranormal, young adult and romance.  We first meet Lily getting ready to go to a party with her friends.  Her excitement is tangible and as her and her friends drive to the party the unthinkable happens.  Lily is the lone survivor in the car accident and must deal with seeing empty desks at school, lonely lunches and Facebook posts that were right before the accident.  Not able to handle this any longer she chooses to move to her Dad’s and start anew.  But, starting fresh is not so easy.  She soon gets caught up with the theater students who aren’t all that they seem.  She first sees Luc sitting lazily in a stairwell.  She feels an automatic connection, but its Mo, one of the other theater students that gets to her first.  Though Mo and Lily start a relationship its her pull to Luc that makes her think twice.  As Lily grows closer to this group she suspects things are going on that she does not understand.  It is this suspicion that drives Lily to question her beliefs and the way her life is going.  In the end Lily realizes her challenges through her grief and loss are the lynch pins that could turn the tide of a battle that could mean the end of the world.

This was a wonderfully written story.  The characters of Lily, Mo and Luc are so good you feel like you know them.  But, it’s not the characters that really make this story.  It’s the emotion filled writing.  You are broken-hearted when Lily loses her friends.  You feel her anger and hurt.  You can relate to the angst and eventual love.  It is Lily’s emotions that are the driving force to this story.  It is also that will leave you breathless at the end begging for the next book.  I was incredibly impressed with this book and truly can’t wait for Shawna’s next book.  I hope she plans on continuing with this story line because it is definitely a winner.  I definitely recommend this book for any Young Adult and Paranormal fans.  You won’t be disappointed.

Author Bio: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

6869437Shawna grew up in around farms in the heart of Missouri but went to the University of Kansas, was raised in the US but now lives on the ocean in Nova Scotia with her husband, two sons, two rescue dogs and one overgrown puppy from hell. She’s a non-conformist who follows her heart.

She has her BA in creative writing from the University of Kansas where one of her plays was chosen by her creative writing professor to be produced locally, and two of her short stories were published in a university creative arts handbook. She earned her MA in English from Central Missouri State University where she wrote a novel as her thesis.

She’s taught English at the university and secondary levels for close to twenty years and can’t quite fathom how all of her students have grown up, yet she’s managed to stay the same. She’s a huge geek and fan of Xena, Buffy and all kick ass women, and loves to write stories that have strong female characters.

http://trindiebooks.com/
http://www.shawnaromkey.com

Review: Southern Embrace by Tamaria Soana

Today I am reviewing an incredibly sexy book called Southern Embrace by Tamaria Soana.  This book though short packs a very powerful and erotic punch.  Be sure to check out my entire review after the steamy excerpt.  ***Warning today’s excerpt is 18+***

SouthernEmbrace_Medium (1) (1)Title: Southern Embrace

Author: Tamaria Soana

Genre: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Beachwalk Press

Format: Ebook

Length: 18,000 words

Publication Date: April 15th 2013

Book Description:

Can a long lost love mend a grieving heart?

Widowed at twenty-three, Savannah Grant is devastated and consumed with grief, a grief that she can’t seem to move past. When her high school sweetheart, Lance Peterson, re-enters her life, Savannah struggles with the feeling that she would be betraying her deceased husband by moving on. Plus, she can’t forget the way Lance broke her heart all those years ago.

Lance never stopped loving Savannah. He wants a second chance, and he’s willing to do anything it takes to convince her to give him one. Will she give in and let Lance love her, showing her a passion beyond anything she thought possible?

Content Warning: adult language, explicit sexual situations, anal play

Exclusive Adult Excerpt:

Van laid by the pool while Lance swam his daily laps. His offer for the house he was renting hadn’t been accepted, so he’d bought one a few blocks over. It was huge, and Van didn’t understand why he wanted something so big. He told her the built-in grill, outside bar, huge deck, and pool had sold him.

Lance got out of the pool, grabbed a towel, and dried himself. Van finally got up enough nerve to ask him about what was weighing on her mind. She sat up in the lounge chair and took a deep breath. “Lance, can I ask you a question?”

“You can ask me anything.”

She decided it was best to be straightforward. “I was wondering how many women you’ve been with. I’m not jealous or anything, I was just wondering where all your naughty, sexual ideas came from.”

“Do you feel I push you too hard to try new things? Because please, tell me if anything I do makes you uncomfortable.”

“No, I don’t feel that way.”

He dropped his towel and stalked toward her like a lion about to pounce on his prey, sending lightning bolts of arousal through her.

“Don’t move,” he commanded as he straddled the lounger to sit behind her. Lance pulled her body against his and placed his hand just under her bikini top, causing her body to shudder. “Do you like the things I say and do to you, Savannah?” he whispered into her ear as he slowly pushed up the scrap of material holding her breasts hostage and palmed her tits.

Van closed her eyes and saw stars behind her lids as he pinched her nipples while exploring her neck with his mouth. “I love what you do to me,” she replied between labored breaths.

“There were only a few. One was older, and she liked things dirty and rough. Now, if you would like me to show you everything she taught me, it would be my pleasure,” he whispered. He caressed her skin from her breasts down to her bikini bottoms as he kissed her neck. A small moan escaped her lips when he slid his hand inside her. “You’re so wet for me.”

“Oooh!” She couldn’t form a coherent thought, nor speak at that moment. The feelings he aroused in her rendered her senseless.

“I want to do many things to your amazing body. I need you to know I’d never hurt you. I just want us to find the ultimate pleasure with each other. Do you trust me?” He slid his finger deep inside her pussy.

“Yes, God, I need you.” She thought she would lose it when he added two more.

“I want you to come all over my fingers.”

She cried out in pleasure the moment he rubbed her clit, and her orgasm hit her full force. She tilted her head so she could kiss him. “Wow! Thank you.”

“You’re very welcome.” He chuckled. “Let’s go for a quick swim and then go out for a nice dinner.”

“Sounds perfect.”

 Review:

Southern Embrace is a wonderfully written erotic romance.  Sometimes with erotic novels it tends to be all about the hot sex and not about the story.  That’s usually not bad, but I personally like a good story with the hot sex.  It makes it all the better.  This book definitely balances this.  You really fall quickly for the characters of Lance and Van.  You want them to work, but you also feel the pull that Van has to her deceased husband.  Tamaria Soana does such a wonderful job illustrating Van’s emotions.  I truly fell quickly for this book and couldn’t put it down until I was done.  So, if you’re looking for a good story with hot sex you will love Southern Embrace.  I think we all want our own personal Lance!

I’d like to thank Tamaria Soana for letting me review her book and FMB book tours for letting me host a spot on this tour.

About the Author:

Tamaria Soana is middle aged, but just feels her life has begun. She writes sexy contemporary romance stories that always end with a ‘happily ever after’. Growing up she loved to read and make up new places in her head to escape to. In her late teens she began writing short stories and poetry; it wasn’t until her late thirties before she began to spin a full story.

She’s married and a stay-at-home-mom of two beautiful young girls, they reside in Western New York. Cuddling up with a good book under an electric throw is her way to escape the cold Buffalo nights.

Besides writing, she co-owns Shades of Rose Marketing and hosts a talk show on Talkshoe called Live with Tamaria ~ Giving authors a voice.

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Spotlight and Review: Bad Apple by Barbara Morgenroth

Today I am a stop on the tour to promote Barbara Morgenroth’s book, Bad Apple.  This was a great YA book with mature themes.  Be sure to check out my review after the book blurb.

Book Blurb:

buttonBad Apple

Book One
Barbara Morgenroth

Genre: Mature YA

Publisher: DashingBooks

ASIN:  B0045JK2XW

Word Count: 39,000

Cover Artist: Photo by Aleshyn Andrei.  Cover design by Barbara Morgenroth

 

Book Description:

“You tell and next time you won’t even be able to crawl away.”
Neal Marchal lived with this threat for the next eight years. When she finds her neighbor murdered, she knows who did it. The why is the secret the family has been keeping forever. The reminder to never reveal the secret is her limp.
She rebuilt her life and now Neal has everything to live for—music, performing and a growing affection for the young man who pulled her to safety.

Then Joe comes home. Neal knows Joe’s going to finish what he started 8 years ago because she told. But this time Neal vows the outcome will be different.

 Review:

Bad Apple was a very touching and emotional book.  Barbara Morgenroth’s strong characters and story meld together to bring a hear wrenching story.  Neal and Truly’s story is just beginning and I loved the flow of their relationship.  The reader really is dragged through emotional mud and you really feel for Neal’s upbringing.  She is constantly on watch from her psychotic adoptive family and emotionally unstable step-mother.  Her only beacon of hope is her Aunt who in turn helps her by encouraging her to join Truly’s band.  I really enjoyed the addition of the musical element into a painful story such as Neal’s.  I have to say though I do wish it had been a longer story.  I felt that there could have been more, but I guess that is what the next book is for.  I wholly encourage you to go out and read this wonderful story of survival and learning that not all people are bad.

I’d like to thank Bewitching Book tours for giving me this spot on the tour.  I would also like to thank Barbara Morgenroth for letting me spotlight her and Bad Apple.  For more information about Bad Apple you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon and any other book retailer.

 About the Author:

Barbara was born in New York City and but now lives somewhere else. By now, she thinks of herself as a country girl and knows more about gardening and animals than how to ride the subway.

Starting her career by writing tweens and YA books, (and did the cover photography for her first two books published by Atheneum so continuing to do the covers to her ebooks is predictable), she was actually aiming at the small screen. Television seemed like the perfect place for her even if she had no clue how to get there. Life is funny and often presents opportunities. Advice–Grab Them! Through a neighbor, Barbara wound up getting an introduction to a lower honcho at ABC and an audition to write for them. Her hopes were more than dashed, they were disintegrated, evaporated, demolished when ABC couldn’t find a place for Barbara on General Hospital. (No Luke and Laura in her future!) To ease the crushing disappointment, Barbara wrote “In Real Life I’m Just Kate” about a 17 year old girl who becomes a star on a soap opera. That became an open sesame moment and shortly thereafter Barbara became the last headwriter for NBC’s daytime serial, The Doctors, where she was ordered by the network to kill Alec Baldwin, shooting him not once but twice. With two different guns. From different directions.

Ah, good times.

You can read the book that started Barbara’s television career as the Kindle YA ebook, “Just Kate”, now with a substantial tweak because living life made her smarter.

You can also read about some could-be-hers-could-be-rumors experiences gleaned during Barbara’s stint in daytime television in the Kindle romantic comedy, In Under My Head.  Barbara is a recipient of a Writers Guild of America Best Writing Award for her work on One Life To Live.

Whether you’re looking for a Mature YA or a romantic comedy, Barbara has a book for you!

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Fresh Face Friday: Perpetual by Michaela Debelius

Happy Friday Everyone!  Today’s spotlight is on Michaela Debelius and her book Perpetual, book 1 in the Revoker Series.  This is wonderful start to a unique series.  It was a highly enjoyable read and I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out.  Be sure to check out my whole review after the book blurb.

17229376Book Blurb: (Courtesy of Goodreads)

“Some people say they don’t care. I actually mean it.”

Mercy Green didn’t become this way overnight. Centuries of monotonous life have left her jaded and detached. Humans weren’t meant to live forever. But then again, she isn’t human. Adam is though, and his purity baffles her. How can he remain unpolluted in a world tarnished by corruption? It doesn’t matter. Her time in Birchwood Creek is coming to an end and she must prepare to relocate. That is, until she inexplicably wakes up in a pool of her own blood. The answer seems simple enough: leave immediately. But when an attempt is made on Adam’s life, a failed murder she inadvertently caused, she feels obligated to stay and protect him.

But then she’s attacked again.

And Adam begins to ask questions.

Victim to an unseen stalker, Mercy’s forced to seek help from Nick, an immortal teenager whose sudden appearance suspiciously coincides with her plunge into chaos. With her structured life unraveling and revelation of her immortality looming, Mercy must accept the truth: she’s being hunted. But why?

…And she thought immortality was boring.

Review:

Perpetual was a highly enjoyable a read.  It is definitely the beginning of a great series.  Michaela has set up her story so that it can go in many different directions and let’s face it the characters are immortal so the future is wide open.  The story begins with Mercy comforting Adam after a bad break up.  It isn’t long after this that Mercy begins to run in the first of a few immortals like herself.  She has always tried to evade other immortals because they seem to always cause trouble or want to involve her in some kind of trouble.  Nick is the first immortal she encounters in her small town.  But, he is not the only one in town and she soon finds her once secluded life turned upside down by new friends, new lover, new powers and new dangers.

I really loved the story.  I felt it was quite unique.  The idea of just immortals that weren’t a paranormal entity was refreshing.  I also loved the development of the love story between Mercy and Adam.  You really find yourself rooting for their story to take off.  I also loved Nick.  He is a great character.  He adds so much to the story and really pushes it along in some places.  I can’t wait to learn more about him.  Overall, this was a wonderful start to what I can see being a successful series.  The story and its characters are exciting, fast paced and keep you guessing until the very end.  If you like Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance you will want to pick up Perpetual.

Author Bio: (courtesy of http://www.michaeladebelius.com)

5827595Michaela Debelius is an indie author whose novels include elements of science fiction, romance, and suspense. Originally from New England, she now lives in Arizona with her husband and two furry children.

A note from Michaela:
“As a child, books were a form of escapism. No matter what troubles may have found me I was only a page turn away from a place where bad people got punished, good people were rewarded, and everything ended with a happily ever after.
I believe there is nothing better than a book that engrosses you. It should be so titillating you’re thinking about it at work, relishing in the thought of getting home and snuggling into bed with a delicious three hundred pages of bliss. That is what I hope to offer you. Thank you for giving me that opportunity.”

So slip into something comfortable, but don’t forget to leave a light on because this is heat that will give you the chills.

Review: Drowning Repunzel by Annette Gisby

Happy Monday everyone!  Today I am reviewing Drowning Repunzel by Annette Gisby.  This was a wonderful keep you guessing suspenseful thriller.  Be sure to check out the rest of my review after the excerpt.

raunzelsmallTitle: Drowning Rapunzel

Author: Annette Gisby
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Pink Petal Books

Cover Designer: Valerie Tibbs

Format: Ebook

Length: 217 pages

Book Description:

Recently released from a mental institution, Beth Gregory accepts a job as a live-in secretary/PA to the reclusive painter Josh Warrington. Beth’s long red hair fascinates him from the first moment he sees her and Josh wants her to be his Rapunzel for a series of fairy tale paintings he’s working on.

Beth has two major fears: that she will be sent back to the mental hospital and the visions which landed her there in the first place will return. They do; this time giving her glimpses of murders before they happen. Beth becomes the main suspect in the murder investigation and then she has the most disturbing vision of all: she will become the next victim…

Excerpt:

An avenue of ash trees stood like sentinels on each side of a pebbled path, which in turn led the eye to the large fountain at the end of the avenue. Cherubs were busy spitting droplets of water high into the air, before they fell with a splash into the bowl below.

“It’s beautiful,” breathed Beth.

“Behind the fountain is the lake,” said Josh. “Would you like to see it?”

“Oh, I’d love to,” said Beth and started walking down the steps. The sun was just beginning to get a little higher in the sky and she could feel the warmth on her back. She hoped they wouldn’t stay out too long; her pale complexion made her prone to sunburn. Josh followed her down to the path and they strode briskly towards the lake.

They saw Ian when they’d reached the fountain; he was further down the garden, mowing the lawn on a red sit-on lawnmower. He waved at them, before turning and heading off in the opposite direction to them. Beth had never been inside a garden this big before, the small patch of grass and weeds at her aunt’s hardly qualified compared to this.

The lake was as smooth as a sheet of glass, a few orange specks of sunlight reflected on the surface. On the opposite bank was a white wooden boathouse and jetty. Tied to the jetty was a small rowing boat, hardly moving at all in the water. Beth went closer to the lake, wanting to take a closer look. Small waves lapped against the shore with a gentle swish and she felt like she could stay there all day.

She looked round to talk to Josh, but he was nowhere to be seen. “Josh?” she called. No answer. The sky suddenly darkened, a blanket of grey clouds obscured the sun, and she shivered. “Josh?” she called again, worried now. Where had he gone? He was right behind her a minute ago. The waters of the lake began to move, whipped up in frenzy by the sudden wind; the boat bobbed as though it was being pushed by invisible hands.

There’s something in the lake.

The thought appeared out of nowhere and she took a step back, away from the water.

But something had other ideas. Her feet seemed to move of their own accord, taking her further towards the shoreline. The waves weren’t so gentle now and she felt her heart beating erratically against her chest. She didn’t want to be here. She didn’t want to look.

But look she did. She saw a face in the water. A face pale and grey; the red hair a stark contrast against the sallow features. She opened her mouth to scream, feeling chilled to the bone.

The face in the water wasn’t hers.

Review:

Drowning Repunzel was a wonderfully written romantic suspense novel.  I haven’t read a book in a while where I couldn’t figure out who the “bad guy” is.  This one kept me guessing until the very end.  I constantly switched who I thought the killer was and who I wanted Beth to end up with.  I would have to say my only real criticism about this book is I wish it had been a bit longer.  I wish I had seen more of Josh and Beth’s romance and relationship develop.  The suspense/thriller part of the book was very well done and like I said earlier will keep you guessing til the very end, but I would have like to have seen a bit more of the romance.  I am a bit of romantic at heart so that may just be my preference.  Overall, this was a fantastic read that read quickly and smoothly.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good whodunit with some kissing thrown in.

I’d like to thank FMB book tours for letting me host this book today.  If you’d like to learn more about Drowning Repunzel you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

annetteauthor (2)About the Author:

Annette Gisby grew up in a small town in Northern Ireland, moving to London when she was seventeen. She writes in multiple genres and styles, anything from romance to thriller or erotica to horror, even both at the same time.

When not writing, she enjoys reading, cinema, theatre and travelling the world despite getting travel sick on most forms of transport., even a bicycle. Sometimes you might find her playing Dragon Quest or The Sims computer games and watching Japanese Anime. She lives in Hampshire with her husband, a collection of porcelain dolls, cuddly toys and enough books to fill a library. It’s diminishing gradually since the advent of ebooks, but still has a long way to go.

Fresh Face Friday: Revelations by Julie Lynn Hayes

Today I am featuring Julie Lynn Hayes and her book Revelations.  I was really surprised and quite impressed by this book.  It will turn your opinion of the stories in the bible on their head.  Be sure to check out the rest of my review after the book blurb.

revelations200x300Book Blurb: (courtesy of museituppublishing.com)

Judas has never been very popular, not in any incarnation that he and Jesus and the others have lived through. But he doesn’t care about that. All he cares about is following the instructions of God as set forth in the script that they follow. And Jesus. For Judas has secretly loved the son of God for over two thousand years.

But now he decides that enough is enough, and he’s tired of watching Jesus die far too early, and for what? This time Judas is determined to see that Jesus lives a long and happy life, no matter what price he has to pay to accomplish it…no matter if he has to make a deal with the devil himself.

Revelations is a story of what could be, told by those who play it out, time after time after time, unbeknownst to the rest of mankind.  They’ve come back again, for yet another round.  But this time is going to be different.

Review:

Revelations by Julie Lynn Hayes is an imaginative and quite controversial read.  It is probably one of the first books in a long while that I had a hard time reconciling what I have always known to a new idea of what could have been.  This is a perfect read for this day and age.  It will challenge what you have always believed and make you think twice about the relationships between the Disciples, Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Mary, Lucifer and God.

What would happen if Jesus didn’t have to die, but was able to live a long life and be able to love whomever he chose?    What would happen if Judas wasn’t a betrayer but the love of his life?  What if Mary Magdalene was more like a sister to Jesus?  This is what Revelations tackles.  I know what your thinking.  These are really crazy ideas considering what most of us have been told and learned growing up.  Julie Lynn Hayes takes on these questions and does it in such an inventive way it makes the story ebb and flow very naturally.  In the end you are rooting for the happiness and ever after that Jesus never got to experience.

Revelations is written in such a way that you fall into the story.  Each chapter is a different point of view.  It is primarily taken up by Judas, but the love story threaded in the ever repeating story of Jesus’ eminent demise is unique and probably something not many of us would come up with.  This unique story and familiar character with unfamiliar traits is a treat to read.  You will at first find it a bit trying to wrap your mind around your preconceived notions of the characters versus what the author is trying to portray.  But, once you over come that you will find a sweet story that ebbs and flows in such a smooth and almost lyrical way.

Author Bio: (courtesy of Goodreads)

Julie Lynn Hayes was reading at the age of two and writing by the age of nine and always wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Two marriages, five children, and more than forty years later, that is still her dream. She blames her younger daughters for introducing her to yaoi and the world of M/M love, a world which has captured her imagination and her heart and fueled her writing in ways she’d never dreamed of before. She especially loves stories of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She lives in St. Louis with two of her children and two cats, loves books and movies and role playing on the Internet, and hopes to be a world traveler some day. By day she does payroll and accounting, by night she writes and is also a copy editor and reviewer for comicsonline.com. Her family thinks she is a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all.

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