Cover Reveal: Last Call by Staci Hart

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Release Date: Feb 15, 2016

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Synopsis

Once Rose Fisher makes a decision, that’s it. End of story.

Like when her ex, Patrick, dumped her out of the blue, then showed up with a super hot, tatted up sex kitten on his arm. Then it was over for good. The end. Poof. Dead to her. Except he was everywhere — down the hall, at the bar with their friends, worming his way into her dreams.

But with their friends paired off, they’re left alone more and more. Rose is determined to keep him friendzoned — doesn’t matter that he stares at her with a smolder that drops all panties in a ten foot radius. She’s over him, and she’ll prove it by getting back into the dating game, Patrick be damned.

Patrick Evans is no stranger to consequences. When your mother walks out, your dad drifts away. When you leave home, you’re on your own. And when you run away from the girl you love, you lose her. He finally has an opportunity to rebuild the bridge he burned, and it’s not one he’ll take for granted. But he’ll have to fight for her, even if it hurts. Even if it means he’ll walk away brokenhearted. Because deep down, he knows that she’s it for him.

The trick will be to get her to admit she feels it too.

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Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife; even though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Book Review: Going Deep by Maggie Wells

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My favorite thing about Going Deep? Hands down, the narrative’s quick-witted and smart sense of humor. The banter, animosity, and simmering sexual tension between main characters kept me invested through the last chapter. Even though the second Coastal Heat installment (Flip This Love) will feature a different couple, I’ll definitely be reading when it comes out.

Additional elements I liked:
• I loved the dynamic between the two main characters. Their history actually reminded me how pivotal one’s high school experience can be, and how common it is to carry those memories—those grudges—for many years.
• While I usually read new adult romance (which features a younger cast of characters), reading about Brooke and Brian’s established, specialized careers was refreshing. The latter’s was especially unique to me as a reader, which is awesome because I learned about a new-to-me field of study while simultaneously being entertained.
• The author’s use of language, especially the “smart” vocabulary and word play.

Favorite scene: the characters’ rib-eating rendezvous 🙂

Favorite quote: “Brooke seemed to shift and reform with each time he blinked. Like a kaleidoscope of gorgeous pink and gold hues. A crazy amalgamation of the determined girl everyone underestimated because she happened to be born beautiful…”

If you’re looking for a light-hearted tale with a sense of humor—where the brainy type wins out over the once-popular bad boy, and where manners and etiquette reign supreme—Going Deep by author Maggie Wells makes an excellent choice.

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Book Review: Soft Target by Mia Kay

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At the core of Soft Target by Mia Kay lies a stalker-themed mystery, introduced at the novel’s beginning. While the novel contains some “whodunit” elements and surprises regarding the threat to Maggie, what I enjoyed most about the read was its thorough characterization of Maggie and Gray. As a reader, I got a real sense of who they were and the motivation underlying their actions.

The main characters’ individual stories are very well developed, with each person bearing a burden of sorts. Maggie, as the matriarch of her long-standing wealthy family, shoulders an inordinate amount of responsibility, while also trying to manage others’ perception of her in light of that wealth. On the other hand, Gray is recovering both physically and mentally from a major work-related injury. Readers see him reevaluating major factors in his life as a result.

The history between the two is founded on friendship, common interests and upbringings, and what I’d call “mutual curiousity.” As such, I enjoyed seeing their relationship evolve and mature. I also enjoyed Maggie’s brother as a secondary character and the depiction of their small, close-knit town.

All in all, Soft Target is a quick read with suspenseful elements, a few surprises, and mature, level-headed characters that I hope other readers will understand and appreciate as I have.

*Copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

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Book Review: Never Never Parts 1-3 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

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My rating: 4.5 stars

 

I ordered this book before I knew it was a novella, before I knew it was a three-part series. Even though it was nearly a year before the final installment came out, I’m so glad I read it!

I love Colleen Hoover. I read anything and everything I can of hers. I was really excited to read something she had written with her book bestie. It’d be like Holly and I writing a book together…how awesome would that be?!

Anyway, I loved the story. The alternating perspectives of Charlie and Silas. The mystery behind each chapter, each lost memory. There’s so much you don’t know at the end of the book, and it’s worth every minute of “WHERE IS CHARLIE?”

 

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My rating: 5 stars

Part two picks up where part one left off. And it’s perfect. The story jumps right into the drama, keeping the reader engrossed the entire story. Sticking with the alternating perspectives, the tug and pull of the character’s is more evident in part two. While in part one you were introduced to the characters and the conflict, part two provides you with the context to better connect with the characters. The more they discover about each other, the more intrigued you get. The “TO BE CONTINUED” comes at the perfect time, giving the reader just enough to keep them hanging on for part three.

I felt like this was the best of the three. I loved the mystery.

 

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My rating: 4 stars

Part three finally gives way to what the heck is going on between them. There’s still a great amount of mystery for most of the book, and lots and lots of questions. However, you do get a resolution for Silas and Charlie. It’s a good ending. Not necessarily a happily ever after ending, but a “OMG” ending that you can expect from Fisher.

I gave this one 4 stars only because I felt it was a little rushed. Don’t get me wrong. I’d still read it all over again, but I could definitely see there were sections that didn’t seem to flow as well as Part One and Two.

If you are a person who does not do well with suspense and drama, this is not the series for you. But if you enjoy a good story, a good mystery, and have the time to read them all relatively close together, this is definitely a series I’d recommend. Just make sure you have the time, because you won’t want to wait to find out what happens!

Thursdays with Taylon: Finding Me Time

Oh my! It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post. It’s been a while since I’ve done any writing…other than lesson plans and yearbook articles. I miss writing. I miss reading. I miss doing things just for me.

People tell you that moms have no personal time when their children are little. As of three weeks ago, I have two children under two. Yes. You read that right. I have a 17 month old daughter and a three week old son. Our house is pure chaos. The sad thing is, it’s not as crazy as it’s going to get. My parents were here for the first week; they took the toddler the second week. My husband has been home all week. I’ve yet to be alone with both kids for an extended amount of time. I’m thinking by next Thursday, this “chaos” will seem like the land of rainbows and pink unicorns.

Needless to say, I’m writing in the few minutes I have before my baby wakes up and decides it’s time to eat. Again. For the fifteenth time today. Okay. It’s more like the tenth time, but still. Newborns eat. A lot. And since I’m breastfeeding, I’m not only mom to the toddler, but I’m the milkmaid to the newborn. To say I’m exhausted is an understatement.

Yet in my exhaustion, I’ve been reminded that “me” time is really important. Even fifteen minutes a day is vital to a person’s well-being. For me, it’s been stealing some time reading or jotting down notes for reviews. And if I’m feeling really creative, I make notes for future blog posts.

So here’s my “me” time for the day. Getting myself back on the writing wagon…AND uploading a few reviews I’ve been working on. 🙂

How do you spend your me time?

Disclaimer: I totally love being a mom. The newborn stage is just hard. Real talk.

Cover Reveal & Pre-Order

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Title: Getting Lucky Anthology

Authors: J.L. Beck, RD Berg, L.B. Dunbar, Rebecca Elise, Ashley Hampton, Kelly Moran, K. Renee, Mayra Statham, & Shantel Tessier

Release Date: March 15, 2016

Publisher/Cover Designer: Underdog Photography & Publishing, LLC

All proceeds donated to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

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Worth the Chase by J.L. Beck

Unlucky in Love by RD Berg

Chance Encounter by LB Dunbar

Lucky Stud by Rebecca Elise

Love at Lucky Stables by Ashley Hampton

Lucky Me by Kelly Moran

Right Kind of Wrong by K. Renee

Lucky for You by Mayra Statham

Wish Me Luck by Shantel Tessier

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Worth the Chase by J.L. Beck

Gia King and Chase Winchester come together in an explosive romance with one chance encounter at love. College, romance, and two families who were hell bent on being enemies. Can love between these two really transpire or will everyone else have the last say?

Sometimes you have to chase what you want.

Unlucky in Love by RD Berg

Two days ago Chloe James considered herself the luckiest woman alive, as she excitedly did the final preparations for her dream wedding. How did she end up in the back of an ambulance in her wedding dress with the brazen paramedic, Braden Dean, on her wedding night? Chloe soon discovers her luck well has run dry, and she just might have become Unlucky In Love.

Chance Encounter by LB Dunbar 

Liars and cheats, that’s what Americans were to me, Chance Fitzgerald. My first impression was a bit skewed then of Keli Donagel. She was breathtakingly beautiful, until I heard that damn accent. Nothing good ever came from the Americans I encountered, most of all those who possessed something I want returned. What a corker that Fate is, though? She had other plans for me.

Lucky Stud by Rebecca Elise

When Kurt Davis let Briony Jensen move in as a favor to his cousin, it was only supposed to be temporary. He never expected to fall for her, but he is determined to make her his.

Just when he thinks he is getting close, Briony drops a bomb on him, forcing him to make a a difficult decision. Does he let her go or beg her to stay?

Love at Lucky Stables by Ashley Hampton

Mystery surrounds Lucky Stables. Many, like Emily Lane’s parents, fell in love there. After tragedy struck, Emily ran far away,believing the stables were cursed. In Emily’s absence, Shane Patterson has stepped in to help Emily’s aging father. When Emily returns home, will Shane help her believe in love and luck

Lucky Me by Kelly Moran

Declan O’Leary’s family is cursed. For the past one-hundred years, bad things happen if they fall in love. So Declan lives his life onewoman at a time. Until he meets Lily Durand and he finds himself wishing for a forever that can never be. Yet their fate encounter and one week of sexual, intimate bliss just might be enough to turn his luck around.

Right Kind of Wrong by K. Renee

Dannicka Grady has no idea she’s in trouble. When her sister Sage sends in a friend to protect her, the sparks fly. Sawyer “Saw” O’Brien is a dirty talking biker, and Dannicka never expected to be drawn to a man like him, especially since their worlds are so different. Can Sawyer protect her and win her heart at the same time?

Lucky for You by Mayra Statham

Ready for a fresh start, single mom Keira Jennings has discovered a slice of in heaven in the mountain town of Whispering Springs,California. Police chief Rex Malone is smitten at first sight for the charming new resident of his hometown. After a routine stop sparks fly. Has Keira’s luck changed for the better? Or is Rex just like every man she’s ever met?

Wish Me Luck by Shantel Tessier

I’ve always considered myself a lucky man. Women and money both come easily. That is until I meet Ashlyn. What was supposed to be fun and simple turns hard and complicated. I’m Ryder O’Kane, and I have fallen for a woman who made one night more memorable than any woman before her. It’s funny how luck runs out when you need it the most.

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J.L. BECK

J.L. Beck is the best selling author of numerous books including Indebted, Inevitable, Invincible, and The Bittersweet Series. She’s best known for weaving a tale, that ends with your mouth hanging open, and your hands gripping the edge of your seat.

She’s a no holds bar author who enjoys spending time with her husband of eight years, three year old hellion, and soon to be newborn son Kolden, as well as Hatchi & Halo her two fur babies. She calls Wisconsin home, but loves to travel. In her free time you can catch her watching bad reality tv, cooking, reading books, or spending time outdoors.

 

RD BERG

RD Berg lives in the great state of Texas with her three boys who drive her to the brink of insanity most days. She loves to read, write and watch her two favorite shows, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. When she isn’t enthralled with a novel or a gory show, you can find her in the stands loudly cheering on her boys at their basketball and football games. She has three strong beliefs in life; Vanilla cake and Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream should be a major food group, Halloween should be celebrated every month, and Harry Potter’s birthday should be a national holiday.

L.B. DUNBAR

I’d love to say I’ve written for 10,000 hours, and that makes me a pro. But I can’t say that. What I can say is I had a story in my head that wouldn’t go away. I thought typing it in my computer would be the end of things, but it only led to another story and another. I love reading, so characters in my head isn’t something new. What is new is my creation of them. Hope you enjoy my favorites as much as I do. Happy reading!

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REBECCA ELISE

Rebecca lives in Southeastern Pennsylvania with her daughter. She has a degree in Communications and Journalism with a focus in Corporate Communications and Public Relations.

Three things Rebecca loves are Coldplay, a bowl of half melted ice cream (any flavor!) and a glass of red wine. When she is not writing, Rebecca can be found with her nose in a variety of dirty romance novels, playing with her daughter or hanging out with friends and family.

While Rebecca has been writing for years, The Subzero Series is her first published work.

ASHLEY HAMPTON

Ashley Hampton works as a Licensed Psychologist in private practice during the day. When she leaves work, she puts on her writer and photographer hats and enjoys living in the worlds created in her mind. She lives near her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama with her cat, Gemma. Ashley wanted to find a creative way to meld her love for music and psychology with writing, and the Southern Rock Lyrics series was born. With other series planned, Ashley wants to write in the romance, erotica, and psychological thriller genres.

 

 

KELLY MORAN

Kelly’s been known to say that she gets her ideas from everyone and everything around her and there’s always a book playing out in her head. No one who knows her bats an eyelash when she talks to herself.

Kelly is a Catherine Award-Winner, Readers Choice Finalist, and earned one of the 10 Best Reads of 2013 by USA TODAY’s HEA. She is a proud Romance Writers of America member.

Kelly’s interests include: sappy movies, MLB, NFL, driving others insane, and sleeping when she can. She is a closet caffeine junkie and chocoholic, but don’t tell anyone. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband, three sons, and her black lab. Most of her family lives in the Carolinas, so she spends a lot of time there as well.

 

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K. RENEE

K. Renee is from sunny, California. Creative by nature, she decided to put her imagination to paper. K. Renee is an avid reader. During the day she works in an office and at night she writes. These stories have been in her head for years and are finally coming out on paper.

MAYRA STATHAM

I have always had an addiction to books. Once upon a time I wrote one, but was easily discouraged.

 

Today is a new day and have decided to put my work out there.

 

My first series is called 6 degrees of separation… basing it on the theory where we are all connected, even if at the moment we might now know it, later down the road we see it.

The first book of the series is Crown’s Chance at Love.

 

This is Sabrina Miller & Michael Crown’s story. A story about second and sometimes even third chances, because everyone deserves love. 

 

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SHANTEL TESSIER

Shantel is a Texas born girl who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart, who is a wonderful, supportive husband and their three year old little princess. She loves to spend time cuddled up on the couch with a good book.

 

She considers herself extremely lucky to get to be a stay at home wife and mother. Going to concerts and the movies are just a few of her favorite things to do. She hates coffee, but loves wine. She and her husband are both huge football fans, college and NFL. And she has to feed her high heel addiction by shopping for shoes weekly.

 

Although she has a passion to write, her family is most important to her. She loves spending evenings at home with her husband and daughter, along with their cat and dog.

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