Sunday, October 16, 2016

Review on The Flip by Michael Phillip Cash

I was recently on a site that I use to find prospective companies or authors looking for honest opinions and stumbled upon an intriguing book.  The cover attracted me to the book because it has a spooky, supernatural vibe to it.  I had never heard of this author before but the description of the book finished luring me in.

Julie and Brad Evans are a young married couple who met at a singles mixer. Julie is driven and somewhat impulsive.  Brad is retired from the military and after 2 tours in Afghanistan thinks he has seen it all and just wants a nice, quiet, life with his wife.   They begin flipping houses with the intention that Julie can eventually quit her job and devote themselves to flipping houses as a career. They seem to be progressing at a nice speed until they purchase the house on Bedlam St.  All of a sudden everything seems to change.  The house itself is a huge Victorian mansion with a lot of history and comes with some unexpected guests.

Tessa and Gerald have been dancing around each other for what seems like forever.  Gerald has been waiting for what seems like forever for Tessa to realize how much she needs him but she just wants everyone else.  Once she sets her sights on Brad things take a turn for the worse.  She starts trying to find ways to get rid of Julie and get Brad to notice her.  This would be much easier for her if she was not as ghost.

I am not going to give away too much of the plot but this book had me hooked from the prologue.  It was easy to read and very engaging.  I really liked the way the story unfolded.  Even better when I  got this book I also got a second one by the Author ( see pic below) and can not wait to get started on it.  I just can't say enough about how great this book was!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Devil's Bedpost--Review

He had it all… 
Good looks. Thriving business. Beautiful fiancée. Life for casino owner David Carrone and his sweetheart Athena Lewis is at its peak—until a scandal of lies, a secret from his past, and an unspeakable tragedy tears a wide rift between them. 

He lost it all… 
With his reputation in question, his business in ruins, and his world crumbling around him, David struggles to protect all he holds dear. But when the most important person in his life is met with danger, he can no longer play by the rules. 

He risked it all… 
Desperate to get back the woman he loves, David recruits the help of some unlikely allies—and become the monster many believe him to be. Because when risking it all for the one you love, sometimes you have to face the devil with a demon... 

Disclaimer: this story includes explicit sex, violence, strong language, and sensitive topics. For mature audiences.

A little while back I was given an advanced reader copy of a book by Lena Hart in exchange for an honest review.  I had never heard of the author and the book was part 3 of her Queens Quartette series.  I loved it! I not only was able to read it as a standalone book but I was hooked from the first page. So naturally when option to review this newest book came up I leaped at the chance.  This is actually the final chapter in a trilogy featuring David Carrone  and Athena Lewis. I, once again have not read the first 2 books, but I was aware of the characters since they were carried over from the other series I read.  

Let's just talk about the cover for a minute.....if the model on the front doesn't catch your eye then I don't know what will. He is beautiful!  I hate when you read a book and form a picture in your mind of what the characters look like and then the actual cover ( or movie version sometimes) has a completely different image.  This was not the case here. Mr. "Dark, Broody, and Italian" fit the bill perfectly.

The story had me from page 1. Yes, it is packed full of steamy, sexy bits but even if you stripped all of those parts out the plot would still have held my attention.  This has a lot of tough issues that are tackled (note the disclaimer up above in the description) and some readers may not be comfortable with them.  There are some pretty violent scenes but they come with the organized crime sort of life that lies beneath the surface of this love story. I actually yelled at the couple (aka my kindle) during one particular fight they were having about being "open and honest" because they were both lying.  That is when I knew this would be a 5 star review on Goodreads and Amazon.

I am now and forever a fan of Ms. Hart's writing. I will include all the links to learn more about her below.  Random side note....Here characters in this and other books tend to be interracial couples which resonates with me on a personal level.  The best part about it is the simple fact that it is a background theme, never the focus, in her stories.  The books are about the quality of the characters not the superficial outward appearance differences.  The guys are hot and all alpha-like, the women are all smart, tough, and gorgeous, and the stories are captivating.

Author Info:


Twitter: @LenaHartWrites


Monday, October 3, 2016

Root: Band Nerd 2

Band Nerd 2
Danica Avet
Genre: New Adult/College Romance
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Until I joined the Marching 300 at Sauvage State University, I was just too-tall, tuba-playing Lena Leblanc. But college changes everything. Suddenly I have friends, and they won't let me dodge the attraction I have for hulking, Viking-like football player Anders De Groot. He makes me feel; makes me believe that I'm more than a burden to others. That I'm more than just Lena. And for a girl whose mother checked out years ago, that's the scariest feeling of all. 

Before I met Lena, all I had was school and football; study and stadiums full of spectators cheering for "Root!" Now, I can't get her out of my head. She's everything I could possibly want in a woman and I need to prove to her how good we'll be together. I need to show her that, no matter what, she's perfection. My perfection. And I'll stand my ground to make sure nothing ever hurts her. Not even her family.

See what I mean? How can he even be real? So impossibly sweet and hot? But with my stepfather threatening us, I'll have to learn how to step up and fight for what I want. Otherwise I'll lose the greatest thing to ever happen to me.

Danica Avet was born and raised in the wilds of South Louisiana where mosquitoes are big enough to carry off small children and there are only two seasons: hot and hotter. With a BA in History, she figured there were enough fry cooks in the world and decided to try her hand at writing. 

Writing is how she gives the voices in her head a way out. They speak to her constantly wanting their stories told and she does her best to accommodate them.When she isn’t writing, working, or contemplating the complexities of the universe, she spends time gathering inspiration from her insane family, reads far more than any sane person would want to, and watches hot burly men chase an oblong ball all over a field.

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Regency Romp Review

Regency Romps: Rogues, Spies and Lords of Honor, Books 1, 2, 3 by [DeLand, Cerise]
I love Cerise DeLand's writing.  I really do.  She was awesome enough to send me this box set as an advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest review.  So to her I say thank you very much!

First of all I think the cover is simply stunning. I also love that all the stories are connected.  Don't get me wrong, they are all stand alone stories but it is nice that some of the characters carry over. I actually read Masquerade with a Marquess several months ago and I read it again as part of this set.  Each story has such memorable characters and scenarios. My favorite is Rendezvous with a Duke.
The only thing that I didn't care for so much was the first story in the set.  Lady Varney's Risque Business is a great story but I felt like it got a little too "intimate" right away. I like a good steamy novel as well as anyone but it just felt a bit rushed for my liking.  However, it has such a great ending and the characters have such a great chemistry that I couldn't help but keep reading.

This is hands down one of the BEST box sets I have read in a long time and I recommend anyone who loves a good regency romance to buy it.

I have included some blurbs for each of the books below.

Lady Varney’s Risqué Business, Book 1
When Lady Varney, a proper lady of the ton, takes on a new client in her matchmaking business, she discovers he has one risqué demand. Spend the night with him! If she refuses, then she must stand aside and watch the only man she’s ever adored marry another woman. Can she surrender to one night's temptation—and if she does, how can she live without him?

Rendezvous with a Duke, Book 2
Anna Fournier secludes herself, scandal staining her family name and all her prospects for anonymity, employment and even love. But one afternoon she plays her newest composition in a piano shop—and one man hears her and decides to right the wrong done her years ago. In the process, he learns to love her. Can this honorable duke—a man who fought for his country—neglect his duty, ignore his family’s wishes and marry a woman whose reputation is tarnished by the worst crime against the land he loves?

Masquerade with a Marquess, Book 3
Sophia di Contini sailed to England with one burning objective—to find her family’s precious art stolen by the Bonapartes. When Victor Cameron discovers her sneaking into his study, he's shocked at her appearance and silently curses his undying desire for her. But he cannot refuse her his help. Together, they learn that the past can be forgiven and that love is the most priceless treasure of all.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Unwrapping a Marriage...Author Interview

Unwrapping a Marriage
by Reana Malori & Michel Prince
Genre: Interracial Romance, BMWW

A collaboration from two of your favorite Multicultural / Interracial Authors. Just in time for the holiday season.**

What do you do when the love that once set you free, feels like it’s holding you prisoner?

Sterling and Elizabeth Jackson have built a life most would envy. A beautiful home, two wonderful children and a very comfortable lifestyle. Yet something is tearing them apart. With divorce looming, they are trying to make it through the holiday season for their family.

With clashing schedules, demands from employers and two busy kids, the former lovers have managed to stay out of each other’s orbit, at least for a while. But Fate, or maybe their well-meaning family, has set them up on a collision course.

Past memories bubble up to the surface and there’s nothing to stem the flow. What once was amazing has turned hurtful and full of pain. But is that the real story? Is it too late for a couple who once lived and breathed for each other to find their way back?

There’s a thin line between love and hate. Will Sterling and Elizabeth be able to mend a love that seems broken and lost, or will the final pull on the holiday ribbon unwrap their last chance to save their marriage.

The Interview:

I was lucky enough to be able to ask a few questions of these amazing authors and I just want tosay thank you ladies for taking time out of your busy schedules to indulge me.

1) What made you both decide to write a story together?

Michel Prince and I often remark that she’s the yin to my yang. Our stories, and our lives, are practically mirror images. It seemed a very natural thing for the two of us to partner together and write a story. While I typically write stories featuring black women and white men, which Michel more often writes black men and white women. After attending a book conference together, we both came upon the idea. It was perfect. We have very different writing styles – she’s the queen of the sarcastic dialogue and I’m the one who brings the internal thoughts and struggles. Writing a story together brought the best of both us to the table and it’s been an amazing experience.

2) How did you decide what elements to the story you were each going to contribute?

Honestly, we winged it to some degree. While we did plot out the story, characters and premise of the story, we both knew that we would have to play to our strengths. Ultimately, we used a divide and conquer approach, splitting the story into reasonable chunks. And as we wrote our section, the other would go back and add their special sauce, i.e., Michel would add dialogue to make the character interaction stronger and I would add internal thoughts to give the reader a sense of the personal struggle. Again, our yin-yang approach helped us along the way.

3) What made you decide on a struggling marriage plot?

We wanted to answer the question, “What happens when the fairytale ends?” Both of us write stories that feature romance and happily-ever-after scenarios. But life doesn’t end after the book is finished. Life goes on and love can be challenged. The person you love the most, the one that you feel is the answer to your dreams, is not perfect. They make mistakes. Life gets in the way. The romance can fizzle when faced with the details of life. This story was created to highlight that next step in life. When things aren’t going well. It was such a challenge to show the cracks in a marriage, but also get across that love can still be strong. The saying, “It’s a thin line between love and hate”, was definitely prevalent in this story. Unwrapping a Marriage is a very unique story, but it’s filled with love and redemption and second chances.

4) If you could be any character in any book...who would you be?

Michel Prince - Gabbie Thomas, from The Guardian's Heart. She has little she regrets and is a strong person with best friends that would kill for her.

Reana MaloriFaith Douglas, from Finding Faith. She was honest, true to herself, confident, and loyal. Faith had a lot more strength than even she realized.

5) Do you find yourselves incorporating elements from your lives into your stories?

Yes, Definitely! Both of us have used snippets of our life, people we’ve come in contact with, scenarios we’ve seen and experienced to enhance our stories. Some of our best stories include things that we’ve incorporated that are based on our regular lives, because it’s what our readers can connect to the best.

Reana's stories focus on multicultural / interracial romance. A firm believer that LOVE in all its forms should be celebrated, her goal is to weave a story that pulls the reader into her world and share in her universe, even if only for a short time. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband, and has two very handsome sons. You can most often find her enjoying a good book, as she is first and foremost a reader. And she loves a good romance. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest or you can send her an email at

Michel Prince is an author who graduated with a bachelor degree in History and Political Science. Michel writes new adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Beyond the River Promo

Beyond the River
by Linda Hadaway
Genre: Young Adult/Middle Grade Adventure

Taylor was living an average life - until Butch the Bully chased him on his bicycle close to the river and suddenly, the edge of the trail gave away, and both boys found themselves falling into a dark abyss. Moments later, they find themselves in a strange land-alone. They began to search for a way to return home, unaware of the dangers that await them. Questions arise. Was this preordained? And if so, why?

One Step Ahead Of Danger and Life Choices are available in print or e-book. Dark Side Of Purgatory was released Feb 7, 2012 by Wild Child Publishing. I have the second book under the Jaxon Slater Series, From Purgatory to Treatment, Aug 12, 2013, (Don't Mess With ) Clear Lake Women published through Whiskey Creek Press. Beyond The River is a young adult/ middle grade adventure story- published June 2016.

Please feel free to check my web site for book videos and/or send e mail 

I live in a small town in Washington State-I'm a lifer here and enjoy it very much-despite the rain. I have always loved to write and certainly have had my dreams come true with four published novels. 

I have spent most of my life working in the Human Services field.The people I have worked with have taught me so much. It has certainly enriched my life.

I'm a positive person- a romantic at heart. Like life, my stories contain twists of humor. 

As always, I am so greatful for my wonderful family. My children: Jacob, Brandy, Donn, Dale; my daughter-in-law Heather. Grandchildren: Donn III, Hallie, Melinda, and Daylen, twins: Holton & Dalton, Anthony, Little Millie and great-grandbaby Jade. I am also thankful for Bryon, my husband, who gives me so much love and support every day. 

I am a member of the Cascade Writing Group- which has given me great support and encouragement.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Release Buzz: The Reckoning by Mike Torreano

The Reckoning
by Mike Torreano
Genre: Western Mystery, Historical Fiction

​Ike McAlister returns home to Kansas after the Civil War, his soul bruised and empty. Worse, his parents have been killed by Quantrill’s raiders who are still on the loose. No stranger to death and destruction, he vows to run the killers down. A clue leads him to the high plains of Colorado, but when his sister, Sue, disappears from there, his world quickly spins out of control. In the midst of this turmoil, a feisty landlady sparks an attraction, the only good thing in Ike’s life. 

Racing against time, he must make a deadly choice. If he continues to pursue the killers, Sue will likely never be found. But if he veers off to find his sister, the killers’ trail will go cold. 

Which track to follow? Will the love of family triumph in his broken heart, or will it be the passionate hate of revenge?

Mike Torreano has a military background and is a student of history and the American West. He fell in love
 with Zane Grey’s descriptions of the Painted Desert in the fifth grade, when his teacher made her students
 read a book and write a report every week.
Mike recently had a short story set during the Yukon gold rush days published in an anthology, and he’s
 written for magazines and small newspapers. An experienced editor, he’s taught University English and 
Journalism. He’s a member of Colorado Springs Fiction Writers, Pikes Peak Writers, The Historical Novel
 Society, and several western history groups. He brings his readers back in time with him as he recreates 
western life in late 19th century America.
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