Friday, September 23, 2016

Beyond the River Promo

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

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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?

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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 www.lindahadaway.com for book videos and/or send e mail linda_hadaway@hotmail.com. 

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.

www.lindahadaway.com


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Release Buzz: The Reckoning by Mike Torreano

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

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​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?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.

 miketorreano.com
        Facebook: Mike Torreano
        Twitter: @miketorreano




Thursday, September 15, 2016

Review and Fun Facts: Between You and I by Beth D. Carter

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Between You and I
By Beth D. Carter
Genre: May-December Contemporary Erotica Romance

Blurb:


A broken engagement left Madeline Shawl feeling like a shattered woman. When she meets Hunter Calegari, he seems to be the perfect man for some friends-with-benefits action. But when the easy affair turns into something more, it threatens her comfortable grief. 

The passion of the younger man nearly infects her until Hunter tries to articulate it with the three words she refuses to hear. When she pushes him away, wounding his heart, she finds her own broken all over again. 
Still, Madeline struggles to leave the past and accept that when Hunter said, "I love you," he wasn't just speaking for himself.

My Thoughts:

Thank you to Beth D. Carter, NK Blog Tours, and Evernight Publishing for the chance to review this ARC copy. (Just wanted to put that out there). I thought the storyline was very good. Madeline has been single for a very long time when her friends "not so subtly" set her up with Hunter under the guise that they have birthdays pretty close together so why not share a party. The chemistry is explosive from the first horribly off key Karaoke session to the ice rink "teaching" lesson. Madeline has a lot of heartache and issues from a previous relationship to work through before she can let down her guard enough to fall in love with the younger and very sexy Hunter. Once I started reading I couldn't put my kindle down. I did get the smallest bit aggravated with Madeline for taking so long to realize what a good thing she had in front of her. I would absolutely read more from Ms. Carter anytime.

Fun Facts:

1) I co-wrote a country song with my ex-boyfriend (Gis Johannsson) titled “Don’t Talk About Luv” that’s on his second album, Native Son.

2) I attended the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2001 and walked down the red carpet.

3) I’ve sat on David Prowse’s lap. (High Five if you know who he played!)

4) My middle name, Delene, is my Aunt Terry’s middle name, even though my mom swears she had never heard the name before.

5) I once had my motorcycle license and co-owned a red Harley shovelhead. I rode in the Race to the Wall, which was in honor of Vietnam Veterans.  

6) I was born in Kirk Army Hospital, Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, when my mother (who was 3 weeks overdue) decided to take a road trip across the States because she wanted me to be born in Dover, Delaware.  (She didn’t make her goal)

7) I graduated from the same high school my mother graduated from 25 years before me.

8) I never went to my own Prom.  

9) I used to work Star Trek conventions and got the chance to explore the Star Trek Voyager set during the episode "Vis à Vis".

10) I’ve traveled from Dover England to Calais by both ferry and Eurotunnel.

11) I’ve visited New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Finland, England, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Monoco, Spain, and the Vatican.

12) My favorite food is seafood.  Every and all kinds, even seaweed.
13). The park that the hero, Hunter, plays inline skating is based on a real park in Henderson, NV.

14). I dreamed up Madeline as I recovered from my hysterectomy surgery.  I wanted a way to channel my emotions of dealing with endometriosis in a positive way.

15). Madeline’s best friend, Lacey, is based off my best friend, Lark.

16). The signature song for Between You and I is “You & I” by One Direction.

17). The ending is actually the second ending.  The first ending had Lacey dealing with being pregnant, but then I realized that wasn’t the issue that needed to be resolved.

18). Madeline’s favorite hockey teams are mine: The Flyers, The Kings, and The Blues. (until hockey starts up in Vegas, then that’ll be my team!)

19). I wanted Madeline’s epiphany to be organic, a natural extension of herself that was so minute that she almost missed it.  So I used a cup of tea.  Totally inconsequential but the perfect device for her breakthrough moment.

20). I like to set my books in places I’ve been or lived.  When people think of Vegas, they don’t equate it with a population of over two million people.


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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Newest Netflix Obsession: The Getdown



This was a surprise gem!! I love music related shows and movies but was not sure how this was gonna be.  I watched the trailer above (this one and more can be found on Youtube) and felt it was worth at least watching the first episode.  The plot is all about the rise of new musical genres Hip Hop. Disco, and Punk in the Bronx during the 70's.  It shows how people like Grandmaster Flash and Kool Herc served as idols for the youth and shows how music in general can be a saving grace.  

The show seems very authentic in the way the cast is dressed, slang used, and historical events happening around that time.  Well...at least based on what I have learned of this time period ( I wasn't born til '78 and in MD not the Bronx lol).  I will say that there were parts of the first episode that seemed a little too "dramatic" at some parts but it was well done enough that I just had to watch the next one.  Needless to say, I was hooked and have watched half of the 12 episodes at this point.

The music is amazing! I have found myself humming some of the songs in the middle the day for no reason .  Not really a big surprise as Baz Lurhmann (think Moulin Rouge) is one of the creators and Nas is one of the executive producers.  The cast is full of amazing talent...some very familiar faces ( Jimmy Smits, Giancarlo Esposito, and Jaden Smith) and also some very new faces ( Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Herizen F. Guardiola).My favorite part....each episode opens with a rapper recapping everything that has happened in the series so far.



Love From Boy ARC Review

Love from Boy by Roald Dahl and Donald Sturrock


*I received an ARC from Penguin's First to Read in exchange for an honest review*

I think like a lot of others my first introduction to Mr. Dahl came in the form of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  I have almost all of his children's books but my favorite has always been Matilda.
I now know that a large part of this story was actually based on his own experience at a boarding school.  This book is all about the letters that Roald sent to his mother starting  at age 9 when he was attending the school all the way through adulthood.  I learned so much about this author.  He did have a pretty sharp sense of humor but he also had quite the life. He even worked for the British Secret Service.  The letters were all saved by his mother but there are none of her letters back included in the collection. I really enjoyed this book but I just wish we could have read her responses because she seemed like quite a character herself from the intro information provided by the author Donald Sturrock.

This book's release date is Septemeber 6 and you can grab a copy on Amazon for $13.99 ( Kindle version) , $17.68 ( hardcover), or $21.44 (Audible).

King's (The King Trilogy Book 1)...Review


This book has to be one of the best I have read. Well....since my last Mimi Jean Pamfiloff anyways. I wasn't sure what to expect of this story but it was very addictive. I literally couldn't put it down. King is the quintessential alpha. However, he is so much more than I had expected. He is obviously attractive, strong, and dangerous. He is also something else although even at the end of the book I still had no idea what. Mia is leading a normal life until the phone call that her brother and his crew have been kidnapped while on an archeological dig in Mexico. She turns everywhere for help before being pointed in King's direction. She is told he is "the man who can find anything" but there is always a price. He agrees to help but in exchange he owns her indefinitely.
The story has steamy,erotic bits and lots of danger. There are also supernatural elements. My only issue... ..it ended on a cliffhanger and now is must immediately buy book 2 and 3.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Review of Gettin' Dirty by Sean Moriarty


Well this was supposed to be up yesterday however my computer was not cooperating with me....so without further ado I give you .....my review of Gettin' Dirty.

I received this as an ARC from NK  Author Services as part of a blog tour.  I was immediately sucked in just from reading a brief blurb on it. I am happy to say that it lived up to my expectations.

Synopsis:

Seamus is a retired hitman wandering around looking for something or someone to do with himself when he sees Aaliyah in a grocery store and knows he just has to have her.  He spends the rest of the book trying to convince her that he can protect her and her daughter no matter what the cost.  He is positive she is the girl of his dreams almost right away, however she takes a little more time to decide that for herself.

My Thoughts:

The sexual tension between these two is more than decent but I couldn't help but cringe at some of the choice of phrasing.  I wouldn't give this my best rating but I will be giving it 3 stars on Goodreads.