Monday, September 26, 2016

Unwrapping a Marriage...Author Interview

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

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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.


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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 reanamalori.author@gmail.com.

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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

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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.