Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Introducing Wraith Redeemed by Melissa Fox - Guest Post

Introducing WRAITH REDEEMED, a debut novel by Melissa Fox


Demon-slayer Conor O’Shea is about to engage in the most dangerous encounter of his life—facing the woman he scorned. For years, Merry Bradbury's world revolved around Conor O'Shea. After his sudden betrayal leaves her alone and heartbroken, she comes home to settle her past and move into the future. The last person she expects to see is Conor. Conor never wanted anything more than forever with Merry. Discovering he is a Wraith warrior, honor bound to fight demons, destroys that plan. Merry is his Amorta, his one true soul mate, but he leaves to keep her safe from the evil that stalks him. Eight years later, Conor's worst fear is realized, and he returns to defend Merry from his enemies. Can he save her from an unspeakable fate and reclaim her heart? And if he does, will Merry be able to accept all that he is?

Author Bio:

Melissa Fox lives in the Pacific Northwest on an island with her husband and dogs. An avid reader of any and all genres since she could turn a page, Melissa remembers being rationed Hardy Boys and Black Stallion novels like most kids were rationed candy. Getting lost in a captivating, exhilarating story is her favorite way to spend time, whether reading or writing. Nothing is better than being drawn into a story so deeply you don't realize you're turning a page until you've reached the end, and the characters live on in your heart and mind long after the cover has been closed.


“Stay here,” Conor told her. “Don’t move, no matter what you see. No matter what happens, Merry. Stay right here.” He waited until she nodded her assent before he turned. The woman hissed, and his shoulders rolled as he took a step toward her. Merry’s eyes grew round when long-bladed weapons appeared in his hands. “Wraith,” the woman snarled, lowering herself into a half-crouch. The wicked blades twisted in his hands to point in her direction. He took another step toward the redhead, unnaturally swift but pure and beautiful in his power. “Go now,” he said in a quiet, even tone. “And I’ll let you live one more day." The woman’s attention left him for an instant to settle on Merry, her eyes narrowing with speculation. A slow, feline smile curved her red lips. “You think you can protect her,” she purred. “How sweet. I’m going to find out if she is as delicious as she smells after I’m done with you. 

“I always knew you loved me, Conor.” Merry could barely hear her voice over the pounding of her heart. “I didn’t understand. I still don’t, not completely, but I knew. That’s why it hurt so much and why I could never forget. That’s why I had to come home.” His free hand curled around her neck. She didn’t know if he intended to bring her closer or hold her in place. Her breath caught, and his expression changed to something she recognized, something that turned her breathlessness into searing pain. He pulled her up those last few inches and placed his mouth on hers. Shock ripped through her the minute their lips touched. She gasped, rising to meet him with pent-up longing and frustration. After a brief, stunned moment, both his hands flew up to hold her face as she gripped his arms. She sighed in relief when his mouth opened over hers, the scorching heat making her head reel and her body want more. She accepted the touch of his tongue, pulled him in and welcomed him as she went blind with pleasure. The compulsion to keep taking and never stop overwhelmed her senses. His taste flooded her soul. He felt so good. Merry fought against the desire to ravish more than his mouth, to hold on to reason and keep the contact to just kisses. She had never expected to hold him close again, to be immersed in his heat and scent. Their unique connection proved just as strong as she remembered, and she savored the moment until she had to pull from his embrace or succumb to the temptation of his hovering mouth. “Conor—” The look on his face gave her a hot thrill of excitement. “Conor.”  
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Monday, October 29, 2012

ARC Review: The Lost Son by Tamra Torero

The Lost Son
From the blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Jacob has always been able to charm his way out of trouble with the law. But when he’s sentenced to work at a family Christmas tree farm in place of Cody Matthews—a boy killed in Jacob’s last DUI—Jacob is in for a harsh reality check. This emotional story of loss, love, and redemption is impossible to put down.

My rating:

The subject of this book and the message it sends is neither new nor original, but the packaging in which it is delivered was rather enjoyable.

Jacob is a typical teenage boy. He has a girlfriend, but it's not above cheating on her with another girl, he drinks, he parties and he doesn't take life too seriously. When his girlfriend confronts him about kissing another girl at a party, and the other girl's boyfriend gets in his face, Jacob drunkenly drives home. On his way he causes an accident in which he kills a boy about his age. The boy's father, injured in the same crash, asks the judge for leniency during the ensuing trial and requests that Jacob's punishment be to stay on the father's Christmas tree farm until December 24th to help out with the trimming and sale of the trees.

What develops then is a story of redemption, forgiveness and new beginnings, with a sometimes heavy religious undertone that reminded me of my favorite Karen Kingsbury novels. The author did a nice job of weaving her tale but never making it sound preachy. Jacob is not the only one who has a few lessons to learn.

I enjoyed reading this book. The characters were multi-dimensional, struggling with their choices and results from those choices, and growing throughout the story. A satisfying read to curl up with on a cold winter night by a warm fireplace, sipping a mug of hot cocoa. Bring your tissues.

I received a free ARC from the publisher via Netgalley. A positive review was not promised in return.

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Until next time,

Josh by R. C. Ryan

From the blurb:

Rancher and mountain climber Josh Conway has never backed down from a challenge. So when a photographer disappears in the wilderness during a blizzard, Josh answers the emergency call and leaps into action. Yet he's soon shocked to find the person in "distress" is doing fine-and she's a gorgeous blond spitfire who's as brave and bold as he is. Sierra Moore will stop at nothing to capture the perfect picture, even if it means braving a snowstorm in the mountains. She's not used to being rescued, especially by a ruggedly handsome cowboy who makes her heart skip a beat. Sierra can't turn down Josh's invitation to ride out the storm at the Conway family ranch-and she can't resist his slow, steamy kisses, either. But this mysterious beauty is hiding a deadly secret. Now as a dangerous force closes in on her, Sierra fears it will destroy everyone she cares about . . . starting with Josh.

My rating:

Sweet romance with some drama and a sometimes dumb heroine. Fell a little flat on occasion and rather rushed through the romance part.

The male MC (Josh) in this story was nicely developed, as was the female MC (Sienna). The book centers around the Conway family, who lives on a large ranch in Wyoming. Josh is a rancher who is also very familiar with the surrounding mountains, so when the rangers call him about a missing female hiker, Josh sets out to find her.

What he doesn't know is that Sienna is not really lost. A photographer, she's in the mountains to run away from a sinister pursuer. She's got a good backbone, but makes a couple of dumb decisions that almost cost her dearly.

There's some humor in this book, and a lot of great family interactions. It was fun to watch the Conway boys fall all over their women, and while the romance between Josh and Sienna felt a bit rushed, I enjoyed this book for the most part. The sudden leap from sexual attraction to everlasting true love was too sudden to feel realistic.

What also bothered me is that much attention was giving to the mysterious disappearance of Josh's mother, a fact that was repeated a few times, and plays a key role for the development of his character, yet nothing was resolved. This was a subplot that seemed to take up too much space for not actually fully addressing it. I also found out after requesting this book that it's part of a series, so perhaps this will be addressed in a future release.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Blog Tour/ Giveaway - Naturally, Charlie by S.L. Scott

Hi! Thank you for joining us today. We are celebrating the upcoming release of S.L. Scott's debut novel, Naturally Charlie, with an author interview and international e-book giveaway.

Read my review of Naturally, Charlie 

S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures. Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies. Scott lives in the beautiful Texas Hill Country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys. She welcomes your notes at sl@slscottauthor.com
[Source for text and images: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House]

MFN: Hi, and welcome to My Fiction Nook. I'm so glad you could join me today. Let's start off with the first question. What was your inspiration? Are there some autobiographical elements in N.C.?

S.L. Scott: I had this vision of two people who run into each other in a park. They share a name and have met, but aren’t friends. They are both going to specific events and in the span of a few minutes spent together decide to attend them together. It’s almost easier for them to rely on this stranger in these difficult times than their friends and family. The questioned I wondered is: Can two people find love when they meet at unsettled times in their life? That meeting part is the beginning of chapter five and still remains the same as I envisioned.

This is where the last line of the summary came together for me.

This is the tale of two Charlies learning to trust again while fighting their fates to create their own destiny.
No specific scene in the book is autobiographical, but some of the words (the Charlie-isms) and definitely some of Charlie girl’s thoughts are ones I have had. To be more specific, I really did think debaucherous was a word. It is in the Wiktionary sense, but it’s not a Merriam-Webster recognized word, but it totally should be.

MFN: What was your reason for nearly repeating chapters 1 and 2, albeit from two different view points?

S.L. Scott: The time period is the same and the subway and nightclub are the same, but all three from the different point of view. The rest is all new and is the introduction to the characters and a day in their life. It’s how we learn their daily habits, meet their friends, learn what they do for work, but with the twist of being able to get that insider’s perspective into the ‘meetings.’

When I read books written in first person, sometimes I’m wish I knew how that other person felt in that moment – the first time they saw the other person, how they felt when they touched them for the first time, and explore both sides of the ‘first impression.’ I wanted that and wrote it out.

But, with that said, I wouldn’t want an entire story like that. That to me would feel repetitive, so I tried to walk that fine line of showing the ‘day in a life’ without doing it the entire time.

MFN: I really liked that you used the male and female symbols to differentiate between the two POVs. Was that your brilliant idea, or that of a clever editor?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Blog Tour/Giveaway - Damaged Goods by Alexandra Allred

Hi!! Thanks for stopping by today! I'm very excited to be the first stop of Alexandra Allred's blogtour, celebrating the release of her novel, DAMAGED GOODS, by The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House. And I was lucky to have been given an ARC of the novel. It was awesome. I laughed, I raged and I cheered for the amazing women she wrote about. Alexandra has joined us today for an interview, and brought with her an e-copy of her book that a lucky winner will receive in the giveaway. 

MFN: Welcome to My Fiction Nook, Alexandra. Let's start off with our first question. What inspired you to write this book?

A.A.: Since the day we discovered what we believed to be the reason for our son getting sick -- emissions from local cement plants - I tried to reach out to local politicians. It was a real eye opener for me. Big industry invests a lot of money in politicians so those same officials, voted in to represent the people, have very little interest in fixing the problems big industry creates. It's one thing to say that ...or to read it ... but when you lie in bed at night and listen to your son coughing and hacking and wheezing, when your baby is on so much medicine that the pharmacist actually questions how much a 40 lbs body can handle and you KNOW that harmful emissions is doing this, it is very hard to accept that money should be more important than public health. When you know that your neighbor's baby, who just got diagnosed with eye cancer and another with brain cancer, are also victims of cancer causing chemicals, you EXPECT officials to listen. The final straw was when we traveled to Washington D.C., had a set appointment with a Texas senator and were blown off. I realized that it really didn't matter and the best way to get the message out was through humor. I wrote a book about a quadriplegic, Captain Marshall Allen and found that the topic was so heavy, I had to add humor. The book, Swingman: What a Difference A Decade Makes, was a real hit because of humorous Christmas letters. It was amazing to watch how people would come to Capt. Allen and say, "Your book is hilarious!" As people chuckled over each Christmas letter, however, they also learned about Marshall's incredible and challenging life. When I wrote Damaged Goods, I had the same idea in mind -- introduce a really heavy topic through humor and ridiculous situations.

MFN: Did you draw on your own experiences while writing? If so, what parts?

A.A.: Oh, heck, yeah! Suzette Lee, Jeanie Archer, Dixie Quigley, Ruthie and Brianna are based on real people. The town of Marcus is based on the town where I live and what happens to the health of the people are all based on real events. I was also able to draw upon the big John Simmons head based on real events. When Gov. Rick Perry of Texas ran for re-election, a group I was affiliated with erected a big giant Rick Perry head. It was set upon my 16-foot flatbed trailer and yup, we dragged it all around the state of Texas. Funny but Gov. Perry was not amused. And yes, I have pictures!!

MFN: I was impressed with the character growth in the book, especially Joanna's. What/who was your inspiration for her?

A.A.: Joanna represents each new resident who unwittingly moved to a town that is toxic. When we moved to the town where I live, we saw the cement plants and asked about them but were told, "Don't worry. They are in compliance." We had no idea what that meant but it sounded good to us. All we saw was a great house with great property and a good school district. Little did we know that our son's elementary school would later be named in USA Today's Special Report as being in the upper 1% of the most toxic elementary school in the United States! You feel so helpless, so angry, so stunned that this kind of thing can be happening now - today - in the United States! Joanna just wanted to start her life over. Once she is getting settled, it is a terrible shock to her to find out she's in a toxic toilet. To me, Joanna represents all the people I have met who suddenly realized their home and their town was not safe. What do you do? Move? Or stay and fight?

MFN: Why did you choose to put Suzette's views into 1st person when the rest of the book was in 3rd person?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Perfect Bait by Michael Fowlkes

Perfect Bait
From the blurb:

The richly-textured settings of Seattle's commercial waterfront, San Diego's topless beaches and the breathtaking waters off Cabo San Lucas create the backdrop for a riveting story of love, romance and betrayal, as a young couple find themselves in a fight for their lives having been set up by the FBI as perfect bait.

My rating:

This is a difficult book to rate. I waffled between 3 and 4 stars for a while before settling on the final rating. The book's blurb hints at a thriller, with the FBI using Corey and Jennifer as bait. While that is true, that actually doesn't happen until the last 60 pages or so, out of nearly 400.

Until about 60% in, this book is mainly about Corey Phillips, told from his perspective, though he occasionally seems to be omniscient, knowing what people are doing and saying even though he's not there with them.

Corey grows up in a fishing environment outside of Seattle, and when he finds and falls in love with Karyn, he marries her and settles down on his houseboat. Karyn betrays him with Corey's best friend, and the heartbroken man drives away from everything he's ever known, coming to a final stop near San Diego. There, he meets Jennifer, and after much time and reflection, allows himself to open his heart again. They fall madly in love, buy a large though dilapidated boat and start a fishing charter business. When one of the other boat owners asks Jennifer to fill in for their cook on a three day trip, all hell breaks loose and the book finally dips into what was hinted at in the blurb.

Captured Heart by Heather McCollum

Captured Heart
From the blurb:

Fleeing with only her bow, horse, enormous pet wolf, and the cryptic clues hidden in her mother’s medicine journal, healer Meg Boswell gallops north towards freedom, running from the man who falsely accused her mother of witchcraft. Cursed with magical healing abilities, Meg knows that if she’s captured, she will die like her mother—atop a blazing witch’s pyre. Winter winds rip across the Highlands, pressing Chief Caden Macbain forward in his desperate plan to save his clan. He’s not above using an innocent woman to bargain for peace if it keeps his clan from starving. But Meg isn’t who Caden thinks she is, and when she kills a man to save the clan, he must choose between duty and her life. For although he captured her to force a peace, Meg's strength and courage have captured Caden's heart.

My rating:

Meg Boswell is riding her horse towards the Scottish border with only her bow and arrows and her pet wolf Nickum as protection. She's running from her father whom she hasn't seen in years, not since he accused her mother of witchcraft and had her burned at the stake.

Meg knows she is different, and she also knows that the only reason her father is now writing to her is so she too can be tested for witchcraft. Her mother's sister is married to the Laird of Clan Munro in Scotland so that's where Meg is headed, when she runs into Caden MacBain and his men who have just fought off an attack by the English. Offering to help heal the men, Meg makes a deal with Caden for his protection and safety to get to her aunt's keep.

Caden has a goal himself - to capture the beloved niece of Laird Munro and demand peace (and the return of his cattle) as ransom. When Meg fortuitously falls into his hands, he decides to keep the nature of his mission secret and treats her as a guest at this keep.

With kindness and selflessness, Meg manages to win over the people at the keep, including Caden himself. A plot against Henry VIII also plays a huge role in this book, and a tangled web of lies and secrets is slowly unraveled.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Love, Unscripted by Tina Reber

Love Unscripted (Love, #1)From the blurb:

Ryan Christensen just wanted to be an actor. Never in his wildest dreams did he ever think that accepting a role in an unknown film would toss his career into overdrive. His new fame has cost him dearly; anonymity is no longer an option. 

Taryn Mitchell is a realist. She's been feigning contentment, running the family pub in Seaport, Rhode Island, while quietly nursing her own internal heartaches. Her feet are fairly glued to the ground and she doesn't buy into all the hype that has descended on her tiny, coastal town. In her world, men are safe if they're kept at a distance. 

Fate has other plans for these two when their paths cross one sunny afternoon. A group of female fans has attacked him, leaving his shirt torn, his face cut, and Ryan in obvious distress. Bonds between them form from the most dramatic of circumstances while jealousy, insecurity, and the stress of his celebrity life try to tear them apart.

My rating:

1.5 stars, rounded up, since it wasn't the worst book ever. How this book received so many 5 star ratings, I simply don't know. On one hand, the story kept me engaged (like a trainwreck you can't look away from). On the other hand, it needs some serious editing, not only for the content but also for grammar and spelling.

It mostly reads like a fan fiction, pairing a Mary-Sue insert (presumably the author) with a hot, young movie star who doesn't like to be famous. Ryan seems to be largely modeled after Robert Pattinson, though a change in eye and hair color has been applied, but other characteristics readily available online for this individual remain.

It seems apparent that the author has perhaps read one too many (real people) fan fictions about a famous actor falling for a small-town girl next door Mary Sue.

I have read fan fictions with this scenario that were much better done than this book.

Overall, this book was just too freaking long. The narration is entirely too detailed and should be cut by half. The constant back and forth, and the repetitive misunderstandings between the two protagonists become boring after about half the book. And then the climax which is nothing more than some elaborate (and unrealistic) scheme to break up the two main characters is like something pulled out of a Twilight fanfiction.

The writing is simplistic and stilted, the dialogue often laughable, and the book would greatly benefit from a serious proof-read/edit and a real editor to tighten the narrative and fix the dialogue. The timelines could also use some editing - in some instances, days go by in two sentences, or, in contrast, a minute action is explained over seven pages.

Taryn, a tavern owner in a small town in Rhode Island, meets Ryan, a hot, famous movie star, when he's fleeing from fans and happens to run into her door to hide. Unbelievably the only one for miles around who doesn't fangirl all over him, Taryn offers him a place to stay for a few hours while Ryan makes arrangements to get squirreled away.

Both have pain in their respective romantic pasts, and as a hot, famous movie star, Ryan is also always wondering if the person showing interest in him does so out of genuine attraction for who he really is, or out of greed for the fame he brings into the relationship.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Blog Tour Stop/Giveaway: Celebrating Ghostwriter by Lissa Bryan

Hi, and thanks for joining us. Today, we are celebrating the upcoming release of Ghostwriter, the debut novel by Lissa Bryan. 

[Images Courtesy of TWCS PH]

Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete's foot.... though only in her head. Real life isn't so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.
[Source: TWCS PH]

MFN: I really enjoyed your book. What inspired you to write this story?

Lissa: On the internet one afternoon, I stumbled across an article on the Iron Harvest. Every year, the farmers who live around the battlefields of WWI, especially around Verdun, find tons of unexploded shells, weapons and other debris when they plow their fields. While reading the article, the numbers the writer used made me shake my head in disbelief. I thought, surely, there had to be an error, so I started researching more about it. That led me to reading about the battle itself, and finally to the American volunteers who went over to serve as ambulance drivers before the US entered the war. A surprising number of them became writers, including Somerset Maugham, e.e. cummings, and Ernest Hemmingway. Slowly, a story began to form in my mind of an idealistic young writer subjected to the horrors of that terrible battle, and coming home to a country that didn’t understand how the war had changed some of the people who experienced it.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Naturally, Charlie by S.L. Scott

From the blurb:

Twenty-five year old Charlotte “Charlie” Barrow is caught between her old life and the one she is beginning to build when she crosses paths with a handsome stranger on the subway. Not looking for romance, she closes her heart off to the possibilities of love. With a knack for mishaps, Charlie maintains her sense of humor while befriending the kind stranger who seems to be there at all the right times. New York freelance writer, Charlie Adams, is forging his own path beyond the expectations of the society circles of his childhood. Rejecting family money, and fast-lane friends, he is snubbed by his family as he follows his own compass to a life more extraordinary. Through a coincidence of events, they come to rely on each other for comfort. This is the tale of two Charlies learning to trust again while fighting their fates to create their own destiny.

My rating:

There's romance books, and then there's romance books. This was the latter. I loved it, for the natural story-telling and the ease with which the author's words drew me in.

I waited a few days before writing up a review because I needed to get a grip on my inner fangirl first. If I hadn't, this review would be full of happy, swoony gifs, and nobody wants to see a grown woman go all gushing fangirl over a book, right? Also, for those of you that know me, I'm usually more reserved in my reviews. Anyway...

Dark Knight by Donna Kauffman

Dark Knight: A Loveswept Romance ClassicFrom the blurb:

As the head of a secret government task force, commonly referred to as the “dirty dozen,” Scottie Giardi is as tough as she is professional. But this skilled operative has her hands full keeping Logan Blackstone in check while his brother completes a dangerous mission. Logan is big, strong, sexy, and determined to find the twin brother he’s never met. More amused than intimidated by Scottie’s undercover games, he’s ready to play, offering a taste of sweet temptation in the bargain. An ex-cop on a deeply personal mission, Logan isn’t about to tolerate interference, even if Scottie is gorgeous and could easily make him forget his business. She may have the upper hand while they’re locked up in his mountain cabin, but the fire in her eyes tells him the desire she feels is real. Their mutual attraction is about to take them into the dangerous, vulnerable places of the heart, where there’s no turning back.

My rating:

An easy summer beach read, with much UST and two evenly matched MCs. I very much enjoyed the easy banter between them, their witty dialogue and their instant attraction, despite being on opposite sides.

The author did a great job with the plot, though I would have liked to see a bit more information as to the outcome of the mission that puts Scottie Giardi into the path of Logan Blackstone. I liked the underlying theme of family and really enjoyed the strong female protagonist. The UST was palpable, even though their connection was instant, even before they had spoken to each other, but that's why we read romance novels, right?

Just One Night by Eve Gaddy

Just One NightFrom the blurb:

They spent one passionate night together, a night neither could forget . . . But it isn’t until Bomb Unit Detective Alexandra “Alex” Sheridan is assigned to investigate architect Luke Morgan about the bombing of his new building that Alex is forced to face the man–and feelings–she’d run from earlier. Drawn to the charismatic man who'd soothed her grief with their shared passion, she finds herself wanting more from him. As the case progresses, however, she questions his innocence and his feelings for her. Can she trust him, ignoring his past and the evidence pointing to his guilt? Or will she have to be satisfied with just one night?

My rating:

Just One Night is a quick read, a good romantic suspense, albeit a bit heavy on what happens between the sheets.

At a convention, speaking about bomb awareness, Bomb Unit specialist/investigator Alex(andra) Sheridan meets Luke Morgan, an architect who attends her lecture. The two spend a torrid night together after which Alex goes home and tries to forget about Luke. Her departure is so quick that Luke doesn't even get a chance to say goodbye, or tell her that he lives in the same town.

If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones

If I Were You (Inside Out Trilogy, #1)From the blurb:

When Sara McMillan finds a stack of journals in a storage unit, she’s shocked and enthralled by the erotic life the writer led. Unable to stop reading, she vicariously lives out dark fantasies through Rebecca, the writer—until the terrifying final entry. Certain something sinister has happened, Sara sets out to discover the facts, immersing herself in Rebecca’s life. Soon she’s working at the art gallery Rebecca worked at and meeting Rebecca’s friends. Finding herself drawn to two dangerously sexy men, the manager of the gallery and a famed artist, Sara realizes she’s going down the same path Rebecca took. But with the promise of her dark needs being met by a man with confident good looks and a desire for control, she’s not sure anything else matters. Just the burn for more.

My rating:

This was excellent. Sensual and dark, and a rollercoaster until the end. OMG, the end. What the heck? Abrupt and without conclusion.I did not expect it to end like this, in the middle of a scene. And I'm supposed to wait until next year for the continuation? I'm a little ticked off.

Sara is in her late twenties, a teacher who lives off her modest salary, even though her passion is art. Since art doesn't pay much, and she doesn't want to live off her rich father whom she hates, she is content with what she has.

At the start of summer break, Sara's best friend Ella decides to elope and leaves Sara with a key to a rental storage unit, with instructions to empty it out before the contract expires.

Inside the unit, Sara finds journals written by Rebecca, that tell an erotic tale of submission and domination. Intrigued, Sara begins to read but as she gets deeper into the private words inside the journals, she becomes determined to find Rebecca and return her belongings. Her search leads her to an art gallery, and to Mark, the owner/director. He's impressed with her knowledge of art and hires her on the spot to take over Rebecca's job for the summer.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Blog Tour Stop: 2:32am by Emily Ford - Guest Post and Giveaway

Hi, and thanks for joining us today. We have with us Emily Ford, author of 2:32 a.m., who's brought with her a guest post from the protagonist, Cat Townsend.

A warm welcome to both! 

About the Author:

Debut novelist Emily Ford has always been a storyteller. As a kid at summer camp in Maine, she’d make up ghost stories at bedtime for her fellow bunkmates. Her Djinn Master’s Legacy trilogy also began as a simple bedtime story, intended for Ford’s then adolescent children to have in writing and use to tell their own kids one day. By the time she finished writing, she had three very full books. 2:32 a.m., Ford’s first installment of her young adult series, caught early readers’ attention as a fiction book minus the typical vampire and werewolf characters. The Texas writer interned each summer with KHOU-TV in Houston while gaining her bachelor’s degree in radio and television at The University of Arizona. She worked on the copy desk at The Dallas Morning News, and eventually started the marketing company KapsMark, Inc. [Source: JKS Communications, Inc.]



What if you suddenly discover you have magical powers? Seventeen-year-old Cat Townsend was woken suddenly by an unknown man sitting on the edge of her bed. Silently, the middle-aged man with shoulder-length dreadlocks and dark, flawless skin reached for her hand. His touch was shocking, but his smile, reassuring. When their eyes locked Cat knew she should be afraid, but she wasn’t. Then in an instant he simply disappeared. She rubbed her eyes thinking the man was a dream. For in that undefined place between asleep and awake, the moment felt hazy and surreal. A chill ran down her spine as she glanced at the time. It was 2:32 a.m. Alone in the darkness, Cat had no way of knowing her destiny had just changed forever.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Damaged Goods by Alexandra Allred

Damaged Goods
From the blurb:

When Joanna Lucas moves to a small town to escape a scandal and a scoundrel, she finds herself in trouble again when she befriends a stripper-turned-Mormon, a one-legged woman thanks to a loose tiger, and a dirty-minded troublemaker with a love of inane questions, and they take on an industrial town. Erin Brockovich has nothing on these ladies! Prepare to laugh out loud and cheer them on as they set out to right a terrible wrong . . . no matter how outlandish things get.

My rating:

I read the blurb prior to accepting this book as an ARC from the publisher and thought I was in for a humorous little chicklit book similar to The Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Boy, was I wrong. Not about the humor, because there's riotous laughing to be had inside, but this book went far beyond chicklit and tackled some heavy issues that reminded me of Erin Brockovich.

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