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The Trouble with Romance (The sequel to The Trouble with Playing Cupid) by Tamara Philip

The Trouble with Romance

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In the sequel to The Trouble with Playing Cupid, December’s best friend and agent, Clarissa Gregory, finds herself as the latest person destined for love.
Love never felt so good for pop singer December Brown and her boyfriend, Hollywood heartthrob, Tom Elmswood. A year later and they’re still crazy about each other. Now it’s their turn to be the well meaning but still pretty terrible matchmakers.

Except, for Clarissa, it isn’t only meddling friends pushing her towards the dashing detective Peter, but fate itself.

Will December convince the cynical Clarissa to take a chance on romance? Or is she right, that love really is just too much trouble?

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book as always with Tamara Philip March 1, 2015

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Great book as always with Tamara Philip. What I really enjoyed about this book was not only the romance, but with seeing Clarissa’s relationship with her best friend December. They way that she admires her friends reaction to stardom, the conversations they have, dealing with a stalker!!! It just makes the reader feel like they are a part of the friendship and Hollywood.
Enough about the friendship though, this time around it’s Clarissa’s (December’s best friend) chance at love, but as we can all relate to, love is never easy or come at exactly the moment that you’re expecting it. I’d have to say there is quite a bit of suspense in this book and if you’re up for a wild ride, this is the book for you.

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BPIC promotions’ presents my review of David Wind’s Born to Magic

by David Wind
Series: Tales of Nevaeh: Volume 1
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Release Date: February 15, 2015

Welcome to Nevaeh: a world where technology no longer exists, but magic does.

Long ago, a mythical nation known as ‘America’ died in the violence and radiation of the terrorist wars. Now their descendants dwell in a world of ritual and magic where ten dominions struggle for supremacy while a dark power rises to threaten them all.

In Nevaeh, where men are blessed with great strength and women have both strength and psychic abilities, one woman has been chosen to be Nevaeh’s savior, Areenna—the only daughter of the King of Freemorn.

Barely eighteen, Areenna’s psychic abilities—her magic— are already stronger than that of most women. But when Areenna is called to The Island, a place where all women of psychic power must go, but from where only some return, she soon learns the fate of her world is in her hands.

Accompanied by Mikaal, the son of the High King of Nevaeh, the two undertake a perilous journey to a place of great power, in an effort to save Nevaeh from the oncoming darkness, and these dark and evil forces will do everything in their power to stop Areenna from reaching her destination.

Areenna’s journey is filled with unimaginable dangers as they cross through three of Nevaeh’s ten dominions, and through the haunted wastelands and badlands filled with the mutated survivors of the nuclear holocaust to fight their way to what will either claim both their lives or give them the powers to save their world.

“There is no choice.” Cupping the sides of his head, the High King of Nevaeh held himself as if trying to ease a headache of astonishing proportions.

“There is always a choice.” The High Queens’s voice was as soothing as was the hand stroking his back. While smaller than most men of Nevaeh, the king was broad across the chest and shoulders, narrow at the hips with powerful legs and arms. Yet none would have pictured him a king for his size combined with the delivery of his words served to make him appear slow-witted. He, however, was far from slow-witted. He considered every word he spoke carefully before allowing it to pass his lips.

His special combination of strength and intelligence had allowed him to defeat the sorceresses controlled and led by the Masters of the Circle of Afzal—the leaders of the shadowy empire across the sea. These witches had held Nevaeh in virtual slavery, using the fighting between the ten dominions to keep their Dark Masters’ strength high—for they fed not upon earthly food, but by keeping the rulers of Nevaeh at each other’s throats, living and growing in the power created by the dark energies born from the fighting.

By defeating the Afzaleem, he became the first person to unite the dominions of Nevaeh under a single rule while at the same time denying the Circle their Nevaen puppets.

The king lifted his head to look into the gray eyes of his mate. “There is no choice,” he repeated. “We must keep the trust and willingness of all rulers to allow themselves and their families to be led rather than forced.”

“There are still those who resist what we do to help them,” she said.

“No, it is because those few have no faith in me,” he whispered. While his words were simple, they were true.

“Perhaps…Yet I know there will be one who comes to your aid, when the time is right,” she whispered. “I have foreseen it in my dreams, My Lord. You have changed much since you became high king and you ask the people to do the same. And remember, what follows this change is what you seek to guide, not the change itself. The rest will take more time than you and I have, which is why you must wait for the right person.”

“How long is the wait? We both know the situation grows dire. The lords of the ten will start feuding again as the remnants of the Circle try to rise. The Afzaleem are all but dead. But we know the Circle will find new vassals to fill with darkness…if they have not done so already. Soon there will begin fighting. The people will be easily swayed should the dark power find a way to regain a foothold…and such can only happen when dominion fights dominion. They almost won, and they will try again—they will never stop. How long must the wait be?” he repeated, not seeking an answer but putting forth the question to the very air itself. “Days? Weeks? Years?”

In from the window floated the voice of their sixteen year old son, Mikaal, as he trained for combat in the courtyard below. “This person will come. It will not be…overly long, my husband, my…Lord. It will happen—perhaps not in the way you think it should, but it will come about the way it must.”

What a gorgeous read! I loved David Wind’s world of Nevaeh. It was so intricately detailed and beautifully thought out. I especially loved the Roth aspect. A human from present time that happens upon earth 3000 years in the future and he’s armed with the intelligence and forsight to help this new world to better itself and not fall through the same issues as our current world. That was my favorite part. How hard must it have been for him to decide what to keep and what to lose/leave behind on that ship, in his old life.

I would love to read a prequel about that, his life when he first showed up and adapted and saved the new inhabitants of Earth from themselves and the dark forces threatening them and their way of life.

I’m sure alot of people have commented on the romance between Areena and Mikaal as they came into both their powers and their love so I won’t stick on that except to say that it was well done and unhurried just the way I like it.

Even without the magical angle, if it was simply a scifi instead of a mixture of fantasy and science fiction and I would have still been totally engrossed by this novel. 10/10 would recommend.

I live and write in a small village about thirty miles upstate of NYC, and share my home with my wife, Bonnie and our dog Alfie, an apricot poodle.

When I began writing in 1980, I had no idea where I was headed. Since then, I’ve published thirty-five novels, thirty-three of them with traditional publishers, but I decided I wanted more freedom than the traditional publishers would allow and began a new phase in my life as an Independent Author.

Sci-Fi & fantasy has always been my most favorite genre.   My first novel in the genre, Queen Of Knights was a medieval / historical fantasy and reached #2 on the Amazon.com bestseller lists for historical fantasy and medieval fantasy, and my sci-fi of parallel worlds, The Others, received wide acclaim.

M first Independent novel, Angels In Mourning, was my ‘homage’ to the old time private detective books of the late 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.  I used to love to sneak them from my parents’ night-tables and read them as a young boy.  Angels is a modern day take on the old style hardboiled detective.  Angels In Mourning won the Amazon.com Book of the Month Reader’s Choice Award shortly after it was published.

My most current thriller, The Cured, was written with Terese Ramin. The idea for this Medical Thriller came shortly after the death of a close friend.  I couldn’t help but wonder about the medication….

My previous suspense thrillers are The Hyte Maneuver, (a Literary guild alternate selection); As Peace Lay Dying, Conspiracy of Mirrors, And Down Will Come Baby, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep ,and Shadows.


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Diverse Book Tours presents my review of Kenya Wright’s Fire Baptized

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Welcome to the “Fire Baptized” Mini tour brought to you by the lovely Kenya Wright.
If you’re in the mood for Urban Fantasy, Diversity and Unapologetic characters, you’ve found your kryptonite!

 

 

Book Title: Fire Baptized

Author Name: Kenya Wright

ISBN Number: 0985023007

Publisher: Pursuit

Page Number: 286

Format (e.g. paperback, ebook, etc.): ebook

Genre(s): Interracial Paranormal Romance

Release Date: Jan 28, 2012

Synopsis:

Since the 1970s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities. Silver brands embedded in their foreheads identify them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for Shifters, a pair of wings for Fairies, and the list goes on, for each supernatural species has been tagged and categorized by humans.Lanore Vesta is marked with a silver X, the brand of Mixbreeds, second-class citizens shunned by society. She stays to herself, revealing her ability to create fire only during emergencies. All she wants to do is graduate college and stop having to steal to survive. But when she stumbles upon a murder in progress, she catches the attention of a supernatural killer. Now all she wants is to stop finding dead bodies in her apartment.

Enlisting help from her Were-cheetah ex-boyfriend MeShack and a new mysterious friend named Zulu, she is steered through the habitat s raunchy nightlife. But their presence sometimes proves to be more burden than help, as they fight for her attention.

While the corpses pile up, and the scent of blood fills the air, Lanore is left wondering: will she find the psycho or die trying?

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My Review

I really liked the idea of Lanore’s world especially since I’m a huge urban fantasy fan. and with a diverse cast of characters? I’m already hooked. I really enjoyed the author’s vivid description of her gritty, harshly realistic underbelly of our world and the case of the monster baddy murdering people was fantastic. Kenya Wright’s dialogue is always on point. I may not love her heroine’s because they drive me crazy with their love of douchebag guys but you cannot fault the authors gift at what she does.  If I were you Lanore, I would get my head checked because both guys are pretty insane!

 

 

About the Author:

Writer. Lover. Foodie. Mother. Book Addict.

Masturbator. Comedian. Super Hero. Blogger.

Professional Adventurer.

Stalk her….I mean it, Stalk her!
Kenya is in the league of looking for new minions!
Places of interest she’s waiting for you to come out of hiding:

Kenya Wright’s Official Site
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Twitter @Kenyawright77

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Diverse Book Tours Presents my review for J.L. Campbell’s Christine’s Odyssey

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ISBN: B00C1JU8F0

Publisher: The Writer’s Suite

Pages: 238

Genre: MG/YA/Realistic Fiction

Release Date: November 7th, 2013

Plot Summary:

Raised in a hotbed of arguments and fights, eleven-year-old Christine Simms is the victim of her mother’s temper and cruelty. A domestic dispute ends in tragedy, sending the family into a tailspin.

A shocking discovery sends Christine on a quest to find the stranger who left her behind in Jamaica. Determined to unravel the mystery of her birth, Christine uses every tool at her disposal and treads with courage where no child should.

Book Links

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My Review

I truly liked this book. J.L. Campbell is obviously a very gifted writer because I was hooked from the very start. It was so heartbreaking at points, especially the tragedy that happened for such young children. it was awful but the author really portrayed it well. Ma’am was a horrible mother and wife but she was such a complicated character that I wanted to learn more about her frame of mind from the time she met Maxwell. It’s easy to call her selfish but I still wanted to delve deeper into her character. Which is my same feeling for Maxwell, I wanted to know even more about him and what made him make the choices he made like staying with a woman who obviously disliked his daughter, and having even more children with her.

Even at the end though and Christine got everything she wanted to be happy, I was still so sad for the rest of the kids :( It was a great book thoughand I would highly recommend it!

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Biography

J.L. Campbell is an award-winning, Jamaican writer who is always on the look-out for story-making material. She writes romantic suspense, women’s fiction and young adult novels. She is the author of A Baker’s Dozen-13 Steps to Distraction, Absolution, Anya’s Wish, Chasing Anya, Christine’s Odyssey, Contraband, Dissolution, Distraction, Don’t Get Mad…Get Even, Kicked to the Kerb, Grudge, Hardware (written under the pen name Jayda McTyson) Saving Sam, Taming Celeste and Retribution. Her Amazon author page is here.

Visit her on the web at http://www.joylcampbell.com You can also connect with her on Twitter @JL_Campbell or on Facebook.

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Website: Official Blog

Facebook: Jamaican Kid Lit Page

Twitter: @JL_Campbell

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Lola’s blog tours presents my review of Millenia Black’s Raindrops on Roses

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Raindrops on Roses by Millenia Black. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 9 till 22 February, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours: http://lolasblogtours.net/blog-tour-raindrops-on-roses-by-millenia-black/

Raindrops on RosesRaindrops on Roses (Favorite Things Trilogy #1)
by Millenia Black

Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Women’s Fiction
Age category: Adult
Release Date: November 18, 2014

Blurb:
What happens when the man you love falls in love with someone else?

Mayfair Island, Florida. Grief-stricken after the sudden loss of her beloved grandmother, an enduring but reclusive Hollywood icon, young Priscilla Bauer finds herself adrift and looking to find solace in the arms of her vast inheritance, when she meets the kind and considerate corporate brand designer, Michael Frost—a drop dead gorgeous beacon of light in her all too dark night.

Falling hard and falling fast, Priscilla has no idea she’s stepped into dangerous territory…Because someone else has already branded Michael Frost her very own—and she has no intention of ever letting him go.

Passions are high, but bitter vengeance gets even higher!

With Raindrops on Roses, the captivating Favorite Things Novella Trilogy—takes flight!

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My Review

Millenia Black’s Raindrops on Roses was a great read. I really liked Priscilla, I thought she was sweet and I would be her friend if she was a real person. I also really liked Amber, I understood her pain and confusion and even her desperation. The author wrote them Amber in particularly very well. The entire read was quite good but I truly hated Michael. I have never disliked a character as much as I hated this lead male. Priscilla deserved better and Amber, my God, did she deserve so much more than to be tossed aside like so much garbage.

I’ve read other reviews calling Amber crazy and a stalker but honestly she was a woman who gave nearly 10 years worth of love into a relationship with a man who decided on a whim that he was bored of her and wanted the new young thing. He cast her aside and so abruptly, it wasn’t as if she took their relationship for granted or anything. He was a cretin who decided to pursue a grieving woman at the most vulnerable time, knowing fully well that he had a long term girlfriend that up until that moment he had no problem being with. Michael literally had no plans of leaving her until he decided to chase after Priscilla, who was an innocent in the whole thing.

I hope Michael becomes a better person in the next book because right now he’s the scum of the earth yet he claims to be a nice guy. argh I hated him but I loved the two lead females so much. I am very torn as you can tell. Kudos to the writer who made me feel so deeply about a character because that is pure talent right there!

About the Author:
No one does family and relationship drama quite like bestselling author Millenia Black! Heralded as a double life and relationship expert, she’s been a featured guest on radio shows across the country, discussing the 7 Smoke Signals Your Man is Living a Double Life.

A celebrated alumnus of Keiser University, Millenia lives in the State of Florida where she’s currently hard at work on BLUE SATIN SASHES, book two of the highly acclaimed Favorite Things Trilogy!

Currently unmarried, she’s never dated anyone living a double life…

She thinks.

You can find and contact Millenia here:
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Diverse Book Tours presents Alicia McCalla’s Origins of an African Elemental Series

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Welcome to Origins of an African Elemental Mini-Tour!

And the tale of the African Elementals begins… This prequel

boxed set is the first and second installment in the Soul Eater series. Mawu, Iniko, and Shania grow into

their strength as mothers and warriors.These women wield the elements and war swords to save this

universe from an ancient evil.

Mawu_300x200Mawu An insidious demonic force infects the West African pantheon

and a modest Earth goddess goes on a quest to save her people from destruction. She finds strength in

the arms of a Norse god who believes in justice. But when Mawu returns to the African pantheon, she

must take an oath that threatens the life of her unborn child.

Iniko_300x200Iniko, daughter of a West African goddess and a Norse god, struggles

with her estranged husband, who abducted their child and is intent on murdering the girl in a blood-

soaked ritual to gain power for his ancient demonic master. Iniko travels to a West African castle during

the slave trade to battle possessed vampire-like beasts with her sword and dagger to rescue her child.

Can she find the strength to kill the man who once held her heart and the key to her magic?

Flee_small_-_CopyFlee: A Short Story After the death of her grandmother, Shania Moore, a 27-year

old African-American woman, is tormented by her ex-boyfriend and a paranormal serial killer. When

Shania falls into a dream realm and connects with an ancient African goddess, her earth magic awakens.

Shania realizes that in order to save her daughter’s magical soul, she must run into the arms of the white

man whom she lied to about having an abortion and stood up at the altar ten years before.

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About the Author:

Alicia is an activist in the movement towards diversifying Science fiction and Fantasy (#diversityinsff).

She created the first “State of Black Science Fiction 2012″ blog tour, is an active member in the State of

Black Science Fiction FaceBook group and has a ScoopIt page where she actively curates topics related

to Afrofuturism, Black Science Fiction, and Black Speculative fiction.

Alicia’s adult series mixes African-American women’s fiction with dark urban fantasy. Check out the Soul

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How to Support an Author’s New Book: 11 Ideas For You

Originally posted on Writers In The Storm Blog:

By Chuck Sambuchino

large_5595133805My Writer’s Digest coworker, Brian A. Klems, recently geared up for the release of his first book — a humorous guide for fathers called OH BOY, YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL: A DAD’S SURVIVAL GUIDE TO RAISING DAUGHTERS (Adams Media). On top of that, my coworker Robert Brewer (editor of Writer’s Market) recently got a publishing deal for a book of his poetry.

So I find myself as a cheerleader for my writing buddies — trying to do what I can to help as their 2013 release dates approach. I help in two ways: 1) I use my own experience of writing & publishing books to share advice on what they can expect and plan for; and 2) I simply do whatever little things I can that help in any way.

This last part brings up an important point: Anyone can support an author’s…

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