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#8sunday snippets entry…Weekend Writing Warriors… The Trouble with Romance

I’m really happy that I’ve rejoined  the Weekend Writing Warriors‘ 8snippet Sunday! I love reading the other amazing snippets by my fellow talented writers!! If you’re reading this and you have know idea what I’m talking about well then you should check out their website, http://www.wewriwa.com/ to read more about it and sign up! (Basically any Work In Progress you have going, you share 8 sentences from it after setting the scene, and receive feedback from other writers. It’s awesome!!)

Anyway I would like to introduce you all to my latest book called, The Trouble with Romance which is the sequel to my début  novel, The Trouble with Playing Cupid. In this scene, singer December Brown and her manager/ best friend, Clarissa Gregory get pulled over for accidentally running a red light.

“Afternoon, You missed that red light back there.” He replied gruffly, his eyes trained forward, as if the long stretch of road ahead was more interesting than anything in the car.

“I know! I’m sorry! I just realized it at the last minute and it was too late to reverse before the light changed to green.”

“Uh huh. License and registration, please.”

Clarissa quickly handed it over, finally chancing a sneaky glance up at him. He wasn’t classically gorgeous like Tom or Damien, December’s bodyguard, or the stylishly preened perfection of Terrence. His nose was just a little on the pointy side, his hair was at least two weeks overdue for a haircut, and he had a brooding kind of look about him as if he’d seen it all, done it all and he was judging you for it. Nevertheless, the cop was still a very good looking man. His steel gray eyes framed enviously long dark lashes that only served to compliment his olive toned complexion, all of which was topped off with a sexy 5 o’clock shadow which piqued Clarissa’s interest.

Hope you enjoyed it!! Check out the rest of the entries for #8Sunday at http://www.wewriwa.com/ just click the links :)

Thank you for reading!! xoxo

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BPIC promo’s presents the Lucky 7:Brazen Bachelors Release Blast

Lucky 7: Brazen Bachelors
by Caridad Piñeiro, Sophia Knightly,

Tawny Weber, Nina Bruhns, Susan Hatler,

Virna DePaul, and Kristin Miller

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 24, 2015

SEVEN New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Authors bring you SEVEN contemporary romance novellas, starring SEVEN brazen bachelors.

Get lucky with a brazen bachelor. . . .

Just One Night

by Caridad Piñeiro

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author.

He has just one night to show her that anything is possible.

Heart Hunter

by Sophia Knightly

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author.

Young widow Evie Parker is looking for love, but notorious Scottish playboy Cameron Hunter won’t do – though she’s wildly attracted to him. Will Evie give in to his hot pursuit, or will Cameron’s “Heartbreak Hunter” reputation and scheming outside forces keep them apart?

A SEAL’s Sacrifice

by Tawny Weber

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author



Never underestimate a sexy, stubborn SEAL…

Kiss of a Lifetime

by Nina Bruhns

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author



An innocent student and a hard-bitten mercenary are thrown together during a coup…and their passionate kiss leads to secrets and danger—and the love of a lifetime.

License to Date

by Susan Hatler

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author



Kaitlin swears off men, but agrees to five dates in five nights and ends up falling for a mysterious bartender who isn’t what he seems.

Wild For Mr. Wrong

by Virna DePaul

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author



When a guarded prosecutor goes head-to-head with a brazen southern defense attorney, passion sparks in the courtroom and ends up blazing in the bedroom.

It Must’ve Been Love

by Kristin Miller

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author



Feisty bookstore owner Georgia Swift dreams of the kind of true love found in romance novels. When bestselling author Grayson Thompson comes into Blue Lake on a book tour, their chemistry jumps off the page. Is happily-ever-after reserved for novels, or will the passion sparking between them prove it’s within reach?

Caridad Piñeiro

Caridad Piñeiro is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and RITA® Finalist. Caridad wrote her first novel in the fifth grade when her teacher assigned a project – to write a book for a class lending library. Bitten by the writing bug, Caridad continued with her passion for the written word and in 1999, Caridad’s first novel was released. Over a decade later, Caridad is the author of nearly 40 published novels and novellas. When not writing, Caridad is a wife and mother to an aspiring writer and fashionista.

Sophia Knightly

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Sophia Knightly, loves to cook up hot romance and delicious humor in her feel-good stories. Whether it’s romantic suspense, romantic comedy or chick lit, her books are fun and sexy contemporary romances that feature hot alpha heroes and strong, smart women.

She is traditionally published by St. Martin’s Press, Kensington and Samhain Publishing. Her popular Tropical Heat Series books and Heartthrob Series books have consistently been on multiple bestselling lists.

When not writing or reading, she loves walking the beach, exploring museums, going to the theatre, enjoying good food, and watching movies. One of her favorite pastimes remains simply watching people, especially those in love!

Tawny Weber

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over thirty books, Tawny Weber has been writing sassy, sexy romances since her first one hit the shelves in 2007.  A fan of Johnny Depp, cupcakes and color coordination, she spends a lot of her time shopping for cute shoes, scrapbooking and hanging out on Facebook.

Nina Bruhns

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Nina Bruhns‘ adventurous romantic thrillers contain a unique blend of interesting characters and settings, twisty suspense and sizzling romance. To date she has published over 30 award-winning novels.

Aside from hitting #11 on the New York Times Best Seller List, other awards and honors for Ms. Bruhns’s books have included two RITA nominations, three Daphne du Maurier Awards for the Year’s Best Overall Mystery-Suspense Book, two Romantic Times Reviewer Award for Best Book of the Year for series romance, a National Readers Choice Award, and five Dorothy Parker Awards of Excellence, just to name a few.

Susan Hatler

Susan Hatler is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, who writes humorous and emotional contemporary romance and young adult novels. Many of Susan’s books have been translated into German, Spanish, French, and Italian. A natural optimist, she believes life is amazing, people are fascinating, and imagination is endless. She loves spending time with her characters and hopes you do, too.

Virna DePaul

Virna DePaul is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of steamy, suspenseful fiction.  Whether it’s vampires, a Para-Ops team, hot cops or swoon-worthy identical twin brothers, her stories center around complex individuals willing to overcome incredible odds for love.

Kristin Miller

New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author Kristin Miller writes sweet and sassy contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance of all varieties. Kristin has degrees in psychology, English, and education, and taught high school and middle school English before crossing over to a career in writing. She lives in Northern California with her alpha male husband and their two children. She loves chocolate way more than she should and the gym less. You can usually find her in the corner of a coffee shop, laptop in front of her and mocha in hand, using the guests around her as fuel for her next book.


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BPIC promotions presents my review of Brenda Vicar’s Polarity in Motion

by Brenda Vicars
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: December 2, 2014

Fifteen-year-old Polarity Weeks just wants to live a normal life, but with a mother diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, that’s rarely easy. Her life gets exponentially more disastrous when her sixth-period history classmates start ogling a nude picture of her on the Internet. Polarity would never have struck such a shameless pose, but the photo is definitely of her, and she’s at a complete loss to explain its existence.

Child Protective Services yanks her from her home, suspecting her parents. The kids at school mock her, assuming she took it herself. And Ethan, the boy she was really starting to like, backpedals and joins the taunting chorus. Surrounded by disbelief and derision on all sides, Polarity desperately seeks the truth among her friends. Only then does she learn that everyone has dark secrets, and no one’s life is anywhere near normal.

Read the first chapter on the Publisher’s website ==> Click Here

 Brenda Vicar’s Polarity in Motion is my hands down favorite book of 2015! and yes I know it’s not even April yet but I’m calling it anyway and I’m confident that my mind won’t be changed very easily. This book was smart, had heart and was beautifully written. After reading it, I ran around telling anyone who would listen how great it was and I don’t usually do that.

From the explanation of the main character’s name- Polarity to her mother’s illness it was handled with such a breath of fresh air and candor. I can’t stop praising it enough. The love affair between Polarity and Ethan was perfect for their age group and in their situation. I truly appreciated the fact that the author chose to allow the reader to fall in love with Polarity before forcing us to fall in love with the couple way too early in the book.  Instead we were genuinely rooting for her to find happiness, and Ethan was the perfect fit for her. They were both strong and resilient in different yet similar ways. It was great to read about a teenaged heroine who may have bent under her dire circumstances but did not ever contemplate breaking. It was refreshing the candidness the author approached the realistic situation of sending kids to alternate schools for bad behavior and even how they treat children in the child protection system , the fact that  in our society (the world over, not just in america) it’s usually the poor who suffer first and the hardest. and alot of the time it happens to minorities.

I absolutely loved the fact that Polarity internalized this and wanted in her heart to be a better person because of that. The author didn’t just glaze over it, she acknowledged the fact that it wasn’t something that  one teenager could fix, fiction or not.

Added bonus was the main protagonist , the cause of Polarity’s exile (both physical and emotional) wasn’t just one person, or one thing but a culmination of things and people.  Brenda Vicars, you are a star and I wish you an insane amount of success!! If only more people were as socially aware as you are!

Brenda Vicars has worked in Texas public education for many years. Her jobs have included teaching, serving as a principal, and directing student support programs. For three years, she also taught college English to prison inmates.

She entered education because she felt called to teach, but her students taught her the biggest lesson: the playing field is not even for all kids. Through her work, she became increasingly compelled to bring their unheard voices to the page. The heartbeat of her fiction emanates from the courage and resiliency of her students.

Brenda’s hobbies include reading, making things out of re-purposed wood, pulling weeds in the garden, and going to Zumba classes.


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#8sunday snippets entry…Weekend Writing Warriors… The Trouble with Romance

Wow! It feels like forever since I’ve joined in on the Weekend Writing Warriors‘ 8snippet Sunday! I can’t wait to read the other amazing snippets by my fellow talented writers!! If you’re reading this and you have know idea what I’m talking about well then you should check out their website, http://www.wewriwa.com/ to read more about it and sign up! (Basically any Work In Progress you have going, you share 8 sentences from it after setting the scene, and receive feedback from other writers. It’s awesome!!)

Anyway I would like to introduce you all to my latest book called, The Trouble with Romance which is the sequel to my début  novel, The Trouble with Playing Cupid. In this scene, singer December Brown and her manager/ best friend, Clarissa Gregory get pulled over for accidentally running a red light.

The flashing lights coming up behind them alerted them that perhaps the law disagreed.

“Of course, it would be just my luck to have a police car behind me. Ugh,My registration is in glove box, can you hand it to me please?”
December silently did what she was told, She always felt very nervous whenever she
was pulled over. As if she was on the run from some horrendous crime and the law finally
caught up to her even though she had no priors and didn’t even litter. She barely even
jaywalked if she could help it, choosing rather to wait for the WALK sign before crossing the street.
“Dee, breathe. I might get a ticket at the most. It’ll be fine, okay?”  Clarissa soothed,
reaching over to gently squeeze December’s hand.

Hope you enjoyed it!! Check out the rest of the entries for #8Sunday at http://www.wewriwa.com/ just click the links :)

Thank you for reading!! xoxo

TTWR 3D F

Buy the Book for Kindle here

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My Review of Huw Millward’s Tommorow is Gone

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Bleak, Dismal, heartbreaking. That’s how I would describe Lancel’s world. from start to finish I immersed in a place and time that was so cruel and dark for a young boy and yet he kept finding these little sparks of light and hope that he clung too. It was beautiful. Lancel was such a strong character even after facing so many insurmountable odds, losing countless allies and friends for no other reason that the Master was heartless and power hungry.
Huw Millward’s Tommorow is Gone is a fantastic, unique read. I honestly felt like I’ve never read anything like it before. It wasn’t the usual overdone dystopian trope. The writing was straight forward and crisp. Yet you couldn’t help but be sucked into the Lancel’s reality once you started reading. for a debut novel, this was powerful stuff. Huw didn’t shy away from the endless gore that a war torn world would be privy too and I am glad for it.

10/10 would recommend.

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Lola’s blog tours presents my review of Jen Naumann’s Paranormal keepers

Paranormal KeepersParanormal Keepers
by Jen Naumann

Genre: Paranormal
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: March 11, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Blurb:
Everyone thinks Harper Young killed her boyfriend. No one will say it to her face, but the signs are everywhere.

It’s almost been a year since Gavin was torn from Harper’s arms and brutally murdered. The police wrote it off as a freak accident, deciding Harper’s strange testimony was given under duress. But she knows something unnatural was involved and refuses to stop looking until she finds his killer, even if it means her reputation as a senior is ruined. Even if it means there really are monsters living among us.

With the discovery of the mothmen, witches, vampires and all the creatures she always suspected were out there, Harper finds herself amidst a complex bundle of unseen heroes who call themselves “Keepers”, sworn to keep the secret of the paranormal creatures that walk this earth. As she tries to understand what’s so special about her that she’s able to break an old Keeper law, Harper has a baffling vision of kissing a mysterious guy before a blade is brought down on him. Before she can get a handle on her future, she becomes central to a battle between the questionable “heroes” and the evil she’s been training to fight, leaving her to wonder if there’s any way to change the fate that has been foretold before it’s too late.

You can find Paranormal Keepers on Goodreads

You can buy Paranormal Keepers here:
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My Review

I have nothing but praise for Jen Naumann’s Paranormal Keepers, I mean WOW!! from the very first page I was riveted. It was well written although I think the dialogue  itself had some issues, Harper’s internal narration made up for it. Harper, the main character is refreshingly brave if not a little foolhardy about dealing with the people in her life after her boyfriend Gavin’s horrendous death. She is frigging fearless about telling people off when she maybe should think twice but I appreciated the fact that Harper realized she had no real friends in the popular group anymore so she basically took no prisoners.

Now the academy and all the fantastical creatures was well described and wonderfully written even if I thought all of them were shifty as hell. I don’t know if I would have been able to sleep with those crazy people hanging around but the book was great and very imaginative. I ended up going to bed at 5am while reading it, I didn’t want to put it down.  Definitely recommend anyone who likes a darker edged YA fantasy novel!

 

Jen NaumannAbout the Author:
Jen Naumann grew up in southern Minnesota as an addict of such flicks as Indiana Jones and The Goonies until she discovered John Hughes, and spent her high school days locked away writing love stories with a sci-fi/paranormal twist. Married to a farmer in southern Minnesota, she tries to follow the madness of her four active children while balancing an imagination that never shuts down. As the author of CHEATING DEATH, SHYMERS, AND PARANORMAL KEEPERS, she writes stories with strong female leads who have a good sense of humor and tend to fall in love despite their better judgment.

You can find and contact Jen Naumann here:
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#8SUNDAY…Weekend Writing Warriors snippets entry…The Trouble with Romance

Wow! It feels like forever since I’ve joined in on the Weekend Writing Warriors‘ 8snippet Sunday! I can’t wait to read the other amazing snippets by my fellow talented writers!! If you’re reading this and you have know idea what I’m talking about well then you should check out their website, http://www.wewriwa.com/ to read more about it and sign up! (Basically any Work In Progress you have going, you share 8 sentences from it after setting the scene, and receive feedback from other writers. It’s awesome!!)

Anyway I would like to introduce you all to my latest book called, The Trouble with Romance which is the sequel to my début  novel, The Trouble with Playing Cupid. In this scene, singer December Brown and her manager/ best friend, Clarissa Gregory get pulled over for accidentally running a red light.

The flashing lights coming up behind them alerted them that perhaps the law disagreed.

“Of course, it would be just my luck to have a police car behind me. Ugh,My registration is in glove box, can you hand it to me please?”
December silently did what she was told, She always felt very nervous whenever she
was pulled over. As if she was on the run from some horrendous crime and the law finally
caught up to her even though she had no priors and didn’t even litter. She barely even
jaywalked if she could help it, choosing rather to wait for the WALK sign before crossing the street.
“Dee, breathe. I might get a ticket at the most. It’ll be fine, okay?”  Clarissa soothed,
reaching over to gently squeeze December’s hand.

Hope you enjoyed it!! Check out the rest of the entries for #8Sunday at http://www.wewriwa.com/ just click the links :)

Thank you for reading!! xoxo

TTWR 3D F

Buy the Book for Kindle here

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