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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.

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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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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!

You can find Raindrops on Roses on Goodreads

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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

Eater series. Sign-up on Alicia Mccalla for free downloads, e-

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you Goodreads Want-to-Read List, following Alicia via Twitter or liking her on Facebook!

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Diverse Book Tours presents my review of Sabina Khan’s Realm of the Goddess

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Welcome to the “Realm of The Goddess” Mini­Tour!

For readers looking for fantasy books that vividly blend mythology, but feel as though Greek and Roman might be in

need of a break, or overkill, “Realm of The Goddess” might be up your alley!

It blends South Asian myth, with paranormal elements! Plus hot guys!

Not sure? Check out the Blurb!

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Seventeen year old Callie discovers she is an avatar of the powerful Hindu Goddess Kali and she has to

save the world from Mahisha, the King of Demons. Now Callie has to accept her fate and control her powers. Before she can face Mahisha, she must find the Sword of Knowledge that the Immortals had given Kali five thousand years ago.

As Callie embarks upon the dangerous quest to find this weapon, she must travel deep into the

jungles of India to find a temple only spoken of in legends. The Rakshakari, who are sworn to protect the Goddess, guide her on this

treacherous journey, fraught with demons and mortal conspiracies.

She is accompanied by the gorgeous, enigmatic Shiv for whom she feels an inexplicable but undeniable attraction. Can she trust Shiv with her life or are there dark forces at work that will divide loyalties and leave Callie at the mercy of Mahisha and his army of demons?

In a timeless tale of good versus evil, travel across the world to a place that time has forgotten. Here lies the answer to an ancient riddle. Here lies the fate of humanity.

This young adult paranormal fantasy has all the ingredients for an exciting read: ancient religion, mystery, action, adventure, romance and deities and demons galore.

Sabina Khan’s “Realm of The Goddess” blends Young Adult themes, Paranormal elements, and South Asian mythology.

 You can support this diverse book by clicking on the purchase link below, or adding it to your Goodreads TBR list!

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My Review

I love mythology fantasy books and Sabina Khan’s realm of the goddess did not disappoint. Filled with Indian gods and goddesses and angsty teenagers in a gripping, fast paced plot to save the world, what else could you ask for?? Well besides MORE!! good news, this is the first of a series so we lucked out!

I love take charge of your destiny heroines in YA because I want the younger generation to find themselves emulating that sort of mindset to not just let things happen to you, to be part of it all.

I hope the main character, Calli learns as she grows into the story, to not continue to be foolhardy yet brave. Harry potter taught us all that to be courageous and kind is only half of the battle, you need a support system and also to do your research on your enemy and the people around you. So take note, Calli! Trust but verify!

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Sabina Khan is the author of Realm of the Goddess, the first in a series of YA Paranormal Fantasy books based on the gods and goddesses of India. She is an educational consultant and a karaoke enthusiast.

After living in Germany, Bangladesh, Macao, Illinois and Texas, she has finally settled down in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, with her husband and three daughters, one of whom is a fur baby. She is passionate about the empowerment of girls and women, hoping to inspire them with the strong female characters in her novel.

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BPIC presents the release of David Wind’s Born to Magic

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.”

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 An Arrangement of Love

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An Arrangement of Love by Kenya Wright

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Plot Summary:

He kissed me. And not just any kiss. He kissed me like he owned me, as if he bought me last night and

my orgasm was the payment. His tongue didn’t explore my mouth instead it taunted me, gliding in and out between my lips in a rhythm that reminded me of hot sex. He shifted his hand to the back of my head and trapped me to him. My bag and its contents dropped to the floor. . .What would you do for six figures?

Billionaire Chase Stone offers Jasmine a six-figure job that requires a full-time commitment in his office as well as his bed. If only she knew that before she agreed, then life would’ve been easier. It’s not that he’s unattractive. Jasmine just didn’t

graduate from Harvard with honors so she could be some rich guy’s over paid mistress. What’s even more repulsing is that he lives with three women and wants her to be the fourth.

Not going to happen!

But Chase won’t give up, and Jasmine won’t give in. Someone’s going to have to change because the more they meet, the more something thick, hot, and electric bridges between them, until neither can breathe or think.

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My Review

Okay, I really truly enjoyed this book especially in this type of drama which I am biased against. Anyway here’s my review.

So when I first started this book by page 4, I’d nearly thrown my kindle across the room and out of the window atleast 6 times! as I said about the other Kenya Wright book I’d only just read (No Ordinary Love) I am not a huge fan of the alpha male in romance novels and I generally despise the 50 shades of gray type books via Billionaire and naive woman tropes, so when I started this book and saw how cruel and nasty Chase was talking to Jasmine at her interview, no less and the fact that she was accepting it, and taking it and then trying to rationalize it? ICK. but I forced myself to carry on because I hate quitting books that I promised I would read and review.

And I’m so glad that I did. After the horrible treatment the main protagonist recieved at the hands of, Chase and his cronies I thought she was going to be a pushover. but she WAS NOT. it was such a wonderful surprise!!! She had all the backbone that not one single other heroine of these types of stories had and I desperately needed that. It was great. by the end, Chase was not an alpha where she was concerned and that made me so very happy.

By the end of the book I really, really liked them together, the author made their romance sweet and sexy, believable and mindblowing all at once (because that living situation? was a giant WTF?!! talk about a ticking time bomb and we can’t forget that whole super creepy but still oddly bitter sweet romance between her best friend and her brother,)

I would highly recommend this book who hated 50 shades of gray as much as I did.

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 Kenya Wright

Biography

Writer. Lover. Foodie. Mother. Book Addict.

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Masturbator. Comedian. Super Hero. Blogger.

Professional Adventurer.

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Lola’s Blog Tours presents Millenia Black’s Raindrops on Roses + exclusive Interview

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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!

You can find Raindrops on Roses on Goodreads

You can buy Raindrops on Roses here:
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INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR MILLENIA BLACK

1- In less than 30 words, tell us about your book.

Sure! RAINDROPS ON ROSES is Book One of my brand new Favorite Things

Trilogy, featuring a razor-sharp love triangle you won’t soon forget!

2- Why did you write it? Or better yet where did the plot idea

come from?

I’m all for a good love triangle. I mean, who isn’t, right? So I decided to explore

the neurosis some women experience when the love of her life falls in love with

someone else. As you probably know, it can get pretty ugly sometimes. Some

women simply can’t let go.

3- Do you think life experiences, research or just your

imagination makes you a better a writer?

Actually, I think it’s a combination of all three, especially in developing the skill

for writing engaging and memorable stories.

4- If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

Hmm…the very first thing? Book an extended stay in one of the world’s most

luxurious spa retreats and be completely MIA for a few weeks straight!

5- When did you realize that you wanted to be a writer

professionally?

I had no interest in being a writer until I was in college. A professor gave a

poetry assignment and we had to read it aloud in a presentation to the class.

Everyone’s reaction to that poem awakened the writing bug in me, which led to

my writing a short story that would later become my first novel, The Great

Pretender!

6- How did you come up with the title?

Well, I’ve always loved the Favorite Things song from “The Sound of Music” and

one day the idea for a chain of high-end boutique hotels popped into my head.

One Hollywood legend and three young hearts in love later—the Favorite Things

Trilogy was born!

7- Where can fans contact you? Are you on Facebook or Twitter?

Do you have a website?

I certainly do! Fans can link up with me on all of the above! I love hearing

from readers and I can’t WAIT to hear what they think of RAINDROPS ON

ROSES!

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8- If you could only pick two people, living or dead, famous or

not, to read your book, who would they be and why?

Hmm…that’s a tough one. But I’d have to give one of the most obvious answers

imaginable and say Oprah for sure—I’m pretty sure she’d be up for reading

about a spicy love triangle! And for the second pick I’d go with fellow author

Jackie Collins—it’s no doubt right up her alley!

9- In one sentence, what advice would you give to an aspiring

author? 

Best advice in one sentence: Make sure you’re actually a good writer…and never

stop improving your craft.

10- What would you name the autobiography of your life?

Don’t think I’d ever write one, but if I did I’d probably call it: A LIVING DREAM.

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:
Website
Blog
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
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Amazon

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BPIC Promotions presents the release of Melinda Dozier’s Time Out, Valentine

by Melinda Dozier
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 21, 2015

Lexi’s life is one big dump. Or so she thinks. To keep her mind off her latest breakup, she stays busy with work. It’s no big deal, since writing for Time Out Portland Magazine is a blast…except for the one small snag – Grant Reeds.

Grant, a shy but sexy computer geek, is new to Time Out, working as the Networking Director for the online magazine. Even though Lexi thinks he doesn’t notice her, he sure as hell does. The owners have a plan for their upcoming Valentine’s Special, pairing up the two to explore romantic date ideas around the city.

Soon, Lexi and Grant learn that the old adage, “Opposites Attract,” can ring true.

Grant sipped his beer and surveyed the room around them—anywhere but at the siren next to him, with her fancy drink, an umbrella hanging off the side. Overhead lights strobed the room, gleaming in all directions. The DJ announced a new song and a new crowd rushed to the dance floor, leaving them more alone in the back of the room. Thank God.

It was stifling hot. He tugged his collar from his neck and rolled the sleeves of his white button-up. His glasses slid down his nose, forcing him to take them off and put them in his shirt pocket.

Luckily in that part of the room, the music wasn’t so loud that they had to scream to converse. He only raised his voice a fraction to ask her the question he’d been wondering since they set foot in the place. “So, you think this is romantic enough for a Valentine’s date?”

She batted her long lashes in his direction and smirked. “There’s low lights.”

“Yeah and loud music, people all around.” To help prove his point, someone bumped him in the back, pushing him closer to Lexi. His hand circled her waist and rested on her hip.

She sipped the drink, moving the umbrella with her other hand, then licked her lips. “It’s the place to be. All trendy couples find their way here.” She cocked her head. “What would make it more romantic? Kissing?”

A slow smile formed and he faced her. Not a bad idea. “Actually, yeah.” He placed his bottle on the table behind them, cracked his knuckles and stretched his neck.

She laughed nervously, putting her weight on another sexy as hell foot. “What? You’re gonna kiss me? For real?”

“We need romance.” He grabbed her cup and put it next to his bottle. His gaze dropped to her mouth.

“You kissing me won’t—”

He placed his thumb on her lips. “Shhh. Stop talking so we can be romantic.”

Melinda is a multi-published contemporary romance author with books from Crimson Romance, Swoon Romance and The Wild Rose Press and she’s represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency. She lives in Guatemala, Central America with her husband/college sweetheart who brings “mucho amor” to her life. Melinda enjoys being the queen of her household and dreams of being pampered fully by her three boys once they are grown. Melinda’s guilty pleasures include reality t.v., traveling, blogging and playing Zynga games.

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BPIC Promos presents the Release Blitz of Donna June Cooper’s Making Magic (Book 3 of the Kindling Series)

 

Making Magic
by Donna June Cooper
Series: Books of the Kindling, #3Publisher: Samhain PublishingCover Designer: Kanaxa
Genre: Contemporary Romance with a touch of Magic
Release Date: January 20, 2015

 

 

Books of the Kindling, Book 3

Sticks and stones may threaten bones, but her words can conquer both body and soul.

During his law enforcement career, Sheriff Jake Moser has been called to Woodruff Mountain a few times to deal with some rather weird situations. Now, recovering from a bullet wound that should have killed him and fending off his mother’s ravings about the evil that lurks on the mountain, he’s making alternate career plans.

Just as those plans begin to take shape, someone starts kidnapping newborn babies, then returning them unharmed. To make things even more interesting, an irritating adversary from his past has returned to bedevil him in a whole new, delightful way.

After her erratic psychic gift forced her to abandon her home and a promising musical career, Thea Woodruff has spent years trying, unsuccessfully, to atone for the death of Becca Moser, Jake’s sister. Once she has mourned those she’s lost and apologized to those she’s failed, she intends to flee her mountain once again.

Jake would rather she stay to compose a new tune—with him. But their complicated harmony reveals a guilty secret that threatens not only their future, but their lives…

Warning: A temperamental flute-player returns to torment an old flame, but he has other ideas, and the music they make together is combustible—and magical.

 

 

Thea caught movement at the edge of her vision and braced herself for another automobile groupie, but it was only a dirty mop head lying on the ground next to the wall. In her exhausted state,shemust’ve imagined it. She opened the door and put her bags on the console. Before she put the coffee in the drink holder, she took a long sip of the scalding brew. It wasn’t too bad, but it made her eyes water. She blinked when she saw the mop head move again. Probably a rat or raccoon under there.Then the mop head lifted its ears and gazed at her with big dark eyes.She gasped and spilled yet more coffee on her blouse.A dog.A horribly-matted, filthy gray dog thatmight’ve once been white pushed up on skinny legs and backed against the wall, watching her with suspicion. Then she saw the battered aluminum pan and cracked bowl full of water beside it. Someone was feeding the poor thing, but not really taking ownership.A stray. Like her.

She almost took a step towards the pitiful creature, but what would she do with a dog?

Thea hadn’t thought much beyond getting home for the wedding, except that she couldn’t stay. Grace had a husband now, a baby on the way and probably planned to fill the house up with children. Daniel was moving into the old Taggart place with his new bride. And she needed to follow her plan to go off and teach music somewhere. There was no room for the prodigal daughter on the mountain, much less a grimy, smelly dog. She looked down at herself and smiled. They were a matched set, weren’t they?

The dirty mop blinked at her as she sipped her coffee.

“What’s your name, pooch?” she asked.

The head cocked sideways and one eye disappeared behind its unkempt hair. The other eye glared at her as the dog tried to sink back into the wall.

She thought of the interstate and the busy highway only yards away and shuddered. The poor thing had probably been left behind by some traveling family or a trucker. At least someone here was feeding it. She wondered how long it had been here, waiting for its owner to return. Her heart clenched. Swallowing hard, she shut the car door, walking back into the truck stop.

The woman who had waited on her before looked up and smiled. “Back for a refill, hon?”

“No, ma’am.” Her voice felt rusty, as if she hadn’t used it in a long time. “I was wondering about the dog out in the parking lot.”

The woman frowned. “Poor thing. Someone dumped her here a couple of months back.”

Months would feel like years to a little one like that. Years waiting for someone to take you home. Years waiting to go home. Thea felt tears threatening at the symmetry.

“No one came for it? No one here wants to take it home?”

“Hey, we tried. She won’t come and no one can catch her. Sly little thing. We figure she’s holding out for her real owner.”

“How do you know it’s female?”

The woman, whose nametag said “Jenny”, leaned over conspiratorially. “The way she pees, but we might be wrong. The boys do that sometimes too.”

Thea mulled it over. Surely Grace had room for another dog. Or maybe Daniel would take her. Someone would.

She reached for her wallet and pulled out one of her cards. “Do you have a pen?” Carefully scratching out her business number, she wrote her cell number on the card in its place and handed it over.  “If her owner comes back, you call me.”

Jenny looked at the card and gave her an assessing look.  She could imagine how she appeared to the woman—pencil thin skirt, stained silk blouse and expensive heels.

“Oh, hon. You ain’t gonna catch her.”

Thea smiled. I just gave a powerful multinational the one finger salute. I can save an abandoned dog. “Watch me. I’ll have an order of bacon to go, please.”

Jenny shook her head, but went back to the kitchen and brought back a napkin wrapped around several pieces of bacon. “On the house. If you can catch Bailey, I’ll give you a hamburger for her lunch. And one for yours as well.”

“Bailey? After Baileyton?”

The woman nodded.  “Works for a girl or a boy, I say.”

The name fit. Taking the bacon, she walked back out front with Jenny close on her heels only to find Bailey gone.

“She’s probably out raiding the garbage. She hides out back there under the skips sometimes. But you’ll never be able to get to her.”

Thea handed Jenny her coffee. “If I do, I want another hot cup to go instead of that second burger. I’m a vegetarian.”

The woman laughed and followed her, carrying the coffee. “This I gotta see.”

Sure enough, they spotted the walking mop sniffing around one of the garbage skips at the back of the building, far enough back to make it impossible to reach her.

Thea got as close to the skip as she could get without going under it, then squatted down, or rather tried to. She finally gave up, hiked up her skirt and knelt on the dirty pavement.

“Here, Bailey girl!” She leaned in under the skip and held out a piece of bacon. “Come on, baby girl,” she cooed.

The dog crouched in the shadows, her ears back and her tail tucked under, growling.

It was a good thing Thea’s nose was stopped up. What little she could smell was bad enough.

“What’s goin’ on back here?” came a man’s voice. Thea jumped, whacking her head on the side of the skip.

“This lady’s trying to get Bailey,” Jenny said.

“Like that’s gonna happen. You’re the one with that red Beemer from Pennsylvania, ain’t ya?”

Thea looked over her shoulder at a man in a white apron who had leaned down to grin at her. He said every single syllable of Penn-syl-va-ni-a, as if it were an unpronounceable contagious disease. And his eyes spent far too much time lingering on her rear end, which was sticking up in the air at the moment.

She felt her temper start to rise. She hated it when people, especially men, tried to tell her what she could and couldn’t do.

“Damn it, Bailey,” she hissed. But those big eyes looked terrified and the dog had cringed even closer to the pavement.

Crap. “Bailey, come here,” she said quietly, but the voice rang off the metal of the skip.

Bailey immediately crawled forward, right onto her lap. Thea slid sideways and heard her skirt rip at the kick pleat as she turned to sit beside the garbage skip with the filthy dog in her arms.

“Well I’ll be,” Jenny exclaimed, clapping her hands.

The man seemed to be reassessing his opinion of Thea. “Shit. You some kinda dog whisperer or somethin’?”

Thea smiled. “Or something.” She looked at Jenny. “Now, how about that hamburger for my friend here?” She broke off little pieces of bacon and fed them to Bailey.

“Oh you bet, honey. And I’ll get you some wipes for your hands and—” Jenny looked Thea over and sniffed, “—for your hands.” She ran back into the restaurant.

“Hell, I’d say both you and the dog need to use the showers, but we don’t let no dogs in there,” the man said. “You need me to help you up, honey?”

Thea smirked at him and put Bailey down at her feet. “Stay.” Bailey waited, motionless, as Thea stood then reached down to scoop her back up.

“That’s weird,” the man said. “Spooky, even.”

Thea was tempted to make him do something embarrassing, to get back at him for the shower comment, but her head was already aching. Besides, she did need a shower. She bit her lip and marched past him around the side of the building with Bailey in her arms.

Lovely. Now she had an audience. They seemed to be the regulars, truckers mostly and some staff, standing outside the doors watching as she carried the dog to her car. One of the waitresses started clapping. Then the rest joined in, until even the grumpy cook cheered the little dog’s rescue.

Smiling at them, Thea lifted Bailey’s paw to wave goodbye to them and opened the car door to slide in, dog and all.  She shut it firmly and quickly pushed the button to start the car, struggled to fasten her seat belt under the dog and wondered if she should fasten it over the dog instead. She knew next to nothing about dogs.

Jenny came running out with a sack and a cup, grinning.  When Thea rolled down the window, she leaned in. “Here you go. Fresh coffee, a nice hamburger for Bailey and some hashbrowns for you. There’s utensils and hand wipes. Don’t take this the wrong way, but I think what both of you’ll need is a long hot soak. And you need some meat on your bones if you’re going to keep up with this ‘un.” She cautiously stroked Bailey’s ears and Thea noticed a glint in her eyes. Jenny was probably the person who’d been feeding the poor thing. “She’d never let me touch her.”

Thea tensed when Bailey turned and licked her cheek. She could not get attached to a dog she had just met. “Do you want to keep her?” she asked.

“Oh, my. No! My Larry would have my hide. I already have four at home. One more and I end up in the pound. No, I think our Bailey’s real owner finally showed up.” She sniffed. “You come back and visit us, baby doll,” she said to Bailey. “I want to see you all cleaned up and pretty.”

“Cleaned up, we can do. Not so sure about pretty,” Thea said, unable to picture Bailey as anything but a mop.

“Here.” Jenny pulled the white towel off her shoulder and handed it to Thea. “Make her a place over there next to you. You don’t wanna drive with her in your lap like that.”

Thea braced her flute case against the passenger door and pushed the junk on the passenger seat around to make a nest.  She curled the towel in the seat and sat Bailey on it.

Bailey immediately walked back across and lay on Thea’s lap again.

Jenny gave Bailey’s head one more stroke. “Definitely found her real owner.”

Thea’s smiled. “Thanks, Jenny. You were a good foster mom.”

Jenny nodded and backed away, wiping at her eyes, then waved as Thea drove out of the parking lot.

 

I LOVED this book. My favorite of the series SO Far! the author has done it again: created extremely likeable characters and placed them in a page turning plot. Jake Moser, otherwise known as the sheriff from the previous books, is the male lead with Thea Woodruff as the heroine with a compelling voice. In this book, i felt that the plot was more organic because Jake and Thea were basically attempting to live their lives and reunite and boom intrigue smacks them in the face.  The author introduces a new overarching plot device (no spoilers) in a vague enough way that it will feel fresh when she expands upon it in her next book. Definitely would read again and definitely will recommend to anyone who enjoys books with well developed characters in page turning storylines with more than a hint of magic.

 

Book 3: Making Magic

 

Book 1: More Than Magic

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Book 2: Mostly Magic

 

 

When she’s not being dragged down the sidewalk by her Jack Russell (if you know Jacks, you understand), Donna June Cooper is belly dancing (shiny!), reading (three books at once), writing (of course!) or complaining about the heat (no matter the temperature). A child of the Appalachians who was transplanted to Texas by her Italian husband, Donna returns to her mountain roots as often as possible, and takes her readers with her in her Books of the Kindling.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Diverse Book Tours presents my review of Thelonious Legend’s Sins of the Father

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This was going to be a special year for the Parker sisters. Eve was going to dominate in the classroom and on the basketball court.

Gwen was going to make the starting five and go down in history as the greatest prankster ever. Ana was going to do as little as possible.

But without warning, all three sisters gain extraordinary abilities that defy science… powers that come with a cost. Now all they want to do is make it through the school year without drawing any undue attention, while racing to find a cure before the side effects of their new abilities kill them. Eve’s temperament, Gwen’s fondness for pranks, and Ana’s predilection for money, however, are challenges they must overcome to achieve their goals. Because if they can’t, they’re dead…


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My Review

So I literally just finished reading this book, not even an hour ago so everything is very fresh in my mind.Therefore I may have to come back and change somethings once I’ve had time to truly mull this amazing book over.

This is the authors debut novel and WOW he comes straight out of the gate rearing to go.It was fast paced, energetic drama from the first page to the last and I know the rest of the series will only get better as Thelonious Legend’s writing style improves and evolves.

I loved that the 3 sisters were so popular, despite some of their claims. I mean they had tons of friends, and were part of so much after school sports groups that I felt a little jealous!  I’m not a sports person so I didn’t know what most of the stuff was regarding Basketball, Football, Tae Kwon Do and I swear there was more! I think the author could go ahead and skimp on those details next time LOL.

Messing around with all those school kids took time away from the insanely interesting plot going on. which I felt was sometimes rushed because of the time skips. I wanted to know how the girls found out about Dave, or how they would have reacted to their father (first hand) when they found out, how their parents worked it out because that was such a huge breach of trust on Barry’s side, I wanted to know more about Elizabeth’s situation, lots more should have been devoted to Ana since she was the brains of the outfit and I felt Eve was too limiting because she was so self involved. Also the girls did not talk like middle schoolers, they were high schoolish and I think I would have believed it more if they had been. They were so much more advanced in many aspects. I definitely wanted to read more about the baddies and the reasoning behind their mindsets and Dave’s reasoning for stealing it in the first place and so much more, hopefully that will be in the rest of the series that I can’t wait to read!!

So I guess I did enjoy reading about all of the characters and their backstories because it was wonderfully diverse and well written. It was all the sports talk that kept dragging me back out of the story while I clung onto the plot for dear life. I also loved the book cover and I think this book would be a fantastic tv series especially on Nick Teens or the Disney Channel.

Great Job, Thelonious!

 

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Biography

 

IT Professional by day, but by night I use my pen and pad as a canvas to explore questions of race, identity, privilege and class in a science fiction setting. Eclectic reader with a fondness for the classics and first generation Hip Hop snob. Don’t start none won’t be none! Philadelphia Eagles football fanatic and I also enjoy MMA from the safety of my couch. On the weekends you can find me wine drinking, rock climbing, fishing, or being an unpaid chauffeur to my daughters’ activities. Also I’m a snark purveyor and been making with the funny since it was called the ‘Dozens’. Get at me!

 

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