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Monday, April 14, 2014

0 Cover Reveal: Goodbye to You by A.J. Matthews

Title: Goodbye to You
Author:  A.J. Matthews
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release July 1, 2014
Published by Swoon Romance

Europe? Nope. Mexico? Nope. Key West?

Not me. This summer, I’m playing nursemaid to my sister. Yeah, I know. Relatively good looking twenty-two-year-olds don’t spend the summer bedside in the cancer ward but, that’s the plan. Until my sister threatens me with bodily harm unless I get on the plane.

That’s when I met him. He likes me. Really likes me. But more than that, he loves my boobs — like can’t get enough. I have no idea how to tell him that they’ll be gone soon. Courtesy of a preventative double mastectomy. Yep. That’s what testing positive for the breast cancer gene mutation will do to a girl.

But don’t feel sorry for me. I’m enjoying him, holding on until the last possible minute, while I muster up the strength to tell him, and watch him walk away.





You can find the author on Goodreads here.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

0 Promotional: Charisma by Barbara Hall

Title: Charisma
Author: Barbara Hall
Genre: Women's Fiction


Buy: Amazon

Book Description:
Haunted by visions and voices for most of her life, Sarah Lange manages to shut them out, until a violent incident and near death experience shatter her earthly existence. She is plagued by heavenly voices and dogged by a desire to return "home". Frightened by her desire to terminate her existence on earth, she checks into a trauma center in Malibu, California and meets Dr. David Sutton, an intellectual, a scientist, a reductionist, someone who believes in nothing beyond his immediate experience. David’s world is as divorced from mystery and magic as Sarah’s is alive and animated by it. 

Their sessions open up a dialogue about the separation of worlds—one easily defined and explained and one unknowable and waiting on some other side of human experience. 

David, worn down by a mean spirited and demanding family, has grown disillusioned in his work as a therapist while Sarah has come to feel liberated by her impulse to escape all worldly demands. Even as his faith in his profession leaks away, David struggles to bring his disturbed patient back into the rules of the real world. 

The sessions between the two evolve into an exploration of what it takes to exist in the world, the courage required to confront life on its own terms, and the even greater courage it takes to deny the constrictions of life. 

In a desperate effort to define herself, Sarah "escapes", putting her own life as well as the life of a fellow trauma patient at risk and David must decide how far he is willing to go to save a patient and ultimately himself.





About the Author:
To TV audiences she may be better known as a four-time Emmy-nominated writer and producer (Joan of Arcadia, Judging Amy) and the co-Executive Producer of Homeland, but to avid readers she's a novelist with 11 published works whose imagination has been honored by numerous institutions, including the American Library Association in both their Best Books and Notable Books categories.

An accomplished author, Hall wrote three young adult novels including: Skeeball and the Secret of the Universe, Dixie Storms and Fool's Hill, as well as the mystery House Across the Cove. Her other novels include A Better Place, Close to Home and A Summons to New Orleans. Her newest novel, Charisma (release date: October 1st, 2013).

As a child in Chatham, Virginia, Hall had a single vision, which moved her toward writing by the isolation, even frustration, of a small Southern town. The youngest of three siblings, she often collaborated on stories with her older sister, knowing by age 8 what career path lay ahead.

She attended James Madison University, garnering a myriad of awards on the way to an English degree. Recognizing that a struggling writer should choose between New York and Los Angeles, two days after graduation she moved to L.A. Says Hall, "I figured if I had to starve, I didn't have to freeze."

On the west coast, she wrote her first novel, Skeeball and the Secret of the Universe, which got the attention of an agent and, consequently, producer Gary David Goldberg. Despite the fact that there were few women writers in TV in the early '80s, Hall sold her first story to Family Ties and was soon hired by Newhart as a comedy writer before being promoted to story editor.

Disliking the roundtable format of comedy writing, Hall moved to the more personal medium of drama. As story editor, she honed her chops with Joshua Brand and John Falsey on A Year In the Life before co-producing Moonlighting and producing Anything But Love. In 1990, she began a tenure with David Chase (The Sopranos) as co-executive producer of I'll Fly Away,which completely changed her creative approach, "the closest I ever came to fiction writing on television." She subsequently reunited with Brand, Falsey, and Chase as consulting producer on Northern Exposure.

Hall furthered her reputation as a can-do producer with three television pilots, including The Doyles, which TV Guide endorsed as a great show whose potential was never exploited. Undaunted, she wrote a memorable episode of ER before spending two years with Chicago Hope, first as co-executive producer, then as consulting producer. In 1999, Hall was tapped to executive produce Judging Amy, a one-hour show about a juvenile court judge and single mother (Amy Brenneman). During its six seasons, the hit CBS drama earned kudos for its star as well as Tyne Daly, who portrayed her quirky yet well-meaning mother, a former social worker.

With an earnest sense of mysticism, Hall next created and executive produced Joan of Arcadia, reinventing the Joan of Arc legend for modern audiences. The Emmy-nominated CBS series explored the earthly dance between physics and metaphysics in the form of Joan (Amber Tamblyn), an otherwise normal teenager who keeps meeting God in different human forms. More recently, Hall wrote and executive produced Ultra, a TV pilot based on a graphic novel about a female superhero juggling a crime-fighting career with the demands of an active single's social life, and the CBS pilot Demons, which not only exposed supernatural occurrences, but also the everyday lives of exorcists.

Hall made inroads into feature film with her original screenplay, Hearts, for Warner Bros. and a rewrite of Sylvie for Beacon Pictures, but she never let a successful Hollywood career diminish her enthusiasm for the novel. Her first long-form work, Skeeball and the Secret of the Universe (1987, Orchard Press), wove the tale of a boy from a blue-collar family whose quest to do something important spurs him to become the world's greatest skeeball player. Her subsequent young adult novels include: Dixie Storms (1990, HBJ), a family crucible set on a Virginia tobacco farm; Fool's Hill (1992, Bantam), a small-town tale of friendship and betrayal; and the mystery House Across the Cove (1995, Bantam).

Bridging into novels for mature readers, Hall penned A Better Place (1992, Simon & Schuster), about an egocentric woman whose failure in Hollywood is met by fear in her home town when people learn she is returning; and Close to Home (1997, Simon & Schuster), a dark tale about a woman who begins to learn disturbing things about her new husband and his home town where they now live. Her novel A Summons To New Orleans (Simon & Schuster), was released in 2000 and centered around three female friends and a rape trial set in the Cajun city. Hall recently came out with her young adult novel, The Noah Confessions (Random House) last year.

"The greatest achievement in writing is to make people laugh one minute and cry the next," she explains. "All of my heroes did that, from Mark Twain to Preston Sturges. At the end of the day, I try to bring to my work a sense of hopefulness." Her work has clearly resonated with audiences and critics alike. Hall has been nominated for four Emmys (Joan of Arcadia, I'll Fly Away, Northern Exposure) and a Golden Laurel from the Producers Guild of America, earning a Humanitas Award, NAACP Image Award and TV Critics Association Award. Judging Amy was nominated for New Program of the Year by the Television Critics Association and won Favorite New Series at the 2000 TV Guide Awards. Joan of Arcadia brought four Emmy nominations including Outstanding Drama Series and a People's Choice Award for Favorite New Drama Series, among other honors.

Currently, Hall is serving as a co-executive producer of the Emmy-winning Showtime drama Homeland, inking a two-year deal with studio Fox 21. In addition, she is developing a separate script at CBS.

Hall is also a founding member of the alternative country rock band The Enablers, with whom she has released two albums. As a solo artist, she released her debut, Handsome, in 2005 and second CD, Bad Man, in 2013.



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Saturday, April 12, 2014

0 Cover Reveal: Conflicted by M. M. Koenig

Event Organized by ❤MaE Book Tours


Title: Conflicted
Genre Romance/ New Age
Publication Date December 19th 2013
Synopsis
Mia Ryan was on the path to make all her dreams come true. Her life was everything she wanted it to be; until one fateful night changed everything – leaving her broken and without direction. Nearly a year later, she still has little faith in anyone or anything. Desperate to reclaim her life’s ambition, she takes an unexpected offer that promises to solve all her problems. But as Mia moves forward, she’s faced with obstacles she couldn’t have foreseen. The biggest of them lies within the mystery of Ethan Fitzgerald; a man who affects her like no other, but who she should avoid pursuing, at all costs.
On a mission himself, Ethan Fitzgerald didn’t care who he pissed off on his road to fulfill his mother’s dying wish. He relied on himself, and was closed off to the world around him – until Mia Ryan walked through his door. Normally one to avoid messy emotions, Ethan’s world is turned upside down by Mia, and he can’t seem to get enough of her.
There are lines you can cross that will change the course of your life forever …


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Excerpt
“What the hell are you doing here? Are you stalking me now?” I snapped.
I attempted to remove his hand, but the effort behind it was marginal. Everything within me relished his hands all over me. My knees became weak with the heavy want coursing between my legs. My upper body constricted with my wayward needs. Ethan tightened his grip as he whirled me around so that my back was on his front. The music shifted to a slow, deliberate song that was fitting for my predicament. I cursed Usher underneath my breath for coming out with this song. Ethan had buried me into his body. It was impossible not to notice his hardness. He ran his hands down the front of my thighs until he hit bare skin.
“It's hard to stalk someone when they're in the club that you own,” he shot back.
“You own this place?” I stammered.
“I have a vested interest, so I come in on occasion. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered you were here,” he remarked.
My concentration was dwindling with every stroke he made upon my body. Ethan continued running his hands up and down my thighs, causing my heart to beat out of my chest. I bit my lip to keep from moaning from the pleasure when his fingers lingered towards the inside. My hands took on a mind of their own as they slid down his waist and thighs. His breaths trickled across my neck. It heightened the erotic dance south of me. I was in the danger zone with him. I fought to find my rational side to avoid undressing for him right then and there. My mind grasped at the few functioning brain cells to keep him talking. It was my last line of defense to keep him from kissing me.
“Why are you so upset?”
“I'm angry because you keep denying me when it's clear you want me. To top it off, you come to my club and dance with countless men right in front of me,” Ethan growled.
He ran his nose down my neck before licking away a bead of sweat. I gasped. The hand that he had moved to my waist slipped underneath my top. He caressed my belly before running his fingers further down, making every ounce of me come to a dull ache. Against my will, my body moved in ways to encourage him to travel further south to take full advantage of me. Ethan's hands settled along my waistline, lazily trailing his fingers along it. My mind screamed one last time that this was not an option for me. In a last-ditch attempt, I paused his hands so he wouldn't go any further. Ethan whipped me around to face him. The passion in his eyes was unmistakable.
“I'm trying to do the right thing,” I moaned.
His hands drifted underneath my shirt and up my sides on their way north this time. As he progressed along my rib cage to the lower line of my bra, he moved us off the dance floor. Ethan pushed me up against a pillar at the far end of it. He brought his body right into mine. He tossed in an occasional thrust of the hips as he pinned me, just to remind me how very well he knew my body. Ethan cupped my breast with tender strokes of his hand before pressing his lips on a spot underneath my ear lobe. It was enough to melt every part of me. I was throbbing all over for him.
“You want me. I want you. I don't care what's right or wrong,” Ethan hissed.
I tilted my neck as he trailed deep kisses down my collarbone and exposed shoulder. I wanted him so much that it was close to making me burst. I moaned even louder when his teeth grazed the crook of my shoulder. He sucked along my neck with eagerness, making no effort to hold back his want for me. I slanted my head to bring my lips vigorously down on his. My tongue drifted across the top of his mouth before his tongue met mine where they danced to the beat with the music around us. My hands moved down to his hips as he pumped against me. I slid them even further down to his ass. Ethan responded by grinding harder and grabbing one of my legs to raise it around his hip.
Our bodies melded together in an erotic dance as our mouths devoured each other. I lost myself in the music, in his lips, in his body, in his hands, and in the desires he brought out in me. His hands ran up and down my body while his lips and hips brought me to the point of no return.
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About the Author
M. M. Koenig was born and raised in Minnesota. She now lives in the Twin Cities area with her loving dog Marley. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology.
She pays the bills as a customer service representative at a major title insurance company, but writing is her true calling. She is still searching for that special someone, but isn’t worried about finding him. He’s out there somewhere. In the meantime, she finds Mr. Right in her own writing along with a variety of other authors that have inspired her.
She has written in one form or another throughout the course of her life. She began the Secrets and Lies Series in January of 2013. The first book of the series, Conflicted, is now available for purchase at Amazon and Smashwords. She is currently working on the second book of the series, Complicated, which will be available for purchase by the spring of 2014.
M. M. Koenig enjoys being active and has a variety of interests that coincide with her passion for life. Always one to try new things, she has acquired a variety of skills. Her sarcastic nature and multitude of experiences tend to find their way into her novels.
When she has free time and isn’t writing, she spends as much time as she can with friends and family. To fuel her soul, she is constantly looking for new music, movies, and books to keep the writer’s block at bay.
Connect with M.M. Koenig!



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0 Cover Reveal: Marking Him (Marked #2) by Elena M. Reyes

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Title: Marking Him (Marked #2)
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotica
Expected Publication Date: May 27, 2014
Synopsis
The day Maya Owens walked into his tattoo shop, everything Talan knew changed. After officially starting a relationship, he has trouble managing Maya—a woman who consumes every part of his being and now owns his heart. His need to control her and everything around her drives Maya insane, but he has good reason. After all, Janice is still lurking around and she has a vendetta against his Bitty. In no time, Talan wants more, and it’s faster than Maya can handle, and things begin to get complicated.
Months of frustration and want take them for a ride neither wanted, but now yearn for. Will they make it through the turbulence? And if so, at what cost?

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About the Author
Elena M. Reyes was born and raised in Miami Florida. She is the epitome of a Floridian and if she could live in her beloved flip-flops, she would. As a small child, she was always intrigued with all forms of art—whether it was dancing to island rhythms, or painting with any medium she could get her hands on. Her first taste of writing came to her during her fifth grade year when her class was prompted to participate in the D. A. R. E. Program and write an essay on what they’d learned. Her passion for reading over the years has amassed her with hours of pleasure. It wasn't until she stumbled upon fanfiction that her thirst to write overtook her world. She now resides in Central Florida with her husband and son, spending all her down time letting her creativity flow and letting her characters grow.
Connect with Elena M. Reyes!

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

0 Book Review: Limo Bill the Undercover Assassin by Bill Ames

Title: Limo Bill the Undercover Assassin 
Author: Bill Ames
Genre: Fiction/Humor
Publication Date: January 15, 2014

Buy: Amazon


Book Description:

Limo Bill the Undercover Assassin by Bill Ames is an adult fiction novel. The main character is a paid assassin with a cover job driving a Limo in Myrtle Beach. Plenty of Limo stories, Assassin stories, Party stories, Sex stories and Romance. Get inside Limo Bill's head as he narrates his thoughts about his business partner, friend and lover, Annie, his very sexy life partner and stripper and the stories he tells with wild imagination that's over the top at times. Hang on for an insane ride to ridiculousness. 

As an assassin, Limo Bill only kills bad people. At times he has internal struggles dealing with killing his targets. Each kill has a storyline not too far fetched bringing real life emotion to the characters and has his own special way to end the bad person's life. As a Limo driver, he sees an intoxicated side of people that might bring back some memories, some you wish you could forget. The party stories read like drunks gone wild! Limo Bill has a romantic side in his view of life, a little wild with the sex scenes, but romantic just the same. 


This book delivers 'Shock (Yikes!) and Ahhhhhh! (Like someone when they see a puppy) You will want to tell others about this book and it should be on your favorites list. 


For more information about the book and author, check out LimoStories.com 





About the Author:
Bill Ames, as a limo driver affectionately known as Limo Bill in Myrtle Beach, has witnessed so many wild and fun times with his many passengers. "Just when you thought you've seen it all..." is a statement that explains so much. His first book "Limo Adventures in Myrtle Beach" was a result of the constant questioning of tell us a crazy story. 

His real desire was to write novels and he followed the simple book with "Limo Bill the Sarcastic Assassin" under his pen name Lord Dangerfield and "Limo Bill the Undercover Assassin". The Sarcastic book is an erotica version. Readers and customers wanted a much more spicy set of stories. Realizing erotica isn't for everyone, he toned down the sex, eliminated the graphic pages and created "Limo Bill the Undercover Assassin" (Same stories just less sex stories) as more of a NC-17/R version of the same book listing himself as the Author. It is planned as a 5 book series. He says he has enough limo stories in his head for 10 books. The character Limo Bill in the book is fictional.

A graduate of Penn State and 30+ years of management and
marketing in the MD/DC area, Bill now resides in Myrtle Beach as a copywriter and author.


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Book Review:

This is a well-written book that captures the reader's attention from the very beginning. the characters are well-developed and the plot is on point. The book is about a hired assassin who's cover is a limo driver. You meet his business and life partner, Annie, who's cover is a stripper. Bill only assassinates bad people even though he struggles with that. With the detailed scenes it's like you are right there in the passenger seat. The book contains dark humor, action and suspense that will keep you guessing. This is an enjoyable book.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a action, drama, and comedy.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Star
Review by: Kechell Jackson | K is for Kechell 
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Friday, March 28, 2014

0 Promotion: Limo Bill the Undercover Assassin by Bill Ames

Title: Limo Bill the Undercover Assassin 
Author: Bill Ames
Genre: Fiction/Humor
Publication Date: January 15, 2014

Buy: Amazon

Book Description:
Limo Bill the Undercover Assassin by Bill Ames is an adult fiction novel. The main character is a paid assassin with a cover job driving a Limo in Myrtle Beach. Plenty of Limo stories, Assassin stories, Party stories, Sex stories and Romance. Get inside Limo Bill's head as he narrates his thoughts about his business partner, friend and lover, Annie, his very sexy life partner and stripper and the stories he tells with wild imagination that's over the top at times. Hang on for an insane ride to ridiculousness. 

As an assassin, Limo Bill only kills bad people. At times he has internal struggles dealing with killing his targets. Each kill has a storyline not too farfetched bringing real life emotion to the characters and has his own special way to end the bad person's life. As a Limo driver, he sees an intoxicated side of people that might bring back some memories, some you wish you could forget. The party stories read like drunks gone wild! Limo Bill has a romantic side in his view of life, a little wild with the sex scenes, but romantic just the same. 

This book delivers 'Shock (Yikes!) and Ahhhhhh! (Like someone when they see a puppy) You will want to tell others about this book and it should be on your favorites list. 

For more information about the book and author, check out LimoStories.com 




About the Author:
Bill Ames, as a limo driver affectionately known as Limo Bill in Myrtle Beach, has witnessed so many wild and fun times with his many passengers. "Just when you thought you've seen it all..." is a statement that explains so much. His first book "Limo Adventures in Myrtle Beach" was a result of the constant questioning of tell us a crazy story. 

His real desire was to write novels and he followed the simple book with "Limo Bill the Sarcastic Assassin" under his pen name Lord Dangerfield and "Limo Bill the Undercover Assassin". The Sarcastic book is an erotica version. Readers and customers wanted a much more spicy set of stories. Realizing erotica isn't for everyone, he toned down the sex, eliminated the graphic pages and created "Limo Bill the Undercover Assassin" (Same stories just less sex stories) as more of a NC-17/R version of the same book listing himself as the Author. It is planned as a 5 book series. He says he has enough limo stories in his head for 10 books. The character Limo Bill in the book is fictional.

A graduate of Penn State and 30+ years of management and
marketing in the MD/DC area, Bill now resides in Myrtle Beach as a copywriter and author.




Tuesday, March 11, 2014

0 Book Review: Relationship Roulette by Theodore Lovelace

Title: Relationship Roulette
Author: Theodore Lovelace
Genre: Relationships

Buy: Heart 2 Heart

Book Summary: Does it seem like most of your relationships end miserably and you don’t understand why? 


Are you fed up with finding the “one” only to find out months or years later they are someone else?
Have you taken a look at your relationship and desperately wondered “What’s next?”

Are you tired of spending your Saturday nights home alone? Have you decided that you are ready to get back into the dating world without all the drama? 

Perhaps you are open to the thought of dating, but are unsure about where to begin. The following are just a few tips to help make your experience exciting, fun and successful while avoiding Relationship Roulette.

About Author: 
My name is Theodore Lovelace and I’m a single father raising three teenagers and I’m SUCCESSFUL because I’m doing exactly what I love to do- WRITE.



Link:
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Book Review:
This book serves as a relationship guide that gives the reader scenarios on how a relationship can end depending on the decisions we make. The author uses two characters, Amanda and Chris,  to help with painting to picture of what a good case and a bad case would be. Each chapter focuses on a different relationship type; single, married, divorced, and re-married. There is even a chapter on what to do after all of that takes place. The author gives examples of what we do wrong in relationships and how to go about things the correct way. 


The reader is able to see the outcome of the relationship between Amanda and Chris based on the different examples. It shows the reader what a relationship can look like for them if they follow the same path. I found this book to be very helpful and I can see it as a wonderful guide to help me and others with our relationships. 


Rating: 5 out of 5 Star
Review by: Kechell Jackson | K is for Kechell 
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