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Thursday, July 24, 2014

0 Book Review: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty - A 30-minute Summary by Instaread Summaries

Title: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty - A 30-minute Summary
Author: Instaread Summaries 
Genre: Women’s Fiction

  • Print Length: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Instaread Summaries (April 28, 2014)

Buy: Amazon


Book Description:
This is an Instaread Summary of The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. 

Below is a preview of the earlier sections of the summary: 

Chapter One 

Cecilia’s husband, John-Paul, is in Chicago on business. She is a busy mother and part-time Tupperware consultant. Her twelve-year-old daughter, Esther, is currently obsessed with the Berlin Wall. Cecilia has a piece of the wall from a trip she took to Germany several years ago. While in the attic searching for it, she finds a mysterious envelope with her name on it. A note on it says that it should only be opened in the event of her husband’s death. She does not open it. When she mentions the letter to John-Paul on the phone, she is troubled by his awkward silence. 

Chapter Two 

Tess and Felicity are cousins. Felicity was always overweight until recently, when she joined Weight Watchers and lost forty pounds. Tess, her husband, Will, and Felicity own a marketing business together in Melbourne. Tess is worried about her mother, who has just broken her ankle, and her six-year old son, Liam, who is being bullied at school. Will and Felicity call Tess into a meeting to tell her they have fallen in love. Furious, Tess says she will move back to Sydney with Liam to help her mother. She believes that her husband became attracted to Felicity when she lost weight. She tosses cold coffee in their faces....


About the Author:With Instaread Summaries, you can get the summary of a book in 30 minutes or less. We read every chapter, summarize and analyze it for your convenience. 

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Book Review:
This is a well written summary of the book The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. There is just enough to keep you interested and wanting to read the actual book without giving too much away. Each chapter is a summary of the chapters in the book. Even in this short read you are able to get to know the characters and get a little insight into their lives.  

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Review by: Kechell Jackson | K is for Kechell
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Monday, July 21, 2014

0 Promotional: The Big Wide Calm: A Novel by Rich Marcello

Title: The Big Wide Calm: A Novel
Author: Rich Marcello
Genre: Fiction

  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Langdon Street Press (May 6, 2014)

Buy: Amazon




Book Description:
A young woman’s journey to find herself and create the perfect album 

Paige is a rock star. The world just doesn’t know it yet. With a name like Paige Plant, how could she be anything but the future frontwoman of the next Led Zeppelin? She’s got the charisma, the drive, and, of course, the mega-musical skills. All she needs is to make her debut album, one that will change the world, inspire revolutions—and make her galactically famous along the way. 

When John Bustin, a rich, reclusive, former semi-famous singer/songwriter offers to record Paige’s album for free, it feels like destiny, like the next step on her way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, like some strange attractor is pulling her in. Guitar in hand, Paige sets off to John’s recording compound, ready to unfold her future. 

But the ever-elusive John, with his mysterious history, and Paige, a big dreamer but naïve about her footing in life, clash as much as they coalesce. Before they can change the world through Paige’s music, the improbable duo must learn to work together, and in the process, discover their authenticity. 

One part coming-of-age story and retrospective, one part rock and roll epic, The Big Wide Calm focuses a lens on human nature and the complexities of love through the eyes of young and old on the journey of creating the perfect album. 



About the Author:
If Rich Marcello could choose only one creative mentor, he'd give the role to Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. This is not only because he currently resides in New England, where Jonathan started, but because of his life as a contemporary fiction author, poet and songwriter, whose literary inspiration often stems from songs he's written. Rich grew up in New Jersey surrounded by song and word.

For a while it seemed right to travel the musician's path, especially during his stint in his college folk group, at The University of Notre Dame, where he wrote and recorded his first original songs. But, as is true for many musicians, graduation led him down a different road, one on which he found his love for high technology. There, he enjoyed a successful career as a technology executive, managing several multi-billion dollar businesses for Fortune 500 companies.

During his time in technology he never stopped creating art, and eventually his love for song and the written word grew to the point where he walked away from his first career to pursue poetry, song, and fiction with the same enthusiasm and discipline he demonstrated in business. In The Color Of Home, his literary voice melds all three together with honest generative dialogue, poetic sensory detail, and "unforgettable characters who seem to know the complete song catalog of Lennon or Cohen."

He's currentl
y working on his second novel, The Big Wide Calm, which will be published on 2014.

Website: www.richmarcello.com 
Twitter: @marcellor

Saturday, July 19, 2014

0 Blog Tour Host Needed: One Chance, One Moment (Book One - The Mandy Story) by Judith Kohnen

Crazy for Books: Reviews & Tours is putting together a Book Tour for One Chance, One Moment (Book One - The Mandy Story) by Judith Kohnen.
 
It will take place on 8.11.14 at 12am. Full details will be sent out along with the Book Tour packet.
Book Tour: Aug. 11 - Aug 24 - Sign-up to Host
Title: One Chance, One Moment (Book One - The Mandy Story)
Author: Judith Kohnen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Synopsis: Famous singer/musician Garry Danzlo has decided to live a life of seclusion after a debilitating accident destroys his musical career. Guilt-ridden and stubborn, he wants no part of the holistic nurse his sister has hired to rehabilitate him. He’s determined to get rid of her; she’s determined to stay.
Spunky, fun-loving Amanda Fields, widowed after a loveless marriage, is on a mission for love. More than anything in the world, she wants to adopt an eight-year-old, wheelchair-bound boy named Robbie. When her chance arrives that will provide her with sufficient funds for the adoption, there’s nothing to stop her from accomplishing the temporary job in Colorado. But what she has to contend with is far more than just a difficult patient. Unexpected obstacles are suddenly out of her control. The least of her worries is falling for yet another man who doesn’t love her back.
"One Chance, One Moment" is a humorous, surprising and deeply emotional story of love found by two special people – love built on chances one must sometimes take, but sometimes give as well. Each moment becomes nourished by the faith of one woman, and eventually, by the dream of one man.
Intriguing, fun, hope-filled, and bubbling with love, adventure and suspense, the novel explores:
• How love goes far deeper than skin
• The various facets of the heart and how we observe them in life
• The importance of forgiveness to find true peace within
• How we all make a difference in another person’s life – whether you intend to or not.
• How spirituality and intuitive development can shape our lives and relationships
• The power of words and actions to manifest what we desire.
NOTE: When purchasing One Chance, One Moment, 20% of proceeds will be donated to charity - THE MANILOW MUSIC PROJECT - a program that tends to the needs of public schools and their severely depleted music programs.

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0 Promotional: Winter Angel by Mia Hoddell



Winter Angel
by Mia Hoddell

Genre: YA Romance
Release date: 25th June 2014
Length: Novella

Blurb:
She was on holiday. He was tricked into returning.
Neither of them wanted to be there, but neither could avoid it.


Amy wants to be back under the sun in Portugal. However, when her suggestion is overruled in favour of a skiing holiday, even she can't turn it down. What she couldn't have predicted is that the holiday could make her break the one, and only, rule she has: not to get into a serious relationship again.

When Amy first sees Luke, she knows something is wrong. He's struggling to cope with everything and her need to help people makes him the perfect distraction from the cold. He hasn't been to the Alps in five years and he swore to never ski again. But as his defences are broken by Amy's persistence, the winter paradise begins to reawaken his desires.

However, with constant flashbacks triggering his anxiety, he's torn, battling conflicting emotions as he becomes increasingly captivated by Amy. She has a rule though. She didn't go on holiday to fall for someone and the last thing she needs is to ignore her own advice. Whether or not she can move past her insecurities will depend on whether Luke can face his biggest fear.

Winter Angel is a standalone, young adult romance novella, but is the second book in the Seasons of Change series.

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Excerpt

White. Gazing out of the small, circular window, it was the only colour he could see surrounding him. The bursts of light—which had broken through the heavy, grey clouds—were reflected back as the ground grew closer with each passing second. Not too long ago he had been blissfully unaware of the location his sister was dragging him to for a holiday. A bubble of excitement had surrounded him throughout the early morning as he got up, and stayed with him through travelling to the airport and catching the flight. However, it had burst as soon as the icy tips of the mountains appeared and the plane began its descent. Until that moment, he had hoped his guesses had been wrong. 
His sister had carefully planned the trip, making sure to hide all clues as to where they were heading, and as she glanced across at him, it seemed as if she had been successful. Luke’s knuckles were white on the arm rests. He had claimed both of them, gripping them so hard they looked like they would snap under the force, or at least be moulded to the shape of his hands when he removed them.
Ellie watched as he took in a shaky breath, but she heard no exhale.
“Luke?”
The silence that filled the space around them was icier than the Alps they had just flown over. Her brother’s gaze remained fixed on the window, watching as the ground, and his fate, drew ever closer. Deep, ragged breaths steamed up the window, which was almost touching his nose. Desperately, he tried to control the tremors shaking his body, and his pounding heart, from the fear that washed over him in waves.
“Luke, please, say something.” Worry had crept into Ellie’s tone. She had thought her idea would do him good, that forcing him to face everything would turn him back into his old self. Ellie missed the brother she had grown up with and wanted him back. However, seeing his eyes wide with fear, his jaw clenched in anger, and his arms tense with both, suddenly she wasn’t so sure about her plan.
“You promised, Ellie. You swore you wouldn’t pressure me, and I trusted you with that. You know how I feel about this.” His voice was sharp and curt as he spoke through clenched teeth, trying to keep a hold on his emotions.
The urge to flee surged within him. He wanted to go home, to get off the plane and board the next flight straight back to England, but he couldn’t. Not only was the plane still minutes from landing—trapping him in the confines of economy class, which felt even smaller as realisation forced him to understand Ellie’s plans—but he also refused to waste more money on the pointless trip Ellie had conned him into taking. If he was going to use the money he had earned from before everything changed, it would be on his own terms.
“You’ll enjoy it when you’re there,” Ellie stated, brushing off his comments like they meant nothing to her.
“That’s easy for you to say. You don’t have to live with, or through, what I have.” Luke was trying hard to control his voice. Had they been in private, he would have already been shouting. The cramped environment meant that Ellie was getting off lightly, but he swore that when they reached their chalet, he would not hold back. She had no right to interfere with his life.
“Never tell me I didn’t live through it, Luke. I was there when it happened, in the hospital, and when you got home. I was there through it all. It may not have been me, but it wasn’t like it had no effect on my life,” Ellie hissed. It was the only way she could convey her anger without disturbing other passengers.
“Why though, Ellie? Why is this such a big deal to you?” Luke’s eyes were full of sorrow as he turned to face his sister for the first time, begging to understand her reasoning for putting him through something she knew would hurt him.

About the Author

Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything paranormal and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning.

With three poems published before the age of sixteen, Mia moved on to short stories but finding she had too much to tell with too little space, Mia progressed to novels. She started her first series (The Wanderer Trilogy) at the age of fourteen and since then hasn’t stopped writing. Elemental Killers is her second series and with an ever growing list of ideas, Mia is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them.


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Saturday, June 28, 2014

0 Cover Reveal: Caught in the Middle by Kira Barker

 Title: Caught in the Middle (We Kinky Three #1)
Author: Kira Barker
Genre: Erotica / BDSM, Erotica / Polyamory/Menage
Expected Release Date: August 12th 2014




Synopsis
For years now, resident surgeon Erin Slater has been focused on her career. Sexual frustration has her on edge, and it seems like a wet dream come true when her best friend Jack and his roommate Simon offer to help her scratch that itch. Their afternoon of debauchery leaves her yearning for more, a craving that Simon, an experienced Dom himself, is only too happy to satisfy. But there’s also Jack, who she’s closer to than anyone else in the world. When emotions factor into the equation, things get complicated, forcing Erin to make a decision which man she will choose - but why can’t she have both?


About the Author
Kira Barker has always enjoyed telling stories. It has kept her sane through high school and college, and has become a true passion since. A geek gamer girl herself, she feels at home reading sci-fi and fantasy as much as writing romance. She likes her plots gritty, her smut realistic, and doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty when it comes to research. When she’s not writing, she loves annoying her cats or cruising country roads on her motorcycle.
Connect with Kira Barker!
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

0 Book Review: Music of Souls by JJ Kendrick

Title: Music of Souls
Author: JJ Kendrick
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age Group: Adult

Buy: Amazon 


Book Description:
Jackson Parrish and Sarah Carrington are not only best friends, they are vampires extraordinaire. Their well-heeled refinement perfects the illusion of humanity.

Jackson is a hedonistic philanderer with a strict set of rules regarding women. Other than the devout friendship he shares with Sarah, his only emotional involvement is a passion for music. His carefree existence is derailed when he meets Elisabeth Sidwell who shatters his long held convictions.

Sarah is a hopeless romantic in endless pursuit of “The One”. When she gives her heart away, once more, and Jackson opens his at last, the quandary that a relationship between the living and the undead creates is the least of the obstacles they face.


About the Author:
I live in Massachusetts in a pre-Victorian home my husband and I have spent over 20 years restoring. we have one son. I am a self professed "Gym Rat"and chocoholic.

Writing has been a creative outlet for me since junior high school, starting with very bad poetry and more recently, fairly good (in my humble opinion) song lyrics. I have a notebook full in various stages of completion, and if I ever become adept enough at piano, which is doubtful, I hope to one day write some songs (it's on the Bucket List). FYI, if there are any musicians reading this looking for lyrics, I would love to collaborate.

I have been a Hospice companion volunteer since 2005 and intend to someday write about my life altering relationships with people at the end stage of life and their families. 

In December of 2012, my husband and I sold the motorcycle accessory manufacturing business we have owned since 1981. I now have the discretionary time required to write novels and doing so has opened up an exciting new world for me. Writing a novel has always been in the corner recess of my mind as a "Someday." "Someday" is here and I am awed and astounded by the self fulfillment this process has afforded me. Like any author, I wistfully dream of making the best seller's list one day, but if I never make a dollar from my writing, it will still stand out as one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

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Book Review:
Welcome to the world of the Vampires, ones with a semblance of morality, ones who like a challenge and strangely, ones we care about almost immediately. How can that be?

I would never have considered a vampire book and yet I could not wait to buy this one after reading the opening sample chapter. This is the second of JJ Kendrick's books that I have had the pleasure to come across, utterly different to the first, 'Chance Inheritance'. To switch style so successfully is impressive.
We meet Jackson and Sarah, two 150 something vampires, best friends who tried a relationship, but get on like brother and sister. Guardians to each other. She the vegetarian of all things bloodlusty, he, whilst admiring her for it, still likes a good human feed; tempered by the decency to make them forget what has happened.

She falls for a human, but how can she tell Connor her true form, they always turn and run.
Jackson falls for a perfect human, he thinks, but she is always one step ahead of him. Disapproving rogue vampires lurk, will the werewolves spoil the party at the mansion?

How does one put a ridiculous list of impossibilities like that together and make it believable? JJ Kendrick has done just that. I almost wished that there really are vampires in our world, and would happily share it with them, should they be like this.

Music of Souls was so was so easy to read with the same flowing unencumbered dialogue through and through, in a perfect mid-atlantic style, which will appeal to all. Pacing is perfect, as if the author had written it in one sitting.

There is definitely a TV drama here somewhere, so a screenplay beckons.. Terrific book. One I looked forward to reading every day.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Review by: Jon Delorme / Mary Delorme | St Bartholomew's Man

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

0 Book Review: CASPER: El Cuento De Amor De Un Gangster by Ray Childress & Akila Cruz

Title: CASPER: El Cuento De Amor De Un Gangster
Author: Ray Childress & Akila Cruz
Genre: Romance
Age Group: Adult

Buy: Amazon 


Book Description:
This sexually charged, unfriendly tale of money and murder explodes when Casper's high-rolling uncle gets himself murdered. Casper is then forced to hit the streets harder than ever to prove he's much more than a ghetto prince whose had everything handed to him on a platinum platter... but, in the midst of a Guerra (war) with a former affiliated set, Casper becomes enthralled by a Puerto Rican bella (beauty) who wants nothing to do with someone like him; due in part to her close family ties to a Latin King clan hailing from the Bushwick section of Brooklyn.




About the Author:
Ray Childress. 42, born in Pittsburgh, PA., yet raised as well in Omaha Nebraska, and Compton California.  Served a short tour in U.S. military (Honorable Discharge) prior to receiving a 25-to-life prison sentence for a joint Federal/State prosecution on racketeering, drugs, and gun charges.  He began to write novels and screenplays to pass the time after turning down an offer to have a book written about the miss-steps he’d taken throughout his first 22 years of life before prison.
Akila Cruz a.k.a The Ghostwriter, a.k.a The Mixie (Puerto Rican and Black), 31.  A single mother to daughter, Ann Marie, 6.  Cruz was born and raised in Miami, Florida where she now owns and operates a dance/fitness studio.  She works as a bikini model, and has appeared on several magazine and book covers throughout her 15 year modeling career.  She also played basketball and volleyball in junior college where she earned an Associate of business degree while working part-time as a ‘dancer.’  Ms. Cruz tends to write using a skilled flare for fashion and sex; all of which is sure to tantalize her readers throughout this 10 book urban romance series.

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Book Review:
"Casper: El Cuento DeAmor De Un Gangster" is the kind of novel that manages to grab you and take you on an unforgettable ride, from dark and gritty crime filled streets to evocative lust and love. Akila Cruz and Ray Childress have crafted a charged story that sparks with emotion, danger, drama, action and intensity from start to finish. It is well-written with a sharp, punchy tone that makes for a fast-paced and exciting read. Using vivid imagery, strong dialogue, well-developed characters and a multi-layered plot... the authors have created a novel rife with tension, grit, passion, death, danger and more. Overall, this was an engaging read that proved to be a promising debut for both authors."

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Review by: Kevin Waller | http://www.fresh4less.com
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