Review of Playing Hooky by Rita J. Webb

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RATING: A-

SYNOPSIS

Valentine’s Day.

And my 21st birthday.

Whoop-de-doo.

Just another college day full of classes and more homework than is humanly possible.

…until Jason, my best-friend-since-kindergarten, shows up to take me out for the day.

Like old times: the two of us on a wacky adventure, playing hooky from real life. With his lopsided grin and tickets to a circus full of misfits and monsters, he introduces me to a whole new world—one full of magic and mystery—and turns my reality upside down.

Except nothing goes as planned, and we end up running through the city to find a missing siren before someone brews a love potion with her blood.

Sirens and love potions, witches and elves, and Valentine kisses. Nothing will be the same for me again.

 This beautiful cover does nothing to highlight the wonderful story. While I wished this was full length novel, instead of just a novella, I found it funny, interesting, and romantic. The magical element is very believable. However, I felt that Emma seemed to accept it just a little too quickly and easily. My favorite thing about this book, was the characters. They were loveable and realistic. Even the grumpy dwarf (Gruff) was loveable in his own way. Speaking of Gruff, I felt that he was a character reminiscent of J.K Rowling’s writing and I enjoyed that. Lastly, though miniscule in the grand scheme of things, I felt that this book needed another run through with editing. There was nothing big, but when a line like “blues as emeralds” pops out at you like it did, it sticks with you… Or, maybe that’s just my OCD talking. All in all, I enjoyed the story and feel that the author is a good writer with great potential. Hope to read more from this author in the future.

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AUTHOR BIO

Leaving the house to go to school, I had schoolbooks spilling out of one hand, the other holding my place in a Nancy Drew novel, and bunny slippers still on my feet. My mom was a wee bit upset.

I haven’t changed much. Still always have a book (or two) in my hand or creating stories in my head, and although I don’t have any bunny slippers, I love writing in my jammies and snuggly slipper socks.

When I grow up (maybe a hundred years from now), I’d like to be a superhero, but for now, saving the day, one page at a time, suits me just fine.

With my husband TJ (my own cuddly werewolf), I home-school our three girls, who keep us busy with art, science projects, books to read, dance classes, and walks about the park.

EXCERPT

Above the entrance, a sign reads Michael Magnificent and the Magician Magellan’s Magical Menagerie of Malicious and Monstrous Misfits. The word Misfits was smaller than the other words most likely because the painter almost ran out of room. Someone got a little carried away with the alliteration.

Carrying loads of boxes and pushing wheelbarrows, people bustle from tent to tent, and nobody pays any attention to us.

I blink as I stare at the sight before me and then glance at Jason.

He gives me a smile. “Welcome to a whole new world.”

“A circus?” I make a high-pitched noise, that is not a squeal. Because I do not squeal.

“Calm down.” Jason rubs his ears. “Not just any circus, Miss Acrobat.”

I’m normally not the squealing type, but I love the circus. As a kid, I dreamed of being an acrobat and pestered my parents until they finally got me into gymnastics. They stopped complaining about the cost when I got a full athletic scholarship.

“We’re a little early, but I thought you’d like to wander around and explore with me. The animal tents are . . . well, you’ll like it.”

“Jason, you’re the best friend a girl could ask for.” I give him a big bear hug.

“I know.”

“And geez, humble too.”

“I know.” He grins.

Inside the closest tent, stalls filled with white horses line the center aisle. Tack hangs along one wall in the entry way, and stacks of hay and barrels of oats fill the other side.

White horses with long horns protruding from their foreheads.

“How did they glue the horns on?” I lean in close to inspect.

“They’re real.”

I raise an eyebrow, and he grins.

“Seriously?”

“Would I lie to you?”

“There was that time you told me the mud pies would give me flying powers if I ate them.”

“Not my fault. I really thought they would.”

LINKS TO PURCHASE OR FIND THE BOOK

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Playing-Hooky-ebook/dp/B00B2D6EEA

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/playing-hooky-rita-j-webb/1114148410

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17253010-playing-hooky

LINKS TO FIND RITA WEBB ONLINE

Blog: http://afantasyfiction.blogspot.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/ritawebb

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ritajwebb

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RitaJWebb

~Genevieve~

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All Wrapped Up

Release date: July 1

By: Braxton Cole Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

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Blurb:

All Wrapped Up is Book Two in The List Series.

Mari and Luca continue to work through their list of sexual fantasies in All Wrapped Up, Book Two in The List Series. They’ve abandoned their original plan of no strings attached and, for the most part, Mari’s learning to be okay with it. She definitely likes Luca’s strings (and whatever else he might use to restrain her), but she’s not sure she’s ready to take the next step in their relationship. Luca, sweet, strong, commanding Luca, insists that it’s time to move in together. Mari insists it’s time to relax and enjoy what they share without complicating things.

With every moment they spend together, Luca shows Mari how good they could be together. Will Mari run away from her emotions, or does Luca have her all wrapped up?

All Wrapped Up is a novella length erotic romance and contains mature adult themes, including graphic and explicit sex.

Author Bio:

Braxton Cole lives in the Pacific Northwest where she spends most of her time holed up in her office writing stories. When she’s not writing, she can be found riding her bike, hiking the fabulous local trails, chasing her kids, or wishing that her thumb was a little more green. She has a bad habit of killing what she tries to grow, but hasn’t given up hopes of one day being a successful urban farmer.

Braxton writes erotic romance because romance is the stuff that makes life great, and sex is fun. The two belong together, both in life and in fiction.

Social Links: o Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/braxton.cole.737 and https://www.facebook.com/BraxtonColeAuthor o Website: http://www.braxtoncole.com

o Twitter: @braxcole o Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6998148.Braxton_Cole

 

Braxton is also changing the cover of Birthday Wishes (The List #1). So I thought it would be great to do both. Below please find the blurb for Birthday Wishes.

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Blurb for Birthday Wishes:

 

Mari meets Luca on an adult website. She’s still smarting from a divorce and only looking to explore her desires. They create wish lists of their sexual fantasies and agree to work through them together. No strings, no attachments, nothing but pleasure, and Mari anticipates their first meeting with impatience. But through a miscommunication involving a private text message and Mari’s nosy brother, Luca ends up at her 30th birthday party, before their planned rendezvous. Much to her surprise, they seem to connect better than she expected, and in ways she hadn’t expected. He’s strong, commanding, but also gentle and respectful and he makes her ache in ways she never thought possible. But when Luca later expresses a desire for something more than just casual sex, Mari’s impulse is to run the other way. After all, her failed marriage is evidence that she really shouldn’t go much deeper. Can Luca convince Mari otherwise? Can he help her see that he’s her ultimate birthday wish come true?

Birthday Wishes is Book 1 in The List Series is intended for an adult audience only and contains mature themes, including graphic and explicit sex.

 

Birthday Wishes Buy Links:

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Birthday-Wishes-List-Book-ebook/dp/B00BOHJ76Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368728120&sr=8-

The Edge of Darkness Blitz

Title: The Edge of Darkness

Author: Melissa Andrea

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Day: May 31, 2013 Blitz Host: Lady Amber’s Tours

 

Synopsis: After a tragic accident, Araya Noelle is left with a constant reminder that nothing is forever. Instead of dwelling over her loss, she plays the hand she’s been dealt without complaint. In a world as black as hers, there’s no room for bitterness, no time for regret. Sheltered from the outside world, Araya has become suffocated by a life she has no control over.

Until Ryland Dare comes crashing into her life. You don’t know true darkness until you’ve felt the light… Like a firecracker, showering her with colorful sparks of freedom, Ryland quickly sweeps Araya away from her dark existence. For the first time since the accident, living in darkness is no longer something Araya wants to do willingly. Unleashed by the shadows of her reminder, being with Ryland, Araya touches light. Together they will learn what it’s like to be alive for the first time. At the edge of darkness, a ray of light, will dare them both to live.

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Excerpt:

I brushed my lips across her neck again and watched as the world around us, spun. Her fingers twisted in my shirt and she pulled my body closer. “I didn’t expect you Araya.” I rasped against her ear and my fingers tangled in her hair, bringing her lips up to mine. Her breath was warm and sweet against my lips and I wanted to taste her so bad it hurt.

 

Blurb:

 

The Edge of Darkness

After a tragic accident, Araya Noelle is left with a constant reminder that nothing is forever.

She is forced to give up her chance to be the youngest dancer accepted into Julliard & taking over their high society school by a graceful storm of determination is no longer an option. Instead of dwelling over her loss, she accepts the new future she’s been dealt. In a world as black as hers, there’s no room for bitterness, no time for regret. Sheltered from the outside world, Araya has become suffocated by a life she has no control over. Until Ryland Dare comes crashing into her life.

You don’t know true darkness until you’ve felt light…

Like a firecracker, showering her with colorful sparks of freedom, Ryland quickly sweeps Araya away from her grey existence. For the first time since the accident, living in darkness is no longer something Araya wants to do willingly. Unleashed by the shadows of her reminder, being with Ryland, Araya touches light. Together they will learn what it’s like to feel alive for the first time.

At the edge of darkness, a ray of light, will dare them both to HOPE.

DARE them to LOVE

DARE them to LIVE

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Author Bio: Melissa started reading in high school when she found her mom’s romance book collection and has been hooked on books every since. She became a complete book-a-holic, starting her own collection and improving her reading skills. Most of the time she could finish a book walking around the store, while her mom shopped. She wrote her first short story in high school for a competition in her writing class. It was a child’s book called ‘Arnold’ – it was about an ant who believed he could do anything. Oh by the way, she won! She has written many stories since then, but this will be her first YA paranormal/fantasy and the first book she will have published.

She lived in Mesa, Arizona with her husband of six years, and her 3 beautiful daughters. They are her biggest fans and they inspire her everyday. She enjoys spending time with her family, weekend dates with her mom & taking vacations. Hawaii anyone??

 

Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5816255.Melissa_Andrea

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Andrea/e/B009Z6G982/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1 Blog/Web: http://melissaandrea.com/ and http://melissaandrea-justlikethat.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/melissa_andrea

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/m.andrea.author

 

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-R5-jolGcc

 

Review of Parallel Pasts by Julia Blues

Title: Parallel Pasts

Author: Julia Blues

Genre: Romance

Release Date: June 11, 2013

Author Bio:

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I am a daughter, a sister, a friend, an aunt. I am a woman on a journey to discover all God has for me; whatever avenues and paths that may take me.

I am not one of those writers who fell in love with writing before I could hold a pen; because I didn’t. I am not one of those writers whose teachers encouraged to enter into writing contests; because that never happened. I am not one of those writers who adored English; because I hated it. I am simply a woman who was stuck in a boring job and had exhausted all possibilities of entertainment. It was like the Universe sensed my desperation, an unfamiliar voice called out to me, scaring the sanity out of me. But what she said drew me in and I began typing out the words I heard as if I was given permission to transcribe her diary. I realized the second my fingers touched that keyboard, the moment I heard the keys clicking in an effervescent harmony, that I had not found my calling in life, but that my true calling had found me.

I am a Storyteller. I’ve been a lot of other things in my thirty-something years. Spent half of my life growing up in the military. After watching my dad jump under the bed every time he heard a siren or alarm go off, I knew that was not the career for me. Shortly after graduating high school, working dead-end retail jobs, and spending a semester in college, I found myself raising my right hand swearing to protect my country from all enemies foreign and domestic. It didn’t take long for me to realize I wasn’t cut out for the Air Force. Once I laced up my combat boots for the last time, I ventured into temp work, spent a couple of years working behind bars at a county jail, and screened passengers and luggage for the government until a back injury changed the course of my life.

Ever since I began writing, it was a goal of mine to write full time. I had no idea how I would be able to do so. A nine-to-five was needed in order to keep a roof over my head. At least that’s what I thought. My plea had been heard, and I was tested to see if being a full-time writer was indeed what I wanted. God opened a door that I would not have been able to open on my own and I have not been able to look back since.

My path in life hasn’t been all good, but it hasn’t been all bad either because it has led me to where I am right now. A few short stories of mine have been featured in a magazine and in two anthologies. And now my first novel will be in print. Everything in life I’ve experienced has all played a part in who I am today. Nothing compares to the joy I feel when creating memorable characters. Nothing compares to taking my imagination to places the imagination dares to go. That is what bringing life to a blank canvas does for me. It liberates my soul.

Currently, I reside in Columbia, SC. I’ve lived on three continents and have a hard time planting my feet in one city for more than four years. I am working on that, though, I don’t foresee that happening anytime soon. Pray for me. *smile*

I am Julia Blues – A storyteller on a mission.

 

Good story.

Parallel Pasts

RATING: B-

Love is the one thing missing from Fatima’s life, beginning when her parents left her at the age of four. Usually she enjoys calling the shots in her love life, but when she runs into a mysterious man on a night out, everything changes. Cory Hines would give anything to undo his childhood. Growing up with an abusive father and distant mother left him wary of family and relationships. And as he tries to straighten out his life, the nightmares return and send him down a drunken spiral. His siblings force him into therapy, but it’s not until he meets Fatima that he begins to learn what commitment is all about. Though their pasts continue to haunt their relationships, it is their common problems that draw Cory and Fatima closer. In the process of getting their lives on track, they find out more about themselves and their pasts than they bargained for and realize they must rid their demons for good in order to survive. But just when Cory and Fatima get comfortable with each other and the idea of a relationship, news of an unexpected pregnancy sends them both running back to the familiar. Full of raw emotion and a vulnerability that pulls you in, Parallel Pasts offers an inside look at what it takes to escape a history of domestic abuse, as Cory must suppress the urge to fight anything that gets in his way, and the women who love him through the process.

The author of this book is very good at making the dialogue flow naturally, but there wasn’t a lot of description to go with it. While I feel that it needed some work, I can see a lot of potential in this author and I would recommend this to anyone wanting an easy (notice I said easy, not short) read; as long as you don’t mind present tense, which I can’t seem to get in to for some reason. I’ve noticed a lot of people have done it, but it’s odd for me. I gave it a B- rather than just a B, because I didn’t think it deserved a 3 star rating, but wasn’t confident enough to give it a 4 star… So, this is technically a 3.5 rating lol

Author Links

http://JuliaBlues.com

Goodreads Author: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6572591.Julia_Blues

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JuliaBlues13

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Julia_Blues

Pre-order: Amazon, Barnes&Noble

http://ParallelPasts.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16130496-parallel-pasts

~Genevieve~

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Cry Me A River is a New Adult book with sexual situations and explicit language. If you’ve ever mourned the loss of someone you loved, Cry Me A River will show you that love can conquer when you meet the right person.

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Caide Palmer, Emerald Isle’s resident chef and grieving father. Everything in his life is turned upside down when his ex-girlfriend Heather dies from an accidental overdose. She left behind their eighteen month old daughter. Heather’s parents filed for emergency custody of baby Lucy. Now Caide is in the fight of his life to raise his daughter to the best of his ability. The courts order Caide to attend parenting classes and Al Anon meetings. It is there that he meets twenty-two year old River. She is drawn in by his story, and she wants to mend his grieving heart. Will Caide allow River in to his world, or will he find his role as single father is to be faced alone? There’s something about her that he wants to save. Can they really save each other?

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The author Devyn Dawson is from Oklahoma, but she kicks up her boots in New Bern, NC. She spends her days writing about the characters who live in her head. Devyn has been intrigued by the young adult world and is now branching out to new adult. This is her first non-paranormal book. Although the characters are fictional, grief of losing someone you love is drawn from her own experiences of death and loss.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17930846-cry-me-a-river?auto_login_attempted=true

http://www.devyndawson.com/

~Genevieve~

Review of Touch and Moonlight by Chad Repko

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RATING: A

Chad Repko is a writer from Pottstown PA. He started writing poetry at age 12 and has always had a lust for the arts. He went to Temple University to study film. After making a few short films he decided to concentrate more on being a father and a writer. This is his first collection to be published.

It’s so hard to review poetry. When I was in school and the English teacher asked me to interpret poetry, I wanted to look her in the eye and say “are you crazy?” Poetry is meant to inspire, insight, and bring out emotion. The way it is interpreted is the reader’s choice. That being said, the only thing I can think to say about this collection of poems is… absolutely beautiful.

~Genevieve~

Interview of Author Anne Allen

To help me welcome Anne to the laboratory, I decided to give her a theme song 😉

Sorry, if it’s not showing up in the post… I’m sick of trying to figure out how it worked before.

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Why don’t we start by telling the folks a little about you?

I live in Devon, by my beloved sea. I have three grown-up children and my daughter and two grandchildren live nearby. I was born in Rugby, to an English mother and Welsh father. As a result I spent many summers with my Welsh grandparents in Anglesey and learnt to love the sea.  My restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. I contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns. My other son lives in London which is great for city breaks.

By profession I’m a psychotherapist but have long had creative ‘itches’, learning to mosaic, paint furniture, interior design and sculpt. At the back of my mind the itch to write was always present but seemed too time-consuming for a single mum with a need to earn a living. Now the nest is empty there’s more time to write and a second novel is gestating, but novels take a lot longer than children to be born!

When and why did you start writing?

 Friends had for years told me that I should write a book. I think this was more to do with the fact that my life could not be described as boring! I did, in fact, start to write my life story but somehow just couldn’t get into it. I may have another go one day when I no longer have to protect the guilty.

Ironically, my first stab at ‘real’ writing was an entry into a UK national competition run by Prima magazine a few years ago. They wanted a 500 word true-life story describing a life-changing event. My mother pushed me into entering, thinking a fiction piece was needed and thought it would encourage me to get on with my novel. From being a reluctant entrant I emerged as the winner with a £500 prize. I was began to realise that I could write and began my journey as a novelist.

Who is your favorite author and why?

That’s so difficult to answer! I’ve enjoyed so many books over the years and my taste has changed as I’ve ‘matured’. These days I try to read all the books written by Robert Goddard, an English writer of suspense/thrillers. I love the intricate plots and rarely guess the ending.

Do you feel that Robert Goddard inspired your writing? Do you feel that your writing is modeled after him?

Only to a small extent. There’s no way my writing could compare with his, but it gave me the idea to write more than a romance story. His books rarely include a love story and quite often the protagonist (always a man) loses the lady he loves. I prefer the Happy Ever After ending. I’ve been compared by some readers to Maeve Binchy, another writer I adored.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

Two things – to entertain my readers and to keep myself creatively fulfilled. I’ve had many creative ‘itches’ over the years and only came to writing about seven years ago. I instantly fell in love with the idea of making up stories and making my characters do what I wanted when no-one in my real world did! It’s a kind of power play but in a good way. A writer gets totally absorbed in their writing and characters and I can only compare it to having babies and seeing them mature and become independent. I’ve had some great feedback from readers so I must be doing something right with my ‘children’

Traditional or self publishing and why?

I tried for years to get an agent interested in my book and although a couple were encouraging, no-one took me on. At the time traditional publishing seemed the only way to go. Then, a few years ago self-publishing became the thing, respectable and relatively easy to do. I chose a company, Matador, to publish Dangerous Waters for me and I’m very pleased with the result. They helped with PR and distribution which I think is paramount if you have a paperback version, as I do. My book’s also available in all ebook formats but the paperback is outselling the ebook.

Tell us about your most recent book and why we should love or hate your characters.

Dangerous Waters is a romantic mystery set on the island of Guernsey near the coast of France. The main story concerns Jeanne, a young woman who left Guernsey at 16 after a family tragedy. She now has to return after her grandmother’s death having inherited her cottage. Jeanne doesn’t plan to stay any longer than it would take to sell the cottage but events conspire to keep her on the island. She discovers that the cottage holds a secret going back to the German Occupation and is also drawn to find out what really happened when her family died. As she unearths that truth her life is endangered as there’s someone on the island who doesn’t want it known. . . .

Ghosts continue to haunt her but over time the island works its magic, encouraging her to live and love again . . . .

I think Jeanne is very loveable as we can all relate to her real problems of love and loss. She starts off being emotionally drained after the end of a long-term relationship and the loss of her grandmother but picks herself up and ends up much stronger and with renewed purpose. There’re a couple of men interested in her and one of them is easy for the reader to love. In fact, readers have told me that they fell in love with him! There’s only one character who could be hated but they get their comeuppance – naturally!

If your book had a soundtrack, what are the first 5 songs you would include?

Sailing by Rod Stewart

Sand in my shoes by Dido

This Land is Mine by Dido

A Message by Coldplay

Crests of Waves by Coldplay

N.B The story is set in 2005 so chose time appropriate songs

Aside from writing or reading, what is your favorite pastime?

I love walking on the beach, only ten minutes away. If I have to be indoors, and with our British climate that’s most of the timeJ, I love watching dramas and films or seeing my friends.

What is the one thing you want to do, or the one place you want to go, that you would put at #1 on your bucket list?

Pompeii. I’ve just been watching a TV programme about it and would really love to see it first-hand

Finally, what else would you like readers to know?

I’m writing my second novel, Finding Mother, which is also set primarily in the Channel Islands. The story follows Nicole who, as her marriage hits the rocks, decides to trace her natural mother. She has a strong desire to find herself and her roots in an effort to better understand herself. Nicole not only finds her mother but her grandmother and discovers that both women have been keeping secrets for years. Her grandmother’s story goes back to the evacuation of Guernsey during WWII.

P.S. Dangerous Waters has just won the Silver Award for Adult Fiction from TheWishingShelfBookAward for indie writers. Am so thrilled

Thank you so much for being my guest! I was honored.

~Genevieve~

Review of Dangerous Waters by Anne Allen

Pleasantly Surprised!

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RATING: B

‘Oh my God, what’s happening to me? After all this time, please, not again!’ Jeanne Le Page, gripped by fear and panic, struggles to breathe as the ferry arrives in Guernsey, the island she had fled 15 years before, traumatised by a family tragedy. Now she has to return after her grandmother’s death. Jeanne has inherited her cottage and she plans to sell it before returning to the UK. Deeply unhappy after the recent end of a long-term relationship, she has no desire to pick up her old life on the island. Suffering traumatic amnesia after being involved in the accident that killed her family, Jeanne has experienced nightmares for years. The return to Guernsey triggers flashbacks which become frightening and Jeanne undergoes hypnosis to recover her memory, reliving the tragedy as the ghosts continue to haunt her. But someone on the island does not want her to remember, and she faces danger from an unexpected source… A contemporary story of love and loss that will capture the reader’s imagination, Dangerous Waters will appeal to fans of female fiction. Anne is inspired by a number of authors, including Robert Goddard, Katie Fforde and Mary Higgins Clark. A comparison can be drawn to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

This book was full of drama, emotion, intrigue, and love.

The author has a talent for bringing out emotion in the reader. It was well written and made you feel like you were sucked in to the story and were experiencing every second first-hand.

The only reason that I didn’t give it an A (5 stars) is because I am not sure about my own personal feelings about the story. I appreciate that is is a great book, but I don’t know quite how I feel. That being said, I would recommend it to anyone interested in suspense and such, but I didn’t want to give it an A without being 100% sure. Nothing against the author or her work.

~Genevieve~

Review of Tucked In: Lianna by N. Kuhn

Tuck me in!

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RATING: A+

Lance Tucker is a force to be reckoned with. Hollywood elite hire him to handle their dirty work. Having spent years in the Special Forces, he has made a name for himself. Tucking In. If your lead actress disappears, he finds her. Got drug problems, death threats, he erases them. Dirty work that would make a grown man cringe, means nothing to Tuck. With his network of contacts, he’s able to keep things on the down low, assuring none of what you need hits the papers. But has Tuck met his match in Lianna Landry?

Lianna, a beauty since childhood, caught Hollywood’s eyes and hearts as a child. Growing up in glittery Hollywood, she did what a lot of child actors do, she fell down a path of destruction and drugs. She’s in and out of rehab and trouble, until a movie producer gives her a last chance at redemption. After disappearing, Tuck is sent to find her. But, when he does, she’s gotten herself in way over their heads. Can Tuck save Lianna from a certain death or worse at the hands of Akio Hokkaido? Can they fight their attraction long enough to stay alive?

First of all, let’s stare at the cover for a little while, shall we? Sigh, what a gorgeous man. Okay, now that I’m done swooning, let’s get to the review.

Never before have I fallen for a character faster! Tuck is rugged, handsome, sexy, and a no nonsense, let’s get the job done kind of man! On some of the pages, he oozed so much sex appeal that I just wanted to order a ten scoop sundae with him on top. Of course, that would be like putting hot oil on ice cream and hoping it didn’t melt! But, he could make up for melting my ice cream, but heating up the sheets 😉

Alright, enough about Tuck’s sexiness… For now.

I also enjoyed the story line, because it was unique and not a single second left me feeling flat. It was full of action, emotion, suspense, etc. It was like watching an episode of a high speed drama on TV! The characters were ones you rooted for and the villians were the ones you hated with every fiber of your being; hoping that they would die any second. Not to mention the fact that the story hit home for me, because one of my most favorite actresses could really use this sort of scare to kick her in the pants and make her realize what she’s doing to her life. But, that’s another story.

Tucked In: Lianna was very well written and kept me interested so much that I was stealing even small seconds to read another sentence. As a matter of fact, I had to stop bringing my Nook in my purse, because it would call out to me at the most inappropriate times and all I could think about was Tuck and what mischief he was getting himself into while I was away.

It’s safe to say that N. Kuhn has got a blockbuster hit on her hands with this one and I hope the rest of the series is just as fantastic!

P.S Even though she’s not technically an Indie author anymore, she started out that way and therefore…

awardI guess I better think about making another award that isn’t for specifically Indie authors…

~Genevieve~

Movie Review of Fast and Furious 6

I’m going to do something a little differently this time. I’m going to torture you as much as you’re tortured in the movie theater and make you watch previews first. 😉

World War Z

White House Down

2 Guns

R.I.P.D

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Trailer

Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, and Michelle Rodriquez.

In this sixth installment of the popular series, which is also known by Furious 6, we see all the usual things that in the other movies. However, this movie took it one step further. We have the car chases, the bullets, the drama, the crimes, but we also have the good and bad working together, families, and romances. This movie is a romance that even men will enjoy. This movie has car chases- of course- hot men, hot cars, and has the perfect combination of humor and action. One of the best lines in the whole entire film was… *Shoots out glass of vending machine* “It’s on the house.”- Dwayne Johnson. The whole film was filled with emotion, action, humor, and amazing stunts.

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Not to mention kick- ass females. As we see in the preview, one character that die hard fans had thought to be dead comes back to haunt Dom and the entire team in this 6th installment. Letty suffers from amnesia and works for the opposite team from the guys; she’s what prompts Dom to even go after these men in the first place, because let’s face it, Dom will always love Letty no matter what happens. This is one spot where the emotion and romance is high in the movie.

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These movies never fail to entertain and this one was no different. I would recommend it to anyone who likes action… Hell, I’d recommend just to see Vin Diesel!

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RATING: A+

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

SPECIAL EFFECTS: A+

ACTING: A+

SOUNDTRACK: A+

STORY: A

ENJOYABILITY: A

BELIEVEABILITY: A+

QUALITY: A+

CHARACTERS: A+

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 18+

~Genevieve~