August Book Sale and Giveaway…

August Book Sale and Giveaway…

In celebration of my birthday (No, I’m not telling you how old I am!), I’m holding a sale and a giveaway during the month of August…   Are you a paranormal fan? Or are you a contemporary romance fan but in the mood for something different? If so, you can read the entire Milayna Series for under $4! A paranormal romance centering around the timeless struggle between good and evil. Fan of the series say, “It’s not just another YA love story” and “It’s not your t ypical angel/demon paranormal.”      Purchase Here: Amazon ♥ B&N ♥ BAM ♥ Smashwords […]

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Lady Be Good

Lady Be Good

I was pleasantly surprised by Meredith Duran’s Lady Be Good. I haven’t read many historical romances in the last ten years or so. I’m not sure why. I used to read them a lot as a teen and in my twenties. But for some reason I just… stopped. I think It probably has a lot to do with writing YA and NA. That’s what I tend to read.  Which is a pity because I used to enjoy historical romances quite a bit.   I love the way the language flows, proper and almost stiff, but beautiful at the same time. […]

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Do you RUE?

Do you RUE?

I have this taped on my laptop:   It’s a reminder of some advice I received: to RUE when writing. Where the advice came from, I can’t remember, but it’s good advice nonetheless.   What does it mean? Well, it’s an acronym for:   It’s based on the simple principle that readers are intelligent. We (authors) don’t need to spell everything out detail by detail, explaining every last idea until our books are so bogged down with exposition, the intelligent reader is put off and sets the book aside.   This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t explain somethings. Fantasy, […]

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Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass

So, I finally read Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. I don’t know why, but lately I’ve been on a bit of a fantasy kick. Which is odd, because fantasy isn’t normally my favorite go-to-genre. But I quite enjoyed Throne of Glass.   Before I get into my review, I have to say something about the cover. I really like the original artwork on the cover. Credit for the illustration is given to Talexi. It’s very different than a lot of YA novels’ covers. Although, I do find that fantasy novels usually have the most creative cover art. But […]

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Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart

Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart

Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart, by Tiffany Truitt, is a fun, sweet romance between Kennedy and Annabel. It was sometimes funny and emotional throughout.   First sentences: It Feels good out. The kind of cool that makes your skin tingle with anticipation. That odd in between place neither cold nor hot, comfortable, peaceful and exhilarating all at once. Something hard to define. Contradictory in its very nature.   The story is a take on second chances. Annabel and Kennedy started off as childhood friends. They were inseparable, each given the other what they needed at different times in their lives. […]

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An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about a certain fantasy book by a debut author. I like fantasy and all its sub genres, but it has to be good fantasy. Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean there can’t be magic and all the other fun things that come with the fantasy genre. I mean, why read it if all the fun bits are missing. But it has to make sense. It has to have logical flow. Some fantasies are just a mishmash of ideas and scenes shoved together into one book without a cohesive relationship.   But […]

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No Falling Allowed

No Falling Allowed

I began reading No Falling Allowed by Melissa West late last night. As in: I-have-three-kids-on-summer-vacay-and-will-be-awake-before-the-sun-and-I-should-have-already-been-in-bed-and-fast-asleep late last night. But I was anxious to begin and promised to: Only read one chapter. Every reader’s famous last words.   Well, luckily for me I hadn’t charged my Kindle. I was 31% into the story when it died. I spent the next few minutes cursing it and complaining that the charger cord was too short to reach my side of the bed. Then, reluctantly, gave up and went to sleep. If my Kindle hadn’t died, I would have stayed up all night to […]

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There’s a Dragon in my office

There’s a Dragon in my office

When I hear the term Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), I immediately think of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I think most writers think of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome sometime in their career. The simple act of typing, repetitively striking keys with our fingers, makes us susceptible to it. So when the pinky and ring fingers on my left hand started to go numb, and I had a strange tingling sensation, I chalked it up to the old writer’s pal: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I’d read a little on WebMD and the symptoms aligned (WebMD also told me I had some off the wall, weird, […]

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The Ex Trials

The Ex Trials

A feel-good romance about forgiveness and second chances. If you are looking for an independent female protagonist, and a strong, swoony leading man, Casey and Cole of The Ex Trials by Heather Topham Wood will likely fit the bill.   There is a nice subplot in the story which gives it more meat. Although the secret Casey is keeping is easy to figure out, there’s enough tension to keep readers flipping through pages to get to the end.   As far as mechanics go, there were some issues, such as typos, wrong word usage, and awkward wording. And there were […]

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Waking Olivia

Waking Olivia

I’m going to be honest, I almost didn’t finish Waking Olivia. My first impression as I read the beginning few chapters was: the character calls the leading guy an asshole too many times (or dick or something similar). And I wasn’t able to understand why she thought he was such an ogre.   Thankfully, I’d read enough good buzz about the book that I kept reading. And it wasn’t too long after my initial thoughts of abandoning the book that I found myself finishing it. Because, somewhere along the line, the story sucked me in so completely, I forgot I […]

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