The Gift of Goodbye

Hello and welcome!

Today I would like to introduce you to a book I read recently and found it compelling.

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How do you explain Alzheimer’s Disease to kids? Start with a bedtime story that will help them process what’s happening to Grandma.

“This heartfelt exploration of Alzheimer’s Disease is the perfect read to help your children develop an understanding of the effects of the illness on your loved ones.” E.M. Fitch

Caleb will do anything to protect the people he loves–and his grandma is top of that list, especially now that she has Alzheimer’s disease.

After Emma accidentally insults Grams, Caleb lashes out and makes fun of Emma’s dyslexia. Emma’s best friend Sydney rushes to her defense, starting a girls versus boys cartoon war that involves the whole sixth grade. Pencils ready, students of Whitman Elementary, prepare to battle!

When Sydney starts taking art lessons from Grams, she connects with Grams in a way that Caleb can’t. Love, lost memories, and new friendships enable powerful conversations to happen, especially about the toughest topic of all–Alzheimer’s disease.

From the Author
Watching a loved one progress through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease is difficult, and talking about it is even harder. That’s why I wrote THE GIFT OF GOODBYE. It’s a story for kids, about kids, not about Alzheimer’s disease. A book that was primarily focused on dementia would have been too sad for children to read. But I know that there are lots of kids in America right now who are witnessing Alzheimer’s change their grandma or grandpa. If THE GIFT OF GOODBYE helps one reader feel less alone, then my effort was worth it.

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I finally managed to post a short review on Amazon and Goodreads after 4 tries where my Kindle was not cooperating and managed to delete THREE TIMES o_O the review right before hitting the submit button. GAH

My review: 5 stars
Ms. Cypress gave us a great book that touches a few sensitive topics, but is easy to read and compelling. Follows a group of children, each dealing with various challenges. One family dealing with Grandma’s fading to Alzheimer’s, another family falling apart after the Father’s accidental death and then the family where the dyslexic daughter facing challenges at school because of it. I recommend this book to readers of all ages.

Alzheimer is a terrible disease and it affects so many families, including my own. There is so much more going on in the book, friendship, young love, betrayal, bullying and child abandonment and the emotions evoked are many: sadness, anger, disgust, fear, indignation, mixed with hope, love, joy, reflection. The author did a great job without making it depressing and showing a different perspective of looking at things that are hard to see or bear. I think children can relate to the story and might help them deal with their feelings, but as I wrote in my review, it can be read by readers of any age.

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My Chat with Cassie!

Hello and welcome!

I have few BGF (book girlfriends), usually is the hunks that grab my attention.

One of the few joined me for a chat today and we are celebrating.

Welcome Cassie!

What is your full name?
Cassie Wilson

Do you have a nickname?
I guess Cassie is technically a nickname, but no one has ever called me Cassandra. Except my mom when I was in trouble as a kid.

What is one word best describes you?
Energetic. Positive. Passionate.

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
I’m going to work at the Flatiron Five club tonight, so I’m wearing my fave dancing shoes. They’re black leather thigh-high boots with spike heels and I think they go perfectly with my little black, short dress. It drives Reid crazy when we meet again at the beginning of our story, because he can’t see exactly where the boots end. I’m going with that. I’ve twisted up my long blonde hair and painted my nails red, to match my lipstick. It’s going to be hot at the club tonight!

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Yes. She made me share a big secret with Reid, one I’ve been keeping for a very long time – even though I didn’t like it at the time, I felt better afterward. Lighter. Maybe it was time to let that old stuff go.
That was quite a secret, I am glad you were able to share it, I know it helps.

What makes you laugh out loud?
Reid. He makes all these one-liners, deadpan, and cracks me up every time.

What is your favourite dessert?
Something sweet and thick, like chocolate syrup, but I don’t want it on ice cream.
I like how you think LOL

What is your favourite drink?
Something fizzy – like sparkling water, or champagne.

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Champagne is mine too, here is my fave sparkling wine, had a bottle chilled to celebrate today. Last year’s crop was pretty good.

What is your greatest fear?
It was going back to Montrose River, the town I couldn’t wait to leave. I guess I need a new fear now.

What is your favourite colour?
Red. Or black. Or both together.

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Nothing.

What is the perfect romantic date?
One that ends with great sex.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
Ha! Of course, I am, but I’ll never tell where!

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Fried chicken from Pappy’s in Montrose River. It used to make me think about hanging out with my friend, Tori, at my uncle’s garage and eating take-out in the summer, but now it makes me think about jumping Reid in Tori’s kitchen.
That scene is really hot!

When you look at a man what catches your interest?
His eyes. His hands. His smile. The way he looks at me.

Do you have somebody in your life now?
Reid Jackson.

What is one word best describes him?
Unexpected. she winks
You can say that again!

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
Some Guys Have All the Luck is book 4 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke. Book 5 will be Going to the Chapel, will be published September 27, 2018 and book 6 will be Bad Case of Loving You, to be published January 22, 2019. It’ll be Theo’s book and I’m looking forward to learning more about his unrequited love. I also have the first tattoo that Chynna gave away at F5 and which launched the Secret Heart Ink series. I guess hmm I have the tattoo that proves her right, that this tattoo given on a full moon brings love to the person who wears it.

I am excited by what is coming! Thank you Cassie for dropping by, I really enjoyed your story and the chat. Maybe you can put a good word in to Chynna and she will agree to come for a chat.

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Thanks for joining us and I hope you enjoyed the chat.

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As Cassie mentioned she hails from the Flatiron Five Series by Deborah Cooke and Some Guys Have All the Luck is her story, which released today.

CONGRATULATIONS Ms. Cooke!

Adding Reid to my BBF list, Ty has competition for number 1 spot in the series now, or maybe I am taking both. Remember Ty? He chatted with me back in December 2016, if you missed it check it out here.

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Cassie has everything she wants…
Cassie Wilson’s life is pretty much perfect, with a dream job, great partners—and the freedom to do whatever she wants whenever she wants. The last thing she wants is to go back to Montrose River, the town she couldn’t wait to leave, and revisit the past. But when her oldest friend asks her to be a godmother, Cassie sees an opportunity to make a difference in Emily’s life. Maybe teaching Emily to dream big will be her legacy. Besides, one weekend in the Midwest won’t kill her. She’ll be back in Manhattan so quickly that they won’t have time to miss her at Flatiron Five.

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Reid knows what he wants…
Reid Jackson is convinced that luck has to be made. Keeping his eyes open has been the secret to his success, along with a lot of hard work. He might have come from the wrong side of the tracks, and he might have a reputation of being bad to the bone, but he’s built success after a major setback. When Cassie Wilson comes breezing back into town, Reid is ready to find out if she really is different from everyone else. Cassie is everything he imagined. She turns his expectations inside out—and shakes up his life. When Cassie decides she wants more than a fling, Reid knows he’s not the man she wants him to be—can Cassie change his mind and convince him to hope for more?

My review: 5 stars

Loved this new story, it has the usual smooth flow and the organic unfolding of the story I love in Ms. Cooke’s books. 

I really enjoyed learning more about Cassie and her past, she has quite a story. To carry that secret for so long… WOW
Reid is such a lovable guy and he came so far despite his childhood. Loved the chemistry between them, hot and sweet and real without the angst and drama so prevalent these days.

It is true in real life too, we only get to know somebody as far as they allow us to see or sometimes as far as we are willing despite having all the clues in front of us.

I can’t recommend this series enough.

Book 1, ‘Simply Irresistible‘ is on sale for a limited time.

To keep in touch with Ms. Deborah Cooke and check out all her yummy books, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

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To celebrate her new release, Ms. Cooke is offering an ebook copy of Cassie and Reid’s book to a lucky reader who will be chosen by Sexy Mr. Random after 3pm on Thursday, August 16, 2018. GOOD LUCK!

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My Chat with Riven

Hello and welcome!

Today, I just wanted to stay home, put my feet up, watch a good movie and relax. Nothing more, well, nothing that I can write about on an open forum at any rate. 😉

Imagine my surprise earlier today when I get home after doing a grocery trip, there is a note waiting for me on my front door.Dinner is on me. If you are interested, call this number. They will give you the address and send a car for you, dress accordingly. Riven

Right, as if I am going to believe this. I enter my apartment and the smell of hot food teases my nose and I suddenly feel hungry. The only problem is, my son ate it all. He looks at me in surprise and comments, I thought you were going out, or so the note on the bag said, so I ate it all. There wasn’t that much anyway.

Right, this is the ‘hollow leg’ talking, there is never much of anything and what there is, gets absorbed. I swear that teenager inhales the food and goes looking for more. It did smell good though. I look at the number on the note in my hand and think I have nothing to lose. I will give it a try and see what happens. At the very least, I might get a free meal out of this. I dial the number and a man with a slightly nasal sounding voice answers. I might sound prejudiced, but usually that type tends to be stuck up.

Good evening, you have reached The Chase Restaurant. What can we do for you?

I roll my eyes and then answer, I was given this number and told to mention Riven has instructions for me.

Of course, Ms. Eniko, I will have the limousine dispatched for you immediately. It will arrive in a half an hour. Our dress code is formal, I will tell Mr. Riven that you are on your way.

I hang up and my eyes grow big… It is real… and The Chase? Oh yum, and I am starved.

Dress code, formal… of course… and in half an hour. I am going to break the speed limit getting ready and making sure I am not late for my ride.

I smile as a stretch limousine arrives at the front door exactly a half an hour later and breath a sigh of relief that I beat it by a mere minute and a half. So, I am a little out of breath, but I am having dinner at The Chase.

A gorgeous dark haired male meets the limo and opens the door with a bow and a smile that makes me sigh, amongst other things. Man, this man should have a warning label on him. I can’t help but return his smile with one of my own and he offers his hand to help me out of the back of the car. Of course you know I am not going refuse his help, right? Snort. I am feeling sooooo shameless right now. The moment I am out of the car he tucks my hand onto the crook of his arm and leads me into the restaurant.

I hope you don’t mind my sending for you the way I did, I am Riven, Teryka’s husband. Merika said I am to treat you right, or she will make my life interesting in ways I don’t want to think about for the next year. She didn’t tell me that I would be greeting a lady though. I am very impressed. Teryka says to say hello, and she sent a little surprise for you, homemade truffles made with the best chocolate she could bring through the portal into our world. She says you are partial to them.

Merika knows me well. Many thanks to her.

Tyrus and Kodac have added a little something for you too, which left me to gift you with flowers. As I never know what to order for a woman, I have told the florist to sent a couple dozen blush peonies to your home. Unfortunately, they won’t arrive until tomorrow.

Oh those are my fave!

I have been told by a little birdie a few of your favourite dishes, Calamari, Veal Masala and Filet Mignon. They are preparing them all so you can take your pick or try them all if you wish.

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I feel spoiled already, and so hungry. My stomach makes a noise agreeing heartily.

The man has an slight accent that I can’t place, but I bet it could slay dragons. I am going to enjoy this… 

We chatted well into the night and I managed to get some answers out of him. Read on and find out.

What is one word best describes you?
Generally I would say down to earth, but something has thrown me off my game lately.

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Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
I have found that while I am more comfortable wearing work clothes, I do like my suits. I am wearing a dark grey Gucci 3 piece suit at the moment. What do you think? Does it suit me?
It sure does… very well!

When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
The way she carries herself. You can always tell if she is confident with who she is deep inside.

Do you have somebody in your life now?
There is and always will be only one woman for me, Teryika. My wild rose.

Thank you Riven for the lovely evening. Sending hugs to Merika and Teryka and regards to Kodac and Tyrus.

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I hope you enjoyed my little surprise dinner. I sure did.

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Riven hails from Teryka Rose, book 2 in the ‘Daughters of the Valley Trilogy‘ by M. A. Abraham releasing on July 31, 2018.

Teryka Rose is Tyrus and Merika’s youngest, and the apple of Kodac’s eye. She is beautiful, powerful and popular. This is something she takes in stride, along with the training her parents offer. She believes she has her life all mapped out, until life throws a twist at her in the shape of Riven and his friends.

Riven took one look at Teryka Rose soon after she had been born and he knew she would one day be his, although that would be a long time in the future. The years have passed and he is ready to settle down, only she has another love interest. This is going to take some creative planning on his part and a little help from his friends to change.

As she her world feels like it is falling apart around her, Teryka decides to make changes. With the help of her mother, she moves into Merika’s old apartment in Los Angeles, and gets a job as an actress. The last thing she expects is for Riven to follow her, or end up in a starring role in the same show, but his being by her side feels so right, and she can only wonder how that happened.

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My review – 5 stars
I fell in love with the Valley and its people in book 1 and book 2 is feeding my addiction to this wonderful world the author created. Destined to be together, Teryka and Riven do not have an easy journey. Loved Riven and we get to see another side of him. Kodac is still full a mischief, he is still my fave secondary character. Great continuation of the series. I can’t wait for the next one.

Add it to your TBR list on Goodreads! Sign up to Ms. Abraham’s blog and follow her on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.

To celebrate the new release, Ms. Abraham is giving away an ebook copy of ‘Teryka Rose’. Tell me what is your fave dish. Sexy Mr. Random will pick a name from the comments on release day, after 3pm on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Good luck!

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In the Pursuit of Charity by Alexandria Sure

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Title: In the Pursuit of Charity

Author: Alexandria Sure

Genre: New Adult – college/sports

Prequel to Credence Woods

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He expected her to recognize him.

He expected her to be seduced by his charms.

He expected her to fall for him.

Expectations are a funny thing …

When his parents named him Herbert Lincoln James, they already had expectations that Linc would attend an ivy league university and go into politics. Linc didn’t. As captain of his swim team, he was expected to win the big relay to carry his swim team to the state championship for the first time in decades. Linc didn’t. Society expected him to walk past her. He couldn’t.

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She expected him to see through her.

She expected him to make her into a joke.

She expected him to be cruel.

Expectations are a funny thing …

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My review: 4 stars

I enjoyed reading this contemporary love story about a young man falling for the woman so different from what his family or society expects him to be with. Being part of high society means he has to follow the rules, but Linc falls hard for Alexis. His eyes are opened seeing how society treats those that are not following “the rules”. My heart was breaking for Alexis, who is ‘big’ by society’s standards, seeing how she had a hard time trusting that Linc was really interested in her and not taking part of a cruel prank.

The author did a great job portraying the emotional rollercoaster they both are on being at the opposite ends of the society’s scale and both dealing with the rules forced on them.

One minus is that it ends in a cliffhanger with no warning leaving me with a sad feel thinking… nooo it cannot end like this!!!! I hope the next book is coming soon.

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Author Bio

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Alexandria Sure is from Michigan and adores her supportive family, her two rescue pups, and her mighty Spartans. Her coffee obsession leads her to writing in local coffee shops where characters come alive between salted caramel lattes and large cups of “cold brew extra cream two Splenda,” which are usually on the counter when she walks in because the baristas know her car. (Thanks, Biggby!)

When she is not writing, she spends a great deal of her time perfecting her craft. She is an active member of Capital City Writers Association and attends several writing conferences each year.

Sure’s first novel, Before Him Comes Me, is an unconventional romance of self-discovery, described by readers as “the first BDSM book with no sex.”

To keep in touch with Ms. Sure and check out her yummy books, follow the links below.

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Before Him Comes Me by Alexandria Sure

Hello and welcome!

I just finished this book by Alexandria Sure. I am so happy to be part of the promotional tour.

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Title: Before Him Comes Me
Author: Alexandria Sure
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Original Publication Date: November 19, 2015

Isn’t this cover beautiful? It totally matches the story too.

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Faced with an unexpected choice, a simple nod is all it will take to change the course of Zara’s life.

Bound to a life predetermined by the restrictive traditions of her community, Zara is offered a glimmer of hope by a complete stranger, a man selected for her. She can choose to walk away from the life she has been trained for.

Make new friends and lose her best friend.

Explore new places and lose her home.

Find herself and lose herself.

Will Zara nod and risk everything she knows to discover who she is meant to be?

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Excerpt

In all the past ceremonies Zara had attended, the collar lay open. The open collar is the symbol of the Council’s approval of the match between the first-born daughter of a Council member and the son of a Council member from a different sect. The key to the collar is the symbol of ownership for the first-born’s daughter by her Dom. The history of this ceremony requires the collar to be unlocked, the key ready to be presented to the Dom.

When one’s life has been filled with inevitability, processing surprises becomes difficult. Zara’s mind sifts through all of the ceremonies that she has attended, fast-forwarding to the point when the open collar is picked up and placed around the “birthday girl’s” neck. In every memory, the collar is lying open before it is picked up.

Zara’s breathing becomes labored. All thoughts of the collar evaporate as someone steps into the center of the circle.

Shoes.

What can be determined about a man, a Dom-to-be, by his polished, square-toed black shoes?

Nothing.

The dress restricts any attempts at taking a deep cleansing breath, so Zara tries employing a technique taught during years of training to settle her thoughts. The curiosity to sneak a peek at the man now standing next to her becomes an overwhelming challenge destroying her control.

The need to look at his face begins to vibrate through her entire body. Moving would bring her mother’s throat clearing and a definite lecture the moment they are alone later at the celebration. Zara tries another deep breath in an attempt to settle. It doesn’t work.

Discovering what he looks like will not change my future.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list, and I hope you will give it a chance because it is worth it.

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Here is my review – 4 stars
An interesting take on the BDSM genre, it is not your usual story. No revealing scenes, only glimpses of the world where those that are born into it, raised in it, and men are trained to become dominants and the women to become their submissives. This could be read by almost anybody who loves YA romance. It is a charming story of coming of age of a young woman that is being given a choice when she didn’t expect it. This world, mostly secret with no interference from the ‘outsiders’, has an almost cult-like feel. The main characters are strong, interesting and easy to love especially Garrett, the Dom who chose Zara to become his submissive. He breaks the rules for her giving her a choice she didn’t expect. Will his generosity pay off? Let’s just say it ends with a HEA, my fave kind of endings. Loved the secondary characters, Zara’s new friends, Garrett’s parents and best friends are a great addition to the story.

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Alexandria Sure is from Michigan and adores her supportive family, her two rescue pups, and her mighty Spartans. Her coffee obsession leads her to writing in local coffee shops where characters come alive between salted caramel lattes and large cups of “cold brew extra cream two Splenda,” which are usually on the counter when she walks in because the baristas know her car. (Thanks, Biggby!)

When she is not writing, she spends a great deal of her time perfecting her craft. She is an active member of Capital City Writers Association and attends several writing conferences each year.

Sure’s first novel, Before Him Comes Me, is an unconventional romance of self-discovery, described by readers as “the first BDSM book with no sex.”

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I had the pleasure to meet the author at the Romancing the Falls book signing in Niagara Falls in May 2017. She was handing out fans to all off us waiting to enter the book signing, bless her heart! Now I know that pic shows the dress Zara is wearing to a fundraising event, isn’t it sexy?

To keep in touch with Ms. Sure and check out all her yummy books, follow the links below.

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COVER REVEAL – King by Kerri Ann

Hello and welcome!

I am glad to be part of the cover reveal tour for Kerri Ann‘s upcoming book…

Look at that cover… YUM

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Title – King
Duet – Broken Bows MC Duet #1
Author – Kerri Ann
Release – July 19, 2018
Genre – MC Romance
Cover Design – Wicked by Design

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She’s may be the captured, but it’s me that’s captivated…

She ignites a fire within me I cannot hope to control, and her strength in the face of defeat consumes me.

She’s my job. One I intend to complete. My club needs something from her and I’ll make sure they get it. Or at least that was the plan.

I thought it would be simple. I thought I could control her. Then, before I know it, the tables are turned and I’m no longer so sure I’ll succeed.

To save her, I’d have to chance everything. My life, my future….my club.
Who will win this war of wills?

THIS IS PART ONE OF THE BROKEN BOWS MC DUET.

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Author Bio

With an avaricious appetite for stories, Kerri Ann can be found quite often with her nose in a book or writing it. On many occasion it has been said that she’s in her own world, living in the stories of those she reads about, giving them a life they deserve.

She can easily be found under a tree in the shade, or reclining at Starbucks scribbling notes about new stories and new characters, all while keeping the coffee chain in business.

Whether late at night, at a music festival, or sitting on a ski lift, when the thoughts arise, Kerri Ann will add them to those in progress. So be wary, your antics could be in her next book.

To keep in touch with Ms. Kerri Ann and check out all her yummy books, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

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The Cockiest New Release Ever: Cocktales The Cocky Collective

I purchased this a few days ago. Did you?

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Cocktales, a limited-release anthology of original, never before published material, from some of your favorite bestselling authors is available now!

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Each story was specifically written for this anthology.

The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio).

Cocktales will only be available May 26th-August 26th.

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Contributing Authors Include:

Nana Malone, USA Today Bestselling author – Foreword

Dylan Allen – ‘Cocked and Loaded’

Jana Aston, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Double Cocked’

Whitney Barbetti – ‘Cocksure Grin’

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Secret Heart Ink series

Hello and welcome!

Today is the release of Spring Fever, book 2 in the Secret Heart Ink series by Deborah Cooke, one of the few authors whose books are on my one-click list for a few decades now. If you missed my chat with Ms. Cooke, check it out here.

CONGRATS on the new release, Ms. Cooke!

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Secret Heart Ink is a series of contemporary romance novellas and a spin-off series Flatiron 5 series which has 3 books out, the 4th coming July 31, 2018.

Each month, on the full moon, Chynna does a special tattoo that brings true love to the recipient. Secret Heart Ink tells the stories of those characters and their HEA’s.

It introduces three women from Honey Hill, Maine. They’ve been best friends forever and have a girls’ weekend in Manhattan to celebrate Olivia getting her doctorate. Liv is the science nerd. Lexi is the party-girl. Reyna is the cupcake queen. They’re three smart, fun women and I think you’ll enjoy their stories. I’m also pretty sure we’ll see more of Honey Hill in future.

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BOOK 1 – SNOWBOUND

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Flatiron Five has a new tattoo shop—run by the enigmatic and legendary tattoo artist Chynna. When the moon is full, Chynna creates one tattoo to set two hearts afire and gives it away, with the goal of making romantic dreams come true. Who will be next?

Olivia trusts in here-and-now…
Olivia doesn’t believe in magic or everlasting love—she’s a scientist, after all—but winning a tattoo from Chynna convinces her to take a chance. She’s always admired her best friend Lexi’s big brother Spencer, maybe because opposites attract. What would it be like to seduce him? Would it end her fascination with him? With a little help from her friends and a blindfold, Liv decides to find out. The bonus is that Spencer will never know his secret lover was her…

Spencer believes in forever.
But Spencer guesses the truth almost right away. He’s good with having Olivia want him—having her alone in his cabin is the perfect chance to teach her to trust sensation and him. A blizzard interferes with Olivia’s plan, giving Spencer more time to work his own persuasive magic. He knows a night or two will only be the beginning of what he wants to last forever. Can he convince Olivia to give love a try, or will she leave him forever as soon as the snow melts?

My review – 5 stars
A great start to this new series. Loved following Olivia’s education not only in cooking and enjoying food as more than sustenance, but changing her mind about love too. The way Spencer turns her carefully laid plans of “tasting” him into a seduction of the senses makes me crave him too 🙂 Did the magical tattoo help? I think it did!
I love Ms. Cooke’s writing style and the way her characters are so alive. I can’t wait for the next book.

BOOK 2 – SPRING FEVER

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Reyna knows happily-ever-after isn’t in her future…
But after three years of solitude, Reyna is ready for a fling. She’s learned her lesson with bad boys and long-term expectations, so her neighbor’s visiting nephew is the perfect man to lead into temptation. But Kade has a gift for breaking her rules and ensuring Reyna doesn’t regret it, which means one night becomes two…

Kade believes in putting the past where it belongs…
Kade was always waiting for the right woman, and one night with Reyna convinces him that he’s found her. It’s more than great sex and good conversation: Reyna’s determination to shape her life inspires him to rebuild his own, and he knows they’ll be a great team. All he has to do is convince her to take a chance on him and forever. When Reyna’s past catches up to them both, will it destroy their new partnership before the future begins?

My review – 5 stars
A great addition to the series, Spring Fever is following the same idea as book 1, but quite a different story altogether. Kade is so lovable, you’d have to try really hard not to fall in love with him. Reyna despite her resistance for most of the book, falls for him and together they are better prepared to heal their scars from the past. There is a HFN ending which is awesome in my book. Tristan, a very smart raven and Chynna’s sidekick, is quite a character, adding a magic hint to the series. I hope book 3 is coming soon.

BOOK 3 – ONE HOT SUMMER NIGHT

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This is Lexi and Gabriel’s story and a second-chance-at-love romance. We meet them in book 1, Snowbound. It just takes one hot night to bring the past to the present all over again.

It will be published this summer and I CAN’T WAIT!!!!

To keep in touch with Ms. Deborah Cooke and check out all her yummy books, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

website • Facebook • Twitter • Pinterest • Goodreads • Bookbub • Amazon • B&N • Kobo • iBooks

Check out her alias, Claire Delacroix! She writes Medieval Romance where the heroines are spunky and the heroes are quite delish 😉

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

My Chat with Jack

Hello and welcome!

My guest is one of my newer book boyfriends and he is a rogue but such a sweetheart once you get to know him. I have to thank Tanya for slipping me a picture she made of him le sigh

Welcome! Welcome!

Jack© Tanya Anne Crosby

What is your full name?
Jack MacAuley

Do you have a nickname?
Nope, just Jack. But I’ve been called worse.
I heard 😀

What is one word best describes you?
Hmm, jaded probably. I’ve been through the ringer with colleagues.

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
You want to know what I’m wearing? Can I change first? Or maybe strip down? It’s messy work I do.
I don’t think Sophia would appreciate me watched you to strip, but don’t let that stop you 😛

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Yeah, you know, I think she understands me pretty well. She sure knew what I was looking for in a lady.

What makes you laugh out loud?
Sophia. That woman can take me to highs and lows in the space of a breath.

What is your favourite dessert?
Can I say Sophia? Will that be alright? he grins mischievously

What is your favourite drink?
Whiskey, probably.

What is your greatest fear?
Now that I have her, losing my darling Sophia. She’s pretty much everything to me.

What is your favourite colour?
Amber. The color of Sophie’s eyes. Love that woman.

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
ahem The same thing I’m wearing straight out of the shower.
Water droplets? I smirk

What is the perfect romantic date?
An evening sitting on the deck of my ship… a little cheese… wine… out on the ocean… with the moon as big as my eyes when I first saw Sophia.
I remember that, you were smitten at first sight.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
Me? Ticklish? Um, maybe. But only Sophie knows where.

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
The sea… it’s peaceful. But these days, just about everything puts me in mind of my lovely wife.

When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
Intelligent eyes. I can’t seem to tear my gaze away from those.

Do you have somebody in your life now?
I do. Sophia Vanderwahl MacAuley. She’s the only woman I’ll ever have eyes for again.

What is one word best describes her?
Spunky, intelligent, beautiful… oh yeah, you said just one.

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
No, no series yet. But I’m part of a collection, and I keep trying to get Tanya to write about Kell. Don’t you think he deserves a good woman?

Thank you Jack for chatting with me. Hugs to Sophia. Love her name. I’ll add my voice to yours to convince Tanya, Kell definitely needs his story told 😉

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Thanks for dropping by and I hope you enjoyed the chat as much as I did.

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Jack hails from Happily Ever After by Tanya Anne Crosby, one of my fave authors that knows how to lure me back into her worlds again and again.

Boston heiress Sophia Vanderwahl has come to realize her fiancé is a rotten philanderer. Looking for retribution, she sets out to find the wastrel to give back his engagement ring, hiring an old rival of his to take her to Mexico.

Although suspicious of her motives, Jack MacCauley needs the money to finance his expedition. In this light-hearted seafaring romance, Jack and Sophie learn to trust each other as lovers and friends.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by one of my voice crushes, Braden Wright. I had a chat with him a few years ago, check it out here if you missed it.

My review: 5 stars
I enjoyed listening to Mr. Wright perform this awesome story. I love his voices, the passion with which he brings the characters and story to life. My fave was Jack’s voice. YUM
Ms. Crosby really knows how to make a story shine. Historicals are not my first go-to genre, but the way the author portrays heroines that do not conform to the norm is very much to my liking and I liked Sophie despite her being a disaster magnet, she cracked me up with her reactions. The chemistry between her and Jack was palpable and once they gave in, it was magic. Ending with an HEA, my fave kind, left me giddy, a 5-star experience for sure.

To find out more about the author and her books, also to keep up to date on what’s coming next, see below links. You should check out her Pinterest, especially the folder “My Art”, found some interesting concepts in there. Sign up for the newsletter, will be rewarded with awesome letters in your inbox aaaand a free books too 😉

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One lucky commenter will win an audiobook copy of HAPPILY EVER AFTER courtesy of Ms. Crosby. The winner will be chosen by Sexy Mr. Random after 3pm EST on Monday, May 21, 2018. Good luck!

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

KEEPING 6 by Freya Barker

Hello and welcome!

If you remember I took part of the cover reveal back in April for an upcoming release from Freya Barker. It did release on May 2, 2018 and it starts a new romantic suspense series, the Rock Point series.

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Bookstore owner Kerry Emerson finally seems to be back in control of her life. Her failure of a marriage firmly in her rearview mirror and her recent business expansion a success, she is in charge of her own future. One that is looking better than ever. The sight of the tall man, with the familiar salt and pepper goatee pushing open the door of her store, sets her hair on end. He doesn’t exactly bring good memories.

FBI Special Agent in Charge, Damian Gomez, is just looking for a decent cup of coffee when he walks into the small store offering books and brew. The pretty, feisty woman behind the counter is an unexpected surprise. Not at all unpleasant, especially since her finger that used to hold a wedding ring is now bare. Her wild hair, boho style and silvery grey eyes suddenly hold a lot of promise. But when his office is pulled into an international investigation into the trafficking of rare books and manuscripts, the straight-laced SAC realizes he has to keep his distance from the woman who might well be involved.

Easier said than done, since fate seems determined to throw them together.

BUY LINKS: Amazon US • Amazon CA • Amazon UK • Amazon AU

If you missed my post in April, click on this link to read the excerpt there.

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I had the opportunity to read an ARC and here are my thoughts on it.

5 stars

When I first saw the cover I was intrigued. The title had me thinking. After reading the book, I am impressed by the author’s ability of inviting me in this new world and making it so easy to stay for a while. The story is a balanced mix of suspense and romance, fast paced all the way thru. Damian’s family is hilarious, enjoyed seeing their close-knit relationship. Loved the fact that Kerry and Damian are mature characters that I can relate to, their relationship is fast developing but feels real. The other thing I liked is that I didn’t have a clue who the main bad guy was until almost the end, so had me turning the pages to find clues. It ends with a HFN which is satisfying. Looking forward to more in the future books in the series.

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Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Driven to make her books about ‘real’ people; with characters who are perhaps less than perfect, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills, and some hot, sizzling sex in their lives.

A recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None”, and Finalist for the Kindle Book Award with “From Dust”, Freya has not slowed down.

She continues to add to her rapidly growing collection of published novels as she spins story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!

To keep in touch with Ms. Barker and check out all her yummy books, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

• website • newsletter • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram •
• Amazon • B&N • iBooks • Kobo • Goodreads •

Check out the awesome Rafflecopter giveaway which ends on Sunday.

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

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