Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Blackjack Book Tour

Title: BlackJack
Author: Christine Donovan
Publisher: Christine Donovan Books
Pages: 336
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback/Kindle/Nook

Cole Jackson spends fifteen years in prison for a murder he did not commit, the murder of his wife, Lindsey.

His talent as a songwriter and an avid reader save him from the loneliness of the cold, dark and unforgiving prison walls. But as he joins the world of the free again, he struggles with his once again fame, because of his rock-n-roll band, of being a convicted killer and the fact that his self-esteem and self-respect were lost years ago. Prison will do that to you, not to mention drugs, alcohol and an unfaithful wife. He no longer has the drugs, the alcohol or the unfaithful wife. What he has is a tarnished reputation and the determination to find the true killer and restore his life.

Shannon Gallagher's hard work as a writer has finally paid off. She believes her life is complete living in her dream home on the ocean until she meets Cole Jackson. She idolized him at sixteen, cried at twenty-one when he went to prison. Now at thirty-six she meets him and falls instantly in love. But as Cole gets closer to his wife's killer, he puts Shannon's life in danger. Can he expose the murderer and keep Shannon safe?

For More Information

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My Review

Christine Donovan is a new to me author. I love discovering new authors, especially ones that can write and deliver a good story. Right from the beginning I was hooked. The further I read, the more I was invested in Shannon and Cole. Wow, Cole is sexy as sin but with a heart of gold. The way that he just fit in and respected Shannon's son, Cameron was nice.

The chemistry that Shannon and Cole shared was real. Also, it was grown up. I had to point this out because when Shannon first met Cole, she was giddy like a school girl who's dream of meeting her crush let her speechless.

As much as I did really enjoy this book, I did feel that the part regarding the truth about the death of Cole's wife was painfully drawn out. The mystery surrounding it did not come out until the last few chapters and it seemed rushed. This book did have a happy ending. I got to read a brief excerpt in the back of this book for book two and I liked what I read in this book to want to read the next one.

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Book Excerpt:

Groping the wall blindly, hoping to steady his rubbery legs, Cole Jackson swore as he realized he was totally wasted. The hotel hallway seemed to sway violently like a ship caught in a serious gale—the kind small boats don’t survive intact.

"Shit," he yelled as he collapsed to one knee then slowly raised himself up and continued shuffling toward the room he shared with his wife, Lindsey.

From a distant haze, voices pummeled through the buzz surrounding his brain. Faces blurred and flashed in and out and around the black spots plaguing his eyesight.

One person asked, "How’d the show go tonight, Mr. Jackson?"

"Great, just great," Cole thought he replied. The words formed in his brain—he just wasn’t sure they managed to escape his mouth.

Another man remarked, "Do you need any assistance?"

"Hell no," Cole muttered aloud this time as he tripped along mumbling to himself. Why did everyone assume he needed assistance just because he had a damn good buzz on? It was his life, wasn’t it? And if he chose to blur it with alcohol it was his business and nobody else’s.

Cole slid the stupid plastic key card in the door for the third time. "Damn, damn, damn." He pounded the door with his fist. "I need sleep. All I want to do is crawl into bed. Come on, fourth time’s the charm."

As he turned the knob, he prayed Lindsey slept alone. He’d stayed away as long as he could without passing out in the hotel bar. Not like he’d never done that before.

"What the hell," he swore as he shoved the door open, banging it into something. Once inside with the door shut, he looked down, blinked several times, forcing his eyes to focus, and saw Lindsey lying on the floor. A deep red stain encompassed her chest and a potent metallic smell suddenly floored his senses. Cole swayed and tried to steady himself as blackness descended, swallowing him up. The last thing he remembered as he collapsed next to Lindsey was his hand landing in something warm, wet and sticky.

About the Author

Christine Donovan is an International Bestselling Author and a PAN member of Romance Writers of America. She lives on the Southeast Coast of Massachusetts with her husband, four sons, one granddaughter and four cats. In addition to writing Contemporary Romance, she writers Regency and Paranormal Romance. When she is not writing or reading, she is either painting or gardening.

Her latest book is the contemporary romance,   BlackJack .

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Book Description:

This book documents the strong ties that bind generations together. When the author poses the question to her Irish Granny, "If you were so poor why did you have ten children?" Says she, "To be certain, there was no poverty between the sheets!" This sassy saga of a large family that is half Irish and half French Canadian captures hilarious voices and comical antics of a vibrant family that is cloaked in love. A horse theme and song lyrics are neatly knitted throughout the layers of generations.

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Author's Bio:

Pauline Kiely has been an avid student of Creative Writing her entire life. This author has consistently taken various courses and workshops offered at University of Toronto and Trent Universities. A year long memoir course with Susan Reynolds brought out this witty honest voice that shoots straight from the hip aiming for the heart.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Lola's Money + Giveaway

Book Details:Book Title:  Lola's Money by Rosanna Rae
Category:  Adult fiction, 236 pages
Genre:  Contemporary women's fiction with romance
Publisher:  CreateSpace
Release date:  February 18, 2015
Available for review in:  Print, ebook, mobi (for Kindle), PDF
Will send books:  Internationally
Tour dates: Aug 17 to 28
Content Rating: PG

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Book Description:

Lola French is stunned when she wins millions on the Lottery, and she is sure all her dreams are about to come true. However, right from the start, before she even claims her winnings, things begin to change and she separates abruptly and acrimoniously from the man she has been living with.

Lola’s colleagues are initially pleased for her, but eventually begin to resent her new status. One of them, Tom, whom she really likes, asks her out; but he does it on the day that news of her win spreads through the office and she sadly turns him down. She decides to leave her job as a Financial Adviser in Edinburgh and explore the limitless possibilities of her new lifestyle.

When Lola and her mother excitedly set off on a Mediterranean cruise, it’s not long before they both meet men they are interested in. However, their holiday of a lifetime catapults them into a life-changing sequence of dramatic and terrifying events that neither of them will ever forget. When she has to return to reality, Lola unexpectedly finds herself involved with Tom again! But the storm clouds are looming overhead, and as the recent past catches up with her and forces her to confront violence and danger once more, Lola risks losing Tom forever.

My Review

Rosanna Rae is a new to me author. I found this book to be a sweet, charming, quick read. I was glad that someone like Lola won the lottery jackpot. She was an ordinary person like me. However there were times when I found her behavior and the way that she kept doubting herself and just not listening to her instincts to be annoying. Like the many times that Lola had reservations about some of the people and situations she encountered yet she would speak about them and still do it anyways. Then talk some more about how she was unsure of the situation.

The other events that took place in this book were not big dramatic events. Plus they happened very quickly. So there was no high levels of excitement. In addition, the romance was mild. However, overall, did have a good Saturday afternoon reading this book.

About the author:

Rosanna Rae is married with three grown-up sons and lives in Livingston, Scotland. She has a B.A. (Open) in Social Science subjects and also took a writing course with The Writers Bureau some years ago. She spent 16 years at home raising her family and then returned to full-time secretarial employment in Edinburgh.

Rosanna has wanted to write fiction since she was ten years of age, after reading an abridged version of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. She is delighted to be now fulfilling that early ambition.

'Lola's Money' is the author's fifth novel; she is currently writing her sixth book.

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Q. What is the last great book you’ve read?

A. I recently read Dan Brown’s novel ‘Digital Fortress’, which I really enjoyed. I have read several rather scathing reviews of this work. It has been slated as being poorly written and unrealistic. I generally like realistic stories, but this is not meant to be realistic or scientifically correct. It is science fiction. I found it interesting, thought-provoking and above all, difficult to put down! It’s fast-paced and dramatic, although slightly unbelievable at times. I believe it was his debut novel. His writing skills have obviously improved since then, but I actually enjoyed it more than his later Robert Langdon novels, although I enjoyed those, too.

Q. If you were stuck on a desert island, which three books would you want with you?

A. If I were stuck on a desert island, I would want to have three books with me which I haven’t read before! One would be by Nora Roberts, one by Angela Marsons and one by Jeffrey Archer. They all write very well and in different genres, and I think the variety would be very welcome in a situation like that!
Q. Do you write every day?
A. I don’t write every day. In fact, I quite often have long spells when I’m busy getting on with other things, like decorating the house; and sometimes I want to give some thought to the next section of my story, and I’m trying to decide how to start it – or how to finish it. I’m lucky enough to be a freelance writer, so I don’t have to work to deadlines or produce the finished article within a certain time. I try not to leave it too long in between writing sessions, though, because the longer you are away from it, the harder it is to get back into it again. You start to put it off and that can become a habit.
Q. Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?
  1. I do sometimes get a mental block that is serious enough to stop the writing process for a while. I always know roughly what’s going to happen next in my stories, but there can be a bit of difficulty getting from one scene to the next. I do tend to think of my stories as a series of dramatic scenes, like a play or a movie. I often feel as though I’m watching and listening to a play when ideas come into my head. But if the transition from one scene to the next is difficult, sometimes I simply leave off writing for a time, hoping that the solution will come to me (usually last thing at night or first thing in the morning). If it doesn’t, I may sit and write two or three different sketchy notes with alternative ways of moving into the next section of the story. Also, there can be practical issues and dilemmas with events in the story, which I resolve by doing a spot of research; or sometimes I have a chat to one of my family about it. I might not go for what they have suggested, but their thoughts can steer me in a different direction from the dead end I’ve been stuck in.

Q. What is your next project?
A. I am currently working on my sixth novel. It’s called ‘Hazel’s Home’ and is about a young woman who works as a copy writer within an advertising company. She lives in Scotland but travels to New York to present some of her work to the boss of the company. They fall madly in love with each other. The problem is that he wants her to stay and live with him in Manhattan and she wants very much to go back home. She has a great many trials and tribulations to face and a substantial learning curve ahead of her before her problems can be resolved.
Q. If there is one thing you want readers to remember about you, what would it be?
A. I wouldn’t particularly want readers to remember anything about me personally; the thing that would please me most is if there was an event or a character in one of my novels that stayed with them and that they found memorable or helpful. I know that people are often interested in writers and the writing process, but to me it is the books that are important – they’ll still be around long after I’m gone. If some readers remember things contained in them, then that would make me very happy.

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Playing the occasional club gig just isn’t cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who’s trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. Persuaded by her best friend Beth to accompany her on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures why not? Beth’s a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler’s newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part.

Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she’ll land the lead role or that she’ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all “acted. ”

After throwing a party that causes thousands of dollars of damage to his older brother’s home, reckless musician Grey Blackwood gets roped into working off his debt on the set of his CEO brother’s newest project. Grey spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs around the studio, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that’s tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought.

Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.

My Review

I have read every book in this series. While this series is a good example of the new genre that is picking up steam "New Adult", I have to say that my favorite book and still is book one, Boomerang. There were many moments in the first book that had me laughing besides the characters were awesome. In the latest book Skyler and Grey make a cute couple. However I did not feel the heat steaming off the pages. Like I said cute. Nothing too exciting but a fun, quick read. I did miss the humor that I loved form the first book. I should clarify that you don't need to have read book one or two prior to reading book three. Each book does feature different characters. Although, I found this book just alright, I can not wait to see what the team of Noelle August comes out with next.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dream Casters Light

Mr. Sandman, send me a dream, ta da da da…..Seventeen year old
Chastity Blake knows the Sandman is just a silly children’s story parents tell their children to get them to sleep. At least she thought it was, until the day a mysterious, light golden sand appeared in her hands during a high school prank that went horribly wrong. A sand that has the power to send anyone it touches into a deep, sound sleep.

Fearing she had lost her mind, Chastity soon discovers the shocking
truth of her heritage – she is a Dream Caster. Chastity was never supposed to be raised on the Domain, or what humans call Earth and she is forced to return to her true birth place, Revera – the world of Dreams.

However, in Revera there is no balance between good, the Light
Casters, and darkness, the Shadow Casters, and Chastity is caught square in the middle. She soon learns that there is no place for anyone containing both the light and the darkness within them, and the shocking truth that if anyone in Revera ever discovered her shadow self, Chastity would be thrown into the Oblivion – the world of Nightmares.

Dreams are always more than they seem, and this time Chastity is
going to discover just how different they can be.
My Review
This book is a good start to this series. I like that it was different and refreshing form the typical "vampires, werewolves, zombies, and fairies" to name a few. Although I had a hard time getting a jump start on this book. I found myself slowly progressing through it in the beginning. For my it was not until about the third of the way into the book when the story really started and picked up in other words when Chastity was kidnapped. The world that the author built was cool. I liked learning about the different between a light and dark caster. There are some stumbling steps as Chastity learns and develops her talents. At times she really shows and acts her young age. Which was a good thing but also grew old too. The ending left a good lead up to book two.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Never Said

Annie and Sarah are fifteen-year-old fraternal twins who only spend time together because they're under the same roof. Annie's life has long been focused around her appearance and the beauty pageants that celebrate it, whereas Sarah's interests are sports and her runner boyfriend, Jeremy.

Then Annie begins to gain more and more weight, and all she seems to hear from her mother is, You used to be so pretty, followed by the latest diet to try.

Things begin to unravel for Sarah as well. Jeremy her boyfriend of more than a year decides to see if he and Sarah are "right" for each other, dumping her in order to get his head on straight.

Sarah is devastated. Her family is crumbling. The love of her life is dating other people. Her sister is getting heavier and more depressed. When Sarah learns, through gentle questioning, that a neighbor and very good family friend has been sexually abusing her sister, she knows she must act and help the sister who seemingly always had it all.

Told in alternating points of view, Never Said is the story of a family that has been caught up in what doesn't matter and about two sisters who realize that their relationship no matter how different the two of them are is most important."

My Review

I agree with other readers that the subject matter featured in this book is a serious topic that affects not just women but guys as well. People need to be able to have a voice and know it is ok to speak out and ask for help. Luckily, I have not encountered this situation that Annie dealt with. However as I have said before when it comes to these types of books, empathy goes a long way. I did not really feel this for any of the characters except for a tiny bit for Annie. Otherwise for the most part the rest of the characters in this story got on my nerves. Sarah for her "poor me attitude", Sarah and Annie's parents for being "clueless or uncaring", Garrett for trying to be the "knight in shiny armour", all of Sarah and Annie's class mates for being "snobbies".

Although the alternating voices and view points was nice. I like the way that the author scripted Annie's voice. It was written in poem format or just a few words on a page. So you might wonder how I was able to read this book so fast if I did not like most of the characters. It is because the chapters were short...only a few pages long. I do want to say however that everyone pulled together in the last few chapters of this book. However for me I still did not feel the family connection. Plus, the ending was alright.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Looney Experiment

Atticus Hobart couldn't feel lower. He s in love with a girl who doesn't know he exists, he is the class bully's personal punching bag, and to top it all off, his dad has just left the family. Into this drama steps Mr. Looney, a 77-year-old substitute English teacher with uncanny insight and a most unconventional approach to teaching. But Atticus soon discovers there's more to Mr. Looney's methods than he'd first thought. And as Atticus begins to unlock the truths within his own name, he finds that his hyper-imagination can help him forge his own voice, and maybe just maybe discover that the power to face his problems was inside him all along.

My Review

I was looking forward to reading this book because I was in the mood to laugh. I did not find laughs with this book. In fact, I had to check about three times to the back of the book on the reference for the age group/category that this book was listed for. It is listed as Juvenile Fiction/Social Issues/Adolescence. This is a good thing as there was the use of swear words and lots of bullying. With the current issues of bullying in the world I would suggest only older, mature readers read this book.

Although again, I have to say that for me, I did not find anything funny about this book or the characters that interesting. I stuck it out to about half way because I wanted to see how Mr. Looney lesson to teach Atticus would relate to the book, How to Kill a Mockingbird. however between the swearing and my lack of connection with the characters I could not finish this book.