Review – Raven’s Innocence by N.D. White @nickyd_white

Susi Reviews Raven’s Innocence by N.D. White

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Raven Pierce vowed to escape the hot and humid climate of Missouri and never look back. After completing her graduate program, she drags her sun-loving, winter-hating best friend to start a new life in Minnesota with its cold crisp air and blankets of snow. Raven’s main focus is her new career and truly establishing her own identity. The last thing she intends to do as she is building a new life is to fall in love. As her luck would have it, one evening a minor accident sends Mr. Tall-Dark-and-Handsome to her rescue. What starts out as the perfect relationship begins to turn challenging when tragedy strikes and pulls her grief-stricken boyfriend into a dark and unpredictable frame of mind. Raven finds herself fighting for love in an unfamiliar, confusing, and sometimes dark terrain.


My Review

I love writing reviews for debut novels/books.  This is probably the most exciting and nerve-racking time for a new author.  Honesty is important.

I am thrilled to have been part of this experience for Nicky.  Receiving your ARC and waiting vicariously with you for your book to go live was a new experience for me as well.

Your first book Raven’s Innocence was a spectacular debut.  I enjoyed your story.  Raven, your main character is well written and extremely likable.  Grant, while complicated had an interesting dark side. He turns out to be quite mercurial and unpredictable. Your story touched on my emotions and was funny as well.  There was a perfect balance.  I love the relationship that Raven and her best friend Kat share.  Their friendly banter makes reading about them entertaining.  The story kept me interested and the ending was unexpected.  I am really looking forward to the next book.  I also hope to get more of Kat and Asher in the next book.

Entertaining, witty and the ending….

I gave this book 5 stars!

Get your copy today!


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About the Author: N.D. White

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Born:  Small town in Missouri

Gender: Female

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Website: http://nickydwhite.com

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 Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/ndwhiteauthor  

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Nicky grew up in a small town in the Midwest, where she still resides.  She has her Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  She works part of the time in Kansas City and the other part in her hometown.  Juggling between family, work, and writing, she stays very busy; never a dull moment.  Writing has always been a passion and talent of hers.  Her mother was also a writer, but of poetry.  Nicky has written her fair share of poems, but the idea of writing a novel is what truly pulled at her heart strings.  She started writing Raven’s Innocence last fall, which is going to be released in the next week. She will then diligently start writing her next book, Raven’s Undoing.

 

 

Susi’s Summer Reads 7 and GIVEAWAY – Love Like the Movies by Victoria Van Tiem @vtiem

Summer Reads #7 & Giveaway

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Today’s Summer Reads Selection is another one of my favorites.  I love movies, especially chick flicks, and I love to read.   Love Like The Movies by Victoria Van Tiem combines brilliant writing, some of my favorite movies and a witty and entertaining story.  If you haven’t read it yet, then you need to add it to your TBR list today. It is a perfect Summer read!

Scroll down for your chance to win an e-book copy of Love Like The Movies by Victoria Van Tiem.

Read my review here.

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Kenzi Shaw knows the plot of her life down to the last line – the career she’s building as an up-and-coming marketing exec, the gorgeous fiancé (Bradley) she’ll marry in a fairytale wedding, the children they’ll raise in her dream home. But when heart-breaking ex Shane comes back into her life, life starts going off the script . . .

Shane tries to win Kenzi over by re-enacting all the rom-com movies they used to watch together – Sleepless in Seattle, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing to name a few. He’s just a guy, standing in front of a girl, asking her to trust him again. But has he really changed? Not only is her head in a spin over Shane, but now her job is on the line. And with her perfect sister-in-law showing up every tiny thing Kenzi does wrong, she feels like she’s permanently in the corner.

Should she risk her sensible life for the chance of a Happy Ever After? One thing’s certain, when Shane meets Kenzi (again), she’s suddenly not so sure who her leading man is . . .

Perfect for fans of From Notting Hill with Love . . . Actually and You Had Me at Hello. Grab some popcorn, hit the sofa and enjoy this feel-good and very funny novel.


About Victoria Van Tiem

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Victoria Van Tiem is an American author repped by  Jenny Bent of The Bent Agency.  She’s also an artist, black belt, mom of two, wife of one, and resident caretaker of her family zoo—including their beloved, pot-bellied pig, Pobby

Webpage: http://victoriavantiem.com/

Twitter at @https://twitter.com/vtiem

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/v.vtiem


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GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will win an e-book of Love Like The Movies by Victoria Van Tiem.

Contest is open in the US, UK and Italy.

All you have to do is leave a comment and complete this sentence.  My favorite movie is …..

One winner will be selected via random.org.

This contest runs through Wednesday  night.

Good Luck and Happy Reading!

~Susi

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New Release – Once Click it today! Raven’s Innocence by N.D. White @nickyd_white

Congrats and happy book launching day to N. D. White!

As you all know I am a huge supporter of Indie authors.   I am excited to cheer Nicky on with her debut Raven’s Innocence.

So, grab your Kindle and get to one clicking or order the paperback.

You will love her story!  (Full review coming up on blog)

 

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Buy Links

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About the Author: N.D. White

nicky d whie

Born:  Small town in Missouri

Gender: Female

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Website: http://nickydwhite.com

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 Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/ndwhiteauthor  

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Nicky grew up in a small town in the Midwest, where she still resides.  She has her Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  She works part of the time in Kansas City and the other part in her hometown.  Juggling between family, work, and writing, she stays very busy; never a dull moment.  Writing has always been a passion and talent of hers.  Her mother was also a writer, but of poetry.  Nicky has written her fair share of poems, but the idea of writing a novel is what truly pulled at her heart strings.  She started writing Raven’s Innocence last fall, which is going to be released in the next week. She will then diligently start writing her next book, Raven’s Undoing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday – The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Throwback Thursday

 

I love looking for books to showcase on my Throwback Thursday posts.  This week, I decided to take it back to the early school years.   The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle was one of my older son’s favorite books when he was in Pre-K.  I can’t remember how many times I read this book to him before going to bed.  I love Eric Carle’s books.  This one is my favorite as well.  For that reason, it made my Throwback Thursday post this week.

I consider this book to be a classic and should be part of every child’s early reading experiences.  It still has a special place on my bookshelves after all these years.

 

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Suitable for children, this title covers colorful collage illustrations and its deceptively simply, hopeful story. It features die-cut pages and finger-sized holes to explore.

 

About Eric Carle

Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children’s book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around the world.

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Susi’s Summer Reads #6 GIVEAWAY This Man Trilogy by @JodiEllenMalpas

Summer Reads #6

This week’s Summer pick is a trilogy.  I loved reading these books and they should be included in your Summer reads.  This Man, Beneath this Man and This Man Confessed by Jodi Ellen Malpas made my list of favorites.  If you haven’t met Jesse Ward, then here is your chance to get your hands on this trilogy.

GIVEAWAY – scroll down.

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This Man

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Young interior designer Ava O’Shea has an appointment for a first consultation at The Manor with the owner, Mr Jesse Ward. She is expecting nothing more than an overweight, cravat wearing, well-to-do countryman, and on arrival, nothing would suggest otherwise. How wrong could she be? This Man is devastatingly handsome, charming and confident. He is also a conceited, hedonistic playboy, who knows no boundaries. Ava desperately does not want to be attracted to him, but she can’t control the overwhelming affect he has on her. Every instinct is telling her to run, so she does, but Jesse Ward is not so willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her. She knows she is heading for heartbreak, but how can she run when he won’t let her?

Beneath This Man 

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Jesse Ward drowned her with his intensity and blindsided her with his passion, but he kept her away from his dark secrets and broken soul. Leaving him was the only way Ava O’Shea could survive. She should have known that Jesse Ward is impossible to escape–and now he’s back in her life, determined to remind her of the sensual pleasures they had shared. Ava is equally determined to get at the truth beneath this man’s steely exterior. That means letting herself get close to the Lord of the Manor once more. And it’s exactly where Jesse wants her–within touching distance…

This Man Confessed

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The Manor, the very place where their passionate love affair began, fills with guests on what should be the happiest day of Ava and Jesse’s lives. She has accepted that she’ll never tame the fierceness in Jesse-and she doesn’t want to. Their love is profound, their connection powerful, but just when she thinks that she’s finally gotten beneath his guarded exterior, more questions arise, leading Ava to believe that Jesse Ward may not be the man she thinks he is. He knows too well how to take her to a place beyond ecstasy . . . but will he also drive her to the brink of despair? It’s time for this man to confess.


Keep up to date with Jodi Ellen Malpas on Social Media

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About the Author

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Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys. Working for her father’s construction business full time, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing until it became impossible. She wrote in secret for a long time before finally finding the courage to unleash her creative streak, and in October 2012 she released This Man. She took a chance on a story with some intense characters and sparked incredible reactions from women all over the world. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters have become her passion – a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.

 


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GIVEAWAY

Here is your chance to win the complete This Man Trilogy by Jodi Ellen Malpas on paperback.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post.

Giveaway is US only.

Contest runs through Thursday night,  One winner will be chosen via random.org.  No purchase necessary to win.

The winner will be contacted via email.

Good Luck!

Happy Summer Reading!

~Susi

Tuesday Teaser – Raven’s Innocence by N.D. White @nickyd_white

Today’s Teaser comes from an Indie Author,  N.D. White.  Her book Raven’s Innocence will be released soon.  I love reading Indie and I am excited to be sharing teasers from her debut novel.  (It’s what I’m reading today!)i love indie

Introducing…Raven’s Innocence!

Tuesday Teaser

Raven’s Innocence by N.D. White

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Synopsis

Raven Pierce vowed to escape the hot and humid climate of Missouri and never look back.  After completing her graduate program, she drags her sun-loving, winter-hating best friend to start a new life in Minnesota with its cold crisp air and blankets of snow.  Raven’s main focus is her new career and truly establishing her own identity.  The last thing she intends to do as she is building a new life is to fall in love.  As her luck would have it, one evening a minor accident sends Mr. Tall-Dark-and-Handsome to her rescue. What starts out as the perfect relationship begins to turn challengingwhen tragedy strikes and pulls her grief-stricken boyfriend into a dark and unpredictable frame of mind.  Raven finds herself fighting for love in an unfamiliar, confusing, and sometimes dark terrain.

 

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About the Author: N.D. White

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Born:  Small town in Missouri

Gender: Female

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Website: http://nickydwhite.com

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 Facebook Pagewww.facebook.com/ndwhiteauthor  

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Nicky grew up in a small town in the Midwest, where she still resides.  She has her Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  She works part of the time in Kansas City and the other part in her hometown.  Juggling between family, work, and writing, she stays very busy; never a dull moment.  Writing has always been a passion and talent of hers.  Her mother was also a writer, but of poetry.  Nicky has written her fair share of poems, but the idea of writing a novel is what truly pulled at her heart strings.  She started writing Raven’s Innocence last fall, which is going to be released in the next week. She will then diligently start writing her next book, Raven’s Undoing.

 

Be sure to add Raven’s Innocence to your TBR list today!

 

 

 

 

 

Susi’s Summer Reads #5 and GIVEAWAY (series) Cupcakes and Ink, Clipped Wings -Between the Cracks – Inked Armor- by @HelenaHunting

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My 5th Summer Reading Recommendation is actually a series of books that have a very special place in my heart.  From the moment I was first introduced to these books, I was totally hooked.  I know you will enjoy this fantastic series.

Cupcakes and Ink, Clipped Wings, Between the Cracks and Inked Armor by Helena Hunting need to be on your reading list this Summer.

 

Don’t miss your chance to win a set of these 5 star books.   5 stars

Scroll down for an amazing giveaway!  Fall in love with Hayden!

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Cupcakes and Ink

Tenley Page is looking for a new start: a new city, a new apartment, a new life. Her plan is to keep to herself and stay focused. But leaving her past behind and starting over isn’t as easy as she thought. And neither is maintaining her solitude. As Tenley settles into her new surroundings, she finds herself drawn to Inked Armor, the tattoo studio across the street. But it’s the gorgeous, dark-haired tattoo artist who captures her interest. There’s something about his severe beauty that captivates her—and not just in her waking hours.

Covered in the ink he inscribes on other people’s skin, Hayden Stryker has made a career out of being a tattooist. He’s got his own business and a tight circle of friends. As far as he’s concerned, that’s all he needs. At least until his aunt, who owns the antiques and used book store across from his tattoo studio, hires a new employee. At first his intrigue is based on physical appeal; hot chick equals something nice to look at. But as he begins to catch glimpses of the fiery personality under the fragile, feminine exterior, his fascination with Tenley grows. Annoyed by his inability to control his fixation, Hayden decides the best way to cure him of the new obsession is to get to know the girl under her skittish façade.

But like the ink he wears as armor, Tenley has the ability to get under his skin and stay there.

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 Clipped Wings

An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

As Hayden and Tenley navigate their newfound but slightly unstable relationship, they want to trust each other, but Hayden is hiding a dark and shameful past that he doesn’t ever want Tenley to find out about. And Tenley has secrets of her own that could make Hayden run away forever. When Tenley asks Hayden to put a beautifully elaborate tattoo across her back, the two form what they thought was an unshakeable bond. But when Tenley’s past shows up on her doorstep, will Hayden stand by her side…or run?

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  Between the Cracks

Tattooist Chris Zelter doesn’t always make the best decisions when it comes to the people he cares about, or the women he gets involved with. Things have changed recently, though. Chris has lost interest in casual flings as he finds himself wrapped up in Sarah Adamson, a waitress at the local strip club he frequents. It takes months of persistent attention before she finally agrees to date him, and he’s determined not to mess it up.

Just as things are finally going his way, Chris receives a troubled phone call in the middle of the night from Hayden Stryker, his best friend and business partner. Unexpected revelations and the sudden departure of his girlfriend, Tenley, has nearly sent Hayden over the edge. Add in a speeding ticket and an impounded car, and Hayden is balanced on the precipice of a total meltdown. Worried about his friend, Chris sets out on a rescue road trip, first to get Hayden, and then to bring back Tenley. The two men run into unforeseen roadblocks, proving even the best intentions don’t guarantee results.

Chris and Hayden return to Chicago empty handed, and Chris is left feeling as if he’s let down all the people who matter, especially Sarah. But Chris discovers that sometimes the best way to deal with failure is to find a way to forget about it. And losing himself in Sarah is the perfect way to do just that.

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 Inked Armor

In this follow-up to Clipped Wings, the emotional love story continues between Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

In the wake of losing Tenley Page, tattooist Hayden Stryker’s tumultuous past is haunting him. Plagued by nightmares about the murder of his parents, Hayden reaches out again to Tenley. Having run from the man she doesn’t believe she deserves, Tenley finally lays her guilt to rest. Despite their intense physical attraction, Hayden and Tenley struggle to repair their fragile emotional connection. As Hayden gets closer to the truth, he must find a way to reconcile his guilt over his parents’ death in order to keep the woman who finally cracked his armor, and found her way into his heart.

 

Coming Soon and on my TBR list is Cracks in the Armor.  This book releases June 23, 2014.  I can’t wait to read it!

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 Cracks in the Armor

Chris, a sexy tattoo artist, tries to win the heart of Sarah, a grad student with little interest in him, in this second e-short and follow-up to Helena Hunting’s gripping love story, Clipped Wings—“twisted, dark, incredibly erotic…a love story like no other” (USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton).

Part owner of the Chicago tattoo shop Inked Armor, Chris Zelter is a talented artist who decorates skin with gorgeous designs. He might look the part of the typical jacked-up, inked-up bad-boy, but underneath is a fiercely loyal, complicated man. Kicked out at sixteen, Chris has had to fend for himself for the last twelve years, making his Inked Armor crew as much family as they are business partners. For him, it’s enough—until he meets Sarah Adamson.

A grad student waitressing at the local strip club, Sarah is used to propositions and crude comments. The job is a means to an end—finish her MBA, pay off the tuition loans, and get a good job. Then she won’t have to rely on anyone to take care of her. So when brawny, tatted up Chris begins hanging out at the club, she rebuffs his advances. At first. But Chris isn’t like her usual clientele: despite his hard exterior, he’s almost…sweet.

Sometimes, the people with the roughest edges have the biggest hearts.


 

About the Author – Helena Hunting

Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s putting her degree in English Lit to good use by writing contemporary erotic romance. She is the author of Clipped Wings, her debut novel, and Inked Armor.

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This is one giveaway you do not want to miss!

Enter to win the full series!  One winner will win a paperback copy of Clipped Wings and Inked Armor along with the e-book novellas of Cupcakes and Ink and Between the Cracks.

Giveaway Intructions:

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post completing this sentence.  Hayden, my favorite cupcake flavor is ___________.

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(US only)

One winner will be selected via random.org.  No purchase necessary to win.

This contest runs through Sunday night.  The winner will be notified via email.

Good luck!