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

New Cover – Raven’s Innocence

by N.D. White

New Release Day – November 7, 2014

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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.

 

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 New Buy Links Coming Soon!

Check out my 5 star review here.


 

About the Author

nicky d whieNicky 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 launches June 27th. She will then diligently start writing her next book, Raven’s Undoing.

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Guest Review: Doghouse, A Gin & Tonic Mystery by L.A. Kornetsky @LAGilman

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Cristina Reviews Doghouse by L.A. Kornetsky

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Cristina’s Review

I will start by confessing that I am an animal lover, plus, a volunteer with an animal rescue in my city.  When Doghouse by L.A. Koernetsky crossed my path I was excited when I read what it was about.  Everything I liked in one story! One of my favorite genres mixed with passion for cats and dogs! I was not disappointed.  This book really is a “good bone to chew”! You do not need to have read the previous books to enjoy this latest book in the series. Although you will probably want to when you are done! That’s what’s happened to me. The characters hook you from the moment you start reading. You meet two amateur detectives, Toni Tonica and Ginny Mallard, amateur detectives who mix their wits and charm to find the truth behind the rumor, or was it true? (I’ll leave it to you to find out!) Both have the indirect help of their pets, Georgie, a sharpie and Penny, a cat. The plot kept me intrigued and I now I can’t wait to read the other two books in the Gin & Tonic mystery series.

 I give this book 5 Woofs!

Be sure to add this book/series to your TBR list today!

 

Praise for the third Gin & Tonic Mystery, Doghouse:

“Infamously nosy Ginny Mallard may be unlicensed as an investigator, but she has begun to make a name for herself as the unofficial champion of the tongue-tied.  In the third installment of L.A. Kornetsky’s Gin & Tonic Mystery series, Doghouse finds Ginny getting herself tied up in a possible underground dogfighting ring.  With help from her bartender friend Teddy Tonica, his tabby cat and Ginny’s Shar Pei puppy, they have to figure out what’s going on before someone else gets hurt.”

—Cat Fancy Magazine, November 2014 issue

 

“Human and animal characters are equally appealing.  A thoroughly enjoyable read.”  I Love a Mystery

 

Doghouse is a crafty mystery with engaging characters and countless unknowns…L.A. Kornetsky makes mysteries inventively delightful, and Doghouse entertains with wit and cleverness.”  Single Titles

 

“I recommend it to those that really like animals and cozy mysteries.”  Books and Things

 

“The third Gin & Tonic “researchtigations” is an appealing anthropomorphist amateur sleuth enhanced by life in a cheerful neighborhood bar. The lead humans and their animal owners remain fresh leads while the case proves bloody in the ring and the bar.”  The Mystery Gazette

 

“Sniffing out clues…L.A. Kornetsky brings back Ginny Mallard and her bartender friend Teddy Tonica, along with Ginny’s pet shar-pei puppy and Teddy’s tabby cat, for their third outing in Doghouse.”  Library Journal

 

Praise for the second Gin & Tonic Mystery, Fixed:

“[Fixed] is the second foray into the lives of a very unlikely pair of investigators; unlikely and a whole lot of fun…Collared was the first title that introduced this extremely fun ‘family and friends’ grouping, and the author has come back with a sequel that will truly make Gin & Tonic a well-known duo! Very light-hearted, this is a great book. Any reader who likes the ‘cozy’ avenue will love this mystery, with a little bit of cat and dog language thrown in for fun.”  Suspense Magazine

 

Praise for the first Gin & Tonic Mystery, Collared:

“The plot moves quickly, enhanced by smart dialog and good characterizations…Recommended for purchase where pet mysteries are popular.”  Library Journal

 

Summary of Doghouse:

Amateur sleuths Ginny Mallard and Teddy Tonica and their furry partners prove in L.A. Kornetsky’s DOGHOUSE (Pocket Books; July 22, 2014; $7.99) that twelve legs are better than four when it comes to solving a risky new case in the third novel from the “entertaining” (Library Journal) Gin & Tonic mystery series.  At her favorite Seattle bar, professional concierge Ginny Mallard can always count on a perfectly mixed gimlet and a friendly welcome for her shar-pei, Georgie, from resident cat, Penny.  On this visit, Ginny gets an unexpected bonus.  One of the regulars asks her and her sometime partner, bartender Teddy Tonica, to save an old friend who’s facing eviction.  This is no simple landlord spat.  Rumors abound of an underground dogfighting ring on the premises—a crime guaranteed to get Gin’s hackles up. Gin and Teddy want to believe the old man is innocent of all charges, thought a new piece of evidence suggests otherwise.  Penny and Georgie keep their noses to the ground as they help their humans investigate the vicious animal rights case.  But the truth is buried deep, and digging it up will unearth dangerous complications for owners and animals alike.

 

About the Author:

L.A. Kornetsky is the author of two previous Gin & Tonic mysteries.  She lives in New York City with two cats and a time-share dog, and also writes fantasy under the name Laura Anne Gilman.  She welcomes visitors to www.lauraannegilman.net, @LAGilman and Facebook: L-A-Kornetsky. 

 Thank you Cristina for your Guest Review.

~Susi

 

Susi Reviews Tied by Emma Chase-Release Day @EmmaChse

Tied (Tangled #4) by Emma Chase is out today!  Have you gotten your copy yet?

 

It is frigging amazing!

Read my 5 star review below.

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In the fourth sexy romance by the New York Times bestselling author of Tangled and Twisted, Drew and Kate can’t wait to tie the knot—if they can survive the pre-wedding festivities.

For most of my life, I never imagined I’d get married. But Kate did the impossible: she changed me. I think we can all agree I was pretty frigging awesome before, but now I’m even better.

The road to this day wasn’t all rainbows and boners. There were mistakes and misunderstandings worthy of a Greek tragedy. But Kate and I made it through with our inexhaustible lust, boundless admiration, and everlasting love for one another intact.

That being said, there were some unexpected incidents in Vegas last weekend that could have been a problem. It was kind of… my final test.

I know what you’re thinking—what the hell did you do this time? Relax. Let’s not judge, or call for my castration, until you’ve heard the whole story.

And hold on tight, because you’re in for a wild ride. Did you expect anything less?

 

My 5 star Review

5 stars

 

 

Reading Tied was a bittersweet experience for me.  I was excited to read the final book in this series but sad to see it come to an end.  I feel like I have known these amazing characters for years.  Emma’s brilliant writing brought them to life in an unforgettable way.  Reading this series, and listening to several of the books on audio has been an amazing journey.

Tied is written in Drew’s point of view and I must say that is the best way to end this series.  What started with Drew, a character I truly adore ends with him in total Drew Evans style.

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In Tied, Drew and Kate are finally getting married.  Their baby James has grown into an adorable toddler.   All of their close friends and family are back too, making their own appearances keeping this story light, entertaining and complete.

Drew shows off his parenting skills, “Drew style” of course.  Some of my favorite moments are those with Drew and his baby boy.  Their father son conversations were awesome and had me laughing and smiling from ear to ear. Remember, we’re talking Drew here.  You can only imagine the conversations he has with his son.  After all, his uncle/niece conversations with Mackenzie in previous books were pretty funny too.

 

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So what’s a wedding without a proper Bachelor/Bachelorette party/send off for the bride and groom?  Well, Kate, Drew and the gang are off to Vegas for that last weekend before tying the knot. Their trip to Vegas turns out to be one funny and interesting experience.  Oh…and the unexpected happens in Vegas too. (no spoilers here). Kate, proves to be quite a tough cookie.  Did I mention that Billy Warren goes along with them on their trip?  Yes, Kate’s ex, that Billy Warren, joins in on the Vegas adventure too.  Drew and Billy’s Vegas bonding experience was another one of my favorite parts of this book.

“See this ring? It means I belong to him.  And the tattoo of my name on his arm means he belongs to me. All of him. His dick is a compass, and I’m due north- it only points to me.”

 

“Now, young Skywalker, your training is complete. Tonight-you become a Jedi.”  

 

While the wedding is the main focus of this book, each character has their own little story in this book.  Alexandra and Stephen have their own issues to deal with.  Dee Dee and Matthew have their own news.  Mackenzie is growing fast and proving that she is both the daughter of Alexandra and the niece of “The Drew Evans.”  Drew’s secretary Erin and his friend Jack join in on the fun too. All of their stories sprinkled in make this last book in a series perfect.  All of these dynamic characters play important roles in the success of this series.

“You and I are my gold standard. You’re the only reason I’m not shitting my pants about marrying Kate next week. Because you’re my proof that marriage can actually work.”

 

Kate and Drew’s wedding takes place in my favorite New York City Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  A Perfect wedding for a perfect couple is what readers expect and Emma did not disappoint.  Some of my favorite moments in the wedding included the flower girl and ring bearer walking down the aisle.  A perfectly planned wedding is what these two get in Tied. From the vows to the reception, this wedding made me shed a few happy tears while reading.  (I cry at weddings) The wedding toast and first dances, such personal moments were flawless.  I felt all kinds of emotions reading this book.

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“I’m so happy, Drew.”  Mission accomplished. “Me too.”

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Emma, thank you for creating such a fantastic series, one that I enjoy listening to and reading over and over.

I gave this book 5 frigging stars and highly recommend it!

 

 

 Buy Links

Tangled: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
Holy Frigging Matrimony (novella): Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA
TwistedAmazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
TamedAmazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
TiedAmazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback (October 7, 2014)

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By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.
Connect with Emma: Website | Facebook | TwitterGoodreads

Susi Reviews ~ Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire @JamieMcGuire

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Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

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The Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series.

Fiercely independent Camille “Cami” Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn’t have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with a first weekend off in almost a year.

Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt.

Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red.

As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she’ll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever—even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.

In the first installment of the Maddox Brothers books, readers can experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.

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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!


Buy Links

AMAZON Kindle

AMAZON Paperback


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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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.

 

 

Review – 100 Things To Do in Miami Before You Die by Roxanne Vargas & Maruchi Mendez @RoxyNBC6 @MaruchiMendez

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Get ready to take in the rich flavor and diversity of Miami, one of the most vibrant cities in the country and a place with something for everyone! Whether you’re planning to explore our shores, indulge in our international cuisine, or check out the swampy river that is the Everglades, 100 Things to Do in Miami Before You Die gives you the inside track to the best spots, from popular to obscure, in the metro area. Discover festivals that garner international attention, ideal places to sip and socialize, historic sites, and international shopping destinations – not to mention places where you can throw down a game of dominos while sipping a café. Written by two Miamians for locals and visitors alike, this guide will help you make the most of a family vacation, romantic getaway, or escapade with friends. So strap on your salsa shoes and experience the magic that Miami has to offer!

 

My Review

I am a Miami native and I love the city I live in.  There are so many things to do here. One of my favorite things to do is to visit my favorite book store, Books and Books in Coral Gables.  While browsing this one of a kind store, I spotted this book, 100 things To Do in Miami Before You Die by Roxanne Vargas and Maruchi Mendez.

Well, I immediately flipped through the pages and decided I needed to buy it.  You see, although I live in Miami, there are many undiscovered gems I have yet to experience.  This little book is my new guide to Miami.

The book is organized by categories:  Food and Drink (my favorite) Music and Entertainment, Sports and Recreation, Culture and History and Shopping and Fashion.  As I went through this book, I checked off the places I’ve been to and the things I have already done in my wonderful city.  I was surprised to see that I have experienced many of them.  However, as an adult I am looking forward to revisiting many of these places and experiencing them through new eyes.  Just like a book, you always learn something new the second time around.

This book makes a great gift for out of town guests. It is also valuable to the locals.   Have you ever had friends over and can’t think of where to go?  I recommend you get yourself a copy of this book and keep it with you.  You will be amazed at the new plans that will evolve from the wonderful suggestions in the book.

Since purchasing the book, I have already enjoyed the Southernmost Winery in the USA, Schnebly’s Winery in the Redlands.  (stay tuned for my post & wine review)

I gave this book 5 stars!

Thank you Roxanne and Maruchi for your stellar suggestions.

You can find this book at Books and Books, #100 in the book, where you can find the pulse of Miami’s literary world.

~Susi

Buy Link

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Of Happiness – Review and Excerpt by Olivia Luck @authorluck

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Synopsis

“Now that I have you, I’m never letting you go.”

Edith Neff relocated to Chicago to capture her own piece of happiness. Now bombarded with more change than she knows how to manage, Eddie struggles to pick of the pieces of her torn heart and decimated friendship.

Standing in the middle of a sidewalk while her (ex?) boyfriend Harris Grant pleads for forgiveness, Eddie’s at a loss what to do next. So when her estranged father provides a lifeline – she has no option than to take his offer.

But Harris won’t let Eddie go without a fight. He’ll use whatever tactics necessary to win back his girl. While Eddie and Harris find their way back together, darkness lurks, unwilling to relent on destroying their relationship. Permanently.

Note: Of Happiness is the sequel to In Pursuit. Content intended for readers 18+.


 

My Review 

First of all, thank you Olivia for not making me wait too long to get to the conclusion of the love story of Edith and Harris.  They became one of my favorite book couples instantly.  When I finished In Pursuit, I was literally biting my nails and full of angst.  Cliffhangers will do that to me.

Of Happiness picked up right where In Pursuit ended.  There was no guessing and the well written story flowed naturally.  I loved how you addressed and intertwined the themes of love, friendship and family.  You answered all those lingering questions about Harris and Edith’s relationship. Claire, Cooper, Jared and Edith’s father all get their balance of story time as well.  Sean and Luke continue to be my favorite friends and I loved how their supporting roles in the story were so significant to Edith and Harris.

Just as in your debut, Of Happiness continued with the witty and fun writing style I came to enjoy so much.  Again, your use of alliterations always made me smile.

There were moments of angst, love and many revelations along the way.  Perfectly blended, you kept me on edge and interested throughout the book.

Your love scenes were ultra romantic and had just the right amount of steamy.  The chemistry between Harris and Edith is definitely strong.

I recommend this book along with its debut prequel.  The two books make up a beautiful love story from the very start to finish.

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I gave this book 4 Stars!

I look forward to reading more of Olivia’s writing soon!

I received and ARC from the author.

 


 

 Excerpt

 

An inexplicable shiver rolls through my shoulders. The low murmur of my friends and the other patrons at Rusty’s falls away.  

Harris.

He’s the only person who elicits this type of bodily response. I remain rigid and unmoving except for my sweaty palms which I place on my thighs.

“Luke, my man! How are you?” A strong hand slaps Luke’s shoulder.

“Matt, hey.” His worried expression eases into a cheerful one when he shakes hands with a man wearing a large, black boot cast. Next to Matt is the beautiful, caramel-haired woman, Jane, who was with Harris in his convertible.

And then it’s him.

Harris’ masculine scent surrounds me. He braces his arms on the back of my chair, overwhelming me with his physical presence. I’m swirling in a sea of Harris, unable to resist his pull. He dips closer and then his lips brush oh so gently against my flushed cheek. The intimate contact sends my heart into overdrive.

“Hello, Edith,” he murmurs against my skin before pulling away.

I nearly swoon against the wood chair. Damn.

 

Buy links:

Amazon

Amazon UK

Barnes and Noble

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About the Author

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Olivia Luck lives in the middle of America with her loving husband and her obsession with writing. She wrote her first romance novel at age eight. When she’s not reading, editing, or writing, you can find her in the kitchen learning to cook. Olivia loves to travel and spend time with her family.

 

Get in touch with Olivia, she adores emails: olivialuckauthor@gmail.com

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Guest Review by David – The Boy Who Said No by @PattiSheehy

Guest Review by David

The Boy Who Said No by Patti Sheehy

 

 

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As a boy Frank Mederos’s grandfather teaches him to fish, to navigate the seas, and to think for himself, much needed skills under the new Castro regime. When Frank is drafted into the army, he is soon promoted to the Special Forces, where he is privy to top military secrets. But young Frank has no sympathy for Fidel. He thirsts for freedom and longs to join his girlfriend who has left Cuba for America. 
Frank yearns to defect, but his timing couldn’t be worse. After two unsuccessful escape attempts, Frank learns that the departure of the next available boat conflicts with upcoming military exercises. If he stays, he will miss the boat. If he doesn’t, he will be the object of a massive manhunt. 
Problems abound: How will Frank escape the army base without being seen? Where will he hide until the boat comes? How can he outwit his commanding officer? And how can he elude hundreds of soldiers ordered to bring him back “dead or alive”? 
Frank’s true story, a tale of love, loss and courage that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page is turned.

 

David’s Review

 

This was a great story!  The author, Patti Sheehy depicts the Cuban culture perfectly.  She describes the cultural details ranging from nonverbal communication to a traditional Cuban meal with accuracy. The book has love, politics, and the search for freedom. Her descriptive story allows the reader to go back in time to when Fidel Castro’s “revolution” over powered Fulgencio Batista’s regime. Additionally, she explains the various struggles Cubans went through when Castro took power, including radical changes, such as, obligating young-adolescents to teach literacy in areas far from their homes and families.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about history especially if of Cuban-American descent.

 

I gave this book 4 stars!

An ARC copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for a review.  

 

Thank you David for your review.  As a Cuban American, born in Miami, I look forward to reading this book myself.

~Susi

 

Connect with the Author, Patti Sheehy

Web:  http://pattisheehy.com/

Twitter:  @PattiSheehy

 

 

 

 

Susi Reviews Carnage by @LesleyKJones

carnageI love him, from the instant I set eyes on him when I was just 11 years old I have loved him and nothing will ever change that, he owns me, he owns my heart and he owns my body and no matter how many lies are told, no matter how many people conspire to keep us apart, despite the fame and the distance, we will find a way.

“Georgia Rae, when we made love you used to cry” … He waits for me to sing my bit. I try to swallow down a sob but I just end up singing through it…
“I said I love you like the stars above, I’ll love you till I die”

Carnage is an edgy coming of age love story that breaks all the rules and transcends the decades. Georgia and Sean’s story will stay with you long after you read the final word.
An emotional, smoking hot, gut wrenching read.

This is part #1 of a 2 part story but can be read as a stand alone.

 

My Review

I’m going to go about writing this review a little differently.  I actually had to reread the story before I could find the words to write about it.  Really, it was one of those books that deserved a second reading.  Yes, it was that good.  I wanted to make sure that I didn’t miss a thing since I was an emotional wreck when I finished it the first time.  These are the words to best summarize my feelings as I read Carnage by Lesley Jones.  

*Warning- may contain some spoilers.

curious

interested

consumed

elated

shocked

disappointed

saddened

hopeful

overjoyed

excited

stunned

flabbergasted

perplexed

speechless

melancholic

optimistic

Carnage is the love story of Georgia and Sean.  Their love story began during their young adolescent years.  From that moment on, they were destined to be together, soul mates.  Their love story along with Sean’s musical career flourished and this is when the emotional roller coaster takes off.  Just as in any relationship, Gia and Sean have their ups and downs.  So, as I mentioned above, your emotions will be stirred.  I love Sean and Gia together.  Keep that in mind.  

Enter Cam.  Georgia meets Cam, a sexy, wealthy business owner.  He is known as a dirty business owner.  Now, there was a time when I was totally for Georgia and Sean but was happy to see Georgia with Cam.  They had a certain chemistry together that I really enjoyed.  It was obvious Cam really cared for Georgia.  

Ok, back on the roller coaster.  While I really wanted Georgia with Cam, Sean reappeared.  Life can be so unexpected. Georgia is faced with a tough decision and I was ultimately glad when she made it. 

As Georgia’s life is filled with happiness, life takes another unexpected twist.  Oh, this ride is too much. 

Lesley, your story, your well written characters, your ability to keep me hooked and totally consumed in your writing makes this a fantastic book.  

I know I mentioned optimistic as my last feeling when reading this book.  I really am.   I am so ready to read the next book and can’t wait to see where Georgia’s life takes her.

I gave this book 5 stars!

My Favorite Lines

“If you really want me to I will, but I was just about to show you my tits.”

“I’ll love you forever G, wherever I am in the world, whatever I’m doing, it will always be you. I’m yours, for as long as you want me, for as long as I’m good for you, I’m all yours.”

“Fucking hell G, I’ve missed you, show us ya tits.”

“Don’t swear Kitten, it’s not nice, now pull up your skirt and show me what you’re wearing.”

“No Cam, that’s the problem, I like you, you’re the first.”

“You’re the first since him that has made me feel anything, the others were nothing. I felt nothing. But you, you’re different and I’m struggling. I’ve never let anyone in, I’ve not allowed myself to feel, I’ve never even cried… since him. not once.”

“But you don’t know me Georgia; you haven’t had a chance to get to know me. If you let me, I will blow your mind baby.”

“Sean and Georgia, they’ll never break us again.”

“No, I loved you because I couldn’t not, I loved you because it was what I was put on this earth to do.”

“A MacGasm is definitely the way to start the day; in fact I can’t get out of bed until I’ve had multiple MacGasms.”

Buy the Book:  Amazon

About Lesley Jones

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I am a born and raised Essex girl now living on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, just outside of Melbourne Australia, I moved here with my husband and three sons in 2006.
Not only do I love to write but I also love to read and can devour a book overnight if the story grabs me.
I love watching my sons play football and am very partial to a glass of wine, a nicely chilled Marlborough Sav Blanc being my favourite.

 

 

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Review ~ The Plan by Qwen Salsbury

Day of Employment: 359

11:05 a.m.

Location: Cubicles outside Canon’s office.
Co-workers: Betting on how long Canon’s new PA will last.
Me: No doubts. Ms. Gum-smacker won’t last the day. I need to place my bet.
Manolo Blahnik’s New Fall Shoes: Mine. As soon as Madeline hands over my winnings.

Emma Baker has never spoken a word to Alaric Canon, nor has he to her. But she’s studied him every day across the office tundra for almost a year. Canon is hard and fierce, terrifying and beautiful. He’s also the most stern, unforgiving person Emma has ever seen. Emma’s co-workers run a betting pool for Personal Assistant terminations. There’s a separate pot for the day one leaves without crying. Not likely…Canon made a former Navy SEAL cry.

He has high standards and low tolerance. Everyone knows it. Everyone stays away. Everyone who can, that is. Except Emma. She can’t look away. Alaric Canon is the single most attractive man she’s ever seen. Bar none.

Canon has never noticed her. Not once in almost a year. She’s not even a blip on his radar. But she will be. His radar will be blipless no more.

It is a goal. Emma has a plan.

My Review

For starters, I won this book and was thrilled to read it.  I had read so many comments about it, I couldn’t wait to read it for myself.  I have to say this is a truly unique book.  The writing style was totally different to what I am used to and that is one of the reasons why I really loved it.  The Plan is a funny, witty and sexy story written in a diary/journal like fashion. This diary like style made me look forward to the next day and what would happen to Emma.  I also loved being inside Emma’s head. I loved her plan.  After all, I think all women have had a plan of some sort when it comes to some guy right? Her plan happens to entail getting the attention of her boss, the sexy Alaric Canon with the fine ass. For almost one year, she wanted for him to notice her. All this time, she learned almost everything about him. As a boss, he was a total jerk.  In fact, part of what makes this story funny is the fact that an office pool was started on the time Personal Assistants would last as employees of the awful Alaric. Winners rejoiced and spent their winnings on shoes.  Yeah, something I would do.

The story is written in Emma’s POV and recounts all of the day to day interactions and happenings in her life and in her head.  I love sarcasm and this story is filled with it. The supporting characters, her coworkers, made the story funny as well.  I could totally relate to them.  After all, coworkers spend so much time with you, they often become your biggest supporters.

Emma’s plan, well… plans don’t always turn out the way you expect.  Emma suddenly becomes his PA and finds herself as his 24/7 assistant on a business trip.  Yeah, change of plans right?   She takes on this new role fearing the worst, getting fired.  Without giving too much away, her PA job was not quite what she expected. Both of them came out of their shells and I loved the unexpected.  Alaric, the powerful boss reveals a passive side while Emma takes on a more powerful demeanor.  Their trip was quite interesting.  And, there’s this part about fruits, pineapples to be exact which made me laugh out loud.  Yeah, the men will get that too.

Overall, this story is not your typical office romance.  It is a clever, well written, different read.  There are many laugh out loud moments making it all the more enjoyable.   I highly recommend this book.

I am really looking forward to reading more of Qwen’s writing.

I gave this book 5 stars!

Some of my favorite lines

IT IS A FACT, UNIVERSALLY ACCEPTED, that a single man in possession of a fine ass must be observed like wildlife.

Not to say I no longer have scandalous, wild times now. Example: I routinely spend long, late night hours having as many as four men entertain me in my bed. Men like Fallon, Kimmel, O’Brien, and Letterman.

Blip,

Ladies and gentlemen, we have blip.

“I will add pineapple juice to your breakfasts,” I say and pat his tie twice, his chest heaving underneath. “Drink it if you ever want that to happen again.”

“Is there anything I need to be doing?” I squeak, Anything besides proving the theory of spontaneous ovulation?

We can’t always be doing this, giving in.  I have been afraid to start. He’s like human Nutella: I’m afraid once I’ve started tasting I won’t be able to stop until I’ve had all of him.

I have been aiming for blips while he has employed state of the art stealth technology. He is the B2 of too-hot bums. Not so much a cyborg, but an aerial strike drone.

“it sounded serious and long term.” He shifts again, clears his throat. “Some guy named Abe.”

“I will have you know there is probably less pineapple at your average luau than in my system at this moment”

About Qwen Salsbury:

Qwen Salsbury was born in Kansas and somehow keeps ending up back there.  Raised on her grandparent’s five acre homestead within the city limits, her imagination was honed during long days of quiet play and spartan access to a TV signal.  Now mother to handsome boys, she strives to ensure they appreciate potential adventures found within the pages of a book, an honest day’s work, and what ingenuity may yield from mundane objects like a string and a cup.  The boys prefer a PS3.

After spending time in corporate America, she returned to school and received a BA in English, Creative Writing and Poetry from Pittsburg State University, the alma mater of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, James Tate.  She worked on a Masters there until going on to receive a juris doctorate from Washburn School of Law.

A seven-time Sigma Tau Delta writing award winner, her fiction and poetry have appeared in literary magazines and have been selected by fiction communities as featured story of the month and year.  Predominantly a writer of romance, her romantic fiction varies from contemporary to historical to fantasy, though often with a humorous slant and poetic undertones.

For reasons she can’t even articulate herself, she decided to start writing fiction again while solo parenting and attending law school (during Constitutional Law class, to be exact.).

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