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Title: Whispered Lies
Series: Web of Lies #1
Author: Kathleen Brooks
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Blurb
When danger
lurks in the shadows…
Government
secrets are being sold and the newly sworn in President of the United States
already feels out of options. Without knowing the full scope of the scandal,
the president decides to turn to the one person he knows he can trust—former
FBI Agent, Elizabeth James. Her deep distrust of the system is rooted in her
unfair discharge from service. Now she sees a chance to restore her reputation
and send a message to those that would use their power to destroy others’
lives.
Elizabeth James is ordered to do whatever it takes to end a criminal
organization pulling the strings of the worlds’ governments to do their
bidding. She’s also been told that this is completely off the books. If caught,
the government will deny all knowledge of her and the mission. Elizabeth was
ready to go it alone until a man with a chip on his shoulder mysteriously helps
her when she’s under fire.


Dalton Cage
had led his small group of elite Air Force Pararescuemen into the most
dangerous parts of the world to rescue civilians and soldiers alike. He thought
his time spent evading enemy fire was over after he was booted for ignoring an
order he believed to be wrong. But enemy fire was nothing compared to the
dangers he faced when he was offered a chance at redemption. All he had to do
was provide back up to an undercover agent and he’d get a chance to rejoin his
pararescue team. Danger strikes early and often as Elizabeth and Dalton begin
their mission and find their hearts becoming involved. Now every decision could
cost them their freedom . . . or their lives.
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Lizzy pulled the syringe from her purse as she strode toward the bathroom. She pulled the cover from the needle and placed it inside the small clutch she carried. She pushed open the door to the bathroom and stood waiting for Phylicia to come out of the stall. She heard her whispering into her phone that she wasn’t alone and couldn’t talk anymore before hanging up. She flushed the toilet, but both Lizzy and Phylicia knew there had been no reason to do so.
“Sorry, I just had so much champagne,” Phylicia said as she opened the door. She didn’t get to say another word as Lizzy smirked and jabbed a needle right into her neck.
“What the hell? Elizabeth?” Phylicia muttered right before her eyes drooped closed and she crashed to the floor. Lizzy didn’t feel an ounce of remorse as Phylicia’s head smacked against the marble tiled floor.
Lizzy grabbed her by the arms and pulled. Not only did the marble flooring look amazing, it also provided amazingly little resistance for dragging a body. Lizzy pulled Phylicia out of the bathroom and down the hall before using her bottom to push open the emergency exit. True to Alex’s word, no alarms went off.
Alex let out a low whistle. “I mean, I knew you could do it. I just didn’t think you actually would.”
Lizzy grunted as she hefted Phylicia’s body into the van. “Get her phone and disable it. I don’t want anyone to know where we’re going.”
Alex leaped into the back of the van as Lizzy took over the driver’s seat. As she was putting the van into Drive, she heard the sound of tires squealing as a car took the corner too fast down the alleyway. Lizzy looked into the mirrors and saw a standard black town car racing down the alley behind her.
Lizzy didn’t say a word as she slammed the pedal to the floor. Shots pinged off the back of the van as she bounced down the narrow alley, past cardboard boxes and overflowing dumpsters.
“How did they find us?” Lizzy demanded.
Alex was frantically going through Phylicia’s purse. “I disabled the GPS on the phone,” he muttered as he ripped apart the lining. “There’s nothing!”
Phylicia’s dress sparkled in the rear view mirror, the thousands of sequins hand sewn onto the bodice. “The dress. Check her dress!”
“Why couldn’t she be a man?” Alex groaned as he ran a detector over every sequin. “Got it! I’ll disable it then see what kind of information I can get from it.”
Alex cursed as Lizzy hit a pothole and the van bounced into the air. The car was gaining, but the exit to the alley was close. Twenty feet from the exit, a man in a black suit with a matching black M-16 rifle stepped from around the side of the hotel. He raised the gun and bullets ripped through the glass. Alex screamed five octaves higher than a soprano and plastered himself to the floor. Lizzy ducked and kept her foot on the gas. She’d run the bastard over if she had to. All guilt and worry about crossing the invisible line had vanished the second she saw the evidence her father had collected. She’d been fired and her reputation destroyed because of the bitch in the back of the van, and there was no way Lizzy was going to let her go without a fight.
Dalton tried to open the doors to the restrooms, but they were locked. He looked around and remembered the stairs in front of the ballroom. He’d lost his target, and by the way four men in suits had not so subtly fled the room moments ago, he knew his target was in trouble. Smiling, he nodded to Sebastian Abel, pretending to know him and others in the crowd as he cut his way toward the stairs.
As soon as he was clear of the ballroom, he shoved open the door and started to race up the twelve flights of stairs. His training kept him in shape and he wasn’t even breathing hard when he burst onto the roof. His gun was already in hand as he scanned the roof for other occupants. The sound of tires squealing told him he was right—his target was in trouble.
His black dress shoes crunched on the concrete roof as he raced to the edge and looked over the small two-foot wall and into the alley. At the far end, a van was flooring it as a town car slid into the alley. Straight below him he saw only the tip of an M-16 barrel.
Dalton scanned the rooftop and saw the fire escape at the far end of the roof. He shoved his gun back into the holster as he sprinted toward the narrow metal fire escape ladder. He swung his leg over the side of the short wall and put the balls of his feet on the metal handrails so he could slide down the side of the building.
Eight feet from the bottom, he dropped to the ground while simultaneously pulling his weapon. People were screaming and running as they saw him along with the man now firing the M-16 at the van. Dalton didn’t break stride as he ran straight toward the man and calmly pulled the trigger. It only took one shot. The back of the man’s head exploded as the body fell forward. The van appeared and didn’t slow as it ran over the body before turning right and heading straight toward Dalton.
Dalton already had his gun holstered as he straightened his tuxedo jacket and gave a jaunty salute to the driver. Her bright red lips were opened in surprise, but she didn’t slow down as she passed him. But by the look she gave him, Dalton knew she had taken in his height, weight, and appearance. He smiled as he thought of her wondering who the hell he was. She had no idea that he was her very own guardian angel.
“Who the hell was that?” Lizzy yelled as she raced through downtown D.C., trying to lose the car that had followed her out of the alley.
“Who was who?” Alex asked as he worked on the tracking device he’d pulled off the dress. “Whoever was monitoring this had to be at the event,” he muttered.
“The man who just shot the guy shooting at us. He smiled at me and then gave me a condescending salute. Hang on,” Lizzy said as she took a corner so fast the van tilted onto two wheels. When it slammed down, she filed away the facts on the man who had helped her out. He would be hard to forget with those dark eyes that looked right at her and that square jaw covered in neatly trimmed stubble. Not to mention he could fill out a tux unlike any man she had ever seen.
“Condescending is fine if he’s shooting the bad people,” Alex called as he worked on his computer. “Got it! I backtracked the GPS to the car behind us. They’re the ones monitoring her. The only question is if she knows about it or not. But it’s taken care of now. It’s disabled.”
“Then it’s time to lose them,” Lizzy said with a smile. This was turning out to be rather fun.
Title: Rogue Lies
Series: Web of Lies #2
Author: Kathleen Brooks
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Blurb
The secret
is out . . .
Tate Carlisle had been the most popular up and coming television journalist until
she’d been unfairly fired. Now she’d been recruited to join an elite and
well-trained team to fight the secret group aiming to rule the world from the
shadows. Tate uses her own talents to uncover the true story. Major pieces of
the puzzle begin to fit together as more culprits are identified. As she works
through the investigation, she quickly discovers the people in the shadows will
stop at nothing to stay anonymous.



Birch
Stratton’s unlikely rise to be the most powerful man in the country has placed
him in a unique position to stop an anonymous group from stealing control of
the government. Birch was never meant to be president. Instead, the
increasingly popular former Army Officer offering a new vision had been
neutralized by those he believed to be his political allies when he was
nominated and elected Vice President. When the elected president unexpectedly
dies, Birch assumes the presidency and is thrust into the secret world of
bribes, extortion, affairs, and a battle for the soul of the United States.



Tate’s new
job as White House Press Secretary puts her in the line of fire from all sides.
When she and Birch find themselves falling for each other, they are torn
between their jobs, duty, and their hearts. Split-second decisions are now a
matter of life and death . . . but will the next lead story be about her death
or those she cares about?
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Title: Shattered Lies
Series: Web of Lies #3
Author: Kathleen Brooks
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 19, 2017
Blurb
The time
has come to step out of the shadows . . .
Valeria McGregor was a better shot, a better fighter, and smarter than everyone
she’d ever gone up against as an agent for the DEA. Then she’d uncovered
illegal activity within her own organization and was fired as part of a
cover-up. Valeria is offered a chance to get back in the game as part of a
secret elite group reporting only to the president. Valeria fully plans to find
the men and women hell bent on ruling the world from the shadows, but she also
has revenge on the mind.

Valeria secretly left her new team thinking she could go undercover to get to
the bottom of how the shadow group was funded. Valeria discovered too late that
when it comes to true evil, it’s best to face it with your team at your back.
Alone and on the run, Valeria finds herself being hunted by some of the most
dangerous people on the planet. She has learned how the shadow group has been
funded and what they have planned next, but she still has to find out where
before it’s too late. If the shadow group pulls off their next move, then there
may be no stopping them.

Grant Macay would do anything for his former Air Force Pararescue team leader,
Dalton Cage. So when Dalton calls and invites Grant into the fold, he doesn’t
hesitate to drop everything to rescue Valeria. With her past at the DEA
threatening her survival, and the world’s most vicious drug lord hunting her, a
feisty Valeria and Grant must make their way back to the team to prepare for
the battle of their lives. This woman is unlike anything he’s experience before
and it doesn’t take long for the sparks to fly . . . as well as bullets. With
time running out, Grant could only hope he and Valeria would be the ones left
standing.

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Author Bio
Kathleen Brooks is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal,
and USA Today bestselling author. Kathleen’s stories are romantic suspense
featuring strong female heroines, humor, and happily-ever-afters. Her BLUEGRASS
Series and follow-up Bluegrass Brothers and Forever Bluegrass Series feature
small town charm with quirky characters that have captured the hearts of
readers around the world. Her WOMEN OF POWER Series features women who don’t
need a billionaire lover. They are the billionaires. Plus a dirty minded old
lady we all wish we could be when we grow up. Her latest series, WEB OF LIES,
is a mystery that will leave you tangled in the lies as a small shadow group
races to untangle the web before it’s too late. 

Kathleen is an animal lover who supports rescue organizations and other
non-profit organizations, such as Friends and Vets Helping Pets, whose goals
are to protect and save our four-legged family members.
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Blog Tour and Book Review – Cradled by Christina Bauer



Cradled
Christina Bauer
(Beholder #4.5)
Publication date: July 31st 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

An Epilogue Novella

At last, Elea and Rowan are settling in to their new lives. Trouble is, Rowan is spending a lot of time cleaning up messes from his childhood. And considering the nightmare that was his mother, those are some ugly messes indeed. In fact, the experience is enough to make Rowan vow that he never wants children of his own.

Oops.

BEHOLDER
• Cursed
• Concealed
• Cherished
• Crowned
• Cradled

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I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the conclusion to Rowan and Elea’s story. It was a very quick read, and I found myself completely immersed in the story.

The characters are very well developed and easy to identify with. I especially love Jicho, whose antics cracked me up.

I really enjoyed the author’s writing style. She has built a fascinating world, and paints a beautiful picture with her words. It was very easy to imagine the scenery.

I also enjoyed the different types of magick used, as it put a very different spin on the typical stories of mages.

All in all, this was very well done and I recommend it!

Author Bio:

Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Book Review – A Pilgrimage to Death by Alexa Padgett

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They murdered her sister. They threatened her church. Now, the day of reckoning will cost her everything…

When Cici Gurule finds the dead body of a parishioner in the nearby Santa Fe National Forest, she’s horrified to realize the victim bears the same stab wounds that ended her twin sister’s life one year earlier.

Now, as a freewheeling, progressive reverend who’ll stop at nothing to protect her flock, she’ll need to join forces with her detective friend and loyal pair of Great Pyrenees to hunt down the killer before she’s forced to officiate another funeral.

Soon, however, Cici discovers her sister was on the trail of a deep-rooted criminal operation, and her death was no random act of violence.

With the criminals out for Cici’s blood, she needs to catch the wolf by the tail…before it goes in for the kill.

A Pilgrimage to Death is a high-octane mystery thriller. Fans of Ruth Ware, J.D. Robb, and Angela Marsons will love Alexa’s Padgett’s new edge-of-your-seat novel. Scroll up and one click today to start this fast-paced, high-octane mystery thriller!

This was the first book I have read by Alexa Padgett, but I am not sure how that can be! It was fantastic! It is the first book in a new mystery series and I found myself completely and totally immersed in the story. I have not read a mystery that I enjoyed as much in a very long time.

The characters are fascinating – Reverend Cici is brave and courageous and has such a huge heart, Sam is a hardworking police detective with a soft spot for Cici. Justin is a forensic photographer with the police department and Carol is the church secretary. There are many more great characters that caught my attention too.

There have been a string of murders and opiate overdoses in the town where CiCi ministers, one of the murders being her twin sister. CiCi can’t stop searching for answers, and in doing so, finds herself in peril.

The storyline is fast, easy to read, and I found myself turning the pages as quickly as I could to see what would happen next. I can tell you that I was kept guessing the entire time.

This is a must-read for all you mystery lovers! I cannot wait until the 2nd book in the series comes out so I can see what more trouble Reverend CiCi can get herself into.

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Blog Tour and Book Review – That Guy by Belle Brooks

Title: That Guy
Author: Belle Brooks
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 8, 2018


A modern way of finding love. One deserted island of luxury. Two people. Three out cards. And a whole lot of possibilities.

Melinda takes the advice of her best friend, Chris. She signs up to a new dating service that pairs you statistically to the one you’re supposed to love. Finding it — love that is — using the more conventional methods, has not been a successful venture for Mindy, and with her biological clock ticking, she uses a more desperate method and takes the plunge into a possible happily ever after.

The thing is, when she boards the boat to a secret location, she doesn’t realise the man waiting for her is someone she’s previously met.
Chance encounters occur more frequently than we realise. Being blind to them is part of a bustling world. But, being faced with them can lead to a hilarious three weeks between two opposites who might just attract.

I am speechless! I just binged on this book in one setting. I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down! I read Belle’s Game Of Life Series and loves her writing style so much. This book; however, is as different as could be from that!

I honestly don’t think I have ever laughed so hard while reading a book. I thankful I was home alone, because my laughter was not quiet and there may have been a snort or two involved.

I truly loved every second of the journey that I took with Arlie and Mindy. Their characters were so lovable and easy to relate to. Chris, Mindy’s BFF, stole the show, though, with his flamboyant antics!

I just don’t want to say anymore, because you have to read it for yourself, but this is a MUST read! I know that I will be reading it again!


“OMG this book was bloody hilarious; I laughed till I had to cross my legs and run to the loo (you’ll get this if you have kids like me)My other half thought I was losing the plot and kept giving me concerned glances with the strange noises that were coming from my corner of the lounge.” – Beckie Bookworm


“This book is every bit as entertaining as every other review is going to tell you, and I highly recommend this as a must read! You just have to, you won’t be sorry. 5 wet myself laughing Stars.” – Marnie


“‘THAT GUY’ gets a phenomenal 5* from me. I really cannot recommend this highly enough. I do know that if you are a fan of RomComs or Ms. Brooks .. this book needs to be read for the full effect.” – Trish Brown


Born in Australia, Belle Brooks has always had a passion for books and creative writing. She loves exploring the different ways stories can be told through the use of text and in-depth characters. Since she was a child her strong talent and interest in creative writing was evident, explaining that her favourite class in school was English. Despite her love for all things books, she decided the world of advertising and marketing was where she could put her talents to use in the business realm, well that is until now. Belle enjoys creative writing and creating fictional stories that leave a valued message inside the pages.



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Blog Tour and Exclusive Excerpt – The Gathering by Bernadette Giacomazzo



The Gathering
Bernadette Giacomazzo
(The Uprising, #1)
Publication date: March 31st 2018
Genres: Adult, Dystopian

The Uprising Series tells the story of three freedom fighters and their friends in high — and low — places that come together to overthrow a vainglorious Emperor and his militaristic Cabal to restore the city, and the way of life, they once knew and loved.

In The Gathering, Jamie Ryan has defected from the Cabal and has joined his former brothers-in-arms — Basile Perrinault and Kanoa Shinomura — to form a collective known as The Uprising. When an explosion leads to him crossing paths with Evanora Cunningham — a product of Jamie’s past — he discovers that The Uprising is bigger, and more important, than he thought.

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With an impressive list of credentials earned over the course of two decades, Bernadette R. Giacomazzo is a multi-hyphenate in the truest sense of the word: an editor, writer, photographer, publicist, and digital marketing specialist who has demonstrated an uncanny ability to thrive in each industry with equal aplomb. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, and many, many more. She served as the news editor of Go! NYC Magazine for nearly a decade, the executive editor of LatinTRENDS Magazine for five years, the eye candy editor of XXL Magazine for two years, and the editor-at-large at iOne/Zona de Sabor for two years. As a publicist, she has worked with the likes of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit record label, rapper Kool G. Rap, and various photographers, artists, and models. As a digital marketing specialist, Bernadette is Google Adwords certified, has an advanced knowledge of SEO, PPC, link-building, and other digital marketing techniques, and has worked for a variety of clients in the legal, medical, and real estate industries.

Based in New York City, Bernadette is the co-author of Swimming with Sharks: A Real World, How-To Guide to Success (and Failure) in the Business of Music (for the 21st Century), and the author of the forthcoming dystopian fiction series, The Uprising. She also contributed a story to the upcoming Beyonce Knowles tribute anthology, The King Bey Bible, which will be available in bookstores nationwide in the summer of 2018.

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Chapter One

Evanora

I could hear him bloviating, again, from the balcony.

It is entirely too early for this, you cocksucker, I thought, but I did not say as I jammed the pillow over my head and tried, desperately, to sleep.

Of course, it was no use. It never was when this asshole started screaming at the top of his lungs at an ungodly hour of the morning. Every morning. For the past twenty some-odd years. Saying the same thing, at the same time, every day, without changing a single goddamn word.

I know it by heart, by now.  I can say it in my sleep. And sometimes, I do.

So, I did what I normally do in these situations: I pulled out my iPod, flicked the wheel, and stuffed the earbuds into my ears as I listened to Faust’s greatest hits.

Now this is the kind of caterwauling that I can get behind – the sacred, now-forbidden ritual of rock’n’roll.

I always thought Ivan Sapphire – real name, Jamie Ryan – was just so damn cute, though God only knows what he looked like now. If history teaches us anything, it’s that time isn’t kind to rock stars, especially if they regularly blast their body with drinking, drugs, and strange bodily fluids.

It’d be a damn shame if that’s what happened to Jamie Ryan.

But there was one Faust member I wanted to know more about, but never could – and never would.

Him.

My father.

Jordan Barker.

For this, I envied my mother, for she knew him well.

Too well, as it turns out, and I was the product of this unlawful carnal knowledge.

Rose Cunningham never talked about my father.

All I knew of him was what I saw in the rare pictures I could find.

He was tall. He was thin. He had strawberry blonde hair. He could play bass like no one before or since.  He had a pixie nose and almond shaped eyes – both of which I inherited. He loved my mother and me with the intensity of a thousand burning suns. He bore a pain inside him that could only be numbed with a regular shot of pure heroin to his veins. He died when I was still a baby.

And that was the sum totality of all I knew.

I was born Evanora Joy Diaz-Barker, and nicknamed the “First Faust Baby.” My birth heralded much comment amongst the rock glitterati in the old New York – I was the latest, greatest attraction to join the Faust three-ring circus (come one, come all, in more ways than one!), born to 21-year-old Jordan Barker, psycho bassist from Mars, and his consort of sorts, the 19-year-old Puerto-Rican-from-the-Bronx Ramira “Rosie” Diaz, a hip-hop B-girl and sometime dancer/choreographer who only happened upon a Faust show because her best friend, Angelique Denham, was the dearly beloved of one Ivan Sapphire/Jamie Ryan.

Ramira loved to dance, and she did it well.

I never saw Rose dance. Not even once.

My name, of course, is just as unique as Faust’s music, but it had a sense of history, as well.

I was named for the two most important women in my parents’ lives: Eva, for Rosie’s mother, and Nora, for Jordan’s.

And my middle name – Joy – was, according to my mother, in honor of all the joy I brought into their lives, and all the smiles I put on their faces.

I don’t remember Rose smiling. Not even once.

I never doubted for a minute that my mother loved me.

Her love for me is what not only keeps me alive today, but keeps me dressed in the finest clothes, attending the finest schools, and eating the finest food.

In this New York – the new New York – the New York that exists under the tutelage of my demagogue step-father, the man known to the city and to the world as, simply, Emperor, but whom, legally, has the decidedly less-intimidating name of Roger Cunningham, though no one dared to call him that if they wanted to live to see another day – this is the most anyone could ask for.

It’s a form of protection, really.

But for this protection, my mother paid a heavy price.

She was forced to become something she never was – and never would be.

Because Emperor, God forbid, could never – would never – be caught dead with a Puerto-Rican-from-the-Bronx.

Emperor, God forbid, could never – would never – be caught dead with a single mom of a daughter whose father died of a heroin overdose – an overdose he had while he was supposed to be watching me.

He waited until I fell asleep after my feeding – and as I slept peacefully, he filled his needle with four times the lethal dose of the finest China white, plunged it as deep into his veins as it would go, and slept peacefully beside me.

Forever.

My mother found us both an hour later.

My mother and I were those kind of peoplethose kind of people being the nod, the wink, and the dog whistle code word for the “trash” that gave the old New York its unique flavor and charm, but who were second class citizens in the new New York, subjected to psi if they dared to do anything less than toe the line drawn in the sand by Emperor…a line that seems to keep moving further and further back with each perceived infraction.

So, if Ramira wanted to save the life of her daughter, she would have to give up her own.

Oh, she would still be alive – she would be breathing, eating, sleeping. She would be performing all voluntary and involuntary biological functions. Her daughter needed a mother – Emperor needed a wife to at least have the appearance of propriety (“humanizing the dictator,” wrote one journalist who was “mysteriously” found dead not long after he wrote those words) – and Ramira was no good to anyone if she was dead.

Ramira would be alive. She just wouldn’t be living.

So, anything that suggested that she was a Puerto-Rican-from-the-Bronx – one of those kind of people – the fullness of her hips and lips, the curl of her chocolate brown hair, her natural effervescence, a smile that would light up a room, the confident and sexy way she would sway her hips with each step, almost as though she danced her way through life – everything my father loved about her – everything he lusted for in a woman – were obliterated.

Her hair was chemically straightened and dyed a garish white-blonde. I don’t know who told Emperor that this color was a good idea. Because it wasn’t. It still isn’t. She looks fucking ridiculous.

The hair on her face was burned off, unceremoniously, with pulses of light that caused her to flinch and cry with each application. Her olive skin still bears traces of these scars to this day. Of course, she covers it up with the finest makeup – nothing less for Emperor’s wife – but when she takes it off, the marks are still there, as permanent reminders of all she was, and all she was forced to give up so I could stay alive.

Her lips and hips were suctioned, tightened and pulled, and her diet was restricted to the barest of nutrients needed to survive.

Her smile slowly, but surely, disappeared, and would only flash when it was required she be the “good wife” of the “good dictator,” greeting heads of state and other luminaries the way a well-crafted robot would be designed to do. Diva ex machina.

She was sent to what was colloquially called a “finishing school” to complete the transformation. God only knows what they did to her in there, because when she came out, her gait was stilted, her speech was deliberate, and her eyes – once simmering with life – were catatonic, zombified orbs.

And so, it came to pass that when my father died, all traces of him were obliterated, including any memories he may have imprinted on the two women he loved the most in this world.

Ramira Diaz and her daughter, Evanora Joy Diaz-Barker, became Rose and Evanora Joy Cunningham.

My mother insisted that I keep my name. That’s part of the deal, she said, or you may as well kill us both, and fuck what you stand for and what you want to be.

My mother was forged from the fire. Now, she was forced to burn in Hell.

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Book Review and Blog Tour – The Impossibility Of Us by Katy Upperman

The Impossibility of Us
Katy Upperman
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 31st 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

The last thing Elise wants is to start her senior year in a new town. But after her brother’s death in Afghanistan, she and her mother move from San Francisco to a sleepy coastal village.

When Elise meets Mati, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Mati is new to town too, visiting the U.S. with his family. Over the course of the summer, their relationship begins to blossom, and what starts out as a friendship becomes so much more.

But as Elise and Mati grow closer, her family becomes more and more uncomfortable with their relationship, and their concerns all center on one fact—Mati is Afghan.

Beautifully written, utterly compelling, and ultimately hopeful, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US asks—how brave can you be when your relationship is questioned by everyone you love?

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This book was amazing! I found it to be realistic, eye-opening in so many ways and full of that teen angst we all remember.

The characters were beautifully developed, their dialogue so genuine that I found myself drawn into their world fairly quickly.

Elise is no stranger to loss, with a father that took off when she was very young, a mother completely absorbed in the writing of her romance novels, and an older brother killed in action while deployed in Afghanistan. In the summer before her senior year, her mother uproots her to move to the town where her sister-in-law and niece live.

There, she meets Mati, a young man temporarily staying in the US from Afghanistan, while his father is receiving cancer treatment. They form a fast friendship despite the cultural barriers that threaten to divide them.

I say this book was eye-opening because I had no idea what life must be like for a foreigner on American soil. I was clueless to the hate they are exposed to daily, the fear they experience and the risks they take doing the most mundane things, like walking to the grocery store. Having never been exposed to that sort of prejudice, myself, I have to admit that I felt ashamed of my blinders.

This was an absolutely beautiful book about overcoming those barriers and prejudices. I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone!

Author Bio:

Katy Upperman is a graduate of Washington State University, a former elementary school teacher, and an insatiable reader. When not writing for young adults, Katy can be found whipping up batches of chocolate chip cookies or exploring the country with her husband and daughter. KISSING MAX HOLDEN is her debut novel; her sophomore novel, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US, will be available summer, 2018.

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Book Review and New Release – Who We Might’ve Been (Billie Dixon #3) by D. L. Pitchford

Synopsis

How many second chances does one person deserve?

After an eye-opening summer abroad, Billie Dixon’s world has fallen apart. Her childhood best friend has replaced her. Her boss at the gallery doesn’t think she’s paid enough dues to be a “real artist.” And Xander ignores her, even though they’re roommates. But she’s made her peace with that.

When her photography professor partners her with Dahlia Finnick, it’s only a matter of time before she intrudes on Billie’s life. And this time, Dahlia pursues what she’s always wanted—Billie—and she doesn’t care who she hurts in the process. Even if that person is the object of her affections.

Can Billie look past Dahlia’s faults and give her a second chance? Can she give one to herself?

Now, Billie has to choose between the acceptance she craves and the love she lost. But to mend her broken relationships, she must take her first leap of faith.

So by now, you all must know I am a huge D.L. Pitchford fan! I FLOVE this series and am obsessed with Xander! Of course, I love all the other characters too… even the ones I have a love-hate relationship with (Dahlia)!

Who We Might’ve Been checked all of the boxes for me! I have to admit that I have binge-read it not once, but TWICE and the second time it was even better! It met every expectation I had after reading books one and two.

The storyline moves quickly and it was such an easy read! The dialogue between characters is natural and I had a ton of laugh out loud moments.

This is a must read for all YA fans!

Book Review

Book Review – Lyssa’s Journey by Cin Medley

Synopsis

Lyssa Dawn, Harvard Law school graduate. Growing up on a small farm she is the ultimate country girl. But Lyssa has an undeniable special ability to read people and to see things that no one else can see. Working in a small law firm in the big city just south of the small town she grew up in, she is sent on an errand to her best friend’s family ranch. The very ranch she spent her childhood on. There she discovers a tangled web of deceit that threatens her life.

Callen McCabe, (Buck) has been destroyed beyond repair, or at least he thinks. His life as a corporate raider ended when the woman he loved destroyed him and took him for everything she could. Leaving the financial world behind him, he assimilated into the Greenvale ranch as the ranch foreman. Living his life on his terms.

When an act of defiance on his part hurts Lyssa, she responds in kind, landing them both on a road full of deceit, deception and danger.

Sometimes, love does happen at first sight. Neither of them believes it though.

So I am a HUGE fan of Cin Medley’s writing, and I can say that Lyssa’s Journey did not disappoint! It was a beautiful story, written as only Cin can tell a tale.

The characters are believable and genuine. The chemistry between Lyssa and Buck (Callen) is smoking hot. The secondary characters were also well-developed and I found myself wanting to know more about them.

Lyssa is a young attorney, sent out to the ranch of her best friend’s family on behalf of the firm she works for, only to find herself embroiled in a shady battle to take over the land. There she meets Buck, the ranch manager, and their interactions left me howling with laughter!

The story moved at a fast clip, and I found myself unable to put it down. (I did read it in one sitting.).

Book Review · New Release · Tour

New Release and Blog Tour – Me and Mr. Jones by Christie Ridgeway

Me and Mr. Jones by Christie Ridgway is AVAILABLE NOW!

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Welcome to the famed resort, The Hathaway at Dragonfly Beach, where newlyweds come to honeymoon, where anniversary couples celebrate milestones, and where broken hearts find a place to heal.

Jilted bride Audra Montgomery wants to reset her life at the famed resort, The Hathaway at Dragonfly Beach. A good girl for far too long, Audra has penned a list of must-do experiences she’s sure will change her. When the hotel’s maintenance guy, a “Mr. Jones,” knocks on her door, she wonders if the sexy handyman might just come in handy when enacting some of the spicier items on her agenda.

Kane Hathaway, general manager of the resort, didn’t set out to deceive his guest when he performed a minor repair. But it’s freeing to imagine life without the responsibilities of the family business. Then there’s the whole “Heartbreak Hotel” designation—cynical Kane doesn’t believe for a minute that a stay on site can heal the wounds left by bad romance. But every moment in Audra’s company sparkles with magic—can this be love?

Me and Mr. Jones is book two in the Heartbreak Hotel series and is a STANDALONE.

I was ridiculously excited to read book two in the Heartbreak Hotel seres after reading book one and I can say that I was not disappointed in the least with Me and Mr. Jones! It was every bit as enchanting as Our Last First Kiss.

I love Christie Ridgeway’s writing style. It is sunny, bright and like a breath of fresh air. Her characters are believable and engaging, the dialogue is natural and flows well, and her stories are simply beautiful!

The Hathaway, otherwise known as Heartbreak Hotel, is set in Santa Barbara and it is rumored that guests with broken hearts heal there and may find love again. Audra and her BFF, Lilly, who we met in the first book, retreat to Dragonfly Beach to recover after Audra was jilted at the author via text message by her no-good fiancé, Jacob.

Broken-hearted, Audra never leaves her room, in fact, doesn’t open the drapes or even take her wedding dress off until the day she meets Mr. Jones, the maintenance man. What she doesn’t know is that it’s a case of mistaken identity. Mr. Jones is none other than the General Manager of the resort, Kane Hathaway, confirmed bachelor who has convinced himself and most of the world that he is not cut out for long-term and is destined to be alone. Mr. Jones convinces Audra to venture back into the land of the living, rather than remain a Zombie Bride.

The chemistry between Audra and Kane is sizzling. I found myself fanning my cheeks throughout the book. I had several laugh out loud moments at the banter between them.

I thoroughly enjoyed being re-introduced to the characters from book one, and even though they took a sideline, they were every bit as lively as I remembered.

This is an absolute must-read for those of you who enjoy a good HEA!

About the Author:

Christie Ridgway is a California native and author of over forty-five contemporary romances. A six-time RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author, she writes sexy, emotional reads starring determined heroines and the men who can’t help but love them. She has a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews and twice has received their Reviewer’s Choice award for best contemporary romance of the year. Married to her college sweetheart, Christie lives in Southern California in a house filled with boys and pets. She writes as an escape from sports equipment, football on TV, and dog hair.

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Website: http://christieridgway.net/
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Coming Soon – Preorder Now! Me and Mr. Jones by Christie Ridgeway

Me and Mr. Jones by Christie Ridgway is coming soon on July 17th!

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Welcome to the famed resort, The Hathaway at Dragonfly Beach, where newlyweds come to honeymoon, where anniversary couples celebrate milestones, and where broken hearts find a place to heal.

Jilted bride Audra Montgomery wants to reset her life at the famed resort, The Hathaway at Dragonfly Beach. A good girl for far too long, Audra has penned a list of must-do experiences she’s sure will change her. When the hotel’s maintenance guy, a “Mr. Jones,” knocks on her door, she wonders if the sexy handyman might just come in handy when enacting some of the spicier items on her agenda.

Kane Hathaway, general manager of the resort, didn’t set out to deceive his guest when he performed a minor repair. But it’s freeing to imagine life without the responsibilities of the family business. Then there’s the whole “Heartbreak Hotel” designation—cynical Kane doesn’t believe for a minute that a stay on site can heal the wounds left by bad romance. But every moment in Audra’s company sparkles with magic—can this be love?

Me and Mr. Jones is book two in the Heartbreak Hotel series and is a STANDALONE.

About the Author:

Christie Ridgway is a California native and author of over forty-five contemporary romances. A six-time RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author, she writes sexy, emotional reads starring determined heroines and the men who can’t help but love them. She has a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews and twice has received their Reviewer’s Choice award for best contemporary romance of the year. Married to her college sweetheart, Christie lives in Southern California in a house filled with boys and pets. She writes as an escape from sports equipment, football on TV, and dog hair.
Author Links:
Website: http://christieridgway.net/
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2sAZO0V
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChristieRidgway/
Bookbub: http://bit.ly/2s9AvBA
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2roL0Ow
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristieRidgway