Friday, November 29, 2013

REVIEW: DISENCHANTED BY CALLIE HUNTER

Blurb:
After a messy divorce, Sara, Evan, Eli and Mason Shea go their separate ways and lose contact. But twelve years later, Evan Shea commits suicide, which brings his family back together.
During an uncomfortable ‘getting to know each other again’ meeting, they uncover any secrets and finally get answers to the questions they’ve been dying to ask for twelve years.


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Review:

Nothing brings family together like a funeral. People who can't stand each other just can't resist attempting to pretend they get along. You know what I mean. Every family has a black sheep who turns up, if for no other reason than to make everyone else uncomfortable. Disenchanted is no different. The difference is the blackest sheep of them all has died.

We start off with a happy, normal moment in Sara's life. Her husband is in the shower, and the baby is nursing. The phone rings. One of her estranged brothers has called to tell her their brother, Evan, has committed suicide. Sara agrees to attend the funeral, and that's when the fireworks start. In an effort to observe the usual rituals, twelve years of family dirty laundry gets aired, making Sara reevaluate everything she thought she knew about her past.

I liked this novelette very much. There was all the usual family drama and a few twists. It wasn't so much about surprises as it was the very familiar drama surrounding a funeral. The disenchantment come when she gets all the gory details of the past. Evan was a class A jerk, and Sara's greatest tormenter as a child. Her father abandoned her and her mother twelve years earlier, taking her brothers with him. None of them bothered to stay in touch. It took me a bit to understand why she even bothered to turn up at all. However, don't we all ask, "Why?" She needed answers.

I can safely recommend this as a work read. If you need a short story while waiting for the kids in the carpool or at a sports practice, this would make an excellent way to pass the time. The easy flow and relatable situations make this a quick, easy read. I could see this appealing to young adults and older teenagers. Whether pool side or snuggled down for a bedtime story, Disenchanted is one to pick up.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

I RUN BY E. L. FARRIS VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR




Book Description

When Sally Lane Brookman gets hit by a Metro bus, it shatters her suburban world. But it does more than just damage her body; when she begins the long and painful process of physical recovery, she realizes that she's broken in more places than any doctor could ever see.

Confronting addiction, abuse, mental illness, and a hell she can't escape, Sally drags her past into her present and desperately tries to flee both. It's not until she puts her future in danger that she realizes it's finally time to slow down.

 With exuberant energy, humor, and sometimes painful honesty, the quirky Sally takes the reader along on a modern odyssey: a sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, and ultimately inspiring journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance.


Author Bio


Like Sally Lane Brookman, E.L. Farris is a marathon-running suburban soccer mom, and her husband really does dream of shooting squirrels. They live in Virginia with their three children. E.L. loves to talk with readers (and she answers all of her correspondence personally!).

Connect with her on:
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The co-founder of Bad Doggy Productions, E.L. is also the author of Ripple: A Tale of Hope and Redemption; Strays Welcome, the upcoming sequel to I Run; and Wave, the upcoming sequel to Ripple.

If you would like to be notified when E.L.’s next book is released, please visit her author website, http://elfarris.com, to subscribe to e-mail updates.

You can also find news about upcoming releases at Bad Doggy Productions, http://baddoggyproductions.com.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

REVIEW: DEATH OF THE MAD HATTER




Blurb: 

If the king loses his head, then the Queen with a Bleeding Heart would rule the Red Court until Time ceased to move forward. When a second carried on for infinity, every creature in Wonderland would tip their Hat to the misfit girl with a Boy’s name (or was it a boy with a Girl’s name?) who’d end the Reign of Terror. However, it all hinged on the One-Eyed Hare being able to convince an uninspirable Heir that the impossible was indeed possible—like stopping time—and that Love was worth a Beheading.
Heads would Roll…
Hearts would Break…
In the end, would it matter who Reigned? 

Review:
If you are a Lewis Carroll fan, or even just into the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland, this would be a good book for you. All the twists and quirks of Carroll’s characters are retold in a new tale. This isn’t just a remake of a story. This is whole new plot with your favorite people and one you’re sure to fall in love with.
I really enjoyed meeting the boy with a girl’s name and watching him fall in love with the girl with a boy’s name. There were so many twists and turns that really made me wonder if what I was reading was the truth or only carefully disguised lies. I don’t want to give much of the plot away. You’ll need all those details kept secret, if you don’t want the plot spoiled. I will say this. The Queen with a Bleeding Heart is looking to make another head roll, but only because she not the rightful queen!
I found this to be a quick read. Being familiar with Lewis Carroll or the Disney version is really helpful. While the story doesn’t follow the original book plot, you need it for background and to understand the references. At the very least, watch the movie, if you aren’t familiar with the original story. All the characters will make more sense. Other than that bit of advice, this is an excellent book for young adults and teens. If you need a clean, good-spirited story to while away the lunch hour at work, you can’t go wrong here. The language and actions are suitable for a general audience.



About the Author:
I specialize in dark, paranormal romance – think “happy ever after” but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn't only filled with hugs, kisses, unicorns, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It’s in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of – both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn't always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn't mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit?
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Friday, November 22, 2013

STAR OF BETHLEHEM BOOK BLITZ



Blurb:

Jack isn’t a rock star. He’s not the leader of a MC. He isn’t a billionaire. Lily’s not the daughter of a mob boss, or a stripper, or a virgin with a BDSM fascination. They’re just regular college kids, who somehow found each other in the middle of all the crap and chaos of growing up.

“With you, Jack, it was the first time I ever felt real. It was the first time anyone looked at me and saw substance. It was the first time I wanted to make someone see me.”

Jack and Lily have navigated his past, her desire to move on from her family’s demands of her, his depression, and her loneliness. Now, on New Year’s Eve, they have an entire year laid out ahead of them. First, though, Jack needs to meet Lily’s family, to be welcomed into her life. It’s intimidating, but with a sweater that is way too hot and his grandmother’s ugly car, he arrives at Lily’s gleaming house on a hill, ready to open himself up completely to her.

Inside the perfect, sparkling house, Lily waits for the boy she has come to love. But Lily’s house and family are a lot like her – shiny and pretty on the outside, with a sad emptiness on the interior. Lily wants to give Jack the one thing he has always dreamed of – family and love – but can she keep him from seeing how hollow a lot of the picture perfect life he fantasizes about really is?

This is a novella length work that follows Forget Me Not and Lily of the Valley.


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About The Author:

Sarah Daltry writes erotica and romance that ranges from sweet to steamy. She moves around a lot and has trouble committing to things. Bitter Fruits is her first full length novel. Her other two novels have already been released. Forget Me Not and Lily of the Valley are simultaneous perspectives in the New Adult contemporary romance series, Flowering. Sarah also has three novellas (including Star of Bethlehem, part of the Flowering series) and several short stories available. She is currently working on Immortal Star and Daughter of Heaven in this series, and Orange Blossom, another novel in Flowering . When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

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