Archive for April 29th, 2018

“On Top of the World (Until the Bell Chimes)” by David Lamb

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On Top of the World (Until the Bell Chimes)

by David Lamb

Genre: Literature & Fiction/Humor/Satire

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Winner of the Pacific Book Award for BEST FICTION.

“Highly Entertaining! Incredibly Fun! This modern retelling is … hilarious!” ROMANTIC TIMES

“DYNAMIC story about the Price of Fame. Packed with so many Laughs and so much Heart I couldn’t put it down!” TALIB KWELI

FIVE STARS! Perfectly combines Humor and Romance in a novel about race, class and celebrity worship that Readers will Love. — Hollywood Book Review

African Ghosts, Hip Hop & Love-Scrooge Re-imagined. It’s not Christmas but Hip Hop’s biggest star Scrooge is still haunted. As ghosts take him on an adventure to win back the girl who got away.

Get Ready for an amazing twist on Dickens that mixes Heart, Soul & Bling in a fast paced love story where opposites attract. As a poor kid superstar rapper Scrooge dreamed of rising to the the top. Belle grew up vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard. When they meet in college Belle is the campus queen all the guys bow down to, and Scrooge, or rather Scrooje, is the high school runt turned college nerd they all pick on. Until Belle’s love helps him discover his hidden talent.

True Love Meets Super-Stardom, Can They Co-Exist?

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#Review “If I Want You” by Rachel Brimble

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4/5 Stars!

What’s worse than witnessing a child abduction?

Being an adult who survived being kidnapped as a child… and knowing firsthand the psychological and emotional anguish the child will go through.

So sets the stage for If I Want You, with one compelling twist—journalist Tori Peterson is convinced the abduction of Abby Brady from Barlington Primary is related to her own abduction sixteen years earlier.

The journey to bring Abby home is tumultuous filled shady characters, deception and betrayal. Romance is added to the mix when a spark between closed-off Tori and widowed, single-dad Mark Bolton roars to life.

Well-written and nicely paced, If I Want You is an enjoyable, thought-provoking read.

With that being said, my issues lie with the protagonist… Tori Peterson.

I felt sympathy for her.

To find out after-the-fact she wasn’t a chance abduction but targeted and stalked before she was taken makes the blood run cold. Add to that her time with kidnapper Brian Appleton and what she went through and it’s more than a little unsettling.

I empathized with her.

From the moment Abby is taken, Tori is propelled back into her own kidnapping and she’s determined to save Abby from the same fate. She feels her own traumatic experience gives her insight law enforcement overlooks and doesn’t consider. And I happen to agree with her.

I just didn’t care for her over-the-top I-don’t-need-anyone attitude.

Even in fiction, I won’t pretend to understand a character’s motivations… and Tori’s were all over the place.

She feels unworthy, damaged beyond repair and isolated.

I get that.

But it does not give her license to be rude, offensive, condescending, and insulting.

At first, I thought these were defense mechanisms. But when Mark calls Tori’s sister, Melissa, she co-signs the bad behavior, telling him, “Tori’s not the type of woman you want to hassle” and “You’ll come off a darn sight worse than she will if you annoy her enough, believe me.”

What? Yeah, I was ready for a Kindle-flinging moment.

However, I shouldn’t have been surprised. Both her parents felt guilt over her abduction and her sister felt like a failed protector.

When Tori was returned home, her family moved, and once she hit adulthood, she moved out on her own. No doubt to escape the guilty looks and overprotective lifestyle.

There is no mention of Tori receiving counseling or joining a support group. So she’s had sixteen years to internalize her trauma, and it’s not a good look.

However, if you’ve read any of my past reviews, you know not liking the star of the show has never stopped me from loving the story.

Although I figured out early who was at the center of the madness, the story played out nicely. And little Olivia Bolton? What a kid! Children can sometimes come off as precocious and obnoxious, but Olivia is smart and wise beyond her years. Even in her misstep, she digs deep and finds the answers no one else can. Kudos to Mark for being a dad who listens.

Readers who fancy mystery, romantic suspense, and psychological thrillers will revel in If I Want You.

Enjoy!

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coverWhen local journalist, Tori Peterson, fails to prevent a child abduction outside her niece’s school, her horror and guilt sparks a vow to do whatever it takes to get little Abby Brady home to her parents.

While Tori battles the vile memories of her own kidnapping as a child, she accepts the help of widowed father, Mark Bolton. As he and Tori join forces with the local police, their attraction and intimacy grows…along with their fears for Abby.

Links are uncovered between Abby’s disappearance and Tori’s kidnapping, and Tori is forced to accept the monster who held her captive is back. But this time, Tori is all grown up, and there is no way she will let him hurt another little girl.

 

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#BlogTour “If I Want You” by Rachel Brimble

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coverWhen local journalist, Tori Peterson, fails to prevent a child abduction outside her niece’s school, her horror and guilt sparks a vow to do whatever it takes to get little Abby Brady home to her parents.

While Tori battles the vile memories of her own kidnapping as a child, she accepts the help of widowed father, Mark Bolton. As he and Tori join forces with the local police, their attraction and intimacy grows…along with their fears for Abby.

Links are uncovered between Abby’s disappearance and Tori’s kidnapping, and Tori is forced to accept the monster who held her captive is back. But this time, Tori is all grown up, and there is no way she will let him hurt another little girl.

 

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Author Bio Rachel Brimble

Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had seven books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and an eighth coming in Jan 2018. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press as well as writing several single titles for the Wild Rose Press.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Angel of Mine” by Monica

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “angel.”

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I have always been a HUGE fan of Monica–she simply has a voice like no other. Some know her for For You I Will, the 1997 top ten hit from the Space Jam soundtrack.

But she rose to prominence after releasing her debut studio album, Miss Thang, in 1995. It went multi-platinum, while its first two singles, Don’t Take It Personal and Before You Walk Out of My Life, made her the youngest recording act to ever have two consecutive chart-topping hits on the Billboard Top R&B Singles chart.

In 1998, Monica’s second album, The Boy Is Mine, earned her major international chart success. Pushed by its Grammy Award-winning number-one hit title track, a duet with singer Brandy, it spawned two further Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers, The First Night and Angel of Mine, and established her position as one of the most successful urban R&B female vocalists to emerge in the mid to late-1990s.

Surprisingly, Monica’s Angel of Mine was a cover! *Gasps*

It was first recorded and performed by British R&B girl group Eternal from their Greatest Hits album (1997). Monica’s version released in 1998 and topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and peaked at number two on the US Billboard R&B chart.

I can’t believe it’s twenty years old, but it is considered a classic and still receives regular airplay on all the online streaming services.

The video is on point, and yes, that is actor/recording artist, Tyrese, playing the love interest!

Enjoy!

Check out my Song Lyric Sunday selection on FeliciaDenise.com.

Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

Angel of Mine

by Monica

Songwriters: Rhett Lawrence / Travon M. Potts

When I first saw you I already knew
There was something inside of you
Something I thought that I would never find
Angel of mine
I look at you looking at me
Now I know why they say the best things are free
Gonna love you boy you are so fine
Angel of mine
How you changed my world you’ll never know
I’m different now, you helped me grow
You came into my life
Sent from above
When I lost all hope
You showed me love
I’m checkin’ for you
Boy you’re right on time
Angel of mine
Nothing means more to me then what we share
No one in this whole world can ever compare
Last night the way you moved is still on my mind
Angel of mine
What you mean to me you’ll never know
Deep inside I need to show
You came into my life
Sent from above
When I lost all hope
You showed me love
I’m checkin’ for you
Boy you’re right on time
Angel of mine
I never knew I could feel each moment
As if they were new
Every breath that I take
The love that we make
I only share it with you
You, you, you, you
When I first saw you I already knew
There was something inside of you
Something I thought that I would never find
Angel of mine
You came into my life
Sent from above
When I lost all hope
You showed me love
I’m checkin’ for you
Boy you’re right on time
Angel of mine
How you changed my world you’ll never know
I’m different you helped me grow
I look at you looking at me
Now I know why they say the best things are free
Checkin’ for you boy your right on time
Angel of mine
Angel of Mine lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management US, LLC

 

 

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#BlogTour “Miranda Bay” by Susan Tarr

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Title: Miranda Bay

Author: Susan Tarr

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Miranda, a strong-minded and lovable young woman, splurges her inheritance on the old Miranda Bay Sanatorium in the sub-tropical Bay of Islands, New Zealand, simply because it bears her name. She knows little about running a business and depends heavily on loyal cousin Pansy’s expertise.

In her frantic drive for success Miranda hires a local character to get cracking on the property. Hamilton, her lascivious financial advisor, seizes the opportunity to undermine her. But now with paying guests expected, she must make some serious decisions.

So the guests trickle in – hardly the sophisticates Miranda has envisaged.

At the brink of despair, she experiences deepening depression and manic behavior. She contrives an outlandish economic solution to the problem. What follow is intrigue and terror, and an emotional and tender unfolding of events in the face of financial ruin.

“Witty and wicked, scandalous and scary, this is a story to make you laugh and cry.”

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The catwalk stretched briefly into the ebbing tide. The backdrop was black calico, not the wooden flats used in real catwalks for real fashion shows because Miranda was on a tight budget. When Mihi, first down the ramp wearing a column of white, twirled one time too many, she was gone. The girl twirled herself right off the stage! A two-meter drop, she plunged straight into the water beneath. Miranda gasped!

Because no one was really taking any notice the show went right on.

Along came another of Mere’s nieces and, believe it or not, the girl did the same thing. She was completing a full turn, when hello! She was gone. Straight off the end of the walkway, plunging into the water alongside Mihi.

“For goodness sakes, how many kilometers do they need?” Miranda muttered.

So the runway was too short—the girls were plopping right off the end. She got Neville to organize an additional meter. Now Miriama was so nervous about her big chance she was throwing up over the side of the jetty, in full sight of everyone.

Since there were not a lot of models, they’d practiced some pretty fast maneuvers this past week. When it was time for Melissa, Miranda gesticulated cautiously for her to twirl and turn, twirl and turn until the others swam ashore, flicked their hair back, toweled off and changed into swimsuits.

She’d overspent with this modelling idea, but with good reason—Hamilton hinted strongly that her business didn’t stand a chance, said he’d reassessed her accounts. He also said she might be better off selling and moving back down to the city—where he could keep a closer eye on her. As a friend, of course. Her solution was to pour money into the resort.

Her cheeks were flushed, her tongue loose and colorful and she sold, sold, sold. Those items not snatched up were hung back on the rack and brought right out again for the next show.

Her unflagging energy was bringing in the dollars. She purred, a wine glass dangling from her left hand, gesturing toward Mimi in Moschino. She knew her clothes were stunning but distanced herself from them now the money was coming in.

Pansy exchanged Miranda’s empty glass for a full one, all the while shoving girls into outfits.

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This night, she took refuge in the dank darkness of the spa room where the windows were misted over and there was not a trace of light or movement within. Yet Hamilton was there with his door-tapping and knob-turning. Rigid with inordinate fear, she stifled a high panicky cry with her fist shoved in her mouth.

And as he stood outside the door, for the first time since all the crazy stuff started happening, she felt she was in the presence of pure evil.

The spa room was clammy, almost airless, and from the deep shadows inside, she could hear labored breathing. She shivered uncontrollably. Evil was not that tangible. Evil was a thing of the soul, self-contained, not pervasive.

In the ensuing silence, the sound of the knob turning had her belly barreling into her ribs. A scrunching of feet as he shifted his weight. Then she watched frozen in fear as a hand moved back and forth across the steamy window in an attempt to clear a space, his face pressed close to the glass, peering, trying to see her in the gloom. As her senses reached out into the darkness she forgot to breathe, resuming abruptly with a gasp. She had flattened herself down into the water, waiting motionlessly. The silence went on for a long time, and in the tepid fugue of the chlorinated water she shivered. Fear brushed the walls in her chest.

Her hair was hanging in cold locks against her shoulders, her teeth chattered and her lips were quivering.

But now her bladder pressed heavily. Silently, and very slowly so as not to ripple the water, she slid the foam cover back across the pool until only the top of her head was showing. Then, as she peeked over the top, Hamilton wiped a hand across the window once more, and pressed his bloated face against the glass, his ghostly white, flattened cheek devoid of shape. The pressure on her bladder was intolerable.

At what seemed like midnight but was probably much earlier, she heard Hamilton’s uneven gait as he made his way from the fern garden edging the spa room and back to his suite. Just an insignificant little man with no power over me. Her waterlogged brain chimed in, Of course, he has. He’s got lots of power over you. Success or failure. Yours. What if he hasn’t gone? What if it is all a trick, something elaborate and terrible?

She retreated into herself, consoling herself. In the morning she would unlock the door and walk out into the safety of a bright new day. Meanwhile, in the cool water, she dozed fitfully.

A hand shook the door handle, jerking and straining at it.

She screamed. She struggled toward wakefulness through a morass of dreams, fighting to breathe, her mouth doughy with sleep and dread.

 

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Author Bio

Susan Tarr has been writing for 25 years, drawing on her international travels, work within the NZ tourism industry, and her work in various psychiatric hospitals within New Zealand.

She lived in Kenya, East Africa, for some years where she began her family.
Although she writes from personal experience, she also uses anecdotal information from conversations and other peoples’ stories, resulting in her characters taking on a life of their own and becoming larger than life. She enjoys a wide variety of personalities.

Susan says, “As I write their stories, my characters will often lead me to places I couldn’t imagine. So I relax and let them form as they will. I am passionate about my writing and I usually have three books on the go at any one time.”

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“Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me” by Jerry McGill

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Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me

by Jerry McGill

Genre: Nonfiction/Memoirs/Social Sciences/Special Needs/Disabled

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The idea to write to you was not an easy one.
The scar from where the bullet entered my back is still there.
 
Jerry McGill was thirteen years old, walking home through the projects of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, when he was shot in the back by a stranger. Jerry survived, wheelchair-bound for life; his assailant was never caught. Thirty years later, Jerry wants to say something to the man who shot him.

I have decided to give you a name.
I am going to call you Marcus.
 
With profound grace, brutal honesty, and devastating humor, Jerry McGill takes us on a dramatic and inspiring journey—from the streets of 1980s New York, where poverty and violence were part of growing up, to the challenges of living with a disability and learning to help and inspire others, to the long, difficult road to acceptance, forgiveness, and, ultimately, triumph.

I didn’t write this book for you, Marcus. I wrote this for those who endure.
Those who manage. Those who are determined to move on.

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“Finding You: A Romantic Cozy Mystery Laced with Magic (Glen Falls #2)” by Zanna Mackenzie

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Finding You: A Romantic Cozy Mystery Laced with Magic (Glen Falls Book 2)

by Zanna Mackenzie

Genre: Cozy Mystery/Romance/Animals/Women Sleuths

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Blair has a deadline. A scary one. Track down and hand over a magical mystery object she has never seen before and doesn’t know a single thing about… or face the might of the town’s Supernatural Mafia.

Welcome to Glen Falls. A town where nothing is quite as it seems…

Beauty salon owner Blair Montgomery’s world turns upside down when she receives a do-or-die deadline from the local branch of the Supernatural Mafia. They’re demanding she hands over a powerful and magical object they’re convinced she’s inherited from her gran. Problem is, Blair has no idea what it even looks like!

Prepared to call on her own (admittedly rather unpredictable) magical abilities if that’s what it takes, Blair hurtles headlong into the challenge to unearth the mysterious item.

Can the gorgeous and intriguing new guy in town help her find some answers? Should she trust him or is he just pretending to be on her side? What secrets is she about to uncover in her quest?

In spooky Glen Falls anything’s possible, because the usual rules definitely don’t apply–as Blair’s about to discover…

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