Archive for May 2nd, 2018
Pumpkin: a Cindermama Story (Cindermama Series)
by Ines Johnson
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Mythology & Folktales/Fairy Tales/Multicultural
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Enter a world were single mothers get a second chance at happily ever after with Book One in the Cindermama Series!
Single mother Malika “Pumpkin” Tavares lost faith in fairytales after she fell for a toad. Now she believes she’s not cut from the storybook, heroine cloth and searches for Mr. Good Enough amongst the sidekicks and supporting men of the town.
Love at first sight isn’t a cliche for town royalty Armand “Manny” Charmayne. For generations the Charmaynes have spotted their soulmates by seeing a golden aura the first time they laid eyes on The One.
When Manny meets Pumpkin he sees…nothing, but sparks fly off the Richter scale. The more he gets to know her the more he considers defying fate, if only he can convince her to take a chance on love again.
It’s said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different outcome. If that’s the case, then an alcoholic narcissist repeating the same bad life choices on a daily basis but is confused why his life is in a constant downward spiral is true derangement.
And it adds to quite a bit of… discomfort.
We meet Marcus at age six when he takes his first drink with his devastated mother after her husband leaves her… for another man.
By age eight, Marcus is an alcoholic and evidently quite talented as he is able to hide his juvenile drinking problem from everyone including teachers who believe he’s just a quiet child.
Marcus continues to drink in private with his mother as his self-hatred and feelings of inadequacy grow.
The catch with Marcus is his self-serving nature always overshadows his low self-esteem. He deserves to do whatever he chooses because all the negativity in his life is someone else’s fault.
Despite this attitude, Marcus moves into adulthood managing to hold down a full-time job and a four-year relationship with good woman, Tiffany. Oh, and he’s still an alcoholic, and no one knows, including Tiffany.
A family party brings Camille—and a plot twist I didn’t see coming—into the picture. The two enter into an intense affair. Marcus knows he’s wrong and loyal Tiffany doesn’t deserve to be cheated on. He feels as low and disgusting as the father he hates. But he doesn’t end the affair.
There is a good story in Discomfort. It deals with current real-life issues, but I believe it missed an opportunity by not going farther.
But this is Marcus’ story and we’re in his head and looking through his eyes.
And it’s exhausting because he’s so repetitive.
Is narcissism heredity? It’s easy to believe when Marcus, Sr. returns with his husband and adopted son expecting Junior to let bygones be bygones so he can be a doting father.
Character development was consistent, but I didn’t like most of the characters. (Not necessarily a bad thing.) Tiffany started out a strong woman but dissolved into a whiny, indecisive whiner. Camille had gone through a lot of rejection and my heart went out to her, but it didn’t make her any less wrong and manipulative.
Marcus? Does anyone like a narcissist? He blames his father’s abandonment on the direction his life took, but all the problems in this story are on HIM.
The bright spot in the story is Marcus’ childhood friend, Christina. They lost touch for the last six years and she has weathered multiple addictions and failed relationships.
And she’s a diagnosed psychotic with frequent stays in the ‘psych ward.’ She calls her depression ‘Bryan’ and her suicide ‘Julie.’ While Christina may not be able to control her own life, she’s spot on with Marcus and a refreshing air of clarity. She has no problem calling him a narcissist to his face. The best thing Marcus could do is listen to Christina… and of course, he doesn’t.
And… the amount of people who keep journals/diaries in this story AND leave them lying around is mind boggling.
I struggled with Discomfort. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either.
I don’t need a clear HEA or HFN to enjoy a read. I can overlook the absence of salvation, redemption, or justice if the protagonist show’s some semblance of change or growth. But, Marcus was, in essence, the same man at the end he was at the start. Not good.
I don’t know if there is a book 2 planned for Discomfort, but I have to be honest… I’d read it. I’m invested enough to want to see some real resolutions. Or another rant from Christina!
by Earnest Whitley
Genre: Literature & Fiction/Dramas & Plays
The story of a man and the affair he’s having with life. For every action there’s a reaction.
Evie Cole. She’s the one person I can’t figure out.
People say they love you, but what they really mean is that they love how you make them feel about themselves, or what they can take from you.
I can’t leave her on the streets, so I make her a deal she can’t refuse. It buys me the time I need to figure out whether Evie is the real deal or just another gold-digger.
The day Evie graduates, she breaks all contact with me, which proves that she was only in it for the money.
At least, that’s what I think, until random payments are made to my bank account.
Rhett Daniels. My hero, who saved me from a life on the street. My unrequited love, who will sleep with every girl but me.
His playful smile and humorous façade might fool others, but not me. I see myself in his eyes.
He only has one rule.
He’ll pay for my education, giving me a chance to become independent. All I have to do is keep my clothes on which also means no dating.
I hate being his charity case, but I tell myself it will only be until I graduate. I will find a way to pay him back.
The worst part is that I fell in love with him.
Hoping to forget the one man I can never have, I move to the other side of the country. I’m determined to make it on my own, but things don’t always work out the way we want them to.
Rhett Daniels & Evie Cole ~ Book 5 in the Enemies To Lovers Series
This is book #5 in the Enemies To Lovers Series. Each book in the series is about a different couple. To get the full experience of their friendship, I’d recommend that you start with Heartless
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Releases 2nd May
Cassidy Rae Pressman comes with way more than Jason Stone bargained for, yet she is exactly what he’s been searching for.
I want what all my friends have.
He doesn’t need my baggage.
I can’t stop thinking about her.
Romance isn’t my priority, my daughter is.
I want to show her she can have it all.
He thinks we can be a family.
Her and Rae are my family now, and no one will take them away from me.
He stays even when it’s easier to leave.
I’m going to give her her southern fairytale.
Fabiola Francisco is a contemporary romance author from South Florida. Writing as been a part of her life since she was a teenager. Even at that age, she dreamed of happy endings with emotional twists. Her novels include Perfectly Imperfect, The Restoring Series, Sweet on You Duet, and Red Lights, Black Hearts.
Her passion for books and writing has inspired her to write her own stories. She writes novels readers could relate to and grow with. She’s currently working on writing more stories that connect with readers on a deeper.
Fabiola also loves expressing herself through art and spending time in nature. In her spare time, she loves to cuddle with a good book and a glass of wine.
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Mia Ward is amazed to be told she has inherited her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda.
She’s even more astonished to discover she’ll only inherit the place if she actually lives there for one year. Mia’s a city girl at heart, not to mention she’s afraid of water, so the fact the cottage backs on to a sandy beach, is not, in her opinion, a bonus.
But Mia’s struggling to pay her rent since being fired for inappropriate behaviour at the office party, and her boyfriend’s also dumped her. When her best friend, Ella and Ella’s brother, Garrick offer to help her move and settle in, Mia decides to see this as a new beginning.
It may also be the start of an exciting adventure because now Mia wants to know just who, exactly, was great-aunt Matilda. And she’s determined to find out. But it soon becomes clear that someone is trying to make sure Mia doesn’t stay in Little Pondale….
Publication Date: 10th May
Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.
Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happy endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.
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Ubered: My Life as a Rideshare Driver
by Evan Kail
Genre: Biography & Memoirs/LGBT
FREE at time of posting! (Thru 5/2/18)
His family’s wealth has evaporated, and now serendipity is all Evan Kail can salvage from his riches to rags nightmare. He’s been chasing a screenwriting dream, and he’s put everything on the line to attain it. So when a new phenomenon called “Rideshare” enters his market in Minneapolis, Kail seeks an opportunity which he believes will allow time to pursue his calling. His only item of value, a BMW sports car purchased in the glory days of wealth, affords him a down payment on a used luxury sedan. Before Kail knows it, he’s a soldier in the trenches of a tech revolution, and he’s in way over his head.
Ubered is a journey through the jungles of a wild mind in an even wilder adventure driving full-time for Uber and Lyft. Over the course of one year, Kail dances with all hosts of personalities, battles all sorts of scenarios, and struggles to realize what it means to be a contractor, not an employee. Prepare for the craziest year of Kail’s young life, one that would leave him grappling to understand the very meaning of fate and all he thought was sacred.