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“And Then She Was GONE” by Christopher Greyson

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And Then She Was GONE

by Christopher Greyson

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense/Cozy/Romance/Multicultural/Military

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What’s done in the dark will be brought to the light…

The silhouette stood at the edge of the woods like a spider watching a fly enter its carefully crafted web. Only a few more steps and she’d be within its grasp.

Stacy Shaw has her whole life ahead of her. New job, new house and now a baby on the way–everything she’s ever hoped for is finally coming true. But on a warm summer night on the way home from work, she vanishes. The police race to find her, but the clues don’t add up. Conflicting facts emerge as her story twists and turns, sending the trail spiraling in all directions.

A hometown hero with a heart of gold, Jack Stratton was raised in a whorehouse by his prostitute mother. Jack seemed destined to become another statistic, but now his life has taken a turn for the better. Determined to escape his past, he’s headed for a career in law enforcement. When his foster mother asks him to look into the girl’s disappearance, Jack quickly gets drawn into a baffling mystery. As Jack digs deeper, everyone becomes a suspect–including himself. Caught between the criminals and the cops, can Jack discover the truth in time to save the girl? Or will he become the next victim?

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#Review “The Things We Need to Say” by Rachel Burton

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4/5 Stars!

The breakdown of a marriage is a painful thing to watch, especially when it could have been avoided with open, honest conversation.

Francesca Sullivan gets the romance-novel happily-ever-after.

After losing her beloved mother, she walks away from all she knew and starts over. A few years later Fran meets William Browne, a new attorney at the firm she works for… and her new boss.

The relationship is a slow build for obvious reasons, but love wins in the end. Fran takes a position at another firm… when she claims the title of Mrs. William Browne. Add a home in the country and frequent travel to exotic locales, and life is perfect.

Except it wasn’t.

I do not doubt Fran and Will’s love for each other. But I found it confusing that two people in a loving marriage who spent so much time together never had a truly honest conversation.

Will, at eight years Fran’s senior, is in a rush to fill their home with children.

Fran isn’t sure when or IF she wants children. But she wants to make Will happy, so, yes, let’s have children!

The attempts are many and the results depressing, until the last one where devastation quickly steals the Browne’s joy, and their marriage topples from its shaky foundation.

A yoga retreat (in SPAIN) Fran volunteered to teach to help her get back into life becomes the opportunity for her to get away from Will and clear her head. (Honestly, I don’t believe she had to ‘go’ anywhere. They were doing a bang-up job of ignoring each other while living in the same house which, of course, was the problem.)

Fran and Will each endure their own personal hell while they’re apart.

Will deserved every bit of misery he suffered in the aftermath—he doesn’t get a pass–but to his credit, he makes no excuses—doesn’t try to build a defense or place blame.

Fran doesn’t indulge in playing the victim, but she could. To her credit, she forces herself to admit the role she played in what came before.

The Brownes show such strength of character after they separate, I wanted to scream, “Where was this attitude a hundred pages ago?” HA!

So, while Will spirals into a depressed shadow of himself, Fran is in Spain instructing students in the nuances of yoga and fighting off a wicked case of ‘food poisoning.’

My knowledge of yoga principles is limited—emphasis on limited—so I did not understand what made people travel to another country just to do what they did back home.

In the end, it didn’t matter because I don’t believe it was about the yoga, but the human interaction.

An eclectic cast of supporting characters give The Things We Need to Say the room it needs to breathe. Without realizing it, Fran was able to glean insight and wisdom from David, Constance, Joy, Elizabeth, Katrin, and Molly. Even Amado and Jake were great sources of inspiration.

Fran shares her troubles and has conversations… with everyone but Will.

Will wants to talk to Fran but doesn’t trust himself not to fall back into his pattern of hearing what he wants to hear.

This is where this engrossing read lost a star with me.

Except for the devastating conversation before Fran left, all that is known of Fran and Will is told through internal thoughts and flashbacks.

We see the budding romance blossom and new paths taken. We also get to see the conversations that didn’t go far enough, and the admissions not made.

As Fran works through her demons while in Spain, she’s gifted with tiny epiphanies which lighten her emotional burden and allow her to give voice to her guilt, doubt, and frustrations.

And boy, does she… to Elizabeth, Amado, Katrin, and even Jake. Discussing one’s problems with third parties isn’t necessarily a bad thing and can provide much-needed insight the way it did for Fran Browne. (Special mention here to Mia, who didn’t allow a language barrier to keep her from supplying support Fran didn’t even know she needed.)

Will leans on his younger brother, Jaime, who’s dealing with similar issues, but never misses a chance to give his honest and sometimes brutal (and humorous) opinion.

But while this journey makes the Brownes see where the mistakes were made, and where problems took root which were never dealt with, when it is at last time for the things we need to say… the scene fades to black.

And I felt cheated.

The one conversation in the story I’d waited for and it’s not shown.

The telling (or assumptions) took a bit of the shine off this read for me.

Meh.

Technically, editing and grammar are sound. Formatting was an issue and gave me pause, but as I received my ARC from Netgalley, I’m giving them a wink and a nod that this isn’t the finished product.

Regardless, this intimate look at the dynamics of a marriage built on sand and dreams is not one to be missed. The writing is strong, evoking the gamut of emotions which make a read so enjoyable. Clear your schedule and spend some time with Fran and Will—two people who finally stop struggling to get back to what they were when they realize who they need to be… themselves.

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Sometimes the things we never say are the most important.

Fran loves Will with all her heart. They had a whirlwind romance, a perfect marriage and a wonderful life. Cover thumbnailUntil everything changed. Now Fran needs to find her way again and teaching a yoga retreat in Spain offers her just that. Leaving behind a broken marriage she has some very important decisions to make.

Will needs his wife, he needs her to open up to him if they’re to ever return to the ways things once were. But he may have damaged any possibility he had of mending their relationship and now Fran is in Spain and Will is alone.

As both Fran and Will begin to let go of a life that could have been, fate may just find a way of bringing them back together.

Perfect for fans of Katie Marsh, Amanda Prowse and Sheila O’Flanagan

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#ReleaseDay “The Things We Need to Say” by Rachel Burton

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Sometimes the things we never say are the most important.

Fran loves Will with all her heart. They had a whirlwind romance, a perfect marriage and a wonderful life. Until everything changed. Now Fran needs to find her way again and teaching a yoga retreat in Spain offers her just that. Leaving behind a broken marriage she has some very important decisions to make.

Will needs his wife, he needs her to open up to him if they’re to ever return to the ways things once were. But he may have damaged any possibility he had of mending their relationship and now Fran is in Spain and Will is alone.

As both Fran and Will begin to let go of a life that could have been, fate may just find a way of bringing them back together.

Perfect for fans of Katie Marsh, Amanda Prowse and Sheila O’Flanagan

 

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Publication Day – May 11, 2018

 

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Author Bio Rachel Burton

Rachel Burton has been making up stories since she first learned to talk. After many false starts she finally made one up that was worth writing down.

After graduating with a degree in Classics and another in English, she didn’t really know what to do when she grew up. She has worked as a waitress, a paralegal and a yoga teacher.

She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Leeds with her boyfriend and three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.

Her debut, The Many Colours of Us, was an Amazon Kindle bestseller. Her second novel, The Things We Need to to Say, is released on 11 May 2018. She is currently working on her third novel in which the heroine follows the love of her life to live in a city in northern England. It has no autobiographical elements at all…..maybe.

Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogi or search Facebook for Rachel Burton Author. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday….

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#CoverReveal “Alphas of Seduction”

** 2017’s Alphas of Danger Anthology we’ve raised $10,000 to 4 Paws for Ability! We’ve been able to sponsor a puppy pen and help not one but TWO families obtain their service dog for their child of need. Follow our journey on our Facebook page Once Upon An Alpha.

We are now BACK with Alphas of Seduction with ten bestselling authors and we hope you join us on the journey for 2018’s Alphas of Seduction with ten never-been-told stories by ten bestselling authors**

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A glance. A touch. A word. And then it begins…

When an alpha falls in love, it’s not just about the fire. It’s the spark. The moment he’s pushed to his limits by the person who will transform his life and his heart forever. He just doesn’t know it yet…

The push. The pull. The possibilities…

The hottest heroes. Their greatest challenge. Nothing they’ve ever conquered will equal the ultimate quest of all–or the excitement of that journey. Nobody knows this better than twelve of your favorite romance fiction stars, bringing you their ultimate alpha males in short stories meant to make you smile, swoon, and celebrate the best part about falling in love…

The seduction.

Once Upon An Alpha along with 4 Paws for Ability, and these several bestselling authors, bring you this page turning, limited edition, anthology that’s sure to keep you up well past your bed time and craving your own Alpha of Seduction.

 

Authors Contributing to Alphas of Seduction:

Victoria Blue

M. Clarke

Avery Flynn

Anissa Garcia

Jenna Jacob

Isabella LaPearl

Mickey Miller

Lauren Rowe

K.M. Scott

Sierra Simone

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“The Husband Maker” by Karey White

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The Husband Maker (The Husband Maker Book 1)

by Karey White

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Contemporary/Romance

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Charlotte’s a girl with nicknames. She may not love being called Charles or Chuck, but the hardest nickname to take is the one she was given in college, the one that’s followed her now for too many years. They call her “the husband maker” and sadly, it fits. Every guy she’s dated since high school has gone on to marry the next girl they date. Not two or three girls down the road. The very next one.

Is she doing something wrong or is she just cursed?

When Kyle Aldsworth enters the picture and sweeps her off her feet, Charlotte begins to hope that maybe she’s not destined to be single forever. A senator’s son with political aspirations of his own, Kyle’s wealthy, handsome, and in need of a wife. Will Charlotte be disappointed yet again, or will she finally be able to make a husband for herself?

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“The Roots of the Olive Tree: A Novel” by Courtney Miller Santo

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The Roots of the Olive Tree: A Novel

by Courtney Miller Santo

Genre: Science Fiction/Women’s Fiction/Genetic Engineering/Mothers & Daughters

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An extraordinary new voice in contemporary woman’s fiction, Courtney Miller Santo makes her magnificent debut with The Roots of the Olive Tree, a novel that will delight fans of Sarah Blake’s The PostmistressThe Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, and the works of Kristin Hannah.

Set in a house on an olive grove in northern California, The Roots of the Olive Tree is a beautiful, touching story that brings to life five generations of women—including an unforgettable 112-year-old matriarch determined to break all Guinness longevity records—the secrets and lies that divide them and the love that ultimately ties them together.

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