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#BookBirthday “Tilting: A Memoir” by Nicole Harkin

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We only learned about our father’s girlfriend after he became deathly ill and lay in a coma 120 miles from our home.

Overhearing the nurse tell Linda–since I was nine I had called my mom by her first name–about the girlfriend who came in almost every day to visit him when we weren’t there confirmed that the last moment of normal had passed us by without our realizing it. Up to then, our family had unhappily coexisted with Dad flying jumbo jets to Asia while we lived in Montana. We finally came together to see Dad through his illness, but he was once again absent from a major family event–unable to join us from his comatose state. This is the moment when our normal existence tilted.

Dad recovered, but the marriage failed, as did Linda, with cancer. Our family began to move down an entirely different path with silver linings we wouldn’t see for many years.

In this candid and compassionate memoir which recently won a Gold Award in The Wishing Shelf Book Award, Nicole Harkin describes with an Impressionist’s fine eye the evolution of a family that is quirky, independent, uniquely supportive, peculiarly loving and, most of all, marvelously human.

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Nicole HarkinAuthor Bio

Nicole Harkin currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband and two small children. She works as a writer and family photographer. As a Fulbright Scholar during law school, Nicole lived in Berlin, Germany where she studied German environmentalism. Her work can be found in Thought Collection and you are here: The Journal of Creative Geography. She is currently working on a mystery set in Berlin. Her photography can be seen at www.nicoleharkin.com.

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#Review “Forest Girl” by Empi Baryeh

 Title: FOREST GIRL

Author: Empi Baryeh

Genre: Multicultural Romance, Africa

Length: Full-length novel

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5/5 Stars!

Michael Badu was an ass.

Whew! Okay, had to get that out… I’m better now.

The premise of what would happen if a modern man was forced to accept an arranged marriage got my attention quickly. While I’m not from a culture or have a family tradition of such things, I’ve always felt sorry for the perspective wives because they had little… or NO say in whom they were to marry. So, let’s put the shoe on the other foot! HA!

I felt bad for Michael in the beginning. Away for ten years getting an education and honing his agricultural skills, he even misses his father’s funeral. When he finally returns to his village, his mother informs him of his late father’s dying wish—for Michael to marry… and he picked out the girl.

Michael was furious, and I was right there with him. Marry someone he didn’t know? Who does that? Oh, cultures who believe in arranged marriages.

Tradition was a major part of this read, and it didn’t take long to understand its importance or significance. However, Michael was willing to ignore the tradition in favor of his personal freedom, or at least he tried to. He wasn’t prepared for the lengths his family were willing to go to see his father’s dying wish honored.

My heart went out to Michael’s uncle, Sekyerε, for his unenviable position as never being the ‘accomplished’ son, but still—seeing Michael married increased his social position, so I had no problem with Michael continuing to resist. But, mercy, when his mother took to her sickbed, I was through. Time to plan a wedding.

Yet, while all of this back and forth went on, Esi Afriyie, the intended bride was told nothing. She didn’t find out until after the families had decided.

So, why, again, am I feeling sorry for Michael?

Of course, since Esi’s been secretly in love with Michael for most of her love, the marriage isn’t a problem for her… she’s getting her dream man!

But marriage to Michael was not a dream. While he was ‘drawn’ to Esi, there was also Lena (UGH!), the noncommittal girlfriend, and ‘Forest Girl’, the ragged girl he’d met in the woods.

Forest Girl. A brief look into her eyes while helping her cut wood and Michael’s world is knocked off its axis. So much so, he’s willing to marry to make his mother happy and string Lena (UGH!) along a while longer until he can find this soulmate again. Forest Girl will complete him.

I rolled my eyes hard through six chapters as Michael wallowed in self-pity… and male entitlement. Esi was sweet, kind, and beautiful, but he couldn’t love her… she wasn’t Forest Girl. Lena was intelligent and sophisticated but not interested in commitment… and she wasn’t Forest Girl. Seriously, Michael?

While she was prepared to be a good and faithful wife, Esi refused to be a disrespected doormat, and this read went in a new direction.

Hello? Michael? This is Reality Check!

And if Esi’s shift in attitude wasn’t enough, Michael’s best friend, Osei, was right there to call him on his crap! “Go to the dead and sue your father!” I screamed! Go, Osei!

In the end, Michael had to remove his pride and ego from the equation to see what had always been right in front of him. NICE! Still not sure how I feel about Michael, but as long as Esi is happy, I’m good!

Forest Girl is an enjoyable read, steeped in Ghanaian culture and tradition, (they drink a LOT of water). Emotions run high and there are some intense scenes, but the author did a masterful job of pulling it all together in the end and leaving me with a smile, and you’ll smile too! Take this journey.

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Esi Afriyie has been in love with Michael Yaw Badu since childhood. When he receives a scholarship to study in America, all hope seems lost … until he returns to Ghana ten years later. An arranged marriage contracted by their families makes her dreams come true, but does the reality of being Mrs. Michael Badu live up to the fantasy? 

Michael may have married Esi, but he is in love with someone else—Forest Girl, a mystery woman he encountered just once in the forest. His heart belongs to her, and he doesn’t need his beautiful wife awakening his carnal desires. He is even willing to sacrifice his marriage for another encounter with Forest Girl.

 Reality is not what either Esi or Michael imagined. Esi is disillusioned; Michael feels trapped.

Will Michael give in and allow his heart to discover a love that was always meant to be before it’s too late?

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He fell in love with her at first sight, 

but didn’t recognize her when he saw her again.

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#ReleaseBlitz “Forest Girl” by Empi Baryeh

 

 

Title: FOREST GIRL

Author: Empi Baryeh

Genre: Multicultural Romance, Africa

Length: Full length novel

 

 

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Esi Afriyie has been in love with Michael Yaw Badu since childhood. When he receives a scholarship to study in America, all hope seems lost … until he returns to Ghana ten years later. An arranged marriage contracted by their families makes her dreams come true, but does the reality of being Mrs. Michael Badu live up to the fantasy?

 

Michael may have married Esi, but he is in love with someone else—Forest Girl, a mystery woman he encountered just once in the forest. His heart belongs to her, and he doesn’t need his beautiful wife awakening his carnal desires. He is even willing to sacrifice his marriage for another encounter with Forest Girl.

 

Reality is not what either Esi or Michael imagined. Esi is disillusioned; Michael feels trapped.

Will Michael give in and allow his heart to discover a love that was always meant to be, before it’s too late?

 

 

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He fell in love with her at first sight, 

but didn’t recognize her when he saw her again.

 

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He didn’t want to get personal. He just needed to perform the act.

 

Michael had had every intention of sleeping on the floor tonight. He’d spent a good part of the afternoon fielding the suggestive comments a few bold men had made about tonight. It didn’t help that his manhood hardened with interest at the prospect, defying his own resolve not to touch his wife.

 

But she tempted him, standing there in her short night dress that barely reached the middle of her thighs. Her eyes stared at him, filled with innocence and passion all at the same time.

 

 

Turn around, Mike. Walk away before it’s too late.

 

 

She folded her arms beneath her pert breasts again, pushing them up in a manner he could not ignore. It may have been a manifestation of nerves, but his body sprang alive. He bit back a curse, realising he couldn’t walk away even if he wanted to.

 

 

He needed to consummate the marriage. If their union broke, as he wished it to, it couldn’t be because he hadn’t claimed her as his wife in every way. Such news never remained hidden. He’d be branded as something less than a real man, and that would certainly affect the elders’ already doubtful opinion of him.

 

However, when he took a step towards her, he knew at the back of his mind that it wasn’t out of obligation. He wanted to taste her lips again, feel her soft breasts press against his chest, know the taste of her tongue and every other secret part of her body.

 

“Put your arms around me, Esi,” he whispered.

 

 

Keep quiet, man. Talking made things personal. He didn’t want to get personal. He just needed to perform the act.

 

As she draped her arms around his neck, he lowered his head, so she wouldn’t have to stand on her toes. The gesture brought her face inches away from his. He closed the rest of the space between them, capturing her lips as he kissed her, gently at first, then more urgently as he lost control.

 

She tasted great; she smelled divine. Against all his convictions, he genuinely wanted her. At the core of it brewed an unexpected yearning in his heart that he didn’t attempt to understand. One thing was certain. Sex with her would be anything but casual—a thought that scared him, yet not enough for him to stop.

 

He didn’t know when he undressed her, but when they reached the bed, she was naked. He fumbled to take his clothes off.

 

 

 

 

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There are not enough words to describe how much I loved this story. The author painted a vivid picture with her fantastical storytelling. She crafted a story that made you fall in love with the characters and their stories that they had to tell. 

 

Esi is one of the sweetest characters that I’ve encountered in a long time … Once she married Michael her strength grew and I appreciated her character even more for having to endure what she did while still keeping the faith that everything would work out.
~Nana Prah, Author

 

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Empi Baryeh is the award-winning author of Most Eligible Bachelor (Book of the year, 2017 Ufere Awards). She writes sweet and sensual African, multicultural and interracial romance. She’s been writing since the age of thirteen after stumbling upon an uncompleted YA story her sister had written. The story fascinated her so much that, when she discovered it was unfinished, she knew she had to complete it. Somehow the rest of the story began to take shape in her mind and she’s been writing ever since. She lives in Accra, Ghana, with her husband and their two lovely kids.

 

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“Immortals of New Orleans Box Set (Books 1-4)” by Kym Grosso

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Immortals of New Orleans Box Set (Books 1-4)

by Kym Grosso

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Witches & Wizards/Vampires

99¢ at time of posting!

Bestselling & award-winning erotic paranormal romance. Full-length vampire & shifter romance novels, each with their own happily ever after.

KADE’S DARK EMBRACE (Book 1)
After a series of girls are ritualistically murdered on the cold streets of Philadelphia, seasoned detective, Sydney Willows, is forced to work with sexy, alpha vampire, Kade Issacson. As he attempts to protect her from a murderer, Kade grows concerned that the beautiful, but very human detective, could easily end up dead should she tangle with supernatural forces that are beyond her control.

The investigation leads them into a dark and dangerous world, deep in the heart of New Orleans, where together, they search for the perpetrators of the Voodoo killings. Sydney soon becomes the target of the killer and ends up fighting for her life and love in the Big Easy. Will she eventually give into the intoxicating desire she feels for Kade if she makes it out alive?

LUCA’S MAGIC EMBRACE (Book 2)
Sexy vampire, Luca Macquarie doesn’t do love; especially not with humans. Yet, ever since he rescued Samantha Irving, he can’t deny the enigmatic attraction he’s developed for the alluring mortal woman.

In the Big Easy, they embark on a spellbinding journey, searching for a mystical amulet that promises to release her obligation from an ancient, lethal vampire who’s been threatening her life. With cryptic clues and clandestine allies, will Luca and Samantha destroy the dangerous amulet before others acquire it, setting forth a chain of catastrophic consequences? And will Luca give into his erotic desire for the witch who magically captures heart?

TRISTAN’S LYCEUM WOLVES (Book 3) *RONE Award Winner 2014*
Charismatic and powerful Lyceum Wolves’ Alpha, Tristan Livingston, is out for revenge after a devastating attack on his pack. Determined to mete out justice, he rescues a beautiful witness who may be the key to helping him find the perpetrators.

Dr. Kalli Williams, dedicated veterinarian, is hiding a secret that endangers not only her own life but the lives of wolves across the country. She’s reluctantly agreed to help the sexy Alpha in his quest to identify suspects; ones who’d kill her on the spot if they knew she existed. As Kalli places herself in the hands of the dominant wolf, she soon finds she wants nothing more than to submit.

Tristan, committed to ruling his pack as a lone wolf, is drawn to the mysterious and enticing woman, who seems more than human, but not quite supernatural. After living a lifetime alone, will he succumb to the visceral need to claim her? And will he prevail against the menacing enemy who threatens to destroy Lyceum Wolves?

LOGAN’S ACADIAN WOLVES (Book 4) *IRC Nominated Best Book of 2014 for Paranormal & Erotic Romance*
Deep in the heart of New Orleans, Acadian Wolves’ Alpha, Logan Reynaud, rescues a beautiful woman in the dead of night. Intrigued by the mysterious human, the commanding Alpha is determined to elicit all of her secrets, including her deepest fantasies. Driven by responsibility and honor, Logan must protect both his pack and the woman who’s captivated his attention.

Dr. Wynter Ryan, a leading virologist, is fascinated with her charismatic protector. As the chemistry ignites between her and the dominant Alpha, she relinquishes her ties to the past, embracing ecstasy and submission within his arms and intrepidly acquiescing to her own adventurous instincts.

Passion and mystery on the bayou stir Logan’s wolf, yet Wynter’s a distraction he can’t afford when his priority is to lead his new pack. Will Logan surrender to the uncontrollable need to claim Wynter as his mate? And will he be able to keep her alive, finding the killer who threatens the Acadian Wolves?

*The books in this box set contain several erotic love scenes and are intended for adult readers only.

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#BlogBlitz “Tilting: A Memoir” by Nicole Harkin

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We only learned about our father’s girlfriend after he became deathly ill and lay in a coma 120 miles from our home.

Overhearing the nurse tell Linda–since I was nine I had called my mom by her first name–about the girlfriend who came in almost every day to visit him when we weren’t there confirmed that the last moment of normal had passed us by without our realizing it. Up to then our family had unhappily coexisted with Dad flying jumbo jets to Asia while we lived in Montana. We finally came together to see Dad through his illness, but he was once again absent from a major family event–unable to join us from his comatose state. This is the moment when our normal existence tilted.

Dad recovered, but the marriage ailed, as did Linda, with cancer. Our family began to move down an entirely different path with silver linings we wouldn’t see for many years.

In this candid and compassionate memoir which recently won a Gold Award in The Wishing Shelf Book Award, Nicole Harkin describes with an Impressionist’s fine eye the evolution of a family that is quirky, independent, uniquely supportive, peculiarly loving and, most of all, marvelously human.

~ Purchase Links ~

Amazon E-Book     |      Amazon Paperback     |    Barnes & Noble     |

 

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Nicole HarkinAuthor Bio

Nicole Harkin currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband and two small children. She works as a writer and family photographer. As a Fulbright Scholar during law school, Nicole lived in Berlin, Germany where she studied German environmentalism. Her work can be found in Thought Collection and you are here: The Journal of Creative Geography. She is currently working on mystery set in Berlin. Her photography can be seen at www.nicoleharkin.com.

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“Dying for Dinner Rolls (Georgia Coast Cozy Mysteries Book 1)” by Lois Lavrisa

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Dying for Dinner Rolls (Georgia Coast Cozy Mysteries Book 1)

by Lois Lavrisa

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Cozy Mystery/Women sleuths

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Catherine “Cat” Thompson has been held at gunpoint, stuck in a burning dumpster, chased out of a grocery store, caught impersonating a police officer and almost run over by a wayward vehicle. How’s that for her first day as an amateur sleuth?

With her friend Annie Mae, Cat investigates the brick-paved, oak-lined streets of Savannah to catch their friend’s killer. But it’s anything but smooth sailing for these self-appointed detectives. Can they catch the killer before the killer gets them? Or will their first case also be their last?

The Georgia Coast Cozy Mystery Series combines mystery, suspense, humor, and southern charm. Each book is a standalone novel.

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#AudioBook “Clayton Byrd Goes Underground” by Rita Williams-Garcia

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Clayton Byrd Goes Underground Digital Audio Edition
by Rita Williams-Garcia is $3.99 (Or FREE with Trial)

A National Book Award Finalist

From beloved Newbery Honor winner and three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Rita Williams-Garcia comes a powerful and heartfelt novel about loss, family, and love that will appeal to fans of Jason Reynolds and Kwame Alexander.

Clayton feels most alive when he’s with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, and the band of Bluesmen—he can’t wait to join them, just as soon as he has a blues song of his own. But then the unthinkable happens. Cool Papa Byrd dies, and Clayton’s mother forbids Clayton from playing the blues. And Clayton knows that’s no way to live.

Armed with his grandfather’s brown porkpie hat and his harmonica, he runs away from home in search of the Bluesmen, hoping he can join them on the road. But on the journey that takes him through the New York City subways and to Washington Square Park, Clayton learns some things that surprise him.

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground Unabridged Digital Audio Edition is $3.99 at Libro.fm and Kobo now through July 1st.

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