Archive for July 10th, 2018
Married in the Nick of Nine (Cass & Nick Book 1)
by Alretha Thomas
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Contemporary Fiction/Romance
FREE at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!
Cassandra Whitmore is facing yet another Valentine’s Day alone. Her love life is as dry as the Sharpie pen she uses to mark an even more dreadful day on her calendar—her upcoming 30th birthday. Driven by the maddening ticking of her biological clock, Cassandra is determined to meet, fall in love with, and marry “The One” within nine months.
When Cassandra accompanies her cousin to a night club, her Type-A quest to meet a man is quickly rewarded by a stranger’s velvety, baritone voice asking if he might occupy the seat next to her. He’s Nicolas Harte, whose good looks leave Cassandra speechless, but not for long. After mustering enough courage to strike up a conversation, she learns Nicolas is everything she wants in a man—smart, successful, and available. There’s only one catch: He’s “GU” (geographically undesirable). Nonetheless, Cassandra falls in love with Nicolas and makes the uncharacteristic decision to move from Los Angeles to New York to be with him. But Cassandra gets a rude awakening when she discovers there’s something rotten in the Big Apple.
Miami Burn (Titus Series Book 1)
by John D Patten
Genre: Thriller & Suspense/Hard-boiled/Men’s Adventure/Private Investigator
99¢ at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!
“Take The Equalizer, give him Mike Hammer’s fists, throw in some Pulp Fiction-like dialogue, add a splash of Bogie-Bacall banter, and you get Titus—a hard-knuckled action hero for a new generation.”
Former cop Titus arrived in Miami a broken man hell-bent on vengeance, but when a politician’s wife begs him to find her missing daughter, Titus can’t help but accept the challenge.
Titus is not the only one looking for the girl. With a professional killer closing in, Titus will need to conquer his personal demons and reclaim his noble self. He’ll discover a secret that someone is willing to kill for, and the next victim might be Titus himself.
Book 1 of the Titus series.
Sweet Hollow Women
by Holly Tierney-Bedord
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Family Life
99¢ at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!
As part of a family where life happens to you, fifteen-year-old Carasine Busey is devastated but not surprised when her family drops everything in Sweet Hollow, Louisiana to follow her dad’s shaky career as a welder. It’s not especially shocking, either, when he abandons them all shortly after they settle into their new home in the city.
Carasine, her mom Rhonda, and the rest of the Busey clan have adapted to roll with the punches. From Rhonda’s secret broken heart to Great-Great-Grandpa Jimbo’s eccentric failed dreams, Carasine and her family are used to disappointment.
It’s not until Carasine gets a second chance with an unlikely pair of long-lost relatives that she realizes her path in life might be up to her to navigate. Being their flesh and blood convinces her that there may be some hope for her after all.
by Cheree Alsop
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Paranormal/Dragons & Mythical Creatures/Romance/YA
4.99 at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!
They Are Genetically Engineered For One Purpose: Fighting To The Death
“This is the Arena, and here we live to die.” These are the words carved into a holding cell where genetically-altered gladiators, winged humans called Galdoni, are trained to fight. A life of combat is the sole purpose for which they are created, and for which they live.
˃˃˃ A Chance At A New Life
Kale, a Galdoni who is rescued by three high school students and nursed back from the brink of death, is given the chance to experience life as a human. When he is recaptured and returned to the Arena, he must use what he learned in the world outside the Academy in order to free the other Galdoni and return to the human girl he loves.
Dark and exciting, Galdoni pushes the boundaries of love in a world of violence.
The themes of claiming identity and self-acceptance are prevalent in The Guilt of a Sparrow.
Magnolia ‘Maggie’ Porter has mastered the art of being invisible. After her father abandons the family, her older brother’s destructive behavior and her mother’s paranoia at being the object of town gossip caused Maggie to diminish herself, lest she draws attention from the judgmental eyes of Fox River or her family.
Cotton MacKenna was at odds with Maggie’s brother, Luke, for most of their young lives. Their constant fights were almost always a result of Luke’s treatment of his sister. When Cotton found out his squabbles with Luke didn’t save Maggie from anything, he took up the practice of avoiding Maggie whenever possible. So much so, she thought he revisited her brother’s misdeeds on her.
Luke is gone now and Maggie and Cotton must come to terms with what some already know—they have feelings for each other. Nothing is standing in their way except their pasts… and Maggie’s mom, Stella, who can’t let go of the past.
But letting go has to happen in this poignant read. Maggie has to let go of her teen-like self and be a twenty-four-year-old woman even though it means pushing back and standing up to her mom.
Cotton needs to let go of his self-hatred and constant fear of screwing up because of his temper. He is an honorable man, he just needs to believe it.
He has great support from his brothers who call him out on his choices and behavior. Younger brother, Dominic, is hands down my favorite in this read and the force which keeps it moving forward.
Maggie didn’t have a bad relationship with her mom, but she knows they’re co-dependent. She also knows it’s unhealthy and will keep her from moving forward, so lines will be drawn.
I have no doubt Maggie’s BFF, Alyssa, cared about her and had her back. Yet, I didn’t care for her. Far too pushy and intrusive. Dominic used a guiding hand—Alyssa was more controlling, making the decisions she thought best for Maggie. Meh.
This light romance shines when Maggie and Cotton are together talking. Not stumbling around for words, second-guessing themselves, or finding reasons to walk away. They’re more in sync than they realize, and will have to admit their fears from the past… then leave them there.
An enjoyable read, The Guilt of a Sparrow will appeal to readers in several genres, including women’s fiction.
Magnolia Porter has spent the entirety of her twenty-four years satisfying her mother’s guilt. She was the good girl to her trouble making brother, Lucian – the one left behind to hold her mother together after he died. She is an invisible girl in a small town carrying the burden of her family’s loss and pain. Maggie was nobody trying desperately to be somebody.
Cotton MacKenna is the one with the temper. Of the five MacKenna boys, he’s the one most likely to throw the first punch. Never mind all those fights were a decade ago, all in an attempt to save a sweet girl from her bullying older brother. Now, Cotton has grown up, with his own photography business, yet as the fourth in the line of MacKennas, he would only ever be known for his past. Time for a change.
Maggie and Cotton are more than the labels placed on them, put there by their families, the town, and themselves.
A meddling best friend. Bluegrass jams. Small town gossiping. Love, loss, and family ties. Learning how to be who you are outside of who you were told to be. With humor and plenty of romance, of course.
Biscuit’s First Beach Day
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Pat Schories (Illustrator)
Genre: Children/Facts of Life/Growing Up/Animals/Dogs/New Experience
1.99 at time of posting!
Biscuit is going on his first trip to the beach! He is excited about making sand castles, collecting seashells, and playing in the ocean. Have a great day, Biscuit. Woof!