Archive for September 6th, 2018

“Made to Hold You (Decades: A Journey of African-American Romance Book 9)” by Elle Wright

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Made to Hold You (Decades: A Journey of African-American Romance Book 9)

by Elle Wright

Genre: Women’s Fiction/African-American/Multicultural

2.99 at time of posting!

Layla Johnson had a picture perfect life: a career as an educator, a beautiful daughter, a son on the way, and a loving husband. Only Layla didn’t count on the effect the burgeoning war on drugs would have on her family and her world. And on one rainy night, everything that she worked to attain is destroyed. Now, she’s on her own, with two young children, a mounting pile of debt…and the past knocking at her door.

Lincoln Wilson broke the one thing he treasured most. Instead of spending the rest of his life doting on his beautiful wife and children, he’s alone, haunted by his many mistakes. Determined to make amends, Lincoln works to put the pieces of his life back together again. And although it’s an uphill battle, he is up for the challenge. The last step in Lincoln’s program is to prove to his wife that he can be the man she needs. When he shows up on her doorstep ready to reclaim his life, will Layla let him in?

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“Tales of Ever After: A Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology”

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Tales of Ever After: A Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology

by H. L. Burke, Alex McGilvery, L. Palmer, Kristen S. Walker, Gretchen E.K. Engel), Ashley Capes, Annie Louise Twitchell, Arthur Daigle, D. G. Driver (Author), J.M. Hackman, Sarah Ashwood, Savannah Jezowski, Kendra E. Ardnek, Emily Martha Sorensen, Lia London, E. J. Kitchens

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Mythology & Folktales/Fairy Tales/Short Stories & Anthology

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Rescue a princess, meet a mermaid, win your reward.

The authors of the Fellowship of Fantasy tackle fairy tales from once upon a time to happily ever after. Explore twists on old tales and brand new magical stories. Meet feisty mermaids, friendly lampposts, and heroes who just might be monsters themselves.

This fourth anthology from the Fellowship of Fantasy will lead you on a quest for entertainment and storm the castle of your imagination. So make a wish and enter the deep dark woods to find stories that will make you laugh, shiver, and maybe even fall in love.

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“Dirty Farmer (The Dirty Suburbs Book 6)” by Carrie-Ann L. Miller

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Dirty Farmer (The Dirty Suburbs Book 6)

by Carrie-Ann L. Miller

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Family Life/Westerns

FREE at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!

Lily

I’m a little hormonal right now.

Y’see, I found the ring at the bottom of his sock drawer, a modest diamond sitting on a thin, yellow gold band. But now 8 weeks later, it’s gone. He returned it and my once-devoted boyfriend is having second thoughts.

Did I mention that I’m pregnant?

Anyway, I had to get out of the city and I had nowhere else to go. So, I jumped in my car and headed to Reyfield, Illinois. Now I’m working for a grumpy cowboy who sets my hormones into overdrive.

Great. Just great.

Jakob

I like to keep to myself. Just me and my farm. So when a chatty city girl shows up in search of work, I’m hesitant to hire. But with her adorable blond ringlets and her pretty pink lips, I can’t bring myself to say ‘no’.

And did I mention that she’s pregnant?

Anyway, I’ve got to keep my head on straight and ignore the way she sends my libido into overdrive, all while keeping this farm from plunging into bankruptcy.

Great. Just great.

“Dirty Farmer” is book six in the “Dirty Suburbs”, a series of full-length, stand-alone romantic comedies about the residents of small town Illinois.

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“Dane Curse (Black Cape Case Files Book 1 )” by Matt Abraham

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Dane Curse (Black Cape Case Files Book 1)

by Matt Abraham

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Graphic Novels/Pulp

99¢ at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!

For a guy like me, who can shrug off bullets and lift seven tons, there’s no better profession than powered crime, and no greater burg to practice it in than Gold Coast City. But after ten years of tossing Buicks at heroes I wised up, took the black cape off my back, and hung out a shingle. Only instead of Dark Deeds Done Daily, this one reads Dane Curse, PI. Now I work cases for the dark denizens I was once counted among. The problems they got aren’t the kind that cops care about, so I do what I can, because sometimes even the unjust deserve a little justice.

At least that’s how it was before the world’s greatest superhero was mysteriously murdered, an act so terrible it threatens to start a war that’ll tear my home apart block-by-block, unless I find the killer in five days’ time. But getting to the truth won’t be so easy. I’ll have to contend with black capes whose powers and pulse cannons can shred my hide. An army of technologically advanced armored lawmen led by a power-mad government schemer. And white caped heroes whose abilities and intentions are both less than pure.

No simple task for a small time PI, so I’ll need every bit of my strength, guts, and powers if I’m going to find the killer, save my city, and maybe even get some justice for the greatest hero the world has ever known.

In Dane Curse, Matt Abraham, winner of Pulp Detective’s 2015 Newcomer of the Year Award, takes us on our first trip through the powered underbelly of Gold Coast City in a fast paced adventure you’ll never forget. If you like white knuckled action, devious dames, and heroic villains then get your copy today, and saddle up with the most exciting detective since Harry Dresden!

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#Review “I Give You My Heart” by SarahJane Ford

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4/5 Stars!

A bittersweet tale of a young woman’s diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumor and the decisions and obstacles she must face before her life ends.

At the same time, I Give You My Heart is also a celebration of the love and life she held so dear.

While trying to accept her fast approaching demise, twenty-six-year-old Alice Richards foregoes any palliative treatment and gets busy planning for after she’s gone.

After some extensive research, Alice knows her organs could help up to twenty-two individuals and arranges to become an organ donor. She has one condition though; she wants to choose the recipient of her heart—a directed donation.

Such donations aren’t possible in England but they are in the U.S.

Making a directed donation is just one of the many things Alice receives unwavering support on from her small insular family. She will donate her heart in the states.

An only child, she’s very close to her parents and still visits and spend a lot of time with them.

Ryan is probably the best friend of all time and he’d walk across hot rocks for Alice.

And then there’s Alex, her husband and the love of her life. Their love story is breath-taking and inspiring. It’s Alice’s foundation, so it’s not hard to understand why she simply doesn’t want it to end with her death.

During the last months of her life, Alice writes The Manual for My Heart, in essence, it’s the love story of her and Alex.

It’s also instructions for things the recipient of her heart must do to help Alex through his grief.

Though fiction, I Give You My Heart is relatable and emotional and most readers will no doubt be able to connect real-life experiences to it in some way.

That being said, as I read more and more of Alice’s instructions, I couldn’t help feeling irritated, and I’m sure I’ll be in the minority on this.

No one wants to be forgotten, in life or death, and definitely not by the one loved the most, but Alice’s instructions felt selfish at times and burdensome.

The person chosen had no close ties or familial connections so… what? There would be nothing prohibiting them from carrying out Alice’s tasks?

And what if Alex didn’t care for the reminders? Grief manifests itself differently for us all and maybe he didn’t want reminders, finding them too painful to endure, especially for a full year after Alice’s death.

When she’s making her final arrangements, Alice asks Alex if there’s anything specific he wants in her funeral service. He tries to put her off and avoid the subject, but she persists, saying she wants to “make it as smooth as possible for him,” to which he responds, “It will not be smooth, Alice. It could never, ever be smooth. Half of me will be ripped away. I don’t even know if I will survive it.”

Doesn’t sound like a man who could handle a year’s worth of reminders of their love.

But my annoyance hit a high when she wrote in her manual, “I don’t want him to think you and he are just puppets on strings and I’m the puppet master making you dance. I need him to feel the connection to me and believe it – that it’s actually me with him, albeit from within you.”

No. Just, no. Came off as selfish to me… and just a bit creepy.

Though annoyed, I have to give Alice a pass. I can’t imagine receiving such a diagnosis and having mere months to resolve a lifetime unlived. Perhaps writing out The Manual of My Heart was also cathartic on some level and helped her retain her peace of mind and dignity during the indignities of dying.

I Give You My Heart is deftly written. The author perfectly captures the emotions of each moment in each scene. This is a sad time for Alice and her family but they’re not going to miss out on the fun, laughs (McDonald’s, anyone?), and love of the time they have left together.

Fans of women’s fiction and romance will get lost in this read. Just remember the tissues. The whole box, because there will be tears.

Enjoy!

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𝗔 𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘀. 𝗔 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲-𝘀𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗮𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲. 𝗔 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗹𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁.

Alice Richards looked forward to watching the seeds of love she and her husband planted bloom and grow well into their old age. But her plans for the future shrivel up and die when she learns she has an inoperable brain tumor.

Determined that she won’t die in vain, she decides to become an organ donor. With a few precious months left, Alice begins documenting her fairy-tale romance—from their first meeting to the children they dreamed of having. She’ll pass on every detail to her heart’s next owner… along with careful instructions to send her husband reminders of her undying love. Before her time runs out, Alice must find the perfect candidate to guide her husband through unimaginable grief and hold the memory of their love in her heart.

I Give You My Heart is an emotional romantic fiction novel with an uplifting message. If you like strong-willed women, undying love stories, and honest portrayals of coping with a terminal illness, then you’ll love SarahJane Ford’s heart-warming epic.

An unmissable love story full of warmth, beauty and with a huge, beating heart. Perfect for fans of Cecilia Ahern’s ‘P.S. I Love You’ and Jojo Moyes’ ‘Me Before You’.

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#BlogTour “I Give You My Heart” by SarahJane Ford

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𝗔 𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘀. 𝗔 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲-𝘀𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗮𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲. 𝗔 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗹𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁.

Alice Richards looked forward to watching the seeds of love she and her husband planted bloom and grow well into their old age. But her plans for the future shrivel up and die when she learns she has an inoperable brain tumour.

Determined that she won’t die in vain, she decides to become an organ donor. With a few precious months left, Alice begins documenting her fairy-tale romance—from their first meeting to the children they dreamed of having. She’ll pass on every detail to her heart’s next owner… along with careful instructions to send her husband reminders of her undying love. Before her time runs out, Alice must find the perfect candidate to guide her husband through unimaginable grief and hold the memory of their love in her heart.

I Give You My Heart is an emotional romantic fiction novel with an uplifting message. If you like strong-willed women, undying love stories, and honest portrayals of coping with a terminal illness, then you’ll love SarahJane Ford’s heart-warming epic.

An unmissable love story full of warmth, beauty and with a huge, beating heart. Perfect for fans of Cecilia Ahern’s ‘P.S. I Love You’ and Jojo Moyes’ ‘Me Before You’.

Amazon UK     |     Amazon US   

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SarahJane FordAuthor Bio – SarahJane is the debut author of ‘I Give You My Heart’ which was published on September 1, 2018.

SarahJane was born in Scotland but grew up in the Cheshire countryside, which is home to her. After a few years living in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, where she went to secondary school, she has now settled back in Cheshire in a quirky flat surrounded by trees, birds and rolling fields.

A marketing professional since finishing her formal education SarahJane is delighted to be following her writing dream. She still works part-time as a Marketing Manager, whilst furiously penning her second novel.

Harbouring an adventurous spirit, SarahJane loves to travel, be surrounded by the wilderness or be riding Cornish waves.

SarahJane loves to read (ideally by the sea!). She was raised on the greatest love stories, which is where her romantic soul comes from. She is in love with love…Mr Darcy’s brooding looks in Pride and Prejudice; Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s arresting chemistry in Runaway Bride; the intensely emotional Titanic; going weak at the knees for Danny Zuko in Grease; Cecilia Ahern’s heart-breaking P.S. I Love You and Patrick Swayze’s mega moves in Dirty Dancing.

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#ReleaseBlitz “The Silken Daggers (Mavericks of the Heartland #2)” by Jenny Bullington

Title: The Silken Daggers

Series: Mavericks of the Heartland #2

Author: Jenny Bullington

Genre: Adult, Historical Mafia Romance

Published: September 6, 2018

Page Count: 181 Pages

Publisher: The Pathos Pen Publishing

Ruby Walsh and Edith Campbell are two women ahead of their time. One the wife of a soldier fighting on the front during World War II, the other in a relationship with a forbidden love. Together they form a secret society dubbed The Silken Daggers to investigate a missing woman with ties to mafia activity in their sleepy Northwest Iowa town. What they uncover is more than they bargained for, as they decide to take justice into their own hands. Can they keep their town safe while keeping themselves alive? Can they find the missing woman in time? Their passion for fighting crime matches their passion for their men, but will love prevail? THE SILKEN DAGGERS is Book Two in the Mavericks of the Heartland series.

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The Silken Daggers Excerpt © Jenny Bullington 2018

“We should have a name for our meetings,” Edith started, her legs relaxed and straight out in front of her. She watched as she moved her toes one at a time.

“Like a secret society?” Bea questioned. She sat up and reached into the end table between her and Edith’s chairs, pulling open the top drawer. She withdrew a slim, silver case.

Popping it open, Ruby saw the cigars and reached out her hand for one. She withdrew her own lighter from her clutch, the one that was actually Jack’s. A pain enveloped her heart, reminding her of her husband’s absence. Ruby squeezed her eyes closed for the briefest of moments, and sighed deeply.

The other women started mentioning names, their eyes bright and cheeks reddened with excitement, but it all faded into the background. Ruby traced her fingers over the JKW initials engraved on Jack’s lighter. The pain of a spouse being gone to war was like her chest was being stabbed and yet no one saw the blood. The dagger-like pain was hidden and insidious, like silk over a coffin.

“The Silken Daggers,” Ruby blurted out.

Edith raised her glass, her eyes gleaming triumphantly. Bea and June followed suit. “To the Silken Daggers!”

Ruby repeated it, feeling the words roll around in her mouth. “The Silken Daggers,” she said quietly. Raising her glass, she added, “We have now officially formed and are holding our first meeting.”

The ladies touched glasses and threw back the remainder of the brandy. Ruby lifted the cigar to her lips, and turning the lighter around so she couldn’t see Jack’s initials, she lit it and inhaled deeply, smelling and feeling the tobacco go into her chest.

“What shall we do?” Bea asked as she sat back and closed her eyes, her head resting against the back of her chair.

“Solve crime. Who better to solve crimes than the women? We’re the least suspicious people. The men are at war, and someone needs to run this community,” Ruby stated.

“Well all right then.” Edith sat back, smiling…

“Don’t tell Paulie. He might let something slip to Jack in their written correspondence,” Ruby immediately blurted out. Paulie was one of Jack’s closest friends whom he frequently wrote. “Jack…” she said his name, feeling the ache return in her chest, “he has too much to worry about as it is. He has to focus on staying alive, for me and for our son.”

Edith looked at Ruby, her eyes full of bright affection for her friend. “Now, why would I tell the men? We’re the Silken Daggers.” A coy smile spread across Edith’s face.

Ruby was satisfied. “That’s my girl.” She felt better knowing Jack wouldn’t know quite yet about another dangerous adventure she had decided to go on, not while he had to focus on staying alive.

Jack and Ruby Walsh thought their sleepy town’s Independence Day would be like all the others. That is, until an accidental explosion of fireworks destroys downtown Cherokee, Iowa. A witch-hunt ensues as WWII tensions rise, causing everyone to blame one immigrant German family for the fire. But was it really them? Only Jack and Ruby have the courage to fight for justice, even as they stand against the most corrupt in their community. Ignited by their white-hot passion for each other, the two stick together until they have Cherokee on its knees, rectifying its wrongs and uncovering a more sinister criminal network. RACE TO THE GALLOWS is a harrowing tale of love, loyalty, and courage. Based on true events in Northwest Iowa.

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Ever since she was a little girl on a farm in rural Iowa, Jenny Bullington’s heart has been filled with wanderlust and adventure. She started writing at an early age, and has never stopped. After exploring Italy, Ethiopia, and South Korea, Bullington’s desire to transport others to those places and to raise awareness of important humanitarian and social issues takes hold in her writings.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa State University and her Master’s Degree from Pacific Oaks College. In her spare time, Bullington enjoys teaching as an adjunct college professor, writes parenting and child development columns for a taekwondo kids program, advocates against domestic violence and human trafficking, and is passionate about social justice. She’s recently been featured as a storyteller at Ode, an Iowa organization that promotes positive impact through empathy. Her adventures never stop as she raises her five small children with her beloved husband, Branden, in the Midwest.

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