Archive for November 1st, 2018

“If She Were Blind (The After Twelve Series Book 1)” by Laney Wylde

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If She Were Blind (The After Twelve Series Book 1)

by Laney Wylde

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense/African-American/Literary Humor

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If She Were Blind is the first book in the engaging New Adult series After Twelve by author Laney Wylde. Perfect for fans of television shows like Revenge, Scandal, and Veronica Mars, the After Twelve Series is a gritty social-issue drama that delivers steamy romance, intrigue, and the most bittersweet revenge plots. Estlyn’s determination to right every wrong is sure to quench your thirst for justice, yet leave you wanting more.

Not everyone can get justice the traditional way—that’s where Estlyn Collins comes in. A young lawyer in Santa Monica, her “legal” service, After Twelve, works outside the courtroom to tip the scales when the justice system has failed.

For a price.

Thanks to her powerful underground network, Estlyn’s success rate is stellar, and her inbox stays filled with inquires from the desperate and vengeful. But when one of those names is a ghost from her past seeking vengeance against her, she’s shaken to her core. Off balance and scared to be alone, she makes an impulsive move for a guy. He’s a complication she doesn’t have time for, but it turns out he may also be an unlikely—if unwitting—asset.

Treading the rapidly thinning line between personal and professional, Estlyn pursues her target while outrunning the one on her own back—only to find she may be running into a lot more than she bargained for.

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“Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 1)” by James J. Cudney

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Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 1)

by James J. Cudney

Genre: Teen & YA/City & Town Life/Humor

FREE at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited! (Thru – November 3rd!)

When Kellan Ayrwick returns home for his father’s retirement from Braxton College, he finds a dead body in Diamond Hall’s stairwell.

Unfortunately, Kellan has a connection to the victim, and so do several members of his family. Could one of them be guilty of murder? Soon after, the college’s athletic program receives mysterious donations, a nasty blog denounces his father and someone attempts to change students’ grades.

Someone is playing games on campus, but none of the facts add up. With the help of his eccentric and trouble-making nana, Kellan tries to stay out of the sheriff’s way. And if that wasn’t enough already, his own past comes spiraling back to change his life forever.

In the debut novel in the Braxton Campus Mysteries Series, you’ll discover a cozy, secluded Pennsylvania village full of quirky, sarcastic and nosy residents.

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“Double Swerve (A Draper Rollins Thriller Book 1)” by Craig Whyel

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Double Swerve (A Draper Rollins Thriller Book 1)

by Craig Whyel

Genre: Thriller

99¢ at time of posting! Kindle Countdown!

Draper Rollins is a small town police chief with a life full of aggravation.

His stunning, estranged wife wants a divorce. His boss, a sultry lady mayor, hates his approach to work but has different notions about him in private moments. His parents scoff at his career choice, wanting him to join the family’s lucrative automotive dealership.

Things worsen when he investigates an assassination-style double murder. His initial hunch is that the killer might be a colleague.
The truth is far worse and much closer to him than he could ever imagine.

Draper gets past the danger and the obstructions, unearthing a secret that changes many lives forever.

Double Swerve is the debut tale in the Draper Rollins saga.

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#ReleaseBlitz “LuLLaY: (a Portland ME Christmas Novella)” by Freya Barker

Title: LuLLaY
Author: Freya Barker
Genre: Holiday Romance/ Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 1, 2018
Cover Designer: Freya Barker
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

Faith failed him.

Ambition drove her.

Serendipity brought them together.

They’ve never met, but their paths run in the same direction—home for the holidays.

Yet their reasons for leaving are as different as the reasons they return.

Meeting by chance along a 1400 mile stretch of highway when a snowstorm grinds traffic to a halt, they have no choice but to jointly ride it out.

Exposing a common thread, leading them from the past to the present, it’s through the innocent eyes of a toddler, they discover a future.

 

Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories.

Driven to make her books about ‘real’ people; with characters who are perhaps less than perfect, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills, and their own slice of happy.

A recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None”, and Finalist for the Kindle Book Award with “From Dust”, Freya has not slowed down.

She continues to add to her rapidly growing collection of published novels as she spins story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!

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#ReleaseBlitz “Forces of Destiny: Shackles of Royalty” by A. Akinosho

Title: Forces of Destiny (Shackles of Royalty)
Author: A. Akinosho
Genre: Fiction/ Romance/ New Adult

Release Date: October 31, 2018
Cover Designer: Pick-a-Woo Woo Publishers
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

Tola grew up as an only child in the suburb of Chicago. Gloomy days was all Tola could see ahead of her as financial woes slowly crept into her life with the death of her stepfather and the imminent death of her cancer-stricken mother.

Unexpectedly, the father she never knew she had appears. His royal destiny becomes hers. How will it change Tola’s life? Will she find the shackles of royalty too much to bear?

In her search for comfort she chances upon a love so powerful she’s willing to gamble everything and change her destiny. The fight to secure both her love and her crown will demand more than her love and her family are willing to give.

 

Chapter 2

Tola/Aly

Two weeks earlier

After checking in at the lobby, I went upstairs to the apartment. A motherly looking lady, possibly in her fifties, opened the door with a bright smile.

“Hello, I’m Mrs. Romana, but everyone calls me Mrs. R.”

“Hi, I’m Aly, the nurse’s assistant.” I showed her the laminated badge Leah had made for me.

“Yes, please come in. Mr. Ellis is sleeping right now.”

She welcomed me in. I walked into the modernly decorated room definitely a bachelor space, no doubt. I looked around the wide living room with large windows and fantastic view.

“Come with me. I’ll show you your room and around the house.”

I nodded and followed her. She led me into a simple-style bedroom, and as I placed my bag on the bed, she showed me the connecting bathroom. I followed her around the house as she showed me the other bedrooms and Mr. Ellis’s office.

“Please don’t go in his office unless he calls you or sends you there. He’s very particular about that.”

I nodded my understanding.

Once back in the kitchen, she showed me his medications and instructions. He’d just come home from the hospital earlier that day from an outpatient surgery of his knee. He was going to need someone in the house with him.

I listened carefully as she explained his routine. She’d be here for a few hours during the day to clean and prepare his food. My job, as she explained, was to care for him when she wasn’t there.

“Since you are here during the day, why does he need me here full-time?” I asked.

“Well, I may need to go out during my hours here to complete errands, and I also cannot spend the night. Besides, I agree with his mother that we’ll all feel better knowing someone is here all day to help him without having to worry about hours.”

I nodded my understanding.

Mrs. R. was very pleasant, and she made me feel at home for the first time since my mom had died. I hadn’t realized how I had missed the motherly attention.

She was starting to talk about simple stuff. It was nice talking to her about school and everyday life. She made me lunch, and we laughed together at funny stuff. We had just cleaned up our plates when I heard a deep voice interrupt our conversation.

“Mrs. R, I need my meds, please.”

“Coming” she responded. She turned to me after grabbing the pain meds and bottle of juice. “He’s a big baby. Can’t take medicine with water unless it is flavored. Come with me so you can meet him.”

I followed her, heading to his room. She knocked gently; then entered. I had no expectation of him—after all, there wasn’t a picture of him in the living room, and I hadn’t stepped into his office. All I knew was he was young and fresh out of knee surgery. Nothing could have prepared me for the earth knocking me off my axis when I laid eyes on him.

I was no virgin. That part had gone out the door in my eighteenth year on Earth. Even with my dad’s overbearing love, I had kissed a few frogs in college. Not a relationship; just a few un-princess worthy moments in the sack.

But this one with his left leg resting on pillows and his knee wrapped in bandage, leaning his upper body on the headboard in a crinkled white undershirt and board shorts, his muscular, sculptured arm revealing some of the toned body and tan hidden by the shirt, his short black hair roughened from sleep… As my eyes fixated on his masculine face, the sexy gray eyes with full lashes that shouldn’t be on a man-captured my eyes. Clean-shaved face with lips that looked like they were begging me for a kiss. Time stood still as I gazed at him.

Mrs. R spoke, making us break our gaze of each other. “Kyle, here is your Motrin.”

Only then did I notice she had moved around while my eyes had been fixated on him. He accepted the meds, swallowed them, then returned his eyes to me.

“Meet Aly, your nurse’s aide. She will be helping you when I’m not around,” Mrs. R said.

My three easy weeks had just gotten downright messy. Three weeks with him was going to be very dangerous for my mind and body. I would have introduced myself, but I stood, tongue-tied, not sure what to say to him.

“Ms. Aly,” he expressed in an icy tone.

“Hi, Mr. Ellis pleased to meet you,” I responded.

His tone snapped me out any crazy fantasy of us I might have had.

“Aly, make sure I get my next set of Motrin in four hours. If I’m sleeping, wake me. I can’t stand this pain, and I hope Mrs. R has filled you in on my expectations.”

“Yes, she has.”

“Would you like to eat now, Kyle?” asked Mrs. R.

“No,” he replied.

Mrs. R began adjusting his pillows as she spoke. “You know, not eating isn’t an option for me. Unless you want me to start feeding a grown man like you,” she said in that motherly tone that gave one no option.

“Fine. Bring me what you have,” he grumbled.

“Now that is more like it.” She turned to me. “Come on, Aly.”

Ade Akinosho resides in Schaumburg IL, after living two and a half years in Dubai, with her husband and four children. A move she says gave her the opportunity to meet interesting and amazing people. By day, Ade considers herself Mom/house driver taking care of her children and by night she lets her imagination run wide writing romance novels where she feels she is literary seating in the room with her characters.

Ade is a Linguistics and English major who went on to the business operations world with an MBA. Now back to her original passion for writing, something she started doing at the age of 10, Ade describes herself as a voracious reader, lover of the art of words and a traveler. She is known to scribble on just about anything that comes away when the words fill her mind. Publishing her first novel Falsified is a dream come true for someone who has always had a passion for writing and love for reading.

When she is not busy driving or fulfilling an activity for her children, you can always find her reading a book, binging on chocolate or checking out interesting places in the world.

 

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#Review “No One Can Hear You” by Nikki Crutchley

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5/5 stars!

No One Can Hear You is like one of those five-hundred-piece landscape puzzles that’s all blue sky and bluer ocean with the sun hanging over the horizon.

Of course, the edges are the starting point and a frame appears. Now the only thing to do is continue to work inward, placing puzzle pieces until the last piece left is that corner of the sun that could not be placed until all the other pieces surrounding it were in position.

Such is the plot of this suspenseful read.

Zoe Hayward planned never to return to her hometown but when her estranged mother, Lillian, passes away… on the same day Zoe quits her job, she feels it’s her duty to return to Crawton and handle her mother’s final affairs and service.

Crawton. One of the many places young women disappear from and no one cares or makes much of an effort to find them. Their questionable character and tarnished pasts make them the type no one cares about.

But Zoe comes across notes and journals in her mother’s home about women in trouble and/or missing.

Is there anything to it or just the ramblings of a mind being overtaken by Alzheimer’s?

Zoe begins to ask questions of people who knew Lillian, and she doesn’t understand the questions are leading her down the same path as her mother… to the truth and danger.

Multiple POVs kept me moving forward, anxious to see how everything fit together. While I did figure out the identity of one of the guilty parties, I was yelling, “Are you kidding me?” at my Kindle as the net stretched wider and the plot twists kept knocking at the door.

Kudos to the author for an excellent, well-woven plot and strong, determined female characters who know sometimes the only hero you get is yourself.

Readers of mystery, suspense and thrillers will get a big kick out of No One Can Hear You.

Enjoy!

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He said that they’d let me go on purpose. That they could easily find me if they wanted to. He No One Can Hear You coversaid that they didn’t want me. That I was too much trouble. He said if I went to the cops, he’d know. If I told Sonya, he’d know. If I talked to friends or teachers, he’d know. He told me to pretend it didn’t happen. He told me to consider it a compliment, that I was too strong. His last words to me were, ‘Just forget’.

Troubled teen Faith Marsden was one of several girls abducted from Crawton, a country town known for its picturesque lake and fertile farmland. Unlike the others, she escaped, though sixteen years on she still bears the emotional and physical scars.

Zoe Haywood returns to Crawton to bury her estranged mother Lillian, who has taken her own life. As she and Faith rekindle their high-school friendship, they discover notes left by Lillian that point to two more young women who recently disappeared from Crawton. But Lillian’s confused ramblings leave them with more questions than answers.

As Faith and Zoe delve deeper into the mystery, they become intent on saving the missing women, but in doing so are drawn into Auckland’s hidden world of drugs, abduction and murder. And then Faith decides to confront the mastermind – on her own.

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#BlogTour “No One Can Hear You” by Nikki Crutchley

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He said that they’d let me go on purpose. That they could easily find me if they wanted to. He No One Can Hear You coversaid that they didn’t want me. That I was too much trouble. He said if I went to the cops, he’d know. If I told Sonya, he’d know. If I talked to friends or teachers, he’d know. He told me to pretend it didn’t happen. He told me to consider it a compliment, that I was too strong. His last words to me were, ‘Just forget’.

Troubled teen Faith Marsden was one of several girls abducted from Crawton, a country town known for its picturesque lake and fertile farmland. Unlike the others, she escaped, though sixteen years on she still bears the emotional and physical scars.

Zoe Haywood returns to Crawton to bury her estranged mother Lillian, who has taken her own life. As she and Faith rekindle their high-school friendship, they discover notes left by Lillian that point to two more young women who recently disappeared from Crawton. But Lillian’s confused ramblings leave them with more questions than answers.

As Faith and Zoe delve deeper into the mystery, they become intent on saving the missing women, but in doing so are drawn into Auckland’s hidden world of drugs, abduction and murder. And then Faith decides to confront the mastermind – on her own.

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Nikki CrutchleyAuthor Bio – Nikki Crutchley lives in Cambridge, New Zealand with her husband and two daughters. No One Can Hear You is Nikki’s second crime novel, set in the small Waikato town of Crawton. Her first book, Nothing Bad Happens Here, a crime/thriller set on the Coromandel Coast of New Zealand was a finalist in the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Award for best first novel. Nikki has worked in libraries in New Zealand and the UK and now works as a freelance proofreader. Nikki’s flash fiction has been published online and in the Fresh Ink anthology and the upcoming Bonsai anthology.

 

 

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