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“Ten Women” by Marcela Serrano

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Ten Women

by Marcela Serrano

Genre: Literary Fiction/Psychological/Caribbean & Latin American

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Award-winning Chilean author Marcela Serrano weaves a beautiful story about the universal connections between women.

For nine Chilean women, life couldn’t be more different. There is the teenage computer whiz confronting her sexual identity. A middle-aged recluse who prefers the company of her dog over that of most humans. A housekeeper. A celebrity television personality. A woman confronting the loneliness of old age.

Of disparate ages and races, these women represent the variety of cultural and social groups that Chile comprises. On the surface, they seem to have nothing in common…except for their beloved therapist, who brings them together. Yet as different as they all are, each woman has a story to share.

As the women tell their stories, unlikely common threads are discovered, bonds are formed, and lives are transformed. Their stories form an intricate tale of triumph, heartache, and healing that will resonate with women from all walks of life.

An International DUBLIN Literary Award Nominee.

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#CoverReveal “To Know a Killer” by Natalia Hale

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Title: To Know A Killer

Author: Natalia Hale

Genre: Thriller / Suspense

It takes one to know one still rings true.

For years Luna Lis has been at the forefront of every trend in fashion, deciding what’s in style and what’s out. Cold, calculating, and downright manipulative, Luna fought her way to the top of the tower at the international fashion magazine L&L and is now editor in chief. She’s been written up as one of the most influential women of the world, and nobody is about to knock her off her pedestal. That is until a phone call from a detective makes her realize that there’s more to journalism than what’s hot or not on the runway.

Notorious serial killer Hannah Best has been in jail for over a year, but that hasn’t stopped her from influencing the world. Half a dozen reports have come out with perpetrators claiming they have killed for her. She wasn’t willing to speak out about it, but now she wants a tell-all book written about her life and the real story told. And she knows exactly who she wants to write it.

Luna Lis.

Author Bio

Natalia Hale is a journalism graduate with very little interest in writing news articles of any kind. A reader of the mysterious and morbid, she decided that it was time to start her publishing journey in 2015 with her novella It Takes a Killer. Focusing on short fiction, her stories delve into the disturbing tales that toe the line between acceptable to read in public and “if this is what you think about maybe you should talk to someone” (semi-joking advice from a friend). She is not as dark a person as her writing, but tends to get lost in existential thoughts.

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It Takes A Killer, the first book in the series, will be free on Amazon from May 23 to May 25.

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Website: www.nataliahale.wordpress.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/halebooks
Twitter: www.twitter.com/natalia_writes

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“I’ll Know Me When I Find Me” by Helen J. Darling

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I’ll Know Me When I Find Me

by Helen J. Darling

Genre: Literary Fiction/Women’s Fiction/Psychological

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Jane’s in a rut. Can she dig herself out without burying her best friend?

Jane Desmond feels like a failure. Sure, she has a good job and a roof over her head, but nothing else seems to ever go her way. Unwanted attention from an infatuated coworker and meddlesome matchmaking from her mother has her professional and social life in tatters.

 

When her best friend Thea loses her job a few days after purchasing her dream home, Jane steps in to help. But when her good intentions backfire, she realizes she’ll need to make a few sacrifices to find happiness for both of them. Before Jane can follow her dreams, she may just need to risk everything she knows…

 

I’ll Know Me When I Find Me is a novel for the modern, career-minded woman. If you like well-rounded characters, relatable situations, and energetic prose, then you’ll love this women’s fiction tale of self-discovery from Helen J. Darling.

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#Review “My Sweet Friend” by H.A. Leuschel

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5/5 Stars!

A new employee can change the dynamics in the workplace, but few do it with such disastrous consequences as the illusive Alexa.

Like a blustery tornado, she blows into her new position at an advertising agency, upsetting work friendships, workflow, and for some… emotional stability.

Alexa is the epitome of the high-powered professional. She has looks, style, and an impressive resume. You either like Alexa or you don’t, and both of those opinions are held among her new coworkers.

However, there is a third. One of impressionable awe with a dose of intimidation thrown in. Unfortunately for her, co-worker Rosie falls into the last category.

A forgettable young woman, Rosie is quickly pulled into Alexa’s web. The gal-pal time is a welcome respite from her closely held secret—an ill mother and a mountain of debt.

In the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, Rosie had to admit she could no longer care for her mother at home. After Rosie’s dad walked away when she was a toddler, her mom made whatever sacrifices necessary to give her a good life. Now Rosie feels she at least owes her dear mom the same. Private care is expensive, but she refuses to submit her mother to the same hell her grandmother went through in a state facility.

Rosie suffers in silence, barely meeting her personal expenses each month.

When Alexa discovers Rosie’s secret, she’s ambivalent and even a cold. But with her usual quick-change personality, in the end, she offers to help Rosie with her bills… an offer Rosie accepts but knows she will regret.

Of course, being Alexa’s sweet friend comes at a price and it is steep.

Besides being at Alexa’s beck and call for her emotional meltdowns and rants about some mysterious ex who’s stalking her, Rosie also finds herself doing more of Alexa’s work in the office… and defending her to coworkers. Time with the controlling Alexa has even caused Rosie to miss visits to see her mom.

Rosie isn’t alone in falling under Alexa’s sway as Jack abruptly falls into a hot affair that cools quickly along with his positive opinion of Alexa.

Confused about their relationships with the skilled manipulator, Jack and Rosie, good friends before Alexa entered the picture, don’t turn to each other.

This is very telling at how masterful a liar and schemer Alexa is. She had Jack believing things about Rosie he KNEW were out of character for her… but he went along with it. She also cast her shortcomings onto Rosie, making her appear inept at the job she once handled with aplomb.

The pressure of her mother’s situation and mounting debt send Rosie into counseling where she discovers something else… resentment toward Alexa.

Armed with new emotional tools and a stronger sense of self, Rosie begins to move away from her former friend.

The bottom falls out quickly when Alexa’s past catches up to her. But like a true sociopath, Alexa continues to play victim without thought of any harm she’s done. Incredibly, she ponders ways to play on the sympathies of others and remain the center of attention.

This is the second book I’ve read by H.A. Leuschel and again she delivers an intense character study in an engaging short read.

In Tess & Tattoos, she showed how a brief friendship had a positive and lasting effect on everyone it touched. In My Sweet Friend, we see the opposite. Alexa’s well thought out manipulations have a negative impact on the entire office, but we can only hope it isn’t lasting.

I highly recommend this intriguing page-turner to anyone who’s ever crossed paths with a true narcissist… and is still standing! The only downside is the pages run out too quickly.

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A stand-alone novella from the author of Manipulated Lives.cover

A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor?

Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships.

But is Alexa all she claims to be?

As her life intertwines with Rosie and Jack’s, they must all decide what separates truth from fiction. Will the stories that unfold unite or divide them? Can first impressions ever be trusted?

In this original novella, H.A. Leuschel evokes the powerful hold of appearances and what a person is prepared to do to keep up the facade. If you like thought-provoking and compelling reads with intriguing characters, My Sweet Friend is for you.

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#BlogBlitz “My Sweet Friend” by H.A. Leuschel

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A stand-alone novella from the author of Manipulated Livescover

A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor?

Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships.

But is Alexa all she claims to be?

As her life intertwines with Rosie and Jack’s, they must all decide what separates truth from fiction. Will the stories that unfold unite or divide them? Can first impressions ever be trusted?

In this original novella, H.A. Leuschel evokes the powerful hold of appearances and what a person is prepared to do to keep up the facade. If you like thought-provoking and compelling reads with intriguing characters, My Sweet Friend is for you.

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Author Bio

HA LeuschelHelene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches Yoga.

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“Saving Noah” by Lucinda Berry

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Saving Noah

by Lucinda Berry

Genre: Literary Fiction/Family Relationships/Psychological

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We forgive murderers, not pedophiles.

Not since Lionel Shriver brought us We Need to Talk About Kevin has a writer delved into the complexities of a disturbed mother/son relationship. Until now.

Meet Noah—an A-honor roll student, award-winning swimmer, and small-town star destined for greatness. There weren’t any signs that something was wrong until the day he confesses to molesting little girls during swim team practice. He’s sentenced to eighteen months in a juvenile sexual rehabilitation center.

His mother, Adrianne, refuses to turn her back on him despite his horrific crimes, but her husband won’t allow Noah back into their home. In a series of shocking and shattering revelations, Adrianne is forced to make the hardest decision of her life. Just how far will she go to protect her son?

Saving Noah challenges everything you think you know about teenage sexual offenders. It will keep you up at night long after you’ve read the last page, questioning beliefs you once thought were true.

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“Three Separations (Family Life & Relationships)” by Israel Shur

Three Separations: A Gripping Contemporary Romantic Psychological Novel,Filled with Intriguing Love Affairs (Family Life & Relationships)

by Israel Shur

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Psychological/Family Life & Relationships

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Torn between his love of Rona and his marriage, Udi is desperate with confusion

Udi, a married man, is plagued by guilt feelings after his first night with Rona, also married. He weighs his guilt against his attraction to her and does not know what to do. He finds himself involved in an intense, insane, daily relationship with Rona. Udi and his wife are rigid and distant with one another. Rona would leave her husband but wants commitment; Udi is totally in love and desperately confused. His mother begs him to help her with his increasingly demented father. He is pulled in three directions and has to make up his mind: which relationship in his life is going to last longer?

Will Udi ever be able to find his place in the world?

Towards the end, Udi has to face numerous sad realities. “Why is this happening to me?” he wonders. He asks for the strength to go through with it all, now that he has probably reached bottom. Then a refreshing new thought comes to his mind: It is time for me to take hold of the wheel of my life!

 

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