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terriluvsbooks talks with Alyne Hart

I met Alyne, last year through Twitter. What has impressed me the most is that no matter what she is always smiling and always finds a reason to laugh. This interview was a lot of fun for me.
1. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your dream job? Artist. I’ve always loved to draw and paint (watercolors mostly) and it’s actually what I set out to do in my youth. I got accepted into FIDM – fashion institute of design and merchandising. Life happened, and I didn’t attend, but it’s always been a passion.
2. Where do your ideas come from? EVERYWHERE. Dreams, images, sometimes just little lines from poems or quotes. The Island came to me in a dream. Rocking Autumn started from me saying “all men are the same” and then it quickly wove itself into a story. The book I am writing currently came from a little quote I saw that said “he taught her how to live, she taught him how to love” and it turned itself into a novel.
3. What is the best writing advice have you received and what would you advise new writers? To be willing to be split wide open and write from your heart. I will probably never write to market. I don’t write because I want to be on the New York Times list, I write because I have stories inside of me. My advice to new writers would be the exact same. Don’t write for money, write because you love to.
4. Tell us all the genres you write. Currently, Contemporary Romance. However, I do plan to branch off into Contemporary fiction and possibly Paranormal Romance. I have a lot more in my head than just kissing books 😉
5. Do you consider yourself a pantser or a plotter? Both. The Island was complete pantsting. But I am a reformed pantster and I now plot HEAVILY before I go in and write. It keeps me on track and keeps me from having stories fall flat or not get finished. I plot out my story, but I let the chapters within my plotting happen as they may.
6. Describe your dream vacation. I’ve always dreamed of going to Bali and spending a month just living peacefully for a month or two and maybe even quieting my mind for awhile.
7. How do you decide on names for your characters? I search baby name sights and I have a HUGE list of names in a notebook. When I develop my character I go to my list and usually, the name just jumps out at me as what would suit them.
8. Describe any writing rituals you use. My only writing ritual is this. Big cup of green tea, a playlist I have designed for each book, scented candles or wax melts that put me in the mood and no internet. When I get stuck, I get in the bathtub. It’s about the only time I stop thinking, and I swear some of my best scenes have come to me in the tub.
9. What snacks do you eat while you write? Do you listen to music? If so what kind? I try not to snack while I write because it becomes mindless eating. I sip tea and listen to music. Each book is different. For Rocking Autumn it was a lot of rock music. For the one I am doing now it’s a softer indie vibe.
10.  What is the last book you read and why did you choose it? The last book I read was Wednesday by Kendall Ryan. I chose it because Kendall is one of my romance writer heroes and it had great reviews. Plus it seemed very emotional, and I was curious about the storyline.
11. What was the first book you remember reading? Little House on the Prairie.
12.  You can only have five books on your bookshelf. What are they and why? OH MY GOSH. Different Seasons, Stephen King. Survivor, Chuck Palahniuk. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath. Where the Heart Is, Billie Letts. Twilight, Stephanie Meyer. I’m all over the place, I know!
13.  Your other job is at the garden center. Have you always enjoyed the outside and working with plants? Is it safe to say you have a green thumb? I do not have a green thumb! Or least,  I didn’t before I accepted that position. Before I started working at the store I am at now I had been the Store Manager of a Pier One and a Bath and Bodyworks. It was because of those experiences that my store manager wanted me to take on the garden center – as it’s kind of it’s own store within our store, and the square footage and seasonal changes were something I had experience in. I knew nothing about plants, so I had the associates in my area teach me and every year that goes by I learn a little more.
14. I’m writing a story about you. What should the title be and why? “I shouldn’t have said that” – I have no filter, I don’t mince words and I am brutally honest. I wind up with my foot in my mouth more often than I would like!
15. I know you like coffee. What is your favorite blend and how do you drink it? Regular old dark roast with cream!
16. I want to take you and one person from history as your guest. Who will you invite and why? Anne Frank. When I was a little girl I read The Diary of Anne Frank and it’s one of those things that has always stuck with me.
17. If you could live in another time period which one would you choose and why? The 20’s. The culture and fashion have always spoken to me. If reincarnation is real, then I lived in the twenties – and I lived it up.

THE ISLAND:

THREE PEOPLE. ONE RELATIONSHIP.
For 31 year old Amie Graham, life on the island was supposed to be simpler – simpler than the life and problems she left behind. Less complicated and less dramatic than life back home. That was the plan anyway.
But fate, it seems, has a sense of humor and it throws a complication or two right in her path.
Complication one, Michael.
If you could cross a model with a football player, you’d get Michael, at least how Amie sees him. Long dark blonde hair, packed with rounded muscles and well over six feet tall, he’s gorgeous, he’s funny, sweet and vulnerable. He’s her own Greek god among men, and she finds herself falling in love with him.
Complication two, Gabe. 
Gabe is beautiful, serene and intelligent, and Amie finds herself drawn to him. With his curly brown hair, soulful green eyes and olive skin decorated with tattoos and piercings – she finds herself falling in love with him also.
The other problem? They’re best friends – and they’re in love with her too. Can three people really love each other, or is the air of the island just messing with their hearts and minds?
WARNING. This is a MFM romance. While this book focuses heavily on the emotions and relationship(s) there is plenty of steam! If this is your cup of tea, you should know there is no MM action. It’s all about Amie, and her love of these two hot, loveable, sexy men.

Rocking Autumn: A Small Town, Second Chance Romance (The Homecoming Series Book 1)

Autumn Brooks knows one thing for certain.
All. Men. Are. The. Same.
Especially guys like Jaxon West. Sexy smile. Bright blue eyes and perfectly tousled jet-black hair.
You know what guys like that are? Nothing but trouble.
And he’s broken her heart once already.
Jaxon West may not know a lot of things. But he knows one thing for certain. He will get Autumn Jane Brooks back.
Autumn and Jax were “that couple” in high school. Always together and so in love. They were supposed to be together forever until something drove them apart. Jax left without so much as a goodbye, leaving Autumn heartbroken and alone.
Autumn moved on, running a bookstore and popular bakery in the charming small town of Walla Walla, Jax set out to pursue his dreams of becoming a rock star in Chicago.
For Jax and his band, The Living Room Sessions, breaking into the music business was hard. And no matter how hard he tried, he never could get Autumn out of his mind. Ten years later, almost to the day, he’s back, and he’s determined to win her heart. An effort she won’t make easy on him. But when he finally does, can their relationship survive long distance? Can it survive the secret he’s keeping from her? Does this second chance get a happily ever after?

Author Note: This book contains mature subject content including: steamy sex, frequent use of F-bombs and alcohol use. Although it is part of a series, there is no cliffhanger. Please also note, this is a long distance relationship where the couple is together, but separate half of the time.

 

Thank you Alyne for talking with us here at terriluvsbooks.

The Woman in the Camphor Trunk by Jennifer Kincheloe

About the Audiobook

Author: Jennifer Kincheloe

Narrator: Moira Quirk

Length: 10 hours 50 minutes

Publisher: Jennifer Kincheloe⎮20

Genre: Historical Fiction Mystery

Series: Anna Blanc Mysteries, Book 2

Release date: Nov. 14, 2017

Synopsis: Los Angeles, 1908. In Chinatown, the most dangerous beat in Los Angeles, police matron Anna Blanc and her former sweetheart, Detective Joe Singer, discover the body of a white missionary woman, stuffed in a trunk in the apartment of her Chinese lover. Her lover has fled. If news gets out that a white woman was murdered in Chinatown, there will be a violent backlash against the Chinese. Joe and Anna plan to solve the crime quietly and keep the death a secret. So does good-looking Mr. Jones, a prominent Chinese leader who has mixed feelings about helping the LAPD and about Anna.

Meanwhile, the Hop Sing tong has kidnapped two slave girls from the Bing Kong tong, fuelling existing tensions. They are poised on the verge of a bloody tong war that would put all Chinatown residents in danger.

Joe orders Anna out of Chinatown to keep her safe, but to atone for her own family’s sins, Anna must stay to solve the crime before news of the murder is leaked and Chinatown explodes.

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Poor Anna; born with too much ambition and curiosity for her own good. After listening to the first book in this series I fell in love with the spunky, intelligent and witty Anna Blanc and the way this author brings her to life. I will admit to wanting to smack her upside the head sometimes but I think in this case it is a true testament to how well this character was created. I can only imagine how frustrating it would be for a woman like Anna, to be held by the constraints of social norms for the time.

Given the nature of historical fiction, it is easy for authors to spend massive amounts of time on info dumps. There is nothing I abhor more. Kincheloe does a flawless job of educating the reader without distracting from the entertainment value. This story, and the other one The Secret Life of Anna Blanc, are just fun to listen to or read. It is easy to picture myself as a fly on the wall and observe everything that happens in the story. I believe that is another testament to how good this book it. The conflict between Joe and Anna adds a nice romantic twist to this story. Listening to this book added a nice treat because the narrator did a great job bringing the characters to life. The voices are unique enough to not confuse the characters.

 

Jennifer has been a block layer, a nurse’s aid, a fragrance model, and on the research faculty at UCLA, where she spent 11 years conducting studies to inform health policy. A native of Southern California, she now lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and two teenagers. She’s currently writing book three in the Anna Blanc Mystery series. Book two, THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK, is coming out in Fall of 2017 from Seventh Street Books.

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Moira grew up in teeny-tiny Rutland, England’s smallest county, which is fitting as she never managed to make it past five feet herself.  Moira’s work spans the pantheon of the voiceover world: plays for BBC radio, plays for NPR, video games, commercials, television promos, podcasts, cartoons, movies and award winning audiobooks. She’s won Multiple Audie Awards, Earphone Awards, as well as Audible’s prestigious Book-of-the-Year Award. She has lately set foot in front of the camera again, appearing in “Pretty: the Series” and the Emmy-winning “Dirty Work.”

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

terriluvsbooks will be closed until January 8, 2018

This has been an incredible year. I’ve read more books in a year than I ever have. I met more authors and learned a lot. I’ve struggled this year with balance. I know I’m not the only blogger/ writer out there who wears a lot of hats.  I’ll be taking the next two weeks to rest, have fun, and plan for next year. If I don’t get this story finished and out there, my main character is going to revolt. So I’ll be sharing more about that this next year. I want to write more about the book industry and not just review books. It’s going to be a lot of fun. For now, enjoy one of my favorite Christmas videos. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanza, Hanakuah, Yule, or any other holiday, or if you choose not to celebrate anything, I wish you peace and love for this season and the next year. Thank you for what your support has meant to me.

(If you ever wanted to know what I’m like in real life, I will be Off the Chain with Yvonne Mason on Dec. 27 @8 pm est) 

Wicked Winter

 

I jumped at the chance to review this anthology because I recognized some of the authors. Not one of these stories disappointed me. Whether the author chose to advance their own series, like L.K. Shaw, or create brand new stories, it was well worth reading. These hot and steamy stories definitely warmed up my night. I think it’s easy to not take short stories as seriously as novels, but these authors created full stories that instantly drew me in and dangled just enough of a carrot to make me want to read more of their books. I don’t know if I can pick one as my favorite; I really liked each one. If you are looking for some adult Christmas stories, one-click this, sit back, and enjoy.

 

 

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It’s a very Wicked Winter in this Box Set from 9 of the hottest authors in erotic romance! Warm up a cold winter night with these sizzling and emotional tales of love and desire.

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TIED UP FOR CHRISTMAS By Desiree Holt

THE DOMINANT WISH By Robin L. Rotham

WINTER SOLSTICE BY Eden Bradley

REMEMBER WHEN By SL Carpenter

UNDONE TOY By Lila Dubois

A SECRET CHRISTMAS By LK Shaw

CLAIMING TINY: A Charon MC Novella By Khloe Wren

RIO: Christmas In Paradise By Sabrina Sol

SNOWBOUND AT CHRISTMAS By Christine Ashworth

TIED UP FOR CHRISTMAS by Desiree Holt

Dealing with a messy and humiliating breakup with her Dom, Bree Donovan welcomed the invitation to leave Chicago for a meeting in Texas. An impulsive attendance at a private BDSM gathering wiped all other thoughts from her mind the moment Rafe Morales claimed her as his for the evening…and maybe beyond.

THE DOMINANT WISH by Robin L. Rotham

Once upon a time, Grace Kendrick loved a dominant man. But when Jared McLain asked for more than she was ready to give, she ran away…and paid dearly for thirty years. Now a birthday wish has landed her in the past and back in Jared’s bed, and this time there’s nothing she won’t do for him.

But there’s a catch. The clock is ticking on Grace’s youthful new body and she has only a few hours to explore the erotic delights of her own submission with Jared and his best friend Alec before the clock strikes twelve, returning her to a lonely future. How stupid to wish for just one more night–she should have gone for happily ever after!

Fortunately, fairy godmothers usually have contingency plans…

WINTER SOLSTICE by Eden Bradley

Do soul mates truly exist? A chance reading with a psychic on Winter Solstice eve has Destiny Walker wondering. When she runs into the gorgeous Reece Kellan, their sizzling connection goes deeper than mind and body—but is it really fate, or simply the most intense sensual experience either of them has ever had?

REMEMBER WHEN by SL Carpenter

Sometimes memories of the past hold lessons for the future. Bride-to-be Pam learns hers as she spends some down time with her Grandma—a woman who sure knows how to tell a spicy, funny tale. Lust, laughter and love…Pam will hear reminiscences of all three. And understand why the most important of all is love.

UNDONE TOY by Lila Dubois

Kiara is happy to model for a winter wonderland BDSM photoshoot, until she learns that the man who will be topping her is the only man she’s ever called Master. Ice is cold, but the scenes they perform are scorching, and in the end she’ll have to decide if she can overcome her fear of the past, and risk her heart for a chance at love.

CLAIMING TINY: A Charon MC Novella by Khloe Wren

Badass biker Ryan ‘Tiny’ Nelson has no plans to settle down. But when the feisty Mercedes ‘Missy’ Soto shows up at the Charon MC clubhouse, it only takes one taste before they’re both hooked. When Missy’s past catches up with her and she goes on the run, can Tiny find the woman he’s fallen for in time to give her a Christmas to remember, or is she lost to him forever?

A SECRET CHRISTMAS by LK Shaw

Four couples all want something different for Christmas this year. Penny and Marcus want a baby, Connor and Bridget need to feed their sadist and masochist sides, Miles want to marry Josie, and Phebe is ready to fully submit to Donovan. With sex so hot it’ll melt the winter snow, A Secret Christmas will have you begging for more.

RIO: Christmas in Paradise by Sabrina Sol

When workaholic CFO Chase Simon is forced to take a tropical Christmas vacation, he sure as hell doesn’t expect to enjoy it. But when he finds out that he’ll be spending the next seven days with Rio, a sexy celebrity dancer from his past, his doubts begin to fade.

 

SNOWBOUND AT CHRISTMAS by Christine Ashworth

Trapped with her boss in a remote cabin during a snowstorm, their pent-up passions explode into the hottest sex Kitty has ever had…but Logan has decreed once she leaves the cabin, their professional and personal relationship ends. Now, all Kitty wants for Christmas is Logan’s heart. To get it, she’ll have to do battle with the ghost of his Christmas past.

USA Today Bestselling and award winning author Desiree Holt writes everything from romantic suspense and paranormal to erotic, a genre in which she is the oldest living author She has been referred to by USA Today as the Nora Roberts of erotic romance, and is a winner of the EPIC E-Book Award, the Holt Medallion and a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice nominee. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times and numerous other national and international publications.

“Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.” (Romance Junkies)

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New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author Eden Bradley has written erotica and erotic romance for Berkley, Bantam, Harlequin Spice/HQN, Samhain Publishing and Black Lace Books, as well as indie publishing. She’s probably most well-known for her BDSM novel THE DARK GARDEN, and her indie-pubbed hard-core kink anthology THE TRAINING HOUSE. Her work has been translated into twelve languages.

As someone who’s been involved in BDSM for much of her adult life, Eden speaks on kink psychology, safety and practice, as well as sex positive culture for women. She also offers a series of writing craft video courses.

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Born and raised in California, S.L. Carpenter is an enigma—a man writing erotic romance. But his stories, with their unique blend of humor and sensuality, have lured readers into his world, where the unexpected can happen—and often does. For more than fifteen years, he has been creating both short stories and full length novels, and hopes to continue doing so for many years to come.

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Lila Dubois is a multi-published, bestselling author of erotic, paranormal and fantasy romance. Her books have been nominated for many awards including RT Book Reviews Erotic Novella for Undone Rebel and the Golden Flogger. Having spent extensive time in France, Egypt, Turkey, Ireland and England Lila speaks five languages, none of them (including English) fluently. Lila lives in California with her own Irish Farm Boy and loves receiving email from readers, though she is slow to respond since she recently created a tiny human. Can books featuring secret baby plots be far behind?

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Khloe Wren grew up in the Adelaide Hills before her parents moved the family to country South Australia when she was a teen. A few years later, Khloe moved to Melbourne which was where she got her first taste of big city living.

After a few years living in the big city, she missed the fresh air and space of country living so returned to rural South Australia. Khloe currently lives in the Murraylands with her incredibly patient husband, two strong willed young daughters, an energetic dog and two curious cats.

Khloe started writing in 2012, and now has over twenty published romantic suspense books under her belt.

While Khloe doesn’t ride a bike herself, yet, she loves riding pillion behind her husband on the rare occasion they get to go out without their daughters.

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LK Shaw is a physical therapist assistant by day and writer/social media addict by night. She resides in South Carolina with her high maintenance beagle mix dog, Miss P, who should probably just have her own Instagram account. An avid reader since childhood, she became hooked on historical romance novels in high school. She now reads, and loves, all romance sub-genres, with erotic romance and romantic suspense being her favorite. LK enjoys traveling and chocolate. Her books feature hot alpha heroes and the strong women they love. Her books combine romantic suspense and BDSM.

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Sabrina Sol is the chica who loves love. She writes steamy romance stories featuring smart and sexy Latina heroines in search of their Happily Ever Afters. Sabrina lives in sunny Southern California with her husband, three kids, two Beagles and one very lazy Bulldog. She is also part of a larger, extended Mexican family whose members are definitely not the source of inspiration for some of her characters. At least, that’s what she’s been telling them. Sabrina loves to connect with readers.

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USA Today Bestselling Author Christine Ashworth has been writing since 2002, and has no plans to stop. Still 17 at heart, she is a romantic, and hopes to one day match her father’s record of over 350 published fiction books. Follow Christine here:

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Xenkur Chronicles by DW Johnson

This was a great start to this series. The main character, Lacey, searches for answers to her questions about dreams. I liked her a lot and I feel like the author did a good job developing her into a whole character. Her fast-paced story was enjoyable to read. The world building felt real and solid. It was easy to “see” this story while I read it.  I think the series will only get better as it grows.

Lacey Darkwater, a fisherman’s daughter, her world is nothing but questions. Alone and on her way home, she makes one small decision that changes her life forever.
Now caught up in a continent of turmoil. Young and inexperienced, joined with a power she didn’t ask for she must weigh the decision between keeping herself and her companions alive and finding the answers she seeks.
Will her friends, the tinker who trusts machines more than men, the healer who sees the world in black and white, the child of the darkness and a drunk running from his past, pay a price they cannot afford? And then there’s what lies in the shadow.
D. W. Johnson’s first epic novel of sword and sorcery is jam packed with excitement and surprises. It’s a non-stop ride, filled with wizards, monsters, and magic. Darkwater is the first in a three book series that promises to become a standard among fantasy fiction.

 

 

I liked this second book even more than the first. The author Has really found his groove. I liked Lacey before, but I love her now. She is such a strong lead character I don’t see how this story could be told from any other way. The dialog and world-building are as strong as an author who has been writing for a long time.

Lacey Darkwater is dead to the world. She has been reborn as Mithavan’ara-Khan. The mages life is nothing more than death and pain. Abandoned by her family, shunned by her friends and hunted by an evil so absolute it cannot be measured.
The world she travels is a bitter, blasted land of war. She now has nowhere to turn but inside herself. Caught in a struggle of power between what is and what was, Lacey must find the answers she needs without understanding the questions.
Can the mage save her world? Is she able to harness the ultimate power? Will she help her friends or leave them dying in the dust?

 

DW is an author and an artist. He has been creating paintings and photographs for over 40 years. He lives in Eastern Kansas with his daughter, a large epileptic dog, two cats, and a barnyard of chickens and ducks. Before he began writing Fantasy Fiction DW has worn many hats, from publishing an online photography magazine to running a no-kill animal sanctuary.

If you want to keep up on DW’s news and events, please visit his website at www.dwjart.net. There you can sign up to know when his next book is available.

12 Books of Christmas~ Reviews 11 & 12

If you’ve followed my blog for the past week or so, you will know I have been reading a series written by seven authors centering on a group of girlfriends coming back to Christmas Falls, Tennesse. This series had me crying over my coffee and biting my tongue to not cry standing in the grocery line. I’m not that sappy most times, and these books aren’t necessarily an “emotional rollercoaster”, but there is just something about these simple love stories with the best HEA’s ever. Maybe I’m just caught up in the season or getting sentimental in my old age. (If you are a blogger friend and I start crying over my vamps and shifters, please give me a virtual smack) I did not read these books in order so it’s proof that they can be read as stand-alones with the exception of the last one. Read book seven last.

 

Many years ago, Lexi found herself the victim of a nasty rumor. Rumors and small towns go together like tequila and salt. So she spends the next eight years trying to separate herself from Christmas Falls and the gossip. But of course, she’s pulled back and has to face her demons head-on. She is spunky and determined and deals the past with class and determination. The romance in this book, like the others is sweet and very clean. I mean like new-car-clean. However, it worked very well because these characters are so real, the plot is fast moving, and the dialog is spot-on.

Twelve unlucky years ago, rumors flew about Lexi and Kevin. And now? Well, not much has changed, except this time neither can run away. Not from Christmas Falls. And maybe . . . not from each other.
As a political strategist at Dunlop Bennet & Associates, Lexi Townsend’s career is going nowhere. She’s a cubical dweller writing speeches for freshmen senators in DC. But if she can hitch her career wagon to a rising political star, she’ll be on her way to a corner office in no time. When she’s offered a plum holiday assignment–an ideal candidate with deep pockets, someone who could make the leap from local to national politics–she starts to dream about that corner office.
Until she realizes her candidate is Kevin O’Malley, aka Kevin the Hottie, Kevin the Snob, Kevin the Liar, the same guy who shattered her high school reputation back home in Christmas Falls with a rumor. Assignment in hand, Lexi braces herself for the most difficult political race of her career–because this time it’s personal.

 

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USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author, Melinda Curtis is the award-winning author of contemporary romance that spans the sexy scale – from sweet romance to sweet romantic comedy (written under the Melinda Curtis brand) to fun, sexier romances (written under the Mel Curtis brand).

“…Wonderfully entertaining…” Jayne Ann Krentz (commenting on Fool for Love)

“Reading Slade and Christine’s story reminded me of why I enjoy romance. Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf!” Brenda Novak

“Mel Curtis knows romance, sports and humor and she makes all three sing in Playing for Love.” Eileen Rendahl

Melinda loves writing romances about women who don’t realize how strong they are until a hero comes along to show them, while simultaneously capturing the wry humorous power struggle of falling in love (because, really, who lets the man have the last word?).

Check out her website www.MelindaCurtis.com to sign up for book release announcements (almost always containing offers for FREE shorts), read excerpts, and learn the story behind the story of each book. Check out her Twitter feed (@MelCurtisAuthor). Or “Like” her on Facebook (MelindaCurtisAuthor) for the opportunity to win free stuff.

 

This is the seventh book in this series. I recommend this is the only one you read in order. Like the other girls, Olivia’s life has changed over the years and she finds herself back in Christmas Falls dealing with a life that did not turn out how she, or anyone else planned.  I enjoyed the romance in this book. I think it’s wholesome and focuses on the magic of the Christmas season. I liked the interplay between characters and the way new characters are integrated into this town.

Olivia Mackey spent her whole life hearing how she was destined for bigger and better places than Christmas Falls, Tennessee. A regular on the beauty queen scene from a very young age, she learned from her stage mom, that appearances mean everything. Having spent the years after high school traveling the world and failing at the dream everyone told her she should have, she’s back home and wondering what she’s to do next.
Nothing is where she left it. Friends have scattered, her mentor is ill, and Olivia is fumbling her way through a big life in a small town.
Tim Avondale and his young daughter showed up in Christmas Falls one evening looking for a fresh start. Buying the Sleepy Hound Bookstore seemed the perfect opportunity. Life had gone so wrong and now here in this quiet town he could keep anything bad from happening to his daughter again.
When the two cross paths Olivia and Tim find an instant connection. A tug toward each other they don’t want to ignore. The problem is, in the process they are being tugged away from all the things they thought were important in their lives. He can’t hide out from real life forever. She is more than just what people see on the surface. But when they’re forced to decide will they choose to be better together or safer apart?

Danielle Stewart is a USA Today Best Selling Author of over twenty books. Her series include The Piper Anderson Series, The Edenville Series, The Clover Series, The Piper Anderson Legacy Mystery Series, The Rough Waters Series & The Barrington Billionaire’s Series. She has had more then 2.5 million books downloaded and held the number one book rank on iBooks, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Danielle currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and six-year-old son. She works hard to perfect the ability to write in a noisy house and create storylines while folding laundry. She loves hearing from readers so please find her on social media!

 

Sweet Hollow Women by Holly Tierney-Bedord

This is the first book by this author that I have read and it won’t be the last. In fact, I’m looking forward to reading more by her. I think she has a keen observational talent that translates well into her writing. I mostly read fantasy, but I enjoy reading other genres because it helps me develop a broader and richer reading experience. Especially when I’m reading books that make me slow down and appreciate the richness of characters development through dialog. Holly Tierney-Bedord’s multi-generational story invites the reader to fall in love with the ladies of the Busey clan. Told in multiple points of view, the author developed a book with a heartwarming story that evoked many emotions. I really enjoyed reading this book and taking my time.

 

 

 

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.

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Holly Tierney-Bedord lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She is the author of several novels including Coached, Bellamy’s Redemption, and Surviving Valencia. Visit her website at www.hollytierneybedord.com where you can connect to her blogs and subscribe to her newsletter.

Evanthia’s Gift by Effie Kammenou

I was hooked on this book from the very beginning. The narrator instantly brought the story to life. Which was very easy to do considering how well crafted this book was. The characters are vivid enough to picture each of them in my mind. Whether the reader has Greek heritage or not, everyone will be able to relate to the family drama. However, the author did a nice job of sharing about the Greek culture without sounding like a travel brochure or a lecture. At times, I found myself talking to the characters in my head even when I wasn’t listening to the book. In looking at the book, I think the different character voices made it a little easier to understand the multiple POVs. I really didn’t want this one to end.

The narration felt perfect for this story. The narrator did a good job a varying the voices enough to keep everyone separate.

 

This Greek American family saga follows a multigenerational story of love, loyalty, and culture. An emotional novel about family bonds and the difficult pull between home and heritage.
In the year 1956, Anastacia Fotopoulos finds herself pregnant and betrayed, fleeing from a bad marriage. With the love and support of her dear friends Stavros and Soula Papadakis, Ana is able to face the challenges of single motherhood. Left with emotional wounds, she resists her growing affection for Alexandros Giannakos, an old acquaintance. But his persistence and unconditional love for Ana and her child is eventually rewarded and his love is returned. In a misguided, but well-intentioned effort to protect the ones they love, both Ana and Alex keep secrets – ones that could threaten the delicate balance of their family.
The story continues in the 1970’s as Dean and Demi Papadakis, and Sophia Giannakos attempt to negotiate between two cultures. Now Greek-American teenagers, Sophia and Dean,
who have shared a special connection since childhood, become lovers. Sophia is shattered when Dean rebels against the pressure his father places on him to uphold his Greek heritage and hides his feelings for her. When he pulls away from his family, culture and ultimately his love for her, Sophia is left with no choice but to find a life different from the one she’d hoped for.
EVANTHIA’S GIFT is a multigenerational love story spanning fifty years and crossing two continents, chronicling the lives that unify two families.

 

 

Effie Kammenou is a believer that it is never too late to chase your dreams, follow your heart or change your career. She is proof of that. At one time, long ago, she’d thought that, by her age, she would have had an Oscar in her hand after a successful career as an actor. Instead, she worked in the optical field for 40 years and is the proud mother of two accomplished young women.

Her debut novel, Evanthia’s Gift, is a women’s fiction multigenerational love story and family saga, influenced by her Greek heritage, and the many real life accounts that have been passed down. She continues to pick her father’s brain for stories of his family’s life in Lesvos, Greece, and their journey to America. Her interview with him was published in a nationally circulated magazine.

Evanthia’s Gift: Book One in The Gift Saga was a 2016 award finalist in the Readers Favorite Awards in the Women’s Fiction category. Waiting for Aegina: Book Two in The Gift Saga is Kammenou’s latest release.

 

 

Emily is an actor and writer passionate about bringing stories to life. Her greatest strength as a performer is her ability to bring herself to the role, creating a wide range of emotionally resonant performances that leap off the page, stage, or screen. Her favorite characters are complicated, conflicted, and still searching for their inner truths. Emily’s passion for her work is complemented by her persistence, resilience, and inexhaustible work ethic. She’s narrated more than 160 audiobooks, half of which were USA Today or New York Times bestsellers, and has also worked in film, television, and theater. Born and raised in New York, Emily moved to Los Angeles shortly after receiving her BFA in drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She also had the privilege of living in London while studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

Emily’s greatest loves are acting and reading, so narrating audiobooks is a dream come true. Her other passions include traveling, LARPing, aerial circus, and chocolate.

 

 

12 Books of Christmas ~ Reviews 9 & 10

Thank you, NetGalley for giving me a copy of this ebook.

I liked this story so much that after reading it I bought the box set of this whole series. I enjoy paranormal books that incorporate various paranormal beings rather than focusing on just one. This story piques my curiosity to want to learn more about these characters. Do not read this thinking you will know all about the storyline of this series. However, I do think it is completely possible to read this without having read any of the other books and still know exactly what is going on. The author did a great job of sharing backstory without bogging down the story with unnecessary details and exposition. So now I’ve got a little tiny snippet of this series and I WANT to read more. I hope Winter will be in more than just this story because I liked her a lot.

 

 

Orphan Liam Ryan isn’t asking for much this Christmas–just his Uncle John. And he’s counting on Father Christmas to find a way to make that happen.

But when Father Christmas tosses Liam’s letter, claiming that the kid is asking the impossible, his daughter, Winter, takes over. Half-pixie, Winter, longs to do something important with her life, starting with getting a job at the Order of the Shadow Accords, the organization that polices the supernatural world. When she discovers Liam’s uncle works for the Order, it seems like fate.

Savaged by werewolves and bitten by a vampire, no one knows what to expect of John Ryan, but it won’t be anything good. So there’s no way he’s getting involved with his nephew…or anyone else. Worse, he’s getting a babysitter over the holidays. But when he meets irrepressible Winter, all that matters is whether she likes her guys to be naughty or nice….

The Order series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 Bittersweet Blood
Book #2 Bittersweet Magic
Book #3 Bittersweet Darkness
Book #4 Bittersweet Christmas

 

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.

Nina’s writing mixes romance with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

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This series is going to be the death of me. I don’t want to read anything else until I get it finished. I have two more. I can vouch for the “standalone” part. I’ve read these books out of order and they have all made perfect sense and had terrific flow. Two of them came from NetGalley so if you’d like to see what I’m talking about head over there. This story focuses on Piper and her struggle as a single working mom. When she meets Jace her whole life is turned upside down in a matter of minutes. Since I haven’t finished the series yet, I can’t really say which one of these seven friends is my favorite, but Piper is in the lead.  I am in luv with these books.  I don’t feel like the author rushed the plot to get to the juicy scenes. In fact, if sex scenes were rated by types of drinks, these sex scenes would be juice boxes and not tequila shots. They are sweet fun-to-read romances.

 

 

Is there room for two on this honeymoon for one?
Piper Wyatt’s Christmas wish is to get promoted to manager at Blackstock Hotel and Resort. Not only does the promotion mean more money, but it means more time with her son and proof that she’s not such a disappointment after all.
Jace Petersen, successful owner of a national chain of sporting goods stores, finds himself alone and miserable on what should have been his honeymoon. That is until he literally falls onto the lovely Piper Wyatt. He’s intrigued with this woman who can fix a car in high heels. Too bad for him, he makes a horrible first impression, and Piper’s not allowed to mingle with the guests.
While Piper tries her best to steer clear of Jace during his stay, she can’t help but notice he’s not the man from their first meeting. But is he worth risking her promotion? Or is Jace right, Piper deserves more than she ever thought possible for herself?
Find out in this charming Christmas tale about finding love in the most unexpected place, a honeymoon.
Seven fabulous authors bring you this holiday romance series about a group of special friends returning to their hometown at the request of their high school mentor. Each book is a standalone, but read them all to fully enjoy the journey of these remarkable women and their emotional reunion with their mentor, an incredible woman who changes their lives and helps save a small town community forever.

 

Jennifer Peel is the award-winning bestselling author of the Dating by Design and Women of Merryton series, as well as several other contemporary romances. Though she lives and breathes writing, her first love is her family. She is the mother of three amazing kiddos and has recently added the title of mother-in-law, with the addition of two terrific sons-in-law. She’s been married to her best friend and partner in crime for a lot longer than seems possible. Some of her favorite things are late night talks, beach vacations, the mountains, pink bubble gum ice cream, tours of model homes, and Southern living. She can frequently be found with her laptop on, fingers typing away, indulging in chocolate milk, and writing out the stories that are constantly swirling through her head.

 

 

 

12 Books of Christmas~ Reviews 7 & 8

This love story involves Christmas, a hot guy, AND chocolate! Could it BE any better?! This sweet story was fun to read. I enjoyed the interplay between characters and the story development.

 

Natalie LeClair will never forget the kiss she shared with Cooper King three years ago. Too bad he’s the enemy, back in her life to buy her grandmother’s chocolate company right from under her nose.
Cooper King will stop at nothing to acquire LeClair’s Chocolate Shop and its famed recipe. There’s only one wrinkle. Natalie is standing in his way, and he wants nothing more than to rekindle their romance. Cooper longs to return to just business as usual, but Natalie may be the sweetest distraction he’s ever imagined.
Novella-length romance

 

HOLLY BLAIR lives in the Midwest with her husband, son, and two feisty cats. She loves writing small-town romance and creating sweet happily-ever-afters. Born in December, Holly is a self-professed holiday nut. She revels in spending cozy nights nestled next to the fireplace with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa.

 

I enjoy this series a ton! These characters are so real and I get pulled into every one of these stories. If you like love and happy endings AND Christmas, pick up these books.

In one day, London Walsh finds out her ex is going to be her boss and that her parents are getting a divorce—and they want her to referee the situation. So when she’s offered the chance to spend the holidays in her old hometown of Christmas Falls, far away from all the drama, she jumps on it.
But the quaint town doesn’t feel quite like the home it once was. London shed the goth image that defined her in high school long ago, but no one recognizes the woman she’s become.
Except for Andy Broll, London’s childhood next door neighbor. He recognizes her immediately, which sends London’s heart fluttering as she starts to see Andy in a whole different light. But when her time in Christmas Falls doesn’t go as planned, will London face it head on? Or will she find a reason to run?

 

By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. An award-winning* author, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last… but it probably won’t.

*Winner: Readers’ Favorite Book Award 2016, 2017

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These two reviews are part of The 12 Books of Christmas Challenge