Let’s Chat- Cassy Roop

In your book, Find Your Strong: How I changed my MIND to change my BODY and heal my HEART, you talk about how everything seemed to click and you knew it was time to change your life and take care of you. Can you tell us a little about led you to that point and what that moment was like?
I was so focused on building Pink Ink that I sort of lost focus on myself. I found myself eating every meal behind my computer. I ate whatever was cheap and fast and that I could scarf down in a matter of minutes. I was feeding my body, not fueling it. My “aha” moment came when I saw the pictures of me at my Mom’s wedding. I knew then something needed to change otherwise, I would continue down a path of self-destruction.
Why was it important to you to share this with others?
I felt it was important for me to share my story with others because I know there are others out there that feel the same struggles I have. I knew there were others out there that have a food addiction like I do and wanted to be living proof that you can take charge of your addiction and your life.
What impressed me the most while reading your book is your ability to juggle a lot of balls at once. You are a fitness instructor, a graphic designer, a mother and a wife? How do you get it all done and what advice do you have for the readers?
Some days are harder than others. I drink a LOT of coffee lol. I find, though, its all about balance. I lead a very busy and active life so time management is very important. You have to set your priorities and go from there. What is the most important thing that needs to be done that day? Then just go down your list. Do I get everything done I’m supposed to every day? Of course not. But I try and that’s really all you can ask of yourself.
What’s your favorite exercise move and why?
My favorite exercise is taking a class. I love that group fitness classes gives you variety. It’s something new every class. The class may have the same structure, but there is different choreography and different music. It also helps keep your body guessing when you do different things instead of the same exercises every day.
When you look in the mirror now, what do you like the most about what you see?
My confidence. I can actually look in the mirror now and say that I love myself. Does my brain still want to bring up nasty thoughts about myself? Of course. But I try to push those away and focus on the good things 🙂
What is Pink Ink Designs? How did it get started? What’s your favorite part of graphic design and working with authors?
Pink Ink Designs is a graphic, print and web design company with a strong focus in book cover design, author branding, and interior book formatting. I got started because I was an author first. I started playing around with making my own teasers and then eventually covers. I tried my hand at my own formatting. I found that I enjoyed it so much that I went to school for it and got my degree in graphic design. My favorite part would be getting to hold a physical copy of a book in my hands. A physical piece that proves I helped someone achieve their dream.
This is not your first book, but definitely your most personal. How is autobiographical writing different for you than fiction writing? Tell us about your fiction books and do you have plans for more books in the future?
Writing non-fiction is definitely harder that writing fiction in my opinion. Do you know how hard it is to write a book entirely about yourself? It’s not easy. I had to dig deep and bring out emotions that aren’t the same as when I write fiction. Sure, writing fiction can be emotional as well, but Find Your Strong was a true story, not something I made up, so I had to be as authentic as I could possibly be. As of right now, I don’t have any immediate plans to publish any more fiction book. I do have several stories that I have started, but haven’t finished. I’m not going to say they’ll never get published, just not right now. I enjoy being on the design side of the business.
What are your future plans in regards to writing?
I’ve considered doing a follow up to Find Your Strong, but I don’t have any immediate plans for it. Designing keeps me pretty busy, but I would one day love to co-write a book with someone 🙂
I’ll buy dinner for you and any author or book character you would like. Who’ll join us and why?
Hmmm….There are so many I could choose from! I’d have to say my most favorite character is Jamie from Kandy Steiner’s A Love Letter to Whiskey. It’s probably my most favorite book at the moment. I’m a sucker for second chance romances.
You can only have five books on your bookshelf. What are they?
A Love Letter to Whiskey by Kandy Steiner
Sting by Sandra Brown ( Have an autographed copy from meeting her. She’s also a client )
Survivor’s Guilt by me (only because it was my favorite book to write)
Corrupt by Penelope Douglas
and Bared to You by Sylvia Day

Witch Wars by T.A. Moorman

Excerpt:

“Yes. No. Just stop!” I shouted in his face, barely able to think, to breathe. “Tonight is the beginning of my courtship with Bran. We have to stop.” Even though stopping was the last thing I wanted.

“You think Bran can make you feel like this?” he damn near growled as he grabbed the back of my head, gripping my hair and rubbing his face in the crook of my neck. He inhaled deeply, sending chills down my spine. “I can smell your lust, Tia, your desire for me. Me, not him.”

“It doesn’t matter,” I replied weakly.

“The hell it doesn’t matter. I am not giving up that easily, Tia. If this is the last chance I have with you, I am taking full advantage. I will make it so that every time you look at him, you will wish it was me.” He ground out each word slowly and precisely through clenched teeth. “Every time he beds you, it will be my face you’ll see, my hands you’ll long for, my name on the tip of your tongue.”

“Grimm, please…”

And then he was kissing me again, harder and faster than before. His tongue exploring every inch of my mouth. Our tongues twisting together in a wild, exotic dance. My body felt like it was on fire, and so did his. Then we were sliding down to the floor to our knees. He gently laid me on my back, never breaking our kiss, my legs opening seemingly of their own accord to accommodate his girth. Slowly, oh so slowly, he broke our lingering kiss. He was on top of me, hands on the floor like he was doing a push up, eyes as black as pitch; I could see my blazing eyes reflected in those dark pools.

Still balancing on one arm and looking into my eyes, he was sliding his other hand down my body, pulling off my pants. Very slowly, he slid his hand up the inside of my thighs, spreading them apart. His hand crept up my inner thigh until he found that spot that let him know just how hot and wet I was for him. Then he was nipping and licking his way down my neck while flicking his thumb over my clit, making my body shudder against his. When he found my breast and took as much of it into his mouth as he could, he drove two fingers inside me. Then he released my breast and kissed his way down to my navel, licking delicately down toward more sensitive regions, all the while his fingers caressing, rubbing, and probing. Suddenly, just when I thought I was about to explode with pleasure, his fingers were replaced by his tongue, going deeper than I would have thought possible, and he was drinking me like I was the finest wine.

Somewhere in all of that, he must have taken off his own pants, because suddenly he was once again hovering over me, and with our gazes locked he thrust every inch of himself inside me—and trust me, there were a lot of inches—leaving me gasping for air and wanting to beg for more.

“If you want me to stop, tell me now and I will,” he snarled, pulling out slowly until only the tip of him was left inside, making a small sound escape from my lips. “But if I am only allowed this one last time, allow me at least this much to keep with me. Allow me to have every piece of you, if only once more.” He gave another deep, powerful thrust, making me cry out. “Allow me to give you every inch of myself for just one final time. Allow me to feel every hot, sweet spot that is all you. Even if you do go on with this foolish plan, he will only have your body. Only I will forever own your heart.”

He kissed me again, then said, “I swear, you will regret leaving me.”

AMAZON

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About the Author:

When you become a Mom, you begin to put yourself last, and your combat boots begin to collect dust. Going to your child’s PTA meetings in full Gothic, especially industrial, regalia is pretty much frowned upon. Especially by your own children, and your teens would die of a heart attack. But, one should not have to completely stop being themselves, uniqueness is greatness. So all of that darkness is put into words in her books, and designs in her jewelry sold in her GothicMoms DarkCharms shop.

 

Mother of five beautiful children, but by far more than just that. T. A. Moorman is an artist, a violinist, a seamstress, a crafter, a writer, a blogger, a reviewer, a dark confidant and a darkly dangerous, fiercely protective friend. And currently broke, so go buy something of hers. Lol.

 

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Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

For the most part, I read books simply for the escape/entertainment factor. I have a good life, but my active imagination needs exercise, or crazy things happen. I read fast, so when a book comes along that forces me to slow down, my ADHD brain has a small temper tantrum. If the book is good, slowing down makes it all worth it. Such is the case for this book. I read Certain Dark Things, another book written by this author. When I was asked to read this one, I jumped at the opportunity, and I’m glad I did. It could just be me, but reading this book reminded me a lot of books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Her descriptions paint pictures in my head like his books, and I believe this is a good example of magic realism. At first, I didn’t like it the way a child who has been running all day doesn’t like to sit down for dinner. But then I found myself cheering for the female lead and sending death daggers to her antagonist. Then I wanted to slap a few characters upside the head because they weren’t doing what I wanted them to do. I don’t think I can recommend this book high enough.

 

Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society in hopes of landing a suitable husband. But Antonina is telekinetic, and strange events in her past have made her the subject of malicious gossip and hardly a sought-after bride. Now, under the tutelage of her cousin’s wife, she is finally ready to shed the past and learn the proper ways of society.

Antonina, who prefers her family’s country home to the glamorous ballrooms of the wealthy, finds it increasingly difficult to conform to society’s ideals for women, especially when she falls under the spell of the dazzling telekinetic performer Hector Auvray. As their romance blossoms, and he teaches her how to hone and control her telekinetic gift, she can’t help but feel a marriage proposal is imminent.

Little does Antonina know that Hector and those closest to her are hiding a devastating secret that will crush her world and force her to confront who she really is and what she’s willing to sacrifice.

 

 

Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination. Silvia’s debut novel, Signal to Noise, about music, magic and Mexico City, won the Copper Cylinder Award and was nominated for the British Fantasy, Locus, Aurora and Sunburst awards. Her second novel, Certain Dark Things, deals with Mexican narco vampires.

She won a World Fantasy Award for co-editing She Walks in Shadows.

 

 

 

On Sale October 24, 2017 

** I received a copy of this book through NetGalley**

Book Tag: Reader Problems

This is a little different post than normal. No books to review just a fun post to share a little about me and meet more bloggers.  I have been tagged by Gayathri from Musings over Nothing to do a question and Answer session on Reader Problems. All I had to do was reply to the questions truthfully and tag friends who would be interested in doing the tag.

 

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

It depends on my mood, I guess. Sometimes, when I have a lot to read, I pick the shortest one or I look at how heavy the narrative is going to be. If it’s a heavy story, it may get put off until another time. I try to stay up on my review requests, but I have a hard time saying NO and then I get bogged down. I also look at the cover and the genre. I’ve been reading a lot of HEA lately and I’m a little bored with it. So those get moved to the end right now, but if I’m in a bad mood one of those might get moved up to the first place.  There are a few authors who will go to number one, no matter who else is on that list because I love what they write and I have a working relationship with them.

2. You’re halfway through a book, and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

If someone asked me to read it, I always finish it except for two times. If I’m reading for pleasure, if I can scan the story to see if another section comes up that is better, then I will do that. If that doesn’t work, I stop reading. Life is too short to spend time on a book that is not doing it for you. I have gone back to try again with a few books and it’s worked. I just wasn’t in sync with the book the first time around. A couple of times, I watched the movie or TV show and I decided to give the book another chance because I liked what I saw.

3. The end of the year is coming, and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I go back and forth on the Goodreads challenge. I’ve not made it three times. I didn’t rush to catch up those years. However, I do like to challenge myself and see that number increase. I read a lot faster now than I used to so it is easy to get more read. Then sometimes I get a little obsessed because there are so many books I want to read.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

This makes me bonkers. I don’t need to “cope” though. (I’ll let you in on a little secret- I have a fantasy to be on a cover one day. I want to be one of those a$$ kicking ladies who take on all sorts of evil in a wife beater and a tight pair of jean. I would also have long hair that always blows in the same direction.)

5. Everyone and their mother love a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I recently joined a support group “I hate Jane Austin and that’s OK”. We have a lot of fun.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I don’t spend a lot of times in public places like coffee shops. Most of my time in public is normally waiting in the car for my kids to finish some activity or class. So I’m in my own world and I can do whatever I want. One time I was reading a fight scene and it was so well-written I actually started moving with the hero. I got some strange looks that time.

7. A sequel to a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?

I rarely read a book twice. I mean it has to be VERY good. The only series I have done this with was the Outlander Series. I love that series and so I think that had more to do with it than anything. I have a love/hate relationship with books in a series and this is one of the reasons why. I have, on occasion, created my own details to fill in the gaps if I needed to.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people no when they ask?

Not to be contrary to the question, but this doesn’t bother me. In fact, I have been known to give a book to someone because I think they need to read it and they haven’t even read it yet. I was a high school librarian for years and I enjoyed matching a reader to a book. I suppose in some ways I still see myself doing that. I guess you could call me a Book Matchmaker.  I also read a lot on my Kindle and it is harder to loan books that way.

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I turn to my favorite genre, urban fantasy. Give me a hot vampire or shifter any day of the week and I’m a happy reader. Or I binge watch a series on Netflix.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I can’t answer this because my husband reads my blog. So I will just use the international language of meme and you can interpret my answer for yourself.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

I tend to get to print books faster than e-books and I think that’s because it stare me in the face all the time. So a couple of weeks for print books. E-books I have some that are years old. Starting in October, I’m not taking any more requests for the rest of the year and I plan on working on my e-TBR.

 

Well, that wasn’t too painful. I tag the following bloggers:

Alison @ A.R. Beckert

Ashleigh @ Ashleigh Jayne Reads

Jenn @Bound to Writing 

Alisha @The Bohemian Housewife

If you are not tagged but would like to play, just let me know in the comments.

 

 

Environmentally Friendly by Elias Zanbaka

 

 

I enjoy short stories. There are times when my brain cannot wrap itself around a tome and short stories are perfect for those times. This short story challenged me as much as any book. I read it twice because it was that good and I wanted to make sure I got all of it.  I would love to see the author extend this into a book and maybe even a series. It would be an interesting twist on detective books.

 

 

 

OUT OF SEVEN BILLION PEOPLE, ONE MAN HAS DECLARED WAR ON MOTHER NATURE AND PLANS TO BRING IT TO ITS KNEES.

OUT OF ALL THE CRIMINALS IN LOS ANGELES, HE’S THE NUMBER ONE TARGET BEING HUNTED BY THE LAPD TONIGHT.

AND OUT OF THE ENTIRE LAPD, ONE OFFICER IS HELL-BENT ON HELPING HIM COMPLETE HIS MISSION.

Mack by Miranda Lynn

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Author: Miranda Lynn

Narrator: Brian Callahan

Length: 4 hours 25 minutes

Publisher: Miranda Lynn⎮2017

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Black Mountain Pack

Release date: Aug. 4, 2017

 

His missing sister or his mate?
Casey grew up in the foster care system and it wasn’t easy. A whirlwind of events after she ages out shows her why. Her repressed shifter side emerges with the help of her soon to be mate and his pack. She does her best to learn who and what she as while under the pressure of being hunted by her biological father and his pack.
Mack has been searching for his adopted sister for years after her kidnapping and thinks he has finally found her. His shifter side on the other hand thinks they have found their mate. Fate throws them together in the midst of an oncoming battle and Mack lets instinct take over and follows his heart. When the truth comes out the mating instinct takes over and together Mack and Casey change the rules of shifter laws once again.

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About the Author: Miranda Lynn

– Time Travel and Paranormal Romance author. Her Destiny series takes you on a roller coaster ride through time with sexy Highlanders and sassy female heroines. If shifters are your kryptonite then check out her Black Mountain Pack series which throws a twist on the traditional shifter lore.

Miranda is a mother to two teenage boys who are sure they know it all, a 75lb lapdog, a 15lb foot warmer, and a cat that most days plans her demise. She is thankful her husband doesn’t mind the extra voices in her head. Miranda is an only child who grew up on a dairy farm in Illinois which left her plenty of time to make up stories in her head for entertainment. She currently resides in Tennessee where she wonder if Mother Nature will ever stop with the hormonal mood swings. She fuels herself with coffee, chocolate, and wine.

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About the Narrator: Brian Callahan

Brian is a three-time Emmy winner and on-air news personality. His diverse audiobook catalogue features one of Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Indie Books” as well as an Independent Publisher Book Awards Finalist. Brian brings more than two decades of broadcasting experience to his voice work, which includes nearly 20 audiobooks available on Audible and iTunes. He lives with his wife and family in Seattle.

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Audio Excerpt

Ronaldo: The Reindeer Flying Academy by Maxine Sylvester

A Facebook friend of mine (another book blogger) asked the question, “What have you read this summer that made you laugh?”. There is not a whole lot of laughter in vampires, demons, and serial killers (sometimes I wonder what other people would think if they could see into my brain). Then came this book about a reindeer gearing up for the ultimate endurance test. Decked out in his crazy hat made by his grandfather (nice switch on stereotypes), he has to ignore his bullies and focus on his dream- to fly with Santa. Well, this book made me laugh. The author does a fantastic job setting the scene for this book and describing these characters I saw as real people. This is one of those kiddie lit books that may do better for adults than kids because of the warm fuzzies we all need and don’t get enough of in our adult lives. I read this to my daughters (8 & 11) and they loved it too.

 

Ronaldo is the top flying cadet at the prestigious Reindeer Flying Academy. He dreams of getting his flying license and becoming one of Santa’s reindeer, just like his hero, Vixen.

In the first adventure in the Ronaldo series, the second year flying cadets face their toughest ever flying test – The Endurance Challenge. Will Ronaldo be victorious and lift the silver cup? Or will mean brothers Dasher, Comet and Prancer ruin his chance for success?

 

Maxine Sylvester was born in London, England. She grew up with a passion for Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear. She also loved anything Disney and enjoyed drawing the characters.
Maxine’s love of ‘fun’ art grew and she had the privilege of being mentored by cartoonist and caricaturist, Steve Chadburn. She completed further studies in children’s book illustration with talented artist and illustrator, Jan Nesbitt.
She is currently working on Rudi’s Birthday, the third in the Ronaldo series, due for release in 2017.

 

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Cover Reveal- Secrets of Betrayal L.K. Shaw

Coming October 9, from L.K. Shaw

Betray (verb): to deliver to an enemy by treachery

Sold to a sex trafficker by her drug-dealing boyfriend, Phebe Lawson possessed first-hand knowledge of the secrets of betrayal. She’d given up all hope. Her life no longer held any meaning. She would have wished for death to come and take her away, except, she knew wishes were wasted on people like her. Until the day he entered her life. He was a beacon of light in the bleakness she called existence. His arrival sparked a longing inside her that, maybe, hope wasn’t a useless emotion after all.

Heal (verb): to make sound or whole

Donovan Jeffries was the charming one. The flirty, social Dom of the local BDSM club, Eden. He thought he’d found the perfect submissive. Until she betrayed him with another. He closed himself off, vowing to never give his heart to another woman. Until the day she entered his life. Her despair touched a part of his soul he’d thought forever lost, and he would move heaven and earth to piece all her broken parts back together.

*this book contains dark elements that may be difficult for some readers*

 

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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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“Jasmine Lovers” by Terri A. Wilson

I need to get more comfortable opening myself up to criticism when it comes to my own writing. Right now I am working on short stories so I thought I would force myself to share some of my work on my blog and Saturday seems like the perfect day to do that.

This was my entry in a flash fiction contest sponsored by my local library. I won second place. The feedback I got centered on the clarity of the story. For me, it seems clear, but I wrote it. I like the mystery behind it but I understand what the judges meant.

“Jasmine Lovers”

The setting sun created a muted filter as the wind blew opened the curtains. The
early evening breeze swirled around creating an intoxicating blend of night-blooming
jasmine and possibility. A faint memory of talking lay dormant in her brain, but she
continued trying to communicate. She recognized the talking lady in white and yearned
for some kind of connection and understanding.

“Miss Teresa, you smell the jasmine? It’s strong tonight. Must be a storm a
comin’.”

Teresa grimaced and held her breath for a heartbeat while the other lady leaned
over and fussed with the pillows. “Miss Teresa, I know it hurts, but the meds will help
soon. Who knew visitin’ with family could be hard work?”

The woman continued talking, but Teresa looked past the nurse and saw a man
leaning on the door jam with the ease and confidence of a southern gentleman who
lived a lifetime of success. His presence helped more than medication. The earthy
smell of men’s cologne and lust replaced the smell of age and illness blending well with
the jasmine. He smiled and cocked one eyebrow, flirting like always.

His suit looked as well today as he did when they dated. Teresa knew he had no
idea the other women admired the way he presented himself but that was part of his
charm. The jasmine sprig in his lapel brought back memories of evening walks in the
garden nights on her parent’s porch swing.

“Now darlin’ don’t let Carla hover over you.” He walked into the room and sat in
the chair beside the bed. “We need to go. They’ve already started. I know you like to
make an entrance, but I want to twirl you around the dance floor for as long as
possible.”

A smile twinkled in her eyes. A happy marriage of over fifty years more than
many women could imagine.

Carla, I cannot get ready with you in my way.

The dress she wanted, the one with the red full skirt and sequined bodice, would
never work on a fall night like this one. Not all redheads could wear red, but this dress
made her green eyes sparkle. It was her favorite.

Feeling herself rise out of bed as the seated gentleman joined her, she looked
down and saw the skirt sashay. It fit well and accentuated all the right places.

Every other lady at the party will already be wearing navy or black. How dull and
drab. Too bad their husbands will be looking more at me than them.

Carla checked a beep from one of the machines set up around the room. The
beep from those machines never created a dance-worthy beat, and Teresa had had
enough.

“Yes Miss. Teresa, your family sure loves you. You and Mr. Alexander are good
people.”

Carla, I do not want to talk about my family, when there is a party.

Her mind focused on the warmth crawling over her body as numb areas began
waking up after too many years. She reached her smooth slender hand for Alexander.
She wanted more, but settled for his hand because there was plenty of time after the
party.

“Oh my goodness, Tessa. You still make my heart beat fast. You make me look
like a young farmer tryin’ to dress up for Sunday supper.” He shook his head.

Teresa noticed how different her legs looked. She remembered them being like
this once, a long time ago. She twirled around, stood on tiptoe, and kissed Alexander
on the cheek. He wrapped his arms around her waist and began waltzing around the
room.

“Oh, we may not get to that party, Tessa. This dress and the jasmine are playing
with my mind. I’m afraid I may swoon.” He winked and she snuggled against his chest.

“Darlin’ we could stay here and dance forever, but we’d miss the party, and many of our
friends are looking forward to seeing you. They’ve missed you, ya know? We all have.”

Teresa looked back, worried about her caretaker. “Don’t worry about Carla. She’ll
soon realize you’re gone and take care of everything. I waited a long time to dance with
you again. This time I won’t let go.” He turned to walk away.

“Miss Teresa? Miss Teresa?” Carla screamed. She shook the old woman in the
bed.

“The night is just beginning, Tessa. Please say you’ll come with me.” Alexander
pulled away and began walking. “My dance card is only for you.”

Teresa felt her heart stop. It was lonely without her dancing partner. She looked
from Carla and to Alexander. She wanted to go to the party. She loved parties. She
loved dancing and this red dress did not belong in the closet.

She caught up to Alexander and intertwined her arm with his. It was her time to
make an entrance.

“Let’s go Alex.”

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The rest of the winning stories can be seen here.here.

Life’s Gateway to Happiness, The Show Me Series: Book Two by Anne Stone

For me, any story that forces you to turn the next page and drives you to the end to see how it ends up is a good one. This book does just that. It was a smooth sailing kind of love story that lulls you away from you predictable life. (I read this one a road trip, and after awhile, all the trees look alike). The author does an excellent job of slowly developing this story, so the reader feels invested in the characters and the plot line. The male love interest was certainly an incredible Knight in shining armor and a strong foil for the female lead. This is book two in the series. I have not read book one, but I feel like this one certainly serves well as a stand alone. There was nothing I didn’t understand because I had not read the first one. I did have a couple of issues with this book. The male dialog seems a little too strained. I do not know many men who talk in long paragraphs. So for me, it felt like a woman trying to talk like a man. I also think the author repeated a lot of details making the story a little longer than it needed to be. However, those two issues did not take away from the story, and I enjoyed the book. This is an author I would like to read more from especially on a cold night when all I want to do is cozy up and enjoy a fire.

 

Kelly Samuels is dedicated to her career and has received several promotions in her short tenure at Lattice Works. Kelly’s family is shocked when she returns home unemployed and without an explanation.

Alec Alvarez, a pediatrician from a family full of doctors, is focused solely on his career. He’s declared his bachelor status for life and has no desire for love, marriage, or babies. When Alec finds Kelly stuck on the side of a snowy road, neither of them are prepared for the feelings they begin to have for one another.

As Kelly and Alec grow closer, he wants to know why the once happy-go-lucky Kelly is hesitant to his touch, while Kelly just wants to find purpose to her life again. After Kelly tells two conflicting stories as to why she lost her job, Alec steps in to discover what truly happened. Can Kelly come to terms with what happened to her and move on with her life? And can Alec love enough to give-up his bachelorhood status for good?

Life’s Gateway to Happiness is the second book in Anne Stone’s The Show Me series.

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Anne Stone was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. but now lives in the cold state of Wisconsin with her faithful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She writes heartfelt sweet contemporary romance and is the author of the Show Me and Williams & Company series. She loves to tell a story and that’s what you’ll definitely get in an Anne Stone novel.

Anne’s degree is in education but has worked in the corporate sector managing a large number of staff. Now, she works from home where part of her day is still spent in the corporate world and the other part is dreaming of her heroes and heroines.

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