The Emerald Heart of Courtenay by Anita Stansfield
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications
The moment her father takes his final breath, Sarah Courtenay becomes the sole heir of her family’s sprawling castle—and something far more unexpected. For on his deathbed, Lord Courtenay left his daughter a cryptic message: a dark curse will fall upon the house should Sarah fail to obtain and protect a priceless treasure. Sarah’s astonishment upon discovering the carefully hidden sword sparkling with jewels is nothing compared to the shock she feels when she learns the nature of her father’s death: he was poisoned. And now, Sarah herself might possess something worth killing for. Desperate to avoid her father’s fate, Sarah flees the only home she’s ever known, taking with her a loyal maid and a hired bodyguard, who will stop at nothing to protect the beautiful woman in his care. From the safety of a remote farm, Sarah finds a renewed measure of peace and hope for the future. But the sinister weapon that glitters amid her belongings in that small farmhouse beckons a shadowy enemy, one who will not be deterred from taking everything from Sarah—including her life
Review by LAWonder10:
This was one of this author's most intriguing novels! Young Adults, and adults alike, will surely enjoy this great "Summer Read".
Sarah not only grieved for her father's death, as only heir to his fortune, she never dreamed how dangerous that would be. Now she must flee for her life and try to find answers. She fears she can trust almost no one.
This adventure captivates one's interest from the beginning until the end. The reader is kept guessing "Who did it" all the way trough the book.
The story addresses the issues of greed, superstition, entitlement, loyalty and romance.
The characters are developed well and they feel very real. The background scenes are described in a way the reader feels he/she is there.
I offer a Five Stars rating for this book.
* This book was gifted me by the publisher with no urging for a positive review. This is my honest review.
About Anita Stansfield
Anita Stansfield has been a queen of romantic fiction for more than a decade. Her work has shattered the stereotypes of romance novels with her trademark ability to combine great storytelling with intense psychological depth as she focuses on the emotional struggles of the human experience. Her novels cover a huge spectrum, from the eighteenth century to the present, from heart warming to heart stopping. Hundreds of thousands of readers agree: Anita Stansfield's characters and the lives they lead are not easy to forget. Anita also writes mainstream historical fiction (Horstberg Saga) under the name Elizabeth D. Michaels. The first book in that series is called Behind the Mask. You can see her Elizabeth D. Michaels books on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00J23ZXF8.
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The Redgrave Murders by A.L. Sowards
Published July 2019 by Covenant Communications | 272 pages
ISBN: 1524409456 (ISBN13: 9781524409456)
Loss is inevitable, as Evie Hampton knows all too well. But despite losing her mother to cancer and her older brother to a war, she knows she’s one of the lucky ones. After all, she still has her father, a distinguished professor of medieval history. And she has Gary Redhawk, the man she loves despite the emotional scars he carries from the Second World War—and despite her father’s opposition to their relationship.
When a freak accident sends Evie’s car careening off the road, she chalks it up to poor maintenance, or sheer bad luck making another appearance in her life. Little does she know a host of hardships is just beginning—the car was her father’s, and the brake lines were deliberately cut. Someone wants them dead—but why? All fingers point to Gary, a man with a troubled past and no solid alibi, but Evie is unwilling to believe he’s involved. Determined to uncover the truth, she begins to piece together a startling picture of deception and vice. But as she closes in on the truth, it is clear that someone is determined to silence her—and the next attempt on her life may be a deadly success.
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Evie had suffered the loss of her mother and her brother, but luckily she had her father, an aunt, and two cousins remaining of her family.
Gary, had lived a rough life. After serving in the Army Special Forces and being a prisoner of war, he now experienced horrendous nightmares, adding to the nightmare of his past.
Gary was a half Native American. In this day and age, that shouldn't matter, but to Evie's prestigious family, it did. None of them felt Gary was good enough for her regardless of his sacrifices, plus, his perfect GPA in college. With his problems, Gary felt he was not good enough for Evie, but he still wanted her.
After a heated argument with her father, Evie stormed out the door, taking the only car readily available... Her dads.
She soon realized she had no brakes! Was this a fluke or was somebody trying to kill her dad... or her?
This was an amazing tale of unconditional love, betrayal, and suspense.
The story flows smoothly from one event to another , keeping the reader wondering, "Who done it"?
The characters and scenes were very vivid and easy to picture in one' mind.
The Book Cover was not very "eye-catching" but was a good fit. The Title was chosen well.
I offer a Strong Four Stars rating.
* This book was gifted me with no urging for a positive review. This is my honest review.
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I love books, so that makes Goodreads my favorite social media site. As a reader, I enjoy a variety of books. As a writer, I create historical novels with a wholesome mix of action, adventure, and romance. My novels include a Whitney Award winner and several Whitney finalists.
I grew up in Washington State, then came to Utah to attend BYU. I’m still in Utah, where I live with my husband, three children, and an ever-growing library. I'm usually reading a couple books at once and working on multiple writing projects too. Other than that, my life is pretty ordinary. I'm grateful for that. I'll let the characters in my books have all the adventures.
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Reunited with the Cowboy (Heroes of Shelter Creek #1) by Claire McEwen
Published July 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming | 368 pages
She can save his ranch…
But can he forgive her?
Maya Burton knows she’s the last person rancher Caleb Dunne wants to see. After all, she survived the crash that killed his sister, and then left town. Now she has to convince the stubborn cowboy that she can help him save his ranch. But once she earns his trust—and his heart—will she be able to walk away?
BOOK REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Maya had fled as far away from home as she could after the cruel words from the man she had planned on spending the rest of her life with. Now, after many years, she was given an assignment to spend her summer there, leasing to a promotion and her dream job. This was good, right? It would give her a chance to visit her grandmother, who had determined she could no longer travel so far to visit her granddaughter.
After the tragic accident that took the life of his sister, causing him to drive away the "love of his life", Caleb witnessed the deterioration of his parents marriage. He abruptly joined the Army Special Forces. After serving in Afghanistan, he had gained a much different perspective of life. With the reoccurring nightmares and guilt, his life was a mess! He returned home to his families, once prosperous ranch, only to discover his father had let it fall to ruin, and had moved away. Now, Caleb would need a small miracle to save it. He pulled all his resources together to delay foreclosure, but if he didn't have a prosperous season, he would loose everything. The main problem was, he could not afford to hire help so the rebuilding and producing a substantial increase was all dependent on him, alone.
When Maya witnessed the deterioration of Caleb's ranch, through her guilt and strong feelings for Caleb, she wanted to use her education and knowledge to help, but how could she ever get him to accept it, when he made it clear he never wanted to see her again?
This is a, somewhat predictable drama, but very well-written, with a couple of interesting "twists". The reader is sure to "fall in love" with the characters. The background scenes are also portrayed in a way it is easy to visualize.
This is a great "Summer read"!
The title is well-chosen and the Cover pleasantly depicts the story.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating*This book was gifted me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Claire McEwen lives by the ocean in Northern California with her family and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When not dreaming up new stories, she can be found digging in her garden with a lot of enthusiasm but, unfortunately, no green thumb. She loves discovering flea-market treasures, walking on the beach, dancing, traveling and reading, of course!
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Sweet Home Alaska (Northern Lights #5) By Beth Carpenter
Contemporary Romance | Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
July 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming
Some sparks last forever.
But once burned…
World traveler Dr. Scott Willingham is known for being calm and levelheaded—except where Volta Morgan is concerned. In the ten years since they parted, Scott still can’t forget her. Now he’s come to Alaska to find Volta and finally let her go, only to find their attraction is stronger than ever. Can Scott leave her behind one last time…or has he truly found a place to call home?
Book Review by LAWonder10:
Emma was content in her life as a single mom until a nemesis from her past evolved.
Emma was a successful Parametric with the emergency services organization in Alaska. Dr. Scott was the one who ended their relationship and broke her heart eleven years ago. What were the chances he would show up, here in Alaska?
This is a fun tale of a man looking for the love he walked away from so many years ago, in hope he could somehow rekindle that love.
It was somewhat predictable, but with a couple of "twists" and was so well-written, it still earns a strong Four Stars rating.
This book was gifted me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review..
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Once upon a time ...
when Beth Carpenter was a little girl, she read everything she could get her hands on, and entertained herself on the school bus by making up stories in her head. Not a lot has changed. She's still consuming books like M&Ms, and spends her days creating happily-ever-afters for her imaginary friends.
She lives in Alaska and Arizona with her husband and an aggressively affectionate fifty-pound lap dog. She loves to hear from readers.
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Book Title: Ivy (The Montgomery Sisters Book 3) by Kat Flannery
Category: Historical western romance, 164 pages | Genre: Adult Non-Fiction
Publisher: Picco Press | Release date: November 11, 2018
Format available for review: ebook (ePub, PDF + mobi) | Tour dates: July 1-31, 2019
Content Rating: PG + M (swearing and mild violence)
Ivy Montgomery is tired of her sister’s constant nagging and protectiveness. Blind, she decides to escape in the middle of the night when she is captured and brought far from home. With no understanding of the outside world, Ivy must use her keen abilities to navigate the wilderness around her. Anger and hopelessness are her only defenses against the things she cannot do.
Until she meets a strong-minded Lakota Chief, who will not let her cower to the blindness any longer. Lakota Sioux Chief of the Paha Sapa, Hotah is on a hunt for his brother, Kangi. Cast from their tribe five years before, Kangi has grown a dark spirit and a hatred for all white people. Now on reserved land, Hotah makes a deal with the General to capture his brother in return for his people to have the provisions they need. After rescuing Ivy, he promises to take her home, but danger is near and Hotah soon realizes it is not just his brother he should fear.
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Book Title: Fern (The Montgomery Sisters Book 1) by Kat Flannery
Category: Historical western romance, 182 pages | Genre: Adult Non-Fiction
Publisher: Picco Press | Release date: April 4, 2018
Format available: ebook (ePub, PDF + mobi) | Tour dates: July 1-31, 2019
Content Rating: PG + M (The occasional swear word, not the F-word, mild violence)
Can one woman heal the heart of a lawman? A gardener who uses plants to heal, Fern Montgomery is an outcast who refuses to be pushed out of town. When her friend is murdered and all fingers point to Fern as the only suspect, she must find a way to prove her innocence while fighting off unwanted feelings for the sheriff. Sheriff Gabe Bennett has his mind set on arresting Sarah Fuller’s killer. But his key suspect isn’t what he expected. He soon realizes there is more to the quiet gardener than he’d first anticipated. As passion blooms, Gabe is forced to face his feelings—and the woman who has stolen his heart.
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Book Title: Poppy (The Montgomery Sisters Book 2) by Kat Flannery
Category: Historical western romance, 140 pages | Genre: Adult Non-Fiction
Publisher: Picco Press | Release date: May 16, 2018
Format available: ebook (ePub, PDF + mobi) | Tour dates: July 1-31, 2019
Content Rating: PG + M (The occasional swear word, not the F-word, mild violence)
Poppy Montgomery has always been good with a gun and could fight her way out of anything. Tough as nails and a sharp shooter, her beauty deceives the outlaws she’s after. Hot on the trail of the Clemmons gang, a group of outlaws who rob trains and killed an innocent woman and child a few months before, she is determined to make them pay for the sin’s they’ve committed by bringing them to justice. Pinkerton, Noah Shaw is investigating a ring of stage robberies and knows the Clemmons gang is behind them. Told to track down the infamous redheaded bounty hunter, Noah gets more than he bargained for when he arrests Poppy for assault. Handcuffed together the pair must work together to stop the robberies, and figure out who is behind them. But what happens when love interferes and thrusts Poppy into discovering emotions she never knew existed? Will she choose the solitude she’s always known, or Noah’s sweet embrace?
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Meet the author:
Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. A member of many writing groups including the National Romance Writers of America (RWA), Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. When she’s not busy writing, or marketing Kat volunteers her time to other aspiring authors. She’s been published in numerous periodicals throughout her career, and continues to write for blogs and online magazines. A bestselling author, Kat’s books are available all over the world. The BRANDED TRILOGY is Kat’s award-winning series. With seven books published, Kat continues to write two novels a year.
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Book Title: Emperors of the Deep by William McKeever
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 320 pages | Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: Environment, Ocean Wildlife, Marine Life
Release date: June 25, 2019 Tour dates: June 25 to July 12, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Intense underwater moments and descriptions of interactions with Sharks both in diver and hunting situation)
In this remarkable groundbreaking book, a documentarian and conservationist, determined to dispel misplaced fear and correct common misconceptions, explores in-depth the secret lives of sharks—magnificent creatures who play an integral part in maintaining the health of the world’s oceans and ultimately the planet.
From the Jaws blockbusters to Shark Week, we are conditioned to see sharks as terrifying cold-blooded underwater predators. But as Safeguard the Seas founder William McKeever reveals, sharks are evolutionary marvels essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem. We can learn much from sharks, he argues, and our knowledge about them continues to grow. The first book to reveal in full the hidden lives of sharks, Emperors of the Deep examines four species—Mako, Tiger, Hammerhead, and Great White—as never before, and includes fascinating details such as:
* Sharks are 50-million years older than trees;
At once a deep-dive into the misunderstood world of sharks and an urgent call to protect them, Emperors of the Deep celebrates this wild species that hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of the ocean—if we can prevent their extinction from climate change and human hunters.
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William McKeever is a writer and documentary Filmmaker. He is the founder of Safeguard the Seas, an NGO dedicated to ocean conservation. He is the producer and director of the forthcoming feature-length documentary Man Bites Shark.
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Book Title: Burton Blake by Robert Tucker
Category: Adult Fiction, 518 pages | Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Tell-Tale Publishing Group LLC / Wise Words Publishing
Release date: 1/06/2019 | Tour dates: May 27 to June 28, 2019
Format available for review: print, ebook (PDF, mobi and ePub)
Content Rating: R (Depictions of violence are minimal. Quite a bit of profanity..)
In this sequel to the well-received The Revolutionist, the American journey of three generations locks the neophyte company president, Burton Blake, in a vicious struggle with corporate intrigue, financial greed, and social corruption. Born to a taxi dancer at the beginning of the Second World War, Burton’s father, Elias Blake, never knows his natural father, who is killed in the South Pacific. He is raised by his mother and stepfather from her second marriage who makes his fortune during the post war real estate boom of the 50’s. Their untimely death by his business partner leaves the boy Elias in the guardianship of his mother’s best friend and her marine vet husband who introduces him to the macho culture of guns and hunting.
Elias’s youth is influenced by the adult world’s drive for personal material gain. Over the next decades, he expands his parents’ original real estate empire into the diversified multi-divisional, multi-national corporation that he leaves to his son, Burton. Upon his forced return from traveling and working with oppressed third world people, Burton learns increasingly more about the true nature of his deceased father as he undertakes the challenges of leading the company in a new direction.
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Book Title: The Revolutionist by Robert Tucker
Category: Adult Fiction, 649 pages | Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Tell-Tale Publishing Group LLC / Wise Words Publishing
Release date: 12/03/2017 | Tour dates: May 27 to June 28, 2019
Format available for review: print, ebook
Content Rating: PG + M (This book does not contain any gratuitous violence. Any depicted violence is relevant to the historical period, as are scenes of white slave prostitution, sexual and physical abuse, and one of an abortion mill. They are written with sensitivity as to time and place and with appropriate literary language. There is quite a lot of profanity)
Two different families escape from the political tyranny of their respective homelands, the Josephsons from Sweden and Matias and Kurt Bauman, brothers from Germany and Austria Hungary, with the aid of a Viennese opera diva, Sophie Augusta Rose, and Jean Guenoc, a former Jesuit priest, family friend and protector and partisan of the French underground. Their journey brings them to America in the throes of the industrial revolution during the 1890s and early 1900s.
Ingrid and Olaf Josephson settle on a small wheat farm in North Central Minnesota to raise their children, Newt and Julie. Among the Jewish entrepreneurs forced to leave Germany and Austria-Hungary, Matias and Kurt Bauman re-establish their transportation company in Chicago, Illinois. In search of a secret list of insurgent social democrats, the bounty hunter assassin, Luther Baggot, tracks his victims to the American heartland. Following the murder of their mother and father, Newt, Julie, and their friends, Aaron and Beth Peet, hide from the killer in a Northern Minnesota logging camp. Believing the children have taken possession of the list, Luther tracks them down and they are forced to flee again, this time to Chicago where a different world opens up to them as they are thrust into the turmoil and violence of an urban society and economy careening into the new century.
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Robert is published by Tell-Tale Publishing Group LLC / Wise Words Publishing under a multi-book contract. The author of four previous earlier novels, Robert infuses his books with unique dynamic stories and characters that portray social and cultural conflicts of their time. His career encompasses many years as a business consultant that have given him access to a wide range of organizations and an appreciation for people in all areas of society. His life experience is reflected in the literary quality of his work. Born and raised in the Middle-West, he has traveled throughout the United States and abroad.
Now retired, he resides with his wife in Southern California where he devotes full-time to writing. Robert is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Masters Degree in Communications at the University of California, Los Angeles where he received the Samuel Goldwyn and Donald Davis Literary Awards.
An affinity for family and the astute observation of generational interaction pervade his novels. His works are literary and genre upmarket fiction that address the nature and importance of personal integrity.
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Daring Summer by Elyse Douglas\
Publisher: Broadback (May 1, 2019) | ISBN:978-1093138429
Category: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance
Tour dates: June 24-July 31, 2019 | Available in Print and ebook, 285 pages
Description Daring Summer by Elyse Douglas
A hot summer beach--
A marriage gone wrong--
Daring eyes and daring love, betrayed by a secret passion.
Kim feels trapped in a loveless marriage to a jealous, wealthy older man. He blames her for crippling him in an auto accident that he himself caused. Kim strives to make the marriage work, despite her husband’s blame, verbal abuse, and bitterness. When she meets a wickedly handsome man on the beach, she fights not to want him, not to want a new life and not to fall in love.
But Derek is seductive and irresistible—a former soldier who has recently come to town to start a landscaping business. Kim falls hard for him, as he does to her. Although Kim wants a divorce, her husband finds out about their affair and devises a plot to destroy them both. They must struggle to survive a web of lies, deceit and dangerous passion.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Kim is much younger than her husband which may account for his jealousy... A jealousy which almost cost them, both, their lives. Kim got out of the car in time, but her husband did not flee and is now paralyzed. The problem is, she feels guilty when she has no reason to feel that way. Her husband blames her and refuses to talk to her, or even acknowledge she is his wife, financially and every other way. Kim hopes with time he will return to the man she married.
Derek was starting his own business in his "dream location" where he intended to settle down and one day have a family. After meeting Kim on the beach one evening, he could not get her out of his mind. She was a married woman and he didn't condone such interactions. He certainly didn't need the complication of a relationship on his life.
Little did either of them know what was happening without their knowledge!
This is a book which can keep the reader "on the edge of his/her seat". There are several twists and a lot of emotion involved..
The characters feel real, the scenes portrayed so they are easily visualized. The Book Cover is attractive and the Title and Cover are both "fitting."
This is very well written. There are a couple of sex scenes which are very suggestive but fades out before they become explicit. There is also some brief profanity scattered throughout the book.
It earns a Five Stars rating for its literary content and style.
This book was gifted with no requirement for a positive review. This is my hones review.
“5 stars, another great, emotional read from this author!! I was hooked the minute I started reading it. Be warned you will need a box of tissues to read. I really love this author!”- Melissa Mendoza, Anne & Melissa’s Book Love
“I found this to be a satisfying, well developed warm and enriching read. It gave me a lot to think about. I will recommend it to readers of both genders, age high school and up, who like substance in their novels.”-Laura Reading, Laura’s Interests
“The book is more than just a contemporary romance – it’s a family saga, a book about the bonds of family, about love (not just between partners but between parents and children), about life and the choices we make. It’s heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. The writing is hauntingly beautiful, and the author has a talent for crafting believable characters. An excellent book, and I look forward to reading more by this author.”- Majanka, I Heart Reading
“Great story, I give it five stars. I thought the book was wonderful and emotional, and I loved the writing style and how the words flowed. I was happy to fantasize about being there to watch the story unfold. I loved this story; took me back to my young beach days.”-Diana’s Book Reviews
GUEST POST: Is It Possible to Fall in Love at First Sight? By Elyse Douglas
I have thought about this question many times in my life, especially since it often occurs in our novels. As writers, we’re in good company. Just scroll through the list of the most popular romantic novels, movies and plays, and you’ll see that many showcase a star-struck lover. Case in point: the immortal Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
Do you believe in love at first sight? Below are some quotes that may surprise you. The first two are from women, the second two from men.
The advantage of love at first sight is that it delays a second sight. —Natalie Clifford Barney
I believe in love at first sight for houses - but not for people. —Danielle Steel
For me and my wife, it was love at first sight. —Jeff Bridges
Whoever loved that loved not at first sight? —Christopher Marlowe
I confess I do believe in love at first sight. I have to. My husband, Doug, tells me he fell in love with me at first sight. Did I with him? Well, no, I must confess. It took me a bit longer. The subject is an endless source of debate between us as we write novels about couples who meet and fall in love. Do they fall in love at first sight? Or must they undergo some crucible that eventually knits their hearts together in love? Two very different approaches and two very different novels.
I might agree with George Bernard Shaw, who said, “First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.”
In a 2018 article in Psychology Today, written by Theresa E. DiDonato, Ph.D., science weighs in on this subject. The article is entitled Is Love at First Sight Real?
“… Researchers asked nearly 400 men and women to complete surveys about potential romantic partners immediately after first encountering those individuals. This included indicating their agreement with the statement, ‘I am experiencing love at first sight with this person,’ as well as reporting how physically attractive they found the person, and how much passion (i.e. sexual attraction) they felt.”
What did the researchers conclude?
1. Love at first sight isn’t just biased memory. (It’s a powerful initial attraction that might become a relationship.)
2. You’re more likely to feel love at first sight with beautiful people. (Isn’t beauty in the eye of the beholder?)
3. Men report love at first sight more often than women. (Researchers aren’t sure why.)
4. Love at first sight isn’t usually mutual. (One partner's powerful first experience may help shape the other person's recollection.)
5. Love at first sight isn’t really “love.”
Again, from the article: “In sum, the science favors the romantics. Love at first sight actually is experienced by people, but it's not so much “love” or “passion.” Instead, it's a strong pull or attraction that makes someone particularly open to the possibilities of a relationship.”
Okay then, fine. In our new novel, Daring Summer, Kim and Derek are intensely attracted to each other at first sight. Call it love or call it lust that morphs into love, but they do develop compassion, commitment and tenderness that sees them through a very difficult journey.
By the way, Prince Harry reportedly experienced love at first sight, saying he knew Meghan Markle was the one for him “the very first time we met.” (BBC interview)
Portia de Rossi has said pretty much the same about Ellen DeGeneres, as has Matt Damon about his wife, Luciana.
Has love at first sight ever happened to you? No… Well, who knows, it could happen tomorrow as you approach the corner of Lonesome Way and Cupid Corner! - Elyse Douglas
About Elyse Douglas
Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse grew up near the sea, roaming the beaches, reading and writing stories and poetry, receiving a master’s degree in English Literature. She has enjoyed careers as an English teacher, an actress and a speech-language pathologist.
Douglas has worked as a graphic designer, a corporate manager and an equities trader. He attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and played the piano professionally for many years.Website: www.elysedouglas.com
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From What’s Broken by R.M. Demeester
Publication date: June 21st 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Amanda and Matthew are on the cusp of their happily ever after. They have a stable marriage and a lovely daughter, and they are eagerly awaiting the birth of their second. Suddenly tragedy strikes and the couple’s picture-perfect life crumbles. Ivory, their firstborn child, dies in an accident. Not knowing how to deal with their pain, Amanda and Matthew blame each other for their loss and drift apart. They soon realize their relationship might not bear the burden, leaving their surviving daughter to cope with the aftermath of two grief-stricken parents.
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Rebecca nudged me, but I pretended to be asleep. She shook me again. I groaned but didn’t move. She heaved out a single weighty breath. It felt like someone was sitting on my chest. Why did I promise her that we’d visit her parents this afternoon? I wasn’t ready to tell them that we were back together. They loved me when we first dated, but then I broke her heart. There was no way they’d give me another chance, was there?
The entirety of the quaint, little town we both came from talked about how much they hated me. What would they think about Rebecca giving me another chance? The neighbors and all our close friends would have something to say. Her folks came from a conservative community, and I knew all too well how much they frowned upon married men dating before getting divorced. They had spread rumors that Amanda was my mistress back in the day, but that hadn’t been the case. It was true I had moved on, but I hadn’t cheated on Rebecca. Not like I had done to Amanda.
She nudged me harder. “Come on, Matt. Wake up.”
I grumbled and turned over to make eye contact with her. “I’m getting up. I didn’t sleep well last night.” It was the truth.
R.M. Demeester lives in Saskatchewan, Canada. She is the mother of three young children, and owner of a rescue dog, a chocolate lab, Gainer. R.M. Demeester has been writing for as long as she could hold a pencil. She writes women's fiction, new adult, and sweet romance primarily. She has two women's fiction novels set to be released in 2019, along with several short stories.
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Feed 4: The Corporation by Nicole Grotepas
Publication date: June 20th 2019 | Genres: Adult, Dystopian
Sometimes a hero has to lose everything to discover what matters most.
Still trapped in the dangerous heart of the Kirkwood Broadcasting empire, Ramone works to meet his captor’s demands: create a device to block the feeds.
But . . . aren’t they in control of the feeds? And how will they use such a tool?
Though it’s against everything he believes in, Ramone is prepared to give Kirkwood the tool they want in exchange for what he wants—a guarantee that his family will be safe.
But the way forward isn’t easy.
Allegiances will be questioned. Traitors will continue to rise and fall. Maybe there’s a way out without compromising the ideals he sacrificed once, years ago. He only has to trust the turncoat who offers him an alternative.
But as the corporation prepares to covertly unleash its massive army of surveillance cameras upon the rest of the world, Ramone can see that there really is only one option: do not give them what they want.
He only has everything to lose if he screws up.
For fans of surveillance dystopian works such as 1984, We, and revolutionary TV series like The Prisoner and Black Mirror. Can you survive the feeds?
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Excerpt #2; Ghosteye’s POV:
In his room, Ghosteye sank to the rose-colored sofa—propping his crutches against the cushion—and felt a strange emptiness swallow him. He should be used to being alone. It was the one thing he understood, the one thing he had been more than he’d ever been anything else: on his own. It was what he preferred. He liked having time to think. A carved out space in the world where he was just himself: Ghosteye, the one who saw, who enticed a story from the raw materials of mundane people. Their existence was random and unimportant, until he forced them into the spotlight. To become the lofty. The desirable. For that, he was powerful. He could make someone. He could break them. There was no end to what he could do.
And yet, if all that were true, why did this sudden loneliness sound as heavy and explosive as a rocket engine? Why didn’t it feel sleek, smooth, and comfortable? Maybe . . . maybe he enjoyed being around people? Blythe, Marci, Beth, and the bustling camp of people—even the short time he was there, he’d grown used to the busy atmosphere, the constant intrusions on his thoughts. Nothing now. Just himself in the thick room full of rather frilly extravagances, a bedspread, French doors leading exquisitely into the bedroom. A fireplace. And he didn’t have to see the bathroom to know that its raw materials probably cost as much as a house for some people. Like those who lived on the lowest tiers of Sweet Life. He’d unintentionally—or intentionally, he couldn’t decide—endorsed that awful system by being such a key component in its workings.
He should be crushed for that. He should be sent to the salt mines of some long-forgotten tyrannical dictator for being the eyes that saw everything but never did anything. And the things he had seen. . . .
Some of them he’d rather forget.
And now. He was the one being watched. He was no longer powerful. His power, would it be in saving Ramone? Could he?
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Nicole writes stories about surveillance and how it affects human behavior, colonization, AI, robots, and a bunch of other impossible but cool scenarios. She studied folklore in college and believes that the best parts of any story touch on these living, changing elements of culture.
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Dating by the Book by Mary Ann Marlowe
Published by: Kensington | Publication date: June 25th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis: Is love just something you find in books?
Six months ago, writer and bookstore owner Maddie Hanson was left at the altar. Since then, she’s had zero interest in romance—despite the fact that she runs a book club full of sexy eligible bachelors. But when her latest novel is panned by an anonymous blogger who goes by the name Silver Fox—and who accuses her of knowing nothing about passion—she decides to prove her nemesis wrong by seeking a romance hero in real life . . .
There’s the smoldering rock musician, the bookish college professor, and her competitive childhood friend who may want to steal her bookstore more than her heart. Even Silver Fox is getting in on the action, sending Maddie alarmingly—and intoxicatingly—flirtatious emails. And that’s not all. Her ex wants her back.
Now Maddie is about to discover that like any good story, life has twists and turns, and love can happen when you least expect it—with the person you least expect . .
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Some Kind of Magic is Mary Ann Marlowe's first novel. When not writing, she works by day as a computer programmer/DBA. She spent ten years as a university-level French professor, and her resume includes stints as an au pair in Calais, a hotel intern in Paris, a German tutor, a college radio disc jockey, and a webmaster for several online musician fandoms, plus she has a second-degree black belt. She has lived in twelve states and three countries and loves to travel. She now lives in central Virginia where she is hard at work on her second novel. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.maryannmarlowe.com, on Facebook, www.facebook.com/marlowemaryann/, and at twitter.com/maryannmarlowe.
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Book Title: Play to Live: Life Skills and Joy Through the Natural Talent to Play by Brian VanDongen
Category: Self help / Inner Child; creativity, 119 pages
Genre: Adult Non-Fiction (18+) | Content Rating: G
Publisher: BVDPlays | Release date: April 30, 2019
Tour dates: June 17 to July 5, 2019
Play To Live: Life Skills and Joy Through The Natural Talent To Play by author Brian VanDongen takes you back to your childhood to remind you about what being a child is all about. Playing! We all have those fond childhood memories of growing up playing with our friends in social settings. Developing social skills and learning how to handle friendships and relationships.
What we didn't realize at the time was that those skills we learned for the building blocks which lay the foundation for the rest of our lives. What are our children learning right now? How are they playing now and what part are we playing in how our children interact with the world around them.
For many children, their idea of play and playing now consists of talking to friends online and playing with electronic devices, staying safe indoors, and not venturing further than their own small safe world which we have created.
Inside Play To Live you'll discover:
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Throughout my book, Play to Live, and especially at the end of each chapter – sections called “Here’s the Play” – I provide tips and suggestions on how to easily incorporate play into your life and ways to help others live a more playful lifestyle.
The benefits of living playfully are many – namely, that people who play gain life skills and joy, hence the subtitle of the book.
When people are afraid to dance at a party, such as a wedding reception, a common phrase that others say to them is “dance like nobody is watching.” That phrase is supposed to calm the nerves of those slightly nervous to dance. It tries to help them remove the focus on them, and that everyone will be watching them, and judging them.
The same is true with play. Adults, especially, are sometimes a little nervous to be silly, to go down the slide, the build a sandcastle, to jump from rock to rock across a stream, to play carelessly. Maybe they should be told to “play like nobody is watching.”
But what if we told people to “play like everybody is watching?”
Play can be infectious. If one person is playing, it’s hard to be just an observer. It’s easier to jump right in, and play alongside, or play with that other person. When one person is playing, the social stigmas of “it’s just for kids,” or “I’m an adult now, I can’t do that” seem to disappear. After all, it’s hard to ignore the smiles, the laughter, and the joy that comes from playing freely.
If people played like everybody is watching, that playful energy will spread to others. The smiles will spread. The laughter will spread. And the joy will spread. All by simply playing like everyone is watching.
My book has many different tips on how to life playfully and incorporate play into your daily life. We can all play like nobody is watching, but let’s try to play like everybody is watching.
Meet the author:
Brian is a life-long "parks and rec kid." Now, he is a parks and recreation professional.
Brian has created, designed, and implemented transformational recreational programming for thousands of residents. Through his work as a park and recreation professional, Brian helps people play and find their natural talent to play.
He believes everyone has that talent, but it is sometimes hard to find, or even suppressed in today's society. Fortunately, play at its most basic level is easy, fun, healthy, and desirable. That playful talent just needs to be unleashed.
Brian has helped thousands of people find their natural talent to play and become happier and healthier people through the power of play.
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Book Title: The Setpoint Diet by Jonathan Bailor Category: Self-help/Weight Management, 311 pages
Genre: Adult Non-Fiction | | Content Rating: PG+M
Publisher: Hachette Books | Release date: December
2018 | Tour dates: June 17 to July 19, 2019
Join the 27,000 people who have achieved dramatic and long-term weight loss with The Setpoint Diet, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Calorie Myth.
Your body fights to keep you within a range of about 15 pounds--also known as your "setpoint weight." New research reveals that you can lower your setpoint and end that battle for good by focusing on the quality of calories you eat, not the quantity. With The Setpoint Diet, you will reprogram your body with a 21-day plan to rev up your metabolism, eliminate inflammation, heal your hormones, repair your gut, and get your body working like that of a naturally thin person--permanently.
The Setpoint Diet is a lower-carb menu that focuses on specific anti-inflammatory whole foods, including tons of produce, nutritious proteins, and therapeutic fats. Its creator, Jonathan Bailor, founded SANESolution, a weight loss company that has reached millions of people. Proven to help you lose weight naturally and maintain it, The Setpoint Diet is your new blueprint for healthy living.
About the Author:
JONATHAN BAILOR pioneered the field of wellness engineering and is the founder and CEO of one of the world’s fastest-growing permanent weight loss and diabesity treatment companies, SANESolution. He authored the New York Times best-seller The Calorie Myth, has registered over 26 patents, has spoken at Fortune 100 companies and TED conferences for over a decade and served as a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, where he helped to create Nike Kinect Training and Xbox Fitness. His work has been endorsed and implemented by top doctors from Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, and UCLA. A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of DePauw University, Bailor lives outside Seattle with his wife, Angela, and daughter Aavia.
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Kasey (The Dimarco Series Novella) by Jennifer Hanks
186 pages | Published February 28th 2019
Synopsis: Introducing an exciting new series filled with suspense, sacrifice, family, and most of all, the healing power of love. Welcome to the Family…
One. Defining. Moment.
Kasey Moore is happy to be home. Moving to New Hope as a teenager hadn’t been easy, but once she settled in, she couldn’t imagine herself living anywhere else. After four years in College, she’s finally back to living in the town she loves and working her dream job as a teacher at the Elementary School.
For Kasey, her life couldn’t be more perfect.
Until a school assembly, an arrogant man, and a hot encounter in a closet shakes up everything Kasey thinks she wants.
Ten years as a Navy SEAL and Jackson Dimarco is coming home.
Ten years of rigid schedules, almost unreachable expectations, and being a part of something bigger than himself has changed him. Coming home, trying to find himself, the last thing Jax wants to do is talk to an auditorium full of school kids about his time in the military, but when his brother signs him up that’s exactly what he ends up doing.
And he meets someone who challenges him in a way nobody has in a very long time. He meets someone who inspires him to become more than who he’s settled for. He meets someone who makes him feel alive again.
It’s just a shame she doesn’t feel the same way.
But Jackson Dimarco has always loved a challenge and Kasey Moore is the biggest incentive he’s ever had to win.
This is a novella in The Dimarco Series. Can be read as a standalone and at any point in the series. However, if new to the series, I’d recommend reading this novella before the first book in the series, Lucy.
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Jennifer Hanks is the author of The Dimarco Series as well as The Elite Securities Series. Her stories are contemporary romance and romantic suspense, all with the underlying message of the power and strength in love. She's also a sucker for a Happily-Ever-After. Her love of reading and books in general started at a very young age and has steadily grown into a love of writing as well. She admits to being addicted to all things romance and has no plans of quitting her habit. Jennifer lives in Pennsylvania with her two children. When she's not reading or writing, she can be found with her kids at their various activities. Her house is frequently filled with any combination of her children's friends, nieces, nephews and a variety of pets.
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Wrong Place, Wrong Time by E. James Harrison
Published June 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications
The first idyllic hours of Greg and Marena Walker’s Caribbean vacation are filled with turquoise water, sand as soft and white as powdered sugar, and gentle ocean breezes. But all too soon the Walkers find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now they are running for their lives . . .Scott Vaughn has made a lucrative career of secretly transporting illegal materials. Pay him enough, and he’ll move whatever you want from anywhere to anywhere. And though he has never met the Walkers, he needs them dead. His future depends on making certain they don’t have one.Wayne Hovey desperately wants Scott Vaughn—alive is best; dead is acceptable. And luck has handed him the perfect bait: Greg and Marena Walker.In a heart-pounding game of cat and mouse, each player is driven to succeed, never realizing they are all pawns in something much larger—and more dangerous—than any of them knows.
REVIEW By LAWonder10:
The Walkers were on a much needed vacation at the Caribbean.
What began as a very unique, fascinating trip to a part of the island unknown to most, ended up in a devastating conclusion.
Returning to America and their home in Utah, the Walkers felt safe again. Since their vacation was "cut short", they decided to go to their ranch in Idaho to "winterize" it. Little did they know wat they would face there.
This was a fast paced novel of a vacation turned for the worse and corrupt individuals.
This murder mystery will keep you in suspense until the las page!
The characters are well developed and the reader can feel their personalities. They, as well as the scenes, are easily visualized. The Book Cover and Title are very fitting. However, the Cover would not be an "eye-catcher" or a "browser".
The story flowed smoothly, with constant suspense to retain the reader's interest.
There is some graphic violence but otherwise recommended for YA, also.
The only negative I could find in this very well-written novel is, although the story was a great, realistic tale - based on actual events - there as a lack of feeling connected and a part of the tale. It just wasn't a "I just could not put it down" novel.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.
*This was gifted to me by the publisher with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
About E. James Harrison:
E. James Harrison was born in Salt Lake City and developed an early love for and fascination with the great men and women of the Bible while sitting on his parents' couch and flipping through the pages of Bible Stories for Children.
An avid student of the scriptures, he's been teaching (some might say confusing) youth and adults as a Sunday School teacher for over twenty years and is apparently destined to continue doing so until he gets it right or dies, whichever comes first.
A marketing communications consultant, he holds a bachelor degree with emphasis in creative writing and has written countless articles, newsletters, advertisements, and commercials. He has authored dozens of book in his mind, but his is the first he has committed to paper.
When not putting words on paper for himself or others, Jim can be found flying airplanes or boating with his family.
He and his wife Deborah live in St. George, Utah and are the parent of two daughters.
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