Finding Us~Debra Presley ~Review by Mari

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Book Title: Finding Us (A Nucci Securities Novel)
Author: Debra Presley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 31, 2015
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Book Blurb

Pop star Abby Murphy is living every girl’s dream. She has fame, fortune, and a handsome boyfriend, a guitar player named Sean. That changes the night she finds him in the arms of another woman. Hurt and betrayed, Abby ends their relationship. But Sean won’t accept the breakup, and she soon learns that he’s had a hidden agenda all along. Overnight, Sean transforms from loving boyfriend to dangerous adversary, and Abby no longer knows who she can trust among her friends and family.

Abby turns to her bodyguard, Danny Nucci, a man who will do everything in his power to keep her safe. But when Abby realizes her feelings for Danny run much deeper than she thought, she refuses to give in to her attraction in order to preserve her new found independence as well as protect Danny from Sean’s machinations.

When Abby finally finds the strength to reclaim her life and acknowledge her growing love for Danny, will she be able to let him in? And will Danny be able to overcome his own demons to be the man she needs him to be? Or will she be forced to let him go forever?

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Overall Rating: 5

Summary:  Abby is a pop star who has been controlled/managed by her mother her whole life.  She doesn’t like everything but keeps going along with it until he boyfriend Sean is caught in a compromising position while on tour.  Abby has had enough and finally stands up for herself.  Sean however is not happy with the results.  He begins terrorizing Abby and that’s where Danny the bodyguard comes in.  Together Danny and his team along with Abby and her assistant face off against Sean and Viviane, Abby’s mother.  Love blooms in new places, will they get the happy ever after? Or will Sean get his way?

Hero: 5

Heroine: 5

Steam: 4.5

Plot: 5

Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book:  This is a must read of 2015!  It’s been a long time since I read a book that was a unquestionable 5 stars for me.  This book was it though.  Great storyline, great characters and I didn’t even mind there wasn’t a lot of sex in the book.  I was captivated from beginning to end.

Would I recommend this author:  YES, Debra does a fantastic job with her debut novel.  I can’t wait to see what she brings us next.

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Meet the Author

DebraPresleyButton.4Debra is a native New Yorker who made her escape to the suburbs. She often returns to her hometown to visit her favorite deli for a bagel with butter, because there’s no better bagel than a New York bagel. When not in search of bagels, Debra spends her time running Book Enthusiast Promotions, an online promotions company that helps indie authors spread the word about their books. She’s also the owner of The Book Enthusiast blog.

She started writing lyrics in her wall-to-wall NKOTB bedroom at the tender age of thirteen while dreaming of the day she’d become Mrs. Jordan Knight. That dream never came to fruition, but she has continued to write. Now she’s working on her first novel.

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Welcome Katie & Thank You Betas

Welcome

Everyone  meet Katie Thorne PA, she is a going to be a valuable asset to me.  Katie is coming on board to handle all my social media and online promotions.  You will see her posting a lot on my behalf in the Feisty Cats reader group as well as on my Author Page.  Once Katie has settled into her new job I foresee some great things happening..

About Katie: She is married with two children, lives in South Alabama, she is an avid reader and loves NASCAR and Alabama Football (ROLL TIDE!)

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A Christmas Miracle for Belle

This book will be submitted by the end of the week to the publisher contest.  I will know Sept 1 if it is selected to appear in the anthology.  If it is not selected that is okay.  The novel can be self published at a later time.

Shout out to my Betas

Each of these ladies places a critical role in my writing process.

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By My Side~Theresa Troutman ~Review by Mari

For the first time since it’s release, By My Side by Theresa Troutman is on SALE for $0.99. The sale lasts from July 20 – July 26. Get it now!!
Title: By My Side
Author: Theresa Troutman
Blurb
“Maybe it’s not what you’re running from, but what you’re running toward.”
Alicia travels to an exotic land, with hopes to reinvent herself. She moves to Auckland, New Zealand, to heal and escape her unhappy past in America.
Hunter works in a bar to distract himself from the memory of a tragic past. Playing in a local band and resorting to one night stands are his only means for an escape from his reality.
Brought together by circumstance, an unexpected romance blossoms between these two tortured souls.
Can being by each other’s side bring them the happiness they are desperate to discover? Or will being together break their fragile trust and lead to more heartache?
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Let me start with my disappointment, I read the blurb and expected maybe a little darker story, or hoped for a darker story may be the correct thing to say.  Instead I was pleasantly surprised by that storyline.  It was not has “dark” as I imagined but it was great all the same.  Alicia whole world changes and she moves from America to New Zealand where she meets Hunter.  Hunter is Yummy, Alicia is sweet.  Their friends are the kind of friends we all want to have in our corner.  The romance is quick and easy but not without some internal conflict that are easily handled.  The author does an excellent job of giving us a sweet, second chance at love story for the characters.

This book will make for an excellent read as your finish up these last week of summer.  I encourage you to one click your copy today.

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Theresa Troutman lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their crazy dog, Niko. She loves reading, theatre and traveling. Her books include: My Secret Summer, A Special Connection, By My Side and the Love’s Great Adventure Series: Life’s What You Make It and Love This Life and London Loves. She is currently working on contemporary romance – book 4 in the Love’s Great Adventure Series, which will be released in the Spring 2015. Theresa also writes erotica under the pen name T.S. Irons.
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Monday’s Musings

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Lori Madison, teacher and mom, lost her beloved husband six months ago to cancer. The last two years have been life altering in more ways than one.

Tate Jamieson, mechanic and ladies man extraordinaire became an escape for Lori during a year of her husband’s illness.

Tate’s past and Lori’s guilt forced them to part ways nine months ago, but now Tate’s back and determined to get what he wants. And he wants Lori.

Tate makes Lori feel alive. Can she get past her own guilt and allow Tate a chance to earn her trust with her heart?

Is it too late for them to have a second chance at love? Can they build a life together? Or will life keep them apart?


Other news:

Calendar has been updated make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun.

Finishing up revision and edits of Belle’s Christmas Miracle for submission to the anthology contest on Aug 1.

Other works in progress in queue: Beyond the Edge and YA short story for donation to an anthology

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Never Series by CM Stunich ~a Review

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CM Stunich is a sadist and I’m her pain whore….. Reading the Never series has been a roller coaster ride of happy, sad, and PAIN…Pain because this woman loves cliffhangers.    I reviewed the first book in the series here.

This review will take you through my thoughts on books 2-5

Finding Never

Never and Ty are on a bus to confront Never’s past.  We meet Never’s sisters, mother and her first love Noah.  Yep now I’m in love with the whole family.  Each of her sisters has their own demons from their past…Mom is a bitch, Noah is sweet, Ty is hot dark and sweet…Never is a bitch you love.  Her sister well you can’t help but like them all Beth then stand in mom, Jade an angry young woman, the little ones are just cute as buttons.

Keeping Never

Never and Ty get more time in this story.  Never has a secret, Ty gets a call from a lawyer telling him his mom is dying.  They travel to New York and we finally get Ty’s background story.  Why he is who he is. Never and Ty battle yet another demon from the past as Ty deals with his past.  Even having some nasty characters from his past reenter their lives.

Never Can Tell

Never and Ty are living in New York a small family trying to make it while cleaning out the mess of a house Ty’s mom left them.  Time comes and they travel back to Never’s family home.  It’s a permanent move for them.  I’m super happy to see them back with the Regali sisters.  All is well in my dark and twisty world of Ty and Never.

Can I just say I’m not sure who I love more Never or Ty…

Ty is hot, he has the whole bad boy, tattoo thing going, throw in his dark and twisty past and he is like a girl wet dream…

Never is got the whole dark and twisty past, temper, badassness thing going on…makes a girl want to be her.

 Never Let Go

This book is more about Zella and Noah.  Can I just say sweet Noah is growing on me in each book of the series?  However he never belonged with Never.  Never and Ty are the only two who make sense for each other.  But I digress.  Zella is home for Christmas break but she has had some nasty shit happen at school and hides it from her family.  Noah and Zella have one little misunderstanding after another.  Then Never and Ty have a little drama…and BAM the book is over….YES CM you are a  sadist!!!!  And I LOVE IT!!!!  Can’t wait for more.

It’s really hard to write a review and not give away all the things I want to say because truth is you need to read the books for yourself.  You won’t be disappointed.  Only thing I’m really happy about is finding this series “late” in the game… …the cliffhangers leave you wanting more…  and yes I’m patiently awaiting the release of book 6 as I type this….tick tock tick tock!!!!!

Buy this series….It  is worth the $$$, it’s worth the waiting of the next book….

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Rip Current~by Jill Sanders a Review

Title: Rip Current
Series: Grayton Series #3
Author: Jill Sanders
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Cole is used to fame and has had his fill of women who fall at his feet, but the one woman he desires the most shows nothing but disdain for him and his reckless ways.
 
Wendy can’t stand Cole, at least in her head. Her body and heart, on the other hand, desire him beyond anything else.

Her breath hitched when she played those words over in her mind. Dating. Was she really thinking about getting into a relationship with Cole Grayton?

She glanced at him again as he leaned closer to her, and his arm tightened around her shoulders. “What?” He leaned closer.

“Hmm?” She turned her eyes back to the screen as he chuckled.

“You keep stealing glances.” His finger went under her chin as he turned her head towards his. “What are you thinking about? Because obviously you’re not really into this show.” He nodded towards the television.

She sighed and glanced at his lips and decided she didn’t want to make up her mind about Cole just yet. Not until she’d had some fun. Who could blame her? It had been months since she’d had any fun. “You did mention something about making out like teenagers.”

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3 half star

Wendy is a bartender, Cole is a surfer/model.   Wendy works for Cole’s sister and instantly is attracted to him but stays away from him for personal reasons.  Time moves along in the story Cole is home from his jet setting and he has decided he is going after what he wants Wendy….Wendy while attracted to him, continues to fight him.  Cole’s personality is one that I like instantly.  I love how he is outwardly famous and put together but on the inside he has insecurities just like any other person.  Wendy while not unlikeable is not relatable to me.  It’s fun to watch these two come to terms with their demons and how their romance builds.  It’s a well written book, great steam, great characters, etc.

I struggled with understanding Wendy’s fears when it came to Cole’s risk taking.  I felt that I didn’t truly understand Wendy’s issue with what Cole did.  I was left scratching my head a couple of times as the conflict unfolded. I would have liked to really understood her fear of risk taking making me sympathize with her more versus being left questioning why she felt that way.

Despite my confusion with Wendy’s motivation, overall I found this to be a cute story, very likeable characters, and look forward to the next book in the series.


“It’s just that I really want stability in my life.”

“I know,” he said again and took her hand in his. “But sometimes what you want and what you need are two different things.”

She couldn’t stop the burst of laughter from slipping out of her lips. “What makes you believe that?” She stopped in front of her door, her keys in her hands.

He smiled and leaned against her front railing. “Invite me in and I’ll tell you.”

She chuckled. “That’s probably the worst idea I’ve heard yet.”

His smile grew. “Won’t know until you give it a try.”



Jill Sanders is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Pride Series, Secret Series and West Series romance novels. Having sold over 150,000 books within 6 months of her first release, she continues to lure new readers with her sweet and sexy stories. Her books are available in every English speaking country and are now being translated to 6 different languages, and recorded for audiobook.
 
Born as an identical twin into a large family, she was raised in the Pacific Northwest, later relocating to Colorado for college and a successful IT career before discovering her talent as a writer. She now makes her home on the beautiful emerald coast in Florida where she enjoys the beach, hiking, swimming, wine-tasting, and of course writing.
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Monday’s Musings

It’s awesome to be writing  and interacting with my readers again.  I mentioned last week I had several projects.  I’m working daily a little on each one in hopes to complete them all by the end of the year.

Here is the Current Status:

Belle’s Christmas Miracle–  This piece will be submitted by Aug 1 and I will know Sept 1 if it will be included in the Christmas anthology.  If it is not included in the anthology all is not lost…I have plans for it that include self publishing.

Twice Loved– This story is really growing me as a writer.  It’s a bit different from what I normally write.  I originally looked at publishing this under the pen name Kitten James and that may still happen.  However you can follow the progress of this story as I’m submitting it into the Harlequin #SYTYCW contest on Wattpad.  Twice Loved Link.   I would love each of you reading it, commenting on it, and voting for it as I submit a couple chapters a week from now until the Sept 21 Deadline

Beyond the Edge–  I’ve had to back track a little with my Knight Series.  What does this mean? It means I’m re reading Books 1 & 2 so that Book 3 is fresh and new and keeps the fire that is Kat and Cole.  Big things will happen in Book 3 for our supercouple. As always my goal is to improve my writing and give you the readers a better story each time. Never fear though the first few chapters are already roughed out.

Sophie’s Anthology– Well  good news is  the rough draft has been started…still trying to find the perfect title for this story.  Writing YA is a refreshing change sometimes.  It clears my mind allows me to focus on things other than sex.  (not that I mind sex he he)

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