Book Review: Whiskey Surprises

Whiskey Surprises

by Jaqueline Snowe (Classic Curves #1)

Publication date: June 18th 2019 Genres: Adult, Contemporary,

Romance Description:

Five days of crazy no-strings sex. That was the deal. But when feelings sneak in, the risks are too high…

Fern Laughlin prefers two things to help deal with stress—whiskey or sex. The mysterious, handsome stranger at the hotel bar is the perfect combination and the best distraction before the night of her big event. After all, her job’s at stake—she has to raise revenue by five percent or she’s out of a career.

Rylan Cirula despises events like Silvas car shows but his late father’s wish was to get his ’67 Meridian certified in every category. Rylan follows through and is surprised to learn his amazing hookup was the vice-president of the company—and she’s not happy when he pursues her the next day.

She can’t afford any distractions during the show, but Rylan can’t get her out of his mind. She doesn’t care about his money and he doesn’t care about her aversion to relationships. Five days of crazy no-strings-attached sex. That’s the deal they strike.

But neither is prepared for feelings to find their way into the bedroom…

My Review:

Once I read what this book was going to be about. I started it right away and didn’t stop until I finished it. It only took me two days to finish. There was days of hot steamy sex, car shows, and maybe even a love story. Will Ryland and Fern just have 5 days of sex and no strings attacked? I was surprised to find out that the location of the book is right here in St. Louis where I LIVE! I knew exactly where the author was talking about on some of locations in the book. I enjoy books that you can use your imagination and picture everything that is happening. It was even better since I knew some of the locations that the author was talking about. Whiskey Surprises is a 5 star review for me. OH my did you see the cover.. nothing more screams sex. Not just sex, but HOT, Steamy sex.

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Addicted Book Review

BOOK DETAILS:

Addicted 
by Krys Fenner 
(Dark Road Series, #1) 
Publication date: September 29th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Description:

Sixteen-year-old Bella Kynaston has been the victim of a brutal rape, by someone she can only describe as ‘the scar-faced man.’ With little recollection of what happened, she must somehow rebuild her life. Being the person she once was proves more difficult than she imagined.

To complicate matters, Bella has just met Jeremiah Detrone, the new guy in school. He’s attractive, funny, and smart. All things she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. Too bad she’s conflicted over so many unexpected emotions. Without realizing it, she falls down a rabbit hole and begins walking a dangerous line between addiction and self-preservation.

As Bella works together with the police to bring her attackers to justice, will she be able to see it through to the end? And even if she does, will it only bring her more pain and misery? Or will she find an anchor in Jeremiah and figure out how to move forward?

MY REVIEW:

I liked that the book started out with a warning about the content. I like books that are up front with you about their book and that if you are a survivor of rape or sexual abuse that it could cause triggers for you.

The book started out slow and was hard to follow in some places. I felt like some of the characters needed to be developed more in the book. It was hard for me to take the time to read the book when I was not interested, but I wanted to know what happens because the description had me wondering. Bella’s reactions to how she was feeling after the attack I felt was described very well along with Jeremiah’s wanting to help her, but didn’t feel like he was doing a good enough job doing so.

The ending of the book was a big cliffhanger and now I want to read the second book, but I hope it does not start off like this one where I couldn’t get into it. At the end of the book it does give you a chance to read part of the second book, but I stopped because well honestly it was bed time.

OH, I must not forget… did you see the cover of the book!!! LOVE IT!

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Nicotine and Napalm Book Review and Giveaway

Nicotine and Napalm Book Review

About the book and Emily:
Emily Priest’s first compilation, Nicotine and Napalm, is a raw and unflinching exploration of love and loss. This collection of prose and poetry is one woman’s account of growing up in the modern world and her own discovery of sexuality, strength and weakness. Find out more about Emily on her website: http://emilythewriter.co.uk Or on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @EmilytheWriter


MY REVIEW: I read this book twice and I do recommended that do you that. You will feel and appreciate the writing more each time you read her book. It is raw and full of emotion. The book is a short quick read and easy to follow. Poetry is not for everyone, but if you like poetry then you should check this book out!OH, did you see the cover? It is BEAITUIFUL! I love the feel of the book in my hands.

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GIVEAWAY:When I get gifted a book I like to pass it along to those that might also like it. My only requirement is that you write your name or location in the book and share it once you are finished with it. It is my goal to read, review, give and see how far the book goes. To enter just comment and share! Winner will be chosen on July 2, 2019.

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An Unexpected Turn Book Review and Giveaway

An Unexpected Turn Book Review

What the book is about:

“When I take a good look at my reflection, I’m surprised that the face looking back at me in the mirror doesn’t look different than the one I’ve seen staring back at me for the last 27 years. I see the same brown hair and brown eyes, the same heart-shaped face, the same upturned nose. I feel like I should look different. That my face should show the upheaval and the weight of the last day, that it should somehow show how much has happened, how the course of my life has changed, but everything is still the same.”

Life is rarely ever predictable. It is rarely even kind. But… sometimes… just sometimes, those unexpected turns that throw you into the chaos and upheaval of loss lead you to the exact place you need to be.

This is a story about love, but it isn’t a romance. It is about holding on when it would be easier to let go, about fighting for those that can’t fight for themselves. It is about finding and creating family through the unpredictable, beautiful mess that is life.

My Review

I love everything about this book. It was written very well and it held my interest. I read it in a weekend! There were unexpected twist and turns. I needed to know what was going to happen next! This is a true love story that is very real and unpredictable. I personally even felt connected to characters in this novel that I needed to know what was going to happen next.

I do recommended reading this book. I think even if you are not into love stories this one will keep your interest and make you wonder what you would do in the same situation. This book can and might make you feel emotional, but isn’t that what we want!

Biography

TJ is a slightly sane artist, amateur photographer, book addict, wife and mom who has more hobbies than she can count, so it is beyond shocking that she manages to find time to do any of them, let alone most of them and still have time to do anything else. Of all the talents she claims, writing wasn’t one of them until her muse dropped the idea for a book on her head.

Giveaway

TJ gifted this book to, so I plan on gifting it to a reader! Thank you for reading and please comment and share this post to be entered!

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Masquerade: Oddly Suited BOOK REVIEW and Author’s Interviews

Masquerade: Oddly Suited

An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

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About the Book

Find love at the ball…

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?

Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…

My Recommendation:

READ IT! There is something for everyone! Do you want Love? Got it! Do you want vampires? Got it! Do you want time travel? Go it! This book has something for everything. All of them are short stories and they are just long enough that you can read one each night before you go to sleep. I do recommend this book to read as it has something for everyone and if you want to try to read something that you have not then this book will shed some light into other genres.

Author’s Interviews

Elizabeth Mueller:

When did you first realize you wanted to write a book? Did you first write your own book or is this one your first?

I realized that I wanted to write my first book when I was eleven years old. I wrote a short story (which felt especially long!) titled Thunder. It was about a wild stallion who fell in love with a domestic mare. Masquerade: Oddly Suited is by far not my first book. I’ve actually lost count.

Where do you get your idea’s from or do they just come to you?

They come to me from just about anywhere. Sometimes it comes from an object in a movie, or an old building, a cloud, a tree, a thought, maybe a struggle someone I know is facing. It’s hard to pin it down to one thing since my mind is all over the place.

How long did it take you to write your section of the book? Do you have a set schedule for when you are writing?

It took me less than a day to write The Cog Prince. As a homeschooling mom and with all five kids still living under one roof, I most definitely do have a schedule to write–it coordinates with my kids’ screen and bedtimes. Sometimes life happens and writing takes a step back.

Do you have a specific genre that you like to write about? Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

I love to write about anything that captures my muse but it must have a reoccurring element: romance! Oh, I enjoy most genres so long as there is romance. The genres I steer clear from are those I wouldn’t let my kids touch: horror and erotica.

What do you enjoy doing or do you have any hobbies?

Other than writing, I love to sing and draw and dance. Acting is another favorite pastime when it happens.  I enjoy watching movies with my kids or just hanging out with them talking about everything and anything.

Do you have any tips for those that want to write a book, but are scared to do so?

The biggest barrier is believing in yourself. I know it’s a very elementary answer, but it is true! Another thing is to find other writers–being a writer can be very lonesome but when we flock together, it’s amazing to see how much we have in common. It also helps bounce ideas off of friends who share the same love as you and to receive feedback. We do want our stuff to make sense to others, right?

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Blog: https://elizabethmueller.blogspot.com/

Website: http://www.elizabethmueller.com/

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Deborah Solice:

When did you first realize you wanted to write a book?

Did you first write your own book or is this one your first? I first realize that I wanted to be an author early on. Probably about fourth grade. I have written several stories-turned-books for curricular purposes and am contracted for five novels at the present time.

Where do you get your idea’s from or do they just come to you?

I find some ideas come to me when I’m binge-reading a certain genre and series. I prefer reading series because if I fall in love with the characters or writing style, it’s hard to let go. Then, I’ll get a story in my head and I have to write it. I’ll move on to a different genre and another idea is birthed.That’s why I have completed a Romantic Suspense novel that will be out sometime in the summer or early fall, and am currently on my second book of a contracted YA Speculative Fiction Series. FEARLESS HEART is YA Paranormal/Historical Fiction.

How long did it take you to write your section of the book? Do you have a set schedule for when you are writing?

FEARLESS HEART started out as a novel, but it felt right to end it at short story length. I’d say it took about two to three weeks to write it. (It was during a historical fiction/paranormal binging period.)

Do you have a specific genre that you like to write about? Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

I like to write what I read and that is varied. I love Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense, YA Contemporary, and YA Speculative Fiction.

What do you enjoy doing or do you have any hobbies?

I live in Moscow, Russia, during the school year, so I travel. A lot! I love to go to historical places with a view. These locations are where much of my inspiration originates and then builds into stories. My favorite places to explore are Ireland and Scotland. I do love parts of Italy, too. So much history, the people, their stories ease into your heart and live in your thoughts. Ah-ha! And becomes another story.

Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

I like to write what I read and that is varied. I love Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense, YA Contemporary, and YA Speculative Fiction.

Do you have any tips for those that want to write a book, but are scared to do so?

Yes. If you have a story, tell it. If you enjoy it, then it’s highly likely someone else will, as well. Writing can be cathartic. It can be company when you’re alone. It can let you escape for a little while and walk in someone else’s shoes. Form a support group … possibly Beta Readers / Family and with that support, you can do anything. Just do it!

Twitter: @debsolice

Blog:  https://thefabulistdotblog.wordpress.com

Facebook: Deborah Kelly    (penname)

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C.D. Gallant-King:

When did you first realize you wanted to write a book? Did you first write your own book or is this one your first?

I’ve been writing books for as long as I can remember. I still have handwritten and illustrated “books” that I made when I was about 7-8 years old. The oldest was about an elf who tricked a giant ogre to fall fall into a volcano. I have one from grade 4 about a Halloween decoration that came to life and killed people.

My first self-published novel, Ten Thousand Days, was officially released in 2015. I have released several other books and stories since then, including my contribution to the upcoming Masquerade anthology.

Where do you get your idea’s from or do they just come to you?

Lots of different places. Some are inspired by other books and stories, some are based on crazy things my kids say (I have an illustrated children’s book, currently unpublished, about teaching my son not to drink his bath water). Usually these ideas are just small bits, like a cool character or an interesting scene. But if I get enough of them and jam them together, I can create a full story.

How long did it take you to write your section of the book? Do you have a set schedule for when you are writing?

I don’t have a set schedule for writing. I get in my words wherever and whenever I can find the time. My story for Masquerade didn’t take particularly long, just a few days for the first draft. I like writing short stories because I can pound them out quickly when the inspiration strikes. With a novel it’s hard to keep that momentum going for 80,000 words or more,. It inevitably becomes a slog, like shoveling a driveway with a soup spoon.

Do you have a specific genre that you like to write about? Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

I write in lots of different genres, but the one thing they all have in common is comedy. I can’t take anything seriously, so all of my stories inevitably end up funny (or trying to be funny, anyway). I prefer to read comedy as well. I guess I don’t like it much when other people take themselves too seriously, either.

What do you enjoy doing or do you have any hobbies?

My hobbies include wrangling small children and trying to find time to write. And driving to and from work. I think that pretty much covers it?

Do you have any tips for those that want to write a book, but are scared to do so?

Just do it. Don’t think about it. Don’t second guess yourself, don’t worry about what other people will think. Try to write a little bit every day. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t. Don’t go back to read what you’ve written as you go, if you can help it. Just put the words down and see what happens. It will probably suck. That’s okay. You don’t have to show it to anyone. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone. The important thing is Did you enjoy writing it? If you did, then great. Be proud of your accomplishment.

Contacts:

Homepage/Blog: http://cdgallantking.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cdgallantking

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cdgallantking

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13932038.C_D_Gallant_King

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Jennifer Lane:

When did you first realize you wanted to write a book? Did you first write your own book or is this one your first?

I started writing fan fiction in 2007 without a clue that I would start writing novels. I have eight novels and two short stories published now.

Where do you get your idea’s from or do they just come to you?

I’m inspired by my career as a psychologist as well as by music, TV, movies, and books.

How long did it take you to write your section of the book? Do you have a set schedule for when you are writing?

I wrote my short story in about ten hours, as I recall. Editing added to that time-frame. I write only on the weekends because my day job is consuming.

Do you have a specific genre that you like to write about? Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

I like to write sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. I read those genres as well as historical fiction, chick lit, and literary fiction. I’m in a book club that chooses many different genres.

What do you enjoy doing or do you have any hobbies?

I love some sort of daily exercise to tame my anxiety, as well as reading, watching TV, and hanging out with friends.

Do you have any tips for those that want to write a book, but are scared to do so?

Acknowledge that your first book (and definitely your first draft) will not be very good. Writing is a skill that takes a LOT of practice!

Website: http://jenniferlanebooks.com

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Carrie-Anne Brownian:

When did you first realize you wanted to write a book? Did you first write your own book or is this one your first?

I’ve been writing since I was four years old, as long as I’ve known how to write. It’s always been something I just do, the way other people have a calling to be a doctor, clergyperson, painter, or architect. I started with picture books, and had moved to novella-length books by the time I was a preteen. I was writing novel-length books by my early teens.

Where do you get your ideas from or do they just come to you?

Many of my ideas over the years have just come to me, while others have been inspired by events in books and films, or real-life historical events. When it’s the latter, I always significantly transform them so they become uniquely my own stories, not near-facsimiles of someone else’s story.

Sometimes I also start with a basic germ of an idea I’d like to write about; e.g., Heian Japan, a city under a protective bubble in an era where the Sun is now a white dwarf star. I gather together more details from there.

How long did it take you to write your section of the book? Do you have a set schedule for when you are writing?

This story took three days to write, and three more days to edit, revise, and rewrite. I’ve long tended to do most of my writing, and my best writing, in the evenings and at nights. At one point in the past, I operated under a sleep inversion schedule, which meant I did most of my writing during the hours most people are asleep.

Do you have a specific genre that you like to write about? Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

My passion has always been historical fiction, both reading and writing it. My secondary favorite is sci-fi, with a preference for soft sci-fi and futuristic fiction.

What do you enjoy doing or do you have any hobbies?

I’ve been a numismatist (coin collector) since age eight. My favorites are wheat stalk pennies, of which I’m now only missing the hardest to find dates and mint marks. My Roosevelt dimes, Jefferson nickels, and Washington quarters are nearly complete too. I also have some 19th century coins, the most special of which are my 1857 and 1858 Flying Eagle cents in very fine condition. My current goal is the expansion of my collections of Mercury dimes, Liberty Walking quarters, Indian head pennies, and Buffalo nickels.

I’m also a philatelist (stamp collector), with a collection including 19th century stamps, and collect marbles and vinyl LPs. Another passion of mine is silent cinema. To date, I’ve seen almost 1,200 silent films of all types. Other interests are embroidery and cross-stitch, creating art with colored pencils, pastels, and watercolor pencils, and world languages. My dream hobby is collecting, repairing, and showing antique cars (1890s through about 1950).

Do you have any tips for those that want to write a book, but are scared to do so?

Just find your natural voice and style, instead of trying to directly copy anyone else’s. That might be an interesting story, but it won’t be truly yours. Once you find your unique style and voice, everything will gradually start falling into place. You also shouldn’t expect the first draft to be perfect or nearly flawless. Part of the journey of developing into the best writer you can be is growing over time, learning to see the mistakes in your older works, and maturing along with your characters.

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Chelsea Marie Ballard:

When did you first realize you wanted to write a book? Did you first write your own book or is this one your first?

I think I’ve always wanted to write a book. I spent most of my teenage years reading and writing. When I got to college, writing became a more tangible hobby, a way to dump my emotions as I transitioned into adulthood. But I never finished anything. I’d get bored and move onto another project. Finally, last year, I decided this was it! It was time to stop the revolving door of ideas and complete one novel. It took me sitting in front of my laptop for a few hours every day for six months, but I did it. Then when I saw the competition for the IWSG Anthology, I thought, ‘hey a short story would be a good palate cleanser after that 106,000-word novel.’ And it was. Using NaNoWriMo and #FebFrenzy, I recently completed my first draft of my second novel!!

Where do you get your idea’s from or do they just come to you?

I’m an awful pantser. I literally just sit down at my laptop every day and let the juices flow. But I do get scenes from daydreams or night dreams. If I wake up with a really vivid feeling, I’ll rush to write it down. Or ruminate on it all day until my kids go down for a nap and then dump it out onto the page. Every little scrap of imagination adds up!

How long did it take you to write your section of the book? Do you have a set schedule for when you are writing?

It’s rather embarrassing, but I wrote Remedy in about three hours. I found out about the competition a few days before the deadline and after reading the prompt, I knew exactly what I wanted the story to look like, so I grabbed a babysitter and rushed to the library that night to write it out. Normally, I try to write for an hour or two a day. It usually ends up being less than that and I almost always skip weekends, but I think ‘butt in chair’ is important. Your book will always get written as long as you sit your butt in that chair and write. It doesn’t have to be wonderful or awe-inspiring, just consistent.

Do you have a specific genre that you like to write about? Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

OH, YES! I am in love with young adult/new adult fantasy and science fiction. Give me all the Hunger Games and Red Queens and Uglies. Recently, I’ve been trying to branch out into adult contemporary, but I keep going back to my YA fantasies. I think it’s best to write what you read. I grew up on a steady diet of young adult fantasy and so that’s what I feel most comfortable diving into when I’m writing.

What do you enjoy doing or do you have any hobbies?

Reading and gaming are my two other passions. My husband and I play Overwatch pretty much every other night. (Send me your battle tags!) I also recently started exploring pole fitness and I’m in love! I get a killer work out while learning new tricks and flying through the air. It’s lots of fun and I can’t wait to go every week.

Do you have any tips for those that want to write a book, but are scared to do so?

Not to sound like a meme here but DO ITTTTT! You miss all the shots you never take. Shoot for the moon so you can land on a star. All the inspirational hoopla. Seriously, you are truly your worst critic. Writing a book is a marathon, just finishing is winning! Recently, someone told me they weren’t brave enough to submit their work and I almost cried. Every time you don’t try, you’re giving yourself a rejection. Hearing no sucks, but not as much as wondering ‘what if?’

My socials are Twitter @cecerumba and Instagram @cecerumba. Masquerade: Oddly Suited also has its own Facebook page @masqueradeoddlysuited.

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Anstice Brown:

When did you first realize you wanted to write a book? Did you first write your own book or is this one your first?

I’ve wanted to write a book since I was little. So far, I’ve written plenty of short stories and poetry but this will be my first significant publication. I’m currently working on a science fantasy novel.

Where do you get your ideas from or do they just come to you?

I’m inspired by all sorts of things, from fantasy and mythology to the latest scientific advancements. I pick up ideas from news articles, television, conversations with friends and even my bizarre dreams. Occasionally, the characters and plot will come to me fully-formed, but more often I start with a vague idea about what I want to write and the details come together when I’m researching and brainstorming.

How long did it take you to write your section of the book? Do you have a set schedule for when you are writing?

I think it took around ten hours to write the first draft of my story, and I probably spent another five to ten hours editing and formatting it. I usually set my alarm for 5:30 am when I’m writing to a deadline so I can get a golden hour of peace and quiet, then I usually squeeze in another hour after my daughter goes to bed.

Do you have a specific genre that you like to write about? Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

I love reading and writing anything that comes under the umbrella of ‘speculative fiction’-fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, paranormal, steampunk, and so on. Writing and reading have always been pure escapism for me, so I gravitate towards fantastical, magical and otherworldly stories.

What do you enjoy doing or do you have any hobbies?

I enjoy blogging about books, watching films and musical theatre, making digital art, dancing and playing PC games.

Do you have any tips for those that want to write a book, but are scared to do so?

That’s something most writers experience, so don’t let your fears and doubts put you off. The best way to gain confidence is to keep writing (even a few lines a day helps). Consider joining online communities such as the Insecure Writer’s Support Group to receive helpful feedback and encouragement.

My links

Website: https://ansticebrown.com/

Blog: https://dustingthesoul.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoransticebrown/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnsticeBrown

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18836627.Anstice_Brown

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L.G. Keltner:

When did you first realize you wanted to write a book? Did you first write your own book or is this one your first?

I first realized I wanted to be a writer when I was six years old. I grew up in a house where both my parents loved to read, and I enjoyed escaping into fantastical worlds. The moment I started learning to read and write, I knew I wanted to use my words to create different worlds of my own. I started by trying to write a novel, though as a first grader, I didn’t have most of the skills required. Throughout the years, I’ve written several novels, novellas, and short stories, though most of them remain squirreled away on my shelf.

Where do you get your ideas from or do they just come to you?

Sometimes ideas smack me in the face while I’m busy with something else and not expecting inspiration to strike. Other times, I have to go searching for ideas. Fortunately, ideas are everywhere if you’re open to finding them. Being a writer is all about looking at the world around you with a curious eye and asking the crucial question: “What if?”

How long did it take you to write your section of the book? Do you have a set schedule for when you are writing?

It took a couple of weeks to actually write my story, though I was brainstorming ideas a week or so before I started putting words on the page. I don’t have a set writing schedule. I wish I could, but my kids won’t let me. I simply try to snag all the writing time I can when the opportunity arises.

Do you have a specific genre that you like to write about? Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

Science fiction is my favorite genre to read and write. This includes sci-fi for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers. I also enjoy injecting a sense of humor into my work when appropriate.

What do you enjoy doing or do you have any hobbies?

I love amateur astronomy. I also enjoy doing puzzles and playing trivia games. It’s amazing how many random, useless facts I’ve garnered over the years through playing Trivial Pursuit.

Do you have any tips for those that want to write a book, but are scared to do so?

Give it a try! Your first attempt doesn’t have to be great, and no one ever has to see it if you don’t want them to. Try to focus on the joy you get from telling your story instead of worrying about any negative judgments people might have. Also remember that the more you write, the more you’ll improve.

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Myles Christensen:

When did you first realize you wanted to write a book? Did you first write your own book or is this one your first?

I wrote a few short stories in high school and college.  But my first thought that I could write a full book and actually be serious about seeing it published came a little over ten years ago. That led to my first novel which I finished and began querying last spring.

Where do you get your idea’s from or do they just come to you?

Most of my ideas come from strange thoughts during regular life, usually along the lines of “what if a guy’s car was mistaken for the bride and groom’s and when his girlfriend sees the ‘Just Married’ decorations she breaks up with him?” That’s still on my list of stories to write (way down on the list).

How long did it take you to write your section of the book? Do you have a set schedule for when you are writing?

It took me about three weeks of thinking in the back of my head and then about three weeks of writing. I have a full-time job and several part-time jobs, so I write in the mornings, evenings, and on Saturdays.

Do you have a specific genre that you like to write about? Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

My favorite genre to write is middle-grade science-fiction (particularly near-future space, but no aliens or time travel). My favorite genre to read is sweet romance set in the Regency era. My wife and I read those books out loud to each other. There’s nothing quite as fun and relaxing as date night at the library (or exiting and suspenseful, depending where we are in the story).

What do you enjoy doing or do you have any hobbies?

My mother calls my writing a hobby, but beside that, I enjoy inventing card and board games.

Do you have any tips for those that want to write a book, but are scared to do so?

Your first attempt at writing doesn’t have to be for anyone but yourself, so you’ve got nothing to lose. See where the journey takes you.

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Angela Brown:

When did you first realize you wanted to write a book? Did you first write your own book or is this one your first?

 I had a Gifted and Talented teacher in elementary school who made writing fables and stories a class project. She took our stories and turned them into a “book” by taking them to a local printer for plastic binding and a pink cover. From then on, I wanted to write a book. But it wasn’t until my early 30’s that I finally made that dream a reality by self-publishing my first book.

Where do you get your idea’s from or do they just come to you?

 I try to not dwell on the “what if’s” in the other facets of my life. But asking “what if” is a fantastic idea generator when it comes to writing

How long did it take you to write your section of the book? Do you have a set schedule for when you are writing?

 Okay. So this was a little different. I don’t have a set schedule these days, not since I stepped back from consistent daily writing a couple of years ago. When this anthology contest was announced, a story idea hit me, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to enter. Ten days before the deadline, I decided to enter and ripped this story from my mind put it on the screen in about 6 to 7 days while still working my full time job. Then I did some light revisions and barely got it in under the wire. This is not my normal though.

Do you have a specific genre that you like to write about? Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

 I love reading fiction, particularly speculative fiction, contemporary, and thrillers. As for writing, I write speculative fiction and fantasy and have a few contemporary pieces in the works.

What do you enjoy doing or do you have any hobbies?

 My hobbby would be reading.

Do you have any tips for those that want to write a book, but are scared to do so?

 Writing is a wonderful journey. If someone is interested in writing but are scared, I’d advise them that being scared is okay. They should read, read, and read some more, for enjoyment and to learn from those who’ve tossed their words into the ocean for reader consumption.

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The Road to Forever Book Review, Author Interview and Giveaway

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What the Book is About:

Hannah Gomez has been in love with Ian Salerno since she was sixteen. When her assertive flirtations with him at Sawyer and Karina Bank’s wedding leads to a drunken romp in the bedroom, Hannah is mortified, embarrassed, and no longer a virgin. Determined to put the biggest mistake of her life behind her before he awakens, Hannah escapes with whatever pride she has left.

Ian, Hannah’s late brother-in-law’s best friend, has sworn off relationships forever. Hannah has always been in the background-and someone he has never really noticed much-until now. But after he realizes it was her who shared a passionate rendezvous with him at the wedding, Ian finds he is unable to resist her. But there’s only one problem: he is battling more personal demons than he would like to admit. Now only time will tell if fate has made a mistake by throwing them together or if they will somehow manage to overcome their challenges and find true love.

The Road to Forever is a tale of a young couple’s journey together through obstacles and personal demons after their destinies are intertwined at a wedding.

My Review:

The Road to Forever is the second book in the series (Road Series)! I already felt like I knew most of the characters and I was even more excited to get to know more of the characters in a more in depth love story.  After reading the first book I was so excited to get the second that I read it in a weekend and then I let my mom barrow it to read. We both loved it and do recommend reading it. I was happy to read that this book takes place right after the first, so it was like reading in real life. In this book there were twist and turns that I did not see coming that kept me interested. It go steamy hot, sadness, fights, disagreements, and something that everyone loves, LOVE!

Author Interview: Marla Machado

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When did you decide to start write this book?  I didn’t so much decide to start writing a book as it picked me.  I was going through some stuff in my life at the time when I started The Road Back and for me reading has always been my escape, one night after maybe a smidge too much wine, Karina and Sawyer started talking to me.  Most people would seek help with that sort of thing, I decided to write them down.
Did you know what your book was going to be able before you started writing or what was that process like?  Not a clue.  I just started writing and scenarios just started coming to me little by little.
What do you like to read about?  I love a happy ending so I tend to choose mostly romances, but I’ll pick up a non fiction book if the topic interests me, most recently I read the book The Operator by Robert O’Neill, the Navy Seal that killed Osama Bin Laden, and when it comes out I’m going to read Howard Stern’s new book, I’m a huge fan of his and this is a book of mostly his interviews I’m really looking forward to it I love history so my first romances were historicals. I also read recently the book James Patterson wrote about Aaron Hernandez.
How did you decide on your cover?  I didn’t want your typical naked chest on the cover, I know it sells books, as one blogger told me, but I’ve always prided myself on deviating from the pack, and since my book is called The Road Back, I wanted something that would show a road, I saw this picture and just fell in love.  For the Road to Forever, there’s a scene where they’re at a lake so I wanted to portray that in the cover and I just again fell in love with this cover.
When writing did you write on paper first or the computer?  iPad actually, then my computer.  I had a blog for a little while where I would review novels and then recommend a wine to pair with that book, I put the first two very raw chapters up on that blog until a friend told me to put this to a word program and flesh it out because she really felt I had something here.
What is your writing process?  I just write.  Then I take a break and go back and flesh out what I’ve written, then write more then flesh that out … etc.
How many unpublished or half written books do you have?  I have one novella i’m writing that is going to be spin off of my Road Series but that’s it right now, I started book 3 but it’s in it’s very infancy right now.
Did you do any research before you wrote your book? No even a little.
Do you plan on writing a 3rd book and any juicy details you would like to share about it?  I do!  Book 3 is going to be about Emily, Karina’s best friend.  She’s not what you think she is and she’s got some serious baggage … 🙂
Do you plan on writing another series after this one? I do – I have an idea about a set of quadruplets that could not be more different from one another if they tried.
What is your favorite part of your book and what part did you have the most difficulty with?  My favorite is always the happy ending – life can get so serious sometimes and it’s not always fun – but in my books I can totally control the outcome.  I guess the most difficult is knowing when to let go.  I always think to my self “hmm totally could have made that way better”.
What do you like to do for fun?  Reading of course, we live in a lake town so going out on the lake is always fun, going out and having a nice dinner with my husband, hiking, watching movies and spending time with friends.
You can find this book on amazonBarnes and Nobel and Kobo ,
Marla was kind enough to give this book to me for a review, so I will be doing a giveaway! The only requirement I have once you get it is that you have to sign the book and send a photo over so I can update the photo. and keep it going!
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Book Review: Spiritual Songs II: Blessings From A Sacred Soul and a Giveaway

One of my goals this year is to read 10 books and do a book review on each one. Ann Marie Ruby was kind enough to gift me this book to do a review for her. It is my first one and I am excited, inspired and I hope to read more of her books!

It is my goal to keep it real and tell you how I really feel about each and every book.

Here is the cover of her book and if you are interested on how she picked the cover she covers that in her blog! How neat is it to hear the thought process on the cover of the book!

This is the summary from Amazon on what the book is about:

What are prayers ? Why are prayers but the sweet songs of a thirsty soul?

Where and when there is no hope, prayers but open the doors to hope. Whether or not one is religiously affiliated, this book is but a hope for everyone. Awaken from within yourself through the sweet songs of a prayer. Within this sacred book, there are one hundred and twenty three prayers I but call Songs.

From the unknown darkness through the first peek of dawn, I waited for an answer to my prayers. Throughout the day, I searched everywhere for an answer to my prayers. I knocked upon all doors until I knew I must open the doors myself. After a long journey through the obstacles of life, for all of you seeking a prayer to find hope within, or to just recite in union with your fellow human, I give you my book of prayers I but call Spiritual Songs.

Where there is no hope, find hope within a prayer. When you are but lost and stranded, hold on to the words of a prayer. When you are being judged by another soul, do remember we are all but the judged.

Hold on to this sacred book as you find within yourself the first sight of hope within the words of a sweet prayer. May we the humans unite within one prayer, the prayer of a human soul. There is only one house and one family where we the humans but belong. This house is the house of prayers, the sweet songs of the human mind, body, and soul, where we but ask, seek, and knock for only the blessed candles of hope.

For all humans, I give my book of prayers to hold on to as you but walk through this life, only to unite all humans within one song, one prayer. I call this book,

Spiritual Songs II: Blessings From A Sacred Soul.

MY REVIEW:

Spiritual Songs II: Blessings From A Sacred Soul  is a prayer book that takes you on a journey. Each song (which is a prayer) takes you deeper and deeper in your faith through mind, body and soul. This book  let me see God’s blessings in a way I needed. I believe that this book will help each person grow deeper in their faith if they let it. I do recommend this book and highly recommend taking the time to read the behind the scenes of the book too!  As I take the time to do a little bit more reading into Ann Marie Ruby’s blog it helps me see how each of these songs is written by her and leaves you inspired!

Here are the links for Behind the Scenes:

United Human of the United World

Thorns Amongst all that is Good

With or WIthout Any Obstacles

Quick reminder if you are not a spiritual type of person than this book might not be what you need/want. If you are then I do recommend you to get this book, take the time to read it and digest everything it has to offer!

Here are some of my favorites from the book and even my cat buddy liked to snuggle and read with me!

About Ann Marie Ruby

Live in Seattle. Dream vacation, the Netherlands. Believe in dreams, reincarnation, and spirituality.

I am an unknown person who lived the struggles, overcame the obstacles, as I have endured the pain and joy of life as they landed upon my door.

I like to be the unknown face to whom all can relate. I want you to see your face in the mirror when you search for me, not mine. For if it is my face in the mirror, then my friend you see a stranger. The unknown face is there so you see only yourself, your struggles, your achievements as you cross the journey of life.

I want to be the face of a white, black, and brown, as well as the love we are always searching eternally for. If this world would have allowed, I would have distributed these words from my books to you with my own hands as gifts from a friend. You have my name and know I will always be there for anyone who seeks me.

My book SPIRITUAL LIGHTHOUSE: THE DREAM DIARIES OF ANN MARIE RUBY is out now!

Through my book you shall learn to listen to the unknown truth of this universe, the scientific and philosophical aspects of dreams as well as the religious aspects as all religions have been based mainly upon dreams.You can follow on Twitter: @AnnahMariahRuby, Facebook:/annah.mariah.735 or @theannmarieruby, Instagram: ann_marie_ruby, Pinterest: @TheAnnMarieRuby, or my website: http://www.annmarieruby.com. Please take my books as messages from a friend.

GIVEAWAY

Since this book was gifted to me, I want to do the same and gift it to someone else that might need it. All you have to do to enter to be gifted this book is comment on this blog and I will pick someone randomly and once they confirm with me that they still want the book and give me an address I will announce the winner.

This giveaway will end on March 21,2019 at 8pm CST.

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