Monday, November 19, 2018

Author Interview with Dean Rosenthal



Last week, we reviewed Through The Whole of Space-Time by. Dean Rosenthal.

Today, we are going to discuss his writing. Hope you enjoy!



Questions about the book:

1. Where did you get the inspiration for the basis of your work?

Life’s mysteries, big and small. When I was a child I always needed to know the “how” and “why” of everything around me, and that’s never really changed. In my fiction I try to take on life’s big questions and attempt to answer them through my characters. Our lives are a journey, and so is this book.


2. Who was your favorite character to create?

That’s a hard question to answer; all the principal players, really. Perhaps Ooniva Elixxa—an alien scientist of low status—because she changes the most throughout the story and it’s fun watching her find confidence and self-respect. Keiff Carmadden was amusing too, because he’s often irritable and socially awkward, and yet his heart is in the right place. Any heroic deeds from this guy were purely accidental!

Each of the main players presented his or her own unique challenge, and bringing them to life meant also showing the civilization from which they came. I often felt like I was creating an entire universe inside my head.


3. How long did it take you to finish? Did you have any unexpected obstacles arise?

The idea for this book percolated in my mind for 5 or 6 years before I wrote a single word, and then I composed the first draft—roughly 700 pages—in about 12 months. Over the next few years I tightened the text and resolved plot issues, and in so doing brought the manuscript down to 650 pages, where the four 4-book series now stands. Book Two will be released soon, while subsequent installments still undergo minor tweaks, because I’m compelled to get as close to perfection as possible—even though I know perfection is unattainable.


4.  Did you have to cut out any material?

No, the book is just as I envisioned. Although I did add scenes in successive drafts as the plot transformed from an amorphous blob into a recognizable series of story arcs.


5. What kind of research did you do for your books?

A lot of fact checking. Galactic distances and scientific accuracy were high priority. Sometimes I channeled Keiff Carmadden in the far future to make sure I got certain details right on various alien languages and cultures.


6. How many unpublished/half finished works do you have? Do you have anything going to be published soon?

I wrote a few shitty first drafts in high school, though never got too serious about writing. Later I set off for college and really learned my craft. Over the next 10 years while drafting my first novel—which eventually fell by the wayside—I devoted much of my time to helping former classmates find potential in their second and third drafts; uncovering those diamonds in the rough taught me more about writing than a lifetime of shitty first drafts—and was just as creatively fulfilling. Someday I’d like to go back and revisit that early unfinished novel of mine because it still holds an inspiring premise.

More recently, however, the work I’ve done for others enabled me to bring my current novels to a state of near-perfection. Now I’m thinking about expanding my services, so any would-be novelists who are ready to release their creation into the world: I specialize in the needs of self-publishers. If you write sci-fi or horror, I speak your language, and that’s important when you’re about to hand over the product of your genius to an outsider. Wherever you are on your journey, feel free to contact me at quanlev05@gmail.com and see how I can help bring your self-publishing goals to fruition. I’ll happily demystify the entire editorial process for you, and together we’ll find a service that’s right for your budget.

Also, watch for the second installment in my 4-part series, Through the Whole of Space-Time, Book Two: Dark Dysphoria, coming soon to Amazon.



Personal questions

1.  When did you know that you wanted to write?

In college I loved essay writing—I loved tearing apart classic literature, analyzing component parts, and putting everything back together in the form of a cogent argument. That was fun to me. Higher learning was fun. Later I experimented with creative nonfiction and dabbled in poesy (all lousy), until finally realizing narrative fiction was what I enjoyed most.


2. How much time/day do you spend writing?

A lot. Every day, including weekends. I’m either writing, or eating a book.


3. Who's your favorite author? What's your favorite book?

Italo Calvino, Dostoevsky, Stanislaw Lem. Hemingway. Lovecraft. Borges. More recently I’ve been rereading my favorite sci-fi classics—Asimov, Clarke, Herbert, Le Guin, Heinlein, among others—some of which I haven’t read since before high school. It’s been fun!


4. What's your favorite favorite color and why?

The Color Out of Space, because Lovecraft.


5. What do you do to get yourself in the creative mood to write?

a. Grab a cold or hot drink, depending on the time of year.
b. Plant backside at writing desk.
c. Perhaps read a chapter or two of current favorite inspiring author (see personal question 3).
      d. Music in the background; sometimes I prefer atmospheric, sometimes up-tempo, but always with a minimum of vocals.


6. Are you a coffee or tea drinker?

Tea. Hot in winter and iced in summer, and Arnie Palmer all year round (homemade, because most places make the lemonade overly sweet).


7. What do you do for fun besides writing?


Browse books, buy books, devour books. Planned get-togethers with friends are often made according to what bookstore is nearby. We're book people. Fun for us always includes some kind of bookish activity.

Thank you to Dean for answering my questions!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Blog Tour: Snowed In at the Little Duck Pond Cafe

Snowed In at The Little Duck Pond Café

The biggest snowfall in years has blanketed Sunnybrook, cutting the village off from the outside world. For Fen, who finds herself snowed in at The Little Duck Pond Cafe, it's little more than a minor inconvenience. Her love life is finally running smoothly; it looks as if she's found the perfect man for her.

But then a shocking secret threatens to destroy Fen's new-found happiness.
Will being snowed in be the final straw? Or will Fen find a way through the snowdrifts to the perfect love?

Purchase Link - https://amzn.to/2Cg99ki

My Review

This is by far my favorite story in the Little Duck Pond Cafe series. Fen really comes alive in this story, and I absolutely adore her. She starts a budding new relationship just to find out it isn't always all sunshine and roses. She must break out of her shell and discover new things about others and herself. It was absolutely perfectly brilliant. Thank you Rosie for such a great stofy!


Author Bio
Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.
​Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.

Twitter - https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988



Thursday, November 15, 2018

Book Review: Through The Whole of Space-Time

Through The Whole Of Space-Time (Book 1: Mysteries, Secrets, and Lies)

By Dean Rosenthal




Welcome to my first review of a space opera novel!

Fast forward 1000 years into the future, we get to meet Dr. Keith Carmadden. He is of the human race but no longer resides on Earth. He gets chosen to participate in the gathering of the brightest minds in the galaxy.  What he expects to be an intellectual endeavor takes a turn for the worse when an unfriendly alien is introduced to the group.

It took me a bit to get into the story. At first, I found Dr. Carmadden to be a bit full of himself. In the first chapter he goes on about how disappointed he is in his species, but as the story unfolds the reader gets to indulge in his thoughts to get to know him better.

I absolutely love all the drama in the story,  think soap opera drama. Who is sleeping with who, who is backstabbing who, who has their own agenda, etc. It is just so juicy.  It is definitely geared toward an adult audience, and the ending leaves you hanging for the next  installment!

The story is well written and fast paced. The alien species are beautifully described.  I can just imagine myself walking on the space ship with all of them. It's an  exciting tale with lots of drama!

Thank you to the author for my copy of this book.

Author Bio:


Dean Rosenthal twists speculative fiction inside out. His new wave sci-fi looks ahead at possibilities of tomorrow—trickster machines, synthetic people, travel in the wink of an eye—yet takes inspiration from classic space opera of the 60s and 70s. As an explorer of the human condition, he considers himself an archeologist of consciousness, and writes for those who sometimes feel out of place on this peculiar planet of ours.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Tank's Thoughts



Hey guys! Tank here!
Girl With A Good Book and Her Dog

I would love to say welcome back to our blog, but we are the ones that have been MIA for the last couple of months.

My family has had a lot of life changes going on! Allie and Derek both got offered jobs in San Antonio. So we packed up our lives and moved south. It was a little stressful with all of that. The best part is all the car rides I got to take. I even found a dog park in Oklahoma to stop at. My brothers ran around the dog park while I got to sniff lots of great things. It was awesone!

I am enjoying being a Texan, ya'll. Its alot of fun. The rabbits here are huge!!! Its warm here so I won't have to wear my sweater this winter.

Girl With A good book and her dog


We have a bunch of books to review so look for that! Allie and I are glad to be back to blogging!

Tail wags and licks,
🐾
Tank

Monday, November 5, 2018

Blog Tour:

Another Kind of Magic


“I am a cat. But I am no ordinary cat. I am a witch’s familiar. I am also a woman, with a woman’s heart and a woman’s frailty.”
Nearly two hundred years have passed since Caitlyn was trapped by supernatural forces and black magic, and she has known many mistresses. This time, the witch she is enthralled to is Joan, wife of Llewelyn, Prince of Wales.
At first, this mistress appears no different to any of the others Caitlyn has served – until Llewelyn captures William de Braose, and Joan falls in love, risking everything, including Caitlyn, to fulfil her desire.
Caitlyn, meanwhile, has her own cross to bear in the form of the gallant and reckless Hugh of Pembroke…


Author Bio –

Elizabeth Davies is a paranormal author, whose books have a romantic flavour with more than a hint of suspense. And death. There's usually death...
Social Media Links –
Twitter  - @bethsbooks
Giveaway – Win Tote bag and a signed paperback copy of each of the three books in the Caitlyn series. (Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize

Monday, October 15, 2018

Blog Tour: Christmas at The Little Duck Pond Cafe

Book Blurb:

Christmas at The Little Duck Pond Cafe

Fen has always hated being the centre of attention.

She loves her new job, working behind the scenes at the Little Duck Pond Cafe and baking the scrumptious cakes that have helped its reputation soar. But frankly, she'd rather scrub the public toilet floor with a toothbrush than have to come out and talk to the customers.

She's always been happy to stay in the background as long as she has a good supply of books to escape into. That's her kind of romance - the fictional sort where she can read about other people taking a chance on love, but she doesn't have to risk her own heart.

But that was before Ethan Fox arrived in the village and turned her world upside down. Ethan is a leading light in the local amateur dramatics theatre company and Fen knows he's way out of her league.
But when the popular village Christmas pantomime hits a crisis, Fen and Ethan find themselves thrown together. Can Fen overcome her shyness and find the courage to step on stage and save the day?

Purchase Links

Amazon UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Little-Duck-Pond-Cafe-ebook/dp/B07DN5B1NL
Amazon US - https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Little-Duck-Pond-Cafe-ebook/dp/B07DN5B1NL

Author Bio

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.


Book Review:


I just love reading Rosie Greene's novellas. They are just the right length, have some sort of trial and always end well! *Christmas at The Duck Pond Cafe* is the perfect ending for the trilogy. This is Fen's story, which I am really excited about as I have liked her from the first story. Fen grows throughout the story as she conquers one challenge after another. Her character development is awesome. I love her even more as the story unfolds. This story also brought in Ellie and Jaz from the previous novellas. This story was an excellent read. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a feel good read.

Monday, October 8, 2018

A Stain On the Soul





A Stain on the Soul
Resigned to another lifetime of being a witch’s familiar, Caitlyn has found a degree of peace in her role as the Duke of Normandy’s protector and spy.
But that peace is shattered when she returns to her native land only to come face-to-face with her past, and fall in love with a man who she desperately hopes will become her future.
Book Review: Elizabeth Davies has done it again. This book will just suck you in as you follow Caitlyn's journey. I would definitely read the first one as I felt you would be really lost without it. This one is every bit as fun and dangerous as the start, and I can't wait for the third!
Pre-Order Link: http://books2read.com/StainOnTheSoul
Author Bio
Elizabeth Davies is a paranormal author, whose books have a romantic flavour with more than a hint of suspense. And death. There's usually death...
Social Media Links –
Website – www.elizabethdaviesauthor.co.uk
Twitter  - @bethsbooks
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethDaviesAuthor/
Instagram - @elizabethdavies.author
Giveaway – Win signed copies of Three Bloody Pieces and A Stain on the Soul plus a magic mug and a coaster. (Open Internationally)
*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Blog Tour: Take Me, I'm Yours


Book Blurb:

India Buchanan plans to set up an English-Style bed and breakfast establishment in her great-aunt’s home, MacFarlane’s Landing, Wisconsin. But she’s reckoned without opposition from Logan MacFarlane whose family once owned her aunt’s house and now want it back. MacFarlane is in no mood to be denied. His grandfather’s living on borrowed time and Logan has vowed to ensure the old man sees out his days in their former home. India’s great-aunt has other ideas and has threatened to burn the house to the ground before she lets a MacFarlane set foot in it. There’s a story here. One the family elders aren’t prepared to share. When India finds herself in Logan’s debt, her feelings towards him change. However, the past casts a long shadow and events conspire to deny them the love and happiness they both deserve. Can India and Logan’s love overcome all odds? Or is history about to repeat itself?

For the duration of the blog tour - Take Me, I'm Yours will be downloadable for 99p

Purchase Link - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Take-Yours-Wisconsin-passionate-attraction-ebook/dp/B07FCT6J7M

Book Review:

First off I want to apologize to the author and Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources. I was supposed to post this on Thursday, but I didn't.

I love reading Lizzie Lamb's stories. The heroine is relatable and just your average woman dealing with every day problems. This story was no different.

India is a wonderful woman trying to find her own way plus taking care of her great aunt. On top of all of that, sexy Logan is after her great aunt's home and trying to shatter her dreams. But there are sparks between them.

I so enjoyed this story. The love story pulls at my heartstrings. The plot moves at a quick pace. I enjoyed the setting. As a native Wisconsinite, Ms. Lamb was spot on in her description.


Thank you to the author for this copy of her story.

Author Bio

After teaching her 1000th pupil and working as a deputy head teacher in a large primary school, Lizzie decided to pursue her first love: writing. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted (2012), quickly followed by Boot Camp Bride. She went on to publish Scotch on the Rocks, which achieved Best Seller status within two weeks of appearing on Amazon and her next novel, Girl in the Castle, reached #3 in the Amazon charts. Lizzie is a founder member of indie publishing group – New Romantics Press, and has co-hosted author events at Aspinall, St Pancras and Waterstones, Kensington, talking about the research which underpins her novels. Lizzie latest romance Take Me, I’m Yours is set in Wisconsin, a part of the USA which she adores. She has further Scottish-themed romances planned and has just returned from a tour of the Scottish Highlands in her caravan researching men in kilts. What’s not to like? As for the years she spent as a teacher, they haven’t quite gone to waste. She is building a reputation as a go-to speaker on indie publishing, and how to plan, write, and publish a debut novel. Lizzie lives in Leicestershire (UK) with her husband, David.
She loves to hear from readers, so do get in touch . . .

Lizzie’s Links
https://www.amazon.com/author/lizzielamb
www.facebook.com/LizzieLambwriter
lizzielambwriter@gmail.com
website: www.lizzielamb.co.uk
https://twitter.com/lizzie_lamb

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Blog Tour: Three Bloody Pieces



Book Blurb:

Three Bloody Pieces

A dead king, a queen who is more than she seems, and a witch who uses the dark arts to entrap her.

Queen, widow, beggar – Lady Caitlyn is all three, and now she can add murderer to the list.

When death and treachery propel her south to Normandy, to seek sanctuary with the exiled Prince Alfred, visions of a woman with ancient eyes travel with her.

Herleva is a woman filled with ambition and greed. A woman who intends to be more than a commoner. A woman who gets what she wants by whatever means possible, even if she has to practice the dark arts to achieve her goals.

A woman who is a witch.

Caitlyn finds herself caught up in a magic which changes her very being. A magic which produces a king to change the lives of every man, woman, and child in England.


Amazon - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Three-Bloody-Pieces-spellbinding-paranormal-ebook/dp/B075RH1QJ3/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Apple - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1287207080
B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/three-bloody-pieces-elizabeth-davies/1127125749;jsessionid=30CDB4C91A2F4A4D583FE529FF96B54C.prodny_store02-atgap06?ean=2940154924754
Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/three-bloody-pieces



Book Review:

To start with, I just love the cover. It captures the tone of the story. It has dark mysterious elements that just drew me it. I liked how she worked the cat into the cover.

Elizabeth Davies weaves an exciting tale about the struggles of Caitlyn. To be honest, I was surprised how the story went. Caitlyn was a likeable character. My heart went out to her with some of the tragic events that happened to her. The story ended up being darker than I thought it would. It gave me nightmares.  So I finished reading it in the daylight! :) it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and turning the pages.  I felt like this book was a good warm up for the next, which I can't wait to start.

Author Bio:

Elizabeth Davies is a paranormal author, whose books have a romantic flavour with more than a hint of suspense. And death. There's usually death...


Social Media Links – 
Twitter  - @bethsbooks
Instagram - @elizabethdavies.author

Giveaway – Win a hardback notebook, a pen and a signed paperback copy of Three Bloody Pieces (Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Blog Tour: Cold Fire



Book Blurb:
Set in the magical boarding school of St Francis', Cold Fire centres around a group of teenagers who become involved in the tale of Romeo and Juliet in this contemporary re-telling of the classic story. Meanwhile, four hundred years earlier, a young teacher from Stratford Upon Avon arrives at the school. His name is Will... From the author of The Invisible Hand comes the second book in the spellbinding Shakespeare´s Moon series.



Book Review:
What was one of your favorite reads in high school? One the most memorable for me is Romeo and Juilet. I had read this story many times. It is definitely is a favorite.
I really enjoyed Cold Fire. It had all the elements of a fun YA read. There was suspense, action, typical teenage problems, and, of course, love.
The author spins a fabulous modern day tale of Romeo and Juliet. The magic of William Shakespeare is expertly woven into the story about these seeming normal teenagers. This story had me on the edge of my seat and cheering for the characters. It was a fun read.

Author Bio – 
James was born on the Wirral, England, in 1973 on a rainy Thursday. He shares his birthday with Bono, Sid Vicious and two even nastier pieces of work, John Wilkes Booth and Mark David Chapman.

His mother was a hairdresser with her own business and his father worked in a local refinery which pours filth into the sky over the Mersey to this day. They married young and James was their first child. He has two younger brothers and a still-expanding family in the area. As an Everton fan he suffered years of Liverpool success throughout the seventies and was thrilled when his father took a job in Singapore and the family moved lock, stock and two smoking barrels to Asia.

He spent five fine years growing up in the city state before returning to the rain, storms, comprehensive schools and desolate beauty of the Scottish east coast. Later years took he and his family to baking hot Muscat, in Oman, and a Syria that has since been bombed off the surface of the planet.

James lives in Madrid, Spain, with his wife and two children.

Social Media Links –
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesHartleyBooks/

Website: www.jameshartleybooks.com

Giveaway – Win 5 x Signed copies of Cold Fire with a special tactile pen (Open Internationally)
*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Book review: Ascenders: High School for the Recently Departed

High School for the Recently Departed (Ascenders #1)

Book Blurb from Goodreads:

Walker Callaghan doesn't know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago...and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no consequences. 

Walker Callaghan, 17, is dead. 

She doesn't go to heaven or hell. She lands at The Academy, a middle realm where teenagers have one thing in common: They were the morning announcement at their high schools because they died young. 

These high school kids are now caught in a strange “in-between” zone where life hasn’t changed very much. In fact, this special teen limbo looks a lot like life in a quaint Michigan town complete with jocks, popular girls and cliques. "There are even cheerleaders in death," Walker observes. It's not a coincidence that the music teacher is a guy named Kurt who "used to have this band." The drama teacher, Heath, is crush worthy because back in his life, he starred in some superhero movie. 

Principal King explains the rules -- there are none. Why? You can't die twice. 

There is no homework. 
No tests. 
No SATS. 
You're just there to learn because the human brain isn't fully formed until you're 24. 

By the way, you can't get hurt physically, so race your Harley off that hillside. But falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do ...because no one knows how long you'll stay in this realm or what's next. 

"Losing someone you love would be like dying twice," Walker says. 

* * * * * * 
Walker Callaghan has just arrived at the Academy after a tragic car accident. “Is this heaven or is this high school?” she asks. 

She finds out her new life is a bit of both as she falls in love with tat-covered, bad boy Daniel Reid who is about to break the only sacred rule of this place. He's looking for a portal to return back to the living realm. 

He needs just one hour to retrieve his younger brother who strangely never arrived at The Academy. Bobby is an Earth Bound Spirit, stuck at a plane crash site that took both of their lives as their rich father piloted his private jet nose-first into a cornfield on Christmas Eve. 

Walker loves Daniel and risks it all to go with him. 

Have they learned enough to outsmart dangerous forces while transporting a young child with them? Can their love survive the fragmented evil parts of themselves that are now hunting them down as they try to find a way back to the middle? 

At the Academy, you learn the lessons of an after-lifetime




Book Review:

Thank you to the author for letting me read and review your book. This is my honest opinion.

The book blurb gives a very thorough and accurate summary of the book. Doesn't it sound good? Don't you want to try it?

I wanted to after reading the blurb. This story is a YA, and sometimes I find YA adult books to be predictable. This one had some predictable parts and some unexpected twists. Overall, I enjoyed my time reading this book.

CL Gaber is a talented writer. She gets right in there and makes the reader feel what Walker is feeling. The sense of loss, confusion, and heartbreak just seep off the page when Walker finds herself in a new place to start high school. I love how she changed and developed along with the story.

I also enjoyed the little love interest between Walker and Daniel. It is so innocent and pure. She strings the reader along as they grow closer together. I mean after all they are still in high school. We don't need any explicit details, right?

What I found the most enjoyable, was the action. For being a good girl, Walker sure does seem to get herself into one pickle after another. It was fun and unexpected!

I found myself devouring this work and being disappointed when I turned the last page that there wasn't more.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Off of My Bookshelves

Welcome to Off of My Bookshelves.


This is where Tank and I pick a book off of our bookshelf or Kindle and talk about it. If you want to join in, drop your link below so we can check yours out too!

Off of My Bookshelves



So I have the best friends.  I don’t mean to brag, but I do. When I broke my leg in May, a girlfriend said that she would bring me over some books to read. I asked for something in the fantasy genre. She delivered this huge box full of books. At the bottom of the box, there were a couple of series by Liz Schulte. She was new to me, but I will tell you what she is one of my new favorite authors!

Luckily, I grabbed the first one in the series! Sometimes, I grab the second one and am totally confused by the end. J Anyway, welcome to Secrets by Liz Schulte. It is the first in the Guardian Trilogy.

Secrets (The Guardian Trilogy #1)




We are introduced to photographer Olivia Martin who is so busy living through her camera that life swirls around her. She accidently bumps into a hot stranger exiting a bar with her best friend, Juliet. As they are walking home, she feels like she is being followed but she can’t see anything. She also starts having crazy dreams where the hot stranger is within these dreams.

Holden lives a cold lonely life in the shadows. His world gets turned on its head when he bumps into a lovely lady leaving the bar. She is someone that he can’t get out of his mind, literally. She drags him into her dreams, too. He decides to get to know her a little better by showing up at one of her art shows. This changes the course of both Holden and Olivia’s lives. Certain events were set to play and their love is put to the test. Will Holden give up his current lifestyle for Olivia? Will Olivia make the choice to follow her destiny or will she put her love before everything else?

Liz Schulte writes an engaging story. I could not put this one down. My hubby couldn’t believe I had read the whole series in 2 days. Olivia is very likeable as she is just a sweetie. She is the person that gives change to homeless and goes to church with her mother. She has this natural curiosity that gets her into trouble; while, Holden is the smoldering silent type. He tries to keep his life secret to protect Olivia. But in the end, it all catches up to them.

The relationship between the two of them is a little quick, but definitely steamy. I end up rooting for their love to last. Who knows if it will?

I just love this series. I hope you check it out too!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Blog tour: A Recipe for Disaster


A recipe for diaster
Meet Lucy, master wedding cake baker, idealistic school canteen crusader, and someone whose broken heart just won’t seem to mend…

Lucy is quietly confident that she has made the right choices in life. Surrounded by friends and family in a small country town, Lucy can easily suppress the feeling that something is missing from her life.

But when a blast from the past arrives in the form of her estranged husband, international celebrity chef Oliver Murray, Lucy’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble beneath her like overbaked meringue.

Is Oliver’s return all business or is it motivated by something more?

A Recipe for Disaster starts long after most love stories would have ended, proving it is never too late to offer someone a second slice of cake or a second chance.

Perfect for fans of Carole Mathews, Mhairi McFarlane and Carrie Hope Fletcher.

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A recipe for disaster


Book Review:


Thank you to the author and Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of this book.

I thoroughly enjoyed *A Recipe for Disaster *. It is about a couple that separated (it wasn't mutual) so that Oliver could follow his dream. His wife, Lucy, was left behind to deal with the mess. 
We get to see the story through Lucy's eyes. The reason I can't give it a 5 star rating is that I could not connect with Lucy. I found her weak and selfish. It is mostly due to my life experiences. My hubby and I have moved across the USA several times and at one time we didn't live together for 2 years. I find moving to new places to be an adventure. But I can see how others can empathize with Lucy. I know many people who would never move from their home town. As for Lucy, I think a lot of her problems would have been relieved if she just would talk to Oliver.

He is the Aussie version of Gordon Ramsay.  FYI don't read this book hungry! The food was so delicious. I made several unnecessary trips back to the kitchen for snacks.


Anyway, I did like the love story. Oliver is swoon worthy and I absolutely adore how hard he tries to get Lucy back. There was a lot of drama, I mean alot! Somebody was sleeping with some one they shouldn't. There was lying, cheating, and spying. But in a light hearted way. Think of *The Other Woman* with Cameron Diaz. The story was cute and definitely a feel good read. It was a perfect summer read!
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Excerpt from Book:

Background


Lucy Williams has just made her first wedding cake in three years, at the hurried request of her friend Edith. When delivering the cake to the reception venue, she runs into someone from her past, which opens up a million questions – the most important one: why is he here?

Placing the cake by the bridal table soon became an early highlight of the day. The sweet relief on my arms coupled with a quick mental download. I’d made it, no dropping, no cracking, and no incidents. To celebrate, I snapped off some social-media-worthy photos, both to show off on my Facebook page and, also, in the odd event I felt spurred on to take up baking again. From above, below, side-on, and close-ups on the flowers, I took so many, I half expected the cake to make a duck-face at me and tell me to get a life.

Satisfied, I scrolled through my photos as I left. Reaching for the door handle, it swung open onto me, sending me scuttling backwards. That would teach me for having my head buried in a screen.
‘. . . and make sure the napkins are folded properly, too, not like last time.’ A man buzzed past me like an unwelcome memory, a mosquito on a summer night.

‘Yes, chef.’ Standing by a table, a teenager fiddled with silver cutlery that clattered to the ground in a display of nerves. He swore, and grabbed a fresh fork from his apron, which bore a gold ‘M’ against the black fabric.

‘We should be ready by now. You should be in the kitchen helping with prep, not going over this again.’

‘Yes, chef.’ With each answer, a small part of the boy’s soul ebbed away. I’d been in his situation before – anyone who’d worked in hospitality had. It made me want to strangle the man responsible, the one who’d almost bowled me over. My only problem was, I recognised him – too well.

I knew his voice, and every possible incarnation it could take. The happy, the sad, the surprised, and the midnight whispers. I knew the tuft of black hair on the back of his neck and how it curled slightly to the left. The rest of his hair wound around itself like Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ when it got too long or wet. Without tiptoes, he could peer across the top of my refrigerator, and had done so many times looking for lost recipe sheets or keys.

The shape of his body had been burnt into memory, useful when trying to pick someone out in a crowd. So had his eyes, a neon blue that made it look like someone had scrawled on his face with Hi-Liter. As quickly as he made his entrance, he turned and made a beeline for the kitchen door, blustering along without so much as a glance in my direction.

‘Don’t just stand there,’ he snapped. ‘Do what you need to do and go. We’re busy.’

It took me a moment to realise he was talking to me. Had he not seen me at all?

‘Is this how you operate now, Oliver?’

God, he was still so beautiful, as much as it pained me to admit. He wore a black double-breasted uniform that pinched across broad shoulders, complete with the familiar ‘M’ stitched into the breast in fine gold thread. His apron was covered in kitchen detritus. While he’d always been confident, there was added fire behind those eyes, a purpose in his soul. It was no wonder he had restaurant critics eating out of his hand. And yet, underneath it all, teenage vulnerability lapped below his concrete surface, if only you knew what to look for.

Oliver stopped, his body rigid as if on pause. He turned to me slowly, a confused frown lining his face. I felt like he’d reached into my chest and ripped out my still-beating heart. I expected that, somewhere between here and the door, he’d wave it around his head in victory, before taking a bite and spitting it out in disgust.

We hadn’t seen each other in three years. We hadn’t spoken in eighteen months.

‘Lucy.’
I swallowed. ‘Oliver.’
‘Lucy,’ he repeated nervously. ‘How . . . how are you? Are you well?’
I nodded. ‘Fine, thank you. You?’
‘I’m, yeah, I’m okay.’ He nodded.
‘This is . . . this is a surprise.’ And one I could have strangled Edith for right now.
‘You could say that, yes.’ He chuckled nervously, looking over his shoulder again. This time, at my cake. ‘One of yours?’
‘It is.’ I rubbed sweating palms on my pants. ‘Issue with the original baker, so here I am.’
‘Rough luck,’ he said quietly, looking behind him again. ‘It looks incredible, Lucy. You’re still unfairly talented. What is it?’ He walked across to the small distressed wood table. ‘Naked is the new black, isn’t it?’
‘Thank you.’ I’d be lying if I said the praise didn’t hit me in the sweet spot, even after all this time. ‘It’s citrus mud with lemon icing.’
‘It’s gorgeous.’ He leant in to look at the finer details.

I stepped forward cautiously. As proud of it as I was, I didn’t think it was overly intricate, but Oliver seemed intent on inspecting it from all angles. It felt like an hour had passed before he stood back and looked at me.

‘Are you . . . are you well?’ A nervous Oliver was like Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket. You knew there was one out there somewhere, but you’d be hard-pressed to find it without some serious legwork.
I felt my tongue brush against my lips, my mouth sandpaper dry. ‘You’ve already asked that.’

‘I have. Right. Of course.’ He looked stuck between wanting to flee and trying to think of something else to say.
As for me, flight mode had well and truly kicked in. ‘Okay. So, I’m going to go now. See you later, I guess.’
‘Luce, wait.’ He held out a hand. ‘Stay for a drink.’
I froze on the spot, hand clutching the door handle. We watched each other silently. Seconds stretched to minutes, and Oliver looked more hopeful than he had right to.
‘Why are you here?’ I asked.



Author Bio –


Belinda Missen is an award-winning and best-selling author, screenwriter, and freelance writer from Geelong, Australia.

A reader from an early age, Belinda began writing her own stories shortly after her love affair with Steven Spielberg’s film Jurassic Park began. What began as fan-fiction soon took deeper root, and she was scribbling out strange little stories in empty notebooks she found laying around the house.

With qualifications in transport and office administration, and a combined career of fifteen years in these industries, Belinda decided to uproot everything in 2013 and return to her first love of writing. She now writes full-time, between cups of coffee, binge watching television, and feeding her cats and husband.

In April 2016, she was awarded the JOLT Courthouse Youth Arts Award in the Inspire 26+ Category for her piece Obsession.

In February 2017, her book Love And Other Midnight Theories clawed its way to the top of the Amazon charts in its category of Performing Arts, beating JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. True story – she has the screenshots to prove it.

When not dabbling in the written word, Belinda can be found mentoring other writers, beta-reading, reviewing, helping others to ready books for publication, and sleeping. In the digital world, she can be found online at Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest


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