Thursday, May 31, 2018

Off Of My Bookshelves


Hey Everyone!

Allie and I have decided to try something a little different. On Thursdays, we are going to pick a book off of our bookshelves and share it with you! We thought it would be fun to highlight some lovely books that have been out for a while. Plus get more pictures with me, Tank! Please enjoy and don’t be afraid to share your favorites with us!

Sorry we missed the last 2 Thursdays. Allie got hurt at work and broke her leg 2 weeks ago. She had surgery last week. So this week is the first week that she actually feels like a human. Don't worry, it is not all bad. She is catching up on her TBR, I get lots more couch time, and lots of friends have been visiting!

Licks and Tail wags,
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Tank

Today, are going to discuss how much we love the *The Secret Keeper* by Kate Morton!

**Book Blurb from Goodreads**

During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.

Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

The Secret Keeper: A Novel by [Morton, Kate]




**Book Review**
We discovered Kate Morton when Allie was wandering around Barnes & Noble looking for her next great read. She is a talented writer that crafts a captivating tale.
In *The Secret Keeper*, the reader follows two stories throughout the book. In one story, Laurel has some demons from when she was a girl and something tragic happened. Now many years later, her mother is nearing the end of her life and she must get answers before it's too late. The other story is about three people trying to survive in London during WWII.  How these stories interact to come to a full conclusion is just marvelous!

This book has  a lot of character growth and evolution. There is inherent danger, love, and the mystery of the past and what could have been. This is one book that we have read multiple times. As every time read, new details appear and more things make sense!

We love all of her books. If you haven't read Kate Morton before, we recommend starting with this one!

Release Day: Butterfly Trap

*****BUTTERFLY TRAP IS LIVE!*****

Butterfly Trap by [Fisher, TL]

Book Blurb:

I’m a liar.  A thief.  An addict. 

Party girl Nikki Kraemer is terrified when she wakes up tied to a dirty mattress in a basement that bleeds and breathes death.  Her reality grows more terrifying as she battles her addiction at the mercy of her deadly captor.

This is no ordinary day for Isaac Burns.  He has a dangerous secret that has eaten away his moral integrity for ten years.  Today is the day he will confront his inner demon . . . but Nikki is no ordinary woman.  She is certainly not what Isaac expected.

This romantic thriller treads in dark water and some of the subject matter is not for the faint-of-heart.  READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

***BUTTERFLY TRAP is a Romantic Thriller and does contain some content meant for mature audiences.





Butterfly Trap

Release Date:  May 31st, 2018
Title:  Butterfly Trap
Genre:  Romantic Suspense / Romantic Thriller
Author:  TL Fisher
Cover Design:  Regina Wamba @ MaeIDesign.com

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About Author from Amazon:
TL Fisher is an author of the angsty side of love, so she uses the term romance novelist loosely. 
She is an avid believer in the philosophy; life isn’t about finding yourself as much as it is about creating who you want to be. We are the architect of our own destiny. When she tells a story, her main goal is to make you feel. If you haven’t laughed out loud, breathed a gooey sigh and wiped snot from your nose, she feels she hasn’t done her job.Her motto in life is—when nothing goes right—go left. Her best advice—never make eye contact while eating a banana. 


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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Guest Post and Blog Tour: We Other




We Other

Book Blurb:

A gripping fantasy for young adults and anyone who enjoys a journey into a twilight world. Sue Bentley is a master story teller.

Family secrets, changelings, and fairies you never want to meet on a dark night.

Jess Morgan’s life has always been chaotic. When a startling new reality cannot be denied, it’s clear that everything she believed about herself is a lie. She is linked to a world where humans – ‘hot-bloods’ – are disposable entertainment. Life on a run-down estate – her single mum’s alcoholism and violent boyfriend – become the least of Jess’s worries.

We Other



Book Review:

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

I am just going to come out and say it. I loved this book!!! I was excited to read it and the author did not disappoint! I am going to gush on the story for a bit. I hope you don't mind.

The characters were well written. I felt all the humans had a lovely character arc and had grown throughout the story. The Fae did not have any character growth, but then again we can't expect them to as they are Fae after all. Jess went from a lonely teenage girl just trying to get by to becoming powerful and developing meaningful friendships. I loved how the author had her trying to fight the changes but in the end embracing her adventure. Caleb Farmer had grown tremendously into himself. I enjoyed his character as he seemed like such a kind young man. Alice was the most surprising for me. The reader sees from the beginning how she is struggling with alcoholism and drug abuse. The description of the hardships faced is very real. The struggle to sobriety also felt very real.

The settings were described beautifully. I can just picture Jess running in the city to the old mansion to the woods behind. The descriptions of the Fae were captivating. I loved the magic that they had. I loved the good and the bad Fae. I loved the imagination of developing the different Fae.

The story arc was well done. It kept me reading all night. There were tons of twists and turns. I didn't know what was going to happen next. I felt the conclusion was satisfying, but I could have kept reading. I hope there is a second book planned as I had unanswered questions by the end of this one. Definitely, it was a cliff hanger.
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We give this a 5 paw review as we just loved this book!

Guest post on how to write memorable characters:

Check out her YouTube Video

Memorable characters are at the heart of every novel. Sometimes a marvellous
setting can appear to take on a life of its own, but however well described or real it
appears, it will always be the characters in a book with which we connect. After reading a good novel, strong characters with whom we’ve shared good times and bad, often stay with us. We don’t want to let them go. They live on in our imagination – sometimes so strongly, that we decide to join an appreciation society or begin writing fan fiction. We are impelled to talk about the characters we love and
to share our enthusiasm for them with other people, sometimes with cos play events. Quite a tall order, for a writer to create characters such as these? So where to begin?

A good place is to look at the people in our own lives. We know them so well, that we
may need to stand well back and be objective. To ask ourselves what makes each person an individual. What are their passions, their likes and dislikes? What are their strongly held beliefs, their interests, the things they care most about? In essence,
their motivations. We all have to make a living in some way – in this we’re all alike,
although chosen professions may differ and be affected by barriers of class, gender,
religion or culture. There may be other things which affect us in finding our vocation. Physical barriers, like illness or disability. Lack of confidence, and shyness.
We all want to love and be loved. We hope for a fulfilling career and a safe, comfortable home. We try for a balance between work and free time. And we all
want our children to be happy. People the world over, share the same hopes and
dreams, but may go about achieving them in different ways. It’s good to explore the
things that set us apart, the small or unusual things are of most interest to the
novelist.

Think of particulars. An unusual job – what challenges could it bring? If someone’s a
collector, make the object of their desire something rare - like18 th century, signed first editions. What if a particular obsession has taken over their life, so they have run up huge debts? What would they be driven to do, to hide the fact? Or perhaps someone’s love of animals takes them around the world, searching for endangered birds, bats, or insects in a rain forest. What dangers might they encounter? What would make a character act rashly and later regret it?

From asking oneself such questions, plot ideas are born. What would the collector of
rare books give for a one-off chance to own the book of their dreams? How would
they react if circumstances prevented them acquiring it? A calm philosophical person, will have a very different reaction to one who is hot-headed. Think of the particulars that motivate people, it’s these that distinguish them. Strong feelings of joy and satisfaction will follow if needs are met, perhaps anger,disappointment, even violence when needs are thwarted. Make your characters have strong passions and strong reactions to the things that matter to them and readers will understand that and care about what happens to them. We don’t have to like every character, readers will see through people who are too perfect. It’s often more interesting to dislike or even hate a character, but if we understand their motivations we’ll be swept along by their story and they will linger in our imaginations after we finish reading.

When creating the main characters for We Other, I got to know them really well. I
gave Jess and Caleb their secrets, hopes and dreams. I gave them troubled home
lives and made them struggle with challenging circumstances. I knew what each of them wanted, but the difference in their characters would determine how they went about finding it. And I gave them dangers to overcome, hills to climb before they reached their goals. I put unexpected obstacles in their way, made them fail
sometimes and make mistakes before they dusted themselves off and kept on going.
I allowed them to be rewarded in appropriate ways, disappointed in others. I wanted to keep readers guessing with plot twists and turns, and to feel satisfied by how things worked out. I hope readers will love the characters in We Other, as much as I do.

Thanks so much for hosting me on the We Other blog tour.

Author Bio 
Sue Bentley discovered a love of books at an early age. She worked for
Northamptonshire Libraries for many years, while teaching herself the craft of writing. She is the
author of the worldwide bestselling Magic Kitten, Magic Puppy, Magic Ponies, Magic Bunny series
for age 5-9 years. She also writes for children and adults under various pen names. A lover of English
Folklore, her books often contain elements of the otherworld and the darkness within the everyday.
Her books have been translated into around 20 languages. We Other is her first book for Young
Adults.
Social Media Links
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https://facebook.com/suebentleyauthor 
https://instagram.com/therealsuebentley
https://www.suebentley.co.uk
https://Goodreads.com/suebentleyauthor

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fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Cover Reveal: Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe

Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café

Jaz Winters stuck a pin in a map and fled to the village of Sunnybrook, looking for a brand new life – and after a rocky start, it’s beginning to look as if she made the right decision. Her blossoming friendship with Ellie and Fen has seen her through some dark times, and she’s managed to land two jobs – waitress at The Little Duck Pond Café and working as a weekend tour guide at Brambleberry Manor, the country house that’s been in Fen’s family for generations.
Sure, life isn’t totally perfect. There’s the irritating know-it-all guy who keeps popping up on her manor tours, for a start. He seems determined to get under Jaz’s skin whether she likes it or not. But she supposes it’s a small price to pay for the relative peace she’s found, living in Sunnybrook.

But just as Jaz is beginning to think rosier times are on the horizon, a shock encounter looks set to shatter her fragile happiness.

Will she be forced to flee from Sunnybrook and everyone she’s grown so fond of? Or will she find the strength to stand her ground and finally face up to the nightmares of the past?

This novella is part of a trilogy:

Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café
Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café
Winter at The Little Duck Pond Café

Pre-order on Amazon UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Little-Duck-Pond-Cafe-ebook/dp/B07C5CL9XF/

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. Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café, published on 18th June 2018, follows the first in the series, Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café.

Twitter - https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

Monday, May 28, 2018

Blog Tour: Raving About Rhys

Raving about Rhys


Book blurb for Raving about Rhys:

Bubbly Callie Derbyshire loves her job as a carer, and can't believe she's finally landed herself a decent boyfriend - older man Tony - who's lasted way longer than the usual disastrous three months. Tony's exactly what she's always dreamed of ... or at least he would be if he ever took her out instead of just taking her to bed. And work would be perfect too if she wasn't constantly in trouble with her boss, The She-Devil Denise.

When the new gardener, Mikey, discovers her in a rather compromising position at work, Callie knows that her days at Bay View Care Home could be numbered. Can she trust him not to tell Denise? If she's issued with her marching orders, who'll look out for her favourite client, Ruby, whose grandson, Rhys, seems to constantly let her down? What does Ruby know about Tony? And what is Denise hiding?

Surrounded by secrets and lies, is there anyone left who Callie can trust?

Raving about Rhys


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Book Review:

I enjoyed this short prequel to the Whitsborough Bay trilogy. We get to follow Callie as she discovers that older men are not always more mature and that sometimes love is found in unexpected places.

I love Callie as she was so vibrant and full of life. She made me laugh at her antics, I cried at the sad moments, and I was happy for her when she grew as a person.

This little novella had everything going for it. It was a quick read, had character trials, and finished wonderfully. I enjoyed reading this one a lot!

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

Author Bio
Raving for rhys

Jessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her business reports read more like stories and she should write a book. She loved writing but had no plot ideas. Then something happened to her that prompted the premise for her debut novel, Searching for Steven. She put fingers to keyboard and soon realised she had a trilogy and a novella!

She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast – the inspiration for the settings in her books – with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!

Jessica tries to balance her time – usually unsuccessfully – between being an HR tutor and writing.

Social Media Links –
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaRedlandWriter/
Website and blog: www.jessicaredland.com

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Book Review: A Beautiful Heartbreak

A Beautiful Heartbreak


Book Blurb from Goodreads:

A plain Jane process server and private investigator.
A complicated, high-powered lawyer.

No one said that life in New York City was going to be easy.
So, when Ki’s life gets completely flipped upside down,
she seeks the safety of a disorganized man of few words.

Is he the hero Ki needs, or will he push her away?

This is the first book in the NYC Series.
The books must be read in order.
Genre: Romantic Suspense

IT IS CURRENTLY FREE ON AMAZON!!!!



Book Review:

*A Beautiful Heartbreak* is the first in the NYC series by Alora Kate.

I enjoyed this story enormously. It was told in dual POV. Ki is a spunky woman trying to get her PI business off the ground when she runs across the brooding Prescot. They have instant chemistry even though they both resist it initially. The dual POV is wonderfully done. The way that Alora Kate wrote Prescot's parts gives the reader a great insight into how his mind is working. In contrast, Ki's POV is light and humorous.
As mentioned before, they have a great chemistry that just flows off the pages. It is hilarious the lengths they go to avoid it, but they end up finding out that they need each other.

Besides the story being a romance, there is unexpected suspense as someone starts stalking Ki and Prescot gets into accident. Can their budding relationship handle the stress? Or will they go their separate ways?

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This story was fun and light hearted. It was a wonderful respite from reality. We can't wait to read the next one!


About the Author from Amazon:

"I hear voices in my head and I love that its totally okay." - Alora Kate 

Alora Kate is a multi-genre author who likes to be bold and original; stepping outside of the box and bringing her readers fresh characters from all parts of life. She’s a mother, college student, photographer, and graphic designer. She resides in northern MN with her son, where she plans to stay for a long time despite the cold winters. 

Visit her website here: http://alorakateauthor.wixsite.com/alorakateauthor
Join her mailing list here: https://goo.gl/KJTtxe
Connect on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoralorakate/

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Blog Tour: Small Change


Author Spotlight

Keddie Hughes

I too love a good book and have a dog!

It’s often assumed writers are too busy to read but I read at least two books a week. It helps feed my creative mind. I read a wide number of genres. Here are 2 of my recent favourites.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is sensational. It tells the story of a Starr, a young black girl in LA and her struggle for justice for her friend who was gunned down and killed. It’s bright, funny and powerful. As I lay Dying by William Faulkner. An American classic that I re-read recently. It’s a powerful story of a dysfunctional family burying their mother. It’s a masterclass in writing from different points of view.

I am also the proud owner of a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever called Brodie. Every morning, we go for a long walk in the beautiful country side around my home. It’s a great way to prepare for writing – being inspired by nature clears my mind and makes me feel happy and optimistic about the day ahead.

I wrote my first novel age eight and my second aged fifty eight. 

I wrote my first ‘novel’ at 8. It consisted of handwritten pieces of paper stapled together into a book. It was a story about a deer fawn in the highlands of Scotland and had an unhappy ending (Bambi was a big inspiration!) I won a national short story competition when I was 9 years old and went on to read English Lit at University determined to be a writer. But then ‘real life’ intervened (marriage, two children, a successful career in Industry and Academia) and I never wrote a word of fiction for the next fifty years. Since semi retiring from work, I have published two novels. An Obstinate Vanity (2016) and Small Change (2018.)

Ordinary people lead extraordinary lives

My novels are mostly about ‘ordinary’ people. However in my experience, there’s no such thing as ‘ordinary’ - most people have remarkable stories to tell and most families have enough dramatic possibilities for a dozen novels!

The inspiration for my characters starts with me.

All my characters have a bit of me in them. Even the bad guys! Delving into the ‘dark corners’ of my imagination can feel a bit scary but the character soon takes over and becomes a separate person. It feels a bit like I’m a sourdough starter – giving my characters an initial boost from my inner world, so that they can grow and develop in their own unique and often startling ways.

Thank you to Keddie Hughes and Authoright for an awesome spotlight!

About the author:

Born and raised in Glasgow Keddie Hughes has worked for over thirty years in executive coaching, leadership development, organisation consulting and change management in global organisations such as Vodafone, Ericsson, BP, Mars and British Airways. In 2012 she completed the Faber Academy writing course and later enjoyed writing for eighteen months under the mentorship of poet and author Jill Dawson. 

Today Keddie lives in Buckinghamshire where she dedicates as much time as she can to writing. Her first novel, An Obstinate Vanity was published in 2016 (CreateSpace). Small Change by Keddie Hughes (published by Spiffing Covers  10th May in paperback and ebook ) is available to purchase from online retailers including Amazon and to order from all good bookstores.



Small Change


Forty-two year old Izzy Campbell wants more from life than a husband who is a fanatical Glasgow Rangers football supporter and a borderline alcoholic. She has always put her family’s needs first, but with her son turning eighteen she decides it’s time things change. Izzy volunteers at the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and enrolls for a part time degree in Social Sciences and when she encounters a charismatic journalist, Sean Docherty, who is investigating alleged financial mismanagement at Rangers, she finds herself offering to help. Before she knows it, she is drawn into the excitement of political activism and the arms of an attractive man. Her loyalties are further tested when she discovers her husband’s part in the murder of a young fan from Rangers’ arch enemy – Celtic. The choices Izzy makes will determine the rest of her life.



Here is the scene when Izzy is preparing for her final evening with her lover Sean. They agreed their affair was going to be short-lived and they would return to their normal lives once their week together was over. The scene captures the battle between Izzy’s rational mind telling her to grateful for their time together and her emotional heart wishing it didn’t have to end. This struggle between her pragmatic and emotional voices is one, I hope, my readers will recognise and relate to.

Sometimes, during those four days, Izzy caught her reflection in a shop window and challenged herself to confront the unfaithful wife, the shameless adulteress who stared back at her, but she found it hard to muster any shame or regret. Instead, a bubble of happiness would pop inside her. Bridget had agreed to provide an alibi for her each evening, but lying was barely required. Jim was working most nights and Davy was living, more or less permanently, at Cas’s. They were like three boats in a harbour that had slipped their moorings, gently drifting out to sea. She comforted herself with the fact there would be time after Sean returned to London to work to bring the three of them back together. So much time, in fact, that she felt the first stirrings of despair.

It was her last evening with Sean. She brushed her hair in short quick tugs, reminding herself that she was not going to be one of those pathetic souls who cried and moped. She would be grown up and gracious in their farewell. Absolutely no tears. After he was gone, she would re-invent herself, be a stronger, better and more capable person because of him. Get a job. Rescue her crumbling family.
She leaned into her bedroom mirror, her freckles seemed more prominent than usual. Sean had spent the last evening trying to count them, kissing each one as he counted. It was a jokey gesture, but it had moved her in a way that had felt frightening. She was in danger of being overwhelmed by him; like a swimmer stepping into the sea, not realising how strong the undertow would be. Well, after tonight, she was heading back to shore, to dry land and the safety of her old life. She should be thankful that she had experienced such a lover, but she didn’t feel thankful. Instead, wishful thoughts crowded her mind: forlorn and foolish.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Blog Tour: The Purrfect Pet Sitter

The Purrfect Pet Sitter


Introducing Lisa Blake, the purrfect pet sitter! 
When Lisa Blake’s life in London falls apart, she returns
to her hometown rebranding herself as ‘the purrfect pet
sitter’ – which may or may not be false advertising as
she has a rather unfortunate habit of (temporarily)
losing dogs! 

But being back where she grew up, Lisa can’t escape
her past. There’s her estranged best friend Flick who
she bumps into in an embarrassing encounter in a local
supermarket. And her first love, Nathan Baker, who,
considering their history, is sure to be even more
surprised by her drunken Facebook friend request than
Lisa is. 

As she becomes involved in the lives of her old friends
Lisa must confront the hurt she has caused, discover
the truth about her mysterious leather-clad admirer,
and learn how to move forward when the things she
wants most are affected by the decisions of her past.

The Purrfect Pet Sitter


Book Review:

*The Purrfect Pet Sitter* was a delightful read of a woman trying to find herself.

Lisa had the perfect life, at least from the outside. She had a fabulous job, lived in London, and had a loving boyfriend. Until, it all fell apart. Lisa moved back into her childhood home as she tries to pick up what is left in her life. She starts a pet sitting business, where she meets the vibrant Winnie. Winnie coaches her on moving forward with her life all the while adding some humor and perspective. This tale follows Lisa as she learns how to ask for forgiveness from her high school friends and family. Along the way, she finds her mojo and discovers her true happiness.

Tank and I picked this book because it was about a pet sitter. The pets made occasional appearances by adding humor and fun activities. They weren't the main focus of the story.

Lisa was the main focus of the story. I had a hard time really connecting with her at first. She seemed so lost and passive. She kept being the victim. She is 29; time to be in charge of your life! As the story went on, I grew more attached to her. I had developed empathy for her character after all the bad things she went through. But it took a while to break through her facade to get to the real Lisa!

I thought the hardest part was getting through the first part of the book. The plot kind of dragged up until about 1/3 of the way. Then, it picked up, and the story gradually sucked me in. There were parts that I laughed and parts that I cried. I am glad that I stuck it out as the ending was endearing!


*The Purrfect Pet Sitter* is a tale of second chances and remembering that things aren't always what they seem.

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

The Purrfect Pet Sitter

About the Author:

Carol Thomas lives on the south coast of England with
her husband, four children and lively young Labrador.
She has been a playgroup supervisor and taught in
primary schools for over fifteen years, before
dedicating more of her time to writing. Carol is a
regular volunteer at her local Cancer Research UK
shop. She has a passion for reading, writing and
people watching and can often be found loitering in
local cafes working on her next book.
Social Media Links –

The Purrfect Pet Sitter

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Book Review: Red Part 1

Red Part 1


Book Blurb from Goodreads:

In the aftermath of a tragic car accident, Red is resurrected by a Vampire. As repayment for her second life, she spends a decade being groomed to serve as a peace offering between enemies.

Upon arrival at the estate of her betrothed, Red soon realizes the cruelty of her husband-to-be and the sterility of his manse are more than she can bear. Seeking refuge, she flees to the woods where nothing is as it seems. There, she is drawn to a dangerous figure shrouded in secrecy. It is within the trees where Red will discover who is predator and who is prey.


*Currently exclusively published in the Once Upon a Twisted Time boxed set.

GOODREADS

Book Review

Tara Vasser intricately weaves a fascinating story that combines elements of Little Red Riding Hood and Vampires. Who doesn't love a good vampire story?

The story is a fast paced, easy to read novella. There is danger, deception, love, and finding one's self. It kept me on my toes as the plot spun out of control. I loved watching Red evolve into a powerful vampire.

The other thing I loved were the love scenes. The chemistry between Red and her lover just jumps off the page. It was romantic and hot at the same time.

I loved this book and I can't wait to read the next installments! It definitely deserves 4 paws all up!

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Thank you to the author for this novella. This is my honest opinion. I received a copy from Book Reviews 4 You with no requirement for a review.


Author Bio from Amazon:
Tara is a wickedly talented writer who lives in the frozen north in Minnesota with her wonderful husband and two rambunctious little dudes. She is an engineer during the day, a crazy mom in the afternoon and a writer at night. She enjoys spending her time playing in the dirt when her gardens aren’t covered in snow and listening to a wide variety of music that inspires her writing – sometimes doing both at the same time.

Be sure to visit Tara's web page and sign up for her newsletter for updates on works in progress and upcoming new releases! www.authortaravasser.com

Monday, May 14, 2018

Book Review: Handlers of Dragons


Handlers of Dragons


Book Blurb from Goodreads:

In book four, Kayn has survived the Testing along with Zach and Melody. She is now Clan Ankh’s second Dragon. She’s been emotionally stunted by the violence she’s endured. Zach has become her Handler. He is her voice of reason in the emotionless void. Frost and Kayn are now together but the pull to her past is confusingly strong. She has discovered that one of the Guardians is her father. Seth is also Lexy's father and this means she has a sibling within the clan. Her abilities are growing stronger each day but she has little to no control. There are now two daughters of Seth. The ominous prophecy lingers in the background. Will Kayn gain some control or will she be swept away into the emotionless void? Only time will tell.

Handlers of Dragons

One thousand years ago, procreation with mortals became illegal under the immortal law. Any suspected immortal offspring will be allowed to live until the age of sixteen. At this time, a Correction will be sent to erase their family line. The suspected immortal and their immediate family will be executed. If the partially immortal teen manages to survive their Correction, or they have impressed the Guardians of the in-between with their bravery, they may be granted a second chance as a sacrificial lamb for the greater good.

They must join one of three clans of immortals living on earth. Clan Ankh, Clan Trinity or Clan Triad. They will then have the symbol of that clan branded into their flesh and with this mark, their souls will no longer be permitted through the hall of souls when they die. They must wait in the in-between for their clans to heal their mortal shells. Once they have reached the age of eighteen they will be sealed to their clan.

The next step is to train their partially mortal brains to survive the stresses of immortality. The next feat will be the immortal Testing where they will be dropped into a floating crypt the size of New York City. This Testing is fuelled by your worst nightmares. It is a place of magic. A personal hell, where anything can happen. Here you must die a thousand times if need be, in increasingly violent ways until you understand what it is to be immortal. All three Clans go into the Testing. They must remain together and search for the Amber room to survive. There is a catch…only the first two clans that find the Amber room will be allowed out. The third clan will remain trapped in the nightmare forever…

Handlers of Dragons





In Handlers of Dragons, the story follows Kayn’s journey as she develops into her role as a dragon for the Ankh clan. She is an immortal that finished the testing and is now one of 2 dragons for the clan. She has a hard time connecting with her handler all because she can’t forget about her past as a human. The story has everything that I like: steamy love scenes, danger, and just plain ass kicking.

I have only read this book in the series. I do not recommend reading it as a standalone. Definitely, read the previous books in the series before starting this one. There was a lot of backstory that I missed because I didn’t start at the beginning. Honestly, I was lost for a good portion of the book.

Besides that, I enjoyed this book. The story feels like a filler in-between the testing and something big that will happen in the next book. The plot itself is kind of flat. Kayn is trying to figure out her new role while being attracted to this hot guy who is some one important in the clan.  Then her beau from her human life remembers her and wants to be “friends”. That’s a lot of drama for a confused 18 year old to figure out. She goes and pushes her beau off of a railing. Then, she is sent on a mission to punish her. There are battles, blood and guts, and things blowing up. She also forges new friendships which may or may not help her figure things out. Its so intense!

Overall, this is a great book. I would have enjoyed more if I had read the previous books.
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Thank you to the author for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Handlers of Dragons


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Off Of My Bookshelves

Hey Everyone!

Tank and I have decided to try something a little different. On Thursdays, we are going to pick a book off of our bookshelves and share it with you! We thought it would be fun to highlight some lovely books that have been out for a while. Plus get more pictures with Tank! Please enjoy and don’t be afraid to share your favorites with us!

Today, we are going to talk about a classic, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen! Tank's a little tired from this week, so he wasn't real into the picture.

Pride and Prejudice

This is one of my favorites, and I have reread it so many times! Have you read It?

Pride and Prejudice is a classic romance. The reader introduced to the Bennet family which has 5 girls. We get to follow along as they quest for suitable husbands. My favorite is the lovely, brilliant, and independent Elizabeth Bennet. She is introduced to the formidable Mr. Darcy. I have had a long standing crush on Mr. Darcy. He is so kind and thoughtful under his tough exterior. The question is can she see his true self and find happiness?

Jane Austen eloquently describes the settings and scenes throughout the book. I can just see myself walking with Elizabeth or going to the ball or wandering through Pemberley. 

Also there was a wonderful movie adaption with Keira Knightley. If you haven't seen it, check it out! The scenery is breathtaking, and the music beautiful. Plus, it follows the book pretty close!



Book Blurb From Goodreads:

'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.' Thus memorably begins Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, one of the world's most popular novels. Pride and Prejudice--Austen's own 'darling child'--tells the story of fiercely independent Elizabeth Bennett, one of five sisters who must marry rich, as she confounds the arrogant, wealthy Mr. Darcy. What ensues is one of the most delightful and engrossingly readable courtships known to literature, written by a precocious Austen when she was just twenty-one years old.
Humorous and profound, and filled with highly entertaining dialogue, this witty comedy of manners dips and turns through drawing-rooms and plots to reach an immensely satisfying finale. In the words of Eudora Welty, Pride and Prejudice is as 'irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.'

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Author Spotlight and Book Review: Indigo Lost

Indigo Lost

Book Blurb from the Press Release:

Afer the brutal murder of her family, and the uncovering of her mysterious abilities, a young girl escapes and hides in the city of Las Vegas — but who is going to protect her?

Violence has always has always been familiar to seven-year-old Mysty, known for her piercing indigo eyes. Ever since she can remember her father has been an aggressive and brutish man, but then one day things go too far and Mysty witnesses the violent murder of her beloved mother. Taken in by the police for safety and questioning, she realises that she has nobody to turn to and can only rely on herself to survive.

So, when she has the chance, she decides to make her escape; the only problem is she’s three floors up and it’s one hell of a drop. But seeing no other option, she takes a leap of faith out of the window and never looks back.

Meanwhile, in Las Vegas, the king of the city, cut-throat mob boss Donny Capello, is contemplating his next takeover when an out-of-control truck nearly crashes into him. Dazed, he notices a skinny young girl with bright blue eyes injured and crouching in a doorway, who he swears somehow saved his life, like a guardian angel. But before he can speak to her she disappears.

Determined to find out who the girl is, and why she would trouble herself to save someone as irredeemable as him, Donny Capello will do anything to find her. But she’s not yet ready to reveal herself, and this time there’s no window for her to escape from, and Vegas is Capello’s city, so it's only a matter of time before he finds her.

In the first book of her epic Infinity Squared series, author S.R. Summers has drawn on her varied life experiences and the challenges she’s personally faced —from work-place bullying to xenophobia— to craft not only a dramatic and, at times uncomfortable, narrative, but also one which provokes questions within the reader about their place in the world.

Through the relationships between her central female protagonist, Mysty, and those she encounters, Summers hopes to highlight the importance of personal growth, the internal conflicts an individual experiences when faced with difficult life questions, and the strength and empowerment of reaching out in life and making real connections and friendships rather than the at-a-distance relationships of today’s technology-mad world.

Blending elements of crime, fantasy, romance and coming-of-age with social fiction, Indigo Lost is the perfect next read for those looking for an exciting and thought-provoking new series to get stuck into this spring.

Indigo Lost




Book Review:

I absolutely loved this book! The story was captivating and moving. But before I start telling y'all how much I love the this book, I need to discuss something that bothered me.

I live on the other side of the pond from the author. Which is fine, I love reading British works. The MC's  mother was from England, so I understood when Mysty had an English accent and turn of phrase. The problem I had with Indigo Lost is the narration used British terms and sayings to describe what was going on. For example, she is describing Mysty going to a truck stop,"Looking up at several of the lorries...", instead of saying semis or semi-trucks. There are quite a few of these throughout the book. So much so that I didn't realize the book was set in America until she decided to travel to Vegas, which was 15% into the book. But enough of my soapbox, on to the good stuff.

I loved this book so much I couldn't put it down. The characters are absolutely brilliant! I enjoyed Mysty with her grit, determination, and kickass attitude. I secretly fell in love with Donny. What girl doesn't want a man to love her, protect her, and have lots of money? 😉 He is just a sweetheart under his mob boss shell. But wait until you get to meet Daryl, the spoiled rich boy. I couldn't stand him but by the end felt a little sympathy for him. Just a little, not much.  The other minor characters where well fleshed out and added more depth to the story.

As for the plot, it was a page turner by far.  So many things were happening. SR Summers doesn't beat around the bush.  There is domestic abuse, and it is graphic. There are sex scenes that are pretty hot. The reader just bounces with Mysty from one adventure to another. I was actually crushed when I got to the end and found out I have to wait for the second book to come out!

Overall with the exception of some minor things, this book is awesome. If you are looking for a story to keep you spellbound til the very last page this is it!
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Thank you to the author and Authoright for this ARC.  This is my honest opinion.

About The Author:

Living in Leamington Spa, West Midlands, S.R. Summers owns and runs the popular ZouBisou cafe. Previously, she has enjoyed a career working within broadcast media whilst living in Belgium and within the field of e-commerce. She also holds a degree in History from the University of Cambridge. When not managing her cafe, you’ll find her busy writing and working on the final book in her Infinity Squared eight-part series. The first in the series, Indigo Lost by S.R, Summers (published by ShieldCrest Publishing April 2018 RRP £20 hardback, £12 paperback and £5.99 e-book) is available to purchase from online retailers, including Amazon, and to order from all good bookstores. For more information you can follow the author @indigolost.

Author Spotlight:

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR DAY?
I’m the owner-manager of my own café in Leamington Spa, which takes up a huge amount of time and energy as we bake all our own cakes (lots of vegan recipes!) and prepare all our own food. It’s a place that attracts all sorts – from students with their laptops to retired couples doing the crossword – which is great.

SO HOW DID YOU FIND TIME TO WRITE THE INFINITY SQAURED SERIES?
I’ve been writing stories since I was five. I have, in fact, written thirteen books, but I have sat on them like a golden eagle on her eggs, cherishing and nurturing them into being with the same absorbed, unstinting devotion. It’s taken me five years to (almost!) finish writing the eight Infinity Squared books, spending every free second from early in the morning before work, to the early hours of the morning, utterly absorbed in the characters and plot as they evolved in my head and on my screen.

DID YOU EVER TALK TO ANYBODY ABOUT INFINITY SQUARED?
Over the years, I let a few people into the ‘room’, to test how the books were received really. I love creating these other worlds, other realities, I can't help it, it's just what my imagination does. But having kept my writing secret for so long, it was a relief to finally share it – but it was terrifying, too, because the whole thing lives in my head, and I had no idea whether it was any good. But the feedback was amazing, and still is, with people saying things like ‘I couldn’t stop reading it!’ or ‘I can’t wait for the next book!’ – things I thought people said about other books, not mine.

SO WHY DID IT TAKE YOU SO LONG TO ‘GO PUBLIC’ AS AN AUTHOR?
I held back. Whether that was because of warnings about the nature of the publishing industry or lack of confidence, I don’t know, but I just couldn’t make the step of getting the books ‘out there’. And then something happened. And I changed. And so, subsequently, did the future of my books.

SO, WHAT WAS IT THAT CHANGED THE FUTURE OF THE BOOKS?
I don’t want to say too much, as it was a very sad family loss that shook us all so badly, followed by my mum spending two months in ITU in an induced coma – from which she thankfully recovered. Our normal, robust family life just stopped. And that was when I realised, finally and fully, how short life is. And it dawned on me how my procrastination was cowardice. This huge story I believed in with unswerving passion, that I had already devoted countless hours to, needed putting out in the world. And one day, an editor walked into the café and we started talking. The journey began. And I didn’t look back.

ARE YOU GLAD YOU ‘STARTED TALKING’?
Yes, yes! It still catches me out when I see my name on copies of Indigo Lost, a story I feel I know like the back of my hand, so much so that it is a part of me. There is a pride there, of course, but it’s always tinged with, I don’t know, a sort of fear too . . . My connection to writing, and my books, is not as straightforward as people seem to think, and I wonder if this is the same for other authors as well . . .

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE AUTHOR?
Lee Child, whose Jack Reacher series I have read from cover to cover. I would absolutely love to meet him, especially as he comes from Coventry – a few miles from where I live.

WHAT DO YOU FIND SO COMPELLING ABOUT HIS WRITING?
That his books are cleverly worked around a few central characters – something which had a massive influence on how I develop my characters – and of course that it translates so well on screen. (Every author’s dream, including mine!)

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR WRITING STYLE?
How I write is quite raw, I don’t leave anything out. Not tears, not sex, not the bad stuff we all think and do sometimes. But it is the tiny human details that make the characters so relatable. People get so involved with them that I have been lambasted because of a plot twist, or hugged because a scene or character has made someone cry. And that’s all I ever really wanted. For people to feel and react to these characters that have lived inside me for so long.

WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATION FOR WRITING?
To make readers think, and think some more. Humanity has lost its way somehow; it’s so trapped in technology that means we can communicate in a hundred different ways, and yet we’re losing touch with each other. The characters in the books scream to be heard and understood, and I think we’re all screaming, too, underneath. We really need to get back together, to listen to each other, and if I could use one word to describe my motivation for writing it’s this: listen.

SO, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
My job is far from complete, and neither is my editor’s! Even when I've finished book eight, which should be in the next few months, there is still so much to do. I never realised how much was involved in publishing! These eight books are powerful and sometimes I honestly wonder where they came from. They are already creating debates about human behaviour – in all its ugliness and beauty – which is all I ever wanted. I’m truly excited about what happens next – which is to get book two published – and next! 

ANY FINAL THOUGHTS FOR READERS AND NEW AUTHORS?
For readers: don’t be afraid, fall into the characters, hate them and love them, and see yourself in them. It’s the only way we’re going to learn to listen and understand each other.
For authors: also, don’t be afraid! Take that giant leap of faith and believe in your characters and yourself. Find an editor who understands not just your book, but you as an author, and will hold your hand when it gets tough (because it does). Words, like music and art, are so powerful. They make people think and talk and come back together. What more could we ever wish for? 


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