Friday, July 29, 2016

Book Review: Don't Tempt Me by Lori Foster‏

Don't Tempt Me
Title: Don't Tempt Me

Author: Lori Foster

Stars: 4 out of 5


I am always delighted when I read a well written book with characters you could meet in your own neighborhood. I was not disappointed with this offering by Lori Foster where the characters are large as life and could well be in any family or gathering. The heroine tugs at your heart strings and immediately garners your sympathy and support. It is easy to see how she does that exact same thing to the hero of the story. A modern day love story that mirrors life and is sure to please most readers.
I gave this book a four star rating and would recommend it to anyone looking for a modern romance story to pass the time
I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.

 Jason Guthrie has no time for entanglements—between helping out his widowed brother and teenage nephew and getting his hometown back on its feet, his days are spoken for. But his nights are another story… And when his lovely new neighbor, Honor Brown, reluctantly accepts his help in remodeling her house, Jason finds himself wishing his handyman skills could knock down the defenses she keeps building around herself.

Martial arts teacher Sullivan Dean knows real danger when he sees it—even when it takes the form of the gorgeous blonde helping her friend move in across the street. After putting his wayward past behind him to focus on teaching control to troubled kids, Sullivan has learned to avoid party girls like Lexie Perkins. But Sullivan can't seem to keep his hands off the real woman behind that flirty charm—or keep his heart from landing at her feet

About The Author:
 Lori Foster
Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN.

Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home.

Each year Lori donates all proceeds from one book to charity. You can see the benefit romance books here:

Career Highlights
•In 2001, Lori received the prestigious Romantic Times “Career Achievement Award” for Series Romantic Fantasy.

•In 2002, Lori’s book Too Much Temptation was the top-selling romance title for Amazon books.

•In 2003, Say No To Joe was the second “Bestselling Original Contemporary” romance title for Waldenbooks.

•In 2004, Lori Foster was a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle.

•In 2004, The Secret Life of Bryan was the “Bestselling Original Contemporary” romance title for the BGI group.

•In 2005, Lori received the prestigious Romantic Times “Career Achievement Award” for Contemporary Romance.

•In 2006, Jude’s Law was the “Bestselling Romantic Comedy” romance title for the BGI group.

•In 2007, Lori launched a new “urban fantasy” series under the name L.L. Foster. See more on her “dark side” at

•In 2007, Causing Havoc was among Amazon’s Top Ten Editor’s picks in Romance.

•In 2008, Hard to Handle made #2 on The New York Times.

•In 2009, Servant: The Acceptance was Amazon’s #1 Editors’ Pick in Romance.

•In 2010, Lori was a clue in the USA Today Quick Cross puzzle.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Throwback Thursday Publish like a Pro: A Brief Guide to Quality Self-Publishing - Michele DeFilippo

Throwback Thursday 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Book Review - Publish like a Pro: A Brief Guide to Quality Self-Publishing - Michele DeFilippo

Title:  Publish Like the Pros:  A Brief Guide to Quality Self-Publishing
Review:  There is a lot of information in this little short book.  I never knew so much went into the publishing of a book.  I can tell you that with reading and reviewing books I have come across so many that just are not anywhere ready to be read by anyone outside of the author and their best best friends.  So many books are written and yet not adequately edited and proofed.  Mistakes an every page and problems with the word flow, not to mention the mixing up of future and past tenses.  I have slogged through more of these disasters then I really want to admit too.  Maybe if the authors had read this book then my experience would have been much more enjoyable.

It costs money to have your book edited, but it is worth it.  If I pick up a book, sent for review, and I notice mistakes right at the beginning- I know things are not promising.  There are rare books that make up for all the mistakes with a fabulous story(Switched by Amanda Hocking for one…lots and lots of mistakes but a great story), but most do not.  Looking past spelling errors or spelling check errors that change the word to another word but spell it correctly….I hate those…it just tells me you let the spell check run without so much as a glance…is uncomfortable for the reader and lets face it work.  If I have to work to read a book I’m not going to read that book…work is for textbooks, The Bible and the like…not for enjoyment- which I hope to find in the pages of a good book.
Self-publishing is going to cost you, but why bother putting out a book hardly anyone will read because of the quality of the book, print, editing, proofreading, printset and the like.  You worked hard writing the book, now work hard getting the best look for your book so that readers will give it a chance.  I find most of my favorite books come from friends that suggest them to me…word of mouth…or browsing the bookstore looking at covers and reading the back for an idea of what I’m getting into.  Reading takes time, time is money  and I hate to waste such a precious resource on something not worthy of it.

The bottom line with this book is; that if you are going to do something,… it right!  This is written by the owner of a self-publishing house so remember she has great ideas, but so do others out there.  Make sure to research who you want to help publish your work and make it worthwhile.  Whatever you decide I have to say that it is going to cost…lots…be prepared to spend in the thousands plus to get your book out there.  Maybe a few vanity copies for you and your friends is all your book is worth...think about it that good?  Maybe it is and if so then do it right!
Publisher: Published June 10th 2012 by 1106 Design (June 10, 2012)
ISBN: 9780985489908
Copyright: 2012
Pages:  88
Quick Review: 4 stars (out of 5)-a good book for those looking to self-publish, but it is also a bit self-serving to the author and the company she owns.
Why I Read It:  Sent by The Cadence Group for review.
Synopsis: "Publish Like the Pros: A Brief Guide to Quality Self-Publishing" is a must-read for new authors who want to get it right when self-publishing their books. Self-publishing is a perplexing and ever-shifting landscape; it's easy for authors to get taken in by self-publishing companies that promise the moon but don't deliver. In just 88 pages, "Publish Like the Pros" takes the confusion out of self-publishing and gives authors the six steps to publishing quality professional books that don't scream "I'm self-published!!" The self-publishing author will find everything he or she needs to get started, including cover design, book titles, typesetting, editing, and proofreading, and a special chapter on book distribution, pricing and marketing.

Written by a book designer with years of experience working with both first-time authors and seasoned publishers, "Publish Like the Pros" speaks directly to new authors who want to publish a book that they can feel proud of and that sells!

Industry leaders praise "Publish Like the Pros":
DeFilippo has written a complete overview of the book industry and the publishing process that will allow both authors and self-publishers to make their way through the self-publishing process quickly and successfully. I was amazed at the up-to-date insights and money-saving advice in this book! Want to do it right? Want to avoid a lot of the mistakes that plague first time self-publishers? Read "Publish Like the Pros" and call 1106 Design.
Author Biography:  
Michele DeFilippo owns 1106 Design, a one-stop shop for authors who need editing, book design and self-publishing advice with hand-holding. Follow her on Twitter. @1106Design

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Book Review The Scottish Lord's Secret Bride

The Scottish Lord's Secret BrideTitle: The Scottish Lord's Secret Bride

Author: Raven McAllan‏

Stars: 4 out of 5

 An enchanting tale of young love which is rekindled after several years separation owing to miscommunication by both parties. This story takes the reader into the Highlands while exploring the differences in what constitutes a marriage in Scotland versus a marriage in jolly old England. The story is well presented and has a very likeable cast of characters whom the reader will have no problem identifying with. Written by an author I have not read previously but who will definitely be put on my must read list.
I have given this book a four star rating.
I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.

  The next exquisite Regency romance from Raven McAllan, The Scottish Lord’s Secret Bride will whisk you off your feet and sweep you into an opulent world of scandal, secrets and desire!
Secrets never stay buried for long…
Reluctant heiress Lady Morven Weston is tired of her mother interfering in her love affairs. At twenty-six there’s only so many more society balls she can attend before resigning herself to life as an unmarried maid.
But when Lord Fraser Napier, the man Morven ran wild with one long, hot summer, returns to Scotland, his shocking revelations change everything. Fraser never annulled their whirlwind marriage all those years ago!
Preparing to take up his ancestral seat, Fraser’s not letting go of his secret bride that easily – he needs an heir. It’s only a matter of time before Morven surrenders to Fraser’s seductive touch and finds herself in his bed…

About The Author:
 Raven McAllan
Raven lives in Scotland, along with her husband —their children having flown the nest—in a house much too big for them, surrounded by beautiful scenery, which inspires a lot of the settings in her books.
She is used to sharing her life with the occasional deer, red squirrel, and lost tourist, to say nothing of the scourge of Scotland—the midge, and her house with the dust bunnies who congregate. They must know they won't be disturbed.
A lover of reading, she appreciates the history inside a book, and the chance to peek into the lives of those from years ago. Raven admits that she enjoys the research for her books almost as much as the writing; so much so, that sometimes she realizes she's strayed way past the information she needs to know, and not a paragraph has been added to her WIP.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Book Review Ultimate Courage By Piper J. Drake

Ultimate Courage (True Heroes, #2)
Title: Ultimate Courage
Author: Piper J. Drake

Stars: 4 out of 5

  I have read Piper Drake's other series and I enjoyed them well enough. This characters are a really good blend helping and guiding one another. 

Elisa deals with tying to recover from being a victim and the PTSD that she suffered at the hands of her Ex. She is tying to stop being the victim. While Alex's PTSD as a result of his time in the war zone.

They do fall in love pretty fast and easy for both being victims of loss, pain, and deception. 

Piper Drake researched PTSD to be able to pull the reader into their struggle.

Ultimate Courage is a good blend of romance and suspense.
AC Received from Netgalley

 Retired Navy SEAL Alex Rojas is putting his life back together, one piece at a time. Being a single dad to his young daughter and working at Hope's Crossing Kennels to help rehab a former guard dog, he struggles every day to control his PTSD. But when Elisa Hall shows up, on the run and way too cautious, she unleashes his every protective instinct.

Elisa's past never stays in her rearview mirror for long, and she refuses to put anyone else in danger. But with Alex guarding her so fiercely yet looking at her so tenderly, she's never felt safer . . . or more terrified that the secrets she keeps could put countless people in grave peril. The only way for both to fully escape their demons will take the ultimate act of courage: letting go and learning to trust each other.

About The Author: 
 Piper J. Drake
Piper J. Drake (or “PJ”) began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing award-winning sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk. She has received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award.

Now, Piper writes romantic suspense, incorporating her interests in mixed martial arts and the military into her writing. The bestselling True Heroes series features hot military men, the women they love, and the dogs who have their backs. The Safeguard series introduces the men and women of Safeguard—an elite group of mercenaries who will go to any extreme to complete a mission…even risk their hearts.

Book Review The Last Woman Standing

The Last Woman Standing by Thelma   Adams
Title: The Last Woman Standing

Author: Thelma Adams

Stars: 4 out of 5


This book takes you into and through the time before,during, and after the famous shootout at the OK corral in Tombstone Az. But it does not look at it from the participants viewpoint but rather from a young girl/woman who came to Tombstone, from San Francisco, hoping to marry one man but instead ends up in love with Wyatt Earp. It is a journey of self discovery fraught with many different perils and humiliation. The writer has done a great job of depicting the time and danger in the west.
I have given this book a four star rating.

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.

Two decades after the Civil War, Josephine Marcus, the teenage daughter of Jewish immigrants, is lured west with the promise of marriage to Johnny Behan, one of Arizona’s famous lawmen. She leaves her San Francisco home to join Behan in Tombstone, Arizona, a magnet for miners (and outlaws) attracted by the silver boom. Though united by the glint of metal, Tombstone is plagued by divided loyalties: between Confederates and Unionists, Lincoln Republicans and Democrats.

But when the silver-tongued Behan proves unreliable, it is legendary frontiersman Wyatt Earp who emerges as Josephine’s match. As the couple’s romance sparks, Behan’s jealousy ignites a rivalry destined for the history books…

At once an epic account of an improbable romance and a retelling of an iconic American tale, The Last Woman Standing recalls the famed gunfight at the O.K. Corral through the eyes of a spunky heroine who sought her happy ending in a lawless outpost—with a fierce will and an unflagging spirit.

About The Author: 
 Thelma   Adams
 Novelist Thelma Adams (The Last Woman Standing, Playdate) has interviewed Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore and Diane Keaton for the New York Observer, twice chaired the New York Film Critics Circle, covered film festivals from Berlin to Marrakech and the Awards circuit for Yahoo Movies.

Monday, July 25, 2016


Sooo does the title tell you anything about what today is?
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!  3 of my kiddos are all in school and I am so happy, scared, excited, nervous and everything inbetween.

Number 3 is a very shy little girl until she gets comfortable so I am nervous for her but so excited because she is ready for this new adventure and I am ready for her to take this step.

Number 4 is going to be very lonely with just me and I am sure I will hear him ask for his siblings constantly.  However I think once he gets used to the idea of having mom all to himself he is going to be so happy.

More happy news I have started Daily Burn last Wednesday and I plan to review the program in 3 days or when my 13 week program is finished.  As of right now I can barely make it up the stairs without my legs screaming at me to sit down and never get back up. 

I am not looking to lose weight but have the energy I need to chase around a 3 year old.

Working on first school project. Yup 5th grade is doing a scrapbook page about themselves. They got this Thursday and School starts on Monday.

Martin: "Mom I don't know what I like."
Me:"Do you like Pokemon, Space, Dinos, Art, Ocean?"
Martin: "Yes"
Me: "That is what you scrapbook."
Martin: "Can you just do it."
Me: "No its your project but I will print out the photos,"
Martin: "Well At least you are doing something."

AHHHHH ‪#‎motherhood‬ where no matter what you do it will never be enough.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Book Review A Lady's Guide To Kiss a Rake

 A Lady's Guide to Kiss A Rake: Misadventures of the heart
Title: A Lady's Guide To Kiss a Rake

Author: Tanya Wilde

Stars: 4 out of 5


This book has a very good plot and the story moves along quickly. The main characters are strong of will and mind. They know what their objectives are and do not hesitate to take chances to achieve them even if it could later lead to personal danger for them and their friends.
I have given this offering a four star rating.
I obtained this book for Amazon in Kindle format.
Thank you Frank


When Lady Josephine accepts a wager to lure a kiss from the most scandalous and depraved rake in England, she thought it an easy enough task. But one glimpse at the man in question and she foresees her reputation going up in glorious flames. It will not stop her from winning the wager, however, not even the vexing Marquis of St. Aldwyn, who is determined to stay firmly planted in her path to victory.


The Fifth Marquis of St. Aldwyn, Damien Grenville, has come to the conclusion that he has lost his mind. Why else would he be drawn to the reckless Lady Josephine? And when he begins to realize she is up to no good, will he do everything in his power to ensure her reputation remains intact or will he decide to seduce her himself? But danger lurks in the shadows and when Lady Josephine is taken, Damien will stop at nothing to get her back. 

About The Author:
 Tanya Wilde

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday Wake - A Watersong Novel - Amanda Hocking

Throwback Thursday


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Book Review - Wake - A Watersong Novel - Amanda Hocking

Wake (Watersong, #1)
Title:    Wake – Watersong Series Book 1
Author:  Amanda Hocking
Review: This is a story about two sisters who have lost their mother(she’s alive but living in a group home.)  The oldest sister has pretty much raised the younger sister Gemma.  They love each other, but the relationship is strained due to their mother’s issues.  You feel for both sisters, the one who wants to be free and the one who wants to be young, but feels responsible for everyone and everything.  I’ve known both of these personality types and they can butt heads more often than not.
The story revolves around three girls who have shown up and the disappearance of some residence of the small seaside town.  Gemma becomes involved with the three and the story goes on from there but I don’t want to ruin it for you.  Romance is in the cards for both girls, even is one is not as willing to embrace it at first.  I really liked the way Gemma’s romance developed and yet her sister’s determination to be responsible made the making of her romance even sweeter.  Alex and Daniel are men I wouldn’t mind getting to know, both different and yet the same where it matters.
Wake kept me turning the pages until the bitter end and now my 12 year old daughter is reading it.  I loved the idea of the water singing to Gemma and the ending left me wanting to get my hands on the next book as soon as possible.  The ending was a bit scary and the idea of Gemma, who is sweet, driven and competitive, being involved with the three strangers is worrisome.  Will she become one of them or will she find a way to be free?  Will her sister help save her or will she be lost forever?  I want to know and think that waiting until November a bit unreasonable.  But what choice do I have?  

If you enjoy paranormal teen romance you will enjoy this book.  If you enjoy Amanda Hocking’s books then this is a must read for you.
Give the Watersong series a try, I don’t think you will be disappointed.
Publisher:  Published August 7th 2012 by St.Martin's Press.
Copyright: 2012
Pages:  309
ISBN:    9781250008121
Quick Review: 4 Stars out of 5. 
Where Did I Get the Book:  Purchased at a book signing with the author.
Synopsis:   Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong.
Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone's attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.
Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.
Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.
Amanda Hocking 
Author Biography: I live in Minnesota, and I write young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy mostly. The My Blood Approves series is about vampires in Minneapolis, and its available now. I also wrote the Trylle Trilogy, which is a paranormal romance without vampires, shifters, mermaids, fae, angels, dragons, ghosts, or ninjas.
My latest book is Hollowland - a zombie urban fantasy set in the dystopian near future. It's a bit more violent and gritter than my other books, but there is still romance. Mostly though, Remy kicks a lot of butt.
I also enjoy Red Bull, Jim Henson, Batman, Jane Austen, Star Wars legos, and I absolutely hate long walks on the beach out of my intense fear/hatred of wet sand
My favorite authors are Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis, Alan Moore, and J. D. Salinger, but I don't write anything like them. I have an obsession with River Phoenix, and I've seen Silence of the Lambs more than any other movie, even The Dark Knight. If I were trapped on a deserted island, the one thing I'd take with me would be a boat capable for taking me home.
I'm also the guitarist in a band called the Fraggin Aardvarks, and even though its even twice as cool as it sounds, we haven't had a practice in like two years, so I'm not sure that technically we are still a band. But we never broke up, and it's an awesome thing to tell people, so I'm sticking with it. (We even had a synethesizer!)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Guest Blogger: The Great Debate: Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon Video By Cassie

The Great Debate: Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon Video