Cover Reveals: Ready for Flynn by KL Shandwick

Check out these gorgeous new covers for KL Shandwick’s Flynn Series (including cover reveal for Part 3).  She has decided to go for a new look to better tie them all together, and aren’t they gorgeous?!?!?!

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You can pick up the first two here:
https://www.amazon.com/Ready-Flynn-2-Book/dp/B01GA9GYOK/ref=sr_1_1_ha?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1472462950&sr=1-1&keywords=k+l+shandwick

(And by the way, for those of you that use Kindle Unlimited, these are available to read free for KU members!)

And keep watching this page for information on the release of Part 3!

I have decided to wait to read these until the 3rd is out, but also watch for reviews here after that happens.  Her Gibson books are in my Top 10 Rockstar Romance Series, and I have enjoyed a holiday novella of hers that ties in with her Alfie and Jack series, so I have faith that these will be great too!  Again, watch here for more news on this series and author!

New Release & Review: Refrain by Kennedy Ryan

This is the third book in the series, and not a stand alone, but having read all 3 books now, I would definitely recommend the entire series.  My review will be at the end of this post.

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REFRAIN, Soul Series #3, is LIVE and only 99¢!

“A beautiful, intense, flawlessly crafted conclusion to one of my favourite love stories with an unputdownable narrative that took me on a journey of fear, heart stopping moments and LOVE<– �#�6StarLove�.” — Jx PinkLady

BUY Book 3, REFRAIN
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SYNOPSIS:
People dream of a love that runs deep. So deep it feels like it’s always been with you, just waiting for the person who’ll own your heart and soul forever. So few ever find it, but for Rhyson Gray and Kai Pearson, happily ever after was only the beginning…
One of the biggest rock stars in the world and one of the brightest rising stars make a life together. Sometimes it’s glamour-filled days and blissed out nights, but it’s mostly staying true in the too-bright glare of the spotlight. It’s long stretches where the road is lonely and the work is hard. It’s living in a love that’s the safest place you know even while danger lurks at your door.
Book 3 of The Soul series is an emotionally-charged epic conclusion that had to be told and should not be missed for fans of this series and this couple!

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Sexy woman with glass of wine

Catch up with Books 1 & 2!

(Series must be read in order.)

*** FREE IN KU! ***

**Amazon Top 100 Bestseller**

Book 1, MY SOUL TO KEEP
Universal Amazon: myBook.to/MySoulToKeep
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Book 2, DOWN TO MY SOUL
Universal Amazon: myBook.to/DownToMySoul
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Concert crowd, hands up, toned

Visit Kennedy’s Facebook for more info!

https://m.facebook.com/KennedyRyanAuthor/

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 4 Electrified Guitars for Refrain

Refrain is the third book in Kennedy Ryan’s The Soul Series, and as such, it is not a standalone title.  You need to have read both of  Book 1, My Soul to Keep and Book 2, Down to My Soul, prior to starting on Refrain.  As it had been a few weeks since I had read the first two books, I almost felt like I should have done a quick review to refresh my memory as I opened Refrain, but I quickly realized that was not necessary as I remembered enough.

Our hero, Rhyson Gray, is the established rockstar (from his days a child prodigy to his late 20s, it is literally all he has ever known)who lands them in this blog, and our heroine is his girlfriend, Kai Pearson, who has gone from working in a small cafe as a waitress to rising celebrity in a pretty short period of time from the first book, to this, the third.  I am sure it can all be measured in months, and I feel safe in saying it has been less than six of those.  They met as she was taking vocal lessons from his uncle.  She has already danced in one (presumably rap) video showcasing her many years of dance lessons, and she has some dreams of becoming actress as well.  Just wanted to fill in a little background without spoilers for the first two books, and I will also mention that these Hollywood types can do drama, if nothing else.

It is a bit difficult to review a third book in a series without spoilers, so I will say this wraps up Rhyson and Kai’s story nicely, but not without delivering more drama than the first two stories combined.  Between the highly emotional scenes, the drama filled scenes, and the scenes showcasing wealth and insecurities, it does remember to bring the comedy relief that made the first two books really stand out from the crowd.  The chemistry between the hero and heroine is palpable throughout, without a doubt.  Most of the supporting characters from the previous tomes are back in some form or another, even if it is not much more than a fleeting mention.  There is also a note that Grip and Bristol’s story will be coming next.  The only thing keeping this book from being a full five stars has to do with truly connecting to the characters.  Again, the chemistry between the two is fantastic (and the fans who read rockstar romances largely for the erotic scenes will not be disappointed – the author excels at these, making it for adult audiences only), I just had trouble really investing in either of them.

Review: Snow Storms by Lisa Gillis

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Snow Storms by Lisa Gillis (Amazon – Kindle link)

 

I just can’t get enough of this series. Jack and Mariss continue to grow as a family with son Tristan, and most of the drama in this one comes from outside sources (but there are still some of those nagging communication issues between the two that make these much more stressful than they need to be in most cases.)

I noticed a few more grammatical and spelling errors in this, but I love the series so much I didn’t let it detract from the story (but it was enough to distract a little bit.) Doesn’t matter, absolutely love this couple and all of these stories.

I really love the way Mariss’ relationships with Jack’s family have grown. More proof that this couple will survive. Mariss’ increase in confidence in most situations is refreshing as well.

I hope there will be more in this series other than just the shorts, especially with the teaser epilogue in #2. I will certainly read them all!

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Review: Weathering Jack Storm by Lisa Gillis

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Weathering Jack Storm by Lisa Gillis

I fell in love Mariss, Jack and Tristan in the first book in the series, and we’ll add at least Randi and Dax in this one. Since I immediately read the next one and the first of the short story series, I am finding it a bit difficult to separate the three for review purposes. The fact that I immediately delved into the rest should give you a pretty good idea of how much I enjoyed it.

I’m a sucker for a good rock star romance (and trust me, not all of them that are out there come anywhere near the good standard, and this series exceeds good.)

Jack, Mariss and Tristan have moved to his lavish home in LA. It is certainly a bit overwhelming of an adjustment for a girl who had scrimped and saved and worked her butt off for every penny for so many years.

A lot of the drama that ensues in this one really is brought on by Mariss’ insecurities, but it is so well written that you completely sympathize with where she is coming from. And being rather familiar with those musician types myself, Jack’s mood swings are very realistically written. Communication has always been an issue for this couple, so it is no surprise that it continues to be as they rather quickly end up living together with her a stranger in a strange land, both geographically and in “his” world. She’s got a great fighting spirit, but so many times you want to yell at her to stop shooting herself in the book. But all in all, it continues to be a very sweet love story.

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Review: Jack Who? By Lisa Gillis

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Jack Who? by Lisa Gillis (Amazon – Kindle Link)

The perfect fix for the craving I was having for a good rockstar romance! Imminently more satisfying than the first one I chose last night. I am looking forward to delving further into this series in the very near future.

To me, this one pretty well has it all. Gorgeous rocker stud, sweet, insecure young girl. Ooops, the hookup led to a pregnancy and letting him know is not what she thinks he would want to hear. Fast forward 5 years and her little reminder of her romp on the wildside is in need of expensive surgery and she finally decides it is time for him to know he can add “Daddy” to his guitar strap. Her love for her son, her insecurities, her fantasies about her famous one night stand are all so real and powerful. The author does a fantastic job of portraying all of Marissa’s emotions.

Yes, it is all wrapped up eventually in a HEA situation, and what a fun ride it is to get there. If you can’t fall in love with Tristan, you have no heart. This is just an oh so sweet story all the way around. Lighter on the smut than I would usually seek in this type of story, but I got so wrapped up in the entire plot that it didn’t bother me in the slightest.

I am so excited to know that this is a series and already more are available. I can’t extend this review any longer because I am anxious to move onto the next one.

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Review: Tattoos: A Novel by Denise Mathew

Just a note, as I am finally getting back to copying all my reviews from Amazon and GoodReads to the blog.  This will continue to be a long process, I am sure, but hopefully a bit faster than it has been.

As for this particular book (and at least one other I will be adding as I get caught up) I hesitated about including it here on Backstage Books, as the music is not the main focus of the book.  But since the hero is in a band, I decided to go ahead and include it – although it will probably go on my general indie blog as well.  It has been more than 2 years since I read it, so I can’t claim to remember all the details, but I do remember it being very moving, and well worth the read.  I just wanted to give a heads up to my hardcore rockstar romance readers that this one isn’t your typical RR read.

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Tattoos: A Novel (Amazon – Kindle Edition)

To get the formalities out of the way, I received a free copy of this book from the GoodReads Making Connections group in return for an honest review.

What a fantastic, uplifting book. Be prepared with a box of tissue because there are many tearjerking moments, but overall it will be a read you will not soon forget and will help restore your faith in the human race.

Told from the points of view of Marilee, a 17 year old cancer patient, and Jax, a 19 year old hospital volunteer/record store employee/singer in a rock band with a heart of gold.

At first glance, to the outside world at least, Marilee seems to be a spoiled rich materialistic teen, at least until her cancer diagnosis. That appearance, even from the beginning has absolutely nothing on her narcissistic mother and her father who adores her mother and feeds into her narcissism. You can not help but feel contempt for the way they leave Marilee to fight this terrifying battle on her own. Jax certainly feels this way quickly, and against all his better ideas of not getting involved, becomes her rock, and she his.

The copy of this I read was entitled “The Peace Project” which refers to a plan Marilee and Jax come up with to help her get through her long hospital stay and help the less fortunate with the money Marilee has more than enough of. The stories of those the Peace Project touches are amazing – some heartbreaking, but all astounding shows of human kindness.

The realism of Marilee’s struggles through her cancer are both heartwrenching and inspiring. Without getting too personal, I spent 13 months watching one of my best friends struggle with AML and I hope I was more helpful to her than the people in Marilee’s life (not that I doubt that I was, but in retrospect I wish I had been able to do more.) I would say this is a must read for anyone who has a friend or family member fighting the big C; I guarantee it will give you a new way of looking at their side of things and inspire you to find new ways to be there for them.

The lesser characters in the book are also such fantastic characters – and no one is more of a “character” than Gran. Everyone should have such a big hearted, eccentric, support system in their lives. And again, so many of the people helped by the Peace Project are rich, full characters even if their circumstances may be dire. The reflection of how everyone has their own story and struggles and how we as a society need to let go of our preconceptions and take the time to see their stories – what a big difference a small bit of our time and interest can make.

I really cannot say enough good things about this book, and what an imprint it leaves on my heart.

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Review: Falling for Chloe by D Stearman

Falling for Chloe by D Stearman (on Amazon)

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Rating:  Four Acoustic Guitars

As a reader and reviewer of rockstar romances, Falling for Chloe was a bit of a different read – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing at all. If you love the rockstar angle, but find the overwhelming amount of erotica in the genre off-putting, this is definitely a book I would recommend for you. It is a completely clean read, with a Christian message, but the Christianity messages are pretty well camoflauged (as in, if you aren’t looking for them, you could miss them.) I picked up on a few here and there, but for the most part I would have to say I didn’t think of it as a Christian book and noticed it more in other reviews than in the actual text of the book. In retrospect, it was there, but as I would prefer religious messages to be, it was rather subtle. That could be the Methodist in me shining through, but it seemed to be just the right amount.

If you can buy the opening where Steven Tyler shows up in a McDonald’s in Nowhere, Kentucky, and tells a kid he seems like a singer and to email him demos, you can buy the rest of it. There is also a insta-love/love-cute scenario built into that fateful McDonald’s trip, but again, if you can accept that, you should be fine with the rest as well. In the fiction world I am willing to suspend disbelief quite a ways, but I will admit that this one pushed my limits in a number of scenarios, which probably is the biggest reason it gets 4 stars instead of 5. (Lol, sadly the one that pretty much pushed me over the edge, was the 1956 Mustang….I am not a huge Mustang fan, but am well aware that the first model year was 1964 1/2….I realize this is minor in the grand scheme of things, but it definitely pulled me out of the scene.) I won’t bring up the others, as in some places they will reveal spoilers, and I realize that not everyone shares my view of reality, especially when it comes to the music business. I don’t have any intentions of being a bubble burster. There is also one medical procedure I highly question being more familiar with the particular issue it addresses than I would like to be, but that one was fairly easy to overlook.

Their are some fantastically witty moments, and plenty of roller coaster emotions. There is a thrilling subplot, that didn’t have a truly shocking ending, but I was a bit surprised, and that plot line had me very invested. It is definitely well written, and I saw only a couple of typo type errors in the entire work.

I have mixed feelings about the titular character. Sometimes I adored Chloe, and others I wasn’t too sure where her head and/or heart were. It would be difficult to truly dislike her. She is sweet and she does have good insight, even if she seems almost heartless about it at times. I guess that means I connected more to the musician, Jacob Marley (The Ghost – loved that reference.) That should be no surprise, I don’t deny having a big draw to musicians. His story hits most of the stereotypes of musicians in any genre who hit superstardom, but I did feel for him.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book, especially for readers who prefer a cleaner read. I recieved a copy for review purposes.

Hook & Ladder 69

Title: Hook & Ladder 69: Eighteen Authors…One Sexy Firehouse.
Genre: Romantic Short Stories/Anthology
Release Date: June 16, 2016

Meet the brave men and women of Station 69, serving the citizens of St. Louis while igniting hearts along the way. Eighteen authors have joined forces to bring you their sizzling stories—some sweet, some five alarm hot—but all for a great cause. Follow the antics and adventures of these sexy firefighters in what promises to be one of the hottest summers yet! This delectable book begs the question: Can anyone resist a hero in uniform? 

Multiple authors have come together to give you one firehouse where all proceeds from this collaboration go to the Burned Children Recovery Foundation.

The Burned Children Recovery Foundation is a national recovery agency that has provided Emotional Support and Financial Aid to Burned Children and their Families since 1989. 

For more information about this foundation: http://www.burnedchildrenrecovery.org 

Contributing Authors: 

Emme Burton

M.C. Cerny

Sarah M. Cradit

Michelle Dare

Jami Denise

L.B. Dunbar

Lisa Edward

Lia Fairchild

Mary Catherine Gebhard

Z.B. Heller

Glenna Maynard

Kristen Hope Mazzola

Morgan Jane Mitchell

Emerson Shaw

Kacey Shea

M. Stratton

Madison Street

Felicia Tatum

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We made out like drunken, horny teenagers all the way to his apartment building, in the elevator, and down the hall.
Mitch slammed me into his door, never parting his lips from mine as he fumbled for his keys in his pocket.
The door flew open behind me and I went flying into a bare apartment straight into boxes—falling, crashing, screaming, embarrassed.
“Holy fuck are you ok?” Mitch grabbed me, pulling me into his strong arms as he laughed a little. “Well, I guess I need new dishes.”
I gripped his shoulders as he kissed my neck, pressing me against his newly painted wall. “Sorry?”
“Don’t be. I hated those pieces of shit anyway.”
Mitch unclasped my bra, letting me shimmy out of it and throw it across the room. Then he put his hand in the middle of my chest, pressing me against the wall before dropping to his knees as he yanked my skirt up and pulled my pink thong down around my ankles.
His hot breath danced over my soaking clit as my knees started to quake. With his free hand, Mitch traced circles over my inner thigh as he gently let his tongue glide over my swelling bud. I cried out from the simplest caress.
“Just wait, babe. You ain’t felt nothing yet.” Mitch’s words were barely audible as his flattened tongue spread my folds.
I held on tight, panting and moaning uncontrollably with my eyes slammed shut.
“God, you taste so good.” He breathed right before forcefully shoving his fingers into my wetness and in an instant I was done. My orgasm built up and crashed around me within seconds and I was a puddle on the floor.
Mitch scooped me until into his arms, kissing me sweetly. “I told you, love, there’s still more to come.”
Emme Burton
Emme Burton is the author of the Amazon Top 100 Rom-Com/New Adult novel SNACK and the Better Than Series: BETTER THAN ME (Book 1), FIX IT FOR US (Book 2), and STILL INTO YOU (Book 3). She lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her amazing husband and sons, and her “fur boy,” Jasper. Emme has never, ever been lost in a mall either as a child or an adult. Her mother, and now her family, have always known where to find her. At the bookstore.
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M.C. Cerny
M.C. Cerny fell in love with books after experiencing her first real ugly cry reading, Where The Red Fern Grows. Her debut romantic suspense novel, Flashpoint was written in a series of post-it-note ramblings that would likely make her idol Tom Clancy and her mother blush. She is a post graduate of NYU, and calls rural NJ home with her menagerie of human and fur-babies. When M.C. is not writing, you’ll find her lurking in Starbucks, running stupid marathon, singing Disney show tunes, and searching out the perfect shade of pink nail polish. xoxo
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Sarah M. Cradit
Sarah is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Paranormal Southern Fiction series, The House of Crimson & Clover. The series was born of her combined loves of New Orleans, family dramas, and the mysterious nature of love and desire. Her books combine elements of paranormal, mystery, suspense, intrigue, and romance. She is always working on the next book in the series, and absolutely loves connecting with her fans.
Sarah lives in the Pacific Northwest, but has traveled the world from Asia to Europe to Africa. When she isn’t working (either at her day career, or hard at work at writing), she is reading a book and discovering new authors. The great loves of her life (in order) are: her husband James, her writing, and traveling the world.
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Michelle Dare
Michelle Dare is a romance author. Her stories range from sweet to sinful and from new adult to fantasy. There aren’t enough hours in the day for her to write all of the story ideas in her head. When not writing or reading, she’s a wife and mom living in eastern Pennsylvania. One day she hopes to be writing from a beach where she will never have to see snow or be cold aLgain.
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Jami Denise
Jami Denise is an up and coming writer from Southern California.
She writes Romance, Romantic Suspense, and Erotic Romance.
Her books are always on the spicy side with a little bit of sweet to make you swoon. Her feisty kittens always give the bad boys a run for their money. She likes taking risks, pushing her characters into directions that challenge the reader and take them out of their element. You’ll usually find the unexpected to happen in her stories. Life isn’t always pretty, and she likes to layer her words with true grit.
She is a self-professed cat lady, addicted to coffee, Monster, birthday cake lip balm, and loves all things old,grungy,and fast. She’s well versed in sarcasm, and the F-word is her favorite adjective.
When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, or fingers on a keyboard, she’s spending time with family and friends, watching old movies, and waiting for the next felon to come sweep her off her feet.
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L.B. Dunbar
I’d like to say I was always a writer. I’d also like to say that I wrote every day of my life since a child. That I took the teaching advice I give my former students because writing every day improves your writing. I’d like to say I have my ten-thousand hours that makes me a proficient writer. But I can’t say any of those things. I did dream of writing the “Great American Novel” until one day a friend said: Why does it have to be great? Why can’t it just be good and tell a story?
As a teenager, I wrote your typical love-angst poetry that did occasionally win me an award and honor me with addressing my senior high school class at our Baccalaureate Mass. I didn’t keep a journal because I was too afraid my mom would find it in the mattress where I kept my copy of Judy Blume’s Forever that I wasn’t allowed to read as a twelve year old.
I can say that books have been my life. I’m a reader. I loved to read the day I discovered “The Three Bears” as a first grader, and ever since then, the written word has been my friend. Books were an escape for me. An adventure to the unknown. A love affair I’d never know. I could be lost for hours in a book.
So why writing now? I had a story to tell. It haunted me from the moment I decided if I just wrote it down it would go away. But it didn’t. Three years after writing the first draft, a sign (yes, I believe in them) told me to fix up that draft and work the process to have it published. That’s what I did. But one story let to another, and another, and another. Then a new idea came into my head and a new storyline was created.
I was accused (that’s the correct word) of having an overactive imagination as a child, as if that was a bad thing. I’ve also been accused of having the personality of a Jack Russell terrier, full of energy, unable to relax, and always one step ahead. What can I say other than I have stories to tell and I think you’ll like them. If you don’t, that’s okay. We all have our book boyfriends. We all have our favorites. Whatever you do, though, take time for yourself and read a book.
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Lisa Edward
Lisa Edward is the author of The Songbird trilogy, and the novella Duty of Care. While Lisa has called Melbourne Australia home for her entire life, she has lived and worked in England, and travelled through most parts of Europe and the United States. She loves nothing more than spending time with her beautiful daughter, or curling up into the early hours of the morning with a great novel. By day, Lisa works in the analytical IT field, so relishes the opportunity to foster her creative side through writing. Her deep appreciation for literature was nurtured from a young age, being taught to respect books and get lost in their stories. She enjoys reading honest and realistic novels that are relatable, thought provoking and leave a lasting impression. She can’t write without music playing, using the emotions from different songs to invoke those of her characters. Lisa takes inspiration from her own life experiences, the people around her and those she has met in her travels. 
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Lia Fairchild
Bestselling author, Lia Fairchild, is both a traditionally published and independent author who writes women’s fiction, romance, and chick lit. Fans of her books praise her endearing, real characters who come to life in stories that will touch your heart.
Fairchild is addicted to the warmth of Southern California and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a multiple-subject teaching credential. She is a wife and mother of two teenagers.
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Mary Catherine Gebhard
Mary Catherine Gebhard bites off more than she can chew and sometimes calls herself Eva Natsumi. She’s lived in Salt Lake City, Utah her entire life, but occasionally goes on vacation from reality. Don’t worry, she sends postcards.
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Z.B. Heller
As a little girl it was always a dream for Z.B. Heller to become She-Ra Princess of Power. Since this dream was unobtainable, she spent what was probably way to long in college trying to “find herself”. Becoming an artist scratched the creative itch until the stories in her head were getting to be to loud for her to get anything else accomplished.
She lives in St. Louis with her husband, son and Flemish Giant rabbit Chloe. In her spare time she likes to read, stalk celebraties on Twitter and create the type of art people scratch their heads about.
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Glenna Maynard
Glenna Maynard was born and raised in the beautiful hills of Eastern Kentucky, where she still resides with her husband, son, and daughter. A mother by day and writer by night. When Glenna isn’t spending time with her family you can find her curled up with a great book. Glenna enjoys scrap booking,photography, crafting, cooking, and playing video games.
Glenna comes from a line of strong women with an amazing ability cook just about anything from scratch. She grew up in a family owned and operated restaurant with her Grandmother, and both of her parents. She spent her childhood days in the kitchen learning to prepare home cooked meals. After school she would walk down the street from her families snack bar as it was called by the locals to the county library to get lost in her favorite books.
Glenna is an avid reader who loves discovering new authors. It was her love of reading that recently drove her to try her own hand at writing.
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Kristen Hope Mazzola
You want to know more about me? Well, let’s see…
I am just an average twenty-something following my dreams. I have a full time “day job” and by night I am an author. I guess you could say that writing is like my super power (I always wanted one of those). I am the lover of wine, sushi, football and the ocean; that is when I am not wrapped up in the literary world.
Please feel free to contact me to chat about my writing, books you think I’d like or just to shoot the, well you know.
A portion of all my royalties are donated to The Marcie Mazzola Foundation.
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Morgan Jane Mitchell
Bestselling erotic romance and paranormal author, Morgan Jane Mitchell spent years blogging politics and health trends before she rediscovered her love of writing fiction. Trading politicians for bloodsuckers of another kind, she’s now the author of bestselling post-apocalyptic fantasy novel, Sanguis City. Her action packed series of vampires, witches, demons and zombies is paranormal romance, dystopia, urban fantasy and erotica in one bite. When Morgan Jane is not creating the city of blood or conjuring up other supernatural tales, she’s dreaming up erotic and dark romances. Morgan Jane lives in the beautiful bluegrass area of central Kentucky with her husband, 3 sons, 3 cats and a greyhound shepherd mix dog named Miss Penni Lane.
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Emerson Shaw
Emerson Shaw was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors of Business Administration. She is married and has two beautiful children. Her debut novel, Acts of Desperation, was based off of a true story. She recently began a new romantic suspense series called “The Hot Pursuit Series.” Straight Flushed, book one, was released on June 22, 2015.
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Kacey Shea
Kacey Shea is a mom of three, wife, and indie author who resides in sunny Arizona. She enjoys reading and writing romance novels as much as her son loves unicorns, which is a lot.
When she’s not writing you will find her playing taxi cab to her children while belting out her favorite tunes, meeting friends or family for food and to share some laughs, or sweating it out in the gym. Kacey finds that picking up heavy weights repeatedly is good for her mental health as much as it is for the physical.
She has an unhealthy obsession with firefighters. It could be the pants. It could be the fire. It’s just hot. On occasion she has been known to include them, without their knowledge, in her selfies outside the grocery store.
Kacey one day aspires to be a woman hand model in a sexy photo shoot. You know, the woman’s hand raking across the muscular back or six pack stomach of the male fitness model. Yep, that hand.
Until that day comes she will continue writing sexy, flirty romance novels in hopes to bring others joy!
Kacey enjoys interacting with her fans so please feel free to stalk her on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. 
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M. Stratton
M. Stratton is an International Amazon bestselling author in the romantic suspense and mystery suspense categories for her Storm Series and Bender. She lives with her husband and son in Arizona, which is a big difference from where she grew up north of Chicago, Illinois. As an only child she learned to tell herself stories to make the long winters go by quicker while dreaming of summer vacations. Now as an adult she still makes up stories to pass the time, but now she writes them down to share with other people.
Stratton is a self-proclaimed dork who loves to make people laugh. Her inner rock star is always on stage performing to a sold out crowd, but she quiet and shy on the outside. She spends her days plotting new ways to surprise her readers.
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Madison Street
Madison Street was born in New York City and was raised in the Bronx, where she resided until she was 17 years old. After September 11, Madison joined the United States Navy to serve her country.
During the deployments, Madison constantly wrote short stories and she discovered her passion for writing. You will find Madison always on the computer, whether she’s on Facebook, designing websites, messing with Photoshop, or writing for her blog.
Besides writing, her second passion is music and dance. Even though she’s a terrible singer, she’ll still belt it out in the shower, especially if the song is her jam! She currently resides in Virginia with her husband of 8 years, 2 children, a dog, and a cat. She is so excited to start this amazing journey and is honored to be part of such a compassionate and loving community.
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Felicia Tatum
Felicia Tatum was born and raised in Tennessee. She always loved reading, and at the age of twelve began writing. Her passion for creating stories grew and in May 2012, she finally wrote her first novel, The White Aura.
She still lives in Tennessee with her daughter and her kitty. She loves cooking, books, and animals are some of her best friends. She watches a lot of Disney channel and often dreams up new book ideas. She’s currently working on various projects, including the rest of the White Aura Series, the Scarred Hearts Series, and a novella series. Her dream is to write as many books as possible while entertaining as many people as possible.

 

Review by LaDonna’s Book Nook

I honestly can’t say enough good things about the Hook & Ladder 69 anthology.  I have to first applaud the fact that all profiys are going to the Burned Children’s Recovery Fund.  if that alone isn’t a good enough reason to spend a mere $0.99 on this amazing anthology, I am not sure what else I have to say that matters, but, if you have seen any of my reviews, you know that won’t stop me from saying more.

I have had the pleasure of being involved with the promotion of a number of charity anthologies, and only extremely extenuating circumstances would keep me from doing so.  The way this one is written truly stands out from any other anthology I have read.  Each of these talented authors has written a story that relates to one firehouse in St. Louis.  I love the way this ties all the stories together.

I will admit that I enjoyed some stories more than others, but there was not a single one I truly disliked.  LB Dunbar’s gets my very top ranking, but that could be a tiny bit biased as I absolutely love her style in everything she writes.  Did I mention firefighters?  I know many women have a particular *fondness* for firefighters.  If you fall into that category, you simply can’t miss this one, and will not be disappointed.

Though this is written for a mature audience only for some very hot adult scenarios, I give this book my very highest recommendations.  I sincerely hope that everyone who follows my blogs, reviews, facebook pages, etc. will pick this one up, and enjoy every page of it.

Release Blitz: Jennifer L Allen’s Hearts Hearts in the Sand (JACT 2)

*****BLOGGER’S NOTE***** First, and foremost, congratulations to Jennifer L Allen on the release of your third book, and the second in the JACT series.  I absolutely adore this book and series for a number of reasons.  I was lucky enough to stumble on Our Moon, her first book, and the first in the JACT series.  I could rave about Our Moon again, but since I have already done that on this blog, you can read about it by clicking the neat little link here :  Blog Tour: Our Moon by Jennifer L. Allen 

But today we are here to celebrate, explore and rave about Our Moon’s big brother.  Hearts in the Sand is Trevor’s story, Ally and Alex’s big brother.   I will let you browse through the release blitz post, and then I will expond further on my feelings about this book.  (Although I must profusely apologize to both Jennifer and my readers that I have not yet completed my full review, and unfortunately, am not in the propper head space to do so this morning.  it is at the top of my to-do list, and I will add it ASAP. I do not hesitate in the slightest though to say it is a 5 Guitar Read just like its little sister, without a doubt.) ******


Hearts In The Sand

(JACT Book 2)

by
Jennifer L. Allen
 
Genre: Contemporary Romance


The last several years of Trevor Monroe’s life have been quite a rollercoaster. He has always been the responsible and dependable one, the one friends and siblings look to for advice, or help bailing themselves out of whatever mess they’ve gotten into. He has certainly earned a month-long vacation to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.


Sara Sands loves her life on the Outer Banks. Sure, the road to where she is today hasn’t always been smooth, but she is the proud owner of a successful company, Sand Tours, doing what she loves, and she couldn’t love her niece and nephew more if they were her own. Life is good.


Fate brings Trevor and Sara together and the chemistry between the two kindred spirits cannot be denied. Against both of their natures, they decide to just enjoy the month they have together before Trevor returns home with his family to record their next album and Sara will return to her normal routine of work and family.
 
Sparks fly and their bond grows overwhelmingly stronger, will they be able to part ways with their hearts intact when the month ends?
 
EXCERPT
 
Just as Alex and Joey step out of the building, a muddy Jeep Wrangler comes rushing into the lot and jerks into a parking space, barking its tires. Muttered curse words in the most angelic of tones float across the parking lot and I can’t tear my eyes, or ears, away from the spectacle if I tried.
The most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen gets out of said Jeep, slams the door, and kicks it for good measure. She tips her head back and closes her eyes, her full lips moving but I can’t hear what she’s saying. I wish I could hear what she was saying.
I take a moment to completely check her out: long, tan legs, denim short-shorts, white tank top with pink bikini straps peeking out around her neck. She’s barefoot, and something about that is sexy as hell. Her long, brown hair is in a thick braid down her back.
“Holy hot chick,” Alex says, not quietly, beside me.
 
Holy Hot Chick straightens herself out, her eyes zero in on our group—all staring in wonder now—probably wondering who had called her “hot chick”, then after staring at us—at me—for a good thirty seconds, huffs and storms into the building.
“Bitches be crazy,” Alex says with a shrug, then hops in the back and begins arguing with Joey about who gets to sit across from Max. “Sit across from your wife…Max wants to sit across from his favorite uncle. Don’t ya buddy?”
“Unca! Unca!”
“Told you!” Alex laughs maniacally. I shake my head; the antics never seem to end.
The side door of the building pops open and the beautiful brunette from the Jeep appears. Smiling and confident, she walks right up to me and sticks her hand out.
“You must be Mr. Monroe. I’m Sara, I’ll be your driver today.”
I’m not entirely sure, but I think my jaw drops for a second before I take her hand and shake. What I’d really like to do is bring her hand up to my lips and kiss it like the goddess I’m positive she must be.
“Trevor. Please, call me Trevor. Mr. Monroe was my dad.” I smile, slightly stumbling over my words.
“This is gonna be epic,” I hear Alex say in a stage whisper behind me. Sad thing is, he probably thought he was actually whispering.
“Sorry about him,” I say, still shaking her hand. “Sorry,’ I grimace, dropping her hand.
“It’s okay,” she smiles. “I guess you’re riding with me?” she asks, raising her brow and drawing my attention from her mouth to the most amazing blue eyes I’ve ever seen.
“Yeah, I’m riding you. With you. I’m riding with you. Shit.” I tip my head back and close my eyes, very similar to how I just saw her a few minutes ago. “I’m sorry,” I say, but I’m not sure she can hear me over Alex and Joey’s uproarious laughter from the back of the truck. I finally open my eyes and chance a look at her and see that she’s laughing a little, too.
“You’ll have to take me to dinner first,” she winks. “As for the tour, why don’t you get in the front seat while I check to make sure everyone’s seat belts are secure?”
“Can you secure my seat belt for me?” Alex asks. “Ow, what the hel—heck did you do that for?” Alex glares at Ally.
“Behave yourself!” she growls.
“Chase, control your woman! Ow! Son of a—! Switch with me Joe, sit across from your kid. Come on.”
“You think my wife won’t kick you?”
“Trev, I’ll sit up front,” Alex says, making a move to rise.
“Sorry,” Sara says, patting Alex on the shoulder. “Trevor’s too tall to sit back here. It’s in the rule book.”
“But I was born a rule breaker, baby.” Alex says, waggling his eyebrows and giving his best grin.
“You were not,” Ally interjects. “If anyone was born a rule breaker, it was me.”
“You were slow. That hardly makes you a rule breaker.”
“I was supposed to be first.”
“And that just means you’ve been failing to meet expectations since birth. Not that you’re a rule breaker.”
Ally glares at Alex, then looks at Chase expectantly. He rolls his eyes, but still elbows Alex in the side.
“Ow, what was that for?”
“Stop disrespecting your sister. You’re being an ass.”
“Language,” Evie calls out.
“Sorry,” Chase says.
“She started it,” Alex complains. “I only said I was born a rule breaker, she’s the one who started arguing with me.”
“Are they always like this?” Sara asks me as we both take a seat in the cab.
“Yes. At least once a day, every day.”
“Brother and sister?” she asks.
“Twins.” I answer as I buckle my seat belt.
Her eyes dart up to mine with genuine interest, “Really?”
“Yep.”
“That’s so cool. My niece and nephew are fraternal twins.” She smiles that heart-stopping smile again and I swear my ability to form a sentence goes straight out the window. “Ever since they were born I’ve been intrigued by research on twins and twin studies. Interesting stuff.”
“Well, you don’t want to research these twins. Trust me.”
She laughs, and if her smile hadn’t already knocked me on my ass, her laugh would have. It was ethereal, it suited her other angelic qualities…like her voice and her eyes and her smile…
“I sense there is a definite warning there,” she says, still laughing.
“Yes. It says ‘Proceed With Caution.’”


“You’re funny, Trevor Monroe.” I love the way my full name rolls off her tongue. Sara puts the key in the ignition and turns on the truck. The rumble of the engine cuts off conversation in the back. She grabs a small, black, wireless device from the dash and clips it to the strap of her tank top. I’m completely mesmerized by her simple movements.
Sara taps the roof of the truck through her open window, pops it into gear, and we’re off. She presses a button on the steering wheel and a red light blinks on the wireless device. When she speaks, her voice comes through the speakers.

“Hey everyone, thanks for choosing Sand Tours. I’m Sara Sands, and I’ll be your guide today.”


 BUY LINKS


Hearts In The Sand (JACT 2)


Our Moon (JACT 1)

Just $0.99!


 OTHER BOOK BY THE AUTHOR
 

Change of Heart

Just $0.99!


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Jennifer lives in South Carolina with her husband and their three
fur-kids. She is in grad school, pursuing a Masters in Psychology for
Clinical Counseling. When she is not at work or taking classes, she is
either reading or writing. Books have always been her passion. She also
enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to new places, and
music.
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******Okay, now that you have a bit of a feel for the book, let me share some of my thoughts on it.  I adore Jennifer, both as an author and a person.  She is as sweet and inspiring as her stories, and I am proud to call her friend after the fan girl in me sought her out after reading Our Moon.  Hearts in the Sand is special to me for reasons beyond the simple fact that it is a great story.  I am honored to be one of Jennifer’s beta readers, and was thrilled and flattered when she asked me to be her alpha reader on this one.  Unfortunately circumstances in my life only allowed me to fulfill the role for the first 8 or so chapters,  but I can’t even describe the feeling of watching the process of bringing a book together, and offer feedback.  I sincerely hope to have another chance in the future when things settle down a bit for my family.

Trevor intrigued me in Our Moon.  He handled the tragic circumstances stoicly, and did an amazing job of carrying so many burdens on his shoulders.  If anyone deserves some fun, and an epic it romance, it is this man, forced to grow up so much so quickly, with never a complaint.

I have had the pleasure of visiting North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and it is the perfect setting for both the fun and the romance.  (Quick side note that I don’t think Jennifer will mind me mentioning, another author who has a lot in common with Jennifer, both as a person and an author, Maria Bernard, also has a sweet rockstar romance set  on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.  If you enjoy Hearts in the Sand, I recommend checking out Ms. Bernard’s Wherever Girl while you wait (impatiently I am sure) for JACT 3.)

Sara is such a great heroine to match with Trevor.  I loved her within the first few sentences involving her character.  She has a spunk I love, she is fun and funny, and she is so loving and protective.  She has more responsibilities than she should rightly have (hmmmm…..who else does that sound like?)  She has done a fantastic job of running the business she has put her heart and soul into and has great business acumen.  As each layer is pulled back, I fell a bit more in love with her.  How could Trevor not?

The dramas are heart wrenching, the laughs are the belly aching kind, the romance is sweet and sexy, and the sense of family, in all the different forms it takes on in this book are inspiring.  A must read, from an up and coming author I will be proud to say I knew her when.  I can’t wait for whatever she brings us next.  She is one of few authors that I don’t need a blurb or hint as to what the story will be – I will eagerly read it.******

Book Review: Rock’n Tapestries by Shari Copell

****** Please bear with me as we dig way back into the review files.  I hope my review style has improved a bit over the years! 😉  This first book in particular I know I did not do justice to. ******

Perfect Mix of Plot Twists and Smut Wrapped in a Beautiful Rock ‘n Roll Bow!

January 26, 2014

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Rock’n Tapestries Amazon Buy Link

Loved this one so much. I had seen in in the Goodreads giveaways, but decided I had to read it even if I wasn’t a winner. So glad I downloaded Kindle to my laptop a couple of months ago – read this one in a couple of hours one morning over 3 months ago. It has stuck with me so much I had to now add a review here. I can not wait for the sequel!

I guess a lot of this rang some bells of my past, present and future, but overall it was just a fun read with the right amounts of romance and smut; throw a long haired guitarist into the mix and how can you go wrong? For this 80’s rocker chick, you certainly can’t.

I’m trying to find ways to review this without going too deep into spoiler territory. Some of the situations Chels got into were a little over the top, but they worked perfectly to make the story flow. Some of Asher’s reasonings were so illogical – until you’ve spent some time with musicians. As flawed as he is, it again works perfectly for the story. The Swede in me can’t help swooning for Tage as well.

Will definitely be checking out other works by this author, and will highly recommend for those who need a little chick-lit with a touch of smut, and some thriller twists as well.  And don’t forget the rockstar romance basis (love, love, love the rockstars!  and this one is quite memorable) I will be rereading – which is actually pretty rare for me to intentionally do.

For mature audiences over the age of 18 for explicit sexual content.

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