Book Review: Sister Surrendered by Darla M. Grese

Sister Surrendered Ebook Cover jpgTitle: Sister Surrendered

Author: Darla M. Grese

Genre: Memoir

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

When you’re a twin, loneliness is somewhat unfamiliar because you’ve always had each other. So when a twin passes, the other is left unprepared. Our loyalty was steadfast and our devotion to one another, solid. Our love was unconditional no matter what the circumstances. I’m so grateful every day for the memories of the joy and laughter that we shared together. I know the bond that Kelli and I shared is impossible for anyone to replace. This memoir has become something so much more than initially intended. It’s become a documented journey barely scratching the surface of the love between two sisters. And surprisingly, it’s also become an outlet for me to speak candidly and honestly about my struggles with the cause of Kelli’s death. This is a love story turned tragedy. An exposure of one of the greatest healthcare failures killing Veterans and civilians, and a cry for help to remedy the fiasco. I’ve stressed about who I would mention in this book, nervous that I would hurt someone’s feelings by not mentioning their names. But I’ve realized that it’s impossible to do. Kelli had so many great friends, some I’ve never even met. I need each person to know who has taken the time to reach out to me in whatever capacity that if it weren’t for your heartfelt show of support and love, I don’t know that I would be able to muster the energy to even get up each day. Kelli, we did it.

The starting chapters of Sister Surrendered brought a smile to my face. It’s the story of two twin sisters who spent all their time together, who shared the same friends, memories and dreams. But soon the book took a darker turn, and the laughter turned to tears. What happened to Kelli was horrible. The book is about mental illness, about addiction, about the love of two sisters, about how lives can be ruined because of healthcare failures, and about how easy it is to claim not to be responsible for medical errors made. Most of all it’s a story about sisters, about their unique bond, about losing that bond and how hard it is to go on after that.

This book also infuriated me. Because of the medical errors, because of how Kelli’s life could’ve been saved if someone stood up and took responsibility, and if healthcare wasn’t so mismanaged.

Either way, it’s a great book, and that one that should be read, and deserves to be read by everyone. The writing was great, and from the start, I felt a connection with Kelli and Darla, which made the book all the more interesting, but also all the harder to read.

A must-read for just about anyone, and a real eye-opener.

Book Tours: Book Spotlight Dream Huntress

perf5.000x8.000.inddBook Title: Dream Huntress

Author: Michelle Sharp

Release Date: June 23, 2014

Genre: Romantic Suspense/ Ignite

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Michelle Sharp is a romantic suspense author from the Midwest. Although she has a degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University, she finds weaving tales of danger, deception, and love much preferable to reporting the cold, hard facts. Her goal in life? To team resilient, kick-ass heroines with the sexy alpha’s who love them. As most writers probably are, she is an avid reader. Her husband and kids would call it obsessive—but whatever. Her first choice is usually a story with a thrilling combination of danger and love, but any book with a great voice and intriguing story will keep her turning pages well past any reasonable bed-time.

Her debut novel will be published with Entangled Ignite in June of 2014. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Missouri Romance Writers.

 Book Synopsis

Detective Jordan Delany has a gift. Through her dreams, she connects with dead victims of violent crimes. Her isolated life as a drug cop is perfect for hiding the freakish visions, until her newest investigation has her posing as a cocktail waitress in a down-and-dirty strip club. When she’s saved from a drunken customer by a handsome stranger, the heated chemistry is exactly why she intends to keep Mr. Arrogant at bay. But learning he’s the new bouncer for the corrupt club she intends to bust just might be the one reason why she can’t.

Tyler McGee suspects a drug ring operating out of the local club is flooding the streets of his hometown with heroin. Determined to get answers, he plays the part of a fallen cop and lands the job of head bouncer. What he discovers is that the club owner isn’t the only deadly obstacle he’s facing. His attraction to an intriguing cocktail waitress with a penchant for danger just might kill him first.

Tagline: Dreams can be murder…

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June 23

Guest blogging at Gothic Moms

June 24

Book featured at Sweeping Me

June 25

Book featured at Lisa Loves Books

Book featured at I Heart Reading

June 26

Book reviewed Literary Addicts

Interviewed at Read Your Writes

June 27

Guest blogging at Joyfully Reviewed

Interviewed at I’m Shelf-ish

June 30

Guest blogging at In the Pages of a Good Book

Book reviewed at Shortie Says

Book reviewed at She Hearts Books

Book reviewed Tori MacAllister

July 1

Book featured at Book Nook Nuts

Book featured at Escape by Fiction

July 2

Interviewed at Review From Here

July 3

Book reviewed at Racing to Read

Book featured at Rhi Reading

Guest blogging on Becky on Books…and Quilts

July 4

Book reviewed at Book Lunatic Ramblings

Book featured at Booklover Sue

Guest blogging at Urban Fantasy Investigations


Book Tours: Book Spotlight Deadly Chemistry

perf5.000x8.000.inddBook Title: DEADLY CHEMISTRY

Author: Teri Anne Stanley

Release Date: June 23, 2014

Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Teri Anne Stanley has been writing since she could hold a crayon–though learning to read was a huge turning point in her growth as a writer. Teri’s first stories involved her favorite Saturday morning cartoon characters, followed by her favorite teen idols.  She has also authored a recipe column (The Three Ingredient Gourmet), and scientific articles (Guess which was more interesting!).  Now she writes fun, sexy romance filled with love, angst, and nekkid parts.

Teri’s career has included sex therapy for rats, making posing suits for female body builders, and helping amputee amphibians recover to their full potential. She currently supplements her writing income as a neuroscience research assistant.  Along with a variety of teenagers and dogs, she and Mr. Stanley live just outside of Sugartit, which is—honest to God—between Beaverlick, and Rabbit Hash, Kentucky.

Book Synopsis

Former undercover cop Mike Gibson has been lying low, working as a maintenance man to put his troubled younger brother through college. But when a beautiful scientist enlists Mike’s help to repair the damage done to her lab by a group of vandals, Mike finds that his, and his brother’s pasts, are about to be brought to light.

Laura Kane was happy having a secret crush on the hot maintenance man at Tucker University, but when the drug she was studying is stolen, Laura has a chance to get to know Mike in person. The problem is, he seems to know more about what’s going on than any maintenance man should. But then the drug turns up in the wrong hands, and Mike and Laura have to decide if their own chemistry will help, or hinder, the race to save innocent lives.

Tagline: Some chemical reactions generate too much heat…

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June 23

Guest blogging at Joyfully Reviewed

Book reviewed at Tori MacAllister

June 24

Book featured at I Heart Reading

Interviewed at Review From Here

June 25

Book featured at Confessions of a Reader

June 26

Book reviewed at @MiriamSmith

Guest blogging at What is That Book About

Book featured at Sweeping Me

June 27

Book featured at Lisa Loves Books

Book featured at Escape by Fiction

June 30

Guest blogging at In the Pages of a Good Book

Book featured at Romance For Every World

July 1

Book featured at Book Nook Nuts

Interviewed at I’m Shelf-ish

July 2

Guest blogging at My Book Addiction and More

Guest blogging at Becky on Books…and Quilts

July 3

Book featured at My Devotional Thoughts

Guest blogging at Kate M. George

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July 4

Book featured at The La La Land of Books



He was not for her. Nerdy scientist girls had to stay away from hot guys with big, muscle-y arms and white smiles. So why the heck couldn’t she stop looking back at the biology building?

She shook herself. What was wrong with her? She had to get out of here. She could lust after him from a distance. That would be fine. Safe. He could be her pretend lover. She turned the key and threw the car into gear. With one last glance over her shoulder toward her new imaginary boyfriend, she stomped her foot on the accelerator. And promptly shot backward over the curb, knocking over a trash can, which wound up wedged under the rear bumper.

“Gack!” She put the car in park and jumped out to survey the damage. Rounding the back end and seeing the trash can, she shrieked and stepped out of the way of a family of possums—a mom and three…teenagers? They tottered about, blinking in the bright morning sunshine.

“Whoa, careful!” Maintenance Man Mike was suddenly there, grabbing Lauren’s upper arms and shifting

her out of the way of the scraggly little things. “Are you okay?”

“I’m fine,” she said. “But the kids—I ran over their house!” One of the little ones clung to its mother’s fur, but two others careened blindly away from the scene of the home wrecking.

“I tell you what,” Mike said. “You pull your car forward, off the trash can, then we’ll see if we can’t help ’em out.”

“Okay.” Lauren’s heartbeat started to slow and beat a regular rhythm. Except where Mike had touched her arms. There, her skin seemed to be throbbing and tingling.


She moved her car forward and off of the sidewalk, then went back to Mike and the possum. Fortunately, there were no other faculty members’ cars in the lot yet. What would she have told them? No, I wasn’t texting anddriving. I was mentally undressing a stranger.

Please, God…don’t let it be her drug they were talking about on the news. After Crawford left, Mike stopped fiddling with settings on the centrifuge. He straightened and turned to lean against a clean section of counter. Crossing his arms, he glared at Lauren.

“What?” She realized she’d crossed her arms, too, and stood with a hip cocked out. Defensive much? “Let’s have it.”

“You lied.”

“About what?”

“What’s missing. Those pellet things you showed me yesterday. They’re all gone.”


“Yeah. You wanna start talking?” He uncrossed his arms and moved toward Lauren. He smelled of fabric softener again, like the day before. What single guy used fabric softener?

“Are you married?” Ugh. Did she really say that?

That slowed him down, though. “What? No. I live with my brother. I told you that last night.” He took another step into her personal space. “Why did you lie?”

Instead of feeling intimidated, she found herself uncrossing her arms and putting her hands behind her to

hold on to the ledge. “How’s the cat doing?”

“Howled all night. Dylan threatened to poison it.”

“Dylan did? But he’s such an animal lover!”

“Shows you how much of a head case that cat is.” He pinned her in place with that dark stare. “Why did you lie?”

He was so close that she could feel his heat. How much closer was he going to get? When she took a  deep breath, her breasts brushed his chest. Which caused her to take another deep breath. Not

on purpose, of course. His eyes heated. She could smell coffee now. She licked her lips, and his nostrils flared. He bent his head closer. She needed to answer his question, but what should she say? If she didn’t answer, would he…what, kiss it out of her? He should work for the CIA. Or the FBI. As part of the

Threaten to Kiss Information From Witnesses Unit. — DEADLY CHEMISTRY @teriannestanley

“He went to see a pig about a horse.”

When Mike laughed, Lauren’s heart did one of those little fluttery things she was getting used to feeling when he was around. She loved to see him laugh, she realized with a start. This wasn’t a giant gut-grabbing guffaw, but a headtilting bark of laughter. It turned his throat—and that little

shadowy area under his jaw—into somewhere she wanted to lick.

“You know what?” he said. “I actually believe you.” He stood there for a second, smiling at her. Lauren smiled back. Oh boy. She liked him. Like, liked him. If her best friend had been there, she’d have slipped her a note to pass to Mike, asking if he liked her back. Check yes or no.

Then what he had said sunk in and she said, “Wait—why wouldn’t you believe me?”


She waved the question away. “So what brings you here on a Saturday?”

“I’m on call. I got a call, so I came in to fix a leaky sink… and to check up on Dylan. And find out if you’ve heard an update from Crawford.”

Lauren hesitated a minute, then said, “I think it’s time for you to tell me your story. There’s some kind of…something swimming below the surface here.”

Mike’s gaze narrowed on her mouth. She licked her lips, but then said, “Oh, no, you’re not

going to distract me. Spill it.”

He raised an eyebrow, and she realized she’d revealed too much—that she was aware of him, of how much he appealed to her. He smirked, then chewed on his bottom lip, as though trying to decide how much to tell her. — DEADLY CHEMISTRY @teriannestanley

Book Tours: Guest Post for Four Corners

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I’m hosting a guest post for the book tour for “Four Corners” today. Enjoy the guest post!


  1. At the risk of being crass, it’s all about ass-in-chair.  We all know that.  But it really is that simple.  It’s boring to stare at a blank screen, so at some point, words will appear.  It doesn’t matter whether they’re any good – at least not at first.  It just matters that they’re words.  After a while, they’ll take on their own momentum (we hope).
  2. This is a corollary of Tip #1.  Don’t wait for inspiration.  Inspiration is fickle.  It’s a gift when it arrives, but it can also come wrapped in desperation or frustration or all manner of misery, so don’t wait for it to appear in shiny paper tied up with a satin ribbon.  Just tear away at the desperation or the frustration or the misery and hope you find inspiration tucked away in there instead of a lump of coal.
  3. Don’t overwork adjectives or adverbs.  It’s tempting to let all those colorful words do the heavy lifting, but there’s a lot of power in a well-chosen noun and, of course, the forward motion of the sentence resides in a mighty verb.
  4. Vary the length of your sentences.  That makes for interesting reading because reading is very much about rhythm, even if subconsciously, and the brain enjoys variation in rhythm.  It’s a bit high-falootin’ to think about words as musical notes, but there is some validity to that.
  5.  Read dialogue out loud.  Words that a character speaks should sound like spoken words, not read like the written word.  Dialogue is not essay writing.  Often, the only way to hear dialogue properly is to actually hear it.  Read it out loud and see if the inflection and emphasis that best carries your meaning demand to be spoken as that meaning requires.
  6. Think cinematically.  Maybe that’s important to me because I worked as a screenwriter for so many years.  But I think the concept of thinking visually and thinking in scenes can only be helpful to any kind of writing. Cinematic thinking also provides a set of terms that can offer a new way of looking at your story: subtext, motivation, action of the scene and the conflict between any of those forces, all suggest a certain energy percolating under the plot.  When listened to, it can be brought to a decent simmer that is exciting and compelling.
  7. Don’t be afraid to break any rules you may have learned about structure.  Especially in your first draft.  Let the story – and more particularly, the characters – lead you where they want to go.  That’s what our asses are in their chairs for in the first place: that moment when the characters take on lives of their own and we’re just along for the ride.  That’s the fun that keeps us coming back for more punishment.
  8. Tell the truth.  The simple truth of the human heart regardless of the circumstances if finds itself in.
  9. Don’t be afraid to overwrite in the first draft.  That’s what first drafts are for.  They are meant to be vomit drafts.
  10. Writing is rewriting.  Sad but true.  And even worse – re-reading.


About the Author

Cary SmithCary Smith, the nom de plume of Greg Hawkins, lives in San Jose, CA. He became interested in books and writing because of a teacher. His favorite book is “Hocus Pocus,” by Kurt Vonnegut or “100 Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He is currently either going to finish his collection of short stories next or turn one of his short stories into a novel, which would be a new take on the ghost genre.

His latest book is Four Corners, Or a Book That Will Tickle Your Intellectual Nipple.

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About the Book

Four CornersHigh school. Those two words, for some, instill fear and loathing and vivid memories of sadistic teachers, bullies, and bad lunches. For some happy few, however, high school remains a misty paradise, where a student’s budding dreams and aspirations were nurtured by brilliant, sympathetic teachers, guidance counselors and peers.

Cary Smith, the nom de plume of Greg Hawkins, clearly falls into the first group, as he describes in his hilarious new book, FOUR CORNERS, OR A BOOK THAT WILL TICKLE YOUR INTELLECTUAL NIPPLE.  With a keen sense of the absurd, Smith thrusts his satirical sword straight at the jugular vein of all things pretentious and pedantic that haunt the halls of the educational world. Nothing is spared as Smith takes on the institution of secondary education. Readers will wince in recognition at the cast of characters Smith has created – the brains, jocks, bullies, cliques, incompetent teachers and pompous administrators – who all take a good drubbing from the flat side of Smith’s sword.

“I don’t know why I thought that when middle school was over that high school would be a brand new place, a fresh start,” Smith writes. “Maybe it was because all my teachers in middle school were implanting their lectures about how in high school the teachers wouldn’t let you get away with this and that and that it would be a very different place. Well, as usual, the teachers of the system lied to me …”

For good measure, Smith creates another archetypal character – Brad Cruise, a symbol of the pseudo-intellectual critics and pedagogues who inhabit academia. If you spotted Cruise’s name as a mash-up of Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, that’s what the author intended.

Hawkins also points out that, while Cary Smith is the “satirical narrator” of FOUR CORNERS, “what we come to find out is that not only does he have a humorous side, he has a serious side, and he does, in fact, care, despite what he may say.”

Although much of Smith’s writing is clearly based in personal experience, Hawkins says the book is satirical fiction. The book’s style is steeped in hyperbolic language and literary hi-jinx that hark back to the 18th-century comic classic TRISTRAM SHANDY.

“I wrote FOUR CORNERS to entertain people,” Hawkins says, “not only to help people get through the turbulent time that is high school in America, but to make people feel OK about the time they spent during those years.” He adds:  “There is no one, to my knowledge, writing with this type of narrator, about this subject matter, in such a style and manner, and writing humorously. It is very hard to find a good book with a blend of the serious and comedic.”

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Book Review: Relic of Death by David Bernstein

21850360Title: Relic of Death

Author: David Bernstein

Genre: Horror, Dark Fiction

Rating: 3,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

When two mob enforcers take care of a hit in the suburban countryside, they stumble onto a seemingly abandoned house. While searching the place, they find a simple leather briefcase full of what they think are priceless diamonds.

But things are never as they appear…

For the briefcase is a bringer of death. This ancient evil, once contained for centuries, is now unleashed. Those who come in contact with it will be granted their greatest desires at the even greater cost of their lives.

“David Bernstein delivers a fast-moving tale of desire and destruction that gives new meaning to the words, “Be careful what you wish for.” Relic of Death twists reality and will leave you reflecting on your own personal Achilles heel long after you finished reading…” —Allan Leverone, author of Mr. Midnight

“A fascinating, unpredictable, ever-shifting tale of greed and desperation. Highly recommended!” —Jeff Strand, author of Pressure

Relic of Death doubles as a powerful parable and a terrifying story. Proving himself to be a prodigious new talent, David Bernstein creates a blood-soaked canvas where dreams change to nightmares and hope transforms to dread.” —Jon Bassoff, author of Corrosion

In Relic of Death, after their car breaks down, two hit men find refuge in an abandoned house nearby. They search the place, stumbling upon a briefcase that holds priceless diamonds. While they think they got the hit of their lifetime, the suitcase holds a secret much darker and much more sinister. The briefcase brings death and despair to everyone who touches it, promising them the one thing deeply desire, but killing them when they try to achieve it.

The briefcase travels from owner to owner, but all stories flow from one scene into the next, and they make for an intriguing story. The writing was great too, and highly atmospheric. The story moves fast, and the pacing never flows down.

I didn’t find it that scary though, and I had hoped it would be slightly scarier. It’s an intriguing read though, and the characters were well-developed even if they got little screen time. A solid read for fans of supernatural horror.

Book Tours: Book Excerpt from Zandernatis


I’m hosting an excerpt from “Zandernatis”, a fantasy / alternate history / conspiracy theory novel. Enjoy!

Book Excerpt

Encounter with the revellers

from “The Song of Gorin” Stanzas 299-324


is staring eyes and expression of naive disbelief finally caught the eye of a group of revellers standing next to an enormous table, overflowing with the most succulent array of delicacies, sweetmeats and wine pitchers. There were perhaps half a dozen young men and as many girls dressed, like all the others, in brightly coloured, even garish, clothing. Judging by their unsteady balance and exaggerated laughter, they had all been celebrating for some considerable time.

Once Gorin realised they had spotted him, his only thought was to become less conspicuous and melt into the crowd. But it was too late. They had already started towards him. One of the young men, clothed in a blue tunic and bright red trousers, hailed him in a challenging, though kindly, voice.

“Hey there, friend. What are you looking so miserable about? On a day like this! You’re supposed to be having a good time.”

“I know,” answered Gorin, forcing a pleasant smile as the young people gathered around him. “And I am! Truly.”

“Well show it then,” said a girl in a revealing, low cut lime-green and red spotted dress, putting her hand on his shoulder. “Instead of looking like you’re scared of us. We’re your friends.”

“We’re everyone’s friends,” said another, heartily slapping him on the back.

“But what’s the fancy dress for?” enquired another of the girls, looking him up and down. “The costume ball was yesterday!”

Gorin couldn’t hide his surprise at this comment. For the brightly coloured, extravagantly cut clothes all the revellers were wearing looked much more like party garb than the rather subdued, rough and practical garments he was wearing.

“What is this then?” he asked.

The revellers looked at him in sheer disbelief, before exchanging concerned glances.

“You mean you don’t know?” said one of the young men, who appeared to be the group’s leader. “How can that be? It’s Renewal Day, for Cosmo’s sake! Everyone knows it! The most important festival of the year!”

“Until tomorrow,” the first girl reminded him. “The Feast of the Angels.”

“Never mind about tomorrow,” the leader replied. “We’re only concerned by today.”

Gorin finally had to admit he knew virtually nothing about Renewal Day, or indeed about anything else to do with the City, its customs and way of life.

“You see, I woke up a couple of days ago and couldn’t remember anything of what happened to me before. Where I come from, what I’ve been doing, who I am, nothing!”

This revelation seemed to have quite a sobering effect on the revellers. They all gaped at him in disbelief for a moment.

“How very strange,” said the young man in red trousers. “You mean you really can’t remember things like which part of the City you come from, who your friends are, who you’re bonded to, any of that?”

“Nothing,” confirmed Gorin.

“I know who you are!” suddenly cried another of the men who had been staring intently at Gorin ever since the group started talking to him.

“You do?” exclaimed Gorin, turning round to look at him, a smile beginning to spread over his face.

“But of course,” the man said, lunging forward and hugging Gorin tightly as tears began to pour down his face. “You were my sister, my little sister Drianne… all those lives ago… I never thought I’d ever find you again…”

Gorin recoiled in horror. What was this? Was the man totally drunk? Delusional? Mad…?

“Are you sure?” asked red trousers. “But that’s wonderful!”

“We must celebrate!” exclaimed lime-green and red spotted dress.

“Hooray!” everyone chorused, cheering at the tops of their voices and jumping up and down in a frenzy of delight.

Gorin began to get really scared by their exuberance, understanding absolutely nothing of what was going on. It did enable him to escape the emotional embraces of his self-declared “former brother” though, who was now busy being hugged by all his friends who wanted to share the joy of his long hoped-for reunion.

When the “brother” finally realised Gorin was no longer in the midst of the happy party, he broke away from the group, but was stopped short.

“You must forgive my nephew, he’s not quite himself.”

All heads turned to look at the old man who was raising his hand in a commanding gesture, his other arm securely around Gorin’s shoulders.

“He’s a little confused, I’m afraid. I think he’s been celebrating a bit too much this evening and the mead has gone to his head. And when that happens, he really can’t remember who he is. Let alone who he was…”


ZANDERNATIS VOL 1 - 2500Title: Zandernatis – Where Legends Were Born

Author: Gordon Keirle-Smith

Genre: Fantasy, Alternate History, Conspiracy Theory

Facts stifled for 50 years revealed at last! In 1962 a cache of ancient urns was discovered in Antarctica dating back tens of thousands of years. They contained writings proving our ancestral myths are rooted in the history and culture of a pre-glacial utopian civilization…

 “Zandernatis” retells the most fascinating story contained in these texts: “The Song of Gorin”, an epic poem describing what really led up to the “Fall of Man” in “Paradise”. Initially, it reads like a fable – only here it is backed by robust corroborative evidence and endorsements from researchers, the media and eminent experts, despite efforts from the establishment to block publication.

 Volume One of the trilogy breaks the silence, laying the foundations of this multi-faceted revelation, combining alternative history, conspiracy theory, allegorical fantasy, suppressed archaeology and insider analysis, all in a single work – while defining a whole new literary genre in the process…

Fabulous facts or fabulous fable…

Where do you draw the line?

Author Bio

GK portraitGordon Keirle-Smith’s current home is Nîmes, in the south of France. His preferred form of expression was always writing, particularly drama, although he has also lived several other “lives”. He was a successful visionary artist in the late 1960s (when his studio was located in a famous London West End theatre). He regularly exhibited – and sold – his work in a top Cork Street gallery.

He moved to France in the early 70s and decided to put all the paintings he would never have time to complete into a book. This became the first version of “Zandernatis” in 1974.

He then worked in tourism, headed a Paris language school’s team of 40 teachers, coached top advertising executives in communications skills, won the Toastmaster’s European Speechmaking Championship (twice), contributed articles to house magazines for market-leading companies (e.g. Oracle and GDF SUEZ) wrote advertising copy for major international brands (Air France, L’Oreal, Renault, Heineken, Delsey, etc.), founded and managed his own highly successful marketing transcreation agency…

All of this experience was then applied to reworking the original version of “Zandernatis” and developing its “meta-realist” aspect with the aim of creating a new kind of reading experience.



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Book Tours: Starter Day Party The River Leith


I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for gay romance “The River Leith”. The tour runs from June 23 to July 23. I’ll be reviewing the book on July 7. Stay tuned for the review, and in the mean time, visit the other tour stops.

Tour Schedule

June 23rd: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

June 25th: Promo Post @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

June 27th: Book Excerpt Post @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

June 29th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

July 1st:  Promo Post @ Bookaholic Ramblings

July 3rd: Book Review @ Forever Book Lover

July 5th: Book Excerpt Post @ The Book Daily

July 7th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

July 9th:  Guest Post @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

July 11th: Author Interview @ Zipper Rippers

July 13th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

July 15th: Book Review @ Awesome Book Assessment

July 17th: Promo Post @ Endazzled Reading

July 19th: Book Review @ Books are Love

July 21st: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

July 22nd: Promo Post @ Hollow Readers

July 23rd: Book Review @ Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock

About The River Leith

The-River-Leith-web-copyTitle: The River Leith

Author: Leta Blake

Genre: Gay Romance

Memory is everything.

After an injury in the ring, amateur boxer Leith Wenz wakes to discover his most recent memories are three years out of date. Unmoored and struggling to face his new reality, Leith must cope anew with painful revelations about his family. His brother is there to support him, but it’s the unfamiliar face of Zach, a man introduced as his best friend, that provides the calm he craves. Until Zach’s presence begins to stir up feelings Leith can’t explain.

For Zach, being forgotten by his lover is excruciating. He carefully hides the truth from Leith to protect them both from additional pain. His bottled-up turmoil finds release through vlogging, where he confesses his fears and grief to the faceless Internet. But after Leith begins to open up to him, Zach’s choices may come back to haunt him.

Ultimately, Leith must ask his heart the questions memory can no longer answer.

Author Bio

While Leta Blake would love to tell you that writing transports her to worlds of magic and wonder and then safely returns her to a home of sparkling cleanliness and carefully folded laundry, the reality is a bit different. Instead, piles of laundry and forgotten appointments haunt her life, but the joy of writing and the thrill of finishing a book make the everyday chaos all worth it.

Leta’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively, but her passion has always been in writing, and she most enjoys crafting romance stories that she would like to read. At her home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party The Affair


I’m hosting the starter day party for new adult romance “The Affair” book tour. The tour runs from June 22 to July 6. I’ll be reviewing the book on June 30. Stay tuned for the review, and in the mean time, visit the other tour stops.

Tour Schedule

June 22nd: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

June 23rd: Book Excerpt @ 365 Days of Reading

June 24th: Promo Post @ Bookaholic Ramblings

June 26th: Author Interview @ The Book Daily

June 28th: Book Excerpt @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

June 30th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

July 2nd: Promo Post @ The Single Librarian

July 4th: Character Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

July 5th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

July 6th: Book Review @ Forever Book Lover

The Affair


Author: Olivia Grace

Genre: New Adult Romance

Karrie Stahl and Justin Hunter aren’t your typical lovers. Sure, they love each other immensely. The passion between them is undeniable. There are just a few things horribly wrong with their love. Well, Karrie Stahl is living with her boyfriend, Tyler, and she’s never seen Justin face-to-face. As most lovers do in this day of social media and online dating, Karrie and Justin met online. Yet, no matter how they met, unbeknownst to Karrie, she had become addicted to a complete stranger. But you don’t know that you are addicted to anything until you are forced to give it up.

The day comes when they meet and things go left, when she had all hopes for it to go right. And that is when Karrie’s world begins to fall apart. She hates her drunk, loser boyfriend. Her job sucks. And she is days away from being kicked out of college, if she can’t pay tuition. What’s a girl to do when life has strapped her into an emotional and dramatic roller coaster? She sucks it up, cries on the inside like a winner, and takes life by the groin… literally.

Author Bio

Olivia Grace is a thirty-two year old mom, wife, avid reader, lover of romance, and author of New Adult Romance. Her debut novelette, The Affair, is an entertaining and provocative New Adult series! She is a working mom of two and lives in a small town in the state of Indiana.




Twitter: @gracetheewriter


Book Tours: Starter Day Party for Changeling


I’m hosting a starter day party for gay paranormal romance “Changeling”. I’ll be reviewing the book on June 10. Stay tuned for the review, and in the mean time, visit all the other tour stops.

Tour Schedule

June 22nd: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

June 24th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

June 26th: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

June 28th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Ashley’s Paranormal Book Blog

June 30th: Book Review @ Forever Book Lover

July 2nd: Book Excerpt @ The Book Daily

July 4th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

July 6th: Book Excerpt @ 365 Days of Reading

July 8th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

July 10th: Book Review and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

July 12th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

July 14th: Book Review @ Endazzled Reading

July 16th:  Book Excerpt @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

July 18th: Author Interview @ Zipper Rippers

July 20th: Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Rambings

July 22nd: Book Review, Excerpt and Giveaway @ Dalene’s Book Reviews

About Changeling

Changling_cover_frontTitle: Changeling

Author:  Amanda Meuwissen

Genre: Gay Paranormal Romance

Nathan Grier’s dark fae bounty looms overhead. As he faces the very real threat of becoming a slave to the bounty’s owner, his brother Jim uses his changeling abilities more and more trying to save him. Every changeling throughout history turns evil once their powers manifest, meaning time may be running out for both of them as Jim nears True Awakening.

Fae hunter and incubus, Sasha Kelly, is prophesized to save Nathan, but while Nathan has embraced his feelings for the other man, he fears their time together will be cut short—either from his impending fate…or Jim’s.

Info about Incubus (first book)

Incubus_cover_FRONTNathan only ever wanted a normal life, but for him, life, family, and love are anything but normal.

On the other side of the Veil, dark and light fae exist outside the knowledge of most humans. Nathan Grier was born human, but his twin brother Jim is a changeling. On the run since they were children, time for both of them is running out. Turning to fae hunter Sasha Kelly for help, Nathan must soon face his growing feelings for the other man while trying to save himself and his brother from a fate worse than death.


Author Bio

AmandaMeuwissen_AuthorPhotoAmanda Meuwissen is the author of The Incubus Saga (Book 1: Incubus, Book 2: Changeling, Book 3: COMING SUMMER 2015) and the novelette The Collector. She has a Bachelor of Arts in a personally designed major from St. Olaf College in Creative Writing, and has been writing and posting online for many years, including maintaining the blog for the customer engagement company Outsell. She spent a summer writing screenplay script coverages for a company in L.A., and is an avid writer and consumer of fiction through film, prose, and video games.

Amanda also serves as COO and Managing Editor for, the world’s premiere episodic literary network. She oversees editing and series selection, as well as being involved in marketing and promotion, and is featured as a narrator for several BWN series.

Amanda lives in Minneapolis, MN, with her husband, John, and their cats, Helga and Sasha (no connection to the incubus of the same name).


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Mini-Review: Dead Letter Office, As She Left It, Shakespeare vs. Lovecraft


Time for some mini-reviews! What are mini-reviews, you ask? As the title suggests, these are short reviews, consisting of one paragraph tops, about a book. It’s a way to catch up on the books I’ve read a while ago, but never got around to reviewing.

Dead Letter Office

Title: Dead Letter Office

Author: Kira Snyder

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Paranormal

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

When Celia’s father is killed in Afghanistan, she moves with her mother to New Orleans, the city where her father grew up. Struggling to adjust and haunted by troubling dreams, Celia finds comfort in new friends like Tilly, a practicing witch, and Donovan, the son of police detective. On Halloween, bizarre supernatural occurrences rock the city. Celia meets the mysterious Luc and finds a letter, over a hundred years old, addressed to her.

The paranormal repercussions continue when Celia learns that Luc is the restless spirit of a young man murdered in 1854, only able to assume solid form at night. And then, to her shock, Celia finds that the letter, which describes the suspected murder of a man in 1870, contains uncanny parallels to the present-day death of Abel Sims, a homeless veteran.

With help from Luc, Tilly, and Donovan, Celia races to solve the murder—and the mystery of the letter—using both magical and forensic clues.

Review: Started off great, but quickly went downhill. The idea is wonderful, reminiscent of those choose-your-own-adventure books, but it falls short. The setting, New Orleans, was great, and I loved how the book even brought a ghost into play. Unfortunately the plot seemed far-fetched, and the characters were one-dimensional. Celia was all right, but the secondary characters lacked personality. A so-so read.

As She Left It

Title: As She Left It

Author: Catriona McPherson

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

When she was twelve years old, Opal Jones escaped her mother’s endless drinking. Now, returning to their small Leeds cottage after her mum’s death, Opal feels like she’s gone back in time. Nosey Mrs. Pickess is still polishing her windows to a sparkle. Fishbo, Opal’s ancient music teacher, still plays trumpet with his band. And much to Opal’s delight, her favorite neighbor, Margaret Reid, still keeps an eye on things from the walk in front of her house.

But a tragedy has struck Mote Street. Margaret’s grandson, Craig, disappeared some ten years ago, and every day he’s not found, shame and sorrow settle deeper into the neighborhood’s forgotten corners. As the door she closed on her own dark past begins to open, Opal uncovers more secrets than she can bear about the people who were once her friends.

Review: Mysterious atmosphere, suspense palpable from the first page. Opal is an intriguing main character, and I felt for her, and all the hardships she went through. I enjoyed how the mystery slowly unfolded, and we figured out more and more about the characters. Solid mystery read.

 Shakespeare vs. Lovecraft: a Horror Comedy Mash-Up

Title:  Shakespeare vs. Lovecraft: a Horror Comedy Mash-Up

Author: D.R. O’Brien

Genre: Horror Mash-Up

Rating: 2 stars

Purchase: Amazon

In the same putrid vein as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Shakespeare v. Lovecraft slithers hideously onto the literary mash-up scene, whispering of cosmic horrors and eldritch tales whilst espousing sweet soliloquys and profoundly contemplating mankind’s place in the universe.

Prospero, driven dangerously insane by prolonged exposure to the dread Necronomicon, makes a terrible pact with the titanic alien beast known only as Cthulhu. Now only his enchantress daughter Miranda and a handful of history’s greatest heroes are all that stand between humanity and blasphemous eternal subjugation.

It’s a bloodbath of Shakespearean proportions as Cthulhu and his eldritch companions come at our protagonists from all manner of strange geometric angles in a hideous and savage battle for supremacy.

This horror-comedy novella of 36,000 words will seize you in its clammy grip and not release you until you have gone positively mad with delight! Witness all this and more:

Histrionic Heroes vs. Tentacled Terrors!!! Endless Soliloquys vs. Unnatural Silences!!!

Romeo vs. Mi-Go!!! England’s Royal Beasts vs. A Shoggoth!!!

The Author vs. Iambic Pentameter!!!

Review: Great premise, to combine Lovecraft’s characters and Shakespeare characters. Unfortunately the plot falls short. The first chapter is riddled with adjectives that have little purpose being there. Characters lacked depth and personality, and I didn’t much care for them. A ‘meh’ read.