Book Review: Bowery Girl by Kim Taylor Blakemore

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Author: Kim Taylor Blakemore
Genre: Women’s Historical Fiction
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

From WILLA Award winning author Kim Taylor Blakemore…

“…inspiring and poignant historical fiction novel that will engage readers that are looking for an insightful, yet entertaining read. ” 5/5 stars, Luxury Reader

“lends credence to the millions of historical and contemporary girls who dare to dream in the face of extraordinary challenges.” – Starred Review, Kirkus

“Gang violence, raucous carousing, sex, accidental pregnancy, and crime–not what most will expect from Victorian-era historical fiction. But that’s exactly what they’ll find in this tightly plotted novel…” – Booklist 

NEW YORK, 1883: Gamblers and thieves, immigrants and street urchins, Do-Gooders and charity houses, impossible goals and impossible odds. The Bowery is a place where you own nothing but your dreams. And dreams are the only things that come cheap for pickpocket Mollie Flynn and prostitute Annabelle Lee.

Pleasure is fleeting – and often stolen. Nights at Lefty Malone’s saloon, sneaking into the Thalia Theatre. Then it’s back to their airless, windowless tenement room and the ongoing struggle to keep a roof over their heads and bread in their stomachs.

The Brooklyn Bridge is nearing completion, and things are changing in New York City. The two women fantasize of starting a new life across the East River. Nothing but a flight of fancy, perhaps, until wealthy Do-Gooder Emmeline DuPre, who has opened the Cherry Street Settlement House, steps into their lives with her books, typewriters, and promises of a way to earn a respectable living. Despite Mollie and Annabelle’s fascination with the woman and what she offers, is Emmeline helping or meddling?

Is it really possible to be anything other than a Bowery Girl? Mollie and Annabelle will have to decide exactly who they are, and what sort of women they want to be.

In Bowery Girl, Mollie and Annabelle struggle with day-to-day life in the streets of New York at the end of the nineteenth century. The girls live in poverty, and the circumstances they live in are far from ideal. Mollie is the rational, practical type while Annabelle is the dreamer of the two of them, although they do share the fantasy of starting a new life across the river. Both of them have an unique personality, and together, their dynamics are intriguing. I found Annabelle the most interesting of the two of them. Being pregnant, she wanted to turn her life around, and she was brave and a good friend, and wanted to do what was right for her unborn child, all admirable traits.

My favorite part of the book was no doubt the setting and the author’s attention to historical detail. Reading this book made me feel like I left in New York in 1883s. The characters are portrayed well, and with historical accuracy too (as in, they don’t act totally out of character for how women would behave in that age). Too often I see contemporary characters thrown in a historical setting and half-expect them to dig out their cellphones halfway through the book, but not here.

The writing is pretty decent, and overall, it’s an enjoyable story about daring to dream even when your dream doesn’t seem that likely of coming true.

Book Review: Reluctant Cassandra by Ellen Smith

ReluctantCassandraTitle: Reluctant Cassandra

Author: Ellen Smith

Genre: Southern Women’s Fiction

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

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

Nothing much changes in historic Eagle Valley, Virginia. That’s a good thing for Arden McCrae. It’s easier to manage her visions of the future when there isn’t much to see. Arden would rather stay buried in the cool certainty that comes with stories of the past. Fortunately, running the local antique store and keeping up with the Eagle Valley Historical Society gives her plenty of history to hide behind.

When her aging parents are forced to sell their farm to pay for medical care, Arden sees big changes ahead. The sale threatens the historic status of Eagle Valley, and Arden’s own store is in peril. Meanwhile, her father’s rapidly advancing Alzheimer’s keeps him locked in a heartbreaking past. The rest of the McCrae family is left to make difficult decisions for the days to come.

The future that nobody wants is descending fast, and Arden must face the visions she’s always avoided. Soon, her town is divided over their historic status and her family is shattered by her father’s declining health. Arden will have to choose whether to fight to preserve the past or learn to embrace the future.

Reading Reluctant Cassandra was tough for me, and I’ll start by saying why. It’s a good book, and it describes its characters, setting and events well. One of those events is how the main character’s father struggles with Alzheimer and his condition grow worse every day. It was tough reading this because my Grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer a few weeks ago, and her condition goes downhill fast. A lot of the scenes with Arden’s father hit a nerve for me, because I’m going through the same thing with my grandma. I can’t imagine how much worse it has to be when going through something like this with a parent.

Despite that, the reason why I wanted to read this one so badly was because of the mention of Alzheimer. I wanted to see how others dealt with having their loved ones go through such ordeal.

But while it was a tough read, that also shows just how good the book is. The reader can’t help but connect with Arden, with her fears and struggles, and to cheer for her, even when everything seems to turn against her. I admired her for her strength and weaknesses alike, and even for the gift/burden she had.

It’s a great book, with fluent writing and interesting characters. Fans of women’s fiction will love it.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party for A Navigator’s Tale: The Arcane Map of West

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for science-fiction “A Navigator’s Tale: The Arcane Map of West”. The tour runs from May 29 to June 12.

Tour Schedule

May 29th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

May 30th: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

May 31st: Promo Post @ Nat’s Book Nook

June 2nd: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

June 4th: Guest Post @ Bedazzled Reading

June 6th: Promo Post @ The Single Librarian

June 8th: Book Review, Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ A Virtual Hobby Store and Coffee Haus

June 10th: Book Excerpt @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

June 11th: Promo Post @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

June 12th: Author Interview @ C.A. Milson’s Blog

About the Book

Navigator's Tale eBookTitle: A Navigator’s Tale: The Arcane Map of West

Author: D. Martin

Genre: Science-Fiction

A dangerous man and an unbelievable offer—she should have run….

Starship navigator Hanna Baskira is entangled in a job contract with a hostile merchant-trader who doesn’t trust women pilot-navs. Captain West has hidden agendas. He’s also the commander of an elite military crew. They’re the intersystem government’s secret weapons—and the captain is the most dangerous weapon of all.

He plans on using Hanna in his espionage against an intersystem rebel network, but the captain has a thing about sharing plans…. And she has trust issues with the military.

If she wants to survive her new job, Hanna must trust the unpredictable captain of secrets and resist her attraction to him.

Author Bio

dmartinMartin likes science and finding out how things work. She has a science degree from Eastern Illinois University, where modern dance and creative writing also caught her interest. Her professional career as science researcher has ranged from biochemistry to industrial chemistry applications. She retired to pursue a lifelong dream to write.

She believes a person can never have too many books. She reads everything, but is fond of Sci-Fi fantasy and romance. She’s a sporadic gardener, who’d rather write than pull weeds. World cultures and their foods fascinate her. She loves Sci-fi movies. She once wanted to be an astronomer and adores the NASA app on her phone.

She lives in the Midwest with her husband and daughter, who are both very understanding when she’s off the planet writing.

Links

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Twitter: @DorisDmartin

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/doris.martin.332?fref=ts

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Book Review: The Family Tree by John Everson

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Author: John Everson

Genre: Horror

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 3,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

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

Its roots are old…and twisted! The blood of the tree is its sap. It has sustained Scott Belvedere’s family for generations. It’s the secret ingredient behind the family’s intoxicating ale and bourbon, among other elixirs. But only when Scott inherits The Family Tree Inn, deep in the hills of Virginia, does he learn anything about his family, its symbiotic history, or the mammoth, ancient tree around which the inn is literally built. And after he stumbles upon the bony secrets hidden in its roots, while in the welcoming arms of the innkeeper’s daughter, he realizes that not only is blood thicker than water-it’s the only thing that might save him from the hideous fate of his ancestors…

The Family Tree is a rather unique horror story set in The Family Tree Inn, an inn that has been in Scott Belvedere’s family for ages but that he’s only recently inherited. So far the story sounds pretty familiar, but then it introduces a few enticing twists: the sap of the tree, its blood, is the secret ingredient behind his family’s ale, and it has more side effects than Scott has knowledge of. He moves to the inn to find out more about his heritage and to learn about his family, but he never suspected to end up knee-deep into a nightmare. As he discovers one secret after another, and he gets the feeling something isn’t quite right about the inn, he stumbles upon a horrifying truth that might cost him his life.

Let’s start with the good. The author includes several erotic scenes in the book, but they make sense – they’re there for a reason, it’s not just sex just for the sake of adding in sex. The characters are real, and they each have their own quirks and personality, however the reader doesn’t connect with them, which is probably a good thing. If anything, the more I got to know the characters, the more alienated I felt from them.

The downside was that I couldn’t relate to Scott either, who is probably the only character one should really relate to while reading this book. That’s the only downside I could find to the book though: the writing is excellent, the pacing is fast, and the story screams originality. Too bad I couldn’t relate to the main character, else I would’ve given this a higher rating.

Only $0.99 for Granted Wishes!

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“Granted Wishes”, a contemporary romance by author Tanya Vought, is only $0.99 from May 29 to May 31.

Get the book while you can!

About the Book

23841112Title: Granted Wishes

Author: Tanya Vought

Genre: Contemporary Romance

A decision that will change her life forever.

After the loss of her husband, Gracelynn Calhoun has struggled with her life and career. Forced to take a four week vacation or be fired from her job, she surprises everyone including herself and agrees to the vacation.

The owner of Antonetti Suites, Giovanni works hard and doesn’t have time for relationships or love. That is until he literally crashes into Gracelynn. She brings back all the feelings he thought he would never feel again.

With the odds stacked against them in every way possible, will they forge ahead together or will this be the end of the road for their newfound love? Will the whispers from above bring them together or will misunderstandings ruin what could be an amazing second chance at love?

Buy from Amazon.

Reviews

“Beautifully written story that has you feeling you are part of the story. Makes you feel every emotion the wonderful characters are experiencing and keeps you wanting more!! I too am a hopeless romantic and this book had me laughing, crying and feeling hopeful that true love does still exist!!! I can’t wait for the next release in the series!!!”

“Granted wishes is a magical story of love lost and new beginnings.”

“Gracelyn and Giovanni story was so beautifully written that it captured my heart. This story has everything fate, faith, love, loss, grief, letting go, finding yourself, second chances, miracles, and soul mates. Get your Kleenex box handy as there are some tear jerking moments.”

Brew up a cuppa, curl up in soft armchair and prepare to be entertained.

he premise of this book was an incredible tale of immeasurably and everlasting love, despite the fact that many would scoff at the possibility.

About the Author

Tanya Vought is a hopeless romantic. She loves reading, writing, singing and doing crafts with her children. What started as a lifelong dream became reality. She’s overjoyed that readers will get to read her debut, Granted Wishes. She loves her characters sexy and sassy. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two amazing and imaginative children.

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Book Review: Better Left Buried by Belinda Frisch

Title: Better Left Buried

Author: Belinda Frisch

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

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

Better Left Buried is a gritty coming of age tale about the power of repressed memories and the loyal, emotional connection forged between lifelong friends. Touching on issues of suicide, addiction, and mental health, this story will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

A spirit board, a murder, and a cold case that refuses to stay hidden.
Harmony Wolcott’s already difficult life is about to get harder when her recurring nightmare takes a paranormal twist. Haunted, terrified, and questioning her sanity, Harmony must relive an event she refuses to remember, even if it costs her life.
What starts as a message from beyond the grave turns into something dangerous that won’t be ignored. The only way to stop it is to understand who it is and what they want. Together with her best friend, Brea, Harmony investigates her childhood, starting with the mysterious street address someone or something has given her.
The dilapidated home seems like something from another lifetime, a place of mixed memories where Harmony and Brea’s friendship had started, and where their families’ lives had intersected years earlier. What happened there might well be the town of Reston’s best kept secret.
A tragic discovery threatens to unravel Harmony’s patched together life, bringing those she loves down with her and proving with devastating consequences that sometimes the past is better left buried.

In Better Left Buried, teenager Harmony Wolcott pulled the worst card you can pull in life. She’s haunted by nightmares, her mother is an alcoholic trying to drink herself to an early grave, and pretty much everything in her life that could go wrong, has so far gone wrong. She’s a tragic character, a girl whose past forces her to make one wrong choice after another. The only bulb of light in her life would be her best friend, Brea. Brea is always there for her, she’s bright and shiny whereas everything else in Harmony’s life is dark and dull.

Harmony lives with her boyfriend Adam since her mom can’t take care of her life, and she’s constantly running about trying to make sure her mom doesn’t kill herself, and meanwhile trying to persuade social workers not to put her in a group home. Like that isn’t tough enough, Brea’s mom complains a lot about her spending time with Harmony, and their friendship goes downhill fast. And every night, Harmony is plagued by nightmares and ends up waking up at the exact same time.

As a reader, you can’t help but root for Harmony. While she makes one wrong choice after another, you keep on hoping that she’ll somehow get back up and put her life back together. The writing is excellent and pulls you in from the first page.

Now, why the book lost a stars. It was marketed as a horror book (messages from the beyond, the nightmare taking a paranormal twist) so I expected a ghost. Imagine my dissapointment when the main storyline didn’t focus on the paranormal at all. If anything, the book is more like a mystery or a dark contemporary YA. I wouldn’t classify it as horror at all.

If you go in expecting horror…well, you’ll be dissapointed. If you don’t go in expecting a horror story, or something paranormal, you’ll find an interesting read with a slightly predictable ending, but with enjoyable characters and an interesting dynamic between them.

Author Interview with Lily Iona Mackenzie

Today I’m interviewing Lily Iona Mackenzie, the author of Fling! a comedy that sounds hilarious. Thank you for answering my questions!

How long have you been writing?

When I was 13, I started a diary, but I was afraid someone would see what I had written. I do recall using a coded language that I can’t remember. I would love to see those pages again so I would have a better sense of my writing self at that age. I didn’t start keeping a diary again until I was in my mid-20s and going through a deep depression. The writing was my attempt to understand what was happening. I began then to journal daily not only about what I was thinking and feeling, but I also recorded my nightly dreams. I’ve continued this practice ever since, learning much about myself in the process. I feel the keeping in close contact with my dreams has fed my writing and enriched my imagination. At this time, I also started exploring the craft of writing, entering an undergraduate creative writing program.

What is your favorite genre to write?

I entered SF State’s Master’s in Writing Program as a poet, but I took a couple of fiction craft classes and workshops. Since then, I’ve published widely in poetry, short and long fiction, and essays. Each genre satisfies a different need for me as a writer, so I don’t have a favorite. Some days I’m drawn to fiction. Others poetry. Still others expository writing.

Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

I’ve tried to write a play. I’ve also written scripts for a radio show a friend and I produced on the former KTIM in Marin County, CA. And I’ve flirted with a screenplay. But none of these genres interests me because I love writing narrative and description. Focusing mainly on dialogue and staging doesn’t please me so much.

Please tell us about your book.

I’ve actually written four novels, but Fling! is the one being published in July 2015. It began because I was curious about my mother’s mother, someone I had never met. Early in the 20th C, my grandfather, a former Scottish schoolmaster, had immigrated to Calgary, Canada, hoping to find a better life there for himself and his family. Meanwhile, WWI broke out, and his wife and four kids couldn’t join him for seven years. When they did, my grandmother couldn’t adjust to the brutal winters or to her husband. After being there a year, she moved out, refusing to put up with my grandpa’s meanness, and became a housekeeper for a wealthy family. The story is that her boss took her to Mexico with him. She never returned. I wanted to try and recreate what life might have been like for her once she left Canada, and that then brought in a number of other characters that inhabit the novel.

Here’s a brief description:

When ninety-year-old Bubbles receives a letter from Mexico City asking her to pick up her mother’s ashes, lost there seventy years earlier and only now surfacing, she hatches a plan. A woman with a mission, Bubbles convinces her hippie daughter Feather to accompany her on the quest. Both women have recently shed husbands and have a secondary agenda: they’d like a little action. And they get it.

Alternating narratives weave together Feather and Bubbles’ odyssey. The two women travel south from Canada to Mexico where Bubbles’ long-dead mother, grandmother, and grandfather turn up, enlivening the narrative with their hilarious antics.

In Mexico, where reality and magic co-exist, Feather gets a new sense of her mother, and Bubbles’ quest for her mother’s ashes—and a new man—increases her zest for life. Unlike most women her age, fun-loving Bubbles takes risks, believing she’s immortal. She doesn’t hold back in any way, eating heartily and lusting after strangers, exulting in her youthful spirit.

Readers will believe they’ve found the fountain of youth themselves in this character. At ninety, Bubbles comes into her own, coming to age, proving it’s never too late to fulfill one’s dreams.

Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?

I love all of the characters for different reasons, so I don’t have a least favorite. Feather often acts as a foil for Bubbles, her mother, who is really the heart of the book. She’s a kind of savvy female Mr. Magoo who gets into very funny situations. The grandmother turned out to be a complete surprise to me. She’s much different from what I imagined she would be. I can’t say much more about her here because I would give away too much of the story

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

Oddly, it was making Bubbles likeable for the reader because, while she’s a humorous character, she also can be frustrating for Feather to deal with. So I had to show through Feather’s gradual acceptance and appreciation of her mother a way for the reader to also love Bubbles.

What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

I try to write a minimum of one hour per day. I usually can fit in that amount of time, and I’ve produced an amazing amount of material over the years as a result: three poetry collections, one of which is published; four novels, two of which are on their way to being published, and I’m sure the other ones will be as well; a short story collection; travel articles; reviews; memoir; and much more.

As for what I need to start writing, it depends on the genre I’ll be working in that day. If it’s poetry, I find it inspiring to read a few poems before I begin. With fiction, I always have to review an earlier section so I can enter the rhythms again of the prose and reconnect with the character(s).

How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

 I keep lengthy notes on all of my novels. They’re part of the writing process for me. So when I reviewed the ones for Fling!, I was surprised to discover I actually started the book in 1999. I probably completed it around 2008, but I also worked on other projects in the meantime. I like to have multiple things in process. If I get bored or stuck with one, then I have something else to work on.

 I sent Fling! out over the years to numerous NY agents, but no one picked it up for representation. I decided then to send it to a professional editor in 2012, and he gave me good feedback that helped me to do more rewriting, ultimately leading to the version that will be published.

Can you tell us about your editing process?

I love rewriting, which means I love shaping and reshaping sentences. I love letting words spark other words that take me in directions I might not have thought of originally. I also enjoy not having a map of where I’m going and letting the characters and situations show me the way. It’s a dynamic process, and that’s what keeps me engaged as a writer.

Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

 No. I feel finished with these characters.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?  

Write. Rewrite. Write some more. Get feedback from respected editors. Revise, revise, revise. Keep writing.

Why should everyone read your book?

 The book should appeal to a broad range of readers. While the main characters are middle-aged and older, their zest for life would draw readers of all ages, male or female, attracting the youthful adventurer in most people. The heart of the book is how they approach their aging selves and are open to new experiences.

If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

It’s hard to choose just three! There are too many that I love, and for vastly different reasons. But who wouldn’t want to meet Shakespeare, the master. I’m amazed at his output with only a quill pen and would want to know how much of his personal life contributed to his work.

Virginia Woolf’s lyrical prose is very seductive. I would like to ask her how she carved out a place for herself in English letters among all of the famous men.

A more contemporary writer that I would love to meet is Gabriel Garcia Marquez. His One Hundred Years of Solitude found me at a time when I needed a model for the magical realism approach that seems natural to me and inhabits much of my work. I’ve read nearly all of his books and return to them frequently for inspiration. He’s a kind of muse.

What inspired you to write your book?

I believe I answered this question above.

Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

I’m two-thirds of the way through a collection of short pieces entitled The Sinner’s Club. Each character is part of the same church setting and has an intriguing story to tell. The various sections offer a kaleidoscopic view of this religious community and its characters’ foibles.

About the Book

Fling_Front-200Feather, an aging hippie, returns to her Calgary home to help her mother, Bubbles, celebrate her 90th birthday. Bubbles has received mail from the dead letter office in Mexico City, asking her to pick up her mother’s ashes, left there seventy years earlier and only now surfacing. Bubbles’ mother, Scottish by birth, had died in Mexico in the late 1920s after taking off with a married man and abandoning her husband and kids.

A woman with a mission, and still vigorous, Bubbles convinces a reluctant Feather to take her to Mexico so she can recover the ashes and give her mother a proper burial. Both women have recently shed husbands and have a secondary agenda: they’d like a little action. And they get it.

Alternating narratives weave together Feather and Bubbles’ odyssey with their colorful Scottish ancestors, creating a family tapestry. The “now” thread presents the two women as they travel south from Canada to San Francisco and then Mexico, covering a span of about six months. “Now” and “then” merge in Mexico when Bubbles’ long-dead mother, grandmother, and grandfather turn up, enlivening the narrative with their antics.

In Mexico, the land where reality and magic co-exist, Feather gets a new sense of her mother. The Indian villagers mistake Bubbles for a well-known rain goddess, praying for her to bring rain so their land will thrive again. Feather, who’s been seeking “The Goddess” for years, eventually realizes what she’s overlooked.

Meanwhile, Bubbles’ quest for her mother’s ashes (and a new man) has increased her zest for life. A shrewd business woman (she’s raised chickens, sold her crafts, taken in bizarre boarders, and has a sure-fire system for winning at bingo and lotteries), she’s certain she’s found the fountain of youth at a mineral springs outside San Miguel de Allende; she’s determined to bottle the water and sell it.

But gambling is her first love, and unlike most women her age, fun-loving Bubbles takes risks, believing she’s immortal. Unlike her daughter, Bubbles doesn’t hold back in any way, eating heartily, lusting after strangers, her youthful spirit and innocence convincing readers that they’ve found the fountain of youth themselves in this character. At ninety, she comes into her own, coming to age, proving it’s never too late to fulfill one’s dreams.

Fling, a meditation on mothers and daughters, and art suggests that the fountain of youth is the imagination, and this is what they all discover in Mexico. It’s what Bubbles wants to bottle, but she doesn’t need to. She embodies it. The whole family does.

 

Book Tours: Starter Day Party for Why Women Cheat

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for non-fiction “Why Women Cheat”. The tour runs from May 28 to June 28. I will review the book on June 20. Stay tuned for the review and meanwhile, enjoy visiting the other tour stops!

Tour Schedule

May 28th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

May 28th: Promo Post @ Indy Book Fairy

May 30th: Author Interview @ Author C.A. Milson

May 31st: Promo Post @ The Single Librarian

June 1st: Promo Post @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

June 2nd: Book Review @ Bedazzled Reading

June 4th: Promo Post @ Bookaholic Ramblings

June 6th: Promo Post @ The Book Gazette

June 8th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

June 10th: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

June 12th: Promo Post @ The Reading Guru

June 14th: Promo Post @ The Book Daily

June 16th: Book Review @ A Virtual Hobby Store and Coffee Haus

June 17th: Promo Post @ Hollow Readers

June 18th: Promo Post @ Bookish Madness

June 20th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

June 22nd: Promo Post @ 365 Days of Reading

June 24th: Promo Post @ Undercover Book Reviews

June 25th: Book Review @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

June 26th: Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

June 28th: Book Review @ Books are Forever

About the Book

ebookcoverfinalTitle: Why Women Cheat: Confessions of a Pickup Artist

Author: Daniel Gray

Genre: Non-Fiction / Relationships

Why do women keep falling for pickup artists?  I’ve seen it with my own eyes many times.  I’ve witnessed the inner transformation take place right in front of their significant others; unbeknownst to them.  it’s as if I, and people like me, exist in an alternate universe; like the Matrix.

This book is about:

*Lifting the veil of pickup artistry.

*Informing women about the most popular tactics.

*Teaching attached men how to use these tactics on their own women.

In truth, such a subject is difficult to explain in words.  Many guys, including myself, spend thousands of dollars to learn directly from someone who knows.  I attempt to bridge that gap with three anonymous female writers from around the world.  They are informative and entertaining.

After reading this book, women will have a clearer understanding about what motivates them, and men will recognize that unknown thing that has escaped them their entire lives.  Men and women, single or attached will find this book eye opening.

What are you waiting for?  Don’t you want to know why women cheat?

Buy the Book on Amazon

Author Bio

By the time Daniel Gray was 24 years old he had sex less than 30 times.  As a member of the world famous chess team, The Raging Rooks, and a professional chess coach he decided to study the subject of women intensely.

Writing “Why Women Cheat” was part therapy, part confession, and partly to share with others what he thinks is lacking in most relationships.

Though Daniel has had success with women, he has been celibate for the last 3 years.  Hopefully, not for much longer.

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Book Review: Aberrancy bu Su Halfwerk

AberrancyTitle: Aberrancy

Author: Su Halfwerk

Genre: Horror

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Smashwords  |  B&N

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

Robert Williamson, esteemed judge, adoring husband, and doting father, has his flawless life snatched away, leaving him damaged beyond repair—damaged by a witch whose taunting presence spells his destruction.

Before exacting his revenge, Robert is hell-bent on digging out explanations.

His demands are wild, his interrogation method peculiar, and what he seeks most might well cost him what remains of his sanity—and he knows it.

Despite horrible odds, Robert refuses to give in.

Aberrancy is a gripping dark tale of lives lost…to a different kind of evil.

In Aberrancy, Robert Williamson used to have it all. He was a doting father, had a loving wife, he worked as a judge and enjoyed his job. But then, all of those things are taken away from him, one by one, leaving him alone, a man destroyed, a man willing to do whatever it takes to get his vengeance. What little sanity he has left, he’ll use to receive his vengeance, whatever tools at his disposal, he’ll make use of them. He’ll do whatever it takes to destroy that what almost cost him his life.

I won’t get into detail as to what or who caused him this much damage, but it’s made clear early on in the book who he suspects is behind it. Aberrancy, at first, reads like a psychological horror, if you rely on the blurb, but it’s actually more a mix of psychological and supernatural.

The story has an interesting set ups, with the main narrative jumping back from present to past time, and often interrupted with interludes, mini-stories, woven throughout. It makes for an interesting reading experience, and it allows further view into the mind of the main character.

The novel has quite a few original concepts, and as such, stands out from most of the horror books out there. It’s a quick read (barely reached 80 pages in the pdf format) but it’s not a book you’ll easily forget. The writing is great, and the story has a slow build-up but features plenty of creepy or gorey moments throughout to keep the reader entertained.

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Eighteen year old Gray McAllister is on the run. Leaving her dangerous past behind her is easier said than done, even when she finds herself at last able to forge a new life.

But then the planets align and Gray finds herself bumping into super-hot Thane Blackwell. Drooling over him from afar is safe but that’s only until she is forced to look after Thane while he recovers from surgery.

Being holed up in her apartment is a bad, bad idea. Can Gray control the fire that Thane seems to light inside her, or will she give in to her deepest desires. Can Thane achieve his goal without hurting Gray in the process?

The stakes are impossibly high, but love and lies don’t play nice with each other. Will Gray’s past catch up with her first? Or will Thane’s own secrets explode and tear them apart?

 

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Book 2 in the Desperation series.

Gray McAllister is taken back to Roshkov’s house, having found that leaving her past behind is nearly impossible.
Thane Blackwell is determined to save her, and will go to any length to succeed.

Gray’s heart is broken, her freedom taken away, but she is still protected by Alexei. But reality has a way of laying the cards on the table and with the harsh truth of sex trafficking staring Gray in the face, she soon faces a decision that will change her life. And maybe put her life in danger.

Can Gray go up against her captors? Can she do some good while she is held within the mansion? And when the time comes will she be able to lay her life on the line for all the women held in the basement?

The stakes are impossibly high in this final installment of the Desperation series, but courage, family and love may be the only way to come out alive.

About Toni Vallan

Toni Vallan is the author of two contemporary titles in the contemporary suspense series DESPERATION, and her ongoing Thriller line. Toni loves the dark side of the soul, and studied to become a neuropsychologist. A career path taken over by her first love – writing.
Toni lives in the land of the Hobbits, and secretly wants a Hobbit house, although her husband and two daughters may not agree.