Urban Lit Magazine Issue 

The 2017 June Issue above has just been released. 

76-pages of content. Featuring both bestselling and indie authors. 

A variety of genres and fun articles. 

Interested in reviewing a free copy, please, email: urbanlitmagazine@gmail.com & use review copy in the subject line. All reviews must be posted within 2-weeks. Reviewers will be asked to send us their review links. 

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Review: Bucket List





Synopsis:

Leah’s run-of-the-mill teenage life has never been too eventful. That is, until the boy-next-door who’s just moved in, turns out to be none other than her old childhood best friend, Damon. Rekindling their friendship, the two become inseparable and life seems perfect, until Leah learns a tragic secret; Damon is terminally ill and has only one more year to live. 
With the clock ticking and time precious, Leah and Damon decide to embark on an adventure to have the time of their lives and cross out every to-do on their ‘Bucket List’. 
On your last journey of a lifetime, what would you hope to find?

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

The Bucket List by Emily Ruben is just as good as her previous novel, I Was A Bitch. Here, I instantly liked the main characters. Two old friends catching up again after five years. I liked their teasing banter. I can feel their emotions as if I were in their shoes. The story is entertaining and enjoyable to read. Humor, friendship, and adventure are inside this incredible book. Once more, Emily Ruben has lured me into her world of fiction. I recommend this novel to young adults and adults everywhere. 

Review: Jennifer Brown’s Journey

Synopsis:

Five feet one and full of fizz, Jennifer Brown lights up the room. She has a gorgeous partner, a wicked best friend, and a boss who doesn’t mind that she’s the worst typist on the planet. She’s loyal, generous and irredeemably ditzy. Everyone loves Jennifer Brown. But can she learn to love herself? When her world caves in, she needs every ounce of her steely core to step back from the abyss and take charge of her life, reinventing herself first as cook and housekeeper to a saucy sexagenarian, then as manager of a tumbledown country estate with sensitive secrets.

Peopled by a battalion of hilarious characters from the caustic, cross-dressing confidant to the besotted ex-boyfriend with a barmy ex-wife, Jennifer Brown’s Journey is a heartwarming, thoughtful, often poignant portrait of the trials of life as a thirty-something woman.Jennifer Brown champions the importance of self-belief, and the value of a bucket-sized glass of wine in a tight spot. And, always in the background, there’s the quiet man with the warm eyes and the velvet vowels. What on earth is Jennifer Brown going to do about him? 

The first in a series of three, Jennifer Brown’s Journey is a story of female self-empowerment and the triumph of the human spirit in the face of challenges that many women will recognise. Lighthearted and poignant, the story gives readers a very real sense of a woman, initially rather ditzy, maturing into a redoubtable, self-possessed individual who faces her many challenges with developing aplomb. 
Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Jennifer Brown’s Journey by Angie Langley is an entertaining book from beginning to end. The main character, Jennifer Brown, is an ordinary woman. She’s stuck at a job that she doesn’t like nor do well. Her episodes of mistyping memos is hilarious. I love her humor. Jennifer isn’t sure what she wants to do. She feels like she’s the only one growing old. Her journey from one job to another is exciting. There is plenty of juicy scenes to enjoy. Drama to respecting herself, Jennifer Brown has a journey that is just beginning. Angie Langley has created a fun atmosphere. Her character feel real. Their troubles are easy to understand. A laugh out loud comedy that is alluring. Overall, I recommend this novel to all. 

Review: Quills and Daggers

Synopsis:

A Collective Novel 

Season 1, Episode 5 
We’ve set the stage, created the characters, and fashioned a world full of twists and turns. Now it’s your turn to sit back and immerse yourself in this incredible series. Each episode weaves the characters and storylines of ten standalone novels together to give you an epic crossover series. We’ve left you breadcrumbs, tidbits of information intertwined throughout our stories. Can you find them? Can you collect the clues we’ve left and become part of The Collective and solve the case? 
Season One 
No one is safe as a killer goes on a killing spree. Will The Collective stop him in time? Will you? Featured authors in order of appearance- Riley Edwards, Erin Trejo, Ellie Masters, Elias Raven, Chris Genovese, and Carver Pike. 
Quills and Daggers – A second chance at love story – Episode 5 
Dead bodies are bad for business. At least that’s what Ivory thinks when a murder takes place a few blocks away from The Motor Quill tattoo parlor. Inking San Francisco’s finest and hanging out with his older, special needs brother, is a routine he’s grown accustomed to. No need to fix something that ain’t broken. 
Breaking things is what Nikki is best at. When she walks back into Ivory’s life, he finds his second chance at love, but he also realizes the skeletons tucked safely in his closet can’t wait to dredge up dark desires. 

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review

Quills and Daggers by Chris Genovese is a well-written romantic suspense collection. This writer has gone beyond in creating a super addictive plot line for readers like myself to enjoy. The characters are three-dimensional. Their lives are complicated and messy. Realistically told. Engaging to read from the first page to the last. I haven’t read the previous books in this series but I definitely will after having read this one. 

Review: A Forever Family for the Army Doc

Synopsis:

Rescued by the single mom
As a nurse and single mom, Izzy Halliday has her hands full. The last thing she needs is the distraction of a maneven one as irresistible as new hospital director Nicholas Macpherson!
Former army doc, Mac, has come to Wetherby to heal his soul but the sparks flying between him and stunning redhead, Izzy, aren’t bringing him much peace! Mac is in search of a quiet life, but time with Izzy and her daughter soon teaches him the unexpected joys of a chaotic family life.

Rating: 4-stars

Review

A Forever Family for the Army Doc by Meredith Weber is a great read. It brings up the life of adoption and adoption families. Not every child goes into a good home. But the main leading female charcater ended up in a home where the people loved her. It was crazy, messy, and good. 

Izzy had it bad. Her life has been going okay, until she meets the new stranger in town. Izzy soon learns that it’s her new boss. That means off limits for her. Dating a previous doctor she worked with has landed her in the zone of ignoring all men. Especially, with what happened with the last boyfriend. 

Mac wasn’t expecting to meet a woman like Izzy. The redhead has his attention from the get go. Instant chemistry. But soon he learns who she is…and that means off limits for him. Izzy isn’t the woman he can just roll in the hay with…and she deserves better. Plus, she has a daughter and is his coworker. Yet somehow, their time together is pulling at their threads and causing them to break…love is in the air. 

A Forever Family for the Army Doc is an entertaining read. I found it realistic. The characters were believable. Their situations kept building into an intense environment leaving me hanging off my seat wondering if it will go anywhere….Meredith Weber’s novel was strongly about family life. I liked that. Overall, I recommend this book to readers everywhere. 

Review: Diving In

Synopsis:

For schoolteacher Nicki Fitch, a summer in Hawaii is the perfect opportunity to overcome a lifetime of phobias and heartbreak. But when she gets to Maui, she discovers the guy who broke her heart in college is living in her paradise. How can she tackle her fears when the biggest one of all is walking around shirtless–and refuses to leave her alone?
About to turn thirty, Ansel has never wasted his life of privilege–if only his father saw it that way. When Dad cuts him off financially, Ansel moves into his family’s vacation home to make his own fortune in real estate. The last thing he needs is his sister’s leggy, beautiful friend distracting him. Unfortunately, he’s had little practice resisting temptation… 
As the days and nights unfold along the luxurious Maui shores, Nicki and Ansel find themselves sharing more and more… and more. But will either one of them have the courage to bring what they find together home with them when the summer’s over? 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Diving In by Gretchen Galway is a steamy contemporary. The romance is brewing to a whole new level. The heat is just right. A school teacher who crushes on her hot friend soon learns that he is engaged to another woman. Feeling a bit betrayed and hurt, Nicki Fitch, leaves for Hawaii. There she gets to stay in a friend’s house while relaxing…but then trouble soon finds her. What she didn’t expect was to find her first love aka crush hotter than ever and living in the same condo…it was his condo. 

But he doesn’t tell her that nor corrects her. She’s gorgeous and something about her…hits him hard. He can’t remember but he definitely knew her…

Nicki finds her friend’s brother at the condo…but he doesn’t recognize her at all. That only makes her feel worse. But as they spend time together, their chemistry levels spike. 

Diving In is intense,sweet, and funny. I loved the interaction between characters. Their issues were realistic. Gretchen Galway created a fun atmosphere with a feel good emotional journey attached. The rode to this new adventure starts out bumpy but ends up smooth…hot, addictive, and entertaining. I couldn’t stop reading. Overall, I recommend this new romance to readers everywhere. 

Review: Drama Luau (A Nicky and Noah Mystery)

Synopsis:

Theatre professors and spouses, Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, are on their honeymoon at a Hawaiian resort, where musclemen in grass skirts are keeling over like waterfalls. Things erupt faster than a volcano when Nicky and Noah, along with their best friends Martin and Ruben, try to stage a luau show. Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is bringing the grass curtain down on male hula dancers—before things go coconuts for the handsome couple. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining fourth novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and aloha! 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Drama Luau: A Nicky and Noah Mystery by Joe Cosentino’s is another grand adventure with this stunning pair. Nicky and Noah are two professors who end up solving cases. Wherever these two go, there’s always a murder investigation around the corner. This time, Nicky and Noah are heading on their honeymoon. Both choose Hawaii as their destination. Not only does murder follow them where they go, but there’s always an opportunity for them to perform a show. 

Joe Cosentino’s has once again, brought all of his usual talents with him. Drama Luau is his newest piece to the Nicky and Noah mysteries. A novel that speaks out for the LGBT community. I love reading Joe Cosentino’s work. He always incorporates major themes into his tales. Each theme brings out a real life issue that readers everywhere can relate to immediately. As with his previous novels, this one was just as exciting. Humor filled the pages. Readers will have found adventure, mystery, and romance with every page. Nicky and Noah are my favorite gay couple. Something about them just lures me further into their story. Funny, clever, and sweet. One teaches fitness the other teaches drama. Their roles as detectives isn’t lost on their friends nor family. I can’t find anything not to love about this series. Especially, Drama Luau. This read had me laughing and falling in love…I was hooked instantly. Overall, I highly recommend Drama Luau to all. 

Review: The Chocolate Touch

Synopsis:

Chocolate expert Chantelle Cummings arrives in Marietta, Montana with two goals—sign copies of her new book and research a quaint local chocolate shop. When she meets a gorgeous guy passing out chocolate samples, her visit turns sweeter than she ever imagined. The man melts her heart, but her dream of working in France with her family makes her hesitant to pursue a romance. 
Former Air Force captain York Parker has one month before embarking upon a consulting career. He never expected to be selling chocolates, but he’s happy to help his sister and her boss. He also likes spending time with sassy, pretty Chantelle. His new co-worker may have the chocolate touch, but he’d rather taste her decadent kisses… That is, until he learns the real reason she’s in town. 
Will the truth harden his heart, or will love pave the way to a sweet future? 

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

The Chocolate Touch by Melissa McClone is another exciting journey that involves chocolates, romances, and hearts on the line. I love chocolate and this book like the others in it’s series have been heart melting. Sweet, decadent, and intriguing. The suspense of what will come between an Air Force captain and a book writer is one that stole my heart. The characters were believable. The scenes made me feel like I was watching them unfold. The writer has a way of engaging her readers like me into her plot. Two alphas working together, fall in love…but can they keep what they have or will their differences set them apart? Truth can set them free or break them into a million pieces. Chantelle and York will both be tested and tempted. I liked the duo combination as it sparked chemistry, heat, and an HEA possibility. Overall, The Chocolate Touch was entertaining to follow. I recommend it to others. 

Review: The Dangerous Billionaire 




Synopsis:

Money doesn’t always change the man in this new standalone romance from Jackie Ashenden.
Navy SEAL Sullivan “Van” Tate has been called home to reluctantly inherit an empire and finds himself facing the most difficult mission of all: love.
“Sinfully sexy.”–Opal Carew on Mine to Take
Nothing about Sullivan “Van” Tate is what it seems. A Navy SEAL raised among the New York City elite, Van prefers heart-pounding action over a Wall Street corner office. But when his adoptive father dies and his business rivals move in to overtake his empire, Van must suit up to save the company and protect the one woman most forbidden to him…and the object of Van’s most dangerous desires.
Chloe Tate is as ambitious as she is gorgeous. With a newfound independence, Chloe is no longer a prisoner on her father’s ranch. But everything changes when losing her father may also mean losing her life. Even with her survival on the line, Chloe can’t deny the burning attraction she feels the moment she locks eyes with Van, her rich, rough and ready, foster brother and the new head of her father’s company. Tall, dark, and muscled, he’s the one man who she has no business being with. But how can she resist a Navy Seal Warrior when he’ll do anything to protect her?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Dangerous Billionaire by Jackie Ashenden was brilliant. A family torn apart by a dead father’s secrets. A man who couldn’t have kids adopted and accepted four children to raise as his own. His heirs. The father is a rich man who made his money from oil. After his death he wrote a will. Stating that his eldest adoptiveson, Van Tate, is the sole heir of both the Tate oil company and the ranch. But there lies the problem…the ranch was to go to the youngest. Chloe Tate was told by her father that’s she would inherit the ranch. However, he’s dead now, and he left behind more problems than promises kept. 

Chloe is called out to New York by Tate. She soon learns that he has inherited everything…including the family ranch. Chloe is frustrated at how Tate makes her feel. Tate, too, has deep feelings for his adoptive sister, Chloe. They both try to push the feelings away. But neither succeed and now, the stakes are high as well as the danger. Secrets…Chloe and Tate both find out her real parentage. Shock isn’t the only emotional released after the news. The emotional journey from beginning to end was intense. Powerfully written and engaging in every way possible. Tate soon becomes exactly as the title suggests, The Dangerous Billionaire. Jackie Ashenden has thoroughly impressed me with her applause male heroes and stubborn heroine. The plot twists were unexpected but very good. Enticing, hot, and sweet. I loved reading this contemporary romance novel. Overall, I highly recommend it to all. 

Review: Losing the Light




Synopsis:

A smart, obsessive debut novel about a young woman studying abroad who becomes caught up in a seductive French world—and a complex web of love and lust.

When thirty-year-old Brooke Thompson unexpectedly runs into a man from her past, she’s plunged headlong into memories she’s long tried to forget about the year she spent in France following a disastrous affair with a professor.

As a newly arrived exchange student in the picturesque city of Nantes, young Brooke develops a deep and complicated friendship with Sophie, a fellow American and stunning blonde, whose golden girl façade hides a precarious emotional fragility. Sophie and Brooke soon become inseparable and find themselves intoxicated by their new surroundings—and each other.

But their lives are forever changed when they meet a sly, stylish French student, Veronique, and her impossibly sexy older cousin, Alex. The cousins draw Sophie and Brooke into an irresistible world of art, money, decadence, and ultimately, a disastrous love triangle that consumes them both. And of the two of them, only one will make it home. 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Losing the Light by Andrea Dunlop is an interesting tale that takes readers to France. Here, I met a variety of characters. Their personalities are different as night and day. Two girls with troubles of their own, soon become friends. Not too long afterwards they meet two others. One is a guy and a cousin to the new girl that they meet. Life appears fun, fast, and exciting at first. Then, things happen…by the time it ends, everything will have changed forever. 

Andrea Dunlop created a suspense yet engaging tale. Young women exploring the world and taking each day as it comes and goes. Adulthood is both a fascinating and terrible thing. Losing the Light is full of adventure, romance, and mystery. The charcaters are unforgettable. Their sorrows, joys, and troubles can be felt with every page. I was intrigued from beginning to end. Friends who are opposites, a rich and mysterious man, and a journey of travel and fun ahead. Overall, I enjoyed reading this novel. The words spoke to me and dragged me along with the characters. I recommend Losing the Light to all. 

Review: The Fifth Petal 


Synopsis:

Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, investigates a 25-year-old triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess Murders,” in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed one Halloween night. Aided by Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims who has returned to town, Rafferty begins to uncover a dark chapter in Salem’s past. Callie, who has always been gifted with premonitions, begins to struggle with visions she doesn’t quite understand and an attraction to a man who has unknown connections to her mother’s murder. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian and sometime-aunt to Callie, is guilty of murder or witchcraft. But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again?

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry is an enchanting read. Immediately, I was drawn ino the fictional world surrounding Salem’s dark past. The characters are quite interesting. One has visions. A local sheriff, John Rafferty, wants to find out if the murders are related to black arts or just vengeance. That’s where the new person, Callie Cahill, comes in handy. Her visions help. At first she struggles with the content of them, but soon manages. Then, there’s the lace reader who helps her husband, John Rafferty. An elderly lady being accused of the crimes is not sitting well with any of them. They need proof and they need to find the real killer before it’s too late. But digging into the past and present will be more dangerous than they think.  Brunonia Barry has created a spellbinding read. I was hooked. The plot itself was enough to drag me further into the tale. The characters kept me guessing as to what lies ahead. Action, adventure, and history coming alive on every page. I loved how the writer took a dark moment in history and wove it into a stunning piece. Overall, I highly recommend The Fifth Petal to readers worldwide.

Review: The Children in the Garden 


Synopsis:

Now that Mikey and his friends have solved the mystery of The Children Under the Ice they are off to solve another murder mystery with the help of a little girl ghost and her dark secret of the children in the garden.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Children in the Garden by R. A. Douthitt is the second stunning piece to this series. I was wowed with the first book, and I’m definitely in love after reading this second one. R. A. Douthitt has done it again. Creating another masterpiece. A tale that both children and adults will enjoy reading. The characters are twelve-year-olds who solve murder cases with the help of ghosts. 

One of the boys in particular can see all the ghosts. All it took was for him to play hockey on an ice pond and since then he has seen ghosts. The first was his uncle and uncle’s friends. Now, we meet a group of boy ghosts who are cruel. They were cruel when they were living and cruel after death. They haunt a garden called Kew Gardens. There they are called for help by a little girl ghost, Irelene. 

She has been told by Mickey’s Uncle Kevin that Mickey is the guy to go to for help. Mickey at this point isn’t too thrilled about solving ghost crimes. His dad is now married to the nice librarian and he has a baby brother named after his Uncle Kevin. It seems after the bad good can happen. But little does Mickey know that the ghosts from the garden are in connections with the ghosts he will meet later. An old book called the Secret Garden with clues from Irelene and a group who want to get revenge on Mickey will keep readers entertained as well as frightened. I couldn’t stop reading it. This book was just as amazing as the first one. Humor, action, adventure, ghosts and danger….The Children in the Garden has it all. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to readers everywhere.

Review: The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts 


Synopsis:
A deliciously charming romance, perfect for fans of Caroline Roberts, Jane Linfoot and Debbie Johnson.

From fairy cakes to first dates!

Maddie Lamington’s dreams are crumbling around her. If she doesn’t come up with a plan to save her little teashop on Sweet Street soon, it might be too late…

So when she sees how the perfect apple crumble brings together her lonely father and faithful customer Birdie, inspiration strikes: she’ll set up a dating night involving all her sweetest bakes.

Luckily, seriously gorgeous Caleb is on hand to help sprinkle a little magic – and a lot of sugar! Could one night of scrumptious first dates fix Maddie’s heartbreak and save her beloved teashop, too?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts by Jennifer Joyce is a fascinating tale. I highly recommend this novel to all women, everywhere. One young women has had her heart broken. Later on, she finds the courage to open up her own business. The Little Teashop. However, the sales are not going well and she may just lose it all. With the help of friends and family, she creates a baking speed date fundraiser. Couples come to meet other singles and taste her delicious bake goods. Maddie hopes the couples find love and most importantly love her baking. If they love her baking, she may have enough customers to stay open. But then, complications set in…like a man name Caleb. His mom is friends with Maddie’s dad. Lately he’s been helping Maddie with her plan to save her business. He comes up with names that make Maddie want to tease him, but there’s the power of attraction that will make Maddie dizzy. Caleb is a good looking man that she could easily love. Only he doesn’t love her back or so, she overheard him say. That’s fine. She wasn’t looking for love, anyway. Then, fate comes bringing them closer and these two plus, their friends, may find cupid’s arrows after all. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. Full of laughter, frustrations, and love. Second chances and new beginnings are found within the plot. Steady but addictive. Overall, I highly recommend this sweet romance to all. 

Review: Tangled Up



Synopsis:

Storm chaser Max Grady can already feel it: there’s a tornado coming to his hometown of Chance, Nebraska. Max is going after it, and the only person he wants by his side is police officer Bree McDermott, fellow adrenaline junkie, his best friend, and the woman Max has secretly been in love with for years. But when a close call with a tornado leaves them lip-locked, Max knows that the danger is only beginning.

Bree is always up for excitement. Her close and sexy encounter with Max is unlike anything she’s felt before, and she wants more. As they work together to help clean up Chance, the air between them crackles with sexual tension. But Bree has a tendency to look ahead to the next thrill, and Max knows it. Now they’re all tangled up as they chase the strongest force of nature on earth: love.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Tangled Up by Erin Nicholas is red hot read. Her characters are bold, sexy, and irresistible. Both Bree and Max are the kind of people that others can trust in…and respect. Both care about their town, Chance. A tornado comes destroying it. Leaving both our heroes to clean it up…

There is a lot of heat. Max tries his best to ignore the way Bree makes him feel. Best friends for twenty-five years. Now, he’s super aware of everything Bree does. He’s doing his best to not take her on the spot. Chasing after the crazy weather leaves them both in danger. Not just physically but emotionally as well…both Bree and Max will have trouble storming it now. Max keeps Bree from being injured. She helps him…and then all bets are off. They make one choice they may finally affect the friendship they have had. It where it will take them is the mystery. Tangled Up is indeed perfect for this book. Both characters get tangled up in more than one way. Erin Nicholas has created the perfect romance. A contemporary that brings readers deep into their lives. I felt like I never wanted to leave. The novel was written in a highly engaging way. Entertaining and intriguing. The intimacy and tension of the relationship inside was powerful. Overall, Tangled Up is a definite must read for all. I loved it. 

Review: River City Dead



Synopsis:

“The third book in a cute cozy series features an appealing heroine with a self-deprecating wit and a determination to never grow old.” – Library Journal (on Smart But Dead)

Advice columnist Aggie Mundeen and SAPD Detective Sam Vanderhoven plan their first rendezvous at a San Antonio River Walk hotel during Fiesta Week—sumptuous sights, sounds, and festivities in the middle of America’s Venice. A vacation from crime and a reset for their tumultuous relationship.

But murder descends on the Casa Prima Hotel. Disturbing revelations surface about the Fabulous Femmes, Aggie’s new friends, holding a convention. Evil emerges at parties in La Villita. Calamity plagues Aggie’s debut dance performance at the Arneson River Theater, the celebration skewed by carousing, crazies, and corpses. Even in idyllic River City, crime complicates relationships.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

River City Dead by Nancy G. West is another exciting mystery. I cannot get enough of Nancy G. West’s main character, Aggie Mundeen. She’s an older woman, clever, clumsy, and lovable. I find her funny. There is never a boring moment where Aggie is found. Readers will be laughing-out-loud and enjoying this new tale. Danger, murder, and complications once more follow the star, Aggie Mundeen. Just when she should be enjoying herself with Detective Sam Vanderhoven, things go haywire. Murder, mayhem, and disaster sons follows on every page. River City is beautiful and a whole lot of trouble. So much that it might just cause a rift between my two favorite characters. Love, trust, and teamwork are just a few themes that are woven into the story. Aggie will have to learn how to work on that trust and teamwork Issue if she and Sam will be an item. The characters are believable and the plot is fascinating. Fast-paced, intriguing, and like an Aggatha Christie novel…River City Dead is one adventure I highly recommend to all. Nancy G. West did it again, in creating a masterpiece that I will never forget. 

Review: The Chocolate Cure



Synopsis:

No more chocolate! No more meddling! No more men!

New Year’s resolutions are great. Announcing them in a crowded bar, with a chocolate martini in her hand? Not Maddie Cash’s finest moment. It’s time this new realtor got serious about her life and this time, she means it.
But when hospital volunteering lands her at the bedside of bruised and battered Mick Meyer, who has no knowledge of Maddie’s reputation – and no memory of the kiss he begged from her during that long, pain-filled night, her best-laid plans are put in jeopardy. It’s not just his sweet tooth that’s tempting her.
The hunky bush pilot with the concussion has an old family property to unload. Making this sale could be Maddie’s professional salvation. But when Mick turns on the charm, she’s in danger of forgetting all her best intentions… on chocolate… on meddling… and especially on men.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

If I could rate this novel six-stars, I would. The Chocolate Cure is exactly that. I am a huge lover of chocolate and found this romance super addictive. Roxanne Snopek writes a hilarious, sweet, yet beautifully realistic story. A story that’s bound to lure readers straight into its plot. Fast-paced, exciting, and hot. The main character, Maddie, has recently given up chocolate, men, and meddling. Boy, does she regret it. Her New Years resolution is hard to stick by…yet somehow she manages to pull it off…well, the avoiding chocolate. Men…and meddling not so. Maddie soon finds her way into hospital victim, Mick Meyer’s life. Including his heart. But neither know it. Mick crashed his plane. He has dizziness and doesn’t want to sit. However, his condition leaves him weaker than his cares to admit. But Maddie his volunteer helper has a way with her calling hands, perfect figure, and love of chocolate that makes Mick want her more than anything…sexy, fun, and absolutely one adventure readers do not want to miss! Overall, I highly recommend it to readers everywhere. The Chocolate Cure was a romance I couldn’t stop reading…

Review: Voodoo Days at La Casa Fabulosa



Synopsis:

When food writer David Dominé buys a three-story Victorian house, little does he know it is located in an enchanted neighborhood, one full of gargoyles and gas lamps, hidden courtyards, towers, turrets, and gingerbread trim. The 1890s structure he will call home becomes known as La Casa Fabulosa–or the fabulous house in Spanish–because of its elaborate façade. His is just one of hundreds of striking dwellings in an area famous for its fanciful architecture and 19th-century charm, however. The neighborhood is also replete with colorful characters–an assortment of vagrants, cross-dressers, gypsies, and random misfits that make life interesting, to say the least. There are even rumors of modern-day witches and voodoo queens. When strange noises and puzzling smells start to keep him awake at night, and bizarre coincidences punctuate his days, he discovers that enchantment can take many different forms. The oddballs and oddities, the weird and wonderful he encounters in this enchanted neighborhood come to life in Voodoo Days at La Casa Fabulosa.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Voodoo Days at La Casa Fabulosa by David Domine is a unique memoir. His writing isn’t anything like others that I have read. If I didn’t know it was nonfiction, I would have thought it was a novel. The creativity and exciting scenes leaves readers with amazing visuals. I can see the writer as each moment happened. His thoughts about how strange everything was…as well as the unexpected outcomes. I love anything with a history. It seems the place the writer bought as his new home, has a ton of it. The architecture is the best. I can only imagine the stories behind it. The characters are eccentric. But they make the reading enjoyable. Some scary, mysterious, and hilarious details will keep readers intrigued. The title of this book also, caught my attention. It pulled me into its contents and from there I was on a journey. Exploring those around the main character. From neighbors to animals, there’s a bit of everything you can and couldn’t imagine. The humor is great. I definitely enjoyed reading Voodoo Days at La Casa Fabulosa, and I highly recommend it to others. 

Review: Emma has A Dilemma 


Synopsis:

Emma has a dilemma, and she doesn’t have a clue what she’s going to do about it! She gets her first F ever on an easy grammar test about nouns and pronouns. Wizard Jake appears out of nowhere when he hears her crying and is willing to help her. He is a genius at grammar and tries patiently to teach her the ins and outs of both nouns and pronouns. Will she learn in time for her make-up test? Or will she end up with a permanent F on her record? 

Only this glorious tale about two people from different worlds can answer that question.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Emma has a Dilemma is a unique and engaging children’s book. Inside the story has a rhyming rhythm to it and the words will lead readers into a fascinating world of fiction. A young girl struggling with learning pronouns and nouns finds help in the form of Wizard Jake. He helps Emma learn both common and proper nouns as well as pronouns. Fun, exciting, and educational. I loved reading this illustrated book. It’s easy to follow along and learn new things. I would recommend this book not only to teachers but also to parents everywhere. Great for both inside and out of the classroom. Makes learning entertaining. 

Review: Imogene in New Orleans

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Synopsis:

At the ripe age of 73, Imogene Deal McGregor has a penchant for following her own instincts, as well as more grit and spunk than her hypochondriac son, Billy McGregor, and Billy’s impulsive partner Jackson Miller can handle. The boys take Imogene to New Orleans with their devilishly handsome English bulldog Goose, hoping to visit friends and attend a second line parade, but moments after arriving in the French Quarter, they find their friend Glenway Gilbert murdered in his art gallery. Immediately, Imogene and the boys run into a temperamental and ethically-challenged lieutenant who appears hell-bent on neglecting the crime, compelling them to seek answers themselves. As they delve into Glenway Gilbert’s murder, Imogene and the boys realize the deceased artist was surrounded by suspicious friends and lovers. With Goose the bulldog by their side, Jackson and Billy seek answers among old friends and new enemies, while Imogene follows her own ideas on the case. But the sooner they solve the murder, the sooner they can get back to catching beads and eating pralines.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Imogene in New Orleans by Hunter Murphy is the second amazing novel in this mystery series. I love the main character, Imogene. A sleuth like no other. Her personality makes her a fun character to follow as a new investigation pops up…sadly this one involves the death of a friend. The lieutenant nearby should be working the case but isn’t doing a thing. Thus, Imogene and her two sons go about the investigation themselves.

Hunter Murphy knows how to create a world of fiction with just the right amounts of humor, suspense, and intrigue. A murder mystery that will definitely entertain fans every time. Visiting the dead’ art gallery for for clues will be interesting as well as long list of suspicious perpetrators. I also loved traveling to New Orleans through this novel. New Orleans has so many possibilities and with this set of characters is makes for a must read. Imogene reminds me of some of my best female detectives and sleuths. Like the lady from Murder She Wrote and Miss Fisher the lady detective. Imogene somehow has qualities of both of these ladies. Hunter Murphy has beautifully created a three-dimensional character that readers can’t help but to love. Imogene in New Orleans is a cozy mystery that I highly recommend to readers worldwide.

Review: Sun on Sundays

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Synopsis:

Sun on Sundays is an emotionally compelling tale of family, friendship and hope. Carrie-Ann is 19 and in love with Tom; she always has been, yet their worlds only touch every other weekend. She had thought that by agreeing to work on Nutt Hill she would get see him far more. Unfortunately that didn’t seem to be the case. But Maggie is a sucker for young love and despite Carrie-Ann keeping her years of yearning close to her chest, one day Tom turns up on the hill. Will he ever see her the way she wants to be seen? Sometimes these things need a helping hand… The second Echoes of Nutt Hill novel.

Sun on Sundays is an emotionally compelling tale of family, friendship and hope. Carrie-Ann is 19 and in love with Tom; she always has been, yet their worlds only touch every other weekend. She had thought that by agreeing to work on Nutt Hill she would get see him far more. Unfortunately that didn’t seem to be the case. But Maggie is a sucker for young love and despite Carrie-Ann keeping her years of yearning close to her chest, one day Tom turns up on the hill. Will he ever see her the way she wants to be seen? Sometimes these things need a helping hand… The second Echoes of Nutt Hill novel.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Once again, Wendy Lou Jones has created another brilliant novel. This new tale is just as sweet and addictive as her other novel that I read. I love how believable her characters are. It’s easy to connect with them on every level. Their dilemmas and troubles seem to be the only thing standing in their way. However, as with everything there’s always help coming on the way. But even with some help there’s still doubt if the new relationship will stay or break.  Themes like family, life, work, and friends are strong in this new novel. I loved the hope that on every page. Despite the circumstances keeping the characters apart, the silver lining of love may just prevail after all.  Wendy Lou Jones has another well-written and well-developed novel for readers to love. I definitely fell in love with all the characters. Funny, sweet, and inspiring. Responsibilities are calling…yet what the heart wants pulls the characters in a different direction. Only they have the power to overcome their troubles. But will they? Overall, I recommend this new story to readers everywhere. I enjoyed reading Wendy Lou Jones work again…her writing is superb.  Sun on Sundays is a must read for all.

Review: Her Fiery Viking


Synopsis:

ATTENTION READERS: This is a sexy SHORT novella. Bite sized for your reading pleasure. 

A thousand-year-old Viking with a curse. A feisty vixen with a fiery passion. What happens when they turn up the heat? A thousand years ago, Mikkel and his family were cursed. The Viking has spent all that time with a temper that gets so hot, he literally bursts into flames… and he’s learned to cope with the tragedy of the results. Now he’s working as a demolition specialist by day and a playboy by night, never letting anyone get too close. 
Joanna is a smart, sexy engineer who’s had it with all the sexual harassment she’s received on the job. When she practically explodes into Mikkel’s life, the heat they feel is undeniable. But just when things begin to sizzle between them, they’re faced with a challenge neither of them saw coming. Will their passion lead to blazing romance, or will they both go down in flames? 

Her Fiery Viking is a short, hot paranormal romance novella. If you like smoldering love stories you can read in a day, then you’ll love AJ Tipton’s standalone installment from the Her Elemental Viking series. 
Buy Her Fiery Viking to start the scorching hot romance today!

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Her Fiery Viking by AJ Tipton is a sexy short romance. One that hooks readers in from the beginning. I was definitely hooked. There characters were interesting. AJ Tipton used just the right amount of paranormal and erotica when writing her book. The combination is superb. Here, readers will meet a man unlike any other. He’s a Viking. Cursed and full of rage. Then, there’s another twist. His soon to be mate is also, a person full of rage at the world. Together they can keep each other under control. All except for the raw desires and attraction. Mega hot, intriguing, and well-written. This tale will entice, entertain, and propel readers to read more by this amazing writer. The talent is obvious. Every page was full of action. The ending was explosive in more ways than one. I truly enjoyed reading Her Fiery Viking. Overall, I recommend to readers everywhere. 

Review: Olive & Jumpy (49-51)


Synopsis:

Oliver is an elegant tuxedo cat, who is full of himself. As a matter of fact he says: “I love myself!”, quite often. Naughty, isn’t he? But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that he has a soft heart and will always want to help others. The great thing is Jumpy’s pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in! He calls her his kangaroo taxi! These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids. A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words. These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value. Love you all! Meow! 

Story 49: Ice – Joey is getting Oliver into big trouble with an ice bear.

Story 50: Mice Chase – Oliver is the tutor of a bunch of mice.

Story 51: Dragon Heat – A naughty dragon is taught a lesson.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Oliver and Jumpy stories 49-51 by Werner Stejskal were absolutely amazing. Again, the beautifully illustrated pages drew me into the stories. Every page was filled with action. Adventures waiting for readers to jump into with Oliver the cat and Jumpy the kangaroo. The first short story in this collection was about ice. Oliver ended up teaching Joey how to skate. But then Jumpy landed into trouble once again. Oliver his friend came to his rescue. However, they both needed to be rescued by a whale who chased off a mean eating polar bear. Then, the next story was funny. Oliver doesn’t eat mice. He chases his mouse friend just for exercise. Until one day, the mouse asks Oliver to chase his six kids around instead. Oliver agreed. But boy, did Oliver get a workout. The six mice had Oliver chasing them around everywhere. The last story was another adventure rescue by both Oliver and Jumpy. They both come across a door that led into a new land. This time they meet a large ant, a giant, and have to capture a fire breathing dragon. This collection of children’s stories are well-written and highly engaging. I loved reading these stories. Werner Stejskal is a talented writer whose work I would highly recommend to readers everywhere. 

Review: You Know Me Well

You Know Me Well: A Novel by [Levithan, David, LaCour, Nina]

 

Synopsis:

Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?

Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other — and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.

Rating:  4 stars

Review:

You Know Me Well by both Nina LaCour and David Levithan is a great read. I thought it was wonderful that they portrayed two opposites sexes, each dealing with feelings towards their same-sex. Here, I experienced what struggles both internally and externally teens face when in love with the gender. Different, new, and a deeper understanding develops after reading this novel. However, I wanted to feel a connection with the characters…one the would stay with me even after I finished reading the story. That didn’t happen for me in this tale.

Inside this engaging title, You Know Me Well, readers get to meet two friends. One is a guy and the other is a girl. Both are dealing with their relationships that nobody but them know about…Kate is in love with another girl and Mark loves his another guy. Each friend is there supporting the other one to go after the one they love. Nina LaCour and David Levithan have crafted a realistic, honest, and gritty tale. One that readers will definitely enjoy time and time again. The main theme that stuck out with me was being true to one’s self and taking the risk of going after what makes one happy. Overall, this was a fun read and I recommend it to others.

Review: Seashell Meditations for Children

 

Synopsis:

A Seashell Meditation for Children combines the entire 10 story collection into one. Now, you get 10 fun and interactive stories that introduced meditation for beginners in the form of a short story rhymes using a seashell as an interactive tool for focus and fun all in one book. Reading the story to the child will guide them through a creative journey as the story takes them to exciting places to use their imaginations and explore. With each story, there is a QR code available to scan with your smart device for background meditation music and sounds while reading the book to the child. There are so many benefits of meditation. It helps to relax kids, teach mindfulness meditation and can create a practice that lasts a lifetime.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Seashell Meditations for Children by Patricia May is a collection of ten short stories. Each story is different, yet each one involves a seashell. The stories are imaginative, creative, and fun. Children everywhere will enjoy following along whether they are read to or they read it themselves. The illustrations are pretty and fit in well with each short tale. Beautiful colors on every page. Relaxing, educational, and well-done. Patricia May has created a book that both parents and children will love to read and explore together. I love how descriptive the stories are. I felt like I could hear and see everything described. Peaceful and highly engaging. Seashell Meditations for Children is a must read for all. I highly recommend it.

 

Review: Under the Sea (Coloring Book for Children)

 

Synopsis:

A Seashell Meditation for Children, Under the Sea, is a unique coloring activity book that contains a short meditation story rhyme using a seashell as a tool for focus and concentration. With a simple and easy meditation technique, even the youngest children can engage and have fun. The book encourages the child to use their imagination while listening to the story as it is being read. The child then can color the pages that corresponds with the meditation story as well as create their own images in spaces provided. Mindfulness meditation techniques help to relax kids, creates many benefits of meditation, and encourages the child to engage and participate. Very interactive and fun for all.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Under the Sea is an excellent coloring book for children everywhere. Inside are pages filled with engaging rhymes, thinking activities, and hands-on skilled activities. Each page has a different request. Hours of coloring…relaxing images. Numbers, rhymes, and questions. Color, count, listen, read, and put your drawing skills to test. I love it. Imaginative…great for children of all ages. Amazing illustrations to fill in with color. Children will be busy filling this creative, inspiring and meditating coloring book. Perfect children’s coloring book for any situation that kids can take with them anywhere. Also, I loved the variety of sea wildlife that’s on every page. Overall, Under the Sea is the perfect coloring book for children. I highly recommend it to all.

Review: Charmingly Yours

 

Synopsis:

For Rosemary Reynolds, life in tiny Morning Glory, Mississippi, is just like the fabric store she runs: it seems she’s always waiting around for someone else to make the first stitch. Then a dear childhood friend passes away, leaving behind a gift that sends Rosemary on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Despite her mother’s protests, Rosemary heads to New York City for a stay in her cousin’s trendy SoHo loft. On her first day in town, a wrong turn leads her to Little Italy…and into the arms of handsome, outgoing Sal Genovese. Sal’s mother wants him to marry a longtime family friend, but to him, Rosemary is a breath of fresh country air, and he’s happy to show her a good time. Soon, Rosemary is swept up in a world she thought only existed in movies. To turn a two-week fling into a forever thing, she and Sal will have to make every moment count.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Charmingly Yours by Liz Talley is extraordinary. A novel about a group of close friends that are attending a funeral for a friend they just lost. Their best friend has written them a letter before she died, giving them a task of things she wants them to do and also provides them the ways in order to get the items  done. For each thing they accomplish, they must add a charm to their friend’s charm bracelet. After each woman gets her individual letter, they read it alone. This tale then focuses on one of the remaining friends. Rosemary Reynolds. She is a super sweet, polite, and always the good girl. Her mother mostly tries to keep her daughter in a bubble wrap world where nothing that the mom likes can change or hurt her daughter.

However, Rosemary Reynolds is a much tougher and sassier lady then all give her credit for…she goes to New York to have a little fun and to let loose before heading back home to her southern town.  While in New York, Rosemary happens to run into a super sexy, funny, and great man. A man who instantly finds himself hopelessly falling in love, with her. Both hang out and soon the sparks are flying everywhere. What started out as a new friendship…soon turns out to be much hotter and sexier than originally planned. Hearts are on the line. Sal lives in New York working at his parents’ restaurant and Rosemary is only visiting for a short time…when the time comes will Sal choose Rosemary or will he choose to live a life his parents want for him? Charmingly Yours is by far the most amazing novel ever. I laughed and cried so hard.  The friends are so close to one another that it’s like I’m one of them the group. They instantly pull me into the journey and I loved every moment of it. Liz Talley is a superb writer. I think of the last time I felt such strong emotions at such an early point in any one novel until I read this one. It truly blew me away. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to readers worldwide, and I look forward to reading the second novel in this series.

Review: Bookish (Adult Coloring Book)

Synopsis:

Finally, a coloring book for book lovers, bookies, readers, bookworms, book nerds and the like. Whatever you prefer to be called, this coloring is perfect for you and anyone who has a love for books. This coloring book shares in your love of reading with over 40 different designs to color, games and interactive pages and some hidden little gems inside.

This adult coloring book is full of some of your favorite book terms and phrases such as; book lover, so many books so little time, once upon a time, and much more. Amazon Best-Selling Author, Martha Sweeney knew that a bookish coloring book needed to be created when she couldn’t find any for herself.

Pages are single sided, allowing those who prefer markets to color also. (Note: A divider is recommended when using markers.)

Martha Sweeney is a self-published author with her debut writing as the Just Breathe series which hit #1 and #13 on the Amazon charts. Currently, Martha is working on several more writing projects which expand into different genres including mystery/suspense, romance and science fiction.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Bookish: Adult Coloring Book by Martha Sweeney isn’t just any coloring book. This brilliantly talented writer has brought her readers and fans a coloring book suited for all book lovers and bookworms alike. This was the most exciting and addictive coloring book, I have received. There are sayings, phrases, and cool activities inside that are particular to reading and writing. Fun, creative, and an endless amount of coloring that will keep adults coloring all hours. I got this adult coloring during the time of my college finals and this was indeed perfect in relieving the stress and anxiety that came with studying and cramming for days…I loved this. It had themes that are perfectly for me as an avid reader and as an adult. Absolutely, a must have for all other bookworms, readers, and other writers. Martha Sweeney continues to amaze me every time. I love her books and the variety of books that she creates for us readers to enjoy for a long time to come. Overall, I highly recommend her Bookish: Adult Coloring Book to readers worldwide.

Book Girlfriends…

That’s right…you read correctly. Book girlfriends. No one has discussed which female characters would make the best book girlfriends. So, I would like to hear from all of you, which female characters would make the best book girlfriends and why?

Two super great book girlfriends that pop into my mind in literature are Jo and Amy from Pretty Little Women. Here, we see two independent women growing up through a difficult time. Each sister is the exact opposite of the other one.

Jo is the typical tomboy. She cuts her long beautiful hair to get money for the family during their difficult time. She easily gets along with the young man next door who falls head over heels in love with her. And there’s no reason why he shouldn’t. Other than that she’s not in love with him in that way. Jo is outspoken, strong, and reliable. She would make a great book girlfriend for anyone.

Then, there’s Amy. Amy is the youngest of the four sisters. Prettiest, fanciest, and most artistic of the sisters. Amy is an artist. She dresses and acts like a proper lady of her time would. She knows how to handle herself, in company, and can make any man bow to her ways. We all know that she finally finds true love in the form of her male neighbor next door. Amy at first seemed like a spoiled girl yet as she grows up the transformation is beautiful and eye-popping.

Now, let’s hear what you think of who would make a great book girlfriend. Comment below!

 

Review: The Beauty and the Feast

 

Synopsis:

Eva Raines is an uncomplicated country girl who’s all about food. Eva moves to the Napa Valley where her culinary skills come to the attention of the owners of a start-up and Eva finds her niche as a personal chef. Now all she needs is a man as perfect as her cooking, but she has serious doubts such a creature exists.

When wealthy entrepreneur, winery owner, and noted lothario, Gabriel Abbott, makes plans to seduce his flavor of the month, his assistant hires All Things to All People to cater a gourmet dinner. Eva expects to use her way with food to showcase the startup. What she unexpectedly discovers is that her culinary skills showcase far more. Gabriel Abbott finds himself seduced by her voice and the sensual flavors and textures of her food and his previous plans are quickly forgotten. He begins to obsess about meeting his little chef in person. He’s not alone. Once Eva hears Gabe’s voice and spends time in his home in the Napa Valley, she begins to wonder about the real man and her dreams of him are so hot they could ignite a barbecue.

When Eva and Gabe finally come face to face, the question is, how hot will their fire burn?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Beauty and the Feast by J.R. Barret is a highly entertaining romance. It’s hot, sexy, and funny sweet. This was the first novel I have read by this talented individual. The characters were fun to read about and follow along with as the plot developed. Readers will be enticed with this title from the first page and onward. Food, culture, and amazing travel readers will get to taste and view when reading this brilliant novel. I found myself completely lost as I read this story. It was like I was right there watching and engaging in the exciting scenes around me. The smells were so vivid that I found myself almost tasting the delicious meals prepared by the main character. She is beautiful, smart, and fun.

J.R Barret’s novel is steady paced and well-written. Once readers open it up to read it won’t be put down until they read the last page. Inside The Beauty and the Feast, readers are taken into a kitchen where we find our main character cooking and then being hosed down by a horny teenage boy. A horny teenage boy that she has to babysit for her boss. He takes great pleasure in soaking her shirts until they are transparent..then leaves grinning like a cashmere cat in Alice of Wonderland. Readers will be intrigued by Eva whose cooking skills will make anyone’s mouth water…especially that of a hot sexy man who heats up her dreams. Gabe is soon led to Eva and unlike most romances..this woman has a lot more than looks that attract a red-blooded male like him. But what fate holds in store for them both is one, readers must find out on their own. I absolutely loved reading this title..the cover and name of the book fit in perfectly with the story and its characters. Spicy, sensual, and masterfully woven, The Beauty and the Feast, is definitely a must read for all.

Review: Just A Number

 

Synopsis:

Not looking for love.

No details.

Follow rules and restrictions.

Only fun. No feelings.

Forever–not an option.

Simple Flings.

They were all just a number.

Dash Oliver and Willow Dane both shared the same philosophy.

That is, until a merger of sorts.

Thrown together by fate or serendipity, was their connection… their chemistry… their compatibility enough to convince them that their rules were made to be broken and that they belonged together?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Just A Number by Fifi Flowers is extraordinary! Her romance automatically pulls readers into her plot and sends them onto the characters journey of a once in a lifetime kind of romance. I loved how beautifully written this story was. Readers will be blown away by both characters view points on what is happening and how they each deal with the attraction. Crazy, insane, and sexy – is exactly what Fifi Flowers brings to her readers. Love is nothing but a hot tangled mess and that’s where both her characters are. A hot mess that neither of them can shake off…This romance was the first that I have read by Fifi Flowers and I highly recommend it to readers worldwide. Addictive, emotional, and highly entertaining novel – Just A Number is indeed a must read for all.

Review: Daredevil (A Leslie & Belinda Mystery)

 

Synopsis:

BONUS – Includes award-winning short story NO WAKE

Move over, Miss Marple; step aside, Jessica Fletcher—there’s a new gal on the case, well, two gals, that is. This pair of sassy, senior sleuths, Leslie and Belinda, are on the hunt for a missing girl; and it leads them on a crazy chase through a dark graveyard with Leslie’s eight-pound-dog, Riff-Raff, right in the middle of all the action. Buckle up and keep your hands and feet inside the car at all times; it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

When the granddaughter of a deceased church member goes missing, the two best friends are determined to solve the mystery and rescue the young woman. It seems no one, including the girl’s father, is all that concerned by her vanishing act, but this pair just knew something’s amiss. Throw in one wandering bear, a flirtatious undertaker, a dustup with a TBI agent, an overweight corpse, and a trip to the Dollar Store for stakeout supplies and you have all the ingredients for one wild adventure. Sticky situations and comedic antics abound when these meddling senior citizens let their curiosity get the better of them.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

 

Daredevil (A Leslie and Belinda Mystery) by Linda S. Browning is absolutely charming, funny, and exciting. Every page is filled with fun, intrigue, and suspense. Two women going about as sleuths…reminds me of Miss Fisher and her woman friend who go about solving crimes together. I loved reading this story. This is definitely one genre that will never go out of style and this book will become an all-time favorite. Readers will be awed and impressed by this magnificent cozy mystery novel.

Daredevil moves at a fast pace and keeps readers turning the pages. A rush of adventure that will keep readers’ adrenaline pumped and keep them guessing. Linda S. Browning is a talented writer indeed and her characters are easy to love. A well-written and fully developed novel that is one thrill ride readers everywhere don’t want to miss. Overall, I highly recommend this title to readers worldwide.

Review: The Spiritshifter

 

Synopsis:

Loi, an amplifier able to help young superhuman Weeia develop their abilities, is found dead of mysterious causes. Amy, like Loi, may be an amplifier. If she gets involved she might be next. Should she risk her life helping, Weeia youth unlock their abilities?

In book three of the Weeia series, Unelmoija: The Spiritshifter, Amy’s courage is tested once again. Her boyfriend Duncan and the Youth for Change leaders want to find out why young Weeia have no abilities. Should Amy get involved? Is it the right thing to do?

They decide to bring Weeia youth to Miami so Amy can try to amplify their abilities without revealing her identity. Behind the scenes, powerful forces oppose her. Will Duncan, her sister Kat and their friends be able to protect her?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Elle Boca has done it again. Inside of book 3, The Spiritshifter, Elle Boca has beautifully spun another suspenseful tale. Readers are pulled into the story from the beginning. The characters like Amy have a way of roping readers into their lives. Realistic characters with extraordinary talents that will blow readers away…The scenes are vivid and will take readers deeper into the danger that’s about to explode…

Elle Boca is a talented writer. Her novels are brilliantly well-written. I can’t find a single one that was not exciting or intriguing. Magic in a world with very ordinary people and some very dangerous magical ones…the fictional world and way of life told in The Spiritshifter entices readers to keep turning the pages and makes them eager to read more. I loved reading this story and the ones before it. I can’t wait to read the next adventure by Elle Boca. Overall, I highly recommend this paranormal  fantasy to readers everywhere.

Review: Mr. Prime Minister

 

Synopsis: 

Alice Summers, sweet, kind and somehow romantic girl next door.

Charles Whitehall, charming, funny and bachelor UK’s Prime Minister.

Alice didn’t know that by helping the most powerful man in the country, her life would do an 180º.  Although being under the eye of a famous man has its perks, she’s not the kind of girl to enjoy the big spotlight and all it comes with fame.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review: 

Mr. Prime Minister is a hilarious yet exciting novel. Readers will fall in love with every page from this brilliant mastermind. Sophie Quinn’s novel takes readers on a journey that will leave them laughing, falling in love, and feeling the fear that comes with unexpected events. Readers will not be able to put this read down until they’re finished reading it. I read the entire book in one sitting. Mr. Prime Minister is addictive, sweet, and suspenseful. A powerful reader that will grab readers instantly and take them on a thrill ride of a lifetime. The characters like Alice (Ali), Tyler, and Charles make this read realistic. Their charms and airs and then the hot romance that brews up…is incredible. Sometimes the first person we fall for isn’t the one for us…it’s that second person, who has been there the whole during our ups and downs that loves us and ….maybe we too love that person. Mr. Prime Minister is a must read for all. I highly recommend this British contemporary romance story to readers worldwide. Sophie Quinn’s novel never disappoints! I loved reading this title, and I look forward to reading more by Sophie Quinn in the future.

 

 

Reading Away…

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It’s 36 degrees here, in Mountain Home, AR. My keyboard feels ice cold. I have 1 exam today and 2 assignments to complete. Reading, Remembrance by Meg Cabot. I have 6 print copies I won online, and I am patiently waiting for their arrival. I know it will be weeks before I get them. Then, I won’t find out until Wednesday, if I will get an additional 7 print copies, in the mail, for reviewing yet. I gobble books down like they were chocolate chip cookies. Stay warm & happy reading everyone!

New Print Arrivals to Review:

  • The Naked Writer
  • Ripe for Murder
  • River Road
  • The Devil You Know
  • Lily and the Octopus
  • The Witch’s Daughter #2
  • The Friends We Keep
  • Gaikokujin- The Story
  • Unruly
  • Szen Zone
  • Onyx Webb Series Book 3
  • Onyx Webb Series Book 4
  • Amish Sweethearts
  • The Grimm House
  • To Catch a Rake
  • Hearing Thoughts
  • The Painting and the Piano
  • Keep You Close
  • Girl in the Dark

New Digital Books to Review:

  • Porcelain Doll
  • Mr. Prime Minister
  • The Watermelon King
  • Devotional
  • The Madness of Mercury
  • Love Walks In
  • Promise Lodge
  • If the Prospect Pleases
  • HIS-PANIC
  • A Song for Giselle

Review: The Seal’s Secret Lover

Synopsis:

The first in the Alpha Ops novella series that features an alpha Navy SEAL who meets his match in a buttoned-up firecracker who is hiding a passionate side.

Logistics director Rose Powell agreed to chaperone her grandmother on a guided tour of Roman ruins on one condition: her brother Jack would come with her. But when Jack backs out, his best friend and fellow SEAL Keenan Parker takes his place. Without a working cell phone, Rose’s orderly world drifts into dreamy days and hot, secret nights in Keenan’s bed. Keenan left the Navy but never made it any farther than Istanbul, much less to a viable future. Until he does, he’ll show Rose things she didn’t know about herself. Can he give his heart and his future to the woman he promised his best friend he’d never touch?

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:

The Seal’s Secret Lover by Anne Calhoun is a novel that will heat up a reader’s night like a match to gasoline.  Never have readers felt a novel that shows them how to both open their hearts and bodies to the unknown. That’s exactly what happens here in Anne Calhoun’s sizziling read. Readers beware of the heat because this book only gets hotter with every page.

A woman who hesitates to complete a task…but only will do it if a specific person comes with her. Just as the agreement is sealed…it crashes hard and fast. Rose Powell is now in a hot seat. She is filled with taking on the task hands-on and that won’t be the only thing that her hands will be busy with.  Keenan Parker magically takes the place of the a man whom he made a promise to and now, with a woman like Rose near him, that promise will be difficult to keep. The instant these two characters meet, the faster the novel spins forward. A man like Keenan is what every woman needs. Someone who makes her laugh, and feel wanted…The Seal’s Secret Lover, leaves readers with intrigue as they read on to find out what happens.

This was the first novel I have read, by Anne Calhoun, and it was everything I could dream of. Fun, sexy, exciting is exactly what The Seal’s Secret Lover is. Readers won’t be disappointed with this military romance. Readers will still be thinking about Rose and Keenan until Anne Calhoun’s next brilliant masterpiece. Overall, I highly recommend this well-written story to readers everywhere.

Science Fiction Fantasy Contest

Science Fiction/ Fantasy Writing Competition will begin on January 4th.
All participants must enter in by January 3rd and pay the $5.00 entry fee.
January 4th begins the first round of writing by participants. All participants will be required to write a 2,500 word story and will have 6 days to write and submit it in to be judged.
Judges will then rate and critique each writing sample. The top 5 from this round will make it to round 2.
Round 2 begins on January 12th. A new topic will be given to the participants and each writer will have 3 days to write and submit a 2,000 word story.
Judges will then choose the top 3 candidates to make it to round 3.
Round 3 will begin on January 18th. All participants will have 24 hours to write a new story given on the new topic given.
Judges will then choose the final winner on January 19th.
All participants will receive a digital seal for each level that they made it to as well as a rating and critique on their writing pieces. All writing samples will be featured one time in our magazine issue.
To enter into the contest, sign up below by filling out the form. We will send a confirmation email and an invoice for the entry fee.

Book Review Coming Soon!

Uncharted Territory (An Angela Panther Mystery Book 3)

Carolyn Ridder Aspenson’s novels are the best mystery/ sleuth novels I have read. I have the third book in this exciting and addictive series.  I will soon be posting the review for this third novel. I can’t wait! Readers will be crying and laughing so hard as the crazy events and mysteries unfold. A wonderfully well written story by a talented writer.

One Page Stories!

Write one page about a character’s story featuring this title – Best Mistake. 

1. Be sure to create a powerful hook that lures readers in from the first page!

2. This character needs to start out one way and then gradually change within your page.

3. Since it’s a one page story, be sure to use the beginning, middle, and ending outline when writing your story.

4. If you need a challenge, you can change view points within your story by having each paragraph dedicated to one character.

5. Once you have finished, send your one page story in by using the form below or email us at: universalcreativityinc.2014@gmail.com . We look forward to reading your submission and publishing it inside of our online creative writing magazine for both readers and writers alike. We will be awarding the top three one page stories with a gold, silver, and bronze medal. The top three winners will not only have their work published within our magazine with their medal, but also with their interviews featured inside as well.

Book Review: A Date with Her Valetine Doc by Melanie Milburne

A Date with Her Valentine Doc by Melanie Milburne is the perfect read for February! It has sparks flying everywhere.Readers will love this sweet medical romance novel. Some might think it’s not for them..but this is definitely a novel for everyone whether or not you are into the medical field. An employee has a boss, Dr. Matt Bishop, who sends er with all kinds of lustful thoughts. What else can a single woman do when her she works every day aong side a hottie? It isn’t long when both have to have to help withthe hospital’s Valentine Ball. Can she really keep Dr. Matt Bishop as an off limits? Or will she finally give into her inner most desires and see where it leads? But what is an employee to do when sparks start to fly back and forth between her and her new boss? Can they still work together and let loose their feelings? Will she remain single forever? Or will Dr. Matt Bishop give her what every woman wants? I hihgly enjoyed reading this spectacular romance between employer and employee. I loved how Melanie Milbourne was able to take her fictional characters and bring them to life with the way of her skills in writing this addictive plot. A very well written story for all readers to enjoy. And definitely a must read for February! Overall, I rate this novel a five out of five stars.

Writing Experiment

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Writing Experiment

For this simple, yet fun experiment, I want you to choose 5 famous men and 5 famous women.

Make a list list for the men & women.

Now these 10 people are to undergo a scientific experiment.

They all have to live in an enormous size dome world where the grass is beautiful, lush and green. Inside this dome all ten have to live together. The rules are simple. They have to work together as a community to come up wit ways to provide their own oxygen, food, water and shelter. They scientisit have supplied them enough to live until the find a way to create their own. You need to choose one of the 10 people as a leader. And put each of the others in charge of:

1)Planting – this brings one of the tings needed for natural oxygen.

2) Digging a well.

3) Milking and feeding cows- this is the other needed part of natural oxygen.

4) Chopping wood.

5) Making a fire for warmth and cooking.

6) Collecting eggs from chickens.

7) Building a shelter and barn for animals.

8) Someone to collect the wool from the sheep.

9) Someone needs to be a hunter.

10) someone needs to fertilize the grounds for planting.

The scientists have paid these 10 famous people to live in this dome as an experiment to see how people come together to survive like they did back in the hunter gatherer days. It’s now up to you to pick the ten famous people. Remember 5 men and 5 women only.  Then assign them one of the 10 jobs. Write what happens when the are assigned their jobs. How do they react? Do they quit, pout, or step up to the challenge. Write about any funny or embarrassing moments that happens to nay of the people while they go about working. Include dialogue between these people.  Do they succeed in creating their own oxygen before their supply runs out? And what are the dangers of living like hunters and gatherers inside a domed shaped world? How do their instincts change? Or will they still be their same casual selves after the experiment is over?

Submit your responses to me at: universalcreativityinc.2014@gmail.com for feedback and critique on your writing experiment These writing experiments will be graded on the following formats:

– spelling

– punctuation

– formatting

– dialogue

– plot

– did it contain a hook?

– was it suspenseful?

– was it alluring?

-was it exciting?

-were there 10 people; 5 men and 5 women?

– was there a job assigned to each person?

– did the writer use action verbs over passive verbs?

– grammar

– character development

                                                Can you do it? Are you up to the writing experiment?

Book Review: The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak

Synopsis:

Just call her Christmas Eve… 

Eve Harmon has always enjoyed Christmas, but this year it reminds her of everything she doesn’t have. Almost all her friends are married now, and that’s what Eve wants, too. Love. A husband and kids of her own. But the B and B she manages, and even Whiskey Creek, the small Gold Country town where she was born and raised, suddenly seem…confining. 
Eve’s worried that her future will simply be a reflection of her past. There’s no one in the area she could even imagine as a husband—until a handsome stranger comes to town. Eve’s definitely attracted to him, and he seems to have the same reaction to her. But his darkly mysterious past could ruin Eve’s happily ever after—just when it finally seems within reach. And just when she’s counting on the best Christmas of her life!

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Brenda Novak’s novel, The Heart o Christmas is an amazing novel. This story is about Eve Harmon who runs a B & B in her small town. There she feels all alone and like her walls are closing in on her life.  She wants kids and a family of her own. Her friends are all married. And to make matters worse, there is not a single guy in her town that she would want to marry. Until, a handsome stranger comes to her town. This sexy man who comes to Eve’s small town is carrying around secrets. Just when the characters seem to be having a time of their life, something happens that breaks Eve’s happiness temporary. Will she and the mysterious stranger have a happy ending? Will his dark secret keep them apart? Or will the spirit of Christmas finally bring the two closer together despite what lies ahead? I enjoyed reading this cozy and delightful novel. This book will charm and dazzle you as the two get closer.  I would recommend readers everywhere to begin reading this stunning romantic yet sassy novel. Overall, I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

Book Review: Falcon Boy: A Fairly Hopeless Hero (Book 1) by Barnaby Taylor

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Falcon Boy is an incredibly amazing novel that readers will fall in love with.  Barnaby Taylor definitely knows how to write unique and interesting plot with amazing characters such as the evil Dr. Don’t Know and the two good characters Falcon Boy and his side kick Bewilder Bird. Exciting new adventures waiting for you! Readers will fall in love with Barnaby’s series. His characters are easy to connect with and pop to life with every page! This is a book that all readers can enjoy reading! The world is going to be destroyed by the evil Dr. Don’t Know. Which means everything and everyone will be gone forever! That is unless someone steps up to defeat Dr. Don’t Know. That someone is Falcon Boy. He has help from his side kick Bewilder Bird. Together they go onto fight Dr. Don’t Know. But will they be able to defeat Dr. Don’t Know? Or will it be too late? I highly recommend this stunning novel to all readers everywhere! This is a book you do not want to miss out on reading! I rate this novel a 5 out of 5 stars.

Story Within A Poem

In this competition, you are challenged to write a poem that tells a story and also rhymes. The winner will have their work published in our monthly magazine featuring their work 🙂 Please post your responses down below in the comment area!

Best of luck! 🙂

April Writing Challenge

Are you ready??!! 🙂

Today’s writing challenege, all of you are to write a short story using only 150 words!!

Write a short story in any genre category.

For help with what to write about for this challenge, write about an event that has happened during this month into a fiction story.

Please post your responses down below in the comment area for feedback!!

Best of luck! 🙂

Hope Renewed- written by me

 hope so deeply renewed,
the sadness of my heart fading in different hues
my mind swirl in with news of love so true
no more shall I feel so blue,
because I have thee
thee is now “we”
our love is all that you and i can see
or so I’m told by the ladies drinking hot tea,
I feel as fresh as the waves of the sea
my heart pounding with it pleas
of this I shall promise nothing more accept joyful glee
and laughters filled with nothing more but hehehes

Poetic Me- written by me :-)

I’m getting fast,
you say?
of this I cannot let pass,
in this u make my day.
such a fine lass,
would follow your way,
in hoping to get past,
to win your say,
your are so fine,
and I clearly hope you understand my line,
for fear I cannot let you dine,
and what you do not know is so divine,
it is you, and your poems too,
that I love ,
and the maker being so proud sends you a sign in the form of a dove.