Friday, November 30, 2012

Laura By E.H James Review

Laura By E.H James
He was a salesman, traveling lonesome roads, eating in out-of-the-way places. A stranded traveler, standing on the roadside, was nothing new to him. But the quiet young woman in the wet dress needed a help he could not give.

Laura is a haunting short story about love lost. George is a salesman traveling down a lonely country road one night when he runs into a strange silent girl on the side of the road. And here endeth my summary because I’m afraid if I tell you more than that, I’ll give too much away! You’re going to have to read it for yourself to find out more…
I liked this little short story. The author gives us simple but compelling imagery. There are no wasted details here or monotonous meandering. E.H. James gives us a short, sweet read that leaves you wanting more. My only complaint is that I wanted to linger in the scenes a little longer and I can’t think of any higher praise to give a story teller. Well done! I will definitely read more of E.H. James in the future.
Review is by Kristi J. Thank you so much for helping me. =D


The Coffee Shop By Lauren Hunter Review

The Coffee Shop By Lauren Hunter

If Derrick thought experiencing alternate timelines and glimpses into the future was strange then he had no idea it was about to get far more strange than he ever imagined.

When Derrick Sloane meets Annie Maddock and falls madly in love, he believes he's met the girl of his dreams. Only he then awakes to discover she is exactly that...nothing more than a dream. Disheartened, he goes to the first coffee shop he can find. There he meets Annie. She is at the same table, reading the same book, and he fast realizes his dream has shown him his own future. But when a misstep alters that perfect future he tries to fix it, every attempt only making it worse.

Can he fix what he has changed? Should he even try?

 There was a rap at the door. “Your hot chocolate is ready.”

“Thanks, I’ll be right down.”

There was a pause. “You sure you’re all right?”

“Why do you keep asking me that?”

“Oh, I don’t know. I can hear something in your voice.”

“In my voice? What are you, part dog or something?”

Derrick  chuckled.  “There might be a girl from college that may just agree with you on that.” Again there was a pause. “May I come in?”

“Actually, I was about to get dressed.”

“So, you’re saying you’re not decent?”

“No, I’m wearing a bathrobe.”

“Well good, because I’m coming in.”

“No, Derrick…” But he had already opened the door, and setting the cocoa
aside he came over standing before her as she sat on the bed.

“Okay, now I know something’s wrong. Annie, why didn’t you tell me how bad you hurt yourself?”

“It’s not that bad. I’m not about to make a big deal out of nothing.”

“You don’t need to be brave for me. If anything it’s really important that you be as honest as you can, with both yourself, and me, about this. I don’t want you doing any more damage because you are trying to force yourself to do something you shouldn’t be.”

“All right, I’ll admit, my ankles are a little sore. I must have stretched the muscles or something.”

“It looks like they are a lot more than a little sore.”

“Well you know what they say. A sprain is a lot more painful than a break. Although that would obviously depend on the break. But I’ve sprained something, and I’ve broken something, and I’d have to agree with that assessment, the sprain was much more painful. But as far as that goes this isn’t even that bad.”

“Pain is our body’s way of telling us we are hurt.” Derrick looked concerned.

“You do realize you sound like Mr. Rogers?”

“Those people that feel you have to be in pain to accomplish something.” He shook his head.

“Well, I’ll agree with you on that score.”

“If they hurt you need to stay off them. You don’t want to make it worse.”

“You can’t be serious.”

“Well, look at it this way, by using them while they’re sore you will probably lengthen the time it takes for them to heal.”

The idea of experiencing what she was now for any longer than she absolutely had to, was not an appealing concept, to say the least. “I’ll try to take it as easy as I can.”


“Well I am not going to spend the remainder of the weekend in this bed.”

“No need.”

“What are you saying?”

Before she had a chance to reply, Derrick had slipped one arm beneath her knees, the other around her back and under her arms.

“Whoa! What are you doing?”

“Well, I would have thought that was obvious.”

“Oh, you have to be kidding me.”

“What makes you think that?”

“You are not serious.”


“What? So, you’re going to carry me everywhere?”

“Pretty much.”

“Oh now that’s just too much!”

He was already lifting her into his arms as though she was nothing, and she wrapped her arms around his neck as he carried her out the door and onto the balcony. He was wearing a sweater but she could still feel his taut and rippling muscles beneath it. The muscles in his arms flexing against her as he carried her carefully down the stairs. The heat from his body reached through her bathrobe as she held her face close to his, the scent of soap and aftershave wafting up around her as he grasped her tightly to him. Setting her on the sofa next to the fire, he turned his face to hers. For a moment they just stayed like that, holding each other, their lips close as his eyes moved down her face to her mouth.

Author Bio
Lauren Hunter is a writer of paranormal romance and Regency paranormal romance novels, with plans to write in a variety of other genres, including time travel, angel, ghost, and contemporary romance. Her paranormal romance, The Coffee Shop, and her paranormal Regency, The Promise, are now available through Musa Publishing, with the second and third installment of a paranormal regency trilogy soon to be released.


Wealthy, handsome Derrick Sloane stops at a coffee shop and meets the love of his life. Annie Maddock is a sweet, vulnerable, smart woman trying to define herself under her own terms. I liked her immediately. (Derrick is also sweet and vulnerable, and perhaps a little too good to be true, but I found it impossible to resist his charms.)
What appears to be a traditional sweet romance takes a turn about one hundred pages into the story when Derrick wakes up one morning to find that his relationship with Annie was nothing but a dream. He races back to the coffee shop and ‘meets’ his love all over again. I found the dream sequences a bit confusing, but ultimately Derrick finds himself waking up to different ‘timelines’or realities. In each timeline, the lovers’ relationship has changed based on small details or advice offered in the previous sequence. Through the course of the story, Derrick is faced with the possible death of his best friend and the death of his beloved Annie. Each time he tries to ‘fix’ the problem, unexpected consequences arise.
I have mixed feelings about this book. The story idea is interesting and unique. I liked the characters and I really liked the premise that love transcends all things. The conversations between Annie and Derrick could have been edited for a speedier, more comfortable read and I would love to have the first realization of the timelines occur much, much earlier in the narrative. However, if you love the tender romance of The Notebook or The Time Traveler’s Wife, you’ll be hard pressed to put this book down.  And it’s impossible to read the ending without a few tears. 
Review By Kristi J. Thank you so much for helping me out.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fallen From Grace By K Anne Raines Cover Reveal

Fallen From Grace By K Anne Raines


Seventeen year-old Grace grows up knowing she’s different, but she always attributed it to a mother who didn’t want her, a father who abandoned her, and a curse that sets her apart. Despite those struggles, her grandfather remained her rock and confidant. Her life irrevocably shatters the day her grandfather dies.

The day of his funeral sets off a chain of events, making Grace question everything she’s ever known to be true, and as a result, who she can truly trust. She inherits his house, part of his money, his Guardian and something that ties them together.

Just before Grace’s 18th birthday, she is thrust into a world she couldn’t fathom existed and does everything she can to thwart the destiny suddenly forced upon her. She’s been chosen for greatness, but at what cost? With eyes now open, she must choose to either be Chosen, or watch those around her suffer the consequences.

Torn between the man who’s come to protect her and the one sent to destroy her, she teeters on the edge of decision, trying to come to grips with who she is, what she wants and what all of that means for her, those she loves and the rest of mankind.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Enlightened By Devyn Dawson Book Tour

Enlightened By Devyn Dawson

BlurbJessie Lucente, a Light Tamer, has started her junior year at Parca Academy in New Bern, NC. She has a new boyfriend, Caleb Baldwin. He is beyond good looking, he is her mate for life. They've been bound by the light and will rule and heal with it too. Her new classes aren't what she expected. Finding out the school is filled with 'gifted' kids is almost too much to comprehend. She finds out what it really means to be a Light Tamer. Some of the assumptions she had are debunked and now everything is crystal clear...well, clear as mud. Now that she is enlightened with the facts, she struggles with the truth. 

Thorne Woodson has all of the girls swooning. His Doc Martens and hoodie stand out against his school uniform. He might be the guy to heal Amber's broken, grieving heart. What's his story, and why does he appear everywhere Jessie is? He has a secret that will change the game for everyone. Who is he in cahoots with? 

Amber starts her junior year with a bang and a huge crush. She has a point to prove on the first day of school. She refuses to let everyone believe she went soft over summer break. Her shenanigans end with detention on the first day. The anniversary of her brother's death has her making dumb decisions but her friends have her back. Jessie will struggle to help Amber deal with the grief. 

The secrets that have been revealed by Fate will leave Jessie in a new role. It will all come down to bloodline versus logic. She must step up and embrace her new title, and life on the other side of the shimmer. With her small army together, they promise to vanquish Nyx back to the Underworld and seal the portal she came through. 

The second book in The Light Tamer trilogy will answer the questions that are burning in your head. A beautiful tale of first love and friendship. Be prepared to be amazed at the twist in this story. You didn't see it coming, but you'll be glad it did!

Author Bio

Devyn Dawson

Devyn is a full time writer, wife and pet owner.  She's been writing since she was a small child.  Her first office job was working for a publisher and data entry of manuscripts.  She literally typed them and saved them on real 'floppy discs'.  When she was in high school back in the 80's, she would read Stephen King one day and Sweet Valley High the next day.  She said one day she'd find a way to merge the two books.   

Currently Devyn and her husband of 19 years live in New Bern, North Carolina. Devyn is originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and still refers to it as home.  She has two adult children, Paris and Hunter.  When she realized she would be facing an empty nest and family so far away, she decided to write about characters to entertain her.  Her new series The Light Tamer, is about friendship, relationships and falling in love.  The Light Tamer series is a younger young adult book, the one that takes you back to the beginning before being jaded.  It offers characters that are both good and flawed.  Throw in some mythology and you're in for a quick trip that will leave you breathless and enlightened.



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Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Fifth Floor By E.H James Review

“Just know they can’t hurt you…unless they want to.”

The Fifth Floor By E.H James


Jeremy Brogan’s first day as a night watchman, at the most haunted hospital in the country, may just turn him from a die-hard skeptic into a believer after all.

Jeremy Brogan thought being a night watchman at a hospital would be easy, wandering long, dark, empty halls late at night. It might even get kind of boring after a while…except Jeremy is working at St. Michael’s, the most haunted hospital in the country. 

It’s a good thing Jeremy doesn’t believe in ghosts. Everything he sees and hears must have some kind of an explanation, right? 

That he had to patrol the fifth floor was bad enough, but never in his wildest dreams did Jeremy think he would wind up in the basement. Now all he wants is out…only the hospital and its inhabitants may have other plans.

I’ve got a morbid streak if my last short story is anything to go by. When I had the chance to read “The Fifth Floor”, I was super excited. It sounded like something I would really enjoy. It did not disappoint!
The story isn’t straight up in your face horror, it’s subtler than that, and that makes the short story all the more enjoyable. There are plenty of creepy lines (like the one above) as well as events, and they all build on each other, the next one creepier than the last.
Now this is going to be weird to say, but my favorite part was the ending. The suspense was through the roof, things were becoming more and more bizarre and then there was that perfect little twist I didn't see coming. I won’t say any more about it, because I don't want to give it away.
I feel like I ought to comment on the writing style. I found it to be very fluid and minimal in a good way. Descriptions were never overdone and yet it was still easy to tell what was going on and imagine what everything looked like.
If you’re a paranormal fan or want something creepy, then read this. I promise it’s worth it!

Review is by Anna M. who is helping me out. Thank you Anna!!!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

In My Dreams By Cameo Renae Cover Reveal

In My Dreams by Cameo Renae 

Cover Design: Regina Wamba of Mae I Design & Photography
Publisher: Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly Publishing

It was happening again. The dreams. The nightmares. It was something that seventeen-year old Elizabeth Hayes thought she'd outgrown... dreams that would come true...detailed premonitions of how people would die.
But this time, she has a dream of her boyfriend, Michael Young, and soon gets a call saying that Michael's body has been found...dead. Her world is changed in an instant, but that's just the beginning. Michael's been murdered, and now his killer is after her.
Join Michael as he learns about his supernatural gifts to help save Lizzy, and Lizzy's battle to stay alive.
In My Dreams is a story of unconditional love. The kind of love that lives beyond the grave. It is a story that will grip your heart, break and re-mend it, and take it on a wild ride of emotion.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Lauren By Julia Crane

Lauren by Julia Crane
A girl with a second chance. A boy with a terrible secret. When the truth is revealed, Lauren's world comes crashing down. For once, seventeen-year old Lauren’s life is going right. She's attending college attending the college of her dreams, has what appears to be the perfect boyfriend, and is surrounded by her childhood friends. But her boyfriend, Tristan, grows more possessive by the day, and his temper is getting harder to keep in check. When Lauren realizes Tristan is using her for her power, she has to make a choice: Tristan or her world. *Lauren is a spin-off from Keegan's Chronicles

Author Bio
Julia Crane

Julia Crane is the author of the Coexist: Keegan’s Chronicles. She has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination. Although she’s spent most of her life on the US east coast, she currently lives in Dubai with her husband and three children.