Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hello, My Love (aka: A Modern Love Story) (Between Two Worlds Book 1)

Hello, My Love (aka: A Modern Love Story) (Between Two Worlds Book 1)

About the Book:

What would Elizabeth Bennet be like if she had been born today? In this modern-day tale inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, bright, beautiful law student Elise Halverson looks forward to a promising career. The last thing she needs is to fall in love with well-known playboy Greg Thorpe. Besides, he's engaged to be married.

Greg finds Elise so unlike the women he used to date and he’s deeply intrigued. But distrusting the image she has of him, Elise tries to keep away.

Elise’s parents invite Greg to their frequent dinner parties. There, Greg and Elise butt heads. She’s surprised to find that, behind his rich playboy persona, he’s intelligent and engaging. They can’t help feeling drawn to each other.

The night before his wedding, they give in to their mutual attraction. Although Elise expects nothing more from that night, Greg is in for trouble. His jilted fiancée strikes back, intent on revenge.

Two years later Greg and Elise get a second chance but they find that the way to their happy-ever-after is not so easy. For one, Greg is in for a surprise. Then, his former fiancée comes back and trouble returns to haunt Greg and Elise again.

At the core of this women’s fiction is a literary and realistic romance spiced with a twist of mystery. Hello My Love is Book 1 in the series Between Two Worlds, a family saga about three strong women. In three tales of loss, love, second chances, and finding one’s way, they cope with issues contemporary women face.

My Impressions:
When I first got “Hello, My Love”, I expected the typical romance book with all the fluff and stereotypical language you find in most romance books. Needless to say, this is not your typical romance book. I will admit it did take me some time to adapt to the story and get my mind off what I expected and learn to enjoy what was in front of me. Ultimately this book is not a romance novel, but a journey of self-discovery and learning to listen to what you want, versus what is expected of you.

Greg, is pretty much your standard wealthy, bachelor/playboy personality that is engaged to the typical ultra-beauty, graceful, Lori. Elise is the complete opposite of who Greg saw himself with and yet she challenges him in every way possible, building his attraction for her until it reaches a breaking point. 

The book is well written and takes the reader on a few well developed twists that keep you both loving and hating several of the main characters. Like I said at the beginning, this is a slow moving, intricate, layered book of discovery. If you like contemporary romance books, you will enjoy this one. It’s an easy read that is enjoyable, but pretty sultry too. 

About the Author:
Evy Journey, 2015 SPR (Self-Publishing Review) Independent Woman Author awardee, is a writer, a wannabe artist (since she was nine years old), and a flâneuse (feminine form of flâneur). Her pretensions to being a flâneuse means she wishes she lives in Paris where people have perfected the art of aimless roaming. She’s visited Paris, even lived there a few times as a transient; that is, she stayed from two to six months.

She’s a writer because beautiful prose seduces her and existential angst continues to plague her even though such preoccupations have gone out of fashion. She takes occasional refuge by invoking the spirit of Jane Austen and spinning tales of love, loss, and finding one’s way—stories into which she weaves mystery or intrigue. Then, she sets them in various locales.

In a previous life, armed with a Ph.D. and fascinated by the psyche, she researched and shepherded the development of mental health programs. And wrote like an academic. Not a good thing if you want to sound like a normal person. So, in 2012, she began to write fiction (mostly happy fiction) as an antidote.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from PumpUpYourBooks in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dead Lawyers Don't Lie ( Jake Wolfe Book One)







 
GENRE:  Thriller

The killer aimed his weapon at the pregnant lawyer's rounded belly. He said "Bye-bye baby," and pulled the trigger. War veteran Jake Wolfe and his former military dog are targeted next. They must stop the assassin, or die trying. An action-packed thriller from beginning to end. Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie has been a #1 bestseller in Pulp Thrillers, and among the most popular books in Kindle Unlimited All-Stars.

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Enjoy an Excerpt:

Jake was a people watcher and his observant eyes took in details about the various individuals who were walking by. He noticed an attractive, well-dressed woman who wore her gray hair in an up-do style. She reminded him of his own grandmother, so full of life and love and wisdom. As she was getting into her car, a man grabbed her purse and tore it from her hand. The purse snatcher shoved her to the ground as he took off running toward Jake’s vehicle. Jake reacted without thinking, and he opened his car door into the path of the running man. He shoved the door fast and hard, and he straight-armed it like a football player.

The door and the purse snatcher collided, and the door won. The thief’s face smacked into the window, and his knees banged against the metal. He bounced off hard and landed flat on his back on the pavement, dropping the purse as he fell. Jake got out of his vehicle, closed the door and stood there looking down at the man. A bruise was forming on the man’s forehead. He struggled to his knees, and he glanced at the purse on the ground near Jake’s feet. Jake shook his head at him.

“Leave it.”

The man looked Jake up and down, and saw his worst case scenario, a vigilante who still believed in chivalry.


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My Impressions:

Nolan's premier novel, "Dead Lawyers Don't Lie, is an amazing thriller. I just really enjoyed this book. It was an exciting, suspenseful page turner.  Jake, Terrell, Beth and Sarah were well developed layered characters that breathed life into the story. Jake is a man full of honor, integrity and deep sense of purpose for life. I really enjoyed the love and devotion that Jake and Cody have for each other; nothing like a man and his dog to warm your heart.  

The only negative thing I can say about the book is that it could have been shorted down a bit. Parts of the story seemed a little unnecessary and gave too much explanation and backdrop when it would have been better to let imagination set in.  Other than that the story moved nicely, kept me engaged. The author made sure the story was packed full of action, gripping and had interesting characters, with a little romance and humor mixed in.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Mark Nolan began his writing career as a successful entrepreneur who created news stories for businesses that were featured in The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Parade, Reader's Digest and The Associated Press. Nolan was born in San Francisco, grew up in the Bay Area of California, and has also lived in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. He has raised two great kids and one very smart retriever dog. Right now he's busy writing the next book about Jake Wolfe (Book 2), but he also tries to make time every day to answer emails from readers. You can reach him at marknolan.com/contact

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Lions Can't Eat Spaghetti


Title: LIONS CAN’T EAT SPAGHETTI
Author: Bethany Ramos
Publisher: 4RV Publishing
Pages: 50
Genre: Children’s Picture Book


Christopher finds a kitten on his doorstep, which, to his surprise, grows up into a lion! Since Christopher already loves his pet, he tries to introduce him to his everyday life, much to the horror of his friends, family, and neighbors.

Lions Can't Eat Spaghetti is a lighthearted children's book for ages 3 to 6 that celebrates the sp
ecial bond that all children have with animals.


My Impressions: 

This is such a sweat story about a little boy and his stray "kitty" that ends up actually being a baby lion.  Sadly, as the  cub grows up the boy must learn that even though he loves his cub dearly, it is not safe for him or his beloved lion to keep him any longer.  In a way the book is a little heart breaking, but it has a wonderful message to it that is essential to life. Sometimes the things we love the most in the world, are not necessarily good for us and we have to let go out of love. 

This book really hit home for my son whose father had to go away a few months ago due to drug and alcohol abuse. He obviously did not want to let him go and be away from his father, but for everyone's safety and because we love him, we needed to do what was best. This book made a great tie in for my son that he could relate to the little boy and loving someone so much, but needing to let go. 

Great book overall that is easy to recommend that has a positive message, with excellent illustrations that tie the story together.

I received this book free of charge from the author


About the Author: 



Bethany Ramos is a children’s book author, editor, and blogger. She is a regular contributor to SheKnows.com. Bethany’s first children’s book, Lions Can’t Eat Spaghetti, was published through 4RV Publishing in 2016. Her second children’s book, There’s a Bumbie Under My Bed, was published by Saturn’s Moon Press, also in 2016. Her first chick lit novel, 5 Stages of Grief, was published by Black Opal Books in 2011; her second chick lit novel, Adventure to Love, was published by Soul Mate Publishing in 2013.
Bethany works as Editor in Chief for Naturally Healthy Publications.

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