Book Review ~ ‘Blood and Bone’ by Tara Brown.

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Blood and Bone by Tara Brown
Genres: Dark, Psychological, Suspense.
Publisher: Montlake Romance.
Release Date: 28th April 2015.

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Listen, listen to the wind and stone.
Listen, listen to the sounds of old.
Listen, listen as my hopes are drowned.
Listen, listen to the sounds that bullets make of blood and bones.
Where will you run today?
How will you ever get away?”

This is NOT a romance. This is a ride.

Blood and Bone

The hollow sound of a casing hitting the floor.
The clicking of heels walking in a misty alley.
The ability to tie a cherry stem with her tongue.
A haunting song no one else knows.
That’s all that’s left of Jane’s memories.

What would you do if the life you lived was a lie, and everyone knew but you?
Where do you run when there is no one on your side?
Jane discovers that deep inside her mind there is a map.
What she doesn’t know is that there is also a man who will do anything to get it.

But what he doesn’t know is that Jane hasn’t always been honest about the things she remembers.
There are paces inside of Jane that even she doesn’t like to go.

What would you do if the secret you kept was the only thing keeping you alive?

But keeping it meant someone else had to die.

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Book Review ~ ‘Blood and Bone’ by Tara Brown ~ 4 Stars!

Well, wow! This book is just mind-blowing, and in a really good way!

We follow the story of Jane, a young girl who has amnesia after a car accident. She has a loving boyfriend, Derek, and a cat called Binx, and she feels secure, even happy…sometimes. That is until she is mysteriously mistaken for another woman, Samantha Barnes, and so her ordinary life turns upside down.

It is so difficult to put into words just what an explosive story ‘Blood and Bone’ is. At the end of each chapter, you are left desperate for more, desperate to know what the truth is, and which people Jane can trust. I really loved her character, and her inner dialogue was perfect, giving us a really good insight into her troubled mind and just how disconcerting it is for her to find out that everything she thought was real was a lie.

‘Blood and Bone’ is one of those books that I can’t describe the storyline, or even the characters for, because it is something that you have to read and experience yourself. Not knowing who to trust, and which characters to fall for, it was a roller coaster ride and you are left guessing right up the very end.

Tara Brown has delivered a solid psychological thriller, with so many great elements in the mix. There’s romance, danger, action and a strong psychological element, that has you unnerved just reading along with Jane and Sam’s thoughts.

I give ‘Blood and Bone’ a strong 4 stars. I couldn’t quite give it 5 stars because at the end, I was still slightly confused about just how everything fitted together. But this book has had me thinking about it for days after finishing it, which is the best sign of a good read that there is!

4 Stars!

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Teaser Blitz ~ ‘Sweet’ by Tammara Webber.

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Sweet by Tammara Webber
Contours of the Heart #3
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: April 27th 2015.
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He’s the love of her life, but he doesn’t know it.
She’s his one moment of sacrifice in a lifetime of survival.

He was damaged and wild, but resilient.
She’s always been obedient; now she’s restless.

Home for the summer between college and med school, Pearl Torres Frank knows two things: Boyce Wynn is the embodiment of everything she should run from, and everything she wants to run to. Rebellious and loud. Unconcerned with society’s opinion of him. Passionate. Strong. Dangerous.

And one more trait he hides from everyone but her:

Sweet.

(A Contours of the Heart novel – can be read as a stand-alone story)
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of EASY and BREAKABLE (Contours of the Heart series – NA), as well BETWEEN THE LINES, WHERE YOU ARE, GOOD FOR YOU and HERE WITHOUT YOU (Between the Lines series – YA/NA).

I’m a hopeful romantic who adores novels with happy endings, because there are enough sad endings in real life. Before writing full-time, I was an undergraduate academic advisor, economics tutor, planetarium office manager, radiology call center rep, and the palest person to ever work at a tanning salon. I married my high school sweetheart, and I’m Mom to three adult kids and four very immature cats.


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Book Review ~ ‘The Wild One’ by Janet Gover.

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The Wild One by Janet Gover
Coorah Creek #2
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: 3rd April 2015.

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Can four wounded souls find love?

Iraq war veteran Dan Mitchell once disobeyed an order – and it nearly destroyed him. Now a national park ranger in the Australian outback, he’s faced with another order he is unwilling to obey …

Photographer Rachel Quinn seeks out beauty in unlikely places. Her work comforted Dan in his darkest days. But Quinn knows darkness too – and Dan soon realises she needs his help as much as he needs hers.

Carrie Bryant was a talented jockey until a racing accident broke her nerve. Now Dan and Quinn need her expertise, but can she face her fear? And could horse breeder, Justin Fraser, a man fighting to save his own heritage, be the man to help put that fear to rest?

The wounds you can’t see are the hardest to heal…

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Book Review ~ ‘The Wild One’ by Janet Gover ~ 5 Stars!

If you are looking for a wonderful feel-good book which will capture your heart, then this is definitely the book for you. Janet Gover has created a wonderful set of characters, both primary and secondary and a beautiful community in ‘Coorah Creek’ which made the story feel real and relatable.

There are two things that I find difficult to read about, and they are anything to do with the holocaust, and animals dying or being killed, so straight away I felt a really strong connection to the trials that our main characters faced, and I fell in love with Quinn. She was feisty, confident and such a likeable heroine. The pain of her past was something that haunted her, and I really enjoyed seeing how she began to move on from her demons, and accept love into her life again. To see how she and Dan healed each other in their fight to save the Brumbies was so beautiful, and as the animal lover I am, I really liked seeing how the animals brought all the characters together.

Carrie and Justin’s story was no less beautiful, and I really enjoyed how the story split between the four characters, yet still gave us the same depth of emotion and story development for each of them. I have to say I laughed quite a lot at Justin, particularly at his thoughts about the horses in his care seemed to focus on their breeding, and it just showed how well Janet Gover created such multi-dimensional characters who were all so different, but brought together to fight for the same cause.

Beautifully written, this is a strong, character driven novel which brings us back to Coorah Creek and its inhabitants. Although this is the second book in the Coorah Creek series, it can still be read as a standalone, as it focuses on separate characters to those in the previous book.

5 Stars!

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Book Tour ~ ‘Marquel’s Dilemma’ by Emily W. Skinner.

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Marquel’s Dilemma by Emily W. Skinner
Marquel #2
Genres: Romance, Thriller.

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SPOILER ALERT – To avoid spoilers, it is advised to read the first novel, Marquel, before reading Marquel’s Dilemma.

Marquel’s Dilemma

The dramatic conclusion of Emily Skinner’s first novel Marquel brought requests from readers to continue the story.
Marquel’s Dilemma begins three years after the actress Marquel’s tragic past has been exposed by tabloid journalist, Mark Collins. The media exploitation of her life brought a new responsibility. She would become a voice of hope for others, not as the actress Marquel, but under her married name.

Zach Manning, Marquel’s psychiatrist, lover — and now husband — made a huge mistake in protecting her. Unbeknownst to his wife, Zach asked for a favor, not weighing the consequences. Now Collins is back for revenge. The first time it was his job… now it’s personal!

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The unvarnished truth was that Zach was a lonely, middle-aged, divorced psychiatrist when “Marquel” entered his life. Their sessions had been a mix of tears, anger, darkness and sexual tension. Loving her was the biggest risk he had taken since opening a practice in Beverly Hills. He understood the consequences, but broke his professional ethics for a second chance at love.

He was mesmerized by her. Rumors of a nervous breakdown were just surfacing in the gossip magazines and it was his job to keep her functioning. It was a constant struggle, trying to keep up with the demons that were haunting her.

The car door opened and her gorgeous smile sent his heart racing, as it always did. Its appearance had been so rare in their early days.

“Did you have a good session?” He could see her eyes were red.

She picked up the flowers and kissed him sweetly on the mouth. “You always do the right thing.”

He pulled her in for another kiss, this one lingering.

“I don’t know what I’d do without you,” her finger circled his mouth and she gave him another light kiss before buckling her seat belt. “You make everything right with the world.”

He never felt this way with Isabel. His ex never had the look of love in her eyes when she spoke to him. This was the happiest he’d ever been with a woman.


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Emily W. Skinner

Emily had a goal when she was 15, she would have a daughter named Marquel and write a novel titled “Marquel.” She accomplished both and more.
A member of The International Thriller Writers, Emily was a protege of the late master of the pulps or paperback originals, Harry Whittington. Emily interviewed Whittington during her days as a feature writer for the Clearwater Sun daily newspaper and its weekly division. They became friends and he taught her how to plot and gave her approval of the original outline and sample chapter for “Marquel” shortly before he died in 1989.
After Whittington passed away, Emily challenged herself to write as her mentor did and wrote a chapter a day and finished the novel “Marquel” in 52 days. For more details on the novel’s history read:http://www.thefilmmom.blogspot.com/20…
Fast forward, a second daughter, Blair is born and Emily and husband Tom focus on raising their family. Both daughters are now grown and work in Hollywood. So this might be an example of art imitating life or the reverse?
A devoted Catholic, Emily is rekindling her love for writing and has just completed the movie script for “Marquel” and a young adult paranormal appropriately named after her youngest child, “St. Blair: Children of the Night.” She will begin the sequel to “Marquel” in the coming months, currently untitled.
When Emily isn’t working as a marketing consultant or writing, she enjoys antiquing/thrifting and producing short films. Emily is the proud Executive Producer of Blair Skinner’s film “Relative Eternity,” a 2012 LA Shorts Film Festival selection, Sunscreen Film Festival selection and Short Film Corner Festival de Cannes selection. Written, directed and edited by Blair Skinner, “Relative Eternity” is on snagfilms.com for your viewing pleasure. It is free to view.


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Book Review ~ ‘How I Wonder What You Are’ by Jane Lovering.

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How I Wonder What You Are by Jane Lovering
(Yorkshire Romances #4)
Genres: Romance, Contemporary,
Publisher: Choc Lit

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“Maybe he wasn’t here because of the lights – maybe they were here because of him …”

It’s been over eighteen months since Molly Gilchrist has had a man (as her best friend, Caro, is so fond of reminding her) so when she as good as stumbles upon one on the moors one bitterly cold morning, it seems like the Universe is having a laugh at her expense.

But Phinn Baxter (that’s Doctor Phinneas Baxter) is no common drunkard, as Molly is soon to discover; with a PhD in astrophysics and a tortured past that is a match for Molly’s own disastrous love life.

Finding mysterious men on the moors isn’t the weirdest thing Molly has to contend with, however. There’s also those strange lights she keeps seeing in the sky. The ones she’s only started seeing since meeting Phinn…

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Book Review ~ ‘How I Wonder What You Are’ by Jane Lovering ~ 5 Stars!

Jane Lovering is an author to watch out for, not only does she create engaging characters and brilliant settings, but she manages to infuse such warmth and humour throughout her stories, which make them such a joy to read.

‘How I Wonder What You Are’ is a book that I was unable to put down. From the word go I was immersed in the Yorkshire landscape and the village life that Molly had escaped to. Being from a small village myself, I could see so many similarities and it made the reading experience that much more richer, as the world Lovering created just felt so real.

Molly was the perfect heroine. I love how Jane Lovering didn’t create a character who was just so likeable, but instead gave her  a real depth and character flaws that made her so much more believable as a person. To see her overcome flaws that she felt had controlled her life was really inspiring, and I really enjoyed her accepting her faults and trying hard to move on, and learn from her past experiences. I really felt for her when the truth about the breakdown of her engagement came out, and I was firmly on Team Molly throughout.

Phinn was just the icing on the cake, so to speak. I have a weakness for nerdy guys (probably as I’m rather nerdy myself), and Phinn was the perfect guy for me to swoon over. Jane Lovering did a fantastic job at developing Phinn’s character throughout, as I could see the progress he was making at every turn, and seeing it through his own eyes was so rewarding. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a female reader who won’t want to give Phinn a huge hug.

Infused throughout was some brilliant humour that fit so naturally with the story and characters. Link was hilarious, yet also so multi-dimensional that he wasn’t just a character thrown in to add humour, but one who really helped the pace and development of the story. His reaction to Phinn’s shame over his alpha-male behaviour in bed was brilliant, and it was these little tidbits that made the story what it was.

And not since Flynn Rider and Maximus have I loved a bromance as much as that of Phinn and Stan. Classic!

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5 Stars!

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Book Review ~ ‘Material Girls’ by Elaine Dimopoulos.

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Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos.
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance.
Release Date: 5th May 2015.

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In Marla Klein and Ivy Wilde’s world, teens are the gatekeepers of culture. A top fashion label employs sixteen-year-old Marla to dictate hot new clothing trends, while Ivy, a teen pop star, popularizes the garments that Marla approves. Both girls are pawns in a calculated but seductive system of corporate control, and both begin to question their world’s aggressive levels of consumption. Will their new “eco-chic” trend subversively resist and overturn the industry that controls every part of their lives?
Smart, provocative, and entertaining, this thrilling page-turner for teens questions the cult like mentality of fame and fashion. Are you in or are you out?

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Book Review ~ ‘Material Girls’ by Elaine Dimopoulos ~ 5+ Stars!

‘Material Girls’ is on my list of favourite books of 2015. I mean, seriously – WOW! What a stunner of a book! The emotion and feeling that came across in this book, alongside the realistic depictions of everyday challenges that teenagers face, was just overwhelming in how perfect it was.

I’m ashamed to say that knowing it was a book aimed at young adults, I wasn’t expecting ‘Material Girls’ to resonate with me, but boy was I wrong. Elaine Dimopoulos brings to the story a level of maturity and reality that it can be difficult to find even in adult books. Everything about the world that Dimopoulos created, the characters and their daily trials with the regime, the system that they accept without question, and the underlying feeling that maybe not everything is as OK as it seems, all brilliantly mirrors a great dystopian story. But as well as that, this story is just so much more.

The use of materialism and fashion as the focus point of ‘Material Girls’ was so unique and exciting. Everyday we are bombarded with billboards of new fashions which likely won’t last over a couple of months. Dimopoulos has heightened this, and with it heightened the risks that such a consumerist society has on others.

Marla was a fantastic character who I loved from the get-go. I really felt for her, seeing as how her innocence and naivity were used against her, and how her eyes were opened up to the real workings, when she is unfairly dismissed. Seeing her come to the realisation that the company she has placed all her trust in, and devoted her life to has not been worthy of it, was really exciting, and I loved seeing how she developed throughout the course of the novel, and how she formed such meaningful relationships with her new colleagues, compared to her old ones. Her sweet, and desperate character was brilliantly contrasted by Ivy, who was just as exciting to see develop, especially when we see the differences that having supportive friends around can have on the overall outcome of their story arc.

And Felix…what can I say about Felix other than that he is the best. *fans self* Kind of in love with him. OK, a lot in love with him!

5+ stars for this amazing book. This is an all-time favourite of mine, and I know that adults and young-adults alike will fall in love with Marla’s story as much as I did!

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Book Review ~ ‘Take a Chance on Me’ by Debbie Flint.

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Take a Chance on Me by Debbie Flint
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Hot Choc Lit

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You know what they say about mixing business with pleasure …

When the breakdown of her marriage leaves Sadie Turner a single mum, she vows that she will make it on her own. After all, why would a smart businesswoman with a PhD and the prospect of a life-changing deal on the horizon need a man?

But Sadie’s man-ban is tested to the limit when she travels to Monaco to meet her potential investor. There she encounters Mac, a rough and ready playboy billionaire who lives life in the fast lane – and that’s when the real adventure starts!

But Sadie’s heart isn’t the only thing on the line. There’s also the business she’s worked so hard to make a success; the business that could so easily slip out of her grasp if she doesn’t seal the deal within thirty days …

Published under Hot Choc Lit – slightly raised heat level but not erotica!
Previously self-published as Hawaiian Affair. Revised and edited by Choc Lit March 2015.

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Book Review ~ ‘Take a Chance on Me’ by Debbie Flint ~ 5 Stars!

Wonderfully romantic and superbly written, ‘Take a Chance on Me’ is the perfect sexy and heart-felt novel to while away an evening with.

Straight away I connected with Sadie. She was fun and cheeky but professional, making sure that nothing would come in the way of her making the best for herself and her two daughters. She was a hugely original heroine, and she felt very real and human. Her motives, hopes and dreams were all understandable, and I think Sadie’s story will resonate with a lot of female readers.

Mac was just pure indulgence on a boat. I loved seeing the innocent in love side to him at the beginning of the story and to witness his change into a businessman with rules alongside Sadie, and getting the added insight of what was going through Mac’s mind, and how he was really coping with the predicament he found himself in, was so great. I loved his development throughout the course of the novel, and I fell for his bad-boy businessman self knowing the sweetheart that was beneath it.

The way the business side of the story developed was brilliant. I am quite possibly the most inept business minded person in the world, but the way that Debbie Flint managed to mix the business deals and terms in the story, keeping them realistic and easily understandable to me as a reader, shows what a talent is.

A delightful book to read, and I hope to see more from Debbie Flint in the future!

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