Book Review – ‘First, I Love You (The Downey Trilogy #1)’ by Genevieve Dewey.

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First, I Love You by Genevieve Dewey
(The Downeys #1)
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Mystery

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One part Godfather, two parts Emma and a dash of Casablanca mixed together, “First, I Love You” isn’t a detective novel, a gangster novel, a mystery, a romance or a family saga. It’s a little of all of the above.

Imagine being a detective with a mobster for a father, or a mobster with a straight arrow, good cop for a son. This is a relationship that is tricky on its best day. Add in some well-meaning meddling from a mob princess sister, an arrogant DEA agent, and gangsters running a human trafficking ring and you have a recipe for a book that refuses to follow the rules. Told from the perspective and point of view of each the six main characters this is the first novel in a trilogy about love, loyalty, revenge and redemption.

Omaha Detective Tommy Gates has kept his gangster father at arm’s length his whole life. Mickey Downey has spent the better part of the last two decades trying to find ways to get back the son he lost through Witness Protection. Now Tommy has taken an opportunity to work on a Federal Human Trafficking Joint Task Force in Chicago where his father lives. Tommy’s sister Kiki and his mother Mary see this as an opportunity to build a relationship between the two. Tommy’s new DEA partner James Hoffman sees it as an opportunity to gain leverage over Mickey Downey. Tommy’s other partner, FBI Agent Ginny Sommers wants to keep Tommy’s family as far from the case as possible. When Kiki and James join forces, sparks fly and it sets fire to a maelstrom of unexpected consequences for everyone involved.

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Book Review – ‘First, I Love You (The Downey Trilogy #1)’ by Genevieve Dewey ~ 5 Stars!

To start, all I can say is WOW! This is an absolutely amazing book that has something for everyone in it. It has a mix of genres including gangster crime, detective, mystery, romance and family. This is a book not to be missed.

I genuinely applaud the author Genevieve Dewey for how incredibly well this book was written. With six main characters and the narration skipping between each character for each chapter, I was worried at first that too many points of view would get confusing especially with this kind of fast-paced detective storyline, but I need not have worried as it was handled superbly, with the different characters stories intertwining brilliantly. I absolutely loved how easily I connected to all the characters, especially those whom you would not expect to appreciate or have any respect for if you hadn’t read their story from their point of view.

Reading Mickey’s storyline was a real experience for me as it really made me see that even though the gangsters in this story have done bad things, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are people with no feelings. We can see that the love Mickey has for all his children transcends all the feelings he has for his work, and his inability to earn his son Tommy’s respect isn’t necessarily his own fault, but due to the circumstances and lifestyle that he himself was brought up in. His relationship with Tommy’s mother was also brilliantly written, and it really emphasised the importance of family and how the love of a parent can outweigh that of romantic love.

James and Kiki’s storyline was so much fun, and I really connected with Kiki and felt her turmoil at the life she lived, and her worry over her growing relationship with James. At many times I wanted to bang her and James’ heads together and just yell at them to talk to each other, which I loved as it really shows how much I connected to the story and the characters. Throughout this book, I also really wanted to reach into the pages and give Tommy a huge hug. I look forward to seeing how his growing friendship with Ginny will develop, as I love the connection they share and how their devotion to their work gets in the way of them taking the next step in their relationship.

The author’s decision to use an epilogue was brilliant, as there are far too many books which end with a cliffhanger and leave you feeling a little let down that you don’t get a little closure from the books storyline. This epilogue left me feeling greatly excited for the next book in the series, as it gave me closure to some of the issues that were risen during the first book, and raised intriguing questions that the characters will have to answer in the next book of the series.

Overall this book is a real gem that if I could give more than five stars, I definitely would! It is a beautiful story of love, friendship and most of all family that will have you laughing and crying. Go and check it out! You won’t be disappointed.


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Book Review – ‘Cornerstone (Cornerstone #1)’ by Misty Provencher.

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Cornerstone by Misty Provencher
(The Cornerstone Series #1)
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance

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Nalena Maxwell has been branded ‘The Waste’ at her new school, due to her mom’s obsessive paper hoarding. Nalena desperately wants something to change in her life, but when she receives a sign (and it’s the wrong dang one) inviting her into a mysterious, ancient community, too much changes. What she knew of her family, what she thought of her life and what she believed about her future, is no longer applicable. Seventeen years worth of family skeletons come crashing into Nalena’s life and it is the boy…the one that smiles at her like he wants to hear everything she’ll ever say…that already knows her powerful secrets. But it is only Nalena that can choose between protecting the life that is already crumbling beneath her feet and the one that might sacrifice everything she could ever have.

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Book Review – ‘Cornerstone (Cornerstone #1)’ by Misty Provencher ~ 5 Stars!

This is one of those indie books that you just fall in love with from the word go! It was the perfect start to the ‘Cornerstone’ series that brilliantly portrays both the painful reality of everyday school life that some young people have to live through, and the importance of family. I was drawn into this novel from the first page, especially with the subtle Psychology running through the story.

I loved how the story started by introducing Nalena’s home life and, despite her mother being a paper hoarder which greatly disrupts their life, the emphasis on how strong relationship with her mother. It really helped me warm to Nalena and understand and sympathise with her inner turmoil at her mother’s behaviour, feeling sad that being so devoted to her mother causes her so much pain at school, but feeling guilty at her thoughts knowing it is not her mother’s fault.

Garrett’s introduction was simply superb! Garrett is the kind of guy that every girl wishes to be with and every guy wishes they could be. And Nalena meets him in a library!! Enough said, he is perfect (This has nothing to do with my fantasy about meeting my soul mate in a library…of course not…) I loved how without even knowing her well, Garrett stood up to Nalena to bitchy cheerleader Jen, and to everyone at the school who calls Nalena ‘The Waste’ due to her mother’s hoarding of paper. He was the perfect example of a saviour that all girls who are bullied wish would swoop in and defend them, and I really sympathised with Nalena for thinking that Garrett’s interest in her was because of a cruel joke with their classmates.

The storyline was so cleverly written that, having bought the book a while ago, I had forgotten that it was a fantasy story. This was great for me as a reader because I was gradually exposed to the different fantasy elements which had me squealing excitedly. This is one of the best things about not reading the blurb before you read a book, as you become involved in the different storylines at the same time as the main characters and you can more closely connect with the characters feelings and behaviours. I won’t go into detail about the fantasy storyline as it was so imaginative and cleverly written that I don’t want to spoil the great reading experience for potential readers by giving anything away, but we are introduced to some amazing, unusual, comic and creepy characters that help make this book the gem that it is.

Also I have to say “MOVE OVER CULLENS”, there is a new paranormal family in town and they are the Reeces.’ The Reeces are a family that stick together and help each other no matter what. Some of my favourite scenes were those that involved all the Reece brothers, especially Sean, who I love and hope to see more of in the future books.

Overall this was an amazing book! 5 stars easily and such an imaginative well thought out storyline.


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What do I think about self-publishing?

Great blog article by Sue Moorcroft on Self-Publishing

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I’ve recently been asked what I think about self-publishing, so I decided it blog about it. Everything I’m going to say now is ONLY my opinion, drawn from my experiences, and not the only opinion, or the only way of going about things.

I would always go for a traditional publisher ahead of self-publishing, when you don’t have a track record as an author. Publishers are still gatekeepers in terms of quality control and you learn a lot whilst you’re with them. There are, and have been, some fabulous successes in self-publishing, but it wouldn’t be my first choice. However, there are more good books out there than publishers able to publish them, so self-publishing would definitely be my second choice!

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Blog Stop + Review ~ ‘Sunspots’ by Karen S. Bell

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Sunspots by Karen S. Bell
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Spiritual
A Standalone Novel

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Sunspots follows the healing journey of a young woman thrown into the horror of losing a spouse. It is a love story of loss and redemption and the ghosts that haunt our lives and our houses. Skirting the genres of magical realism and romance, Sunspots, explores the existence of the afterlife and the paranormal. The story takes the reader on a path of high emotion as the narrator, Aurora, uncovers her husband Jake’s secret life and her own internal conflicts as she matures to self-awareness.

The novel’s tone vacillates from irreverent humor to solemnity as Aurora relates her previous life with Jake and her present challenges. The title refers to the solar maximum which became the backdrop for Aurora’s conception when her hippy parents went to Canada to observe the Aurora Borealis. In name and in spirit, Aurora is connected to the observable and unobservable energy around us. With the help of friends, family, and the ghost of Viola Parker (her home’s original owner), Aurora accepts her fate and the secrets revealed about Jake’s true character. She realizes that in this life she will finally break the cycle of pain caused by her love for this man, Jake Stein, through the centuries.

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Book Review – ‘Sunspots’ by Karen S. Bell.

I can find no other way to describe ‘Sunspots’ than it being a stunning piece of literature. It is a beautiful and heartbreaking story of a young woman Aurora who loses her husband Jake in a car accident and, during her battle to move on, is confronted with information showing her late husband wasn’t as deserving as she believed.

This story took not only Aurora on a journey but also me as a reader. I felt myself connect so strongly to Aurora and her pain, feeling heartbroken at her grief and a strong desperation for her to find peace with herself at the sudden end of her marriage. Sunspots was so cleverly written and I applaud Karen Bell for taking me on such a journey through her writing that when I finished it I was shaking and sobbing, feeling as though I’d been going through the same trials as the characters.

I sometimes feel sad when I read books where we are made to dislike the main characters original love interest immediately, and then spend the rest of the book looking for her new one, so it was a wonderful and refreshing change to see the development of Aurora and Jake’s relationship from the start, which makes us also in a way connect to Jake and feel hope that he too loved Aurora as much as she did him. This also made me more strongly connect to Aurora as a character, and grieve with her as she starts her new life without her husband.

What I really loved about this story was the glimpses of the past we were given throughout the novel. The switch from the present to the past was expertly done, and I greatly enjoyed how the two storylines unfolded. I was stunned by how cleverly the switches in time were placed within the story, as the chapters of Aurora and Jake’s beautiful courtship and their obvious love for each other coincided with chapters set in the present where Aurora was grieving for the lost love that she thought was perfect, and then as Aurora began to realise that her life with Jake had some issues, the flashbacks to the past showed the less deserving side of Jake which had always slipped through Aurora’s rose-tinted view of her husband. This was incredible storytelling, and helped lead to some brilliant character development.

The paranormal and spiritual side to ‘Sunspots’ was wonderfully balanced and whilst being an important feature in the second half of the book, wasn’t unrealistic in its role. It was instead a beautiful and poignant reminder that there is more to this world than we always realise, and didn’t at all detract from Aurora’s storyline of her finding acceptance. I loved the past-life elements that were infused within the story and there was some brilliant use of foreshadowing in the flashback chapters that all adds together in the final chapters.

I cannot recommend ‘Sunspots’ enough, and if I could give it more than 5 stars, then I definitely would. It is a beautiful journey of love, loss, grief and acceptance, which portrayed a realistic and heartbreaking view of the world that we live in today.

5 Stars!


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Walking with Elephants was my debut novel in 2010, although I am not new to writing. I was a theater critic and celebrity interviewer for a weekly tabloid in Jacksonville, Fl and I earned a Master’s in Mass Communication from Oklahoma State University. For 15 years I worked in Corporate America as a technical editor/editor/writer. I experienced first hand the politics and intrigue that goes with that territory and the balancing act that comes with being a working mother. I salute all those mothers who are the glue that holds their families together while pursuing the nine to five brass ring. That experience was the inspiration for Walking with Elephants.

With my second novel, Sunspots, I continue to be in awe of the magical and wondrous phenomenon called life. As an observer and obvious participant in feminine values and approach to our human challenges, I bring this perspective to my work. Fascinated by the mysteries of the unseen forces that perhaps play a role in guiding our choices, I search for answers in the mundane as well as in the cosmic forces that surround us.

I am working on my third novel and live in Ponte Vedra, Fl. with my husband and our two furry kids.


Book Review – ‘Bed, Breakfast, and You (Brookfield Series #0.5) by Lacey Wolfe.

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Bed, Breakfast, and You by Lacey Wolfe
(Brookfield Series #0.5)
Genres: Contemporary, Romance.

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Claire holds the keys to her future, in more than one way.

As if the recent death of Claire Stevens’ parents isn’t enough, someone wants to steal Honeycreek Bed and Breakfast right out from under her. But Claire isn’t about to roll over and let them. She’s prepared to fight.

Jace Brown is Brookfield’s main attorney, and after delivering the bad news to Claire about her property, he knows all about being on her bad side.

As Claire gets to the bottom of this scandal, she’s surprised to have Jace by her side, fighting along with her. The attraction is instant, but can it last after the dust settles?

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Book Review – ‘Bed, Breakfast, and You (Brookfield Series #0.5) by Lacey Wolfe ~ 3.5 Stars.

This was a nice quick read, that had me wanting to read the books that follow on from it. At first I had some issues with the writing style as the sentences seemed very short and clipped, with little elaboration or description and the author seemed to rely a lot more on showing, rather than telling, however this improved greatly as the book progressed.

I liked the storyline and the relationship between the two main characters, and I loved how dedicated Claire was to opening her parents bed and breakfast and making the best of it as a business after their death. I also liked the development of Claire and Jace’s relationship, often laughing out loud at some of their inner monologues, especially when Claire was in denial as to her true feelings for Jace. I liked seeing Claire’s confusion at the jealousy she felt for Jace’s other secretary and the silent war the two had over bringing him lunch and coffee.

What made me give this a 3 star rating over 4 stars was the number of typos in the book. It isn’t a long book at all, and I think that had the author held fire with publishing and instead given it another read-through and edit, then these errors could have been nipped in the bud. However, it was a good and fun read, and I’d definitely read more from this author. So overall I’d say 3.5 stars.


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Book Review – ‘101 Degrees Fahrenheit’ by Eva Gale.

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101 Degrees Fahrenheit by Eva Gale
Standalone Short
Genres: Erotica, Adult

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On the hottest day of the summer Kathy Robert’s airconditoner breaks at her barber shop, Great Headz, and she still has one more customer. It’s hot and sticky, but he’s not going anywhere. And he wants more than a trim.

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Book Review – ‘101 Degrees Fahrenheit’ by Eva Gale.

So this was a quick, short and fun read of about 20 pages. At first I wasn’t at all sure I liked where the story was going, as I thought the hero of the story was too ‘alpha male’ and was acting really inappropriately on such short acquaintance, even if the story was purely a short erotica, so it was a nice twist to find out that it was actually a role-play activity the man was playing with his wife. It was a sexy quick read, and there was a nice backstory for why him and his wife were indulging in more risque activities than usual.

Of course it is difficult in 20 pages to give much of a story and I know that the focus of the book was on the erotica, but I would like to have seen a little more backstory as to why the couple had problems in their relationship. There wasn’t much indication given as to why they had been so close to getting divorced earlier that year, or why their therapist had suggested the role-playing idea as a way for them to connect. So a little more information thrown in would have been nice, but it was a fun, quick read, and the author has a good writing style which I would like to see more of in a longer book

3 Stars.


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