Book Review: I'm Still Here

Posted by Katrina Roets at 8:00 AM

Monday, September 1, 2014

It started out as an ordinary day for Esther Comely-Cox, if you consider simultaneously totaling your car, smashing a Ho Ho in your face and meeting a handsome doctor ordinary.

Estranged from her family over her sister's mental illness and death, Esther can't help but feel alone. And when Esther hears the voice of her twin sister who committed suicide seven years ago, she begins to question her own sanity, leading her to wonder if anything is what it seems. Searching for answers, Esther must confront her past while looking towards a new future—one in which she is finally accepted.

Through humor and heartbreak, Esther learns that blood does not mean family, that absence does not make the heart grow fonder and that silence can speak volumes.

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It's rare that I rate a book 5 out of 5, but if I had to pick a number for this book, it would be a 6. Why? I would say because it touched on so many aspects of my life and did it in a way that I felt as if I knew the characters in the book. I am very much estranged from my family, not for the same reasons as Esther, but for reasons not so far off. There were times, in the book, where something would happen and I just wanted to hug her and tell her that not everyone thought like that. I too deal with mental illness and know how it can affect those around you. Esther is a super hero as far as I'm concerned. Don't wait to stumble upon this book. Go out and get it. If for no other reason than it might just change your world.

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Book Blast: The Last One

Posted by Katrina Roets at 8:00 AM

Sunday, August 31, 2014

TheLastOneBanner   Meghan Hawthorne is restless. The last year has been a roller coaster: her widowed mother just married a long-time family friend. Her younger brother unexpectedly became a father and a husband. Everyone's life is changing. . .except for hers. As she begins her final summer of college, Meghan's looking for excitement and maybe a little romance. Nothing serious; this girl just wants to have fun.

But the only man for Meghan turns out to be the last one she expects.

Sam Reynolds doesn't need excitement, and he doesn't want romance. Fun is out of the question. He's been the steady, responsible one since his parents were killed, and serious is his way of life.

When Sam rescues Meghan alongside a dark Georgia backroad, she falls hard for his deep brown eyes and slow drawl. But making him see her as more than just a party girl won't be easy. Sam's tempted by the fiery young artist, even as he realizes that giving into his feelings will mean radical change. . .maybe more than he can handle.

Nobody ever said love was simple.  

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  Tawdra Kandle has been a writer since the invention of the pen. Her first published work appeared in Child's Life magazine when she was 13. After a brief, thirty-year hiatus, she published a young adult quartet, The King Series. More recently, she's released contemporary and paranormal romances in both the adult and New Adult genres. Tawdra lives in central Florida with her husband and children, of both skin and fur types. And yes, she has purple hair. Follow Tawdra on Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram/Website/Newsletter




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Book Giveaway: Dream Killers

Posted by Katrina Roets at 6:33 PM

Friday, August 29, 2014

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The Sea of Dreams spat me out with no memories, no idea of who I was or what my purpose might be. When Captain Bo, dream killer extraordinaire, arrived, I took a chance to explore. On the road of discovery, I tripped upon dreamplanes floating dead in a graveyard, scared children attempting to survive their dreams turned nightmare, strange guardians, rogue Dreamlanders, and ships with hearts of silver. I learned more about Dreamland than I ever thought possible. But people are dying. They're disappearing. Dreamland is twisting, shifting, ripping. I don't know how best to help, how to save those I've met, who have wormed their way into my heart. If only I knew who I was, what I'd been born to do. Then I found out. I know who I am. I wish I didn't. Dream Killers is geared for fans of Once Upon a Time. The first season (Spring 2014) consists of 3 novellas called episodes. It follows River as he discovers who he is and his role in Dreamland. Dream Killers is to Dreamland Stories what Agents of Shield is to the Marvel movies. Dreamland is an intense, rich, fascinating world with lots going on. If you like fairy tales, are looking for something new,try this one.

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SM “Frankie” Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and Jack the Bird. Jack has refused to let her to take up the piano again, but is warming to the guitar. It might help that Frankie has learned more than two strings. She’s added a few more Arabic words to her vocabulary, but don’t invite her into conversation yet—unless, of course, you’re willing to have a very . . . slow . . . conversation. She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories. She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!

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Book Review: What if it's Love?

Posted by Katrina Roets at 8:00 AM

Monday, August 25, 2014

Can a Paris bistro heal a broken heart? Introverted heiress Lena moves to Paris to nurse old wounds reopened by her neglectful boyfriend, and decide what to do with her life. Enter Rob, a charismatic and handsome Frenchman who waits tables at La Bohème - a café on Lena’s street - and has big dreams. He makes her laugh and forget her insecurities. She stirs something infinitely tender in his soul. Before they know it, they’ve fallen for each other, even though both had good reasons to fight the budding love. But their passionate romance is cut short when she discovers his dirty secret. When their lives intersect again three years later, will Lena have enough faith in Rob to give him a second chance? And can Rob be worthy of her trust? Fans of "Amélie" and "Friends" will savor this warm and funny tale of love, betrayal and finding out where you belong.

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Another book that kept me reading far past when I ought to have been asleep. What if it's Love? made me smile, it made me cry and it made me wonder if Paris isn't really the city of love. If I'm lucky, maybe one day I'll be able to find out. I love how this book wasn't "easy". Instead of cutting a clear and easy path for Lena and Rob to be together. There were bumps, there were bruises, marriages, babies and so much more. If you want a great romance where you're never quite sure, up until the end, if they're going to live happily ever after, then this is going to be one you want to pick up.

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Book Review: Abiding Flame

Posted by Katrina Roets at 8:00 AM

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Darkness can be overcome…

Terminally ill Lynette Lamb is forced to reunite her wayward son and grandson. Her options are as limited as her strength and mobility. Through a fateful series of events, the rejoined pair will leave Earth to become part of a colony orbiting a new planet. Sam Austin and his wife mourn the loss of their only child and decide to make a fresh start at the space station. The same ship holds the one who will fulfill the dark planet’s prophecy, but a demonic force boards to stop the vessel. The demon’s obedient but unwilling servant is sent on a suicide mission to keep the ship from reaching its destination.



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I have mixed feelings about this book. I was loving it, couldn't stop turning pages and then it changed for me. I think my troubles come in that I wasn't expecting this book to take a Christian turn. It threw me off and while the book was still really good, I just wasn't as into it. That being said, I suspect that it's one that I'm going to return to and now knowing that element is involved, I'm going to be far more into it than I was on my first go round. All in all, another recommended book that I certainly wouldn't stop you from getting a copy of.


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Book Review: A Bouquet of Love

Posted by Katrina Roets at 8:00 AM

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cassia Pappas has found herself in a nearly impossible situation. She wants to spend her time immersed in her new job at a Galveston Island floral shop, arranging blooms and brightening occasions with her lovely creations. But her huge Greek family--especially her father--has other ideas. They've all relocated to Galveston to open up a new family restaurant location on the Strand--directly across the street from the Rossi's popular pizza place--and they want Cassia's full participation.

To make matters worse, as Cassia is trying to develop a strong professional relationship with Galveston's premier wedding coordinator, Bella Neeley, her own father is intent on stealing all of the Rossi family's faithful customers. Not exactly the best way to get into Bella's good graces!

Still, at least Alex, that hot delivery guy from the nursery, is always hanging around the flower shop . . .

Fan favorite Janice Thompson gives readers one more romp with Bella, Galveston, and the bustling wedding biz in the final installment of her popular series. Anyone who loves quirky families, loads of laughter, and tender romance will find themselves hooked.

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Hooked sums it up nicely. I was hooked on the other books in this series and this one wasn't any different. Poor Cassia! She really found herself in quite a pickle more than once. This is one of those great books where you'll laugh, you'll groan and you'll be thrilled to catch up with some of the characters that you met in other books. Every time Cassia's father came up with a new idea, I chuckled and wondered how I'd do in a family like theirs. It was full of love, but also had a uniqueness that no other family could compete with. If Janice Thompson ever wants to go back to Galveston, I'll be along for the ride.

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Book Promo: Andreas - Dubai Vol 1

Posted by Katrina Roets at 10:42 AM

Monday, August 18, 2014

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Andreas – Dubai VOL I AUTHOR: Bella Ross GENRE: 3 part BDSM/Erotic Romance Serial One determined Journalist…. Freelance journalist, Genevieve Parker, has just been handed the biggest story of her career. But there’s one problem…Going undercover as a submissive in one of the most exclusive BDSM clubs in the world was more than she bargained for. But that’s nothing compared to the man she meets there. Andreas Contos. Her assignment. Gorgeous. Powerful. Mysterious. Genevieve is fascinated…intrigued. But does her intense attraction and willingness to go places with him she’s never gone before sexually really have to do with writing her exposé? Feeling confused and overwhelmed, every instinct tells her to run before her professional facade comes crashing down…before she has to choose between obligation and desire.... One elusive billionaire… Greek billionaire, Andreas Contos, is more than he seems. Between the powerful company he keeps and the secrets that lurk behind closed doors, trusting anyone is out of the question – especially the lush and sensual woman he just met. But there is something different about Genevieve – a guarded nature he’s anxious to penetrate. Unable to resist her, Andreas proceeds in taking her under his wing for the night to show her his world – a world of exquisite pleasure. As the two of them get deeper in exploring the eroticism of mind and body, danger watches them from the shadows….

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Bella Ross wrote her first book (a novel) at eighteen a la Jackie Collins. But back then, unbeknownst to her, life was about to take her on a detour. As she set off on her new course, her dream of writing took a backseat. But after many years of worldly pursuits, the urge to write returned. With her love of travel, it is no surprise that her ‘Wanderlust Series’ & ‘Club Pluto Series’ take place in glamorous capitals or exotic locales around the world. Its the perfect backdrop/setting for her characters to explore and indulge their lusts and passions, loves and desires. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, or gallivanting all over seeking new inspiration, or people watching while enjoying a latte at Starbucks and jotting down ideas. She loves to hear from readers and looks forward to interacting through her social media channels. So stop by and say hi!

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