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searching for hope by michael josephTITLE: Searching for Hope
AUTHOR: Michael Joseph
GENRE: Mystery
PAGES: 201
PUBLISHED: July 11, 2014
FORMATS: Ebook
PURCHASE: Amazon US | Amazon UK

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Searching for Hope by Michael Joseph

Free on Amazon from 25 October to 26 October 2014.

book synopsisOn a bitter January night, private detective Sam Carlisle steps out of a nightclub and stumbles across a severely wounded man prostrate on the freezing ground. Despite Sam’s efforts to save him, the stranger dies in his arms, uttering three small words before taking his final breath.

Help. Me. Find.

In the days that follow, the tragic encounter plays increasingly on Sam’s mind. Who was the victim? What was he trying to find? With the police investigation drawing a total blank, Sam searches for the truth himself, determined to carry out the dead man’s cryptic final request. However, following in the footsteps of a murdered man brings plenty of danger of its own.

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The Ashes Series by Diana Gardin – Cover Re-launch and Giveaway

I’m pleased to be hosting the re-launch of The Ashes Series by Diana Gardin on the blog today. These two fabulous books have now been revamped with gorgeous new covers to suit and as I’ve reviewed both these titles before my thoughts are also included. Diana is also hosting a giveaway and prizes include a $5 Amazon gift card and e-book copies of her books.
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OUT OF THE ASHES – REVIEW

SYNOPSIS:

Out of the frying pan and into the fire…
Paige Hill is discovering who she is again after losing everything she loves in a tragic fire. She’s endured a long road to recovery with the help of her best friend Gillian and is finally beginning her life again: college, a job, and a blossoming love she never even saw coming.
Clay Forbes is the notorious campus playboy. He’s a star athlete, a senior architecture major, and the only son in a family with power and money back in his hometown. When he crashes into Paige, his whole perspective on life shifts, and his world as he knew it becomes nonexistent. He’s wrapped up in her.
They’re both learning how to love, but Clay’s ex-girlfriend Hannah won’t make it easy for them. She puts a target on Paige’s back, and won’t stop until she’s derailed their budding romance once and for all. Who will be left standing after the ashes settle for the second time?

REVIEW:

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This book is a wonderful story of survival and finding the strength to get on with life. Paige has lost everything; her family included in a tragic house fire and after spending a year recovering from extensive burns in hospital she is now well enough to leave and is keen to start living her life.
This book is well written, very clear and concise, flows along at a good pace, so much so that I had trouble putting this book down. The emotions from the very likeable characters are well projected that you feel as though you’re in their shoes. It is written in dual point of view between Paige and Clay which is great a drawing the reader into their relationship.
Paige and Clay make a wonderful pair. Paige is moving on with her life after her family tragedy. She’s enrolled in college and is determined to make a go of the life that has been dished out to her. This is where she meets Clay, who is drawn to her instantly. He’s a playboy who is happy to love em’ and leave em’ until he meets Paige, he can’t get off his mind. Their relationship is sweet and caring, and even the love scenes between them are tastefully written.
Our villain in this piece is Hannah, Clay’s ex-girlfriend. She is convinced that Clay will marry her and tries her best at tearing him and Paige apart. Hannah is a nasty character but her antics keep the story interesting as she is quite unpredictable. Her situation at the end of this book came as a complete surprise to me.
The book does end with a cliffhanger, and I felt it coming the closer I got to the end, so it was not much of a shock. However it does create a great opening for the next book in this series, and I look forward to reading that also.
This story has a bit of everything a nice romance, drama, mystery and suspense. I recommend it if you’re looking for more than just romance in a read. Great story!
I rate this book 4 stars.

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SETTLING ASHES – REVIEW

SYNOPSIS:

He broke her heart, she’s missing the largest piece of the puzzle…
Paige Hill is no stranger to physical pain, but the ache that plagues her heart is an entirely new kind of hurt. She left Rutherford to escape it, but did she make a huge mistake? Her ex-boyfriend Beau, who scooped up the broken pieces of Paige like he never got the chance in their past, doesn’t think so. He wants her to stay…
Clay Forbes can’t eat, can’t sleep, and can’t fight the murder charge that hangs like a guillotine over his head. None of it matters if Paige won’t forgive him. He’ll do anything to find her and bring her home.
But how safe will that home be when the two are finally reunited? It seems the death of Hannah Davis is definitely unfinished business in their small college town, and someone is still on a mission to keep Clay and Paige apart…this time forever.

REVIEW:

Copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review

I enjoyed this follow on from book one in this series – Out of The Ashes. Once again it is well written expresses the broad range of emotions such as love, jealousy, grief, fear and helplessness very well. It has a little bit of everything, love, drama, murder, mystery and suspense without becoming too predictable. The person responsible for the murder in book one was not whom I expected at all, and I loved that!
It’s written in a dual point of view between Clay and Paige and once again these characters and all the secondary characters are very likeable. We hear a little more from some of these secondary characters in this installment, and found their story very sweet and was drawn to them.
My only dislike with this book was that I felt there was not enough closure on the charges that Clay was facing, and they just seemed to be forgotten about. Having said that you knew what the outcome of those charges would be.
The romance in the book is very sweet, and the tastefully written sex scenes leave most of it up to your imagination. ;-)
It has a lovely happily ever after which ends this book perfectly.
Overall, a great read and a series that I recommend to anyone who is not looking for just a romance read, and need some drama and mystery involved.
4 Stars!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Diana is the author of the YA novel COLORBLIND, and the NA Contemporary Romance novels OUT OF THE ASHES, SETTLING ASHES, AND WANTING FOREVER. All are available for purchase now. Diana is a Virginia girl living In South Carolina, and her beloved home in the South is the backdrop for all of her novels. She adores writing about Southern girls and boys finding their way in and out of love. She’s married to the love of her life, and they have two fabulous/crazy children under the age of five.

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Blogging Challenge Day 5 – Six ways to win your heart

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Today is day five of the blogging challenge and the topic is “Six ways to win your heart”.

I suppose you would expect me to answer this with flowers, dinner, chocolate, diamonds or material things. Nope, not me! I’m not much of a romantic and I think there are other things that are more important to be able to win my heart. In no particular order they are:-

  1. Laughter – If you can make me laugh then you’re off to a good start.
  2. Kindness - People who think of other people and no only themselves and treat others how you would like to be treated yourself.
  3. Honesty - I hate phony people. Honesty is the best policy, as they say.
  4. Manners - These are sorely lacking from a lot of people these days and it’s refreshing to see someone with them.
  5. Good conversation - if you can hold a conversation, show genuine interest and be relaxed while together, that’s a good thing.
  6. Lastly, of course compliments go a long way too. That person needs to make you feel good about yourself and that can make someone addictive to be around. We all need that at some stage don’t we? ;-)

What are six ways to win your heart? Can you add any more to this list?

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

∗Day 6 of this challenge will continue next Monday.∗

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Remember Me by Kathy-Jo Reinhart – Review

remember me by kathy-jo reinhartTitle: Remember Me
Series: Oakville Series #2
Author: Kathy-Jo Reinhart
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 180
Published: September 9, 2014
Formats: Ebook, Paperback
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon

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book synopsis

After six years of being apart, Amber and Kyle finally found each other again, only to be ripped apart once more by a force they couldn’t control. After a tragic accident that almost takes Amber’s life, she’s left in a hospital without any memory. She doesn’t know who she is, let alone the man that she married and has loved since childhood.

When Amber finally wakes from her coma, Kyle feels like he can breathe again. The hope that he has held onto every day he has sat in the hospital with her has pulled through. They can now push Beau behind them and finally get the happily ever after they deserve. Only, Amber has no idea who he is.

Feeling his hope wither away once more, Kyle sets out and makes it his personal duty to help her remember, or make her fall in love with him again. After all, they have a connection that can pull through anything, and will.

Is their love really enough to conquer even the most difficult and life-altering situations?

Trust is lost, promises are broken, and hearts are shattered.

Will Kyle and Amber be able to withstand the changes ahead of them, or will it tear them apart for good?

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Remember Me is the second book in the Oakville series, and it takes up where First Love left off. Here are my thoughts on this fabulous second installment:

  • This book has a storyline that can be easily related to by women in particular. It feels like a very personal journey.
  • As a result it’s a very emotional read and the turmoil the characters are going through is expressed beautifully.
  • I like to describe the main characters in this book as ‘very human’. They feel like people you would know and not just characters from a book who are completely ‘perfect’, these people have their flaws just like the rest of us.
  • The secondary characters were also fantastic and I liked that they brought a little humour to the story as well as loving support for Kyle and Amber.
  • It’s narrated from the point of views of Kyle and Amber in the first person.
  • The writing is great and moves at a good pace. I found it impossible to lose interest, especially when the situation was quite intense.
  • The only confusing aspect of this book was knowing whether or not Amber had fully regained her memory from the amnesia. I felt this aspect was lost in the new challenges that the couple were faced with.
  • An ending that was fitting for this couple and yes it’s a happy one. We love that!

Overall, a book that has happiness, bliss, heartbreak, grief, loss, drama and even a little humour. A nice book all round on the emotions, a little teary at times but no ugly crying involved, and a great follow-up to First Love by Kathy-Jo Reinhart.

A fabulous 4 stars!

4 stars

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Blogging Challenge Day 4 – Seven favourite posts from your blog

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Today is day four of the blogging challenge and the topic is “Seven favourite posts from your blog”.

Here are 7 of my favourite posts that I have published to date. They are in no particular order but I have enjoyed writing/putting together these posts:

  1. Saturday Sweet Treat – Little Strawberry Pies – This is my first recipe post and I was so proud of it, plus the pies turned out great which was a bonus.
  2. Funny Search Terms – This was the first time I’d really looked at the terms people were searching with and landing on my site. They were so funny I just had to share them.
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth – Book vs Movie Review – I loved both the movie and the book and I couldn’t review one without the other.
  4. Temper for You by Genna Rulon – I only wrote this review recently and the reason it’s a favourite is because it felt so easy to write and that was a pleasant change for me.
  5. Nana Prah – Do Erotic Writers Practice what they write? – I enjoyed this guest post from Nana and the poll she conducted was worthy of a few giggles especially when the results were coming through. I wonder how honest everyone was? ;-)
  6. 10 Best Love Songs – I love music and it was enjoyable searching YouTube to find some of these oldies but goodies!
  7. Saturday Snapshot – Sunset – I loved the sunset this particular day in August and I’m so proud of these photos. I just wish I’d had my good camera on me this day, but thankfully I had my phone to retain the memory.

Hope you enjoy looking through some of my favourite posts. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Captivated By You

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event. Hosted by Breaking the Spine, it spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. Captivated by you.

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This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

waiting on wednesday - captivated by youCaptivated By You by Sylvia Day

Publication Date: November 18, 2014

Captivated by You - Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.

The vows we’d exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn’t sure I was strong enough to bear.

At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we’d worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we’d had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream…

What are you “waiting on” this week?

Sharon

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Blogging Challenge Day 3 – Eight Places You Want To Visit

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Today is day three of the blogging challenge and the topic is “Eight places you want to visit”.

These are in no particular order but, I’d love to be able to visit these places some day:

1. New York City – This place intrigues me and we hear so much news from this part of the world I can’t help but want to visit there some day.

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2. New Zealand – I’ve been to New Zealand about 13 years ago and I loved it, such a beautiful place. I would love to explore this whole country. One of the best parts it that it’s only a 3 hour flight from Sydney, woohoo!

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3. The Caribbean – I would love to do a cruise around this region, I think it would be fabulous.

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4. Hawaii - Oh gosh, where do I start here. We see this place on movies and TV shows so often. I know heaps of people who have been there and have raved about it. How can I not want to go there?

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5. Canada – Many friends over the years have recommended a visit to Canada, and it’s made my list because of the encouraging reviews from everyone. Besides I’ve been friends with several Canadians over the years and the people are so nice. :-)

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6. UK – I haven’t been to this part of the world since I was a young child and at some stage I’d love to venture back there.

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7. Malta – My husbands heritage is Maltese, and he and I would both love to see where his family has come from.

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8. France – Is it the food or the scenery, I’m not quite sure what my main interest in France is as I last visited here as young child, but oh yum their desserts are fabulous!!

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My list could have gone on forever but it had to end with eight. Did any of these places make you list? I would love to hear where you would like to visit some day.

Thanks for reading. Have a great day!

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Temper For You by Genna Rulon – Review

temper for you by genna rulonTitle: Temper For You
Series: For You #3
Author: Genna Rulon
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Pages: 312
Published: September 24, 2014
Formats: Ebook, Paperback
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon

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book synopsis

“Life is messy. Love is messier.” -Catch and Release

Meg Adeio has led a life of isolation—not by choice, by necessity—until one act of heroism forces her out of seclusion. Despite a past shrouded in mystery, Meg is “adopted” by an eclectic group of friends that become the family she never had. Life was good for the first time in…ever.

Or it was until Westly Black reappeared on her doorstep. She knew he was the last man any woman should give her time to—only good for one thing—yet a temptation no woman could deny. Wes might make her life messy, but Meg’s eyes were wide open and she had it under control. At least she thought she did.

When past and present collide, loyalties are tested, forcing Meg to sacrifice her future to protect those she loves.

Temper For You is a gripping story of regret, deception, and redemption – filled with raw emotion, sarcastic wit, intrigue, and love’s propensity to forgive.

• Though Temper For You is a part of the For You Series, it can be read as a stand alone
• This story is appropriate for readers 18+

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Temper For You offers a great dose of love, lust, drama , humour and intrigue, which makes for a fantastic end to this series. Here’s why:-

  • Genna Rulon has a lovely writing style that expresses great emotion and the story flows at a good pace which held my interest in the story.
  • The characters are very likeable and I found traits in each of them I could relate to. As for the main characters; Meg’s background was not at all what I was expecting and liked this element of surprise. Wes was the typical arrogant lawyer that I’ve come to expect in reads similar to these, but he is very swoon-worthy and sweet towards Meg.
  • The antics of the secondary characters Ev and Sam were great and left me chuckling on more than one occasion.
  • Love scenes between Meg and Wes were very steamy without any ‘over sharing’ of the nitty-gritty details. ;-)
  • I enjoyed the dual point of view between Meg and Wes that the story was told from.
  • My only gripe would be that I found the story dragged on a little bit when Meg would drift off into her internal monologue, until one of the other characters snapped her out of it.
  • The ending is a happy one and you feel like all the characters are in a good place in their lives and that they will be OK.

Overall, a lovely read to end this fascinating series. If you haven’t read any of Genna’s books as yet, I highly recommend that you JUST DO IT! As you will not be disappointed.

4 fantastic stars!

4 stars

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Blogging Challenge Day Two – 9 Books You Want To Read

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It’s day two of the 10 Day blogging challenge. Today’s topic is “Nine books you want to read”. Here is my list of books that I want to read:- Cover pictures link to their respective Goodreads page.

1. Captivated by You by Sylvia Day – I can’t wait for this one to be released as I simply love the Crossfire Series.
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2. Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard – I have had this sitting on my shelf for months and I’m hoping to be able to read this one very soon.
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3. Breakable by Tammara Webber – I loved Easy and when I heard about this I was thrilled, can’t wait to get my hands on it.
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4. Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens – The Thoughtless series is one of my favourites and it should be an interesting read from Kellan’s point of view.
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5. Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout – I’ve heard so many good things about this series and have had this book sitting on my kindle for a while. I need to read it very soon I think!obsidian by jennifer l armentrout

6. Remember Me by Stacey Nash – I was lucky enough to have been given a copy to review, as with the first in the Collective series; Forget Me Not. I’m very keen to see where this series goes.remember me by stacey nash

7. A Shade of Vampire: A Shade of Kiev  by Bella Forrest – Another great series and now that it turns in a different direction with Kiev I can’t wait to see what happens next.
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8. Eyes of Ember by Rebecca Ethington – This is book 2 in the Imdalind Series and it’s been way too long since I read the first book, which I loved.
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9. Fulfillment by K.M. Golland – Book 3 in the Temptation series. It’s been a while since I’ve read book 2 and now I’m seeing this series sitting in the local department stores I need to get reading!
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I could have added so many books to this list as my TBR pile is as long as my arms. However I could only add 9 and these are at the pointy end of the list. Any of these on your list?

Thanks for reading. Have a great day!

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Geek Bearing Gifts by Milly Taiden – Review

Geek Bearing Gifts by Milly TaidenTitle: Geek Bearing Gifts
Series: Paranormal Dating Agency #2
Author: Milly Taiden
Genre: Fantasy, Erotica, Paranormal
Pages: 182
Published: September 21, 2014
Formats: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon

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book synopsis

Nita Islas wants to find love. She’s tired of the superficial relationships and is ready to give true romance a try. She uses the Paranormal Dating Agency and hopes they can help her where all others have failed. What she didn’t expect was to find her date flat on his back in nothing more than a towel.

Ky Stone has been in love with curvy and funny Nita since they were in High School. When she moved away, she took his heart with her. Then one day Ky wakes up to find her leaning over him. He’s sure he’s died and gone to heaven. He has no idea what she’s doing there, but he’s sure as hell not letting her leave.

Fate, meddling family and the PDA have brought them together again. The chemistry between them is explosive. But there’s problems with Ky’s neighboring clan and he’s keeping secrets from Nita. He needs to find a way to open up to her or lies and unexpected danger could tear them apart…forever.

Reader Warning: This book contains lots of scorching sex (dirty dirty dirty sex), adult language (hanky panky with no dirty talk is no fun), and violence. If this is not the kind of stuff you like to read, skip this book. However, if you like dirty, raunchy sex with a hot bear on one curvy sarcastic girl, then this is right up your alley. Enjoy!

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This book promised dirty sex…never did I think I would have to take that statement so literally. ;-)

Geek Bearing Gifts is a likeable sexy little romp in the woods between a city girl and a geeky guy who is a shifter, with his animal being a bear. It has relatable characters, a nice mix of drama, a little violence and some steamy sexy scenes that make for a fast paced fun read.

As with the previous book in this series, Twice the Growl, I liked this story, didn’t love it, but if you looking for a quick read complete with some steamy and very dirty sex scenes then this is for you.

A steamy and filthy 3 stars! :-D

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