Quick Hits: Disobedience by Alvania Scarborough + Edge S2P1 by Jamie Magee

Series: Harker’s Hell 1
Format: Mobi
Release Date: June 16, 2014
Publisher: Silver Harbor Press
Source: Author
Recommended By: Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Genre: Western Historical | Fantasy

Harker’s Hell. Early settlers thought they’d found a western re-creationist’s heaven. Instead, the new world is a hellish version of the Old West. Now the seeds of long-ago conflict are stirring to life.

Dissonance Walker believed she’d seen the worst life had to offer, only to find she’s dead wrong. Sold to a secret organization by her parents for the price of a new stove, her ability to disobey is ripped away by a brutal experiment. Determined to find the key to restore her freedom, she manages to escape her captors, only to end up in the worst place for a woman that can’t say no—on a saloon stage, ready to be sold to the highest bidder.

Bram Spencer is sure the heat has baked his brains. With his friend murdered and his ranch under attack, he needs to attend a little unfinished business. Buying some fool woman because she pokes at scabs he thought long healed, isn’t on the list. It’s bad enough he has to go through the fuss of rescuing her, now he discovers the only way to grant her freedom is to marry her. This is why he never plays the hero—no good deed goes unpunished.

Secrets have a long life. Sometimes decades. Now the sins of the past have returned, ready to collect their dues. Only trust can save Dissonance and Bram from a shocking evil… but trust is a hard commodity to come by on the frontier.

A western sci-fi romantic fantasy. This criss-cross of genre is what lured me to read Alvania Scarborough’s DISOBEDIENCE. Bounty hunters, outlaws, and gun slingers ruling this frontier, it’s sure to be one wild ride. I love the old Western feel of the novel, after watching Hell on Wheels, I could clearly imagine Harker’s Hell, tumbleweeds, horse manure, and all. I also liked the hidden treasure theory and the whole search for it as well as the crazy scientists who are after Dissonance. Exciting madcap of events towards the end there.
Dissonance Walker and Bram Spencer. These two were on fire! Kimberly, I didn’t know you read super sexy reads like this!! You little sneak! Anyway, I’m surprised these two didn’t start a fire with all the friction they’ve created in the bedroom. Whew! 
DISOBEDIENCE, though tagged Sci-Fi/Western Fantasy felt more like Western Historical romance for me. Not that it’s bad, I was just expecting something like Cowboys and Aliens, with maybe some small nuances that would notate that this isn’t exactly the Wild West. Also, Dissonance supposedly has a chip that compels her to obey a command. Fascinating premise but it’s either the chip is flawed or Dissonance’s will is stronger because the lady didn’t have much problem disobeying IMO. Girl’s sassy, not that it’s bad, it just didn’t match the premise. 
I recommend DISOBEDIENCE if you love Western Historical romances though. Just don’t expect too much on the fantasy aspect.
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Series: Edge Season 2 Part 1
Format: Mobi
Release Date: May 18, 2015
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: New Adult | Fantasy
Immortals never resolve conflict with lovers or enemies. They either entomb the turmoil, literally, or shroud it in their past, never expecting to face the fight once more. Knowing if they ever did, for better or worse, life would never be the same again.

Five years ago life was good at the Boneyard. The Sons, led by Reveca Beauregard, were unstoppable. Judge was in love. For the first time in his existence, he’d found acceptance, balance, and a rush in a lover. He found it within the soul of Adair Vallet, a mortal. In one beat, the unthinkable befell the Sons. One of their own turned on them, forcing a divide. A Son had to die. A lover had to be let go. And for Judge, life stopped.
Today, Adair Vallet is oblivious of the man’s heart she still holds, yet she mourns the emptiness she feels within. Her life explodes into action when the dead rise and she’s forced into the clutches of the Pentacle Sons. Quickly she finds herself twisted into a malevolent past thick with betrayal, mysticism, and passion. Edge is a novella series in a Paranormal Biker Romance, set in the great city of New Orleans. Rich with action, mystery, romance, and mysticism.
DISCLAIMER: Edge is a serial and each “episode” has 4 chapters. The season 1 omnibus is already out. Season 2 just started, this is the first part. 
EDGE season 2, episode 1 was a little heartbreaking for me. We got a little peak into the Pentacle Sons’ past and it wasn’t a pretty backstory. Betrayals, deaths, sacrifices, love lost, gah! It’s so hard when one of your own does the betraying. Also, I didn’t really pay much attention to Adair in the previous episoded, that’s all changed now for sure! I’m just not certain where this puts her in the whole scheme of things. Unless I got it wrong, I get the feeling that she’s not necessarily Team Reveca right now…
Speaking of. Queen Bee, Reveca Beauregard, is sick and tired of all the bullshit that’s going on around her. So what does she do? She frickin’ moves an entire house, more like a mansion, using magic. Damn, can she do that for me too?! Anyway,  obviously, Reveca can’t handle the pressure of her love life currently. King’s pull is just too much and Talon is like the Tasmanial Devil, spinning little angry twisters and Reveca just needs a break from all of it! Good call, girl! Give the boys time out.

Speaking of Judge. Oh my, I think I got a crush on him. He went all Alpha here but Adair is so dense! With all that power and magic, why can’t she figure out the obvious?! 

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Loved It: At The Stars by Elisabeth Staab

Series: Evergreen Grove 1
Format: Mobi
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

A GIRL TRYING TO LEAVE HER PAST BEHIND
I was a normal teenager who loved music and dancing, until the day I was attacked in my favorite record store. A few years later when my mom succumbed to depression and took her own life, I couldn’t stay in my hometown with all the memories and the curious stares. I decided to get in my car and just go – except my car decided it was done going outside a tiny place called Evergreen Grove. That’s where I found Jake. Or I guess Jake found me.
A GUY WHO CAN’T LET HIS GO
For the last eight years, all I can think about is the day I ended another man’s life. Then I manage to save Cassie’s, and I feel like maybe I’ve got some kind of second chance. To do what I couldn’t before, or maybe even for something bigger. Something like love. If only I could feel like I deserve her.

What a sweet romance story to get lost in! AT THE STARS, Elisabeth Staab’s first stab at NA, didn’t annoy me one bit. In fact, it doesn’t have the usual “sex, drama, & rock ‘n roll” the genre is infamous for. The story is quite simple, boy and girl are running away from their pasts. Then the stars aligned, they met, fell in love, helped each other unload their respective baggages, stayed together. Amen.

Let me give you the details because I don’t want to over simplify it lest you think it’s boring. AT THE STARS is far from plain:

  • I loved the simplicity of the plot. The emotional depth of the story made up for its small radius. 
  • I like that it’s set in a small, never heard town where the locals are nice to strangers like Cassie. 
  • I love Cassie. This chick has a lot of spunk and just the right amount of vulnerability to make her endearing. It also didn’t hurt that she made the first move on Jake. She’s not slutty though, she just knows what she wants, how she wants it. Also, Cassie has been dealt quite a few lemons in life, didn’t use those as an excuse to be bitchy or started acting like the world owed her something though. I related to her especially the way she gravitated to music. When I was her age, I had mix tapes for every. Single. Mood I may have. Lastly, this chick is crazy in the best way possible.
  • I love Jake. See the cover? Well match those eyes with a kind-hearted man. No asshole moves, no temper tantrums, no “you don’t deserve a broken man like me” shit. He’s may look like a bad boy but he’s far from one. Super book boyfriend material.
  • I love this couple’s maturity! They’re not like reality stars where they blow up the most benign things out of proportion for the sake of drama. They might be new adults, but they dealt with their shiz like ADULTS.
  • I like the secondary characters. I hope AJ gets his own story and even if it’s M/M I’ll read it.
  • I love that the lack of “villains” like jealous exes or spurned lovers. Just lots of antagonistic situations stemming from their past that righted themselves eventually. 
  • I liked Cassie and Jake’s “dates” although I hoped there’s at least one super simple and romantic one for kicks. Hopeless romantic here! 
I swooned, had a goofy grin on my face, hugged my tablet a few times while reading AT THE STARS. I felt the moment these two fell in love, shot me through the heart and had me feeling giddy like a 20yo. Oh EStaab, I knew I could trust you, thank you for not giving us yet another NA lit! AT THE STARS is such a beautiful and touching. It’s young, hopeful, a bit angsty, and an overall swoontastic love story. Loved it!

All at once she bites her lip and I see her going for the drinks, but I slap my hand over hers. “You shouldn’t be walking home late. It’s dangerous.”
She gives me a look like she’s being patient with me. “It was good enough to get here. I’ll have AJ with me. We’ll be fine.”
She gestures toward the patio door where her buddy is probably waiting for her to return with the drinks. Dante chooses that moment to come inside, and I don’t like how he’s looking at her. Too much like he had a good dinner, and she could be dessert.
The icing on the cake comes when AJ calls through the open door. “Hey birthday girl, you bringing us drinks or what?”
Stupid fucker.
Dante grins at Cassie, veering her way like a homing missile. “Birthday girl, eh?”
She smiles slightly, trying to take the drinks again. “What do I owe you?”
My hand tightens over hers. “On the house.” I lean close, so nobody else can hear me over the din of music and chatter in the bar. “If you let me give you and AJ a ride back tonight.”
I can’t even believe it when she starts to pull away. “I can pay for the drinks.”
I’m still gripping her hand and feeling a surprising unwillingness to let the subject drop. “You’re not walking home in the dark on a night when everybody’s out getting stupid, with nobody but your skinny sidekick for protection.”
She presses her lips together, giving me what I figure is supposed to be a death stare for a few seconds before she caves. “Fine. My feet hurt anyway,” she says with a slight smile.
Cassie turns to go back to her table with her friend, and I turn to deal with Dante. My chest is tight and my heart is skipping around. I don’t take time to wonder why getting what I wanted has me more weirded-out than I was before.

Elisabeth Staab loves passionate stories and happy endings. Her books have been called “emotionally delicious,” “action-packed,” and “gloriously snarky.” When not writing romance, she enjoys date night with her husband, reading Harry Potter with her kids, and marathoning her favorite books or TV series. 

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Suped Feature: At The Stars by Elisabeth Staab & The New Adult Tropes

At The Stars
Elisabeth Staab
New Adult Contemporary Romance
May 5, 2015

A GIRL TRYING TO LEAVE HER PAST BEHIND
I was a normal teenager who loved music and dancing, until the day I was attacked in my favorite record store. A few years later when my mom succumbed to depression and took her own life, I couldn’t stay in my hometown with all the memories and the curious stares. I decided to get in my car and just go – except my car decided it was done going outside a tiny place called Evergreen Grove. That’s where I found Jake. Or I guess Jake found me.
A GUY WHO CAN’T LET HIS GO
For the last eight years, all I can think about is the day I ended another man’s life. Then I manage to save Cassie’s, and I feel like maybe I’ve got some kind of second chance. To do what I couldn’t before, or maybe even for something bigger. Something like love. If only I could feel like I deserve her.

All at once she bites her lip and I see her going for the drinks, but I slap my hand over hers. “You shouldn’t be walking home late. It’s dangerous.”
She gives me a look like she’s being patient with me. “It was good enough to get here. I’ll have AJ with me. We’ll be fine.”
She gestures toward the patio door where her buddy is probably waiting for her to return with the drinks. Dante chooses that moment to come inside, and I don’t like how he’s looking at her. Too much like he had a good dinner, and she could be dessert.
The icing on the cake comes when AJ calls through the open door. “Hey birthday girl, you bringing us drinks or what?”
Stupid fucker.
Dante grins at Cassie, veering her way like a homing missile. “Birthday girl, eh?”
She smiles slightly, trying to take the drinks again. “What do I owe you?”
My hand tightens over hers. “On the house.” I lean close, so nobody else can hear me over the din of music and chatter in the bar. “If you let me give you and AJ a ride back tonight.”
I can’t even believe it when she starts to pull away. “I can pay for the drinks.”
I’m still gripping her hand and feeling a surprising unwillingness to let the subject drop. “You’re not walking home in the dark on a night when everybody’s out getting stupid, with nobody but your skinny sidekick for protection.”
She presses her lips together, giving me what I figure is supposed to be a death stare for a few seconds before she caves. “Fine. My feet hurt anyway,” she says with a slight smile.
Cassie turns to go back to her table with her friend, and I turn to deal with Dante. My chest is tight and my heart is skipping around. I don’t take time to wonder why getting what I wanted has me more weirded-out than I was before.

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I love Elisabeth Staab, she had me trying and reading a few things that I won’t necessarily gravitate to, but end up liking. So even if New Adult isn’t my cuppa, I trust her enough to know that I will at the very least enjoy AT THE STARS. She’s here today to talk about NA tropes this genre is notorious for. 


A Tattooed Bad Boy, a Teenage Runaway, and a Wounded Heroine Walk Into a Bar

(Look, Mom, I wrote a new adult novel!)
By Elisabeth Staab



Okay, so first? Thank you to Braine for letting me come on the blog. Second? I honestly don’t think my mom will ever read any of my books, and that’s probably best for everyone involved. 😉

So. New adult. I started reading the genre a little while after it emerged, I guess, and I found I loved it for all the reasons I found it so heartbreaking to read: it took me back to a difficult and confusing time in my life. YA is similar, of course, except the characters in NA are largely on their own and struggling to find their place in the world. The stakes are higher, in theory, with little or no parental safety net.

It’s a genre that tackles many complex issues, and some that I think are particularly important during that early-adult period in a person’s life. Sarina Bowen’s recent release, The Shameless Hour, does an excellent job of casting a light on slut shaming, and Robin York’s Deeper similarly takes on “revenge porn.”

The emotional punch of these kinds of topics are why I thought I’d never want to write NA (not that all NA is angsty). As much as I loved reading these books, my own college-aged years were difficult, and I didn’t want to revisit that time period even in a fictional sense.

Next thing I knew I was writing At the Stars.

Cassie and Jake came to me a little over two years ago, in the middle of the night. I guess that’s fitting, since that’s when they meet. Cassie is stranded by the road in the dark, and Jake saves her.

I resisted writing At the Stars as hard as Jake resisted his attraction to Cassie, which is probably why it took two years to finish.

Is it an “average” new adult novel? I think yes and no.

Some of the things that you might expect to find in an average new adult novel do not appear in At the Stars. There’s not much sex, because Cassie is an assault survivor and Jake spends most of the book trying to convince himself he is not going to sleep with her. Anyone who’s read my adult novels knows I don’t shy away from writing explicit love scenes when the moment calls for it, but for these characters it didn’t fit (it’s character dependent, really. I suspect there will be more on-page sex in the sequel, because those characters have a different story to tell).

There will also be no billionaires in At the Stars, which according to my recent Amazon searches are also common in NA right now (and where are these kids getting all their money? When I was in my 20’s I lived on Ramen and cold pizza). And no step-siblings, which might be a bummer, because apparently those books are selling like hotcakes.

There is plenty of classic angst in At the Stars (one of Jake’s scenes makes me cry whenever I read it, because I’m a sap like that). There’s a wounded heroine—I say wounded rather than damaged, because Cassie is a survivor, and we meet her in At the Stars when she is in the process of picking up a life that recently fell apart. She’s healing, and while she makes some very human mistakes (as all 21 year old girls do), she fights for her happiness, which is what we all want, ultimately.

And then there’s Jake, who I love beyond all reason. He’s probably one of my favorite heroes that I’ve written. He ran away from home as a teenager, and soon after there was a terrible accident where a friend died. He blames himself. He tries so hard to keep the world away, and by the time he meets Cassie he doesn’t even realize how much he’s dying for someone to love.

So as many times as I stopped and put the book aside because it didn’t fit anywhere in my to-do list, Jake pushed me to pick it back up. And then finally I saw the picture that would become the cover for At the Stars, and I was stuck. I had to finish.

And now, here we are. Wounded heroine? Check. Bad boy who ran away from home? Check. Angst? Check. A little humor? Check. Gay sidekick who used to be a male escort? I wasn’t aware, but I read something recently about the prevalence of gay BFFs in new adult. I swear I hadn’t noticed that trend, but anyway, Cassie has one of those too.

Happy ending? I don’t write them any other way.

Happy reading, everyone!

Elisabeth Staab loves passionate stories and happy endings. Her books have been called “emotionally delicious,” “action-packed,” and “gloriously snarky.” When not writing romance, she enjoys date night with her husband, reading Harry Potter with her kids, and marathoning her favorite books or TV series. 

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Quick Hits: Boy Toy by Jay McLean & Darkness Falls by Erin Kellison

Boy Toy | Toy Boy Chronicles 1 | Jay McLean
Contemporary New Adult | March 3, 2015 | Self-published | Bought
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BOY TOY by Jay McLean was a random purchase for me. I got the deal alert via email, read the blurb, and decided to grab the novella because it sounded fun. 


And it was! Boy Toy Inc. is a bunch of fraternity guys working as male escorts or gigolos and their clientele are bored housewives. Leading the pack is Tyler West, founder and frat president, handsome, very simpatico, and very much in love with his best friend, Allie. 

Tyler’s “service” adventures were hilarious aside from the expected sexy times. There’s a mother-daughter snafu wherein a giant black dildo named Wesley Snipes. was used as a weapon. Then there’s the widow cat lady who likes “cat” play, for lack of a better word. Interspersed are crazy antics c/o Tyler’s frat brothers, who I want to get to know better *wink wink*, and Tyler’s pursuit of Allie. 

All in all, 99c was money well spent on BOY TOY. The characters were surprisingly fleshed out for a novella, the romantic slant with Allie might be imperfect, but it was still sweet, heartfelt, and heroic. Tyler’s sexual enterprise with the housewives were more funny and silly than sexual so I didn’t feel icky about his gigolo gigs.




Darkness Falls | Reveler 1 | Erin Kellison
Paranormal Romance | Fire Flower Publishing | May 12, 2014 | Bagged via Author
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DARKNESS FALLS by Erin Kellison has a very interesting concept. There’s a new party drug that can make people congregate in the dream plane, party, etc… Or something to that effect.


Psych PNR is a tricky sub genre for me. Wading through the rules, powers, et al, is like walking through a maze. In this case, I did a lot of head scratching because I could hardly follow the happenings in DARKNESS FALLS. I mean I think I know what went on but didn’t really have a clear grasp of the story. 
I like the premise enough, I think The Revelers is a unique one, I just had problems keeping up with it. Like it got so confusing at certain points I wasn’t sure if the characters were awake or someplace else because they will just faint or collapse while in the middle of something. So I have to go back and check what I missed because I didn’t catch the transition. 
The characters were okay, Malcolm and Jordan is a great pair, and since this is PNR, expect the insta-love. Evolved creatures just have a sixth sense for their mates. But with all the sinister stuff going on in the novella, I didn’t quite get invested in their romance. What I love is the nightmares that is seeping through reality. I would want to know more about that because it’s freaky! I would totally lose it if I find myself in a room full of snakes! 
DARKNESS FALLS is an okay start. I’m hoping that the next one would be smoother because I hate feeling like a dumb-dumb because I can’t follow these humans with super brains.

Suped Up: Strange Magic 1 by Michelle Mankin + Giveaway

Series: Strange Maigc 1 | The Magic Series

Format: Mobi
Release Date: January 22, 2015 
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: New Adult – PNR

Billy Blade is a hardworking, hard living, razor sharp musical force. Mysterious behind his dark shades, the rough around the edges Texan mesmerizes with his haunting harmonica and tantalizes with his dangerous looks and smooth country charm. His latest album is topping the charts. He’s the newly crowned King of the Bacchus Krewe. He’s definitely living the rock star dream.

Exotic Creole beauty Thyme Bellerose couldn’t be more content. She has it all. An adoring grandmother. A handsome Tulane medical student beau. A satisfying job in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Her life is as rich as the ice cream she creates. She’s got everything under control.

But control is an illusion. Dreams can turn into nightmares. And now during Mardi Gras, otherworldly powers stand ready to shape their destinies in ways they could never imagine.

Shadow and light. Magic and mystery. Reality and myth. All come together in a place where rules bend and lines blur. Even those between life and death.

Please note: This is Part One of a Two part novel. It does NOT stand alone. Part Two is available for pre-sale exclusively on Amazon. Recommended for mature readers. 17 and older.

Better late than never! I’m a little “late” for the release day party but I made it just in time to share not only my thoughts about Michelle Mankin’s latest project, STRANGE MAGIC, but also to share her epic giveaway below. Aside from her sexy rock stars, scorching romances, Ms. Mankin is a generous party host and I’ll be loathe not to share it with you. 
On to STRANGE MAGIC!
Thyme Bellarose’s story will have you glued from beginning to end. I love her spunk and stubbornness, this girl doesn’t stand down and rightfully so. She’s up for a long hard battle though and I’m anxious to see how she’s going to go about it considering she’s not necessarily well equipped to fight the people coming after her. Then again, its the reluctant ones that makes for great heroines so let’s see what kind of awesomeness Thyme’s going to be.
NOLA. Ice Cream. Voodoo. Music. Gods & their progeny. Crazy combo right but trust me it works! This little novella is the backstory to the main arc so it’s imperative that you read this otherwise things won’t make much sense when part 2 releases. Anyway I love STRANGE MAGIC P1 even if it ended in a big WTF What now?! way. STRANGE MAGIC captured my imagination, gave me a different kind of NOLA where evil hides in plain sight and all kinds of mischief happens in the shadows while  the music blasts and the alcohol flows. It’s playful and dangerous at the same time and I love this new musical fantasy MMankin penned for us, I’m excited to read some more!

MICHELLE MANKIN is the author of the Black Cat Records series of novels. Romance with subtext. For many years she worked in the insurance industry as an underwriter. Somehow, the boredom didn’t kill her but the hour and hours of looking at facts and figures provided ample time for her mind to wander. Black Cat Records in Vancouver provides the central backdrop for all of Michelle’s current novels. Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a Brutal Strength centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock ‘n roll industry. Things take a bit of a darker, edgier, once upon a turn with the Tempest series. These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there. When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend as she takes the children to school and back. 

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Loved It: A Little Faith by Emma James + Debut Writing Adventures

Series: Ocean Beach 1

Format: ARC

Publisher: Self 
Source: Author
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Release Date: October 9, 2014

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” ~ Bob Marley

Faith was nearly fifteen when her life was torn apart, she sheltered herself from knowing anything about that fateful day.

Six years later she is older and stronger and has decided to confront this sexy brotherhood of hot men she ignored for her own survival.

Harley, Keanu, Text, Levi and Retro will reveal to Faith all is not what it seems and she will discover the level of strength these friends possess.

She will come to realize the secrets they have all been shielding her from in humorous and emotional ways.

Faith isn’t going back to Dallas in a hurry, not until she can help those that need her the most.

This is a story of new beginnings, a strong brotherhood of sexy guys and a love that has been lost along the way. It is a story with twists and surprises that will tug at your heart as well as make you laugh.

Humor is a weapon that can only last so long until life peels the layers back and what is underneath and hurting shows through.

Faith wasn’t there for them when they needed her, but she damn well will make sure she is now.

Welcome to Ocean Beach.

Sometimes you just have to have A Little Faith.

Reader Note: This is a mature aged new adult/adult contemporary romance with a difference. This novel does not contain abusive parents, on the contrary. There is no mean girl, no rape or abuse or cheating. There is however a brotherhood of guys who will make you feel a whole range of emotions.

This novel does contain strong sexual content for the mature 18+ reader.

What I will tell you is this is a five book series with 2 novella’s also added to it. My style is different, readers are picking up on it. I am not just having boy meets girl in each book and HEA, there is more, much more going on. This is a series where all characters are strongly involved in each installment.

This review is different in that it’s personal. First I had an opportunity to take a peek on A LITTLE FAITH by Emma James while it was still on the drawing board and had the opportunity to be part of her beta group albeit in a very small way. Next I know the author personally so there’s a sense of pride that she created this story. I mean I struggle with reviews let alone a novel and for that alone my hat’s off to her; then there’s a sense of understanding regarding her creative process. EJames shared with me her vision for her output and that gave me a unique and in-depth view on the story itself; then there’s a sense of protectiveness not just because she’s my friend but also due to the aforementioned reasons. Yup, this review is subjective and honest so don’t think I’m gushing simply because EJames is a friend. 
A LITTLE FAITH has the markings of the usual NA and then some. The heart of the story portrays the aftermath of a tragic event where these Ocean Beach Boys lost a brother after the club they were in was bombed. Fast forward a few years later and Faith, the kid sister of Chance, came to visit with the hopes of getting closure. Unbeknownst to everyone including Faith, she is the heart of the final piece that gets will finally get them to a place of healing. 
The Ocean Beach Boys will pull your heartstrings no questions asked. Each wear their brokenness on their sleeves and its this vulnerability combined with their determination to make something good out of something so tragic that will make you in awe of them. Each has a unique personality that appeals to every reader’s preference book boyfriend wise: Harley is sort of the big brother, Keanu the technocrat, Retro the romantic, Text the mysterious brooding one, and Levi the joker. Though they share a common experience each of them were scarred differently, some emotional, another physical, one psychological, and it’s their brotherhood and strong camaraderie that keeps them strong, sane, going, and hopeful for something better. On a side note, these boys vaguely resemble The Black Dagger Brotherhood, like they’re the new adult contemporary version of our beloved Caldwell vamps. I don’t know if it’s their strong sense of fraternity or because I know EJames is a fan of Ward’s series or what. I feel compelled to mention that somehow.
Faith, to me, is a very interesting person in that her full story is yet to be told but she shared enough about her to validate that she IS a crucial part of this tale and I’d like to see where EJames is going to take her character from here. 
Personally I’m not a fan of multiple POVs for a few different reasons and IMO, A LITTLE FAITH can still have the same impact of it were told from a few or even on 3rd person POV as opposed to almost everyone getting the mic. I think the less voice heard telling the story the more centric and concentrated the plot is. Like the first half is about Faith and her reunion with her brother’s friends, etc. and the other half was Retro and Birdie’s story. On one hand it’s good in the sense that you’re sort of getting two stories in one while on the other it felt like the novel was split and so I didn’t really get to connect with Retro and Birdie’s HEA. However I also understand that EJames is trying to paint a vibrant landscape and positioning her players in a certain way to best draw out their stories.
Lastly, though minor, EJames’ storytelling is a little uneven. But because this is her debut novel and all, I’m a little forgiving. I’m sure it’ll flow smoothly once she’s in full gear. Overall A LITTLE FAITH is a good start, the premise stirring, and one can’t help but root for the characters. I especially love how it’s not super angsty and overly dramatic, there’s enough of that going around, as well as the unique combination of characters she created to bring this tale to life. 

HOUSEWIFE TO AUTHOR
By Emma James

It took me two years from conception to self publishing A Little Faith, the first book in my Ocean Beach series. Some authors can write a book a lot quicker in weeks or months, but I was determined to get it right first time round.

I had a fear of failure.

I wanted to bring my story of a brotherhood of sexy guys to life, but with an original and fresh take on contemporary romance. I needed what was buzzing about in my brain to translate onto paper, the right way. This took much thought and hard work and it was a very steep learning curve for me the closer I got to pressing publish on Amazon. Don’t even get me started on the paperback and what you need to do to get that up and running. It was all a little daunting, but CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

There are forms, I love forms (said sarcastically) to fill out and you will need help with what it takes to bring a story to digital format. I asked author friends for advice and they were more than happy to help a newbie out, they of course had already been through the whole green horn stage. I was this flower waiting to blossom, I just needed to know how to blossom.

Cover art was another thing that had to be conquered. They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but hell yeah, readers do. I’ve had the majority express their love for my cover being original and different. I set out to not use photo stock, I wanted an artist and I found the loveliest girl Jemina Venter, who saw my vision and did exactly what I wanted. I needed an artist so my covers were tailored to the characters. Much hidden detail is within each cover. I wanted their poses and facial expressions to relate to the story within. I wanted each cover when put side by side to show a scene. My characters are all going to be on the Municipal Pier in Ocean Beach, San Diego, when the covers are placed side by side it will be awesome. I get very excited to see what Jemina does with my characters. She blows my mind.

Cover art is up to the individual’s interpretation. Some love a cover and some don’t, but it’s the words within that tell the story and readers are noticing my reviews and the amazing response I have had to this group of flawed, sexy, strong and endearing group of men. I feel very blessed that readers are taking a chance on this housewife who had a dream and through a lot of hard work and determination made it happen.

I didn’t just sit down one day and start writing. I Google researched, set up a photo board of characters, I listened to music. I had a bunch of notebooks with ideas and scenes set across the five book series. I went into a lot of thought preparation before I even started typing. I knew I was going to be using multiple pov’s ( point of views ) and my characters were going to be flawed in more ways than one. I had an idea that plagued my brain for years until I knew what to do with it. It didn’t let up.

I plotted and planned and THEN I typed on my old clunker of a computer in my son’s bedroom, (for that is where the desktop resides) for eight months straight.

I hear authors talking of the wonder of a MAC computer, I have a 7 year old computer but you know what, as long as it has software you can write a book on, it doesn’t matter. A computer was not stopping me from getting this story down.

I had my sweat band on each day and typed my heart out and then I went over and over and over my work trying to find what was needed. I layered my characters and it shows in reviews the depth I went to. I breathed my characters in, they are an extension of my family. I wanted readers to care about them as much as I did.

I was now getting closer to the finish line, but I wanted feedback. I wanted to be criticised because I knew if I didn’t get the feedback beforehand, the readers would let me know. I wanted my book to be worth the hard earned cash that readers are willing to spend on a book. It was Beta reader time. I handpicked 3 Beta readers who I knew were well read. I chose one in USA, UK and Aust, for A Little Faith. My UK Beta reader is a god send, she reads my manuscripts three times. First time as a reader, second as a reviewer and third time… she checks under the door mat.

To be a Beta reader for me you have to be as honest as the day you were born. I listen, I ponder feedback and I eventually think up a solution if the feedback calls for it.

Louise my UK Beta reader made me laugh as much as I made her laugh. I loved all the feedback she gave me about making her laugh, cry and what?, I received from her. She told me to walk before I ran. I badly wanted to hang onto a 3000 word section of my manuscript. I held on for dear life and in the end it took me a few weeks to concede, but she was right. I was trying too hard to tell too much. This section needed to be in the second book and it fits perfectly.

Beta readers who are honest and well read are a valuable asset to an author. I have Beta read for many authors and I know it takes time and effort.

There is also the editor to seek out and connect with. I wound up with two ladies who are a team and work hard to get those commas in the right place and my sentences shiny. I thought I had it looking pretty darn awesome before I gave it to them. It did come back colourful…LOL but they did say it was by no means the worst one they have edited.

Then it was time to get the book ready for the various digital platforms and paperback. I chose to pay a formatter. Formatting a digital book and paperback are different. I personally think any new author should set money aside for a good editor and formatter.

I set aside $2000 for my first venture into the writing world to cover the costs for editor, formatter and cover designer. I didn’t have much change from this figure because I secured five covers with my cover designer. I also had to get banners made for various postings and places like facebook. I wanted to be as professional as I could afford to be.

Do not expect to make that money back in a hurry. Again some authors do.

The enormous amount of work it takes to write and release a book is lost on the reader, and also the amount of marketing an author must continually do each and every day to ensure their book is not lost in the ocean of new releases popping up every day of the year.

I was totally blind to the amount of administrative work and marketing that needed to be done. I soon learnt. There are banners to prepare, teasers, giveaways, takeovers on blogs, promos of your work. Then there is the time spent speaking to bloggers and hoping you can convince them to give up their valuable time to take a chance on you on top of their already full schedule. If you haven’t got a name for yourself, this is a difficult task indeed. I’m only now starting to feel that it is getting a lot easier convincing a blogger to take a chance on me as I have such positive and amazing reviews. Do not give up, just take the small wins and they will all add up eventually.

I thank all the readers and bloggers from the bottom of my heart who initially did not hesitate to support me. I am forever grateful to them as they just gave me a chance and without them, it would have been a much tougher and exhausting road.

I read and appreciate every review that a reader has taken the time to write no matter how long or short. My reviews have been so positive and it makes me smile when readers have enjoyed my story. It makes all the hard work and the continual hard work once the book is released that much sweeter.

Reviews are so important for a debut author. I know so many readers purely want to read a book and then move on to the next one. Writing a review does not interest them and that is cool. This is why I want to throw my arms around the reader who writes a review and thank them so dearly because without reviews, my job as a writer would be so, so, so much more difficult. Imagine trying to sell a book that hasn’t been reviewed.

What I’m so pleased about is all the reviewers have left the twists and spoilers out of their reviews. My guys all have secrets and the story starts one way and swings in another direction. I’m so happy that the reviews have also allowed the new reader to discover what the blurb is far from telling you. I too wanted to let the reader discover for themselves. Spoiler blurbs are not my cup of tea.

I poured my heart and my soul into A Little Faith. I wanted the characters to connect with the reader and to have depth. I love that readers have a favourite guy or they can’t make their mind up, it means I did my job. I spent a long time getting these characters to be real and different.

Some authors soar to great heights when their book is released and some take a little longer to find their wings. A Little Faith is finding its wings and I’m so ever grateful to every reader and blogger that took a chance on this debut author and discovered a story that made them laugh and maybe cry too.

I’m still the same housewife and mother of three children, but now I have found what I have been looking for in my life. I never really knew where I belonged. This is where I belong. Writing is a challenge, it is hard, it is exhausting and only a writer knows the lengths we go to, to bring a story to life. But when I get those excited messages from readers who want to talk about what they love about my book… it just makes my heart smile.

It’s never too late to follow a dream.

Emma James




FAITH POV
I’m swiveling back and forth, searching the crowd for Harley.
“Hey, short stuff.” A deep voice slices into my thoughts from over my right shoulder.
I slowly turn around, meeting Harley’s smiling face. I may have been short once, but now I am five-foot-eight, not exactly below-average height.
I take in Harley. He’s tall—six-four, at least—and gorgeous with light brown, short hair; tanned skin; and does he have some ink work on his arms? I’m normally very curious about tattoos, but now isn’t the time to look.
I know I’m looking him up and down, but it’s been so long, and he has changed. The softer boy features have been replaced by a big, muscular, chiseled man.
I swallow.
“Wow, is that really you, Harley Madden?” I’m drinking him in. I don’t remember Harley being so big and buff. His charcoal t-shirt molds tightly to his chest like a second skin. He wasn’t this muscular the last time I saw him. His belted, black jeans and boots complete his handsome look that has quite a few people in the crowd appraising him. He looks a little dangerous in his dark clothing. He would make Will purr like the cat who got the cream. I must admit, even I’m a little taken back.
He leans in and grabs me in a bear hug, lifting me off the ground, leaving me a little breathless. My face is nestled in his neck, catching his scent of cologne and soap.
Wow.
“Okay, big guy, you can stop squeezing the life out of me now,” I try to breathe out. He loosens his hold and slowly let’s go while I take a step back.
“You look amazing, Harley.” I find myself smiling. It feels good. I was worried about feeling awkward meeting Harley again after so long, but something just clicks. He was my brother’s best friend, and I’ve known him all my life. “It’s been a long time.”
“I could say the same about you. I might have to start calling you Faith.” He flashes me an amused grin, showing me perfect, white teeth and a dimple.
The baggage carousel starts up and everybody squeezes in tighter, trying to jockey for a position to get their luggage when it appears.
“Whoa!” I’m already beginning to feel less nervous having Harley here with me when I’m suddenly knocked off balance. Harley’s left arm snags me around the waist, bringing me up against his hard side. He shoots the person beside me a dirty look. Some people really do need to chill out when they travel.
I step away from him when I notice my case coming towards me.
Harley stops me with a gentle, firm hand on my arm. “I’ll get it for you, which one?”
With one, bright blue suitcase and camera bag in his hands, Harley walks me out the sliding doors of the airport and we cross to the parking garage.
The sun is shining, and my grey hoodie jacket is making me too hot. I unzip it, taking it off as I’m walking, revealing a tight white tank top. Much cooler.
Harley is staring at my chest and nearly trips over. I roll my eyes. You can never take the boy out of the man.
“Harley, are you finished staring?” I laugh a little at the look on his face. “So I grew up.”
“You certainly did,” he mutters and looks away. I could have sworn I heard him swear and mumble something about guard duty.
As we approach his vehicle, I’m stunned. wow! Harley has a black Hummer. I do my best to hide how surprised I am.
Harley stows my luggage in back, and then we climb in and set off.
The Hummer suits Harley; he is such a big, masculine guy.
“Beautiful car. Where to James?”
Harley slides on a pair of vintage aviator Ray Bans, giving me a superstar smile that is a heart stopper. “La Jolla. I have a place up on Vista De La Playa.” Harley then assures me we will be at his place in less than half an hour with the lunch time traffic.
The radio is playing Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruisewith Nelly. I put my sunglasses on, roll my window down, prop my right arm up on the open window, and hold onto the outside of the car. I can’t help tapping my fingers and nodding my head to the beat, quietly singing along as the breeze blows my hair free.
I can see Harley out of the corner of my eye, stealing glances and smiling.
We don’t talk, although it’s not uncomfortable. I think we both have a lot swimming about in our heads. I’m simply taking it all in, while he knows why I’m here. He knows this isn’t easy for me.
I pull my phone out of my bag, take a quick snap of the coastline, and text Mom and Dad, attaching the pic. I let them know Harley has me, and we are heading to his place now. I then send Will a text and tell her I’ll chat in a couple days when I have something to tell her. I don’t hear back straight away.
Holy shit is all I can think the closer we get to Harley’s place. The view of the beach is incredible. As we drive higher, I’m itching to get my camera out and ask Harley to pull over so I can take some photos. We are driving past some beautiful homes, overlooking the coast. It’s not long until we make a turn, and then he drives up a long driveway towards an unbelievable looking place.
“You sure you got the right address?” I know my mouth is gaping open.
Harley looks over at me then reaches out, gently pushing my chin up so my mouth closes.
“What did you do? Rob a bank!”
Harley lets out a full blown belly laugh, which makes me turn and stare at him. “No.”
Wow! The Hummer and now the house, or what I would call a freakin’ big, two-story, contemporary mansion. It’s beautiful.
And the view!
This is when I realize I don’t really know anything about Harley and where these guys have all ended up.
He sobers up, and I see him looking at the black and chrome Jeep Cherokee parked farther up the drive. His hands grip the steering wheel while his jaw tenses.
What now?
Something tells me I’m going to be meeting the guys sooner rather than later.

“So, is this the girlfriend, the ex-girlfriend, or the guys?” I joke because that’s all I know how to do when I feel cornered. 
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Emma James lives in Queensland, Australia with her smexy husband, three children and a big black Labrador. Life is busy and most entertaining in the James household.

Writing has been a part of her life for many years. Life was getting on and it was time to put her fears aside and do what she does best. It was time to show readers what she was made of, take that leap off the diving board and see where it takes her.

Emma is a creative person at heart. She loves to read as much as write, devouring books into the wee hours of the morning.

Who needs sleep, right?

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Relentless Rhythm by Michelle Mankin + Giveaway

Series: Tempest 4

Format: Mobi
Release Date: October 9, 2014
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: New Adult | Rockstar Romance

The one she really wants is out of reach.
The one he really needs is already taken.
Dizzy Lowell, rhythm man for the rising rock band Tempest is a wizard on the guitar and a wonder with women. But the hookup specialist hides his emotional scars beneath his suave exterior. He never lets anyone truly touch him.
April Reynolds, the confident bartender of the Diamond Mine, knows her way around a cocktail, but Dizzy has her all mixed up. She knows what’s safe. She’s tired of settling, though. It would be so easy to fall under his spell.
Except for that ring around her finger.
Two searching souls separated by a thin metal band.
Some dreams are dangerous.
Some secrets shouldn’t be shared.
Sometimes what we wish for most can never be.

And we have another Tempestuous rocker romance from Michelle Mankin! RELENTLESS RHYTHM is Dizzy Lowell’s book, the band Tempest‘s, rhythm guitarist and his very interesting love affair with April Reynolds who is married. Yup it’s one of those trainwreck situations that has us in a trance and can’t just look away from. So proceed with LOTS of caution!

Let me tell you, I got excited, infuriated, and rocked on to this novel. I had issues with RELENTLESS RHYTHM but MMankin is such an effective writer I felt compelled to know how this clusterfuck of a love story is going to right itself. Also there’s the usual lyrical poem that I WISH can materialize into real music so we can experience each and every story in a different way.

MICHELLE MANKIN is the author of the Black Cat Records series of novels. Romance with subtext. For many years she worked in the insurance industry as an underwriter. Somehow, the boredom didn’t kill her but the hour and hours of looking at facts and figures provided ample time for her mind to wander. Black Cat Records in Vancouver provides the central backdrop for all of Michelle’s current novels. Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a Brutal Strength centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock ‘n roll industry. Things take a bit of a darker, edgier, once upon a turn with the Tempest series. These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there. When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend as she takes the children to school and back. 

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Liked It: Once Perfect by Cecy Robson

Series: Shattered Past 1

Format: eGalley
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Flirt
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: New Adult

His life was never easy. Hers wasn’t supposed to be this hard. They come from different worlds, but fate lures them together in a way neither expected in Cecy Robson’s raw, steamy New Adult debut—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn.

Evelyn Preston’s future once looked perfect—until her wealthy father was caught in an embezzlement scandal and took his own life. Alone and struggling to pay her college tuition and bills, Evelyn finds a job as a waitress at the ultra-hip nightclub Excess, where she used to have more in common with the privileged private-school clientele than her fellow staff members. But something attracts her to the sexy six-foot-four bouncer and underground MMA fighter Mateo Tres Santos. Although they’ve led different lives, their troubled pasts bonds them in both survival and love.

Mateo is ex-army who wound up in prison for assaulting the man who harmed his sister. Now he’s feeling the same protective impulse for this petite blond waitress. When Evelyn experiences a panic attack at the club, Mateo comes to her rescue. And when Mateo is wounded shielding her from a brawl, Evelyn returns the favor and comes to his aid.

As their attraction intensifies, Mateo is determined to find out what nightmares are lurking in Evelyn’s past—even if that means tackling his own to save her.

There are a few paranormal authors who jumped into the New Adult bandwagon the latest being Nalini Singh, Kristen Callihan, and now Cecy Robson is joining their ranks. Part of me is excited and curious but I must admit that this “trend” made me nervous because I am not the biggest NA reader/lover out there. The themes depicted in NA fiction, turbulent, angsty, let’s-fluck-our-super-sad-you’ll-do-an-ugly-cry life and love stories, was unsuccessful in making a fan out of this reader. Yes I’m prejudiced and maybe even close minded but once in a while, I do pick up one for fun. This time around it’s for ONCE PERFECT a melodramatic story about a former heiress turned bar waitress and an ex-military, ex-con turned bouncer who found love and hope in each other’s lives. 
I liked ONCE PERFECT because…
  1. It was more about the romance and less about the sex. So THANK YOU CRobson for not insulting our intelligence and for stressing that sex may be important but it’s good and honest conversations that resolves the problem and not senseless boinking.
  2. That said, there was some boinking and it was more emotional and intimate than scorching hot. 
  3. ONCE PERFECT didn’t dwell on the tragic backstories of Mateo Tres Santos and Evelyn Preston, rather the focus remained on depicting how they’re moving on from their sad histories and making the most of what they currently have. Respect!
  4. Things burned slow and steady for Mateo and Evelyn which I prefer. They took their time in discerning their feelings for each other and developing trust before they took it to the next level. 
  5. The conflict-resolution wasn’t inflated so the story didn’t have extreme highs and lows, the mood, feel, and tone was even for the most part. 
I didn’t love it because…
  1. The characters felt like contemporary duplicates of CRobson’s UF series, The Weird Girls: nursing students, steady Alpha males, mouthy BFF’s, etc. Evelyn Preston reminded me a LOT of Celia Wird and her besties, Noelle and Lourdes were versions of Taran Wird… weird 😐
  2. Evelyn and Mateo are cool but they didn’t excite me. Aside from their bar duties, Evelyn’s schooling and Mateo’s MMA fights, these two didn’t have facets to their characters. 
  3. Mateo is hot and can even be considered attractive but I guess he’s not my type. He didn’t have a lot of personality IMO. 
  4. It’s both funny and annoying how Evelyn was so terrified of having Mateo’s giant penis inside of her like it’s going to split her in two… but then again if it IS a giant member, I would be scared too. 
So ONCE PERFECT is an okay contemporary romance debut but it didn’t rouse my emotions and had me holding my breath for the next one. It has some good things going on for it but it lacked a certain intensity to make it a compelling read for me. And I’m not asking for Drama, not at all, just a bit more bounce to Evelyn and Mateo would be enough.

Melissa Liked it: Everly After by Rebecca Paula

Series:  Stand-Alone

Format: Ebook ARC
Release Date: October 21st 2014
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Source: Author
Genre: New Adult (18+)

All truths burn bright and clear. I’m still waiting in the dark.

Everly Monteith has traded her life of glitter, parties, and self-destruction for waiting tables in a busy Parisian café after college graduation. She’s put the tragedy that sent her across the Atlantic behind her—until her toxic ex shows up and sends her reeling once more. Her delicate grip on a future begins slipping away, before a smug British war correspondent crashes her party and refuses to let her live hiding behind oversized sunglasses. But falling for Beckett means letting down her guard, something that might pull them both into the dark. 

There are beautiful lies in this world, and it takes me being chased through a hallway at a rave to decide this girl is one of them. But even the most beautiful lies aren’t worth chasing.

Twenty-five year-old Beckett Reid is forced into sabbatical after he’s kidnapped while on assignment in Afghanistan. Back in Paris and struggling with PTSD, he locks himself away to work on a novel while recovering and save his budding journalism career. But when he meets an enigmatic American heiress, his plans of laying low are quickly forgotten. He craves the energy and danger of war zones and realizes Everly is the perfect replacement, even if she does leave glitter on everything he owns. Reckless and wild, she runs through life making more mistakes than anyone he’s met, but Beckett is determined to fight for her, even if he must face the messy truth that to do so means fighting for himself first.

*This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content.*

Beckett and Everly meet at a party in Paris. Both are thrown out of their elements and into a life they aren’t sure of. Beckett has had a VERY rough life lately, and has been trying to regroup and overcome his PTSD. Everly has been in Paris to try to collect herself and get her future sorted out. The only problem is her ex-boyfriend Hudson. Hudson is a douche. Plain and simple. I didn’t like him. I didn’t like him one single itsy bitsy bit. He reminded me of Dick from Veronica Mars, except less charming.

I wasn’t charmed by either Beckett or Everly from the start, but as they crashed together they sizzled. I got this feeling I was about to watch a beautiful train wreck occur. I am still not sure if I really liked this book or just liked it. It had its moments that had me enthralled and other moments that had me..well not enthralled. Every character was flawed and had moments of being unlikeable. What kept me reading was that the flaws they had were interesting. They made the characters fragile and real, even the douchey ones.

The last part of the book is FULL of drama and trauma! So much happens all at once and you are kind of thrown for a moment. I won’t spoil, but things get super bleak for a while there. I have to say that I did really like the way this ended. It kind of brought everything around and that’s what this book needed.
I liked it very much. I’m on the fence about a few things, but overall I enjoyed the story and the writing.
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PERCEPTION: New Adult Anthology feat. Talisman by Heather Hildenbrand + Giveaway

Series: Stand-alone

Format: PDF
Release Date: September 10, 2014
Publisher: Elephantine Publishing
Source: Heather Hildenbrand
Genre: New Adult | Mixed Genres

The world will never look the same…

There comes a defining moment in every young person’s life that irrevocably shifts their point of view.

Missing by award-winning author Mary Laufer–For a new teacher who still compares herself to her students, the shift in reality comes in the form a missing girl and a false accusation that could cost her more than her career.

The Outlaw by debut author Scott C. Davis–For a young man who settles into a rut that not even his broken marriage can pull him out of, it’s a drifter’s gun to his head.

Drive by author & screenplay writer Nealy Gihan–For an idealistic college student, the point of view shift comes in the form of her parents’ divorce pulling back the curtain on who they really are, shattering everything she thought she knew about love.

My Boyfriend is a Senator by award-winning author Linda Davis–For a recovering addict who’s not ready to change, it might just be an unhappy ending to her illicit affair.

The Talisman by bestselling YA & NA author Heather Hildenbrand—For an orphan on the run from monsters, a shift in perception might be discovering the power of prayer as a saving grace against the likes of which no human being has ever seen. If we’re lucky.

In Perception, discover five captivating stories that explore what it means to be a new adult.

I’ve only read TALISMAN by Heather Hildenbrand so my rating does NOT reflect the entirety of the anthology although the other stories sound interesting, unfortunately I don’t have the bandwidth to read all of them as of the moment. Eep!

Anyways, TALISMAN is the last story of Perception. At 10-20 pages tops, TALISMAN is quite a simplistic Angel fantasy story and it starts and ends in the middle of things. All I know is that Avery and Loch are second generation angels who’ve been recently inducted into the Angel army after successfully keeping the Talisman off the hands of demon spawn. 

TALISMAN has an open ending so this could either be a prequel to a new series Heather is planning or it could just be a simple fantasy short story. I enjoyed it enough despite its length and I plan on reading this to my nephew, make angels and praying sound cool, and hopefully help instill the virtue of faith in him in an unconventional but awesome way. 

I’ve been a fan of Heather’s for quite some time now and after a lot of changes in her life, this has to be the most exciting one for me. Heather just launched her own publishing company called, Elephantine, and she’s here to tell us more about this brand new endeavor of hers. 


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Author of Across the Galaxy, Whisper, and the Dirty Blood series. I write, read, and fuss at my kids. Oh, and I do laundry, lots of laundry. I’m pretty good at it, too. Sometimes I even read WHILE doing laundry – and fussing at my kids. I’m a multi-tasker.

Likes and dislikes? I love vintage tees, hate socks with sandals, and if my house was on fire the one thing I’d grab is my DVR player!

Stalk Heather!

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