Friday, January 31, 2014

Literati Author Services, Inc.Presents Beautiful Dreams (Beautiful #3) by Alicia Rae Blog Tour Stop

Title: Beautiful Dreams (The Beautiful Series #3)
Author: Alicia Rae
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Publication Date: January 20, 2014
Event Organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

~Synopsis ~

Kyle has mended Lily’s broken heart, and as they have fallen in love, all she dreams of is finally having her happily ever after.

But as time goes on, Lily can no longer ignore the desire to know more about Kyle's past. When she learns more, she will discover if she can heal Kyle’s heartache as he has done for her.

Will his secrets break them apart? Or will their love be enough to strengthen their bonds?

My Review

5 of 5 Beautiful Dreams

Beautiful Dreams is an amazing and I mean amazing continuation of Kyle and Lily's story and I have to say that Alicia Rae has stepped up her game and she has brought it home with this one and I mean I laughed and I cried and everything in between because Lily has grown so much and has finally opened her heart up to Kyle and let him in. She has always known she loves him but opening up and letting him in was very hard for her but sweet baby Jesus she did it!

Lily has taken the chance and opened her heart up to Kyle and moved across the country to be with him and his family and friends. Boy oh boy what a difference a change in scenery can make. Plus Lily has Kyle's sister and her friends there to support them and help them along the way. Kyle has finally broken all of Lily's walls but he still has some walls of pain up for himself and Lily is determined to heal him just like he did for her.

Together Kyle and Lily have to learn to live in the moment and put all the bad things in the past in the past and leave them there in order to move on and have a happy life together. Once these two do that then things start to fall into place and as Kyle builds his career up with his friends Lily is making friends of her own and getting out and experiencing a new life full of love and caring people.

What is in store for this couple is anyone's guess because yes oh yes we get more of them in book four! Whoop whoop I love Alicia Rae! 

Beautiful Dreams (Beautiful #3) Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

My Review

5 of 5 My Beautiful

Okay so to say that I loved book one in this series was big for me because people had mixed reviews but I loved every minute of it. Then I started reading book two and I was totally blown away! You hear me blown away and I could not believe the twists and turns and all the secrets and lies that came out and yes there is still that danger lurking in the back but I can't quite figure it out so I was just reading along trying to figure it out and then holy effing hell I got some glimpses of things in Lily's family and I was like mother lover WTF???????????

Lily has finally let Kyle in her heart because she can't live without him. He is her air to breathe and when he is not around she suffers and so she decides she will open her heart up to him and let him in and see where things go from there. Kyle loves Lily and he has never given up on her and he tries everyday to make sure to let her know she is loved and she is special and I have to say that yes I fell more in love with Kyle in this book because he just shows Lily that no matter what he will be there for her.

Lily needs that in this book because remember when I told you lies and secrets started coming out well they were revealed and boy oh boy what Lily learns is crazy. She will have to come face to face with her aunt and cousins and to say that it is awkward is an understatement. What her aunt tells her is crazy and Lily will have to come face to face with reality but I have a feeling she will be okay because she has Kyle. I need book three like yesterday to see what the heck is going on!

My Beautiful (Beautiful #2) Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

My Review

5 of 5 Beautiful Chances

Beautiful Chances is one of those stories that will stay with you long after you have read it. I have never read something so powerful and full of raw emotions like this story has.

Can you imagine you have the perfect life, the perfect parents, and a loving sister. You do things together and you home life is happy and then in the blink of an eye everything is taken from you and you are left alone with no parents and no sister. Well that happened to Lily and now she is numb to everything and everyone around her.She lives day to day until she meets Kyle.

Lord Kyle is definitely all alpha male who comes into Lily's life like a wrecking ball who is determined to knock down her walls. Even though Lily has decided she will close her heart off she can't close it off from Kyle because there is something there that is drawing him to her and she lets him in. When she does it is like a breath of fresh air for her because Kyle helps her heal from the pain she has endured.

But all good things come to an end right?????????? Well Lily is waiting for that to happen to her and Kyle but will it? Can Kyle heal her? Or will dark pasts and secrets come around to come between these two?

Beautiful Chances (Beautiful #1) Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

~About the Author ~

Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.

Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing into my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo

Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you. 

Believe in yourself and follow your dreams...

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Literati Author Services, Inc. Presents Concealed (Hidden #1) by Victoria Michaels Blog Tour Stop

Title: Concealed (Hidden #1)
Author: Victoria Michaels
Genre: Romantic Suspense 18+
Publication Date: December 10, 2013
Publisher: Crazy-Bee Press
Event Organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.


Life has been complicated for Sydney Ross. Desperate for a new start, she leaves home but, during her travels, witnesses something that will forever alter the path of her life. On the run for the last six years, Sydney finds herself living the life of a nomad until she one day stumbles into a small town and hopes she's finally found a place to put down roots. With a good job in a local diner and, for the first time ever, friends who feel like family, things start looking up for Sydney. The biggest shock of all is catching the eye of the town’s most eligible bachelor, the sexy sheriff, Wade Jenkins. 

Sparks fly between them, and it's not long before Sydney believes Elton, Missouri could be the home she's always wished for. But Sydney's past and her secrets have a way of catching up with her. When a brutal murder shakes the small town, Sydney is terrified that the countdown has begun on her time in Elton. 

Have the shadows from her past found her again? The people who mean the most want her to stay, but that would put everyone, including her daughter, at risk. Can Sydney put her faith in Wade or will she keep running from a danger that even she doesn't fully understand?

My Review

5 of 5 Concealed

Okay first off this is the first book I have read by Victoria Michaels and it will not be the last!I mean I was hooked right from the prologue and could not get enough. I needed more and I could not read fast enough. I love me some thrillers and when I read them I get so absorbed in what i'm reading I start yelling at the book like the characters can hear me and this book holy eff was no different.

Can you imagine you are minding your business driving along when you see a woman bleeding on the side of the road and when you approach to help her you see she is holding something and she is crying and telling you you have to take the thing she is clinging to. You pick it up and open it and holy eff it is a baby. Your panic meter is so up and then you realize that the lady is screaming for you to take the baby and then you see a man coming towards you. You have a split second to make your decision she decides to grab the baby and run.

Six years later she has finally decided to settle down in a small town. She loves her new job as a waitress and she has made friends. She has also caught the eye of the most eligible bachelor in town who just happens to be the Sheriff Wade Jenkins. Wade wants Sydney and he will stop at nothing to have her but he knows she is hiding something and pretty soon he will find out because the past has a way of finding you and the past has come to town. See in small town Elton Missouri a murder a brutal murder has happened and the town is in shock.

Who is doing this to them and why is the big question and the answers will shock everyone! This is a must read!

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Victoria Michaels is a wife and mother of many who lives her life in what seems like a constant state of motion. Kids’ sports, meetings, homework and general family fun take up twenty-seven hours of her day. In her thirty seconds of free time, Victoria likes to read, write and travel the country with her husband. She most enjoys writing about love and laughter, two things that are central to her everyday life. If you would like to know more about what’s coming next from Victoria, please check back at for updates, news and sneak peeks of future releases. 

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Invitation To A Book Promo For Boystown By Jake Biondi



I have been blogging for sometime and I have read every genre from historical to memoirs to young adult to new adult and everything in between. Today on facebook one of my favorite authors Kindle Alexander posted on a new genre that is up and coming and that genre is Male/Male books. I shared my story with her and I am going to share it with you guys. 

My first ever Male/Male read was Double Full by Kindle Alexander. I could not get enough of the story of Colton Michaels and Jace Montgomery. They had a story to tell and tell it they did. After reading it I was hooked and needed to read more M/M books. So I stalked the internet and goodreads and facebook for more books in this genre when I stumbled upon Boystown by Jake Biondi.

Let me just say LORDY LORDY LORDY I feel in love with a whole host of characters but my favorites are Cole, Emmett, and Michael! Lord those boys have my heart and as I was reading I could not get enough. So of course all of you know how I am I stalked Jake Biondi and could not find a thing about him so I kept up my stalking and finally contacted Jake.

To say that Jake is an amazing author I will tell you he is at the top of my favorite authors list right alongside Shelly Crane, Rachel Wade, Lila Felix, Kendall Grey, Alexander Kindle, Susan Mac Nicol, K.C. Wells, S.E. Jakes and so on........ But I said all that to tell you that he is one of the most sweetest guys I have ever met. He answered all my crazy questions and then some and he allowed me to interview him for my other blog Kaidans seduction

The more I read the more I needed. Reading Boystown has me so hooked like a reality show that I asked Jake when the next episodes where coming out because I NEED more! This is such a great story that I had to ask Jake if I could promo it for him. This is one story you don't want to miss!

Have a facebook page, Blog, Pinterest or any on line venue and want to share a great book to read..... all you have to do is sign up and everything will be provided for you to post. As part of the post you can ask the author Jake two questions of your own and he will answer just for your posting only!

So what are you waiting for sign up here and enjoy the boys and girls of Boystown!


One of the most diverse and lively neighborhoods in the country, Chicago's BOYSTOWN has something for everyone.

So it's no wonder that Jesse Morgan and Cole O'Brien chose to live there upon graduating from college.+

Ready to begin the next phase of their lives in an exciting new city, Jesse and Cole quickly find themselves at the center of a new group of friends.

Joyelle and Derek Mancini have been happily married for years, but Derek is harboring a secret that could tear them apart.

Derek's brother Emmett is about to discover that his boyfriend Keith Colgan has a past that will haunt them both.

Long time couple Logan Pryce and Max Taylor must face a crisis that neither of them expected.

And, before they realize it, Jesse and Cole find themselves at the center of it all in the adult playground known as BOYSTOWN.


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Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Jake Biondi fell in love with "The Windy City" at an early age. He left the Chicago area for four years to attend the University of Notre Dame and, upon graduation, returned to Chicago. He has been living in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood for over 20 years. 

A huge fan of Charles Dickens' novels as well as television shows such asDynasty, Knots Landing, Dallas and Revenge, Jake Biondi has created a serialized saga for contemporary audiences. 

Because of BOYSTOWN's huge success online and the serialized nature of Biondi's writing, readers from all over the globe have been able to correspond with Biondi and influence the storylines of the BOYSTOWN saga as Biondi writes it.

Now, the first ten episodes of BOYSTOWN are available in book form.

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Xpresso Presents The Replacement by Rachael Wade Blog Tour Stop

The Replacement by Rachael Wade
Publication date: January 27th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult


*Contains sexually explicit content and mature subject matter, including language and elements of abuse.*

A gritty New Adult drama about a young woman’s self-destructive quest to find purpose, self-worth, and love in a broken world.

My name is Elise Duchamp. I’m twenty-three years old and I’m known as the town whore.

No, not the kind who exchanges sexual favors for money. The other kind. The kind who gives it all away for free, whenever and however she likes. I am that girl. The one everyone whispers about and the one none of the girls seem to like, because all of their boyfriends either want to sleep with me or already have. Promiscuity is my thing—the kind that slowly, violently turns my insides black, but gives me something I need.

All things considered, I’m not completely reckless. I’m safe, and contrary to popular opinion, I do have a heart. I live in a world of careless choices, and with those choices come careless people. I cannot judge them, because I am one of them. I too bow down to the altar of the self-serving. I am not a good friend. I am not and never could be anyone’s girlfriend. I’m convinced any goodness in me shriveled up and died long ago.

But I am a replacement. That is something I know how to be, and this is a story of the lengths I’d go to in order to keep it that way.


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The Replacement Playlist:

1. Criminal – Fiona Apple
2. Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey (Theme Song)

3. Burning Desire – Lana Del Rey (Elise’s Song)
4. Off to the Races – Lana Del Rey (Masked Ball Scene)

5. Who Will Save Your Soul – Jewel

6. 9 Crimes – Damien Rice
7. Breathe Me – Sia

8. Foolish Games – Jewel

9. These Boots Were Made for Walkin’ – Nancy Sinatra

10. Just Give Me a Reason – Pink

11. Hole in My Hand - Benjamin Francis Leftwich
12. Hands – Jewel

13. Poison and Wine – The Civil Wars
14. Society – Eddie Vedder version (Ryder’s song)

15. Landslide – Fleetwood Mac (Thanksgiving Day Scene)


Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. Visit her at and, or come chat with her on Twitter via @RachaelWade

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Twinsie Talk Presents A Cover Reveal For The Perfect Emotion (Perfect #2) by Melissa Rolka


The story of Kate, Kyle and Reed continues in this second novel of The Perfect Series.

Kate (Katherine) Monroe is finally coming to heads with the decisions she’s made in the past to keep herself distracted at any cost. Learning to move on and forward with the conflicts in her life is harder than she expects though. With Kyle continuing to attempt reconciliation and Kate’s mom back at home, avoiding and running are no longer an option. 

All along Kate’s mind and heart are consumed with Reed, but she fights to push her feelings and desires to the side. Despite the obvious pull and connection she has with Reed she finds it difficult to let him in… and trust in herself. However, Reed’s perseverance and patience never wavers and eventually he uses the one thing that had always brought them together… tennis. 

As Reed and Kate begin to embark on a new relationship they face the past and the present head on. Along the way, new challenges and emotions arise testing the direction of their future together. 

Can Kate forgive herself and trust Reed in order to latch onto the one emotion she needs most… love?

About The Author:

Melissa Rolka grew up in the Chicagoland area all of her childhood and has always had a love of writing. She started by keeping a journal at a young age and then in high school she started writing poetry. A couple poems were published anonymously. Then in college she majored in Philosophy, which required lots and lots of writing. After graduating from Marquette University she traveled west to Los Angeles. There she worked for the Writers Guild of America and found herself submerged in the writers world. She worked on small writings, but never pursued them. On the side she became involved with a small theater group. Eventually she made her way back to the Midwest, where her heart belongs, and worked in business for several years. She found love, got married and has two beautiful children. Being at home has allowed her to keep following her love of reading and writing.

The Perfect Distraction is her first full length novel. A second continuation of this story is in the works with hopes for a third. When Melissa is not writing she is caring for, playing with and loving her two kids. In between taking care of her family and writing she almost always has her nose buried in her Kindle.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Cover Reveal For When I Break (When I Break #1) by Kendall Ryan

Book Description:

Knox Bauer's life has unraveled to the point of no return. Fighting to fill the emptiness inside himself, he seeks solace in unfamiliar beds with unfamiliar women. As guardian to his three younger brothers, he can't seem to do a thing right. But this can't go on...they look up to him in every way and all he’s done lately is prove how messed up he really is. Needing a change, he attends a local Sex Addicts Anonymous meeting, where he finds himself tempted by the alluring instructor, McKenna. 

Twenty-one year old McKenna is trying to make amends. After losing her parents in a horrific accident, she knows if she can just be good enough, maybe she can forgive herself for what happened. With her newly acquired degree in counseling, she begins leading a sex addicts group where she meets the troubled Knox and her life takes on complications she never bargained for. She doesn't have time for a bad boy who only wants to take her to bed, even if her body disagrees. The fixer in her wants to help, but trusting Knox's true motivations might take more courage than she has.

When I Break is book 1 in a new series by bestselling author Kendall Ryan. When I Surrender, book 2, will be available May 2014.

Warning: Contains a stubborn alpha male with addiction issues and loads of sexual tension between two damaged characters. Read at your own risk. 

Due to mature content, it is recommended for 17+.

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Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the contemporary romance novels Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Make Me Yours, and Resisting Her. She’s a sassy, yet polite Midwestern gal with a deep love of books and a slight addiction to lip gloss. 



Literati Author Services, Inc. Presents Heights of Desire (Heightsbound #1) by Mara White Blog Tour Stop

Title: Heights of Desire (Heightsound Series #1)
Author: Mara White
Genre: Erotic 18+
Publication Date: December 22, 2013 
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.


A woman who has everything meets a man who can offer her nothing but trouble. They bring each other to a height of desire neither thought possible, but is it enough to overcome the differences that tear them apart? Kate Champion, a forty-two-year-old, married mother of two, leads an enviable upper class life of luxury. Her comfortable path takes an unexpected detour after a chance encounter at a neighborhood playground.

Jaylee Inoa is a twenty-two-year-old, second generation New York Dominican with close ties to the Heights and the gangs that run them. Her life of privilege is no match for the code of the streets he navigates with ease. When a crime of the heart leads to a crime in the flesh, how far will she go to redeem him? Can she risk all in her life that is golden for the love of her golden-eyed man? 

My Review

5 of 5 Heights Of Desire

First off I have to say KUDOS to Mara White for her debut! Man I have to say that this series is going to be off the hook! I love novella's and reading this had me thinking about all the days I spent watching novella's with my grandfather. He would be yelling at the TV in Spanish and telling me what an idiot the people were being.

Right from the start when I started reading this story I thought dam can you imagine having it all but having nothing all at the same time? Well Kate knows this because she has everything from education to a loving husband to kids. She is living the life that most people dream of but there is something missing for her and when she finds it in a younger man her heart and her life will change. When Kate lays eyes on Jaylee she can't stop thinking she wants him in more ways then one and she is not sure where those feelings come from because she is happily married and has children but when she sees Jaylee something awakens in her.

Jaylee lord knows he is all sorts bad with a cocky attitude and looks to melt the skin right off you. He is a bad boy in all sorts of ways but when he meets Kate his world comes crashing down around him. The walls he keeps up come crashing down and when he and Kate get closer and things start to fall in place they realize there are a few issues at hand and one of them being he is younger than her and he comes from the streets. He is not educated like her and he does not have anything to offer her but love.

Can love be enough for these two or will the real world come crashing down on them and tear them apart? Holy shizz this is a must read for all you romance lovers!

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About the Author:

I’m a reader, a writer, and a lover of all things romantic. I’m also a coffee, hot sauce, ink, telenovela, and Bikram Yoga enthusiast. I live in New York City with my husband and two children, and I spend a lot of time on the playground. 

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Literati Author Services, Inc. Presents Hardpressed (Hacker #2) by Meredith Wild Book Review

Title: Hardpressed (Hacker#2)
Author: Meredith Wild
Genre: Erotic Romance 18+
Publication Date: December 9, 2013
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.


In Hardpressed, the highly anticipated second book of the Hacker Series that began with Hardwired, Blake and Erica face threats that put both their love and their lives on the line. Despite Blake Landon’s controlling ways, the young and wealthy hacker finally won the trust of the woman he loves.

 Internet entrepreneur Erica Hathaway broke down the walls that kept her from opening her heart and her business to Blake. Ready to start this new chapter in her life, Erica is determined not to let anything come between them, even if that means giving Blake back some of the control he craves in and out of the bedroom.

 But when demons from her past threaten their future, Erica makes a decision that could change their lives forever. 

My Review

5 of 5 Hardpressed

First off I have to say that Meredith Wild sure knows how to hook someone and keep them there. The first book in this series totally blew me away and I could not wait for the highly anticipated sequel and let me tell you Meredith did not disappoint as a matter of fact I was so caught up in everything that I totally did nothing around the house or with the kids for a full day. They ate takeout for breakfast and lunch and diner and then I sent them to my mother's house so I could finish reading in quiet. To say I loved Hardpressed is such an understatement!

Man oh man I sure do love my controlling alpha Blake. He wanted Erica and he stopped at nothing to have her and now he has her and he will have to work hard to keep her. He knows he is controlling and he will have to give some of that up in order to keep the peace and make sure Erica does not go anywhere. Blake has decided yes he loved his life but the biggest piece he was missing was Erica and he refuses to lose her so with everything so fresh and new in their lives when the past comes back to get what it wants things will be set into motion and Blake will have to fight like hell to keep Erica.

What will happen between these two? Can Erica keep the walls down from her heart long enough to let Blake in and stay there? Will the past destroy them? With everything going on there is so much I want to say but I do not want to ruin it for anyone. When I tell you you need to read this series you NEED TO READ IT! I love it so much and I know you will to so go out and get it and give it a try!

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Meredith Wild picked up her first romance novel at the tender age of twelve, and shortly after put pen to word processor and made her first attempt at writing a love story inspired by those she so enjoyed reading well past her bedtime.Her dream of writing took a back seat to college, parenthood and eventually entrepreneurship, which led her into the fast-paced and male-dominated high tech industry. 

With enough life experience for a few lifetimes, she now devotes her hours to writing contemporary adult romance, with a hint of kink.Her debut novel Hardwired tells the story of billionaire bad boy, Blake Landon, and the object of his obsession, strong-willed tech startup CEO, Erica Hathaway.When she isn’t writing or mothering, Meredith can be found sunbathing with an adult beverage. 

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Xpresso Presents TAUT: The Ford Book (A Rook and Ronin Spin-off) by J.A. Huss

TAUT: The Ford Book 
(A Rook and Ronin Spin-off) by J.A. Huss
Publication date: January 2014
Genres: New Adult Contemporary Romance


Ford Aston is getting the f*ck out of Denver. He does not give a shit about blizzards, getting his old ass Bronco over the Rocky Mountains in one piece, or a girl knocking on his hotel door looking to be saved.

Ford Aston is known for many things. Being an emotionless, messed up bastard, a freakishly smart social outcast, and a cold, domineering master who keeps “pets” instead of girlfriends.

And after Rook broke his heart, he plans to keep it that way.


Ashleigh is getting the f*ck out of somewhere, but she’s not quite sure where she’s coming from, let alone where she’s going.

Ashleigh is known for nothing, and that’s exactly what she’s got going for her. She’s broke, stranded in the mountains with a three month old baby, and Ford Aston is f*cking with her head.

Big. Time.

And she plans to f*ck with his right back.


It’s a coy game at first, filled with flirting, and innuendo—but Ford soon realizes something is not quite right with Ashleigh. In fact, something is seriously, seriously wrong and the closer they get to their final destination, the closer Ford gets to the truth.

One night of devastation, self-loathing, and emptiness turns into the best thing that ever happened to Ford Aston. But one day of in-your-face reality threatens Ashleigh's whole existence. Can Ford allow another woman into his heart and risk the possibility of being hurt, or will he walk away from Ashleigh just when she needs him most?



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J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Widow by Nola Duncan & Libby Harkness Book Review


Her husband took a terrible secret to his grave. How did Nola Duncan not know?

The day Nola Duncan married her husband in 1981 was the happiest day of her life. Michael was Nola's 'perfect man' – a good father; a wonderful host, cook and raconteur; a devoted husband and caring lover; a good friend and a committed Christian.

Throughout their thirty-year marriage, Michael, a deeply romantic man, wrote Nola copious love notes, letters and poems. So when he died suddenly of a cardiac arrest in 2010, her grief was profound. The funeral service overflowed with people who loved and admired him; the eulogies were effusive.

Heartbroken, Nola picked her way through early widowhood and on the first anniversary of his death she buried his ashes in a plot with room for hers. Then she set about clearing out his things.

In a box marked 'research papers' Nola found something that would shatter her life; 741 love letters between Michael and his lover, evidence of his passionate six-year affair with a young woman 23 years his junior.

Nola's emotional pain and distress as she read the letters, many of them erotic and sexually explicit, was compounded on discovering one of the most meaningful poems he'd written for her, he'd also given his lover. The lovers believed their affair was the 'Great Love' and their 'soul marriage' God-sanctioned.

Until now, Nola has remained silent about Michael's betrayal of everything and everyone they knew. There are many unanswered questions in this story: why did he keep the letters? Can a man love two women at once? But there's one she knows she will always be asked – how could she not have known? But hand on her heart, she didn't.


My Review

4 of 5 The Widow

I finally had a chance to read this book and holy eff I could not contain the anger and sadness that came with reading this memoir. let me just say this that this book had me thinking how do you really know who you love and marry. I mean crap this book had me thinking I have been married for 14 years and I have been with my husband 17 years and if I ever had to experience what Nola did I think I would be in jail because my anger would definitely get the better of me.

In The Widow we meet Nola and Michael they have a love affair and marriage that you rarely hear about but that once you hear it you want it. Michael did everything from love letters to writing his wife poems. He was the ideal husband until he died suddenly from a heart attack and left Nola all alone to grieve and mourn her husband. Then a year later she is cleaning out the things he has left behind when she finds a box marked research papers and finds that her life with her husband was a lie because he was a rat bastard cheating son of a monkey!

See Michael had a six year long affair with one of his students. He sent her letters and poems just like he did with his wife. Nola is devastated to say the least.She can not believe that the man she was married to could do such a thing to her. She could not believe she was living a lie and to make matters worse Michael is dead so she can't ask him about the affair or the woman he was with.

To say that this was an eye opener is truly an understatement. I mean I would go crazy and have to find this woman and demand answers. I laughed and I cried but this was such a sad sad story. It is not for the weak of heart.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Saturday WIP By SM Donaldson Secrets Behind Those Eyes Sneak Peak

Today I have a very big surprise from my girl SM Donaldson! I love her to pieces and I love her Temptations series and if you have followed it you also know that Cade has siblings by his cheating ass father and he has met them and now we are going to meet them and get to know them because they are getting their own series! Holy effing Hades Gable love him he is the older brother and Scarlet aka Scar she is the shit!

So here is a sneak peak of Scar's book........

Ryder's POV

After leaving my last day at the jobsite I’m headed to visit my Nana Pearl. She’s probably the coolest eighty year old I know. She smokes Pall Mall’s like a chimney and drinks a shot of homemade moonshine every night before bed. She cusses like a sailor and keeps a 45 revolver in her chair side table.

Turning off of the pavement onto her gravel driveway I look at the gorgeous cotton fields across the property. Pulling up to the plantation style house she lives in, it was built in the early nineteen hundreds. The land it is on has been in our family since the early eighteen hundreds. My dad and I only live just a quarter mile down the road from her but I haven’t been taking much time to stop and see her. She is gonna crawl my ass when I walk through the door.

I don’t even make it up the back steps before I hear her. “Damn a’ mighty look what crawled out from under a rock.”

“Hey Nana.” I lean over to give her a hug and kiss. “How’ve you been?”

“Well I woke up this morning. So that’s a plus when you get to be my age. Then down at the senior center Thomas Fitzgerald and William Beck want to court me, but I don’t know if they can keep up with me. They are nearly ninety.”

“Nana you’re eighty, that’s not too far from ninety.”

“Honey when you get to be my age ten years seems like twenty. None of us know if we’ll reach breakfasttomorrow and the older they are the less chance they have of reaching it. So I might be crazy, but I’m not excepting a date from a gentleman caller who may not make it to see daylight with me.”

I laugh shaking my head and flop down in a rocking chair. “You are crazy Nana and I’m not sure I like the idea of gentlemen callers staying with you until daylight.” I start rocking slowly. “Sorry I haven’t been by lately. I had to do some community service.”

“I know your daddy told me. I was wondering if you’d lost your damn mind driving that fast. Then I figured out you were just that stupid. I wish you’d find a nice girl like me and settle down.”

“Nana I’m only nineteen it’s not time to settle down. I’m not even ready to move out of dad’s house and considering you are wanting callers to stay with you until daylight I’m not sure I’d consider you a nice girl.”

“You’re full of shit Ryder Grayton Abbott. I know you don’t date nice girls, hell your business is all over this town. Don’t think I don’t know about that little hussy Lacey Whitfield being in the car with you that night. The cops got there and she was still topless drunk passed out.” She shakes her head. “I’m not so old fashioned that I think you should wait til’ marriage. Hell your granddaddy and me didn’t wait, but I knew it was him he was the one. Now there have been a few gentlemen since then.”

I throw my hands up. “Damn nana I don’t want to know about your sex life.”

She grabs my arm. “Well do you really think I want to hear about yours every time I go to the beauty parlor? Hmm. The latest conquests mama or grandmamma telling me how you are a male whore. Hmm?”

“I get it nana. I get it. I’m sorry if you’ve been embarrassed by my craziness. I seem to be the failure and disappointment in this family.”

“No you’re not an embarrassment or a disappointment. I just wish you’d pull that beautiful head out of your ass. As for being crazy. Honey this is the South we’re all a little crazy and we don’t hide it down here we parade it around and offer it a glass of sweet tea.”

I chuckled and sat back in my chair. “Nana the next time you’re down at the beauty parlor and those ladies start talking. Tell them if I weren’t so good at it they wouldn’t be talking about it.”

She popped me on the arm and we both bust out laughing. “Damn you boy.”

“I’m just telling the truth and you know it.”

“Just like your granddaddy was.”


“No. A cocky bastard. But I loved him just like I love you.”

About SM Donaldson:

I am a new writer. My first novel is out called Sam's Choice my second novel titled Sam's Fight for Freedom will be out by March 1st. I am from a small rural town on Florida's Gulf Coast, I love living here, but I also love to travel. I grew up as a cops kid and my mother worked for the school yeah I didn't get away with much...I am married with one son. I have a very crazy busy life, I still work full time as a dental assistant, I am part owner of an event planning company most of the time I read a book a night and I love to write. Most of the time I feel like I am chasing myself around, but I love my life.

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