Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Review of Unravel


Calia Read breaks the mold in this explosive novel that grabs hold and doesn’t let go until the shocking truth is revealed.

One kiss can change everything.

One month ago I was admitted to a psych ward. Yesterday, Lachlan told me I’m losing my mind. But I know what I saw. Will you believe me?

Behind the walls of a mental hospital, Naomi Carradine feels her world breaking to pieces. She’s starting to believe all the voices questioning her sanity. Only visitors from the outside world keep her tethered to reality. But deep in her thoughts, Naomi is haunted by memories of a golden summer that twisted into a waking nightmare of obsessive love and fractured truths.

Just home from college, Naomi moves in with her best friend, Lana, the daughter of a Virginia senator. At a lavish party thrown by Lana’s father, Naomi meets a sexy stockbroker named Max and finds herself unable to resist his charms. One fiery kiss and she’s going back for more, beginning a terrifying descent. Having witnessed the unspeakable, Naomi has only one hope of escape: unraveling the devastating secrets of her past.

Unravel is intended for mature audiences.



To say that I loved this book would be an understatement. I L-O-V-E-D it. I haven't read a book of this nature in a while and now it's got me craving more!

UNRAVEL is a combination of several genres--psychological thriller, new adult romance, women's fiction. It takes us through this journey with both Lana and Naomi and the men in their lives, Lana's father (the antagonist), Max and Lachlan. The book vacillates back and forth between the present, where Naomi is in a mental institution and you just can't figure out why because for all intents and purposes, besides seeing Lana's father when he's not really there, she seems fairly normal. There's this shroud of mystery surrounding the whole thing and the author slowly unravels the story as she gives it to us in flashbacks as Naomi tells her story, which intertwines with Lana's, as she relates it back to her psychiatrist.

I LOVED both Max and Lachlan--the two handsome men in Naomi and Lana's lives. There was kind of a love triangle thing going on. Sort of, anyway. That's the best way I can describe what was happening without giving anything away. I loved the twist at the end of the book, and after I finished reading, I replayed it in my head over and over. I was seriously tempted to go back and re-read the entire thing, which never happens! 

There's so so so much I want to say about this book! But I can't. It's just too delicious to give any spoilers away. It's somewhat reminiscent of a book I read years ago, THE LACE READER by Brunonia Barry, except much better because there aren't the dry parts and that book was a bit slow, where as,I couldn't put UNRAVEL down. It was fast-paced and awesome.

You are just going to have to read it yourself!! Seriously, go buy it right now. This is by far the most memorable book I've read this year and one of the best!

5 of 5 stars!!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Review of New Adult Romance When the Stars Align


For Josephine "Jo" Kramer, nothing has ever been easy. When she earns a summer internship in Puerto Rico, working at one of the world's preeminent scientific facilities, she'll let nothing distract her. Not her own insecurities, not the arrogant scientists, and definitely not her tall, chiseled research partner, Adam. 

For Adam McCay, physics is simple-it's women who are complicated. Especially brilliant, beautiful ones like Jo. From the moment they meet, he can feel the heat smoldering deep beneath her icy exterior. And Adam knows just what it will take to make Jo melt . . .

Under the endless stars of a tropical sky, Jo and Adam indulge their every desire. But as their internship comes to an end, their perfect island paradise is threatened. Was their time together a summer fling? Or is their passion hot enough to last the long winter nights?



I really, really enjoyed this book. It starts out with Jo, who's sort of this punk, tattooed, pierced-up chick who goes on a summer research internship for astronomy, which is really competitive. She's got baggage. No mother and problems with her dad, etc, which lends itself in her closed-off, tough demeanor, and appearance. But Adam also happens to be another student in the internship and he is Jo's complete opposite. He's clean-cut, friendly, and perhaps lets people in too easily and then doesn't want to let go.

The writing was absolutely great and I truly felt like I got to know the characters. In fact, the character development was really refreshing, as I think that is one factor that is lacking in a lot of current New Adult Romance, where you only feel like you get to know the characters only on a superficial level. So, kudos to Ms. Grey for that! I was engrossed in this book and didn't want to put it down and I liked that it didn't start with these Jo and Adam immediately jumping into bed together. (Take note, authors, make us wait for it!) But once they did, it was HOT!

Overall, I loved it. I will definitely look for more titles by this author and publisher.

5 of 5 stars!

She Whom I Love Release and Giveaway!

“The bedroom scenes are phenomenal, and the romance and excitement in the spaces between love scenes are just as wonderful. The book emphasizes the importance of honesty in any relationship, and it is one of the best books I’ve read this year.” – Chasia Lloyd


Love would be simpler if it came with a script.
Treading the Boards, Book 2
Marguerite Ceniza dies on the London stage each night, but her own life has barely begun. The ingénue is on the prowl for a lover, but while she burns with desire for Sophie, a confession could ruin their decade-long friendship. In the meantime there are always men vying to be her patron, and square-jawed, broad-shouldered James Glover can’t help but catch her eye.
Sophie Armand has been a lady’s maid for too long, and she’s sick of keeping secrets. Her hidden scripts and the story of her birth are only the beginning. Her nights are haunted by desperate thoughts of the beguiling Marguerite, and of James, the handsome tradesman who whispers promises of forever into her ear.
James has the kind of problem a lot of men would kill for—two women, both beautiful, both sensual, and both willing. Sophie wants marriage, while Marguerite’s only in it for fun, and choosing between them isn’t easy.
What’s the worst that could happen if he secretly courts them both?
Their romantic triangle is complicated in the most delicious way, until a shadowy figure from Marguerite’s past threatens to destroy the budding relationship—and their lives.
Warning: Contains a lady’s maid with secret desires, a corset-maker who knows his way around a woman’s body, and an actress who never has to fake it. Rated for adult audiences only.



Tess Bowery lives near the ocean, which sounds lovely, except when it snows. An historian by training and a theater person by passion, she’s parleyed her Masters degree in English history into something that would give her former professors something of a surprise.
Her love for the Regency era began as they always do, with Jane Austen, and took a sharp left turn into LBGT biographies and microhistory. Now she indulges in both of her passions, telling the stories of her community in the time periods that fire the human imagination.  Her first foray into contemporary M/M fiction, High Contrast, releases in 2016.
Along with writing, Tess splits her time between teaching, backstage work, LBGT activism and her family. She spends far too much money on comic books, loves superheroes and ghost stories, and still can’t figure out how to use Twitter properly.
Get updates and book information at, or hang out with Tess at, or @tessbowery on Twitter.


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Review of Children's Book Mimi's Adventures in Baking Gingerbread Men


Embark on a baking adventure with Mimi where she will measure, mix, and bake her way to the perfect batch of gingerbread men. If Mimi can do it, so can you!

Mimi's Adventures in Baking Gingerbread Men is the third book in the Mimis Adventures in Baking series.



I loved this children's book. It was super cute. The illustrations were darling and appealed to my kids. They love baking cookies and so this book really hit the spot. They loved watching Mimi learn to bake and play. This is definitely a series I would consider buying more of for my kids. Love it!

5 of 5 stars.


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Chef Alyssa has been baking since she was a little girl in her grandmother's kitchen. Since graduating from the Culinary Institute of America she has worked for famous chefs and elite companies such as the Ritz Carlton, Tom Colicchio, Norman Van Aken and Gray Kunz. She currently is the Executive Chef at Riverwalk Bar and Grill on the Historic nook of New York City, Roosevelt Island. She also has a boutique custom cake company called AllyCakesNYC where she creates cakes to appease the imagination. Through her journey of baking she developed Mimi, her very own miniature version of herself.
As a child she loved baking and everything that came with it. As an adult and food lover she realized there was something missing when she frequented bookstores. A interactive children's cookbook. And we are not talking about a boring old cookbook for kids with lots and lots of recipes, and some pictures. Children these days have just as much interest in the kitchen as there parents do, but the ordinary cookbook is just not going to cut it. She created Mimi's Adventures in Baking  to give children and adults a way to get into the kitchen and allow the child to become the chef and the adult the assistant. With each book has one recipe and an interactive storyline the child can read, and at the end go into the kitchen and do what Mimi did!  And for the "non-baking" parent, these elite pastry chef recipes are tested and ready for even the most inexperienced baker! Impress other moms with Mimi's creations!
Mimi's Adventures in Baking 
will also teach children how to measure, mix and bake their way through the kitchen while also giving safety tips along the way. No more boring cookbooks! Now there is a fun, exciting and educational way to learn how to bake!

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Review of The Alligators and the Ducklings


Most people would agree that ducklings are cute. If you’re an alligator, you also think they look delicious. 

Will the mean alligator feast on the baby ducks or will the animals and townspeople stop him? 

Read this timeless tale of bullying and nature to find out. 



I thought this was an okay children's book. Everything was sort of average. The writing wasn't bad, but not quite as cutesy as I would've hoped for a kids' book. The illustrations were all okay too.  Overall, this was just okay. Not fabulous, but not bad either. It may be worthwhile, especially if you have a child fond of ducks and/or an animal lover.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Review of Young Adult Romance The Girlfriend Request


Updating best friend to girlfriend is more than a change of status…

Emma has been best friends with Eli since she moved to his neighborhood ten years ago. Tired of being cast in the role of the girl next door, Emma creates a fake Facebook profile in the hopes of starting an online friendship with Eli, which would hopefully lead to more. Like...way more. From friend request to In a Relationship--it all seemed so completely logical when she'd planned it.

Eli can't figure out what Emma is up to. He’s pretty sure she's the one behind the Facebook profile, but then again, why would she do something so drastic instead of just admitting she wants to be more than friends? And who the heck is this new guy he saw her with? Eli starts to think that just maybe...he missed his chance with the girl next door.

Two best friends, one outlandish ruse. Their status is about to become way more than It’s Complicated…



THE GIRLFRIEND REQUEST by Jodie Andrefski was a super cute teen read. We start off with Emma and Eli who have been best friends since childhood. Emma, who has harbored a crush on Eli forever decides to take the cowards way out and create a fake Facebook profile to talk to Eli, in the hopes she can get him to fall for the fake persona, then spring the news on him that it was really her. However, Eli is no fool and pretty much figures out immediately that the "fake" girl is really Emma. This story was sort of a cat and mouse game where both characters had feelings for each other, but neither had the guts to come right out and say it, waiting on the other to make the first move. At first, I started to get a bit annoyed because Emma's actions were so juvenile and it was both characters liking each other but just being too chicken to say it. It was just them going round and round, while being a bit blind to each other's feelings. The story, however, was cute enough and the character likable enough that I got past that and did really enjoy the story. And, after all, they are teenagers and this is a teen read, so can we really expect the them to be super mature? Their actions were probably very realistic. I would much rather have characters acting their age than ones that act way beyond their years, which I think we sometimes see in YA (and really annoys me). This was a wonderful read for a younger YA crowd and teens alike. I think adults will enjoy it, as well, as long as you're being realistic about these being teen characters. I would definitely try another book by this author.

4 stars!

Friday, December 18, 2015

"Self-Promotion Makes Me Uncomfortable," by Ken Lizzi, sci-fi author of 'Under Strange Suns'

“They” say that self-promotion is part of the game, that we should shatter the image of writers as introverts and recluses, that none of us can get away with being J.D. Salinger in today’s world of social media. Maybe “they” are right. But I’m going to invert the standard practice of a fiction writer and tell the truth: Self-promotion makes me uncomfortable.

There, I said it. My name is Ken Lizzi and I do not like talking about myself. No, I don’t feel any better. But I suppose catharsis is too much to expect after only the first step.

I do my best. I’m building my “brand.” I’m Tweeting and posting on Facebook. I sit on panels at conventions and inscribe personalized notes at book signings. As long as the topics trend away from the personal, I think I do all right.

But like Kevin Bacon in Animal House I don’t want to seem too, y’know, pushy.

The thing is, a book-launch blitz doesn’t care about my tender sensibilities. Let the undesirable candidates worry about seeming too pushy. These interview questions are not going to answer themselves. Give a little of yourself, people want to know something about the author. Get out there and share. You’re not J.D. Salinger, you know.


Fine. I’ll play the game. And why not? My stuff is pretty good. I think you’ll like it. Modesty only sends you to the keg for another ale, it doesn’t get you a dance with Rosie Cotton.

Look, I’m not agoraphobic. I’m not a wallflower. I’m...self-contained, is all. A bit wary of opening my mouth and shoving my foot in. Of course, a couple of beers in and you’ll be hard pressed to shut me up.

There, see? I’m sharing. Now buy my books.



Title: Under Strange Suns

Genre: SF

Author: Ken Lizzi

Publisher: Twilight Times Books

Under Strange Suns is on sale now until August 28th: Only .99 cents!

About the Book:

In the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars, Under Strange Suns brings the sword-and-planet novel to the twenty-first century. War is a constant, and marooned on a distant world, former Special Forces soldier Aidan Carson learns there is nothing new Under Strange Suns.

About the Author:

Ken Lizzi is an attorney and the author of an assortment of published short stories. When not traveling – and he'd rather be traveling – he lives in Portland, Oregon with his lovely wife Isa and their daughter, Victoria Valentina. He enjoys reading, homebrewing, and visiting new places. He loathes writing about himself in the third person. Connect with Ken on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Last Stop: Paris is the latest in hot new thrillers!

"An exhilarating journey that will satisfy the most avid thriller reader" - Kirkus Reviews


A full-throttle adventure through modern Europe and the Mediterranean ... that’s part thriller, part mystery, and all rollicking ride.

Pearce again accomplishes every thriller writer’s aim: creating characters that the readers can root for and a believable, fast-paced storyline. The climax and denouement bring the storylines together neatly, but fans will see that there may yet be room for another book in the series.
When readers last saw Eddie Grant in Treasure of Saint-Lazare (2012), he was hot on the trail of Nazi war loot in the company of his on-again, off-again lover, Jen. As readers return to Eddie’s shadowy world of undercover deals and thugs in the employ of crime bosses, they find a quieter, more mature Eddie, now married to Aurélie, a scholar of some note, and living in pleasant domestic bliss. Onto this romantic scene come several of Eddie’s friends, who alert him to suspicious activity within his social circle, involving a man with criminal intentions and an interest in gold. Shortly afterward, a mysterious murder implicates another character from Eddie’s past. As he looks into the matter, Aurélie soon finds herself in danger; at the same time, Jen reappears in Eddie’s life, and he’s simultaneously drawn to her and eager to avoid falling into bed with her again. Soon, he and his comrades must track down another ring of criminals and protect themselves from fatal retribution.


John Pearce is a part-time Parisian but lives quite happily most of the the year in Sarasota, FL. He worked as a journalist in Washington and Europe, where he covered economics for the International Herald Tribune and edited a business magazine. After a business career in Sarasota, he spends his days working on his future books - The new one, Last Stop: Paris, is a 2015 project. It is a sequel to Treasure of Saint-Lazare.
For several months each year, he and his wife Jan live in Paris, walk its streets, and chase down interesting settings for future books and his blog, They lived earlier in Frankfurt, Germany, which gave him valuable insights for several of the scenes in Last Stop: Paris.


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Review of Romance Novella SAVING GRACE


Sparks fly like snowflakes when a klutzy but gorgeous novice crosses skis with a hot resort owner in this tempting tie-in to New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby’s popular Love Under the Big Sky series!

Grace Douglas is on a practice run for her friend Cara Donovan’s bachelorette party ski weekend in Aspen. The problem is, despite living in rugged and picturesque Cunningham Falls, Montana, Grace is the clumsiest person ever born. To prepare for the trip, she is taking lessons at a local ski resort. She just prays that they have an ambulance on standby.

Sexy hotelier Jacob Berkley is ready to play ski instructor, but he quickly discovers that the best place on the mountain for Grace is in the lodge with a hot toddy. Her sense of humor and easy laugh quickly pull him in, and soon he’s determined to help her get off the bunny slope for a fun vacation with her friends. He just didn’t expect their steamy chemistry to trigger an avalanche of desire straight to his heart.



I'm going to keep my review for this short and sweet, kind of like the book. This was a nice romance. I enjoyed the characters and the story. It moved quickly, which I liked. The only complaint was that it was short and because of that lacked a bit of conflict and detail, but that's to be expected with a novella. For people who want to read something but don't have a ton of time, this is definitely a worthwhile investment. Good, solid writing, likable characters, and a great  quick-read romance!

4 of 5 stars!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Review of Young Adult Contemporary SEVEN WAYS WE LIE

So, I've read some pretty good YA lately. Below is one of them, so make sure to check this book out!


Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide—whether it’s Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage; or Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal.

When that scandal bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the unlikely allies at the heart of it all, the collision of their seven ordinary-seeming lives results in extraordinary change.

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I LOVED this book. I thought this was a great contemporary YA, with a bit (just a bit) of romance thrown in there. In this book the author does a tremendous job of portraying teenage angst without being whiny and annoying.

SEVEN  WAYS WE LIE follows seven main characters and is written in all of their alternating POV's. Riley Redgate takes us through this high school journey -- second half of junior year for this particular group of students and does a tremendous job of letting us into their heads. Each one of these teens has their own share of problems to deal with. They each are going through something, and each one copes differently--with alcohol, harboring their feelings with anger, gaming, smoking weed. I thought it was hugely realistic and the title doesn't just state the obvious. This book isn't just literally about the ways we lie to others, but more importantly, about the ways we lie to ourselves. How we let our pride or greed and our stupid human emotions we cannot control get in the way of doing what is right for ourselves (and sometimes others) and how we can so easily mask our emotions.

Riley Redgate writes in a fresh voice. Sort of John Green except way less pretentious and more unique because ALL of his books sound exactly the same, whereas, I don't think that will be the case with this author. The books was also reminiscent to The Breakfast Club. At least to me, anyway.

Sooo. This is a definite 5 statrs!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Poppy Peters Mystery Book Blast Giveaway!


(Poppy Peters Mysteries Book 1) Book Summary: After an injury derails Poppy Peters' ballet career, she gathers the courage to follow in her grandmother's footsteps and attend Calle Pastry Academy in a small-town in Georgia. Poppy has her work cut out for her not only fitting in with her charming (and not-so-charming ) Southern classmates but also proving her worth to her teachers after her first publicly humiliating attempt a making the school's famous peach pie. But Poppy's pastry problems go from bad to worse when she's suddenly accused of stealing expensive black truffles, and her attempt to clear her name goes awry...resulting in her finding a dead body instead! If Poppy's going to survive this culinary experience, she'll need to find the missing truffles and track down a killer, all while honing her baking skills to compete in the school's dessert competition for a coveted pastry internship in Paris. Can Poppy prove she's one tough cookie? Or is her life about to crumble? **Recipes Included**

ChocolateMacaronsandaDeadGroom (1)  CHOCOLATE MACAROONS AND A DEAD GROOM (Poppy Peters Mysteries Book 2) Book Summary: When Poppy Peters takes an internship in Paris working for a top pastry chef, she realizes that bakery life isn't all cupcakes and frosting. The sous pastry chef dislikes foreigners, her mentor only speaks French, and to top that all off she finds the groom of the wedding she's catering dead in his own backyard. But Lord Dovington wasn't just a handsome royal waiting to sweep his bride-to-be off of her feet. He was also a well-known playboy with a long line of vengeful exes. Now, as one of the prime suspects, Poppy must prove she's innocent . . . and that her recipe for chocolate macaroons isn't to blame. But the clock is ticking, and with a missing diamond, a break-in, and a hot batch of reporters on her tail, Poppy has a lot of sifting to do. Will she find the killer before she too gets baked? **Recipes Included**


(Poppy Peters Mysteries Book 3) Book Summary: Reluctant sleuth Poppy Peters is back in Georgia, and her last semester of pastry school is no icing on the cake when a body is discovered at the local farmer's market, and the murder weapon has Poppy's name on it. Not to mention, the victim belonged to a deadly southern crime family. Now, Poppy is being tailed by the mafia, and it doesn't help that the school's new pastry instructor has her working with her worst rival. But after a heart-stopping car chase, a frightening discovery at an old jam factory, and a spontaneous trip to New Orleans, Poppy discovers a secret that makes her past feats look like a piece of peach pie. Poppy's chances of making it to graduation day are about to go up in flames just like her Bananas Foster. **Recipes included!**

Praise for the Book 

"A sweet and satisfying mystery that will leave you hungry for more! A. Gardner's Poppy Peters Mysteries have earned a place on my keeper shelf!" ~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling mystery author "Charming cozy mystery featuring likable characters." ~Debbie Wiley, Fresh Fiction "A. Gardner cooks up one fabulous mystery with this Southern suspense." ~Pauline Michael, Night Owl Reviews


My first encounter with a southern guy isn't going so well. So far I've admitted I have never tried sweet tea, and my big toe is a little too long for the shoes I am wearing. Nice one, Poppy. Now he is going to think I am a weird westerner with a foot fetish. I try hard not to look down at my black, high-heeled boots. Why am I the only one on campus wearing any black?
"My name is Cole," the man says with a grin on his face. I reach out to shake his hand. My palms are sweating just like every other place on my body. I haven't even turned thirty yet, and I'm already having hot flashes. It is going to take me some time to get used to this heat.
"Poppy Peters," I reply. I wipe my forehead and underneath my eyes. I bite my lip when I see a bit of smeared mascara on the side of my finger. It is so humid my makeup is melting off. "Is it always this hot here?"
"Welcome to Georgia." Cole chuckles and shrugs as we walk towards the student bakery. Cole is one of the first students I bumped into at the registration office. His lemon-colored T-shirt shines bright compared to his dark skin, and his impressive physique makes me look at him twice. His eyes are intriguing—an even mix of blue and green.
As we walk, I can't help but admire how lush the vegetation is on campus. Every tree outstretches towards the sidewalks, providing a much needed break from the glaring sun. The patches of grass remind me of ocean waves, if the ocean sparkled like emeralds. Even the flowerbeds near the Administration building had bundles of purple and orange wildflowers that couldn't be contained.
"What's that smell?" I ask. "And don't say it smells like fresh meat. I heard a teacher in the Registrar's Office use that joke about a hundred times."
"I'll show you."
I follow Cole across campus until the heavenly smell of baked bread and sugary doughnuts grows stronger. I long for that smell sometimes. It takes me back to my schoolgirl days when I spent my weekends in the kitchen with Grandma Liz. My Grandma Liz came to Calle Pastry Academy when she was in her early twenties. I imagine her tiny frame and long, dancer legs. It's a miracle that she came to this school and still stayed so thin.

A Gardner
   Author A. Gardner

A. Gardner is a native westerner exploring the sweet bites of the south. After years of working in the healthcare industry, she moved across the country with her husband and adventurous baby boy. She is a mystery and romance writer with a serious cupcake obsession and a love of storytelling that began at an early age. When she is not writing, she is either chasing after her son, out for a swim, trying out a new recipe, or painting her nails bright blue.
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