Devon’s Choice by Catherine Bennett – Book Blast – Giveaway!

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Devon’s Choice

Life holds no surprises for Devon Murphy. Her life consists of keeping tabs on her aging Irish father, working part time at a coffee shop, and building her online graphics design business. Devon’s only tricky situation is a shallow relationship with the pampered and affluent Michael Turner, who sees her as just another woman to conquer.

Following his father’s death, Brandon’s only goal is to expand the family business and live life on his own terms. That is, until he walks into the coffee shop one snowy evening and meets the enchanting, red-haired barista behind the counter. But can Devon and Brandon’s attraction for each other be strong enough to help erase their deepest disappointments and renew their faith in God?

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Excerpt:

Brandon looked over at her neutral expression. Whatever kind of relationship she had with Michael Turner didn’t seem to be making her happy. At that moment, all he wanted to do was to make her forget all about the jerk.

As if sensing him watching her, Devon turned her head enough to make eye contact with him. The faint, milky glow from the streetlight showed enough of her features for him to see a soft blush warm her cheeks. Under her dark lashes, he watched her sea green eyes glint invitingly as her soft lips turned up at the corners. In that moment, his resolve to keep the date on a friendly level came crashing down.

Catherine BennettAuthor Catherine Bennett

I grew up in Ohio where I currently live with my husband and our two rescue Labradors. Some of my favorite things include reading, shopping, pepperoni pizza, Hershey bars and hanging out with my two grown sons. I also love dogs; so going to the dog park is cheap entertainment for my husband and I!

Growing up an only child, I had many imaginary friends. I believe this – and a love of books – fueled my desire to write. It was many years later that my dream of becoming a published author came true.

I’m grateful to God for always keeping a story in my heart and hope you are blessed and entertained by my book.

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The Metabolism Solution by Lisa Lynn – Guest Post

Book Details:
Book Title: The Metabolism Solution, Lose 1 Pound A Day and Melt Belly Fat Fast by Lisa Lynn
Category: Adult non-fiction,  207 pages
Genre: Health, Fitness, Weight Loss, Christian, Cooking, Self help
Publisher: LynFit Nutrition (2nd edition)
Published: Oct 6, 2014
Available in: Paperback
and E-book format: mobi (for Kindle)

 

Book Description:
Are you ready to lose 1 pound a day? Have you tried every weight loss plan under the sun? Don’t give up in frustration; The Metabolism Solution will make it faster and easier. What makes The Metabolism Solution different? It will teach you how to safely harness the power of your metabolism to lose weight and melt belly fat fast. You will learn the right way to work out to boost your metabolism with the best part being seeing results the first day after your first 30-minute workout. You will learn how to address your weight loss and fitness issues from the inside out, allowing you to focus on what created the weight gain in the beginning and how to correct those issues. Do you love delicious food? You’ll adore Lisa Lynn’s 100 irresistibly delicious fat blasting recipes. The Metabolism Solution is the perfect roadmap for not only transforming your body, but changing your whole life.

Lisa Lynn

CELEBRITY FITNESS AND NUTRITION EXPERT LISA LYNN has devoted nearly three decades of her career to personal training, specializing in metabolic weight loss and performance nutrition. Coupled with her vast experience in the field of fitness and nutrition she has earned four educational certificates from the International Sports and Sciences Association’s Professional Division including: Certified Fitness Trainer, Specialist in Performance Nutrition, Fitness Therapy and Elite Trainer.

Lynn’s years of research in metabolic boosting and performance nutrition resulted in the development of herLeaner Lifestyle DVD Series, specifically designed to promote healthy fat loss by boosting the most sluggish and stubborn metabolisms. She is best known for her 13 years as MARTHA STEWART’s personal trainer who has said, “Lisa is the only trainer that made a difference.” Lynn is also a regular go-to nutrition and fitness expert on THE DR. OZ SHOW appearing in two of his highest rated episodes. Major media outlets frequently call upon her for her expertise in fitness and nutrition. Lynn maintains a diverse portfolio of clientele including professional bodybuilders, models, actors, CEOs and real-world people throughout the country.

Lisa just released her award winning book The Metabolism Solution that has helped thousands of people lose weight and reach their fitness goals.Availablewww.lynfit.com.

Connect with Lisa:  Website  ~  Facebook  ~ Twitter  ~  Pinterest  ~  Youtube Channel

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Why self-publishing my book has actually helped others lose weight!

by Lisa Lynn

I actually turned down book publishing deals and money advances and chose to self-publish after doing the Dr. OZ show. Why? Because I was being bombarded with questions regarding the raspberry ketones and how to take them to lose weight and why or why not to take them. I wanted to give people honest answers versus selling people things they may or may not need. Lots of people don’t know that most of what is on TV and what we read is all sponsored by companies who are trying to sell you something you might not need. While I do sell my own brand of raspberry ketones and have for over 25 years, I am specific when I let people know you have to eat thermogenically and move every day and you can’t just take a pill. The Dr OZ show didn’t say all that needed to be said.

I have been there and tried every diet on the planet and bought every supplements that didn’t work which made me lose hope and made me broke!  I wish I had a dollar for every fad I tried. I wanted to spare others from that misery so they would have hope to do what needed to be done. The truth is raspberry ketones do work amazingly well IF your body needs them, but quality is everything and if you don’t buy a good quality from a good source you shouldn’t even bother! I have rarely suggested people take supplements that aren’t blended with other fat fighting ingredients. Lots of Dr. OZ viewers went out and bought raspberry ketones as well as forksolin and banaba leaf at local stores which weren’t high quality or blended with the right ingredients, so they were very disappointed because they didn’t see results.  I felt responsible for their failures because I was the one who introduced them to some of these supplements, but I was only allowed to say exactly what they told me and nothing more, which meant people didn’t get the whole truth/story.  I wanted to make it right and answer all of the questions people were asking me every day even when I was out grocery shopping!  I wanted to clear the air and allow people to learn the system that really works.

Self-publishing is a great way to get your voice heard and it’s been awesome!

 

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West by Lizzie Ford (Blog Tour, Giveaway)

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Award Winning and fan favorite author, Lizzy Ford, introduces us to a new time travel romance, with WEST , which Outlander fans are sure to love.

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If you could change history, would you? WEST is the first installment in a series of standalone novels in the History Interrupted series featuring four women sent back to different time periods to modify historical events. Fans of Diana Gabaldon‘s OUTLANDER series will cherish this new series from Bestselling Author Lizzy Ford! Look for EAST, NORTH, AND SOUTH in 2015!

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If you could change history, would you?

College graduate Josephine “Josie” Jackson answers ‘yes’ to the question on a survey while visiting an Old West tourist trap. The next morning, she wakes up in Indian Territory in the 1840s, where she’s given a mission to complete before she can return to her time: to reset history by finding and stopping the man responsible for a horrific massacre.

It seems easy enough, until she discovers that three other women have been sent back to the same time period. When Josie uncovers what happened to them, she realizes the chances of her getting out of the past alive are not good.

To survive, she’ll have to trust the very man she’s there to stop, someone who has every reason to distrust her and only one reason to help her – to prove he’s not the monster she claims he’ll become.

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LIZZY FORD PROF PICLizzy Ford is the author of over thirty books written for young adult and adult romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling “Rhyn Trilogy,” “Witchling Series” and the “War of Gods” series. Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring. Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat.

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Seducing the Groom by Cheryl Holt (Chapter 1, Giveaway)

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Cheryl Holt celebrates her years as “The Queen of Erotic Romance” with this sexy, yummy, and fun tale of a bride’s seductive antics on her wedding night…

Stephen St. John, Viscount Banbury, is in a bind. His father has cut off his allowance, so he’s had to rein in his decadent habits and split with his beautiful, spoiled mistress whom he can no longer afford. When an American heiress comes to London and dangles her fortune in Stephen’s direction, he sees it as the answer to his prayers. He’ll wed the pretty, delectable heiress, but he won’t let her interfere with his decadent lifestyle. He’s a confirmed bachelor and determined to have a marriage of convenience.

Ellen Foster has traveled to London for the express purpose of buying a titled husband. She’s been husband shopping for months and can’t make up her mind. All the available candidates seem tepid and boring. But when she lays eyes on handsome, dashing Stephen St. John, she knows he’s the one, and with her large fortune as bait, he’s easily snared in her web.

When he suggests a marriage of convenience, she pretends to agree. But she has no intention of living separate lives. She plans to enjoy every delightful, wicked minute that marriage to a rake can provide. With Stephen determined to avoid her, seduction seems the only choice.

Though Stephen doesn’t realize it, Ellen always gets her way, and as she turns their bedchamber into a den of erotic pleasure, poor Stephen doesn’t stand a chance…

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CHERYL HOLT is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon “Top 100” bestselling author of over thirty-five novels.

She’s also a lawyer and mom, and at age forty, with two babies at home, she started a new career as a commercial fiction writer. She’d hoped to be a suspense novelist, but couldn’t sell any of her manuscripts, so she ended up taking a detour into romance where she was stunned to discover that she has a knack for writing some of the world’s greatest love stories.

Her books have been released to wide acclaim, and she has won or been nominated for many national awards. She is considered to be one of the masters of the romance genre. For many years, she was hailed as “The Queen of Erotic Romance” as well as “The International Queen of Villains.” She is particularly proud to have been named “Best Storyteller of the Year” by the trade magazine Romantic Times BOOK Reviews.

She lives and writes in Hollywood, California, and she loves to hear from fans. Visit her website at http://www.cherylholt.com.

Purchase on Amazon: I will be posting the link soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the excerpt below.

 Cheryl Holt is giving away a set of The Lord Trent trilogy to one

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CHAPTER ONE

London, 1815…

“Well, good night then, Lord Banbury.”

“Good night.”

Stephen St. John, Viscount Banbury, eventually to be Earl of Stafford if his recalcitrant, impossible father ever dropped dead, glared at the interloper who’d now been his wife for all of ten hours.  The silence extended; the farewell grew awkward.

What repartee, precisely, was a man supposed to express at a time such as this?  Sleep well?  Pleasant dreams?  See you in the morning?  Or how about more aptly, What was I thinking, marrying a woman I don’t know?  Have I gone mad?

Nothing seemed appropriate.  Astoundingly, he blushed, his cheeks heating with an embarrassing dose of discomfort.

The wedding guests were gone, the house had been tidied by what was left of his domestic staff, and he’d been about to leave too, when he’d stumbled upon her floating down the stairs.  She was scarcely dressed, clad in a diaphanous green negligee and robe that hardly covered anything that ought to be covered.  Apparently, as she’d concluded that he was already off to his merrymaking, she’d believed herself to be alone in the massive, drafty domicile.  Unable to sleep, she’d descended to fetch a relaxing refreshment.

Her hair was blond, the shade of ripened wheat.  It was unbound and hanging down her back to brush her bottom, and he was gravely troubled by the display.  She was much too forward and assured, prancing about in her nightwear before an unfamiliar man, yet she didn’t appear perturbed.

Yes, he was her husband, but nevertheless, they were strangers.

Even though he hadn’t meant to, he evaluated her graceful figure.  He was only human!  He couldn’t be expected to avoid looking at what was flaunted in plain sight.

She was much too shapely, and he squirmed uneasily and inspected the floor, only to be confronted by her feet.

Her toenails were painted red!  The splash of bright crimson in the dull salon seemed immoderately sexy, out of place, incongruous and irreconcilable with the individual he pictured her to be. Continue reading

Rachel’s Folly by Monica Bruno (Review)

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00023]Family therapist Rachel Richards’ life is about to come undone.

She has it all: a successful career, a beautiful house, a loving husband, and a son she adores. To top it off, her best friend is getting married. But who is this mysterious man who calls himself Jack and, more importantly, who is Rachel when she’s with him? After a night of drinking gone awry, Rachel is forced to face a dark part of herself she didn’t know existed. She must find a way to cope—with what she’s done, with the kind of person she might be—or lose her life in the process.

Told from three unique perspectives and set against the backdrop of an Austin, Texas both strange and familiar, Rachel’s Folly is an exploration of profound loss, morality, and the lengths to which we will go to save our loved ones and ourselves . . . from ourselves.

Image of Monica BrunoMonica Bruno is an avid runner, dedicated yogi and indie rock music fan. She’s currently working on a sequel to Rachel’s Folly.

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Her website: http://runnergirlblogs.com/rachels-folly/

My Review: 

I rarely regurgitate the book blurb and certainly do not give away the plot of the book and I am not going to start now. With that being said, just how do you even begin to describe this RACHEL’S FOLLEY. It’s strange, fascinating, mysterious, suspenseful. Those words are a beginning, but the book is so much more. There’s adultery, innocence, friendship, betrayal, and death.

I love the way Monica Bruno wrote from different prospectives, which is a favorite of mine. It was a nice change of pace. You are reading and becoming immersed in the story and then turn the page only to have it end and picked up by the next person. You think you know what is going to happen and when it is going to happen and then the story begins again and you are left thinking, “Maybe that’s not going to happen.”

It was truly a delight to read and I am looking forward to more books by this author. I found no grammatical errors and the characters and storyline were all very well thought out and executed. She allows us time with each character and we truly get to know the person, where they come from and how they got to the place they are today.

I cannot wait to read the follow-up book, because this one, folks, will leave you hanging. I’ve included the first three pages of the book just to taunt you into reading Rachel’s Folly. This book definitely gets a 5 star rating.

Rachel’s Follycan be purchased on Amazon in either Kindle or Paperbackformat and is getting rave reviews.

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“What Reason weaves, by Passion is undone.”

-Alexander Pope

They smiled at nothing in particular, walking closely together. His tall body and her small frame morphed into one shadow, preceding them through the nearly empty parking garage. The sound of her high heels hitting the ground echoed around them.

“That was fun,” Jack said. He pressed the key to open the passenger door and helped Rachel into the white Toyota 4Runner. Her stomach fluttered when his fingers gently grazed her back, as she climbed into her SUV. Jack bent down to reposition a small flap of her dress that was hanging out of the car. He closed the door firmly, and before she knew it, he was in the driver’s seat.

“Thanks for driving.”

“Not a problem.” He shut his door. “I’m half Irish. We’re known to hold more than our own.”

His black silk t-shirt hugged his toned shoulders and she could see his arm muscles move when he adjusted the rearview mirror. She watched him clench his jaw and narrow his deep, blue eyes when he glanced at his reflection and fixed his soft dark hair.

“I can’t remember the last time I went dancing,” she said. She lowered the sun visor to check her makeup in the mirror. Her smile quickly faded when she saw her lipstick had completely rubbed off and the mascara smeared. She took out a tissue from her clutch purse and wiped the black marks from under her glassy hazel eyes. “Oh my God, I look like shit. I shouldn’t have had that last drink.” She flipped the sun visor back into place and lowered her window. Rachel held her hand out to feel the cool spring night. “I’m gonna feel this tomorrow.”

Jack slowly pulled the car out of the parking garage and headed north.

“You know,” she looked at him mischievously with a raised eyebrow. “There’s an awesome band playing down on Red River.”

“Let’s go.” He crossed over to the right lane and was about to turn east.

Taken aback by his immediate response, she placed her hand on his forearm. “I’m kidding. It’s too late.” She let her hand sit on his arm for just a moment before she pulled it away. “I want to, but … I really should go home.”

Whatever you say.” He smiled warmly and made his way back into the left lane and then turned west.

They snaked through lower downtown and were now alongside the running trails of Lady Bird Lake. They drove by Austin High School, which Rachel had graduated from nearly twenty years prior. Shimmering streaks of white, reflections of the full moon above, danced on the black water nearby. Once they got on the highway, Jack picked up speed, turned on the car stereo and cranked up the volume. “Here to Fall” by Yo La Tengo bounced the speakers, filling the car with a melody of electric guitar, keyboards and a haunting string arrangement. Rachel began to wave her outstretched arm to the beat.

“Hey, I love this song. Is this the radio or a CD?” he asked in a loud voice.

“It’s a CD.”

“You like Yo La Tengo?”

She closed the car window to hear him better. “Oh yeah, we saw them in Aspen a few years ago. We were just walking by this tiny venue, and the music lured us in. I was blown away.”

Jack looked impressed. “Huh, and do you know why they’re called Yo La Tengo?”

“Yup,” she said smugly. “I got to meet the band members after the show.”

Jack raised an eyebrow. “Go on,” he said.

“It’s a baseball anecdote from the sixties, I think. Let’s see if I can remember …” She bit her lower lip to concentrate. “Ricky—or was it Richie Ashburn with The New York Mets—and a Venezuelan player named Chacón were running into each other in the outfield. When Ashburn went for a catch, he would scream, ‘I got it! I got it!’ but would run into Chacón, who only spoke Spanish. Ashburn learned to yell, ‘¡Yo la tengo! ¡Yo la tengo!’ instead. And after that, they started using ‘¡Yo la tengo!’ to avoid outfield collisions. But, another player who didn’t know about the term ran into Chacón and later, he asked Ashburn what ‘yellow tango’ meant .… The band liked the story so much, they named themselves after it.”

Jack smiled. “That’s pretty good. They’re one of my favorite bands. I‘ve been following them for years. Not a lot of people know about them.” He nodded. “I’m impressed, but not as much as I was when I saw your husband dance tonight. I had no idea Edward was so light on his feet.”

Rachel laughed. “Neither did I, and he doesn’t even drink. He’s usually so buttoned up, it’s rare to see him cut loose like that.” Her face slowly fell as she glanced out the window and watched the white lane markings on the road race by. “I guess he was just happy to be with the old gang again. It’s been years since both Ben and Elena came out with us.” She turned her attention back to Jack. He was busy happily tapping the steering wheel to the music with his fingers. Rachel’s smile returned. “We used to go out a lot back then, but you hardly ever caught him dancing like that.”

“He was great. And your brother, he came in all the way from Maine?”

“Uh huh. Ben wouldn’t have missed Elena’s wedding. She’s like family.”

“He’s cool.” He stopped tapping and frowned. “It just sucks that Edward and Elena had to rush off to the clinic like that, right?”

“You’re gonna have to get used to that. Elena will be on call a lot. Trust me. It comes with the territory. I used to get upset about it, too, but it’s pointless to get angry.” She slapped her hands into her lap. “You just have to adapt.”

He nodded his head in agreement. “How long have you and Edward been married?”

“Going on twelve years. And Elena was the one who introduced us, back when she was doing her residency.” The taste of olives still lingered in her mouth from her last martini. She searched for a piece of chewing gum in her purse. She held out a piece for him. “Do you want some?”

He gently took the stick of gum from her hand. “Thanks.”

“So, what do you do?” Rachel asked. “Elena told me you work a lot from home?”

“Yep. I sell computers. Mostly to universities and big corporations. Nothing too exciting.”

Rachel nodded.

“And, what about you, do you work?” he asked, lowering the volume on the stereo.

“I’m a family therapist,” she said almost apologetically.

“Really?” He looked surprised.

“Yes, really. Why? Don’t I look like a family therapist?”

“Um … no. I would have taken you for a yoga instructor or something like that. No offense, you’re just in great shape, and I figure you don’t have to work,” he said, keeping his eyes focused on the traffic in front of him.

Rachel blushed and unconsciously pulled her dress down to hide her semi-exposed thigh. “I want to work. I like helping people. I can only hope I make a difference in someone’s life. Elena and her father always say you should help those in need and strive to leave this earth better than it was when you entered it. She’s pretty remarkable, you know?”

“That’s why I’m marrying her,” Jack said. “Well, that and the free healthcare.” He grinned at Rachel playfully and batted his thick lashes.

Rachel became still and wrinkled her brow. “How did you guys meet, anyway?”

Jack face grew serious. “Elena didn’t tell you?”

Rachel shook her head. “She said y’all met at the park, but she didn’t go into any details.”

He stretched out his arm and moved it across the horizon. His voice animated. “It was a gorgeous day. I was minding my own business, on my bike …”

Rachel shot him a quizzical look.

He flashed his palm in her direction. “A ten-speed, not a motorcycle,” he said.

“Oh.” She smiled and nodded.

He cleared his throat. “As I was saying… I was riding my bike at Zilker Park, and all of a sudden, I saw the most beautifulwoman talking to some kids by this huge tree.” He extended his hand in front of him as if he could actually see the tree again. “She turned,” he glanced at Rachel, “and looked at me with those big green eyes. And I was instantly mesmerized. Completely taken in by her spell .… Then bam!” He slammed his hand on the dashboard. “I crashed straight into a parked car.” Rachel couldn’t help but let out a short laugh.

Jack turned to Rachel with a look of horror. “It’s not funny. I ended up flat on my back…There was blood.” He pointed to his forehead. “I had to get three stitches.” Rachel put her hand over her mouth and tried to contain her smile. He looked into her eyes. “You can see the scar. In direct sunlight. At just the right angle.” Rachel’s smile grew.

He turned back to look at the road in front of him. “Anyway, she rushed over to help me and well, what can I say, the rest is obvious. She just couldn’t resist my striking good looks and irresistible charm.” He shook his head. “Poor thing. Didn’t stand a chance.” Then they both laughed.

Rachel suddenly raised the volume on the stereo a notch or two. “I love this part.” She started swaying from side to side, dancing in her seat.

They exited the highway and drove past the affluent area of West Lake Hills, where there was significantly less activity compared to downtown. The specialty stores they passed were closed and the streets were mostly empty with the exception of the passing headlights of a random car. When they approached a dark area off the main street, Jack turned west and continued to drive quickly up a long, narrow, winding road.

Rachel sat up straight. “Careful,” she said soberly. “Slow down. You don’t want to drive off here. You can’t tell right now, but there are pretty big drop-offs on either side.” She pointed to the small white cross with flowers mounted to the side of the railing, where someone had already been in an accident. Jack leaned forward and slowed the SUV down considerably. Rachel relaxed. She lowered the car window and leaned her head out, closing her eyes and embracing the fresh air as it brushed her face and long, dark hair. She always thought it was amazing how quickly the landscape changed from the high-rises, bright lights and swarm of activity downtown to the quiet peacefulness and serenity just a few miles out in West Austin.

They pulled into Rachel’s driveway about five minutes later. It was a red-brick, two-story house surrounded by tall oak trees. Rachel and Edward had spent the last seven months replacing the downstairs with dark hardwood floors and custom window treatments. Although she was fond of it now, it wasn’t the house Rachel had wanted to move into initially. She wanted a small, charming home close to downtown, but Edward convinced her that this house was a better investment. At first she thought it was too big and lacked character. Too cookie cutter. But over the years she was able to make the changes she wanted, and after Jacob was born, the house didn’t seem that big anymore.

Jack parked the SUV next to his black Jeep Wrangler, which was sitting in the driveway. Before Rachel could unfasten her seatbelt, Jack reached for the knob on the stereo to turn up the volume. They sat there, with eyes closed, half-smiling so the final track could finish. As Rachel grabbed her purse from the floorboard, ready to exit the car, Jack looked at her intently and tightened his jaw. “Do you mind if I come inside to use the bathroom?”

“Not at all,” she said without hesitation.

At the dimly lit doorstep, he handed her the keys; she fumbled to find the one to open the front door. There was insistent barking and growling coming from inside the house. The rapid sound of clawing nails rose from the foot of the door.

“I didn’t realize you were harboring Cujo,” Jack said.

Rachel laughed. “It’s Ben’s baby, Homer. He’s harmless, just really spoiled.” She opened the door and staggered into the house. Jack followed her in.

“It’s this way, right?” he asked, walking down a small hall to the right of the foyer.

“Uh huh,” she replied. She hushed the miniature schnauzer and led him outside through the back door. Closing the screen, she then used her fingers to carefully remove long strands of hair that were stuck to her face. She felt warm. She grabbed her hair, pulling it behind her head. She twisted it up into a loose knot and secured it together with a hairclip that was sitting on the table.

She started feeling the full effect of the alcohol, swaying and taking hold of the back of a chair for stability. With some difficulty, she made her way to the kitchen and turned on the light. Her mouth was parched. She poured herself a large glass of water from the sink and drank the entire glass without coming up for air. When she finished, she wiped her mouth with the back of her hand and placed the glass on the granite countertop. She heard Jack walk out of the bathroom and was about to ask him if he wanted any water when she suddenly felt his warm presence behind her.

 Rachel’s Follycan be purchased on Amazon in either Kindle or Paperbackformat.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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No String Attached Giveaway Hop – January 15th – 21st

My Life. One Story at a Time. is participating in a reader appreciation hop. You can leave a comment with your email on each blog listed in the hop (the link is below). You will be entered to win an Amazon gift card by leaving a comment on my blog along with your email (for contact purposes only).

Thank you for visiting my blog and for being a loyal follower! I appreciate you! 

There are no strings attached, no tweets/likes/clicks; just leave a comment. 
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Review: Everything You Need To Know by Helenkay Dimon, A Red-Hot Harlequin/Cosmo Release

From the award winning author of romance and romantic suspense, HelenKay Dimon comes a sizzling new story from Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin.

Welcome to Need to Know—Because a Woman Can’t Be Too Informed

Dating in D.C. is like navigating an apocalyptic wasteland populated by men in expensive suits with zero mating potential. Need to Know provides all the information a savvy single woman like you needs to avoid dating disasters.

By night, Jordan McAdam is the proprietor of a popular website that rates D.C.’s hottest bachelors—everything from how quick they are email you back to their skills in the sack. She’s been burned once too often to accept any man at face value. By day, her job as an office temp puts her in the perfect position to do a little fact checking on her rich and powerful subjects. When her latest assignment brings her face to face with the sexy but mysterious Forest Redder, Jordan decides to do a little “hands on” research of her own.

To Jordan, he seems like the perfect man – but she knows there is no such thing. Moreover, there’s a big problem: Forest knows Jordan’s the woman behind the scandalous site—and Jordan knows he knows. Will he expose her secret—or find his own posted on Need to Know?

Helenkay DimonBy day I’m a divorce lawyer specializing in unhappy endings. One day, during a particularly difficult string of cases, a former co-worker handed me a romance novel with the promise of a much-needed escape and a happy ending. I’ve been reading – and now writing – romance ever since. 

My first release, the novella HARDHATS AND SILK STOCKINGS in the Kensington Brava anthology WHEN GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO BAD BOYS with Lori Foster and Erin McCarthy, was an Amazon, B&N and Borders bestseller. My first single author anthology, VIVA LAS BAD BOYS!, earned rave reviews and was a bestseller on Amazon and at B&N. Both books are available on Amazon and at other bookselling outlets.

My first single title, YOUR MOUTH DRIVES ME CRAZY, is a July 2007 Kensington Brava release. Check back here for more details. You also can visit me at http://www.helenkaydimon.com for updated information and some chit chat on my blog.

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My Review:

The Cosmo-Harlequin partnership seems to be on a Red-Hot role with their new releases. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW by Helenkay Dimon is definitely leaving smoke in its wake.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW brings a new story line to the table. The story sets you down in the middle of the most powerful city in the United States with some of the most powerful men in D.C. being dished up for dinner. Been asked out? Check out his pros and cons, and even his preferences on the website for women by women, membership only, Need to Know. The ladies are dishing and the men had better watch out!

“When she’d started Need to Know, she’d known the dating world could be physically and emotionally dangerous for women. She never dreamed it resembled an apocalyptic wasteland populated with guys in business suits who possessed zero social skills when it came to handling strong women.”

“Subject Report on Ryan Peterson: Spent entire date talking about Ryan – yes, he refers to himself in the third person. When he drove me home and I refused to sleep with him on the first date, he urinated on my front porch. Run from this blowhard. – Member 121″

“Subject Request for Anton Betz: He broke up with me because his mother just died. Any advice on how to navigate this? – Member 37. Response from Member 258: He broke up with me more than a year ago…because his mother just died. Need to Know admin staff: His mother is alive.”

“Subject Request for Wen Strong: Is his ladies’-man reputation for real? – Member 71. Response from Member 9: Dated him last year. He’s smart, charming and amazing in the sack. He also heaves at the thought of commitment. Sex-yes. Anything serious-no.”

“Subject Request for Cameron Dillard: I know he has a bad-boy reputation, but I thought maybe it was overblown?-Member 401 Need to Know Response: The site almost crashed from the number of members trying to sign on and warn you off.”

And, in between all of the investigating, Need to Know’s woman genius, Jordan does manage meet and fall in love with amazing man.

I am giving EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW five stars. It was a new story-line, very well written, and entertaining. If you are a fan of Harlequin, you will absolutely love this book. If you haven’t yet read a Cosmo-Harlequin romance, this is great place to jump in.

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

No Time for Love by JB Miller

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Join JB Miller, author of the chick lit novel, No Time for Love, as she tours the blogosphere November 15 ‘12 – January 25 ‘13 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your BookThe No Time for Love Virtual Book Publicity Tour is part of a Godiva Chocolates/Book  Giveaway. See details further down on how you can win!

ABOUT JB MILLER

J.B. Miller is a published author of fiction, non-fiction, award-winning poetry, music, and numerous articles and blogs. No Time For Love is her first novel. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.
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ABOUT NO TIME FOR LOVE

Chatham Ross has no time – for anything, least of all love. She manages her three kid’s demanding schedules, exercises at crazy hours to preserve her less than perfect figure and writes catchy advertising jingles to pay for the mortgage. To the outside world, she seems to have it all – except for a husband. Who has time for that? Besides, hers died unexpectedly five years ago and she’s still not over it. A chance occurrence with a particular jingle finds Chatham on a bi-coastal roller coaster that she can’t seem to put the breaks on. Will the man who has always secretly loved her finally have his chance to ride along? Or will the very handsome foreigner on the other side of the country claim her wounded heart? At some point she has to choose which path is for her – or has it been there all along?

My Review
       I absolutely loved this book. It was full of quirky, relate-able characters with fun names. It was fast-paced with a little mystery thrown in. It had loads of humorous situations that made me laugh at loud. No Time for Love had friendship, loyalty, and what else but love. It was a book that kept you turning the pages when you needed to set it down. If you love a good romance, you will definitely love this book. 
 
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My Crazy Life –The Makings of a Book Review

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January 3, 2012

Sitting here with nothing to do … and if you believe that, I have some swampland to sell you. I was actually winding up several hours of work putting together book reviews for my blog and I began thinking that the process might make a great story – well an okay story at least.

Most of us who have blogs are also writers – published and non-published – so we all know that writing is a process and takes time – lots of time. I admire those who have managed to string together enough words to make a book and then to go through the publishing process. Then, once the book is published, book reviews are needed. That is where I (and others) come in.

When I receive a book for review, before I even sit down to read the book, I will spend at least an hour on the computer researching the author and previous books written by them. I then begin putting together my book review material and setting up my document sections so that when I complete the book, I can sit down and concentrate on writing my review. I find a picture of the book (not always provided), the date published (not always provided), author information and picture (again, not always provided), where the book is being sold, and the book blurb.

Once I have my information ready, I begin reading the book. Reading a book can take anywhere from 6-8, and sometimes more, hours to read. Add to that, the time needed for writing notes for the review. Using my Kindle comes in handy for this part. It is easy to mark passages that I want to quote in my review as I read, as opposed to having a gazillion pieces of paper sticking out of a book.

When I finish reading a book, I begin my writing process. I will bring up all of the passages on my Kindle that I highlighted during the course of reading and decide which quotes I think will draw the reader in or make them laugh, etc. Sometimes I will try to use just a little bit of a quote to throw the potential reader off and to make them think, “I really need to read this book.”

It is at this point, if the author and I have not already agreed on a Q@A or guest post, I will contact the author and request one or the other. I will also set up a giveaway of their book to go along with the review. I will try to find out the sites where the book will be for sale (not always provided) so I can post my completed review on those sites. I also encourage the author to tweet the review and stop by for a visit and comment. The readers like the personal attention that authors give to the review.

Waiting for information from the author sometimes takes a while, depending on how busy they are. While waiting, I begin the process of posting my reviews on the different sites (sometimes 4 to 5 sites). This process can take upwards of two hours, depending on the number of sites. As I post, I also add the book to my blog’s sidebar to be permanently displayed – example: Shelfari, Goodreads.

Once the author returns the guest post or Q@A information, and I add it to my review, the post goes live on my blog. I take the time each day to tweet and post the review to face book and other sites for exposure. I belong to one website that thousands of other book reviewers belong to, which means I have access to thousands of other bloggers. I am a member of twenty groups on this site and I promote the books I review on each group’s page. What this means to an author, is I promote their book to thousands of potential buyers on this one site. I have memberships on several different websites, and I spend a lot of time promoting books.

I think most authors appreciate the work we do, and the exposure that book review blogs can offer. I am not sure, however, how many realize the time and effort some of us put into the review process. That is the reason I decided to write about the book review process. I spend an average of eight to ten hours on each book I agree to read and review.

So…no I have no swampland to sell – wouldn’t have the time if I did – I’m reviewing your book. I would love to hear feedback from authors and book reviewers on this topic.

 

Donna

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