Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Chocolate Drop (The Chocolate Romance Series Book 3) by Edwina Martin-Arnold

Love in the time of corona is different than other times. Check out the third installment of the Chocolate Romance series!

 



Maria and Jian felt instant chemistry the moment they saw each other at Seattle General Hospital! Then the pandemic hit, causing all types of complications! Will their budding romance grow or be extinguished by the pandemic?


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Edwina Martin-Arnold is the author of several romance books. She is a hopeless romantic, and a true believer in happily ever after. However, Edwina knows that the path to real love is rarely straight forward. To the contrary, it’s often paved with many turns and a peril or two, in real life and in the stories she creates.

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Regrets, Love, Sex, and Life Lessons by Melissa Owens

 


Regrets, Love, Sex and Life Lessons describes all the pros and cons of being an adult. As an adult, we make just as many mistakes as we did as a child or teenager, the only difference is now, we learn from it and take it as a “Lesson or Blessing”. You’re blessed to have experience passion, good sex and maybe “Love”. Or, you have learned a hard lesson on the difference between “Love and Lust “and “Need and Want”.

It seems as we get older, we always end up thinking with the “Wrong Head” and it always causes severe heart break or severe consequences.

One thing I can honestly say is, you’re not living your best life if you’re not making mistakes and you’re not truly an adult, if you’re not learning from them.


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About the author:

Melissa Owens is an African American Author who was born and raised in Oakland, Ca. She is a mother of a college graduate and works as a Full-time Case Manager/Mental Health Worker. Melissa works in her community supporting adults and Youth who are battling severe mental health and homelessness on a daily basis.

While Melissa was in the hospital battling Covid-19, she started a “Bucket list” and writing “2 books” was on the top of that list.

Melissa is Compassionate, enthusiastic and shows unconditional support towards anyone around her. She is truly dedicated to serving her community and also continuing growing as a mother, Author and a human being.




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Friday, November 26, 2021

Phoebe (The Flagstaff Reunion) by Susan Wuthrich

 


When Phoebe O’Flannigan turns up at The Flagstaff Reunion and accuses three former pupils of sexually assaulting her nineteen years before, it rakes up foggy memories of a wild teenage party; one they’d rather forget.

The men are arrested and charged with rape. Brandon Foster, one of the accused, is horrified to learn his friends have turned against him and are letting him take the fall. Amid denial and recriminations friendships fall apart and the sordid allegation puts Brandon’s fragile marriage on the line.

The bullying and humiliation Phoebe suffered at the exclusive school was real. But is she stretching the truth? She knew to achieve her goal, drastic measures would be required. But because of the time lapse, is it too late to turn the tables on those who treated her so despicably?

So, what really happened that night and why has it taken her almost twenty years to come forward?

A gripping saga full of suspense and intrigue.


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This is her 5th novel.

Born in Canada and raised in the United Kingdom, after spending twenty-five years in South Africa, she now lives in a picturesque village in Switzerland; an idyllic setting in which to pursue her passion.







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Acrimony: When She Shed Her Wrathful Tears by Ninsiku

 


A tragic romantic drama novel about growth and self discovery; that perceives atrocious deeds stirred by deep hate. The life of a young and growing Ramona is centered on the small cultural boundaries of her country life where she neither hates nor questions the norms of her own people, until one day she meets someone who teaches her to dream. Her life changes as she breaks loose from the chains of her society, opening a whole new world to her, a world she never knew existed, but along her journey of self discovery, chaos lurks amongst those who bear a deep animosity for those seek self-fulfillment like her...


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Ninsiku is an author who specializes in the romance, fantasy, mystery/thriller and biographical genres, with her unique style of writing.






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Thursday, November 25, 2021

Kai's Diary: A Canadian's COVID-19 Days in Chongqing, China by Jorah Kai

Everyone has a COVID story to share. Just as the virus affects each person differently in the physical realm, it affects their lives in a different way. I witnessed many different stories from friends all around the world. Here's one such account:




A feverish fear …what began as a memoir, and a goodbye,
became a story of triumph against the virus,
and a lighthouse in the storm.

“Although not a traditional authority of any kind Kai proved to be an essential source of sanity and safety during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. He truly is a warrior poet.” - Dylan Lane (ill Gates), bass music superstar

********************

My name is Jorah Kai, and I was born in the year of the earth goat. I've traveled around, spreading mirth and revelry since I was a wee lad, a merry bard. My band, The Root Sellers, headlined festivals, played Olympics, and produced albums around the world, breathing fire and breaking hearts for two decades. I was a full-time detective in a mythical part-time city, solving existential mysteries for lost and weary travelers. You may have heard of me.

One day I disappeared and wandered until I found misty mountains that shrouded the ancient Chinese city of Ba with a civilization along the mighty Jialiang and Yangtze rivers that stretches back 15,000 years. Today, it is called Chongqing. I am a married man, a teacher, and a humble writer, happily obscure, until a virus smaller than a . stopped the world in its tracks.

On the first day of the year of the metal rat, the beginning of a novel 60-year cycle, everything changed. Wuhan, a city the size of New York or London, was locked down in a failed attempt to control the spread of a deadly virus. The quarantine grew, but the virus, full of creeping, cosmic horror escaped and spread across the world. It used us as carriers for an invisible alien attack.

This is the story of the first two months of COVID-19, as I learned, day by day, what it was and what it could do. I tried to warn you it was coming, and some prepared, but many did not. This is the story of how Chongqing stood tall when other cities fell.

This is not how the story ends, but this is how it began.


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Saturday, 25 January

Self-Isolation Begins


Day 1. We, along with much of China, have canceled our travel plans

and will spend our holiday at home in quarantine. It's not really a lockdown in Chongqing, more like a suggestion. We are a bit alarmed, but my friends are saying it's basically bad flu and not worth getting upset about. Some friends are on their way to Thailand and Vietnam on vacations, with their families coming from the UK to meet them. We don't want to get Shaolin's parents or baby Ethan sick, so we're happy enough to stay home for now and see how it goes. We sleep in until noon and have a lazy brunch.


Ben Ben has urinated in front of the screen door. He's an 11-year-old brown poodle with lousy hearing and cataracts and can't figure out the epidermal membrane of screen doors. I mop it up using a disinfectant. Everything has to be clean now.


Hachoo, our tiny black poodle, is about four but has good eyes and

a quick mind. She can zip outside and will use a puppy pad out there too.

Hachoo is the superior virus. Shaolin tells me people are worried animals

can get infected or get their humans sick. Some are kicking their pets out,

frantic, in fear for their lives. We decide we will keep the dogs inside until

it's over.


Shaolin's mom asks us to come over, but we tell her it's too

dangerous to go outside and risk the taxi. Mama says it's not too bad; we

don't know any sick people. We try to explain it could be a health risk,

and we're trying to be careful. We video call instead.


I get a call from Jenny, the newsroom chief, "Pending stories, please

edit!" There's a superstition that you're not supposed to work on the first

day of a new year, but public health trumps superstition, so I check the

news. "Chongqing New Coronavirus Update: 57 Cases in Total, Medical

Team Headed to Wuhan." We must be testing a lot of people to have 57 already. Medical crews and army support from all areas of China are

organizing to support Wuhan's struggling hospital system.


We get suited up with protective "Red Zone clothes," including gloves,

goggles, and masks. We grab a couple of stools and head to the parking

garage, where we can sit outside and get some sunshine for an hour or two.


It feels amazing. The poor dogs look so disappointed when we leave them

inside. I'm going to get some more dog treats as soon as I can.


A local friend, stuck outside of Chongqing, decides to make a

"Canadians in China" (all country) WeChat group and I meet Terry and

Patterson, two Canadians inside the Wuhan quarantine zone. They tell me

there are a couple hundred more that aren't in our group. We talk about

the lack of contact with the Canadian consulates and embassy. I guess

they're on holiday. Most of us Canadians aren't registered abroad, although I registered last year when we went to Europe. The Canadian embassy has sent me a few emails, but nothing helpful. They suggest I don't travel to Wuhan.


There's talk about an American plane coming to airlift the Americans.

We're not sure if that means consular officials only or all American citizens stranded inside the quarantine zone. We wonder if Canada will come to help our Canadians in Wuhan and how the people will make it to the airport with roads closed off. Those of us around China wonder when the virus will come to us and if we will be quarantined too. Would Canada help us if we are?


This would be a great time to finish my novel, but the mess of my

150,000-word manuscript haunts me. I had so much going on, so many

stories intertwined, so I want to take the story back to the beginning.

What is the first story I can tell? My story is about a Chinese boy named

Amos from my city Chongqing. He's a boy about 10, who goes through a

family shakeup and uses his creative imagination to turn a trip into rural

Chongqing into a magical adventure full of wonder that gives the space

and time to cope with his reality.


I write a lot of ideas down. Later, we watch Criminal Minds. We miss the gym, it's closed, until further notice. Maybe we will play some Just Dance on my projection screen or Shaolin's Korean dance aerobics

in the living room. We stay up late. Shaolin adores police procedurals, but

by season four of Criminal Minds, we're getting a bit burnt out on all the

psychos and murderers. We should switch it up tomorrow.


My school tells us to come back by the end of the week. Within two

days, they've done a 180 again and decided all foreign teachers are not

to come back. A few of my friends are on vacation and wonder how long

they can manage to hover around Asia and what they should do. Some

want to shelter in place. Others are canceling their vacations and flying

home to their countries. My friend Alessia is considering flying back to

China, but we tell her to go home to Italy if you have the chance; it's safer.


Monday 27 January


A Trip to the Market


Day 3. We sleep in late, no reason to rush up early with not much to

do. It's our third day of self-imposed full quarantine from other humans

and staying in our flat.


Our news headlines read, "Chongqing New Coronavirus Update: 35

Newly Confirmed Cases Reported, A Municipal Medical Team with 144

Staff Went to Hubei." My coworker, Mikkel from Denmark, makes a map

of Chongqing's downtown districts and rural areas, including the current number of infected in each area.


My district has one to five people infected so far. It's a vast area,

though, so these are still relatively low numbers.


We decide to go shopping at the local market on the street and get a

few things.


There are only a few people on the street, and we all keep our

distance. Everyone is wearing a mask and walking quickly. Outside of the

bakery that makes my baguettes, a man is sneezing and coughing, with no mask on.


We stop, look around. A couple of other people freeze too. I feel

attacked.


We cross the street to avoid him.


At the market, where we can shop from the street, we feel comfortable, it's not indoors, but we keep our goggles and mask on. I've lent Shaolin my clear safety goggles, so I'm wearing shaded rainbow swim goggles. Everyone else wears a mask, but most people have their eyes exposed. I feel safe in the precautions that I take. It's uncomfortable to wait in line. I'm so close to everyone.


At home, the decontamination procedure kicks in. We try to stand in place by the door. We keep the dogs back. We take off our gloves, our jackets, our hats, and our goggles. Then we wash our hands for a minute as hot as we can stand with lots of soap. The spray is too intense, and I get some water bounce back from my contaminated hands to spray me in the

face. I can feel it in my eye.


Is this how I become a zombie?

I hope it was a dry run. No virus yet.

You never really know when you're fighting an invisible army.


There are no dress rehearsals for war. Shaken but not stirred, I take

off my two masks. The sun will disinfect them, so I can wear them again.

I take a shower.


Today, Shaolin is excited about her club, Salsa 5. They are going to

broadcast a class with two new instructors from Venezuela.


The day passes quickly, writing and chatting with friends online.

She's happy to move around, and dance and I try a little bit. I'm glad to get some exercise.


That night, Shaolin abruptly starts to scream. I rush over, but she's inconsolable. Her arm is spasming in pain, but she can't explain what happened. I determine that she's stuck in her sweater, got her injured shoulder extended the wrong way. I help her get the sweater off and dry

the tears off her cheeks. I give her a shoulder and arm massage with a

balm. We're both a bit freaked out by how much pain she's in.


I worry about what would happen in a medical emergency where we

are sacred to call for help or to go to the hospital.


I stay up all night listening to WHO and the Center for Disease Control

(CDC) briefings, Canadian news, American news, European news, the British press, podcasts from doctors and specialists. I start listening to "city preppers" that discuss how to survive "grid down" situations. The sun begins to peek through a break in our heavy curtains, and I turn my phone off. I get a couple of hours of restless sleep and terrible dreams.




Jorah Kai is a writer and teacher from Toronto, Canada, who currently lives in Chongqing, China. He has previously published short stories and poems in literary journals ‘The Liar’ and ‘Fathom Magazine’ and has worked as an editor and contributor to iChongqing, an English news desk for the 34 million person metropolis since 2018. When the pandemic began, Kai wrote a syndicated diary column for Chinese and Canadian audiences (CTV News) which was expanded and published in 2020 as the epistolary novel The Invisible War aka Kai’s Diary by New World Press in English and Chinese. Kai’s Diary is listed as an Amazon Bestseller for China Books and sold out of a limited run, with a second English edition coming out in December by Canadian publisher Royal Collins. It received awards from the Chongqing Journalists Association and was designated one of the top 10 foreign language books and 25 overall notable books published in China in 2020. He’s currently preparing to publish a ‘Solarpunk YA Fantasy novel’ called Amos the Amazing and working on other nonfiction books, Year of the Rat, Gutter Oil, and SOLARPUNK: The Optimist's Guide to the Apocalypse.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Polish Dragon P.I. (The Good Book) by Steve Zimcosky

 


What happens when a bible disappears and a secret organization vows to keep it hidden at all costs? Find out in Polish Dragon P.I. Read an excerpt and then follow the rest of the tour. Best of luck entering the giveaway!



A bible mysteriously disappears from a Russian businessman’s home and it is said to have a secret hidden inside that would cause embarrassment to the Russian Orthodox Church. The Polish Dragon P. I. is called in, along with his new partner, to help find the bible. The problem is the bible is not supposed to exist and there is a secret organization, sworn to protect the church, also looking for the bible. They will stop at nothing to locate it and destroy it.

Read an excerpt:
"So," Andy began, with his voice trembling a bit. "The item that was stolen was an old family bible. It had been in the family for well over 600 years."

"Wait a minute Andy. You said that the police could not be involved. I don't understand, aren't they capable of finding an old bible?"

"I'm sure they are," he responded. "The problem is that the book is not supposed to exist. It was supposed to have been destroyed 200 years ago."

"Why?" she exclaimed.

"Apparently the leaders of the Orthodox Churches in Eastern Europe demanded it. There was supposed to be some sort of hidden message that would be devastating to the Church, even though my family never knew that the message existed. Plus it also had my family genealogy going all the way back to the 15th century."

"So, why was it never destroyed?"

"It had been in the family for many years and rather than destroy it, one of my ancestors decided to smuggle it out of Russia. They burned a fake one in its place and apparently, that appeased the Church. If they only knew it wasn't the real one. They would probably come after my family again."


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About the author:

Steve Zimcosky is a multi-award winning and international selling author. He is the creator of the Polish Dragon P. I. series and was born in the Slavic Village area of Cleveland, Ohio where many of his stories take place. He has wanted to be an author since elementary school while reading books like White Fang and Call of the Wild by Jack London. He spends his retirement time writing short stories on a variety of subjects he hopes his readers will enjoy. Some of his favorite authors include Stephen King, James Clavell, Thomas B. Dewey and Vivien Chien.

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Monday, November 22, 2021

Magic in Mauve by Nonna Gerikh, Read by Carolyn Jania

 


A perfect mauve-shade skirt created for upcoming wedding, makes its way around the globe over different people. As their life transformed and intertwined by seemingly random acts in a magical way, it eventually ending up in Paris where the secrets revealed.

Monique, an American fashion reporter; Princess Zorina; and Alison, an Irish fashion designer, lead very different lives. Monique designs the perfect skirt for her wedding, Zorina’s love is forbidden, and Alison’s star rises in Paris.

But when Monique donates her skirt, she sets it on a journey that will change all their lives forever. In her attempts to retrieve the skirt, she encounters other women who convince her the skirt has magical properties. But can the skirt bring Tahir and Zorina together? Can Alison salvage her relationship and her career? Will getting the skirt back bring Monique the luck she craves? Or does Magic in Mauve have something else in store for them?

For the fans of interwoven stories spanning distance and time, such as Sisterhood of Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares and Love Actually by Richard Curtis.


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Revolt (Era of Darkness Book 3) by Naif Makmi


Following the death and destruction caused by the activation of the 8G network server, Damien and Estrella had to escape to Canada with the help of Eva. They met a man who had been contacted by Eva prior to their arrival and he taught them warfare. The robot population increased and the havoc and destruction which they caused were new every day. However, Phineas made it his life purpose to find and kill Damien. Damien on the other hand swore to never give up till Phineas was destroyed.

Amidst their battles and fights against each other, division was created among Phineas’ robot army and they broke out from each other without his knowledge. Their break out led to them trying to take him out and take over the whole world completely. The destruction kept increasing while Damien continued making plans to take Phineas out. With the destruction and chaos caused by delusional people who only want power, will the world get back to what it was in the past or will it be destroyed forever?



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Naif Makmi started life in a small, cold town surrounded by a big, warm family. Growing up, he loved stories about robots and the limitless future. Along the way, he always told stories in his own way and enjoying entertaining is friends. The nickname Mr. Fiction seemed to suit him, and he thought himself destined for storytelling. Of course, life rarely works out how we expect it to, and Naif works as a Health care professional, a Disaster manager, and is an MBA student at Fayetteville State University. The urge to tell stories never left him, though, and now he’s writing like mad in his spare time. Naif is married with a young son, who’s fascinated by his tales. With a flair for making the mundane seem interesting, he’s always thinking up new was to describe, well, everything. Good observational skills, ample curiosity, and a strong background in science natural gear him toward science fiction writing. Writing helps him escape his everyday work stress and he hopes to create worlds others can escape into as well.


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New Era (Era of Darkness Book 2) by Naif Makmi

 


Vivien was taken to Phineas’ facility, Untergang and she was tortured by Phineas. She brought forth her son in the darkness of the facility with the aid of a slave from Armageddon. After the birth of her son, she slipped into unconsciousness leaving her child at the mercy of Phineas. The slave named the child, Damien and cleaned him up. Regina, a scientist, and nurse took her son, Damien into her care and nurtured him till he got to ten. She was Vivien’s nurse too, so she took care of her.

She took him in because Phineas threatened to kill him if she did not take her as his. He grew up in isolation because she did not want him to contact Phineas. She grew fond of him as he grew each passing day and she put Vivien into an induced coma to prevent her from waking up and finding out that her son was enough.

Damien was a very smart child and it reflected in the way he spoke. He craved to go out and grow up with his age mates, but Regina refused him. Damien escaped from the house one day and found his way into Untergang.

Dylan and Arora planned Phineas’ downfall and attacked his facility. They were found by a doctor, and they planned their revenge on Phineas. They attacked his facility when he was not aware and captured him. Vivien who was in a coma for ten years eventually woke up when she heard their voices.

They took Damien with them and went back to Armageddon which was renovated by Dylan. He kept Phineas in the basement of the house and bonded with his family. Arora and Ben, the doctor who took care of them fell in love with each other and planned their wedding the same time Vivien and Dylan planned theirs.

Darsus threatened to attack Dylan’s family if he did not release Phineas from his hostage. In his bid to save his family, he ended up getting them killed. Damien was taken to Untergang, and he was raised by Regina. His hate for Phineas grew and Regina was not exempted when he found out that she betrayed his father. He traveled to Australia and came back with the aim of revenge.

He tried to take over Phineas’ company and destroy him when he discovered that Phineas was building a robot army. Arora found him and aided him in destroying Phineas. He was also supported by his fiancée, Estrella. Unfortunately, Phineas’ army was stronger than theirs and they lost everything they worked for.


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Naif Makmi started life in a small, cold town surrounded by a big, warm family. Growing up, he loved stories about robots and the limitless future. Along the way, he always told stories in his own way and enjoying entertaining is friends. The nickname Mr. Fiction seemed to suit him, and he thought himself destined for storytelling. Of course, life rarely works out how we expect it to, and Naif works as a Health care professional, a Disaster manager, and is an MBA student at Fayetteville State University. The urge to tell stories never left him, though, and now he’s writing like mad in his spare time. Naif is married with a young son, who’s fascinated by his tales. With a flair for making the mundane seem interesting, he’s always thinking up new was to describe, well, everything. Good observational skills, ample curiosity, and a strong background in science natural gear him toward science fiction writing. Writing helps him escape his everyday work stress and he hopes to create worlds others can escape into as well.


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Dark Age (Era of Darkness Book 1) by Naif Makmi

 


In this dystopia, artificial intelligence has taken over society, and enslaved humans are bred like cattle and relegated to work extenuating jobs under the watchful eyes of their facility masters.

The feared Dylan is the head of Armageddon, a large human prison and experiment facility. He runs the compound with an iron fist and does not refrain from using violence to separate children from their parents to be sold to the highest bidder, or from pouring arsenic into the wounds of uncooperative slaves. The ground floor - known as the “torture” one - is his personal playground.

However, Dylan is human and, as adamantly as he deems his kin to be flawed, soft and imperfect in comparison to the AIs he masterfully creates, his traumatic past catches up to him when he meets a strong-willed human slave that challenges his authority.

Vivien refuses to be called ‘120’, her assigned number. Kind and caring of her fellow enslaved humans in Armageddon, she does not hold back from rushing in the aid of her closest friend, Derek, and standing her ground against Dylan’s orders.

A wrathful Dylan commands unspeakable punishments to be administered to both, but cannot get 120 off his mind. When he realizes she might be a useful instrument to face the imminent attack by his nemesis, Phineas, his encounters with Vivien draw the two closer.

When the compound is ambushed and the two are separated from one another, Dylan is sent to a labor camp where he finally experiences the horrors that he had previously inflicted on his kin; although under the stress of his childhood memories and overworked by the guards, he is sure he will find a way to track down Vivien.

Embark in a dark age where obscure undertones permeate the lives of those held against their will in a positivist society that turns a blind eye to expendable assets such as human lives.


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Naif Makmi started life in a small, cold town surrounded by a big, warm family. Growing up, he loved stories about robots and the limitless future. Along the way, he always told stories in his own way and enjoying entertaining is friends. The nickname Mr. Fiction seemed to suit him, and he thought himself destined for storytelling. Of course, life rarely works out how we expect it to, and Naif works as a Health care professional, a Disaster manager, and is an MBA student at Fayetteville State University. The urge to tell stories never left him, though, and now he’s writing like mad in his spare time. Naif is married with a young son, who’s fascinated by his tales. With a flair for making the mundane seem interesting, he’s always thinking up new was to describe, well, everything. Good observational skills, ample curiosity, and a strong background in science natural gear him toward science fiction writing. Writing helps him escape his everyday work stress and he hopes to create worlds others can escape into as well.


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Sunday, November 21, 2021

Review of The First One by Tawdra Kandle



Come home to Love in a Small Town, stand-alone happily ever after romances with lots of heat and heart.

Welcome to Burton, Georgia, the farm community where the women are sassy, the men are sexy, and happily-ever-afters are a specialty of the house.

Meet Ali and Flynn . . .

Ali

Flynn Evans was my high school sweetheart. Eager to see the world and leave behind our small Georgia hometown, we planned an exciting new life together after we finished school.

But on graduation day, only one of us hit the road.

I've spent the eight years since then working hard, raising a daughter, and helping my brother keep our family farm alive. Thinking about Flynn and what might have been is a pain I avoid at all costs. . .even when it's impossible to forget.

Flynn

Eight years after I left, an unexpected loss brings me home again. Those dreams Ali and I had so long ago? Yeah, I’ve made most of them a reality. But I did it alone.

When my return to Burton comes with a big surprise in the form of a daughter I didn’t know about, everything in my world is turned upside down—including my feelings for Ali.

Finding our way back to each other will open old wounds and stir up memories as we learn that maybe our first love is worth a second chance.


All of the Love in a Small Town romances can be read on their own. While characters pop up in each other's stories, you can begin reading at any book and feel right at home!


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 **My thoughts**

Ali and Flynn had been high school sweethearts. When it was time to move on post-graduation, Ali was poised to go off with Flynn, but then decided to stay home to continue to help her brother Sam on the family farm. Both were devastated and so angry with each other. In fact, Flynn basically doesn’t even come home anymore. But when his father dies unexpectedly, he is forced to. And that is when we finds out that he is actually the father of Ali’s daughter. Actually, everyone finds out. Not even Sam knew the truth.

ARGH! I hate it when women lie about their children’s parentage. The secret baby trope is one of my least favorites. But I love Ali so much that I easily forgave her, especially after she shared her story. It probably helped that I had gotten to know her in the first book in the series.

[Side note: You can totally read this as a standalone.]

And God bless Flynn, he is angry but steps right up to being a father. It helps that Hannah is such a good-natured child and was so excited to finally have her father.

Coparenting means that the two of them have to spend a lot of time together. And a relationship as strong and intense as theirs was, even at a young age, really doesn’t necessarily fizzle out. Their situation creates a lot of drama that they must overcome, but also allows them to rediscover each other. It’s beautiful to watch.

We get to see some familiar faces and catch up on what they are doing. We also get to meet more new people, whom you know will be featured in the future. I have to say that I got thrown off when Mason suddenly had a chapter from his point of view. I know the purpose is to basically introduce the next book. But it was weird in the middle of Ali and Flynn alternating the whole way through.

For the heat police, the bulk of this story is fairly “clean” but gets heated toward the end. You will have some open door action.

But this story did give me the warm fuzzies. I really enjoyed Ali and Flynn’s story and look forward to more from Burton.

Old Hippies Never Die (The Chosen Family Book 2) by Quinn Charles

 


A lot has happened since hippies disrupted the world in the late '60's with their peace loving approach to life's problems. In this novel, a group of old hippies tell how they lived then and now. Discover how pot, acid trips, the Vietnam War, marches, unplanned pregnancies and the life or death struggles affected Melanie's, Penny's and Candy's lives today.

You'll also learn what happens when an old hippie meets a modern hippie, and both groups work together to fix America's problems.

Old Hippies Never Die is Book 2 in Quinn Charles' Chosen Family Series. This is a group of novels written about the people we choose to become close to. Within its books you'll discover the beginnings of friendships that last a lifetime, people bound together because their love for each other fills a void, and the people who become family, even to those who are close to their own birth family.


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About the author:

Quinn Charles writes about reality and families. The Chosen Family Series is about the people who love us and whom we love, that are not members of our birth family. These are the people that we have chosen to be a guiding force in our life.

A group may include the people we learn to lean on, the ones we take comfort from and make our sisters, the people who believe in and support our dreams, as well as the younger people who take our aid and advice and return love.

Quinn Charles is also one of the AnswerGirls. Together, these women write nonfiction books to help women find solutions. AnswerGirls titles currently include the subjects of happiness and winning arguments.




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The Family Dinner (The Chosen Family series Book 1) by Quinn Charles

 


This is the story of one family's perfect holiday dinner and how reality affects their lives.

At this family dinner, Betty's children jump up to help her, but are they really nice or just acting that way? You'll learn the truth about the meal, and discover each person's real life and what they are really like.

You'll meet Betty, her husband Howard, and their four grown children, Howard Jr., Ellen, Patrick and Janet, and learn how they, their spouses and their children act in everyday life.

The Family Dinner is Book 1 in Quinn Charles' Chosen Family Series. This is a group of novels written about the people we choose to become close to. Within its books you'll discover the beginnings of friendships that last a lifetime, people bound together because their love for each other fills a void, and the people who become family, even to those who are close to their own birth family.


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About the author:

Quinn Charles writes about reality and families. The Chosen Family Series is about the people who love us and whom we love, that are not members of our birth family. These are the people that we have chosen to be a guiding force in our life.

A group may include the people we learn to lean on, the ones we take comfort from and make our sisters, the people who believe in and support our dreams, as well as the younger people who take our aid and advice and return love.

Quinn Charles is also one of the AnswerGirls. Together, these women write nonfiction books to help women find solutions. AnswerGirls titles currently include the subjects of happiness and winning arguments.




I was compensated via Fiverr for sharing this post. I only share those titles that I feel will be of interest to my readers.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Twisted Tea Christmas by Laura Childs

 


I love cozy mysteries at any time of year, but Christmas makes for an extra special story! Enjoy this excerpt from Twisted Tea Christmas by Laura Childs and then follow the tour for even more. Best of luck in the giveaway! It's a fantastic basket!



It’s the week before Christmas as tea maven Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier, Drayton, cater a fancy Victorian Christmas party for Miss Drucilla Heyward, one of Charleston’s wealthy doyennes. But smack dab in the middle of the Fa-la-la’s, Miss Drucilla is murdered, her gold rings stolen off her fingers, and a genuine Renoir snatched off the wall.

The police come screaming in while Theodosia peers speculatively at the guests and wonders – whodunit? Urged on by Miss Drucilla’s personal assistant, Theodosia runs a shadow investigation on suspects that include wealthy neighbors, a handyman named Smokey, an unscrupulous art dealer, and the executive directors of two local charities who were in line for donations.

As Theodosia continually finds herself in hot water, she also hosts numerous holiday tea parties, stumbles upon a second dead body, and shelters a cadre of homeless dogs who come to her rescue in the surprise ending. This Tea Shop Mystery is written with pacing, plot twists, and action reminiscent of a thriller and is liberally sprinkled with the magic of Christmas.


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“What’s got you so interested, fella?” Theodosia asked as she snuck up behind Earl Grey and grabbed his collar. She was so intent at clipping on her dog’s leash that she almost didn’t see the dirty hand sticking out of the soil.

When she finally did notice, her mouth turned dry and her brain bonked out a screechy warning that yelped: No. This can’t be happening!

But seeing is believing so Theodosia stole a second look, registered the waxy appendage with dirty curled fingers, and let out a strangled cry.

“Drayton!”

“What?” He was stumbling after his own dog, frustration in his voice.

“Get over here.”

Throwing up his hands, Drayton abandoned his chase, and picked his way toward her. “What’s wrong?”

Heart in her throat, Theodosia pointed to the solitary hand that sprouted from the dank earth like some kind of unholy mushroom.

“There’s a hand sticking out of the dirt.”

“What?” Now Drayton was mumbling to himself about muddying his loafers.

Theodosia stood her ground, though her nerves were firing like rockets, warning her to back off this amateur investigation that had suddenly taken a deadly turn.

“Wait a minute, did you say hand? Human hand?” Drayton honestly thought she was making a bad joke. Trying to frighten him.

“There’s a body buried here. A dead body!”

Reluctantly, Drayton took a step closer. He stared down, let out a loud gasp, and clapped a hand against his chest. “Mercy, I think I need a defibrillator!”


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Website: http://www.laurachilds.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laura.childs.31

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/88924.Laura_Childs




Laura Childs will be awarding a “Tea Party in a Box,” - a special kit with a tea assortment, English shortbread, chocolates, Laura Childs’ books, and a few more goodies to a randomly drawn winner (USA ONLY) via rafflecopter during the tour.

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The House on Crow Mountain by Rebecca Lee Smith

 


Today we welcome author Rebecca Lee Smith to Andi's Book Reviews where she is going to share with us an excerpt from her new book The House on Crow Mountain and talks about what it's like to craft a fictional world. Be sure to follow the tour for even more! And best of luck entering the giveaway.



When her aunt suffers a stroke, New York portrait artist Emory Austen returns home to the North Carolina mountains to mend fences and deal with the guilt over her husband’s senseless death. But that won’t be as easy as she hoped.

Someone in the quirky little town doesn’t like Emory. Is it the sexy architect who needs the Austen land to redeem himself? The untrustworthy matriarch? The grudge-bearing local bad boy? Or the teenage bombshell who has raised snooping to an art form? Even the local evangelist has something to hide. Who wrote the cryptic note warning her to “Give it back or you’ll be dead?” And what is ‘it’? As the clues pile up and secrets are exposed, Emory must discover what her family has that someone would kill for.


Read an excerpt:
The piecrust table still sat upside down where it had come sailing through the window the night before. Inside the house, bloodstains from Henry's wounded shoulder streaked across the floor, the oak hall tree lay on its side like a coffin, and one of the oil lamps had been shattered. Everyone said it was a miracle the place hadn't caught fire.

I wrapped my good arm around the wooden porch post and gazed across the meadow at the brilliant azure sky. One lone crow soared overhead. A harbinger of death or a good luck sign? Its glossy black feathers reflected off the sun. The bird dipped across the horizon, leading with its sharp pointed beak, riding the breeze up and down before disappearing behind the woods I had run for my life in the night before. In the morning light, the deadly thistles were invisible, blending in with the tall grass to cunningly disguise their razor-sharp leaves.

James climbed the steps and stood beside me. “Are you ready for this?”

“As I’ll ever be.”

I raked my fingers through my short curls, the same curls he had washed so carefully in the sink at the Thompson Motor Lodge. He held out his bandaged hand, blistered to the bone from holding Daisy's rope, and I took it.

Sheriff Riley rounded the corner of the house. “We've found something.”

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Crafting a Fictional World

Before I discovered how much I loved writing mysteries on the cozy side, I wrote a couple of romances. The setting for my first book (written way back in the ‘80s) was a lovely little village outside of London, England, with a magnificent estate looming near the edge of town (isn’t there always?) called Ashford Manor. Looking back, the whole setup was some kind of weird cross between Downton Abbey and Hogwarts. I’d never been to England. At the time, I don’t even think I knew anybody who had been to England. But I’d always wanted to go, and I loved to read books and watch films that took place there. So it never occurred to me that setting a book in a country I had never visited would put me at a disadvantage. My heroine was American, after all, and I thought a quaint English village within walking distance of London, whether one existed or not, would be a wonderful place to spend time in my head while I banged out a 55,000-word manuscript in my quest to get published.

I was wrong.

Some authors can do it. They can write about places they will never set foot in and find it exhilarating. Most of them do it so well and make their settings seem so real, few of their readers ever suspect they are creating worlds solely from their imaginations. I am not that author.

A writer’s imagination is a powerful thing, but it can only take you so far. Today, the Internet, which didn’t exist when I was piecing together my version of the English countryside, is even more powerful than the visions I crafted in my mind. Now, I could go online and visit those places virtually. I could walk my characters through a country church graveyard or have them sit on a bench in Hyde Park, and see exactly what they were seeing. I did eventually visit Hyde Park in London, and it had a very different vibe than the one I had written for it. I had envisioned a fun space with crowded family picnics and peals of spontaneous laughter, but it was much more stately and serene. I had tried to make the visual images in my book, from the streets of London to Ashford Manor’s maid’s quarters, feel authentic. But, except for the movies and TV shows I’d seen, I had no real way of validating it.

I didn’t realize how exhausting all this would be, and how much of a time suck, until I set my third book, which I later sold, in the mountains of North Carolina, a place I live near and have visited hundreds of times. It was like breathing a sigh of relief. Like coming home and kicking off shoes that pinched my toes. Finally, I could describe an atmosphere I was familiar with and concentrate on the mystery plot. The sounds and smells of a damp hardwood forest, the sight of a lone crow soaring over the hazy Blue Ridge Mountains, that woozy feeling I get from standing too close to the edge of a scenic overlook: these are the things I could close my eyes and conjure instantly without worrying about whether or not I was getting it right.

I drug that old manuscript set in England out of the drawer the other day and thumbed through it. It wasn’t as bad as I remembered. Oh, the dialogue was cringeworthy. And I used at least forty adverbs per page. And anyone with half a brain would have guessed the ending long before they’d finished Chapter One. But I had to ask myself: Would a reader actually believe the space my characters inhabited in the world I had crafted was somewhere across the pond in England? The answer is—maybe.

As long as they’ve never been there.

  


Rebecca lives with her husband and a dog named Wilbur in the beautiful, misty mountains of East Tennessee, where the people are charming, soulful, and just a little bit crazy. She's been everything from a tax collector to a stay-at-home-mom to an award winning professional actor and director. She loves to travel the world (pre-pandemic) because it makes coming home so sweet. Her Southern roots and the affectionate appreciation she has for the rural towns she lives near inspire the settings and characters she writes about.

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Twitter: @rbeccaleesmith

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