Release Blitz & Review: Devil’s Lullaby by Sarah J Pepper

The Ringer’s Masquerade The box set of the Ringer’s Masquerade Series by  Sarah J. Pepper

RELEASE DATE: Thursday, July 30

ONE LINER Secrets can kill. I know theirs.

They created us. But they can’t control him.

About the book:

The Ringer’s Masquerade features all three full length novels in the series. Devil’s Lullaby, Death’s Melody and Angel’s Requiem. Sebastian’s world is laced with inconvenient truths; mine is saturated with sweet, beautiful lies. He promises me nothing of a happy ending. Even so, the demonic spawn with an angelic voice derails my only reason for existence, but still I can’t tear my gaze away from him. His haunting stare penetrates my very being, revealing my secrets, fears, and desires. My name rolls off his tongue, tempting me to take exactly what I hungered for. Him. My curiosity will certainly be my undoing—but then again, death is inevitable….For he reveals the Ringer’s most guarded secrets—secrets they kill to keep.

  

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Chapter One: Progenitors vs. Spawns

I was told I wouldn’t live past my fifth birthday. I’d known this all my life—all four years of it. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t upset about the circumstances that brought about my existence, nor the reason why my body would be disassembled on my next birthday. Rather, I was curious…but then again that’s exactly what killed the cat.

An endless array of health screens: sugar levels, cardiac rhythms, skin palpations, oxygen capacity, and whatever else my doctors thought up robbed me of all of my days. They were a bit obsessed with procedures to make sure my physical health was optimal, and that my lungs were in “tiptop shape” as my night nurse, Darius phrased it. Whenever the Ringers performed a lung analysis I knew my day would be spent under their microscope. I didn’t know why the organ that breathed life into my body was of such concern for them, but it didn’t really matter anyway. If they wanted any more information about that particular body part they would literally have to cut it out of my chest—and, I wouldn’t have put it past them.

The procedure to complete an updated health physical ended in yet another drab, gray, windowless room. Like all the other test rooms filled with computer monitors or other hospital equipment, that one was just about the size of my bedroom—which was anything but colorless. However, there was a comfort in the rooms that I couldn’t deny. The gray walls kept me safe; they were the constant markers in my life.

“Five feet and one inch, Catherine,” Brianna said after scanning my thirteen-year-old body. Over the next year I would mature enough to look like any other seventeen or eighteen-year- old. This meant I’d have one—maybe two—more growth spurts.

She scrutinized the results of my physical on the flat computerized pod she insisted was always by her side. No doubt she slept with it. Not that anyone would want to pry it from her grip. Even though Brianna was a petite woman, the nurse was “as intimidating as an enraged football player souped up on steroids,” another quote from Darius. He once told me that people used to measure height with wooden sticks and weight with a scale—whatever that meant.

“You should be ready,” Brianna stated. She never mumbled; in fact, she radiated confidence. ‘Confidence keeps others clueless of your true emotions,’ she used to say.

Statements about my growth were not meant to be commented on. Thus, I couldn’t just ask what I was supposed to be ready for. If anything, it was the nurse’s private conversation with herself. I was a nobody—a spawn—nothing but excess body scraps.

“Am I almost done?” I asked. The desperation leaked out while I sprinted across a treadmill’s mat. Brianna didn’t need to open her mouth. Her glare said it all: Stress tests measure heart efficiency as well as oxygen absorption. Utter one word about quitting again—I dare you. 

 Scowls were in essence Brianna’s way to hug me; to show her affection. While her glare could scare the breath from others; the ones she gave me were laced with hidden love and affection. I was the only person in the world immune to her death glare; she cared for me, and I knew it. That’s what I convinced myself of a couple of years ago in order to pass any amount of time in the same room with the woman. She masked her true feelings. Why she insisted to convey the opposite of what she felt was beyond me. Dropping my gaze—my bona fide way to apologize—I tucked a lock of hair behind my ear. I hoped my nurse didn’t notice my struggle to keep a grin off my face when the belt slowed a few moments later. She glanced down to my pod and waited for the analysis of my stress test to pop on the screen. She had about as much patience as someone would have after chugging a laxative only to discover the bathroom was out of order.

As much as I detested the tests the Ringer put me through I swallowed my complaints; I knew it was all for my progenitor’s welfare. I would do anything for her—anything. It might have been the effect of some drug Brianna gave me, but I loved my progenitor—even though I’d been told I would never meet her. I saw her face in the mirror; her jade colored eyes blinked back at me. I saw her soul—her life—through my eyes. I felt her impulses beat in my blood; I knew the buried rage in her heart; and her desire for a new life—a life where choices weren’t made for her; and decisions weren’t based on tests, physicals, and medication. My progenitor waited for a life in which she could do whatever she wanted. For that very reason—I couldn’t wait to die.

Book Trailer:

Devil’s Lullaby (Book # 1 in the Ringer’s Masquerade Series)

Death’s Melody (Book #2 in the Ringer’s Masquerade Series)

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Review:

Devil’s Lullaby has absolutely hypnotized me! This book is so heartfelt and quite frankly, nothing like I have ever read before. I was provided a copy in exchange for an honest review and it certainly passed with flying colors. At the beginning of the story, Cat starts by explaining the world that she lives in and what information she knows. She was grown from a petri dish as a complete clone of the original Catherine. Her progenitor is the only one who she lives for. One day, she will give her life so that the real Catherine will have her second chance at life. Catherine is the one who waits for her just on the opposite side of those black doors which haunts her with nightmares during her sleep…that and those awful purple pills that her Ringers literally force her to swallow to keep her body from having poor health experiences. While she understands that she only has five years to live, her growth spurts are rapid and extensively self-altering within each year. Her mind also evolves along with her perception of the life that she yearns for, but knows that she can never have. James is the best thing that has ever happened to her and she savors her time with him while she knows that it is slightly breaking the rules. But, he is only a friend and will always be that way. When Sebastian starts to take an interest, she tries everything in her power to evade him and even calls him the devil, playing his music and singing his lullabies to lure her to him. He is the complete opposite of who she should be spending her time with, but his antics and his liveliness succeed in consuming her entirely. Cat quickly learns that those who were supposed to be holding her life in their hands, have secrets; however, she doesn’t understand whether they are to hurt her or protect her from the truth. Who can she trust and will the truth be too much for her to take? What will this mean for her life or her progenitor’s life if she fails to see between the lines?

My favorite characters are Cat, Sebastian and Jenny. I loved being able to walk through life and the learning process with Cat while she experienced everything that was new to her. I laughed at most of the names that she called everything; but, I was mostly intrigued with her paintings which captured her progenitor’s memories and her nightmares. She also began to paint what she felt when she was experiencing different emotions; those scenes were difficult for me to read because they were so emotional and choked me up. Sebastian’s love for music was inspirational. While Cat conveyed her soul with painting, Sebastian conveyed his with music. Jenny’s energy is exceptional. She brings everyone in the room together with her joy and her trusting nature. My least favorite character was James because his character always seemed full of false emotion and soulless.

Overall, I really loved this story because it made me truly feel so many emotions. I laughed at the simple things that we take for granted while the author explained descriptions from Cat’s point of view. I cried when her desires and dreams stole her mind away from her sole purpose of life. My heart even leapt at some of the experiences that Cat was able to have. Through loneliness, love, loss, friendship and pain, I compliment this story and the author with high praise and five stars, deserving of more. The creativity and complexity of the characters, situations and depth of life truly captivated me and literally blew my mind. I recommend Devil’s Lullaby to anyone who enjoys science fiction and young adult fiction. I look forward to reading the second book this series.

About the author:

Sarah J. Pepper specializes in dark, paranormal romance – think “happy ever after” but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn’t only filled with hugs, kisses, bunnies, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It’s in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of – both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn’t always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn’t mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit? Get a glimpse inside her head atwww.sarahjpepper.com

 

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Release Blitz + Review: Quarter Mile Hearts by Jenny Siegel

Title: Quarter Mile Hearts: An American Muscle Novel
Author: Jenny Siegel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 7, 2015
 

About the book:

Following an accident injuring her dad, twenty-four year old Leigh Storm returns home to the town she was once so desperate to escape.
 
It is only a matter of hours before she runs into Max ‘Manwhore‘ Morgan. Dark eyed and dangerous to her heart, he is the very last person she wants to see. It might have been four years since she saw him last, but there’s no denying the chemistry between them is as potent as ever. Max makes it clear he isn’t about to let her run again, even if he is the one thing Leigh vowed to herself she would never date: a street racer.
 
After racing tore apart her own family and left a path of destruction in its wake, Leigh decided long ago that it is not the life she wants for herself. But when a wager gone wrong threatens her dad’s livelihood, Leigh must go against everything she believes in.
 
This time there’s more at stake on the quarter mile that just the family business-She’s risking her heart as well.

Review:

Quarter Mile Hearts is a wonderful romance story. When Leigh Storm gets the call about her father being in the hospital, she doesn’t hesitate to come back home. Once she finds out that his injuries were from a race, it enrages her because racing has broken up her family in more ways than one. Racing has caused death and loss which is why she walked away from her hometown four years ago. Now that she is back, can she leave it alone or will racing take over her heart? There is just one person that stands in her way with every turn that she makes…Max ‘Manwhore’ Morgan. After a quick fling before leaving four years ago, her life has been empty. Is Max the same person that she remembers or has he changed? My favorite characters in this story are Max and Leigh. These two are so good for each other, yet everyone else sees their potential before they do. I am happy that these characters were able to engage my interest and captivate my emotions. I am from a small town where my family were all raised as racers. My grandfather raced, my father and uncle raced and my brothers raced. I saw first-hand what racing does to people and I decided that I could never allow myself to get wrapped up in that. I enjoyed reading about the strengths and weaknesses that the characters in this story possessed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this author’s work. This author is creative, original and the book is very lively. I felt like I was right there in their world, watching Leigh’s life unfold in front of my eyes. I rate Quarter Mile Hearts with five stars because it moved me. The mood and pace of the story are steady and the characters are well developed and exceptionally easy to relate to.

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About the author:

Jenny Siegel writes new adult romance. When she’s not writing (or entertaining two little terrors) Jenny is glued to her Kindle, or plotting (also known as daydreaming) about hot tattooed heroes that will sweep a girl off her feet.
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Release Blitz + Review: Death Unscripted by M.K. Graff

Death Unscripted

by M.K. Graff

Release Date is August 25, 2015

 

About the book:

Trudy Genova has the best nursing job, working as an onset and script medical consultant for a Manhattan movie studio. No more uniforms, night shifts, or real emergencies. That is, until a soap opera actor Trudy has a tense relationship with dies suddenly while taping a hospital scene—but not before pointing his finger accusingly at Trudy. Detectives Ned O’Malley and Tony Borelli view Trudy as a suspect, and in an effort to prove them wrong, Trudy interferes with their investigation. Then a second actor dies, and Trudy realizes she’s put herself right into the path of a killer. Bridle Path Press: http://www.bridlepathpress.com

 

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Review:

Death Unscripted is an amazing book. I was provided a copy in exchange for an honest review and honestly…I love mystery and crime. While on the set of a soap opera, the stars are working their magic as Trudy Genova helps from behind the scenes. Her profession is in the medical industry as a nurse; however, she picked up the gig to work behind the scenes due to better pay and less hassle as opposed to working in a hospital. Everything goes smoothly and she is well liked by most; however, there is one Griff Kennedy who just absolutely grates on her nerves. With his status on the set and his annoying advances toward her off of the set, she decides that enough is enough. There are only a few ways that she can tell this guy off. When met in the cafeteria, the only thing in view that can be considered threatening besides words, is the pie that she plops right down on his head before storming out. But later that day, he points to her while on the set, acting out a heart attack. With his words of “YOU” reverberating around the room, he falls over and takes his last breath. Once the detectives swarm the scene and everyone is on high alert for a killer on the set, Trudy is faced with many accusations but only one question lingers in the air…who killed Griff Kennedy?
I really enjoy reading mystery and crime, as previously noted…however, this one was fantastic! My favorite characters are Trudy and Tony. Trudy, being the main character who is feisty and inquisitive. She has her own little investigative properties which are desperately begging to be of assistance to this growing and complex case. Tony is the first-time detective who is learning the ropes with the much more experienced Detective Ned O’Malley. Both are always constantly being distracted which allows the author to throw in some good humor. My least favorite character in this story is the lead…Mrs. Olivier. She has the typical snobbish personality and everything that she does seems fake or rehearsed.
This author’s terminology and creativity is astounding. I was thoroughly interested in the unfolding of this story; everything about the characters and scenes were exciting. I recommend this story if you like mystery or crime novels because it definitely encompasses both aspects in depth. In my opinion, this story does not lean more toward woman nor men. I believe that anyone can find a good story with this one. I rate it with five stars because it really captivated my interests and held my attention. I enjoyed reading about all of the characters since they were all pretty much developed. The pace was quick, which made the book easy to read. I look forward to reading more by the author.

Snippet:

Great. Dueling egos today and on top of that, I had to work with Griff Kennedy, my least favorite actor. He’d come on to me a few times too many. The ladies man seemed to think any female should be happy to be groped by him. Several weeks ago I’d found myself alone in the rehearsal room with him after turning down yet another invitation for a drink after work. He’d had the temerity to fondle my breast as he tried to change my mind. I’d shouted loud enough for the U-5’s outside the door to hear: “Hands off, slimeball!” That line, plus a knee in the right place, had stopped him in his tracks and he’d left the rehearsal room to a series of titters from those lounging outside.

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Review: Three-Year-Olds Are A**holes by Sarah Fader

ABOUT THE BOOK: Once upon a time Sarah Fader wrote a blog post called 3-Year-Olds Are Assholes. It went viral on HuffPost Parents with over 400,000 shares on Facebook. This book tells the story of three-year-old Samantha, who is determined to make a rainbow. It features illustrations by Shari Ryan.

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REVIEW: This is a very short story. I didn’t know what to expect when I first saw the title and cover, but I knew that I had to read it. I laughed throughout the entire read, but it really is too cute. I, myself, do not have children but I have seen several things like this during my daycare days. I enjoyed reading this and would recommend it to anyone who wants a quick laugh. I rate this short story with a four-star rating because it is original, creative, tasteful, but a bit too short. I wanted to read more about the troublesome talents up that three-year-olds have.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sarah Fader is the flavor vanilla with something unusual in it – like gummy bears, because she’s sometimes extroverted and wants everybody to like her, but some folks are like “wait a minute, this vanilla ice cream has gummy bears in it?! That’s weird. I don’t know about that…” Other people love that this particular ice cream has gummy bears in it, because it makes it more interesting and special.

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Review: Be Mine by Isobelle Cate

51uynqssmolAbout the Book: Gracie Sinclair just wants life to return to normal. Now a widow and picking up the pieces after the death of her husband, she delves into her work, seeking a new normal, until she bumps into a handsome stranger who derails her orderly life, completely. Luke can’t wait for the week to be over. Having built an engineering company into a multi-million pound enterprise in record time, he feels…empty. Nothing satisfies him anymore, not even having weekenders in his bed. But when he bumps into a woman—literally—on his way out of a bar, realizing she is his last meeting before he goes on holiday, his plan of staying away from relationships takes a nose dive. He wants Gracie Sinclair. Gracie learned a long time ago how insincere love can be, so when Luke decides to become part of her life, she tosses up every obstacle to dissuade him until he breaks down her walls and makes her realize that her life can only be complete with Luke by her side. However, something sinister from Luke’s past threatens the happiness they have struggled to find. If he concedes, he will become criminally liable and lose everything.

If he refuses, he loses Gracie’s heart…

About the Author: Isobelle Cate is a woman who wears different masks. Mother-writer, wife-professional, scholar-novelist. Currently living in Manchester, she has been drawn to the little known, the secret stories, about the people and the nations: the English, the Irish, the Scots, the Welsh, and those who are now part of these nations whatever their origins. Her vision and passion are fuelled by her interest and background in history and paradoxically, shaped by growing up in a clan steeped in lore, loyalty, and legend.

Isobelle is intrigued by forces that simmer beneath the surface of these cultures, the hidden passions, unsaid desires, and yearnings unfulfilled.

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Review: Be Mine is the second book that I have read by author Isobelle Cate. In this story, Luke Bryce is the CEO of Bryce Engineering, so his presence and reputation proceeds him in ways unimaginable. He takes whoever he wants, whenever he wants and most women are smitten with him from one glance. He wouldn’t know what real love was unless it bumped into him, literally. When Gracie Sinclair meets Luke, the connection is instant and mouth-watering. There is only one thing stopping her from going the distance and accepting Luke’s date proposal…her husband. Now a widow, the memory of her husband has corrupted her view of love and happiness to the point where she firmly believes that there will be ‘no coming back’ for her…but Luke is persistent and Gracie has a feeling that he always gets what he wants. Will Gracie give in to his desires and become just another one of his weekenders or could this connection be something deeper?

My favorite character in this novel is Gracie Sinclair. She is strong, defiant, beautiful and determined. Her first priority is her son, Flynn. When Luke appears out of nowhere and makes her lose hold of her armful of folders, she can’t deny the sudden attraction to this mysterious man…however, her determination is unwavering. She doesn’t know who Luke is, nor does she want to be involved in his seduction, knowing that he will throw her out after she gives him what he wants. With the second meeting as financial adviser, the determination is still strong but she starts to feel him breaking down the walls that she has hidden behind ever since her husband’s death. I also had a brief interest in Luke’s sister Felicity which I would love to read more about in another story, if possible.

In my opinion, women are the targeted audience since this story does bridge between romance/erotica and suspense/crime. I really enjoyed the plot; however, felt that the relationship between Luke and Gracie was a little rushed and not proportional to the other parts of the story as far as pace and complexity. I rate Be Mine with four stars because I was intrigued about Luke’s family and the suspenseful part of the plot. It was original and thoroughly enjoyable, especially since I like how the author adheres to detail.

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Release Blitz + Review: Weightless by Gia Riley

Weightless teaserIt’s release day for Gia Riley’s Weightless! I love this contemporary romance so much, and it completes the Begin Again duet. And! Book 1, Lighter, is on sale now! Check out all the release day festivities! Weightless RDL Banner


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SYNOPSIS: Weightless_3D After a perfect summer, Sophie returns to college for her senior year. Leaving behind her greatest source of strength, she has to work even harder to keep her demons quiet. But when her past collides with her happiness for the final time, she’s faced with a new normal. Is she strong enough to stay on top? Does she believe she’s worthy of forever, or will she give it all up for a chance at peace? One more try. One more chance. Now a college graduate, Kipton stumbles upon the opportunity of a lifetime. Facing an unexpected long distance relationship, he’s struggling to find the perfect balance between life and love. All he wants is to protect his girl, but he doesn’t know how. Especially when she starts keeping secrets. Fate has already determined their path. Time controls it. Are Sophie and Kipton strong enough to overcome the odds? Will they conquer the past once and for all? Only one person knows the answer to free her – to make her weightless. Weightless is the full-length follow-up to Lighter, and the conclusion to Sophie and Kipton’s story.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gia Riley is a New Adult and Contemporary Romance author from the small but mighty state of Delaware. She’s a lover of all things romance and a firm believer that everyone deserves a happily ever after. Gia takes pride in creating real, personable, and entertaining characters. Mother and wife by day, writer by night –she’s having a blast living her dream. When she’s not writing, you can find her roaming the isles of Kirkland’s or up to her elbows in Play-doh. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou

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REVIEW: This book is such a wonderful read! Lighter had been gripping and surreal, but beautiful. Weightless is still surreal, but hopeful and full of passion. The story begins during the summer after Kipton has graduated. Sophie is in her senior year and Kipton has accepted an offer to teach at another school…this means that they will be apart for longer than they ever imagined. Sophie understands that a relationship does have some rough patches and isn’t rainbows and butterflies all of the time…but Kipton isn’t ready to make that sacrifice yet. They decide that they will try to meet up on the weekends since Sophie, Cara and Drew have their own apartment for the semester and live off campus. When things spin out of control with Sophie and Kipton’s past relationships coming back to stare them down, Kipton and Sophie might not be strong enough to endure the pain and hardships that come with it. When reading this book, I really enjoy Cara and Drew so much! Both characters are fun and easy going, I really would love to read more about their connection. Kipton and Sophie’s relationship had been wonderful over the summer, but the jealousy that they soon came to see was a little immature. I am sure that some relationships happen just that way, but I hoped that these emotions would be short-lived since it was a little annoying. The passion that both of these characters have for their future is incredible and I loved reading about the ambition and spark in gymnastics and athletic coaching. Sophie’s father really played a strong and supportive role as well, which I did love. Family is important and the author made sure to emphasize that, no matter the cost. Another aspect about this story that I really enjoyed is that Sophie’s heart is GOLD! She cares about the people in her life, even though the people from her past did not show her the respect and love that she deserved or wanted. In my opinion, the story was a little predictable; however, it did not take away from the emotional turmoil or the way that the story developed in it’s own unique way. I really enjoyed love that author is able to take real problems that people face on a daily basis and weave them into her stories. It makes reading them so much more complex, captivating, and hopeful. I rate this book with five stars since it held my attention throughout the entire story. I feel that this book is targeted to young adult readers who enjoy fiction and contemporary romance. I didn’t have any trouble reading through the chapters since her words were very descriptive and easy to picture. The pace is steady; however, I do not recommend reading Weightless as a standalone. It would make a lot more sense to read Lighter which is book one, before heading into book two.

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Release Blitz + Review: Nobody’s Business by M.J. Kane

Nobody’s Business by M.J. Kane

The Butterfly Memoirs Book 5

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance

Release Date: July 2, 2015

About the book:

Trevon Campbell’s world changed the moment his ex-girlfriend announced he was a father. Determined to make up for his past mistakes, he gives Trina what she wanted before their breakup, what feels like his soul, which means forgetting the woman he had a one-night stand with, the woman who stole his heart.

Kai Malone doesn’t want to play by her family’s rules. Instead of working for the family business, she became a firefighter. Being a female of multicultural descent, working in a field dominated by men, Kai focuses on her job to ignore the infidelity of her fiancé. Tired of his deceit, she gave in to a one-night stand with a complete stranger, someone she’d never have to see again…or so she thought. When tragedy strikes, their worlds collide, leaving them no choice but to deal with each other again. It doesn’t take long for them to realize the attraction that brought them together the first time is stronger than ever, forcing Trevon to make the biggest decision of his life.

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About the author:

M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this once stay-at-home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free.  Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history. No longer a television addict, if M.J. isn’t reading a book by one of her favorite authors, she’s battling with her creative muse to balance writing and being a wife and mother. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her high school sweetheart, four wonderful children, and four pit bulls. During the day, MJ is a librarian, in her spare time she is director of a local writer’s group, or online connecting with readers and other authors. Other activities she enjoys include: creating custom floral arrangements, assisting her children in their creative pursuits of music and art, and supporting her husband’s music production business, 3D Sounds. MJ’s debut novel, A Heart Not Easily Broken, Book one of the Butterfly Memoirs, became an instant Amazon Bestseller in Multicultural Romance and African-American Literature and Fiction within hours of publication. It has also spent time on the African-American Women’s Fiction and African-American Romance Bestsellers lists. You can find MJ on social networking sites, sharing writing tips, talking about music, life, and family. She’s always excited to meet new people.

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Review:

Nobody’s Business (Book Four of the Butterfly Memoirs) is AMAZING! This story begins with a memory of the best night that Trevon Campbell has ever had. As he relives this memory over and over, confusion sets in. He doesn’t know whether to feel guilty, overjoyed, heartbroken or angry about his rash decision to have a one night stand with a woman who is intoxicating and mesmerizing in every way possible. When Trevon finds out that he has a two-year-old son from an ex-girlfriend, he decides that it is time to man up and put forth all of his effort into raising a mini me that he never thought he would have. After a tragic accident brings Trevon closer to this mysterious woman, they can either face the reality that they both screwed up royally and move on…or, they can turn it around and act like that one painfully wonderful memory never occurred.

I enjoyed reading about these two characters because their emotions were raw and imperfect. They both understand all of the mistakes that they have made in the past has brought them to a place in their life where happiness has yet to happen. But…it doesn’t mean that they have completely given up hope. Fate has a strange and miraculous way of bringing people together. Trevon’s confidence and strength are unwavering when it comes to his son, but these personality traits fly out the window with women. When all else fails, his son means the world to him and that made my heart ache for him to find his happiness. Kai is powerful and accomplished, but lacks what she desires as well. When she sees Trevon and his son, she can’t help thinking about her biological clock ticking at thirty five. Is she really happy with how her life has turned out or is there more that she has yet to experience?

In my opinion, this story is targeted to women of all ages. Nobody’s Business is beautiful and very well written. The author shows incredible talent with her descriptiveness, steady pace and complex characters. I really love how both characters have to dig under the skin, in essence to understand that a deeper connection may be there waiting for a chance. I rate this book with five stars due to it’s originality. It captivated my attention and held it throughout the entire story. I will need to go back and read the first three books.

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M.J. Kane’s Top 10 Favorite Everything

1. Favorite color: Purple

2. Favorite candy: Skittles

3. Favorite flower: Magnolia

4. Favorite song: Stella by Andres Vollenweider

5. Favorite book series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward

6. Favorite drink: Any flavor margarita

7. Favorite place to read: My bed

8. Favorite pastime: Driving with the sun roof open, windows down, and music blasting

9. Favorite game: The Sims

10. Favorite Food: A well grilled steak (hubby does them so well!)

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Excerpt:

I made notes about our encounter the minute she left. When done, my attention went to the restaurants décor. The location still had the layout of the older floor plans. The lighting was dim, seats worn, and decorations meant to be conversation pieces were dated. At the bar, older versions of flat screens three sizes smaller than what could be found in most restaurants hung above the liquor display shelf. How had this location missed the renovations? My boss would not be pleased. I was in the middle of making notes when a flash of baby blue caught my attention. I looked up, sat back in the booth, and shook my head.

“You’ve got to be kidding me.” Kai had entered the restaurant. I watched as she looked around the place while being escorted to the bar by the hostess. She was alone. Talk about deja vu. I watched as she slid onto a barstool. Unlike the last time we’d met, she wasn’t dressed up as if going on a date, but she still looked good. I wondered why she was here. Was she waiting for someone? Maybe that was the reason why she’d come dressed to attract the opposite sex at a one-year-old’s birthday party. She had other plans. Plans that were none of my business. I forced myself to stop watching her and focus on the work at hand. Where was I? Okay, the floors. They were outdated just like the wallpaper. The lighting needed revamped as well. I looked around. The wait staff uniforms were also behind. And as far as electronics…my attention went to the bar, but instead of guessing the age of the TV monitors, my eyes settled on Kai. She was still alone.

“Here’s your beer, sir. Can I get you anything else?” The flirty waitress stepped in the way, blocked my line of site to Kai, and flashed another smile. And what do you know, she’d undone another button. Annoyed, I looked past her to the bar. Kai nursed her drink and looked down at empty hands. She held no phone, so checking in on social networking or messaging someone wasn’t what she was here for. She had something on her mind. I’m pretty sure I had a clue what it was. “You know what, yeah. I think I’d rather eat at the bar. Looks like there’s a good game on.” Andrea’s eyes narrowed. Her whole flirt for a fat tip routine went out the window. “Here.” I dug in my pocket for a few bucks. No need to leave her hanging. “Thanks.” Her smile brightened a bit. “You can go grab a seat. I’ll make sure your dinner finds you at the bar.” My iPad and beer in hand, I headed for what was sure to be an unwelcome intrusion. I must be crazy. Kai’s attention was still on her hands so she didn’t see me when I placed my drink and iPad on the bar beside her. “Mind if I sit here?” Kai looked up, her eyes narrowing. “You’ve got to be kidding. Did you follow me here?” “No. I was here first, sitting in a booth in the back. Are you following me?” She rolled her eyes then flagged the bartender to get his attention. “Can I get an extra shot, please?” “Sure thing, Miss.” He grabbed a fresh shot glass from beneath the bar, filled it with clear alcohol, vodka, no doubt, then slid it her way. She dumped it into her drink, stirred with her finger, then threw it back, emptying the glass. “Can I get another one please? This time with two shots? Thanks.” My eyebrows rose. “Bad night?” She shot me a look of irritation.

“Trevon, what do you want?” “To clear the air between us.” I settled in on the barstool next to her. The look in her eye made me wonder if placing an empty seat between us would have been wiser. She turned those fiery dark brown eyes on me. “Ha! Why? I told you already, you don’t owe me anything, just like I don’t owe you, either. It was a one night fling. Period. We both lied about something. We’re adults. Move on.” Her attention went to the TV, tuning me out as if I didn’t exist. My jaw clenched, grinding my molars. How could she pretend she hadn’t felt anything that night? God knows I did. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t forget about it either. “I didn’t lie to you.” “Thanks,” she told the bartender sweetly when he set the fresh drink in front of her. She paid him before turning a hard gaze on me. “You told me you weren’t married and had no kids. I just saw you hours ago with a wife and son. I know how to do math, Trevon. That kid was at least two years old. We were together a few months ago. What does that equal? You had a son and lied about it.” “You’re wrong.” It was her turn to raise an eyebrow. “Trina is not my wife; she’s the mother of my son.” I raised a finger to stop her as she opened her mouth to speak. “I didn’t know about him until after you and I…met. So no, I didn’t lie.” She sat back and huffed.

“You didn’t know you had a son? What kind of father are you?” “The kind who’s living up to his responsibility now that I do know.” Disbelief was in her eyes. “Look, Trina didn’t tell me she was pregnant when we she left me, okay?” I drank my beer. “It wasn’t a good break up.” “Are they ever?” She sipped her drink. “What did you do?” I shot a glance in her direction before focusing on the television. “Cheated on her.” “Seriously?” I nodded, then took a long draw on my beer. Kai laughed, paused, then laughed some more. Irritated, I looked at her. “And this is funny because?” “Your girlfriend broke up with you because you cheated, yet you want to be pissed at me because you think I lied about Malik.” She pointed at me. “Pot. Black. Enough said.” I conceded. “You’re right. I was wrong. Honestly, I was pissed more because of who you were engaged to than anything else. Malik?” I scoffed. “I’ve known him log enough to know that he has a serious issue committing to one woman.” Her laughter stopped abruptly. I glanced over and saw an expression of pain on her face. “Sorry…I didn’t mean to─” “No apologies needed. He’s an asshole. I had my reasons for staying with him. I honestly thought he would change. I was stupid.” Unsure of what to say to that, I drank; so did she. “Your ex decided to tell you about your son. Why? She wants to get back together and do the family thing?” I stared into the nearly empty bottle, swirled it around a bit, then finished the contents. “Nope. He was sick…is sick. He has Sickle cell anemia. At the time he needed a bone marrow transplant. He was two years old.” Beside me, Kai gasped.

“There was a chance that he wouldn’t survive the procedure. Her conscience got the better of her and she decided to tell me in case he didn’t make it.” The revelation still stung, eight months later. Not a day went by that I didn’t wonder if I’d have ever known about him if it hadn’t been for the illness. “That’s messed up. How is he? He looked well.” “Great, actually. That’s the beauty of kids. They’re resilient. Don’t get me wrong, we still have to keep an eye on him. The transplant is holding, but he still has his good and bad days.” I looked over and noticed Kai studying me, a small smile on her face. “He looks just like you.” “Yeah, he does.” I forced myself not to stare and realized that I was sitting next to the woman I dreamt about last night. A woman who was unattainable because neither one of us were in the same place we were when we met. Yet for me, our encounter meant something. Apparently that night meant nothing to her. I forced myself to focus on that fact and let it be. I had a plan that dealt with providing the right kind of environment for my son to grow up in. Convincing Trina to give me a second chance was more important than the surge of hormones I felt from being in the presence of Kai. My goal in coming over to the bar was to break the tension between us. Our initial run-in at Andre’s house months ago didn’t give either of us much time to explain ourselves. Now that we had cleared the air, maybe we could be friends, or at the very least, be in the same room without being pissed. “Are you guys getting back together?” I took a moment to process the question. “I don’t know.” She sat back in her seat. “You don’t know?” “I want what’s best for Justin. If she’ll have me then─” “You’ll do what’s right his sake.” “Yes.” And because I still love Trina. Why did it suddenly feel as if I were repeating a mantra?

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Review: All Riled Up by Elizabeth Barone

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Riley has had a crush on her best friend Max since high school, but he far from returns the favor—even after she stood by his side when his girlfriend got pregnant. Years later, she still can’t shake her feelings for him. When he posts an ad online for a live-in nanny because of a joke that she made, Riley loses her mind. It’s time for her to get over Max once and for all—but the dating scene after high school is even more brutal than she imagined. “All Riled Up” is a 5,000-word short story that takes place during the events of the novel, THE NANNY WITH THE SKULL TATTOOS.

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REVIEW: This is a very short story. I have already read The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos and enjoyed it; however, I wanted to read a little more about Riley. She is Max’s best friend; however, Max has never viewed Riley as anything other than one of the guys. Riley decides to move on and try to get over Max so this is where this short story begins. I liked reading about Riley’s personality, her weaknesses and strengths. Yet, mistakes are not beyond anyone and that is how we learn and grow. I rate this story with four stars since it was intriguing and well written. I wished that it was a little longer and I am really hoping to read more of Riley’s story in the future.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elizabeth Barone writes contemporary New Adult romance and suspense, starring sassy belles who chose an alternative path in life. She is the author of over a dozen books, including The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos and the South of Forever series. Elizabeth lives in Waterbury, Connecticut with her husband, the artist Michael Campbell.

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