Trial by Charm by Jolene Buchheit

I look away and notice how dark it has gotten. I steal a glance at Vander’s fancy watch and then take a second look because it reads eight o’clock. “There are sixteen minutes left.” Vander doesn’t look at his watch, he doesn’t stop humming, and he doesn’t seem to share my distress, so I repeat myself. “Vander, we only have sixteen minutes. We’ve got to go.”

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00009]Mythology is the name of the game in Trail by Charm by Jolene Buchheit. With a strong background to lean on, Buchheit has a fascinating story that she spins from some of the mythological monsters and gods from ancient Greece. For readers who are aware of the story between Demeter, Persephone and Hades—this is a very nice twist of how things played out, making those ancient times seem very real and in the here and now.

Trial by Charm begins with a teenage girl named Julia who doesn’t like boys. In fact, she can’t understand why other girls who are her age are so fascinated with them. Upon getting roped into breaking into the school for a nightly swim after hours, Julia and her friends run into two boys who are coincidentally in the girl’s locker room searching for something. Julia watches as Vander, the one and only—most popular boy in school, says something to her friends and they completely forget that they ever saw him and his friend in the locker room! Then, he starts to sing and everything goes black. When Julia awakes, she knows that Vander did something that normal people shouldn’t have been able to do. At this point, she has so many questions—but will Vander let her get close enough so that she can find the answers that might save them both…or lead them to their destiny?

Jolene Buchheit does a great job with character development. This author portrays her characters in a highly creative way, making the story interesting and unpredictable. Trial by Charm is a fast paced novel, some parts of this story have a different pace, like the mention of Vander’s background. This first installment will leave readers wanting more because it is full of adventure. If you are a reader of mythology, fantasy and young adult, this may interest you.

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Damaged Hearts Duet by Emily Krat


Title: Damaged Hearts Duet (Box Set)
Author: Emily Krat
Genre: Contemporary Romance
A girl fighting her way through the darkness.
A sexy business tycoon on a revenge mission.
Meet Elizabeth Williams. She is at the airport on an important work assignment. If everything goes smoothly, after three years of hard work, she’ll get a promotion and a much-needed raise. Elizabeth is putting her life back on track after it was ripped out from under her feet four years ago when she lost her parents along with all her dreams. Standing here, she believes her life is going to change for the better any moment now. Nothing can go wrong, right? 

 

Meet Ryan Price. Hot CEO who came to Moscow on business. Right now, Ryan is standing at the airport looking at a ‘present’ from his brother, judging by the sign a beautiful young woman is holding. Damn his brother for not cancelling this arrangement as Ryan asked. 

 

Miscommunications and misunderstandings, and a love story begins.

 

There will be a scary flight, lovely breakfasts, long evening conversations, sharing a secret or two, discovering one another, a lot of laughter, tender moments and some tears, a fight and, of course, the I-am-ready-for-the-end-of-the-world kiss. 

 

Somewhere along the way, they won’t be able to fight their feelings any longer. 

 

For the first time in his life, Ryan will experience a different shade of lust. And for the first time in her life, Elizabeth will have to trust despite all of the times she has been hurt. 

 

Will these two wounded lost souls find love, peace and comfort in each other or will they just break each other more? Is it a train wreck of a love story or a happily ever after?

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Always an avid reader who consumes whole books in a single day, Emily Krat is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page. For her writing stories and developing ideas for novels is a true passion and a dream come true. Emily is a chocolate junkie, “Grey’s Anatomy” fan, and admirer of good music. She loves summer rains, warm blankets on cold winter nights, as well as traveling, sleeping in late (whick happens almost never), watching TV shows, and baking. When she’s not writing or rewriting, she loves spending time with family and friends.
 
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The Fall of Undal by Katrina Sisowath

He saw a veiled, much-changed, Atueni in Dwarka, a blade in each hand, stabbing and slicing her way through armed guards, reaching the king and stabbing him in his gut. A soft exhale escaped the fat king’s lips, drowned out by his wife’s scream, which was cut short with a slice across her throat. Atueni paused for the briefest of instances before she headed off in the direction of, according to Cronous’ memory, where lay the children’s bedrooms. So, she had survived—though barely. The veil had slipped as she’d killed the queen and the sight of her face had brought a chuckle to his lips.

25724462Nothing is ever as it seems—even gods who have lives thousands of years cannot escape death. Peace must always fall victim to greed, lust, rage and envy…leaving only war in its wake. This installment is suspenseful and darker than the second book, The Doom of Undal. Sisowath brings timeless adventure and creativity to her stories, making this installment another fantastic vision into the unknown. The Fall of Undal is entertaining, riveting and nearly unpredictable.

The Fall of Undal, the third installment in the Dragon Court Series, begins with a man and his son finding a remote island to live out the remainder of their days—away from the war that is building between the Dragon Court and Undal. The man must train his son, the next heir to the throne of Undal once the evil has been eradicated from the land. When war hits all islands including (but not limited to) Magan, Shiimti and Undal—everyone is forced to take sides to fight. Cronous and Rhea have changed back into primal lizard, flesh-eating beings who have grown accustomed to entertaining their blood lust, rather than protecting their kingdom. Older characters such as Ningi and Inanna have more of a major role to play, knowing that their time on this planet may be running out quickly with the new race of humans taking over with their sinful adaptations. Inanna’s character is more prominent and her personality is observed among several with regard to her actions over the war. Who will survive after this?

Sisowath does a superb job with character development and the creativity is phenomenal. The action is very fast paced; however, there is balance with descriptive context and background history. This installment will leave readers wanting more because it is written well and leaves no room for misinterpretation. If you are a reader of adventure and mythology, this may interest you but fair warning—you may not be able to put this series down.

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Magic Fishing Panties by Kimberly Dalferes

When it was my turn to speak, I started with a question for the group. “I’m a little surprised there are no other women in the room. Do you have women working here at FDLE?” Gauntlet thrown. “Oh, of course we do. It’s just a coincidence our agency representatives today happen to be all men.” “I see. I’m curious, are there any women working in the Domestic Marijuana Eradication Unit?” “Well, no, not at the moment.” “Have you ever placed a female intern in the unit?” “I’m not sure, but, no, I don’t think we’ve ever had a female intern express interest in that unit.” “Wow, that’s surprising. It sounds like a great place to spend the next fifteen weeks, I’m sure I would learn a lot.” Girl. Card. Played.

26062495Humor and reality are incredible ways to break the ice for a book. What’s more—this author writes a book filled with several different essays or stories that were previously submitted in other media outlets. Dalferes extends an offer to her readers—a chance to see her life through her eyes. Magic Fishing Panties is only one short essay within this multitude of wonderful and insightful stories that the author has chosen to share with her readers.

The stories that are included within this book are recollections that the author has kept and chronologically placed into a sequence so that her readers have a very detailed description of most of her past. Kimberly Dalferes does like to excite and entice her readers with humor; therefore, you’ll find that the book is very easy to read and comical. The story begins with an introduction, which is where she provides a background and ancestry, then proceeds with going to the White House for the Easter Egg Roll with her son. Dalferes never fails to show a comical thread of balance within the emotionally trying times that must have been there from time to time. Then, Magic Fishing Panties recaps her experience with fishing in Alaska and carrying on traditions as only a family can, all the way up to Playing the Girl Card which is where the quote above is from. The author brings her story to a conclusion with Club Fifty and Kimba’s Tip of the Day.

Dalferes does a superb job with character development and originality since most of it is her own life and memory. This story is uplifting and holds a great deal of diplomacy, tact and professionalism within the content of her life’s reflections. It is a fast paced novel and easy to read, entertaining and absolutely funny. This author has penned a wonderful recollection of her life through essays and short stories. If you are a reader of humor and entertainment, you might want to try this book out.

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At This Moment by Karen Cimms

Sometimes life gives you what you need, even if you don’t believe you deserve it.
 
Kate Daniels wants it all—a big, crazy life, lots of kids, and an adoring husband. Someday. For now, she’ll be happy just to survive her first semester of college. Billy McDonald wants it all, too. Since the day he got his first guitar, he’s had one goal—to prove he’s worth something. His dream is so close, he can almost touch it.
 
Thrown together during a freak snowstorm, Kate and Billy’s lives become permanently entwined. On the outside, they have nothing in common, but scars aren’t always visible and abuse doesn’t always leave a mark. Kate keeps the pain of her past buried, while Billy carries his like a weapon.
 
In spite of finding love, Billy continues to be haunted by his childhood and tempted by the excesses of the music industry. He struggles to keep his career on track and his inner demons at bay, until one night, he makes a mistake that could cost him everything. Kate may have found her happily ever after, but for Billy, the nightmare has just begun.

Set against a backdrop of heavy metal and emerging grunge, At This Moment is the first book in the Of Love and Madness trilogy. A love story that unfolds over twenty-five years, it’s the tale of two damaged people trying to make their way in the world without destroying themselves or each other in the process.


   Billy didn’t say a word when he picked them up at the subway station, and he did little more than grunt when he dropped Joey off at his station a few blocks later. He remained quiet as they drove through Brooklyn, over the Williamsburg Bridge, and into Lower Manhattan. Kate tried several times to engage him in conversation, but he just stared straight ahead, saying nothing.
   After they pulled into the parking lot behind their apartment, he turned off the van and sat drumming his fingers on the steering wheel. She waited until he got out, then followed, expecting to help carry his bags.
   “I got it,” he snapped.
   “Fine.” It was her turn to get angry. She’d only agreed to do this video because of him.    Plus it was his idea—or Christa’s, the little blond weasel—that no one know they were a couple. It wasn’t her fault she caused a stir. Not totally.
   She bolted ahead, letting the door slam shut as he approached, and stomped up the stairs and down the hall to their apartment. Throwing her bag on the couch, she went into the bathroom to take off her makeup.
   When she came out, Billy was sitting on the bed.
   “You think you’re pretty funny, don’t you?”
   “Me? I think I’m hilarious.”
   As she stormed past him, Billy grabbed her by the hand and pulled her into his lap, locking his arms around her. She sat stiffly, staring straight ahead, her jaw tight, not willing to look at him.
   “I’m sorry,” he said finally, pressing his forehead into her shoulder. “I’m not mad at you. I’m mad at me.”
   “That makes two of us.”
   “I’m an idiot. I shouldn’t have talked you into this, and I shouldn’t have agreed to keep you a secret.”
   “Are you saying that because you didn’t like Bailey hitting on me or the other guys looking at me?”
   “I didn’t like any of it. I also didn’t like you having to walk in without me and leave without me, even with Joey—who hates me, by the way.”
   “He doesn’t hate you.”
   He snorted. “I’ll call Christa tomorrow. Tell her we’re not doing this.”
   “The video?”
   “No. That we have to do. But I’m not making believe we’re not a couple. I don’t see the need for it. I’m not in this for the women. I’m a musician, not a gigolo.”
   “You don’t want to be both?”
   He shook his head.
   “Aww,” she purred. “Too bad.”
   He looked up, surprised. “What does that mean?”
   “You’ll see.”
Karen Cimms is a writer, editor, and music lover. She was born and raised in New Jersey and still thinks of the Garden State as home. She began her career at an early age rewriting the endings to her favorite books. It was a mostly unsuccessful endeavor, but she likes to think she invented fanfiction.
 
Karen is a lifelong Jersey corn enthusiast, and is obsessed with (in no particular order) books, shoes, dishes, and Brad Pitt. In her spare time she likes to quilt, decorate, and entertain. Just kidding–she has no spare time.
 
Although she loves pigeons, she is terrified of pet birds, scary movies and Mr. Peanut.
 
Karen is married to her favorite lead guitar player. Her children enjoy tormenting her with countless mean-spirited pranks because they love her, or so they say. She currently lives in Northeast Pennsylvania, although her heart is usually in Maine.

“At This Moment” is her debut novel.
 
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The Captives by Cas Peace

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Cas lives in the lovely county of Hampshire, southern UK, where she was born. On leaving school she trained for two years before qualifying as horse-riding instructor. During this time she also learned to carriage-drive. She spent thirteen years in the British Civil Service before moving to Rome, Italy, where she and her husband, Dave, lived for three years. They enjoy returning whenever they can. Cas supports many animal charities and owns two rescue dogs. She has a large collection of cacti and loves gardening. She is also a folk singer/songwriter and is currently writing and recording nine folk-style songs to accompany each of her fantasy books. You can listen to and download all the songs from her website: www.caspeace.com

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A city besieged by evil…
Secure in his stolen stronghold, Baron Reen continues to sow chaos in Albia’s capital. Nowhere is safe from his malice and the King’s Guard is powerless to stop him. Crucial pieces of his plan are falling into place and soon his vengeance will be complete. All he lacks is the final game piece that will force his archenemy to her knees before him.
Sullyan works frantically to solve the mystery of Reen’s newfound powers. She knows she is getting closer to the truth, but will she be too late to save the scarecrow’s captives?
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Elias stretched his legs to the fire, captured his vassal’s attention, and leaped in
with no warning. “So, Lerric, what did you make of the news about the traitor,
Reen? I take it you heard what he did?”
Lerric stiffened. His face turned pasty and the goblet trembled in his hand. “What …
what he did?” His gaze fixed on the King’s face. “I … don’t understand.”
Elias snorted. “Oh, come, man! Did you not hear the news? Surely you heard he escaped
imprisonment?”
Lerric’s demeanor turned desperate and his gaze flicked between his three guests.
“Escaped? I … hadn’t heard that.”
Robin, watching Lerric closely, pondered the man’s conflicting emanations. Uppermost
was a fear that was almost terror. Lerric would naturally feel fear at the news
the traitor who so nearly succeeded in killing the High King, and who had come
originally from his own court, had escaped. Yet deep within the complex swirl
of emotions Robin also sensed a strange surge of hope, almost as if Lerric
wanted them to discover something. He frowned and concentrated harder. There
was something odd here.
 
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The Making of a Man by Rachel Rossano

The Earl of Dentin returns. Eight stories ranging from short story to novelette in length give us greater understanding into why Dentin is the complex and enigmatic man he is. It also includes new adventures that happen between Honor and the next Rhynan novel. 

Passing the Mantle – An ill-fated hunting trip 
Forging Friendships – Recruiting able-bodied men ineligible for knighthood 
The Sword of Korma Monroe – A sword made for trouble 
Turning Point – A duke and an earl plot treason 
The Bittersweet Pear – A marital misunderstanding 
Isbeth’s Redemption – Dentin doesn’t make a good first impression 
A Squire’s Love – Reginald’s quest 
Restoration – A trip to Braulyn produces unexpected company 

 

 


Rachel Rossano specializes in clean romantic fiction set in historical-feeling fantasy worlds. She also dabbles in straightforward historical romance and not-so-strict speculative fiction. 

A happily married mother of three small children, she divides her time between mothering, teaching, and writing. She endeavors to enchant, thrill, entertain, and amuse through her work. A constant student, she seeks to improve her skills and loves to hear from readers.

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Lord Dentin

“Cursed rain!” Blair’s normally blotchy face deepened to almost purple as he screamed his anger at the sky.

A bolt of lightning washed the dark afternoon sky blinding white. Thunder answered, drowning out Blair’s tirade. Another flash blinded us again. Water poured over our heads in great waves, miring the heavy wagon all the deeper in mud.

I turned my mount, prepared to redirect the men’s focus to wrestling the back wheels of the vehicle free, but their superior officer spoke first.

“Cease your bawling, soldier.” Major Dyrease’s cool tones cut through Blair’s bluster. “Save your breath and put that anger to the task.”

“I don’t see mud in your boots, sir.” The challenge in Blair’s words interrupted the other men’s murmurings. Attention shifted between soldier and officer and back. The wet plops of raindrops striking wet leather filled the tense silence.

The major dismounted. The mud swallowed his legs to the knee with a squelch. He tested the resistance and then slogged through the muck to the back of the wagon. Setting his shoulder to the waterlogged wood, he prepared to push.

“Ready back here.”

The men resumed their places around him. Blair sullenly returned to set his grip on the wagon side.

“On three.” Dyrease’s voice carried despite the rain.

“One.” The men tensed their muscles.

“Two.” They breathed deep.

“Three.” The air filled with a chorus of guttural sounds. Hardly music by the loosest definition, but the groan and creak of protest from the wagon’s axels as the heavy vehicle lumbered forward elicited a cheer from the onlookers.

“Keep those oxen moving.” The major’s voice cut off the celebration. “It isn’t free yet, men. See the task through.”

A few less strenuous heaves and the wagon found purchase on the ever-worsening road and resumed its tortoise pace. The men scattered to reclaim their discarded gear.

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Rachel…

  1. was homeschooled Kindergarten and then 4th through 12th
  2. has three kids, two boys and a girl, which includes a set of twins.
  3. is a selective vegetarian, meaning she will occasionally eat bacon (because who doesn’t like bacon).
  4. has more unpublished books than published (a fact she is working hard to change).
  5. homeschools her three children.
  6. hates folding laundry unless a movie is involved.
  7. is addicted to home improvement/decorating shows (Fixer Upper, Property Brothers, Househunters International…), though her house definitely doesn’t reflect it.
  8. only dated one person, the man she married. He is the inspiration for all of her book heroes and her toughest editor.
  9. designs book covers for fun.
  10. cannot ride a horse, shoot a bow and arrow, or fight with a sword, though she really would love to learn to do those things someday.

 

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Love After Marriage by Mia Kayla

 

 
Title: Love After Marriage
 
Author: Mia Kayla
 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 
Release Date: Tuesday May 10, 2016
 
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Synopsis: 
 
Bethany Casse Plack has everything she has ever dreamed of — a prestigious career, an inherited fortune, and a doting hot husband who treats her like a queen. 
 
But not all things can be bought, especially not the one thing she wants most in the world.
 
Kent Plack dropped his bachelor-for-life status when a certain green-eyed beauty captured his heart. He made vows to make her the happiest wife, and he’s determined to give her the world. But when an unexpected turn of events flips him from his axis, the one thing that Bethany wants from him is the only thing Kent is unsure he can give her.
 
Insecurities, the past, and their different views on their future will test their marriage. Love bears and endures all things, but when their worlds are turned upside down, will their marriage survive, especially considering it was originally based on convenience?
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The Scheme
 
 
Everything Has Changed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Necklaces & Nooses by Laina Turner

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When Presley’s boss is found hanging she thinks its suicide until the police discover its homicide. Who would want to kill a the owner of a high end women’s boutique? Presley’s not sure but she’s determined to find out.

Author PhotoAs a child Laina thought she would either be a truck driver (thanks to Jerry Reed in Smokey and the Bandit) or work at Taco Bell (her favorite restaurant as a child).

As she grew older she realized her talents lay in academics and business and for the last several years has been a business consultant and college professor where she uses the analytical side of her brain and not the side that makes up stories.

Through all her career choices she has continued to have a passion for writing. This stemmed from childhood whereas an only child she developed a vivid imagination spending most of her time making things up and thinking the Incredible Hulk lived in her closet.

Proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing to being on the dance team for a semi pro basketball team to being a mom of 2 amazing kids, she tells her family and friends that no one is safe from their escapades slipping in to her books.

Taking the plunge to write books (cozy mysteries and chick lit) that she actually let people read in 2010, she has worked her way up to being a real author, having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). Her blog, Writing is a Lifestyle, was launched to share the daily fun in the life of a Real Housewife of the Midwest along with the musing of other fabulous ladies.

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“Read this!” Anna said. “This Sarah chick says she wants to get to know him better and is willing to try a long distance thing. I guess she lives in Iowa. How the hell did he meet a girl from Iowa?”

“Maybe she is just coming on to him?” I didn’t really like how Jeff treated Anna, but I didn’t want her hurt either. I was hoping to give him the benefit of the doubt.

“Oh no, this is his response.” She clicked on the message to open it and started reading. “I would like to get to know you better by talking to you.”

“That doesn’t necessarily mean anything besides friends.”

“Except he doesn’t mention anywhere in this email thread that he has a girlfriend, and she obviously is thinking he doesn’t or else she doesn’t care. Take this away from me. I just can’t stand to read anymore.”

I took the laptop from her, logged off, and shut it down. Setting it on the floor, I turned to Anna and refilled her wineglass. I could tell she was upset, and I had seen time and time again how much he hurt her. But I could also understand you weren’t done with a relationship until you were really done, and emotions weren’t always something you could force yourself to stop feeling. Even when intellectually you knew you should.

“Do you want to talk?” I said.

“Why, so you can just say I told you so again? I know I’m stupid.”

“Not stupid, Anna. I hate seeing you hurt like this all the time, which is why I say you need to kick him to the curb. But I also know what it’s like to love someone and hope they will change. While maybe not the smartest thing to do, when you look at the situation rationally you can’t help how you feel, and emotions don’t always make sense. Hell, they hardly ever make sense.”

“I need to realize he will never change, at least not with me. But, Presley, I know he loves me.”

“He does love you.” I actually had no doubts that he did love her. He just wasn’t ready to settle down and took her for granted. That was clear by his actions. Before Cooper, I was much more judgmental of Jeff, but I now had a better understanding of how difficult love was.

“Did Willie find out who broke into your condo?” Anna said attempting to change the subject.

“No. It’s disappointing, but whoever did it didn’t leave prints, and none of the doormen remember anyone who wasn’t a tenant. They found a door at the service area that had a busted lock. The maintenance guy said it wasn’t like that a week ago, so Willie is assuming that somehow someone cased the joint and found that was a weak spot.”

“That’s just weird they didn’t take anything.”

“No kidding. They obviously were looking for something. But neither Willie nor I have any idea what. I don’t have anything of value. Any criminal worth their salt should have noticed that right away.”

“Maybe that’s why they trashed the place. They were angry that you didn’t have anything for them.”

“It just doesn’t make sense. There are many people in my building that have a lot more than I do. Willie thinks whoever it was felt I had something they wanted, specifically. I think that Peter guy is involved somehow.”

“What does Willie think of him?”

“That there’s not enough proof to say.”

One thing that really had me confused was that I didn’t understand at all what the faux-German guy, Peter, wanted so badly with accessories from Silk. It didn’t make sense. After seeing him at the funeral, I had told Willie he had to be involved in this somehow. These were way too many coincidences. But Willie didn’t completely agree with me that the connection was necessarily bad. He hadn’t been able to find anything concrete connecting Peter with anyone from a sinister standpoint. Obviously Peter knew someone in the family or he wouldn’t keep showing up, but Willie said he couldn’t just assume it was for a bad reason without proof.

I told him that sometimes the connection wasn’t obvious, and he didn’t really like that. He had the audacity to say I shouldn’t be worrying myself about the investigation so much. We got into our first minor spat, if you could even call it that, about my involvement, and I basically told him he should have not asked my opinion if he didn’t want it. He muttered something under his breath I chose to ignore, and we hung up.

I didn’t think he was really angry, just annoyed. I seemed to have that effect, first with Cooper and now Willie. I had sat there since getting off the phone trying to figure out what the possible link could be. Willie had said this guy had a record for petty crime. James was a lawyer, so maybe that was a connection. Although James’s firm handled mostly white collar crime not smash and grab—Willie’s term not mine—it was plausible. Criminals and criminal lawyers seemed to run in the same circles. Or it could be completely unrelated, and I could be totally off base, and Willie right. Somehow I doubted it.


Guest Post

I often say writing is cheaper than therapy, so that’s why I write. If I didn’t have an outlet for all the stories rolling around in my head, there’s no telling what would happen.

As a little girl, I made up stories all the time. My imagination was always in overdrive, and I loved making things up and being able to have exactly the outcome I wanted. I mean who wouldn’t want that? As an adult, I put a lot of that imagination in an unused part of my brain while I used the more analytics (boring) part.

But then I couldn’t take it anymore, and the creative side had to come out. I decided I loved writing so much it would be silly not to see where I could take it, and I’ve never regretted it.

Writing stories, getting all those imaginary characters out of my head and onto paper in hopes that they can also bring others some temporary happiness is the greatest gift I feel I could give someone. If I didn’t write, I know I’d feel like something was missing. That I wasn’t completely fulfilling my life destiny, and somehow that’s not a good feeling.

I write because of the joy it brings me. I write because, well, I can’t not.


Review

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‘I hate funerals,’ Anna whispered to me as we walked into the church. Since I’d spent the night with her, I had decided to drag her with me to Solange’s funeral for moral support. Even though I knew Steph and Liliy would be coming, since I closed the store so we could all attend, I didn’t want to be all by myself until they got there. Normally, I wouldn’t mind being in a crowd by myself; I had a decent amount of extrovert in me, but a funeral was a whole different story.

Death by JEWELRY! Who would have ever guessed that someone would make something so beautiful cause someone to breathe their last breath of air. Turner is very inventive in her murder weapons, as well as the elaborate tales that she spins around her mysteries. With the second installment, Presley is dropped right back in to play the investigator when her boss is murdered. Presley is the one who finds the body shortly after the attack. After contacting the police, she is then brought into the station and questioned by Detective Willie Landon…only this is not just any cop. He is gorgeous, has tattoo sleeves, a wild past and he is right there in Chicago with her, unlike Cooper. What a BLAST from the past! She can’t possibly fall for another man sworn to uphold the law, can she? The gap between the first installment and the second installment does become clear…especially about her relationships issues, but is rather quick and not very detailed.

Turner does have a good support for her character development. As the series progresses, their personalities show a better judgement of character. Necklaces & Nooses does need a bit more editing because there are definite struggles throughout the read, but by no means is it uninteresting or lacking in creativity. The books interest level can actually be considered a little more catchy and attentive. This book differs from the first installment as far as the perspectives are concerned. The narration focuses on Presley, instead of between different characters throughout the read which may have caused difficulty reading the first book. This second installment can be read as a standalone; however, there are several references made within the story that revert back to Stilettos & Scoundrels. It is another fast paced novel and an entertaining story, so if you a reader of mystery with a bit of romance, this may interest you.

A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.


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May 2 – Caroline Fardig – Q&A

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May 4 – Living Life With Joy – Q&A & Excerpt

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