Release Day Blitz: Under the Bleachers by K.K. Allen

Under the Bleachers by K.K. Allen

Release Date: February 28, 2017

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ABOUT THE BOOK

One kiss can change everything.

Fun and flirty Monica Stevens lives for chocolate, fashion, and boys … in that order. And she doesn’t take life too seriously, especially when it comes to dating. When a night of innocent banter with Seattle’s hottest NFL quarterback turns passionate, she fears that everything she once managed to protect will soon be destroyed.

Seattle’s most eligible bachelor, Zachary Ryan, is a workaholic by nature, an undercover entrepreneur, and passionate about the organizations he supports. He’s also addicted to Monica, the curvy brunette with a sassy mouth—and not just because she tastes like strawberries and chocolate. She’s as challenging as she is decadent, as witty as she is charming, and she’s the perfect distraction from the daily grind.

While Monica comes to a crossroads in her life, Zachary becomes an unavoidable obstacle, forcing her to stop hiding under the bleachers and confront the demons of her past. But as their connection grows stronger, she knows it only brings them closer to their end.

It’s time to let go.

To have a future, we must first deal with our pasts. But what if the two are connected?

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

K.K. Allen is the author of Contemporary Fantasy and New Adult Romance stories. She loves manatees, learned to swim for the mere purpose of pretending she was a mermaid, and adores the beach so much she promises to one day live on one (in a tent if she has to) in Hawaii and serve shaved ice on the side of the road. K.K.’s upcoming Contemporary Romance, Under the Bleachers will release on February 28, 2017. Make sure to secure your preorder!

 

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Release Day Blitz: Somewhere I Belong by Barb Shuler

Somewhere I Belong

Barb Shuler
Shattered Lives Series; Book 2
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Published: February 28, 2017

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Design by: MadHat Books
Models: Victoria Morin & Chad Demchik

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:
I was a woman on a mission. I wanted to be…. Somewhere I belonged. My life as a small town gal kept me cautious, but I wanted to go travel the world, be free and not stuck in a bubble. I traveled through the states and kept moving until I got to Vegas. Flashing lights, casinos and the man in Armani who made traffic stop with his sparkling smile… A smile I quickly learned belonged to the devil. Not anyone else’s devil – he was my devil.

 

Then, my world came to a crashing halt one night – the night my life went from dangerous to ready to flatline. On the ride of my life, I went back to the past I’d abandoned years before. Back to the past that has never been the past. It could have been the present but I was too stubborn to see it. I’m running back to the arms of safety. To the arms I should have never left.
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Last night I was out with the boys. A night out, drinking – only one beer for me, since I was on duty the next morning – and a few tables of pool. Trevor, his brother Peter, and a few others were yucking it up at a scratch I made when Drew came barreling into the bar. The look on his face made me move from the table and meet him halfway. What in the hell had happened now? Everything had been quiet here over the last couple of years. Ever since his then girlfriend – now wife – Dani Lynn had been kidnapped. Quiet was good. That look said shit was about to get real though.
“What’s that look for?” I asked as he looked around at the faces in the bar. My brow arched and when he looked at me, I saw that look. I had seen it before. “What? Has something happened at my mom and dad’s?”
“No,” again, he scanned the room. “It’s your sister…”
“Alana?” my voice rose as my gut clenched? “What happened? Is she okay?”
“Alana is fine,” he paused as I stepped closer. “Charlie, it’s Anna. Dani Lynn needs you at the center. That’s all I- She’s with Anna… and she’s hurt. That’s all I know.”
“Anna?” I turned to see Trevor standing there, his face a hard wall of nothing. The boy was good at hiding shit, but I saw that look in his eyes. He still loved her. I knew that much. He’d said it before, but until that moment, I hadn’t seen it.
“I’ll be right there,” I said as I turned and lunged past Trevor, grabbing my shit from the table and jogging out to my bike. “Go, Drew, I’ll meet you there.”
Drew nodded and slipped into the car. I took a deep breath and called my dad. As the phone rang, Trevor and Peter came out. They stopped while I waited for someone to pick up. No answer. I cursed and slid my phone into my pocket. I looked up at them.
“If you’re coming, hurry the fuck up,” I said, starting up my bike. I revved it a minute before pulling out onto the road. The three block ride took only minutes. Thank God. My heart was racing as I ran up the walkway. When I hit the door I saw Mama Jay there, a deep frown on her chubby face. She opened the door and let us in. We followed Mama Jay down the back hallway towards the office and exam area. My heart was already thudding, but it skyrocketed when I saw Dani Lynn with tears on her cheeks, covered in blood. “What happened?” I asked her as I stopped before her.
“I-I don’t know,” she swiped at her eyes and put on her game face as she looked up at us. She glanced from me to Trevor and back to me. When I nodded she continued. “I was leaving to head home,” she sighed. “I saw someone stumbling down the sidewalk. When she collapsed I ran to her… there was blood everywhere…” she shook her head and I rested my hand on her shoulder.
 

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~Meet Barb Shuler~

I’m a Carolina Girl by right and a Texan by birth. Best of both worlds. I have the brass sass to keep up with my Texas sized temper. Living and working in both states i’ve learned a lot about hard work, adapting to your surroundings and making the best of the path that you have been led down. My grandma Dollie once told me I would know what I was meant to do when it happened. She was right, as always.

As with most book lovers, I am an avid reader. Reading has always been a hobby – a passion, really and a way to get lost in other people’s lives, their drama and other worlds. It’s a private movie in your imagination that you get to cast and navigate through, at your own pace. Reading helps to expand the perimeters of one’s mind. That is what got me into writing. Writing has been something that I have done since I was a kid. If I had paper, I was writing. Nine out of ten times it made no sense but what are words if they are not to be used to your advantage? Words are a part of us all. Why not use them, right?
During the day I work as a ‘desk jockey’ and help the residents of my county navigate themselves around our little, but not too little country town. By night I am either blogging with my best friends, doing PA work for some of my favorite authors or fighting with the voices in my head. They can be stubborn at times. It’s a blessing and I am cherishing every moment. Tomorrow is never guaranteed so I want to make sure I live the day as fully as possible. For what is my creation, can become someone else’s treasure.
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Release Tour: Inheritance of Love by Carol Cadoo

 Inheritance of Love

il était une foi (Once upon a time)- Book 1
By Carol Cadoo
Genre: Chick Lit, Romance

Bennett Montgomery was the bachelor at large of his generation in San Francisco with no problems and no responsibility except to show up and look pretty on the red carpet. But overnight he was forced into a situation where he had to grow up and take the reins of the family business or risk losing it.

His assistant gave him the devastating news that he had the responsibility but none of the money or control until and unless he was married by thirty three. That started a series of events in his life that put him on a collision course with his past, the future and his present.

Chevon Bouche grew up fast after she lost her parents in a horrible car accident. She was left on her own to run the family business. Scheduled to marry her longtime boyfriend and settle into a life of boredom and babies. When in her heart she wanted to sing like a bird on the stages of the best Opera’s houses in in the world.

After an unexpected meeting with Bennett, Chevon’s life was thrown pell mell into a new life of glamour and prestige she never dreamed possible. But because of Bennett’s past there were complications that threatened their contracted union and other women were the least of the problem. Chevon and Bennett were forced to make a decision but would they decide on the money or an inheritance of love.

I love writing Chick Lit/ Romance. I recently re-edited and reapplied the lipstick of my Chic Lit Serial, Deja Vu of Love. The series starts off with Deja Vu Packing for the Journey the first book of the story in the Deja Vu Series. As a writer, I am partial to using a third person multiple POV style of writing. Although not well known it is frequently used in Romance and other genres where multiple points of views add to the depth and value of the story line and character interactions.

I prefer moving the story along through the use of dialogue versus narrative. I think it’s because I can give a distinct voice to all my characters. As a writer, I believe that dialogue helps define the characters as breathing, warm blooded people. I write about real women with flaws who are strong and confident and ready to live life. Women like all of us who don’t always have dinner ready on the table. The one who acts inappropriately at PTA meetings once in a blue moon you know the girl I’m talking about, it’s you.

I enjoy watching my characters grow and change as the story of their lives unfolds. I try not to be a control freak and let the characters write the story after all, it’s their life.

So if you’re a reader who likes to hear the voice of your characters and share their POV I’m your next favorite writer LOL

Just a little something about me I’m a retired Actress, Director, Choreographer, who discovered her real passion in life, was writing. I have two sons Zachary and Garette I also have two doggie kids Hazel and Harry. My free time is spent in the garden enjoying nature, decorating, and writing. I would love to have feedback from readers I think we are always curious about what people think of our work.

So, here is my suggestion get a great glass of red wine, start the bubble bath grab a couple of chocolate covered caramels with sea salt and enjoy a good book. I hope you love and enjoy reading the characters with minimally twice the enjoyment I had writing them to life.

May you enjoy all the bad boys of romance with none of the pain.

 

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Review: Passionate Pursuit by Tina Donahue

ABOUT THE BOOK: Is their passion strong enough to break her chains?

Andalucía Spain, 1489: Innocent Beatriz is desperate to escape the threat of a miserable marriage to a cruel Marquis. Forced into the betrothal by her ruthless merchant papá, her only hope is to conceal her identity and become a servant in a nearby castle—a life drastically different from her comfortable upbringing.

Tomás doesn’t know what to make of his well-spoken new servant girl. Her beauty and charm captivates the military hero; her mysterious nature intrigues him. And the desire she ignites burns brighter with each glance, as does his longing to claim her for his own.

Beatriz can’t resist Tomás’ passion nor deny the heat of her own. But neither the lush countryside nor the walls of the opulent Moorish castle can entirely protect her—and if he were to discover her secret, she could be torn away from him forever. Yet how can she sustain his love if she’s living a lie?

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“Are you thinking about leaving?” Isabella asked. “If you do, Tomas will follow and try to bring you back.” “Not if he believes I fear Papa beyond anything else. What woman wants a life constantly looking over her shoulder or dreads becoming a widow, forced into a second marriage with a brute? All I have to do is convince Tomas I want an end to this madness by never seeing him or my father again.” “Although women have succeeded in deceiving men since time began, you will never fool Tomas. The man would have to be blind not to see how you feel about him even if you say otherwise. Best you stay here with us and face this.”

REVIEW: How would you feel if you fell in love with someone you weren’t supposed to? You are just another servant in a huge mansion, but he is royalty. Does he even notice you? Donahue engages her readers with a timeless romance, chalked full of desperate longing and defiance of the rules. Love does not gauge status, class, or wealth. Love does not wait until someone is ready to fall. Love just happens. It strikes at the most inopportune time, often leaving more problems than what you had before. But, love is supposed to work itself out too…that is what they say.

Tomas may not be a marquis or a king, but he does have a lot of wealth and power. Coming back from battle, he finds running his estate a bore and needless time is spent fantasizing over things that he has no control over. His head male servant, Nuncio, has to remind him countless times that he cannot lust after a servant—it is just unthinkable. Especially, when he has so many other women and their mothers to attend to. With Tomas being an eligible bachelor, women seem to flock in from all locations to try and tempt his hand. Beatriz is the only woman that he sees though. She is so much more than just a servant—she knows how to read, ride a horse, speak properly, and other things that are not characteristics of the lowly servant that everyone else would make her out to be. What begins as simple lust, grows faster than either of them can possibly imagine, but when she declines his wedding proposal, she does not provide him with a suitable explanation. His curiosity beckons him to look into exactly who Beatriz really is and where she comes from. After speaking to his brothers, he comes to the conclusion that he cannot lose her. He will not lose her. What lengths will he go to prove to her that nothing else matters as long as they are together? Can he find out what is standing in their way before it is too late and she leaves for good?

Donahue does a great job with character development. Some of the characters lack explanation, when readers may want more from their personality. The writing is clean, well-written, and fast-paced, which makes it very easy to read. If you are a reader of historical romance, you may enjoy reading this book. It can be read as a standalone, but it may be beneficial to begin reading the series from the first installment for an entire understanding of all characters.

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Words Turn Me On, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a four-star rating for Passionate Pursuit by Tina Donahue.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tina Donahue is an Amazon and international bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for traditional publishers and indie. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic novels (Freeing the Beast, Come and Get Your Love, and Wicked Takeover) were Readers’ Choice Award winners. Another three (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic contemporary romance, was chosen Book of the Year at the French review site Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for her erotic romance Lush Velvet Nights. Two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition. Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, she worked at a major Hollywood production company in Story Direction.

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Book Tour: Dream Catchers Series by Sandy Lo

Dream Catchers

Dream Catchers Series Book 1
By Sandy Lo
Genre: Rock Star Romance

Dreams come true only if you believe in them…Haley Foster never bothered to believe in herself or find her dream. Growing up with a silver spoon in her mouth, her parents gave her everything she needed except freedom. Fate steps in at the bus station when Haley bumps into Jordan Walsh, literally. His unpolished manners and rock star attitude rile her, though she is oddly drawn to him. Haley and Jordan’s opposing personalities clash while on the bus-before they wind up stranded together! Haley finds herself in quite a predicament with no way to get home. Jordan challenges her to escape her wealthy conformity and go with him to New York, despite their disgust for one another. Haley is enthralled with the carefree, in control and gorgeous Jordan, yet he remains a stranger to her in many ways. With his help, Haley begins to discover who she is and what she wants. She finds herself at a crossroads: go back to her old life where she merely exists or take a stand and chase her dreams.

The DREAM CATCHERS series is not just a rock star romance, but it’s about taking chances, chasing dreams, and finding yourself.

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SANDY LO Releases 2nd Novel DREAM CATCHERS; Appears on The Authors Show & Debuts Song “Haley’s Letter” at Book Release Party in NY!

STATEN ISLAND, NY—December 18, 2009—Entertainment journalist, Sandy Lo surprised readers with an early release of her second novel DREAM CATCHERS last night to thank them for their support.  The much anticipated romantic comedy from Lo’s budding fan base is set in New York City which takes its main character, Haley Foster on the adventure of her life.

“Haley is a sheltered, rich girl,” Lo explains.  “She hates her life and feels out of place wherever she goes.”  In steps the leading male character, Jordan Walsh, a laid back musician who’s the exact opposite of Haley.  The two wind up stranded together at a truck-stop.  “They hate each other and enjoy insulting one another,” Lo says.  Jordan challenges Haley to go to New York with him, where his rock band, Tortured is participating in a battle of the bands competition.

DREAM CATCHERS was the most fun I’ve had writing a story,” Lo says.  “It’s by far my favorite, and I don’t think that will change anytime soon.  The characters just came to life for me so easily, and I hope readers will enjoy it as much as I did,” Lo gushes.

DREAM CATCHERS is currently available in paperback and e-book at www.lulu.com.  It will be available for distribution beginning February 2010.

To celebrate the release of DREAM CATCHERS, Sandy Lo is having a book release party on January 23, 2010 at Cargo Cafe in Staten Island, NY.  She will be signing copies of the book, taking Q&A, and having performers.  Sandy Lo will also be debuting “Haley’s Letter”, a song she wrote for DREAM CATCHERS with longtime friend and musician, James Manzello.  He will be performing the song acoustically at Cargo.  Other performers include pop star, Anna Sundstrand (formerly of Columbia Recording artist, PLAY) and up & coming rapper, Harlem Witness.

“I’m so excited to debut ‘Haley’s Letter’ and to have James Manzello perform it.  He’s amazingly talented!” Lo explains.  “It’s also great to have Anna Sundstrand there.  She’s a great friend and support to me as well as a beautifully talented singer and actress.”

Following the release of DREAM CATCHERS, Sandy Lo hopes to embark on many promotional opportunities across the country to expand her fan base.

For eight years, Sandy Lo has been the president of the groundbreaking website StarShine Magazine, an entertainment outlet focusing on music.  She has interviewed many celebrities from Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift to Jonas Brothers and Backstreet Boys.

For review copies of DREAM CATCHERS and/or to set up an interview, contact:

Sandy Lo: sandy@sandy-lo.com / 646.338.0260

For more information on SANDY LO and DREAM CATCHERS: www.sandy-lo.com

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Author Sandy Lo Interviews 30 Seconds To Mars, Her Inspiration Behind Latest Book Dream Catchers! Novelist and journalist, Sandy Lo talks about 30 Seconds to Mars, her muse while writing her new book Dream Catchers, whom she had the chance to interview.

 

April 27, 2010PRLog — —New York, NY—Author and journalist SANDY LO had the opportunity to speak with the musical inspiration behind her latest novel, DREAM CATCHERS earlier this month.  In an interview for StarShine Magazine, Lo spoke with Shannon Leto, founding member of the popular rock band, 30 SECONDS TO MARS.  Upon discussing his latest tour, she was able to inform Leto of the impact his music has had on inspiring TORTURED, Lo’s band  in the novel.  Leto was grateful and thought it was “very cool”.

“I am so fortunate to be in the position I am in to speak with my musical muse for Dream Catchers”, explains Lo.  “30 Seconds to Mars are really amazing.”  Mars’ front man and actor, Jared Leto even inspired the main character, Jordan Walsh, a bit.  “As a teenager, I was a fan of ‘My So-Called Life’ and fell in love with Jared’s character, Jordan Catalano, which is why I named my main character Jordan,” Lo shares.

Following her interview with Shannon Leto, Lo saw the band live for the first time on their “Into The Wild” tour to support their latest album This Is War.  “I felt like my character, Haley, seeing Tortured perform for the first time,” she says with a smile.  “30 Seconds to Mars really know how to put on a show.”

To read Sandy Lo’s interview with Shannon Leto and to see her review of the 30 Seconds to Mars show, go to: http://www.StarShineMag.com.

DREAM CATCHERS is available now through LuLu Press and is coming soon to other online retailers.  Lo’s coming of age story of sheltered college student, Haley Foster, running off to New York City with the carefree musician, Jordan Walsh, has been receiving rave reviews from Amazon readers.

“I truly appreciate this realistic work of fiction that tells a personal story in an engaging way. Dream Catchers leaves you wanting more, well after you’ve read the last page!” gushes one reviewer.

Another reader commends SANDY LO on her characters: “Dream Catchers is told from the main character’s perspective, therefore allowing you to truly understand what she, Haley Foster, is thinking and feeling throughout the varied situations she is faced with. Many of the other characters are also fleshed out rather well, including Jordan Walsh, paragon of bad boy good looks and lead singer of the band Tortured. It appears that the author, Sandy Lo, wanted to tell a love story which was able to indulge the reader, while not coming across as overly predictable.”

To read an excerpt from DREAM CATCHERS and to order a copy, go to: www.sandy-lo.com or http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/dream-catchers/6137629.

Also, “Haley’s Letter”, the song written by SANDY LO for DREAM CATCHERS is now available on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/haleys-letter/id356084511!  The song was also written, produced and performed by JAMES MANZELLO and co-produced by FRANS MERNICK.

 

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EXCERPT

From Chapter 3

 

          The sun was bright as a florescent lemon as it blazed down, almost blinding me.  I tapped my foot trying to think of what to do.  Jordan sat down on the curb, and strummed his guitar absently.  He didn’t seem to be worried, but I was terrified.  I’m just a girl, who’s never really been on her own.  College was supposed to be a form of “cutting the cord” from my parents, but they paid for everything and called to check in neurotically.  I was basically chauffeured and sheltered my entire life.

My mother warned me about boys like Jordan.  They were off limits, often described as delinquents.  She would freak out if she knew I was stuck in the middle of nowhere with some deviant.

        “…And girl, you’ll be a woman soon…” A sultry-raspy voice sang.

I turned slightly, and Jordan looked up at me as he continued to strum.  I just stared.  If Jordan was a delinquent, no wonder Mom worried.  His fingers touched the guitar so gingerly; his mouth was a work of art as he sang.  Somewhere deep down I wanted this; to be free; to be lost; to not know.  I was stranded with a complete stranger.  They make horror movies about this stuff, but then again, they also make porno films about it.  I smirked at the thought, and I guess I was still staring.

        “See something you like?” Jordan asked, a smile playing at his lips.

        I cocked my head to the side and folded my arms.

        “You sound pretty good.”

        “A compliment?” he asked, and I remembered my cold shoulder that was rapidly heating up.

        “Don’t get used to it,” I stiffened.

        Jordan laughed quietly and put his guitar back in its case.

        “So, what do we do?”

        “Well, considering you’re broke…I guess you’re stuck,” Jordan said as he stood up.

        He stretched his arms over his head, his tank top lifting as he did so.  I noticed another tattoo just above his jeans.  It was some kind of Celtic symbol.  Jordan packed up his guitar and  started to walk away with his things.  My eyes widened at the realization that he would leave me deserted.

        “You’re just going to leave me here?!”

        My voice was high-pitched and whiny, which I hated myself for sounding.  Jordan turned slightly.

        “Relax, sweetie.  I’ll help you as much as I can, but what are you going to do for me?”

        He raised an eyebrow and my mouth just gaped open.  How do I answer that?

        “I’ll repay you with interest,” I decided.

        Jordan rolled his eyes, “Don’t worry about it.  Come on.”

        He waved me on and I followed, letting out a breath of air.  Call it naiveté, but I was worried he wanted some other form of repayment, or maybe I hoped.  What did my boring life subject me to?  Here I am hoping for someone to want my body in exchange for a favor.

        Then again, it isn’t just someone…it’s him.

        “Maybe I should just call my parents…” I stuttered, clumsily walking over the gravelly road behind him.

        Jordan turned toward me and pushed his hair back; my knees buckled just a bit.

        “There’s a payphone,” he pointed.

        I must have made a face because he rolled his eyes.

        “Sorry princess, I don’t believe in cell phones.  You’re going to have to put that germ-infested phone against your pretty little ear.”

        I placed my hand on my hip, and rolled my eyes before starting toward the public telephone.

        “Who doesn’t have a cell phone nowadays?” I mumbled as I heard Jordan following me.

        Stepping up to the telephone, I took a deep breath.  Jordan leaned against the metal casing around the phone and held a quarter out to me.  As I picked up the receiver, I imagined what my parents would say.

        “Don’t talk to strangers!” Mom would squeak.

        “We’ll send a car for you.  Don’t go anywhere with that boy,” Dad would insist.

        Then the lectures would start about how careless I was to lose my wallet and my phone and get on the wrong bus!

        “They’ll think I’m an idiot,” I sighed aloud.

        “What?”

        I looked over at Jordan.

        “I mean, don’t you?”

        “Idiot wouldn’t be the word I’d use.”

Jordan smirked; an expression of his I was becoming familiar with.  I ignored his comment.

        “They’re already over-protective,” I explained.

        “Don’t tell them,” he shrugged.

        “And where should I say I am?  I’m supposed to be home in two hours,” I laughed.

        “Change of plans?” he flashed a smile and winked.

        Why is it men look so damn good when they wink?  It’s such an old-fashioned, cheesy gesture, yet it’s still so sexy when the right person does it.

        I put the quarter into the slot and dialed a phone number I was lucky I remembered.  Nowadays, I barely knew anyone’s number since everything was programmed into my cell phone, which I’m probably never getting back.  It wasn’t like I had any important information programmed into my phone, though.

        “Tasha Torres, dancer extraordinaire at your service,” she piped through the receiver.

        “Nice introduction.”

        “Haley?  What number are you calling from?”

        “A payphone.  Long story, but I’m stranded in…”

        I pulled my mouth away from the receiver and scrunched my nose at Jordan.

        “Where are we again?”

        “Pinkston.”

        I relayed the city to Tasha.

        “Where the hell is that?”

        “Uh, Rhode Island, I think.”

        “Are you okay?”

        “Yeah.  Well, no¾I’m broke.  My wallet and phone are gone.  I don’t want to call my parents.  I rather just get home on my own, and tell them my bus is delayed or something.”

        “You really don’t want to risk them sending Christian, do you?” Tasha laughed.

        “You know they will!” I laughed as well.

        “I can wire you money.”

        “Really?” I asked, trying not to sound too desperate.

        “Of course.  I’ve got your back, don’t worry.  I just hate that you’re all alone in Rhode Island,” Tasha said with disgust.

        “Well, I’m not exactly alone,” I glanced up at Jordan for a nanosecond, and then back down before I could even meet his eyes.  I’m sure he was smirking at me, though.

        “I met this guy on the bus¾”

        “Is he hot?” Tasha asked with excitement.

        “Uh, maybe,” I answered, blushing furiously.

        “Is he standing right next to you?”

        “Yes,” I blushed even more.

        I felt like Tasha could see my red cheeks through the phone.  Jordan could see them for sure.

        “Look, if your friend wants to talk to me, fine,” Jordan said before snatching the receiver out of my hand before I could object.

        “Hello?”

        Jordan began to talk to Tasha and I watched him, curiously.  He answered questions about himself and about ten minutes later, he was laughing before he handed the phone back to me.

        “H-hello?”

        “Hay, he sounds totally cute!” Tasha gushed, “His voice is sexy.  Does he look the way he sounds?”

        “Um, yeah.”

        “I definitely approve of this little road trip.  He passed my personality test.  Go make out with him!”

        “Tasha…” I laughed.

        When I hung up the phone, Jordan was smirking at me still.

        “What were you saying about me?”

        “Nothing,” I shrugged and began walking to the bench at the rest stop.

        Jordan followed behind.

        “So, what now?” he asked sitting down next to me.

        Jordan told me he was headed to New York City for a battle of the bands competition tomorrow night.  I wasn’t surprised he was in a band.  The guitar and the crooning ability tipped me off a bit, not to mention the tattoos and bad ass attitude.  His face lit up when he talked about his music.  Despite his laid back nature, he was all business when it came to his band.  He reminded me of Tasha when she talked about dancing.  I want what they have badly.  To do something that makes me feel so alive, so free; something where I can be me without any consequences.

        “Haley?”

        I snapped out of my own world and smiled at him.

        “What?” he asked.

        “I’m just surprised.”

        “About my band?”

        “About you,” I gulped, “I presumed you were someone who¾”

        “Was a slacker?”

        “Well, yeah.”

        “Join the club,” Jordan said taking a cigarette out of his pocket and lighting it up.

        “That’s a disgusting habit.”

I was especially repulsed since Tasha wanted me to make out with him.

        “Deal with it, Mom,” he blew out a puff of smoke close to my face and I coughed.

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Breaking the Moon

Dream Catchers Series Book 2

BREAKING THE MOON is the tumultuous tale of heartache and love, and how sometimes it’s just not enough.

A follow up to 2010′s DREAM CATCHERS, Sandy Lo continues Haley’s journey of self-discovery as she is faced with new obstacles all while trying to understand the tormented past of her boyfriend, Jordan.

In the beginning, love is as easy as breathing. After almost two years of dating, Haley and Jordan are the perfect couple. They’re young, carefree and on the brink of their dream careers. Life is perfect until their world is turned upside down by unexpected news: Haley is pregnant. The couple struggle with the news as well as Jordan’s demons and concepts on family. Will they be able to pick up the pieces after their world shatters?

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Expressions

Dream Catchers Series Book 3

EXPRESSIONS is the third installment to Sandy Lo’s DREAM CATCHERS SERIES. The book is a series of vignettes written from the point-of-view of various characters throughout the book series. From letters to blog entries to song lyrics, EXPRESSIONS delves deeper into the minds of the characters. Sandy hopes fans of the series will enjoy this 52-page companion book.

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Take Me Home

Dream Catchers Series Book 4

All Cami Woods has ever known was a hard work ethic and an unhealthy marriage that leaves her a single mother of her brand new baby. The story unfolds when Cami takes a vacation to visit friends in Florida and winds up having a hot and steamy affair with a major league baseball player.

That famous baseball player isn’t a stranger, however. He’s Cami’s ex-boyfriend, Jordan’s little brother, Drew Ashton. With leftover feelings for gorgeous rock star Jordan, Cami finds herself in quite a predicament as his equally irresistible baby brother starts to steal her attention more than just bases.

TAKE ME HOME is a story of loss, loneliness, renewal and true love, making it a wonderful addition to the romantic book series!

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The Reunion

Dream Catchers Series Book 5

THE REUNION is the 5th part in the DREAM CATCHERS SERIES. It acts as a direct sequel to “Take Me Home“, following the storyline of music mogul Cami Woods and Yankee short-stop Drew Ashton.

Three years have passed and famed music manager Cami Woods finds herself engaged to the man of her dreams, New York Yankee captain Drew Ashton. While they struggle to balance their busy, high-profile careers, the couple are still smitten with one another and hope to have a baby by the time they marry.

With the pressure of conceiving, Drew’s college reunion approaching, and the confession of leftover feelings from her ex-husband, Cami finds herself once again reevaluating love, but this time, it’s not her feelings she’s concerned with, but rather both her fiance’s and ex-husband’s.

While Drew is pondering the path he has taken in life, which led him away from his first love, Katie, he finds himself pulling away from Cami, the one person who filled the hole in his heart. Drew feels Cami is too independent to be the wife he always imagined.

Faced with the realization she might lose Drew after he sees Katie again, Cami contemplates falling into old habits, like the temporary comfort in the arms of Danny, her ex.

THE REUNION is a journey through the ugly feelings of jealousy, suspicion, guilt and living in the past, but ultimately, it’s about learning from old mistakes and taking hold of your future before it’s too late.

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Spotlight

Dream Catchers Series Book 6

Aylin Ashton always had a voracious heart and is fiercely loyal to the ones she loves. At twenty-one, she wants more than the celebrity lifestyle her family is known for—she wants an identity of her own with friends who care about who she is and not her last name.

Most of all, Aylin wants the love story her parents have. In a world full of divorce, and a society that has made it hard for her to be “normal”, she is not sure if true love can be her reality.

She finds herself struggling to grow romantically and keeps hitting a dead-end with men. From the egotistical pop-rocker Rad Trick to hipster music critic Mike, Aylin is not particularly gaga for either of them, and can’t help to pine for too-old-for-her, Colin Houlihan, who happens to be her father’s tour manager.

The impetuous Aylin can’t help but make passes at the flirty, always doting on her Colin, and when he actually admits an attraction to her, the two are on dangerous ground.

The experience leaves Aylin wounded, but ultimately sends her on a journey to find out who she is and what she really wants, and maybe to the special someone she had hoped for.

**Releases March 1st, 2017!!**
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EXCERPT

From Chapter 4

 

I looked around the room at all of the amazing people with extraordinary talents surrounding me.  Musicians, athletes, photographers, dancers, actors, business-savvy types, and me.  Where did I fit in?  Who was I?  My name is Aylin Ashton, but who was I behind that name?  I desperately wanted to find out.

“Wanna dance?”

I looked up at Rad.

“No.”

“Come on, one dance?”

“I thought you were done with my baby bullshit?”

He rolled his eyes, “I didn’t mean that.”

“I don’t feel like dancing.”

“Fine.  Can we go somewhere and talk?  I don’t want to leave town on bad terms again.”

I looked at Rad’s face.  I had seen the look before; it was the one he gave me so many times.  There was always something sad in that expression that made me want to help him.

“Okay,” I agreed.

Rad and I walked out of the tent and into the cabin.  There were random people hanging out in different parts of the cabin.

“We can go into the kitchen.”

Rad took my elbow and pulled me toward him.

“Upstairs would probably be more private.”

He had a smirk on his face and I pulled my arm away from him.

“I’m sure it would.  How much privacy do we need?”

Rad tried to pull me closer and I fought him.

“Come on, Aylin.”

I pushed him away.

“I’m done, Rad.”

I hurried off to the bathroom to escape Rad.  As I stumbled in and shut the door, I realized how blasted I was.  I was thankful I still had enough sense not to go anywhere with Rad Trick.

I didn’t want to be at the wedding anymore, surrounded by happy couples and my uncle and aunt’s big shot friends.  I desperately wanted to drive somewhere, anywhere, but driving was out of the question.  I did my business and looked myself over in the mirror.

Maybe I can take the road trip I’ve been wanting to take tomorrow morning.  Will my parents try and stop me?  Probably.  They will tell me to wait until they both can come with me.

“We’ll make it a family thing,” they will say.

As I opened the bathroom door with a defeated feeling, Mandi was waiting and smiled at me.

“Are you okay?” she asked.

“I’m just going through the emotions that every basic, drunk college girl goes through,” I mocked myself.

Mandi laughed, “At least you’re self-aware, even wasted; that’s more than most girls your age can say.”

I smiled at that and Mandi stood there, not going inside the bathroom.

“So…” I said, awkwardly.  “Are you just hanging out in the hallway?”

She laughed, “Kind of.  I’m dodging an ex…well, many exes.”

I smirked, and felt myself stumble forward.

“Anyone I know?”

“Uh, yeah,” Mandi said, with an eye roll.  “Matt Porter, Darren Colville… oh, and Colin Houlihan.”

My eyes widened, “The first two, who hasn’t dated them?”

“Exactly,” Mandi laughed.  “But then again, before Doug, I was a serial dater myself,” she made an embarrassed face.

I snorted, “I wish I dated more.  I’ve never had a real boyfriend.”

Mandi looked surprised and went to speak, but I cut her off.

“So, you and Colin?”

I’ll admit, it made me jealous even if Mandi was happily married.

“You can’t really use our names that closely.  We went on a handful of dates, and they were nice, but he was very closed off.”

“Sebie thought he was gay, but I never thought that.”

She smirked, “You have a thing for Colin.”

“No!” I yelled and smacked her arm, a little too hard.  “Sorry.  No, I’ve known Colin forever.”

“He’s a good guy,” Mandi smiled.  “Adorable to boot.  You should go for it.”

“What?” I laughed.  “No way!  He’s too old.  He works for my dad… I… he… doesn’t see me like that.”

Mandi tried to fight her laughter.

“When you sober up, think about it some more.  He’s not that much older than you.”

I waved her off.  Colin was a little over ten years older than me—most people would think that was too old.

“Um, are you ladies waiting for the bathroom to air out or something?”

Mandi and I both jumped and turned to see Bex Moore standing there.  I was surprised he was invited to the wedding!  It wasn’t like he and Cami knew each other well.  She helped arrange his upcoming tour with Rad, but I doubt she dealt with him much.

“Oh no, you can go.  Sorry Bex,” Mandi said, trying to contain a grin.

He smiled, “It’s good to see you, Mandi.  You too, Aylin.”

Bex Moore winked at us before heading into the bathroom.  Mandi looked at me and we hurried away from the door to squeal like fan girls.

“He remembered my name!” Mandi laughed.

“Duh, you’re the editor of Bash Magazine.  Of course, he did.  It’s more miraculous he knows my name!”

Colin walked into the foyer where we were standing and looked at us both skeptically.  His bags were by the door.

“Hey, are you leaving?”

His tie was undone and hanging open.  I decided there was nothing sexier, even if he was gay or closed off or whatever people thought he was.

“Yeah, heading back to the city.  Beat the traffic in the morning.”

“But you didn’t come with a car,” I said confused.

“A taxi will do,” he smiled; it was a sad smile.

I wondered where his sadness came from.  Maybe the bartender shot him down.  Colin always appeared chipper.  He was kind of like me in that way.  For some reason, this wedding has brought out a sour side in both of us.  I’m sure alcohol was not a good combination with the feelings I’ve been having.

“Do you mind if I go with you?  We can take my car,” I suggested.

I felt Mandi’s eyes dart over to me.  She was either surprised or impressed after the conversation we had.  She probably thought I was making my move.  Yeah, right.  The only moves I had was smiling stupidly at Colin while he thought I was an adorable little sister he never had, or wanted.

If no road trip was to be had, I might as well get a few hours alone with Colin in my favorite vehicle.  Gay or not, I liked being around Colin even if we are simply friends—our only possibility.  Whether he was straight or open to dating or even attracted to me in the least bit, nothing would happen between us regardless.  I did not want to give myself that kind of false hope.  Still, I felt good when I was around Colin.  He made me smile, and laugh, and my insides always fluttered in his presence.

“Are you sure you want to leave early?”

“Yeah, I’m beat and drunk,” I smiled, feeling myself wobble.

“Are you sure you’re okay with me driving your car?”

“I trust you,” I said.

“Do you want to tell your parents you’re leaving?”

I could tell he was cautious, and I understood why.  Taking his client’s drunk daughter home sounded a little sketchy.

“I’ll text them.”

Colin looked at me with a raised eyebrow.

“I don’t want a lecture or answer a whole lot of questions right now.”

He nodded, “Fine.”

“I can tell them for you,” Mandi offered.

“Thanks.  It was so great to actually meet you!” I said, hugging her.

Bex came out of the bathroom and smiled over at me before heading back outside.  He was incredibly hot and he knew it.  I am sure he loved the female reaction to him, which were generally squeals, grins, and fumbling words.

“Shoot me an email next week,” Mandi said, pulling out of the hug.  “We’re looking for interns at Bash Magazine if you’re interested.”

“Thanks,” I smiled.

I had never thought much about journalism, though I did enjoy writing.  I journaled often, wrote poems, as well as short stories.

Colin and I walked toward the door and I stumbled into him.  He laughed and motioned upstairs.

“Don’t you need to get your stuff?”

“Oh, right,” I giggled and headed upstairs.  “I’ll be down in just a minute.”

I was still feeling quite drunk as I packed up my things.  Colin waited downstairs for me.  I remembered the sauna and hot tub upstairs and wondered if Colin had ever seen it.

“Colin!” I yelled down to him.

He practically leaped up the stairs.

“Everything okay?”

“Did you ever see the top floor of the cabin?”

“No,” he shook his head.

“Come on,” I said, motioning him to follow me.

We walked upstairs and the space was like a rustic spa.

“Wow,” Colin said.

“I know, right?” I flipped the switch to the hot tub on and the bubble jets started going. “Want to go in?” I asked, mischievously.

“What?”

He looked at me horrified as I began unbuckling my shoes.

“Aylin, no.”

I knew what he was thinking.  I may have been drunk, but I wasn’t crazy to strip in front of Colin Houlihan—my dad’s too-old-for-me manager while my parents were two floors below us.  Though, I really wanted to see Colin’s reaction.  I knew he would never fall for such a Lolita play, though.  I would seriously be making it awkward between us.  Besides, even intoxicated, I wasn’t that brazen.

I hiked my dress up and stepped into the hot tub.  I looked at Colin and laughed.

“I’m not skinny dipping, relax.”

I sat down on the side of tub, allowing the steamy water to surround my legs.

“You’ve lost it,” Colin laughed, finally.

“It feels so good,” I said, tilting my head back and closing my eyes.

The tension in my body was melting away.  I opened my eyes and I saw Colin’s head quickly turn.

“Are you coming in?”

“Oh bugger,” he shook his head and took his shoes off.

Colin continued to remove his socks before rolling his pants up.  He stepped into the hot tub and sat down next to me.  His now wet legs were covered in faint golden-blond hairs.

“This is pretty awesome,” he smiled down at me, his eyes quickly averting away from my breasts, which felt like they were practically up to my chin at this point between the cut of the fabric and the way I was sitting.

“I’m so mad I got drunk,” I sighed, knowing if I was already feeling stupid, tomorrow will be worse.

Colin snickered, “We all make mistakes.”

“I wanted to take that road trip I told you I’ve been dreaming of.”

“Take it tomorrow,” he shrugged.

“I won’t have the nerve tomorrow.  Mom and Dad will tell me they’ll go with me or make me feel guilty for not wanting to spend time with them while they’re in town.”

Colin stared at me silently.

“That sounds terrible,” I said putting my hands over my face, probably causing my make-up to run since they were wet.  “I just—I feel like I don’t know how to live my own life without making other people happy, you know?”

Colin smiled at me and nodded, “I do know.  Have you ever talked to your parents about this?”

I shrugged, “I don’t want to hurt them.”

Colin nodded understandingly.

“I like talking to you,” I blurted.  “You don’t make me feel guilty and you just listen.”

He looked at me for a moment, “I like talking to you too, Aylin.”

He got up and stepped out of the hot tub.

“We should get going.”

He offered me his hand and helped me out.  I stumbled and bumped into him.  He grabbed onto me, steadying me.

“Sorry,” I mumbled, staring up into his eyes.

He wiped the make-up from underneath my damp eyes and gave a small smile.

“You’re cute, even when you’re drunk.”

Cute.  Right, I probably looked like a raccoon.  Cute is what you call a puppy or a baby, not someone you want to kiss—which is all I wanted from Colin at that moment.  To be kissed by a man; not some punk like Rad who didn’t give a damn who I was, as long as I was giving him what he needed.

 
Sandy Lo’s personal story is inspiring. She started, StarShine Magazine, an online publication in 2001, at the age of 18. She wrote her first novel in 2009, “Lost In You,” followed by the “Dream Catchers” Series. She was the first person ever to professionally interview Taylor Swift and has received personal endorsements for her books from members of boy bands Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees. Recently, she has been seeing some tremendous momentum in book sales on Kindle. She has been included on the “50 Writers You Should Be Reading” list by The Authors Show, and recently, both “Dream Catchers” and “Breaking The Moon” reached the Top 100 Best Selling Coming of Age novels in Amazon’s Kindle Store. What makes this even more unique, is that Sandy relocated from NY to Nashville in order to write “The Watch Dog,” which is set in a fictional town outside of Music City. She has true dedication to her craft!

Blog Tour: Prison of Statues by Ainsley Shay

PRISON OF STATUES BY AINSLEY SHAY

(The Statues Trilogy Book 1)

YA Paranormal Romance

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Everything appears colorless in Iris’ world…until she falls asleep and the nightmares begin.

Iris’ plan to stay in her small town of Gradywoods just long enough to bury her father shatters when she finds a letter he wrote to her only two days before his death. On the evening of his funeral, her nightmare bursts with colors. Being colorblind since birth, Iris feels both amazed and apprehensive, but when she wakes in the morning, her world turns gray once again.

The day after her father’s funeral, Iris finds refuge from her pain at Yves Antique Pages, the small bookshop owned by Mr. Yves, her adopted grandfather. She soon encounters three mysterious strangers who are inexplicably drawn to her. Through secrets and deceit, she fears they are all here for one reason…her.

Night after night, the nightmares continue into a series of disturbing events where Iris finds herself caught in a vibrant collision of past and present. In them, she witnesses another’s loss, torture, and broken love. As each episode escalates, she’s brought closer to a place where death may be a more satisfying end.

As Iris’ world reaches fragile limits, she must find a way out of an uncompromising fight for her life and for a love she may once have had.

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EXCERPT:

The front door opened. I reached across the passenger seat and rolled down the window. He was not quite silhouetted as light bathed him from behind. I could easily see the details of his shirtless, firm body. My dream hardly gave justice to the real thing. He stood on the porch with the phone still held to his ear. “Do you want to come in?”

“Yes.” This was not a good idea. I meant, it was a great idea, the best idea I ever had. But, it was bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. I got out of my car to go to him. Blacwin waited for me on the porch. It wasn’t until I heard him breathe as I climbed the few steps of the porch that I realized we both still held the phones against our ears. He whispered, “Hi,” into the receiver.

“Hi.” His bare chest was a distraction, as was the line that led from his chest all the way down to the waistline of his jeans.

“I guess we don’t need these anymore.”

Agreeing, I lowered the phone. We smiled sheepishly at each other. Bad idea, Iris. This is how things that probably shouldn’t happen, happen. But, right now, I really wanted those things to happen.

“I hope this isn’t too creepy, me showing up on your doorstep at four-thirty in the morning.”

“Creepier things have happened.” His smile touched his eyes, and simultaneously, every other part of me, too. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more alive than in those countless seconds of staring into his eyes. It was like he knew every secret, every moment that had ever happened in my life. He pushed open the door and gestured for me to enter. I did. As I passed him, I caught a glimpse of the pendant resting in the hollow of his throat. Unconsciously, I took a sharp intake of breath. It was exactly the one from my dream. I shook my head and tried to conjure some rational explanation. I had to have glimpsed it before and tucked the image into the layers of my subconscious. No, I haven’t. I felt positive I had never seen it.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ainsley Shay’s passion for writing sparks from her unstoppable brain conjuring random first sentences, a single trait of a character, or a single thread of a plot. But, when her love for the fantastical world of fiction, where anything can happen takes over, it’s exactly at that moment she is reminded that the possibilities are endless. And, there is where the fun begins.
She surrounds herself with positive people and strives for balance in everything (rarely finds it, but she’ll never give up looking for it!). She sleeps with rocks and dreams in her pillowcase, loves audio books, has more jeans with holes than without, is fascinated with the word “hence”, and has a beta fish named Enzo, who excitedly meets her at his window each morning.
Ainsley resides in South Florida with her incredible husband and three amazing daughters. She loves the beach, but like most Floridians takes that beautiful part of our state for granted. (She’s working on that!)

 

CONNECT WITH AINSLEY HERE:

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OTHER WORKS BY AINSLEY SHAY:

Adelina’s Curse (Book 2 of The Statues Trilogy)

The Carving Witch (Book 3 of The Statues Trilogy)

After the Curtain Falls

Delicate Thorns

Catching Bait

 

 

 

Book Tour: Son of a Kitchen Witch by Tim Hemlin

As if being a high school student isn’t already hard enough, Bobby Hawthorne and his best friend, Angelina Dellapicallo, struggle to understand the emerging secrets of witchcraft and magic – secrets strictly guarded by Bobby’s overprotective mother and her friends. The unexpected appearance of his spirited grandfather, though, sets in motion a series of events that sweep the young teens down a dangerous path, one inhabited by an ancient evil that threatens not only Bobby and Angelina but their whole community of witches as well.
 
Pixies can’t stop the hellhounds . . . but they have sounded the alarm . . . and the magic users must respond . . .
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RJ Reviews – This is a great, fun read that puts a very American spin on the story of witches living among us in the real world, blending Texan culture and Native American mythology together into something unique and enjoyable. If you’re a fan of fast-paced, YA stories, then you need to give Son of a Kitchen Witch a read!” 

 

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Tim Hemlin has taught middle school English Language. Arts in the Houston area for over 20 years and now puts his master’s degree in counseling to work as a high school counselor in the Fort Bend Independent School District. Besides running marathons, Hemlin enjoys cheering on his favorite sports teams–the Patriots, the Red Sox and the Cowboys. He currently lives with his family outside Houston, Texas.  Son of a Kitchen Witch is Hemlin’s seventh full-length novel and is informed by the decades he has spent as an educator in Houston-area public schools. Set in a suburban-Houston, Son of a Kitchen Witch is a fast-paced urban fantasy about the teenage son of a witch and how he navigates the perilous terrain of young love, high school drama, and being hunted by a pack of hellhounds.  Tim Hemlin’s other works include the Houston-based Neil Marshall Mystery series and “The Wasterlanders,” a dystopian-clifi novel about a futuristic world devoid of water.
Connect with the Author here: 
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~Herbal Garden Directory~

Herbs have been used for millennial as medicine, in magical ceremony, and as edibles. They are nature’s gift to those with enough self-awareness to accept it.  This is just a general overview of some common and also lesser-known varieties. We’ve only covered the magical and culinary uses. For more detailed instructions on using these herbs, especially the last three, you MUST complete Olivia’s Herbal Magick Class at Crystal’s Maze.

Parsley 

Magical Attributes: associated with death.

Culinary Attributes: more than just a silly garnish, parsley is the workhorse of the herb world and can go in just about every dish you cook. Pair it with sage, rosemary and thyme to flavor chicken, steak, fish and vegetables…and it’s wonderful in salads.

Sage 

Magical Attributes: Sage is used in magical workings for immortality, longevity, wisdom, protection, granting of wishes, promoting wisdom and to overcome grief.

Culinary Attributes: has a flavor redolent of eucalyptus, cedar, lemon, and mint. Italians love it with veal, while the French add it to stuffing, cured meats, sausages, and pork dishes.  Americans, of course, associate it with turkey and dressing.  Use it with discretion; it can overwhelm a dish, though it does pair well with parsley, rosemary and thyme.

Rosemary

Magical Attributes: symbolizes love, loyalty and dispels jealousy, has purifying attributes, promotes longevity.  Rosemary attracts faerie and good energies; hung over cradles it is a good psychic protection for infants.

Culinary Attributes: Rosemary has a pronounced lemon-pine flavor that pairs well with parsley, sage and thyme. Rosemary is a nice addition to focaccia, tomato sauce, pizza, and pork, but its flavor is robust so use a light hand.

Thyme

Magical Attributes: used to increase strength and courage, helps keep a positive attitude, dispels melancholy, and hopelessness.

Culinary Attributes: thyme pairs well with many other herbs—especially rosemary, parsley, sage, and oregano. Its earthiness is welcome with pork, lamb, duck, or goose, and it’s much beloved in Cajun and Creole cooking.  It’s also the primary component of Caribbean jerk seasonings.

Comfrey

Magical Attributes: comfrey is used in protective magic for the traveler and to protect against theft.  Pappy always wraps his money in a comfrey leaf for several days before going to a casino or poker game to keep his bets coming in.

Culinary Attributes: use only the tender young leaves in your cooking.  Comfrey leaves are covered in fine hairs and these become quite hard and unpalatable in older leaves..  Comfrey is great in fritters, soup, or as a side dish.  Add it to your veggies and stews. Parsley, lemon balm, mint, and caraway seed all pair well with comfrey. While comfrey is perfectly safe, don’t use it on a daily basis as it can have side effects

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These next two herbs are NOT used in cooking. If you are interested in their medicinal and culinary attributes, please attend Olivia’s Herbal Magick Class at Crystal’s Maze.

Skullcap

Magical Attributes: skullcap is another wonderfully powerful herb.  It promotes fidelity, love, and peace.  Skullcap may be worn, burned as incense, or used as an oil. Wear it to keep your significant other faithful, use it in sleep pillows for relaxation and peace, and add a touch to a bath to calm the aura of tensions and stress.  You can also burn it as incense to relieve disharmony and disruptive situations, or place a pinch in a lover’s shoes to keep him or her from being affected by charms of others.

Dock

Or more commonly known as Mullein

Magical Use: the stalks may be burnt as a candle itself. In Indian lore, mullein is considered a safeguard against evil spirits and magic.  Legend holds that the plant could ward off evil spirits.  In fact, ancient history cites mullein as the plant that Ulysses carried to protect himself against the evil Circe.  Powdered mullein can be used in spells that call for graveyard dirt.

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WARNING: Do not use or grow Belladonna unless you are an experienced practitioner! Only extremely experienced practitioners can use this herb in safety.

Belladonna

Culinary and Craft Uses of Belladonna: actually, there simply are NO common uses for belladonna other than to poison someone. Seriously—entire armies have been taken down by belladonna.  Every part of this plant is poison.  Even touching the plant can absorb poisons into your skin.  Therefore, unless an enemy army is knocking on your door, no part of this plant should ever be used in the kitchen or in crafts.  Belladonna should be used strictly (and carefully) as ornamentals or curious specimens in the garden. Keep it far from the kitchen.  If you have children or pets, do not grow it in your garden at all!

While there are medicinal uses of this herb, I will not talk about them at this time.

WARNING! Due to the toxic nature of this plant, it should never be used by home gardeners or in herbal remedies for any reason.  Only experienced practitioners such as myself, Earlene and Crystal know the correct medicinal uses of this herb.  There is a reason it is called Deadly Nightshade!

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~ Character Casting~

Here’s the link to Tim Hemlin’s Pintrest Board: https://www.pinterest.com/tdhemlin/character-casting-for-son-of-a-kitchen-witch/

Bobbie Hawthorne

The main character, is a junior in high school, tall, with a runner’s build, light hair and light eyes. He’s smart, a bit rebellious, has his own GarageBand, called Ravenwood, and is positive he has none of his mother’s powers.

Angelina Dellapicallo

Also a junior, Angelina is Bobby’s girlfriend. She is also tall and thin, but with w/raven black hair and dark brown eyes. Angelina is spunky, clever and loves to run. Her father has custody because her mother abandoned them, so she has some emotional/anger issues. She’s an over achiever and a member (guitar player) in Bobbi’s band, Ravenwood.

Olivia Hawthorne

Looks 40ish in human years, with blonde hair, blue eyes, short, and ‘energizer bunny’ vigor as Bobbie thinks of her. She’s a bit overprotective since the death of Bobby’s father when Bobbie was in 3rd grade. She is a talented chef and owns her own restaurant, Hawthorne’s.

Pappy

Bobby’s grandfather, is a focused, very powerful, strong-willed witch, who’s made it his personal mission to stop The Blackburns.

 

Crystal

Is strikingly beautiful, bright green eyes, runs a new age store and is a good friend of Olivia. Bobbie has a bit of a crush on her.

 

Skip Macintosh

Also called The Bad Apple by Bobbie and Angelina, is a sleazy, questionable character who wants to invest Olivia’s restaurant.

 

Barbara Fairchild

Skip’s secretary, nervous, outwardly awkward and seemingly ordinary, but manipulative and power hungry.

 

Cash

A true red-neck witch. He named himself after Johnny Cash. He runs a country western bar in Austin and he’d just as soon plug you as throw a spell your way.

 

Earlene

A cantankerous, but very powerful old witch who means well, and may or may not have a thing for Pappy.

Cactus Rose

Pappy’s sister and just as powerful, but her path is very different path than her brother.

Spirit on the Water

An old Native American, Shaman and a very close friend of Olivia’s.

Silas Blackburn

The leader and original witch Hunter. He started out thinking the cause was holy, but has become the embodiment of evil.

 

 

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Review: The Fire Test by E.R. Ross

ABOUT THE BOOK: Can the students discover the impostor before it’s too late?

Lace Labrencias is the princess of a small country the ruthless King James is about to invade, and she’ll stop at nothing to keep her people safe. She’s a powerful but inexperienced mage, with the ability to see and control auras, but she knows her magical gift could be much more.

So when a legendary mage invites her to attend his Magic Academy, she eagerly accepts. But once she arrives at the location, she is transported into a dangerous labyrinth. What’s worse—her magical abilities are gone. What’s even worse—she’s trapped in the maze with seven others claiming to be students—and deadly traps will keep coming unless they find out who the impostor is. Is it the child who is more than she appears, the mute gladiator, the nature-controlling witch, the prejudice Queen, the too-cheerful healer, the arrogant pirate, or the handsome, dangerous monk who has a mysterious tie to Lace?

This exciting fantasy romance is the first book in the Magic Academy series.

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Arif immediately jumped into it and Violet followed. Soon they were all in safety. Just as One Eye stepped out of the tiny space, there was a creaking noise and the wall slammed shut. Rocks smashed together. Lace met One Eye’s glance with a raised eyebrow. “Hope that wasn’t your lucky sword.” One Eye gripped the second saber at his belt. “Oh, that’s your lucky sword? Thank goodness.” He snorted, but a pleasant light danced in his eyes. Lace walked down the large hallway. A gust of wind tore through, whipping her skirt around her legs. She held her arms to her chest. Misty droplets sprayed over them. She turned and looked Arif up and down, a little smug. “Look who’s back.”

REVIEW: If you had the chance to go to a Magic Academy, where you could learn how to strengthen your power…in exchange for your help in executing the world’s darkest reign—would you do it? The world is becoming insufferable, difficult to live in because of the imminent danger threatening freedom, property, and survival. King James is the name that everyone fears in the dark. What decision would you make if you were offered a chance to protect those you loved against an evil so powerful that it may very well be unstoppable?

Lace, a princess of Zoto, has been provided an opportunity to train with one of the very best mages of her time. Her task is to fly to this Magic Academy where others around the regions will become students much like herself. When she arrives, she is mistakenly shot down by an arrow—but she is astonished to learn that she knows the man responsible. Finding no school anywhere in sight, both students become trapped in a portal of some sort, where they meet others who have traveled far to find the same school. Together, the students have to form an alliance in order to get out of the dangerous portal that keeps hurdling near impossible traps around every corner. Lace is unable to use her power, the ability to see auras of everyone who she has come in contact with. With no way of knowing who to trust, she must learn to use her instincts and decipher the best course of action. Everyone’s magical power has been taken from them when entering the portal—by someone very powerful who they have yet to identify. One of their powers can briefly be used, but it comes in dire times only. Fear is a powerful motivator, but will it be enough to trust the others when it comes to getting out alive?

Ross has an entertaining and impressive first installment. The character development and diversity are superb and the originality is credible. All of these characters seem to have their own stories, their own reasons for wanting to be a part of this Magic Academy. Most of the characters also give plenty of room for the reader to form an emotional bond to them in different ways. This story flows beautifully and is written extremely well, allowing the reader to find it easier to engage themselves in the world that has been created by this author. If you are a reader of Young Adult Fantasy, this may be perfect for you.

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for The Fire Test by E.R. Ross.

Cover Reveal: Garden of Goodbyes by Faith Andrews

Garden of Goodbyes by Faith Andrews

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Release Date: March 13, 2017

ABOUT THE BOOK

Loss, betrayal, addiction . . . on their own, each of these heartaches can break you, but mix them all together and the concoction will ruin you.

When I closed the door on my past I didn’t expect it to come back and haunt me. But when you’re the sole person who can save the only man you’ve ever loved, you rush through that door, face your fears, and pray for the best.

Only, anything good has been long forgotten. In its place is destruction, devastation and enough regret to last a lifetime. I was appalled when she called for my help. I went willingly in hopes to make things right. But I never expected this. A broken man, a hopeless future, the beginning of the end.

She’s to blame for the mess of a man in front of me and I’m to blame for walking away.

Can things ever go back to the normal the three of us once knew? Or am I too late to fix the damage we’ve caused together?

 

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Faith Andrews is living out her dream right outside the greatest city in the world, New York City. Happily married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two beautiful and wild daughters, and a furry Yorkie son named Rocco Giovanni. When she’s not tapping her toes to a Mumford & Sons tune or busy being a dance mom, her nose is stuck in a book or she’s sitting behind the laptop, creating her next swoon worthy book boyfriend. Coffee addict, lover of wine and cheese, and sucker for concerts and Netflix, Faith believes in love at first sight and happily ever after.

 

 

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Cover Reveal: Don’t Hold Back by Missy Johnson

Don’t Hold Back by Missy Johnson

Release Date: March 12, 2017

 

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Three countries. Two months. All expenses paid. Just you and me.

About you: You’re fun loving, adventurous and you have a wicked sense of humor. You’re spontaneous, open minded and creative. You live for today because you never know what tomorrow holds.

I’m Erin and this isn’t your usual Craigslist Ad. I’m twenty-four, and full disclosure, I’m dying. But I don’t want your pity. What I want is your help. I’m not looking for a nanny, or for someone to hold my hand. I want a friend, a confidante, a partner in crime.

I want you.

 

 

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A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Missy lives in a small town in Victoria, Australia with her husband and her confused pets (a dog who thinks that she is a cat, a cat who thinks he is a dog…you get the picture).

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