Friday, September 27, 2013

Wrecked Blog Tour and Review

Today I have a fabulous new book for you to read!  This book by H.P. Landry is AMAZING!  It will keep you flipping pages and on the edge of your seat.  Before I give you my review let me first tell you a little bit about the book.

Mylie Mier's life is overshadowed by tragedy and heartbreak. She refuses to settle for Mr. Right Now and is holding out for her happily ever after. Then she meets Damien James.

Arriving in Pointe Hope was the pinnacle of Damien James' success.
He finally had everything he worked so hard for and life is going as planned--until he catches a predator attempting to defile a helpless victim. Mylie enters his life with the all the subtleness of a freight train.

Their connection is instantaneous but Damien is jaded and refuses to acknowledge his attraction. Though mesmerized, Mylie quickly realizes that her savior is a pretentious jerk. They fight their obvious connection, and Damien inadvertently pushes Mylie right into the arms of a sociopath.

Will Mylie live to see her happily ever after or will Damien's callousness force her to be destined to a life that is wrecked?

This book begins with an absolutely horrendous tragedy.  One which seems to set the mood for the entire book.  Mylie is a fabulous character, even though life has thrown her life into chaos, she still believes in happy ever after.  She wants the kind of love her mother and father had.  

Did I find the character believable, strangely yes I did.  She was into her adulthood when the book picks up, and is still a virgin.  Odd perhaps, unusual perhaps but as someone who remained a virgin long after other girls had given it to Mr Right Now, I can say that it isn't unheard of.  For me he wasn't Mr. Happily Ever After, but hey I did believe in all that and strangely enough I still do and luckily the second time was my Happily Ever After. 

Oops I rambled off topic there, let me pull this back in control before I ramble off into another direction yet again.  Damien is HOT!  I do mean Hot with a capital H!  He has had a rough time and has decided he is NEVER going to fall in love again. HA like anyone has a choice in that!  

From the moment those two meet, sparks literally flew!  But in a perfect manner.  The book IS a romance but unlike most romances they don't just meet, fall instantly in love and hop into bed.  I loved this part of the book.  It made it so much more than it would otherwise have been. Now the tension between these two starts Mylie down a path that well you will seriously need to read the book.  But Damien thinking he's being all noble because he won't love pushes her away and into the arms of another man.  Xavier Bane, and boy is he ever the bane of Mylies existence.  The triangle that begins is just too much to handle.

Now all that aside this isn't just a romance.  This is a mystery as well.  I KNEW who the bad guy was but even suspecting that I wasn't sure what would happen.  I HATED the sociopath that you read about in the blurb.  And trust me he is SOOO much more than that!  The twists and turns this book actually take will make your head spin and keep you flipping pages in a race against time to find out what happens between the three main characters and if Mylie survives the story!   And some of the twists are just WOW! 

The end of this book comes far too quickly for me.  I wanted to know what happens, I wanted to know if they get their happy ever after.  I wanted it to be a fabulous ending for Mylie and for her to be happy.  Instead what I got was one heck of a cliffhanger.

My only negative about this book is that it ended! So that tells you right there how much I enjoyed the story.  I for one do not handle long waits in between books, so I am hoping that the next book will be out yesterday.  What?  I told you I wasn't patient!

But seriously, go on out and buy this book it is well worth the small amount of money it costs!  I give it 5 stars and can't wait to read more from this very talented author!

Details/Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for my honest review.  This free book held no determination on my final review.
H.P. Landry is the author of the Pointe Hope Series: the gripping New Adult Romance series that allows you to experience tragedy and heartbreak as it follows the small town and their troubling lives in finding love.

H.P. Landry on her off time is the Family Director of her own version of a chaotic Brady-like family with her two children, and her partner’s two children. She began writing at a very young age that turned into obsession as an adult. The creative writer has been inspired by family and friends to write her compelling stories.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Birthday Bash!!!!

Proximity Series-Book #1
By: M.A. George 

Dr. Palta Capal would be a typical American career woman…if only she were human.

She has found her calling in this world as a physician. It’s an ideal outlet for her compassionate spirit...and unearthly healing powers.

Palta may spend her nights rereading Jane Austen novels, but she deliberately avoids pursuing her own love story. Human men — attractive as they may be — inevitably grow old and wither, leaving her to grieve in solitude. Frankly, no one has seemed worth the torment.

Enter Eric Moran, the intensely attractive and enigmatic new coworker on the scene. With his quiet confidence and warm smile, he manages to draw Palta’s attention. Little does she know that he, too, holds a secret…one that will propel them both into an escalating collision of two worlds.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

I'm Back!!!! With a very special post!!!

So I have sadly been out of commission for a bit now.  And today I have something special for you in honor of my return to the blogging world.  Long story short, my PC lost EVERYTHING!  All my books went poof, all my own writings went poof, and anything I valued including pictures all went poof... Luckily some of my photos are on facebook but sadly most things just went bye bye.... 

But I am back with a brand new Windows 8 PC.  ICK I hate changing operating systems its like an alien language.  But after much trial and error and figuring what works on Windows 8 and what does not, I am back!

In honor of my return I have a wonderful guest post from a fabulous author. Hy Conrad is the Author of Mr. Monk Helps Himself.  A fabulously funny story that I think you will enjoy.

By Hy Conrad
Author of “Mr. Monk Helps Himself”
Guest post for Recent Reads
I’ve been making a living as a writer for so long I’ve almost forgotten my life before. What was it like not to sit down every day and face a blank screen? (Before screens, of course, I was sitting down facing a blank spiral notebook. But the question’s the same.) Not to have to come up with ideas and worry about sentence structure and meaning? Not to worry about deadlines and if my talent is slipping away and what’s for lunch? Sounds pretty sweet.
I began my professional life as an actor. I did my first national tour at thirteen, which might have been the highlight of my stage career. From then on, it was off-Broadway and summer stock and pilot productions that went nowhere. Then one summer, while performing in the musical “Plain and Fancy” in Pittsburgh, I came up with the idea for a musical of my own.
I’ll skip the grisly details, except to say that I wrote the book, music and lyrics and shoudn’t have. But the play did get a producer and an off-Broadway run. And that’s what got me started.
From that point, it was mostly chance. One of the backers of my musical, the backer who was still speaking to me, asked if I had any ideas for an interactive project that could work on Laserdisc, one of the first interactive technologies. I thought for a minute and said, “What about an interactive mystery?” That was over thirty years ago and I’m still writing mysteries, with probably the same plots.
Looking back, I see I was always destined to write. I’m good at plotting. I care about language. And I’m wonderfully antisocial, although it’s hard to figure out if that trait came before or after my decision to spend a lifetime alone at a desk.
Would I recommend writing as a career? You might ask the same question of a ditch digger. Like me, he’s probably unskilled and can’t do anything else. I have a writer friend who’s much more famous than I. I once spoke to him about retirement and he laughed. “Writers don’t retire. Most of us have no other interests except to do something that we can later turn into a book or a movie.”
This is why writers drink, by the way. It’s also one of the reasons cited for Hemmingway’s suicide. According to my sources, Hemmingway was haunted by the idea that his talent was slipping away. And he couldn’t just stop and not try anymore. That would be failure. Besides, no one believes you’re retiring. Writing is what non-writers do when they stop doing real work. Who would ever retire from writing?
Okay, enough of this happy talk. Would I recommend writing as a career? Yes. There you have it. I’ve had a great time and enough success to please me. And I have a real reason for to get up every morning. My characters need me.
As for giving advice to those just entering the vineyard, I have a few gems, although I have to warn you. You’ve probably heard them all before.
KNOW YOUR SKILLS. Are you good at plotting?  Do you shine at description? How is your dialogue? Is humor your strong suit? Are you a conversational writer or one who likes to pare down your prose and polish every word? If you know what your skills are and focus on them, it will be easier to find your voice. Elmore Leonard, for example, has little interest in description and he’s developed a style that fits him perfectly.
READ. I don’t know how Moses did it. but most authors spend their free time reading other authors. It gives you lessons – do’s and don’t’s – and makes you think about other people’s processes. I have a friend who’s a TV writer but doesn’t own a TV. What can I say? I don’t trust his commitment.
WRITE EVERY DAY, BUT NOT TOO MUCH. This may not hold true for everyone, but when I churn out more than 2,000 words at a sitting, I don’t trust myself. It usually means I have to spend the entire next day cleaning it up.
DON’T OVER-OUTLINE. Again, this is a personal thing. But a good story is always so rich with detail and character that it seems impossible, to me at least, to plan it all out ahead of time. Quick example: I created a small character in a book. He was there for just five pages, to set up exposition. Before I knew it he’d become a major player, a charming, devilish guy I could envision coming back in future novels. Then, halfway through the writing process, I realized I had to tie up a lot of loose ends very quickly. And the best, cleanest way to do it was to kill him off. That night we held a little wake, just me and the laptop.
CARRY A NOTEPAD. Good ideas can come at any time and disappear just as quickly. Like this tip. I wouldn’t have remembered it, except I was carrying a notepad and wrote it down.
KEEP DOING IT. As someone once said, if you live long enough and work hard enough and have just a little luck, you can succeed.