Book Review: ‘Rush With Me’ by Ava Sterling

Title: Rush With Me: A Sorority Story

Published: 30th March 2017

Publisher: Red Lace Publishing

Author: Ava Sterling

Twitter: @ava_sterling

Synopsis:

Shelby learns just what it takes to join a lesbian sorority.

Being a freshman, she’s never rushed for a sorority before. Even being a cheerleader for two years didn’t prepare her for this. She’s heard rumors of what goes on behind closed doors, but she dismisses them as just that…rumors. There’s no way they’re true.

She’s never touched another girl before, and she certainly doesn’t consider herself a lesbian, but rushing for this particular sorority opens her up to new experiences. This is one night she’ll never forget.

(This explicit, 5,700 word story is intended for adult readers only)

 

Review:

Well this was a rush with a difference. There are clearly no boundaries between the sorority sisters of Aeaea House. As close as they can get you might say. You can see why their traditions have been kept a secret all this time.

So you have some fresh-faced freshman coming to rush at Aeaea House. A house for sisters, the most coveted on the cul-de-sac. Shelby and Annie are kind of like rabbits caught in headlights when they first enter the house, like many others. If they weren’t nervous before though then they soon will be when the different ‘tasks’ are put to them. Talk about diving in head first, quite literally with some of the things they get the freshers to do. Nothing illegal though, everything’s consensual in this house with each task being a little different than the one before. A kiss might be how it starts for her with the sorority president but things quickly escalate. The overall gist about whether you move on to the next round or not depend solely on when you come in relation to others. Intrigued? You will definitely be asking yourself how badly do these girls want to get into this house? After each round the ones who failed to pass the test have to leave. All Shelby wants to know is whether Annie got through each round like her. A bond has been formed quickly with all the strangeness of the evening unfolding around them. They want to be close to each other for support, whether others like it or not.

You have an interesting mix of characters throughout. From the ones who have seen it all to the freshmen trying to get into the house. It’s funny how calm they are when explaining each test, like it’s the most natural thing in the world to be doing. Seems hidden desires might be making an appearance for Shelby, whether she will continue with them is something else entirely. If nothing else she has made a new friend, one she will be allowed to talk to about the craziness that happen the night they tried to get into Aeaea House.

4 out of 5 stars

I am a Beta reader for the author and received this ARC for my honest review.

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Cover Reveal: ‘Chasing Ellie’ by Paige P. Horne

Title: Chasing Ellie
A Chasing Fireflies Standalone Spin Off
Author: Paige P. Horne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Cassandra Roop @ Pink Ink Designs
Release Date: May 12, 2017
Blurb
I’m the wild girl whose mom decided she didn’t want to live anymore. I grew up with a daddy who only had half a heart, in a town where everyone knows everyone. I’ve feared love nearly my whole life because I’ve seen first-hand what losing it looks like. It’s ugly, it’s scary and its pain is almost unbearable. When I was nine years old, my daddy told me you’ll only find one true love in this life.“It’s the rarest but truest love there is, Little Miss. You find it and you never let it go.”

But I didn’t share the chief’s feelings.

Until one summer day when a brown eyed boy with a busted lip and a smirk, showed up in the small town of Green Ridge. Tommy Kingsley started to change everything. The boy from the south side of Chicago taught me that love isn’t something to be feared and that it’s the only thing that makes everything else worth it. He gave me hope and this story tells you how.

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Paige P. Horne lives in a small town in middle Georgia with her husband and two dogs. She’s always been a lover of words and imagination. When she isn’t waiting tables at her part-time job, she can usually be found typing away on her laptop, coming up with stories that’ll more than likely give you all the feels. She writes from the deepest part of her soul. It’s her passion, and now that she’s started, she’ll never stop. For more info on Paige, follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

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Release Blitz: ‘Revive’ by Mary A. Wasowski

Title: Revive
Author: Mary A. Wasowski
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 18, 2017

 

Blurb
My father always told me there were three sides to every story. I never really understood that, not even years after losing him tragically on 9/11. While all my hopes faded to black after his death, the only light I had was that of my best friend, Nick. We were two people whose friendship blossomed into more in the face of shared pain and grief. That’s why I know he never understood why I had to walk away, why I would break his heart and never look back.
– Thea
My father was undoubtedly one of the best men I would ever know, and I wanted to be just like him. He proudly served as Chief of the FDNY and died a hero on 9/11. Every day after that, I tried to become a man I knew he would be proud of. And I thrived having my best friend, Thea, by my side. But instead of staying with me and celebrating the happiest moment in my life, Thea walked away, splintering my heart in the process, never looking back to see if I would follow.
– NickYears after parting, these once lovers are reunited in the most heated manner and must face their past, come to terms with each of their unspoken truths, and just maybe revive their once-cherished friendship…and understand why there are three sides to every story.

 


 

 

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Mary A. Wasowski is a Best Selling Author who writes adult contemporary romance. Captivating and inspiring readers one book at a time.

Mary loves creating sexy alpha book boyfriends for you to swoon over. When she is not writing her happily ever after stories, she is an avid reader of all romance titles. A romantic at heart, she shares her zest for life with her husband, Henry, and their three sons.

Proud to be an Indie Author, she lives in North Carolina and works as a full-time writer.

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xoxo

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Cover Reveal: ‘Made to Love’ by S.M. West

Title: Made to Love
Author: S.M. West
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Release Date: May 5, 2017
Blurb
Burned by love once before, divorcee Olivia Cassidy isn’t looking for a recipe for “happily ever after”. The first time she thought she found forever, it turned out to be a marriage with no sizzle and no spice.

Busy starting up her own business and raising two older children, love is the last thing Olivia is looking for—but when the sexy young chef Samson Beaulieu comes into her life, he’s suddenly mixing up something new.

Now it’s up to Sam to show Olivia how delectable their future can be. He may know how to heat things up—both in the kitchen and in the bedroom—but is Sam really made to love her?

 

 

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“Ladies, you left without saying goodbye,” he playfully admonishes, holding his hand over his heart like he’s wounded by our callous departure.

“We’re so sorry,” Erin purrs, stepping out from behind me to plant her palm on his forearm.

Sam briefly flicks his eyes to her before shifting to pin them on me, their sea green depths shimmering with something akin to hunger.

“Olivia, can we talk for a moment?”

Fits of giggles erupt from both Sin and Erin. Yes, these are my best friends, although I’m seriously reconsidering that at this moment as the two grown-ass women act like a bunch of star-struck teenagers.

Hanging my head in sheer embarrassment, I mutter, “Would you please leave us alone?”

Sam confidently inches closer to me, then it hits me—my friends’ lame outburst has diverted my attention from the real concern. Sam. I’m wildly turned on by this hot young man standing before me.

Stepping back, out of the circle of light, I’m plunged into darkness. Moving into the same spot I just vacated, his striking frame is illuminated by the fluorescent glow from above, like a spotlight beaming down on the main attraction. If I didn’t know he was a chef, I’d swear he was a model.

“I don’t usually do this,” he says.

“Do what?” I’m confused, my mind reeling and heart battering.

“Chase women.”

I snort. Real attractive, Olivia.

“Is that what you’re doing?” I quirk an eyebrow in question. He nods once, his smile still in place. “Well actually, come to think of it, of course you don’t. They usually fall at your feet,” I sarcastically add at the memory of the evening’s revolving door of women surrounding the kitchen. I bet tonight was an average turnout for him.

“Fall at my feet?” He chuckles, one side of his lips tipping up in amusement. “I must’ve missed that because I don’t remember any women at my feet. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have forgotten that.”

“I guess we see things differently,” I quip. “What do you want, Sam?”

“I want you to go out with me.”

Didn’t he get the hint? I shot him down in the restaurant. Damn, he’s beautiful. He could have anyone—so why me?

 

 

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SM West was born on an island paradise on the shortest day and longest night of the year, Winter Solstice. Perhaps that’s why she’s a night owl? She loves romance and intrigue with intensity and edge. Her stories are about characters with brave hearts who fall wildly in love. If she’s not reading or writing, she’s hanging with her family, planning her next adventure, enjoying a glass of wine and indulging in chocolate.

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Author Interview: ‘The Ugly Teapot’ by Fred Holmes

About the Book:

Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world. To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyges, even Aladdin’s Lamp. It was that lamp that Hannah found most unbelievable, for it looked like an ugly teapot. Nevertheless, her father assured her it was real, and made her promise to save her three wishes for something very special. Then . . . six months later . . . the unthinkable happened. Her father was killed while on assignment to Baghdad. And so on the day of his funeral Hannah did something she never thought she would ever do. She took out that teapot and gave it a rub . . .

What people are saying:

“Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for writing this book. It is BRILLIANT!” –Writers Digest

“The plot twist at the end took the book from a fun enjoyable read to a timeless novel of family and loss.” –Sarah Curtis @ BooksBeforeBandaids

“This book made me laugh;then it made me cry. (And that takes TALENT because this is a middle grade book and I’m 22…) Really though, go read this book! It’s an easy 5 stars!” –Rachel @nevertoomanybooks.wordpress.com

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I’ve been writing since I could hold a pen. Way back in elementary school (and I do mean WAY back in elementary school when they used stone tablets) my parents bought me a DIY printer’s kit and I turned out my own neighborhood newspaper. Then, like everyone else, I wrote stories in school. However, when I left school I wasn’t interested in being a writer. I wanted to be a director of television and films. I started out in TV commercials and documentaries, travelling all over the world for a few years, then directed two feature films starring Lou Diamond Phillips, one for Miramax and one for Lionsgate; then I directed a Bollywood feature film shot on location in India that starred two huge Bollywood stars, one of whom had won the Indian version of an Academy Award.

During this time I also directed a lot—and I do mean a LOT! —of American television. Most of these shows were in the area of children’s television. According to IMDB, I’ve directed north of 250 episodes of TV, and along the way I’ve won quite a few awards, including three CINE Golden Eagles and two Emmys. But I was often disappointed with some of the scripts I was being asked to direct, so one day I decided to start writing my own scripts. Over time this led me into the more lucrative area of writing spec screenplays for feature films.

One of those spec scripts was called FIREFLIES and my agent shopped it all over Hollywood. It was very well received and several high profile producers optioned it, including my friend Jerry Molen. Jerry had won the Academy Award for producing SCHINDLER’S LIST and was known for producing big-budgeted blockbusters (HOOK, MINORITY REPORT, TWISTER, etc.). Unfortunately, FIREFLIES was a sweet, small-budgeted film, so he was never able to get it off the ground. Then a friend of mine at Disney read it, loved it, and suggested I turn it into a novel. I’d always been intrigued by the idea of writing a novel, but I never thought I could. Why? Well, the best analogy I can give you comes from some of my actor friends. A lot of them will tell you, “I’m only acting in television and films to make money. My goal is to be a star on Broadway where the real actors are.” And that, in a convoluted way, was my attitude about writing for television—the “real” writers were writing novels—and I was only writing screenplays and teleplays.

At the time, however, I was working in South Africa a lot and those seventeen hour plane rides to Cape Town gave me ample time to fuss around with the idea of writing a novel. I soon came to a discouraging conclusion: all of my work in television and film was irrelevant. It didn’t matter one bit. Okay, maybe it did matter one bit—writing so much television had taught me what a good story looked like, sounded like, tasted like (they taste like chicken and go really well with some fava beans and a nice Chianti), but I still had to learn how to translate that knowledge into writing prose. And there is a difference between writing prose and writing screenplays. Oh yeah, trust me on this. There’s a huge difference.

In order to educate myself, I began by reading a lot of books on the process, and I spoke with my friends who were novelists. I also read a lot of children’s fiction. I’ve always loved children’s literature, plus I’ve been fortunate to work on television shows that starred children. All of this helped. It also helped that screenplays and novels do share a common rule: “Show not tell”. Unfortunately, they’re also completely different in that novels are meant to be read and screenplays are meant to be filmed. Yeah, I know, duh…but what this means is that you only write down in a screenplay what the audience will see and/or hear. You do not dig into the characters’ psyche—that’s for the actors to portray, and the director to cover visually—and they both get really upset with you if you mess with their territory!

So in order to write THE UGLY TEAPOT, I had to learn how to write fiction. This was a challenge for someone who had never taken a writing course. What I did have, fortunately, was a lot of experience telling stories. So to make a long story only slightly shorter…I wrote copious drafts, ripped out more hair than I could afford to rip out, started over more times than I care to admit, but now, finally, have a story I’m very proud of.

A final postscript: There is a joke in Hollywood that if you ask an actor a question, he will give you his credits. This must also be true of writers.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

If I had my druthers, I would write wearing a swimsuit and sandals in a bungalow on a beach somewhere…preferably Hawaii. Then again I probably wouldn’t get any work done. So I write in my office without any distractions, pretty much seven days a week, for about eight hours a day. I do take breaks now and then to go direct something, but even then I’m writing in hotel rooms and on planes.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

The short answer is my imagination. The idea for THE UGLY TEAPOT came from real life. My brother died of cancer at a very young age and his death had a devastating impact on me. At the time, I decided to funnel my grief into a screenplay (FIREFLIES), but I didn’t want to write a sad, depressing ode to my brother. He wouldn’t have liked that. So I wrote an action/adventure film filled with magic and humor. When FIREFLIES metamorphosed into THE UGLY TEAPOT, I stayed true to my original story, but tried to make TEAPOT more “novel-like”. This required, for one thing, expanding my story. FIREFLIES was 110 pages long (normal for most screenplays, but too short for a middle-grade novel), so expanding it allowed me to flesh out my characters and situations. This was fun and intimidating at the same time, but I was helped along by the fact that I had kept most of my notes on character and plot from the original screenplay, and I had tons of material I’d been forced to cut from the screenplay in order to get it down to length.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I’m a plantser by nature—in other words I plan my stories somewhat, but still write by the seat of my pants. I love the spontaneity of this approach, but before I start I do know the beginning, middle, and end of my story, plus most of my plot points.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

At the moment I’m writing middle grade to young adult fantasy. I love this genre because I’m really a kid at heart, plus I have had the privilege of working with a lot of kids in my target age range during my career. I do, however, have a couple of adult thrillers that I would like to get to one of these days.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Dream cast? I would love to see Natalie Portman in the lead role when she was fourteen. The father I would love to see Harrison Ford play, and the mother, Sandra Bullock, both when they were the appropriate age. You did say dream cast!

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.

I read voraciously and eclectically. I have so many favorite authors it would be impossible to pick just one, but I will say that I’m a huge fan of Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, Ray Bradbury, George R. R. Martin, J K Rowling, Stephen King, Ken Follet, Orson Scott Card, Stephanie Meyer, and Terry Pratchett, along with a whole long list of others.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I just finished re-reading EQUAL RITES by Terry Pratchett. It is absolutely hilarious, brilliantly written, and a whole lot of fun to read. As a writer, it also teaches me a lot about the shorthand you can employ in good writing.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

My favourite book of all time is Ray Bradbury’s DANDELION WINE. Why I connect with that book so viscerally, I have no idea. It is about a time in which I did not live and a place I’ve never been, and yet I absolutely adore it. A big reason why is Ray’s use of language. His writing is about as close to poetry as one can get. As a side note: Years ago, before Ray died, he was working with my friend, Jerry Molen, on the movie version of THE MARTIAN CHRONOCLES for Universal. When I told Jerry what a huge fan I was of DANDELION WINE, he got Ray to autograph a copy for me; and on the inside of the cover, Ray drew a picture of a dandelion and wrote, “Fred, this dandelion is for you!” It remains one of my most prized possessions.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

First, write the absolute best book you can write. Next, make sure it is professionally edited, etc. Then finally, decide what release route is best for your novel. If it’s a children’s book, you might want to seriously consider getting an agent and a publisher. But whatever you decide to do, resolve to be in this business for the long haul. Do something every day toward meeting your goal of writing the best novel possible, and never, ever give up. The only people who fail are those who accept failure as an option. And know this: You have my very best wishes. Oh yes, if I had Aladdin’s Lamp, I would give you all three of my wishes. Why? Because you are attempting something good and noble and honorable. You are writing something that future generations will grow up reading. You are making the world a better place.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Fred Holmes Productions – www.flholmes.com

Amazon author page – www.amazon.com/author/fredholmes

Facebook Fan Page – www.facebook.com/fredholmesproductions

Goodreads Author Page – www.goodreads.com/author/show/15140923.Fred_Holmes

Twitter – @FLouisHolmes

Google+ – plus.google.com/u/0/108412608382221209520

YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_BXJ0hdYWCCuLsdPBjO0Dg

About the Author:

THE UGLY TEAPOT is Fred Holmes’s first fiction novel, having previously ghost written a non-fiction book, LETTERS FROM DAD. He is known primarily as a writer and director of films and television, working primarily in family films and children’s television. His work can be seen on Mary Lou Retton’s FLIP FLOP SHOP, BARNEY & FRIENDS, WISHBONE, HORSELAND, IN SEARCH OF THE HEROES, and many other shows, for which he has won two Emmys and three CINE Golden Eagles, among numerous other awards. He has also directed three feature films, including DAKOTA, starring Lou Diamond Phillips, distributed by Miramax, and HEART LAND, a Bollywood feature film shot on location in India. He lives with his wife and son in the southwest United States, and can be found online at http://www.flholmes.com

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