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Audio Book Blitz: ‘Hollow Fissure’ by Max E. Stone

Title: Hollow Fissure

Warren/Bennet/Johnson

(New England) Book 4

Author: Max E. Stone

Narrators: Erin de Ward

Noah Michael Levine

Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Romance

 

About the Book:

The well-meaning and meddlesome Mr. and Mrs. Aden want nothing more than to protect their only daughter, Hannah. After her childhood kidnapping in Somalia and a final showdown in Italy against the monster responsible, 19-year-old Hannah just wants back the life stolen from her.

She isn’t naïve like her mother believes. Frequent flashes of past terrors assure her that the healing process is far from over. At the same time, she’d hardly use her dad’s words and call herself “strong” or “brave”. That description belongs to Melissa Bennett, the woman who almost died saving her.

Melissa doesn’t feel much like the hero she’s being hailed. While she is glad to have saved a life for once, the one she’d almost taken continues to haunt her dreams and stall her recovery. Despite her good deed and continuous help from friends and family abroad, and Kyle-the father of her little girl-she knows her days of freedom are numbered.

 

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About the Author:

Max doesn’t remember ever not creating a story.

A writer and lover of books since the age of nine, Max first set pen to page as a hobby, constructing stories that were anything but fit for children. Entertaining classmates while simultaneously concerning surrounding adults with blood-ridden tales of gory mysteries and heavy suspense that “just came to mind,” Max, with the help of family and the encouraging words of an inspiring teacher, continued to develop this gift.

Little was it known at the time that said gift would become a lifeline.

In Max’s teen years, the Warrens, Bennetts, and Johnsons, three interconnected families all with issues, mysteries, and secrets that threaten their livelihood and lives, were born.

Max reads everything and everyone; relishing the journey of authorhood and learning something new each day.

 

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Author Interview: ‘Redferne Lane’ by Sarah Scholefield

About the Book:

Ezra had it all when he died. A good job. A nice house. His loving wife, Grace.

Grace doesn’t even realise she’s struggling to keep herself together. Until Torin turns up in Redferne Lane. It’s been nearly two years since Grace has seen Torin. Since Ezra’s funeral. Now Torin is back in her life, emotions from the past are resurfacing and Grace begins to realise elements of her life are going wrong. She’s not sure she can take control.

But Grace isn’t the only one with problems in Redferne Lane. Josie has a husband and young family to contend with. Ada is facing the difficulties of old age. Jerome thinks he’s found the perfect girl. Eliza just wants to grow up. And Torin isn’t sure he should have what he wants. They all begin to turn to Grace for answers. Can Grace look beyond her own difficulties and help those around her, even while she’s trying to save herself?

 

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Author Interview:

 

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

I live in Somerset, with my husband and children, and our lovely cats. I juggle my time between looking after my children, writing and working at the local library. And when I’m not doing those things, you’ll find me reading. And it’s reading that got me into writing. I didn’t start seriously reading novels until I started studying at Uni, discovering that I liked stories more than my text books. I realised I’d been making up stories in my head for as long as I can remember and I figured I should just start writing them down.

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

I’m very lucky to have a desk in a shed my husband converted into an outdoor room. It’s a little cave-like, with only a small window but it’s quiet and I don’t usually get disturbed. I like writing in the morning but often I don’t have the luxury of getting to choose when I write, so often it’s when I can steal a moment.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

All over the place! I’ll usually see or hear something someone says and it will trigger an idea. My stories usually begin with a character that takes a vague shape in my head. Then I take it from there, playing with setting, POV, tense and other characters once I start writing.

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?

It varies on each project, but I usually know the bare bones of what will happen in the story. Even if I start out with only a small idea of where the story is going, I usually find that I start plotting ahead to give each scene focus and meaning.

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

I write romantic fiction. Quite simply, because I love a love story. I want people to fall in love. I mean we all want to love and be loved. Relationships are an intrinsic part of life. And I like to explore all the many and varied ways we experience love and relationships.

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

I would love Grace to be played by Saoirse Ronan, I think she would be just perfect. James McAvoy would be Ezra. And Aiden Turner would be a fabulous Torin. Yes please!

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

I read every day. I love to get lost in a book. At the moment my favourite authors are Matt Haig, Maggie O’Farrell, David Nicholls, Jandy Nelson, to name but a few.

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

I’m reading ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman. It’s fabulous! Funny, sharp and perceptive.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

It would definitely have to be ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. I know it’s not the most original choice but oh, how I love it. Every time I read it, I find a little something else I hadn’t noticed before and as you may have guessed I adore a love story.

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

Write, every day if you can manage it, even if you don’t have a main project, just write about what you see, even if it’s the washing-up or the cat washing its butt. Read, as much as you can. Read every day, trying picking up a new author, try something in a different genre. And read your own work, out loud if you can face it. Find some other local writers. Join, or start your own writing group. It is so valuable to have feedback on what you’re writing. It’s good to realize early on, that everyone will have an opinion of your writing and some times it isn’t kind. It’s good to grow a thick skin.

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

You can find me here:

Website: www.sarahscholefield.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/scholefield.sarah

Twitter: @SJLScholefield

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/17692758.Sarah_Scholefield

Thank you for the fabulous questions, it was a pleasure to take the time to answer.

About the Author:

Sarah Scholefield initially trained as molecular biologist gaining a BSc (Hons) in Biology from The University of the West of England. After realising she wasn’t cut out for life in a laboratory she worked in numerous schools across the West Country.

She has always enjoyed making up stories in her head and finally began to write them down. In 2014 she gained an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Redferne Lane is her first novel.

She lives in Somerset with her husband and children.

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Release Tour: ‘Heartbreaker’ by Lizabeth Scott

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Lizabeth Scott welcomes you to the small southern town of Treemont, North Carolina, where Love at White Oaks is making front page news.

Blurb

Sun Entertainment

Renovation TV heartthrob Elias Holt has been spotted at the Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina, accompanied by his sister, Belinda Holt. Is the SoCal heartbreaker switching coasts?

Rocket News

Sources report that TV’s renovation sensation Elias Holt is scouting wedding venues. Belinda Holt was overheard inquiring about large event centers. Could the sexiest man in America be off the market? Sorry, ladies!

Hot Entertainment

An unknown woman was seen with Facelift Reno’s star Elias Holt during a heated argument at Pots of Posies a Treemont, North Carolina florist. Is this his new love interest? What… trouble in paradise? Could the wedding off?

Real Source News

Real Source News can confirm that Elias Holt, star of Facelift Reno, has been in North Carolina to book an event center for his sister’s wedding to Wes Matthews, a United States Marine. April White of White’s Manor Event Center has been hired on as the wedding planner. A collective sigh can be heard from women everywhere.

Sun Entertainment

Elias Holt was seen with wedding planner April White at Sixth Street Diner in Treemont, NC. Our source reports that Mr. Holt and Ms. White were holding hands as they entered and appeared to be more than acquaintances. Is Elias helping April with more than just wedding preparations? Watch out, Ms. White. Elias Holt is known as a consummate heartbreaker.

Hot Entertainment

Is Elias Holt from Renovation TV going into the wedding planning business? As seen in the photos below, it would appear that Mr. Holt is swapping his hammer and nails for tulle and twinkle lights. The renovated stable where the wedding reception will be held is at the 100-year-old White’s Manor. The Manor is currently under extensive renovation by new owners, April White and Rachael Hart. According to WhitesManorEvents.com, the Manor will offer a multitude of event packages when it opens later this year.

Real Source News

Real Source News acquired this footage of a steaming-hot kiss between Facelift Reno star Elias Holt and his wedding planner, April

White, at a North Carolina flea market.

“We were just walking to our cars and there they were! Suckin’ face right in front of us!”

It looks like things between ‘Aprilias’ isn’t strictly platonic, as Mr. Holt’s publicist claims?


Each book in this steamy hot romantic series can be read as a standalone, but for a richer reading experience, the following order is recommended:

Heartbreaker – 404D-May 1, 2018

Troublemaker – 790C

Lawbreaker – 382G

Mastermind – Penthouse

Hothead – 543B

Heartbreaker 404D Links

Landing Page: http://www.lizabethscottbooks.com/heartbreaker-404d-1.html

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Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Lizabeth-Scott/e/B00UK8AGG0

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Author Bio

Lizabeth spent years doing extensive research in preparation for writing her own stories by reading every romance book she could get her hands on. At least that’s how she justifies her HUGE collection of romance books to Mr. Scott.

Liz grew up on a dairy farm in western North Carolina where she wrote her first story at the age of thirteen. She married her high school sweetheart and they have 2 kids and 1 simply adorable grand with another on the way. With her children now settled and on their own Liz pulled her dreams of writing back out and that little spark that sizzled for years caught fire and is now roaring back to life.

Liz loves to read and write stories about quirky, endearing heroines and the strong, handsome heroes who love them to distraction. She promises you a few laughs along the way with some steamy and charming moments thrown in but always a happy ever after.

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Release Blitz: ‘A Bleak December’ by Hanleigh Bradley

Title: A Bleak December

Author: Hanleigh Bradley

Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance

Release Date: 1st May 2018

Price: 99c / 99p

Key Words: Romance, Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance, Short Story, Novella, Christmas, Death of a Parent, Loss of a Loved One, Office Romance, Depression, Grief

Length: Just below 20K

Blurb:

Her Christmas list isn’t long. It is the shortest it has ever been. She doesn’t want a pretty new pair of shoes or a new dress to wear to her work’s New Years Eve bash.

All Ella wants is a Christmas Miracle.

With a sick mum in hospital and a little brother at home, she struggles to maintain order in the chaos that is quickly engulfing her. If she doesn’t get her miracle will her entire world fall apart? And if it does, who will help her put it back together again?

 

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Excerpt:

He’s my boss. That doesn’t stop me though. It doesn’t stop my mind from picturing him naked standing in my shower, water cascading down over his toned, muscular flesh. No. It doesn’t stop my inappropriate thoughts, and it definitely doesn’t stop me having them at the most inopportune of moments. It’s not like I just think about him when I’m lying in bed late at night. No, I fantasise about him during staff meetings, when he’s being a pain in the arse bossing us all around and when he’s reprimanding me yet again for being late.

Do you want to know the worst bit? It’s not the thoughts. I can deal with my dirty mind; it’s always been that way. Dirty thought after dirty thought, wrapped in a world of dirty thoughts. No. The thoughts are fine; it’s the things that come out of my mouth. The actual words that I apparently have an equal lack of control over. Like right now, the whole room has gone silent in shock because of my stupid, big mouth. As if I just said that. I can feel my cheeks redden with embarrassment and my best work friend is laughing under her breath beside me. The bitch.

Tristen had asked me why I was late. It was a reasonable enough question but why, oh, why couldn’t I give him an equally sensible response??? No. Instead, I only went and gave him the most ridiculous cock and bull story known to man.

“Why are you late?” Tristan Riggens, my boss had asked in that deep, authoritative, yet almost disrespectfully uninterested voice of his. It’s a voice that threatens to destroy you while drawing you in, keeping you walking some imaginary tightrope.

“My dog ate a condom.” Why that sentence made it passed whatever filter I have, I will never know. Sometimes my mouth does unexplainable things, embarrassingly unexplainable. It’s a problem I’ve had since childhood and it shows no sign of improving.

The room goes silent, but he doesn’t react at all. His face remains expressionless except I think I can see humour in his eyes, or at least I hope I do. He’s not exactly easy to read and right now I really have no idea what he thinks. “Well, I hope your dog is okay now.”

“He’s absolutely fine.” I’m probably the colour of the Christmas tree in the corner. I think I might throw up my breakfast from the sheer embarrassment that I now feel.

“Someone should call the RSPCA.” A voice says from somewhere behind me.

“You might want to reconsider where you stash your condoms.” Another of my colleagues laughs.

My best friend, the one who’s supposed to be on my side is in fits of hysteria. In fact, she’s laughing so hard she’s close to choking. I hope she chokes.

“Okay.” Tristen tries to divert their focus from me and my condom eating dog, back to the meeting. “New Year – we’ll be having an office party.”

If he thinks talk of a party might divert their attention from my poor imaginary dog, he is wrong and he clearly doesn’t know his team that well. “How on earth did your dog get a hold of a condom?”

“Did it still have the foil wrapper on?”

“Eww, it wasn’t used, was it?”

I’m shrinking into myself. Massively embarrassed. Eyes on the floor. Cheeks burning hot. Head pounding. Heart palpitating. How the hell will I get out of this one? I have an uncanny knack for getting myself into a bit of a pickle and absolutely no skill at getting myself back out again. “That’s enough – I’ve heard more than enough about condoms and dogs for one day. Back to work.” He’s shaking his head as he dismisses us all before leaving the open offices of our floor of the TRW Advertising building. Walking into his office, he closes the door behind himself. Lucky sod. At least he has a door he can hide behind.

“Fuck.” I say under my breath.

“Only you Ella.” Sadie laughs beside me. “I don’t know how you do it.”

“I just open my mouth…” I sigh.

“You don’t even have a dog!”

“I know.” I’m groaning in mortification. “We should get back to work before Tristen gets all shitty.”

“Or worse,” Sadie whispers, “Delos might come out of her office and have at us.”

“As if – Clara’s too nice for that.”

“To you. She hates me.”

“That’s not true.” I laugh gently. The door to Tristen’s office opens once more, and he pops his head out. “Winthrope. Reed. Do I need to find you something to do?”

“No sir.” Sadie nods her head before turning back towards her cubicle.

I move to follow her, but Tristen is still talking. “Winthrope, in here please.”

“Shit.” I grumble before following him into his office. This is the moment when he finally tells me that enough is enough and I need to start being on time, or worse look for a new job. The new job scenario is probably more likely. My tardiness is my biggest failing. I’m lucky I haven’t already lost this job.

He’s sat behind his desk; calm and composed in a way I have never been. He motions a hand towards the leather chair in front of him, and I take it gratefully because my legs are like jelly. My mouth is practically glued shut because I can’t trust myself not to say something completely absurd. His eyebrow is raised. “Your dog ate a condom?”

“Yes.” My sister Tia says when you lie you have to own it.

“Have you taken him to the vets?”

“No. He… he just coughed it up.” I tell him, desperately hoping that he doesn’t see through my lies.

“You do need to make a better effort to be on time for work in the morning.”

“Sorry Sir.” I tell him honestly. It’s not exactly news to me that I need to get my shit together.

About The Author:

Hanleigh loves books more than nearly anything in the world; whether its reading them or writing them, Hanleigh just can’t get enough. She relishes in the way authors can create worlds with the words they put in their books. She loves the way your imagination introduces you to a new world when you read a book. It may well be a world completely foreign to the one you live in. That world is brought to life; inspires you to dream, captivates your imagination, entices your senses.

Hanleigh first took to reading as a small child reading Dr Zeus. She then fell in love with romance literature when she first read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; when she first swooned over Mr Darcy. She’s read more books than she can count and owns more books than some libraries.

Although born in Scotland, she sometimes wishes she could live inside the world that she can create inside her mind, but since that isn’t possible she puts pen to paper and shares that world with this world instead. There is something addictive about being able to mould your words into something that causes the reader to fall into your mind. When you put pen to paper and create a world, it’s exhilarating. Every word has meaning. You know every character intimately. You know every secret, every whisper, every smell, every look; as the author you know the world you created and more so than even the most avid of readers you can get lost in your own creation.

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Book Review: ‘Once Upon a Kiss’ by Claire Delacroix

Title: Once Upon a Kiss

Published: 16th November 2014

Author: Claire Delacroix pseudonym for Deborah Cooke

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorClaireDelacroix

Twitter: @cooke_delacroix

 

Synopsis:

For over a thousand years – so legend has it – the brambles have grown wild over the ruins of Dunhelm Castle. Many believed that the thorns were a sign that the castle was cursed, so no one dared to trespass, and the secrets that they protected and concealed have remained hidden – until now…

Armed with a pair of gardening shears, Baird Beauforte is determined to clear away the brambles that hinder the development of his resort, and he won’t let local superstition deter him. Dunhelm Castle is supposed to be the latest jewel in the Beauforte Resort chain, but the renovations can’t be finished if the workmen are frightened of a so-called curse. To dispel any lingering fears, Baird decides to vanquish the briars himself. What he never expects is to find a mysterious slumbering beauty…

Aurelia is like no one he has ever met before. Upon awakening, she demands to know his identity and why he is in her father’s castle! Bemused by her claim of being a king’s daughter, he is certain he has never met this “princess” before, although something about her rouses a haunting sense of familiarity. Soon, dreams plague this by-the-book businessman…dreams that feel more like memories. And Baird begins to wonder if he can claim his heart’s princess – now and forever – with a kiss…

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book that has a castle in it. One that has a very interesting tale attached to it. Time and fate will always bring the souls of the past back to where they began so they can truly end happily ever after in this present day look on the tale of Sleeping Beauty.

Dunhelm castle A.D. 800 is where our princess Aurelia falls into a slumber only to awaken 1200 years later with true loves kiss. Her father Hekod’s castle is under siege by the evil Bard, son or Erc. The man who killed her brother and now wishes to claim her and the castle. Aurelia wants to help her father and knows her skills are the best with a bow. But on a second shot she pricks her finger and soon feels herself being pulled away and under into a deep sleep. It seems the stories and curse she never took much faith in were true. Now she just has to wait to see how the story ends.

Baird is at the location of the new holiday development for his company. Something drew him to purchase Dunhelm castle and calls to him to stay. The renovations are under way but there is one area the builders are reluctant to go near. A place full of vines in a dark shadowed area that appears to have superstitions and curses attached to it. With a pair of shears and a lot of determination he manages to uncover a set of stairs leading down to a chamber. This is when Julian, his lawyer and friend, makes an appearance, comically complaining as he goes, just wanting them to hurry up and get back to the States. He might not want to be there but seems was needed as he finds a release to open a door to reveal a hidden crypt. One that just so happens to have a beautiful women sleeping in the centre of on a stone bed. Baird feels compelled to get closer to her and almost loses control with his need and desire to wake her up. A kiss comes to mind and when her head slowly turns towards him he knows there is no holding back. A kiss to wake and connect with a stranger, one that has some very strange ideas on what’s going on and who everyone might really be.

Waking up Aurelia doesn’t think any time has passed at all. Or if it has, well then maybe a few days or week at most to start with. The last thing she remembers is the castle being under siege and her father being in danger. When the stranger in front of her – handsome one mind you – says his name is Baird she just automatically thinks he is Bard, son of Erc. Means she has an automatic dislike to him, well tries to anyway. She never met the real Bard so has nothing to go on. Just that the castle belongs to her father so is dismayed when Baird says he owns it now. She just thinks that he must have staked a claim to it and now fears for the lives of her people. She doesn’t think she can trust Baird at all but has a strange pull towards him. Same goes with his friend Julian who, because of his lack of hair, she thinks is a monk, one that uses a lot of powerful magic. Seems neither of them really took much notice when she first spoke as they didn’t have a clue what she was saying but after hearing them speak she managed to pick up their language in no time. She was gifted with the use of tongues so can speak any language needed. You would think that the moment she gets outside and sees the changes to the castle she would know a lot of time had passed but she just keeps putting this down to magic. She just wants to find her father and figure out what happened to her home. Something Baird feels compelled to help her with.

Baird can’t believe his luck with how he feels about Aurelia from the moment she woke up. Shame he now thinks she has lost a few marbles as she thinks she is a Viking princess and that her father owns the castle. He just thinks that something bad must have happened to her or her father to make her regress into a fantasy world to protect memories she isn’t ready to remember. Little does he know that she speaks the truth and that danger could fall upon them all if they do not remember their past lives that are about the effect their present ones.

I found it a bit amusing that Aurelia thought that Julian’s power of magic was so advanced that she wrote off seeing a car, helicopter and then electricity as nothing short of magical. The part where her and Baird butt heads about her having a bath and not understanding how the taps worked made me laugh a lot. Also laughed with how Aurelia sees Baird’s interior designer Marissa. The way she sees things are from a Viking perspective so for someone to dress as Marissa does and act around Baird that she must be a mistress who has his ear. Now Marissa in general was just a right pain throughout, so annoying with most of the things she says. For some reason, maybe something to do with the past, she thinks that her and Baird and meant to be. She gets a reality shock when it becomes clear that the only woman for him is Aurelia. Well if they can all figure out what is really happening around them that is. They might have a connection building between them but neither can be sure what the other is really thinking. They need to believe in each other and the past to be able to see their future.

Superstitions hold truths and if they want to be able to close the past and finally live they need to look back and finish what they started. Seems Ursilla might have a little helping hand to do with this, or more like talking riddles with a twinkle in her eye and a tale to tell. One they all need to listen to if they want to get their happily ever after. Fun read with lots of laughs along the way and an interesting look at how the story could be told in a present day setting.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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