Backcover Promotions Presents: Stealing Time by Nancy Pennick

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Series: Waiting For Dusk #3

Genre: Young Adult

Publisher: Ice & Fire

Formats Available In: Kindle, Nook and Print

ISBN:  9781612358079 (paperback)/9781612358086 (e-book)

Release Date: 24th February 2014

Rating:  4 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from the Backcover Promotions and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”.

 

Blurb:                                                     Drew from the past…

Kate from the present…

Two worlds collided.

As senior year comes to a close, a promise of new beginnings is on the horizon. Kate longs to head to Arizona and college until her former friend, Tyson, does the unimaginable forcing her to stay in Ohio. Her family has to pull together to keep their secrets safe. Anna wishes to return to the canyon in 1927 once more and Kate’s determined to make that a reality. Summer’s filled with wonderful memories and little warning of things to come. Kate’s world grows darker and she must be the one to conquer the demons and save the world that is most precious to her.

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Nancy Pennick PicAbout Nancy Pennick:

After a great career in teaching, Nancy found a second calling as a writer. Ohio is her home but she loves to travel the U.S. Her debut young adult novel, Waiting for Dusk, was a surprise to her as much as it was to her family. Watching a PBS series on National Parks, her mind wandered to another place and that is where the characters of Katie and Andrew were born. Call of the Canyon and Stealing Time continue their story. The Swedish influences found in the books came from her mother whose parents emigrated from Sweden.

Nancy currently resides in Mentor, Ohio with her husband and their college-age son.

 

 

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My Thoughts:
Please take the time and read the Author’s Acknowledgements – it’s one way to learn about the author.

Kate Roberts feels as if she’s cheating on Andrew Kelly. This may read as part historical/contemporary romance but I don’t see it as young adult. If you are a reader that bypasses anything marked “YA”, I hope you will change your mind and give this book a try.

This is the first book that I have read in the series and had no trouble following along. However, I felt that I would have enjoyed this story even more if I had read the first two books of this series. One thing mentioned in this particular book is The Harvey Girls – and I’m old enough to know who they are. If you want to know more about them, a great old movie to watch is Judy Garland’s “The Harvey Girls” – it’s a musical from 1946.

Tyson is one of those characters that seems to have issues. When I think of him, the character Biff from “The Back To The Future” franchise comes to mind. He is that character that you have to hate or at least tolerate. Tyson is one of the things that helps to move things along. It’s a story that you need to pay attention and not try to speed read. You may end up missing some of their travels if you do.

In the early chapters, the reader is teased with time travel – all talk and no action. But this is what makes this a real page-turner; you want to see all the action. Patience has to be part of your vocabulary with this one. It’s a book that shows the responsibility that comes with keeping a big secret – it can be confusing. It ended with me not quite sure if this book was it or will Nancy come up with a book four. If you’re still unsure if you want to give this story a try, you can get a sample from Amazon and that should help you decide.

Review & Giveaway: Dumah’s Demons by Ami Blackwelder

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Dumah’s Demons by Ami Blackwelder
AngelFire Chronicles Series
Publisher: Eloquent Enraptures Publishing
Pages: 40/2061KB (e-book)
Date: April 02, 2014
Rating: 4 ½ stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”.

Blurb:

Dumah ran away from an orphanage with Kian, but on the streets they went their separate ways. Find out what happened to Dumah and Kiana and dive deeper into the motivations that drive Dameon in She Speaks to Angels.

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Leave a comment below for one of Ami’s books.  What is it about Paranormals/Fantasies that draws you in and leaves you wanting to read more?

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About the Author:

Ami Blackwelder is a Paranormal and SciFi author. Her stories range from Tween & YA to Adult. Growing up in Florida, she graduated UCF and in 1997 received her BA in English and additional teaching credentials. Then she packed her bags and travelled overseas to teach in Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China and Korea. Thailand is considered her second home now. She has always loved writing and wrote poems and short stores since childhood; however, her novels began when she was in Thailand.

Having won the Best Fiction Award from the University of Central Florida (Yes, The Blair Witch Project University), her short fiction From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return was published in the on campus literary magazine: Cypress Dome and remains to this day in University libraries around the USA. Later, she achieved the semi-finals in a Laurel Hemingway contest and published a few poems in the Thailand’s Expat magazine, and an article in the Thailand’s People newspaper. Additionally, she has published poetry in the Korea’s AIM magazine, the American Poetic Monthly magazine and Twisted Dreams Magazine.

Where To Find Amy:

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My Thoughts:

This book starts off with the aftermath of some violence against Dumah. At that point, I came to realize that you will need to read She Speaks to Angels in order to understand some of the characters in this novella. Dumah’s story is a great incentive to go back and start from book one.

Dameon has come to her rescue and lets her know that they have a connection. He’s a character that I can’t decide if he’s good or evil. But that’s a good thing because he’s one reason to continue to read the series in order to try to figure him out.

What’s great about this story is that Dumah lets you know how old she is but the reader doesn’t get a sense of Dameon’s age. But I will need to read She Speaks to Angels before I will know for sure. Otherwise, the reader can make the choice. By making this a novella, there is no waste of scenes and no time to be bored. It’s also a great book to read if you only have a couple of hours and you want a great paranormal to read.

The ending will leave the reader hanging and wanting to go back for more. This book gets the reader ready for Falling Angels. I hope you will check out Ami’s vlog to give you a little incite as to what it’s about. You will not be disappointed if you follow this author.

Book Review: Untamed Hearts by Heather McCollum

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Book 2.5, Highland Hearts
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Edge)
Pages: 163 pages/1460KB (e-book)
Date: April 21, 2014 (e-book)
Rating: 4 ½ stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for review from Entangled Publishing and the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”.

Will Wyatt is a pirate that’s helping his sister and brother-in-law. Jonet Montgomery has an interesting way to get men to help out on a very worthy cause. Heather does such a great job with her descriptions that you almost feel as if you are in the Highlands along with the characters.

There’s a wedding that had me wishing that I were a participant. At the very least I will need to add a trip to Scotland to my bucket list. If you want to know more about the couple that got married, make sure to read Tangled Hearts. What’s great about a series is that you get to like them and are happy to see when they make another appearance somewhere else.

This novella is a great follow-up to book two. Jonet and Will’s story can be read as a stand-alone but I’m hoping that it will give you the incentive to go back and read the other books in this series (if you haven’t already). There are characters from other books that make an appearance here and what better way to get to know them but to go back and read their story.

Being historical, this story reminds the reader that it was always the woman’s fault if there were any problems. It does make me wonder how the men would cope in today’s world. And it made me glad that times have changed. This story also shows that a woman could find love and not all men are jerks. I was disappointed once I got to the end but I’m looking forward to the next book in this series, Crimson Heart, coming out in May.

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Backcover Promotions Presents: Stealing Time by Nancy Pennick

 

 

Series: Waiting For Dusk #3

Genre: Young Adult

Publisher: Ice & Fire

Formats Available In: Kindle, Nook and Print

Release Date: 24th February 2014

 

 

 

Fairy tales

Do you believe in fairytales? In Waiting for Dusk Katie did and also in happily ever after until she experienced some tough life lessons. What about you? Do you believe? Or is Katie just naïve?

 She thought about the kiss. It was just like in the fairy tales when the heroine waited for the prince to kiss her, like Snow White or Sleeping Beauty. Only she didn’t want the prince to wake her from her dreams.

I’ll just have to believe, like in all good fairy tales.

In the third book,Stealing Time, Kate turns eighteen and her views of the world have changed.

Relief spread through her body. Kate felt like she could relax. She and Drew were on the same team again. He had lost his way, but she could forgive him. It happened to everyone. No one was perfect.

Kate had always viewed her relationship as perfect. Now she learned that wasn’t the case. It’s not humanly possible to live that way. Mistakes will be made.

In the end, Kate and Drew weather the storm and perhaps she gets her fairy tale ending.

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About Nancy Pennick:

After a great career in teaching, Nancy found a second calling as a writer. Ohio is her home but she loves to travel the U.S. Her debut young adult novel, Waiting for Dusk, was a surprise to her as much as it was to her family. Watching a PBS series on National Parks, her mind wandered to another place and that is where the characters of Katie and Andrew were born. Call of the Canyon and Stealing Time continue their story. The Swedish influences found in the books came from her mother whose parents emigrated from Sweden.

Nancy currently resides in Mentor, Ohio with her husband and their college-age son.

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Review: A Night of Misbehaving by Carmen Falcone

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Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Indulgence)
ISBN: 9781622665594
Pages: 77 pages/993KB (e-book)
Date: April 14, 2014 (e-book)
Rating: 5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for review from Entangled Publishing and the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”.

Brent Turner meets Georgia Taylor at a bar. He wants a chance to get to know her better. They’re two people that have something in common. And things get interesting from then on.

As you read this story, you will come to realize the title is a perfect fit. Our couple has an interesting date. I enjoyed their interactions from beginning to end. The good news is you can read this story in one day. Better news is you can read it over again. Best news is that as of this writing the book is currently on sale for only $0.99. Bad news is that I found that their story ended way too early. You also want to make sure to read the author’s acknowledgements – you will see what her inspiration was.

I found that this was a great way to be introduced to an author that I have never read before. It’s also a great way to see what “imprints” this publisher has available. Once I was finished, I found that I’m looking forward to seeing what she has in store for her readers next. You can’t go wrong by adding this book to your library. And if you’re preference is the contemporary type of romance then this book will fit the bill.

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Review: Risk of a Lifetime by Claudia Shelton

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Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Ignite)
ISBN: 9781622665341
Pages: 205 pages/899KB (e-book)
Date: April 14, 2014 (e-book)
Rating: 4 ½ stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for review from Entangled Publishing and the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”.

Marcy Bradley has an interesting way of catching a bank robber’s attention – it made me laugh. The thing is that this should have been a serious moment. Marcy also happens to know the under cover agent on the scene. I can honestly say that I have never read a beginning to a story quite like that.

Jean “JB” Bradley is Marcy’s ex-husband. Then this story gets interesting before chapter one is even finished. JB is a very strong-willed man especially when it comes to those he cares about. A mystery seems to surround our couple but no one knows why – this is what makes this book a real page-turner. It made it very hard for me to put down.

One thing that I love is where an author includes a lesson with the romance. And unless you look for it, you won’t even know that’s what’s happening. The reader will just see a great action and suspense story. It shows how far two little words can help to heal misunderstandings that sometimes occur. But each person has to be open to getting past the hurt and back to the loving.

If you love law enforcement romances than this will fit the bill. I don’t personally know anyone in that profession, but I can imagine that this author did some great research, or has personal experience, in order for this story to be so believable. It’s a story where you learn to respect at what lengths some in law enforcement must go through. And then there’s the family – the stress that’s involved.

This is the first book that I have read of Claudia’s and am looking forward to reading more. The action, mystery and suspense kept me riveted right up to the very end where I had a smile on my face. It also had me wondering if she is going to following this up with a book two. If you would love to read Marcy and JB’s story, it is currently on sale for only $0.99 and I don’t think you will be disappointed with your choice.

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Entangled Embrace Presents: Unfixable by Tessa Bailey; Review & #Giveaway

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received a copy of this book for review from Entangled Publishing and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”.

 
ISBN: 9781622665457
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Date: April 14, 2014
Pages: 197/1096KB
Rating:  4 1/2 Stars

Tagline: He’s the last thing she wants…but the only thing she needs.

Blurb: Willa Peet isn’t interested in love. She’s been there, done that, and has the shattered heart to prove it. Ready to shake the breakup, she heads to Dublin, Ireland. But there’s a problem. A dark-haired, blue-eyed problem with a bad attitude that rivals her own. And he’s not doling out friendly Irish welcomes.
Shane Claymore just wants to race. The death of his father forced him off the Formula One circuit, but he’s only staying in Dublin long enough to sell the Claymore Inn and get things in order for his mother and younger sister. He never expected the sarcastic American girl staying at the inn to make him question everything.
But even as Willa and Shane’s fiery natures draw them together, their pasts threaten to rip them apart. Can Shane give up racing to be with the woman he loves, or will Willa’s quest to resurrect the tough-talking, no-shit-taking girl she used to be destroy any hope of a future together?

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Author Bio: Tessa lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and young daughter. When she isn’t writing or reading romance, Tessa enjoys a good argument and thirty-minute recipes.

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My Thoughts:
This story is told in the first person. Some people just don’t seem to like to read these types of stories – I used to be one of those people. But once you find a great book, like this one, it will change your mind and show you what you’ve been missing.

Willa Peet has gone to Ireland because she’s won a contest – left me wondering how come I’m never that lucky. She has an interesting first interaction at the airport with Shane Claymore that will have you chuckling. Shane has an attitude that you will see during this interaction.

The only thing I miss besides being able to see the sights of Ireland is listening to the local’s brogue. One thing that I loved was that Shane and Willa don’t appear to like one another at the beginning. Our author has written this story as real life – you are able to picture each character acting as Tessa has written them.

This is a great springtime book – I can picture taking this book along when I go explore what Ireland has to offer. It’s also a story that will have you thinking of family. Not all families are perfect and we see that here – which is one more thing that I loved about this story. I can see this as a film playing out in my mind. You will also see that this author doesn’t do the expected where Shane is concerned – he’s not the heartthrob of the formula one circuit.

It’s not all about the sex either – you will be able to tell that the couple finally has the hots for each other. But we are there while they come to understand each other. About what’s important. If I wanted a story just for the sex than I would watch the porno on cable. If I want a story that will hold my attention, then this author delivers that in spades.

This is a story that can be read all in one day. Maybe after you finish this book you may want to check out another of this author’s books. After I finished reading, and in writing this review, I found that Tessa has created a playlist for your listening pleasure which you can find here: http://www.tessabailey.com/—!A-little-playlist-I-created-for-UNFIXABLE/c6nc/2C5ED980-B4BD-4300-B83A-B1B71737FA86. And some good news for you is that this book, at this writing, is currently on sale for $0.99. So it is my hope that you will check it out.