Sunday, August 20, 2017

Week In Review: 8/14 - 8/20 #Reviews #Giveaways #Interviews #Excerpts





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Random Review: A Little Bit Like Love by Brooke Blaine #Review #Giveaway




Author: Brooke Blaine
Book: A Little Bit Like Love
Series: South Haven #1
Publication date: July 25, 2017
Length: 332 pages 
Self Published

Reviewed by Jenn


Synopsis

What if you had everything in the world you wanted…except the man you’d left behind?

Jackson Davenport, the charismatic, strait-laced heir to the Davenport fortune, has a secret. One he’s been hiding since he graduated from South Haven all-boys academy—and that secret’s name is Lucas.

When a work trip takes Jackson back to his old stomping grounds, memories of the year he shared with Lucas come crashing to the surface. With growing pressure from his father to settle down and take over the family business, Jackson knows he’s on borrowed time, and sets out to find the free-spirited daredevil he once knew.

But Lucas isn’t the same man he was eight years ago.

One night. A shattered heart. And an endless parade of nameless faces. Lucas Sullivan is South Haven’s ultimate playboy, a reputation he’s honed since the only boy he ever loved left without a trace. To the world, he’s brash and confident, an in-demand artist who spends his days designing one-of-a-kind pieces and his nights as king of the downtown scene.

Many have tried and failed to get past the barrier he’s carefully constructed, but it’s the shy, studious boy he once coaxed out of his shell who still haunts him.

Maybe it was a mistake. Maybe it was lust. Or maybe…it was a little bit like love.







Review

This book was a win/win for me! I love second chance love stories and I love Brooke Blaine's books!

Jackson Davenport appears to have all anyone could ask for; looks, money, a powerful family name. Jackson is successful and works for his father and has a beautiful girlfriend. Jackson is happy, maybe content is a better word. Has Jackson ever really been happy since high school, since Lucas?

Lucas Sullivan, artist, sex God, the ultimate playboy! Lucas has the small beach town of South Haven at his feet. He's living the dream and has a new man on his arm every night. Lucas has two best friends, but no one that he really lets in. Lucas may sleep with many, but he's intimate with none. Lucas had his heart broken in high school, he's not willing to risk his heart again.

Jackson has returned to South Haven after eight years, returned to the small town where he left his heart. Lucas is not the boy he left behind, he's closed off, he's angry. These two have so many secrets between them, so much keeping them apart. The one thing that keeps bringing them back to each other though, sure feels a little bit like love.

Can the person you fall in love with at 18 be your forever? Can you get past all the hurt and find forgiveness? That's what's second chances are for! Lucas and Jackson steal your heart, you ache for them and you cheer for them! I loved this book and so highly recommend it!


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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Random Review: His Baby To Save by Kiki Burrelli #Review #Giveaway




Author: Kiki Burrelli
Book: His Baby To Save
Series: The Den #2
Self Published
Publication date: June 7, 2017
Length: 140 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


Synopsis

"It hurts everywhere. Please, touch me."
Young wolf shifter Caleb didn’t expect to be fighting for his life while protecting a group of cubs he escorted up the mountain on a morale-building exercise but that’s what happened. And he would have died if it wasn’t for gorgeous alpha mountain man, Asher. He is thankful for the man’s help, but any further gratitude dies on his lips when the man informs him in no uncertain terms that Caleb belongs to him and will stay by his side. Caleb could try to escape and hobble his way back to his pack, except, his body and especially his inner wolf don’t want to go anywhere Asher isn’t. The lone wolf can light a fire in Caleb in a way that he has never experienced.

“They left you up here and it is for the best because the forest has given you to me. You're mine."
Asher has been alone for most of his life but when Caleb steps foot on his mountain, he senses his mate immediately. He knows his mate is a gift and will stop at nothing to claim him. Finding him and protecting him is easy enough. It is convincing the younger shifter he is his that is a challenge. Asher can be patient though, especially if the end goal is showing Caleb how good their lives could be together.

The forest may be Asher’s home, but it is also a dangerous place and if Asher wants his life with his mate, he’ll have to save him first.
His Baby to Save is the second book in The Den series. It can be enjoyed as a standalone. His Baby to Save contains hilarious moments that could cause you to laugh at inappropriate times as well as sexy moments that may steam up your sunglasses. Stay hydrated.







Review

His Baby To Save is book two in Kiki Burrelli’s The Den series. We are focusing on Caleb and a new guy, Archer. I saw a bit of Caleb in book one so I was somewhat familiar with him. I hoped he found the happiness that he so much wanted. Though we never really heard from him in that book, you could just tell. It was some good foreshadowing from the author.

Archer is an enigma at first. We don’t know his story or why he does what he does or thinks how he does. We get it’s been a long time since he really talked to many humans or anyone for that matter. But the why sort of eats at you for a bit.

In a shifter story, it’s one of the only times two things work for me. Insta-love and strong possession. When I say strong possession I mean when a character basically tells their partner they can or can’t do something. Basically, he’s almost part parent. Only in shifter books have I ever really understood it and it’s because of the animal element.

Asher doesn’t want Caleb to ever leave the mountain. He wants him to stay with him forever and that’s just that. Now, Caleb isn’t at all a pushover. He gives as good as he gets with Asher and that was nice to see. He wasn’t blind to how things work. It’s good Caleb is a shifter; I don’t know this would have worked as well if he’d been human.

I liked this story. It was entertaining and the sex was super-hot. I didn’t feel like Caleb and Asher had bad chemistry and I loved the wild wolves. There was even good action with the wolves and the coyotes. Something, however, felt amiss. I think because there wasn’t real closure with the coyotes and I think that’s maybe because this is an ongoing storyline. Therefore, I won’t pass judgment on that and will read the next book in this series to see if things start to come full circle.

I am enjoying this series.



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Author Saturday Spotlight: Keelan Ellis #Review #Interview #Giveaway



Happy Author Saturday Spotlight Day! It's awesome to have Keelan Ellis with us talking about her books and all about writing them. We have some awesome for you of course. There's an interview, we will look at some of her work, there's also a review of her latest book, The One Thing I know. So, stick around and stay till the end where there's a giveaway!




Book: The One Thing I Know
Series: B-Sides
Publisher: NineStar Press
Publication date: August 14, 2017
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Length: 180 pages


Synopsis



Talented studio musician, Henry Cole, is offered the dream job of touring with popular rock band, the Vulgar Details. Things aren’t all rosy, though, as he is hired to replace Dell Miller, creative force behind the band, who recently flamed-out in a car accident.

Henry is all too aware that he’s no replacement for someone like Dell. He’s not the only one who feels that way, either. Terry Blackwood, band front man, has been giving him a hard time even before the tour start. He seems to resent Henry’s presence beyond all reason. What Henry doesn’t know is that Terry and Dell’s relationship was both intensely close and fraught with conflict.

Terry’s grief over Dell’s death is overwhelming and threatens to destroy not only the band but his life. It doesn’t help that the new member of the band makes him feel things he doesn’t want to. Worse, when he sings, Henry sounds just like the man Terry cared so deeply for.

With so much at stake, everything could come crashing down around them and mean the end for the Vulgar Details. Or, just maybe, Henry and Terry will find the one thing they need most.

Sometimes redemption comes from the last place you expect to find it.





Review

When you're a unit, a whole, a complete puzzle, losing a piece of what makes you, you is noticed. It's frustrating, sad, all the feelings. So, when the band Vulgar Details loses one of their own and has to replace him, it's not that easy for everyone.

Henry Cole is hired as the replacement and pretty much is accepted by the entire band. Minus the leadsinger Terry. There's always one right? It was harder for Terry than anyone else when Dell died. It felt like losing a limb and he's forced to navigate being different, feeling lost, not himself. I was sympathetic about it. I can't really judge people when in the strong hands of grief so I was able to excuse his jerkiness a few times there.

I was born in 1979. This book is set in the 70's so I can't sit here and say I felt nostalgic. I didn't live in this time but I did live in the 80's and though it was a decade of innocence for me, I will say that the 70's was a decade my parents had a hard time leaving behind. It all seemed accurate and I was wow'd by the author for doing such a great time with it. It felt really genuine.

Now, back to Henry and Terry... They have a journey in this book, one you, the reader, take with them. You will have your "I hate Terry" moments. But you need to let yourself feel it all and understand because when Henry and Terry do fall, it's stunning.

This is a book that will make you feel all sorts of emotions between happy to sad. There's stages to this story so I recommend taking them.




Other Books By Keelan Ellis

Misinformation

Ethan Daniels, host of a popular conservative cable news program, has never thought of his bisexuality as a problem, though he has never acted on his attraction to men. Since his divorce, that desire has become more acute. When he meets Charlie Woods, his daughter's first grade teacher, they have an instant spark, but Ethan hesitates to act. His contract is up for renewal, there are already rumors swirling about him because of a brief encounter from his past, and the last thing his employers want is for one of their stars to come out publicly.

Charlie avoids romantic entanglements because he prefers living on his own terms. He keeps love and sex completely separate, never seeing anyone more than a few times. Hooking up with a closeted celebrity like Ethan seems safe from emotional involvement, even if they have to keep their fledgling relationship secret.

The last thing they expect is to fall in love, but their strong mutual attraction moves them both to make changes neither of them thought they wanted or needed.






GOOD BOYS

BOOK ONE: THE SOLOMON SERIES


Paul Solomon is a homicide detective in Baltimore, a city with a high murder rate and a complicated relationship between the police and the citizens they are sworn to protect.

He’s also a gay man who has been out on the job since he first joined. Being out on a tough police force hasn’t always been easy, but living with integrity is important to him.

Paul’s love life becomes as tumultuous as his job with the demise of his relationship of eight years. While dealing with the emotional and physical upheaval in his personal life, a case comes across his desk that hits a little too close to home—the murder of two gay teenagers.

Paul and his partner, Tim Cullen, must solve the double homicide, and Paul has to find a way to move on from his failed relationship.











Interview






Thank you, Keelan, for being here today and talking with me. I haven’t had the pleasure of your company yet so this will be a lot of fun.


Writing is said to be in a person’s blood. What about sitting down and pouring out your soul for the world to read makes you feel complete?

In general, I’m not a super hard working person. I really, really like to relax. But the sense of accomplishment, and the unbelievable relief I feel when I’ve finished a novel is second only to childbirth. And since I don’t want to have any more kids, I’m just going to have to keep writing.

Do you have a book somewhere in your home that is one you reread a lot for inspiration?

My favorite rereads are Jane Eyre and The Stand--obviously completely different books in almost every way. What they share is a recognition that all humans are flawed, but that our flaws don’t have to define us. Our flaws don’t disqualify us from doing important things or living a fulfilled life. They both deal with breaking the patter of self-sabotage, overcoming the baggage from our past and the various ways we’ve been hurt, and finding a way to move forward as better people.

Where do you find your inspiration to write?

I find it all over. Sometimes a real life story or person will start me on a train of thought that leads to a story, or sometimes it could be something another person says in passing. Usually it’s something that strikes me as having an insight into human behavior.

What are the hardest and easiest things about writing a book?

For me, I think my biggest obstacle is anxiety. It’s a belief, somewhere deep inside me, that I can’t do it, despite evidence to the contrary. It really slows me down because it causes me to procrastinate and avoid the work. That’s the way I experience self-sabotage. Writing is rarely something that flows easily for me; it’s always hard work.

The easiest and most fun thing is figuring out who the characters are. I start with a cardboard cut out and end up with a fully formed person who I feel like I’ve known my whole life.

Do you use actual visuals for your MC’s or are they manifestations in your head?

I’ve heard it said that people are incapable of imagining a human face that they’ve never actually seen. If that’s true, then I guess I must be thinking of actual people, but it’s usually not something I’m conscious of. I don’t usually picture celebrities or people I know.

If one of your books could be on the big screen which would you want to go up and why?

I’d love to see The One Thing I Know on the big screen (or the little screen—I love TV). I think the story is compelling, and 1970s visuals are always really interesting to me. I think it would be beautiful to look at.

Can you tell us what you’re currently working on or what’s to come?

In November, I have the next installment in the B-Sides series coming out. It’s called Everything I Have, and it’s centered around Richard Gold, who is Henry’s best friend in The One Thing I Know.  It’s going to be a very different book. It’s about a later in life relationship; both MCs are in their forties, and have both been fairly set in their ways, but in very different ways. I loved writing these more mature characters, and to me (as a woman in her forties) they were both incredibly sexy.

Also in November, I have a Hanukkah story coming out in the NineStar Press holiday anthology. It’s about family, and what happens when we are confronted with something painful from our past. It’s about dealing with our childhood issues with an adult perspective. All that, but there’s also some sweet romance.

I’m currently working on the second Paul Solomon mystery, which will be out in Spring 2018.

How can your fans follow your works: FB, Twitter, website…?

FAST FIRE QUESTIONS

Coffee or tea? Coffee and keep it coming.
Day or night? Early morning
Favorite color? Green
Favorite smell? Lemongrass
Best comfort food? Cinnamon toast
Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars
Superhero or villain? Depends on the superhero and the villain. Whoever seems more human.
Dogs or cats? Cats


Thank you, Keelan, for hanging out with me today.

Thanks for inviting me! I had a lot of fun with these questions.





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