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Teaser Tuesday – January 7, 2014

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Happy New Year!!! What new books are you reading in 2014??

Doctor Illuminatus: The Alchemist’s Son by Martin Booth

Doctor Illuminatus  Out of the blue, the air was filled with a maelstrom of insects – butterflies, bees, gnats, grasshoppers, mosquitos, dragonflies, wasps, lacewings and shield bugs. They beat against her face, crawled over her neck, tangled themselves in her hair and sought to get in her mouth, nostrils and ears.








The Heroes of Olympus Book Four: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

House of Hades

“The Phlegethon?” He shinnied along the ledge. They’d made it roughly a third of the way down the cliff – still high enough up to die if they fell. “Sounds like a marathon for hawking spitballs.”
















Cross My Heart by James Patterson

Cross My Heart  “Every crime scene! I saw him outside the spa, and the Lancasters’ house, and I swear I caught a glimpse of him in a Georgetown sweatshirt in the crowd outside the brothel. And Bree says she thinks Carney was the officer she ordered to help Mrs. Branson after she almost collapsed right after Joss was taken!”








So, what are you reading in 2014?? Share in the comments!!

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January 7, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

Allegiant by Veronica Roth: A Book Review



In Divergent, one choice can transform you. In Insurgent, one choice can destroy you. In Allegiant, the final book in this trilogy by Veronica Roth, one choice will define you. The major difference with Allegiant was that, unlike the first two books, this one was not told solely from Tris’ point of view. In a twist that I liked, Veronica Roth also gave us Four’s point of view, which I thought was a great idea. Not that I didn’t like Tris, but sometimes when you get everything from one person’s perspective, it can be a little hard to really get a feel of the other characters, to know what is really in their heads and not just what Tris’ thoughts and perceptions of them are. From the beginning I was always intrigued with Four, so I was glad that he was getting a chance to have a voice as well.


Before reading the book, I had heard some grumblings about fans not liking the ending and even threating the author to rewrite it (not sure if this is true or not), so I was intrigued and decided to dive right in before I accidentally read some spoilers. I have to admit, this one didn’t immediately grab me the way the other two had. I found the beginning slow. And although I enjoyed reading Four’s perspective, I found I was bored with Tris and didn’t really care what happened to her. In fact, she began to annoy me pretty quickly – which was disappointing as I had felt connected with her in the first two books and this was no longer the case. But I solidered on. Then I started thinking about the title – Allegiant. Sure, there was a group that called themselves Allegiant but they and their mission seemed to get lost pretty quickly and I no longer felt that the title had any validity. I’m not into giving spoilers, and I won’t here, but I will say that when I did get to the part that I figured so many fans had problems with, I just kinda shurgged. It had no real impact on me and I felt it didn’t hurt the story in the end. Sure, the end itself was kind of drawn out and weak and should have ended at about that climactic part without such a drawn out resolution. I will say I was more impacted with the fallout for Four and only felt emotional about the situation because I really felt that connection with him.


All in all, although I loved the first two books, I felt that Allegiant fell short of what the ending of such a great trilogy should have been. While in Divergent, the choices Tris made did transform her, and in Insurgent the choices destroyed not Tris but her world as she new it, I didn’t feel that Allegiant really defined anyone or anything.

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January 4, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

Sample Sunday – Love’s Endurance (WIP)

Love’s Endurance is the final installment in the Forbidden Love trilogy. Here is a sneak peek:

“What do you mean you don’t have anything to do with this?” Johnny asked angrily, pacing. “This is your fault!”

“Are you kidding me?” the voice said on the other end, followed by a laugh. “I did not convince you to give me the information, Johnny. You did that all on your own.”

“Listen, Angelina, I am in this mess because you had to have your revenge – I’ve lost my business and my family – and you are going to help me get it all back,” Johnny said in a hard tone, rubbing his hand over his hair, the usually impeccable style now an unruly mess of curls.

“I would love to help you, Johnny, but I plan on keeping to my low profile. I accomplished what I set out to do and I would prefer to stay alive long enough to continue to enjoy it,” Angelina said.

“All you accomplished, Angelina, was to give Jake and Alvarez more power than they ever had before. All you accomplished was to get me exiled from my home and family. I won’t allow it to continue.”

Angelina laughed again. “Give it up, Johnny,” she said. “Enjoy the peace and quiet. But if you go back there, you will be dead. We both know it.”

Johnny did know it. Jake and Luis had wasted no time in systematically dismantling his organization and backing Sara in obtaining full custody of their children. With Angelina’s father’s help – something she had promised for his cooperation – he had been able to leave Donovan’s Harbor and find refuge. He hated having to reply on someone else for his very existence.

Having heard enough, Johnny slammed the phone down and stalked over to the bar. Pouring a sizable amount of brandy into a glass, he swallowed the amber liquid in one gulp, banging the glass onto the table. If Angelina wasn’t going to help him, he was going to have to find someone who would. He just had to make sure it was someone crazy enough to go up against Alvarez and Jake without backing down until the job was finished.

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WhooHoo Wednesday – November 13, 2013



Time to celebrate the week!!!

For the first time I joined NaNoWriMo, even though I am not big on tracking word count, in the early stages I found it to be a great motivator to get my butt in the seat and write.


I have started the final installment to my Forbidden Love trilogy – Love’s Endurance. I am trying to stick to a 6 month timeline and have it published by early May 2014…another motivator to get my butt in the seat and write!!


My second novel, Is Love Enough, is going to be in print soon and my first novel, Forbidden Love is heading to other ereader devices through Smashwords!


So, what are you celebrating this week?? I’d love to celebrate with you!

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Teaser Tuesday – November 12, 2013

What is Teaser Tuesday you ask? It’s a time to share what you are reading. All you have to do is open the book you are currently reading to a random page, choose a random line or two and share it. I find it a great way to find new authors and great stories!!

So, without further ado, here is what I am reading this week:




James Rollins  Bound tight, Sam and Norman were not a threat.

Once the square was empty, Kamapak crossed to them. He wore a worried expression.

Sam suspected the shaman feared his god’s wrath if all these foreigners were not slain at dawn.


That’s all I have for this week. What are you reading?

Happy Reading!!

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November 12, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Sample Sunday – Is Love Enough (Just Released!!)



The new chief of police pays Jessica a visit:

Chief Hunter was tall, with the muscular build of a former athlete who still kept in shape. His dark hair was cut short and was starting to gray – she figured him to be around her father’s age. He had dark eyes that took everything in but didn’t give too much away.

“I’m sorry for showing up without calling first. This is merely a courtesy call, Miss Alvarez,” he said.

Jessica nodded. “That’s very kind of you,” she said, her guard still up. “But I’m sure this could have been done over the phone or through a more formal meeting.” She was not willing to give him an inch…not yet, anyway.

“True,” he conceded with a slight nod. “I will admit to this being more of an impulse visit. I just wanted to assure you that,  unlike my predecessor, I have no ill will toward you because of your family or personal connections.”

“So that’s the polite way of saying that you won’t use me to take down my father or anyone else I’m associated with who might or might not be involved in criminal activities.”

To see how the rest of this conversation goes and what is in store for Jessica, check out Is Love Enough, on sale now on Amazon!!



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October 6, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

Sample Sunday – Is Love Enough




“What the hell is that bitch doing here?” Johnny muttered as he paced back and forth in the living room after Jake’s announcement. Angelina being in town was not a good thing. He was going to have to find out what her game plan was and see what he could to do counteract it. After a few more rounds around the room, he looked up at Sara sitting on the couch. “Where’s Jake?”

“He left about ten minutes ago. He went to talk to Jessica,” Sara said.

Johnny let out a sigh. He had watched his best friend over the last few weeks, had seen the pain Jake was in. Of course, Jake had tried to hide it by throwing himself into his work and taking that softball job from Falcon, but Johnny had begun to worry about him and had been planning to talk to him when he got back in town. And what was the first thing Jake had done? He had run straight to Jessica.

Johnny had mixed feelings about Jessica and her involvement with Jake.

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September 15, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

Reckless – A Book Review



Couture dress designer Lexi doesn’t have time for romance – not when her future and the future of her company is on the line. Jax just keeps making one bad choice after another when it comes to women and has decided that he had enough for now. He has a company and employees who depend on him. But when the two meet, passion and desires like neither of them has ever felt flare.

Reckless, a contemporary romance by Skye Jordan, is the first in her new Renegades series, a series I will definitely be looking forward to continue reading. I will admit that I am not into the fluffy romance genre and I am happy to say that Reckless is beyond a fluffy romance or even what I was expecting out of a contemporary romance! It’s hot, it’s passionate, it’s playful. Reckless takes to characters who are wary of love or of making any kind of connection and would rather devote their time and attention to their careers and throws them together in a story that will make your blood race and your heart pound from the moment their eyes meet.

This was a great read and I loved the play of emotions between Lexi and Jax, and not just the bedroom emotions, but the cautions and passion they elicited in each other. I look forward to discovering more of their story and how their connection grows over time throughout the series.



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September 14, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

Is Love Enough Cover Reveal!!!

FINALLY!!! Is Love Enough, the sequel to Forbidden Love is done!!! It will be coming to an Amazon page near you very soon, but in the mean time, here’s a sneak peek at the cover!!



I want to thank Kip Ayers for yet again creating a beautiful cover.

Want to know what’s going on in the lives of Jessica and Jake? Read on:


Jessica Alvarez asks the question – is love enough – when faced with deciding what to do about her relationship with her father and Jake. After all she had been through and experienced, Jessica is not sure what her feelings are and is determined to explore them…but will she find the answer she’s looking for before it’s too late?
Luis Alvarez does everything in his power to support his daughter while re-exploring his own love life and dealing with an unexpected surprise. But when a new threat comes to town, will he be able to protect everyone he cares about or will be have to endure losing someone close to him yet again?
Jake Rousseau put his heart on the line when he fell in love with Jessica – will he be able to give Jessica what she wants without his heart being ripped to shreds…again?


Bet you can’t wait to get your hands on a copy!! Don’t worry, I’ll be back to let you all know when it’s available!!


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August 30, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

Rush – A Book Review



Rush is the third installment in the Phoenix Rising series by romantic suspense author Joan Swan. Just as with the first two, Fever and Blaze, Rush grabbed me from the opening lines and didn’t let go until the very end, leaving me breathless and ready for more.

I was lucky enough to have had the chance to receive an advance copy of Fever in order to review it, which introduced me to this amazing group of people who are as close as any blood family. When Blaze was released I made sure to grab up a copy and dove right in, not coming up for breath until I had devoured every last word. And when the opportunity to receive an advanced copy of Rush was presented, of course I jumped at it. I was so excited when the book arrived in my mailbox and couldn’t wait to learn about another member of the team.

Where Fever focused on Teague’s story, and Blaze brought in Keiera and Luke, Rush delves into the before mentioned Quaid, but who until now, was a character we didn’t really know. He was just a name. Quaid’s story was powerful and heart wrenching. Joan Swan has a way of crafting her characters and stories in a way that makes you feel for the characters, makes you root for them while hoping the bad guy gets his in the end. And with each new book in the series, I love learning more and more about all of the characters, their dynamic and how they function as a group, as a family.

My heart has raced; I have felt anger, sadness, happiness, and the love that comes through Joan Swan’s words. If you haven’t had a chance to get to know these amazing people, if you haven’t had a chance to hear their stories told as only they can tell it, I recommend you pick up a copy and get started…believe me, you won’t be sorry!!

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August 5, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments