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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Yiddish Gangster's Daughter by Joan Lipinsky Cochran / @WordsByJoan | Spreading the Word #BookSale

Today I'm showing off Joan Lipinsky Cochran's "The Yiddish Gangster's Daughter," which is Book 1 in her Becks Ruchinsky Mystery Series, and it's Hanukkah Kindle Countdown Book Sale on Amazon's Kindle from December 3 - 8, 2018!! Links to get a copy for yourself are down below!



"The Yiddish Gangster's Daughter"
by Joan Lipinsky Cochran

Author's Book Description :
    Since separating from her philandering husband, Boca Raton writer Becks Ruchinsky has struggled to build a closer relationship with her quirky and contentious father, Tootsie, who lives in a retirement home. One evening, as she and her father are relaxing on the home’s front porch, an elderly woman accuses Tootsie of having murdered her husband fifty years earlier.

    Tootsie admits to ratting on the man, who’d cheated their Jewish syndicate boss out of thousands of dollars, but denies killing the widow’s husband. He also admits to having friends in the Jewish mafia and shares stories about his experiences. But the more time she spends with her father, the more convinced Becks becomes that Tootsie is lying about his involvement. Determined to discover the truth about her dad’s past, she sets out on a journey to undercover his darkest secrets. She learns he worked for the Jewish mafia –running numbers for the Cuban lottery, beating up Nazi sympathizers, and smuggling arms to Israeli independence fighters. When she learns that he murdered his best friend and, possibly, his own brother, she must decide if she can accept his criminal past – or cut him out of her life.

    "The Yiddish Gangster’s Daughter" also explores the impact our parents’ relationships have on our own. Throughout the book, Becks challenges her father on his infidelity toward her mother and becomes frustrated by his refusal to acknowledge that what he did was hurtful to his entire family. She’s upset when Tootsie minimizes her husband’s affair and encourages her to take him back. Ultimately, Becks realizes that she cannot forgive her husband for cheating until she comes to terms with her father’s infidelities…and her mother’s willingness to put up with them.

    A gripping and thought-provoking murder mystery, this award-winning novel explores the colorful and precarious world of the 1940s and 1950s Jewish mafia . . . and the limits of familial love.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Books I'm Thankful For (so far) in 2018


In tradition (well mine at least) of today being Thanksgiving Day (the USA version of it at least), here is a list of ALL the books I've read thus far this year that I've given my highest ratings to (5 out of 5 stars), which means I'm VERY Thankful for finding/reading them! Be forewarned though ... because of a major state-to-state move I did in 2017 (which I had actually mentioned in last year's book list too) AND because of my virtual assistant business expanding quite a bit within the past year, ALL of the novels listed below do not have their official book reviews from me posted and promoted yet. Opps ... ain't life fun. 🙂

➡️ So what are you getting out of this blog post you say? Well ... you are getting a glimpse of what my 5 star reads have been this year thus far (as even though their book reviews haven't been posted the first drafts of their reviews HAVE been written), some of my book reviews of these novels/novellas (if the FULL book reviews have officially been posted than they'll be linked), links for you to check out these novels/novellas for yourself, AND for the FIRST TIME ever I have a little video (at the bottom of this post) for you that compiles this list while inviting another BookTuber (ZaqLovesBooks) to share the two novels that she is thankful for this year too.


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As requested here are all my 5 star reads listed in the order of when I read them this year:

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Halloween 2018 with a Plague Doctor | #photography @FromJesstoYouVA

Okay so I spent Halloween with more than just a Plague Doctor ... I also spent it with Superman AND Catty Noir from Monster High! But since I try not to show off my kids faces on my social sites here are some of the highlights from my day yesterday on Halloween (of course)! 🤣 ☺️ 🎃


Monday, October 22, 2018

Racist BOOKTUBE DRAMA? Reaction to Entitlement vs Elitism on #Booktube | @TheNovelLush

To quote Lauren, "We gotta do better."

Below I am showcasing Lauren, from The Novel Lush, recent video that was a mixture of a discussion video and a reaction/response video to another video that has been taken down. Lauren eloquently states her position, which I highly agree with, against what this other BookTuber said about BookTube and POC BookTubers themselves. I had not seen the full videos from this other BookTuber I had just heard about her videos but Lauren did track them down and included clips for us to understand both sides of the story more. What I saw from the clips is that this other BookTuber was quite ignorant and definitely has issues of her own. But I don't know her so for that I cannot be certain, yet it's hard to deny that her videos, for what I saw of them, were not something I would support at all.

So, the reason I'm posting Lauren's response video here is because this ties into my previous blog support posts that I did which were Christina Marie's Christina Marie's Black Bookish Peeps Database & More & Jo's IS BOOKTUBE RACIST?. In Lauren's video she covers it all including her response to the other BookTuber's videos. I wish I could get my thoughts across about the topic as well as Lauren does but since I know I cannot I'm showing you hers.

In addition, underneath Lauren's video I have included links to two other responses (one a youtube video and one a twitter post) that I feel should be checked out too.

Friday, October 12, 2018

A belated Week #21 of When & Where am I Wednesday & a Rant | #BookTuber #BookBlog @CherylCatMaster

WHEN & WHERE AM I WEDNESDAYS are a weekly bookish memes, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! To participate here's what you need to do:
  • Based on the book your currently reading -- tell us when and where you are in your book, and possibly what "you're" (meaning the characters) doing or who "you" (meaning the characters) are with.
  • Try NOT to include spoilers!!!
  • Make sure to share the book information [title, author and/or book cover] so if someone likes what you write they can add that book to their TBR list.
  • Please mention From Me to You ... Video, Photograph, & Book Reviews as to where you heard about this collaboration meme.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Week #20 of When & Where am I Wednesday | #BookTuber #BookBlog

WHEN & WHERE AM I WEDNESDAYS are a weekly bookish memes, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! To participate here's what you need to do:
  • Based on the book your currently reading -- tell us when and where you are in your book, and possibly what "you're" (meaning the characters) doing or who "you" (meaning the characters) are with.
  • Try NOT to include spoilers!!!
  • Make sure to share the book information [title, author and/or book cover] so if someone likes what you write they can add that book to their TBR list.
  • Please mention From Me to You ... Video, Photograph, & Book Reviews as to where you heard about this collaboration meme.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Week #19 of When & Where am I Wednesday | #BookTuber #BookBlog

WHEN & WHERE AM I WEDNESDAYS are a weekly bookish memes, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! To participate here's what you need to do:
  • Based on the book your currently reading -- tell us when and where you are in your book, and possibly what "you're" (meaning the characters) doing or who "you" (meaning the characters) are with.
  • Try NOT to include spoilers!!!
  • Make sure to share the book information [title, author and/or book cover] so if someone likes what you write they can add that book to their TBR list.
  • Please mention From Me to You ... Video, Photograph, & Book Reviews as to where you heard about this collaboration meme.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

ABC News SPECIAL REPORT: The nation honors those who fell in 9/11 attacks

Everyone has their own story of "what they were doing on September 11, 2001 when the towers fell," today we honor those who unexpectedly left us.


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Sunday, September 2, 2018

IS #BOOKTUBE RACIST? | @jthegreatbiblio

I'm sharing Jo from Jo the Great recent video about her thoughts on if BookTube is racist. Like she states, this is not the first video of this kind to be brought up about diversity within the book world but more specifically the BookTube community nor will it be the last as everyone else keeps sharing their own stances. However, I do agree with most of her points and feel like I should share her video around as I did for Christina Marie a while back.

As I tell my own children no one is perfect ... we all have our flaws even if we don't realize what they are ... but talking about our thoughts, getting them out there into the world, and calmly discussing them with others IS the only way I feel that we as a whole can move forward. So, please hear out Jo ... follow her ... follow me ... comment wherever you like and lets get this momentum of communication to begin.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out Christina Marie's Black Bookish Peeps Database too.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Week #18 of When & Where am I Wednesday | #BookTuber #BookBlog @LoriLFoster

WHEN & WHERE AM I WEDNESDAYS are a weekly bookish memes, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! To participate here's what you need to do:
  • Based on the book your currently reading -- tell us when and where you are in your book, and possibly what "you're" (meaning the characters) doing or who "you" (meaning the characters) are with.
  • Try NOT to include spoilers!!!
  • Make sure to share the book information [title, author and/or book cover] so if someone likes what you write they can add that book to their TBR list.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

99¢ #BookSale & Prize Pack #Giveaway | Spreading the Word @EntangledTeen



Summer may be winding down and the school year is kicking off soon. Beat those back to school blues with some of these great steals.



15 amazing YA reads on sale for just 99¢ each!



Fantasy, mystery, contemporary, paranormal and more! No matter what you are in the mood for you will find it here.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Firestorm by Solange Ritchie / @author_solange | Spreading the Word #Free #BookSale

Today I'm showing off Solange Ritchie's "Firestorm," which is Book 2 in her Dr. Catherine Powers Series, and it is FREE on Amazon's Kindle from August 20 & 21, 2018!! Links to get a copy for yourself are down below!



"Firestorm"
by Solange Ritchie

Author's Book Description :
    A year after the death of her ex-husband, FBI forensic pathologist Dr. Catherine “Cat” Powers and her young son, Joey, are trying to cope with the emotional aftermath of life without him. Joey is especially vulnerable after being kidnapped by the “Burning Man” and witnessing his father’s brutal murder.

    On a peaceful Saturday afternoon in Quantico, a mysterious manila envelope arrives in Cat’s mailbox. Inside, she finds a lock of Joey’s hair and a photograph of him taken during his abduction, his face twisted in fear. The photograph could have been taken by only one person. Cat immediately knows that the Burning Man is back—and she and Joey may never be safe again.

    When the Burning Man resurfaces in Southern California, a trail of the brutally mutilated bodies of young women left in his wake, Cat teams up once again with police detective Jim McGregor to hunt down the madman once and for all. But while Cat and McGregor methodically pursue one serial killer, Southern California’s beautiful neighborhoods begin to burn one by one. The investigators realize they must catch another killer: a serial arsonist who is happy not only to burn buildings but to watch his infernos consume people’s lives—a man obsessed with fire above all things, a man with a deep sense of hatred toward society. Cat and McGregor find themselves growing closer as they become enmeshed in a deadly game with two deranged killers who leave few clues and always seem to be one step ahead.

    As the death toll mounts and powerful Santa Ana winds whip the flames, the evidence reveals that the two killers are connected to each other—and that one of them seeks revenge for the sins of Cat’s past. In the fire-ravaged hills of Southern California, Cat wages an epic battle against an arsonist and a sadistic murderer. She promises herself that this time, she will not let the killers get away. This time, she will see justice done—for the victims, for their families, for Joey. But will Cat have to pay the ultimate price?

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Ding Dong! Is She Dead? by Alathia Paris Morgan / @alathiamg | Spreading the Word #Free #BookSale

Today I'm showing off Alathia Paris Morgan's "Ding Dong! Is She Dead?," which is Book 1 in her Nova Ladies Adventures Series, and it is FREE on Amazon's Kindle from August 18 - 22, 2018!! Links to get a copy for yourself are down below!



"Ding Dong! Is She Dead?"
by Alathia Paris Morgan

Author's Book Description :
    After witnessing a Mob murder in NYC, Allie Foster is placed in the witness protection program. Starting a new life in Texas is hard enough—but finding a front door hanging on its hinges while delivering Nova beauty products makes it even more difficult. A grisly trail of blood leads her to a terrifying discover… a body. After a heart-stopping moment of fear, Allie realizes her friend is still alive, although badly beaten. When she rushes Megan to the hospital, it puts Allie right back where she doesn’t need to be—embroiled in yet another mystery.

    Allie offers to help her friend protect her daughter, even as a second attempt on Megan’s life reveals her husband will stop at nothing to prove he’s above the law. When it fails again, Megan’s abuser decides to take his anger out on Allie instead. With the help of a handsome stranger, Allie escapes, but now both women are in danger. Justin Greenley, the gallant protector, offers them a safe haven until the would-be murderer is caught. His family’s ranch seems the idyllic choice, but Allie isn’t sure if she should trust Justin with her life… even if her heart tells her she should.

    Curl up with this cozy mystery/thriller!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Second Sentence Saturday: Merry Christmas Baby | @MarieColeBooks #BookTeaser #RomanceNovels


SECOND SENTENCE SATURDAY is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab the novel/novella your currently reading or previously read
  • Open to the first page of Chapter 1 or its Prologue
  • Share the SECOND sentence from that page
  • Share the novel/novella's title & its author, so that other participants can add that novel to their TBR Lists if they want



MY Second Sentence Saturday :

"Merry Christmas Baby" by Marie Cole - [Amazon Book Link]

Friday, August 17, 2018

BookTubeAThon 2018 - It's A Wrap! | @trinityblacio @LornaJWrites @authornordin @LPDover @jk_rowling @BookTubeAThon #BookTubeAThon


This was my FIRST ATTEMPT at the BookTubeAThon ... yet my FOURTH read-a-thon in total ... and though I didn't complete many reading challenges I feel very accomplished with the amount of books that I read. Even though I did start early and most were novella or less than 200 pages in length, but *shhhhhh* don't tell anyone. *hahaa*

The top video below is my BookTubeAThon 2018 Wrap Up where I quickly give an overview of what novels I read and my book ratings for them all. Than underneath all of that I give you the option to pick and choose what other videos to watch out of my week long antics OR you can watch them in order from beginning to end through this link here (which is linked below too). I hope you'll enjoy and maybe get some good book recommendations along the way. 😉

BookTubeAThon 2018 - It's A Wrap! :


If you can't see/watch the above video then click here to watch it.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Week #17 of When & Where am I Wednesday | #BookTuber #BookBlog @aprilzyon

WHEN & WHERE AM I WEDNESDAYS are a weekly bookish memes, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! To participate here's what you need to do:
  • Based on the book your currently reading -- tell us when and where you are in your book, and possibly what "you're" (meaning the characters) doing or who "you" (meaning the characters) are with.
  • Try NOT to include spoilers!!!
  • Make sure to share the book information [title, author and/or book cover] so if someone likes what you write they can add that book to their TBR list.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Second Sentence Saturday: HIS First | @JenikaSnow #BookTeaser #RomanceNovels


SECOND SENTENCE SATURDAY is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab the novel/novella your currently reading or previously read
  • Open to the first page of Chapter 1 or its Prologue
  • Share the SECOND sentence from that page
  • Share the novel/novella's title & its author, so that other participants can add that novel to their TBR Lists if they want



MY Second Sentence Saturday :

"HIS First" [The HIS Collection, Book 6] by Jenika Snow - [Amazon Book Link]

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Disappointmentville: Merry Christmas Baby by Marie Cole | #BookReview #MarieCole

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 98 | Release Date: December 10, 2016 | Publisher: Self-Published | ISBN: 9781541049840 | ISBN-10: 1541049845 | Language: English | Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance, Quick Read | Jess Obtained Book Through: NetGalley

"Merry Christmas Baby" by Marie Cole

Author's Book Description : A ROCKSTAR IS GOING TO GET THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT THIS YEAR... The last person Carrie thought she’d see this Christmas was her high school sweetheart and famous rockstar, Shawn Jeffries. Just seeing him again brings all the memories of their youthful, fun love flooding back. When it appears he feels it too she starts to worry. How will Shawn react when he finds out that she’s been keeping a big secret from him for the past six years? "Merry Christmas Baby" is a short, sweet romance with just the tiniest bit of spice mixed in. Cuddle up on your couch and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while you devour this Christmas love story.

My Book Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars,

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Christina Marie's Black Bookish Peeps Database & More

I am not Christina Marie but as I have for a LOT of other things I am helping spread her message too. I feel she makes some excellent points and I really love that she put together the Black Bookish Peeps Database (see below to access the form).

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Made the Grade: The HIS Collection, Book 6 | #BookReview @JenikaSnow

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Kindle Edition - File Size: 4511 KB | Release Date: June 12, 2017 | Publisher: Self-Published | ISBN: B071GPMQG9 | Language: English | Genre: Contemporary Romance, Quick Read | Jess Obtained Book Through: Ardent Prose

"HIS First" [The HIS Collection, Book 6] by Jenika Snow

Author's Book Description : MOIRA

I’ve known Braxton my whole life.

He’s older than me, but I’ve loved him since I knew what that meant.
And when I see him again after years of being apart, I don’t want to stop myself from telling him how I feel.

He might be my father’s good friend, and nearly two decades older than me, but he’s all I want.

BRAXTON

I first realized I loved Moira when she was eighteen years old. Now two years later I’m back in her life and that affection has grown tenfold.

It’s smart to stay away, but I can’t. I won’t.

I’ve been celibate because I only want her. It’s time to man-up and tell Moira that she’s been mine for years, even if she didn’t know it.

Warning: This is an especially fast read, packed with steamy goodness, but also a healthy dose of sweet romance. Get ready for a feel good story that’ll still make you blush.

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars,

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Second Sentence Saturday: The Innocent's Secret Baby | @CarolMMarinelli #BookTeaser #RomanceNovels


SECOND SENTENCE SATURDAY is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab the novel/novella your currently reading or previously read
  • Open to the first page of Chapter 1 or its Prologue
  • Share the SECOND sentence from that page
  • Share the novel/novella's title & its author, so that other participants can add that novel to their TBR Lists if they want



MY Second Sentence Saturday :

"The Innocent's Secret Baby" [Billionaires & One-Night Heirs Series, Book 1] by Carol Marinelli - [Amazon Book Link]

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The End of #CockyGate | Fangirling @BSommerland, @SashaWhite & @MistressofReads

Since I did soooo many blog posts (Post #1, Post #2, Post #3, Post #4, Post #5, & Post #6) talking about #CockyGate I feel I should inform you that a settlement has finally happened and now #CockyGate is OVER!!! Yahoo!

Yet everyone who started talking about this more (myself included) knows that though the word Cocky is back in action, there really is no complete "end" because we find that trademarks have not been really handled that well as of late. But you can just follow CockyBot™'s twitter account so you can be sure your aware of the latest trademarks ... some are fine ... while others are quite "out there." Any who ... per usual I'm leaving it to those who know more and/or who can eloquently get the information out better than I can on this topic. Basically they already created the videos so why shouldn't I just promote them more instead of making my own ... here you go!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

THE WORLD'S WORST BOOK TAG | #BookTag #BookTube

I was tagged by Kelly from Velvet Library and you can check out her video here: https://youtu.be/Px4XxVqu0i8
This tag was originally created by Peter from Peter Likes Books: https://youtu.be/DlD2K82pTuc


If you can't see/watch the above video then click here to watch it.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Booktubers Recommend LGBTQIA+ Books | #bookrecommendations #BookTube @puckspaperbacks

In June 2018, Alyssa who is a BookTuber and owner of PUCKSANDPAPERBACKS asked if anyone would be interested in joining a video collaboration where BookTubers recommend LGBTQIA+ Books and I said I'd join in! Check out all the book recommendations ...


If you can't see/watch the above video then click here to watch it.
Or if you don't want to watch everything and only want to hear my book recommendation reasoning than click here to watch it.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Book and Beverage Pairings | #bookrecommendations #BookTube @kathytrithardt

In February 2018, Kathy who is a BookTuber and owner of BookTube Weekly asked if anyone would be interested in joining a video collaboration where BookTubers pair a book with a beverage and I said I'd join in! Check out all the book recommendations ...


If you can't see/watch the above video then click here to watch it.
Or if you don't want to watch everything and only want to hear my book recommendation reasoning than click here to watch it.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

#ContemporaryAThon Round 2 (belated updates)


So in February 2018 I participated in my Second Ever Read-A-Thon!! With another the GOAL OF ONLY 2-3 BOOKS 😂 I can pleasantly say that I COMPLETED it .... well ... kinda. 😋

My #ContemporaryAThon Round 2 Intro Video :


If you can't see/watch the above video then click here to watch it.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Second Sentence Saturday: Bases Loaded: Baseball Erotica [Part 2 of 2] | @BasesLoadedBook @nicolewildergh @VitaPerezWrites @TomioBlack @OleanderPlume #BookTeaser #Erotic


SECOND SENTENCE SATURDAY is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab the novel/novella your currently reading or previously read
  • Open to the first page of Chapter 1 or its Prologue
  • Share the SECOND sentence from that page
  • Share the novel/novella's title & its author, so that other participants can add that novel to their TBR Lists if they want



Saturday, July 14, 2018

Second Sentence Saturday: Bases Loaded: Baseball Erotica [Part 1 of 2] | @BasesLoadedBook @MalinMJames @cpmcclennan @Shoshi @robin_juliet #BookTeaser #Erotic


SECOND SENTENCE SATURDAY is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab the novel/novella your currently reading or previously read
  • Open to the first page of Chapter 1 or its Prologue
  • Share the SECOND sentence from that page
  • Share the novel/novella's title & its author, so that other participants can add that novel to their TBR Lists if they want



Wednesday, July 11, 2018

#BlogTour - Tempting Beat by Brooklyn Ann / @Brooklyn__Ann | #BookBlast, Spreading the Word & GC #Giveaways @GoddessFish



This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. One randomly drawn commenter will receive $15 in Boroughs Bucks. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


YOU NEVER KNOW…


Bleeding Vengeance’s drummer, Roderick Powell knows he’s a sod for feeling glum, especially after moving into a beautiful new home in a smart Denver suburb. But all his mates are partnered or married, and dreadfully happy. It’s enough to make a rockstar rethink his options. And even though his sexy neighbor has given him the brush-off, he’s decided to have another go – at this point he has nothing left to lose, apart from his heart.


WHAT LIES BENEATH


Gwen Mason’s romantic past has been bumpier than most – twice divorced by thirty, she’s had enough of broken promises. An ER nurse who keeps a brutal schedule, she’s happy to become known as the neighborhood crazy cat lady. But…the most delicious man has moved next door. He’s British, he’s famous, he’s a rockstar. And, hard as she tries, Gwen can't keep Rod Powell from breaking all her rules, and suddenly she sees a future she never believed possible.


Read an Excerpt:

When Gwen stepped out onto her porch, it seemed her neighbor, Mrs. Kersh, had the same idea. Gwen saw her striding across the street before Gwen looked over and saw the moving truck next door.

“Our new neighbor has finally arrived,” Mrs. Kersh said in a somewhat scolding tone, as if the new homeowner was tardy in taking up residence. “I do wish I’d been home to see more of the prospective buyers touring the property.”

Gwen nodded. As an ER nurse, she worked twelve-hour shifts alternating between three and four days a week and almost always on the weekends, when most people perused houses for sale. She’d been working during the open house, and also missed the people who came after to look at the home. “I hope whoever bought the place is a nice person.”

Mrs. Kersh huffed. “I hope they’re quiet and don’t have a dog. The last people were atrocious, leaving that mutt in the yard to yap all the time.”

The last people were also major jerks, Gwen thought as she watched the movers pile out of the truck and begin unloading furniture. Their barking dog and loud children had cost her precious hours of sleep. Still, she couldn’t help but give Mrs. Kersh a sideways smile and glance down at Molly, the little terrier that was ever at Mrs. Kersh’s side.

Mrs. Kersh’s eyes widened with blatant terror. “Oh no.”

An older silver Honda CR-V pulled behind the moving truck and a man got out with a happy smile and a proprietary gleam in his eyes as he met the moving truck with a fob of jingling keys.

Holy hotness. Gwen almost breathed the words aloud as her belly tilted at the sight of the man striding up the walkway of the house next door. Shoulder-length chocolate-brown hair framed a face that was worthy of a magazine cover. Gray eyes danced with a touch of mischief. His lips were arched and full, making it impossible not to think of kissing.

Which was something Gwen could never do, because aside from that not being neighborly, he was clearly too young for her. If he was older than twenty-five, Gwen would eat her scrubs.



About the Author:

Formerly an auto-mechanic, Brooklyn Ann thrives on writing Romance featuring unconventional heroines and heroes who adore them. After writing historical paranormal romance in her critically acclaimed “Scandals with Bite” series and urban fantasy in her “Brides of Prophecy” novels, she now explores the chaotic realm of heavy metal music— a difficult world to find love in.

She lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with her son, her cat, and a 1980 Datsun 210.



Buy links:

Publisher - http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/tempting-beat

Amazon - https://amzn.to/2NCCmYv

iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tempting-beat/id1394524050

Barnes & Noble - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tempting-beat-brooklyn-ann/1128870245?ean=2940155281757

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tempting-beat

Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/836518?ref=fromjesstoyou



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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Made the Grade: Backstage Pass Series, Book 1 | #BookReview @DaniWade1

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 1461 KB | Release Date: April 25, 2013 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Amazon

"Finding Her Rhythm" [Backstage Pass Series, Book 1] by Dani Wade

Author's Book Description : He’s a rock star with the world at his feet—but he’d rather have her there.

Taylor Jemison lost everything when her first dip into the world of consensual kink went wrong, and she wound up on the run from a dangerous ex. Driven from her home and the teaching job she loved, she needs a safe haven. As nanny for a rock star, she’ll live behind gated walls with a private security team. As for the teens’ sexy dad … he’ll be on the road most of the time. That’s good, because one touch of his strong hands leaves her body and heart craving submission to his commands.

Guitarist Michael Korvello may have a rep as an all-in, balls-out hard-rock star with a penchant for kink, but he keeps his personal life firmly separated from his home and his kids. One look at the curvy little nanny, and he knows she can’t stay, because her big green eyes say she craves the control he wants to wield. And though Michael can have any number of beautiful women, he aches for one who’ll truly accept him—inside and out.

Just when neither can deny their need for each other, Taylor’s ex surfaces, intent on taking back what he considers his, and ready to destroy Michael’s world to get her. Can two kindred souls protect their private passion from an outsider bent on ripping them apart?

Don’t miss this sizzling, sensual peek into the private world of a rock star — get your copy of "FINDING HER RHYTHM" today!

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars,

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Feasted On: The Patchwork Family Series, Book 1 | #BookReview #KarenWitemeyer @bethany_house

- This was an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Hardcover - Pages: 352, Paperback - Pages: 352; Kindle Edition - File Size: 7334 KB; Audible Audiobook – Unabridged | Release Date: June 5, 2018 | Publisher: Baker Publishing Group : Bethany House Publishers | Obtained: NetGalley / Bethany House Publishers

"More Than Meets the Eye" [The Patchwork Family Series, Book 1] by Karen Witemeyer

Author's Book Description : Many consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes--one bright blue, the other dark brown--Eva has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world's judgments, and Eva has two--Seth and Zach, two former orphans she now counts as brothers.

Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father's death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. When Zach's sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time their paths cross, Logan finds his quest completely derailed. Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline?

My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Second Sentence Saturday: When In Texas | @LyndaMSimmons #BookTeaser #RomanceNovels


SECOND SENTENCE SATURDAY is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab the novel/novella your currently reading or previously read
  • Open to the first page of Chapter 1 or its Prologue
  • Share the SECOND sentence from that page
  • Share the novel/novella's title & its author, so that other participants can add that novel to their TBR Lists if they want



MY Second Sentence Saturday :

"When In Texas" [Blame it on Texas Series] by Lynda Simmons - [Amazon Book Link]

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Made the Grade: Bases Loaded: Baseball Erotica | #BookReview @BasesLoadedBook @MalinMJames @cpmcclennan @Shoshi @robin_juliet @nicolewildergh @VitaPerezWrites @TomioBlack @OleanderPlume

- This was an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 171; Kindle Edition - File Size: 307 KB | Release Date: October 15, 2015 | Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books | Obtained: NetGalley

"Bases Loaded: Baseball Erotica" by L. Maretta, Malin James, C. P. McClennan, Yolanda Shoshana, Robin Juliet, Rosalía Zizzo, Nicole Wilder, Thomma Finland, Vita Perez, Tomio Hall-Black, Lexi Hayes, & Oleander Plume

Author's Book Description :
Bases are loaded and there’s potential for multiple homeruns in this sexy collection of Baseball erotica!

Bases Loaded compiles twelve seriously sexy short stories that will have you rooting for the happy ending, even if you are not a baseball fan like the editor.

All of the authors in this anthology have a unique take on the game and the hit players, which is guaranteed to make you want to go up to bat!

So go ahead, you’re up and the bases are loaded!

Featuring stories by: L. Maretta, Malin James, C.P. McClennan, Yolanda Shoshana, Robin Juliet, Rosalía Zizzo, Nicole Wilder, Thomma Finland, Vita Perez, Tomio Hall-Black, Lexi Hayes and Oleander Plume

👇 Each novella is reviewed or mentioned below
and the purchase links are at the bottom of this post!
👇

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Second Sentence Saturday: Blood Bound | @Traci_Douglass #BookTeaser #RomanceNovels


SECOND SENTENCE SATURDAY is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab the novel/novella your currently reading or previously read
  • Open to the first page of Chapter 1 or its Prologue
  • Share the SECOND sentence from that page
  • Share the novel/novella's title & its author, so that other participants can add that novel to their TBR Lists if they want



MY Second Sentence Saturday :

"Blood Bound" [Blood Ravagers Trilogy, Book 1] by Traci Douglass - [Amazon Book Link]

Monday, June 25, 2018

Feasted On: When In Texas by Lynda Simmons | #BookReview @LyndaMSimmons

- This was an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Kindle Edition - File Size: 373 KB | Release Date: April 25, 2016 | Publisher: Kindle Worlds | Obtained: Lynda Simmons

"When In Texas" [Blame it on Texas Series] by Lynda Simmons

Author's Book Description : Jenna Scott loves the open road, solo camping and feeding people. A self-taught chef and lifelong vegetarian, she can’t wait to open her first restaurant and prove that you can make friends with salad. But in Clifton Texas?

Rancher and retailer, Alex Barclay, knows Texans live for steak and brisket. But kale and quinoa? Not so much. While the vegetarian is about as cute as a woman can get, she’s also more than naïve about her business prospects in Clifton. But she has the right to fail anywhere she likes.

The town’s elder statesman disagrees. As far as he’s concerned, Jenna is the next natural disaster to hit cattle country. An insult to ranchers and a menace to the Texas economy.

When he takes a hard line against Jenna, refusing to rent her the space they agreed upon, Jenna is left with spoiling supplies, broken dreams and nowhere to go. Alex’s sense of fair play won’t let him stand back and do nothing. His brother runs a café inside Alex’s store, a space which will be empty for two more weeks until his brother gets back from France. Knowing it will turn a lot of folks against him, Alex offers to let Jenna open a pop-up restaurant in the café anyway. Two weeks to prove that statesman wrong. To show the town that kale and quinoa can indeed live happily ever after with steak and brisket.

Jenna can either accept Alex’s help or get back in her camper and drive, letting that narrow-minded statesman win. A pop-up isn’t what she planned, but Jenna has never been the type to back down from a fight. And for the first time since she can remember, the open road is not as appealing as the cowboy who wants her to stay.

* The Blame it on Texas Series is a Kindle Worlds series based in the universe of Carolyn Brown's "Long, Hot Texas Summer" and "Daisies in the Canyon."

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars,
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