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Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year! I hope that your holidays were filled with lots of fun, with plenty of time for some good old-fashioned R&R on the side. The last week has been filled with much jolly good cheer for me, and I’m now trying to get back to the routine, which means cookies are no longer acceptable at breakfast, lunch, and dinner (but it sure was good while it lasted).

And now, for my big news…My YA Fantasy novel, Collide, is going to be published by Evernight Teen in late winter/early spring of 2016. That’s only a few months away! I am SO EXCITED! I’m listed on the Coming Soon page here: http://www.evernightteen.com/coming-soon/.

That’s all for now, but I will continue to share more details as they become available. Watch out, 2016. Here I come!!

It’s been a while…

Wow. The fall season passed in the blink of an eye. Am I the only one that feels this way?

No worries though. I kept busy by embarking on a new story. It’s a contemporary YA romance about two high school seniors that fall in love as they work side-by-side as leading roles in their school’s musical. I’m enjoying the process of getting the first draft out. As much as I like how things are shaping up, I know the revision process will really bring them to life.

As far as my YA fantasy novel, I will have some very, VERY good news to share about that soon!

Exclusive Excerpt of Love’s Nectar by Jaylee Austin

Check out this exclusive excerpt of Love’s Nectar by Jaylee Austin below. Enjoy!


Love’s Nectar

By Jaylee Austin

Blurb:

What if fate pushed you to make a choice between keeping a promise and revealing a truth? After her grandmother’s death, she opens an unexpected letter containing an unwanted request. Isabel feels obligated to honor her grams final wish. In the process she risks losing the man of her dreams.

Six months before their marriage Isabel reveals a time bomb that will forever change their lives. He loves her but the betrayal of not trusting him weighs heavy on his heart. Trust means everything to Seth.

One ring, journal, box, spirit, and flower will teach everyone the power of commitment and the importance of honesty.  Secrets left buried will always haunt the living, a life lived truthfully leads to happily ever after. Will Isabel and Seth realize this before they are doomed to replay the mistakes of the past?

Excerpt:

“Good morning, beautiful,” he said, gulping the rest of his coffee.

She sat in the lounge chair to enjoy the early morning, the seagulls diving into the sea, hunting their morning meal. “Did Renee pick up the gala tickets at the Pageant of the Arts booth?”

“Yeah, there in the drawer by the fridge.”

He put everything in that drawer. Good luck locating the tickets anytime in this century.

Seth set down his sketch and pencil, and joined her on the chaise lounge. He pulled her down beside him and slid his hand inside the robe, cupping her breast.

Isabel moaned and opened her body so he could fully explore her hardening nipples. The murmur of voices from the beach below shattered the solitude. Securing her robe, she sat up and finished her coffee.

“I want to show you the portrait I painted.”

“Let me change into my bathing suit and shorts.”

“Good idea, I’ll set the easel and portrait in the living room.”

Isabel quickly changed and brushed her teeth. Stepping from the bathroom, she stopped in her tracks, dropping the hairbrush. “Grams. You painted Grams and me.” She glided her fingers across her grandmother’s image. A wave of tenderness for the man who’d painted it threatened to break down her resolve, and send her to her knees to plead his forgiveness for every poor choice she’d ever made.

 

About the Author:

Jaylee Austin lives in Apple Valley California with her partner and dog. Jaylee has a Master’s in Education and works to inspire young writers to take the challenge to find their creative mojo.

Jaylee loves to hear from readers, so please e-mail at JayleeAustin@yahoo.com  or follow me on twitter@jaylee_austin

Website: http://www.jayleeausiton.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jaylee_Austin


Summer’s Sweet Embrace

A Sweet Romance Anthology
by Various Authors

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Release Date: August 19, 2015
Genre: Romance Anthology (Short Stories)
Keywords: Summer, Beach, Ocean, romance, contemporary, Summertime Romance, short stories

Description: Summertime love is always the sweetest. These eight sweet tales of summer romance are the perfect companion for a day at the lake or the beach.

Truly Paradise – Michelle Ziegler

Waiting for the right one can be torture.

Too bad for Hailey, impatience got the best of her. Finding Mr. Right in time for a destination wedding couldn’t happen fast enough. Instead of listening to reason, or rather her friends, she’s stuck in paradise alone, again. Nothing ruins a tropical paradise faster than catching your date with another woman.Justin’s ready for a change. He’s been caught up in his own success for too long and is looking to finally settle down. Timing is everything and his cousins wedding is the perfect start of his new life. His luck is changing with the captivating mystery woman on the beach.  Now all he has to do is find her, before he agrees to his family’s match making plot.

Ocean Dust – Laurie Treacy

Carly Dawson, 18, is facing her last summer before leaving for college, all alone. Still nursing a broken heart over the loss of her boyfriend, Chase Montgomery, she wants the next two months to be different. A shocking unexpected visitor one night just may offer Carly the excitement she seeks. Her only decision is whether or not to choose what this visitor offers her.

The Beach Rose – Christa MacDonald

Annie Thomas can’t believe her good luck when she inherits the family’s beach house in Oceanside Maine.  It’s one of the few places she was truly happy so she sells everything she owns, quits her job, and moves in hoping that her new business, The Beach Rose, will bring in enough money in its first season to let her live up there year round.  But on her first day things aren’t as easy or as simple as she’d hoped.  To cap it off she discovers that her best new client is actually the boy she had a huge teenage crush on.  So much for rekindling a summer romance.

For Craig, Annie was everything he wanted when he was a geeky seventeen year-old.  Now that he’s pushing forty and the owner of half the real estate in town, he wants another shot at convincing her that he’s everything she needs.  He didn’t count on her owning the business he just signed a contract with though.  Craig has to find a way to help Annie’s struggling business without her knowing it since anything else would push her further away and that’s the last thing he wants.

Together they may get a second chance for a summer romance.

When the Sea Swallows the Sun – Kim Strattford

A trip to Clearwater Beach was supposed to be a fun escape from the D.C. rat race for Emma and her boyfriend Sam.  Until Sam dumped her, leaving her with a ticket she was too cheap not to use and a resolution to enjoy her time in the sun and get over him.  A plan that sputters when Sam’s good friend Rick shows up.  Rick, who’s never seemed to approve of her for reasons she’s never understood.  Rick, who seems to think he has license to bug her just because he bought Sam’s ticket.  Rick, who may be a much nicer guy than she ever realized, and who might have a very good reason for not thinking much of her.  Can they make peace in the beautiful Florida sun and surf?  Peace—or maybe more?

Love’s Nectar – Jaylee Austin

What if fate pushed you to make a choice between keeping a promise and revealing a truth? After her grandmother’s death, she opens an unexpected letter containing an unwanted request. Isabel feels obligated to honor her grams final wish. In the process she risks losing the man of her dreams.

Six months before their marriage Isabel reveals a time bomb that will forever change their lives. He loves her but the betrayal of not trusting him weighs heavy on his heart. Trust means everything to Seth.

One ring, journal, box, spirit, and flower will teach everyone the power of commitment and the importance of honesty.  Secrets left buried will always haunt the living, a life lived truthfully leads to happily ever after. Will Isabel and Seth realize this before they are doomed to replay the mistakes of the past?

Love’s High Tide – Niki Mitchell

Tired of the vacationers hitting on her, surf shop owner, Skye Taylor quits dating. In walks the cocky, Harley Nicholson from Idaho. She’s not open for another summer fling. Can he convinces her to give love a chance?

Harley sees Skye shooting through the Huntington Beach Pier on her surfboard. Mesmerized by the woman’s connection with the wave, he sets out to meet the brazen surfer. He bets his cousin that before he leaves in three weeks, she’ll be his.

Skye’s life is kept busy running the Epic Surf Shop and training for annual surfing contest. The handsome, buff Idahoan interests her, but she doesn’t want another disastrous summer fling. Harley charms her into giving him a surfing lesson, woos her with moonlight strolls, and coaxes her with sweet gestures. Skye discovers Harley’s betrayal. She refuses to see him or hear his explanation.

Miserable, Harley must do something monumental to win her back. Will Skye ever forgive Harley?

Linger – Melissa J. Crispin

Tracey Thompson isn’t like most twenty-year-olds. She’s looking forward to settling down and marrying her soul mate, Noah Martin. Even though their love bloomed when they were just little kids, they never doubted it and never looked back.

When a tragic accident separates Tracey from Noah, she struggles to go on without him. As the days wear on, she becomes aware of a chance for them to be together once again. All she needs to do is understand what tore them apart in the first place. But, overcoming this is harder than it seems. Will she be strong enough to find her way back to him?

Above Reproach – Sheryl Winters

Executive Secretary, Margaret Simms should have had it all. An apartment on the beach and a job at Reynolds Ad Agency, working for her best friend and business mogul, Garrett Reynolds.

A one night stand leads to a pregnancy and a re-evaluation of her life goals. In reality, Margaret’s always hated her office job and culinary school is her life dream. But that too is ripped away from her when Garrett, her best friend and father of her child, develops cancer.

Obligation forces her back to the work she hates. When office espionage threatens her life, Margaret finds she must make a choice. Stand up for what she truly believes in or lose all she’s ever wanted.

Purchase Links

Roane Publishing

Amazon

Amazon (UK)

 Smash Words

 

GIVEAWAY!

A paperback copy of Summer’s’ Sweet Embrace and a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

 

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Linger is now available!

Release day is here!

My first publication is officially out in the world! I have been working toward this day for quite some time, and I’m very excited to share Linger with you, as a part of the Summer’s Sweet Embrace anthology.

Summer’s Sweet Embrace is available for purchase at Roane Publishing, AmazonAmazon (UK), or Smash Words.

Check out the descriptions of the stories that you will find in this sweet romance collection. Also, enter for your chance to win a free paperback copy and an Amazon gift card below!

 

Happy Book Birthday to
Summer’s Sweet Embrace!

Summer’s Sweet Embrace
A Sweet Romance Anthology
by Various Authors

Release Date: August 19, 2015
Genre: Romance Anthology (Short Stories)
Keywords: Summer, Beach, Ocean, romance, contemporary, Summertime Romance, short stories

Description: Summertime love is always the sweetest. These eight sweet tales of summer romance are the perfect companion for a day at the lake or the beach.

Truly Paradise – Michelle Ziegler

Waiting for the right one can be torture.

Too bad for Hailey, impatience got the best of her. Finding Mr. Right in time for a destination wedding couldn’t happen fast enough. Instead of listening to reason, or rather her friends, she’s stuck in paradise alone, again. Nothing ruins a tropical paradise faster than catching your date with another woman.Justin’s ready for a change. He’s been caught up in his own success for too long and is looking to finally settle down. Timing is everything and his cousins wedding is the perfect start of his new life. His luck is changing with the captivating mystery woman on the beach.  Now all he has to do is find her, before he agrees to his family’s match making plot.

Ocean Dust – Laurie Treacy

Carly Dawson, 18, is facing her last summer before leaving for college, all alone. Still nursing a broken heart over the loss of her boyfriend, Chase Montgomery, she wants the next two months to be different. A shocking unexpected visitor one night just may offer Carly the excitement she seeks. Her only decision is whether or not to choose what this visitor offers her.

The Beach Rose – Christa MacDonald

Annie Thomas can’t believe her good luck when she inherits the family’s beach house in Oceanside Maine.  It’s one of the few places she was truly happy so she sells everything she owns, quits her job, and moves in hoping that her new business, The Beach Rose, will bring in enough money in its first season to let her live up there year round.  But on her first day things aren’t as easy or as simple as she’d hoped.  To cap it off she discovers that her best new client is actually the boy she had a huge teenage crush on.  So much for rekindling a summer romance.

For Craig, Annie was everything he wanted when he was a geeky seventeen year-old.  Now that he’s pushing forty and the owner of half the real estate in town, he wants another shot at convincing her that he’s everything she needs.  He didn’t count on her owning the business he just signed a contract with though.  Craig has to find a way to help Annie’s struggling business without her knowing it since anything else would push her further away and that’s the last thing he wants.

Together they may get a second chance for a summer romance.

When the Sea Swallows the Sun – Kim Strattford

A trip to Clearwater Beach was supposed to be a fun escape from the D.C. rat race for Emma and her boyfriend Sam.  Until Sam dumped her, leaving her with a ticket she was too cheap not to use and a resolution to enjoy her time in the sun and get over him.  A plan that sputters when Sam’s good friend Rick shows up.  Rick, who’s never seemed to approve of her for reasons she’s never understood.  Rick, who seems to think he has license to bug her just because he bought Sam’s ticket.  Rick, who may be a much nicer guy than she ever realized, and who might have a very good reason for not thinking much of her.  Can they make peace in the beautiful Florida sun and surf?  Peace—or maybe more?

Love’s Nectar – Jaylee Austin

What if fate pushed you to make a choice between keeping a promise and revealing a truth? After her grandmother’s death, she opens an unexpected letter containing an unwanted request. Isabel feels obligated to honor her grams final wish. In the process she risks losing the man of her dreams.

Six months before their marriage Isabel reveals a time bomb that will forever change their lives. He loves her but the betrayal of not trusting him weighs heavy on his heart. Trust means everything to Seth.

One ring, journal, box, spirit, and flower will teach everyone the power of commitment and the importance of honesty.  Secrets left buried will always haunt the living, a life lived truthfully leads to happily ever after. Will Isabel and Seth realize this before they are doomed to replay the mistakes of the past?

Love’s High Tide – Niki Mitchell

Tired of the vacationers hitting on her, surf shop owner, Skye Taylor quits dating. In walks the cocky, Harley Nicholson from Idaho. She’s not open for another summer fling. Can he convinces her to give love a chance?

Harley sees Skye shooting through the Huntington Beach Pier on her surfboard. Mesmerized by the woman’s connection with the wave, he sets out to meet the brazen surfer. He bets his cousin that before he leaves in three weeks, she’ll be his.

Skye’s life is kept busy running the Epic Surf Shop and training for annual surfing contest. The handsome, buff Idahoan interests her, but she doesn’t want another disastrous summer fling. Harley charms her into giving him a surfing lesson, woos her with moonlight strolls, and coaxes her with sweet gestures. Skye discovers Harley’s betrayal. She refuses to see him or hear his explanation.

Miserable, Harley must do something monumental to win her back. Will Skye ever forgive Harley?

Linger – Melissa J. Crispin

Tracey Thompson isn’t like most twenty-year-olds. She’s looking forward to settling down and marrying her soul mate, Noah Martin. Even though their love bloomed when they were just little kids, they never doubted it and never looked back.

When a tragic accident separates Tracey from Noah, she struggles to go on without him. As the days wear on, she becomes aware of a chance for them to be together once again. All she needs to do is understand what tore them apart in the first place. But, overcoming this is harder than it seems. Will she be strong enough to find her way back to him?

Above Reproach – Sheryl Winters

Executive Secretary, Margaret Simms should have had it all. An apartment on the beach and a job at Reynolds Ad Agency, working for her best friend and business mogul, Garrett Reynolds.

A one night stand leads to a pregnancy and a re-evaluation of her life goals. In reality, Margaret’s always hated her office job and culinary school is her life dream. But that too is ripped away from her when Garrett, her best friend and father of her child, develops cancer.

Obligation forces her back to the work she hates. When office espionage threatens her life, Margaret finds she must make a choice. Stand up for what she truly believes in or lose all she’s ever wanted.


GIVEAWAY!

A paperback copy of Summer’s’ Sweet Embrace and a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code.  No purchase necessary, but you must be 18 or older to enter. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter, and announced on the widget. Winner well be notified by emailed and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Roane Publishing’s marketing department.

Tour Schedule

RWA 2015, Here I come!

I am gearing up for the RWA 2015 Conference that starts this Wednesday. This will be my first time attending, and I’m really looking forward to it.

I have already put in time to get ready for my editor and agent pitch appointments. The only thing left for me to do is practice my pitch throughout the week, and make sure I can deliver it without sounding like a bumbling fool.

Not only am I pumped for the chance to meet with an editor and an agent, but I’m also psyched for the opportunity to attend workshops and hone in on my craft and connect with other writers. Lucky for me, there is a First Timers’ Orientation on the first day, so I’ll be all over that. I want to make sure I get the most out of my time.

Are you a member of RWA that has been to the conference before? If so, I’d love to hear any words of wisdom you might have for me. Add a comment!

Exciting News!

I’m getting published! Yes!

My story titled “Linger” will be included in Summer’s Sweet Embrace, a sweet romance anthology with eight different authors from Roane Publishing.

I’ve been at it for a few years now, so it feels really good to get my writing out into the world. I’m hoping it’s just the first of many! I realize there are lots of exclamation points being used in a very small space, but I feel this is cause for celebration!

Below is more information about each of the stories. A link to the official cover reveal is here.

Summer’s Sweet Embrace A Romance Anthology By Various Authors

Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: August 19, 2015
Keywords: Summer, Beach, Ocean, romance, contemporary, Summertime Romance, short stories

summersembraceTruly Paradise – Michelle Ziegler

Description: Waiting for the right one can be torture.  Too bad for Hailey, impatience got the best of her. Finding Mr. Right in time for a destination wedding couldn’t happen fast enough. Instead of listening to reason, or rather her friends, she’s stuck in paradise alone, again. Nothing ruins a tropical paradise faster than catching your date with another woman.  Justin’s ready for a change. He’s been caught up in his own success for too long and is looking to finally settle down. Timing is everything and his cousins wedding is the perfect start of his new life. His luck is changing with the captivating mystery woman on the beach.  Now all he has to do is find her, before he agrees to his family’s match making plot.

Ocean Dust – Laurie Treacy

Description: Carly Dawson, 18, is facing her last summer before leaving for college, all alone. Still nursing a broken heart over the loss of her boyfriend, Chase Montgomery, she wants the next two months to be different. A shocking unexpected visitor one night just may offer Carly the excitement she seeks. Her only decision is whether or not to choose what this visitor offers her.

The Beach Rose – Christa MacDonald

Description: Annie Thomas can’t believe her good luck when she inherits the family’s beach house in Oceanside Maine.  It’s one of the few places she was truly happy so she sells everything she owns, quits her job, and moves in hoping that her new business, The Beach Rose, will bring in enough money in its first season to let her live up there year round.  But on her first day things aren’t as easy or as simple as she’d hoped.  To cap it off she discovers that her best new client is actually the boy she had a huge teenage crush on.  So much for rekindling a summer romance. For Craig, Annie was everything he wanted when he was a geeky seventeen year-old.  Now that he’s pushing forty and the owner of half the real estate in town, he wants another shot at convincing her that he’s everything she needs.  He didn’t count on her owning the business he just signed a contract with though.  Craig has to find a way to help Annie’s struggling business without her knowing it since anything else would push her further away and that’s the last thing he wants.  Together they may get a second chance for a summer romance.

When the Sea Swallows the Sun – Kim Strattford

Description: A trip to Clearwater Beach was supposed to be a fun escape from the D.C. rat race for Emma and her boyfriend Sam.  Until Sam dumped her, leaving her with a ticket she was too cheap not to use and a resolution to enjoy her time in the sun and get over him.  A plan that sputters when Sam’s good friend Rick shows up.  Rick, who’s never seemed to approve of her for reasons she’s never understood.  Rick, who seems to think he has license to bug her just because he bought Sam’s ticket.  Rick, who may be a much nicer guy than she ever realized, and who might have a very good reason for not thinking much of her.  Can they make peace in the beautiful Florida sun and surf?  Peace—or maybe more?

Love’s Nectar – Jaylee Austin

Description: What if fate pushed you to make a choice between keeping a promise and revealing a truth? After her grandmother’s death, she opens an unexpected letter containing an unwanted request. Isabel feels obligated to honor her grams final wish. In the process she risks losing the man of her dreams. Six months before their marriage Isabel reveals a time bomb that will forever change their lives. He loves her but the betrayal of not trusting him weighs heavy on his heart. Trust means everything to Seth. One ring, journal, box, spirit, and flower will teach everyone the power of commitment and the importance of honesty.  Secrets left buried will always haunt the living, a life lived truthfully leads to happily ever after. Will Isabel and Seth realize this before they are doomed to replay the mistakes of the past?

Love’s High Tide – Niki Mitchell

Description: Tired of the vacationers hitting on her, surf shop owner, Skye Taylor quits dating. In walks the cocky, Harley Nicholson from Idaho. She’s not open for another summer fling. Can he convinces her to give love a chance? Harley sees Skye shooting through the Huntington Beach Pier on her surfboard. Mesmerized by the woman’s connection with the wave, he sets out to meet the brazen surfer. He bets his cousin that before he leaves in three weeks, she’ll be his. Skye’s life is kept busy running the Epic Surf Shop and training for annual surfing contest. The handsome, buff Idahoan interests her, but she doesn’t want another disastrous summer fling. Harley charms her into giving him a surfing lesson, woos her with moonlight strolls, and coaxes her with sweet gestures. Skye discovers Harley’s betrayal. She refuses to see him or hear his explanation. Miserable, Harley must do something monumental to win her back. Will Skye ever forgive Harley?

Linger – Melissa J. Crispin

Description: Tracey Thompson isn’t like most twenty-year-olds. She’s looking forward to settling down and marrying her soul mate, Noah Martin. Even though their love bloomed when they were just little kids, they never doubted it and never looked back. When a tragic accident separates Tracey from Noah, she struggles to go on without him. As the days wear on, she becomes aware of a chance for them to be together once again. All she needs to do is understand what tore them apart in the first place. But, overcoming this is harder than it seems. Will she be strong enough to find her way back to him?

Above Reproach – Sheryl Winters

Description: Executive Secretary Margaret Simms should have had it all. An apartment on the beach and a job at Reynolds Ad Agency, working for her best friend and business mogul Garrett Reynolds. A one night stand leads to a pregnancy and a re-evaluation of her life goals. In reality, Margaret’s always hated her office job and culinary school is her life dream. But that too is ripped away from her when Garrett, her best friend and father of her child, develops cancer. Obligation forces her back to the work she hates. When office espionage threatens her life, Margaret finds she must make a choice. Stand up for what she truly believes in or lose all she’s ever wanted. 

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FREE on Kindle – Love’s Sorrow Historical Romance by Terri Rochenski

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Yes, you read that title right…

Love’s Sorrow is FREE on Kindle!! 

Be sure to share this offer with your followers & cyber buds…it’s only available for FREE download until Friday!

Love’s Sorrow
Means of Mercy #1
by Terri Rochenski

Release Date: April 21, 2014
Genre: Historical Romance
Keywords: Romance, Historical, Series, Civil War, Scotland, 19th Century, America

Hired as a nanny for her cousin’s children, Anne Tearle finds security and a loving family. The children are a dream, but London society is a world of its own, one where a displaced farm girl has no business being. But, wealthy rake, Gavin MacKay, helps her to see associating with the upper class might not be as horrid as she first assumed. 

Like all things worthwhile, love comes at a price, and the cost soon bestows more anguish than joy. Lost, but not undone, Anne must find the courage to begin life anew, or succumb to sorrow’s unrelenting waves of grief.




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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT LOVE’S SORROW!

 

5 Harleys!! – Harlie’s Book Reviews

 

 

“Do yourself a favor and buy this book.  Put it on the top of your TBR pile and spend a day with Anne and Gavin.  You will feel gutted, stunned and just plain open-mouthed in the end.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you but this book is not to be ignored.  Ms. Rochenski has written a brilliantly, in some ways brutal, book that everyone must read and then come back and cry with me.  Only 7 months until the next book.”

 

 


 

 5 Stars! – Amazon Review

 

 

“This is not a cookie cutter romance that can be found in every bookstore. I applaud Terri Rochenski for writing the truth about Love. It can be faked, and people learn everyday in all walks of life that they have been used by people that they thought loved them.

 

 


 

I’m excited to see Anne’s journey continues with Love’s Revenge. It is a book I’ll definitely read.”

 

 


 

5 Stars! – Amazon Review

 

 

“I have to admit when I read the blurb and first started reading Love’s Sorrow I though it was a very well written but run of the mill historical romance, but don’t be mistaken I do not at all regret reading this book in fact I am avidly awaiting the next installment and believe me if I could help Terri Rochenski in any way for it to be out earlier I would.”

 

 


 

 

4 Stars! - Amazon Review

 

 

“If you want a feel-good, not-too-realistic romance, don’t read this book. If you want a realistic depiction of London in the 1800s, society’s prejudices, people’s selfishness and love and all its agony, this is the book for you.”


Audiobook Review: Storm: Elemental, Book 1 by Brigid Kemmerer

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5StarStory_5StarNarrationI purchased Storm: Elemental, Book 1 by Brigid Kemmerer from audible.com. It popped up as a recommendation after finishing Book 1 in The Creepy Hollow Series by Rachel Morgan so I decided to give it a go. I must say, I absolutely LOVED this book.

The author wastes no time getting into the action. It was fun and fast-paced, reeling me in from the very beginning and holding my interest straight through to the end. I flew through the entire thing quickly.

The dynamic between the Marreck brothers was excellent. Their relationships were portrayed in a way that would seem realistic to anyone with siblings. One minute they could be arguing or fighting with one another, then the next they may be protecting each other.

I really liked that the story switched between Becca and Chris’s point-of-view. It showed the emotions that both of them were trying to deal with well, not to mention the confusion both of them felt at times because of Hunter’s presence.

I don’t like to do spoilers so I’m going to keep this short. If you enjoy paranormal YA with strong characters (and alpha male types), read this book!

It’s been a while since I’ve fallen in love with a series, so I’m happy to have come across this one. After finishing this book, I immediately bought Book 2, Spark, and I’m nearing the end of Book 3, Spirit, so I think it’s safe to say I would highly recommend Storm!

Audiobook Review: Creepy Hollow Series #1, The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan

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4StarStory_4StarNarrationI recently finished listening to The Faerie Guardian, Creepy Hollow Series #1, by Rachel Morgan. I purchased this book from Audible.com.

This was the first book that I have read or listened to from this author. I devour a lot of YA fantasy, so I often approach a new series with fear that it will be too predictable or chock full of cliches. I’ll admit, after hearing the first few chapters, I really thought this story was headed down that road. The plot felt a little slow in the beginning, though I really liked the world that the story was set in, enough so that it held my interest.

I hate spoilers, so I’m not going to give anything away here. But, about midway through, there’s a plot twist in the book that I totally wasn’t expecting. From that point on, the pace picked up and I got pulled deeper into the story, left wondering what was going to happen next.

I really liked that the main character, Violet, was a tough girl. She had experienced a lot of loss despite her young age, but she wasn’t a withering flower looking for sympathy. There are interesting developments with one of the characters that seemed most annoying to her, and as everything unravels you get to see that the history between this person and Violet runs deep.

I would recommend giving this series a try.

 

Audiobook Review: The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

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CynthiaHandTLTWSGRating_ThumbnailAs I mentioned in my bio, I love audiobooks. I almost always have one ready for a listen on my phone, and I play bits and pieces all day long, whenever I can steal away the time.

I wanted to share my thoughts on a recent one that I just finished called,  The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand. I bought this book from Audible.com.

This was the fourth book that I’ve read by this author. I absolutely loved her “Unearthly” series and was very much looking forward to reading a new story from her. She did not disappoint.

“The Last Time We Say Goodbye” is a heartbreaking story about a girl named Lex who is trying to move on with her life after her brother commits suicide. Her parents are divorced, she has a strained relationship with her father, and a mom who is struggling with her grief. Lex feels like she is labeled as “that girl whose brother committed suicide” and that people don’t really see beyond it. She is doing her best to get through the rest of her senior year, with hopes to get away from her home town by going to a far away college.

There is a love interest in the story for Lex, but the way it is presented is not typical and it is not the main plot in the story. I found this to be refreshing. Many problems with the relationship are alluded to, but we don’t get the full explanation of why until the end, and when it’s revealed, it’s very moving.

Cynthia Hand did a lovely job portraying the ugliness of grief. The emotions that the characters go through are believable, and there were moments in the story that brought me to tears.

In addition to a great story, the audio book narration by Julia Whelan was excellent too. Each character had a distinct voice, and the feeling and mindset of that character was delivered flawlessly.

5 stars for both the book and the performance in the audiobook. I really liked this one.