Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Cover & Blurb Reveal - THE HUNT @monicajames81

Series: A Hard Love Romance  
Book 1: Dirty Dix
Book 2: Wicked Dix
Book 3 (Spin-Off): The Hunt
Genre: Rom-Com, Erotica
Release Date: October 30th 2017

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My name is Hunter O’Shea and I have a confession to make…I’ve met a girl who consumes me. I know that makes me sound completely whipped, but Mary “Lamb” Mitts has the power to bring me to my knees…it’s just too bad she hates my guts. But that’s okay, because I hate hers, too. The fiery redhead stirs something in me that I can’t explain.
This temporary insanity could be due to the fact my best friend, who used to be a bigger player than me, is getting married. That must be it. I’m caught up in an Oprah moment.
The only solution is to get back in the game and forget she exists. That theory is great—too bad I don’t want anyone else.
I’m so screwed.

Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.
When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life.
She is a bestselling author in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.
Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks, and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.

Instagram: @MonicaJames

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Blog Tour: The Island of Dreams


TITLE: The Island Of Dreams
AUTHOR: Gregory James Clark
RELEASE DATE: September 5th, 2017
PUBLISHER: Clink Street Publishing
SOURCE: complimentary copy

In 2107, twenty-four year-old Gary Loman is disillusioned with life. There are scant opportunities in the capitalist world that surrounds him. When he receives a prestigious invitation, Gary knows that the change he has been waiting for has finally arrived; it’s a ticket to fame and glory as a skater. Leaving the old world behind, Gary embarks on a new adventure on The Island of Dreams, led by the world’s newest monarchy, where he is introduced to the woman who will become his wife and a wildly different social order, one which has evolved over the previous seventy years by virtue of a slow, quiet and largely unnoticed revolution. By 2107, however, The Island is poised to become one of the most powerful states in the world, acquiring, most notably, the territory of Kamchatka.The Island Queen, Queen Katie of Kamchatka, with the help of her devoted Prime Minister and her faithful staff, then attempt to educate and train the 240 receivers of the distinguished Queen’s Ticket, both for their roles as skaters and within the Kamchatskiy organisation, for whom they will be working under a completely new concept in political economy, based on quality rather than profit motives, and which is replacing Marxism as the world’s rival to capitalism. As Gary progresses on The Island, and as its Queen seeks out her new King, the world is on the brink of a breath-taking transformation.

Born and raised in Lancashire, Gregory James Clark went on to graduate with a BSc Honours in Maritime Studies from the University of Wales followed by an MBA from Manchester Metropolitan University. In his professional life he has enjoyed working in the field of Quality Management and the design of programmes including; The Programme for Global Quality Promotion (PGQP) in Russia and the African Nations. Previous publications include Quality Matters: The Decade of Quality 1989 - 2000 (Spire City Publishing 2002) and Deming and Juran: Gift to the World (Spire City Publishing 2007). He is currently the editor of The Electron Newsletter for the Institution of Electronics. In his spare time he enjoys ice dancing, ballroom dancing, golf, chess and snooker and speaks numerous languages including; Dutch, German, Portuguese and Swedish. 

The Island of Dreams begins with this great premise of a new world and a solid concept for this new Non-Capitalist Economic society. As Gary, we are invited to discover the Island where it all began.

The first chapters are a good introduction. Along with Gary, we learn little by little about this new ideology, this new way of life. The concept is solid and every detail has been taken care off. It´s easy to understand how this all works and why each person is invited to join.

Somewhere in the middle of the book, I lost a bit the initial input despite the good writing and the detail descriptions of each event taking place. I think there is no major point of conflict in the book, we see how this society is evolving and how they adapt the old way of life to the new ideology.

Overall is a good book to think of alternatives to Capitalism that can bring benefits to all parts.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Review: Letters to Laura @RiversofWords

TITLE: Letters to Laura
AUTHOR: Wesley Rivers
RELEASE DATE: March 17th, 2016
SOURCE: complimentary copy

Letters to Laura is the story of one woman’s journey from heartbreak to healing. Told through a series of letters, this unique epistolary offers insight into coming out of the closet, losing your virginity, and learning how to genuinely grieve in the face of loss. People don’t have to die to leave us and when two women—madly in love—break apart, the leaving is all too real. In this inspiringly raw work, grief shows its true nature: that of a healer. How much pain have you shoved down into the depths of your broken heart? Perhaps the light needed for your darkness lies between the lines of one brave woman’s willingness to be exposed.
Wesley Rivers is a no–nonsense individual with a strong disgust for fruitless endeavors. However if you point out how whimsical she can be, she will simply smile and reply: "but with a purpose". Wesley never avoids being brash when it’s needed, determined to see herself through her own heart rather than anyone else’s. She finds staring into one’s own darkness to be very therapeutic and so shies away from stories, movies, or entertainment that hinges too heavily on formulas, trope–ing, or "feel good" material.

Wesley is enthralled with Asian pop culture, expressing her adoration for anime, K–pop and historical Asian folklore on a daily basis. Much of her inspiration comes from the various art forms of these cultures. She adores foxes and often times plays with the idea that she is indeed the reincarnation of a Kitsune (Japanese nine-tailed fox Yokai).

Being part of the community herself, Wesley has strong ties to LGBT advocacy and social activism. She will also be the first to admit that she finds two men engaging in sexual acts to be too stunning for words, never hiding that she hopes to come back in the next life as a gay man "…in a better world of course."

She is a dedicated minimalist, quoted saying… "The hoarding of things is death to all the experience life can offer." Wesley Rivers adores the refinement of tea; she believes there to be more culture in a bag of tea leaves than in the entire world. Wesley sees no difference between children with fur and children without, having five fur–babies: two cats and three dogs. She believes all life matters and the idea that some matter more is primarily what’s wrong with the world.

Bio blurbs like this make Wesley cringe, mainly because she despises being tied down or forced to represent herself in a certain way. Loving change for the sake of change, her work spans several genres. "Being pinned to one genre or style is the equivalent of staying in the right lane, going 20 miles an hour. It gets you there, but in the most boring way imaginable. Writing is my way of landing on the moon, flying with angels, fighting dragons, doing the impossible."

–Wesley Rivers

Wesley Rivers is charmingly cocky beyond reason, willful beyond words, and warm beyond understanding. She is a spitfire for the ages, but still classy as fuck. Wesley embodies the idea that we don’t have to define or identify ourselves with petty human concepts, but instead we can embrace each present moment—the NOW—and just BE.
" Let your DO be playful, and your You just BE." –Wesley Rivers

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“...She was a terrible girlfriend, an even worse friend, and I would have done anything for her. Why? Why would anyone devote so much to someone so messed up and cruel? Because she was me. I mean, not exactly. I know there were a lot of differences in how we treated people, how we chose to mask our brokenness, but she was essentially just like me. She was looking for someone to save her, rescue her, make all the nightmares disappear inside of a kiss. And it inspired in me a grand desire to be all she dreamed for. Because if I could save her, maybe it would save me as well.
When the dust settled and the smoke cleared, I was alone. My princess, the one I worked so hard to save, had betrayed me. She’d sold me out to the enemy of loneliness and I was bound by the chains of heartache, held in the prison of good intentions. I looked down at myself, busted and bleeding profusely from every wound I’d ever gotten. They were all noticeable now, glaring back at me saying…”this is it, you’ve suffered long enough, we won’t survive this one, not unless a miracle comes”.
I don’t know whether it was the right time, or just the right combination of events, advice from well–meaning friends, and a few bottles of organic beer. But a sudden moment of clarity took me over. If I wanted to get out of this mess, break from these chains and storm my way out of my self–made prison, I’d need a new perspective. No one was coming to save me. There was no knight in shining armor. My princess was long gone and would not offer aid. I took a deep breath, wiped the tears from my eyes, and decided I’d be my own miracle. I looked grief in the eye and said, “I’m ready.” Grief, the surgeon to the lost, cut me wide open, removed all the faulty wiring, and gave me a new chance.
A chance to become my own hero.”

Wesley Rivers Q&A:
1. What made you want to start writing?
Everyone has a need to be heard. Writing is my way of exploring the vastness of my own voice, completely oblivious to whether I'm the only one in this exploration and at the same time, displaying that voice loudly in the ears of all that will take a listen.

2. What things have you read that have especially helped your writing?
I have always been highly influenced by the works of powerhouses like Edgar Allen Poe (anything by him really), C.S. Lewis (‘Til We Have Faces and The Screwtape Letters), Watership Down by Richard Adams, but I would actually say that I am more inspired and motivated and influenced to write by visual stories. Certain TV shows, a lot of anime, even certain movies and songs inspire me. I get story ideas from lots of media and I find that these story ideas tend to come to me in a similar manner as one might get a script idea. I wouldn't say I'm a writer first. I would say I'm a storyteller who dabbles in writing.

3. What’s the hardest thing about writing for you?
Thinking I'm any good. haha I love to write, yet I find myself doing it less than anything else for a good 6 months out of the year. The other 6 months, I send all the excuse-coated insecurities that kept me from writing the first 6 months away and then I write two full length books/novels. I'd like to take credit for some kind of mind-shattering display of discipline, but truth is I'm always evolving.

4. What do you wish you knew before you started?
How damn long it was going to take LOL!

5. Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? If you write more than one, how do you balance them?
How do you balance telling your friend about the time you thought you saw a ghost and recounting from memory the instructions on how to build a bottle rocket to your niece? It's all just different aspects of life. That's what genres in books are (or in art or music for that matter). They're just different aspects of chosen lives, both realistic and fantastical.

6. Where did your love of reading & writing come from?
My love of storytelling has always been something very innate. As for reading, I had to cultivate a love for reading because I struggled with dyslexia. I had to train my brain with different memory techniques; I found that memorization helped me get better and better at reading.

7. How long have you been writing?
Well I was a songwriter for a while, so I have been writing music since I was a little girl. I worked in Nashville a little. But ultimately I'd had a love of writing stories when I was even younger than that (won some state competitions and such). So, after my love affair with music started to cool down, I returned to writing stories and realized that was at the heart of why I even wrote songs. A lot of my songs were storyteller-like songs. I still write music, but my number one squeeze right now is writing novels.

8. What does your “writing cave” look like?
I do not have a cave; who has a cave? When did I miss this? lol

9. Do you use music as inspiration? Can you tell us about what type of music inspires you?
Yes! I am heavily inspired and influenced by music when it comes to my writing. I create playlists for my characters (what kind of songs would they listen to, what songs define their personality, etc.). I create playlists for the story in general, almost like a soundtrack for a movie. And the genres, much like my own writing, range from K-pop to jazz, to rap, to rock and roll, to indie, to Josh Groben and Aurora (who get their own categories because they are my favorites), and so on and so on.

10. Must have beverage and snack while writing?
No snacks, but the beverage depends on what stage the writing is at. From the beginning to about 80% of the book, it's one of my favorite teas in a fancy teacup that makes me feel pretty and elegant in some strange archaic way. Then, from 80% to completion, that tea gets replaced by a strange mixture of espresso and alcohol. ;)

We all have been there, at some point in our lives our hearts have been broken. and it´s really hard to know how to move on... the hurt, the sense of losing control and the tears that keep coming only make it more difficult to see the light at the end. However, just like the Fenix we all have to reborn and move on.

Wesley, being an artist herself, found her way her back to love herself through writing. In this book, she writes letters to her ex. And it is so easy to relate to most of the letters. I don´t care if you are a man or a woman if you're gay, straight or an alien. If you ever loved someone and got your heart broken you will understand what she is talking about.

I adored the photographs with quotes before each letter, they are beautiful.

If you are in love, were in love or just love the idea of something as powerful as loving someone, read this.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Review: Fighting Mad @kathybryson2

TITLE: Fighting Mad
SERIES: The Fayetteville Fairies #3
AUTHOR: Kathy Bryson
RELEASE DATE: December 23rd 2015
PUBLISHER: SoulMate Publishing

Laid off from her job at the bank, Carla turns to her friends for support only to find they’re more concerned about their jobs. The one person she can count on is local bartender Murphy, but what kind of example is that to set for her daughters? Having learned the hard way, Carla’s not depending on any man, even if he is cute, charming, very kind, and some kind of leprechaun?
Murphy is used to sneers. Clurichauns are the redheaded stepchildren of the leprechaun world and then there are the late-night throw-downs at his bar. What he wants, however, is to protect the dainty little mom who ogles him when she thinks no one’s looking. He knows she’s fighting overwhelming odds, but she’ll need more than bravery when the conflict between the King and Queen of the Fairies becomes outright civil war! 

Kathy Bryson is the award-winning author of a series of leprechaun romances as well as the adventures of a hapless med student. She has degrees in both advertising and literature as well 20+ years in business that came in handy for exposing leprechauns. The zombie stuff she’s making up out of research – mostly. A recent transplant to Texas, she also runs a college writing center and caters to the whims of spoiled cats.

The Med School Series follows the adventures of Giovanni through 8 semesters of dealing with B-movie monsters in the real world. Uncover the hidden secrets where the twisted worlds of the supernatural and medical science collide!

The Fayetteville Fairies series - Feeling Lucky, Restless Spirits, Fighting Mad - Shakespeare may have brought a long-standing feud to light in 1590 , but it's heating up today on a small town in the Midwest. How will the ladies of Fayetteville cope while managing jobs, families, and love lives?!

Carla is fired from her job, has sort of a car accident and Murphy seems her best option for help, however with two teenage daughters she doesn´t want to give them a bad example. She has to deal with everything by herself, especially when everyone seems to have gone crazy talking about a war between magical creatures. 

The story is easy to read, the plot is simple and the characters are all likable. The romance is sweet and engaging. I really like how funny, light to read and entertaining the fairies are. In the three books, the pages flow by quickly and you have a pleasant time reading the stories. Kathy is a great writer and also, I love, how she adds the always present Shakespeare into her stories.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Review: Bright @writerblack

TITLE: Bright:  The Story Of A God Who Wishes He Was Human 
SERIES: The Last of the Gods #1
AUTHOR: E.B. Black
RELEASE DATE: April 28th 2017

The worst thing to happen to Bright was being born a god. Bright is expected to use his powers to protect the world from the moment he takes his first breath. He raises himself, learning how to control his powers at the same time as he takes his first steps. 
He isn't allowed to be a weak child: to cry, to grow, and to change because gods must always be perfect. He must not have needs or desires, his duties must rule over all his actions. 
His family members are more like rivals than people who care for him. Humans worship him, but their fear keeps them all at a distance. 
He is always alone, forced to live a life where the fate of his world weighs down on him. There is no rest or joy. 
Until he meets a raven-haired witch named Adonya with power over fire. She turns his world upside down. He has been having visions of this woman and the love the two of them will share. He knows he'll never be the same once he gets to know her. It's dangerous to get close to a woman who is too strong to fear of the wrath of a god. 
He knows she can destroy him, but Bright is tired of always doing the right thing. It is time for him to be selfish for once, even if the world and everything he knows falls apart around him because of it.

E.B. Black was raised by her imagination. She was bullied a lot of growing up, but thanks to daydreaming and books, she always had a friend around, even if most of those friends were imaginary at the time. She was raised on books like Little House On The Prarie, The Boxcar Children, and eventually Sweet Valley High, the last of which was where her love of romance novels came from. But eventually, as she got older, she also read and fell in love with the Harry Potter series and an affection for both romance and fantasy novels grew to make her the writer she is today. Often times, she would read instead of doing homework as a teenager and sometimes read instead of sleeping. Now that she makes her own worlds, she hopes to captivate other people in the same way all her favorite writers have always captivated her. She lives in Southern California with her husband and dog who both love her and respect her love of both them and her writing.

Bright is the son of gods which makes him a god too. Born to rule over the suns, Bright only wants to be loved by his mother and be human. After a life of being asked to be strong and perfect, a brother who kind of hates him and discovering some family secrets, Bright´s story is full of hits and misses. 

It was an amazing experience to rediscover the world through Bright´s eyes. He has this innocence and unknowledge of the world because he is not human so we get to see everything for the first time, it´s like being a kid again and learning how the world works. Those first chapters are well written and the experience is worth reading. 

Then we have Bright´s encounter with humans and human feelings. Passion will play trick with his head and the search for love will drive him a bit crazy. We read about this mysterious raven woman who hunts Bright´s dreams but she appears really late in the book. Adonya is an interesting character.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. Like I said this God who wants to know the world, his brother (OMG, that guy is rare), the humans and the ending are worth trying.

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