Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Review: The Hour of the Innocents

TITLE: The Hour of the Innocents
AUTHOR: Robert Paston
RELEASE DATE: May 20th 2014
PUBLISHER: Forge Books
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: netgalley

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1968. Vietnam. Social turmoil. Drugs. Music.
Four young musicians are determined to escape a ravaged industrial landscape by playing rock and roll...and they play it with a passion and brilliance that contrasts with their poverty. Music is the only hope they have.
Set against a fleeting age when music seemed about to change the world, Robert Paston's The Hour of the Innocents tells the story of the band known as The Innocents and captures the true drama of the late 1960s—not the glitter of famous names, but the yearning of the heartland guitarists and drummers who believed…and the lovers, friends, and lives crushed along the way.








The Hour of the Innocents is the story of Will and the band The Innocents and their desire to make it in a moment where music was having a major role in history. It's a story about many things, you have friendship, growing up, family, post-war life and so much more.

I liked the portrayal of the era, you can feel the sixties in the air and the author created a story that really reflects the moment. I also liked the songs, I wanted to listen to them and really hear how they sound.

I didn't like the book as much as I would have liked. There was something in the story that lost me for moments. I mean the characters are good and you can feel the author admiration for this musical era but for me, it felt too documentary for moments and I lost the pace I like in fiction books.





Monday, February 19, 2018

Blog Tour: Innocent Eyes @CharlotteEHart1 @Rachel_De_Lune


Innocent Eyes
by
Charlotte E Hart and Rachel De Lune
Release Date: 19th February
Genre: Dark. Erotic Romance  
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Synopsis:
"If he's gross, I'm bailing." 
That's what I said to my supposed best friend when she asked me to take her place. A blind date, she said. What harm could it do? 
He was charming. Beautiful. God's finest creation. He wined me and dined me. Made me do things I'd never before dreamt of in the bedroom. It was perfect. Dangerous. Arousing. 
But Jenny didn’t tell me the full story. She didn’t tell me about the debt she owed. And now Quinn Cane wants his money's worth, and he’s going to make me pay whatever way he can. 
“A debt needs to be paid.”
The woman who came to meet me didn’t owe me money. I could tell by her innocent eyes.  Still, the debt will be paid either way.
She was something to play with and use as I saw fit, but something about Emily Brooks made me want to keep her. So she became my dirty girl. Pure. Innocent. Mine.
Then she whispered my damned name and invaded my world, changing its reasoning.
She wasn’t meant to break the rules. But she rolled my dice and won. 

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Meet The Authors:
Charlotte E. Hart 
Charlotte is an Dark Erotic Suspense/Romance author living in the heart of the Shropshire countryside in Great Britain. She's lived all over the UK, but finally settled in a small town that still reeks of old school England.
Writing and poetry have become a revolution for the soul, and she cherishes every second that she's sitting at the laptop tapping her way into a new character.
"Life is a torrent of differences, different needs and wants, and it doesn't always end that well. Yet we strive ..."
Charlotte E Hart
Most of Charlotte's work is bdsm based and intended for mature audiences only

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Rachel De Lune
Rachel De Lune writes emotionally driven contemporary and erotic romance. 
She began scribbling her stories of dominance and submission in the pages of a notebook several years ago, and still can’t resist putting pen to real paper. What ifs are turned into heartfelt stories of love where there will always be a HEA. 
Rachel lives in the South West of England and daydreams about shoes with red soles, lingerie and chocolate. If she’s not writing HEAs, she’s probably reading them. She is a wife and has a beautiful daughter.
For every woman who's ever desired more. 
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Giveaway

A signed copy of The Queen by Tiffany Reisz plus one $5/£5 gift card plus ebooks of ‘Seeing White’ and ‘More ‘.
It will be the pinned post of both of the author’s Facebook pages:
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Author Interview & Giveaway @thatabbyrose




Hello, today I welcome author Abby Rosmarin and her new book In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes. Keep reading to learn more about her and the books. And also, at the end, you have the chance to win her book.

Hello Abby, first of all, thanks for this opportunity. Let’s start talking about yourself

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Well, I’m a bit of an eclectic mix: I’m a writer, yoga instructor, personal trainer, and commercial model based out of New England.  I grew up in the Boston area, but now currently live in the mountains of New Hampshire with my husband.  When I’m not writing or teaching yoga/fitness, I’m typically out hiking, running, or kickboxing – I tend to stay very active!  I also have three cats and two chickens, with plans on someday getting a few goats.

2. How long have you been writing?
I have honestly been writing since before I knew how to write!
(Let me explain.)
Before I learned how to write out letters, I would make “books” that consisted of a picture on one page, followed by scribbles on the next (because that’s what letters looks like to a four-year-old who can’t really read yet!).  My life has essentially revolved around writing since then.

3. For those that don’t know you how many books do you have published?
I have published four books!  Two fiction novels (In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes and Chick Lit & Other Formulas for Life) as well as a collection of poetry (No One Reads Poetry: A Collection of Poems) and a collection of essays (I’m Just Here for the Free Scrutiny).

About your writing process.
4. Where do you find inspiration for your books? Or how do come up with the ideas for your stories?
I will admit that I draw heavily on real life.  I love to observe people – not just in the usual people-watching sense, but during conversations, parties, etc (I’ve been told a time or eight that I can get really quiet in social situations), and I feel like the human condition is one endlessly fascinating subject.

But a lot of it comes from just letting my mind wander.  Most of my book ideas have come about because my mind would keep creating fictional scenarios until another part of my brain would go, “Hey, that’s a really good idea for a book.”

5. What about your characters?
I have found that the characters honestly find me, and I’ve learned to play the role of chauffeur, humbly bringing them to their desired destinations. I’ve learned that the best way – for me, at least – to create characters is to essentially let them introduce themselves to me.  I’ll have an outline of who I hope they’ll be, and as I get to task writing notes or even the book itself, I let the characters fill in the outlines in whatever ways they see fit.  Some characters – usually small, side characters – fill the outline in perfectly.  But, typically, the characters take on their own shape, and I try to document it as authentically as I can.

6. How long takes you to write a book from start to finish?
It can vary!  The first draft of my very first book took about a year and a half to write (after years of the idea just floating around in my mind).  In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes took about 6 months (after about 10 months of floating around in my mind).

On the flipside, the first draft of my most recent manuscript was written in a staggering 6 weeks, with the idea floating around in my mind for only a few months.

And that’s just the first draft!  I could be here all day talking about the editing process…

7. What’s your favorite writing scenario?
Aside from the scenario where I get that 7-figure book deal with movie rights? ;) But, to be serious: my favorite writing scenario involves the early morning.  No one else is up.  Sun peaking over the horizon.  I’m at a table – ideally, situated outside, or by a large window – with a hot cup of coffee to one side of my laptop.  I’m engrossed in my work, and, by the time the sun has fully risen, I’ve written out a few thousand words.

8. Do you take inspiration from real life to create your story or characters?
Oh, big time!  Now, at no point are my books secret memoirs, or secret biographies – it would be an outright lie to say “inspired by true events” in any part in my novels.  Typically, real life serves as a backdrop.  There is no one in my life I can point to and say, “This is the real life Nicole,” because the characters and story arcs really do take on a life of their own.


About your last book: In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes.
Let me tell you I really liked. But after reading it I have a few questions?

9. How did you start writing it? 
What kicked my butt into gear to actually write it was NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month.  While I wasn’t trying to “win” NaNoWriMo (where “winning” entails writing 50,000 words or an entire novel in a month), I used the competition to force myself to sit down and write out the idea that had been playing around in my head.  Because – sometimes – you really just have to sit down and crank out what you can.

10. How you ever been in the same position as Nicole? If not, how do you think you would react if you were?
While I’ve never had to deal with a family member getting engaged to someone unsavory, I, unfortunately, have found myself in the same communication pitfalls as Nicole!  It’s hard for Nicole to have a frank and honest conversation about the problems at hand, especially when it involves someone she loves.  As a result, I get the feeling I would react –at least in the beginning – the same way that Nicole reacts.  However, how she reacts at the end is definitely something I wouldn’t be able to do!





What do you get when you cross neuroses with sarcasm?
Me.
Hi, my name is Abby. Pleasure to meet you.
As seen on Huffington Post, Bustle, Buzzfeed, MindBodyGreen, Thought Catalog, and a slew of other websites. 
Also the author of I'm Just Here for the Free Scrutiny, Chick Lit & Other Formulas for Life, and No One Reads Poetry: A Collection of Poems.
My newest book -- In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes -- is coming out February 13th. You should buy it. With your money.



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TITLE: In The Event the Flower Girl Explodes
AUTHOR: Abby Rosmarin
RELEASE DATE: February 13th, 2018
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

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It’s the wedding of the century. Her big brother – the man who was a second father to her after their dad passed – is the groom. And Nicole is fighting just to keep her head above water.
She’s surrounded by an aloof bride-to-be, a psychotic mother of the bride, ridiculous bridesmaids, and a town that feels like a parody of Americana. Her own family is perfectly fine with everything – with the exception of her wise-cracking cousin Ella, whose antics only serve to get Nicole even further into trouble. The wedding stress is invading all aspects of her life, including her own relationship. Nicole only wants what’s best for her brother – but what if that involves her brother leaving his fiancée at the altar?
As the wedding day approaches and tensions continue to rise, Nicole is forced to figure out what love, loyalty, and honesty mean – before it’s too late and she loses everyone she loves.
One lucky winner will get a signed copy of the book (US only) and another one will get an ebook.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Review: In The Event the Flower Girl Explodes @thatabbyrose

TITLE: In The Event the Flower Girl Explodes
AUTHOR: Abby Rosmarin
RELEASE DATE: February 13th, 2018
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

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It’s the wedding of the century. Her big brother – the man who was a second father to her after their dad passed – is the groom. And Nicole is fighting just to keep her head above water.
She’s surrounded by an aloof bride-to-be, a psychotic mother of the bride, ridiculous bridesmaids, and a town that feels like a parody of Americana. Her own family is perfectly fine with everything – with the exception of her wise-cracking cousin Ella, whose antics only serve to get Nicole even further into trouble. The wedding stress is invading all aspects of her life, including her own relationship. Nicole only wants what’s best for her brother – but what if that involves her brother leaving his fiancée at the altar?
As the wedding day approaches and tensions continue to rise, Nicole is forced to figure out what love, loyalty, and honesty mean – before it’s too late and she loses everyone she loves.


What do you get when you cross neuroses with sarcasm?

Me.

Hi, my name is Abby. Pleasure to meet you.

As seen on Huffington Post, Bustle, Buzzfeed, MindBodyGreen, Thought Catalog, and a slew of other websites. 

Also the author of I'm Just Here for the Free Scrutiny, Chick Lit & Other Formulas for Life, and No One Reads Poetry: A Collection of Poems.

My newest book -- In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes -- is coming out February 13th. You should buy it. With your money.

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Nicole's brother is getting married. The man who practically raised her after her father's death and who never introduced her a girlfriend or a date is now marrying the craziest girl (in a figurative speech). Nicole is left to deal with a hurricane of a wedding that includes over the top and exaggerated parties, a family that swears is from the South and who follows southern traditions to the extreme and a bride to be she doesn't really know. Nicole doesn't deal with the stress very well so she puts everything she loves at risk.

I had fun reading about Nicole, she is this young woman who for moments acts like a teenager but in a comprehensible way. We have flashbacks to understand her relationship with her brother and also his fiancee so we can understand why she behaves the way she does.

There are other characters and each one brings something to the story: the supportive girlfriend Laura, the fun cousin Ella, Nicole's mother, a group of crazy bridesmaids and more people, who put their part to make the story go on.

The story presents a town that seems taken out a comedy, I had tons of fun reading about it and the people who live there.

Something I loved about this book, is that the main character doesn't have a love story. It's not the typical: "Main character finds the love of her life and changes her life for the better" or maybe "main character leaves her current partner to find her true soul mate". Nooo, this time the story is about love but not the romantic type. She already has a girlfriend (yes, she is homosexual and you know what the author doesn't make a fuss about it, it's natural and I loved it).

The story, in general, is entertaining and you will read chapter after chapter without noticing it.



Monday, February 12, 2018

Review: Second Nature


TITLE: Second Nature
AUTHOR: Lauren Kuzimski
RELEASE DATE: January 23rd 2016
FORMAT: paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary book

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Opposite elements, same side…Long ago, the Esscas, a rogue group of elementals, had once dared to challenge the Queens, the self-proclaimed masters of the element realms. The resulting war had decimated the world and the very people. In the end though, the Queens had prevailed and banished the Esscas to the After for all eternity.Fae had shared no alliance with the Esscas, but had felt the ripples of their punishment nonetheless. For their actions, she would never be free. Born a fire elemental herself, Fae had spent every waking moment of her life training to be a guard for her Queen, with no choices in regards to her own fate. It was that or exile herself.Jace, on the other hand, had been born an earth elemental with every choice in the world, yet had been one of those that had taken part in the Esscas. His punishment… eternity in exile, swallowed in regrets…When the Esscas escape, vengeful and angry, and threatening the world once more, Fae and Jace quickly find their fates intertwined. While Fae fights for the chance to taste her freedom, Jace finds a chance to atone for his past mistakes.Only by setting aside their differences, in both elements and loyalties, do they stand any chance to make a change and defeat Jace’s ex-team once more. If only trust was that easy…


Lauren Kuzimski is a third year veterinarian student, who has a passion not only for animals but for writing as well. While she is always busy studying (really busy studying), she cannot help but take time out each day to work on a new story or idea. 
Creating a new world is half the fun in a day, and the other half is filling it with new characters.
Her debut book- Second Nature- is a taste of what she loves to write. Fantasy, young adult, characters that don't fit the mold of "hero". Writing from a villain's point of view opens new doors and opportunities to explore the world's created.

Second Nature is available now, and True Nature (the sequel) will be available in the future.



I've been having a bad time with fantasy books so I don't know why I picked this one (the cover is good but maybe not the best) and after reading the blurb all you can think is FANTASY. But I'm so glad I read it. The basic story is this: the world is divided by elements (fire, air, etc...) and each realm has a Queen. A hundred years ago a group of people who control the elements (as well as the Queens) decided to challenge the Queens and after a deadly war they were "banished". Now... they are back.

It has a simple start with a clear explanation of what happened and with the introduction of the main characters. Jace is a really good character, he seems honest about his intentions and also his personality charms you to believe him all he says. Then we have Fae, the rebel girl who wants to fight for justice and good. I liked her strong personality and I think she sounds human and likable.

One of the reasons I enjoy this book is I found the story clear and easy to follow. One of my main problems with fantasies is that sometimes you got many characters and different scenarios at the same time so I get lost in the middle. Here we follow the character through the different realm and in their adventures and the characters appear little by little and you always have present who is who. I also liked the little flashbacks, they were a good element to understand the story.

I thought about giving it fewer stars because of that huge cliffhanger at the end. I mean I saw it coming, there were so many questions and just a few pages left so I knew I would end up asking for more but I wanted the answers soo bad that I got mad at the end.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, it was a bit long but I don't think you can cut any part of it. If you like fantasy give it a try.




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