Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Book Excerpt - Three PLus Three (Valentine Pets & Kisses) by Cindy Flores Martinez


Title: Three Plus Three (Valentine Pets and Kisses)

Author:
Cindy Flores Martinez

Release date:
February 2nd, 2016

Genre:
Contemporary Romance

Tour:
Irresistible Reads Book Tours



Book Description:

A grieving widow and her beloved doggie meet a handsome widower the day before Valentine’s Day.


Website: http://www.cindyfloresmartinez.com/?p=12


Book Excerpt


He watched her with a steady gaze beneath the glow of the patio lights. "Thank you for caring about me and my son. You're the only one who has, except for my parents. People act like I have a contagiousdisease because I'm a widower."
A look of disbelief washed over Violet's face. He must be mistaken.
How could no one notice this man? Surely other women had paid attention to him. He probably just didn't realize it.
The wind blew Violet's hair across her face, and she glanced up at the cloudy sky. "It looks like it's going to rain soon."
Tom reached across and gently swept her hair aside. Instead of letting go, his fingers caressed a silky strand. "I'm glad you're here. I'm glad I met you."
Violet was so taken aback by his gesture that the words escaped her.
Her body froze, and her heart began to beat faster.
Gazing into her eyes, he slowly leaned forward and brought his perfect lips close to hers.
She shut her eyes and waited for a second but pulled away. "I'm sorry."
"No, I'm sorry," he said. "I just thought…"
"You were right. I wanted you to kiss me."
"Then, why did you pull away?"
"Because." She rose to her feet. "All of this is happening so fast.  I feel like I just met you.

About the Author:

Cindy Flores Martinez writes sweet romantic comedy and inspirational romance in English and Spanish. The Spanish version of her debut novel, Mail-Order Groom, which is titled Novio Por Correo, has been an Amazon US and international Spanish romance bestseller. Cindy has an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Screenwriting. She has been a screenwriting instructor, screenplay consultant, script reader, and screenplay collaborator.



Friday, January 22, 2016

Book Excerpt - Battlescars by Kathleen Mareé





Title: Battlescars

Author: Kathleen Mareé

Release date: January 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance



Book Description:
After some shocking revelations tear a friendship apart, Penelope was dealt a shocking blow. Her battle scars are far from healed both physically and emotionally, but somehow through it all she has found a sense of strength. Deciding to put herself first in order to get her life back on track, she faces a harsh reality. Despite the risks, she is trying to give her rising feelings for Jay a chance - but should she risk everything to try and have a relationship with him?
Still harbouring conflicting emotions for Evan, will see their relationship take some profound turns which in the end, will surprise them both. The looming threat hanging in the balance will see an end to someone in Penny's life, which will ultimately change her forever.
Being at war with love will see her Battlescars never seeming to fade...
Will they ever go away?


Book Excerpt

"It's okay to care..." I whisper, as he slightly shakes his head side to side -but it isn't saying no. Its saying something else. Before I can contemplate anything further, his hands rush toward my cheeks and he presses his lips urgently to mine. Its intense. I can feel his fingers grip tighter into my flustered face, grasping them so tight they felt numb. Perfectly numb. We are all tongues, and lips. His kiss is urgent. Desperate. And oh-so amazing! Who knows how much time passes, but eventually, once we are both completely breathless; we stop. Separating just so our lips are no longer touching and our hot, steamy breaths cascade before us.
"I can't risk you. I won't."
I pull back slightly so I can see his eyes - the master key to our connection. I am flawed every time I look into them. They are no longer closed off and rigid, but fragile and vulnerable; and it stirs something deep inside me.
"I will be fine. I can be careful. Discreet if you want to be sure. I just..." I halt. I am never usually so bold, but I can't fight the urges I feel when I am with him any longer. I've been cut, and I've bled. Now I feel like I am healing. He is bringing me back to life.

About the Author:

From the earliest age I was a born storyteller.
Ask my parents and they will tell you I had a gift for making a simple event seem like an elaborate one. Purposely? No. Innocently? Yes. It was my imaginary world that initially led me to believe I wanted to be an actor. All of that role playing and living in fantasy… it was an obvious direction for me. However, becoming quite uncomfortable with the limelight quickly saw that dream diminish.
Over the years I turned my world of fantasy into stories, and eventually began writing them down.
Before I knew it, ‘Cut’ had been completed.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Battlescars by Kathleen Mareé

Title: Battlescars
Author: Kathleen Mareé
Release date: January 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
After some shocking revelations tear a friendship apart, Penelope was dealt a shocking blow. Her battle scars are far from healed both physically and emotionally, but somehow through it all she has found a sense of strength. Deciding to put herself first in order to get her life back on track, she faces a harsh reality. Despite the risks, she is trying to give her rising feelings for Jay a chance - but should she risk everything to try and have a relationship with him?
Still harbouring conflicting emotions for Evan, will see their relationship take some profound turns which in the end, will surprise them both. The looming threat hanging in the balance will see an end to someone in Penny's life, which will ultimately change her forever.
Being at war with love will see her Battlescars never seeming to fade...
Will they ever go away?

About the Author:
From the earliest age I was a born storyteller.
Ask my parents and they will tell you I had a gift for making a simple event seem like an elaborate one. Purposely? No. Innocently? Yes. It was my imaginary world that initially led me to believe I wanted to be an actor. All of that role playing and living in fantasy… it was an obvious direction for me. However, becoming quite uncomfortable with the limelight quickly saw that dream diminish.
Over the years I turned my world of fantasy into stories, and eventually began writing them down.
Before I knew it, ‘Cut’ had been completed.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

2016 Reading Challenges

I'm hoping I'll have more time to read this year and decided to sign up for a few challenges again.

The challenges I chose to participate in this year are:


Finishing the Series

Hosted by: Bea's Book Nook

My Goal:  Complete Level 3 (Experienced) and read 3 - 6 series.

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Six Squared Reading Challenge


Hosted by: Book Stacks Amber

For this challenge you have to read one book for each topic.

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Debut Author



My goal: Read 12 books by debut authors

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New To You


Hosted by: The Herd Presents

My goal: Level 3 (Wading In): 25 books

Books read:
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Romantic Suspense 



My goal: Private Eye: read 11–20 romantic suspense novels 

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Review - Me Before You by Jojo Moyes


Title: Me Before You by Jojo Moye
Publication Date:December 31st, 2012
Paperback/Hardcover: 36
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Find it at
Goodreads / Bookdepository

Summary: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

Review:
 
If you ask me why it took me so long to start reading this book I couldn’t answer. I’m glad I finally picked it up, though because I absolutely loved it. I think it might be my favorite read of 2015.
First of all I really liked the characters and the fact they seemed real to me right from the start.
Louisa is a very interesting character. She’s quirky and positive despite everything and I couldn’t help but to like her. She was thrown into a situation she knew nothing about but she still did the best she could with it
Will is, understandably, a very complex character but I don’t think it’s that hard to understand his point of view ore where he’s coming from. I enjoyed reading about his relationship with Louisa and how she was able to make him a little happier.
I also liked most of the secondary characters and believe all of them brought something to the story and made the reader understand the main characters and their actions and reactions a little bit better.
I believe this is a hard topic to write about but Jojo Moyes did a wonderful job of it, as I have come to believe she always does. Plotwise, the story develops at a wonderful pace but I really do believe this story is all about the characters and their development.
All in all, Me Before You is a beautifully written story, with amazing characters you can’t help but to root for. I was pretty sure I knew how this book was going to end but that didn’t stop me from being happy and sad as I read it.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romances or simply wants to read a great story with strong characters.

Rating:
Must Read (5 Stars)