#bookreview – This Fragile Life – by Kate Hewitt

This Fragile LifeThis Fragile Life by Kate Hewitt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This Fragile Life is an intense and highly emotional story about two friends, their relationships, their busy modern lives and their hopes and dreams. It is full of raw emotion and human longing for the things that we all believe we’re entitled to, yet sometimes cannot achieve.
Motherhood is a gift but not all women desire it and some are unable to have children. Through her expert weaving of the stories of different generations of mothers in the novel, Kate Hewitt explores how mothers can get it right and enrich the lives of their children, but also how they can get it wrong and leave their children with issues that can last a lifetime.
One night can transform your life – for better or for worse – and Kate Hewitt doesn’t shy away from writing about the emotion and pain that some topics can stir. Instead, she writes about them respectfully, articulately and in a way that affects the reader deeply.
I have to be honest and admit that at 90% through the novel, I was tempted to put my Kindle in the freezer (Joey from Friends style) because I feared its conclusion, but I’m glad I didn’t because the end of the story is beautiful, poignant and uplifting. Kate Hewitt shows that there can be so much hope from so much pain because of the human capacity to endure and keep moving forwards, even though we always carry a part of our loved ones with us.

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#bookreview The Chateau by @KarenAldous_ @ukcarina #amreading #bookboost

The ChateauThe Chateau by Karen Aldous
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Chateau was the first book I have read by Karen Aldous but it certainly won’t be the last. This beautiful novel whisked me away from the rather cold, drizzly UK and took me to the picturesque shores of Lake Geneva.
The heroine Gina is sweet and kind. All she wants in life is to make a success of her property business and to settle down and have a family with her long term lover, Max. Sounds simple enough, right? But love is never simple and Karen Aldous shows us this through the central characters’ relationships and through those of the supporting cast. Gina’s life is further complicated by her attraction to the sexy and apparently arrogant Ollie, a property developer who can’t seem to stay away from Gina. But as with all good heroes, Ollie is more than just a handsome face.
Karen Aldous also blends in a supernatural mystery which Gina feels compelled to solve – with Ollie’s help, of course. I loved the way that she blended glimpses of history in with the modern day setting.
This novel is enchanting, romantic and funny, even when the author is dealing with some of the harsher realities of modern day life as well as some unpleasant events that happened in the past. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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#bookrelease – The Good Sister : Part 2 – by @LSJRomance @lovebitessilk

TGS2_BannerTitle: The Good Sister: Part Two
Written by: London Saint James
Narrated by: Kitty Barclay
Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

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Trinity Lane Winslow stepped out of her fantasy world and into the real one on a quest to obtain the object of her desire—Reid Addison. The pursuit led her to the infamous Madam Jacqueline Claudette Rousseau, the man she craved, and the debonair Lord Archer, the man who offered what she really longed for—love.

When Reid revealed his dark side, he knew he’d sealed his fate and pushed Trinity into the waiting arms of Lord Archer. Can he live with his decision?

Lord Archer would do anything for his beautiful Trinity, but is he strong enough to hold onto her with all that conspire against them?

BUY LINKS

Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Good-Sister-Part-Two-Audiobook/B00PBBU7Q0/

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Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Good-Sister-Part-Two-Unabridged/dp/B00PBU67CY/

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/audiobook/good-sister-part-two-unabridged/id938927601

 

TOP TEN FACTS for The Good Sister series

What do people have to say about The Good Sister Series?

  1. “A series you won’t soon forget.”
  2. “I adored the good sister part one, trinity’s story captivated me as soon as it started but this second part is totally different but impressive as well.”
  3. “Erotic, romantic, funny, sad and smexy! Words escape me on how great this is!”
  4. “Loved 1&2 a beautiful love story with a twist.”
  5. “The Good Sister – Part One is an astronomical piece of contemporary erotic romance that will suck you in from page one and hold you there long after you should’ve turned the lights out for the evening.”
  6. “The Good Sister – Part Two is the perfect ending to this erotic Cinderella story.”
  7. “The love between Lord Archer and Trinity is heartwarming.”
  8. “This two-part Cinderella story has a great ending to it.
  9. “The Good Sister: Part One – I am blown away by this book. I was drawn in from the beginning by this wounded girl and the man she fell for. It was a journey of the soul.”
  10. “The Good Sister: Part Two -Wow! I really loved this book just as much as the first part. Just as emotional and intense, it is the perfect continuation. Trinity continues to grow and mature. The love she shares with Ashton (Lord Archer) is soul wrenching.”

 

PLAYLIST

One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful

David Cook – Time of My Life

Train – Marry me

James Morrison – I won’t Let You Go

One Republic ft. Sara Bareilles – Come Home

Carrie Underwood – Because You Love Me

Listen to the music here: http://youtu.be/QJO3ROT-A4E?list=PLTj2Uioh8mQ7kwQ405nQhTm44GPceCDeS

 

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London Saint James has lived in many places, but never felt “at home” until she met the real-life man of her dreams and settled down in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. London lives with her husband and their fat cat who thinks he owns them.

As an award-winning, bestselling, multi-published author, London is living her childhood dream. She knew all the scribbling she did, that big imagination of hers, and all those clamoring characters running around in her head would pay off someday.

Web: http://www.londonsaintjames.com

Blog: http://londonsj.blogspot.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/LSJRomance

FB Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/London-Saint-James/154331444626603

TSU: https://www.tsu.co/Londonsj

Google+: http://google.com/+LondonSaintJames

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/LSJRomance

You can also e-mail London with any questions or comments at London@londonsaintjames.com. She loves to hear from her readers.

Would you like to know more? Join her mailing list for her monthly newsletter http://eepurl.com/6P2on. Or, join her book group on Facebook, Slip Between the Pages with London https://www.facebook.com/groups/SlipBetweenthePageswithLondon/

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A Good Day…attitude of gratitude. :-) #happiness #time

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Today has been a good day in many ways and I’m working an attitude of gratitude.

Here’s why:

I have a husband I adore.

I have the best children in the world.

I am healthy and my loved ones are too.

I have two dogs and I always wanted dogs. We get to take some fabulous walks and it helps to keep me fit.

I have some great friends across the social networks from authors to editors to book reviewers to readers.

I am 12k into my WIP which is a different genre and won’t be published under MAW as it’s not erotic romance but I’m really enjoying writing it.

I just got an acceptance on a manuscript. It’s always a wonderful feeling.

And that is why I am working my attitude of gratitude.

What are you grateful for today?

Hugs! xxx

COVER REVEAL – The Life – by Bethany Kris

The Life by Bethany-Kris
Sequel to The Arrangement The Russian Guns, Book Two 
Release Date: August 4th, 2014 



The mafia life is a dangerous one revolving around honor, duty, and greed—a troublesome thing like love isn’t meant to play a part, but no one follows the rules. 


Surrounded by men waiting for the Russian mob boss to show weakness, Anton Avdonin should have known showering affection so openly on his new bride wasn’t a good idea. Of course, that didn’t stop him. When Anton’s wife begins attracting unwanted attention from an unknown source, he’s determined to find out just who is playing the risky game and put a stop to it by whatever means necessary. 

From a Cosa Nostra princess to a Bratva queen, Viviana “Vine” Avdonin was made for the life. Pregnant, safe, and loved, she’s more than happy to move on from the history that haunts her to start out fresh. Then again, someone else has other plans. Old rivals from the past and bad blood from the present have mixed in the worst way, threatening to take away the things Viviana loves the very most. No matter what, she can’t let that happen. 

Both Viviana and Anton know there’s only one way this can all end and it’s up to them to do it. But, who is behind the veiled threats and personal attacks, and how far are they willing to go to get what they want? When the truth finally surfaces, the consequences will be devastating and no one could have seen it coming. 

In a life where everybody plays for keeps and no one fights fair, one mistake might cost them everything. 

*Please Note, The Life is not a standalone title. The first book in The Russian Guns series (The Arrangement) should be read before the second book*


The previous book
The Arrangement by Bethany-Kris
The Russian Guns, book 1

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Nothing will stop the Bratva mob boss from taking back what’s his, and once he has her, he’ll do anything to keep her…

Viviana “Vine” Carducci’s and Anton Avdonin’s marriage was decided more than two decades ago. The deal between leading mafia families has more on the line than anyone knew, even if the Bratva and Cosa Nostra shouldn’t mix. When Vine’s family is murdered and she’s left with nothing more than her grief to survive the mob world alone, she believes the arrangement won’t see the light of day.

Anton can’t allow the one woman he was supposed to love get away. At the possibility of her death, he steps in to save her with guns blazing, knowing exactly what it might cost him: everything. But it’s been nearly a decade since their last meeting, and he can’t help but wonder if the woman he took back is the same girl he fell for all those years before.

Protected and loved, Vine is unable to forget their shared moments a lifetime ago, or the future she knows they’re owed. When an old flame of Anton’s shows up to rip the veil off the carefully constructed secrets he’d been hiding, she learns that nothing about her life is as it seems. But, that’s nothing compared to the bomb about to blow. Can Vine see beyond the pain and blood to take what she always wanted? And just how far will the mob prince go to keep her safe?

In a world where violence, deceit, and greed reign, your life is not your own, and sometimes, love has to be arranged.

Sensuality Level: Spicy

The Russian Guns, Book One
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December Mayhem!

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Lounge tree

Hey folks!

Hope you’re all okay in the build up to Xmas! I’m extremely busy with my family and commitments as well as revisions on a few works and the WIP. Hopefully, it means that 2014 will see more of my books out there!!!

I’ve a lot to do over the next few days but I will try to post some fun holiday news and photographs. For now, here are a few of my own Xmas pics that make me smile.

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I will, of course, (as I do every year) watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and follow Santa on NORAD. They’re some of my little traditions. The movie is guaranteed to make me smile and I get so excited watching Santa’s progress – even when my kids are in bed! I guess that makes me a bit of a big kid, right!? 😉

Mini-bottle of basil vodka my DH got me to celebrate my new release.

Mini-bottle of basil vodka my DH got me to celebrate my new release.

What are you doing to get ready for the holidays? I’d love to know!

Hugs,
Molly

MOLLY’S MATES – JORJA LOVETT

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Today I’d like to welcome fellow Total-E-Bound author Jorja Lovett to my blog.

Her book, The Wolf on the Run is a wolf shifter romance and was released by Total-E-Bound on October 4th.

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Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The Wolf on the Run is all about the importance of family. After losing my mum five years ago I’ve really come to understand what it means to have support from people, even if they’re not blood relatives. In this story, Naomi Duffy is determined to be independent but it’s in her best interests to let Rory and the rest of the Olcan hills pack help her.

Describe the genre of this particular title. Is it the only genre you write in?
The Wolf on the Run focuses on a fictional wolf shifter community, so it’s predominantly paranormal, with erotic elements. I seem to be writing a lot of paranormal stories these days, but really I write whatever comes into my head. I’ve written contemporary romance too, but there are always sizzling hot sex scenes involved somewhere.

When did you start writing toward publication?
I’ve had small articles and short stories published over the years but I started writing seriously about two years ago.

Why have you become a published author?
I’m anti-social lol Writing is the only job I’ve ever enjoyed doing, all I ever wanted to do. It also means I can be at home for my kids so I have the best of both worlds.

Do you have any rejection stories to share?
Who hasn’t? Those rejections are always tough and at the start I took them personally. I would do the whole ‘I’m useless. I can’t write’ wailing and refuse to write for weeks on end. But when I started to get those ‘revise and resubmit’ emails I knew I was making progress.

What is your writing routine like?
I have a desk now so I’m moving up! I have my music, my tea and a notebook and pen. The writing process is longer for me as I tend to write longhand before I type.

What sort of promo do you do? Do you have help?

I’m useless at promo. I’m not really the sort of person who likes to be in the spotlight so I do find this side of things difficult. The extent of my promo seems to be ‘Here’s my book. Buy it…if you want…’ Help in this area usually comes from fellow writers via Facebook, Twitter and Blog invasions!

Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract?
Persevere. Keep writing and you’ll go from strength to strength. You’ll learn so much more if you finish that manuscript instead of leaving it in a drawer somewhere.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if so, do you have any tips on how to overcome it?
I suffer from it occasionally and I find the best way to deal with it is to clear my head completely. I set the manuscript aside, go and read a good book, go for a long drive and usually when I come back to it I’m ready to move on.

Do you have a critique partner? Can you tell us a bit about them?
I have a whole bunch! We first got together online during a writing competition and have supported each other over the years with our various projects. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Stop moping about and enjoy life! I spent my angsty teenage years dressed in black and in a permanent state of depression. Looking back now I just want to give myself a shake!

Who or what inspires you?
My stories can come from a song lyric or a throwaway comment. But, mostly I get inspired by long drives in the Northern Irish countryside.

Now,can you share two/three fun facts about yourself?
My family think I’m a bit of a weirdo due to my psychic tendencies.
I’m double jointed.
And, I used to paint miniature Irish cottages for a living.

I wonder if there’s link between your psychic tendencies and the paranormal elements that feature in some of your stories.

What’s next for you?
I’ve started work on a new series called, The Department Store. Each book will concentrate on a floor of an old fashioned department store and blossoming romances between the staff and customers. It’s gonna be hot!

It sounds brilliant, Jorja! What a fantastic idea!

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That’s one gorgeous cover!

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As a police officer and Alpha of the Olcan Hills’ pack, being a protector is in Rory Blake’s DNA.
When Naomi Duffy turned up heavily pregnant and alone, Rory’s natural instinct was to look after her. However, her fierce need for independence over the years has ensured they’ve never been anything more than friends.
Naomi has spent too long trying to keep her daughter safe to jeopardise everything for a fling. But, when her past threatens to catch up with her, Rory is the only person she trusts with her life.
Thrown together, the couple finally succumb to their passion and it’s all too easy to forget the danger lurking in the hills.
Do Rory and Naomi have a future together, or will secrets from the past tear them apart?


Excerpt

Naomi came after Rory, pitting her stealthy grace against his sheer power. In his peripheral vision, he could see the wisps of her breath spiralling into the cold air as she forged ahead, determined to catch him. Rory snorted, sending his own white breath curling up into the atmosphere.
He led her over the hills, their claws making short work of carving up the cold, hard terrain. Naomi never lost ground. Even when he made a turn towards the woods on the boundary, she kept pace.
The chase awakened something deep inside him—that animal freedom with no responsibilities except the survival of himself and his pack. The spiky silhouettes of barren trees lined his path, like broad strokes of a black marker pen scratched against the silver sky.
He dodged in and out, never slowing, with Naomi always in pursuit. Occasionally, a pair of woodland eyes blinked at him from the darkness—a rabbit, a fox, observing their bizarre courtship.
Rory had no doubt the exhilaration of their illicit run would end in wild sex between him and Naomi. It was like a very enthusiastic bout of foreplay without actual touching.
They crunched through the leaf-littered forest floor until he tired of being the hunted. He looped back the way they came and stopped in a clearing. In all aspects of life he preferred to be the one doing the chasing, but at this moment in time he wanted nothing more than to be caught.
He shifted back into his naked, horny self. Naomi came to a skidding halt seconds later, scooting a bundle of leaves over his bare feet. “You can run, wolf lady, I’ll give you that. Now can we go back to bed?”
She shifted back to stand beautifully naked before him. “Not until you say it.”
“Say what?” He was hard as hell and ready for round two.
“That I’m as good as you.” She gave him a flirty smile. One which said she was looking forward to the future rather than staring back at the past. The run had obviously done wonders for her too.
“That was probably a fluke. I don’t think you could keep up with me on a normal day. You know, one where you haven’t seduced me on top of a car boot and made me carry you home first.” The play fighting wasn’t limited to their animal personas. Not when it proved such a turn on. Human or wolf, the scent of Naomi’s arousal would always draw him to her.
“I didn’t hear you complaining at the time. But, if you’re tired, just say and we’ll call it a night.” She shrugged her shoulders, making her boobs jiggle enough to bring his erection to full strength once more.
He stepped forward and brushed her wild hair from her face. “I’ll never be too tired for you, Naomi. I’ll race you back. This time the winner stays on top.”
She grinned, eyes twinkling as bright as the stars. “You’re on.”
This was one race he intended to lose.

MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jorja Lovett is a British author with both Irish and Scottish roots, which makes for a very dry sense of humour. Writing since she was old enough to wield a pen, it wasn’t until she joined her crit group, UCW, that she pursued her passion seriously.
Now, with Joe Manganiello as her permanent muse, if she can leave the pause button on her Magic Mike dvd long enough, she hopes to spend the rest of her days writing steamy romances.

How can my readers buy your book?
Readers can go to the publisher’s home page at Total-E-Bound or directly to the book page.
You can find more information about Jorja Lovett and my book, *The Wolf on the Run* by visiting my website or my blog .
I’m also on Facebook , Twitter and Goodreads.

Thanks so much for joining me, Jorja! I hope that my readers will check out The Wolf on the Run and your other books!

Do you have a comment or a question for Jorja? Do you have a wolf shifter related comment or a psychic story to share? Comment below and the best comment or question will receive a £5.00 Amazon email voucher.
You have until Friday 18th October to comment then I’ll ask Jorja to pick the winner!

Thanks for visiting!
Molly xxx