26 March 2015

The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings on Friday ~ Best Friends…Forever?

The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings on Friday  
~ Best Friends…Forever? (Landry’s True Colors Series) ~ by Krysten Lindsay Hager
 
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Synopsis:
Landry Albright hopes the new year will start off in an amazing way—instead she has to deal with more frenemy issues, boy drama, and having most of her best friends make the cheerleading squad without her. Suddenly, it seems like all anyone can talk about is starting high school next year—something she finds terrifying.
               Landry gets her first boyfriend, but then gets dumped just as things come to a head with her friends. She feels lost and left out, but finds good advice about dealing with frenemies from what she considers an unlikely source. Landry learns to speak up for what’s right, tell the truth (even when it hurts), and how to get past the fear of failure as she gets another shot at competing in the American IngĂ©nue reality show modeling competition.

 
Book Beginning:
There was nothing like spending Christmas in Chicago. The city was so sparkly and bright when it was all lit up and decorated for the holidays. It was so exciting to see all the cars and taxis whizzing by and feeling like anything was possible in the big city. I loved getting off the train, seeing my dad, and taking the taxi back to the apartment my parents and I lived in together until my mom got transferred to Grand Rapids. I liked my new school and all, but I missed my dad living with us and hoped he’d be able to find a job in Michigan and move in with Mom and me.
 
The Friday 56 (From page 56):
“Thanks, it — it means a lot to me that you’d come see me play,” he said, his eyes locked on mine. They were so warm, and it felt like my smile was radiating through my whole body.
“Any time.”
“I have to go out with the team tonight,” he said, glancing behind him. “But I’ll talk to you later, okay?”
He walked over to his teammates. Then he turned around and winked at me.
“He totally likes you,” Peyton said.
I nodded. It felt amazing that he seemed to truly appreciate that I had been there, but I couldn’t shake the thought of how Devon would feel if she learned her crush didn’t feel the same way about her.
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15 March 2015

March Madness Blog Hop 16-20

 
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How did we get to the middle of March so quickly? The long dark nights are peeling away, the sun is warm enough to counter the brink and often bitter winds we get here at this time of year. Then I look out onto my garden and see the spring flowers gifting me with their beauty and my heart settles.
 
 
 
 
The winter may gift me long evenings when I can settle down with my favourite book of the moment, but spring brings with it a promise. One you can make what you wish of it. Perhaps it's that special holiday you've been saving up for, or friends and family are visiting you...

 
 
 
 
 
 
I love my garden, whether I'm working in it, or just sitting and enjoying it, especially if I have a book with me.

 
 
 
 
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13 March 2015

The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings on Friday ~ Always By Your Side

The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings on Friday  
~ Always By Your Side by Gaynor Carrillo,  ~
 
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 For those who are interested in the possibility of an afterlife I am sharing something different this week. I hope you enjoy :-)
 
There is no getting away from the fact there are several editing glitches in this book, but the author's writing style and content kept me turning the pages. Not only does Ms Carrillo share some of her experiences from early childhood to the present day, she does so in a way that offers the reader a new and sometime surprising insight on the subject. This author did not quietly go through life accepting her path. Indeed, at times, she fought strongly against it. She queried, disbelieved, and met her destiny on her own terms. I read this book in an afternoon and was still thinking about many aspects of it hours later.
 
Book Beginnings
 
I was an unplanned pregnancy , born in the north of England in a lower class family. My Nana, my mum’s mum, had nine children and I had endless amount of cousins , aunts, and uncles.
 
 
Pg 56
 
He just smiled at me and in that instant, I remembered how he was my closest friend , how he had been by my side since I was born, and how much he had guided me over the years. I felt completely stupid as I realized he was my guide, he was as good as it gets.
 
 
Book Blurb:
Always by Your Side is the incredible true story of a psychic medium.
Describing the amazing abilities Gaynor was born with, seeing spirit since birth, entering a world that was beyond ours and having psychic abilities are just some of the many incredible things that happened on a daily basis in Gaynor’s childhood.

Each page of this book is sprinkled with the magic of spirit, laughter, tears and down to earth honest stories from the life of a medium. Born with the ability to see dead people. It wasn’t until the death of her own father when she was thirteen that she started to explore what was happening to her.

Over two decades later she is now an international psychic medium who has given thousands of spirit Messages and now wants to share with you some of the magic she has experienced over the years.

Her stories of spirit will touch your heart and hopefully bring you closer to understanding the afterlife.
 
 

 

6 March 2015

The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings on Friday ~ A Husband For Danna

The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings on Friday  ~ A Husband For Danna
 
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A Husband For Danna by Christina Lorenzen
 
If you are looking for a feel-good-factor rom-com then Christina Lorenzen's A Husband For Danna fits the bill. It's a very 'visually and well written 'fun' book, and I felt I was 'there' most of the time, and loved the descriptions of small-town America settings.
 
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Blurb:
Off and running! In her frenzied quest to escape from a groom her father has chosen for her, Danna Rashba ‘borrows’ a limousine parked on Main Street. The last thing on her mind is finding a groom from another wedding in the backseat. What are the chances that the bride and groom from two different weddings running from the altar on the same day? The last thing Danna wants is a hostage as she tries to escape from her nuptials.
The last thing Eric Harmon wants is to be saddled with yet another spoiled, needy woman. He’s furious about this wrench in his plans, he accuses Danna of stealing. He wants to send her home in a cab as soon as they get to the nearest town, but Danna refuses. Much to Eric’s frustration, one thing after another seems to keep them tied together.
Soon the generosity of a local shopkeeper and several people in town have them mistaken for newlyweds. Danna and Eric find themselves stepping into the role as husband and wife leading them to realize they just may be each other’s ‘match’. But will Danna be able to stand up to her rigid, old fashioned father and choose her own husband?
 
Book Beginning...
Panting from the short dash from the church to the curb, Danna looked around wild-eyed, spotting a limo at the curb. The fact that it wasn't her bridal party's limousine didn't matter. She ran around to the driver's side and flung open the door.
 
 
 
pg 56...
Unlike her intended husband, Eric's nose couldn't have been more perfect if it had been special-ordered. Where Nagpal's cheekbones hid beneath fleshy cheeks, Eric's were prominent. Though she had taken back the pretty boy label, she still thought he had to be a model.
 
 
 

20 February 2015

The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings on Friday ~ The Picture

The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings on Friday  ~
 
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From The Picture by Stephanie Taylor
I paid good money to get into the after-party with the band. In fact, I spent pretty much my life savings just for the off chance I might get to speak with him. But the second I walked in, I realized my mistake. I didn't belong here among the half-dressed women with their fumbling footsteps and slurred speech.
Page 56
"No...Sophie," he said softly, standing up and walking over to me.
"You're beautiful. I just see you more as..."
Disappointed, I supplied, "A band nerd?"
He threw his head back and barked a laugh. "I don't know about your school, but there were some good looking band nerds at mine!"
"Whatever." I looked away. I hated feeling so inadequate. I found myself wondering exactly what kind of man I would be good enough for. I didn't like the answer my brain gave me.
No one.
 
Blurb:
Sophie lives her life as a hospice nurse running from her past and over-compensating for her sins. She wants nothing more than to help others the way someone once helped her. But she never expected to get so attached to one of her patients. Nicholas is suddenly looking for more meaning in his life than money, fast women and flashing lights. Life as a rocker has left him empty. Only Emily filled the gaping hole in his heart and with her death, his soul is broken into pieces. When two lives collide, Sophie and Nicholas know they'll never be the same. Together, they try to figure out a message Emily has left behind. Can they succeed before the realities of life tear them apart?
 
 

19 February 2015

LOVE, LATTES, AND MUTANTS by Sandra Cox ~ Cover reveal

LOVE, LATTES, AND MUTANTS

Sandra Cox

Cover Reveal
 
 
Blurb: Finding love is hard, even when you aren’t a mutant.
Like most seventeen-year-olds, Piper Dunn wants to blend in with the crowd. Having a blowhole is a definite handicap. A product of a lab-engineered mother with dolphin DNA, Piper spends her school days hiding her brilliant ocean-colored eyes and sea siren voice behind baggy clothing and ugly glasses. When Tyler, the new boy in school, zeroes in on her, ignoring every other girl vying for his attention, no one, including Piper, understands why...
Then Piper is captured on one of her secret missions rescuing endangered sea creatures and ends up in the same test center where her mother was engineered. There she discovers she isn’t the only one of her kind. Joel is someone she doesn’t have to hide from, and she finds herself drawn to the dolph-boy who shares her secrets. Talking to him is almost as easy as escaping from the lab. Deciding which boy has captured her heart is another story...
 
Bio:
Multi-published author Sandra Cox writes YA Fantasy, Paranormal and Historical Romance, and Metaphysical Nonfiction. She lives in sunny North Carolina with her husband, a brood of critters and an occasional foster cat. Although shopping is high on the list, her greatest pleasure is sitting on her screened in porch, listening to the birds, sipping coffee and enjoying a good book. She's a vegetarian and a Muay Thai enthusiast.
 
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A Piper-approved necklace and $10 Starbuck Card

 
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30 January 2015

The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings on Friday ~ Fate Reborn

 The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings on Friday  ~ Fate Reborn           

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Fate Reborn by Christina OW
Released Jan 30th 2015
 
Beginning
The sun was at its highest again. It was picturesque as it stood on its lonesome in the
cloudless beautiful blue sky. It rested above the water, shining hard its rays of light bouncing
off the water.
If it had an ego, one would say it was showing off its power, its beauty, and its capability
to make the world look so beautiful. 
 
Page 56

“Doing what?” Miss Don pushed. She was going to make an inquisition out of it.

“It’s personal.” Lee answered directly. She wasn’t going to offer any more information than that.

Miss Don sneered, “More important than what I’m doing?”
Lee didn’t answer. She didn’t see a reason to if she was still going to get punished anyway.

“Since you are too good to answer me, you’ll be teaching next week’s class. Read on the next topic, the male reproductive system,” Miss Don’s lips slightly curved up in a smile,

“Don’t be late for that class.”
 
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29 January 2015

Devon's Choice by Catherine Bennet

“Devon’s Choice”
by ~ Catherine Bennett
Back Cover Blurb:
Faith, love and a cup of coffee, can change everything.

Life holds no surprises for Devon Murphy. Her life consists of keeping tabs on her aging Irish father, working part time at a coffee shop, and building her online graphics design business. Devon’s only tricky situation is a shallow relationship with the pampered and affluent Michael Turner, who sees her as just another woman to conquer. 
Following his father’s death, Brandon’s only goal is to expand the family business and live life on his own terms. That is, until he walks into the coffee shop one snowy evening and meets the enchanting, red-haired barista behind the counter. But can Devon and Brandon’s attraction for each other be strong enough to help erase their deepest disappointments and renew their faith in God?
Author Bio:
I grew up in Ohio where I currently live with my husband and our two rescue Labradors. Some of my favorite things include reading, shopping, pepperoni pizza, Hershey bars and hanging out with my two grown sons. I also love dogs; so going to the dog park is cheap entertainment for my husband and I!
Growing up an only child, I had many imaginary friends. I believe this - and a love of books - fueled my desire to write. It was many years later that my dream of becoming a published author came true.
My Romantic Suspense, “The Trouble With Charlie” is published by Astraea Press and available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. Visit my website for buy links and excerpts.
Excerpt: 
     Once they got to the park, Devon unhooked his leash.  The dog ran in the snow and stopping abruptly, he turned, tongue out and ears perked.  Brandon reached down and patted snow into a ball and threw it far beyond Bubby, who took off after it.  After a few more throws, they left the dog to himself and walked along the brick path to a bench.  Brandon brushed the snow off with his gloved hand and they sat down.  Bubby played some more, then lay with his head up and ears alert.
     “I’m curious,” Brandon said, leaning forward with his elbows on his knees.  “I may be out of line to ask you, but what kind of relationship do you have with this Michael guy?”  He looked sideways to see her worrying her bottom lip and hoped he was going to get a truthful statement.
     “It’s pretty shallow, really.  We’ve never discussed being an exclusive couple. He travels a lot with his company and I figure he probably goes out with other women, and not just for business if you know what I mean.  Once he practically admitted to it.”
     “What kind of job does he have?”    
     Devon, who’d been watching the dog, turned to look at him.  “He’s the Executive Vice President for Turner Construction.  His father owns the company.”    
     Brandon drew himself back.  “Turner Construction!  That’s the largest construction company in the Midwest.”    
     “So, you’ve heard of it?”    
     “Yes, my dad had some experience with them.”       
     “So was it a good experience?”    
     Brandon shrugged.  “I really couldn’t say.”  Then, hoping to refocus her attention, he asked,  “How’d you ever meet him anyway?” 
     “He hit my car in a parking lot.  Not very romantic.”
     Brandon looked over at her neutral expression.  Whatever kind of relationship she had with Michael Turner didn’t seem to be making her happy.  At that moment, all he wanted to do was to make her forget all about the jerk.
     As if sensing him watching her, Devon turned her head enough to make eye contact with him.  The faint, milky glow from the streetlight showed enough of her features for him to see a soft blush warm her cheeks.  Under her dark lashes, he watched her sea green eyes glint invitingly as her soft lips turned up at the corners.  In that moment, his resolve to keep the date on a friendly level came crashing down.
 
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