My Perfect Gift: A Christmas Novella by E.J. Shortall
Release date: November 6th, 2015
Christmas isn’t the same anymore for Lara
Hollywell, not since she lost her greatest gift of all, her fiancé. Now, she
spends her holidays with family remembering Christmases past and contemplating
a life without love, a life where only dreams and fantasies keep her company.
Blake Snowden is tired of being seen as
nothing more than the man with deep pockets and a handsome face. He wants
romantic walks, snuggling by the fireplace and kisses under the mistletoe. And he
wants it all with his beautiful Head of Marketing, Lara.
When Blake rigs the company’s annual secret
Santa draw to get Lara’s name, will they both discover more than the perfect
gift in their stockings on Christmas morning?
Meet the author
EJ Shortall was born and raised in London, England where she currently still lives with her teenage son.
Having worked in education for the better part of 12 years, EJ decided a change was needed and, following a moment of inspiration, she decided to put pen to paper and start writing her first novel, Silver Lining. Not content with just the one, she continued with book two and hopes to write many more.
She has always enjoyed reading, but found it was mostly just a holiday extravagance. Then she discovered a certain worldwide best seller, and that was it she was hooked. Reading quickly became an obsession and she couldn’t devour books fast enough. The books on her shelves and reading device range from sweet, Young Adult romances, to smouldering erotic encounters.
Aside from reading and writing, EJ also enjoys amateur photography, cake decorating and dabbling in graphic design.
“I am on one amazing roller coaster ride at the moment, meeting new and wonderful people, discovering new music gems to integrate into my stories, and learning so many new skills. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me.”
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Review: Hooker Heels - Ryan Ringbloom - October 2015
After her life growing up it's not uncommon that she turned to
waitressing in a bar where the more body parts you showed the more tips
you got . Then on her way home from her best friend Tori's wedding,
Kenna gets familiar with a man and who mistakes her after a wonderful
night of sex as a hooker. This leaves her wondering about herself when
she gets a call from her old step-sibling Tariq who has a job offer for
her as his boss needs a companion for his son Zackary Knight. With
nowhere but her mum's to head too, she reluctantly agrees but it does
come with stipulations and a big pay packet and the contract is for six
months. The only stipulation really is that she can't fall in love with
him and that after the six months, she has to up and leave and never get
back in contact. All goes well until Kenna realises that Zackary is in
fact one of the good guys and that though in comes from ALOT of Money,
he never acts like it and plays Robin Hood to the food kitchen at the
local shelter. As the months go pass, Kenna starts to realise she is
falling head over heels in love with Zack. What happens though when the
moment she is about to tell him the truth, news comes in that Corbin
Knight is dead ? Now that he is dead, the contract is void ,right ?
Unfortunately though Zack does some digging and finds out the truth and
breaks it off with Kenna - refusing to see her as he feels betrayed.
What will it take for Zack to realise that he changed Kenna into someone
whom finally believed that love is real ? Can Kenna prove to Zack that
he changed her into someone good and deserving, someone worthy of true
Find out today in "Hooker Heels" another fabulous book by
Ryan Ringbloom and for those who have read her other books - Tori aka
Victoria Albert is the star in her book "Fake Boobs".
Review: A Peach of a Pair - Kim Boykin - August 2015
Set in 1953 in the South we meet Nettie Gilbert , who is off studying at Columbia University to become a music teacher . Though loving school, she cannot wait for graduation to arrive which is basically just around the corner after her senior recital. Nettie cannot wait to return home to Alabama and see her family and of course finally marry her childhood sweetheart Brooks whom they have been promised to each other since college. However life will chuck a massive wrench in Nettie's plans as days before her recital, she recieves a letter from home and an invitation to a wedding - the groom reads Brooks but instead of her name it's her Sister's "Sissy". This can't be , how could her sister be the one marrying Brooks ? Turns out it's a bit more than just marriage as she is also having his baby. Feeling broken, hurt and betrayed Nettie takes a leave of absence and settles into a life without Brooks . During her absence Nettie applies for a job as a carer for two sister Lurleen and Emily as Lurleen is getting sick . During this time , Emily and Lurleen become closer to Nettie and help her as she helps them with their daily lives. During this time, she also mets Remmy - the Doctor and his sister. Has life given Nettie a second chance as she becomes close to Remmy and her life here ? A Peach of a Pair was a fun read , that also shows the dynamics of siblings and that often what you see on the surface isn't what is bubbling below. I loved this book as well due to the Southern charm scattered throughout and the relationship between Nettie, Emily and Lurleen was inspirational and made me smile as despite their up's and downs and age differences - it showed what true friendship should be like.
Review: Before We Were Strangers - Renee Carlino - August 2015
If there is one storyline that I am a true sucker for then it is the second chance at love storyline. There has always been something about it that has haunted me and everytime I read about it, it also makes me not only swoon but hope that what I am going through is my second chance and will end like these characters - though I do have to remind myself often that our lives can't always be like the book characters - wouldn't it be totally great though if they did. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated by true love stories that involve the second chance romance line. So when I saw the book Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino, I just knew that it was one book that I would have to read and I loved it. In present time - we meet Matt whose ex-wife Elizabeth has just announced her pregnancy to her new husband Brad and to top it off they both work with Matt at the National Geographical Magazine office . He can't stop thinking about his life and the one who got away - Grace and then one day while out at lunch - he spots Grace getting on the subway train. It's just a glimpse but it brings back flooding memories. Especially since they have not seen or spoken to each other in fifteen years. Matt with the insistence of his friend and boss decides to place a missed connections ad to Grace. Meanwhile one of Grace's music students spot the add and they get together. The novel then jumps back fifteen years ago when they first met and their whirlwind college friendship that bloomed innocently into a relationship and eventually marriage. Then life got in the way, college internships, jobs , opportunities and the two despite their strong love for each other went their ways with hopes to reunite but it never happened. The novel then again jumps back to present time and alot has happened in Fifteen years , especially for Grace who assumed that Matt just forgot about her and moved on with his life as she has a secret she must think about before jumping back to him. Has Love and Life given Matt and Grace a second chance at romance and a second chance at what should have been their romantic moment in life ?
Find out in this amazing book "Before We Were Strangers" by Renee Carlino.
Bailey Reynolds never thought she would ever in her life have to choose between someone that will give her everything she wants in life and someone that makes her feel like she is everything in his life. How does this southern spitfire choose between what her heart wants versus what her head tells her she wants?
Can make her dreams come true
Reaches in the sky and buys any star she desires
Wants to set up a perfect life for her with everything she needs or could want
But every so often can't dry her tears
He's not perfect but he was until ~ CASH
Sets her world on fire.
He is everything her heart wants but, not necessarily what her head wants.
He creates his own stars and catches all her tears.
But is love enough?
Sometimes life is full of hard choices but that is when the biggest blessing take root.
Renee Kennedy grew up in Decatur, AL and has been married to her high school sweet heart for 23 years. She currently lives in the Houston, TX area with her husband Jason, her son Braxton, and one very spoiled Yorkie, Chico. She also has one son that is serving our Country in the military, Brett. She loves living in Texas but she’ll always be a Bama girl and that is where her heart remains. Renee has always been an avid reader but never dreamed of writing a book, until reminiscing about her grandparent’s love story, Bailey’s story popped into her head. Her grandparents played a significant role in her life growing up, so sharing a little piece of them with the world, helps keep them alive in her heart. When she is not reading or writing she loves to cook and try out new recipes. You can often find her hanging out with her family and friends or stalking her own favorite authors. Chico, her mini Yorkie, runs Renee's house and her so his every need must be catered too, after all he is her 3rd baby.
The first book in a new historical romance series, A REBEL IN JERICHO, is a suspenseful Wild West adventure with an abduction, border battles and Mexican saloons! Check out this novel from debut author Mimi Milan where two people learn that love, courage and faith are all they need to face the trials of the West.
To learn more about Mimi Milan check out her website!
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After years of preparing for marriage, Catalina Santé is interested in little more than making a good match. And why not? She’s young, beautiful, educated… everything a wealthy man should want. However, a tragic accident will leave her with less than a marriage proposal—she’s fighting for her very life!
Matthew Martin spends most of his time just trying to fit into American society. It’s one of the reasons he became a deputy. Willing to risk it all in order to protect Catalina, he can’t imagine what that entails… until she’s abducted and sold to a Mexican saloon, where a border battle rages between two towns.
Can love and faith survive in such a harsh place? Will Matthew even be able to save Catalina?
See what other readers are saying about A REBEL IN JERICHO:
“Romance, intrigue and danger! It’s an exciting adventure as the reader joins Catalina on her perilous journey through the underbelly of Mexico’s dark side.” – Patricia Highton
“A delightful blend of drama, romance, and self-discovery.” – Tiffany Matus
“A penny for your thoughts?” Catalina regretted asking almost as soon as the words were out. The less she knew about him, the better. Right?
Continuing to lean against the side, Matthew gave her a once-over.
He decided to have a little fun with her.
“Only a penny? Is that what people are charging nowadays? Not me. My thoughts are worth a whole nickel.” The laughter in his tone danced in his playful eyes, their brilliance shining like blue gems. A slow, infectious grin spread across Matthew’s face. He looked like a mischievous little boy who was trying to buy his way out of trouble after being caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
Catalina bit her lip in a desperate attempt to remain serious, but it was of little use.
Charmed by her softened features, Matthew took a slow step towards her. He raised a tentative hand and pushed back a curl that had worked its way loose.
Catalina’s breath stilled as the light touch of his fingers slowly trailed along her cheek. Her beautiful eyes and full mouth were almost irresistible, and he wondered if she tasted as sweet as she looked.
Unasked questions blazed from his eyes, making the cage that she was trying to construct around her heart unhinge. The sudden attraction hit her hard. She forced herself to look away and break the spell. Falling for her escort was not part of the plan.
“Look!” Catalina pointed towards the bank. “We’re just about there.”
“Then I guess we best get back to the car.” Disappointment laced his words. She didn’t have any romantic notions about him, so he best leave it at just friends.
No more goo-goo eyes.
“It shouldn’t take too long to get it started.” He picked up the conversation again as he paced back to the car with a determined step. “It’s warm out. So she doesn’t need to be cranked or anything.”
Catalina questioned his sudden change in mood. She was grateful at the flow of normal conversation between them. Still, it felt like something was suddenly missing. “Well, I suppose that’s a good thing.” She plodded along behind him, dissatisfied when they reached the Model T.
He took her hand and helped her up and into the front seat. “Shouldn’t I ride in the—”
“You’ll get a better view of things while we’re driving from up here.” He cut her off, patting the hood of the car for emphasis – a friendly grin that promised an exciting ride. After all, it was a long trip to Nogales. “Besides, it’ll be more fun.”
More fun? Hmmm...more trouble maybe. Definitely more dangerous.
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Mimi Milan spent two decades scribbling away in notebooks before realizing that her life’s calling was to write. So she returned from Mexico and attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Film. She currently resides in the suburbs of Charlotte, making time for God, family and imaginary friends.
Lindsey: Love and Intrigue by Kimberly Kolb
Genre: Young Adult, Romantic-Thriller
Published June 6th, 2013
Published by iUniverse
Fifteen-year-old Lindsey Morgan Brooks is still considered the new kid in the small town of Emit, Michigan. Both of her parents are lawyers, but her father has built his reputation prosecuting some of the worst criminals in New York and Chicago. Now, as a high school junior, she is trying to choose her own path.
Lindsey feels the demands and pressure from school, gymnastics, and her parents as she battles insecurities to build friendships while steering clear of the many land mines in high school—such as the group of popular girls she has dubbed the “Fab Five.”
Busy with activities and consumed with thoughts of her secret crush, Chris, she takes little notice of what’s happening around her.
She gets a flat tire, gets caught with the lights-out and starts receiving strange text messages—things she assumes are just high school pranks gone too far. Her father wants her to be able to handle herself, so she should be able to handle this.
But while she steals a glimpse at Chris, who is watching her?
About the Author:
Kimberly Kolb earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial organizational psychology from the University of Illinois. She began writing while waiting for her daughter to finish ballet and tap classes. Kolb lives with her husband and three children north of Chicago. This is her debut novel.
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