Monday, September 19, 2016

Review: When you're ready @authorjlberg

TITLE: When you're ready
SERIES: Ready #1
RELEASE DATE: July 18th, 2013
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook

Years after suffering the tragic loss of her husband, Ethan, which left her alone to raise their young daughter, Clare Murray still holds the last letter he wrote with the words "When You're Ready" written in his familiar messy handwriting, unable to break its weathered seal. Ready for what? He was her entire world, and Clare had accepted a life without him, without love. Until years later, fate brings her to an emergency room, and face to face with a stormy-eyed doctor intent on changing her mind. 
Son of a billionaire, Logan Matthews has spent his life trying to make his absentee father proud. Without a family to depend on, all he's ever wanted is a place to call home. After a failed marriage, Logan believes he's unworthy of love...until he meets a woman who awakens his spirit and transforms his entire life in an instant. 
But how far are Clare and Logan willing to go for love? Can his love mend the pieces of her grieving heart? 
When their love is tested, is Clare ready to put her whole heart on the line again? Can Logan learn the true meaning of love, even if it means sacrificing his own happiness? When a second chance at love is given, Clare and Logan learn you are never truly ready until you're ready to risk it all. 


I’m a California native, who lives in the South – Virginia to be exact. I still prefer sushi to fried chicken, avocados to okra, and I absolutely loathe humidity. I do love watching the seasons change though. My husband and I have been here for ten years, and I still get giddy like a school girl every time it snows.

I’m married to my high school sweetheart. We were married young, barely out of high school. Everyone told us we were crazy and stupid. We’ll be celebrating 12 years of marriage this year, and I love him more every single day. We’re living proof that true love knows no age limit.

We’ve been blessed with two beautiful daughters who continue to amaze and inspire me, and are probably making me go a bit insane. I’m obsessed with yoga and pilates and am a complete chocoholic. I apologize in advance for the amount of sweets in my book.

I’m absolutely obsessed with romance novels (duh) and probably could have built a vacation home with the amount of money I’ve invested in them over the years. Romance novels take you to another place, making your heart race, emotions swell, passion run free. After so many years of meeting hundreds of fictional characters and discovering their worlds, I found myself creating my own.

I am represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

Giving love a second chance is not easy, open up your heart after the pain and suffering is a process that takes time. Now, imagine being a twentyish widow with a four-year daughter, trust me I don't think it would be easy.

"When You're ready" is the story of Clare and Logan. She has lost her husband to a terrible illness and has been grieving since then. One domestic accident with her daughter takes her to the ER to meet a handsome doctor. Logan doesn't think he can be loved and after a failed marriage he is the typical player.

Their attraction is instant and very strong, of course they both have their own fears to overcome. The relationship flows naturally and it's romantic. The story is fast to read, the rhythm is constant and the writing is quite good.

There were a few things that were totally obvious but it still is a good romance.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review: Changing Tides @TamaraHoffa

Changing Tides
TITLE: Changing Tides
AUTHOR: Tamara Hoffa
RELEASE DATE: September 19th, 2015
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook

When Marine widow Monica Montgomery’s son tore his ACL sliding into home plate, the last thing she expected to find at the hospital was a second chance at love. But the six foot six orthopedic surgeon tempts her to play doctor. Too bad her teenage daughter is hell bent on keeping the Navy Lieutenant Commander’s love boat anchored in port.
Dr. Jason Knight has patched up military men and women from Afghanistan to Okinawa. Now he faces his greatest challenge, filling the hole in the lives of this broken family.


My best friend calls me “her Fairy Godmother,” but I feel more like Cinderella. After over twenty-five years of living a typical life, I now live my dreams and I create them too.

Nothing is better than creating a brand new world from a blank piece of paper. Breathing life into characters and watching their stories unfold—I am truly blessed.

I live in on eight acres in middle Tennessee with my husband, my dad, one of my three children, two dogs and three cats. I am privileged to have two precious grandsons.

When I’m not on my computer or reading my kindle, you’ll usually find me in the kitchen. I love to cook! If I’m not there, I’m on the fields, watching my grandsons’ soccer or baseball games. 

It’s never too late to chase your dreams. I’m proof you can catch them, even if arthritis slows you down. Who knows, your own Fairy Godmother may be just a dream away.

"Changing Tides" is a short, sweet and romantic story about finding love for the second time. A year after losing her husband who was a Marine but died in a traffic accident (talk about misfortune) Monica meets a sexy orthopedic surgeon called Jason.

The book is really short so the action comes almost in minutes. There is passion, excitement, and love. Both Monica and Jason are adults, which is why their relationship is simple, straight to the point and mature.

Monica's kids (she has three) have mix feelings about their relationship and their actions affect her and Jason.

Overall, this is a nice book, easy to read, entertaining and sweet.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Review: White Light @emaginette

TITLE: White Light
AUTHOR: Anna Simpson
RELEASE DATE: March 22nd, 2016
PUBLISHER:  Faux Publishing
SOURCE: complimentary copy

Emma never dreamed of being a super-sleuth. In her mind’s eye, she’s more Scooby Doo than Nancy Drew. When her nosy neighbor, Mrs. Perkins, drags her to an anniversary party to solve a mystery, Emma rolls her eyes, buys a box of chocolates and hops in the car.
What’s a party without an attack on its host—or more accurately on the host’s grandson, sparking an allergic reaction and moving the party to the hospital waiting room. Now, everyone is suspect. Emma and Mrs. Perkins, along with Great-Aunt Alice (a spirit with boundary issues who keeps stepping into Emma’s body like a new dress and playing matchmaker), dive into an investigation that almost gets Emma killed along with the man they are trying to protect.
With too many reasons to kill him and so much to be gained if he died, Emma and Mrs. Perkins must unravel the tenuous ties that point to every member of his family as potential killers.


Anna Simpson lives near the Canadian-US border with her family. Even though she's lived in several places in British Columbia, her free spirit wasn't able to settle down until she moved back to her hometown.

She is easy to find though, if you know the magic word -- emaginette. Do an internet search using it and you'll see what I mean. :-)

White Light is an easy to read and entertaining mystery novel that will only take you a couple of days, or less, to read. It's well written and the plot is quite solid.

Emma has always been afraid of telling people her secret and wants nothing more than living a normal life, so when her neighbor asks for help to solve a mystery she is wary of being involved. However, the noisy spirit of her Great-Aunt will drag her not only into solving the mystery but also into a relationship she wasn't expecting.

The characters are good, each one has a defined personality and most women are super funny. The scenes flow naturally and the mystery is well built. I liked the paranormal element with the body-snatching spirit.

Overall, it's a good book and a good choice for those who like mysteries.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Review: Love Always, Kate @dNicholeKing

TITLE: Love Always, Kate
SERIES: Love Always #1
AUTHOR: D. Nichole King
RELEASE DATE: April 3rd, 2014
PUBLISHER: Limitless Publishing LLC
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook

Dear Diary, Leukemia’s been my life since I was eleven. Now, six years later, I want my life back. Only I’m not sure what that is. The test results came back today. 22,000. Which means I’m officially out of remission—again. I have three options: 1) Another round of chemo.
2) A super-new experimental drug.
3) Dump it all— forget the meds and treatments and enjoy the time I have left.
I think I know what I want. Then, in walks Damian, changing everything.
I mean, everything…
He’s got his own set of issues. It binds us together, you know? We understand what it’s like to lose what matters most in seconds. Still, the last thing I need is to have someone else to crush if I can’t fight hard enough. And the last thing he needs is someone else to grieve.
Never mind. I’m down to two options now.
Somehow I know that whichever one I choose, the result will be the same. With the sand in my hourglass seeping to the bottom, I hope there’s enough left to show Damian that life’s worth living.
Worth fighting for. Worth dying for.
Love Always,

I'm pretty sure I drink too much Pepsi. I'm also pretty sure that somedays it's what keeps me sane. Well, Pepsi and writing, that is.

I'm a dreamer, an inspirer. I find beauty in weakness, brokenness, and heartbreak. In life, and joy, and happiness. These moments don't define us, but the choices we make in these moments do.

I write about these moments. About the choices we make and the paths we tread. About the circumstances that make us who we are and the experiences that will lead us to who we will become.

I write about life. Love. Pain. And hope.

"It's not about the ending; it's about the journey."

There are many books about cancer out there (or other terminal diseases) so it's hard to find a really good book that gives you something different. 'Love Always, Kate' is a sweet, easy to read and human book.

Kate has been dealing with Leukemia since she was eleven and this is the third time she has to go through a round of chemo. As any other seventeen-year-old girl she only wants to be happy and of course, to be cured. But when Damian appears everything changes. This broken boy will test all she believes about being happy and will make her question why living is so worthy?

Kate is a really nice character, her personality is fresh and contagious and through her diary entries, we get to really know her. Her fears, doubts, and hopes are normal and they only make her more real. Damian is the opposite, his bad boy attitude and good looks make him charming to Kate and she will have to dig to find out what's underneath his mask.

The book has a really good writing style, the scenes flow really fast and you will finish chapter after chapter without a problem. The characters are well described and it's easy to imagine this story in real life.

I liked how deep the emotions were sometimes. The feelings were intense as you can imagine when dealing with a subject as cancer. The ending is a bit predictable but it still is a really good book.

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