A Dark Spring Anthology Review

Stories That Twist & Tangle

Laura N. Andrews ● M. Billiter ● Kim Deister ● R.M. Gilmore
Kenneth Jobe ● Barb Shuler ● M.C. St. John ● Ricky Wells

Title: A Dark Spring
Genre: Suspense
Release Date: April 11, 2020
Cover Designer: BookSmith Design
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Eight
original tales of suspense that will tangle your senses and keep you gripped.
From murder to the unknown, the everyday world is explored in these tension-fuelled
and twisted novellas. Be prepared to get tangled.
***

A
Tangled Oracle
by Laura N. Andrews
In
Oracle Vardalos’s dreams, people are murdered. News stories follow and the
evidence piles up against her. She must save those she loves; even if it’s from
herself.
The
Burning Rock
by M. Billiter
They agreed it would be easier this
way. Still, when it was over, all that remained was an empty saddle and a
closed casket.
Tangled
Love
by Kim Deister
He’s the Gomez to her Morticia, the center of
her world. But everything changes when
Tessa sees
something she was never supposed to see. Love and sanity become tangled,
leaving
her
teetering on the edge of the cliff, wondering if her life will ever be the same
again.
Gnarled
by
R.M. Gilmore
Carter
Kennedy returns to her father’s hometown after nearly twenty years to claim her
inheritance. She quickly discovers why her father had kept her and her brother
away from Scully’s Hollow and the people who inhabit it.
Early
Retirement
by Kenneth Jobe
Loyal
husband and hard-working employee Richard Griffith has his world turned upside
down. When he is dealt yet another bad hand and uncovers the identity of his
wife’s lover, he reaches his breaking point.
Tangled
Obsession
by Barb Shuler
Injured
and stranded on a mountain with the sun setting and no help in sight, Elsa
Malloy has only two options
fight or die. Believing her
loved ones are dead, and fighting against the elements of the mountain, Elsa is
left to fend off a sadistic killer alone.
We
Only Want to Play
by M.C. St. John
Teacher aide Julie Trudeau has noticed
something odd among the remaining summer school students: they are playing a
game of Telephone without moving their lips. When recess turns violent, it’s up
to Julie and a ragtag group of staff and students to survive after the last
school bell.
The
House on Oak Street
by Ricky Wells
Spring break
approaches and three middle schoolers look forward to their mini-vacation.
  But when one of them goes missing, Ann and
Roger find that no one will listen to them.
 
It’s up to them to rescue their friend or are they the next victims of
the House on Oak Street?
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Review for The Burning Rock by M. Billiter

Like the first story I read by this author this is a story about the devastating effects mental illness has on an individual and their loved ones. Once again I really enjoyed and appreciated this authors raw and honest writing. They didn’t shy away from a difficult topic.

Review for Gnarled by R.M. Gilmore

This was a chilling and atmospheric read. I adored the descriptive writing. It was almost like poetry. I felt Carter’s fear at the beginning and then came to fear her at the end. To evoke so many feelings and such a swift change of opinion of characters in a short story is a gift and R.M. Gilmore clearly has it.

Blog Tour: Madame Fiocca by Suzy Henderson

Today I am excited share my review of Madame Fiocca by Suzy Henderson as part of the blog tour.
Book Details:
Madame Fiocca
by Suzy Henderson
Publication date: December 13th 2019
Genres: Adult, Historical, Young Adult
Synopsis:

A must-read gripping adventure based on the true story of Nancy Wake, Gestapo’s most wanted. Soon to be a major feature film.

February 1933: Nancy Wake is a gregarious twenty-year-old looking for adventure. Having fled her unhappy family home in Sydney, she becomes a journalist and is thrilled when she is posted to Paris. The city is glamorous, brimming with journalists, artists, and a growing number of refugees.

Later, in the French Riviera, she uncovers more than news following a chance encounter with wealthy industrialist, Henri Fiocca. Their relationship blossoms as Hitler makes waves across Europe. While on an assignment in Vienna in 1938, she witnesses Nazis whipping Jews on the street and she vows to fight for justice if ever the opportunity arises.

When Henri is called to the Front to fight, Nancy, determined to help the war effort, joins the Red Cross as an ambulance driver. Every day she witnesses atrocities. When Paris falls, Nancy flees the German oppressors and returns to Marseille.

A chance encounter with a British officer draws Nancy into the heart of the Garrow escape network, despite Henri’s reservations. Soon she finds herself caught in a deadly game of espionage.

As the iron fist of the enemy tightens, neighbours denounce neighbours. When the enemy closes in, Nancy and Henri face an impossible choice. Has she done more harm than good?

Based on a true story, Madame Fiocca weaves an extraordinary tale of survival and redemption in wartime.

I look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your time.

Amazon: https://books2read.com/u/4XX2Xe?store=amazon

AUTHOR BIO:
Suzy Henderson lives with her husband and two sons in Cumbria, England, on the edge of the Lake District. In a previous life she was a Midwife but now works from home as a freelance writer and novelist.

While researching her family history, Suzy became fascinated with both World War periods and developed an obsession with military and aviation history. Following the completion of an Open University Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, she began to write and write until one day she had a novel.

She writes contemporary and historical fiction and is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors. Suzy’s debut novel, “The Beauty Shop”, has been awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion. Her next novel, “Madame Fiocca” will be published in December 2019.

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Review:

4 Stars

ARC received from Netgalley in exhale for an honest review.

This is a detailed, well researched book spanning several years of a fascinating ladies life during a scary time in history.

The 1940’s are largely written about but I really enjoyed the different perspective on the period. I really liked the exclamations of words such as “strewth” and “blast”. Please consider this my public request to bring them back.

Suzy Henderson is clearly a talented writer and as much care has gone into the inside of this book as with the beautiful cover.

Blog Tour: Defy the Sun by Jessika Fleck

Today as part of the blog tour for Defy the Sun by Jessika Fleck I am thrilled to share with you an excerpt from this book and hope you will check it out.

Book Details:
Defy the Sun
by Jessika Fleck
(The Offering Series, #2)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: March 10th 2020
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:

In this electrifying YA dystopian sequel to Beware the Night, Veda is captured and leveraged against her best friend, who fights for the opposing force.

Civil war has come to the island of Bellona. Veda Adeline believes in the Night. She’s joined the underground revolutionaries, led by Dorian Winters, and they’re determined to overthrow the ruling Imperi and find justice for her people.

Nico Denali, Veda’s childhood friend and maybe-something-more, is one of those ruling Imperi, and he’s just been named heir to the most powerful man above ground.

As the war intensifies, Veda and Nico are leveraged against each other: Veda is above as a hostage of the Imperi and Nico is below, taken by the Night. There’s no way Dorian is letting such a valuable hostage go.

The island will burn unless Veda and Nico can come together to rip everything apart. But Nico and Dorian will never trust each other, and Veda’s heart might be the biggest casualty.

Praise for Defy the Sun

“Jessika Fleck’s duology is a lyrical adventure with a twisting vein of romance throughout. I was both enchanted and haunted till the very end!” —Erin Beaty, author of the Traitor’s Trilogy

Beware the Night

“Jessika Fleck delights with a new fantasy novel set in a world where the Sun reigns supreme and the Night is your enemy—literally. Brims with secrets, betrayal, and a genuinely believable love triangle!” —Pintip Dunn, New York Times bestselling author of the Forget Tomorrow series

Excerpt:

(Nico)

I look up toward the sky.

My chest burns with anger, and my fists ache to finish what I started earlier.

The clouds have cleared.

A full moon—silvery, round as a marble, and bright as a pearl—stares down. But just to the right, something steals its thunder. A star I’ve never noticed before. It nearly outshines the moon on its own, and I decide it’s Veda. Winking down at me. Letting me know it’s going to be all right.

Ad astra . . .

I see you.

The ceremony begins.

Dorian pours something into each of their chalices, handing over the Sindaco’s last.

The Sindaco stands and speaks, his voice drowned out by the angry waves rolling in beside us. I don’t need to hear what he has to say. I can guess it’s pretty similar to the Imperi’sOfferings . . . This sacrifice will appease our god . . . Help us win the war . . . “A Settling,” I do make out between the crashing of water. “With this sacrifice, we begin to Settle what’s been taken from us.”

A member of the Night cloaked in black, face hidden save their eyes, walks toward the Imperi soldier. A sword swings stiffly at their side.

The Sindaco raises his glass. “Blessed be the Night.” I recognize the slightly changed greeting as those around me repeat it in unison.

The sword is unsheathed.

Held toward the moon so it flashes and reflects the silvery light.

The executioner plants his feet before the prisoner.

The sharp metal tip of the blade pricks the soldier’s bare chest.

Draws blood.

The Imperi soldier leans forward, shoving his skin into the blade and crying out in pain. But just when it seems he might do the job himself, the sword is jerked away. The executioner lifts it over their head. Their hands are strong, their grip unwavering.

I have to look away.

I cannot watch this.

I won’t witness this.

“Do it!” someone shouts.

I gaze up at the charcoal sky, find that star, and refuse to take my eyes off her.

Everything goes silent.

Only the sea breathes.

AUTHOR BIO:
Jessika Fleck is an author, unapologetic coffee drinker, and knitter — she sincerely hopes to one day discover a way to do all three at once. Until then, she continues collecting vintage typewriters and hourglasses, dreaming of an Ireland getaway, and convincing her husband they NEED more kittens. Her YA debut, THE CASTAWAYS (Entangled TEEN), is now available. Her next YA novel, BEWARE THE NIGHT (Swoon Reads/Macmillan) releases March 12, 2019. More at www.jessikafleck.com
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Blog Tour and Review: Gone By Nightfall by Dee Garretson

Today I am excited to share with you my review of Gone By Nightfall by Dee Garretson. This is my stop on the blog tour hosted by Xpresso Tours.

Book and Author Details:
Title: Gone by Nightfall by Dee Garretson
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 21st 2020
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
Synopsis:

A young woman is torn between her home and her dreams during the Russian Revolution.

It’s 1916, and Charlotte Mason is determined to make a life for herself in czarist Russia. When her mother dies, Charlotte is forced to put her plans to go to medical school aside to care for her unruly siblings. Then a handsome new tutor arrives. Charlotte has high hopes that he’ll stay, freeing her up to follow her dreams of becoming a doctor. But there’s more to Dmitri that meets the eye.

Just when she thinks she can get her life back, Russia descends into revolution and chaos. Now, not only does Charlotte need to leave Russia, she needs to get her siblings out too–and fast.

Can Charlotte flee Russia, keep her siblings safe, and uncover Dmitri’s many secrets before she runs out of time?

AUTHOR BIO:
Dee Garretson spent her childhood helping her father build his offbeat inventions and playing adventure games in the woods. After working as a landscape designer and teaching landscape horticulture classes for several years, Dee returned to writing. Her debut novel, Wildfire Run, has been praised for its suspense and its hero, Luke, who “with his companions, displays generous measures of courage and ingenuity in rising to the occasion” (ALA Booklist). She lives with her family in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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My Review:

4*

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

This was a fly by the seat of your pants fast paced read and I absolutely loved it. Lottie had to make big decisions for her family and once she made them she swiftly and efficiently carried them out.

My heart was in my mouth so many times while reading this book. Lottie and her family faced some very scary situations and going into this book totally blind I had no idea what the outcome was going to be. I thought a few times about enlightening myself and checking out the blurb while I was reading but I think I enjoyed everything so much more because I didn’t know what to expect. I wanted to read this because I think the cover is beautiful and it totally payed off by being a great book.

I really enjoyed the first Dee Garretson book I read and I can honestly say I loved this one a whole lot more.

While this book was mostly about the conflict that was happening in Russia there was also a very sweet, naturally occurring romance and while the ending was not how I like or expect my romance novels to end it was perfect for this book because it was a book with romance rather than a romance book.

All I ask for my books historical and other wise is a strong female and bonus points if they are aspiring to a life that isn’t expected of them and that is exactly what I got here. This was a wonderful book from Dee and I’m already looking forward to the next!

Please check out the other blogs on this tour here.

My Goodreads Year in Books

https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2019

These year in books from Goodreads are always a fun look back. That’s mostly the only reason I do the Goodreads challenge, so I have a quick, easy record of what I’ve read over the year. I’ve tried a couple of times to keep a pen and paper record but seeing as I’m on my phone or tablet so much it’s just easier and quicker this way.

You have to set a target in order to track so I set my goal at 50 because it’s just under a book a week allowing for slumps etc. I’ve been working days for last two years now, it definitely means I read less. I don’t get the option of reading on the bus or all day before my night shift anymore but I’m glad for the swop for so many other reasons.

I hit a huge reading slump a bit ago that lasted about a month. I finally managed to push through it. I’ve loved a few books this year but I don’t know if it’s as many as previous years or if I’ve loved them as much as I previous years’ books. I definitely have a couple of stand out favourites. I don’t think I’m going to do a list or Top 10. I think I’m just going to look through my year in books graphic and write some streams of consciousness about some of the books I read and loved. My reviews/longer thoughts will be on Goodreads.

My first and last review (if the graphic updates) are both books by Dee Garretson. After Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood being my runway favourite book of last year I was on the look out for more historical fiction, a genre I’d never entertained before. I had to read Nothing But Sky because of the cover and I am so, so glad I did. All Is Fair definitely ticked the HF box. I managed to get an ARC to read and review for this blog. Same thing with Gone by Nightfall. And also complete cover love! 😍

I finally read my first K.A.Tucker book this year Be the Girl. I loved it, her writing is fantastic but I definitely had mixed feelings about the ending. I’ve also just scratched the surface on the audiobook of her A Simple Wild. I hope to dig in a little more soon. I loved experiencing #Nerd a few years ago as an audiobook and hope to have the same vivid experience with this book.

I went ahead and brought Every Breathe by Nicholas Sparks in hardcover because this time I just couldn’t wait for the paperback. It felt like the older Sparks books again. I really loved it. He’s recently announced his new one for next year so I’m excited for that.

Although I’ve never really sat down and watched Buffy I wanted to read Slayer because I needed something that reminded me of Legacies. It was definitely just the thing. I’m hoping to be approved through Netgalley for the sequel, Chosen. If not I’ll definitely be buying it.

I read the first Agatha Oddly book last year and was absolutely thrilled to be approved for next two during this year. Agatha is a lot of fun. Those three books complete a story but I so hope we’ll get more. If not more Agatha then at least more from Lena Jones.

After the sensation that was Beartown I knew I had to read more Fredrik Backman. Ove was fantastic. A slow, building book. If it had been my first Backman read it would be probably be my favourite (reminded me of The Rosie Project too) but Beartown was just that good it can’t be topped I don’t think.

I read all three of the Stranger Things novels this year. They were all prequels to the show and all by different authors. I really enjoyed them and they are something else I hope there will be more of.

Run Away by Harlan Coben. Well he’s my ride or die. I always know I’ll enjoy his books this one was just woah. The twist after the twist gah! I’m so excited for The Boy from the Woods.

I won a paperback copy of The Day We Met because I stated that I loved One Day in December by Josie Silver (another favourite of last year). The comparison was strong. I’d seen it on Netgalley etc but over looked it but I’m so glad I had my head turned on that one.

The first Kylie Scott book I read was her YA book Trust. This year I finally read one of her adult books Repeat. I liked it and it probably would be a favourite if I had read it first.

Across A Broken Shore is one my absolute standouts this year. It was one of my most anticipated reads after Nothing But Sky. I read it months before it’s November release. Love love love. Amy is a favourite no doubt about it. 💛

I’m a little behind with Sarina Bowen so Extra Credit was a special treat. Three gorgeous novellas. Two were a reread and one was brand new. I’m super excited for Heartland and will definetly be reading it as soon as it hits my kindle work permitting of course because the True North series is really something.

Five Feet Apart was definitely this years TFiOS with a beautiful cover and film to boot. It looks like I followed it up with another fantastic YA book A Curse so Dark and Lonely. Another favourite for sure. I am chomping at the bit the sequel. And here I was thinking I only liked standalone books.

I finally found the right time to read Dee Lagasse’s debut book Without Warning. I’m such a mood reader so it needed to be right. I’m excited to read the rest of her books which are all sitting on my kindle. I also finally read a Mary Billitar book the last line of which has made me excited for yet another sequel.

Beyond the Horizon by Ella Carey was another historical fiction with a beautiful cover. I love books with women doing things other than what is expected of them so a group of female pilots called to me. I hope to read more books by Ella.

I won a signed copy of Malamander by Thomas Taylor from Foyles and just adored everything about it. Every time I read a middle grade book I vow to read more!

An Enchantment of Ravens and Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson are two books I kept hearing so much about and therefore couldn’t stop thinking about. I started Sorcery of Thorns on my kindle and just knew I needed the hardcover. Vick brought me them both for my birthday. They have shimmery, beautiful covers.

We Met in December by Rosie Curtis is my other absolute favourite of this year. It’s this years One Day in December but I think it’s even better. I’ve already recommended it a bunch of times. I really hope it gets the wind behind it like One Day in December did. On the subject of Josie Silver I was thrilled to be approved to read her next book The Two Lives of Lydia Bird. She’s a really talented writer and I can’t wait until everyone starts reading this one too.

So Lucky by Dawn O’Porter was loud and proud and feminist. Again because I read The Cows first though it has the edge. I just love Dawn and will continue to look forward to her books.

There was newness from Mary Jayne Baker and Katey Lovell this year and they were a joy to read and review. I’ve missed their books.

I enjoyed being back at the Buckingham Hotel when I read Anton Du Beke’s Moonlight Over Mayfair. I’m eagerly awaiting the third instalment. I read Lip Smacker by Alison G. Bailey. Her rom-coms are great but I for one can’t wait for her next tearjerker. A Love Like This by Maria Duffy was packed full of missed opportunities and I do like those books. One Week ‘Til Christmas by Belinda Missen is the book that helped me hit my target of 50 books. I read it on Wednesday which just happened be… One Week ‘Til Christmas. It was all London and festive and magical. What’s not to like? 🎄

I’m unsure now whether to get a head start on books I want to read next year, read another Christmas book or start something long that will take me into the New Year. I usually like to start something new in January but I also want to read all the things.

I’m looking forward to reading some of the books I’ve acquired over the last few weeks such as the His Dark Materials trilogy and Invisible in A Bright Light that I absolutely brought for the cover. It even has a ribbon bookmark! 💝

I was part of a Secret Santa book exchange this month. I was gifted three books one of which is Sally Thorne’s 99 Percent Mine which has been on my tbr list for ages. Vick brought me for Christmas the first of two (so far?) Nancy Drew books where she is older much like she is in the new tv series. I’m trying very hard not to start it until after Christmas Day but I’m wavering.

There’s books I want to read next year that I didn’t get around to this year like the Riverdale books and books I want to read because they are going to be on screen soon like All the Bright Places and Noughts and Crosses. And then of course all the weird and wonderful ones that crosses my path during 2020! ☺️

Release Blitz and Review: Lip Smacker by Alison G. Bailey

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Logan Heath was the sweetest and most beautiful boy I had ever seen. He was popular, smart, and the star quarterback of Fort Johnson High. Every girl in school followed him around in hopes of getting his attention. I was no different, except that I admired Logan from afar. With him being a superstar junior and me being an awkward freshman at a new school our coupling was a mere pipedream.

Implementing my topnotch investigating skills I learned from reading The Nancy Drew Mysteries, I followed Logan’s life from high school through his college career, and then some. Fearing that my stalker-ish tendencies were becoming more of a mental health issue, I purposely lost track of him five years ago. I admit since that time I have thought of Logan. And when I say thought I mean he has popped into one or forty R-rated dreams of mine.

The day he walked into my bakery, butterflies fluttered in my stomach, tingles tingled my skin, and a sequence of R-rated dreams flashed through my head. But I was no longer that awkward teenager, too scared to speak to him. I had grown into a confident woman. A woman who wanted to admire Logan Heath up close and personal. Unfortunately, from the very beginning Logan wanted something from me that I was not willing to give him.

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My hands landed on my hips. “You can’t set up a mobile office in my bakery.”
“I have to work, Miss Smacker, and I am a paying customer.”
He took a long sip of coffee.
“This is your negotiating tactic? Wait out your target until she gets so annoyed she’ll sign anything to get rid of you?”
“Not to boast, but I’ve never had a woman want to get rid of me. In fact, just the opposite.”
Logan looked wistfully into the air. My guess, sexy memories of the long list of women he’s had encounters with. No doubt they were skinny, had big boobs, big hair, and legs for days, with cute Ivy League sorority names like Buffy, Felicity, and Poppy.
“You can’t stay here the entire day,” I snapped.
“Does that mean you’re ready to discuss Harper’s offer?”
“It means get out. You lurking here in the corner will unnerve my customers.”
“Your customers or you?”
“My customers. You’re already on my nerves.”
“Then let’s talk business.”
“I’m busy!”
He opened his laptop. “Do you have free WiFi?”
“WiFi my ass.” I stomped toward the kitchen.
 

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Alison G. Bailey is an award winning, Amazon, and International bestselling author living in Charleston, South Carolina. At the age of ten she discovered her inner author, rewriting scenes from her favorite TV shows and movies. Alison wrote and produced several stage plays before turning her sights on the book world. Under the influence of large amounts of Diet Pepsi and her Spotify playlists, Alison writes thought provoking, emotional stories, full of love, and romance.

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My Review:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

This was such a fun read with some seriousness thrown in. Logan is a frustrating but swoony hero. He also pulled off one of the most romantic gestures I’ve ever read.

Lip is such a great heroine. She’s feisty but also sweet. She’s strong but also not afraid to admit her insecurities.

The romance came quiet early in this book so I had to brace myself for the inevitable egg shell in the cake mix. It came but not in the way I was expecting. Lip and Logan drifted apart but once they found their way back to each other they were stronger for it.

I’ve read and enjoyed a few Alison G. Bailey novels and this was just the latest. Alison has proved that she can write gut-wrenching and side-splitting novels equally as well as the other!

Cover Reveal: Lip Smacker by Alison G. Bailey

Today I am thrilled to help share the cover reveal for Lip Smacker by Alison G. Bailey. Alison has written one of my very favourite, emotional books. I can’t wait to read this one. I think you’ll agree the cover is stunning! 💗

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Check out the cover for LIP SMACKER by Alison G. Bailey! Lip Smacker is coming on November 21st!

Logan Heath was the sweetest and most beautiful boy I had ever seen. He was popular, smart, and the star quarterback of Fort Johnson High. Every girl in school followed him around in hopes of getting his attention. I was no different, except that I admired Logan from afar. With him being a superstar junior and me being an awkward freshman at a new school our coupling was a mere pipedream.

Implementing my topnotch investigating skills I learned from reading The Nancy Drew Mysteries, I followed Logan’s life from high school through his college career, and then some. Fearing that my stalker-ish tendencies were becoming more of a mental health issue, I purposely lost track of him five years ago. I admit since that time I have thought of Logan. And when I say thought I mean he has popped into one or forty R-rated dreams of mine.

The day he walked into my bakery, butterflies fluttered in my stomach, tingles tingled my skin, and a sequence of R-rated dreams flashed through my head. But I was no longer that awkward teenager, too scared to speak to him. I had grown into a confident woman. A woman who wanted to admire Logan Heath up close and personal. Unfortunately, from the very beginning Logan wanted something from me that I was not willing to give him.

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/LipSmacker-GR

Cover designed by: Nicole Blanchard – Indie Sage PR



Alison G. Bailey is an award winning, Amazon, and International bestselling author living in Charleston, South Carolina. At the age of ten she discovered her inner author, rewriting scenes from her favorite TV shows and movies. Alison wrote and produced several stage plays before turning her sights on the book world. Under the influence of large amounts of Diet Pepsi and her Spotify playlists, Alison writes thought provoking, emotional stories, full of love, and romance.

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Blog Tour and Review: A Divided Mind by M. Billiter

Author: M. Billiter
Title: A Divided Mind
Genre: Domestic Thriller
Release Date: July 27, 2019
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
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What if the only friend you have isn’t real?  
When the voices in his head begin to make sense, high school senior Branson Kovac turns to the one friend he’s still got… only to discover he’s not really there.

 On sale for half price! 

ARC received in exchange for a honest review.

I have a lot of time for authors that write the book they want (need) to write and it’s clear that’s what’s happened here.

Tara is a mother of four and at the top of her profession when one of her children tells her something she didn’t see coming.

This book is a journey through mental health. The symptoms, the diagnosis, the treatment and the living with it. It depicts how it affects everyone not just the person diagnosed.

This book is told mostly from the POV of Tara and her son Branson. One of my favourite characters though was Carson, Tara’s daughter. I was honestly flipping the pages faster to see what she said next. Wise girl!

Some of the choices Tara made consciously or unconsciously, particularly professionally made me uncomfortable and her mood swings almost gave me whiplash but I understood that she was frustrated and hurting.

While I was reading this book someone on Facebook happened to ask how our current read was making us feel. I said sad and frustrated which I think sums up my feelings perfectly. I was sad that Tara, Branson and their whole family was going through this ordeal and I was frustrated that certain characters seemed to get away with things without fitting consequences. I was (and still am) sad <i>and</I> frustrated that the stigma surrounding mental health can prevent people from seeking help and treatment when we would for a physical illness.

The last line absolutely got me. It was almost a throw-the-kindle moment but my bestie brought it me and I need it for my next read. But woah!

M. Billiter is the alter ego of contemporary, award-winning romance author, Mary Billliter.
After writing more than a dozen love stories, she is exploring the other side. Best known for her emotional honesty, Mary doesn’t write about well-adjusted people, but rather the wounds in life.
M. Billiter writes with clarity and raw emotion to explore difficult subjects and issues close to her heart. 
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Release Blitz: 17 Marigold Lane by R.M.Gilmore

“Pick up this book and read it. Devour it. Fall in love with two quirky kids and unlock the mysteries of 17 Marigold Lane.” – Tara Dawn

Author: R.M. Gilmore

Title: 17 Marigold Lane

Series: Prudence Penderhaus, Book 1

Genre: YA/NA Mystery/Coming of Age

Publisher: Mac Gille Mhur Publishing

Cover Artist: RMGraphX

Word Count: 78,000

Quirky. Dark. Funny. Sweet. Heart-pounding/wrenching/breaking. 

And 100% original. 

In a town like Flintlock, Prudence Penderhaus was a freak. A weirdo. A loser of epic proportions.

That was until one word changed her life, and the town of Flintlock, forever.

When a moment of long-awaited courage brings her to the porch of the town-dubbed spook house, uncovering an odd boy no one knew existed is only the beginning.

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“Prudence is resilient. Cassius breaks your heart. Together they were pure magic.” – Nicki Scalise

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R.M. Gilmore is a paranormal and mystery/suspense writer and creator of the occult bestselling Dylan Hart series. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her teenage minion, bearded man-child, and toys still in the box. With an awkward and incessant sense of humor, it is likely she will die laughing.

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Cover Reveal: Lies by Kylie Scott

Today I am so excited to help share the cover reveal for Lies by Kylie Scott. I’ve read and loved a couple of Kylie’s books and I’m sure this one will no different. What a fantastic cover right? Lies will be available on all platforms 21st July!

Betty Dawsey knows that breaking things off with Thom Lange is for the best. He’s nice, but boring, and their relationship has lost its spark. But steady and predictable Thom, suddenly doesn’t seem so steady and predictable when their condo explodes and she’s kidnapped by a couple of crazies claiming that Thom isn’t who he says he is.

 

Thom is having a hellish week. Not only is he hunting a double agent, but his fiancé dumped him, and thanks to his undercover life, she’s been kidnapped.

 

Turns out Thom is Operative Thom and he’s got more than a few secrets to share with Betty if he’s going to keep her alive. With both their lives on the line, their lackluster connection is suddenly replaced by an intense one. But in his line of work, feelings aren’t wanted or desired. Because feelings can be a lethal distraction.


 

Pre-order your copy today!

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Cover Designed by Hang Le

Photographer: Brian Kaminski

Model: Terry Dormer

 

About Kylie Scott

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, 2014 & 2018, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

 

Connect with Kylie Scott

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