My Review for Erin Wade’s ‘Death Was Too Easy’

Good afternoon readers and friends and welcome. I want to thank author Jenny Frame for stopping by last week. Also thanks to all of you for your support.

Today, I have a special treat for you. A few months ago, I interviewed author Erin Wade and for those of you who missed it, you can click on the link below. Recently, I read her book, ‘Death Was Too Easy’, and today I’m reviewing it. I invite you to join in and participate in the comments.

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Erin Wade’s Interview

This story is brilliantly written. The main characters are Judith and Mandy and Angie. Along with them are Jordan and Rick, who play key roles.

Judith is a judge who is lonely.  She is a conservative who wants to restore justice.  However, she has a soft hidden side to her that she wishes to express. And it is no coincidence when Mandy enters her life that her maternal instincts emerge. But there is a price.

Angie is a teen who escaped an abusive relationship. I found her to be a great character because she is sweet and would never hurt anyone. You will find out more about her as you read along.

Like Judith, Mandy wants nothing more than to restore justice for the community. She is a lawyer who has dedicated herself to a life of service. She carries herself well and is respected. She is my definition of being ‘sharp.’ She fits her role perfectly.

Judith and Mandy experience love and romance in a sweet and passionate way. Mandy meets up with Jordan and the flirting begins. I love stories that have this aspect to them. The sensual scenes are described in such a way, that you can visualize without them being too graphic.

Mandy is charmed when a second interest, Rick comes into play. He is very persistent with a magnetic personality. He is smooth talking and did add good drama to the story.

In the midst of this is a mystery case, involving both Judith and Mandy. A twist pops up that will blow you away, so you’re going to need to pay attention. I was locked in as the story moved along. The plot kept me wondering throughout.

Some scenes described were graphic and shocking.  There is abusive action and I had to put the book down to catch my breath. Then another surprise to this deep story emerges, creating more spectacle. You are going to want to set aside about six hours to read this because you are not going to want to put it down once you start. Be prepared for the unexpected ending. Whew!

I have included an excerpt to get you started. Enjoy.

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Jordon drove to her office. She knew she wouldn’t be able to sleep. Thoughts of Mandy Kincaid were racing through her mind. She tried to ignore the scenes that continuously played behind her closed eyelids.

Mandy Kincaid wasn’t just beautiful; she was excruciatingly gorgeous. The feelings she stirred in Jordon were achingly painful. Her beauty fueled the fantasies of men and women.

Jordon changed into shorts and a light t-shirt. Five miles on the treadmill should send her into an exhausted sleep. She searched for the reason she had kissed Mandy. She was certain the attorney was straight. The shocked look on Mandy’s face haunted her. The last thing Jordon needed was to become involved with the prudish blonde, but it was the thing she most wanted. She thought about a line written by poet Sylvia Plath; I desire the things which will destroy me in the end. Plath committed suicide at age thirty.

Jordon was certain an entanglement with Mandy Kincaid would destroy them both.

Thank you for stopping by. Like I mentioned above, I’m encouraging book discussion in the comments. Stay tuned for next week when I will be speaking with author Kathy L. Salt. Her new book, ‘Out of Hand’ is now available.

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Yearly Goals 2018

Hello, Everyone! It’s great to see you all. First of all, I’d like to thank all of you who stopped by last week for my review of Blake Everstone’s, ‘Ominous Tales.’ It was great seeing you all.

It’s January again, which means long nights and short days. That doesn’t cut into my workday though, and I continue to work in the dark aka 5:00 p.m. Good news is the days are now getting longer and on 11-Mar-18 we will be back on daylight savings time. I have really been enjoying the new year so far and am looking forward to what’s next.2015-09-08 11.10.25This year I am setting goals as opposed to resolutions. These seem to fail for one reason or another. I have read goal lists that other people have shared and I saw for myself that they work. One of my FB friends does goals and she succeeds in meeting them. I am amazed at authors who do this because I believe in the practice.

I’ve made some 2018 goals that I’d like to share with you:

Workout Profile1.   Workout at the gym three times a week at a moderate speed.
2.   Keep drinking lots of water.
3.   Write more personal blogs.
4.   Keep reaching out to artists and authors.
5.   Submit a new manuscript to be published.
6.   Get my other WIP’s finished.
7.   Stay positive.
8.   Have get-togethers with friends and family.
9.   Go see live musical performances.
10. See a few live Dodger games.
11. Get out of town and take a short trip.Morro BayThat is my list so far. I’ll add more as the year goes on. I’m going to keep this blog and refer to it from time to time to see how I’m progressing. I understand that some are ongoing and my goal is to incorporate them into my schedule with ease.

In recent years, I’ve noticed a shift in my consciousness and I now feel that a lot of things that used to bother me I’ve let go.

Going to the gym used to be a chore for me, now I view it as a fun way to help maintain my physical health. Also, it has done wonders in such ways as stress reduction and increased energy. I am able to go now and set the cardio machine on a low level and get a nice workout. I just bring my water bottle and my phone and I’m in another world.Full SunLast weekend we helped out with a blanket drive for the homeless. We bagged up the blankets and took them to downtown LA to distribute. It was an eye-opening experience and one that I’m glad I helped out with. There were a lot of tents up on the sidewalks. It felt good to help out and to hear people tell me “God Bless.” I plan to do more work like this.

I believe in always being positive and I have seen results with this attitude. Very grounded and confident people are coming my way in greater numbers.  I have a lot of things to thank for my peaceful living.

Before I go, I’d like to include my excitement for the new baseball season. Only a few more weeks until Exhibition and then soon the 2018 regular season will begin. We are going all the way this year. Go Blue!Opening DayStay tuned for some other great news that I will be sharing with you in the weeks to come. Next week I will be featuring author Graysen Morgen. You are going to want to mark this one down and you will see why next week.

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My Review for Blake Everstone’s ‘Ominous Tales’

Good afternoon friends and welcome. I want to thank all of you who visited last week for my review of Amy Dunne’s ‘Season’s Meetings.’ This week I am featuring my review of ‘Ominous Tales’ by author Blake Everstone. Come over and join us.Ominious Tales Cover‘Ominous Tales’ is an assortment of short stories and poetry.  Each story is introduced with a poem.  This is elegant. They gave me a sense of wonder. The rhymes are a real treat and are great fine literature.

Each short story has its own protagonist. I am listing three who really stood out. One is daring, sexy, and possessive, making the story very exciting. Another is passive aggressive closed-minded, and stoic. Her character created another type of drama that kept me on edge.

In one of the stories, the main player lives multiple personalities as a result of being molested during her childhood.  This story really blew my mind and is a brain teaser.  Plan to read this one slowly as it is fast paced and you don’t want to miss anything. This one is a must read.

I fell in love with a fantasy story that had a mythical character in it.  This took me to another world.  I’m a big fan of imagination so this one suited me perfectly.

All the tales have paranormal in them, giving them a weird factor in an embracing storyteller way. The author grabs your attention with the first poem which leads into the first story. The author really pays attention to the characters needs and fulfills them beautifully.

This book can be read altogether or story by story. I wouldn’t recommend putting a bookmark in the middle of an exciting plot. Plan to take this with you to work so that you can sneak in a story during your downtime. You will not be disappointed. If you liked this book as much as I do, let’s start a discussion in the comments. I want to hear what you all loved about this compilation.Ominious Tales CoverHere is an excerpt to get you started.

I rush to her! Preparing all my strength to lift her and carry her was redundant, because she feels as if she only weighs 25 pounds. Dainty within my hands, I wrap my arms around her and run. I can hear each step the beast takes behind us. I imagine it to be at least 400 lbs. worth of fierce viciousness. The ground seems to vibrate as it gets closer. I fear it will not be long before it pounces. My soul quivers with every snarl. My legs feel heavy and are keeping me from running as fast as I sense I need to be. Sweat dripping from my face lands on my frail passenger. She opens her eyes and peers up at me. Her expression exhibits her gratitude as she endearingly snuggles up against me. Hearing another growl and the proximity of it, she realizes that we are still in grave danger. As if she is pulling energy, or what is left of it, from the bottom of her toes and the top of her head and generating all of it towards her mouth, she lets out a deafening screech. As the energy leaves her body, her luminosity dims and she passes back out. Her ear-splitting shriek startles me. Just when I regained my composure, while still running, a large wolf appears. Then two more and before I know it, we were facing a line of wolves in front of us.

 

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My Review for Amy Dunne’s ‘Season’s Meetings’

Good afternoon friends and welcome. Thank you so much for visiting last week. The blog meant a lot to me and thanks to all for liking it. This week I’m extending the holiday season with my book review for author Amy Dunne – ‘Season’s Meetings.’ As many of you know, Christmas is a favorite time of mine.

Season's Meetings cover“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”

~ Jane Austen

The players of the story are Catherine and Holly, who go on an unplanned adventure together at a mutual person’s home, who happens to be Catherine’s only friend, Beth.

Catherine is a workaholic and uses her job to cover up an old love pain. However, she does outreach work to heal emotional scars. At the same time she is uptight and needs a release so she can enjoy the beauty that life has to offer. Her vibe is standoffish and she can’t relax at all.

“I’m sorry, Cat.”

“For what?” Catherine asked. Her palms grew sweaty and she blotted them on her trousers.

“I’ve tried to be reasonable with you. I’ve given it my best shot, but you’re right. I can’t change your mind. You’ve left me no choice.” Beth sighed dramatically. “I’ve got to use my secret weapon. I’m sorry.”

Holly is young, energetic and is starting out on her own. She is Beth’s cousin and was invited for the festivities. She keeps her life simple and it works for her.

I found Holly to be delightful and playful. Never did I sense negative feelings from her. Even in the worst of times, she still manages to be optimistic. Her character touched me.

A twist comes into the play putting the two women into danger. This got both of them to rethink their priorities and realize what is really important.  I was chilled as I read along.

There is a lot of suspense that kept me on edge. Also there is plenty of good drama between several of the characters. Maybe even a catfight. I felt the hairs on my neck standing up during these scenes. The interactions between the players flowed flawlessly.

And of course, there is romance in the story, which was tender and loving. Both of the women were equally involved and made a nice steamy scene, that gave me excitement. They were descriptive, but not over the top. I felt the love between them and couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next.

This book is sweet and I enjoyed it. It kept me in the Holiday spirit. The author is clear with her descriptions and atmosphere. It took me about five and a half hours to read and I would recommend carving out an afternoon where you can do just that. You are going to love how this story unfolds.

After I read the book, I got a chance to listen to the audible version. It is very smooth and easy to get into. The narrator voiced all the characters, creating a robust and rich experience. You will be very pleased.

Five Stars

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Excerpt 1

Catherine straightened her shirt with both hands. She disliked this part of her job but also happened to be rather good at it. “So, if we don’t dramatically increase our sales before the Christmas break, January’s going to be a bleak month. With the current economic situation I’m sure I don’t need to emphasise how difficult finding a new job is. If you want to still have a job in the New Year, you’ve got to sell more in the next two and a half weeks than you did for the whole of last month.”

Tom, a lanky man with thinning blond hair, raised his hand. Catherine nodded curtly, giving him permission to speak.

“Isn’t that basically a threat, Catherine?”

Catherine folded her arms and regarded him coolly. “No, Tom. It’s an honest prediction of what’s likely to happen. I’m not here to be nice, to be liked, or to tell you comforting little lies. I’m here to get results.”

“But it’s so close to Christmas,” Alice said in an infuriatingly nasally whiney tone. She was plump with grey hair and a bright red nose from her incessant nose blowing. Large novelty Christmas tree earrings hung from both earlobes. “What you’re asking is practically impossible.”

“What I’m asking is difficult, but not impossible,” Catherine said. Exasperated by the attitude and glares she was receiving, she tried to boost their morale. “If we follow the strategies and give our all, we can achieve our targets. We’ve a distinct advantage. While all the other departments and sale companies dramatically slow down and take their eye off the prize in the lead-up to Christmas, we can reap the benefits. Unfortunately, there are going to be some restrictions. From this moment on, no more annual leave requested before Christmas will be authorised—”.

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“Glad you see sense.” Catherine pulled out a chair from under the table. “I have another surprise.” 

“You do?” 

“Yes. I need you to sit down here, plug these earphones in, and close your eyes.” 

Holly looked confused but sat as requested. Catherine removed Holly’s plate to one side. When Catherine handed her the earphones, she hesitated and searched Catherine’s face. 

“Do you trust me?” Catherine asked, her heart beating a little bit faster. 

“Totally,” Holly said. She plugged her ears and clenched her eyes shut. 

Catherine quickly set up her tablet. The screen flashed, and when faces appeared she plugged the earphones in. 

Holly physically jumped from the sound. Her eyes flew open and she stared at the screen in disbelief. After three quick blinks, her hands shot to her mouth, and she let out a gasp. 

Catherine’s work was done for the time being, so she stepped away from the table. She watched Holly closely, storing everything to memory, especially the expressions and the few stray tears of what she hoped indicated joy. 

“Mum? Dad? Shit! How’s this even possible?” Holly asked. Listening to an answer Catherine  couldn’t hear, Holly nodded at the screen, and then looked over to her. Swallowing and clutching her chest, she mouthed the words, “thank you.” 

Catherine shot her a wink and left the kitchen, patting her thigh for Kimmy to follow her into the bedroom. Her plan for at least the next thirty minutes was to take Kimmy for a walk so Holly could have some privacy while talking with her family in Canada.

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My Review of Samantha Jacobey’s ‘Christmas Carol’

Good afternoon friends, and welcome. I want to thank Candace Walsh and Barbara Straus Lodge from last week for ‘Greetings from Janeland’. Thank you all who visited the post. Those who missed it can read it here.  ‘Greetings from Janeland’ post.

I just love this time of year, Christmas has always been a favorite of mine. For the past two years, I’ve been featuring Samantha Jacobey’s ‘Christmas Candy’ series. This year it is the third installment, Christmas Carol. Although you don’t need to read the first two books, it is recommended. The author does a nice job of explaining some things that were in the pervious books. Here Candy and Gary are on another exciting adventure.

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At the end of the last installment, Gary, made a decision that put a twist in the story. Like always he is so huggable and very loving. I just love his gentle spirit. He gives people a sense of reassurance that is truthful and genuine. There is nothing that would turn him off from the beauty of life. He is the perfect vision of a caring family man.

“I’m still scared of losing you,” she reminded him as he set her back on her feet. “But I’m more afraid of not letting you be the man you were meant to be, and I could never live with myself if I took that away from you. Now, let’s go get dinner made and celebrate year number one, Mr. Ford.”

Candy is as loveable as ever. She is juggling her life right now between caring for her son, Daks, and her mom. I felt the pull she had between both of them. However never once does she compromise on their wants and needs.

She is the star of the story and her aura shines very brightly. I just adore the mother-son relationship she has with Daks. I applaud the author for creating him as this character will touch your heart tenderly.

A situation comes up that is unexpected and you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens. It is priceless.

A blast from the past emerges and Gary finds himself working on a cold case. I applaud the author for including this. It added more depth to the story.

This story is short and took me about two hours to read. There is no course language or violence here. In fact this story is perfect to enjoy after a day of Christmas shopping or while you are waiting for the pie to bake in the oven. It really put me in the Spirit of Christmas and that is what I love about Sam’s Christmas books.

Here is an excerpt from this sweet tale. Enjoy!

“Surprise,” Evelyne called as she entered her son’s home. It was Christmas eve, and they had arrived in town that morning to surprise their son and his family with gifts and holiday dinner.

“What are you doing here!” Candy squealed, throwing her arms around the taller woman for a hug. Realized the awkwardness in her mother-in-law’s stiff form, she released her, and settled for a less enthusiastic half-squeeze from Roger. “Did Gary know you were coming?”

“No, silly girl, that’s why it’s a surprise,” Eve informed her while removing her coat. Looking around, she wrinkled her nose and demanded, “Where is Gerald? It’s Christmas Eve, don’t tell me he’s working!”

“He’s,” Candy hesitated. “He’s at the hospital with Caroline and Ben. I think they are going to release Ben today, and they are going to help him get home and settled.”

“That Gary,” Roger shook his head with a chuckle. “He’s always been the natural hero, in every situation.”

“Yes,” Candy agreed.

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Life isn’t always sweet, even for girls called Candy.

Candice Parker’s life has never been easy. Plagued by losses and setbacks, each day is a struggle for the petite brunette and her young son. Today, she’s ready to take the next step, but will his rich and powerful mother allow it?

Gerald Ford had always kept things simple. He had lived a fast and furious lifestyle, with no intentions of slowing down. However, when he finally decides he’s ready to take the plunge, it seems that the entire world is conspiring against them. Will his mother, Eve, be their saving grace, or will she?

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Anyone who knows me could tell you, I am a friendly kind of person, never met a stranger and take up conversations anywhere at any time. I work hard, and my mind never seems to shut down, as I wake up often in the middle of the night with ideas pouring out and demanding to be dealt with. Of course that means much of my books were written in the middle of the night.

I grew up and still live in the great state of Texas where everything is bigger, where we have warm weather and a central location. I love my state, my town, and my family, which includes my four sons, my significant other, and many friends as well.

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My Review of ‘Greetings from Janeland.’

Good morning everyone and welcome. I have been asked to participate in a Holiday blog blast. Editors Candace Walsh and Barbara Straus Lodge have put out a new book of short stories called ‘Greetings from Janeland’. Below is my review for the book. For those of you who’d like some discussion, feel free to leave your questions in the comments.

These stories are about married women leaving their husbands for other women. Each story is fast paced and the story was over by the time I was getting into it.  There was some romance going on between main characters. There wasn’t much to say about intimacy scenes. This you really have to use your imagination.

In one story the protagonist lived in the closet until she realized she was who she was and she wasn’t changing for society.  She stood up to people and walked her own path.  Her actions inspired me.

In another the lead character takes a leap of faith expecting a certain outcome.  The author showed her bravery and how she came to love herself.

“A moving, revealing, and often funny exploration of women who love women, and a reminder that whether love makes us glow with joy or ache with rejection, we still want more.”

— Victoria Zackheim, writer, editor, best-selling anthologist

My favorite story was about a woman who felt trapped by life.  She learned about men by observing them and proceeds to live her life by lying to her true self. She meets her best friend who helps her break out of the eggshell. The woman she wants to be is confident, happy, the best she can be.

The pace is smooth but there were parts that caused some emotions in me, which makes good storytelling. These stories are short enough to read on your lunch break, and I did just that. What I liked was there was no violence or strong language. The stories are enough to take you into another world if only for a brief moment. They encouraged me to do my own journaling.

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“These incredible writers describe love’s heartaches and passions in the no-holds-barred language of women’s desire. These stories are both singular and universal, and are poised to transform the world.”

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“This collection of brave, beautiful stories is an engaging, important lifeline for women who are taking on whatever life throws at them in order to live more authentically and passionately.”

— Samantha Waltz, Blended: Writers on the Stepfamily Experience

“A moving, revealing, and often funny exploration of women who love women, and a reminder that whether love makes us glow with joy or ache with rejection, we still want more.”

— Victoria Zackheim, writer, editor, best-selling anthologist

“With clarity and compassion, the stories allow us to see what it might be like to live these moments ourselves, and remind us of the forks in our own traveled roads. Raw, honest, funny, heartbreaking, beautiful, and romantic; this collection touches every part of the human heart.”

—    Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, Filling Her Shoes: A Memoir of an Inherited Family 

GREETINGS FROM JANELAND should be of interest to:

Any LGBT, NON-BINARY, POLYAMORY, TRANSGENDER, or GENDER-FLUID-friendly outlet interested in exploring these unique, but shared experiences where women question and sometimes come to new conclusions about their SEXUALITY.

Anyone interested in a true HUMAN INTEREST piece about questioning one’s sexuality and the effects it can have in many areas of one’s life.

Anyone who can sympathize with or learn from the struggle to find ACCEPTANCE in society and with their own SEXUALITY.

Journalists and outlets that are interested in the lack of HETEROSEXUAL PRIVILEGE in non-heterosexual relationships

Any outlet interested in POLITICS and LGBTQI+ ISSUES (especially in AUSTRALIA!) 

ABOUT THE BOOK

In an increasingly common phenomenon, women who once identified as straight are leaving men for women ⎯ and they have fascinating stories to tell.  In this sequel to Lambda Literary Finalist Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write About Leaving Men for Women, writers who come from a diverse array of perspectives open up and bare their souls. Essays on subjects such as repercussions, both bad and good; exes, both furious and supportive; bewildered and loyal family and friends; mind-blowing sexual and emotional awakenings; falling in the deepest of love; and finding a sense of community fill the pages of this anthology. One story is as different from the next as one person is from another.  With a foreword by former Editor in Chief of AfterEllen Trish Bendix, and essays by acclaimed writers including BK Loren, Louise A. Blum, and Leah Lax, relax, sit back and take a journey into Janeland-⎯a very special place where women search for, discover, and live their own personal truths.

ABOUT THE EDITORS

Candace Walsh is the author of Licking the Spoon: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Identity, a New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards winner and the editor of Dear John, I Love Jane, and Ask Me About My Divorce. Her writing has appeared in numerous national and local publications, including Newsday, Travel + Leisure, Sunset, Mademoiselle, New York magazine, and New Mexico Magazine. Her essays have been published in the anthologies Here Come the Brides!, Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage, Blended, and Spent, and she is currently editor in chief of El Palacio Magazine. She lives in Santa Fe with her wife Laura André, their two children, and two dogs.

Barbara Straus Lodge is an essayist whose work has appeared in the New York Times Motherlode blog and the “LA Affairs” section of the Los Angeles Times. An essay under her pseudonym, Leigh Stuart, was published in the anthology Dear John, I Love Jane. Her work has also appeared in Parabola Magazine, The Rumpus, Literary Mama and a variety of anthologies.  

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Greetings from Janeland: Women Write More about Leaving Men for Women

Edited by Candace Walsh and Barbara Straus Lodge

LGBT/Nonfiction/Anthology | Trade Paperback Original | 240 pages | Cleis Press | November 2017

Print: $16.95, 9781627782340 | ebook: $10.99, 9781627782357

Stay tuned for my blog next week. I will be reviewing the next installment for Samantha Jacobey’s ‘Christmas Candy’ series, ‘Christmas Carol’.

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#FF #Flashback Friday – Meet Author KA Moll

Good afternoon everyone and a warm welcome to you all. I want to thank author Darla Baker for stopping by last week. It was a pleasure to have you. For those of you who missed her interview, you can click on the link below.

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Today I’m reposting my interview with author KA Moll that was originally published on 04-Mar-17. Since then she’s been busy and published ‘Blue Ice Landing’ and as Cade Brogan, ‘Close Enough to Touch.’ In addition, she is hard at work with her next project, a sequel to her best selling romance ‘Change of Heart,’ due out in early 2018. KA is an amazing woman . Read on to find out more about this dynamic story teller.

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Good afternoon friends and welcome.  Today I have a special treat for you.  Author K.A. Moll has stopped by to chat.  She is busy underway with several writing projects, one of which is discussed below.  I read her book, ‘Change of Heart’ and reviewed it on 26-Aug-16.  This is definitely one to put on your reading list.

Author PhotoAbout all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won’t like you at all.

~ Rita Mae Brown

What is ‘Change of Heart’ about?

It’s a story about high school sweethearts, reunited after two decades. It’s about how these two women move beyond hurt feelings and shattered trust to rekindle their flame that still burns hot.

What was your inspiration behind the book cover for ‘Change of Heart’?

The cover for ‘Change of Heart’ is from a watercolor created by my biological sister, Cindy. Her work is also on the cover of “For A Moment’s Indiscretion.” I don’t know how she managed to get inside my head to capture this story in her painting…but she did. I was adopted as a preemie and didn’t find her until I was in my forties. It never fails to amaze me how we connected. It feels as if she’s been a part of my life forever.

Did you do any types of writing while you were in school?  If so, did you receive any awards or recognition for your work?

I was on the school newspaper in high school and I took writing/literature courses in college.

Was there anyone or anything in your life who encouraged you to write?   If so, what did they do?

My wife is my number one beta reader and my biggest fan. I couldn’t accomplish half of what I do without her support and input.

Is there a different genre that you’d like to write a story in and why?

No, not really. If there were, I’d have probably already written it. To date, I’ve written books in romance, paranormal, and suspense/thriller.

One day you get the call asking if you’d like to make ‘Change of Heart’ into a movie.  Who would you cast as the main players?

Wow…that’d be a nice call. Hmmmm…I guess Lily Gladstone for Jack…but she’d need a haircut. And for Courtney…I guess Stana Katic.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you. Thank you so much for reading my books and for opening your hearts to my characters, most of whom have considerable emotional baggage.

Can you elaborate on what has worked for you to regenerate creativity?

So far, I’ve been fortunate to have not needed much regeneration. If anything, I’ve had to beat stories down so that one could move forward. If I did need to regenerate, I’d listen to smooth jazz or walk a nature trail.

Have you ever created a character (either main or supporting) who was so awful in personality that even you felt dislike toward?

Jahi in “Haunting Love” was a nasty piece of work.

 

What musical groups do you follow and can you describe their style?

I like Fay Wolf, Hem, and k.d. Lang.

What is your favorite vegetarian meal?

I like most all vegetarian dishes a lot…especially Indian and Cajan…Mmmm, red beans and rice. But…I suppose my favorite would have to be my wife’s broccoli casserole.

Let’s give a shout out to TriPub books.  What would you like to say to them?

…That I couldn’t be more pleased…but they already know that.

What has been your favorite part of being an author?  The least favorite?

I pretty much love everything about it…but I suppose if I had to choose, my favorite thing would be getting to know and be a part of this amazing lesfic community. Least favorite…hummm…well I guess that would have to be marketing.

What other authors do you follow?  Which books would you recommend?

I’m a HUGE Radclyffe fan…although I must admit I like her older works better. My favorite of all her books is “Passion’s Bright Fury.” Next in line would be “Love’s Melody Lost.”

What is in the works next for you?

My work in progress is titled “To Believe In Magic.” Jack and Courtney from “Change of Heart” will be strong secondary characters in the work. If all goes well, it should release mid-summer.

Change of Heart book coverHere’s an excerpt from ‘Change of Heart’…

Jack opened the passenger door for Courtney and she climbed in. Then Jack walked around the vehicle to climb in the other side. She sighed as she looked over her shoulder to back out of the narrow driveway. “When are you gonna tell me, Courtie?” she asked.

Courtney began to cry.

“I can see it’s tearing you up inside,” Jack continued. “I think you’d feel better if you told me.” Courtney cried a little harder.

“Whatever it is,” Jack said softly, “it happened a longtime ago and we’ve moved on.” She shifted gears. “Why can’t you just tell me?”

Courtney hiccupped a sob.

“Okay, I’ll leave you be,” Jack said. “I guess you’ll tell me when you’re ready.”

Check out this link to my review:  ‘Change of Heart’.

Thank you all for joining us today.  Before you go, be sure to check out KA Moll’s links below:

Purchase ‘Change of Heart’

Website: www.kamoll.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/kamollwrites/

Twitter: @ka_moll

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLyxllnvI0k

Lesbian Talk Show Interview on writing damaged characters:

http://www.thelesbiantalkshow.com/how-to-write-damaged-characters/

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Thank you for stopping by. All of KA’s books are available on Amazon. Stay tuned for my upcoming review for ‘Close Enough to Touch,’ the thriller by Cade Brogan. In the meanwhile stay safe and enjoy.

Stay tuned next week when I will be interviewing Artist/Photographer Laure Dherbécourt.

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My Review for SW Andersen’s ‘Switchback’

Good afternoon friends and welcome. Today I’m presenting my review for S.W. Andersen’s ‘Switchback’. This story is interesting and by the time it was over, I was once again in love with the mountain bike culture. Last year I read another biking book and am excited that more people are writing about this sport.

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‘Switchback’ tells the story of Sierra Cody, an ambitious mountain bike rider, striving for the pros. She loves living outside of her comfort zone.  Her strengths are determination and focus. She carries a confident aura with her and really knows herself. She has a positive outlook on life and is very protective of her career, which is why she prefers to promote herself. She doesn’t follow rules or like being kept waiting.  However, I was pleasantly pleased to see that she respects others even when going after her desires.

She’s a love bug whom you can’t help but love.

Sierra turned and high-tailed it out the door, anxious to put miles between her and the lecherous receptionist in a hurry. Maybe she would use that memory as motivation on her next race start. That would surely get her out the gate in a hurry.

There are two other main characters, Kara and Jaime as well as a few secondary characters, whom I will touch on.

Kara is a medic who works at bike race functions.  She is tense and afraid and is uncomfortable in social settings.  The vibe I picked up was one that had been badly hurt before and was avoiding any chance for a potential new relationship.  She carries a bit of passive aggressiveness. Her pained look on her face is a concern for others.

She is very smart and asks questions.  Her heart is genuine. However, she’s a stickler to plans and doesn’t like to deviate. This caused some friction with the other players, but nonetheless, added to the depth of her character.

Another woman enters the picture, creating some intense drama for both Kara and Sierra.  Jaime is Kara’s ex.  Scenes like this are priceless and got me wanting more.

Now enter two secondary characters who I felt really added to the story, Nicole and Ronni. Nicole is Kara’s best friend and business partner. She is loyal and bears high self-esteem. Her grounding energy was very comforting and she bears the badge of trust on her shoulder.

Ronni is Sierra’s trusted best friend who has a mouth as big as the planet.  Her energy is brash. She never shuts up and at times I felt she crossed some boundaries with Sierra. Their interactions are hilarious. Her sneaky energy will roll your emotions. The way she talks sometimes will crack you up.

One unforgettable character may turn you off. The writer had great character development with this one. You may not like her, but she adds to the richness of the story.

The interactions between the characters is very well put together and it flows perfectly. I love the mountain bike scenes. The author did an excellent job bringing me there. I could almost feel the wind hitting Cody’s face on the way down the hill in a race.

There are scenes that are tenderly put together and the author really did perfect them. You will see in the story.

The romance scenes are tender and full of caring love. What I liked was that it was not all rush-rush to the bedroom. The lovers took time to get to know each other and it’s this journey that you want to read.

The sun’s rays danced along auburn strands and illuminated her profile, making her radiant as an angel from heaven.

Switchback (p. 209). S.W. Andersen Books. Kindle Edition.

The story itself took me about six hours to read, partly because some of the scenes were so good that I read them twice. The descriptions were precise and I felt like I was in the scenes. The writing made me feel good. I am recommending this book for everyone who enjoys some adventure.

Here is an except to get you started on this exciting journey.

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Kara hummed and smiled. Sierra had appeared in her doorway in her baggy shorts with an air of confidence, muscled legs, gorgeous, soulful eyes, and a smile that made Kara’s chest thump like a herd of running elephants. The feeling of being pursued so wholeheartedly had left her brimming with indescribable sensations, but now her chest grew heavy and her breath restricted to the point of dizziness. The thought of Sierra being angry with her was too much to bear.

Would she get the chance to explain?

No one had ever left her questioning so much about her life. Sierra brought her back to a time and place when she was unhindered by the rigid routine she had set for herself. She was free to do as she pleased. Free to live. Free to feel. And boy did she want to feel. She ached to feel every inch of Sierra Cody’s toned body against hers.

“Why does she have to be so damned hot?” Kara grumbled.

Five Stars.

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My Review for Cade Brogan’s ‘Close Enough to Touch’

Good afternoon readers and welcome. Today as I promised I am sharing my review for Cade Brogan’s thriller, ‘Close Enough to Touch.’ This is her first book with this genre and one that you’re going to love!  

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This story is one of a kind and has a daring theme. I haven’t read anything like this in a long time so it was exciting to read this one. The first character, Joanna, grabbed my attention from the beginning. There are three other players Rylee, Kenzie, and Chastity. Each woman is very different and glues together the story perfectly. 

Joanna and Rylee know each other through work. Joanna is a strange girl and has a distorted view of life. The fascinating thing is no one knows her secrets except herself. She uses people like one uses a tool and right under their noses! She’s slick and smooth and neatly lures others into her web. Her bizarre actions added to her madness. It was amazing how she did all this with her low-tech methods.

Although, I found her very conceited, her courageousness and confidence were very appealing. She is very organized and pays attention to details, from all angles. She’s a woman, if one didn’t know better, they would look up to since she is brilliant and personable when needed. She would do wonders if she could just switch her mind set. 

Rylee, for the most part was a likable character, but has a dangerous profession. She is a tough and solid woman who focuses on the miracles when taking risks. Even in life, she’s not one to sit on the pity-pot wishing her life were different. She handles challenges very professionally and in a calm matter. I really like this woman. 

>Kenzie is Rylee’s old college girlfriend. Today, Kenzie walks around with a heavy heart and hides behind a façade and her church. Inside of her is pent up sexual energy that she desperately needs to release. I really felt for this woman because she is a good person. However, you’ll have to decide for yourself if at one time she had an ulterior mode with Rylee.

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The love of Kenzie’s life is her daughter, Abby. It is obvious that Kenzie loves motherhood. She is strict and sticks to her guns, which I felt strengthened the bond. I loved the mother-daughter relationship and how Abby shows her independence. This was a great touch to the story. 

During their time of separation, Rylee meets up with Chastity. Chastity has a one-track mind, very determined and clever. She chooses to wallow in the past, while attempting to recreate it in the present. She doesn’t let things go and I found this to be disturbing. Needless to say, I don’t care for her because I don’t feel she respected Rylee at all. The only thing going for this character is that she created some really intense drama.

In the present, Kenzie and Rylee meet up for the first time since college and it was fun watching the sparks ignite. The circumstances for their reunion couldn’t have been any worse, which I feel showed the strong woman in both of them. They are very believable and had real feelings. 

I loved the flirting that went on between our two love birds. These parts were really well thought out and the flow kept me wanting more. The romance scenes were very hot and tender, but a bit graphic, just to let you know. If you love steam, you’ve come to the right place.

The story is fast paced and will keep you hooked the entire ride. The suspense is addicting. It took me about five and a half hours to read and I found it hard to put down. There were a few disturbing scenes that shocked me and were hard to read. I had to remind myself that this is just fiction. 

You may be alarmed while reading this, but keep with it. This story will keep you wondering afterwards. I am recommending this book for all who love intense thrill-seeking drama paired with a flare of romance.

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Here is an excerpt to get you started:

“Come here,” Kenzie invited, setting her glass on the coffee table. “Sit right here,” she added, nodding downward, “and I’ll rub your shoulders.” It’s what she used to do every night during finals.

Rylee settled between her legs, leaning back against the couch. “Mmm, I could get used to this,” she moaned as Kenzie rubbed one, the other, and both. She tipped her head back, caught her eye, and added, “You haven’t lost your touch.”

“I should hope not,” Kenzie responded, smiling as she moved to rub her neck, and stroke her temples.

“Oh, yeah,” Rylee moaned, turning her head, her cheek resting on Kenzie’s thigh. She planted one kiss, and then another, turned a little more, and inched her fingers up her gown.

“Mmm, now you’re talking,” Kenzie responded, nibbling her lower lip, and scooting down.

“Are you sure about this?” Rylee asked, peering into her eyes. It was too soon, but if Kenzie wanted her to, she’d move forward. It wasn’t like they hadn’t been there before.

“Are you kidding?” Kenzie responded, her breath quickening. “I’ve never been more sure of anything in my life.” She nodded toward Rylee’s glass, saying, “Finish your wine.”

Five Stars.

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Lynn

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My Review for Annette Mori’s ‘The Termination’

Good afternoon everyone and welcome. Today I have a special treat for you that I know you’re going to like. I am presenting my review for Annette Mori’s ‘The Termination.’ This is a thriller romance that takes place in today’s world. The two main characters, Codee and Sawyer, take part in this adventurous story.

Codee, a hospital HR executive, initially shows a side to her which stems from a shocking upbringing. To cover it up, she lives for her job. She is smart and adaptable to even the most bizarre settings. She is professional in all matters and never creates drama out of stress. She handled a totally unknown situation beautifully.

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Sawyer is an admitting clerk at Codee’s hospital. She is loyal and will stick to you like glue. She is easy going, making her very desirable and fun to be around. She is empathic and knows how to soothe another. However, her lifestyle is too fast which causes her to make the same mistake over and over again when entering a romantic relationship.

You can decide for yourself whether you feel that she oversteps people’s boundaries. I did not. She is overly caring with her patients, though. She is very cleaver, which grabs everyone’s attention.

The secondary characters really add to the story. One, in particular, gave me a grandmother feel.  The way the author describes her made me feel I could trust her.  She is feisty and is in tune with everyone’s current affairs. She was like the mother hen to them and I feel the author did an excellent job creating her character. Some of the things she said made me crack up.  Her contributions to the plot are priceless and the story would not have been the same without her.

An intriguing character, Chynna, is introduced later on that changes the direction of the story. She is smart, courageous, and physically strong. Her participation deepens the plot and sucked me in even further.  On the inside is her tender heart, fighting for what is right. She made me cry as she was sharing her truth. She is an important character who is going to melt your heart.

During the story, there is a plotline that will give you the creeps and may upset some.

The suspense is so thick that I felt like I was on a thrill ride. This is not a simple story and you will need to pay attention. The author provides excellent descriptions and the dynamic scenes are written very clearly.

The sex is hot, a bit graphic, but tasteful.  These scenes will excite the red-hot lover inside the reader. They are full of tenderness and will leave a sweet aftertaste.

You are going to want to carve out about five and a half hours to really enjoy this amazing chronicle. It will blow your mind. It is written very realistically and believable. I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. You can determine for yourself if one small infraction can change one’s perspective.

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Here is an excerpt to get you started on this chilling page-turner.

Codee remembered when she’d met the enchanting woman in new-employee orientation. Sawyer had pulled her long, chestnut hair back into a neat ponytail, and the gentle waves cascaded down her back. Although Sawyer had just finished a twelve-hour night shift, those soothing, green eyes never wavered in their intensity as she appeared to hang on every word. Her thoughtful answers to the questions she tossed out to new employees, accompanied by a hint of mischief in her smile, had Codee continuously seeking her reaction while she did her dog and pony show during orientation.

Codee knew she created a compelling and entertaining first impression, but she’d often felt like a phony when some of the stories she told were embellishments of the truth. Yet, the only way to truly illustrate a point was to create that connection to her audience with an intimate anecdote. She should have been an actress because the whoppers she told at these orientations were compelling. Not everything was untrue, but even the genuine experiences were enhanced for effect.

Codee wasn’t great with names, but Sawyer’s stood out as unusual, particularly for a woman, and whenever she passed the young admitting clerk in the hall, she made a point of saying hello and having a brief, albeit superficial conversation with her. She wished she had the ability to get to know her on a personal level, but that was out of the question. As the HR executive, she needed to maintain a strictly professional relationship with all the hospital employees—without exception.

Thank you for stopping by to read about this incredible life-like story. If you like this story, be sure to check out Annette’s other books. I have reviewed ‘Locked Inside’, which I know you’re going to enjoy. Feel free to talk about your feelings on ‘The Termination’ in the comments section. I’d like to hear your thoughts.

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