"A Candle Loses Nothing By Lighting Another Candle" - Father James Keller

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Contest: May 30th - June 4th, 2011

First, let me start by giving a HUGE thanks to all of the authors, publishers and crafters who donated their patriotic/military themed books and handcrafted items. Thanks to your generosity, I have three bundles to giveaway!

Below you will see the descriptions of all of the items to be won grouped into three different bundles. All you have to do to enter is email me at howell.kiki@gmail.com; Subject Line: “Memorial Day Contest Entry” and in the Body of the Email list which bundle(s) you are interested in winning: Bundle #1, Bundle #2,  Bundle #3, or any combination of the three. Winners will be picked by Random .org on June 5th.

A Reminder: From release day, May 27th, until midnight July 4th, all royalties earned from the sales of A Strange Freedom: Blood & Fireworks, my short patriotic paranormal erotic romance, will be donated to http://www.dav.org in honor of my father who is a  Vietnam Veteran and all who have sacrificed serving.  AVAILABLE NOW from Excessica Publishing, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and All Romance eBooks, etc.


Bundle #1: eBooks

1)A Strange Freedom: Blood & Fireworks by Kiki Howell (Erotic, Paranormal Romance) - Novella
Blurb: Can a witch gain her freedom to live as she chooses between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July?  A man was not exactly what Meranda was looking for when she went to her grandfather’s grave for a ritual of remembrance on Memorial Day.  As Meranda’s grandfather lay dying on a bloody battlefield in WWII, Alexander had promised the man he would take care of his family if he got out of the war alive.  Even though he returned to the states a vampire, he has done his best to honor that promise from a distance.  When Meranda is hurt due to his negligence, Alexander valiantly fights his own desires for her blood to save her.  Only, once she is better, their lives clash.  But, using a little magic, she plans to win their war by the time the fireworks light up the sky on Independence Day.
Author Website: http://www.kikihowell.com

2) Falling Down by Selena Kitt (An Erotic, Interracial Romance) - Novel Length 
Blurb: Lindsey is a bad girl, and she’s determined to stay that way. She makes it known to every man she comes in contact with that she’s available for the taking—the rougher, the better. When she meets Lieutenant Zachary Davis on one of her many trips to the principal’s office, she finally finds a man who refuses to treat her like the trash she believes she really is. 
Author Website: http://selenakitt.com/

3) False Jihad by David Bullock (Military Thriller) – Novel Length
Captain Jake Matthews has already sacrificed almost any hope of a normal life in order to battle America’s enemies far from home. Now Jake, and his team of Green Berets, joins forces with an ex-Navy SEAL working for the CIA, to put an end to the most malevolent covert operation ever conceived. Jake must now face losing the only people that mean anything to him, his men, as they track an elusive foe leading a group of psychotic commandos determined to bring America to its knees.

4) Don’t Fence Me In by Marianne Arkins (Sweet, Historical Romance) – Short Story
It's June, 1953 and Lizzie Scott recently lost her brother, Seb, in the Korean War.  When his friend and unit buddy, Jeremy McMasters, brings her Seb's "goodbye" letter, little does she know her life is about to change forever.

5) Semper Fi by Barrie Abalard (Erotic Romance) -  Short Story
Jake Stone is searching for a woman who will be Semper Fi—always faithful. Connie Woods has a thing for Marines. But a hot threesome with her best friend Amanda and a confusing first date with Jake leaves all three shaken. Can each one find the love and happiness they seek? 
Author Website:  http://barrieabalard.com/

6)  Fugue by  Claire Dargin (Military Science Fiction)
Lt. Chad Meyer and his team of Navy Seals on a simple arctic training mission
in the Gates of the Arctic National Park find more than bargained for when a
normal day goes awry.  Attacked by an unknown and deadly force, the team
now outgunned and out manned must fight for survival. Chad, determined to safeguard the lives of his men, must use all of his courage, will and stamina to make sure that they survive against their non-human foe.
 AuthorWebsite: www.claredargin.host22.com 


Bundle #2: Print Books & Handmade Items


1) Book or EBook Reader Tote  - Handknit
Tote is 9 x 7 finished, so should hold standard trade paperbacks as well as most eBook readers.

2) Falling Down by Selena Kitt (An Erotic, Interracial Romance) - Novel Length 
Blurb: Lindsey is a bad girl, and she’s determined to stay that way. She makes it known to every man she comes in contact with that she’s available for the taking—the rougher, the better. When she meets Lieutenant Zachary Davis on one of her many trips to the principal’s office, she finally finds a man who refuses to treat her like the trash she believes she really is. 
Author Website: http://selenakitt.com/

3) False Jihad by David Bullock (Military Thriller) – Novel Length
Captain Jake Matthews has already sacrificed almost any hope of a normal life in order to battle America’s enemies far from home. Now Jake, and his team of Green Berets, joins forces with an ex-Navy SEAL working for the CIA, to put an end to the most malevolent covert operation ever conceived. Jake must now face losing the only people that mean anything to him, his men, as they track an elusive foe leading a group of psychotic commandos determined to bring America to its knees.

4) Set of Three Handmade, Embroidered, American Flag Cards.
Standard greeting card size: 5.5" by 4.25". Made out of card stock and embroidery thread. These cards also comes with blank, white envelopes.

5) A Valentine Collection Anthology by Victory Tales Press
Five stories to stir the heart and satisfy your romantic cravings. This collection offers:
The Lace Thief by Charlotte Raby -  As Aveline Halifax prepares for the Valentine’s party , she finds herself in the past, celebrating Valentine’s Day – Victorian Style.
A Heart for a Heart by Cheryl Pierson - Kiera takes Cory into her home, but when his uncle returns from military duty he wants to take over. Can  they work this out for?
Time Dancers by Christine E. Schulze - Princess Calina steps through a magic mirror to avoid marriage. But things are not always as they seem.
Growing in Love by Evie Alexis - Lissandra is a romantic girl, but all her Valentine’s dreams never work out. Nor do the years make her any wiser. Will she ever let go of her romantic ideals and let true love run its course?
November Rose by Rob Shelsky - Rosalie's world is torn apart by a WWII bombing raid in
London. Hospitalized, perhaps blind, she is terrified until a mysterious stranger appears—changing her world forever.
Author Website: www.cherylpierson.com 

6) Patriotic Natural Stone earrings Sterling silver hooks with silver accents 
Hand Crafted with Love by Alexx  at 
http://momcatscreations.blogspot.com



7) Swarovski Crystal and silver chain Red, White and Blue Book Mark. Hand Crafted with Love by Alexx at 
http://momcatscreations.blogspot.com 

Bundle #3: Print Books & Handmade Items

1) Destination: Berlin by S. Cardin (Sweet, Military, Romantic Suspense) - Novel
Blurb: Stuck in a routine job in Cold War Germany guarding nuclear weapons, U.S. Army Corporal Sharon Cates thinks she is going to Berlin to attend an orientation tour. Unknown to her, the briefcase she carries contains top-secret information that the Stasi and KGB are willing to kill for.

Russian Junior Sergeant Dimitri Nagory is an assistant to a high-ranking Soviet officer in his country’s embassy in England. Dimitri isn’t expecting a great adventure as he boards the duty train for a routine trip to headquarters in Berlin, and he certainly isn’t expecting to meet any Americans.

The Stasi derails the train in the middle of East Germany, expecting to take the information from Sharon’s dead body. But when the sudden explosion hurls Sharon and Dimitri from the train and into each other, he too becomes a target. With Sharon nursing badly bruised ribs and branded by her country as a traitorous thief for stealing top-secret documents, Dimitri goes against everything he’s ever been taught to ensure her safe return to the West.

2) Red, White and Blue Crystal / Silver Earrings - Handmade

3) ONE American Rocket Soapsicle - Handmade
Made with oodles of handmade love, glycerin soap with cocoa butter, coloring and fragrance.


4) A Christmas Collection Anthology by Victory Tales Press
Christmas with Hope by Anne Patrick
Hope Erickson, a Blackhawk pilot, and Nick Cunningham, an army ranger, renew their acquaintance on the battlefields of
Iraq. Will they risk their hearts to one another or does fate have other plans in store for them?
A Christmas Full of Memories by Markee Anderson
Piper Sage knows the man who enters her travel agency franchise is trouble from the moment he tells her he's the owner's son. He demands an old-fashioned Christmas, with a ready-made family…and Piper has to deliver.
Severed Hearts by Laurean Brooks
Julie Blanton's dream is realized when shy Johnny Michaels all but professes his undying love. When he enlists two days later without so much as a goodbye, her world crashes. Will these severed hearts survive?
An Unexpected Holidate by Evie Alexis
Audrey Christensen, legal secretary, is in no mood for Christmas cheer. Defense attorney, Tom Finster, generally hates the holidays. Will the duo move past all that and make a little Christmas magic of their own?
Homecoming by Cheryl Pierson
A holiday skirmish sends Union officer, Jack Durham, on an unlikely mission for a dying Confederate soldier—his enemy. Will the miracle of Christmas be able to heal his heart in the face of what awaits him?
Author Website: www.cherylpierson.com 

5) Red, White & Blue Burst Book Thong  - Handmade
Etsy Website: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KikiHowell

6) Austrian Chrystal and Cloisonne Book Mark.  Hand Crafted with Love by Alexx at http://momcatscreations.blogspot.com

Again, all you have to do to enter is email me at howell.kiki@gmail.com; Subject Line: “Memorial Day Contest Entry” and in the Body of the Email list which bundle(s) you are interested in winning: Bundle #1, Bundle #2,  Bundle #3, or any combination of the three. Winners will be picked by Random .org on June 5th.

Thanks for stopping by, and Good Luck!
Kiki


~Contest is open to everyone who is interested regardless of location!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

My Review of "Slow Burn" by E.B. Walters

Blurb: 
She doesn’t want to deal with the past...

Ten years ago, Ashley Fitzgerald witnessed the death of her parents in a tragic fire and blocked the memory. She pretends to have moved on, is a successful artist and photographer, until the morning she opens her door to a stranger she assumes is a model and asks him to strip to his briefs .

He wants to expose the truth....

Wealthy businessman Ron Noble has the body, the jet, the fast cars and the women, but he hides a deadly secret. His father started the fire that killed Ashley’s parents. Now someone is leaving him clues that could exonerate his father and they lead to Ashley’s door. Blindsided by the blazing attraction between them and a merciless killer silencing anyone who was there the night of the fire, Ron dare not tell Ashley the truth. Yet the answer he seeks may very well tear them apart.

While a demented arsonist...SLOW BURN(s)...and plots his ultimate revenge

My Review:
I was hooked from page one! Both characters had me engrossed in their lives right from the beginning.  I couldn’t help at times, with my connection to them, thinking that too much was left out,  that there was too much mystery. But, I guess that is what kept me reading furiously. On the flip side of that, I pretty much knew early on who did it. Yet, absolutely none of this mattered. I was so caught up in the story, the characters rich back stories – not to mention who they were in the present, and what I didn’t know about the mystery that the story Mrs. Walters wove together was absolutely wonderful.

The title Slow Burn was really appropriate to the plot premisie. Yet, at the same time, the sexual tension in this story was far from slow, but it did burn! The situations, the actions, the emotions new and old, tightened into a coil that twisted until it exploded. Even though the unique situation that brought these two together was nothing short of amazing, it was the erotic situations, the chemistry between Ashley and Ron that had me getting up in a dark room in the middle of the night to read more. Thank goodness for ereaders with night read so you don’t disturb your husband’s sleep! LOL

This story was definitely worth the read. Mrs. Walters has a new fan!


Published May 1st 2011 by Firetrail Publishing
SBN13: 9780983429708

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of The Virtual Book Tour Cafe' and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by The Virtual Book Tour Cafe', no payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely of my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Authors Promoting Authors, Back To Our Roots, Special Guest Promotion of Aija M. Butler

Blurb for My Nemesis The Mind's Eye Volume One

Staggering to her feet and straightening her disheveled blouse. Joy confronted Darrin as if she had just walked onto the scene.

“The police were here, what did they say?” An obviously discombobulated Joy questioned.

“They are gone Joy. Your husband and children perished…,” Darrin’s voice trailed off to a solemn whisper as he was on the verge of an emotional breakdown.


The wake of a horrific storm sends the Anderson Family into turmoil. When a series of catastrophic events unlock the secrets of Pandora’s Box, Joy Anderson falls prey to the seduction of psychotherapy drugs. The grief sends Joy’s shattered soul into a whirlwind of emotional distress. 
Unable to cope with the loss of her family, Mrs. Anderson awakes to find herself strapped to a bed, afraid of her own reflection.  Joy’s delusional sightings of her children and husband, pave way for Joys hidden persona to arise.
Joy’s fragile subconscious has a frightful opposing personality. She is less than pragmatic, but rather that of an inventive spirit. Her seductive foe is born and dominates the state of affairs that she looks to suppress. Joy’s alter ego takes action against the hoarding mongrels that claim to have her best interest at heart. Joy battles her conscious ability to understand the circumstance of life and death. However her instincts tell her that her family is alive and are in need of help. Joy and Lillian come to a head as they battle one another in their beliefs of right and wrong, the truths the mind hides in order to maintain a sense of integrity and human social acceptance. Joy is not only in search for her family but now in search of the truths in her heart in order to shed light to the secrets of the mind’s eye.
Samantha, Joy’s younger sister, is faced with a chance to live beyond her sister’s shadow she must either choose to save Joy from her behavioral dysfunctions or her already troublesome marriage.
This novel is filled with secret alliances, furtive relationships, and clock-and-dagger affiliates. Witness the drama, deception, and seduction, hidden within the pages of this mystery suspense tale, as we discover just who Joy’s nemesis is.
 Available at various sites amazon.com/978-1461050575 and amazon.com/978-1461067962

Blurb For My Nemesis Vengenance is Mine Volume Two

“Dear God, Why Has Thou forsaken me? Why must I stay to die…alone in the hellish ways of this world? What am I to do with this life, now that all I have loved and cherished has perished?”
The mind’s eye began with Joy’s loss of sensibility after her family is taken by the storm. Joy may appear crazy but she will not be taken advantage of, not if Lillian Andrew’s has anything to say about it.
As Volume II begins Joy fights to decipher between her lust for revenge and the good natures she longs to promote as she clings to her need for attention and heroism.
Now that Lillian has made her debut Joy must decide whether Lillian’s shenanigans are warranted. Joy seeks comfort in her mirrored friend and begins to see just what her husband and conscious warned her about from the beginning. A hostile takeover is a foot as whispers of a million dollar check spark a loud chatter. Rumors of debt to some rather unsavory personalities, turn decent natures into scandalous rogues, desperation befalls party’s trying to relinquish the debt. A plan is put into action to discredit Joy’s legitimate rights to ascertain the rights as sole beneficiary to Justin’s estate.
Sam conjures a plan to get out of debt and build a nest egg of her own. The truth unfolds as vengeful acts birth a sibling rivalry that tests the line between love and hate. The saga continues as Joy uncovers the myths of her family history and unveils the identity of her true Nemesis.

Friday, May 27, 2011

DONATION OF ROYALTIES & HUGE MEMORIAL DAY CONTEST ~ for the release of "A Strange Freedom: Blood & Fireworks"

Donation Of Royalties:
From release day, May 27th, until midnight July 4th, all royalties earned from the sales of A Strange Freedom: Blood & Fireworks will be donated to http://www.dav.org in honor of my father who is a Vietnam Veteran and all who have sacrificed serving.  

Huge Memorial Day Contest:
Details will be available here at http://authorsbyauthors.blogspot.com on May 30th, 2011, and the contest will run through midnight June 4th, 2011. Thanks to the generosity of  authors such as Selena Kitt, publishers such as Damnation Books and Etsy crafters like Joanna Wilson, who donated their patriotic/military themed books and handcrafted items, I have three bundles of patriotic themed stuff to giveaway! Hope you will stop by to check out the prizes and enter to win :) 

~A Strange Freedom: Blood & Fireworks

Blurb: 
Can a witch gain her freedom to live as she chooses between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July?   

A man was not exactly what Meranda was looking for when she went to her grandfather’s grave for a ritual of remembrance on Memorial Day.  However, what she thinks is a ghost in the heavy shadows of the night ends up a vampire.  

When Meranda’s grandfather lay dying on a bloody battlefield in WWII, Alexander promised the man he would take care of his family if he got out of the war alive.  Even though he returned to the states a night walker, he has done his best to honor that promise from a distance. 

When Meranda is hurt due to his negligence, Alexander valiantly fights his own desires for her blood to save her.  Only, once she is better, their lives clash.  But, using a little magic, she plans to win their war by the time the fireworks light up the sky on Independence Day.

Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal (Vampire & Witch), Erotic Romance
AVAILABLE NOW from Excessica Publishing, Barnes & Noble,  and All Romance eBooks, etc.

“I found the settings to be highly descriptive, giving the reader the ability to not only picture the setting in your mind but to feel the elements that surround the characters.  Kiki portrayed the two characters Meranda and Alex, with depth, emotion and extraordinary perception.  The desire that the two of them feel is palpable and literally burns the pages. She shows us that regardless of age, a woman can be the predator when it comes to taking what you want. The sensuality and eroticism Kiki describes certainly had this reader breathing heavily.”  ~ 5/5 Stars  from Vampirique Dezire at  Blood, Lust and Erotica 

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Review of “When Sparks Ignite (Leather and Pleasure 2)” by Jennifer Labelle


Blurb:
Rhys Evans should feel on top. He’s got a booming business, money, and the subs are a dime a dozen in his ever growing, popular fetish club, Leather and Pleasure. So why is it that he feels unfulfilled? There’s something missing in his life, and it isn’t until he meets
Eden that he realizes she’s the one he needs to ignite the passion that he lacks to go on. 

Eden Mayer is tired of living her regular routine, and has been feeling way too lonely lately. So, when her best friend suggests she try out this new club she’s never heard of before, she decides to throw caution to the wind and check it out. What she’s met with is a night she’ll never forget, a new experience she vows to keep, and the most gorgeous man she’s ever laid eyes on. Rhys Evans makes it a night she’ll never forget.
Genre: Erotic Contemporary BDSM

Video: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeTtfTMpqro

Click Here To Purchase at Amazon

My Review:
This is another great, kinky, short story by Jennifer Labelle.! I needed a little time away from the real world, and this story was perfect. A nice light contemporary where a reader can forget themselves and live a dream life, one of fetish clubs and washboard abs :)  While you don’t have to read Leather and Pleasure, Book 1, to read Book 2, I have to give props for the creative way that Jennifer Labelle tied the two books together. If the reader has read Book 1,  in a brief mention the reader gets a little follow up info, more the HEA to the Book 1 HFN/HEA ending.  What that doesn’t make sense? LOL Well then my recommendation is to read them both!

I actually have a criticism of this story, which I hope everyone will see as the compliment it is supposed to be. - I wanted more ;)

The author’s dedication gave a big thank you to her readers for sticking with her, but this reader wants to say that after reading three of her stories, I am now a fan and anxiously awaiting Ms. Labelle’s next release.

To read my review of  Leather and Pleasure Book 1, see yesterday’s post!
To read my review of Meant to Be (Ms. Labelle’s novel, and my favorite read by her so far), go to: http://authorsbyauthors.blogspot.com/2011/05/my-review-of-meant-to-be-by-jennifer.html

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My Review of “Leather and Pleasure” by Jennifer Labelle and Author Interview

My Review (Author and Book Information is below following the Interview):

Kink, menage, domination...its all there in this hot little story of a birthday gift gone M/F/M at a club designed for just that! 

I enjoyed this erotic romp because of it's tone, a bit different in a good way from the usual dom/sub stories in that the female dom was more than willing to happily give these men exactly what they wanted without ever compromising, at least I felt, the loving relationship she had with her husband. The word giving comes to mind, and I enjoyed her personality, her goals, her drive. The drive behind everything remained light, not dark or possessive like it can sometimes get. I like both, but found this story a refreshing change of pace. 

If you are looking for a short, erotic read, a one-nighter if you will, LOL, then this book would be a great choice!

Interview:

Kiki: What is your favorite genre to read in, and what is it about that genre that attracts you to it? If you like a specific mix of genres, please state that particular combination.

Jennifer:
I’ve always been drawn to the romance genre. Contemporary, historical, erotic, paranormal, suspense… Heck, I like them all. I like the escape as I read, and the happily ever after that seems to follow in these books.

Kiki: What is your favorite author to read in that genre, and why? Also, please tell me a little about the best book by that author you have read.

Jennifer: Lauren Dane, Kathy Love, Keri Arthur, Deanna Raybourne, Cheyenne McCray…
There are so many I couldn’t possibly narrow it down to one, and it would take all day to name them all.

Lauren Dane – Coming Undone, Brody and his sexy tattoo’s
Kathy Love – Anyway You Want It, Ren and Maggie chemistry is hot!
Keri Arthur – The entire Riley Jenson series – The whole thing was amazing.
Deanna Raybourne – Silent on the Moor, Nicholas and Julia finally make something happen.
Cheyenne McCray – Zack, Luke, Kade & Clay, the woman knows how to create some hot men! (Although I preferred her Ellora’s Cave version of these stories better.)

Kiki: Do you have a Favorite Book of All Time? Of course, please tell us what about that book makes it your favorite.

Jennifer: Jewels, by Danielle Steel

I picked up this book for the first time when I was fourteen, and fell in love with the connection that Sarah and William shared in the book. That was 16 years ago and I’ve read this heartfelt tale many times since, and it still makes me cry every time I do. That’s how well written it is.

Kiki: What is the best book you read last month, and would you recommend it to a friend?

Jennifer: Lumber and Lace, by Lietha Wards

And, I would definitely recommend this read. It’s a contemporary romance that hooked me right from the beginning. Comical in the beginning, and very satisfying by the end, it’s a read that keeps you guessing.

Kiki: What are your reading habits like? For example, how many books do you read on average in a week, what format do you prefer to read in, what time of day do you read, and what setting is ideal for you to get lost in that book?

Jennifer: Truthfully, I’ve been doing more writing lately than I have reading, but on average I probably read about two books a week. Most of my reading and writing happens when my kids are in bed.

Kiki: If pressed, could you chose a favorite from the books you have written? Why is it your favorite?

Jennifer: What a tough question, can I choose them all…LOL

Um, to narrow it down I’d have to say my November release, Second Chance Love. Liam is my dream man, literally. His character derived from a conversation with my sister one afternoon as we discussed the unfortunate tragedy of our mother’s death. Her only fault was her taste in men, and it made me really think about who my perfect guy was. He’s for her, for me, and for all women in general. I hope you all love Liam as much as I do, although my heroine Teegan is pretty great too!


Kiki: How do you become inspired to write?

Jennifer: Certainly, positive feedback inspires me to want to keep going. I’ve been blessed with a lot of that so far, but ultimately I just love to do it!

Kiki: What part of the story do you think is your strength to write?

Jennifer: The middle and end are easier for me to write than the beginning. It’s the starting hook that I find the hardest. I tend to second guess myself and constantly want to change what I have, until I get to the point where I just have to say forget it, and keep it to prevent myself from stressing.


Author and Story Information
Jennifer Labelle

Leather and Pleasure Blurb:

Rowan Avery Walker is planning to surprise her husband after ten years of marriage. On their anniversary she decides to enact one of his most desired fantasies, and there's no traditional night out on the town for this couple. She's no stranger to role play, and when it comes to bedroom pleasures she likes to walk on the wild side. 

Ryder has never loved his wife more, and has a feeling that it'll be a night to remember. Starting off with unique gifts that peak his curiosity, his suspicions are confirmed when they pull up to their favorite members only club. Where desire lives, fantasies are enacted, and the words leather and pleasure take on a whole new meaning. Rowan makes it an anniversary he’ll never forget.

Review Snippet:

“Jennifer Labelle's newest release Leather and Pleasure is a short erotic read but extremely powerful in dialogue, writing style and connection. This quick read is a definite must have for any erotic reader. The way Labelle introduces Nolan to the couple and makes the menage believable is priceless.”

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Friday, May 20, 2011

My Review of “Meant To Be” by Jennifer Labelle and Friday Favorites Author Interview!

My Review (see below Interview for Author and Novel Information)

I gave this book 5 out of 5 Stars on Goodreads!

I read this story in one evening, I became so engrossed in its very emotional story. The plight of the heroine grabs you as if you were hearing about a friend. There was an element of mystery to the tale, hinted at, which made me anxiously read faster and faster to get an explanation. This is a story of love and betrayal, of dreams shattered - as frail as the bodies which house them, of family and friends support no matter what, and the possibilities of life - dream vacations and all. I am a sucker for anything Ireland, being my maiden name was Quinn, and this Irish-ending story did not disappoint. I will definitely be looking for more by this author!

Interview

Favorite Genre(s):

Contemporary romance, historical, erotic, and anything paranormal

List of at least 5 Favorite Books in that Genre:

Sorry, can’t narrow it down to specific books, so instead I shared a few of my favorite author’s and series.

1.       Keri Arthur - Riley Jenson Guardian series.
2.       Kathy Love - I Want You to Want Me, Anyway You Want It, Demon Can’t Help It, etc….
3.       Lauren Dane – Brown Sibling Series
4.       Deanna Raybourn – Julia Grey Series (A writer so talented, that she could make a drug addict seem appealing. Shocking I know, but it fascinates me with how she pulled it off. This series was very well written.)
5.       Richie Cusick – The Unseen


Favorite Book of All Time

Jewels, no matter how many times I read it, it still makes me cry every single time. Love it though!

Favorite Book Read Last Month:

Lumber and Lace by Lietha Wards

Favorite Book You Wrote: 

What a tough question, can I choose them all…LOL

Um, to narrow it down I’d have to say my November release, Second Chance Love. Liam is my dream man, literally. His character derived from a conversation with my sister one afternoon as we discussed the unfortunate tragedy of our mother’s death. Her only fault was her taste in men, and it made me really think about who my perfect guy was. He’s for her, for me, and for all women in general. I hope you all love Liam as much as I do, although my heroine Teegan is pretty great too!


Give Us One More Favorite Thing Beyond Books:

My children, my family, and the precious time spent with them. Time really does fly by fast, and I do the best I can to enjoy seeing them grow. They’re precious everyday pains in the butt, but also my whole world.


Author and Novel Information

Jennifer Labelle

Meant To Be Blurb:
Jenna Baker is shaken up after her recovery with a near death experience. As if, being haunted with visions and losing her husband in a car accident weren’t hard enough. Could she be losing her mind? She finally moves on, only to have the husband she thought was dead suddenly reappear.

 After the shocking task of convincing Jenna that she’s not seeing his ghost, Tyler becomes overwhelmed with guilt for saving himself and leaving her to almost die. Jenna’s recovery takes its toll while Tyler’s vulnerability gets the best of him. He’s harbouring secrets that will devastate her and as Jenna unravels the truth her life takes an unexpected journey.


WC Reviews:
“In this highly emotional tale, you will lose your heart to heroine Jenna Baker and all of the characters will evoke passions, both good and bad. I have never read a book like this in my life and cannot wait to see what author Jennifer Labelle comes up with next. I really don’t know where to start reviewing this amazing story of life, love, and death but might try by saying that it is a nail biting, heart crying, mad as hell tale that will leave you wanting more stories from Ms. Labelle.”

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Amazon:

In accordance with the new FTC Guidelines for blogging and endorsements, Kiki Howell of An Author's Musings, would like to advise that in addition to purchasing my own books to review, I also receive books, and/or promotional materials, free of charge in return for an honest review, as do any guest reviewers.