Release Blitz + Excerpt + 6 Star Review and 2017 Favorite: Salvaged by Jay Crownover – Saints of Denver Series – Book 4

 

 

Salvaged

Saints of Denver Series – Book 4

By Jay Crownover

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Synopsis:

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men books continues her delightfully sexy Saints of Denver series.

Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.

Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.

The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.

 

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Excerpt

“Poppy.” I whispered her name and she tilted her head back and blinked up at me.

“Wheeler.” I was astounded that there was a hint of amusement in her voice. How she could find anything to laugh about after what she just told me was unfathomable. Her father had handed her off to a monster like it was nothing. She made her way out of hell with one of the purest hearts I had ever seen.

“I really want to give you a hug, probably more for me than for you, but I told you not to let anyone touch you without permission.” I knew I sounded a little desperate but I didn’t care. “So, can you put me out of my misery and give me permission to hold you, just for a second, please?”

Her eyes widened and then her obscenely long lashes dropped as she nodded timidly. “Okay, since you asked so nicely.” The humor was now thick around every word and she was laughing for real as I carefully wrapped my arms around her.

I sighed into the top of her head as I pulled her to my chest. Her hair smelled like flowers and felt like silk as I rested my cheek against the soft strands. WE stood like that for a long time, me with my arms curled around her as she stood stock-still. I could feel her heart beat and I wanted to think it was racing like it was because she was affected by my touch rather than because she was terrified of being so close to a man she didn’t know all that well.

I told myself not to breathe, not to move a single muscle, as her hands slowly lifted and gently touched my sides above the tops of my jeans. It felt like her palms were burning their imprint into my skin as they slowly, achingly started to inch their way around my back so that she was lightly holding me back. I heard her make a sound that may have been one of pleasure, but just in case it was one of fear, I leaned away from her so I could see her face.

Her gaze was centered on the tattooed candle that was burning bright and surrounded by light and smoke right on the center of my throat. She watched the movement as I swallowed hard and her gaze drifted up to mine.

“No one ever has ever asked me for permission for anything before. No one has ever cared what I wanted before.” The murmur of her words brushed across the base of my throat and my cock went instantly hard. I knew she felt it because her eyes popped wide and her breath hitched as she looked up at me and ordered quietly, “Ask me what I want right now, Wheeler.”

 

Michel’s Review

Salvaged is Jay Crownover’s best book in both the Saints of Denver and Marked Men Series.  This novel will touch your soul and leave you with a great sense of hope.

When it comes to Hudson Wheeler most would think that old saying “nice guys finish last” was created just for him.  I tend to think the old saying “good things come to those who wait” was created by him.

Readers were first introduced to Hudson Wheeler in Marked Men series.  This quiet, sexy, unassuming mechanic has intrigued readers throughout the Marked Men series and the Saints of Denver series.  He has earned the respect of all the men in the series.  His earnest quiet nature has intrigued all the ladies throughout the series.  He seems like the perfect guy except for his choices in women.  His fiancee is another matter.  It’s blatantly obvious she’s using him and cheating.  It seems like he has turned a blind eye and lets her walk all over him.  When he’s finally had enough and learns that her betrayal is more than some wild escapades, he walks away with a broken heart.  The problem is he doesn’t really know how to move on.  He’s been with the same girl since he was in high school.  Her family became the family he never had.  They turned their backs on him when he broke the engagement.  Now she’s pregnant with his baby so he can never completely break his ties with her.  His dream of having a family has changed and he doesn’t know how to alter those dreams.  He has no idea how to be a father because he never had a family.  He doesn’t know how to move on because he’s only had one relationship in his life.  He’s going through the motions, trying to be a good guy where his ex is concerned but it’s hard with the anger and sense of betrayal festering beneath the surface.  The only thing getting him through it all is his work until he makes a very unlikely friend, another damaged soul like himself.  Poppy Cruz showed up in his life with her reluctant offer of friendship and an adorable puppy.

Poppy Cruz ( also from the Marked Men & Saints of Denver series) has survived brutal domestic abuse.  Every experience she has had with men has ended with verbal abuse and violent physical abuse.  The scarring went beyond physical, it damaged her soul.  She has a hard time trusting anyone and keeps everyone at arms length.  She no longer trusts her own instincts even though she’s surrounded by good, supportive people since she came to Denver.  The only person that has made her feel like she might want to step out of her comfort zone is the quiet mechanic, Hudson Wheeler.  She can sense that Hudson is a damaged soul as well.  His quiet unassuming nature makes her feel safe rather than threatened.  He respects her boundaries but also encourages her to expand them.  He opens her eyes to all the good possibilities rather than reminding her of all the failures of the past. She wants to step out her comfort zone and strive to become normal.  He’s willing to hold her hand and let her set the pace.  Together they are healing from all the wounds life has left on their souls.  Life hasn’t been easy for either one of them.  Their souls have been wrecked but together their hearts are Salvaged.

Salvaged was an emotional journey for two very different but severely  damaged people.  They were brave enough to reach out and take each others hand while moving forward. It’s a story of healing and finding hope.  It’s a story about accepting the good things life has to offer.

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About Jay Crownover:

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point, and the Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her dogs.

 

 

 

 

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2017 Favorite …Release Blitz + 6 Star Review: When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann

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When Life Happened, an all-new standalone romance from

Jewel E. Ann is now LIVE!

 

When Life Happened 

By Jewel E. Ann

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Synopsis

 

Parker Cruse despises cheaters. It might have something to do with her boyfriend sleeping with her twin sister.

After a wedding day prank involving a strong laxative, that ends the already severed relationship between the twins, Parker decides to grow up and act twenty-six.

Step One: Move out of her parents’ house.

Step Two: Find a job.

Opportunity strikes when she meets her new neighbor, Gus Westman. He’s an electrician with Iowa farm-boy values and a gift for saying her name like it’s a dirty word.

He also has a wife.

Sabrina Westman, head of a successful engineering firm, hires Parker as her personal assistant. Driven to be the best assistant ever, Parker vows to stay focused, walk the dog, go to the dry cleaners, and not kiss Gus—again.

Step Three: Don’t judge.

Step Four: Remember— when life happens, it does it in a heartbeat.

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Michel’s Review

The one thing I have discovered is that when I open a Jewel E. Ann novel I am in for a great surprise and an all consuming reading experience.  Her writing is charismatic, engaging, and real.  She delivers a very entertaining story with a sense of humor while slamming the reader with a raw emotional experience.  Not only does she create an entertaining romance, the one thing that stands out is the story itself is completely original.  Of course we all know that there really aren’t too many plots that are original, especially this day in age where the publishing world doesn’t have specific guidelines and rules.  What makes Jewel E. Ann stand out is her gift to tap into several plot ideas and combine them to make them completely her own and completely different from the other million books out there.  She adds her magical touch of creating dynamic characters that are charmingly imperfect but very endearingly human.

The first thing I want to say about this book is no matter what your reading tastes are just KEEP READING!  I know many of the romance genre readers have hard limits with books about cheating and will not read a book where the synopsis indicates this may happen.  Again I say KEEP READING!  This book is exactly what the title is.  It’s a messy, emotional, delightful story about When Life Happened.

As I began reading When Life Happened I immediately connected with Parker Cruse.  Parker was betrayed by her twin sister Piper.  Parker caught Piper cheating with her fiancé/ high school sweetheart Caleb.  Weeks later her sister her sister walked down the aisle Parker should of been walking.  Parker made sure her walk of shame was done in style with a huge dose of laxatives resembling the scarlet letter on the train of her wedding gown.  Revenge was sweet but it would never heal the wounds of a broken heart.  Two years later and still emotionally paralyzed, Parker is moving on with her life.  She’s taking on the world of adulting.  She’s moving out of her parents house, she’s going to get a real job, and she’s going to be an independent grown up.  It doesn’t matter that she’s moving across the street into her grandparents old farmhouse.  It’s far enough away from her parents.  It’s also far enough away from conniving twin sister and despicable husband that are returning to town in a month.  What she didn’t anticipate is a grubby sheepdog and sexy neighbor intruding in her space.  She didn’t count on the sexy neighbor, Gus Westman, making her feel things she hadn’t felt in years.  She didn’t count on her neighbor making her feel like a woman.  She also didn’t count on him being married.  She can overlook his ordinary wardrobe and baseball caps, she can deal with his adorable mangy dog and give it a haircut, she can hold herself back from swooning at his bad jokes and quirky grins. Being around him on a hourly basis isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. What she cannot overlook is his wife.  The wife who becomes her boss and meal ticket.  It doesn’t matter if she’s the world’s worst human being and wife.  Gus belongs to that despicable woman, her boss.  Gus wants to save his marriage until he doesn’t.  Parker despises cheaters.  She has taken back control of her life and learned to love herself.  Who does Gus Westman think he is to take that away from her?  He’s the man who loves her exactly for who she is until When Life Happened.

Sounds like a love story gone wrong?  That’s absolutely correct but … KEEP READING… life happens and Parker is in the middle of all it’s beautiful mess.  She’s going to find that life isn’t black and white.  There are two sides to every story and her story is just beginning.  She’s going to learn about forgiveness, acceptance, and love.

Jewel E. Ann had me with the first page.  I could not put this book down and was completely surprised by the outcome because yes I am one of those readers that absolutely hates cheating.  I am hopeless romantic that believes in true love and happily ever afters.  I am also a human being that understands life can spin out of control and sometimes bad things happen before the good things can be appreciated.  Life is messy but it is also beautiful.  Parker experienced it all. Jewel E. Ann created a beautiful reading experience that left me with the warm and fuzzies!

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About Jewel:

Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.

 

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Release Blitz + 6 Star Review + 2017 Favorite: When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann

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When Life Happened, an all-new standalone romance from

Jewel E. Ann is now LIVE!

 

When Life Happened 

By Jewel E. Ann

Buy: Amazon / Amazon UK / B & N / IBooks 

Synopsis

 

Parker Cruse despises cheaters. It might have something to do with her boyfriend sleeping with her twin sister.

After a wedding day prank involving a strong laxative, that ends the already severed relationship between the twins, Parker decides to grow up and act twenty-six.

Step One: Move out of her parents’ house.

Step Two: Find a job.

Opportunity strikes when she meets her new neighbor, Gus Westman. He’s an electrician with Iowa farm-boy values and a gift for saying her name like it’s a dirty word.

He also has a wife.

Sabrina Westman, head of a successful engineering firm, hires Parker as her personal assistant. Driven to be the best assistant ever, Parker vows to stay focused, walk the dog, go to the dry cleaners, and not kiss Gus—again.

Step Three: Don’t judge.

Step Four: Remember— when life happens, it does it in a heartbeat.

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Read Today!

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Buy: Amazon / Amazon UK / B & N / IBooks 

 

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Michel’s Review

The one thing I have discovered is that when I open a Jewel E. Ann novel I am in for a great surprise and an all consuming reading experience.  Her writing is charismatic, engaging, and real.  She delivers a very entertaining story with a sense of humor while slamming the reader with a raw emotional experience.  Not only does she create an entertaining romance, the one thing that stands out is the story itself is completely original.  Of course we all know that there really aren’t too many plots that are original, especially this day in age where the publishing world doesn’t have specific guidelines and rules.  What makes Jewel E. Ann stand out is her gift to tap into several plot ideas and combine them to make them completely her own and completely different from the other million books out there.  She adds her magical touch of creating dynamic characters that are charmingly imperfect but very endearingly human.

The first thing I want to say about this book is no matter what your reading tastes are just KEEP READING!  I know many of the romance genre readers have hard limits with books about cheating and will not read a book where the synopsis indicates this may happen.  Again I say KEEP READING!  This book is exactly what the title is.  It’s a messy, emotional, delightful story about When Life Happened.

As I began reading When Life Happened I immediately connected with Parker Cruse.  Parker was betrayed by her twin sister Piper.  Parker caught Piper cheating with her fiancé/ high school sweetheart Caleb.  Weeks later her sister walked down the aisle Parker should of been walking.  Parker made sure her walk of shame was done in style with a huge dose of laxatives resembling the scarlet letter on the train of her wedding gown.  Revenge was sweet but it would never heal the wounds of a broken heart.  Two years later and still emotionally paralyzed, Parker is moving on with her life.  She’s taking on the world of adulting.  She’s moving out of her parents house, she’s going to get a real job, and she’s going to be an independent grown up.  It doesn’t matter that she’s moving across the street into her grandparents old farmhouse.  It’s far enough away from her parents.  It’s also far enough away from conniving twin sister and despicable husband that are returning to town in a month.  What she didn’t anticipate is a grubby sheepdog and sexy neighbor intruding in her space.  She didn’t count on the sexy neighbor, Gus Westman, making her feel things she hadn’t felt in years.  She didn’t count on her neighbor making her feel like a woman.  She also didn’t count on him being married.  She can overlook his ordinary wardrobe and baseball caps, she can deal with his adorable mangy dog and give it a haircut, she can hold herself back from swooning at his bad jokes and quirky grins. Being around him on a hourly basis isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. What she cannot overlook is his wife.  The wife who becomes her boss and meal ticket.  It doesn’t matter if she’s the world’s worst human being and wife.  Gus belongs to that despicable woman, her boss.  Gus wants to save his marriage until he doesn’t.  Parker despises cheaters.  She has taken back control of her life and learned to love herself.  Who does Gus Westman think he is to take that away from her?  He’s the man who loves her exactly for who she is until When Life Happened.

Sounds like a love story gone wrong?  That’s absolutely correct but … KEEP READING… life happens and Parker is in the middle of all it’s beautiful mess.  She’s going to find that life isn’t black and white.  There are two sides to every story and her story is just beginning.  She’s going to learn about forgiveness, acceptance, and love.

Jewel E. Ann had me with the first page.  I could not put this book down and was completely surprised by the outcome because yes I am one of those readers that absolutely hates cheating.  I am hopeless romantic that believes in true love and happily ever afters.  I am also a human being that understands life can spin out of control and sometimes bad things happen before the good things can be appreciated.  Life is messy but it is also beautiful.  Parker experienced it all. Jewel E. Ann created a beautiful reading experience that left me with the warm and fuzzies!

__________________________________

About Jewel:

Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.

 

Connect with Jewel:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjeweleann/

Twitter: @JewelE_Ann

Stay up to date with Jewel by signing up for her newsletter:

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6+ Star Review: Later,After … a Play Script by Jane Harvey-Berrick & Mike Speirs

 

 
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This is the full playscript for LATER, AFTER with commentary by the writers, actors and producers.
Since being discharged from the army after tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Alex’s life is out of control and he keeps people at a distance – even his friends. When Alex is arrested after yet another bar fight, he finds himself in a police station being interviewed by police psychiatrist Dr. Helen Ashton. As Alex’s story unfolds, he tells Helen about his life of duty in a series of traumatic flashbacks. Can she help him find a way to navigate the unfamiliar, twisting paths of civilian life, or will he choose to sink deeper into a cycle of avoidance and depression? Is there a life for Alex, later, after the military?

“Harrowing”
“Thought provoking”
“Challenging”

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Extract from the end of ACT I

ALEX
The curse of my job is in the details.

HELEN
I still maintain that what you were doing was worthwhile.

ALEX
Yeah? Shall I tell you the rest? We left the scene in the hands of the Iraqi fire brigade. It came through later that they found no sign of explosives and there were two more bodies in the back of his car … he had his wife and child in the back. I mean what the fuck? Why didn’t he get out of his car? No-one blamed me for making the call, but I have to live with it. Rumour is he’d killed his family as you could still see the throats had been cut on the two corpses and he was trying to get us to finish him off; either way it’s not like the Iraqis tried to find out. Just another bullshit incident that never made the UK news. You people have no idea what it’s like out there.

We weren’t winning. It was all just fucking pointless. Why are we there? Can you tell me? Because I haven’t got a fucking clue. When I’m out there, I’m there for my friends, for the boots on the ground – no one else. And what have we achieved? Did we make the world any safer? Is it any better for anyone living there? It’s all been so fucking pointless. All for nothing. [Getting really wound up] The cunt politicians – where the fuck are they? Hiding behind their fucking desks and pointing their fingers at each other. We’re sent out there with second-rate equipment and… [Getting more and more wound up and anxious, shaking]

HELEN
Alex! Alex! Stay with me. You’re safe now. Stay with me. Remember you are at a police station. Focus on your breathing…

Alex struggles to maintain his focus. Helen leans towards him; Alex leans away from her.

​​HELEN (cont.)
I think we should take a break now. Okay? Okay, Alex?

ALEX
I’m fine.

He’s angry that she’s seen him vulnerable and turns away from her.

​HELEN
I’ll get you some more water. Try to relax.

Helen stands up and exits room.

Slowly, Alex gets to his feet. He runs his hands over his face, stares out at the audience – uncomfortable eye contact. He stares around, finds the chair, and slowly sags into it. His head slowly sinks into his hands.

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Michel’s Review
When I committed to the Later, After release blog tour by Jane Harvey-Berrick, I honestly didn’t realize that this was an actual play.  I haven’t read a play since I was in college.  At first I was apprehensive because I don’t have experience in reading or reviewing scripts. The one thing that propelled me forward was my experience with reading Jane Harvey-Berrick’s works.  She is a multi talented author that not only gives the reader a compelling emotional story, she also brings her characters and their world to life.  Jane Harvey- Berrick teamed up with author Mike Spears to create the play script of Later,After.
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Later, After went beyond my expectations.  I was floored after reading this play.  It read like a first person novel.  I did not need the stage prompts or actor prompts to paint a vivid picture in my mind.  The words itself, the interplay between the characters came to life.  As I finished this play I was…..
Appalled
Disgusted
Disillusioned
Angry
Confused
Without Hope
Heartbroken
and lastly vividly AWARE….
I felt and experienced everything that this play intended the audience to experience.
It was truly moving.
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Jane is a writer of contemporary romance fiction, known for thoughtful stories, often touching on difficult subjects: disability (DANGEROUS TO KNOW & LOVE, SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM); mental illness (THE EDUCATION OF CAROLINE, SEMPER FI); life after prison (LIFERS); dyslexia (THE TRAVELING MAN, THE TRAVELING WOMAN).

She is also a campaigner for former military personnel to receive the support they need on leaving the services. She wrote the well-received play LATER, AFTER with former veteran Mike Speirs. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk1CyB8c0xA )

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New Release + 2017 Favorite + 6 Star Review: The Gravity Of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry

The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry

Release Date: April 13th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Graham Russell and I weren’t made for one another.

I was driven by emotion; he was apathetic. I dreamed while he lived in nightmares. I cried when he had no tears to shed.

Despite his frozen heart and my readiness to run, we sometimes shared seconds. Seconds when our eyes locked and we saw each other’s secrets. Seconds when his lips tasted my fears, and I breathed in his pains. Seconds when we both imagined what it would be like to love one another.

Those seconds left us floating, but when reality knocked us sideways, gravity forced us to descend.

Graham Russell wasn’t a man who knew how to love, and I wasn’t a woman who knew how to either. Yet if I had the chance to fall again, I’d fall with him forever.

Even if we were destined to crash against solid ground.

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Michel’s Review

Opening a Brittiany C. Cherry novel is like opening a box of chocolates.  You never know what you are going to get but you know you are in for a delicious reading experience.  With each chapter it’s like taking a bite out of life and experiencing an explosion of flavors, tasting the good and bad that life has to offer.  After the book is finished the reader walks away with a rich and rewarding experience after sampling every emotion imaginable.

The Gravity of Us is one of those novels that will leave a lasting memory.

Graham Russell is the reclusive best seller horror novelist. He is emotionally void and lost to the world of humanity.  He can create stories of pure horror, evoking emotions from his readers but he cannot relate to the emotions he has penned on a personal level.  His life is perfectly synchronized to revolve around his career and his writing.  Although he’s married, he’s not emotionally invested in his wife.  She is just another tool that he uses to make his life more covenient.  His wife is cut from the same cloth and uses Graham the same way. Together their lives work like a well oiled machine until an unwanted pregnancy and the death of his father uproots their perfectly synchronized lives. The aftermath of what follows is the rebirth of Graham Russell becoming the man he always had the potential to be.  The journey is paralyzing, extremely painful, eye opening, and the greatest joy he will ever experience.  Graham Russell is becoming a member of the human race. He is going jump on the emotional rollercoaster and experience the thrilling ride called life.  It all begins with meeting a weirdo hippy florist and the early birth of his child.

After Lucille’s mother died when she was eighteen, she was left with the task of keeping her family together.  Her mother wanted her to keep her sisters together and become the glue during the hard times and good times.  Her ability to love loudly was the strength they would all need throughout life.  Her mother didn’t issue this task lightly, she knew who her daughters were at the very core and knew Lucy had the strength to love them unconditionally.  A life threatening battle with cancer, a heart wrenching divorce, a sister who left their family behind after the burial,and all the new paths in life will not deter Lucy from her task.  It was what she was born to do.  She will never change.  She will always love unconditionally even if it breaks her heart.  She will always be eternally optimistic even when the world is collapsing beneath her feet.  She will always have hope.  She will always share her unconditional love and hope with anyone who crosses her path, including the pessimistic Graham Russell.

Graham Russell’s perfectly synchronized life fell apart when his daughter was born prematurely.  It was the defining moment that changed his life forever even though his wife abandoned him with a dying child.  That was the day he learned he could love unconditionally even though he had never experienced love in his life.  Meeting Lucy, the weirdo hippy florist was the day the heavens sent an angel to guide him through the emotionally infested waters of life.  Lucy taught Graham how to express his love.  She gently guided him through his emotions and taught him how to give as well as receive love.  She held his hand through thick and thin, she never let go when he thought he would sink, and she always encouraged him to do it better.  She gave him the courage to become the man he was meant to be.  She gave him unconditional love.  How could he not fall in love with this angel?  He’s determined to give Lucy the same kind of love she has given him and his daughter.  He will always have her back even if it means letting her go.

Once again Brittainy C. Cherry has floored me with all the possibilities this novel offered. She has a true gift of portraying humanity in all it’s glory.  Adding a beautiful romance gives the book more  beauty.  I highly recommend reading The Gravity Of Us.

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New Release + 2017 Favorite + 6 Star Review: Keeper Of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

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Keeper Of Lost Things

By Ruth Hogan

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Synopsis

A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.

Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles—Found, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September.

Bone china cup and saucer—Found, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October.

Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.

Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.

Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made.

As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?

Full of character, wit, and wisdom, The Keeper of Lost Things is heartwarming tale that will enchant fans of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Garden Spells, Mrs Queen Takes the Train, and The Silver Linings Playbook.

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Michel’s Review

Keeper Of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan is a poignantly beautiful novel of love, life, and everything in between.  It captures moments in time that leave a memory, cherished or forgotten, on ones soul.  Every thing has a story and it’s important to preserve that story or finally allow it to be completed.  One man found the beauty in lost things after he lost the most important thing in his life.  He has made it his life mission to collect lost items and return them to their rightful owners at some point in time.  Every item gives meaning to a lost moment in time that marks a moment in a person’s life. Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things.

Anthony Peardew has spent forty years collecting lost things after he lost the love of his life when he was a young.  Not only has he collected lost things, he has also managed to collect lost people.  That is how he acquired Laura,his lonely, broken middle aged assistant who lost herself in a bad marriage.  He aquired a scarred gardener, Freddy, that lost his faith in the sincerity of people after he chose the life he lives now.  He’s also acquired a watcher,Sunshine, a young woman waiting for an invitation of friendship. As the keeper of lost things it is his duty to return what’s been lost.  The only way he can accomplish his task is to die and hand his the responsibility over to Laura.  Thus begins the a beautiful tale.

The secrets Anthony Peardew was hiding in his study left Laura completely dumbfounded.  He had given her the task of returning each item that was carefully labled with the date it was found, the location of where it was found, and a brief description of the item.    A knock on the door is all it takes to set the task in motion.  Sunshine has appointed herself Laura’s new friend.  Her special qualities and unique gifts quickly win Laura over.  As they begin Anthony’s task, Freddy becomes a part of their circle.  The three of them embark on a journey that leads them to finding the very things they lost in their own lives.  They also found new things such as friendship and love to add to their personal collection known as life.

Each lost item has a story.  Some stories are heartbreaking while others are freeing.  Some bring Anthony’s mission full circle.  In the end Anthony touched many lives by being the Keeper Of Lost Things. These stories add credibility to Anthony’s purpose in life.

 There is another side story loaded with colorful characters that coincides with Anthony’s lifetime of collecting that brings the story full circle. It’s the story of Bomber and Eunice and their forty years of friendship.

As I read this book I became completely immersed within this story.  It played out like a movie in my head.This novel is unique and told in a very British manner. The dry humor combined with the proper use of language and very traditional customs make this novel vividly come to life. I could easily see Liam Neeson as Anthony Peardew, Kate Hudson as Laura, Laura Potter as Sunshine, Luke Evans as Freddy, Jude Law as Bomber, Cate Blanchett as Eunice, Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren as Bomber’s parents, and Emma Thompson as Portia. This dream cast could bring this novel to life on the big screen.

This poignant story is vibrant and demonstrates the beauty of life itself. Keeper Of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan has become one of my favorite novels.

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Author Bio:

15305372I was born in the house where my parents still live in Bedford: my sister was so pleased to have a sibling that she threw a thrupenny bit at me. As a child I read everything I could lay my hands on: The Moomintrolls, A Hundred Million Francs, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the back of cereal packets and gravestones. I was mad about dogs and horses, but didn’t like daddy-long-legs or sugar in my tea.

I studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths College which was brilliant, but then I came home and got a ‘proper’ job. I worked for ten years in a senior local government position (I was definitely a square peg in a round hole, but it paid the bills and mortgage) before a car accident left me unable to work full-time and convinced me to start writing seriously. It was going well, but then in 2012 I got cancer, which was bloody inconvenient but precipitated an exciting hair journey from bald to a peroxide blonde Annie Lennox crop. When chemo kept me up all night I passed the time writing and the eventual result was The Keeper of Lost Things.

I live in a chaotic Victorian house with an assortment of rescue dogs and my long-suffering partner (who has very recently become my husband – so I can’t be that bad!) I am a magpie, always collecting treasures, and a huge John Betjeman fan. My favourite word is ‘antimacassar’ and I still like reading gravestones.

 

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New Release + 6 Star Review + 2017 Favorite : Contorted by Emma James- Hell’s Bastard Series – Book 3

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Contorted

Hell’s Bastard Series – Book 3

By Emma James

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Synopsis:

EDGE

I’ve decided there’s no virtue in patience.
It’s f*cking torture.
And that goes for DM Christmas songs too.

MATHIAS

Good girl.
Be afraid of me.
It will make my job easier.
Until she’s caught between a desk and a Hell’s bastard.
ROSE

I am a shell to be f*cked with.
But I am a survivor.
I have my own Sasha Fierce.
Just give me a reason.
CEZAR

You haven’t seen my bad side yet.
It will leave you speechless.
WHISPER

Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.

Survival has become a waiting game, choreographed by a schedule to keep me complacent.
Mathias and Rose are my constants.
My frenemies.
What happens when Cezar turns the tables?

Just remember to breathe.
Contains adult situations which may offend and graphic violence, but it is one hell of a fictional ride. Strap yourself in. For mature aged readers 18 +.

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Michel’s Review

Writing this review has left me dumbfounded.  I’m not quite sure where to start or what to say so that I don’t give away spoilers.  I have attempted to draft this review several times only to hit delete.  I am really struggling to find the right words to do this book and this series justice.  So let me begin by talking about the series itself.

The Hell’s Bastard Series must be read in order to grasp the full intent of the story unfolding.  Each book is delivered with a perfectly synchronized installment that drives this series in a new direction before reaching it’s ultimate climax.  Making it unpredictable.

The Hell’s Bastard Series by Emma James is unlike anything out there.  It is a dark romantic thriller that touches upon human trafficking, captivity, violence, abuse, and psychological torment.  At the same time it also showcases the things that make life valuable, such as family, friendship, love, integrity, and confidence in oneself to stay true to their inner self.  It’s all blended in a shroud of mystery, suspense, and danger at every turn.  There is more than a warped evil villain contorting each and every move. Each installment in the Hell’s Bastard series contains one word and one word only.  Pay close attention to the word title of each book.  Look up the definition of each word.  The title is what propels this series to the next level.

wrench
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verb
past tense: wrenched; past participle: wrenched
pull or twist (someone or something) suddenly and violently.

warp
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verb
past tense: warped; past participle: warped
1.
become or cause to become bent or twisted out of shape, typically as a result of the effects of heat or dampness.
“wood has a tendency to warp”
synonyms: buckle, twist, bend, distort, deform, misshape, skew, curve, bow, contort

con·tort
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verb
past tense: contorted; past participle: contorted
twist or bend out of its normal shape.

Contorted is the third book in the Hell’s Bastard series.  It picks up where Warped left off.  Whisper is being held captive by Cezar Pavel in a secret location.  His psychological games are contorting what’s coming.  While Whisper is desperately hanging onto her sanity and hope that Edge will find her, she’s slowly losing the battle.  The things she thought she feared most are turning into something else, not quite as frightening.  The unimaginable fears are beginning to materialize.  It’s only the tip of the iceberg.  What Cezar Pavel has in store for her makes her years in captivity with William Dupre look like childs play.

Cezar Pavel is biding his time and conditioning the girls for upcoming main event.  He’s carefully chosen his sentinels to do his bidding. His rule is unquestionable.  To question is not without consequences.  He’s personally conditioned his executioner to kill without questions or remorse.  He carefully hides their identities behind Venetian Carnival masks. These masks instill fear and complete obedience .  No one knows his real identity or those of his sentinels.

Edge is desperately trying to find Whisper.  It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.  In the ordinary world Cezar Pavel does not exist.  In the underworld there is barely a trace of Cezar Pavel.  He has completely hid his existence, he hasn’t left any crumbs to follow.  The only thing that Edge can do is follow the small trail of crumbs he uncovered at the secret air hanger.  It’s a waiting game where time is running out before it began.  The only thing he can do is enlist the help of Boomer and his crew (Whisper’s family), call in the Soulless Bastards MC, the Lions Den MC, and Slade Malone (Ocean Beach Series).  Following that one crumb turns into a meticulously synchronized rescue attempt that turns into an unpredictable and explosive cliffhanger.

As an avid reader, I am not one to shy away from dark thrillers that portray extreme violence and inhumane actions.  I accept these conditions as part of the overall story.  Usually at this point in a series I have an idea of what direction the series is going.  I can usually loosely predict what is to come next.  Contorted was a different story, what I thought was coming did not unfold.  The players were as unpredictable as the plot.  I was completely SHOCKED by the outcome.  I cannot even imagine what could come next because I was left with so many questions as to the who’s, the why’s, and how are they all connected.  I am sure Emma James has a lot in store for the readers with the last two books before Whisper can finally find her happily ever after… or should I say true beginning… true freedom.  The next book is Entwined and will release in 2017.  The title itself assures me that I will get some answers but will probably end up with more questions before the final book, Venerated releases.

Emma James has proven beyond a shadow of doubt how truly talented and brilliant her writing is.  The vivid descriptions ( which had me Googling like crazy) and synchronized scenes told from many different POV’s made this story come to life.  It was a consuming reading experience!

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The Hell’s Bastard Series

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Wrenched

Hell’s Bastard Series – Book 1

By Emma James

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Synopsis

EDGE

My name is Dallas ‘Edge’ Masson and I’m the Soulless Bastards MC’s enforcer.
I was raised by an evil bastard.
The apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
I have personal business.
Whisper is my business.
I will be her judge and jury.
My father may have been Hell’s Bastard, but he was still my father.
They say blood is thicker than water.
I’m about to find out.
WHISPER

Life has been a bitch to me.
I don’t even know my full name.
I was a secret.
Miss Catherine changed my life.
I have friends.
I trust in people.
But then it all had to be wrenched away from me.

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Warped

Hell’s Bastard Series – Book 2

By Emma James

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Synopsis

The Hunt Is On.

 

WHISPER

 

I was never meant to be free.

Evil has taken from me again.

I’ve lost the two people I’ve grown to love because another of Hell’s bastards has staked his claim on me and stolen me away.

What gives another human being the right to take another’s innocence and try to destroy their soul?

 

EDGE

 

We were never meant to meet.

Our lives collided and spun out in different directions.

Now it’s a race against time.

Time she doesn’t have.

This is on my head.

I f*cked up.

 

What happens when a Soulless Bastards MC enforcer is on the hunt for the f*ckers involved in taking the sweet and wild girl?

 

No Mercy happens.

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Contorted

Hell’s Bastards Series – Book 3

By Emma James

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Entwined

Hell’s Bastard Series – Book 4

Coming Soon in 2017

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past tense: entwined; past participle: entwined
wind or twist together; interweave.

 

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Author Bio:

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Writing has been a part of Emma James’ life for many years until she decided to take a leap into the self publishing world and see where that journey takes her.

Writing words on paper is as important as the air she breathes. There’s nothing more satisfying to her than writing all day to bring to life amazing characters who will stay in your heart.

Life is about finding that one thing that you know you can do well and living it.

It’s never too late to find it.

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