6/24/16

Excerpt from Bad Boys After Dark: Mick by Melissa Foster



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bad boys after dark mickBad Boys After Dark: Mick    
The Bad Boys are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series. . Indulge your inner vixen...
You asked for naughtier lovers, with the same fierce loyalty as The Bradens - Meet the Bad Boys... Four sinfully sexy, uber alpha brothers, about to fall head over heels for their leading ladies.

Everything's naughtier after dark... Amanda Jenner is done being a boring-man magnet and has finally taken control of her love life. As any smart paralegal would, she's researched the hell out of how to seduce a man. She's waxed, primped, and ready to put her newfound skills into action--and a masquerade bar crawl is the perfect venue for her solo coming-out party.

 Entertainment attorney Mick Bad lives by two hard and fast rules. He never mixes business with pleasure, and he doesn't do relationships, which makes the anonymity of a masquerade bar crawl the perfect place for a onetime hookup. . Amanda thinks she's hit the jackpot when she bags a tall, dark, and sinfully delicious masked man--until she discovers the man she's made out with is her off-limits boss. Mick's already crossed a line he can never uncross, and one taste of sweet and sexy Amanda has only whet his appetite.

When Mick offers to give Amanda a lesson in seduction--no strings, no regrets, and for goodness' sake, come Monday, no quitting--the tables turn, and Mick's totally unprepared for the lessons this sweet temptress provides.
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** BAD BOYS AFTER DARK Mick Dylan (coming soon) Carson (coming soon) Brett (coming soon) More After Dark books: WILD BOYS AFTER DARK (Available Now!) Logan Heath Jackson Cooper The AFTER DARK series are part of the LOVE IN BLOOM big family romance collection. Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.  

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. melissa foster
Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family. Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event. 

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6/22/16

Restaurant Review: B Spot in Woodmere, Ohio


Our latest family outing involved a trip to Cleveland, Ohio--and an overnight stay in nearby Beachwood, Ohio.  As our trip plans took us to Beachwood a little before dinner time; I began searching for a new-to-us restaurant in the area.  As I researched, I discovered a regional chain called B Spot, just down the road from our hotel, in Woodmere.  The gourmet burger chain, the creation of Chef Michael Symon, has locations in Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, and Indianapolis.  Since we frequently find ourselves in one of those cities--and live minutes from one of the locations--I thought it would be a nice chance to check it out.  What was our review of B Spot in Woodmere, Ohio?

B Spot has a "hot spot" location in Beachwood/Woodmere.  Visitors will find B Spot in the heart of the Eton Chagrin Boulevard Mall/Shopping District.  Columbus, Ohio, residents may compare this area to Easton Town Center or Polaris.  B Spot's entrance sits off a large parking area and offers both indoor and outdoor seating areas.  We expected a bit of a wait since Eton was fairly crowded--but, we were offered immediate seats. Since the predicted rain for the weekend was still some time away from us; we opted for a patio table. 

The service was prompt and friendly--but... Our server arrived immediately to take our drink orders.  The girls ordered their usual lemonade and iced tea.  I noticed that there was a charge for lemonade refills while other sodas and iced tea were refilled free.  This caused a moment of pause--but, it was pretty insignificant.  My husband asked about the available draft beer selections.  Our server noted rather curtly that the draft beers held a special designation on the menu.  He made a selection from those options (which he had already considered).  She said that that beer was out of stock. (This was the reason he had asked about the available beers on tap.) She made a recommendation for a similar beer.  He opted for that beer.  She returned a few minutes later to let him know that that beer was also "sold out".  (Again--this this was the reason he had asked about the available beers on tap.)  She made another recommendation.  In the end (I think) he opted for Rogue Ales, a Chocolate Stout--and it was actually on tap and available.  Next, we ordered our meals.  There seems to be some hesitation to modify the pre-set sandwich toppings--so our middle daughter simply opted for a salad.  The burgers and brats are served without side dishes--so we decided to share a side of french fries.  

How was the food?

 The Roman Salad

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6/15/16

Bible Belles' The Adventure of Rooney Cruz: Esther Children's Book Review and Giveaway



Raising daughters today is a real roller coaster ride sometimes!  It is not easy to raise daughters who are able to love themselves and others in the constant-on, all-too-public world where reality is never quite what it seems in the "instant" worlds of Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!  We had the opportunity to read and review the second book in the Bible Belles' The Adventure of Rooney Cruz series.  We met Hannah in the first book.  In this book, the second in the series, we meet Esther.  This children's book series introduces girls (and boys too) to some strong, beautiful "Belles" from the Bible--and teaches children the real definition of "beauty" through some special stories.  What was our review of this children's book?  

We received a complimentary copy of this book for use in our review.  We also have a copy for one lucky reader to win at the end of this post!  All opinions are our own.


Quick Summary of Bible Belles’ The Adventure of Rooney Cruz:  Esther.  This is an original children’s series that presents real life heroes like never before. The series highlights five "superhero" women of the Bible: Hannah, Esther, Abigail, Ruth and Deborah.
This series sets out to present women in the Bible in a way that has never been done before. The Bible Belles' want girls to connect with them and find out what being truly beautiful is all about. They want girls to remember their names, their stories, and how special they are.

The story simplifies and teaches.  The story of Esther simplifies her role in the Bilble and creates a fun and easy story to read for children.  This story offers an introduction to Esther and her special, beautiful gift (portrayed as a superpower) and relates that gift to a real child's life in Rooney.  The books offer a wonderful launching point to discuss these strong, Biblical women further--and teach a valuable life lesson as well.  

Bible Belles are presented as a series.  There are a few allusions to the first character, Hannah, introduced from the Bible.  It seems that Rooney's adventures will link and build as the series grows.

Biblical stories merge with modern-day challenges For some, presenting women of the Bible as "superheroes" may be a stretch--but, it works in this series.  As Rooney faces real-life, modern challenges, she draws on her "visits" to the Bible Belles for guidance and life lessons.  This series offers children a unique combination of our modern day lives and our Biblical past.    




Would I recommend Bible Belle's Esther:  The Belle of Patience?   These books take young readers (and families) into the lives of a few "Belles" of the Bible from a different perspective than usual--and that makes a fun and family friendly way to teach a lesson from the Bible....without a "deep", Bible study.  I think these books are certainly enjoyable for younger readers to read alone--but, there are so many valuable talking points for families to explore as well.  The main character faces a dilemma in this book--and finds guidance through a strong, Biblical "superhero".   Whether you explore the social dilemma faced by Rooney or delve deeper into Esther's story....or both...this short, children's book offers a lot of opportunity for family conversation.   As the mother of all daughters--I see this as series as a valuable one for girls--but, I think boys could learn a lot from the story as well.  I would suggest reading the books as a series since references to the earlier book are made in this book.

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6/8/16

The CleanSweep Conspiracy Book Review and Giveaway


I always have a thriller/mystery (or 5) on my reading list. This weekend, I finished reading the thriller, The CleanSweep Conspiracy by author Chuck Waldron. What did I think of this fast paced novel? I am excited to share my review of this book and to offer readers the opportunity to enter to win the book tour giveaway at the end of this post. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in my review as part of my participation in the iRead Book Tour promotion. All opinions are my own.
 
Quick Summary of The CleanSweep Conspiracy by Chuck Waldron. Matt Tremain publishes Verité, a modest blog dedicated to writing about the truth and exposing scams. Currently, he’s following up on rumors concerning something called CleanSweep, a mysterious project in Toronto, Canada.

Matt gets his break when a whistleblower connects CleanSweep to billionaire Charles Claussen. Claussen plans to rid Toronto of undesirables, beginning with street people and extending to any citizens who don’t match Claussen’s restrictive screening matrix.

With the help of a high-ranking government official, Claussen plans to incite riots and violent unrest, conning Torontonians into sacrificing privacy and civil liberties for illusionary security and safety. Toronto will be reduced to a repressive city-state.

The information overwhelms Matt, who doubts he has the courage, skill, or readership to take on CleanSweep. But the murder of his source convinces the blogger to take a stand—although he’s too late to prevent chaos from gripping Toronto’s streets.

To get the word out, Matt’s going to need allies. He may have found some in a Toronto police detective and a local TV reporter pursuing the same story—presuming they aren’t allied with Claussen. If they are, Matt’s going to become yet another victim of CleanSweep, and the truth will be buried forever.

The CleanSweep Conspiracy was Difficult to Put Down at Times. This book grabbed my interest on the very first page. There was just the right level of mystery and suspense surrounding the characters, their motives, and their "next move" through the earlier parts of the book. Waldron's writing style changed a bit as the book progressed--creating a more difficult storyline to follow, slowing things down a little and lessening some of the key "suspenseful" elements of the conspiracy. I enjoyed the book, even through its uneven chapters, and was interested in the characters and their roles until the end--but, would have loved the book had it kept its initial pace and thrills a little further into the story.

The CleanSweep Conspiracy Combines Reality with Fiction. Waldron does a nice job creating a fairly believable conspiracy plot. Readers will meet some realistic characters with average lives and existences along with some highly polarized characters as the plot evolves. I love a thriller that pulls me into the plot possibilities. Could the scenario actually happen? The CleanSweep Conspiracy combines just enough reality with the fictional scenes in this book to leave readers wondering--and maybe even worrying a little. 

Would I recommend The CleanSweep Conspiracy? I loved most of the book--but, struggled a little to remain as engaged at times. I enjoyed the book and enjoyed the author's story--but, his writing style took away some of the mystery and suspense a little early. I would recommend this book to conspiracy tale lovers and fans of political thrillers. The story holds just enough realism to make the overall conspiracy unsettling to readers. Bear with the story's development and you will find a good conspiracy thriller with a well written ending.

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Meet the Author: Born in Iowa, Chuck Waldron lived in Ontario, Canada, before relocating to Florida’s Treasure Coast. Over the years, he’s held many jobs. The ones he can mention in print include US Army soldier, truck driver, office manager, mailman, real estate salesman, social worker, hardware store clerk, and shuttle driver.

Fate played a crucial role when he walked into his first writing class, and he still honors the memory of the teacher, Henrietta. She gave him permission to write. That—along with countless writing groups, classes, seminars, and much sweat—has resulted in over fifty short stories and four novels.

Waldron often likes to pretend interest, lacks perseverance, and could generally use a good talking to—until it comes to his writing, that is. He and his wife Suzanne reside in Port St. Lucie, Florida. While keeping an eye out for hurricanes, alligators, and Burmese pythons, he’s busy writing his next novel

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6/6/16

The Dream Killers by S.M. Blooding Free or Discounted on Select Days this Week


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Looking for something to add to your summer reading list?  On select days, over the next week, readers may pick up two of The Dream Killers episodes for free--and purchase the 3rd episode for only .99!    I have not read any of the book from this series, but I have read S.M. Blooding's Devices of War Trilogy. Learn more about this series and mark your calendar to purchase them this week at their free or discounted pricing--only on Amazon!

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Episode 1 Graveyard Dreams FREE June 6-7 My name’s River, and I’m a dream killer. The Sea of Dreams spat me out without any memories of who was or where I came from. I’ve spent years traveling Dreamland in our gypsy caravan, searching for clues. All I’ve discovered is that the all-powerful elders are collecting people like me—Dreamlanders who don’t fit in. Then I met a man who sails the Sea of Dreams, the one place all Dreamlanders fear. One touch of those ocean waves could shred the soul. Yet, he’s like me. He can hear the water’s whispers, touch her waves, and watch her dreams. My answers are out there—on his ship, on that sea. Somewhere out there is the graveyard of dreams.  

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Episode 2 Eyes of Stars FREE June 8 - 9 We’re under attack. The elders and their runners are grabbing as many people with unique gifts as they can to determine why Dreamland requires them. Why give birth to a basher with the ability to create? Why allow a cleaner the gift of healing? What is her design? Her intent? They’re not the only ones looking to use these specially gifted individuals. The mechanics and their army of hunters are capturing them as well, but with a different intent. They unleashed a virus, a virus of dreamers. Yes. Dreamers are attacking Dreamlanders. Dreamland has sent a savior, a mechanic capable of healing anything and anyone, one who’s stronger than any master mechanic we’ve ever seen. She didn’t do this to save Dreamlanders or your precious land of dreams. No. She sent us a cure to save me. She needs me. I don’t want to know why.

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Episode 3 Captain Tightpants ON SALE $.99 June 10-11 Everything is better than ever. The graveyard is healing. The creatures are propagating and assisting the trapped dreamers. It seems as though my job is done. Seems so. That is until the dreamer trapped in my net shows up with strange stories about unicorns roaming around Denver. Our fold of reality is melting in Earth's. When Cable, the riverboat captain, steals the net, intent on destroying my dreamer to power his boat, Dreamland reveals a new secret. I know who I am, and it's not at all what I thought

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