Meet Virginia (A Southern Series (Book 1) by Angela March @AngelaMarch3 #Review


  

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In an all to familiar scenario, meeting Eli cause he is a contractor, now planning the family Bar Costello’s expansion, she meets Boone.

For the character of Boone, he was just right. I enjoyed his dialogue and even though he was younger, he had excellent communication skills. I dont know many men at 24 years old that would handle their business, working and their personal life the way he did.

Virginia’s Mom Sophia, her brothers Tony and Jimmy were all equally lacking in the communication department. All combined were the reason for Virginia to pop xanax and drink way too much Jack Daniels. I myself never have and yet while reading I longed to see what her fascination was with the amber colored liquor. No I never found out either.

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Things were left off in a sort of cliffhanger, which I am not a fan of. Book 2 better come soon. If not for those kindle readers search the book for Boone scenes they are some of the juiciest I have read. Enjoy
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Angela March has accomplished another “Life Goal” of writing a book series. Angela has always loved any and everything creative. She has taken all the aspects of the stories she likes to read, compiling them into her writing style. Add her own personal life experiences along with a dash of humor. Her *A Southern Series* (3 book series) were written loosely based off her life experiences thus far. Angela’s life motto is… You have one shot at life.. When my time is up I want to slide into home saying what a ride… what a wild ride.

 

Meet Virginia (A Southern Series (Book 1) by Angela March @AngelaMarch3 #Spotlight


  



Virginia Costello wanted nothing more than to take a break from her life, a much-needed re-evaluation of who she is. Virginia makes plans to get away from all things that aren’t the healthiest, hard partying, her ex, she can’t seem to break free of or learn how to effectively use the word no on. Along with the overly needy so-called friends, her life has caught up with her. 

Unhealthy choices, bad decisions, and emotional uncertainty makes her life almost unrecognizable, even to herself right now. 

We all have cracks in our foundation; some of those cracks run deeper, and leave scars that are more evident. If she can come to terms with herself and her past, she can stop fleeing from uncontrollable situations and repair the broken parts of herself. And most importantly, fix those cracks that keep tripping her up. 

While Virginia is on her life break visiting her family on Coffee Lake, she unexpectedly encounters a delicious distraction named, Jeremiah James Boonesfield, aka Boone. It is everything Virginia can do to keep her thoughts and attention on fixing herself and not on Boone, as he takes on the job of renovating Costello’s Bar. 

Boone is a simple guy, and has never experienced anything or anyone quite like Virginia Costello, fiercely independent, tough exterior, sensual and is quite possibly the most amazing women he has ever met in his life. Now if he can persuade Virginia simple can be exactly what she is seeking, that will be the challenge. 

We never know when love will walk into our lives… or when it will turn and walk right back out.

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Angela March has accomplished another “Life Goal” of writing a book series. Angela has always loved any and everything creative. She has taken all the aspects of the stories she likes to read, compiling them into her writing style. Add her own personal life experiences along with a dash of humor. Her *A Southern Series* (3 book series) were written loosely based off her life experiences thus far. Angela’s life motto is… You have one shot at life.. When my time is up I want to slide into home saying what a ride… what a wild ride.

 

Stupid by Choice by Leighton Summers‏ #review


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I have to say this was my cup of tea! Back in the day I would walk into the book store and go to my genre of choice and actually choose the longest book. Nothing was worse than being on the good old F train going into Manhattan with nothing to read. Sadly you have to look at the people on the train with you, not good! Anyways This book had a lot of great elements. Melanie St. John was a Texas Oil Attorney’s daughter. Most of the story she struggles with wealth and whether she wants it or hates it. Her and her parents and sister have a lot of emotional turmoil in their lives. The books shows a side of Texas that isn’t usually shown. The oil business is as big as their hats! Oldie is the typical wealthy attorney who loves with his heart and his wallet.

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Melanie thinks she is getting away with a secret and her boyfriend David. I know this is a mini spoiler but….Oldie confronts her and wahooo does he have the goods on his little virgin daughter. It broke my heart and this is where I loved to hate Oldie. He was genuine in his care and concern for Melanie but it tore my heart out. She loved David. Yes there wouldn’t be a book if she chose David. I know that, but the characters were really real to me and spoke to me. I grieve the loss of David! 

 

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 As Melanie decided to go to UT and with her sister and her friend Eva they start college life. Eva was the daughter of Helmut. OH my did that man scare me!  I really liked the dark side of her. Her life, chances, and the experiences she was famous for were priceless, scary and tragic. When the family goes to Europe and discovers what a colossal mess Eva and Whitney have gotten into.

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Melanie watches Whitney have fun and never let college consume her. She seemed to consume, champagne and men. I liked all of her. She was not superficial, she knew what she wanted and was a semi alpha girl. I guess I appreciated her vision. I enjoyed all the fearsome foursome and their antics. All the college and angst of growing up were were played out well. I liked how descriptive she was with the areas. Whether in Texas, New York, Paris or Italy the author was descriptive with the areas letting you visualize it.

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Melanie was a wonderful and rich character and so was the book. This is a great weekend at the beach book.

4 .5 stars

 

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Leighton Summers is a sixth generation Texan who has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe her whole life.  During her travels she was always surrounded by interesting, successful (and often eccentric) people who encouraged her to find her passion and live life to the fullest.  Writing novels always intrigued her, and so one day while in New York City she took out her laptop in a café and decided to jot down some notes about how a female character created from her own world could “love smarter.”  Over the next four years the notes turned into both funny and sad adventures of a women’s quest for finding friendship, love, self, and family and she weaved them all together into this, her debut novel.

The Point G. Nykanen @AuthorGNykanen #review


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OMG Im jumping up and down here. I hate typing a review on my kindle, but this was great and I gotta get as much of it down as I can, so its fresh. Just as I always do when reading something I check off

The plot= excellent

The characters= excellent

The story continuity= excellent

The story did it for me all over my little charts! To start with the characters, first up is Jake, I started to hate him when he was introduced. I know that’s bad but he pissed me off. I mean Nora, come on, she was amazing, and he was sort of cold. So when they are leaving for the summer she expected him to define their relationship. Instead he is cold and distant. That is the way the author got me from the first chapter. She very creatively has Jake running a thin line. You are not sure whether to love or hate him. Either way I was hooked.

So Nora leaves to go home to spend the summer with her now widowed Dad William. As for William, I want him as a Dad. So if he exists then I want him to adopt me.

So the summer begins with Nora licking her wounds. I loved her dad and his sporting good store and thought this was just what she needed. She meets up with Lucy and before you know it they are having fun and a few drinks.

 

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Nora meets Dane. OK he had me! He was tall, athletic, fabulously good looking and the cousin to Cooper whom Lucy had an instant attraction to. They go out and I had a WTF moment. He was having the strangest internal dialogue. Calling her (Nora) naive. I was thinking it too so I read on and then…Dane becomes the sexual predator. He strings Nora along in a horrible relationship. The author created the BEAST villian in Dane. He was so handsome and perfect on the outside. The inside was dark, dingy, sneaky, dirty and nasty all over!

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The author creates some really really good characters with Nora, Lucy, William, Aunt Sara, Dane, Cooper and Jake. This was a thrilling book. SO Im screaming here to read it. Dont read it like I did camping at the beach, you will scare yourself senseless. There are so many twists and turns here that you will keep yourself on edge.

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I think the best part was the turning in the plot. For Dane it was like “OMG he is that good” that people dont see the slimy sexual deviant he is. If you love angst, romance and a side order of thrilling suspense then grab it!

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G. Nykanen was born and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This small, rural land mass seems to cultivate a wide variety of colorful characters who provide a plethora of inspiration. The Point, Nykanen’s first novel, is filled with nuances of these local characters and the landscapes one might find in the north woods.

Well traveled thanks to her husband’s government career, she has lived in Europe and many of our United States over the last twenty years. She has recently returned home, moving back to her beloved Upper Peninsula where she resides with her husband and three children.

With The Point now completed, she will continue working on her next novel, Accumulation, along with continuing to develop other stories in the works.

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Befuddled by her current relationship woes, Nora Reynolds leaves college at semester’s end to drive north of nowhere to her hometown of Iron Bay. Vulnerable and on the rebound, she is the perfect prey for fledgling felon Dane Buchman. Dane takes advantage of the unaware young woman, feeding his appetite for mischief until a rather violent shift in their relationship reveals to him what he’s really been craving. Driven by his new found hunger, Dane feels unstoppable, until former high school rival and town deputy, Doug Sanders, navigates the trail of Dane’s destruction. 


The Point is a dark thriller that will allow you to witness a truly dangerous sociopath wander through madness guided by a treasured family heirloom, and a pensive young woman find her way after discovering, that which doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. With echoes of the Coen brothers’ Fargo, the folksy town of Iron Bay and the nearby north-woods community of Deer Lake are the destinations for Mr. Buchman’s many misdeeds. 

 

 

I think the best part was the turning in the plot. For Dane it was like “OMG he is that good” that people dont see the slimy sexual deviant he is. If you love angst, romance and a side order of thrilling suspense then grab it!

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G. Nykanen

G. Nykanen was born and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This small, rural land mass seems to cultivate a wide variety of colorful characters who provide a plethora of inspiration. The Point, Nykanen’s first novel, is filled with nuances of these local characters and the landscapes one might find in the north woods.

Well traveled thanks to her husband’s government career, she has lived in Europe and many of our United States over the last twenty years. She has recently returned home, moving back to her beloved Upper Peninsula where she resides with her husband and three children.

With The Point now completed, she will continue working on her next novel, Accumulation, along with continuing to develop other stories in the works.

After Tuesday by Renee Ericson @EricsonRenee #review


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Family really is a pain…especially when your father is an addict.

 

I have found another great book loaded with angst. The best thing was how accurate the author was with her addiction portrayals. I loved the fact that she incorporated AA and Teen AA. That was the best part of the book.

For the characters, I loved Ruby, name and all! She is focused on work, school, Dragon (he is a dog and her best friend), and her car a Gremlin. That is until she gets a camp job and meets Lexi. They go to school together and she works at the canoe activity too. She doesn’t need the money, she says it will help her get into a good college and it looks good on an application. This why the author was SO good. All these little details made it a great read. Enter Brent the one who was into Frankie and very personable. Wait what rumor? Oh he and Frankie broke up?

Can it get any better? He asks her to go out and Lexi is shocked at first but jumps into action. She prepares all of Ruby’s stuff and pumps her up for the big date. Lexi is into Brent’s friend Owen. Lexi openly expresses her “occurrences”with Owen and that makes Ruby blush.

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Ruby is sort of one person on an island. Her Dad’s Brother, Uncle Jason aka Jas and her cousin Cody live next door. They are all so stuck in the past. They act like they are twenty somethings all drinking and hanging out without a care in the world.

Ruby goes through this so-called father daughter relationship with her guards up. Her dad is not a bad guy but he can drink. She is the most responsible in the family. She is counting the days until she turns eighteen and goes to college. She just wants out. It doesn’t take long for the angst meter to hit full throttle. Ruby is starting to act like a regular senior high school girl who goes to pep rallies and sleepover. One may say “normal”

What I truly loved was the authors portrayal of Ruby. She is strong , determined, smart, and responsible. She also feels somewhat sorry for her dad. I wont say she excuses his behavior, but she understands it and just chooses to remain in her house without communication. It is a tale with so many twisting turns you will love it.

Overall it is a wonderful must read for the lovers of this genre. Now I love angst and the meter was pretty high here so please jump on the emotional train into Ruby Tuesday land!

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Renee loves to wear hoodies, is fluent in Yoda speak, and likes to make videos with Lego figures. She is a long time insomniac, but doesn’t have the energy to start an underground Fight Club so she settles for writing stories about the characters who plague her mind. She grew up in the Midwest and currently resides in the Boston area, but sounds nothing like Ben Affleck or Matt Damon.

After Tuesday by Renee Ericson @EricsonRenee #review


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Family really is a pain…especially when your father is an addict.

 

I have found another great book loaded with angst. The best thing was how accurate the author was with her addiction portrayals. I loved the fact that she incorporated AA and Teen AA. That was the best part of the book.

For the characters, I loved Ruby, name and all! She is focused on work, school, Dragon (he is a dog and her best friend), and her car a Gremlin. That is until she gets a camp job and meets Lexi. They go to school together and she works at the canoe activity too. She doesn’t need the money, she says it will help her get into a good college and it looks good on an application. This why the author was SO good. All these little details made it a great read. Enter Brent the one who was into Frankie and very personable. Wait what rumor? Oh he and Frankie broke up?

Can it get any better? He asks her to go out and Lexi is shocked at first but jumps into action. She prepares all of Ruby’s stuff and pumps her up for the big date. Lexi is into Brent’s friend Owen. Lexi openly expresses her “occurrences”with Owen and that makes Ruby blush.

Hey Brent Cromwell, my soccer star

Ruby is sort of one person on an island. Her Dad’s Brother, Uncle Jason aka Jas and her cousin Cody live next door. They are all so stuck in the past. They act like they are twenty somethings all drinking and hanging out without a care in the world.

Ruby goes through this so-called father daughter relationship with her guards up. Her dad is not a bad guy but he can drink. She is the most responsible in the family. She is counting the days until she turns eighteen and goes to college. She just wants out. It doesn’t take long for the angst meter to hit full throttle. Ruby is starting to act like a regular senior high school girl who goes to pep rallies and sleepover. One may say “normal”

What I truly loved was the authors portrayal of Ruby. She is strong , determined, smart, and responsible. She also feels somewhat sorry for her dad. I wont say she excuses his behavior, but she understands it and just chooses to remain in her house without communication. It is a tale with so many twisting turns you will love it.

Overall it is a wonderful must read for the lovers of this genre. Now I love angst and the meter was pretty high here so please jump on the emotional train into Ruby Tuesday land!

YA-M: This book contains mature content including profanity, drug/alcohol use, and sexual situations/language

Renee loves to wear hoodies, is fluent in Yoda speak, and likes to make videos with Lego figures. She is a long time insomniac, but doesn’t have the energy to start an underground Fight Club so she settles for writing stories about the characters who plague her mind. She grew up in the Midwest and currently resides in the Boston area, but sounds nothing like Ben Affleck or Matt Damon.

Searching for Tomorrow by Kathryn M. Crane #review @KCrane_katiemac #debut


Some people are blessed to find that one certain person who completes them.

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This is a very emotional book. It has alternating time frames between past and present. Out main character is blessed with a caring, loving and supportive family. Wrynn’s growing up with her best friend and her brother is where the story starts. Wrynn and Tripp were the best of friends and when they fall in love and her brother sees them holding hands he remarks t was about time. I guess everyone saw it before they realized it.

 

Wrynn has a long journey of loss with Tripp. It is hard to imagine being alone with three kids and struggling.Although many people who read the book will argue, I like his Mother. She brought a different dynamic to the story. The reason why I liked her was because I hated her. The author did a great job with her background and reveal. That being said, she was evil for a reason and although I wanted Wrynn to smack her, I completely understood she was not made to be like that even for an evil woman. There sure is a lot that created Mother to be the way she was. It is a big reveal, so hold on for that.

 

Wrynn has a job as a hostess, which is exhausting and she does not need the money. I think it helps her to keep the nervous breakdown at arms length. It is a very compelling tale of life, love and the serious effects of military life. I would have liked to have it read all together and not alternating. It was hard going from happy, curious, young and in love teens to the reality check he was gone. So there is a lot of emotions here.

 

I will add it is totally a PG rated book. So share it with your teens and maybe it will let the reading bug bite them!

 

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 If you are reading this, I think you should know that “About me” sounds so very pretentious to me. I guess that is what I am supposed to write about, so here it goes! 

Kathryn is a simple country girl who likes to spend time with her hubba, hunka hubby, her three kids and her friends. She loves to cook and really loves to eat! During the spring and summer, you will more than likely find her outside puttering around in her garden. When the veggies start coming in, she will probably be sweating over a hot canner in the kitchen, canning all the goodies she is blessed with. Kathryn likes to hike and go camping, and as a Girl Scout leader, she gets to do this pretty often! On cold winter nights, you will probably find her wrapped in a warm blanket, lost in a good book, while sitting in her rocking chair on the front porch! 

Kathryn was born and raised in North Carolina, and while she loves to travel, she can’t imagine ever leaving the mountains that she has come to call home. Not a day goes by that Kathryn doesn’t thank God for abundantly blessing her. He has been so good to her, and she is very grateful. She holds Jeremiah 29:11 very close to her heart and believes it with every fiber of her being. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

 Kathryn loves flip flops, chocolate, sweet tea and dirt between her toes. As far back as she can remember, she’s had a book in her hand. Reading has carried her to places she will never go. It has introduced her to people that she will never meet. When life is great and when it is rough, she’s always been able to find a book to carry her through. She finally decided to write down some of the stories in her head (yes, be scared) and heart after dawdling around and wasting years dreaming. She hopes you enjoy reading those stories as much as she loves writing them!

 

 

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The Broken by Ker Dukey @dirtyhoesbook @KerDukeyauthor #review


 

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What a book! I should say more but I have been a little speechless since I finished it. For starters it is not for the faint at heart, love and flowers sort of people who may read my blog. I like taboo subjects, dark and dangerous themes, so of course this was a great pick. I wanted to help my fellow bloggers and I did a few posting because this is a debut. I decided after reading the blurb, I would read it. 

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Obviously the main characters are very disturbingly real. River (who is a girl) has been broken for some time. Her brother Blaydon (not sure if I like that name) and her boyfriend Danny all live in what was once her family home. The story tells of their growing up and how the abusive Danny moved on in. The neighbor and equally dysfunctional Sammy returns from college with his best friend Jasper. As for describing them and their past, the author did an awesome job. Very slowly the clues come out. I was totally invested in all of the characters and couldn’t wait to get to some reveals. When they came, YIKES, gosh darn it they were almost as wild and unbelievable as I thought they would be.

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Questions are answered for Blaydon and River. The past is brought front and center with their fears. They cover up a lot as you would expect. What I thought was the best part was the strength of River. Aside from River I felt so bad for Blaydon. When his discoveries come to light I totally fell in love with his big heart. He suffered from depression and seriously how could he not? So….. there is a lot of lying, drugs, sex, and finally truths. Here is the best part = it ended and there was NO cliffhanger. YES it is going to be a series and we will get to know more complex characters, which is great, but I was not left with the infamous read more from book two. 

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It is a great twisted tale. Please check this out ONLY if you like what I do. It is not flowers, romance and little kids singing the Barney theme song. There was so much to love about the book and the richness of the characters. I am going to sing praises for Ker and say bravo !!

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She has a passion for music, attending concerts with her sister and enjoying the occasional nights out with girlfriends. 

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Moody Not Broody by Kathryn Player @funnyiswrite #review


To start I will say I have read and enjoyed every Nicola May book. I also read a few Ellie Campbell books so I like my “across the pond ladies”. This was not an exception. I need to remind others that the punctuation is different as well as the quotations. Just a pet peeve that people need to point out so I can say I can’t stand when people make negative comments like that or complain that they didn’t get the phrases.

So moving on this was a cute book with a sort of deep subject. Being the book is at the start of a marriage and all that is trying at the beginning it seems strange to say I got it! I liked the added fluff, so it was not as serious. I liked the main character Emma. Her dilemma was regarding children. I know when you get married a lot of times people start right off asking when you are planning a family. Her husband Mike was also well received. I understood her point of working with challenging kids. I mean if you sit there all day and see first hand the detriment, why have a child. She obviously saw the parent and kids and all the struggles.

 The author give a balance and fills the void in Emma’s voice. She did it pretty good too. The author created a love/hate for me with Emma. Sometimes I wanted to hug her and sometimes I wanted to

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I really enjoyed this story and I would say my chick lit fans will too! I can’t wait for her second book.

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I’m an English teacher who is currently on a career break, having decided to be a full-time Mum to my twin daughters.

I finished ‘Moody not Broody’ two years ago and it’s been sitting in my computer file gathering word doc dust. However, with an urgent need to earn some money, I decided to self publish ‘Moody not Broody’ and get it ‘out there’ for people to read.

Currently, I’m working on my second novel, ‘The Bridal Prophet’.

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