Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Cover Reveal and Release Date



Hello!

I'm embarrassed how long it has been since I've posted on this blog.
Thanks for sticking with me.

Wow. I can't believe PLEASANTWICK is almost two years old and I continue to be amazed by the show of love. I think just about every reader I have heard from has stated their want and anticipation for a sequel. And with such expectations, I had my work cut out for me. I didn't want to rush or cut corners just to get something out to you.

With that being said, I apologize for the long wait.

However...

I am so happy with this book.
I think you will be too!
In fact, here is a note from a beta reader.

This makes my heart go squish

I am beyond excited to announce
the sequel

PLEASANTWICK FALLING

will be releasing on

February 28, 2017

First, here is the blurb:



Two months ago, Melinda wouldn’t have believed witches were real.
Two days ago, she was preparing to start her senior year.
Two minutes ago, her entire life changed.

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After the battle with the dark witches, Melinda barely escaped with her life. Now she’s back in Pleasantwick, her true identity has been revealed, and she feels like a lost girl without a home.
  
Luke isn’t doing much better. Recent events have left him numb, and the empath is afraid to let himself truly feel again. He may break Melinda’s heart if he can’t win the fight in his head.

While emotions run high as Luke and Melinda deal with their inner demons, they have to remember there is something much bigger at stake. The war may be over, but the magical balance has yet to be restored and if it doesn’t happen soon, this could be the end of Pleasantwick as they know it.

With the people of Pleasantwick looking to Melinda, she must make a choice ... accept her destiny and the responsibility that comes with it, or return to her normal life, putting the danger behind her at the cost of saying goodbye to Luke forever.

But will she get to make a choice … or will the dark witches make it for her in one final battle?

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And now
for the

beautiful

shiny

NEW
cover
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I LOVE IT SO MUCH!





Wednesday, February 24, 2016

{Review} The Gladiator's Temptation by Jennifer D. Bokal




I gave it five stars ~ A suspenseful and steamy read! 

I loved the first book in this series and the second didn’t disappoint. The Gladiator’s Temptation is suspenseful and steamy, with even more action, and not just in the gladiatorial arena.

Baro is a true hero – every woman’s fantasy of strength, loyalty, and devotion, wrapped in a sexy man candy coating. And Fortunada is no damsel in distress. She holds her own, fighting for her life as she makes the long journey to reunite with her children, after their father takes them away; even though by doing this, it means returning to an unfaithful husband she no longer loves. It also means giving up Baro, who has sacrificed everything to be with Fortunada.

The Gladiator’s Temptation is an exciting read, that’s hard to put down. I love the way Jennifer D. Bokal immerses the reader into the world of ancient Rome, with historically accurate details of what everyday life was like in that time. She is definitely an author to watch.

Monday, December 14, 2015

{Review} Wolfe Island by Giulia Torre

I gave it 4 stars ~ A fun read!

I heard Giulia Torre do a short read of Wolfe Island at a local event and had to get the book. I hadn't read anything from this time frame before, but I was drawn in by the author's lovely description of the scenery and lifestyle.

Meredith is a spunky, go-getter, who doesn't always follow the rules. She was fun and lively, and so likable. I love Tristan! He is handsome, refined and a powerful businessman. But the thing that makes him even more attractive is how different he is when he's with Meredith. He softens. He loves her for who she is, even though she may not fit the mold of who a man of his stature should be with.

This was a fun read. Meredith will make you laugh and Tristan will make you swoon. I look forward to the next book in the series.

Monday, December 7, 2015

{Review} The Gladiator's Mistress by Jennifer D. Bokal

I gave it 4 stars ~ A fun and sexy read!

This was a new genre for me, but I heard the author do a short reading at our local library and I just had to get the book. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I loved the author's description of ancient Rome and its people. I had no problem imagining what life was like in that time -- and how difficult it was to survive, let alone be happy.


The Gladiator's Mistress has plenty of action, with battles in the arena. Loads of tension, with Phaedra and Valens fighting their forbidden attraction. And steamy romance. I want a Valens of my own! I thought all the characters were well developed, likable and perfectly flawed. I even found myself sympathetic to the antagonists because the rules and their reasons were always clear.


I was happy to hear Ms. Bokal has a second book in the series coming soon. I will be snatching that one up as well!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Pleasantwick has a book trailer!



This was my first experience with book trailers. It was kind of fun. I learned a lot. What do you think?

Here are the websites I used for free music and photos:

http://www.freeimages.com
http://www.freedigitalphotos.net
http://audionautix.com
I manipulated the photos using GIMP 2

Monday, November 9, 2015

{Review} Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I gave it 4 stars (but it was more like 3 1/2) ~ An okay read.

Our book club chose Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children as our October read, expecting a creepy, haunting thriller. It was not. And that was the most disappointing part of the book for me. I really hate when the back cover blurb is misleading. I might have felt completely different if I'd known what to expect -- or in this case, not expect.

I thought the writing was very good -- similar in style to John Green. I enjoyed the characters and their strange abilities, and the photographs were a fun addition to go along with the read. However, I found the pacing a little slow at times, and the ending a little abrupt.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is listed as young adult, but I felt that the story telling and characters seemed geared more toward middle grade/younger teens. I'll probably pick up the second book, but I'm definitely not in a rush.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Heaven's Forgotten Blog Tour


Tour Participants:
·        October 12th, 2015 http://filingwords.blogspot.com/
·        October 13th, 2015
·        October 14th, 2015 http://chrisan081.wix.com/pagehungrybookworm
·        October 15th, 2015 http://www.citygirlscapes.com/
·        October 16th, 2015 http://mlstoughton.blogspot.com/
·        October 18th, 2015


About the Book:


Title: Heaven’s Forgotten
Author: Branden Johnson
Genre: Dark Fantasy

Synopsis:

Moira just wants a normal life for her daughter, Penelope. And sometimes, it seems like she has achieved it. Penelope is a sweet, smart, and precocious four-year-old girl. However, she is also the product of Moira’s affair with an angel. Her parentage gives Penelope strength far beyond what any child should possess. It also makes her the target of fallen angels who intend to use her mysterious powers as their way back into Heaven. Worse yet, one of those fallen angels is her own father. Now, Moira finds herself caught up in a terrifying struggle for Penelope’s life against beings more powerful than she can imagine. And when Penelope’s true power is revealed, it will shake the foundations of reality.

Suspenseful and action-packed, Heaven’s Forgotten demonstrates the power of a mother’s love against the longest odds in Heaven and on earth.

Author Bio:

Branden Johnson is a writer living near Chicago with his wonderful wife and hyperactive chihuahua. When he’s not writing, he’s playing music in the post-rock band These Guys These Guys. Heaven’s Forgotten is his first novel.