Thursday, April 17, 2014

How sweet the sound Book Blast by Vanessa Miller. A Historical Gospel Fiction Novel. Giveaway for the US only.

Book Title: How Sweet the Sound
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Abingdon Press (March 4, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1426749287
ISBN-13: 978-1426749285
Genre: Historical Gospel Fiction

About The Book
Shar Gracey wants nothing more than to sing the Lord’s praises, so she jumps at the chance to join a traveling choir led by the father of black gospel music, Thomas A. Dorsey. Better yet, the opportunity will give her money to pay for her ailing mother’s medical care.
While on tour she falls under the tutelage of gospel great Mahalia Jackson—and falls for the handsome but not-so-great Nicoli James, whose desires for Shar are fueled by his own greed. Shar would do anything for Nicoli—and he knows it—so when his life is threatened after a night of gambling, Shar agrees to help pay Nicoli’s debt, only to have her faith and dreams shattered.
Reeling from the betrayal, Shar loses her voice and she believes that she will never sing again. She has no place to run except back home to her seriously ill mother—and the man she left behind, who would move heaven and earth to make Shar’s pain go away. Even if it means he has to let her go . . . again.

About The Author
Vanessa Miller of Dayton, Ohio, is a best-selling author, playwright, and motivational speaker. Her stage productions include: Get You Some Business, Don’t Turn Your Back on God, and Can’t You Hear Them Crying. Vanessa is currently in the process of turning the novels in the Rain Series into stage productions.
Vanessa has been writing since she was a young child. When she wasn’t writing poetry, short stories, stage plays and novels, reading great books consumed her free time. However, it wasn’t until she committed her life to the Lord in 1994 that she realized all gifts and anointing come from God. She then set out to write redemption stories that glorify God.
To date, Vanessa has completed the Rain and Storm Series. She is currently working on the Forsaken series, Second Chance at Love series and a single title, Long Time Coming. Vanessa believes that each book will touch readers across the country in a special way. It is, after all, her God-given destiny to write and produce plays and novels that bring deliverance to God’s people. These books have received rave reviews, winning Best Christian Fiction Awards and topping numerous Bestseller’s lists.

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Review for 'The idea of Him' by Holly Peterson

Idea of HimPublisher: William Morrow  (April 1, 2014)
Category: Contemporary Fiction/ Women’s Fiction
ISBN: 978-0062283108
Tour Date: April/May, 2014
Available in: Print & ebook, 384 Pages

In the fabulous and intrigue-packed new novel from Holly Peterson, the New York Times bestselling author of THE MANNY, THE IDEA OF HIM explores the dangers of falling for the idea of a person, and why facing reality is more liberating than we ever dreamed it could be. For anyone who’s let the fear of being alone keep them from seeing who someone really is, THE IDEA OF HIM is an inspiring, action-packed story of what happens when we embrace our own power and allow the truth to finally set us free.

Allie Crawford has the life she always dreamed of—she's number two at a high-profile P.R. firm; she has two kids she adores; and her husband is a blend of handsome and heroic. Wade is everything she thought a man was supposed to be—he's running a successful newsmagazine and, best of all, he provides the stable yet exciting New York City life Allie believes she needs in order to feel secure and happy. But when Allie finds Wade locked in their laundry room with a stunning blonde in snakeskin sandals, a scandal ensues that flips her life on its head. And when the woman wants to befriend Allie, an old flame calls, and a new guy gets a little too close for comfort, she starts to think her marriage is more of a facade than something real. Maybe she's fallen in love not with Wade—but with the idea of him. Captivating and seductive, told in the whip-smart voice of a woman who is working hard to keep her parenting and career on track, The Idea of Him is a novel of conspiracy, intrigue, and intense passion—and discovering your greatest strength through your deepest fears.

Praise for The Manny: "This is bestsellerland - the manny isn’t one of the popolo minuto. Nope, he’s an about-to-be-millionaire software developer from a neocon background with hot buns and fab abs. Three guesses? A diverting spell in the world of the greedy, The Manny is a genre-bender, sex and shopping and ambition and even a tinge of socialism, and brilliant fun."-Heatseeker Reviews "Peterson offers an amusing take on the mating habits of the Manhattan elite. And while the story holds few surprises, it benefits greatly from an attractive pair of would-be lovers."-Kirkus Review "Phillip's temper tantrums...are surprisingly funny, and a subplot where Jamie chases a trashy but potentially career-making story is strong." - Publishers Weekly "I leapt on The Manny and devoured it in one sitting. It's a riveting portrait of millionaires' life on 'The Grid', full of eye-watering details. And it made me instantly want to hire a male nanny...... for me!—Sophie Kinsella, author of Shopaholic & Baby

“Holly Peterson writes about the rich with acute understanding and a drop-dead eye for detail. The funniest, sexiest ride in the limo lane since The Bonfire of the Vanities.” —Tina Brown, author of The Diana Chronicles

Holly PetersonAbout Holly Peterson: Holly Peterson is the author of the New York Times and international best seller, The Manny. She was a Contributing Editor for Newsweek and editor-at-large for Tina Brown’s Talk magazine. She was also an Emmy Award–winning producer for ABC News for more than a decade, where she cov­ered global politics. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, Talk, the Daily Beast, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and other publications.


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My 5 Star review.

I received the book from the touring host for an honest review.

A fascinating book written from one protagonist view point, Allie Crawford. A young working mother with two small children that struggles with the infidelity of her husband, a tiring boss, a work load that left you breathless at times, and taking screenwriting classes to further her own writing career. Not to mention the issues of bullying at school as she tried to steer her son in the right direction and a little daughter that demand most of her time the moment she was close.

The idea of him is a topic most of us women folk struggles with, me included. From an early age we are so hyped up with finding a man, married said man and live happily ever after that we forget one important thing; me. As a woman you are so wrapped up with the idea of marriage, of belonging, having it all that when your world is shaken you struggle to find yourself in the maze that has become your life. Trying to make sense of it all and what's really your place in the world you are living in.

Allie superbly fitted this description. Loosing her father at a very young age she was looking for a replacement figure that would match the idea she had of her father. When she married Wade she thought he was the perfect match. But early on in the marriage he already showed his real colors and he had an affair with a young thing when she nursed their first born; as the story unfolds you learn more about his indiscretions and how she handled it.

When she met a young blonde woman, Jackie Malone, perfect in every way; who tried to become her friend after she had slept with her husband. Warning her to look closer at what her husband and boss did, and to protect herself; when she followed her advice her life had spin out of control drastically. This added to the plot and soon you were wondering about this woman yourself. What was her intentions? Was she still sleeping with him? Why all the secrets? Leaving Allie and you with many questions and no real answers as more and more things comes to the forefront of this unique story.

Jackie Malone, student, helping her struggling mum had many secrets and in the beginning I couldn't help but frown at her antics, which looked very deceptive and cunning to me. But yet as you learn more about her through Allie's eyes you knew there was more to the story. At the end I really liked her character, her wittiness as she put herself on the line for Allie and her family. Not afraid to do what was right to safe the day.

There were four distinctive men in Allie's life that played a huge role in who she was, what she does and the choices she would make.

Her husband Wade, was a schemer, business man, lover of self, playing the guilt trip to get his way found himself in between two worlds. One the traditional family with all its responsibilities and two a fast paced world that lives within its own rules. Trying to juggle it but making a huge mess of it all as he makes wrong choices every time, his family standing back so that he could be number one.

When Allie met Tommy, a man that attendant the same classes as she, helping her in the assignment they have received, the author just added another layer to the already filled plot. This raised more questions then answers in her life and when he shows his interest in her as a woman she had a few choices to make. This man offered her something that Wade didn't, he was interested in her and in the process helped her to find her own feet.

Her best friend James, a man that knew her the best and longest, and throughout the story she wondered about the fact that she never married her soul mate, her friend and lover. Hoping to maybe get back to him; that is if he would have her. Always there for her in her shambles of a life, guiding her and bringing her head back out of the clouds. Their casual relationship was born from years of long standing friendship, from hardships as they dealt with life, losses and truths. James did not hide the fact that he didn't like Wade but yet supported her unconditionally.

Her boss Marcus, what a character. Demanding, obnoxious full of nonsense that ruled her hours and days without any remorse for her or her young family. Acting like a spoiled brat as he demanded her attention and time to do his own bidding, but yet their relationship was open-minded as she reasoned with him about work related decisions. A relationship that had its ups and downs but yet they could work together as a team since Marcus trusted her.

With supporting characters that were out for only one thing; power and money; in a world where image and 'who you know' means something; you had a whole bunch of action going on as Allie struggles through her daily life, trying to find her feet and doing the right thing for all involved, while dealing with the image she have of men in general. As more twists are added and answers began to pop up; you get lost in her life, her choices and the greed that causes people to make the wrong decisions. All trying to find their own way in a very demanding world.

An excellent book with an unique plot that will keep you busy, leaving you with some thoughts to consider in your own life.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blog Tour for My Mistake by Anne Conley. Excerpt and Review are available to read. Plus a great Giveaway.

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Author Anne Conley & My Family's Heart Book Reviews & Tours present "My Mistake" Book Tour & Reviews


TITLE – My Mistake  


SERIES – Stories of Serendipity  


AUTHOR - Anne Conley  


GENRE - Contemporary Erotic Romance  


PUBLICATION DATE - April 10, 2014  


LENGTH (Pages/#words) - 70,000 words  


PUBLISHER – Anne Conley  


COVER ARTIST – Vanessa Booke




Book Blurb/Synopsis- 

Welcome to Serendipity, Texas, where the days are hot and the nights are steamy. Meet real people with real problems, as they live life and find love in a small town.


12 years ago, Brent walked away from his one big love, and has regretted it ever since. He’s done nothing but make mistake after mistake with his life. Now, he’s finally getting his act together, starting up a sanctuary for abused and neglected horses, and staying clean.


Casey had put Brent out of her mind the best way she knew how, by going on with her own life: getting married and trying to have kids. When her marriage ends up being a mistake, she moves back in with her mother in Serendipity to lick her wounds. What she doesn't expect is Brent, waltzing back into her life.


Can they put their own and each other’s mistakes behind them to move forward together? When Casey’s life is put in danger, Brent steps up, but will it be enough?


My Mistake is book seven in the Stories of Serendipity. You will meet some of the same characters, but they are all stand-alone novels.y


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Teaser 2 - My Mistake



When he came back around to the front of the barn, she was sitting on top of a bale of hay, holding up a brown paper back with a grease stain on the bottom. Mooch, traitor that he was, perched at her feet, looking up at her adoringly, waiting for her to drop the bag.

“Mama sent some chicken and biscuits.”

He grunted an acknowledgment, and pulled his hat lower over his eyes so he didn't have to see the pain in hers.

She stood, setting the bag down next to her, and sauntered over to the stall where he was spreading fresh straw.

“What’s wrong?”

He couldn't think of the words to say to her. Everything that came to mind was wrong, and Brent knew that there was no way to have this conversation without hurting her. But he had to, or else he would end up hurting her worse in the long run.

As he kicked straw around the floor of the stall, he knew he was being stupid. For the last two weeks, all he’d talked about was how badly he wanted her to stay with him. And now he was about to do this…

He finally stopped when she said, “Brent. You’re scaring me. Is this about me not being able to have kids?”

“No.” Brent brushed past her to go to the feed room. Rattling the bucket brought in the mare, an enormous equine with a shaggy coat and bones showing through loose skin. She followed him into the stall, as he emptied the bucket into her feed trough, and then started pulling the injections from his pockets and preparing them silently.

When he had the first one ready, he finally got the guts to raise his head and look at Casey and deliver the brilliant line he’d spent the past ten minutes coming up with. “I need to think about some stuff.”

Her mouth dropped, and Brent lowered his head to the mare’s shoulder. While she was distracted, eating, he pinched some skin between his gloved fingers and stuck in the needle, pushing the plunger.

Brent had no idea what happened next. All he was aware of was a swift intake of breath, before he saw a wall of brown crush into him, then a jumble of whinnies, a frantic woof, a shrill scream, some clatters, then hoofs aimed at his chest, before blackness took over.

Teaser 1 - My Mistake

My Review
I received this book from the touring host for an honest review. 
The book started off with recently divorced Stacey that watched a man working on a roof; relaxing at her mother’s home. While ogling and undressing this man for the last four days she thought he looked familiar, but couldn’t place him. Her thoughts very brazen as she thought about all the things she wants to do to him; wishing him to come over. He became aware that he was watched and finally made the connection when he looked in her direction waved and then continued working.
While she was busy daydreaming, a knock on the door brought her back to reality, when she opened it there stood her high school crush, Brent; the same guy from the roof. 
From here on the story picked up pace and the heat sensors rocketed between them; finding each other after so many years. There were many unresolved issues between them that caused some tension; with more added problems as they got to know each other very intimately. Heating the sheets and barn to blistering hot. 
Brent, range owner, a sizzling hot and very demanding cowboy; was specializing in the rehabilitation of Horses. They discovered how their decisions had almost cost them each other, but they had a second change and had to work through the baggage. As the story progressed they managed against odds to work through all the obstacles.
This is a well written erotic romance very believable with strong character’s that had integrity and back bone, which made this a very good read.

Well done Anne Conley, very hot but a beautiful romance which I enjoyed.

4 Stars

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Author bio- 

Anne Conley lives in a small town in East Texas, with her husband, two kids and numerous goats. She brazenly stole her pseudonym from her great-grandmother, a true pioneer woman who raised seven kids alone: churning butter, plucking chickens, knitting clothes, and putting coal oil on every visible wound. Anne’s Stories of serendipity feature real people, living life and finding love in a small town. She also has a Paranormal Romance series, the Four Winds about archangels “falling” in love and coping with turning into humans Her writing is escapist therepy, and she succumbs to it every chance she gets.


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Giveaway Prizes Up For Grabs 

One winner (US only) will receive an Autographed copy of Hot Mess, a Story of Serendipity 

One winner will receive all seven ebooks of the Stories of Serendipity, Neighborly Complications, Dream On, Chef’s Delight, Hot Mess, Falling for Him, Gambling on Love, and My Mistake. 

One winner will receive a FREE ebook of My Mistake  

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book Tour for Freakquency by Caddell Brown. A pop culture paranormal novel.


Lightning Book Promotion is working with Noma Black Publishing and author Caddell Brown to present Freakquency in a blog tour. 
It’s a pop culture paranormal novel.
How far would you go for fame and fortune?


Short blurb:
Rick Chamberland had it all, fame, fortune and women. Until a phone call from his mother forced him to come home and confront the dark secrets of his family’s past. With club singer and small-town girl Song Peters at his side, Rick discovers a demonic presence connecting their families that threatens to destroy all that they hold dear.

Full Blurb:
 What southern-grown, rock star Rick Chamberland doesn’t know about his family’s dark past comes to light when he returns home to Louisiana at the request of his mother. Rick has spent the last fifteen years of his life dedicated to music, touring the world, completely oblivious to the secrets coded in his legacy. Meanwhile, Song Peters, a dutiful daughter taking care of a dying mother, dreams of the day she can break free of small town life and pursue her one true passion, singing. Rick meets Song and instantly sparks ignite. They make beautiful music together and soon find that they share similar upbringings. Rick comes to learn that their families are supernaturally intertwined and that the one denominator (a demon by the name Nova) connected to both families threatens to destroy them all if they do not obey.

About the author:
Caddell Brown, born and raised in East Texas, authors a range of speculative fiction. Among her early influences are artists Rene Magritte, film director Andrei Tarkovsky and authors Dan Simmons, Toni Morrison and Ai. It wasn’t until after taking a course in Creative Non-Fiction that she grasped what writing could be as a form of expression and while most of her works are fiction, there is always something inside each story that touches on her years as an observant youth.

Freakquency, her first novel under this penname, was inspired by the tall-tales her uncles used to tell about the South, and the legends and folklore from around the world. When Caddell is not writing or working her regular nine-to-five, she enjoys catching a good film and exploring other interests, such as photography.

In the Fall of 2013 she will begin working towards finishing her Master’s degree in Literature as well as publishing her next work, Malle Wood through Nomablack Publishing. 

Check outFreakquency’s page on Facebook and on twitter @caddellbrown or contact the author through her website