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What I’m Reading ~ Invisible by L. A. Reminicky (Penny Deb)

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Invisisible by L.A. Rememicky

Publication date:  January 31, 2014

Book SynopsisThey found each other. Then the killer found them.
Detective Jackson “Jax” McKenna walks into a psychologist’s office and finds that the doctor bears a striking resemblance to his first love, Lainie, who disappeared ten years ago after their disastrous first date ended in violence.

Dr. Elizabeth Parker is really Elaine Wilson, Jax’s Lainie. She’s been in hiding since the night that changed both their lives. Jax discovers the truth when the killer lets Lainie know he’s found her. When Jax and Lainie go into hiding to keep Lainie safe, old feelings resurface as the killer threatens their lives. Can Jax save Lainie and help her stay Invisible?

1 Review4 Pennies

4 out of 5 Pennies

The title of the book really tells the whole story. As a high school senior, Lainie wears baggie clothes, big glasses, and no make-up to stay off the radar and be left alone – invisible to her classmates and to avoid the attentions of her druggie step-father. Jax, “Jackson the jock”, is full of swagger, using his popularity so his sweet side stays invisible to others. That is, until Lainie is assigned to tutor him and they find the real selves that each has hidden away.

But fate steps in and Lainie is forced to become invisible by changing her identity and beginning a new life to elude her step-father. The story switches between the present, when Lainie and Jax find each other again, and ten years prior, when they first fell in love. It is also told in alternating POV’s. Together again, they go on the run to hide from the step-father who has finally caught up to her after ten years. This is more than just a love on the run story, for Lainie is determined not to be invisible any longer and wants to be seen as a strong woman unafraid to show the world who she is, before she can move on with her life.

This is a fast-paced, intriguing story. My favorite quote, referring to Jax, “He tasted like wine and dreams.” And yes, ladies, even with that, Lainie is able to resist. The question is, for how long?

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L.A. Remenicky has always been an avid reader and admits to being a big Stephen King fan. She is a forty-something wife and mother of three fur kids.   She reads all genres, but her favorites are romance and horror. Like many of us, she started out with Nancy Drew and moved on to adult romances, with her admitted  favorite being “Moonraker’s Bride” by Madeline Brent.  She has only started writing recently after thinking about it for years.

Links

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

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18629181-saving-cassie

Twitter:  @remenickywrites

Blog:  http://www.laremenicky.blogspot.com

Amazon Buy Link:  http://www.amazon.com/Invisible-L-Remenicky/dp/1495218538/

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What I’m Reading ~ Saving Cassie by L A Remenicky (Penny Deb)

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Book Synopsis

October 4, 2013

Recommended for 18+.
Everyone has secrets. Sometimes secrets can get you killed.
After ten years in the big city, Cassie Holt is moving back to her hometown to take over the bookstore left to her by her beloved Gram, vowing to live her life alone. To her best friend, Sheriff James Marsten, Cassie seems to be the same girl that left Fairfield Corners to go to college but Cassie has secrets and one of those secrets could get her killed. When one of her secrets becomes a threat to her life, James turns to his new deputy to help him keep Cassie safe.
Deputy Logan Miller has been burned by love and is not looking to get involved with anyone anytime soon. When he is thrown into close quarters with Cassie, the sparks begin to fly and he begins to see through the walls Cassie has built around her heart. As the threat gets closer, can Logan protect Cassie and protect his heart?

Review4.5 pennies

4.5 pennies out of 5

When this story began, it had the earmarks of so many other books we’ve read – Cassie is leaving New York after breaking up with her abusive fiancé and going back to her roots in a small town. But this book was surprisingly different.  So different, in fact, that I had to stop reading at night because I was too scared and had to wait for the sweet light of day to finish.

Yes, this is a book with a paranormal twist. Cassie’s parents were murdered when she was only six, and she was raised by her grandmother.Cassie moves back into her grandmother’s house not long after her grandmother’s mysterious death.Strange things happen. Doors fly open.  Picture frames are moved. Keys keep disappearing. Harmless enough until the message in the mirror, “Cassie must die.”

Luckily, Cassie finds protection in the form of childhood friend and now town sheriff James. He assigns his deputy, Logan, to watch over Cassie, and the fun begins because they hate/love each other on sight. Logan has known since he was a boy that he was fated to meet and protect Cassie. I don’t want to give away too many details, so let’s just say demons and possession are involved.

Cassie is tough and funny, and she does not give in easily to Logan’s alpha ways. This well-written book was fun and scary, and a four and a half penny read for me.

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I am a forty-something wife and mother of three fur kids.  I’ve been an avid reader as long as I can remember.  I used to disappear with a book when it was time to do dishes or clear the table.

I read all genres, but my favorites are romance and horror.  I started out reading Nancy Drew and quickly graduated to adult romances.  My favorite romance is “Moonraker’s Bride” by Madeline Brent.  For some reason that story has stuck with me.  My absolute favorite author is Stephen King – I just love how he can weave a story and characters together.

I only started writing recently after thinking about it for years.

Saving Cassie is my first novel.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Links

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

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18629181-saving-cassie

Twitter:  @remenickywrites

Blog:  www.laremenicky.blogspot.com

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What I’m Reading ~ Blood and Shadows by Dayne Edmondson (Penny Pam)

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Blood and Shadows by Dayne Edmondson

Published on August 23, 2013

Book Synopsis

Shadows stretch across the land as the denizens of the underworld unite under a single deadly leader and threaten to bathe the magical kingdom of Tar Ebon in blood, dooming mankind. To answer the threat comes Dawyn Darklance, the champion of the king and time bender. Along with his companions, the fierce druid Anwyn, the fiery mage Alivia and the flamboyant minstrel Favio he must travel across the terrified Kingdom to bring justice upon the leader of the assassins, Lord Garik, and his allies, the mysterious veiled assassin and arrogant mage. Along the way, Dawyn and his companions will encounter dangerous enemies, stout allies and uncover a secret threat that could yet doom the world.
This novel, the first in a series by a talented novelist, introduces readers to the world of Tar Ebon, a place where  magic pervades and dangerous creatures lurk in the far reaches of the world. This book will leave you entranced by the characters and begging for more.

Review3.5 Pennies

3.5 out of 5 Pennies

In a world of mages, druids, and assassins we meet up with Dawyn, a leader in the Shadow Watch Guild of the kingdom of Tar Ebon. While hearing rumors of Lord Garik and his hostile takeovers of the assassins guild in surrounding areas, Dawyn comes upon a druid who had been captured and tortured by some of Lord Garik’s followers. Hearing the tales of torture and death that seem to come from Lord Garik and everyone in his following, Dawyn gathers a small group of companions to rage war on Garik and bring him in for justice. While on their quest Dawyn, Alivia, Anwyn, and Favio encounter enemies, a monster that comes from prophecies, and allies to help in the war with Garik. While the war has not ended, just the first battle has been fought, with losses on both sides, the fight seems to have changed for Dawyn it has gone from professional to personal……..what’s to come? Guess we will just have to wait for the next book to find out. I for one am looking forward to the next release in this series.

Author Bio

Dayne EdmondsonDayne first began writing fantasy at the age of fifteen when he discovered the worlds which fantasy novels could transport him to. Since then, he’s read countless fantasy and science fiction novels from the likes of Robert Jordan, Elizabeth Haydon, Peter F. Hamilton, George R.R. Martin and many others. He has earned a bachelor of business administration from CTU, written a fantasy novel, obtained his customs broker license and started a publishing business.
Dayne lives in southeastern Michigan with his wife and daughter. When he is not working on his Saga of the Seven Stars series and his next novel, you can find him reading, watching television with his wife, biking, walking and playing on the computer or with his daughter.

Links

Author’s website: http://www.dayneedmondson.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SagaOfTheSevenStars
Twitter: dayne87
Blood and Shadows can be found on the following sites, click for the links
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Cover Reveal ~ Breathe Again by Rachael Brooks

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For Savannah Rae, the thought of living in her picture-perfect world was almost too much to comprehend. With her dream job, a family she could finally call her own, and the beginnings of the best chapter of her life, she still couldn’t shake the unnerving feeling that it was all too good to be true.

The thought of a life without Savannah was incomprehensible to Tate Connors. Never in his wildest dreams did he think he would find his girl in the form of a sassy, stubborn, beautiful Australian. Finally he had the girl and life he so desperately wanted, but he still couldn’t ignore the fear that it would crash around him.

When Tate’s past becomes his present and Savannah’s present becomes her past, the possibility of a future together collides head-on with reality.

In her darkest days, the words Just Breathe provided a peaceful comfort to Savannah from the heavens above. Now as she and Tate go down the path of new beginnings, brutal endings, and the constant craving of a happily ever after, they are anxious to learn how to Breathe Again.

Rachel Brookes is from a coastal town on the east coast of Australia where beaches, kangaroos and surfers roam free. Writing angst ridden love stories with a pinch of craziness, a dash of drama, a cup of romance, a spoonful of sexiness and delicious men to season is what she loves to do. Rachel sometimes forgets to eat, sometimes forgets to sleep and sometimes can’t remember the last time she cleaned her apartment but that’s because she is in a long term relationship with her laptop.  When she does step away from her laptop she can be found taking too many photos, making scrumptious cocktails, laughing at Adam Sandler movies and spending her time with her amazing family. Having released Just Breathe and Breathless in 2013, Rachel is looking forward to a busy 2014 with the upcoming release of Breathe Again, the final book in The Breathe Series and many other books planned she can’t wait to continue this crazy ride.

Links

Website/Blog: http://rachelbrookes.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/RachelBrookes_

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

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/rachelbrookes


Just Breathe (Breathe #1) by Rachel Brookes

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Breathless (Breathe #1.5) by Rachel Brookes

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New Release and Free Books – A Savage Wilde series by Rebecca Kimbel

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#1 A Savage Wilde: The Trail: http://www.amazon.com/A-Savage-Wilde-The-Trail-ebook/dp/B00GW9J3G0/

Her own farm, her own stables, land to till and harvest. When her father mentions the plots being given away in Oregon, Sophie volunteers to settle the homestead; even if it means a thousand miles of being saddled with her prim twin sister, Margaux. The journey brings Sophie face to face with others that share her dream– a notorious outlaw, an immigrant family, a circus performer, and a freed slave– and sets the beauty and violence of the western territories against her own coming of age.

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Sophie’s adventure continues as desires and mistakes take center stage. The Wilde family– reshaped by a string of births, deaths, marriages and dissolutions– remains as volatile as ever. Her own association with the outlaw Aubrey Grange has been profitable, but turned her into a target for lawmen and awestruck fans alike. Outrunning the complications of Oregon only leads to darker exploits in the desert, and returning forces her to decide where her true allegiances lie.
 
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Publication Date:         January 25, 2014  
The pursuit of money leads Sophie to the east coast, and into the belly of a corrupt and restless New York City. A foothold in the liquor industry catapults her from the criminal underground into polite society, but creates new power plays between the affluential and influential. Sophie struggles to navigate among allies, enemies, politicians and gangs in one of the most volatile urban landscapes in American history.
 
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What I’m Reading ~ Manual Exposure by Jeannie M. Bushnell (Penny Lisa)

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Manual Exposure by Jeannie M. Bushnell
Publication Date:  January 5, 2014
Book Synopsis
Sage Brant, a photography student focused on her career and love of nature, is drawn into the world and arms of Kirby Chapman, son of the local real estate magnate who values money and possessions above all else.  Sage, unwilling to become a powerful man’s puppet, forces Kirby to see beyond the vision of the world he’s inherited.  Sage exposes the truth that threatens to tear them apart and challenges Kirby to step out of his father’s shadow.Will Kirby sacrifice it all to prove his love is as enduring as the mountains that surround them in Asheville, North Carolina?Manual Exposure is a New Adult Romance. The material in this book contains sexual content and is intended for those over the age of 18 only.

Review

3.5 Pennies

3.5 Pennies out of 5

The basis of this story is solid.  Boy meets girl, they get to know one another and their feelings grow. They come from different social levels of affluence and their parents roles in their lives are like night and day.

Sage is the child of free spirited parents and is encouraged to follow her dreams on her terms.  She expresses herself through her photography.  Her love of nature and the community she lives in is reflected in the photos she takes.   A college freshman, she is exploring her opportunities as an artist and supporting herself through freelance work.

Kirby is a child of privilege.  Also a college freshman, he is studying business, a career path chosen for him.  His father, a real estate magnate,  wants his son to follow in his footsteps and is grooming him to one day run his empire.

When Kirby brings Sage home to meet his parents, his father makes it all too clear that he disapproves of her.  The plot takes a number of twists and turns which reveals where the families lives have intersected in the past.

As a character, I had a hard time warming up to Sage. Knowing the hardship Kirby’s father has caused members of her community, she seems to be of the mindset that you can’t blame the son for the sins of the father.  She tends to sweep those concerns away cavalierly much to the dismay of those around her.  It’s not until the end that I finally feel that she stands for something.  Kirby on the other hand, was weak.  Doing his father’s bidding at every turn showed his lack of maturity and growth as a person.

With that being said, this is a (NA) New Adult book.  The characters are not supposed to be emotionally fully grown.  They are supposed to be finding themselves and developing into who they are and who they will become.  In this story, however, Sage and Kirby experience successes that would have been more realistic had their characters been older.  This and stiff dialog are what prevented me from rating this story higher even though on its face I enjoyed it.

Manual Exposure is Jeannie M. Bushnell’s first novel and I am interested in seeing what her next book brings.  I am confident that her talents will continue to grow and shine in her future works.

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Jeannie wrote her first book in elementary school. She painstakingly wrote, illustrated, bound it together in cardboard, and created the fabric cover out of an old pillowcase. A voracious reader, her heroes were the authors who possessed the power to create the characters and stories that kept her awake into the wee hours of the night as she devoured their words.

As a student of journalism, broadcast communications, and rhetoric, Jeannie further developed her love for the art of telling a good story. Her love of animals, research, and investigative reporting threw her into the world of animal rescue. Delving deeper into this world, Jeannie turned all creative and professional endeavors to spreading compassion for all living things.

In addition to her work as a freelance writer, Jeannie is an entrepreneur who creates her own line of eco-friendly pet products, and as a vegan baker and cake decorator, Jeannie shares her food, recipes, and tips with vegans and non-vegans alike.

Caring for her beloved companion animals in their last stages of life exposed the finite nature of life to her, pushing Jeannie to put pen to paper and write her first novel. Well, second, lest we forget her childhood bear tale.

Described as someone who has never met a stranger, Jeannie enjoys befriending her readers and supporting her fellow writers. Always willing to chat for a spell, Jeannie hopes to hear from you!

A native Texan, raised in Roanoke, Virginia, with stopovers in Illinois, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Tennessee, Jeannie now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Links

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What I’m Reading ~ Fierce by Clarissa Wild (Penny Stephanie)

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Fierce by Clarissa Wild

Release Date: 01/26/2014

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Fight for your dreams. Fight for your life. Fight for love.

Nerdy girl Autumn Blakewood is the prime example of a goody two-shoes.  She studies every night is never late for class, and always follows the rules.  She has never felt the need to step out of her comfort zone.  That is until she meets Hunter.

Hunter Bane is a cocky,  confident bad-boy, who’s nothing but trouble.  He’s a dangerous distraction to everyone around him.  Sexy and strong.  Hunter enjoys the swooning effect he has on women.  Especially those who aren’t used to attention, like Autumn.

Autumn finds it hard not to give into Hunter’s advances, even though it all seems like a game to him.  Trying to understand him is impossible, because he shrouds himself in mystery.

What she doesn’t know is that Hunter has more baggage than anyone should have to carry.  When she discovers he’s in an illegal frat club to save the one person that matters to him, Autumn realizes this could mean the end of her undeniable connection to him.

Even their lives are at risk.  But it’s too late to turn back now…

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4 out of 5 Pennies

Who doesn’t like to read a love story where the most unlikely pair come together to discover what it takes to find true love.  Are Autumn and Hunter that pair that find true love or do they fall short?

This book isn’t just another love story.

Autumn is the epitome of high school geek.  She wants to try to leave that all behind and start anew at college.

Hunter is the cocky, handsome bad guy that has his own history.  But is that all he is?  Is there more to Hunter than meets the eye? Will Autumn take a chance in learning more about the mysterious bad boy or will she walk away?

The book begins on the day that Autumn arrives at college.  From her first step off the bus you see that Autumn does not have the best of luck.  She has an unfortunate run in with a leaf blower that causes quite a scene.  This is also the same time Autumn gains her first site of Hunter Bane.   After the leaf blower was turned off, Autumn was trying to straighten her clothes and hair when she saw him.  ” My eyes narrow as they catch the gaze of one person in particular.  A long lean guy wearing a black leather jacket, who’s standing a few feet away from me with a couple of other guys.  His flaring gray eyes narrow as I catch myself staring right back at him.  I blush when his plump lips slowly curl up into a cheeky smile.”

During the book you are able to see Autumn grow  and adapt to her changing world.  Autumn is faced with many decisions where she must choose whether to do what is morally correct or to turn a blind eye and hope it works out.

This is not your run of the mill love story.  FIERCE will keep you guessing.  There are many trials and tribulations throughout the book.  Autumn’s strength and will to survive are put to the test on many occasions.  Even though it is evident that Autumn and Hunter are complete opposites they can’t seem to stay away from each other.  Their paths continue to cross in and out of the classroom.

This book kept my attention from the beginning.  Just when I would think I had the direction of the story figured out the author would throw in a twist that would keep me guessing.  Will Autumn and Hunter defy the odds and find love?  Will Evie and Autumn continue to be friends through the changes college life brings?

FIERCE is not your typical love story.  It keep me wanting to know what will happen next?  Will there be a happy ending for Autumn and Hunter?  If you fight hard enough can true love conquer all?  Clarissa Wild wrote a great book, that I highly recommend.  I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

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Fierce Playlist

This is a list of songs special to Clarissa, because they really brought life to FIERCE.  You might enjoy listening to them.  Especially the ones by Muse, which have their own special place in this book 🙂

“Iris” by Goo Goo Dolls

“Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato

“Wonderwall”by Oasis

“The Reason” by Hoobastank

“The Fighter” by Gym Class Heroes ft. Ryan Tedder

“Uprising” by  Muse

“Supermassive  Black Hole” by Muse

“Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons

” Demons” by Imagine Dragons

” Holding on and letting go” by Ross Copperman

“Hold Me Now” by Red

“All I Ever Wanted” by John Tyree

“Wherever You Will Go” by The Calling

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Clarissa Wild is the erotic romance author of the Blissful Series, The Billionaire’s Bet series, the Doing It Series and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.

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Website: http://clarissawild.blogspot.com/

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/WildClarissa

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7163319.Clarissa_Wild