Feeding My Kindle ~ June 24th, 2013

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I know I am posting this late in the day, sorry. My little boy turned 4 yesterday and I didn't get a chance to get the post together. To make it up to you, I have some really great ones. They are all purchases this week. As usual, click on the covers to go to the Goodreads page.



I've wanted this one for a while. I'm so into the geek stories. Basically, Audrey is a smart girl who wants to win an app development contest and receive $200,000 for college. She develops the boyfriend app and is the talk of her school. Wonder if it can work for Audrey?



I loved this cute cover, but the summary really got me. Girl sees ghosts. Girls goes to work for boy who has a jealous ghost attached to him. Then the fun begins!



I did the cover reveal for the second book in this series. This is the first book and looks just as yummy. This bad boy has one big rule: no dating the same girl for over a month. When the time ends with this girl, will he be able to walk away?



Hot cover, right? Yeah, but the premise of this story will leave you thinking "I have to read how this plays out". Ten years earlier, Ashley witnessed her parents deaths in a horrible fire. Supposedly, wealthy, businessman Ron's father was responsible. When Ron starts receiving clues to exonerate his father, he is lead to Ashley's doorstep. A story about falling for the son of your parents possible killer? That is one I'd like to read about just to see how the hell it could happen.



I love amnesia stories so this was a yes from the get go. Reporter Grace has been involved in a car accident and has lost part of her memory. She wakes up to a world where she had left her loving, police detective hubby, Ray, for another man. She can't believe herself capable of such a thing. She tries to remember, but then the bullets start flying and it makes it a bit hard to concentrate.





This is my only historical one of the week. The Earl of Dunkirk is looking for a marriage of convenience and to have an "understanding" once an heir is born. Lady Bess wants so much more. Love, passion, sex, and a real husband. I have a feeling he might not be so hard to convince.



This one is by the talented Mary Whitney. I am told this is the first in a three part series. Thank God! I am so in love with Adam. He had come to the small Texas town from England while his father is teaching and doing research. There he meets Nicole who experiences one of the worst years of her life. She lost her younger sister in a car accident, her mother is in avoidance mode, and her father is all the way in Chicago. She has her friends, but Adam sends her heart a flutter. Eventually, these two find a way to each other, but Adam is going back to England at the end of the term and has no plans to return. This book is in Nicole's point of view, but the epilogue is in Adam's. I have a feeling book two will be all Adam's point of view. I can't wait until it comes out in November!

Seven awesome books this week! I read "Beside Your Heart", did a review of "The Journey to Forever" by Lisa Bilbrey, and published my own novella, "Fireworks". Whew! What  a busy week, but I had a lot of fun.


Sneak Peek Sunday ~ "Mountain Charm" by Sydney Logan

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Today's Sunday Sneak Peek comes from Sydney Logan's upcoming release, "Mountain Charm". 


She was just running toward the goal for a layup when she heard a voice. 

“You look sexy in those shorts.” 

Angelina gasped, and the ball flew upward, hitting the bottom of the rim.  So much for distractions. “You scared the crap out of me, and you made me miss my shot.” 

Dylan smiled and grabbed the rebound before passing the ball back to her.   

“You play?” he asked. 

“Play is a little strong. I shoot, and sometimes, if I’m lucky, it goes in the hoop."

Angelina tossed the ball toward the net, and this time, her aim was perfect.  He nodded approvingly. “Nice shot. I played a little in high school.”

“Were you any good?”

“I was a good bench warmer. Does that count?”

She grinned and tossed him the ball. “In that case, I suppose you’re allowed to play with me.”

“That’s my dream come true, you realize.”

Her heart fluttered. Fluttered “Just shoot the ball, Casanova.”

Dylan haphazardly threw the ball, and she laughed when it completely missed the rim.  “Wow, you are terrible.”

Dylan glared at her and tossed the ball in her direction. Bouncing it twice, Angelina lobbed it into the air, banking it off the backboard and through the hoop. She caught the rebound and passed it back. Dylan moved to the foul line and took another shot. This time, he missed the entire goal.

“This is embarrassing,” he muttered, rubbing the back of his neck. “Maybe I just need some motivation.”

“Like what?”

Dylan hoisted another awkward shot into the air. “Each time I score, you have to tell me something about yourself that nobody knows. Something I can’t find in my research.” 

Angelina smirked. “Since you’ve yet to hit one basket, I think my secrets are pretty safe.” 

“Maybe,” he said, shrugging. “And if you make your shot, I’ll tell you something nobody knows about me.”

So tempting “If, by some miracle, you happen to make a bucket or two, will my secrets be in your article?”

“No, Angelina. These secrets are just for me.” The way he said her name made her spine tingle, but she shook it off.  She had a basketball game to win.

“Deal.”
Release Day - July 4
 
Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author and holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. With the 2012 release of her first novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. Sydney has a very unhealthy obsession with music, and her iPod is filled with everything from Johnny Cash to Eminem. She is also the author of two short stories: “Mistletoe Magic,” available exclusively on Amazon Kindle, and “Stupid Cupid,” which is featured in the Romantic Interludes compilation. When she isn't reading or writing, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her front porch at her home in East Tennessee with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.  
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Author on Author Book Review: "The Journey to Forever" by Lisa Bilbrey

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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Purchase: Amazon & Barnes & Noble
Narrative: Third Person
 


Finally back in the warm embrace of his family, Travis McCoy relishes every moment he gets to spend with his wife and son. After almost losing them due to his own selfishness, he makes the decision to never let go of his family again. With his plan set in motion, Travis, Penelope, and Max start a new journey, one that leads them to forever.







"The Journey to Forever" is the third installment in The Journey Series. I have to say I loved it just as much or more than the other two.

This story revolves around something we all experience in our lives. Transition. Since I've had a bit of experience writing and living a transition, I was able to relate to the trials that Travis goes through to establish himself within his new family. On his road he has to learn how to be a father, how to be a husband, and what kind of career to choose. As he hits a few bumps along the way, his family is right their beside him to help smooth his path.

From page one, I didn't feel like an outsider looking in. I felt like I was sitting on Travis' shoulder experiencing everything with him. It is so refreshing to be able to experience that kind of connection with a story, especially one written in third person.

Lisa Bilbrey has touched my heart once again with the conclusion to a tale of love, loss, and redemption.



Travis McCoy stood in front of the mirror in his bedroom, straightening his tie and trying in vain to get his hair to lay flat. His dark, curly locks didn’t want to cooperate, so he gave up. No point in fighting a losing battle, after all.

“I don’t understand why I can’t go with you.” At the sound of his son’s voice, Travis shifted his eyes up and looked at Max. The boy was sitting on the edge of the bed, balancing his football in his lap and glaring at the floor.

“I told you,” Travis said. “Mom and I are going on a date. You’ll have fun with Gramps. He’ll probably let you do whatever you want, like run with scissors and play with matches.”

“Yeah, I know.” Max shrugged his shoulders. “Are you nervous?”

Travis took a deep breath before he turned to face his son. “Yeah, I am.”

“You shouldn’t be.” Hopping off the bed, Max smiled. “She’ll say yes.”

“How can you be sure?” he asked. “It’s only been a few months.”

“But she’s loved you for, like, ever,” Max scoffed, rolling his mocha-brown eyes. “Dad, trust me on this one. I know women.”

“How do you know women?” It was Travis’s turn to scoff. “You’re not old enough to even like girls yet.”

“That doesn’t mean they don’t like me. And that’s not the point,” Max stated. “Women like Mom don’t fall in and out of love. They’re in it till the end. Just woo her; make her feel pretty.”

Travis stood there, staring at him. “Who are you, and what have you done with my son?”

Max rolled his eyes and walked out of the room. “Yeah, real funny, Dad.”

Travis laughed before sitting on the side of the bed and opening the drawer of his nightstand. Lifting the small, black velvet box out, he placed it in the palm of his trembling hand. Tonight, he planned to propose to the woman who had owned his heart since he was Max’s age: Penelope Stone.






Lisa Bilbrey is a mom of three and has been married to her high school sweetheart since 1996. Finding a love in the written word, she started writing as a way to express herself. From the first word she wrote, she'd found her heart and soul. Always willing to learn, she's spends much of her time trying to improve as a storyteller.

In late 2011, Lisa opened Renaissance Romance Publishing with Michele Richard and Laura Braley. 


"The Journey to Forever" Tour Schedule

June 21—Lindsey Gray
June 22—The Hive
June 23—N. Wood
June 24—Fandom Fanatic
June 25—R. E. Hargrave
June 26—Rose Caceres
June 27—Jude Ouvrard
June 28—Tracy Riva