Friday, April 18, 2014

Review of A NIGHT OF MISBEHAVING by Carmen Falcone

It gives me great pleasure to host this review/promo post for Carmen Falcone's latest release, a novella called A NIGHT OF MISBEHAVING, which deals with relationships from the point of view of single parents of young children.  It's a reasonably short read which can be read in one sitting and gives some great insights as well as great reading entertainment for those who enjoy romance fiction.

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A NIGHT OF MISBEHAVING

For just one night, Georgia Taylor wants to forget about her demanding job and the everyday struggles of being a single mom. Her track record with men is pitiful, but that’s fine because her responsibilities don’t leave room for love anyway. The new online dating site is perfect for what she’s after.
But Georgia’s plans are crushed when Brent Turner, aka Sexy Dad and father of her daughter’s classmate, turns out to be her internet date, therefore, eliminating any possibility for a night without consequences.
All of Brent Turner’s honorable intentions fly out the window when he sees highly strung "Super Mom" waiting for her date at the bar. Determined to win Georgia’s trust and show her a good time, their no-strings evening promises to become so much more…until, that is, she discovers his hidden agenda.

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Review of A NIGHT OF MISBEHAVING by Carmen Falcone


Georgia is one super mom who is in dire need of adult time.  A single parent with sole responsibility for her pre-school daughter, not to mention a successful career woman, she longs for some downtime.  She wants to chill out in the arms of an understanding male who knows and loves women and wants to give her a good time.  Hence, she resorts to internet dating.

And internet dating springs some surprises.  She finds herself looking at \Brent, aka Sexy Dad, a fellow parent whose daughter is the best friend of her own little girl at pre-school.  It seems like a consequence free night is not on the cards.  They are too closely connected, there could be repercussions.  But what if one of them (or both of them) wants repercussions?

A short, warm and witty contemporary romance by a talented author.  Highly recommended for readers of romance and relationship fiction.  A word of warning, though.  This is because romance readers are quite diverse in taste and while some love to read hot and steamy, others prefer the more emotional sweet romances.  Georgia and Brent's story reads like a sweet romance in places, but once they connect, there are a few explicit scenes and some rather graphic language.  So if you love hot and steamy, go for it.  If you prefer sweet and emotional, well, don't miss out, but you might want to speed read through the hotter scenes to spare your blushes.  It's up to you.

Carmen Falcone is an author who handles hot romance with skill. I'm giving her the full five for this one.  BTW I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.




Monday, April 7, 2014

Jacqui Jacoby's WITH A VENGEANCE goes into print.

Award winning author, Jacqui Jacoby lives and writes in the beauty of the Valley of the Sun. Currently adjusting to her new digs, Jacqui is a self proclaimed, self–defense hobbyist. Having studied martial arts for numerous years she retired in 2006 from the sport.
She is a working Mom, whose career includes writing books, teaching online and live workshops and penning short non–fiction. She can be reached via her website.



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Can you share a short bio with me and the readers?  
Recently relocated to her dream hometown in Northern Arizona, Jacqui Jacoby has become an empty nester, both sad to see them grow-up and thrilled for the time opened by the experience to dedicate to her craft.  A former martial artist who once studied sword play as research for a book, Jacqui is now a full time writer. She also teaches online and live workshops and donates a seven month mentor program to the Brenda Novak auction in May.  Paying it forward with words is a lesson taught to her by her first mentor and Jacqui enjoys helping other discover the thrill of creating their own universes.
What made you a writer?
The first time I remember talking to myself and getting busted for it (“What are you going there, weirdo?”)  It was nursery school.  The voices kept coming, I kept talking and at about twenty-five I started to write down what they were saying. I am now fifty-years-old, home alone for the week as my husband travels and yes, talking out loud with my new characters in my new series as all of us work together to plot the books.  I love imaginary friends!!
What inspires you?  
What inspires me to write?  I think it starts with a character who sneaks into my mind when I am not expecting it. Maybe based on someone I see, a photo.  Some person I did not realize was going to have a profound effect on me. Slowly their personality forms, their habits. I learn about their kid sister they adored and lost, or about how they like their coffee in the morning. At some point as they haunt my thoughts every single minute, I will begin to talk to them as if this is a real, imagery -- and I do use real and imaginary in the same sentence on purpose -- friend from long ago.  A problem of theirs will arise and as their situations start to form, I will start moving players in my mind into positions that make up their story.
Sum up your latest release in a Tweet (120 characters).   
Bullets, best friends and a moment when they look at each other and realize there is more.
Future plans?  
I am currently working on a four book set called The Dead Men Series. Books I is done has begun its journey through the rabbit holes. Book II’s first draft is finished and I am starting to edit that.  Books III & IV are done in concept and I am schedule to start typing on them pretty quick. In addition another book, MAGIC MAN. will be announced for publication real soon.

WITH A VENGEANCE





The more she wanted out, the more they dragged her back in!

Daughter to murdered CIA officers, niece to a deputy director, Jaime Walsh has never known life outside the world of espionage. Until a high-action case in Buenos Aires leaves her gutted. Physically, emotionally…and professionally.

She’d planned for her long-overdue vacation to be a time to rest and reassess. With her longtime partner Stephen not far behind, it’s a tropical paradise away from work. A paradise where boundaries will be tested.

From their training days, Stephen Reid has watched Jaime kick ass while performing what has become his second job—watching her back. But now his feelings have grown.

As best friends look at each other in a new light, they like what they see. And Jaime dreams of a new life outside “the company”.

Except someone from their past won’t be satisfied until Jaime and the man she loves are hunted to the brink of death. Now Jaime must find the strength to trust her heart and let go of her fear. Before she loses everything…


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Friday, March 28, 2014

DONE WITH MEN - Indian Fiction Release by Shuchi Singh Kalra

Shuchi Singh Kalra is an exciting new voice in the Indian fiction writing world.  Her first novel DONE WITH MEN is published by Indireads, a company which aims to bring the best of south Asian fiction to discerning readers.  Shuchi is a native of north India, although based in Mumbai nowadays.  She's also a well known editor and blogger.





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Can you share a short bio with me and the readers?

As a freelance writer, I have worked with several print and online publications, both in India and abroad. My bylines have appeared in Femina.in, Good Housekeeping, Home Review, Investors India, Dogs and Pups and Womens Era, to name a few. I have also worked with corporate clients such as The Princeton Review and Skyscanner, apart from many medium and small businesses. 

As a rare honor, a popular international blog recently put me on top of the list of “12 Highly Successful Non-Native English Freelance Writers”. I live in India with my husband and livewire toddler.

While I can call myself an experienced copywriter and editor, I am very new to fiction writing. Some of my short stories have found a place in anthologies such as ‘Love Across Borders’, ‘Stories for your Valentine’ and New Asian Writing’s upcoming collection. Done With Men is the first time I am going solo as an author.

What inspires you to write fiction?

Writing fiction has been on on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. It was something that I always wanted to do but couldn’t quite get to it for various reasons. In fact, my first attempt at writing a novel was when I was ten years old. Every time I would go to a bookstore, I would imagine a book with my name on the cover sitting on the shelves. I just get a kick out of the idea of being called an “author”!

Where did you get the inspiration for your current release?

A friend of mine was telling me about her sister who had gone on a vacation after a breakup and had landed up in the hospital injured – that’s how the seeds of this story were planted in my mind. As for the title, I saw a random tweet by someone who wrote “I’m so done with men” and I realized that so many women (me included) have gone though that post-breakup phase when we say “I’m done with men” only to go falling in love all over again. It is not merely a phrase, but a feeling that most of us have actually experienced at some point. Since it encapsulated the essence of my story so well, I decided to weave it into the narrative and use it as the title too.

A lot of credit goes to Naheed Hassan, the founder of Indireads who had approached me sometime in late 2011 to work for them as an editor. We got talking and then she suggested that I write a book, a chick lit to be precise, because she believed I had the voice for it. 

Can you sum up your new release in a Tweet sized sentence (140 characters)?  

Pathetic boyfriends, painful heartbreaks. Will Kay dare kiss another frog or is she done with men?

Any plans for future books/releases? What's next on the horizon?

I have a couple of half-baked manuscripts which I am trying to develop further. The fantastic response from readers has prompted me to put my freelancing business on the backburner for a while and focus more on my role as an author. If all goes well, I should be out with another one soon.

DONE WITH MEN


Travel journo, Kairavi Krishna (Kay) has had it with men. After a series of disasters (losers, philanderers, leeches, mama's boys and possessive psychos), she is all too tempted to walk out on the prospect of ever finding love. Accompanied by her best friend and flat-mate Baani, she sets off for Goa, hoping to get away from her miserable love life and vowing to stay clear of the male species. 

Goa however, has a host of surprises in store for her. Ricky, her pesky ex-boyfriend, is busy painting the town red with his hot new girlfriend. Now what is poor Kay to do, other than overdose on vodka, smoke pot, get an outrageous tattoo and fall off the hotel balcony? She wakes up in the hospital to the tender ministrations of Dr.Vivian D'Mello--young, suave and handsome as hell. Will Kay stick to her guns or will she fall for his ridiculously sexy charms? And what's up with the mixed signals he's giving out?

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Indian Fiction New Release - The Don's Wife by Vinod Pande



Don's Wife by Vinod Pande



The Blurb

Lethality of beauty and inner radiance brutally felled, after several dastardly attempts on her life in different cities of the world, Kamini, the firebrand leader of the emerging new party, the icon of the youth, the idol of the world of glitter and glamour, the revered social reformer, the enigmatic wife of the dreaded underworld Don Harsh Jadhav, assassinated by unidentified gunmen at the unlikeliest of places, right at the front door in the porch of her own house. With mere two mortal shots, death had snatched her from life and what a life! She could launch a million ships, both with her beauty and her exceptional brilliance. A fulsome life but a born rebel. Defiantly left all this to marry a man she loved, a man, she was to learn rather late in the day, was the son of one of the most feared mobsters in the country. A woman who went beyond, beyond the societal mores in her passionate relationships. Then, then the world did not remain the same. A saga began. A saga of revenge and hope, of aspirations and betrayals, of human tragedies and triumphs. A story of tall men and even taller women where heroes are not only heroes and villains are not only villains. Story of Kamini, more powerful in death than even in life


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Vinod Pande is a producer, writer, editor and award winning director whose body of work includes films such as Ek Baar Phir (1979), Yeh Nazdikeeyan (1982) and Sins (2005) among many others. He has also made popular TV shows such as Airhostess (1985-86) and Reporter (1992-97). He worked as programming head for Sahara TV (1997-2000). "The Don's Wife" marks his debut as a published author. 


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Monday, March 17, 2014

Paula Martin's IRISH INHERITANCE - MBB St Patrick's Day Special

Paula Martin lives near Manchester in North West England and has two daughters and two grandsons.
She had some early publishing success with four romance novels and several short stories, but then had a break from writing while she brought up a young family and also pursued her career as a history teacher for twenty-five years. She has recently returned to writing fiction, after retiring from teaching, and is thrilled to have found publishing success again with her contemporary romances.  Apart from writing, she enjoys visiting new places. She has travelled extensively in Britain and Ireland, mainland Europe, the Middle East, America and Canada. Her other interests include musical theatre and tracing her family history.

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Paula, as an Irishwoman, I'm excited that your latest release is set in Ireland.  I know you're an English author.  Do you have any Irish connection yourself?
None that I definitely know of, Maria. I have done some family history, and it’s possible that one of my great-grandfather’s parents came from Ireland, as I cannot trace them in Liverpool (which is where my great-grandfather was born) – and of course, Liverpool had (and still has) a big Irish population. One of my great-great-grandmothers had the surname O’Neal which of course is Irish, but I’ve not been able to trace her family past the beginning of the 19th century.
The main reason that I set the story in Ireland is because I love the Emerald Isle. Apart from a couple of one-day visits to Dublin and Belfast many years ago, I hadn’t really visited Ireland until I went to Galway in 2007. I fell in love with the country – its fascinating history, its beautiful scenery, and its wonderfully friendly people - and have been back there about ten times since then. I’ve seen a lot of the county, but still have the a lot more places to visit.

What gave you the inspiration to write this story?
A couple of years ago I read an article about a Paris apartment that had been abandoned since 1939. The owner had fled to the south of France at the outbreak of was and never returned to Paris. When she died, the flat was opened up and revealed a treasure trove of personal objects, and also a portrait of the owner’s grandmother who had lived at the end of the 19th century.
This was the seed that eventually germinated into ‘Irish Inheritance’. The Paris apartment became a house in Ireland, and the two people who inherit it are curious about the person who has bequeathed it to them. This leads them on a journey of discovery about the original owners of the house, as well as to some difficult decisions about the future of the house.

What moves you to write stories in general? How many books have you published?
I’ve written stories ever since I learned to write! As a child I wrote school stories, and progressed to romances(very cheesy ones!) in my teens. When I was in my twenties, I developed one of my teenage stories into a full-length romance novel, and to my amazement, it was accepted by the first publisher I sent it to, with a contract for two more. I had four romance novels published when I was in my 20s and 30s, but then had a long break from writing novels because of career and family commitments. I came back to writing romances about six years ago, and ‘Irish Inheritance’ is my 6th novel published since 2011.

I'd love if you could sum up 'Irish Inheritance' in a tweet (140 characters)
Jenna and Guy are intrigued by the history of the house they jointly inherit, but conflict over its future threatens to drive them apart. (Phew, just made in 140 chaacters!)


Have you started working on your next book yet? Can you give us any idea what's next for you?
I’ve been working on another book for some time now, but wasn’t 100% happy with it, and kept rewriting to try to get it right. Then, when my editor sent me the final edits of ‘Irish Inheritance’, she suggested there was an opportunity for a spin-off story about the heroine’s best friend. After thinking about this, I realised I could use the ‘best friend’ as the heroine of my part-written story, and move the whole setting of the story from England to Ireland. I’ve started to do this, and it is working well – so far!

Irish Inheritance


English actress Jenna Sutton and American artist Guy Sinclair first meet when they jointly inherit a house on the west coast of Ireland. Curious about their unknown benefactress and why they are considered 'family', they discover surprising links to the original owners of the house.
They soon unravel an intriguing tale of a 19th century love affair. At the same time, their mutual attraction grows, despite personal reasons for not wanting romantic involvements at this point in their lives.
A local property agent appears to have her own agenda concerning the house while other events pull Jenna and Guy back to separate lives in London and America. Friction builds over their decision about the house and its contents.
Will their Irish inheritance eventually drive them apart – or bring them together?

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

TOXIC reviewed - A Novel By Rachel Van Dyken.



Everyone has a secret... 

Gabe Hyde is on borrowed time. He's been hiding his identity for over four years-hidden from the world that used to adore him--obsess over him--driven to the edge of insanity by one poor choice. 
But that one choice, altered the course of his life forever. 
Pretending isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when pretending means hiding your real self from the people that care about you the most. But if anyone ever discovered the truth it wouldn't just be his life at risk--but hers. 

Saylor doesn't hate men. 


Just Gabe. 


Only Gabe. 


He's a reckless, happy-go-lucky, silver spoon fed pain in her ass. Everything about him makes her more and more confused. Unfortunately they both donate time at the same Group Home. If she wasn't afraid of flunking, she'd be long gone. She hates that she's attracted to him almost as much as he hates that he's attracted to her--and she can tell, especially since their first encounter ended up making her knees so weak she couldn't form coherent sentences for weeks afterwards. But the closer she gets to him, the more confused she becomes. He isn't who he says he is, and he's hiding something big. 

What happen when two worlds collide? Two worlds that never should have met in the first place? Some secrets are too big to be hidden forever--the only question? Will his destroy everyone he loves? Or finally bring about the redemption he's been craving for the past four years? 

Everyone has a secret...What's yours?


Meet author Rachel Van Dyken.....


When I was little–I was forced to be the evil step mother, the prince, the ugly stepsister, the dragon with dragon breath (FOR REAL), if there was a villain, I played it.
So really, we can all blame my sister for forcing me to write my own stories. If she hadn’t made me the wicked witch of the West when I was little–I may not be where I am today ;)
I write in every genre, but my passion is New Adult and Historical Romance! I’ve decided that the New Adult bad boy is basically the same thing as a regency rake and one day I will, I WILL write a time travel series that brings both worlds together. It will probably only sell one copy, and that one copy will be bought by my Grandma, but still. A girl can dream ;)
I love wine.
Sunshine.
Butterflies (only the pretty ones, dont judge me)
Coffee
Tattoos
Skipping in the rain
jumping in puddles
Talking to fans
Watching Christmas movies
And Traveling
I’m a hybrid author…so I’m both traditionally published and self published. Sometimes I think i’m crazy because I talk to my characters like they’re real, which, in my head, they are.
I LOVE talking to readers so please hit me up on social media and we can have a nice long chat on why romance novels should take over the world and why the Seahawks deserve to go to the Superbowl.
In 2011 I had my first book published. I cried, jumped up and down, and called everyone I knew!
I can only say I wake up wanting to do nothing but fall to my knees in thanks to God for his many blessings.
I was told one time by a very wise person to sit and think about your childhood. About the dreams that you had, the fantasies you wanted to come to life…by digging in your past it’s often found that you can decide what your destiny is.
I was a prince, a toad, a monster, the evil step-mother, and sometimes the slave girl waiting to be rescued.
So now, I’m an author.

Sounds about right…
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Rachel Van Dyken's TOXIC reviewed by Maria Perry Mohan


Powerful..moving...contemporary...these are just a few words with which I’m trying to describe the book I’ve just read.  Rachel Van Dyken’s TOXIC isn’t so much a read as an experience.  A powerful, moving experience.  So much feeling, so much emotion, several unforgettable characters which stamp themselves indelibly on the mind of a reader.   It’s Gabe’s story.  It’s Saylor’s story too.  You can take your pick, which way you see it.  

Gabe could be described in a few short, well chosen words, none of them too flattering.  He cuts a swathe through the women at his college and barely recognises his lovers the next morning.  He looks like the archetypal bad boy, but he can coax heavenly sounds from a piano keyboard.  Saylor’s a nice girl, making her way through college, coming from a somewhat disadvantaged background.  When Gabe and Saylor meet, the sparks fly and not exactly in a positive manner.

But their paths are destined to cross.  And Gabe and Saylor find themselves attracted to each other.  But Gabe has a secret, a truly terrible one.  What will Saylor do when she discovers that he has a fiancĂ©e?  To whom he’s devoted until the death?  Well, what would you do?

No, it isn’t an easy read, but heck, I couldn’t leave that book.  Total value for money and it had more affect on my emotions than many a film I’ve seen.  Rachel Van Dyken has been very prolific lately, bringing out books as fast as a reader can read them.  Long may she continue to be so.  I can’t get enough of her immensely readable, human stories.  She had me glued to my e reader.
Just get this book.

TOXIC is dedicated to the memory of Rachel Van Dyken's uncle, Jobob, who passed away recently.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Meet Robyn Richards And Read All About HER KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOUR

Today, MBB welcomes Robyn Rychards
Robyn Rychards grew up in the granola bowl of the United States, Boulder Colorado, a town filled with fruits, flakes and nuts. She considers herself a Jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none and has taught herself to sew, paint, play the piano, garden, cook, the list goes on. But now that her books are published, she’s thrilled to finally be considered a master of one. At least as much as a person can be, for the learning never really stops. She feels her active imagination is a blessing and a curse, with the blessing far outweighing the curse since it has led her to fulfil her dream of writing for Harlequin. Robyn started writing stories when she was a teenager because she didn’t have enough books to read. Sometimes she finds it hard to believe that people are willing to pay her to do something she enjoys so much, but mostly she’s happy to have such a wonderful excuse not to cook and clean. And a job that means you can stay in your jammies as long as you want? Priceless. 

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Can you share a short bio with me and the readers?
I’m a Colorado USA native who would love to be a world traveller.  My dad loved skiing and passed that love on to me but by the time I had my second child, my days of getting away to the mountains to play on the slopes were done.  I am a mother of four children who have all inherited a talent for writing and I hope someday they will be able to enjoy using that talent as much as I have.

What made you a writer?
Reading romances in my early teens stirred my imagination, and when I couldn’t get my hands on enough of them to read, I started writing them.  Once I started, it was a compulsion that couldn’t be ignored.  I have to write, and being able to publish my stories is just an added bonus.  I no longer have to feel guilty about spending time writing when I should be cleaning or cooking!

What inspires you?
All sorts of things can be inspiring to a writer, the most obvious ones being books and movies.  But I have found inspiration in a variety of places.  The scenery where I live is inspiring in itself and something as simple as traveling through the mountains can spark an idea.  I get a lot of ideas from being in a location that appeals to me in some way.  A person can inspire me or even a job.  Before I realize it, I’m weaving a story around them and if it has potential, I latch onto the idea and save it for future use.

Sum up your latest release in a Tweet (120 characters).
Paisley is desperate for freedom from her ex. To her consternation she has to depend on Sterling to get it and learns love’s chains can be freeing. 

Future plans?
Writing of course.  I love the advent of eBooks, how handy they are and that you can sit on your couch and have the latest books suddenly appear on your tablet, but I still hope to someday hold a print book with my name on it, and my story inside it, in my hot little hands!




HER KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOUR



She may not need a knight in shining armour to save her, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to look a gift knight in the visor...

Paisley doesn’t need a knight in shining armour to rescue her from her high-powered, abusive ex-husband. She’s got it covered on her own: she's changed her name, liquidated her assets, and has a plan to disappear in the Rocky Mountain National Park.
 
Psychiatrist Sterling James has absolutely no intention of being anyone’s saviour. The only woman he has any time for is his sister. But circumstances change when Sterling finds Paisley in an unexpected and life-threatening situation. Brought in to the drama of her escape, Sterling finds himself invested, and he can't move on until he knows Paisley is going to be safe.
It should be a simple enough exercise to get Paisley out of the park and into her new life. But nothing is ever as simple as it should be, and Sterling soon discovers that even if her ex-husband buys the set-up, he might not be able to watch Paisley go...



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