Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Book Review, Giveaway: Christmas, Alabama - Alabama Series by Susan Sands

Christmas, Alabama

Alabama Series

by Susan Sands 

Publication Date: October 26, 2017 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Holiday

Photographer Rachel Prudhomme has finally settled in Ministry, Alabama. Sure, the pace is slower, and she’s had her heart blessed more times than she can count, but putting down her roots where her family is feels right, if only the town’s new doctor, and now neighbor, weren’t so hot and constantly igniting her dreams. How can she keep her vow to steer clear of men when he keeps sauntering across her path?

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

The best you can expect as a lovely single woman is open hostility from the other single women and their mommas until you find a man and get yourself off the market.

“There aren’t a lot of unattached men around here that have all the desired qualities.”  Like a decent job and most of their teeth.

You’re blushing like an old maid. Must be a pretty hot memory to bring that kind of red to your cheeks.

My Review:

I enjoyed this refreshingly sweet and entertaining story from start to finish.  Each new character in this quirky small town was colorfully described in vivid detail in an amusing manner that frequently brought a smile to my face.  The main players were intriguing and endearing, although Rachel was initially rather prickly and aloof.  Ministry, Alabama sounds like a unique and appealing community populated with a wide assortment of odd and lively personalities.  Ms. Sand’s writing was easy to follow, well-appointed, and flowed with a smooth elegance that kept me tethered to my Kindle.  I plan to pick up the previous installments to further acquaint myself with this enticing and engaging group of citizens. 

Empress DJ

 About Susan Sands

I grew up in Northwest Louisiana, but have strong Cajun roots (Southern Louisiana) on both sides of my family. I live in the Atlanta suburbs with my dentist husband and near-adult children, plus a few furry creatures. I love to cook and I adore food. I play tennis but don’t exercise nearly enough. I write Southern romantic women’s fiction. It’s a rare day when I run short of words. I’m a member of the Atlanta Writer’s Club, Georgia Romance Writers, and Romance Writers of America. I’m represented by Erin Niumata at Folio Literary Management. I visit book clubs, bookstores, libraries, and literary festivals whenever I’m invited! I love to connect with readers!

Book Review: Banishing (Silent Cove #3) by Jax Jillian



Title: Banishing (Silent Cove #3) 
Author: Jax Jillian 
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Release Date: October 31, 2017 

Ships in the night carry deadly deeds.
Jack Landry just wanted to do his job. Hired as the new deckhand for commercial fishing boat, “The Mist of The Sea”, Jack works under successful and elusive Captain Oliver Allister, an unknown distant relative of the cursed Cambridge family. When he begins to hear noises and see inexplicable things, Jack suspects there’s more to this fishing boat than meets the eye.
Claire Allister, the captain’s beautiful yet mysterious daughter, captivates Jack like no other. However, Claire carries with her the demons of her dead brother that threaten to push her and Jack apart. Terrorized by the ghoulish memory, the young lovers embark on a mission to lay his soul to rest.
Their journey leads them to the Silent Cove Bed & Breakfast just off the coast of Chistine, Maine. When Jack and Claire begin to unravel the truth about Oliver’s past and his connection with Silent Cove, they soon find themselves fighting for their love—and their very lives. What will they sacrifice to banish the ghosts once and for all?
The third and final installment in the breathtaking paranormal romance saga, the Silent Cove trilogy, Silent Cove: The Banishing forces readers once more into a world of mystery, romance, and one final exhilarating twist that may just be fatal

My Rating:

My Review:

I was curious as to how this series would wrap up and enjoyed the sweet conclusion that Banishing brought to the Silent Cove Trilogy.  The premise was interesting although the story evolved ever so slowly much like the lightning pace of a terrapin.   I enjoyed the thoughtful details and emotive descriptions, but my favorite thing about this installment was the kind and gentle character of Jack.  

Empress DJ


Jax Jillian was born in Albuquerque, NM but before she turned a year old, her parents moved east to Harrisburg, PA where she was raised. After graduating high school in 1995, Jax attended La Salle University (1999, B.A., Communication), Temple University (2001, M.Ed, Sport & Recreation Administration), and Central Pennsylvania College (2005, A.A.S, Physical Therapist Assistant).
She settled in Philadelphia, PA with her husband and son before she became a writer. Jax found a passion for motion pictures at a young age when she remembers “getting lost” in films, and that passion ultimately led her down the path to writing. she loves “getting lost” in her writing and particularly loves writing heartfelt love stories with a touch of tragedy which she believes is the key to truly reaching readers.
Jax is the author of Larkin’s Letters and Ryan’s Letters, two contemporary romance novels that have seen early success from reviewers, with both averaging 4.8/5 stars on Amazon and Goodreads. She is currently writing her third novel and aspires to write a screenplay one day.
When not writing, she works full time as a physical therapist assistant and as a mom to her three-year-old son.


Purchase the other books in the Silent Cove Series Here



Monday, October 30, 2017

Book Review, Giveaway: Beyond Reason - Lost Kings MC #9 by Autumn Jones Lake

Title: Beyond Reason: 
Teller's Story Part 2
Series: Lost Kings MC
Author: Autumn Jones Lake
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: October 26, 2017 
Photographer: Meagan Harding
Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs 
Makeup/SPFX Artist: Liv Zak
Cover Model: Jaxon Human

When the most toxic people come disguised as family, who can you trust?
Betrayal by blood cuts the deepest. 
Teller’s found his ride or die girl. The light Charlotte brings to his life has touched the darkest parts of his soul. But a devastating secret from her past resurfaces to threaten their future.
Every truth can be erased with one lie.
When a sinister truth is exposed, it forces Charlotte to question everything about herself. Even whether she’s worthy of Teller’s love.
The darkest betrayals never come from your enemies. 
With Teller’s love roaring louder than the lies, Charlotte can finally put her demons to rest. But has too much damage been done for her to prove her loyalty to the Lost Kings?

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

I’ve never feared dying. Not living has always been my biggest fear.

That’s all it is, Charlotte… Talk. They really just like baby-making practice.

Although the patch on the front of her “property of” vest says Queen B. I assume the B stands for bitch. And I don’t think my assumption would offend her one bit.

You give me too much credit. I’m not that deep.

You light up my whole world, Charlotte. You’re the something I was missing and didn’t think I’d ever find. Anything that makes you happy, I want you to have.

My Review:

I have quickly forgiven Ms. Jones Lake for her abandonment and heinous cliffhanger at the end of Beyond Reckless, as she has more than redeemed herself with this deliciously written, deviously plotted, and well-crafted conclusion to Teller’s duet with Beyond Reason.  While I was gleefully entertained by both books, I adored Beyond Reason and the engaging storylines of this complicated couple.  I was staggered by Teller’s sweetness and gentle and thoughtful nature.  Ms. Jones Lake packed her cleverly constructed tale with entertaining banter, clever observational humor, amusing exchanges, cringing-worthy violence, twisted backstories, intriguing and suspenseful story threads, heart-breaking disappointments, and volcanically hot and erotic sensuality.  I particularly enjoyed the visual of the large, foul-mouthed, heavily tatted bikers attending a glitter-filled unicorn-themed birthday party, as well as their willingness to create a fairy wonderland in the woods to set a romantic scene.  I was quite taken with how affectionate and respectful they were of their life partners, sigh, but of course, it was fiction after all ;) 

Empress DJ

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Autumn was born and raised in Upstate, New York. She spends her free time listening to music, going to concerts and spending time with her family. She enjoys reading, writing, acting and horror movies. Her favorite books are mystery, thrillers, horror, romance, erotica and urban fantasy.