When you close your eyes by Roxanne D. Howard- Review

DNF

Ugh. It’s so disappointing when you begin a new book with so much promises and excitement over reading something new from a new author. But I just couldn’t get into this story. In here we meet Lark, who left her home and family behind when she discover her father’s secret. She hated him for it and never looked back. Until she receives a message telling her that her father is dead and rushes home to be with her mom and brother. Lark had been engaged to Charles for over 5 years but feeling g as if the relationship is stuck in place and not planning to move forward makes her extremely upset to the point she beging to dream about a mysterious man who come in the night and make love to her. Passionate and hot. Good so far right. Unfortunately that’s a good as it gets.

I am a sucker for good romance and a hot sex scene but when the author can’t go a chapter with out throwing a sex scene and using so much profanity it gets a bit overwhelming. In three chapters I read three to four sex scenes. And the profanity didn’t allowed me to move forward with the book.

I give this story one out of five book stacks 📚

5 books I read in Highschool and fell in love with.

Is been about twenty years since I been in high school. I don’t have many good memories from that time but what I do remember well is loving my ELA class because we would to read books then watch the movie and compare them both. There were many books we read yet this are the 5 that have a special place in my heart.

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To kill a Mockingbird

‘Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a Mockingbird.’A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much-

  • Imprint: Arrow

  • ISBN: 9781784752637

  • Length: 320 Pages

  • Dimensions: 198mm x 20mm x 129mm

  • Weight: 224g

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    A RAISIN IN THE SUN

    Genre:Drama
    Format:Hardcover
    Type:Non-fiction
    Page count:176 page
    A play about a struggling black family living on Chicago’s South Side and the impact of an unexpected insurance bequest. Each family member sees the bequest as the means of realizing dreams and of escape from gringing frustrations.

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  • Of Mice And Men

Format:Paperback
Type:Fiction
Fiction form:Novella
Page count:107 page
In depression-era California – two migrant workers dream of better days on a spread of their own until an act of unintentional violence leads to tragic consequences.

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The Diary of Anne Frank


Anne Frank’s extraordinary diary, written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years, has become a world classic and a timeless testament to the human spirit. Now, in a new edition enriched by many passages originally withheld by her father, readers meet an Anne more real, more human, and more vital than ever.

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The Secret Garden

When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen…
So begins the famous opening of one of the world’s best-loved children’s stories. First published in 1911, this is the poignant tale of a lonely little girl, orphaned and sent to a Yorkshire mansion at the edge of a vast lonely moor. At first, she is frightened by this gloomy place, but with the help of the local boy Dickon, who earns the trust of the moor’s wild animals with his honesty and love, the invalid Colin, a spoiled, unhappy boy terrified of life, and a mysterious, abandoned garden, Mary is eventually overcome by the mystery of life itself—its birth and renewal, its love and joy.

Slow Man by J.M. Coetzee

Blurb

Paul Rayment is on the threshold of a comfortable old age when a calamitous cycling accident results in the amputation of a leg. Humiliated, his body truncated, his life circumscribed, he turns away from his friends.

He hires a nurse named Marijana, with whom he has a European childhood in common: hers in Croatia, his in France. Tactfully and efficiently she ministers to his needs. But his feelings for her, and for her handsome teenage son, are complicated by the sudden arrival on his doorstep of the celebrated Australian novelist Elizabeth Costello, who threatens to take over the direction of his life and the affairs of his heart.

My thoughts

DNF

I couldn’t finish this book. It started so good, with the promise of a good story. But then as the book progressed the story started taking a take for the worst. In here we meet Paul, a guy who got into a bike accident and ended up losing his leg from knee down. This changed his life for ever. He refused to get a prostatic leg and say he would learn to take care of himself. But welfare wasn’t going to allowed that so they started bringing nurses to take care of him. But when he meet Marijana he became to grow attached to not only her but also her son Drago

I wish I could get my time back. This book was boring and filled with drama. The main character wasn’t even such a great guy. If it wasn’t because I got the book for free I probably would be furious. I was very disappointed with the result.

2.5 out of 5 stars

* Cover Reveal Dark Magicks- Candace Osmond

***COVER REVEAL!***

Thank you all SO much for the love of book one, Reigning Magicks! Here’s the official cover reveal for book two in the series, Dark Magicks!! (Cover art by Majeau Designs)

She’ll free him from the abyss or lose everything to darker magicks

After finding each other through time and magick, Ashlynn and Cian should have a blissful future ahead of them but the threat of attack from a powerful enemy with a twisted mind has them on edge.

Serena Cineal is dangerous. Denied what she sees as her rightful role of High Priestess of the Travelers, and the power that comes with the position, she’s tipped over the edge of sanity and has vowed to destroy Ashlynn, the woman she deems responsible for her own downfall. And if that means inflicting Cian with an ancient and soul destroying curse, then so be it.

With the help of a band of rogue travelers, Ashlynn fights to save the man she loves as he slips into a darkness she can’t understand.

Preorder yours now!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QPVKBQR/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i19

Gods & Monster by JJ King

Em’s very existence is a lie. According to history, Em’s very existence is a lie. According to history, or mythology, she died at the hands of Perseus, a monster defeated by a hero. Only, she’s not dead, and now her sister Eury is in trouble in the one place Em’s vowed to never set foot again.
Everything she thought was true is a lie. After freeing their parents from an underwater prison, Eury is struck down by a deadly poison and there’s only one person in the world that can stop its fatal blow, the goddess responsible for the curse, the one that damned Em and her sisters for eternity, Athena.
The path to Olympus is littered with casualties, some of which belong to her, but Em won’t let her sister become one of them. Even if that means working with the god that stole her heart then abandoned her for eons. Only, what if that was a lie, too?
Saving her sister might mean losing herself to the darkness she’s spent lifetimes pushing away and trusting Poseidon might mean losing her heart. Will it take a monster to defeat a goddess?

Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Buffy the Vampire Slayer will love this sexy reverse mythology!
mythology, she died at the hands of Perseus, a monster defeated by a hero. Only, she’s not dead, and now her sister Eury is in trouble in the one place Em’s vowed to never set foot again.

Here are the series covers! Hecate is coming next month!!!

Grab your copies here! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NWX3541?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

About the author

JJ King is a Canadian author, born and raised in Newfoundland. She write paranormal and contemporary romance.

Author Candace Osmond- Interview

Today we have the pleasure to interview the amazing Candace Osmond.


1. Hello Candace, how are you today? Is so good to have you here.

I’m great, thanks! So glad to be here.


2. Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m an International Bestselling Author of Fantasy Romance. I have 12 books available with tons more in the works. I’m also an Award-Winning Screenwriter. Film is my second love!


3.What’s the first book that made you cry?

Charlotte’s Web =(


4.Does writing energize you or exhaust you?

Depends what I’m writing. During the day, I do freelance writing for various websites and that kind of stuff can drain me. But when I’m writing my books, I’m pumped!


5. Does a big ego help or hurt a writer?

That’s a hard question to answer. I think a big ego is a great tool when used humbly. It gives you the courage to take risks and make big decisions.


6.What’s your writing kryptonite?

Flawed, but strong, women, and super broody men.


7.Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

I have, and I do. My main genre is Fantasy Romance and I don’t often do “on-page ex scenes”. But I do enjoy writing in the adult niche, so when I do, I write as ‘Candace Osmond writing as Natalia Cross’. So, readers know when they see that on covers, it’s me, but it has explicit scenes.


8. What other writers are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

JJ King is my author bestie. We do everything together; writing, promo, brainstorming, and touring. We do a number of different events together each year. She’s the opposite kind of wrier as me, so she absolutely makes me a better author.


9.If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Stop comparing yourself to other authors. Be yourself.


10.How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

My first book took me nearly five years to write. And I did zero plotting. After that, I quickly learned how detailed plotting makes me a better writer.


11.What advice you have for aspiring writers?

Don’t compare yourself to other writers LOL


12. How many unpublish and half-finished books do you have?

*Laughs hysterically* too many. Like, off the top of my head, probably a dozen or so SERIES.


13. What’s the best way to market your books?

That answer is different for every author, but for me it’s connecting with my readers. I find that’s the best way to reach them, to grow, and build your reader base.


14. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

They’re all like my husband in some way lol He may hate me for that one day.


15. How do you select the names of your characters?

I’m a weirdo and read the credits on movies and TV shows. I have a growing list saved in my phone of awesome names for my characters.


16. Where do you get the ideas for your book?

From here and there. Usually from brainstorm sessions with JJ King or my husband who’s also a writer. I often take regular every day things and imagine them as a Fantasy element and go from there.


17. As you know I am a huge fan of your books. First series I ever read was The Wayward Witches which started my love for your books. Then I read The Dark Tides series and it became one of my absolute favorite series of all time. I just finish reading Reigning Magicks please tell me what else can we expect on this series? How many other books are we to expect?

Oh, my gosh! Thank you =) Dark Tides is my favorite series to date. I put everything into those books and I’m so lad readers are loving them. With Reigning Magicks, it’s the first in a trilogy called A Witch in Time and is co-written with JJ King. You can Expect two more books and some heavier Gypsy/traveler elements as the series progresses.


18. Anything else you’re working on?

I’m currently co-writing a secret series with a very popular author who I’ve admired for a very long time. I’m honored to be writing this 5-book series with her and can’t wait to announce it! SO be sure to follow me on Facebook! Aside from that, I’m also re—releasing Special Editions of my very first series, The Ironworld Trilogy. And I’m picking away at my next brand-new Time Travel Fantasy Romance series called Kingdom of Sand & Stars. It’s set in ancient Egypt and is like a mix of Outlander, Stargate, and The Mummy.


19.It was so nice having you in our blog. I hope you enjoy your time with us. If there is anything else, you want to share with us please feel free to do so.

Thanks for having me!

Bio: Canace Osmond is a #1 International Bestselling Author and Award-Winning Screenwriter. She resides on the Rocky East Coast of Canada with her husband, two kids, and slobbery bulldog where she spends her time writing, reading, and relaxing.

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Soul Awaken by H.L. Morley- Review/Interview

BLURB

No flood of water, no gust of air,
Could make her world any easier to bear.
This journey not from a beginning, nor at an ending,
A cycle to live, to love, to die and then repeat.
But when the flames spread and the earth doth shake, her soul would awake.

The path I’m on started in a place I never thought I’d be; a psych ward with no memories of why and no powers to escape.

I’ve not regained my freedom, but my magic is back and with it a new purpose in life. To protect those I love from a monster far worse than any nightmare.

My life has been taken, my freewill sacrificed, my future doesn’t exist and I’ve been forbidden to love a man I never thought I’d find. All in order to save my soul from an evil that still hounds me.

MY THOUGHTS:

I have read a lot of books about mystical creatures before but nothing compares to this one. It takes you hostage from the beginning to the ending of the book and there is little to nothing you can do to keep safe.

In a world where nothing you known its real and danger lurks in every corner Harry Garcia must join forces with the most unlikely person, some one she though she would never seen again in order to defeat Brendan, her abusive boyfriend of six year who is now trying to kill her. One night while packing some of her clothes Brendan was furious and try to kill her, Last thing she remembers before everything went dark was his evil smirk and his hands around her fragile, small neck. Days later she wakes in a strange clinic with no memory how she got there. But danger is lurking all over the corners again searching for her, so she must remember her life in order to defeat him once and for all.

I give this a 5 stars and I highly recommend it to everyone.

YOU CAN PURCHASE IT HERE:

Q & A with Author H.L. Morley

Soul Awaken by H.L. Morley

Hello H. L. Morley, and welcome to my blog. We are here today to talk about your book Soul Awaken. First let me start by telling you how much I love this book. It’s so different from every other mythical creature book anyone have ever seen. But I need to know more about it. So, let’s begin shall we;

*What was your inspiration for this book? And how long did it take you to write it?

This came from a dream believe it or not. I often have very vivid dreams and I try to write them down; it means I have loads of material for books. To actually write the first draft took about three months, but then I had a baby and the book got shelved. It wasn’t until a year later that I started the whole editing process. Which probably took about another four month.

*Did you do any type of research for it?

Yes. I feel it’s important to be realistic, even in fantasy. I drew on a lot of personal experiences and knowledge, but when I didn’t know something I turned to google or family and friends for help.

*Do you write every day? If so, how many hours do you spend writing.

Yes. I have a minimum word count of 500 words a day, even if I’m not in the mood to write I will make myself do the minimum. More times than not I get over 2000 words done. I usually write in the evening when the little one is in bed; I’m more creative at night I think.

*I was loving the characters names; how did you pick them?

Well, I started writing when I was pregnant so I’d already been searching for baby names. And I still have a massive list of names I like for future books.

*Tell me something that you edited from your book now wish you would have kept.

There was a lot more back story, which I had to scrap because it would have been just too long of a start to the story. I have since taken a lot of that material and I’ve written a novelette (Soul Solstice), which predates this book. I did so mainly because I wanted the readers to understand the place Harriet was coming from before she gets to Wilton.

*What’s your most loved and most hated character and why?

They are all fun characters to write, so it’s hard to pick just one that I love. I especially loved writing the different relationships that Harriet finds; friendships, an instant attraction and a potential friends to lovers situation.

The most hated character was Matterson for me, mainly because I think we can all relate to having a shit for a boss at some point.

*Which character was the most difficult for you to write?

Fiona. This was because I was finding it hard to balance how Harriet saw her in the beginning, to who she really was. But the more Harriet came to know her, the easier it got.  

*Are you a self-publish author or are you going through a publisher?

I’m self published and I knew from very early on that I wanted to be. I had and have a vision for the series, and being a new author I was weary that a publisher might make suggestions which would go against that.

*Tell me how hard it was to get your book published.

Overall it’s not difficult, but it can be time consuming and overwhelming. As soon as I decided I wanted to be self-published I knew I had to do it properly, so the book has been professionally edited.

*There is an old say “Don’t judge a book by its cover” but your cover is beautiful. What made you choose that specific one?

Thank you. I actually designed the cover myself, though I have experience in photoshop so that helps.

* What other things besides writing do you like to do?

Read and read some more. I also like to draw, go to yoga and spend time with my family and friends.  

*So, tell me what else can we expect from you? Is there a sequel on the works? I hope there is. 😊

Harriet’s story will be a trilogy, but there are also more books planned for the whole series; The Atman Journeys.

*It was so nice to have you in the blog and be able to get to know you a little better. I hope I get to talk to you again 😊

Of course anytime, and I’m so thrilled you enjoyed Soul Awaken.

About The Author


Heather Morley is an English, independent, paranormal romance author.
She first became obsessed with books as a child when J.K Rowling published the fantastic ‘Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone’. The world which Rowling had created immersed Heather in literature. However, being dyslexic meant she struggled with both reading and writing. The very idea of ever becoming an author seemed beyond her.
Still, she continued to be an avid reader and with a lot of hard work went on to study Drama, English and Psychology at Roehampton University London. Where she obtained a 2:1 BA Degree in 2012.
It wasn’t until 2016 where a dream and a strong determination to prove herself, sparked Heather to start writing.
She has now finished her first Novel in a three part series (The Atman Journeys).

Soul Awaken: Available on Amazon and FREE in Kindle Unlimited.

Sales Links:
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q2CSYKG
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07Q2CSYKG/