Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Pieces of You and Me by Rachel Burton






They say time can heal all wounds…


When Jess and Rupert parted ways, it was the end of a great love story that might have been. Now ten years later, the very different paths they have taken in life will bring them back together for a chance meeting.
But with so much left unsaid about the break up neither ever recovered from and with each keeping their own devastating secrets, will they finally be able to make the fractured pieces of their love for one another whole again?



Excerpt #2


The Pieces of You and Me is a interspersed with extracts from Jess’s diaries.
This is from the first diary extract…

We were born twelve hours apart – you at six p.m. and me the following morning – in the same hospital, our mothers recovering in beds next to each other, an odd but lifelong friendship developing from that initial bond. You were early and I was late, which was the pattern that continued for the rest of our lives. You were always waiting for me to catch up with you.
Our parents’ houses stood back to back and our mothers’ friendship transferred to us. We grew up together, in one another’s pockets. We made a hole in the back fence so we could cut through into each other’s gardens instead of walking around the block to the front door. We wandered in and out of each other’s houses as though we owned the whole street. We did everything together from the moment we were born.
Our first day of school seemed less daunting because we had each other. We were always in trouble for talking, or for reading some book or other that we weren’t meant to be reading, both of us so ahead of the rest of the class even then. Sometimes, when they made us work in pairs, the teachers would separate us, make us work with other people. But you were always looking over your shoulder, making sure I was OK.
When you were six you punched the boy who used to bully me. You got in a lot of trouble for that. Afterwards you told me you were going to marry me one day, and always look after me. You were the only six-year-old I’ve ever known who tried to stick to that promise.
The autumn after my grandmother died we were sent off to separate schools, hothousing us in single-sex environments, prepping us for the ‘great things’ our parents had planned for our futures. I missed you desperately. I was so used to you then that I missed the testosterone in my every day, even if I wasn’t really aware that’s what it was that I was missing. Every evening when we got home we ripped off our expensive school uniforms and pulled on the dirty, scruffy clothes we preferred wearing to sit in my mother’s apple orchard, catching up on our days, daydreaming.
And then, when we were eleven, the unthinkable happened.
They took you away from me …




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Author Bio – Rachel Burton is the author of the international ebook bestseller The Many Colours of Us. 





Rachel spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Yorkshire with her fiance and their three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.

Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogi or follow her blog at rachelburtonwrites.com. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday....
Social Media Links – Twitter: twitter.com/bookish_yogi

Everyday Enchantments


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New Age, Inspirational Non-Fiction
Date Published: October 26, 2018
Publisher: Moon Books

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Winner of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the New Age Category for 2018!








Everyday Enchantments is a love letter to the magic of everyday life, the sweet moments and the profound that we often overlook in our hurry to get from one place to the next. What if we had the power to unplug from our daily hustle and bustle and conjure a more profound way of living rooted in natural mysticism?

We do. All it takes is the whispered wish for more everyday enchantment breathed onto a dandelion head. This collection of essays reminds us to escape into the ordinary, find beauty in a simple cup of tea or rereading a beloved novel—and joyfully let our world turn upside down when synchronicity strikes in the form of wrong turns down forgotten lanes and unexpected midnight conversations with the moon. 

This book is a study in what it means to live deliciously, joyfully, and magically. And it’s an invitation to conjure your own bliss—-because let’s face it: we could all use a little more magic in our lives. 

 ENCHANTMENT:
A spell wrapped in a noun.
Three syllables. One state of being.
To live with Enchantment is to see beyond the brick and mortar that make up your home and into the magic infused within its frame. It is made up of stories and dried bay leaves and dreams whispered into the heads of dandelions.
Of bare feet on carpeted floors and the smell of burning sage.

Crystals—amethyst, citrine, amazonite, smoky quartz—winding in and around your books; all the better to magnify their magic.
It is to peel back the layers of your day-to-day and search for that elusive energy that winds its way up your spine and outward into your life. Let the snake at your base wriggle free of its coil to climb up to your shoulder blades and across your open back. There is no room for tightly stacked discs here, just the taste of joy when the sun licks your skin. You might find it at the bottom of an empty teacup. Your future written in soggy leaves, or in the whisper of trees, their leaves rustling and murmuring secrets only they can understand. Sometimes they are kind enough to translate for you—if you listen long enough.
 If you shower their roots with distilled love songs and feed them the black earth from your compost. It’s there, too, when you run your tongue along the grooves and ridges of a well-loved sentence. It’s everywhere.
Even in the spaces you think have lost hope, like the junk drawer where you keep
 your faded dreams, stray screws, and half-forgotten heartbreaks along with wine corks and a few rubber bands. They’re not lost, just resting like seeds in the earth before they are ready to break open.
That is the first syllable.

The second is to learn from Enchantment, to listen to Coyote's call when he plays his tricks. Coyote loves his tricks. And you should too. What delicious messages wrapped in matted fur and a lolling tongue! All he wants is for you to take that leap of faith when only you can see the soft earth on the other side of the cliff. Don’t you know that you have wings? They are just rusty from disuse. Just listen to Coyote’s long-winded stories (he does so admire himself) and watch the flick of his tail. All he asks is for you to trust him, even if he can’t be trusted; his lesson is real, hard as onyx in your palm, ephemeral as the desert rain that you feel in your bones when all you see is a cloudless sky. No weatherman can ever map the storms and sunshine working their way across your body.
Coyote has no room for logic, just the reason in his unreason. Just those perfect coincidences set in motion by the padding of his paws. You are raw power, he says, a spark of the universe set in motion. And you must trust this power that is you, that is the earth, that is the beating of your heart. A rhythmic tattoo forever pounding out your path, however many times you try to stray from it. All Enchantment asks is that you absorb the wisdom of the moon and the stars, and the prophesying of the seeds burrowed deep in the dirt. Coyote is there to make sure you listen, even when the rest of the world prefers your ears stopped with cotton and your heart beating as slow as melting snow in winter. 

About the Author

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Maria DeBlassie, Ph.D. is a native New Mexican mestiza blogger, award-winning writer, and educator living in the Land of Enchantment. Her blogging life started as a year-long journey to write her back into happy, healthy, and whole through daily posts about life’s simple pleasures, everyday magic, and radical self-care. That year-long experiment turned into a lifestyle, a book, a press—and her ongoing blog, Enchantment Learning & Living. She is forever looking for magic in her life and somehow always finding more than she thought was there. Find out more about Maria and conjuring everyday magic at www.mariadeblassie.com.



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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Forgotten Secret by Kathleen McGurl





The Forgotten Secret
A country at war



It’s the summer of 1919 and Ellen O’Brien has her whole life ahead of her. Young, in love and leaving home for her first job, the future seems full of shining possibility. But war is brewing and before long Ellen and everyone around her are swept up by it. As Ireland is torn apart by the turmoil, Ellen finds herself facing the ultimate test of love and loyalty.



And a long-buried secret
A hundred years later and Clare Farrell has inherited a dilapidated old farmhouse in County Meath. Seizing the chance to escape her unhappy marriage she strikes out on her own for the first time, hoping the old building might also provide clues to her family’s shadowy history. As she sets out to put the place – and herself – back to rights, she stumbles across a long-forgotten hiding place, with a clue to a secret that has lain buried for decades.
For fans of Kate Morton and Gill Paul comes an unforgettable novel about two women fighting for independence.

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US  - https://www.amazon.com/Forgotten-Secret-heartbreaking-gripping-historical-ebook/dp/B07H2PMPR3  


More than two stories in one with parallel themes and overlaps.
This will appeal to the history lover as well as the romantic reader. A believable tale about finding oneself and learning to stand up for what one believes. 
Through tortuous, emotional times, times of war and times of marital war and strife, situations we find ourselves in both out of our control and due to our own choices, the human spirit can prevail if one takes a stand.
Two strong female protagonists head a wondrous cast of characters. 
Storylines a century apart that both contain issues we deal with today.
Being USA born and educated I was unaware of much of the historical details but found them fascinating and will pay more attention when I come across them again in my reading.
To get the most of this book, read it alone, not switching between several books at a time, as I tend to read.



Author Bio –
Kathleen McGurl lives near the sea in Bournemouth, UK, with her husband and elderly tabby cat. She has two sons who are now grown-up and have left home. She began her writing career creating short stories, and sold dozens to women’s magazines in the UK and Australia. Then she got side-tracked onto family history research – which led eventually to writing novels with genealogy themes. She has always been fascinated by the past, and the ways in which the past can influence the present, and enjoys exploring these links in her novels.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Let's Make Pom Poms by Katie Scott


 Get crafty with pom poms with 15 easy to follow step by step guides. Make your own set of fluffy dice, sushi that looks good enough to eat and an everlasting Christmas tree as well as many other exciting projects
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I have many happy memories of making pompons with my sister and friends. We created critters and decorated shoes. I still have my original pompon creating kit made of light blue plastic.
So when this book became available to review I jumped at the opportunity.

First, there is always the discussion of whether it is Pom Poms or pompons or something else.
It doesn`t matter. What matters is the fun you have making them as well as the time shared and memories made.
You can make these crafts with a fancy kit or with circles made of cardboard and scraps from previous crafts.
Give it a try and have fun with it!


The book begins with adorable critters. The photos included are bold and brilliant.
The list of necessary supplies very simple. I might have liked a template of a wing, but using ones imagination is always good.   No two will ever be alike.
The book also includes some (in my opinion) odd crafts. This just goes to show you the versatility and that there are no limitations. You can make pom poms to suit your own interests.

After you have been thoroughly inspired and given some basic ideas, along with instructions,
the author gives more general information and turns you loose to give it a try on your own ideas.







Katie Scott is a craft and book blogger who lives in the county of Kent, UK. Living at home with her husband and infant daughter, Katie loves nothing more than long evenings in with a good book, a pile of crafting goodies and a very large pot of tea. 
Let's Make Pom Poms is her first crafting book.  
Find more work from Katie Scott on her blog: https://www.bloomingfiction.co.uk
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Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn ​








Clarissa’s Warning is a haunted-house gothic mystery set on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.



A lottery jackpot changes Claire Bennett’s life.
She buys an ancient stone ruin on the island of her dreams. Her mystic aunt Clarissa warns her of danger, but Claire pays no heed.
Soon after moving to the idyllic island, Claire is confronted by a mystery. As the sinister story of her home slowly uncovers, Claire enters a world of inexplicable events and ordeals. Someone or something doesn't want her there.
But is it really a curse, or is there something else behind the events?
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Claire Bennett is pretty much like anyone else until she wins a lottery. Then she is free to pursue her dreams. One dream in particular is more of an obsession. She has a fond memory of a ruin, basically a pile of rubble, near a tourist area but in a deserted area. The present owner has plans to tear it down and refuses to sell it, even to the government. Why is he so resistant?
Claire persists until she offers a dollar amount he can not refuse. Then discovers that no local workers will take on the project.
This is a ghost story. A love story. A coming into one's self story.
It is the portrait of an area and an era, along with the tragic history of a building and a community.

While this is a slow paced read, it has depth and detail and triggers imagination. It is vividly descriptive. So much deception among all the secrets and lies. What is there to gain?
What is the motive?

The ending was shocking.

If you have any interest in history you will appreciate this book.


Author Bio –  Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of brilliant, original fiction across a range of genres, including dark psychological thrillers, gripping mystery novels, captivating travel fiction, and hilarious dark satire. Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism and carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia, with her little white cat. 


Monday, March 18, 2019

Twisted Tales of Mayhem Anthology



Title: Twisted Tales of Mayhem - 
A Motorcycles, Mobsters and Mayhem 2019
Special Edition Anthology
Authors: Various
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 18, 2019



About the Anthology

Net proceeds raised by the MMM19 anthology will be donated to the Patriot Guard Riders.

They're a diverse group of riders from across the nation. They have an unwavering respect for America's heroes including fallen military members, first responders, and honorably discharged Veterans. Their mission is to attend funeral services to show respect to the hero, as well as shield the mourning family from interruptions.

Please join us in supporting this selfless nonprofit organization of volunteers who do so much for our real life American heroes.


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Contributing Authors

VIKING
Sapphire Knight
When it comes to his club and his woman, he's a savage. Always has been, always will be.

HATCH
Piper Davenport
When the beloved Sargent at Arms for the Dogs of Fire MC finds himself falsely incarcerated, his woman must move heaven and earth to release him, while holding back a pack of ravenous bikers whose bite is worse than their bark.

ABOUND WEDDING
Ryan Michele
Cooper and Bristyl are tying the knot. With the Ravage MC in attendance, what could go wrong?

“GUST” LOST VALKYRIES MC
Esther E. Schmidt
Have you ever disassembled a ticking bomb? I have. Steady as fuck hand, the longest last breath, and the will to live. There’s nothing I can’t do and I have to admit, with all my brothers claiming an Old Lady, I’ve been craving to claim one. Circumstances aside, I never in a million years thought it would be Paisley.

SERVICE AND SACRIFICE
MariaLisa deMora
Amanda lost her husband to war. Alex lost part of himself. Together, they’ll discover hope and peace can be found in the most unexpected of places.

ONE WEEK
Colbie Kay
I've never been a man to follow rules, but one night I went too far, crossing lines that should have never been touched. I'm about to break the rules again, but this time I'm ready to make her mine. Only one problem stands in my way, she's getting married in one week.

OUR NOTORIOUS NIGHT
K E Osborn
Doing deals in a hotel room seemed like the safe option. No outside eyes, no mess, no damn fuss. What I didn't count on was being blindsided by a feisty maid who ended up seeing far too much. Now she's a problem - my problem. But maybe that problem will surprise me in a way I never saw coming.

DUKE
Jack Davenport
Home from a war my country hated me for, I’m looking for my place in the world, managing to find myself in jail instead. But when a vision of perfection walks up the jailhouse steps, I’m lost. Now I just have to convince her to get lost with me.

VIPER
Lilly Atlas
With his shiny new patch and legacy blood, Viper’s life is dedicated to one day becoming president of the Devil’s Tribe MC. One look at the beautiful and terrified Cassandra has him questioning everything his club stands for. Never had loyalty to his club taken a back seat, but how could he ignore the pleading in those green eyes?

WRAITH
Kathleen Kelly
The Harbingers of Death MC have wronged me. They don’t know it yet, but I’m coming for them. They will all pay. For she will be avenged.

SPADE
Harley Stone
When a near-death experience brings a sexy Latino biker into her life, Jessica will be tempted to throw her cautious nature to the wind. Will Spade's charm and panty-melting smile be enough to make this good girl go wild?

WHISKEY RIDER
Vera Quinn
Two people on different paths when their world's collide. One by chance and the other by plan. No promises made but even the best of plans can unravel over time.

BIRTHRIGHT
Shelly Morgan
Gemma DelBene is the daughter of the most infamous mafia Crime Lord and sister to the next in line. But what happens when her mother and brother are brutally murdered and her family is left without an heir?

DEMETRI
Sandy Alvarez & Crystal Daniels
Demetri- Ruthless ruler of the Volkov empire. If you're not with me your against me. I give no second chances. Glory Keller- she's feisty, independent, sexy and I'm going to make her mine. Thirsty for power, someone crosses the line, threatening to take her and my empire away from me. Now, I'm out for blood. No use in hiding from the devil himself- I will find you.

THE BIKER’S PROTECTION
Daphne Loveling
When a mysterious biker starts hanging out in the bar where Samantha works nights, she thinks he's just interested in a one night stand. What she doesn't know is that she's been placed under Crow's protection... and he's about to risk his own life to keep her safe.

OUTLAW JUSTICE
Jaime Russell
Justice needs to be served. But whose way; his or hers?

TAKEN TO THE CLEANER
Ginger Ring
You know you're having a bad day when the man hired to keep an eye on you is one that makes people disappear. Permanently.

HEX
Morgan Jane Mitchell
When Onyx O’Connor’s father dumps her in their old home town, a tattooed, bad boy takes an interest. Discovering he's not who he seems, she finds out, neither is she

DIRTY LITTLE SECRET
Kailee Reese Samuels
Keep your secrets simple and your lies dirty.

PELIGRO
Angie M Brashears
In a world where love is a ghost story, no one is safe. Not even familia. Peligro.

LEATHER AND LACE
K.A. Ware
Biker bitch royalty, strippers, a club whore, and a bachelorette party...what could go wrong?

ROAR
Xavier Neal
What happens when Lion accidentally finds his Lioness?

RECKLESS ANGELS MC
Amy Davies
Reckless Angels MC are my life. I work hard and play hard and can have any woman I want, but there’s only one woman for me. Why do I push her away when all I want to do is to pull her close to me and never let go? It’s time I work hard to get my own angel.

STYX AND STONES
Kristine Allen
I'm the Enforcer for the Demented Sons MC, I don't do beach hook-ups with a prim-ass school teacher. And I sure as hell don't obsess over the chick afterward. But that's exactly what I did.

RYDER
Crimson Syn
Hate simmers between the Hellbound Lovers and the Devil's Syndicate. But when love and jealousy collide, decisions will be made, and there's no saying who might get burned.

BADGER
Teagan Brooks
When the girl who broke his heart years ago shows up at the Blackwings MC clubhouse for the president’s daughter’s wedding, Badger, the VP, is not only shocked, he is pissed. But a few words from his best friend’s wife leaves him with more questions than answers. And Badger never lets anything go unanswered.

TORQUE
Linny Lawless
Torque, the owner of Hardcore Cycles is only focused on one thing, the V-twin engines that come into his shop. There's no time for women or love, that is until Ronnie, a raven-haired beauty comes into his sights. When the biker beauty needs help, Torque's primal instincts kick in, and there's no stopping him when it comes to protecting the woman he loves.





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Sunday, March 17, 2019

BROKEN BONE CHINA


Broken Bone China (A Tea Shop Mystery) by Laura Childs

About the Book

 
Cozy Mystery 20th in Series 
Berkley (March 5, 2019) 
Hardcover: 336 pages 
ISBN-10: 0451489632
ISBN-13: 978-0451489630 
Digital ASIN: B07DMZPLWY

Theodosia Browning serves tea and solves crimes in Charleston, a city steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.
It is Sunday afternoon, and Theodosia and Drayton are catering a formal tea at a hot-air balloon rally. The view aloft is not only stunning, they are also surrounded by a dozen other colorful hot-air balloons. But as the sky turns gray and the clouds start to boil up, a strange object zooms out of nowhere. It is a drone, and it appears to be buzzing around the balloons, checking them out.
As Theodosia and Drayton watch, the drone, hovering like some angry, mechanized insect, deliberately crashes into the balloon next to them. An enormous, fiery explosion erupts, and everyone watches in horror as the balloon plummets to the earth, killing all three of its passengers.
Sirens scream, first responders arrive, and Theodosia is interviewed by the police. During the interview she learns that one of the downed occupants was Don Kingsley, the CEO of a local software company, SyncSoft. Not only do the police suspect Kingsley as the primary target, they learn that he possessed a rare Revolutionary War Union Jack flag that several people were rabidly bidding on.
Intrigued, Theodosia begins her own investigation. Was it the CEO's soon-to-be ex-wife, who is restoring an enormous mansion at no expense? The CEO's personal assistant, who also functioned as curator of his prized collection of Americana? Two rival antiques' dealers known for dirty dealing? Or was the killer the fiancĂ©e of one of Theodosia's dear friends, who turns out to be an employee—and whistle-blower—at SyncSoft?

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!

 Beginning with an adventure turned deadly, this book is a page turner. Full of delicious secrets and many events and characters you'll enjoy spending time with, a Laura Childs' book can be read as a stand alone mystery even as I know you will enjoy each series.
Theodosia Browning has a reputation around town as an amateur sleuth. She is seeing a local detective but this time he is out of town as she follows clues and builds a case against several worthy suspects. As much as I enjoyed the mysteries, (plural,) I was intrigued by the tea shop happenings.
I love Laura Childs' attention to detail and everything I learn as I get lost in her small town worlds.
While I am not a tea drinker, I want to be included in Theodosia and friends's parties.

This book seemed very timely with weather aspects and technology.

About the Author


Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.
Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:
The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.
The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!
The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.
Laura’s Links:
Website – http://www.laurachilds.com/
  Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/laura.childs.31

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