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Review: Housework Harmony, by Andrew McAllister

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If ever you wanted proof of how sexy a man may look while doing the dishes, you’ve got it here.

All joking aside, I was surprised at how down-to-earth and honest a manner this subject could be discussed. It didn’t seem like the kind of thing one needs lessons for. How wrong I was!

This book showed me just how easy it was to fall into the trap of internalised emotion and unfounded assumption, the tiny grain of sands that can be the starting point of friction and discontent between spouses or partners.

In awe at what I’d just discovered, I read on, wondering what more could be said on the subject. There are ways to allay every concern, tips on asking for help without sounding like a slave driver, ways to look at the other person’s perspective that you probably haven’t thought of before, and different angles to every line of reasoning. And when you’re done with that, you still get a set of winning principles which can be applied to more than just this situation.

This book is more than just an essay in how to divide chores evenly, it is a lesson in how to be more attuned to the people around you, and ultimately to yourself, and also a lesson in communication. No one ever made much progress by avoiding interaction with the world outside themselves, and this book shows you the steps you need to take to get there. After all, we all want progress, we all want to be winners, and we all want fair, ethical treatment. Read this book, and encourage the others in your life to do the same. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

You don’t know you need to read this…until you do.

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Book Reviews

 

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New Release: The Key To My Heart, by Nikki Lynn Barrett

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Blurb:

One dream fails, a passion burnt out…

With no set plan and a desire to find a passion, Blaine Grant hightailed it out of Harmony’s Echo a year out of high school to find herself. Finding a passion didn’t come as easily to her as it did for others she knew. Now, Blaine has come home for good with mistakes she’d like to forget, but the past doesn’t want to forget her. Everyone thought she’d been selfish to not come back when she was needed the most, but Blaine never let anyone know the emotional hell she went through.

Another dream is just beginning to see the light…

Randy Hughes has always been the shy guy until he discovered his love of music. It wasn’t until joining the band that he grew out of his shyness. The oldest sibling and the only boy, he’s pressured by family expectations to set a good example. He’s the one who takes everyone in when they need it, and he’s the one whose own dreams are ignored. Now that big things are happening for the Baby Stetson band, Randy has to decide how to handle his family when his dreams are on the line…

A friendship is changing.

One spur of the moment, impulsive move leads Randy and Blaine into a dire situation that may bring them together, or pull them apart, just when he’s finally able to gather the courage to tell Blaine how he’s felt about her all these years…

Revisit the characters you’ve come to know in small town Harmony’s Echo, as more changes settle upon them.

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18483993-the-key-to-my-heart

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Excerpt

They still set the Ferris wheel in the perfect position. From the top you could see the whole town of Harmony’s Echo.

As soon as they were secure, their hands connected once again. Neither said a word, just exchanged a smile. For a split second, Blaine wondered what was up with her. She felt like … Hell, she felt like a teenager. Young, carefree, finding that one guy to make her heart flutter. The one guy she never, ever expected to feel that way about. Changes were in the air, and now those changes included new feelings for Randy.

Slowly, they were lifted in the air, coming to a jerky stop here and there to let other passengers on.

“I’ve always loved the view up here,” Blaine mused softly as they went higher. “I used to be afraid of how high we were. Every little squeak made me think we were going to fall. But then I looked over, saw the whole town and I forgot everything else.”

“Blaine Grant, actually afraid?” Randy teased. “I always thought you were a bit fearless.”

She faced him. “Me, fearless? You’re kidding, right?”

He shook his head. “Nope. I really did.”

“You’re crazier than I thought,” she blurted. Fearless. Ha. Funny. One of the biggest fears she had was never finding her place in the world. Silly, maybe. Stupid, possibly. It was one she’d never really expressed to anyone, which was why she pushed to hard to find something she was good at and could turn into a passion. Surrounded by family and friends who knew what they wanted early, like Jameson and Avery with their music, Blaine felt a little left out.

“What would a beautiful, headstrong, confident woman like you have to fear?” Randy squeezed her hand. Was it her imagination, or did he scoot even closer to her?

She licked her lips, all too aware of how her body reacted to him.

Her mouth worked against her brain, and once again, she blurted out another truth she never wanted to admit to anyone. “Not finding where I belong.”

The words hung in the air. Randy blinked, but for what felt like an eternity didn’t say anything. The wheel moved again, taking them higher. Breaking the tension, she stared down, wondering how many more cars were left to fill with riders before this thing went into full swing. The people walking below were so tiny, they reminded her of ants scurrying around in an ant farm.

“Where do you want to belong?” Randy finally asked.

“What’s with the philosophical responses?” Blaine shot back, totally caught off-guard by what he’d asked. What got her the most was how she didn’t know the answer.

Randy shrugged. Thankfully he didn’t seem offended. “I’m the oldest of a bunch of sisters. I tend to ask a lot of those kinds of questions.”

“And they still go to you for advice?” She cracked a smile.

“Maybe I trap them. Kind of like how you’re all the way up here with me and no way out, and now you have that question in your mind.” Randy reached across and brushed her hair away from her face.

“When did you become so evil?” Her voice came out hoarse. Blood rushed to her ears. All she could think about were his lips. So sexy. So … Oh God, what was happening to her? Was she starting to fall for Randy Hughes?

“Apparently the same time you’ve not been fearless. We’re seeing sides of the other we haven’t before.”

Wasn’t that the truth?

“We’re totally missing the view.” But she never took her eyes off Randy’s face.

“We could always ride again.”

Yeah. They could. And right now, she could lean over and…

Holy hell. Randy beat her to it. His lips crashed over hers. Blaine’s sigh caught in her throat as she closed her eyes, wrapped her arms around Randy’s neck and kissed him back.

 

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The Key To My Heart is a standalone novel set in the series, but you’ll learn about the other characters featured in this story as well. Baby Stetson is book one, featuring Avery and Lucas, and book 2 is The Melody In My Head, which is Jameson and Melody’s story.

Baby Stetson is currently part of the Pasisonate Kisses boxed set with nine other authors and available for 99 cents. The Melody In My Head is currently $1.99

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You can find out more about Nikki Lynn Barrett’s books here or here.

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About the Author and Social Media Links

4437_1090856669700_2534921_nI’m an avid lover of books. I’ve been writing as far back as I can remember, completing my first “book” by fifth grade in one of those one subject spiral notebooks. I have a passion for music, photography, jewelry and all things creative. I live in Arizona with my husband and son, but dream of being somewhere much colder and stormier. For now, I’ll have to live that life through my characters and stick it out with the summer heat.

Places to find me on the web:
www.nikkilynnbarrett.com

FaceBook
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Facebook Chat group: Nikki’s Book Nook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NikkisBookNook/

Nikki’s Book Stormers: My Street team.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NikkisBookStormers/

Twitter: @Stormgoddess925

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6583655.Nikki_Lynn_Barrett

Email: nikkilynnbarrett@yahoo.com
I love to hear from readers!

 

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2014 in Guest Posts

 

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Why Traditionally Published Authors Should NOT Get 100% of Their Book Sales

… According to Hachette

If ever I saw a wake-up call, it’s this one!

Remember all the articles about the bad-boys Amazon refusing to allow the good-guys Hachette to pay next to nothing for using Amazon’s marketspace? And how all the Hachette authors are being caught in the middle, deprived of a good chunk of profits (those from ebook sales) and suffering at the hands of ruthless-business Amazon?

Well, look what Amazon did next: they offered all Hachette authors 100% of their ebook profits. And what did Hachette do? Agree, of course, you say? Well, no. Not exactly. Don’t take my word for it. Read it all here.

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Posted by on July 10, 2014 in Just A Thought

 

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Authors Helping Authors – The Bitten, an anthology of paranormal encounters

Dear friends, please help me spread the word and support an author whose life has been turned upside-down. I don’t know Brandon Hale personally, but I know I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes right now, battling cancer.

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The Bitten is a collection of short stories about vampires and werewolves, written by a number of successful authors who banded together to help Brandon. The proceeds from its sales go to Brandon Hale. Have a look at his other books here and please, please help out in whichever way you can.

Already, the rankings are showing this anthology’s value:

#59 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Anthologies
#67 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Anthologies & Literary Collections > General
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The Universe Builders, by Steve LeBel, is #FREE this weekend

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Ever wondered what it’s like to be a god? Brilliant escapism, for youngsters and mature readers alike. Read my review here and then go get the book. It’s free today and tomorrow.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2014 in Guest Posts, Just A Thought

 

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Review: Tiara, by John Reinhard Dizon

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I love reading books based on actual fact, and Tiara is probably the best I’ve read so far. Based loosely on the “Troubles” and the political storm between Northern Ireland and Britain, though still fiction, this story is so near the knuckle, it is impossible not to do the occasional double take.

Names have been changed, but there’s no doubting the main players, Princess Jennifer of Edinburgh especially. It takes some guts to be so accurate when relaying the setting and intrigue, and I wondered more than once where did the author manage to find all the details. Whatever the answer, it is a brilliant account of those events and the many players involved in the power games, even those who didn’t become clear until months or years later.

While crafted as a thriller, John R Dizon tempered the fast pace and tension with genuine Irish humor and a quirky dry wit, making the whole package a much more enjoyable read than it could have been. Beautifully written, this is prose at its best, and you can be assured of not one dull or tedious moment. The characters feel real, because they have been based on real people. The storyline is flowing, because it is well thought-out, and the plot is suspenseful and brilliantly paced. For a historical-political thriller, it doesn’t get any better. I wholeheartedly recommend it. Five shiny stars from me.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2014 in Book Reviews

 

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New Release: Forbidden, by Angela Ford

2014-06-22-23-30-21_decoSupervisory Special Agent Jessica Resario thought she found Closure. She did not expect a Déjà vu.

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forJessica Resario thought she found closure from the arrest of her parents’ murderer. She allowed her heart to love again. Knowing a married couple could not work on the same team, Tom Erickson stepped down as Supervisor of the FBI’s Internet Security Task Force. He decided to go back to the FBI Training Academy and groom new agents. Jess was promoted to direct the team.

Supervisory Special Agent Jessica Resario continues to deliver spine-chilling seminars to educate parents and teenagers of lurking internet predators. A seminar one night introduces her to Mr. & Mrs. Bennett who are deeply concerned of their daughter’s safety. They know of Jess’s arrest the year before of Trevor Marshall. They asked Jess if she would take the time to read what they had discovered. Jess takes the file home. She did not expect to feel Déjà vu.

Jess leads the team on the case to protect Tiffany. The team unravels the forbidding prospect that they have another Trevor Marshall on their hands. His personality fits a stalker through obsessive or addictive traits. Kyle had one exclusive relationship for years, his wife Tara. Tara died in a car crash on the I-80 earlier in the year. From what the team discovered of Tara Davidson, she fit the profile of domestic abuse. The chilling factor that hits the team is the striking resemblance between Tara Davidson and Tiffany Bennett.

A close call one night with Kyle Davidson makes Tiffany realize he is a threat to her. As usual, Jess took the law into her own hands to protect the girl and entered Kyle’s house illegally. They can’t hold Kyle without Tiffany pressing charges. Jess is suspended again for her actions and decides a trip to the beach house with her husband is the best medicine. Tiffany decides to accept her father’s offer to send her to private school in England. The news of her parents’ murders brings Tiffany home. Jess races back to save her, only to put her own life into the hands of a killer. The team is in search of Jess, Tiffany and the killer. To their surprise, the past begins to creep up on them.

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Excerpt:

Startled from her thoughts, Jess turned and saw Tom in the doorway with a concerned look on his face. He walked closer to her and set a cup of tea on her desk.
“I thought you might need this.”
“Thanks Tom. You always know what I need. I love you so much.” She smiled and reached for his hand. Just his presence in the room warmed her from the cold chill she’d felt.
“I love you too.” He leaned down and kissed the top of her head. “Now spill it Jess. I know that look.”
She laughed at his remark. He knows me so well.
“I feel like I’m reading about Trevor stalking me. This girl is in trouble, Tom. She’s being stalked. I feel it in my gut.” Jess took a sip of her tea. The warmth and sweetness of that Earl Grey Cream was exactly what she needed to calm her.
“That look worries the heck out of me. But I learned a long time ago I can’t stop you.” Tom picked up her phone from the desk and handed it to her. “Call Mr. Bennett”
“At this time of the night?” Jess looked at her watch.
“If he’s as concerned as you believe, Jess, he’ll be awake.” Tom kissed her forehead and smiled.

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afAngela Ford originates from Nova Scotia…Canada’s Ocean Playground! Her love of the ocean and sunsets are always in her heart and give her inspiration. Her love for words keeps her turning the page. She is never without a book, whether she’s reading or writing. Now residing in Ontario, Angela works in Finance – numbers by day – words by night. Her dedication to volunteer and involvement with cyber safety seminars gave her an Award of Distinction and sparked the idea for her first book Closure – suspense with a dash of romance that hit the best- selling Action/Adventure. Unforgettable Kiss, delivers a romance with a dash of suspense. Releasing the Summer of 2014 is Closure’s sequel Forbidden. Between two jobs, being a mom with a home always filled with teenagers and rather interesting stories; she is lucky to have one very patient and understanding man. But it is the furry family members who rule the house – a Puggle, two loveable cats and two unique Guinea Pigs. Every possible quiet moment she finds, she treasures and just writes about the moments to come. Angela is an avid reader of romance, a member of the RWA and thrilled to be part of her new family BTGN. You can follow her at BTGN www.bookstogonow.com or visit her website at www.angelaford.net or follow her blog Romantic Escapes at http://www.angelafordauthor.com to connect with her on her social network sites. She loves to hear from her readers – they keep her smiling!

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Posted by on June 24, 2014 in Guest Posts

 

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