Sweet Sixteen. 


The paper is by SEI.  Very easy and quick layout! 



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The Turkish Connection by Rik Stone 


The Turkish Connection

By Rik Stone

Genre: Thriller

Book Description

Mehmet battles to survive the murky Istanbul of 1951 on a daily basis while being forced to learn the skills of thievery and violence alongside the other street children. Evenings come and he curls up under a stinking jetty in a waterway off the Bosporus Strait, yearning to break free from the life inflicted on him by his drunken, womanizing father, little knowing that his rotting body lies at the bottom of those same waters.

Adulthood comes before Mehmet finds out that it wasn’t fate that had taken control of his life as a boy, but a very real nemesis. Is it too late? Can he yet turn things around and get his life back?


What a chilling read.  This book will make you think and keep you coming back for more. 

Mehmet is an amazing character. All that he goes through and endures, is truly heart wrenching!! 

This is a very well researched and compelling novel that stays with you long after you turn the last page. 

Author Bio

Rik Stone worked in the shipyards on a local river, spent time in the merchant navy, and then went on to work in quarries in South East England.

The time came he yearned for change and began studying. He worked through the lower level stuff and went on to gain a BSc. degree in mathematics and computing.

But he loved reading and because of it, fiction writing had always been his want. After an early retirement he was able to pursue the dream seriously and from that dream came his debut novel, Birth of an Assassin, the first in a series.

Available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1DG9Siw

Website: http://rik-stone.com/         

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Who I am With You by Melody Anne #XOXperts 



A spinoff of Melody Anne’s New York Times bestselling Billionaire Bachelors series, this entrancing e-novella features motocross racer Taylor Winchester and little sister to Hawk, the hero of “Safe in His Arms” from the romance anthology Baby, It’s Cold Outside.
As a motocross rider, Taylor Winchester has made a career out of throwing herself headfirst into danger, as fiercely as any of the guys racing against her. But after a brutal crash, she takes a little forced R&R while her injuries heal. Her mom wishes she’d settle down, find love, maybe have a baby or two…but all Taylor wants is to get back on her bike.
She heads to her brother Hawk’s cabin to get a little peace and quiet—but is shocked to discover she’s not the only inhabitant. Ex-military man Travis, her high school crush, has also borrowed the cabin, and the two of them are each too stubborn to let the other one win. Nothing left to do but share the cabin…which quickly leads to sharing a bed! As Taylor and Travis discover that the heat between them is far more than a fling, they both struggle with letting go of control. But if they learn to give a little, what they could win is worth more than any prize.


Let me start by saying…I hate this cover. Never judge a book by its cover, right?! RIGHT!! 

Taylor and Travis clash right off the bat. But, gradually, the two learn to co-exist and even become friends. The attraction quickly ensues and the story takes off. 

This is a perfect read for one sitting. I have never read Melody Anne. I will definitely put her other books on my list!!  Grab this one for your next beach trip!! 

I received this book from Simon and Schuster as part of #XOXperts

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The Immortal After Dark series by Kresley Cole – BOOK SPOTLIGHT – #XOXperts 

This seductive paranormal series continues with a brutal Highland werewolf and an exquisite young witch, adversaries with a blood vendetta between them.

Her breathless kiss haunts him…

Bowen MacRieve of the Lykae clan was nearly destroyed when he lost the one woman meant for him. The ruthless warrior grew even colder, never taking another to his bed—until a smoldering encounter with his enemy, Mariketa the Awaited, reawakens his darkest desires. When sinister forces unite against her, the Highlander finds himself using all his strength and skill to keep her alive.

His slow, hot touch is irresistible..

Temporarily stripped of her powers, Mari is forced to take refuge with her sworn adversary. It’s rumored that no one can tempt Bowen’s hardened heart, but soon passion burns between them. Though a future together is impossible, she fears he has no intention of letting her go.

No deed is too wicked for her seduction…

If they defeat the evil that surrounds them, can Mari deny Bowen when he demands her body and soul—or will she risk everything for her fierce protector? 

 Bestselling author Kresley Cole continues her seductive Immortals After Dark series with this tale of a vampire shunned even by his own kind and a beautiful phantom, bound together by a passion they cannot resist.


Naomi Laress, a famous ballerina from a past century, became a phantom the night she was murdered. Imbued with otherworldly powers but invisible to the living, she haunts her beloved home, scaring away trespassers — until she encounters a ruthless 


To prevent him from harming others, Conrad Wroth’s brothers imprison him in an abandoned manor. But there, a female only he can see seems determined to drive him further into madness. The exquisite creature torments him with desire, leaving his body racked with lust and his soul torn as he finds himself coveting her for his own.


Yet even if Conrad can win Naomi, evil still surrounds her. Once he returns to the brutality of his past to protect her, will he succumb to the dark needs seething inside him? (less)

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Christmas In May!

I used a stamplistic stamp…amazing stamps!! Mounted it on a spellbinders die added ribbon and stickles. 


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Off Balance by Terez Mertes Rose 

Off Balance, Book 1 of Ballet Theatre ChroniclesBy Terez Mertes Rose

Genre: Women’s fiction (with YA crossover), performing arts related

Book Description:

Alice thinks she’s accepted the loss of her ballet career, injury having forced her to trade in pointe shoes onstage for spreadsheets upstairs. That is, until the day Alice’s boss asks her to befriend Lana, a pretty new company member he’s got his eye on. Lana represents all Alice has lost, not just as a ballet dancer, but as a motherless daughter. It’s pain she’s kept hidden, even from herself, as every good ballet dancer knows to do.

Lana, lonely and unmoored, desperately needs some help, and her mother, back home, vows eternal support. But when Lana begins to profit from Alice’s advice and help, her mother’s constant attention curdles into something more sinister.

Together, both women must embark on a journey of painful rediscoveries, not just about career opportunities won and lost, but the mothers they thought they knew.

OFF BALANCE takes the reader beyond the glitter of the stage to expose the sweat and struggle, amid the mandate to sustain the illusion at all cost.

I love reading dancing books. I like to critique and see if the author actually knows anything about dancing. This author does! She is very much in the know about ballet and how a ballet career works. I also like the title of this novel. It fits the story very well. 

Alice and Lana have experienced life altering changes. This throws them both off balance (see, fits!!!). Through these experiences, both women discover many aspects about themselves and their families. 

This novel started a little slow but, picked up nicely and was extremely enjoyable. 

Author Bio:

Terez Mertes Rose is a writer and former ballet dancer whose work has appeared in the Crab Orchard Review, Women Who Eat (Seal Press), A Woman’s Europe (Travelers’ Tales), the Philadelphia Inquirer and the San Jose Mercury News. She reviews dance performances for Bachtrack.com and blogs about ballet and classical music at The Classical Girl. She makes her home in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her husband, son and too many cats. She loves good food, good wine, and a good (but not too hard) adult ballet class. She also publishes under the name Terez Rose.

Author website: http://www.terezrose.com ;

Author blog site: http://www.theclassicalgirl.com ;

Author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/terez.rose

Blogger Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheClassicalGirl?pnref=lhc

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClassicalGrrl

Amazon order page: http://amzn.to/1bEGmmY

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13853310.Terez_Mertes_Rose

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Beach Man by Annabel Foxx 


Beach Man

By Annabel Foxx

Genre: Sexy Contemporary Romance; steamy romance

Publication Date: MARCH 30, 2015

Book Synopsis:

Kim is a former dancer, who feels trapped in a loveless marriage to a jealous wealthy older man. He blames her for crippling him in an auto accident that he himself caused. They live in a gorgeous beach house in the town of Scorpio Beach, an up-and-coming beach town on Long Island.

Kim strives to make the marriage work, despite her husband’s blame, verbal abuse and bitterness.

During a heat wave, Kim meets a wickedly handsome man on the beach. She fights not to want him, not to want a new life and not to fall in love. But Derek is seductive and irresistible—a former soldier who recently comes to town to start a landscaping business. Kim falls hard for him, and he becomes addicted to her.

Although Kim wants a divorce, her husband finds out about their affair, and devises a plot to destroy them both. They must struggle to survive a web of lies, deceit and dangerous passion.*

*(Due to adult themes and sexual content, this book is recommended for mature readers.)


This one hot, steamy read! A 10 on the heat meter!!

Kim and Derek have a special attraction that Kim fights from the very beginning. She cannot fight it for long. Kim falls hard and fast! When her husband finds out, things get dicey!

The characters seemed a little one demensional, the conversations were a little stiff. But, if you are looking for a good,hot beach read….THIS IS IT! 

Annabel’s bio:

I love to read and write novels. I’m also a loner, who loves to drink copious amounts of coffee–and I won’t turn down a good bourbon if it’s offered by a handsome man… or indeed, by any kind and generous man.

I’m a Scorpio, and I love the beach. I have a background in graphic design and creative writing. My mother kept diaries and wrote short stories about Christmas, old lovers and travel.


My cat, Count Elvis, loves cognac and Pop Tarts.
Reading on the beach is one of the great delights of life. Sun, sea and sand. Ahhh… and then I pick up a book and dive into a story. I love everything gold: golden tans, golden hair, golden sunsets and golden earrings.  
My husband, Dane, is a diver and sun worshiper. 

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Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1IvrKS0
Website: http://annabelfoxx.wix.com/annabelfoxx 

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