Walk On the Wild Side by Suzie Jay with Amazon gift card give away 

  

Overview

Violet Monte believed her love and marriage would last a lifetime–until she catches her husband in bed with a younger woman. 

When she realizes she was nothing more than a trophy wife, Violet decides to chase her own dreams. The only problem is, she has no idea what they are. Violet begins to pursue her own interests which sometime include spying on her mysterious neighbor, who might actually be a lady of the night. 

Just as Violet is finding stability–– and the possibility of opening her heart again–– her husband returns not with an apology, but with a signed pre-nuptial agreement, claiming he’ll keep everything and leave her with nothing. 

Violet is far from the compliant woman he once knew but she doubts she has the strength to fight and win, until her intriguing neighbor unlocks what Violet has been looking for all along. 
Can Violet fight back from a lost love and reinvent herself into the person she always wanted to be or will she forever be just an ex-trophy wife?

Review

Violet is struggling to face facts that her marriage is over. After finding her high school sweetheart husband with another woman, Violet decides she needs a change. She takes off to visit her son, who is a detective with the Sydney police force.  She encounters a ver sexy police captain and things heat up. 
I enjoyed Violet and her escapades. She tends to stay in trouble and I can relate to that! The setting and the action keep you glued to your seat. However, the conversations are a little stilted. It doesn’t take away from the story though. 

This is a wonderful, fast paced, sweet read.

I received this book for an honest review. 
  







Author Bio:

Suzie Jay is a mum of six who lives in Adelaide, Australia with her husband and children. She has a Diploma in Child Psychology and owned her own baking and cake decorating business. She is also a former school teacher, but escaped and now intends on torturing the world by sharing what’s inside her head. This is Suzie’s debut novel. Other published work includes an April fools day anthology titled ‘Fools Rush In.’

 

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Happy Birthday 

This is a Happy Birthday card I made with the Stamplistic  stamp set. I used stickles and Washi tape (that I found at dollar tree)   
 

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The Coincidence of Cocnut Cake by Amy E. Reichert #XOXperts

  
OVERVIEW

You’ve Got Mail meets How to Eat a Cupcake in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant—whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities.

In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancé…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily agrees to. As they explore the city’s local delicacies and their mutual attraction, Lou’s restaurant faces closure, while Al’s column gains popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the two fall in love…but when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future?

Set in the lovely, quirky heart of Wisconsin, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a charming love story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and the power of food to bring two people together.

Set in the lovely, quirky heart of Wisconsin, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a charming love story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and the power of food to bring two people together.

REVIEW

There are so many aspects of this book I enjoyed. First of all, the cover is wonderful and as you read the book, you understand the significance of the cake and the newspaper.
The characters are just precious, have a wonderful connection and work so well together.  Lou is a wonderful chef but, she is given a bad review by Al on one of the worst days of her life. Through a series of accidental meetings, Lou shows Al the wonderful side of Milwaukee.  Even though neither one knows who the other is, their relationship grows and the power of food is very enjoyable!

It was wonderful the way the author enhanced the reading experience with the trips around the city of Milwaukee. This, and the food, make this a very rich and rewarding read. 

What a wonderful debut novel! Cannot wait for more!

 I received this novel from Simon and Schuster as a member of the XOXperts.

 

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Sandcastle by Justin Bog 

  

Sandcastle and Other Stories: The Complete Edition

By Justin Bog

Genre: Short Fiction/Psychological Literary Suspense

The Complete Edition of Justin Bog’s First Collection of Dark Psychological Suspense Tales.

An award-winning collection, Sandcastle and Other Stories reveals twisted secrets that are mined like plutonium. These twelve literary tales are nothing short of an adventure through a roiling sea of emotion. With authenticity and eloquence, author Justin Bog holds a provocative and compelling mirror on the human condition.

“The stories are those of everyday people who might live next door or in the walk-up across the street . . . A man with a personal crisis takes a singles cruise – a woman leaves her toddler girl at the beach while having a romantic tryst – a B-list actor’s character is killed off – a girl is sucked below the sand into an underwater chamber . . . an old gardener who has dark secrets interacts with the bosses daughter in a most unforeseen way. The only commonality in these tight, little stories is they are unexpected. Having this book is like having a string of black pearls – each one slightly different, but each a perfect, dark, little gem . . . Bog paints pictures with words as Titian did with oil paints – startlingly detailed with deep perspective and rich complexity.”

–Rosi Hollenbeck, San Francisco Book Review

Review

This is a wonderful set of short stories. Each one is extremely different and all of them leave you wanting more!

 A strange gardener and a girl in an underwater chamber are  just a few of the characters who are so rich and detailed.  Each story is unique and facinating with a different design element. 

I really want to read a novel.  These short stories were not enough. I want more!!

 

Author Bio

  

Justin Bog lives in the Pacific Northwest on Fidalgo Island. Justin Bog was Pop Culture Correspondent and Editor for In Classic Style. He enjoys cooking, lawn mowing not so much, and spends time walking and handing out treats to two long coat German shepherds, Zippy and Kipling, and two barn cats, Ajax The Gray and Eartha Kitt’n.

Sandcastle and Other Stories: The Complete Edition on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1T2gnHX

*The author will be selling two new stories separately in one bundle under the title: Speak the Word! as an eBook only for $1.99

http://www.justinbog.com

Justin’s creative writing blog is here.

On Twitter @JustinBog

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Deep Kiss of Winter and Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole BOOK SPOTLIGHT #XOXperts 

   
OVERVIEW

Under the cover of wintry dark shadows, passion’s magic ignites a fire too hot to touch — and too wicked to die…. 

DEEP KISS OF WINTER 

Two never-before-published paranormal stories to delight the senses and tantalize the imagination! 

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR 

KRESLEY COLE 

delivers a breathtaking tale of a brutal vampire soldier about to know love for the first time…and a Valkyrie aching to be touched. 

Murdoch Wroth will stop at nothing to claim Daniela the Ice Maiden — the delicate Valkyrie who makes his heart beat for the first time in three hundred years. Yet the exquisite Danii is part ice fey, and her freezing skin can’t be touched by anyone but her own kind without inflicting pain beyond measure. Soon desperate for closeness, in an agony of frustration, Murdoch and Danii will do anything to have each other. Together, can they find the key that will finally allow them to slake the overwhelming desire burning between them? 

NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR 

GENA SHOWALTER 

puts a daring spin on a tale of huntress and hunted…and concocts a sensual chemistry that is positively explosive. 

Aleaha Love can be anyone — literally. With only skin-to-skin contact, she can change her appearance, assume any identity. Her newest identity switch has made her an AIR (alien investigation and removal) agent and sends her on a mission to capture a group of otherworldly warriors. Only she becomes the captured. Breean, a golden-skinned commander known for his iron will who is at once dangerous and soul-shatteringly seductive, threatens her new life. Because for the first time, Aleaha only wants to be herself….

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OVERVIEW 

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole enraptures again with this seductive tale of a fierce werewolf prince who will stop at nothing to protect the lovely archer he covets from afar. A DANGEROUS BEAUTY… Lucia the Huntress: as mysterious as she is exquisite, she harbors secrets that threaten to destroy her — and those she loves. AN UNCONTROLLABLE NEED… Garreth MacRieve, Prince of the Lykae: the brutal Highland warrior who burns to finally claim this maddeningly sensual creature as his own. THAT LEAD TO A PLEASURE SO WICKED…. From the shadows, Garreth has long watched over Lucia. Now, the only way to keep the proud huntress safe from harm is to convince her to accept him as her guardian. To do this, Garreth will ruthlessly exploit Lucia’s greatest weakness — her wanton desire for him.

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What I am working on…SNEAK PEAK 

I have been working all summer on a musical album for my daughter. It is still not finished. Between work, vacation, and life in general, I have not finished it yet. Plus, the medium I am using, is not my normal mini album medium. I am using an album that I purchased at CKC.  It was one of the best technique classes I have ever taken. It was taught by Susas Frase at Clear Scraps.

Here are the first 2 pages….and yes…fingernail polish remover removes all the ink if you screw up…and gives you a clean slate!! 

   
 
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!!

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Begin Again by Brittney Mulliner – BOOK SPOTLIGHT and AUTHOR INTERVIEW 

  
OVERVIEW

Escaping her past, Aubrey Tate moves to Southern California for a fresh start with her older brother, Brandon. Starting over at a new school seems easy with her cousin, Mckayla, and her two best friends at her side, but handling the new guys is another matter. Aubrey ends up in the middle of three rivals that each wants her to themselves. Mike claims her first and declares himself her friend and protector. Luke is the school heartthrob that stops Aubrey in her tracks, speechless. Gage is the mysterious, dark outsider that Aubrey can be herself around. 

How will she navigate her new life while she’s still haunted by her past?

Q and A

What was the last thing that made you cry?

I reread Slammed by Colleen Hoover and bawled like a baby. Even though I knew what was going to happen and was prepared I couldn’t help it. No eighteen year old should have to go through so much in such a short time.

What books they should make into movies?

Part of me wants to keep my favorite books sacred and far away from the movie studios that ruin good books, but I would love to see Marie Lu’s Legend Series come to life. I’ve heard the writes have been purchased but no noise about it actually happening.

What are your time wasters while writing?

I try really hard to stay off the internet while I’m writing but somehow Facebook always makes an appearance. If I’m really good about staying offline I usually waste some time on Spotify perfecting my writing playlist. 

What book do you wish you could read again for the first time?

I would live to be able to read the Harry Potter series from start to finish now that they’re all out

What is your favorite form of exercise?

I love kickboxing! It’s great for taking out aggression and stress. I feel like a ninja every time I leave.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  

Brittney has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember. Her parents’ form of punishment growing up was taking away her books and making her go outside to play. She loves the beach, exercising, sleeping in, and cookies. Yes, she does know those contradict each other. She’s an obsessive dog lover. She will cry at pretty much any video or picture of a puppy. Although, sadly she doesn’t currently have an outlet for her affection. Something that she plans on remedying soon. She was born and raised in Southern California, with a brief hiatus in Arizona. She recently graduated from BYU.

Website: http://brittneymulliner.com/

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