Hark by Justin Bog

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Hark—A Christmas Collection . . .
By Justin Bog
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

Book Description:
A beautifully written collection of short stories from critically acclaimed Pacific Northwest writer Justin Bog, Hark explores the range of emotions surrounding the holidays. From melancholy to madness, loss and despair to hope and forgiveness, these six tales shimmer with feelings, some we’d rather stuff away, that Christmas can evoke.
Set in colorful locations around the United States, from Anacortes, Washington, to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Sun Valley, Idaho, each tale focuses on people who struggle to make good choices, learn lessons, and maybe even find peace during the holiday season.
A bonus story, Poseidon Eyes, from Booktrope’s upcoming reissue of Sandcastle and Other Stories—The Complete Edition, is included.

REVIEW

These are not your “happy go lucky” Christmas stories.

These short stories hit many emotions that thousands of people experience during the holidays. From happy to sad and everywhere in between, these take the reader through many very real adventures with true to life outcomes.

Every one of these stories is different. Every one has a different meaning.

All are well written and extremely enjoyable about real life feelings and experiences.

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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.

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Twitter: @JustinBog

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Merry and Bright

merry and brightCLP Blog Tours will be hosting a review blitz tour for the holiday anthology Merry and Bright December 8-15

About the Book

Sip your eggnog, linger under the mistletoe, and make a Christmas wish. Merry & Bright brings you six tales of Christmas cheer, featuring stories of budding romances, Southern charm, lost loves, heaps of humor, and lots of pie by authors Isabella Louise Anderson, Cindy Arora, Laura Chapman, Lauren Clark, Libby Mercer, and Nancy Scrofano. From sunny Los Angeles to the Rocky Mountains to the Deep South, Merry & Bright will take you on a heartwarming adventure you’ll love to visit again and again. Wrap yourself in holiday mirth and prepare to be swept off your feet.

REVIEW

What a wonderful way to to get into the Christmas spirit. These charming short stories are pure magic. From the West Coast to the Deep South, these authors take the reader through many adventures that are pleasing to the soul.

These 6 romantic tales were creative, funny, and delicious. I enjoyed each and every one. I also discovered new authors and I cannot wait to read their wonderful works.

I am usually not a fan of short stories. I prefer longer tales that expand the characters and the plot. These shorts are excellent and packed with charm, romance and the spirit of Christmas.

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Author Bios:

Lauren
Clark

Lauren
Clark writes contemporary novels sprinkled with sunshine, suspense, and
secrets. She is the author of Dancing
Naked in Dixie, Stay Tuned, Stardust Summer
, and Pie Girls. A former TV news anchor, Lauren adores flavored coffee,
local bookstores, and anywhere she can stick her toes in the sand. Her big
loves are her family, paying it forward, and true-blue friends. Lauren is a
member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association, the Mobile Writers Guild, and a
regular contributor to Parents & Kids Magazine’s Mississippi Gulf Coast
Edition. Check out her website at
www.laurenclarkbooks.com.
Cindy
Arora
Cindy
Arora was a staff writer at The San
Gabriel Valley Tribune, The Orange County Register
and Sacramento Magazine. She’s been published in Saveur, Tasting Table, Orange Coast Magazine, and Fodor’s.
Her debut novel, Heartbreak Cake,
was released November 2013 by Simon and Fig and her novella, “Cake Therapy”,
appeared in the anthology Petit Four:
Four Stories, Frosted with Love
in November 2014. She’s also mama to an
adorable little boy, a feminist, a whiskey enthusiast, and proud to call
herself a Chick Lit author. To learn more about Cindy, please visit her website
at
www.cindyarora.com.
Nancy
Scrofano
Nancy
Scrofano grew up watching classic television shows, classic movies, and
listening to oldies, all of which she still adores today. Nancy has a penchant
for the fifties, mostly because of her favorite show, I Love Lucy. She has seen
every episode countless times and will happily share the trivia she knows with
anyone who will listen. Nancy worked as an editor and a journalist for her
college newspaper, then went on to develop sociology textbooks for an academic
publisher. She has a master’s degree in media psychology, as well as
undergraduate degrees in communication, radio and television, and liberal arts.
Nancy is a freelance writer and the author of True Love Way, Cupid on Deck, and American Honey.
Additionally,
she is the founder and managing editor of Fictionella, a book blog that
promotes and celebrates women’s fiction. Nancy lives in southern California
where she is at work on her next novel. For more about Nancy, please visit her
website at
www.nancyscrofano.com.
Isabella
Louise Anderson
Isabella
Louise Anderson grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has
changed. At the young age of ten, she was reading everything from Judy Blume to
Danielle Steel, so in 2010, Isabella signed up for a creative writing course,
deciding it was time to turn her passion for writing and books into a career. A
year later, Isabella finished writing her first book, Redefined Dreams. Her second book, The Right Design, was published in 2014. Her website, Chick Lit
Goddess, features books and other Chick Lit and Romance authors, along with
sharing book reviews. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and has
been featured on several blogs. Isabella lives in Dallas with her husband and
cat. If she’s not eating spicy Mexican food and drinking margaritas, she can be
found spending time with family and friends, cheering on the Texas Rangers, and
reading books, often two at a time. For more about Isabella, please visit
www.chicklitgoddess.com.
Libby
Mercer
Born
and raised in the Heartland of America, Libby Mercer’s adventurous spirit
kicked in after graduating from high school and she’s since lived in Boston,
NYC and London. San Francisco is the city that she currently calls home. For
several years, Libby worked in fashion—first as a journalist and then as a
shopkeeper, and for a while she dabbled in design. Libby is the author of Fashioning a Romance, Unmasking Maya,
and The Karmic Connection. To learn
more about Libby, please visit
http://libby-mercer.blogspot.com.
Laura
Chapman
Laura
Chapman found a way to mix her love of romance and humor as a women’s fiction
blogger and author. A 2008 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
Laura studied journalism, English and history. She spent four years traveling
the country as a writer/photographer, and currently works in communications.
Born and raised in Nebraska—in a city, not on a farm—she is a devoted fan of
football, British period drama, writing in bars, and her cats, Jane and
Bingley. Her debut novel, Hard Hats and
Doormats
, was released in December 2013. For more about Laura, please visit
her website
www.laurachapmanbooks.com.
Lucie
Simone (Editor of Merry & Bright)

 

Lucie
Simone has a passion for travel, romance and all things Chick Lit. She also has
a degree in Journalism and a Master of Fine Arts in Television Production. She
is the author of the novels, Picture
Perfect
and Hollywood Ending. Her
short story, “Aprez Vous,” is featured in the anthology, Petit Four: Four Stories Frosted with Love. Lucie lives, loves and
writes in the City of Angeles. For more about Lucie, please visit her website
at
www.luciesimone.com.
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Seventh Heaven by Alice Hoffman

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OVERVIEW

On Hemlock Street, the houses are identical, the lawns tidy, and the families traditional. A perfect slice of suburbia, this Long Island community shows no signs of change as the 1950s draw to a close—until the fateful August morning when Nora Silk arrives.

Recently divorced, Nora mows the lawn in slingback pumps and climbs her roof in the middle of the night to clean the gutters. She works three jobs, and when her casseroles don’t turn out, she feeds her two boys—eight-year-old Billy and his baby brother, James—Frosted Flakes for supper. She wears black stretch pants instead of Bermuda shorts, owns twenty-three shades of nail polish, and sings along to Elvis like a schoolgirl.

Though Nora is eager to fit in on Hemlock Street, her effect on the neighbors is anything but normal. The wives distrust her, the husbands desire her, and the children think she’s a witch. But through Nora’s eyes, the neighborhood appears far from perfect. Behind every neatly trimmed hedge and freshly painted shutter is a family struggling to solve its own unique mysteries. Inspired by Nora, the residents of Hemlock Street finally unlock the secrets that will transform their lives forever.

A tale of extraordinary discoveries, Seventh Heaven is an ode to a single mother’s heroic journey and a celebration of the courage it takes to change.

REVIEW

Nora is trying to start over after a divorce. She chooses Hemlock street. This neighborhood is full of surprises and mysteries. You never know what goes on behind closed doors.

Through wonderful prose and talent, Alice Hoffman weaves a magnificent tale of courage and discovery. There are many characters in this story and they never get confusing to the reader. It takes a master author to achieve this feat. The many characters interlace so well and add so much the novel.

This was my first Hoffman novel, and at risk of sounding cliché, it will not be my last. I cannot believe I have waited this long to read one of her works.

I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review

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Ghosts of Christmas Past

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I thought I would share an old Christmas layout. This was the Christmas my son received Cotton Bowl tickets. Fond memories.

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Believing in Bigfoot by JC Miller with Excerpt

BelievinginBigfootCoverJC Miller will be on tour December 8-15 with her novel Believing in Bigfoot

Reeling from his failed comeback and ruined marriage, washed-out actor Ian James (née Isaac Janowitz) flees Los Angeles for a two-week respite in Northern California’s remote Marble Mountains—Bigfoot country. His time alone in the wilderness begins to peel away the layers of his Hollywood persona. After a fateful meeting with a beguiling woman, Ian begins to question his heart. In a moment of clarity, Isaac ditches his publicist and finds himself in Redding, living with invisibility at the Vagabond Motel.

Professor Ruth Hill is burnt out teaching photography at Redding’s Shasta College, eager for her upcoming retirement. But for unexplained reasons, despite weekly therapy sessions, her panic attacks have escalated. Her artistic slump persists. Looking back, she regrets a life without risk; looking forward, she dreads a meaningless future. Going over her proof sheets one morning, she stumbles upon a series of striking thumbnails, reigniting her passion and creativity.

Readers will root for Isaac and Ruth as they grapple with their chance encounter on the mountain and search for meaning in their repellent, yet intense attraction. Their paths do cross again, but when confronted with the possibility of enduring love, Ruth’s cynicism creeps in; Isaac’s self-defeating beliefs take hold. For these two damaged souls, it just may be too late.

EXCERPT

Ruth’s eyelids rolled open and closed, letting in just enough light for awareness to return in measured doses. When her eyes opened for good she could no longer deny the gravity of her predicament. This was not one of her nightmares—he was not an illusion. Indeed, his presence loomed solid as a tree trunk. The beast drew closer, towering above her. She was a mouse in the dirt. She was prey.
This was it. At a visceral level she felt certain she would die today—out here. He would rape her and strangle her with his filthy, gnarled hands. He would leave her here in this empty land. Despite this awareness, a strange sense of peace washed over her. Visions came and went—her father’s kind face, the sound of her mother’s voice. Scenes from her childhood floated above her like a movie, yet she remained oddly detached.
Then, like flipping a switch, Ruth remembered, Gentle Meg—Meg, who sees the good in everyone. Meg!
No! Not me, too, you son of a bitch! Sasquatch outweighed her by a hundred pounds, but she would not back down—not without a fight.
Ruth scrambled to her feet. “What do you want?”
The beast recoiled. It spoke. “Look, lady. I’m not here to hurt you.”
She squinted, sizing him up. Bigfoot was feral, woolly—Paul Bunyan mythic. But he was no threat. If anything, he was intimidated by her. Ruth tapped into a dark well of feminine power, invoking a stance of hostility and absolute authority. “Then what the hell are you doing in our campsite?”
He took a step back, boots heavy on the rocky ground.
Ruth examined the intruder more carefully. Human, as it turned out. Damn—this sealed it. The time had come to stop putting off that eye exam.
The man wore putty-colored nylon shorts, a red flannel shirt. Graying hair sprigs poked out from beneath his black woolen cap. His beard, more salt then pepper, was unkempt, his face unwashed. With all that face fuzz his age was indeterminate, but Ruth understood one thing: he was no kid. But like a kid, he rocked back and forth on his heels, avoiding her eyes. It wasn’t the first time she’d had that sort of impact on a man. Ruth folded her arms across her chest. “What do you want?”
Brow furrowed, he struggled to find words. “I tried to tell you, it’s your friend.”
Cottony clouds drifted overhead and then parted to reveal a glimpse of the pale waning moon, a glint of sunlight in the east. Ruth’s gaze fell on the creek bed, the granite outcroppings to the north. She noticed her palms were scraped and bleeding, her manicure shot to hell.
She realized now what had happened. She’d keeled over like a frail old woman and blacked out at the mere sight of him. Her face flushed when she became aware of her sweatpants, pee-soaked, cold and clinging to her thighs. “My friend?”
“Yes—we should hurry!”
The intensity of his tone unnerved her. Ruth shoved her phone into her pocket and tramped after him, but she was no match for his long strides. He scrambled down a steep grade and then vanished beyond the first switchback. Cursing her old knees, she rounded the bend, where she spotted him squatting trailside, tending to a supine Meg.
“Here!” He waved her over.
Ruth scrabbled down the embankment to the patch of bare earth where Meg lay motionless. Ignoring the popping in her knees, she, too, squatted. Touching Meg’s cheek, she found the surface of her skin cool and doughy. She swept strands of errant gray away from Meg’s closed eyes.
Meg’s lifeless expression triggered a memory—the endless night Ruth had kept vigil by her hospital bed. When Meg finally came to, she’d made light of her “little stroke.” It was nothing, she’d said. In hindsight, she may have been right. Meg hadn’t had a subsequent attack in over ten years. Ruth shook off the memory. Her focus sharpened. “Meg, can you hear me?”
Meg’s eyes opened. They closed again.
Ruth patted her cheeks gently. “Honey, it’s Ruth. It looks like you took a fall, but you’re going to be okay.” When Meg was unresponsive, Ruth slid her hands beneath her shoulders to the cold, pebbled ground.
“Don’t move her,” the man said. “It’s not a good idea to move her.”
Ruth had forgotten about Grizzly Adams. “What are you, an expert?”
“No.” He sank back down to his knees. “But I know that much. You don’t move an injured person.”
Right. “I knew that—for God’s sake.”
He looked away, as if stung.

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JC (Jeanne) Miller, M.A., is an educator and founding member of JAM, an editorial-consultation team. An avid reader, aspiring traveler and table tennis enthusiast, she resides in Northern California.

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Shrink Rapt by Freda Hansburg PLUS A GIVEAWAY

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Shrink Rapt
By Freda Hansburg
Genre: Psychological Thriller

Psychologist April Simon finds her career and life on the line after the murder of her arrogant department chairman. When four of her patients, all subjects in the late psychiatrist’s research, begin to violently unravel, April tries to solve the riddle of their transformation. Her quest alarms the killer. Will she be next? The more she learns about her colleagues, the less she trusts them. Who do you turn to when no one is what they seem?

REVIEW

April is caught in a tangled web of deceit and dishonesty. After the murder of Morganstern, the department chair, she begins to unravel his unethical behavior.

This is a rapidly moving psychological thriller with several different story lines that converge together at the end. This keeps the reader in wonder through out the saga.

There is minor issue in this novel. There are places April’s character can’t make up her mind what she wants to be. One minute she is timid and indecisive, the next minute she is a mountain of strength and determination.

All in all, it was an exciting, edge of your seat read!

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Author Bio

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Freda Hansburg is a psychologist who lives with her husband in New Jersey. She is the co-author of the self-help books PeopleSmart and Working PeopleSmart. Shrink Rapt is her first novel.

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Mistletoe Wedding by Melissa McClone with excerpt and $20 Amazon gift card

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Mistletoe Wedding
by Melissa McClone

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Mistletoe Wedding

Event planner at the Bar V5 Dude Ranch, Meg Redstone is dreaming of a white Christmas with twinkling lights, sparkly decorations and strategically placed mistletoe. She loves making dreams come true for others, whether planning a holiday wedding or giving her young daughter the best Christmas ever.

Ranch foreman Tyler Murphy loves the holidays, but his newest employee has taken over his barn with her over-the-top decorations. He admires Meg’s desire to give her daughter the perfect Christmas while planning a winter wonderland wedding, but he wants to show her that a Montana Christmas is more than glitter and lights.

After raising his younger sister, an instant family is not on Ty’s Christmas wish list. But he finds himself falling hard for the single mom and her little girl. Meg, however, is not interested in a romance with a cowboy like Ty, or any man. Getting her under the mistletoe is going to take a Christmas miracle . . . or a little help from Santa.
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EXCERPT:

Her gaze kept straying back to the man walking next to her.

And she knew with pulse-pounding certainty.

All the rationalizations of why romantic feelings didn’t matter and why she was better off alone than in a relationship disappeared like a snowflake being caught on a tongue. They mattered, and she wanted those things badly.

With Ty.

She hadn’t meant to fall for him, but she had. Hard.

A shiver raced down her spine. The realization was unexpected, scary.

He shot her a sideways glance, which she knew because she couldn’t drag her attention off him. “You, okay?”

“Just thinking.” Of course, he would sense something was up. That was part of his appeal. He got her. The way he understood her daughter, too. If there was one man out there who was what she needed and Brooklyn needed, that was Ty Murphy.

Feelings and desires long buried rose to the surface. She was ready to stop saying she didn’t want more, want him.

“Know what you want?” he asked.

Meg swallowed around the lump in her throat. “Excuse me.”

“What chocolates you’re going to get?”

She sighed with relief. She thought he’d read her mind. “Salted caramels for the guys. I’ll have to see what Sage has in the display case before I decide what I want.”

Besides him.

“You can have more than one,” Ty said.

“I might want only one.”

“It’s Christmas. Don’t be so cautious. Live it up.”

If only she knew where he stood . . . Dare she ask?

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

With a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Melissa McClone worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. Her first full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was pregnant with her first child! Since then, she has published over thirty romance novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group. She’s also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her driving her minivan to/from her children’s swim practices and other activities. She also sends care packages to deployed service members and fosters cats through a local no-kill animal shelter. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house. They do!

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