Rookie Season by V.K. Robbins



Rookie Season (Love in the Ballpark Series Book 1)
By V.K. Robbins
Genre: Erotic Romance, Romance Suspense
Publication Date: January 30, 2015

Book Synopsis

Talented young ballplayer Clay Love has just been called up from the minors to play major league baseball. Freelance writer and divorcée Rose Lasting, the world’s biggest baseball fan, wasn’t expecting to fall in love when she fell into Clay’s arms, but fall in love she did. Now they are caught up in a whirlwind romance complicated by the paparazzi, Clay’s ex-girlfriend, Rose’s ex-husband, and a stalker who puts Rose’s life in grave danger. Saving her life and catching her attacker takes you on a roller coaster of emotion and intrigue that you won’t soon forget.
Rookie Season is the first book in the Love in the Ballpark Series, by V.K. Robbins. This adult erotic romance tale sizzles with romantic and sexual chemistry, emotion, and suspense. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to put it down.


Clay is in his rookie season. He accidentally meets and falls in love with Rosie. They carry on a steamy, hot romance while fighting off a stalker, an ex girlfriend and an ex husband.

The conversations between characters are a little rough and less realistic than I like. However, the action and the chemistry between the characters are very well done.

This book may not be for everyone. However, I love all things baseball! So this book is my baseball dream!! A hot baseball player, action packed thriller and romance. Who could ask for more.


Author Bio

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Veronica Robbins is a published author of both fiction and nonfiction who has been writing professionally for the last 20 years. In addition to writing fiction and poetry (her first love), she is also an expert grant writer and copy writer. When she’s not writing, she’s watching baseball, enjoying her children, reading, and trying to train her dog, Handsome, who so far has been very successful at training her. You can follow Veronica on Facebook or through her blog, A Writer’s Journey.

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This is our new addition to our fur babies. Just had to scrap her!

I used Chloe’s Closet papers. I used glimmermist spray on the chipboard. And the stamp under the picture is by Heartfelt creations.

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Saving Paradise by Mike Bond



When a beautiful journalist drowns mysteriously off Waikiki, former Special Forces veteran Pono Hawkins, now a well-known Hawaii surfer and international correspondent for surfing magazines, soon gets embroiled in trying to find why she died. What he learns quickly makes him a target for murder or life in prison as a cabal of powerful corporations, foreign killers and crooked politicians pins the blame on him.

Haunted by memories of Afghanistan, and determined to protect the Hawaii he loves from dirty politics tied to huge destructive energy developments, Pono turns to Special Forces buddies and his own skills to fight his deadly enemies, trying both to save himself and find her killers.

Alive with the sights, sounds and history of Hawaii, SAVING PARADISE is also a deeply rich testament to its beauties, a portrait of what Pono calls “the seamy side of paradise”, and an exciting thriller of politics, lies and remorseless murder.


Pono is a special forces veteran and an ex con. He uses his skills and contacts to take down a powerful but corrupt corporation.

The setting is wonderful. I learned a lot about Hawaii and the descriptions were so real. I felt like I was in Hawaii as I was reading.

The tale is action packed. It starts with a bang but, it bogs down in the middle. Also, the transitions from Pono’s past to his present are rough and confusing in places.

Not a bad read…but not a great read either.


I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review


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Landfall by Joseph Jablonski




After a long career at sea, Jake Thomas thinks he’s finally put his life in order. He’s got a new wife, a new home, time to write and tend his roses. But his past and the secrets he’s kept, even from himself, won’t stay buried.

Forty years earlier, a woman was murdered during Jake’s first voyage on the American freighter, the SS James Wait. Her children want answers only Jake can give. But resurrecting old memories takes him spiraling back to the chaos and upheaval of the late 1960s.

In this riveting story-within-a-story, Jake’s peaceful routine in Portland, Oregon, stands in stark contrast to his days as a merchant seaman in Subic Bay, when he set off on a journey to discover his dark side. A journey that hasn’t yet ended.

Like Joseph Conrad, Joseph Jablonski has created a novel set at sea that is as much a careful observation of human nature and a powerful condemnation of war as it is a fascinating sea story.


Jake’s memories are faulty. He was a crew member on a ship where a woman was murdered. This murder took place 40 years ago and the family wants answers. Only Jake can provide these answers. These memories cause chaos and turmoil in his life as they consume his every moment.

I was completely wrapped up in Jake’s past experiences and his memories. This story keeps you guessing till the very end. Did Jake do it? Did the Captain? Another crew member? A great mystery unfolds!!




Though far from the open sea, Nebraska produced a man whose love of adventure led him from the Central Plains to become midshipman up to commander of the largest container ship in the American merchant marine fleet.

Joseph Jablonski was born in 1948 and spent 30 of his 66 years circumnavigating the world on an odyssey that would bring him to test the limits of his courage and stamina.

At age 50, Jablonski relinquished his role as captain for that of writer. This story, and Three Star Fix that precedes it, reveal the heart of a man engaged with the world, undaunted by its challenges, and at peace with his own nature.

His latest book is the literary fiction, Landfall. Purchase at Amazon
For More Information
• Visit Joseph Jablonski’s Website
• Connect with Joseph on Facebook and Twitter.

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Pinch of Me, Dash of You by Heather Thurmeier




Kali can’t cook to save her life, but she can write. As a foodie reviewer for both a huge national paper and a successful blog, she’s well on her way to achieving her dreams. When she’s offered a cookbook deal, she thinks she’s finally made it…until her latest review comes out a little harsher than expected and the restaurateur threatens to expose all her secrets.

Mac’s whole life is spent in the kitchen, running a New York City restaurant and a culinary school for underprivileged youth. When donations stop pouring in for Mac’s culinary school after a scathing review of his restaurant, he fears he may have to shut the doors if he can’t find a way to turn things around. Then he meets Kali, the reviewer who admits she has no culinary skills. Now he’s made her an offer she can’t refuse—he’ll teach her to cook over the summer and help her with recipes for the cookbook if she’ll agree to write an insider piece highlighting the strengths of his culinary school.

But when things start heating up in Mac’s kitchen, keeping her hands on the food and off of Mac is proving harder than Kali expected.


This is a steamy, and I do mean steamy, burn off the pages of the book, novella.
Kali is a restaurant reviewer. She gives Mac’s restaurant and culinary school a harsh review. Mac makes a deal with her. He will teach her to cook if she will write a better review. Things definitely heat up in Mac’s kitchen!!
I enjoyed reading about Mac and Kali. Their chemistry was HOT! However, there were places in the story that needed more substance.
Also, don’t read this book if you are on a diet. Some of these dishes sound amazing!!
A fun, spicy read!!



Heather Thurmeier is a lover of strawberry margaritas, a hater of spiders, and a reality TV junkie. Born and raised in the Canadian prairies, she now lives in New York with her husband and kids where she’s become some kind of odd Canuck-Yankee hybrid. Constantly wondering if she’s about to use the Canadian or American word, Heather often chooses wrong, confusing her editor and friends alike. Occasionally, she still adds an extra “u” to random words for no reason other than, “It looks right that way!” She firmly believes that world peace could be achieved if people used their mouths for things like kissing and eating delicious chocolate instead of talking so much. Living life like a romance heroine, Heather knew in their first kiss that she would marry her high school sweetheart. Two countries, two kids, and half a dozen pets later they are still happily in love. Heather’s currently writing her next romance, which will probably be filled with sassy heroines, sexy heroes, laugh out loud moments, and always a happily ever after. She loves to hear from readers on social media and her website!

Her latest release is the contemporary romance, Pinch of Me, Dash of You.

For More Information
• Visit Heather Thurmeier’s website.
• Connect with Heather on Facebook and Twitter.
• Find out more about Heather at Goodreads.
• Contact Heather

For More Information
• A Pinch of Me, A Dash of You is available at Amazon.
• Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads


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The Millionaire Within Us by Chris Carley—BOOK BLITZ plus GIVEAWAY!!!



The Millionaire Within Us
By Chris Carley
Genre: Business Memoir


A down and out, fired factory worker, Chris imagined a better life for herself. With a small $79 loan from her father, she took her people skills and her hard-earned marketing skills to levels no one could imagine. Starting with handmade flyers, in just 3 years she became a millionaire in network marketing. Since then she has gone on to make over millions in an industry that few fully understand.

Author Bio

Chris Carley has earned over $20 million dollars working from home and has a life style that has allowed her to golf and hang out with Donald Trump and meet people like Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Former President Bill Clinton and President Ford and so many more. Movie stars have filmed or been photographed in her home. George Clooney, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Lui, Drew Barrymore, Arnold Swartznegger, Bruce Willis.

Yet it wasn’t always this way. She started off as an uneducated, overweight, depressed, in a bad abusive marriage, fired airplane factory worker that had to borrow $79 from her father to get started.

With hard work, perseverance and a vision of what she wanted in life she turned it all around and has taught thousands of others around the world to do the same.

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Christmas in January 2015


I used a stamp that I have had forever. I stamped in Staz On because I was adding stickles. Stickles can make ink bleed, so best to use a water proof ink. I did not have a really dark blue ink and I believe it would look better if the stamped image was darker. I colored with a white ink pen then added the stickles. I used a spellbinders die cut to cut the ribbon frame. I did not have a blue ribbon which I think will look better than the red and white….YES!! I NEED TO GO SHOPPING!!

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