The Good Fight by Julianna Keyes- BOOK SPOTLIGHT 


The Good FightBy Julianna Keyes

Genre: Contemporary romance

 

I was born a fighter. You had to be, to survive in Camden. Lucky for me, I loved it. The thrill, the pain, the glory. Until one night things went too far and I almost lost my ticket out.

So I swore off fighting. Never again. No matter how much I wanted it.

I went to college. Got a degree. A job on Wall Street. Yet I still wasn’t smart enough to stay away. So now I’m back. And it’s just as bad as I remember.

Enter Dr. Susan Jones, superstar neurosurgeon. She’s brilliant, she’s sexy and she’s a pain in my ass. I can’t get enough and she’s too busy for a relationship. She wants to hook up, get off, go home. She doesn’t have time for a thug from Camden. But she keeps coming back.

This place brings out the worst in people. Every day it threatens the project I’m working on, the plans I’m making. Every day it drags me down just a little more, until the hands I vowed to keep clean start itching to get dirty. 

If I don’t start fighting for what I want, I’ll wind up with nothing, and I didn’t come back to Camden for nothing. I came back to start something. And when people hurt the things I care about, the gloves come off.

 

Author Bio


Julianna Keyes is a Canadian writer who has lived on both coasts and several places in between. She’s been skydiving, bungee jumping and white water rafting, but nothing thrills—or terrifies—her as much as the blank page. She loves Chinese food, foreign languages, baseball and television, though not necessarily in that order, and writes sizzling stories with strong characters, plenty of conflict, and lots of making up.

 

In addition to The Good Fight, she is the author of four contemporary romances: Just Once, the story of a world weary socialite and a stubborn ranch foreman; Going the Distance, a love story set in China between a kindergarten ESL teacher and a former army interrogator; Time Served, the tale of an ambitious young lawyer whose perfect world is jeopardized when she reunites with her ex-con ex-boyfriend; and In Her Defense, in which a ruthless young lawyer realizes there’s more to life than being the best…right? Her first New Adult romance, Undecided, in which a reformed bad girl moves in with the campus heartthrob and inadvertently falls for his cocky best friend, was published in April 2016.

For more details on these and any upcoming books, visit her online at http://juliannakeyes.com, or sign up for her free newsletter at http://juliannakeyes.com/newsletter.html.

 

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The Summer That Melted Everything 


OVERVIEW

Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.

Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.

When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever. 

Review 

I do not even know where to start. This is a very profound read. To be honest, I almost quit reading it in the beginning. I was a little confused…the devil, a little boy, what??? But, the prose kept me reading. Then, I was vested in the characters and the amazement began. 

This story is a multilevel tale about family dynamics, loss, revelations and regret. Sal shows up out of the blue. He says it is due to an invitation for the devil. Sal is the devil or he claims to be. His arrival sends the town of Breathed, Ohio into a downward spiral.  

This novel is full of symbolism. I usually never look for symbolism but this one hits you upside the head with a brick. I see real genius in this writing. However, the story did not flow as well as I wanted it to. There were places I was a little confused. The prose kept me reading. Sal, Grand and Fielding are amazing characters and the tale just keeps unwinding to a dark tragedy not soon forgotten.  

I believe this author has a true talent. I look forward to her next work!! 

I received this novel form Netgalley for a honest review. 



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The Soul Knows by Desraye Halon – BOOK SPOTLIGHT 


The Soul KnowsDesraye Halon

Genre: Spiritual, Nonfiction

 

The Soul Knows goes in depth explaining my own awakening, ascension, channeling, energies and self healing to help others. I was born with psychic intuition and have learned how to use my gifts to help others. I have gone through two deaths in my life and have been revived back to life to give insight to what is beyond. I have also gone through a rude spiritual awakening to who and what I am and the whole of everything. I have and still receive conscious channeled information from my higher self, angels, my guides and other higher beings. This is about knowing who you truly are from within and remembering who you are. As millions of people around the world have already remembered or awakened to who they are, but not sure where to turn for answers, of the how, who, where, what and why. This has the answers to help you, a family member or friends to know how to handle a spiritual awakening and everything that comes with it. To dealing with the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of it.
Author Bio


 

Desraye Halon is a spiritual helper, writer and artist in Phoenix, AZ. She has written three books,recently finishing her newest book, The Soul Knows. She goes in depth website to give free information to all about spirits, energies, dimensions and beyond. Her intuition includes a knowing, talking to her guides and angels. She does see, hear and feel spirits and their energy. She works with energy to heal. She has some of her artwork displayed in the downtown Phoenix, AZ area. 

 

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Glam card! 


This is a Heartfelt Creations card. I embossed the stamp with silver embossing powder. I colored the card with watercolor pastels from Stampin Up. Added the jewels and TADAAAA!!!

Stay tuned for more from this stamp and die!

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A Wolf on the Loose Episode 1 by Dan Straka 


A Wolf On The Loose

By Daniel Straka

Genre: Thriller, Adventure, Military

 OVERVIEW

A Wolf On The Loose is a weekly e-serial, containing 36 parts spread over 5 episodes. One part is released weekly, free, on Amazon for 5 days (Monday-Friday). Completed episodes are available for purchase.  

Amid struggling with his addictions, former Marine Andrew St George goes AWOL from his rich family and lavish lifestyle. He appears months later in Miami with one intent; convince his friend, Emilio Cortez, to start a Private Military Company with him. Having left the Corps after his brother was killed in a drive-by, Emilio’s been stuck working three jobs to support his extended family, all of whom he lives with in a small apartment. 
While Andrew and Emilio enter into the security business looking for an escape from their civilian lives, both struggle with their demons. From the slums of Miami, the glitzy South Beach nightlife, to Cartel controlled Mexico, the boys will learn that despite their best intentions, no one job is the same and that there are battles to be fought outside of war zones. 

REVIEW

This is a great mix of action and insight. Andrew and Emilo are brothers in arms. After their stint in a war zone, they come together for form a security business.  

I am not a huge fan of war reads, so I was hesitant to start this one.  I really was not sure what to expect with this tale.  This is not a war read as much as it is an action and adventure. It really keeps you on your toes.

These two Marines have experienced many things together and carry a lot of baggage around with them. Life is hard especially when we carry stuff from the past. This section is packed with interesting information about each character.  How the past has influenced their life and their decision-making.  Also, how the past changes their future.

A highly engaging and compelling read from start to finish. Can’t wait to see what these two decide to do next! 

This is a very unique way to write a book.  If I understand this correctly, each section is free for 5 days and anew section is released weekly.  Now I have to go get the others to follow what these guys are up to!



Author Bio

Dan achieved a BFA in photography and metal working and since graduating, has done neither. By day he works in manufacturing. By night, often very late into the night, he writes and stalks America’s sub-cultures on the vast internets.

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12541256.Dan_Straka
 

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Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton #XOXperts


OVERVIEW

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton brings her trademark blend of funny and sexy to this second contemporary romance in the brand-new Hudson Valley series!

Manhattan’s It Girl, Natalie Grayson, has it all: she’s a hot exec at a leading advertising firm, known industry-wide for her challenging and edgy campaigns. She’s got a large circle of friends, a family that loves her dearly, and her dance card is always full with handsome eligible bachelors. What else could a modern gal-about-town wish for? The answer, of course, is…cheese.

Natalie’s favorite part of each week is spending Saturday morning at the Union Square Farmer’s Market, where she indulges her love of all things triple cream. Her favorite booth also indulges her love of all things handsome. Oscar Mendoza, owner of the Bailey Falls Creamery and purveyor of the finest artisanal cheeses the Hudson Valley has to offer, is tall, dark, mysterious, and a bit oblivious. Or so she thinks. But that doesn’t stop Natalie from fantasizing about the size of his, ahem, milk can.

Romance is churning, passion is burning, and something incredible is rising to the top. Could it be…love? 

REVIEW

Natalie is a true New Yorker.  She hates the country. But when she gets an opportunity to do an add campaign for the charming country town of Bailey Falls, things change and definitely HEAT up!! 

Natalie oozes confidence and intelligence. Her sarcasm and wit keep the laughs coming. And then the brooding Oscar steps in and more than laughs flow throw the pages.  Oscar is a cheese making, fine looking, cow chasing farmer.  He and Natalie become a hot, hot, hot item! A long distance romance, an ex-wife which is still in love and dairy cows….yes I said cows…are just a few obstacles in their path. Somehow, these two make it work! 

I love how the reader gets to travel to the different parts of the city and the amazing areas of the country all in one book. This really added so much to the tale! 

This is a hilarious tale of love, romance and yes….cows!!! 

I fell in love with Alice Clayton when I read Wallbanger(it is still my favorite). She never fails to deliver and delight!! 

I received this novel from the publisher as part of Simon and Schuster XOXperts 


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One of the Few by Jason B. Ladd – Excerpt


OVERVIEW

Jason B. Ladd grows up in a military family with loving parents but spends his young life filled with spiritual apathy.

Ladd enters the US Marine Corps, becomes a fighter pilot, and sees combat in Iraq before life events align to nudge him into profound spiritual inquiry. Digging deep into his quest for truth, he realizes the art and science of fighter pilot fundamentals can help him on his journey.

Filled with stories that contrast his spiritual apathy with his post-Christian worldview passion, One of the Few is the compelling life story of a spiritual seeker engaged in a thrilling profession combined with a strong, reasonable defense of Christianity.

For fans of Ravi Zacharias, Lee Strobel, and Frank Turek, Ladd’s remarkable journey shares the transformative power of faith during a time when belief in God is dismissed and religious liberty in the military is attacked.  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

  

Jason B. Ladd is an award-winning author, US Marine, and Iraq War veteran. Ladd has flown as an instructor pilot in both the F/A-18 and the F-16 fighter jets.

He and his wife, Karry, are the parents of five children.
EXCERPT (CHAPTER 1)
Chapter 1 — The Worst Day

Phoenix, Arizona

March 2015

“…it is faith that keeps the whole terrible edifice of religious certainty still looming dangerously over our world.”
—Sam Harris
“Keep your protection of your wife strong and know in your hearts our Lord will carry you through whatever happens.”
—Ravi Zacharias
“This is a horrible, dreadful day. No good news at all.”

The words came after a quiet entrance with little eye contact. The dimly-lit ultrasound room had already grown old since we entered it over an hour prior. The time between the technician’s departure and the doctor’s arrival was enough to worry ourselves to death.

The doctor extended his hand to my father-in-law and asked his last name. He assumed I was the husband. The doctor was dressed in a purple shirt with a plaid design mixed with grey, split by a paisley tie of purple swirls and flowers. His hair was grey and slightly waved, moving from front to back, slightly rising to form an almost-pyramidal cap to an overall solid structure. On his left hand, a gold ring, a black ring with silver trim on his right. I stared at his face, but my thoughts were already somewhere else.

My wife Karry remained sitting on the examining table. I stood beside her, holding her hand. This is where we would all cry.

For ten years I had been developing my faith in Christ. And in ten years it had never been tested. Karry and I had five beautiful children and a strong marriage. Life was so good, we wondered why we had been so fortunate. 

“Aren’t you afraid that one day the bottom is going to drop?” Karry would ask.  

“No,” I would say. “That’s not going to happen.” 

But the bottom was slowly dropping. 

Our doctor began listing all the indicators seen on the pictures from the ultrasound: too much amniotic fluid, bone measurements indicating stunted growth, a heart defect, and perhaps the most recognizable indicator for a possible chromosomal anomaly, clinched hands.

Clinched hands.

The first indications were good. The shape and form of our 27-week baby was clearly seen. His spine looked straight, his legs and arms looked normal. He even granted us a clear picture of his nose and mouth, indicating no cleft lip or palate. His brain looked normal and free of excess fluid. She pointed to all his parts, calling them by name. His kidneys appeared normal. 

Then they were looking bad.

A cyst on the umbilical cord was easy to see. Shaped like a circle and appearing black on the screen, it would become the least of our worries. The umbilical cord is supposed to have three vessels. Our baby’s cord appeared to be missing one. Too much amniotic fluid dampened the feel of every kick and indicated a possible problem with the baby’s ability to swallow. The technician spent a long time on his heart. I guessed that she was searching for any way to tell us it was normal. But in the end, she couldn’t.

Karry often confessed an ominous feeling about the pregnancy. Now it was all coming true. 

“I suspect your baby has a chromosomal condition known as Trisomy 18,” the doctor informed us.

Also called Edwards syndrome and referred to as a “lethal fetal condition” in the medical community, it has a grim prognosis.

What do we do? What should we do?

Before our baby was born, we began preparing for him to die.

Oh my God. This is it.  

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