I just want to wish you and yours a safe, happy and satisfying Fourth of July. As you celebrate with family and friends, take a moment to reflect on what makes this country great. Courageous men and women, boundless blessings from our Creator and – books. I couldn’t help throwing that in because I love books. I can’t imagine a world without them. So today, I salute my fellow writers and readers everywhere. After you’ve swallowed that last piece of barbecue and said good-bye to your last guest, make a little time to curl up with a good book. es

Here are two suggestions: Coming Out of Egypt – Book 1 in the Egypt series – a story of a beautiful young woman trying to rise above her crime and forge a new life for herself and her sister. You will read about her teacher who believes in her, her childhood friend who loves her, and a detective who wants to arrest her. Get it here.

In the Wilderness – Book 2 – Marva has to decide. Should she kill herself to avoid going to prison and shaming her sister? Preorder now.

Today is the grand SIAFBB happening we’ve been talking about all week. What is it? It’s the Support Indie Authors Free & Bargain Book event. This is an event in which SIA members offer temporary discounts or freebie promos, and combine our collective marketing resources to showcase our works to a larger readership.

I will be promoting Women For All Seasons, my Christian non-fiction book based on women of the Bible. To know more about it you can go here. I will also be talking about my new Egypt series, Book 1, Coming Out of Egypt and Book 2 In The Wilderness, which is now on preorder.

This is your chance to get Women For All Seasons FREE and Coming Out of Egypt for only 99c. But just for today, so don’t miss this opportunity. And while you are there, please opt-in to my subscribe box so you can get updates on my books, author events and giveaways. So please pass the word on to your friends. The event starts at 8.00 a.m and goes on all day. I will be on at 3.00 p.m. Hope to see you there.

Here’s another cover reveal to help with your reading selections this summer. This offering is from Carolyn Anthony, author of the Shattered Boundaries series. It is written in the adult, contemporary romance genre and will be released on Jul. 3rd 2017.

Twenty-Four Hours
by Carolyn Anthony

Synopsis:

The second chance that might never happen…

Eve Luccio waited years for her first love, but somehow their lives were never quite in sync. Now, at thirty-six, her only focus is completing the final year of her PhD. The last thing on her mind is the honor-driven former Navy SEAL who stole her heart as a teen and left her unable to love any other man since.

When Jake Theron walks back into Eve’s life, his presence shatters her walls of self preservation. He unleashes a dark sexuality that Eve never imagined she would experience, much less come to crave. All he wants from her is a day of her trust—twenty-four uninterrupted hours before she crosses the country for her Post Doctorate position in New York. But letting down her guard for even twenty-four hours with Jake might just destroy her.

For Jake Theron, Eve was always “the oone that got away,” except even after two decades, she’s still under his skin. When Eve finally agrees to see him, Jake vows he won’t let her slip through his fingers again.

But nobody knows better than Jake what a vicious bitch fate can be. When his life gets in the way, he realizes he may have to let Eve go once again—this time for her own good.

All he has left are the next twenty-four hours. One day and night in a seaside hotel, after which he has no choice but to let her walk out of his life with no guarantee he’ll ever see her again. The problem is, now that he’s had a real taste of the woman who should have been his twenty years ago, he’s not sure he’ll have the strength to let her go.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35429365-twenty-four-hours

AUTHOR BIO:
Carolyn Anthony is a sucker for a dark romance with a dominant, tattooed, alpha badass man at the helm.

Her characters deal with real life issues: the painful, the tragic, the damaging sort of life events that leave both external and internal scars, because she’s been there.
Her heroines are strong women at the core who will always find what’s been lost, taken or exploited: their strength, their self-worth, their identity, their innocence or their love. She writes about women exploring their sexuality, owning that sexuality and enjoying it. Along for the ride, the hot-ass men who prove worthy enough to be on that journey with them.

Book one in the Shattered Boundaries Series, Twenty-Four Hours, will be available to buy on July, 3, 2017. Each book is a stand alone with a well earned HEA. Book two coming soon as well as Phoenix, the first book in a Contemporary second chances trilogy.

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Summer is here, and for many that means lazy days at the beach, the park or going on road trips. All wonderful places for you to take along a few books to pass the time. Well, this coming Saturday Jul. 1st, you have a chance to pick up some free and discounted books to slip into your tote. But in addition to adding to your bookshelf, you will be supporting independent authors. This event is the 3rd anniversary of the Support Indie Authors Free & Bargain Book Event. There will be over 75 Free and 99¢ books available from more than 25 Indie Authors.

It’s all taking place on Facebook and starts at 8.00 a.m EST so you can join in in your PJs or lounge on your patio. I will be among the many authors who will post about our books and you will be welcome to interact with us, ask questions and get to know us. I, of course, will be talking about the first books in my Egypt series, so you have an opportunity to learn more about them.

So head on over to https://www.facebook.com/events/15679

Thanks again for supporting Indie Authors!

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I am pleased to bring you this exciting cover reveal for  Elodie Nowodazkij’s new novel See Me, See Me Not.

Book Details

See Me, See Me Not
by Elodie Nowodazkij
(Gavert City #2)
Publication date: August 29th 2017
Genres: Romance, Suspense, Young Adult

 

 

Synopsis:

The second standalone novel in the YA romantic suspense “Gavert City” series.

SEE ME,
Try as they might…
SEE ME NOT,
Tessa and Luke can’t escape their pasts.

 

Six years ago, Tessa Gardner’s sister, Mellie, disappeared. Despite lingering guilt and the never ending desire to find her, seventeen-year-old Tessa works hard to keep it together. Her grades are decent, and thanks to her part-time job, she can help pay her family’s bills. But when her childhood crush, seventeen-year-old Luke Simon, rolls back into her small Texan town, he threatens to topple the delicate balance she created. She’s drawn to him—and the way he makes her smile. He’s the only one who seems to understand her, but he’s got a dark past of his own. Even the fake psychics who swear Mellie is still alive tell Tessa that Luke will cause her pain.

Luke Simon knows a thing or two about guilt. He moved in with his uncle to escape his past, but memories threaten to eat him alive. He does what he can to keep his anger in check—quieting his thoughts by making out with one meaningless girl after the next. Tessa, and her long legs and her hard-earned smiles and her kindness is the only girl who’s ever mattered. She’s the one untainted memory he has from his childhood and he could talk to her for hours. He could do anything with her for hours. But the truth about his past might send her running. Or worse.

While Tessa and Luke try their hardest to live in the present, their pasts lurk in the shadows, more intertwined than they could imagine. When the bodies of the fake psychics are found, Tessa realizes that the truth about what happened to Mellie is right around the corner—and it may be too late to save her sister—and herself.

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Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. Now she lives in Maryland with her husband, their dog and their cat.

She’s also a serial smiley user.

Giveaway: the author is hosting a giveaway to celebrate the reveal. Check it out here:

If you live in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area you would know that we have been having tons of rain since the weekend and it has been pouring all day. And so my book signing was a no go.
 
I have to thank my good friend, Ella, who came and brought a friend with her, so the afternoon was not a complete waste. They did buy books, listened attentively to my presentation – Power Point and all – and asked questions. So, I had some good practice and look forward to the next time.
 
If you have been following my posts, you know I always encourage you to never give up, so why should I? Keep following this page for information on where my next appearance will be and don’t forget to sign up to this blog for updates.
If you would like to get your copy of Coming Out of Egypt just click  here for paperback and here for the ebook.
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Summer is here, and like most people you may be planning to spend some lazy days soaking up some sun and surf. I’m sure you have some essentials you take with you to the beach: towel, umbrella, sunscreen, water… How about a book to help you pass those balmy hours? And if you decide to take one, how about one that’s set in a lovely tropical island with scenes that mimic the beach you are lying on? My Christian women’s fiction novel Coming Out of Egypt has all that and more. Here is part of  a beach scene from the book:

The ocean shimmered under the morning sun. There wasn’t a soul in sight. Reason told her she should go back, but this was too much to turn away from. Here she could find the peace and quiet she needed to communicate with God in a way she hadn’t done in a long time. She ambled along, the wind whipping her hair, the salty air tingling her nostrils and smarting her eyes, the sand beneath her sneakers, gritty, but yielding. She took off her sneakers and socks and drifted near the water, allowing the frothy waves to break over her feet, enjoying the feel of the sand melting under them.

Can you picture the scene? Do you wish you were there? Well, you can give free rein to your imagination with a copy of Coming Out of Egypt as part of your summer reading. And if you live in this area, why not come out to my book signing event on Sat. Jun 3rd at the African-American Research Library & Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd,, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. You can pick up a signed copy and win a giveaway or two. So be there from 1. 00 p.m to meet with other interested readers and hear me read and talk about my book.  Can’t make it to the book signing? Then pick up your copy  here on kindle:     https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FNJ5EIU 
or here in print:  http://amzn.to/2qCJsQA

I am pleased to present this review of Pintip Dunn’s new YA fiction Girl on the Verge. This post is part of a blog tour that also includes an exciting giveaway ending June 8th.  You may follow the tour and participate at other stops by clicking on this link: (http://xpressobooktours.com/2017/03/14/tour-sign-up-girl-on-the-verge-by-pintip-dunn/)

Please read my review below.
Book details:
Girl on the Verge
by Pintip Dunn
Published by: Kensington
Publication date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Synopsis:

From the author of The Darkest Lie comes a compelling, provocative story for fans of I Was Here and Vanishing Girls, about a high school senior straddling two worlds, unsure how she fits in either—and the journey of self-discovery that leads her to surprising truths.

In her small Kansas town, at her predominantly white school, Kanchana doesn’t look like anyone else. But at home, her Thai grandmother chides her for being too westernized. Only through the clothing Kan designs in secret can she find a way to fuse both cultures into something distinctly her own.

When her mother agrees to provide a home for a teenage girl named Shelly, Kan sees a chance to prove herself useful. Making Shelly feel comfortable is easy at first—her new friend is eager to please, embraces the family’s Thai traditions, and clearly looks up to Kan. Perhaps too much. Shelly seems to want everything Kanchana has, even the blond, blue-eyed boy she has a crush on. As Kan’s growing discomfort compels her to investigate Shelly’s past, she’s shocked to find how much it intersects with her own—and just how far Shelly will go to belong…

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AUTHOR BIO:

Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL.

Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. Her other novels include THE DARKEST LIE, REMEMBER YESTERDAY, and the novella BEFORE TOMORROW.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com

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My Review
4 stars

When a naive young girl meets a cunning, seasoned criminal, someone is bound to get hurt. In this case it is the innocent Thai-American girl, Kan who becomes the target of the diabolical antagonist, Shelly.

Kan’s desire to belong, her fragile relationship with her mother and her love for her grandmother drew me in from the beginning and made me want her story to have a happy ending. Girl On the Verge is a fast-paced, captivating novel perfectly suited to the YA audience. The attraction between Kan and Ethan, their first kiss and the first time they spent swinging on the swings like children are all things young adults can relate to. As well as the low self-esteem that both Kan and Shelly suffer from.

Pintip Dunn does a great job of getting into the heads of Kan and Shelly and describing their emotions in a way that help us get to know them intimately. The story focuses on things that are important to young readers – first love, fashion, friendship, sex and relationship with one’s family. Pintip sketches all of these elements in a believable and skillful manner, packed with action and suspense.

The book certainly held my attention, and even though I thought the ending was a bit drawn out, I think Pintip did a great job tying up all the loose ends.

My rating

I gave this book four stars, meaning that I enjoyed it, but a few little things kept me from giving it five stars.

  1. Typos – I saw a few, including this one: But is she capable of attempted murderer?
  2. POV slips, repetitions and moving body parts – my eyebrows climb my forehead – that weaken the writing.
  3. Pacing – I like that the story is fast paced, but the actions take place too rapidly with no break in between. That’s just my opinion.
  4. Some of Shelly’s actions in killing Ash and attempting to kill the others seemed a bit unrealistic to me.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and will recommend it to YA readers.

You are invited to attend my book signing event “Coming Out of Egypt” – Book 1 of the Egypt series – on Sat. Jun 3rd at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center at 2650 W Sistrunk Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. Some lucky person will come away with a Free autographed copy of Coming Out of Egypt.

You can still get your ebook version here, or if you prefer to get your print version before the event, you can get it here.

See you there.

When last you met Marva Garcia, protagonist of the Egypt series, at the end of Coming Out of Egypt, she had just attended a concert with her sister June and her former teacher, Cicely Stewart. To Marva’s – and Cicely’s- amazement, David Bowen, the detective who had been investigating the murder of Marva’s father, put in an unexpected appearance at the concert, played the trombone and announced his love for Cicely to thunderous applause from the audience.

Terrified though she was – the detective’s re-appearance could mean jail for her – Marva was happy for Cicely, who had become like a mother to her and June. The novel ends on a hopeful note with Marva thinking that God would somehow bring her and June “out of Egypt.”

The suspense builds in In The Wilderness.  Even though the girls are now living a more comfortable life, emotionally Marva is still tortured by guilt over killing her father and fear that she will one day be found out.

How do you think her life will turn out in this second book? Does the title give anything away? What would you like to see happen? What do you think of the cover?

Leave your comments below and when you subscribe to my newsletter, you will receive the first chapter of In The Wilderness soon to be on preorder.

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