<— First… I know many of you were dying of this one!!! YAY! IT’S LIVE. And Karen is FAH-REAKING OUT right now… but ummm… Karen? I think this just encourages us to wanna read it more. Just sayin’ :P LOL!!!!!!!!

She said:

Karen: I HATE PENNY REID!!!
But I love her.
But I hate her.
Ugh, I wish I could unread Heat. I’m such a stupid mess right now.

Bev: After work reading Heat. Whoot!

Tessa: Karen, that’s probably the best thing you could say! :-) I am prepared for mind messery

Bev: I’m with Tessa. Sometimes a brutal CH can be fun. Mostly cause only 3 week wait. I saw a good review for #3.

Maryse: Oh no. Now I HAVE to read this!!!!!!!!! Thank goodness #1 (Elements of Chemistry: ATTRACTION (Hypothesis Series Book 1) is super-bargain priced. I’m indulging this weekend, with these two!!

Plus I’ve got a bunch of other brand new releases below, and of course bargains and reader recommendations, too!

Oh, and I’m sorry to say this (or happy to say this) :P but next week’s releases (the pre-orders below)? Y’ALL ARE GONNA FREAK. It’s like a bowl of every one of my favorite mixed “Godiva” chocolates just begging for me to eat ‘em all. Chocolate covered cherries, chocolate covered caramels and chocolate covered toffee… all at once. Which one do I bite first? GAH! No… seriously. Next week, I’m locking myself in and reading my heart out!

But!! I must take a deep breath and focus. I’m way too excited. Let’s start off the day on a mini-theme to help Bushra (since this is our weekly “book recommendation” post, I think this is gonna be perfect for her! She is in love with bad-boy book bikers and wants MORE like Tack. So let’s get her started…

She asks:

Bushra: Hey Maryse! I LOVE your book blog! Its my #1 place to find my new read! I just finished reading Motorcycle Man and…. My God! Tack is just…. wooh! Anyway i need your help… im looking for a really good MC romance but the sweet ones that still manage to be macho and alpha like Tack… Is there one you can recommend? Would really appreciate it thanks!

Lauren: 2 names….Tillie Cole (It Ain’t Me, Babe (Hades Hangmen Book 1) & Madeline Sheehan….Absolutely incredible MC books. Ryan Michelle has a great series too (Ravage Me (Ravage MC Book 1). I’d start with Madeline Sheehan’s series….you will LOVE Eva & Deuce (Undeniable).

Paulette: Lock & Key by Cat Porter

Maryse: Oooooh yes!! I LOVE Madeline Sheehan’s books, and I need to read Lock and Key. :D Also check out this list (and the comments) as there are a TON of recommended biker books here: Ultimate List of Biker Books

Any more all-time favorite sweet but bad-boy biker books? I could use a real biker-love book fog right now, too!

And here are a few that are on my very next on my TBR list: Obviously Penny Reid’s panic-inducer: Elements of Chemistry: ATTRACTION. And… Saving Mercy (she falls in love with the ghost in her house… ooooh I think I wanna cry already over this one), Interim (the one with that CRAZY blurb from a week ago and that Sally LOVED like crazy), The Mistake (it’s coming out on Tuesday, but I have a review copy and OMG I THINK THIS IS NEXT for me ’cause I LOVED The Deal). Or what about Fear Me? He sounds like the ULTIMATE bully. And don’t get me started on the Indebted series that MichelleS is spazzing out over. Another “ultimate bully” Sounds like the worst of the worst which of course… sounds so fun!!

P.S. Let me know if I’m missing any or if you loved any (from this list or elsewhere).

AND a reminder:  for those accessing my blog via their mobile device (phone or tablet) you’ll notice the look of it has changed (for now, that’s the “mobile compatible” version and I’m hoping we can get it close to the usual “look” while still keeping it “mobile friendly”). On a desktop computer/laptop the look of the blog is the usual one.

EBOOK BARGAINS & READER RECOMMENDATIONS (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order).

  1. Elements of Chemistry: HEAT (Hypothesis Series Book 2) by Penny Reid <— JUST RELEASED!!! JERK-FACED BULLY book #2 (and considering how much everyone LOVED #1, but went nuts when it ended, I think they’ll be happy for this!)
  2. Blyssfully Undone: The Blyss Trilogy – book 3 by J.C. CLIFF <— JUST RELEASED! “Two sexy, ruthless men…one innocent female caught in the middle.
  3. Beloved Ink (Inked in the Steel City Book 8) by Ranae Rose <— JUST RELEASED (can be read as a standalone)
  4. Forever Grace (Ever After Book 3) by Linda Poitevin <— JUST RELEASED!! (COP & HIS NEIGHBOR ALERT!)
  5. Pretty Remedy by S.E. Hall <— JUST RELEASED
  6. Since Drew by J. Nathan <— JUST RELEASED!! Football star!! “One chance encounter brings Andi and Drew together, changing their worlds in ways they never thought possible. Unfortunately, what they thought they knew about themselves—and each other—might just be the biggest lie of all.
  7. All that Sparkles: The Texan Quartet by Claire Boston <— JUST RELEASED!!
  8. Carter Reed by Tijan <— SUPER-BARGAIN priced and book #2 is coming out in just a couple of days!!! I posted it below in the pre-orders)
  9. Heart Recaptured (Hades Hangmen Book 2) by Tillie Cole <— BIKER BOOK ALERT!! Nic highly recommends it! “…just finished Tillie Cole’s Second book in the Hangman Biker series…Wow this story keeps getting better. Even more violence than the first which I didn’t know was possible but the story is amazing.
  10. Changing Course (Wrecked and Ruined Book 1) by Aly Martinez <— I LOVED THIS ONE and it’s on super-sale right now!! (my review)
  11. Stolen Course (Wrecked and Ruined Book 2) by Aly Martinez <— I LOVED THIS ONE and it’s not on super-sale but it IS bargain priced! (my review)
  12. Broken Course (Wrecked and Ruined Book 3) by Aly Martinez <— I still need to read this one but it’s on super-sale too!! (dunno why book #2 is missing in the sale. It was awesome too).
  13. Urban Love Prophecy by Jessica Intro <— KING OF HIP HOP ALERT! And it’s on super-sale! “This isn’t a story about a bad boy and a girl from the right side of the tracks. This is the story of a man and a woman discovering love is blind to how you grew up, who your friends are, and where you live. Love sees only the heart and soul of whom it belongs to.
  14. The Rub Down by Gina Sheldon <— On super sale and Julie found it for us! He’s a massage therapist… “One year after the tragic Boston Marathon bombing, Alexa Williams must overcome horrible memories of that day. She struggles to put her fear aside to meet the challenge of the run. A rigorous training schedule leaves her body aching, and with Luke’s help, Alexa finds soothing release at The Rub Down…
  15. Interim by S. Walden <— BULLY BOOK!! Well… sorta… This is the one I’m finishing this weekend… my aunt just finished it and really liked it, and then Sally went nuts for it, too, saying: “Maryse HOLY COW! Did you ever wind up reading Interim by S. Walden?? I just finished it and DAMN that was a GREAT read! Put on your big girl panties ladies if you plan to take this book on. That’s all I have to say. BOOM! This author nailed it!!! This is a very different kind of story with a very serious and quite disturbing subject matter that had my adrenaline pumping the entire time. THE ENTIRE TIME. I HIGHLY recommend this book.” and Nic agrees! “Read interim earlier this week. You will not be disappointed. I love when a book is does not follow a normal plot plan. This was it. You think you know where it’s going and then it changes and then it changes back. It was great. Loved this story.”
  16. Fear Me (Broken Love Book 1) by B.B. Reid <— BULLY BOOK ALERT and it’s on sale AND something one of our fellow readers just said made me VERY excited! ‘Cause he’s the ultimate bully. Tessa says: “The difference between Fear Me and Bully is Jared is horrid, but he’s a BBF horrid for me. Keiran… if I met him irl, I’d run the other way. *grins*” Oooooh YES!! And Deborah says: “I did like Fear me better than Bully but it’s quite different very dark( dubious consent) if you can handle things like that………let’s just say Fear me makes Bully look like sesame street;)” Plus, book #2 will be out in just a couple of weeks (I posted it below in the pre-orders).
  17. Bully: The Fall Away Series by Penelope Douglas <— BULLY BOOK ALERT!! I’m bringing this one back since Aflame is making so many happy. Cheryl says: “Finished and really liked Bully. Now 3 more books to go. Good news is I know what I will be reading for the next few days. ;)
  18. Debt Inheritance (Indebted Book 1) by Pepper Winters <— Speaking of BULLY ALERT… Okay… I give. The way MichelleS and crew are going on and on about this series and that jerk “Jet’ I just GOTTA!!!!!! I think I’m about to start pacing… LOL!!! But can I possibly wait until August for #5? GAH!! Will I freak out?
  19. First Debt (Indebted Book 2) by Pepper Winters
  20. Second Debt (Indebted Book 3) by Pepper Winters
  21. Third Debt (Indebted Book 4) by Pepper Winters
  22. In Too Deep by Portia Da Costa <— STALKER ALERT??! Oooooh sounds awesome and creepy and it’s bargain priced! “When young librarian Gwendolynne Price finds increasingly erotic love notes to her in the suggestion box at work, she finds them both shocking and liberating. But who is her mystery admirer and how long will he be content to just admire her from afar…?
  23. Wild Nights: A Justiss Alliance Novel by Tina Wainscott <— PROSTITUTION RING ALERT! ALSO bargain priced!! “After dumping her cheating fiancé right before their Caribbean vacation, Jennessy Shaw goes alone, hoping to explore her wild side. But by the end of the first night, she’s not sure she has one. Which is why it’s so shocking when she wakes up in a sexy stranger’s room with no memory of the night before…
  24. Roam (Roam Series, Book One) by Kimberly Stedronsky <— STUDENT-TEACHER (sorta)!! Amy is reading this one, and MichelleS is ecstatic, saying: “Amy – I am seriously giddy and grinning like a loon that you are reading Roam. They just get better and better. But the last book… blew me away. It was so original. And cool. All that time travel. I hope you stick with it. I got sucked in and read them back-to-back.
  25. Down the Shore: A Rock-and-Roll Romantic Comedy by T. Torrest <— Jackie LOVED it! “I had to get Down the Shore by t Torrest. Finished in 1 day. Such a good book. I loved her Remember When series and this one did not disappoint. If you lived through the 90′s you will smile and chuckle at the references to incorporates into her books. These books are perfect to add to your summer reads…or if you want to pretend it’s summer, go ahead and start them now :-)
  26. Toxic (The Ruin Series, Book 2) by Rachel Van Dyken <— Jean recommends it!! “Went back to my TBR and read Toxic! I loved the first book, Ruin, in the series by Rachel Van Dyken and Toxic did not disappoint! Loved it!!!!!”
  27. The Devil in Winter (The Wallflowers, Book 3) by Lisa Kleypas <— Lori LOVES it: “Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas is a great book! It was amazing when I first read it years ago, and was still great when I read it a couple months ago. I love the whole Wallflower series.” and bev too! “Lori, The Devil in Winter! A thousand times yes. One of my favorites.”
  28. Night School: Genesis (Cimmeria Academy YA thrillers Book 1) by C.J. Daugherty <— Tessa is having fun with this series!! “Night School series is just so exciting. If **** dies, I’m going on an Ugly Cry marathon… I’m on the last Night School, and it’s taking everything in me to not cheat and read the end to know who ***** is. The book is exciting, but I admit, I don’t know who did it. I have something like five theories. It’s insane.
  29. After Dark (The Night Owl Trilogy Book 3) by M. Pierce <— The series that started our snuggle-fest with the cute stuffed manatee!!! Fabi is enjoying the finale one, saying: “I’m halfway through After Dark. It’s much more like the first one. Scary, tense and downright wicked.” YAY FABI!!!!!! :D I LOVED #1 and need to continue. This is great news!!
                                  

And for AUDIOBOOK LOVERS :P

Speaking of audiobooks: for those going on a road trip soon, or maybe you’ve got some projects that require both hands this weekend but still allows you to “listen”… check out the free audible trial + 2 free ebooks deal —>

  1. AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! ——> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as AUDIOBOOKS AT A BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL! (This is the “Whispersync” thingie). :D
  2. Wanderlust by Skye Warren <— JUST RELEASED!! DARK READ (or listen) ;) ALERT!!! I read this one and it’s SO GOOOOOD!! (my review)
  3. The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher <— Sadie is LOVING this whole series in audio… “Love me with lies on audio is SO GOOD. Gah.” OMG I LOVED these as books.   (my review)
  4. Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher <— SO SO SO GOOD (my review)
  5. Thief by Tarryn Fisher <— and the fantastic grand finale!! (my review)
  6. No Ordinary Billionaire: The Sinclairs, Book 1 by J.S. Scott <— pretty good price on this one!
  7. Dark Instincts: Phoenix Pack by Suzanne Wright <— good price on this one, too! (actually the whole series is nicely priced!!)
  8. Beautiful Broken Rules: Broken Series, Book 1 by Kimberly Lauren <— good price on each one on this series!
  9. Win by Submission: Against the Cage by Melinda Price <— good reviews & good price!
  10. Waiting for the One by L.A. Fire <— pre-order in just a few days it will be releasing and the price is good too!

        

PRE-ORDERS (most of ‘em are EARLY NEXT WEEK!!!!):

  1. Carter Reed 2 (Carter Reed Series) by Tijan – April 27th 2015
  2. Sweet (Contours of the Heart) by Tamara Webber – April 27th 2015
  3. Clipped by Love (Bellevue Bullies Book 2) by Toni Aleo - April 27th 2015
  4. Who I Am with You (Unexpected Heroes series Book 2) by Melody Anne - April 27th 2015
  5. The Mistake (Off-Campus Book 2) by Elle Kennedy <— April 28th 2015
  6. Overruled (The Legal Briefs Series) by Emma Chase - expected release date April 28th 2015
  7. Broken Juliet (Bad Romeo) by Leisa Rayven - expected release date April 28th 2015
  8. Black Iris by Leah Raeder - expected release date April 28th 2015
  9. The Reckoning: COMING APRIL 28TH (Hard to Resist) by S.L. Scott
  10. Loving the Beast: A Beauty Epilogue by Skye Warren  expected release date April 28th 2015
  11. My Time in the Affair by Stylo Fantome <— expected release date May 2nd 2015
  12. Fear You (Broken Love Book 2) by B.B. Reid <— expected release date May 11th 2015
  13. Compulsive (Liar Book 1) by Lia Fairchild <— expected release date May 12th 2015 (dark romance!)
  14. Fourth Debt (Indebted Book 5) by Pepper Winters <— August 11th 2015

             

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Welcome to the thirty eighth installment of “You’ll Never Believe…”

For those that don’t know what these new featurettes will be about, here is the scoop! “You’ll Never Believe…” will feature the weirdest questions or encounters that authors have been asked/had. Might be about their books or random things, like meetings in a bathroom where someone asked what brand of toilet paper they normally use. Fun stuff and inside scoops that an author would not normally share.

Today’s “You’ll Never Believe…” celebrates the release of P.A. DePaul’s latest book “Shadow of Doubt (An SBG Novel Book 2)”.  In this one, the author tells us about how one of her readers named some of her favorite things after her characters…

You’ll Never Believe… by P.A. DePaul

For today’s You’ll Never Believe…I want to share something cool. In today’s social media addicted world authors receive the sweetest, meanest, craziest, funniest, wildest, scratch-my-head-iest messages and posts. It doesn’t matter what genre an author writes, I bet he or she has interacted with readers through at least one social media channel.

I absolutely LOVE when I receive messages and posts from readers. (Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE letters and emails too!) I become giddy when I receive a notification that someone has reached out to me and I’m usually pouncing onto my phone or computer to find out what the message says. So, imagine my squeal factor when I see a post that not only has a person named their Glock (yes, you read that right) after one of the characters in my SBG romantic suspense series, this same person also created an online Wizard101 character utilizing her first name and the SBG character’s. Too cool, right?!?

So, who is her favorite Black Ops operative in Delta Squad? Talon. The most lethal member of the team. The bad boy who lived on the streets and became so adept with knives he’s a legend in the SBG world. He’s cold and standoffish and has no problem speaking out and causing confrontations. For a rare few people he considers family, he is extremely loyal and will protect them at all costs.

Not a bad choice, I say. In fact, I downright approve. ☺

So, now it’s your turn!! I want to hear you came up with the name of your dog, cat, parakeet, ferret, computer, car, significant other, and/or whatever you’ve given a name. Did you use a character from a book, too? Movie? TV show? Random Name Generator? Is there a story?

About P.A. DePaul

P.A. DePaul is a multi-genre romance author including paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense. She originally hails from Carroll County and Baltimore County, Maryland, but also lived in Macon and Warner Robins, Georgia. She currently resides in a beautiful community just outside Philadelphia. Shadow of Doubt, is the second novel in the SBG series. You can find the first: Exchange of Fire, at all major E-Retailers. You can also learn more about her at www.padepaul.com, www.facebook.com/padepaul, https://twitter.com/PADePaul, http://www.pinterest.com/padepaul, http://www.goodreads.com/PADePaul, and https://www.tsu.co/PADePaul.

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Welcome to the thirty ninth installment of “You’ll Never Believe…”

For those that don’t know what these new featurettes will be about, here is the scoop! “You’ll Never Believe…” will feature the weirdest questions or encounters that authors have been asked/had. Might be about their books or random things, like meetings in a bathroom where someone asked what brand of toilet paper they normally use. Fun stuff and inside scoops that an author would not normally share.

Today’s “You’ll Never Believe…” celebrates the release of A.J. Pine’s latest book “One Night”.  In this one, the author tells us about her own super-fangirl moment!

You’ll Never Believe… by A.J. Pine

Truth circle. We’re all friends, right? So yeah, I’ve been published for a little over a year. ONE NIGHT is my third book, and I’m super stoked that people are reading my words…and liking them. But here’s the thing. Being published does not mean that I no longer lose my cool/stop fangirling in the presence of my favorite authors.

Here’s proof.

In May 2014, my debut IF ONLY out for just under two months, I went to the RT convention in NOLA. I got to meet a lot of my writer friends who I only knew on Twitter at that point, and more importantly, I got to attend sessions where some of my favorite authors sat on the panel. In my day job, I am a teen librarian (and former high school English teacher). So YA is a first love of mine—YA romance to be specific. Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss; Lola and the Boy Next Door; Isla and the Happily Ever After) was on this panel. Here’s a picture to prove I met her and held it together…for the time it took to take this pic. See? I look relatively calm, right? But ask my writing partners about my behavior later that day, and there may have been some flailing. Anna and the French Kiss will always be one of my favorite romances, YA or otherwise, and aside from writing amazing stories, Perkins was just so super sweet.

Fast forward to September when librarian me is attending a YA conference put on by the amazing Anderson’s Bookshop. Stephanie Perkins is on a couple of panels, and she’s signing copies of Isla. It’s my turn at the signing table, and I thank the lovely Stephanie Perkins for her lovely words, and she asks, “Have we met before?”

Hold it together, Amy. You can do this.

“YES!” I say. “We met at RT last year when I was a noob, and I’ll be back this year as a signing author, and I’m so excited, and word vomit, word vomit, word vomit.”

Again, she’s so sweet and gracious and asks what I write and…yeah. I still fangirl. Big time. She’ll be at RT again this year. Hoping I keep it together long enough to ask for a pic.

About AJ Pine

AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, her books have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes) and, of course, a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires, from Eric Northman to the Salvatore brothers. And in the midst of all of this, you’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago burbs.

Blurb of One Night:

When she lost it all, Jess decided to cope by living a lie.

But you can’t keep on pretending forever…

Twenty-one-year-old Jess used to have everything—a loyal best friend, a boyfriend she loved, and a future that was right on track. But in a single night, her whole world changed.

Now, Jess lives for the impersonal connection of drunken hook-ups and to-go coffee cups in the morning. All she needs is one night to pretend everything is fine…until she meets Adam.

Thanks to a sports injury, gorgeous, charming basketball star Adam Carson is stuck in physical therapy at the hospital where Jess interns—giving her the perfect opportunity to see his sweet, considerate nature and making her realize that maybe she does want something more.

But while Adam might be the best thing that’s happened to Jess in a long time, letting him past her carefully constructed walls means letting him know what happened…and why he’d never want her for more than one night.

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 <— This recent release is getting some great reviews, and the author has sent over a fun little 5 fun facts for it! I just can’t stop staring and that gorgeous cover…. oooooh shiny. lol This is the kind of stuff that makes me trip over my own two feet. ;)

But first… a little about that blurb. ‘Cause OMG I’m thinking slightly taboo and *oomph!!!* and sound right up our angsty and “OH NO!!” alley. ‘Cause you see… she’s only 17 (and he’s older… and rich). And… he doesn’t realize just how young she is. eek *whoooooops!!!*

He’s at least ten years older than her seventeen years, and he knows exactly what he’s doing to her with that look.

Walking away would be the smart thing to do…

But she can’t. Not that first night when he takes her home and claims her body. Not when he shows up in her life again with expensive gifts to win her trust. Not even when she’s falling for him, and everything else is falling apart…

Yikes!!! AND sounds like FUN!! Wanna know a little more? A peek behind the book, perhaps?

5 Fun Facts for Diamonds (All That Glitters Book 1)

1. I got the idea for Diamonds on a road trip to New Orleans to go on a cruise with my family. I was so obsessed with it I worked on it in the car and every night on the boat even though I was on vacation.

2. Bryna is a really strong personality and comes across like a bitch a lot. I love her because she’s feisty and doesn’t back down ever. She was partially inspired by Blair Waldorf.

3. A lot of the places in the book I went to when I was on vacation in Santa Monica with some friends. It’s set in L.A. and I didn’t want to forget the California vibe I had right after leaving.

4. There are three guys in this book. I only ever intended to write one in it, but the book took on a life of its own. I wouldn’t say it’s a triangle or anything, but people like the different guys for different reasons so far and that’s been fun. Just to see what kind of guy people go for.

5. Writing Diamonds completely changed my outlook on Gold, a story that had been in my head for three years that I had even started writing before I finished Avoiding Responsibility. It makes it a very different book, but I think a stronger book in the long run.

And #2 (Gold (All That Glitters Book 2)) will be out in just a couple of months!

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Where did they go?

There are a few authors that have been mentioned over the last few days that some of us have just noticed are sort of… missing. I’ve been asked about one, which prompted a few more inquiries…

Lauren asked:

“Does anyone else scroll through their library….looking for something to read or even reread….& come across a book or two (or three) that you read a year or more ago that SHOULD have had a sequel but one never came out? Like Raising Ryann & Resisting Ryann….2 short books that I read about a year ago & were part of a trilogy that were supposed to be released within a couple months or weeks of each other but the 3rd book never came out. Or Love In Rewind that came out exactly a year ago…it should’ve had a 2nd book come out. Idk…just wondering if anyone else has this problem.”

Hey… yeah!! In fact, I just realized that the author of one of my favorite books from 2012 (Connected (Twists of Fate) by Jolyn Palliata), is missing from our book world. I found this out because exactly THREE years today, I reviewed that book that I just linked to, and when I re-read it, I realized the link to the book indicated the book was no longer for sale. So I searched… No Facebook page, no webpage, and even her books have been pulled off of Amazon. Well, I mean… her account is still there, but no ebooks, no paperbacks available for purchase. GAH! And she was so goooood!

Emma: I have A Modern Love Story by this author, but where did she go?

Of course, I’m only making this post for curiosity’s sake, in case some of our fellow readers have updates (or remember old posts) that might explain book delays or series issues.

Perhaps they…

  • are re-releasing their books?
  • are being published by a new publisher that will be re-releasing their books?
  • are coming back under a new pen name?
  • personal reasons…
  • or…?

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a post to “flame” anyone (or encourage any upsetting comments). If the author has (temporarily or permanently) left the writing world, then there is no need to look too hard for them (nor post any of their personal information).  If they wish to remain private, please leave it as is. Life happens, and sometimes it’s best to “leave some stones unturned”, until the author is ready to come back again.

But, just for fun, let’s see if we can get updates on our old favorites that seem to have taken a step back.

Leave your “where are they now” inquiries in the comments, and I’ll try and do some very “light” investigating. So if any of you know of any “missing authors” or book delays that haven’t been updated in awhile, but have the info, let us know, in the comments. :)

Maryse: There are a few authors that are dropping off… ones that we loved so much. I’ve been asked about a few of ‘em… it’s time to investigate.

Natasha Tomic Go, Maryse Holmes, go!!

Maryse: LOL!!!!! Now of course this is just “light” investigation… I believe leaving stones unturned if they wish to remain that way… life happens and all that. ;) But I’m on it. YAY!! This is fun!

Dani: Such a great idea for post!

Isabelle: What a clever idea. There are always authors that I wonder if we’ll see more from them.

Perry: I think these types of posts are so interesting and relevant. You see so many new authors every year but wonder how many stick around and how many disappear for whatever reason. neutral

Where is…?:

ALYSSA RAE TAYLOR <— Lauren wants to know what happened to book #3 of the Bad Boy Reformed series? “….2 short books that I read about a year ago & were part of a trilogy that were supposed to be released within a couple months or weeks of each other but the 3rd book never came out.” YAY!!! I FOUND THE ANSWER! She posted this:

“Thank you for reading the books. :) I had originally planned to publish Breaking Ryann late February/early March, but life happened and I’m running a little behind. I’ve had three weeks of a family member in the hospital and my male English Bulldog swallowed a ball and had to get emergency surgery on his intestines. With caring for him and my three daughters in soccer, It’s looking like I won’t be able to publish until late April/May. I’m so sorry for the delay! I don’t want to disappoint my readers and rush the end of their story. I promise I’m doing the best I can!

Thanks again for being so patient with me!
<3 Alyssa :)

TALI ALEXANDER <— Lauren is wondering about this one, too… saying “…it should’ve had a 2nd book come out..” YAY!!! I FOUND SOMETHING!!! She posted this back in January, but it looks like she’s writing #2 (Sara’s book) as we speak:

“Currently writing the next Audio Fools book… it’s not focused entirely on Louis and Emily, but you will see more of them .. and you might get a bit angry at one of them.. ‪#‎notsayin‬ ‪#‎comingsoon‬

(and she posted this in March):

“”Soon” is the best answer I can give …  We will have a hard release date “soon”!!! #workinghard

JOLYN PALLIATA? <— This is my own personal inquiry. I believe she took down her books in 2014 from what I can tell of the latest reviews I’ve been able to find. Does anyone know if she intends on coming back? NOTE FROM MARYSE: I can’t find ANYTHING. She de-activated her webpage and Facebook page… there’s nothing I can find except very old interviews and reviews… Let’s keep each other posted…

KATHERINE ALLRED? <— Natasha wonders: “Same with Katherine Allred, even though her books are still on sale. Where did she disappear??” YAY!! I found her Facebook page… but alas… nothing in the works for now. When someone asked her if she had any new releases coming up, she said (back in January 2015):

“Nothing on the horizon, but keep those fingers crossed just in case.”

MARIAH COLE? <— Patricia asks: “I was wondering if you knew what happened to Mariah Cole? She wrote this awesome book Beautiful Failure (Beautiful Series Book 1), that ended with a cliffhanger. She said we would not have to wait long. Beautiful Temptation is book 2, and she has stopped posting on Facebook, her blog, or Goodreads. Do you have any information?NOTE FROM MARYSE: I can’t find ANYTHING past her posts in 2014. All her pages are still active, but no updates or responses as of yet… Let’s keep each other posted…

CORA HAWKES? <— Author Cora Hawkes <— Marta wants to know: “I am also wondering about Author Cora Hawkes who wrote “Rocked Under (Rocked series Book 1)” :( where did she go?!?!?!? She stopped any kind of social network in 2013″ and Sonia is asking, too: “Do u know what happened to cora hawkes? She seems to have disappeared… Loved “rock under”… Or rocked under…. ( can’t remember). I know she was going to have a book 2 but she just seems to have fallen off the planet. Any insight ??” NOTE FROM MARYSE: I can’t find ANYTHING. All her pages are still active, but no updates or responses as of yet… last updates were in 2013. Let’s keep each other posted…

MAIA UNDERWOOD <— Christina asks “I’d like to know if Maia Underwood is going to write book 3 in the Shattered World Series.” NOTE FROM MARYSE: I can’t find ANYTHING. All her pages are still active, but no updates or responses as of yet… last updates were in 2012. Let’s keep each other posted…

BEC BOTEFUHR <— Graine asks: “I wonder where Bec Botefuhr has gone, loved her books!” YAY!!!! Marta knows!!! She says:

“Bec Botefhur is now writing as Bella Jewel if I’m not mistaken :)” and Feifei agrees! “For Bec, I’m pretty sure she’s writing as Bella Jewel now.”

JULIE BALE <— AnnE asks: “Julie Bale” Well… looks like there was a response to a comment inquiring about the release date of “The Chaos In Me” back in January 2015 where she said:

“…There are so many reasons why this book has been delayed but most are private and won’t share in a public forum. Please know it pains me that it’s taken this long and I have nothing but my sincerest apology. It’s was never my plan to be so very late with the continuation.”

NOTE FROM MARYSE: This author is also well know author JULIANA STONE (she writes under a few pen names and her Facebook account for this author page is still quite active). AND!!! On this Facebook page, one of her fans asks if “Julie Bale” will be coming back and she responds:

“She will be, I just can’t say when for a lot of reasons. I’m so sorry this book is so long delayed… Thanks for being so understanding. I know there are a lot of people who are disappointed the book is so so late. I feel for them but I can’t do anything about it until I can, if that makes sense. “

TARA JANZEN <— Nancy wants to know: “what happened to Tara Janzen and Linnea Sinclair? LOVED their books, but there’s been nothing new for years!” YAY!!!! I’m seeing she’s been fairly active on her Facebook page, and it appears she was part of a successful anthology not too long ago, and has responded in regards to her current work in progress just a few days ago saying:

“…still working on the CRAZY HEARTS novella – plan to publish it this summer. Need to get a cover designed!”

and here’s a little more info on it:

“Well, babes, I am writing a short story/novella starring Dylan and Skeeter – thought for sure I’d have it published by now – but “real life” got in the way and slowed the book down. I’m planning on writing one of these short story/novellas for each of the chop shop boys and girls. Anybody have any ideas for a series title – like “Steele Street” is the series title for the Crazy and Loose books?? Or should I just stick with “Steele Street”?”

LINNEA SINCLAIR <— Nancy wonders… where did she go? YAY!!! Well… sorta. ;) I have a bit of info. From what I can tell from her Facebook posts (and she’s pretty active on it!), she’s going to be attending RT this year and possibly helping with a workshop! And it appears (at least from her webpage last year) that she’s a part of numerous writing workshops.

KATJA MILLAY <— bev is asking about one of my favorites!! “Ok, so I’m thinking of one who is not “missing” but curious if any news about a new book from Katja Millay?” and Hella is wondering, too… “Katja Millay also came to mind while reading this post.” YAY!!! We have some news! Katja answered a reader just yesterday and indicated she was working on another book!

“…And yes, I am currently working on a new story.”

and she also responds to another inquiry saying:

“…I’m working on a project right now though it isn’t a sequel to TSoT. “

MAYA ST. JAMES <— Lindsay is looking for: “Maya St James – I really enjoyed the first two Pawn books but she has disappeared prior to publishing the conclusion and her books have been pulled from amazon and iTunes” NOTE FROM MARYSE: *sigh* Yep… so far nuthin’ on this. She posted in February 2015 that there was an outage and her Pawn 3 release was going to be a few weeks late (due to recovery efforts and revisions)… then she posted in early March that it would be released that weekend… and then… nothing. So I’m personally wondering if the recovery efforts did not recover as much as she thought she did? And sure enough, for now, it seems that she has pulled her #1 & #2 from Amazon, also. Let’s keep each other posted…

IRIS BLAIRE <— Nicole wants to know: “I’ve been kind of wondering that about Iris Blaire. She wrote Exposure, which I loved, a couple more in that series and then just disappeared. I didn’t even realize the third book (Aberration (East Park Book 3) was out until this post popped up and I searched her. There wasn’t really any mention of it…I think I even posted and tagged her on Goodreads asking where she went, but heard nothing.” UPDATE FROM MARYSE: Yep… it does appear that she’s been pretty inactive on her Facebook page since 2014 after her release of #4 —> Shut Up and Model for Me (East Park Book 4) although this appears to be a series bundle of the 1st 3 books (plus a short story + a sneak peek at the next standalone spinoff). But nothing published or updated since. Hmmmm… Her Twitter has been de-activated, her website no longer has updates, and her Facebook page hasn’t been updated since Sept 2014. Let’s keep each other posted…

LAUREN HAMMOND <— Kaycee asks: “I would love to know what happened to Lauren Hammond’s sequel book, ‘Yelling Out Loud’. It’s meant to be the sequel to ‘A Whisper to a Scream‘ that ended in a cliffhanger. Goodreads says book 2 was meant to be published in 2013 but doesn’t look like it’s been published or even written yet! She is the author of the awesome Asylum trilogy.” NOTE FROM MARYSE: While the author has been fairly active on her Facebook page, it looks like there’s not much of an update JUST yet on “Yelling Out Loud” She did mention this “overall update” back in January 2015:

“Like I stated in a previous post, I had had some pretty severe personal setbacks so it has taken me a while to get back into the swing of things. It also left me undecided on some of the novels that have sequels, however, I have decided to move forward with a few of them.

For other sequels, I can’t provide release dates at this time, but I can say that Just South of Biloxi will be the final book that goes along with The Asylum Series.

That being said, I’m sure you can expect some other awesome books from me in the future!”

and Dec 29th 2014, she did bring up the sequel to the book you are asking about, saying:

“Just to keep everyone up to date, I’ve had some pretty severe personal setbacks over the last two years, but I have some good news…..

I have started working on Yelling Out Loud (Whisper two). I can’t provide anyone with any release dates as of yet, but I’m pasting a snippet below and for those of you who have been waiting very, very patiently thank you so very very much.

I hope you all enjoy the teaser and I hope 2015 turns out to be an epic year for you all!”

ALTHOUGH… when a fellow reader asked about the release of Yelling Out Loud on April 9th, 2015, the author answered:

“Thank you so much! If I decide to release it, I will be sure to let you know!”

T.C. ANTHONY <— V wonders about this author: “I read the first two books in Three Stages of Love trilogy by TC Anthony but the third book never appeared. I check periodically but she seems to have vanished.” NOTE FROM MARYSE: October 2014, the author responded, in regards to book #3:

“I’m truly trying for spring
Life has taken a till
Family is always priority
So it’s taking longer
Ty for your patience and inquiry”

ANGELINE KACE <— Tabatha asked: “Has anybody heard about Angeline Kace? I loved her book Wicked Thing that came out in 2013. It is one of my fav re-reads, but she stopped posting on her blog in Jan 2014.” NOTE FROM MARYSE: Her latest responses on her Facebook page from September 2014 indicate she’s working on book #3 of her vampire series…

“No date yet, but I’m working on it so hopefully end of the year-ish.”

KELE MOON <— MichelleS is looking for more from one of MY fav authors! She says: “Age of Alphas, by Kele Moon. I loved it sooooooooo much and was so looking forward to book two. This was a “fated mate” kind of theme, with mated pairs holding the fate of their world. This was the Winter Pair, and they were destined to be together. They grew up together, but he was older so he had to wait. GAH! It was so sweet.” MichelleS!!! I have an answer. Kele rocks so much! She says:

“That series. . . I pulled and am repackaging, hopefully with the whole series done. I’m working on the other two books, but right now it’s out of print, but certainly not off the table.”

BREENA WILDE <— Eileen is looking for one, too! “Breena Wilde of Blurred Lines and now Traitorous Heart has completely disappeared. A lot of her books have come down from amazon, her Facebook page is gone, her blog is also gone.”

PAIGE JAMES <— Debra is looking for Paige! “Paige James!!! Teaching Willow! Several books released put on my wish list then pulled! Disappeared!”

DANI ALEXANDER <— Ronell is looking for an author too! She asks: “Hi there, I’ve been wondering what’s happened to Dani Alexander. She wrote Shattered Glass. Brilliant book. Her second book Not so Innocent was supposed to be released ages ago. I was really looking forward to it………

LINDA WINFREE <— Victoria is looking for: “I’ve been looking for more Linda Winfree too. I’ve been addicted to her Hearts of the South series.”

PRICILLA GLENN <— Kristina is looking for more! “I loved all the books Priscilla Glenn has written, Coming Home (my fav!), Emancipating Andie and Back to You. Where did she go? I hope she comes out with another book, I absolutely love her writing style and stories.”

MILA FERRERA <— Angie is looking for: “Another writer who abruptly stopped (social media, too) is Mila Ferrera”

KATY ATLAS <— Reyna is wondering about this author: “What about Katy atlas? She wrote Moving Neutral, Moving In Reverse and Moving Forward? She left a cliffhanger and I’ve been waiting! I know she had a baby but it’s been quite a while!”

Tessa has some answers for us on a few “missing” authors. She says:

Kalayna Price is one who stopped, but it is due to personal trouble, so I get it. <— Kathy answered: “Kalayna price just recently posted that she is back and a book is due out next year.“:

“Breaking my long silence with an update, finally. It is looking like Grave Visions should be scheduled to hit shelves in February 2016. Thank you everyone who has been waiting. Future releases will not have such huge gaps.”

J.S. Cooper wrote a prince series which I loved so much, but she can’t figure out how it ends.

Worst, the worst, is L.J. Smith. She write the Night world series, wrote 11 books, then her mom got cancer before number 12 was written. Totally get stopping for that.

However, then Vampire Diaries became a TV show, and she started writing extra stories for that. She teased scenes for the last Night world book… Then, she gets fired from writing the Vampire Diaries, because she won’t follow the TV show. So she writes it as fan fiction. The whole time, I’m still waining for that last book! Lol. At this point, its been 15 years. She could just say, boom, then they all died, the end, and I’d be happy. Just to finally end the darn thing!

Update from Maryse: LJ SMITH WRITES HER VAMPIRE DIARIES FAN FICTION AND POSTS IT HERE

                                   

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I know… I get a little crazy with my love of unexpected endings (tragic, or surprising… or both) but there are some that are very adamant about that coveted “Happily Ever After”. Oh… me too. I LOVE ‘em. Nothing more relieving than love and future perfection after such turmoil and angst. So… HEA ADDICTS, rejoice!! Here is an author after your (our) own hearts! :D

To celebrate this latest release, All that Sparkles: The Texan Quartet (described as “a gorgeous romance set in the high fashion world.” with “…more books set in the same world, with cameos from previous characters, much in the style of Kylie Scott’s ‘Stage Dive’ Series…) the author lets us into her OWN perspective on the age-old “HEA” (Happily Ever After) debate for romance novels…

Romance – Happily Ever After Guaranteed by Claire Boston 

One of the main reasons I adore romances is because they end happily. Two people (or werewolf/vampires/insert favourite paranormal/fantasy character here) fall in love, go through some angst, but no matter how bad it gets, you are assured a happy ending. I can get through a whole lot of darkness, knowing that is at the end.

That’s why I get quite irritated (to put it mildly) when a quote on the front of the book proclaims it to be a romance and then I get to the end and one of the couple dies. WHAT?! This happened to me twice in quick succession and was so incredibly heart breaking for me because I was hanging on to the knowledge that somehow (despite where the story seemed to be heading) it was going to end happily. I think I redefined the term ugly cry for both those books!

Now some people may argue that a romance is two people falling in love, and the ending doesn’t matter but I say no. If that’s your definition then Iron Man is a romance, Casino Royale is a romance and Star Wars is a romance. The idea is as ridiculous as having a mystery novel where the mystery isn’t solved. It just shouldn’t happen.

So let me guarantee you that The Texan Quartet, of which All that Sparkles is book 2, is most definitely a romance. Each book explores the romance of a different couple, starting with Libby and Adrian in What Goes on Tour, and ending with Piper’s story in book 4. In addition each couple make cameo appearances in all of the other books (see if you can guess who George’s ideal match is when you read All that Sparkles).

The challenge writing a series was I had to make sure my couples continued their happily ever after when their book ended. This was easy in All that Sparkles, because Libby and Adrian get married. Readers get to see how they’ve settled down in Houston, Texas and where their life is going. In book 3, Under the Covers, Imogen and Christian are seen together and hold an Independence Day party. So what happens at the end of book 4, Into the Fire? Well there’s an epilogue which I hope will satisfy all my readers and prove that in my books happily ever after is a promise.

READY FOR THE GIVEAWAY?

FIVE lucky commenters here will win an ebook copy of All that Sparkles: The Texan Quartet

How to enter for a chance to win it? Just leave a comment, and by 10pm EST, Sunday March 26th 2015, I will randomly select FIVE winners for the ebook.

The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond confirming their email address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. This ebook will be sent directly to the winner by the publisher.

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Marrow
*blink blink*

*stares*

*blink*…

*bl…iiiinnnk*

That’s right. Me. Up there. That was how I felt upon finishing this mind f… redface er…. delightfully convoluted story.  HOLY MOLY… I got it. No I didn’t. But I GET it… now. And yet I totally didn’t. But I did. But I wasn’t sure if it was me? Or her? Or had my mind just… cracked after all of that? rolleyes I don’t even care, ’cause IT. WAS. AWESOME!!

Maryse: HOLY MOLY I just finished Marrow. Whoa. eek My fragile little mind… and yet I enjoyed every bit of it cracking. LOL!!! ;)

Jackie: Me too me too!!!

Jill: I finished Sunday afternoon and I still can’t describe what I read or how I feel about it. That Tarryn Fisher sure knows how to make us think we’re crazy.

But OMG, going back over it… it makes SO much sense. It does. And now… knowing… more things, I can’t stop thinking about it. Backtracking. Re-living. Re-visualizing. How? When? Where? Why? Oh. No. I KNOW why.

JenC: OMGGGG. I’ve been reading Marrow for about half an hour now and oh my godddd, I can already tell: a) that Tarryn has done it again and b) this is a 5 star (and probably fave book of 2015).

Maryse: I’m loving it too… dark but so meaningful.

Amy: By the way, where are you both at in Marrow? I am seriously consumed with this book right now…

Maryse: I’m at 30% too…. am sitting down and ready for the long haul. So far though it’s PURE Tarryn Fisher.

Amy: I’m at 60% of Marrow and I’m going to sit down shortly and read the rest of it straight through ’til I’m finished. It has me pretty twisted up right now in the most delicious way!

Elizabeth: Loving marrow so far! very powerful. You feel every word she writes.

Clever lady, that Tarryn Fisher. Weaving us in and out of a nightmare. A few nightmares in fact. Tripping us right into a few surprises that totally threw me for a loop. Suddenly I was sure everything I had been thinking or knowing, up to that point, was WRONG. WRONG WRONG WRONG because, come on…  *that* reveal? And the circumstances where the reveal was… revealed? GAH!!!! What was I to believe? Who? How? What? Where? Yes… it’s one of those. But I thought… ? Wasn’t he…? She…? WHAT?!!! What about that… ? Never mind. I’ll let you go through your own erratic through processes, yourself.

And the fact that this one somehow ties into Mud Vein

Maryse: oooooh it’s a series!!!! Supposedly the books eventually “tie in” together… I can’t wait to see how.

Cheryl: MARROW, whaaat?! I’m confused, is this a continuation of Mud Vein? How?? :0 Maryse, “it’s a series?” Dear God if it is anything like Mud Vein; you know with Tarryn Fisher it’s going to be fu@%ked up story!!! Ugh!! I see drinking in the near future for me today. Please just let me know if it ends in a cliffhanger!

Amy: Amy: Cheryl, so far it’s typical Tarryn Fisher…which is a *great* thing. ;) Whether the “invisible thread” is that the stories are interwoven or just that they have a common theme and have “easter eggs” (like the Zippo) thrown in, I’m fine with it either way. Maryse, you did notice the Zippo, right? No overthinking allowed for me though with this one…just enjoying it for what it is right now! *happy dance* … Okay…because I’m paranoid about spoilers, I just wanted to add that the Zippo comment is not (I don’t believe, at least) spoilery. It’s just something I noticed, which is why I said it may just be an “easter egg.”

Maryse: Amy… why am I not remembering the Zippo reference? It’s right on the edge of my memory…

Amy: Maryse, let’s see if I can keep from being spoilery here…pink Zippo was a sort of trigger for her in Mud Vein and there were pink Zippos at that house, remember?

I love Tarryn Fisher’s writing style. LOVE it. She can make things dark and dismal without being depressing. I’m staying up tonight as late as I need to so I can finish Marrow ’cause I’m loving this book!

Cheryl: I was wondering about the Pink Zippo too. Although still don’t quite remember that detail.

Amy: if any – ties Marrow has to Mud Vein other than it being another psy-thriller sort of story, and that little message from TF is kinda cryptic…at least to me it is. I’m only about halfway through it though … so we’ll see what happens. All I can say is this one has some pretty dark elements to it…and I’m loving it! :D

And boy did it ever! BUT you don’t have to read Mud Vein to enjoy this one… it’s just so much cooler if you do, due to a few of the “tie ins”. ;)

But no matter what, let go and enjoy the ride because it takes you through… about 4 different modes (and moods) as the story builds, fluctuates, and presents itself in it’s warped (and yet logical) reality. Because that is what a lot of reality is, isn’t it? Not all is fair in the world, and certain people process and handle things differently than the “norm”.

“People— our dads, our moms, our friends— they are so broken they don’t even know that most of what they do reflects that brokenness. They just hurt whoever is in their wake. They don’t sit and think about what their hurt is doing to us. Pain makes humans selfish. Blocked off. Focused inward instead of outward.“

While the story starts us off with a broken and practically abandoned little girl growing up in tragic circumstances (mode/mood #1),

“You are worth loving. They just don’t have any love to give. Forgive them, Margo.”

…we move into mood #2 when she grows up into someone pretty wonderful. Finally finding herself, her independence, a few friends and an almost hopeful outlook on life. Caring for others, compassionate, and freer. Despite her desolate start, she’s not completely broken. And she’s hoping to help those that might be.

“Margo…” his voice cracks. His chin dips to his chest, and I’m not sure if he’s crying until I hear the sniff. He grabs me, before I can grab him, and he holds me tight. “Margo,” he says into my hair. “I’ll save you, if you save me.”

I nod , the words caught in my throat, sticky with emotion. That’s the best deal life has ever offered me.

But things (mood #3) change, as her compassion and love for others grows into an outright need to protect, and force balance. A calm fury. She becomes a vigilante, of sorts.

I’m not proud. I’m not anything. An eye for an eye, I tell myself. A beating for a beating.

I’ll let you discover mood #4 (and maybe there’s even a mood #5) on your own. Lots of personal apprehension, while you battle with yourself over the rights and wrongs of the world and how they should be dealt with. You’ll both cheer her on, and cringe. Stress. Knowing something big is about to happen.

And all the while… your mind feels like it’s cracking. Because… you know. Things.

Amy: *GASP* What the… *blink blink* *shakes head goes back to Marrow*

Like the very THINGS that tie this story to Mud Vein. And now I feel a little… perplexed. Almost betrayed by my own certainty… ’cause what I thought I should *think* and thought… was maybe… not quite right? GAH! I dunno. Kind of. *sigh* I know. This review is NOT helping you is it?

Jean: Just finished Marrow…… can barely process! My mind is in jumbles! OK, I need to evaluate…. Maryse, I need your review like right now! I know you will be able to help sort out the “craziness” for me!!

Amy: Finished Marrow. :| Yeah, no words right now. I gotta digest this.

Cheryl: Amy, that scares me and Maryse “pure Tarryn Fisher, not good. *shakes head, Nope not ready to start Marrow*

Amy: Cheryl, if you read Mud Vein and liked it then you should give Marrow a try. Nothing to be scared of…there is just some stuff in it that I’m still trying to process. But I loved it. So different and soooo what I was looking for. ;)

Yep Amy and Jean… right there with you. I was a mess in the end of this one, but I think I got it. We need a spoiler forum to release this one properly.

For all of you getting ready to read it. Don’t let our perplexed states scare you off. That should make you even MORE excited!! It was fantastic. Left me sitting there staring …. I love that. It’s just so exciting to finish a book on a high.

So… just go with it. It all comes together, and yet will still leave you contemplating and second guessing yourself… and her, in the end. But I now feel very certain as to what this one was about and why, and I LOVE IT EVEN MORE!!!

“You have to be willing to be happy. Despite the mess of your life— just accept what’s happened, throw away your ideals, and create a new map of happiness to follow.”

It’s the best thing anyone has ever said to me. The best advice.

*conspiratorial grin* cool That quote right there says SO much.

4.5 stars!!

P.S. It doesn’t end on a cliffhanger. Er… well. Sorta. *waggles eyebrows* I guess it depends on how you look at it. *snort* :P

P.P.S. The note from the author at the end made me cry. Broke my heart. And mended it again. In her weird, sweet… kinda tortured way. What a message. <3

P.P.P.S. Thank you to the author for sending me this fantastic book! I knew what I was in for, and I couldn’t wait for the personal shake up!

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Welcome to the thirty seventh installment of “You’ll Never Believe…”

For those that don’t know what these new featurettes will be about, here is the scoop! “You’ll Never Believe…” will feature the weirdest questions or encounters that authors have been asked/had. Might be about their books or random things, like meetings in a bathroom where someone asked what brand of toilet paper they normally use. Fun stuff and inside scoops that an author would not normally share.

Today’s “You’ll Never Believe…” celebrates the release of Alannah Lynne’s latest book “Matter of Time (Heat Wave Book 5)”.  In this one, the author tells us about how she learned to drive a stick shift… and had a melt down with an “automatic”. LOL!!!

You’ll Never Believe… by Alannah Lynne

Before I make my confession, I’d like to point out this was many, many years ago, and that we lived in a rural part of southern Ohio… fifteen miles out in the country on a dirt road with very few neighbors. Okay, now that the disclaimer is out of the way… my dad taught me to drive when I was ten and a half. It was on his old Ford F150 pickup, with a three speed on the column. I could barely reach the pedals, so I’m not sure how I was able to push in the clutch, but where there’s a will… LOL He drew a diagram of the gears on a roll of paper towels, put the roll on the dashboard so I could see it, and then pretty much turned me loose on our farm.

But the madness doesn’t stop there. My dad owned a construction company, so by the time I was thirteen, I’d graduated to driving his fifteen-speed tandem dump truck. After I mastered that, I needed another challenge, so I hooked up the lowboy (the long trailer used for hauling equipment) and learned to drive around the farm with that. I got so proficient, I was able to back the truck with the lowboy through the gate with 1” of clearance on either side.

When I was fifteen, I finally learned to drive an automatic (although when I took my driver’s test for my license, I drove my mom’s stick shift). My brother had a massive jacked up four-by-four (my sister-in-law needed a step ladder to climb into it when she was pregnant). One afternoon, he was in a meeting with my dad and needed me to move it for him. I didn’t know how to drive it because it was an automatic, so like any panicked fifteen year old girl, I dissolved into a puddle of tears and begged him to move it himself. He just laughed at me, along with my dad and our oldest brother, and said, “You just put it in drive and go.” I can still remember shaking and crying as I climbed up into that big blue truck and tried to figure it out. Five minutes later I ran back into the house laughing and yelling, “That was so easy! And so much fun!” I drive an automatic now, but I still have mad love for a manual transmission; especially if it’s on a fast sports car, like the Cobra my husband and I had.

Blurb of Matter of Time (Heat Wave Book 5):

Some might think the phrase, “you complete me” is a just cheesy line from the movies, but Lizbeth Sanders knows better…

In MATTER OF TIME, Lizbeth has spent the past fifteen years desperately searching for someone to fill the void left by Logan Steele’s disappearance from her life. However, rather than finding love and happiness, all she’s found is disappointment, heartache, and an ever-present longing for the man she can never have.

Fifteen years ago, Logan Steele left the woman he loved to marry his high school sweetheart and be a father to the child he didn’t know he had. He’s always tried to do the honorable thing, to be a good husband and a great father, but despite his sacrifices and best efforts, the shaky foundation of his marriage crumbles and falls apart.

When his identical twin surprises him with a reintroduction to Lizbeth, Logan feels like he’s been given a second chance—at life and love. But a lot can change in fifteen years, and after hurting her so badly the first time, building trust isn’t just hard, it’s nearly impossible—especially when duty and obligation pulls him away again.

About the Author:

Author Alannah Lynne

Alannah believes there’s nothing more magical than finding the other half of your soul, experiencing fiery passion, and knowing you’ve found happily-ever-after. She loves going to work each day (in sweats and a T-shirt) and writing about hot heroes and feisty heroines who torment each other in the most delicious ways before finding their happy ending. She lives in the coastal region of North Carolina with her husband, who also happens to be her best friend and biggest fan. They have two sons, a dog, and two cats.

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