Monday, October 5, 2015

New Releases: October 2015 #MondayBlogs

cover Nerdy Girl Nation
Who knew the girl who spent most of her Saturday nights watching Doctor Who marathons with her best friend would end up becoming a reality television star? Not Emma MacLean.

Emma tried to leave the nerdy girl behind as the Vice President of Operations for billionaire venture capitalist, Terrance Hunt, on the hit show Hunt for Life. When double tragedies occur on the same day, Emma is out of a job, but the cameras and a nation of fans continue to follow her.

Rob "Bobby" Breyer lived and breathed the professional wrestling circuit for five years. Rob happens to be a devoted Hunt for Life fan due to a chance meeting with Emma while in high school. When he reaches out to Emma in her time of crisis, he never imagines how much it will change his life.

After twelve years, their attraction still sizzles and this time, Rob's not letting Emma get away. As the cameras roll, Emma's new career and Rob's quest for glory are in the spotlight. When the heat is on, they'll need all the support they can get from the Nerdy Girl Nation.

Available October 1
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cover The Sword of Summer
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Available October 6
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cover A.D. 33
New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker delivers the gripping story of Maviah, a slave who becomes a queen in Arabia, A.D. 33.

They call her the Queen of the Outcasts. Maviah, a woman whose fate was sealed on her birth by this world-unwanted, illegitimate, female, a slave-subject to the whims of all. But then she met a man named Yeshua who opened her eyes. She found strength in his words, peace from the brutal word around her. Because of what he taught her, she has gathered her own traveling kingdom of outcasts deep in the desert, wielding an authority few have seen. But when her growing power threatens the rulers around her, they set out to crush all she loves, leaving her reeling as a slave once more. She must find Yeshua to save her people, but when she does, she will be horrified to discover that he faces his own death.

Enter a story full of intrigue, heart-wrenching defeat, uncompromising love and staggering victory-one that re-examines everything you thought you knew about the heart of Jesus's stunning message and the power that follows for those who follow his easily forgotten way.

Available October 6
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cover The End of All Things
It started with a pandemic virus. Carly, the last survivor in Juneau, Alaska, struggles to survive, her only companion a wolf puppy she found starving on the streets. Justin, an ex-special forces soldier, convinces Carly to accompany him on the perilous journey across the lawless wasteland that was once the United States.

Their search for a safe home is also a journey into friendship and love. Together, they face every struggle, including an unplanned pregnancy. Despite the perils of bringing a child into a world of chaos, their baby is a symbol of hope for the other survivors they find along the way.

The walled town of Colby seems to be an ideal place for their fledgling community. With only nineteenth-century technology to aid them, they must learn skills long forgotten to provide for their basic needs, and decide how to move forward with society in a world where equality, justice, and freedom from tyranny are no longer guaranteed. When new threats emerge, Carly has to decide what she is willing to do—and how far she’s willing to go—to protect what she has worked so hard to build.

Available October 11
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cover The Favorite
While America Singer's heart was torn between Aspen and Prince Maxon, her friend Marlee knew exactly what she wanted—and paid the price.

Revisit the captivating world of Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series in this digital original novella. Told from Marlee's point of view, this all-new 64-page story returns to the fateful Halloween when Marlee and Carter were discovered, and reveals how that night—and Prince Maxon—changed their lives forever.

The Favorite also features a teaser to The Siren!

Available October 13
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cover Winter Stroll
The Quinn family celebrates their most dramatic Christmas yet in this enchanting sequel to Elin Hilderbrand's bestselling Winter Street.

Christmas on Nantucket finds Winter Street Inn owner Kelley Quinn and his family busily preparing for the holiday season. Though the year has brought tragedy, the Quinns have much to celebrate: Kelley has reunited with his first wife Margaret, Kevin and Isabelle have a new baby; and Ava is finally dating a nice guy.

But when Kelley's estranged wife Mitzi shows up on the island, along with Kevin's devious ex-wife Norah and a dangerously irresistible old fling of Ava's, the Inn is suddenly overrun with romantic feuds, not to mention guests. With jealousy, passion, and eggnog consumption at an all-time high, it's going to take a whole lot more than a Christmas miracle to get the Quinns--and the Inn--through the holidays intact.

Available October 13
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cover All the Stars in Heaven
Adriana Trigiani, the New York Times bestselling author of the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker’s Wife, returns with her biggest and boldest novel yet—a hypnotic tale, based on a true story—that dazzles with the signature elements of her previous work—family ties, artistry, romance, adventure—and introduces an unforgettable new heroine: Loretta Young, an ambitious starlet struggling to survive in Hollywood’s dream factory

In this spectacular saga as radiant, thrilling, and beguiling as Hollywood itself, Adriana Trigiani takes us back to Tinsel Town’s golden age—an era as brutal as it was resplendent—and into the complex and glamorous world of a young actress hungry for fame and success. With meticulous, beautiful detail, Trigiani paints a rich, historical landscape of 1930s Los Angeles, where European and American artisans flocked to pursue the ultimate dream: to tell stories on the silver screen.

The movie business is booming in 1935 when twenty-one-year-old Loretta Young meets thirty-four-year-old Clark Gable on the set of The Call of the Wild. Though he’s already married, Gable falls for the stunning and vivacious young actress instantly.

Far from the glittering lights of Hollywood, Sister Alda Ducci has been forced to leave her convent and begin a new journey that leads her to Loretta. Becoming Miss Young’s assistant, the innocent and pious young Alda must navigate the wild terrain of Hollywood with fierce determination and a moral code that derives from her Italian roots. Over the course of decades, she and Loretta encounter scandal and adventure, choose love and passion, and forge an enduring bond of love and loyalty that will be put to the test when they eventually face the greatest obstacle of their lives.

Anchored by Trigiani’s masterful storytelling that takes you on a worldwide ride of adventure from Hollywood to the shores of southern Italy, this mesmerizing epic is, at its heart, a luminous tale of the most cherished ties that bind. Brimming with larger-than-life characters both real and fictional—including stars Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy, David Niven, Hattie McDaniel and more—it is it is the unforgettable story of one of cinema’s greatest love affairs during the golden age of American movie making.

Available October 13
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cover Hot Toy
Previously published in the anthology Santa, Baby, HOT TOY is now available as a standalone e-story for the first time!

Mayhem ensues under the mistletoe as a determined shopper grabs the very last hot toy action figure off the shelf, only to find herself plunged into the middle of a real-life spy game and in the arms of a sexy secret agent...

Available October 13
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cover Shopaholic to the Rescue
Becky Bloomwood and a hilarious cast of beloved family and friends (plus one enemy!) set off in a van to find her missing father, last heard from in Las Vegas.

Becky’s father Graham and her best friend’s husband, Tarquin, have disappeared from Los Angeles saying simply they have “something to take care of.”

But Tarquin’s wife Suze who is Becky’s best friend, and Becky’s mother Jane, are convinced the two men are hiding something and are in danger—their imaginations run wild. They must track them down!

Hijinks ensue as husband Luke drives Becky, daughter Minnie, Jane, Suze and other favorite Kinsella characters across country from LA to Las Vegas in search of the missing men.

Becky feels deeply guilty about ignoring her father while he was in LA, in addition Becky feels her enemy Alicia is threatening her friendship with Suze.

Available October 27
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cover A Very Nantucket Christmas
Celebrate the holidays with New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer in this festive collection featuring two heartwarming tales set on Nantucket island.

A Nantucket Christmas 

“As sweet and warm as a fresh-baked cookie.”—RT Book Reviews

The Yuletide season’s wonderful traditions are much loved by Nicole Somerset, new to Nantucket and recently married to a handsome former attorney. But the cheerful mood is soon tempered by Nicole’s chilly stepdaughter, Kennedy, who arrives without a hint of holiday spirit. Determined to keep her stepmother at arm’s length—or, better yet, out of the picture altogether—Kennedy schemes to sabotage Nicole’s first Christmas with her new husband. Yet, in the season of miracles, holiday joy has a way of coming to all, both naughty and nice.

An Island Christmas

“Thayer vividly depicts the joys and frustrations of family life against the beautiful Nantucket backdrop.”—Library Journal

It’s Christmas time and Felicia has returned to her family’s home on the island to marry her rugged boyfriend, Archie. Every snow-dusted street and twinkling light is picture-perfect for a dream wedding. Except a lavish ceremony is not Felicia’s dream at all; it’s what her mother, Jilly, wants. Worried that her daughter’s life with daredevil Archie will be all hiking and skydiving, Jilly embarks on a secret matchmaking campaign for Felicia and their handsome neighbor Steven Hardy. With the arrival of Jilly’s older daughter, Lauren, fueling tensions, and the family careening toward a wedding disaster, an unexpected twist reminds everyone of the true meaning of the season.

Available October 27
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Sunday, October 4, 2015

"Surpassed all expectations!" ~ The Wilds by Donna Augustine

My name is Dahlia but I’m called a Plaguer, a person who survived the Bloody Death. When the virus first hit the world, it ravaged the human race. I thought I was lucky to survive it but survival comes at a cost. Ever since the sickness, I see things and I’m hunted for these visions.

Some seek me out because they want to keep their secrets safe. They don’t want the world to know the truth of what they are. Others, like Dax, want my knowledge. Dax has secrets of his own but as long as he helps me evade the Dark Walkers, he can keep them.

This book is for all the Plaguers, the truth sayers branded and marked as liars, often hunted and sometimes forgotten. This book is for the girl who was right.

Very fun and addicting read ~ Trenton Massey

Unique, gripping and will leave you glued to the pages ~ Amazon Customer

Strong start to a new series!! ~ AJ

Chapter One

Have you ever wanted to be someone else so desperately that you wished for it with everything you had? Closed your eyes at night and prayed you would wake up as someone else? Would sacrifice anything to just not be you for another day? That's how I used to feel when I first came here, fourteen years ago a screaming child of four, crying as my parents walked out of this place without me.

I stayed like that for a long time, too, a black hole of emotion. I'd destroy any light that came too close. I cursed the world and everyone who dwelled upon it.

It was six years ago that I was lying in my private cell in The Holy Sanctuary for the Criminally Insane--or the Cement Giant as me and the other inmates called it--and had one of those moments, the kind where I could see beyond the confines I'd erected in my mind. The bars that had kept my mind in this dark place, as surely as the cement walls kept my body, weakened and rusted away.

I don't know why it happened. Maybe it was simply age or maturity, but the anger that had been pouring out of me like a spigot on full blast started to slow. I realized that this was it, the only life I was going to get. I could either let myself rot here in misery or I could find a way out. I'd already gotten one second chance. I'd survived when so many others hadn't. Was I really going to waste it here?

See the thing is, I'm a Plaguer, one who's had the Bloody Death and lived. That's not something many can say. When the Bloody Death hit the world a hundred and fifty years ago, it had a zero percent rate of survival. From what I've heard and read, one day no one had ever heard of the Bloody Death, and the next it ripped through the human population like a forest fire after a six-month drought. And just like a fire, it killed fast and painfully. People would be up walking around fine, only to fall bleeding on the street one moment, and gripped in agony and dead the next.

From the records left behind of that time, ninety-five percent of the population contracted the Bloody Death and all of them died during the initial outbreak. Not to mention that it didn't spring up and then disappear. No, it's been coming back every ten or twenty years. You don't have to be a math genius to know those odds suck. I guess it's a good thing there were so many humans to start with or we might have gone the way of the dinosaurs.

Everyone is fearful of when the next wave might hit. Maybe that outbreak will be the one to end us all. It's not like anyone knew where the Bloody Death came from, or why it still mysteriously showed back up from time to time, which added to the fear. The unknown and all that? Some people have a real hang-up about not knowing things. I don't understand that fear, but maybe it was because as a Plaguer, I've always known more than I wanted.

When rumors started creeping up about how a teeny tiny percent of the population, something like less than .001%, was surviving, most people thought it was a lie. Plaguers are so rare you can go your whole life never meeting one, but I'm living proof they exist.

The first couple of days after I'd survived the Bloody Death, I'd thought I was the luckiest girl to walk the Earth. I was young when it happened, only four and so full of childish delusions. Children can be like that before life teaches them better.

I still regard myself as lucky, but now I know survival comes at a cost. The Bloody Death changes you, makes you see things. They say these things aren't true, but I know better. They say all Plaguers are psychotic, contaminated and ruined, need to be locked away to protect society from the evil they spew about monsters.

I say they're blind. But maybe willfully so. I know what the Plaguers before me have said. I've seen the things they've seen. There's a reason no one wanted to believe them. I understand why they hide us in places like this.

The people here, they tell me that this is the only safe place for me. That I would be killed if I'd been born somewhere else, like the Wilds, which encompasses the vast majority of what used to be the United States now except for the small slivers pieced out to form the few smaller countries that exist.

I'd prefer to take my chances. I didn't survive the Bloody Death to only go on and live as if I were truly dead. If I was meant to be alive, I didn't want to walk this Earth--I wanted to truly live it, dance and revel in everything it had to offer, feel every sensation and emotion open to the human psyche. I would. Even if it took me until I was a hundred and I only had one single day of freedom, I would not die here; I would die living.

The door to my cell opened and startled me. It wasn't time for the daily release yet. I looked up from my bed, already dressed for the day in the simple white dresses we were given, to the guard.

"You're getting a visitor."

I let out a sigh. It was going to be one of those days.

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

"Spine-chilling fun" ~ Echoes in Darkness #Horror Anthology

Echoes in Darkness

"Ain’t nothing in the dark that ain’t there in the light..."

Stories of darkness and light — physical... otherworldly... and in the human spirit. From dangerous to romantic to chilling, this collection showcases seven absorbing tales and an unforgettable cast of characters.

In Kate Shrewsday's To Hear the Dead Proclaim, a trans-Atlantic air traveler comforts her seat mate with a sympathetic ear. His story allows her into the mind of a genius, but some conversations are best left unspoken.

In Flutters, Angela Amman takes us into the steamy Savannah heat, where the last surviving daughter in a family of women with extraordinary powers struggles to maintain her mother's legacy at all costs.

Helen has lived her life obsessed with a statue, going so far as to travel the world for a glimpse of it in person. The consequences of her trip reveal an ancient curse and leave Helen's life forever changed in Mandy Dawson's Awakening.

Previously published as a stand-alone short, Cameron D. Garriepy's Requiring of Care follows Lucy Montgomery to an unusual job interview. The would-be nanny is pulled into the world of Violet, a little girl who holds fragments of a haunting story.

Bad Deal, an excerpt from Andra Watkins' forthcoming debut novel To Live Forever, introduces us to an unusual little girl named Emmaline Cagney. Emmaline longs to fly from the dark side of her mother's affections, but what strangers lurk in the shadows?

From Kameko Murakami: A terrible accident robbed Danaë of her life, but not by killing her. Instead she is cursed, invisible to the world, with one exception: the dying. When her path crosses that of the one living man who knows she's there, Danaë must decide if she is to remain Unseen. [Previously published.]

"Ain’t nothing in the dark that ain’t there in the light, Edie." Nyctophobic Eden Summerhill has nowhere to go but the lonely family farmhouse she's inherited, but the darkness is waiting there for her in Love Apples by Elizabeth Yon.

A lovely taste of twisted tales ~ Michael

...will captivate you with its haunting tales ~ Darcie Cameron

Haunting. Above and beyond. ~ BirdieTracy

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Friday, October 2, 2015

How to Publish—My (Less than Helpful) Experiences

by Chris

books on shelf

Those of us who find ourselves writing books in the twenty-first century have truly never had it better … or worse.

Not only has the novel not died out (long-predicted since the birth of film and television), but the written medium has undergone (and is still undergoing) a genuine renaissance of distribution and consumption. Similar to the advent of the paperback, digital production has opened the doors to publication for many who would otherwise have languished in in the dark shadows of the unknown. Yet in a world where people fill their Kindles with $0.99 fan fiction alongside $19.99 best-sellers, it’s become increasingly difficult for writers to reach their audiences, and for audiences to discover new authors. (I’m interested to see how many parenthetical phrases I can insert in this article.)

Last month I wrote about the difficulties of marketing your book, and getting people interested in reading it. It’s hard enough when your story is something utterly original (hard to do, these days), and all the more difficult when it’s derivative Rowling or Tolkien (like my own work). But before you can look to market your material, you still need to publish it. This is one step that, thankfully, has only become easier over the years—though not always to everyone’s benefit.

My dream—as is the dream, still, for many writers—is (or at least, was) to be traditionally published. I wanted to see my book on the shelves of Barnes & Noble, with a professionally-designed cover, number one in the new releases category (maybe in the fantasy section). I wanted it to be reviewed in the New York Times, and have a quote from Stephen King on the cover about how great a story it is. I was deathly afraid, however—of rejection, of waiting, of never being recognized.

I was impatient, too—I didn’t want to wait years for my book to be published. I’d written it, and I wanted it out now. So came the temptation of self-publication. I did my research (so I thought), and came to a number of conclusions. One of these was that, no matter what, I needed to be able to hold a physical copy of my book. Digital wasn’t enough—I needed it in print. I also knew that I wanted the book edited professionally. I liked what I’d written, but I didn’t trust myself (you should never trust yourself to edit your work, incidentally).

This led me to the interesting (and often reviled) middle-ground of the indie publishing company (otherwise known as vanity publishing). I knew I could have done just about everything through Amazon and CreateSpace, but I was drawn in by the attractiveness of industry-standard publication methods, without having to fight the actual publication industry. There are a number of these companies out there, most of which fall under the global umbrella of Penguin and Random House. I went with one called iUniverse.

One of the things iUniverse was very upfront about with me was the fact that publishing through them in no way guaranteed success. I’d be putting a lot of cash upfront, with no guarantee of return. I thought I understood this, although I recognize now that I still had rather unrealistic expectations of what success actually looked like. Ultimately, the experience taught me a lot, and consequently my next book is coming out through CreateSpace and Amazon, done entirely on my own.

Do I regret publishing through iUniverse? Not strictly. Although I’ve decided not to use them again, my investment bought me a number of things. One of these was an industry-grade editorial review. Short of an actual edit, this provided me an insight into what my story had to offer in a heavily-saturated market, and how to tweak the story to better suit my audience. I liked this: it gave me a taste of what traditional publishing would do to my story, without forcing me to make changes I wasn’t comfortable with. This isn’t something you’re likely to get through friends and family.

cover History of Erath
Having industry professionals review and critique my work also gave me a huge boost in confidence. As silly as it sounds, receiving an editor’s choice award from iUniverse made me feel that my book might actually stand a chance. It allowed me to believe in my work, and to keep going (I have six more books to release in the series). Ultimately, I think I could have released the book myself, and in terms of sales, fared absolutely no worse (I’ve sold less than fifty copies in a year). But working with the people at iUniverse did at least help me feel like I was on the right track.

I’ll be more directly self-publishing going forward. A companion novel, History of Erâth, comes out in a few days, and it’s my first foray into publishing through CreateSpace. If all goes well, the second book of the Redemption of Erâth series, Exile, will be out in December, similarly published through CreateSpace. With (hopefully) a new drive on marketing, I’ll rack up another handful of sales for these new stories—and I’ll have done it on my own.

What are your thoughts? Should the dream still be traditional publishing, or can self-publishing lead to equal success?

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Experimenting with a Monthly Theme

by Donna Huber

Some time last year (maybe?) I considered setting up monthly themes. I could see the pros and cons to it and in the end I decided not to do it. But I'm thinking about it again and I have decided to do a little experiment this month.

One of the advantages to setting up monthly themes was the deciding on the editorial calendar each month. I would know what to do for "filler" posts (those posts that appear on days when there wasn't a review, guest post, your regular feature scheduled).

Quickly though I realized a major downfall to setting a theme. I would be locked into what kind of books I read for the month and what if I got behind? I wouldn't necessarily be able to review a book that I had already read, but hadn't reviewed.

A related dilemma was what about the staff reviewers and feature writers. I don't dictate what they read or write outside of some guidelines to keep the focus of Girl Who Reads.

October always gets me thinking about doing a theme as I see a lot of other sites focusing on monsters and mayhem in the lead up to Halloween. So I thought I would try a little experiment this month to see what people thought about it.

I'm aware that my readers might hate it. If a reader doesn't like horror s/he might wind up avoiding the site all month. (I don't read horror so that would never be all that was featured).

I made several decisions about how to handle a "themed month" in hopes of getting feedback on the idea as well as not alienate anyone.

First, I decided to let reviewers and feature writers do their own thing as usual (though they are welcome to play with the theme if they choose). I'm currently reading a chicklit short story and Chris tomorrow is sharing his experience with self-publishing. So there will be variety.

Second, I did a call for submission for Halloween themed flash fiction. While I hoped for some scary stories, I didn't want to limit it to horror genre in case someone was dying to write a comedy set at a Halloween party. I've wanted to feature creative writing pieces more so I thought this was a good opportunity to try it. While I had hoped for a few more submissions, I'm pleased with what was sent in. You will be seeing them on Fridays starting next week.

Third, any filler posts as well as the Saturday promos will be theme related. An author friend is setting up a Halloween hop and I've volunteered to help host. So reader looking to get their literary fill of all things scary and supernatural will have plenty to look forward to this month.

As you may know, I'm a scientist by education and no experimental protocol would be complete without a way to determine results.

One way to judge success is looking at traffic. If numbers are higher, then it could be the cohesive nature of the daily articles are retaining readers. However, alone visitor numbers mean little. Perhaps there a lot of people are looking for Halloween related books.

Likewise, the number of shares a post gets will give me insight to reader behavior.

A second way is through comments. Comments, definitely when paired with numbers from above, can give me more understanding of what readers think about a monthly theme. Are non-themed posts getting more comments? What are people saying about the themed posts? I really hope you will give me some feedback through comments, either on this site or one of the social media channels where the posts are shared.

And finally, the best way to determine if monthly themes are appealing to readers is to do a poll. So look for that at the end of the month.

I do hope you will enjoy the bits of Halloween-themed pieces that will be coming this month, but there will be plenty of the non-scary as well to hopefully keep all my readers happy.

Top photo credit: Jack-o-lantern Wikipedia
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Review: Tainted Deception by Aleya Michelle

by Claire Rees

cover Tainted Deception

Meet Chase Hudson, billionaire's son and head of Hudson industries.

Gorgeous, dresses to kill, confident, a shark when it comes to business.

He also goes by Chaser a lead singer of a band full of tattoos and a Mohawk and carefree.

So far he has managed to keep his alter ego a secret and everyone thinks of him still as the billionaire playboy with a different girl on his arm each week.

That is until he meets Ivy Maisen, daughter of another rich man who having her heart broken before, now despises all rich men and will not give him the time of day. She tells Chase that her type of man was one with tattoos and leather jackets, not expensive suits and cars.

In Tainted Deception  by Aleya Michelle, Chase makes it his mission to woo her as he can't get the one female who has ever turned him down out of his head.

He even calls in sick to work to stalk her at the beach, just to prove to her that he is a bad boy with tattoos.

I enjoyed finding out whether Chase gets to show her the real him and get her to love him or if she will write him off for good.

Aleya Michelle did a great job creating the characters of Tainted Deception. Even the insufferable parents were written very well.

There was a little surprise at the end of the book that I didn't really see coming that was added good twist to the plot.

I loved Tainted Deception and found myself addicted to the characters.

Recommended to all who love a romance that proves that money doesn't buy happiness and that opposites really do attract.

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Book Info:
available formats: ebook and print (276)
published: September 2015
ISBN13: 9781517138950
genres: romance, suspense
source: online party gift
read: September 2015

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Review: The Truth About Lies by Tim Chaddick

by Donna Huber

cover The Truth About Lies
A closer look at Jesus's temptation in the wilderness was what drew me to Truth About Lies by Tim Chaddick.

What kept me reading was the direct writing style that was filled with compassion and empathy. You didn't need a seminary degree to understand what Chaddick was telling you. Also, he was not coming from a place on a pedestal, but it sounded like he was sitting across from me in a coffee shop.

I liked that Chaddick focused on 'why' we give in to temptation instead of specific temptations and sins. Understanding the 'why' is the aspect of temptation we often overlook.

While it took me several weeks to read The Truth About Lies it wasn't because it was boring, in fact I had to fight the urge to spend long afternoons reading large chunks of the book. Instead the book required smaller bites with ample time for reflection to fully take in all the was being said. And even now, I think I could re-read it and get even more out of it.i

I loved how applicable certain passages were. One that particularly resonated with me,
You can't tell people who do not have Christ to mortify [kill] their sin, because they have no weapons, no ammo! This is where much of Christian history has gone wrong. Followers of Jesus, forgetting the very message they believed that gave them new life, tell nonbelievers to stop being sinful. Maybe this is why so many people think Christianity is only about being a good person.
I think Truth About Lies would make an excellent book for a small group to read together. While there isn't a discussion guide, I think there is plenty for a group to organically discuss in each chapter.

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Book info:
available formats: ebook, audio, print (176 pages)
published: August 2015 by David C. Cook
ISBN13: 9781434705242
genres: Christian nonfiction
source: Netgalley
read: August/September 2015

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