New Author Spotlight

Here we are. It’s a new week and we are going to bring you a new author.

I had the privilege of chatting with the author on Goodreads and he sent me a copy of his novella for a review. I was addicted from the start and I hope you will be too. And without further ado, I bring you an author that will sweep you off of your feet and huff and puff and blow your house down….

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He sent me a copy of Lemon Sting which you will devour in no time at all and crave more.

 

GoodReads synopsis of Lemon Sting:

    Margaret works at a restaurant, living life day by day, trapped in a routine that never seems to end. Lee works at an old electronics store where he is frequently bored out of his mind. After Margaret breaks routine one night and goes out to a club, she shows up at neighbor Lee’s apartment, drunk enough to remember almost nothing. When she discovers that a friend she left behind a long time ago is dead, Lee is by her side as events that will dig up the past are set in motion. Margaret tries to deal with her new reality, the one she thought was long gone and Lee tries to help in any way he can to give his life new meaning. As events spiral further and further out of control, the duo will learn that the past never stays buried and that it can have deadly effects on the present.

Now go out and add it to GoodReads

He also informed me that he’ll have another short story book available for purchase.

Silence Under Screams

It’s only available on Kindle, but lets change that and make it a bestseller.

Buy it on Amazon

Here we leave you with my Lemon Sting Review

 

 

 

A Life In Parts- Bryan Cranston

“Did I want to put my life in the hands of a guy who said tubular and who was probably stoned out of his mind?”


Bryan Cranston is the man, the legend and the king of tighty whiteys.
You know this autobiography was going to be epic when it begins with Walter White being a badass and watching someone die.
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I’ve been kind of obsessed with BC after seeing him in Malcolm In The Middle. Hal was just a goofy loveable dad and you envied those kids for having a dad that hilariously awkward. Little by little I found out he starred in a lot more sitcoms than you can imagine. You feel yourself going back in memory lane to see if you can remember him in anything else before you cheat and look on IMDB.

Bryan has had anything but a simple life. His dad was in the industry and that’s all he focused on while having a wife and a few kids at home. That lead to a family breaking up and parents not being able to sit in the same room together any longer.
With seeing some things in shambles, he wanted a different life. A better life and it started with him not taking no for an answer.
Not only do we found out a lot more about this tighty whitey king, but for each show that was mentioned in this book he gives you a more in-depth view of what it was like to be a part of it and gave you a few experiences. From scripts to memorizing, costars, production and even the input they all had to make these shows memorable.
I think fans of Breaking Bad will not be disappointed. He covers a lot of things that goes along with the show and if that’s why you are reading this then hurrah!
A Life In Parts is a memorable, sometimes funny and a masterpiece of a memoir. It leaves you wanting to know more about the actor that we have all came to love.
And now I leave you with a little wisdom from the great BC.


“You get addicted to emotions. Our endorphins kick in and it’s like a high. On the low end you might love roller coasters. On the high end you might be a bank robber or something.”

5/5

Don’t Tempt Me- Lori Foster

Received a copy from BEA Chicago 2016 and met the author!

Somedays you just need to prop your feet up with a glass of wine and forget all about reality. With this never ending doom of an election, clown sightings and people being grabbed like six packs, you need something cheesy and uplifting to change your mood. That’s where L. Foster comes in. 

Love never comes into your life when you are looking for it. I can say this first hand. So, trust me I know!

Honor Brown is anything but a damsel in distress. She bought a tiny fixer-upper house and plans on remodeling the entire house to make it her home.

Her best friend Lexie tags along to help Honor on her big day. Things don’t go so well when they spot some hunks outside and Honor kills their trashcan. Getting the attention of those men gets them distracted. (poke poke)

Automatically Honor is smitten with Jason, the next door neighbor who forgets what a shirt is. But she’ll never be the first to admit that.

Honor accepts the help from the neighbors to help her move in. They take care of her like a family would except for Jason. Oh! he helps alright….. (can we say boing boing boing)

As Honor starts to feel more welcomed and tries not to fall in love, Lexie has other plans.

She can’t stop thinking about the neighbor across the street, Sullivan. They seem to be caught in each others webs and he might change her for the better. 

With secret lives comes bigger hearts and no time for regrets. 

I swear to you these scenarios only happen in books and films. An innocent girl moves onto a street with hunky beefcakes and one wants her for more than her body. Say what!!?

This was a nice escape from the life of a frustrated Illinoian. The story was cute and there is a lot more going on in the story then I let you believe, it was just way too predictable for me. And I get that it’s the point of the contemporary romance, but I needed some more drama or hatred. Not sure which one, but probably both. 

Justin get ready for it! You’ll love this!!!

3/5

Joyride by  anna banks 

This book is a contemporary so it’s a tad predictable like a lot from this genra but absolutely loved it. I know I say that a lot but I’m easly pleased. But starts out Carley vega is slowly saving money wih her brother to get her family back to states since they were deported. While saving she is working all night at a convience store while doing school to graduate. She would be the first to do so and hoping for a scholarship, she is extremely shy and does everything she can not attract attention in school. Then there is a guy Arden moss he is the sheriffs son so he has everything the money the popularity used to be the star quarterback it he dropped it the day his sister committed suicide and he is living in guilt of it. So in a incident at the convience store the 2 meet and suddenly for Arden he only notices even though for years the 2 have had classes. Can these 2 live thru the diversity since Arden extremely popular and Carley not at all and sudden attention of everyone plus what’s not a contemporary book with out some from pranks that Arden particularly likes to do.  Some things I liked even though was insta love suddenly for Arden he is extremely adorable to her and I love contemporary’s like that and does his best to be the gentleman. And the pranks in this story I know are believable and not to excessive and when I met anna she said every prank in this book she has done. The final prank I feel though is extremely stupid though…. And hopefully Anna didn’t get busted but I’ll have to ask. Some things this points out is the diversity for Spanish people in the south but more so on area’s that would be close to the border than in Florida. Like the sheriff moss Arden’s father despises Spanish people with a passion and will do anything to be a jerk so of course that will be a major point to this book. 

Some things that don’t bother me but others is this book is extremely predictable so if don’t like predicable books this won’t be your book. I know Stacy despises that so I wouldn’t suggest that to her. But like said I loved/ liked this book. 5/5 stars ~~~~~ justin 

Speed Of Life- J.M. Kelly

​”Our future stretches out in front of us and for the first time in my entire life,  I’m looking forward to it.”

Blogging partner received an arc at ALA Orlando!! Thanks, JT!!

Super twin powers… activate!

This book sure caught me by surprise. The story took me in a direction I didn’t think this was going to go. when my mind thought something, it led me towards another opening and I didn’t expect what was coming behind the corner. And that’s what I really loved about this book. With all the shocking plot twists, it left you guessing up until almost the end. 

Meet Crystal and Amber, two twins trying to survive life while taking care of a baby. Junior year, one of the girls got pregnant and they promised each other that they would both care for baby Natalie. 

With school, work and taking care of a baby becomes a small disaster, but a loving one.

Plans are for both to finish High School, move out of the terrible neighborhood and make a fantastic life of their own, but as we know things never work out the way that you want them to. 

Now let us add some spice to this mix. Han, guy at school with the bluest eyes, the blackest shirts and a heart of gold. David, a pretty rich boy with a smoking car and with an even smokier look and works side by side with Crystal at the Gas/auto repair shop. Sigh! I was hoping for the love triangle and instead we got feminist power that wasn’t overpowering or eye rolling. 

Crystal has a dream of restoring antique cars and the only way she can do that is by going to college in Kansas. Which is seventeen hundred miles away and adds the tear into the dreamy plans. 

But, living in poverty while taking care of an infant puts a hole in all of the plans even the secret ones. 

Can Crystal and Amber get to their goals without getting into trouble?

Let’s hope there is a second book to this. While some parts got me hooked and others seemed to push me away, I still want to know what happened to Crystal and Amber. And what comes of David? Let’s hope someone got to him before he was left out.

It was a good story of how life in poverty goes and how your entire life revolves around your kid when you have one. They are first priority. 

Sometimes in life you must think of yourself before others. Once you love and respect yourself, you can do the same for others.

3/5 

New Author Spotlight

Lately we have been so busy that we forgot to add new authors to your life. With work, reading and conferences had us overwhelmed. Hopefully we don’t miss another Friday.

This Friday is a very special author who we both adore. Her book will blow you away and the cover will leave you speechless.

Keira Drake is our author this Friday. We had the opportunity to read her book before the release date and we are in love.

Here’s the synopsis from GoodReads:

For her sixteenth birthday, Vaela Sun receives the most coveted gift in all the Spire—a trip to the Continent. It seems an unlikely destination for a holiday: a cold, desolate land where two “uncivilized” nations remain perpetually at war. Most citizens tour the Continent to see the spectacle and violence of battle—a thing long vanished in the Spire. For Vaela—a smart and talented apprentice cartographer—it is an opportunity to improve upon the maps she’s drawn of this vast, frozen land.

But an idyllic aerial exploration is not to be had: the realities of war are made clear in a bloody battle seen from the heli-plane during the tour, leaving Vaela forever changed. And when a tragic accident leaves her stranded on the Continent, she has no illusions about the true nature of the danger she faces. Starving, alone, and lost in the middle of a war zone, Vaela must try to find a way home—but first, she must survive.


Stacys Review

Justins Review

We hope you enjoy your tour of the Continent!!

Waiting on Wednesday 

Haven’t done this to much. But just found it about a book coming out next year and it’s called 

WHAT TO SAY NEXT.

 When it’s out this will be my second book read by Julie buxbaum the first was tell me three things which read very early in the year before I had a blog and loved it. A little about that book is a girl (Jessie) moves tom chigago to new place and first day of school is a disaster and she receives incoming email and said person giving some pointers to getting better adjusted. From there turns into tell me three things about each other and quite a back and forth. So whole time has you wonder who other person is in the email. So very cute contempory and one of my favs for the year. Sooo I’m insanely excited for this book. ~~~ justin