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#FreakyFriday – Reinventing the Horror Genre

#FreakyFriday – Reinventing the Horror Genre

Meet Horror Author, Alex Kimmell

author-pic-w-text-e1429318472641Alex Kimmell lives in Rhode Island with his family and two dogs. The Idea of North was released in September 2015 to wide acclaim. His previous books The Key to Everything and A Chorus of Wolves are Amazon bestsellers and his short fiction has appeared in publications by Dynatox Ministries, Black Lantern Press, Front Row Lit, Canyon Voices, Wordcount Podcast and Dumb White Husband. alexkimmell.com.

 

The Idea of North

tIoN-FINAL-HR-CoverWhen piano prodigy, Dalton Beaufort, plays his music people die.

Devastation is all that remains as storms of unprecedented size rage across the country side.
An elite group of storm trackers catch on camera a strange shape at the base of the largest tornado ever recorded.

Uncanny haunted melodies play upon the gales as whirlwinds churn and blow the world away.
Dalton must do everything in his power to discover what links him to the mysterious tempests, and avoid traveling along the path of a grim family tradition.

After all, death and music run in the family.

What Readers Are Saying

“Alex Kimmell’s stories just get better and better. I got an advanced review copy of The Idea of North a while back. Given his description, I really didn’t know what to expect. That’s good. When I’m reading, I like not knowing what to expect. That edgy feeling continued as the story unfolded. The writing is sharp and straight forward. Alex can turn a phrase and paint a word picture without falling into sounding too writerly. This is a haunting story that will keep you up wondering what dark path the author will lead you down. No spoilers. Just read it, and watch the sky.”

A Final Note

 As a kid, I loved Steven Spielberg’s movies. He was the first movie-maker I’d known to create authentic families, lull me into the normalcy of daily life and then unravel it all, making their slow destruction all the more horrifying.
Kimmell is the literary equivalent of Spielberg. As I read his books, I’m both cringing and holding my breath to see how fate will crack and crumble his characters. And I love every minute of it.
On a Collision Course with Fate in One Juicy #YARead

On a Collision Course with Fate in One Juicy #YARead

Cassidy is on a a collision course with fate. She already knows she only has seven weeks left of this life– seven weeks to fix the soul of a guy named Riley. But, what if healing his dead places also means hurting him?

There are high stakes in today’s featured book, Seven Weeks to Forever, stakes that kept me reading well into the wee hours until I saw how this juicy story ended.

Meet Jennifer Farwell

61iD8yDz-KL._UX250_Jennifer Farwell has been writing since the day she picked up a navy blue Crayola as a toddler and began scribbling on her parents’ freshly painted white walls. When she’s not writing novels, she can be found at a Kundalini yoga class, cheering on the L.A. Kings during hockey season, or curled up with a good book. Her love of storytelling led to completing a Bachelor of Journalism degree and a Master of Arts degree in English, both from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She grew up in Thunder Bay, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Pico.

Find her on Twitter @jennfarwell.

Seven Weeks to Forever

24432178Cassidy Jordan knows she’ll die a few weeks after her eighteenth birthday, and she can’t wait. This is her second time here, and she knows what’s waiting for her in The Life-After–the place most mistakenly call “the afterlife.” Getting back there is supposed to be easy: she just has to find nineteen-year-old Riley Davis and help him get his life on track. By the time she finds him, though, she has only seven weeks to help him. Riley will die too young if she fails, and she’ll never see The Life-After or this life again.

But no one told her helping Riley would mean dating him; she hasn’t dated anyone since the love of her first life caused her death the last time she turned eighteen. When Cassidy realizes she’s falling for Riley, she’s faced with a choice: give him the life he’s meant for and leave when it’s time, or give up eternity for the true love she’s never had, knowing Riley will die the same way she did in her first life and that her entire existence could end at any time.

What Readers and Critics Are Saying

“Farwell writes with verve…Appealing characters and a warm, sparkly love story tinged with wish fulfillment.” –Kirkus Reviews

“I loved the characters of Cassidy and Riley as well as Cassidy’s spiritual guide Noah…I really liked it and highly recommend the novel to fans of Young Adult and paranormal!” -Meredith Schorr, author of How Do You Know?, Blogger Girl, A State of Jane, and Just Friends with Benefits

“I was unable to put this book down until I finished it…I really loved this book! There were so many components to the story…Love (past and present), Life, and The Life After…and they all flowed perfectly to make for a wonderful book.” -Hilary Grossman, author of Dangled Carat

“I’ve never read a book with this kind of plot line before, it was captivating! I thought I had this book figured out, but I was pleasantly surprised at the twist. Very good romance read!” -J.C. Hannigan, author of the Collide series

“This book reminds you that often times in love and life you have to make choices and sacrifices, but there isn’t much that is more powerful than first love.” -Sammi Robin, author of So Many Frogs…Not Enough Prozac and contributing writer to The Blow-Off and YoungHollywood.com

“Jennifer Farwell’s young adult romantic paranormal fantasy, Seven Weeks to Forever, is a powerful and moving sweet romance…Once I began this compelling fantasy, I didn’t want to stop until I had finished the story.” -Readers’ Favorite

“The connection she has with Riley is just so real, so beautifully told…I got completely lost in the story.” -M’s Bookshelf

“There is a roller coaster of emotions through the story which Farwell portrays beautifully…I couldn’t wait to reach the end…” -A Novel Thought

 

 

 

Hilarious Award-Winning Memoir

Hilarious Award-Winning Memoir

Meet Stephanie Yuhas

71U0mOkCmmL._UX250_-1Award-winning Stephanie Yuhas is a writer, producer, and professional goofball, with a BFA in animation from The University of the Arts. She lives near Philadelphia, where she and her partner, Matt Conant, run Cinevore Studios.

Stephanie is also the founder of Project Twenty1, a nonprofit organization that runs the 21-Day Filmmaking Competition and Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival.

Find her on Twitter @stephanieyuhas

 

American Goulash

518sDVgrziL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_A Coming-of-Age Memoir… American Goulash is a story about a nerd girl jousting with her Transylvanian family on the battlefields of suburban New Jersey for a chance to grow up authentically awkward and live a so-called normal American life. Whether casting off old-world wives’ tales or turning to art to cope with her immigrant family’s general zaniness, Stephanie valiantly finds her own way through adolescence in this heartwarming, hilarious soon-to-be classic.

What Readers Are Saying

Winner, 2015 Nancy Pearl Award for Best Memoir – PNWA (Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association)
Nick on Amazon.com gave American Goulash five stars. Here’s what he said:
“Not everybody would would see growing up in a dysfunctional, superstitious Transylvanian family to be an enticing premise for a memoir, but then again, not everybody had the childhood Stephanie Yuhas had. And, sure, many would probably approach writing such accounts with a “woe-is-me-see-what-I-had-to-go-through” type of attitude, but Yuhas relates her stories with such a witty charm, that it’s hard not to want to know what could possibly happen next. Yuhas’s childhood tales are peculiar, entertaining, and often very hilarious; and Yuhas tells them in a way that’s so simple and friendly, that’s it’s almost as if she’s recounting these memories directly to you, probably over a pleasant drink (anything but Black Russians, though).
“American Goulash” is a charming coming-of-age story. Following Yuhas from her early childhood to her late teen years, the book not only tells the story of a girl just trying to live a normal life, but it also tells an interesting and empowering tale about finding out who you are and learning to live as that person. It’s also, oddly, a tale about optimism and perseverance, as Yuhas relates her tales of moving on to become an artist. They’re all themes and ideas many of us can relate and respond to and Yuhas tackles them brilliantly.
“American Goulash” is a fun book and it’s hard not to come away a little inspired from it. Yuhas is a gifted storyteller. Now we just need to wait for volume two…”
On Amazon.com thisgirl gave five stars and raved:
“American Goulash” is a captivating memoir that will have you hooked from the start. Yuhas’s bold and honest writing style, combined with her unique sense of humor, makes this a book that readers of all ages and walks of life will certainly enjoy. It chronicles her struggle to remain loyal to her, more than slightly, dysfunctional family, who fled their homeland in search of the American Dream yet still clutches desperately onto their old world ways and superstitions. While searching for her own place in a world where she fiercely wants to belong but is simultaneously being constantly bombarded by her overly protective family about her new country’s hidden horrors. Whether you’re a teen struggling to fit in, an immigrant looking for their place in a new, strange world, an adult searching to find their niche in a cynical society, or just someone who has always felt disconnected in general; every reader will be able to identify with Stephanie’s story. Everyone wants to belong, and Yuhas’s writing style draws the reader into her story in a way that makes you feel like you’re experiencing it alongside her. Even in the most difficult of times, Yuhas’s strength and perseverance endure. Throughout the most discouraging of anecdotes in her story, Stephanie intensely clings to her hope refusing to accept defeat.This novel leaves the reader feeling empowered and ready to face whatever life may throw their way. I look forward to Yuhas’s future novels, and expect that we will see many more successes in her future.

And…

american-goulash-cherylstyle-HIf the post made you curious about American Goulash, I’ve got a little bonus! Here’s a recipe (which means I just figured out your dinner tonight). You’re welcome. 🙂
Believing in Bigfoot – It’s a Metaphor

Believing in Bigfoot – It’s a Metaphor

JC-MillerMeet JC Miller

JC (Jeanne) holds an MA in education and is a founding member of JAM, an editorial-consultation team. An avid reader and table tennis enthusiast, JC resides in Northern California.

Visit her website at jcmillerwriter.com.

Believing in Bigfoot

Front Cover DISPLAYReeling from his failed comeback and ruined marriage, washed-out actor Ian James (née Isaac Janowitz) flees Los Angeles for a two-week respite in Northern California’s remote Marble Mountains—Bigfoot country. His time alone in the wilderness begins to peel away the layers of his Hollywood persona. After a fateful meeting with a beguiling woman, Ian begins to question his heart. In a moment of clarity, Isaac ditches his publicist and finds himself in Redding, living with invisibility at the Vagabond Motel.

Professor Ruth Hill is burnt out teaching photography at Redding’s Shasta College, eager for her upcoming retirement. But for unexplained reasons, despite weekly therapy sessions, her panic attacks have escalated. Her artistic slump persists. Looking back, she regrets a life without risk; looking forward, she dreads a meaningless future. Going over her proof sheets one morning, she stumbles upon a series of striking thumbnails, reigniting her passion and creativity.

Readers will root for Isaac and Ruth as they grapple with their chance encounter on the mountain and search for meaning in their repellent, yet intense attraction. Their paths do cross again, but when confronted with the possibility of enduring love, Ruth’s cynicism creeps in; Isaac’s self-defeating beliefs take hold. For these two damaged souls, it just may be too late.

What Readers Are Saying

Bigfoot closeup
Do they ever find the elusive Bigfoot? Maybe love is easier to find.

Bookworm on Amazon.com gave the novel five-stars and said this:

Believing in Bigfoot is a great read. It is the kind of book you want to curl up with and not stop until it is done and then you are sorry that it is over. The characters are compelling, the story interesting and the settings lovely. I highly recommend it.”
on Amazon.com gave the novel five-stars and said this:

“I love Believing in Bigfoot. I’ve read it twice. JC Miller has the knack of digging down into real human emotions in her novels (I’ve read them all). She shows us ourselves through her characters, and we aren’t always pretty and perfect. Miller’s characters are humanly flawed like we are, and (hopefully) at the end of our stories, we’ll find hope, just as Isaac and Ruth do, even in the face of their failed dreams.”

#MondayBlogs – Caskets from Costco

#MondayBlogs – Caskets from Costco

Meet Kelly Wilson

kelly-wilson-headshotAs my totes full of notebooks suggest, I’ve been writing since I was a child. I was an Army Brat, and also a shy kid, so I read and wrote a lot.

When I was in college, writing became more of a chore, a necessity to succeed in my classes. It wasn’t until I had my first child that I came back to my passion for writing. My son and I had almost lost our lives, and writing helped me work through the trauma associated with that experience.

Once I started writing again, I couldn’t stop. I often have to get out of bed in the middle of the night to write down a random thought that later turns into a story, or an outline for a book I’m thinking of finishing. I don’t sleep until whatever it is on my mind is written down.

I also found that I enjoyed writing children’s stories, and I became curious about how the publishing industry worked. Creating and submitting stories opened the gates in my brain to more stories, and now I find that I enjoy all different kinds of writing, including grants, children’s stories, magazine articles, poetry, and books of different genres.

Connect with me at www.wilsonwrites.com.

 

Caskets from Costco

51gb-0LxEqL._SX371_BO1,204,203,200_For twenty years, author Kelly Wilson marched through the stages of grief in a straight line, convinced she would soon be done with it. She was totally deluded. Instead, her grief journey resembled a roller coaster. She needed to get to the end of it, and she had no sense of direction. Caskets From Costco is a funny book about grief that demonstrates the certainty of hope and healing in an uncertain and painful world.

 

What Readers Are Saying

EJ Essic on Amazon.com gave Caskets from Costco five-stars!

“Wilson is a master at carrying us right along withy her on her journey. Caskets from Costco is about a serious subject, but told with a viewpoint that had me laughing even as I was shaking my head in dismay. It is rare to find a writer who can make me laugh even as she deals with the serious business of resolving painful issues. This is a book for anyone who has ever felt the grief and anger of loss or betrayal. Wilson’s sense of humor and down to earth approach to dealing with the messy stuff of life leaves the reader (me, anyway) with a feeling that no matter what we may face, there is a way to view the situation that will allow us to move beyond the pain and smile at the absurdity. From the title to the last page, I thoroughly enjoyed this read and hope she writes more books like this.”
#Sunday Chat about an Amazing Seattle Author

#Sunday Chat about an Amazing Seattle Author

Meet Arleen Williams

Arleen Williams is a Seattle novelist, memoirist, and co-author of a dozen short books in easy English for adults. She teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) at South Seattle College and has worked with immigrants and refugees for close to three decades. Arleen lives, cycles, and writes in Seattle. Want to learn more about her? She’s a voracious blogger, subscribe at arleenwilliams.com and notalkingdogspress.com.

On a personal note, if I had one literary wish to grant, it would be to see New York Times Book Review pay attention to Williams work. She handles complicated, tumultuous and diverse subject matters with literary grace and expertise. She deserves national attention.

The Alki Trilogy

running secretsIn Running Secrets, flight attendant Chris Stevens is bent on self-destruction until she meets Gemi Kemmal, an Ethiopian home healthcare provider. Gemi and Jake, a paramedic, help Chris heal from and confront her difficult past, and regain a passion for living. In the process, Chris and Gemi forge an unusual friendship that bridges cultural, racial and age differences. Their friendship gives both women the support each needs.

Gemi comes to question restrictive traditions dictating her immigrant life, such as the headscarf she’s worn since entering puberty and the celibacy she’s practiced since the brutal death of her husband and infant in the violence that destroyed her homeland and family. Chris uncovers family secrets that challenge everything she’s ever known to be true.

Together the women learn that racial identity is a choice, self expression is a right, and family is a personal construct. Cindy Steward gave the novel five-stars and wrote this: 

“I finished the book last night and Oh My Gosh!! I LOVED it!!! I am not much of a reader, but I found this too hard to put down. The writing is exquisite and the story is wonderful. I found it easy to identify with the characters and picture them in my minds eye. I laughed, cried, smiled a lot and felt the love in the characters. I kept expecting a different outcome at every turn of the page and was pleasantly surprised each time!! I can hardly wait until the next one comes out. I wanted this one to keep going, to read more about Chris’ and Gemi’s new lives.”
CD captures the essence of the book in their five-star review:
This book is a polished jewel of friendship.

The author tackles the sensitive and complex subject of illegal immigration and American immigration policy without flinching. Never preachy, she illuminates the inhumanity of the “detention and deportation” system, the terror of the fleeing migrants and the horrors they will encounter when they are returned home.”

 

41cCff7gofL._SS500_In Biking Uphill, lonely college student Carolyn Bauer offers sanctuary to a homeless teen. Fifteen years later, only Antonia recognizes her old friend when they meet again in an ESL classroom, but she conceals her secret. Biking Uphill invites the reader into a world of undocumented immigration, where unexpected friendships bridge cultural divides and everyone benefits.

 

 

418puKpNb4L._AC_UL320_SR208,320_Walking Home. Seattle is a long way from the Horn of Africa. Despite escaping his country’s violence, Kidane is never too far from the nightmares and despair of his past. A new country, a new hope, and a new love may not be enough to save him. Only when he is able to face his worst fears can he have any hope of being truly free.

Rhino gave the novel five-stars and wrote this on Amazon.com.
“In her breakthrough novel Walking Home, Arleen Williams creates a very personal look into the lives of the immigrant population that comes to America in search of hope. Kidane hopes for a world that is without the terrors of war. Talisha longs to one day hold a baby in her arms, to love, nurture, and watch grow. All of the characters that Arleen weaves into this heartwarming story have one thing in common: the hope of a secure world, free of violence. I was drawn to each of the characters as I read how their lives became intertwined due to the challenges that they face and how a new family was created. Out of despair, death, and loneliness they are brought together and a lasting bond is formed: a bond based on trust, strength, courage, and a hope that love can be stronger than the forces that attempt to destroy it.

 

Delicious YA Mystery

Delicious YA Mystery

Meet Addison Kline

71UxQi-dgTL._SX800_Addison Kline is an international best-selling author who resides in Philadelphia with her husband, their children and their two dogs. When she is not writing, she enjoys watching reruns of Downton Abbey, The Walking Dead and Sons on Anarchy, traveling with her family and reading to her heart’s content.

Addison is a member of the International Thriller Writers Association and while she loves to write in a variety of genres, Addison always says “mystery is her game.” Her favorite genres to write include romantic suspense, psychological thrillers, mystery and thrillers.

You can follow Addison on Social Media:

Click here to link up with Addison on Facebook.

Click here to subscribe to Addison’s website.

Shadow Dancer (Shadows of Morrow Series) (Volume 1)

3D+CoverSome secrets should just stay buried. On the day Tristan Morrow is born her mother goes missing, prompting an investigation that produces no solid leads. Fast forward 15 years, and the Morrow family still doesn’t know the truth behind Catherine Morrow’s disappearance. When 15 year old Tristan is required to write a biography on her mother for a school assignment, she learns the truth about her mother’s fate, and is hell-bent upon finding out who was responsible for her death. But when Tristan herself goes missing too, everyone is suspect, even her own father. Set in rural Fox Hollow, PA, Shadow Dancer unravels a web of lies, deceit, madness and corruption. Can investigators crack the case before Tristan meets the same fate as her mother? And who is responsible for the disappearances? There is much uncertainty as the investigation unfolds, but there is one thing that is certain: Tristan Morrow holds the master key to the entire riddle.

 

What Readers Are Saying

 
Melissa72 on Amazon.com gave it 5.0 out of 5 stars

This book was simply amazing from start to finish! We should create a 6th star for works like the one that this awesome author has given to us! It sucked me right in, I mean I was totally hooked right away, and left clinging to the edge of my seat throughout. There is so much mystery and suspense, I literally had to take deep breaths and remind myself to unclench several times as I felt my muscles cramping from tensing up. The questions, and secrets, and passions within the story are so intriguing, and exciting. This is one of those books that stays with you that you will be telling everyone you know that they MUST read it. The plot is flawless and smooth, it just flows, carrying you along. I couldn’t put it down and read it straight through. I would recommend planning some time for this, because I feel that you will want to do the same. I can’t wait to see what happens next! I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.”

 

 

OP-DEC: Operation Deceit – Great #FridayReads

OP-DEC: Operation Deceit – Great #FridayReads

Meet K. Williams

10376417_10152193675222309_274616260_oBorn in Saratoga Springs, New York, K. Williams embarked on a now twenty year career in writing. After a childhood, which consisted of voracious reading and hours of film watching, it was a natural progression to study and produce art.

K attended Morrisville State College, majoring in the Biological Sciences, and then continued with English and Historical studies at the University at Albany, home of the New York State Writer’s Institute, gaining her Bachelor’s Degree. While attending UA, K interned with the 13th Moon Feminist Literary Magazine, bridging her interests in social movements and art. Topics of K’s writing include the environment, animal welfare, gender limitations, racial disparities, and the trauma of war. To see some of her favorite causes, click here.

Published novels by K include the Civil War drama Blue Honor, the Second World War spy thriller OP-DEC:Operation Deceit, and the controversial science fiction/fantasy series The Trailokya Trilogy, which received Honorable Mention in the 2015 Hollywood Book Festival. In addition to writing novels, K enjoys the art of screenwriting and has worked on the screen spec 8 Days in Ireland, and the adaptations of her current novels. Currently, K has completed the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program for Film Studies and Screenwriting at Empire State College (SUNY), and is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Foner Fellowship in Arts and Social Justice.

K continues to write on this blog weekly, producing commentary Mondays and Fridays on hot topics with some fun diversions for your work week. Whether it’s cooking, learning a foreign language, history or dogs, you’ll find something to enjoy and keep coming back for. Always a promoter of other artists, K uses Guest Blog Wednesdays to showcase artists from around the web and bring you interesting readings to expand your horizons. A sequel to her second novel, OP-DEC, is in the research phase, while the screen adaptation is being considered for production by film companies.

A devoted dog mom to Miss Sadie Sue Shagbottom, K is also a visual artist, producing the ZoDuck Cartoon, painting and sketching-digitally or traditionally, as well as an accomplished photographer.

 

About OP-DEC: Operation Deceit

14419170It’s 1933 and the height of Boston’s social season. Claire Healey overhears a terrible argument between her industrial-tycoon father and her socialite mother. Claire’s father sends her mother away, declaring she is hysterical with fatigue. Displaced by this disastrous outcome, Claire is brought to New York by her spirited aunt, to be raised beyond the reach of the damaging turn of events.

Nine years later, Claire returns to her childhood home to face her past once more. The world has long since exploded in war. A mysterious stranger named Carsten Reiniger has infiltrated the scene, placing his commanding presence among the old familiar faces of Boston’s elite. Intrigued by the newcomer, Claire struggles to piece together his identity and finds a dangerous connection to her troubling past.

When Claire’s prying comes to light, she and her aunt are whisked away in the middle of the night to ensure their silence. Can Carsten Reiniger be trusted or is he implacably loyal to duty alone?

Click here to add the book to your Goodreads shelf!

 

I love this review from an Amazon.com reader!

Victor A. Rodriguez on March 9, 2015 – Five-Stars

“I’m not a big reader. Too often, when I read a book, I have trouble visualizing and keeping straight all of the characters, locations, and props. There have been so many books that I have started, but because I have trouble keeping those elements organized in my head I find myself getting lost and bored. However, if it’s a good story, I just wait for the movie.

OP-DEC was different. From the minute I started reading it, it pulled me in. I fell in love with the characters right away and following them through out the story was a real joy… or should I say nerve-racking?

The story is intense! I often found myself on the edge of my seat. Williams writes in such a way, that at least for me, it felt as if I was watching an exciting spy movie complete with shaky camera movements. Williams sure can write suspense! She manages to throw off the reader at every turn, keeping you constantly wondering what’s was going to happen next or trying to determine who the good guys are. It’s super exciting!

I’m happy to say that I had no trouble remember the characters because to me they all felt very real, each with their own unique personality and style. It is very easy to tell who’s talking just by the natural dialog.

The locations were also vivid and detailed. So much so that there are certain scenes that are still, to borrow a phrase from Seinfeld, tattooed on my brain. One scene in particular where a grenade goes off still haunts me to this day. I honestly felt like I was right there and that my life was in as much danger as the protagonist. OP-DEC is a fun and must read.”

Acquiring Hearts by S. Donahue

Acquiring Hearts by S. Donahue

About S. Donahue

7276113 S. Donahue was inspired by a friend that had published a book to write her own novel. Fueled by her love of reading, the thought process was always there, but she lacked the confidence to make it happen until she stepped into the world of Indie Authors.

Her time is spent first and foremost as a wife and mother to her gorgeous and loving  baby boy. She is a family oriented person. The rest of her time is spent working a full time job as a Business Systems Analyst, attending University as a part time student at night, working on her upcoming novels, cooking, cleaning, reading and maintaining various Facebook pages. When does she sleep?

Find Donahue on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/sdonahue13.

 

Acquiring Hearts

18516049Have you ever met someone and just knew that they were the one that you were supposed to spend the rest of your life with? In S. Donahue’s Contemporary Romance novel, Acquiring Hearts, Bradley Roberts accidentally meets Giavonna Coppi, his secretary’s sister. He immediately has an attraction to her, but she is not like any of the women that he has dated before.

Gia is an independent, hardworking lawyer who’s been hurt in the past. She invested all of her time into establishing her career. When she meets Bradley she senses the connection, but is afraid to give him her all.

As Bradley finds himself wanting to spend more time with Gia, many dilemmas begin to surface. When their romance is tested, can they see past the obstacles that are standing in their way? Are they meant to be together or is it just easier for them to be apart? There’s only one way to find out…check out this heartfelt fairytale full of emotion, devotion and passion.

Genres include: Romance, Humor, Literature & Fiction, Women’s Fiction and Contemporary Fiction.

What Readers Are Saying

on Amazon.con said this:

 

“4.5 Star Review

This is the second book by S. Donahue that I have had the privilege to read. After the first book I read and enjoyed I wanted to read more of her work. Let’s say I was not let down. This is a great story and one that you will fall in total love with.

Brad is the men of all men. When he loves he loves hard. Caring, devoted and willing to give everything when it comes down to it. He has been affected by his dad’s death not really wanting to face what is cost him in life and place the blame on someone else. He meets Gia, knows there is something special there but not sure what that something is.

Gia is a well-rounded attorney that is very independent. She has suffered some pretty hurtful things in the past that has forced her to push everything in to her career.

This two take off and keep you entertained through the whole book.

Light fun and fast read.

Looking forward to Gia’s sister’s story next!!!”

Becki Brannen – Breathless

Becki Brannen – Breathless

2478156Becki Brannen is a thirty-something writer born and raised in the heart of Georgia. Her debut novel, Breathless, is the result of NaNoWriMo 2011, having been written in just twenty-nine days. Becki primarily writes “chick lit with a Christian twist,” marrying one of her favorite genres with her Christian faith. Her life verses are Jeremiah 29:11 and Isaiah 41:10. Becki and her husband have twin daughters and a poodle, Sophie.

Breathless

Becki_Brannen_-_COVER_CONCEPT_-_FINALWhat happens when an ordinary girl meets the man of everyone’s dreams?

Keeping secrets is never easy, especially since Ryan Spalding is on the cover of every magazine and this year’s “Hottest Hunk under 30.” Good thing busy lawyer Carly Sparks is so out of the loop when it comes to celebrity affairs, or she’d realize she was in one!

Leading man, Ryan Spalding, tempts Carly in ways she’s only ever seen in the movies. She’s drifted away from a promise she made to God as a teenager, but Carly must rely on her faith when her relationship with Ryan is put to the test. Will it be enough to keep them together, or will theirs be just another failed Hollywood romance?

 

What Readers Are Saying

big heart“…a whirlwind romance that will leave you feeling breathless!”
Emerald Barnes
Author of Entertaining Angels

Loved this book. It has romance, trust, happy, sad, intense and God in it. Teared up many times while reading it and couldn’t put it down. Now I am so looking forward to the next book in the trilogy which is Strapless and yes I have already bought it. Can’t wait to see what Becki Brannen does next. Good read, highly recommended…”

Final Say

Breathless is a great read for fans of Christian Lit, Women’s Contemporary Fiction and Romance.  It’d be a fun choice for a Christian book club!
Connect with the author at http://beckibrannen.weebly.com or find Becki on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/beckibrannen.author.