Saturday, March 8, 2014

SPOTLIGHT & REVIEW: THE END OF THE LINE by JIM POWER

 
 
Title: The End of the Line
Author: Jim Power
Type: Ebook first, then paperback
Publisher: Sweet Cravings Publishing (part of Secret Cravings Publishing)
Published: October, 2013
Words: 93,000 words; 294 pages
Genre: Literary/Romance/Interracial (General audience)


 
 
SYNOPSIS:

Latesha Thomas is a beautiful, young African-American woman who lives with her handicapped father. She is in her final year of university and they are having a hard time making ends meet. She decides to start a matchmaking service to make a little extra money, though she has no experience and it turns out to be a disaster.

She does, however, meet a client, a handsome white man named Peter Elsworth. The sparks fly immediately, but there’s a huge problem. Her father, and his mother, are vehemently opposed to an interracial relationship. This leads to tremendous conflict, but their love will not be denied.

They grow closer, yet the closer they become, the more the tension rises. In time a secret connection between their two worlds become clear and this adds another dimension of conflict and complexity.

But love is color blind and they are irresistibly drawn to one another.

 
 
Jim Power has been published internationally by 60 magazines and newspapers, including by the Smithsonian Institution, and by many of the top outdoors magazines in North America. He has a long history of publishing fiction, from dozens of short stories in New York magazines to seven novels in 2013/2014. He studied Honors English at Saint Mary's University and majored in Russian Literature at Dalhousie University before becoming a writer.
Jim's father was buried in a bitter wind on Christmas Eve, 1956, leaving behind two small children and a wife eight months pregnant with him. He grew up in the small fishing village of Shad Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and decided to become a writer at fifteen after reading a book of short stories by Fyodor Dostoevsky. He said that experience shook his world. Later, when reading Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, he felt physically ill and was unable to sleep, so strongly did her prose infect him.

His first recollection of being a writer was at age five. He distinctly remembers racing out of the woods behind his house and telling his mother that he had seen a tiger, and it had even chased him. She shook her head at the silly fib. Determined to make his story sound more plausible, he instantly noted that an accident in Shad Bay had been reported on the radio, and it stated that a circus caravan had been traveling through the village and a truck had gone off the road. It contained a tiger, which had escaped, but not before killing the driver.
"That was an early lesson," Jim said. "Writing is in essence the art of trying to make readers believe your fictional story is real. In time, when writing novels, I found that my characters actually became real to me. They literally began to exist as separate, functioning individuals. This is essential, I think, because if you don't believe they're real, how can you expect others to?"
Jim was also once a dedicated hitch-hiker, hitch-hiking tens of thousands of kilometres in his life, including trips across Canada and from Nova Scotia to New York City, where he wormed his way into the Big Apple and played softball in Harlem on a beautiful Sunday morning in autumn.
Jim has a long history of playing sports, including fastball, lacrosse and tennis, and he loves the outdoors.
 
 
All Jim's books, including those written under his pen name of Summer Newman, can be found at Amazon. They are all listed at Jim Power Book Store:
https://www.facebook.com/jimpowerbooks

 
Drop by Jim's Blog on Goodreads and say hello at:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1961429.Jim_Power




 
 

“The End of the Line 3.5 Star Review”

Reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet as Latesha Thomas and Peter Elsworth are drawn into a forbidden relationship.


    photo something-new.png

For Latesha it’s her father who spews unkind and racial remarks about the “one” her heart and mind has set its sight on. He refuses to accept a “white boy” as boyfriend material.

 photo 1d1206a1-2820-42c5-a8ca-b8b160f62ff8.jpg

Peter’s mother is appalled to think that her only son would consider tarnishing the family name by
dating a “black “woman.

   photo 107bf538b80e12d5e9f19556ba32405d.jpg

Racial bias and bigotry run rampant not only in their family but the community as well. Tagged as a contemporary romance I see it as more of a YA romance.

Yes, they struggle with crossing the black/white line but once they accept the inevitable the most touching they do is with their lips. sweet tender kisses, Peter didn’t even make it to second base!  photo interracial-dating_Ade.jpg

Slow moving, not rushed as Latesha and Peter take what started out as a business arrangement to friends to dating.  

Always a fan of happy endings but I didn’t feel this one. The reversal of their parents opinions and prejudices were too quick and unreal. There is a lot of information description wise that didn’t add to the story, filler, like how many shredded wheat to eat, or letting the cat in and out and feeding in between isn’t going to affect the story or ending.

Although I do think it was cute that Latesha had a cat named Oprah and Peter a fish named Dr. Phil.

Words strung together where a space should have been is annoying so the editing needs improvement.

The phrase, The end of the line was mentioned many times through-out the book and was fitting.

The end of the line for escaping slaves,
the end of the line for a relationship before it starts,
the end of the line as being the only child,
end of the line as the sound of shots filled the night,
the end of the line when racial bias and hated can be set aside with the promise of new beginnings,

I liked the reference.



COVER REVEAL: SCARRED BY LOVE by C.A. HARMS

 
SYNOPSIS
 
**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.
 
Riley thought she was in love…
 
She thought she found the perfect guy until his aggressive behavior became too much for her to handle. Hurt and alone, she withdrew from the world, and hid from the chance of ever loving again.
Zander, a sexy voiced lead singer and guitar player, had his sights set on Riley…
 
Even though she continued to push him away.
Riley was guarded and hesitant when it came to bad boys. After all, it was a bad boy who shattered her once before.
 
But Riley soon realizes that Zander isn't who she thought he was, and he may be just what she needs.
 
Will the love that grows between them be enough to hold them together?
 
Or will the heartache they suffer drive a wedge between them forever?
 
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
C.A. Harms is like any other addicted reader. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. She hasn't always been a lover of Romance and had once been addicted to a good Mystery. Just recently she has taken on a new liking and now is a full blown Romance novel addict.
 
She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband of 14 years and two children. You will always find her with her kindle or paperback in hand as it is her favorite pass time.
 
CONTACT AUTHOR:
 
GIVEAWAY:

Blog Tour & Review: Her Master's Courtesan by Lily White








I am a Master

You must know this fact to understand my story.

I capture women.

I break them down.

And I rebuild them.

If they are lucky, they are sold into the professional hands of another Master. If they are less fortunate, they are buried beneath the ground, never to be thought of again.

I lust for the control, I demand absolute submission and my body yearns to warp the minds of those I train.

Power is the only thing I’ll ever need and I am addicted to the feeling of ultimate control.

I am wealthy, good-looking, educated and charming.

And I am - in no way - a good man.

I do not want love.
I do not want kindness.

She thought she could change me by giving me the two things I knew I never wanted.

She was wrong.
 
 

Her Master’s Courtesan Review 4 Stars

Proceed with caution should be displayed on the first page.

 photo ASISAY.jpg

Extremely dark with scenes of rape, violence, brainwashing and murder.

Meet The Master and don’t confuse him with a Dom teaching a submissive, instead, he is a ruthless man who abducts and sells women and on occasion men for profit.

 His gift is the ability to break the human spirit, strip away the character of the person, remove all thoughts of their previous life and replace it with a whore.

 photo master.jpg

A Courtesan, a sexual slave whose only purpose is to serve, satisfy and be controlled by her owner.

Yes, I said owner!

First off, it’s not an easy read. Master (I won’t call him by name; he doesn’t allow it) is brutal; he beats, rapes and rewires the mind of his victims.

He’s not your usual sexy leading man, he’s no hero but I had hope for him. I somehow thought as in most novels he would change his ways and succumb to love, but he is the Master. Rebecca, his newest acquisition didn’t stand a chance against his form of punishment.

She faced mental and physical abuse until she surrendered the life she once knew and accepted her
 role as Courtesan.

  photo gagball.jpg

Did I enjoy the storyline, no. I don’t like when women are subjected to rape, brutality and are looked upon as nothing more than a vessel for a man’s cock.

  photo 523822-lovely-blonde-in-awesome-bondage-animated-picture.gif

Did I put it down, no.

I was drawn in and had to know the outcome. I had to know what would become of Rebecca and I must say the author surprised me and not in a good way.

This is not a romance novel, there are no happy endings, no prince coming to the rescue and no wavering by Master.
He has set a plan in action and the outcome will either blow your mind or send you to church to pray for safekeeping of your daughters.
Yeah, it’s that disturbing. I’ll tell you what the author had…100% of my attention throughout the book.

FYI: The book is no longer available on Amazon; they removed it. It is available on Barnes and Noble.


 
 
 Lily White Bio:  Lily White is a dark writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism.  Most of the time she can be found wandering around aimlessly while her mind is stuck in some twisted power play between two characters in her head.
You may recognize her in public by the confused expression, random mumbling, and occasional giggle while thinking up a scene. Lily’s favorite things in life are reading, thinking about reading, buying books for reading….and writing.
Her other secret pleasure is meeting with her plot editor in public to discuss her books and watching the shocked expressions of the people around her that don’t realize she’s talking about a book.  When Lily is not reading, writing, wandering or freaking out innocent bystanders, she’s sleeping.
 Contact Lily White:
 Twitter: @eroticlilywhite

Promo: His Forgotten Bride by Breah Elise

His Forgotten Bride




Synopsis:

Always a Bridesmaid and Never a Bride? Hailey Ryan wakes up in the hospital with no memory of her brother's wedding, but one of her own! Nothing else seems clear and the last two years of her life have vanished except for one thing - Jackson McCabe.

Look But Don't Touch... For more than ten years, Jackson has been told that Hailey is off limits. With her brother off on his honeymoon and no other family to speak of, Jackson has no choice but to step up and take care of Hailey.

But how soon before this pretend marriage turns in to something more?

Excerpt:

When he went up to bed hours later, he noticed that there was no light on under the door to Hailey’s room and felt relief that there was no chance of interacting with her and that he’d be able to rest peacefully. In his room, he stripped down to his boxers and was getting ready for bed when he heard Hailey scream.

He nearly pulled the door to the master bedroom off its hinges to get to her. Once at her side, he found her sitting up in the bed, breathing hard. He pulled her tight against him, his own heart racing as fast as hers. “Are you okay?” he asked frantically, “What happened?”

Hailey was terrified. For the last several nights her dreams had been disturbing, but tonight she actually remembered it. “I dreamt about the attack, I think.” Jackson stilled and waited for her to continue. “It was so dark and I remember being so scared. I was running and running, but he was chasing me. It seemed like my car kept getting further and further away even though I was running toward it! I had my bouquet in my hand and I didn’t want to let it go and…”

“Sshh…,” he said.

 “It’s all right now; don’t talk about it. You’re safe and that’s all that matters.” She pulled back and looked at him. “Maybe I’m getting my memory back,” she said. “I’ve been dreaming weird things all week, but this was so clear and it felt so real.” She swallowed. “Jackson, it was just so…terrifying.” He cupped her face and looked down at her, his voice gentle and calm. “It’s over now.

 He can’t hurt you; I’m here and nothing is going to happen to you. I promise.” He pulled her close again and she relaxed against him. When he felt like she was finally calm, he released her and rose from the bed. She reached for his hand. “Please don’t go,” she whispered, her blue eyes, so round in her face, and filled with emotion.

 “Please, Jackson, I don’t want to be alone.” He knew that he should leave; it was morally the right thing to do. But as she lay there in the bed pleading with him to stay because she was scared, well, that changed things. He sighed. “I’m trying to do the right thing here, Hailey,” he said gruffly. “I’m trying to be the good guy.”

She sat back up in the bed and then raised herself up on her knees. The blankets pooled around her and exposed that all she was wearing was a white ribbed tank top and hot pink panties. Jackson almost swallowed his tongue. She reached up and looped her arms around his neck. “Why do you have to be the good guy?” she whispered. “You’re my husband and I need you.”

She licked her lips and the sight of the tip of her tongue fascinated him; her breasts pressed against his bare chest were torture. She moved closer and smiled when she felt his erection pressing against her belly. “Please,” she whispered again and Jackson was lost.

He claimed her mouth with less finesse than he cared for, but his need for her was too great; he had held himself in restraint for far too long. She met him, equaling his passion, taking him, running her fingers up through his hair and pressing her body as close as she could to his without physically being joined with him.

He leaned forward and helped Hailey to lie back down on the bed and then covered her body with his. His tongue mated with hers, their legs twined together briefly before she wrapped those long, gloriously smooth limbs around his hips.

“We shouldn’t be doing this,” he whispered against her throat, anxious to taste every inch of her.”

“Yes, we should,” she replied, gently nipping at his earlobe.

“The doctor didn’t say anything about us not being able to make love.”

He claimed her mouth to keep her from talking, he didn’t want to think about doctors or injuries; hell, and he didn’t want to think of anything except having Hailey.


Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1dxv5Tm


Giveaway: $25 Amazon Gift Card a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Friday, March 7, 2014

Release Day: Everybody's Somebody by D. Breeze




Title: Everybody's Somebody
Author: D. Breeze
Expected Publishing Date: March 7, 2014
Hosted by: Tantalizing Promotions


Rhianne Shepard is odd. Well, she thinks she is. 
Actually, she's gifted, she's beautiful and she's extraordinary, but she's lonely. No friends, no family except her mother. Thinking she's destined to spend the rest of her life hidden in her solitary existence, she thinks that no one knows the REAL Rhianne even exists.

Jamie Travis does. Even though they've never spoken. Not once. He wants her to know that he cares, he knows she exists and he wants her to start living.

Circumstances throw them together, and Jamie thinks he finally has his chance to show Rhianne that she really is someone special. But he could never have guessed the battle he faces against the doubts in her mind, put there by a mentally ill mother, an estranged father and a gift that she might never understand.

Does he really have the ability to fight her inner demons, and win? Or is he fighting a losing battle?







“Sweetheart, listen to me.” I already was... “You believe what you want to. If you think that I’m everything you just said then, not that I thought it was possible, but I love you more. I don’t agree though, I’m not your hero and I don’t take care of you. You take care of yourself just fine now, you just needed a push in the right direction. I’m not dragging you along with me anymore, but I’ll always be holding your hand, running along beside you. We’re equals and I wouldn’t have it any other way. You’re everything to me, you changed my life too, always for the better – no matter what shit we’ve been through in the process. If it meant I could have you turning to me, in our bed, every morning looking at me with your beautiful blue eyes and whispering ‘good morning’ babe I swear, I would go through it all again.”




Names Danielle Breeze, I’m only twenty-three but some days I feel forty!! I'm a single mum to two beautiful young children (makes finding the time to write challenging to say the least!!). Born and raised in Coventry, England – don’t think I’d ever really have the guts to leave here!! I’m a romantic at heart, love a happy ending and I’ve been known to make up my own endings in my head to other books if I didn’t agree with theirs haha!!
I listen to music CONSTANTLY!! Especially when I'm writing. I spend my days tidying up after my kids, making dinner, taking the kids to the park...nothing interesting!! But I like to spend time with my wonderful friends and family, going to concerts, on holidays, out for drinks :) all the usual things!!

I have always read books, magazines...the back of the shampoo bottle...ANYTHING I could, since I’ve been able to form words!! I wanted to write my own books even when I was just a little girl, scribbling little pieces down on scraps of paper, anything to get my ideas out!! I was as at university when I decided I was going to stop wanting to do it, and actually do it!! I have plenty of different works in the pipeline, so I hope you like my stuff .









Blog Tour: Cree by H.J. Bellus

Cree Blog Tour

As soon as I felt him go, I let go again, thrusting and rubbing on him as much as I could,
milking every last sensation out of him.
 
My Way Series by H.J. Bellus
 
Cover- Cree
 
 
Whose parents abandon them in a trashy trailer when they are five years old? Oh Yeah! Mine do! Hey Hoochies! I'm Milly, and I am tired of taking kicks to the gut. A broken family, an asshole husband and the loss of loved ones have left me crying Uncle, and declaring a serious case of the Fuck-Its!

I had my heart broken, stomped on and shattered before I ever started on my journey to find my little piece of happiness. With a bucket list, a '66 Ford and wild dreams, I set out on an adventure that changed my life forever.

I found Cree… A pirate with a little princess and they swept me off my ever lovin' feet, filling my world with sprinkles, mac n’ cheese and the courage to live again.

They forced my fragile heart to trust and love without fear. But the truth is, nobody’s past stays hidden forever. It’s an invisible monster waiting to attack and destroy. It has the capability to ruin everything you’ve worked to set right. All it takes is one final blow to the gut to end everything…

Buy Now on Amazon
 
 
Cover- Tripp
 
Also Check Out Book #2 in the My Way Series:
Coming Soon… May 2014 Miles- Book #3
 
 

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 9.36.25 AM
 

Blog Tour: The Perfect Emotion by Melissa Rolka

TPEBlogTourbutton



TPE_FrontCover_Web



TPE_FullCover_Web



synopsis



The story of Kate, Kyle and Reed continues in this second novel of The Perfect Series.

Kate (Katherine) Monroe is finally coming to heads with the decisions she’s made in the past to keep herself distracted at any cost. Learning to move on and forward with the conflicts in her life is harder than she expects though.

With Kyle continuing to attempt reconciliation and Kate’s mom back at home, avoiding and running are no longer an option.
All along Kate’s mind and heart are consumed with Reed, but she fights to push her feelings and desires to the side. Despite the obvious pull and connection she has with Reed she finds it difficult to let him in… and trust in herself. However, Reed’s perseverance and patience never wavers and eventually he uses the one thing that had always brought them together… tennis.

As Reed and Kate begin to embark on a new relationship they face the past and the present head on. Along the way, new challenges and emotions arise testing the direction of their future together.
Can Kate forgive herself and trust Reed in order to latch onto the one emotion she needs most… love?

excerpt

“Jesus, Katherine,” he mumbles as I kiss my way across his jaw and over to his ear. “What are you doing to me?”

“Kissing you,” I whisper in his ear and brush my lips against his ear lobe.

“Mmmmm hmmmm.” His hands move to my waist and guide me onto him. I’m straddling his lap and his fingers dig into my hips. I rush my hands into his hair and his head presses all the way against the couch, the leather giving in to my demands.

Our tongues clash against each other exploring as if it’s our first kiss, yet knowingly anticipating our next ridge or groove. My heart races in ways I never knew possible. My hands run down to the hem of his button down shirt and to the top of his pants. I start to pull at his shirt to un-tuck it, but his hands come around and lock around my wrists restraining me from pulling anymore. I whine into his mouth.

“Why?” I mumble against the softness of his lips and smile.

“This is the first time I’m in your house and I just met your parents… maybe the second time,” he jokes and then nibbles on my bottom lip.

“Grrrrr,” I grumble in his mouth. “You are always being too good.” His eyes narrow at me and he let’s out a rough chuckle.

“Katherine, I think you know that’s not true and I’ll show you just how bad I am when we are back up at school.” His hands snake up to my shoulders wrapping around the back of my neck. Pulling me towards him and his lips find mine again. Softly he kisses me across my jaw to my ear. “Patience,” he whispers.

“I don’t want to be patient,” I pout as I push my body into him. He laughs into me and un-straddles me from his lap. We face each other and I smile shyly at him feeling a little funny by my boldness.

“Stop,” he says, and his hand latches onto my pinky finger gently rubbing it. “Don’t be embarrassed. I don’t like you having to be patient either,” he says, just before he plants a firm kiss to my forehead.

I lean myself against him and rest my head on his chest. His arms wrap around me tightly making my insecurities fade. As I take in his familiar pine and masculine scent he shifts us back against the arm of the couch allowing me to snuggle myself even closer.


teasers


 




trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW6FGQVFL44

playlistTTbanner


Closer To You – The Wallflowers
Come On Get Higher – Sugarland
You Look Good In My Shirt – Keith Urban
Leaving Me Later – JT Hodges
I Would Be Sad – The Avett Brothers
You Are More – Tenth Avenue North
Poison & Wine – The Civil Wars
Nothing – The Script
Boyfriend – RaeLynn
Collide – Howie Day
Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
 

giveaway
 
 

about the author


melissarolkaheadshot

Melissa Rolka grew up in the Chicagoland area all of her childhood and has always had a love of writing. She started by keeping a journal at a young age and then in high school she started writing poetry. A couple poems were published anonymously. Then in college she majored in Philosophy, which required lots and lots of writing.

After graduating from Marquette University she traveled west to Los Angeles. There she worked for the Writers Guild of America and found herself submerged in the writers world. She worked on small writings, but never pursued them. On the side she became involved with a small theater group. Eventually she made her way back to the Midwest, where her heart belongs, and worked in business for several years.

She found love, got married and has two beautiful children. Being at home has allowed her to keep following her love of reading and writing.The Perfect Distraction is her first full length novel. A second continuation of this story is in the works with hopes for a third.

When Melissa is not writing she is caring for, playing with and loving her two kids. In between taking care of her family and writing she almost always has her nose buried in her Kindle.

social links

Buy Links

Comming SOON!!!!

angie-TwinsietalkFBbanner