Category Archives: Interesting Reads

Kaylee Rose—For the Love of Us

People traditionally meet, fall in love, marry, live a little life as partners, have kids, raise kids, and then…the empty nest hits. Callie finds herself wondering if Brad still desires her now that the house is empty and the chaos is gone.

For the Love of Us is a debut release for author Kaylee Rose. Her ability to grab the audience through slapstick style humor between long-time friends keeps the laughing at a high and the reality of the empty nest on a fun roll. She tackles a huge issue which happens to many moms after the kids leave and the spouse continues on their career path, leaving many moms empty and lost. Rose builds this short novel with a ton of heart and infuses many relatable experiences. Her motif of the garlic bread, as part of a family tradition in an untraditional sense, ties this work together in the same sense that being sexy in an unsexy place in one’s life continues to hold the glue together and rebuilds a stagnant relationship. A strong debut, with room for Rose to grow and explore style and craft on many different fronts of the empty nest lifestyle.

‘𝑭𝑶𝑹 𝑻𝑯𝑬 𝑳𝑶𝑽𝑬 𝑶𝑭 𝑼𝑺: 𝑭𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝑲𝒆𝒆𝒑 𝑶𝒖𝒓 𝑳𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝑨𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆’ 
𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒆𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒆 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝑲𝒂𝒚𝒍𝒆𝒆 𝑹𝒐𝒔𝒆
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What happens when the kids leave for college and you remember you’re not just mom, but a woman too?
Simply going through the motions, on autopilot day after day, weighed heavily on me.

The one thing which bonded my husband and me, before the kids came along, was slowly cast aside as their needs grew more demanding.

Intimacy became an act; a performance, without the desire, passion, and lust we once shared.

My need to feel desired and wanted by my husband ate at me and I was determined to make him see the woman he married.
I wasn’t going to give up and hatched a plan, one which would hopefully forge a new beginning for us.

Fighting to keep our love alive was a risk, but, for us, I was prepared to do anything.

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Avaline Saddlebags: The Mystery Behind the Drag!

Murders are never an easy pill to swallow. When DI Dylan Monroe investigates the second death within the transgender community, he goes into overdrive with a clock ticking against him and his team to catch a serial murder out to destroy innocent targets. What Monroe soon uncovers opens him up before a world he understood, but now he becomes an active participant in order to bring peace back to the community.

Netta Newbound and Marcus Brown nail this mystery to the wall in their debut co-write. They infuse suspense, realism, humor, and a trail of red herrings along the path of uncovering the cold-hearted truth. The combined styles of Newbound and Brown complement one another with an infusion of wholesome and grit within the talented cast of characters they develop throughout the work. A fantastic mystery solved.

🧚‍♀️AVALINE SADDLEBAGS

DI DYLAN MONROE INVESTIGATES: ONE

by Netta Newbound & Marcus Brown

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Blurb:

Following the brutal murders of Jade Kelly and Gina Elliot, newly promoted DI Dylan Monroe is assigned to work the case, alongside DS Layla Monahan.

As the body count rapidly rises—each slaying more savage than the last—it soon becomes clear the butchered and mutilated victims have one thing in common—they are all male to female transsexuals.

With time against them, Dylan is forced to go undercover in the only place that provides a link to the victims—Dorothy’s, a well-known drag and cabaret bar in the heart of Liverpool.

Avaline Saddlebags is a gripping, often amusing, psychological thriller with an astonishing twist that will take your breath away… change can be DEADLY!

Connect with the authors:

Netta Newbound: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Marcus Brown: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

 

In Too Deep—Tyson’s Soul Sells Out.

 

Zane Michaelson takes drug lords and sex trafficking to a new low. Tyson’s slow path through hell continues from Pimped Out to In too Deep. Michaelson spares no one from the blemishes the underworld ropes in and spits out. This tale is painted with the hard cold truths about a world most societies brush under the carpet. Michaelson uses his prose power to bring reality to the surface and acknowledge the ruthlessness of crime lords and their tangled webs across providences and country lines. The world Tyson stepped into is beyond his comprehension and as much he works to keep his lover, Kyle, safe and the DI Zara Mulaney undercover he loses more of himself in this tortured game Keiran taunts him with.

Michaelson uses foreshadowing in the best of ways, as he continues this journey for Tyson Reece. He infuses a juxtaposition between the life Tyson envisions for himself through Kyle and the reality fo the life he feels he deserves in Kieran. It would not be in true Michealson form to be left waiting for just how cruel the world can be before justice is served or the bad guys win. In too Deep definitely leads the reader on a journey most refuse to recognize and leaves them waiting for Ashes to Ashes to figure out who’s burying who in this criminal world.

𝐒𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐲 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐥: 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐓𝐰𝐨
𝐁𝐲 𝐙𝐚𝐧𝐞 𝐌𝐢𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐞𝐥𝐬𝐨𝐧

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☞ ‘Selling my Soul: Part Three – Ashes to Ashes’
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💔Blurb
Tyson Reece is locked inside a world of depravity. His life held tight at the mercy of his ex-boyfriend, Kieran Wayland.

DI Zara Mulaney continues to work tirelessly in the shadows, hoping to bring Wayland and his partner, her boss, Giovanni Mallea to justice.

Reece is caught in the cross-hairs between the undercover work of Mulaney and the evils of Wayland.

Wayland has spies everywhere and one of them is talking.

Has Reece’s deception been exposed?

The saga continues to play out with the clock ticking and the crime lords at large. What Reece doesn’t realize is his head is already on a platter in this game of deceit, filth, and lies.

With the candle burning quickly, will Reece and Mulaney get the proof they need before Wayland sets his repulsive plan into motion?

Broken Knight—Love isn’t simple!

 

Love—a simple four-letter word. But is it that simple? Love binds humanity together. Love builds connections between people. Love ties families together. Love is a term used to convey a deep appreciation for something. Love connects friends. Love has a flip side as well and it breaks and drives the human heart into the dark recesses of madness. Love infiltrates the line between rational and irrational behavior. Love compels people to be better and on the flip side, it drives them to know the worst of their own personalities. In the end, love is anything but simple.

LJ Shen tackles this complex relationship of love in her newest release, Broken Knight. Broken Knight touches every theme related to love: Love is fickle, Love is strength, love is family, love is friendship, love is nature, love is nurture, love is evil, love is broken, love is forever, and so much more. Knight Cole and Luna Rexroth are part of the many dualities Shen weaves into this prose of genius. Shen uses juxtaposition of motherhood in a motif which digs its way into the reader’s heart, and the recovery is one you won’t walk away from easily. She uses Knight and Luna as a beautifully constructed paradox of love and value of the fight that makes it worth the struggles. It’s a beautiful read with so much more beyond broken Knight, proving love isn’t simple; it’s worth every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears.

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Audio (narrated by Jacob Morgan and CJ Blooms) ➜

Not all love stories are written the same way. Ours had torn chapters, missing paragraphs, and a bittersweet ending.

Luna Rexroth is everyone’s favorite wallflower.
Sweet.
Caring.
Charitable.
Quiet.
Fake.
Underneath the meek, tomboy exterior everyone loves (yet pities) is a girl who knows exactly what, and who, she wants—namely, the boy from the treehouse who taught her how to curse in sign language.
Who taught her how to laugh.
To live.
To love.

Knight Cole is everyone’s favorite football hero.
Gorgeous.
Athletic.
Rugged.
Popular.
Liar.
This daredevil hell-raiser could knock you up with his gaze alone, but he only has eyes for the girl across the street: Luna.
But Luna is not who she used to be. She doesn’t need his protection anymore.
When life throws a curveball at All Saints’ golden boy, he’s forced to realize not all knights are heroes.
Sometimes, the greatest love stories flourish in tragedy.

Savage Beast Hits the Mark!

There is something about Max Savage that draws the reader into his world from the first three sentences. He’s observant, reflective, and exudes a strength that forces your hand into falling into his web. Savage knows his way around the world and brings his specialty to Tulsa, Oklahoma. His charm finds himself in the middle of a puzzle with a hot, smart as a whip, witty female detective ready to make Tulsa open its doors to the big picture.

Sloane Howell unleashes a masterpiece of brilliance with Savage Beast. He paints the picture of Max Savage, Tulsa, and the underworld in a way only Howell knows how to do. Howell is spot on with the mystery and deceit and folds in a slight air of sexy mischief. He’s rich in exposition, but he’s not careless and frivolous with his intent. Howell builds up the rich good ‘ol boy’s network into an artful masterpiece which falls along the lines of Grisham, Brown, and Child’s works. What sets Howell apart from most authors is the ability to dive into new genres and take off running while nailing the themes and styles from the first word to the last word. A worthwhile read and I’m looking forward to more of Max Savage and Sloane Howell’s artistry!

Savage Beast (Max Savage #1) by Sloane Howell 

Blurb:

They killed his best friend. Now, someone must pay.

Former soldier Max Savage lives off the grid, leaving behind the society that scorned him. But when his best friend’s murder is ruled a suicide, Savage is hellbent on finding who’s responsible and why.Partnering with a headstrong detective looking to prove her worth, Savage pursues a set of cryptic clues that lead to shady backroom deals and the highest levels of corruption.

As the clock dwindles, devastating secrets are revealed. The pair must decide whether to risk their lives against overwhelming odds or watch the world they love crumble down around them.

If you love pulse-pounding thrillers loaded with suspense, action, and twists you don’t see coming, Max Savage is for you! Click buy now and start reading today!

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AM Johnson Colors the World Anew

Indie O’Connell embraces her genetic blemishes and turns them into flawless works of art. She’s loved and admired in her family. A place colored with freedom and safety. Indie’s twin, Royal, stands by her side as a best friend, protector, and her light in the dark times. When Royal finds his happiness in Camden, a fellow college student, Indie gains a new confident but loses a bit of Royal.

Kai, Camden’s roommate, fights his own demons. He shields himself from his own pain through swimming, majoring in something he believes will make others proud, and finding friendship in the least likely of places; his teammate, Royal. The complication comes when he makes a move to make himself happy, and he finds himself seeking shelter in Royal’s sister. A girl who asks him for nothing but makes him want to be a better man. A man she can trust and rely on as his own world falls apart.

I knew diving into Johnson’s work the themes and topics would follow the tropes of difficult choices, situations, and taboos most authors shy away from penning. Johnson once said, “This work might upset her following as it contains the least amount of sex of any of her works.”

I disagree. Indie and Kai develop as two lost souls and search to find the key to those flaws they see within themselves. They each desire love, commitment, and trust. Deep down within each of them is an innocence they work hard to cover up to the outside world; An innocence which needs fostering and molding by the best artists. Artists who know it takes time developing perfection and dance with purpose through the process.

I made the mistake of finishing reading Seven Shades of You while in my classroom. Johnson’s words moved me in ways only her works are capable. She showed me the layers of violets, reds, blacks, browns, blues, yellows, and more which breathed life and passion into every word of this prose. She touches on mental illness, deadly diseases, suicide, and self loathing while building the backbone of the series which relies on truth, trust, and an open heart for viewing others and oneself in a light of joy and depth which destroys the naysayers and builds only the bridges of love, light, rainbows, and happiness. In the end, Johnson checks off one more incredible work which opens the doors for taboo subjects and healthy discussions and solutions for all walks of life to enjoy.

Seven Shades of You 
(A Twin Heart Series Standalone Novel)

❤︎ Release Date: June 13th
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♥︎ BLURB ♥︎

Her world was color. Canvas and paint.
Indie O’Connell lived inside her head.
Her voices the muse.
And as a freshman at St. Peter’s College, all she wanted, was to create a name for herself with the brush in her hand.
His world was over.
Despite his humble upbringing, Kai Carter seemed to have it all.
Captain of the swim team and a full scholarship. His golden boy status a mask he had to wear to keep his dream and his family afloat.
All the pieces of his life dangled precariously from his fingertips.
Forced to fight a battle he’d never signed up for, Kai’s loyalty turned out to be his undoing, and like a good captain, no matter what the cost, he’d gone down with the ship.
They never planned for their worlds to collide.
He was her brother’s best friend.
She was supposed to be invisible.
Off limits.
Being together, regardless of how much they wanted it, was a line they’d never cross.
But when lives get messy, lines get blurred, and in love, nothing is ever black and white.

Michaelson’s Controversial Release Hits A Hot Topic

The beauty of Zane Michaelson’s works lies in his willingness to challenge the status quo. He takes on risky topics and fleshes out all the details good, bad, and indifferent. He explores the dark corners of desperation and sex trafficking in his latest release, Pimped Out: Selling My Soul Part One. The ugly truths of Tyson Reece come to light when he finds himself out of a job and starving. He turns to the most dangerous man he knows for help. A man who broke him once and won’t be afraid to do it again. Michaelson weaves in a hungry young detective, a heart-stopping best friend, and a world tainted with drugs, sex, and deceit behind the high rollers of Liverpool’s seedy underworld.

Michealson’s Pimped Out hits the reader in the chest and leaves no room for skipping a page or closing one’s eyes. This work touches on a current topic of sex trafficking that exists more than citizens choose to recognize. Modern authors, such as Grisham, hit racial discrimination in A Time to Kill with a brutal rape and murder of a young girl in the backroads of Mississippi. It opened the eyes of the public wide to the injustices still alive and well in the 21st century. Alice Sebold hit the market with Lucky, her own brutal account of being raped while attending New York University. Then she followed it up with Lovely Bones. It later went on to be made into a film. These authors also sought to open up the eyes of the public to brutal truths in modern day society. I appreciate the bold honesty with which Michaelson opens the doors to the brutality and darkness within sex trafficking and the modern world. Society cannot stop what they sweep under the carpet and authors bold enough to tackle the big issues are well worth reading.

‘Selling my Soul: Part One – Pimped Out’
by Zane Michaelson

The new Taboo M/M Erotica Series.

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🔥Blurb;
This book was BANNED by Amazon prior to its initial release!

Twenty-one-year-old Tyson Reece is down on his luck.

Suddenly finding himself unemployed; pride and his upbringing keep him from accepting handouts, either from his best friend Kyle, or the government.

Broke, hungry and alone, Tyson succumbs to a last resort, contacting Kieran Wayland, his depraved ex.

Sensing an opportunity, a spur of the moment decision brings the police crashing into Tyson’s world, setting in motion a chain of events he could never have predicted.

Zara Mulaney, a newly promoted DI, is watching Wayland from afar, convinced he is part of an underworld organisation responsible for a spate of terrifying murders across the city.

Quietly investigating Wayland, she is outsmarted at every turn and believes him to be protected by other high-ranking officers within the force.

In a last ditch effort, she approaches Tyson, hoping he is the last piece in the puzzle; the one who can finally bring Wayland to justice.

But, Wayland is a tour de force with friends in high places; arrogant in the belief he is untouchable.

Agreeing to help Mulaney, Tyson is about to be plunged into a world he never dared believe existed.

The brand new taboo series from best-selling author Zane Michaelson

Meghan Quinn – Dear Life

Dear Life follows the lives of four characters whose lives turned in a direction they never expected. Daisy is the sheltered one, while Carter wears a chip on his shoulder. Jace makes a choice which is one of the hardest decisions he must wrestle with, and Hallyn has her fairytale ripped from beneath her. Megan Quinn brilliantly tells this tale of fate, love, sacrifice, and rebirth with a conviction that moves the soul. She leaves her audience thinking about how many are given a new lease on life and how many are left behind. Quinn brought tears and empathy as well as happiness and joy to these flawed survivors.

Quinn takes the plunge into writing this novel through several lenses. First, a four character POV. Then she weaves in letters and texts to enrich the depth of the sobering themes. Overall, Quinn explores the ups and downs and creates a beautiful tribute for this thing we call life. I waited to read this one as I knew the emotional rollercoaster of the words Quinn penned between the covers. This will definitely be a re-read as it moved me in ways I never expected!

Buy Link: DEAR LIFE: https://amzn.to/2Sj9zK8

Blurb:

Dear Life,

It’s New Years Eve and time for a resolution. Time for decision and self-discovery. After all, isn’t that what starting over, in a new year, is all about? Forgiveness. Clean slates? Finding beauty in heartbreak and pain, and finding yourself along the way?

We hope so.

Because we’ve immersed in the anonymously published Dear Life program, designed to help us step outside of our comfort zones and start anew. Forced to face obstacles and relinquish our demons we’ll come together–or fall apart– to prove our existence:

Hollyn: The perpetually hurt
Daisy: The sheltered and naïve
Jace: The athlete with a heart of gold
Carter: The bitter and pained dreamer

Win big or lose it all, we’re at a crossroads in our lives; four strangers meeting in the middle. Do we have what it takes to use this one chance and start over? Or will we fall apart

Michaelson Plays Another Dangerous Game!

The Vampyre Romance continues with Dangerous Game. Michaelson provides a slow expositionary novella in book one, The One. In book two, Dangerous Game, he picks up the pace as Zahir combs the continents in search of Adriel, Sebastian, and Sienna.  Michaelson digs deeper into the realm of vampyres, witches, and the ethereal natures of the PNR genre. His ability lies in character development and strong connections within the setting. He paints the picture of old lore with modern-day attributes and combines the centuries of history with flawless transition and beauty.

Michaelson’s versatility among the subgenres of romance continues entertaining his audience. He pens each word of Dangerous Game in the PNR world just as easily as he blotted the paper for contemporary romance, non-fiction romance, and erotica. The PNR series floats back to styles of Shelley in Frankenstein and Stokers, Dracula. All in all the series is shaping up and I can’t wait to see what taboos and debauchery among the vamps and witches Michaelson will unfold next in this series.

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°❈*✫DANGEROUS GAME ✫*❈°

A Vampyre Romance: Book Two
Ebook & Paperback

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*❈°Blurb
After the shock discovery of Adriel’s true nature, Sebastián and Sienna whisk her away to Venice in the hope of tracking down Millicent Balanza.

A powerful witch in her own right, Millicent, is a direct descendent of Sienna, and Adriel’s only hope.

Wary of her own gifts, Millicent has retreated from the real world and lives a solitary existence. She hasn’t spoken to another living soul for many years, but this could change as she senses Sienna’s presence.

Will Millicent reveal herself to Sienna?

Is she powerful enough to protect Adriel?

Only time will tell.

Back in London, leader of the vampires, Zahir, is on the hunt for Sebastián and Sienna, hell bent on making them answer for their crimes.

Following the death of Lucy, Zahir will leave no stone unturned until he finds out why she was murdered by Sebastián, and why Sienna conspired to cover up the crime.

Desperate for answers, he tracks down Adriel’s ex-lover, Benjamin, who has been compelled by Sebastián to forget the events of the last few days.

Now, only Benjamin’s blood will reveal the truth.

Will Zahir discover what Adriel is?

What will the discovery mean for them all?

A Vampyre Romance: Book One – The One

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Lauren Rowe Rocks the Morgan Saga!

Dax Morgan leaps onto the music scene with his band 22 Goats. The youngest of the Morgan crew finally steps on the stage and collides with his ultimate muse, Violet Rhodes. The two find all the fuel, lighting the flame between them, but timing and circumstances block their path to easy street.

Lauren Rowe continues filling in all the missing pieces of the Morgan family and truly rocks Dax Morgan to his core. Rowe weaves in the usual humor of the Morgans and the pained realities of how love wraps itself around one’s soul. The road to love is never easy and Rowe paints the pros and cons of hitting it big in the entertainment arena with all its glitter and glory along with its gluttony and wrath. The way Rowe seamlessly weaves in the Morgan family, and their entourage of sidekicks, is a brilliant display of talent and hard work as she captures within the entirety of the series. Rockstar is sweet with a cherry on top and the perfect HEA!

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Blurb:

It was lyrics at first sight when I saw Violet Rhodes across that crowded party. She was lights and darks, swirled together. Music in motion. And all of it while looking like a hitwoman at an Elvis convention.

I had nothing to offer the intriguing girl but a one-night stand. I figured I’d revel in my last night of anonymity before my first tour and shoot her a quick “We’ll always have L.A.!” goodbye the next morning.

But nothing went according to plan.

In one night, Violet crawled under my skin and into my bloodstream. She tattooed her name across my chest and between my legs. She became my muse. And then she was gone.
Now, months later, here she is again. And in a twist I never saw coming, it turns out Violet is ultra-violet radiation. Beautiful, ethereal light bringing with her the promise of damage and destruction.

My brain tells me to walk away from this girl, but my heart can’t stop feeling like she might be one of a kind . . . the sort of girl who comes along once in a violet moon.

ROCKSTAR is a standalone romance, the love story of Dax Morgan and the electrifying woman who rocked his world during his journey to worldwide rock superstardom

To download, stream and watch music videos of ORIGINAL MUSIC from ROCKSTAR go to: http://www.laurenrowebooks.com/music-from-rockstar