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Bad Dad – The Ultimate Hero

Landon Lane is a man running from the past, living in the present, and raising the future. The problem is he’s found his kryptonite, and her name is Cora Chapman. His son already loves her and if things were not so complicated she’d also blend into his world… But that may not happen if his past is not kept at bay.

Sloane Howell has created the ultimate journey in Bad Dad—he has a hero, mentors, a villain, and the fair maiden, which he blends together with a sprinkling of magic ingredients and a cast of characters that could only bring Bad Dad to the forefront of an epic story. With Logan Lane’s help to mix these elements, it becomes clear to everyone that truth and purity of ideals lie in the eyes of a child. Howell writes the struggle of a man who broke free of his past, one with blemishes and unanswered questions, showing that every man deserves the chance to right the wrongs. Landon Lane certainly knows this is his journey to take and to win—for his son, his family, and his future. It’s time you take this journey, too, and wrap yourself around one well-done recipe for both adventure and romance.

 

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Bad Dad

He has a past. Could she be his future?

My son is my life. Nothing on earth matters but him.

Soon, I’ll have to send him out into society. The cruel machine that gnashes innocence and spits out the hollowed remains of a child’s imagination. It’s a place I know all too well, considering my past. I’ve worked hard to separate myself from it, but it looms in the back of my mind—waiting for the perfect moment to strike.

My son, Logan, wants to have birthday parties, make friends, play at the park—all the normal things that seven-year olds want to do. All the things I want to do with him.

I’ve put up walls around our life to shield us from danger. Giant barriers to ward off possible threats.
Cora Chapman crashes through them like a wrecking ball. She’s intelligent and hilarious with soft curves and a spark that ignites a flame deep inside of me.

There’s only one problem—she’s Logan’s teacher.

When my past wraps its tentacles around my throat and threatens to strangle the breath from my lungs, I’m given an option—fight for my family’s freedom, or die as they’re stripped away from me.

I can’t lose. I won’t lose.

My name is Landon Lane and I am a warrior.

Sierra Simone’s New Camelot Series

Back in the fall of 1989, I entered my sophomore year of college. I claimed my major that fall, multiple subjects and English literature, and put together a plan to finish my degree in under 4 years. I registered for an overload of units because I was nerdy that way and driven by the desire to seek the knowledge before me. I registered with excitement in taking British Literature, Medieval Literature, Linguistics, Art for Children, Intro to Poli-Sci, and Math for the Elementary Teacher. Yes, I was a little insane in the course load and the copious amounts of reading I’d signed on for, but this is where I fell in love with old, middle, and modern English. The stories which were laden with social taboo and hidden messages became an obsession for dissecting them with each word and line subjected to scrutiny and purpose.

Arthurian legend was always an interest, but the semester I turned nineteen changed this curiosity to a die-hard research project. We didn’t have Google back then, and the librarian became my best friend! I traveled to neighboring college libraries in search of all things surrounding Camelot and the whispered airs of the Pagan rituals and the strength of women during the times of monarchy and courtly love. The twisted tales of secret love, adultery, incest and homosexuality so swiftly swept beneath the rug yet printed in words in such a way that only the super sleuths were able to uncover the hidden messages of love, and its entangled webs it wove throughout the early to middle ages, soon shut down with the Protestants and the hush of rituals in Catholicism and the Church of England.

But here I sit, twenty-eight years later, in awe of the prose unfolded before me in the New Camelot Series, by Sierra Simone. I spent the last week reading each book of the trilogy, American Queen, American, Prince, and American King, with my eyes hungrily eating up each word, each plot device, each figurative language infusion, and most of all each well-crafted allusion to the tales I’ve loved so dearly. Simone captures exactly the sentiments of this time and the coveted secrets sprinkled in the works of Malory, Chaucer, De amore, Bradley (a more recent view) and so many others. Each of these works alludes to polyamorist relationships and the roses which are threaded with thorns in the public’s eye of these heart-wrenching love triangles as well as the politics of leadership and commitment.

Ash, Greer, and Embry pulled at every angle possible and then some. There was no stone left unturned. The infusion of the entire tale exploded within the trilogy and there were moments of dramatic irony to which I was hoping would end any other way than what had already been divulged either through knowing so much about the legend or through the prophecies penned before my eyes. But to her strength and beautifully written tale, Simone keeps the legend alive and well with each well-structured event and brick by brick transition from medieval to modern times. The stabs at organized religion, the unconventional being looked down upon by the public, and yet the sweet desire of true love and a capacity to care for others in a world that is so cruel it hurts when opened and yet eats one alive when hidden in the shadows. I’m excited as much as torn down in living and breathing the world of Greer, Embry, and Ash. Now, here I sit knowing I’ll miss the journey as much as relish what these characters have given me in reigniting a love for the legend. This is quite the tribute to a time which I find both fascinating and frightening.  

Yet in the end, I think Simone got it right. Despite the outward view of women of the time, they were/are stronger than most expect. Some could be/are ruthless and power-hungry while others sought to strengthen and partner to build the empires which were long-lasting. These women were and are not simple. They remain complex in nature able to snap the attention of the men who were/are their complementary partner. In some cases, the trio was/is stronger than the duo, and for those who find that piece which makes them whole, it develops a force which was/is unbreakable despite the narrow views of others. In the end, the rise to true power had nothing to do with financial gain but emotional fulfillment encompasses the ultimate freedom.

A thank you to Sierra Simone, from the bottom of my heart, for reawakening my love of Arthurian legend. There is nothing more sacred than reawakening the things that have laid dormant as life moves forward and priorities change one’s path. But for today, I sit and think about the history and the parallels of Camelot played out time and time again and enjoy reopening that piece of me which has lain dormant for so many years.

 

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Avenues Ink Series – Poet

 

Kieran O’Connell is the purest of the O’Connell boys. He lives with his own hidden secrets but provides a strength to the family that is waiting to be cracked and he needs the inspiration.

Melissa Trujillo has spent the last five years rediscovering how to live. She has settled into a pattern which suits her addictive personality well, until she comes face to face with a guardian angel—her soulmate. IF she’s not careful her new addiction may just become the piece that fills her addictions and then some.

 

AM. Johnson proves once again why reader’s love the O’Connell boys. They are not the perfect family filled with six figure salaries and golden spoons to boot. The O’Connell boys are real men, with real lives, with real struggles. Johnson’s ability to craft the Avenues in Ink boys as flawed heroes with an incredible capacity to love and persevere through the thick of things is a gift she weaves well into the construction of the trilogy. Kieran is the youngest of the bothers who’s internalized his families stresses and dysfunctions because at heart he is willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good of the family. In his pursuit of stability he sought the priesthood, but life had other plans for Kieran. Johnson blends his faith nicely with his desire to please and keep the family he loves on track after the tragic death of the matriarch who held it all together. His chance meeting with Melissa, a young lady repenting for her sins, creates the beauty of what a fulfilled life should look like. Johnson’s weaving of poetry and prose ultimately creates a work of beauty in Poet.

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Melissa Trujillo knows suffering. She’s tasted it, touched it, injected it. Sobriety is a gift, but it isn’t enough to wash away her secrets.

Kieran O’Connell knows sacrifice. He’s owned it, held it between his fingers, and felt it in his knees. Words are his freedom, and they’ve begun to fade.

Two different worlds, one moment and the Earth shifts—granting them a path.
His eyes meet hers. Her hand fits his.

Kieran finds his muse.
Melissa finds her new addiction.

But, when sin meets virtue, angels fall, and the truth, it becomes a blade. Together they’ll walk the sharp edge, and if her lies cut too deep, not even his words could save her… save them.

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Possesion

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Thoughts On The Book World Drama – with ‘Livet

No doubt Larry will always speak the gospel of what you might be thinking, but you are too afraid to say out loud!

If you don’t know Larry, you need to get started and catch up before Thursday, July 27, 2017 rolls around.

 

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Chronicles of Larry Season 3

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Disclaimer: I don’t give two horse dicks about any of this drama shit. I’m just using it to selfishly draw attention to my own books. Fuck anonymity. I want the money. This is how you monetize a goddamned rant, son.

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Never Judge a Book by Stacey Broadbent

Jess finds herself on a position no young girl ever dreams of when she thinks about her future. She’s on her own after ending her abusive relationship and she’s expecting. Her family is supportive, but how do ever work yourself out of hole that deep?

Nathan Frost has a criminal record. He’s done time. He wants to make a fresh start, but people are judgmental and refuse to believe a person can make bad choices and learn from them. But one look at the sad-faced pregnant girl in the library and he’s sunk. But how do you show a mother to be that there is more to you than meets the eye?

Stacey Broadbent captures the struggles of Jess and Nathan in a beautiful story of loss, love, and longevity. On the surface, there is nothing more pure than a mother to be and nothing more evil than a criminal. Broadbent examines the theme of never judge a book by its cover through Jess and Nathan and brings to light the need for less snap decision judgements and more heartfelt character examinations. Broadbent fills this budding romance with the best gift, the gift of hope, despite the many mistakes one may make. If you haven’t read Never Judge a Book then there is no time like the present to get turning those pages.

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Jess
When I pictured my future, I never imagined I would be pregnant and on my own, but this is my reality. I had my baby to think about, and being with a lying, cheating man-child suddenly didn’t hold as much appeal.
Turning back to the one thing that has always grounded me, I immersed myself in books; the local library, my playground. That’s where I met him.

Nathan
I’ve spent my life trying to be the perfect child and stay out of trouble. People only see what they want to, though. The Frost Brothers are no good.
I’ve done my time, and now I’m trying to get on with my life. It wasn’t my intention to fall for someone, let alone a girl who clearly belonged to someone else. She didn’t look at me like everyone else did. But could she really fall for a guy like me?

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Stacey resides in Ashburton, New Zealand.  She is a qualified proof-reader, author, wife, mother, and culinary goddess – just to name a few.  When she isn’t busy writing or editing her books, she enjoys reading and encouraging her children to have a love of books.  Stacey spends her spare time helping to promote other Indie authors, and writes a book review blog called Stayc’s Book Blog.

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A.M. Johnson’s Kingdom – The Little Fairytale in All of Us.

Kelly is a woman who decided long ago she wasn’t going to allow her past to handcuff her future. She knows her only way is to get out of her small town is to use her natural beauty to attain something more than the life she was born into. Liam is a man who is loyal to his family. He’s been the man of the house from a young age. His shoulders harness the pressures of everyone around him and he needs to breathe but there is no time. His devotion also opens him up to a heartache of the worst kind. With Kelly in need of leaving and Liam’s loyalty, the two seem destined to destroy one another. However, sometimes fate holds the strongest hand of all.

In true A. M. Johnson style she unfolds a love story which is not without epic walls and deep-seated emotion. Johnson’s Kingdom magically weaves the past with the present in a clever integration of perspective change from first to third and this stylistic choice sets Kingdom apart from most traditional novels. The running trope of a fairy tale turned real life drama also propels Kingdom up unto a pedestal of its own. Johnson’s twist in craft and style is one not to be overlooked. Kelly and Liam’s story is a deep-rooted love prose which is well worth the read.

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Liam O’Connell was the sun to Kelly’s everlasting moon, her painted prince. A strong and devoted soul to fight the war she was slowly losing against herself…until his promises had become lies and her dream was the only way she would ever survive.

They have more than just miles and time between them now. The twin fortresses they’ve built around their hearts are next to impossible to scale. But, when two parallel fates collide in life and in death, will the impact be powerful enough to break down their self-imposed walls?

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L.J. Shen – Ruckus: Sinners of Saints- #2

 

Rosie lives life to its fullest, but she knows the Grim Reaper nips at her heels. She’s a dreamer motivated by the gift of giving and doesn’t buy into the wicked ways of money and excess. She isn’t without her own kryptonite, but he’s off-limits. She’s built her walls and isn’t going to let him in to destroy her again.

Dean “Ruckus” Cole’s had his eye on the prize for years. Despite his riches and over indulgences, he’s still lurking in the shadows ready to pounce and take what’s his. She doesn’t know it, but he’s got her conquered and no is something he brushes aside when it comes to her.

In true L. J. Shen fashion, she writes the tale of the anti-hero and he comes out smelling like a rose. In Ruckus, Shen shows the good, the bad, and the ugly of Dean Cole and his rise to financial success. His life appears perfect in the eyes of his Hot Holes, but Shen shows the darker side of secrets and lies told to keep a young boy on a pedestal, yet every secret has its evil unveiling. Shen also builds an inner strength in Rosie through her difficult road dealing with her terminal illness. She is a heroine with a true ticking time bomb. The chemistry built between Ruckus and Rosie through dynamic characterization and the conflicts, which sucker punch these two characters, are well designed and keep the reader on their edge of their seat. Shen brilliantly handles Rosie and creates a beautifully well-told prose and only adds to the love every reader has for the original Hot Holes gang.

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Celia Aaron – The Bad Guy

Sebastian Lindstrom lives his life in a black and white manner. Gray is not a place his brain comprehends. Some say he’s on the spectrum, others simply believe he’s a psychopath with little leeway for the common ground.

Camille Briarlane is a sweet, smart, science teacher. Her love of science is a passion she conveys to her students and keeps her hypothesizing about changing the world one plant at a time. Her compassionate side attributes to the kindheartedness she displays to students, friends, and her boyfriend. However, underneath ever cookie cutter perfect person lies the need to be a little selfish, maybe even a little naughty.

Celia Aaron, the queen of the dark romance certainly wows her fans with The Bad Guy. Aaron’s character development of Sebastian Lindstrom as the anti-hero, Camille Briarlane as the fair maiden, and Link as the hero is only the beginning of the twists and turns Aaron creates through her amazing stylistic skills. Aaron’s ability in creating anti-heroes the audience falls in love with and fallen heroes who readers loathe by the end is a true tribute to her talents. Her heroines also stand up to the prose audience through the dynamic character development and strength Aaron conjures up for these bright women she molds together. In true Aaron fashion, The Bad Guy travels down the road less taken and turns out to be sprinkled with a touch of nice and a smattering of naughty in all the right places. As always Celia Aaron delivers the reads her audience craves and The Bad Guy is one more to check off your TBR!

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My name is Sebastian Lindstrom, and I’m the villain of this story.
I’ve decided to lay myself bare. To tell the truth for once in my hollow life, no matter how dark it gets. And I can assure you, it will get so dark that you’ll find yourself feeling around the blackened corners of my mind, seeking a door handle that isn’t there.
Don’t mistake this for a confession. I neither seek forgiveness nor would I accept it. My sins are my own. They keep me company. Instead, this is the true tale of how I found her, how I stole her, and how I lost her.
She was a damsel, one who already had her white knight. But every fairy tale has a villain, someone waiting in the wings to rip it all down. A scoundrel who will set the world on fire if that means he gets what he wants. That’s me.
I’m the bad guy.

BT Urruela – Thirty Days: Part Two

Nerdy Novelist’s REVIEW:

The second installment of Gavin Mazzerelli’s swipe dating adventure continues as BT Urruela truly hits the mark with Thirty Days: Part Two. Gavin struggles with depression opening up some self-destructive coping methods. He’s been working on restructuring his mental game and learning to appreciate life again. His good friend Bobby challenges him to thirty days of swipe dating to get him back out and enjoying life again. The struggling writer is desperate for money and inspiration making this a win-win for him. What he doesn’t filter into the equation is he might actually meet someone he wants to explore further. This is where the heart and head of Gavin begin to separate and he digs deep into what he wants versus what he needs. Unfortunately, he may just be too late in figuring himself out before the bubble bursts.

BT Urruela sprinkles a plethora of allusionary references, humor, wit, and realism throughout Thirty Days: Part Two that the story simply unfolds without a hitch. He also is the master of twists of fate and Catch 22’s. His juxtaposition between Sami and Megan is well plotted and only helps to perpetuate the dynamic development of Gavin through his mental journal back into writing and life itself. Gavin is demonstrating change over time, slowly climbing his way to change but in Urruela style he makes ever gain painstakingly tough and well earned along the way. While this is a cliffhanger, just like part one, Urruela leaves his readers thirsty for the final installment.

***Please note this is book two and is not a standalone.

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Thirty Days: Part Two (A SwipeDate Novella)
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A week into his thirty day challenge, Gavin has unexpectedly found himself interested in two women he’s met through the SwipeDate app. As he continues with his best friend Bobby’s twenty-five thousand dollar proposition, he finds himself drawn to both Sami and Megan, each unique and intriguing in her own way. While interest grows with the two of them, he’s becoming increasingly annoyed by the daily first dates, and the disruption they’ve brought to his life.

Despite the annoyance, Gavin finally sees progress in his recovery from mental illness and discovers a hope he hasn’t felt in years. An unexpected run-in with his past will test this newfound hope and threaten to crush the foundation he’s worked so hard to build. Can Gavin find the balance he yearns for, and a woman to love, while the circumstances he’s struggling with are still so fragile and raw?

Find out in Thirty Days: Part Two
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Gavin is a struggling writer with a complicated past, who’s reeling from the loss of the only woman he’s ever loved. More than a year after the breakup, he’s still suffering major heartbreak and a serious case of writer’s block. In an attempt to help him out of his funk, Gavin’s best friend and fellow writer, Bobby, sets up an account for him on the new dating app SwipeDate.

After a few unsuccessful dates, Bobby challenges him to thirty more dates in thirty days. If Gavin can complete the challenge, Bobby will give him a check for twenty-five thousand dollars.

Does Gavin have what it takes to complete the challenge? Or will the trials and tribulations of modern dating prove to be too much?

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Thirty Days: Part 1 – More than a journey through the swipe dating jungle.

 

I read Thirty Days – Part One the day it released. I’ve re-read it twice. I love the way BT Urruela infuses so many deep-rooted themes and breathes life into Gavin. Urruela is a gifted writer who delves into issues which plague many but few decide to pen.

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Nerdy Novelist Review:

On the surface, Thirty Days is the tell all of Gavin, and his journey through the 21st century swipe-dating jungle. However, BT Urruela unfolds a beautiful exploration of Gavin, developing several themes which strike at the heart and soul of so many in modern day society. Gavin is challenged to get back out in the larger dating pool after suffering a heartbreaking split with his girlfriend. It isn’t ‘just’ that easy for Gavin to jump back in, as he is plagued by demons which cripple him; his mental state is driving him into a place he doesn’t want to be, yet he cannot control its power.

Urruela’s artistry in developing the prose around Gavin’s experience is truly a testament to the diverse talents he uses as a writer. He provides humor and banter but is still rooted in opening the discussion of mental darkness, developing coping mechanisms, and dissecting the depth of complexity associated with dealing with demons and rising above the darkness. Thirty Days is the first installment of the trilogy and well worth every word read.

THIRTY DAYS – Part One by BT Urruela

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Blurb:

Gavin is a struggling writer with a complicated past, who’s reeling from the loss of the only woman he’s ever loved. More than a year after the breakup, he’s still suffering major heartbreak and a serious case of writer’s block. In an attempt to help him out of his funk, Gavin’s best friend and fellow writer, Bobby, sets up an account for him on the new dating app SwipeDate.

After a few unsuccessful dates, Bobby challenges him to thirty more dates in thirty days. If Gavin can complete the challenge, Bobby will give him a check for twenty-five thousand dollars.

Does Gavin have what it takes to complete the challenge? Or will the trials and tribulations of modern dating prove to be too much?

Find out in Thirty Days…

**WARNING: This is Part One of Gavin’s story, so it does end in a cliffhanger**

 

Excerpt:

“While I told Dr. Thresher the dream comes but a few times a month, it’s more like a couple times a week. Only instead, the man, or ‘mystery savior’ as I like to call him, never comes to my rescue in the dream. He never hops off his bike and climbs over the barrier and onto the ledge himself. He never talks to me about his own battle with depression, his abusive father, his ugly divorce. He doesn’t convince me to give life another go.

Instead, I jump. And unlike what many go their whole lives believing, I do die in my dreams. I do feel the nerve-rattling fall that seems like forever. And I feel the concrete like water as my skull splits against it.

I smoke a few bowls of Mary Jane to hinder the onslaught of feelings, confusion and desperation the dream always brings. It’s a time I’m not proud of, in a situation I never saw myself in, without an ounce of strength to deal with it all. I’m thrilled to be out of it. I’m even more thrilled to know, in my heart of hearts, that I’ll never be there again… never… but it doesn’t mean I’m not still affected by it all. If only we could erase those heart thrashing memories of our past. If only Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was based on reality. I’d erase every last one of them. I’d get along through life just like everyone else; content and without worry. I know others suffer too. But I also know, regardless of all that, depression doesn’t give two shits about any of it. It doesn’t give a fuck about how your peers are getting along, or whatever the fuck it says in the latest self-help book you’re reading. It only cares about you… and how it can tear you apart bit by fucking bit.”

 

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Author Bio:

BT URRUELA was an infantryman in the US Army from August 2004 until February 2011. At the end of a year long tour to Baghdad, Iraq, his vehicle was hit by two roadside bombs, which took his right leg below the knee and the life of his commander. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his wounds, an Army Commendation Medal, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He medically retired from the Army in 2011 and moved to Tampa, FL where he currently works as a Director and Brand Ambassador for VETSports, a veteran community sports nonprofit he co-founded in 2012. He also conducts motivational speeches, works as a cover and fitness model and he’s a personal performance trainer. He co-wrote the novel ‘A Lover’s Lament’ with author KL Grayson in 2015. He released his first solo novel, ‘Into the Nothing’ in June 2016, ‘Wicked Little Words’ with author Stevie J. Cole in October 2016, ‘Alphas & Fairytales: A New Year’s Eve Anthology’ and ‘Into the Blood’ in December 2016. He lives in Tampa with his dogs, Kiko and Scout, and is writing full-time.