Buddy Read Review With Jay Cudney: Aggravated Momentum by Didi Oviatt

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I would like to thank Jay Cudney for buddy reading this title with me! Not only was it such a great experience to read another fantastic book by one of my faves, Didi Oviatt, I am a huge fan of Jays so it’s like I got 2 for the price of a 1! You can never go wrong with either of these author’s novels and I strongly recommend them both! Everything I have read by them has been hands down 5 Stars. This novel was not an ARC and all views are my own.💙

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Title: Aggravated Momentum

Author: Didi Oviatt

Publication Date: September 12, 2016

Page Count: 446 Pages

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Deadly thriller, twisted plot, shocking, and dark conspiracy hardly scratch the surface to define Aggravated Momentum. Not everything is as it seems in what appears to be an average family. When danger lurks so close to home, skeletons emerge, and the darkest of secrets surface, causing twisted desires to become reality. Aggravated Momentum offers the perspective of some very diverse and unique characters, including fun, witty personalities to fall in love with, along with an intellectual killer to die for. You may be surprised as to whom exactly you can relate. Is it the cold, calculated murderer, who’s name is yet to be revealed? Markie or Kam, the independent sisters, guilty of nothing more than getting tangled with the wrong people at the most inopportune times? Or, the cowardly snake curled in a hidden corner? Who are you, exactly? And, more importantly, who are they? The deeper you dig into the psyche of another, the more breath taking are the secrets you will find.

Wow!!! Didi Oviatt has done it again, she has made me feel a wave of emotions and held my attention from beginning to end! I was on the edge of my seat with this serial killer thriller(I like how that rhymes!) and I loved every moment of it! This novel took me on many twists and turns and wouldn’t let up until the last page and it still had my mind twisting and twirling with the story after the fact. My favorite thing about this novel though would be that I got to experience Didi’s greatness with the awesome author, Jay Cudney! I mean how much more can a girl fangirl than to read one of her favorite author’s books with one of her other favorite authors!!!💜💚💙 Swoony, Swoon, Swoon! I loved chatting with Jay and comparing insights about this novel and we both have Aggravated Momentum a “hands down 5 Stars!” You can find Jay’s review here! Yay!

So back to the book, I loved the characterization! Didi has a great way of portraying unique characters with realistic challenges! This book wasn’t filled with any Insta-love or any of that lovey dovey stuff, this was more of a novel of watching the f*ck out before your next! I was totally thrown off guard when we found out who the murderer of the story was. I was completely blindsided and man was the conclusion intense. By the end of story, I had no idea what was going to happen and then this major twist happens and I was left with my jaw hanging, like really? That’s how they were connected underneath the surface of family secrets and past dramas!😮 I have to admit though, I wanted to know more at the end maybe because I am just overly curious but I hear Didi is considering a sequel so that makes me extremely happy!💜 If you haven’t had the luxury to read this novel, I recommend you doing so ASAP!😀 Didi is also very connected with her readers and is quite awesome.😁 I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next!!!💙 I give Aggravated Momentum by Didi Oviatt 5+ stars and the same goes for her she deserves the stars and who shebang as well!😘🤩

Growing up in a small town had more than several advantages and disadvantages. Saying that my childhood was sheltered is nothing short of an understatement. Unlocked doors, cleared streets, and the quiet of a trustworthy neighborhood were all welcomed features of my hometown. As a small child I baked cookies with the old lady down the road. I sat next to my kindergarten crush in sun day school, and literally rode my bike in the middle of the road without a care in the world. We didn’t have what kids have today. We actually had to use our imaginations to have a good time. There were no smart phones, tablets, or 64s to keep us occupied. We were perfectly content to play with our stick guns and a water hose for hours on end… And I loved it! Along with my scrapes and bruises I also maintained a simple, happy for the little things attitude, and of course a great tan.
Now that I have made my childhood out to be nothing but cherries and smiles, I have to point out the disadvantages that came with the small town upbringing– before the world of electronics took over the young mind. One word distinctively comes to mind… Boredom! As I grew into adolescence I no longer cared much for silly toys, dancing, baking, or crafts. I rebelled like many young adults do.With a sever chip on my shoulder and a lack of coordination in the sports department, I spent the majority of my time partying. Nothing too outrageous, mostly close friends,fires, and beer.
As much as I would love to say that living in a small town gave me an overactive imagination and love for books, that is unfortunately not the case. I cared more about having a good time than I did about school. I was voted wild child twice in high school. I cheated my way to passing grades.
It wasn’t until I was settled and married with a child on the way that I found my love for the literary world. Rearing out of my mid twenties left me a bit more mature, having to find more important things to do with my time than re-occurring nights at the bar. This is when it started – I read one book after another for a few short years, then decided to give writing a bash. I’m completely amazed at the love I developed! Once I started putting the world of imagination that has long been trapped in my overactive mind into a keyboard, the transformation of self began. A new aspiration in life has formed. I want nothing more than to be known as the unexpected novelist who took the literary world by storm! You can connect with Didi on her WordPress blog @ didioviatt.wordpress.com

About Jay Cudney:

James is my given name; most call me Jay. I grew up on Long Island and currently live in New York City, but I’ve traveled all across the US (and various parts of the world). After college, I spent 15 years working in technology and business operations in the sports, entertainment and media industries. Although I enjoyed my job, I left in 2016 to focus on my passion: telling stories and connecting people through words. My debut novel is ‘Watching Glass Shatter,’ a contemporary fiction family drama with elements of mystery, suspense, humor and romance. To see samples or receive news from my current and upcoming books, please subscribe with your email address at my website: https://jamesjcudney.com
What do I do outside of writing: I’m an avid genealogist (discovered 2K family members going back about 250 years) and cook (I find it so hard to follow a recipe). I love to read; between Goodreads and my blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, I have over 500 book reviews which will give you a full flavor for my voice and style. On my blog, I started the 365 Daily Challenge, where I post a word each day that has some meaning to me, then converse with everyone about life. There is humor, tears, love, friendship, advice and bloopers. Lots of bloopers where I poke fun at myself all the time. Even my dog has a weekly segment called “Ryder’s Rants” where he complains about me. All these things make up who I am; none of them are very fancy or magnanimous, but they are real and show how I live every day.
A bit of humor: Everything doubles as something else when you live in NYC. For me, it’s the dining room, my favorite space in the apartment, where more than just my cooking is on display! As I look out the windows onto a 12th floor terrace, various parts of nature (trees, bushes, flowers, bugs & animals) inspire me to write. Ryder, my 10-year old shiba inu, usually lays on my feet, growling when I shift positions too many times or when I forget to share my food! Although he’s only 20 pounds, he’s quite strong and pushy. But how else can you pen the best story possible without these things by your side?

Hope everyone has a great night and I hope to be bloggy hopping your way soon! I have a massive ARC reading and reviewing catch up ahead of me! *hides in shame* so hopefully there will be way more Dani now that technology is sort of back on my side! Wooohooo!❤ Anyways, thanks so much for checking out my review!😍💙❤

Book Buffet, All You Can Read Part 3

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As the janitor in a haunted house, single mom Abby Jenkins has many contacts with the living and the dead in the small Pacific Northwest town of Sunset Cove, which puts her in a perfect position to solve local mysteries. Or so she thinks. Hired to find diamonds hidden in a haunted manor she gets help from a Viking ghost with existential issues. Will she survive? This book contains bad-boy ghosts, mischievous magic, and a woman who knows what she wants in a Viking hayloft.

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A fun and spooky novel that will make you laugh and have you staying up late! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and am anxious to see what the author has in store for us next!💜

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#BlogTour The Phoenix Cycle by Bob Collopy

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Publication Date: June 23, 2017

Published By: The Department of Smoke

Genre: Dystopian/ YA/ Sci-Fi

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New San Francisco is the last city standing on a world ravaged by storms of ash and debris. The city survived by putting the ideals of the American dream on steroids and inspiring its people to persevere, though they have become ruthless in the process. Its citizens are ruled by the General, who has made sure that his people understand that gentleness and pity have become weaknesses that nature no longer tolerates.

Now Steve and Leslie must choose whether they will apply for the General’s once in a lifetime opportunity to “Rise from the Ashes” and join the Inner Circle that rules the city. If they don’t, they will be damned to spend the rest of their lives in the ghettos of Edingburg, a place where virtual reality has become a government-subsidized addiction.

For Steve, the choice is easy. His loyalties lie with the IRA, a revolutionary army led by a voice only known as “Mom.” They are trying to overthrow the General and free the people of New San Francisco from the cruelties of the City Guard. Steve’s mission is to broadcast a recording of a speech that a famous philosopher died to tell. Many thousands have and will perish to get this message out, but is anyone willing to listen?

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Every wrist in the stadium beeped. Every boy and girl glanced down at the face of their watch. “00:10” then “:09” then “:08.” Everyone turned their heads to the west. There it was. Right on time, as always. The nightly storm. A wall of blackness had lurched up into the sky, swallowing the setting sun. The hairs on Steve’s neck stood up, urging him to get the hell out
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Instead he grabbed Leslie’s hand, who sat quietly quivering next to him, instinctively pressing her bow into her head for comfort. Steve knew her shaking wasn’t coming from Line’s yelling, the storm, or even the tank pointing at them. Her quivers never came from the barrel of a gun, no, the ragging agony she held within her was the very same thing that pushed him back into the sheets when the sun finally rose—are we going to lose each other?

Leslie’s mind pushed the feeling away for at least another moment. “It’ll be all right,” she whispered. Her brown eyes guided him to the dozens of mortar tubes pointing upward and outward on the vibrant green field and then to the perfect line of churning ash that approached the stands.

“Unity can only be achieved and be maintained when it is the STRONG who come together and fly under one flag! We, like no other in the world, have created a unity that has never broken, has never FLINCHED! When the rest of the world saw THAT—” Line’s long arm pointed at the coming avalanche of black— “They all fell to pieces!”

The earth began to quake as the wall rose over them. Someone screamed. The mortars on the field fired as one at the roiling sky. The blackness spilled over the stadium, then slid over the perimeter of the frizzing wall of static that had encapsulated the field. No Phoenix Cycler had seen—only heard rumors from past Cycle Pref parties—this blackness that was sliding over and them whispering their deaths.

– The Phoenix Cycle: The Best Shall Rise

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I really enjoyed reading this novel. This novel makes you think about disasters that could be possible in this messed up world.  This book was enjoyable to read between other novels and at a slow pace. Reading this book, I started thinking about different concepts and how things in the world really are. I enjoyed the author’s concepts and ideas and found some things definitely relateable. I have to admit that I enjoy thinking about the “What Ifs” and enjoy reading dystopian novels and about some conspiracy theories so when I listened to this book on my kindle, my son’s father just loved it.*tin foil hats in hand, ready to go* He was the one that gobbled it up and read it the most. He is a big fanImage result for dystopian gif of Sy-fy and Dystopian fiction. Some of the things mentioned in this book went over my head a little but this was just an ARC so I am sure there will be tweaks to be fixed but I found that this dystopian  novel quite enjoyable and am excited to see what the author comes out with next. Big thanks for this opportunity to the author and Reads & Reels Blog Tours!

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Bob is pretty dope. Firstly, his name is Bob, so…yea. Second, have you seen him rock that suit while in a maximum security prison? Epic.

Yea. That’s Bob. No psychological scarring with that author. Nope. Totally fine.

Gosh he looks good in suits.

Hey Have you read The Phoenix Cycle? He wrote that.

One suggestion before you read it and become one of those fans that leaves him roses by his doormat. Read her slowly. This book is not Twilight. She’s deeper than that. Take your time with her. Show the book you care. Cradle it and make it feel loved. If you do, she’ll be good to you. Go too fast and you’ll have no idea why she’s acting so crazy.

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The author is giving away 10 print copies (That’s right 10) and 5 Digital copies of his book so make sure you enter as the odds are definitely in your favor! (Runs from May 21st to May 30th)

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Blog Tour Schedule

May 21st

Reads & Reels (Kick-Off Promo)

Just for My Books (Excerpt)

The Lit Cottage (Review)

Adventures Thu Wonderland (Review)

The Midwest Ladies Who Lit (Excerpt)

May 22nd

IAMAGEEKINGGINGER (Review)

Tranquil Dreams (Review)

On the Shelf Reviews (Excerpt)

May 23rd

Didi Oviatt (Excerpt)

The Genre Minx (Excerpt)

The Cozy Pages (Excerpt)

Valerie’s Musings (Excerpt)

The YA Book Divas (Interview)

May 24th

J Bronder Reviews (Review)

Banshee Irish Horror Blog (Interview)

Bri’s Book Nook (Review)

The Cozy Pages (Excerpt)

Wicked Good Reads (Review)

May 25th

Afire Pages (Excerpt)

Port Jerricho (Excerpt)

Touch My Spine Book Reviews (Review)

 

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A Book Review Buffet, All You Can Read! Part 2

 

 

bookbuffet3c7a2ac1f9f0bbdef40c06a40b3dc1f5Hello all my awesome friends!!! I am hoping that this is my official return! Yay! I was without connection to the internet, have been in the hospital, faced eviction but overall I am still standing!!! Hells to the yeah. I have received so much support this last week in the half from the blogosphere that I have been over flooded with love and emotion. I never thought it was possible that the people that stood by my side through my rough area was the ones through this community. Not that I didn’t think you were amazing, I just felt that maybe everyone was just this awesome to everyone and I felt like an outsider in the blogosphere. I think that my life experiences and how overwhelmed I became was all worth it. I am still struggling but because of everyone who supported me in the blogosphere, I have received some more time and I am going to keep my best. If you are confused by what I am talking about you can check it out here.

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But Folks, I am definitely not trying to be a Debbie Downer! Throughout all the mess I have been going through, I realized how important the blogosphere and other parts of the book community are me to me. I have hope and I am *happy dancing* again! And surprisingly, you guys still like me??? Whatever I did to have the most amazing friends and followers on the blogosphere (I may be a bit biased though)  and that makes me the happiest girl in the world!! Woot, Woot! Okay enough about my crazy ass me, let’s get to my buffet of reviews! I will warn you I am way overdue on my reviews so if you see a few of these posts you know why! I love you all and hope you are having a fantabulous week! I look forward to checking out your blogs and leaving some spam LOVE in your notifications! YAY! First a few words of thanks and then to the books!!!

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A prank war erupts in Lake Sackett, Georgia and coroner Frankie McCready has to turn to the gorgeous but surly new sheriff for help in Molly Harper’s newest Southern Eclectic novella, perfect for fans of Kristan Higgins and Amy E. Reichert.

The McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop has crickets running rampant in the store and hot sauce in the Snack Shack’s ketchup bottles. But as the county coroner, Frankie has enough on her plate without worrying about the increasingly mean pranks being played at her family’s business. And the arrival of Sheriff Eric Linden, both devastatingly attractive and painfully taciturn, is enough to push her over the edge.

Linden, who didn’t seem to get the memo about men in uniform and Southern charm, is condescending and cold, revealing absolutely nothing about his past as an Atlanta police officer, while also making Frankie’s job as coroner as difficult as possible. And with the town’s Fourth of July celebration coming up, it’s essential for McCready’s to be cricket-free and in good working order. Strangling the sheriff will make her job even harder. Can Frankie hold off the threats to preserve her own sanity?

With her trademark “clever humor, snark, silliness, and endearing protagonists” (Booklist), Molly Harper invites fans to return to the family they first met in Sweet Tea and Sympathy. Y’all sit down and stay a while, won’t you?

 

Book ReviewI highly enjoyed this fun and southern novella! This was a quick read that I devoured easily in sitting and was desperate for the next in the series to get some answers and it was based off my fave, Frankie McCready! From reading the first book in the series, I really enjoyed Frankie’s character. Frankie is a bit of a misfit and always is rocking some wild fashion statement. She’s a southern rock chick which I can totally relate to that. I can also relate to the fact that she battled something harsh like cancer and still has to deal with people treating her a certain way or not understanding because she was sick a lot. She is also just so freaking hilarious! I love it!
The reason I am not giving this a novella a five star rating is because it just left too much hanging like I don’t even know if you would call it any cliff hangers. I am hoping though that it will all make sense in the next book but overall this was a highly enjoyable read with the unusual McCready southern charm that I never want to miss out on!

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wp-1522860810294.pngFor fortysomething Poppy McAllister, taking a stroll down memory lane in Cape May, New Jersey, isn’t just awkward—it’s deadly.

Newly widowed and stuck in a middle-aged funk, Poppy has been running on cookies, infomercials, and one-sided chats with her cat for months. There’s no way on earth she’s attending her twenty-five-year class reunion—especially after receiving a very bizarre letter from Barbie, the popular cheerleader who taunted her all through high school. At least, not until Poppy’s best friend practically drags her to the event . . .

Using the dreaded homecoming as an excuse to visit her eccentric Aunt Ginny, Poppy vows to leave Cape May with pride and Spanx intact. Too bad Barbie is still the queen of mean at the reunion. And worse, that her dead body is lying right in front of Poppy’s old locker. Singled out as the killer, it’s up to Poppy to confront her past and clear her name. But between protecting her aunt from disaster and tackling a gluten-free diet, can Poppy crack the case before she’s voted “Most Likely to Die” by the murderer?

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Wow,  this book was freakin’ hilarious and just fantastic all around!❤📚 I have to admit I pretty much read this book twice even though I have other ARCs I need to finish but in my defense it only took two days! 😀This is one of those stories you can just laugh out loud to and the main character is just freakin’ awesome!  I just needed this story to cheer me up!😊 Poppy is a plus size woman who is trying to get over her grief of becoming a widow and as the story plays out I love watching how she learns to break away from her grief and during her despair she is just freaking hilarious and so realistic. She is such a lovable hot mess that is incredibly relatable. I adored how honest and humorous Poppy was and even though I thought she was a walking disaster at times(which I can relate to 😉), she is the kind of girl you would want to hang out with!

“Sure. And maybe I’ll get a flying unicorn that eats rainbows and farts cupcakes.”
-Poppy talking to her friend, Sawyer.

 I loved Aunt Ginny as well. Eccentric old ladies are the bee’s knees! When I become a senior citizen I am going tho be eccentric plus more! I mean, why not? You can totally get away with it. You might as well give people the ‘Wtf face’*cough, cough* I already do that and of course I wouldn’t have a filter like Aunt Ginny doesn’t.

“You girls will be the belles of the ball.” Then added under her breath, Or the talk of the town.” She gave another look at my dress and shuddered. “I need a drink.”
       -Aunt Ginny when looking at Poppy’s new dress

Sighs,  one day my dream will come true. I dream of partying like a rock star and then racing my wheel chair. Anyways back to the book, this book even shares the message that we should not be afraid to be who we are and the main character’s personalities are a testament to that and I loved every bit of it.
  The plot was at a great pace and it made you want to flip pages like a ninja. The supporting characters were great too and this book was definitely worth the hype! I just can’t wait until the sequel comes out! I can’t recommend this book enough to anyone who loves a great cozy mystery that will make you laugh out loud! Hands down, a 5 star must read!😊❤📚💯

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wp-1522860810294.pngThe secret to my happiness started during my high school days (yes, drugs were involved) and continued through hitchhiking across the country, through the suicide of my girlfriend, through bartending in many cities around the country and then a move to Japan. I lived there for nine years, helping start a $500 million business, including a LARKINS (my last name) line of product, finding enlightenment and meditating in Zen temples in the mountains of Hiroshima, meeting Mother Teresa in Calcutta, partying with Bon Jovi, experiencing the death of my business partner and then the loss of my daughter, and all the life lessons that come with the following statement: I Get To do this!

Book ReviewI highly enjoyed this book and am so thankful that I got the experience to read this self help novel! It’s more of a badass self help book that will help you get all that shit done like the title implies! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a chance to get to be happy!💜 I loved traveling in this novel and along with all these adventures you are given a sense of peace. A Must Read Self Help Book!💚💜📚💯

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Welcome to the Ho-Lee Noodle House, where the Chinese food is to die for. . .

The last place Lana Lee thought she would ever end up is back at her family’s restaurant. But after a brutal break-up and a dramatic workplace walk-out, she figures that a return to the Cleveland area to help wait tables is her best option for putting her life back together. Even if that means having to put up with her mother, who is dead-set on finding her a husband.

Lana’s love life soon becomes yesterday’s news once the restaurant’s property manager, Mr. Feng, turns up dead―after a delivery of shrimp dumplings from Ho-Lee. But how could this have happened when everyone on staff knew about Mr. Feng’s severe, life-threatening shellfish allergy? Now, with the whole restaurant under suspicion for murder and the local media in a feeding frenzy―to say nothing of the gorgeous police detective who keeps turning up for take-out―it’s up to Lana to find out who is behind Feng’s killer order. . . before her own number is up.

Book ReviewI really enjoyed this novel and it definitely was one of a kind! I picked up this novel because I worked in a Chinese restaurant for about five years before I became disabled and I became very close to my bosses and was even manager at the end. The reason I bring this up is because not only could I relate to this novel by knowing the ins and outs of working in a Chinese restaurant, I could relate to being around Asian cultures and how they talk. All of the things Lana was told I have been told by my employers. All the funny traits and cultural things just really made me laugh and just think of the good times at my work. I worked 70 hours a week though there had to be some good times or there were no times!
Also another fun fact is that I am actually mixed racial like the main character and my mom is Filipino so I have also felt I could relate to some things family life as well! But enough about me back to the book!
This story was funny and I think turned out pretty great for a debut. I loved all the characters besides every once in awhile the MC got on my nerves a little bit. The plot was steady paced but had a couple of short dull moments but I think it was because of the author establishing a solid background for the series. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to the next one and hope it grows even more as it moves along!

Thanks so much for checking out my book reviews, lovelies! I am sorry you guys haven’t seen me around as much as you use to but that is going to be changing soon! Woot! I know some things on my blog look different and some things are out of place but it’s because I am changing things up a little and trying to get back in my groove. Things are under a little bit of what you would call “maintenance” because I am setting up a new look and starting a newsletter and such. I don’t know a specific schedule yet but you know that this girl is too much of a free-spirit for a schedule anyways. Well… I miss all of your faces and I couldn’t be more thankful for all of you! I can’t wait to check out all of your talented blog posts. Woot! xoxo!

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Manipulative Lives by H.A. Leuschel Tour

 

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I want thank Rachel’s Random Resources and H.A. Herschel for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all views expressed are my own.

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Author: H.A. Herschel

Publication Date: June 8, 2016

Page Count: 273 pages

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Manipulated Lives

Five stories – Five Lives

Have you ever felt confused or at a loss for words in front of a spouse, colleague or parent, to the extent that you have felt inadequate or, worse, a failure? Do you ever wonder why someone close to you seems to endure humiliation without resistance?  Manipulators are everywhere. At first these devious and calculating people can be hard to spot, because that is their way. They are often masters of disguise: witty, disarming, even charming in public – tricks to snare their prey – but then they revert to their true self of being controlling and angry in private. Their main aim: to dominate and use others to satisfy their needs, with a complete lack of compassion and empathy for their victim.   In this collection of short novellas, you meet people like you and me, intent on living happy lives, yet each of them, in one way or another, is caught up and damaged by a manipulative individual. First you meet Tess, whose past is haunted by a wrong decision, then young, successful and well balanced Sophie, who is drawn into the life of a little boy and his troubled father. Next, there is teenage Holly, who is intent on making a better life for herself, followed by a manipulator himself, trying to make sense of his irreversible incarceration. Lastly, there is Lisa, who has to face a parent’s biggest regret. All stories highlight to what extent abusive manipulation can distort lives and threaten our very feeling of self-worth.

 


I absolutely loved this book and how each of the five stories brought a unique group of characters and a steady paced plot to keep you hooked from start to finish. I’m going to be honest, I devoured this whole book in one night and stayed up all night with it! #WorthIt! 


I really enjoyed the different backgrounds of each character and how it brought a fresh perspective to the table for every one of the five stories. I became heavily invested in the characters and I ended up scrolling through my kindle as fast as I could so that I could discover the twists and outcome. Out of all the stories, I really adored Tess and Tattoos. It was a bittersweet story but like the rest of the novellas, it really made you think of the effects that abuse has on someone and what they all go through.

 As a woman who has been in a couple of emotionally abusive relationships, I really felt Tess’s pain but in the same sense I felt her joy!💖 Even though I faced abuse throughout my life, I thankfully didn’t find these psychological dramas a trigger. This beautiful collection of novellas are full of depth, heart-wrenching and heartwarming moments that I am sure many readers will love! I highly recommend these stories and am excited to see what the author comes out with next!






Author Bio – 

Helene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches Yoga.

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Book Review: Happily by Chauncey Rogers~5+ Stars!

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I would like to thank the author for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review I appreciate this opportunity and all views expressed are my own.

About the Book

Title: Happily
Author: Chauncey Rogers
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My Rating

5

Synopsis
If the shoe fits, wear it.
If it doesn’t, make it.

Laure is a teenage street urchin just trying to get away. Where the rest of the world sees an enchanting love story, Laure sees royal incompetence and an opportunity to exploit it. She’ll have wealth and a way out of a life she detests, if she can only manage to hoodwink the royal family and survive to tell the tale.

 

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Book Review
When Chauncey Rogers first asked me to review his new book “Happily”, I was automatically intrigued after reading his horror/thriller novel, “Cleaving Souls”. Now when he told me it was a Cinderella retelling, I was completely thrown off guard! How was the man that wrote such a thrilling novel as “Cleaving Souls” going to pull off a fairy tale relling??!! Honestly, I was a little scared because what if I didn’t like it and I liked Chauncey as a person so much as well as his previous novel.
Well he put those feelings at bay, instantly!!!

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In fact, I devoured this whole novel in one sitting! This is hands down the best fairy tale retelling that I have read! It was completely incredible and the characterization was absolutely amazing! Laure was filled with this sass and spunk that you can’t help but love. Luc has a heart of gold that just made me swoon.

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The plot was fast and steady yet wonderfully descriptive! This book teaches a lot of valuable principles, for instance you should “never judge a book by it’s cover” and “true beauty truly lies from within”. I became intensely invested in these characters that I didn’t want the novel to stop and I am dying for more! I truly loved everything about it and Chauncey Rogers has quickly made himself one of my all time favorite authors! I know that regardless of the genre or the synopsis of the book that Chauncey Rogers comes out with, it’s going to be a magnificent work of art! I would seriously follow his work anywhere! I highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves a good retelling and/or Young Adult novel.😍💯📚❤👑

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I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all opinions expressed are my own.

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About the Author

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Chauncey Rogers was born in Arizona, and since then has hopped back and forth between the mid-western and western United States. He married in 2012 while attending school in Utah. His favorite movie since he was three is Jurassic Park, and he wishes very badly that Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster were real, though he doesn’t believe in them as much as he used to.

You can find Chauncey’s website/WordPress Blog @ chaunceyrogers.com

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*~Author Interview With Misty Mount~*

Hello lovelies!!!😍 Today, I am sharing an interview I conducted with an awesome author, Misty Mount, author of The Shadow Girl!😍📚💜💯 She is such a kind, supportive and talented author that I dream to be like one day! You can find my five star review of her book here. I LOVED her book so much and was thrilled will she agreed to an interview. Before, I even agreed to give my honest review to Reads & Reels Misty went out of her way to give me positive feedback and be kind to everyone in the book community. I wasn’t surprised her novel received so many five stars because of how talented she is and I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next!😍💙💜📚💯 So enough with me jabbing my jaws! Let me share more about Misty!!!😍

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Misty’s author page You can find Misty on Twitter @MistyAMount

📌Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?



Sure. I’ll start by saying yes, Misty Mount is my real name. Most people think it’s a pen name or have a laugh about it. 🙂 I’m a wife and mother to a kindergartener and I also have partial guardianship of my sister who has special needs.

 

📌Can you tell us about your new book, The Shadow Girl?

In short, I’d say it’s a coming-of-age novel focused on a lonely girl who suffers from anxiety and depression. She feels so inconsequential to the world around her that she begins to feel herself physically disappearing. I’d say it’s realistic fiction for the most part, with a large mystery at its core and some fantasy elements blended in.

 

📌Are any of the characters in The Shadow Girl inspired or based off a real life person/persons?

Yes, definitely. There’s a part of me in each character, but I’m the most like Zylia. Either one of us could be the poster child for social anxiety disorders. Other than her, I didn’t really base any characters specifically on one person; however, I dropped in pieces of my family and friends into the action and dialogue in an effort to make it realistic (and for an inside joke here and there).

📌What are your hobbies and interests?

I’m basically boring. I love to read and write and occasionally draw. I’m into everything geeky, my favorites being Star Trek, Doctor Who, and almost anything superhero related.

📌Do you have a day job or do you write full time?

I would love to have more time to write, but I suppose I’ll have to retire first. In the meantime, I work as a personal care assistant for young adults with special needs.

📌When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I’ve been writing stories and books since I was five. My mom kept some of my handwritten manuscripts that were stapled or taped together to make “books.” My first actual published book wasn’t until I was fourteen.

📌How did you choose the genre that you write in? Where do you get your ideas?

I’ve always been captivated with mystery stories, and I guess it’s for that reason that all my own books have ended up focusing around a mystery in one way or another. I usually take something I know inside out (like struggling with anxiety, for example), then slap a mystery around it to make an interesting story.

📌Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I always start with an outline where I work out at least a few chapters in advance. Then, I usually get too eager to bring those chapters to life before finishing my outline completely, so I end up going back and forth from the outline to the draft.

📌Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?


There are so many books, actually, so I’ve decided to pick one of many to share. I read Harriet the Spy when I was around 10 or 11, and it infected my life to the point that I wanted be Harriet. I started eating tomato sandwiches every day, just like she did in the story. Even though I secretly found them mushy and disgusting, I never once betrayed my love for Harriet by saying so out loud. (Until now. Sorry Harriet.) I also began carrying around a notebook just like her to write about anything and everyone I saw. This lasted for years. Around 14 or 15 years old I finally started to be embarrassed by surreptitiously jotting things in the corner of a room while everyone else wondered what in the world I was doing.



📌What inspired you to become an author?



In kindergarten, my teacher read a story to the class and I was hanging on the edge of my carpet square until the very ridiculous and anticlimactic ending. I was so disappointed by the way the story finished that I couldn’t relax until I had rewritten it at home using my best crayons. I’ve been writing ever since.



📌Can you tell us about your challenges that you have faced with becoming a published author?



I think one of the biggest challenges was opening up my writing for others to see. That was really difficult for me, letting potentially critical eyes rove over what had always before been my private words. Then there were the publishing house rejections that all authors face. Those definitely stung and made me feel like giving up at certain points.

📌What do you enjoy most about writing?


I love escaping into a world that I’ve created and that I can control. I find it incredibly relaxing and fun.

📌If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?



I need a time machine to go back to age fourteen. That’s when I had my first novel published and had a wonderful opportunity placed in front of me. But I was too young to take advantage of what I had. I was incredibly introverted and overly sensitive to criticism, which led me to shrink away from my good fortune and hide in the shadows for two decades.

 

📌Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

I’ve written some novellas that I personally feel attached to, but in all honesty, I’ve fully accepted the fact that they are not worthy of being published. 🙂

 

🌟Thank you so much everyone for viewing my post and big thanks to Misty for doing this interview with me!😍

Book Review: All the Beautiful Girls by Elizabeth J. Church~DNF

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I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all views expressed are my own.

 

 

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I vow to finish every book that I receive because when a publishing company or an author sends me an advanced copy they are giving me a golden opportunity. I am given the opportunity to read a book that would have costs me a good bit of money for free and they could have given the opportunity to another blogger. I have never reviewed a book as a DNF and stand by my standards to do everything in my power to not have to do this again. I also wanted to let the readers know ahead of time that I did not get past the first 2 chapters so I can’t give you the best of knowledge of this story. I only did not finish because of triggers. The writing and word building was great but I could not get past the triggers. I feel I need to post my review not only to share my honest opinion but to give some a warning because the triggers for me caused panic. I also want to genuinely apologize to the publisher and author for not finishing this story. It had nothing to do with your writing or this book. My review is simply because of my own personal triggers.

About the Book

Title: All The Beautiful Girls

Author: Elizabeth J. Church

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My RatingDNF0

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SynopsisA powerful novel about a gutsy showgirl who tries to conquer her past amongst the glamour of 1960s Las Vegas–and finds unexpected fortune, friendship, and love.

It was unimaginable. When she was eight years old, Lily Decker somehow survived the auto accident that killed her parents and sister, but neither her emotionally distant aunt nor her all-too-attentive uncle could ease her grief. Dancing proves to be Lily’s only solace, and eventually, she receives a “scholarship” to a local dance academy–courtesy of a mysterious benefactor.

Grown and ready to leave home for good, Lily changes her name to Ruby Wilde and heads to Las Vegas to be a troupe dancer, but her sensual beauty and voluptuous figure land her work instead as a showgirl performing everywhere from Les Folies Bergere at the Tropicana to the Stardust’s Lido de Paris. Wearing costumes dripping with feathers and rhinestones, five-inch heels, and sky-high headdresses, Ruby may have all the looks of a Sin City success story, but she still must learn to navigate the world of men–and figure out what real love looks like.

With her uncanny knack for understanding the hidden lives of women, Elizabeth J. Church captures both the iconic extravagance of an era and the bravery of a young woman who dances through her sadness to find connection, freedom, and, most important, herself.

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Book ReviewI am sorry but I had to DNF this book not because it was bad but because there were some really big triggers for me. Honestly, I can’t sleep tonight because the scenes keep running through my head. I usually can handle talk about these triggers but it went to a detail that caused me to hyperventilate. This is totally just a me thing. I know that many others love this book and it’s highly recommended. The triggers were just way too intense for me to sit through. There are triggers of an animal death and intense childhood abuse scenes. I’m sure this book was great and many others have enjoyed it, I just can’t finish it because of some recent trauma that I have experienced. I don’t know how to rate this story because I couldn’t get past the first chapters without a panic attack but it was well written and think many will enjoy so my lack of stars is not personally against the book it is because I don’t feel I can rate something properly that I didn’t read. I’m sorry that I haven’t been active today or last night. I just didn’t realize the possible effects that a book could have on you this extent. If you’re not triggered by these events than I would suggest you checking it out for yourself.
I want to thank the publishers and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all views expressed are my own.

Thanks for reading my post guys! I

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*~ARC Book Review: Color Me Murder by Krista Davis~*

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About the Book
Title: Color Me Murder
Author: Krista Davis
Genre: Mystery

Rating Report

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Blurb

The book started with this quote:

Sometimes you have to see people as a crayon.

They may not be your favorite color, but

you need them to complete the picture.

-Ritu Ghatourey

By day, Florrie Fox manages Color Me Read bookstore in Georgetown, Washington D.C. By night, she creates her own intricately detailed coloring books for adults, filling the pages with objects that catch her eye. There’s plenty of inspiration in her new apartment—a beautiful carriage house belonging to Professor John Maxwell, Florrie’s boss. He offers the property to Florrie rent-free with one condition—she must move in immediately to prevent his covetous sister and nephew from trying to claim it.

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When the professor’s nephew, Delbert, arrives, he proves just as sketchy as Florrie feared. But the following morning, Delbert has vanished. It’s not until she visits the third floor of the store that Florrie makes a tragic discovery—there’s a trap door in the landing, and a dead Delbert inside. The esteemed Professor Maxwell is an obvious suspect, but Florrie is certain this case isn’t so black and white. Doodling clues, she begins to consider other colorful characters on the scene, all with a motive for murder. With a killer drawing closer, Florrie will need to think outside the lines . . . before death makes his mark again.

Book Review
Wow, what a book! This novel had me hooked from the first few pages with the beautiful descriptions of the beautiful book store, Color Me Read. Of course as a reader, I am drawn to books that involve books and this book was not the exception! When I first received this ARC from Kensington, I was over the moon not only did the story sound captivating but the cover was amazing!!! Not only did it have a beautiful and intricate design wrapped around the cover, you could customize it by coloring it anyway you wanted!!! Woot!

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I fell in love with the characters right away with this book! Florrie was such a relatable character. She loved others to a fault, was bookish, was open-minded and was an animal lover. Her passion and loyalty to her job as manager at Color Me Read, gave Florrie the drive to be a great amateur sleuth. I loved that her knowledge from detecting and figuring out what is what came strictly from her being a bookworm. I always knew reading too many mysteries could benefit me in a adventurous way. I loved Florrie’s interactions with the fellow customers, coworkers and a local homeless man, Jim. She always looked out for everyone else and tried to see the best in them.
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The mystery of this story was well thought out. I thought for sure I had things figured out early on but of course I was wrong. The plot had great descriptions of the settings and the characterizations but still had a steady pace that was perfect for the outline of this story. Overall, this was hands down one of the best cozies I have read in awhile. This book was so much fun but it also had all the details that us bookworms love. I felt like I was in the middle of the book with Florrie and think I enjoyed her adventure and new home way too much! I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good cozy and/or anyone who loves to read books that involve books. I thought it was a very unique take to have Coloring Book Artist/Book Store Manager as our amateur sleuth. This is the first book I have read by Krista Davis but it surely won’t be my last!

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About the Author

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Krista Davis lives and writes in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She resided in Northern Virginia for many years and lived for a time in Old Town, Alexandria.

She really does have a gregarious Ocicat named Mochie who can open cabinets and leap to amazing heights. Her dogs, including a Golden Retriever who isn’t golden and won’t retrieve, consider Krista’s writing career a convenient second job that allows her to be available for her primary job as door opener, canine cuisine chef, and walking assistant.

Krista’s fascination with mysteries was fueled by Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and Agatha Christie. Like her protagonist, Sophie Winston, Krista loves to entertain friends and family, but would just as soon leave cleaning to someone else.

ARC Book Review: Home With You by Shirlee McCoy

I would like to thank Kensington Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

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The Bradshaw brothers never dreamed they’d return to their hometown. But tragedy has brought them back together in Benevolence, Washington, where they’re finding generosity, surprising revelations—and unexpected love . . .

Sullivan Bradshaw is in way over his head. A car crash killed his brother, Matthias, and critically injured his sister-in-law. It’s Sullivan’s turn to care for the couple’s six children and the ancestral farm, but the die-hard bachelor and art professor is hardly family-man material. What he needs is the perfect nanny-miracle worker-saint. What he gets is pretty Rumer Truehart, a free spirit who will change everything he ever thought he wanted . . .

Rumer learned the hard way that nothing is for sure, much less forever. And she certainly understands why Sullivan’s unhappy childhood makes him a strictly no-commitments kind of guy. But she can’t help being drawn to this thoughtful, gentle man. And when trouble strikes, she’s determined to win his trust—and show him love can be a promise for keeps.

Praise for Shirlee McCoy’s Sweet Haven

“Fans of Debbie Macomber will appreciate McCoy’s sweet, funny, heartwarming romance with its friendly, small-town setting.”
–Booklist (starred review)

“A delicious small‑town treat.” ‑‑Library Journal

Holy, Moly! What a book!❤ When I first saw this novel in the Kensington catalog and requested, I thought I would be reading a sweet romance. I couldn’t imagine that this story would hit so close to home that it blew me away! This book is way more than what meets the eyes! I could relate to Rumer so much. She had so many trust issues and was scared of getting hurt because of her traumatic past and her run in with the foster system just made things that more relateable! She was so strong though and it really touched my heart. Heck yes for strong people who lived through the system and are awesome! The characterisation in this book was fantastic!

The 6 Bradshaw children all touched my heart in so many ways. Each of them troubled from a rough life before adoption and were battling the system. Now faced with having their father, Matthias Bradshaw dead from a car accident and their mother, Sunday Bradshaw, is in coma fighting for her life, they must push on again with the help of their Uncle Sullivan Bradshaw who has no idea what he’s doing. When thankfully, Rumer Truehart starts helping out at the Bradshaw house. Everything flowed so well in this story and was an incredible family drama that I would re-read! The realistic and raw emotions in this story touched my heart but also gave me a sense of hope.

The reason I love this story so much and how it is deeply embedded in my heart is because I could relate to everything that happened in this story. Reading the premise, I had no idea that this story would capture my heart and have me wishing the second installment was out already!

I don’t want to give any spoilers away but in my reviews I like to open myself up and share how I can relate and why a book effected me so. My life is not identical to the Bradshaws but I am going through situations that just relate in a powerful way. So, I’m going to share a little about me and how this book effected me. I went through group homes, residential treatment facilities and all the ugly sides of the system that are kept on the hush. As a child, I was in the system and had histories like Heavenly Bradshaw and Rumer Truehart. There characters are so relatable because they come off harsh and Heavenly like a punk kid when there is so much more to them. Once when I was staying in this couple’s house I spent 24 hours in a car trunk for not doing a foster mother’s dishes correctly. So it can be really rough in the system to say the least and it changes you. Going through the experiences that I did helped created the woman I am now and you can see in this novel that Rumer is so strong and scarred because of her life as a broken child. There were so many experiences that have your emotions on a whirlwind but all of them are worth it. Your heart will be touched in so many ways.  While reading this novel, I was rooting for Sunday Bradshaw to get better. She adopted 6 children that had been through difficult experiences and had such a great heart. I had so much respect for her and it hurt me to see this family shattered. This book was surely worth any tears!

The romance between Rumer and Sullivan was sweet and so relatable. Sullivan Bradshaw also had a very rough childhood that kept him from Benevolence but his return was awesome! He struggles with thoughts of his alcoholic father but he strives to be a better man. Reading about him growing to love the kids and Rumer and him growing from the experience of taking care of 6 kids they didn’t know.

I also could relate to this story because my son’s father was in a horrific accident 4 years and only given 6% chance to live and if he was to live they didn’t think he would be able to walk or talk again. It was horrible waiting for weeks not knowing if he would wake out of a coma then come out of a vegetated state but he did. The doctors thought it was a miracle he is able to function and do as much as he can. 4 years later, I am still his caretaker and will be forever and he never remembers what happens the previous day and sometimez just 5 minutes ago. He has long term and short term memory loss and even though that has effected my life tremendously he can do everything else pretty normal physically! So we were lucky but we suffer the effects daily with his brain; not being able to remember simple things, retain memories, schizophrenia, and tourette’s syndrome. We make it though and push through one day at a time.

In this story, I felt like I was living my life in a way that is hard to describe. The situation is not the same but I could relate on so many levels that this book truly felt like Home. I always try to tell everyone how I can relate to a story by opening up in a way so people can understand more about how I feel about a book. This book was fantastic in every sense. Home With You made me laugh, cry, and root for the family to succeed! It was truly a remarkable story! Shirlee McCoy gave amazing descriptions and a plot that had a steady pace that is sure to win your heart! This story leaves a lot for the next in the series and I can’t wait for the next installment!!!! When I read that this story was a spin off, I just couldn’t believe it! Most spin offs are confusing and just aren’t up to par like this story!

Thanks so much for reading my review! Followers have always loved when I shared and opened my heart when a story was relatable in some way so that’s why I decided to open up. I also wanted to let whomever is reading this know that this book is so much more than what meets the eyes. I’m so glad I got the chance to read this book and read it within a day! I highly recommend this heartfelt story.

Shirlee McCoy

New York Times best-selling author Shirlee McCoy loves books. She loves reading them. She loves writing them. She loves sharing them with family, with friends, and with total strangers on airplanes and in doctor’s offices. It’s no surprise that she loves being an author. Her first book was published in 2004. Since then, she’s written more than 45 novels. Her books have appeared on the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and USA Today bestsellers lists.

Of course, her love for books pales in comparison with her love for family. When she’s not writing, she’s homeschooling her two youngest children and spending time with the people she cares about most. Her books are a reflection of her passion for relationships and community. An advocate for adoption and a firm believer in the power of faith, love, and compassion, Shirlee writes books that explore the dynamics between siblings, parents, children, and friends.

She enjoys hearing from readers and writers. You can email her at

shirlee@shirleemccoy.com or catch up with her life and writing at http://shirleemccoy.blogspot.com/.