Sunday, July 19, 2015

Nobody's Business by M.J. Kane

M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this once stay-at-home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free.  Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history.
No longer a television addict, if M.J. isn’t reading a book by one of her favorite authors, she’s battling with her creative muse to balance writing and being a wife and mother. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her high school sweetheart, four wonderful children, and four pit bulls. During the day, MJ is a librarian, in her spare time she is director of a local writer’s group, or online connecting with readers and other authors. Other activities she enjoys include: creating custom floral arrangements, assisting her children in their creative pursuits of music and art, and supporting her husband’s music production business, 3D Sounds.
MJ’s debut novel, A Heart Not Easily Broken, Book one of the Butterfly Memoirs, became an instant Amazon Bestseller in Multicultural Romance and African-American Literature and Fiction within hours of publication. It has also spent time on the African-American Women’s Fiction and African-American Romance Bestsellers lists.

You can find MJ on social networking sites, sharing writing tips, talking about music, life, and family. She’s always excited to meet new people. Connect with her via the websites below. 

Trevon Campbell’s world changed the moment his ex-girlfriend announced he was a father. Determined to make up for his past mistakes, he gives Trina what she wanted before their breakup, what feels like his soul, which means forgetting the woman he had a one-night stand with, the woman who stole his heart.

Kai Malone doesn’t want to play by her family’s rules. Instead of working for the family business, she became a firefighter. Being a female of multicultural descent, working in a field dominated by men, Kai focuses on her job to ignore the infidelity of her fiancĂ©. Tired of his deceit, she gave in to a one-night stand with a complete stranger, someone she’d never have to see again…or so she thought.

When tragedy strikes, their worlds collide, leaving them no choice but to deal with each other again. It doesn’t take long for them to realize the attraction that brought them together the first time is stronger than ever, forcing Trevon to make the biggest decision of his life.

Buy the book here!
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Okay, confessions time. First off, I work with M.J. And (she doesn't know this yet) I've always been nervous to read books by people I now just because what do you say if you don't like it? How do you not hurt their feelings? How do you just, not like it?
Thankfully, I did NOT have that problem with Nobody's Business! From the beginning I was enchanted and may have stayed up too late reading the book lol I've been messaging M.J. little comments here and there as I've been reading. I wish I could share them with you, but I don't want to ruin the story for you! Instead, I want you to read the book. And then go back and read her other novels as well :D

And back to knowing the author: it has been fun reading and knowing and catching little details of our real life and work life that make their way into the story. It is soooo frikking cool. 

Second confession time. This book was just a little hard for me to read at first. I had my own dealings with infidelity in a marriage, (and this blog suffered as a result) but I powered through it and I am super glad I did. The characters felt real and I was able to connect with them,
How do you interview someone you know? lol Like this!

Have you ever thought of trying any other genre writing-like Sci-Fi romance? Why or why not? 
Before I started writing, my favorite books to read were from the Sci-Fi genre. You’d think that once I started writing that would be what I dug into. But nope, my characters didn’t want that life. Instead they wanted to focus on reality. But, now that I have that down, I have thought about dabbling in another genre. I’ve had some ideas about a Sci-Fi-ish type novel, but haven’t had time to invest in it just yet. But, who knows what the future holds?

Do you have any writing brain food? 
My favorite go-to snacks are things I can pop in my mouth and suck on, like Skittles, Red Hots, or Lemon Heads. I tried Pixi Sticks, but they are too distracting, it takes work to keep opening the packages and keeps me from typing. I prefer stuff I can just pop in there and keep it moving!

If you could have lunch with any of your characters, which one would it be and why?
If I could have lunch with any of the characters of Nobody’s Business, as handsome as Trevon Campbell is, I would love to hang out with Kai Malone and find out what motivated her to become a firefighter. As a kid, I grew up around a firehouse because my father was a fire chief. It never crossed my mind to follow in his line of work, and I applaud any woman who has decided to dedicate her life to saving others.

If you could turn the tables and ask the interviewer a question, what would you ask, and why?
Hmm, that’s a good one! I guess it would be, since you like to read and write reviews, have you ever given thought to writing a book?

And you know I have to ask...I know you have something similar, but would you ever write a novel about a librarian? Lord knows you would have plenty of material! Lol
The idea of writing a book about a librarian came to mind after I stared working at the library. It is my opinion that librarians are misunderstood. Not everyone is the eyeglass-wearing, hair pinned up, telling everyone to be quiet librarian. I think librarians these days are more hip to what’s going on because you have to be in order to keep up with technology. Hmm…maybe I could write a book about the ‘librarian’ during the day turned stripper at night? LOL!!! Maybe not, that one may not go over too well. :)

What has been the biggest source of inspiration for you as a writer?
My inspiration has come in various forms. For my characters and stories, it’s all about life experiences and ‘what if?’ scenarios. What keeps me writing is the love I have for my characters and how their stories touch my heart and make me want to share them with others. Why I still write is for my personal sanity, because if I put my pen down and gave up today, my characters would keep talking anyway. And lastly, it’s my readers who send me unexpected messages on Facebook or Twitter to say how much they loved one of my stories, or how much a characters decisions reminded them of their past or opened their eyes to something new. How could I stop writing after that?

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Want So Wicked ~ Suzanne Young

Title: A Want So Wicked
Author: Suzanne Young
Pub Date: June 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 282

From GoodReads:
Elise is a normal seventeen-year-old girl until the day she wakes up in a desert park, with no idea who she is.

After that episode, her life takes a bizarre turn. She’s experiencing unexpected flashes of insight into people’s lives—people she’s never met before. Strangers frighten her with warnings about the approaching Shadows. And although Elise has never had a boyfriend, she suddenly finds herself torn between two handsome but very different young men: Abe, the charming bad boy whose effect on her both seduces and frightens her, and the mysterious Harlin, who’s new to town but with whom Elise feels an urgent, elemental connection—almost as if they are soul mates.

Now Elise begins to question everything about her life. Why do these guys both want her so desperately? What are the Shadows? Why does the name Charlotte inspire a terrifying familiarity? And who is Elise, really?

When I first read A Need So Beautiful, I was overcome with a sense of peace. It was one of those rare books that broadcasted its feelings onto me. I felt content and happy-just as if a Forgotten was nearby and fulfilled their Need. A Want So Wicked was a little bit different. For much of the book, I had moments of shock, and for that I am grateful! I enjoy being surprised, even though I did guess and figure out a few things. A Want So Wicked was still beautifully written. Yet it was so different. 

Elise is figuring things out and as readers we get to experience all of her emotions with her. While there wasn't as much Need-fulfilling as was in ANSB, it was still interesting with some twists and turns along the way.

The Love Triangle:
This was a good one and it worked extremely well for the story. I am also happy to report that not only did it not piss me off but I am happy with the outcome.

All in all, AWSW was a wonderful book about a pastor's daughter who thinks she is losing her mind, but instead is meant to help the world. The ending hints at a third installment. Oh man, I really hope there will be a third! I'm not ready to give up this story. There is still so much for us to learn!

(And coming in November we have a novella!)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Dead & the Buried ~ Kim Harrington

Title: The Dead and the Buried
Author: Kim Harrington
Pub Date: January 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Point
Pages: 295

From GoodReads:
A haunted house, a buried mystery, and a very angry ghost make this one unforgettable thriller.

Jade loves the house she's just moved into with her family. She doesn't even mind being the new girl at the high school: It's a fresh start, and there's that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . . But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. Jade's little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade's jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn't.

Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house is haunted. Haunted by a ghost who's seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade's school — until her untimely death last year. It's up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets. But is one of them a murderer?


While still paranormal-ish, D&B was a little different from the world of Clarity Fern. In this world, Jade is dealing with a ghost that she cannot see. A ghost who is, well, I'll just say it-a bitch. She was the popular girl at school and now she is the popular girl in her death. Jade has to figure out who killed her before Jade's little brother dies as a result. 


I mentioned in my previous post, but I will say it again: I am addicted to Kim Harrington's writing! Something happens to me when I start reading and I cannot put the book down! So of course The Dead and the Buried was no different. 

I enjoyed the characters in this book, especially Jade. She was just a normal girl trying to fit in. Well as normal as you can be while being the new girl who lives in a haunted house. One of my favorite aspects to Jade was that she was in to stones. Once upon a time I used to know all the special properties of gemstones. Okay I still remember a few, amethyst being my absolute favorite. This was just unique that it helped me connect to Jade on so many more levels.

And what is a teen book without a love interest? Definitely had that in here. And it worked; it wasn't far-fetched or ridiculous or anything.

Kayla. What to say about Kayla? Well, she is dead. We learn and discover Kayla through passages of her diary that are interspersed throughout the book. And from reading the diary passages, it is obvious who the killer is. I was a bit let down of how predictable it was, oh well though I still enjoyed it! And even in death, Kayla was still a bitch! I loved it!

Okay so that is that. Hope you enjoy it!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Perception ~ Kim Harrington

It was a Kim Harrington weekend! First up is Perception, the sequel to Clarity. When I read Clarity in 2012, I thought the series would only get stronger. I was absolutely right!

Title: Perception
Author: Kim Harrington
Pub Date: March 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Point
275 pages
From GoodReads: When you can see things others can't, what do you do when someone's watching you?
Everybody knows about Clarity "Clare" Fern. She's the psychic girl in school, the one who can place her hands on something and see hidden visions from the past.
Only Clare would rather not be a celebrity. She prefers hanging back, observing. Her gift is not a game to her.
But then someone starts playing with her head . . . and heart. Messages and gifts from a secret admirer crop up everywhere Clare turns. Could they be from Gabriel, the gorgeous boy who gets Clare's pulse racing? Or from Justin, Clare's hopeful ex-boyfriend who'd do anything to win her back?
One thing is certain. Clare needs to solve this mystery, and soon. Because the messages are becoming sinister, and a girl in town has suddenly disappeared.

Again, I was sucked back in to the world of Clare Fern. Clare whose entire family is psychic: Clare touches objects and can read their history, her brother is a medium, and her mother is a mind reader. Her family is recovering from a summer of turmoil after a girl was killed and her brother was the prime suspect. And now that school is back in session, another girl has gone missing. And this time, Clare is receiving messages from a secret admirer. 

So of course, Clare begins playing detective to figure out A) the circumstances around the girl's disappearance and B) the secret admirer's identity. Is it her ex-boyfriend, the new guy she likes, or someone new?

To be honest, I played girl detective right along with Clare-I had my own list of suspects, motive, etc. Color me surprised to find out that I was wrong! Woot! I LOVE when that happens!

I love Kim Harrington's writing, it is captivating and alluring. I cannot stop reading her books! 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Don't Bite the Bridesmaid ~ Tiffany Allee

Title: Don't Bite the Bridesmaid
Author: Tiffany Allee
Pub Date: May 2013
Publisher: Entangled Covet
Source: Publisher via Net Galley

From GoodReads: Alice Shepard needs one thing: a date for her sister's wedding. And not just any date. A hunk who will make her fiancĂ© rue the day he left her for her best friend. Her drop-dead gorgeous neighbor fits the bill—even if he is a bit quirky and never comes out during the day—and Alice has downed just enough appletinis to ask him. But she makes it quite clear that there will be no funny business.

Spending a week on a cruise ship full of humans while sleeping close to his sexy next-door neighbor sounds like a helluva bad idea to vampire Noah Thorpe. But his friends need time to get him out of a shotgun wedding—a vampire bonding that will tie his fate to a female vampire he's never met. And Alice's offer comes at just the right time.

What could possibly go wrong?

I really enjoyed this book. At a time when I really needed to just let go and enjoy a book, I was able to do that with a fabulous one! 

Alice's sister is getting married, and Alice doesn't want to show up dateless, not when her ex-fiance is going to be there with her ex-best friend. What's a girl to do? Oh right, go knock on her hot neighbor's door and ask him to spend a cruise ship with her as her date. For Noah this is a bad idea. But it offers an out to his arranged marriage. 

This should go well right? Um yeah no. Noah is a vampire. Trapped on a cruise ship for a week with a woman he is attracted to. 

So if you're looking for a quick and easy read, definitely give Don't Bite the Bridesmaid a read. It is definitely worth it!


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Cover Reveal ~ Stained

A while back I had the pleasure of reading a beautiful book by Cheryl Rainfield, Scars. I also had the pleasure of speaking with Cheryl a little bit about her story, and Scars became even more beautiful. When she contacted me about a cover reveal (which I was late posting sadly) I jumped on the opportunity, and am looking forward to reading Stained. I do love the original cover and would have loved it if it could have stayed. With that said, I hope you enjoy some of the goodies Cheryl provided!

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter! “
 - April Henry, New York Times-bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die
“A compelling, gutting, and ultimately triumphant read. You won't want to stop turning pages -- Or blink. Or breathe. -- until you reach the very last one.”
-Jennifer Brown, award-winning author of Hate List

“STAINED is dark, tense and gripping; a triumph of one girl's heart, soul and will to survive. Sarah's strength during her descent into terror kept me reading way past bedtime! “
-Laura Wiess, critically acclaimed author of Such a Pretty Girl

Seventeen-year-old Sarah Meadows covers the walls of her bedroom with images of beautiful faces she clips from magazines—and longs for “normal.” Born with a port-wine stain covering half her face, all her life she’s been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. Why can’t she be like Diamond, the comic-book hero she created? Diamond would never let the insults in. That’s harder for Sarah.
But when she’s abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had. Can she look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside, somehow becoming a hero rather than a victim? It’s the only way Sarah will have any chance of escaping the prison—both seen and unseen—that this deranged killer has placed around her.

Excerpt from p. 70:
He plans to keep me here. Something snaps in my mind, and I go at the door like I’m crazed, slamming into it with my body, not caring about the way it jars my teeth, my bones, hurts my shoulder. I batter the door, clawing and kicking and screaming until I’m sobbing with exhaustion.
I sink to the floor, trembling and feeling sick. I hurt all over, I have to pee, and I am intensely thirsty.
Don’t let me die here. Please. I never got to say goodbye. Never got to tell Mom I’m sorry, tell Dad how lucky I am to have him for a father. A whimper wrenches its way out of my throat. . . . 

New STAINED release date (moved up from Nov):
Oct 1, 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Summer of Sequels

Perusing the bookstore the other day, I realized that I am SOOOO behind on sequels, series, trilogies, etc. Some I am on book two, or only have like one to go to finish the series

So I have decided that the Summer 2013 will be my



And of course, after deciding that, I had to make a list of course :) Wanna see it?

Taken by the Storm (Raised by Wolves #3) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Essence (Pledge #2) - Kimberly Derting
Blue Bloods- (Need to read 4-7) - Melissa de la Cruz
A Fractured Light - Joceyln Davies
Insurgent - Veronica Roth (omg I could I be behind on this one!)
Destined (Wings #4) - Aprilynne Pike
Supernaturally & Endlessly (Paranormalcy #2, 3) - Kiersten White
Once & Rise (Eve # 2, 3) - Anna Carey
Crossed & Reached (Matched #2, 3) - Ally Conde
The Calling & The Rising (Darkness Rising # 2, 3) - Kelley Armstrong
Darkness Falls & Eternally Yours (Immortal Beloved #2,3) - Cate Tiernan
Before I Wake & With All My Soul (Soul Screamers #6, 7) - Rachel Vincent
Guardian of he Gate & Circle of Fire (Prophecy of the Sisters #2,3) - Michelle Zink
Wings of the Wicked & Shadows in the Silence (Angelfire #2,3) - Courtney Allison Moulton
Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) - Tahereh Mafi
Spellbound (Hex Hall #3) - Rachel Hawkins
The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) - Michelle Hodkin
Iron Knight & the various novellas (Iron Fey #4) - Julie Kagawa
Hidden (Firelight #3) - Sophie Jordan
Speed of Light (Fenestra #3) - Amber Kizer
Soul Bound & Blood Forever (Blood Coven Vampire #7, 8) Mari Mancusi
Dark Triumph (Grave Mercy #2) - Robin LaFevers
Until I Die & If I Should Die (Revenants #2,3) - Amy Plum
Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2) - Maureen Johnson
Havoc & Ravage (Deviants #2,3) - Jeff Sampson

What's on your sequel list for the summer?