Monthly archives "May 2014"

DREAMS DO COME TRUE

 “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

The past week and a half has been a wirlwind for me.  I got the best Mothers Day news.  Well it was a day late, but I’m still counting it as a gift; because anytime one of your dreams come true, it is a gift.  I haven’t shared much of my personal life.  Among many other things, I write.  I’ve never used the term author (it feels funny), but I’m happy to say that I can now add that to my list of titles.  My first novel, Drive Me Sane, was acquired by Crimson Romance and already has a tentative eBook release date of July 28th.  So yeah, it’s been a week of contracts and edits and updating profiles.  This has come at me a little quicker than I anticipated. It’s both exciting and scary at the same time.   I’m still  living on cloud nine- actually hope to come down soon so that I can accomplish some much needed work 🙂

So to celebrate my new adventure and the support that I’ve already received from friends and family on my new author facebook page, I’ve doing a little giveaway.  Check out the page for rules and details. www.facebook.com/denarogerswrites 

And for any of my author friends that may be interested, Crimson Romance is currently accepting submissions.  They’re looking for talented authors with fresh voices and engaging stories.  Check out thieir submission guidelines: http://www.crimsonromance.com/submissions/

COMBATING THE MONDAY BLUES

Hello Monday!  I can’t say I have the Monday blues this week.  I extended the weekend, so I’m working from home for the next two days.  I’ll be busy tying  up some loose ends. I have several book reviews I need to get out, as well as, some other projects I have in the works.  Oh… and good news is coming!!!  I’m so excited!  I’ve let it spill on my facebook and twitter pages, but I’m saving the announcement here until I have a few more details.

For those of you that are combating those blues today, maybe the video above will get you out of your funk.  Hint…hint… it has something to do with my news.  Enjoy 🙂

Review- Testing the Limits

Testing the LimitsTesting the Limits by Kira Sinclair

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Social worker Quinn Keller see’s the worst in life everyday, it’s an aspect of the world she’s accustomed to after losing both parents in a car crash and then her fiance to kidney disease. Unfortunately she isn’t prepared when the safe world she tries to create for her clients, turns on her. The only person she has to rely on, is her former almost brother in law, Jace Hyland.

Former Army Ranger, Jace, was prepared for anything; even to give up his career to help his little brother out when he needed a kidney. Unfortunately it didn’t help and the loss of his brother fueled his need to protect the woman his brother intended to marry.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a little different from the other Blaze imprints I’ve read from Harlequin. It had a small element of suspense, but still soared high with the sexual attraction that is always an aspect from these quick reads.

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REVIEW- Riding High

Riding HighRiding High by Vicki Lewis Thompson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’ve read a couple of the Harlequin Blaze imprints lately. They are quick, emotionally unbinding stories that are high in sexsual aspects. Although I can’t say they are my favorite kind of read, they offer a great little escape from more dramatic storylines.

Lily King is an eccentric, somewhat free spirt that doesn’t live by many rules. Her Esquestrian Rescue Facilty unfortunately is run the same way her life is, which only results in a big mess.

“Secretly anguished” vet, Regan O’Connelli, offers to help her get the rescue opperation under control and they end up helping one another work through their own personal issues.

I really wanted to like this story, because I loved both the characters. Unfortunately, the storyline just didn’t hold up for me. I felt the dialogue between the two main characters was either witty and cute or somewhat cheesy and out of place. And there was a whole slew of outside characters that were brought in for a short time that offered insight that I felt brought nothing to the story. It was like a whole load of information was dropped, giving a background of a family that didn’t have much part in this particular story. I understand this is a series and those characters may have been the object of storeis past or may be a future story, however, it was weirdly introduced and at length. It wasn’t terrible, but in my opinion could have been tidied up a bit.

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REVIEW- Don’t Let Go

Don't Let GoDon’t Let Go by Sharla Lovelace

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Hide your crazy, girl. Ain’t nobody wanna see that shit.”- I think I fell in love with this book when I read that sentence on page 4. Wow! That’s all I keep saying even after sleeping on it, wow!

I was provided a copy of Don’t Let Go by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is my first read by Sharla Lovelace…but it definitely won’t be my last.

I loved everything about this book. It was funny, deep, emotional, and right on point with the struggles of everyday life. I bawled like a baby. Not once or twice either, but several times. Mrs. Lovelace pulls you in and connects you to the characters in a way that’s amazing. So much, that my belly physically ached with grief and then I cried tears of joy.

It’s the not only a story of past lovers reconnecting to heal over a child they lost to adoption, but the tale of a mother struggling to bond with her teenage daughter that knows nothing about her past.
It’s about about finding out who you are and mourning what you can’t get back. It was…

Perfectly beautiful.

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HOMEMADE BISCUITS By: April Crowe

I took a couple days off from work last week to catch up on my “work” at home. I did get a lot accomplished, but it seemed I wasn’t the only one who was writing. I’ve been sitting on this post for a almost a week now, trying to come up with a story to set off it off, but some things tell thier own story…

Homemade Biscuits
Written: April 27, 2014
By: April Crowe

Although growing up, I never made you proud .
And you voiced your opinion of me quite loud.
We didn’t share that mother/daughter love.
I prayed for that to the heavens above.
I lost my dad …. who I thought was the best.
But I hurt more for you to suffer that test.
Even before then you were mean, loud, and bitter ….
But no matter what, you taught me…not to be a quitter .
Then one day it happened, you were diagnosed with a disease that takes your mind.
So whatever peace with you…I would never find.
I was your caretaker, I was that girl.
Nobody else wanted to give it a whirl.
I watched you change from bitter to kind .
Laughter erupted from you, when you lost your mind .
I never begrudged you for being so mean.
The life you lived before us was bitter and lean.
The disease you had made you the child.
I was your mother and the time was worthwhile.
I will see it to the end, I will love you, it’s true.
And NOBODY will ever make biscuits like you !

My good friend let me share this poem. Please honor her hard work if you find that you’d like to share.

Review- Beach Bar Baby

Beach Bar BabyBeach Bar Baby by Heidi Rice

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First let me say, despite the old rule “Never judge a book by it’s cover,” I’m guilty of it. I’m a title, cover, blurb sort of girl. If the first two don’t catch my eye, the likelihood of me turning the book over (or in the days of ereaders, clicking the button to read more) is slim. I’m also just as guilty of liking many of the books that I first snarled my nose at. And while I found the cover of this book to be simple and cute, I thought the title was a little cheesy–please don’t let that discourage you.

Ella Hadley jets off to Bermuda for a holiday of a lifetime, after receiving some difficult news. Unfortunately for a ingle woman, the resort, where she’s staying, is full of happy couples and is about as depressing as the reason she fled there.

Enter snorkel captain, Cooper Delaney. Not only does he ooze sex appeal, he’s quick to show his coy side too. He gives Ella the snorkel trip of her life and a night full of glorious sex. But once. ELLA gets back to London, she realizes, that wasn’t all he gave her.

I’m a sucker for secret baby stories. I love them and Beach Bar Baby did not dissappoint. While the first chapter was a little overwhelming–this is a fast past story. As soon as I fell into the author’s style of writing, I was addicted. It’s sexy, fun and a little quirky. Definitely worth the read.

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