From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

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From Sand and Ash
Amy Harmon
Available December 1, 2016

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Krystle’s 5+++ Star Review

So. It has officially been over a month since I finished From Sand and Ash. 35 days later and I still don’t have the ability to put together words that will do this one justice. I’ve tried a few different times but today I have run out of time, so what you’re going to get is a bunch of my ramblings and you’ll just have to deal.

In 2013 I read my first Amy Harmon book, A Different Blue. I remember reading it on the plane ride to Jamaica and being so in love with the writing and the story but more importantly sitting there in awe of how much time the author must have put into making the story perfect. There was so much history woven into the book in a way that was just perfect and never overbearing. I didn’t think any book would ever blow me away again like that one did.

Since then, I have read every single one of Amy’s books and every one blew me away in one way or another. Whether it was the unique characters, the history lessons or the incredible “aha!” moments she always seems to get me with. Most importantly she continued to amaze me with her ability to step out of her box and try something new and then completely hit it out of the park as though she had been writing that genre since the day she was born.

From Sand and Ash is no exception to any of these things. It is literally the most incredible story I have ever read and I can’t wait for the world to get their hands on it. Amy Harmon put her heart and soul into this story and it showcases every single bit of what makes her the best of the best.

For me, this book is like A Different Blue in that it has a TON of history wound through it all and I truly appreciated every single bit of it. Sure, I know about the holocaust and how awful it was. I read The Diary of Anne Frank as a young girl and it will forever stick with me. I’ve seen documentaries, TV shows, and movies and I’ve read what the history books tell us. None of those things have ever impacted me like this story. This work of “fiction” taught me more truths about the ugliness that was than all of those other things combined.

Without giving anything away, I will just quickly say that this book answered a question I have had most of my life. I always wondered how people could have just sit by and let this stuff happen right in front of their eyes. This book showed me just how wrong I was and how many people did play a part in saving lives. It showed me the involvement of the Catholic Church which I truly never knew a thing about and it warmed my heart in a way I can’t explain.

This book isn’t all about history lessons though, please don’t get me wrong. It is a beautiful story of love, loss, friendship, family, bravery, selflessness, heroism, war, evil and so much more. It truly has everything anyone would want in a story and I just know that this one will touch the hearts of so many different people. Most importantly, the ever-present theme of faith and the power or prayer will hit home with people through all walks of life. Amy’s ability to show how alike we really all are despite our differences is one of the things I love most about her stories.

At the very least, I will say that this story ripped my heart into pieces and then put it back together again more times than I can count. I was a ball of anxiety for much of it. I laughed. I cried. And then I cried some more. When I read the last line I saw there and sobbed for quite a while. Literally, the tears wouldn’t stop. Then I moved on to talk to my friends that had read it. And then I cried some more. This story will stick with me forever and I know it will for many others too.

I truly hope you will pick up this story even if Historical Romance isn’t usually your cup of tea. I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying the writing, the lessons, the characters and every other bit of it.

Infinite Stars for From Sand and Ash, a story more beautiful than the rest from one of the most amazing authors this world has to offer.

Thank you for sharing your light with us, Amy. We are all better because of it.

Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher ** COVER REVEAL!

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Almost every day is a very bad day when you’re thirty, your tits are starting to sag, there are lines creeping in around your eyes, and you realize that no one would like you if they actually knew who you really were. Fig Coxbury is fed up with her life: her cheating ex-husband, the excess fat around her waist, and most of all, her loneliness. 

When Fig chances upon Jolene Avery, the embodiment of everything she’s ever wanted to be, Fig befriends her out of curiosity. 

Fig soon begins to emulate all aspects of Jolene’s life, because when you find someone who knows exactly who they are, you can’t help but want to be just like them. 

Or in Fig’s case… become them.

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Epic Love by Trudy Stiles. NOW LIVE! Krystle’s 5 Star Review

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Title: Epic Love
Series: Epic Fail #3
Author: Trudy Stiles
Release Date: Sept 19, 2016

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HEATH STRICKLAND, the son of a prominent district attorney, lived his life surrounded by violence and crime. He was an unwilling witness to the corrupt lives his father swore to prosecute and keep behind bars. His escape was his music, which eventually led him to replace the iconic singer of the world famous band, Epic Fail.

NOELLE DURAND lived in luxury, growing up on a sprawling estate, with everything she could ever want or need. Her life, to everyone else, seemed perfect. Perfect house. Perfect things. Perfect family. But nothing at all was perfect. She lived in hell. A hell that nobody on the outside could see.

As a neighbor and childhood friend, Heath would have done anything for Noelle. He would have given up the world to protect her and keep her safe. Their friendship grew into something that neither of them expected. But then she suddenly disappeared, vanishing from his life as if she never existed. He never stopped hoping that one day she would resurface, alive and well. But as time went by, and her family gave up hope, he surrendered his heart to his lost love.

Twelve years later, one phone call changes everything.

EPIC LOVE is the third book in the EPIC FAIL series and can be read as a STANDALONE novel.

This series is a spinoff from the FOREVER FAMILY series.

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★ KRYSTLE’S ★ 5 ★ STAR ★ REVIEW! ★

Epic Love is another unbelievably touching and beautiful story by Trudy Stiles. Much like all of her other books, this story brought me on an emotional journey that had me feeling all the feels from the very beginning, gave me goosebumps more than once and even had me holding my breath with anticipation a few different times.

It is no secret that I adore all of the band members of Epic Fail and Heath is certainly no exception to the rule. Although I really didn’t understand him or feel a strong connection to him in the past, Epic Love truly changed that and he just may now be my new favorite.

Like most of her stories, Trudy chose to alternate between past and present and different POVs. The chapters set in the past bring you back to Heath’s childhood and teenage years to show how an innocent childhood friendship can blossom into the most beautiful love story. The glimpses into the past truly enhance the ongoing present journey of Heath working to overcome the pain and guilt caused by a great loss that he just couldn’t shake and that seemed to always come back to haunt him.

Although this story definitely has lots of sad moments, it is also filled with just as many beautiful ones. Between two different back stories and lots of awesome secondary characters, this story has the perfect balance of pain and beauty that keeps you engaged from start to finish.

As I always seem to do with Trudy’s books, I highly recommend this one for anyone looking for a great book to make you feel! This book is part of the Epic Fail series, a spin off of Trudy’s Forever Family series. Although you definitely do not have to start from the beginning, if you have the time to devote to a few books I would highly recommend starting at Dear Emily and going right down the line. They are all amazing and unique stories and I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Each story also has subtle nods to characters from other books which enhance your reading experience but will in no way ruin a story for you if you choose to read out of order.

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“I’m sorry, Noelle. I’m really sorry.” I don’t know what I’m apologizing for. The fact that I don’t believe her weak lie or because I kissed her. No. I’m not sorry for either.
“It’s okay. Really. Thanks for caring. And thank you for my birthday gift.” She pauses and brushes her pinkie finger against mine. “You made my birthday really special, and I’ll never forget it.”
Without thinking, I loop my pinkie finger around hers, linking them together. Linking us together. We walk to her window like this and I break our connection reluctantly, bringing my hand up to her bruised cheek. “Please be careful,” I beg, and I’m not sure what I’m even begging her to be careful of. I’m just so worried about her.
“I will,” she whispers. “Catch a couple fireflies on the way home.”
“I’d catch a million for you.” Her eyes light up, a smile on her lips. I want to kiss her again. So bad. But all I do is stare into her eyes and back away. I push the window open as quietly as I can and slide out onto the grass.
“Happy Birthday, Noelle.”
She smiles as we both slide the window gently along the track, closing it.
She leaves her hand pressed against the window and I immediately do the same, covering hers, only the glass pane separating us.
Her smile is weak and full of pain.
A pain that I would take away from her in an instant if I could.
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Trudy Stiles is a New Adult Romance author, mom to two beautiful children, and married to the love of her life. She’s the author of the bestselling Forever Family series including “Dear Emily,” “Dear Tabitha,” and “Dear Juliet.” “Epic Sins” is the first book in the Epic Fail series and will continue with at least three more standalone novels. “Epic Lies” is scheduled to release in the Spring of 2016 with “Epic Love” and “Epic Holiday” to follow in the Fall and Winter of 2016. She plans to write many more stories about some of the characters you’ve already met, and maybe a few new ones.
Trudy is a music junkie and you’ll know that she’s writing when you see her plugged into her laptop with her earbuds in. Her playlist is unique and is a must for her writing sprints.
When she’s not writing, she’s carting her children to their various activities while avoiding any kind of laundry or housework. She also loves to run along the boardwalk of the beautiful New Jersey shore.
She celebrates Wine Wednesday almost every day.
   

 

Cover Reveal * Heat Wave by Karina Halle

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Karina Halle
November 3, 2016

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heat-wave-3d-bookThey say when life closes one door, another one opens.

This door happens to lead to paradise.

And a man I can never, ever have.

Still grieving the loss of her sister who died two years ago, the last thing Veronica “Ronnie” Locke needed was to lose her job at one of Chicago’s finest restaurants and have to move back in with her parents. So when a window of opportunity opens for her – running a kitchen at a small Hawaiian hotel – she’d be crazy not to take it.

The only problem is, the man running the hotel drives her crazy:

Logan Shephard.

It doesn’t matter that he’s got dark brown eyes, a tall, muscular build that’s sculpted from daily surfing sessions, and a deep Australian accent that makes your toes curl.

What does matter is that he’s a grump.

Kind of an asshole, too.

And gets under Ronnie’s skin like no one else.

But the more time Ronnie spends on the island of Kauai, falling in love with the lush land and its carefree lifestyle, the closer she gets to Logan. And the closer she gets to Logan, the more she realizes she may have pegged him all wrong. Maybe it’s the hot, steamy jungles or the invigorating ocean air, but soon their relationship becomes utterly intoxicating.

There’s just one major catch.

The two of them together would incite a scandal neither Ronnie, nor her family, would ever recover from.

Forbidden, Illicit, off-limits – sometimes the heat is worth surrendering to, even if you get burned.

 

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Halle HeadshotKarina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit http://www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

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New Release!! Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens

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FURIOUS RUSH
S.C. Stephens
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The first in an emotion-fueled, New Adult series from the
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Too fast, too furious—and way too hot to handle…

Mackenzie Cox has a lot to prove. Daughter of a racing legend, she is eager to show the world that she has inherited her father’s talent in the male-dominated sport of professional motorcycle racing. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonized by her rival team’s newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Plucked from the world of illegal street racing, Hayden immediately gets under Kenzie’s skin. His insinuations that Kenzie is a spoiled princess who was handed her career fuels her desire to win, and much to her surprise, Kenzie soon learns she performs better when she’s racing against Hayden.

As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense—and strictly forbidden—attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie always does her best to play by the rules, but when her team slips into a financial crisis, she has no choice but to turn to Hayden for help. The tension simmers during their secret, late-night rendezvous, but Kenzie has too much to lose to give in to her desires. Especially when she begins to doubt that Hayden has completely left his street life behind…

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S. C. Stephens is a #1 bestselling author who spends her every free moment creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance. In addition to writing, she enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family. She and her two children reside in the Pacific Northwest.

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**Krystle’s 3 Star Review**

When I first saw that S.C. Stephens had a new book out I was SO excited. I signed up for an ARC immediately and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I didn’t read the synopsis for this one because I love to go in blind so right from the start this one gave me a few reasons to be shocked…

Right off the bat I realized this was a book about motorcycle racers. I love to read about something different than the usual and this is something I hadn’t read about before so I was very excited…I kept reading and found out that the main character is a female…heck.yes. A female motorcycle racer…bad ass, right?

Well, at least it had me hoping! Unfortunately, the main character pissed me off in more ways than one and although I was rooting for her time and time again, she made me want to pull my hair out!
Thankfully, the guy that was after her was intriguing, sexy and definitely one of the main reasons I enjoyed the book. Also, he made her tone her crazy down a bit and she was a little more bearable for me thanks to him. There were also some secondary characters that I also loved and others that drove me just as crazy. Although I can’t say that these character weren’t some of my all time favorites, I can say I enjoyed reading about them and they did get some emotions out of me.

I think that the title of this one gave so much hope that this would be a fast paced story that was exciting from start to finish but it did seem to drag on for me in the beginning. There were lots of tidbits that fed my desire for it to be what I had hoped it would be but it just seemed to take so long to get to any of the greatness. I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy it all because I did, I just wished there was a little more BAM like I’m used to from this author. Forbidden romance is another thing that I can’t help but love and though this book did have it, I was annoyed by the reasons that it was forbidden and kept hoping the main characters would just stand up for themselves.

Although this story fell short in a few ways for me, I enjoyed some of it and it definitely left me wanting more. For those thinking that this is a stand alone I want to make it clear that you are definitely left with lots of questions and will want to move on to the next book.

Overall I give this one 3 Stars and I’m excited to see where the story goes!

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One by Jewel E. Ann * Krystle’s 4+Star Review


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Title: One
Author: Jewel E Ann
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 28th, 2016

 

Synopsis:

Lake Jones is a cover girl for cutting-edge prosthetic legs, a binge-watcher of Netflix, known to spy on her neighbor through her door’s peephole, and fond of laser games with her hairless cat. She’s also a bit sexually-frustrated.Until …God bestows a breath of mercy upon her in the form of Minnesota’s NFL starting quarterback. But this gift is no stranger. Lake met Cage Monaghan three years earlier.It was one day.One moment.One kiss that resurrected her dreams of finding love.His dimpled smile distracts from his imperfections, which include: a love for country music, fishing, and a feline-hating girlfriend.When life finally gives them their chance, it’s a humorous and heart-wrenching journey to find their place in the world.”We would be Cage and Lake. We would be unpredictable. We would be reckless. We would give normality the middle finger.”***This book is a standalone. However, it is HIGHLY recommended that any readers who have not, but may consider, reading the Jack & Jill Series, do so before reading this book. It contains spoilers to Jack & Jill.

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Krystle’s 4+ Star Review

One by Jewel E. Ann is a spin off of her Jack & Jill series. I had randomly picked up the series a couple months back after seeing her at a signing and really appreciating the way I saw her interact with her readers while I was waiting in another line. I devoured that series and honestly LOVE it! I have been trying to get everyone I know to read it.

Soooo side note…read the dang series!

Anyways…once I finished I “liked” Jewel on FB and immediately posted asking if there were any more plans for the characters of this series. Talk about just in the nick of time, I was given a link to sign up for the tour of One and received an ARC in a few days aaand the rest is history 🙂

As I’ve stated before this book can definitely be read as a stand alone but if you’re open and willing to read a series before it I would HIGHLY recommend reading the Jack & Jill series. It doesn’t give out many spoilers of the whole story line but just as with any spin off, when characters show up or don’t show up you obviously know the jist of what happens.

So now that I’ve gotten that all out of the way. One is a story about Cage Monahan and Lake Jones. These are some of the best characters I have read in a long time. I adored their story right from the start. They had an awesome relationship filled with fun, sexy banter that was just so much fun to read.

The other characters in the story are also just pure awesomeness. I have no doubt that if you pick up this book you’re going to absolutely love most, if not all, of them in one way or another.

I enjoyed so much of this story and I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good, fun read. I will admit that there was a small part of the story at the end that was a little off for me but I know plenty of people will absolutely adore it and it didn’t ruin the story for me so much so that I regret reading it. I still love it and will recommend it time and time again.

I hope that you all will take a chance on Jewel E. Ann because she’s an awesome writer. I’ll try one last time to convince you to pick up the Jack & Jill series before this book because it is AMAZEBALLS and so unique and I SWEAR you won’t regret it! But if I can’t convince you to do that at least pick up One now!

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Jewel E. Ann

Adult Contemporary Romance Author

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Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet onetree a a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with herkids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course . . .heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.

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One by Jewel E. Ann * Cover Reveal & Excerpt

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Release Date: July 28, 2016
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Synopsis:

Lake Jones is a cover girl for cutting-edge prosthetic legs, a binge-watcher of Netflix, known to spy on her neighbor through her door’s peephole, and fond of laser games with her hairless cat. She’s also a bit sexually-frustrated.

Until …

God bestows a breath of mercy upon her in the form of Minnesota’s NFL starting quarterback. But this gift is no stranger. Lake met Cage Monaghan three years earlier.

It was one day.
One moment.
One kiss that resurrected her dreams of finding love.

His dimpled smile distracts from his imperfections, which include: a love for country music, fishing, and a feline-hating girlfriend.

When life finally gives them their chance, it’s a humorous and heart-wrenching journey to find their place in the world.

“We would be Cage and Lake. We would be unpredictable. We would be reckless. We would give normality the middle finger.”

***This book is a standalone. However, it is HIGHLY recommended that any readers who have not, but may consider, reading the Jack & Jill Series, do so before reading this book. It contains spoilers to Jack & Jill.

**I am currently reading this one and I’m loving it!
This is a spinoff of Jewel’s Jack & Jill series. I recently read those and it is DEFINITELY a 5 STAR series for me! I highly recommend diving in ASAP**

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“Wow. Nice basement. Or shrine. It really is more of a shrine.”

Cage laughed, taking our luggage into the bedroom. My eyes remained glued to the wall.

“I’m glad you see the humor in it so I won’t feel so bad when I say, ‘Oh. My. God.’ I mean, common sense tells me there has to be a wall behind all these posters and photos, but without that common sense it really does look like the posters and photos are the wall.” I stepped closer, inspecting the non-existent spacing between the frames.

Cage in high school.
Cage in college.
Cage with Minnesota.
Cage receiving award after award.
Cage.
Cage.
Cage.

“My mom is my number one fan.”
“No shit. I’d considered taking on the role myself, but clearly I’m way out of my league.”
He swept my hair off to one side and kissed my neck, pressing his body to my back. “Have I told you today how beautiful you are?”
“No. N-not yet.” I closed my eyes as his hands slid under my shirt, finding their way to my breasts.
“You are. You’re so damn beautiful in every way.”
His touch made me crazy. The ending of my cycle made me horny. The combination of both made me not care where we were. I turned in his arms. My grin screamed come hither.
“Couch, Monaghan.”
He quirked a brow.
“Don’t make me say it again.”
He smirked, taking several steps back before flopping onto the enormous brown sectional. I grabbed one of his tennis shoes and pulled it off and then the other. His socks followed suit.
“Can you feel it, Monaghan? You’re getting ready to score again. What if your off-season record surpasses your regular-season record?” I “shrugged off my shirt.
His gaze dropped to my chest. “I love when you talk my language.”
I slipped off my shoe. Each item of clothing got tossed in a different direction for theatrics.
My favorite dimples came out, approving of my strip tease.
“Mind if I lose the leg?” I asked.
He shook his head. There really were no words to describe how his lack of any sort of reaction made me feel.
Not one flinch.
Not one nervous glance at my leg.
Not one second of hesitation.
It was as if I asked whether we could listen to music while having sex. Cage didn’t see my disability. He found every version of me sexy. I found my heart hurting from the fear that someday he would look at me and think “Holy, shit! You’re missing part of your leg.”
With equal flair, I tossed my leg over the back of the couch and straddled his waist in just my black bra and panties.
“I think we can be honest with each other, Monaghan, so I’m going to let you in on a little female secret.”
He tore his eyes from my breasts and met my gaze.
“By the end of a woman’s cycle or period as you don’t like to call it…” he rolled his eyes “…we are horny, as in, there is probably a twenty-four to forty-eight hour gap where you could fuck a woman senseless and she’d still beg for more.”
His Adam’s apple bobbed, swallowing that little nugget of information. “Shit! I brought you to my mom’s house during your fuck-me-senseless time.”
I shrugged, reaching behind me and unfastening my bra which got tossed over the couch as well. “Rookie mistake, Monaghan. Now … the real question is…” I wet my lips while unfastening his jeans “…what part of my body is going to give you your first orgasm tonight?” ”

“Jesus, Lake …” His breath caught just as I finished pulling down his zipper.