Book Review Sunday: “Nothing But Love” a short story by Holly Jacobs @HollyJacobs1

ABOUT THE AUTHORHolly

Holly Jacobs leads a life full of romance and adventure. From skydiving to jet-setting around Europe, from snorkeling in coral reefs to writing while wearing beautiful silk peignoir sets and popping chocolate bonbons, Holly Jacobs leads a life that is the epitome of romance…

Well, my fictional life sounds more interesting, but not better than my real life. Really, I’m the happily married mother of four. I cook a lot, garden and weave baskets! I write for Montlake Romance and Harlequin. My books range from lighthearted comedies to more serious dramas and now even mysteries…but at heart, they’re all stories of love.

I don’t always set out to write a series of books, but seem to find myself gravitating to them. Because so many people have asked, I’ve posted lists of all my series in order at www.hollyjacobs.com/bookseries.html. I really try to make each story stand alone, but many of my readers enjoy reading the series in order. Hope this helps!

Thank you to everyone who’s picked up a single book, or more of them. I’m so lucky to be surrounded by so much support!

Holly

ABOUT THE STORY

A WLVH Radio Series and Everything But… Series short story

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Readers who’ve followed Nana Vancy’s curse-breaking and matchmaking antics in Jacobs’ bestselling Everything But…series will be relieved to find this Hungarian grandma’s not totally reformed!

Welcome to an Erie, Pennsylvania Christmas.

Take one WLVH, Where Love is More than Just a Song, disc jockey who adopts a special dog.

Add in an amputee who thinks he’s lost everything.

Let one Everything But… grandmother, Nana Vancy, stir things up.
Then maybe find Nothing But Love in this story that’s full of Christmas magic.

Fans of Jacobs’ Everything But…series and her WLVH Radio series will love these standalone short stories where Nana Vancy once again proves that love can be a lot of laughs!

MY REVIEW

Reviewer: Kim Cox

4starsRating

The start of something wonderful . . .

Enjoyable romantic short story. Ms. Jacobs has a wonderful writing style. I wish it was longer but it was well worth the cost. I look forward to reading more from this author. Special needs dog, a woman with a big heart, and a loving man. It’s the start of something wonderful.

You can get your copy of Nothing But Love. Just click the title or the cover above.


About the Reviewer

Kim Cox is an author of Romance, Mystery, and Paranormal. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with her chainsaw artist husband, their West Highland White Terriers–Scooter and Harley, and a Yorkie mix, Candi. She’s a mother and grandmother.

Kim is published in novels, short stories and articles. Sign up for Kim’s Readers List.

Visit Kim at Kim Cox Author, Kim’s Musings, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads and Google.

Kim has a new release coming out near the end of June 2017: Before We Wed, a romantic suspense and book 2 in the Style & Profile series. All This Time is book 1. In celebration of the new release, Before We Wed, All This Time will be on sale for only 99 cents for a limited time.

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All This Time Book Blurb:

ALL THIS TIME is a romantic suspense novel. Book 1 in the Style & Profile Series.

Can Jenny and Trevor make a life together while uncovering a common enemy? Treachery, Greed, and Psychosis threaten to tear it all apart.

At thirty, Jenny Morgan’s biological clock is ticking. But as a fashion magazine CEO with a busy schedule and no significant other, her wish is unlikely to come true. When her father receives a potentially terminal diagnosis, he longs for a grandchild before he dies. With her religious beliefs, a sperm donor isn’t an alternative. Jenny’s only immediate available option is her single co-worker and best friend, Trevor Drake. Can she really trust him to be a good husband?

Trevor has loved Jenny since college, but she only sees him as a friend with no ambition. After he learns of her predicament, he proposes and sets out to prove he can provide everything she needs. Jenny is determined to have a prenuptial agreement with an “out” clause after one year. Can Trevor convince Jenny of his love by then?

As if they don’t have enough on their plate, someone at the magazine is out to stop their wedding and their impending parenthood, and destroy the magazine’s reputation. Jenny is nearly killed in a sabotage attempt.

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Coming up Next –  Scheduled books and short stories – Kim’s Read & Review List are: (order may change at any time)
My GRL by John Howell (100% Read, Review Coming Soon)
Practical Passion by Elizabeth Delisi (100% Read)
The One Enlightened by Yvette Calleiro (starting 6/19)
Nikki Magee by Peter Wendt
She Dies at the End (November Snow Book 1) by A. M. Manay
Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend by Nonnie Jules
Shadow of the Drill by Rhani D’Chae
Steamed: A Maid In LA Mystery by Holly Jacobs
Neon Houses by Linda Mims
Love’s Child by Lizzie Chantree
Flowers and Stone by Jan Sikes
Passion & Struggle (The Genesis Saga Book 1) by John Fioravanti
Acts Beyond Redemption (Unintended Consequences Book 1) by Suzanne Burke
The Glade by Harmony Kent
A Highland Ruby (Highland Treasures Book 2) by Brenda B. Taylor
Stealing Time (Book 1) by K.J. Waters
I Kissed A Ghost by Robin Leigh Morgan
Dog Bone Soup by Bette A. Stephens
The Gemstone Chronicles Book Two: The Amethyst by William Stuart
The Black Fox by Gordon Bickerstaff
Bound by the Summer Prince by Mistral Dawn
Our Justice by John Howell
She Lights Up the Dark
(November Snow Book 2) by A. M. Manay
A Thousand Yesteryears (Point Pleasant) by Mae Clair
Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women  by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko
Treachery & Triumph (The Genesis Saga Book 2) by John Fioravanti

Toxic Minds by Gordon Bickersaff

Book Review: “Taken by the Huntsman” (Spellbound Hearts, Book 1) by Mistral Dawn

mistraldawnAbout The Author

Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US, but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter! :-)). She has written three full-length novels in the Spellbound Hearts series, Taken By The Huntsman, Bound By The Summer Prince, and Captivated By The Winter King, as well as Intrigue In The Summer Court, a novella in the Spellbound Hearts series.

To receive updates on her latest published work, please follow her on Amazon. If you’d like more frequent updates, you can get her latest musings and excerpts from her work on her blog.

You may contact her at mistralkdawn@gmail.com, and she would love to hear from you, or through her Facebook page or Twitter her at @MistralKDawn. She thanks you humbly for purchasing and reading her first book and hopes you will do her the honor of rating and reviewing her work. 🙂

About The Book

tbthDiscarded and ignored by those around her for most of her life, Cassie is a lonely human woman struggling to find her place in the world and meaning in her life. Cadeyrn is the Erlking, the leader of the Wild Hunt, a hundreds of thousands of years old Fae who has always known his purpose. He has spent his entire long existence tracking the criminals of Fairie and punishing them for their crimes.

While hunting for the murderer of a child who has escaped to Earth Cadeyrn comes across Cassie and realizes that she is the one that the great mother goddess has designated as his soul mate. He kidnaps her and takes her to his fortress in Fairie to protect her from his many enemies. He knows she will be angry and that he’ll have to work to earn her trust, but he finds his task to be even more challenging than he had thought it would be due to Cassie’s difficulty in opening her heart.

Will Cadeyrn be able to convince Cassie that the bond between them is real and earn her love?

My Review

Magical and Steamy

A romantic fantasy set in the land of Fairie, the realm of the Fae. The Huntsman kidnaps Cassie, his soulmate, and takes her to his castle in Fairie to protect her from his enemies, who are many.

Mistral Dawn has a great imagination and created a descriptive, magical world with great, well-drawn characters, who are extremely likable, except for the antagonist. Regardless of the slow beginning, I loved Taken by the Huntsman and look forward to reading the other books in the Spellbound Hearts series.

I highly recommend Taken by the Huntsman if you enjoy immersing yourself in a character-driven romance with a magical setting.

Get a copy of Taken by the Huntsman today.

Next scheduled books and short stories for my Review List are:
Return of the Gulls by Maureen McMahon (read – review coming)
Myth and Magic by Mae Clair (60% read)
Spirit of the Book by D. E. Howard
Waterlillies Over My Grave by Patricia Guthrie
Dragon Fireside Tales by Adam Boustead
Trusting Jack by Beth Hale
Haunting Megan by Rebecca Riley
Trafficking by Bill Ward
Beyond the Hidden Sky (Star Trails Tetralogy Book 1) by Marcha Fox
Jem by Michelle Abbott
Everything to Lose – Gavin Shawlens Thriller #2 by Gordon Bickerstaff

Book Review: “The Gemstone Chronicles Book One: The Carnelian ” by William Stuart

About The Author

William L Stuart was born in New Mexico, but has lived Georgia for many years. He speaks with a southern accent, drinks gallons of sweet tea, and loves the UGA Bulldogs. He almost attended that great university, but decided instead to join the US Navy, where he subjected himself to the rigors of Navy Nuclear Power training in Orlando, Florida, and Idaho Falls, Idaho. Graduating from Nuke school landed him aboard USS Sandlance (SSN660), a Sturgeon class fast attack submarine. He was a fully qualified submariner, and traveled above the Arctic Circle to earn his Bluenose certificate.

After 3 and a half years aboard Sandlance, he transferred to recruiting duty in Americus, GA. While in Americus, William completed his undergraduate degree in Human Resources Management. William left the Navy soon after that, and began working in the civilian world. He has been an electrician for a carpet manufacturer, worked for the world’s largest candy cane manufacturer, and then worked in pharmaceutical manufacturing. He have since transitioned to the animal health world, where he manages global supply of animal health products.

William have been married to the wonderful, adorable, and lovely Lana for over 25 years. It was Lana and her blog (shameless plug time: http://www.lanascooking.com) that inspired William to publish his books. He is father to his amazing daughter Laura, and grandfather to Aidan and Maggie. All of them inspired a character in The Gemstone Chronicles.

Along with writing, William also enjoys gem hunting, gold prospecting, playing softball, playing golf (although I don’t play particularly well), and dabbling in woodworking. He tends to read a lot, and has a wide range of interests – including quantum physics, science in general, submarines, and conspiracy theories.

Connect with William on his site at http:/www.williamlstuart.com or on Twitter at http:/www.twitter.com/williamlstuart.

About The Book

Blurb:

When Aidan and Maggie find a fairy cross while rock-hunting with their grandfather, it’s just an oddity. But when they discover there is an elf imprisoned in the stone and set him free, they and their grandparents, Nana and Beebop, are attacked by Dark Elves and forced to flee to the magical world of Celahir. 

In Celahir, Findecano – the elf the children freed from the fairy cross – leads them on a quest to recover gemstones stolen from the Elven Bow by the Dark Elves. Without the restoration of the gemstones to the Elven Bow, the balance between good and evil in Celahir – and the human world – could tip toward evil.

My Review:

A Magical Adventure

This was an enjoyable Narnia-like adventure story about an ordinary family, featuring Beebop, Nana, and their two grandchildren, Aidan and Maggie. The four run into all kinds of danger once they free an elf, Findecano, who was imprisoned by the dark elves.

I haven’t read too many fantasy type novels and wasn’t sure if this would be a story I would get through. I not only got through it, I enjoyed every moment as time after time, light triumphs over darkness.

I look forward to reading the next books in the series.

Next TEN books and short stories on my Review List are:
The Budapest Experiment: An International Thriller by Maurice G. Miller (14% Read)
Seeker (Seeker Series, Book 1) by Amy Reece
Dangerous Liaisons by Sara Steward
Destiny (Absent of Shadows Trilogy, Book 1) by S. M. Spencer
The One Discovered: Chronicles of Diasodz, Book 1 by Yvette M. Calleiro
Bravura (The Music We Made Book 1) by Lisa Kirazian
Letting Go into Perfect Love by Gwendolyn Plano
Tate by Barbara Stewart
Finch’s Crossing by Katheran Allen
Flash 40: Life’s Moments by Janelle Jalbert

Book Review: “Progeny of a Killer” by J. M. Shorney

About the AuthorJean

In an old country village called Chaddleworth in Berkshire, J. M. (Jean) Shorney grew up listening to her father’s tales around the fireside on cold winter evenings. Her father was a born storyteller. Her mother recited poetry she’d learned, and would rattle off without a book. Jean has written many novels, poetry and some hymns set to traditional tunes.

Her favourite writers are Elliott O’Donnell, Dennis Wheatley and Jack Higgins, while her love affair with Ireland dominates most of my writing. Jean’s inspiration is listening to old country music, both American and Irish, as it has been since herwriting career began.

She currently reside in Thatcham, which is near Newbury in Berkshire.

Fine Jean Shorney on Twitter.

progencyOfAKillerCoverAbout the Book

Sometimes the past throws up more than you can handle… When Aidan McRaney is sent into infiltrate the lair of a man obsessed with seeking revenge on the British for the murder of his IRA father, he is forced to confront a past he never knew existed. A fast-paced, tense thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.

My Review

Excellent Thriller

Progeny of a Killer is an enjoyable, exciting thriller that will kept you on the edge of your seat throughout. The writer’s style makes for an easy to follow and fascinating read. The story is fast-paced and action-packed with multi-layered, well-constructed characters. The main character is flawed but also likable, and the villain is someone you will love to hate. The conclusion is satisfying.

Purchase Progeny of a Killer.

Next Eight books and short stories on my reading list are:
Into the Dark Waters by Rebecca Riley (50% completed)
Sharpe Shooter (Cozy Suburb Mystery Series) by Lisa B. Thomas (started)
Legend of the Walking Dead by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

The Budapest Experiment: An International Thriller by Maurice G. Miller
Seeker (Seeker Series, Book 1) by Amy Reece
Dangerous Liaisons by Sara Steward

Review of “For The Sake of a Child” by Stevie Turner

About The Author

I began my writing career as far back as 1969, when I won an inter-schools’ writing competition after submitting a well-thumbed and hastily scribbled essay entitled ‘My Pet’. A love of words and writing short stories and poems has carried on all throughout my life, but it is only now in middle age that I’ve started writing novels full-time and taking this author business seriously.

My latest and ninth book ‘Revenge’ was published on July 20th 2015, and I am now working on a 10th book. My novels are realistic, but tend to shy away from the mainstream somewhat and focus on the darker side of relationships. However, you’ll find I do like to add in a little bit of humour along the way. My characters tend not to be young and ruled by their loins; in this way I can develop an interesting story around them that doesn’t have to be constantly interrupted by yet another earth-shattering orgasm.

Readers do not seem to be suffering unduly from my characters’ shortage of climaxes. In January 2015 my third novel ‘A House Without Windows’ won the Goodreads’ eBookMiner Book of the Month Competition, and has been chosen as a medal winner in the New Apple Book Awards 2014 Suspense/Thriller category. Also in 2014 it earned a 5-star seal of approval from Nonnie Jules’ Rave Reviews Book Club, and also a Readers’ Favorite 5 star seal.

So here I am in the late summer of my life, and the words are tumbling out of my head. Living for more than a few years has given me plenty of subject matter to write about, and I look forward to sharing quite a lot of it with you.

I hope you enjoy checking out my books.

Regards, Stevie. x

About The Book

Ginny Ford is pleased to win the coveted job of housekeeper to the directors of PhizzFace Inc. However, her joy becomes tarnished by an accidental find whilst cleaning, leading her to suspect that all is not as it should be on the managerial corridor. Delving deeper, she is shocked to uncover corruption and a secret pedophile network that has remained hidden for years, involving the very people she has come to know and trust. Unable to live with her conscience any more, she decides that she cannot keep quiet and that she must find a way of helping all the children involved. However, by trying to help the children she discovers that she has unwittingly put her entire family at risk…..

My Review

Engaging Dialogue and Characters

Child abuse is a sensitive subject which the author handles with great care. I felt the characters were believable and riddled with human faults. The story is well-written with engaging dialogue and characters.

As the story unfolds, the main characters have to make difficult choices. They made a decision they felt was their only available option at the time. Many may disagree with their choices. Fear landed them there, but fear brought them out to the point where they needed to be. The last fear wasn’t for themselves or their own family but for a small, frightened child. It drove them to do what was right no matter the cost.

I look forward to reading more from this author.

Purchase this book here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NK0MGTA/

Next Five books and short stories on my reading list are:

The Ruins on Stone Hill (Heroes of Ravenford Book 1) by F. P. Spirit

Finding Kate by Harmony Kent

Observant Oracle – Lottie Baldwin-Mystery #2 by Elizabeth Delisi

Mateguas Island: A Novel of Terror and Suspense by Linda Watkins

Luck of the Irish by Liz Gavin

Review of “What’s In A Name?” by Michael Egining

About The Author

Mike has wanted to write since he was very young. His earliest memories are of carrying a battered old notebook around full of illustrations and stories. He would often transpose those ideas on his grandmother’s old typewriter.

While in college, he was inspired by professors and visiting writers to BYU. Literary classics such as Song of Roland and Inferno were often in his backpack, along with Russian textbooks. Chapter 4 of Annwyn’s Blood was written during this time as a short story.

Mike works in Washington, DC since pursuing graduate studies in Russian History. He focuses in domestic policy issues. Recently, Mike has pursued an interest in writing screenplays for feature films with his first option being a medieval epic, Song of Roland. He continues to focus on a variety of script/movie projects, most recently a horror thriller, Feast of Saint Nicholas, and a political thriller, The Prince.

He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Lori and his wonderful children. He dreams of one day driving in his old Defender to Alaska with his kids and their dog, Marlin.

About The Book

A quest borne of a feckless promise!

A troop of elf rangers must outsmart the dangers that lurk deep in the heart of Thunderer to make good the King’s wedding commitment to his blushing bride. Armed with mystical knowledge, they face a danger that has bedeviled the most intrepid of adventurers for centuries!

This action packed short story will leave you wondering what’s in a name?

My Review

Exciting and Imaginative Short Story

I first want to say I don’t usually read Fantasy. I have wanted to but didn’t know where to start, so I began with this short story. Then I wished it was longer.

This is a well-written short story that leaves you wanting more. Imaginative and exciting with lots of action. Reminded me some of Tolkien’s work. I would love to see it expanded into at least novella size.

Purchase your copy here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U4AV9FG/

Next Five books and short stories on my reading list are:

For The Sake of a Child by Stevie Turner 

The Ruins on Stone Hill (Heroes of Ravenford Book 1) by F. P. Spirit

Finding Kate by Harmony Kent

Observant Oracle – Lottie Baldwin-Mystery #2 by Elizabeth Delisi

Mateguas Island: A Novel of Terror and Suspense by Linda Watkins

REVIEW: “DEADLY SECRETS” BY GORDON BICKERSTAFF

About The Author

Gordon Bickerstaff was born and raised in Glasgow but spent his student years in Edinburgh. On summer vacations, he learned plumbing, garden maintenance, and he cut the grass in the Meadows.

He learned some biochemistry and taught it for a while before he retired to write fiction. He does some aspects of DIY moderately well and other aspects not so well. He gets very tired when it’s time to clean up the mess.

He lives with his wife in the west of Scotland where corrupt academics, mystery, murder and intrigue exists mostly in his mind. He is the author of the Gavin Shawlens series of thrillers: Deadly Secrets, Everything To Lose, and The Black Fox.

He enjoys walking, 60s & 70s music, reading and travel.

Visit Gordon at the following locations
Website
Twitter
Goodreads

About The Book

Gavin Shawlens is a top research biochemist. But his life is about to be turned upside down when he agrees to work on a new process that will revolutionise the food industry.

A secret cult led by a ruthless billionaire is determined to steal the process and reap the rewards.

Against overwhelming odds, Gavin must protect the process owner, Emma Patersun, from the evil cult – Gyge’s Ring.

DEADLY SECRETS is a medical thriller with unusual twists and is perfect for fans of Ken McClure and Robert Harris.

My Review

Excellent Thriller With A Punch!!!

This is a fast-paced modern day thriller. Just when you think everyone is safe, something terrifying happens and their lives are in danger again.

Mr. Bickerstaff has written an excellent and complex plot that will keep you guessing as it twists and turns. His style reminded me of one of my favorite authors, Sidney Sheldon because of the book’s
complexity.The author wrapped it up expertly while at the same time setting up the next book in the trilogy.

“Deadly Secrets” is a well-written novel with vivid details and exciting characters that are sure to appeal to all lovers of thrillers and suspense. I can hardly wait to read the next two books in this trilogy.

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Next Five books and short stories on my reading list are:
What’s In A Name? Tales from the Lost Horizon by Michael Eging
For The Sake of a Child by Stevie Turner
The Ruins on Stone Hill (Heroes of Ravenford Book 1) by F. P. Spirit
Finding Kate by Harmony Kent
Observant Oracle – Lottie Baldwin-Mystery #2 by Elizabeth Delisi

The Best Pitch

Congrats, David! It sounds like you did a great job with the “pitch letter”

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Yesterday I got my best rejection letter.  This was not related to pitching my book to some publishing house or something along those lines.  I was looking for someone to review one of my books.

Now I have a secret weapon for finding people to review.  That secret WILL not be revealed in this post.  However, it seems to me that as writers, our job is to convince people of the reality of our stories.  It´s out job to SELL with words.  I am amazed by the bland promos on Twitter, the boring posts on Facebook, the dull web-sites etc. that writers use to push their stuff.  Just awestruck by how utterly inane their promo.  God knows, if their promo and ads are an indication of their writing, I´m not buying any of it.

So I unleashed my Standard Form letter on an unsuspecting recipient.  This time, and I have…

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How to Deal with People Who Hate Your Writing

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2124282684_81ecf64191_mAs great as it would be for everyone to love your writing, it’s not going to happen. It’s like recess in elementary school, when you want to play with anyone that’s doing something you enjoy. Just because you want to play with them, and maybe most of them want to play with you, there’s usually someone who wouldn’t rather not.

This can be harsh. Anytime you get rejected it stings, and when it comes to comments on writing, people can be brutal. They’ll tell you exactly what they think, especially now that social media is so popular. All they have to do is fill out a comment box or write a review. They don’t have to face you, or see that you’re human and have feelings that can be hurt.

Granted, this comes with writing. Negative feedback comes anytime you put yourself out there. I see it a lot on…

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