Thursday, January 3, 2019

BOOK REVIEW Jewel E. Ann’s A PLACE WITHOUT YOU

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A Place Without You
Jewel E. Ann
Release Date: December 31, 2018
Available in Kindle Unlimited

Happy New Year!! It feels a little odd being back at the old computer to write a review. I know, I know, this blog is about book reviews. For those who follow the AD Angels group, you know that I've been working away for many months on a new all-encompassing website for our beloved romance community. Eden Books is the greatest love of my life (yep, ahead of my pups), and I'm proud of what we're working to achieve for authors and readers. The days have been long, and the hard apple ciders have been consumed, but those are the sacrifices this gal is willing to make to help make our world a little better.  We anticipate launching March 1st! WOWZERS!

Okay, okay, let's get to the real reason for this post. I took some time during the holidays to read and rest, two things I adore doing but haven't had much time to do these past ten months. My dear friend, Michelle Rodriguez, encouraged me for months to read Jewel E. Ann's books. Here's the thing about Michelle, she NEVER steers me in the wrong direction. NEVER. With the way life has happened (see what I did there), audiobooks have been my primary source of reading. I was finally able to listen to Look the Part and, WOW, I knew I found something special. I quickly followed that up with When Life Happened (see above), and then immediately downloaded Transcend when it released to audio recently. Yep, I'M IN MAD LOVE. 

Imagine my excitement when Michelle said that Ms. Ann was releasing another book just two days after I finished reading the Transcend duet! My post-holiday to-do list was long, my Eden Books list was longer, but I had to find time to read A Place Without You. What a way to start 2019!

In a time when so much darkness seems to be all around, Ms. Ann has given us a book that not only reminds us that much in life is temporary (pain, sorrow, grief) but that the things that matter most (love, kindness, compassion) remain constant. The love story of Henna and Bodhi is not your typical girl and boy meet, it's a beautifully crafted story that shows that love is unconventional, unexpected, and always welcomed. It's the story we need in the new year to remind us to LIVE our best lives, now and forever. 

I'm not at all surprised by how quickly and easily Henna and Bodhi captured me, but I am surprised that this is the first time I've read a book and not heard my voice as a character. I think being a true spectator to such a lovely tale made this read even sweeter for me. 

Thank you, Ms. Ann, for this beautiful, beautiful story. And thank you, Michelle, for continuing to encourage me to read these books. My bookshelf will not be the same without either of you. I've absolutely found a new one-click author!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

BOOK REVIEW Autumn Grey's DESOLATE

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desolate (Grace trilogy #1)
Autumn Grey
Release date: September 21, 2018


Have you ever given thought to the voices in your head or the imaginary versions of yourself helping make decisions? I often think of this as the war between my heart and my head. My heart is the all emotional decision maker. She's the spur-of-the-moment kind of gal. My head is the practical decision maker. She's "just the facts, ma'am" kind of gal. I would be lost without them. But when the heart and the head go to war over decisions, it can just suck.

Autumn Grey beautifully captures this very problem in her new release, "desolate". The story of young Solomon Callan, an orphan who grows up with his uncle, a Priest, and the Catholic faith. Sol has always found comfort and refuge in the church and commits himself to living a life of service to God and becoming a Priest too. But he questions this when he falls deeply in love with Grace Miller, a girl who befriended him and comforted him during his greatest time of need.

"desolate" is a masterfully written story with characters that are so believable. The characters are young but have an incredible sense of self. I think this is reflective of young adults today. They are also discovering so much about themselves and what they want from life. And learning that what we want and what we need aren't always what we get.

Please note the title of the book does indicate this is a trilogy. There's so much more to Grace and Sol's story coming. In the meantime, take deep pleasure in reading the beginning of their love story and ask yourself if you could give up the one thing you want the most?


Saturday, July 7, 2018

BOOK REVIEW Sarina Bowen's THE ACCIDENTALS




THE ACCIDENTALS
Sarina Bowen
Release date: July 10, 2018
Available on audio on release day

Like so many others, I LOVE reading for the escape it gives me. I can travel to other cities, or worlds, and lose myself in the problems of others for a little while. What I really love about reading is when a book can not only take me away for a bit but help me appreciate my own life a little more when I return to reality. Sarina Bowen's THE ACCIDENTALS accomplishes this perfectly.

THE ACCIDENTALS is Ms. Bowen's first foray into writing contemporary, young adult fiction. It's a spectacular start to writing in a new genre. It tells the story of Rachel Kress, an incredibly intelligent and insightful 18-year-old who has to navigate life after losing her mother. With some luck and a whole lot of love, Rachel moves forward into an uncertain future.

Ms. Bowen's development of Rachel is fantastic. She's written a character that finds herself at a crossroad in life, having to learn how to love and trust, but remains true to who she is. And while Rachel struggles to adjust to the changes and challenges in her life, she remains grateful for what she had and from where she came. A lesson we should all learn.

I'm grateful for THE ACCIDENTALS for reminding me nothing in life is permanent. Regardless of how difficult life is at the moment, the difficulties eventually go away. We need to embrace the hard times to have a genuine appreciation of the good times.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

NEWS: I'm stepping away from social media

Are you there, Angels? It's me, Robyn.

Yeah, always wanted to say something along those lines.

Anyway, I hope this post finds you all well and enjoying the last of spring and start of summer! It's been hotter than hell here in my part of Florida, stormy as always. It could be worse and I'm grateful it's not.

So, I'm writing this post instead of posting on social media because, well, I'm finding I need a break from it. Social media that is. I'm a news junkie (okay, gossip queen), but the constant posts and tweets with so much hate and negativity are not healthy for me or anyone! I'm finding it harder and harder to keep a positive attitude these days. It's all overwhelming.

I've often used my social media profiles as a way to bookmark a time or feeling in my life, to celebrate others, and promote the people and things that matter to me. In looking back over the past few years, I've moved away from so many things that made me genuinely happy in some strange effort to be accepted by people I don't even know. That's only brought on heartache and disappointment. I'm finding it hard to trust my instincts these days. I'm finding it hard to quiet the constant noise telling me I'm not good enough or smart enough. Social media only shows me the things in my life that make me feel like an absolute freak. And not in a good way.

I'll remain active in the AD Angels reader group on Facebook and keep those who are interested about Eden Books' progress up-to-date with information on the Eden accounts. But for now, staying away is really the better option. I suppose in an odd way it's just returning to my life prior to 2015. When my insecurities, self doubt and self loathing were kept out-of-sight from every one.

As for Eden Books, the website development is well underway. I'm lucky to work with incredibly talented, smart, and innovative folks. We believe in Eden and making it the best experience for romance readers. So many great features that will make it a one-stop shop!

I want to hear from you, so feel free to drop an email every now and then! Let me know how things are going with you. And no matter what, please always remember I'm here for anyone who needs an outlet. Loneliness is a killer.

Be kind to yourself. Be kind to those around you. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

NEWS: The 6th Annual Mental Health Awareness Month Book Fundraiser benefiting the Keith Milano Memorial Fund


Welcome the 6th Annual Mental Health Awareness Month Book Fundraiser benefiting the Keith Milano Memorial Fund at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 
For the 6th year, an amazing group of authors have generously agreed to donate a portion of their May sales to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund.  
Here is how you can help raise money and awareness for mental health:
  • You can purchase a book from the amazing books listed below! We hope you will #1click4charity a number of these amazing books! Please note that although are Amazon Kindle buy links, the portion of sales is from any platform: digital, print and audio. 
  • Share the image below or any of the custom photos the participating authors share on social media to raise awareness and to show your support.
  • Make a tax-deductible donation directly to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund at AFSP.
Thank you in advance for your support as we work to bring mental illness out of the darkness.



Author
Book
Buy Link 
Alison G Bailey 
Present Perfect                            

The Dance
Amy Harmon
The Smallest Part
Alyson Santos
Night Shifts Black (NSB #1)

Tracing Holland (NSB #2)

Viper (NSB #3)

Limelight (NSB #4)

Traitor

TRICENT Commissioning
Amy Daws
The One Moment
Amy Lane
Chase in Shadows 
B Cranford
The Brightest Star                          

A Little Bit Crazy 

A Crazy Christmas
Brenda Rothert
Do you Like my Wiener?
Corinne Michaels
Say You’ll Stay
Drew Elyse
Dissonance (Dissonance Series #1)

Harmony (Dissonance Series #2)

Savage Disciples Series

Clutch (Savage Disciples MC #1)

Shift (Savage Disciples MC #2)

Engage (Savage Disciples MC #3)

Ignite (Savage Disciples MC #4)

Combust (Savage Disciples MC #5)

Cruise (Savage Disciples MC #6)
Emily Snow
Distraction
ES Carter
Love By Number Series:                                  

Nineteen 

Twenty One

Three

Thirteen

One 

Eight
Felicia Lynn
Love’s Learning Curve

Trouble with the Curve
Ginger Scott
Waiting on the Sidelines

Going Long

Blindness

How We Deal With Gravity

This Is Falling

You and Everything After

The Girl I Was Before

In Your Dreams

Hold My Breath

The Hard Count

A Boy Like You

A Girl Like Me

Wild Reckless

Wicked Restless

Memphis
Harper Sloan
Corps Security 6 book series

Alex (Corps Security book 1)

Cage (Corps Security book 2)

Beck (Corps Security book 3)

Uncaged  (Corps Security book 4)

Cooper (Corps Security book 5)

Locke (Corps Security book 6)
K Bromberg
Sweet Cheeks
Katy Evans
REAL

RACER
Kelly Jamieson
Shut Out: A Bayard Hockey Novel
Kennedy Ryan 
Long Shot
Kindle Alexander 
Double Full
Laura Ward 
Because of You 

Laurelin Paige
Free Me
Leylah Attar
53 Letters For My Lover

The Paper Swan

Mists of The Serengeti
Melanie Harlow
Some Sort of Happy
Melanie Moreland
Into the Storm

Beneath the Scars

Over the Fence

The Contract

The Baby Clause

It Started with a Kiss

My Image of You

Bentley - Vested Interest #1 

Aiden - Vested Interest #2
Melissa Collins
As I Am 
Michelle Mankin
The Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances series

Outside

Riptide

Oceanside
Natasha Madison
Something so Unscripted 
Nicole Edwards
Sniper 1 Security series

Wait for Morning

Never Say Never

Tomorrow’s Too Late
Raine Miller
Filthy Rich
RK Lilley
Bad Things
Sawyer Bennett
Atticus
Sierra Simone
American Queen
Susan Stoker
Rescuing Wendy 
Timothy Hilke
I am not Broken
Toni Aleo
Overtime
Virna De Paul 
Kiss Talent Agency series

Book 1: Lip Action (Book 1)

Book 2: Locking Lips (Book 2)




BOOK REVIEW Jewel E. Ann’s A PLACE WITHOUT YOU

A Place Without You Jewel E. Ann Release Date: December 31, 2018 Available in Kindle Unlimited Happy New Year!! It feels a litt...