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Thursday, March 1, 2018

"Things You Can’t Take" by Erin Lockwood

Things You Can’t Take
by Erin Lockwood

Things You Can’t Take by Erin Lockwood

Things You Can’t Take by Erin Lockwood is currently on tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

For more books by this author, please check out my blog post on Angles: Part 1 and my blog post on All of the Rogers.

How far would you go for your best friend?
Abigail and Kessia shared a childhood bond that couldn't be broken. Challenged, yes - but never broken.
Born into Hollywood lineage, Kessia understood the risks and pressures of celebrity life and willingly dedicated hers to serving and protecting her best friend’s rise to stardom. But when Abigail learns of Kessia’s own behind-the-scenes battles with a predator, her sense of friendship drives her down a path that blurs the lines between loyalty and revenge at all costs.

We’re belting out a song from Abigail’s playlist when Barry pulls into the studio lot.
“Okay, turn it down!” Abigail shouts over the music.
“No, keep it up!” I yell. “I love this song.”
Barry, of course, listens to Abigail.
“I can’t,” she starts to yell but realizes she’s shouting when the music has been turned off. “I can’t let them hear me singing a promiscuous song. It’s irresponsible. I’m a role model,” she says softer. “Child actors have a higher rate of getting into trouble instead of moving onto bigger careers as adults.”
I roll my eyes a little. “We’re just having fun,” I mumble to myself. “It’s just a song.”
I throw my badge lanyard over my head before getting out of the car. Abigail hoists her Louis Vuitton purse over her shoulder, and we walk into the studio. It looks like a big airplane hangar.
“I’m gonna miss this,” Abigail says to me.
I hook my arm through hers. “I know, but we have Paris to look forward to.”
She smiles and perks up. We say hello to people as we walk by, making our way to her dressing room.
As soon as the door closes behind us, there’s a knock.
“Come in!” Abigail shouts.
“How’s my favorite star?” Pete Hallman’s head pops out from behind the door.
With my back to him, I make a face as if I were gonna throw up. He pushes the door all the way open and steps in, closing it behind him. I feel as if the air has been sucked out of the room.
At least Abigail is here. I panic inside whenever I’m alone with him. I always try to find an excuse to leave as soon as possible.
Abigail moves to him and reaches her arms out to hug him. “Hi, Pete. How are you?”
“I’m very well, thanks,” he says to her. Then, he looks my way. “How about you, Kessia? Where’s my love?” He puts his arms out and expects me to touch him.
I’ve never told Abigail the extent of how uncomfortable he makes me because I can tell she doesn’t feel the same way. It’s also partly because of how I was raised. My mom insists that producers, and directors are like gods and goddesses. I always have to use my absolute best manners.
Abigail and I have known Pete since we were seven when Abigail joined the cast of Heart of the Family, playing the youngest daughter. Now, she’ll be filming the final episodes in Paris soon.
“Of course. Hi, Pete,” I say to him and move closer to hug him.
When his arms wrap around me, he lets his fingers fall under the top of my jean shorts, touching my bare skin on my backside. His hand almost goes so far down that he could cup my butt cheek with his palm, but he stops and pulls his hand out before Abigail notices anything.
Pete stands up and backs away, as if nothing ever happened. It makes me feel crazy for thinking that something did happen.
His hand touched my butt.
I just wish someone could see what he does so that I don’t have to be the one who says something.
It’s not just Abigail. Nobody ever seems to notice. If they did, they might not say anything anyway since he’s the studio’s most successful and awarded producer. “Walking Gold,” is what Entertainment Weekly once referred to him as. “Unstoppable,” was in another publication.
I step back, giving myself even more distance from Pete, and pretend to organize Abigail’s vanity.
“So, Pete, what’s up?” Abigail asks.
He leans back on his heels and rubs his round belly. “I thought I’d pop in and watch the final studio taping. We might have a project for you.”
Abigail looks surprised. “Really? That would be great. I’ll have Tammy call you.”
Pete’s eyes dart to me before looking at Abigail again.
“All right. You go get ’em, kid.” He puts his arm around Abigail and taps her lower back. He takes a step toward me and does the same thing, except his hand lands a little lower.
Too low.
When he leaves the room, I feel like I can finally take a breath again.
“This is great news,” Abigail says to herself, grabbing her phone. “Hey”—she excitedly looks up at me—“did I ever tell you that Pete—”
“You should probably call Tammy,” I quickly interrupt her. I do not want to hear anything about Pete.
“Right,” she says, putting the phone to her ear, calling her agent.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
“It's a timely novel, given all that is happening with #metoo and the Women's March 2018; so many of my conversations with moms swirl around what it means to raise our daughters with awareness, and how we can best keep them safe. While it's difficult to describe this as an "easy read" given the topic, I was caught up in the storyline and characters, and found that I finished reading the book all too quickly. Probably the most meaningful novel from Erin Lockwood yet!!” ~ Sara Banchard
“I strongly recommend reading this book as it can be very enlightening both with regards to sexual predators hiding their behavior just enough to not get caught and as a reminder that help is always available if we just know to look for it and aren’t afraid to ask for help.” ~ Katinka
“I hope with all my heart y’all read this book. It is worth reading. I honestly can’t tell y’all how much I loved it. It’ll steal a piece of your heart and hopefully it changes you and makes you want to create more awareness.” ~ Diana Laura (The Bookish Sisters)
“Last night I purchased this novel at Erin’s book signing, and within 24 hours I was done! It’s almost like I NEEDED it to be done (content) yet I was NOT wanting it to be over (so into it I couldn’t put it down). I’m so proud of Erin’s 4th book and the tough topic it dug into. Her passion and energy was felt through each page and this is worth the emotion it evokes in the reader. Well done Erin Lockwood.” ~ Jilayne Smith

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.

By Lynda Dickson
The book begins when Kessia and Abigail meet as six-year-olds on the set of a television commercial, where they gain each other’s trust and quickly become best friends. While Abigail loves acting, Kessia hates it. So, it’s no surprise when Kessia eventually quits acting and becomes Abigail’s assistant. We follow these two girls over the next two decades, through their highs and lows, their triumphs and tragedies.
The story is told alternately from the points-of-view of Kessia and Abigail. Unfortunately, their voices are so similar that I often forgot who was narrating. I’m not a fan of the writing style: the sentences are short and choppy, there is an overabundance of awkwardly used verb qualifiers, the main characters spend too much time pondering and not enough time doing, and the writing is lacking in emotion.
On top of that, the plot is predictable, repetitive, and full of clich├ęs; the characters’ actions are hard to believe; and the author uses her narrative as a thinly veiled excuse to lecture us on sexual assault. Too bad she doesn’t lecture us on the use of guns.
Despite all of the above, this is a very timely story, which can be used to open up a dialogue with vulnerable teens about sexual assault committed by a person of power. It also conveys a nice message about being brave and speaking out, and it gives us the hope that even terrible events can result in happy endings.
There is a handy list of resources for victims of sexual assault at the end of the book.
Warnings: coarse language, sexual assault (not graphic).

About the Author
Erin Lockwood
Erin Lockwood grew up in Castro Valley, California and attended the University of Oregon, where she graduated in 2003 with a degree in journalism. From there she moved to Denver and spent the next seven years searching for the love of her life and building the family of her dreams.
It wasn’t long until, with children starting preschool and more time on her hands, Erin refocused on her career, beginning with a successful entry into the world of residential real estate as a Realtor. Free time was spent reading book after book (and binge-watching the subsequent films) in the New Adult genre. Feeling hopelessly in love with her husband, she wrote him a short story leading up to their fifth wedding anniversary. That’s when she discovered her tireless passion to share her experience of falling in love through fictional characters. That story evolved into the first novel in the Angles trilogy.
Erin still lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband, Phil, and their three children.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

"A Better Place To Be" by David Wind

A Better Place To Be
by David Wind

A Better Place To Be by David Wind

A Better Place To Be by David Wind is currently on tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours. The tour stops here today for a guest post by the author, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

For another book by this author, please check out my blog post on Born To Magic (currently FREE).

Born To Magic by David Wind

A story about life, though perhaps not the one you would choose to live.
inspired by the characters from the Harry Chapin song of the same name, A Better Place To Be is a story of love, loss, and the ability to overcome the worst that life can throw at someone and come out the other side.

Smiling at her from across the table, John pushed aside the niggling worry lurking at the edge of his mind, a whisper of something ‘off ’. Instead, he waited for the waiter to finish pouring the coffee. When the waiter finally walked away, he reached across the table to take her hand in his.
“You know how much I love you, yes?”
Claire held his gaze for a moment before nodding.
“And you know I always keep my promises?”
Her eyes, still locked with his, turned questioning.
“I made you a promise eleven years ago, when you said you would marry me. Do you remember it?”
The corners of her lips quirked up. “We both made a lot of promises to each other.”
He turned her hand palm up and placed the small wrapped box in her hand.
She stared at it, then back at him. “What?”
“Open it.”
She looked back down at her palm. The tip of her tongue flicked across her lips. She stared at the fancy paper covered box for a full minute before carefully unwrapping it to reveal a black velvet case. Again, her eyes flicked to him. He nodded once, she opened the top, and gasped.
He watched her, a smile on his face while she took in what lay on her palm.
He took the box from her, and lifted the ring from it. The diamond spit shards of multi-colored light, reflected from the small candle on the table.
“Take off the band for tonight, tonight you are engaged again.”
She stared at the ring even as she slid the white gold wedding band from her finger and continued to stare when he slipped the engagement ring gently along her finger and settled it in place.
He watched a single tear slip from her eye and roll down her cheek. “I—”
She placed a finger across his lips. “—It’s more beautiful than I could ever have imagined.”
He wiped the tear away. Before he could speak, she said, “Take me home, now.”
“The coffee?”
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
“Wow. That word just comes to mind over and over, in regards to this book, along with the phrase, heart-wrenching. It's good though - incredibly, in a makes-you-feel-things-and-think-things brilliantly good. […] Wind puts it all so simply and so realistically, it's like nothing I've ever read or am likely to read again.” ~ J.L. Redding, Reviewer
“This is a story about life. A message for us all. The cold reality that life does end and the living must go on living.” ~ Amazon Reviewer
“David Wind doesn't disappoint with A Better Place To Be as he brilliantly reverse engineers a Harry Chapin classic song. The story stands alone even if you've never heard the song. [Wind] has a wonderful ability to paint mental pictures with his writing.” ~ M. Kauf
“An amazingly beautiful story of love, death and depression. Hitting bottom and rebounding to a place not so terrible. The Chapin song sets our hero up for a memorable night. Put this at the top of your to be read list!” ~ A. Keeran
“A moving story that is thoughtfully composed and beautifully written. Worth reading for the poetic nature of the author's prose alone, but the story will not disappoint either.” ~ Bella

Guest Post by the Author
Switches Genres: The Danger of Writing Something Different
When a writer begins to establish himself/herself in a specific genre, it sometimes become difficult to move to another genre and keep one’s readers happy.
I can tell you how daunting this can be to a writer wanting to expand horizons. I have a lot of readers for my sci-fi/fantasy novels, and I have very loyal readers who read my suspense novels, thrillers, and mysteries. Yet, when I mention my newest novel, A Better Place To Be, which is neither in the sci-fi or thriller genres, the readers seem to hesitate. I only hope that hesitation turns to a decision to take a chance and read the book.
When I sat down to create this novel, a novel I’d wanted to write the story that called to me from the moment I’d first heard the song, more years ago than I want to admit to. But it took years until I found myself in a strange place in my life. My son had died suddenly, and it seemed that my life (I will not presume to speak for my wife) was turning dark. 
Then I heard the song again, and in a three-day period heard it on two local stations and then again on SiriusXm radio, twice. I took this as a sign and sat down and began to write. When I finished the last word, I sat back and nodded slowly. I felt better, and I hoped my readers would.
I released the novel, A Better Place To Be, which is based on the Harry Chapin song, on December 1st, and I stepped into the world of contemporary fiction with a story of life, and the vagaries of that life. I believe this book has something to offer everyone. It is not a light read, nor is it a saga stretching through generations; rather, it’s a story about a man’s journey from absolute happiness with his life, to the depths of despair. A book about a person’s ability, or inability to cope with the punches life throws, and a story of how the people around the man relate to him, and perhaps give him a reason to survive.
It’s not a traditional type of story, with a great feel-good ending. However, I have been told by several readers that the end of the book made them smile and nod and think about how fortunate they are. I also decided to donate a percentage of my royalties to two organizations, Harry Chapin’s Why Hunger, and to pancreatic cancer research.
The first review that came in took me by surprise. Here is a part of that review. ”WOW! That word just comes to mind over and over, in regard to this book, along with the phrase, heart-wrenching. It’s good though - incredibly, in a makes-you-feel-things-and-think-things brilliantly good ... Wind puts it all so simply and so realistically, it’s like nothing I’ve ever read or am likely to read again.”~ JLR
Now it’s time for me to step back from being the “writer” to be the author, and to help tell the world about my new book. Since I’m doing that, perhaps you, the reader, could do the same. Take a shot, read the book, and if you like it, write a review, and then let your friends know about it. AND, if you don’t like the book, write a review, tell me in your review what you didn’t like, and why - or send me an email and tell me directly. My email address is in the back of the book.
I absolutely love reading reviews of my books. The good and the not-so-good. Why? Because it teaches me about my readers, it tells me what they like and what they don’t - reviews are a guide to help make my writing a two-way street.

About the Author
David Wind
David Wind has published thirty-nine novels, including science fiction & Fantasy, mystery, thriller, noir, and suspense novels. He lives and writes in Boynton Beach, Florida, and shares his home with his wife, Bonnie, and dog Alfie, a sub-standard poodle (email David for an explanation).
His newest novel is A Better Place To Be, based on the Harry Chapin song of the same name. Not his usual genre, this is a story of love, loss and facing to the worst life can throw at you and still be standing.
Born To Magic (currently FREE), the first book of his sci-fi fantasy series, Tales Of Nevaeh, was released in 2015. All three books have reached into the Amazon Top 100 best seller rankings in several categories including Young Adult. Both the second book of the series, The Dark Masters, and the third Book, Trinity: The Battle For Nevaeh, have all received high praise.
David's fantasy, Queen Of Knights, was a #2 best seller on the Amazon bestseller lists for historical fantasy and medieval fantasy, and his sci-fi paranormal, Infinity’s Doorway, has received wide acclaim.
When David formally left traditional publishing to become an independently published writer, he published Angels In Mourning, his “homage” to the old time private detective books of the 50s and the 60s. Angels In Mourning is a modern day take on the old style hard-boiled detective. In April of that year, Angels In Mourning, won the Book of the Month Reader’s Choice Award.
His previous suspense thrillers are The Hyte Maneuver (a Literary guild alternate selection), The Sokova Convention, and The Morrissey Manifest. David's mystery suspense novels include: And Down Will Come Baby, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, and Out of The Shadows.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

"Fairy Wishes 1-2-3" by Michele Barrow-Belisle

Fairy Wishes 1-2-3
by Michele Barrow-Belisle

Fairy Wishes 1-2-3 by Michele Barrow-Belisle

Fairy Wishes 1-2-3 by Michele Barrow-Belisle is currently on tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours. Get your copy now for only $0.99! The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

A tale of two little fairies of different ethnicities, backgrounds, and environments, who are envious of the things the other gets to do … from catching shooting stars to playing the guitar.
They decide to trade places, but soon realize that being someone else isn't as much fun as they thought. The girls quickly discover the importance of just being themselves.

[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
“Beautifully Illustrated, fast-paced and Precious.[…] I imagine little children & emergent readers would enjoy this, night after night in bed - relishing in the vibrant illustrations and witty rhyme of Fairy Wishes 1,2, 3.” ~ Jennifer C. Lopez
“A delightful little tale about being happy with who you are. With colorful, fun illustrations and a sweet, rhyming story, this one captured my little's attention and even inspired a few questions about these entertaining fairies and the lesson they learn as they switch places. This is a great length for a bedtime read and is captivating enough for even the shortest of attention spans. Definitely a hit in this house.” ~ Becky Baldridge

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.

By Lynda Dickson
Two fairy friends from different backgrounds think that the other has the better life, and they decide to swap places. But they discover that it’s always best to just be yourself.
This is a lovely story with a beautiful message: we are all different and we should celebrate our differences. The gorgeous illustrations, also by the author, have a magical, ethereal quality which is just perfect for the subject matter.
A great gift idea for your little fairy.

About the Author
Michele Barrow-Belisle
A dreamer at heart, Michele Barrow-Belisle has always lived with one foot in this reality and one foot in another, one of her own imagining. So it follows that she would grow up to write about and sculpt the characters from those enchanting worlds she knows and loves so well. As a fan of everything romantic, her young adult novels are populated with witches and vampires and faeries. Michele resides in southern Canada with her hubby and son who indulge her passions for writing, reading, lattes, and most of all chocolate.
She also loves shoes.
Did we mention the chocolate?

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a signed hardcover copy of Fairy Wishes 1-2-3 by Michele Barrow-Belisle.