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Author Promo Pal November Reviews

 

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An excellent romantic suspense with a unique premise. The author did a great job of showing the feelings and angst of the teacher/adult student attraction. And the murder mystery added a creepy edge that kept me turning pages. The setting was well-developed and vivid. The author’s writing is engaging. Highly recommend!

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I was completely captivated by this imaginative and entertaining story. The author really nails the middle grade ‘voice’ and the writing is smooth and vivid and compelling. I think young kids will adore this book. Even as an adult, I was enthralled.

I love the twin protagonists. Having two daughters of my own, I found the fighting one minute and being loving the next very realistic. I felt bad for them with their chaotic home life. But the adventure they embarked upon made up for all that. Although fraught with danger, it was an exhilarating experience and the girls were pretty bada$$. I definitely hope to read more books in the series. This one was a winner!

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I love ‘Friends to Lovers’ stories and this one is fantastic. The conflict and indecision about the hero and heroine getting involved romantically and Lucy giving Deon a second chance played out beautifully. The characters, even the secondary ones, were authentic and relatable. I would love to hang out with them for real. 🙂 Sweet, sexy, and tons of fun, A Little Bit of Lust is a truly entertaining and satisfying story.

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Wow…this author really knows how to weave an intense and twisty story. The premise is unique, and I was fascinated with the glimpse into the world of BDSM and the religious organization. David and Anna were fabulous protagonist, not perfect, but admirable and interesting. I found myself turning pages like crazy, wanting to find out who was behind the murders and all the other crimes. I was surprised and satisfied with the twist. An excellent read!

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A captivating story from beginning to end. I loved the element of the hunt for dinosaur bones. Not only did it create a great conflict between the heroine and hero, it was unique, interesting and informative. The setting was vivid and well conveyed. I loved the romance and couldn’t wait to see Una and Ryker get their happily ever after as they navigated the danger thrown at them. I highly recommend this western historical romance.

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A stellar historical romance with lots of interesting historical facts, which are filtered in organically and aren’t ‘in your face’ or unnecessary. I’ve read quite a few stories in the Wylder series, and it was fun revisiting some of the characters. The author’s writing style is engaging and vivid. I loved sexy gunman, Morgan, and Emily was a great love interest for him. Compelling and passionate, with a richly detailed setting, this story will not disappoint!

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I loved the paranormal thread woven into this story. It was chilling and compelling. I always enjoy stories with a good secret, and this one definitely had that. The romance was passionate and the mystery interesting. The author’s love of horses came through vividly. She did a great job with setting and characters and I enjoyed seeing how everything played out. Highly recommend!
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Wonderful read! A stellar romance and mystery. I enjoyed the fascinating details about the horses and the competition world. The author did a fabulous job of setting the scene and making me feel like I was there. The mystery kept me guessing to the very end. Very well done!

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A delightful and romantic story. I felt very connected to the characters. Zach is such a good dad. I loved the way Dinah bonded with his sons. The summer setting was fun and the author made it come alive with her vivid descriptions and sensory details. I thoroughly enjoyed this compelling novel.

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I love a good thriller, and this one definitely fit the bill. Intense, unsettling and twisty, Danger to Others takes you on a dark and demented journey. The author paints a vivid picture of the atmospheric setting. The characters are well developed and the writing is smooth and engaging. I loved everything about this one, including the chilling conclusion.

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Tremors Through Time combines fantasy and romance in a compelling and engaging read. The author has created realistic but flawed characters who I found myself rooting for to find their happily ever after. With lots of conflict and a beautifully crafted setting, this novel is an entertaining read from beginning to end.

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A delightful Christmas story with a sweet romance and a fun who-done-it. The characters are well developed and the bits of humor sprinkled throughout made me chuckle. The writing is flawless and engaging. I love a good mystery and thoroughly enjoyed watching this one unfold.

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Yikes! A wicked and heart-stopping read. The bad guy is soooo bad, but I almost felt sympathy for him. I know ‘edge of your seat’ is a cliché, but it perfectly describes this novel. I was glued to the pages and enjoyed every thrill and chill. I loved the Australia setting as well. Highly recommend!

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I was intrigued by the title and cover but wasn’t sure what to expect. I was not disappointed, though. The story is unique and compelling and I loved the main character. The mystery was a nice touch but mostly the story was about Lucy and her righting her wrongs and putting her past to rest. The author painted a vivid picture of the village where the story was set as well as the characters. A truly engaging read that I very much enjoyed.

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Yikes…a delightfully dark and frightening tale of wicked creatures–demons and shapeshifters, doesn’t get much scarier than that–and a team of hunters who are trying to stop them. The team members have issues of their own they’re dealing with, but they are strong enough to rise above. I have read the other books in this series and each one is unique and spooky and imaginitive. I really admire the author’s creativity and his penchant for the dark side.

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Author Promo Pal October Reviews

 

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APP REVIEW:

An excellent romantic suspense with a unique premise. The author did a great job of showing the feelings and angst of the teacher/adult student attraction. And the murder mystery added a creepy edge that kept me turning pages. The setting was well-developed and vivid. The author’s writing is engaging. Highly recommend!

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The author weaves a harrowing, compelling story that opens with a hook and doesn’t let up. She must have done some deep research, because everything from the setting, to the plane, to the military aspects came across as very authentic. Her writing is so vivid, I actually felt like I was in the jungle. The emotion was tangible. I could feel Sloan’s grief over his sister. And the romance was passionate and perfectly developed. I highly recommend this fabulous novel.

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Could not put this one down! I was so invested in the characters that I was actually tense worrying about them. The stakes keep rising higher as you go along, which is a bonus for a suspense. And the bad guy was so evil yet realistic. His scenes made chills run up my spine. The characters were fantastic and very relatable. The little boy was adorable. Loved the romance and the setting. Overall just a fabulous read.

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I love novels with characters who have haunted/tragic pasts and the heroine and hero in this novel definitely did. The author did an excellent job of conveying the emotions and heartbreak. The romance was wonderful and very real. And, oh my gosh, the setting. I’ve never been to Hawaii and have always wanted to go. Reading this novel made me want to even more. I rooted for these two to help one another heal and find their happily ever after. Wonderful read…highly recommend.

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A fantastic follow up to the previous book. The author blends historical and paranormal in an exciting, unique novel. The story is wicked and entertaining. I love the characters–each member of the investigative team has their own personality and they are all interesting and seem like real people. The historical aspects are very authentic. I was transported into another time. Overall, just a fabulous read.

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A tense, emotional romantic suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The unique premise of the jewish faith aspect was very interesting and felt very authentic. The creepy stalker kept me biting my nails. And the sigh-worthy romance was the lovely icing on the cake. I adored this book and plan to read more by this talented author.

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This book was so beautifully written, that it literally made me cry. The spiritual aspect was heartwarming and the author’s love for God really came through in the writing. The romance had just enough passion without being too explicit and was perfectly done. I loved, loved, the ranch setting and all the ‘western’ themes. The hero and heroine were sympathetic yet flawed and I fell instantly in  love with them. Wonderful Christian Cowboy Romance!

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Love, love the setting, characters, the plot, and…everything. Such a wonderful, sexy, emotional read. It was a unique and refreshing change that the heroine was the one who rescued the hero. She was a strong, smart, capable woman. Loved the hero as well…he was sexy and funny and kind. They were both fantastic characters. The writing was engaging and vivid. Excellent book!

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J.B. Dane is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Raven’s Moon had me turning pages, laughing and gasping throughout. Spooky yet amusing, this book is filled with interesting unique characters and tension. The writing was engaging and vivid and the world building was stellar. I enjoyed every second of this crazy ride and I am very much looking forward to more in this series.

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I was intrigued by the title and cover but wasn’t sure what to expect. I was not disappointed, though. The story is unique and compelling and I loved the main character. The mystery was a nice touch but mostly the story was about Lucy and her righting her wrongs and putting her past to rest. The author painted a vivid picture of the village where the story was set as well as the characters. A truly engaging read that I very much enjoyed.

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Author Promo Pal September Reviews

APP REVIEW:

A fabulous and wonderfully written romantic suspense that kept me turning pages. I didn’t want it to end, yet I couldn’t wait to find out what happened. The author painted a vivid and striking setting that came alive. I adore a novel with secrets and this one didn’t disappoint. The characters were real and relatable. I loved absolutely everything about this fantastic novel.

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Another great read from this talented author. I love the main character, Henry, and enjoyed traveling with him to Hawaii. The setting was perfect and I could imagine I was there. And the mystery and intrigue didn’t let up until the very end. The story kept me guessing right up to its exciting conclusion. Highly recommend and I can’t wait to read more in this series!

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Beth Daniels’ humor and personality really shine through in this informative and well-written ‘how-to’ book. I can see how she’s able to write such witty and entertaining novels. I’m not an author myself, but this book was still interesting and I can definitely see how it would be helpful to authors wanting to write funny mysteries. Give it a try…you won’t be sorry!
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Oh wow…I was completely swept away in this medieval/fairytale romance. The characters and setting were perfectly done. I loved how the author interwove the mythology, legendas, romance and fairytale. It was beautifully written and kept me on the edge of my seat worrying for the princess. She is a great character and definitely not a damsel in distress waiting to be rescued. The evil queen is delightfully wicked. Just spectacular all the way around and I am very pumped to read more of this magical adventure.

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Fantastic. spell-binding romantic suspense.  I could really sympathize with Jordan and I loved that her hero was a policeman. I admire law enforcement so much and Michael was a great hero. The author did an excellent job with mood and setting. I was pulled into the story from the beginning and rooted for this couple to find safety and their Happily Ever After. A truly wonderful, satisfying read.

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A quirky, fun and unique mystery story. I loved the vintage setting and the realistic and interesting cast of characters. It was so vivid and well-written that the story leapt off the page. I couldn’t put it down as I tried–and failed–to solve the mystery. But I enjoyed every moment of it.

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I was intrigued by the title and cover but wasn’t sure what to expect. I was not disappointed, though. The story is unique and compelling and I loved the main character. The mystery was a nice touch but mostly the story was about Lucy and her righting her wrongs and putting her past to rest. The author painted a vivid picture of the village where the story was set as well as the characters. A truly engaging read that I very much enjoyed.

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A helpful and practical guide that will help you discover your passion and what to do once you have. I loved that the author used her own experiences as examples. While hers had to do with writing, and I’m not a writer, she explained it in a way that would be helpful no matter what your passion is. She spoke in plain and simple, common-sense terms and didn’t convolute it by being verbose or preachy. I enjoyed this immensely and I’m looking forward to trying the exercises provided in the book.

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Loved, loved, loved this story! The paranormal aspects were highly creative and seemed so realistic, I could almost believe in banshees and possessors and the like. The romance between Orla and David was soooo sweet and I rooted hard for them to get together. The friendship between all the main characters was very realistic and I loved the bond they shared. There was also a lot of witty banter, which I enjoyed. The writing was engaging and flawless. I was totally engrossed from beginning to end.

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APP REVIEW:

I love football and enjoyed this story about a former football star and the woman he let slip away years earlier. An excellent second-chance romance. It kept me turning pages hoping these two would find their way to their happily ever after. I enjoy a romance with a good conflict, and this one had a great one.

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APP REVIEW:

Love, love the setting, characters, the plot, and…everything. Such a wonderful, sexy, emotional read. It was a unique and refreshing change that the heroine was the one who rescued the hero. She was a strong, smart, capable woman. Loved the hero as well…he was sexy and funny and kind. They were both fantastic characters. The writing was engaging and vivid. Excellent book!

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Author Promo Pal August Reviews

APP REVIEW:

What a wonderful story! I was enthralled and impressed by the details of whisky making. It was just enough to hold my interest but not so much that I was bored with too much info. And Chloe Tanner is an admirable, strong heroine who takes on the task of saving her family’s failing distillery. She has more than her share of dangerous obstacles thrown at her and seeing the way she dealt with them was a treat. The romance with her competitor provided a lot of conflict. The historical setting was rich and vivid. A truly fabulous read!
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Wow…an early Christmas gift! A Kelly Society Christmas is a unique, creative and very well-written story that expertly blends Christmas and paranormal. The characters felt very ‘real’ and I was happy to take their journey with them. The author created a fantastical world with a richly developed setting and wicked and fascinating creatures. A page turner from beginning to end.
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I absolutely loved, loved, loved this novel. The sisters were all adorable and admirable. The setting was superbly developed and I am enthralled with sea creatures so that was a bonus :). It’s an unusual paranormal and I enjoyed learning about the legend and the gifts of the sisters. Skye and Gabe’s romance was just perfect.  They had conflict but you could also feel the love blooming between them.  A fabulous, compelling romance. Now I need to go back and read the other two in the trilogy. Can’t wait to dive in!
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APP REVIEW:

This is the third book in a series, but it reads well on its own. It’s compelling from the opening and doesn’t let up. The main character, Darrell, is confronted by the ghosts of two children who need help. With lots of conflict, danger and high stakes, this novel is fast-paced and intense. The villains are really evil and I was on the edge of my seat as I rooted for the protagonists to prevail. I truly enjoyed every aspect of this novel.
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Oh wow…I LOVED The Princess’s Knight. Such a unique and well-written story. It’s not every day that a heroine is villainous and the author did an excellent job of pulling it off and making me love Madeline, in spite of her faults. And Carl is a great hero. The setting of the showboat was different and so much fun. Passionate and rife with secrets and angst, The Princess’s Knight is a must read!
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Cherry Shakes in the Park is a delightful, compelling mystery/romance with wonderful characters. I love the town of Bayside, which was so realistic and well-developed, it seemed like a character in the story. Bryson’s angst and struggle as he was torn between an old love and a new love was a fabulous element and I rooted for him to find his Happily Ever After. A short but sweet (literally, with all that yummy ice cream) read that I highly recommend.

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When Rookie cop, Officer Carlson comes upon a murdered woman moments after it happens, he’s tormented that he wasn’t able to stop her killing. As the years go by and he moves up in the force, he can’t get the woman out of his mind and is determined, no matter how long it takes, to find the person who did it. Gone but not Forgotten is an excellent police procedural. I could really feel how important it was to the main character to get justice for a woman he didn’t even know. Really wonderful read!

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APP REVIEW:

What better way to be inspired as an author than to learn from other authors? This book is a well-written compilation of stories by authors who have gone through the process and have imparted their wisdom to others. Not only is it informative, it’s also entertaining. Highly recommend!

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I love football and enjoyed this story about a former football star and the woman he let slip away years earlier. An excellent second-chance romance. It kept me turning pages hoping these two would find their way to their happily ever after. I enjoy a romance with a good conflict, and this one had a great one.

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I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. The novel is imaginative and humorous. I loved following along with the main character and all his troubles and the situations he found himself in. The talking dog was a great character. If you want a unique and engaging read, check out I Just Wanted a Beer.
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Romance, danger, twists, and a Civil War ghost…what more could you want? Precious Treasures is fantastic! The small town setting was so well-developed I could actually see, hear and smell it. The characters were sympathetic and believable and my heart broke for Janie. There were many twists I did not see coming and I couldn’t turn pages fast enough. A truly wonderful read!

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I enjoyed this trip into decades past. The ‘commune’ felt so vivid and real. The cast of characters is interesting and well-developed. I was immersed in the story and the details were wonderful. A unique and compelling story.

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APP REVIEW:

GREAT Western Romance. The heroine, Felicity, had a tough decision to make, but she courageously did the right thing. The hero, Butch, was not a cookie cutter romance hero, but I loved him. The author did a great job of making them both seem so real and relatable. The Western setting was fantastic. Everything seemed so authentic. The consequences of Felicity’s actions make for an intense ride and created a compelling page-turning experience. Loved it!

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I saw where this book won first place in the National Excellence in Storytelling contest and I can see why. Wow. Not only is the premise unique and compelling, the execution is flawless. Allison is painted as a sympathetic character but is by no means helpless. After her experimental eye surgery, Allison is inexplicably able to see dragons. The story becomes so intense and fascinating after that point, that it’s difficult to put down. The author did a great job with the YA ‘voice’ and Allison seemed like a typical teenager, but she ends up having an extraordinary adventure and following her on that adventure was so much fun. Highly recommend.

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I was captivated with this book from the opening and it kept my interest throughout. Phil is a great character who suffers some unfortunate events and then decides to leave town to get away from the fallout. When he picks up a hitchhiker in Oklahoma (where I live, so I was especially interested in the setting), things take some crazy turns. All sorts of twists will keep you guessing until the very end. Truly unique and enjoyable novel!

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Love, love the setting, characters, the plot, and…everything. Such a wonderful, sexy, emotional read. It was a unique and refreshing change that the heroine was the one who rescued the hero. She was a strong, smart, capable woman. Loved the hero as well…he was sexy and funny and kind. They were both fantastic characters. The writing was engaging and vivid. Excellent book!

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APP REVIEW:

Yikes…a delightfully dark and frightening tale of wicked creatures–demons and shapeshifters, doesn’t get much scarier than that–and a team of hunters who are trying to stop them. The team members have issues of their own they’re dealing with, but they are strong enough to rise above. I have read the other books in this series and each one is unique and spooky and imaginitive. I really admire the author’s creativity and his penchant for the dark side.

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Author Promo Pal July Reviews

APP REVIEW:

Brilliant premise and the execution was excellent. A dark and engaging YA fantasy, action packed and well-written. The world building was clever and fantastic. Highly recommend.

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I absolutely loved this book! The way the author wrote made me feel very connected to the characters. I loved being in both EJ’s and Dylan’s heads. I could especially relate to EJ and her grief. Very emotional. The setting was vivid and I felt like I was there. I have read some of the other Wylder books, and it was cool finding the connections to the other stories. Filled with conflict, passion, and fabulous characters, Return to Wylder is a must read.

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A beautiful love story about two damaged but giving people who find each other. The heroine and hero were admirable and interesting, but not without flaws, which is difficult to pull off. The author did a great job with making the setting come alive, and the romance was sweet and passionate. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!

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APP REVIEW:

I love football and enjoyed this story about a former football star and the woman he let slip away years earlier. An excellent second-chance romance. It kept me turning pages hoping these two would find their way to their happily ever after. I enjoy a romance with a good conflict, and this one had a great one.

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APP REVIEW:
I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. The novel is imaginative and humorous. I loved following along with the main character and all his troubles and the situations he found himself in. The talking dog was a great character. If you want a unique and engaging read, check out I Just Wanted a Beer.
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APP REVIEW:

Romance, danger, twists, and a Civil War ghost…what more could you want? Precious Treasures is fantastic! The small town setting was so well-developed I could actually see, hear and smell it. The characters were sympathetic and believable and my heart broke for Janie. There were many twists I did not see coming and I couldn’t turn pages fast enough. A truly wonderful read!

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APP REVIEW:

I enjoyed this trip into decades past. The ‘commune’ felt so vivid and real. The cast of characters is interesting and well-developed. I was immersed in the story and the details were wonderful. A unique and compelling story.

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APP REVIEW:

GREAT Western Romance. The heroine, Felicity, had a tough decision to make, but she courageously did the right thing. The hero, Butch, was not a cookie cutter romance hero, but I loved him. The author did a great job of making them both seem so real and relatable. The Western setting was fantastic. Everything seemed so authentic. The consequences of Felicity’s actions make for an intense ride and created a compelling page-turning experience. Loved it!

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APP REVIEW:

I saw where this book won first place in the National Excellence in Storytelling contest and I can see why. Wow. Not only is the premise unique and compelling, the execution is flawless. Allison is painted as a sympathetic character but is by no means helpless. After her experimental eye surgery, Allison is inexplicably able to see dragons. The story becomes so intense and fascinating after that point, that it’s difficult to put down. The author did a great job with the YA ‘voice’ and Allison seemed like a typical teenager, but she ends up having an extraordinary adventure and following her on that adventure was so much fun. Highly recommend.

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APP REVIEW:

I was captivated with this book from the opening and it kept my interest throughout. Phil is a great character who suffers some unfortunate events and then decides to leave town to get away from the fallout. When he picks up a hitchhiker in Oklahoma (where I live, so I was especially interested in the setting), things take some crazy turns. All sorts of twists will keep you guessing until the very end. Truly unique and enjoyable novel!

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Love, love the setting, characters, the plot, and…everything. Such a wonderful, sexy, emotional read. It was a unique and refreshing change that the heroine was the one who rescued the hero. She was a strong, smart, capable woman. Loved the hero as well…he was sexy and funny and kind. They were both fantastic characters. The writing was engaging and vivid. Excellent book!

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APP REVIEW:

Yikes…a delightfully dark and frightening tale of wicked creatures–demons and shapeshifters, doesn’t get much scarier than that–and a team of hunters who are trying to stop them. The team members have issues of their own they’re dealing with, but they are strong enough to rise above. I have read the other books in this series and each one is unique and spooky and imaginitive. I really admire the author’s creativity and his penchant for the dark side.

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Author Promo Pal June Reviews

Love, love the setting, characters, the plot, and…everything. Such a wonderful, sexy, emotional read. It was a unique and refreshing change that the heroine was the one who rescued the hero. She was a strong, smart, capable woman. Loved the hero as well…he was sexy and funny and kind. They were both fantastic characters. The writing was engaging and vivid. Excellent book!

A fantastic, intense, suspenseful novel with the added bonus of being set in Oklahoma. The characters and setting came alive. I loved Phoebe and despised Jack. The author made them seem so real that I actually experienced an emotional reaction. The Native American culture and mysticism was beautifully woven into the story. Just an overall great and compelling read.

Oh my gosh. What a blast from the past. I loved the era this was set in. So much going on in the 60s and 70s and the author did a great job of taking me back to that time. Paul is a sympathetic character and a great protagonist, but he is not without flaws. Aurora is an awesome heroine. She’s strong and admirable and I love the way the relationship between her and Paul unfolds. This story is sad at times, but also inspiring. I would highly recommend.

Yikes…a delightfully dark and frightening tale of wicked creatures–demons and shapeshifters, doesn’t get much scarier than that–and a team of hunters who are trying to stop them. The team members have issues of their own they’re dealing with, but they are strong enough to rise above. I have read the other books in this series and each one is unique and spooky and imaginitive. I really admire the author’s creativity and his penchant for the dark side.

 

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REVIEW RATINGS– RISK or REWARD? by Cj Fosdick

Please help me welcome today’s guest with an interesting article on reviews…

REVIEW RATINGS– RISK or REWARD? by Cj Fosdick

Every writer knows that word of mouth and reviews can propel a new book into success. (At least six reviews are recommended for debut day.) So you enlist your best friends, beta readers, critique partners, and family members to review your baby. Pretty safe odds love rolls in for the “newborn!” LOW RISK only to biased honesty.

No time to bask in the lovelight. You create a media kit, blog, tweet, guest post on social media, organize a street team, host a launch party, do book signings, readings, advertise… everything it takes to announce and promote that book in the frenetic search for READERS. Competition is always huge when supply exceeds demand for books. A supply created, in part, by a flood of eBooks and the rise of Indie authors in the last few years. Does Amazon really have millions of books in their online catalog? Add review magazines and online review sites to the mix, and REVIEWERS are also in demand. It’s a Catch 22 when good books need to be discovered but discovery…and sales…often depend on reviews.

When the organic reviews are slow coming in, you DO have options to jumpstart. With no strings attached, paid reviewers will insure an honest review, but it’s a marketing expense that can burn a hole in your pocket. Kirkus and Chanticleer charge hundreds of dollars for a review—with no guarantee to even recommend the book. Still, you do have the option to post…or not if the review burns a hole in your heart. HIGH RISK for the expense.

“Nagging” is another option. A kinder word is “trolling.” If I know someone who has purchased a copy from me, I might ask for a review weeks or months later. Posting on FB, Goodreads, in your newsletters and emails, even on business cards you can gently “nudge” with links directed to your book sites. In the stash of prints I keep on hand to sell, I insert a little card in each book with my site links, along with a friendly review request. Readers who know you will not want to comply if they didn’t like your book, but even readers who loved it may feel unqualified to post a review, or unable to understand the process if they don’t navigate social media. MODERATE RISK to pride/friendship.

Networking with the brotherhood is another option. You’ve been inspired by other writers, followed their blogs, rubbed shoulders with other Indies or authors published in your Press. You share and commiserate with them. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “the only way to have a friend is to be one.” Can that be twisted into “the sure way to get a review is to write one?” Doesn’t every author swap reviews on occasion, particularly if they value an elevated review count that Amazon is sure to notice! If you swap with a writer in your genre, chances are good you already like their subject. And even if the book does not meet your rating standards, you can always find something nice to say after a short synopsis—minus any spoilers. Only another writer can appreciate the fact that writing a book is an accomplishment in itself. VARIABLE RISK to time consumed…and qualms about trading equal star ratings.

Whoever said “Reward never comes without risk” had to be a writer…or a cliff diver. Same thing, sometimes. (Diving into my newsletter and books is no risk. Promise!)

 

Thank you, Cj. Wonderful information! Readers, Cj would love reviews on The Accidental Stranger…

 

Jessica Brewster is being watched…and things go missing from the remote Wyoming home she shares with her toddler. In a freak accident, she shoots the bearded thief stalking her before she recognizes the mesmerizing green eyes that belong to the only man she ever loved.

Has Mitch bridged time to find her? In a race to save his life and change hers forever, she takes him into her home and heart. But his memory loss and puzzling clues curry doubt and expose mystery and danger. Is he truly her son’s father or an irresistible stranger in her arms?

 

Cj’s Bio:

Born and raised in Packerland, Cj moved west to the medical mecca in Rochester, MN where her writing career bloomed with published award-winning stories and articles to her novel series inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. Rescued horses, dogs, cats, children and one patient husband have motivated the heart of Cj’s craft. Though living on a country hilltop haven for decades, she has ventured down on occasion to climb a Jamaican waterfall, float in the Dead Sea, kiss the Blarney Stone and research settings for her next novel.

 

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