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Isla and the Happily Ever After Buzz!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Who isn't looking forward to Isla and the Happily Ever After!!!?  Check out a Publisher's Weekly article written on this book here!

Are you team Anna/Lola/or Isla?  I personally love all three and can't choose, but how about you?  Do you have a preference?  Who doesn't remember Anna's fun and flirty personality, Lola's sensibility and elegance, and you'll just have to get to know Isla!

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Dependent: Review and Giveaway!

When 45-year-old Ellen Michaels loses her husband to a tragic military accident, she is left in a world of gray. For 25 years her life has been dictated by the ubiquitous They—the military establishment that has included her like chattel with John’s worldly goods—his Dependents, Furniture, and Effects. They—who have stolen her hopes, her dreams and her innocence, and now in mere months will take away the roof over her head. Ellen is left with nothing to hold on to but memories and guilt and an awful secret that has held her in its grip since she was 19. John’s untimely death takes away her anchor, and now, without the military, there is no one to tell her where to go, what to do— no one to dictate who she is. Dependent deals with issues ever-present in today’s service families—early marriage, frequent long absences, the culture of rank, and posttraumatic stress, as well as harassment and abuse of power by higher-ranking officials. It presents a raw and realistic view of life for the lives of the invisible support behind the uniform.

Goodreads Summary

I liked how the author portrayed Ellen as a sympathetic yet accountable character.  The novel starts out with a bang-Ellen's husband has suddenly died.  The military is rather unceremonious after his death and Ellen doesn't have long to collect herself and move on.  

I liked how the book had flashbacks that helped me to understand Ellen's character more.  I felt like I was a witness to her growth and maturity.  The reader will see how Ellen suffered while her husband was repeatedly gone on duty and had to get used to PTSD and a bit of a dictatorship of her life.  I felt bad for Ellen, but still thought of her as a strong character.  I felt horrible for her when she thought that a certain secret she kept may have contributed to her husband's demise.  This book is recommended for adult readers.

 3 1/2 Stars 

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Almost Royalty – Worst Breakup Ever Contest (International)

Courtney Hamilton’s “Worst Breakup Ever” Contest (International)

Courtney Hamilton is giving away a signed copy of her novel, Almost Royalty, to the top 2 winners! To enter, all you have to do is tell her:

What is your “Worst Breakup Ever” experience? Share your story in the comment section below.

After the contest has ended, Courtney will personally read every participant’s entry and pick the top 2 worst breakup stories. The winners will be announced through Courtney’s Facebook page, Twitter, and blog. This contest will also be hosted on various blogs, social media sites, and forums found in the "Participating Websites" section of this post. 

Only 99¢

Enjoy the “Worst Break up Ever” contest and, for the first time, download your Kindle copy of Almost Royalty by Courtney Hamilton for only 99¢!

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Terms and Conditions for Entry Eligibility
No purchase necessary to enter. Sponsored by Forrest Thompson Publishers. Giveaway ends August 5, 2014 at 11:59 PM (PST). Open Internationally. 18+ years of age. Void where prohibited. Winners will be announced on Courtney Hamilton’s blog at, Eco-chain of Dating Facebook Page, and @ecochaindating. Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or their winnings will be forfeited. By entering the giveaway, you give Courtney Hamilton and Forrest Thompson Publishers permission to repost your story or recite it in a video for media purposes. Forrest Thompson Publishers reserves the right to withdraw or terminate this contest at any time without prior notice.
Participating Websites: The full list of participants in Courtney’s “Worst Date Ever” Contest is available on her blog at:

Let the Worst Breakup Stories Ever begin!

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The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

Thursday, July 17, 2014

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness’s legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.
Goodreads Summary

In the third and final release of the "All Souls," trilogy we jump right back into the supernatural action. The long anticipated release of this book was a little bit of a wait, but well worth the extra time that was put into its drop. We get our fix of good romance mixed with some legitimate historical themes thrown in to make a great well rounded finale. Fans of  the paranormal and magic themed books will feel right at home as well because this trilogy explores these themes extensively and quite creatively.

What I really liked about the third book compared to the other two is that it brings back some old characters and explores their back stories further. It was specifically fun for me to see the De Clermont family again and learn a little bit more about them. With this in mind, we get a lot of details finally woven together to make a better understanding of the characters and their connections throughout the trilogy. If you have read the other two books, this is a must read as it sums the series up very nicely with a few more intense battles and some more interesting and creative situations. If you have not read the other two books, read them and then read this book. This is not a trilogy to miss!

4.5 Stars

*Reviewed by Chris*

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