When your story is a reflection of someone’s reality…

I am nearing the half way point of writing my first book. I can’t believe how this story has developed. It started with a simple idea about a sweet love story, which has developed into an idea for a series to benefit one of my favorite organizations. (Because I haven’t officially approached the organization in which I want to benefit, I will withhold the name until approved.)

This military romance is a story from my heart, as a reflection of conversations over coffee, wine, beer and many tears with friends who live this life. They face so many challenges which are not limited to: combat, combat loss/injury, PTSD, military and family conflict and family balance. As a result, I am doing my best to reflect the gravity of these issues with as much sensitivity as possible.

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The military life isn’t all bad. That much I know. I want to do this part of their life justice too. The commitment comes with benefits that I am convinced that one can’t find as a civilian. The depth of camaraderie, faith, loyalty and discipline developed in the lives of my friends is insurmountable. I want to reflect this too. I am blessed to experience this life with them.

I don’t think there are enough words to do my friends’ life and commitment justice but with their support and love I press forward with my words.

Thank you everyone for your constant support and I look forward to sharing this very sweet story-series with you soon!
Until the next post – tata!
❤ Fiona

Growing, growing, and Giveaway time!

Hello my lovelies!

giveawayTimeI am very excited to see the blog growing. Every time there is a post, there are more readers. As a result, I started a new Facebook page so you can interact with me daily.

As a thank you and a way to grow the reader base, I’ve decided to do a giveaway: A $10 Amazon Gift Card with an additional $5 for every 20 likes on the page starting from 45, with the maximum value of $50.

If we reach $50 before the end of the giveaway I will throw in some signed swag from Apollycon and BOBASEJax.

How do you enter?

  1. Like my Facebook page here
  2. Go to the **pinned** giveaway post at the top of the page.
  3. Share the post and return to comment you’re done!

I’ll draw a random number corresponded to a comment. Facebook and Wordpress are NOT responsible for the giveaway and signed swag in the US only (sorry!), and I can’t be responsible for lost packages (can’t replace signed swag!).

Thank you so much again for loving, commenting and contacting me. This has certainly been a blessed journey.

Till the next post – tata!

❤ Fiona

Review: Blood Laws (Immortal Curse Series Book 1) by Lexi C. Foss

516N-AtOFdL._SY445_QL70_Blood Laws is the first book in Lexi C. Foss’ Immortal Curse Series, a paranormal romance novel.  (Even if paranormal is not your thing, I highly suggest you keep reading.)

Stas is my kinda lady, sarcastic yet feminine. She has a bit sass (though she hates being referred to that), but the twist is that she has a unique psychic ability to influence others.

Isaac. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Isaac. He is here to avenge a wrong. He is handsome, successful and hard to resist.

The way Lexi weaves Stas and Issac together through a twist of suspense. This read is thoroughly entertaining. I read this in 24 hours.

Lexi C. Foss has a beautiful style that grips you from the beginning. The book is formatted to be easily read and the chapters are in good size lengths. This is important to me because I struggle with stopping mid chapter in any book.

Will I recommend this book to my friends? Absolutely. I will recommend to my friends who like romance, and insist that even if they don’t read paranormal to try Lexi a try. Her ability to keep you at the edge of your seat is addicting.

Will I purchase this book when it comes? Yes. Already one clicked it! You should too, or order the paper back.

Where can I get a copy? You can find a paperback and kindle version of this book on Amazon. The release date is May 2.

Where Can I Stalk Lexi C. Foss? (Visit her at my FTW Hall of Fame)

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/jvww9xk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LexiCFoss/

 

Until my next post – tata!

❤ Fiona

 

 

Review: From Paris to Forever by Savannah Blaize **UPDATED for order info**

 

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Cover Design by Jay Aheer from Simply Defined Art

 

One of the best (and hardest) parts of being a reviewer is reading an ARC before everyone else. As a reviewer I get to take a peek into a magical world before everyone else, and am dealt with the task of reviewing the work authentically and honestly. It is always my honor to review debut novels from authors that are unpublished and from those I am new to, and this book is one of them.

From Paris to Forever is Savannah Blaize’s debut novel. The best way to describe this story is, a slow burn. (A play on words if you’ve read the book.) The story is based on Chloe, your main female character who suffers a career-ending injury. She returns home to handle the estate of her father who recently passed away. She is fiercely independent but struggles to open her heart to others.  Then you meet, Todd. Todd is a businessman with his eyes set on Chloe’s property. He is a player, a heartbreaker and he was determined to get his hands on Chloe’s land to make himself a profit.

Savannah does a beautiful job taking you through the roller coaster (but not in a bad way) journey Chloe and Todd take together. Baggage from both has to be undone for their relationship to work. Do they manage to unpack all the emotions their souls carry and break down walls that protect their hearts? As a reader, you get to see it from a unique perspective and fall in love with both Chloe and Todd, together.

Savannah’s strength is in developing Chloe and Todd into characters that you love. She pulls their strengths and weaknesses together without being cliché. I personally hated Todd, but that was a sign that she was doing her job in creating this character for the reader. Trust me though, you grow to love Todd by the end. #TeamTodd , anyone?

There is a lot of emotion in this book, and you ride them all. There is a moment where I wanted to hate Savannah for making something happen. (I will not spoil it), but it was a much needed boat rocking for the reader and for one of the main characters. If you like this kind of experience you really should pick this up.

This is the part that is new to my new reviews, instead of rating the books by stars, I will rate them by the following questions:

Will I recommend this book to my friends?    YES! Especially my friends who like to fall in love with the characters and ride the roller coaster with them. This book isn’t for the reader looking for a hot sizzling romance. This book is for the romance-lover, heart on the sleeve reader.

Will I purchase this book when it comes out? Yes. I believe this book deserves leverage in the market. It is a story beautifully written and thoughtfully put together.

Where can I get a copy? **UPDATED** Savannah has officially opened for Pre-Orders. Click here!

Where to Follow Savannah Blaize

Savannah is just beginning her following, so look for more updated links as she develops them.

https://www.facebook.com/savannahblaizeauthor

www.savannahblaize.com.au

 

Until the next post – tata!

❤ Fiona

This is always fun! I absolutely love when I can participate in a blitz for a fellow author. Check this sweet cover out! Congratulations S.M. Lumetta! (You can now officially visit her in our Hall of Fame!)

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Series: Bodhi Beach #1 (Standalone)

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Cover Design: S.M. Lumetta Release Date: April 17, 2017

BLURB

What’s a little sex between friends?

Sophie Fordham never thought much about motherhood until her body forced her to. With the onset of early menopause, she knows if she wants to have a baby, it’s now or never. So what’s a single, financially-strapped girl to do? Go with what you know, of course.

Fox Monkhouse has been Sophie’s gorgeous best friend since preschool. This sun-kissed surfer boy has no shortage of ladies, but she’s hoping he’ll put that aside to help her out. As there’s never been anything romantic between the two, things get awkward when she asks him to put a bun in her oven—especially since it has to be done the old-fashioned, no-pants dance way.

 

When Fox agrees to do the deed, Sophie is ecstatic. But she soon realizes that this chance at a baby could cost her everything. Keeping sex and emotions separate is clearly not in her wheelhouse especially when her best friend is involved. If their relationship can’t evolve into something new, their unusual arrangement could destroy the friendship of a lifetime.

GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32939411-fox

PRE-ORDER LINK

iBooks: http://apple.co/2nhyYog

AUTHOR BIO

S.M. Lumetta was born in Detroit, MI, and now resides in NYC. Since she was small, she has adored storytelling in all its forms, especially books and films. Sooner and later, she figured out that since her love of words was overwhelming, she had no choice but to take the words in mind and share them. Romance is her favorite read, but horror and crime novels are a close second. She loves to travel and has a bucket list of places to visit long enough for several lifetimes. She also has a plethora of unnecessary t-shirts, a penchant for sarcasm, and a unholy love for the oxford comma.

AUTHOR LINKS  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smlumetta

Website: http://www.smlumetta.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/smlumetta

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smlumetta/

GIVEAWAY

There is a giveaway for signed copies of You Are Here and Felony Ever After (original cover)

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ba3ffd551526

Writing Update: Chapter 4

Wow, the last two weeks have been filled with so much that each event requires their own blog post. I hope to update everyone on the Apollycon experience once I am feeling better. Unfortunately, I have the flu which has limited my energy to read, write and edit photos. This post is about my WIP (work in progress).

I am into Chapter 4, but I keep returning to the first three chapters to edit and enhance characters, and situations. I am excited with how the story is coming along, but am questioning how good it is and will it bring readers into the experience and story of Chad and Hope.

I am considering bringing on an Alpha Reader or two to help bring the story along. I don’t want to get stuck in the mud of character development and not let the story flow. Anyone have any alpha experience? What are your thoughts on Alpha readers (basically read as you write) and then layering in Beta as the draft is complete? Is this overkill?

Thanks for helping this new writer out!

Review Changes: Screw the Stars

So. I’ve been chewing on how to change how I review books.

I hate the star system. It doesn’t capture the depth of my review. I may love the characters but not the POV. I may also hate the ending but love the story. How do stars capture that?

They don’t. For the sake of my blog I will have a standard set of questions at the end to sum up my feelings.

Not every book is for every reader. That includes me as a reviewer. I will follow Amazon and GR rules for stars but on my turf, it is my rules!

Finally writing my own story…..

I finally found the guts to put my stories down on “paper” (see: screen). I have several ongoing stories I have feasted on for years and always hesitated on writing. What if no one reads my work? What if I don’t finish? What if its not good enough? Then I realized…. …….who cares?

There are three people who have come along side of me recently, encouraged me, and deal with my shenanigans so that I actually put pen to paper (or keyboard… you get it, right?). So yes, there is a story forthcoming and I’m excited to share with you the characters who have lived in my head for so long.

I’ll start by giving you their name Chad & Hope. They’re the main protagonists in this story. A teaser to come when I reach my first 10,000 words. So stay on me folks, stay on me!

I hope this is exciting. If it isn’t, that’s ok too. I write for me, for my heart. I share because it may bring pleasure to others.

Until the next post – tata!

❤ Fiona

Review: Thirty Days: Part One by BT Urruela

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My Rating: *****

I meant to write this on the day of release (Feb 28), but life got in the way. That evil day job just had to interfere in my love for books. I happened to be off on BT Urruela’s release day. I chose to spend a few hours in the morning to read it.

 

First, it ends in a cliffhanger, so I suggest those who get frustrated with cliffhangers to purchase Part One and then wait until Part Two is released. BT promises this is soon.

Second, clearly I liked this book. If I didn’t, I would not have reviewed it instantly on Amazon and I wouldn’t suggest you to buy it. I think you guys are in for a modern romance treat.

Gavin, the protagonist, is an author who is struggling with some demons. He hasn’t moved passed his past relationship and has isolated himself from society. As a result, his writing has faltered and his best friend, Bobby steps in with a challenge.

The challenge is simple. At least, it seems simple outright: 30 Dates in 30 Days. Move on from your passed relationship and get out of your own way.

This is a story about Gavin stepping outside of his comfort zone, and searching his own soul as he meets different woman.

It is funny, candid and faces mental health issues directly in the face. It is an appreciated and a down to earth approach to discussing these issues.

I can’t say too much or I will give the plot away, but Thirty Days: Part One is definitely worth the One Click on Amazon!

Where can you get yourself a copy? Amazon!

US: http://a.co/6jWZl9R

CA: http://a.co/4EoJVEs

UK: http://amzn.eu/2FJaEAM

AU: https://goo.gl/bmvkKN

Paperback: http://a.co/6kYuuZ7

Head over to the Author Hall of Fame to learn about BT Urruela.

Until the next post – Tata!

❤ Fiona

 

Review: Saving Evangeline by Nancee Cain

savingevangelinecoverWOW! I finished this book on my kindle at lunch at my day job. What a great story by Nancee Cain.

Rating: * * * * *

Plot

Without ruining the plot, the story is about a rebellious (yet very lovable) angel (Remi) sent from heaven to save the soul of Evangeline (Evie). From the moment Remi is placed in the car by the bridge within moments of Evie’s choice, I didn’t want to stop reading. It is a story of courage, redemption, mental health, love and warm fuzzies and tears.

Reaction

Nancee did an amazing job developing the two protagonists, Remi and Evangeline. I fell in love with Remi in the opening golf scene with God (read it and you’ll know.) Tongue in cheek, rebellious yet incredibly lovable, Remi’s pure heart shines through in this story. As frustrated as he gets, he wants the best for Evie. A true angel. Remi has officially made it to the Hall of Fame of characters.

Evie also is a fantastically written character. She is raw, yet sweet. There is romance and love in her soul, and you get to taste it with every interaction and thought process she possesses. Evie has made some bad decisions in her life, but she is not a bad person. Nancee does an eloquent job representing her in her story. She is vulnerable, raw and gritty and you want her to conquer her problems.

I cried, I laughed, I celebrated and I mourned all in the midst of this book. I was so moved how Nancee describes and grips the reader into the challenges of mental health, depression and suicide. I have serious kudos for Nancee taking on this challenge head on and doing it with such grace. You get a sixth star for this.

The story flows beautifully and you are quickly attached to the characters. I’m not one to spoil the ending for you, because you truly need to read this book. I look forward to reading more of Nancee Cain’s novels simply by her prose and story structure alone.

Remi is a winner. Truly. I ❤ Remi.

Where can you grab yourself a copy?

Head over to the Author Hall of Fame to find more about Nancee Cain.

 

Now my lovelies, I hope you guys have a wonderful evening, and until the next post – Tata!

❤ Fiona