The Bronze Horseman

“Alexander, were you looking for me?”

“All my life.”

Oh my heart. 
Every once in a while, if we are lucky, we come across a book that guts us open and makes us feel things. Some books we read. Some we devour. And some books change the way we think and feel. This book did that and so much more. I truly felt honored to be reading this story. I want to track down the author, hug her, and tell her thank you for writing something to magical and profound. 

Shura. 

Tatia. 

Courage. 

Love. 

Passion.

Sacrifices.

The story starts in 1941 when the Germans have just invaded Russia. It walks us through despair, loss, starvation, death, and impossible love.

I am blown away with the writing. GAH! The writing! Phenomenal. I admire authors who have a way of making it so easy to get lost in a story. When I put this book down I felt like I was leaving friends behind. I felt like I was leaving my family behind. I gently sat the book down, ran my hands over the pages, and tried to imagine what it would have been like to live during that time. The author painted such a beautiful picture that I had no problem feeling every single emotions the characters were feeling. I Ifelt their pain. Their hunger. Their despair. 

Tania and Alexanders attraction is like fire. Instantaneous desire. Sweet and innocent. Raw and passionate. Tender and fierce. They stole my heart. Both of them did. 

After reading this remarkable story, I felt like I walked through WW2. Anything you’ve heard about this book is probably true. I could go on and on about this book, but do yourself a favor and go grab yourself a copy immediately. 

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The Sea of Tranquility Review

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

“I hate my left hand. I hate to look at it. I hate it when it stutters and trembles and reminds me that my identity is gone. But I look at it anyway, because it also reminds me that I’m going to find the boy who took everything away from me. I’m going to kill the boy who killed me, and when I kill him, I’m going to do it with my left hand.”

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If I could sum this book up in one word it would be REDEMPTION

It has taken me a while to write a review on this book simply because I find it hard to put into words my feelings on it. Brilliant. Raw. Touching. Deep. Sad. Overwhelming. Perfect. So damn Perfect. Moving. I went through so many different emotions and feelings while reading it. I give this book an infinite amount of stars. I was only allowed to give five, which isn’t fair it deserves more, many many more. I was captivated from the very first page, all the way up until the very end. It is quite possibly one of the most beautifully written stories that I have ever read. Seriously y’all, I am not kidding. Go read it NOW!

Katja did an excellent job writing Nastya’s voice. I was able to read and imagine her as if she were standing right next to me. Her inner thoughts were so dark and devastatingly sad that it made me want to jump inside the pages and hug Nastya so tightly, just to let her know that she is worthy and beautiful. Then a few pages later I wanted to jump back in and shake her and ask her what is she thinking!?!? That girl broke my heart quite a few times during this book.

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Josh was a hard character for me to warm up to. He isn’t open and warm and friendly like most of my book boyfriends (don’t judge) but once we get to read deeper into his inner thoughts, its hard not to fall in love with him. The force field that he put around himself was so thick, that I wasn’t sure how anyone was going to be able to get through it.

“He’s kissing me. And when he does, part of me is lost. But it’s the part that’s twisted and mangled and wrong, and for just that moment, with his hands in my hair and his lips on my mouth, I can pretend that it never existed.”  

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And then we have Drew. Oh Drew. Drew…Drew…Drew. I usually have a hard time getting to know side characters in books. I feel sometimes side characters are underdeveloped because authors focus their attention to the main characters. But in my opinion Drew was just as much part of the story as Josh and Nastya were. Drew made me laugh out loud from the second he entered the story and he kept me laughing throughout the entire book. He also says something towards the end of the book that gave me chills and stole my breath away.

This story was painful at times to read, and made my heart hurt, but it was worth it. so worth it. I loved every minute of it.

Go check it out! http://www.amazon.com/Sea-Tranquility-Novel-Katja-Millay/dp/1476730946/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1445886845&sr=8-1&keywords=the+sea+of+tranquility

New release in the Station series. YAY!

About a year ago I stumbled across a book called Dying to Forget by Trish Dawson. Let me just tell you, this book is AMAZING. I fell in love with this story and its characters. I love Piper, Sloan, and Niles. We will get to Niles in just a minute though 😉 This book is part of a series called The Station. The first book (Dying to forget) is free. Its FREE folks, so go grab your copy. Here is a little blub of the book.

Sometimes the day you die is only the beginning of a new job.

Piper Willow dies the summer after her high school graduation and finds herself in a spiritual terminal called the Station. She’s given only two choices: Move on to the unknown where she’ll be forced to spend an eternity in her own personal hell or be trained as a Volunteer and return to Earth as the subconscious for a person in need of outside assistance. Does Piper have what it takes to save a life, to be the nagging voice inside another person’s head? Or will she fail and end up lost and tormented…forever?

“Excuse me, Niles…I mean, Mr. Abbott. But, where are we?”
“I’ll explain everything to you dear, just as soon as we reach the Station.”
“What station? We aren’t in the hospital? Where’s my Dad?”
“No Piper, this isn’t the hospital, and your father is at home…he’s fine. Please, follow me.”
He turns away and continues on through the light. I hang my head, staring at my bare feet as we walk. Even though my cuts are gone, I keep rubbing my arm. It’s soothing. I almost bump into Niles when he stops abruptly.
“We’re here,” he says softly.

The second book is called Dying to Remember.
The next installment in The Station Series by Amazon Bestselling Author, Trish Marie Dawson, takes readers on another lively journey through the after-life adventures of eighteen year old Piper Willow.

Piper has new challenges to overcome, new names to learn and is faced with a new Station occupation. Did she make the right choice – choosing to stay at the Station and become a Volunteer? Does she really want answers to the questions that never leave her mind? How did the Station come to be? What lies beyond? Who is Andurush and what, exactly, does he want with Piper?

She must ask herself once again if she has what it takes…but this time it isn’t about saving lives, it is about discovering what lies beyond death.

Would you want to know?

Third book is called Dying to Return. (So amazingly awesome!!!)
‘Dying to Return’ is the 3rd book in the YA/NA Fantasy, The Station Series. Piper Willow’s adventure in the afterlife continues as she struggles to discover who she is and what is expected of her. Faced with decisions that could change everything, she must weigh her desire to be with the ones she has come to love, or satisfy her curiosity and find out what lies beyond her world with someone new. What Piper experiences and the choices she makes could not only alter the delicate inner workings of the Station, but the delicate balance that Piper has managed to maintain inside herself. In the end, will it all be worth it?

And now this brings me to Niles. Niles gets his own book, and I couldn’t be more excited to read all about it. During this book we will get some answers as to how Niles ended up at the Station. I don’t know about you, but ever since I read the very first book in the Station series, I’ve always been curious as to what happened to Niles. Well now we get to find out.

Fans of reluctant heroine, Piper Willow (The Station Series) will be happy to read this novelette about the charismatic Niles Abbott and how he came to arrive at the Station. Told from his perspective, readers get an insight into the inner workings of Niles’ mind, and his first experiences in the Station after-life. Who was he before he died, and who is he now? The answers are waiting for you…

‘Niles’ is the first of three Station Series novelettes to be released this summer!

Coming Soon – ‘Mallory’ and ‘Kerry-Anne’. (So flipping excited we get to read about these two girls as well!!)

So be sure to grab your copies of these amazing books, I highly recommend it! You wont be disappointed!

The first of three Station Series novelettes has arrived at Amazon!

Sometimes the day you die, is just the first day of your new job.

Fans of reluctant heroine, Piper Willow (The Station Series) will be happy to read this brand new story about her charismatic Intake Specialist, Niles Abbott, and how he came to arrive at the Station. Told from his perspective, readers get an insight into the inner workings of Niles’ mind, and his first experiences in the after-life. Who was he before he died, and who is he now? The answers are waiting for you…

Grab it HERE for only $1.99 on AMAZON

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You can start today with a FREE copy of DYING to FORGET!

Read more about author’s work HERE.

A crazy first month, no seriously so CRAZY

It’s been 23 days since I hit publish on my first book. 23 days y’all and I am still in complete shock that I did it! It’s still sinking in that I am now and indie author. A author. It still weirds me out to say it out loud.

I was at my eye exam yesterday and the doctor asked me if I work, and my first response is always no, I don’t work I stay home with my kids. He kindly told me that staying home is working and its the hardest job someone can have and blah blah blah (which it is hard at times but I don’t look at parenting as a job, its a privilege that I am able to stay with my kids because most people aren’t as fortunate to do the same but anyways), but I stopped him mid sentence and said you know what, YES I do, I do work! I am an author and I published a book and I’m actually making money. Real life money! Not play money like in monopoly, but real money that I can use to pay for this ridiculously overpriced eye exam! I tend to ramble when I’m excited, and say rude things, but hey it happens. And can we all agree that charging someone $85 just to measure the size of my iris is a tad extreme? Not to mention the actual eye exam, then paying for new glasses and contacts, I felt like he robbed me. But I had a huge smile on my face and saying it out loud that I am an author to someone I don’t know felt amazing. I think he was looking at me funny, probably from my outburst of excitement and comment about his high prices, but it was hard to tell because I didn’t have my contacts in. He cleared his throat and told me congratulations then quickly changed the subject. I think I scared him.

I am so excited to start this journey of self publishing (clearly because I have moments of outburst on random people) and I cant wait to see where it takes me!

So thank you! Thank you for your words of encouragements, your kind reviews, your not so kind reviews (I have learned a few things from some of my negative reviews), and I cant wait to share my next story with everyone!

In case you haven’t got your copy yet, here is the link 🙂 http://www.amazon.com/Alive-Holli-Spaulding-ebook/dp/B00K21NCVQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1400881654&sr=1-1&keywords=holli+spaulding

5 beautiful, dark and twisted stars!!

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Behind the beauty lurks a beast.

I told you I wasn’t the good guy little one.

Patience, little one. I want to take my time with you.

So, Teresa Mummert has recently just released a new book called Pretty Little Things. I randomly came across this author last week, and saw that she was expecting a new release soon. I kept seeing reviews about the book, and it was being hyped up and she even had a countdown on her Facebook page, the whole works. Well, I preordered my copy and at 9:00 pm (Hawaii time, one perk about living in Hawaii is you get your books early) that baby was waiting for me on my kindle. I started reading this book with very high expectations because there was so much hype over it, and it did not disappoint. I made a HUGE HUGE mistake starting this book at 9:00 at night. I COULD. NOT. PUT. IT. DOWN. Not only did she write a truly original story, one I have never read before and I’ve read thousands of books, but she drew me in with the twists and plots. I love when an author can make me feel like I’m watching a movie when I’m reading a story. I have the worst book hangover after reading this book and I just didn’t want it to end.

Now lets move on to Colin. Oh Colin, Colin, Colin. He is the ultimate alpha male.

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There were many moments during this book when I thought to myself, I should not be liking this right now, but as the story grows and the anticipation builds, you can’t help but be drawn in on the beautiful disaster.

Ok last little clip of the book. I just cant help it!

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So little ones. I highly recommend you all go out and get your copy right now!

http://www.amazon.com/Pretty-Little-Things-Teresa-Mummert-ebook/dp/B00EEDUC5W/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

 

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My first blog post also happens to be my first blog hop. So you lucky folks get a two for one today

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Well first of all, that’s me. Well half of me. Its the better half of my face, so you’re welcome. I was asked by my sweet friend Anna J McIntyre to participate in a blog hop. My first reaction to this was what’s a blog hop and more importantly how do I make a blog? I am technology challenged. I am like an eighty year old woman from the 1920’s when it comes to working with computers. They terrify and overwhelm me. I should buy and purchase all the computer books for dummies, and get with the times. But anyways, back to the task at hand. I’ve been asked to answer some questions and then direct you to one of my author friends, to see how they will answer the same questions. Fun right?? So here we go.

Question number one. What am I working on?

I am working on my very first novel. This book is like my fifth child. I have put some much time and energy into this story and I can’t wait to share it with everyone! I am hoping to finish this bad boy soon, and move on to my next story. I have a busy year planned for myself and I cant wait to see where the year takes me.

Question number two. How does my work differ from other genre?

I would consider my novel to be in the NA category. Which stands for new adult. There are some really raw and emotional scenes, which might be hard for some people to read or understand, but I want people to fully understand and know what my main character is feeling, why she is the way she is, and how those events shaped her into the person she is now. There are also some steamy scenes in the bedroom, which is why this book falls into the NA category. I tried to keep it clean, but I felt my story was lacking those intimate details and I wanted my readers to connect to my characters, even in the bedroom.

Question number three. Why do I write what I do?

Since this is my first novel I will be answering this question based on what I am doing so far. I am writing this story for many different reasons. Its a story I’ve had in my head for quite some time now, and when the story first came to me, I was just daydreaming. Writing was never something I aspired to do. I am a bookworm. I enjoy reading, and getting lost in the stories I am reading. I am always creating stories in my head, but I never thought to write them down or to make a book out of the stories floating around in my brain. So one day I text messaged my good friend Elizabeth and told her my idea for a story. I stayed up late and wrote a few chapters and sent them to her. She had nothing but positive things to say about what I wrote (she might be biased, but she said she would tell me if it completely sucked, so I suppose I believe her) Three chapters lead to ten chapters, and so on and so forth, and now I almost have a completely finished novel. Its very exciting!

Question number four. How does my writing progress work?

Ha, what’s a writing progress? I have four amazing kids at home, a puppy and a husband. They of course come first, so I sneak in writing when the kids nap, or after they go to bed. I don’t write as much as I would like to, but I try to write as often as I can. Maybe one day Ill have a writing process that’s more exciting and more organized.

Before you hop off, make sure to go check out mystery and romance author Anna J. McIntyre. She will be releasing the fifth book in her Coulson Series – Coulson’s Reckoning – in March 2014. She also has a series out called The Sensual Romance Series, so be sure to check them out! http://annajmcintyreauthor.com/

Thanks for reading my first blog and first blog hop, and don’t forget to go check out that amazing author I was talking about. Happy Reading Folks!