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The Redemption by Brooke Sivendra

The Redemption

by Brooke Sivendra
A Deacon Thomas Novel
Publication Date: January 31, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Thriller

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He dug his hands into the wet, muddy soil, searching for his murdered girlfriend’s remains, but what he found was something very different…

Deacon Thomas is facing his past and fighting for his future—for another chance at happiness. But when a dark secret emerges, one that shatters Marianne’s world, he will be forced to make a decision that will forever change his life.

Deacon couldn’t save Nicole, but he’s determined that history will not repeat itself.

This is his chance for redemption.

The Redemption is the second and final installment of the Deacon Thomas Duet.

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They say time heals all wounds, but that’s a lie. . .

Seven years ago, Deacon Thomas’s girlfriend was brutally murdered. Every single day, he lives with the crushing truth—they killed her to get to him. Time hasn’t healed his wounds. Not even a little. But he’s found one way to survive: to suppress the memories of her—the good and the bad.

Until now. One image changes everything, and whether he wants to or not, life is going to force him to face his past. But life is also going to give him something else: a second chance at
happiness—if he can find the strength to forgive himself.

About Brooke Sivendra

Brooke Sivendra lives in Adelaide, Australia with her husband and two furry children—Milly, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, and Lara, a massive Great Dane who is fifty pounds heavier than Brooke and thinks she is a lap dog!

Brooke has a degree in Nuclear Medicine and worked in the field of medical research before launching her first business at the age of twenty-six. This business grew to be Australia’s premier online shopping directory and Brooke recently sold it to focus on her writing.

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New Book: Over Us Over You

Over Us, Over You

by Whitney G.
Publication Date: December 7, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Subject: Delete this message after you read it…

Dear Hayley,

I’m assuming you’re still hungover, so I’ll make this brief.

Last night, you slipped under my sheets (without my permission), and we almost had sex. I got the hell out of the bed once I realized it was you, and I took you home.

That’s the story.

The end.

Period.

Just in case you’ve forgotten, you’re my best friend’s little sister. We will never be anything more. (We can’t be anything more.) Our previous friendship is still unresolved–or “over” in your terms, so I’d prefer if we worked on becoming ‘just friends’ again since you’re in town.

Nonetheless, I’m not a man who leaves questions unanswered–even the drunken ones, so to properly close our inappropriate conversation:

1) Yes, I liked the way your lips felt against mine when you were on top of me.
2) Yes, I do “prefer” rough sex, but I’m pretty sure I wasn’t rough with you.
3) No, I had no idea you were still a virgin…

This message never happened,
Corey

About Whitney G.

Whitney G. is a twenty-eight-year-old optimist who is obsessed with travel, tea, and great coffee. She’s also a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary novels and the co-founder of The Indie Tea–an inspirational blog for indie romance authors.

When she’s not chatting with readers on her Facebook Page, you can find her on her website at http://www.whitneygbooks.com or on Instagram: @whitneyg.author. (If she’s not in either of those places, she’s probably locked away working on another crazy story.)

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Book review

Review: Marked: Winter (Blood Courtesans)

Marked: Winter (Blood Courtesans)Marked: Winter by Gwen Knight

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ethen Rune is a centuries old vampire used to his solitude. He’s wealthy and disciplined, he expects extreme competence from those around him. Amelia Winters is the baby sister to a family of vampire slayers, she was raised to hate all vampires. When Amelia’s best friend Tessa has a near fatal encounter with a vampire, Amelia must enter the world of blood courtesans to save her friend’s life. Blood courtesans are expected to seduce and satisfy their vampire sponsors. Can Amelia bring herself to seduce the very creature her family has hunted for years? She soon realizes that there are no rules where vampires are concerned and that her own life and heart may be at stake.

At first reading this I thought this was going to be the same old cliché vampire romance. Vampire meets seemingly shy young woman and saves her from a dangerous vampire and they fall in instant love. What I discovered was much more, this is a love story of two people who are not supposed to even like each other falling in love and saving each other. The characters were original and complex. Their relationship progressed quickly but the chemistry was authentic. The story takes place in Chicago where vampires make a home for their selves. Marked builds a world within reality giving readers a clear understanding of vampires and what governs their actions.
The only growth area for this book is the setting could have been strengthened a little more. I would have loved to experience the city more in the writing. Marked: Winter (Blood Courtesans) in a few words is action-packed, at the edge of your seat love story of two enemies falling in love. This book held me captive until the very last page.

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Food for thought

What makes a good book good?

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When studying literature I am taught the story is not good unless the writer pays attention to craft. Every scene has a purpose and every character is placed for the good of the whole story. I am an avid reader; I am also a student studying the craft hoping that one day I can create a masterpiece worthy of reading. Every book I read the voice of my instructors appear in my thoughts. How was the character development? What is the climax in the story? A bunch a questions hit me all at once, when I’m finished assessing I can’t tell if I enjoyed the book or not. There are also books I come across when I read work from an inexperienced writer and I enjoy the book, with the exception of a few grammatical or formatting errors the book takes me hostage and releases me at the end of the last page.

I am not saying that craft has no place, I have read books from authors who use craft as an ingredient crafted masterfully to produce a satisfying reading delight. Their creativity is mostly showcased, using craft as a spice to enhance but not to overpower their literary dish.

My question to you my experienced writers “How do I know what rules I follow and what rules I can break when I study them all? Is there rules for each genre? Or am I doomed to figure out my personal style as a writer by winging it, using  readers as test dummies to see what works? I know where imagination is concerned, there are no rules. How do I practice the craft without being a slave to the rules, or a rebel against all rules? Neither is a good place, I am trying to find my balance.

I want to thank all of my followers for reading and following my posts. Feel free to post your comments, advice or reactions in the comment box.

Thank you again

Sincerely Elle

 

 

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A friend gave me a copy of this book to read and I knew right away that it would be my new beginning on this site. This is the first graphic novel that I’ve read and if all graphic novels are like this I would read them all. The Sculptor is the story of David […]

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I read this book and I came across this review, I think she really deeply understands the book and it was refreshing to read. I hope you enjoy

Book review

Review: The Matchmaker’s Playbook

As an avid reader when you’ve read a lot of books, you start to realize good books are hard to find. Until my buddy Amazon came along, I love that I receive emails with books that fall into my interests. I discovered the matchmaker’s playbook in my daily romance newsletter from Amazon and I decided to give it a try. I subscribe to Kindle Unlimited and the book was available for me to read for free. This is my honest review of this book.

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The Matchmaker’s Playbook starts off as Ian Hunter a playboy and former NFL recruit is waiting for a woman, as you read further you learn about his service to women. He’s a player  who after seeing his sister settle, decided to help good women gain confidence to attract the men that they deserve. With the help of his best friend Lex, Wingmen Inc. was born.

Blake Olsen is one of the guys, she came from a small-town to follow her childhood friend  whose she’s secretly has a crush on to college. She reaches out to Wingmen Inc. to help her snag her crush, only to find out that the obnoxious and hot Ian Hunter is the key to her happiness.

Will Ian help Blake snatch the attention of her childhood crush?

The matchmaker’s playbook is a love story following Ian Hunter the playboy who doesn’t think he deserves love and Blake Olsen a sexy tomboyish nursing student who shows him he needs it.

The story sucked me in from the first page; I enjoyed the high-resolution pictures and rich graphic images.  The  book was moderately paced and the author did not bore me with irrelevant fluff. The story was expertly presented in a manner that kept me locked in from start to finish. I enjoyed the imagery;the surroundings were explained tastefully not taking away from the story. I would definitely recommend this book as a light read. Ms. Van Dyken did a great job with the other characters, she gave just enough to intrigue me so I was emotionally invested in all  the characters at the end of the book.

If I could describe this book in a few words I would say its fun, sexy and light-hearted. Love comes in different forms and this was a cliché free romantic adventure.

I provided a link to The Match maker’s playbook below.

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No book is perfect, but this was a great read.

Currently reading book#2

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Updates

Book Review: coming soon

I special thank you for all the tips I’ve received yesterday, it was extremely helpful. I am currently trying to find the best one that fits me.

The Matchmaker’s playbook by Rachel Van Dyken has held me hostage for a few days.

It is a great read and I hope to share my thoughts with you very soon.
Thank you for visiting

Sincerely Elle