Friday, April 26, 2013

Cover Reveal for "Resplendent" MJ Abraham

Author: MJ Abraham
Title: Resplendent
Release Date: Summer 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chicklit
Cover Designer: B Design


Savannah Martinez and Andres Rivera have been friends since high school. She knew him better than anyone else and he was the only one she confided in. 
But fate wasn’t on their side. When she gave him the chance to turn their relationship into something more, he let her go.
Heartbroken, and with time against them, she kept her distance in more ways then one. Now, years later, Savannah is back in town for good and he realizes how big the hole she left in his heart is.
When a secret comes to light, forcing a deeper wedge between them, Andres finds himself fighting for the one woman he may have already lost. Will he ever get a second chance to live his life with the woman of his dreams? Andres is determined to win her back, and sometimes there is no better time than the present.


It takes a lot more energy to bury pain then it does to confront it.
Savannah closed her eyes and tried to focus on the humming of the bathroom vent. She didn’t want to care about what was going on; it was just hair after all. She had cried enough during and after the funeral in front of her Madrina and her family. If Lola saw her shed any more tears she’d probably get angrier at Carmin for being so careless. There was no need for more fighting—everyone was under stress and adapting. They kept tiptoeing around her like she might break.
She didn’t want the tears that threatened to spill over her cheeks. Right now, all she wanted to focus on was the vent. But the hair clippers kept breaking into her thoughts.
Clip, clip, clip.
She squeezed her eyes to hold in the waterfall and said a small prayer for strength.
This was silly. It was just hair. It would grow back. But her hair had been beautiful; almost to her waist and a dark brown that could be confused with black if there was no sunlight hitting it. Everyone commented on the thickness and slight curl at the tips. It was exactly like her mom’s hair and that’s what hurt her the most. She took in a deep breath to calm her nerves.
“I’m sorry about this Nena,” Lola, her godmother, said. “You’ve always had such great hair… like your Mami. I used to tease her that I was going to chop off her hair so they could make a wig out of it for me.”
When Savannah didn’t reply, Lola continued, “The good thing is your hair grows quickly. I promise I will be sure that Carmin doesn’t let this happen again.”
No! Carmin was already in trouble. What more could she get punished for?
Savannah opened her mouth to speak and felt her lip crack. It was as if all the water in her body was being held behind her eyes, leaving her lips as dry as the Sahara. She swallowed the lump that was logged in her throat before speaking.
“No, Madrina. It was an accident. Carmin apologized. And this hair was difficult to style anyway, I wanted a cut for my new school.”
It was a half lie. Yes, it took a lot of work to get it styled slick straight and she did want a new haircut—but really just the tips, not eleven inches. She didn’t say any of that, though. Being new to their home, the last thing she wanted was to be a bother.
Her godmother stayed quiet but Savannah could see through the corner of her eye how tense she was with her pinched lips and careful movements. Taking one final snip, she lowered her eyes to the floor where the long, dark strands had fallen. Strands that were clumped up and held together by dry, nasty, Dubble Bubble gum. Ready to be swept away and discarded. Like her parents had been swept away from her life. Her chin started to tremble and Savannah bit her tongue hard in an effort to calm down.
“There,” Lola said and put down the hair brush. They both looked up into the bathroom mirror at her reflection. Trying to imagine herself without the red eyes and slumped posture, Savannah still hated it. Was it bad? Did it look hideous? No, but she hated the change. She clenched her hands to keep her fingers from touching it. Another unwanted change.
“I have something for you, something I found in my box of old albums,” Lola said and grabbed her hand, pulling her into the master bedroom.
While Lola went inside the walk-in closet, Savannah stopped to look at the small pencil markings that showed how tall Carmin was growing. She smiled when she ran her finger up the wall and noticed she had been added. She remembered Lola insisting she be measured as well, so she and her husband would always be able to see how tall both girls were getting. Savannah, usually taller than most of the guys in her class, used to wish for Carmin’s average height. Carmin envied Savannah’s long legs. At the age of thirteen, neither one were satisfied with how they looked. “Your mother made this for me a few years ago, and I thought it would be best if you kept it.”
She turned and tried to keep her composure when she saw Lola with watery eyes and her arms outstretched holding what looked like a photo album.
It was soft brown leather with that hint of what Savannah called closet smell. The smell of storage and past memories. Savannah opened it to reveal a scrapbook of pictures. She turned each delicate page and felt lightheaded when she saw how detailed her mother had been. What started out with just pictures of her mother and Lola became more of a family album. There was writing, important dates, and information on each page. She stopped to pull out a picture of her with her parents in front of a log cabin in Colorado.

“Navidad 1996: First time seeing snow. We spent the day playing with it and then went out for hot chocolate.”

That picture took her back to such a wonderful time, when she didn’t have a care in the world. She looked up at her godmother and smiled; her first genuine smile since she’d moved in with her, and couldn’t help walking to her for a hug. Lola gently rubbed her back as she cried on her shoulder. There are only so many tears you can hold back before you feel like you might explode.
“I thank your mother for taking those pictures of all of us and of me and my family. She always had a camera in her hands and was so good at it.”
Savannah sniffed and pulled back to wipe at her eyes.
“I remember she gave me my first real camera just a few years ago. I had started to learn some tricks she had picked up in her classes.”
Lola nodded and twirled a finger around Savannah’s hair. “Yes, you both have that creative gene. Pictures are so important, especially at times like these. A little treasure you can always go back to.”
Savannah agreed and went back to her bedroom—the one she shared with Carmin, who was still lying down on her bed and sniffling. Savannah knew Carmin was ticked off about having her TV privileges taken away. The punishment was only for two nights, but she understood. She knew how bad it felt when what you loved and enjoyed was taken away. Taking in a deep breath, she put the album down on the dresser and walked the few steps to Carmin’s full-size bed and lay beside her, facing her back, and wrapped her arm around her waist. Carmin had dark hair as well, but curlier and thicker. Just as gorgeous, even though Carmin hated it.
“I’m sorry about your hair…”
Savannah hugged her tighter. “I know you are.”
“I can’t believe I fell asleep with gum in my mouth.”
“It’s ok Carmin; I should have been laying down on my own bed anyway.”
She turned around then and looked at her. Her eyes were big and brown. She always had pretty eyes.
“But I like it when you lay down with me; it’s as if I have a sister.”
She brought up her hand to brush the now short strands behind Savannah’s ear.
“Do you like your new hair style?”
Savannah didn’t want to say the truth and make her feel worse so she nodded.
Would she really be able to fit in with her family? They’d known each other their whole lives, their moms had been best friends when they were little - but spending time with someone on weekends and holidays versus living with them day in and day out were two different things.
Still, Savannah smiled at Carmin’s endearment.
“I thought you didn’t want a sister.”
It was meant to tease her but when Carmin lowered her eyes, she felt guilty instead. She remembered a conversation where Carmin told her she didn’t want siblings so she wouldn’t have to share. They had both laughed and cheered that they were lucky to be only children. But that was years ago, she shouldn’t have said that.
Savannah took her hand in hers and squeezed. “Sisters forever.”
Carmin smiled back and leaned in to hug her. A drunk driver might have taken her parents away from her. But now, she gained a sister.

About the Author:

MJ Abraham lives in bipolar weather Florida with a husband that makes her laugh and a superhero son that calls her his Princess. She has a degree in Business Administration from Nova University but finds the people in her head to be much more interesting. She is a lover of clever words, reading way past her bedtime, and zombies. She may or may not be as random as her bio.

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Twitter: @MJAbraham12


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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Review: "Captive In The Dark" by CJ Roberts

5 Rocked My World Off It's Axis & Shocked Me Into Submission Stars

"Captive In The Dark" by CJ Roberts

Loved this book...

Well, I've written notes about both CITD & SITD over the time since I read them, it took me a while to wrap my head around this amazing, shocking, enthralling, emotionally captivating complex story.

I fell in love with Caleb from the moment I read about him watching Livvie wait for the bus. I was filled with a mixture of false hope and assumed relief at their first run in... My heart was broken at their next encounter. I was both shocked and enthralled by this entire book. (By the entire series really, but I'll get to that in my review of "Seduced In The Dark" or SITD)

I both loved and hated Caleb throughout the book. He made me feel safe, confused, happy (yes....that's right, happy) terrified, made me cry and Caleb hurt my feelings pretty damn badly too.

Caleb... oh my poor tortured soul, Caleb. The glimpses we get of Caleb's past through his memories show that there's more than meets the eye with him.

The book starts off with Caleb feeling conflicted... Watching this young woman, Olivia (Livvie) while she waits for a bus. She's the perfect match for what he's looking for. He's made a commitment & has a job to do, and nothing is going to stop him from doing it or cause him to let his mentor down. The things that the need for revenge will push you to do.

Livvie, the sweet, quiet seemingly docile girl who turns out to be surprisingly willful. She is a fighter, but even more importantly Livvie is a headstrong survivor.

Caleb is both Livvie's protector and tormentor, they're both conflicted and confused by their feelings.

Will Livvie find the strength that she needs to survive this? Will they both understand and come to terms with their feelings?

While all this is happening between Caleb & Livvie, there are darker things on the horizon. Things that Caleb and Livvie are to be a part of. Plans set in motion that cannot be stopped. Does Caleb's will falter? Can he follow through with his promises?

Captive In The Dark is amazing, and I immediately downloaded Seduced In The Dark and started reading it when I was finished reading CITD.

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.

Review by: Stacy Bailey Darnell/Literary Mania Reviews

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Eeeeep!!! "Epilogue" by CJ Roberts is up for PRE-ORDER!!!

OMG!!! We can PRE-ORDER: "Epilogue" by CJ Roberts​​

Releases on June 15th!!!

Hurry! Go & pre-order " Epilogue" now!!!

This series is AMAZING!!! I've been working on adding my reviews to my blog while keeping y'all up on cover reveals, blog tours and new releases so to celebrate the pre-order & get ready for this awesome book release, I'm going to grab my notes I've made & write up my reviews for book 1 "Captive In The Dark" and book 2 "Seduced In The Dark" if y'all haven't read these, they are amazing! It's such a complex storyline with plots and sub plots and twists & turns... It's not a series for the faint of heart... Which I thought I was, until I read these 2 books, I quickly found out what term "mindfuck book" meant. I love Caleb & Livvie sooo hard! CJ takes you on a unbelievable & amazing journey!

I have both books signed and on my keeper shelf... Hopefully will one day add Epilogue to it as well ;-)

I have to say that CJ Roberts has turned me into a Dark Duet Junkie... I HAVE TO HAVE MORE.....!!!

WARNING: This book may contain very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Review of "The Mistaken" by Nancy S. Thompson

"The Mistaken" by Nancy S. Thompson

An amazing romantic, suspenseful thriller... 5 stars!

Nancy S. Thompson has written an edge of your seat yet heart wrenching/heart warming story. It has twists and turns that keep you guessing! I was riveted to my kindle reading events as they unfolded... 

The absolute tragedy that her two protagonists experience is immense. There were several scenes that I thought, no, this is not happening! There was a scene in particular that I literally just felt like I wished I could close my own eyes and not "watch through the protagonist's eyes" at what was happening! My stomach felt sick with dread... My heart heavy at what I feared was coming. I felt anger at the individuals responsible. 

How her two protagonist with completely different lives can be thrust into the need to fight for survival, because of a monumental mistake and learn to trust, work together and forgive, proves that redemption is possible even at the darkest time in someone's life. 

This is not a bubblegum book... Bad things happen and lives are forever changed, but the choices made and the consequences and results are part of what makes this so bittersweet. The decisions to heal, forgive and move on are hard ones to make, the act of doing just that is more difficult than one can imagine. 

The way Nancy finished the story was very satisfying for my own feelings of the need for retribution. The wrap up was amazing... No, I didn't get everything I wanted to happen, but that's what makes these stories feel more real. 

The gift of love and ultimately finding happiness is unexpected and very fulfilling. 

I can't wait to read more from this author! 

Review by: Stacy Bailey Darnell/Literary Mania Reviews

Here are Nancy's Dream Cast pictures & a few location pictures to check out :-)





Tyler & Jillian's neighborhood in Noe Valley

San Francisco General Hospital
Beck and Hannah's house on The Plateau

The Sammamish Plateau


All Tyler Karras wants is to enjoy life with his expectant bride. What he gets instead is a graveside seat at her funeral. With the woman who killed her uncharged and still free, all Ty wants now is revenge.

His brother, Nick, has dangerous connections and suggests a sadistic plan:  grab the woman responsible and hand her over to his associates--sex-traffickers in San Francisco's Russian Mafia. They offer Ty more than he dreamed possible. In exchange for the woman, they'll finally let his brother leave the business for good--with his debt wiped clean and his heart still beating.

There's just one problem:  Ty kidnaps the wrong woman.

Now he must protect Hannah Maguire from the very enemy he's unleashed, but the Russians are holding Nick as leverage to force Ty to complete the deal. Caught in a no-win situation, Ty must find a way to save himself, his brother, and the woman, but with the Russian Mafia, even two out of three makes for very long odds.