Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Three Book Review


Love in the City Series

 Kat Williams is a spirited young professional recovering from a painful breakup with her cheating ex-fiancĂ©. Working late on New Year's Eve, she's one of the last employees to leave the office and hasn't heard about a snowstorm hitting the Chicagoland area.

Driving home on snow-covered roads, she loses control of her car and becomes stranded on Lake Shore Drive. Trapped by the storm's wrath, she's rescued by perfect stranger Drew Michaels, a sweet and handsome cure for her broken heart.

Yale University freshman Ally Brown is spending her first Thanksgiving away from home. Feeling alone and restless in a deserted dormitory, she sets off on an adventure to tour the amazing holiday window displays along New York City's Fifth Avenue.

But her plans get sidetracked as she switches from tourist to stalker after spotting her crush, Jack Prescott, who is taking the same train into the city. He's the handsome Editor in Chief of the Yale Daily News and the man of her dreams—if only she could work up the courage to speak to him.

Certain that it would take a miracle for Jack to notice her, Ally experiences her own "Miracle on 34th Street" when things take an surprisingly romantic turn, thanks to a little Magic at Macy's.


Meet Emily Norris. A single, but hopeful, young flight attendant who's trying to survive the holiday made for lovers. She plans on spending the evening with her best friend Monica. Add a chick flick, some wine and February 15th can't arrive fast enough.

However, Emily's night and plans take an unexpected turn when she finds Ethan Murphy, aka The Panty Dropper, knocking at her door. Find out what fate has in store when these two are struck by Cupid's arrow.  



Liv resides in Manhattan with her husband of twenty-eight years. They have three grown daughters who are scattered across the United States. She was raised in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri and feels blessed to have a supportive and close family.

She received a B.S. in Communication from the University of Maryland. Currently, Liv is writing and publishing her short story series, Love in the City, while completing her first novel.


I enjoyed every book very much. They were quick, fun reads that could easily be that final read before bedtime entertainment. My favorite among the three would have to be Magic at Macy’s because of the originality of the story. It wasn’t predictable, at least not to me, and the twist was endearing and made me want to hang on to my hubby just a bit tighter. My least favorite was Perfect Strangers. For some reason, I just didn’t feel the connection between the two characters like I did in other books. And in The Panty Dropper – what can I say? I loved the whole cat & mouse flirting during dinner. I could’ve lived without the prologue and epilogue, but that’s just me. My overall rating is 4 heels.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

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Talented, a YA Paranormal/Dystopian Romance

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"If James Bond and Sookie Stackhouse had a love child with a yearning for vengeance, her story would be TALENTED: an adventure about powerful teenagers who aren’t afraid to embrace their fears and fight for what they believe in."

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Most Kissable Character contest

Welcome to the Author to Author Most Kissable Character Valentine Contest!

The Author to Author group has a wonderful contest in celebration of the most romantic day of the year: Valentine's Day. 

From now until February 13th at midnight, you can vote for the Most Kissable Character (characters listed below). The winning character's author will post a snippet/outtake/sneak peek from their book for you to enjoy!

So sit back, scroll down, and meet some of the hottest characters in fiction. Don't forget to click the SurveyMonkey link at the end (and leave the Author to Author group a little love via a comment). 
Have an idea for a contest you'd love to see? Let us know! We're always looking for some great ideas to connect with readers!

Book title: The End of All Things
Name: Justin Thatcher
Eye Color: Dark brown
Hair Color: Dark brown
Profession: Ex Special Forces soldier
Special Abilities/Talents: The man you'd want
around in case of an apocalypse, Justin is skilled in combat and survival
Why he's the most kissable: Beneath that
tough, ruthless exterior, Justin's got a heart as sweet and soft as melted

Purchase The End of All Things by Lissa Bryan at The Writer's Coffee Shop Website

Book title: MORE

Name: Caleb Foster 

Eye Color: Blue (kinda)

Hair Color: Dark Brown

Profession: Protector of the Race/Student/Physics Tutor 

Special Abilities/Talents: Superior strength and speed, heightened senses, compelling people and
blurring memories, an ability to shift from place to place with only a

Why he’s is the most kissable character: At first, Caleb comes off as a bit of a nerd – I mean seriously, he is a
physics tutor after all, and look at that hair - and those glasses! But peel
below the layers (and the hoodies) and va-va-voom! There’s more to him than
meets the eye, and we’re not talking Transformers here. One top of that, he’s
got a heart of gold. Sure, he’s dedicated to his job as a Protector of the
Race, but when it comes to doing his duty or doing what’s right (like
protecting Ava) – he’s going to make the right decision. 

Purchase MORE by T.M. Franklin at AmazonBarnes and NobleThe Writer's Coffee Shop WebsiteiBooksKobo

Book title: Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever

Tristan White

Eye Color: 

Hair Color: 

Venture Capitalist

Special Abilities/Talents: 
who knows the canon of the Kama Sutra from front to back. He dispenses orgasms
as if they are party favors at your own private party. 

Why he’s the most kissable character: 
Keisha says Tristan’s tongue should be registered as a lethal weapon due to his
ability to exact pleasure with it!

Purchase Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever by LV Lewis at Amazon

Book Titles: Redemption and Revisited 

 Ryan Edwards

Eye Color: 
Dark Brown

Hair Color: 

Angel of death

Special abilities: 
transport anything or anyone to any spot in the universe.

Why he is most kissable: He spent the remaining years of his human life searching the globe for
his wife. Even in the afterlife, he never gave up his search. Now that they
have been reunited, a love that has spanned a century can be fulfilled. Who
wouldn't want to kiss someone that dedicated to the love of his eternity?

Purchase Redemption and Revisited by Lindsey Gray at Amazon and The Writer's Coffee Shop

Book titles: Riverbend and Rapid Water

Name: Will Sundback

Eye Color: 

Hair Color: 
Dark Brown

Runs the family's remodeling and construction business.

Special Abilities/Talents: 
athletic and proficient in most sports, basketball being his favorite.
Dependable and kind.

Why he is the most kissable: 
Will is
caring and kind while always remaining brutally honest. He has a lovable,
confident, and sometimes cocky personality.

Purchase Riverbend and Rapid Water by Andrea Goodson at Amazon

Book title: Wraith
Name: Connor
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Dark
Profession: Student
Abilities/Talent: Can
see ghosts
Why he’s the most
kissable: When
the supernatural Big Bads to big bad, you want him on your side, that is, if he
can stay out of trouble long enough to be there.

Purchase Wraith by Angel Lawson at Amazon

Book: Are You Mine?

Name: Fox

Eye Color: 

Hair Color: 
Light Brown


Special Abilities/Talents: 
artist, portrait artist, manga artist.

Why he is the most kissable: 
Fox is a
hopeless romantic, and no matter how difficult life maybe, he always focuses on
the positives. Plus, look at those lips!

Purchase Are You Mine? by N.K.Smith in March/April of 2013. Keep an eye out at N.K.Smith Writes (blog)

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Book Title: Legacy of a Dreamer

Name: Mathias

Eye Color: Blue

Hair: Dark Blonde

Profession: Warrior of the Contrite Lineage

Special Abilities/Talents: Protector
& Guardian of the Oracles, assigned to keep Chantal safe. He has inhuman
strength and power, and has the ability to move through the Shade where evil
lurks to harm mankind. He has an incredible heart and falls for Chantal
quickly. It doesn't hurt that he has an insane body, too. 

Why he's the most kissable: 
He's handsome, fearless, and always puts his woman first. Always ;)

Purchase Legacy of a Dreamer by Allie Jean at The Writer's Coffee Shop Website

Book title: The Future of Our Past &
Don’t Forget to Remember Me, Books One and Two, The Remembrance Trilogy
Name: Ryan Matthews 
Eye Color: Dark blue
Hair Color: Golden Brown
Profession: Medical Student/Doctor
Talents/Abilities: “Hi! Kahlen, (the chick that
writes my story), said I have to tell you about my special abilities and
talents, but no dude likes to talk about himself; for sure not me! I will say
I’m passionate about two things, my woman and my career. I’ve always wanted to
be a doctor, but nothing is more important to me than Julia. I’d sacrifice
everything just to see her smile.”
Why he’s the
most Kissable: “I had to ask Jules why I
was the most kissable because I’m like, ‘seriously?’ She said that I’m every
woman’s dream; being handsome, tall, and built, doesn’t hurt, but mostly it’s
how much I love her and always put her first that seals the deal. She also said
I’m not just kissable, but lickable. I’m rolling my eyes at it all because I’m
a modest guy, but I have to admit that last part got me grinning like the cat
that ate the canary! As long as my girl’s the canary… I’m golden!”

Purchase The Future of Our Past & Don’t Forget to Remember Me, Books One and Two, The Remembrance Trilogy by Kahlen Aymes at AmazonSmashwordsBarnes and Noble

Book Title: Talented

Erik Kelley

Eye Color: Turquoise

Hair Color: Brown

Profession: Hunter-
a special forces operative for the government

Able to mimic the talents of others

Why he is the Most Kissable Character: It may be cliché, but having him throw his life on the line for the girl
he loves just makes us want to bite that sexy bottom lip

Purchase Talented by Sophie Davis at Amazon

Ready to vote? 

CLICK HERE to vote for who YOU think is the Most Kissable Character!

Check back on February 14th to see who won and for an excerpt or a sneak peek from the winning author! 

authors (in order of character appearance in this blog): Lissa Bryan, T.M. Franklin, LV Lewis, Lindsey Gray, Andrea Goodson, Angel Lawson, N.K.Smith, Allie Jean, Kahlen Aymes, Sophie Davis

Friday, February 8, 2013

After the Fear by Rosanne Rivers

We here at FMLA are participating in this year's Book Blogger Fair, featuring some of the best up and coming novelists and featuring books of all genres. Today, we take a look at the world described in After the Fear by Rosanne Rivers
Title: Thinking of visiting the UK in year 2101?

Where to visit from: After the Fear

So, you’re thinking of visiting the UK in year 2101? Well, as you have probably heard, the Shepherds’ country is a vibrant place full of culture, criminals and the ancestors of those laden with Debt. But the best thing about this unusual place has to be the murderous Demonstrations.

Of course, no one from outside the country is allowed into the cities, but I managed to sneak over a few borders, including a visit to the mythological ‘training camp’, also known as city Zulu.

City Juliet

Most famous for its production of not one, but two famous Demonstrators (including that Demonstration!), city Juliet is situated in the middle of this small country. Watch out for a large beehive-esque building which used to harbour hundreds of tiny shops. Thought to be where the Debt began years ago, this has now been converted into an office complex dedicated to regulating Debtbook. It resembles a rather large blue blob covered with tiny silver dots.

Stadium: What used to be a rather sad stone affair has bloomed into an arena equipped with audience heaters, fixed floodlights, surround sound speakers and instant recognition of your scan chip (meaning you don’t have to scan in!) as well as handheld devices which enable you to vote for who you believe will die first.

Highlight- Juliet October Tryouts in 2102. If the last tryout was anything to go by, this is a must-watch!!

City Alpha

By far the biggest of the cities, Alpha is rife with rumours that this was once the capital of England, also known as London. The people here are generally considered affluent (what a joke) as they have paid off most of their Debt. Watch out for The Alpha Eye: a strange circular contraption which stretches high into the sky. It has translucent pods which rotate, showing the person inside the whole city.

Highlight: The Stadium, of course. Twice as wide as any other city’s Stadium, with lights snaking around each pillar and usually containing twice the amount of contestants battling it out!

City Zulu (the training camp)

If I thought the other cities were hard to get out of, I was a fool after seeing this. Surrounded by a gate which only opens on the instruction of the Shepherds, my initial reaction to this place was that it was a cold, desolate world. However, despite the morbid reason for the camp (so those chosen to pay the Debt can train to kill as many criminals as possible before their tour ends, or worse, they are killed), once I was inside, I saw a different story.

The Demonstrators forge friendships, and even relationship with one another. They seem to support each others’ fights by watching/cheering them on via a large digiscreen. The resident Shepherd, Shepherd Fines, is a rather young chap who delights in socialising with the teenage Demonstrators. How they feel about him, however, I am not sure of.

The camp is mainly made up of fields, gyms and pod dormitories. Shepherd Fines is known to throw parties for his Demonstrators, who he seems to treat as beloved pets. There is a general downcast feeling to the camp if one of the Demonstrators dies during their Demonstration, but as is the nature of the game, the others must learn to live with it and continue to train. They know that otherwise, it may be them next.

Although brutal, this camp is my favourite place so far. Now, I just need to find a way of getting out...


After the Fear

You have not attended a Demonstration this month.

In Sola’s city, everyone obeys the rules. Stay away from the trigger cameras and regularly update your Debtbook, and you just might survive. But having to watch the way criminals are dealt with—murdered by Demonstrators in the Stadium—is a law Sola tries to avoid. When a charming Demonstrator kisses her at a party, however, she’s thrust into the Stadium and forced into the very role she despises.

Armed with only natural resourcefulness and a caring nature, Sola narrowly survives her first bout. Her small success means she’s whisked off to a training camp, where she discovers a world beyond the trigger cameras and monitoring—a world where falling in love with a killer doesn’t seem so terrible.

Yet life as a Demonstrator has no peace. Sola must train her way through twenty-five more Demonstrations before she can return home to her father. At the end of each battle, only one survivor remains.

Sola could face anyone in the Stadium . . . even a loved one.

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Rosanne Rivers

Rosanne lives in Birmingham, UK and considers it one of her favourite cities, second only to Rome. She delights in writing for children and young adults and hopes to bring readers to an unfamiliar yet alluring setting. Rosanne was inspired to write when she read the Harry Potter books, and at age fourteen, she wrote romance fanfiction on just about every pairing you could dream up from the HP series. She currently lives with her partner and two bunny rabbits and is working on a post-apocalyptic adventure book for middle grade readers.
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