Book Release: Alyeska 12/2/2016 Part 3

Another week closer to the release of my latest novel, and I’m getting so anxious! I’m not one to rush the holidays, but the sooner December gets here, the sooner Alyeska is yours.alyeskacover

I’ve been thinking lately about how long it has been since my last release and all that has happened between The Shoreline and Alyeska. It has been a long time coming for me to complete another book, but with a growing family and full time career, I am happy to say that this one took its sweet time to develop into the gem I am dying to push out to you. It finally came together, and all the pieces it took to finish this puzzle have fallen into place save one. THE RELEASE DATE!

OK, I can’t take it anymore. This week, I’m giving you a sneak peek into this wintery romance, just so you get a taste of the excitement coursing through my veins. This quick glimpse into Kayleigh’s journey to Alyeska Ski Resort and Spa will be the last straw you need to reach my level of eagerness. Get ready, darlings. You’re in for one steamy ride!

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Book Release: Alyeska 12/2/2016 Part 2

If you haven’t realized yet, I am over the moon excited about my latest novel, and cannot wait for the release date. Until then, we are going to hardcore pregame each and every week! Pop a bottle of wine and relax, my friends. Alyeska will be here before we know it!

This week, I would like to share something a little spicier than the name and release date of my newest novel. This week, I think my readers deserve something to be even more excited about than the tiny slice I provided previously. Well, lovelies! Here is the cover for Alyeska!

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Absolutely stunning! Melody Pond did a phenomenal job designing the cover for me, and I give great props to her. I will use her services again in the future, for sure.

This snowy romance may be tucked away in Alaska, but I promise you, it brings the heat! Until next week (or sooner!)…

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This Just In: Book Release Scheduled

This just in: I am editing my latest novel and preparing it for formatting.

Did that come in clear? Need me to repeat it?

I am editing my latest novel and preparing it for formatting!

I am so excited I can barely contain myself. The cover is perfect. The story line is amazing. Ah! It has been three years since my last release, and I can’t wait to share this novel with you.

Each week until the release date, I will give a new piece of glamour for this novel, so be on the lookout! I’m talking about the synopsis, a sneak peek, cover reveal, and even pre-orders and giveaways! This week, we’ll start with the name reveal and release date included in the below still.

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Get ready, my friends. These next few weeks are about to sweep you off your feet and land you right in the heart of the Alyeska Mountains encompassing this whirlwind romance. Break out the hot cocoa and settle in. Until next week..

Book Review: Mine to Keep by Cynthia Eden

Remember my post a few weeks ago? Well, at the end of it, I said I needed to do my homework and not read the next novel in the Mine Series. Guess what I didn’t do?

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Rating: 4

Mine to Keep is the second novel in the Mine series by Cynthia Eden, published and self-published author of romantic suspense and paranormal romance novels. This first novel hooked me into the story of Skye and Trace, and I just couldn’t let them go! I had to know what happened next in their story. Did Trace finally come clean about his past? Would Skye be able to handle the burden of his secrets?

Skye shoved her doubts and fears away. This was Trace. They’d survived hell before. They could survive anything that came their way. “I already have everything,” Skye said softly.. – Mine to Keep by Cynthia Eden

Just a month following the horrific stalker/abductor incident that shook Skye’s world, the nightmares wake her nightly, and Trace’s guards follow her every move, but she demands some normalcy back into her life. Determined now more than ever to start her dance studio, Skye pushes herself beyond her limits to achieve her dreams, but a dark cloud follows her every move. She knows Trace has secrets and has done things he wasn’t proud of, but why couldn’t he trust her enough to share his burden? Didn’t he understand that anything that touched him, touched her, too?

When you put your trust in the wrong person, you opened yourself up for all kinds of hurt. – Mine to Keep by Cynthia Eden 

Trace would do anything to make Skye happy. Shower her with gifts, promise a future, help her get her studio off the ground. He just couldn’t understand why she needed his past, too. There was nothing there that she needed to know, or so he thought. When a ghost from his past comes back to threaten his future, his life, and everything he ever loved and trusted, he faces the very real possibility of losing Skye again, but this time not just by breaking up. He has to let her in, has to reveal his true self, but will it be too late?

***SPOILER ALERT***

Another amazing novel by Eden to add to my love affair with Skye and Trace. I’m hesitant to move on to the third Mine novel because I am still on suspenseful romance clouds, but I am hoping that even though the focus is on new characters introduced in this book that Skye and Trace will still be in the background.

The first novel was absolute tops in my opinion. This second novel while fantastic as well didn’t leave me with the same happy sigh at the end. There was a whole scene dedicated to Skye being upset that Trace basically watched her from afar for ten years plus had guards on her without her knowledge, but I really didn’t understand why she was upset until the very end of it. I wish her feelings had been fleshed out a bit more, but once her “I was put in a cage that I didn’t even know I was in,” speech came about, I was totally on board!

Then the ending left me hanging a bit. Trace comes back, but what happens next? Back to the penthouse? Back to the private island? Marriage, babies? Don’t leave me hanging, Cynthia! 🙂 I love this romance between Skye and Trace, and feel that Skye became even stronger in this novel than the first. Hopefully, they are still secondary characters in the rest of the Mine series, but I won’t know until my homework is finished. (Wink, Wink)

Find The One Who Will Lift You Up

Af0sF2OS5S5gatqrKzVP_SilhoutteIt has been twelve years that my husband and I have been together, and I couldn’t imagine my life without him. I’m normally the more romantic of the two of us, and today, I’m feeling extra mushy. I have tried our entire relationship to explain to him what he means to me, but I’m better with written words than I am with spoken. No matter how much I write or speak, though, it never seems enough.

How do you explain to someone that literally saved your life how much they mean to you?

As a teenager, I got mixed up with a bad crowd and an even worse relationship. My last middle school year through my early high school years were the darkest parts of my life. I have a lot of regrets during those years, but my biggest mistakes were when I hurt the man I love. I was a young kid then, but those mistakes still haunt me. Not because they have any effect on our relationship (he says he never thinks about it unless I bring it up), but because I realize now how naive I had been and how much pain I had caused my now husband.

Through all the mistakes and all the irresponsible decisions I made, he stood by me, and I couldn’t be more thankful that he did. He helped me through those horrid years and brought me back to life in the light. Without him, I know I wouldn’t be where I am, let alone the person I am today. He saved me from a life I never want to think I would’ve lived, and although I have tried, I don’t think I will ever be able to thank him, or show him how much I appreciate him enough.

I always tell him that he pulls me up and allows me to float in the clouds, pushes me to dream even the wildest of possibilities like becoming a writer while I keep him grounded, the realist of us two and knower of all things Household Chamberlin. Without him, I would have never pursued writing or self-published any of my works. Honestly, I don’t know that I would have any of the things I have in my life right now if he wasn’t my other half.

How do you show enough gratitude to someone who has given you and helped you achieve everything you have ever dreamed of?

I am so thankful and blessed for the photo-1465508421127-4cbee06c9e73life I have with my husband and now talking-and-toddling daughter because without either of them, I wouldn’t be as happy as I am now. And maybe one day, I will think of a way to repay my husband for all he has done for me over the years. Maybe when we are old and gray, and I have to remind him where he put his teeth in order for him to eat his favorite meal will he finally understand exactly how much I love him.

Book Review: Mine to Take by Cynthia Eden

It has been a while since I have actually sat down and read a book. With school, work, and my daughter, I just haven’t been able to find the time. Well, last night, I finally did it! I read a whole book in about three hours with interruptions, of course, such as bath and bedtime routine. It was a quick read, relatively short book, but it packed a whopping punch.18053913

Mine to Take by Cynthia Eden

Rating: 4.5 Stars

I love Cynthia Eden! I have read her entire Bound series which hooked me on her as an author, and just recently found this novel since it was a freebie on Amazon. (One of the best ways for an Indie Author to market themselves because I went searching for the next book in the series and purchased it!) She is a semi-Indie Author who has been published by various firms, but takes pride in her independent accomplishments, and as well she should. I have yet to read a novel that I did not thoroughly enjoy by her! And Mine to Take is no different.

Skye Sullivan is a talented prima-ballerina who had a car accident which maimed her leg and stripped her of her ability to dance professionally. With a long past of darkness, Skye is used to feeling fear and pain, but for months before her accident, she feels as if someone had been watching her, breaking into her apartment and moving things, even stealing her underwear from her drawers. The police didn’t believe her before, nor after her accident, so she turned to the one man she knew she could count on. A man from her dark past she had never been able to forget.

Some men left a mark on a woman, a mark that went far beneath the skin. – Mine to Take by Cynthia Eden

Skye seems to be a frail woman, but her soul is strong. After her parents died when she was a child, she bounced through the system, never feeling safe or unafraid. She lived with the fear and pain until she found her way to a dance floor. She had found her release and her passion, but one man would always trump her need to dance.

Trace Weston is a self-made millionaire who pulled himself from the slums and into high society in a way he would never admit. His security firm based its riches on corporations, but when Skye walks into his office with a bone chilling story of a stalker, he dedicates all of his resources to protecting, including himself. He had let her go once before, and he wouldn’t make that mistake again, but before he could have her the way he wanted, he had to make sure she was safe.

There were some things a man could never forget. – Mine to Take by Cynthia Eden

Trace had met Skye as a teenager, saved her the first night they had met, too. He was a dominate man, strong and powerful in demeanor, and when it came to Skye, his reflex was to keep her close. She was the one that got away, but he wouldn’t let her go a second time.

***SPOILER ALERT***

There were so many twists and turns in the short novel that I absolutely loved. The pace kept you on the edge of your seat, and you constantly questioned who the stalker was. Eden almost had be convinced that it was Trace when the detective was grilling him at the police station in front of Skye, but the scene where she was dancing in the club and practically begged Trace not to be the stalker convinced me it wasn’t him. The vulnerability of Trace and Skye in that moment was beautiful!

The only thing I wish that would have played out a bit more was the captive scene toward the end when Loxley went to where he had Skye imprisoned, and he was going to take her away, so that Trace or anyone else couldn’t find her. It seemed so very short that he was going to clean her up, and she thought that Trace was dead, but on the other hand, it was kind of a relief that it wasn’t too drawn out. Stalker situations like that can be a bit dark and aggressive, so not pushing the boundary too hard was a bit welcoming after all the main characters had been through.

All and all, a great quick read when you are hungry for a good book, but are strapped for time. Now on to homework. Boo! I want to read Mine to Keep!

Book Review: Perfect Strangers by Rebecca Sinclair

As a writer, I truly believe I find inspiration in all sorts of places; I’ve found it in music, movies, and in other’s written works. There are times where a little pick me up is necessary for me to continue a story, so I’ll turn to a contemporary romance novel, or a mystery thriller novel to help me continue. Recently, I’ve been reading some historical romance novels. These have been my first venture into this sub-genre, and I can definitely say I’ll be back for more!

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Book Review: Beautiful Disaster Part 2

After my previous posting on this novel, I read into some other people’s reviews, wondering how well the book was viewed by others since it has become one of my top five favorite. I was very interested in what I found.   While the majority of the reviews were all filled with very well received comments, there were more than a few of them claiming the book was based on an abusive relationship.

WHAT?!

First of all, there are no signs of physical abuse in this novel whatsoever, so let me put the potential reader at ease before I continue. Never once do either main characters or any of the sub characters touch each other with anything other than love except when Travis is MMA like fighting, then he kicks butt, but other than that, there are no signs of physical abuse. There is no verbal abuse, either. The only abuse I can think these people are somehow relating to is mental, but even that is a stretch.

Never once do either of the main characters, Abby and Travis, make the other feel unworthy of love or unhappy with themselves. Mental abuse in a relationship is when a partner makes the other party feel less of a person. Jamie McGuire never once allows her characters to go to that level, therefore, I have no clue what these people are talking about.  Throughout the novel there are a lot of give and takes within the Abby and Travis relationship, but neither one of them ever cross a line in their relationship that verges on abuse, so the only thing I can think people are skewing is that Abby and Travis live to torture each other. Shep, Travis’s roommate and cousin, even says that very line on page 249 right before they go to the first fraternity date party. They make each other crazy, sometimes jealous on purpose, but it is only because they have never experienced a love that unfolds throughout the novel.

Travis and Abby both have a love that is so deep and passionate. It is something that few ever experience, and something that most people are afraid of because they don’t understand it, but it is not something that the two characters do not want. There is never a time throughout the novel that either character actually comes out and says that they do not want what the other is giving, or that they need help out of the situation because they do not want it. So as two grown adults are in a relationship and have so much feeling toward each other, I am confused at where these people think the abuse is.

Travis is a fighter which just further points to his personality in love. He loves Abby so much, body and soul, that being without her is something that he cannot live with. If you have never felt that way about somebody, felt so strongly for someone that if they were not part of your life then you would fall apart, then you have never felt true love. A love so pure that you didn’t know you were looking for it or missing it until you found it.

This type of passion is not for the weak minded, but I promise, for those that know what this all consuming love is like, you will not be disappointed in this novel.

 

Giveaway!

Signing “The Shoreline”.

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