Celebrating #Chicklit in This Week’s Friday Book Round-Up #amreading #books #bookreview


Friday Book Round Up

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! May is International Chick-Lit Books month and in honor of this, I created my top ten must reads. Call it chick-lit or women’s fiction, it’s one of my favorite genres. Why? It’s funny, irreverent and at the core it’s all about falling in love. The characters are honest, real and could be you (if you were female) or me. So without further ado, here are my top ten (yes, they’re in order):

1- Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

I remember the moment when I was introduced to this book. The Random House rep pulled me aside and whispered in my ear, “You have to read this book. It’s going to be huge!” I nodded as she handed me the ARC. I took it home that night and read it the next day (my day off) in one sitting. I laughed, I rolled my eyes and swooned over the devilishly handsome Luke.

Becky is a shopaholic and the ironic thing is that she’s a financial advisor. Each chapter is filled with notices from her creditors asking to payment and her creative excuses for being behind in the payments. What woman hasn’t ditched work or an appointment to find the perfect outfit, shoes or accessory?

It’s a fun read and there is even some romance in it. A great start to a fantastic series and a must-read this summer if you haven’t read it yet.

2- The Big Bad Wolf Tells All by Donna Kauffman

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! I have read it at least a dozen times and each time that I read it, I love it even more! It’s fun, flirty and the tension between Tanzy and Riley is tantalizing! Who doesn’t love a sheep/wolf hybrid?? If you love chick-lit, please go and grab this book NOW!

3- Girls’ Poker Night by Jill A Davis

A funny, clever story about one woman’s journey to discover who she is and what she wants. She’s a writer who, tired of being the single girl columnist, leaves her boyfriend and moves to New York City. She takes a job with The New York News and starts fresh. She starts a poker night with three other women and soon the stakes grow higher. She falls for her new boss and editor, Michael, who pushes her to be more than she thought possible.

I loved this book (and read it every year) because it reminds me that life is filled with unknown hands of luck and loss. You’ve got to take a chance on life and throw all your chips in. I laughed out loud in many places and I love this book!

4- Babyville by Jane Green

I’m a huge fan of Jane Green and this delightful book doesn’t disappoint.  Three friends deal with the biological clock ticking and that urge (or denial of said urge) for babies. I loved this book and it made me laugh hysterically. It’s a fast read and the characters are so life-like I swear Jane Green knew some of my girlfriends. A must read!

5- Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding

Some say that Bridget Jones started the whole chick-lit phenomenon and I would tend to agree. The author wrote a funny, honest account of what it means to be a single woman in today’s society. It’s further down on my list for the simple fact that I think there is too much emphasis on smoking.

I loved the format of this book along with the antics Bridget gets away with. I mean, who wears a costume to a tea party? Bridget takes it all in stride and the book is 1000% better than the movie.

6- To Have and To Hold by Jane Green

Another one of Jane Green’s novels that makes you think. Most chick-lit and romances end when the couple falls in love but Jane Green delves deep into what happens after the couple says “I do”. I loved this honest account of a woman who turns a blind eye to her husband’s penchant for cheating and discovering true love. I loved Alice and the way she grew as a woman! A heartwarming solid chick-lit pick.

7- Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella

Out of all the Shopaholic books, this one is my favorite. Becky and Luke are getting married, which means more hijinxs for Becky’s spending habits. LOL! I LOVED it and Luke is a saint! To put up with her and all her excuses, it must be true love!

8- Loose Lips by Claire Berlinski

This is a comical and light-hearted story about Selena’s entrance into the CIA. On a whim, she decides to apply for the CIA. She figures she won’t pass due to her sketchy background but surprise, surprise, she’s accepted. What happens next is a fun inside peek into the training of the CIA.  I’m positive all that happens to Selena is not based on fact but it is makes for a page-turning treat. I love this book and it will appeal to everyone who likes Alias and James Bond.

9- Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

This was the first book I’d read dealing with a plus-size heroine. Bravo to Jennifer Weiner for writing such an honest character in Cannie. Cannie is a 28 year old woman dealing with all that life throws at her, including her jerk of a boyfriend. But when her boyfriend writes a tell-all article about living with a larger woman, Cannie has no choice but to go on a soul-searching journey. This book details the highs and lows of weight and how society sees larger women with such accuracy, I cheered aloud! A must read and a mantra for women everywhere (no matter what their size)!!!

10- Last Chance Saloon by Marian Keyes

Another one of my favorite chick-lit authors, Marian Keyes does not disappoint in Last Chance Saloon. Three girlfriends dealing with the single life and the men who make you cringe. Before there was Sex and the City, there was best friends Tara, Katherine and Fintan.  Being single can make you feel like a cowgirl in the Last Chance Saloon. Available men are becoming fewer and it makes a woman wonder if she’ll ever find her cowboy to ride off into the sunset. Even though these characters are flawed and made me want to shake them for settling, I love this book! Being single, like being married, is a matter of choices and perspective.

What’s your favorite chick-lit book? Share in the comments below.

Do you have a book you’re reading now or have just read? Share in the comments below. If you want to be included in next week’s Book Round-Up, send me the title, author, why you recommend it and a social media link to: nnlight@outlook.com before Thursday afternoon. 

 

Happy Reading!

MRS N, Book Addict

Two Waters Beach: Guest Spotlight by @BerengariaBrown #gay #romance #MFRWAuthor


Two Waters Beach: Guest Spotlight by Berengaria Brown

Two Waters beach really exists. It’s the most awesome place, with crystal clear water, turquoise near the shore, and deeper blue on the far side of a sandbar that’s about two hundred yards off-shore. It’s just far enough to be a slightly challenging swim for the tourists, making the sandbar the perfect place for lovers to sit on, alone, yet in public. The warm ocean ripples over the sand, enticing lovers to stay there a while and rest—or play.

The beach extends about a mile to a rocky cliff that has just enough foot and toe holds to entice energetic young men to climb it, even though they probably shouldn’t.

Two Waters tourist town sits on a narrow peninsular, with the ocean on one side and the lake on the other. The lake is the ideal place for families to visit, and for people to walk or ride a bike around. There are grassy places to rest under trees, while tourists look out over the peaceful, restful lake.

And no tourist town would be complete without stores to visit, and holiday cottages to rent. Then there’s the golf course. It’ surprisingly good for a small town, but of course the tourists love to take a morning or afternoon to hit their golf balls across the manicured greens, talk, and then relax in the dining room at the golf club.

Really, it’s no wonder that love is in the air all year around at Two Waters beach.

The Beach Boys is a series of four books talking about romance that develops at Two Waters in Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring. Every time of year is perfect for romance when lovers meet up on vacation. Each book is a complete male/male romance in itself, but several characters appear and reappear during the series, and, of course, the beach itself is the most important character of all. It’s always there in the background, waiting for lonely people to discover its attraction, and the man of their dreams.

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The Beach Boys: Winter (MM) Blurb:

Outrageously gay Hudson Smith owns Hudson’s Clothing Store at Two Waters Beach. He loves his job but he wishes he had a partner to love. Elliott Greene is shy and unassertive. He’s here at the beach for a week’s vacation in mid-winter because everyone else at work wanted the warm weather for their vacation time. Elliott is cold and Hudson invites him into the store to warm up. They drink tea and talk, getting to know each other. Elliott ends up remaining in the store with Hudson all day long as they begin to get to know each other and share their stories.

Hudson is very attracted to his shy, blushing guest, and is proud when Elliott proves there’s a smart brain and a gentle humor hidden behind the bland façade. Meanwhile Elliott determines to follow his grandpop’s advice and stop being too nice to everyone and instead to ask for what he wants.

 

 

Exclusive Excerpt:

Elliott watched Hudson moving around the store, demonstrating things to the client couple. He moved with a liquid grace, almost like a dancer, smoothly picking items up off the racks and returning them with a deft flick of his wrist that had them resting flat exactly where they should be.

While the couple talked between themselves, Hudson stepped over to the counter, picked up some swimwear, and hung it up, before checking on them again, and repeating his actions. Elliott was amazed at how much work he got done in a short time, without ever seeming to rush or be flustered.

In the end, the couple bought several T-shirts and left.

Hudson came back to him and opened the refrigerator. He pulled out a block of cheese. Then he opened a door under the sink, took out a packet of crackers, grabbed a knife out of a drawer, and two plates, and put them all on the table between them.

“It’s time to celebrate. This time, they bought the shirts. I knew they would. It was just a matter of time.”

“What do you mean?”

Hudson grinned at him. “When older people come here on vacation, they always take gifts home for their grandchildren, and those naughty T-shirts are exactly what every teenage boy wants to wear. But it usually takes the woman a few days to warm up to the idea. For younger kids, they often buy those ones with the pictures of fish or sharks that glow in the dark.”

Now Elliott understood. “You really do know your job, don’t you? You can appreciate what will sell and why. That’s so important in business, and you’ve gotten it nailed. Congratulations.”

Hudson smiled at him and cut some wedges of cheese, putting them on crackers and handing him half a dozen on one of the plates.

They sat and munched happily for a few minutes before the store door burst open and an older man ran through the room toward them. Hudson stood up and Elliott shrank back in his chair, wondering what was going on.

“The baby’s coming! The baby’s coming! Amy’s having the baby! Here’re the keys. You’ll need to put a sign on the gate.”

Outside, a car horn tooted long and loud.

The man tossed them a harried look and yelled, “The baby!” before running out of the store.

“His partner’s having a baby? I mean, like, right this minute?” asked Elliott.

“His daughter, but it seems like it. His storefront is next door to mine. He hires out bicycles and quad bikes. He doesn’t get a lot of people wanting them at this time of year, but some of the older people enjoy going for a cycle around the lake. I’d better put a sign up or people won’t know where to return their bikes and get their deposit back. Damn. I won’t know how many bikes have been hired out. I’ll have to pick up his paperwork as well. I suppose I’d better call Eunice to come in and mind the store so I can deal with it all.”

Elliott took a deep breath and then said, “All the prices are on the clothing tags, aren’t they? And there’s no password or anything on your cash register?”

“Yes, the prices are on the tags, and no there’s no password, just hit ‘enter.’”

“In that case, I can stay here while you go do whatever you have to. There’s no need to disrupt your assistant’s day off. Unless, I mean—” Shit. He was acting like they were friends. Hudson didn’t know anything about him at all. He absolutely wouldn’t steal anything or hurt anything, but Hudson didn’t know that. Shit! I’m such a fool.

Elliott could feel his face flaming with color. “I’m sorry,” he whispered.

“You don’t want to help me?”

“I do. It’s just that you don’t know me. I promise I won’t steal your livelihood, but you have no reason to trust me.”

“Of course I trust you. I knew you were a good person the moment I saw you. Do you really mean you’ll stay here while I sort out the bicycle things? It might take me an hour.”

Elliott smiled. “I’d like to stay and help. I’ve got all day. I’m on vacation.”

Actually, he had the entire week, but saying that would be way TMI at this stage.

“Thanks, dahling. You’re awesome.”

Buy Link:  http://www.bookstrand.com/the-beach-boys-winter

Meet the Author:

Berengaria Brown is an award-winning, best-selling, multi-published author of erotic romance with over one hundred published digital, print and audio books.  She writes contemporary, paranormal (magic, ghosts, vampires, fairies, dragons, and werewolves), futuristic, medieval, and Regency-set historical. She loves to read all different kinds of romance so that is what she writes: MMF, MFM, FMMM, FFM, MM, FF, and MF. Whatever the characters need for their very hot happily-ever-after, Berengaria makes sure they get it.

Blog: http://berengariasblog.blogspot.com/

Website: http://berengariabrown.com/

Bookstrand: http://www.bookstrand.com/berengaria-brown

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Berengaria-Brown/e/B00541R3YQ/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1419237103&sr=1-2-ent

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What’s the Most Important Thing We Do in Our Lifetime? #inspiration #love #kindness


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What’s the most important thing we do in our lifetime?

Love one another.

I’m a firm believer in the Golden Rule (treat others like you would like to be treated). I try to spread kindness and love to everyone I know, meet and interact with. I smile at the person who cuts me off in line. I love people who hate me. I encourage those who need it, even without them telling me.

Why do I do this?

I was taught from the time I was small to love everyone, no matter what. It didn’t matter if the person I loved reciprocated or deserved my love. I couldn’t control anyone but myself.

I’ve had friends come and go in my life. Even though they aren’t in my life anymore, I still love them.

I know what you’re thinking…

C’mon MRS N, nobody is that perfect! Don’t you get hurt or angry when people leave you or lash out at you?

Sure I do but that doesn’t mean I don’t love them. I’m human and I make mistakes. I cry and curse. But when the dust has settled and I meditate/pray about it, love comes pouring out of me. It’s who I am as a person, at my core.

What’s the most important thing you do in your lifetime?

In the end, nothing we do or say in our lifetime will matter as much as the way we have loved one another.

I love each of you who are reading this and I hope love surrounds you all the days of your life!

<3 MRS N <3

Describe Yourself In Three Words #inspiration #motivation #selfimage


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Describe Yourself In Three Words

This was a trending topic on Twitter yesterday and it occupied my thoughts for the rest of the day. What three words would I use to describe myself? These immediately came to mind:

woman

wife

daughter

grand-daughter

niece

writer

author

book lover

artistic

encourager

spiritualist

believer

friend

kindred spirit

blogger

creative

kindness supporter

sports fanatic

How do I nail it down to three words?

I woke up this morning and knew what three words fit me. While all of the above defines what I am, none of them define who I am. At the core, I am…

Love

Empathy

Truth

What three words describe who you are?

I’d love to hear from you! There isn’t a right or wrong answer; only truth.

<3 MRS N <3

Salem’s Revenge by @KikiHowell7 #PNR #RomanticSuspense #HBTPRM #BJTPRM


SALEM’S REVENGE

Author: Kiki Howell

Series: Salem Series #2

Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Occult Horror

~ SYNOPSIS ~

In this sequel to the Amazon Bestseller, Hidden Salem, the story resumes one year later, another present day October, in Salem, MA. Filled with the same cross of pagan and paranormal elements, as well as suspense and occult horror weaved into Book One in the Salem Series, Book Two also contains touches of romance, giving readers a sweet addition to the spells and rituals. 

Denise Daniels came to Salem, MA to be in her best friend, Makayla’s wedding, but her matron of honor duties find her confronting more than she bargained for. In her first moments in Witch City, she’s greeted by a corpse used in a gruesome reanimation ritual.

Without warning, the final week of wedding preparations becomes mixed with a quick introduction to Wiccan practices, including necromancy used to communicate with the dead, as attacks by a mysterious, new coven seeking revenge increase. Denise soon becomes immersed in things she never expected, including automatisms—drawing elaborate pictures of two women in red cloaks in the woods—a pretty impressive feat for a girl who has only drawn stick figures prior.

As Denise tries to find her place in this world of magic, she discovers her own connection to the Salem of 1692. And, while losing the battle to save her heart from a romance that can never be, she ends up fighting to save her life.

~ PURCHASE ~

 

Purchase Book One: HIDDEN SALEM today!

~ ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~

KIKI HOWELL

Ever since she was young, Kiki Howell has loved to listen to a well-woven tale with real characters, inspired plots, and delightful resolutions. Kiki could spend hours lost in a book, and soon she knew that creating lives, loves, and losses with just words had to be the greatest thing that she could do. To that end, she pursued her study of literature and writing, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. She then followed in a Master’s program in Creative Writing.

She has now had over forty stories published between eleven different publishers. She could not be more thrilled or grateful to see her creations polished and out in the real world. In May, 2011, Kiki was chosen as an Ohioana Book Festival author for her novel, Torn Asunder. She’s also had three flash fiction stories win writing contests. In the fall of 2013, her novel, Hidden Salem, made the Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers Lists in Paranormal, Suspense and Ghosts; and in the fall of 2014, her novel. What Lies Within Us, made the Amazon Top 100 Best Sellers Lists in Gothic Fiction and Occult Horror.

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Covert Danger (Mata Hari Suspense #1) by @Jo_AnnCarson #Suspense #thriller #bookreview


Covert Danger

Book Blurb:

Covert Danger

 

The Mata Hari Suspense Series, Book #1

 

A single woman — A double life

High fashion model, Sadie Stewart, is a dedicated undercover CIA agent used to getting her man. But this time she’s chasing a power-hungry international arms dealer stealing ancient Egyptian amulets. Brilliant, ruthless and slightly wacko, he’s a hard catch. She’s willing to risk everything to stop him, but the handsome Sebastian Wilde, who looks like a modern Viking, keeps getting in her way. Her independence is shaken as he stirs feelings in her that she thought only existed in fairy tales. Can she put their attraction aside and get the job done?
When Sebastian sees Sadie in a high speed motor-boat flying down the Grand Canal in Venice, with the Italian military police hot on her tail, her beauty and courage intrigue him. He has a personal vendetta to stop the trading of looted art, and when it looks as though she’s involved in that shady world, he decides to stop her. Could the femme fatale really be that evil?
Their adventure spans the globe with scenes in Venice, Florence, Amsterdam, Cairo and New York.
Can they work together and stop the heist planned for the Met Museum of Art? Protecting the relics becomes their shared goal, but it’s not all about ancient magic and power. Love hangs in the balance.

A cross between Indiana Jones and Covert Affairs
Award Winning
Smart, Sexy Suspense
 

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Excerpt:

Sadie turned into a side canal and brought her boat to the edge where her business associate Delilah waited. Tossing her the bow line, she cut the engine and pulled the drain plug.

Dirty canal water gushed into the hull with a swishing sound. As the craft slowly sank, Sadie climbed out, holding a diamond and ruby necklace in one hand and Italian stilettos in the other. The expensive motor-boat she’d borrowed from a gentleman friend had served its purpose. Glancing over her shoulder, she grimaced as the last visible part of the bow sank below the surface into the darkness below, where it would rest on the bottom of the canal amid centuries of relics and sordid tales. She took off her designer cloak and threw it in. At least she wasn’t joining the artifacts yet.

Delilah, a short, buxom brunette who looked a Botox thirty-five in good light helped her onto dry land. The woman smelled of Cuban cigars. Her knowing eyes scanned Sadie as they walked, arm in arm, down the narrow back street like sisters out for a stroll.

The crowds thickened as people came out of their hotels to find breakfast. The smell of espresso and fresh pastry floated in the air.

Delilah leaned towards her. “You’re one crazy bitch.” As usual, the hard edge in her tone cut deeper than her words.

“Just tell me what the necklace is worth.”

“A quarter million, at most. It’s a well-known piece. I’ll have to take it apart to get anything.”

Sadie released the woman’s arm and took a step back. “Two hundred and fifty thousand Euro. That’s all?” She pressed her lips together.

“Dollars.”

Sadie shook her head. That was even worse. They walked in a brooding silence. She kicked a pebble with her toe. “I’ve got to find a better way to make money.”

“Are you in trouble… drugs or something?” Delilah’s eyes softened.

“Not exactly.” Sadie hesitated. “I’m turning thirty.”

Delilah broke into a throaty bar laugh. “Honey, it happens to us all.”

“But not like it happens to me. When I turn thirty, my modeling contracts will dry up. The Luscious Lips campaign already dropped me for a fifteen-year-old. The lipstick writing is on the wall. I’m running out of cat walk. No one wants a model with wrinkles.

The world wants fresh meat. No matter how much I diet, I’m going to be yesterday’s cover girl and worse—I’m going to be a penniless one.”

Delilah’s eyes narrowed. “I don’t understand why you steal. You’ve made heaps of money.”

“And spent even more.” Sadie kicked at another pebble. “Yeah, my modeling career’s been great. I’ve been on lots of covers, traveled the world and met interesting people. Problem is, soon I won’t be able to afford the life I’m used to. Modeling is a short term career. You come in hailed as a beauty queen and in a blink of a false eyelash you end up tossed aside like yesterday’s salad. The money I made I spent, or invested in stocks that sank faster than that boat.

I suck at saving money.” She shook her head like a dumb dame. “The bucks came so easy in the beginning, but now that I’m older, things are changing.”

Her insides cringed. It took a lot to sound so whiny. But she wanted to convince the woman. Sadie gave her a doe-eyed look. Delilah needed to buy the whole image: Sadie Stewart, international model—empty-headed bimbo—willing to do anything for pretty shoes.

She could never let the fence suspect her real reason for turning to a life of crime.

A mischievous glint came into Delilah’s eyes. “So, find a man to pay your bills. Beautiful women have been doing that since the dawn of time.” She did her version of the Gallic shrug, which on her looked awkward and out of place. “What’s the problem? You could probably snare royalty with your mane of red hair, not to mention the rest of you.”

Sadie rolled her eyes. “There’s no way. No way on God’s green earth I’ll resort to relying on a man—for anything. Been there, done that. Being married is like being caged. There’s no room to be yourself. And there’s the stinky-sock-washing expectations to boot. Let’s not even talk about what happens to romance. Marriage is not for me.” A shudder ran through her body. She didn’t need to act this part.

“Sadie, sweet Sadie, do you really think you can keep evading the police by sneaking around, or leading them on spectacular boat chases? Get a grip, woman. I give you six months as a jewel thief and then you’ll be in some cold European jail cell with Bessy.”

“Bessy?”

“A big girlfriend you don’t want to meet.”

 

My Review:

I love James Bond, have ever since I saw Sean Connery say those three words, “Bond. James Bond.” So when Jo-Ann Carson approached me with her Mata Hari series, I jumped the chance. My inner self squealed, “A female James Bond”.

Sadie Stewart is a drop-dead gorgeous supermodel who’s traveled the world and been on the cover of countless magazines. But even though she’s aging gracefully, she’s almost approaching thirty and the bell is tolling. Time to think about her future and her cover. Sadie leads a double life… she’s a CIA operative.

She’s on the hunt of a crazed arms dealer on the hunt to steal rare Egyptian artifacts. He believes these amulets will bring him the power he needs. She needs to get closer to him, to earn his trust using any means necessary (feminine wiles) and to prevent the theft. It’s going along swimmingly until she runs into Sebastian Wilde.

The attraction is instant and the sparks fly hotter than either of them is prepared for. Sadie has a job to do and she doesn’t need handsome Sebastian saving her every time she turns around.

Sebastian, on the other hand, knows there is something about Sadie, something he just can’t shake. One thing leads to another and soon the both of them are in over their heads. Can he save her or will it be too late?

The plot is fast paced and filled with twists and turns I didn’t expect. I was glued to my kindle and this is a must read for anyone who loves romantic suspense. I loved the historical aspect of Egyptian art and the author did a superb job with the background information of the main characters. The ending had a slight cliff hanger but I was okay with it because it just whet my appetite for the next book.

I can’t wait to read the next in the series! I only wish this would turn into a television show because it would be a must watch!

Favorite Character:

Sadie Stewart. I loved how real she was. Her character goes through a lot in this book and she reacts like a normal person would. She’s scared, frightened and has an independent streak in her that I love. At times, I wanted to hug her and tell her everything would be okay. She’s a great CIA operative and someone I would be happy to have in my corner.

Favorite Line:

“A lion of a man, he bristled with intensity and purpose befitting a general in an inter-galactic war.”

My Rating:  5 stars

Buy it now: http://www.amazon.com/Covert-Danger-Mata-Hari-Suspense-ebook/dp/B00T96C7AC

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Author Biography:

Jo-Ann Carson has lived most of her life on islands off the west coast of Canada, surrounded by snow covered mountains, lush rain forests and pristine beaches.

Growing up, she dreamed of traveling the world like James Bond, finding archeological treasures like Indiana Jones, and finding true love. In her Mata Hari Series she combines elements of adventure, danger and steamy romance.

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.Jo-AnnCarson.com

Lovin Danger Blog: https://lovindanger.wordpress.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Jo_AnnCarson

FB Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jo-Ann-Carsons-Author-Page/490418164364021?ref=hl

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/joey1313/

The Secret to Life: Let It Shine #inspiration #motivational #spiritual


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What is the secret to life?

Light.

Every human being on this planet has a spark of Light inside them. Some keep it hidden, some don’t know it exists and some let it shine. The difference between those who keep it hidden and those who let it shine is clearly seen in their outlook on life. Those who are content and happy are those people who let their Light shine.

Think about people you admire and love. Something drew you to them; they have a special something you can’t explain. Psst, it’s their spark.

When I let my Light shine, I’m my most happiest. I feel at peace and smile.

Are you hiding your Light or are you letting it shine?

You just gotta ignite the Light and let it shine!

MRS N

Name of Ra (Descendants of Isis #3) by @KelseyKetch #books #YALit #fantasy


Name of Ra (Descendants of Isis #3)
Release Date: 11/02/15
Summary from Goodreads:
“Set has risen.”

 

After being on the run from a psychotic cult for a week, Natara “Natti” Stone
has finally come to realize she and Seth are the only two people standing
between the Sons of Set and the secret name of Ra. Holding a part of the key
that unlocks Ra’s power, they relocate to a more isolated location in the
California mountains. While laying low, Natti becomes even more determined to
understand her mother’s bloodline and her blessing from the goddess, Isis. But
when she starts seeing the truth behind her destiny, she begins to doubt her
role in the events that are about to unfold.
Then the unthinkable happens . . .
All Seth O’Keefe wanted was to get Natti as far away from his father and the
Sons of Set as possible. Unfortunately, after hearing of Natti’s destiny from
Isis’s own lips, he realizes they have bigger issues to worry about. Especially
when one stupid slip up leads the god of chaos himself straight to their
doorstep. Now Natti is the god’s prisoner, and Set holds the key to unlocking
the location of the secret name of Ra. Can Seth save Natti from her own destiny
and thwart the demented god’s rise to power?
*Note: Content for Upper YA*

Books in this series:
(covers linked to Goodreads)
 
About the Author

During her high school years, Kelsey Ketch could always be found tucked away in a little corner of the hall or classroom, writing her fantasy worlds and creating illustrations and maps. Today is no different, except now she’s writing in the break room at her office building or at the tables of the Barnes and Noble Café in Cary, North Carolina. She is also an avid reader, a part-time book blogger at Ketch’s Book Nook, and lives with her two orange tabbies and awesome and humorous flat-mate.Daughter of Isis is her debut novel.

For more information, please visit her site at kelseyketch.com.


 
 
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Always Remembered

by Kelly Risser

Ebook - Always Remembered

Release Date: 05/19/15

Clean Teen Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:

One clue… what does it mean?

Ken, the leader of the Blue Men of the Minch, has kidnapped Evan. Before they left, Evan was able to leave a package for Meara—her grandfather’s necklace wrapped in a cloth napkin with one word written in blood. Azuria. Unfortunately, Meara doesn’t understand it and neither does her dad or Kieran.

When Dad and Aunt Brigid attempt to rescue Evan, Meara and Kieran begin to train the clan on how to fight and defend their home. A war is brewing, and Meara is determined their people must prepare for the battle. The training sessions are long and arduous, but the Selkies work hard to learn.

Meanwhile, Evan wakes and finds himself in Belle Tresor, the home of sirens. He’s bound to his blue form, unable to transform to human, and Ken has plans to use Evan’s powers to destroy the Selkies. Thankfully, he’s not alone. He befriends a siren named Deanna and several Blue Men. Can he trust them to help him escape or do they have ulterior motives?
As both sides prepare for an ultimate confrontation, the stakes are high and friendships are tested. Some will rise to be victorious. Some will be destroyed. But love and loyalty will be always remembered in this exciting conclusion to the Never Forgotten series.

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Excerpt:

I stood alone on the shore. The ocean was calm, the sky clear. Where was Kieran and when did it stop raining? As I watched, the water iced over. Crystals danced outward forming a lacy, solid surface. The latticework spread as far as I could see. In the distance, a shadowy figure glided toward me.

The figure drew near, and I realized it was a woman. She wore a beaded strapless gown that sparkled as she floated on the ice. The fabric looked heavy, but the way it swirled at her ankles told me it was not. Her feet were bare, though she seemed unbothered by the ice. Like the ground beneath her feet, her skin was a pale aqua. Her long wavy hair appeared white in the bright sunlight, though by the time she stood before me, I could tell that it was really a very light blue. Her eyes, the brilliant turquoise of the Caribbean Sea, mesmerized me.

“My child.” She reached out to embrace me. Her touch burned, and the kiss she placed on each cheek bit like frostbite. “The time has come for the truth to be revealed.”

“Truth?” What was she talking about? What truth? It was difficult to think in her presence. Where was Kieran? Where was I for that matter?  I started with the most pressing question, “Who are you?”

“If you look within, you’ll find the answer.” Her finger touched my collarbone. Through the icy spark that followed, I knew.

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About the Author:

Becoming a published author is a lifetime dream come true. As a child, I subjected friends and family to my “KellyMark” greeting cards (“When you care enough to make the very best.”), poetry, homemade magazines, and short stories. In high school, my short story, “If Only to Escape” was published in the local paper, and I won a writing contest for my children’s story, “Televisella.” In college, my creative writing tapered off, but I still managed to write the occasional review for The Marquette University Tribune. Once I graduated, I mixed creative writing with business writing, and I’ve held positions in Advertising, Marketing, and Instructional Design/eLearning Development.
Today, I am busy writing the next book in Meara’s story. When I’m not writing, I’m reading, hanging out with my husband and two kids, or playing with our Whoodle puppy

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This past weekend was a long weekend for us as we celebrated Victoria Day (read here for the background on Victoria Day). Many of our friends had plans and went out of town. What did we do?

We took time to do nothing.

We sat in our solarium holding hands and relaxed. Sometimes we read books, sometimes we chatted but mostly we did nothing. Our minds were free from distractions, schedules and work. It was bliss!

When was the last time you took the time to do nothing? Are you going through a stressful time? Take time to do nothing. Are you going contemplating a career change? Take time to do nothing. Are you unsure where life is leading you? Take time to do nothing.

When you take the time to do nothing, your mind is free to explore and reveal hidden truths to you. Some people call it meditation while others call it prayer. No matter what you call it, do it! It’s just as important as a healthy diet and exercise.

Taking the time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective.

MRS N