Editing Fundraiser!

Someone I know needs help in paying for her summer tuition. Unfortunately financial aid doesn’t cover the summer. And completing the summer term would help save her thousands of dollars that she would have to spend if she didn’t take classes during the summer. So, in helping her raise funds for her summer tuition, I will be hosting a manuscript editing and evaluation party!

All editing for any size manuscript = $30 + you get your manuscript evaluated.

Also, for any author seeking a professional book cover design, the service will be available for $8 per cover.

For any author needing a book review done right away, we can do it for you for $5 and post it Goodreads, Smashwords, Amazon, Google, Goolge +, Linked-In, Tumblr, Twitter, and WordPress!

Please, email me at: universalcreativityinc.2014@gmail.com.  All payments will be made via PayPal.

Thank you!

Book Review:No Solid Ground: Renewable Contentment and Sustainable Happiness in an Age of Uncertainty by Jeffrey Miller

No Solid Ground: Renewable Contentment and Sustainable Happiness in an Age of Uncertainty

No Solid Ground: Renewable Contentment and Sustainable Happiness in an Age of Uncertainty by Jeffrey Miller is one fascinating read that will take readers deep into the happening of our ancestors and bring it into correlations to what is happening now. Readers will explore the new age era known as the Age of Aquarius. Learning about the two time cycles and their effects on Earth and in life were amazing. From our ancestor’s texts, symbols, and architectural structures to studying the potential disasters such as climate extremes, falling meteors, and madness this author will lure readers deep into his book the defines is it our own ignorance and forgetfulness that makes the enduring contentment and genuine happiness rare in our lives.

Jeffrey Joe Miller has masterfully woven together a masterpiece of a nonfiction book that takes readers to new heights as they explore each and every wonderful topic carefully defined and well written. There were so many things I learned as I went about this incredible journey of renewable contentment and sustainable happiness within our own age of uncertainty. Especially as our world gets more technologically advanced and our world’s catastrophic events keep occurring. I would definitely recommend this book to readers world-wide. The author holds a master’s degree in both clinical and counselling psychology and has the expertise to back up everything he has written in this perfect book. As a reader, I was hooked and lured into each chapter wanting to know more and more about this highly unique topic. A very interesting and psychological perspective on everything we know placed into a whole new light. I rate this book a five out of stars.

Book Review: Wild Heat by Lucy Monroe

Wild Heat by Lucy Monroe is a burning hot romance that will set readers ablaze. A perfect Alaskan romance that will keep readers coming back for more. This stunning and romantic story is about a woman returning back to her Alaskan town after fleeing from her abusive husband. But nothing prepares her for running into the man whose heart she broke all those years ago. Now, he’s hotter, more muscular, and more handsome than before. Fate is tempting them both. The hurt in her eyes causes the man to want nothing more than to crush whoever had hurt her and make her smile once more. Can she learn to trust others once more and will she be able to trust in the man who loved her before and still does?

This is a must read novel. The characters hook readers in leaving them feeling intrigued and hanging in suspense as the sparks fly everywhere between the two main characters. The heat from Lucy Monroe’s story is wild enough for all. I enjoyed reading this novel from the beginning and look forward to reading more novels in the future by this best-selling author. Overall, I rate Wild Heat a five out of five stars.

Book Review: Beauty and the Rake by Erica Monroe

Beauty and the Rake by Erica Monroe is one romantic suspense novel that will lure readers deep into a riveting plot. Erica Monroe surely knows how to pull readers into her magnificent story of one girl’s misfortune leads her on a journey to help her father out and keep her sister taken care of. But then fate has a way of bringing Abigail Vautille back to her haunted past that had left her scarred and penniless. Little does she know that the one man whom she makes a deal with to pay off her father’s debt is the same man who paid for her hospital care. Inspector Michael Strickland of the Metropolitan Police is that man. He can’t help the sight of Abigail. She does something to him that he can’t explain. Her beauty takes away his breathe and wants nothing more than to bed her. But he won’t bed her if she’s not wanting to bed him. She may think he’s a monster, but he won’t force himself on a woman no matter if he paid off her father’s debt in exchange for her body. Abigail, is a virgin and isn’t ready to commit herself to the pain she heard about when doing such an act. She did make a deal with the man and sooner or later she will have to give herself to him. Soon, danger from the past arises once more. The man who hurt Abigail in the past is now loose and wants to take out revenge on her and the inspector. The inspector will stop at nothing to keep Abigail, the one woman he loves, safe. Can Abigail and the inspector find happiness within  each others arms? Or fate be cruel?

A highly intriguing and fantastic historical romance that will keep readers up all night long. Beauty and the Rake has similarities to Beauty and the Beast but in a much more realistic and engaging way that entices readers to the plot. A real page turner. Erica Monroe has beautifully woven a masterpiece that will never be forgotten. Readers will love this romance. Overall, I rate it a five out of five stars.

Book Review: Caught Up in You by Kim Boykin

Caught Up in You by Kim Boykin is indeed a must read for all. Shelby Worthington attends her baby sister’s wedding and realizes that she too wants that same happiness for herself. But fate has a way of bringing Shelby not just any man but the man who was her high school and college crush, Declan Enright. She still wants Declan but his history of  running away from marriage leaves her wondering if he would break her heart too.  Declan is back to help take care of his dying father. Even if his father won’t forgive him for not taking up the family business. Readers will see how Declan changes into a new man and how he chases after Shelby. Both Shelby and Declan get tangled up in one another but where will fate leave them?

Kim Boykin’s novel was outstanding. The characters pop off the pages. And Declan’s thoughts paint vivid images within readers minds. Declan is an artist after all. Declan’s father makes the novel a perfect read. He makes his son look bad but readers will see the love that these intriguing characters share.  I enjoyed reading Caught Up in You. I would highly recommend readers everywhere to read this extraordinary romance that will melt the heart of every reader. Overall, I give it a five out of five stars.

Bulgaria’s Birthday

Bulgaria’s Birthday

By

Danielle Urban

 

 

 

 

Bulgaria was excited. Today, was his birthday. Who wouldn’t be happy on their birthday? So, many good things happened. Bulgaria got up slowly stretching his front paws then his middle and finally his hind legs. Following the amazing fresh scent of coffee being made, Bulgaria heads into the kitchen for his morning breakfast. Except when he got there, there wasn’t a single thing in his bowl.

“Meow?”

Running to find his owner, Bulgaria heads into the owner’s bedroom. But no sign of the owner there. Feeling frantic Bulgaria heads to the laundry room. Still no sign of his owner. Bulgaria then decides to head into the bathroom.

Owner has to be in there!

Stomach growling and fear rushing in, Bulgaria heads outside. And there, outside grilling food was his owner.

“Happy Birthday, Bulgaria!” His owner said as he placed a plate full of hot dogs.

Now, this is a birthday breakfast.

After Bulgaria ate his food, he knew what was next! Birthday cake for him.

Climbing his way up to the table. Bulgaria looks down at the amazing birthday cake. The top was a picture of him. His owner came around to take a picture of Bulgaria and his cake when Midnight the lab come running through chasing Fat Eddy. Oh, no!

Hurrying as fast as he could, Bulgaria tried to get down off the table in time. But, not fast enough. Whoosh! The table crashed and the birthday cake came tumbling down right onto Bulgaria himself. His owner snatched a picture. Fat Eddy and Midnight stopped to watch as Bulgaria licked his way out of cake.

“Happy Birthday, Bulgaria,” they shouted before taking off once more.

Book Review: Wait for Me/ Trust in Me by Samantha Chase

Wait For Me is a about a a young man who was a former NFL star who was seriously injured and took to hiding away from everyone including his family. The few times Lucas Montgomery visits his family’s business, his father catches the way Emma Taylor an office assistant looks at his son Lucas and the way his son looks back at her when she doesn’t notice. His father decides that sweet Emma Taylor is exactly what his son needs to come back out of his hiding. But playing match maker won’t be easy. Emma is seriously lusting after Lucas but he pays no attention to her. Just wen she decides she needs a much needed vacation, Mr. Montgomery comes in with an offer that she can’t refuse. But Emma nor Jason know what Mr. Montgomery has planned for them. Can Emma and Jason survive being with each other? And is she the one woman who can help Jason come back to being who he was? Samantha Chase has done an amazing job in creating characters who are too irresistible to not read. Her novel will the Montgomery men will keep readers coming back for more hot, sexy, and compelling stories. I highly recommend this book and many of her other novels to readers world-wide. I give this story a five out of five stars.

Trust in Me by Samantha Chase brings back the irresistible Montgomery men and the new women in their lives. With Lucas and Emma together, Mr. Montgomery plans to continue to play match maker once again. This time his second youngest son, Jason Montgomery is the next victim of his father plans. Unlike his brother Jason never suspects his father bringing him and his new assistant together. Jason soon realizes that his new assistant is definitely talented enough to handle everything. He didn’t want an assistant to come after him expecting him to fall in love with her. But, Jason does exactly that. The more time he and his assistant work together the more he fall s under her spell. His new assistant is single but suffered from a bad past that involved her boss trying to rape her. Mr. Montgomery, Jason’s father came to her rescue and gave her a secure job within his company and made it clear to everyone that she was married. Even his son Jason believes that even when he would love for that fact that his assistant to be single. And when Jason learns about his assistant’s past and the false lie about her marriage will he do everything possible to make her his woman? Samantha Chase has once again, created a masterpiece. Her novel will have readers falling in love. A must read and a perfect romance for all. I highly recommend readers to pick up Samantha Chase’s novels and begin reading them. I promise you won’t be disappointed that you did. Overall, I rate this novel a five out of five stars.

Presentations Needed for Summer Sessions for a Writer’s Conference!

We are looking for people who are interested in teaching or presenting a ten minute PowerPoint Presentation in the following areas:

– Dialogue

– Developing Characters

– Romance Writing

– Blogging 101

– Mystery Writing

– Paranormal Writing

– Christian Fiction

– How to Write a Novel

– Poetry 101

– Heroes & Heroines

– Science Fiction Fantasy

– Writing that Thriller

– Short Stories 101

– Self-publishing

– Urban/ Street Fiction

– Editing Your Novel

– Flash Fiction

– Chick-lit

– Humor Writing

– Creative Nonfiction

– Children’s Fiction

– eBooks or Print?

– Urban Fantasy

– Erotica

All interested individuals must email by June 1st 2015. Send me an outline of what you will be discussing and or teaching within your PowerPoint Presentation. And send a copy of your PowerPoint Presentation to me for inspection so that it can be approved for either a summer I, summer II, or both session for writers.

Email both the outline and copy of PowerPoint by June 1st to me at: universalcreativityinc.2014@gmail.com. Thank you!

April is the (PAD) Poems a Day Month!

April is the Poems a Day Month, so I thought why not post a poem a day challenge on here? Calling all poets! You must create a poem today and every other day that is remaining in April in a comment on here. The poet who posts the most or posts a poem each day in the comment area will be recognized and published in June 2015 Issue as well as have their interview featured inside.

So, let the challenge begin!

Blogging Coachella: Join the Party!

Originally posted on PRINCESS KICK-ASS:

Untitled-1

This is your chance to connect with other bloggers and improve your stats!

Plus you get to bring a celebrity! Why?

Because this is the BLOGGING COACHELLA, people!

All you need to do is drop a comment below with the following:

A)Tell us what your blog is all about.

B) Include a link to your blog.

C)Tell us who you’re bringing to the party.

(I’m bringing Tom Hiddleston. Yes, he’s tied up and scared for his life, but he’s here and that’s what matters, okay? Cool.)

Don’t forget to engage with the participating blogs, and make sure to spread the word <3!

View original

Free Book on Amazon!

Lost Library: An Urban Fantasy Romance

This looks like an interesting book to read and I wanted to share with you because it’s also FREE on Amazon right now!

Here is the book’s blurb: Lost Library brings together a mysterious, magical book and a quirky heroine to create the adventure of a lifetime!

John Braxton arrives unannounced on Lizzie Smith’s doorstep looking for answers she doesn’t have. She may have a magical book, but she hasn’t a clue what to do with it–or even how to read it. And John’s revelation that he’s a Lycan isn’t making the job any easier.

Before the code to the book can be cracked, Lizzie and John stumble into the middle of a power-hungry mastermind’s plan. Caught up in one man’s search for power, Lizzie soon begins to uncover surprising secrets about her past and powers. Can she and John put a stop to their new found enemy’s plans?

Take a romp through the life of the quirky and well-meaning Lizzie as she discovers magic, creatures that go bump in the night, and maybe love.

Book Review: You’re My Best Friend by Casey O’Reilly

You're My Best Friend (Diana & Chris#1)

You’re My Best Friend by Casey O’Reilly is a must read for all readers. Her compelling story will blow readers away with her engaging words. But, I will also say beware of the heat that comes forth from reading the romance that pops off the pages. A story how how to best friends have shared a few moments of brief kisses. One such night they kiss, Diana thought her best friend Chris didn’t like it. And so she went to another man at her birthday party and from there was seeing the guy. But soon, the relationship comes to an end, and Chris just like any best friends comes stumbling to save his best friend. He makes her hot chocolate that she loves and gets her out of her sad mood swing. He tells her the guy was a jerk and that he’s happy she’s not with him anymore. Stunned Diana doesn’t know what to make of this. Does Chris like her more than just best friends? Or is he just being a good best friend? And what is to happen between them now if Chris does bring up his feelings for her?

A flawlessly written story that I would highly recommend to readers everywhere. Casey O’ Reilly knows how to lure her readers deep into her novel and place them right into each of her characters’ shoes. A heart melting novel of real life love that does happen for some. You’re My Best Friend is one novel readers should pick up and read. A perfect romance for any time of day. Overall, I rate if a five out of five stars.

Book Review: Stay with Me / More of Me by Samantha Chase

Samantha Chase sure knows how to write incredible, hot, and addictive reads. Her stories are charming, luring, and beautifully woven. She is a New York Times best-selling author whose novels are loved by countless readers all over the world.  This collection of hers has two amazing novels for the price of one. Stay with Me is about a young man who is shocked to find that the one friend whom he reluctantly agreed to help is now a beautifully grown woman who stirs something deep within him. More of Me is about a cousin of the Montgomery’s who had a relationship with their wedding planer ten years ago and wants to reconnect with her. But will, she will to reconnect with him after ten years went by where he broke her heart?

Stay with Me by Samantha Chase is one exceptionally hot, sweet, and addictive story. Readers everywhere will instantly fall in love with all the characters and not just the main ones. A romance that sizzles with each turning page. Samantha Chase knows how to lure her readers in from just the first few lines. Her stunning plot gets hotter as two friends now adults are placed together everyday so close to each other. Gina was seven years younger than Mac but followed him everywhere. He was the one out of the three brothers who caught her heart when she was a teenager. But soon er parents’ rocky marriage turns to a divorce with her mother taking her away from her father, home, and friends. Everything she ever knew was left behind. And her father never chased after her or her mom. Gina thought it was because her father never cared but soon she is taken back to the place she left. Her father has very little time left and is dying.  His best friend helps with planning on getting Gina matched up with his oldest son, Mac. But will these two be able to feel a connection. Mac is sent to to pick Gina up at the airport. But what he wasn’t expecting was for her to be all grown up and gorgeously beautiful. Just seeing her has him all messed up. His father though forces Mac to watch over Gina while she’s back visiting her father in the hospital. Soon things get heated in more than one way when the two are left alone. But can Mac, a super control freak be brave enough to let in Gina? Or will he lose her forever? Stay with Me is definitely one read readers won’t want to miss. Overall, I rate it a five out of five stars.

More of Me by Samantha Chase is just as amazing as story before it. The Montgomery men are the most incredible, sexy, and irresistible men that readers will ever find. Mac Montgomery and his fiancee Gina are planning their wedding. Gina’s mom fell and broke her hip and Gina needs to go help her mom and Mac has a business trip that he needs to attend at the same time. So, they hire Mac’s father to help them. The same man who helped Mac and Gina find love with each other and helped his younger to brothers find their perfect match. But, Mac’s father isn’t finished playing matchmaker yet. The wedding planner turns out to know their cousin Ryder Montgomery. Apparently they dated briefly. And Mac’s father didn’t hesitate in getting Casey, the wedding planner, and Ryder Montgomery into working with each other. Ryder stops by Casey’s house wher he finds out that he as been hired to help her choose a wedding location for his cousin Mac’s wedding. Ryder  enjoys the chance to work with Casey as he want s her back in his life. But Casey doesn’t want Ryder back in her life. Can Ryder convince Casey to let him back into her life or will he lose the woman of his dreams forever?

A hot and unpredictable romance that will heat up readers in way that sends them back reading more. Samantha Chase has a talent for writing the most incredible stories that heart warming and realistically believable. Readers will have no trouble falling for each one of the characters as well as for the story. The plot takes readers deep into each characters heart and on a journey where they discover the truth and what they really want in life. Each one of the Montgomery men have had to search deeply into their minds and heart asking themselves what they really need in life. I found them each one to spectacular and give each novel a five out of five stars. Stay with Me and More of Me are must reads!

Three Romance Authors

I am super happy to say that 3 romances authors have agreed to have me look over their manuscripts for publishing. I am beyond excited to help these authors with every step in becoming published by the publishing house where I work. I am a senior publisher of the adult romance department. I have helped 1 YA author become published and have another two authors who might be published as well. Out of these two other authors, one is another YA author and the other is a science fiction fantasy author.

To be a part of the process in helping authors become published is a dream come true. I never thought that I would have been able to do this so soon. I kept thinking one day in the future I would like to help authors become published and now, I can officially say I am helping authors. It’s the greatest blessing and honor to be able to work with authors with the publishing process.

I will keep you all posted on which authors have been published and what their novels are all about when the time comes. Also, just for those wondering the publishing company that I work for is called Pulse. Pulse is an exciting new traditional publishing imprint committed to cultivating and promoting the works of authors from all walks of life.
Through our innovative, modern approach to publishing, we seek to foster the success of established authors seeking to enhance their publishing efforts, as well as aspiring authors looking to make their mark in the literary world.

Pulse publishes titles in the following categories:

-Urban/Street Romance

– Christian

– YA – All sub-genres are welcomed!

– Erotica

– Science Fiction Fantasy

– Adult Romances – All sub-genres in the adult romance category are welcomed!

If you are interested in being published, please send your query letter and manuscript to me at: danielle@puslepub.net.

Joys of Being a Publisher

1. I get the honor to read many talented manuscripts.

2. I get to work with amazing authors.

3. My team of fellow publishers are the best to work with when handling different manuscripts and all.

4. I have sent out my first three publishing contracts. :-)

5. I love knowing that soon there will be more published authors out there because of my tiny help.

6. The friendships you get to build up with the authors you sing on, is one that will last a lifetime.

7. Working with a team of editors, graphic artists, book reviewers, and marketers, is a dream come true.

8. Knowing that your time in looking at an author’s manuscript, is one step to bringing their dreams to a reality.

9. Hearing back the joy from an author when the have signed on to become published, is a moment I won’t forget.

10. The possibility of helping an infinite number of authors in making their dreams come true is the greatest joy any publisher can have.

A Short Story

                        Chapter 1

 

 

 

Only sounds of the rain hitting my window kept me up. I couldn’t see anything out the dark and bleary window of my compartment. Silently, I wondered what my new life was going to be like. Will my husband still want me after seeing me when I arrive at the train station? The ad after all, asked for a young woman in her early twenties who can sew, cook, and clean house. And don’t mind being around two younger children. A boy named Michael age four and his big sister age ten. The man stated he was both a farmer and a rancher. How interesting, I thought. I was use to the city life and having everything done for me. That was until Papa died. We lost much of what we owned and not waiting until Keith to come by offering marriage and to buy our home, I quickly sold it to the bank. The bank seemed happy and gave me a good penny for the house. I was sad to leave behind the only place I knew, but anything would be better than Keith. The train soon pulled to a stop, and there out my window, I saw a man tall and muscled, with two younger ones. Instantly, I knew they were there waiting for me. Taking my luggage, I walked over to them.

The man was scrutinizing me with his piercing green eyes like the color of the sea. Easy to get lost in, I quickly shook my thoughts and introduced my-self to the children. Sarah hid halfway behind the man, and Michael just smiled at me. “Hi, my name is Laura. Nice to meet to you meet you both, Sara and Michael.”

“Hi,” they both said at once.

“They are super shy. It’s nice to see you, Laura. I’m Brian.” He placed his hand out to me, I took it and his big warm hand enclosed mine and briefly kissed it. I felt my cheeks burning, and my chest tighten at the brief touch of his lips. Brian’s eyes were searching mine the entire time. What did he think of me?

“Shall we get home?”

“Yes, I would like that, thank you.”

I followed them all to a wagon, Sara climbed on up in the back while Michael squirmed to sit on my lap. And Brian siting right next to me. Our shoulder touching, brought my full awareness to how close we were. Once again, I was more aware of Brian than I have ever been of any other man.

It took us awhile to get out to the place. But what I saw took my breath away. It was small and practical. The land around the small house, had trees on either side with pretty flowers. And not too far away was a big red barn and pasture.  If my eyes weren’t deceiving me there was a pond as well.

“Oh!”

“Isn’t it pretty?” Sarah asked me.

“Yes, it is Sarah. Very pretty.”

Smiling she looked up at Brian and said, “I knew it, Uncle Brian. I knew she would like the flowers we planted for her.

“You guys planted the flowers just for me?” I asked her surprised that they did such a thing just for me.

“Yes. Me, Michael, and Uncle Brian.”

Brian was looking at me smiling a bit himself. I smiled brightly in return. It was a nice welcome gift.

“I love it. Thank you.”

Sarah hugged me tightly from behind. I smiled even more if that were possible. Michael was asleep the whole time in my arms.

“Here we are. Home sweet home.”

Brian took Michael from me and then offered his hand to me as I step down. Carefully taking Michael back from him, he helped Sara down. She waited with her arms straight up in the air as Brian came about and took her into his big arms before settling her back down on the ground.

“Come, Laura.”

Taking my hand se lead me into the house, as Brian took my things in for me. The house was nicely built and nothing but a warmness overcame me. I felt welcomed in this new home. Papa would be smiling at me if he could see me now.

Sarah took me everywhere. Until, we saw the entire house. After a bit, I settled Michael on his bed, then went to prepare dinner. Brian was gone. I assumed it was to do chores since coming to pick me up at the station took a lot of his time.

I managed to my famous homemade beef stew. Sarah helped me in the kitchen such as helping me find certain items and then setting the table. I just sent her to go wake Michael up and wash their hands, when Brian walked into the house.

“That smells awfully good.”

“Thank you, be sure to freshen up and wash your hands before eating.”

“I will.”

Sarah and Michael came in letting me inspect their clean hands and then letting them choose where to sit.

I began pouring the beef stew into the bowls. And Sarah passed the homemade buns I baked.

“Mmm…Laura looks good.”

“Thank you, Sarah. Michael wait for your Uncle before you eat.”

“I’m here now. Sarah you can say the prayer.”

Brain held out my chair for me and after I was seated, he sat down and Sarah began the prayer.

The food went down so fast, I almost thought I didn’t serve them any stew. I watched as each one dug into their bowls and took more buns. I went back and poured some more stew into their bowls before eating mine.

After dinner, I had Sarah help me with the dishes and Brian helped Michael get ready for bed. Soon after I was helping Sarah into her own bed as well. I stayed with her as she said her prayer before closing her eyes.

Everything went well. I felt happy.  The children were nice and Brian was a gentleman. I had no regrets about my decision until I went into the room that Sarah said was mine. I noticed my things were placed in there as well. I changed my clothes, and brushed my teeth before sliding back the covers. As I laid in the bed, Brain soon came to bed himself.  My instincts were alert and my thoughts all jammed. Were we both to sleep in the same bed? Is that what husbands and wives do? But we haven’t married yet, surely we can’t sleep in the same bed. Brain leaned over me, “The pastor is coming in tomorrow, so we will be having our wedding at noon.”

“Okay.”

“Do you have a dress?”

“Yes, I do.”

“Ok.

“Do you have nice dress clothes?”

“Yes, I do.”

“Ok.” I snuggled more on my side of the bed. But, Brian took hold of my waist, and pulled me closer to his side. Snuggling me close to him. I felt hot all over and laid there wondering what next. But soon, Brain was asleep. And before I knew it, so was I.

Honor for Every Self-published Author

I think there should be a special holiday to celebrate in honor of all self-published authors. Because, it takes great determination and will power to push against all odds to market and place your work in today’s digital one. So, in honor of all the self-published authors out there here is a toast to you: May your work continue to be recognized by the world for its greatness and may your novels reach even further success as the years go on by. Thank you for taking the time, dedication, and sweat in creating the best reads ever!

Some special authors I would like to thank are:

Alan Stroe – for continually supporting me as a book reviewer and small magazine publisher & for allowing me the honor to review his brilliant works.

Agostino Scafidi – for allowing me the honor to read his poetry and letting me continue to review his stunning masterpieces.

CC Faye – for giving me the honor to read & review her work and for letting me help her become a published author.

Kruti Mehta – for honoring me as her editor inside of her debut novel and for being brave enough in being my first ever customer.

Brenda Novak  – for giving me the honor to review her debut novels and giving me the chance that opened up Harlequin into letting me review for them.

Scott Pinsker – for his continuous & loyal support in me as a writer, book reviewer, and publisher.

Tina Shriver –  For her belief in me as an editor and book reviewer.

Niyah Moore – for her continuous & loyal support in helping me grow as an editor, book reviewer, and publisher.

Joe Cosentino –  for his continuous & loyal support in helping me grow and expand as an editor, book reviewer, and publisher.

Thomas Sweeny – for his unwavering support in helping me as a book reviewer and writer.

Danielle Sears – my best & loyal friend who writes stories and poems that blow readers away with her words and for supporting me since we first meet as a writer, poet, editor, and publisher.

Daniel J. Darcey – another one of my best friends who has loyally supported me from the first time we meet on Writer’s Cafe. He has blessed me with the honor of reading, reviewing, editing, and publishing his novels.

AND to any other authors whom I have not listed but have had the honor and pleasure to meet and work with, I want to say thank you for everything! 

uvpic6

Book Review: Victim of Love by Christa Maurice

victim

Victim of Love by Christa Maurice is definitely a must read. A novel full of spicy, hot, sizzling moments that will hook readers in forever. The story itself is a relationship that starts out as all sex, but then gradually grows to much more than either one thought. It takes an unexpected moment while sitting out in the sun reading a novel when a hot sexy bad ass rock star comes over to Tara. Tara is funny, smart, and luring to every man around her. She went through a bad experience with her ex boyfriend and is weary when Rick wants to take her out to dinner and tries to convince to have sex. Rick can’t deny the irresistible attraction that Tara causes him. He yearns to have in bed as soon as possible. But she keeps stalling him until he pushes away all of her remaining walls. Once Tara lets Rick into her bed neither she nor Rick can get enough of each other. Soon Rick invites Tara to the studio where the rest of his band mates are. Not only are his band mates there but to Tara’s complete shock so are three naked native women walking around and one in a bikini. As his band mates see Rick with Tara too of them plan to tear them apart. But will they succeed? Will Rick lose Tara due to his band mates? Fate has a strange way of placing two unlikely people in each others lives. I highly enjoyed this funny, hot, and addictive read. Readers will be able to finish this brilliant well written story in one sitting. Christa Maurice knows how to draw her readers into her novel and keep them reading. I loved how a woman like Tara was able to draw in someone like Rick and turn the bad boy into a good guy who wants no one but her and to settle down with her. Rick turned out to be the victim of Tara’s love, That kind of love is strong and sweet. I  recommend reading this romantic story that will heat up your nights. Overall, I give it a five out of five stars.

Are you an an author of Christian fiction?

Are you an author of Christian fiction and would like your manuscript looked over by a publisher and gain a free book review for doing so, then please email me at: danielle@puslepub.net.

Kelly Latte is the senior publisher in charge of publishing Christian Fiction. You can also email her at: kelly@pulsepub.net.

About our company:

We’re a traditional independent publishing firm, meaning once we sign an author, we cover the costs for all aspects of the publication of his/her title: editing, proofreading, cover design, printing, production, distribution, and marketing. We are not a vanity or subsidy press, so there is never a charge to our authors for any of the services we provide.

Our distribution network includes bookstores, libraries, and various retail outlets. We also have comprehensive digital distribution, through which the eBook versions of our titles are available for Kindle, Nook, Google Play, the iBookstore, and other etailers.

I realize other publishing firms require their authors to have their titles edited prior to submitting them for publication, but we don’t; rather, we have a team of editors and proofreaders on hand to cover all editing needs from start to finish.

We also provide comprehensive marketing & promotional support for all our authors, including obtaining pre-pub and post-pub literary reviews, the production and distribution of high quality book trailers, arranging virtual tours, booking media appearances, and securing various other promotional opportunities for them. This sets us apart from most other small presses, and again, all of this is provided for our authors at no charge.

Need Editing or Proofreading done?

GWE is an assembled team of editors and authors with 40+ years experience in the publishing industry. Collectively, they’ve edited and formatted dozens of titles that have gone on to become bestsellers and win numerous awards. They’ve also amassed a dedicated following of authors and publishers who use them exclusively for all editing and proofreading projects.

– All new clients receive a 10% discount off their editing services
– Their rates begin at only $1/page
– They require a deposit of only $49 to edit the entire manuscript. The full balance isn’t due until the full editing treatment is complete

Here is the website: www.gwextra.com.

Book Giveaway for Lucid!

Product Details

Blurb: Money. Murder. Drugs. For all of Saint’s life, that is all he had ever known. After Saint was taken from his abusive household and adopted, Saint grew to become Harrogate , TN’s very own outlaw, the modern equivalent of Wiley “Little” Harpe. For Saint, life is all about three things. Doing what he absolutely has to do to survive, the love he has for Shia, Saint’s adopted brother’s ex-girlfriend, and his dream of becoming a great artist. Saint had just murdered a couple Knoxville drug dealers for the drugs and money to survive. He had just been offered a scholarship to the University of Tennessee. And Shana, Shia’s ex-girlriend, is showing subtle interest in Saint, leaving the murderous Saint with two paths to walk down. Does he walk down the dark and lonely road of a killer who lusts after his older brother’s girlfriend or does he take the path of his namesake and chase his dream? And what will be the repercussions of his decision?

To enter the FREE book giveaway click on the link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/fd43e9711/

Book Review: Sweet Southern Trouble by Heather McGhee

Sweet Southern Trouble

Sweet Southern Trouble is indeed a must read romance. A southern sweet, luring, and funny romance that will beckon all readers to read it. Heather McGhee has the stunning talent in weaving  a noel full of gossips, scandals, and mystery all into one amazing novel. Blabbermouth Becky O’Shea is tasked with finding out more about her heritage. This quest her grandmother sends her on takes her to a town full of entertainment that will last her a lifetime. And maybe something a little more. Soon Becky meets police chief, Nick Harris, and instantly he wants her gone. Especially, because trouble is coming. Becky finds out old buried secrets and with a little luck new love.

I would highly recommend reading this brilliant well written novel. The story itself is compelling and realistically funny. It is fun following Becky as she uncovers and solves the truth of her heritage and finding new love. Fate always has a way of bringing others together in strange ways. A fascinating and intriguing read. Readers must pick up and read Sweet Southern Trouble. Heather McGhee is a very talented writer whose words pop off the pages and bring to life the amazing story inside. Overall, I rate this a five out of five stars.

Book Review: The Art of Going Home by Nicole Sorrell

The Art of Going Home by Nicole Sorrell is one that will forever lure readers deep within the heart of its plot. An engaging and heart melting story that will leave readers coming back to re-read the beautifully well written novel. Nicole definitely knows how to develop an intriguing plot and believable characters. Reading the first page, I could not stop reading until I finished the entire book. It’s definitely one novel readers won’t want to miss.  The story tells of love, lies, and self-destruction. The main character, Maddie Chandler, goes through one epic journey that will have readers falling in love with her.

At the age of ten, Maddie Chandler, ends up losing her twin sister. And then her mothers goes insane with the loss of her twin sister and is placed into an institution. Maddie’s family life as she once knew it is destroyed and she is then taken into the home of a family friend whom raises her. This family friend is soon called Aunt Ceci. Aunt Ceci raises Maddie like she was her own daughter. Maddie goes through high school and then leaves for college. It isn’t until the death of her Aunt Ceci that Maddie soon returns back to the town that was once called her home. But fate has a way of playing games especially with Maddie’s life. She is soon haunted by her sister’s ghost to find her sister’s murder. Maddie fears of going insane like her mother did when she was much younger. Then there’s her old high school crush, Zac.  Her memories of the horrible events in her past comes tumbling forward causing her to question everything she believes. Will Maddie find the person behind her sister’s murder? And what happens when she does?

The Art of Going Home is a compelling story that will leave readers wondering what happens next and who did it. The novel isn’t without its own surprising twists and an ending that readers weren’t excepting. A novel that has it all. Romance, mystery, and suspense all in one incredible book. I enjoyed reading Nicole Sorrell’s masterfully woven story and look forward to reading more of her brilliant works in the future. I would recommend this novel to every reader world-wide. This story is raw, stunning, and one perfect read. I rate it a five out of five stars.

Central Ohio Fiction Writers (COFW) Contest! A Fundraiser & A Way to Get Published!

ITF72dpi

Central Ohio Fiction Writers (COFW) 21st Annual Ignite the Flame Contest

All entries must be electronic.

The COFW Ignite the Flame Contest will begin accepting entries on June 1, 2015.  All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on July 15, 2015.

Entrants must be unpublished in book-length fiction (minimum 40k) in the last five years.  Unpublished means the author or authors have not accepted a publishing offer for, or self-published, a work of original fictional narrative prose.

All entrants will receive first-round judges’ scores and comments.

Fee:  $20/COFW members and $25/non COFW members.

Contest Description:  Our contest is named Ignite the Flame for a reason. We want to lose ourselves in 15 pages of your unpublished manuscript as your hero and heroine experience that first spark of attraction, that irresistible heat drawing them together.  So kindle that fire–show us your first meeting, the surprise reunion, an awkward introduction or the unforgettable moment of initial awareness. Thrill us with the promise of what is to come. Tease us with a little flicker that is destined to become an inferno.

Submission Guidelines:  Your name must not appear anywhere on the 15-page submission.  Your submission must be in Times New Roman font, 12 point, double-spaced, paragraphs indented five spaces first line only.  Page numbers must appear in the upper right-hand corner, and the title/genre of the manuscript must appear in the upper left-hand corner on all pages.  Your submission may be less than 15 pages, but must not exceed 15 pages.

Submit a 500 word synopsis with your entry.  The synopsis will not be considered part of your 15-page submission, nor will it be judged.

Judges:  First round judges will be published authors.

Winners:  The top scorer in each category will receive:  a $30 cash prize, a certificate, a critique from the judges and their entry will be read by an agent or editor.  The editor/agent is not obligated to write a critique, but may do so.  COFW hopes all of our top scorers receive a submission request.  Second and third place winners will receive certificates and critiques from the judges.

Email your entry form, submission and synopsis to the contest coordinator at:  ignitetheflamecontest@gmail.com.

2015 Categories:  Unless noted below, contest category definitions match those of the RWA National Golden Heart/RITA Contest.

Contemporary Romance: Includes series length, single title length & romantic suspense in a current, contemporary setting,  Manuscripts may be set from 1950 to the present and should focus primarily on the romantic relationship.

Historical Romance:  Manuscripts may be set in any time period prior to 1950 and should focus primarily on the evolution of the romantic relationship.

Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic/Time Travel:  The future, a fantasy world, or paranormal elements are an integral part of the plot.  The love story is the main focus of the manuscript.  May be any time period or setting.

Young Adult/New Adult:  Manuscripts in which young adult (teen/high school age) or new adult (twenty-something/college age) life is an integral part of the plot.  The relationship between the main characters is integral to the storyline, character development.

Erotica:  Novels in which strong, often explicit, sexual interaction is an inherent part of the story, character growth, and relationship development and could not be removed without damaging the storyline. These novels may contain elements of other romance subgenres (such as paranormal, historical, etc.).

Romantic Suspense:  Novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot. In this category, the love story is the main focus of the novel, a suspense/mystery/thriller plot is blended with the love story, and the resolution of the romance is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Good News!

This morning, I have sent a publishing contract to an author and will be sending out another one soon. I checked my email this morning, and I was blessed to have been asked to participate in the 22nd Annual Ohio Fiction Contest! I will keep you all posted on what happens.

Okay, Universal Creativity Inc. will be releasing another two new novels this month. Which means we will be hosting free book giveaways! Also, the author of Lucid, has given our company the chance to host a book giveaway as well. So, three new book giveaways will be held this month. Also XOXO After Dark is hosting two amazing events below, please check them out! Thank you! To check out these deals please click on this following link: http://xoxoafterdark.com/?cp_type=end&rmid=20150411_XOXOMonthly_April&rrid=6115405

  

Free eBooks!

 Sarah had her life all planned out. She would build her business, conquer the San Francisco startup scene, and then … well, she’d figure it out when she got there. But then she was cheated out of her business and she retreated to the middle of nowhere, Oregon, to figure out what to do next. Waiting for her there was good coffee, kind locals, and the sexiest man she’d ever seen. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B6R7DLA

 Ambitious geneticist Geoffrey Bartell is fighting for his life. His company is under legal and political attack while his marriage crumbles around him. Desperate to recapture his once idyllic life he comes upon the perfect solution by creating a clone of himself, and together they set about picking up the pieces.

But the perfection is short-lived as the two’s priorities begin to diverge. As the jealousies and resentments build Bartell comes to realize that while living alone was difficult, living as two may be impossible. Things take a dark turn and before long Bartell finds himself at the center of a criminal murder trial in which he now must fight to salvage what life he can. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00P4M6GCU

 The newly-expanded introductory story in the Regency Rhapsody series: lighthearted, sweet novellas set in regency-era England, celebrating the timeless power of romance with just a bit of mystery. Written for lovers of the classic regencies of the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

A wounded British army captain tries to find love in the face of his self-doubt…

Phoebe Hartridge runs into serious danger on an icy winter evening. But her rescuer, the mysterious Anthony Sterling, immediately melts her heart and makes her dream of a life beyond her tiny, sheltered world. The more she gets to know him, the more she senses he is hiding something from her.

When Captain Anthony Sterling was wounded in battle, he lost his leg, his fiancee, and any hope for happiness. Even the revelation that he is the heir to a fortune brought him nothing but bitterness. Then his chance encounter with the charming, innocent Phoebe makes him wonder if there may be a future for him after all. But first he must escape the shadows of his past. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AA46Y06

Inside Scoop of Being a Publisher

Inside Scoop of Being a Publisher

by

Danielle Urban

As a writer in a new job position such as senior publisher for Pulse LLC, I would count this week as my first taste of the publishing industry from a publishing house standpoint. Yes, I now the process and how it works from being a self-published author and as a small magazine publisher. But one really doesn’t know until they have been placed deep within where all the real action happens. Publishers go through many steps in securing new titles for a publishing house. We advertise on social media sites for open submissions, we host book contests, and we dig through sites where new unpublished authors write. All of these are ways for us publishers to actively seek out new fresh voices to publish. Sometimes we can wait for writers to hit us back with their query letters and manuscripts, however that would make us lame ducks until writers do contact us back. Which may or may not ever happen.

I would spill my great advice for those wanting to become publishers but than I would have to find new ways to attract writers my way. So, I will say this: to be a publisher one must thoroughly research the markets, writers, publishing houses, and genres before proceeding any further. It takes being an author to know where to look for new authors wanting to be published. It also takes being a book reviewer with all the major publishing houses that publish all of those best-selling novels to know what is currently selling and which genres have what features that readers seem more interested in reading over others.

So, what happens after finding an author? First, the publisher will read through the writer’s query letter and the first three chapters of one’s manuscript. And if the first three captivate the publisher’s attention, they will contact the author. Or will ask to see the rest of the manuscript. It depends on what the publisher asked the writer to send to them.

Second if the writer’s manuscript is indeed amazing enough, the publisher will then tell the author. If the author would like to be published by that publisher than the author’s contact information is taken and used to draw up a contract. Every author must have a lawyer help them look over the contract before signing. Once signed, the manuscript goes to a team of editors and while it’s being edited, a cover is being designed. Now why is the cover being designed so early? Because the cover is used to help generate pre-buzz release for the author’s novel. Also, it helps allure book reviewers in wanting to consider that book for review.

Third, but not least there’s marketing and promotions going on during the same time as the manuscript is being edited. Many book tour companies require that the novel or book is sent before it’s published. To attract potential readers to that particular book. Tours can last weeks. Some tour companies also conduct all promotions of the author’s book to help gain more popularity and a wide range of advertising. Social media is crucial for every new author thinking of publishing a book! Of course there are many more ways to market and advertise an  author’s book but it would take me forever to go into each one individually.

Publishers sole responsibility is to work with the team of editors, marketers, graphic designers as well as finding new titles to be published. We keep in touch with our authors unlike the other team members that we work with in releasing a new novel. Many steps are involved and takes many individuals to help with the publishing process. The best part of my job, is seeing the new authors published. To be a part this exciting process is one that will keep me smiling forever.

Full Contract by Sarah Castille

FULL CONTACT (Trade Paperback)
Redemption, Book #3
Sarah Castille

Ray wraps his arms around me and holds me tight as if something terrible has happened and he doesn’t want to let me go.

Full Contact. This is how Ray speaks when his emotions overwhelm him. I melt into his stillness. His body is hot and hard, his breath warm on my neck. He smells of leather and sweat, sex and sin. Nothing can tear me away.

When you can’t resist the one person who could destroy you…

Sia O’Donnell can’t help but push the limits. She secretly attends every underground MMA fight featuring The Predator, the undisputed champion. When he stalks his prey in the ring, Sia is mesmerized. He is dominant and dangerous and every instinct tells her to run.

Every beautiful thing Ray “The Predator” touches he knows he’ll eventually destroy. Soft, sweet and innocent, Sia is the light to Ray’s darkness-and completely irresistible. From the moment he lays eyes on her, he knows he’s going to have to put his dark past behind him to win her body and soul.

Redemption Series
Against the Ropes
In Your Corner
Full Contact

Read an excerpt

Can be purchased in trade paperback or eBook format for/from:

Amazing Reads!

Available April 21, 2015, but can be pre-ordered now!

The New York Times bestselling author of Otherwise Engaged and The Mystery Woman presents an all-new novel of intrigue and murder set against the backdrop of Victorian London…

The Kern Secretarial Agency provides reliable professional services to its wealthy clientele, and Anne Clifton was one of the finest women in Ursula Kern’s employ. But Miss Clifton has met an untimely end—and Ursula is convinced it was not due to natural causes.

Archaeologist and adventurer Slater Roxton thinks Mrs. Kern is off her head to meddle in such dangerous business. Nevertheless, he seems sensible enough to Ursula, though she does find herself unnerved by his self-possession and unreadable green-gold eyes…

If this mysterious widowed beauty insists on stirring the pot, Slater intends to remain close by as they venture into the dark side of polite society. Together they must reveal the identity of a killer—and to achieve their goal they may need to reveal their deepest secrets to each other as well…

Can be purchased in hardcover or eBook format for/from:

OTHERWISE ENGAGED
First Time in Paperback
Amanda Quick

The New York Times bestseller!

“Quick…has outdone herself with the 19th-century protagonist of Otherwise Engaged.” —The Seattle Times

Miss Amity Doncaster, world traveler, is accustomed to adventure and risk. Benedict Stanbridge, a man of science and a spy for the Crown, has faced danger in the darker corners of foreign lands.

Now they are about to face a threat that is shockingly close to home…

One does not expect to be kidnapped on a London street in broad daylight. Yet Amity Doncaster barely escapes with her life after she is trapped in a carriage with the killer known in the press as the Bridegroom. He is unwholesomely obsessed by her scandalous connection to Benedict Stanbridge—gossip about their hours alone in a ship’s stateroom seems to have crossed the Atlantic faster than any sailing vessel could. Benedict refuses to let this resourceful, daring woman suffer for her romantic link to him—as tenuous as it may be.

For a man and woman so skilled at disappearing, so at home in the exotic reaches of the globe, escape is always an option. But each intends to end the Bridegroom’s reign of terror in London. And as they join forces and prepare to confront an unbalanced criminal in the heart of the city they love, they must also face feelings that neither can run from…

Can be purchased in mass market paperback or 05/14 eBook format for/from:

MCKETTRICKS OF TEXAS: AUSTIN (reissue)
McKettricks Series, Book 13
Linda Lael Miller

#1 New York Times bestseller Linda Lael Miller brings you the next installment in her unforgettable McKettricks of Texas series. The three McKettrick brothers meet their matches in the three Remington sisters, and now it’s Austin’s turn…

World champion rodeo star Austin McKettrick finally got bested by an angry bull. With his career over and his love life a mess, the lone maverick has nowhere to go when the hospital releases him…except back home to Blue River and the Silver Spur ranch. But his overachieving brothers won’t allow this cowboy to brood in peace. They’ve even hired a nurse to speed his recovery. Paige Remington’s bossy brand of TLC is driving him crazy. Not to mention her beautiful face, sexy figure and silky black hair.

Paige has lost count of the number of times Austin has tried to fire her. She’s not going anywhere till he’s healed—body and heart.

Originally published July 2010.

Read an excerpt

Can be purchased in mass market paperback or eBook format for/from:

THE RELATIVES (eBook)
A Virtue Falls Story
Christina Dodd

New York Times Bestseller Christina Dodd brings you an all-new e-short story in her acclaimed Virtue Fallssuspense series with…THE RELATIVES!

What would you do when uninvited relatives drop by your home and stay … and stay … and stay?

Can be purchased in eBook format for/from:

Have You Ever Wondered?

Have you ever wondered what you will write next? What new characters you will come up with and where the plot will take you? As a writer we hardly think much about where our stories take us other than giving us that exposure we all want. Yes, I won’t lie. I too look for that as well. But really, sometimes our stories are just that good and readers don’t realize yet. There have been some writers whose work weren’t popular during their time period but as time went they soon grew very popular. Such writers include Edgar Allen Poe and Emily Dickinson. Writing and creating that perfect story isn’t all about the money and fame but in creating a story that readers will love forever and keep coming back to read.

Write because you want to fall in love with your characters. Because your plot is addictive or has a strong moral lesson that our world clearly has forgotten or lacks. Creativity is to be enjoyed not just who can sell the most books and who has the sexiest characters. Our stories should take our readers to new places, live through our characters’ shoes. Find new meanings and much more.

Book Review: Bet Your Bottom Dollar by Karin Gillespie

Bet Your Bottom Dollar is the first book in the amazing three part series. Taking the place in the south where the ride get wild and the quirky characters will have readers coming back to read more. A spicy and humorous novel that will be the main attraction for ages to come. Readers will instantly be pulled into this delightful and bold story told by Karin Gillespie. The Bottom Dollar Emporium in South Carolina where the coffee and gossip are free. Soon news comes a dollar store coming their way. The women hope to save their store. With family secrets about to be set loose all chaos begins in this warm engaging women’s contemporary fiction masterpiece. This is one novel that has it all, humor, romance, friendship, sisterhood and much more. I would definitely recommend this spectacular read to all readers. Some many scenes to love such as Timothy admitting his feelings for the woman he loves.And the woman he loves is a strong character that every woman can easily connect with when reading. Easy to read for all readers. I give it a five out of five stars and will be looking forward to reading this talented writer’s second and third book in this series.

Heroes

Heroes within our stories should be introduced in way that shows something flawed or wrong about them right when we first bring them onto stage. This gives readers an incredible page turning inner journey of our heroes. Making our stories more interesting to our audiences. Have any heroes you are writing about? If so what are their flaws?

Book Review: Lucid by Jeffrey Bolden

Lucid is daring and intriguing novel that readers everywhere will enjoy. Jeffrey Bolden has spun a tale of mystery, murder, drugs and romance all into one compelling novel. His characters will leave readers engaged in his wonderful plot. A well written story that entices it readers deep into wondering what will happen next. As a reader, I wasn’t sure which path the main character, Saint, would take. He has major decisions to make regarding the rest of his life. Changes that will leave their marks on him forever both inside and out. Saint has always done things to ensure his survival. Now, he has Shia, his adopted brother’s ex-girlfriend, who is giving him small hints of interest , killed drug dealers for their drugs and money, and he has been offered an art scholarship. But which path will he take? Will Saint take the art scholarship or become a lonely murder?

Jeffrey Bolden has incorporated many real life aspects into his stunning masterpiece. He has taken a fictional novel to new heights showing readers the realistic horrors of life that many don’t see. We see or hear about it them in papers, but this novel opens our eyes to life’s harsh reality. I enjoyed reading this brilliantly written story. Saint has a lot going on his plate and hard decisions to make. Interesting novel to read. I would highly recommend Lucid to many. For this is one novel that readers must read. Life isn’t easy nor is making huge life altering decisions. Jeffrey has a talent for bringing his characters and story alive. Overall, I rate this a five out of five stars.

Book Review: Ask Me Again 3: David’s Story by Theresa Hodge

Ask Me Again 3: David's Story (Second Chance)

Ask Me Again 3: David’s Story by Theresa Hodge was just as irresistible as her previous two novels. In this enchanting world where the Christian heart and human desire exist hand-in–hand, readers won’t want to stop reading. David went from a good friend and lover to a man he soon despised seeing in the mirror. When he found out he was a father of a baby who whom he gave up his parental rights to, everything in his world changed. He wanted to become a better man that his son would like and one that he can live with seeing everyday. David began to change his horrible ways and soon transformed in a man that every woman would be blessed to call her own. But sadness of losing his only child and the woman he loved to another man, David needed something good to distract him. And fate definitely brings that in the form of shy, sweet, and desirable Madelyn. Madelyn starts out as his client and soon becomes just more than his client. Can Madelyn and David find the peaceful happiness that they both need? Or will outside forces keep them apart?

I highly recommend reading this hot, sexy, and addictive novel by Theresa Hodge. Her elements of Christian faith, family, forgiveness and a passion strong enough to light up a fire, make this a must read for all. I enjoyed how David was able to make Madelyn lose control and how she opened up his heart. A warm and delightful story that will lure readers in forever. Overall, I give Ask Me Again 3:David’s Story a five out of five stars.

Book Review: The Color of Happiness by K.P Gazelle

The Color of Happiness

The Color of Happiness by K.P. Gazelle is flawlessly beautiful. A romance that will move readers as they delve further into the addictive and luring plot. K.P. Gazelle’s talent in  bringing to life a raw and emotional story of a young girl who wants nothing more than to live a normal teenage life but has parents who don’t comprehend and others who traumatize her for thinking she has the best of everything. There’s Faith’s best friend whom helps her through everything and then there’s Alex. Another important and realistic character that has readers falling in love with him. As pressure builds up both from home and school, Faith busies herself with her dancing. The one thing that makes her feel good. Faith finds a deep courage within herself to stand up but can she keep standing when something so awful lures her to jumping off a cliff? Alex has his own secrets. Can these two find the strength to fight against all the odds?

A deep and intriguing masterpiece that readers everywhere will not want to miss. The Color of Happiness sends an awareness and a connection to its readers that won’t be lost. For fans of the Fault within Our Stars this novel is on brilliant piece that wont ever be forgotten. A heart wrenching and compelling story will last forever. I loved reading and following Faith on her journey and following Alex too. An irresistible romantic read for all. I would highly recommend this colorful novel to happiness as a must read. I give it a five out of five stars.

Book Review: Moonchild Dreams by Nadia Gerassimenko

moonchilddreamscover

Moonchild Dreams is a collection of Nadia Gerassimenko’s beautifully well written poems. A time when her creative poetic form wanted to free to share with the world. Her entire collection will leave readers breathless. The emotions running through me as I read on, is something that every reader has to experience on their own. To each reader her enchanting poems will captivate them from the beginning and to the very end. One poem in particular, A Flickering Light, caught my unwavering attention. It lead me on a path so dreamy and peaceful but also spoke to me about not being afraid to brave enough to face the world around even when things go astray. I know the poem will speak volumes to many readers. As we all face certain situations, where we have felt afraid to brave it through.

Another poem, Demon Heart, will lure readers deep with its meaning. The truthful way of telling how cruel love can be. Love isn’t easy nor always as beautiful as we dream it to be. In this poem, readers can relate to the man’s heart. How it aches to have the woman’s real love and yet, she does not love him. Not for real. And so he no longer believes in love anymore. This is so realistic of what each one of us face in life.  Another poem by Nadia, Those Words is one that delves deep into our souls and defines what we have to say but cannot find the words to say it.

These are just a few out of the many countless numbers of passionate, dreamy, and daring poetry within the book. I have found each poem to be truthful. As though they were speaking to just my soul. Moonchild Dreams is an inspirational collection that should be read daily and by every reader. The poetry awakens one’s inner being with words that come to life. Vivid images springing forth into one’s mind when reading these poems. Nadia’s talent is raw and energetic. Her passion comes through each of her stunning well written poetry. I would highly recommend this collection to all readers. Definitely worth one’s time to read. Overall, I would rate Moonchild Dreams a five out of five stars.

New Literary Agents Seeking Submissions!

1. Kurestin Armada of P.S. Literary

She is seeking: “Upmarket and Commercial Fiction, Magic Realism, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Alternative History, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ (any genre), select Young Adult and Middle Grade, Graphic Novels, Mystery (including mystery with elements of SF/F), and Romance. In nonfiction, she is looking for Design, Cooking, Pop Psychology, Humour, Narrative, Photography, and Pop Science.”
2. Jesse Finkelstein of Transatlantic Literary

She is seeking: Upmarket, accessible nonfiction that challenges current conceptions, whether through a “big ideas” book or narrative. “I am drawn to entrepreneurs and people who are innovators in their fields and writing about current affairs, business, culture, politics, technology, religion, and the environment,” she says. “I am most interested in authors who have an existing platform.”

3. Maria Vicente of P.S. Literary Agency

She is seeking: nonfiction projects in the pop culture, geek culture, pop psychology, design, and lifestyle categories; young adult (any genre), middle grade (any genre), and illustrated picture books; literary and commercial fiction (including fiction with a touch of genre).

Short Story: A Start

It all started a few years ago. My parents were going to deny me one thing. Lucas McCoy. He and I met at the local coffee shop. I worked there making the special brewed coffees and he was a regular customer who came in and would flirt outrageously with all the ladies. But when he tried it on me it didn’t work. In a way, I intrigued him. Soon, he started to only but his best efforts into making me talk to him. I thought of him as arrogant, cocky, and wealthy jerk. But one day a man came in and started to beat up one of the girls in the shop. Lucas immediately ran to her aid. He beat the shit out of the man. Long story short, my perspective of him changed.

“Rose, are you listening to me?” My best friend Maya-belle also known as Bell asked.

“Sorry, Belle. I got distracted.” She looked at me wondering what distracted me since we were talking about my baby shower.

“Hey, gorgeous.” Lucas kissed my forehead. Sending tingling sensation through my body. Only his kiss could do that to me. I still haven’t told him yet. My family and I were witches. We kept it to ourselves. Lucas, touched my belly.

“Our little one is going to be great!” He said with a devious grin upon his handsome face. Instantly, our baby jumped inside me. I guess he knows his daddy. Bell soon looked worried. I turned just in time to see that man whom Lucas beat the shit out of along with more men who reeked of trouble. Fear gripped me instantly. My instincts told me something bad will happen. And sadly my powers are not at their strongest with my little one inside me. Lucas turned to the door and he too felt uneasy about all those men. There was only one of him and ten of them.

“Rose, you and Bell get out of her now.”

Bell didn’t hesitate to take me away out the door. But just as we passed, the one man recognized me. Sticking is foot out, I tripped. Falling to the floor, I cried. My poor baby! Anger cursed through me and a blinding light occurred as thought out of nowhere. Men shouting, screams from the other people in the shop. Confusion took over me. Until I heard his voice in my ear.

“Rose, it’s me. Everything is going to be okay.”

Nodding my head. I felt him carry me. Once outside, Bell was there talking to the police. An ambulance took away dead bodies. On a closer look it was the men who came to cause trouble. But how?

“It’s going to be okay, I will tell you everything.” Lucas gently whispered. I thought I was wind, since he was so soft.

My parents were in the hospital room where Lucas and I were siting. The doctors were doing tests to make sure our little one was okay. Crying my mother hugged me. My dad hugged Lucas and I almost thought I was hearing things.

“Welcome to the family, Lucas.”

“Thank you, sir.”

“I now know she will be safe in a warlock’s hands, especially with you.”

Right at that moment, I was stunned. Looking over I noticed Lucas caught my eye and was trying to read me. I turned away.

“I wanted to tell you, but I wanted to be sure.”

“Sure of what, Lucas?”

“That you loved me not because of my power but because of the man whom you think I am.”

Tears spilled down my cheeks, and just then the doctors came back in.

“Great news, the baby is fine. And will be healthy and strong.”

Sobs escaped my lips. I was so frightened we would lose our baby. But now all is well. And my husband is a Warlock. Things were looking up for my family and me.

Two months later, I gave birth to a healthy baby girl and boy. Their names are Melody and James. What their powers will be, is left to be seen.  For now, I am just enjoying the life I have with my husband whom my parents have accepted and whatever troubles may come our way, we will be ready.

Book Review: Fighting for Keeps by Seleste Delaney

Hot, sexy, and irresistible is what comes to mind when reading this romance written by Seleste Delaney. Words burn a fiery passion that starts from page one and only keeps getting hotter. Two people are placed together at work. Something about their appearance and the way they work that instantly attracts the other one into seduction.  There’s Jodi Israel who’s flaming red hair and her engineering knowledge heats up the sexy new recruit, Finn Danby. He’s cocky, hot, and an alpha male who plays by his own rules. What is there to not resist? Jodi struggles with keeping in her attraction until it busts. Both her and Finn find themselves working to protect an innocent individual’s life that may cost them their jobs and their relationship. Can these two who are so perfect for each other and at their jobs be able to handle one of their most difficult assignments ever? Protecting the daughter of a politician comes with a lot of prices. I highly recommend reading this fast-paced and well written story. It’s one that will keep readers up late all night long. Danger, adventure, and lust make for a deadly intoxicating combo that readers everywhere won’t want to miss. Overall, I rate Fighting for Keeps a five out of five stars. It is indeed, the best romance novel I have read.

Book Review: Once and Again by Elisabeth Barrett

A spectacular and engaging novel that re-defines first love and the dramas and lost that come with it. Once and Again is masterfully written in a way that allures readers to its plot. Two young people fall in love with each other and are from opposite end of life. One from a wealthy family and the other from the poor side. But soon fate comes knocking in and disturbs the lie each one knows. The rich become the poor and the poor become the rich. Readers don’t get to read this kind of event happening much within the romance genre. And it comes with a fresh new voice that calls out to readers. Read me. A romance so true and realistic that it will be hard to let go.

Carolyn Riverton comes from a wealthy family. She is the kind of daughter every parent wished they had. She follows her parents’ orders even when they take away her happiness. Her parents force her to give up her relationship. Her first love. They didn’t just ask her to, they demanded that she does or else. Not much longer does her family go in debt. No longer are they wealthy. Carolyn went from being a member at club to being an employee. But fate has provided a twist. A very intriguing and interesting twist that will leave readers wondering what happens next.  Her boss turns out to be her first love. Jake Gaffney was humiliated the last time he saw Carolyn. Now after seeing her in position he was once in himself, he can’t help but to stare. His once buried deep emotions come stirring to life once he lays eyes on her. The woman whom he took on a picnic and under the stars and all. Things have changed greatly for each of them.  Can Jake and Carolyn get past their hurt and continue where they left off? Or will Jake lead her on to thinking they can move on only to break it off with her like she did to him so long ago? Once and Again fate has placed them together. But will it last? I highly recommend reading this stunning and engaging novel by Elisabeth Barrett. Her talents bring to life an interesting world of love so much like our own. Real love, real pain, and real situations that will have readers falling in love with both Carolyn and Jake. Overall, I rate this a five out of five stars.