Review Descendants of the Rose By Juliette Harper

July 31, 2015


~My Review~
4.0 stars
Descendants of the Rose is a paranormal mystery with many colorful characters, and a mystery that will keep you intrigued until the very end. Selby seems to have a knack for fixing problems of the super natural kind, in truth she finds herself as a real life private investigator, it's just more for the things that go bump in the night. That doesn't leave her to dislike them all, she is discriminate about her dislike for them, and in general spends more time with the dead then the living.

This is a really fun paranormal mystery with many characters to get to know, but with very little confusion along the way. Not to mention the main character Selby Jensen has a quick wit and a smart mouth that just endears you to her and slightly unique mystery gang.

I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing several books by Juliette Harper and this one did not disappoint! What a fantastic start to what will be a great series!

About the Book:
Selby Jensen’s business card reads “Private Investigator,” but to say the least, that downplays her real occupation. Let’s hear it in her own words:
Descendant of the Rose“You want to know what I do for a living? I rip souls out. Cut heads off. Put silver bullets where silver bullets need putting. You think there aren't any monsters? . . . I have some disturbing news for you. You might want to sit down. Monsters walk among us. I'm looking for one in particular. In the meantime? I'm keeping the rest of them from eating people like you.” In this debut novel of her new paranormal mystery series, Juliette Harper, author of The Lockwood Legacy books and The Study Club Mysteries creates a cast of characters, most of whom have one thing in common; they don’t have a pulse. The dead are doing just fine by Selby, who is determined never to lose someone she loves again, but then a force of love more powerful than her grief changes that plan. Join Selby Jensen as she and her team track down a shadowy figure tied to a murder at a girls’ school. What none of them realize, however, is that in solving this case, they will enter a longer battle against a larger evil.
About the Author:
Juliette Harper is the pen name used by the writing team of Patricia Pauletti and Rana K. Williamson. Descendants of the Rose is the first installment of Harper’s debut Selby Jensen Paranormal Mystery series. Pauletti, an Easterner of Italian descent, is an accomplished musician with an eye for art and design. Williamson, a Texan, worked as a journalist and university history instructor before becoming a full-time freelance writer in 2002. Juliette Harper is also the author of The Lockwood Legacy, a nine-book chronicle of the lives of three sisters who inherit a ranch in Central Texas following their father’s suicide. Four of the novels are currently available: Langston’s Daughters, Baxter’s Draw, Alice's Portrait and Mandy’s Father. And don’t miss her hilariously funny “cozy” Study Club Mysteries, a light-hearted spinoff of The Lockwood Legacy. The books, set in the 1960s, take on the often absurd eccentricities of small town life with good-natured, droll humor. The first book, You Can’t Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet is available with the second, You Can’t Put a Corpse in a Parade, coming in Summer 2015.

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Review!! Teresa of the New World

July 22, 2015

Teresa of the New World

By Sharman Apt Russell


~My Review~
4 stars
Teresa of the New World is not your typical story, it's a story about the world and how things change, extinctions happen, people are cruel to each other, but ultimately it's about one girl who lived a terribly hard live and survived. Not only survived but survived with compassion for others. This was not your typical read and at times I struggled a little with the story. But I love unique stories, and this was truly a unique story, as I can not remember a time when I have read anything similar to this one. 

The story begins with Teresa as a young girl and tells the terrible things she sees and experiences during her young life, and ultimately how she survives abandonment, enslavement and plagues on her own. There is much more to the story, but that is the basics. There are bits about shapeshifters, and I do wish the author had expounded on that part of the story, but perhaps that is so come in the next book! 

About the Book:

In 1528, the real-life conquistador Cabeza de Vaca shipwrecked in the New World where he lived as a slave, trader, and shaman. In this lyrical weaving of history and myth, the adventurer takes his young daughter Teresa from her home in Texas to travel to outposts in New Spain. Once there, Teresa is left behind as a servant in a Spanish household. But when an epidemic of measles devastates the area, the teenager must set off on a new journey, listening again to the voices of the desert, befriending a war-horse and were-jaguar, sinking into the earth to swim through fossil and stone, reclaiming her power to outwit the cunning figure of Plague. A story of apocalypse and hope, Teresa of the New World takes you into the dreamscape of the sixteenth-century American Southwest.

About the Author:

Sharman Apt Russell has lived in the beauty and magic of Southwestern deserts almost all her life and continues to be amazed by that. She has published over a dozen books translated into a dozen languages, including fiction and nonfiction. Teresa of the New World is her third middle-grade and young adult novel.
Sharman teaches graduate writing classes at Western New Mexico University in Silver City, New Mexico and Antioch University in Los Angeles, California and has thrice served as the PEN West judge for their annual children’s literature award. Her awards include a Rockefeller Fellowship, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Henry Joseph Jackson Award. Her work has been widely anthologized, with numerous starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. The San Francisco Chronicle has said “Russell’s writing is luminous” and Kirkus Reviews wrote, “A deep reverence for nature shines throughout Russell’s rich, enjoyable text.” The Seattle Times described her An Obsession with Butterflies as a “masterpiece of story-telling” and the San Diego Union Tribune called it “A singular work of art, with its smooth, ethereal prose and series after cascading series of astonishing lore.” The New York Times and Discover Magazine both described her book on hunger as “elegant.” Of her Anatomy of a Rose, the Sunday Times (London) said, “Every page holds a revelation.”


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When the Crows Fly Low, By V.J. Patterson

July 17, 2015

When the Crows Fly Low 
By V.J. Patterson 

~My Review~
4 stars
When the Crow flies low is a bittersweet love story, where the ending is the beginning. But then that is the way of all love stories. This is a great stand alone novel and was a very different from the usual way to read a love story. It was a story about more then just surviving the bad times, and far more about living life regardless of what you leave behind in your past. 

The haunting story of how Will witnessed his father's death and then goes on for years to come to blame himself and seek revenge was hard to read. It's a terribly sad thing when you can almost see the way a child's life will be shaped by the event, and Will's was assuredly shaped by the death of his father. 

This was a great, albeit bittersweet story that you will think of long after you have put it down!

About the Book:

When the crows fly low…rain is coming.

At eleven-years-old, Will Lawson discovers that Hell isn’t just a place for demons. It exists on earth in an act so evil it rips away a part of his innocent soul. In its place; bitterness, hate and a vow for revenge.

Consumed by darkness, Will descends into a life of reckless living; booze and women the outlet for his guilt and despair. But meeting Sarah a beautiful young woman running from her own ghosts, changes everything. Finding his salvation in her, Will wades into the unfamiliar waters of love. Just when happiness is within his grasp, a familiar face returns to Will’s hometown of Doyle, Tennessee. A wicked twist of fate forces Will to decide between the girl he loves and his need for revenge. Is love enough to save Will from the darkness that endeavors to unravel his sanity?

In this debut romantic drama, When the Crows Fly Low weaves a story full of suspense, loss, and love. It is sure to stay with the reader long after the final page.

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About the Author:

V.J Patterson lives in Tennessee with her husband and two children. She grew up listening to her grandfather's stories, one of which inspired her first novel, When the Crows Fly Low.


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Review!! Walk on the Wild Side By Suzie Jay

July 16, 2015

Walk on the Wild Side: The Reinvention of Violet Monte
By Suzie Jay


~My Review~
4.0 stars
Violet finds herself on the wrong side of 40 and unexpectedly going through divorce after dedicating 20 years of her life to her husband, family, and home. She's lost on how to start over and how to figure out what she wants to do with her life. Walk on the wild side is a great short read about how one woman is able to pick up the pieces and start over after catching her husband with another woman. She does it in a way that is tasteful and classy, leaving there be no doubt she was not the losing party when the marriage dissolved. 
What a great story of life after divorce and how much more is waiting for you if you have the courage to seek it. This story also shows a glimpse of what an amazing thing it can be for a woman going through rough times to have great support, whether it be family, old friends, new friends, or just those that simply understand you need a reason to smile when your life is turned upside down.

About the book:
 Violet Monte believed her love and marriage would last a lifetime–until she catches her husband in bed with a younger woman. When she realizes she was nothing more than a trophy wife, Violet decides to chase her own dreams. The only problem is, she has no idea what they are. Violet begins to pursue her own interests which sometime include spying on her mysterious neighbor, who might actually be a lady of the night. Just as Violet is finding stability–– and the possibility of opening her heart again–– her husband returns not with an apology, but with a signed pre-nuptial agreement, claiming he’ll keep everything and leave her with nothing. Violet is far from the compliant woman he once knew but she doubts she has the strength to fight and win, until her intriguing neighbor unlocks what Violet has been looking for all along. Can Violet fight back from a lost love and reinvent herself into the person she always wanted to be or will she forever be just an ex-trophy wife?

suzie jayAuthor Bio:
Suzie Jay is a mum of six who lives in Adelaide, Australia with her husband and children. She has a Diploma in Child Psychology and owned her own baking and cake decorating business. She is also a former school teacher, but escaped and now intends on torturing the world by sharing what’s inside her head. This is Suzie’s debut novel. Other published work includes an April fools day anthology titled ‘Fools Rush In.’ 
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Review! A Batter of Life and Death By Ellie Alexander

July 15, 2015

A Batter of Life and Death

By Ellie Alexander

~My Review~ 
4.5 stars
This is the second book in the Bake shop mystery and is set in Jules Hometown in Oregon.  In book two, the author spins mystery and murder with reality tv. Jules Capshaw decides to promote the family business, plus compete for a little cash in a reality tv show called Take the Cake, which is where the story really gets fun! This was a wonderful easy reading drama that gives you a great insight into the main characters and makes you feel at home with them. Add the dose of mystery and sweet tooth fun and you have a great addition to the series! 

About the Book:

A Batter of Life and DeathWelcome to Torte--a small-town family bakeshop where the coffee is hot, the muffins are fresh, and the cakes are definitely to die for…

It's autumn in Ashland, Oregon--'tis the season for a spiced hot apple cider with a serving (or two) of Torte's famous peach cobbler. It's also the perfect time for Jules Capshaw to promote her family's beloved bake shop by competing in The Pastry Channel's reality show, Take the Cake. The prize is $25,000. But as Jules quickly learns, some people would kill for that kind of dough. Literally.

Then, just as Jules dusts off her Bavarian Chocolate Cake recipe and cinches up her apron, the corpse of a fellow contestant is discovered--death by buttercream. What began as a fun, tasteful televised adventure has morphed into something of a true-crime detective show for Jules and everybody else on set. Who could have killed Chef Marco, and why? Can Jules sift out the killer before someone else gets burned?


About the Author:
Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter to learn more.


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Review!! The Coin and Book of Hours By Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra

July 14, 2015

The Coin 
By Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra

~My Review~
5 stars!
The Coin is book one in a duo-logy (2 book series). I however read them out of order. This did not ruin the story for me in any way and in fact it was really fun to pick up Gabriela and Richard's story from their first meet, instead of the reunion they had in book 2. 

The Coin starts out with Gabriela innocently picking up a coin while on her hike. Like her I have always been taught finding these coins is a lucky thing. She combines her lucky coins on a bracelet (which I now want one!) and while the coin is the jewelers getting put on the bracelet is when it is discovered to not just be a simple coin, but a code for terrorist. This is where Richard enters her life, and thank goodness he does, because she quickly becomes the target of some really nasty mouse and cat games! 

The mystery around this story was fantastically woven and I truly feel in love with these books! I am simply sad to not have more of Richard and Gabriela's story to read, but will be looking out for more amazing mysteries by this author! 

France, 1993.

Who ever thought a coin could get you killed?


            For artist Gabriela Martinez, life has become complicated:  she suspects her mentor and friend wants her as his mistress, her husband is neglecting her, and her latest illustration is ruined.  Seeking peace, she visits her favorite thinking spot in La Marbriére, the mountain overlooking her home in the Côte d’Azur.  Distracted, she winds up in an unfamiliar clearing, where she discovers a 1945 French coin half-buried in the ground.  Delighted with its beauty, she has it set on her favorite bracelet.


            Richard Harrison, an American intelligence officer, is livid.  A simple favor for his boss has turned his vacation in the French Riviera into a hellish assignment.  Now, not only does he learn the truth about the coin, but he must also protect Gabriela from a cunning killer who will stop at nothing.


            Together with Maurice Nôret, from French intelligence, Richard attempts to discover the madman’s identity, except his budding love for the beautiful artist is turning into a dangerous handicap.  Every one of his moves is thwarted with brutal counter-moves.  Soon, the psychological games to terrorize Gabriela escalate beyond his control.  If Richard doesn’t find a solution, it may be too late for them both.

            Set in the exotic French Riviera, The Coin is a story of hatred, betrayal, love and duty—of terrible and painful choices that, nonetheless, bring about personal triumph.

Richard’s warning came like an explosion.  “Shit.  Hang on.”
Gabriela’s strangling grip of the seat was instinctive and came not a moment too soon.  Richard rounded the corner into the small street at an alarming speed, the car’s rear skidding and tires screaming against the loose gravel.  Gabriela’s body thumped against the door and she felt, rather than saw, Richard slam his foot on the accelerator.
So this was fear.
Richard didn’t transmit his, but Gabriela felt hers, tasted it, and it was horrible.  She became hot and cold, her extremities shook, and her heart pounded inside her chest, wanting to flee her body.  Everything took on bizarre proportions—the reckless speed of the car, the concentrated grimace of the man beside her, the heavy forest bordering the road, the black monstrosity
behind them that seemed to get closer and closer each time she glanced furtively in the mirror.
“He’s catching up to us,” he stated coldly and hit the wheel so hard, Gabriela winced.  “Son-of-a-bitch has a turbo, too, and I don’t have my gun.”
Gabriela’s muscles froze, her palms sweating so profusely she couldn’t keep a proper grip on the seat.  The car increased its momentum, the curving road, landmarks, and trees rushing by like an old slapstick movie.  Frantically, she prayed they wouldn’t find any traffic on this street.  It was too narrow, had too many sheer drops on the sides, and too many trees.  There were just too many things that could get them killed.  Her stomach lurched, threatening to retch its contents any minute.  She grabbed her mouth tightly with one hand while she strangled the door handle with the other.
“Keep your wits about you,” Richard said harshly.  “Concentrate on the road.  I need you to guide me.”  He glanced at her briefly.  “Take a deep breath, hold it for a few seconds, and exhale.  You’re hyperventilating.”
She tried to do what he suggested.  Concentrate on the road, she kept repeating to herself like a broken record.  Don’t panic.  Everything will work out.  Oh, God!  Oh, God!  Breathe.  Breathe.
The force of metal hitting metal caught her by surprise.  Her entire body jerked forward, her head bouncing back and forth in opposing motion with the car.  The second hit came as quickly, but more viciously.  Her body jerked like a rag doll, the strap of her seat belt biting hard against her chest and shoulders.  This wasn’t real, she thought.  This could not be happening to her.
“Brace yourself,” Richard shouted.
The car gave another sickening lurch, but this time the rear was slammed sideways.  Gabriela’s head smashed against the window, her eyesight blurred, and she tasted the rising bile in her mouth.  To compound her horror, the car was now out of control, heading straight for a fifteen-foot drop.  There, a front-line of grotesquely shaped trees seemed to be eagerly extending their gnarled branches in hopes of grabbing them.  Gabriela closed her eyes and thought, we’re dead.  We’re going to die.
Her body suddenly slammed against Richard’s as he desperately tried to keep the car under control.  A small cry escaped her lips as her body again smacked against the door.  She heard the roar of the turbo engine as it got ready for another onslaught, and braced her body for the impact.  Her panicky brain struggled to keep control of her body and she forced herself to look out the window.
With a wrench, Richard maneuvered the car away from the other.  “Where do I go, Gabriela?” he asked, his voice as tight as his hands on the steering wheel. When his question solicited no response, his voice hardened, “Gabriela.  Stay with me.  Guide me.  Where?”

The Book Of Hours
By Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra

~My Review~
5 stars
The book of hours is book 2 in the series, not really series, but a duo-logy. I however mistakenly read this book first! What was amazing was that the author wrote book 2 in a way that I immediately understood the story and the characters without having read her first book yet, which is impressive to say the least! I did read the coin immediately following this book and loved that I was able to get more of Gabriela's story and it definitely played as backstory for this book. 

The book of hours, begins with Gabriela fighting off what she considered mundane threats from a man determined to get her amazing Manuscript at rock bottom prizes. What she doesn't know is the man has no limit to the threats he will send her way, and that he intends to carry them all out as well. This is when Richard walks back into her life and the story truly begins.  Gabriela and Richard seem to have a lot to talk about and work out, but because of all the chaos and danger there is simply no time to do that. This leaves them at times at odds with each other, and that seems to happen at all the wrong times. 

I loved this book, and I loved the Duo-logy! They both read so well, while the mystery at times was complex I was always able to follow the story without a single problem. The characters were very well developed and you simply learn more about the main ones between the two books. If you are looking for a great mystery read, these books will not disappoint! 

About the book:
For artist Gabriela Martinez, psychopaths do hit twice.

In 1993, artist Gabriela Martinez almost lost her life to a sociopath’s twisted vision.  If not for Richard Harrison, the operative sent to protect her, she would have ended up dead.  The dramatic showdown pushed them together, but there were too many obstacles temporarily pulling them apart.

After catching a glimpse of Gabriela’s new work, The Book of Hours, Arnold Wickeham has been like a man possessed.  Now, he will do anything—anything—in order to claim it, and nothing, especially not Gabriela, will stand in his way.

Richard Harrison has never given up his true love, Gabriela.  Now someone new is threatening her life, and he will risk everything to protect her.  But the stakes are now higher, and there is much more to lose.  And, if he doesn’t stay one step ahead of the danger, her life, but especially, their future, may very well go up in flames.

In The Coin, Gabriela and Richard were cruelly used by fate—and destiny isn’t done.  In the shadow of this new threat, their choices may not just save their lives, but also their love.


            Gabriela’s body stilled at the soft sound of her name. For a moment, she stood listening, then shook her head like a wet dog shaking off water. You are such a fool, her mind supplied. Disgusted, she stabbed at the cerulean blue on her palette. Her mind had deceived her yet again. She slobbered the paint on the canvas, realized what she had done, and hissed. Since agreeing with Jean-Louis to call Maurice later that evening, she’d been a nervous wreck. Throughout the noon hour, her brain had staged all sorts of encounters with one infuriating, unforgettable man. Like a dutiful stage manager, her mind had supervised every possible scene, every possible emotion under its tutelage. She’d jumped from rage, to indifference, to haughtiness, but longing had finally won, hands down. No matter how hard she tried to avoid it, she could never escape the terrible need she felt for him, a need that went deeper than the instinct to breathe.
            The lyrics from the song she’d impulsively put on swirled around her, teased her. The singer, in his soulful tenor voice, sang about the moment of encounter with his beloved, anticipation heating his blood, nerves tingling in expectation of the seduction. His words mimicked her own guilty longings, her desires. Oh, God. How would she ever get through this day? How would she find the courage to do what must be done?
            This time the voice penetrated, took form. It called out to her, familiar and unmistakably real, a living entity that caressed her skin and raised goose bumps on her warm flesh. This was no figment of her imagination, no mistake. She felt him, her nerve endings suddenly electrified, awareness shaking her. Panic sent her heart scurrying. Hope and love made her turn around slowly, ever so slowly.
            She blinked, thinking her eyes were deceiving her, but Richard’s tall frame stood static before her, his chestnut hair combed by the soft breeze, his eyes intense, pinning her and caressing her all at once. The embers of irrational hope fanned to life like a conflagration. For an unguarded moment, her eyes reflected her hope, her joy, but especially her hopeless love for him.
            Richard watched those powerful emotions play across her face and relief slammed him.  Gotcha.  She’d always had such an expressive, beautiful face.  Now, no matter what she did, but especially said, he would know the truth.  The love was there, and it flared like a beacon.

About the Author:
Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra is a romantic suspense author with a unique point of view. Her adventure novels take place in locales across Europe and the United States, reflecting her international upbringing and extensive time as a global traveler. In her duology, The Coin and The Book of Hours, her characters, Gabriela and Richard, walk the same paths as their creator, though her life was never in so much danger.

Ms. Alonso-Sierra’s writing career began circa age thirteen with a very juvenile science fiction short story, but the writing bug hit, and she has been writing, in one capacity or another, ever since.  She has worked as a professional dancer, singer, journalist, and literature teacher (and not necessarily in that order—she likes variety) and holds a Masters in English literature. She loves to hear from readers and, when not writing, roams around to discover new places to set her novels.

Ms. Alonso-Sierra is currently working on her third novel, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and her dog, Amber.

Review!! Winter By Sarah Remy

July 9, 2015

My Review:
4.5 stars!
So this was a really fun read. Each time I get to read a fantasy genre I am reminded how much I have come to love these type of books, and Winter did not disappoint! Winter is a teenager living beneath the city, not because he is a runaway, but because he is exiled there after accidentally unleashing this crazy demon monster's from the fairy world through a portal. Winter is tasked with protecting the city from the demon monster's. On top of it he was punished by his Mother, who like many of the Sidhe were banished to Manhattan after losing favor with the fairy queen on the other side. Ok-really I probably do no justice in explaining this all. But that's, that. 

Winter along with his mentor Gabby-a talking mouse, also one of the Sidhe banished to Manhattan and along with 2 human kids take on the strange and unusual crimes that often come with having Sidhe in the wrong world. That's how they come stumbling across the Changeling, and this is where the story really begins! 

What a fun and twisted adventure this book will take you on, the story is so well woven that you almost believe that they all may just a scary world where things are not always as they seem and monsters may appear out of portals that is. I simply loved this story and will look for more from this author as my expectations for a great fantasy book where more then met with this one. 

About the Book:

Winter’s not your ordinary teenager. 

While trying to rescue his Sidhe family from exile, he mistakenly unleashes the monstrous Dread Host upon humankind.

Winter’s mother wants nothing more than to find a way to break the curse keeping the Sidhe imprisoned on Manhattan. New York City is driving Winter’s father slowly mad. Winter’s sister wears Chanel and longs for a Fairy Court she’s never seen. And Winter’s mentor is a talking mouse.

Winter wants to save the world. 

When he discovers an unlikely changeling lost in the subway, Winter realizes he’s been given a chance to finally banish the Host, and maybe even save his family. But the changeling isn’t quite what she seems, and Winter’s already unstable world begins to spiral out of control.

About the Author:

In 1994 Sarah Remy earned a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Pomona College in California. Since then she’s been employed as a receptionist at a high-powered brokerage firm, managed a boutique bookstore, read television scripts for a small production company, and, more recently, worked playground duty at the local elementary school.

When she’s not taking the service industry by storm, she’s writing fantasy and science fiction. Sarah likes her fantasy worlds gritty, her characters diverse and fallible, and she doesn’t believe every protagonist deserves a happy ending.

Before joining the Harper Voyager family, she published with EDGE, Reuts, and Madison Place Press.

Sarah lives in Washington State with plenty of animals and people, both. In her limited spare time she rides horses, rehabs her old home, and supervises a chaotic household. She can talk to you endlessly about Sherlock Holmes, World of Warcraft, and backyard chicken husbandry, and she’s been a member of one of Robin Hobb’s longest-running online fan clubs since 2002.

Find Sarah on Twitter @sarahremywrites, and on Tumblr at huntpeck.

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Review!! Chasing Gracie by Emily R. Pearson

July 8, 2015

Chasing Gracie
By Emily R. Pearson

My Review: 4.5 stars! 

Gracie is trying to figure out how to function in a world without the love of her life. No one ever expects to lose a husband by murder and most certainly not while still in the beginning stages of married life. But that is the reality that Gracie is trying to face. But she finds comfort in knowing that her best friends are there for her when she needs them. Even if one of them seems to be having personal issues of his own. Gracie still lost in grief excuses it as grief for him as well, and simply accepts that both her best friends are doing what they can to support her while dealing with their lose. Eventually Gracie discovers that there is more then just comfort when it comes to Chase.

Chasing Gracie is a sweet easy read about how to people find comfort and love in each other in a time of great lose. Of course there is always more to that in an Emily Pearson novel and this story is not without it's twists and turns!


Gracie Hart hasn’t had an easy life. With her parents gone and her young-love-turned-husband murdered, she’s left feeling broken and alone. When tragedy reunites her with the men she called family, she finds herself starting to feel whole once again. That is until her relationship with Chase Baker starts to develop into more than something her shaky world can handle.

His offer of a fresh start is too tempting to turn down. As she discovers this new world of possibilities, the sparks from long ago turn into a raging fire. And as she knows all too well, fires that burn that hot, burn out quickly.

Is she ready to lose herself in someone else after she’s fought so hard to put the pieces back together? Or will she find that sometimes, when you’re broken, recovery isn’t always a matter of when, but rather who.


Emily grew up in the small town of Deer Creek, Illinois with her mother and stepfather, and her two siblings. She now resides in Peoria, Illinois. She's a mom, employed full-time, and goes to school. Busy is her middle name!

I suppose you want to hear about how Emily enjoys long walks on the beach, a nice glass of wine, and wants a man with... Oh wait. This isn't her dating profile. *Ahem* I will start again. When Emily isn't nose deep in her latest and greatest writing adventure or in over her head with her spitfire daughter; you'll find her emerged in the latest book to catch her eye. She doesn't judge, she reads it all and hungers for more. She has been declared a Pintrest queen by some, and is one of the few people you'll ever meet to actually pull off those easy looking recipes; the ones that the rest of us burn. She'd love to hear from you so feel free to hit her up on www.match *'ll find the links above!

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Review!! Traveler By Dennis W. Green

July 6, 2015

By Dennis W. Green

My Review 5 stars!
Trav caught up in the most complex mystery of his life finds himself faced with the idea that parallel universes really exist and that he has within himself the ability to jump them and alter them. But can he stop himself from killing all the other him's before he runs out of time, or worse alter's the universe and time itself. 
Traveler is a complex thriller that will literally keep you on the edge of your feet. I honestly could not step away from this book until the very end! What a crazy and frightening idea that each decision we make may in itself alter our reality and the turn of events! What is even more amazing is that the author was able to create this awesome complex story in a way that the reader not only followed along with the story but is able to understand the twists and turns as they happen. But just which Trav should you be rooting for and which one will be left standing when it all ends?

About the Book:

Blending mystery, police procedural and sci-fi, Traveler is a thriller in the tradition of Daniel Suarez and Dean Koontz, with just a dash of Jim Butcher.

Police detective Trav Becker can travel between parallel realities. So can other versions of him. And one is systematically killing every Trav he can find.

Trav must fight to keep the very fabric of time itself from unwinding as he hunts the most dangerous quarry of all… himself.

He must hunt the most dangerous quarry of all… himself.

About the author:
Specialization is for insects.

Ask someone how they know Dennis Green and you might get any one of the following: Writer, DJ, actor, MC, swimmer, teacher, reporter, tech geek, husband, or dad. So it’s little wonder his favorite expression is the above quote by Robert Heinlein’s spacefaring immortal, Lazarus Long.A popular radio personality in his native Iowa, Dennis’s adventures as a DJ were covered by newspapers from Anchorage to Los Angeles. He has also worked on the stage, TV, and independent film. He is one of the Midwest’s most popular MC’s, hosting dozens of events each year.

Dennis’s first novel, the sci-fi detective thriller, Traveler, ranked in the Top Ten in the 2014 Ben Franklin Independent Publishing awards, and has a 4.9 review average on Amazon.. Prisoner is the second volume of the Traveler Chronicles, and will be out in the summer of 2015. Trav Becker’s saga concludes in the final volume of the trilogy, Hunter, which is due in 2016.

Dennis’s writing has appeared in the anthology Sadistic Shorts, magazines including Grift and Romance and Beyond, as well as his own blog at He also writes for and edits the triathlon news site

By day, he is the general manager of Iowa’s only jazz radio station, KCCK-FM. And if it’s 5:30 am, you can probably find him in the pool, working out with the Milky Way Masters swim club.

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