The Prince with Amnesia by Emily Evans

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Despite the fact that the title could be a little more alluring and that the reader has to suspend all reality for this book, (because no way is a hot, seventeen year old, European prince, second in line to his county’s throne, going to go to a public high school in Texas. That’s just stuff of fairy tales, not real life.) (Damn it!) this is a surprisingly good story. In fact, in my opinion, if it had been fleshed out a little, with more character development, more insight into the hero, Kai’s family, and had not left the reader hanging at the end, I would’ve given it 5 stars.

**Spoiler Alert**

Kind of…

The ending is not really a cliff hanger, per se, more like it just ends without any elaboration. We get the bones of the plot but not the meat. We’re given little hints about things, such as Kai’s grandmother’s involvement in the cause of his amnesia but no further explanation. There’s the whole reality show set up that we’re led to believe is to bring attention to the small country, but seems to just be an elaborate cover up for Kai’s… assassination? (It’s not spelled out but that’s what I concluded even though he’d been in Texas for most of it.) And what’s with Violet’s overbearingly strict parents not letting her date all through high school but allowing her to run all over Europe with a group of her classmates, with just her eighteen year old male cousin and one woman teacher as chaperones? See? Just not enough build up and transition from one plot point to the next.

I know it sounds like I didn’t like, The Prince with Amnesia, on the contrary, I liked it a lot. I think that’s why I’m leaving such a critical sounding review. I’ve read other books by Emily Evans and I know this one could’ve been something great.

Best wishes for great books,

Charli

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How I really feel about BAD reviews!!!!!

I thought this said it all.

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When I get bad reviews, I just shrug them off. It’s part of being an author and everyone gets them, I say. Then I go into my room, lock the door and I go through several stages:

Stage one:

stage two

                                                                Stage three:

                                                                   Stage four;

Finally, stage five, writing again in the ‘I’ll show the bastards’-mode:

Thank goodness for the writing addiction.

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Circle of Deception by M. Skye

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Circle of Deception starts out with a bang. Literally. Megan Cardoza walks right into a plot to reunite her with her ex-love, Alex Hanover. Meeting her friends and siblings at a restaurant, she’s surprised when Alex shows up and sits down next to her. They haven’t seen each other in a long time but, when Megan goes to the ladies’ room, Alex follows her and, the next thing you know, they’re having hot sex against the bathroom wall. 

Though they’d never stopped loving each other, Megan and Alex had pursued different paths, with Alex moving away. Now that Alex has moved back into town, they find themselves falling straight back into their old relationship. Everyone seems happy about the news except for Alex’s dad. The reader doesn’t really find out what Alex’s dad has against Megan, until later in the book but he does everything within his power to try and break the couple up again. 

Sometimes funny, sometimes sexy, sometimes mysterious, Circle of Deception will definitely keep your interest until the last page. The cast of characters, themselves, make this book one worth reading.

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Why Self-Marketing is Actually the Worst

Original post by Jacqueline Smith Why Self-Marketing is Actually the Worst.

As independent artists, musicians, and authors, it is up to us to spread the word about our work, our music, and our books. On top of that, we have to do so in a way that actually makes people want to invest in our products. Let me tell you right now, it is a huge pain. I’m a writer. I like to write. I’m a terrible salesperson. Yeah, I can recommend things to people, but for the most part, I like to let people choose what they want to buy on their own.
I’ve been published for about a year now, and I still think that self-marketing is awful. That’s not to say I don’t like talking about my books. I do! They’re one of my favorite things to talk about, along with dolphins, Harry Potter, and Scotland. I’m so proud of my books and I really think they’re awesome. But let’s be honest. Every author thinks his or her books are awesome. You’re never going to meet an author marketing his or her book by saying, “Yeah, I wrote it. It’s okay, I guess. It’s nothing great.” No! Every author is going to say, “This book is awesome!” And that’s good. Authors should be excited about their work.
Unfortunately, however, we authors tend to be very biased. An author is not going to think his or her work is anything but the best. And readers sometimes need more than an author’s word to convince them for that very reason. That’s why reviews and readers who enjoy your work are so important.
Personally, I’m not very good at playing the, “Are you ready for the next hot paranormal read? Check out Cemetery Tours by ME!” role. I feel like I sound like some sort of info-bot whenever I try. I’m a positive and overall happy person, but I’m also very blunt and to the point and I have an incredibly dry sense of humor. It’s so dry that I have friends who can’t tell when I’m joking. It’s not my style to treat my books like they’re something that needs to be hyped up.
Another reason self-marketing is the worst is that I always feel like I’m begging when I say things like, “Hey! Go buy my book, and if you like it, write a review! Please? I need reviews! It won’t take you very long! You have no idea how important this is to me.” Somehow, it feels like that translates to “PLEASE BUY MY BOOK SO I CAN EAT. I’M DESPERATE.”
Which, let’s be honest, in my case, it does.
The charade of confidence in self-marketing is an important one. But sometimes, I just really get sick of it. That’s not to say I’m not confident. I have the utmost confidence in my books. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have published them in the first place. My very first manuscript remains unpublished to this day because I know it’s bad and needs a LOT of revision. But Cemetery Tours and Between Worlds are good. That’s why they’re out there.
It’s also important, with self-marketing, to remember there is a fine line between good, honest self-promotion and HERE LET ME CRAM MY BOOK DOWN YOUR THROAT UNTIL YOU READ IT. Let me tell you it is hard to tread that line. As authors, we want to talk about our books and get people to read them. Furthermore, we want people to buy them so we can make some money! Maybe I’m supposed to say, “It’s all for the craft and I’d write for free,” which is true. I would totally write for the rest of my life no matter what. But come on. We all want to get paid for our work, and it’s not wrong to say so.
Here’s the deal. I want people to read my books and enjoy them. I want to keep writing. I finished chapter 6 of my new YA book last night. I’m also in the midst of writing CT3. I’m going to keep writing no matter what. And I will self-promote as much as I have to. I love my work, and I hope this post doesn’t sound like I’m complaining. I know the path I’ve chosen and self-marketing is just part of it. I love my path. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
On that note, go buy my books.

 

 

Sugar Baby Lies by C.S. Janey

I don’t usually give the shorter stories five stars but C.S. Janey (now writing as Violet Haze) packed a lot of punch into a smaller package with, ‘Sugar Baby Lies’. It’s a stand-alone that I read in one day. I’ve read many books where the wealthy man hires a woman to ‘take care of his needs’ without any entanglements but, to me, this one stands out. 

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The heroine, Lucy, isn’t a virgin but she may as well be. Getting pregnant while losing her virginity, she devoted herself to taking care of her baby daughter and later, her mom, by herself. She hasn’t had time to date, let alone have sex. Desperately trying to make ends meet, she’s intrigued when told about a possible way to earn a better living as a Sugar Baby, a woman who’s hired by a man to be his ‘date’ at different events without being involved. She decides to check into it and is hired by a wealthy surgeon who has no interest in being romantically involved with anyone, ever. 

Dr. Bradley Blackwell is handsome and generous, and, though it’s not required, he and Lucy soon move on to a sexual relationship. Lucy tries to keep her feelings neutral but ends up breaking one of Bradley’s most important rules, she falls in love with him. She doesn’t let on that her feelings are involved but suddenly, Bradley changes everything. Lucy doesn’t know what’s going on but gets the surprise of her life when Bradley proposes.


Their marriage is one of caring and companionship, but love isn’t mentioned. Lucy thinks she can be happy with what she has but discovers that a loveless marriage isn’t what she wants. Bradley can’t admit to love after having his heart destroyed by his first wife. With Lucy’s help, he works to repair his heart and let it love again.

A sweet and spicy, little story with great characters and a terrific ending.

Happy Reading!

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The 9 Minute Thing: A Witty, Erotic Novella by Rylie May

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Wow! This should happen to every woman, at least once in her life. A smoking, hot, younger, rich guy to dominate her, give her amazing orgasms, and buy her all new, expensive clothes. Sounds great to me!

Gillian is a 39 year old, divorced, college teacher. During a student/teacher meeting, Gillian’s student, Blake, confuses and intrigues the heck out of her. She’s not sure if he’s coming on to her or just being cocky, that is, until he kisses her. From there, he pursues her until she’s doing things she’d never even imagined before. And she loves every minute of it… well, except for the surprise he stages for her but you’ll have to read the book to find out what the surprise is.

Extremely sexy, laugh-out-loud funny and very well-written, ‘The 9 Minute Thing’ is a definite must-read. My only complaint is that I wanted more!!

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