Book Review: The Tornado by Missy Blue

Monday, November 30, 2015


(Blurb): A once gifted ballet dancer chained to the demons of her past, Jewel is broken and can no longer dance, her dream torn away from her. Determined to not lie down and die, she takes up the fight, disguising herself as a man, and dares to enter... The Tornado’s testosterone-fueled boxing gym.

An ex-Marine turned MMA fighter, living in the shadow of his tragic past, Asher “The Tornado” Prince only wants to keep his head in the game, turning any man who enters the ring into dust. His temper is hotter than a branding iron, keeping everyone at arm’s length for good reason. He is all tattooed muscle, blood, sweat, and anyone who dares to cross his path, he’ll leave them in tears.

But one night is all it takes. One look is all it takes. Two broken souls find love in the unlikeliest of places.

Jewel wants out of her dark world, and she faces the fight of her life to get there. But she won’t do it alone. When Asher discovers that the skinny little kid who comes to his gym every night is a beautiful young woman, nobody will dare touch her again. They call him The Tornado, and Jewel finds out fast why he lives up to his hard-hitting, bone-crunching name. But when he proves to be the tornado to her demons, he also becomes the shelter to her storm.

And in the end, he will give up his dream, only so that he can… save hers.

Author Note: MATURE CONTENT 18+ Past descriptions of abuse, but nothing graphic. Previously titled Dances with Monsters.

Book Information:

Published: April 2015
Genre: Sports romance, Drama
Age: New Adult
Length: 295p


A trope I've grown quite fond of is one I'd call "girl in a boy's world". First off I'd like to give a shout out to the author/editors/friends/confidants/whomever for going through with a book blurb that actually tells what the story is about. I don't know if it's just been the way I've been searching for books lately or what, but every book back has been so vague and similar. I won't digress on to that winded topic though.

What I loved

The Tornado was a perfect blend of two broken souls finding each other mixed with self discovery and coming-of-age as an adult. To clarify that last point...we're all familiar with the typical coming of age teenage story. I think we forget that adults can be reborn as well and have their own coming-of-age as they stumble their way through life. Author Missy Blue did an excellent job bringing the tough fighter Asher together with woman on a mission to make changes in her life, Jewel. All the while dropping the typical cocky bastard characteristic that all of these fighter books seem to have in common and giving our woman a literal fighting chance and taking her life back in her own hands. The H/h weren't forced together simply for sex scenes and the darker issues weren't skated over in favor of bumping up the sexual tension. 

I also loved the cover. Yes is a cliche ab shot with the muscly tattoos, but something about the angle and red pop on a grey schemed palate really caught my attention. I point this out because I admit to being a bit of a cover snob. But this cover is pretty simple, somewhat generic, yet in a league of it's own when I compare it to other books found in the same reading section.

What I'm neutral about

I was hoping that Jewel would actually take up some MMA and step in the ring if even for an in-gym spar. But that's not the direction this book goes. Just FYI. If you're looking for more of a girl-fighter book, it is not that. At least not a fighter in the ring -- because her life battles are nothing to cast off.

Blog Talk: Why followers are not signing up for your newsletter

Monday, November 23, 2015

Honestly, I don't know exactly why they are not signing up for your newsletter or email posts in particular. But I have a pretty good guess as to why many bloggers don't have have the numbers that they would like. It's the same reason that I (personally, not as a blogger) don't sign up for newsletters; we have enough emails to sort through every day.

Obvious answer. 

You were probably hoping for something more profound. While that's not necessarily profound, it is an answer that people don't like to acknowledge. I get questions from bloggers all the time asking about how many subscribers I have to various things and how long it took me to get there. I don't have the exact answer to that. It's not a cookbook formula.

We all like to think we have the best site out there. Who wouldn't want to read our stuff?? We're awesome!  But the fact is that if every reader signed up for every blog "Newsletter" and "email notification" then they'd have hundreds of emails that they'd just delete without reading anyways. So why sign up in the first place?

Think about how you determine what to sign up for. It's probably the site with the most informative information about what you are interested in. Just because you like Ford doesn't mean you go sign up for every Chevy, Toyota, and Honda page out there simply because they sell vehicles and had a newsletter pop-up on their page.

Readers want established bloggers. Ones that stick around consistently throughout the week, twelve months of the year, for more than a year. Actually, I don't consider a blog as established until they're around for at least three years with consistent posting. Under those terms, The Book Cove is not an established blog. While I have email followers and newsletter subscribers, it is no where near the audience that some of the top sites have...all of the top sites who have also been around a while...and who have "paid their dues" and kept up their blog.

It's about establishing street cred.

Of course, you could start a blog and in six months have a million subscribers. But the average blog is a slow building process that has to find itself before others find it.

So there's the deep and profound answer. Some are probably wondering why I bothered posting about this. I've been answering a lot of questions for other bloggers, both new and old(er), lately. Not that I'm much of an expert on some of this stuff, but a lot of it is just understanding a different perspective. This is one of those questions that floats around on message boards in some form like "I've been blogging daily and cross promoting my posts but I don't have any subscribers. What can I do?" And usually you can go take a look at the blog and see that it has only been around for a short time with inconsistent posting or varied content (not necessarily varied interests in books but more so posting personal, fashion, photography, or whatever along with you "main" blog topic) and the page itself is still very much in the developing stages.

As I said before, you can usually answer your "blog issue" question by asking yourself what you would want.  Do you want to add another email to your inbox that is irrelevant, obnoxious, or poorly written? So while you may not have a lot of subscribers now, there are things that you can do to help increase subscribers in the future. No use treading water. Things that you can do include:

  • Make sure your site is cleaned up (and up-to-date)
  • Legible writing (font size, type, and color contrast)
  • Organization (if your blog isn't organized your newsletters probably aren't)
  • Follow buttons are in plain site (this is the subscriber building base. Make sure they can find them)
  • Post titles should make sense (it's a good idea to write what type of post it is in the title)
  • Excellent grammar (this is a big one because you're trying to appeal to other readers and writers) I still struggle with this and I'm self conscious typing right now...
Overall, just keep your blog looking as professional as you can. The impression your site gives will influence people to subscribe or not subscribe to your posts.

And then there's others who've done all of this and still aren't happy with their subscription numbers and they are staring at this post like:

Sorry. I don't have an answer off hand for everybody. Try having your site critiqued by bloggers who have been successful with their blog and newsletter.

Blog Talk: Ghosting in the book blog world

Monday, November 16, 2015


You know. When you go on a date or two with someone and have what you think is one of the greatest dates...and within a week you never hear from the person again. Or maybe you were the one to fall off the edge of the earth. I'll be honest, I've done it. And I've had it done to me. It sucks. Before I digress down that sullen road, I'll get back to the topic: Ghosting in the book blog world.

I once read somewhere that the average lifespan of a blog is a year. (Insert a ridiculously high number) of people start one every year and only a handful make it to a "blogiversary". The numbers get fewer and fewer as time goes on. I'm hitting on 3 years and am pretty dang proud to belong to one of the few.

I can think of quite a few blogs that were favorites of mine that I was ghosted by. They were doing excellent (in my opinion) and I had a great time getting to know the bloggers and their book adventures. And then one day *poof* they were gone. Never to be heard from again.

It's quite sad really. You get to know each other -- sometimes better than people in your real life  -- simply because books and blogging brings out an emotional and intellectual side of you that others in your life don't always see. There's a real connect when you can rant or rave about a topic/author/book and have all these fellow fanatics give their two cents as well.

I get why it happens. Life happens. Interests change. Situations change.

But I'd still like to know why someone went the wayside. I need closure. Even if it's an it's not you, it's me, line -- I can handle it. Just give it to me straight.

(Side note - I really don't expect a blogger to tell me why they're quitting. That sarcasm font can come any time now)

What about you? Have you ever been ghosted by a blog? Or have you been a ghostee?

Book Spotlight: 99 Cent Sale for The Naughty List by L. A. Kelley

Friday, November 13, 2015

L. A. Kelley

99 Cents November 13-27

This is not your typical yuletide tale.

Murder, mystical artifacts, an invisible demon with anger management issues, and an overbearing cupid—not what Rosalie Thatcher wished for on her Christmas list.

The holidays had always been a magical time for Rosalie, but not this year. Stephanie, her new manager at Penrose’s Department Store, is determined to make this season the most profitable in the store’s history, even if it sucks the life out of every employee. Introducing arbitrary rules and stealing the affections of the cute temp Santa were bad enough, but forcing Rosalie into the stupid elf hat was the worst. The worst, that is, until she meets a real E.L.F. (Elemental Life Form) named David and gets lassoed into a desperate hunt for the stolen Naughty and Nice List. Now all Rosalie and David must do is dodge a murderous invisible demon and recover the missing artifact before hellhounds track them down.  The couple race against time for without the magical guidance of the Naughty and Nice List, the world will tumble toward eternal chaos. 

Stephanie rounded the corner. She plopped a large cardboard box down on the counter. “I’ve decided on more festive attire for the staff to increase holiday spirit and, thereby, increase customer spending.” She pulled off the cover. Rosalie’s mouth dropped open. “What the hell is that?”
“An elf hat, of course. It’s festive.”
“It’s butt ugly.”
Stephanie glowered. “No one asked your opinion, Rosalie. No one cares about your opinion. Attitudes such as yours prove me right. You need more holiday spirit.” She shoved the hat in her face. “Everyone wears one. Put it on.”
Fashioned out of bright green felt, the cone-shaped hat had Penrose’s written in glittery gold paint smack dab in the middle. On the pointy top dangled a pompom the size of her fist that jingled annoyingly with the slightest movement. The rim, trimmed with bushy fake white fur, did nothing to offset the huge elf ears stitched in as giant flaps on either side. Rosalie begrudgingly slipped on the hat. Immediately, her head began to sweat. The ears itched like crazy.
Stephanie beamed. “Perfect. I told all the assistant managers to stop by Customer Service and pick up hats for their departments.” She turned on her heel.
“You forgot yours,” Rosalie snidely called out. Of course, Stephanie ignored her.
David sunk wearily into a chair in the break room, cradling a disposable cup in his hands. He appropriated the stale coffee from the pot someone forgot to empty out and clean. He barely noticed the bitter taste. Ten minute break…ten minutes was all he needed. The caffeine would keep him on his feet another couple of hours. He rubbed his eyes, willing away the crushing fatigue. Night after night David wandered Penrose’s four floors in a fruitless search, pulling open boxes, checking under counters. Although the nagging pull continued to graze his senses, The Book was nowhere to be found. He’d come no closer to pinning down the location than when he arrived. The mystical connection now appreciably slackened under his mental touch. David’s stomach knotted up in fear. Soon the link would disappear forever. Something alluded him—some special storage area, some door he hadn’t opened. Why couldn’t he find The Book?
In frustration, David drained the last of the coffee. He flung the cup to the wastebasket, overshot, and hit the corkboard on the wall. A clipboard crashed to the floor. He stifled a curse. Bending down to pick it up, his eyes strayed over the top sheet. “Motivation Memo from Stephanie Crowder to all Employees,” he read. “Below are daily reports from Sneaky Shoppers.” Oh brother, Stephanie is a real piece of work. She has her own secret police. He snorted in amusement scanning the list of ridiculous infractions.
“Now, now, Rosalie Thatcher of Customer Service,” he muttered. “Two transgressions—you’ll never get off the Naughty List with that attitude. Imagine, not remembering to say have a special holly jolly holly-day at Penrose’s. I see you were also caught without an elf hat.”
Elf hat?
His lips twitched in an involuntary grin. His dad would appreciate the joke. As David replaced the clipboard, he suddenly remembered Rosalie. She was the girl he followed to the security office. The picture of the young brunette with a friendly natural smile popped into his mind. A smile like that couldn’t be faked. She liked people. She liked her job. He wondered how she felt about Penrose’s now.
David experienced a rush of guilt. All around the atmosphere had changed. He was super-sensitive to the yuletide. Magic in the air, holiday spirit, whatever—there was always something indefinably optimistic about this time of year. Even as a kid, before he understood family responsibilities, he sensed the truth. As easily as he now sensed the diminished effect of The Book. Whatever goodwill the season stirred up rapidly faded. Hard-working people like Rosalie paid the price of his stupid mistake.
The young man slipped out of the break room. He had enough time left to make one quick circuit of the first floor before staff trickled in. He worked from the front of Penrose’s to the back corner, ending up at Customer Service. For an instant, his spirits rose. A large box stashed underneath the counter wasn’t there the last time he checked. He ripped off the top, pawing through the contents. Fingering the garish green material, David didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. The oversize ears stuck out like a genetic experiment gone horribly wrong. The lining felt like steel wool. Had the holiday spirit been reduced to this?
A wave of despair enveloped him. “I’m so sorry, Rosalie.”On impulse, David reached into his pocket. He pulled out a gold-wrapped chocolate bar saved for later, swiped from a stash hidden in the store manager’s office. David scribbled on a sticky pad and pressed the note to the wrapper. He slipped the candy under the counter just before a sudden murmur of voices broke the silence. The staff had arrived. He ducked behind a rack of clothing in the back as a girl walked up to the counter, an elf hat tucked under her arm.
“Ears, Rosalie.”
She halted in mid-stride. A sharply dressed twentysomething in a skin tight pencil skirt swooped down on her. To get a better view, David carefully eased back the clothes hanging in front of his face. He saw Rosalie’s fingers clenched around the hat. He chuckled to himself. She’s pissed, but hides her aggravation well. Sadhri would definitely approve of her self-control.
“Stephanie,” Rosalie stated calmly, “the hats are extremely uncomfortable. Everyone hates them.”
“Nonsense, they’re fine.”
“If you simply try one on you’ll see—”
“I don’t have to. I know they’re fine. The hats put people in the holiday spirit and cheerful people spend more money.” Stephanie examined her perfect French manicure. “So close to Christmas is an awful time to be out of work.” Rosalie jammed the hat on her head without another word. “Excellent,” cooed Stephanie. “Keep that attitude up and your name will stop appearing on the Motivation Memo.” Without another word, she flounced off.
David knew he should dash-away. Every moment in the open was risky, but he couldn’t take his eyes off Rosalie in the idiotic hat. What would she do?
The young woman leaned against the counter glaring after Stephanie. She bobbled her head back and forth and spouted in a falsetto sing-song:
“I’m a special elf from Penrose’s
I wear the special hat
You are not a special elf
You’re a dirty rat
You don’t belong at Penrose’s
You don’t know how to play
Wiggle your tight ass out of here
Damn you, go away.”
David snorted. Rosalie stiffened and turned around.
“Who’s there?” she called

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Book Spotlight: Scarred by Joanne Macgregor

Sunday, November 8, 2015


(Blurb): Seventeen year-old Sloane Munster is funny, feisty, and scarred.

Trying to reboot her life after a serious auto accident, she starts her senior year at a new school and immediately has a scar-to-face encounter with the caramel-haired, hazel-eyed Luke Naughton, whom she once (almost) met on the competitive swimming circuit. Sloane is attracted. Luke, unfortunately, seems disgusted and revolted. But the chemistry between them sparks a growing connection set against a background of guilt, secrets, and mounting tensions at a school where bullying is rife and Sloane is not the most deeply scarred person.

Life leaves you scarred, love can make you beautiful.

Book Information:
Age: New Adult
Genre: Romance, Drama
Length: 251pg

What others are saying about Scarred

“This book was so full of surprises and definitely packs so much drama within its pages, forgiveness, love, bullying… my mind was in turmoil and my heart was breaking, I connected with these characters, I felt their pain, their guilt you name it, everything this author threw at me I felt it and I love it when an author can make me feel. So this is why Scarred gets my 5 Stars. If you are after something unique with a tough-as-nails heroine look no further than this book, she may have been scarred but her scarring did not define the person she became. Crazy Loved this book.”
(Kitty Katz’s review on

“The perfect read to get your reluctant teen to open a book - with a mix of romance, emotional angst, bitchy high school girls, ripped bodies in the swimming pool and a heart stopping trauma at the heart of it all. Macgregor writes with depth and skill – and she knows how to keep a teen turning the pages (and an adult!).”
(Corinne’s review on

“A beautiful and sensitive story where we follow the journey of Sloane and Luke through loss and grief but also towards forgiveness, acceptance and love.”
(Brenda Moreira’s review on Goodreads)

“Engaging characters and unexpected plot twists make this novel a thoroughly absorbing read. Highly recommended.”
(Monica Kagan’s review on Goodreads)

About the Author
When not writing books, Joanne Macgregor is a Counselling Psychologist in private practice and deals mainly with victims of crime and trauma. It's tough work and to combat creeping burnout, she started writing fiction several years ago. Now she consults and writes on alternate days, and in completely different head-spaces and physical environments.

She started her professional life as a high school English Teacher, but has also worked as an IT trainer, a theatre dogsbody, and management consultant. Also as a waitress, an in-store frozen vegetable demonstrator and make-up artist.

Although she lives in the frenetic adrenaline-rush of the big city, Joanne has always been in love with nature, and escapes into the wilds whenever she can. She's a pretty good cook, grows vegetables, and is addicted to chilies, bulletproof coffee and Harry Potter.

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Blog Talk: The ebb and flow of blogging

Saturday, November 7, 2015

All bloggers go through it. I wouldn't necessarily call it burnout, but it's a close cousin; a writing stalemate. I experienced a major burnout shortly after I first started blogging. I was trying to do too much at once and satisfy everyone. Then I remembered the whole reason I started was to satisfy an itch for me...that just happened to help satisfy an itch for others. So I went back to basics and restructured my thinking on the blog. I've been pretty content ever since!

That doesn't mean I don't go through droughts.

The majority of this year has been a drought for me. I've had a stock pile of topic ideas, reviews, and everything else imaginable but I just haven't taken the time to put things together, proof, and schedule them. A part of it has to do with a busy work life. But the other part is more like writers block. Which is weird for me. I may not be able to come up with a Blog Talk or Book Talk topic, but how the heck can I not string some words together for a "simple" review?

I don't know.

If you peruse the blog, you'll see it's been a while since I've reviewed anything. (Thanks L.A. Kelley for keeping the review ship sailing!). I've definitely read a lot of books. I just haven't felt like reviewing. I've read some phenomenal books lately. How the heck can I not have anything to say?!

I don't know.

I can piece through my thoughts on why one-by-one here (which I'll spare you), but in the end I know there isn't a definitive answer. I know is that I'm not the only one though. There's an ebb and flow to everything in life -- blogging/writing included.

These past few weeks I've been bitten by the writing (and perhaps creativity) bug. Interestingly, my life is as busy and stressful as ever. So why I'd suddenly get ramped up again at this time I'm not sure. Probably because this is my outlet and it is therapeutic to read and then spill your guts. Also, I put the pro in procrastination so it never fails that during the busiest times in my life I suddenly fee the need to shape the ol' ship back up. Hah!

So if you're feeling a little burnt out, or feeling like something that you can't exactly describe as burnout but just lost the zip you once had -- It's normal. It happens. If you listen to it and take a break, you'll (probably) get the creativity and drive back to word vomit once again ;)
(And it will probably come at a time you have real life to deal with).

Feature and Follow #28 (take the place of an author)

Friday, November 6, 2015


What is Feature and Follow?

F&F is a weekly blog hop that consists of book bloggers. It is hosted byAlison Can Read and Parajunkee. The rules of involvement are simple:

1.) Link up on the blog hop Linky gadget below this post, 2.) follow the hosts via their network of choice, 3.) follow the weekly featured blog(s) via their network of choice (listed as "featured" in the blog list below), and lastly, 4) check out the rest of the blogs on the hop! If you become a new follower of a blog, let them know and they will follow you back.

The F&F is a great way to network, meet other book bloggers, and gain new followers. Even more so, it's a great way to drive fun discussion on a weekly topic.

This Week's FF: 

If you could take the place of one author, which author would it be and what changes would you make in his/her writing style? 

I couldn't do it. I know that I have a very different writing style compared to others. I wouldn't say it's rare, but it's not the most common thing for me to "recognize" an author's style as my own. When I do there's a completely different level of connection I have for the book. I'm not a style snob though. As long as something is readable and has a plot, I can get into it. Even going between all the different POVs and styles that come with those.

The one "stylistic" thing that gets to me the most (though I wouldn't call it style as much as I would talent) is when a (usually) female tries to write a masculine character that ends up sounding exactly like all the female characters. There's too many books to call out on that one so I won't even start ;)

Join in on this week's Penny For Your Thoughts... blog hop!

A Penny For Your Thoughts... hosted by The Book Cove
A hop where you leave a comment or create a blog post about a given quote and
are entered to win a monthly prize.

Other Posts Of Interest:

Remember to check your follow links regularly - by Jessi - November 22nd, 2014
5 easy tips for making your blog more user friendly for blog hops - By Jessi - December 27th, 2013
CAPTCHA challenge presented by The Book Wheel and The Relentless Reader - By Jessi - August 16th, 2013

Book Review of Out on the Wire by Jessica Abel

Books in graphic form are not just filled with superheroes, Japanese manga, or women in push-up spandex bustiers. Occasionally, you can actually learn something.  Writer/Cartoonist Jessica Abel’s new book describes the ins and outs of producing radio shows at NPR. The oral medium of storytelling is well suited to graphics, especially in Abel’s creative hands.

Although the book focuses on NPR, the information applies to writing in general. Whether producing a podcast or novel, the creative processes overlap in several ways. Oral and written storytelling requires solid ideas and finding the right voice. Each needs a logical structure and a way to make an audience care. As with fiction, the best stories come from “following some itch.” Catherine Burns, artistic director of the program, The Moth, makes a comment any writer can relate to. “The simplest way to say it is...who are you at the beginning and who are you at the end.” That’s Storytelling 101 for any writer.

In both podcasting and radio much time is spent determining structure, and Abel makes some interesting observations. Scenes in chronological order is the default, but not always necessary. Some stories start at the end in order to grab listeners. Screenwriters use a common hook. When a hero faces impossible odds, the screen goes black, and words such as Twenty-four Hours Ago appear before the story takes a backward leap. Radio can do the same thing. Or as one producer notes, the structure is less important than what catches the audience and makes the story sexy.

Abel also includes practical advice for those wishing to attempt their own podcast. Getting started is surprisingly easy. A person needs a digital recorder, a set of headphones, a good microphone, and quiet. And no—the built-in mic on an iPhone won’t cut it if you want the interview to sound professional. More important is a little gumption. Mic placement is key. You have to shove that mic in a wazoo for an interview that’s up close and personal.

The function of sound and music also get noted. Music can highlight a story. Obvious spots for music cues are introduction of a new character or description of a feeling. As one producer says, music can be used to “shine a light” and be a “dousing rod” for hidden moments. Just as important is to realize when sound or music are distracting. “You always take the music out when there’s a big idea that you want people to pay attention to. You lose the music so it stands out.” 

This is good book for anyone with curiosity about the work behind radio broadcasts or has an itch to create a podcast of their own. The simple graphic layout makes the explanations of the different facets of story construction easily understandable to the layman, and the cheery rah-rah, you-can-do-it attitude will encourage the beginner to take the first step. (Note: I'm available for interviews.)

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a review.

L. A. Kelley writes fantasies with adventure, humor, romance, and a touch of sass. You can find her at

Feature and Follow #27 (favorite book-turned-movie)

Friday, October 30, 2015


What is Feature and Follow?

F&F is a weekly blog hop that consists of book bloggers. It is hosted byAlison Can Read and Parajunkee. The rules of involvement are simple:

1.) Link up on the blog hop Linky gadget below this post, 2.) follow the hosts via their network of choice, 3.) follow the weekly featured blog(s) via their network of choice (listed as "featured" in the blog list below), and lastly, 4) check out the rest of the blogs on the hop! If you become a new follower of a blog, let them know and they will follow you back.

The F&F is a great way to network, meet other book bloggers, and gain new followers. Even more so, it's a great way to drive fun discussion on a weekly topic.

This Week's FF: 
What are your favorite books that have been made into a movie?

I'll admit, I'm a book-to-movie snob. While I can enjoy these movies, I usually spend a lot of time thinking to myself (no use ruining it for others ;) about how much of the "major" plot line was dropped from the movie? I'm always wondering how people who didn't read the book could possibly understand what is going on with out these "major" pieces. Of course, that's my problem and not really a movie watcher's problem.

That said as far as a series goes, I've enjoyed the Harry Potter series the most. It's hard to argue that the movies weren't well cast, well shot, and well done. From script to scenery the characters were exactly how you imagined them for the most part. I never felt like something was so out of line with the book that I couldn't enjoy the movies.

As a non-series, a great book-to-move I highly recommend is one based on true events called Not Without My Daughter. The book was one my high school lit class read and then we watched the movie. Since then I've read and watched Not Without My Daughter multiple times and still find both to be excellent. Here's the description: ...a 1991 drama film depicting the escape of American citizen Betty Mahmoody and her daughter from her husband in Iran. The film was shot in the United States, Turkey and Israel, and the main characters Betty Mahmoody and Sayed Bozorg "Moody" Mahmoody are played by Sally Field and Alfred Molina, respectively. Sheila Rosenthal and Roshan Sethstar as Mahtob Mahmoody and Houssein the smuggler, respectively.

Join in on this week's Penny For Your Thoughts... blog hop!

A Penny For Your Thoughts... hosted by The Book Cove
A hop where you leave a comment or create a blog post about a given quote and
are entered to win a monthly prize.

Other Posts Of Interest:

Remember to check your follow links regularly - by Jessi - November 22nd, 2014
5 easy tips for making your blog more user friendly for blog hops - By Jessi - December 27th, 2013
CAPTCHA challenge presented by The Book Wheel and The Relentless Reader - By Jessi - August 16th, 2013

Book Spotlight: Deferred Consumption by Shana James

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

(Blurb):Twenty-eight year old investment banker, Heather Rangel, has the perfect life. Great job and sexy, tennis star fiance from Texas, Brody Wainwright, who services her thoroughly in the bedroom. They're engaged to be married and Brody's status in the tennis world is set to skyrocket. He's about to go away for two months to compete in the annual tennis tournament circuit, leaving both he and Heather emotionally torn. She wants him to be successful, but she hates for him to go. He wants to finally make it onto the professional tour, but he hates leaving her behind. The emotional turmoil is hefty. 

Aside from that, all is well until in their world one of Heather's wealthy, Russian clients, a man with known terrorist ties, decides he wants her too and he'll stop at nothing to have her. He inserts himself into her world in ways that will make your heart stop. This, as she tries to keep the invasion a secret from Brody so that he doesn't change his mind about going on the tour, thus ending his chances for making it onto the professional circuit. 

When she uncovers a chilling plot involving the lust-filled client, her whole world begins to unravel. She begins a race against the clock to derail the evil plan and maintain her picture perfect life. 

Love, lust, lies, intimidation and heartache abound as Heather faces the toughest decisions of her life.

Book Info:

Published: April 15, 2015 Smashwords
Age: Adult
Genre: Romantic suspense

Author Bio:  

I've worked as a communications professional for the better part of the last 20 years and it's been very rewarding. But, I've always known that I wanted to write fiction and non-fiction on my own time, in my own voice. That's something that other communications professionals on this same journey will understand. So, now I'm doing it.

I'm starting out on this journey writing romance, because who doesn't like love...and lust...right?! But, I will definitely be throwing my hat into the ring for literary fiction, self-help, advice and more! I've seen a lot and done a lot over the past 20 years and I'm sure it will be both entertaining and helpful to many.

Connect with Shana:
Twitter: @reachshanajames
Soundcloud: AuthorGirl
YouTube Channel: Shana James

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