Virtual Book Tour: The Milestone Tapes

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The Milestone Tapes

by Ashley Mackler-Paternostro

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The only thing Jenna Chamberland ever wanted in her life was to be a good wife and a good mom. In death, she’ll find that she still wants the same things.

With stage-four breast cancer, a terminal diagnosis and six months to live, Jenna fears what awaits her family after she is gone: Her husband, Gabe, will be left to raise their daughter alone, and Mia, only seven years old, will be forced to face a world without her mother.

Ten blank tapes to teach her daughter everything she’ll ever need to know. Dead before Mia ever really got to know her, Jenna exists now only in pictures and watercolored memories, and Mia finds herself struggling to remember her mother in a way that feels real. But on the ninth anniversary of Jenna’s death, she will return to her daughter through a series of audiocassettes. One tape each of the milestones of Mia’s life, and with them, a letter explaining that Mia should only listen to the tapes when the time is right.

With the help of her mother’s long-gone voice, Mia may just learn how to embrace the challenges and triumphs of her ever-changing life with humor, grace and a lot of hope.

Rereleased for its second anniversary, the novel that book bloggers have called “beautiful” and “unforgettable” returns with new content and tapes never before read.

Excerpt:

“Today she would untie herself from the last filament of hope that had kept her tethered to the fight. She would watch silently as it away like a balloon slipped from between her fingertips. Today would be what some called the beginning of the end and others called the long goodbye.

Gabe. She could his back, long and warm, thought the thin cotton of his undershirt pressed against her upper-arm as he slept beside her. He was where the story of her began, where the chapters of her life had started to matter. Of course she wouldn’t untangle herself from motherhood now; given the change; it was the same as imagining herself suddenly without her sight or another comfortable, almost given, attribute. Life without Mia was entirely unimaginable. But those childless years they’d once had still made her heart flutter. The lilt of it, the way it had been so simple, so easy. Now that she was facing the end, she’d become a necromancer of the past, dredging it up just to delight in what she saw.” – The Milestone Tapes

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Ashley Mackler Paternostro is the author of The Milestone Tapes and the Amazon Best Selling novel In The After. Her shorter works can be found in Holiday Wishes – An Anthology for a Children’s Charity and on the blog www.onepagelovestory.com Ashley lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband and their three dogs.

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Book Review: The Contract (The Boss’s Pet (BDSM))

This is about The Contract (The Boss’s Pet (BDSM)) by Tonya Kinzer.

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Book 1 (NEW Revised Edition) – Dom/sub, soft bondage content – Comfortable with her life, Sondra wasn’t looking to start a new relationship let alone a new life style but Nick presented a challenge to her. The time together at the office spilled in to more time away from the office that eventually leads to a deeper relationship. He introduces her to a Dom/sub life style she’d never experienced nor heard much about but is fascinated with.

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My review:

First impression: the title has too many brackets, doesn’t look like a title. I’ll bet this book doesn’t pop up on Amazon or search engines. Not the smartest choice.

I applaud women who venture into the world of BDSM and write about it, either as a real lifestyle guide or as fiction. E.L. James got her phenomenal success by writing about it as a fantasy. Her trilogy was not meant as an authentic guide, but enjoyable as fiction from a woman’s fantasy point of view. Perhaps I’ll write about her book later.

But this one didn’t work as fiction. This was a classic case of the author trying to “preach” or type an instructional manual (or tutorial) with a story. It failed as a story.

Like I said, it’s great that more people want to explore the lifestyle and write about the subject matter, but writing fiction is a craft and art. Ms. Kinzer should have just tried to type out the lecture point by point, it would have been more readable and true to form.

2 out of 5 stars in my book.

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Book Review: The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

This is about The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty Trilogy) by A. N. Roquelaure a.k.a. Anne Rice.

Short description:

In the traditional folktale of “Sleeping Beauty,” the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a Prince. It is an ancient story, one that originally emerged from and still deeply disturbs the mind’s unconscious. In the first book of the trilogy, Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquelaure, retells the Beauty story and probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire. Here the Prince awakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual initiation. His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty’s complete and total enslavement to him . . . as Anne Rice explores the world of erotic yearning and fantasy in a classic that becomes, with her skillful pen, a compelling experience. Readers of Fifty Shades of Grey will indulge in Rice’s deft storytelling and imaginative eroticism, a sure-to-be classic for years to come.

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My review:

I was aware that this was Anna Rice writing, but the story didn’t work.

More precisely: this was not BDSM. This was a story of dubious consent at best. “Beauty” did not consent to the humiliation and torment. When the “submissive” did not give consent fully, you do not call it BDSM.

I had been a Dom before. Consent, for your sub to give you her submission is the prerequisite to everything. Otherwise, it is kidnap, violence, rape.

The story was told in a fairy-tale style, not the descriptive narrative you might expect from a novel, but one got used to that style quickly. From the opening scene alone, consent was dubious. There was a wetness at Beauty’s private part, but to penetrate a sleeping girl and then kissing her awake, to me, that was rape.

The social norm of the world in the story morally justified the sexual enslavement, but still, the whole story (and trilogy) based itself on this shaky point. One could read it as an elaborate erotic fairy tale, but for someone in the BDSM lifestyle, too many times what Beauty was subjected to came across as being forced onto her. Didn’t work for me.

2 out of 5 stars in my book.

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Virtual Book Tour: Catch Me

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Catch Me

by Katherine Grant

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Adam. Enigmatic. Arrogant. Unwilling to take no for an answer. Everything about him threatens my carefully constructed life. Everything about him makes me want him more.

Isabelle Jennings has it good. She’s a self-proclaimed guys’ girl (football, beers, and kicking back with her “bros”) who has worked hard for everything she’s gotten. And she’s succeeded. Only twenty-six, she already has a startup company – one that helps her atone for past sins. She has (well, had) a healthy sex life, a great apartment and an even better group of friends. No romantic entanglements. No mess. Just how she likes it.

Enter Adam Weston, a young, ambitious businessman in Chicago. Between his money, looks, and charm, he’s never had a problem with women. Until Isabelle.

Overwhelmed by her attraction to him, Isabelle does everything she can to avoid the charismatic playboy. But Adam won’t give up that easily. He dares her to be with him, promising sex sans strings. Isabelle’s burdened with a nightmarish guilt she can’t outrun. And Adam won’t settle for less than everything. He’s breaking down her walls, one touch, one look, at a time.

** Due to language and strong sexual content, this book is recommended for readers who are 18 and older. **

Although Catch Me is the first book in a series, it is a standalone novel.

Excerpt:

I woke up to the sound of my laptop chirping, alerting me to a new email. My thoughts were blurry, still caught in the horror of my nightmares.

The email was from an address I didn’t recognize. It was probably spam, I assured myself.

But the subject line didn’t look like spam.

You can run, but … you know the rest.

A video download was attached. I really shouldn’t click. But some masochistic compulsion had taken over my body. When you’re a kid, and you think there are monsters under the bed, you have three options. Option one was to stay in bed and yell for your parents. Mommy, Daddy, I’m scared, you’d say. They’d turn on the lights, and check under the bed for you. Nothing’s there, sweetie. Don’t worry. Go back to sleep. And, comforted with their love, you could.

The second option was to cower under your covers, close your eyes, and tell yourself that monsters weren’t real. The third was to brave it, to face it. Get out of bed and look yourself.

I’d always chosen option three. That wasn’t about to change now. Even if the monsters were real.

I downloaded the file, and a grainy video popped up. I recognized the scene. It was from Poltergeist II. I hated scary movies but Simon had made me watch it anyway. I suspected he’d liked how I’d snuggle against him, covering my eyes. It made him feel powerful.

A little blonde girl sat in front of a child’s pink toy telephone. It rang and she answered. She turned to look at the camera.

“They’re baaaaaack,” she singsonged.

At the bottom of the video were four words, words that made my throat close.

Did you miss me?

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Katherine Grant is a 28-year-old avid reader, writer and soon to be author in Southern California (who likes to talk about herself in the third person in bios because it makes her feel important). Raised in a town in Michigan so small you’ve never heard of it, Katie used books as a way to travel. As a child, she talked so much that her family suggested she started writing her thoughts down. And thus, a lifelong dream and career was born. She has been everything from a short-order cook to a teacher to a music journalist. She’s finally embarking on being a novelist full time, and she couldn’t be more excited.

When not hard at work, Katie enjoys hanging out with her dog, lying on the beach, promising herself she’ll one day learn how to surf (although it will never happen), making her boyfriend crazy by refusing to do the dishes, and getting lost in books. Also, cookies. She really, really likes cookies.

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Book Review: Taken by Everyone: Fun at the Concert

This is about Taken by Everyone: Fun at the Concert by Kendra Claire.

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Some people go to concerts for the music, but not Tobi. She goes for the action in the pit… her own special type of action. The band’s in town tonight, and Tobi’s going to ride the wave–and the gorgeous stallions in the mosh pit–for all they’re worth!

This 4,000-word erotic story contains a sexy young woman, two handsome men, and content so hot that we aren’t allowed to tell you about it in this blurb! Check the “Look Inside” preview for all the steamy details!

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My two cents:

This worked well. Nothing too complicated: an adventurous girl went to a live rock concert, picking two men she liked and seduced them to fuck her on-site during the show.

Some practical points were fishy: how security did not clear her and the two guys off the floor, how no one tried to interfere or to join in. But assuming the intercourse was over quickly enough, it could have worked.

This was a short story of 15 pages, Ms. Claire jumped into seduction and the action almost immediately. Nice, hot read.

4 out of 5 stars in my book.

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Book Review: The Siren

This is about The Siren (The Original Sinners: The Red Years – Book 1) by Tiffany Reisz.

Short description:

Some love stories you never forget. Some books will change your world. Be prepared… this is one of them.

She tore herself from the man she adored, who transformed her, who possessed her… who would have destroyed her. Now she is adored by a man she must not have. She thinks she knows what it means to be pushed to her limits. She’s wrong.

The Original Sinners Series: The Red Years

Book 1: The Siren

Book 2: The Angel

Book 3: The Prince

Book 4: The Mistress

The Original Sinners continues with The White Years

Book 1: The Saint

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My two cents:

This was a daring, controversial book. I loved it.

Just because this happened to be published after the 50 Shades, refrain from dismissing it simply as a “spin off” because that phrase means nothing. Love, sex, pleasure in darker forms have existed eons ago. If this is a spin-off, any and all books on any subject matter is a spin-off. Also, spin-offs do not have to be bad fiction. They can sometimes exceed the artistic values of those that preceded them.

The whole book was well-written. I loved the smart-ass dialogues and the sex scenes were scorching hot.

Not for the feeble-minded. Those who want a gentler introduction to BDSM might want to dig elsewhere, but this was spectacular.

Intrigue, passion, pain and history in each character’s past, and conflict: the way authentic people really are.

The only thing that made me knock off 1 star was the fact that Soren was a Catholic priest in service. Touched a difficult cord there.

4 out of 5 stars in my book.

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Virtual Book Tour: Second Chance Bride

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions.

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Scarlett Buck has always been flaky in comparison to her sensible twin sister Tara, so nobody is really surprised when Scarlett spends all her money on a one way ticket to Australia to be with the man she’s met on the Net. But she hasn’t reckoned on the guy already being married, or her mom getting sick, and now she needs money for a flight home to Marietta, MT—quick. Signing on with Bella’s Belles in Kalgoorlie isn’t be the proudest moment in her life but it will get her home fast. After all, it’s just sex.

Or is it?

Mitch Bannister’s ex is about to marry his best friend, and he could really do with a cold beer and a hot woman. But the cowgirl he takes a shine to at Bella’s is surprisingly skittish, and in the end he leaves without hooking up.

Later, when Mitch spies the cowgirl in the local pub begging for a job, he shrinks into the shadows–he’s not looking for complications, and something tells him that Scarlett Buck is a whole handful of them. But soon it’s clear she’s not just trouble, she’s in trouble, and like it or not, he’s not about to turn his back on this stray from the States. Especially if she can do him a favor in return. After all, it’s just a helping hand.

Or is it?

Now enjoy an excerpt:

They had Chinese food in a restaurant nearby, honey shrimp—except they were called prawns here—and crispy duck with fried rice washed down with an almost local Margaret River white wine. The food was small-town Chinese restaurant good, and Mitch talked about his fly-in fly-out job at the mines, about the fourteen day shifts filled with twelve hour work days and big meals in the mess and maybe a swim before bed and then getting up the next day to do it all over again. Scarlett listened and crunched shrimp tails between her teeth and sucked honey off her fingers and thought that maybe it wasn’t such a crazy idea that she’d come to Australia after all, or she would never have known about any of this kind of lifestyle.

Or more importantly, that otherwise she would never have met Mitch. Maybe she should send Travis a thank-you postcard from Broome? She was halfway tempted.

And Mitch watched a woman who could follow his every word and ask questions while eating with gusto and relish and who wasn’t afraid to get her fingers dirty in the process. And he liked it. A lot.

When she licked her fingers clean, he wished she’d offered them to him first.

And then he smacked his lustful thoughts down hard. He was trying to help her out. Offer her a solution to her problems, so that whatever was bothering her would disappear.

At least, that had been his intention.

Now that she was coming with him to Broome he wasn’t so sure of his motives. She was fun. A breath of fresh air into his highly regulated existence. A temporary cowgirl for a short-term problem.

And while sex wasn’t part of their deal, that didn’t mean he wouldn’t welcome it if it happened. He wasn’t looking for commitment but where was the risk? She was going home in a few days. And they were going to be sharing a villa after all. Sure, it was a big villa. Loads of space for two.

Loads and loads of space.

And one really big bed.

 

USA Today Bestselling Author, Trish Morey has written thirty romances for the internationally bestselling Harlequin Presents line and her stories have been published in more than 25 languages in 40 countries worldwide, including being published in Manga comic book form in Japan, and as Trish Moreyova in the Czech Republic. Trish was awarded Romance Writers of Australia’s Romantic Book of the Year Award (the Ruby) for short, sexy romance In 2006 and again in 2009, as well as being a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Awards in 2012.

A qualified Chartered Accountant by trade, Trish was employed as financial manager at a major business school prior to her first sale.

Trish lives with her husband, 4 daughters and assorted menagerie in the beautiful Adelaide Hills.

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