Sunday, September 25, 2016

EIGHT-SECOND RIDE by @authorannejolin #BOOKREVIEW

EIGHT SECOND RIDE by Anne Jolin
Series: Willow Bay Stables #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
— SYNOPSIS —

Owen Daniels lives his life eight seconds at a time. The thrill of anticipation that comes with sitting on twelve hundred pounds of untamed power is unparalleled. The adrenaline rush that floods his system when the chute opens is one of life’s most unique and natural highs.

Ride eight seconds bareback on a bucking bronco—that’s his life.

When Owen’s stock horse, Remington’s Lady, is injured midway through the rodeo circuit, he trailers her back home to Willow Bay, Alberta, to remain in the care of the local vet, Ray Brookes.

Months later, with a truck bed full of buckles, Owen comes home to collect his Lady from the man he trusted to help her recover. Only Ray happens to be short for Rayne, and Rayne happens to be a woman.

And this woman wants nothing to do with a cowboy fresh off the circuit. As far as she’s concerned, he can take his buckles, boots, and spurs right back on out of her life.

Will Rayne keep them from holding on to their eight-second ride? Or will love buck out of the chute in time for a perfect score?

— PURCHASE —

— WILLOW BAY STABLES SERIES —
Change Rein, Book 1: ON SALE FOR .99CENTS!
Eight-Second Ride, Book 2: http://amzn.to/2aEdUD4
Rein In, Book 3: Releasing this October!

— REVIEW: 5 STARS 
Holy hot alpha cowboy, Batman!!! Owen Daniels is DELICIOUS. He is an alpha with a soft side and to me, that combination is YUH-MEH. I DEVOURED this book!

After meeting Rayne, Owen knew he had to make her his girl, and despite Rayne's efforts, she could not stay away; not that he made it easy. You see, Rayne had a damn good reason as to why she had promised to never date a cowboy, and it was heartbreaking, to be honest. But Owen made it impossible for her to ignore him.

"I ain't just another cowboy, darlin'." He tucked me into his jacket, protecting me as best he could from the rain. "I'm your cowboy, as long as you'll have me."

After finding out Rayne had a little girl, he was shocked, but he sure made up for it. He made sure Rayne knew he was all-in. To me, seeing a man be a good dad is 1000000% swoon-worthy. Okay, so....seeing Owen be a dad to Rayne's little girl.... LAWD, HAVE MERCY!!! I was a goner! Owen Daniels was a KEEPER. He was there not just for Rayne, but for Ryley too. They were a family.

"Fallin' in love with you has been the best ride of my life, darlin'. Ain't eight seconds anywhere on this earth that compare to holdin' you in my arms at night."

Anne Jolin's writing was amazing. She had a way with words that allowed me to feel everything Rayne and Owen felt. I was right their with them on their journey. I felt Rayne's pain and fear. Loving a bronco rider was not easy and Anne portrayed that perfectly.  I felt Owen's passion for the rode and his LOVE for Rayne and Ryley. All in all, I must say that this was Anne Jolin's best work to date!! SUPER excited to read the next installment, Rein In! FIVE STARS!



OTHER BOOKS BY ANNE JOLIN:
— ROCK FALLS SERIES 
Chasing Rhodes, Book 1: http://bit.ly/ChasingRhodes >> FREE!
Choosing Henley, Book 2: http://bit.ly/ChoosingHenley
Breaking Bennett, Book 3: http://bit.ly/BreakingBennett
Keeping King, Book 4: http://bit.ly/KeepingKing

— HELL ON HEELS 



— ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ANNE JOLIN —
Hey y’all, 
I was born and raised in Ladner, a small farm town just outside Vancouver, Canada. I grew up riding horses, shooting guns, and driving in trucks. 

I never expected to be an author. A massage therapist? Yes. Take over the family construction company? Yes. But an author? No. Writing was something that snuck up on me and rooted itself into my life. It was beautiful to discover that love, and I’m truly grateful to say I’ve found my passion. 

Since I’ve always been a creative person, it feels amazing to harness all of that energy and use it to tell a story I love. I enjoy incorporating bits of my real life into the stories I write. What parts are true? Hah. I’ll never tell—what would be the fun in that? 

If I could leave y’all with one thing, it’s that life’s far too short to not live it out loud. Drown in your passions, hold on tight to the things that inspire you, and chase your dreams relentlessly. I can promise you without a doubt that you won’t regret it. I know I don’t. 

Mad love, 
Anne Jolin 
xx

Friday, September 23, 2016

PLAYBOY PILOT by @ViKeeland @PenelopeAuthor #BOOKREVIEW + #GIVEAWAY


PLAYBOY PILOT
A standalone novel
by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward,
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Authors
A Contemporary Romance novel
— SYNOPSIS —

Money or love? Which would you choose? 

You probably just answered the question in your head thinking it's an easy decision.

For me, it's not. Did I mention it's a lot of money? A hell of a lot.

I needed to go far away to think it through.

As I embarked on an impulsive trip, I hit a detour when I met sexy Carter in the airport lounge. We struck up a heated conversation.

Then, he left.

I thought I'd never see him again.

But fate had other plans.

Surprise! He was the pilot of my flight.

The bigger surprise was the adventure that followed after the plane landed.

Carter was dangerous and always on the move.

Even though our connection was magnetic, I knew it was only temporary.

He would give me tickets, and I would follow him around the world to exotic places.

A bevvy of flight attendant exes and rumors about Carter's reputation were never far behind.

I didn't know what to believe.

But I was addicted. Nothing else mattered anymore. And I was going to get hurt. Because a part of me wanted to be the one to finally ground the playboy pilot.

At the very least, he was taking me on a thrilling ride.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn't see coming.


— PURCHASE — 

Add Playboy Pilot to your TBR list on Goodreads! 

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— REVIEW: 5 STARS — 
BOOK HANGOVER ALERT! Holy hell, what did I just read? I swear, Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are an author duo made in book heaven! All three books in this series have been BRILLIANT, EPIC, AMAZING, ADDICTIVE, UN-PUT-DOWN-ABLE!

I'm at a loss for words right now
Seriously!
This book. 
HOLY. HELL. 
True perfection, once again!

"Come fly with me, beautiful."

Jeeh-sus! Talk about making a girl swoon!! Carter....oh, man, CARTER. Hands down, one heck of a HUNK! Not only was he witty, sexy, and confident, but there was SO MUCH MORE to him too. He had a selfless and caring side that would make ANYONE fall in love. 

"I can't let you go."

His connection with Kendall was palpable and real. They both were alike and yet just what they each needed to complete each other. They were what they were each missing without even knowing it! The witty, sarcastic, and very smart-assy banter between them was once again truly fantastic and natural. It made me laugh out loud (a crap ton of times!) and made it even easier for me to believe in their connection; to feel their chemistry. 

Carter and Kendall's time together was pretty much smooth, but when they faced bumps along the way, well, let's just say this book will take you for a bit of an angst-driven ride!

I am SO SAD I've finished reading!! I wish this book was never-ending!! It was THAT GOOD! Oh, man, it was PHENOMENAL. 

A TOP 2016 FAVORITE!!! FIVE STARS!!


 
— COCKY BASTARD SERIES —
(All Standalone Novels) 

COCKY BASTARD, #1

STUCK-UP SUIT, #2
PURCHASE | READ MY REVIEW


— ABOUT THE AUTHORS —
VI KEELAND
Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!


PENELOPE WARD
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island. 


— GIVEAWAY 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

CIRQUE by Ashleigh Giannoccaro @colourmyugly #BookTour

CIRQUE by Ashleigh Giannoccaro
A boy looked in a window, to see a naughty show
Through the pane of pain, the master clown did blow
The circus is a holy tent, the keeper of my rhyme
Where I forged my chains, creating this pantomime
Pretending to be normal, I wait until after dark
Then I paint the frown on, get a whore from the park
At the bottom of that bed was a darling in a chest
She watched with big eyes, horror hooking her from rest
She dances for the maniac, twirling on her strings
I will make her mine, sharing damaged things
I will be her riddle, she will help me grin
So why does she run away, she has to let me in
No one loves the clown, not even the midget
We’ve gone too far, she will know my secret
Love can break the hardest mask, I know this to be true
Nightmares have hearts too, I only needed you



— PURCHASE 
— EXCERPT 
“That man has secrets buried so deep they might never see the light of day. I saw him at dinner, the way those eyes were down and his mind seemed to be a million miles away. I don’t know why but I feel this bad idea coming on, this idea that I want to know what he hides away from the world, that golden boy smile and rugby player body are too good to be true.

There is always a reason that a man like him has no woman, or wedding ring. There is a dark, dirty skeleton hanging in his wardrobe, and I want to pull it out and see how it looks in daylight.

We all have skeletons, I like to slow dance with mine, but most people hide them away so no one ever sees them. Well I want to be his no one, I want to climb inside those thoughts and pull him apart. He might be Samantha’s brother, but the minute I laid eyes on Sivan I felt a deep pull inside me, that same feeling I get when I swing from the trapeze and let go, the free falling grab that gravity has on your belly making the possible fall so much more real. Then you grab on and catch yourself.

Falling is dangerous. Any sort of falling is going to get you hurt. Don’t fall.

Sam has lived in the flat opposite me for four years now, we are friends, some days a little more than friends. She has this self destructive nature where she puts herself in harm’s way on purpose. Daring bad things to happen to her, asking for trouble to come and destroy her fragile little heart, then waiting for someone to save her. Usually it’s Sivan or her mother, and for a while even me, until I learned a little about how she worked. Sam takes no responsibility for herself, the stripping is a prime example of her self loathing.

She doesn’t need to do it, but she needs to fall so someone can save her when she does. The thing is, one day no one will be there and she is going to hit the ground hard, she will shatter and break, and once you’re broken you can’t be saved – only mended.

A sick part of me wants to be the one who breaks her, watching her thud down without her safety net beneath her. I am jealous because I don’t have a net. I only have me.

When I saw her brother watching the Cirque performance I had an evil thought, a little idea of just how to remove her net. It would be easy you see, because he was watching me. When Sam arrived at work that night in tears because her brother saw her at work with all his rugby mates, I pushed her away. I told her she was an attention whore and if he was upset she deserved it, imagine how embarrassed he is, all the blokes saw you naked. I helped her fall with my harsh words.

“Sam, you act like whore. That’s what you are going to be treated as. Your brother just saw your true colours and they are fucking ugly.” The tears welled in her eyes through the whole performance, but I didn’t see them at all.

No, because I saw him watching me again. I perform just for him. I am not connected to her tonight and it shows, we are slightly off and I know we will get it at practice tomorrow.

I did nothing to adjust. I just watched him as he watched me.

Secrets.

He left before we came out of backstage, and I was disappointed. The drive home in his car was quiet as Sam silently fumed at me, I could still smell him in the car. A distinct smell of clean cologne and man — probably sweaty rugby togs somewhere. I let the smell and the image of his hooded eyes watching me take me away from the anger and shame swallowing up the air in the car, as Sam gets angrier and angrier.”


— ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
Amazon best selling author Ashleigh Giannoccaro lives In Jozi AKA Johannesburg South Africa with her high school sweetheart also known as her husband and two young daughters. She loves sunshine and psychopaths, her blood type is coffee and she has a pet Meerkat called Porky. She is a full time mom and author, and while she looks like the soccer mom on the surface her books are another story. 

As a youngster Ashleigh grew up devouring thrillers and crime fiction, favouring Jeffrey Deaver all the while reading Sweet Valley High to fit in with her friends. When thrillers didn't give her the love and the romance novels didn’t pack the punch she needed Ashleigh discovered the small genre of Dark Romance and her heart was happy. Here’s where the lines of right snd wrong get blurry and the bad guy gets the girl, Ashleigh found the perfect balance of what she looked for in a book. When the time came to write her own stories she knew exactly what they would be, dark and twisted with just enough love. Colour My Ugly was published in October 2014 and since then it’s been a whirlwind of words and adventure that included a trip to the Books Are Bigger In Texas signing in April 2016 and six novels beings let out into the universe to challenge readers and hopefully leave a lasting mark. 

Her Colour Series novels are dark romance set within the lives of three crime families. She loves to make you fall in love with the villain, because after all they need love too. Three full length novels span three generations and challenge ideas such as nature vs. nurture. Sometimes Ashleigh conducts psychiatric experiments in between the pages, like that one time she let two sociopaths fall in love. To her the bad guy doesn't need to be redeemed to get the happy ending. 

The best selling Red Market Series followed when she teamed up with Mary E. Palmerin to see just how dark a love story could be. The series pushed limits that had never before been pushed and quickly become know as the darkest of the dark reads. The two book series was given best seller status by Amazon, even after ashleigh and Mary both believed it would be banned on release day. She still asks herself “who does that?” about this series quite regularly. 

Now writing solo again Ashleigh has turned a poll she took about her readers biggest fears and turned it into a pyscho-erotic thriller about a clown. Cirque will make you forget how much you fear them and hopefully make you fall in love with the painted faces. A dark magical look inside the broken minds of two characters with the circus in their blood, Cirque is something completely different and new for Ashleigh. 

When she’s not dreaming up crazy stories or creating villains for you to love, Ashleigh spends her time reading and supporting the Indie author community. Ashleigh has a passion for words and is constantly seeking new ones to read and write.


— CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR 

Monday, September 19, 2016

PLAYBOY PILOT by @ViKeeland @PenelopeAuthor #NEWRELEASE


PLAYBOY PILOT
A standalone novel
by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward,
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Authors
A Contemporary Romance novel
— SYNOPSIS —

Money or love? Which would you choose? 

You probably just answered the question in your head thinking it's an easy decision.

For me, it's not. Did I mention it's a lot of money? A hell of a lot.

I needed to go far away to think it through.

As I embarked on an impulsive trip, I hit a detour when I met sexy Carter in the airport lounge. We struck up a heated conversation.

Then, he left.

I thought I'd never see him again.

But fate had other plans.

Surprise! He was the pilot of my flight.

The bigger surprise was the adventure that followed after the plane landed.

Carter was dangerous and always on the move.

Even though our connection was magnetic, I knew it was only temporary.

He would give me tickets, and I would follow him around the world to exotic places.

A bevvy of flight attendant exes and rumors about Carter's reputation were never far behind.

I didn't know what to believe.

But I was addicted. Nothing else mattered anymore. And I was going to get hurt. Because a part of me wanted to be the one to finally ground the playboy pilot.

At the very least, he was taking me on a thrilling ride.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn't see coming.


— PURCHASE — 

Add Playboy Pilot to your TBR list on Goodreads! 

Sign up for Penelope & Vi’s mailing list now and be the first one notified of releases! http://eepurl.com/brAPo9

 
— COCKY BASTARD SERIES —
(All Standalone Novels) 

COCKY BASTARD, #1

STUCK-UP SUIT, #2
PURCHASE | READ MY REVIEW

— ABOUT THE AUTHORS —
VI KEELAND
Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!


PENELOPE WARD
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island. 

DERRICK'S CHOICE by @CynthiaPONeill: #CoverReveal + #PreOrder

Derrick’s Choice
Titan Security – Book #1
By Cynthia P. O’Neill
Genre: Erotic Romantic Suspense
— SYNOPSIS —

Derrick Caldwell:
Trying to carve out my own way in life, I joined the Air Force, only to have my dad pull strings to place me in Special Ops. Turns out, my entire life had been decided for me; I was to follow in my father’s footsteps.

Once discharged, I had my goals within reach and defying dad was at the top of my list, until Jesse walked in, stealing everything I wanted. I should’ve hated her for taking away my choice, but I couldn’t; one smile was all it took to brand herself on my soul. I swore I’d bide my time and eventually have my dream job and her!

Who knew the position my father forced me to take for Titan Security would lead me to everything I desired? I’d have to act fast, as time was working against me, with a potential killer on the loose, money missing from the company, and someone stalking her…

Jesse Bradford:
On the verge of making manager, I was consumed with work, before Derrick stepped in and snatched my promotion out from under me. He’s familiar, but how? And why did he take my breath away every time we touched? I wanted to make his job a living hell – until someone tried to kill me.

Now my life was in his hands, the ones I imagined bending me to his will. Why am I even thinking this way? He has me confused, forcing me to rethink who I am, submitting to my desires, and helping him track down a killer(s) before they strike again. Can I trust him? I don’t know that I have a choice.

ADD TO GOODREADS

— COVER INFORMATION 
Cover Photographer: Eric Battershell Photography
Cover Model: David Wills
Cover Designer: RP Designs, Randy Potvin

— PRE-ORDER 
EXCLUSIVE PRICE OF 99CENTS!
AMAZON US | AMAZON UK | AMAZON CA | AMAZON AU


— ABOUT THE AUTHOR — 
Cynthia P. O’Neill grew up in small town in South Florida and moved to Central Florida to attend college. There, she married her friend, love, and soul mate and still resides with their amazing son, and a feisty, four-legged little boy. 

In her books, Cynthia draws on her background in healthcare and business, along with her husband’s engineering knowledge. 

She currently writes on all levels of Romance. The Remembrance Series encompasses New Adult with a touch of Paranormal activity and a hint of Historical romance. A Learning Series is for those who like a little more steam with their books, falling into the categories of Contemporary - Erotica, with a hint of suspense. 

Her latest series, Need, will have several books, each focusing on one couple per book. The main couple will then become supporting characters, while some of the background characters step forward to find their own happily ever after. It will be will be a Contemporary – Erotic romance with a high level of suspense added. 

She tries to make her writing very personal and close to her heart. Regular life is the inspiration for her books, but her imagination takes them to new heights, opening up possibilities that would normally not exist. 

To learn more about the author, please visit Cynthia’s website at: www.cynthiaponeill.com


Thursday, September 15, 2016

JUNIPER SMOKE by @ash_sadia: #CurrentRead + #GIVEAWAY!

JUNIPER SMOKE by Sadia Ash
Genre: Contemporary Romance
— SYNOPSIS —

A nerdy curator. A worldly inventor. A sizzling affair.
In the age of hookups, can love survive the test of time?

Juniper Mills is a sassy, nerdy curator at the History Museum of Ann Arbor. Taking care of her mom and autistic twin, her life has been one big sacrifice for others. Work. Home. Repeat. Raised by her mother to hate men, she worries she’ll die a frigid scholar in a musty house with an army of cats and a lake of books.

Kyle Paxton is a handsome, robotic inventor of micro-cameras from San Francisco. To curb the dark memories of his ex-girlfriend who haunts him, he schedules dating and work with mechanical precision. Not looking for love, he only hooks up with Amazonian models.

Juniper and Kyle meet cute when she is dangling forty feet from a museum scaffolding. Juniper falls for him, but knows getting him is going to be hard. Juniper knocks Kyle’s world off its axis and their galaxies collide in this very unfairy tale.

"Much more than a simple love story. It’s a saga." (Annette Abernathy's Blog)
“I loved this story. This is a must read book!” (Heather - Kinky Kittens Book Blog)
“It will cut you to the bone. This has become my favorite book.” (Nikki's Windowseat Blog)
“A definite five-star read! Gives you a long book hangover.” (Samreen Ahsan- Award Winning Author)



— PURCHASE 
KINDLE US | KINDLE UK

— PROGRESS REVIEW 
If I had to give this book a rating RIGHT NOW, I'd say five stars, hands-down. However, I'm not finished reading it just yet. You see, this is TWO books in one and it's well over 700 pages long. Juniper and Kyle's story has me HOOKED.

The banter, the sarcasm, the wittiness, the sexual tension...these two have me glued to my iPad! I can't help but think of FSoG with some of the details, but Kyle and Juniper are way different in many, many aspects. While I'm thoroughly enjoying every single page, I'm also nervous because I KNOW Sadia Ash is going to break my heart soon enough. I can feel it. So naturally, I'm nervous!

One thing I absolutely LOVE about this saga is KYLE. He is not the typical CEO alpha male I'm used to reading quite often and that alone has me truly loving his character. He doesn't just crave control, he needs it. He needs to know how everything in his life will pan-out, down to the last second. It's interesting "being inside his head" and seeing how he calculates his every move! His nerdy side is also very refreshing. Makes the banter between him and Juniper all that much funnier as in laugh-out-loud funny!

I can't wait to dive back in tonight!! For now, I can surely say this is a book I will be highly recommending! The author's writing style is also amazing and easy to follow and connect with!



— ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
Sadia Ash has held jobs in different fields that involved writing (and never math) in some way. She has worked for film and TV publicity with the Prenner Group, did news and TV placement for Aeros (a NASA project), edited scripts for indie films, and fundraised. A lot. A serial volunteer, she has raised funds for many charities that educate and help girls.

Currently working on two other novels and a film script, Ash hopes to see the sunlight outside her window one day. She holds an MA English degree from Loyola University in Chicago, a Screenwriting Certificate from UCLA and one more impractical MA in English Literature from NUML. Originally from Chicago, she lives in sun-drenched Cali with her husband—who is her best friend—and two bright kids.


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THE BUTTERFLY AND THE MOONBEAM by @KimStreible: #BookReview & #GIVEAWAY

THE BUTTERFLY AND THE MOONBEAM 
by Kim Streible
Genre: Young Adult
— SYNOPSIS —

"The journey to womanhood is different for every girl."

In this diverse and heart-wrenching debut novel that begins in the rural country of Kentucky in 1978, two sisters create a childhood for themselves among a dark reality they cannot escape. It's a sweeping journey of two lives forever entwined in common experience and love.

Kathleen spent the first nine years of her life lost, when the death of her infant brother led her parents into a spiraling void of grief. When Lucy was born, she was life itself. For Kathleen, Lucy was more of a child, than a younger sister. Caring for her gave Kathleen's life meaning, opening her to a new world of love and trust. When a series of tragic events separates them, each embark on their own path. Kathleen desperate to find her sister, and Lucy learning to exist in an unforgiving world without her sister to protect her.

Author Kim Streible crafts a moving coming-of-age journey about sisterhood, the tribulations of relationships and lasting love.

For more information: www.ancientsummer.com
— PURCHASE 

"Kathleen had wished for a different mother and father so many times. She’d even prayed for them to come and take her away, but instead, she got Lucy. She’d never even imagined having a sister. As it turned out, it was better than having new parents."

— REVIEW: 4.5 STARS 
"A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost." - Marion C. Garretty

It's been quite some time since I last read a YA novel that made me FEEL as much as Kim Streible did with The Butterfly and the Moonbeam. Kathleen and Lucy's story broke my heart more times than not and I just wanted to hug them both and help them through all their heartache.

Kathleen didn't always have a hard life with her parents. It wasn't always bad. But then, tragedy hit their family and the grief overtook them. Her mom stopped being a mom, and her dad? Well, let's just say Kathleen would only refer to him as Carl.

Lucy was born into an already broken family, so part of me was kind of glad she didn't know any better. She didn't know what it felt to be born into a loving family, so she really couldn't miss something she wasn't aware existed (as heart-shattering as that sounds).

"That summer Lucy began learning the meaning and importance of secrets. When she started to give it some real thought, she realized people everywhere had secrets and tried really hard to keep them."

Sisters. That's what Kathleen and Lucy were, and yet not. You see, Kathleen had to be the mom their mother couldn't be to Lucy. She had to take care of her. She had to be there for her. She had to protect her. If things weren't bad enough, they only seemed to get more complicated.

Kim Streible managed to create quite the build-up throughout this novel that had me feeling anxious. In fact, I ended up reading this book in one-sitting. The circumstances described in this book are very much realistic and make you wonder about how often these things happen in real life. A great read for sure and one I recommend!!



— EXCERPT — 
Lucy turned away from the window and came to the edge of Kathleen’s bed. “Did Grandma Janie go to heaven?”

“I don’t know,” Kathleen said. “Probably.”

Lucy furrowed her eyebrows. “How do you know if you were good enough to go to heaven and not hell?”

“I don’t think there is a hell.” People seemed so much better at punishing themselves. Kathleen couldn’t figure a reason for a hell.

“Where do bad people go then?”

Kathleen shrugged. “I don’t know, maybe they just die. They lie in the dark, worms all around them and they decay and just, don’t exist anymore.”

“Don’t scare me,” Lucy said.

“I’m not.”

“Kathleen, please don’t lie.”

She shut her book. “I’m not. I’m not really sure. Some people believe in heaven, some people believe in nothing. Some people believe that you live on, that you are like energy and the energy just travels on to somewhere else, like maybe to the sea, or a flower. And some people think that they just linger around.”

“Their souls?” Lucy asked.

“Yeah, their spirits, like shadows behind a curtain. They are faint, but they’re still there.”

“Oh.” Lucy curled her fingers around the edge of the bed frame. “What do you believe?”

“I hope that we get to come back and be something wonderful.”

Lucy twisted her feet. “I’d be a butterfly.”

Kathleen smiled. “Yeah? They are pretty.”

“And they can fly.” Lucy walked around the bedpost and pulled herself onto the end of Kathleen’s bed. “What would you be?”

“Something eternal.”

“What’s internal mean?”

Kathleen laughed. “Not internal, eternal. It means something that goes on forever.” Kathleen crossed her legs, sitting Indian style on the bed, holding the book in her lap. “I know what I’d be,” she added, “a moonbeam.”

“A moonbeam? Would that be good?” Lucy asked.

“Sure,” Kathleen replied. “You cast down every night all over the world, people stand and look up at you from every point of the Earth. They dream of your mysteries, they tell you all of their wishes. They think you’re beautiful.” She looked at Lucy. “And you’d be part of the constellations.”

“What’s constetrations?”

“Stars.”

“Oh,” Lucy said. “Kathleen?”

“Yeah?”

Lucy looked at her. “If I’m a butterfly and you’re a moonbeam, then we get to see each other every night right?”

She smiled. “We sure would.”

— ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
Kim Streible grew up with a healthy love of books, music and movies. The telling of stories fascinated her. She has a current obsession with the band, The Pretty Reckless and has become increasingly nervous at the happenings on the Walking Dead. When she isn't writing, you might find her pinning Batman and other goodies on Pinterest. She has authored over eight novels, including the steamy romance series Desert Pleasures, just published under the pseudonym, Zoe Blackwood.


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