Saturday, September 28, 2013

Review: 'Loving Liberty' by Belinda Boring

A few days weeks (?) ago, I was approached and asked to review Belinda Boring's new release, 'Loving Liberty'. My review for this book has been live on Amazon and on Goodreads for a little while, but I'm just now getting around to sharing the review here ... life has been busy!

WITHOUT FURTHER ADO

*The Blurb*
Liberty Montgomery is many things:

A dutiful daughter. Perfect wife-in-training. Easy to manipulate. Compliant. But secretly, she wants more.

For years, Liberty has dreamed of a life filled with opportunities - a life where she makes decisions, living by her own rules. Unfortunately, her parents have other plans for her, ones that involved her submission and total obedience. Every attempt to break free from their control is met with threats, leaving her feeling trapped. Just when all seems hopeless, Liberty meets Oliver Nichols. With just two words, be brave, he stirs up her secrets longings for more ... friendship, fun, and independence. He almost has her believing her dreams are possible. However, taking a stand can be terrifying when you've spent your entire life pleasing others.

Are some chances worth taking? What would she risk for freedom?

*My Review*
I just have to start by saying that I really loved how incredibly real this book was. Sure, there were parts where the characters seemed a little young to me ... but that's because they are young. There were places where the dialogue seemed a bit immature ... but that's because the characters, as young people, were a bit immature at times.

However, none of that distracts from the beautiful love story. Oliver is a complete sweetheart, utterly respectful of Liberty as a lady. He doesn't swear around her, he doesn't pressure her; he only encourages her to become on the outside what he can already see on the inside of her. She's spent too long being oppressed and sheltered and he steps in, in the sweetest of ways, to show her an entirely new side of life.

Oliver shows Liberty another side of herself, helping her to take hold of her own inner strength. Liberty's life is a bit of a mess and she's been hurt by the people who should be her inner circle, people who should be her support system but aren't.

Liberty is, in many ways, the classic damsel in distress; but don't mistake her for a weak character -- Oliver certainly didn't!

And that leads me to my very favorite thing about this entire story; Oliver doesn't save Liberty from her life. He doesn't sweep her away from her troubles and become her hero. No, instead he encourages her, he builds her confidence, and he helps her to believe that she can be her own hero.

He doesn't save her ... but without swearing, without sex, without pressure, and without an overload of drama, Oliver simply helps Liberty to learn that she has what it takes to save herself.

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I'm sure you can tell that I loved 'Loving Liberty'! If you'd like the chance to love it as much as I did, check it out for yourself on Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

(also available at Smashwords and the iBookstore)

You can also learn more about Belinda Boring and her books at:

Facebook / Twitter / Website / Pinterest

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Thank You.

So many good things have changed in my life since I first sat down and started writing 'To Love A Selkie' in December 2012. I've made new friends, I've grown so much as a person (and, I hope, as a writer). I've learned a lot about networking and a good deal about business. I'm still learning how to talk to the right people in the right way, how to talk to people I don't know when they express interest in me (because generally, I tend to be a bit introverted) or my work, and how to promote myself successfully.

To that end, much of the progress I have made as an author is due to the support of the people who have fallen in love with my characters. I am where I am because of the love of the people who have enjoyed my books enough to share on the web, to tell their friends and families.

And I'm grateful.
I don't even know how to express how much it means to me
and how much hope I hold for my future in this crazy world of writing.

But I can try.
To that end, I've listed Selkie for free today, so head on over to Amazon and hit that one-click button before the time runs out. Don't forget to tell your friends about it, and to review the book when you're done, too!

Also, another author friend of mine has recently come up with a pretty cool idea for awarding loyalty points to her fans, and with her gracious permission, I'm planning to implement the idea myself. You may have noticed the new "TruFans" tab in the middle of my tab bar at the top of the blog? Well, if you hover your mouse over where it says "TruFan  Area," then the dropdown menu will offer you a link that's labeled, "Loyalty Rewards." The program isn't fully active until October first, but feel free to check out what's there! Also please feel free to send questions or suggestions to the email address provided there.

But in the meantime, go download that free book!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Are You Subscribed?

These days, I've been pretty busy and I don't always have time to blog. However, I am very active (usually on Facebook), and I also have an e-zine that goes out every two weeks. Sometimes I write little articles in it, other times, I give updates on whatever I'm currently writing. I may even host subscriber-only giveaways from time to time. There are some big changes coming soon for the Kingsley series, and even though I'll be posting about those changes here, the people to see those changes first will be the newsletter subscribers.

Therefore, I ask you:

Are you subscribed?
If not, and if you'd like to be, simply fill out the form at the top of the right sidebar.
It's quick and simple, I promise.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September Celebration!

The release of Fighting For Freedom was a big moment for me; somehow, it felt more real than any of my other books, it felt more meaningful, more exciting. I think that's just because it was a confirmation for me - I'm really in this for the long haul. Lots of people want to write, they long to pen that great novel or to be known for thinking up the next new craze. And that would be nice ...

But it isn't the ultimate goal. When I wrote my first novel and published it in December of 2012, I did it in complete terror. Not fear of failure, really, or fear of rejection by the public (To Love A Selkie actually was universally rejected for it controversially tragic ending. That original story has since been absorbed into Selkie, and is currently being written into a trilogy.). What paralyzed me, nauseated me, terrified me, was the possibility that that was all I had.

I remember talking on the phone to friends of mine, asking them, "What if this is all I've got? What if it's only the one book in there, and I can't do any more?" But then Fat Chance came to me, and I wrote it. And then Prescription For Love, and all along, Annie and Malik (from To Love A Selkie) wouldn't let me go. So I took them up again, ended up with Selkie. After that, I released Fighting For Freedom in August ...

And I celebrated a new top-selling month with my books. Now, I have to be clear here and say that I'm writing because I've always wanted to, and because I love it ... but let's just be honest with each other here. Any writer, every writer, has a secret dream of being able to live from that writing skill. We dream of being able to live well, because we love it enough to want it to be our lifeline. And just like with any other job, we celebrate the milestones. We jump for job when we get that first real, non-friend sale. The first really amazing review. Sometimes, even the first really bad one. We celebrate the first check coming in the mail, the first hundred dollars, the first hundred sales.

And I'm sure I'm not the only one who celebrates when one month is so great that it exceeds all of the others. For me, the new top month was August. And so, in happy thankfulness for the support of my fans, those people who buy my books, review them, and recommend them to their friends, I've been having a string of giveaways on Facebook ... one for every month that I've been an author. That's nine giveaways, and they aren't done yet, so if you'd like a chance to play, get on over to my facebook page! 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Review: 'Half Cast' by Lauren Dawes

It's here! The day is finally here!
'Half Cast,' the fourth installment in the Half Blood Series by Lauren Dawes is now LIVE!

'Half Cast' breaks from the pattern here, starting up several months after the end of the 'Half Life' epilogue. We're seeing Alex as he's wracked with pain, both physical and emotional. He's been bitten, and the wound is festering, killing him.

Or so he thinks.

When Alex is discovered, lying alone near a tree in the woods, we're introduced to a number of amazing new characters. Most memorable is Casey, a cocky little redhead with more energy and bravado than anyone knows what to do with. She's got a soft side, but it takes a very special male to bring that out in her ... and he's an old favorite that we've all grown to know, if not love.

With Alex's determination to return to Buxton and seek out his past love, we're taken back to the Helheim pack and reunited with all our old favorites. Vaile and Larissa are parents now, Sabel and Ivy are happy together, and the Helheim pack is thriving under the strong rule of a new alpha.

This story branches away from the war theme we've been seeing so far, and focuses instead on the recovery of the Helheim wolf pack. I suspect there is still trouble to come in the series as Lauren Dawes is always full of adventure, but this book was a breath of fresh air, a short break from the war and the gore, and a romantic fantasy come alive in the Helheim world. It is by far my most favorite of the Half Blood Series and I can't wait to see what happens next!!

Believe me, you want to read 'Half Cast.' If you're a sucker with a soft heart for lost love, if you're an eternal optimist that believes "love will always find a way," or if you thrill to the idea of two broken hearts finding a way to heal each other, then this is it. This is the book that will win you over to Lauren DawesHalf Blood Series for good. Go get it. You won't be sorry.

Lauren Dawes is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance writer and the author of the Half Blood Series and the Dark Series. You won't find any friendly vampires or werewolves in between the pages of her books; just blood, teeth and violence. When she's not writing, she's reading or teaching. She currently lives in Victoria, Australia with her husband and cat.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Review: 'Half Life' by Lauren Dawes

No PicPrompt today because I've got the next Helheim review for you instead!
Get ready folks, this is book number three, and book number four is set to drop TOMORROW!!

I've been working my way through reviewing the Half Blood Series by Lauren Dawes, and yesterday I gave you my review for 'Half Truths,' the second book in the series. As we count down to the release of the newest book in the Half Blood Series, today I've got the review for the third book in the series, 'Half Life.'

Following the pattern set out with the second book, 'Half Life' starts only a few days after 'Half Truths' ended. The Helheim pack has suffered it's first loss in the war between the packs, as an enemy seeking revenge takes more definite steps to fuel a feud that's been growing for some time. The war among the wolf packs is coming to a head, and no one can anticipate the tragedy that's coming.

During the course of this war, Sabel is struggling with his grief over the loss of his best friend as he tries to help protect his pack, to help protect his alpha ... and to earn the love of Ivy, a member of another pack and the twin sister of Sabel's now-dead friend. Together, they seek revenge for Colton's death, but as the war becomes more and more ugly, lives are lost, homes are lost, and some things will never be the same again.

As we're taken through the story, we're introduced to a few new characters, and we're given updates on all the characters we've loved in the last two books. This is a story of war and blood, loyalty and love. It's an adventure you don't want to miss.

I have to say, 'Half Life' by Lauren Dawes is a thrilling continuation
of her much-loved Half Blood Series. And so, I leave you with this:

Will the Helheim pack survive their struggles and losses? When a new alpha rises to the top, the pack will be changed forever, and there is still the ever-present challenge of increasing the ranks of the pack. I can't wait to see what happens next, and if you loved 'Half Truths,' you'll love watching things come to a head in 'Half Life'. You'll love getting to know the warmer side of Sabel, and you'll be in for a major shock when the war between the wolf packs reaches a boiling point. Big change is coming for the Helheim wolf pack, so get on over to Amazon, and get that one-click finger to clicking.

Lauren Dawes is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance writer and the author of the Half Blood Series and the Dark Series. You won't find any friendly vampires or werewolves in between the pages of her books; just blood, teeth and violence. When she's not writing, she's reading or teaching. She currently lives in Victoria, Australia with her husband and cat.

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