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Today I’m cheating and drinking a delicious instant espresso with a little bit of cream. Somedays I’m too busy to go to the coffee shop.

What’s your drink of choice today? Wine doesn’t count unless it is after 5! HaHa!

For the last five years, I’ve been dealing with a wicked case of writer’s block. It was all an internal struggle of emotional and mental dilemmas. My main problem is I worked myself into a petrified fear of success and assurance of failure. I worked myself into so much fear that I couldn’t work on my stuff.

I came up with a plan. I started a book blog. I was told once that the best reader was the best writer. If I couldn’t write for myself, I would write for other people. All the while getting a backdoor experience of the industry I am trying to be connected to. I considered it constant forward motion even if it wasn’t a direct way of writing for myself.

I attended an author/reader conference this fall as I am on staff with the magazine that holds it. I poured over the agenda and picked out the workshops that promised would help with writer’s block. One particular workshop was done by a well-known alleged author. (She is not well known to me) It specifically said that she would cover writer’s block.

I get into the workshop a few minutes late. The perks of being on staff you don’t have to pay for anything but a plane ticket. The downside is sometimes your duties pull you away. So she’s in the middle of giving us a blow by blow description of one of her books. I was super confused because nothing that she was supposed to cover was being covered. I held in there thinking she would eventually get to the topics I was desperately wanting to be included. In the end, she didn’t cover them but opened up the room for question. So I ask the million dollar question How do you deal with writer’s block. Her answer quite condescendingly Is “I never get writer’s block.” I was shocked and a little offended. I had to quickly bite my tongue because my retort would have been excusing me for being a mere mortal. LOL! Thank goodness I do have manners and kept my thoughts to myself.

I was so discouraged; her answer made me feel alone and inadequate. Like I was the only one It did not help the ever-growing insecurities that were holding me back from writing.

On a more positive note, the next day a writer who had been at the workshop pulled me aside and nicely gave me some useful pointers on how to work through my problem. His answer simple write. Didn’t help with the raging battle of conflict I was dealing with, but his kindness did lift my spirits. I am so appreciative that he took the time to soften the blow. I knew to write, but it was holding me back.

A few months ago I handed some old writings of mine to a friend some of its poetry some of its prose. I stopped writing poetry about the time the intensity of the writer’s block started. I had one excuse but she help me get to the bottom of the cause and that was some discouragement that I had obtained from a local poet. That again fed my fears and insecurities.

She encouraged me to pick up my poetry again. I didn’t do it right away I thought about what she said.  It helped me to look at the real issue that was keeping me back constant discouragement. At the same time, I got an email from a poetry site that I used to use. Some would call it kismet I call it G-d’s timing. I took a peek at my old account and was astonished that I had a queue of 171 poems, which I had written and forgotten about. This peaked my curiosity what else did I write and forget about?

I scoured all my files both on the cloud and my hard drive. I found another 30 poems and the starts of 10 books. Some more complete than others. I was astonished though my conscious was ignoring my efforts my sub-conscious was finding a way to get itself known even if it would be years for me to discover what it was trying to say!

It encouraged me to pick up poetry again. I will talk in another post about how I feel poetry personally puts the pulse back into my creativity. It frees me to want to work on my prose. I found a way just to write quieting the destructive voice of fear and insecurity.

This is my journey with writer’s block. What my kind acquaintance at the conference said was true write. What I learned from all this if you are a writer at heart and soul even if you are struggling to get your head above water your sub-conscious will find a way out yet if it has to do it without your knowledge for a time. I would also like to mention in my season of self-perceived writer’s block I also wrote hundreds and hundreds of reviews for this blog and other outlets. I was fooling myself; I hope I am finally finding my way out of that.

Writer’s are going to write one way, or another is what I learned, even when we are not paying attention.

In conclusion, this is my personal experience with writer’s block. Writer’s block can happen for many reasons. You could just be stuck in a storyline. You could be lacking inspiration, or it could be as serious as being blocked by some severe mental and emotional trauma.

I had to learn how to fight my own battle with writer’s block. There was no amount of advice that was going to help me until I was ready to face the root issues of holding me back.  This may be true for where you are at, but I will share my thoughts anyway.

With that said here is my advice from my experience.

It is true to get over writer’s block just write. If it has to be something as simple as journaling do it. If you are stuck read a good book and write a review. You learn a lot by merely reading others works and writing your reflections. Writing poetry can be an instant gratification that will quickly satiate the hunger of the creative writer. Try your hand at writing articles and submitting them. Start small if you have to work up to your goals. It will help boost your confidence and get you out there. If you’re stuck on what to write about Google writing prompts. There is no shame in that!

Last but certainly not least don’t be shy about connecting with other authors. Ask for advice. If they are rude (like that one author), just ignore it and move on to someone else with a little more compassion. Keep fighting until you get where you want to be!

It’s been said over and over to me lately that the world needs your story and nobody can write it but you! Do whatever it takes to make it happen. Be sure find a way to move in constant forward motion even if it feels like crawling.

I could go on an on about this subject because it has been a critical hindrance to my achieving my writing dreams. I hope this helps.

How do you deal with writer’s block?

 

 

 

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Embraced at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 8) by [Cole, Addison]
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Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers
features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you’ll be begging to enter their circle of friends! All books can be read as stand-alone novels.In Embraced at SEASIDE… 
After working hard all day creating his beautiful metal sculptures, Hunter Lacroux likes to unwind with a hot babe-or two. But after spending a handful of nights with smart, sassy, and beautiful Jana Garner, the woman who challenges everything he does and says, Hunter wants more.

As a dancer, boxer, actress, and waitress, Jana is tough, organized, and as dedicated as she is committed. She has to be to maintain her crazy schedule. But when it comes to men, Jana’s had a string of bad relationships, and there’s only one thing she’ll commit to-not committing.

Passion ignites every time Jana and Hunter are together, but the closer Hunter gets, the faster Jana runs. When Hunter lays on the charm, Jana throws out a challenge she’s sure he can’t meet, and Hunter steps up to the plate, forcing her to face her hurtful past or let go of him forever.

Embraced at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster’s steamy romance novel Seaside Embrace and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

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In an Oyster Shell –  I was so happy to see old characters brought back to the fold. I loved that this story was so unique, I think I say this about most books in this series but this one is my favorite so far.
The Pearls – The thing I appreciate most about this series is that the author has the fortitude to turn a successful racy series into a sweet series for people like me. I have a lot of gratitude and admiration to Addison Cole for taking the time to revamp her stories so I can comfortably enjoy them. I feel that clean romances are a rarity. I feel like there is a misnomer that if it’s clean you have to forgo all the sexy but it’s not the truth. This author has a great balance of adding the heat while keeping it sweet. Thanks for taking the time for turning your talents into something I can enjoy.
I am constantly amazed at this author’s ability to craft distinctive distinguished characters. I am most appreciative that she wove back in my favorite characters from past books. How she keeps them all straight is incredible. With this many books in, there are a lot of characters, and I am never lost. She makes me super aware of who is who. I’ll tell you a secret, I do have my favorites, but I have learned to love all the characters of the sweet with heat series.
I loved that Hunter embodied the idea of chivalry in this story. Towards a character that was not always receptive to it. I love the growth I saw in Hunter inspired by his changing feelings for Jana. Jana put up a fight she’s a boxer what do you expect? Watching it all play out had me engrossed.
The Sand – One thing I would love to see at some point is the character’s offseason. It would be fun to see what the characters are up to when it is not summer. What would winter at the Cape look like? It’s weird to read a hot summer read when it’s a freezing spring day. Make me ache for warmer days!
 For the first time, I feel like I can give a book in this series 5 pearls. I give them away very sparingly. Addison Cole, you have earned it! If I could drop confetti on you I would. All in fun of course.
5 Pearls!!!
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Read, Write, Love at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 1)

Bestselling author Kurt Remington lives to write. He spends twelve hours a day in front of his computer, rarely leaving the seclusion of his beach-front property, where he’s come to finish his latest thriller — that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt’s best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt’s as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgetseverything, and doesn’t even know the definition of the word organized.
Leanna’s come to the Cape hoping to find a fulfilling career in the jam-making business, and until she figures out her own life, a man is not on the menu. But Leanna can’t get the six-two, deliciously muscled and tragically neat Kurt out of her mind. She tells herself she’s just stopping by to say thank you, but the heart-warming afternoon sparks an emotional and unexpectedly sweet ride as Kurt and Leanna test the powers of Chemistry 101: Opposites Attract.

Read, Write, Love at Seaside is the sweet edition of steamy romance novel Read, Write, Love by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Dreaming at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 2)
Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She’s quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella’s prank takes a bad turn and a handsome police officer appears on the scene.
Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he’s found the one thing he’d never allowed himself to hope for—or even realized he was missing.
After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella’s powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden’s loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son—even Bella?
Dreaming at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Dreams by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

 

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Hearts at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 3)

Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident—except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter—and is ready to explore other men.
As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so sexy and painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him.
When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s unable to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux—the most alpha male she’s ever seen—or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family?

Hearts at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Hearts by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Sunsets at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 4)

Jessica Ayers has lived a sheltered life with little more than cello lessons and practices taking up her day. Now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she escapes the prim and proper symphony to vacation in the Seaside community in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to determine if she is living life to the fullest or missing it altogether.For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother—and falling in love is not in his plans.From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sweet, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the brown-haired beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie’s life—and his heart—upside down. In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away.

Sunsets at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Sunsets by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Secrets at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 5)

Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He’s got his choice of women, but Amy Maples is the one he wants. Fourteen years ago she was his for an entire summer, until a devastating accident changed everything, and what they had seemed like it had never existed—at least for her.Amy Maples is as consistent as the day is long. She’s spent summers on Cape Cod forever, she always does the right thing, and she’s spent years trying to reclaim the heart of Tony Black, the only man she’s ever loved. She’s back for a summer of fun with her friends at Seaside, only this year she’s been offered the opportunity of a lifetime thousands of miles away, and she’s decided to try one last time to reconnect with Tony. But having a relationship with Tony means dealing with her past—and dealing with her past may knock her to her knees.

Secrets at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Secrets by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Nights at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 6)

Sky Lacroux has finally realized her dream and opened her own tattoo shop in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She’s happy as can be, preparing the shop for its grand opening and renting a cottage in the Seaside community while renovations to her new apartment are being completed. The only thing missing is the one thing she longs for, and has no control over—love.Sawyer Bass, a professional boxer, plays his guitar at a local bar to escape the painful reality of his father’s deteriorating health and a recent health warning of his own. But when he spots a stunning brunette across the room, escaping reality goes out the window, and the beautiful woman becomes the focus of his next song—and maybe even the rest of his life.

When Sawyer walks into Sky’s tattoo shop and sees the woman from the bar—Sky—the chemistry between them is instant. Sawyer is everything Sky could ever hope for in a man. He’s honest, loving, sensitive, and potently virile—but boxing goes against everything Sky believes in. The closer they become, the more she realizes that her alpha boxer is waging his own emotional battle—only the battle she thinks he’s waging isn’t the one that threatens to tear them apart.

 

Nights at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Nights by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.
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Seized by Love at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 7)

Lizzie Barber runs a successful flower shop by day and secretly hosts the Naked Baker webcast at night to help pay for her younger sister’s education. To keep friends and family from finding out about her sexy secret, she’s put her social life on hold until her sister’s education is paid off and she can stop filming the webcast.Blue Ryder fell hard for Lizzie when he met her a year ago, and he hasn’t been able to get her off his mind since. Everything about the feisty little brunette, cuts straight to his heart. Though Lizzie has turned down every invitation he’s extended–Blue is not about to give up trying.

Renovating Lizzie’s kitchen brings Blue further into Lizzie’s life, and the oven is not the only thing heating up. One night and one powerful kiss changes everything. But when Lizzie’s secret is revealed and the safe bubble she’s hidden in shatters, true love may not be enough to put the pieces back together.

Seized by Love at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seized by Love by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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SIGN UP for ADDISON’S Sweet with Heat newsletter. Fun, flirty romance with a dash of heat. www.AddisonCole.com/NewsletterDOWNLOAD the first book in Addison’s Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers series free: READ, WRITE, LOVE AT SEASIDE

Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison is proud to be part of the Main Street Romance family, a partnership with bestselling authors Nancy Naigle, RaeAnne Thayne, and Chris Keniston, bringing sweet happy-ever-after love stories to the Main Street Romance community. Join them at www.MainStreetRomance.com ~ open 24/7 just for you.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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ARC Review – Be Careful What You Joust for by Ryan Hauge and Ivy SmoakBe Careful What You Joust For by Ryan Hauge, Ivy Smoak
on April 17th 2018
Genres: Fantasy
Source: Author

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The fiercest knights in the realm are coming together to compete in the Joust for Arwin's Lance, a tournament that will divide even the closest alliances. The winner alone will have the power to start or prevent a war from unfolding across the peaceful lands of Pentavia.

House Hornbolt, a prominent family that desires peace above all else, is hosting the tournament. The Hornbolt’s have always been strict followers of tradition. The first born son wears the armor of a knight. The second takes the priestly Oath of Arwin. And the daughters get married off to the most eligible suitors.

The eldest son is the favorite to win the tournament. But the rest of the Hornbolts aren't as eager to follow the paths laid out for them. What if the second born wants to be a knight too? And what if the eldest daughter just gave her heart to a common thief?

Customs are meant to be broken. But that’s not all that threatens to shatter House Hornbolt, not when a secret deeper than the late king's grave is unearthed right before the joust.

The fate of Pentavia hangs in the balance as war becomes imminent. And the scales are about to tip.

One wrong move and everything could fall to pieces.

House Hornbolt is holding a tournament. The tournament determines who will rule and have the power to keep the peace or start a war. There are many contenders, but there are two Marcus and the Prince that want to see it through to the end. Isolda has a premonition that not all of her sons will make it through. She is on the hunt to find who killed her father and tried to stop them from causing any more trouble. Her daughter tries to choose between two suitors. Why the father has only focused that his son wins the lance and keeps it from his enemies that are determined to go to war.

In an Oyster Shell – This book took me over a week to read which is a long time for me. It’s not an easy to read book but has good qualities that may interest some of you.

The Pearls – This book pulls you into the vast world of Pentavia, where there are castles princes, knights and kings. The world building is detailed with precision and sucked me right in.

There were a lot of POV you got to know most of the characters intimately. You were often right inside their head. It’s tough to accomplish that and not lose the reader. This feat was impressive. I’ve never seen it done like this before.

There was lots of passion, whether it was for the deity or a person. Every character had their motive, and it was fun following them through to each one.

The Sand – I am bummed about the end. I did not like the conclusion. Even though the POV was distinctive and well done, I’m pretty sure its the reason it took me so long to read this book. I won’t be continuing with the series because it is too involved for my taste.

If you love epic tales and don’t mind a long read you might like this book and the books to come.

 

3 Stars

About Ivy Smoak

Ivy Smoak is the Amazon bestselling author of The Hunted series. When she’s not writing, you can find her binge watching too many TV shows, taking long walks, playing outside, and generally refusing to act like an adult. She lives with her husband in Delaware.

About Ryan Hauge

Ryan Hauge is the author of the highly anticipated Pentavia fantasy series. Drawing inspiration from his toy business and the countless computer games he grew up playing, he weaves tales of mystery and intrigue.

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Blog Tour with Review – The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder by Cookie O’GormanThe Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder by Cookie O'Gorman
on April 5, 2018
Genres: YA, Romance, Mystery

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In the south, everyone has a secret--and murder is served with sweet tea.

The word's out: Ethan Wilder’s coming back to town, and the people of Bowie, Georgia are in a southern tizzy. Everyone knows the story. He shot and killed his sister four years ago, and people say his father, Jim Wilder, the biggest holy roller this side of the Mississippi, sent him packing for just that reason. Even if her death was unofficially ruled a suicide, Ethan’s return has everybody talking.

Seventeen-year-old Delilah Doherty can’t go anywhere without hearing his name. Born and raised in Bowie, Delilah knows firsthand about the gossipmongers and how they love a good scandal. The daughter of a wild child and niece of the local psychic, she’s also the only one who doubts Ethan’s guilt.

After Ethan saves her life, the two start a slow and steady burn neither can deny. But when Bowie's spiritual leader is nearly murdered, it rocks the small southern town to its core. Delilah and Ethan are caught in the crossfire, their relationship threatened before it's even begun. Someone has it out for Ethan's family. With everyone convinced of Ethan's guilt, it's up to Delilah to unravel the mystery before someone else gets hurt or worse...dead.

Delilah Doherty is all too familiar with the rumor mill of the small town of Bowie. As she is the daughter of a woman of questionable morals and the niece of a woman who practices things like palm readings. Delilah knows all too well how brutal the townspeople can be. Ethan Wilder is coming back to town and it is assumed that he killed his sister four years ago. Guilty with no trial in the eyes of the common people Delilah starts to wonder if everyone might be wrong. Attracted to the towns newly reunited bad boy she is bound to find out the truth.

In an Oyster Shell –  It was a really good book a little confusing at times but it worked itself out and was another stellar novel which is come to be expected of Cookie O’Gorman.

The Pearls – I loved the portrayal of the small town rumor mill. It ended up being a driving force in the book. Delilah was just resigned to it and it was an interesting element to the story. It impressed me immensely how it was done and earned its own paragraph in this review. I am constantly amazed at O’Gormans ingenuity in books. The rumor mill was a background to the story but it was always there.

I loved Delilah and Ethan. I am not one for book boyfriends. (I love my husband!) If one is though I’d imagine Ethan would make a good one. He’s a brooding bad boy with deep secrets and a strong moral code. Both Delilah and Ethan were anomalies of characters. Delilah was a good girl despite her families reputation. Ethan was the bad boy even though he was the preacher’s son.

Usually, I would talk about the romance. It was really good but what was even more illuminating was the mystery weaved into this story. It was super unique. I really liked it. You got the benefits of a great YA romance with a mystery that kept you on your toes.

The Sand –  The names would be switched between first and last names. I found it a bit confusing but I figured it out eventually.

5 Pearls!

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About Cookie O’Gorman

Cookie O’Gorman writes YA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her debut novel ADORKABLE is out now! Her second book NINJA GIRL was released March 30,2017!

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Blog Tour With Review – Natural Thorn Killer by Kate Dyer -SeeleyNatural Thorn Killer by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on March 27th 2018
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 320
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Cut down among the flowers . . .

Britta Johnston might be a late bloomer, but after leaving her deadbeat husband and dead-end job, she's finally pursuing her artistic passion at her aunt Elin's floral boutique, Blooma, in Portland, Oregon. It's on the banks of the Willamette, in a quaint district of cobblestone paths and cherry trees. The wine bar featuring Pacific Northwest vintages is a tasty bonus, offering another kind of bouquet to enjoy. But things aren't as peaceful as they look.

For one thing, someone's been leaving dead roses around--and a sleazy real estate developer who wants the waterfront property has put a big-money offer on the table. Then, after a contentious meeting of local business owners, he's found on the floor of the shop, with Elin's garden shears planted in his chest. And before the police decide to pin the crime on her beloved aunt, Britta will have to find out who arranged this murder . . .

Britta Johnston is done with her dead-end job and fines the perfect out to go to Portland when she catches her husband cheating. She ends up in her Aunt’s florist shop Blooma where she can get back to pursuing her passion. There is a small kink or should we say small shears to the chest when Britta finds a body in her aunt’s shop. She works together with her new friends and possible suspects. (Hard to tell the difference who is who). To get to the bottom of who killed Frank.

In an Oyster Shell –  Was a little disappointing that this book seems to echo elements of her other books it was a little predictable.

The Pearls –  I loved the setting. Blooma the florist shop in a little village off the banks of the Willamette somewhere. Though it was set in the big city of Portland the small area of the village had a small town feel. It but the cozy in this cozy mystery.

There were a lot of characters but they were easy to distinguish from one another. Britta was a great character with Swedish background with her aunt. I liked that there was a little Swede was thrown in. It was down well so you know whats going on. That Britta made friends with a couple of the cops right of the back was fun. I can’t see where that goes in the end.

The mystery was fun to follow. I like that just about everybody was a suspect. Britta is the new kid in town she doesn’t know these people any one of them could be killers. I liked the small romance plots that were weaved into the mysteries. It gave the story nice depth.

The Sand – At the beginning of the book I was disappointed because it was taking a similar plot to another one of this author’s book. It followed a similar pattern for sure. I hope in the next books that it will break away into its own more distinctive storyline.

3.5 Pearls

 

3.5 Stars

About Kate E. Dyer-Seeley

Kate Dyer-Seeley writes the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series for Kensington Publishing, featuring the rugged landscapes of the PNW and a young journalist who bills herself as an intrepid adventurer in order to land a gig writing for Northwest Extreme.

The first two books in the series, SCENE OF THE CLIMB and SLAYED ON THE SLOPES, are available now. SILENCED IN THE SURF and FIRST DEGREE MUDDER coming in 2016.

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Review – See Her Run by A.K. Leigh

Review – See Her Run by  A.K. LeighSee Her Run: by A.K. Leigh
on January 23, 2018
Genres: Suspense, Romance
Pages: 307

I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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See Her Run blends elements of romance, suspense, and psychological thriller in an exploration of life after severe trauma.

Diana King arrives in Smithfield, North Carolina as part of her witness protection relocation. After six months of running from her crime boss ex-husband, she is looking forward to starting over in the quaint country town.

Jonathan Smith has no time for love. Not after the devastating relationships he has experienced. He prefers to focus on his Mixed Martial Arts business, his family farm, and the management of the town he owns.

That is, until he meets the mysterious newcomer. Something stirs in him; something familiar that remains elusive. This only serves to increase his curiosity – and attraction.

Though he is unaware of the important connection he has to her past, Diana realises immediately. Prevented from divulging the information, she struggles between the growing feelings she has for Jonathan and the freedom she fought so hard to obtain.

But, when secrets are exposed, and the past comes looking, will Diana and Jonathan’s new-found love survive? Or will they pay for it with their lives?

In the end . . . you can run from everything except your past.

Diana King has to learn to answer to her new name as she runs to her next safe house in witness protection. The last person she expects to see is Jonathon Smith her unexpected connection to the past she is trying to forget. Jonathon doesn’t recognize her but realizes she feels very familiar and wants more than a friendship. When the past catches up with both of them it could undo all the fragile trust they have built together.

In an Oyster Shell – A story that will leave you on the edge of your seat and cheering for Jonathon and Diana.

The Pearls –  I loved the book form the very beginning. You can tell something is wrong but you don’t know what it is. Curiosity keeps you turning the pages. At first, you want more information but your curiosity is satisfied soon enough as the mystery unravels page after page.

The small town setting encased a lot of great characters. Small towns could be a good place to hide sometimes, but not always. People getting interested in where a stranger comes from could jeopardize the anonymity that is trying to be achieved.

Diana had a lot of baggage. Jonathon was a loving gentle hero that helped her bring her walls down. Even in the midst of danger and chaos, they come together in a romance that will leave you wanting more.

The Sand – They say a good story always ends too soon. That was the case with this book I wanted more it was so good!

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About A.K. Leigh

Australian romance author, star-gazer, hot chocolate addict, incurable romantic, daydream believer, and identical triplet!

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Review – No Earls Allowed by Shana Galen

Review – No Earls Allowed by  Shana GalenNo Earls Allowed by Shana Galen
Series: ,
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on March 6th 2018
Genres: Regency
Pages: 384
Source: Netgalley

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It is a truth universally acknowledgedthat a lady can do anything a man can do:backwards and in high-heeled dancing slippers.

Lady Juliana, daughter of the Earl of St. Maur, needs all the help she can get. She's running a ramshackle orphanage, London's worst slumlord has illicit designs on her, and her father has suddenly become determined to marry her off.

Enter Major Neil Wraxall, bastard son of the Marquess of Kensington, sent to assist Lady Juliana in any way he can. Lucky for her, he's handy with repairs, knows how to keep her and the orphans safe, and is a natural leader of men.

Unfortunately for both of them, the scandal that ensues from their mutual attraction is going to lead them a merry dance...

Lady Juliana has taken up residency at boys home. Major Neil Wraxall is assigned to bring her back home. What he thinks is going to be an easy job turns out to be nothing but. Juliana has fallen in love with the boys and will do anything to keep them safe. With the odds against her, Wraxall jumps in to help. Being nothing more than the illegitimate son of an Earl he feels he can do nothing more than to admire her from afar. Some long nights at the orphanage change that and Lady Juliana finds she has more to love than just the boys.

In an Oyster Shell – It was a satisfying romance that will leave your heart full of the robust characters.

The Pearls – I love a good regency but this one stands all on its own. The Lady is running an orphanage which is really beneath her station. I liked the uniqueness of this. I loved how it had less to do with society and more to do with the orphans. This paired with a man who has no station by title but has earned it by the favor of his father and his work in the war efforts makes for a great story that stands apart from all other regencies.

There were a lot of characters but there was little confusion of who was who. The boys that Juliana is looking over will steal your heart. Wraxall being able to relate to the boys and in turn work on the demons of his past was really inspiring. This is a character-driven book that left me turning page after page in earnest.

The romance was slightly forbidden which made it exotic. The turmoil of wanting what you can’t have was fairly intoxicating. The ending was more than satisfying. This could be an interesting series to continue with.

The Sand – It wasn’t a clean romance.

3.5 Pearls!

3.5 Stars

About Shana Galen

Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Booklist says, “Galen expertly entwines espionage-flavored intrigue with sizzling passion,” and RT Bookreviews calls her “a grand mistress of the action/adventure subgenre.” She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

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Blog Tour with Review – Can Dreams Come True by  Krysten Lindsay HagerCan Dreams Come True? by Krysten Lindsay Hager
on March 20, 2018
Genres: YA, Romance
Pages: 224

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Cecily has always had a huge crush on singer Andrew Holiday and she wants to be an actress, so she tags along when her friend auditions for his new video. However, the director isn’t looking for an actress, but rather the girl next door—and so is Andrew. Cecily gets a part in the video and all of Andrew’s attention on the set. Her friend begins to see red and Cecily’s boyfriend is seeing green—as in major jealousy. A misunderstanding leaves Cecily and her boyfriend on the outs and Andrew hopes to pick up the pieces as he’s looking for someone more stable in his life than the models he’s dated. Soon Cecily begins to realize Andrew understands her more than her small-town boyfriend—but can her perfect love match really be her favorite rock star?

Life is good Cecily is dating her first boyfriend she is making friends after her best friend moved. She’s had a crush on pop star Andrew Holiday for as long as she could remember. She is thrilled when her friend asks her to come along to a filming of his newest music video. Everyone is surprised when she is asked to be an extra on the film. Turns out her girl next door look is exactly what the director was looking for and just so happens so was Andrew. As Andrew and Cecily grow close things don’t look so perfect anymore in her world.

In an Oyster Shell –  It was a really good book I was a little less than satisfied with the ending but this will be a must-read series.

The Pearls – I was enthralled with the concept of a girl’s favorite pop star coming into her life to become something more. Most teenage girls I know of develop a crush on a pop star or two. This book is perfect in bringing to fruition the imagination of millions. The book was really well done.

The characters were great. What I really liked about this book is the characters acted their age. Sometimes when reading a YA the young characters have a little more freedom than what is realistic. Not so in this story.

The romance was sweet. It was a nice push and pull from small-town comfortable romance to a possible Hollywood romance.

The Sand –  I wasn’t happy with the ending. I feel like Andrew’s character took an unexpected turn. It’s not bad there is plenty of room for it to be worked out in the next book. Which I am eagerly waiting for.

4.5 Pearls!

4.5 Stars

About Krysten Lindsay Hager

Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, and Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2). Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Bellbrook Times, and on Living Dayton.

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Playing With Bonbon Fire: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery
by Dorothy St. James

About the Book


Playing With Bonbon Fire: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (March 13, 2018)
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683314684
Digital ASIN: B074MBXLWX

Chocoholic Charity Penn must smoke out the killer to stop her newly inherited beachside chocolate shop from going up in flames in Dorothy St. James’ decadent follow-up to Asking for Truffle.

Chocolate shop owner Charity Penn is finally settling into life in the quirky South Carolina seaside town of Camellia Beach cooking up chocolate treats. She’s even helped organize the town’s lively beach music festival which has brought rollicking crowds eager to dance the Carolina shag. That is, until one of the band’s lead singers is found dead beside a beach bonfire.

While also trying to balance the amorous attention of music star Bixby Lewis, in town for the festival, and her quest to perfect a new hot flavored bonbon, Charity dives into the investigation. Though it’s more spice than sugar when she discovers a threatening note, comes across decades of age-old secrets, and Bixby comes into the line of fire when a gas grill explodes on the deck of a beachfront house.

Now Charity must turn up the heat and catch the killer before her chance melts away in Playing With Bonbon Fire, the delightful second Southern Chocolate Shop mystery served up just right for fans of JoAnna Carl and Joanne Fluke.

Review – 

In an Oyster Shell – It was a near perfect story Dorthoy St. James has an amazing grasp on weaving an intricate storyline not only for this book but for the series.

The Pearls – I fell in love with this series with the first book. I was even more pleased with the second book. Who can resist a story that has a lot to do about chocolate? I can’t. I love this small town business that is run by Penn with many adventures to be had.

The characters practically dance off the page. Penn is a strong character almost like an outsider learning to fit in. The town folk graciously take her in as one of their own. I love Bertie and Alethea they are great supporting characters that stand on their own. There are many more characters I was thrilled that Tina, Penn’s sister made an appearance.

I’m still reeling from the mysteries this book presented. There is a severe plot twist that I did not see coming that I look forward to reading more about in the series to come. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. There were a few mysteries that needed to be tied up and it was done well.

This book has really made an impression on me. It’s getting harder and harder to find books as well done as this one.

The Sand –  It was a really good book!

5 Pearls!

About the Author

Mystery author Dorothy St. James was born in New York but raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on an artsy island community in South Carolina with her husband, a neurotic dog, and fluffy cat. Though writing has always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning. She put her educational experience to use, having worked in all branches and all levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal. She even spent time during college working for a non-profit environmental watchdog organization.

Switching from government service and community planning to fiction writing wasn’t as big of a change as some might think. Her government work was all about the stories of the people and the places where they live. As an urban planner, Dorothy loved telling the stories of the people she met. And from that, her desire to tell the tales that were so alive in her heart grew until she could not ignore it any longer. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing fiction full-time.

Known for the White House Gardener Mystery series, Dorothy is going back to her roots and setting a mystery series in a Southern beach town much like the one she’s called home for the past 20 years. The Southern Chocolate Shop Mysteries combine her love of fine chocolates, quirky Southern charm, with a dash of danger.

* Dorothy St. James is the alter-ego of the award-winning multi-published author, Dorothy McFalls. She enjoys writing in several different genres. Her works have been nominated for many awards including Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Reviewers International Organization Award, National Reader’s Choice Award, CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, and The Romance Reviews Today Perfect 10! Award. Reviewers have called her work: “amazing”, “perfect”, “filled with emotion”, and “lined with danger.”

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It’s been a while. I’m drinking a freshly roasted coffee from Costa Rica with a little cream. What are you drinking?

I must apologize for a long time now I have been doing the bare minimum for this blog. I haven’t done a discussion in a long time. I think I am getting really burned out on this blog but I am hoping to work through it.

I heard someone say once that a blog is an insatiable beast that constantly has to be fed. It is so true. To have a successful blog you have to keep fresh content coming and coming. If you slack your numbers go down quickly.

I feel like I am juggling so many plates in the air that some have dropped. Unfortunately, the blog has suffered a bit. I keep doing it because I have worked so hard to get Writing Pearls to where it is today. I can’t let go of that momentum I have built.

I have gotten back into doing my own writing again. I am working on getting some more books out. I recently republished my first book Wake of 30. Though I’ve been idle here I’ve been very busy to bring you even better content that you can safely tuck away on your bookshelf.

Please be patient with me as I work out a balance. I will figure this out and I will keep Writing Pearls going.

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