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Tempering Steel by Lea Barrymire Review

 

 
Tempering Steel
by Lea Barrymire
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
 
After months of aching to be with grumpy Sheriff Connor Manning, Margarete
Barrie finally gets her chance when a coyote shifter takes refuge in her home.
 
Connor’s resolve to stay away from Margie weakens when she takes in his packmate. Fighting his inner animal and jealousy makes him question his decision to leave women and love alone. 
 
They’re thrown together to catch a trapper or hunter threatening the pack. Even the possible danger doesn’t cool the tension between them.
 
My Review:
Maggie and Connor’s story was wonderful to see unfold. While the plotline itself is familiar, stubborn man who needs to get over his issues to see how blissful life can be with his mate, Barrymire’s own twists made it very enjoyable reading. Do yourself a favor and pick up book one and read it first. There are events that are eluded to in book two that I feel reading book one would make more sense of. However, it can be read as a stand alone. I absolutely loved this story. This was the first that I’ve read of anything by Lea Barrymire and it certainly won’t be the last!
 
 
 Lea spends her time writing, reading and working. She is both a stay at home mom and a “work from home” professional. Her knight in shining armor is not only her husband but also her best friend. Her heathen children are the entertainment that keeps her going. The stories that tumble from her fingers are definitely a combination of her fascination with science and the emotional aspect of romantic encounters.
 
 
Lea lives in Western New York with her hubby, three children, and miscellaneous critters. Before the rugrats, she lived a life of adventure, following her husband all over Europe with the US military. She’s slept in a car outside Paris, drove six hours just to see tulips in the Netherlands, and knocked ash from her shoes at Pompeii. Now she spends her time in life’s adventures at soccer games, PTA meetings and school plays.
Lea has loved reading from a very young age, spending many sleepless nights devouring books. Science fiction and paranormal were her favorite genres to read as a teenager, and that love bled into her adult life. She started writing during a bout of insomnia, to fill time, and found it filled a creative void. Now she communes regularly with the characters in her head and tries not to laugh out loud when they say something funny.

 

When Lea isn’t reading, writing or corralling kids, she enjoys watching movies and sciencey shows, or just kicking back and listening to some music.

Fun Facts about Lea Barrymire

  1. I know the scientific names of all invertebrates in Western New York
  2. I love reading in the dark with a flashlight
  3. Dark chocolate and Twizzlers are my comfort foods
  4. I used to try to solve geometry proofs with as many steps as I could just to irritate my math teacher
  5. I’m a better shot with every gun we own, compared to my hubby, who was in the military
  6. I’m married to my middle school sweetheart.
  7. He’s the only man I’ve ever kissed intimately.
  8. I have the petals from the very first rose my hubby bought me when we were in 9th grade
  9. I can smell when my kids are sick, it’s like rubbing alcohol
  10. I can talk like Stitch and do so each time we see him at Disney World.

 

 
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Cammie has had one hell of a night. Her long-time abusive boyfriend pushed her to the limits and then a freaking wolf hit her car. While clutching a bag of frozen peas to her swollen eye she manages to rescue the animal and make it home. But what’s she do with it after that? 

Ian can’t believe his luck. After a stupid decision he’s been run out of every shifter territory he’s entered. Hoping Coyote Bluff would be different seems to have been his downfall. After a bunch of coyotes chase him through the night he finds himself being coddled by a tempting woman. His canine half is already in love with her. 

Cammie’s ex comes calling, Ian’s found out by the local Alpha and the town seems bent on keeping them apart. Can they fight against everyone at once to find happiness together? Better question would be will Cammie accept Ian once he admits to being the wolf she so readily confided in and nursed back to health?
 

 

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Book Blitz – Toxic by Meghan Quinn

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Title: Toxic

Author: Meghan Quinn

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 3, 2014

SYNOPSIS

His life consists of his best friend, Jack Daniels, his favorite drug and women who give him what he wants and leave. Rook Tyler lives for performing at night and wasting the rest of his days washing away the pain from his childhood so he doesn’t have to feel anything…ever. The only people he trusts are his band mates from Shattered Souls and he wants to keep it that way. His life was completely under control and simple until he heard the voice of Maisy Madison filter through The Tavern speakers.

Growing up in the foster care system with her two other band mates from Twisted Perfection, Maisy finds herself doing pretty much anything to get her and her band noticed but nothing seems to be working.  One lucky night, Shattered Souls, the most popular band in the country, decides to show up at their little concert and luckily signs them on the spot and books them for their tour but the arena venues and massive amount of fans isn’t what has Maisy shaking in her heels.  It’s the deep baritone voice of Rook Tyler that haunted her dreams for years that has her wondering if she can actually go through with the tour.

The force is almost too strong.  He can feel her everywhere he goes and no matter how much he tries to resist her, he finds himself gravitating towards Maisy, wanting to hold her, kiss her and fuck her. He knows he shouldn’t get involved.  He knows no matter what, he will end up hurting her but he can’t help it, his soul is connected to hers and the pull is too strong for him to resist.

Rook warned her time and time again but she didn’t listen, she didn’t want to listen. She needed him and she didn’t care that she knew deep down in her heart that their relationship was going to end in disaster. She didn’t care that their jealousies, stubbornness and baggage were getting in the way of their relationship. She didn’t care that they constantly hurt each other and that no matter what they did, their love was toxic.

Toxic, book one of The Addiction Series, tells the story of Rook and Maisy’s relationship, how it develops into an undeniable love and then crumbles apart every chance it gets.  Follow their twisted relationship as they fight off lies, temptations, addictions, users and try to overcome the toxic love they share.

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20528574-toxic

Buy Links

Kindle Version Here or http://tinyurl.com/no92p8y

Paperback Version Here or http://tinyurl.com/p5xaq5l

Excerpt:

“Ten minutes and you’re on.” Pete knocked on Rook’s door.

            Rook shook his head at the cue from his band manager. Pete had by far the worst timing Rook had ever seen, always interrupting his important meetings. If Rook knew the slut between his legs at the current moment was going to give the worst blow job he had ever experienced, he would have never asked her to join him in his dressing room. If it wasn’t for her massively fake tits bobbing up and down, he would have a serious case of limp dick.

            She looked up at him while her mouth was wrapped around his barely impressive erection and smiled. She was so pleased with herself. Little did she know a confused lesbian could probably give better head than her.

            If he wasn’t so high at the current moment, he might have kicked her out by now but he was too chilled out to care that much. So instead, he let her continue to suck him while he stared at her tits.

            He grabbed the bottle of Jack Daniels that was sitting next to him, took a long swig and then winked at…well, he didn’t know her name but that didn’t matter. He would sign whatever she wanted when she finally finished him off and then send her on her way. After the piss poor suction job she was doing, he would bet two dicks and a nut sack that he would never see her sloppy tits again.

            What was she doing down there? It felt like she was just drooling all over him rather than licking and sucking. She was moving her head a lot but was not stimulating him enough. Was he really that high that he had absolutely no feeling in his cock?

            Her hand slid from his balls to his shaft as she started to pump him, up and down. She was barely gripping him, it was as if she was trying to lightly clean a cucumber rather than milk him for all he was worth.

            “Five minutes Rook…”

            Fuck.

            He needed to get this over with and get himself clean. He took another swig from his beloved friend Jack and then swatted her hand away from his dick. Utter shock crossed her face but he didn’t care. He wrapped his hand around his erection and started doing the dirty work himself.

            She leaned in and gave him a wicked smile. “You don’t want me to do that for you?”

            Fuck no! But he didn’t say that.

            “I want you to stand in front of me and play with your tits.”

            She smiled at him, stood up and started fondling herself. She threw her head back and moaned when she pinched her nipples. Even though Rook knew she was putting on a show for him, he still got a bit of a kick out of her performance and felt himself start to grow larger in his hand. Finally!

            “That’s perfect. Keep touching yourself.”

            She squeezed her tits together and pouted at him. “But I want to touch you, not myself.”

            “You had your chance, now let me suck on one of your tits. Bring them to my mouth.”

            She stumbled for a second and said, “Did you not like me touching you?”

            Fuck, he needed to get this over with.

            “You were awesome, the best ever. My dick is so hard for you.” He lied in a monotone voice, not trying to hide his annoyance. “But I like to watch more.”

            That made her smile and before he knew it, one of her massively large breasts was stuck in his mouth. That was exactly what the erection Gods called for. He fondled the other one with his spare hand and that was all he needed. He threw his head back and groaned as he released himself all over the girl with the weak suck.

            He pumped himself dry and when he finally stopped throbbing, he opened his eyes and saw the girl start to take off the rest of her clothes.

            “Uh, what are you doing?” He asked.

            “It’s my turn.”

            Rook stuffed his dick back in his pants and zipped them up, causing her to pout even more. God, he hated pouters. Why women thought it was attractive to pout, he would never know. All it did was irritate the shit out of him and make him want to act out in a violent rage.

What did the slut really expect anyway? For him to go down on her? Yea, fat chance in hell.

            Rook looked around with his hands in his pocket. “Yea, this is awkward. You need to leave.”

            “Excuse me?”

            “You heard me. Time to go sweetheart. I have a show, rain check though.” He didn’t mean it but if it meant she would leave then he would say whatever it took.

            He picked up her clothes for her and shoved them in her direction. She quickly threw them on as he opened the door to his dressing room. Pete was just about to knock on his door when Rook escorted the busty blonde out his door. Pete gave Rook a disapproving look but Rook just shrugged his shoulders and started walking toward the stage.

            “Rook…”

            Shit.

            Rook turned around and looked at his band manager who didn’t look all too happy. Pete sniffed Rook and said, “Have you been drinking before the show again?” Pete then looked into Rook’s eyes. “Fuck, are you high?”

            Rook just shrugged his shoulders once again, not wanting to answer his pest of a band manager.

            “Damn it, Rook. I told you we can’t send you out there drunk and high. How many times are we going to go through this?”

            Rook held up his hand. “I’m going to stop you right there before that little vein in your head pops.” Rook touched the ever beating vein and cringed at the squishy feeling that came from it. “Everyone knows I’m phenomenal on stage whether I’m drunk, high or both. So get off my back and show me where I need to be.”

 SSToxicLineup

PLAYLIST

Demons – Imagine Dragons

Flapper Girl – The Lumineers

Last Love Song – ZZ Ward

Hear You Me – Michael Henry & Justin Robinett

She’s Long Gone – The Black Keys

I Lived – One Republic

Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

All the Pretty Girls – Fun

Every Teardrop is a Waterfall – Coldplay

Guilty Filthy Soul – AWOLNATION

Titanium – Boyce Avenue

Story of My Life – One Direction (I have no shame whatsoever)

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BOOK TRAILER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_r23ylHVC0

AUTHOR

me

When I was in high school I occasionally read books but was consumed by other teenage things so I didn’t take the time to appreciate a good book on a cloudy day, wrapped up in a blanket on the couch, besides “The Notebook” I made time to read the heartbreaking novel.

It wasn’t until I received a Kindle for Christmas one year that my world completely flipped upside down. When looking for books, I came across the Contemporary Romance genre and was sold and I haven’t turned back since.

You can either find my head buried in my Kindle, listening to inspiring heart ripping music or typing away on the computer twisting and turning the lives of my characters while driving my readers crazy with anticipation.

​I am currently residing in beautiful Colorado Springs where the sun is always shining and there is a trail waiting to be hiked on every corner. I share a lovely and warm home with the love of my life and my five, four-legged children.

SOCIAL LINKS

http://authormeghanquinn.com/

https://www.facebook.com/meghanquinnauthor

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7360513.Meghan_Quinn

http://www.pinterest.com/meghanquinn17/

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Sure, I grew up in Southern California where the sun is always shining and In and Out is just around the corner to curb your fry dipping-milkshake cravings. I lived in New York (Upstate) for eight years which is where I met the love of my life, got married, adopted five, four-legged children and bought my first house, where I had my first ever “office”. I now live in beautiful Colorado where there’s an amazing trail to hike around every corner and someone selling tamales out of their trunk for those who are willing enough to risk the workings of their intestines for a little taste. I have the mouth of a sailor, thanks to two older brothers, I’m right handed but sometimes use my left hand when I’m too lazy, I’m an ordained reverend and people watching is my high. If I could be invisible most of the time just so I can eavesdrop on people’s most important and sensitive arguments, I would be the happiest person alive. I am way too nosey and thrive off of drama. Oh…and I love peanut butter, I mean, dip me in a vat of PB, fry me up and call it a day.

Tell us about your work.  What are you writing now?

Right now? Well that would be “Becoming a Jett Girl”. Sorry to all you Hot-Lanta Series fans, I promise book three is next, cross my heart. “Becoming a Jett Girl” will be a three book series.  I woke up one morning with this idea and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. The book will take place in fabulous New Orleans on sinful Bourbon Street and in the beautiful Garden District. Think high class gentlemen’s club, where lap dances are a fine art and it’s not only a privilege, but a process to become a Jett Girl. Kinky do you ask? Yes! Jett is a domineering man who has multiple Jett Girls at his disposal but one of them just might ruin him for life. I am looking for a spring time release.

I would have to say my work is slightly different than other authors in the fact that I like to write in multiple POV’s. I do this not only so readers can learn the stories of all the characters but also because I like to torture the readers by switching POV’s just when things start to get good. God, it’s so much fun for me but rather torturous for you. I’m sorry, but I’m not. J

Where did you draw your inspiration for Toxic?

I have been asked that a couple of times so here is my response…

I was in Denver at the Bluebird to watch Boyce Avenue play. The Bluebird is one of those hole in the wall kind of theatres that’s so hipster but beyond cool where seats are nowhere to be found and you are practically swapping sweat with the stranger next to you, just trying to catch a glimpse of the stage.

Boyce Avenue was singing “Fast Car”, a Tracy Chapman cover, when it hit me like Miley Cyrus’ naked body on a wrecking ball. I pulled out my phone, which lit up the area around me but I didn’t care, I quickly typed out my idea in the note pad app.  This is exactly what I wrote, it’s still in my phone: (don’t mind the lack of punctuation and run on sentences)

“Toxic relationship with lead singers they can’t be with each other because they are ruining each other but they can’t be without each other it’s too hard Rook has abusive father always hitting him up for cash doing drugs got Rook into them”

Clearly the book was developed after that, but that was the beginning of Toxic…”Fast Car”, kind of fitting.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I used to have an hour and twenty minute commute to and from work every day. I had plenty of time to think on that drive which led me to start developing multiple personalities. It gets lonely sometimes when you are all by your lonesome for so long. I thought it was weird at first, that I had these characters running through my head, I thought that maybe I should go see someone about it but I took the cheaper route and started writing everything down. Enter…Caught Looking, my first book.

What was the first romance novel you read that made an impression on you?

Hmm…God I can’t even remember what it was called but I was WAY too young to be reading it. I want to say it was something called “How to Lasso a Cowboy.” I just googled it, I am correct, it was “How to Lasso a Cowboy” by Jodi Thomas. Why my mom thought it was ok that I was reading such a risk-ay book just makes me think she made a poor choice in parenting during my high school years but none the less, the book defiantly made an impression on me. I felt like I was Evelyn from A League of their Own trying to read for the first time and realizing what was actually going on in the book was NAUUUGHTY!… “milky white…milky white…breasts.” Eeeeep!

What do you do while you write? Do you listen to music, watch TV, eat snacks, etc.?

I procrastinate a lot, hence me answering this interview rather than finishing up a chapter in Jett Girl. I have an addiction with checking my newsfeed on Facebook and heaven forbid I receive an email and don’t respond in a minute. Yes, procrastination is a huge part of me writing, if that makes sense. I also listen to music. If I don’t have music playing then there is no point of me trying to write, it won’t happen. Currently I am listening to my Jett Girl playlist on Spotify that is really HOT!

Tell us 3 surprising things about yourself.

I am going to treat this question as two truths and a lie. You guys can decide which is the lie J

1.  I was once shot at with a gun.

2. My grandma is a romance author as well.

3.  I received a full-ride scholarship for softball. God bless athletics.

What’s the last movie you watched and loved?

Hands down, Saving Mr. Banks. I love Tom Hanks, with a disturbing passion, add a little musical in there, Disney and a back story that will blow your mind and I am a goner! I will never look at Mary Poppins the same way. If you have not seen it, you are missing out!!!

What’s your idea of a perfect date?

Hmmm…Does flying me to Paris count? Wouldn’t that be nice?

A perfect date, well I guess I will pull from experience. It might be lame to some people, but going out to eat, sharing a dessert because I have a HUGE sweet tooth, talking about me because frankly I am a little self-absorbed then going to do an activity such as mini-golf or the batting cages. I think what makes a date great is by sharing an experience with your special someone. There are only so many impressions you get to make on a person before they count you in or out for the long run, so why not have some fun with them, get to know them by enjoying an activity together. Plus, if you do something physical, it gives you the opportunity not only to “ask for help” but it gives you the room to lightly bump into your date, caress your dates arm or accidently bend over to pick something up while showing off that glorious ass of yours. Am I right ladies? Work it!

If you could take a romantic trip anywhere, where would it be?

The Mikonos. I hope to spend my 30th birthday (That’s right, I’m a youngin) in Greece. I don’t even have a passport right now but by my 30th birthday I will because Greece is in my travel plans. It’s breath taking just looking at the pictures. The contrast between the white buildings and the deep blue sea is something I HAVE to experience in person. Plus…Baklava in my mouth, please!

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Yes, even though that was NOT how my marriage started, more like hate at first sight but we won’t get into that. I believe in the theory that your heart and soul know what they want. Whether it be M/M, M/F, F/F, your heart doesn’t lie and if you see that person that you are meant to be with across the street, picking their underwear out of their ass then that is what your heart wants, someone who needs new underwear. As a society, we don’t have room to judge how love is dictated because it comes in so many ways and comes about in the most unpredictable scenarios. So yes, love at first sight can happen. Love after five years of hatred can happen. Love from friendship, love from business, love from being saved….all can happen.

Top three things on your bucket list:

1.  NY Times Best Seller – can anyone say predictable?

2.  Adopt a baby boy – name him Crosby and watch him grow up to play in the NFL or MLB (it will happen)

3.  Stand under the Eiffel Tower and look up her skirt, I want to see what the hype is all about J

Boxers or Briefs?

What’s the point of underwear…it’s going to be taken off anyway.

Tattoos or Piercings?

Even though I write about guys with tattoos I like a clean slate. Might as well make my own marks right? (all talk haha)

Brains or Muscles?

Brains…bring in the dough baby! Plus most of the time I am an idiot so I need someone watching over me and making sure I don’t lock myself in the bathroom for the day with no way to get out. (It happened, I have shame)

Planner or Wing it?

Wing it, please wing it. Well, time out, for a second, planner or wing it for a mate or for me? If for my mate then wing it, if for me…planner all the way. If my life is not planned out at least a couple of months in advanced I am lost!

Favorite feel good drink?

Malibu rum and pineapple/orange juice. Get a couple of those in me and I will be dry humping your leg before you know what hit you.

Vanilla or chocolate?

Strawberry! I am the only grown ass adult who still craves Strawberry milk and gets it at least a couple of times a month. I am not lying when I say I go to pick out a drink at the gas station during a road trip and strawberry milk is in my hand. I am a child.

Laptop or desktop?

Laptop….what is a desktop? Is that one of the clunky things that people used to work on when they wore shoulder pads and combed their molester like mustaches?

Beach or mountains?

Now this has to be one of the hardest questions so far. God, I don’t even know. I grew up next to the beach but now live in the mountains. I just…I just can’t choose. It’s not going to happen…sorry.

Winter or summer?

Summer…my God, please bring on summer. Winter is cold, snowy and always brings on my dreaded enemy….parking lot slush. For a girl who lives in adorable flats every day, parking lot slush is the death of them…the death!

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A Gentle Sun Coming Book Blitz

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A Gentle Sun Coming by Maryann Wakefield

Ten Things You Don’t Know About… Author Maryann Wakefield

1 – I married my childhood sweetheart, Larry Wakefield. We have two sons. One is only a memory leaving his family to be treasured, the other son and his family brings us great joy.
2 – I am blessed with family and many friends.
3 – I love most animals, all children, and I always need a pet.
4 – I am generally a positive/optimistic, happy, motivated person.
5 – I’m a pleaser. I like to help people feel happy and successful.
6 – I’m an outside person that seems to live too much of my life inside.
7 – Nature and especially water (oceans, gulfs, rivers, streams, puddles) restore my soul.
8 – Music and nature of all kinds flows through me. Some kinds flows faster than others.
9 –I love my long-time bridge and tennis friends more than I love the game.
10 –If it’s true we live many lives I would choose again to be a teacher, a principal, and an educational consultant. I would interweave professional writing sooner. I would write on Monday evenings, all day Saturdays, and whenever I could and still keep my family happy. I’d be happy too.

Blurb:

When Kade Turner lost her husband and son to a freak automobile accident, she tried to commit suicide and was hospitalized for a year. Daily sessions with Dr. Luke Bradshaw brought her back to the land of the living… and also of loving. Or so she made him believe, as an unexpected and suppressed emotion is kindled and an eternal flame ignited on the night of her departure. She flees to Destin, Florida with the goal of being reunited with her family ‘on the other side’; unable to believe Luke could love a ‘lost cause’ like herself.

Instead, she is targeted by a serial killer who sees her as a challenge. Unbeknownst to Kade, her worst nightmare is her next door neighbor; a man who knows her every move and hears even her thoughts. Will Luke find her in time? Is what they shared strong enough to turn a determination to die into an undeniable desire to live?

Excerpt:

Again the office was silent. Dr. Bradshaw’s scrutiny interrupted Kade’s thoughts, but she drifted away again, wondering if anything she had read was true. He was certainly nice looking with hair the color of sun-bleached mocha, cut to look professional even though pieces escaped their intended placement. His blue eyes were indecipherable.

Nothing about him ever changed, only his glasses. Even though the professional looking clothes changed, they didn’t in Kade’s mind. The magazines on the side table never moved, only their dates changed.

Again, her thoughts were broken, this time by the doctor’s voice bringing her back to the peaceful, luxurious office.

Dr. Bradshaw studied Kade as her concentration flitted about the room, never lingering anywhere. Part of her inattentiveness, he knew, was an honest emotion. Nevertheless, she used it as a ploy to avoid painful conversation. This was the usual pattern, but today started differently, until now. Suddenly, Kade became absorbed in returning her pockets into her jeans. She would not focus on anything except arranging her pockets.

Dr. Bradshaw’s unintended anger changed his tone and tactics. He was tired of her games, tired of her refusal for help. “Kade, you must talk to me. You said you are ready for me to help you, but I can’t if you won’t let me. Start anywhere, but talk. Talk now.”

Ignoring his plea, she deliberately continued gazing around the room, playing her usual game, looking for something different or out of place, refusing to give up her control of the moment. Nothing had changed. Almost every day for the past year she came to this office, and every day it was the same, every day, every damn day, the same. Nothing changed, except those glasses and the occasional wisp of hair.

Kade watched her doctor as he laid his glasses carefully on the desk. She knew he was fighting to control his frustration with her lack of cooperation. She had to leave. She would pretend. She would change. Dr. Bradshaw would think he had won.

“Okay, Doctor. I’ll talk,” Kade said with unused anger spilling out of her voice, her body leaning forward as her hands gripped the chair arms, “but first, I have a question for you.”

Buy Links:


Amazon –
http://www.amazon.com/Gentle-Sun-Coming-Maryann-Wakefield-ebook/dp/B00I5DNHJU/
FPR –
https://www.frontporchromance.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_81&products_id=244&zenid=lo5g413jkt89idbinlct0mq382
AllRomance –
https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-agentlesuncoming-1409308-149.html
Smashwords –
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/403609

Author Bio:

I am a writer. I can’t tell you how much I love saying those four words. I’ve always been a writer. I’m fascinated by the power of a single word. As an educator, well crafted words got me what I wanted, what I needed for my children, teachers, staff, parents, my building, and, of course, for myself.

Now I write fiction stories inspired by a lifetime of observations, experiences, dreams, and what-ifs. I surround myself with other writers: Ozark Romance Writers, Ozark Writers League, Springfield Writers Guild, Sleuth’s Inc, Sisters in Crime, and Mystery Writers of America. I sit on the board of Missouri Writers Hall of Fame. I participate in the annual Writers Hall of Fame Writers Workshop. The mission is to award scholarships to talented high school seniors and to recognize students in grades 5 through 12 for their writing skills. To fulfill the mission I’m involved with selecting a professional writer with significant contributions to receive the Quill Award at an annual Gala.

I’m a lifetime member of Missouri State Teachers Association and the National Education Association. My career as an educator was in Springfield, Missouri where I taught at four elementary schools (Delaware, Holland, Horace Mann, and Eugene Field) and served as principal at two (Weaver and Alice Pittman). Later I became a consultant for Springfield Public Schools and taught reading at Drury University. I loved those years, all those children, all those memories.

Now I write. I bring to this new job passion and the ability to set missions and goals. To be a writer, you have to know yourself. I’m good at climbing out of the tough valleys that life brings; I believe that I can make the tough valleys of others easier with my stories. I want to make a positive difference. I believe my first novel, A Gentle Sun Coming, will do that. My agent, Jeanie C. Loiacono, Loiacono Literary Agency, LLC. and Madison Connors, Front Porch Romance is marketing it now. Take a look at their web site and find my name under Clients. I’m at work on my second novel, A Raging Storm Coming.

When I’m not sitting in my downstairs office with the window onto my yard, I’m off on another trip (LOVE to travel!), out working in my flowers, taking long walks, playing tennis, lunching with the girls, soaking in my tub, playing bridge with long-time friends, curled up with a good book (and maybe a small glass of wine), or entertaining friends and family. Ah, my family! When I’m counting my blessings, I begin with my husband, Larry Wakefield (my childhood sweetheart) and my wonderful family: son Allen and his wife Lisa, son Scott, deceased, and six grandchildren.

Am I happy? Yes. I used to say that teaching was the best job in the world. I loved being a teacher. But I have to tell you that realizing my second dream–becoming a full time writer–is even better than I expected. It’s hard work. I can’t get enough.

~Meet the characters~

Kade-Dr Luke

Kade Turner was born in San Francisco to wealthy parents. She flew through grade school with ease and perfect grades. She was appreciated and well known in high school. She excelled in every activity or event in high school. Kade was well-liked but not popular. There wasn’t time in her schedule for friendships or dates. She attended Stanford University with the intent of earning a degree in art. Since she was expected to marry well, the choice of her degree was unimportant. Her parents were pleased with their daughter as she met every expectation until Kade fell in love with a poor but promising biologist, Ken Turner. Her parents refused to forgive her when she married. They remained unable to forgive Kade even when Clint, their only grandchild was born.

From the outside looking in, Kade Turner had the perfect marriage, the perfect child, and the perfect life, or so she believed until one day when a phone call shattered her world. After that, she’s alive. Nothing more. But somewhere deep inside of her, a tiny spark of toughness and courage remained and it grew. She would never be the same person again, but maybe, just maybe, there was a life to be lived that would bring her new joy and save the lives of others. Just maybe.

Dr. Luke Bradshaw was born and grew up in Dallas, Texas to hard-working parents that cherished all of their children. Luke grew up loving and close to his parents and siblings. That didn’t change as the children became adults and moved from the family home. Luke loved school, his teachers and a few close studious friends. They discussed their classes, books, girls, and how to get the best scholarships. As a result, he had a choice of universities. After careful study he chose the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California in Los Angeles. He never had a regret. His internship brought new focus and understanding of what he wanted to do with his life. His mission became to bring joy and laughter into the lives of those emotionally unable to function or be productive. He thrived on discovery and returning patients to a productive life style. He completed his education and moved into private practice. As his success grew he became the leading psychiatric doctor at Benjamin Brooks Hospital and Mental Clinic in Las Angeles.

Dr. Bradshaw was divorced from his wife, Teague Bradshaw, after seven years. He covered his heartbreak well following his own practices to seek a return to happiness. Regardless of his resistance to new love, he falls in love with a patient that even he doesn’t see any progress. Yet, fate is a factor in any life, and his is no exception. Life is not as he expected.

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What Goes Around Book Blitz

Welcome to day one of the What Goes Around Book blitz. Today author Anne Bikov will be talking to us about her new book, ‘What Goes Around’ and offering us a glimpse into her life.

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Ten Things You Don’t Know About… Author Anne Bikov

1 – Anne is actually my middle name

2 – Bikov was our family name from Russia

3 – I love the song Story of my Life by One Direction

4 – Chicken is my favorite food

5 – Twilight (the book series) stalled my movie obsession and introduced me to this new obsession that is books

6 – I love the beach

7 – I LOVE the color BLUE!

8 – I sing

9 – I’m a reformed country music hater, now I’m a lover!

10 – I just got a Smart TV!!

What Goes Around Book Blurb

What if your loved ones kept ending up hurt, in danger, or even dead? After Randie Duncan’s brother is killed in a suspicious industrial accident, leaving behind a pregnant fiancée, Randie leaves her dream life in NYC and comes home to Cullville, WA to mourn and heal with her sister, but has no intention of staying there permanently.

Following a painful break-up, Joe Baxter guards his heart carefully, but when well meaning friends match him up with Randie, he can’t fight his immediate attraction to her. As they grow closer, Randie finds herself debating the idea of returning to NYC, but Joe isn’t the only one who finds her magnetic. When a suspected stalker attacks her, things heat up. Joe believes the attacker may be the town’s troublemaker and mill owner’s son, Jared, who is paying too much attention to his late friend’s fiancée, but will he be able to prove it before someone else gets hurt?

Excerpt from ‘What Goes Around’:

Randie lifted her head and pulled back slightly, looking up into Joe’s eyes. She wanted him to kiss her and she wanted it to happen now, before the song was over. What she hadn’t expected was the effect his kiss would have on her entire body. When Randie looked up at Joe, he had a look of mixed emotion, confusion and interest, and then he did exactly what she was hoping he would do. He bent his head down to hers and softly kissed her lips, once and then again. When he pulled back, she wanted more. She looked from his eyes to his lips and back to his eyes again, and ran her thumb over his bottom lip. She grasped the nape of his neck, running her tongue quickly over her lower lip and opening her mouth just enough. He leaned in again, placing his hands on either side of her face, and when the kiss continued, deepening, he pulled her closer putting his right hand on her back and his left hand in her hair. As the intensity of the kiss grew, so did her body’s reaction. They were lost in the feel of the music and the kiss combined, pressing their bodies as close together as they possibly could until finally Joe stopped. He pulled his lips away and kept his eyes closed, as Randie relished in the effect. He leaned his forehead against hers, breathing deeply. He put his arms around her and, pulling her close, buried his face in her neck, lifting her feet just barely off the ground. After a moment, he lowered her, gave her one more quick kiss and then took her hand and led her off the dance floor.

Meet the Characters

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Joe is that perfect Hero that any woman could fall for. He’s a good wholesome man whose main focus was to marry his high-school sweetheart and raise a family in the small town where they grew up. Unfortunately for him, she had other plans. He remained close to the buddies he had growing up, Ricky and Al. Ricky and Al married their own sweethearts, and in a way, all three men were like brothers. In that way, Joe was never without family, his “brothers” and their wives and kids.

Randie grew up with her older sister, Kay, and younger brother, Tyler. She grew up with dreams of moving to The Big Apple, having no desire to stay in the small town where she was raised. She managed her dream life for over six years. After four years away, her parents were killed in a devastating car accident. Though she came home to mourn, she went back and continued her life in New York, while her sister and her family, and her brother carried on with their lives back at home. Two years later, just before the story begins, her sister’s husband and their brother were both killed in an accident at the mill. This time Randie came home, uncertain of what her future may hold, her sole focus being to help her sister, Kay, figure out her future with her kids, and her diner

What Goes Around is available now.

Buy links:

Amazon Kindle Link – http://tinyurl.com/nwdny2e

Amazon Paperback Link – http://tinyurl.com/lfghebe

Barnes & Nobles Nook Link – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/what-goes-around-annebikov/1117251771ean=2940045349239&itm=1&usri=anne+bikov

Barnes & Nobles Paperback Link – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/what-goes-around-annebikov/1117251771ean=9781494822170

Smashwords Link – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/367541

Goodreads Link – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18681357-what-goes-around

Google play -https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Anne_Bikov_What_Goes_Around?id=_D4sAgAAQBAJ

AUTHOR BIO:

Anne lives in the wilds of Northwest Ohio splitting her time between writing and her evil night job (no, it’s not what you think). When she’s not writing, she’s finding new TV shows to add to her already time-consuming line-up, exploring her newly discovered love of blended coffee drinks, and trying to coax her substantially less that vicious dog out from under the bed.

Website/Blog – http://www.annebikov.weebly.com

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Fun Facts from Of White Snakes and Misshaped Owls

Fun Facts: Charlottes Olmes’ NYC in 1880 edition

The Statue of Liberty sits unassembled throughout the city and parts of New Jersey. Its torch sits in Madison Square Park, near Charlotte Holmes three-story brownstone.

The word “skyscraper” does not yet exist. It will be coined in 1883 during what’s then called the “high-building craze.” The tallest buildings in New York City skyline in 1880? Churches.

Chinese restaurants do not yet exist in New York City.

Thanks to horse-drawn transportation, some 100,000 to 200,000 horses live in New York City, with each horse depositing an average of 24 pounds of manure and several quarts of urine a day. Don’t do the math.

Central Park was only seven years old and, until the Great Depression, sheep graze in its Sheep Meadow. The famous Dakota building sees the start of its construction in 1880 and will sit alone, overlooking the park upon its completion.

Thomas Edison establishes his Edison Illuminating Company in December 1880, basing it in New York City.

The city sees its first street lights along Broadway between Union Square and Madison Square, thanks to Brush arc lamps. But Thomas Edison does not provide the illumination—the Brush Electric Company does.

A massive man-made reservoir occupies the area where today’s New York Public Library sits, supplying the city with its drinking water. Its granite walls holds up to 20 million gallons and are wide enough to serve as public promenades for the strolling populace.

Cleopatra’s Needle, the Egyptian Obelisk that sits in Central Park, arrives in July aboard the SS Dessoug at Staten Island. It will take another six months to move and install it in Central Park.

Bestselling books in 1880’s America: Uncle Remus, Joel Chandler Harris; Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, Margaret Sidney; Ben-Hur, Lew Wallace; and Nana, Emile Zola.

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