Giveaway Time For Writers! #amwriting #giveaway

I feel so blessed I’ve decided I’m doing a giveaway for writers. Later this year, I have the chance to teach an ongoing ‘master class’ to paying students on romance and fiction writing! My babies have gotten me noticed. To celebrate the publishing of the third book ( far right-hand side), and the new venture I’m doing a signed copy giveaway.

Here’s the link to enter and pick your book. Good luck.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/75108b4123/?

Book Review: ‘Broken Past’ by Cara. L. Silver (YA Romance) 4 Stars! #100BooksChallenge

This is for sure one for young adult lovers! It’s a powerful story if you enjoy this genre. This is book #9 of my #100BooksChallenge

About the book

California always seemed like the great place to start over, or so I thought. But my broken past continues to haunt me, even in the City of Angels.
Camden Carter, a mysterious law student, walks into my life and begins to shatter the walls that took my entire life to build.
Somehow, I end up right in the middle of a replication of my past that I can’t escape.
I was always fine being alone; I actually thrived in it, but I soon find out that Cam is the lover that I never knew I wanted.

Will I finally find the strength that I never knew I had?

4 lovely stars

From reading the blurb I had no idea the characters would be YA, so if you like your romance themes a little more mature, keep this in mind. Often I find it hard to connect with the female leads in this genre, being over thirty-five myself. However, Broken Past was a quick read, and it was enjoyable to see the trials and hardships of young love develop. Without giving spoilers ( I hate that), the story-line is one that will touch you. It follows a female lead who has been through a lot for her tender years. As I read and started to warm up to her, I did ‘feel for her’ and hoped she’d find her happy ever after with Cam. I would say the most enjoyable aspects for me in Broken Past was Cam, and the role he played in this young lady’s life. He’s a hero in every sense! I liked how he fraught for his girl, and really wanted to love her. I enjoyed the ‘wooing’ he did and how much he proved himself. It was also lovely to see the growth the main female character has, as she moves to a new city. It was a well-written story, if you love clean and sweet romance, enjoy following younger characters, and the different dynamics that this has compared to general romance, I would give this a try! 4 lovely stars from me. It’s free to read on Kindle Unlimited also.

Children’s Book Reviews: By Author Wanda .L. Roberts

I came across these two wonderful children’s books via Facebook. I thank the author for my review copies. All opinions are my own. I have to say they were both a very quick, good, and educational read for my son, and very entertaining there’s lots of activities thrown in!

About The Book: Join Pep Pep and Tara as they celebrate Tara’s first birthday!

This first book I’d give a solid five stars my son ( seven years old), loved it. We read through it together, well I read to him. He enjoyed listening to the party preparations and looking at the bold colour pictures. As well as the real life picture of a dog. The icing on the cake I think (for me as a parent) is that, this book has so many educational activities loaded at the back. From word-searches, spelling practice, and pictures related to the book to colour in. I really was impressed with the variety in the book, I didn’t expect it. Often I do see activities in the back of children’s books to help check a child’s comprehension, but this book is different. There’s a mixture of fun and education. Not just checking comprehension. I highly recommend the paperback version, so you can photo copy or use the activities directly from the book.

About the book: Join Tara and Pep Pep as they explore the local 911 academy and learn what to do in an emergency!

This book here, I’d give a solid four stars, I so wanted to give it five! But it’s the wider appeal that would have been lovely for both me and my son. This is because ‘911’ is the number used in the USA only, it would have been wonderful if there was reference to the different numbers used around the world. Or just a statement about this so children understand that. While my son was able to grasp the concept of the story and learn ‘what to do in an emergency,’ I had to change 911 to 999 for my part of the world. I understand that the author can’t reference the emergency number for every country, but reference to the difference around the world would be good educational learning , and easy for us parents to make the link that 911 is exclusive to the USA. However, this is a very educational book, and the serious concept of what to do in an emergency is well pitched to younger readers. There’s a wonderful variety of fun activities at the back. My son loved them all we printed them off. Overall four solid stars and I highly recommend this read also for children.

Excerpt: ‘The Note’ Suspect #2 Meet Manisha Patel- The Wife #thriller #mystery #newrelease

Again, I don’t share excerpts often, it’s #SharingSunday let’s take a look at suspect#2 while we’re at it. F**k knows where this character came from in me 😝✍🏽. The wife– Manisha Patel. Is her story plausible in this murder-mystery/ thriller?

The Loving Wife?

Manisha rolled her car to a stop in the parking area of the cemetery. She climbed out and loaded her arms with the flowers and fresh potted plants she’d bought and stored in the boot of the car. As she slammed the boot shut, she glanced around her.The overcast day brought a shadow over the cemetery.Her eyes moved over the fresh graves that had appeared since she last visited. She tried to come as often as she could, but it had been several weeks. In the time that had passed, she noticed five new graves.After locking the car, she slowly made her way up the gravel walkway, taking the time to read the fresh head stones.“Wow, not even forty.”The corners of her lips turned down sadly, and she read the headstone of the man who had recently passed away“Life’s too short.”She shook her head and moved forward up the walkway. Briefly, she stopped and struggled with her handbag that was balanced on her shoulder. Once situated, she continued her walk over to Tony’s grave.The leaves needed clearing, and some weeds removed. She sat the bags down on the grass, then pulled out her gardening gloves and set to work.Manisha knelt down on the grass, looked over the headstone, then ran a hand over her late husband’s picture smiling back at her.“You mean old bastard.” She laughed, then glanced around to make sure no one had heard her. “Sorry, where are my manners?”Manisha pulled up the dead weeds around the headstone.“So, how have you been, my beloved? Laughing at me from beyond the grave, no doubt?” Manisha glanced over at his picture.“I’ve not heard a word from Chelsea in a while, and as you probably know, they never found your murderer.”“Anyway, I guess it doesn’t really matter does it. I fought as hard as I could for what’s mine and the kids.”Manisha reached in her canvas bag, and fished out a plastic bag to put the weeds in. She stuffed them in with force, then turned her attention back to the headstone. She cocked an eyebrow at Tony’s picture.“Let’s just hope the kids are okay after all this is over. This is your fault, ya know that, don’t you?”She patted out the pot plants from the plastic containers, then dug some shallow fresh holes around the side of the grave. Here she pushed the new baby daffodils and geraniums into the soil.“There, that’s better.”A smile blew across her lips, then it faded away. She sat on her knees for a moment, staring off into space—into a daydream.“This is too difficult, Tony. I came here to try and do what’s right and expected of me. Tend to your grave, be the grieving widow everyone imagines I am.” She laughed again, then glanced up at the grey clouds.“Truth is, no one understands how hard it is to forgive you. Or even what it was like to be your wife.”Looking up into the sky, the heavens started to open.Light drops of rain landed on her face.“I guess that’s a sign from him upstairs. I’m forgiven?” She waved her arms around, then looked back at Tony’s picture.“Whatever.” She pulled off her gardening gloves, then stuffed them in the canvas bag.She tied a knot in the bag of weeds and gathered her gardening tools together.Once on her feet, she loaded her arms up with the tools and bag of weeds, then glanced around to check who was there. No one was around.The rain started to pour harder.Manisha looked down at Tony’s grave. She hacked up a mouth full of phlegm and spat right on the gravestone image of Tony, then watched it ooze down a bit.“Serves you right, you bastard.”She lifted her nose to the sky, and in the rain, she stomped her way back to her car, never looking back.

Oh what happens next?? Find out The Note is on pre-order for just ,99 cent until release day! Then full price (3.99) check out Amazon here https://bit.ly/TheNoteUnsolvedMystery

Everyone has a motive for murder when there’s money on the table. But whose story is more plausible?

In seventy-two hours, Detectives Idris Dunne and Josh McDonald close in on an unsolved murder case with the help of mysterious notes.

One of London’s wealthy entrepreneurs was diagnosed with cancer, and became estranged from his wife of thirty years Manisha. Unknown to her, his mistress Chelsea Jackson was slowly sinking her claws into her husband. But that’s not all his mistress was up to. Unexpectedly Tony’s mutilated body is found dumped in a park. Everyone has a motive especially when money is on the table, and his wife Manisha, and their adult children were cut out of his will and replaced by his mistress Chelsea.

Was this an act of kindness from Tony, toward his carer and mistress? Or was there foul play and pressure to change his will by Chelsea? What about his murderer? The case was left unsolved, with lack of evidence.

Mystery notes are sent by an anonymous tip off, Detective Dunne and McDonald re-investigate and piece together the mystery surrounding the entrepreneur’s death, and what led him to change his Last Will in Testament. The question is, from all suspects whose story is more plausible?

https://bit.ly/TheNoteUnsolvedMystery

99 Cent Alert on Pre-Order Now: ‘The Note’ Unsolved Mystery Book #1 #mystery #thriller #crime

Hi guys, super excited to scream that book #1 of my Unsolved Mysteries series is now out, and just 99 cent until release day. If you love a good ‘who-dun-it’ grab a bargain now on Amazon https://bit.ly/TheNoteUnsolvedMystery

All stories are stand-alone and set in different locations around the world. First stop London, UK.

Book blurb

Everyone has a motive for murder when there’s money on the table. But whose story is more plausible?

In seventy-two hours, Detectives Idris Dunne and Josh McDonald close in on an unsolved murder case with the help of mysterious notes.

One of London’s wealthy entrepreneurs was diagnosed with cancer, and became estranged from his wife of thirty years Manisha. Unknown to her, his mistress Chelsea Jackson was slowly sinking her claws into her husband. But that’s not all his mistress was up to. Unexpectedly Tony’s mutilated body is found dumped in a park. Everyone has a motive especially when money is on the table, and his wife Manisha, and their adult children were cut out of his will and replaced by his mistress Chelsea.

Was this an act of kindness from Tony, toward his carer and mistress? Or was there foul play and pressure to change his will by Chelsea? What about his murderer? The case was left unsolved, with lack of evidence.

Mystery notes are sent by an anonymous tip off, Detective Dunne and McDonald re-investigate and piece together the mystery surrounding the entrepreneur’s death, and what led him to change his Last Will in Testament. The question is, from all suspects whose story is more plausible?

Check out Amazon here https://bit.ly/TheNoteUnsolvedMystery

Cover Reveal! ‘ Beast so Beautiful’ by Carlyle Labuschagne @AuthorCarlyle and @Shalini_G26

darkness falls over the land when the Queen of Rurith dies.

Consumed with grief, King Ivar blames their son, Prince Leif, for her demise, and locks him away in the forgotten tower of the castle.

The Prince is left in total despair, until a girl, with hair the colour of a red sunset and green eyes shows him mercy.

For six years she visits him in secret, giving him hope where none existed before.

But Ruith hides many treacherous things that threaten to bring the Kingdom to its knees.

Until the Prince and his beastly curse are released. 

Amazon USA

Amazon UK

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56677295-a-beast-so-beautiful

AUTHOR BIO

Carlyle is a USA Today Bestselling, international bestselling and international award winning South African author – with a flair and passion for mixing genres, adding loads of drama to every story she creates. Carlyle has traveled the world with her books in hopes of connecting with all kinds of book loving people, to learn as much as she can from other book cultures with the hopes of bringing the knowledge back to her home country.

Her goal as an author is to touch people’s lives, and help others love their differences and one another by delivering strong messages of faith, love and hope within every outrageous world she writes about.
Carlyle uses writing as a healing tool, and that is why she has started her very own writers support event – SAIR Book Festival.


Founder of SAIR Book Festival
Co-Founder of Fire Quill Publishing.
Founder of Help build a library in South Africa.

AUTHOR SOCIAL MEDIA

Website

http://www.carlylelabuschagne.com/

Twitter

@AuthorCarlyle

Audiobook: Booker. T. Washington: Up From Slavery( autobiography/non-fiction) 5 Stars

#100BooksChallenge for 2021, this was book two. Now all I can say is this is book I have bought in paperback. Something special I’d love my son to read (when he can actually read well enough lol). And a book I’d love to read again. I’ve not read a slave, or indigenous person’s narrative for a while. Again, it was suggested to me as a book to listen to on YouTube and I found it so inspiring, beautiful, and uplifting even with the sadness behind it. The one time reality of what people of colour had to go through. And fight to be educated in schools. Following the ‘freedom of coloured people’ in the USA, Booker. T. Washington tells us his uplifting story.

About The Book

Up from Slavery is the 1901 autobiography of American educator Booker T. Washington (1856–1915). The book describes his personal experience of having to work to rise up from the position of a slave child during the Civil War, to the difficulties and obstacles he overcame to get an education at the new Hampton Institute, to his work establishing vocational schools—most notably the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama—to help black people and other disadvantaged minorities learn useful, marketable skills and work to pull themselves, as a race, up by the bootstraps.

He reflects on the generosity of both teachers and philanthropists who helped in educating blacks and Native Americans. He describes his efforts to instill manners, breeding, health and a feeling of dignity to students. His educational philosophy stresses combining academic subjects with learning a trade. 

In 1998, the Modern Library listed the book at No. 3 on its list of the 100 best nonfiction books of the 20th century, and in 1999 it was also listed by the conservative Intercollegiate Review as one of the “50 Best Books of the Twentieth Century”.

An American Classic that Belongs on Every Bookshelf!

blendedfamilies - my review

5 Wonderful Stars!

What made me read this after the recommendation as a book, was  what the world has been through in 2020, and I wanted to just hear a story about how life once was, and in some ways you could argue still is! For people of any kind of minority. I found the autobiography to be deeply touching, educational, insightful, and for sure worth while a read for everyone. Booker.T.Washington’s story is a tale of survival, determination, justice for himself, and one that should not be forgotten. It’s really hard for me to say anything more than, I really enjoyed this book and it has made me want to read more narratives of this kind. From inspirational people all over the world.  I do agree with the blurb for the book, ‘it’s a classic.’

Free Download Today Only: ‘She Didn’t Know About Me’ by Elbie Dee

Free download on Amazon for today 29th December 2020 only! Book two is released 7th January and on pre-sale NOW! Catch up with book one for free, and place your pre-order!

Elbie

About The Book

Amazon free download here: https://bit.ly/SheDidntKnowAboutMe1

Brea was a southern girl from Florida, who tried her best to stay away from men who were affiliated with illegal ways of living. She wasn’t so lucky with her wishes, though. Her kid’s father, Chayse, caught a charge and was sentenced. It made Brea leave Florida and relocate in Chicago, Illinois. She meets Meeno and falls head over heels. She’s able to enter a relationship without having to worry about him coming home at night. Sometimes, all it takes is a co-worker to break you out of the fairytale love you thought you had. How will things turn out when Brea finds out she’s dating the most respected hood king in the city?

Amazon free download here: https://bit.ly/SheDidntKnowAboutMe1

Meet the Author

Elbie Dee is an American indie author who specializes within the Urban Romance genre. She started writing song lyrics and poetry at the young age of twelve, which helped land her career in the writing business as an adult. She hopes to release at least one book per genre within her career in order to touch the hearts of all readers. With her pen in her hand and aspirations at heart, she is able to show her three children that dreams are possible as long as you commit your soul into it.

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Book Review: White Lines by Tracy Brown (Contemporary Urban/Women’s Fiction) 5 + Outstanding Stars


I don’t even know where to start with this review, I was so blown away! This is a 500 page book I picked up years ago in 2013, that I read in paperback over the Christmas holiday. Yes! It is a page turner and such a beautiful story.
WL

About the Book:

Essence bestselling author Tracy Brown’s scorching new urban tale about falling in love and one girl’s descent into the murky and unrelenting depths of drug addiction

Jada left home at the age of sixteen, running from her own demons and the horrors of physical abuse inflicted by her mother’s boyfriend. She partied hard, and life seemed good when she was with Born, the neighborhood kingpin whose name was synonymous with money, power, and respect. But all his love couldn’t save her from a crack addiction. Jada goes from crack addict and prostitute to survivor and back again before she finds the strength to live for herself and come out on top. And her stormy romance with one of the fiercest hustlers on the streets makes White Lines one of the most unforgettable urban loves stories of the year.

blendedfamilies - my review

5 + Outstanding Stars!

I’m not a fan of stories that are just guns, drugs, thugs, and not much else in terms of a story.  White Lines has none of this in a negative way! It’s not the main focus of the story, but does contribute to Jada’s history in a big way. Set in the 80s- 90s, during the height of when crack cocaine really did run New York , Jada’s story is a beautiful one set in this time.

Jada’s story and connection with Born, the guy she falls for and her best friend Sunny, for me was such a beautiful coming of age story.  A joy, pleasure, and tear-jerker at times to read. It starts in the present day (2007) Jada has lost her mother to cancer. Then goes back to the back story in the 80s, following Jada and her sister as  teens and their story to the present day. Man, I was just blown away, the author has a way of really pulling readers in with her depth of character development and story-telling skills. I actually felt almost everything that Jada, Born, Sunny, and all the main characters felt as I read though these 500 pages. 

What I really enjoyed was the growth that Jada goes through, her fight with her demons, the streets, life, and becoming who she is at the end. By the time she’s thirty, she is stable, a mother, and a successful journalist. And after ten years of absence as they broke up due to Jada’s demons Born is back in her life, just when her mother passes away. Within these pages are I’d say two other sub-stories one for her first love Born, and her best friend Sunny.  They are both so touching especially Sunny’s. I am not one for spoilers but what I will say is they are both gripping sub-plots and well written, placed in a very iconic time for New York city, for those from poor backgrounds. I just loved it! I recommend it to all those who love romance, coming of age stories, stories with a good amount of reality set in a period of history that has happened. If you like to read work by authors who write gritty stories, but bring an element of something really special with their tales give this a try. I have bought parts two and three and will start reading right now! Over the rest of the holiday. I am a new fan of Ms. Brown.

Cover Reveal: Do You Know Romance Author McKenzie Stark?

❤️ COVER REVEAL ❤️
I couldn’t wait guys, Check out my upcoming novel!

*Romance*
Divide & Conquer by McKenzie Stark

Divide and Conquer



Buy Link:
US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R6PR5RT
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08R6PR5RT
AU – https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B08R6PR5RT
CA – https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08R6PR5RT

✨ Blurb:
Where does friendship come to a rest and love commence?

At just 18, Freya Sawyer’s life was anything but perfect, with the weight of the world on her shoulders, she ran with the wrong crowd and got pulled into a vicious cycle. That all changed when one night forced her into a court ordered stay at Arkadia Academy for troubled delinquents.

Lexa Forester just so happens to be her new brooding and sexy roommate. Together they dance around their attraction for each other until there is nothing else standing in their way of falling heart first into what could either be the best or the worst thing for them.

Each other.

Together they can conquer the world and change the unraveling past that they both desperately latch onto to survive. Can true love prevail or will they scare away from the only thing that’s ever made them feel alive?

🔥 Find out in this steamy and thrill filled lesbian friends to lovers romance. 🔥

#kingstonpublishing #kpdesigns #divideandconquer #mckenziestark #lgbtq #lesbianromance #romance #friendstolovers #newadult #friendship #newrelease #kindleunlimited #preordernow