New Month, New Goals!… Or Continued Goals

So it’s May already, it feels like just yesterday I was saying it’s April. And with a new month ( for me personally) comes new energy and  a review of where I’m at with things, and where I need to pick up the pace. So at the time of writing this, I am about 30k words deep into my 60k word goal for my current project. It was 50k but I extended it, I think I’ll need it! I like to set my intentions and write them down, normally I do in some kind of journal, but of late I’ve been sharing them a little more on my blog,  to put that energy out to the Universe and get it done so here goes….

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So, this month I hope to write about 800 words minimum per day, to reach my goal of completing this project by mid -June latest. That’s if I write the minimum of 800 words! I guess for me May will be like a mini NaNoWriMo all over again. Of course if I do more per day I may even finish early, which is always a bonus.

Secondly,  to add to the  Suspenseful Collection series Didi and I have,  I hope to start off  one short story and send it to her.

I also plan to read one book  for an author’s book tour this month. I’m rather looking forward to it too, it seems really cool.

What are your goals for May with anything you’re working on in life, love, work, family etc do share I’d love to know.

 

 

Book Review; ‘A Heart Not Easily Broken’ 5 WOW Stars, By M.J Kane (NA/Women’s Fiction) #amreading

Every now and then you come across a book which shows you the meaning of, ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ and I would like to add, ‘just the blurb’ too. This novel from the first in the butterfly series for me is one of those. It delivered SO MUCH more than expected, and for a debut book it was wonderful!  I came across the book on Facebook in a group, and it’s free on Kindle Unlimited. I am so glad I found this series, I downloaded every one! Let’s get into it.

 

MJ KaneEbony Campbell is a smart, sexy career-oriented black woman who wants nothing more than a summer fling with a man who challenges her mind and body. What she doesn’t expect is Brian Young, a blond-haired, blue-eyed bass player to step up to the challenge.

Despite negative reactions, their fling develops into a deep relationship, and Ebony discovers juggling love, family, and career are nothing compared to the ultimate betrayal she endures.

Now her dreams spiral into lies and secrets that threaten her future and the trust of those she loves.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I loved how the characters got to really know each other despite the ethnic differences… M.j. Kane has just found another fan.” — VINE VOICE

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A Wonderful Story of Love and Triumph.” — Hopeless Romantic, Amazon Reviewer

 

Kim’s Review- 5 heart warming and unexpected stars!

I’ve never read this author’s work, and I have never really been drawn to the New Adult genre I do to be honest, prefer my heroines a little closer to my age. Due to the realism of this story line, and relate-able characters I completely fell in love with everything about it. It’s well written, engaging and has an unforgettable story line, that touched me in so many ways, and it was not because it’s a romance!  There is a real unexpected twist. Here’s what I loved.

Story line- I have to start here, like I said this book’s actual  plot delivers over and beyond what is shown in the blurb.  I have a feeling the whole series will. We follow Ebony on her journey as she tries to carve out her life as a young woman, only to fall in love with a guy her family, and her herself would never really go for. That’s not all. There is a unexpected twist about fifty percent through, that had me turning pages quicker than I have in a long time. I read this book in two sittings and it’s a 300 plus page book! The story line moves down a very realistic, gripping and tear jerker path. Not the  typical ‘forbidden love’, something happens to Ebony involving a third character which I did not see coming, I don’t want to give spoilers!

Experiencing her POV and life as she navigates this path is something every woman could relate to, and trust  me it is not what you think!! It’s unexpected change. At times I did grow frustrated with how she handled the situation, but I could understand, I think being a little older than her I would have took things down a different route. But, I could understand her choices 100 percent. Bottom line, the unexpected plot twist is a very engaging one.

Characters- Oh God, let’s talk about Brian for a moment. This author has carved out the ideal ‘book boyfriend’, in my humble view. Even though he is younger than me, I liked him a lot. Just like Ebony as a woman who has never dated outside her race ( not because I disagree, the chance has just never presented itself), I would have the same reservations or nervous feelings she had, and just like her I would have fell for Brian still. He is yummy!! His character, confidence, approach to love, dating and sex, even him during the sex scenes  really resonated with me. I felt while reading he was really authentic in his POV, and his approach to dating a woman outside his race.

Ebony, is relate-able, like-able and never came across as a naive younger heroine. I appreciated that. Her girlfriends for me were a laugh a minute, especially Kaitlin from Texas LOL.

Then, there’s Javan, I hated him the moment he made an appearance. My guess is the author carved him out this way intentionally, due to the role he plays in the overall story. I don’t want to give spoilers. But let’s just say he was well written, given his role.

Writing style- Engaging! It’s written in first person POV, via chapters of each character. I really enjoyed this, it brought be closer to the feelings and experiences. Overall this book’s pace was perfect to me.

The heat– Now, this is not a ‘steamy romance’ at all, but I have to praise this author’s ability to show the heat, sexual tension, and love building between Brian and Ebony.  The author did not show it all via sex at all, for  me as I whipped though the pages  it was how Brian went after Ebony to claim her love and attention, and Ebony’s change of heart. It really made me smile watching the characters develop and grow towards each other.

Overall, I am giving A Heart Not Easily Broken five wonderful and heart felt stars for its strong plot that’s realistic, wonderful ending to the tale, great character line up, yummy main man, and well it’s just an unforgettable story in my experience. I found there is a story here that is very contemporary and will be relevant now, five years from now and even beyond. For a debut novel, it’s a great read!  Five stars from me, and I’m a new fan of this author and maybe even  the New Adult genre??

Free on Kindle Unlimited too!

Eight Random Questions…

I came across a cute blog http://www.fromthissideofthepond.com/ as I started reading, I noticed “eight random questions” left for readers, kinda like a small writing prompt. A great way to get to know one another here’s my response. Take a look at the blog and maybe add yours.

1.What do/did you call your grandparents? If it’s something unusual tell us the story behind the name. If you’re a grandparent what do your grands call you? Who chose your moniker?

I called my grandparents mama and poppa when they were alive. My gran died when I was fourteen, and my granddad when I was about twenty nine.

2. Ever taken a road trip along the California Coast? If so what was the highlight of your trek? If not, any desire to do so? What’s one tourist attraction along the coast you’d add to your must-see list?

I’ve never been to California, the only place in the USA I’ve been to is Las Vegas. It was AMAZING! I’d love to see more of the USA, New York especially.

3.What are three things you don’t know how to do?

Play the piano or any instrument, I’d love to be able to. Paint my nails on my right hand as good as my left it takes me longer, drive on the right hand side of the road. Well I’ve not tried yet, but I think I should some day.

4.Tom Peters is quoted as saying, ‘Celebrate what you want to see more of.‘ If that’s true, what and how will you celebrate?

Who?.. Anyway  I’d like to more intolerance in the world, more tolerance of other faiths and races.  Especially toward black/ Hispanic males, I have a son to raise in a tough world, that’s not that tolerant towards “his kind”.  In the UK it’s pretty OK and here he’s safe but then I hear all the stories from #blacklivesmatter from the USA and how many young Hispanic, or African-American males are killed, and how bad their relationship can be (on TV) with the police and it’s heart breaking. So I’d like to celebrate more tolerance and less stereotyping of any religion or race.

5. Thursday (February 16) is National Almond Day. Do you like almonds? Which would you prefer-an Almond Joy or a macaron? What’s something you make that calls for almonds?

Eh,neither I don’t like  almonds at all… how about Cashew Nut Day instead??

6. What does Saturday morning look like at your house?

Ha! Oh boy, well I’m jumped on, have my eyes kissed and poked open about 8:00a.m the usual greeting from my son, then we get up, I make coffee and he watches some TV … Then I decide what the plan is for the day if we don’t already have plans as a family. Normally, Saturday morning is food shopping day also. Saturday morning is quite lively in my house.
7. Share with us a favourite book you’ve read this winter.

Gosh, wow, I have spent most of my time writing, but I have dipped in to “Voyage en France” also a young adult book written in French I’m reading to help improve my French comprehension.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

“Why the hell does it rain so much in London … I’ve got to head out in the next hour!”

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Into Romance: Blog Hop (14th-21st October) #amreading #romance #bloghop

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Hi guys!

Welcome those who have  stopped by my blog  as part of the blog hop, for Fall Into Romance. Come in, hang up your jacket, grab yourself a drink and mingle on the blog- happy to have you here.

Last month I mentioned I’d be taking part in this blog hop, never done one -first time for everything, so why not do one within my favourite genre. Here is a bit about it:

Fall Into Romance Hop (Oct 14-21)

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Fall Into Romance! Share the romances that had you falling in love with the genre!Or the ones that keep you smitten! Stop by each blog for new recommendations and giveaways!

 Kim’s Featured Book : Deadly Embrace- Jackie Collins

So what romance books have I fallen in love with? Well I’m going to go way back to the first ever romantic -suspense book I read, this book introduced me to the genre as a reader. I fell in love with the book and genre from this one book, years later I’m now an author within the genre myself- pretty cool!

 I was in my late teens, barely into my twenties when I discovered Jackie Collins. Man, I remember the feeling I had while reading her book Deadly Embrace woooooooo !  Jackie is famous for giving her readers sex, drugs and rock ‘n’roll, even after her passing she is still a notorious author. But I promise you that’s not why I fell in love with it. Far from it, ok maybe  it was part of it 🙂 but the main reason is the way Jackie wrote the book, the cliff hangers, suspense and the story flips between time frames and generations to weave a great thrill of a story with an OMG ending. All this and some romance to boot. Fabulous!

Deadly embrace, is part of a series, and reading this book does not require that you’ve read the first one.  When I read Deadly Embrace I had not, I started right here. You’ll get into it and pick up the story, a sign of a great writer, writing a series that readers can jump into at any point. After Deadly Embrace, I read many of her books. I proudly display them on my book case at home. From that moment on, I was and still am Jackie’s biggest fan. 5 /5 stars for Deadly Embrace. This is one  for those who like strong characters, a fast story and lots of sexy, but classy romance give this a try.  All hail one of  the queens of romantic -suspense, the late GREAT Jackie Collins.

 

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The second book I’d like to say I fell in love with, is my own! I had so much fun writing, researching and creating this romantic suspense story.So far I have five star reviews on Amazon. I’d love to share it with all those passing by on the blog hop. Since it’s fall (or autumn as we say here in the UK), and it was released in fall go ahead and fall in love with A Stranger in France…

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Book Blurb:

In A Stranger in France, readers are taken on a fast paced, modern day romantic journey, that spans between the city of London, the glitz and glam of France, and the beautiful English coast in a gripping romantic story, between two complete strangers with enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat turning pages. When career driven and successful thirty- two-year-old London-born Kate Brown faces hard times in her marriage, she confides in her best friend Tanya Adams in Marseille southern France. Kate makes a bold move and spends two weeks in Marseille away from her husband in London. Her path crosses with tall, dark, devilishly handsome and wealthy Nicholas D’Coix. An immigrant to France from the Ivory Coast west Africa as a young boy, who turned himself around and built up an empire of wealth as a hustler and money maker, and now one of Paris’ top three entrepreneurs. In a whirlwind of sexy, lustful romance Nicholas and Kate fall in love. Kate returns to London to a few surprises of her own, and still very much in love with Nicholas as she makes yet another bold life changing move. Touching on real life issues these two strong characters battle it out against all the odds in the name of love, across the UK and France.

Buy now links

 A bargain at under £3.00 for UK readers and  under $3.00 for international readers

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More hops to go and have a look at on this blog hop below link just click.

 Main event link: http://theherdpresents.blogspot.com/2016/10/fall-into-romance-blog-hop.html