Cover Reveal! Control by Kim Curran

Strange Chemistry revealed the cover for Control by Kim Curran.  I loved Shift, so I can hardly wait to read this!  I also LOVE this cover!  It freaking ROCKS!  What do you think of it?

In stores 1st August in UK and 6th August in US

 

Cover artwork is by the very talented Larry Rostant.

About the book:

Scott Tyler is not like other teenagers. With a single thought he can alter reality around him. And he can stop anyone else from doing the same.

That’s why he’s so important to ARES, the secret government agency that regulates other kids like him: Shifters.

They’ve sent him on a mission. To track down the enigmatic Frank Anderson. An ex-Shifter who runs a project for unusual kids – as if the ability to change your every decision wasn’t unusual enough. But Anderson and the kids have a dark secret. One that Scott is determined to discover.

As his obsession with discovering the truth takes him further away from anyone he cares about, his grip on reality starts to weaken. Scott realizes if he can’t control his choices, they’ll control him.

Review: Just for the Summer by Jenna Rutland

 

 

Title: Just for the Summer

Author: Jenna Rutland

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

His temptation. Her secret. Their summer.

Dani Sullivan has come to Lake Bliss to write her latest cookbook and take a breather. After the year she’s had, she deserves a summer retreat to reevaluate priorities and make peace with past decisions. But from the moment single dad and sheriff Matt Reagan shows up, she has a hard time convincing herself that a life away from Lake Bliss could beat the life she might have here.

Recently divorced Matt is ready for a new relationship, but he doesn’t want short-term—his son needs permanence, and so does Matt’s heart. Unfortunately, it’s the smart-mouthed and sinfully sexy Ms. Sullivan who catches his eye. But when Matt learns Dani’s secrets, will he still want her to stay? Or will her chance for love last just for the summer?


Review:

When I picked up Just for the Summer, I was leery.  The premise gave me pause. It relied on too many convenient coincidences in order for the couple to have their HEA, and  I just didn’t find it believable.  Despite this reservation, the writing is so upbeat and the story is so emotionally charged that I couldn’t help but get caught up in the emotions of the story.  It’s all about second chances and finding self-forgiveness, and finding your happiness after life kicks you in the teeth.  It’s about hitting rock bottom and finding the strength to hope again.  I found it unabashedly sappy, yet I finished the last page feeling satisfied and happy. 

Dani is still recovering from the death of her mother a few months ago.  She’s renting a cottage in Lake Bliss, Michigan to work on her recipe book, taking a break from her nursing job.  She also has a secret.  The real reason she’s in the small vacation town is to find the son she gave up for adoption eight years ago.  She wants to reassure herself that he’s happy and has a loving home.  It pushed the bounds of believability when she finds him so quickly, and in need of first aid.  The perfect in for Dani to get closer to Sam.  She discovers that his parents are divorced, and that his father, Matt, the town sheriff, has custody.  Besides being single, Matt also happens to be sexy, compassionate, and in the market for a good woman to fill the void in his life and in his family.  When Sam is diagnosed with a life-threatening health condition, Dani is called on to teach Matt and Sam how to manage his health.

While I had a hard time getting past all of these lucky breaks, I found that I couldn’t put my Kindle down.  I liked Dani and Matt, and I wanted them to find the happiness that had been denied them.  I liked the secondary characters, too.  Lake Bliss seems like a cozy little place to set down roots, with everyone in town knowing everybody’s business – and trying to help out in times of need.  There are no usual town snobs or drama queens, and the most adversity Dani faces, at least until her big secret is revealed, is Matt’s mother.  Feeling threatened by Dani’s presence in their lives, and in her kitchen, Elaine offers only a little bit of opposition before Dani charms her, too.  There’s not much external conflict for Dani to overcome; instead, she is waging a battle with herself.  She feels guilty because she is in Matt and Sam’s lives under false pretenses, but she’s terrified to fess up.  She knows that she will lose not only her son, but Matt as well.

I think the story worked for me because I was totally caught up Dani’s quest for inner peace.   As she works her way through difficult choices she made as a young, damaged woman, she sees that she made the right one, even though it has haunted her every day for eight long years.  Giving up her baby for adoption, hoping that her son would find a better life than she could offer, wasn’t easy.  Not only did she face her own self-recrimination, other people in her life made no secret of their disapproval.  Dani has felt the crushing burden of guilt for years, even as she was trying to come to terms with the awful things that had happened to her.  She wasn’t emotionally or financially ready to raise a child, and recognizing that painful fact was the hardest realization that she had ever come to.  That part of the story resonated with me;  she deserved a second chance and she deserved to finally forgive herself for something that wasn’t her fault.

In the end, I found Just for the Summer sappy yet satisfying.  Likable characters kept the pages turning, and I gobbled this up like it was a banana split (with extra fudge).  This really is a great beach read, so check your skepticism at the door and just go with the flow of this feel good romance.

Grade:  B with reservations noted above

Review copy provided by publisher

Interview with Ashlyn Chase, Author of Flirting Under a Full Moon and Giveaway!

Please give a warm welcome to Ashlyn Chase.  She’s visiting the virtual offices to celebrate her latest release, Flirting Under a Full Moon.  After the interview, enter for a chance to win a copy of Flirting Under a Full Moon!

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Ashlyn Chase] I’m like an Almond Joy bar. A little nutty, a little flaky, but basically sweet, wanting only to give my readers a satisfying romantic treat. Oh, and I’m a poet too—not.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about Flirting Under A Full Moon?

[Ashlyn Chase] This is the first in a new series. It’s a spin-off of the very successful Strange Neighbors series. This book features Nick, the bad-boy twin brother of Konrad from The Werewolf Upstairs—book 2 in the Strange Neighbors series. Each book is a stand-alone, but if you’re like me, you’ll have to start at the beginning and go in order. If that’s the case, Strange Neighbors is book 1 in the original series. As I mentioned, TWU is book 2, and The Vampire Next Door is book 3. Then we have a new trilogy with a few recurring characters from the old series. The new series is like the original in that all the books can be read individually as stand-alones. For each there’s a unique beginning, a middle, and a happy ever after ending.

[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Ashlyn Chase] Believe it or not, I brainstormed the series arc with my niece who was twelve years old at the time. I shared a kernel of an idea and her imagination went wild! Before I knew it, I had one of the best characters in the whole series—a snarky Mother Nature—head of the supernatural council. Hey, someone has to keep these crazy characters in line!

[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Brandee?

[Ashlyn Chase] Open-minded, creative, and caring

[Manga Maniac Café] If Nick had a theme song, what would it be?

[Ashlyn Chase] Bad to the Bone

[Manga Maniac Café] Name one thing Brandee is never without.

[Ashlyn Chase] Her old-school 35 mm camera—until she loses it in a freak tornado. But our hero finds a refurbished one just like it and buys it for her. (Insert ‘awww’ here.)

[Manga Maniac Café] What three things will you never find in Nick’s bedroom?

[Ashlyn Chase] Fragile antique furniture, frills, and the same woman twice.

[Manga Maniac Café] What is Brandee’s greatest regret?

[Ashlyn Chase] That artists have to make a living doing something else—in her case, waitressing.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Ashlyn Chase] My mother from whom I inherited my creativity and confidence to live my dream.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Ashlyn Chase] 1. Liquid. Can be coffee, tea or water. Must hydrate the brain. 2. Computer with spell check (I’m a terrible speller.) 3. A quiet environment. I need to hear the voices in my head. (I mean my characters voices, of course.)

[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Ashlyn Chase] Up in the Air. It’s a Blaze by Karen Foley. I don’t usually read military romances (being a peace-loving person) but it was great. I felt like I was right there in Afghanistan.

[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Ashlyn Chase] Odd as this may sound, The Godfather. I was just getting over a broken heart, and this book took me away from it all—not literally. I was riveted to my chair for three days.

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Ashlyn Chase] I like to make jewelry or see friends—or both if I’m visiting with someone creative.

[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?

[Ashlyn Chase] www.ashlynchase.com

Join my facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAshlynChase

Chat with me: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ashlynsnewbestfriends/

…and I tweet as GoddessAsh. https://twitter.com/#!/GoddessAsh

Ask me to sign your ebook at www.authorgraph.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Ashlyn-Chase/e/B002BOJ4FK/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1360590343&sr=1-2-ent

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

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About the book:

FLIRTING UNDER A FULL MOON BY ASHLYN CHASE – IN STORES APRIL 2013

Never Cry Werewolf…

Brandee has been dumped in every way possible, but by text is the last straw. That’s it—she’s officially done with men. Unfortunately, she’s just been told her "soul mate" is the drool-worthy hottie all her friends call One-Night Nick.

Nick has been searching for true love for one hundred years. After all, werewolves mate for life, and he does not want to mess this up. As soon as he kisses Brandee, he knows she’s the one. But how will he convince a woman who knows nothing of paranormals that she’s about to be bound to a werewolf forever?

“A wonderful start to a very lighthearted series…” —Night Owl Reviews, 4.5 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A multi-published, award winning author Ashlyn Chase specializes in characters who reinvent themselves, having reinvented herself numerous times. She has worked as a psychiatric nurse, and for the Red Cross, and has a degree in behavioral sciences. She lives with her true-life hero husband in beautiful New Hampshire. The next book in the Flirting with Fangs Series, How to Date a Dragon, will be in stores in September 2013. For more information, please visit http://www.ashlynchase.com/, her Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/AuthorAshlynChase, and on Twitter https://twitter.com/GoddessAsh.

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Waiting on Wednesday–Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

At last, Diana gets a romance of her own! But with the last man anyone in Spindle Cove expects…

Beautiful and elegant, Miss Diana Highwood is destined to marry a wealthy, well-placed nobleman. At least, that’s what her mother has loudly declared to everyone in Spindle Cove.

But Diana’s not excited by dukes and lords. The only man who makes her heart pound is the village blacksmith, Aaron Dawes. By birth and fortune, they couldn’t be more wrong for each other…but during stolen, steamy moments in his forge, his strong hands feel so right.

Is their love forged strong enough to last, or are they just playing with fire?

 

What are you waiting on?