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Review: Once Upon A (Stolen) Time By: Samreen Ahsan

Review: Once Upon A (Stolen) Time By: Samreen Ahsan

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Once-Upon-Stolen-Time-Book-ebook/dp/B016XI5836/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1475271419&sr=8-1&keywords=once+upon+a+stolen+time

This book! The only way to describe it is lyrical. . . Its no secret I love books that are completely unique and this one definitely fits the bill, it blends the historical aspects of Outlander By Diana Garbaldon or the Morna’s Legacy Series By Bethany Claire with the edge of your seat fantasy like Once Upon A Time (yes, I totally had to just throw that out there becuase Outlander is one of my favorite reads of all time, and I may be a smidge obsessed with Once Upon A Time!) I could relate a lot to Myra’s feelings in chapter one, I have often felt I was born in the wrong time period haha (don’t get me wrong I love a lot of modern conveniences but I have an appreciation for simpler times) 

This story blends seamlessly between Myra’s chapters from 2015 with Edward’s from 1415 and in his chapters is where we get the most beautiful passages and this one I think is my favorite but I know I highlighted a lot of them throughout the book.   
    ” She was a beautiful tender rose—I stole her fragrance, crushed her petals and burned her in hell. If I knew the fire with which I was conflagrating her would come to engulf me—I swear I wouldn’t have done it. Her spell is too strong for me not to fall; her curse is too mighty for me to run away.” Its so descriptive that I got the feeling immediately that Samreen was trying to convey. It was love, regret, passion and a little guilt maybe all wrapped in a bouquet of words.

Just a little over half way through everything takes an unexpected turn and all of a sudden some things make perfect sense. It reveals Myra’s connection to Hue Castle, and the depth of that connection (see I thought I had all the way figured out! Haha even I didn’t see any of the twists and turns coming) makes for one intense ending!

Cover Reveal! Garrett By: Karla Sorensen 

 

Title: Garrett

Series: Bachelors of the Ridge #2

Author: Karla Sorensen

Release Date: Oct 21, 2016

 

 

 

The one thing Garrett Calder and Aurora Anderson have in common is that they absolutely hate each other.

 

Garrett has the job that Aurora has worked for and wanted for years and it was handed to him on a silver platter, just like everything else in his life. The fact that he manages everything with the most annoyingly handsome smile on his equally annoying, handsome face is just icing on the freaking cake.

 

Aurora is not only the most beautiful, but the smartest, most infuriating woman Garrett has ever had the misfortune of meeting. Her sharp tongue and inability to be charmed by him makes her somehow more maddening, and she’s never let him get away with a single thing, not for the eight years they’ve worked together.

 

Garrett and Aurora are pushed into a situation neither of them want to be in— forced to work together for twelve months or risk losing everything. Twelve months where they can’t kill each other. Twelve long months, and only one of them will be left standing at the end. And in the process of surviving it—and each other—they’ll discover that there’s a very fine line between love and hate.

 

 

 

 

Well, let’s see … I’m a wife and a mother. I’m a writer who wants to make people smile when they read my words. I own a dog that sheds roughly eighteen pounds of hair every day. I am obsessed with Outlander (both the books and the show). I’m almost exclusively a romance reader, which means some people will never consider me a literary snob. If I could meet one historical figure, it would be Jane Austen. I received my Bachelors in Public Relations and worked in health care marketing before I had my babies. I hate Twitter. I do it, but I hate it. Also, if you want to get on my good side, bring me wine and I’ll love you forever. 

 

Review: Rising Storm- Season Two: Episode 7: Blinding Rain By: Elisabeth Naughton

Changes are coming for our sleepy little town! This season was a slow starter for me but once I got to episode 4 things really started to pick up and now that we have this episode and then the season finale things are reaching a fever pitch and its gonna be interesting to see where these late breaking developments are gonna factor in. 

Logan kicks us off this episode and its been a pretty rough season for our favorite Murphy. First, he thought he had it all last season and then losing it in a split second to say he’s dealing well is not entirely accurate. Secondly, being used as a pawn by the man who helped wreck his HEA potential was like kicking him when he’s down. So Logan is a bit introspective these days and there is another visitor heading to Storm to further complicate the situation. 

Ginny has a moment of strength and while in the flower shop gives us a peek at the strong woman she is becoming. That scene was important for a couple reasons and it was a catalyst for some major storyline points going forward. 

Mary Louise has to step in and keep Tate from tanking his political career and the will he pull his head out of his backside and realize that Mary Louise is perfect for him was pretty angsty! (I freely admit I was shouting at my kindle at this point) but I really like them together so I feel like we’ve got some resolution with the Johnson brothers conflict (FINALLY!) 

Toward the end of the episode the scene in the graveyard was so heartbreakingly beautiful that I had to go back and reread it, the after effect of that visit was seeing Logan with Delia was a turning point for Ginny and Britt and seeing the besties back 

Review: Rising Storm- Season Two: Episode 8: Blue Skies By: Dee Davis 

It all comes down to this! In a season filled with ups and downs, shocking returns and more blossoming romance than a Junior High Dance we have made it to another shocking season finale in a novella series that has come to be one of my favorites. (Really I only follow 2, this one and Palm South University By Kandi Steiner) 

Kicking off the episode with some secrets brought to light, turns out there is something in the water around Storm becuase all of a sudden the wives are calling their husband’s out on their indiscretions (thank goodness!) 

A lot of things begin to happen all at one time and more than one of Storm’s residents lives hang in the balance! But like all things there is balance and Ginny’s baby makes it entrance into the world, and the paternity shocker heard round the world happens and relationships are fixed and recommitted and some irrevocably changed. 

Despite it being a slow start to the season all of the slower parts definitely made me appreciate the last episode more because we finally got resolution for a lot of the storylines that we have been craving since we learned of the separate situations. All in all it was a spectacular season finale. 

Review: Rising Storm- Season Two: Episode 6: Quiet Storm By: Julie Kenner

This book has all sorts of shocking moments that I was not (apparently) mentally prepared for when I sat down to read it. I was left a little uncomfortable with the end of Episode 5 and so I was really hoping this episode did not pick up immediately back in that ending scene. It would have been a little too much so needless to say when I saw the character we were seeing first in episode 6 was Lacey Salt I was like okay, let’s get lost in the drama of Storm’s younger residents for a little bit then we will deal with the older residents. 

Lacey is feeling all kinds of mixed up and she wants to make amends and get her group of friends back but she burned all kinds of bridges and shut people out and unfortunately the youngest Salt is learning a tough lesson right now, I think she will figure it out though. I have a lot of hope for Lacey and Mallory’s friendship. 

Jeffry is also having to sort through some stuff and it was such a huge reveal that I really just wanted to give him and hug and tell him that I was proud of him for standing up for his feelings, what happens later in the episode shows his father’s true colors but we all already knew Sebastian is a pig so not really news there. I hate that for Jeffry though becuase he is such a likable, truthful character. He deserves to be loved and respected. 

I’m I the only one a little weirded out by the Patrick and Dakota thing? Like okay I get it, he wasn’t right for Marisol but out of everyone in town Dakota? Hopefully he will be her reason to stop being a brat and get her to grow up and see the truth but that’s a pretty tall order!  

Even though this episode was mostly about the younger residents of Storm I think it was an episode that really stands out for this season, it tackled issues that a lot of people ignore or get uncomfortable talking about or mock and I think its important that we do talk about them. Love is love people! Its not up to us to judge someone else, love yourself, love who you want to, and lastly be respectful to people! 

Review: Rising Storm – Season Two: Episode 5: Fire and Rain By: R.K. Lilley

This episode deals with the extreme fallout that Celeste is going through after the loss of Jacob and things are rapidly reaching a breaking point for her to where she is going to need to get help. Travis is torn on feeling a duty to take care of his wife, dealing with his own loss and trying to keep his affair from being the next scandal to rock storm. There is a lot going on in that family and I somehow don’t see a lot of resolution coming anytime soon for them because its pretty complicated. 

Another Salt dealing with some complex  situations is Lacey, in just a short time she has lost her brother, seen the decline in her parents marriage, destroyed her relationship with her best friend and fooled around with her best friend’s boyfriend, once she hears about what Mallory is going through with Hector’s return Lacey feels like she should put aside her pride and be there for her best friend, even if said friend wants her there or not. 

Anna Mae and Chase are starting to rebuild their relationship and to me this is the ultimate second chance romance storyline, he’s been away for years and she’s never loved anyone else, there are still somethings that have yet to be revealed but they are definitely making a start at fixing things. 

The episode ends on a violent note and there was so much of those last few pages that was hard to read, to where if you are sensitive to these issues I would definitely take care reading the ending of the episode. Joanne is not just accepting the status quo anymore and you have to admire that, but Hector and Dakota disgust me. I don’t know if they will ever find redemption from me in the course of this series. Dakota maybe at some point but Hector? . . . Not happening. 

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It was complicated, it was also just the beginning. 

A decision. 

A simple choice. 

There is always that one moment in life where things could have been different. That one moment where you could have chosen a path that would lead you down a certain road. 

A different life. 

It was easier to pretend that we were still best friends, and that she was my girl and I was her boy. 

Pretending was better than knowing the truth… 

I. Ruined. Us. 

I had her. 

I lost her. 

I love her. 

All I did was complicate us. 


It was only a matter of time until the truth came out. 

I never thought it would come to this… 

I tried, God knows I tried to stay away from her but eventually I crossed that line and broke that trust. I could no longer go back and I sure as fuck didn’t regret a single moment of it. I knew there would be hell to pay, I knew the wrath I’d be facing but I would willingly take the burns and scars just to have the love of my best friend’s sister. 

If there is one person I’d willingly go to hell and back for it was… 


Lillian Ryder 


I met her when I was sixteen. 

I fell in love with her when I was seventeen. 

She brought me to my knees when I was twenty. 

I loved her against reason.

 

I loved her against hope.

 

I loved her against all odds. 

Now she’s back, a constant reminder of what I lost, what could have been.

 

I hate her.

 

I resent her.

 

I still love her.

 

Can I forgive her… 


Will she be my end once again or my beginning? 


They say in order to find yourself you have to go home. 

What if home was what you were running from? 

Where did that leave you? 

Always on the other side of the fence. 

Always looking in. 

Always wishing you were someone you couldn’t be. 

Until one day you meet her. 

The one. 

She was my high, but she was also… 


My demise.





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She was born in New Jersey but was raised in Tampa Fl. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in psychology, with two years left. 

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Review: Rising Storm: Season Two- Episode 4: Lightning Strikes By: Lexi Blake

A storm is brewing and is about to break loose. There are relationships blossoming, some that are just finding their way and a shocking return that could change everything. 

Hitting the midway point of the season episode 4 is more jam packed than the other episodes! I have been eagerly awaiting some resolution or maybe advancement of the Joanne and Dillion storyline and boy does Lexi deliver! The cloud of Hector slipping around storm kinda overshadows their happiness but when a couple is meant to be sometimes that is enough to drive the storm clouds away. . . It just may take some time.

Ian and Marisol are so darn cute together, I like where that storyline might be heading. . . They have both had a hard go of it and could use something worthwhile, their chemistry just crackles when they are in the same space and when she warned him that Hector had been seen it was like they were already on the same page, it was just one of those simple moments but it really stood out to me how that whole scene played out. 

Hector’s arrival happened in a way I wasn’t quite expecting but in his typical style he just slimes in. . . And drops a bombshell. . . The ending of the episode leaves us with the Alverez’s embroiled in another scandal in Storm and leaves Marcus reeling with the decision on what to do next. All I know is the second half of the season is going to be dramatic! 

Review: Rising Storm – Season Two: Episode 3. Brave The Storm By: Lisa Mondello

After the shocking reveal about Hector lurking on the outskirts of Storm just biding his time we know that this season is beginning to esclate rather quickly and the town is primed to spark like a powder keg. 

One of the key changes in this season compared to season one is that each episode seems to be more episodic and contains snippets from all of the storylines instead of there being one couple who is the major focus and then we see the other townspeople just sporadically through the episode. It makes for a more encompassing read I think so you don’t have to wait for the next episode just to see more from your favorite character. 

After Chase Johnson’s harsh diagnosis of Parkinson’s he realizes that he needs to return home but his welcome hasn’t been exactly like the prodigal son coming home. He broke a lot of hearts when he up and left to pursue his dreams and now making amends is going to take some time but keeping his diagnosis a secret in a town as small as Storm is going to be difficult. Because as we’ve seen secrets have a tendency to be revealed at the worst time. 

Sebastian and Marylee are having to try and do damage control for Sebastian’s campaign and its not going well (to say the least!) Marylee hits upon trying to get Logan Murphy involved with the campaign again to help Sebastian’s image but like you can imagine that’s not gonna go over well. 

Celeste is still dealing with her grief over not only losing Jacob but also with the revelation that Ginny is in fact probably not carrying her grandchild which was a one-two punch that is not conducive to healing and moving on. And Travis and  Kristin are still having their affair right under the town’s noses and after Celeste figures that last secret out she is going to collapse like a house of cards. 

More visitors in the form of Max and Scott (Max was Jacob Salt’s roommate in college and was also good friends with Ginny) and those boys add a new complication to the events unfolding in town. And finally Sebastian’s press conference once again brings tensions back to a fever pitch! 

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