Thursday, July 31, 2014

Flaherty's Crossing Book Review

Flaherty's Crossing

By Kaylin McFarrin

Successful yet emotionally stifled artist Kate Flaherty stands at the deathbed of her estranged father, conflicted by his morphine-induced confession of his part in her mother's death. While racing home, Kate's car mishap leads her to a soul-searching discussion with a lone diner employee, prompting Kate to confront the true reasons her marriage hangs in the balance. When her night takes an expected turn, however, she flees for her life, a life desperate for faith that can only be found through her ability to forgive. 

Flaherty's Crossing has received the following awards, among many others: 2013 Wise Bear Book Silver Award - Best in Fiction, Contemporary Romance; 2012 Books & Authors Romance Book of the Year Award; 2010 Publisher's Award of Excellence; Finalist - 2008 RWA Golden Heart®, Romantic Elements; 1st place - 2007 Cleveland Rocks, Mainstream; 1st place - 2007 Gateway to the Best, Single Title; 1st place - 2007 Beacon, Unpublished Women's Fiction; 1st place - 2007 Golden Acorn (Charter Oak Romance Writers), Romantic Elements; 1st place - 2007 Hook, Line & Sinker; 1st place - 2007 Hot Prospects, Women's Fiction: 2nd place - 2007 Golden Rose, Mainstream; 2nd place - 2007 Touch of Magic, Mainstream; 2nd place - 2007 Where the Magic Begins, Women's Fiction 


Kate goes to see her dad for the last time, as he lies dying of cancer. In the hours and days following, revelations will test her sanity and marriage. Will she come away stronger, or will it destroy her?

It’s always hard to learn that things aren’t just black and white, that there’s usually a story behind it. I love the way Kate’s life makes full circle. I liked Kate but I have to say that the neighbor Wanda Finch was my favorite. This story brought out strong emotions in me, and had me crying by the end. I also liked the quote, “a photograph could capture the perfection of the model…but not the emotions the image evoked. These are very true words.

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About the Author

Kaylin McFarren
Kaylin McFarren is a rare bird indeed. Not a migratory sort, she prefers to hug the West Coast and keep family within visiting range. Although she has virtually been around the world, she was born in California, relocated with her family to Washington, and nested with her husband in Oregon. In addition to playing an active role in his business endeavors, she has been involved in all aspects of their three daughters' lives - taxi duties, cheerleading coaching, script rehearsals, and relationship counseling, to name but a few. Now she enjoys spending undisciplined time with her two young grandsons and hopes to have many more.

Although Kaylin wasn't born with a pen in hand like so many of her talented fellow authors, she has been actively involved in both business and personal writing projects for many years. As the director of a fine art gallery, she assisted in furthering the careers of numerous visual artists who under her guidance gained recognition through promotional opportunities and in national publications. Eager to spread her own creative wings, she has since steered her energy toward writing novels. As a result, she has earned more than a dozen literary awards and was a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA® Golden Heart contest.

Kaylin is a member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers. She received her AA in Literature at Highline Community College, which originally sparked her passion for writing. In her free time, she also enjoys giving back to the community through participation and support of various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Yefon Book Tour and Giveaway

A powerful, emotional tale of ambition and courage by Cameroonian-born Sahndra Fon Dufe, the Common Wealth of Nations recognized author of 'Dear momma'. (2004)

Yefon: The RedNecklace (YRN) is the first book of the YEFON trilogy series. It will have you wrapped up with emotions you didn’t know you had!

Young tribal girl, Yefon Labam, knows she’s different.

During the 1950's, in her Central African village, women are uneducated and are expected to either work on a farm or be one of many wives, but Yefon dares for more—she wants to learn how to read, even if looking at a book could mean her death.  Although everyone thinks she’s an abomination, including her mother and sisters, her father knows she’s destined for greater things.

When he is murdered, Yefon clings to the gift he gave her for inspiration—a red necklace. She soon comes to realize that the necklace is no ordinary ornament, but a talisman crafted by the spirits. Yefon walks a dangerous path that could lead to her freedom…or her death.


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Yefon had a miserable life. Her mother hated her and beat her constantly. Her sister and half-sisters all hated her, except for one, Kadoh. Having such a unique personality, Kadoh was always uplifting. The only other loving person in Yefon’s life was her father, and he adored her. The only problem was that he was home only one week each month. On her birthday, her father gives her a red necklace that once belonged to Ngonnso, the mother of her people. She soon discovers that the necklace is enchanted. 

Even though this is nowhere near my genre of reading, I enjoyed this story immensely. It was heartbreaking the way Yefon’s mother treated her. She spent enough time writing about it that I could tell how much it hurt her to not feel her mother’s love.  It’s only a wonder that she didn’t break under all her circumstances. Her father always told her that she was special, and she unwaveringly believed him. I think that is what strengthened her the most.

I latched onto a quote of hers that resonated with me. “There is a fun side to see in every activity-even your death. I have come to realize that it is always only a matter of perception.”  This is something I will be remembering in the future.
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Actress/ Writer/ Producer/ Humanitarian/ CEO

Cameroonian-born author, actress, humanitarian and business mogul Sahndra Fon Dufe is the young CEO of African Pictures International, and the co-founder of Gifted Minds Africa Foundation. 

She works at exposing the history, culture, and truth about Africa, women and the spirit within. The remarkable actress has been featured in numerous feature films, and commercials, and presently lives in Los Angeles with her hunk of a man, a closet full of shoes and too many vintage clothes. 

Sahndra spends her spare time perfecting her craft and soul-searching, on a journey to regain wholeness and cure the spirit. She also hunts for Egyptian artifacts, pieces which have captivated her imagination since childhood.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Pants on the Ground Book Review

Pants on the Ground

by Nancy Morgan

Lonely girl meets a boy on the internet and travels 3000 miles to be with him, pinning her hopes of a happy family life on him. When she finds out that he is addicted to having sex with the many women he meets on dating and sex sites, she takes matters into her own hands to try to make him into the man she hopes he can be. How far would she go to make her fantasies come true?


Amy meets Zack on an online dating website. Even though she is inexperienced in love matters, she decides to fly across the country to meet him, believing they were a perfect match. It doesn’t take long though for her to see how much different he is than what he had led her to believe.

It was interesting to see all the changes that Amy went through, as well as Zack. I reveled in each of their schemes, until Amy started going over to the darkside. I was glad when she got her justice, even though she went too far.  I had envisioned a different ending, but I’m glad the author is working on a continuing story. I look forward to reading how much more Amy can get away with.

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Nancy Morgan
Nancy Morgan was born in Abington, PA outside of Philadelphia. She grew up in the simpler days of the 1950's and 60's. She started writing in high school, somewhat inspired by the interesting writing style of John Lennon. She has lived in a variety of environments, including on a sailboat for two years. After five unsuccessful marriages, she has settled in with current husband, Scott Brooks, in Lake Havasu City, AZ, and enjoys the desert and lack of yard work. She has lots of stories in the works and enjoys sharing her work.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Sword and the Dragon Book Review

The Sword and the Dragon (The Wardstone Trilogy)

by M. R. Mathias

When the Royal Wizard of Westland poisons the king so that his puppet prince can take the throne and start a continental war, a young squire is forced to run for his life carrying the powerful sword that his dying monarch burdened him with from the death bed.

Two brothers find a magic ring and start on paths to becoming the most powerful sort of enemies, while an evil young sorceress unwillingly falls in love with one of them when he agrees to help her steal a dragon's egg for her father. Her father just happens to be the Royal Wizard, and despite his daughter's feelings, he would love nothing more than to sacrifice the boy! 

All of these characters, along with the Wolf King of Wildermont, the Lion Lord of Westland, and a magical hawk named Talon, are on a collision course toward Willa the Witch Queen's palace in the distant kingdom of Highwander. There the very bedrock is formed of the powerful magical substance called Wardstone. 

Who are the heroes? And will they get there before the Royal Wizard and his evil hordes do? Whatever happens, the journey will be spectacular, and the confrontation will be cataclysmic.


Upon King Balton’s untimely death, Mikahl was tasked with delivering a message and the king’s magical sword to the King of the Giants. Along his journey he aligns with an elf, and a couple of others, and form a lasting bond to the end.

I was emotionally drained by the time I finished this story. I had so much invested in the characters that I felt their pain too. Be forewarned, this is a very long story. But it was well worth the read. I didn’t like that it left the fate unknown for some, but I could tell that the story will continue, and I can’t wait to read it. 

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M. R. Mathias is an author who, in his past, spent several years in a Texas prison for minor drug possession. While he was there, he wrote several full length novels, and read several hundred more. The novels were written in longhand, without the luxury of spell check, or word processors, or even a dictionary. 'The Sword and the Dragon (Book One of the Wardstone Trilogy)', his 700 page epic fantasy debut, is available through Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords, and was featured in the Publishers Weekly Indie Select Showcase in Dec. 2010. It was also deemed one of the Top 10 indie fantasy releases of 2010 by Fantasy Book Critic. Several short stories, and his Dragoneers Saga series of novels are available as well. 

Mathias has been clean and free since his release, and he has every intention of staying that way. He says: "Writing was my salvation. I was on a Maximum Security Unit for a while, over a few fights. I was in a modern dungeon cell 23 hours a day, everyday. Every word on every page of The Wardstone Trilogy was a moment of freedom." 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fated For Love Book Tour and Giveaway

Book #8 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #16

FATED FOR LOVE is the second of six hot, wealthy, and wickedly naughty Braden cousins, and the newest additions to the BRADEN series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster.

Librarian Callie Barnes has visions of reading and relaxing—and maybe having a few too many drinks—on her girls’ weekend away. Her hopes are crushed when her friends pull into a dude ranch instead of a spa, and she refuses to stay longer than one night. That is…until she realizes the ranch is owned by sinfully sexy, and dangerously rugged, Wes Braden—the subject of her late-night fantasies.

Fearless rancher Wes Braden thinks he’s the luckiest guy on the planet when the sweet, sexy librarian from his hometown shows up at his ranch. Their connection is white-hot, making it impossible for either to ignore their carnal desires. Wes is more than willing to convert sweet Callie from chick lit to a world of erotic romance, but Callie ties sex to love, and Wes avoids commitment like the plague.

Callie is thrust into physically demanding activities that ignite her deepest fears. Luckily, Wes is as tender as he is strong, and he’s there every step of the way to help her find her inner strength. With Callie’s influence, Wes might even discover that he’s been nursing a few fears of his own. Passion pulls Callie and Wes from their safe, comfortable lives into each other’s arms, and they’re about to find out just how alike they really are.

THE BRADEN COUSINS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series
**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Wes Braden has got to be the most perfect man alive. I think I fell in love with him alongside Callie. I mean, how do you top a surprise fantasy ball with all the trimmings? And when he realized that they were soul mates, it gave me goose bumps.

It was intriguing learning about Wes’ family, especially his gorgeous brothers. This being the first book I have read by Melissa Foster, I didn’t know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised.  This book can be read without the others, but Ms. Foster added enough back-story to peak my interest. It’s a guarantee that I will go back and read about the Braden Clan from the beginning.

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Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of a number of International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest or her personal website.

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