Monday, June 1, 2015

Book Review for A Saint's Salvation by Beverly Ovalle


A Saint's Salvation 
by Beverly Ovalle

5 stars
Reviewed by : Tonya
Format : Kindle Edition
Published by : Secret Cravings Publishing

Source: Purchased Copy
Gene:  Romance ,War,Military 
 http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23697559-sawyer-beckett-s-baby-mama-drama-guide-for-dummies
Blurb

Corporal Nicholas 'Saint' Santiago needs to go 

home to reclaim the man he used to be. To be

 the man he was before Operation Enduring

 Freedom slowly hardened his heart. He needs 

to reconnect to the values and the reasons he is

 doing what he does. Saint also needs to try to

 forget the courageous woman he knows was

meant to be his.


Petty Officer Angelina Jones' life changed the 


moment Saint saved her life. She survived the

 blast but now has to deal with the fact that she 

will never be whole. Knowing Saint received a

 'Dear John' letter, Angelina has no intention of

 being his rebound romance. She needs to be 

loved for herself. She needs to forget about the

 one man she knows was meant to be hers.


They each try to find someone to help them


 forget
.
But what does fate have planned for them?

Our Review



This book reached in and touched my soul. I had to keep a tissue handy - so many parts throughout tug at your heart strings and bring a tear to your eye. Of course one minute you are blubbering and the next you are giggling at a funny comment or incident. 

Nick (Saint by his friends) is a Marine and is over in Afghanistan and lives by the motto Semper Fi, Always Faithful. As an Army veteran I have a love for all those who serve & have served but an even deeper respect for marines. They are the best of the best. Nick was faithful to his family, friends and never waivers in his faith in God but most importantly to the Corp. 

Of course years of battle, war, loss and pain drags you down. Dear John letters, injuries and death can drain your soul and steal your spirit and Nick needed to be recharged. He needed to know all that he did meant something. 

Doc was the beautiful Marine that Nick's heart flipped over but being the man he was that's as far as it went. But then it happened and their lives were changed. Oh uh don't go assuming on that statement LOL

Nick finally gets leave and time with his family and the healing begins. Of course, in the arms of Angelina seals the last of the black hole. The chemistry between these two on their blind matched date is enough to make you need a cold shower. 

What a great story, my heart leapt out time and time again reading this book. I can't wait to see what happens with Nick and Angelina. If what they found continues, does he go back, what happens next. 

Oh make sure you read the "About The Author" at the end. I have an even more or new found respect for Beverly. Thank you Beverly for all that you do and again Thank you to your son.














Grand Finale Blitz for Suspicious/The Sheriff of Shelter Valley - Harlequin Romantic Suspense

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

We're blitzing the Grand Finale for:
Suspicious & The Sheriff of Shelter Valley
By Heather Graham & Tara Taylor Quinn

This Harlequin Bestseller Author Collection is the re-release of Suspicious by Heather Graham and The Sheriff of Shelter Valley by Tara Taylor Quinn, two best-selling romantic suspense books.

Here are some snippets from each stop. . .


Beck Valley Books - The Sheriff of Shelter Valley

Several years ago my editor suggested that I might want to write a series of books set in the same town. I could pick any town, big or small, real or fictional. I pondered for a day or two. Took the question with me as I went about my life. And the one thing that kept coming back to me, not from a sales standpoint, or even a larger than life one, was that I had to set my town in Arizona. Because if this series was a success, I was going to be spending a lot of mental and emotional time in this town. I was going to have to want to be there. I was going to have to love it. So that my readers would want to be there – and love it – too.

Diana’s Book Reviews - Audiobook of Suspicious

Hot off the press from Harlequin Books: Toronto, New York (May 21, 2015)—Harlequin and HarperCollins Publishers today announced the launch of Harlequin Audio, a new imprint that will produce audio versions of Harlequin titles. The imprint will release its first titles on June 30, 2015. . .

In its first year, Harlequin Audio plans to release 200 titles. . . . All titles will be available in the retail and library space.

AND…ttq is among them!!! SOOOO excited! Along with Heather Graham’s Suspicious, The Sheriff of Shelter Valley, read by the great Cris Dukehart, is out July 7th!!!!! Yep, right up there in the first wave of releases!! Whew, there, I finally got to spill my beans. I’ve been sitting on this news for over a month!

Brooke Blogs - Suspicious

I’m delighted that Suspicious, a popular early (or earlier!) book of mine is being reissued, together with Tara’s The Sheriff of Shelter Valley. Written ten years ago, Suspicious is set in South Florida. . .

In Suspicious, we’re looking mostly at a tract of land that stretches across the lower end of the state. There are really two roads that cross it–Alligator Alley, recently incorporated into I-75. You can pop out of the Weston area of Broward County and visit Big Cypress and a wonderful Seminole museum.

Or you can take the Tamiami Trail.


Go back and read the rest. . .

Suspicious & The Sheriff of Shelter Valley
(Bestselling Author Collection)
Adult Romantic Suspense
Paperback, ebook, & audiobook 544 pages
May 26th 2015 by Harlequin

Suspicious
by Heather Graham

Cold-blooded predators lurk in the Everglades—and not all of them are gators

When Jesse Crane returned to his roots to serve on the Miccosukee police force, he'd hoped to leave behind the violence of the city and the memories of his murdered wife. But bodies start to pile up in Jesse's corner of the sultry Florida swampland…

As he probes these crimes, Jesse is drawn to the beautiful Lorena Fortier, a new hire at the local gator farm and research facility. Lorena is a little too interested in Jesse's investigation, but before he can uncover her true motives, they're both pulled into a dangerous web of greed, ambition and animal cunning. To survive, they'll have to decide whether they can trust each other…before the hunters become the hunted.

The Sheriff of Shelter Valley
by Tara Taylor Quinn

Six months ago, Beth woke up with no memory of her past, a bruised face and a little boy who called her "Mama." Until her memory returns, the most dangerous thing she can do is to fall for the sheriff—the one man who can uncover the truth and destroy the person she's become.


New York Times and USA Today best selling author, Heather Graham, majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write. Her first book was with Dell, and since then, she has written over two hundred novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult and Christmas family fare.

She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty-five languages. She has written over 200 novels and has 60 million books in print. She has been honored with awards from booksellers and writers’ organizations for excellence in her work, and she is also proud to be a recipient of the Silver Bullet from Thriller Writers. (And award for charitable endeavors.) Heather has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, Mystery Book Club, People and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including Today, Entertainment Tonight and local television.

Heather loves travel and anything that has to do with the water, and is a certified scuba diver. She also loves ballroom dancing. Each year she hosts the Vampire Ball and Dinner theater at the RT convention raising money for the Pediatric Aids Society and in 2006 she hosted the first Writers for New Orleans Workshop to benefit the stricken Gulf Region. She is also the founder of “The Slush Pile Players,” presenting something that’s “almost like entertainment” for various conferences and benefits. Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living.


Tara Taylor Quinn

The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. She is known for delivering deeply emotional and psychologically astute novels of suspense and romance. Tara is a recipient of the Reader’s Choice Award, a five time finalist for the RWA Rita Award, the Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Bookseller’s Best Award and appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists. Tara is the past-president of Romance Writers of America and served eight years on that board of directors. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning and is a frequent guest speaker. In her spare time Tara likes to travel, climb Arizona mountains, and inline skate.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233. 


Click on the banner to take you to Tara's landing page for all her tour events.

As part of Spend the Summer with Tara Taylor Quinn, Tara is holding a contest for those who share on social media about how they love life during the summer! Each day you can share an image, picture, or quote, linking to her events' landing page (http://www.tarataylorquinn.com/Summer%20With%20ttq.html) to enter to win ONE BIG SUMMER BASKET!!!

Beach-themed basket will include: shell wind chime, shell choker and matching bracelet, beach/flip flop note cards, picture frame, 4x6 picture album, plus some surprise print copies of Tara's books (including Once Upon a Friendship).

Share must be public to be eligible, one each day. US only. Giveaway ends July 16th



Tour Giveaways
GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY
(All to one winner - US only.)
$10 VISA Gift Card
Copies of all five books on Tara's Summer Tour
Spend the Summer with TTQ T-Shirt
Ends July 16th
SUSPICIOUS GIVEAWAY
$10 VISA Gift Card (INT)
Print copy of Suspicious/The Sheriff of Shelter Valley (US only)
2 ebooks of Suspicious/The Sheriff of Shelter Valley (INT)
Spend the Summer with TTQ T-shirt (US only)

One Month Blog Tour for His Cemetery Doll by Brantwijn Serrah from June 1 to June 30, 2015.




Presented by: Sparkle Book Tours








His Cemetery Doll by Brantwijn Serrah
 
Audience: Adult 18+ - Genre: Paranormal Romance/Suspense - Format: Ebook and Paperback - Publisher: Foreplay and Fangs Supernatural Romance - Cover by: Brantwijn Serrah - Editor: Jayne Wolf - Pages: 194 - ISBN: 9781513050829 - ASIN: B00X6567H6 - Date Published: Re-release date: May 4th, 2015
 

Conall Mackay never put stock in ghost stories. Not even after thirteen years serving as the cemetery keeper in the village of Whitetail Knoll. But things change. Now, his daughter is dreaming of a figure among the tombstones. The grounds are overrun by dark thorns almost faster than Con can clear them. White fog and gray ribbons creep up on him in the night, and a voiceless beauty beckons him from the darkest corners of the graves.
When the world he knows starts to unravel, Conall might finally be forced to believe.
 





He hadn't slept long before he heard sounds from down in the kitchen below. "Shyla!" he called gruffly. "Weren't you heading into town?"
No answer came from below, but the sounds of pots clanging told him his daughter toyed about down there. Perhaps she'd decided not to leave him after all and taken it into her head to now re-organize the house, since he'd so clearly wanted her to stay out of the cemetery. With a low groan, Conall rolled out of bed and stepped out into the hall. "Shyla!" he called again, coming to the head of the stairs. If she had stayed home, she could at least do it without making a lot of noise.
"Shyla, I—"
He staggered then, as the hallway dimmed. Afternoon light flickered strangely, lightning cracking a dismal sky outside, and in the space of time afterward everything else darkened. Conall darted a glance around him as the house fell into shadow.
From the top of the stairwell, he saw the first whispering tendrils of white fog.
The heat of adrenaline shot through his limbs. Conall stumbled back into his bedroom, even as the fog pursued. His gaze shot to the window as the last gray light of day faded away and eerie darkness replaced it, like an eclipse sliding over the sun.
More cold mists veiled the glass, dancing and floating. Trembling overtook him as he spun to find another escape.
He froze, finding himself face-to-face with the broken mask of the cemetery doll. "You—" he gasped. His breath came out white as the fog enveloped them both, leaving a space of mere inches between them, so he could still see her expressionless face. Gray ribbons wound and curled through the air around him. "Who are you?" he asked.
The doll stared up at him. He sensed her searching, looking into his eyes even though hers remained covered. She held him there with her unseen gaze, until her cool, cold hand came up to touch his bare chest.
Conall let out a low breath. He closed his eyes, and a shudder of strange ease rippled through his body. The cool pads of her fingers ran down his sternum, to his navel. The silky ribbons brushed along his side.
Then he noticed her other hand. She lifted it up, to her own chest, and she held something tightly in her fingers: Shyla's stuffed dog.
"I made that...for my daughter," he whispered. The woman with the broken mask tilted her head down toward the small toy, studying it. For a fraction of a second, her fingers appeared to tighten around it. She returned her gaze to him, then, and the toy fell from her grip into the fog, forgotten.
"Wait—" he said, but she brought her other hand up to his chest to join the first, and he recognized eagerness in the way she pressed her icy skin against his. Her face tilted to him, and then came her lips again, ivory and flawless.
"I—" Conall breathed. "I...don't understand..."
Her fingers slid up, around his neck, but he pulled away.
"No, this...this can't real. I'm asleep. I must be."
Gray ribbons danced, pulling him back to her, and she stroked his face. He sucked in a breath at her touch and found his own hand coming up to brush hers. "You're so cold," he said. "Like stone...but..."
Her cool touch thrilled him; it made his skin tingle and the heat of his own body sing. Her perfect flesh did, in fact, prove soft under his hands, as if the contact with his worn calluses infused cold ivory with yearning. She caressed his cheek, and Conall leaned into it. Before he could stop himself, he bowed his head to her and kissed her frozen lips.





Shyla Mackay
Lucy Merriam

Conall MacKay
Joe Manganiello 






Broken Doll
Kristen Bell



Father Frederick
David Thewlis


 

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Angels with Attitude - Author Interview

What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book?

 Conall is a very cynical man and clings to his skepticism quite a bit. I’m not like that….I think I would have dived headlong into the horror of a ghost haunting my graveyard. Con probably has it right, though. If it was me, I’d probably be too terrified to look any further into the mystery to find out what’s really behind it.

What was your inspiration behind this book? 

There are a lot. The seeds of the plot itself came from an adventure I imagined for a role-playing group of mine. I’m an avid pen-and-paper RPG girl. The idea of the doll came from a haunted maze I went through one Halloween, not really because it was scary so much as the costumes and makeup of the women were so incredibly gorgeous. I wanted an utterly beautiful supernatural creature like that to be the center of my story. 

Why did you become a writer? 

I just really, really love to tell stories. The only thing better than weaving these stories together is hearing that others have enjoyed them.
Do you have a favorite author or authors? I have a few. Sarah Waters is the author who can most draw me in and make me lose myself in a story. Jim Butcher is the most “fun”. Stephen King is the one who made me most want to write down and share my own stories.  Since coming to know more Indie Authors in my field, I have to say I really admire and love the works of Torie James (New Camelot Series), Rebekah Lewis (The Cursed Satyroi), and Decadent Kane (The Trouble with Elves).


Do you like to write your books in a continuing series? 

 Although His Cemetery Doll is not part of a series…and I don’t know where I’d go with the story next if it was…I do have two other series, the Books of Blood and Fire and the Chronicles of the Four Courts, which were originally released by Breathless Press and soon to be re-released by Champagne Books. I’m working on another series, something along the lines of Conan the Barbarian meets power exchange romance, and I envision that will be a trilogy.
If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why? It’s terrible, because I’m sure she’d break my heart…but I have a thing for Selena Dawes from Affinity. I could also see my way into Lara Raith’s pants, from The Dresden Files, or Thomas Raith. What can I say? Those white court vampires…


What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time?

 I’ve been reading more romance, paranormal romance, and BDSM romance in recent years, stuff that’s primarily in my genre, but I have had a bit of an overdose on it lately so I’ve taken a break with some new Stephen Kings I hadn’t read yet like Under the Dome and Duma Key.


As a reader and writer I think it is important to get to know your fans and make a connection with them as an author who takes the extra step to hear what their fans think and want in their continued writing is continued success and key to selling more books .Do you agree with that?

 Absolutely! I love to be in touch with fans and to hear their feelings. I adore comments on my blogs or on my Facebook page, and interactions on Twitter. I love to talk shop, or even talk about other authors and works they like as well! As I said, I’ve always wanted to be a storyteller, and to me, you can’t really be a storyteller without people to tell your stories to!

Do you cry when writing sad scenes?

 I don’t usually cry, but do get very emotionally invested, especially if I know it’s a sad scene without an eventual happy ending...and I don’t always write happy endings. I can put myself into a little bit of a depressive state after doing anything especially sad to my characters.


Did you have a Cover Designer? 

When His Cemetery Doll was originally released by Breathless Press, it’s first cover design was a custom illustration by Happi Anarky. For the re-release, though, I designed my own cover. It’s the first cover design I’ve ever done myself.


Who is your fictional boyfriend or girlfriend crush? 

Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or Dean from Supernatural (I know, I’m not very original when it comes to fictional crushes.)  Also, Maria Bello, please call me?


If you were able to dine and have a one on one with your favorite writer/author who would it be?

 I could really go for lunch at Chili’s and a game of League of Legends with Jim Butcher.  I’ve gotten a lot better at top lane, Jim!
Do just re-read your favorite books? I’m always re-reading The Dresden Files, The Hunger Games, and my favorite Stephen King books. I’m working my way through The Dark Tower series again right now.


Do you ever get in a reading slump like your readers do? 

That’s usually when I pull up some of those favorite series again! I find The Hunger Games is best for me when this happens. The Dresden Files is good if I’m in a writing slump, though.


What is the funniest book you ever read? 

I don’t often read a lot of humor or satire, but I’m a fan of The HitchHiker’s Guide. Again, I know, not that original. 


The story of His Cemetery Doll has been waiting to be told since Brantwijn Serrah first began jotting things down in her school notebooks instead of doing her homework. Conall Mackay and his lady ghost have existed for Brantwijn, in some form or another, longer than almost any other characters she's collected. This tale of a haunted graveyard and imprisoned beauty is, in Brantwijn's opinion, a wonderful way to finally bring them to life.
When she isn't visiting the worlds of immortals, demons, dragons and goblins, Brantwijn fills her time with artistic endeavors: sketching, painting, customizing My Little Ponies and sewing plushies for friends. She can't handle coffee unless there's enough cream and sugar to make it a milkshake, but try and sweeten her tea and she will never forgive you. She moonlights as a futon for four lazy cats, loves tabletop role-play games, and can spend hours watching Futurama, Claymore or Buffy the Vampire Slayer while she writes or draws.
In addition to her novels, Brantwijn has had several stories published in anthologies by Breathless Press, including the 2013 Crimson Anthology and 2014 Ravaged Anthology. She's also had a short story published in the Cleiss Press Big Book of Orgasm and the anthology Coming Together Through The Storm. She hopes to have several more tales to tell as time goes on. She has author pages on GoodReads and Amazon, and loves to see reader comments on her work. Her short stories occasionally pop up at Foreplay and Fangs, her blog at http://brantwijn.blogspot.com.
 
 




 

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TTC Books and more
 

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Deal Sharing Aunt
 

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Bound 2 Escape
 

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A Dirty Book Affair
 

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Angels with Attitude Book Reviews
 

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Indy Book Fairy
 

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The Avid Reader
 

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Melissa M Wolff
 

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Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom
 

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Eclipse Reviews
 

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Portals to New Worlds
 

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Books Books Books
 

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Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books
 

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Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog