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review 2018-01-17 15:39
Hardened Hearts edited by Eddie Generous
Hardened Hearts - Eddie Generous,Somer Canon,Calvin Demmer,Gwendolyn Kiste,Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi,Meg Elison,Theresa Braun,Laura Blackwell,John Boden,Kathleen W. Deady,James R. Newman


HARDENED HEARTS contains dark fiction stories connected by the theme of love-all kinds of love. This book's strength is in its diversity. It covers so many facets of the subject, there's something here for everyone.


The tales that stood out for me were:


Calvin Demmer's story WHAT IS LOVE. This story knocked my socks off and I will be tracking down more from this author!


THE HEART OF THE ORCHARD by Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi. This read almost like a warped fairy tale, and as we all know, fairy tales can often be quite grim.


PINK BALLOON by Tom Deady was my favorite story in the book. It totally broke my heart.


HEIRLOOM by Theresa Braun. I love tales about mirrors and this was an excellent example of why. This was my first experience with Theresa Braun's work and we are off to a good start.


THE RECLUSE by John Boden. Short and sweet, Boden always impresses me.


ClASS OF 2000 by Robert Dean. I guess the moral of this tale is not to mess with someone that can throw a baseball at 100 mph. It seems like common sense to me.


BURNING SAMANTHA by Scott Hallum. I had never previously heard of Scott, but he's on my radar now.


50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR MONSTER LOVER by Gwendolyn Kiste. Here is another author that I haven't had any experience with but whose story was impressive.


Lastly, IT'S MY PARTY AND I'LL CRY IF I WANT TO by J.L. Knight. A heartbreaking story about love and loss. Poignant and dark all at the same time.



9 of the 17 tales resonated deeply with me and that's above average, so I rounded up my original rating from 3 to 4 stars. I have some new authors to follow and I think they are offering up original work which only improves the genre. Bravo!


Recommended for fans of diverse dark fiction!


*Thanks to John Boden for providing an e-ARC of this anthology in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*


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review 2016-11-28 08:00
Broken Paper Hearts
Broken Paper Hearts - Seanan McGuire

Broken Paper Hearts was very abrupt. It was also very short. While I see this extra settles the abruptness of the terribly events in this story, I was a bit unsettled by it. I knew it had to be coming since I was nearing the end of the short stories, but somehow it still took me by surprise (which it really shouldn't have been considering the title).

I'm not looking forward to reading the last story, The Star of New Mexico, now...

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review 2016-11-16 19:37
Big Little Lies Review
Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty

Lies generally serve a purpose.

To save someone from harm. To make one look better to their peers. To get out of a jam.

When we were children, we were always told to NEVER tell a lie. You would get into so much trouble if you told a lie as a child. I for one remember the punishments for lying.

As you got a little older you found out there others have lied to you before...but it's okay. It was just a white lie...which to our understanding THAT lie was to save us from harm.

Then we grew up. One lie after another. But it's okay. We are now adults, so we can tell big lies. We just tell the kids it's a white lie and that they shouldn't lie at all. (And we get away with it.)

Well, sometimes we can get away with them.

A group of parents are getting ready to take their kids to school. A few moms stick together like before; a few new mothers are in town needing guidance. First day of school can be hectic, but once you deal with the cliques; getting the kids ready the rest of the day should go easy as baking a pie.

Apparently someone forgot to set the timer on that pie for it just burned!!

A child is accusing another child of bullying; teachers get worried, want it solved right away so saying your sorry is in order. But, the child in question says it wasn't him. As any parent would do they stick up for their child. Of course other Mom's don't agree with that policy and name calling gets thrown out into the air, and people start having opinions of others (especially if they are new to the town) and start gathering in their cliques to force others to choose: Truth, or power.

It isn't easy for Jane to be new in town and trying to understand the small town antidotes but when her son is accused of bullying and she fully well knows he didn't do it, it just takes the cake. Good thing she became good friends with a woman wouldn't shouldn't be reckoned with. Madeline has been there, done all that even had a divorce. She knows the in's and out's of the small town and knows everyone and everyone knows her. Even though she used to part (or known) the cliques, she sides with the new girl. Helps her out of jams once in a while. Of course she doesn't do this alone, she has help from her friend Celeste.

A woman who has everything: wonderful, handsome husband and two loving boys. She has a wonderful house, beautiful looks, great clothes. Everyone marvels on how she can handle twin boys and always being there for the school/church activities. But we must ask ourselves...do we really know our neighbors? Or do we see what we are supposed to see?

Lies are like a domino effect: once one gets going, it gets tough to stop them from growing. But also like in domino's, somehow, somewhere the domino's stop falling. How would you like the domino's to stop thought is the question? Towards you? Or something more sinister?

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/19486412-big-little-lies
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text 2016-10-13 16:32
Blog Tour Stop for Broken Hearts by M.O.Kenyan with Interview and Giveaway


Today’s post is for M.O. Kenyan’s Broken Hearts . We will have info about the books and author. A great interview with M.O. As well as a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

Happy Reading :) 





A wife for hire, turned into his most precious possession. Drew had to annul his marriage hours after he said I do, when he found his wife and best man in a compromising position. In order to claim his inheritance he needs to find a wife in 24 hours.     Falling in love with sleeping beauty. Piper first saw him in the ER after a gruesome accident, she watched over him for several days, finding something new to love each day. So when he finally wakes up and asks her to marry him, she obviously said yes. Piper just didn't know that this fairy tale, didn't end with a Happily Ever After.


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Tell us about your writing - What genre do you prefer to write? What books, stories, other publications that you've written are your personal favorites? Anything new coming up?


Currently I mostly write about contemporary romance. I only have one action romance, it’s called SECRETS, feel free to check it out.

My personal favorites has to be ONE NIGHT STAND: THE NEW YORKER BOOK 3 and, HIS LOVE, SECRETS. There are those books that make me want to write more and those two are my picks. Actually One Night Stand is the reason why The New Yorker series was born. There were all these people around Rich and Cat, and I also wondered what their lives were like. I am currently writing Book 6 & drafting book 7, I’m excited because they are going to be different. I love growth stories like HER LOVE STORY & HIS LOVE, dislikable but characters you can empathize with. Real, I’m the girl who stood up at literature class and said Romeo and Juliette was a dumb story. Love should be something that drives you to open your eyes and face life every day. Your first love should always be yourself, Book 6 of The New Yorkers kind of touches on that. The reality of love, it’s not always a happy ending. (MY PATH)

New stuff, I am always scribbling ideas my main problem is time. I’m a Digital Editor of a magazine in Kenya, so if a day would have 48 hours instead of 24, it would be great. I’m also drafting a couple of scripts….let’s just say my creative mind never sleeps.



What about you as a person? What do you do to relax? Favorite movies or tv shows? Hobbies?


I spend most of my time in my imagination, but I’m not oblivious to reality. I’m am a realist through and through. But I want to fall in love with love, so that’s where my writing comes in.

Relax? I watch K-Dramas or Mexican and Filipino telenovelas.

Favorite movie? It’s like asking me my favorite song. I don’t have one. Call it commitment issues, but there is never that one for me. At the moment I’m into K-pop groups Shinee & APink, for obvious reason. But I really love Camilla and Louis Fonsi, they are Mexican musicians.

Hobbies, writing, singing, basketball and dancing off beat.



What gets your creative juices going? Do you write to a music, and do you want to share your playlist?


That depends, I can look at something, hear a phrase of just a beat and I want to write. I take out my pen and note book and scribble. I have so many notebooks with scribbles that wouldn’t make sense to anyone but mean everything to me.

Playlist, nothing really specific, just songs that make you catch that ‘I’m going to cry feeling’. Honest songs, sang honestly. You should try Ailee, Beige, Hyorin, basically OST. That takes care of Kpop. Camilla, Luis Fonsi, Jencarlos Canela from Mexico, Sarah Gerenimo, Regina Valasquez, Yeng Constantine and KZ Tandigan from the Philipines, Elani from Kenya….basically it’s a mix of different artists from different countries and languages.



"All writers must have cats, especially if they write fantasy or speculative fiction." Do you have a stand on this one? Any cute pictures of your kitty or other pet?


I don’t like cats, I feel like they are up to something. Planning my demise as they lick their paws kind of suspicion, plus I’m a little allergic. I don’t keep cats near me.



What organizations do you recommend for those wanting to become writers? Any advice you'd like to share about writing?


Organization….as in publisher? I don’t really have a specific one. I’ve had around 7 publishers since I started out. Each had different experiences. As for advice I would say self-publish, and put it out there for free. Just like a small book of 10,000 words. Allow the critics both with good and bad intentions to slaughter you. Pay attention to what makes sense, and that will help improve your writing. If someone gives you a valid reason for a one star look into it, if they didn’t even bother to finish the book, that person should be a nonfactor to you.

So basically my advice would be to pay attention. There is so much life around you that can inspire your writing to be great. Copy pasting other people’s work is the influence of the devil. You’d be cheating yourself, your talent and destroying any trust you had in yourself.






Reading,Writing,Romance, Creativity and Imagination. These are the words that describe my work. I was born in Nairobi Kenya and had a passion for books ever since I could remember. Romance and love have always been a strange phenomenon for me. I have always wanted to change the ending of a love story. I decided to start writing my own.




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review 2016-08-26 03:21
Civil War and Broken Hearts by Julie Lynn Hayes
Civil War and Broken Hearts (Rose and Thorne Book 2) - Julie Lynn Hayes

“...Well I've found my one and only like the long, lonesome river finds the sea and I can't believe how lucky I was that you and your love were waiting around for me...You're my darling one and only...” ~ Gladys Knight (The One and Only)

When Ethan, of 'Civil War and Broken Hearts by Julie Lynn Hayes, shows Vinnie an article about a civil war movie they are shooting in town in which actress Caroline St. Clair is staring,  it starts an argument between them. They have met her before and Vinnie can't stand her. He is still convinced that she is after his man. Ethan keeps trying to tell him that he is overreacting but Vinnie is sure he's right. Assuming that there is little chance they will run into her, Ethan and Vinnie set out to enjoy a rare day off. However, their plans are rudely interrupted by their boss, Anderson Riley, calling with a new case that needs immediate attention. Anderson asks them to come and to pack a bag. Neither are very happy about it, but when Vinnie learns what their assignment involves - guarding Caroline St. Clair - he is very unhappy.

St. Clair has been receiving death threats and Ethan and Vinnie are there to flush out the culprit before any harm comes to her. Vinnie hates the idea of being so close to someone who so obviously wants his man, but knows he has to remain as professional as possible. But, when Vinnie hears the details of the undercover operation, in spite of the effect it will have on his and Ethan's careers, he almost loses it. St. Clair has arranged for Ethan to play her boyfriend, which also means he will have to sleep in her suite, while Vinnie poses as a personal assistant to Troy Garrett, her very handsome and very gay co-star with whom Vinnie will share accommodations. Before the assignment even begins, St. Clair has found a way to “divide and conquer” by separating Vinnie and Ethan.

As the investigation continues, so does St. Clair's attempted seduction of Ethan as well as her efforts to humiliate and hurt Vinnie. But she's got an ulterior motive being so “cozy” with Ethan. She doesn't really want Ethan; she's trying to make her ex-fiancé and current director, Gordon Daimler, jealous. It doesn't work. In fact, it seems that Gordon and his new woman try their best to rub their being together in. When Gordon makes the announcement that his new girlfriend is now his fiancée, St. Clair fights back by claiming that she and Ethan are engaged as well. By this point, Vinnie has had it. But when Ethan gets a call from their boss he has to tell Vinnie that St. Clair told him that Vinnie is distracting Ethan and wants Vinnie off the case. But it gets worse. Vinnie is not only dismissed from his current investigation, he's suspended with orders to stay away from Caroline St. Clair.

These stories are exceedingly entertaining and well written. Stories written in first person are tricky, at best, and sometimes difficult to pull off, but Julie does a terrific job using Vinnie as narrator. He's such a complex character that seeing a situation through his eyes makes everything more emotional - from his joy and love for Ethan to his heartaches and sorrows when he's feeling down, inadequate, and undeserving of Ethan's love. Being privy to Vinnie's thoughts had a powerful impact on my connection with what was happening. A pleasant and unexpected surprise was Troy's personality. I was expecting a spoiled, privileged diva and was introduced to a generally nice guy who comforted Vinnie when times got rough and did what he could to make things easier for Vinnie and Ethan. I'm certain that after this escapade, Vinnie and Ethan will not be saying “Hooray for Hollywood” anytime soon, if ever again. If you like stories involving movies set during the Civil War, Hollywood stars, filmmaking, jealousy, and suspense, you may enjoy this book. Thanks, Julie, for letting me visit with Ethan and Vinnie again. I'm looking forward to book three!



Source: www.rainbowbookreviews.com/book-reviews/civil-war-and-broken-hearts-rose-and-thorne-2-by-julie-lynn-hayes-at-dreamspinner-press
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