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review 2016-01-28 23:23
Excellent Story and Characters
The Core (Equilibrium) (Volume 1) - Kate Thomas

Ellie is very attracted to David but something isn’t right, so Ellie decides to try to find out the truth. She finds out more than she bargained for.

I enjoyed this book. Everything that Ellie had to deal with as her search progresses is really awesome. I love the story and plot. Characters were awesome I highly recommend.

**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review

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text 2015-07-01 15:40
Green Card: Marriage of Convenience Romance
An Engagement in Seattle: Groom WantedBride Wanted - Debbie Macomber
Rio Grande Wedding (Men Of The Land) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, #964) - Ruth Wind
Wanted: Outback Wife - Ally Blake
An Inconvenient Wife - Katy Madison
Mail-Order Groom: (Second Edition) - Cindy Flores Martinez
Kissing the Canvas - Billy London
Baily's Irish Dream / Czech Mate (Duets, No 88) - Stephanie Doyle,Kate Thomas
A Marriage of Convenience - Jewel Amethyst
Marry Me, Cowboy (Copper Mountain Rodeo) - Lilian Darcy
Temporary Wife - Joan Kilby

Anyone else a fan of the movie Green Card with Gérard Depardieu and Andie MacDowell

 

I loved that movie.  In case you A: Were not born or B Some how missed it in 1990 here is the plot according to IMDb 

 

George Faure is a Frenchman who has been offered a job in the U.S. But in order to get the job he must obtain a work permit - green card, and the easiest way is to marry an American. Bronte Parrish is a New Yorker who is a keen horticulturist and just found the perfect flat with its own greenhouse. Unfortunately the flat is for married couples only. A marriage of convenience seems the ideal solution to both problems. To convince the immigration officers they are married for love, they must move in with each other. As the mismatched couple attempt to cope with life together, they start to fall in love.

 

I love Marriage of Convenience plots!  I adore the couple time and the you must deal with each other.

 

For a Contemporary Romance what could be a more realisic reason for this kind of marriage that citizen status.  I do wish they had less "we are going to get found out" drama.

 

Here are some fun Green Card Romances with immigration needs for all kinds of reasons.

 

My lists are never in any particular order. Enjoy!  

 

1. An Engagement in Seattle by Debbie Macomber

 

Aleksandr Berinksi is a Russian biochemist in the U.S. on a visa that is about to expire. Marriage will allow him to stay—marriage to Julia Conrad. If Julia's going to save her Seattle-based company, she needs him as much as he needs her. There's a Groom Wanted in Julia's life. And not just any groom!

 

2. Rio Grande Wedding by Ruth Wind

 

One kiss stole her heart. So when Molly Sheffield realized Alejandro Sosa needed a green-card bride, it seemed only natural for her to stand by his side….

 

But the pretty widow could not predict the feelings she would have for her new husband. After opening her heart to Alejandro, Molly knew she was meant to spend forever with this man. But she and Alejandro had only so many passionate nights, so many warm and loving days, before they said goodbye.

 

Or before they fell hopelessly in love…

 

3. Wanted: Outback Wife by Ally Blake

 

hen Jodie Simpson met her long-lost sister, Louise Valentine, she didn't realize the biggest adventure of her life was about to begin. With her visa about to expire, and desperate to stay in Australia, Jodie has a plan…she'll marry for convenience!

 

Jodie is offering a one-year marriage, with no strings attached. So why does sexy cattle rancher Heath Jameson, who is almost certainly looking for a long-term wife, want to marry her? Heath seems so sure—and so handsome—that Jodie takes the plunge. Only to fall for a convenient husband who seems to be running from the ghosts of his past…

 

4. An Inconvenient Wife by Katy Madison

 

Brandi Yeats wants gold—Olympic gold, but she needs a new ice dancing partner. One man is available, but he's totally wrong for her, and he's the wrong nationality. Marriage is the only way they can compete for the same team. So what's a girl to do when her dreams are on the line? What she won't do is have an affair with the broody, but far too attractive, Russian, even if he is her husband. 

Nikolai Petronof is willing to do anything to skate with a strong competitor like Brandi—even trap himself in a lie he can't get out of. Everyone warns him not to mix fire and ice, but he can't help himself. That is until he's caught in a hands-off marriage of convenience that is far too inconvenient...

 

5. Mail-Order Groom: by Cindy Flores Martinez

 

Lisa is about to marry the love of her life, but her world is shattered when she finds her fiancé, Jeff, in the arms of another woman. When he calls off the wedding, she's heartbroken. 

In a twist of fate, she meets Krzysztof Zielinski from Poland on Mail-Order-Grooms.Com. He needs to marry an American woman so that he can stay in America, and he’s willing to pay money for it. His reason for needing to stay is what tugs at Lisa’s heart and convinces her to say “I do” to him. After all, it’s going to be strictly a business deal. 

Lisa races to the altar with Krzysztof, but things become complicated when she finds herself falling for him, and he’s not planning to stay in America forever. Will her heart break all over again?

 

6. Kissing the Canvas by Billy London

 

Russian boxer, Pasha Markovitch, has everything in his corner, looks, potential for Olympic greatness, and speed of powerful fists professionals only dream of. There’s just one small issue. If he can’t find a solution to his current visa situation, he’ll be out of the UK and ducking and weaving with government standard silver bracelets on his wrists. The pressures of his father’s greed and the anxiety of a past that continues to knock him down, steadily wear on him until chance leads him to green fingered, sarcastic mouthed, Liliana Asare who offers the light of a reprieve. Coming to an arrangement of mutual exchange, they both get what they want. Pasha gets to stay in the country and Liliana gets the financing for her florist shop. The whole scenario is perfect enough to list. Woman willing to marry him so he doesn’t end up deported and she doesn’t end up losing her livelihood? Check. Avaricious father satisfied? Check. Falling in love with his fake wife? Wait, that’s not on the list…

 

7. Baily's Irish Dream / Czech Mate by Kate Thomas


She knew all the right moves...


Wendy Marek needs to see green -- as in money to finance her studies in fashion design in Paris. But to claim her inheritance she must marry. Visiting Czech Peter Havel also needs to see green -- as in green card! What will Wendy do with a Czech math genius with the body of an Olympic gold medalist? Well, marry him, of course. However, what will happen to this marriage of convenience when love enters the equation?

 

8. A Marriage of Convenience by Jewel Amethyst

 

After being left standing at the altar, Tamara needs someone to share the new home she can’t afford. Enter Kawbena Opoku, a gorgeous Ghanaian scientist in search of a green card, to fulfill Tamara’s needs—and the desires she didn’t know she had.

 

9. Marry Me, Cowboy by Lilian Darcy

 

Champion barrel-racer Tegan Ash has nothing left to go home to in her native Australia and every reason to stay in the USA. But her visa is about to expire, and her prospective groom has called off their green-card wedding. 

Jamie MacCreadie doesn’t actually want to marry a woman he can't stand, but his best friend and fellow rodeo rider Chet has just let her down and, somehow, he finds himself offering to do the deed instead. 

There’s no chance it could turn into the real thing, because they have nothing in common… do they?

 

10. Temporary Wife by Joan Kilby

 

Veronique Dutot and Burton O'Rourke—each has something the other needs.

 

Veronique is a talented chef, while Burton happens to need a chef for a new cooking show he's about to produce.

 

Veronique, on the other hand, needs her visa extended so she can live in Vancouver near her former mother-in-law.

 

Burton proposees and old-fashioned solution to their very modern problems. A temporary marriage. A marriage of convenience.

 

Veronique accepts—although there's nothing temporary or convenient about the way she's starting to feel.

 

 

So I need more for these. Perferably between working class people. Yeah. 

 

Whatcha got? Or if you don't have any which writer should we hound to creative more? lol

 

Vote for the best of the best on my Goodreads list: Green Card: Marriage of Convenience Romance. 

 

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review 2015-05-31 01:47
So many surprises!
The Core - Nicole Hewitt,Kate Thomas,L.A Starkey

Jacob is Ellie's boss.  She thinks he may have committed a crime.  She and her brother decide to stake out her boss and follow him.  Jacob catches them and surprises her.

 

Ellie loves working for Jacob.  He took a chance on her and hired her straight out of college.  Lately she has noticed she is starting to have feelings for him.  She is not sure how to approach this with her work-all-the-time boss.

 

Jacob has many secrets he is not sure if he should share with her.  She is supposed to be a part of a future partnership with him.  How to tell her?  Will she believe?  Can he go forward in a different relationship with her if she turns him down?

 

So much going on in this book.  I do not want to give spoiler so I will just summarize for you that it is an amazing read!!  I had trouble putting it down.  Ellie and Jacob have sexy banter and sizzling kisses that make reading worthwhile!

 

This is the first book in the Equilibrium series.  The 2nd book is out now, The Light.  I give this first book The Core a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!  I cannot wait to continue the next story!!

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text 2015-05-26 09:16
Getting to know Kate Thomas, Author

 

 

 

 

 

Music to Mellow out to:

 

Ho Hey – The Lumineers

All of Me – John Legend

Stay with Me – Sam Smith

Counting Stars – OneRepublic

Battle Scars – Lupe Fiasco & Guy Sebastian

Broken – Seether featuring Amy Lee

Clarity – Zedd featuring Foxes

Don’t Wake Me Up – Chris Brown

Glowing – Nikki Williams

Safe and Sound – The Civil Wars

 

Author Bio:

 

Kate Thomas, is the author of the upcoming Equilibrium Series, a five-book supernatural new adult series, with plans for a few more series in 2015. She is a CPA by trade, a church planter and entrepreneur at heart; however, writing and reading are passions she just can't help but indulge in.

With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn't seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy.


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text 2015-05-26 09:14
Guest Post with Author, Kate Thomas

 

The Road to Self-Publishing

 

I decided to pick the topic of Self-Publishing for my guest post namely because it was a steep climb and yet the view from the top (top being completion) is beautiful, trilling and quite rewarding. I actually wrote my novel five years ago in 2010 on a whim. The thought was that I’d been a reader so long and enjoyed so many authors’ work that perhaps it was time to give back to future readers by creating an experience myself. I found a great community of people to review my chapters using a quid pro quo type system – I review yours, you review mine. It was called critique circle.

 

After many, many rejection letters to various publishers and agents, even attending a few events and trying to grab someone’s attention, I finally threw the manuscript into a drawer and said forget it. Several of my friends decided to go ahead and self-publish, several of them making a solid name for themselves. They pushed over the years and finally, with Amazon’s Createspace and Kindle’s easy access to publish I decided to do it.

 

I will tell you this – self-publishing is hard work. Having to be and do all for your book is a big deal and no easy feat, but just like any mountain that you might scale, (and I believe you’re capable of scaling ANY) you just need clear expectations, a goal in mind and the proper tools/people to get you there.

 

First stop on the map: You need a great story that has a solid plot, good characterization, issues and resolutions, a few surprises and depth. It’s hard writing a trilogy or series because you need that first book to set everything up, but it’s a balance of giving information, throwing in plot points and movement and developing a larger story and the characters in it. After writing that story you need to find yourself a good editor to line edit and content edit your manuscript.

 

Second stop on the map: After that first edit is complete, and this is SO WORTH the money you’ll spend getting it done if you find the right person to do it, you need to find some Beta readers. A beta reader is someone who will take the 1st draft (post-edit) and read it for content, their feedback being directed by questions you might ask. It’s smart to gather 4-6 beta readers around you and ask them pointed questions about your story instead of “did you like it?” That doesn’t help, but “Did you think Ken was overbearing and too clique for the football hottie or was he spot on? If he was overbearing, what do you think I could change in the novel or descriptions that might change that for the story?”

 

Third stop on the map: While your beta readers are reading, start working on your cover art. Some people are crafty enough to get away with doing their own cover, but I will tell you that the cover is crazy important. It’s like going to a restaurant and ordering something that comes out and looks like crap. Could be the best tasting stuff ever, but I’m not eating it. Are you? If your cover looks silly or unprofessional, most people will skim right over it. Pay for a good cover and if you need some recommendations for good cover artists just shoot me a note. I’ve worked with a handful at this point.

 

Fourth stop on the map: Edit your manuscript once more for feedback that you agree with from your beta readers and shoot it back off to your editor one more time for a last review on the changes. If 2-3 of your beta readers all mention the same thing, take heart, it’s important for you to address however you see fit.

 

Fifth stop on the map: Putting it all together. I used Createspace and Kindle – both Amazon for my products. Their system will tell you everything you need to format the document and put your cover art in the proper sizes. Follow the instructions carefully and you can’t go wrong.

 

Sixth stop on the map: Promotions. This is never ending I do believe and takes a lot of finesse and authenticity. I hear a lot about how to do this and how not to, but I’ll tell you that for me I’ve chosen twitter and FB as my go-to tools and I use my website, my friends and my blog occasionally to help spread the word. Just remember that the more you write and produce, the more your name will become prevalent in the sea of great reads.

 

Hope that helps. If you have any specific questions just ask below and I’ll give you my thoughts/experience.

 

Thanks!

Kate

 

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