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text 2016-03-02 07:31
Mother's Day Magic... With Love

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Mother’s Day Magic

 

The perfect Mother’s Day Gift, written with love, sent with love.

 

Every mother’s heart holds a bit of magic…her children’s love. Enchantment awaits in a dozen brand new, previously unpublished-stories, written by #1 bestselling and/or multi-award winning authors from across the globe.

 

Whether it’s a captivating tale of romance or fiction fashioned from loving memories, these poignant stories are sure to touch your heart. 10% of proceeds from this anthology will go to the USA National Multiple Sclerosis Society toward research

 

US- Amazon / B&N / Kobo / iTunes

 

UK- Amazon / B&N / Kobo / iTunes

 

CAN- Amazon / B&N / Kobo / iTunes

 

 

all covers on one plate copy

 

Felt by the Heart by Angela Ford #1 Bestselling, Amazon Top 50 and Award-Winning Author

 

Rachel's fiftieth birthday approached, the forever she found with Ryan ended with heartache. And for her daughter, the second chance of having a dad. Will Rachel find the strength to rebuild her life and her daughter's?

 

I Love You More by Cornelia Amiri Best-selling author The Celtic Romance Queen

 

Garland recalls memories of her life’s journey from an abusive childhood to a bad marriage to the ups and downs of a single mom. She’s rewarded with a magical mother’s day with her loving family.

 

Two Hearts Unspoken by Tamara Ferguson #1 Bestselling and Multi-Award Winning Author of TRR Readers' Choice Award

 

Retired air force captain and wounded warrior, Zach Logan, discovers that his scars are more than skin deep, when he falls in love with Beth Bowen; the lovely single mother of an autistic son.

 

December Roses by Daisy Banks Bestselling Author

 

A present day gift of flowers sets off delightful memories for Jean. The recollections of the day love first bloomed, and trust overcoming a frightening challenge, are carved deep into her heart.

 

Maddie’s Project by Anna Celeste Burke Multi-Bestselling Author and Winner Of 2015’s Self-Pub Most Worth Reading Laura’s mother, Maddie, led a full life, filled with family and a million projects. May changed everything. More than a decade later, Laura reflects on Maddie’s biggest project, and how it changed all their lives.

 

Vision of the Heart by Mary Crawford #1 Bestselling Author African-American Romance

 

Facing vision loss is hard enough, but it’s causing Julia to question everything she knows about herself, a wife, a mother, and nurse. Can she handle a reunion when she’s a shadow of the person she once was?

 

An English Rose by Allyson R. Abbott #1 Bestselling Author--4 Readers’ Favorite 5★s reviews

 

A compelling and humorous insight of past years and present dilemma’s as Rose reflects on her usefulness in later life. She acknowledges and accepts her sell-by-date is approaching as life suddenly becomes interesting again.

 

The Art of Forgiveness by Tamara Philip 2014 Debut Nominee—Angie Ovations Outstanding Interracial Romance

 

One woman's journey to seek the truth surrounding her adoption. Amidst the tragedy of the past, she finds connections to her complicated history and a gentle reminder about the power of forgiveness.

 

The Illusion of Happiness by Neva Squires Rodriquez

 

Divorced and having lived under the illusion of happiness, for 30+yrs, Graciela struggles to find strength. With her fiftieth birthday and Mother’s Day weekend approaching, a surprise visit helps put things into prospective.

 

The Day Before Eclosion by Adrienne Ruvalcaba

 

Sharon's daughter, Gracie, is moving out. What should be an exciting transition is complicated by Gracie's disability. Can Sharon learn to accept Gracie's need for autonomy before irreparable damage is done to their relationship?

 

The Light We Found by Q.D. Purdu 1st Place Romance—2014 Texas Writers' League

 

Calla has survived divorce and developed a crush on Ben, the special guy in her dance class. Life is rocking until her ex confesses a long-hidden betrayal, and Ben reveals the most hurtful secret of all.

 

Forever Sunshine by Cary Allen Stone and Tyler Hosea Multi-Bestselling Author and Top SELF-e eBooks Winner of 2015

 

A letter containing the last request of their mother was handed to the children at the funeral service. They were told to read the letter at her gravesite on the year anniversary of her passing.

 

 

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review 2015-08-21 16:12
Pretending to Dance
Pretending to Dance - Diane Chamberlain
By Diane Chamberlain
ASIN: B00V3ABTLU
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: 10/6/2015 
Format: Other
My Rating:  5 Stars + 
 
A special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

E X T R A O R D I N A R Y !

Diane Chamberlain once again delivers a bittersweet, and compelling suspense page-turner, PRETENDING TO DANCE, hooking you from page one to the end. Landing on my Top Booklist of 2015, a complex exploration of family, lies, and dark secrets. 5 Stars+ “Must Read” not to be missed!

“Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here, Let’s Dance!”

PRETENDING TO DANCE offers a mix of coming-of-age and humor of Judy Blume and Jennifer Weiner; the complexity and highly charged topics of Jodi Picoult and Amy Hatvany;the heartwarming emotions and social issues of Emilie Richards and Kristin Hannah; combined with Chamberlain’sown unique style and talent of creating mystery, intrigue, suspense, healing, and complex family relationships, written with compelling prose, which we have come to expect from the author’s older to her newer books--keeping fans engaged, returning, and anxiously awaiting her next.

In the prequel, THE DANCE BEGINS, set in the mountains of North Carolina in 1982, outside Asheville in Morrison Ridge Swannanoa, a family owned idyllic compound –one hundred acres. We are introduced to the Arnette family. Graham- father, Nora-mother, and six –year- old daughter, Molly and their extended family.

Graham, the father is a remarkable man, psychologist, and author, with MS- Multiple sclerosis. His wife, Nora is a successful pharmacist, and Molly is the light of her father’s eye. They all enjoy their life on their land, a haven; and a springhouse (a special hideaway playhouse) for Molly. In order to get to the Springhouse, they have to go up the Hill from Hell, a steep incline--and Graham’s aid, Russell a God-sent, always there to help out the family with their daily lives.

Even with his disabilities, Graham has a wonderful outlook on life. He believes in Pretend Therapy visualizing; Comfort found from the joy of literature, art, dancing, or singing, to get through any of life’s struggles. As close as he comes now to dancing is the zip line they rigged up for him- as he will never fly through the air or will never dance again. Molly loves her dad and lives to make his life as comfortable as possible--she is her father’s princess. She cannot imagine her life without him. He could lift her spirits, change the mood of a room, ease sorrow, erase fear, diffuse anger, and at times she thought of him as a magician.

In PRETENDING TO DANCE, we jump ahead to San Diego, CA where the story is focused on Molly, an attorney, (family law) where she is now a grown woman in her late thirties, married to Aidan— they are trying to adopt a baby, unable to have one of their own.

When the intense family history questions arise, and background checks, Molly withholds the truth about her past, and fears they will surface; they could destroy not only her marriage, but her chance at adoption. Throughout the interviewing process, she struggles with deciding between open and closed adoption –can she handle the biological mother’s involvement?

Molly has left her past behind. It is a mystery. Her husband knows nothing about her past or any of her family. She pretends they are all dead. She has secrets. She has had no communication with her family since she was eighteen, over twenty years ago, when leaving NC in her rear view mirror. She still has anger and rage thinking of her past. Will her past affect her decisions for the future? She is not forthcoming in her interviewing process about her family’s history. Yet she prides herself on honesty and communication skills.

Slowly, chapter by chapter, Chamberlain skillfully weaves her magic; peeling back the layers, as we flash back and forth, from Molly in NC living at home as a teen, at age fourteen in 1990, to the present day in San Diego. Her life is a mystery and at the opening of the book-- readers have no clue what happened back in NC to drive her away, and close the doors to the childhood she loved and cherished. (You will be glued to the pages dying to find out what happened). No spoilers here.

Molly will have to face her past and make peace in order to move on and embrace her future as a wife and mother, and the only remaining link is her cousin. Dani. With decisions to make in the present day, as she meets with the adoptive mother, the past and the present connect for an explosive discovery.

Fun, Fun! Readers get to experience an overly protective native young girl embarking on an adult world, from Judy Blume’sbooks (hilarious), loved reference to Forever ... a 1975 novel by Blume dealing with teenage sexuality (this age range will have some good laughs, reminded of those tumultuous teen years.)

From teen crushes, sneaking out, friends, fears, hair, clothes, makeup, image, peer pressure, concerts, pot, sex, boys, being caught in a trap, between childhood and adulthood, and an unconventional family--- all the while struggling with her father’s illness and taking the burden upon herself to protect him, pretending-- to ensure his happiness.

However, her family may be protecting her, with secrets of their own. A facade to mask what lies beneath in order to protect one another?

Loved the Highland Hospital Asheville NC (psychiatric facility/Zelda Fitzgerald) connection. Enjoyed Amalia’s bohemian free-spirted character; very different than Nora. As a NC native, always enjoy the settings, especially the mountain areas.

Molly has a strong connection with her father, more so than her mother. She assists him with typing, and accompanies him on his book tours - they share a special bond with books and music. She loves her father more than anything in the world; however, typical of any teen, she struggles with her own identity, desires freedom, and rebels against her parents’ strict rules. From her free spirited friend, Stacy (funny), to her hormones, with fantasies of Johnny Depp and New Kids on the Block, her life is a roller coaster.

From teen to adult to motherhood, from blame, secrets, lies, guilt, grief, denial; struggles, disabilities and betrayal; a painful past--the ties which bind and make a dysfunctional family real, raw, and emotional love “unalterably unique” -- with complications, tragedies, loss, and love --setting the stage in preparation for new beginnings!

Wow, this is a compelling "meant-to-be-read" in one sitting kinda book. I was busy with work, and had to steal precious moments; finding myself drawn, dying to get back to this suspenseful saga, and at the same time it is one you want to savor, like a piece of rich dark sweet chocolate.

Crossing several genres from contemporary, coming-of-age, humor, young adult, suspense, mystery, family drama---from the young, middle age, to the older crowd – men and women, alike will devour this one! Father-daughter fans will treasure the strong bond between these two, and the heartfelt letter you will laugh and cry at the same time. Keep the Kleenex handy.

A long-time devoted fan, having read all Diane’s books, and one of my favorite authors---each book is special and unique. Not one of them is like the other. An impossible task choosing a favorite.

A powerful journey, and an inspiring story. Fans will love the well-developed characters for a book you must read. My prediction – this one will hit the NY Times Bestseller List and I see a “movie”, based on this extraordinary story, only master storyteller Diane can tell. I enjoyed the inspiration behind the book, and the connection with the author’s own family.

As mentioned previously, influenced by the author’s former career as a social worker and psychotherapist, she has keen insights reflective throughout the pages of her writing, with suspenseful stories that will touch your heart and mind.
 
Buy both they will change you, with unique characters which linger, long after the book ends.

“It’s hard to move on if you don’t forgive. It’s like trying to dance with a lead weight on your shoulders. The anger can weigh you down forever.“
Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/#!Pretending-to-Dance/cmoa/557f23670cf298dc5b99e26f
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text 2014-07-26 04:04
Accomplishments and Blogging

 

There are just times in life where work and life just don't balance out. Things can even be harder when you have Mulitple Sclerosis along with a few other disabilities. But this does not mean you don't try and balance things out or even try to get farther ahead. I was feeling overwhelmed with all of the ARC, Netgalley books I had to read, plus all the reviews and social media I needed to work on. Rather than complain and accomplish nothing, I made some headway today.

 

 

I might not have completed all of the necessary work to finally launch the site but I made major decisions and finally decided to wipe my blogger account clean and start anew. All of these fresh projects, new ideas, future changes, collaborations have me so excited. Some things to look forward to a challenges, giveaways, author interviews, blog hops,and even a return of Caturdays.

 

 

Besides just having book, movie, foodie, and other reviews I'm planning on having many nerdy notions, along with information for those that might be like me with MS and Lupus....might have other health conditions, have giveaways, generate writing prompts and discussions. My Kindle, my best friend and I have so much work to do. On my bad days I'll be able to focus my energies on something worthwhile, and on my excellent days perhaps I'll do more than inspire myself. So far the working title for the main blog is MuSings of NerdyNatasha

 

 

I know all of this will be a lot of work. I'm looking forward to the challenge. Blogging is a way of life, that's why there are so many platforms. But this is the life we choose. There is something that fills the heart of a blogger when they write, have a connection to their writing, then see how it all connects to their audience. When my blog finally goes live of course I will need your support, I'll post the link, and hopefully get feedback. See you all on the blogosphere....Netgalley....GoodReads......Twitter......Facebook Likes Fan Page......and on a digital screen closest to you!

 

 

 

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text 2014-07-25 19:49
Reading progress update: I've read 5%.
Cimmerian City - Rae Lori

Excited to see where this book takes me. I am dependent on big Pharma due to my Multiple Sclerosis and other ailments. I have wondered what the long run of taking a med for a side effect of another med, or having to take one because a med caused further problems.

 

I admire the author for basing these thoughts off of 1984 and A Brave New World. Those were my favorite books when I was younger and as I grew I could see many of the events being foretold for my generation.

 

Cimmerian City is one of the books that I must have completed for the Aug. 1st archive by Netgalley. I did get a little behind on my reading and reviewing with my health. But I'm about to push forward and get this done. Wish me luck....actually. No luck needed I feel this book will be well worth the read.

 

 

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review 2014-07-09 07:39
The Meaning of Maggie
The Meaning of Maggie - Megan Jean Sovern

Parts I really enjoyed and parts were just meh. Other reviewers have said it better than I will but for someone so smart Maggie was very naive and the fact that her father had such a serious disease (multiple sclerosis) and her parents kept it from her kind of stretched things for me a bit much.  I did love the musical references to some great great classic rock like my favorite Neil Young (and others)!

 

  There was also a reference to medical marijuana that didn't seem to be time appropriate, though I thought it was cool the author put such an important issue into a mid-reader

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