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review 2017-10-06 01:17
A Charm of Goldfinches and Other Wild Gatherings
A Charm of Goldfinches and Other Wild Gatherings: Quirky Collective Nouns of the Animal Kingdom - Matt Sewell

Another charming and beautifully illustrated book, I was a bit disappointed at first with the writing, until I quickly figured out it's geared towards a much younger audience.  And as such, it's perfect. 

 

A small selection of land, sea, and air animals and the collective nouns we use to describe them, each blurb is written in a very friendly, chatty style that is sure to appeal to kids.  The illustrations should appeal to everyone.  There's a checklist at the end of the book, encouraging kids to look out for the different types of animals, some of them presumably at their local zoos, as I'm not sure many are going to see a camel walking down their street in the normal course of their day.

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Virtual Tour - Falling For The Right Brother
 
 
 
Saved by the blog! 
 
 
 
 FALLING FOR THE RIGHT BROTHER
Saved by the Blog #1
Kerri Carpenter
Released June 1, 2017
Harlequin
 

 

Saved by the blog! 
 
This just in, fair readers! Chic and stunning, that gorgeous new woman about town is none other than our very own little Ellie—now Elle—Owens. She's a far cry from the frumpy, bookish student we used to know, but then, living in Italy will do that to a girl! Still, this blogger can't forget the infamous video that caused her to leave! 

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Apparently Miss Elle has been spotted with yummy contractor Cam Dumont…but we thought her heart belonged to his little brother. Are Cam and Elle a new couple? They were seen cooling their passions in the bay…in April! If this is love, let's hope she's swimming with the right brother. The Bayside Blogger will keep you posted.
 
 

 
 
 
 

As they walked to the truck, Cam reached for her arm, but Elle quickly evaded him. They could not touch. Not in public. Not anywhere.

 

Cam must have caught on to her mood because instead of opening her door, he kept his hand over the handle. “What gives?”

 

Nothing gives. I’m anxious to get to work.”

 

He studied her for another moment, his dark eyes roaming her face, searching for the cause of her behavior. Finally, he backed up, opened the door and watched her slide in. But instead of closing the door, he leaned in, planting one palm on the center console, the other on her headrest, boxing her in. With their faces a mere hairsbreadth apart, he said, “Good. Because I would hope that kiss last night didn’t scare you off.”

 

Turned on beyond belief, Elle couldn’t speak. So she shook her head instead.

 

Great. Because I plan on doing it again soon.”

 
 
 
 
 

 

Describe yourself in five words or less.

I can do this in just one little word: sparkly!

 

Can you tell us a little about your book?

The Saved by the Blog series is about a small town on the Chesapeake Bay called Bayside. As small towns tend to do, Bayside is prone to gossip and rumors. They have a gossip blogger called the Bayside Blogger who writes for the local paper and reports every detail on every person in town.

Falling for the Right Brother is the first book in the three-part series. It’s a combination of Sabrina and Gossip Girl, with a little Saved by the Bell thrown in for fun. This is the story of Elle Owens, who was desperately in love with Jasper Dumont when she was growing up in Bayside, Virginia. After an embarrassing incident of professing her love for Jasper was caught on video, Elle hightailed it to Italy. When she returns to Bayside ten years later, it’s Jasper’s older brother Cam who catches Elle’s eye. Unfortunately, all of this happens under the watchful eye of the ubiquitous Bayside Blogger.

 

 

Name three things on your desk right now.

Not just right now, but pretty much at all times, I have my phone. I love listening to music while I work, so I either pull up a playlist I made, an album or listen to the radio through an app. I always have water because I’m a water-holic. And I typically have Post-it notes or some kind of paper because I’m constantly making lists (for my real life) and scribbling notes (for my writing life).

 

If you could have dinner with any three authors (alive or dead), who would you choose and why?

Jill Shalvis, because I’m a total fan girl. I love, love, love her books. Plus, based on her social media and newsletter, I think she’d be really fun to hang with.

Jane Austen, because I adore her books. I also consider her to be the first great chick lit writer and I want to ask her about some of the remakes/homages to her books like Clueless and Bridget Jones’s Diary. I think she would love them.

JK Rowling, because I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter and her world-building ability. Also, whenever I’m having a bad writing time, I re-watch the interview she did with Oprah for the millionth time. Her description of depression is so spot-on that it actually helped me deal with my own issues.

 

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

I was walking my dog, Harry, one afternoon and the idea for Falling for the Right Brother popped into my head. I could see the town of Bayside, Elle and Cam, everything, so clearly. I remember very distinctly having the thought: This is like Sabrina and Gossip Girl. It was strange because I hadn’t seen either in years. I thought about the story the entire time I was walking Harry and as soon as I got home, I started writing it.

 

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

  1. Join a writer’s group and hang out with like-minded people. Learn the craft, take classes, talk to writers who are in a position you’d like to emulate.

  2. Get friends who are not writers, will never be writers and have nothing to do with the writing world. They will keep you grounded.

  3. Invest in a crock-pot. Trust me on this one. The time you save in the kitchen can translate to many words written.

  4. Exercise!

  5. Learn how to say this incredibly difficult, yet incredibly small word: NO.

  6. Learn how to say YES. Yes, I will finish this book. Yes, I will submit it to publishers and/or agents. Yes, I will enter this contest.

  7. Never. Give. Up.

  8.  

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

 

 

 
 
 
Award-winning romance author Kerri Carpenter writes contemporary romances that are sweet, sexy, and sparkly. When she’s not writing, Kerri enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, taking Zumba classes, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams, and anything sparkly. Kerri lives in Northern Virginia with her adorable (and mischievous) rescued poodle mix, Harry. Visit Kerri at her website, on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram, or subscribe to her newsletter
 
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Book Tour - Lyrics Heart & Soul
Ryder thought he was going to lose his mind.
Instead Francesca helped him find his heart & soul
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LYRICS HEART & SOUL
Anne Marie Citro
Series: Sistas Book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance
Publication Date: December 4, 2016
One of America’s most reclusive rockers, Ryder Vaughn, gets an unusual sentence handed down to him. The judge, hoping to teach him the value of human life, sentences him to ten months of community service at Reach Within Centre for individuals with special needs. Ryder is convinced that, if he isn’t crazy already, he will be by the time his sentence ends. However, his only other option forfeits his band’s livelihood.
Five minutes after stepping into the centre, his entire life changes when he meets a gorgeous, little spitfire who will challenge everything he has ever believed about himself and the world around him.
Francesca's devotion has always been to her family, friends, and the job she is passionate about. Her life hasn’t been easy. She sacrifices a lot for the ones she loves and for her dream to visit Italy.
Then Francesca finds herself in a desperate situation, and the tattooed beast who is serving his debt to society must save the headstrong woman from a secret that could destroy her. In turn, Francesca teaches Ryder, if you love something enough, it’s worth fighting for.
Ryder knows he isn’t worthy of love, but this incredible beauty makes him want it.
Ryder can save Francesca from her secrets, but can she save him from his? Is Ryder strong enough to endure the kids she loves and her crazy Italian family?
Ten months can fly by or it can last an eternity.
"This beautifully written novel weaves a story of courage, independence and redemption while pulling on your emotional heart strings through music."
- Annette Cosentino, Amazon Reviewer
"What I love about Citro is she puts so many beautiful life lessons in her books. This one focused a lot on special needs children and how everyone, especially those who are the hardest, need and deserve love"
- Kristin Campbell, Goodreads Reviewer

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In the classroom, Mason walked over to his desk and flipped it, causing Ryder to take a defensive pose, ready to take on the little punk.

 

Julianna motioned for Ryder to leave, but he shook his head, negating that idea. When she did it again, he again shook his head.

 

Was she crazy? He wasn’t leaving two women in there with an out of control kid.

 

When Mason walked to the next desk and flipped it, Francesca started talking to the kid.

 

Mason, come on. I get it. You’re pissed. But talk to me. Let me help.”

 

Fuck off, Frankie! I don’t want to hurt you. Get out!”

 

Francesca got her cue from Julianna to leave the room when Mason went back to destroying the classroom, and Ryder followed.

 

Mason was in a blind rage by the time they had cleared the room. Everything in his path was thrown as they watched from the windows by the door.

 

What set him off this time?” Mrs. Ramara asked as she joined their little pow-wow.

 

Came off the bus bent,” Francesca answered. “You could see it in his eyes. He was gearing for a fight. It’s a full moon.”

 

Mariana huffed. “I forgot. I guess I’m going to have a busy day. We got lucky last month since it fell over the long weekend before school started.”

 

They stood there, watching for twenty minutes. Ryder was blown away. The kid was destroying everything in his path, and they were blaming the moon cycle? The kid needed a good beating to put him in his place.

 

Eventually, Mason started to slow down, tired now that he had done a lot of damage.

 

I’m going in,” Francesca declared.

 

Ryder grabbed her arm. “Like hell you are.”

 

Mariana scowled at his hand on Frankie’s arm. “She’s doing her job, Mr. Vaughn. If you can’t handle it, then go to the library with the other students and staff.”

 

I’m not leaving her after everything that kid just did.”

 

Francesca could see the feral look in his eyes. He was terrified for her. He just didn’t understand how these kids could lose it on a dime, and then once it was done, it was done and they moved on. Francesca knew one month had not exposed him to enough, but if he made it through this first major blow out, he would learn. She also didn’t want to jeopardize his sentence with Judge Belmore.

 

 

Ryder, I’m okay, I promise. Mason is okay now. I have to reach him in the downwards spiral to see if I can prevent it from happening again. If he starts to lose it, I’ll get out. Promise.” When she saw she wasn’t reaching him, she said, “Look, you can’t blame him. It’s the result of the brain damage done to him as a baby. This isn’t his fault. It’s not that he is a bad kid; he’s just the product of a bad life. Trust me to do what’s right for him and me.”

 

 
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Other Books by Anne Marie Citro

Don't miss the other books in the Sistas series:
Under Her Wings Book Cover
UNDER HER WINGS
Series: Sistas Book 1
Have you ever wondered why you were so lucky? Then you wake up to find every you cherished is gone. You don’t fit into your life without the people who defined it. So, you run. You run as fast and as far as you can. Then you smash into them!
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks
"This book is for the hopeless romantic, who believes everyone should get their happy ending. Even when happiness seems unattainable."
- Amazon Customer, Amazon reviewer
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THICKER THAN BLOOD
Series: Sistas Book 3
Can Caden put aside all of the hurt he suffered because of Dakota while trying to save her life? Dakota could die but she needs answers before she goes. Can she trust the man she thought would always be hers? Fate has a way of making you see the truth.
New Release! Available now on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

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Contest runs from May 9 - June 7, 2017.
 
 

 

1. What was your favorite book as a child/teen? 

My favorite was Charlotte’s Web, we read it in class a school. I was so obsessed with the book all I wanted for Christmas for three years was my own little piglet. I am sad to report I never got my pig, but also relieved because my father is Italian and hunter. So, I am sure pet or no pet that pig would have been Easter dinner when it got old enough.

 

2. Do you listen to music while you write?

Yes absolutely. I love music and generally when I am working on story lines or thinking about characters I hear certain music that reminds me of my characters. Like right now I am working on book four for this series and already have most of the songs for the play list of this book. I made a playlist for that book and listen to it while I am writing. The songs remind me of what I was feeling and what I want the character to feel while I tell their story.

 

3. Have you ever made playlists for your books? 

Yes, every single one of my books has a playlist. In fact, in Lyrics Heart & Soul every chapter title is a song that relates to the character or a situation the character is in. Music is instrumental for this book. On my website annemariecitro.com each book is featured with its playlist and pictures from places the character visits in the book. My book encompass love, friendship, family, travel and music. I created a playlist on Spotify for each book that you can listen to that transfers over to my website.

 

4.  Will you share with the readers something about yourself you have never told anyone else?

My biggest fear in life is losing my husband. He is truly my other half, for better or worse and I can’t imagine living one day without him. We are not mushy in front of others but I adore and love him to pieces. I can’t wait to tell him everything I wrote during the day. My husband has never read my books but he listens to me read to him every word I write. He has always treated me like a princess and has encouraged me to follow my dreams. I think I would curl up and die without him. We have been married thirty-one years.

 

5. What genre would you like to write that you have never written? 

There is no other genre that I would like to write about. I believe there are so many stories about love and perseverance and surviving in a cruel and often-unfair world. This series of books but most especially Lyrics Heart & Soul was written to draw attention to special needs kids and the people that work with these incredible kids. I have worked in the field for twelve years and I learned my most valuable lessons of life from these courageous, funny, adorable, children. A lot of people are intimidated by these kids because they appear so different, but let me tell you they see the real world. They don’t pretend to be anything other than they are. They know who loves them and respects them.

 

6. What would you like readers to take away from reading your story?

There are a few things a want you to take away. Like I mentioned above I want to you to look at special needs people differently. I want you to remember they can hear you and your reaction to them leaves an impact. Next I love to travel and in each of books the character travels somewhere. I want you to feel like you are visiting the places I have been lucky enough to visit. In Lyrics Heart & Soul when they are sitting under the grape vines in Italy that is exactly what we do when we visit family there. Most importantly I want you to realize that friends can be as close as family. They are the family of your heart, the family you chose for yourself. My husband, sons, and I have survived some terrible things and we could never have survived without the family of heart; our friends.

About Anne Marie Citro:

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Anne Marie Citro grew born and raised in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. She grew up in a large, loving family. Anne Marie is married to a very patient man. He is the love of her life. They have four very cool sons, and the girls they brought into their family that have become daughters of her heart. She has been blessed enough to finally have a beautiful granddaughter after four sons. She has her own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich her life on a daily basis and make her laugh. Caesar Friday is her favorite day of the week. Caesars with the girls and date night with her hubby. She works with special-needs teenagers, that have taught her how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes.
Anne Marie was encouraged by her husband to follow her lifelong dream to write. She loves the characters that take over imagination and haunts her dreams. She loves the arts and she has tried her hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, her husband is a very patient man! Anne Marie is an avid reader and enjoys about three books per week. But nothing makes her happier then riding on the back of her husband's Harley and throwing her arms out and feeling the wind race by. Anne Marie and her husband take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destination around the world. Anne Marie is excited and can't wait to see what the next chapter holds for her life.
Official website: http://annemariecitro.com
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Discover more features, excerpts, reviews, interviews, fun facts and other extras on the tour.
To check the latest tour schedule, visit the Lyrics Heart & Soul Book Page at Book Unleashed.
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review 2017-02-15 07:05
Virtual Tour w/Review - Not In My Wildest Dreams
 
 
It really sucks to be in love with someone 
who sees you as nothing more than a friend. 
 
 
 
NOT IN MY WILDEST DREAMS
McKenna Series #2
Jamie Hollins
Releasing Feb 7th, 2017
 


It really sucks to be in love with someone who sees you as nothing more than a friend. Darcy Owens knows this from personal experience. From the moment she met Sean McKenna as a wary ten-year-old, he’s owned her heart. So when he asks for her help with an important construction project, she can’t say no.

Building a boutique hotel on Boston’s waterfront is a career-making opportunity, and Sean needs Darcy’s interior design expertise. She’s incredibly talented, and there is no one he trusts more. He knows he can always count on his childhood friend, but doesn’t know why he’s thinking about her tight skirts and blue eyes instead of tight deadlines and blueprints.

When Sean and Darcy’s excitement about their work turns into an entirely different kind of excitement, it’s a sexy surprise. But they soon realize that building a new relationship is more challenging than building a new hotel, especially when life-long habits and old insecurities create cracks in the foundation.


 
 
 
 

Sean had never noticed the cobweb in the corner of his living room before. The thin and delicate web shifted slightly as the evening breeze wafted in from the open window.

 

Back and forth it moved. Back and forth.

 

 

He looked down at his watch for the thousandth time. Half past eight. They were supposed to meet Ewan and Quinn a half hour ago.

 

 

Darcy! What’s the holdup?” he yelled. “Did you fall asleep up there or something?”

 

 

He heard some rustling and drawers shutting before she yelled back, “I’m almost done!”

 

 

With a sigh, he let his head fall back against the chair. Women were notorious for taking forever to get ready. He’d dated a couple of women who would take forever to put on the finishing touches while he waited in their foyers or living rooms. He just never figured Darcy would be that type of woman.

 

 

Not that he minded. Not much about her bothered him, except when she made him all hot and bothered. But then again, he didn’t mind that either.

 

He’d gotten the impression earlier she was a little nervous about tonight. She’d asked a million questions about where they were going and who would be there. He didn’t know why she was nervous. They were meeting Ewan, Quinn, and some others who they’d been out with a million times since they were old enough to get into bars without fake IDs.

 

 

Whatever Darcy’s hang-up was, it was cutting into their night. They had to stay at the bar for a socially acceptable amount of time before they excused themselves so they could hurry home to the confines of his bedroom, where he planned to do all sorts of naughty things.

 

 

It had been two weeks since London, and he couldn’t get enough of her. She was to Sean what catnip was to cats.

 

 

Darcy was Sean-nip.

 

He twisted his lips at the clever quip and let his mind wander back to last weekend. He’d driven down to Providence the moment he had left the office on Friday. They hadn’t left her apartment until Sunday night to go to dinner. He’d driven back to Boston afterward and floated on some sort of sex high the rest of the week.

 

The moment she’d walked into his townhouse last night, he hadn’t even bothered with the polite “Hey there” or the casual “So, how was your drive?” He’d lifted her up by the waist and kissed her all the way out of the kitchen, up the stairs, down the hall, and into his bedroom. He hadn’t even cared that his roommates were home and saw the whole show.

 

He flexed his fingers against the upholstery on the armchair. Sex had never been this exciting. Sure, he’d looked forward to it before.

 

But being with Darcy was like walking around with a set of blue balls all the time. He ached at the thought of her smooth skin. He constantly thought about getting inside her, and then when he finally got there, he never wanted to leave. She was becoming less inhibited—more confident—and the sex just kept getting better.

 

Over the last two weeks, he’d wondered why that was. Why was she so irresistible to him when other women were so forgettable? Why did he find himself thinking of her all day long when he should have his mind on work?

 

If he and Darcy had started a relationship years ago, would it have been this good? Was Darcy some untapped sex siren who would have rocked some other guy’s world if he hadn’t gotten to her first?

 

Whenever such questions would arise, he’d dismiss them as quickly as he could. His mother always told him he was like an ostrich. Instead of facing issues or tough questions or challenges, he’d stick his head in the sand and wait until they’d passed him by.

 

He didn’t necessarily agree with his mother’s assessment. In fact, when it came to his mother’s advice, he usually let it go in one ear and out the other. She’d have him married with a whole brood of kids by now. That was definitely something he wasn’t ready for. At least at this point in his life. Maybe someday in the future. Way in the future.

 

He wasn’t running away from tough questions, he just didn’t think it was worth his time and effort to worry over something that wasn’t going to affect anything in the present or future.

 

Why ponder such things? They were together now, exploring each other and this thing they had going on. Why sit and think about the past when she was upstairs in his bedroom at this moment getting dressed in what he hoped included some hot lingerie?

 

He felt himself hardening and cursed. Maybe they should just skip the bar altogether. Tell everyone that he’d come down with a case of dengue fever or some shit like that.

 

He heard another drawer slam upstairs.

 

Seriously!” he exclaimed. “You must be sleeping ’cause I have no idea why else it’s taking you so long. I know I wore you out last night and all, but you drank all of your girlie latte plus half of my man coffee this afternoon. You can’t possibly be tired with all that caffeine.”

 

A laugh floated down the stairs. “I’m not sleeping, I’m getting ready! And stop flattering yourself, Sean. If anyone wore anyone out last night, it was me.”

 

Woman, please. I’ve been taking it easy on you since you’re just past virginal.”

 

Another laugh from upstairs. “What’s the next step then?”

 

Sean stood up and went to the bottom of the steps. “See, that just goes to show how not ready you are. You don’t even know what the next step is.”

 

He heard a zipper, then a light switch turned off. “Please, Mr. Sex Guru. Enlighten me.”

 

Sean leaned against the wall. “I can’t. It’s against guru policy to divulge the secrets of the next level of sexual satisfaction if you’re not ready. You gotta pass the test first.”

 

He heard footsteps and looked up to see Darcy finally coming downstairs. She wore a long-sleeved green dress and nude high heels. His eyes moved from the roundness of her breasts hidden underneath the dress down over her shapely hips and her exposed legs. She looked good enough to eat.

 

Darcy stopped on the last step, and her warm, familiar minty scent surrounded him. “What kind of test is it? Multiple choice? Short essay?”

 

He reached for her and pulled her snug against him, loving the way her breath hitched when he squeezed her ass.

 

Sean smiled before answering, “It’s an oral exam.”

 

 
Not in My Wildest Dreams (McKenna, #2)Not in My Wildest Dreams by Jamie Hollins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #2, in the McKenna series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading the series in order.

Darcy has been in love with Sean for almost twenty years. They are best friends. She is getting to a breaking point where it is time to decide can she live with herself if she walks away?

Sean loves having such an amazing buddy. He has no idea how she feels about him. He just knows he never wants to live without her.

This series just gets better and better. I loved this story and the characters! They were so much fun to read. Lots of humor, and some really sexy moments between them. I cannot wait to see what the author will do next.


***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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DON'T MISS ANY OF THE 
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Kitty's Book Spot!

Interview with Jamie Hollins:

 

I’m really excited to be here on Kitty’s Book Spot! Thanks for having me!

 

1. Do you write to music, or make music playlists for your stories?

 

I can’t write to music. I tried at first, but I found out quickly that I need peace and quiet when I write. Even my dog’s snoring, when he’s curled up next to my desk, is a distraction!

 

I do make playlists though. You can find the playlist for NOT IN MY WILDEST DREAMS on Spotify at - https://open.spotify.com/user/jhollinsauthor/playlist/7cmXShkTUuMze9AfpFdJp6

 

2. What got you started writing romance? (Got you interested in writing)

 

I’m an avid reader and I pretty much read anything I can get my hands on. I read a lot of literary fiction and historical fiction when I was younger, and I realized that my favorite part of every book I read was the romance element. So I started reading a lot of romance and paid attention to the way authors constructed their books, built their characters, and developed their conflicts. About the same time, Quinn and Ewan (from book one in the McKenna Series) started dancing through my mind and I decided I’d give writing a try. I signed up for an online writing class and I kept going from there!

 

3. What is the one genre you hope to one day write, if you haven't already?

 

I’m a huge fan of YA epic fantasy so I’d love to give that a try one day! One thing I can promise is that regardless of which genre I write, my stories will always have a romance element. And I’m pretty positive I could never write a book that didn’t have a happy ending.

 

4. Will you share with us something no one else knows about you?

 

Just like my heroine in NOT IN MY WILDEST DREAMS, I had a secret crush on a guy in high school. Now, you should know that I’m an outgoing person. I can walk into a room full of strangers and strike up a conversation without any issues. Yet whenever I got around this one guy, I would clam up. I couldn’t form an intelligent sentence. WTF! What was wrong with me? Why did I get tongue-tied around this guy?

 

For four years, I seriously crushed on this dude. Four years. It took my mother finally mentioning something to his mother (cringe!!!!) to bring the whole thing to a halt. He wasn’t into me. He thought of me as a friend.

It sucked at the time, but in the long run, it worked out. I’m happily married to my hubster. Thank God for unanswered prayers.

5. Have you ever been part of a fandom? (ie: been a follower/reader of really popular works? EX: Game Of Thrones, Harry Potter, Anne of Green Gables, etc?

 

I’m a loyal Outlander fan, both the books and the TV shows. Right now I’m into everything that Sarah J. Maas writes and I can’t get enough of her Throne of Glass series.

 

 
 
 
Jamie Hollins was born and raised in rural Northeast Ohio.  After graduate school, she embarked on a perilous career in Human Resources where she met plenty of real life characters.  When she’s not writing or chasing after her toddler, she enjoys reading and golfing.  Jamie lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and their dog, Winston.

 
 
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Blog Tour w/Review - This Piece Of My Soul
  
 
They believe love conquers all. Until it doesn't.
 
 
 
THIS PIECE OF MY SOUL
Clearing the Ice #2
Robyn M. Ryan
Releasing Jan 24th, 2017
 

 

They believe love conquers all.
 
One of pro-hockey’s golden couples, Andrew and Caryn Chadwick live in the limelight reserved for elite professional athletes. On their second anniversary, Andrew receives an unexpected contract offer to join the Tampa Suns. As they look forward to a new adventure, neither foresees an event that challenges their love and threatens their marriage.
 
Until it doesn’t. 
 
A sudden and senseless accident threatens Andrew’s life and inexplicably drives a wedge between the couple. Shattered by the incident, paralyzed by fear that it could happen again, Caryn finds herself at odds with her husband and unable to provide the support he needs—at the time he is most vulnerable.
 
As their perfect world crumbles, each makes choices that take Andrew and Caryn further apart. 
 
Distrust, fears, and secrets construct walls. This Piece of My Soul follows the joint and separate paths the couple navigate as each hopes to rediscover the love that can conquer all.
 
Although This Piece of My Soul is the second book in the Clearing the Ice Series, it can be read as a standalone novel.
 


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Andrew gathered Caryn close to his side when they stepped inside the elevator and pressed the button to his floor. Caryn squeezed his hand during the brief ride. Once inside his room, he sank gratefully onto a chair and absently rubbed the back of his head.

 

Can I get you anything? Are you allowed an evening beer?” Caryn offered.

 

Did Tom bring any wine over?” 

 

I think so.”

 

Good, why don’t you get a bottle and a glass? We can share and stay within doctor’s orders.”

 

He watched as Caryn retrieved a bottle from the small refrigerator and opened the drawer looking for a corkscrew. She looked over her shoulder to flash a smile. “Sorry, no wine glasses.”

 

No problem.” He couldn’t take his eyes off her. Even in shorts and a slightly sweaty Suns T-shirt, she sparked a familiar fire in his body. His hands itched to free the golden hair from its low ponytail and run his fingers though it. Her familiar citrus scent stirred intense memories of showers they’d shared and he longed to skim his lips across her skin. She leaned to brush her lips against his before she perched on the arm of his chair. Her sparkling amber eyes issued an invitation that matched his thoughts as she handed him the bottle and corkscrew.

 

Don’t want to risk it?” he teased.

 

Only have the one bottle. You’re the expert.”

 

He opened the bottle and poured a small amount of wine into the glass she held. Putting his arm around her, his eyes held hers captive. “To our love.”

 

Our love,” Caryn whispered, her voice suddenly choked. She sipped the wine, her eyes never leaving Andrew’s, then handed the glass to him. He set it, the wine bottle and corkscrew on the table, and then he closed his arms around her, drawing her onto his lap as his lips sought hers.

 

Cary, I love you so much.” The rising tide of emotion swept them into a sea where wave after wave of love and desire crashed over them. After an eternity, Andrew pulled back slightly, smiling softly when he saw Caryn’s flushed cheeks. She reached to tenderly stroke the hair on the side of his head.

 

I love you, Drew. More than you’ll ever know.” Her voice was a hoarse whisper. She shook her head as her eyes filled with tears. “I was so afraid I’d lose you.”

 

He caught her hand and pressed her palm against his lips. “Never.” As his fingers played with the edge of her T-shirt, Caryn’s hands gripped his shoulders tightly. He captured her gasp of pleasure with his mouth, and closed his mind to everything except the onrushing waves of desire that continued to crash around them. She murmured a protest when he pulled back slightly, but Andrew didn’t speak. He caught her eyes, almost dark brown with desire and nodded his head toward the bedroom. Caryn smiled in understanding as she stepped from his lap and held out her hand.

 

 
 
 

This Piece of My Soul, Tampa Suns Hockey (Clearing the Ice, #2)This Piece of My Soul, Tampa Suns Hockey by Robyn M. Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the 2nd book in the Clearing The Ice series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. Since it is a series that continues, it is advised to read this series in order.

Andrew and Caryn's story continues in this new installment. Everything hits the fan when Andrew is hurt and it throws their life into chaos. They find out who their real friends and family are that come to help.

Caryn knows she does not want to live without Andrew. He is just such a big part of her life. When tragedy strikes, she learns who to trust and who to ignore.

This book was full of emotions for me. I felt the roller coaster ride that she was on. I sure hope to read the next installment as this series is just amazing.


***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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Kitty's Book Spot! Interview w/Author, Robyn M. Ryan:

 

 

  1. 1. Do you listen to music while you write?

 

I don’t listen while I’m writing, but I do listen to music when I’m developing a storyline in my mind.

 

2. Do you ever make playlists (music) for your books?

 

Yes. While in Paris, we discovered a French-Canadien singer, Garou. His music is not available on iTunes in the US, so I bought every CD from either France or Canada. We also saw him in concert during the Montreal International Jazz Festival. He’s a mega-star everywhere but the US—Some songs are in French and others English. His music comprises the playlist for the Clearing the Ice Series—This Piece of My Heart and This Piece of My Soul. (He’s also quite sexy—just an added bonus!)

 

This playlist includes both French and English songs (most can be found on YouTube): 

 

Seul

Sous le Vent (with Celine Dion)

Belle

Burning

Back For More

Take a Piece of My Soul

Beautiful Regret

Nothing Else Matters

L'adieu

Coming Home

Je voudrais voir New-York

 

For those who are interested most can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN6VKQ7am4c&list=PLF438B4081933D1EF

 

3. What was your favorite book as a child/adolescent?

 

I devoured the Little House on the Prairie series when I was 8-9. I could not wait to go to the library each week to get the next book in the series.

 

4. What is your favorite sport?

 

Hockey! Atlanta has had two NHL franchises move away, so my favorite team now is the New York Rangers. (Figured they are not going anywhere!) If I win the lottery, I’ll buy a team and ensure it stays in Atlanta!

 

5. What is it you hope your readers will take away from your book?

A few hours of enjoyment and escape from the day-to-day…And of course, eagerly anticipate the next book in the series!

 

6. We love getting to know you! Will you share something with us you have not told anyone yet?

 

Sex scenes are the most difficult to write. Twelve years’ Catholic education may play a role in this. To this day, I don’t wear patent leather shoes. Thus, my books leave” specifics” to the reader’s imagination.

 


 
By the time she was an eight-year-old tomboy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Robyn M. Ryan definitely knew what she wanted to do when she grew up—play major league baseball or write. She wrote throughout elementary and high school, first composing novels featuring favorite TV and music personalities, and then venturing into sports writing.
 
Attending UGA’s journalism school launched her career in public relations, which included an internship with the Atlanta Flames NHL hockey team. With the encouragement of a writers group on twitter—WritersThatChat—This Piece of My Heart, a hockey romance, and the first book in Robyn’s series Clearing the Ice was published May 2016. The second book in the series, This Piece of My Soul, introduces the Tampa Suns professional hockey team.
 
Besides writing, Robyn’s passions include following the New York Rangers, NASCAR, and the Atlanta Braves; splitting time between homes in Atlanta and Palm Coast, and visiting Paris as often as possible. Two brilliant Westies rule both homes.
 
As do many writers, Robyn chooses to write using a pseudonym—hers is a combination of her sons’ names, a contribution from her youngest nephew.


 
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