Nov 23, 2014

Saving Poughkeepsie Review

 

Saving Poughkeepsie

Debra Anastasia

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Beckett Taylor’s quest to be a better man has brought Eve Hartt back into his life, but sometimes it feels like they’re bound together with barbed wire. Though he longs to love her without causing pain, the wreckage of their past continues to crash down around them.

Yet with the help of this brothers—and for his brothers—Beckett won’t stop trying. He’s determined to make them all a family, to make a life they want to live, and to make Poughkeepsie a place that’s safe to live it.

He can feel their futures balanced precariously on his shoulders: Blake and Livia and their children, Cole and Kyle and the new baby they’ve just brought home, and Eve…always Eve. He wants their dreams to be real. But murderers don’t just get Happily Ever After handed to them. They have to wrench it away from Satan himself.

Good thing Beckett is prepared to do just that. After all, saving Poughkeepsie is the only way his story ends.

Prepare your heart and your head for a wild ride in this final installment of the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series. Debra Anastasia does not disappoint as she weaves the last chapter of a story that blends true love, turbulent emotions, and life’s harsh realities into an uplifting tale that calls to the good in each of us.
 
My review
 
My journey with the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood began several years back. A bunch of my friends were reading a story about a homeless man who counted the smiles of a young woman who travelled through Poughkeepsie train station every day. To be honest, I thought this wasn’t for me. The leading men were the above emotionally damaged homeless man, a man training to be a priest and a potty-mouthed gangster. Not the sort of fictional guys I would fall for.

Jump forward a bit in time and I got to know the author. The more I got to know her, the more I heard her talking about these guys and they didn’t sound bad at all. In fact, I was intrigued. As it turned out, I was right to be intrigued and when I finally started reading the first book in the series, Poughkeepsie, I literally could not put it down.

This is a series like none you’ve ever read before. The plot twists and turns in unexpected, sometimes frightening ways. The romance veers from tender and heart-warming to sexual wrestling that leaves the characters beaten and bruised, but in all cases, always entirely satisfied. It’s real strength lies in the character interaction and development. Blake, Cole, and Beckett are the brothers at the centre of this series, brothers in every way but blood. As kids they met in the foster care system. Each with their own baggage, they found in each other what they couldn’t find anywhere else – a family.

Beckett aged out first and took it upon himself to become protector. He became the streetwise badass so his brothers would never have to. There are limits even to what a badass can do. There are some things people have to figure out for themselves. For Cole, it’s how he can best serve God, and for Blake, it’s the heart wrenching delusion that traps him in the shadows. 

Debra Anastasia knows how to write. She know how to make you feel you’re a part of the story and every little thing that happens is vitally important. She’s the sort of writer that I aspire to be one day. It takes guts to risk showing the dark side of characters to the extent she does, to make the reader believe to their bones that a murderer deserves a happy ending and believe he will never reach it. Her writing is brave and visceral. It’s been said that to write, all someone must do is open a vein and bleed onto the page. No where is this more apparent than in these books. The raw emotions and gritty reality is soaked into every sentence. As a reader, I quickly became invested.

Each book in this series is better than the last and Saving Poughkeepsie is a powerhouse of a finale that doesn’t let up until the very last word. All Beckett wants to do is protect his family and his town. He and his brothers want to bring light and hope into impossible situations, hope they found so difficult to grasp when they were young. Of course with a psycho crime boss and his vile, monstrous lackey in town intent on ruining Beckett and claiming a future he and his love, Eve, didn’t even know they could wish for, Saving Poughkeepsie won’t be easy. Beckett will have to inspire the people who can’t stand each other to stand up and fight together.

The brothers and everyone around them have more to lose than ever before, but more to gain if they are prepared to reach for it. 

Saving Poughkeepsie is a family/crime romantic drama of epic proportions that will fling you between elation and devastation and back again. It just begs to be translated to the big screen.
 
 


 
 


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Nov 11, 2014

Blocked by Jennifer Lane

 

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New Adult Contemporary/Sports Romance

Released October 21, 2014

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College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. Hijole. Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.

Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.

When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?

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About the Author

Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she witnesses growth in her psychotherapy clients, and by night she wrangles misbehaving fictional characters as she writes sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. She can’t decide which is more fun.

A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen wove some of her own experiences into Streamline—a military mystery about swimmers. And readers can dip their toes into Jen’s world of swimming romance by sampling her free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.

College volleyball romance Blocked is Jen’s newest release, launching 10-21-14. Peek inside big-time college sports and even bigger national politics when the offspring of two presidential candidates find out whether opposites really do attract, or their match is blocked from the start.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior. Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry.

In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, hanging out with her plus-size, “I’m not fat, I’m big-boned” Izzie cat, and visiting her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.

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Nov 6, 2014

Blitz–The Playboy’s Princess and Giveaway

 

The latest release from Joy Fulcher is now available and to celebrate Joy is bringing a great big giveaway your way.

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What do a Hollywood playboy and a Disney Princess have in common? Not a lot, but they can fake it.

Jade Pratt is living a tough life, surviving paycheck to paycheck by working at Disneyland. She'd like nothing more than to be swept off her feet by her own Prince Charming.

Drew Malik is living what appears to be a charmed life: He’s the son of a famous actor and has money, women…anything he could want. But he's burning out in a life filled with booze and one night stands. When he finds out his trust fund is blocked until he either turns thirty or gets married, his friends plot to rescue him by placing an ad in the paper to find him a bride -- fast.

When Jade answers the ad, the pair meet up and agree to an arrangement that will solve both their problems. But when their fake marriage elicits real feelings and real problems, they're both forced to re-evaluate their deal.

Happily ever after was never the intention...but what if it's their destiny?

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Joy is a fiery redhead who takes full advantage of the Australian lifestyle, sunning herself on tropical beaches and flirting with handsome lifeguards. She loves cats, books and chocolate, and of course the male physique. Joy started writing as a teenager and never stopped, although she writes about much more mature topics now. You can often find Joy browsing the shelves of her local bookstore or researching her favorite city, New York, in preparation of fulfilling her lifelong dream to live there one day.

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Oct 21, 2014

Blocked by Jennifer Lane Blog Tour

 

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So, Blocked is out in the world and I recommend you get your hands on this great read. This is a supersized romance with so much more.

Dane(6’8) and Lucia(6’2) are both volleyball players at Highlands University and both are offspring of powerful politicians who are both nominees for President of United States. On opposing sides of course.

Being from Ireland and knowing nothing about volleyball, I was a little concerned about being lost here. Not at all. I should have known better. In the past, Jennifer has written about the military, criminals, and competitive swimming but she writes in such a way there is enough detail for a newbie like me without being overpowered and distracted from the story. The opposite, it’s usually well worked into the story. 

The characters feel real, imperfect, and not always likeable. Just like human beings. Romance was sweet enough to make me smile and sizzling enough that I blushed. These two will have to overcome more than a fair share of relationship obstacles to make this work. 

Another winner from Jennifer Lane.

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Summary

College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. ¡Híjole! Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.
Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.
When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?

Excerpt

Now that we were alone in the hallway, my eyes swept up Lucia’s firm body, and I decided to play with her a bit. “Did you hear what one of those reporters said?”

She studied me with nervous eyes, then shook her head.

“They asked if we slept in the same bedroom.”

Her lips parted as she drew a breath, and her face turned a delicious shade of pink. I watched one hand smooth down her thigh, then dart up to the back of her neck. The other hand fidgeted at her side. It looked like she had to force a swallow.

Sweet Jesus. Her embarrassment totally turned me on.

“So, um...what did you tell them?” she finally asked.

A sense of pressure below my belt pulled me toward her. Her eyes widened as I approached, but she seemed more excited than frightened.

Her breezy, floral scent mingled with the liquid courage in my veins, and before I knew it I was running my fingers into her thick, damp hair. What the hell am I doing? God, it felt good, and she tilted her ear toward me like she enjoyed it too. There was a cute little dimple on her right cheek that winked at me. I found myself leaning closer to her face, and considering her impressive height, I didn’t have far to go. Her shiny eyes turned back to me, and she gazed up with such yearning, such depth.

My heart thundered. Stop seducing me, Devil Spawn!

Those sensuous lips opened for me, their sweetness luring me forward. I held my face over hers, breathing in her smell, and her eyes fluttered shut as she surrendered to me. I stared at her soft features for too long, shocking myself with an insane desire to kiss those sweet lips. Before I totally freaked myself out, I shifted an inch to press a kiss onto her warm cheek, right on her dimple. I could feel her tremble beneath my touch.

My hand still tangled in her hair, I pulled back to gaze into her mesmerized eyes. “I told them I never kiss and tell.”

When I let her go, I heard a little squawk of protest. That adorable noise reminded me of the pressure down below — pressure I needed to do something about. I turned and took swift strides down the hall.

“Where are you going?” Her breathy voice was tinged with desperation.

I grinned. She was just too easy to mess with.

About the Author

Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she witnesses tremendous growth in her psychotherapy clients, and by night she wrangles misbehaving fictional characters as she writes sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. She can't decide which is more fun.

A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen wove some of her own experiences into Streamline -- a military mystery about swimmers. Readers can dip their toes into Jen's world of swimming romance by sampling her free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.

College volleyball romance Blocked is Jen's newest release. Peek inside big-time college sports and even bigger national politics when the offspring of two presidential candidates find out whether opposites really do attract, or their match is blocked from the start.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a complete romantic suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior. Two parolees find love in a hopeless place.

Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, hanging out with her plus-size, "I'm not fat, I'm big-boned" Izzie cat, and visiting her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.

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Jennifer Lane is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card on her Facebook page for the release! You can enter HERE.

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Oct 1, 2014

Have you heard the buzz about The Light Series?

 

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Starting October 1st, Jennifer DeLucy is celebrating the release of the three volume(plus short) box set of The Light Series, complete with stunning new covers. The buzz will go on for a month, starting with a FB Event, Oct 1st at 6.00pm – 9.00pm PDT. Join Jennifer, readers, and bloggers to kick off the party.

So, what is The Light Series about?

In the world of Seers, souls are connected over generations and countless spirits haunt the earth. Lillian Hunt isn’t prepared for life as a Sentient being, but she knows her choices are few. She can either embrace her purpose and learn to protect herself in a strange new reality or live at its mercy unprotected. As present, future and past unwind, so do the fates of everyone around her, branching farther than she could ever have imagined.

The Light Series will give you chills, reignite your fear of the dark and your faith in the power of love. Just be warned...once you've entered the world of Seers, you'll never be the same.

If that doesn’t convince you to give it a try, check out what reviewers have to say:

"Enchanting...utterly refreshing." -- A Bibliophile's Journal

"The writing flows off the page, the characters are more than memorable and the story utterly unique." -- A Life Bound By Books

As if that isn’t enough, Jennifer is not only a talented author, she also creates stunning music. Such as the music from the above trailer. Besides celebrating the release of the box set, Jennifer has also just released a music album of original tracks.

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About Jennifer DeLucy

Jennifer DeLucy is an author of paranormal fiction, most notably The Light Series Trilogy, a freelance editor and a musician who believes in combining talents to create unique and inspiring work. Born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Jennifer moved to the Midwest in her early twenties, honing her passions and publishing her first two novels before moving to Seattle, Washington in 2012. She continues to pursue new and exciting avenues in both the writing and music fields.

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Aug 25, 2014

Cover Reveal–Blocked by Jennifer Lane

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By Jennifer Lane
 
 
New Adult Contemporary/Sports Romance

Releasing October 21, 2014

College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. Hijole. Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.

Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.

When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?

 
 
If you would like to participate in the Release Event and/or Request to Review BLOCKED, you can find out more information HERE.


GIVEAWAY

Jennifer Lane is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card and an Advanced Reader Copy of BLOCKED on her Facebook page! You can enter HERE.

 
About the Author

Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she witnesses growth in her psychotherapy clients, and by night she wrangles misbehaving fictional characters as she writes sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. She can’t decide which is more fun.

A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen wove some of her own experiences into Streamline—a military mystery about swimmers. And readers can dip their toes into Jen’s world of swimming romance by sampling her free New Adult novella Swim Recruit. (optional link to include: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/swim-recruit-jennifer-lane/1113038601?ean=2940044896642)

College volleyball romance Blocked is Jen’s newest release, launching 10-21-14. Peek inside big-time college sports and even bigger national politics when the offspring of two presidential candidates find out whether opposites really do attract, or their match is blocked from the start.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior. Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry.

In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, hanging out with her plus-size, “I’m not fat, I’m big-boned” Izzie cat, and visiting her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.


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Aug 16, 2014

Work In Progress #WIP Blog Tour

 

I’ve been tagged by Jennifer Lane for the #WIP Blog Tour. The way it works:

Provide the link back to the post by the person who nominated you. Write a little about and give the first sentences of the first three chapters of your current WIP, then nominate four other writers to do the same.

Jennifer Lane is a wonderful talent. Her writing covers everything from suspense and romance to heart wrenching insight of the human condition. If you haven’t come across her before, I would recommend you give her a try. Her next release, Blocked, will be available 21st October. 

Start at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.

              ~The King to the White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland

As for my WIP, I wasn’t sure which one to use today because I don’t tend to follow the above advice. Technically I have three WIPs on the go. I’ve been working on Atlantis Rising, which is the third books in the Shades series. But saying the chapters I have written are the first three is a loose interpretation. I tend to write chapters out of order and stitch them together.

My second WIP is at editing stage and is due for release early 2015. You’ll be hearing a lot about this in the near future. Something Wicked is a vampire novel set in 19th and 20th century:

What if Jack the Ripper was a vampire?

Could a monster be trusted to save humanity from a terrible fate? 

Infected by the vampire virus on the streets of Dublin in 1886, the search for a cure brought Henry Clayton to London and to the brink of madness. Salvation and friendship arrived in the form of Dougal, an immortal Highlander with a devilish sense of humor and a love of life.

Amidst turmoil in vampire society, Henry returns to modern day Dublin. The Circle, a cult determined to awaken their Celtic blood god, the first vampire, is once again active.

When Henry meets a young American woman who sees past his human pretense, he fears exposure. However, his fear is overshadowed by curiosity. What is the source of the strange energy between them? Why are vampires stalking her? Determined to find answers, he takes Ari into his home and under his protection.

As their connection grows, Henry begins to suspect Ari isn’t what she claims to be. Their shared history may hold the answers to his uncontrollable bouts of rage and thirst. Perhaps, even a cure for his wicked blood.

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My third WIP, is related to the second. Something Wicked is a stand alone novel. For me, Dougal is an interesting character to write, but he doesn’t easily share his past. He’s sort of an onward and upward kind of guy. So, I have all these notes about him and how he came to be which aren’t included. I’ve jotted down some scenes in my notebook that will either become Extras to post on my blog, or possibly a companion novella.  To say they are rough is being generous. They are little more that dialogue right now.

So I suppose we should probably go for door number two, Something Wicked, remembering that these are subject to change right up to the end of the editing process.

    The sound of music floated through the warm, late evening air in Temple Bar as the bustling Dublin city center area transitioned from evening to night.

    I had been living a short distance north of the city for three months, in the same Georgian townhouse I had once shared with my family.

    My entire body felt as if my skin was being flayed slowly and tortuously, leaving every nerve exposed and raw.

I nominate:

Cherie Colyer

Joshua David Bellin

Rumer Haven

Kym Brunner

Tag, you’re it!