Monday, November 30, 2015

The Victim by Eric Matheny Spotlight


Anton Mackey is a man with everything. At least, he seems to be on the surface. He has a rising career as a private attorney, a lovely wife, a beautiful daughter; he and his family live in an idyllic neighborhood that most people dream about. Sure, there are troubles that plague this family, the same as any other, but all in all things are looking up. Life is good, and the future is better. 

Except Anton has a past, too, and something has been looming, bearing down on him from that history, just waiting for the chance to strike. Soon, everything will change, and the life he’s struggled so hard to build will come crashing down around him. 

And the worst part of it all: Anton Mackey has no one to blame but himself.

Eric Matheny is a criminal defense attorney who enjoys writing crime fiction, drawing from his experience working in the legal system. He has handled everything from DUI to murder. His latest novel The Victim was released on August 13, 2015, published by Zharmae. 

If you are a fan of John Grisham, David Baldacci, and Harlan Coben, The Victim may be your kind of novel. 

The Victim is a tense, fast-paced, legal thriller/psychological suspense novel that centers around a young defense attorney whose horrifying misdeed from his college days comes back to haunt him.

Praise for The Victim:

“The Victim by Eric Matheny has a fast moving pace and a skillfully conceived plot with quite a few twists and turns… A page turner, this legal thriller has all the elements to hold reader interest from the first page to the last.” - Reviewed by

“An astounding legal thriller that is full of surprise, mystery and moral dilemma. Matheny may well be the next Scott Turow.” – Reviewed by

About the Author:

Eric Matheny was born in Los Angeles, California, where he lived until he went away to college at Arizona State University. At ASU he was president of Theta Chi Fraternity. He graduated with a degree in political science and moved to Miami, Florida, to attend law school at St. Thomas University. During his third year of law school, he interned for the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, where he worked as a prosecutor upon graduation. In 2009, he went into private practice as a criminal defense attorney. He is a solo practitioner representing clients in Miami-Dade County, Florida, and Broward County, Florida. He has handled everything from DUI to murder.

In his free time, Eric enjoys writing crime fiction, drawing from his experience working in the legal system. He published his debut novel Home in 2004, which centers around a successful drug dealer catering to the rich in Orange County. His second novel Lockdown, published in 2005, follows a law student trying to prove that an inmate serving a life sentence in one of California’s toughest prisons might actually be innocent. Eric’s latest novel The Victim, is a tense, fast-paced, legal thriller/psychological suspense novel that centers around a young defense attorney whose horrifying misdeed from his college days comes back to haunt him. It was published by Zharmae in August 2015 and is available for sale on Amazon.

Eric lives outside of Fort Lauderdale with his wife and two young sons.

Readers can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Wynning Way: A Guide to Creating Success Your Way BOOK BLAST

The Wynning Way by Maisha S. Wynn
Release Day Celebration November 18, 2015


Author: Maisha S. Wynn

Release Date: November 18th, 2015
Live To Wynn Publishing
Genre: Non-Fiction


The Wynning Way: A Guide to Creating Success Your Way is the ultimate go-to guide for personal and professional development.

The Wynning Way: A Guide to Creating Success Your Way is the ultimate go-to guide for personal and professional development! 

This powerful book will show you how to develop your own winning lifestyle through exercises that inspire self-reflection and strategies for creating the mindset of a true winner. Throughout the book, Wynn shares her personal journey from tragedy to triumph and offers inspirational nuggets on the power of prayer, the effect of positive thinking plus affirmations to assist you in living a more abundant life!

Get ready to transform your existence because your time for "WYNNING" is now!


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The Wynning Way: A Guide to Creating Success Your Way is a winner! Maisha Wynn has not only developed an amazing manual for personal and professional development, but she inspires us all to live our very best lives even in the midst of life's harrowing circumstances! If you want to win in life, you must read this book!” 



“This insightful book shares the author's infectious enthusiasm to surrender to God's will and accept themselves as they are and develop a life the way they have imagined. Reading this book will definitely help readers bring positive energy into their lives and make the required changes they are looking for to achieve peaceful and happy lives.”

“It is no coincidence that Maisha's last name is Wynn. Not only is she winning, she is gracious enough to share her strategies to help others on their journey. Her book is Touching, Timely, and REAL! What I love most about the book is her ability to connect with the reader by holding them accountable for their own existence in this world.” 


Chapter 8: Create Your Circle of Power
Your daily encounters determine your level of success as a business owner, friend, family member and/or executive. Those closest to you will have the greatest impact on you and your fortunes, whether you are aware of it or not. Think about the individuals you spend the most time with, either face-to-face, or on the telephone. Their effect on your character and behavior can either propel your journey in life, or stifle your growth towards greatness. 


Lifestyle specialist, Maisha Wynn, gives credence to the mantra "a changed mind is a made-up mind." She heads up Live To Wynn, a company that provides aspirational and practical guidance for women and men who desire to live their lives more abundantly. As a former size 20 who now maintains a size 4 through exercise and healthy eating, Wynn knows firsthand how difficult and rewarding it can be to transform your life. She speaks around the nation and provides uplifting editorial content to various media outlets. For more information about Wynn, visit
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Mystique by Shari Arnold Release Day and Giveaway

I'm super excited to be sharing MYSTIQUE by Shari Arnold with you on it's release day! Celebrate with us by checking out the book about the town where people go to die…and be sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a signed copy of your very own + a $15.00 Amazon Gift Card!

About The Book

MYSTIQUEAuthor: Shari Arnold
Release Date: Novemeber 17th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Only Bauer Grant can pull off gorgeous while dead. But staying dead is another thing entirely. When he wakes up at his own funeral, the town of Mystique calls it a miracle, until it happens again. Something is bringing the residents of Mystique back to life, but what? Presley Caine finds herself caught up in the mystery when Bauer asks her to visit him. Presley can’t figure out why the most popular guy in school is so drawn to her. And when Bauer is kidnapped soon after, she looks to Bauer’s brooding best friend Sam, whose dad works for the powerful Mystique military base, for answers. In her quest to discover the truth, Presley’s relationship with Sam deepens, her feelings for Bauer are tested, and it becomes clear that her own mysterious past is somehow connected to these strange events. But is she strong enough to handle the truth when it is finally revealed?

About The Author

Shari Arnold grew up in California and Utah but now resides in Connecticut, with her husband and two kids, where she finds it difficult to trust a beach without waves. She writes Young Adult fiction because it's her favorite. And occasionally she takes photographs.
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Monday, November 16, 2015

Dark Shadows by Toni Vallan Release Day


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My name’s Ella Raimi. Until last week, my life was pretty normal for a sixteen-year-old. Until I spent that awful night trapped in the janitor's closet in utter darkness. Until the dreams began — suffocating, panic-filled dreams. My best friend Kyla stays with me, but the dreams still continue. And I wake each morning with cuts & burns on my skin. I don’t recall inflicting them. And then there is the blood on my hands and my sheets when I wake up. I’m afraid of myself. I'm afraid I am a killer.  

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About Toni Vallan

Toni Vallan is the author of two contemporary titles in the contemporary suspense series DESPERATION, and her ongoing Thriller line. Toni loves the dark side of the soul, and studied to become a neuropsychologist. A career path taken over by her first love - writing.
Toni lives in the land of the Hobbits, and secretly wants a Hobbit house, although her husband and two daughters may not agree.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Gratitude Giveaway Hop

Welcome to another Blog HOP!!  Hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer and Bookhounds.

This giveaway is international.  You will receive up to $20 to Amazon or The Book Depository, Depending on where you live.

So have fun at the hop, and thank you SO much for visiting. I really do hope you come back.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

For the Record by Charlotte Huang Blog Tour and Giveaway

FOR THE RECORD by Charlotte Huang
Blog Tour November2 – 6  &  9 - 13, 2015

Author: Charlotte Huang

Release Date: November 10th, 2015
Delacorte Books For Young Readers


If Almost Famous were a YA novel... a raw, honest debut celebrating music, friendship, romance, and life on the road.

Chelsea thought she knew what being a rock star was like... until she became one. After losing a TV talent show, she slid back into small-town anonymity. But one phone call changed everything 
Now she’s the lead singer of the band Melbourne, performing in sold-out clubs every night and living on a bus with three gorgeous and talented guys. The bummer is that the band barely tolerates her. And when teen heartthrob Lucas Rivers take an interest in her, Chelsea is suddenly famous, bringing Melbourne to the next level—not that they’re happy about that. Her feelings for Beckett, Melbourne’s bassist, are making life even more complicated.
Chelsea only has the summer tour to make the band—and their fans—love her. If she doesn’t, she’ll be back in Michigan for senior year, dying a slow death. The paparazzi, the haters, the grueling schedule... Chelsea believed she could handle it. But what if she can’t?

My Review

I was super excited to dive into this book because I have a teenage daughter who dreams of making it big in the music business. Daily, I hear her sing, play the piano, and strum the guitar. She has even stepped up her game by writing her own songs.  So I instantly knew I would connect with this story, and yes, I told her she HAS to read For The Record.

Chelsea is dying to get out of her small town, and move on.  With the disappointment of the talent show, and a difficult situation at school, she needs out.

When she is offered to be the lead singer of the well known rock band called Melbourne, her summer and life will forever be changed as she goes on tour.

This book was so much fun to will cruise through it as fast as the tour. I adored the realistic feel to this story.  Chelsea has huge shoes to fill, coming into a band that has such a strong history and friendship.  They definitely don't make it easy for her, however Chelsea takes it pretty well.  She works hard to prove that she deserves to be there..but not without struggles and the learning experience of life on the road and the paparazzi.  Stardom does not go to Chelsea's head, and she is very humble giving autographs and meeting with fans.

This book is not without the gasping twist, which you learn towards the end of the story which makes you completely understand Pem at the end.  The attraction is undeniable between Chelsea and Beckett. I wanted them to be together even though she was dating the heart throb Lucas.

This book will surprise you...entertain you...and revive your love for music.  A great surprise that you will just adore, you will discover lyrics to the songs that made Melbourne rock stars.  I hope that isn't a spoiler, because I thought that just totally rocked!!


Charlotte Huang is a graduate of Smith College and received an MBA from Columbia Business School, which is clearly something every aspiring writer should do. When not glued to her computer, she cheers her two sons on at sporting events and sometimes manages to stay up late enough to check out bands with her music agent husband. Charlotte lives in Los Angeles and is the author of For the Record  (Delacorte, 2015)

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November 2nd: Such A Novel Idea REVIEW
November 3rd: 
A Dream Within A Dream MUSIC PLAYLIST
November 4th: 
Book Hounds YA REVIEW
November 5th: 
Bibliophilia: A Love Story REVIEW
November 6th: 
Curling Up With A Good Book 10 RANDOM THINGS

November 9th: 
The Cover Contessa REVIEW
November 10th: 
The Book Dragon REVIEW
November 11th: 
Insane About Books REVIEW
November 12th: 
Shelf Life REVIEW
November 13th: 
Me, My Shelf and I REVIEW

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Something Precious Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

Jax and Rachel return in Something Precious by M. Clarke NOW AVAILABLE ON THE FOLLOWING RETAILERS:
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As Jax and Rachel start their lives together, finally engaged and living in Los Angeles, all seems right with the world until Chloe wants to enter their lives again. She wants to be closer to her son, Jace, and in order to keep the peace, Jax agrees. Unfortunately, trouble seems to be swirling in the air when Rachel’s high school crush enters their lives; meanwhile Chloe proclaims to be pregnant.

Rachel is left questioning whether Jax is the one she wants to live happily ever after with, while they are left pondering who could be the father of Chloe’s baby. Could their relationship be strong enough to surpass these obstacles or will this mean the end of Jax and Rachel's love.

Excerpt #1
Rachel yawned, dragging her feet across the beige carpet. “I need to ask you a question.”
I wasn’t sure if I had heard her right. My mind was somewhere else. Ignoring her, I took her to our bathroom and turned on the shower.
“Jax, what are you doing? I told you—”
The water running muted the rest of her words. With my eyes locked on hers, I said, “I think someone needs a shower.”
“Huh?” Her sleepy eyes popped open. Leaning against the cabinet, she had nowhere to go.
I took three long strides to her before she could blink and I sealed my lips to hers. Rachel sucked in air and I heard a defeated whimper. She seemed to love this sudden show of lust pouring out of me. Grabbing her ass, I slowed down the pace and tenderly trailed my kisses down her neck to her shoulder. As I continued to kiss her, I slowly peeled the layers of her clothes as she did the same with mine.
I led her to the shower and embraced her in my arms. The warm water pouring between us was hot and arousing. My body was already on fire, but touching her flesh and hearing Rachel moan drove me wild. Slow down, I told myself. She was going to leave me for four days soon, and even though four days wasn’t that long, I wanted to savor this moment with her.

My Review
 A Sultry romance with vindictive drama, this series just gets better with intense emotions!

When you fall for characters, and just can't get enough, you just hope and pray to the "word" gods that the author never stops.  One thing about this series, you feel that connection with the characters...they feel my head they are real.  And I love how all the characters are connected in one way, and past favorites keep showing an appearance in each story.

Jax and Rachel's romance continues. They are planning a wedding and life together. Jace has really started to bond with Rachel, and you can feel the love poor off the pages.  However, when Chloe wants to start being involved more in Jace's life, that's when the vindictive B@#*$ comes out to play. And boy, does she have some evil up her sleeves.

Jax and Rachel's relationship is definitely tested.  It makes Rachel question whether she is ready to take on everything that has happened in such a short period of time.  You feel her heartache.  But you know, love becomes more powerful when you know it's right and you have to fight for it.  It makes it all that Something Precious.

A toe curler for sure, this story just speeds with just can't get enough, and really want to bitch-slap Chloe.  Yeah, it pulls that much emotion from you, from deep down in the gut.  Steamy romance, The Knight Brothers, models, and a whirlwind of adventure, this story is "THE BOMB."

Have you started this series yet?  

Something Precious, perfect title for a story that is building a family on Love, not just blood.

Something Great Series Reading Order

Something Great (bk 1)
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Something Wonderful (bk 2)
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Something Forever (bk 3)

Something Amazing (bk 4)
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Author Information

Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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