LETTERS to MOLLY (Maysen Jar #2) by DEVNEY PERRY

‘Some mistakes were unforgivable. Some mistakes came with a regret that lived like a monster in your soul.’

Devney Perry has this unique ability of writing such beautiful stories with incredible heartfelt emotion and romance. Her style of writing is flawless, her stories enthralling and emotionally haunting at times. Her characters have real-life issues, trials, and tribulations but they all have that one important thing in common, soul mate love. It was heart-breaking in parts, funny in others and so incredibly sweet and romantic too.

Bravo, Devney Perry for writing what must’ve been a difficult story to write as it deals with the hardships faced in a marriage made with love. The external influencers, as well as the strain of a breakdown in communication, makes it hard; finding your way back is not easy. However, when the heart refuses any other, you must listen to its words!  

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New Fantasy and Science Fiction Books For Your Reading List | June 2019

New Fantasy and Science Fiction Books For Your Reading List | June 2019

Have you been on the lookout for some thrilling new fantasy and science fiction books for your reading list? There’s no better time to stock up on new novels with these exciting releases from Juliana Haygert, Stephen Perkins, S.C. McGrath, Jesse R. Page, Shami Stovall, and Orson Scott Card. Get ready to embark on some exciting adventures!


The Demon Kiss

by Juliana Haygert

Release Date: June 13, 2019

The truth was hidden from me all my life. Demons walk the earth and it is my destiny to slay them. I wish I hadn’t lost someone in the process of discovering that truth. Now they are after me. The only way I can stay alive is to go to an academy for demon hunters. There I will learn how to kill supernaturals and underworld minions. But I still can’t shake the feeling that there are secrets I still don’t know about.

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Sky Parlor

by Stephen Perkins

Release Date: May 30, 2019

From the dawn of mankind, two ancient gods have made romance and waged war. But after the rapture, will Sky Parlor be their final battlefield? For generations, the population of Sky Parlor believed that the lands beyond the walls of their city were made uninhabitable by the ‘Great Rapture’. When Desmond Starr is appointed Alderman for Sky Parlor’s borough of Columbia, he learns a hidden truth that exposes a shocking lie that has persisted for centuries.

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To the Waters and the Wild

by S.C. McGrath

Release Date: May 21, 2019

Ancient Eire is shrouded in mystery. Scholars and warriors were honored with the like reverence and women were considered equals to me. Within this world, Keelin, a chieftain’s daughter, struggles to understand her fate. She has the gift of healing and telepathy, and is destined to become a priestess. But she does not want such a solitary and self-sacrificing life. She is torn between her path and her dreams. Soon these troubles are overshadowed. A powerful civilization of the ancient world is about to invade Eire.

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The Darkest Night

by Jesse R. Page

Release Date: April 28, 2019

Nothing seems to be able to stop the Shie. They are a merciless enemy led by an undefeated and brilliant commander. With there superior numbers and tactics they have been able to hold the Gillians in one hand and conquer star systems in the other. Their only hope to end the war is to voyage to the world of Noctorus, a tidally-locked world that has been torn apart by a shattered moon. The reason for the journey is to find an ancient empire, one that is more powerful than the Shie. The mission was meant to be simple…

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Knightmare Arcanist

by Shami Stovall

Release Date: June 18, 2019

Volke Savan is a gravedigger. He wants nothing more than to be like his hero, Gregory Ruma, the legendary magical swashbuckler. To do this he needs to be capable of wielding magic, an arcanist. But to do so he’ll have to bond with a mythical creature. When he discovers a knightmare, he has no reservations. But this knightmare holds a devastating secret… Ruma is a murderer and is out to spread corrupt magic through their nation. To protect his home, Volke will need to confront his hero.

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The Hive

by Orson Scott Card

Release Date: June 11, 2019

The second book in The Second Formic Wars series, the prequel to Ender’s Game… Car and Johnston are back with a hard science fiction book that tells the tale of how a coalition of Earth’s nations barely fought off a Formic scout ship. Now they learn of a mother-ship at the edge of their system and the aliens are preparing to take Earth by force.

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THE REST OF THE STORY by SARAH DESSEN

“If life is a journey, wouldn’t you rather be the person behind the wheel than the one just being carried along?”

From the minute we started reading The Rest of the Story we were immediately transported back in time. It’s been some years, pre blog days, since we’ve lived between the pages of a Sarah Dessen book and boy, we’ve missed her. This book felt like coming home, wrapping ourselves up in the sweet, relatable characters synonymous with Sarah Dessen’s stories.

There was much to love about this story and it’s something Sarah Dessen does extremely well. This author takes her time allowing the reader to become a part of the story and connect with the characters.  The core of this story is family and friendship in all it’s complicated glory.

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Books To Read If You Like Historical Fiction | June 2019

Books To Read If You Like Historical Fiction | June 2019

If you’re a fan of literary fiction and are after some new reads in a historical setting, we’ve got some great book recommendations for you! We’ve made a list of some enthralling new historical fiction books to read right now from Nejoud Al-Yagout, Jennifer Weiner, Melanie Benjamin, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sara Collins, and Lauren Willig. Enjoy!


When the Haboob Sings

by Nejoud Al-Yagout

Release Date: May 28, 2019

When Dunya Khair writes a controversial article in the newspaper and challenges the status quo, the response is swift. She now faces the dissolution of familial ties and the potential collapse of her marriage. Plus a looming nervous breakdown. Her actions are the perfect example of the strength and frailty of the human spirit. When the Haboob Sings tells the story of a woman with an unshakeable resolve that may cost her everything.

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Mrs. Everything

by Jennifer Weiner

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Bethie and Jo Kaufmann were born into a world full of promise. They grew up in a perfect 1950’s Detroit house and their roles in the family were clearly defined. Bethe is the pretty and feminine good girl who dreams of a traditional life. While Jo is a tomboy, a bookish rebel that wants to make the world fairer. But things end up looking very different from what they imagined.

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Mistress of the Ritz

by Melanie Benjamin

Release Date: May 21, 2019

Nothing bad could happen at the Ritz. Inside its gilded walls, everything was perfect. Guests like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Coco Chanel, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, have walked through its famous doors. All of these guests have been welcomed and pampered by Blanche Auzello and her husband, Claude, the hotel’s director. They are the mistress and master of the Ritz. They allow the glamour and glitz to distract them from their troubled marriage and the secrets they keep.

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City of Girls

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Release Date: June 4, 2019

The year is 1940 and nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out Vassar College for her poor performance in her freshman year. He parents send her to live with her aunt in Manhattan. Her aunt owns the flamboyant but crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. Here Vivian is introduced to an interesting array of characters. When she makes a mistake that turns into a professional scandal, her world turns upside down.

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The Confessions of Frannie Langton

by Sara Collins

Release Date: May 21, 2019

London is abuzz over a scandal involving Frannie Langton. She is accused of the double murder of her employers, renowned scientist George Benham and his wife Marguerite. Crowds pack the courtroom to follow every twist and turn of the case. The testimonies are damning but Frannie claims she cannot recall what happened that evening.

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The Summer Country

by Lauren Willig

Release Date: June 4, 2019

Barbados, 1984. Emily Dawson has always been the poor cousin in a prosperous English merchant clan. As the daughter of the vicar, everyone knows the family’s shopping business will go to her cousin, Adam. But when her grandfather dies, she gets an unexpected surprise… she inherits his sugar plantation in Barbados. Something he never told anyone he owned.

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The Best New Romance Novels | June 2019

The Best New Romance Novels | June 2019

Summer is almost here and you know what that means? Time to stock up on some hot new book boyfriends to read out in the sun! You won’t want to miss these sensational new romance novels by Alexa Summers, Emma Calin, Loni Ree, Kelli Callahan, Jo Watson, and Lauren Blakely. We hope you enjoy!


Model Behavior

by Alexa Summers

Release Date: May 22, 2019

Hannah Fray is a down and out model in New York City. After being betrayed by her friends and family, she is trying to scrape by. That was until she met bad boy model-turned-designer, James Tipton. James wants her to be the face of his upcoming line and is determined to make her the next ‘it’ girl. It is instalove between them, but past betrayals for James and Hannah make it hard for either of them to commit while in the spotlight.

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Power

by Emma Calin

Release Date: May 27, 2019

The new standalone novel in Emma Calin’s Passion Patrol romantic suspense series… When a thug pulls a knife on a London street, rookie police officer Olivia Johnston-Denny steps up. When the irresistible congressman Jackson T. Paine intervenes, things change forever. She is a fiery Scot and he’s the cool Oklahoma boy. Tipped as a future president he has many enemies that plot his downfall. But he has one invincible weapon… a woman in love.

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Blake’s Bombshell

by Loni Ree

Release Date: June 4, 2019

Lucy Steele just wants a night out so she can drink away her problems and forget the train wreck happening in her life. Then a hot stranger offers to distract her from her troubles… and she accepts. But that one night ends up turning her life upside down. That stranger ends up being a close associate of her family. To avoid the drama, she runs and tries to put that night behind her.

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My Bully’s Daddy

by Kelli Callahan

Release Date: June 11, 2019

I was standing on the side of the road and wearing nothing but a blanket. Then I met him. He was the hottest guy I had ever seen and I wanted to believe he was a miracle. I gave him my innocence before I even knew his last name. I quickly found out that was a huge mistake. It turns out that I am not the only one that calls him Daddy… so does my bully.

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Love You, Love You Not

by Jo Watson

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Poppy Peterson used to be an actress on a popular telenovela until her character was killed off. Unfortunately, dead characters can’t pay the bills and she’s about to be evicted if she doesn’t pay her rent… Ryan Stark is a tough boss. He’s been through five assistants in the last two months alone. Now no one wants to work for him. But he needs someone to meet his demands. Poppy has been an assistant before – well on screen as Ramona Gonzales that is. How hard can it be?

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Satisfaction Guaranteed

by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: June 10, 2019

My ex-fling is now working in the same practice as me… and she’s my business partner’s daughter. But that was seven years ago and barely lasted a week. Except Sloane is still the one woman I can’t stop thinking about. She is sexy, brilliant, and captivating. Maybe a week of taking her to new heights will get her out of my head?

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Interview with Loni Ree, Author of Blake’s Bombshell

What can you tell us about your new release, Blake’s Bombshell?

Blake’s Bombshell is the second book the Ryan Family series. It’s a short, steamy romance that follows characters I introduced in Lukas’ Angel. In the beginning, I didn’t intend to write a story about these characters, but one of the main characters, Blake, became a more central character in the other books, and I changed my mind and decided to write their story.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Years ago, a college professor encouraged me to publish my early work, but between work and family, I never found the time. I have always been an avid reader, and after years of dreaming of publishing a book myself, I finally took the time to make my dream a reality.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

This question is too hard to answer. I have read so many books, and I have many favorites. My favorite book of all time is Wrong by Jana Aston. Out of the thousands of books I’ve read in the last thirty years, a handful of them stands out, but Wrong is my favorite of all.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Reading is my escape from the chaos of everyday life, and I like stories that make you forget about the stress in your life for a little while. I love to write the same type of stories that I have always read, and I get caught up in my characters’ lives. The fun part is deciding what they’ll have to go through to get to their guaranteed happily ever after.

What is a typical day like for you?

Every day is a new challenge for me. I have a hectic life between juggling my new writing career and my old healthcare career and my family, I don’t have any free time.

What scene in Blake’s Bombshell was your favorite to write?

I had a great time writing the entire book. At first, I thought it would be a short thirty or so page short story to quickly describe how Lucy and Blake threw a wrench into the Sterling-Ryan/Steele Company merger. The story took on a life of its own and grew until one day, I realized it had become a full novella.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Life is good! I say this about a thousand times a day, and I honestly believe it. I always tell people, if what you’re doing, makes you miserable, move on. Life is too short.

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Interview with Alexa Summers, Author of Model Behavior

What can you tell us about your new release, Model Behavior?

Model Behavior is book two in my Slow Burn Series. I’m a fan of slow burn romance. After writing a historical/fantasy steamy romance trilogy called Maid for Majesty, under the pen name AJ Phoenix, I wanted to try Contemporary. In my twenties, I worked several jobs within the entertainment industry, and saw the life of those that live in the fast lane. I thought it would be an interesting setting for a series. The first book in the series, Touchdown, was in the sport entertainment world. Model Behavior takes place in the fashion world. There are cameos from some characters from one book to the next, and the books can be read in any order.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My fifth-grade teacher always believed I should become an author and told my parents so. She once entered one of my stories into a contest, and it was published. I ended up getting a career in education, but couldn’t find much work. With the extra time I had, I wanted to take up more reading. One day after finishing a book and looking for something else to devour, I got a story idea and began tapping at my keys. After that, I didn’t want to stop.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Are you kidding? I have a top five for every genre! How about I tell you what I’ve been reading lately? Right now, I’m reading, Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell. I’m up to date of Penelope Bloom’s Objects of Attraction Series, and next up I’m reading Lauren Blakely’s, The Dating Proposal.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

What a fantastic idea! I’d love to do literary talk show. I’d want to ask most authors where they get their ideas from and what their process is. I’d also like to see their writing space!

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

All my life, people have commented that I ‘drift away’. When I write, I’m in my own little bubble and can imagine and reimagine stories. The best part is, I can come and go as I please.

What is a typical day like for you?

I’m a mama, so there’s no typical day for me. My children are two and four and my day-to-day my schedule changes per the needs of my family. On a day where I write, I drop my son off at school, get some play time with my daughter. While she naps, I sneak away to my office and tap at the keyboard. Writing is my passion and my escape; it’s my me time.

What scene in Model Behavior was your favorite to write?

Aside for the steamy scenes, there were two scenes I enjoyed writing; the Meet Cute and Hannah’s visit to Central Park. With the Meet Cute, I loved the building tension between my main characters and the banter of Donna and Alexandra. Hannah’s time in Central Park is unexpected, and not something I’d normally write, but it seemed appropriate for Hannah and James. It fit with the rest of the story. I can’t say much more about that scene without giving away spoilers.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

“I live in my own little world. But it’s ok, they know me here.” I know. It’s not exactly inspirational, but it describes how I live.

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Interview with S.C. McGrath, Author of To the Waters and the Wild

What can you tell us about your new release, To the Waters and the Wild?

To the Waters and the Wild tells the story of Keelin, a fearless chieftain’s daughter. Gifted by the gods in the arts of healing and telepathy, and destined to become a priestess, she nonetheless rails against such a solitary and self-sacrificing life. When Eire is threatened by Roman invaders, Keelin must resolve her internal strife and join clan warriors to save her island from destruction.

To the Waters and the Wild is loosely anchored in history and filled with fantasy, excitement, and danger.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I was inspired by the books read to me by my parents when I was young. To name a few, The Story of Ferdinand (Munro Leaf & Robert Lawson), The Story about Ping (Marjorie Flack & Kurt Wiese), The Secret Garden, and A Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett) introduced me to the power of storytelling, the joy of reading, and the beauty of language.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

I don’t really have a top 5 list of best books. Instead, there are books that stayed with me long after I finished the last page. Ones that come to mind are, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith), Green Mansions (W.H. Hudson), Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck), Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell), and The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett).

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I must say that the thought of being a host of a literary talk show terrifies me. However, if I was, I would probably chose to interview someone like David McCullough who writes wonderful nonfiction books such as The Path Between the Seas. Those writers who can make history come alive are incredibly gifted. I would love to know how much research they do on the characters and personalities of the men and women they write about.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is the ability to make my dream world come alive. I also love language and how words can flow together perfectly to create emotions, sensations, and images.

What is a typical day like for you?

My day starts early (5am, yikes!). I usually do my best thinking and writing in the morning. Sometimes my best ideas come while walking my dogs or riding my lovable big horse, Flanagan. My husband and I are lucky enough to live close to our two grandchildren so we see and help care for them almost daily. Although retired from my career as a CPA with an international biotechnology company, I am busier than ever with my writing, family, and friends!

What scene in To the Waters and the Wild was your favorite to write?

I love the scene with Keelin and the falcon, Bronach. The battle chapter is also a favorite simply because it was the most difficult to write effectively. I not only researched Roman battle strategies and tactics, but I also drew a map of the bay where the Romans landed, the battlefield itself and the positions of the various combatants, and finally, of the field camps and infirmaries.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

I think Carl Sandburg said it best: Nothing happens unless first we dream.

S.C. McGrath is the author of the new book To the Waters and the Wild.

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Interview with Emma Calin, author of Power

What can you tell us about your new release, Power?

Power is the latest in my steamy romance series about tough but sexy girl cops. All life, human and animal is about Power and the desire for it. Cops have power but are constrained by the law. Crooks have no boundaries and that gives them a unique power. In this story a young American congressman on the way up seeks to be president but also rejoices in his power to bring erotic joy to his woman. Power is just a way of describing relationships, the universe and the human condition.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

As a kid I loved stories. The saddest day of my life was when I realized that magic wasn’t true. I loved bible stories, movies, newspapers, comics and of course books. A neighbor gave me an old fashioned book called “Missing From Home” by a writer called Geoffrey Trease. I loved it so much but lost it somehow in a house move. I just wanted to write stories like that. I had a teacher who thought I had a gift for writing whereas most people said I was plain useless. I think of her every time I write.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

1. Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy.
2. A Round-Heeled Woman, Jane Juska
3.The Time Traveller’s Wife, Audrey Niffeneger.
4. Life of Pi, Yann Martel
5.The Davinci Code, Dan Brown.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Tough question….I think it would be Jane Juska who wrote A Round-Heeled woman. She wrote shamelessly about the female sexual need and I’d ask how people around her responded to her frankness. In her book she clearly liked and admired men so I might ask her what she thought of feminism in 2019.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Simple – Power! I can create the characters I want and maybe get the kind of results I want. The truth is that my deepest relationships are with the characters in my books. The saddest thing about writing is when I write that last sentence and we kind of say goodbye. Maybe that’s why each of my standalone books brings back old friends from earlier stories. I love seeing how they’ve evolved. The oddest and most marvelous thing about writing is that once the characters come to life, they are unique individuals who pull the story along outside of my own will. When this happens it does feel weird but it’s one of the greatest joys in writing.

What is a typical day like for you?

The truth is that a writer spends more time on promotion and publicity than on actually writing books. My day starts with my in-box and social media activity. As soon as I can, I get down to writing. To get back into the “feel” of the story I read and re-write the stuff from the day before. Once I start writing I do tend to lose track of time and snap back to life when my partner tells me he’s fixed dinner or it’s time for bed. At least three times a week I try to get out for a tandem cycle ride, a river trip in our kayak or a long brisk walk. I just don’t have the knees for running. While I’m waiting for the computer to warm up or loading a video I have some free weights and do some exercises. Later in the day I speak to my partner about police procedures and matters of law (he’s an ex London cop) to ensure that things stay accurate. I’d like to say I have a glass of wine but currently I’m on a diet and I try not to tempt myself. I have to confess that stuff like shopping, dusting and domestic dross get lost or pushed aside.

What scene in Power was your favorite to write?

I shouldn’t admit it but I do like the sex scenes because they really are a challenge. You can end up repeating the same stuff that readers have seen so many times. I have to feel I’m there and at the end I know if I’ve hit the spot if I need a cold shower or …..you know, to calm myself down in some way. In the final session of Power, Jackson and Olivia make love. In the course of their story she has learned a lot about life and her own nature. In her need to embrace the animal in all life, however civilized, she bites his flesh to discover a new aspect of her uninhibited self. If I can cheat and add another scene it would be a daring chase across the Bay of Naples in kayaks. I loved writing that because it was very much from experience.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Yes, I do and just wish I could always stick to it. It goes “If you’re not on top of the job, the job is on top of you.”

Emma Calin is the author of the new book Power.

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Interview with Nejoud Al-Yagout, author of When the Haboob Sings

What can you tell us about your new release, When the Haboob Sings?

It is a novel that touches on a subject that is both feared and ignored in my part of the world: apostasy.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Meditate. Meditate. Meditate. Rinse and repeat.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

I would spend that extra hour researching all the scientific and spiritual theories of how and why twenty-four hours became twenty-five! And once the novelty of having entered a portal of another temporal paradigm wore off, I would add that extra hour to my daily reading regimen.

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

The notion of transcendence. It brings me joy because I see what is possible beneath (or beyond) our self-imposed illusions.

What scene in When the Haboob Sings was your favorite to write?

The opening scene where the protagonist Dunya Khair is in a prison cell because I knew that a book was in the making. I just knew.

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