Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturday Series Spotlight: The Truth in Lies Saga featuring The Truth be Told by Jeanne McDonald

The Truth Be Told #3
From the moment Andrew Wise and McKenzie Evans first met, they tried to fight the magnetism that pulled them together.  No matter how hard they struggled with their feelings, their love was a force so strong that neither of them could deny it.

The news of Olivia Hamilton’s pregnancy, and the understanding that Drew is the father, led McKenzie to flee with the hope of rectifying her secret betrayal of falling in love with her best friend’s boyfriend.  However, when Drew showed up and declared his undying love for her, McKenzie could no longer deny the truth.  She and Drew were destined for each other.

McKenzie now has no choice but to face Olivia in order for her and Drew to move on with their lives together.  Secrets and lies may have kept them apart, but now, in the light of the truth, their legacy shines as pure as their love.

For as long as Drew can remember, there has always been tension between him and his father, Jonathan.  This time is proving no different.  Since sharing the truth of his past with McKenzie, Drew is emboldened by her unwavering love and acceptance of the man he is.  He’ll do anything necessary to protect the woman he loves and the life he’s come to understand she deserves.  With Jonathan and Olivia teamed together to rip them apart, Drew and McKenzie, along with the aid of some unexpected allies, must join forces to overcome the obstacles that will inevitably come their way.

In this much anticipated final installment of The Truth in Lies Saga, Drew and McKenzie will unite together to conquer the past, face the future, and uncover the truth in lies that threaten to destroy them.  Love brought them together and love will set them free.

I'm completely torn with this one.  Not torn because of it's content or it's quality but because it's the end of McKenzie & Drew's tale.  As with the other installments in the series, Truth is beautifully written and the author has once again captured the reader's heart with her words.  Not only is this a tale of love but also friendships, good and bad, and how those friendships can make us better even if some of those "friends" intent is not for the better.  If you haven't been reading this series either because you were waiting for it to be complete or because you just hadn't found it before, well now is the perfect time to get started.  Trust me, if you like romance and good storytelling, then this is definitely one you need to check out, you will not be disappointed.


The Truth in Lies #1
Life is a sequence of choices. Some are deliberate, others are forced upon you. This was a lesson that McKenzie Evans knew all too well. After the miscarriage of her son, she made the hard decision to leave her absentee boyfriend and move in with her former college roommate, Olivia Hamilton. That's when she was introduced to Andrew Wise, a brilliant attorney, working for his family's law firm in Sarasota, Florida. To McKenzie, Drew became her salvation. He had a way of understanding her when no one else could. The closer they became, the more McKenzie found herself falling in love with Drew. He was everything she ever dreamed of in a man, and for the first time in her life, she felt truly alive. There was only one problem. Drew was dating Olivia. With the help of fate and circumstance, Drew and McKenzie journey down a path of unrequited love and denied feelings. In the end, they must make a choice between their hearts or their consciences. In this one decision they discover that there's always a glimmer of truth to a lie, that there's a fine line between love and friendship, and sometimes you have to risk everything to gain everything.

I was lucky and fortunate to read a copy of this book prior to it's release and I am forever grateful to have been given this opportunity. From word one, the story had my attention and then once I got to the last page, my heart is trembling waiting for the next installment. There's a myriad of emotions in every page. I don't give out spoilers, any one who knows me, knows that. I will say that one quote early on not only speaks volumes but in my opinion but also sets the tone to the whole purpose of the story. ‘You’re not a failure. You’re a survivor. Call me. –Drew’


The Certainty of Deception #2
After years of living in the darkness of his past, Andrew Wise, a young attorney working for his family’s law firm in Sarasota, Florida, has finally broken free of the demons that haunt him. Wealth, success, happiness, and true love; everything a man could ever dream of, was right at his fingertips. Or so he thought. But in the blink of an eye, all of that changed. Upon discovering that his ex-girlfriend, Olivia Hamilton, was pregnant, Drew fell back into some old habits, which led to him losing the one person that mattered the most in his life - McKenzie Evans.

When McKenzie left him and returned to Texas, Drew was beside himself. The night before she left, he made an agreement with her best friend Jared Christopher, that he would give her time and space to come to grips with the fact that he’d fathered her best friend’s child. Now, two months later, he feels as though he held up his end of the bargain, Drew can’t take their separation any longer. With his brother’s wedding mere weeks away, Drew devises a plan to win McKenzie back.

Under the guise of a bachelor getaway for Gavin, Drew, along with his brother and Jared, jets off on an adventure to the panhandle of Texas. There, he will learn what made McKenzie who she is and will find strength within himself that he never realized existed.

In this charming sequel to The Truth in Lies, Drew and McKenzie discover that not everything is as it seems, forgiveness is a matter of acceptance, and true love really can conquer all.

I didn't think it was possible to love Drew & McKenzie any more than I did when I read The Truth in Lies but the author has made me do it.  Full of emotion, passion, deception, and truths as their story continues.  If you read the Truth in Lies you want to be sure and keep up with Drew & McKenzie's story and if you haven't read the first story yet, what are you waiting for?  It's a must read for lovers of romance, drama, and just plain excellence in the written word of fiction.  And now, the wait for book 3 begins.

The Hot Mess #2.5
In this steamy companion to The Certainty of Deception, McKenzie Evans struggles with the impromptu return of Andrew Wise into her life. Determined to show him that he can’t just waltz in and sweep her off her feet, McKenzie uses the power of her sexual prowess to command the man who shattered her heart only months earlier. Conflicted by emotions, she struggles with the ramifications of past decisions and future consequences of current actions. Lost in passion and regret, McKenzie toes the line between love and hate, forgiveness and bitterness, but most of all, the possibility of once again losing herself to someone who will only serve to hurt her in the end.

A wonderful outtake to tide us over until the finale comes out.  Short but oh so sweet and yummy, more yummy than sweet but still completely McKenzie & Drew.


Author Bio:
Jeanne McDonald is an author, a mother, a wife, a student of knowledge and of life, a coffee addict, a philosophy novice, a pop culture connoisseur, inspired by music, encouraged by words, and a believer in true love.  When she's not spending time with her family, she can be found reading, writing, enjoying a great film, chatting with friends or diligently working toward her bachelor's degree in literature.  A proud Texan, Jeanne currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her family.


The Truth be Told #3

The Truth in Lies #1

Certainty of Deception #2

The Hot Mess #2.5

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Cover Reveal: Baubles & Beads by Cherime MacFarlane

Title: Baubles and Beads
Author: Cherime MacFarlane
Series: Copper River Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 30, 2015

Della Street Jones is everyone’s ‘good little girl’ and is tired of the label. Munk Riley is the skinny little thief she shared her lunch with until the family left the Copper Basin. Riley, caught by the Jones family, is given a chance to redeem himself and earns a diesel mechanic certification. All Munk wants is to marry Della and have all the things denied him growing up the only child of an alcoholic mother.

Taking a job without telling her, causes a blow out between them. Embarrassed, Della takes a live-in position at a remote lodge. She finds something that causes her to send an SOS to her family to get her out. Munk will do anything to get her back where she belongs. But does Della belong where everyone else thinks she does? Can they get out without waking the man who controls the underbelly of Alaska?

A tiny little twitch upward at the corners of her mouth at that statement made him groan. "Just this once in my life I want to have something start right. I want it to go the way it's supposed to. I want a preacher to say the words over us, then he'll tell us to kiss and I can take you home and make love to my wife all night long."

Letting go of her arms, Munk watched as she crossed both arms over her chest. "It's because of your mother. That's the reason you want to wait?"

Running both hands through his hair, he looked down at his shoes. "Partially, I guess. Ya, I've screwed other girls. I didn't think I had a hope in hell of winding up with you. After I figured out there might be a chance, I haven't been with another woman. I want it to be right. I want us to be shiny and bright like that bracelet is now, not like it's going to be when it tarnishes."

Her bare feet shuffled closer to him and Munk found his head pillowed against her chest. "I'm so sorry, love. I didn't understand. We'll do it your way. I don't want you to ever feel that way again."

Without thinking about it, his arms went around her. "What way?" he whispered.

"Like you don't matter. Like you're not good enough." Long, delicate fingers combed through his hair. The scent of her rose into his nostrils and he was almost in heaven. "You are a good man and I love you, Munro Lowell Riley. I love everything about you. But, can we at least get married as soon as this miserable job is over? Please?"

Pulling slightly backward, he looked up to find her face turned toward him. "If you get out of this dive. If we go to Palmer on your day off, we can get the damn license and swear to God, the day after I'm away from here we can get married. You can stay in the cabin and set the whole thing up. Have it at the Great grans’ place. I don't care who you invite, but the minute the ceremony is over, we're gone."

"But how are we going to get out of here? You don't have your truck, do you?"

"I'll get us out of here. Let me handle that. How about you tell me what brought this sex thing on? We've never had this come up before."

Della held his head in both hands and kissed him sweetly on the lips, then the forehead, before tugging him against her chest. "I had a dream. I had to go take a shower after it was over."

Breaking away from her, he stood and pushed her hair behind her ears. "You mean like a wet dream. You got hot for me?"

Cheeks flooding with color, Della nodded. "Yes. And I got tired of being everybody's good little girl. I asked Sandy about it and she told me guys like blowjobs."

The color in her cheeks deepened. "She said I was asking the wrong person 'cause she's into girls. And Sandy said I was a hottie."

"She didn't do anything, did she?"

"No. She said she wasn't a cheat and she has a partner at home. But she said a threesome might be fun."

The look on Della's face was so serious, Munk had a hard time holding in a laugh. "Okay, as long as she keeps her hands to herself, we're good."

Taking her wrists in his hands, Munk slowly backed Della toward the bed. "What did you do in the shower, Della? How did you fix it?"

Author Bio:
Although born in New Orleans, I am proud to call myself an Alaskan. I have lived here since 1977. I have seen -40 degrees, hauled water, made bear bacon and I live in a cabin. I have used a fishwheel to catch salmon coming up the Copper River. I was my second husband's chief mechanic's helper and roadie. I have cut firewood on shares. I worked as a cocktail waitress during pipeline days in a small lodge on the Richardson Highway.

My second husband, a Scot from Glasgow, was the love of my life. When I write Scots dialect, I personally experienced hearing it from my in laws. When my husband got on the phone to Scotland, after 5 seconds I could barely understand a word.

We moved to Wasilla to get warm. It barely drops past -25 degrees here in the winter. I became a paralegal and worked for over 26 years for the same firm.

Alaska is my home. I never thought I would love it so much, I never want to leave. The beauty of Alaska is a draw I cannot resist. I love the people and the history. I have been captured by a place I came to under duress. Life does play some interesting tricks on one. My love and I were not apart more than 24 hours for 20 plus years. I never wanted to be anywhere but with him. He was a man to run the river with and was my biggest fan.


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Release Day Blitz: Life After Light by ES Maria

Title: Life After Light
Author: ES Maria
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 23, 2015
Hannah Mackenzie is perfection. She's effortlessly beautiful, intelligent, and popular, and is about to head to the big city to pursue a law degree at one of Sydney's best universities. Joining her is boyfriend Paul, aka Mr. Perfect.

Yes, Hannah has it all.

A perfect life. A perfect love.

She feels invincible.

That is, until one night, when she realises that she is not.

One by one, the perfect pieces of her life starts falling apart.

And she's losing it all.

Her perfect life. Her perfect love.

Now all she has left is darkness.

And as if her life isn't complicated enough, it turns for the worse upon the return of Atticus Foster. Hannah once saw past his fractured soul, and she gave him her heart three years ago, only to have it shattered when he suddenly left town without saying goodbye. Now he's back, forcing her to question if the perfection she sought was just to guise the broken heart she could, yet wouldn't mend.

This is Hannah Mackenzie's story of great love, of heartbreak, of devastating loss, of forgiveness through acceptance. But most of all, this is Hannah's realisation, that the only way to break through the darkness is to allow her heart to lead the way.

1. What is the biggest influence/interest that brought you to this genre?
The concept of a happily ever after, and how we all have different interpretations of it, as well as different ways in getting there.

2. When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process(outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
My favourite part is plotting the story. I always have a notepad or my Evernote app on my phone handy to write plot points, ideas, dialogues, etc. My least favourite would have to be edits, especially the first round ones. That's when I start questioning my thought process and wonder why I even wrote such an abominable scene in the first place! Lol!

3. When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
I'm always drawn to romance, but more specifically:
New Adult because of the whole coming of age and discovering what true love is.
Dramatic because sometimes I need to have a good cry and to appreciate my usually drama-free life.
Suspense because I love a good edge of your seat, clammy hands sort of adrenalin rush.
And Erotic, because who doesn't love sexy times?
But what I read depends on my mood, or what kind of escape I'm after at the time.

4. If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
There are so many writers I'd love to collaborate with! Maya Angelou is inspirational, Jane Austin is a romance legend, Colleen Hoover is crazy talented and generous, and of course Mia Sheridan because I just love her and the words she writes!

5. Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you "later in life"?
I've been an avid reader and have been writing since I was a tween. They were mostly short stories. I think at one point I even wrote a song. But I set it aside when life got busier and more complicated. Eventually I got married and had my kids. I rediscovered my love for reading, which eventually led to a story developing in my head. Autumn Falls was the first book I've published, then Autumn Reigns. These two books formed The Autumn Series, which is mostly erotic, with drama and suspense. Life After Light is my third novel. It's a standalone, and my first attempt at writing in a New Adult genre. I must admit though, I'm enjoying NA and have started writing a new story in this genre again. Thing is, because I love to read different styles of romance, I wanted my stories to be just as varied as well. I love that I am able to do that, and hope the readers will enjoy the stories I've written so far. :)

Thank you for giving me an interview. Hope you have an amazing day! :)

Author Bio:
Since I was a little girl, I've been in love with books and storytelling. One of my fondest memories as a child, is spending hours in a cafe or restaurant with my mum, people-watching and making up interesting stories about their lives.

Now I'm all grown up. I married a beautiful man, raising two wonderful children together while balancing a career in finance. Yes, I'm living my very own happily ever after!

But the love of storytelling never left me. So I put my fingers to keyboard and started my journey. Now, I'm about to publish my very first novel, with the second and last book of the series all done and just waiting to be tweaked. And did I mention I have a whole stack of other book ideas waiting to be written?

I'm excited, I hope you will be too! :)

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