Saturday, June 3, 2017

Saturday's Series Spotlight: Pam of Babylon Box Set by Suzanne Jenkins

Title: Pam of Babylon Box Set
Author: Suzanne Jenkins
Series: Pam of Babylon #1-5
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction
Release Date: June 21, 2016
The beloved series, Pam of Babylon, now in a boxed set. The set contains Pam of Babylon, Don't You Forget About Me, Dream Lover, Prayers for the Dying, Family Dynamics, and the bonus, First Sight.

First Sight - When Pam met Jack.

Pam of Babylon - Long Island housewife Pam Smith is called to the hospital after her husband Jack suffers a heart attack on the train from Manhattan, but someone else arrives first.

Don’t You Forget About Me - Three women discover they share more than Jack’s love.

Dream Lover - A gritty, realistic portrait of the aftermath of deceit, more pieces of the puzzle come together.

Prayers for the Dying - Pam makes startling revelations about herself, and the others.

Family Dynamics - Heartbreak and devastation move toward triumph in the fifth installation.

Pam of Babylon #1
Deemed "an intriguing first novel" by Kirkus Reviews, this poignant tale follows Pam, a beautiful Long Island housewife who learns of her husband’s dark secrets only after his sudden death

Her seemingly perfect life is shattered when her husband dies of a heart attack and she comes face to face with his lies and infidelities.

This poignant, affecting drama follows a courageous widow who confronts the horror of a destructive marriage when the people her husband left behind come to share their painful stories.

Don't You Forget About Me #2
When Jack dies, his wife and his two lovers discover his secret life... and each other. A gripping story about love and human nature -- a compelling companion to Pam of Babylon.

In Book #2, Marie, Sandra and Pam discover they share more than Jack's love.Little do the three women know that there is more that ties them to Jack and to each other than meets the eye. As secrets unfold--some deceptive, some deadly--the women are left intimately bound by their past and by a future that can never break free from Jack.

Romance sometimes comes with pain, but in this case, it's guaranteed.

Dream Lover #3
The third book in the Pam of Babylon series, Dream Lover is a compilation of character studies of the women and one man who Jack Smith left behind. Slowly, they make their way to the Long Island village of Babylon for an audience with his widow. No longer in denial and stronger than she thought possible, Pam Smith is able to confront the horror of her marriage in its totality as she draws a new picture of the man she was married to. The new discoveries she makes empowers her and she is able to maintain her strength and the grace and compassion she's known for. Truly a formidable woman, Pam conquers her worst demons in Dream Lover.

Prayers for the Dying #4
The fourth book in the Pam of Babylon Series, Prayers for the Dying exposes more of what Kirkus Review said about Dream Lover, “A gritty, realistic portrait of the aftermath of deceit.” Jack Smith’s victims attempt to move forward while grappling with the pain and horror that he left behind. Pam makes a few startling revelations about herself, while Sandra hopes for a future with exciting expectations. Marie is in a most unlikely place, with the happiest news in the bleakest circumstances. Ashton’s story of a lifetime love affair with Jack is finally told, with its heartache revealed.

Family Dynamics #5
Heartbreak and devastation move toward triumph in the fifth and final installation of the Pam of Babylon stories. Pam is at last able to overcome the pain of Jack’s rejection, and her own role in perpetuating his deviance, when she meets Dan and falls in love. Her children move on with their lives in ways Pam would have never believed possible. Sandra fulfills her dreams with Tom, and a gift from Marie helps to complete their life together. Ashton and Ted build a beautiful life, and new discoveries make it richer than they thought possible, but with a twist. But don’t be deceived; what you see is not what you may get. 

Author Bio:
Suzanne writes page-turning contemporary romance, mystery, and women's fiction with passionately gripping characters that stay with readers long after they turn the last page. The Detroit Detective Stories, beginning with The Greeks of Beaubien Street are a reflection of American fantasy with historical reality. Pam of Babylon books consistently rank in the Top 100 Best Sellers in American Drama with over 500,000 downloads. A retired operating room nurse, Jenkins lives in Southern California.


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A Ballad of Confetti, Cake, and Catastrophes by Helen Juliet

Title: A Ballad of Confetti, Cake, and Catastrophes
Author: Helen Juliet
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: May 25, 2017
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
Nicholas Herald had one job to do for his big sister’s wedding. ONE. So of course, he forgets all about promising to book the harpist he knows for the elegant reception. With only a week to go, and his options running out fast, he resorts to asking a busker he finds performing on the city streets to step in and help save the day.

As it turns out though, this guy Fynn is pretty amazing with his guitar, and he has the most beautiful eyes – not that Nicholas is looking. But it becomes quickly apparent that finding a musician is the least of Nicholas’s problems. Between last minute cancellations, wayward family members, and a cat with a serious vendetta against happiness, he knows he’ll be lucky if they all make it to the big day intact.

He just doesn’t have time to fall in love, let alone with a boy However, like almost everything else in the week to come, he may not exactly have a choice…

🎊🎸🍰A standalone, New Adult romance with a happy ending.🍰🎸🎊

What a lovely read!  You can't help but fall in love with both Nicholas and Fynn, they are just so darn adorable.  I won't go into any individual examples or spoilers but I will say that A Ballad of Confetti, Cake, and Catastrophes is not exactly what I would call a comedy of errors but it can certainly be used as a lesson in Murphy's Law, anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

Ballad may be light-hearted and fun but it is at it's core a love story.  Some might call it a coming of age tale, personally when I think of coming of age I picture high school age so I would use the term "finding yourself" but that is just me.  However you look at it, Nicholas and Fynn's journey is a wonderful read that is well written, will lift your heart, and make you smile.

I will add that if you are in the middle of planning your own wedding it might be better to read Ballad after the confetti has been thrown, cake has been eaten, and catastrophes have been cleaned up because you might find the Murphy's Law moments either laugh-out-loud hilarious or Oh-My-God terrifying.  I'm kidding.  Seriously though, Ballad is one of those tales that can be read anytime, anywhere, and will make your day brighter.  Helen Juliet is a new author that I will definitely be checking out again.


Author Bio:
Helen Juliet is an M/M author currently living and working in London. She’s been writing stories since she was young, and got her start publishing fanfiction of sites like Wattpad. Fifteen years and over a million words later, she discovered the world of M/M fiction and found it was just as good as the fanfiction she was reading. She fell head over heels in love with the genre and became determined to try her hand at a book herself. On December 31st, 2016, she rang in the new year by publishing her first original novel, and hasn’t looked back since.



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