Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dream Me by Kathryn Berla

Title: Dream Me
Author: Kathryn Berla
Genre: Romance, Time-Travel, Young Adult
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing

Zat is a dreamer from the distant future—a time when humans no longer dream and Earth is a desolate wasteland. He dreams of the beautiful Earth of the past, and a fiery-haired beauty named Babe. Against the wisdom of his peers, Zat decides to risk everything to travel back in time and live in Babe’s dreams…

Babe is the perpetual new girl in town. Her father’s job frequently moves the family around the country, and Babe just longs for a place to call home. As she settles into the sleepy town of Sugar Dunes, Florida, Babe begins to have strange dreams of a green-eyed boy named Zat. Night after night, Babe shows Zat her world. But the dreams come at the cost of nearly crippling migraines every morning. Babe’s life outside of her dreams pales in comparison to her growing love for Zat and their time spent together.

But the more time Babe and Zat spend together in her dreams, the more Babe’s pain increases, and Zat begins to question the reality of his existence. How can he live a life with Babe, when all they have is her dreams?

Can a dream become a reality?

What is the biggest influence/interest that brought you to this genre?
The reason I love young adult in general is because of the intense feelings and changes that occur during our high school years. It seems that no one forgets about their high school experiences—good or bad. It’s a time of self-discovery and moving beyond our comfort zones in an independent way for the first time. It can also be a time for forming friendships and in some cases even relationships that can last a lifetime.

When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process (outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
Creating the concept and the story in my mind before I ever write a word is my favorite part of the process. I do enjoy naming my characters. Usually, there’s a good reason for each name that I select and I often consult with someone before using a name, particularly if it’s outside of my culture.

When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
I am a fan of historical fiction although I would never attempt to write it. I think it would be the most difficult genre to write in because you not only have to research what day to day life would have been like but you must imagine how your characters would think and act within that setting. Every detail, no matter its importance, must be historically accurate.

If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
Well, I guess I’d have to say William Shakespeare because hopefully some of his skill would rub off on me in the process 😉

Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you "later in life"?
I’ve always wanted to write. I started writing family newsletters and short stories as a young child and continued through college where I took a number of creative writing classes. It wasn’t until my kids were older that I actually had the time to write.

Author Bio:
Kathryn Berla graduated from the University of California at Berkeley as an English major. She has lived in many different countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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Down on the Farm by Silvia Violet

Title: Down on the Farm
Author: Silvia Violet
Series: Ames Bridge #1
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: July 10, 2017
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
Down on the Farm, a sexy, enemies-to-lovers, small town romance, is the first book in the Ames Bridge series.

After quitting his teaching job on the heels of a scandal, Beck Davis moves to the house his grandmother left him in Ames Bridge. He finds the town stifling, but it’s a quiet place to hide while he regroups. Or so he thought.

His neighbor Cal McMurtry shows up, demanding to buy Beck’s land. Cal is as infuriatingly sexy as he was ten years ago when he and his jock friends spent their summers taunting Beck.

Beck expects to hate Cal as he did back then, but Cal isn’t who Beck thought he was: he’s hardworking, passionate about revamping and diversifying his family’s farm, and—far more shocking—he’s gay, and interested in Beck.

But as much as they want each other, Beck has no intention of staying in Ames Bridge, and while Cal is technically out, he refuses to date openly. A real relationship seems doomed from the beginning, but love can be a powerful motivator for those willing to take a chance.

Love starting a new series, the potential for so many wonderful scenarios, whether they will center around a certain couple, family, or town doesn't matter, knowing there will be future hours of anticipation as you wait each new installment is always a thrill I relish.  Down on the Farm is a great introduction to Ames Bridge, the newest series from Silvia Violet.

Cal denied and fought who he was when he was younger and in the process was basically a bully but know that he has accepted himself, he finds himself isolated.  Beck returns home to sort out his grandmother's farm and belongings and finds the "next door" neighbor to be one of those who bullied him in his youth.  They both just want to move on with their lives, Cal wants to enlarge his organic farming by purchasing land from Beck and Beck just wants to regroup after having left his previous teaching job.  Life has a way of getting us where we need to be even if it's in a completely different path than we expect.

I won't lie, I wanted to hate Cal but there's something about him that just won't let you.  I wanted to wrap Beck in bubble wrap to protect him from the big bad world but his determined attitude won't let you.  It's true that not everyone changes and grows in life from the person they were in their youth but most of us do and Cal is the perfect example of someone who does and I have to admit I enjoyed watching Beck realize that Cal is not the boy he remembers.  Down on the Farm has a little bit of everything that makes for a perfectly enjoyable and entertaining read.  I can't wait to see what Silvia Violet and Ames Bridge brings us next.


Author Bio:
Silvia Violet writes fun, sexy stories that will leave you smiling and satisfied. She has a thing for characters who are in need of comfort and enjoys helping them surrender to love even when they doubt it exists. Silvia's stories include sizzling contemporaries, paranormals, and historicals. When she needs a break from listening to the voices in her head, she spends time baking, taking long walks, and curling up with her favorite books. Keep up with her latest ventures by signing up for her newsletter.


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