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Friday, November 21, 2014

Review ~ Pie Girls by Lauren Clark

Princess, Southern belle, and spoiled-rotten social climber Searcy Roberts swore on a stack of Bibles she’d never return home to Fairhope, Alabama. After marrying her high school sweetheart and moving to Atlanta, Searcy embraces big-city life—Carrie Bradshaw style.

But now, Searcy has a teeny, tiny problem. Her husband’s had a mid-life crisis. He’s quit his job, cancelled her credit cards, and left her for another man.

Searcy returns to Fairhope, ready to lick her wounds. But when her mother falls ill, she’s is thrust into managing the family business—only to discover the beloved bakery is in danger of closing its doors forever.

Enlisting the help of the adorable bike store owner next door, an array of well-heeled customers, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Searcy hatches the plan of the century to save Pie Girls.

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Lauren Clark writes contemporary Southern novels sprinkled with sunshine, suspense, and secrets. A former TV news anchor, Lauren adores flavored coffee, local book stores, and anywhere she can stick her toes in the sand. Her big loves are her family, paying it forward, and true-blue friends.

She is the author of four award-winning novels, Dancing Naked in Dixie, Stay Tuned, Stardust Summer, and Pie Girls, as well as a short story, A Very Dixie Christmas, published in the Merry & Bright holiday collection. Lauren is a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association and the Mobile Writers Guild. Check out her website at

Twitter @LaurenClark_Bks

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My Thoughts:

I was hooked at the beginning despite not caring for the heroine at all. This is an exceptional story of hurt, denial, growth, acceptance, love, honesty, family, hard work, friendship, and of course pies!

By the end of the book, Searcy really grew on me as she grew into the woman that she was meant to be and became true to herself.

She married the wrong man for the wrong reasons and was never really happy in her marriage. Basically she settled and things are now starting to crumble and come to light.

At the same time her life as she knows it falls apart, her mama calls and asks her to come home. Mama Maggie doesn't tell Searcy that she is extremely sick.

Oh did I mention that there is an absolutely wonderful bike shop owner next to the pie shop? Luke is not only good looking, he is helpful, caring and compassionate.

I don't want to give everything away. This is just a great story.

If the blurb sounds good to you, try it. You'll like it!

I received an ecopy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion. I really liked it. It was different and it tugged on many of my emotions in addition to having me laugh A LOT!

C.C. was vile and Precious was not at all precious in any way. ;-)


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review ~ Conflicted (Secrets and Lies #1) by M. M. Koenig

Conflicted (Secrets and Lies, #1) by MM Koenig (@M_M_Koenig)
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December 19th, 2014
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5 Fun Facts about Conflicted from M.M. Koenig

1. A recent review commented on the relationships that Mia has with her friends (Bri, Jackson, Trey, and Shane).  The reviewer was curious as to whether those characters were based on four of my closest friends, and if so, that I was ‘one lucky chick’.  The answer to that is yes!  The friendship between Mia and Bri is very similar to the relationship I have with my best friend.  The friendship’s Mia has with the boys is loosely based on the friendship I had with three of my closest guy friends in college.  My best friend and I lived with a group of our closest guy friends our junior year of college.  It was my most memorable year in college.  It’s a time I reflect on and feel so incredibly fortunate to have so many memories with some amazing people.

2. I’m a very active person that loves trying new things.  In chapter fifteen, Ethan whisks Mia away for the day to help take her mind off things.  He takes her to the pier to spend a day out on the lake.  How Mia learns how to wakeboard was loosely based off when I learned how to wakeboard.  There was an incredibly handsome guy that taught me how to over the course of a summer.

3. I wrote Conflicted out of order.  The middle came to me before the rest of the story did, and I went with it.  I wrote for nearly six months straight and inadvertently wrote three-fourths of Complicated with Conflicted.  After continuous requests from my closest girlfriends to read what I had, I finally shared a few chapters.  It was then that I realized that I had wrote two books at once.  As a result, I divided the two books and made some minor adjustments to Complicated to ensure the timeline remained accurate.

4. Mia’s story has been with me for a very long time.  I was terrified to actually write it.  I had written on and off over the last ten years and it was always a version of Mia’s story.  My best friend gave me the push I needed to finally commit to writing a novel and to later publishing it.

5. I’ve had several reviewers state that they felt like they were watching a movie or TV drama while reading Conflicted.  I can honestly say that part of my writing process is seeing the entire scene in my head prior to writing it down.  In doing so, I try to be as true to the moment as I possibly can be and hope that the setting and emotions hit the mark.

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Mia Ryan was on the path to make all her dreams come true. Her life was everything she wanted it to be; until one fateful night changed everything – leaving her broken and without direction. Nearly a year later, she still has little faith in anyone or anything. Desperate to reclaim her life’s ambition, she takes an unexpected offer that promises to solve all her problems. But as Mia moves forward, she’s faced with obstacles she couldn’t have foreseen. The biggest of them lies within the mystery of Ethan Fitzgerald; a man who affects her like no other, but who she should avoid pursuing, at all costs.
On a mission himself, Ethan Fitzgerald didn’t care who he pissed off on his road to fulfill his mother’s dying wish. He relied on himself, and was closed off to the world around him – until Mia Ryan walked through his door. Normally one to avoid messy emotions, Ethan’s world is turned upside down by Mia, and he can’t seem to get enough of her.
There are lines you can cross that will change the course of your life forever …

“What the hell are you doing here? Are you stalking me now?” I snapped.
I attempted to remove his hand, but the effort behind it was marginal. Everything within me relished his hands all over me. My knees became weak with the heavy want coursing between my legs. My upper body constricted with my wayward needs. Ethan tightened his grip as he whirled me around so that my back was on his front. The music shifted to a slow, deliberate song that was fitting for my predicament. I cursed Usher underneath my breath for coming out with this song. Ethan had buried me into his body. It was impossible not to notice his hardness. He ran his hands down the front of my thighs until he hit bare skin.
“It's hard to stalk someone when they're in the club that you own,” he shot back.
“You own this place?” I stammered.
“I have a vested interest, so I come in on occasion. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered you were here,” he remarked.
My concentration was dwindling with every stroke he made upon my body. Ethan continued running his hands up and down my thighs, causing my heart to beat out of my chest. I bit my lip to keep from moaning from the pleasure when his fingers lingered towards the inside. My hands took on a mind of their own as they slid down his waist and thighs. His breaths trickled across my neck. It heightened the erotic dance south of me. I was in the danger zone with him. I fought to find my rational side to avoid undressing for him right then and there. My mind grasped at the few functioning brain cells to keep him talking. It was my last line of defense to keep him from kissing me.
“Why are you so upset?”
“I'm angry because you keep denying me when it's clear you want me. To top it off, you come to my club and dance with countless men right in front of me,” Ethan growled.
He ran his nose down my neck before licking away a bead of sweat. I gasped. The hand that he had moved to my waist slipped underneath my top. He caressed my belly before running his fingers further down, making every ounce of me come to a dull ache. Against my will, my body moved in ways to encourage him to travel further south to take full advantage of me. Ethan's hands settled along my waistline, lazily trailing his fingers along it. My mind screamed one last time that this was not an option for me. In a lastditch attempt, I paused his hands so he wouldn't go any further. Ethan whipped me around to face him. The passion in his eyes was unmistakable.
“I'm trying to do the right thing,” I moaned.
His hands drifted underneath my shirt and up my sides on their way north this time. As he progressed along my rib cage to the lower line of my bra, he moved us off the dance floor. Ethan pushed me up against a pillar at the far end of it. He brought his body right into mine. He tossed in an occasional thrust of the hips as he pinned me, just to remind me how very well he knew my body. Ethan cupped my breast with tender strokes of his hand before pressing his lips on a spot underneath my ear lobe. It was enough to melt every part of me. I was throbbing all over for him.
“You want me. I want you. I don't care what's right or wrong,” Ethan hissed.
I tilted my neck as he trailed deep kisses down my collarbone and exposed shoulder. I wanted him so much that it was close to making me burst. I moaned even louder when his teeth grazed the crook of my shoulder. He sucked along my neck with eagerness, making no effort to hold back his want for me. I slanted my head to bring my lips vigorously down on his. My tongue drifted across the top of his mouth before his tongue met mine where they danced to the beat with the music around us. My hands moved down to his hips as he pumped against me. I slid them even further down to his ass. Ethan responded by grinding harder and grabbing one of my legs to raise it around his hip.
Our bodies melded together in an erotic dance as our mouths devoured each other. I lost myself in the music, in his lips, in his body, in his hands, and in the desires he brought out in me. His hands ran up and down my body while his lips and hips brought me to the point of no return.

M. M. Koenig was born and raised in Minnesota. She now lives in the Twin Cities area with her loving dog Marley. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology.
M. M. Koenig enjoys being active and has a variety of interests that coincide with her passion for life. Always one to try new things, she has acquired a variety of skills. Her sarcastic nature and multitude of experiences tend to find their way into her novels.
When she has free time and isn't writing, she spends as much time as she can with friends and family. To fuel her soul, she is constantly looking for new music, movies, and books to keep the writer's block at bay.

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My Thoughts:

This book was very aptly named. Throughout much of the book the heroine was just that.

Mia is betrayed by her boyfriend at the very beginning of the book. because of this act, she loses many things that mean something to her such as her schooling, her position, etc....

She is given an opportunity and even though she probably should have passed it, she accepts it. This is how she ends up Conflicted. What she is asked to do conflicts with what she feels she should do.

Ethan was sexy to say the least, oh and tattooed too. I have a feeling that we don't have the whole story where he is concerned. I can't wait to find out if I'm right!

I only have a few complaints. The author tends to get lost in describing menial things to great degrees. There was a cliffhanger. Some of the first couple chapters seemed to drag a little.

I liked the suspense, action, romance, and especially Ethan and his pursuit of Mia. ;-) There were secrets, lies, plots, betrayals, sexiness and plenty of surprises. Did I mention the Irish mob?

I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I liked it quite well. It was sexy and suspenseful! I am eager for the next book!

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GGMMMU Giveaways Results!

Here are the results for All of the GGMMMU Giveaways:

Beings with Special Abilities ~ VampedChik won the copy of Dark Nebula from W.J. May and a copy of Being Jamie Baker from Kelly Oram, Carmen and Robbie both won copies of Being Jamie Baker as well

Werewolves ~ J.C. won the ebook from me and choose Liulf, Eva won the audio book from Kym Gosso, Sharon won the ebook from Kym, Natasha and won the Dimitri mug from Kym.

Djinn ~ Holly won a copy of Burn Baby Burn from Author Shannon Donnelly

Vampire ~ Miki won the gothic necklace Author Elle Rossi

Magical Beings ~ Miki & Robbie both won an ebook (up to $2.99) from me

Shifters ~ Shelley won a $5 Amazon giftcard from Author J. C. McKenzie

Elementals ~ VampedChik won an ecopy of Liquid Lies from Author Hanna Martine 

Time Travelers ~ Amber won an ecopy of Enemy of Mine from Author Red L. Jameson

Gods & Goddesses ~  Amber won an ecopy of Prophecy from Author Julie Anne Lindsey, Alisha won a copy of Enemy of Mine from Author Red L. Jameson

Of air and sea ~ Robbie won an ecopy The Shucker's Booktique from Author J. C. McKenzie & VampedChik won an ecopy of Cato from Author Celeste Pratter

Ghosts ~ Booklady won a copy of Ghosts of Christmas Past from Author Jessica Aspen

Zombies ~ Due to lack of participants I cancelled this giveaway.

Witches ~ Miki won a full set (ecopies) of the Beloved Vampire series from Author Mary Moriarty

Angels & Demons ~ Booklady won an ecopy of Ascension from author A.S. Fenichel & Shelly won a cover magnet from Shadows of the Soul + a set of collector cards from the series from author Angelique Armae

All Souls ~Amber won an ecopy of Dream Weaver from Author Su Williams, Lavender won an ecopy of Breaking Normal from author Su Williams, Robbie won an ecopy of Rock Star from Author Su Williams, & Miki won an ecopy of The Keeper's Curse from Author Diana Harrison 

Fairies ~ Lavender received a $5 Amazon Giftcard from me

Costume-less Costume party ~ Miki won a surprise that is on it's way to her as I post this. ;-)

Main GGMMMU winners:

Miki won the book of her choice from TBD from me

Booklady won a print copy of Shift happens from J.C. McKenzie

Tiffany won a print copy of The Necromancer's Betrayal from Author Mimi Sebastian

The 3 print copies of Shadows from Author Paula Westin were won by Alisha, Kayla, & Lynn

Kortney won a signed paperback with some swag from Author Kelly Oram 

Amber won a print copy of Dire from Author Alyssa Rose Ivy

EJ &Kat won the 2 a swag packs including a totebag, notebook, and set of bookmarks from Author Susan Illine
Kerry won a print set of My Beloved Vampire books from Author Mary Moriarty 

Congratulations to all of the winners!

I have forwarded all info to the authors. If you do not hear anything or receive your prizes, please contact me!I am still waiting for Robbie and Miki to tell me which ebook they'd like but they have been notified that they won. :-)

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