Review of “Fractured Lives” (A Mayhem Series Crossover Novella in Elle James’ KW: Brotherhood Protectors), by Sue Coletta @suecoletta1

Shawnee, Levaughn, Nadine, and Christopher decide to get away for a vacation so that Nadine and Christopher can try to get their lives back on track after Christopher cheated on Nadine, with her Aunt. Only they don’t realize that they are not going to the vacation they were hoping for when they meet their neighbors who are also on vacation and she gets kidnapped. It is hard to shut off the policeman in Levaughn when there is a crime. Shawnee just wants to spend her vacation on the water and go to the island they can see from their vacation rental, little does she know that the island is not what she is hoping for.

I give this book a 5 star review. All of Sue’s books keep me wanting to read them in one sitting. The suspense and action in them keep me wanting to read to the end, but I also don’t want them to end. Sue, you’ve done it again. I love your Mayhem Series books. Shawnee is such a sassy, lovable character and her love for Levaughn and Nadine shows her soft side. I love that she is so strong and sassy, yet she is such a caring woman. She hides that from most people.

Review of “Kidnapped by 2 Men”, by Summer Cooper @summer_author

Two hot men who are doing a job and end up finding love unexpectedly. Liam and Cameron had a rough up bringing, and they finally found a family and felt the acceptance and love of parents. These men are both kind hearted and caring men and just need to find the right woman to help them come out of their shell and be the men that they are meant to be.
Lily is living the life she wanted and is in love with her boss, a man who is a CEO and is not as honest or good as Lily thinks he is. She ends up in the cross hairs of her boss’s business dealings and finds true love and the life she didn’t know that she wanted.
I got angry on behalf of characters, cried for characters, and fell in love with characters in this book. I loved this story and enjoyed reading it. Another great book by Summer Cooper.

Review of “Billionaire Hunt, (Billionaire Matchmaker Series, Book 2)”, by Summer Cooper @summer_author

I loved this story. Both Erik and Misha have been hurt in their prior marriages, but they need to find a way to put their heart on the line again and find the love that they both want and deserve. They don’t think they want love again, but when they start spending time together and Misha figures out that she is in love with Erik, she needs to convince him that his heart is worth the trouble, and that they can both have the life they deserve. She tries to protect her heart from him, but at the same time she tires to get him to understand that there is more between them than just friendship.

This is the first book that I’ve read in the “Billionaire Matchmaker” series, but I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more. Great story Summer. I look forward to reading more and I hope that Oliver gets a second chance at love.

A Review of “Fire or Ice”, by S. J. Mullins

I agreed to read a copy of this ARC in return for an honest review. Ava and James have a lot to over come before they can get their HEA. Their lives are very different when they first meet as teens and they plan to be together when Ava finishes school. They plan to keep in touch until she can move to Tampa to be with James, but after awhile James, decides that he needs to keep Ava safe from his family and not bring her into his world, of riches because he is afraid that his father will be too rough on her. She is crushed, but moves on and finds a life for herself in Chicago, until her childhood friend calls her and asks for her professional help to help one of his good friends and clients. When she arrives in Tampa she finds out that the person she is there to help is James. James and Ava finally work things out and they find their way back to each other after a lot of work and drama.
This was a really good book and I hated to put it down once I started reading it. The story was interesting and it kept me wondering what was going to happen to James and Ava as well as Caleb, Amanda, Derek, and Charlie.

A Guest Post on The Importance of Beta-Readers – Parallel Lies by Georgia Rose @GeorgiaRoseBook

I do tea break writing. Much of it is piecemeal and most of the time I have my manuscript open and if an idea pops into my head when I’m working I quickly flick across to it, add whatever it is in, then turn back to what I was doing. Sometimes I manage two hours writing in one stretch then do nothing for a week.

As you might imagine working like this is hardly conducive to keeping a hold on the threads of a story. And this is why I use beta readers (test readers) at a very early stage.

I finish my first draft, then I do a quick edit. Because of the way I write I have been known to stop part way through an idea or peter out mid-sentence so I like to make sure I have actually completed the story. It’s not much to ask, is it? And then I send it to my beta readers. Now, some of you will be gasping in horror at the thought of showing anyone your first draft but I do tidy up behind myself along the way as I write so it’s really not that bad. The important thing for me is that being so short of writing time I need input early on. I don’t want to waste time rewriting or editing pages that don’t work in the first place.

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I also want to gauge reader reactions to my story and the characters. For this I need to know that I can trust my beta readers to tell me the truth. I understand could be difficult for them as they are people I know in real life, but those are the rules and with each book they get better at doing so.

My betas have a month (although one of them took far longer than this…ahem… resulting in me tapping my foot, somewhat impatiently!)

I ask them to read it as a reader would. I don’t care at this point about the misuse of apostrophes, the lack (or excess) of commas or anything else (although some of them simply can’t help but wield the red pen!) I just want them to take in the story and flag up anything that hits them in the face as unrealistic, a contradiction, a repetition or just plain wrong.

Editing

I do a feedback session with each of them once they have completed their task to see what they made of it all. This can be pretty brutal (and generally puts me in a terrible mood) but it’s essential as it gives me an initial insight into what the wider reader reaction is going to be.

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This time I’d given out five paper copies and one digital copy as I’d given them the choice but in hindsight I think paper copies work best as they are easier for people to scribble over with notes and reminders of what they wanted to say to me.

The feedback is always interesting as without fail every reader picks up something different. I had a wide range of reactions to Parallel Lies. One pretty much loved it all and I think given the changes I then made to it will be even happier with the ending. One truly hated it. They didn’t like Madeleine or what she got up to one little bit. Although they did admit to liking the last third of the book. The others were all somewhere between those extremes but fortunately towards the upper end of liking it.

As writers we know we can’t please everyone. It would be ridiculous to think we could so I was happy with this and it has helped prepare me for what may follow from the readers that pick up Parallel Lies.

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It’s easy to dismiss input if it is not what you are wanting to hear but I was particularly interested in the feedback from the person who hated it. The protagonist in Parallel Lies is Madeleine and she is concerned about how she would be judged in the community she lives in if they found out what she really was so this beta-reader of mine showed that concern to be completely valid. Job done.

Beta readers are invaluable to me as part of my book writing process and I’d be very interested to hear if anyone reading this uses them, and if so how they go about doing so?

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My name is Madeleine, Madeleine Ross. It is a name chosen with thought and because it is classy, and that is what is needed here…

Madeleine Ross has life exactly as she planned it.

Cosy cottage, friendly village, satisfying job.

Company… when she wants it.

It’s an enviable existence for an independent young woman, and one she’s keen to protect.

Enter Daniel – strong, dependable and a danger to everything she’s built. He’s not something she was looking for, but hearts can’t be controlled and maybe, just maybe he might be worth letting into hers.

But, all is not what it seems. Because Madeleine is hiding a lifetime of secrets. Deep secrets.

And they never stay buried for ever.

Her darkest secret returns, like the proverbial bad penny. He is her first love, shadowy, dangerous, the baddest of bad boys. No matter how far she runs, or how well she hides, she can never escape him.

Or her past.

Here he is, on her doorstep, with a proposition she is powerless to resist but which could devastate the future she hoped to have.

Can Madeleine satisfy the old love while keeping the new?

You can’t always get what you want but, desperate to preserve the life she has worked so hard for, Madeleine is willing to risk everything to prove that she can.

*****

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Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of the romantic and suspenseful Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. A short story, The Joker, based on a favourite character from the series followed and is free to download from Amazon.

Her fourth novel, Parallel Lies, a standalone to be released on 12 September 2017, encompasses crime along with Georgia’s usual blending of genre.

Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her overactive imagination!

She tempers her dislike of Trifle (particularly the jelly soaked cakey bit at the bottom, shudder!), kites and the word wipe, with her love of milk chocolate (nothing fancy mind), anything horse related and the word loquacious.

Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire in the UK where she lives with her much neglected husband and dog. Their son, currently at university, comes and goes and their daughter, having delighted them all for long enough, has eventually moved out, got married, and is discovering the joys of being all grown up and having a mortgage!

*****

Thank you for inviting me on your lovely blog, Karen, it has been a pleasure to visit you and get to chat to your readers.

Thank you for visiting Georgia. I am glad that you had the time.

MY Review of Parallel Lies:

Great book! The life of Madeleine Ross, Maddy, is complicated and secretive. She doesn’t let too many people know the real her. She thinks her life is perfect the way it is, now that she has a home of her own and is on her own. She ran away from a man that she felt wasn’t right for her and she created a life for herself in the Country. Although she does worry about how her new neighbors and friends will look at her should her past or real job be discovered. She lives a simple life, has friends, a job she enjoys, and sex on her terms. Things are changing for Maddy though and she has to decide if she’s ready to share the past or her job with others and let them in all the way.

There are a lot of things going on in this book. It is well written and keeps your attention throughout. I give this book a 5 star review because I loved reading about Maddy and her life. She has to figure out if Dan, her new boss and love interest is the “One”. When she figures it out, will it be too late? I look forward to reading more of Georgia Rose’s books and I really hope that there is more to come in Maddy and Dan’s lives. I would like to see what will happen now.