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Review: Just An Illusion EP by Dee Kelly

 

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Just An Illusion – EP (Illusion Series – Book 3)

 

Cover Design: Regina Wamba / Mae I Design and Photography

Release Date: June 21, 2017

synopsis

Lives are turned upside down …

Everything was perfect before life came to a screeching halt

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When devastating loss flips Amelia’s world on its axis, she loses

her spirit. Mel isn’t the only one hurting, though; the members of BAD are also struggling to find their way after that tragic night.

Life goes on …

Amelia’s friends move heaven and earth to help ease her sadn

ess. Knowing she’s on a dangerous precipice, they fight through their own pain to bring her safely to the other side of her grief.

Love can conquer …

Amelia knows bottling up her feelings isn’t helping an

ything. With love at her fingertips, all she has to do is reach for it. Mel’s loved ones desperately hope she can once again find her way to happiness.

Can Amelia overcome her fears to let love in

again, or will she let the weight of that night continue to drown her in sorrow?

Just an Illusion – EP is book three in The Illusion Series

review

 

She warned us. Literally:

Warning – Per the request of The B Side reader group. Please have wine, tissues, and chocolate in hand. I’m pretty sure if you’ve read The B Side this is a given, but I’m my due diligence by extending a warning.

And even after that warning, and having read The B Side and crying my eyes out at the end, she did it again. We let the woman do it to us AGAIN. I read the fist three chapters in sobs, but the tears were bitter sweet as we learned that Mel and the baby survived the bus crash, only to have her world ripped apart again.

Now set two years after the tour ending/bus crash Mel recounts her memories with the help of the band mates that witnessed everything. We are taken into such a deep grasp of emotions, you’ll find yourself not able to breath at times. I knew I could have finished this book in one night (as I have the others) but I had to put it down several times just to process not only what Mel was feeling, but what I was feeling as well. I can relate to one of the death’s of the book, a friend taken too soon, and all those emotions of from the moment I found out she was gone, to the nights crying myself to sleep all came rushing back.

I have to admit something I first considered a flaw (the length of Mel’s recovery) was actually something that readers need and authors need not fear to write. We are reminded of several life lessons, especially no one can tell you how to grieve or when it needs to end.

I normally post coffee cups as ratings but for this one folks you’re gonna need at least three boxes of tissue. #truth

bioDee Kelly was born and raised in Southern California. She is the author of The Acceptance Series and the upcoming Illusion Series. Dee has loved writing since she was a child and used to enjoy spinning stories to her childhood friends and seeing their reactions. Dee is a mom, a wife, a dog lover and a margarita enthusiast. She also loves chocolate, caramel, Starbucks, and sarcasm.

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Review: A Whisper of Solace by K.J. Coakley

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synopsis

A Contemporary Romance. A Whisper Of Solace is a stand-alone novel.

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I read somewhere there were five official stages of grief.

Denial: I lived in this state for the last two years. If I didn’t allow myself to believe my wife was gone, then I didn’t have to accept it.

Anger: I was pissed…at everything.

Bargaining: I would continue on the journey that Sophia and I had begun—when I was ready.

Depression: I felt hollow inside.

Acceptance: When I met Kara Murphy, I finally accepted that maybe I was meant to love again. But then, everything changed.

Kara

I saw a show on TV that said there were four stages of Battered Women Syndrome.

Denial: It took me almost ten years to finally admit to myself that my husband was an abusive ass.

Guilt: It was all my fault—until it wasn’t.

Enlightenment: It was time to escape.

Responsibility: The day I met Will Scott was the day it all changed. But just when I thought I was taking back my life—it all came crashing down.

AUTHORS NOTE: Due to language and adult content, this book is intended for readers 18+.

review

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A Whisper of Solace was the first book I read by K.J. Coakley and it will not be the last.

We are quickly introduced to Will Scott who experiences a tragedy that we all fear of happening too soon, the loss of a loved one. We are then taken into the life of Krista/Kara and her brave escape from a life of torment. The circumstance that brings these characters together was a fresh twist for me and heartwarming.

We follow the couple as they feel each other out and overcome the obstacle of just getting to know each other when both have walls up that are as impenetrable as China’s. When those walls do come down though it is obvious that they are meant for each other and while still healing from the wounds of their past relationships, they help each other recover.

The ending was a tad predictable but it still worked.

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Reviews on Hold

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So this isn’t totally true, but it’s close. My Kindle is officially kaput, I’m wearing my back up contacts until I can afford a new pair of glasses and the requests are flooding in and I am having an incredibly difficult time saying no. So many great sounding Indie stories are coming in and I want to help everyone, even though my following is small, it makes me feel good that I’m doing what I can.

So until I can get a new Kindle (or better eye wear, which ever comes first), the reviews will be slow coming and I am going to have to be more selective in what I accept. Please remember that I do not read memoirs, I stay away from strictly religious books (will accept books with religious aspects but are considered paranormal, mystery, etc.) and stay away from self-help books. I’ll send in the correction to The IndieView, but it may take a minute for them to update so I will try you now.

For all peeps I have promised an interview to, I am trying. Please continue to be patient, I cannot thank you enough for sticking with me!

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Author 101: Reviews

So as I am sitting here feeling like I am being torn into two and waiting for my oldest spawn to get the hell out of the bathroom (sorry, if TMI) I for some reason remembered that I have been meaning to write about review requests and how to help the reader out, if you will.

I, myself, have been writing this type of email a lot lately:

Dear Author,

Thank you for asking me to review your book {insert title here}, however I find myself asking if this is an unedited ARC or something already available to the public instead of being able to focus on the words.

Okay, I’m not that formal, but you get the idea. Currently I AM in the situation above and no matter how much I really want to enjoy this book, I am unable to due to the amount of typos and other grammatical errors that I am encountering. So I will be emailing the author today asking if it is an ARC and if another version is available. If it is the published product (and due to my own review policy) I will not be able to review it. I will give the author my honest opinion and hopefully they will take the time to fix what needs to be fixed and put out a revision. If not… will I tried, right?

And I’m sure there are some readers of this blog that want to cry foul and point out my own grammatical errors. If that is the case, I refer you to an earlier blog post about my condition and how I never promised perfection.

Well, at least, not here. =)

 

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Review: A Problematic Love by Rebecca Rohman

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Eight years after her fiancee was murdered, attorney Megan Kole has fully reconciled two areas of her life: her intelligent son, who never knew his father, and the thriving law practice that is her late father’s legacy. The remainder of Megan’s world stalled in a paralyzing grief that she effectively compartmentalized until a transfer to Seattle brings a handsome, mysterious billionaire into her life.

Daemon Ros has been an outcast since the day he was born. His parents’ lavish but emotionally-vacant lifestyle prompted him to assert his financial independence at a young age. His ailing brother is the only connection he allows to penetrate the vault he has built around his heart, until a devoted mom and her precocious son introduce him to the true meaning of family bonds.

But a chance legal encounter where Megan acts as mediator in a Ros family business dispute leads to far more than either expected. When a shocking truth leads to a love affair between Megan and Daemon that is forbidden in every conceivable way, the barely-restrained chemistry that scorches between them threatens an injunction on everything and everyone they hold dear. As pasts cross, memories threaten, and lies surface in a trial far more deadly than anything inside a courtroom, an arbitration of the heart could prove the only way for them both to make it out alive.

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This story grabbed my attention from the very beginning. Megan Kole is a force to be reckoned with, a smart, capable, independent woman that doesn’t need any man (or anyone for that matter) to take are of her or her son. She proves this time and time again when their lives are threatened after Daemon Ros enters the picture. Daemon is also a force to be reckoned with and when these two collide there is nothing that can stop them from being together. Except for themselves. I enjoyed how Rohman weaved her story together and the unexpected twists she threw in. Although I did feel the one towards the end was unnecessary. Despite that, it was a good, solid read and I definitely recommend it.

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Review: Treason by Viv Doyle

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synopsis

Lina has two passions in life: playing The Treason Game online and dreaming about Tyler, the avatar of a fellow gamer. A gifted artist, she applies for an internship with a company whose boss, Aron Taylor, helped to make ‘Treason.’ But could Taylor and Tyler possibly be one and the same? At home, Lina is in constant conflict with her religious mother, who believes all video games to be the Work of the Devil. Her best friend, Kit, who works for another games company, is supportive at first. But then Kit finds a new partner, and her friendship with Lina takes second place. At work, the other game developers are helpful and kind, but although Lina finds Aron Taylor very attractive he seems unapproachable. She can’t bring herself to reveal her online identity, much as she longs to do so. Only when the studio team goes to Paris Games Week is everything resolved, but not at all in the way that Lina expected.

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The Treason Game started off slowly and then picked up the pace about a quarter way in. I felt that the author was much more excited about the video game aspects of the book then the actual story telling. I feel that people can relate to what Lina is going through, especially young/new adults that are trying to find their own way in life. I do believe that a sexual warning should be attached to this book as a sex scene turns quite rough and may be a trigger to some. It was a good effort for Doyle’s first book.

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Okay, this is cool!

Normally when I’m contacted buy a publishing company it’s always thanks, but no thanks; this time was different. Hideaway Fall contacted me through the blog and I am now doing reviews for them! As a thank you,  they sent this sweet welcome package and I expect my first book to review in a few weeks! Cause you know, I have NOTHING to read.

And, also as promised, here is the link to my interview with the authors of The Collective. Please leave a comment in the review letting me know how I did!

(At the moment I am looking for men who write romance, so hit me up if you’d like to talk)