It is my very first time to attend a book signing. It would be tomorrow at night. I am so very excited and cannot wait.
The author’s name is Ms. Ariel Lawhon for her book “The Wife The Maid and The Mistress“. It is a suspense and mystery book. It is y second favorite genre to read. I will start reading it today. By tomorrow night, I will have an idea about the book. By the way, you can click the book in Amazon or check the author’s in Facebook.
The book singing is in our local library. This is where I saw the author’s book and the event. The paperback is $13. I cannot wait to meet the author and ask her to sign the book. I LOVED signed books. It makes it even more special when you meet the author in person.
This is my second time to meet an author. I also have a signed book from the first author. She is a local author and lived not far from me. How about you? Have you meet an author before? Have you attend a book signing?
Jennie Bateman screamed at her daughters, cursed at her husband, packed a bag, and walked away. Twelve years later, she petitions the family court for visitation with her daughters, Alexis and Christa.
Her attorney tells Jennie that, ordinarily, she could not imagine that some type of visitation would not be granted. But, she warns, the situation is hardly ordinary.
True, Jennie suffered from a bipolar disorder when she began to drink heavily, abandoned her family, and moved in with another man. True, she has turned her life around: leaving her boyfriend, returning to school, entering therapy, taking medication, finding a job, and joining a church.
But she pressed no claim for her children when her husband divorced her, and she has made no attempt to contact them in any way since then. Her daughters, now sixteen and fourteen, live four hundred miles away. They have busy lives that do not include her, lives that will be totally disrupted by the visitation that she requests. Their father is engaged to be married to a woman who has taken the role of their mother for a decade. Alexis remembers nothing good about Jennie. Christa recalls nothing at all.
Conflict ensues as soon as Jennie’s petition is served: her former husband does not want to share his children with the woman who deserted him; her children have no interest in knowing the mother who abandoned them, and her father insists that she is being timid and ought to demand full custody, not simply visitation.
As court convenes, Jennie’s past is dredged up− the desertion, the men, her drinking, her mental health − and paraded before the judge. Her claim to be a different person, now, is attacked. The judge hesitates to grant Jennie’s request, but reluctantly agrees to order three trial visits.
If persuading the judge to let her see her children was difficult, convincing them to allow her to be a part of their lives seems to be almost impossible. What happens as she finally begins to connect with her daughters places them all in grave danger and threatens her life, itself.
I rated this book 5 *****’s
Sometimes mothers need to let go for a better future for the kids
This book gives me an insight on how kids feel when one parent is missing from there lives. It gives me also an insight of divorce and parents being single. I have not experienced any of these difficult situations in life. It is not easy am sure dealing situations like this.
Sometimes mothers need to let go for a better future for the kids. I would do the same if I am not capable enough of taking real good care of my kids. Sometimes we need to act selfish for them for their safety and future. The book is very emotional. I did not cry though but am found myself taking a big deep breath to continue reading this beautiful story.
I do not blame Alexis and Christa to feel that way towards their mother Jenny after not communicating for many years. I am sure that their feelings are normal. Yes! their could be hatred and they have the right to feel that way. Jenny is doing her best to catch up for the lost time with her kids after so many years. My hats off to her for making such big move for her to get to know her kids.
This book is suspense as well. The court scene feels so real to me. It is scary. The interrogations are so intense. One thing I dislike about this book is Jenny’s Dad. He is such an ass. How could you do that to your own grandkids. Despite Jenny missed ten years from her kids’ life, this woman is so brave and willing to die for her girls. She is so strong and hero.
Congrats Mr. Burnett, your story is so phenomenal. I highly recommend this book for parents who have troubled with communicating with their kids, divorced parents and single parents who never stop loving their kids unconditionally to give them the best in life to offer despite all the problems.
David Burnett lives in Columbia South Carolina, with his wife and their blue-eyed cat, Bonnie. The Reunion, his first novel, is set in nearby Charleston.
David enjoys traveling, photography, baking bread, and the Carolina beaches. He has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, a Native American powwow, and his grandson, Jack. David and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During one trip to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen. In The Reunion, Michael’s journey through England and Scotland allows him to sketch many places they have visited.
David has graduate degrees in psychology and education and previously was Director of Research for the South Carolina Department of Education. He and his wife have two daughters.
When Charmaine and her husband adopted Toby, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, they figured he might need some adjusting time, but they certainly didn’t think he’d be a holy terror, beset by severe anxiety and destructive behavior that would take a miracle to curb. Turns out, Toby routinely opened and emptied closets, turned on water taps, and pulled things from the bookshelves. Oddest of all was his penchant for locking himself in the bathroom, and then push the lid of the toilet tank onto the floor, smashing it to pieces. After a particularly disastrous encounter with the knife-block in the kitchen—and when the couple discovered Toby’s blood and paw prints on the phone—Charmaine decided Toby needed professional help.
Little did she know what they would discover about this dog. And how he would change their lives.
I rated this book paw 5 *****’s prints
Always a man’s best friend
I was never a dog person until I arrived in America back in 2001. My fiance’ that time now my husband has two Beagle dogs named Brandie and Suzie. I learned to love those fury girls. Taking care of them in the winter is not easy especially walking deep by the snow from the house to the barn where their dog kennels are. Unfortunately, Brandie never came back after a walk with Suzie by the woods. Suzie also died and was devastated. My heart was ripped apart. I told myself that we will never get a dog again.
My husband is always a dog lover. We had another Beagle dog named Scrapper. Unfortunately, Scrapper is afraid of anything in the house. We found out also that our summer babe has a dog allergy. We gave her to the animal shelter and wish that other family will need her love.
We never thought that Maggie, the Pitbull, will come to our life unexpectedly. One summer a neighbor found her on the road. She taught that it was our dog. She cannot keep Maggie as she has other dog and ducks. We keep Maggie for a day. She is such a beautiful dog and so friendly. I was surprised to like her. Hubby called the animal shelter and bring Maggie in. Maggie has a chip and the animal shelter contacted the owner. Yet she did not correspond and has no plan to pick Maggie. The animal shelter told us what happened. We visited the animal shelter and found Maggie right away. The dogs were barking except her. It breaks my heart to see and hubby and I decided to adopt her.
Reading On Toby’s Terms book makes you smile, frustrated but the same time love your dogs the most. Toby has issues like kids. She needs LOVE, attention and a job to keep her active while her parents are out working. This is such an inspirational book. We are glad that our Maggie is not like Toby. I can relate a little about our Mollie who is a Rat Terrier who likes to chew and ruin everything. It takes discipline and consistency to make or fry girls know the rules and how to behave.
Toby will warm your heart with his cuteness, charm and ability to help other people. This book is so beautiful to read. I am sure that many pet owners can relate something from Toby’s characters. It started as rough but ending up very sweet. You will adore and fall in-love with Toby and his terms.
“Simply a beautiful book about life, love, and purpose.” —Jack Canfield, Chicken Soup for the Soul series
“A deeply captivating and heartwarming story that will touch your heart!” -Ken Kragen, Film & Television Producer
The Team Toby mission is to PAWsitively improve lives by teaching kindness, acceptance and respect. Team Toby accomplishes the mission through professional speaking and corporate training, presentations to schools and organizations, through the Team Toby Global Speakers team, our books and products, philanthropy and causes projects, and philanthropy efforts.
Follow Team Toby on their Million Acts of Kindness Tour, a six week, 10,000 mile kindness mission road trip in a camper across North America stopping in communities to provide presentations to workplaces and schools, and to participate in acts of kindness.
Charmaine and Toby Sr., and their new Toby, have presented to more than 30,000 students across North America, raised more than $10,000 for charities, and have donated books and presentations to schools and organizations to support healthy character development in children.
Other Toby Books
Toby the Pet Therapy Dog and His Hospital Friends (A CHILDREN’S DOG STORY)
Toby is a big, brown, happy dog. Every week his owner takes him to visit and comfort children who are in the hospital. Follow Toby the service dog for a day and see how he makes friends, and makes others happy. Beautifully illustrated, this simple story sends a positive message about community and the importance of kindness and being helpful to others.
Toby the Pet Therapy Dog says be a Buddy, not a Bully
When Toby steps into the path of a dog who bullies him, and shreds his beloved stuffed teddy-bear toy, we see the hurt feelings it creates. This beautifully illustrated book teaches children about the importance of kindness, acceptance, and being considerate of others, including pets. A wonderful story to start discussions in ages 3 to 10.
Charmaine Hammond is an international transformational speaker (has spoken to more than 75,000 people around the globe), helping build inspired and resilient teams. She speaks on the topics of resilience, Bouncing Forward, and courageous dialogue.
She is also a #1 international best selling and award winning author of dog book On Toby’s Terms, (Bettie Youngs Books), Toby The Pet Therapy Dog & His Hospital Friends, and Toby The Pet Therapy Dog Says Be a Buddy Not a Bully. Her children’s books are A Mom’s Choice Awards Recipient, and also received the Parent Tested Parent Approved Award, and gold in the Global eBook award. She is co-author of wildly popular new book, GPS Your Best Life-charting your destination and getting there in style. Charmaine was the winner of the 2012 Business Matchmaker of the Year award, an international award (eWomenNetwork)and the Outstanding Alumni Award. On Toby’s Terms won a GOLD in the Reader’s Favorite Book Awards.
Her book On Toby’s Terms is currently in development to become a major motion picture! She has been featured in the Metro USA, Metro Canada, Edmonton Journal, Edmonton and Spruce Grove Examiner, Calgary and Edmonton Sun, Del Mar Times, National Post, Global TV, CTSTV, Alberta Prime Time (CTV) and on many radio stations in the US and Canada.
In an effort to get Toby’s behaviour under control, a K9 behaviourist worked with Toby on his behavioural issues and stated that Toby was a dog who needed a job, a purpose. Christopher and Charmaine found Toby a job as an Animal Assisted Therapy dog. After training and testing, Toby was approved as a volunteer with Chimo Animal Assisted Therapy and received a volunteer placement at an adult mental health hospital.
Wednesdays with Toby were life changing for the patients he visited, as well as for Charmaine and Christopher. While Toby was bringing unconditional acceptance and happiness to those he visited at the hospital, he was also becoming a teacher for Charmaine and Christopher, teaching them powerful life lessons, about patience, purpose, persistence, the power of unconditional acceptance, and showing up as your authentic self.
The patients that Toby worked with at the hospital and all of the children that he met in schools experienced the benefits of a therapy dog’s whose mission in life was to leave pawprints on hearts everywhere he went.
Truth, love finds you.
Truth, love leads you.
Truth, love heals you.
Truth, love breaks you.
For college student Kensie, finding love hasn’t been easy. With a father she’s estranged from she finds it difficult to trust men, and with a past she’s ashamed of she is unable to trust herself. Kensie feels irrevocably stagnant with an unending desire to move. That is, until she meets August, and her life is set into motion.
After a tragic accident, August gave up on living. A captive to his guilt, he is unable to move on from his past. Then he finds a reason in Kensie. She awakes every dormant fiber of his being, but will she want him once she discovers he is everything she fears most?
Can Kensie let herself love August, or will the truth destroy her?
You can clicked it here in Amazon. This anniversary sale for $0.99 will run from the 19th to the 25th of October.
I am fortunate that I worked with one of the amazing authors I known like Ms. Amanda Heartley. I still remember the first time when I read her book. I contacted her in Twitter and telling her how good her books are. During that time I do not know about leaving a review through Amazon. All I know is that I have to share how I feel about her writing.
Since then I follow her writings and became a fan. She has many books. One of my favorite books of her is the Oceans Apart series. Yes! she loves to write a series. I feel in-love with Tristan and Ginny. Their love story reminds me of my husband when we still half world apart instead of Oceans apart. I also LOVE this series because Ginny is a curvy women and not a sexy girl where we usually read about the female lead character. I also love how amazing their story is.
I am also fortunate that I have all the books in Oceans Apart series signed. I am a lucky fan. Guess what? You too will have the chance to read Tristan and Ginny’s story. It is FREE on Amazon until the 20th. How amazing that is, right? Why not clicked it and read for yourself. By the way, this series is hotness overload and if it not your cup of tea. You will find yourself blushing. Ms. Amanda Heartley writes erotic book just a warning if you cannot handle a hot series to read.
You can read my review here if you want to take a peek.
Just like her Mama, my summer babe also loves to read books especially when she puts her time to reading. She is my little bookworm. I just wish that she will keep reading.
My Little Bookworm
I told her that I will go to the library. I asks her if she wants to come with me. She said she does not want to go with me. She asks me to borrow a book called BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE. She said they read at school. She just wants to finish reading it now only at school but also at home. I ask the librarian if they have the books she wanted. She is lucky that it is available.
She cannot put her book down
I went home and told her I got the book that she requested. She was so happy and said thank you to me. She then read it right away. Her Daddy is about to go to work and that day was warm. He told us to stay outside and enjoy the warm weather. My little bookworm took the book with her while on the trampoline reading.
She wanted independence.
Then life took an unexpected turn.
Can Olivia find hope in the midst of her darkest hour?
When Olivia Martinelli, a naive nineteen-year-old, moved out on her own, she never could have imagined what direction her life would take. A life-changing decision, a betrayal of trust, and a painful consequence leave her devastated. Will Olivia find the strength she needs for the journey ahead?
** Inspirational Romance **
I rated this book 5 *****’s
There is hope after all
Finding Hope will ripped your heart apart. I lost the counts I cried. This book is so emotional. Olivia has been through a lot. I cannot imagine this girl’s suffering. She needs to learn how to cope up with her problems from parents who are not supporting especially her Mom. Getting pregnant, dumped and found out his boyfriend is a married guy.
There is hope after all for Olivia. I am not a Christian and am not religious either. I do believe in GOD. I LOVED to pray as well. Prayers really works and answered as well. It has been awhile since I read the Bible. Though I found Bible study with friends really helps any burdens you have by sharing and by their advises. I am so glad that Brad comes in Olivia’s life. This guy is a gem. I wish there are more guys like him.
Losing a child is not easy. Coping up is difficult and how to move on. Olivia is lucky to have friends and families that are there to support and just being there for her.
Finding Hope deals with kinda real story am sure that one or another encounter the same problem with Olivia. Ms. Elizabeth Diaz did an amazing job on her first book. I cannot wait to read her second book.
I read the book for free. I did not receive any compensation. All my thoughts and opinions are 100% honestly mine.
“This story is about love and redemption; about hope for the future. It’s a story that every Christian will enjoy and everyone going through hard times should read.”
“A beautiful story of faith, hope and love. I highly recommend it and look forward to reading subsequent books from Elizabeth Diaz.”
“A very well-written and thought-provoking Christian fiction novel Enticing plot with several unforeseen circumstances that arise and a fantastic climax.”
The above reviews are from Amazon
About the Author Elizabeth Diaz, author, blogger and homeschooling mama, grew up in a small Michigan town. Her hope is that through her writing others discover that no one is beyond the boundless reach of God’s grace. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time outdoors with her smoking hot husband and three crazy kids.
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Yesterday is the opening of the book sale from our local library. It will run until Saturday. Yesterday is for members only. You also get a free book if you are a member. You have to pay $5 to be a member. Today is the opening for public.
My books that I bought from library book sale
It is my very first time to go in a book sale. This bookworm goes crazy. There are thousands of books to check out. There are many authors that I have no clue. I just check those authors that I know. I am so glad that I found a book from E. L. James Fifty Shades Darker. I wish I can find the other two books. Unfortunately I did not. I bought many books from Nicholas Sparks. Though I watch some of the movies that he was written a book. I also bought books for my summer babe. I also bought the first books that I read when I was in high school. They are from the Sweet Valley High.
Prices of books are cheaper too. Hardback cost $1, paperback cost $0.50 and kids books is $.25. I will bring my summer babe tomorrow as the books are $2 to fit in a bag. This time I will buy Nora Roberts books. I have heard she is an amazing author. The books are used some are in excellent conditions that were donated by the public.
How about you? Have you been in a book sale before?
I should have resisted him, but I couldn’t. My addiction to him was all-consuming, the high from his touch unlike any other.
Without him, I couldn’t focus, couldn’t think, couldn’t breathe.
With him, I hated myself for being too weak to fight the devil himself.
And Tyler Burnham was the devil.
He used me.
He lied to me.
But he loved me. And he still does.Unable to stop thinking about the man who deceived her, Mackenzie Delano struggles to move on with her life and forget that Tyler Burnham ever walked into her life. But she still aches for him, despite his betrayal. Her mind is at war with her heart, a war that could be the difference between living and dying.
Tyler Burnham is lost without Mackenzie. As he contemplates the meaning of everything, he tries to find a way to prove that his feelings for her are true. That he would walk through fire to keep her at his side. That he would sacrifice it all…his career, his fortune, his life…to protect her.
The truth is, he may just have to…
Recommended for readers 18 & up due to strong language, explicit sexual situations, and graphic violence.
This is the second book in a two-book duet, which must be read in order. If you have not yet read Chasing The Dragon, please start there.
“Wait, Mackenzie!” Tyler cried out after me. “Tell me what you want me to say and I’ll say it! Letting you walk away from me once was the biggest mistake of my life. I won’t do it again.”
I spun around just as I was about to open the front door. “You let me walk away from you?” I hissed, my teeth clenched.
“That’s not what I meant.” He ran his hands through his dark brown hair and I could see the desperation wash over him. “What I meant to say is all the lies, all of it… I’m so sorry I put you through it. But do you think I regret any of it?” His eyes grew more intense and impassioned, his chest heaving as he poured his heart out to me. “Not for a second.”
I glared at him, waiting for him to explain.
“If it wasn’t for all the lies, for my assignment, I never would have met you, so I’m not going to say I regret a fucking second of any of it. I don’t care what it takes to win back your heart. You can push me away all you want. You can tell me you’ll never forgive me, that there will never be an us again, but I will always come back for you. A hundred times. A thousand times. I will fight for us until I take my last breath.”
He stepped toward me, grabbing my hand in his, caressing my knuckles in such a delicate way that made me want to melt into a puddle.
“Please, Mackenzie…” He leaned toward me, brushing his lips against my forehead, kissing me so delicately, so lightly. “Serafina,” he whispered, “tell me what it will take and I’ll do it.”
Despite everything he had just said, I simply couldn’t let him back in. Relationships were based on trust, and Tyler took my trust and used it against me. I couldn’t forget that, no matter how much my skin yearned for his touch.
“You want to know what it’s going to take?” I asked softly, freeing my hand from his grasp.
He nodded, nervous anticipation radiating through his body as he looked at me with eager eyes.
“It’ll take one more time,” I murmured, opening the door. Peering over my shoulder, I saw his deflated expression. “It will always take one more time.”
T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is the USA Today Best Selling author of the Beautiful Mess series. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog and three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found running and training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall). Unlike Olivia, the main character in her Beautiful Mess series, she has yet to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
T.K. Leigh is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. All publishing inquiries, including audio, foreign, and film rights, should be directed to her.
Cooper Moore never saw Maggie Williams coming. She was just his best friend’s little sister, the curly-haired, freckle-faced girl from Mississippi who was absolutely off limits. And he never thought about her any other way — not until he saw her that night, broken and brave. From that moment on, he knew he’d do whatever it took to protect her, even if it meant he had to stay away.
Maggie never expected to find her fiancé banging her maid of honor an hour before she was set to walk down the aisle, but life’s funny that way. The only option to save her sanity is to get the hell out of Jackson and move to New York where her brother lives. The only downside: Cooper is there too. And she just doesn’t know if she can stay away from him — the filthy rich, dead sexy playboy who’s allergic to commitment.
The second Maggie sees him again, she realizes he’ll be impossible to resist. Luckily, commitment is the last thing on her mind, and Cooper is the perfect escape. As long as she can keep her heart in check, everything will be just fine. Because she can never have feelings for him. Or at least that’s what she’ll keep telling herself.
Chaser is a standalone romantic comedy and book 2 of the Bad Habits series.
Cooper grabbed me by the hips and dragged me to the end of the bed where he knelt. I gasped — somehow, I was completely naked, but he was fully clothed, smiling up the line of my body, that crooked smile of his that made my insides turn into mush. My thighs rested against his shoulders, and his eyes were smoldering hot, locked onto mine as he closed his lips over me and sucked. Hard.
That’s what I tried to say, at least, but I think it sounded more like Humuguh. Not that Cooper needed clarification. His eyes closed, dark lashes against his cheeks, fingers digging into my hips as he licked and sucked, sending tremors up my thighs when he moaned softly against me. My eyes slammed shut, and my chin pointed at the ceiling as my fingers twisted in his dark hair. Within seconds, I was rocking against him with my heart doing its best to escape my ribs and the rest of my body begging him to keep going.
He broke away. I cracked my lids, which weighed about seven pounds each, and glanced down at him. His face was turned toward the closed bedroom door, with alarm written in every angle.
And then I heard the front door close.
Cooper looked back at me, blue eyes wide, and we stared at each other for one stunned second before bursting into action. I rolled out of bed with wobbly knees, and he stood, scanning the room for a place to hide.
Here’s the problem: No one knew Cooper and I were hooking up.
Here’s the bigger problem: My brother, West, might actually kill Cooper if he found out.
I rated this book 5 *****’s
Second Chance of Love is even more intense
I so loved reading this book. I LOVED Maggie and Cooper. These two has unique rules about their relationship. Second chance of love is even more intense for Maggie. I LOVED how pretty the cover is.
This book is better than the first book from the series. The passion is so intense. It is emotional and you better prepare a tissue with you. I LOVED how Maggie and Cooper hide their relationship from their friends. I LOVED the bathroom scene. It was hot. The intensity of being caught turns me on so bad. I have not experienced that so it makes it even more special for me to read that scene.
I LOVED how Cooper is so down to earth to please his woman. Their no date rules are so adorable. I LOVED how the friendship and close family too. Ms. Stacie Hart’s writing is oh so good. I think I becoming her new fan. I am so glad that finally Maggie learned how to face her past and moved on with Cooper. Their passion is undeniable and even if get hurt, Cooper is even willing to let the world know especially West, his best friend, how he feels bout his sister. Love makes you strong and face any obstacles just to show how you feel for that special person.
I cannot wait to read the third book of this series. Emotions and passions always is the best for me to read. I also LOVED reading the New York location. I am happy that finally I know some of the locations by heart since I hd the chance to visit the Big Apple.
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife; even though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.
From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.