Lie Lay Lain by Bryn Greenwood

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by Bryn Greenwood

Book Blurb: 

Jennifer has a great job and a go-getter fiancé. She’s on track for success, until she witnesses a fatal hit-and-run. Mistaking Jennifer for someone else, the dying victim extracts an impossible promise. Jennifer’s fiancé wants her to forget the whole incident, but when she closes her eyes, she can still see the bloody face of the woman who asked for her help.

Olivia is in a rut. Burdened with caring for her brain-damaged brother and already feeling like a spinster at 27, she’s desperate to escape. In a moment of weakness, she tells a lie that draws an unsuspecting paramedic into her life. As she struggles to expiate the lie, a horrible act of violence will test her resolve to be honest.

Where Jennifer’s promise and Olivia’s lie intersect, their lives begin to unravel.

My Review:  

This book started out great.  It drew me in, I felt for Jennifer and Olivia in two very different ways.  Jennifer’s struggle throughout the book was wonderfully written and Olivia’s life as well, I wouldn’t have wanted it, but you definitely felt for her.

It was nice to see how the events that took place really transformed the characters in a way that anyone should be able to relate to. The tragedy Jennifer is a witness to is awful and the obligation she feels is a tremendous pull on her. Olivia sees herself as the “bulldog” not pretty enough for anyone, but with a kind heart.  There stories intertwine in a way that makes everything flow and all the way threw this book I was hooked.  I couldn’t wait to see where the story would lead.  Then it ended.

I was left with so many questions.  What happened with Jennifer, with Shani? I felt cheated at the end.  Like the story was leading up to this great thing and then nothing…. I don’t know if there is more to this story to come, but I hope so.  temp (4)






This rating is really a 3.5 Star.  I was at a four until the end, but I was left with a lot of questions.

R – There is death and a lot of adult content



About the Author: 

Bryn_frizzyBryn Greenwood’s debut novel LAST WILL (Stairway Press 2012) is about learning to live with the things you inherit from your family.

Bryn lives in Kansas, which is as flat as you imagine but slightly more charming. When not toiling in obscurity as a secretary, she does her part to bring about the End Times by allowing dogs and cats to live together. Her hairless cats are plotting to overthrow civilization, while her two boxers turn the living room into the kill floor of a chew toy slaughterhouse. She is married to an extensive home remodeling project, and is currently not seeking treatment for her addiction to power tools and spackle. You can learn more about the myriad ways in which she wasted her youth, and find links to more of her stories at



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Modest MusingsWelcome to Modest Musings!

This is were we will tell you what books we have acquired this week.  Whether it is through purchases, NetGalley or one of our many book list emails.  Please feel free to tell us what you think and if there is a particular book you are interested in seeing a review of.  Hope you enjoy!

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Sweet Oblivion by Bailey Ardisone – Have you ever wanted to forget? Nariella Woodlinn has. Many times. Especially when her already frustrating life gets turned upside down by a mysterious boy who randomly shows up in her small town. And she can’t seem to understand anything about him, despite how much she tries.

15988916Reaping me Softly by Kate Evangelista – Ever since a near-death-experience on the operating table, seventeen-year-old Arianne Wilson can see dead people. Just as she’s learned to accept her new-found talents, she discovers that the boy she’s had a crush on since freshman year, Niko Clark, is a Reaper.

Spiral by Maddy Edwards – Sixteen-year-old Natalie Monroe lives a normal life with her dad and her new stepfamily, going to school and hanging out with friends. Nothing out of the ordinary ever happens to her. For most of her life she has been in love with her best friend Jackson Cage. When she’s around him, she’s happy. Then Pierce Jeffry comes to town. If being around Jackson makes her happy, being around Pierce makes her knees weak. The only problem is that he’s keeping a massive secret, one that he doesn’t want her to have anything to do with.


The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson – In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.


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18631388The Key by Jennifer Anne Davis – Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king’s son and Commander of the King’s Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father’s bidding and trying to maintain control over the people.

Taken by Erin Bowman – Gray Weathersby has grown up expecting to disappear at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. They call it the Heist—and it happens to every boy in Claysoot. His only chance at escape is to climb the Wall that surrounds Claysoot. A climb no one has ever survived . . .


The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross – In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the “thing” inside her. When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch.

Chasing the Lantern by Jonathan Burgess – Life was rough for Lina Stone. A career as a sky pirate under swashbuckling Captain Fengel seemed like a step up. Instead she finds that her new skipper has lost his airship and is dangerously in debt to a powerful criminal cartel.

downloadThe Girl and the Raven by Pauline Gruber Sixteen-year-old Lucy Walker left Lexington, Tennessee after the death of her mother to live with her uncles. A change of scenery is exactly what she needed. New school, new friends, new job. But there’s a lot going on beneath the surface and Lucy is determined to get to the bottom of it. However, when attempts are made on her life, she’s forced to put aside her stubborn independence and team up with the overprotective, but good-looking upstairs neighbor and her late grandmother’s quirky best friend. They’ve got to figure out why a demon is trying to kill Lucy and put a stop to it before it’s too late.


Seconds Before Sunrise by Shannon A. Thompson

Seconds Before Sunrise by Shannon A. Thompson

SBS*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

I was so sad when I reached the end of this book.  It wasn’t just that I was sad that the story was over but that the book wouldn’t be out for a couple of weeks.  That day however has come.  It’s here.  Everyone can buy Seconds Before Sunrise and then we can all talk about it.

Book Summary:

Two nightmares. One memory.

“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”

Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.

Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.

My Review:

I was a little reluctant to start this book because I knew what was coming.  I knew it was going to be ugly.  Poor Eric.  It wasn’t enough that he was born the champion of the dark foretold in a prophecy.  Oh no.  He has to deal with the fall out from book one.  (If you haven’t read Minutes Before Sunset then you should go and do that now.  You’re missing out.)  I think he has every right to be as angry and despondent as he is at the beginning of this book.  His already messed up life is even more messed up.

I’m glad that I sucked up my reluctance.  I really enjoyed the book.  Eric is a different character by the end of this one.  Now he knows what he’s fighting for and what he’s willing to risk in the process.  In contrast Jessica gets back to who she was in the first book.  She fearless in book one and watching her be anything less in this one was painful.  They really were painful  to read but I think they should be.  What happened to Jessica during book one spins out of Eric’s control.  She loses an important part of herself and it’s sad to watch her not know why she’s struggling.  We have to witness the fall out from that as unpleasant as it is.  Have I said poor Eric yet?  It’s important because it makes what happens later all the more remarkable.

I’m not sure I’ve read anything before where the final battle isn’t so final.  It goes so off the rails that I wasn’t sure what would happen next.  It was exciting.  Both books full of moments like that.  I found myself having a NO moment, a WHAT moment, several THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING moments, and an AWWWWW THAT’S SO SWEET moment.  One thing is for sure;  the next book in this series is going to be huge!  I loved every single second.

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6880615At sixteen, Shannon A Thompson became the young-adult author of “November Snow.” In 2012, Shannon became a published poet. Both of her published works are dedicated to lost loved ones, her mother and her roommate. Her latest novel, “Minutes Before Sunset,” released May 1st by AEC Stellar Publishing. The award-winning, young-adult, paranormal romance is the first novel in A Timely Death series, and the second book is expected to release in March of 2014. Her first short story, Sean’s Bullet, was published in an anthology in October of 2013.
She recently graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English. She also works as a Social Media Marketing Manager.
Shannon spends her free time writing, but she loves spending time with her father and brother. She also has one black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart.

Background Image: Sunset lake by geralt

Read our review of Minutes Before Sunrise and our interview with author Shannon A. Thompson:



The Shadow Prince by Stacey O’Neale

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by Stacey O’Neal

Book Blurb:

Every sacrifice has consequences.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he’s capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

My Review: 

This is a prequel Novella to Stacey O’Neale’s first novel Mortal in the Mortal Enchantment series.  I think it was a good start.  While I had some issues with it I won’t be to critical.  Roman’s character is a little cocky, a little sarcastic.  I’m guessing a product of growing up in the human world rather than in Avalon. His best friend is a Gabriel Hound, the servants of his people.  Admittedly this part confuses me.  If the Gabriel Hounds are the servants of his people and he grew up on earth how did they become best friends and how did his mother (who is a cruel woman) allow this.

Roman is sent to kill Kailin the daughter of the King of the Air court.  A girl no one has ever met because she has also grown up in the human world with her mother. His mother believes she is the next akasha (someone who controls all four elements) so she must die.  Roman knows it is wrong, but in order to save his people from his mother’s cruel reign he agrees.

We don’t know a lot about Kailin at this point.  She is living on earth with her Mother until her 16th birthday when she will then return to Avalon and assume her position by her Father’s side. I am guessing, based on the novella there will be a love interest her between her and Roman. But for right now she is just the King’s daughter.

There is a lot of action for a novella and the plot is thick. I am not sure it drew me in enough to run out and buy the novel when it comes out, but if you like elements, and hell hounds you might want to check it out.

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PG – It’s a YA novel and other then some death and dismemberment which isn’t to graphic it is pretty clean.




Stacey O’Neale started her career in publishing as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. She loves to write stories with swoony paranormal heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.StaceyOneale

When she’s not writing, she loves blogging and fangirling about books on twitter. Occasionally, she leaves her computer to go outside.

Lovely Vicious by Sara Wolf

Lovely Vicious by Sara Wolf

lovely vicious cover2Isis Blake is awesome.  I want to be her when I grow up.  Let’s get started because this book has to be experienced to be believed.

Book Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to the Buttcrack-of-Nowhere Ohio to help her mom escape a bad relationship.

All the girls in her new school want one thing – Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.

Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.

The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.

The game board: East Summit High.

The reward: Something neither of them expected.

**This book contains language, some of which may be unsuitable for younger readers.

My Review:

This book was something else.  The main characters are outrageous.  Isis and Jack try very hard to destroy each other by whatever means necessary.  They do a very creative job of it.  What Isis does to get Jack suspended is terrible and inspired all at the same time.  It also shows that she has skills that exceed the average person.  I wouldn’t know the first thing about breaking into a locker.  Isis doesn’t have boundaries.  She starts out the book going to a party.  She rescues a girl that had been drinking.  Jack the most beautiful boy in school insults the girl and Isis so she punches him in the face.  Trust me he deserves it.  Even I wanted to punch him.  He won’t apologize to Kayla so Isis declares war.

The war escalates.  I loved that they kept trying to out do each other.  It was like watching a train wreck but not knowing where it was going to crash.  Jack and Isis are equally matched.  Many of the characters say that Jack and Isis are the same.  Much like Sherlock and Irene in Eva Morgan’s Locked; Isis and Jack offer a distraction for each other.  She’s had a painful life.  Isis evokes emotion in Jack. We find out that Jack has just been going through the motions of life.  The question is: Can they save each other?

What I liked about the end of the story is that, like Shannon A. Thompson‘s Minutes Before Sunset, Sara Wolf changed the rules.  She took away the heroine instead of the hero and she did it in an unusual way.  Book two, Savage Delight, is going to be a blast.  I can feel it.  By the end of book one Jack is in an undesirable position.  Isis meets someone unexpected and I bet that what led Isis to the unexpected someone has far reaching consequences.  You really want to read it now right?  You’ll love it.  I did.

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PicsArt_1375992687897PG-13  They are not kidding about the language in this book.  It isn’t over the top and annoying but it does exist. Use caution.









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Grimmtastic Girls: Cinderella Stays Late by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

18371589Cinderella Stays Late 

by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Publication Date: March 25, 2014

Book Blurb:

Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia…

A Grimmtastic girl named Cinderella is starting her first week at Grimm Academy on the wrong foot. Cinda’s totally evil stepsisters are out to make her life miserable. The Steps tease Cinda, give her terrible advice about life at the academy, and even make her look bad in front of her new friends, Red, Snow, and Rapunzel! But when Cinda overhears the Steps plotting a villainous deed that could ruin Prince Awesome’s ball, Cinda, her new friends, and a pair of magical glass slippers have to stop them–before the last stroke of midnight!

Jessica’s Review:

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This book is longer then Viola and I would normally read, and it did take most of the month to get through it, but Viola LOVED it.  I mean how can you not.  Cinderella is awesome and a twelve year old Cinderella at Grimm Academy well that does it!! It is nice to see Cinderella solving her own problems as well.  I enjoyed this book as much as Viola did.temp (4)

This book is geared more for girls between the ages of 8 and 12 (Viola and I discussed a lot of what was happening)


Viola’s Review:

This book was awesome! There is a magic school book and Cinderellas sisters are mean, but she makes friends. There is Snow White, and Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel.  Mommy read it to me every night. I really liked it.temp (7)








Modest Musings

Modest MusingsWelcome to Modest Musings!

This is were we will tell you what books we have acquired this week.  Whether it is through purchases, NetGalley or one of our many book list emails.  Please feel free to tell us what you think and if there is a particular book you are interested in seeing a review of.  Hope you enjoy!

Jessica’s Modest Musings

51Ijn8VKzKL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Broken the Watcher Chronicles S.J. West – At the tender age of seven, Jess Riley’s parents were ripped out of her life by the Tear, a ripple of white light in the sky which randomly transports people from Earth to alternate realities and distant planets once a year. On the night the Tear first appeared, the Watchers, a mysterious group of men possessing supernatural powers, made their presence known to the leaders of the world, earning their complete trust to deal with the turmoil the Tear caused.

Revival by Jena Leigh – Possessing the uncanny ability to fry a television set from twenty paces can really wreck a girl’s social life. If you’re looking for proof, just ask sixteen-year-old Alexandra Parker. After catching her boyfriend in the arms of the prettiest girl in school, she made the journey from social elite to social pariah in a haze of electricity and exploding electronics. But finding herself at the bottom of Bay View High’s social hierarchy was nothing compared to the shock of discovering who—and what—she really is.


Bespoken by Marie Michelle Coleman – Nobody ever told Casey how dangerous a little daydreaming could be. Casey Sloane appreciates the power of a good daydream. It’s the perfect antidote to the pressures of her hectic life as an associate attorney at a high-powered Washington, D.C. law firm. When the nightangel Gabriel takes up residence in them, Casey is more delighted than surprised. Gabriel is the perfect mixture of danger, otherworldly beauty, and out-and-out temptation required to throw her daydreams into a state of perpetual overdrive.

Collide by Shelly Crane -Sherry has always known there was something out there. She’s eighteen, works for a tabloid newspaper in Chicago, and has a brother, Danny who is a lazy mooch. They live a pretty normal, dull life. Then the moon disappears. People start to go missing only to reappear later…but different. Sherry has an abusive ex-boyfriend who shows up on her doorstep and claims to be one of these beings.

WhenStarsDie-3-1When Stars Die by Amber Skye Forbes – Amelia Gareth’s brother is a witch and the only way to save her family from the taint in his blood is to become a professed nun at Cathedral Reims in the snowy city of Malva. However, in order to become professed, she must endure trials that all nuns must face.  Surviving these trials is not easy, especially for Amelia, who is being stalked by shadowy beings only she can see. They’re searching for people they can physically touch, because only those they can touch can see them. Amelia soon learns why she is being stalked when she accidentally harms her best friend with fire during the third trial. Fire is a witch’s signature. The shadows are after witches.


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81bQqYK6UaL._SL1500_Better Off Dead by H.P. Mallory – If there’s such a thing as luck, Lily Harper definitely doesn’t have it. Killed in a car accident before it’s her time to go, Lily learns that the hereafter isn’t exactly what she hoped it might be. First, there’s AfterLife Enterprises, the company responsible for sorting out the recently dead and sending them on their way to the Kingdom, (aka happily ever after,) or to the Underground City, (not so happily ever after.) Learning that Lily’s death was indirectly their fault (her guardian angel, Bill, was MIA during her accident and was one of their employees,) Afterlife Enterprises offers Lily the chance to live again.

Doorknob Society by M.J. Fletcher – Chloe Masters’ world changes in a heartbeat and all she did was touch a doorknob. When she was young Chloe’s mother vanished. Wracked by feelings of abandonment and anger she lost herself traveling with her fathers magic act, where illusions were part of her everyday life. Yet everything changes when they are pursued by a mysterious man in black out to kill her father. Touching a doorknob activates abilities she never knew she had and she finds herself thrust into a world of ancient societies and secrets.


The Moth In the Mirror by A.G. Howard – An original ebook-only novella in the Splintered series, told from the points of view of both Jeb and Morpheus. Morpheus wants to know more about his rival for Alyssa’s affections, so he digs into Jeb’s memories of his time in Wonderland. But he may be surprised by what he finds. This brand-new story and perspective from A.G. Howard’s dark, magical world stands alone, but also provides a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come in Unhinged, the sequel to Splintered.

The Blemished by Sarah Dalton – A beautiful world comes at a price… In a world filled with stunning clones Mina Hart is Blemished. Her genes are worthless and that takes away her rights: her right to an Education, her right to a normal life and her right to have a child.

18404980Ink Mage by Victor Gischler – The city of Klaar has never fallen. No enemy has ever made it across the Long Bridge or penetrated the city’s mighty walls. Even when a powerful invading army shows up at the gates, the duke and his daughter, Rina Veraiin, are certain that it poses little threat.  But they are cruelly betrayed from within and, in a horrific spasm of violence, the city is brought to its knees.

From the Indie Side

FROM_THE_INDIE_SIDE_EbookEditionFrom the Indie Side – An anthology

Book Summary:

A man who remembers the future and a veteran haunted by his past. A witch ignorant of her powers and a vampire achingly aware of his emptiness. An unmaimed man, a cursed queen, a troubled marriage, a family just trying to survive.

From an abandoned convent to a Martian classroom, an open-mic reading to a New Mexico mountaintop, these fantastical and imaginative tales will take you on a journey through impossible worlds, all-too-possible futures, and disquieting glimpses into the other side of reality.

Packed with original short stories ranging from sci-fi to thriller to the supernatural, “From the Indie Side” brings together some of the biggest authors in independent publishing today. Be prepared for a great ride–and don’t be surprised if you discover your new favorite author in these pages.

Featuring Michael Bunker, Peter Cawdron, Kate Danley, Anne Frasier, Sara Foster, Jason Gurley, Mel Hearse, Kev Heritage, Hugh Howey, Ernie Lindsey, Susan May, and Brian Spangler; and edited by David Gatewood. Includes a foreword by Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of WOOL.

My Review:

This is an excellent collection of short stories by a truely amazing collection of authors.  I had bought this book because of Kate Danley.  She’s one of my favorite authors so I read Queen Joanna first.  It was great.  In all of her work Kate Danley creates atmosphere that you can practically touch.  I love that about her work.  As a side note the menu in the digital book works well.  You can read the summary of the story and then go right to it.

After I read Queen Joanna I went back and started from the beginning.  I dare you not to be moved by The Winter Lands by Jason Gurley.  It’s one of those stories that stays with you long after you read it.  I really enjoyed it.

This book would be great to read on a short trip or on a rainy afternoon.  All of the stories were interesting and caused me to take a look at the authors more closely.  Some of them I had never heard of before.  I can’t wait to read more by them.

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Author Interview Sydney Lane










Thank you so much for talking with us today. I want to start out by saying I really enjoyed Choices and how pleasantly surprised I was to love Fate even more. Hearing the story from Brody’s point of really drew me in.

Our first set of questions are what we like to call




They are silly and will allow our readers to get to know you.

1. Do you like your ice crushed or cubed?


2. If you were a fairy tale character who would you be?Belle2  

I’d like to be Belle from Beauty and the Beast – she has the best story for taming the bad guy 🙂

3. Do you kill bugs or set them free?

 I’m a killer. Gut instinct.

4. If you could go to the past or the future, where would you go and why?

tumblr_lx23ucg9uh1qjghrxo1_500I would love to travel to the past, maybe the 1920s because I feel as if the world was just coming into its own. It was pre-depression, and the feminist and equality movements were just on the verge of happening. It would have been nice to see the things that make this country what it is today.


5. If you weren’t human what would you be?

Ummmm…. this is a hard one. I think I’d like to be a vampire. I’m obsessed with them right now!

Now the series questions

1. Did you always know that Quincy would end up with Brody or was there a certain point where it hit you?

This is a great question because many people would never guess that I originally wrote the book with the intention that she ended up with Declan!!! My friends and faithful beta readers wouldn’t hear of it!

2. What would you say to people who feel Quincy was playing both boys?

I would ask that they keep in mind that she was an 18 year old girl with a lot of baggage. She had a lot of growing up to do!

3. We know that essentially Quincy is based on you.  How hard was it for you to write the scene where her sister has committed suicide and why did you feel it was important?

 It was hard, harder than I imagined it would be. I think I just wanted people to see how your decisions affect those around you. I also wanted to show that you never know what is going on in someone’s life, so you should never judge people based on appearances. 

4. I have to say I was rooting for Brody the whole book and sometime just wanted to slap some sense into Quincy.  What would you say to the people who felt she made the wrong decision?

I felt the same way when I was writing it! Believe me when I say that characters sometimes take on their own personality and kind of write their own story. I mean, Quincy really was wishy-washy, but again, she was only 18 years old. I would say that although Declan was a great guy, he deserved someone who only wanted him. He deserved better.

5. What should we expect from Patience?

I know it is Eric and Jenna’s story, but are there any surprises? I wrote a really fun novella for them. It’s a story about their first few months together, and I wanted it to be a really light read. After Choices and Fate, I thought we needed a little fun! I plan another novella for Eric and Jenna that chronicles their wedding, honeymoon, etc.

6. What are you working on now?

DECLAN!!!  He deserves a happily ever after, and I’m trying to get one for him. His book is called Hope, and I’m really having a good time with it.

7. Tell us a little bit about your cover art.  Who designed it? 

All of my covers have been designed by MSA Photography (Melissa Storm Allen). She does a great job, and I trust her to make the characters come to life. The photos were taken right here in TN, and I am in love with them!

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Thank you for your time.

Thanks for asking! I hope you enjoy Jenna and Eric’s story!

Book Tour Patience by Sydney Lane

Patience Tour BannerSynopsis

Jenna Ryan is the kind of girl everyone wants for a friend. Her spunky and carefree outlook on life often leads to trouble of the best kind. She’s not afraid to speak her mind, and when it comes to her friends, she’s fiercely loyal and protective. When she met Eric, she knew immediately he was her forever, but why was he holding back?

Eric James is the epitome of a Greek God. He parties hard while trying to meet the expectations of his overachiever parents. When he met Jenna, sparks flew, and he knew he’d met his match.

But Eric is hiding a small secret. When Jenna finds out, these two will embark on a wild and hilarious journey to torture each other into submission.

Who will win? And who will learn the true meaning of… Patience?

***Patience is a Jenna and Eric novella with approximately 30k words. It can be read as a stand alone but is much better after reading Choices or Fate.

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Eric (At lunch with Declan)

“I’ve never met a girl like her. I mean, yeah, she’s hot, and that’s probably all it is, but I can’t wait to find out.”

“You know, if you really want to know what it’s about, don’t have sex with her. The wait might be worth it. It’s all about the chase anyway, right?” His eyes glinted with mischief. Did I mention that Declan is the fraternity chaplain? He’s the best guy a girl could find but no way was I taking his advice. Not an option.

“Man, I don’t know what works for you, but I don’t see any reason to wait if we both want it,” I smirk. “Besides, I don’t need to wait to know she’s different.” And that was the honest truth.

I already knew.

Declan leaned back in his chair, linking his fingers over his chest. “You know what I think? You don’t know how to romance a girl without having sex with her.” His gaze challenged me, even as his eyes crinkled in amusement.

I’ve never been one to turn down a challenge. I’m competitive, and it goes against my grain. So, I opened my big mouth. “Wanna bet?” Two words. One colossal fuck-up.

His smile was so big it almost blinded me. That’s when I knew he had me. Bastard. He had planned it all along. “Absolutely. I bet you can’t go ninety days without sex.”

“Thirty,” I countered.


“Ok. Sixty. So what do you want to wager?” I had walked right into his trap, and I somehow knew I would regret it the minute the words left my mouth.

“If you win, I’ll owe you five hundred bucks. If I win…” He raised his eyebrows as if he was pondering the fate of the world. “I get your guitar.” Oh, hell no.

“Dec, man, you know I can’t do that. I can’t put my guitar on the line. What else?” There’s no way I’d give up my custom Fender Strat. Not for a bet, not for a girl.

“No. It has to be the guitar.” He shook his head slightly, determination in his eyes and the set of his shoulders. “It has to be something you value, something it would hurt to lose, like a hit to the nuts. That’s the only way I’ll be able to trust you.” Looking back on it, that is when I should have backed down. It was the stupidest bet I’d ever made, much worse than betting I could get in some girls pants. Of which, I have outgrown by the way.

“Deal,” I agreed, against my own instincts, my better judgment having flown out the window.

“Deal?” His eyes widened with surprise since he’d been expecting a battle. In my mind, this was going to be the easiest sixty days of my life. Jenna was just a girl I met in my Lit class, and like others, she would come and go. I really thought it wasn’t going to be a big deal.

I was wrong.


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Sydney Lane lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and children. Growing up in Smalltown, USA, Sydney dreamed of being a writer. After spending an obscene amount of money to go to college, Sydney finally decided to follow her heart. With her babies in bed and husband neglected, she worked by the light of her laptop and wrote Choices. Sydney is very active in charity work for anti-bullying and depression awareness groups.   

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