Choices by Sydney Lane and Fate by Sydney Lane

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by Sydney Lane

Book Blurb:

Fate brought her here, but will her choices destroy her dreams?

Quincy Priest made all the right choices in her small town, black-and-white life. But being perfect is tiring. So. Very. Tiring.

Wanting desperately to step out of her sister’s shadow, Quincy jumps at the opportunity to attend college with her best friend. The quiet bookworm with family secrets comes out of her shell. But when Quincy meets not one, but two perfect guys, she has to make a choice. In doing so, she might forfeit the relationship she secretly longed to find.

Declan. Sweet, handsome, and perfect. He makes her feel cherished for the first time in her life.

Brody. Sexy, hot, and irresistible. He could tear down her carefully built walls.

Before she can become the woman she wants to be, Quincy will make mistakes. And suffer one unimaginable loss.

My Review: 

This book pulled at your heart strings in so many ways.  Quincy has had a hard life.  Not in the way you usually think but with her older sister having Bipolar disorder and needing so much of her parents attention and teacher at school comparing her things haven’t always been easy. Quincy doesn’t really have much experience in the dating world and now off at college she is pulled by two very different yet equally compelling men.

Declan is all that is good.  He has a strong faith, he’s a good listener, and he wants only good things for Quincy.  When they are together she is happy and content.

Brody is like a fire.  He ignites things in Quincy that she never knew existed. She is drawn to him and he to her.  When they are together everything is perfect, but when they are apart they both let there past and their insecurities come in.

I laughed, I cried, and I couldn’t put it down.  Quincy’s story with her sister rips your heart out but it is so much more.  This is a book that you really should read.

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Word of Warning:  If you haven’t read Choices and Do Not want to know who Quincy ends up with do not read any further!

 

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By Sydney Lane

Book Blurb:

I’m used to getting what I want. I’ve always taken what I wanted. No apologies. No excuses.

I know what it feels like to be betrayed, when someone else is calling all the shots. I’ve been down that road, and I’m not going there again. I’ve got my family, my friends, and the brotherhood. That’s all I need.

I believe in Fate. Everything happens for a reason. But what do you do when Fate kicks you in the gut, plays a cruel joke on you?

When I met Quincy Priest, she was a flame I couldn’t put out. A freakin’ wildfire. She blew in to my life, blazed a trail of destruction, then left me standing in the ashes. Gone as suddenly as she came. I’m not sure if I should love her or hate her… But I don’t hate her. I could never hate her.

What do you do when the person who broke you may be the only person who can put you back together?

Can you run from Fate?

Do you even want to?

My Review: 

This is Choices but from Brody’s point of view.  Is it possible to love a book more?  Hearing the story from Brody’s prospected was everything I hoped it would be and more. I enjoyed Brody’s character in Choices and hoped that Quincy would end up with him, in Fate I absolutely fell in love with him. Probably because he reminds me of my husband.

Brody’s been burned and struggles with his own guilt. As a result he is having fun because he knows he hasn’t met the right one. Enter Quincy. The passion that ignites in these two when they are together is incredible.

Brody is drawn to Quincy in a way he has never been drawn to anyone and as you watch his internal struggle over a girl he knows should be his but his “Brother”, friend, and roommate is very much into you can’t help but feel bad for him.  Ultimately he can’t stay away.  Thank goodness!! Quincy and Brody are met to be together! Poor Declan never stood a chance.

You can not read Choices without immediately following up with Fate.  It opens your eyes to so much more of the story!

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About the Author:

7060081Sydney Lane lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and children. Growing up in Smalltown, USA, Sydney dreamed of being a writer. After spending an outrageous 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.

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!

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12875436Anew by Chelsea Fine – Three curses. Two brothers. One love triangle.  Sometimes love is meant to be. But sometimes…love is the death of you.

Preservation by Rachel Wade – Kate has no time for meaningless romantic charades, and definitely no time for hot college professors who are full of themselves and smitten with her. Constantly battling eviction notices, tuition she can’t afford, and a sick, dependent mother, the last thing she needs is to be distracted with someone else’s complicated baggage.

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Ember by Bettie Sharpe – Everyone loves Prince Charming. They have to—he’s cursed. Every man must respect him. Every woman must desire him. One look, and all is lost. Ember would rather carve out a piece of her soul than be enslaved by passions not her own. She turns to the dark arts to save her heart and becomes the one woman in the kingdom able to resist the Prince’s Charm.

Talented by Sophie Davis – When Talia Lyons was just a child, her parents were murdered before her eyes. Unable to accept their fate, Talia trains to become one of the country’s deadliest assassins in order to kill the man responsible. Luckily, she was born with a gift- the ability to read and influence the minds of others. At sixteen, Talia’s poised to graduate from a school for the Talented, where she learned to control her abilities. Now there is only one obstacle standing between her and the retribution she craves… the feelings and distractions of a normal teenage girl.

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12933942Supernatural Devices by Kailin Gow – Scarlett was a sensible seventeen year old young lady or so everyone thought, but there was definitely more to her. The daughter of famous English Egyptologists and archeologists Theodore and Gemma Seely, she was prone to adventure and all the world had to offer. It was the 1890s, and she had just received a letter from one of her parents’ dearest friend, a certain detective who lived on Baker Street, who needed her help on a case most bizarre. As she embark through the supernatural side of London, venture into the forbidden realms bordering Victorian society; often accompanied by a dashing but infuriating Lord Darthmoor; Scarlett’s first case, which had seem innocent at first had taken a turn for the unexpected and dangerous.

Reckless Magic by Rachel Higginson – 16 year old Eden Matthews has been in and out of private schools for the last two years. She can’t seem to stop herself from closing them down. Kingsley is her last chance to finish high school and the last private school willing to accept her. She is focused on just getting through graduation until she realizes Kingsley is not like the other private schools she’s been to. The students may be different, but so is she. And after meeting Kiran Kendrick, the boy who won’t leave her alone and seems to be the source of all her problems, she is suddenly in a world that feels more make-believe than reality.

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Splintered by A.G. Howard – Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers–precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now. When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on.

The Book of Deacon by Joseph R. Lallo – Myranda is a young woman more interested in staying alive than being a hero. Orphaned by a continent-spanning war that has gone on for decades too long and shunned for failing to support it, she has been on the move since she was only a child. One can hardly blame her when she thinks that the chance discovery of a fallen soldier’s priceless cargo is the moment that will change her life. No one could predict just how great that change would be. It will lead her through an adventure of rebels and generals, of wizards and warriors, and of beasts both noble and monstrous. Each step of the way will take her closer to the truth of her potential, of the war, and of the fate of her world.

13584415Shattered Souls by Delilah Devlin – Lenzi hears voices and has visions – gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can’t help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she’s a reincarnated Speaker – someone who can talk to and help lost souls – and that he has been her Protector for centuries.

An April Bride by Lenora Worth

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by Lenora Worth

Book Blurb:

War changes everything . . . even their love.
Bride-to-be Stella Carson can’t wait to marry her longtime sweetheart Marshall Henderson. But Marshall has been away serving his country and after suffering a head wound and being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome, he has distanced himself from Stella by asking her not to visit him in a Washington, D.C. hospital.

Marshall returns to Louisiana just four weeks before the wedding, but as the big day draws near, Stella wonders if the man she’s loved for most of her life still wants to marry her.

My Review: 

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

An April Bride was a well written story, but despite that I have some issues with the story line itself. First off Marshall comes home only four weeks before the wedding, he was injured three months prior to coming home (one month in a German Hospital and two stateside) and in that time no one bothered to tell Stella that he has no idea who she is.  Now I understand his parents were honoring his wishes not to tell her but as a woman I would be pretty pissed.  I mean this is a huge deal!! Then on top of finding out this information they decide to just keep on going with the wedding plans like Marshall isn’t going through enough right now with his PTSD, which I feel is also underplayed in the story.  Marshall is trying to do what he feels is the right thing.  He made a promise to this woman and he is a good person so he is trying to honor that promise.  As with the theme of the book he is sure that god will see him through. However, someone needs to be the voice of reason and say hey I think you should slow down and worry about you right now.

Then there is Stella herself.  I mean she is whiny and a little self centered. The man you love just came home from war.  He suffered a major injury and all her thoughts are what should she do and how this is affecting her and well me, me, me.  When she finally does, what I feel is the right thing, and says we need to postpone the wedding and you need to get better it’s so close to the wedding that there are literally people on standby to call the people who are getting ready to travel. I’m not trying to take away that fact that yes this is very hard for her too but it just would have been nice to hear some thought from her like “what can I do for Marshall” instead of it being all about her.

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About the Author:

lenoraworthLenora Worth has written over 45 books for three different publishers. Her first Love Inspired “The Wedding Quilt” won Affaire de Coeur’s Best Inspirational for 1997, and “Logan’s Child” won RT’s Best Love Inspired for 1998. Her suspense “Code of Honor” finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award and her “Body of Evidence” made the New York Times Bestseller list in Mass Market Paperbacks. With millions of books in print, Lenora continues to write for Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense and she recently sold three books to Harlequin’s SuperRomance, still writing as Lenora Worth. Lenora also wrote a weekly opinion column for the Shreveport Times and worked freelance for SB magazine. She has now turned to full-time fiction writing and enjoying adventures with her retired husband, Don. Married for 36 years, they have two grown children—Kaleb and Carly. Lenora enjoys writing, reading and shopping … especially shoe shopping.

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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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The Fawn front cover 9-4-13The Fawn by Susan Griscom – After a not-so-wonderful young adulthood-shuffled from one foster home to another-Lena Benton had hoped marriage would be her ticket to happiness. Wedded a year after high school graduation, Lena was certain she’d found her knight. But when Troy Harington’s true colors surface shortly after their glorious day of elopement, things aren’t quite as rosy as Lena had envisioned. When an unforeseen event turns ugly, all she can do is … run!

Second Star by Alyssa Sheinmel – A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward his nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she’s falling hard for Pete.

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The Here and Now by Ann Brashanes – Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.
This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis – There are worse things than death, worse people too.  The “talk” was bad enough, but how many teens get told that they’re a goddess? When her mom tells her, Persephone is sure her mother has lost her mind. It isn’t until Boreas, the god of winter, tries to abduct her that she realizes her mother was telling the truth. Hades rescues her, and in order to safely bring Persephone to the Underworld he marks her as his bride. But Boreas will stop at nothing to get Persephone. Despite her growing feelings for Hades, Persephone wants to return to the living realm. Persephone must find a way to defeat Boreas and reclaim her life.

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Summer-Demons-jpg-for-webSummer Demons by Mia Hoddell – Jenna Shaw ran away to escape her past. In fact, she jumped on a plane and flew to Portugal to try and forget it. However, it turns out leaving everything behind isn’t as easy as it sounds.  She thought she could move on and break free of her fears–that if she had some space the pain would stop. But as memories resurface due to an ill-timed joke, the past crashes into her present once more and she didn’t see it coming.

The Academy: Thief by CL Stone – Kayli Winchester is a dirt-poor girl living out of a hotel, forced to be the parent for a drunken father and teenage brother who she’s desperate to keep in school. The only way she scrapes by is to utilize her one skill: pickpocketing. But even though she’s a thief she has a moral code: no kids or old ladies, only targets who can defend themselves. Not that they see her coming…

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Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers – Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf? Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Eternal Eden by Nicole Williams – College sophomore Bryn Dawson is a self-proclaimed poster child for normal. However, the day William Hayward enters her life, normalcy is the last thing Bryn will be able to count on if she wants to be with him. Too mysterious and appealing to be good for a girl, Bryn feels drawn to him in a way that seems out of her control—as if fate is orchestrating it.

ae1805052021b02c02b54b2eee0434ecRelentless by Karen Lynch – Sara Grey’s world shattered ten years ago when her father was brutally murdered. Now at seventeen, she is still haunted by memories of that day and driven by the need to understand why it happened. She lives a life full of secrets and her family and friends have no idea of the supernatural world she is immersed in or of Sara’s own very powerful gift.

The Bifrost Bridge by James Bradley Clarke

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by James Bradley Clarke

Summary: 

The Bifrost Bridge is a Viking princess fairy tale intertwined with Norse mythology. Silya, the feisty ten year old Princess of Norway, eagerly awaits the arrival of her cousin and best friend, Princess Hedda of Denmark. The princesses are both looking forward to the summer solstice celebration, but trouble lurks in their future as magical villains see the girls as being vital for their deadly conspiracy. Hedda and Silya find themselves cast into a dangerous adventure filled with fire giants, female warrior angels and the God of Thunder. Can the princesses save themselves and their kingdoms, or will the forces of chaos overwhelm and destroy them? Age Range: 8 – 12 years

My Review:

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and fair review.

Let me start out by saying I can not wait for my 4 year old daughter to read this when she is older.  It is a wonderful tale of adventure and strong female characters.

Hedda and Silya are taken on an unexpected adventure that tests their courage and strength. I felt transported to a world where mythology comes to life.  The little girl in me loved the woman heroine aspect and lets face it who doesn’t love Norse Mythology. It is a wonderfully written story and there is a rich depth of characters. Besides the princesses you have the gods of Asgard, Trolls, Loki, The King and Queen and lets not forget the guards.  The head guard Hermod plays a important role (sorry you have to read it to find out more). My imagination was taken over with the story and the illustrations helped to fuel the fire.  This is a must read.  It is a perfect book for mother and daughter to share.

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About the Author: 

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The Bifrost Bridge is Clarke’s first work of fiction. The children’s book was first developed as stories Clarke started telling to his two daughters back in the summer of 2003. Both girls shared a love for classic princess fairy tales, so he invented original princess characters for both of them. As residents in Riverside, Illinois, Clarke’s family lived in walking distance of the Brookfield Zoo where the girls regularly admired the Norwegian fjord horses. When he learned this ancient breed of horse was used by the Vikings, a specific medieval setting for the stories came into focus.

As a Hiram College student, Clarke had developed a love for the epic poems of Homer and Virgil, so he chose to borrow from mythology to provide magical elements. The girls became instantly enamored with these stories and they insisted on developing new adventures for the two Nordic princess characters. The first draft of a manuscript was produced during the summer of 2005. Clarke’s daughters were delighted with the bound copy they received as a Christmas gift later that year, so he began the process of becoming an author. Clarke has a love for history and a taste for plot driven stories about extraordinary individualism. Themes of fortitude and self-determination lay at the heart of Clarke’s writing interests.


Cover Reveal The Deathly Roses Volume II by Melina Turner

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“Choices are but a means to a beginning…or an end.”
In the second volume of “The Deathly-Roses” a more sinister plot is revealed by the angel; Wisty calls her Guardian Angel. Is it by chance Iriami Duvua just happened to be in Acrelain?
As the sides of good and evil twist the boundaries, its time Wisty chose a side and relived her legend, a legend grafted for her by someone else…
What side will she choose? Who is really the bad guy? Will Wisty ever find more on her real family?

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About the Author

Melina TurnerMelina began her writing career while still in school. While in year 3 she wrote a poem entitled Wild Brumbies. It was her first published work and brought her to the attention of a teacher that recognized her talents and encouraged her to keep honing her skills. In year 5 Melina received the prestigious Honored Writer Award and never looked back. She bagan sending her poems to various outlets around the world thus gaining her international attention.

Until this year Melina has mainly wrote poetry, but she then decided to expand her literary accomplishments to include short stories. She has 2 stories coming out in the next few months. In March we are graced with Old Betray, a dark paranormal short story about an old ally who becomes a very dangerous adversay bent on revenge.
To relax Melina plays the violin and the game Resident Evil. Some of her favorite authors are James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, Isobelle Carmody and Darek Landy. Past times and authors as diverified as her wiriting skills. The publishing of these 2 stories is the begining of a long held desire for Melina. Be sure to look for and read these 2 stories when they come out and support the promise of this young author. Encourage her as she continues to grow in her talents and believe in her as much as she believes in her self. It may not be tomorrow, but one day we will see the name Melina Turner on the Top sellers list and you can say you knew her when.

Kiss a Girl in the Rain by Nancy Warren

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by Nancy Warren

Summary: 

Evan Chance is a man out to complete the bucket list he made as a kid, starting with ride a motorcycle across America. Caitlyn Sorenson is the sexy country doctor standing in his way. Or is she the dream he’s been searching for?

Evan’s Amazing Life List
1. Ride a motorcycle across America
2. Kiss a girl in the rain
3. Swim in every ocean…
When Evan Chance gives up a successful corporate law career to tackle the bucket list he wrote when he was twelve, he has no idea where the road will lead him.
Caitlyn Sorenson is a happily settled small town doctor. When a sexy drifter rolls into town after a motorcycle accident leaves him stranded in Miller’s Pond for a few days with the homeliest dog ever, she can smell trouble even as she’s drawn to a man who is only passing through town.
But some scorching hot nights and a blooming tenderness mean two people will have to face up to the challenges of love.
From USA Today Bestselling Author Nancy Warren comes the first in an exciting new series of sexy, humorous romances about a family named Chance.

My Review:

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and fair review.

I am a sap for a good love story, and this is one of the sweetest ones I have read in a while.  Evan is at a cross roads in his life. He has just turned 35 when his mentor and work father figure dies. He needs to make the biggest decision of his life. Does he keep going on a path that could lead to his early destruction or does he take the pass less traveled and fulfill his “bucket list” from when he was 12 years old.

Through his journey he meets Dr. Caitlyn Sorensen the smart, beautiful country doctor who has taken over her grandfather’s practice.  Caitlyn is uptight and meticulous but loved by her patients and has a big heart.  Her best friend Charlotte is a hypochondriac pregnant woman that brings us some good laughs through out the story.  Caitlyn has a past of her own that has brought her to Miller’s Pond.

Evan is the ruthless corporate lawyer who we all hate. He comes from hippy parents and is one of 12 children.  He grew up in the chaos of a house hold that big and a the farm his family runs.  As a result he is now ruthlessly organized. First impressions of Evan don’t make you love him, but you don’t hate him either. When Clayton dies and he is thrown into turmoil we meet the true Evan. He is kind and compassionate and loves deeply. I am completely drawn to him when he comes across Homely, a stray dog that has landed him in the town of Miller’s Pond till his bike can be fixed.  The relationship Evan has with Homely shows just how compassionate he is.

These characters draw you in and make you love them.  One of my favorite scenes is where Evan has stuck an “ugly” coffee mug in Caitlyn’s cabinet (in case your wondering Caitlyn DOES NOT have ugly coffee mugs, she is a control freak and everything matches and is in it’s proper place) and when she sees it after inspecting it further she uses it.  This is a sweet, feel good book that I completely recommend.

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About the Author:

nancy warrenNancy Warren is a USA Today bestselling Harlequin and Kensington author who got her big break when she won Harlequin’s 2000 Blaze Contest. Her sensuous, humorous romances have won numerous awards and appeared on the Waldenbooks bestseller list.

Awards and lists are great, but nothing beats the thrill of hearing from readers. Most have commented on how much they enjoy the mixture of humor and sexuality in Nancy’s books—which is good, because she works darned hard to put them in there.

Nancy holds an honors degree in English literature and lives in the Pacific Northwest. She spends her days sensibly employed inventing men who combine amazing sexual prowess with sensitivity to a woman’s needs, and women who aren’t afraid to fight for their dreams.