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The Broken Destiny by Carlyle Labuschagne


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The Broken Destiny by Carlyle Labuschagne

Kindle Edition, 349 pages

Published August 13th 2015 by Fire Quill Publishing

~Rating: 3.5/5 stars~

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~Description~

Her Destiny is to rise above her fall.
You cannot know what light is, if you have not experienced darkness.
Ava and her people have been exiled to the planet Poseidon for reasons she can’t fathom.
Upon meeting a boy from a different sector, her life turns into beautiful chaos. She begins to feel things she isn’t allowed to, this motivating her to find out the truth about why her kind are so different, and why the Council are so interested in her.
Once her mind is freed, with it comes a terrible power that could either save her kind, or destroy them all.
But Eva is not the perfect heroine. She will become what she hates to save the ones she loves, and the cost of such a burden is deadly at best.

~Review~

~This copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review~

This book is great for fans of fantasy that really like to explore new worlds. 

The Broken Destiny is a book about change and finding a place in the world. A long time after when Earth was destroyed, Poseidon is the new resident planet for human beings, along with others; the local Zulus and Minoans. The story follows Ava, one of the third generation Broken living on Poseidon after the destruction of Earth.  Ava, our main character, is starting to Change, and this isn’t a good thing, well at least to some. Ava always knew she is different from others, third generation of the broken whose bloodline came from both human and Minoan. After surviving an attack from Zulus and rescued by a handsome Minoan warrior, she was brought to Minoan village where she begins to discover more about her origin and the prophecy that can change fate of the whole planet.  I had mixed feelings about Ava, she’s self-centered which drew away from reading and enjoying the book. What kept me wanting to read more was the actual plot and secondary characters… 

The world that the author created is complex, but really interesting. I wanted to learn even more about it than we did, I feel like there are many things that could be improved.  Overall, this is a good start to the Broken series, I can’t wait to explore her world more in the next book. Nevertheless, this story is extremely creative and unique. I recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

PictureCarlyle is a best selling South African award wining author, with a flair for mixing genres and adding loads of drama to every story she creates. she has traveled the world with her books in hopes of connecting with all kinds of book loving people, to learn as much as she can from other book cultures with the hopes of bringing the knowledge back to her home country.
For now she is happy to take over the world and convert non Sci-fi believers.
Her goal as an author is to touch people’s lives, and help others love their differences and one another by delivering strong messages of faith, love and hope within every outrageous world she writes about.

“I love to swim, fight for the trees, and am a food lover who is driven by my passion for life. I dream that one day my stories will change the lives of countless teenagers and have them obsess over the world literacy can offer them instead of worrying about fitting in. Never sacrifice who you are, its in the dark times that the light comes to life.”

Carlyle uses writing as a healing tool and that is why she has started her very own writers support event – SAIR bookfestival.
“To be a helping hand for those who strive to become full times writers, editors, bloggers, readers and cover artists – its a crazy world out there you don’t have to go it alone!”
follow @CarlyleL for all the crazy updates on all things me.

Founder of SAIR Book Festival
Co Founder of Fire Quill Publishing.
Founder of Help build a library in South Africa.

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Exes – A Second Chance Billionaire Romance Novel by Aria Hawthorne


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Exes – A Second Chance Billionaire Romance Novel by Aria Hawthorne

Kindle Edition, 350 pages

Published December 30th 2016 by French Kiss Press LLC

~Rating: 3.5/5 stars~

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~Description~

When Chicago real estate tycoon Harvey Zale pings a “friend of a friend” with a flirtatious text, he never expects to start an addictive sexting affair with a complete stranger. He’s a billionaire who can get any woman he wants, but he can’t have her—his mysterious, sultry Contessa, who inspires his nightly confessions and soothes more than just his conscience from the consequences of his own shallow ambitions.

He’s determined to build the tallest towers in the world and he needs to sell his Chicago riverfront property to finance it. But when Alma Castillo, the Lara Croft of antique hunters, shows up on his land, claiming the existence of a priceless Tiffany stained-glass window and doing everything in her power to muck up his deal, he knows he’s got more than a stray cat to collar and tame. She’s not only on a mission to save long-lost antiques; she’s also on a personal crusade to hate his guts.

He would know. She served him divorce papers a year ago, just to prove it.

And he’d care a helluva lot more if his ex-wife’s sassy tongue and wicked intelligence didn’t turn him on every time she called him “a**hole” and if she didn’t look so damn cute in those baggy overalls, disguising her affinity for being naughty as much as being nice.

Perhaps even as naughty as his Contessa, who unlike Alma, doesn’t know anything about his real identity or flawed, billionaire reputation, which flames his desires to escalate their fantasy relationship into the reality of one scorching night of mindblowing…

If he could just get his mind off his ex-wife—the only woman he’s ever truly loved. God, woman…if she would just let him pleasure her scornful frown and turn it oh, oh, oooohhhh so upside down, maybe he could convince her to marry him again.

But no one ever said it was easy being a greedy opportunistic billionaire bastard, especially one who happens to know there’s nothing better than make-up sex with an ex…

Please note that all of Ms. Hawthorne’s billionaire romances are stand-alone novels set in Chicago with minor subplots and secondary characters that intersect, but each book can be read and enjoyed in any order.

~Review~

*a copy was provided via Netgalley*

First off, I looove the cover. ^-^

I wasn’t sure what to expect at first.. but from the title (Ex’s – A Second Chance Billionaire Romance) I could kind of guess.  It is funny, emotional and sexy. This is the first time I am reading a book by Aria Hawthorne and I am glad I did.

Alma & Harvey are the main characters, they were previously married for almost five years before they divorced. I thought Harvey and Alma had great chemistry and enjoyed this story thoroughly.  The writing just came alive with their chemistry. I don’t know who I loved more – Aria with her stubborn intelligence or Harvey with his cockiness and humor.

Alma is a preservationist who loves and specializes in stained glass windows. She is hired to make a determination on whether a building is historical and needs preserved or allowed to be torn down by none other than her ex-husband, Harvey, ahhhh sooo awkward! haha!  They end up on a treasure hunt but, what they discover throughout their journey is so much more than what they expected. A year after her divorce, she’s stooped to sexting a mysterious man…which actually may be the best thing going in her life. This guy has to be better than her ex, even though he’s a rich powerful ass.

Harvey’s flirty, funny, sexy and sweet. Harvey isn’t like the typical alpha billionaires usually seen in romance books, which is what I loved the most.He is human with his flaws, but not without his cockiness 😉 He has a great sense of humor and I loved his witty conversations with Alma! When he loved he gave it his all, without giving up.He’s a billionaire architect in the process of demolishing an old train depot. has lost his flair for finding treasures in the rough and fixing them up with Alma’s help. It became more about the money to him, which Alma couldn’t get behind.

To be honest, there were a few parts that I felt were unrealistic; when Alma first talked on the phone with the “mysterious guy” (who’s actually Harvey, her ex husband…) she’s been texting. They did in fact see each other the same day.. In real life people’s voices don’t necessarily sound different on the phone.. sooo just really unrealistic…like how the heck did they not recognize each other’s voices!? :c  Also,wondering why Alma couldn’t tell it wasn’t him in the first place?.. I mean, Harvey is a billionaire, and he told her and made her know that when they were texting. How many billionaires are in their city, jeeeez. And visa versa, Harvey not noticing this “mystery girl” (Alma), acting exactly as Alma would.  🤔🤔🤔🤔

Overall, kinda annoying at times, but It’s an enjoyable story. This is the first book by this author but I will defiantly her give her books another try! I recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

Bestselling author Aria Hawthorne loves writing about billionaire men who lavish their women with expensive jewelry and ravish them like queens in bed. EXES – A Second Chance Billionaire Romance Novel is her newest release coming January 3, 2017. Her previous billionaire romance novel, CLOSER, was awarded a KDP Select “All-Star” award from Amazon US and UK for being one of the Top 100 “Most-Read” Kindle novels following its launch. Once upon a time, she lived in the grand lakefront city of Chicago; now, like a forlorn lover, she simply yearns for the day when she can return to it. She is a sucker for heart-wrenching love stories and she cries during the same scenes in the same movies–every single time.

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Teaser Tuesday (#32) ~ Exes – A Second Chance Billionaire Romance Novel by Aria Hawthorne

 

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The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker


The Delphi Effect

The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker

Kindle Edition, 379 pages

Published October 11th 2016 by Skyscape

~Rating: 4.5/5 stars~

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~Description~

It’s never wise to talk to strangers…and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.

When a chance touch leads her to pick up the insistent spirit of a girl who was brutally murdered, Anna is pulled headlong into a deadly conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of government. Facing the forces behind her new hitcher’s death will challenge the barriers, both good and bad, that Anna has erected over the years and shed light on her power’s origins. And when the covert organization seeking to recruit her crosses the line by kidnapping her friend, it will discover just how far Anna is willing to go to bring it down.

~Review~

*a copy was provided via Netgalley*

A lot better than I expected. It kinda reminded me of The Host by Stephanie Meyer, but 100 times better, with way more detail and uniqueness.  I absolutely loved this book and thought it was great. The idea of having people in your head makes for an interesting story and I loved the way the author presented in the book.

The Delphi Effect is an extremely action packed adventure from start to finish with many paranormal elements along with some science fiction mixed into an intense thrill ride. This series is classified young adult but I would say with this one the characters and action seemed more on the mature side than a typical young adult read.

The story starts off with Anna’s ability to harbor and speak with ghosts. At the age of three, she was left in a food court with a note taped to her, that simply read her name, date of birth and ‘this child is possessed’. Since then, she has grown up in various foster homes, friendless besides a younger adoptive brother named Deo.

As the book goes on many other things added into the mix like, clairvoyance, psychic abilities, telekinesis and so on. Along with moving from revenge for murder into a much bigger conspiracy involved. So much to keep one’s attention this one certainly broke the typical young adult mold.

The writing is fantastic and Anna’s character is really relatable. Her voice is spot on for a teenager, and I loved how she can be immediately abrasive to her ‘hitchers’. This was such a good start to a series, especially with the cliffhanger ending!

Ahhhhh….I wish that the next books in the trilogy were out already! I neeeeeed to know what happens next. I highly recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

Rysa WalkerRysa Walker is the author of the bestselling CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.

Rysa grew up on a cattle ranch in the South, where she read every chance she got. On the rare occasion that she gained control of the television, she watched Star Trek and imagined living in the future, on distant planets, or at least in a town big enough to have a stop light.

She currently lives in North Carolina, where she is working on her next series, The Delphi Project. If you see her on social media, please tell her to get back into the writing cave.

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Those Girls by Lauren Saft


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Those Girls by Lauren Saft

eBook, 336 pages

Published June 9th 2015 by Poppy

~Rating: 2.5/5 stars~

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~Description~

Some girls will always have your back, and some girls can’t help but stab you in it.
Junior year, the suburbs of Philadelphia. Alex, Mollie and Veronica are those girls: they’re the best of friends and the party girls of the school. But how well does everybody know them–and really, how well do they know one another? Alex is secretly in love with the boy next door and has joined a band–without telling anyone. Mollie suffers from a popular (and possibly sociopathic) boyfriend, as well as a serious mean streak. And Veronica just wants to be loved–literally, figuratively, physically….she’s not particular. Will this be the year that bonds them forever….or tears them apart for good?
Lauren Saft masterfully conveys what goes on in the mind of a teenage girl, and her debut novel is raw, honest, hilarious, and thought-provoking, with a healthy dose of heart.

~Review~

*a copy was provided via Netgalley*

I knew this was going to be like a Gossip Girl type book where ‘frenemies’ existed.  There are three main characters, therefore the author chose to make each chapter a different POV….which was soooo hard to follow… I feel like the author didn’t execute the chapter POVs, well…

The characters themselves were annoying and whiny… there were times I just wanted to jump in the book and slap them; I hated them all… ahh well, except for Alex, I actually liked reading her parts of the book. Alex seemed the most normal and genuine. She joined a band, realized she loved singing and wasn’t so obsessed with the same interests like the other girls. At one point, Alex actually turned down going to a party just to stay home and read… IKR… I was impressed.. haha

 It was slow and annoying at times, but I’ll be honest.. I did kinda like it.. Entertaining up until a certain point… soooo I guess not a complete waste and deserving of some stars. And the writing was okay…I mean, reading the word “whorebox” in a book is just sooo fucking hilarious.

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~Author Bio~

Lauren SaftLauren Saft holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University. She’s worked in publishing, tv, education, child care, retail, journalism, and food service, all the while closely studying the habits and compulsions of teenage girls. She currently works as a tv producer in Philadelphia where she lives with her cat and creative inspiration, Desi. Her work has been published in Five Quarterly, Rap Up Magazine, and clubplanet.com. One time, she met the Olsen twins. Those Girls is her debut novel.

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Blog Tour ~ Just Like You Said it Would Be by C.K. Kelly Martain


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Just Like You Said it Would Be by C.K. Kelly Martain

Publication date: February 15th 2017

Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

Did you ever want something so much that it felt like a kind of sickness, one you didn’t want to be cured of? On New Year’s Eve the feeling compels seventeen-year-old Amira to text the Irish ex-boyfriend she’s been missing desperately since they broke up at the end of summer, when she returned to Canada.

They agreed they wouldn’t be friends, that it would never be enough. But that was then— back when Amira’s separated parents had shipped her off to relatives in Dublin for the summer so they could test-drive the idea of getting back together on a long haul cruise. Back when Amira was torn away from a friend in need in Toronto only to fall in love with a Dublin screenwriting class and take a step closer to her dream career. And only to fall for cousin Zoey’s bandmate, Darragh, the guy who is first her friend, then her enemy and later something much more complicated—the guy she can say anything to, the guy who makes every inch of her feel wide awake in a way she hadn’t known was possible. The guy she might never see again. Or is there, despite the distance, somehow still a chance for them?

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~Review~

I started this book and wasn’t sure what to make of it at first. I found it slow and took a while to get into the story, at one point I did stop reading, and kinda didnt want to continue reading it.. but I’m glad I did finish it.

Just Like You Said It Would Be, tells the story of Amira that lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but is sent to Dublin to spend the summer with family while her parents are on vacation trying to mend their marriage. Amira is soon introduced to Darragh, one of her cousin Zoey’s band mates, and I love/hate relationship quickly ensues. Regardless of the tension between them and attempts at only being friends, they soon find themselves confiding in one another, spending a lot of time together, and eventually they fall in love. They fall in love right at the end of summer, when Amira has to fly back home. But they reconnect, many months later when they both attend a wedding.

The story is beautifully written, and just so amazing. The chemistry between Amira and Darragh is sooo goood :3

I highly recommend reading it!

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~Author Bio~

Long before I was an author I was a fan of books about Winnie the Pooh, Babar, Madeline, Anne Shirley and anything by Judy Blume. Throughout high school my favourite class was English. No surprise, then, that most of my time spent at York University in Toronto was as an English major–not the traditional way to graduate with a B.A. in Film Studies but a fine way to get a general arts education.

After getting my film studies degree I headed for Dublin, Ireland and spent the majority of the nineties there in forgettable jobs meeting unforgettable people and enjoying the buzz. I always thoughts I’d get around to writing in earnest eventually and I began writing my first novel in a flat in Dublin and finished it in a Toronto suburb. By then I’d discovered that writing about young characters felt the freshest and most exciting to me. You have most of your life to be an adult but you only grow up once.

Currently residing near Toronto with my Dub husband, I became an Irish citizen in 2001 and continue to visit Dublin as often as I can. My first young adult book, I Know It’s Over, came out with Random House in September 2008 and was followed by One Lonely Degree, The Lighter Side of Life and Death, My Beating Teenage Heart and Yesterday. I released Yesterday’s sequel, Tomorrow, in 2013 and put out my first adult novel, Come See About Me, as an ebook in June 2012. My most recent YA book, The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing, was published by Cormorant Books’ Dancing Cat Books imprint in 2014 and I’m pleased to announce they’ll be releasing my upcoming contemporary young adult novel, Delicate, on September 16th. Watch my website for more details!

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Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske


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Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske

Kindle Edition, 313 pages

Published September 6th 2016 by Montlake Romance

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

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~Description~

Talented chef Meg Delaney hasn’t spoken to her cheating ex-fiancé, Matt Midland, for two years. Ditching him at the altar after blurting out “I can’t” instead of “I do” would sour any relationship. But now, just as Meg is finally ready to bury the hatchet, she learns closure is permanently off the menu. And the kicker? Matt’s brother, Kyle, is back in her life, stirring up feelings that are equal parts guilt and lust.

Meg was the best thing that never happened to Kyle. He couldn’t make a move on his brother’s girlfriend—even if Matt didn’t value her nearly enough. The situation is even more complicated now that Meg’s bestselling aphrodisiac cookbook has spawned a legal battle with the Midlands. Maybe he should stay away. But love, like family, plays by its own rules. And the one woman he shouldn’t want might be the only one who’s perfect for him.

~Review~

*A copy was provided via NetGalley*

Beautiful, funny, relatable~

I was kind of unsure of how I would like this novel, but I’m happy I read it. I really enjoyed reading this; it was interesting, different and fresh.

Now That It’s You easily hooked me into this story right from the start. You have the whole range of emotions played throughout the book as the characters deal with a loss, come together for a romance, have a bit of controversy over the estate and a whole other range of things. Meg and Kyle seem to keep crossing paths now that Matt is gone and the two start to develop a bit of a relationship. And it’s obvious that they’ve liked/loved each other from when the first met. Matt’s death really brought them together. One of my favorite parts was when Meg and Kyle joined the LARPers (Live Action Roleplaying); it was fun and a really creative bit :3

The way the author describes the way Kyle feels about Meg and vice versa, you can tell they really want to be together.  Kyle really remembers everything about her and it’s cute and sweet; little details of when Matt, him and Meg did things together and such. But they have this problem where everything seems to be revolved around Matt (Meg’s ex-fiancé, also Kyle’s brother). Matt just keeps coming up, in every scenario. I don’t know why but I kind of found that frustrating; Matt’s name popping up everywhere. Just wish they had gotten together sooner rather than later, with them moving forward from Matt’s death, and always basically contemplating whether it’s right to be with each other. Ahahah I don’t know why but I reallllllyyyyy dislike the fact that Matt has had such an impact on Meg’s life… She’s stuck and it’s like she cannot move on… Yes, she and Matt were together for a decade, but he’s dead, and I know she didn’t get to say good bye or whatever but she deserves too, especially since he cheated on her…

But enough about that…

ahhhh <33 I love Meg and Kyle <3333

Overall, it was amazing, even though I do wish that some of the outcomes were different, that doesn’t change the fact that, despite my melancholy, I found this book to be fun and beautiful and not what I expected. The overall ending was fitting for this couple. I recommend it, if you want a fun, light read~

Lol but I don’t think I will ever get over Matt’s name/His death being mentioned so much, I felt like it was overly dramatic in a way  xD

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~Author Bio~

Tawna FenskeTawna Fenske is a USA Today bestselling romantic comedy author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. She traveled a career path that took her from newspaper reporter to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek to PR manager for her city’s tourism bureau. An avid globetrotter and social media fiend, Tawna is the author of the popular blog, Don’t Pet Me, I’m Writing, and a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband in Bend, Oregon, where she’ll invent any excuse to hike, bike, snowshoe, standup paddle, or sip wine on her back deck.

Tawna has published several romantic comedies with Sourcebooks, including Making Waves, which was nominated for contemporary romance of the year by RT Book Reviews. She also writes interactive fiction capers for Coliloquy; steamy, heartwarming series books for Entangled Publishing; and tender, funny romances for Montlake Publishing. Tawna’s quirky brand of comedy and romance has won praises from Kirkus Reviews, which noted, “Up-and-coming romance author Fenske sets up impeccable internal and external conflict and sizzling sexual tension for a poignant love story between two engaging characters, then infuses it with witty dialogue and lively humor. An appealing blend of lighthearted fun and emotional tenderness.”

~Author Links~

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The Thursday Night Club by Steven Manchester


The Thursday Night Club

The Thursday Night Club by Steven Manchester

Kindle Edition, 152 pages
Published November 18th 2014 by The Story Plant

~Rating: 4.5/5 stars~

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~Description~

Five college friends, three men and two women, have been getting together every Thursday night to share humble meals and an abundance of laughter. But when tragedy takes one of them, leaving the others to question the fairness of life, the Thursday Night Club decides to embark on a contest in the memory of the generous spirit of their fallen brother. The objective of the contest is simple: whoever performs the kindest deed by Christmas night wins the pot – four quarters. And there are only two conditions: the benevolent deed must be anonymous, and it cannot cost a single penny to pull off.

As the four friends undertake the contest, the healing begins and they become inspired beyond their expectations. There might be a winner in this competition, but it is very clear there will be no losers.

A story of Christmas spirit that will strike a chord in your heart any time of year, The Thursday Night Club will make you look at the holiday season in new ways.

~Review~

**A copy was provided for review purposes**

Steven Manchester did not disappoint with The Thursday Night Club! His writing style is truly unique, and he’s definitely a must read author!

This story is about five college friends who meet every Thursday just to hang out, play cards, chat about school, and enjoy some down time.

One Thursday night Randy, Kevin and Jesse bet $0.75 each to see who can play the funniest prank, specifying that such a plan is not to cause harm/ hurt anyone else. But when the bet takes an accidental turn with the loss of Jesse. The group of friends find it really hard to cope with his loss, Thursday nights just won’t be the same without him.

The story lets you know that life is so risky and so short, and that we all have some good in us, that with just a little effort we can make some sort of difference in the world.This novel shows you that life is about giving, caring, love, friendship, and growth. It’s a really good message to spread around. I really loved this novel and would highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed.

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~Author Bio~

Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers, Twelve Months and The Rockin’ Chair. He is also the author of the award-winning novel, Goodnight, Brian, as well as the critically-acclaimed novel, Pressed Pennies, A Christmas Wish (Kindle exclusive), Wilbur Avenue (novella), Just in Time (novella), The Thursday Night Club (novella, released November 2014) and Gooseberry Island (novel, released January 2015). His work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning and BET’s Nightly News. Three of Steven’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for Chicken Soup for the Soul series. When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or their four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing.

~Author Links~

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Happy Reading!

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