Manic Mondays

Manic Monday #9

Manic Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Turn The Page where we get to decide who the 
next Indie/Self-Published author featured will be.
 
So before we get to this weeks Manic Monday Feature, I must tell you all that as of now (and not permanently) I am limiting my Manic Monday’s to the first Monday of every month. At this point, with my really really hectic work schedule, my own writing, and all the books I am reviewing – the weekly Manic Monday is getting to be too much. I am just not finding the time to read each of the featured books in the week it wins and I want to be fair to those requesting my review.  Once my work schedule settles down a bit and I am closer to finishing Winter Solstice: Book #2 of The Harvest Series I will resume my weekly Manic Monday features.  I will still be reviewing Invisible and this weeks winner as well, before I switch to the monthly feature. Thanks for hanging in there and supporting TTP! 
 
The chosen Indie/Self-Published Author for
Manic Monday Week #9 is:
 
Glimpse – Stacey Wallace Benefiel
 
 
Congratulations Stacey!!
 
 
Review Coming Soon! 
 
 
Monday July 1, 2013 Manic Monday Picks
 
1. Eternal Eden (Book #1 Eden Trilogy)- Nicole Williams
2. Be Always On My Side – Nicola Starks
3. Me Again – Keith Cronin
 
The Winner will be announced on Monday July 1, 2013 and new Indie Authors will be selected for the August feature. 
 
* If you’ve read it, tell us what you thought and tell me which book should be chosen as our Manic Monday Indie/Self-Published Author Feature for Week #10

Also, Tell me if you’ve found outstanding Indie books (for FREE or PAID) that you think deserve a spotlight in our Manic Monday. 
 
 
Manic Mondays

Manic Monday #8

Manic Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Turn The Page where we get to decide who the 
next Indie/Self-Published author featured will be
 
Lets see, I worked a ton this past week and today is a relatively quiet day for me so far. I do; however, have to work an overnight shift tonight so I am sure this is simply the quiet before the storm, as usual. I suppose I will have to wait and see. On a better note, I have some exciting news to share with you all… Turn The Page has been nominated for the Leibster Award by the wonderfully sweet Mindy Larson! Thanks Mindy. So, we will be graciously accepting this nomination and I will be getting putting up a post specifically for this great honor. It was just too good not to share right away. 
 
And now onto this weeks Manic Monday winner…..
 
The chosen Indie/Self-Published Author for
Manic Monday Week #8 is:
 
Cecily Anne Paterson – Invisible
 
Congratulations Cecily!!
 
 
Review Coming Soon! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monday June 17, 2013 Manic Monday Picks
 
1. Other Echoes – Noe Dearden
2. Dark Creations: Gabriel Rising – Jennifer & Christopher Martucci
3. Glimpse – Stacey Wallace Benefiel
 
* If you’ve read it, tell us what you thought and tell me which book should be chosen as our Manic Monday Indie/Self-Published Author Feature for Week #9

Also, Tell me if you’ve found outstanding Indie books (for FREE or PAID) that you think deserve a spotlight in our Manic Monday. 
 
Manic Mondays

Manic Monday #7

Manic Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Turn The Page where we get to decide who the 
next Indie/Self-Published author featured will be
 
OMG! What a long and exhausting two weeks this has been. After working more than 120 hours, working weird yo-yo shifts, and getting very little sleep, I am FINALLY off for the next two days to relax and catch up on some much needed sleep. I have fallen behind in my reviews and my reading. It has been next to impossible to keep my eyes open long enough this week to get much accomplished. So, hopefully we can get things back on track in the upcoming week…  As f0r this weeks winner: 
 
The chosen Indie/Self-Published Author for
Manic Monday Week #7 is:
 
 
Colby Jones – The Bully 
 
Congratulations Colby !
 
 
 
Monday June 10, 2013 Manic Monday Picks
 
1. The Accidental Siren – Jake Van Ark
2. Invisible – Cecily Anne Paterson
3. A Hairy Tail – Jamie Campbell
 
* If you’ve read it, tell us what you thought and tell me which book should be chosen as our Manic Monday Indie/Self-Published Author Feature for Week #8

Also, Tell me if you’ve found outstanding Indie books (for FREE or PAID) that you think deserve a spotlight in our Manic Monday. 
 
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INSEPARABLE!!

Manic Monday Indie/Self-Published Author Feature 
Week #5
 
Can you imagine losing your twin?
 
Nineteen year old Lily is still struggling with the death of her identical twin, Abby, a year later when she moves away from home for college. Even in death though, their bond is still strong, with Abby visiting Lily in her dreams.
 
When a chance encounter with Twenty-One year old Dane Hansen changes Lily’s life, Lily’s friends warn her off becoming involved with Dane. He’s bad news, according to the rumors, anyway.
 
Dane has experienced loss himself, he understands Lily, and the more time he spends with her, the harder he falls. There is something he hasn’t told her though, something almost nobody knows, and it’s something that might stop Lily from feeling the same way.
 
Abby holds the key to something that will change Lily and Dane’s life forever, but how do you get someone else to believe something you don’t quite understand yourself?
 
Author: Missy Johnson
Title: Inseparable
Genre: New Adult >Contemporary >Romance >Fantasy >Paranormal 
Publication Date: May 2013
Links to Purchase: Amazon
Reviewer: Megan
 
My Review: 2 out of 5 Stars! GOT THROUGH IT!
 
**May contain some minor spoilers**
 
If there is one thing I hate more than anything, it’s not enjoying a book I am reading and then having to write a less than stellar review. However, I promised my readers I would be honest and while the writer in my cringes, the reader/blogger in me knows this comes with the territory of writing reviews.  
 
This was the second book I have reviewed by this author and once again I can say, there was promise when the story began, but it quickly fell short and turned into an awkward rendition of erotica. I will say for the record that I have never been a fan of erotica, but some of is bearable. After reading this book I can honestly say I am not a fan of erotica at all and I truly believe that books should be labeled this way rather than being labeled “romance”.  In my opinion, there is a big difference. 
 
As for the actual storyline, like I said, it had promise. I liked the twin aspect, the actual paranormal storyline… This is what drew me the book.  But then there is a relationship that begins too quickly, turns too sexual and dominates the pages. There were discrepancies from what the author said in one section of the book to something said later. And as I have said before, I typically never critique grammar (only content), but the spelling errors were in abundance. There were times that there were numerous mistakes on a page, and the sentence made no sense because of it. Also, there were times when the author bounces between english slang and british slang and it gets hard to keep track of. 
 
My 2 star rating was because I got through it, but it took much longer than it should have. In the midst of searching for his abducted sister, Dane and Lily are tearing (literally) one another’s clothes off.  I kept reading, because I was fascinated with the paranormal aspect and the abduction. They go to New York, they follow these leads and then BAM…. no climax, nothing… one moment we are preparing for a major bust and then all we get is a two line phone call telling us it’s all over?  I was beyond disappointed. 
 
I don’t want to give away any other spoilers, so I can’t talk about the ending, aside from saying that it did not redeem the story at all in my eyes. This story could have been very fascinating and at first almost reminded me of a paranormal/psychic series of books by famous author Kay Hooper, that I used to love reading… but it fell very short very fast and I truly believe it’s greatest downfall was the erotica. It took away from the storyline that should have focused more on the paranormal aspect while still focusing on Dane and Lily’s relationship, from a more tasteful perspective. 
 
Manic Mondays

Manic Monday #6

Manic Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Turn The Page where we get to decide who the 
next Indie/Self-Published author featured will be
 
Just when I thought last Monday was Manic, this monday came creeping up and slammed me right in the face. It was a busy and hectic weekend as well. It’s actually hard to believe that May is just about over. Manic Monday’s have been going really well so far and I am looking forward to doing our second issue of Books, Blogs,  & Page Turners this week as well.  So lets see who our last Manic Monday winner is for the month of May, shall we?
The chosen Indie/Self-Published Author for
Manic Monday Week #6 is:
 
Missy Johnson – Inseparable
 
Congratulations Missy! 
 
 
 
Monday June 3, 2013 Manic Monday Picks
 
1. Survival (Book #1 of The Guardians of Vesturon Series) – A.M. Hargrove
2. The Bully – Colby Jones
3. Eternal Eden (Book #1 Eden Trilogy) – Nicole Williams 
 
* If you’ve read it, tell us what you thought and tell me which book should be chosen as our Manic Monday Indie/Self-Published Author Feature for Week #7

Also, Tell me if you’ve found outstanding Indie books (for FREE or PAID) that you think deserve a spotlight in our Manic Monday. 
 
 
 
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SHATTERED!!

Manic Monday Indie/Self-Published Author Feature 
Week #4
 

Identical twins, Miranda and Nastasia Moralez, couldn’t be more different. Being the head of the cheerleading team, Natasia is the most popular girl in the school. Miranda is not, taking photographs in her spare time for the school paper. Life is normal until a tragic accident takes the life of one twin. Miranda quickly realizes that the car crash that took her sister’s life was no accident. It was planned. Now, Miranda has to find out who wanted her sister dead before she succumbs to the same fate.

 
Author: Sandra Madera
Title: Shattered 
Genre: Young Adult >Short Story >Mystery/Suspense 
Publication Date: April 2013
Links to Purchase: Barnes & Noble (Free)
Reviewer: Megan
 
My Review: 4.5 out of 5 Stars 
 
I really enjoyed this short story by Sandra Madera. I thought it was really well written, well put together and had a great plot. I was left in suspense throughout the whole story and found myself liking or disliking characters, that in the end were justified.  There is one detective (all who have read will know who I mean) that I wanted to bitch slap at every turn of the page… being a criminal justice professional myself, I kept thinking who the hell is this (BLEEP) and how is no one keep her in check. Then…. it all became clear. 
 
I LOVED the ending.  I really thought it was fantastic. What a great twist of events and the author did a great job of bringing the whole thing together. It wasn’t predictable at all and kept me guessing. I even judged a couple of the characters, just as the author wanted us to do I’m guessing. 
 
The only thing I didn’t like, but it helped tie the book together, was that these two identical twins seemed to barely know one another. Most twins I know are inseparable, run in the same circles, and are very similar. Not the case with shattered. Like I said though, it helped tie the mystery and suspense together so I get it… but I think I would have liked to see it come from a different angle. Fear maybe? Or threats? So much juicier and SO much more personal had she wanted to tell her and couldn’t… (that’s all I will say about that.)
I highly recommend this fantastic short story to anyone who likes YA Mystery and Suspense!! 

Manic Mondays

Manic Monday #5

Manic Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Turn The Page where we get to decide who the 
next Indie/Self-Published author featured will be
 
Today could not be closer to the epitome of a Manic Monday… hence my very late post. It was a long, crazy, hectic kind of day. I went to bed late last night, woke way too early and worked 12 hours preparing for a new store opening. It was rough. Thankfully I had my bloggy friend Angela right there along side me, helping me to get through it. I can only hope that today is not a reflection of the rest of the week, because if it is… I might not make it.  With that said, I will say that Angela and I will be super busy with this new store opening, for the next couple of weeks so please bare with us if we lag at all. Believe me, I would so much rather be reading and blogging that doing what I will be doing.  
The chosen Indie/Self-Published Author for
Manic Monday Week #5 is:
 

Sandra Madera – Shattered 

Congratulations Sandra 

 

Monday May 20, 2013 Manic Monday Picks
 
1. Inseparable – Missy Johnson 
2. Me Again – Keith Cronin
3. Falling – Amber Jaeger
 
* If you’ve read it, tell us what you thought and tell me which book should be chosen as our Manic Monday Indie/Self-Published Author Feature for Week #6

Also, Tell me if you’ve found outstanding Indie books (for FREE or PAID) that you think deserve a spotlight in our Manic Monday. 
 
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LINDSEY’S CHOICE!!

Manic Monday Indie/Self-Published Author Feature 
Week #3
 

Lindsey Connors is a typical 16 year old. As with many young girls her age, she is presented with many difficult choices and situations. As we know as adults, some of the choices, good or bad, we make at a young and vulnerable age may guide the rest of our lives.

Are you ready for the fun and unique part? This story is interactive. It allows the reader to participate in Lindseyʼs Choices. Live through Lindsey! It is tailored so the reader can control the direction of Lindseyʼs journey toward maturity.

The first tough decision confronting Lindsey is whether to start drinking alcohol at a party. Does she give in the peer pressure and be accepted by the popular crowd or does she decide to stay with her old friends?

The reader can identify with Lindsey and her friends and can think about what they would do in the situations presented to Lindsey. The reader can see that with each choice Lindsey makes, her life is changed, she changes, and her choices have a profound impact on the people around her.
 
Following the initial decision Lindsey makes, the story then branches into two story lines. Lindsey continues to be faced with many new and challenging obstacles: a friendship with a bullied and suicidal student, peer pressure to take drugs, and challenges in relationships. How can Lindsey pursue her passions and not get caught sitting on the sidelines? Read how with making certain choices she realizes what is important in life OR read how with making different choices she lets life pass her by.
This book enables the reader to make choices in a fictional world, in order to assist them in making the right decisions in their own lives.
Author: Laurel Peterson 
Title: Lindsey’s Choice
Genre: Young Adult > Social Issues
Publication Date: October 2012
Links to Purchase: Amazon
Reviewer: Megan
 
My Review: 4.5 out of 5 Stars 
 
So let me just say, as a kid I LOVED choose your own adventure books. I have looked for them for my niece and nephews, but they are unfortunately not as popular today as they were 25 years ago. I had toyed with the idea of writing a book like this myself, so when I saw this Indie author had done it I just had to pick it up. 
I liked all the choices we were able to make for Lindsey and I think the author did a great job setting up those choices. There were times when it was predictable, but that could be because I am an adult who knows full well the repercussions of the behaviors Lindsey was faced with. But for teens reading this book, which hopefully they would read both versions as I did, they would see very clearly how different a situation can go, based on ONE CHOICE! I think that is the biggest message here… and I think Laurel paints the darker side well.
 
When I went back and read the alternate choice (I chose the darker version first) I liked that the author tied in every choice that led to the major decision Lindsey had made in the alternate version. Again, it showed the reader (teens) that how we treat people, how we act, what we do, and inevitably how the choices we make impact more than just ourselves. 
 
The one thing that I didn’t like… hmm, that’s not really the right terminology here. It wasn’t a dislike by any means, but it was the reason it got 4.5 stars and not the full 5. I already mentioned some of the predictability, which was one thing, but also I guess I would have liked to see the darker choice a little darker (more dire consequences) and the other choice less fluff filled. This is not necessarily a bad thing, depending on who is reading it though… it just seemed to perfectly put together with a very pretty, shiny bow! 
 
And on that note, I will tell you I loved that the author showed us the outcome of Lindsey’s choices in the future. She gives us a glimpse (in each version) of how Lindsey’s life as well as those around her, turned out. This is a pretty big deal as it gives you a sense of not just the impact of our decisions like I already mentioned, but how those decisions effect the rest our life. 
 
I highly recommend this book to anyone with pre-teens heading into high school, teens, and adults who have teens. It paints a very real picture of the choices we make and the consequences that follow. 
 
Manic Mondays

Manic Monday #4

Manic Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Turn The Page where we get to decide who the 
next Indie/Self-Published author featured will be. 
 
Hmmm… pretty cold for a Monday in the middle of May. I feel like this happens purposely so that we will have something to complain about during Manic Monday! This yo yo weather is just making me bonkers. The weekend wasn’t all that great either, if you take the weather into consideration. It was cold and rainy here in northeast Ohio! at least we had mothers day to round it all out. I am not a mother of the human breed, but I am definitely a mother to three furry, four-legged babies who are the center of my universe. Bailey, Madison & Emma treated me to some beautiful flowers and an adorable card, along with some much needed cuddle time. (All of this courtesy of my wonderful husband that is) So, now as we head into another week… another crazy Manic Monday we can only hope that today is not an indication of the rest of the week or I might as well just go back to bed now. 

Before we reveal this weeks Manic Monday winner I wanted to announce the two winners of the Emi Lost & Found series:  Anne Talberth & Sarah Vesper
 
So this week we had no votes for our Manic Monday choices… what a bummer! So instead we drew a winner from the three choices! 
 
The chosen Indie/Self-Published Author for
Manic Monday Week #4 is:
 
Laurel Peterson – Lindsey’s Choice
 
Congratulations Laurel
 
 
 
Monday May 13, 2013 Manic Monday Picks
 
1. Shattered – Sandra Madera 
2. The Rocks Below – Nigel P. Bird
3. Be Always On My Side – Nicola Starks
 
* If you’ve read it, tell us what you thought and tell me which book should be chosen as our Manic Monday Indie/Self-Published Author Feature for Week #5

Also, Tell me if you’ve found outstanding Indie books (for FREE or PAID) that you think deserve a spotlight in our Manic Monday. 
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SIMPLY MINE!!

Manic Monday Indie/Self-Published Author Feature Week #2
 
Best friends Meagan Davis and Jake Nichols were born on the wrong side of the tracks. Living in a rundown trailer park–her with a welfare scheming, neglectful mother and him with a father wounded in the Gulf War and suffering from PTSD–they forge a friendship they this is unbreakable.
 
When Jake returns from spending the summer with his grandparents to begin their senior year, he realizes he needs and wants more. Meagan misreads his subtle hints and becomes terrified that she will lose her best friend. Prideful and too stubborn to admit her feelings, even to herself, they begin a game of jealousy that threatens to destroy everything.
 
And just as Meagan realizes her love for Jake–he gives up, thinking he has been wrong about her all along. She tries to push past her pride and reach out; he insists that things can never be the same. He begins an intense physical program to prepare him for the Army after graduation–a decision she feels is a mistake. Depressed and lonely, Meagan begins to piece her life together without Jake, taking refuge volunteering for a children’s art program and discovers she wants to be a teacher.


While their career plans begin to fall together, the gap between them grows so wide that only an epic winter storm has the power to bring them together. Will they be able to repair the damage to their friendship and admit their feelings for each other?

Author: M.L. Gardner & Jane Carrington
Title: Simply Mine
Genre: Young Adult > Romance > Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 2012
Links to Purchase: AmazonB&N
Reviewer: Megan

My Review: 4.5 out of 5 Stars I Loved it.

This was a book that was right up my alley. It was a fast read- another one sitter, and it was interesting. I loved Meagan and Jake and the conflicts they faced. Again, I could relate. Maybe, just maybe, when I am reading the descriptions of books I am subconsciously drawn to the ones that strike a cord with me on a personal level. All I know is I kept shaking my head thinking, “yeah, I know how that feels” or “wow, I’m not only one.” 
I’m sure there will be a lot of people who will read Simply Mine and hate Jake’s tactic.  While I wish he would have just come right out and said what needed to be said, I think many of us can relate to the dilemma they find themselves in. Maybe his approach was a little extreme, but it sure got her attention didn’t it? 
 
I loved the progression and growth of the characters throughout the book and I loved the ending, even though I will admit I was disappointed there wasn’t more, which is why it got 4.5 stars and not the full 5. I would have even settled for an epilogue that gave us a glimpse… and was bummed when I didn’t get this. The final resolution was wrapped up in just a few final pages and I felt cheated. 
 
On a lessor note, there were also several grammatical errors throughout the book, which I am not typically one to point out. It’s not my thing… I like to focus on the content of the story, but this was a great debut novel and I think this is something the author can really learn from… I know I did (Thanks Trish 😉  
 
Overall though I loved the story and the character development. I am intrigued to know what becomes of Meagan and Jake… and it just so happens, that while trying to contact the author, in regards to being selected for Manic Monday, I saw she has plans for two more books in the series… but no date set for when. Here’s hoping for sooner rather than later! 
 
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves YA contemporary romance novels with strong female protagonists!