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Straight up and Dirty by Stephanie Klein

Publication Date: June 12, 2007

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Jolene’s  Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My thoughts :

Straight up and Dirty is a book that I’ve turned to year after year. It’s been my go to bowl of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream – the late night phone call to my girlfriends – the wine that chills me the fuck down when I think life couldn’t get any worse, the words on the pages have become that soft, cuddle blanket, the foot that kicks me in the ass and says, “Shit could be worse now get the fuck up and take a shower.” and no this isn’t one of those self help books claiming to reshape your life with cheesy affirmations, no this is real life. This is her life.

Straight up and Dirty has seen me through 1 ½ marriages and a couple douchebag boyfriends. I’m surprised that I’m not sitting next to Stephanie Klein somewhere in a cozy little joint in NYC sharing friendships gone bad, marriage and relationship war stories….because shit, we have plenty to get us through a few appetizers, the entrée, desert and a few after dinner drinks…..hell, we’d probably close the joint down.

I came across Stephanie years ago while surfing the internet when I was still foreign to the term  “blogger”, I was amazed at how raw one person could be. I truly admired her ability to just throw her life out for all of us to read. I was thankful.

I wasn’t alone.

Here she was displaying her life, her trials, her kick ass-grab the world by the balls moments and not giving two fucks what people thought. I loved it. That’s when I stared at the countless journals I had lying next to my bed with my life, my trials, my kick ass moments written on those pages and thought how therapeutic it would be to just put it all out there. Maybe my story, my deep dark moments could possibly help someone. That’s when I became a blogger and that’s when I picked up Straight up and Dirty.

Straight up and Dirty is a memoir, the story of a blogger, writer turned author. It’s a story about survival during a marriage that ended in betrayal, coping with a mother in law that could rival any villainess in a Disney flick, it’s about picking yourself up after divorce and rediscovering your self-worth while throwing yourself back into the sea of dating (again and again), it’s about still having hope after those small penis moments and knowing things could be worse. I mean, you could be Minetti, the small penis man that made it into a book.

(excerpt)

Minetti. His last name even sounds like it means” small penis” in Italian. You know he’s doing the best with what he’s got; you feel it in the stubble of his pubes. You’re certain he’s trimming to make it look bigger. He must know he’s little. But he doesn’t have a fancy car or fancy voice. He’s genuine, and it’s sad because you can’t move past it.   

Take it from me, this book is a must read. It’s my Pride & Prejudice, my go to book when I just need to feel ……less alone and it’s hilarious!

You don’t believe me well ……. read on :

“Klein’s sense of humor is downright wicked…In the end, Klein’s is a great, fun read.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“50 Must Summer Reads” — Entertainment Weekly

“beneath the wisecracking tales of solo supermarket shopping, phone therapy and Hamptons houseshares, the raw emotion about her divorce and nightmare mother-in-law rings true. Plus, any girl who can pen such gems as, ‘I wanted to verb his noun’, deserves respect.” –Marie Claire UK

“Stephanie Klein is so gut-wrenchingly honest that it’s embarrassingly entertaining to read her oh-so-real stories, even if you haven’t experienced what she’s gone through” — Jane Magazine

“Popular blogger Stephanie Klein’s raw account of divorce at age 29 is refreshingly honest and funny without delving into cheesy chic-lit territory. You’ll easily relate to Klein– even if you don’t have a ‘wasband’” — Marie Claire, 10 Best To Do

 


Stephanie Klein

A foodie who sometimes abuses hair care products, STEPHANIE KLEIN is an acclaimed writer and photographer with a cult-like following. Her work has been published internationally in the UK, Europe, India, Australia, Japan, China, and elsewhere, and her blog, Greek Tragedy, is visited by more than 400,000 readers a month. Klein’s photography is on permanent exhibit in New York’s Hotel Gansevoort. Her first memoir, Straight Up and Dirty, is currently in development as a half-hour comedy series. While she enjoys living in Austin, Texas, with her husband and twin son and daughter, she’ll always be a New Yorker.

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Good Intentions by Brenda K. Davies – Review

Series: The Road To Hell 
Genre
: Paranormal romance /Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: July 17, 2016

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Jolene’s  Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My thoughts :

Being a urban fantasy junkie, I’m still shocked that I hadn’t come across this book or this author, until now.  I mean, seriously she’s been around for quite a few years and while scrolling through Amazon and Goodreads, I was astounded……vampires, angels, demons….shit, where in bloody hell have I been?

Sure, I’ve been busy….well,  distracted with life and all its messed up glory but I could have found solace in the worlds Author Brenda K Davies creatively paints months ago. I could have fallen deeper into my book coma and hid away behind the pages instead of getting annoyed with the books that didn’t take me far away from my reality.

Let me just start by saying that Good Intentions was fucking fantastic!  Just imagine your world being flipped upside down, everything that you thought you knew and were told growing up, were lies or fabricated. The country that you love has been ripped apart by war (so you were told by news media) and now, it’s about survival. Until one day, you are traded for scrapes by your own mother and torn away from your family….it is then you learn the truth. The truth about your existence. The truth about good and evil. Angels and Demons. It is then you embark on your journey and realize your purpose. Ohhh and throw in a few sexy demons to boot.

See, pretty good shit.

 

One of my favorite moments:  This is between River and Kobal. Kobal his helping her tune into her abilities.

“Try harder.”

If she figured out how to harvest the life around her, I was fairly certain I’d be lying in the middle of the field a hundred feet from here. She couldn’t know her fire wouldn’t have an effect on me, but if she learned how to turn that pulse of life into a weapon, she’d have me on my ass, and with the look on her face right now, she may keep me there.

“I am trying!” she snapped. “Maybe you could show me a better way to do it instead of barking at me to feel the pulse and try harder! I’m not Luke Skywalker; I can’t just feel the force like he did.”

A stab of jealousy tore through me at the mention of another man. I’d never felt jealousy before, never expected to experience the searing heat tearing through my chest and making my blood boil. My claws extended and if he’d been standing before me, I would have killed him.

“Who is this Luke?” I demanded.

She rolled her eyes. “He was a character in a movie I saw once, years ago.”

“You humans and your infatuation with fictional characters.”

Her eyes narrowed on me. The shadows rimming them made their color a deeper almost midnight purple. “You demons and your dickhead comments.”


Brenda K. Davies

Brenda K. Davies is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Vampire Awakening Series, Alliance Series, Road to Hell Series, Hell on Earth Series, and historical romantic fiction. She also writes under the pen name, Erica Stevens. When not out with friends and family, she can be found at home with her husband, dog, and horse.

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Eversoul by Adam Reese Release Blitz and Giveaway!

 


Eversoul by Adam Reese

Series: Amniwar Trilogy, Book Two
Genre
: Science Fiction Suspense
Publication Date: June 3, 2017

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The chase is on for Aaron Lambright as he travels back to familiar territory. A place where his father’s clues lead him back home to Cordova, Alaska. With the United States government hot on his tail and a corrupt leader striving to take more than he can endure, our world is at the brink of an early apocalypse.
Can Aaron trust his new ally, Amnicore? Will he be able to lock away his troubling memories and find the key to the answers he seeks? Is the Eversoul the Key to unlock what awaits our world in the future?

 


 


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Adam Reese

Adam Reese is an erotic horror author from Georgia. He is the creative mind behind the “Triple D

Series” and currently creates book teaser trailers. His academics stemmed from the Art Institute of Atlanta, where he studied Audio and Film Production. For twelve years, he has written imaginative stories from science fiction, fantasy, and horror. 

 


Amniwar by Adam Reese Review

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Genre: Science Fiction Suspense
Series: Amniwar Trilogy, Book One
Publication Date: February 21, 2017

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Humans are in danger of extinction due to the multiple world wars that have progressively shaken the fabric of society. The government discovers a leak, leading them to a Navy Captain’s son, Aaron Lambright. Their desperate actions to bring silence to the secret Aaron holds is only the beginning of a sinister plot to bring the nation kneeling before tyranny.

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My 5-Star review of Deadly Demons by Adam Reese and Alexia Vice

Deadly Demons by Adam Reese and Alexia Vice

Series: Triple D #3
Genre
: Erotic Horror
Publication Date: November 12, 2016

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*After a weekend of sex and murder, Nathan has discovered he is not the only one with sinister secrets and addictions. He is faced with accepting another woman in his life that could possibly be the key to breaking him from his own selfish ways. It has been a fun weekend for him, but now he must escape the law and find a new place to hide. Will he be able to continue living the life of deadly dominance, or will he fall in the hands of the police?

Adrianna is Nathan’s number one fan and ultimate love interest. She may appear to have a conservative shell over all of her clothes, but underneath it all, she is just as sex driven as Nathan. After she murders her friend Mandy and discovers her own deadly demons, she realizes a life with her favorite author is all she wants even if it means facing his past with… Mrs. Red.

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Saving Mercy by Abbie Roads Release Blitz!


SavingMercyHighResSaving Mercy by Abbie Roads

Series: Fatal Truth Series
Genre: Dark Romantic Thriller
Publication Date: April 4, 2017

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He’s found her at last…

Cain Killion knows himself to be a damaged man. His only redeeming quality? The extrasensory connection to blood that he uses to catch killers. His latest case takes a macabre turn when he discovers a familiar and haunting symbol linking the crime to his horrific past—and the one woman who might understand what it means.

Only to lose her to a nightmare

Mercy Ledger is brave, resilient, beautiful—and in terrible danger. The moment Cain finds her the line between good and evil blurs and the only thing clear to them is that they belong together. Love is the antidote for blood—but is their bond strong enough to overcome the madness that stalks them?

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Author Spotlight: Zachary Chopchinski aka “The Bow Tie Author”

Zachary Chopchinski

Zach is a bow tie wearing, formal vest rocking, pocket watch using, sarcastic monster of a writer. Currently residing in Orlando, Florida, he spends his days working, writing and procrastinating.
Zach is the author of the Gabrielle series, a young adult fantasy with a paranormal-historical-time traveling twist (try saying that five times fast).
Zach has multiple college degrees, in the fields of criminal justice and criminology…because he wanted to catch ALL the bad guys. Now, coupled with being an author of young adult fiction he spends his days yelling at people for breaking regulatory laws.

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Author Spotlight: Whitney Cannavina

Whitney Cannavina

I am an author, blogger, and mom to the best kid ever. On the days that are not hectic (which is hardly ever) I spend my time writing what I can. I write mostly contemporary adult romance but I think I will venture out just a little and write a few for teens to broaden my reader spectrum. I have always been imaginative making up stories and friends when I was younger, and once I had a teacher tell me how horrible a story I wrote was, that I didn’t write until just a few years ago. I realized I don’t care what her or anyone else thinks, as long as I love what I write then I am happy. That doesn’t mean I don’t want readers to love my books, I am just understanding that not everyone will love what they read and I am ok with that.

I also run a blog with two other awesome ladies called Country Gals BOOK Blog and I hope that you would take a look and see what we have going on. I was just kind of thrust into it but I love exploring new genres, finding new authors, and reading a range of books I might not have heard of before then. It also helps I love to tell other readers about some great authors.

I grew up in Southern California, and on top of being and author, blogger and mom, I also love to watch movies, read excessively, go to hockey and baseball games, and relax with just my friends and family.

I hope you take the chance to check out my books and hopefully enjoy them.

 

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Dirty CEO by Mickey Miller and Holly Dodd Release Blitz


Dirty CEO by Mickey Miller
and Holly Dodd

Genre: Bad Boy Mafia/Contemporary
Series: Windy City Bad Boys #1
Publication Date: March  14, 2017


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Vince:
LaRosa and MacNamara are two names that don’t belong in the same breath. Not unless you want bullets flying through the air, and blood on the floor.

I’m sick of the death and fighting. All that violence? Yeah, I might love it, but it’s not good for my bottom line. With Kelly MacNamara’s influence, my money, and our fake relationship, the decades-long feud between her family, and mine is coming to an end.
I just hadn’t expected to become addicted to Kelly’s tight little body, come hither eyes, and scorching kisses. She might be a wanna-be actress, but the heat between us is all too real.
Kelly:
As the only daughter of an Irish bigwig, I’m expected to follow in my father’s footsteps, and take over the family business. But I don’t want this life. I have California dreams and a shoestring budget. Truth was, I had zero chance of changing my life. Until Vince LaRosa offered me an out.

His plan? Pose as his girlfriend, smooth over the tension between the Italians and Irish, and then I’ll head west to start over with a nice little nest egg compliments of the man himself.
It didn’t seem like a big deal to fake it for a few months. He’s ruthless as hell and panty-dropping hot. I thought I could handle him and the passion between us. But I was wrong.
Now, not only is my family in jeopardy from Vince’s ruthless strategies but so is my heart.
This bad boy mafia romance is a standalone novel in an interconnected series.

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Reginald Bones #3 by Lucian Bane Release Blitz

REGINALD BONES 3

BY LUCIAN BANE

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SYNOPSIS

NOTE: The mental disorders in this story are fictionally constructed to drive the story are not intended to hurt, ridicule or judge anyone from suffering from any form of mental illness

What happens when your boyfriend loves you but his split personality hates you?
For a while, it seemed like Winter, Bones and Reginald might be able to strike a balance with their strange relationship. But having sex with Reginald while Bones pretended not to be there is harder than they imagined–especially for Bones who is inadvertently developing chemistry every time his other personality makes love to her.
But when that chemistry gets out of hand, Reginald–who Bones considers his brother– suddenly disappears, leaving Bones devastated and hating Winter for causing it.
Enter the X Factor–
With Reginald missing, the imbalance in Bones’ mind takes yet another turn, allowing X out to play–the part of him who knows things about Bones that even Bones doesn’t.
Stuck in Bones subconscious, X is only able to live when Bones sleeps. But X has too much revenge to “Execute” and not enough time in his 4 hour window to work. But with Reginald gone, X finds he has more power, and strikes a deal with Pretty Winter.
Wanting only to fix what she broke and put Reggie and Bones back together, Winter agrees, even if she has to play the whore to do it. But that’ll damn well change when Bones figures out two things–that he’s falling for Winter– and that X exists.

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