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Comment by Jessica Kong on July 10, 2014 at 12:06am

Many readers enjoy Star Wars-esque stories of conflict on faraway planets, while other readers tend to stick to epic romances. Few authors have managed to combine the two genres in such a seamless way as Jessica A. Kong has in her Sea-anan Saga. She has created a highly complex story with fully developed characters, and the themes explored here are inarguably adult, yet the reading level required is no more than eighth grade. A Forgotten Kitten zips along at just the right pace, allowing the reader to digest the complexity of the plot and interrelation between the characters without having to think too hard.


The story revolves around Sev, a young, handsome prince and member of a royal family who rises to become king of the Oceanan race. Sev is raised in the midst of a vicious family feud, but all seems worth it when his adoptive aunt gives birth to a beautiful little girl whom Sev falls instantly and irrevocably in love with. But when Sev’s planet collides with its own sun and collapses, he must bear the loss of his entire family, including his love as well as any memory of her.


Areo, the heroine of the story, is that little girl that Sev fell for during his childhood. She is a human-feline hybrid who has grown to hate the royal family that her soul mate hails from. She undergoes a destructive event and space travel episode similar to Sev’s, and it is not too long before she has settled her new planet and with her fellow half-bloods, created a strong, thriving society. When she is brutally attacked by Daehog, everyone in her empire is scattered throughout the universe. Where does she land but the planet that Sev is currently occupying.


What follows is a continually building conflict interlaced with one of the most fervently passionate love stories seen in these kinds of novels. Kong chooses not just to write about space travel, or war, or love, or family, or even racism; instead, she chooses to combine all of these classic literary themes into one amazing story. The result is a mysterious and ultimately deeply satisfying story that only leads to the craving for more from this gifted and astoundingly creative writer.

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Comment by Jessica Kong on July 10, 2014 at 12:06am

In the first book of the Sea-anan Saga, A Lost Kitten, readers meet John McCall. The second book, A Forgotten Kitten, features Areo McCall. Both of these intriguing protagonists are children of an intergalactic marriage. Now, fans of the saga will be thrilled to learn the story of how their parents get together.


A Seacat’s Love takes readers back in time to planet Earth, where Rick McCall is committed to living the lonely life of a government spy after losing his wife and unborn daughter due to his own arrogance and poor decisions.


Leonora, one of the top scientists on the planet of Oceana and a high-ranking Seacat Warrior, is a humanoid feline who has come to Earth to study human evolution and find similarities between earthlings and oceanans. But her expedition’s camp is stormed by the human army.


Rick and Leonora first encounter each other at a secret military lab during the cat woman’s attempt to escape her captors. When she collides with Rick in a corridor, Leonora begs for his help, claiming that the government has been experimenting on her, and one look into the frightened feline’s pale-blue eyes is enough to stir the hardened spy’s heart. For Leonora, the spark ignites in her chest after Rick dares to defy his government and his own commanding officer to aid her and her colleague Tigif. She recognizes the nobility in this selfless act of helping strangers—aliens from another world, no less!


Now committed to helping Leonora and Tigif remain safely out of the clutches of a wrongful government and find a way back to their home planet, Rick faces many difficult choices—but he doesn’t want to repeat the past and make another devastatingly wrong decision. His relationship with Leonora grows in fits and starts, constantly undermined by Tigif’s devious plots, and Leonora is threatened by Tigif’s increasingly forceful advances. As they avoid a massive government dragnet, fight off dangerous feline fevers, and try to retrieve the aliens’ ship, heated emotions of jealousy, distrust, and resentment that arise in the confusion put their very lives in jeopardy.


Author Jessica Kong seamlessly blends multiple themes into her Sea-anan Saga and Oceanan Trilogy books, including loyalty, racism, family, and love. In A Seacat’s Love, the theme of multiracial relationships is particularly prominent, where the difference in race between the two protagonists is exaggerated to galactic proportions. As in all of the volumes in the series, this book shows how fundamentally similar we all really are when it comes to our basic needs, desires, and even cultures.

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Comment by Damaris Cardinali on July 9, 2014 at 11:32am

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Comment by Beck Valley Books Blog on July 9, 2014 at 5:54am

"CHASING CHARLIE by Kathy Carmichael is a perfectly light, refreshing read for summer. It’s great for an afternoon of reading on the beach or by the pool. I really enjoyed this fun, charming romance about Charlie and Davis. Charlie is a librarian in a Texas town who has fallen into a routine and is bored with the men she dates. She has practically resigned herself to settling into a “librarian” lifestyle. Her roommate advises her to step outside the box and live a little larger. Charlie accepts the advice and starts living larger with the purchase of a shape hugging, red dress that is very atypical for a librarian. The dress transforms Charlie into a knock-out and draws the attention of her most handsome library patron, Davis.

Davis, an accomplished businessman, frequents the library to research cowboys and ranching. He’s ready to allow someone else to manage the family business so that he can pursue his dream of becoming a cowboy. Also, Davis would love for his widowed mother to accept the marriage proposal from her long-time companion who will be leaving the country soon. He knows his mother will never agree to the proposal and leave the country until she sees that Davis is settled. Davis devises a plan to find a temporary fiance’ to show his mother that he is settled so that she can pursue her happiness. When Davis spots Charlie in the red dress, he knows she will be perfect for his scheme.

Charlie reluctantly agrees to Davis’s plan and the two embark on a humorously staged romance that quickly becomes not such a farce after all! Problems abound, however, with Davis’s reputation as a handsome, little-black-book owning, bachelor. Also, Charlie has a very strong dislike of cowboys. Throw Charlie’s two over-protective brothers into the mix, and the combination makes a very good story.

CHASING CHARLIE is the first book I’ve ready by Kathy Carmichael and it definitely won’t be the last. Luckily, this is only the first of her Texas Two-Step Series. I’m looking forward to more delightfully refreshing romantic reads by Carmichael." reviews My Book Addiction and More

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Comment by Lauren K. Pomeroy on July 5, 2014 at 9:20pm

I am curious if anyone would enjoy reading a revamped fairy tale type of book? Its called Odette: A Novel, and its based on the retold fairy tale of swan lake in a fantasy setting. 

The book is now on its 4th edit (after some bad luck with a few freelancers), and I believe its ready to be republished - however, just to be sure, I was wondering if I could get a few volunteer readers to see if there are any grammatical // spelling errors throughout the book?

I've read my story, and reread it almost 100 times, and sometimes for the author its easy to miss something glaring at you.

Please let me know if you are interested in assisting me :) 

This book is for the Teen through General Adult audience

Lauren Pomeroy

Comment by Chris Henderson on July 2, 2014 at 10:51am

My latest interview is up on my blog. This week I'm chatting with Sandra Orchard and discussing writing Christian romance/suspense and what that entails, plus reviewing contracts and using social media. Hope you'll stop by for a quick read at

Comment by Chris Stevenson on July 1, 2014 at 11:41pm

The Girl They Sold to the Moon is finally here in e-book format on Amazon for $2.99! Don’t miss this award-winner—it’s fast and furious—a dark and edgy Burlesque in space.


Eighteen-year-old Tilly Breedlove's father has just pawned his daughter for a huge cash advance to escape a penitentiary sentence. She’s whisked away to Luna-the Tranquility Harbor Mining Company, 240,000 miles from home. Family Trade and Loan, an unscrupulous company, is more than willing to take her on and exploit her talent. Forced to be an exotic dancer, she performs risqué shows for the filthy, but filthy rich ore miners--a far cry from her classical and modern dance training. If she isn't resisting obscene advances from bearded "Prairie Dogs", she's fending off jealous head-liner acts who view her as a threat to their status-and when those jealous showgirls say "break a leg", they aim to cause it.

The only reprieve she finds in this shop of horrors is a few close ward friends, a sympathetic dance coach/choreographer, and Buddy Gunner Bell, who just might become the love of her life. It's just enough to stem her psychological meltdown. A tragedy on the Moon base lands Tilly back on Earth. Tilly plots a daring escape plan with her friends. Their plan requires split-second timing and a daring dash. If she can just get past the corporation's airtight security.

Comment by Beck Valley Books Blog on June 20, 2014 at 9:31am

Taken by Love by Melissa Foster 'made me pause and truly reflect' reviewsDivas With A Purpose

"I love that Melissa Foster’s novels are so relate-able. Dr. Daisy Honey comes home after medical school while deciding on where to start the rest of her life. While home, she’s working in the town’s urgent care clinic. Daisy has a huge chip on her shoulder from her teenage years and the relentless teasing by her classmates. This made me pause and truly reflect. My oldest son has dealt with teasing (and I did, too, growing up) and I have written about and worked with different anti-bullying campaigns. I try to instill in the tweens and teens I encounter that the “harmless” teasing they do can and will make a difference in the lives of others. While this is a fictional story, there are many adults who have hang-ups and complexes today because of the teasing and bullying they endured decades ago. Melissa does a great job at capturing this concept with Daisy and her experiences coming home after years away.

I did not grow up in a small town, but my family is from one and I spent many weekends and school breaks at my grandparents and cousins home. It definitely has it’s pros and cons and Ms. Foster uncovers many of them so accurately in Taken By Love.

As usual with her novels, the love story between Daisy and Luke is steamy – yet believable and relatable. As they fall in love and face the demons from their past, you find yourself cheering them along throughout their personal journeys.

Taken By Love is part of a series but can be read alone as a standalone novel. I will warn you, once you read one you will be ready to read them all! Enjoy!"

So many great #books to read in the Love in Bloom Series check them out here....

Comment by Damaris Cardinali on June 17, 2014 at 1:04pm

In her Loveswept debut, Sidney Halston turns up the heat as a sexy cage fighter shows a former bookworm how delicious a few rounds between the sheets can be.

For Chrissy Martin, returning to her Florida hometown always seems to bring bad luck. The day starts with a breakup text, followed by a jailhouse phone call from her troublemaker brother. Now a routine traffic stop has ended with her accidentally punching an officer . . . in a delicate place. Then Chrissy realizes that the hot cop on the receiving end of her right hook is none other than the man from her teenage fantasies.

Jack Daniels knows how to take a hit. After all, when he’s not chasing reckless drivers, he’s kicking ass in a mixed martial arts ring. So what takes his breath away isn’t the low blow, but the woman who dealt it: a gorgeous knockout with legs Jack wouldn’t mind being pinned under—who just so happens to be his best friend’s nerdy little sister, all grown up. Soon their instant chemistry leads to a sizzling affair, but Jack and Chrissy are fighting an uphill battle if they want to make love last beyond the final bell.

Praise for Against the Cage

“Against the Cage is funny, steamy, scorching, and holy hot MMA fighter, I wanted more! Five stars all the way!”—New York Times and USA Today bestselling Author Toni Aleo

“A steamy and fun romance that will leave readers begging for more! Sidney Halston is an author to watch!”—New York Times bestselling author Cherry Adair


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Comment by Robin Austin on June 12, 2014 at 1:34pm


MK Harkins
Romance - Amazon

When the perfect love story disintegrates, Mattie runs away into the arms of Cade. Then that pesky ex shows up to confuse everything.

Nominated for three eFesitval of Words awards (Best Villain, Best New Adult, Best Sweet Romance)


“I would have never believed you were one of those late sleepers. You seem like the type to get up at the crack of dawn.”

“I usually am, but last night I didn’t go to sleep until the crack of dawn!”

He looks surprised. “Why was that?”

I realize that I’ve just backed myself into a corner with my last remark. How do I answer this? Well, Cade, I didn’t sleep because I was thinking about you last night. Or perhaps Oh, Cade, my feelings for you are so confusing, I couldn’t even think of sleeping. Better yet Cade, you were the most incredible, hot, sexy man onstage, and I am lusting after you. I answer “Too much caffeine, I think.” and leave it at that.


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