Sunday, November 30, 2014

Resolve and Retribution **Review**

Resolve and Retribution

Michael Holman

Book Review


By, The Book Nymph
5 out of 5 stars

An incredible debut novel by an author that is sure to make waves in the paranormal world.

Resolve and Retribution centers around Ben Hammonds, a young man from a small town in Oregon that is about to discover an entirely new world that is both dangerous and exciting.
While life once consisted of running and training as a long distance runner, and spending time with his loving family, now becomes one of incredible revelations of his lineage and the vampire woman that he loves.

Tabitha, the vampire that saved his life and vanished without a trace, leaving his memory of her in pieces, finally returns to protect him and tell him the truth. The reader learns about Tabitha's past, how her mother turned her into a vampire after being bitten by the very man that she was engaged to marry. We learn this just as Tabitha and Ben do, and find that they are locked in a centuries old war between the immortal race of vampires.

Action packed and gripping from the first page to the last, Resolve and Retribution is one of those novels that you will find yourself unable to put down. The suspense drips from each line, and each twist and turn not only showcases the author's creativity, but his skill for crafting a plot that is unlike many of the vampire fiction you might find today.

Perhaps the biggest achievement of this story is the dialogue. It is crisp, edgy, and doesn't come off as contrived. The way the characters speak to one another is as real as it gets.

Resolve and Retribution is a well-written story with fascinating characters that is sure to delight anyone that enjoys the paranormal, history, and an all around action-packed book.


Resolve and Retribution

Friday, November 28, 2014

From A Distance by, Caryl Almelor **Book Feature**

They say love can be found anywhere, anytime, and when you least expect it.

Lucy Terrell is single and dateless for the longest time, well, since she’s been in university. She sees herself as the shy, awkward and anti-social type. She’s ready to meet her Mr Right, and believes in romance and happy endings. She ventures out to try online chatting, and for once, it’s not as easy as she thinks.

Then chatting with a guy as he calls himself mystery_man, everything seems too good to be true. What lies ahead is a decision she will face. Is he really worth it?

Ryan Falls aka Rye, as his friends call him, was once a man-whore and hardcore partygoer, a secret he is bound to keep. He tries to succumb to the realisation that he must part with his old ways. Rye seeks a new turning point at finding the one – through the Internet. Will he be able to hold down the girl that has him intrigued?

The connection between Lucy and her mystery man begins to unravel. The once anonymity of their so-called “online relationship” becomes intimately overlooked when they realise how closely connected they really are. Will this “online relationship” stand in the real world or will it be over before it has begun?

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Caryl Almelor writes new adult contemporary romance stories.
Caryl moved from the Philippines with her family to Sydney, Australia when she had barely completed her first year of primary school. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at Griffith University, she discovered a passion for creative writing. She has used writing as an outlet through out her adolescent years, mainly writing in journals. But never in her wildest dreams would her writing become a career. In Caryl’s spare time, she enjoys watching romantic movies on repeat, reading, as well as traveling and exploring new places, and eating different types of food.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Greatest Sin Blog Tour (Exclusive Excerpt)





The Fallen 
For hundreds of years, the Blaukenev clan has wandered across Tilzam, from one end to the other and back. Each wagon carries history, love, laughter, pain, sorrow, and secrets. Their greatest secret of all may be Chavali, the clan Seer. 

Spirits claim/use/save/damn her. 

With her gift/curse, nothing surprises her anymore, no one keeps secrets from her. She, on the other hand, has more than enough secrets to keep. Secrets of her own, secrets of her clan, secrets of the world, secrets she even keeps from herself. 

There are always people who want secrets. 
Some will do anything to get what they want. 

The Fallen is the foundation of the story of The Greatest Sin, of a world adrift from its God that desperately wants Her back. Chavali's comfortable, predictable life will be ripped apart and burnt to ashes as she's forced into the middle of that struggle. Change, she hates it passionately. It hates her right back.




Reviews for The Fallen:
"As every reader knows there are certain books we don't want to end, and when we finally do close the book, we seem to grieve it. Well, The Greatest Sin, is definitely one of those books. The author did a great job pulling me into the story immediately, and then keeping me there. The story moves along at a good pace, allowing the reader to connect with the characters, while keeping the action flowing. The main character, Chavali, is mystical, strong, and caring, making her very likable. I found this book to have everything a great fantasy needs, from humor to action. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. Do yourself a favor and read it." - Kim S.

"The other reviewers are right. The Fallen is an excellent fantasy read! As I was reading through it, I could almost picture this Lord of the Rings type of hobbit village meets gypsies. And reading The Fallen was like stepping into this fantasy world of theirs and getting a behind the scenes peek at their lives. You'll want to read The Fallen when you have a lot of time on your hands, it's not a short read! Also, I would describe this book as an EPIC fantasy! The authors have created such a world that it would be a shame to not continue this series." - Carrie January



Excerpt from The Fallen:

“Come in.” They did not speak the clan tongue in front of Outsiders, not without dire need, lest someone overhear enough to translate it and learn it. Instead, they spoke Shappan, the dominant language of Tilzam. Nearly everyone knew it, regardless of country or native tongue. Along with the words, spoken in the light accent of the clan, she lifted a hand to gesture to the stool opposite herself. “You are welcome here.”

He was timid as a mouse and small like one, too. Keino could probably lift this man over his head with one hand, or break him in half over his knee. Chavali watched him take small steps and dart his eyes all around. “Um, you’re the Seer?” His Shappan was obviously better than her own, she could tell even with so few words spoken.

“Yes. No one can see into the tent, it is safe, you are safe here. Sit, be calm.” Coaxing a scared little man onto the seat was not her preferred way to spend her time, and she stifled a sigh and a roll of her eyes. “If you do not sit, I cannot help, yes?”

“Oh, right. Of course.” He moved quickly, practically jumped onto the stool while shooting terrified looks all around the tent. “I’ve just never done anything like this before, and, um, I’m worried about…”

Holding out her hand, she kept her tone calm and patient. “Give me your hand. I cannot help if I have no connection to you.”

His audible gulp made her want to roll her eyes again, but he tentatively offered her his hand. As she seized it, the spirits rushed him, eager as always for new people to interact with. DearCreatorIhopeyoucanhelpmeI’mdoomedthisissocrazy

“Calm,” she told him, shutting her eyes to make it easier to focus on this pile of crap. “If you do not calm down, I see nothing, just a bouncing jumble of nervous. Deep breath in through your mouth, out through your nose. Come, do this a few times.”

His thoughts began to settle as he followed her orders. It became less a rushed mush and more actual coherent ideas. Amy is going to kill me for this. I shouldn’t be doubting her, but I am, and I need to fix that. She’s a sweet girl, this is all my fault.

“I see a name. A-something, Anna? No, Amy. Does this name mean something to you?”

As expected, he gasped a little. How does she know that? Is this the real thing? If she knows that, she must know if she’s seeing Marcus or not. “Yes, that’s my wife.”

“You worry about her, you think she is meeting someone else?”

“Yes!” His mind flooded with images of Amy, who he loved, deeply, but also with images of a man much more virile than himself. That other man wore armor and used a blade for his work. A city guard, perhaps, or a soldier.

“There is another name, with a…’c’. But not at the front, maybe in the end? No, no, the middle. Arcu, Marcus. Yes, Marcus. He wields authority.”

“Yes, he’s in the Order of the Strong Arm, one of their knights. I need to know.” He already knew, of course. That was the beauty of what Chavali did. All the answers were in his mind already, he just needed someone else to say it out loud because he couldn’t, the poor fool. People really were the same no matter where she went.

Still, it wasn’t good to just say things like this aloud with no feeling or props, or anything to give her an air of more authority than just pulling things out of the air. Her free hand dipped into the pouch tied to the thin belt around her waist (it also held a small blade in a sheath at the small of her back), pulled out five objects at random and tossed them on the table. Keeping hold of his hand, she peered down at the bones, finding it amusing that all five were actually bones. The pouch also had crystals, stones, and even bits of shell and wood, all minimally shaped and etched with ink-stained runes by her own hand.

It wasn’t that the bones were only props - they had meaning for Chavali. It was that they weren’t tools for divining. In this context, she used them as prompts, as ideas for how to word things. “Mmm.” Starting with the one closest to him, because she didn’t like having them out of her control for any longer than necessary, she picked up a chicken wing bone, displayed it, then deposited it back into her pouch. “Pain of the soul, for you.” The next was a finger bone, from Seer Marika’s dead body. “Betrayal. Face down, the betrayer is a woman.” A bone from the paw of a dog was next. She liked that dog enough to preserve a part of him. “Love, but face down, so actually just lust.”

This was all so stupid and predictable. His mind raced as her words confirmed everything he feared. The next, a horse’s tooth, was an amusing addition. “Secrets. Many secrets.” The last one almost always turned up when she did this. It was a chunk of unidentified bone, picked up some time ago just because of its odd shape. “Fear. There is much fear through all of this.”

She needed nothing more from this man to make her pronouncement, and she didn’t care in the slightest if it turned out to be true or not. They would be gone tomorrow morning, and likely wouldn’t return for several years, if ever. Letting go of his hand, she gave him a mildly sympathetic look. “The bones have spoken. She has betrayed you, and you must deal with that in your own way. The bones, I think, suggest you confront it head-on, but this Marcus may not be wise to cross.”

He nodded, resigned. “Thank you.”

“It is not a thing I wish to be thanked for. Good fortune to you.” She watched him get up and leave, and snorted at him as soon as the tent flap was shut again. Idiot. He was, of course, the first of today’s parade of idiots and twits, each of them with a story as uninteresting as the next, a story Chavali had heard dozens of times before.


Harbinger 
Adjusting to her new life as a soul-bound agent of the Fallen has Chavali pushing herself harder than ever before. Between learning to fight, dealing with idiots, and climbing stairs - lots of stairs - she has little time to waste on thoughts of the future. Or the past. 

When another agent fails to report in, Chavali is sent on the mission to discover her fate. Ready or not, she saddles up for a new adventure with new dangers. 

The search takes her to Ket, a coastal city slathered in mystery. There, she faces ghosts from her past and demons of her future as she seeks answers. All she seems to find are more questions. 

Plague, murder, lies, espionage...this city harbors much more than meets the eye, and maybe too much to handle.


Excerpt from Harbinger:
Eldrack sat behind his desk, closing a folder and setting it aside. With lines in his face, comfortably worn clothing, and gray in his hair, he looked like what he was: a clerk of advanced years with adventures well behind him. His office suited him with small potted plants, books on shelves behind him, and worn, comfortable furniture. “Ah, Chavali.” He smiled at her and gestured to the chair across from him, then saw Harris. His smile didn't falter and he showed no surprise at seeing the man. He gestured for Harris to sit in the chair beside hers. Lacing his hands together on his desk, he looked at her expectantly.

“The mission went smoothly.” Digging in her pack, she pulled out the wooden box with the roses and slid it across the desk to him. “This man and his companions were bandits. They tried to rob and kill us. He survived. I did not think it wise to turn him loose. He has an interesting and useful skill set, as well as a base of knowledge in certain unusual areas, and I thought perhaps he might be a valuable asset for us.”

Eldrack opened the lid of the box as she spoke, then shut it without touching the roses. His eyes flicked over Harris. “I see. What do you think of him otherwise?”

Chavali shrugged. “He has issues with authority not derived from fear and strength, but also a quick enough wit and knows better than to stab the hand that feeds him. He can be counted on to hold secrets close so long as he is treated fairly and fed well.”

Harris stared at her. “Uh, thank you?”

Eldrack's smile grew broader, and suggested he stifled down amusement. “I'll take that to mean you feel her assessment is fair. I trust your judgment, Chavali. You can leave him here.”

Taking that as a dismissal, Chavali stood and nodded to him. She had nothing else to say and left the room, shutting the door behind herself. At the doorway to the stairs, she paused and looked up, then down. On the one hand, she could use a good meal. On the other, she wanted a bath and to go see her clan.

“Chavali! Welcome back.” Eliot came down the stairs in fresh, clean clothes. “We should spar.”

Her shoulders slumped. “Not now. I returned only minutes ago. Tomorrow.”

“Bah.” The short, slim man cuffed the air in front of her with a rough hand. “Do you expect your enemies to sit down and wait while you fill your belly and take a nap? Tired and cranky is the best time to practice what you already know.” He ignored the withering glare she gave him and grabbed her hand. “It's good for the digestion you'll do later, when you get a chance to eat.”

His thoughts informed her that if she didn't cooperate, he'd follow her around until she gave in. “Fine, fine,” she snapped. He only wanted to help her protect herself. “At least go to my floor, so I have a short walk to my room when we are done.” So much for seeing the children today. She yanked her hand away and climbed the stairs to the tenth floor with him. “How long have you been lurking, waiting to ambush me?”

Eliot gave her his sly little smirk, the one that spoke of mischief. “One of the things I like the best about you is your ego.”


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 Lee French lives in Olympia, WA with two kids, two bicycles, and too much stuff. She is an avid gamer and active member of the Myth-Weavers online RPG community, where she is known for her fondness for Angry Ninja Squirrels of Doom. In addition to spending much time there, she also trains year-round for the one-week of glorious madness that is RAGBRAI, has a nice flower garden with absolutely no lawn gnomes, and tries in vain every year to grow vegetables that don't get devoured by neighborhood wildlife.



Monday, November 24, 2014

The Salty Dog by, Debbie White (Book Feature)

by, Debbie White
Book Feature


Libby (a big-city girl) and Luke (the big dreamer) give up the city life to move to a small fishing village, where he buys and operates a commercial fishing boat and she runs a small diner that the locals love. The two of them are determined to live out his dream, when an event even Libby could not have prepared for leaves her running both businesses with the help of a friend. The Salty Dog is about a strong, independent woman who, when faced with hard times, never gives up - even when it comes to love.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read! May 17, 2014
Format:Paperback
Debbie White can really spin a yarn! I couldn't put it down, and did NOT want it to end. If you are looking for a great story, one that's clean and completely unoffensive, then The Salty Dog is the book for you! Debbie White is an author I will keep my eye on for years to come!

5.0 out of 5 stars The Salty Dog September 20, 2014
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A lovely story set in a seaside town that really captivates the essence of unpredictability and thoughtfulness. Libby takes us on a charming journey with heartfelt realistic purity. The dog is a delightful and important character with a mesmerizing capability of engaging all animal lovers soft side. The story leads you to a small fishing village that has an atmosphere and scenic views that come to life as soon as you read the first page. It invokes the true spirit of romance, over coming tragedy, and relationship dynamics with an vivid irresistible quality. An extremely enjoyable read that makes me want to go and rescue a dog :)


About the Author
Debbie currently resides in beautiful Sonoma County, California, where the jagged Pacific coastline meets the rolling hills cascading with vineyards. She writes romance novellas that feature strong, independent women, who when faced with adversity, or tragedy, fine strength and overcome the perils that stand in their way. She’s an avid supporter of animal rescue, and happily donates a portion of sales from her books to rescue organizations. She has two adult children, and two granddaughters. In her spare time, she loves to garden, travel; enjoy family, and her beloved rescue dogs, Dash and Briar. Her real passion of course is writing, and she uses her 20+ years as a military wife as inspiration for her stories. 


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Friday, November 21, 2014

An Author Q&A With Young, Hosted by The Book Nymph

Join The Book Nymph Publishing and Promotions as we chat with Young, fashion designer and the author of the incredibly shocking memoir, A Harem Boy's Saga. 

As always, there will be contests, prizes, and a live Q&A! Invite your friends and prepare for an evening of breathtaking revelations, and the true revelations of an author that was swept away to a foreign country to serve in harems for the wealthy and elite.





This provocative story is about a boy who was initiated into a clandestine sexual society. He was spirited to the Middle East, from his UK boarding school. He attended the Bahriji School (Oasis,) in The United Arab Emirates in preparation for serving in Harems for the wealthy and elite. 

It is also a love story between the young man and his ‘Valet’ who served as his chaperone and mentor during the boy’s Harem service.

I had a privileged and unique upbringing in Malaysia, where I was known as a "sissy boy." Following in my brothers' footsteps, I was sent to an exclusive boarding school in England. It is there that I was inducted into a clandestine organization, E.R.O.S. The Enlightened Royal Oracle Society. For four years, unbeknownst to my family, I was willingly and happily part of a Harem.

My story has been kept under wraps for close to 45 years. The correct moment has arrived for me to make known my unique education.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fire and Ice: Seasons of the Vampire - Review

Fire and Ice: Seasons of the Vampire 1
Maya DeLeina
Book Review


The Book Nymph

4 out of 5 stars

Fire and Ice: Seasons of the Vampire 1 is the gripping tale of Noel, a vibrant young woman, and Grayson, a sexy mysterious vampire that she encounters after a dangerous accident one winter.
Noel is on the quest for solitude one fateful Christmas holiday. She has a cabin reserved in the woods, where she plans to spend her time free from civilization. With snow falling in smothering sheets, she takes a perilous turn off the highway, where she plummets to what seems to be her end. A ray of hope arrives in the form of a mysterious man that rescues her from her car, and carries her off to safety.
In his cabin, Grayson cares for her and nurses her back to her usual vibrancy. Though mysterious, she finds him attractive in ways she has never experienced. It does not take long for sparks to fly. Noel is drawn to him within hours. With this, the readers finds that our protagonist is far from shy and reserved. She seeks to seduce him, bend him to her desires. Perhaps it is his vampiric allure. We cannot be sure of what attributes to this almost unnatural instant attraction.
If your scruples aren’t disturbed by this, you will be captivated by their chemistry and subsequent erotic endeavors. Bear in mind that Fire and Ice is a paranormal romance with a heavy erotic undertone.
Noel and Grayson seem to be a compatible match, and yet their heart-warming romance comes to an abrupt end. They enjoy one another’s body, and company, and yet their time ends when Grayson vanishes, leaving her well off with her car intact and bags packed.
This ends the story of Noel and Grayson. Or so it seems. She learns of his vampire nature, and misses him dearly, and hopes that they will meet once again.
A new man enters Noel’s life, and the reader will easily miss this unless they read both the prologue and epilogue of the story. Noel falls for and marries a man named Dante, a once business partner of Grayson’s that dies shortly after their marriage.
Poor Noel seems destined to be alone.

It is the second half of the book, where Noel and her best friend, Suzanne take a trip to Key West to find closure for her loss. This turn of events reveals new revelations, intriguing new characters, and mysteries that will leave the character thirsting for more.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Quick Fire Q&A with Author, Mel Massey!

A Quick Fire Q&A 

with Author, Mel Massey!



1. Coffee or tea?
Although it sounds fancy to drink tea, I'm a die hard coffee girl. I love my Keurig with a passion that boarders on inappropriate. The only tea I drink is a Dream Tea from one of my favorite Magickal Witch shoppes, Scarlet's Cauldron. Helps you have awesome dreams.

2. Favorite music to listen to when writing?
Well, that depends on what I'm writing. I always listen to Pandora radio but change stations depending on which character I'm writing about. A lot of Kesha for when I'm writing Mela, Classical music for basic story writing, and Skrillex for fight scenes. Funny thing is, I edit to rap music. Something about the rhythm that helps me focus on technical writing. 

3. Best source of inspiration for your books?
My being a practicing Pagan really helped shape the world Mela lives in. Starting with the spelling of the word 'magick'. It is an old spelling used to separate illusion (magic) from power (magick). Weaving my collegiate anthropological studies with my own practices of the craft helped firmly define her world.  That is an important step when writing magickal fantasy - defining the laws of the world and never breaking them. It helps the reader accept the impossible if there are certain "rules" for the main character and the world she lives in.  Having those perimeters set before writing helped shape her story and toss all of those road blocks in her way. Then I turned to a wide range of mythos to pepper in along the way. Greek mythology, Norse mythology, Voodoo, Witchcraft, even Christianity have a place in the series. 

4. If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be, and why?
I have two that I would love to meet for completely different reasons. First, I would love to sit and have a beer with Bill Maher.  He's a funny man, sure, but he's one of the most intelligent television personalities. I love his bravery about politics and our country's issues.  I may not agree with him 100% all of the time but I admire him greatly.  The second would have to be Rory McCann (if you don't know who he is, Google him.) That man is just a huge slice of Scottish beefcake. Sure, I'd have a beer with him as well but I think I'd spend the evening swooning. And if you know me at all - I don't swoon for just anyone.

5. Favorite snack when writing or reading?
It used to be the tiny marshmallows but they're nothing but sugar so I had to stop. I can't eat while I'm writing but while I read I like saltand vinegar chips. Delicious with a beer!

Author bio:

Mel Massey is a native Texan but has called California, Florida, Missouri, and Washington State home. Mel went to college in California and studied Cultural Anthropology where her field of study had a huge impact on the creation of the Earth's Magick series. Mel is also politically active and a (sometimes loud) supporter for equal rights, non-GMO products, animal rights, and against obnoxious politicians.
Mel can be found tweeting nonsense or having hilarious discussions with readers on Facebook. Occasionally, she leaves those particular vices and writes about magick, witches, monsters and all the lovely dark things lurking in the shadows.


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Earth’s Magick, Book 2 ~Water~

Mela's story continues in the second book in the Earth's Magick series.

Mela Malone is one of the most powerful Witches in Texas. While learning how to defeat Evil using magick, and a sword, the unexpected departure of two of her closest friends disrupts the balance of her world. Meanwhile, a new threat comes to Trinity Hills, Texas that puts even the innocent townspeople in danger. Mela must step up and defend, not only those she loves, but the entire town. Both old and new friends bring additional complications into her chaotic life...especially since one of them is a handsome Witch on a mission of his own.


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Friday, November 14, 2014

Charlotte's Restrained Blog Tour (Top Ten List)

Charlotte's Restrained Blog Tour (Top Ten List)

Top 10 Favorite Songs: 
"Music and me, we’re BFF’s!"  -Celia Kennedy
1)      Perfect, by Pink
2)      Remember When, Alan Jackson
3)      Open Arms, Journey
4)      Stronger, Kelly Clarkson
5)      Impossible, James Arthur
6)      Like Real People Do, Hozier
7)      Almost all things sung and written by Ed Sheeran
8)      Crazy, Patsy Cline
9)      Twist a St. Tropez, Peppino di Capri
10)  Volcano, Phil Phillips

Celia Kennedy was born in Wurzburg, Germany on an American Army base. Her parents' penchant for traveling the world, via a Volkswagen Minibus with a Porsche engine, sparked her imagination. Staring out the window, sometimes through fog and rain, at other times at sunny blue skies, she began to make up stories for the places and spaces they passed by. The in-between time, the most fascinating to her.

The imagined world has always fascinated Celia. She has studied Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Interior Design, and pretty much every other subject matter. Like her childhood, it was the ride that was the most entertaining, arrival at a degree, not anywhere as important.
Mark Twain said, "Write what you know." When combining this concept with her unusual life experiences (working at a nuclear submarine base when Chernobyl blew, testing software Bill Gates kept close tabs on, travelling extensively while quite broke, or falling in love with her boyfriend's close friend) thinking of what to write about isn't challenging; there just needs to be more hours in the day.

Celia published Charlotte's Restrained, The Accidental Stalker in December of 2012 andVenus Rising in August of 2013. Look for Kathleen's Undressed, The Accidental Enigma, a companion novel to Charlotte's Restrained, to be published in November 2014.
Currently she lives in Washington State with the loves of her life.



Charlotte's Restrained



Charlotte's Restrained, a comical fictional tale of what happens when the paths of a celebrity god and a mere mortal collide. 


While vacationing, Charlotte has a chance encounter with a celebrity famous for his lead roles in romantic comedies. Unfortunately for Charlotte, lighthearted banter develops into tabloid fodder. With her career, friendships, and new found romance all impacted, Charlotte sets about dealing with the fallout of her fifteen minutes of fame.

From the Author:
Charlotte has four fabulous friends that she met at Oxford, while doing graduate work in business law. Right out of the gate you know these are intelligent, driven women. However, they let their hair down when they are together, so these capable ladies sometimes run amok. Hence, Charlotte landing in a bit of trouble and in the public eye.

I wanted to write an intelligent and funny tale, set in real locations, where Charlotte rescues herself. While doing this, a great romance, or two, blossom, but the tale really is about the strength and friendship of these women.

I was inspired to write Charlotte's Restrained after watching the television show, "Inside the Actor's Studio." After watching Clint Eastwood being interviewed my husband and I were chatting about how amazing it would be to chat with him over dinner (at his house in Carmel-by-the-Sea), maybe let him play the piano for us... Which led to a conversation on how a non-celebrity would or could go about making contact with a mega-star AND how do mega-stars make friends with everyday people.

The banter amongst the women is really entertaining. The way they talk to each other demonstrates the depth of their friendship as well as displays their personalities and different cultural backgrounds. One could suffer whiplash from Marian's Irish sarcasm or feel seduced by Tiziana's Italian vivacity.

The real story, which has an unexpected twist, is embedded in a great travel book. Because these women live all over the globe, we jet between the US and Europe, while following Charlotte's path to redemption over cocktails, great food, and lavish backdrops.

My favorite part? There is some downright goofiness in the book, which makes me feel squirmy and embarrassed for Charlotte. Then there are really touching moments, where I cheer. The range of emotions is great to experience.

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