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THE ROSIE PROJECT by Don Tillman: #Review

My book club chose a wonderful read for June: The Rosie Project. Here's my review:


The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Man with Asperger's Delightful Journey to Love

Books like these make me appreciate my book club even more because I probably wouldn't have tried it without my friend Colby picking it this month.

Don Tillman is a 39-year-old genetics professor in Australia who knows he is socially inept but doesn't know he has a raging case of Autism Spectrum Disorder. He would like to date but his difficulties with emotions and subtleties of interactions have made that difficult. Being the scientist he is, he decides to write a questionnaire for potential partners he dubs "The Wife Project". He believes his data driven approach will weed out unsuitable candidates.

He's friends with a married psychologist couple, Gene and Claudia, and they try to help him sort out these puzzling social interactions. Sadly, Gene and Claudia are his only …

MISSING MELISSA by @AlrethaThomas : #Review #Interview & #Giveaway

Welcome to author Alretha Thomas! I enjoyed her recent release Missing Melissa--check out my four star review. Then I interview Alretha, and end with a giveaway.

Missing Melissa by Alretha Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Missing Twin Haunts Her Sister’s Dreams

Maddie is a gorgeous blond twenty-two-year-old about to start her career in broadcast journalism when she has a dream. A disturbing dream. She dreams her twin sister, who went missing when they were three years old, is still alive, and needs Maddie’s help.

Her parents don’t want to re-open the case, fearing they will crack open old wounds. But are they hiding something?

I thought this was a well-written mystery. Where is Melissa? Is she alive? Has she been hurt? There’s misdirection that prevented me from guessing the ending.

Maddie’s surrounded by some fun, opinionated characters, like her best friend Ruby and her dog Pepper.

I wish I didn’t have a missing sister. I wish everything was normal. But Ruby says normal is a setting on a was…

Ever After Author Affair: #Giveaway #BookSigning #Vote

If you're near central Ohio, I hope you can join us for the Ever After Author Affair on July 18th.



My college volleyball romance Blocked is up for three awards:

*Most Memorable Cliffhanger

*Most Original Storyline

*Favorite Book Cover


Vote and enter the giveaway HERE.

I'm excited to unveil my new author banner at the event:


This banner is HUGE! It barely fits beneath my ceiling.

I'm standing on a chair to take this photo, hehe.












I also have my faerie wings ready for the Ever After Ball.

Blocked ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, and I'm happy to tell readers that I'm turning it into a series. Blocked now has an excerpt from ACED (Blocked #2), due out in late 2015.

Readers and authors, what are your favorite parts about book signings?

TROUBLE ME by @BeckAndersonID : Review and Interview #song #titles

Today I welcome author and friend Beck Anderson to the blog to review her latest release Trouble Me (Fix You #2) and ask her about her intriguing series titles!

Stick around to the end to read an excerpt from Use Somebody (Fix You #3).
Trouble Me by Beck Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love Lasts Through Life's Troubles

Beck Anderson's debut novel Fix You was a 5 star read for me. I wasn't the only one who loved the story as evidenced by its nomination for two RITA awards. Its sequel Trouble Me keeps up the humor and depth, even adding in a suspense element, as Kelly and Andrew's relationship progresses.

Boise was an unusual setting for book one, and in this story we visit the raw, rough Oregon coast as well as more urban settings like NYC and LA.

When movie star Andrew drives his girlfriend Kelly and her two sons to Oregon, he feels choked up by emotion:

I feel full to bursting. I have a family. A beautiful family. I have this girl, this glorious woman to the right of me now…

Learning Cool Stuff Through Writing #IWSG

Woo hoo, I love summer. Time for June's Insecure Writers Support Group, hosted by Alex Cavanaugh

Alex's awesome co-hosts for the June 3 posting of the IWSG are M. Pax,Tracy Jo,Patricia Lynne,Rachna Chhabria,Feather Stone, and Randi Lee!

Writers, join us HERE



There are so many cool aspects about writing, but one of my favorites is learning something new.

I just wrote a chapter in my work-in-progress Aced where the hero attends confession with a priest. I like to write moments when my characters grow and challenge dysfunctional behaviors. Typically this involves throwing my characters into therapy. But Aced's hero Alejandro is a Catholic Latino good boy, and I wanted to try a new space for healing and development outside the therapy office.

Although I attended Notre Dame for grad school, I'm not Catholic, and I've never experienced confession myself. Luckily, my critique partner is Catholic, and she provided a helpful linkexplaining the process. I also found this list

New Release: BLIND LOVE by @Kishan_Paul #Romance #Review #Giveaway

Title: Blind Love Author: Kishan Paul Release Date: June 2, 2015 Genre: Contemporary Romance Publisher: Samhain Publishing

She doesn’t need a hero. But a sexy Marine…that’ll work.

At twenty nine, psychologist Lauren Baxter has a successful counseling practice. Since becoming legally blind at fifteen, her world has been a blurry mess of colors. Her greatest fear is also her ultimate reality. One day that fuzzy realm will forever turn black. Refusing to let blindness define her, she builds a life for herself with her dog, Jack Sparrow, and best friend, Sunny Daye. 
 Lauren has no tolerance for pity or for Superman swooshing down and rescuing her. She is capable of saving herself just fine. That is until Gabe, the great smelling, former Marine, from Texas moves in next door. Her attraction to him is immediate and, unfortunately for her, mutual. When Lauren’s ex-husband shows up begging for another chance, she is confused and fragile. She also finds herself in the arms of her secretive neighbor…