Archive | January 2014

Five Heart review from MM Good Book Reviews!

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/memorys-prisoner-by-jaime-lynn-miller/

Review: I am truly amazed at Jamie’s gift of storytelling. The ability to give me two characters who make me just want to grab them both and love them. This story had danger, action, and excitement in it. I love the abilities they have to overcome all their problems and come out stronger for it. To have someone love you so much that they will stand by you and wait for you to come back to them no matter how long. She has given me an insight into a wonderful world. A perfect story that made me feel something that I hadn’t felt in quite a while.
 
Mitchell and Joseph were best friends, partners on the job and lovers. They love each other with their last breath. When Joey is injured and is a coma, Mitchell is so scared to lose the one man he loves more than anything in the world. He blames himself, but he knows that he will do whatever he needed to do when Joey comes out of the coma after two long years. Even if it meant to only be friends. To be so strong to survive something that should have killed a normal person shows his strengths. These men are so loving, caring, loyal, and tender to each other it would make you smile all day long.
 
This story made me cry, smile, and laugh. It was one of the best stories I have read in so long. It gave me so many feelings that I hadn’t felt in a long time by just reading a story. To overcome such pain and helplessness is amazing in itself. This story comes off so real that it makes me cry for those who go through something like this. To watch someone you love more than yourself struggle to survive and get stronger overcoming all odds is…I don’t even know the word for it. I wish that I had this in my life, but being able to read this story is better than any story I had read in a while. I hope that you would get this book, because it will bring it to your attention and make you feel something you haven’t felt in your life. I am proud to have read this story and glad to have it in my favorites. I definitely recommend this story.

Purchase at AMAZON or DREAMSPINNER

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4.5 out of 5 stars to (Un)Masked by Andrew Q. Gordon

Unmasked

SUMMARY: Jay Walker has two wishes: to perform the play of his dreams alongside his best friend at Wellington’s Downstage Theatre, and to meet that special someone. Someone he’d go to the ends of the earth for. Someone who might only exist in fairy tales.

When Jay meets accordion busker Lethe Cross, it’s like living a dream come true. Lethe’s music captivates Jay, and he resolves to meet the man who plays so beautifully. But then he discovers Lethe’s life is more like a nightmare. The phrase “down on his luck” can’t begin to cover it. Determined to help, Jay does some snooping for answers-and winds up on the wrong end of a centuries-old curse. The good news is there’s a way to break it. The bad news is it might cost Jay his life.

Let me start off by saying that I don’t normally go for paranormal romances. Vampires and werewolves just aren’t my thing. But there was something very intriguing about the summary to (Un)Masked – it talked about an ancient curse and not shape shifters or blood suckers. So I gave it a shot. And boy, I’m glad I did.

The “play within the book” actually sums it up better than I can: “Music of the Mask, by Jayden Walker, is a sensitively observed play about friendship and love. This romantic drama is at times warm spirited and adventurous but doesn’t hesitate to delve into the pains of guilt and grief.”

The book centers around Jay and his amazing, deep friendship with Gristle and Lethe, the mysterious young man that turns Jay’s world upside down. For Jay is the only person who can see Lethe’s true face, not the mask he is cursed with. Some people see Lethe as a loved one, others an enemy.

While the ancient curse is the driving force behind the entire book, there aren’t dark elves jumping out from every corner. The book is very much grounded in the real world. The other main theme of the book is love and loss and the deep emotions each represent.

Jay and Lethe have found their soulmate in each other, finally finding love and happiness. But when a horrible tragedy tears Jay’s world apart he can no longer see Lethe’s true face and it threatens to destroy their relationship. I have no problem admitting that I teared up more than once during the last third of this book. My heart was breaking for Jay and the sacrifice he was willing to make to save Lethe.

My only tiny quibble? I couldn’t help but wonder how Lethe even survived his childhood, since I doubt he could have hidden his face. Did the curse not take affect until Lethe hit puberty or adulthood? Would have loved a bit more backstory. Other than that, a very solid story.

So if you’re looking for a very well written romance with a touch of the paranormal, I highly recommend (Un)Masked.

Buy from Amazon HERE

First royalty statement from Dreamspinner!

I just received my very first royalty statement ever from Dreamspinner and I have to say I’m pleased. Especially since my book didn’t debut until December, so with pre-orders it was only about a month and a half of revenue.

I was only a few copies short of my personal goal, but from what I read it doesn’t include sales from third party outlets like Amazon and B&N. Those will be included in our first quarter statements. So I’ll know for sure in a few months if perhaps I did meet that goal after all.

I did make enough to finance self-publishing two of my out of print titles, so fourth quarter was a success for me!

BUY LINKS:
AMAZON

DREAMSPINNER

Guest book Saturday

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I’m the featured author at Tempeste O’Riley’s GUEST BOOK today!

Today also marks the conclusion of my 30 day promo tour. I’m only TEN COPIES short of my personal 30 day goal. Who wants to help a girl out? As an added incentive, Memory’s Prisoner is ON SALE for TODAY ONLY at Dreamspinner Press. Only $3.99! Now how can you resist an offer like that? 🙂

BUY LINK: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4414&cPath=55_994