More Than Just Comics by Elizabeth Briggs - Book Review

Book Synopsis:
They're best friends online - but can they be more in real life? 

Writer Tara McFadden has been best friends with artist and drummer Hector Fernandez for years, long before his band became famous on reality TV – yet they’ve never met in person. They finally have a chance to connect offline when they’re both sent to Comic-Con to promote the graphic novel they collaborated on. 

Hector's secretly been in love with Tara for as long as he can remember, and once they meet, she sees him in a new light. All the years of longing lead to an incredible night of passion after one of his concerts, but neither is sure if their online relationship can translate into a real life romance – or if this will ruin their friendship forever. 

Over four crazy days at Comic-Con, Hector and Tara must decide if they want a future together. But when their story seems to be over, it’s up to Hector’s entire band to make sure he and Tara get their happy ending. 

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Book Review:
Honestly, the thing that drew me to this title was Comic-Con. (I’m letting my nerd show!) Not the romance or book buzz but Comic-Con. Sorry, fellow nerds, but Comic-Con does not hold a major theme in this book. So, if you are looking for nerd love, keep looking. 

However, the plausible, digital premise was also very appealing. Hector and Tara have been working together for years via Internet and video chat. They are finally able to meet face-to-face. (Image meeting your digital best friend, co-creator and go-to-person after three years!) Hector knows that he has fallen in love with Tara very early in this usual relationship, but Tara is completely oblivious to why her stomach has active butterflies during this meeting. See, very plausible.

My problem with book is that with such a great idea, the formula was the same - two predictable  misunderstandings/impediments preventing forward movement of the relationship. <Sad sigh.> Also, beware of four very explicit love scenes between our hero and heroine. Yes, explicit! The first one happening only within a few chapters in the book. I actually had to recheck the genre of the book! 

I hate giving a rating of below a three, but this one is 2.75. That rating doesn’t exist, so I’m saved from officially labeling this one! However, I think that it will be an enjoyable read for those who are prepared. Although I think the story could have used a little more thought, Briggs is a good writer, and the story will thaw Fall’s frost. 

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Andrea'. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~ 

Mistakes Are Proof That You Are Trying: Coloring Book by Samantha Snyder ~ Book Review

Book Description: 

Mistakes Are Proof That You Are Trying shares 50 doodle art images of inspiring sayings, quotes, and words printed on one side of the page for all ages to color. Quotes from famous authors include Aristotle, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Benjamin Franklin, Florence Nightingale, William Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, and more. The book also includes sayings and words from Discover and It takes a big heart to shape little minds to Remain Curious and To teach is to touch a life forever. Each doodle art image has been carefully selected to provide plenty of enjoyment, inspiration, and relaxation.

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About the Illustrator:

Samantha Snyder has been doodling her whole life. While teaching elementary school, she often drew up coloring pages and printables for her students and fellow teachers. She decided to start sharing her creations and in 2008, Doodle Art Alley was founded. Doodle Art Alley is dedicated to giving those squiggly lines the proper credit they deserve. Who would have thought that such a small and simple idea could possess so much potential? 

Author Website: Doodle Art Alley  


I have always loved to doodle and colour but haven't done much in years. I mean I colour with the kids when they were young but nothing for myself. These books are very motivational with their quotes and a lot of fun to colour. My daughter will tell every to be quiet as mommy is meditating. It is very relaxing and a great way to focus all our attention onto one task. I really love all the pages in this book and have had a lot of fun with the few pages I have already completed right after receiving it. 
I don't find any of the colouring pages too intricate like some of the "meditation" ones out there. These are great for all levels, my daughter has now requested one for herself (she is 8) for Christmas. 

These would make the prefect gift idea for all ages especially teens & adults. 


~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received the above book for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Seduced into the Greek's World by Dani Collins ~ Book Review

Book Description:

"I want you, Natalie. Not after five o'clock. Now."

Every woman has a fantasy she only dares dream about in the dead of night. But for single mom Natalie Adams, the reality of an affair in Paris with infamous billionaire Demitri Makricosta surpasses even her wildest dreams!

Demitri is astounded by fiery Natalie. One night isn't enough, so to quench his lust he insists she become his mistress. The closer Natalie gets to emotions Demitri has kept locked away, the more he distracts her with dazzling gifts and luxury holidays to ensure that seduction remains the only thing between them…

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About the Author:

After a brilliant debut in the UK with No Longer Forbidden, a Mills & Boon Modern Book Of The Month in January 2013, Dani Collins saw her first Harlequin Presents, Proof Of Their Sin, win the a Reviewer’s Choice for First Series romance by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

When her Fantasy Romance, The Healer, was named an Epic eBook Award Finalist it was icing, and much appreciated validation after Dani spent two decades writing and submitting before making her First Sale.

While Dani’s settings span from glitzy Greek islands to imaginary medieval worlds, she always delivers alpha heroes squaring off with spirited heroines with passion and humor.

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This is a Harlequin Passion romance and the first one I have read in years. I used to read a lot of the mystery Harlequin back in high school/college. This book starts off a little slow for myself. I find the characters are very young in their ways. Natalie is a single mom working for a huge hotel chain, Demitri is one of the owners. He is a ladies man and hasn't decided to settle down. Natalie has been married and divorced and doesn't want to get married again, or so she tells Demitri. Natalie is in France at the office there when Demitri hits on her and wants to take her out. Natalie went with the idea of having some fun as a single women but wasn't too sure about getting involved with Demitri. They do hook up and it was hard to watch as Demitri was having feelings and Natalie was taking it as a fantasy. Then he finds out she is a mom and just walks out on her. The book is a light read, something you can start and put down and pick up without feeling lost. It flows a lot better at the middle to end. 

I am giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars just because both the characters got on my nerves a lot. In the end I didn't mind them but sometimes throughout the book you just want to yell at one of them to smarten up and open their eyes. Oh well, it was still a good read.

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received the above book for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Author Spotlight Saturday ~ Interview with Hanna Peach

Welcome Hanna Peach to Genuine Jenn! Congratulations on the new release this week! We are so excited to have you here to chat with us about your writing and Girl Wife Prisoner. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself and why/what inspired you to write? When did you start writing?

I was a voracious reader from the time I could hold a book in my hands. Then I had an English teacher at a young age encourage my writing so the seed was planted there. Since then I was always writing things just for fun, like, at 18-19 years I wrote a serial dark fantasy when I was bored at work (oops) and sent the installments out every day just before work ended. I got serious about writing in my early twenties after working in a few “real” jobs and realizing I didn’t fit and I didn’t want to be there.

What was your inspiration for ‘Girl Wife Prisoner'?

I watched the movie The Godfather and was struck by Michael’s extreme change in character from a good guy to a mafia king. For days I was obsessed with the question, what would make a “good” person do “bad” things? And then a few of my GWP characters were born.

What three words would you use to best describe Girl Wife Prisoner?

Dark, tragic, hope.

Can you tell us if you’re working on anything else at the moment?

I’m always working on something ;)

I’m finishing up final proofreads for Drake’s Novella (from Girl Wife Prisoner) and I am writing a first draft of a psychological thriller/romance called Paper Dolls about a woman who is torn between love and blood when her unstable twin sister tries to turn her against the man she loves.

What was your very first book that you wrote?

lol, I wrote an autobiography of my life when I was 7 entitled ‘Go Suck a Lemon’.

Other than your own, what are your favourite books?

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.

When you are writing do you like to listen to music? What is on your playlist?

Hell no! I’ll just end up singing along if there’s music.

Who is your favorite character in your books?

Drake from Girl Wife Prisoner! He is a complex antihero. Haha, but I’m biased because I just finished writing his novella ;)

Do you ever take characteristics or nuances from close friends or family when working on character development and if so has that friend or family member noticed and what was their response to it?

...I deny everything.

Haha, but seriously... when I write characters with flaws I want them to be understandable and for my reader to be able to relate. I will sometimes study and “borrow” flaws from people I know because I understand and can relate to the people I love. But no one has noticed. Yet.
What they have noticed is when I “borrow” some conversations or great lines from them ;)

What’s your favorite treat?

Chocolate! And Coffee!

What’s your Favorite place to read/write?

I like to write at my dining table because I have an entire wall covered in notes and flow charts for my writing in front of me. But I’ll read in bed.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Aww man. Just one? Of all the places I’ve lived in (I’ve lived in 7 different countries) I loved Edinburgh, Scotland the most. I just can’t stand their winters. I’m a sun chaser. So… I’d live in Edinburgh and Croatia for the European Summer then go back to Australia for their summer.

About the Author: 

Hanna is the bestselling author of the Bound romantic suspense series and the Dark Angel fantasy series. Although she writes in more than one genre she can’t write a book without weaving together a complicated plot and filling it with twists. She writes what she believes: good people can do bad things, ordinary people can do great things, and choose love above everything.

Eternally restless, Hanna has lived in Indonesia, Australia, Germany, Scotland, England, Croatia and Ireland - everything she owns fits into one suitcase. She's planning her next move with her gorgeous (and understanding) partner right now. If not writing, she can be found wandering a dusty market in Marrakesh or trekking a mountain in Peru, often using her travels as settings in her novels.

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Thank you for taking the take to chat with us! We are super excited for book #2 in the Girl Wife Prisoner series. I am so sorry to say I am all the way #TEAMKEIR! 

If you haven't read the Girl Wife Prisoner novel or the Drake/Keir Stories. Check out our reviews and pick up a copy today. 

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Keeping our Pets Healthy ~ President’s Choice® Nutrition First food & treats

I talk a lot about how to keep ourselves and our family healthy but we also need to remember to keep our four legged friends fit and healthy also. Besides the obvious of taking our furry pals to the vet for regular check ups we need to remember they need lots of exercise, grooming and delicious healthy food & treats.

Our two beagles can be a huge handful but I have learned through reading and also trying that work for our two that they need a lot of exercise to stay fit and out of trouble, even that last one can be hard as Molly loves to make a mess out of the garbage. This is a huge safety issue as our girl has gotten into some things that she shouldn't have in the last few years. We are now super cautious with what we leave laying around or even in the garbage before leaving the house. I know you are likely thinking, just put a child latch on the cupboard and all will be fine. Not the case with Molly. We have had 3 latches, all different kinds and she still can get into the cupboard. We have now decided that bungee cords are were she is at for the moment. We have to put three on the cupboards and make sure nothing is close to the doors as she can still get it open enough to pull stuff out. 

We get out for a lot of walks with Molly and Buddy to keep them healthy and fit. They love to head out to the trails for a nice sniff or to see what other animals are out and about that they can meet. We also let them chase each other around the house in bad weather and pull out the dog toys. The kids love playing with the dogs and their toys. This helps wear them out and keep them healthy.

If you don't know beagle LOVE their food! Some are super bad, Buddy may be in that category! We have to keep him away from the cat food. Molly is pretty good she will eat til full and move on. Buddy would just keep eating if you let him. We always look for healthy and natural dog foods to feed out beagles and President’s Choice® Nutrition First has been a great change for our two. In addition to their food we like to feed them healthy fruit & veggies and treats here and there.

President’s Choice® Nutrition First offers a wide variety of dog foods and treats for all breeds and sizes. One of their favorite foods is the Lamb & Brown Rice, this is a delicious combination of real lamb and brown rice. It is a dry dog food is made with specially selected ingredients for complete and balanced nutrition. What I like is that it includes omega-3 fatty acids to promote strong immunity along with a healthy skin and coat, including added vitamins and minerals for a healthy heart and healthy eyes.

We have tried a few of the treats and their favorite by far is the Nutrition First Chicken Strips. I was actually pleasantly surprised with this bag of treats. They are made from REAL chicken and dried for our dogs. These treats are formulated with Glucosamine and Chondroitin to help promote healthy joints and cartilage, this is big for beagles as they usually suffer hip issues later on down the road. There are no artificial preservatives added and no colours or artificial flavours. Also no corn, wheat, or soy. They are rich in protein low in fat and have no glycerine added. You should have seen the drool all over the floor after Buddy is done one of these treats.

Remember that our four legged friends are a big part of the family and need us to help them with staying healthy and fit. Check out President’s Choice® Nutrition First food & treats on their Website and find them in PC stores near you.

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. This is a sponsored post. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

I Will Survive! tips and hints to help you survive in this zombie infested world by Dana Burkey ~ Audio Book Review

Book Synopsis: 

If you are reading this, congrats! You are still alive, and doing a great job. But why just be alive, when you can really survive? That’s right. I’m talking about really living it up,despite those annoying zombies that are roaming the streets. My name is Addison, and I want to give you some tips on how to make living in this crazy world more than just a run for your life. Usually I would post this on my blog, but since the internet is no longer an option I hope this stack of mostly clean pages will be a good guidebook for you. Feel free to read it and take it with you, or leave it for the next person hiding out in wherever you are. Oh, and be sure to keep an eye out for future guidebooks on subjects near and dear to my heart. Things like “Doing your makeup without a mirror or flashlight,” “Best beaches without dead bodies,” and my favorite “Great places to rest during a run for your life.” 

For now, without further ado, here are my tips and hints to help you survive in this zombie infested world!

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About the Author: 

Dana Burkey ~ I graduated college from Youngstown State University in 2009 with a degree in theater and a minor in creative writing. I am currently living in Washington State in a little cabin in the woods with my cat Cato. I work full time at a kids camp, and spend my free time doing community theater and adventuring in nature! I am an avid geocacher, and love watching reality TV shows like So You Think You Can Dance, Project Runway, and Big Brother! I am currently working on my next project that includes a few YA romances and a YA dystopian series!

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This audio book was super fun to listen to and quick. I believe it was just over an hour long, prefect for my commute to work. It has lots of great tips for when the Zombies take over the world. After listening to it, I am sure I will survive the Zombie infested world!

There were some tips I didn't even think of but they really are a good idea. If you are planning on surviving the Zombie apocalypse then you will want to grab a copy of this Audio or ebook and learn from Addison what you will need to know to get through it. It is super quick but full of ideas on how to stay alive. I look forward to reading about Dana's Zombie series.

I give this audio book a 4 out of 5. The narrator did a great job and I found it easy to listen to.

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

A Bundle of Trouble by Olivia Hardin ~ Book Promo

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Get the first THREE Lynlee Lincoln Series books, PLUS a bonus holiday prequel all in ONE Bundle. Inside you’ll find: 

The Trouble with Holidays (A Lynlee Lincoln Series Prequel) Falling for a human who doesn't believe in magic was the last thing Lynlee Lincoln needed. Beck Hale was a young architect and she was a Neutralizer-in-training--they were drawn together, but worlds apart. When Beck's apartment gets flooded, she invites him to her home for Christmas. Lynlee tries to ignore the pull of the mistletoe, but after all, 'tis the season.

Trolling for Trouble (The Lynlee Lincoln Series Book 1) The Lynlee Lincoln Series One: Magical and undead creatures can get into plenty of sticky situations. Lynlee Lincoln loves her job as a neutralizer, but she needs a break from the supernatural chaos after an ultra-busy Halloween night. Coming home, she's ready to collapse into her bed and forget the day... until she discovers two children scavenging through her refrigerator. One look at the pair and she feels a tug on her heartstrings, then she learns their father is the man she spent years trying to forget. When Beck pleads with her to help save his daughter, Lynlee gets thrust into a heap of trouble.  

Tangled Up in Trouble (The Lynlee Lincoln Series Book 2) Lynlee Lincoln isn't just a witch, she's also a Neutralizer. Her job is a juggling act to keep magical and undead clients out of trouble. But getting back together with her old flame throws one more ball into the mix and romance with a guy who has two kids can get complicated. When her old mentor asks her to investigate the goings-on of a dark witch, things turn messy. The witch is stalking supernatural creatures to collect ingredients for a potion that Lynlee can't seem to figure out. To keep those closest to her from becoming the next victims, she may have to confront the demons within herself.  

This Spells Trouble ((The Lynlee Lincoln Series Book 3) It took some work, but Lynlee Lincoln has finally found balance between her life as a witch and her relationship with Beck Hale. A human boyfriend with two kids wasn’t something she ever planned, but their new arrangement lets her have her cake and eat it, too. Just when she’s getting comfortable, puzzling visions of impending danger at home begin to haunt her dreams. And if personal issues aren’t troubling enough, Lynlee and the entire organization of Neutralizers go on alert when a phantom creature begins staging magical episodes on live television. If they can’t put a stop to the sensational events, all hell will break loose in the human world. Can Lynlee keep both her new family and the world safe without getting swallowed up in the process?

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About the author:

oliviaWhen Olivia Hardin started having movie-like dreams in her teens, she had no choice but to begin putting them to paper. Before long, the writing bug had bitten her, and she knew she wanted to be a published author. Several rejections plus a little bit of life later, she was temporarily "cured" of the urge to write. That is, until she met a group of talented and fabulous writers who gave her the direction and encouragement she needed to get lost in the words again. Olivia has attended three different universities over the years and toyed with majors in Computer Technology, English, History and Geology. Then one day she heard the term "road scholar,"' and she knew that was what she wanted to be. Now she "studies" anything and everything just for the joy of learning. She's also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and she's sometimes accused of being artistic. A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband, Danny and their puppy, Bonnie.

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~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Drake/Keir A Girl Wife Prisoner retold by Hanna Peach ~ New Book Release & Review

Book Synopsis: 


I am Drake Blackwell. Some call me a monster, a wicked husband, a terrible son. It’s so easy to
vilify me, isn’t it?

But I’m not the cheater. I’m not the wife stealer.

Noriko was mine. She was my wife. I could have made her happy if it just wasn’t for him. That
gardener boy will have his chance to tell you his side of the story. 

Here’s the truth.


What if…

Noriko and I. 

You already know our story. So you know how it ends. I’m sorry. Some things are irreversible.

But others things, things like dreams for example, are not. Dreams are fluid as water, as 
changeable as the memory of the dreamer. Perhaps, then, I may be given license to re-tell 
our story the way I dreamed it. The way it should have been…

This is Girl Wife Prisoner told from Keir and Drake’s alternative perspectives.

Please finish reading Girl Wife Prisoner before reading as it contains spoilers. 

WARNING: This is not your typical romance. For ages 18+. There are scenes in 
this novel that infer or allude to physical violence.

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About the Author: 

Hanna is the bestselling author of the Bound romantic suspense series and the Dark Angel fantasy series. Although she writes in more than one genre she can’t write a book without weaving together a complicated plot and filling it with twists. She writes what she believes: good people can do bad things, ordinary people can do great things, and choose love above everything.

Eternally restless, Hanna has lived in Indonesia, Australia, Germany, Scotland, England, Croatia and Ireland - everything she owns fits into one suitcase. She's planning her next move with her gorgeous (and understanding) partner right now. If not writing, she can be found wandering a dusty market in Marrakesh or trekking a mountain in Peru, often using her travels as settings in her novels.

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After reading Girl Wife Prisoner I was totally HOOKED! I fell in love with the story and the characters and felt really said when the book was done. It was one of those stories where you really want to keep reading but you also don't want to because when it is done you are now without your characters. I am a Team Keir and just absolutely love the gardener boy. I love the relationship Noriko and Keir have. I love everything about him. He is sweet, hard working, sexy and just wants to love Noriko and he would do anything for her. I was so happy when I heard that Hanna Peach was writing the story retold by Keir. I just wanted to get into his head and feel his emotions from his point of view. This is exactly what the author does with this story. We also get the chance to hear Drake's side of the story. He is a dark, sexy man that is super troubled and didn't have a great upbringing. For most of his story I almost turned to a team Drake also but there is still something there that I can't. I really can't look past the hurt he causes throughout the story. I do feel for him and would have love to see him figure out his temper and past making something of himself. To me I will also love Keir.

A fabulous job done with this story retold. I think it was a great idea so that the readers can really see how each of the men dealt with their emotions throughout it. Again I want to give this a 6 out of 5 stars. I am dying for book #2!

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Always For You by Tawdra Kandle ~ Book Release November 24th, 2015

Always For You - Tawdra
Book Synopsis:

Maureen Evans has had a crush on Smith Harrington since they were in college together. She always knew he didn’t see her as anything more than his best friend—just one of the guys—but that didn’t stop her from weaving sexy fantasies about him. Now, after years of maintaining a long-distance friendship, Smith’s moving to Burton, Georgia, Maureen’s hometown, to become her partner at the veterinary clinic. After all this time, she should be able to handle working with him without getting hot and bothered. Or maybe not. The more determined Maureen is to maintain their just-friends bond, the more Smith seems intent on testing those boundaries. And when flirting crosses the line into something more, it ends in a night neither of them can forget. When friendship is no longer enough, there’s always love.

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About the author:

B1S-mKwMCoS._UX250_Tawdra Kandle writes romance, in just about all its forms. She loves unlikely pairings, strong women, sexy guys, hot love scenes and just enough conflict to make it interesting. Her books include from YA paranormal romance, NA paranormal and contemporary romance, and adult contemporary and paramystery romance. Series include The King Quartet, The One Trilogy, Crystal Cove Romances, and The Recipe For Death series. She lives in central Florida with a husband, kids, sweet pup and too many cats. And yeah, she rocks purple hair.

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~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Author Spotlight with Elaine Calloway ~ Interview

Welcome Elaine to Genuine Jenn! We are excited to have you on our Author Spotlight this week. Let's get started.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and why/what inspired you to write? When did you start writing?

Hi, thanks for having me here. I’m Elaine Calloway and I write paranormal/suspense ghost stories with romantic elements, as well as urban fantasy/good vs. evil tales.

When I started writing…hmm…well, there’s a photo on the Bio tab of my website that shows me sitting at a typewriter at the age of two. I like to think that was my beginning, because I do feel as if I’ve been writing all my life.

So many teen girls keep diaries, but I dove headfirst into the diary/journal concept and found how much I loved it. Writing things down helped me sort out my thoughts. Playing with toys for me was always about creating new stories for the “characters” of my toys :)

For most of my life, I wrote short stories or did a few pieces as a hobby. When I entered my mid-30s, I knew it was now or never, so I took the plunge into writing novels and have been going like the Energizer Bunny ever since!

What was your inspiration for ‘No Grits No Glory'?

An apartment. One of my husband’s family members owned rental property, and over many years, had rented it out to everyone in the family who needed a temporary place to stay. Grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, sons and daughters all lived there at one point or another.

The “spark” that first ignited that book idea is when I thought, “What would those walls say if they could talk? All those multi-generations having lived in one place over the years.”

That seed grew, then I travelled to the haunted city of Savannah where the book takes place, and the rest of the story grew from there!

What three words would you use to best describe No Grits No Glory?

Intriguing ghost story.

But, if I’m allowed to cheat on this rule and do a sentence, I’d say, “Yankee moves down South to find her home haunted by Southern ghosts and everything goes awry.”

Can you tell us if you’re working on anything else at the moment?

Oh, yes! I’m always working on something or another. I just completed the final edits on Krewe of Souls, which is the third ghost book in the series. That book releases on 11/18 and can be pre-ordered now on my website from the vendor of your choice:

I’m also writing the fifth and final book of my other series, The Elemental Clans, which is called Penance and will release in Feb 2016.

After I finish that, I will return to the Southern Ghosts Series and focus on more books there. There are ten total planned books for that series.

What was your very first book that you wrote? 

I wrote a women’s fiction book that is still under my bed. Actually, it needs major editing and I want to break it into four separate books so there is a series. My brain hasn’t been up to that task yet, so I’m hoping later in 2016 I will start on that.

Other than your own, what are your favorite books?

I like a wide variety of genres to read in. Anything by Dennis Lehane – I really loved the Kenzie/Gennaro series. Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart Series is wonderful; I love the way she makes the words sound like music on the page.

Jennifer Weiner’s Good in Bed is one of my favorites (and nope, it is not a sex manual, but a fantastic women’s fiction story!)

There are others – JR Ward, Pat Conroy, Jennifer Estep, but it’s a long list!

When you are writing do you like to listen to music? What is on your playlist?

Definitely! Some writers prefer quiet but I must have music to write by. I create a playlist for every book, sometimes every character. For No Grits No Glory, with its haunted and Irish themes, I had a lot of Irish bands including The Saw Doctors, The Pogues, The Cranberries, and a band I saw play at the Savannah Irish Festival called Roger Drawdy & The Firestarters. They were amazing; their albums pretty much consumed my playlist!

I put links to iTunes playlist songs for each book on my website – the one for No Grits No Glory is here:

Who is your favorite character in your books?

Wow, this is a hard one. I get attached to all my characters, and writing the villains is so much fun for me :)  I suppose, if forced, I like Declan (Brianna’s older brother in No Grits No Glory) who makes appearances in the next few books.

I also really like my fallen angel character Cristos, who is getting his own book (Penance) in February 2016.

Do you ever take characteristics or nuances from close friends or family when working on character development and if so has that friend or family member noticed and what was their response to it?

Not so much nuances or characteristics, but if someone whom I’m close to makes an observation about something that is spot-on-perfect, I will ask them if I can use that in the book. But that doesn’t happen too often.

I definitely take from life, and the characters are an amalgam of many I’ve known over the years, but it’s always best to not have someone very identifiable in fiction works.

What’s your favorite treat? 

Not sure if this question means for an activity or a food/drink, so I’ll answer for both :)

For activities, I love curling up inside on a rainy day and reading a great book or watching The Walking Dead or similar show/movie. It’s my chance to unwind and focus on another type of story other than my writing or my daily life.

For food/beverages, I am utterly in love with Twix bars and have to keep them to a minimum or I’d eat them constantly. I also love a cold glass of Michelob Ultra or Pinot Grigio wine. And if it’s daytime, I love iced coffee! 

What’s your Favorite place to read/write?

To read, I love the recliner in my den. I can see out the windows and curl up under a blanket.

To write, even though I have an ergonomic chair and a great desk area, I find I get more words written if I am outside of the house. There are several cafes and sandwich shops nearby and I frequent all of them to get some writing done. I like being able to put on my headphones, listento music, and yet be out amongst the living even though I don’t have to interact with them consistently in order to get my word count done.

For editing what’s already written, my desk is the best option because I have a big monitor :)

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? 

That’s a toughie because there are so many places! Probably Ireland and/or Scotland. I have family roots there and the landscape is beautiful. But I would definitely enjoy being on the beach as well, or in the Pacific Northwest of the USA – Portland is one of my favorite cities.

Too many to choose, but I’d say Ireland is my top vote.

About Elaine Calloway
Elaine Calloway grew up in New Orleans with a love of cemeteries and all things paranormal. Even though she no longer lives there, she can still do a Cajun accent upon request and often sets her books there so she and feel closer to her home. She writes paranormal and fantasy books with romantic elements. When she isn’t writing or reading, she enjoys photography, binge watching The Walking Dead, and spending time with family and friends. To learn more about her books and connect with her online, visit

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

House of Royals by Keary Taylor - Book Review

Book Synopsis:
Every town has its history and skeletons, but Silent Bend, Mississippi’s are darker than most. Ruled from the shadows by the House—the immortal Born and their aging, enslaved Bitten—everyone knows not to go out after dark and that the police will never look into crimes involving blood. 

Alivia Ryan didn’t know the man who claims to be her father through a will even existed until she inherits the Conrath plantation. Instead of the sleepy house she expects, she finds a mansion and a staff who look at her with fear in their eyes. 

Ian Ward tried to kill Alivia the first time they met, and then insisted he train her to defend herself against the House, who he claims will try to manipulate and take her in for their own political reasons. And the growing attraction between them will threaten their lives—Ian is a sworn enemy of the House. 

In Silent Bend, people disappear, the threat of a demented King and the legend of his resurrecting Queen hang over everyone’s heads, and proving loyalty means far more than blood. You’d better watch who you trust in this town… 

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Book Review:
First of all, let me say that I have never been one to jump on the vampire-hunting bandwagon or found fangs seductive. Well, I may have briefly in the mid 1990’s, but that was unavoidable. With that said, what appealed to me about this book was not the vampires but the political and suppression angle. In this book, bloodlines and genealogy determine power while race can make you an inferior slave or dinner - sometimes both. And, it is not by coincidence that this story takes place in Southern Mississippi.

The characters really developed, and the author really pulled me into the story. There were some times that the heroine annoyed me, and some slight over usage of words or phrases. However, it’s not enough to deter me from book two, House of Pawns.

This book is perfect for a mature teen or young adult. But, cliffhanger beware! You know it’s coming, but the writing still leaves you anticipating. 

Book two, HOUSE OF PAWNS, releases December 15, 2015.

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Andrea'. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~ 

Falling Star by Laura DeLuca $.99 Book Sale

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Drew DiPalma feels like he’s living a lie. He’s had it with his Hollywood persona, the high-maintenance women, and his sleazy agent. To escape the madness, he flees to a tourist town he’d often visited as a child. He never expected to find love on that little island. Then he stumbles upon Lainey alone on the swing set of a deserted beach. After a dozen internet dating disasters, Lainey Riccardo has give up on romance–until she meets a West Coast hunk who has no trouble winning her heart. But Lainey only knows him as Drew, not the Oscar-nominated actor who’s constantly scandalized in the tabloids. When she learns the truth, will the small town Jersey girl be able to accept Drew’s fast-paced life? Or will the truth drive her away forever?

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Now available - the second book in the Jersey Girls series: Erin Conway swore off men completely after her last boyfriend left her to raise a child alone. Ravi Dawes is a musician running from the grief that nearly destroyed him. When the two meet on an internet dating site, sparks fly and they both believe they've found the perfect match. Unfortunately, Erin’s influential family doesn’t approve of Ravi or his career. And Ravi knows his shady past could destroy their relationship before it begins. Can two people whose lives are marred by sorrow and regret find healing in each other’s arms? Or will the past sour their perfect harmony?

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Author Bio Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her four children. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the editor of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. Her works include romantic thrillers, paranormal fiction, contemporary romance, and young adult. Visit her website at for more information.
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~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

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