The Real Thing by Tina Ann Forkner

The Real ThingThe Real Thing by Tina Ann Forkner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is one of those times when I am glad that I did not judge a book by it’s cover.

Manda Marshall has not had the best experience with married life, but now she has come out of a divorce and a emotionally painful time in her life and has found herself a real life cowboy!
Marrying a rodeo cowboy at that. Marrying a divorced father of two, one of which is a teenage girl who resents her coming into their home and changing the dynamic.

As she tries to juggle being a new wife and step-mother is enough to deal with one would think, but then the mysterious Ex begins calling her daughter and things get complicated. What does this woman want now? Why now?

What Manda accidentally finds out will either make or break them as a family.

This is not just another cowboy romance book. This is a story of how families deal with the unexpected, with mental illness, with Alzheimer”s disease and blending families.
It is a very human story about everyday people and how we can rise above the pettiness of life and learn to forgive and to give. How things are rarely as they appear on the surface.
I was very moved by this story told so well by Tina Ann Forkner.

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‘Dear Lucky Agent’ Contest

Thanks to Stevie Turner for this one!

Stevie Turner


I’m copying the information below from the website for the attention of authors like myself who write women’s fiction and like to enter FREE writing contests.

This is a FREE recurring online contest with agent judges and super-cool prizes. Here’s the deal: With every contest, the details are essentially the same, but the niche itself changes—meaning each contest is focused around a specific category or two. So if you’re writing women’s fiction, this 21st contest is for you! (No genre romance or erotica.) The contest is live through EOD, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. The contest is judged by agent Elizabeth Winick Rubenstein of McIntosh & Otis.


After a previous “Dear Lucky Agent” contest, the agent judge, Tamar Rydzinski (The Laura Dail Literary Agency), signed one of the three contest winners. After Tamar signed the writer, she went on to sell two of that writer’s books!…

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Have You Seen This Girl? by Carissa Ann Lynch

Have You Seen This Girl? (Flocksdale Files Book #1)Have You Seen This Girl? by Carissa Ann Lynch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wendi Wise is every teenage girl in the country. She just wants to have fun with her friends, hang out at the mall and meet boys. But at the tender age of 13, her mother has her on a very short leash.
If you are a female or the mother of a teenage girl, you should read this book. This isn’t some dark fantasy book, this is real life and happens every day of the week somewhere. Our worst fear as a parent is that our child will be taken from us by some twisted pervert the minute we let our guard down.
Wendi and her best friend have thought of a way to sneak some time in with a couple of cute boys at the skating rink. And it is a decision that will have dire consequences for them all.

Kidnapped and drugged she is helpless against the adults who have done this to her until one day, they release her. With the threat of being killed along with her entire family, Wendi decides it is time to leave town.

While she struggles with the trauma that was done to her, she also becomes addicted to drugs. Self medication. After many stints in re-hab, she is finally clean and sober and is ready to go back to Flocksdale and take down everyone involved in taking her life and family away.

This book was sometimes difficult to read as it is honest and raw and real. Our hearts break for Wendi and cheer when she does what needs to be done.
Sometimes we don’t want to face the evil in the world. It is too painful and in some part of our brain we think this can’t happen in our town, in our home, but Ms. Lynch shows us that not only can it happen but it does and is happening right now.all over the world.

To the people who say ” Oh, I can’t read about children being abused, I say Oh yes you can and more importantly you must!

It’s up to all of us to try and prevent our daughters and sons from being prey.
I can’t wait to get to the next book!

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Junior Inquisitor by Lincoln Farish

Junior inquisitor (Inquisitor Series Book 1)Junior inquisitor by Lincoln Farish

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I must admit I have wanted to read this book for some time. I’ve seen it pop up on many social media feeds and the cover kept drawing me in along with the description I read. I do have a soft spot for Monks and the supernatural.
When I was finally able to clear a day to read it I was instantly pulled into the life of Brother Sebastian and the Inquisitors.

Charged with purging the world of evil in the form of witches, werewolves and other equally nasty sorts, Sebastian is now on a more personal vendetta against the witch who destroyed his life and happiness, so you can imagine his frustration when his superiors demand his presence in Providence to try and locate a fellow brethren and Inquisitor.

Things begin to go horribly wrong almost as soon as he arrives. The action and fast pace kept me literally on the edge of my seat!

Is anything what or who they appear to be? Can he trust himself? Can he look evil in the eye and make it back down?

If this is what Dark Urban Fantasy is then sign me up! I can’t wait to read the next book. As I was reading the book, a friend asked me what I was reading and I replied, ” The Exorcist on steroids”. This could easily slip into the Horror genre some say, but I wasn’t horrified, I was mesmerized.
If you like the supernatural, religious mythology and good writing you are in the right place with Junior Inquisitor.

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Thank You! | Versatile Blogger Award

I’m so excited to be nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award! And thank you to Jam over at Leaves et Livres Blog

The rules are simple:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. Nominate at least 15 bloggers of your choice. When considering a fellow blogger for the Versatile Blogger Award, keep in mind the quality of their writing, the uniqueness of their subject matter and the level of love displayed on the virtual page.
  3. Link your nominees and let them know about their nomination.
  4. Share seven facts about yourself.


Seven Facts About Me:

  1. I grew up in a small town in The Golden Isles of GeorgiaBEACHGIRL

2.  I have Crohn’s Disease. I don’t eat meat, dairy, sugar. I eat a plant based diet.

3.  I had lived in Mississippi for 13 years when Katrina made a direct hit on us.

4.  I love to travel and have been to almost every country and every state except Washington.

5.  I love SHOES!! Next to books I more shoes than I should….

6.  I collect weaponry. All types.

7.  I was named after a female pirate in my family.


My nominees are:

  1. thesarahdoughty
  2. aurorawatcherak
  3. Stevie Turner
  4. gigles
  5. garym6059
  6. Abbie Lu
  7. C.King Grey
  8. Accidental Hipster Mum
  9. Sourav Adhikari
  10. Darcy Alexander Shillingford
  11. Alex Fayman
  12. tiskaroo
  13. PrasanshaDahal
  14. Bridgett Morigna
  15. Sableyes


Congratulations, and I look forward to learning a bit more about you all. if you have already participated, that’s fine and if you don’t do this, that’s fine too!

Stay warm all my friends in the Northeast today!


Patricia  xxoo



Leaves et Livres

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all the kind people who have stopped by my blog and liked my posts and taken the time out to leave a comment. When I blog, I talk as if it were my diary or invisible friend (which I have never had, I hasten to add) reading it sometimes. So, thank you! And those of you who have voted for me in the UK Blog Awards, you ROCK!

I’m so excited to have been nominated for a versatile blogger award by the lovely Mliae of Life Experiment Blog. Thank you kindly 🙂

My nominees are people whose blogs I love to read because of their passion and the great content that they publish. I do hope they will accept!

The rules are simple:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. Nominate at…

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Far From True by Linwood Barclay


Far From True (Promise Falls #2)

Far From True: A Promise Falls Novel by Linwood Barclay is the second in this series. The small town of Promise Falls seems so ordinary on the surface but in reality it is full of secrets.
When the screen at the local drive in explodes and falls killing four people, the daughter of one of the victims asks former cop and current P.I. Cal Weaver to look into a break in that happened at her father’s home the same night he was killed at the drive in. What he finds could impact the lives of several of the town’s citizens and in a juicy way!
Mr. Barclay is a genius at writing thrillers and this one does not disappoint! Reading one of his books is fun and challenging. Here are all  of this seemingly disconnected characters who in the end all come together in a way that leaves you saying, What??
The action starts on the first age and never lets up. There are so many sub-plots and sketchy characters that I gave up trying to figure out who did what and just went along for the ride!

The Honor Challenge

Wonderful idea!

Of A Life Less Ordinary

You Are Special print (charcoal)
What if we reached out and honored people regularly.

Treating people with Importance, Respect, and Kindness should not be reserved for “Special” days…

What if every day we treated people like it was their birthday.
Called them up, sent a nice message, acknowledged them, took them to coffee or lunch, gave a smile and/or a compliment…

How would it be if our words and actions reflected that we cared about whether or not they felt important and valued!

Challenge: Pick a person, and for an entire week really treat them special, as if it was genuinely their birthday. Do this full-heartedly, but don’t mention the challenge to them or others. The Honor Challenge
Note: This is not necessarily about material gifts but a frame of mind, words, and actions (outreach.)4447

I wonder how relationships and/or self-esteem will be affected…

Please spread this challenge and Share your experiences here with me! The Honor Challenge

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Open Book Blog Hop – January 18th – 24th 2016

Open Book Blog Hop – January 18th – 24th 2016

Stevie Turner

Today on the Open Book Blog Hop we’re talking about swearing.  There is more and more swearing on TV, and in movies, books and the like. What are your thoughts on this topic?


When I look at old films made before the early 1970’s, it’s wonderful to hear the dialogue, as there doesn’t seem to be any swearing in them at all.  In fact I was watching ‘Cool Hand Luke’ last night which was made in 1967, and although the film depicts members of a chain gang working on the roads, not one swear word assailed my ears.  When George Kennedy can be seen saying something unpleasant to Paul Newman, other sounds block it out.  There is meaningful dialogue which Donn Pearce took time and trouble to write.

It would be interesting to see a modern-day remake of this film (actually no, perhaps not).  I expect every other word from the prisoners…

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Scarlet Memories Vol.2: Metamorphis by Jessica Ozment


Metamorphosis is the second book of the Scarlet Memories books.

Sam and Ian have now been confined to Atlanta’s CDC for over a year being experimented on by the government in hopes of finding a cure for the zombie outbreak that has taken over. Kept in the dark and tired of being used they decide to find a way out. But they aren’t the only ones looking for a way out and when the opportunity arises to go they take it.

It’s been over a year since they’ve seen the outside world. Will they make it? Where will they go? Can they outrun the hideous creature hunting them? And why exactly is he hunting them? Is anyone to be trusted?

Ms.Ozment has given us characters that we quickly become invested in. They are vulnerable and afraid but they just keep going, it’s hard not to cheer for them. There is a lot of action and twists and turns and I definitely did not see the ending coming

I honestly thought I had had enough of zombies and wasn’t interested in any more of them. But this book doesn’t focus on the zombies, but instead focuses on the characters. Their thoughts, their fears, what they are willing to do for each other to find out what is going on and to protect their little family. I enjoyed it so much I read it twice. Once I started it I couldn’t stop, I raced through, so I read it again slowly and came to the same conclusion. This is good!

I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to see what is next from this author.

A Blaze of Magic: Chosen Saga Book Two by J.L.Clayotn

A Blaze of Magic (Chosen Saga, #2)

Charlie is back and she has learned a lot! The questions about her parents are answered as well as the questions about who and what she is.

Thrust into a supernatural world torn between beauty and magic and wonder, there is also danger and not everyone is who they pretend to be. When she is taken prisoner by a lunatic, who is ready to hook her up to The Machine and steal her powers, Charlie is fighting back for herself and many others.

Even with her powers, she is going to need some help. Trouble is she still doesn’t know if she can trust this stranger from her dreams. Will he be her downfall or her savior?

Will she survive? Will she get back to her family and our favorite hotties, Jace and Tru? You’ll have to read it to find out!

Ms. Clayton really hits her stride with the second book in her series. The second book is even better than the first. Next out is A Ghost of Magic and I expect it will be even more exciting!