Breaking Free Close to Release

It’s been a while since I updated you all on my writing. My novel Breaking Free is now in the final stages before being released. As a self-published author, I have the freedom to publish my books when I want and I am setting the release date for Breaking Free as July 1st.

Breaking Free will be released July 1, 2014

To hopefully get you excited about the release, here is the description from the back cover:

Johnny Cardinal grows up detesting white people. They condemn him because of his skin color. He succumbs to the circumstances he has no control over and becomes what they thought he was. His only regret – the disappointment in his mother’s eyes and missing his siblings’ lives.

Eric Thompson grows up affluent but desires the love his parents fail to give him. He makes mistakes trying to get it and entraps himself with his mistakes. His lackluster marriage is on the brink of death and it’s all his fault.

Their lives entwine when one man’s survival becomes another man’s charity case. But who is the one needing the charity?

Blind Trust – Book Review

Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money, and she can’t believe that it came from her sweet neighbor. Or that it lands her in the middle of another one of Detective Tom Parker’s investigations. Determined to prove her neighbor’s innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue that is far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation–and strikes too close to home for comfort. As family secrets come to light, her world–and her budding romance with Tom–begin to crumble. To Kate, it’s clear that she won’t be safe until she uncovers all of Port Aster’s secrets. But is it too late for her and Tom?

This is the second book in the Port Aster Secrets by Sandra Orchard. I didn’t read the first book and it hindered me in reading this book. Because I didn’t read the first book, I was lost in some of the things that happened and it held me back from getting ingrained in the story. I also found the character development lacking. This could have just been since I didn’t read the first book but it held me back from relating to the characters and it didn’t make me like them. I think the plot was well written and if the characters had more development throughout the book I might have liked the book better. I also didn’t like the ending because it seemed abrupt to me and there was no conclusions to many of the questions I had. The book was okay but if someone wants to read it, I suggest reading the first one because hopefully this book will make more sense and the characters develop more.

Here to Stay – Book Review

Blake Hunziker has played nomad for five years and landed in his fair share of trouble too. But now he’s finally returning to his hometown–the Lake Michigan tourist town of Whisper Shore. Counting on a not-so-warm welcome, he’s surprised at not only a positive reception but also a job offer. Determined to settle down and prove himself responsible, he agrees to the catch that comes with the job offer–coordinating the annual Christmas festival–even though he has no idea how he’ll pull it off.

Autumn Kingsley, inn owner and experienced organizer of the Christmas festival, has always dreamed of traveling the world. Now she has a job opportunity in Paris and a surprise potential investor coming to town who just might take on her family’s inn and finally leave her free to go. The only problem is that she has just two weeks to whip the inn into shape.

Their families have a long history of not getting along, but when Blake comes to Autumn for help with the festival, she actually agrees…in exchange for his help with the repairs to her inn. They may have struck a simple deal, but complications are quick to pile on when the guy who’s had enough of running away and the woman who can’t wait to leave join forces.

This is the second book in the Where Love Begins series by Melissa Tagg. However, both books can be read as stand-alones. Readers were introduced to Blake Hunziker in the first book, Made to Last, and readers fell in love with his humor and charm. This book focuses on his journey home after being away for six years after his brother’s passing.

I already fell in love with Blake in the first book and it was nice to see his story and give depth to his character but also what had driven him away. Blake is a lovable character and readers can sympathize with him as he deals with his brother’s death and his part in it.

I loved the humor in the book and how it was interspersed with the more serious matters. All the elements (humor, drama, romance, plot, characters, setting, etc.) worked well together to create an enjoyable contemporary romance novel.