Author: Tina Klinesmith
Genre: Christian Fiction/Romance
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Cover Designer: Allison Brennan
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.
~ Synopsis ~
Michele and David have it all: successful careers, a loving marriage and the perfect daughter. Until the past raises its head, intent this time on wrecking damage to their daughter. When tragedy strikes, they find their faith in God and His plans tested. Can their family remain strong in the face of adversity or will they crumble in ruins? Will love fail them when they need it most or will it restore their faith in what the future holds?
Six Words To Describe the Book
Fear: Actions, right and wrong, are most often driven by fear whether as simple as peer pressure or as complicated as losing life as you know it. Michele, David, Faith and Declan each face their fears throughout.
Hope: While fear motivates the action, hope gives confidence to continue moving forward in the face of fear, even when all appears lost. Hope, in spite of tragedy, is what lifts spirits and brings beauty from the midst of catastrophe.
Faith: Besides the obvious character in the story, faith is a central theme. Believing, with certainty, what you hope for will be accomplished because you know, in your heart, Who you believe in is far more important than any outward evidence.
Endurance: When faced with trials, it’s easy to grow weary. Michele and Faith handle their struggles in completely different ways but neither gives up. They continue to press forward in the face of exhaustion.
Understanding: This is where Declan and Micah excel. Both have been in similar positions to where Michele, David and Faith now find themselves and have survived. Neither shies away from offering a supportive shoulder, using their pasts to walk alongside, sharing the burden.
Love: Throughout the story, love emerges. Even as it evolves and changes, morphing into something greater, it moves beyond the boundaries of the family unit leaving a legacy.
Purchase Link: Amazon
~ About the Author ~
Tina Klinesmith (1973-present) found she had a love for stories at the ripe age of 2 when her mother found her trying to read a romance novel. Even in childhood, she spent time crafting stories, plays and songs for family and friends.
Raised in the lush Central Valley of California, Tina continues to reside there with her wonderful husband, three children and a menagerie of beasts who believe they are also children.
Tina loves the outdoors and spending time camping, fishing and just hanging out with family and friends. She is an accomplished horsewoman and trainer as well as a fitness instructor and online coach. She loves to hear from her readers!
Journey to Faith
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Author:Marlayna Glynn Brown
Publish Date: 01/12/2014
Publisher: Self Published
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
~ Book Synopsis ~
Join award-winning memoirist Marlayna Glynn Brown on a tender journey to understand the father she never knew in life by spreading his ashes around the world after his death.
A relatable must-read for anyone who has lost a loved one, this memoir lights the way to afterlife and afterdeath where forgiveness supersedes pain, blame, remorse and regret.
In her effort to understand the generational effects of alcoholism and subsequent dysfunctional adult relationships, Marlayna takes her youngest son and her father’s ashes on a personal journey, embarking on an emotional voyage to both physical and mental states of being. She confronts her own existence as a mother and a daughter, seeking and ultimately finding peace with her disappointment, anger, failed marriage, and complex relationships with her own four children.
My Ten Favorite Intimate Cities To Fall In Love (Or Have Fun Trying)
Marlayna Glynn Brown
We all know about Paris, but Paris is a big city and can feel a bit intimidating. What if you’re looking for somewhere a little more intimate? Many travelers seek a little amour while enjoying the flavors of a foreign city. If you happen to be looking for love, what better way to see a city than on the arm of a native? Locals know all the best places – public and private – and are usually quite proud to show off their city. If sparks fly, light a fire and really get to know the country!
Summer in Budva is one loud, giant party. Don’t even consider visiting the popular Montenegro Riviera city without bringing your bathing suit and dancing shoes. Spend the day at the beach on one of the hundreds of lounge chairs, rocking out to the pumping house music while your cocktails are hand-delivered. In the evening cruise the main promenade where you’ll find cafe bars, cotton candy, restaurants, shops and discos with go-go girls. With the reputation for having the most millionaires per capita in Europe – 500 in a town of 22,000 – who knows who you might meet?
Although this Amalfi Coast city is quite popular, it doesn’t detract from its ambient romantic charm. Lovely climate, picturesque views, homemade limoncello and amazing seafood make this walkable, hillside city a must-visit. This city is made for romance! If you don’t bring your own lover, feel free to engage the locals, but be warned they will not tell you their real names. As explained to me by a young Italian male, their lifecycle is such: live at home and enjoy life and work hard until marriage. Marriage includes the ‘love years’ where a man dedicates his life to his wife and children. After the children have grown, the man returns to working hard and enjoying life again. The locals are fairly irresistible but don’t say you weren’t warned.
Nicknamed “Paris of the East” due to its lovely lights and architecture, Budapest has grown increasingly popular among European youths. With so many museums, parks, Turkish baths and monuments to experience, you could walk for days without using public transportation. Budapest is quite inexpensive compared to its major European counterparts which means you’ll have more money to spend eating, drinking and mingling with the locals. The Hungarian people are known for their style and beauty – go see for yourself.
Croatia is breathtaking in many aspects, especially the Markarskan Riviera. Aside the crystal-clear Adriatic sea, this town boasts fresh organic food, Croatian wines, and delectable seafood. The active will enjoy parasailing, rafting, kayaking and nude sunbathing. The towering Biokovo mountain range behind Markarska includes the Nature Park – great for hiking, exploring or visiting the tiny church at the top. Cruise along the main promenade in the afternoons and evenings to meet a new friend or two. If you’re feeling adventurous, be sure to board one of the Island Fish Picnic tours for a lovely day spent touring a couple of Croatia’s more than 1200 islands and dining on unbelievably tasty fresh grilled fish. Most of these tours offer unlimited wine. Drink too much and you may end up leading the guests in off-key renditions of “Hey Jude” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” like I did.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is a city rich with history making for enjoyable days exploring by the side of a knowledgable host. Although it’s definitely worthwhile to see the common tourist sites in one of Europe’s largest cities – bridges, cathedrals, and the biggest ancient castle in the world – be sure to veer from the trodden path. Outside of the mulled wine and absinthe bars in the tourist zones you can gift yourself with visits to working man’s pubs for lunch, dinner or beer. Hear some music playing? Stop in to see what’s going on where you’ll likely find cheap beer, Czech patrons who bring their dogs along, and friendly people. I was lucky enough to be taken to an unmarked secret ‘tea room’ on the fifth floor of a walkup. I’d tell you where it is, but then I’d have to – you know.
Santorini is on my list only because there isn’t much to do on this island other than be in love. I accompanied a recently-divorced friend to Santorini and we had to laugh when we found ourselves together in a double bed in one of Santorini’s many romantic bungalows. Although we filled our days riding quads, exploring the red, white and brown beaches, and taking a cruise to the lava island, we both vowed we would never return to this romantic island without bringing a lover along.
One word: Oktoberfest. Another word: Beer. A final couple of words: Beer is the ultimate language translator. Get thee to Oktoberfest, otherwise known as Sausagefest.
This ancient city boasts miles of a coastline so lovely you won’t want to do anything but sit at one of the bars situated on the rocks above the Adriatic sea, drink a refreshment and enjoy the view, the sun and the air. Of course you will do other things such as stroll along the Stradun at night, dine on grilled or stuffed squid, drink local Croatian wine or lick Extra Black ice cream. Feel like dancing? Hit up Culture Club Revelin – a wild club in one of Dubrovnik’s old forts where you’ll meet people from many different countries, hear top DJs and watch dancers on stilts, in cages and on bars perform amazing acts.
Playa Grande Beach, Dominican Republic
This lovely white-sand beach is truly one of the most beautiful areas I’ve ever visited. Located an hour south of the athletic paradise of Cabarete, it’s well worth leaving behind the surfers, windsurfers and kiteboarders to find this piece of paradise. Away from the noise of the motorcycles, the sales pitches of the jewelry vendors, and the tourists that populate other parts of the Dominican Republic waits this quiet stretch of beach with a powerful surf. Rent a surfboard or a boogie board or just bodysurf. When you’re hungry any one of the restaurant employees will be happy to set up a table and chairs for you to dine on fresh seafood and drink fresh coconut juice straight from the shell. If your idea of paradise is blue water, hot sun, white sand and great service – this beach is for you.
This quaint, cobble-stoned city surprised and enticed me with her unexpected charm. The streets are filled with both tourists and native Mayan people dressed in the clothing indicative of their village. The air is often filled with the sounds of cannons, firecrackers, music and laughter because there is seemingly always some kind of celebration going on. To escape the raucousness, drop into one of the many wonderful restaurants or bars. This city is one of the easiest places to meet other people regardless of whether you’re eating, drinking or just resting. The center of the city contains a lovely park filled with benches. I guarantee you cannot sit there alone for five minutes without making a new friend.
About the Author
Marlayna Glynn Brown is a best selling American memoirist, award winning photographer, screenwriter and yogi. Immediately upon publication Marlayna’s first book became and still remains one of the most highly rated author memoirs on Amazon, and placed as a finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Marlayna’s extensive travels, BA in Literature and MS in Human Services have honed her remarkable gifts in observing and recording the ways of humanity. Her works include:
Overlay: A Tale of One Girl’s Life in 1970s Las Vegas
City of Angeles
Big As All Hell And Half Of Texas
The Trilogy: Memoirs of Marlayna Glynn Brown
One Day The Invitations Will Stop Arriving: A Travel Memoir
Lovers, Liars and Lotharios: Lessons Learned and Self Esteem Earned
Rest In Places: My Father’s Post-Life Journey Around The World
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Title: Coming Home
Author: Priscilla Glenn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 20, 2014
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Event Organized By: AToMR
~Michelle’s 5-Star Review ~
“Traditions are good. They help keep memories alive.”
Priscilla Glenn falls into a certain category of authors–I will read ANYTHING she writes because I know it will be a fantastic read and perfectly edited! She’s an English teacher for heaven’s sake, and she can write those scenes that make me feel like I’m in the story, and I can feel exactly each and every emotion that I’m reading. (Do you remember the piano playing scene from Emancipating Andie? Holy hotness and sweet emotion! ) Well, Priscilla is now three out of three for me! She knocked this one out of the park with a grand slam. :)
I typically do not read teasers for upcoming novels (as I do like to be surprised) and hadn’t even read the synopsis for Coming Home. So it wasn’t until I was twenty-five percent into the book (and curious) when I finally went back and read the synopsis. (Again, that proves to you that I will read anything she writes.)
At this point in the story Leah was on the phone with Danny and they were asking each other questions. I remember having a wicked grin on my face the entire time. I felt like a teenager again enjoying the “getting to know” you period. I was so vested in Danny and Leah’s story already, and there was no going back. Of course, I was very curious about Danny’s secret and his intentions at this stage of the book. (Did I mention that I literally laid in bed ALL day reading and put everything and everyone on hold?)
Coming Home is written in third-person point of view, which is great because I felt every emotion that Danny and Leah experienced. I laughed, I cried, I smiled, and I mourned throughout Coming Home. Priscilla included quite a bit of humor in this book, which was a welcome change. Leah had a great relationship with her family, and they were constantly teasing one another. Once again, I felt like I was part of the family and my heart was full with that familiar feeling of being loved and having family to count on no matter what.
Leah is so refreshing to read because she is a confident woman, and she doesn’t have too much of a problem telling Danny what she is thinking or what she wants. Oh, can I tell you how much I enjoyed her character? I seriously want to just hang out with her, especially at the Cheesecake Factory or a bar. :)
“I don’t mind a little disappointment now and then. It just means you’ve got high standards. I’d rather shoot high and be disappointed sometimes than just live in the middle with the illusion of being satisfied.”
And when she laid her head back down on his chest, he rested his cheek against her hair and closed his eyes, wondering if there would ever be a man on this planet who was worthy of her.”
“So if something seems too hard, princess, before you throw in the towel, you should always ask yourself, ‘Will the reward be worth the suffering.’”
Danny DeLuca (gosh, I love saying his name) is no doubt going to make the list of top book boyfriends. He is sexy, complex, wishy washy, but he is honorable and has his reasons for the way he acts. Yes, he has a secret. He has a past, and he is his own worst enemy.
The hurt will be temporary, she reminded herself as his lips moved against hers. This is the forever.
In addition to Leah and Danny and their families, Priscilla has included their best friends as well. And once again, their scenes are some of the best, both funny and heartbreaking.
If you are a fan of Colleen Hoover’s writing, I encourage you to pick up Coming Home, especially if you have never read a book written by Priscilla Glenn. There were two scenes in particular that I honestly thought were written by Colleen. Yes, that is one hell of a compliment, which tells you how great this book is. Coming Home will no doubt sit on my shelf of Top 10 Reads for 2014!
“I just…I want you to know that no matter what happens, I know you, Danny,” she said. “I know who you really are.”
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book directly from the author. I was not paid to read or review this book. All opinions are my own, and I was never influenced by anything or anyone.
~Author’s Take on Danny DeLuca ~
By Priscilla Glenn
Danny DeLuca is “the perfect combination of cute, but sexy. Pretty, but rugged. Exuding a gentleness, but at the same time, radiating a raw sex appeal.” He’s described as tall with black hair, and eyes that are “shockingly blue” against the dark tone of his hair. And the cherry on top? A pair of dimples that make Leah feel like her veins are full of helium whenever they appear. When he’s not working underneath a car and cursing like a sailor, he’s taking care of Gram and apologizing for his friend’s crude behavior. He is a walking, talking, delicious dichotomy.
Danny is passionate about everything he does; he works hard, fights harder, and loves with his entire being. He can be moody and unpredictable at times, but he is extremely loyal to those he cares about and will do anything to protect them or make them happy, even if he suffers as a result. There are events in his life he’s still struggling to move on from, but despite his traumatic experiences, he has managed to maintain a level of sensitivity and kindness. (Although, you’d be remiss to mistake his kindness for weakness.)
Unknown fact about Danny: When I first wrote Coming Home, it was done in first-person point of view with Leah as the narrator. It wasn’t until I went back and gave it an overhaul that Danny’s point of view made an appearance, and holy hell, there was so much he wanted me to know about him. I totally fell for him while writing his perspective, which in turn gave me a deeper understanding of Leah.
~About the Author ~
Priscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three children. She has been teaching English at the middle and high school levels for the past twelve years while moonlighting as a writer, mom, coach, student, and professional laundry-doer.If you catch her when she’s feeling sophisticated, she’ll tell you her favorite things are great books and good wine. In the moments in between, she’ll admit her love for anything Ben and Jerry’s, UFC fights, and Robert Pattinson. Glenn is also the author of the contemporary romance novels Back to You, and Emancipating Andie.