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BOOK REVIEW: IN BLACK AND WHITE BY CATHERINE LAVENDER.

In Black & White by [Lavender, Catherine]

TITLE: In Black & White

AUTHOR: CATHERINE LAVENDER.

What can I say about this story……..

AMAZING BOOK SHOULD BE A BEST SELLER

The author has a creative way of bringing her messages across in this fiction. There is true love that even through separation not caused by themselves but by the bigotry and ignorance of those around them their love continues even in death.

This book addresses a few issues that those of America faced over time, especially in the 60’s when a white man could not love a dark woman, the segregation of both cultures, the lack of cultural diversity and the need to see colour instead of a person’s soul, through laws of the time and the people themselves prevented these two lost souls from being with their one true love and the amass of people and against their union or what their love had created together. Leaving all three lives in complete and missing something of importance to all.

The book also looks at women’s lib of the 70’s and how women should give up the housewife image and stand strong and independent but what was the sacrifice they had to make and the long-term effects this has had on one woman. Micah.

Micah was conceived out of true love between her white father Sidney and her dark mother Loretta. Micah never knew her real father was until he died always believing he had abandoned her and her mother, never fitting in anywhere because she was of a mixed race. All drove Micah to a career driven woman on a mission to succussed in her life, but it was lacking, love she could never really commit to a relationship.

Micah discovers apron Sidney’s death that she is sole benefactor of his estate and his estranged daughter. In the beginning Micah feels nothing but resentment towards this man that is her father. Micah through events and reading Sidney’s first novel realised that her father didn’t abandon her and that he loved her mother till the day he died. While at the same time Micah starts to have strong feelings for Nathan the estates maintenance guy and close friend of Sidney’s.

This book is not a simple romance book, it is more a self-discovery for Micah as she unearths the truth about her parents. There are more sub plots, twists and turns that you don’t expect even attempt of murder from the least likely suspects, even though they are right in your face, Micah must face to uncover the truth about why her parents were never together when it was clear they loved each other.

Who you expect to be the villain turns out to be a friend in disguise for Micah in the long run. This book is thriving with mystery and you get to enjoy a little bit of romance with a whole lot of discovery not just about Micah’s parents but also herself, how she can be a successful business woman and have love.

I strongly suggest this book for anyone that is looking for something a little different from the typical hot steamy romance (that is not this book). But if you want something that touches on the tragedy of the cultural times that I am sure is still faced by so many around the world today then this is your book. It has just about everything you could possibly want in a book. Its light, entertaining but also sucks you right in from the very beginning and you don’t want to put it down.

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INTERVIEW WITH HUGO DRISCOLL AUTHOR OF 7 DAYS WITH YOU

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Hugo Driscoll

What inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve always been in love with storytelling and the written word, though I initially wanted to be a journalist. In fact, it was only in my early 20s that I started dabbling with fiction, and I’ve been in love with it ever since.

What are your hobbies?

Aside from reading and writing, I make sure sports are a big part of my life. I’m a naturally competitive person, and I find the best way to help release my competitive edge is by playing soccer or tennis. I also try and go to the gym at least three times a week.

What are you passionate about?

My first passion will always be writing. When I think of something, I have to get it down. Sometimes it’s one sentence, and other times it’s a thousand words. I feel privileged that I’ve found my calling in life.

What social media do you use to contact with your fans? Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

I’m an avid Twitter user. I think it’s one of the best things to come from the Internet. I also use Facebook, though am not as prolific on it.

What is your username on the different social media platforms? (do you want this information to be published)

Twitter: @hugosa

Facebook.com/hugodriscollauthor

what did you do before you became a published author?

What I still do now: Working as a content writer for a viral media company. If you need advice on skinny jeans or what cat cafes in obscure parts of Japan to go to, I’m your man.

How long have you been writing for?

Four years

What’s your writing style like?

I use a lot of short sentences and very few adverbs as I want people to feel they can turn the pages with ease.

What’s your favorite genre to write/read in and why?

I’d have to say YA.

Some writers have something playing in the background, do you and what?

I tend to frequent coffee shops when I write as I find the chitter-chatter oddly calming. I’ve tried writing in silence, and while I can do it, I much prefer a nice coffee shop.

What’s the inspiration behind your books?

My main inspiration comes from experiences, mainly in the form of heartbreak. I think that’s one of the positive things to come from failed romances- at least for writers. You may have lost love, but you’ve probably gained a book!

If you could do it all over again, would you change anything about your books?

Maybe I could have approached my first book with a bit more know-how, but writing is a craft you learn on the job as much as in the classroom.

Is there anything you found particularly challenging about writing?

There are many things. If you want to write an average piece then, of course, you can just type your way to the finish line.  But if you want to write something good, you have to give it your all, especially during the editing process. It might take 10-15 drafts before it’s anywhere near ready for publication, and that to me is always hard as it involves deleting and re-writing a lot of paragraphs you might think read well but in reality, are a pile of tosh!

what authors are your inspiration?

I’d say American authors like Bukowski and Hemmingway certainly played a role in making me want to pursue a career in fiction. I just love their sentence structures and simple yet moving dialogue. I always found that writing more appealing than superfluous descriptions of windows.

What is your take on fanfiction?

I think it’s great. I’m not personally a reader of the stuff, but I think it’s an excellent way to get novice writers inspired. Just look at the impact Twilight fan fiction had on the Fifty Shades of Grey author, E.L. James!

What advice would you give any newbie author or anyone that wants to pick up writing?

Write, write, write and then write some more! It’s an artform that requires an incredible amount of practice and self-discipline. You can take all the classes you want, but if you don’t write anything when it’s just you and the keyboard, you won’t improve. So many people want to write, but few follow through with that want. You have to bleed for your craft if you really want to write something good.

And, of course, it almost goes without saying that you should read a broad range of authors. Read anything you can get your hands on. The more you read, the more aware you become of what constitutes good writing and what doesn’t.

 

What are your fondest childhood memories?

Playing soccer and tennis in the summer vacation with friends. We lived for those sports, and we’d often end up home well past 10 before slumping in front of the television giddy in the knowledge that our lives were free from early mornings.

If you Don’t mind, tell us a little about your personal life?

My personal life usually involves going to a bar or restaurant with friends at least once every two weeks. I’m young and single, so I go out more than friends in relationships, but as I writer, my weekends can sometimes consist of nothing but writing in cafés and going to the gym, but I’m totally okay with that.

Do you have any causes, charities, foundations that you are passionate about and donate to? if so why? how did you get involved??

I don’t have any foundations, but I try to donate to child and animal charities as much as I can. Even if it’s only a small amount, a little goes a long way.

Do you have any pets?

I have a fat cat called Molly. She’s the best!

Some fun questions now

 

what age were you when you were first kissed?

16

who was your high School sweetheart?

A stereotypical cheerleader with blonde hair and blue eyes called Sophie.

what did you want to be when you were little?

A soccer player

what is your favourite colour??

Navy blue. I think 90% of my wardrobe is navy.

what is your favourite food/s?

That’s a good question! It would have to be a toss-up between Italian and Thai!

what are you afraid of?

Failure

how old were you when you first got drunk?

18

What was your first car?

I haven’t even had a driving lesson! Living in London does that to you!

did you live in a house or apartment when you were a child?

A house

what was your favourite tv show as a child?

South Park

What was your favorite book?

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

who did you have a crush on when you were in school and how old were you?

My first crush occurred around 11 and she was also my best friend! We’re still great friends now funnily enough, despite her letting me down gently by telling me she saw me more as a brother!

Tell us about your Book/S?

Seven Days with You is a coming-of-age love story that anyone who has ever been young and in love will relate to.

Admittedly, it’s also a story that I suppose reviewers might call a tearjerker, but I like to see it as one that proves love is the most important emotion anyone can have in a world that can often be unforgiving.

Tell us a little about yourself. Perhaps something not many people know about? Can you share with us the best way to contact you and where to find your work? This is where you have the floor.

I’d like to think I’m quite a relatable guy and someone who comes across as friendly and empathetic, despite the craft of writing requiring a ton of sacrifice and commitment. But if you want to dig around and form a more rounded opinion you can check out my website: hugodriscoll.com. I also have author pages on Goodreads and Amazon. Fan interaction is incredibly important to me, so any questions are always welcomed. 😊

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BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Changing the Earl’s Mind The Lords of Whitehall Book 3 by Kristen McLean

Changing the Earl’s Mind
The Lords of Whitehall Book 3
by Kristen McLean
Genre: Historical Romance
A man who knows everything…

For nearly a decade, Drake Ramsey, the disciplined and logical Earl of
Saint Brides, has been the driving force behind the Home Office;
meeting with foreign leaders to negotiate treaties, spurring a
lethargic Parliament into action, and directing a secret army of
spies. The last thing he wants to find while taking a well-deserved
vacation is a dangerous fugitive. Nevertheless, when he catches a
beautiful murderess hiding in his hunting cabin, he has little choice
but to bring her to justice, landing himself in a battle for control
he could never hope to win.
meets a woman determined to prove him wrong.
Marrying a stranger simply to gain access to her dowry and travel the world,
admittedly, was the biggest mistake of Sarah Tindall’s life. In
fact, she would readily admit to making several big mistakes. Killing
her husband, however, is not one of them. When a starchy lord takes
it upon himself to bring her to a London prison, she is determined to
escape him and prove her innocence, yet every attempt ends with her
back in her handsome captor’s arms. Even if her innocence is
proven, his forbidden and passionate kisses leave her uncertain if
escape was ever an option.

 

*WARNING*
This work of fiction is intended for mature audiences only. All sexually
active characters portrayed in this ebook are eighteen years of age
or older. Please do not buy if strong sexual situations, violence,
and explicit language offends you.
**Can easily be read as a standalone!**
Kristen McLean is a regency-era romance novelist with a flair for humor and
suspense. She has always had a love of novels, with a special place
in her heart for historical romance. Now she has the pleasure of
writing at home, tucked away in a forest with her husband, two
children, and their cat. Her husband is loving and impressively
patient, their two beautiful children strive to embarrass and exhaust
her, and the cat hates everyone, but tolerates—well, she tolerates
whoever will feed her.
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BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: 7 Days With You BY Hugo Driscoll

YA Romance
Date Published: 11/04/2017
 Publisher: Leap of Faith Publishing
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Sean Johnson’s life as a small-town farmhand has been nothing but predictable, but when he meets Sophia Hillingdon at the local animal sanctuary, she gets him out of an eighteen-year rut, away from the mundane existence on the farm, and a grieving, drunken father.
Sophia is the first person who understands him and makes him believe that he might get out of their small town, who tells him, he has the potential to be whoever he wants to be and do whatever he wants to do.
But as their relationship unfolds, it is the most devastating of news that will change both of them forever.
About the Author

Hugo Driscoll is a 25-year-old British author and content writer for an online publication in London.
When he’s not working, you can usually find him writing in the basements of cafes or looking serious in black and white photos.
You can also find Hugo on Twitter, Facebook, and his personal blog, which he updates regularly.
Seven Days with You is his first novel.
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COVER REVEAL: WHO DO YOU LOVE by J.M. Bronston

WHO DO YOU LOVE
by J.M. Bronston
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pub. Date: 12/26/2017
Aspiring journalist Eugenia Shaw is thrilled to
be doing her first story for Lady Fair magazine, covering New
York’s famous Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The last thing she
expects is to fall in love—with a quirky looking Chinese Crested
named Sweetie Pie. Or with the fellow dog lover she keeps
accidentally-on-purpose running into in Central Park . . .

Unlike Jennie’s judgy live-in boyfriend, Paul
is a man who appreciates Sweetie Pie’s unconventional beauty. And
the better they get to know each other, the more it feels like he
appreciates Jennie too. Soon she can’t help noticing how much
happier and more confident she is when they’re together, or how
Paul encourages her writing. He’s even inspired her to pitch a
brand new story to Lady Fair. But will she be brave enough to
rewrite her own next chapter? . . .
Joan Myra Bronston grew up in New York
City, married her college sweetheart, and went with him to Germany
for a year while he was in the Army and where she worked as a telex
operator and mail clerk. They then moved to Austria where Joan spent
five years teaching at an international school. She is the mother of
three wonderful girls and the grandmother of a super-wonderful
grandson. Joan was also a secretary, social investigator, and
psychiatric researcher, before entering law school and eventually
becoming a corporate attorney. In addition to her years in Europe,
Joan has lived in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and, for 18 years, Salt Lake
City. At last, she has closed the circle and returned to her first
and most beloved—New York City. Visit her website at
jmbronston.com, find her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter
@JMBronston.

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PROMO TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: UNEXPECTED GIFTS by S.R. Mallery

 

UNEXPECTED GIFTS

by S.R. Mallery

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RELEASE BLITZ AND GIVEAWAY: Sanctuary BY Laurie Larson

Inspirational romance
Date Published: June 20, 2017
Publisher: Random Moon Books (indie)
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Hardworking, successful lawyer Nora Ramsey, was at the height of her career. Now, she’s questioning everything in Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina.
When she accepts her aunt’s dilapidated estate as her inheritance, Nora is plagued with misgivings and doubt. When one of her newly inherited horses takes ill, she prays for guidance and receives it in the form of veterinarian Shaw Flynn.
Dedicated and rugged, he assists Nora through the trying time. In Shaw, she sees someone gentle, caring and deeply devoted to God. The more she’s with him, the more he inspires her to embrace her own faith. And as their relationship blossoms into a something real and beautiful—like the coastal sunsets of Murrell’s Inlet—Nora stumbles upon Shaw’s deepest secret. Her trust is destroyed and the wisdom of her life-changing decision shaken as the future she envisioned is threatened.
As the truth becomes clear, can she find forgiveness within the sanctuary of her heart or will his betrayal destroy her faith in him once and for all?
 
Excerpt
Nora processed the stack of mail.  One thick legal-sized envelope grabbed her attention.  The return address was a law firm in South Carolina.  A closer look revealed that the law firm was in Myrtle Beach.  She shrugged and slid her finger under the envelope flap, pulled out the contents.  She scanned the professionally prepared letter, frowned and read it again.  She gasped and reached for her phone.
A few rings later, her sister Patty answered.  “Hey sis, long time no …”
“Aunt Edie died?” she demanded.
“Uhhh, hello to you too,” she said pointedly.
Nora huffed, taking care of social niceties so she could get to the real information she wanted.  “Yes, hello Patty, hope you’re well, did you have a nice day?  And oh, by the way, did Aunt Edie die?”
“Yes,” her sister said, wisely getting to the point.  “Like a month ago.”
“Holy smokes!  Why am I just finding out about it now?”
“I don’t know.  When was the last time you spoke to Aunt Edie?”
“Well … never.  But just because we didn’t have a personal relationship doesn’t mean I wouldn’t want to be filled in on family news, such as my favorite aunt from childhood dying.”
“Okay, sorry. Aunt Edie died from prolonged effects of the stroke she had about six months ago.  You knew about that?”
“Yes.”
“She was hospitalized after her stroke, eventually moving to a long-term care facility, and never really recovered.  It was really more of a blessing than a sorrow that she passed on to be with the Lord.”
This news induced a wave of sadness over her.  Aunt Edie, all alone, self-sufficient for the long years of her adulthood, suddenly unable to take care of herself.  “Who took care of her?”
“You mean, who got her the care she needed?”
Nora shook her head, overwhelmed at all the details that had needed to be taken care of, the decisions that were made.  Who helped her after her stroke?  Who selected the place where they nursed her?  Who visited her in her final months?  Days?  “Yeah.”
“She had good friends there in Murrells Inlet.  She was a huge part of the community.  She had church friends, neighbors.  She was taken care of.”
“Wow,” she breathed.  The reality and permanence of Aunt Edie’s situation permeated her mind.  She would be Aunt Edie in a few decades.  Alone, nobody checking on her.  Except instead of being in a quaint beach town where neighbors watched out for each other, Nora would be in a pricey Philadelphia high-rise with a doorman and security doors where nobody knew their neighbors.  When it came her time, would anyone even realize she was gone?
“I’m sorry I didn’t tell you, sis.  I figured Mom would.”
Nora shrugged and said, “Yeah.”  Mom probably would, if she’d done a better job of calling her regularly.  Nora cringed when she thought of how many voicemails she’d received from Mom in the last month that she never returned.  Or returned, but gave her a five minute time limit.  Maybe Mom was meaning to tell her about Aunt Edie and Nora just hadn’t made enough of an effort.  But with her long days and exhausting schedule, the last thing she wanted to do was sit with a phone plugged to her ear for an hour listening, or pretending to listen, to all the details of her mother’s retired life.
She squeezed her eyes shut and said a quick prayer of apology to God for that awful thought.  She was lucky to still have a mother.  She’d make an effort to stay in closer touch.
“So did you get your inheritance?” Patty asked.
“Huh?”
“I assumed that’s why you’re calling.  You got the inheritance letter from Aunt Edie’s lawyer?”
“Oh.”  Nora shuffled through the small stack of papers.  She hadn’t even gotten past the cover page where she’d learned of Aunt Edie’s death.  Yes, the next few were the will.  The lawyer had included the general wording, then had gone straight to the punch with what Aunt Edie had left her.
“Oh, my gosh.”
“What?  What did she leave you?”
Nora stared, her mouth dropped open.  The generosity of the inheritance astounded her.  “What … what did she leave you?”
“She left us money to put into a college savings account for the girls.”
“Oh, how nice,” Nora said slightly, still staring at the page.
“Yes, it sure was.  I mean, Joe and I had of course started saving for the girls’ college.  But Aunt Edie’s gift will go a long way towards their expenses.  And if there’s any money left over, we can give them each a gift of funds to start their adult lives with.”
“Yeah,” Nora said.
A quiet moment passed while she fully absorbed what her aunt was leaving her.
“So what did you get?”
Nora took a breath.  “You’re not going to believe this, Patty.”
“What?”
“Aunt Edie left me all her property.  Ten acres, a barn and the house in Murrells Inlet.  Everything – furniture, farm equipment.”
“Wow.”
“That’s … extremely generous.”
“Yeah.”
A guilty wave came over her.  Why would Aunt Edie leave her such a generous inheritance when she hadn’t even stayed in touch with the woman over the last few decades?  When was the last time she’d seen Edie?  Spoken to her?  “I’m having trouble understanding why she’d leave this to me.”
“Aunt Edie loved you.  And me.  Both of us.  She never had kids so we were like her children.”
“Yes, I remember going to this place every summer as kids.”
“Lots of sentimental value for the both of us.”
“But … why me?”
“I guess Aunt Edie wanted to help take care of my girls.  And since you don’t have kids, and she knew you loved visiting there, that gift was more appropriate for you.”
Nora hesitated, not exactly sure how to put her concerns into words.  Until she just came out with it.  “Are you mad that she left the property to me?”
“Not at all,” Patty insisted.  “No. Her gifts were well thought out.  I live in the Midwest.  I have kids to raise.  What would I do with a beach front farm property?”
Nora nodded.  So, no hard feelings there.  That was a relief.  “Wait.  I’m a partner in a law firm in Philadelphia.  What am I going to do with a beach front farm property?”
About the Author

Award-winning author Laurie Larsen leads a double life.  During the day she’s a respected Project Manager in the fast-paced world of Information Technology.  After dinner and a glass of wine, she becomes a multi-published author of Christian fiction grounded in today’s modern world.
Laurie’s been published for 17 years, but feels she finally found her writing “niche” in 2009 when her first inspirational romance, Preacher Man was published.  It won fans, accolades, and the prestigious EPIC Award for the Best Spiritual Romance of 2010.  From then on, her path was clear.  She was put on this earth (in part) to tell love stories combined with a strong message of faith.  Her Pawleys Island Paradise series is a much beloved, at times best-selling series of six books following Leslie and Hank, and the Harrison clan, as they face the daily challenges of life while trying to include prayer and praise.  Reviewers say the books are heartwarming, life-changing and an example to follow for including God in your life.
Laurie loves the beach (obvious to anyone who’s read the Pawleys Island Paradise series) and she’s fondly looking forward to a day (not too far away) where she can retire from the demanding day job, and spend her days living at the beach and writing novels.  Until then, she travels back and forth between Illinois and South Carolina just as often as possible.
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