From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon #HappyReleaseDay

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon is a Historical, Inspirational, Romance you are absolutely going to love.

Releases today, December 1, 2016 and recommended for readers 16 yrs and older.

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My FIVE Star Review:

I really tried to prepare myself.  I knew this was a historical novel about World War II.  I knew reading From Sand and Ash was going to be emotional, it was going to dragged me places I was sure I didn’t want to go, and I knew even before I opened it to page one, that Amy was going to make me take this journey and I was going to be changed by the end. I absolutely was.

Most people in the world know the stories of WWII.  You either learned them in school or maybe you had a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle who lived through it.  What Amy gives you in this book is a story of two young people, Angelo and Eva, who are thrown into this horrific war and work to do whatever they can to help people.  There is laughter along the way and joy, there is family and love, there is sorrow and horror, there is commitment and trust but most of all there is determination to keep going.

Amy Harmon is Magical.  There are no other words to describe her.  She puts a pen to paper and gives us everything from deep down in her soul and I for one am truly grateful.  Each of her novels have filled me with such joy, even with a few tears.  If you don’t normally read historical novels, please do me a favor and give this one a try.  You will not regret it.

I’ll leave you with these:

“Fear is strange.
It settles on chests and seeps through skin, through layers of tissue, muscle, and bone and collects in a soul-sized black hole, sucking the joy out of life, the pleasure, the beauty.
But not the hope.
Somehow, the hope is the only thing resistant to the fear, and it is that hope that makes the next breath possible, the next step, the next tiny act of rebellion, even if that rebellion is simply staying alive.”

“Life is hard.  What an understatement! Hard is too mild a word for the trouble we’ve seen. Life is hell shot with just enough heaven to make the pains of hope all the sharper. Life is impossible. Ugly. Agonizing. Inexplicable. Torture.”

“Our immortality comes through our children and their children. Through our roots and branches. The family is immortality. And Hitler has destroyed not just branches and roots, but entire family trees, forests. All of them, gone.”

More About Sand and Ash:

Italy, 1943—Germany occupies much of the country, placing the Jewish population in grave danger during World War II.

As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood.

Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent, where Eva discovers she is just one of many Jews being sheltered by the Catholic Church.

But Eva can’t quietly hide, waiting for deliverance, while Angelo risks everything to keep her safe. With the world at war and so many in need, Angelo and Eva face trial after trial, choice after agonizing choice, until fate and fortune finally collide, leaving them with the most difficult decision of all.

Pick up From Sand and Ash here: Amazon.

Find Amy Harmon here: Internet, FacebookGoodreads, Twitter

To read more of my reviews of Amy’s books, click here: janisf Amy reviews

As Always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~ janisf

 

NineStar Press is One Year Old!!

*Please welcome Raevyn McCann from NineStar Press to my blog today.*

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WWW.NineStarPress.com

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It’s our first anniversary.

Thanks to Book Reviews – janisf & leisha for hosting our anniversary post today!

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Find the Ballons!

Randomly placed on book pages, look for the balloons on our site. Find a balloon and get a free book of choice.

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Once you find a balloon send an email to Anniversary@ninestarpress.com. Please include the color of the balloon, the title you want, and the format you prefer. One win per person per day. Does not include books not released yet.

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Daily Snippet

Guess the book the snippet is from and you could win it. Five winners per day.

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He sat up and swung his legs over as if getting out of bed, but stayed sitting there to give his head time to clear from another all-night bender and to gain a semblance of balance before stepping onto the cold cement floor. His still imposing six-foot-four-inch body, an inch taller than in his high school days, was out of shape and bloated. It served as a metaphor for everything else his life had become, contrary to the Greek god physique he’d had when he was seemingly in total charge of his life and circumstances.

His blond hair was long and greasy, and his face contorted by the miseries of daily self-flagellation through alcohol, drugs, and slovenly habits. His tongue felt thick and dry, and his eyes appeared as if seared on an iron skillet. He did his best to gather whatever strength remained to get up and to live what had become his own recurring Groundhog Day. He wanted water to quench his alcohol-induced thirst and to be bathed by a sympathetic and nonjudgmental geisha, washing away impurities and regret. But again he thought of sleep and of beckoning the dreams to reacquaint him with his previous life. He eased his head onto the pillow with hopes that sleep would allow him to wander back to his senior year in high school—to a time when he was admired by all and treated as the town’s favorite son.

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When you figure it out, send an email to Anniversary@ninestarpress.com with the format you prefer.

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Don’t forget to comment here, on our Facebook posts, and our Tweets. We will be giving books away each day to commenters.

You will also be added to the drawing for a FREE year of books.

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Thank you, Raevyn, for stopping by today, for all these wonderful chances to win free books through your 1st Anniversary giveaways, and for letting my blog participate.

I am a very big fan of NineStar and have read several of their books.  Click the link to read some of my reviews: janisf NineStar Book Reviews.

As Always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~ janisf

 

~~~Cover Reveal~~~ Straight by Seth King

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Doesn’t the cover of Seth King’s new Novel, Straight, look fabulous?  

Straight will be a male/male romance story.  No date yet on when the novel will be published but I will keep you posted.   While you wait, check out Seth’s other books at the links below.

About Straight: 

Sexy, fun and thought provoking, Seth King’s Straight is about all the love we can let into our lives when we dare to jump off the beaten path and veer a little off course.

CHAT ROOM POSTING, SEPTEMBER 16, 9:08 PM: “Hey guys, I’m begging for help right now. I know this will sound weird, but here goes: I met someone on the city bus the other day, and the attraction was instant – he’s owned my thoughts ever since. But here’s my problem: I’m a guy, too – a straight guy, or so I thought. I’ve always been perfectly accepting of everyone, but at the same time I dated girls, I slept with girls, I loved girls – none of this has ever been in question. Until now. I’ve never so much as glanced at another guy before, and suddenly this dude is all I see in my dreams. I’m excited and a little giddy, but kind of confused and overwhelmed, too, because this was the last thing I ever expected. What does this mean? And where do I go from here?”

Henry Morgan is a beer-drinking, arm-wrestling, 100% heterosexual American male who is still a little numb after a rough breakup from his longtime girlfriend. Ty Stanton is a bohemian arts student who has been openly, and uncomplicatedly, gay ever since he asked for his first wig for Christmas. After a chance, butterfly-inducing encounter one autumn day, Henry realizes something strange: he might not be quite as straight as he’d always assumed. What follows is a breakneck adventure that upends Ty and Henry’s lives for the long haul.

Add Straight to your TBR on Goodreads.

Some of Seth’s other Stories:

The Summer Remains – Pub 2/14/15, Amazon, My Review.

Autumns Rising, A Summer Remains Novella – Pub 7/16/15 – Amazon.

Invincible summer – The Summer Remains Series – Pub 11/17/15 – Amazon, My Review.

Honesty – Pub 2/29/16 – Amazon, My Review.

And a few others.  Check out his author pages:  Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads.

As Always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~ janisf

 

the Dance by Alison G Bailey

the Dance is a Contemporary Romance by Alison G Bailey published on May 11, 2016.  It’s a second chance at love novel with several twists and turns.

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My FOUR Star Review:

This is the first book I’ve read by Alison and I purchased this book on release day for just 99 cents which means it took me over 5 months to actually get to it in my TBR pile.  I read a few reviews, which I don’t normally do, (yes I know that’s strange especially since I write them) and was shocked at the 1 star reviews.  I’m going to tell you a little bit more then I normally would and I’ll do my best not to include any spoilers.

the Dance is a second chance at love novel and I’m not going to lie, I absolutely did not like Bryson Walker when I first met her and I also didn’t like Will Forsyth.  But let me back up. The book starts with Bryson and Will at the end of their Senior year of High School. Bryson (the all American girl every parent wants for their son) and Will (the football hero and future CEO of the families construction company) have been together since 11th grade. During the Senior Prom Bryson has a brief encounter with bad boy Hart Mitchell.  An encounter even after 6 years Bry hasn’t forgotten, however, this encounter did not alter her focus.  Bryson’s entire focus is on Will, going to college where Will goes, becoming Mrs. William Forsyth, taking care of him, having children and growing old with Will.  She has no other ambitions at all.  (Some readers I believe didn’t like this about Bry.)  Will on the other hand has been driven to go to business school, to run the family business, have the perfect wife, have a few kids and do what his family expects.  Will does some pretty shitty things along the way which added to my dislike of him.  But Alison’s character of Hart Mitchell, I loved from the moment I met him and I knew there was way more to him than the bad boy persona when he told Bryson, “You’re Lovely.” and “You’re unexpected.”

At the point where I wanted to shake Bryson and smack Will in the head with the stupid things that were happening, everything changed and I mean everything.  Bryson began to “grow up” and realized it was okay to want more out of her life.  Her character evolved and she became so much more then what she was at the beginning of the book.  I liked this Bryson very much.  Will changed as well but his changing was driven by an obstacle in his path but non-the less, he did change.  Hart remained the amazing, intriguing character I met at the prom and will always have a special place in my heart.

There are a few hard issues in this book but it added dynamic to the story.  The Dance is a story that’s meant to be read and I would highly recommend this book.

More About the Dance:

“Bryson Walker stumbled heart first into the steady rhythm of her life, never questioning whether other possibilities existed. She had been Will’s girl since their junior year in high school, followed him to college, and married him soon after graduation.

In every respect, they were a loving and successful couple, until a series of missteps shattered all of Bryson’s truths. Maybe their life was nothing more than smoke and mirrors. A performance that was never based in reality.

Hart was barely an acquaintance. He and Bryson shared one brief moment during senior prom, full of friction and heat that ignited a spark. But that night Bryson walked away and Hart let her go.

Years later, twisted fate brings Bryson and Hart together again, causing her to wonder if this is her second chance at once in a lifetime.”

Pick up your copy of the Dance here: Amazon.

Find Alison Here:  Website, Facebook, Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter.

As Always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~ janisf