Books Worth Your Bucks–Hiding with the Heartbreaker by Virginia Nelson

Welcome to Books Worth Your Bucks. This is an ongoing blog hop with fellow authors to introduce Indie or small dubbed authors and their books to our readers. Each Friday, we will spotlight an author’s book, give buy links along with the links to the other authors participating in the hop, and say why we think this book is worth your bucks. Today, I review Hiding with the Heartbreaker. Book Description Born to money and rather blasé about it, Aloysius James McCallister Sutton is the third son of an oil baron. He turned to video games at a young age and eventually became a star (much to his family’s dismay) because of his hilarious internet videos. When a pal asks him to help out his girlfriend’s little sister, his first response is not only no, but hell no. But they are a brotherhood, and their mentor told him that he must protect the innocent… When Jude Cramer is the only witness to a bungled burglary resulting in murder, the police point the finger at her as the guilty party. Not sure what to do, she runs to the one person she can trust–her sister. But her pregnant sister isn’t much help, instead foisting off her protection on a man who takes absolutely nothing seriously. Can Jude find love while she’s Hiding with the Heartbreaker? Includes new bonus content and a free preview of Rumors. Previously released as part of the Heartbreakers and Heroes anthology. Review of Hiding with the Heartbreaker I picked this book up for a quick, fun read with a happy ending. I have to say that...

The Paleo Diet and the Journey to Myself and the New Me

As some of you may know, I started a paleo diet with a weight goal in mind. Fifteen pounds later, I was elated to have released that much weight. This had been an ongoing struggle for the past couple of years. I’d been on and off the paleo diet two or three times. The biggest challenge I had was that I hated to cook and cooking every day, especially paleo, consumed more time than I wanted to spend. Also, coming up with recipes and a meal plan stumped me, not to mention lunch. I’ve always had sandwiches for lunch. What would I do now? All of my cooking skills come from following recipes and trial and error, which means they were pretty limited. They are improving. The Turning Point and the Paleo Diet Then, in March, I paid for a 30-day paleo meal plan. This helped me tremendously. I didn’t follow it exactly because I’m not a fish person. However, it helped me discover the magic of leftovers for lunch. (Sometimes, we even have leftovers for dinner.) I haven’t posted a photo of me recently. I’m nearly 5 pounds past my goal weight now. I’m not trying to lose weight anymore. Instead, I’ve been true to my dietary regimen most of the time. (About 80-90% of the time.) When I’m not, I don’t beat myself up. Instead, I’m back to it the very next meal. That is liberating. To date, I’ve released over 30 lbs, gone from a 36″ waist to a 28″, my face is no longer puffy, and my thighs no longer rub together. It’s been a journey, both physical...

Round Robin–How Important is a Title?

Round Robin Today, I’m participating in Round Robin and our topic is: How important is a title? What attracts you to a certain title, and how do you determine what to title your book? It’s funny that this topic should come up right now as I’ve seen some pretty stinky titles lately. I always wonder what people are thinking when they pick them. Recently, I saw a commercial for an upcoming movie and rolled my eyes the title was so bad. It was so bad that I’ve blocked it from my mind. LOL Obviously, I’m not going to see it. Some I haven’t forgotten, and some I Googled. The following are for your entertainment. Please weigh in whether you agree with me or not. Bad Titles Here are a few bad titles that have kept me from either going to see a movie or buy a book in years past or would keep me from doing either: Movies: F.A.R.T.: The Movie (Yes, that’s really a movie title. What they were thinking, I don’t know.) Santa with Muscles I Know What You Did Last Summer I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? Books: Taken by a T-Rex–I know this one actually sold quite a few copies and spawned a genre of its own. I don’t see the appeal, but several people did. Buttageddon–hahahaha Unicorn: Horn of Desire Scary Stories to Tingle Your Butt Mounted by the Minotaur any title that includes “billionaires in my butt”–I’ve read books with anal sex. That’s fine. It just makes me question the quality of the writing when...

Books Worth Your Bucks–The Witch’s Salvation by Francesca Pelaccia

Welcome to Books Worth Your Bucks. This is an ongoing blog hop with fellow authors to introduce Indie or small dubbed authors and their books to our readers. Each Friday, we will spotlight an author’s book, give buy links along with the links to the other authors participating in the hop, and say why we think this book is worth your bucks. Book Description A witch who demands humanity. The immortal families who denied her of it. Two mortals commanded to right the wrong. That is the fate of the urban princess Anasztasia and the renegade prince Matthias, born shockingly mortal to two immortal families. If they go back in time and restore the witch’s humanity, she will grant them immortality. She will also break a 550 year-old curse that imprisons Matthias’s family in their ancestral homeland and exiles Anasztasia’s family from it. But to make their lives their own, the heirs must return to the most dangerous day in their families’ past, Easter Sunday, 1457, the day Vlad III, aka Dracula, massacred nobles. How can they change the day when their families won’t speak of their wrongs? How can they refuse when the witch owns their lives? Review Skillfully weaving history and folklore with romance, adventure, and magic, Francesca Pelaccia has crafted a tale of depth and character in her book The Witch’s Salvation. Over five hundred years ago during Vlad the Impaler’s reign of terror, two feuding families turned a gypsy into a witch, the Strigoaic of the Carpathian Mountains. She cursed them with immortality. The catch: one family, the Barbats, can never leave their ancestral home...

Books Worth Your Buck–The Beltane Witch–Siobhan Muir

Welcome to Books Worth Your Bucks. This is an ongoing blog hop with fellow authors to introduce Indie or small pubbed authors to our readers. Each Friday, we will spotlight an author’s book, give buy links along with the links to the other authors participating in the hop, and say why we think this book is worth your bucks. Blurb Magic, mayhem, and motherhood… a witch’s work is never done, but Sabrina draws the line at the Fae. After almost two decades as a practicing witch in Cloudburst, Colorado, Sabrina Foxglove is done with men, magic, and the fertility rituals of High Beltane. She’s dealt with all three before and ended up with a young daughter and no partner. Twice. She’s looking forward to a magic-free May Day, with nothing more exciting than making brownies for a kindergarten class and decorating a May Pole. She definitely doesn’t have time for a handsome, Fae-touched man. After almost two centuries as the human chamberlain to the Fae’s Summer Court, Darius Winterbourne is a man accustomed to getting his way. So when the Summer Queen tasks him with finding a witch to perform the annual rituals and strengthen the ancient warding magicks, he figures it should be easy. He doesn’t expect Sabrina’s hardheaded refusal, her untrained abilities, or his attraction to her. With less than a week to Beltane, he must gain Sabrina’s trust before he loses his home, his position…and his heart. Review Ms. Muir starts the story out with a bang. Darius saves Sabrina from a group of local yahoos. When he tells her why he’s there, she thanks him...