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This week's rec is Alarm (2014)

Safe and comfortable. That about sums up Chloe's life. Meeting a tall, dark stranger covered in tattoos is not in her plans. Bad boys just aren’t her type – even if they are gorgeous and built like a brick wall. Her internal alarms warn her that Aiden Hunter is definitely on the list of men her mother told her to avoid, but she doesn’t listen. Instead, she finds herself drawn to Aiden and the excitement he promises.

Near the beach in Miami, he occupies her days with thrills and her nights with passion she’s never experienced before. She knows he’s hiding something from her, but Chloe pushes away her concerns and embraces this new way of living.

As Aiden teaches her to live life to the fullest, Chloe battles the internal warnings that tell her to be wary. By the time she realizes her fears may be justified, it’s too late. Aiden’s past is catching up to him, but is he the hunter or the hunted?

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Let's say you're in the mood for a short read. Something to keep you good company during a lonely evening, or while you're on a train. 
Let's say you'd like to visit one of the most fascinating cities in the world, even if just through a fictional story.
Let's say you're intrigued by evil characters who can be dangerously alluring.
Those listed above are just a few reasons why you would enjoy Sylvain Reynard's novella, The Prince.

It's set in Florence, a city the author knows very well and deeply loves.
It features a powerful vampire who will capture your attention page after page.
And if you have already enjoyed other novels by Sylvain Reynard, author of the Gabriel's Inferno Series, you will be interested in discovering the link between The Prince and the acclaimed novels featuring Professor Gabriel Emerson and his wife, Julianne. 

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Summary: The unveiling of a set of priceless illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence exposes Professor Gabriel Emerson and his beloved wife, Julianne, to a mysterious enemy.

Gabriel may have acquired the illustrations only a few years ago, but unbeknownst to him, they were stolen a century earlier from the ruler of Florence’s underworld.

Now one of the most dangerous beings in the city is determined to reclaim his prize and exact his revenge on the Emersons—but not before he uncovers something disturbing about Julianne…

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Places to see: Bruges - Belgium (by Jacob Surland)
I'd like to recommend one of Shay Savage's books for each week (or weekend...are you sure you'll be able to put the book down once you've started?).

This week's rec is Bastian's Storm (2014)

Sebastian Stark just isn’t cut out for normal life with a girlfriend in the hot and humid city of Miami. All in all, he’d rather be back on the island where it was just the two of them, and he could keep everything in balance. The bar down the street tempts him daily, but he’s determined to remain strong. Adjusting to normal life is difficult, but Bastian is doing his best to keep himself together and the nightmares away. Raine’s happy, and that’s what matters to him the most.

But not all nightmares can be driven away.

When Bastian’s former mentor comes into the picture and presents him with an ultimatum, Bastian slips into old habits. Though he wants to shield Raine from the truth, the shady circumstances of his past form into a hurricane he can’t control. In an effort to protect her, Bastian has no choice but to throw himself back into his old job – death match tournaments – just one last time.

Dropped into the arctic wilderness with weapons loaded, Bastian has to compete against representatives from major crime lords all over the states. He’s studied his competition, he knows their weaknesses, and he’s ready to battle for the woman he loves. There’s only one opponent in the mix that causes him any concern. In order to guarantee Raine’s safety, Bastian will be pitted against the key hit man for Chicago’s largest mob family – a guy who’s known as one hell of a shot.

A guy named Evan Arden.

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Brooke Williams is the author of Mamarazzi. Today she'll talk about some reasons why you may choose to read the books you read.

"Read Mamarazzi If..."
by Brooke Williams

There are many reasons why you may choose to read the books you read. Time is limited, you can only ready so many, right? Now that you’ve seen the Mamarazzi cover and perhaps have even read the book’s blurb, you might be wondering whether or not it is the book for you to dive into at the moment. I hope the answer is ‘yes,’ but I’m biased and can’t provide the answer for you. What I CAN do, though, is give you a few facts about the book so you can make an informed decision yourself! You should read Mamarazzi if…

-You enjoy light-hearted books
This novel was written with a romantic comedy slant. One of the main characters gets drenched with water often in purely accidental manners. If you want something to make you smile that also makes you feel lighter once you put it down, this might be a good read for you.

-You are looking for a clean romance read
Not all romances are created equal and there are many different genres within the romance genre itself. This novel is a completely clean, and yet still a romantic read. There’s no bad language and nothing in the book that will make you blush. You can read it in front of anyone and out loud to anyone with no fear!

-You are between the ages of 12-99+
Mamarazzi is a great read for any age group. Since it is a clean read, it’s perfect for teenagers, but it’s also fun for adults. It might be a book to read with a variety of people at the same time so you can enjoy discussing it. Come one come all, Mamarazzi spans the generations!

-You want to read something quick
Mamarazzi is not a huge, intimidating book. The characters are easy to get to know and the book ticks along quickly. If you want a good weekend read, grab this book and get to it!

-You’ve wondered what the grass is like on the other side of the fence
With all the fun and romance aside, Mamarazzi, at its core, is about whether or not the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. I don’t know many people who haven’t wondered what life is like for others and perhaps even wished to trade places. That exact thing happens to the main character. She spends all her time examining the other side…and then finds herself ON it! See what happens next and then question whether or not you want to step over to the other side of the fence in your life!

-You want to get away from everyday life
Mamarazzi is not a deep book that will cause your head to hurt from all the thinking you are doing. It is simply an escape from your everyday life. You deserve a break from the daily grind. I hope this book fills the gap and allows you to get away from it all for a few hours.

Thank you in advance for your careful consideration. For those of you who choose to say “yes” to Mamarazzi, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!


By Brooke Williams

Release Date: September 11, 2015 from Prism Book Group

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Danica Bennett isn't sure what she hates more...her job or the fact that she's good at it.  As one of the many Hollywood paparazzi, she lives her life incognito and sneaks around trying to get the best shot of the latest star.  When she is mistaken for an extra on a new, up and coming TV show, her own star rises and she becomes the one being photographed.  Add that to the fact that she's falling for her co-star, Eliot Lane, and Danica is in a whole heap of trouble.

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About the Author
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Brooke Williams writes in a sleep-deprived state while her daughters nap. Her romantic comedy is best read in the same state. Brooke has twelve years of radio in her background, both behind the scenes and on the air. She was also a television traffic reporter for a short time despite the fact that she could care less about hair and make-up. Today, Brooke stays at home with her daughters and works as a freelance writer for a variety of companies. When she isn’t working for paying clients, she makes things up, which results in books like Accept this Dandelion.  Brooke is also the author of Accept this Dandelion, Wrong Place, Right Time, Someone Always Loved You, Beyond the Bars. She looks forward to her first children's book release Baby Sheep Gets a Haircut in June 2016. Brooke and her husband Sean have been married since 2002 and have two beautiful daughters, Kaelyn (6) and Sadie (2).

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Note from the Author on the book's inspiration:

I've always been fascinated by the Hollywood life and the idea that "they" are different from "us." The idea for Mamarazzi has been with me for a long time. I'm not even exactly sure when I came up with it, but in college, I had a screenwriting class and I had to write a portion of a screenplay. I wrote "Paparazzi," which was the same general idea only with a male lead character. When I began writing romantic comedy, the idea came back to me and I decided to chance the main character to a female and call it "Mamarazzi." I even had a naming contest so that facebook fans and blog readers could name the characters in the book. Every character in the novel is reader named and approved! Overall, I wanted to examine what happens when you take someone from one side of the fence and plop them on the other side. In the end, famous or not, we're all just people. And in this book, they all have secrets...

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Dandelions on the Road
releases November 5, 2015...
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Dubrovnik steps / Croatia (by Lars Helge Indrelid).


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Anything But Broken by Joelle Knox

Summary: After five years, tragedy brings Hannah Casey back to Hurricane Creek to bury what’s left of her family. She’s flunking out of college, haunted by scandal, and the only person who cares is Sean Whitlow, an irresistible bad boy with a soft spot for her. The problem? He’s her dead sister’s ex.

Sean doesn’t bleed red, he bleeds motor oil. During the week, he struggles to turn his auto repair shop into a profitable business. But when Saturday night rolls around, he’s the reigning stock-car king of the local race track. He doesn’t know how to lose–or how to walk away and leave Hannah alone with her grief.

Between her grades and her wealthy family’s dark secrets, Hannah’s barely holding her life together. And the last thing Sean needs is to get tangled up with another Casey girl. As the attraction between them spins out of control, they’ll either find a love with no limits–or go up in flames. 

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It reminds me of my story “Spruce and Cactus”. (Fanfiction.net)


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Fractal art is a type of digital art that’s considered new media. It’s not drawn or painted by hand, rather, fractal-generating software is used that relies on mathematical calculations to visually display objects. Italy-born Silvia Cordedda was made aware of fractal art in 2012, and has since amassed a body of work that’s nothing short of extraordinary. Her 3D abstract art is often centered on flowers but ones that could never exist in this world. The translucent nature of the pedals coupled with the brilliant variety of colours makes each flower look as if it could only exist in our dreams or perhaps a wonderful, magical world.


Summer is (almost) over…don’t let the sun go down.


One girl’s heart gets rocked to the core in the first novel in this sexy New Adult series.

Twenty-one-year-old front girl Emmylou knows that getting her band noticed in the ’90s indie rock scene will be no easy task. She definitely knows better than to break the number one rule of the band: Don’t sleep with your bandmates!  But after she ends up having the best sex of her life with her guitarist, Travis, she finds following that rule is a lot harder than it sounds.

When the band gets the gig of their dreams, making it big seems just within reach. But Emmy’s inability to keep her hands off Travis threatens everything they’ve worked for. Can Emmy find a way to break the rules and not blow the chance of a lifetime?

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