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If She Were Blind
The After Twelve, #1
Laney Wylde
Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Thriller
Crimson Tree Publishing
October 22nd 2018

Not everyone can get justice the traditional way—that’s where Estlyn Collins comes in. A young lawyer in Santa Monica, her “legal” service, After Twelve, works outside the courtroom to tip the scales when the justice system has failed.

For a price.

Thanks to her powerful underground network, Estlyn’s success rate is stellar, and her inbox stays filled with inquires from the desperate and vengeful. But when one of those names is a ghost from her past seeking vengeance against her, she’s shaken to her core. Off balance and scared to be alone, she makes an impulsive move for a guy. He’s a complication she doesn’t have time for, but it turns out he may also be an unlikely—if unwitting—asset.

Treading the rapidly thinning line between personal and professional, Estlyn pursues her target while outrunning the one on her own back—only to find she may be running into a lot more than she bargained for

IF SHE WERE BLIND is the first book in the engaging New Adult series AFTER TWELVE by author Laney Wylde. Perfect for fans of the television shows REVENGE, SCANDAL, and VERONICA MARS, the AFTER TWELVE Series is a gritty social-issue drama that delivers steamy romance, intrigue, and the most bittersweet revenge plots. Estlyn’s determination to right every wrong is sure to quench your thirst for justice, yet leave you wanting more.

 

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“The Privilege to Write About Race”

I was eighteen the first time someone made me feel shitty about the color of my skin.

It was my sophomore year at Biola University, a Christian college in Los Angeles County committed to racial reconciliation. That fall, at our annual Torrey Bible Conference, to which attendance was required, a black speaker addressed the topic of racial injustice. At least, that’s what I think he talked about. I stopped listening after he told the gym full of mostly pale students that white people were racists.

I couldn’t believe it. He listed half a dozen races, victimizing each one for the challenges they faced. I waited for him to say something about whites. We were the last he mentioned, saying we simply didn’t understand what black people endured.

How dare he, I thought. How dare he assume that because my ancestors were from Europe that I held a hatred toward people who look like him. How dare he presume to know anything about me. Because he didn’t. He didn’t know that some of the most influential women of my adolescent years were black, that one of my exboyfriends was Mexican, that I had friends of all colors and shapes and sizes.

It’s funny now to reflect on that rage I felt. I made it to eighteen before someone stigmatized my race. I doubt the speaker had made it that long.

Fast forward six years. My husband and I were watching a documentary on Netflix called 13th about mass incarceration in the United States. Several men and women, white and black, were interviewed. Whenever a white person spoke about institutionalized racism black people still face in the United States, I listened. When a black person did, I did my best not to roll my eyes.

That’s white privilege.

Privilege is an insidious force. It was invisible to me, because, like many others, I just didn’t know any different. I was raised to be colorblind, and consequently never attributed injustice to race. In fact, calling out the police or politicians or the church or any individual on anything less than involvement in the KKK was unfair.

Because if a cop shot a black man, it was because he wasn’t compliant, because he was running, because he deserved it. If he was in prison for life, it was because he broke a law that warranted that kind of sentence. If he was poor, it was because he didn’t work hard enough.

Black people told me otherwise. They protested through tears. They shared stories of the sons they lost to police brutality. They voiced the pain of being stereotyped as criminals. But I didn’t listen.

Until a white person said something.

I’m not proud of this. But I think it’s important to admit, to say out loud that I had and still have blindspots because of my privileged skin. Because maybe other people with skin light as mine will feel free to say the same, and start asking questions they once thought they had the answers to.

So many of us are afraid to say that we’re ignorant, that we just don’t know. But, guess what: when I approached my black friends with questions about what it’s like to be them, they answered. Happily. They assured me that there’s nothing wrong with not knowing. There’s only something wrong with refusing to learn.

When I started writing If She Were Blind, the first installment of the After Twelve series, I wanted to explore racial issues by writing from the perspective of characters of color. I wrote these characters in first person so I could feel the fear, the indigence, the often futile fight against a false inferiority placed on them.

It was the first time I wept for the people whose stories I had once refused to hear.

So, I wrote If She Were Blind not only to revolutionize my own perspective, but for everyone else like me––those who need someone who looks like them to validate the stories of those who don’t.

Because privilege is only insidious if you never use it to speak for those who don’t have it.

Author Bio

Laney Wylde is enamored with all things southern California–the traffic, smog, surprise earthquakes, and nonindigenous palm trees. Consequently, it’s the landscape her strong and sometimes lovable female leads paint their stories on. Her New Adult novels Never Touched and the After Twelve series are bright with provocative themes, steamy romance, and inappropriately timed humor.

When Laney isn’t writing, she’s singing Taylor Swift with her little boy or asking her husband not to tell her about his work as a surgical resident while she’s eating. She daydreams about using her math degree to get into law school, then realizes that would be too much work and that she should just play pretend court on paper instead. While she loves a good book, nothing beats 30 Rock with a bag of popcorn and M&Ms.

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Nights
AM Salinger
contemporary fiction, romance, Adult,
A.M. SALINGER
(16 Oct. 2018)

Tom Sutherland is an arrogant prick. There, I said it. Okay, so he’s also my assistant and I couldn’t survive without him, but that doesn’t make him less of an irritating bastard — Lana 

Lana Keele is a witch. A beautiful, frustrating witch placed on this earth to torment me. Yeah, she’s my boss, but she’s still the most maddening creature I’ve ever had the misfortune to cross paths with — Tom

When Lana Keele, president of Keele Industries and only surviving heir to business tycoon Oliver Keele, wakes up in her devil-of-an-assistant’s bed after a drunken night out, she fears the worst. That is, until prissy Mr. Perfect Tom Sutherland declares that she’s the last woman he’d ever want to sleep with.

After surviving four years in the company of the infuriating woman he’d lusted after since his teens, Tom has had just about enough of the unholy siren that is Lana, especially when she turns up inebriated on his doorstep one night and demands sex. Convinced that Lana will never return his affections, Tom decides that it’s high time to get over his unrequited love.

Except Lana doesn’t quite seem to agree with this plan. Not after she sees him with another woman. Not after she confronts him about it. And most definitely not after he succumbs to temptation and kisses her.

As they finally ignite the fire that has burned so long between them, Tom cannot help but be certain that for Lana, this is just about sex. Will he be satisfied with only having the body of the woman he loves and not possess her heart? Or will Lana convince Tom that she truly means to give him her everything?

 

This was an adult themed book that I quite enjoyed, but overall found it too short. I never quite worked out what the promise was that was made and why the Uncles were allowed to run the company into the ground.

So, for me, there were some obvious plot holes, that a longer book could have explored and which would have enhanced the story. Without a good story you just get mild pornographic literature – this book just missed that category, but came close.

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How the very rich behave

Filthy Rich: A Billionaire Romance
Box Set
Summer Cooper
contemporary fiction, romance, humour,erotic
Kindle

Filled with sizzling hot billionaires and enough heat to melt your e-reader. These sexy alpha males know exactly how to satisfy you. Look inside to meet the billionaires.

Book 1 - Billionaire In Vegas
Cocky. Filthy rich. Hot.
There’s nothing Jude can’t have in life.
But he’s never met someone like Lacey.
Uptight. Pragmatic. Undersexed.
To him, she’s funny and sexy.
If only Lacey felt the same way.
Will a little time in Vegas change things?

Book 2 - Billionaire Hunt 
Erik wants a family. A baby. Not love.
But he doesn’t want just any woman to carry his baby.
When he was introduced to Misha, he knew she was perfect for the job.
If he can convince her to say yes.
If he can resist falling for her.

Book 3 - Billionaire’s Game 
Billionaire. Philanthropist. Florida’s most eligible bachelor.
Magnus Deacon is determined to win a game show for his favorite charity.
But he needs the perfect partner — Lesli Cabot.
She’s not just beautiful, she’s intelligent.
Nothing like the women he usually dates.
But she’s decided he’s not the boyfriend type.

Book 4 - Billionaire Retreat
Boys will be boys.
Griffin knew exactly what his brother’s bachelor party would involve.
Alcohol. Gorgeous blondes. Paradise island.
But he wasn’t expecting to pair up with her — Nina Charles.
He knows how to charm a lady, how to have a good night.
But he has no idea how to handle the rest.

Book 5 - Billionaire On Air
Sexy. Attractive. Rich. And single.
That’s why he was set up and chosen to be on a TV dating show.
Find The Billionaire!
But he’s sick of the lifestyle and the gold diggers.
Could a reality show really change any of that?

Book 6 - Winning Her
Trent is back in town.
He needs to save the family fortune.
He wants to win her heart.
But Jessi won’t even talk to him.
He may be hotter than ever, but can she ever forgive him?

Book 7 - Claiming Her
Mason dates models.
Well, ‘date’ may be a strong word.
He f@cks models. No relationships.
But there’s something different about Laura.
All he wants to do is to protect her and make her his.
For life.
If she’ll let him.
But something is holding her back.

On the whole an enjoyable read, but I do have a couple of issues with the author – Summer Cooper. Now Summer, I don’t know how old you are – I can’t find a photo of you easily – but you don’t sound from what you say about yourself to be ‘elderly’, so I am going to assume that you are under 50. Do correct me if I’m wrong!

But your writing about characters has certainly got the wrong generation feel about those older than 50. So here are some examples I pulled out of this box set.

(Loc 8760) Mrs Mallory was portrayed as ‘small, bent, with silvery-white hair in a loose bun and ‘for an elderly lady was active, fun-loving’. She was 70! Really – this is a portrait of a women of 70 from 70 years back. I am nearly 70 and whilst I’ll admit to the white hair (dyed though to a better and fashionable gray) and so are my friends, none of us are bent or in any other than form than fun loving – always! We also object to being characterised as being elderly. We are in late Middle Age please.

Why should anyone worry about a 70 year old woman cooking? And for a family? We all do that. All the time. And many of my friends are also minding their young grand-children at that.

And then (Loc 10894) we have someone ‘getting on in years, but he still considered himself young and spry. He wasn’t (my bold and caps) EVEN IN HIS SIXTIES yet, and he was retired’. Seriously. Getting on in years? I’ll admit that about myself in another 10 years. I certainly didn’t feel that in any way when 50.

Finally, ‘I’m not exactly young anymore, you know. I’ll be hitting 30 SOON‘. (Loc 13513). Now the only time you should worry about being getting older to have a child, these days, is when you are 40. If you are looking to have children in your 20s then you are VERY young. mid thirties is more the norm.

My final gripe with this book (Loc 4760) you should  n feed bread to either ducks or turtle. They lack the enzymes to break down the nutrients and this is therefore the worst thing you can do to enable them to eat poorly.

So. I have given this book a 3 stars because of its ageism and its not being environmentally responsible to wildlife.

 

 

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Can you tame a killer?

Secret Daddy Surprise
Once a SEAL, Always a SEAL Book 4
Layla Valentine
contemporary fiction, romance, military
Kindle

One unforgettable encounter,
Two massive revelations.
This ex-SEAL’s about to find out he’s a daddy…

Valerie:

A year ago he swept through my life like a hurricane,
Garrett Lawson, the ex-Navy SEAL who showed me passion like I’d never known before.
Then he disappeared into the night, never to be seen again,
Until tonight…
Chance upon chance, I found him again
I’ve got to tell him the news
One year ago, he left me something to remember him by
One year ago, he gave me his baby

Garrett:

I’ve defended my country, but I’m no angel,
I’m a hitman; I kill bad guys for other bad guys,
And I never know if I’m going to see the next morning.
My night with Valerie was different,
We shared something perfect, something I’ve never had before.
Well now we meet again, and she’s saying she has a secret to tell me,
If only she knew my secret too…

This was a well written book with some nice points made about single parenthood and teaching troubled kids. Been there myself and finding how to get them to study is a really difficult thing to do.
The problem in this relationship though is going to be – how do you stop those trained killer instincts coming out at unexpected times? And harming people?
I liked the idea that a trained killer could be ‘tamed’, but thought that his experience of receiving funding for a new project was wildly unrealistic – never happen in 6 months. It takes 6 months for a decision to be made never mind find a suitable fund, one that works in your area, create a fund application, submit, and wait, then start the set-up with finding premises etc etc.
But if you like romances with a hint of danger then this is for you. Stories are never about real life anyway, they are always fantasies about the quiet woman snagging the hot man…

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S’More – not a pudding

Love You S'More Book Cover Love You S'More
(The Campfire Series Book 3)
Beth Merlin
Adult, Comedy, Contemporary
Firefly Hill Press, LLC
(25 Sept. 2018)

Having successfully designed the wedding gown of the century, Gigi Goldstein is on top of the world – that is until it all suddenly comes crashing down around her. When the paparazzi captures her and Perry Gillman in a compromising moment the night of the royal wedding, she finds herself entangled in a scandal of global proportion. Convinced her carelessness has ruined every relationship in her life, she’s surprised and moved by her boyfriend, Gideon’s, sudden proposal of marriage and accepts it without a second thought.

Four months later, Gigi’s living at Badgley Hall contemplating an entirely new kind of life, while guilt, regret, and obligation keep calling her back to her old one. Will Gigi stay in South Gloucestershire, marry Gideon, and become the Countess of Harronsby?

Or, will unfinished opportunities and an old flame bring her back across the pond to confront her past and reclaim her future?

Love You S’More – the author speaks

 1. How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book?

I do a lot of my research on the fly. I usually decide on the story element I need and then go in search of the thing that fits the bill. For example, in Love You S’more, Gigi chairs the Met Ball. I wanted to find something that would tie the Met Ball to Perry and Elizabeth. I stumbled onto a famous gown, the Rainbow Portrait Gown, worn by Elizabeth I that I could use in the story to bring Perry and Gigi together. I ended up doing a ton of research on the dress to make sure I got the details just right. The real Rainbow Portrait gown was unfortunately destroyed a few hundred years ago, but it was a fun element to use in the book.

  1. What resources do you use? In general and for the last book that you wrote?

As a writer who didn’t have the budget to fly to London to research S’more to Lose and Love You S’more, the Internet was certainly my best resource. I scoured different sites to learn things like how many steps there were up to the Whispering Gallery in St. Paul’s Cathedral or what’s included in the Downton Abbey Tour. I think as writers we are living in very fortunate times, so much information is right at our fingertips.

  1. Does writing provide sufficient income to live on? And how long did it take before this happened?

Unfortunately for me, it does not…and I haven’t been able to quit my day job yet. 😊 The challenge, of course, is finding time to write while having a day job. I write early in the morning, late at night – basically any time I can squeeze it in.

  1. What is your favourite genre?

I love historical fiction, anything that has a sweeping epic sort of feel appeals to me like Gone with the Wind, North and South, The Thorn Birds, Game of Thrones. I’m a very fast reader, so I actually like when a book is a few hundred to even a thousand pages. Of course, I am also a huge fan of chick lit.

  1. If you could recommend a living author – who would it be? A dead author?

Anyone who wants to write “chick lit,” should start with Jane Austin. She nailed the genre before it even was one. Her books have some the best sexual tension and relationship plot devices of anything that’s ever been written!  In terms of living authors, I love Meg Wolitzer, Ken Follet, John Irving, and Sophie Kinsella.

  1. What have you done with the things you wrote when in school?

Parts of some of my short stories from when I studied Creative Writing in undergrad have ended up in the Campfire Series. One story in particular had a lot of the themes from One S’more Summer and I borrowed some dialogue I liked. The rest are in a folder in a box in my attic. I pull them out for ideas from time to time.

 

Author Bio:

Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, rom-coms, her daughter Hadley, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth’s debut novel.

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