Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review ~ Perfectly Imperfect by Annette Lyon


From USA Today bestselling author Annette Lyon comes a captivating historical novella. In 1905 Shelley, Idaho, Della Stafford hates being a farm girl in a tiny town. She’ll do anything to live in a big city and experience real city life. Her only regret is that leaving town also means leaving Joseph behind, the young man who makes her heart flutter. But she's convinced that moving away is for the best; her dreams and Joseph's dreams are too dissimilar. So Della takes a job as a maid in Los Angeles, where she learns that what she thought would make her happy and what really will are totally different things.

PERFECTLY IMPERFECT originally appeared in the best-selling and award-winning Timeless Romance Anthology series's OLD WEST collection, under the title A SWEETEST TASTE.
 



Jewelz Review~
This is a sweet "grass is always greener" story. Della is convinced that she won't be happy until she's able to leave the small farm town of Shelley, Idaho — she simply must move to the big city. She just isn't cut out for working on the farm and the simple life of small-town Idaho. When she gets the opportunity to move to Los Angeles she almost doesn't think twice. Of course, there's Joseph. He's perfect for Della in every way, except that he is also perfectly content in Shelley, Idaho working the land. Nonetheless, Della moves to LA to experience the big city, where she knows she will finally truly happy. But, as we all know — things always look better from a distance and absence can make the heart grow fonder.

FYI~ clean read
Honest disclosure~ I received a review copy from the author

About Annette Lyon~
Annette Lyon is a USA Today bestselling author, a 4-time recipient of Utah’s Best in State medal for fiction (twice for novel-length works and twice for short fiction), and a Whitney Award winner for BAND OF SISTERS. She's the author of over a dozen novels, at least that many novellas, a cookbook, a popular grammar guide, and over a hundred magazine articles. 

She’s a founder and regular contributor of the Timeless Romance Anthologies line of sweet romance stories, which she served as editor for its first three years. She's also one of the four co-authors of The Newport Ladies Book Club series. She graduated cum laude from BYU with a degree in English. 

Annette is represented by Heather Karpas at ICM Partners.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Review ~ Timeless Romance Anthology - Valentine's Day Collection


From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean Romance, comes VALENTINE'S DAY COLLECTION.

Six brand new contemporary romance novellas by Janette Rallison, Heather B. Moore, Jenny Proctor, Annette Lyon, Heather Tullis, and Sarah M. Eden.

A BRUSH WITH THE LAW by Janette Rallison
Bethany has endured a streak of depressing Valentine’s Days. And this one is turning out no different. Her friend set her up on a blind date—and Bethany can only hope that James will be a decent guy. But it seems the fated day has other plans, and Bethany finds herself in the middle of a comedy of errors that make a blind date with a stranger the least of her problems.

EVERY OCCASION by Heather B. Moore
When Maurie moves back to her hometown to open up her dream shop, she calls a local construction crew for help. Former teenage crush Grant shows up on her front porch, answering the call for the construction job, and Maurie’s memories of her troubled childhood return with full force. When she discovers Grant has a troubled past of his own, Maurie realizes that she might have misjudged him all along.

HOLD YOUR BREATH by Jenny Proctor
As Kayla trains for the Olympic swimming trials, she vows to never let another boyfriend get in her way. When she finds out her younger sister’s new high school swim coach is Nate—the guy Kayla had a huge crush on when they were in school together—Kayla realizes that her resolve is weakening. But Kayla isn’t willing to risk giving up her Olympic dream for anyone, not even charming Nate.

THE ULTIMATE BACHELOR CHALLENGE by Annette Lyon
When Sam’s long-time boyfriend, Steve, texts that he has something important to ask her on Valentine’s Day, she’s sure that he’s going to propose. Determined to look great for the big day, she hits the all-night laundromat to wash her favorite outfit. When her clothes are chugging away in a machine, Steve calls and pops a question—not one she ever would have expected. Reeling with shock, she’s left facing the holiday alone, unless you count the other person at laundromat, a guy leaning against his own washer, intent on his phone.

DEAL BREAKERS by Heather Tullis
The last place Colette wants to be stranded is the snowed-in Denver airport, especially when her sister is enduring chemo treatments and needs Colette’s help back home. When Colette runs into another stranded passenger—none other than former college boyfriend Drew—she can’t believe how much he’s changed . . . and hasn’t changed. Drew is still the same amazing guy that Colette was foolish enough to blow off for someone else. By the time she’d realized her mistake all those years ago, Drew’s heart had been too broken to give her a second chance. Now Colette can only hope that she can work her way back into his heart.

HEY, HELEN! by Sarah M. Eden
On the surface, Helen seems to have her life figured out. Her advice column, Hey, Helen!, is gaining more readers every week. She regularly hangs out with the guy next door, laughing and chatting over pizza and work. But when her feelings for her handsome neighbor begin tiptoeing toward something more than friendship, Helen can’t help hoping Neil might feel the same way. Between her own uncertainties, his friend-zone treatment of her, and a pair of loudly interfering parents, Hey, Helen! could use a little advice in love.
 



Jewelz Review~
A BRUSH WITH THE LAW by Janette Rallison

This story was laugh-out-loud hilarious. Poor Bethany just can't catch a break. Everything that could go wrong pretty much does. But somehow, she's able to keep her sense of humor through it all. I absolutely enjoyed every minute of this story.

EVERY OCCASION by Heather B. Moore

Maurie's story is not all lollipops and rainbows. She's had a rough life, but she's managed to have great business success and she's following that up with a brick-and-mortor store. The relationship between Maurie and Grant has depth that you don't normally find in a novella. A wonderful story for anytime of year.

HOLD YOUR BREATH by Jenny Proctor

The dream of swimming at the Olympics is the backdrop for this fun, energetic story. Kayla and Nate were on their high school swim team together, and now, several years later the Olympics are within Kayla's reach. She can't risk any distractions, but will the past repeat itself? 

THE ULTIMATE BACHELOR CHALLENGE by Annette Lyon

Sam believes she's reading the signs correctly and is anticipating a proposal from her long-time boyfriend, Steve. And even though Sam is cautiously optimistic, she still manages to be completely surprised and thrown for a veritable loop (multiple times) by how Valentine's Day actually turns out. Definitely a story for "Millennials."

DEAL BREAKERS by Heather Tullis

How do you make the best of being stuck in the Denver airport overnight? In Collette's case, Providence has intervened and she is able to spend the time with Drew (the guy whose heart she broke, but whom she still might love). A second-chance romance in an unusual setting makes for a fun story that left me wanting more. 

HEY, HELEN! by Sarah M. Eden

How do you weight the  risks of attempting to move out of the friend zone and into a dating relationship? When the friend in question is an advice columnist, you write her column a letter in hopes she doesn't realize it's you. Then you follow said advice. This was such a fun story! I loved Helen and Neil - I didn't like Neil's parents so much, but every story needs a little sour with the sweet. I'd love a peek into the future!

FYI~ All novellas are clean with these notes: there is one story with a homosexual character and a scene where a girl is caught outside in only her underwear. 

honest disclosure~ I received a review copy from one of the authors.

Valentine's Day Countdown Blitz Day 14: Strike a Match by Lindzee Armstrong





"Lindzee Armstrong is the #1 bestselling author of the No Match for Love series and Sunset Plains Romance series. She's always had a soft spot for love stories. In third grade, she started secretly reading romance novels, hiding the covers so no one would know (because hello, embarrassing!), and dreaming of her own Prince Charming.

She finally met her true love while at college, where she studied history education. They are now happily married and raising twin boys in the Rocky Mountains.


Like any true romantic, Lindzee loves chick flicks, ice cream, and chocolate. She believes in sigh-worthy kisses and happily ever afters, and loves expressing that through her writing."




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When Kate’s abusive husband dies in a house fire, she only feels relief. Eighteen months later, she’s ready to sweep up the fragments of her past and venture back into dating—but this time with the help of a professional matchmaking company. Surely Toujour can succeed where Kate has always failed and find her the perfect man.

Taylor is a firefighter who’s tired of dousing infernos in his personal life. Exhausted from a string of dysfunctional relationships, he turns to Toujour at the prodding of a friend, hoping for an easier path to love. The last thing he expects is to be matched with Kate, the intriguing widow he met on the night her house burned. The problem is, she’s determined to leave behind any connection to that awful night—and Taylor is a very overwhelming connection.

Past relationship fears and old habits threaten to tear them apart before they’ve even begun. Can the ashes of their pasts hold their happily ever after?




~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK



Q & A with the Author:

1.                     Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing? With a full-time writing career, a husband, five-year-old twin boys, church responsibilities, household chores and tasks, and everything else life throws at me, I don’t have time for much else. J I’ve recently returned to playing the piano, which has been a great stress release tool. I LOVE anything dealing with stories, so I watch a lot of TV series on Netflix in my down time. I enjoy baking (but never cooking) so I do that when I can as well. And of course I read a lot for fun. J

2.                     When did you first realize you were an author? I literally don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to do this. My mom says that around kindergarten or first grade, I started telling people I would be a writer, a teacher, and a mom when I grew up. (I graduated in history education and did my student teaching at a high school, so I’ve stayed true to my word.) I started getting serious about writing around third grade. That’s about when I wrote my first novel. It was probably around 150 pages, so it was really long for a kid!

3.                     Have you done anything writing-related, but besides actually writing your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you? I was always an excellent student, and for about five or six years, that was my life and writing took a back seat. I loved academia and for a while thought I might get a Ph.D. and become a professor. But then I met my husband and my goals changed. J

4.                     What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it? Oddly enough, it’s creativity. My children are very demanding (as are everyone’s), and I’m incredibly busy (as are most moms). I returned to writing when they were about seven months old, and published my first book when they were three years old. Being a mom is emotionally rewarding but mentally exhausting, and I often feel like my well is dry and I have no ideas left in me. I read a lot of books, watch a lot of TV (nothing sparks creativity like other stories), and try to schedule down time to combat it.

5.                     What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?) I love showing that there are two sides to every story. I love writing characters that are flawed and human, and giving readers a different perspective on something.

6.                     What are your thoughts/feelings on ebook vs. print book? eBooks are amazing. Print books are amazing. Books are books. J I’ve gone almost entirely to ebook myself. My kids, especially when they were little, would let me read on my Kindle without complaint, but rip print books out of my hands and toss them across the room. I also don’t have room for any more print books!

7.                     How many books do you have out?  Are you planning a specific number altogether, either in this series or separately? I’ve published 11 books. I have two series and a few stand alones, and I don’t have a specific number of books planned for either series. Since each book is a romance about a different couple, the series could really go on indefinitely. As for how many books I plan to write…how many can one author publish in a career? J I’ve got a lot of years and a lot of books ahead of me.

8.                     Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life? It depends. Chasing Someday is very autobiographical. It’s about three women who struggle with infertility, and I wrote a part of my soul into each of those characters. Almost everything that happens in that book I have personal experience with. My other books aren’t nearly as autobiographical. I’ve been to Paris, which the characters visit in Mix ‘N Match. I have identical twins, and the MC in First Love, Second Choice is an identical twin. The Sunset Plains Romance series is based on a small town in Oklahoma of which I have many fond memories. But overall, the majority of my books aren’t based on anything specific.

9.                     What are your future projects? I’m currently working on the next book in my No Match for Love series, Match Me If You Can. I’ve also got plans for more in the Sunset Plains series and for a new series that I’m keeping quiet right now. J I’m releasing 4 novels this year so there’s a lot coming up!


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Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine's Day Countdown Blitz Day 13: Little Thief by Bonnie Valach Frazier






      Jan would rather write than eat or sleep, which is handy for authors—not so much for husbands. Her research as a nutritionist inspired an unusual murder weapon for Heir of Deceit. Favorite writing moment: meeting famous moonshiner Popcorn Sutton while during research in Asheville, North Carolina for Heir of Deceit. She has won national contests for her comedic poetry on subjects such as Black Friday and her messy kitchen. Some are included in her humor book My Word, That’s Absurd! along with her prize-winning children’s story, Miss Mousie and Mrs. McGreggor’s Closet.
Jan’s quirky sense of humor could classify her as eccentric, but she prefers the term “crazy.” She is the author of two novels, Heir of Deceit and Impressions of Innocence and a non-fiction humor book, My Word, That’s Absurd! She’s going nuts deciding which of seven book ideas she wants to work on next.
She loves cactus flowers, road runners, horned toads (and people). She enjoys cooking, teaching, and learning. The day she stops learning will be the day she stops breathing. She and her husband are the parents of six children.
Jan wrote for a local newspaper at age 11. She worked for her high school and college journalism departments, and as a case worker, tobacco prevention coordinator, and nutritionist. In addition, she has taught religion classes to high school students for more than 31 years as a volunteer.
Visit her web site at: http://janmar916.wix.com/janmmartin
P.S. If you enjoy her books, she’ll love you forever if you leave a 5-star review on Amazon about them.

Praise for Heir of Deceit: "A plot that is full of questions to keep readers turning pages--secrets, lies and drama. Good Stuff!" --Bethany Miller Cole (writing as Bethany Michaels) Judge at Romance Writers of America

"This is part love story, part genealogical mystery, a little bit about redemption and quite a lot of fun for the reader." --Jonesy, Amazon Reviewer

"A love story that . . . offers a satisfying mix of intrigue and idealistic love." --Kirkus Reviews

"It's captivating and it really keeps you guessing." --Lord of the Books Reviews


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On the eve of her wedding, Lacey uncovers a problem too large for love to conquer: a family curse which causes the women to kill the men they love, and puts her fiancé, Evs, in danger. Lacey vows to uncover the secrets of her lineage, even if it requires her ultimate sacrifice--the loss of her marriage to her beloved Evs.

Her search leads to the Smoky Mountain backwoods, where the shotgun is more respected than the law, and family may not be what is expected. HEIR OF DECEIT is set in an area, where, even today, hands of tobacco are used as currency, and moonshine stills explode.

Heir of Deceit is a clean Romantic Mystery suitable for teens and adults.


~ AmazonAmazon UK



Q & A with the Author:

1.      Tell us about things you enjoy—what do you do for fun or personal satisfaction?
I especially enjoy studying for and teaching early morning seminary classes to high school students, which I have done for over 30 years. I love to learn. I read lots of non-fiction. I like to study nutrition. I love to cook and serve a satisfying meal to my husband, and make up recipes. I like to sing, although I’m not good at it. I like to make up silly songs for my children. I love to find silly ideas and make up poems about them. (Okay, that’s writing, sort of. Recreational writing). I love giving things away. It makes me a poor salesman. I like to challenge myself to do things that normally frighten me, such as musical solos, making up songs and attempting to write a score for it (no training or talent—all bombs). I like to search out little known fun facts to surprise and delight my students.

2.      When did you first realize you were an author?
So long ago I can’t remember. I wrote stories for my friends in grade school. Again in grade school, a fly kept buzzing my head while I was having a bath. I couldn’t swat it for anything. I wrote a ridiculous poem called “The Educated Fly” which is long lost, and which I likely showed to no one. I like silly stuff. When I was eleven years old, I was the reporter for our 4-H Club, the Pixie Pals. The local newspaper printed my articles, so I guess I’ve been a published author since I was eleven! I NEVER showed my work to a soul until I decided I needed to publish something or die!

3.      Have you done anything writing-related that seemed to get a lot of positive response that encouraged you?
Yes. I ran an Amazon giveaway that they offer to members of KDP Select. My first giveaway ran out of winners within a couple of hours! I ended up selling several books to non-winners, too. The other most successful thing is attending book festivals, especially the smaller, home town ones. These things were encouraging to me. Another thing is—talk. Just keep talking about your book to anyone polite enough to listen. A professional cover (My Word That’s Absurd)
 helped me a lot—got a lot of buzz. Thanks, Victorine Lieske!

4.      What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it.
Marketing. Hands down. **Oh** I don’t think that’s what you meant. My biggest enemy is not having time to write. When I had a full time job plus my seminary class, which requires 3-5 hours a day for me, I couldn’t write much because I was working 13 hours a day. I began Heir of Deceit during this time, and it took years to finish. Now that I’m retired and have nothing to do, everyone thinks my time is theirs. I still have seminary, plus four other church jobs. How do I defeat it? Frankly I don’t. Everyone suggests carving out a couple of hours every day to write. That never works for me. I have begun to turn people down more often. Another thing I do is write all night. I don’t sleep, but, whatever. For my first novel, I took my phone off the hook when I was home alone. I don’t struggle much with writer’s block. I struggle with people block.

5.      What is the message of your writing? Different purposes in different books?
Mostly, I want to entertain. I want fun. I write clean stories with characters of good moral character. My stories move fast with lots of action. I like a twist in every chapter so the reader doesn’t dare put it down. I like a touch of mystery and/or tragedy. I write satisfying endings. I try to break a few molds, such as not following the “romance model” in my romances: Boy meets girl~~boy hates girl~~they are thrust together and fall in love~~the BIG MISUNDERSTANDING~~they make up and live happily ever after.  I do have different purposes in different books. I have two romance/mystery novels and one non-fiction humor book. Obviously different. I like to put humor in my novels—Heir of Deceit has a lot of humor.

6.      What are your thoughts/feelings on ebook vs. print book?
I really prefer to curl up with print! However, when my walls began to bulge, I switched to ebook. They are usually less expensive, so I can buy more—even get some for free. They don’t take up living space. They are more portable, and don’t weigh as much to lug around. I can choose to open many of hundreds of books—all at once, if I want to. Of course, electronic screens make my eyes tired. I’m hooked on ebooks. I think authors should offer both.

7.      How many books do you have out? Are you planning a specific number altogether, either in this series or separately?
I have three books out:  Heir of Deceit; My Word That’s Absurd!; and Impressions of Innocence. “Heir” and “Impressions” are romance/mysteries. “My Word” is a short humor book that  includes some short stories, mostly true absurd quips, slapstick poetry, and sight gags. I no longer actively market “Impressions.” The printer messed up the print style and it looks amateurish to me. I may re-write and re-publish it “some day.”

I have begun a stand-alone prequel for Heir of Deceit. Many readers want more of  the story of Lacey’s parents’ love story. They also want more of Ruthella and Fergus.

Other than the prequel, I prefer separate books. I’ve read a few series books that never end, and you have to read book after book. I won’t purchase that kind. Gotta have an ending, even if the characters appear in another book.

8.      Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life?
Always! How can they not be? In Heir of Deceit, every setting, place, street, legend, and custom is absolutely real—even the restaurant menus! I researched many hours, read at least seven books set in the area, and visited the area so everything would be believable. ALL of the characters are completely fictional. The story is completely fictional. I think it’s pretty original. However, when an author makes up a character, she uses a vast knowledge of human character(s) to model a composite, fictional character. Then, the character takes on a life of his/her own, and develops within the book. Some of the characters are based on my knowledge of similar people, but are definitely NOT these people.

In Impressions of Innocence, a good guy became a bad guy. I didn’t plan it that way, he just went awry. “Impressions” is set in a fictional city. That didn’t work out so very well, though.

“My Word” is a completely different kind of book. Most of the stories, quips and sight gags are true. It also contains fiction stories. It is a collection of silly stuff.

9.      What are your future projects?
I have six projects going, most of which I’ve written at least a start. (I think I just saw a cuckoo bird fly by):

The prequel to Heir of Deceit (Romance)

One involves an older couple who meet briefly again in later life. (Religious theme.)

One is about a forestry project gone wrong, and unusual things begin to happen to the people involved. (Mystery)

Another is about a young girl who meets a preacher’s son as a child and meets up with him later in life (the dog dies).

One is a spoof on romance novels (too many Hallmark Christmas movies here.)

Another is a non-fiction on how to maintain a youthful look in your older years, If I can pull it off before I’m too *#@^ old.

And if I am still alive, a re-write of Impressions of Innocence.



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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Returned Blast

Returned Trilogy

ReturnedReturned by Kimberley Griffiths Little After tragedy strikes on the day they were to wed, Jayden must support Kadesh as he ascends the throne and becomes king of Sariba. But with the dark priestess Aliyah conspiring to control the crown, and the arrival of Horeb, Jayden’s former betrothed, Kadesh’s kingdom, as well as his status as king, is at stake. Jayden knows that the time to be merciful has come and gone, and that some enemies can only be halted by death. Now she and Kadesh must prepare to fight not only for their love, but also for their kingdom. This is the final book in the epic trilogy that began with Forbidden and Banished. Jayden and Kadesh’s love will be put to the ultimate test as they fight a war to save their kingdom.
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  Praise for the Book   Booklist (starred review) “At its core, this is a romance, with all the push and pull that goes along with impossible love, and Little elevates the story by creating a perilous landscape, both outward and inward, as Jayden must deal with the hardship of desert life as well as her own desires. . . descriptions of the landscape are evocative in both desolation and in beauty. Just as good is the pacing, which gets the blood pumping for both characters and readers. This will heighten anticipation for a no-doubt exciting conclusion.”  

  Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books “Rich historical details are deftly woven into Jayden’s narration, and the dynamics of Jayden’s tribe are vividly drawn. Jayden’s story becomes as much about finding herself as it is about finding love.”   Reader: “This book took my breath away. I loved the immersive story and the rich setting of ancient Mesopotamia. The customs, traditions, and beliefs of the desert people were captivating and every time I set the book down I couldn't wait to pick it up again. I've never read anything like this before.”   Reader: “Forbidden was so captivating that I awoke early in the morning, while my family was still sleeping, so I could finish the last pages of this beautifully haunting tale.”  
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~Excerpt~

My sister laid the tablet in her lap, running a finger along the symbols with affection.

“To Jayden, daughter of the Nephish
From Aliyah, Goddess of Sariba
The Goddess and High Priestess of Sariba officially invite you to witness the summer solstice sacrifice in two day’s time. It will be a night you will remember for the rest of your life. A permanent kinship with the Goddess will bless you and your family forever.”

“She sent an invitation to watch Sahmril sacrificed!” Grabbing the tablet, I threw it across the room where it hit the corner of a table and broke into pieces.
With a shriek, Leila staggered off the chair and crawled across the floor. Picking up the shards, she cradled them in her hands, trying to fit them together.
“Leila, what is wrong with you? How could you bring this despicable letter to me?”
She raised her eyes to mine. “You’ve been invited as a special guest because our little sister has been chosen to honor the Goddess. Her sacrifice will bring peace and love to this land. She is the pure vessel. We’re so lucky to have found her.”
“Lucky?” I echoed. The nonchalance manner in which she spoke was horrifying. “Our sister was hunted down for the express purpose of sacrificing her to the goddess.”

  SONY DSCAuthor Kimberley Griffiths Little Kimberley Griffiths Little is the author of ten award-winning Middle-Grade and Young Adult novels with Knopf, Scholastic and Harpercollins, including the Whitney Award, the Arizona/New Mexico Book Award, the SCBWI Crystal Kite, the Southwest Book Award, and others. ALA BOOKLIST named FORBIDDEN, the first book in her Ancient Mesopotamian historical fantasy a Young Adult Top 10 novel for the Historical category, Romance category, and Religious/Inspirational. Kimberley adores anything old and musty with a secret story to tell. She once stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland and didn’t sleep a wink; sailed the Seine in Paris; ridden a camel in Petra, Jordan; shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul; and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria. She was born in San Francisco but now lives on the banks of the Rio Grande with her husband and three sons.  
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Day Countdown Blitz Day 12: Becoming Bryn by Angela Carling






Angela Carling was raised in Palm Springs California, but lives Arizona with her husband, three kids and five felines. She loves reading and writing for the young adult genre and has published Unbreakable Love, Shackled, Becoming Bryn and the first three books of the Secret Keeper series. In 2012 Shackled won the silver IPGA award and has since been optioned as a screenplay. She always eats the frosting off her cake and leaves the rest, and can be caught singing in public bathrooms. When she’s not creating stories, she’s mentoring teen writers, making pizza with her family or dreaming of taking a nap, not necessarily in that order.  





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For months, Jesse has been envious of her twin sister Bryn and even has a crush on Bryn’s gorgeous, popular boyfriend, Quinton. When Jesse awakens from a coma to learn that everyone thinks she IS Bryn, the option of actually taking over her sister’s life is beyond tempting, but there’s a downside. She’d have to give up her relationship with Ethan, her best friend and the only person she trusts. Could she actually live s Bryn for the rest of her life? And if her family and friends found out, would they ever forgive her?




Q & A with the Author:
Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing?
I’m really lucky, my hubby and kids and I love being together. When I’m not writing, I’m most often hanging out with them, watching a movie or going on a night walk. When I want some alone time (as most of us introverts do) I wander the garden centers at Home Depot and Lowes looking for new plants to put in my garden.

When did you first realize you were an author?
I told myself stories to fall asleep and by high school, I’d accepted my authorly fate when I looked around my bedroom and saw hundreds of poems and stories that I’d written on pinned up butcher paper. Also, I make up words like authorly and feel completely fine with it.
Have you done anything writing-related, but besides actually writing your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?
 I’ve had a remarkable experience mentoring teen writers. I take on about ten teenage aspiring writers at a time and work with them monthly. Anna Carling, who has been part of my group for three years, actually helped me co-write my latest book in the Secret Keeper series. It is called Belakane, the Origin of the Secret Keeper series and she was so excited to see her name in print for the first time. She deserved it. She’s a very talented girl and I’m proud of our work!

What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it? 
Like most people, I’m not good at balance. Writing is very immersive and marketing what you’ve written super time intensive. Somewhere in there, I’m raising a family and remodeling a large house. My solution, realize that you can’t do everything at the same time. For example, I’m taking the next couple of months off from marketing and going into my writing cave to finish the third book in The Secret Keeper series. After all, the story of Winter, Liam, and the enchantress Belakane must be told. Now!

What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)
My books really do vary. Shackled was written specifically to address and warn teen girls about the signs of relationship abuse but is tucked in a gripping story that won the book a national award and got it optioned as a screenplay.  Unbreakable Love is hopeful and sweet while The Secret Keeper series is all about regret and the crazy unforeseen consequences that come from our choices with a paranormal aspect thrown in.  As a person, I strongly believe each person can make the world a better place or be their best version of themselves. I do think that theme comes through in my writing, especially in Becoming Bryn. The main character Jesse faces her demons in a very unique way and comes out the other side with a very different perspective.  Plus, my favorite kiss scene happens in Becoming Bryn. Who knew melting ice cream could bring on such a hot kiss.

What are your thoughts/feelings on ebook vs. print book?
 I’m a hybrid girl. I’ve been known to drop my book in the tub while soaking, so you know, bringing the kindle in the bathroom probably wouldn’t be a good ideaJ
How many books do you have out? Are you planning a specific number altogether, either in this series or separately?
In October, Belakane, The Origin of the Secret Keeper Curse, my sixth published book was placed on my bookshelf. My writing goals have no end, for now. I’ve just begun a new sweet romance series with three best friends and each girl gets their own book. The first book is called Five Days, Five Kisses and is so fun!  The Secret Keeper series(which does have an amazing romance in it) has one more book coming and then I’m calling it good. Also, Shackled, the book I mention earlier, will have a sequel. I wasn’t planning on it, but am so excited to tell the other half of the story so if you pick that one up, more is on its way!

  Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life?
 I think it is impossible to keep yourself out of your characters completely. That being said, Becoming Bryn was actually inspired by a true story of two college aged students that were in a series accident and their identities were switch for months. After reading the story, I started thinking, what if the girls were twins? How would that change the outcome and experiences each would have? The bittersweet story of Jesse and Bryn was born and honestly, it’s is one of my favorite books. Also, Ryan, one of the main characters in Shackled is based on my intolerable cousin, but my lips are sealed as to which one!

What are your future projects?
So I can’t keep a secret, so I’ve already mentioned them but here they are againJ
Five Days, Five Kisses –an awkward story of friendship, love and getting dumped over a microphone at high school graduation.
Under The Broken Sky- the final book in the paranormal Secret Keeper series. Finally Winter will face the creator of the terrifying curse that has changed her life forever.
And finally, Released, the companion book to Shackled. It’s Ryan’s turn to have his story told and in the lowest of places, he’ll have a chance to rise to greatness.



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