Monday, January 17, 2022

Cover Reveal for Tracy Wolff's Cherish, Next book in Crave Series

 The cover reveal is here for author Tracy Wolff's upcoming book, Cherish, in the Crave series. Check it out below.



What happened at Katmere definitely isn't staying at Katmere...

Grace has finally graduated from Katmere Academy, but the dangers from school aren’t quite done with her. Now she and her friends must travel to the Shadow Realm to rescue one of their own. But there are still a few new surprises waiting for Grace—along with a betrayal that could destroy them all.

Don’t miss out on the next deliciously thrilling installment in the New York Times bestselling Crave series. Preorder your copy today.


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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Discover the newest book by Sonali Dev in The Wedding Guest/GIVEAWAY

 


Check out the newest book by author Sonali Dev in The Wedding guest. Make sure to enter the tour wide giveaway as well below in the post.  Now let's chat with the author and see what this book is all about.

Interview with Author Solini Dev

 

The Wedding Setup may be a short story, but it is tremendously powerful. How would you describe it to readers?

 

Thank you. It’s the story of a girl who used to be a rebel who followed her heart and fought for what she wanted, and then her brother’s death leaves her responsible for her widowed mother. It’s about being knocked off your feet and getting stuck, and learning how to stand back up and reclaim yourself.

 

The story invites us to take an intimate look into a mother-daughter relationship. This is a universal theme, however, you also steep the plot in your own Indian heritage. Can you tell readers what this story means to you as a daughter? What it means to you as an Indian woman?


There is so much of my own relationship with my mother in this book. We’ve always been incredibly close. She’s outspoken and confident and she modeled some powerful behaviors for me growing up about owning her own body and her voice. But there were the other parts where she was a product of her time and culture, believing in absolute terms that it is a woman’s duty to nurture her family, to marry ‘at the right time,’ to be a certain kind of mother. These are things she pushed hard. Things I internalized but also fought to do on my own terms and not hers. Ayesha’s relationship with her mother used to be this way, and then a tragedy changes their dynamic. So, it’s an exploration of how battles for identity get derailed by tragedy and grief and what it takes to heal.

 

Ayesha’s mom describes her as obedient, responsible, and “always putting everyone else before her own needs.” After hearing this Ayesha (internally) feels hypothermic. Can you explain how these seemingly sweet compliments completely destroy your heroine?

 

The mother-child bond comes with a kind of intuitive understanding of each other that’s unique to that relationship. So, while Ayesha has lost her fiery spirit and both she and her mother have lost years to their grief and struggle to survive, her mother knows who her daughter is deep down and how much she’s buried. So there’s a very nuanced intent to these ‘compliments’ and they hit the nerve they’re meant to hit. Ayesha’s reaction to these words is her dead parts coming back to life.

 

It only takes a moment—one second—for Ayesha to break free from her ice…a single word from Emmitt has her coming back to life. Why does she have such a powerful reaction to someone she hasn’t seen in seven years?


Ayesha had a crush on Emmitt for many years before they got together. She’s always had a strong reaction to him. The years they spent together as young adults were years when she came into herself, and felt seen and cherished. Then she loses all of that when her brother dies and they break up. So, it’s a combination of things that come together when Ayesha meets Emmitt again. They have a natural connection, but also, with his return come all the memories of who she used to be and how much she used to let herself feel.

 

Ayesha has never forgotten how Emmitt turns “her messy, impulsive, unfettered emotion into something beautiful.” But she has forgotten the effect that she has on him. What buried memories are uncovered as she watches Emmitt react to their reunion?

 

Emmitt has always dealt with the world and the pain it causes him by keeping everyone at arm’s length. But Ayesha destroys his defenses with her ability to love (and do everything else) so fiercely. So, when he loses her he’s already lost his ability to protect himself. Their joint grief is what separated them, so, while they understand each other’s pain they both also understand the loneliness of not having each other to lean on. They’ve had to make the journey to healing individually, but meeting each other again brings up the piece that needs the other to heal.

 

How did you get to know your couple? How were you able to understand what was needed to heal their broken hearts?


The one theme that threads through all my books is finding yourself on the tightrope between personal freedom and responsibility to family and community. Healing is always about finding or rediscovering your love for yourself. So, I understand my characters through that lens: how have they lost themselves? What about themselves do they need to reclaim and fall in love with? A truly connected couple is one who aids this journey in each other, recognizes it, and supports it.

 

In a limited number of pages you not only give readers a living, breathing couple, but also an avalanche of equally interesting characters like Ayesha’s best friend, suitor, aunties…and you even create depth with characters that are no longer living. Why was it so important to spend time with these secondary characters? What do they reveal about your hero and heroine?

 

I believe that as humans we are a sum total of our relationships and the world we live in and build for ourselves. How someone treats other people and how they respond to how they are treated is what constitutes character. 


At its heart, every story is about a person who is somehow at odds with the world they live in or with themselves because of the expectations of their world, and the journey they make to resolve that conflict. Ayesha wouldn’t be Ayesha without her mother and Bela, her best friend and the community she was raised in. Bela has been her wild other half growing up, then their paths diverged, but they continued to be each other’s support. Her mother has become a crutch she uses to hold on to her grief. Emmitt’s grief over his friend has run his life for seven years too. So the secondary characters are just as integral to the story as the protagonists.

 

While the plot focuses on grief, there is also great joy to be found. After all, the backdrop of the story is a giant wedding. What do you personally find the most fun at a traditional Indian wedding celebration?


I’m always only there for the food and dancing! Fine, and getting to dress up. And the wine. Also, maybe the chance to hang out with family and friends I only see at weddings. And the drunk aunties and uncles.

 

After readers devour The Wedding Setup, which of your other books would you recommend they read next?


First, thank you so much for devouring The Wedding Setup! I’m incredibly proud of my Raje series, a set of retellings of my four favorite Jane Austen novels set in a politically ambitious Indian American family from Northern California. Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors is a gender flipped Pride and Prejudice. Recipe for Persuasion is a two-generational homage to Persuasion set on a Food Network show. Incense and Sensibility, the love story between a gubernatorial candidate and a yoga therapist who can save him but also destroy his campaign, pays tribute to Sense and Sensibility. And the upcoming The Emma Project (May 17th 2022), which is a gender flipped Emma that explores what it means when a person with tremendous privilege offers charity to someone who has much less.




Title: The Wedding Setup

Author: Sonali Dev

Release Date: January 11, 2022

Publisher: Amazon Original Stories


Ayesha Shetty lost her brother seven years ago, the same time she lost everything else important to her: her dreams, her fierce independence, and the man she loved. Not wanting to see her mother hurt anymore, she put her wild self away and became the dutiful daughter her mother needed and took on her brother’s role in the family business.


Now her best friend’s big, fat Indian wedding is a chance to get away from her endless duties at the restaurant and maybe even have some fun (if she remembers how). But a setup arranged by her mother, with a doctor no less, is the last thing she needs. The fact that he checks all her mother’s boxes just makes everything better…and worse.


Then Emmitt Hughes shows up. Her brother’s best friend. The love she once chose over family duties and her responsibilities. The one she asked to leave, and who did. The one who knows the real Ayesha. Torn between a love from the past that could cost her the only person she has left and her sense of obligation to her mother, will Ayesha find the strength to stop thinking about what everyone else wants and finally put herself first? Or is the old Ayesha truly gone for good?



The Wedding Setup Excerpt 


Goose bumps rose across Ayesha’s skin, one sharp dot at a time. 


“Ayesha.” 


That was it. Just that one word. Her name. In a voice that was its own ghost. 


She squeezed her eyes shut. One tight squeeze. Tight enough to hurt, tight enough to almost dislodge the false eyelashes Andre had pressed into her lash line one by one with the precision of a surgeon. Then boom! she was in control again and back to Ayesha on Ice. 


Eyes blank, face set, she turned toward the voice. 


Emmitt


The impact of him was a body blow. 


The entire universe stilled. Words weren’t a thing. Or sound. Breath? What was that? 


Ayesha! Get a grip. 


No grip. That’s how it had always been. She’d had no grip when it came to Emmitt Hughes. Not even a little bit. Not when she’d spied on him and Ajay playing Mario Kart and Minecraft and GTA for hours, for years. Not when she’d yearned and dreamed and spun stories with him at the center. 


I’ve made my love for you, my god. 


It was the cheesiest of lines from one of those Bollywood songs her parents had played on repeat at the restaurant. Amma had loved translating the over-the-top lyrics and explaining their nuances.


Back when Amma was full of stories and songs and laughter. Before Ajay. 


Ajay. 


Her brother’s unspoken name fell between them like a glass bauble and shattered. 


“You remember Emmitt,” Edward had the gall to say. 


Bela shot him a glare. 


You didn’t tell me he would be here. Ayesha threw the silent accusation at her traitorous best friend, who gave her nothing more than another worried look. 


No, Eddie. Remind me again who he is? The snarky words stuck in Ayesha’s throat. Old Ayesha would have said them. Old Ayesha said everything. 


“Emmitt,” New Ayesha said, every feeling buried under her customer-is-king voice from the restaurant. “Nice to see you again.” 


His Adam’s apple bobbed in the long column of his throat. How was he still so darned beautiful? 


One swallow, and then he smiled back. Banking feelings where no one saw them had been his thing. Emmitt the Wall. That’s what Ajay had called him. Her brother had been best friends with him since Emmitt had moved to Naperville in fifth grade after his parents’ divorce. Years of friendship, and he’d still held Ajay at that slight distance he’d been so good at. Something she would always wish she hadn’t cured him of.


You broke me, Ayesha.You broke every defense I’ve ever had against the world. 


She, Ayesha Shetty—too tall, too dark, too outspoken, too intense, too ambitious, too everything for everyone else had been just enough to break through Emmitt the Wall. 


“It’s nice to see you too,” he said gently, sounding . . . she dug through her brain to come up with the right word. Grown-up? Contained? 


Good. Because Ayesha was all those things now too. Not a grenade with its fuse pulled, ready to blow up the world.


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Author Biography


USA Today bestselling author Sonali Dev writes Bollywood-style love stories that explore universal issues. Her novels have been named best books of the year by Library Journal, NPR, the Washington Post, and Kirkus Reviews. She has won numerous accolades, including the American Library Association’s award for best romance, the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for best contemporary romance, and multiple RT Seals of Excellence; has been a RITA finalist; and has been listed for the Dublin Literary Award. Shelf Awareness calls her “not only one of the best but one of the bravest romance novelists working today.” She lives in Chicagoland with her husband, two visiting adult children, and the world’s most perfect dog. 


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Social Media Links


Website: https://sonalidev.com/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SonaliDev.author 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sonali_Dev 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sonali.dev/ 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7025918.Sonali_Dev 



Saturday, January 15, 2022

Guest Author Day with Kelli Wilkins

 


Start Something New in 2022!

By Kelli A. Wilkins
www.kelliwilkins.com

Welcome to a new year! Many people are glad to say goodbye to 2021 and are looking forward to a fresh start this year. I’ve written three non-fiction books that can help you make the most of the next 12 months.

If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed, stressed, worried or are just plain worn-out by the events of the last year (and who isn’t?), why not try journaling?

Whether you are experienced in journaling or completely new to the process, Journaling Every Week: 52 Topics to Get You Writing is designed to get you thinking about—and writing about—your life, relationships, patterns, goals, and some of your fondest memories. You’ll benefit from writing about these thought-provoking prompts and learn something about yourself along the way.

 

Journaling is a useful tool for self-discovery. In your journal, you can explore a wide range of subjects, themes, and ideas, revisit the past, and vent about anything (or anyone). In a way, you play counselor to yourself by digging deep into your innermost thoughts and emotions and writing about how you feel.

This fun and innovative book is filled with hundreds of journaling prompts that cover your childhood, friendships, beliefs and values, your career, coping with grief, fears, forgiveness, your purpose, and much more.


Order your copy here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Journaling-Every-Week-Topics-Writing-ebook/dp/B08QH4HQPD

All other platforms: https://books2read.com/u/b5kBZA

Read reviews here: https://www.kelliwilkins.com/journaling-every-week

I’m sure you noticed Valentine’s Day candy and gifts in stores already! Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it. And if you’re looking for fun and easy ways to show a special someone how much you care, check out Romance Every Weekend: 104 Fun Ways to Express Your Love.

 

Romance shouldn’t be reserved for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or an anniversary. Why should people wait for a special occasion to show someone they love that they care? Love can (and should) be expressed every chance you get.



Romance Every Weekend features 104 fun and easy ways you can express your love to that special someone in your life. Perfect for men or women, it focuses on tender, everyday gestures that let your partner know how much you love him or her. Why not try all 104 suggestions in 2022?

 

Get your copy here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08124HBMS

All other Platforms: https://books2read.com/u/3npVVP

Are you an aspiring writer? Do you want to get published in 2022? If you’ve always wanted to write a short story or a novel but aren’t sure how to get started, don’t miss You Can Write—Really! A Beginner's Guide to Writing Fiction.

This easy-to-follow ebook takes you step-by-step through the writing process, covering the basics of plotting, editing, revising, and submitting. Each chapter explores ways to get your creativity flowing, explains where authors get ideas, and shows you how to create interesting characters for your story. Helpful tips all writers can use, plus creative writing exercises throughout the book get you motivated. 

 

Once you have the basics down, you can write—really!

 

Ready to write? Order your copy here:

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Write-Really-Beginners-Writing-Fiction-ebook/dp/B00THWLFQU

 

All other platforms: https://books2read.com/u/4AqYN4


All three ebooks are available on Amazon and other platforms. I hope you’ll check them out and give the ideas and suggestions a try in the new year.

And if you’re looking for great fiction reads in romance, horror, or sci-fi, you can find my full title list on my site (www.KelliWilkins.com) or Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Kelli-A.-Wilkins/e/B001JSAB24

Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!

Kelli A. Wilkins

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 20+ romance novels, 7 non-fiction books, and 5 horror ebooks. Her romances span many genres and settings, and she likes to scare readers with her horror stories.

Her non-fiction tale, “The Dog That Wouldn’t Bark” recently appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Hilarious, Heroic, Human Dog anthology.

She also released two horror shorts, More Than I Bargained For and Silent Sentinel in 2021.

In 2021, Kelli published Journaling Every Week: 52 Topics to Get You Writing. This fun and innovative guide to journaling is filled with hundreds of thought-provoking prompts designed to get you writing about your feelings and emotions.

Kelli posts on her Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins and Twitter: www.Twitter.com/KWilkinsauthor.

Visit her website/blog www.KelliWilkins.com for a full title list and to find all her social media links.

 


Thursday, January 13, 2022

Blog Tour Stop: Andrew Grey's Past His Defenses/GIVEAWAY

 


Andrew Grey has long been a favorite author of mine ever since I discovered his books so many years ago. I am thrilled to spotlight his newest book, Past His Defenses, today on the Reading Nook Blog. Check out this wonderful cover and the book below.


Title: Past His Defenses

Author: Andrew Grey

Series: Standalone

Genre:  M/M Contemporary Romance

Publisher: DreamSpinner Press

Release Date: Jan 11, 2022

Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print

Blurb/Synopsis:

When a case reopens old wounds from the kidnapping of his younger sister, police officer Robert Fenner is told in no uncertain terms that he needs a break. And maybe his superiors are right. He books a flight to visit an old friend, who happens to be the one who got away, and hopes for the best.

Electronic security consultant Dixie Halewood works from his home in Paris, where he lives with his adopted son, Henri. Dixie doesn’t expect a message from an old flame asking for a place to stay, but he agrees. Their past is just that—the past.

Things between them aren’t as settled as they thought—Henri, Paris, and proximity work their magic. The two men are drawn closer and old flames burst back to life, but Dixie’s work brings a new threat to their safety and the budding family they missed out on the first time around. Gerome never meant to open the door to trouble. His life and Tucker’s depend on keeping his past a mystery. But as his desire to protect develops into something deeper, he and Tucker will have to evaluate what family means—and hope that their growing feelings pass unimaginable tests.


Dawn’s Reading Nook Exclusive Except for the Past His Defenses by Andrew Grey Blog Tour

 

Wow. Dixie hadn’t known what to expect once Robert arrived, but it hadn’t been Henri telling Robert about his one other relationship, or the way his son had opened up to Robert right away. Henri was outgoing, there was no doubt about that, but he could be circumspect when it came to his feelings. And yet he’d told Robert about one of the most hurtful things ever said to him. At least, as far as Dixie was aware.

Robert looked pretty much the same as he had the last time Dixie had seen him. But that had been a while ago now. Still, Dixie could already sense that Robert was the same man he’d fallen for in the corps. But he also knew that life could send someone on a lot of detours—he and Robert had experienced that firsthand. “What have you been doing since you mustered out?”

“I went to the academy and joined the police force in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It’s a good fit, and my Marine training has come in handy. I really like it.”

“Until last week?” Dixie asked, and Robert nodded. “It was that bad?”

“It really wasn’t. I think I just wasn’t prepared for it. You remember Westerhouse?”

Dixie definitely did. The guy was a rock. Nothing seemed to faze him. Roadside bombs, random gunfire, whatever—nothing got to him. He was calm and cool, almost a machine… until he wasn’t. Then it had seemed as if he was broken and the pieces couldn’t be put together again. “That bad?”

“I don’t know. I think the whole situation brought everything—my little sister Holly’s kidnapping and death—back.” Robert leaned closer. “I actually called the girl Holly. She was about the same age Holly was. And once again, I felt helpless. Up until that moment, I thought I had everything under control, and then with a single word—my sister’s name—it was gone.” Robert seemed to pull in on himself. “At the scene, it was as if I was back there—once again consumed with worry, knowing that Holly had been taken. And then there was the nail-biting, waiting for some word, only to fall to pieces when we were told that she had been killed.” He stood a little straighter, but it was an act, and Dixie knew it.

“Don’t beat yourself up. There’s nothing wrong with showing your feelings. Henri taught me that. Every time I bottle things up and get grumpy, he calls me on it. I think in part, it’s because some piece of him worries that if I get mad enough, I’ll take him back. I would never, ever do that, no matter what, and I’ve told him that, but I know the notion is still in his head. He watches everything, and you can almost see him processing everything anyone does. So I have to be open and honest about how I feel and explain things. It’s incredibly liberating.”

Robert cleared his throat. “But it was drilled into us to not show any emotion. Bury it down deep and do your job. That’s the Marine way.”

Robert was right; that was what they’d been taught. When you’re shot at, run toward the shooter and take him out. “But this isn’t the corps. And Henri isn’t a fellow soldier. He’s my son and I love him, and I only want him to be happy. I don’t need to hide what I’m feeling. I get to show him. And it’s okay for you too. I already know you’re a big, strong guy. I also know that inside, deep down, there’s an ooey-gooey center that you keep buried.” He leaned forward, holding Robert’s gaze. “Henri knows it too. Kids have amazing instincts.”

“And here I thought I had this reputation as a real tough guy.” Robert smiled back. “Dang, it’s good to be here.”

“Nice segue,” Dixie chuckled. Robert had always had a way of avoiding talking about his feelings if he could. Not that they weren’t communicated, but as Dixie remembered, you had to look for them a little more closely.

“Papa, it stopped working,” Henri said as he brought a tablet to Dixie. “Make it work again… please.” He flashed his big eyes and pooched out his lower lip. Damn, the cuteness almost worked. Almost.

“I’m sorry. You had an hour of games today, and that’s plenty. You get another hour tomorrow.” Dixie had to be firm, even though he wanted to give in. Henri thrived on structure, and Dixie didn’t want him disappearing into Minecraft for hours on end.

“Papa…,” Henri whined. Seeing he wasn’t going to get anywhere, he climbed onto the sofa near Robert and handed him the tablet. “Can you fix it?”

 

 

 

 

Book Links

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About the Author



Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.

Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing)  He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.


Author Links

Amazon Author Page

Barnes and Noble Page

Dreamspinner Press

Facebook

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Goodreads

Twitter @andrewgreybooks

Website

 

For Other Works by Andrew Grey

(Please Be Sure To Stop by His Website to See All of His Works)



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Cover Reveal for Tracy Wolff's Cherish, Next book in Crave Series

 The cover reveal is here for author Tracy Wolff's upcoming book, Cherish, in the Crave series. Check it out below. What happened at Kat...