X – XOXO – Acknowledgements

EEE! I’m so incredibly flattered to be acknowledged by this amazing author! Thanks Sydney!

Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

X THIS is my favorite part of the writing process.  Acknowledging all those who have contributed to making Another New Life happen.

First, I have to thank God for his grace and patience. It took me a while to find my gift and now that I have found it, I am forever thankful for His blessings.

To my family for putting up with my hair brain schemes, this one I actually finished. Mom, Dad, Kevin, Jimmy, Patrina – Love you!

Pk Hrezo, Tianna Doyle, Emily Robertson & Vanessa Aapiah. The most honest, supportive and enthusiastic beta readers I’ve had the pleasure of working with.  You all brought a unique perspective and made my story better.

A big thank you and your the best, to Jade at Black Firefly who answered all my questions and guided me through the whole production process. We created a beautiful book, don’t you think?

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Book Spotlight: THE BABY & THE BRIDE by Laura Barnard

 BOOK SPOTLIGHT:

THE BABY & THE BRIDE

by: Laura Barnard

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~ Synopsis ~

Sequel to the #1 Amazon Best-Seller, The Debt & the Doormat (available for FREE)

Poppy and Jazz’s lives sound perfect on paper. Jazz has a new baby and Poppy’s getting married. But their realities are very different.

Poppy must strive to keep her cool new job with crazy hours, while trying to keep Ryan happy. Before she knows it her wedding has got out of control, thanks to her mother, the runners at work are bullying her, her parents are in financial difficulty and she’s doubting everything and everyone she ever knew.

Meanwhile Jazz is struggling with motherhood, something a credit card won’t fix. Why won’t this baby give her a break? Will Jazz be able to cope before she loses it?

And will Poppy make it down the aisle? Will Ryan even be waiting?

The Baby & the Bride <—– Click to check it out on Goodreads

~ Excerpt ~

My phone finally flashes up with Lilly on the way home.

‘Finally, bitch!’ I scream down the phone as soon as I answer it.

‘I know!’ she says. ‘Sorry. Been mad busy. This PA business has taken off like you can’t imagine. It’s fucking non-stop.’

‘I know the feeling.’

I look over at Michael and Izzy and immediately turn away, feeling uncomfortable. She’s stretching his leg on the Limo floor. Completely inappropriate.

‘So what’s the drama?’ she asks. ‘Five voicemails and seven texts. Has someone died?’

‘Nope. It’s far better. Me and Ryan are getting married!’  God, just saying it out loud makes me feel all giddy.

‘No fucking way!’ she screams. ‘You must be a fireball in bed, Pops!  How you managed to get someone that deliciously gorgeous to marry you. Jesus, my mind boggles.’

‘Oh thanks,’ I say flatly.

‘You know I’m only joking baby-doll. So tell me, how did he propose?’  She sounds like she’s on the edge of her seat.

‘Oh, well, it was just after Jemima was born. I was holding her and he asked to marry me.’

‘Huh?’

‘Is there a bad line?  Did you not hear me?’

‘No, I heard you, babe. It just sounds like the worst proposal in the world. Proposed to in a hospital with your friends exploded vag still on the floor. Yuk!  But hey, what’s the rock like?’

‘Oh…I haven’t got one yet. I assume he’s going to let me pick it.’  I really must ask Ryan about that.

‘You haven’t even got a rock?’  She sounds so disappointed.

‘Well…not yet. Jesus, we only just got engaged!’  I laugh nervously.

‘Ok, babes. I’m sure it was…magical,’ she says un-convincingly.

 ~ Buy Link ~

The Baby & the Bride on Amazon

~ Author Bio~

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My name is Laura Barnard and I am an author from Hertfordshire, UK. My first chick-lit novel, The Debt & the Doormat was an Amazon number 1 best-seller and won Best Laugh Out Loud Book of 2013. It is available via Amazon, Smashwords, iBooks. Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository and many more.

In my spare time I enjoy drinking my body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of my face, drooling over hunks like Jamie Dornan, Ryan Gosling and Leo Dicaprio…oh and my husband of course! I like wearing yoga clothes and reading fitness magazines while I sit on the sofa and eat chocolate. I’m a real fan of the power nap and of course, READING!

I write not to get rich or famous, but because I LOVE writing. Even if one person tells me they enjoyed my book it makes the midnight typing worth it!

 

An Award?! Ohhhh myyyy!

Oh my Goodness!!! Tianna’s Blog for Great Books & Epic Music was nominated for an award!

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Holy crapola! This is exciting. I’d like to thank the fellow blog Cupcakes & Popcorn for this wonderful surprise, and I couldn’t be more flattered.

~ Write-up of the award ~ 

“The LITWA was invented in 2012 by Barbara Matteo, a fellow blogger who publishes posts about women’s creativity, spirituality and issues affecting the female gender on the blog idealisticrebel. The blog award’s full title is in fact “Being a Light in the World Award.”

Barbara created the LITWA to celebrate those wonderful people in our world who spread light, love, hope and peace in the name of humanity. Bloggers receiving this award are encouraged to continue promoting these virtues and work as a force of peace and light in the world, touching their readers’ hearts and making a difference in their lives, no matter how small. The award has as its background a scene of a beach taken at sunset with holidaymakers enjoying themselves. This picture was taken by Barbara herself. Just as the sun in the picture brings light and sustenance to the earth and is the reason why any living thing can exist on our planet in the first place, the LITWA is a gift to those bloggers who help shine the light into other people’s worlds, giving them sustenance, hope and happiness through the venerable dialogue of blogging.

The LITWA has the following rules for nominees to follow:

1. Thank the person who gives you the award;
2. Spread this award around to the people who you know who are doing this work, so that the work continues and the light is spread;
3. Let your nominees know of their nomination;
4. Never give up on your fellow human beings.”

Anyways, moving on… Here is the list people I nominate! Yay! 😀

  1. http://naamayehuda.com/
  2. http://thesacredroad.com/
  3. http://sydneyaaliyah.com/
  4. http://mimokhairphotography.com/
  5. http://busyteacher.wordpress.com/

Cheers,

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He Brought Me to My Knees

…. No, not like that. God! Get your heads out of the gutter. What is the matter with you people…

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Anyways, as mentioned in my blog tour post, here’s my review for the amazing book

 ON MY KNEES 

 by Meredith Wild

On My Knees (Bridge, #1)

Some Info on the Book:

It’s been five years since Maya Jacobs watched her soul mate, Cameron Bridge, walk out of her life. After he proposed and she was forced to turn him away because of a past that continues to haunt her, the only option left was to throw herself into work and live by the rules of …. well there were no rules.

Now, here she is in New York, a city with more strangers than familiar faces, working for a boss she can’t stand and finding love at the bottom of a bottle instead of in the arms of the man she wants.

When a not-so-chance encounter bring her and Cameron back together, will she finally be able to move past all the pain and hurt she still suffers from, or will it come back to haunt her and prevent her from moving forward?

On My Knees <— Click to check it out on Goodreads

Things Not Found in the Synopsis:

For this book I’m liking…

Waiting Game

by Banks

Why this song, you ask. Well let me tell you… because this entire damn book is a waiting game!

Is happiness going to ensue? No… fine then.

Okay, how about now? No? …Seriously?

Now? Still Nada.

Now?!! WHAT DO YOU MEAN NO! GOD DAMNIT! My life is black abyss.

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Anyways, other than that I love the vibe. Love the sexy, almost suspenseful bass that leaves you on the edge of your seat. Like your waiting for something (*snorts* I see what I did there..) to happen and you have no idea if it will.

Overall Rating: 4.25 Stars ****1/4

I had the wonderful wonderful opportunity to beta this book, and let me tell you it did not disappoint. I haven’t read the Hacker Series – *GASP* I know how offensive – so this was my first introduction to Ms. Wild and what an introduction it was.

This book is…. angst. No, not ‘angsty’, it is angst. Pure, unadulterated, emotion stringing, frustration inducing, tear activating, hair pulling, book throwing angst.

And I loved every page of it.

I ate that sh*t up like my chubby dog would gobble up a plate of bacon.

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This is a story of heartbreak and of a woman who’s issues are so deeply embedded in her consciousness, you have no idea whether she’s going to allow herself to find happiness or be constantly pushing it away with a vengeance. As a reader, sure I got frustrated. I wanted to strangle Maya, bitch slap her, hug her, comfort her, talk encouragement to her – but it’s always easy as a reader to say, “Just be happy”, especially when we were in Cameron’s head and saw how he loved her unconditionally. Like truly unconditionally. I’m not sure I’d be as understanding as him, considering how many secrets she was keeping. Good on’ im. Good on’ im.

Anyways, these two had chemistry that was THROUGH THE ROOF!

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Like Holy Crapola. *Fans self* I was invested in them from literally page 1. PAGE 1! Cam was AMAZING. Incredibly sexy, confident, strong – he was this rock in a wild ocean that was always consistent.

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I would strongly recommend this book (PS. I want to clearly state I did enjoy Maya as a character. I know it probably seems a bit ambiguous, but she is actually a fun character).

What a fantastic read!

Cheers,

An “Easy” Decision

Do you like bad boys?

Do you remember the good ol’ days when you’d obsess over that random guy you’ve never met, but GOD if he wasn’t beautiful to look at?

…. I better not be hearing silence because that would make me a weirdo since I remember those days far too well (the remembering part is most definitely up for interpretation though).

Anyways, this is the story of Jacqueline Wallace and how she stole my dream boy.

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LOL I’m just joking. I know Lucas and his sexy lip ring, shaggy hair and piercing eyes are all hers

Moving on…

About the Book:

Jacqueline Wallace made the classic mistake of following her high school boyfriend to college in the mindset that they were each others together for ever.

When he breaks up with her, she’s too busy nursing a broken heart to realize the rest of the world is moving on around her.

One night her best friend convinces her to go to a Halloween Party and she agrees, not realizing it would be the night that would change her life.

While walking to her truck, she’s attacked, but before things get too far, she’s saved by a complete stranger.

From there it was a snowball effect that ended up with her falling in love with the guy who saved her, but in return might need some saving himself.

Easy <—– Click to check it out on Goodreads

What’s Not in the Synopsis…

The song I’m liking is….

Breathe

by Angels and Airwaves

Let me briefly explain. I read this book when it first came out – as in way back when, when it was only three dollars (Best three dollars I’ve ever spent BTW). Anyways, now, how many years later, Lucas’s side of the story is being released (in May. EEEEP!), and I was creeping on Tammara’s Blog and reading a spoiler for Breakable and  – perhaps I’ve gotten ahead of myself – but the vibes of the samples I was reading was screaming for this song! At which point I went, “Well, Tianna, it’s time to write a review for Easy.”

Overall Rating: 5 Stars *****

What can I say, this is one of the first books to introduce me to my favorite genre: New Adult. I loved this book. I loved being able to relate to Jacqueline on normal university girl stuff, from worrying about whether I’d see the hot guy that day to studying none stop for exams, all the while trying to earn some money by working.

I think she was one of the first heroines who didn’t irritate, because she was just so … normal. She wasn’t annoying and Tammara wasn’t trying to shove character traits like “brave” down my throat during times where it didn’t make sense. Instead she showed me Jacqueline was brave. She showed she was a fighter. And not even unrealistically so where she  all of a sudden became some crazy MMA chick, but she just learnt to be smarter and use what she could. I had a lot of respect for her.

And Lucas… oh my. Not only did he have me sitting back and fanning myself because of his sheer sexiness, but his story truly broke my heart. His reactions to some things knocked the air from my lungs and had me devastated for him especially because I felt like Jacqueline and knew things I shouldn’t have.

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Anyways, the tension between these two was phenomenal and Ms. Webber writes make-out scenes like no body else’s business. Highly recommended book that deals with fairly mature subject matter without insulting it, but rather making it something that needs to be noticed and dealt with.

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Cheers,

Tianna

The Ultimate Tear Jerker

Let me start by saying I am not a crier.

 I do not cry.

But this book… it made me cry. Like a baby.

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That’s right, it managed to turn a stone-hearted b*tch into a sobbing pansy in a matter of 300 some pages.

 That… that is a job well done, Lisa De Jong. A job well done. I salute you.

I think I truly had to go through the five stages of grief with book. No joke. I honestly think I did.

I read this book probably way back in October/November of 2013 and still 3/4 months later, I feel the lump in the throat, pang in the chest, emotion crushing, tear inducing sensation that this book continues to haunt me with.

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Background on the Book:

One night was all it took for Kate to lose everything.

Ever since she’s been wandering through life in darkness, unable to truly move on or open up to anyone – even her childhood best friend Beau.

When Beau leaves for college, Kate is left on her own to deal with the nightmares always churning in her head. She takes a job at the local to pass her days, and it’s there she meets Asher.

Over time, these two create a bond that helps Kate finally begin to heal and piece herself back together. But Asher has a past and secrets of his own and when they come to light Kate’s world is turned upside down in a way she’d never thought possible.

When It Rains <—- Click here to check it out on Goodreads

Things not Found in the Synposis:

To represent this book I’m liking….

Never Alone

by  Jim Brickman ft. Lady Antebellum

Yeah… not normally a fan of country, but this book was a load of “not normal” for me.

Why this song, well the lyrics to start with. Secondly, the first time I listened to the song while trying to see whether it fit the book, I originally went “Nope”. Mainly because I was like this song is a little too upbeat for something that causes tears. It has too much acceptance and wishful, happiness type thinking. But then I realized you know what? That is the note the book ended on. Just because I was heartbroken and my emotions felt like they’d been put through a cheese grater does not mean there wasn’t a “happy” ending…

So there you go, ta-da! I present Never Alone. 

Overall rating: 5 stars *****

Like I said, I bawled like a baby. To those thinking they can multi-task while reading this book… I wish you luck. I tried, let me tell you. I really did. But you know what? I have tear stains in my marketing textbook. I was crying and I didn’t even know I was crying. I couldn’t leave my house because my face was so splotchy and – god forbid – I try and read it on the bus during my daily commute. Don’t do it my friends… don’t do it.

Anyways, read this book if your looking for a Final Destination style roller coaster of a book. It’ll take you up and up… and on the trip down you’ll crash and burn. LOL I’m just kidding…

To me, it was actually a beautifully written book. Kate’s past was tragic and man, let me tell you, the ride up that rollercoaster was amazing with a breath taking view of everything that represented happiness and love. Asher loves with passion and intensity that translates through the pages in a way that left me feeling like I was Kate. I took part of the journey when Kate began to see life as something with unlimited possibilities and I could feel when she was able to finally let things go.

All I can say is that this story – and it’s characters will stay with me for a very long time. And whenever it rains… Damn it, Asher! 

Cheers,

Tianna

New Blog!

Oh boy, here we go.

So I’ve decided to join the movement of starting a blog. Eeek! How exicting!

Anyways, until I figure out this website, I’ll just tell you a little bit about me.

I’m a reader. I’ve always been a reader.

I’ve started writing my own book and it’s a NA supernatural story, so keep your eyes peeled for more information.

Just recently I’ve gotten really into beta-reading for authors and it’s become so incredibly addicting. I just can’t stop. The experience of helping an author achieve their dream is so much fun and amazing.

I’m thinking this blog will be about books, books & books… and everything books. From the creating process to the publishing process!

Cheers,

Tianna