Wednesday, 25 June 2014

A WORTHY CAUSE!

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Love, Honor, & Hope - A Benefit for the United States War Veteran’s PTSD Foundation Eight authors are joining forces to support one fantastic cause. Beginning June 24, 2014, Love, Honor, & Hope, an anthology of eight full-length novels, will be available for 30 days at the low price of $0.99. That’s right, just 99 pennies. The best part is that 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the United States War Veteran’s PTSD Foundation.

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PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, affects approximately 19% of the military men and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq—and that’s just those who have been diagnosed. The percentage is expected to grow as more of our military members seek treatment. It’s a heartbreaking trend for the men and women who sacrifice so much for our freedoms, especially with benefits being cut and promotions being threatened.

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The United States War Veteran’s PTSD Foundation is a non-profit charity that focuses on providing FREE care to combat military members, both active and veterans. They can’t do it alone, which is why we’ve made the decision to step up and do something. All eight of the authors have their personal reasons for supporting this cause. Cherime MacFarlane, author of Heart of the Hunter said, “For me, it’s the way a very quiet man, my uncle, receded into the background whenever a family function took place. I did understand he came back from WWII that way. A young man, easy going and quick to laugh became a recluse. My father also served in WWI, as did a second uncle who returned far from the mischievous young man he was before the war claimed his youth. I was a young mother during the Vietnam era. I had friends who did not come back from Vietnam. I had other friends who did come home but were permanently damaged by the things they saw. For me, this is an opportunity to give back something to the men who served their country when the call came. My uncles and father are gone now, but I do hope, in some small way, to pay it forward for them. This is a tiny step, but as the man once said, every journey begins with that first step.”
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It’s easy to sit back and talk about helping our veterans and active military members. To step up and help is something all together different. We are answering the call for help. Will you answer? All it takes is for you to log on to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and spend 99 cents, and then hopefully share the great news on our labor of love. Not only will you receive eight full-length novels for your enjoyment, you will also tell our men and women who suffer from this terrible and debilitating illness that we’ve got their backs.
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Love, Honor, & Hope is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble from June 24 to July 23. It includes the following full-length novels:


Out of the Box Awakening - Jennifer Theriot
Early One Morning - Aubree Lane
Lost and Found - Jennifer Yarbrough
Scary Modsters - Diane Rinella
Tropical Dreams - Kelly Cozzone
Sisters of the Night - Linda Lee Williams
Heart of the Hunter - Cherime MacFarlane
Piece of Heaven - Sammie J

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

DANCING BAREFOOT

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Jessica Moriarty appears to have it all—a successful career as an architect, a loyal group of friends, a gorgeous apartment, and an on-again-off-again affair with Boston's most eligible bachelor. Behind this “perfect life” fa├žade, Jessica hides the loss she feels over giving up her dream career as an artist, copes with a destructive relationship with her alcoholic mother, and struggles with heartbreak over a lost love.

Jacques Sinclair only needs his cameras, a backpack, and a good pair of walking shoes. A world-renowned photographer, he is a man without boundaries. Despite fame and fortune, he still yearns for the woman who shattered his heart when she vanished from his life five years ago.


A chance meeting brings Jacques and Jessica back together. Reunions aren't always planned or welcomed, but chemistry has a way of revealing what is denied. Ensnared in a web of sabotage and conspiracy—carefully constructed by people who want to control their lives—Jacques and Jessica struggle to trust each other, break free from the status quo, reclaim their love, and build a life of extraordinary possibility.






Amber Lea Easton is a multi-published fiction and nonfiction author. Smart is sexy, according to Easton, which is why she writes about strong female characters who have their flaws and challenges but ultimately persevere. She currently has six contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels out in the world: Kiss Me Slowly, Riptide, Reckless Endangerment, Anonymity, In Between, and Dancing Barefoot. Her memoir, Free Fall, is dedicated to suicide prevention, awareness, and helping others navigate the dark journey of grief.

In addition, Easton works as an editor, freelance journalist, and professional speaker. She speaks on subjects ranging from writing to widowhood. Some of her videos on romance writing have appeared on the international Writers & Authors television network. Current radio appearances are linked via her author website, http://www.amberleaeaston.com.

Easton currently lives with her two teenagers in the Colorado Rocky Mountains where she gives thanks daily for the gorgeous view outside her window. She finds inspiration from traveling, the people she meets, nature and life’s twists and turns. At the end of the day, as long as she's writing, she considers herself simply to be "a lucky lady liv'n the dream."

Easton also publishes under the name Dakota Skye who has one paranormal erotic romance, Blurred Lines, currently available and another, Deadly Decadence, due out in the fall of 2014




Amazon Author Page: viewAuthor.at/AmberLeaEaston







She stood on the threshold of the bookstore dodging patrons and pedestrians. Ten past seven. Regret sagged her knees. For the second time in her life, she labeled herself the Queen of Self-Sabotage. As if leaning against a fierce wind of remorse, she pushed the door open, and forced one foot in front of the other. 
“I’m looking for Jacques Sinclair.” She forced the words from a too-dry throat.   
“I’m sorry, you just missed him.” The employee didn’t look up from the stack of books she arranged on a table.  
Missed him.  She nodded without truly understanding how she could have undermined herself like this. Again. “He’s really gone then?”
The girl worked as if she hadn’t spoken, head down, oblivious.  
Her gaze connected with the cover of Jacques’s book.  Legs heavy and unsteady, she maneuvered toward the display until she touched the cover with her fingertips.
Rome.
Closing her eyes, she smelled the overpowering scent of the roses, felt the early morning breeze against bare skin, sensed him moving behind her, tasted him on her lips, heard the low sound of his voice saying her name. 
“Excuse me, do you know if Mr. Sinclair is staying in Boston tonight?”  she asked.  
The woman looked at her as if she were a stalker. “He probably went back to New York. His gallery exhibit isn't until next weekend.”
“Back to New York?” Information overload crashed her system. So close. The same side of the Atlantic.  She braced herself against the counter.  
“He lives in New York,” she answered as if speaking to a small, slow child.
“Right.  He has an exhibit next Saturday. I saw that in the article...what gallery?”  She handed over her credit card and blinked at the cover again.
"The Bliss Institute."
Breathing ceased again and she silently cursed Fate. Her friend Miranda owned the Bliss Institute. What was happening? Did Jacques know that? Of course not, how could he? She felt like an insane woman on the precipice of a major nervous breakdown.
“Are you all right?”  The woman grabbed the book and slipped it into a bag. 
“Perfect, never better.”  She needed a martini…she’d give her life for a martini. Oblivion sounded like heaven right now.
The girl handed her the receipt before stepping away as if afraid of catching the insanity bug. 
Six weeks. Jacques planned on being in Boston for six weeks.
Laughter from upstairs halted her retreat. As if dragging her legs through mud, she walked toward the stairs. With every step, memories overpowered her. Laughing in bed with rain falling outside open windows, whispered secrets in the dark, sharing wine directly from the bottle, feeding each other bread with their fingertips.  
Him asking her to marry him, her saying yes.
Her throwing it all away for reasons that now seemed meaningless.
 “We should go, Jacques. We’re running late. Miranda's already at the restaurant.”  A stick-like man with shaggy brown hair and black-framed eye glasses appeared at the top of the stairs. 
She stood on the bottom step, one foot poised to ascend, her hand on the railing and blocking the way.  She clutched the bag to her side and turned to flee.
“Jess?” The quiet question stopped her descent. “Jessica Moriarty?”
She gripped the railing and looked up at him. 
Jacques stood at the top of the stairs, blond hair falling across his forehead and skimming his ears, different from the picture on display, more like it had been when they'd known one another, shaggy and disheveled. Emerald eyes snapped with fire as his gaze raked over her from head to foot. A cobalt blue shirt had been stuffed into black jeans, half in the waistband and half out as if he simply didn’t give a damn.  He’d rolled the sleeves to his elbows, exposing tanned forearms, and a leather bracelet twisted around his left wrist. He walked toward her like a predator who’d cornered his prey. Slowly...surely. Sexuality oozed from his pores with every step he took. 
She stepped back and swallowed the rush of saliva that flooded her mouth.
He stopped two stairs above her. “Running away from me again?”

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Q) What do you do for fun?
A) As someone who tends to get bored easily, I like to do a diverse range of things for fun. I play with my dogs a lot and take them on hikes. I can't get enough of seeing local bands at various venues. Movies are also a passion of mine, especially a good thriller. I also enjoy simply sitting in my backyard at night with friends by the fire pit and chatting over a glass of wine.

Q) When did you first start writing?
A) I started writing professionally when I was 22 as a reporter. As a hobby, I began scribbling stories in notebooks when I was 9 years old.

Q) Why did you write this book?
A) This is a story about a woman who has lived her life for everyone else while putting her own dreams and desires aside. There were times in my life when I felt I had compromised myself to the point of forgetting who I truly was at my core. What did I want? Who did I want to be at the end of my life? Those are the central conflicts of this story as the main characters struggle to break free of all that holds them back so that they can truly live a life of extraordinary possibility.

Q) What is the best advice you ever received?
A) That it's best to be true to yourself because, at the end of the day, you need to look yourself in the eye in the mirror and be content with who you are.

Q) How long did it take to write?
A) I actually started writing 'Dancing Barefoot' in 1999. I wrote it, started pitching it in 2000, then shelved it for a few years while I wrote other novels that have since published. After awhile, I pulled it back out, ripped it apart, and wrote it again. Then it went through having an agent and even a publisher, all while other books again published before it. I finally decided to take matters into my own hands, took it back from the agent, revised yet again, and now it's finally being published. I guess you could say "it's time has come." Six novels published before 'Dancing Barefoot', yet this is technically the first story I wrote.

Q) What is your next project?
A) I have a project about a psychic I'm writing under my pen name, Dakota Skye. It's a paranormal erotic romantic suspense. I use my pen name to explore all things fringe element. It's a liberating experience.

Q) What do you measure success to be?
A) The ability to live my life on my own terms and the freedom to do what I want when I choose.

Q) Who inspires you?
A) My father is one of the kindest, most generous people I know. So was my grandfather. If, when I die, people still speak of my kind and generous spirit, then I will have lived a good life.

Q) Who is your favourite author?
A) Heather Graham, Sandra Brown, Jennifer Cruizie.

Q) Who are you as a person? Tell us things about you that are not already in your bio?
A) I am a seeker. I'm always reading about spirituality and regularly practice meditation. I read Rumi every night before I sleep. I enjoy listening to others, especially travelers. I find people and the Universe to be infinite sources of fascination. 


Q: Where did you get the inspiration for the title?
A: While writing this story, I listened to a lot of U2. One of their songs is called 'Dancing Barefoot' where they sing of spinning ceaselessly and losing gravity. "Oh God I fell for you" is one of the lyrics. It truly struck a chord within me—no pun intended. In fact, I've included the lyrics to the original Patti Smith song on the dedication page of the novel.

Q: What are the lyrics to 'Dancing Barefoot'? Could you share so we get a sense of what inspired you?
A: You betcha! Here are the original lyrics sung by Patti Smith, later redone by U2.

Dancing Barefoot Song Lyrics (Patti Smith)
She is benediction
She is addicted to thee
She is the root connection
She is connecting with he

Here I go and I don't know why
I flow so ceaselessly
Could it be he's taking over me

I'm dancing barefoot
Headin' for a spin
Some strange music draws me in
It makes me come up like some heroine

She is sublimation
She is the essence of thee
She is concentrating on
He who is chosen by she

Here I go when I don't know why
I spin so ceaselessly
Could it be he's taking over me

I'm dancing barefoot
Headin' for a spin
Some strange music drags me in
Makes me come up like some heroine

She is recreation
She intoxicated by thee
She has the slow sensation that
He is levitating with she

Here I go when I don't know why
I spin so ceaselessly
'Til I lose my sense of gravity

I'm dancing barefoot
Heading for a spin
Some strange music draws me in
Makes me come up like some heroine

Oh God I fell for you
Oh God I fell for you
Oh God I fell for you
Oh God I fell for you
Songwriters: Kral, Ivan / Smith, Patti

Q: Why did you feel compelled to write this story?
A: The characters' struggle with learning to live according to their own truth rather than being bound by others' expectations resonates with me on a core level. As human beings, it is easy to be caught up in someone else's life agenda and forget that we are here with our own purpose.  There were times in my life when I became consumed with putting other people's expectations above my own and that is no way to live.

Q: What would you like people to take away from this story?
A: We're all unique and the status quo doesn't always serve us well. It's important to find what makes your heart sing and pursue it even if it's scary as hell for you to take that leap.

Q: As an author, what is your main goal when connecting with a reader?

A: Entertainment. Despite the nature of some of my stories, such as human trafficking in Reckless Endangerment or breaking free of co-dependency/expectation in Dancing Barefoot, my goal is to entertain the reader. When someone tells me they write 'literary fiction', I roll my eyes at the pretentiousness of thinking that entertainment genres like romance or suspense are somehow 'less than.' I want to entertain, to take the reader into someone else's world for awhile, and to make them smile when they turn that last page. The greatest compliment I receive from a reader is when they tell me that they didn't want the book to end. That's when I know I've done my job well. 


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But first a taste of the early reviews...

4 stars via Avid Reader:
"I loved this story.

It was refreshingly honest, brutally tragic, and at times lyrical in it's flow. Their connection was so intense that as I read it, I was like this absolutely cannot survive. Love this intense and in your face has a slow burn to it, and will torch everything in i's path until it is stamped out...There was nothing contrived about it. I felt like I was literally a fly on the wall and this was happening in reality and not fiction land. I liked them both, probably one of the best couples I have ever read."...read entire review http://goo.gl/R191Sa

5 stars via ChristophFischerBooks
"Conflicting emotions and insurmountable chemistry cause both of them to reassess the past, their current lives and priorities. Easton shows the magnetic and hypnotic effect of physical and emotional attraction very well and the gradual crumbling of outer facades and deep inner resolve. This is a romantic fantasy written in a convincing and heart warming manner and with enough complications thrown in to make for a very entertaining and gripping read."...read entire review http://goo.gl/R191Sa

5 stars via Sglas, Amazon reader review:
"Excitement, intrigue, twists and turns! Dancing Barefoot has it all. Very hard to put down." read entire review http://goo.gl/R191Sa

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Link to the prequel, In Between: an Italian love story, that is a permanent free read on the author blog (14 chapters total): http://goo.gl/T9XCOj 



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Saturday, 21 June 2014

AWESOME GIVEAWAY!

To show her appreciation for all the love and support she has received for the Til Death Us Do Part series, Author Krissy V is hosting a giveaway! 

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Monday, 16 June 2014

Riding The Waaaves!

Cowabunga Dudes!! Today I'm Riding The Waves but not on a knarley surfboard. Total bummer I know! I have the next best thing, though, which is the book Riding The Waves. Follow this family drama as the saga continues for the Morris family.

So todally check this out man!


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Riding the Waves is one of the best sequels for a family saga in urban drama this year by far! This story offers a lifelike interpretation of the entertainment industry through the eyes of a new generation from the Morris Family. Selena Haskins has once again woven together a story that captivates the imagination and takes readers on a ride to remember!”– Urban Readers Online Magazine
  Book Description 

 In this sequel, Riding the Waves revisits Connie and Dean, their family, and friends. Connie Morris has retired from the music industry. She's been enjoying the fruits of her labor until her daughter, Tracey decides to write a tell-all book that could ruin Connie's legacy, and destroy the family forever. Not only does the book reveal family secrets, but Tracey exposes her friends and former lovers. When Tracey's ex-boyfriends decide to seek revenge, everything starts to spiral downhill. Tracey could lose it all, including her husband, son, and younger brother. With millions being offered to Tracey, she must decide if her dream of fame and fortune is really worth sacrificing the love of her family.

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"If you weren't there during the come-up you'll never understand my struggle and what it really takes to be "a boss." For the record, you only wanted the good parts of my life Tracey, so you will never appreciate the true value of success." -


Connie Morris Playlist 
 1. The Power by Snap
 2. Humpty Dance- Digital Underground
 3. End of the Road- Boyz II Men
 4. The Only One for Me- Brian McKnight
 5. Get Busy - Sean Paul
 6. Officially Missing You- Tamia
 7. Love of My Life- Brian McKnight
 8. Diamonds- Rihanna
 9. Pour it Up- Rihanna
 10. Blurred Lined- Robin Thicke
 11. Tom Ford- Jay-Z
 12. In Love with You- Jill Scott and Anthony Hamilton
 13. You Don't Have to Cry- Rene & Angela

  About the Author: 

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Selena Haskins is a native Washingtonian who loves NBA basketball, movies, music, and spending quality time with her family. Riding the Waves is Selena’s third book, and her future projects include a short-story comedy, a love story based on two characters from Riding the Waves, children’s books, and a collection of poems. For more information about Selena, including her blogs, to purchase autographed books, and to follow her on social media, please visit her website: www.booksbyselena.com.


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Friday, 13 June 2014

Friday the 13th Special!!

I suppose you expect a freaky and scary book? If you did, you are right! This is such a book.

This suspense ridden, mystery/ thriller is the perfect book for Friday The 13th! Check it out....

 

SYNOPSIS
 
Following a tragic year, Abby thinks she is making a wise choice when she agrees to marry Jacob. While admittedly not in love with him, he has always made her feel safe and protected. That feeling quickly dissipates when he reveals his true colors on their wedding day. With no means to escape, Abby must decide her fate. Not willing to bend to her new husband’s rule, she is in a fight for survival, and a desperate race to discover what secrets he is keeping from her. Secrets that threaten to destroy the very foundation of her soul. Set in New Orleans during a storm that devastated so many, Surviving the Storm is a tension-building tale of suspense that does not let up until the two storms collide.
 
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http://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Storm-Sherry-A-Burton/dp/0692220488
 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 


About the author; Born in Louisville Sherry was raised in the small town of Fairdale Kentucky. Eloping December of 1980, with a Navy man, while still in her teens, she has spent all of her adult life moving from state to state counting over thirty two moves in her thirty years of marriage.  Sherry can attest first hand to the fact that a whirl wind marriage can indeed last. Sherry credits her frequent moves and long separations to her ability to feel her characters desire to find true happiness.

Sherry has worked as a private nanny and is a certified dog trainer. Sherry is a mother to three adult children and has five wonderful grandchildren. Sherry’s hobbies include reading, walking, and mostly spending time with her “friends” which is how she refers to the characters she creates. She believes in daily affirmations, positive energy and feels that karma will have the final say.  Sherry currently resides in Chesapeake Virginia and has several other books in the works, including a sequel to Tears of Betrayal.  Sherry A. Burton is her pen name. Sherry writes children's books under her real name of Sherry A. Jones.

 
 


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The woman shook her head. “No, child. It will help with the sickness. Make this into a tea each morn. It will keep you weel. He must not know about the bebe. It’s too dangerous to the wee one.”
Abby was not sure if she was relieved or disappointed. But her hair stood on end at what the woman said next. “I will tell ya when the time is right. I will show you the way out.”
The lady took her hand and squeezed it hard in warning. “You no leave. No matter what happens. Tis the only way. You understood?”
No, she didn’t understand. Not any of it. She shook her head in protest.
“I know tis hard, child, but you must endure this. It is the only way you will be safe. You need to know who you are. Find the key and you will find yourself,” the woman insisted.
Abby searched the woman’s eyes. “What key?”
“The key will unlock the past. So many things are not as they seem. You must know the past to protect your child’s future.”
Abby wrung her hands. While she really wanted a child, she was afraid. “But the child is his. It will be like him.”
The woman’s face softened. “No child. The baby will be yours. You must believe.”
She did believe. She had to. But that didn’t mean she wasn’t still scared.
“You no leave till you find what you are looking for. You understood?”
Abby nodded her head yes, but in reality, she didn’t. Not by a long shot. How did this woman know how to find her? Know she needed her? Kevin must be right. It was the only explanation. If he was right and Pearl was indeed a voodoo priestess, ignoring her could be more dangerous than anything Jacob could ever thrust upon her.
The woman smiled. “I no mind a hurt you, child.”
More chills. The woman had read her mind.
“My sister, she deed because of your man. She no wish you the same fate.”
Deed? Oh, dead. The thought tugged at Abby’s conscience. “I’m sorry.”
“No need. T’wasn’t you.”
“I go now. Remember, you must no tell about the bebe. It no safe. Stranger no safe.” The woman turned, disappearing around the corner before Abby could ask what she meant.
“Hey, you’d better hurry before your babysitter decides to come looking for you.”
Abby froze. Was everyone following her? No, this was no mere coincidence; was this the stranger Pearl had warned against? She whirled around and faced her neighbor, her words louder than intended. “Why are you following me?”
He put his hands up. “Whoa. Put a leash on the psycho, Sunshine.”
She lowered her voice, but didn’t let down her guard. “You can’t tell me that this is just another chance meeting.”
“Well, it is the closest store to the house.”
“Well, maybe we’ll just have to see about that,” she said, reaching into her pocket and pulling the small pouch.
His eyes went wide with the knowledge of what she held. “Now, wait a minute. I was only trying to help. I thought maybe I could give you a ride somewhere. You know, take you away from all this.”
She felt herself relax in spite of herself. “Kevin, I didn’t think you were the type to ride a white horse.”
He returned her smile. “Well, if I did, I’d want you to ride it with me, my queen.”
She laughed. “I’m really not the queen type.”
“No, I guess that is more my slate in life. Besides, I’m afraid your babysitter may take exception to your leaving with me.”
Babysitter! Shit, she was taking entirely too long. “I have to hurry.”
He followed her as she filled her cart. “You may want to get some witch hazel.”
“For?”
He shook his head sadly. “The bruises. I hope they were not because of me.”
“No, he was a bit suspicious, but I threw him off.” She touched her face gingerly. “No, I’m afraid these are on me. I can’t seem to keep my mouth shut.”
He wagged a finger at her. “You are not to blame. That man is a monster.” His eyes hardened. “He gets turned on by hurting others.”
She dunked a package of pork chops in a clear plastic bag before setting it in the cart. “You seem to speak from experience?”
He waved her off. “Another lifetime, darling.”
“But you got away?” The hope was evident in her voice.
He clutched her shoulders in determination. “As will you, my love. As will you.”

 
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Thursday, 12 June 2014

Hi-ho Hi-ho! It's TO THE SEA I go!

 
If you are looking for the perfect read over a weekend, then this book is for you! I must say, I'm in the middle of winter and this steamy book with hot characters really warmed me up. Even if you are in summer, this beach book will want to make you go TO THE SEA and take surfing lessons! 






Fresh out of college and newly married, twenty-something Kira plans the perfect future with a house in the suburbs, ski getaways, and fancy dinners. When her husband Jeremy dies in a car accident, loss casts her adrift, but her heart cracks wide open when she uncovers the secrets he left behind.
Despite her dislike for the ocean with the whipping wind and itchy sand, Kira seeks solace in salt: tears, sweat, and the sea, helping her move beyond the myth of perfection, and guiding her toward the truth of who she really is.
She takes surf lessons to overcome her fear of the water and her well of grief. In the local surf scene, she meets sultry Jamie, with a hot Australian accent. He’s eager to spend time with her, but mostly between the sheets. Then there’s soulful Ian, her surf instructor, who helps her get on her feet and ride the waves.

During a transformative trip to South Africa on surfari, she learns the best way to be loved, yet when she returns to the shores of New England, grief continues to haunt her. She must let go, but how? Torn between the tides, Kira discovers strength and courage, navigates loss, lust, and love, taking readers along for the plunge.


Get your copy of To the Sea here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I4BXWO8







Deirdre Riordan Hall is the author of upper young adult and new adult fiction. She spends her days with her family, writing (what else?!) at the custom-made desk her husband crafted, or seaside, pretending she's a mermaid.

"In my teens I traveled throughout Europe as far east as Turkey, causing me to acquire a bit of a wanderer's mindset. Either that or I was a gypsy in a previous life, which I wouldn't doubt. During my college years I transferred to no less than four institutions, unable to commit to a single place or major. Then as a parent, embodying stability and responsibility, plus extra mouths to feed, I was physically unable to satisfy my traveler's heart but with the exception of weekend trips to the beach or countryside. 

My professional life followed this theme and took several interesting detours that repeatedly directed me back to the pen or keyboard as it were. I worked as a Doula, Lactation Counselor, Pilates and Yoga instructor, and at times a waitress. In each of those incarnations I found a level of gratification, but there was always a piece of me that felt unsettled, unanchored, and ultimately unsatisfied. Eventually causing me to move onto the next thing. My inner guidance was whispering its truth. Write. Right. 

In many ways, writing satisfies my longings for faraway places, their unique smells and sights, cultural customs, and languages. I'm able to interpret, invent, and travel to places through story. In doing so, I connect with worlds—imagined or real, other writers and readers. I may not actually be able to taste that gelato in Venice that I still dream about or actually hear the pre-dawn phantom call to prayer that still occasionally wakes me up, but through writing I've found a home for myself."


To The Sea by Deidre Riordan Hall follows a naive young woman after the death of her husband. Kira or as her family calls her, Summer, not only deals with issues from her past, but secrets she uncovers about her late husband. Her future hangs in the balance as she tries to start over at such a young age, when all she knew was her husband and her life with him.  
What kept me reading is the fact that just as one issue was resolved, another would crop up. You feel for Kira and her situation, but at the same time, the new possible love interests in her life really grabs your attention. I was dying to see who she would end up with, but the twists and turns in the book made that impossible to guess. I also loved how Kira grew through out the book as she went from naive and weak, to strong. The only thing I didn't enjoy, was the pace of the book in particular. 
It would've been nice to see her single and independent after the death of her husband, but I think that is a story for another book. This was a all and all a great read! I highly recommend it worthy of 4.5 stars. 






My website & blog: http://www.deirdreriordanhall.com *All the things.
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/deirdrespark *This is my jam.
Instagram: http://instagram.com/deirdrespark *Photog one of my loves.
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