My Thoughts on RENDERED by Samantha Jacobey (narrated by Sarah Rogers) | The Irrevocable Series ~ Audio Blog Tour

Check out my thoughts on RENDERED by Samantha Jacobey, book one of The Irrevocable Series (narrated by Sarah Rogers). And be sure to buy ebook copies of all three stories while they are on sale for $0.99!


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                            By Samantha Jacobey
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Bailey Dewitt is on a crash course with Armageddon. Orphaned, she and her young brothers find themselves living with their renegade uncle. Part of a group of survivalists, she is terrified to discover they are preparing for the end of the world! Surrounded by strangers, she ponders if they could be right; that is mankind headed for a global disaster. In a twist of fate, Caleb becomes her dearest friend and the one person she can trust to love and protect her, but when things spiral out of control, will their bond be enough to save the entire community? Or will rival forces strip away all that they have worked for at the time they need it most…




I have to admit, RENDERED got off to a slow start for me. So much so, that if it had been a paperback book, I probably would have put it down and come back to it later. The main characters seemed unlikable (which isn't necessarily a bad thing) and the direction of the story was unclear (which gave me pause).

However, I ended up listening to the entire book in one sitting because Sarah Rogers, the narrator, did an excellent job with the material. 

In hindsight, I would say I approached RENDERED with the wrong reading hat. I would describe RENDERED as a coming-of-age story - where romantic suspense meets dystopian. And what I took for slowness was necessary for world building and character development.

I am not sure exactly where, but at a certain point, the random threads of the story pulled together into a nicely weaved series introduction. Overall, it was an enjoyable read and I am glad I kept listening.

RENDERED ends with an intriguing cliffhanger. It will be interesting to see what happens next with Bailey and her journey into the prepper community. 

In the end, I am still not sure where this series is headed. And that is a good thing. It's like an onion with its many layers. There are so many secrets yet to be revealed.


RENDERED sits in the gap between young adult and new adult. Although Bailey is sixteen and seventeen years old in the book, she has to deal with a lot of adult issues after the death of her parents. There is some adult language.

I received an audiobook copy of the book in exchange for an honest review as part of The Irrevocable Series Audio Blog Tour.



samantha.jpgAnyone who knows me could tell you, I am a friendly kind of person, never met a stranger and take up conversations any where at any time. I work hard, and my mind never seems to shut down, as I wake up often in the middle of the night with ideas pouring out and demanding to be dealt with. Of course that means much of my books were written in the middle of the night.
I grew up and still live in the great state of Texas where everything is bigger, where we have warm weather and a central location. I love my state, my town, and my family, which includes my four sons, my significant other, and many friends as well.
I have thoroughly enjoyed writing the books that are currently available and hope you will enjoy reading them just as much. And of course, there will be many more stories to come.

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SPOONING DAISY by Maggie McConnell | @GoddessFish Presents #ContemporaryRomance + #Giveaway

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Blurb Blitz Tour for SPOONING DAISY by Maggie McConnell, a contemporary romance (romantic comedy) available now from Kensington (Lyrical Shine).

Be sure to follow the tour. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner below and at the bottom of this blog post.

Spooning Daisy
by Maggie McConnell


GENRE: Contemporary Romance (romantic comedy)



Her mango chutney is exquisite; her blueberry sauce to die for. But Chef de Cuisine Daisy Moon is a woman without a kitchen after a "bit of trouble" at her last job. Now blacklisted from Seattle to San Francisco, Daisy's sole job offer is from Wild Man Lodge in Otter Bite, Alaska, where the end of the road is just the beginning.



"I had apple strudel. I never have apple strudel. It's not my usual."

"You came here to tell me you had apple strudel?"

"The thing is...I liked it. For a change, I mean. Once. Not every day, of course."


"The truth is..." He stepped toward her. "The truth is...I feel bad about giving you such a hard time at breakfast."

"Ohhhh. This is an apology."

"No, absolutely not." Max retracted the step he'd just taken. "This is absolutely NOT an apology."

Daisy huffed. Normally, she'd take great satisfaction in Max's guilt and take equal pleasure in the banter that would surely follow. However, she was a woman on a mission, and she didn't have the time, not with Otter Bite hanging by a manila envelope.

"Fine. Thank you for coming here NOT to apologize and for that apple strudel thing. And--" She momentarily softened. "--the money. But I just don't have the time for whatever this is."

Once again he stepped toward her. "You're making this extremely difficult."

"This? This what? What am I making--"

"This." The word melted into her mouth.

The two hundreds floated from her hand to the floor. Then, her arms wrapped Max's neck, his body pressed hers, and Daisy was lost in a kiss she never expected to own.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Golden Heart nominee Maggie McConnell spent her childhood overseas as the daughter of US diplomats. Attending college in Illinois, she earned a BA in Art and an MBA while working at the local humane shelter. At 26, she packed her dog and cat into a Ford truck and drove the Alcan Highway to Alaska, where she spent 23 years exploring The Last Frontier in a single-engine Cessna. A vegan and animal rights advocate, Maggie provides a sanctuary on her Arizona ranch for all creatures great and small, but her immediate family includes dog Molly, cat Sara, horses Quinn and Teena, and an ever-growing dynasty of chipmunks. Every year, like the Gray Whale, Maggie returns to Alaska.

NOTE: Spooning Daisy will be on sale for 99 ¢ until January 2, 2017



Maggie McConnell will be awarding a Kate Spade necklace: enamel "forget-me-not" blue flowers (U.S. only) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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December 5: Welcome to My World of Dreams
December 6: 3 Partners in shopping, Nana, Mommy, and Sissy, Too!
December 7: Straight from the Library
December 8: Hope. Dreams. Life... Love
December 8: Fabulous and Brunette
December 9: Readeropolis
December 12: Dena Garson-Real... Hot... Romance
December 13: Louise Lyndon Romance Author Hear Me Roar
December 14: Reviews by Crystal
December 15: Rachel Brimble Romance
December 16: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
December 26: Mixed Book Bag
December 27: Lilac Reviews
December 28: Book Giveaways
December 29: Books,Dreams,Life
December 30: Jersey Girl Book Reviews
January 2: Notes From a Romantic's Heart
January 3: Kissing Bandits
January 4: Two Ends of the Pen
January 5: Harlie's Books
January 6: Booklover Sue

ON SALE NOW! 💖Seven Year Rule💖 by Alaina Stanford | Romantic Suspense

💖Seven Year Rule💖 by Alaina Stanford Romance Suspense is on sale now.
Check out the synopsis below.

💖 Seven Year Rule 💖 
By Alaina Stanford 
Romance Suspense,
262 pages


Whitney and Mason's life is perfect. When Beth explained her Seven Year Theory. They scoffed at the idea of the seventh year of marriage being the make it or break it year for most couples. That theory didn't apply to them. They were the perfect couple. Their brand new house overlooked a spacious lake. Their brand new cars were state of the art. Their careers were taking off at an accelerated rate. Their sex life was incredible. Their lives were perfect.

Mason considered himself incredibly lucky to have a wife like Whitney. She was beautiful, sexy, smart, had a professional attitude toward life and she wasn't interested in starting a family. When Whitney's widower brother-in-law was killed leaving his three small children in Whitney and Mason's charge, Mason is exposed to a new side of Whitney. A side he was not prepared for, a side he never thought he'd see.

Suddenly Mason's world was filled with diapers and stains. His perfectly coiffed wife quickly transformed into an unkempt mother of three living in jeans and carrying a diaper bag as a purse.

Mason's needs were no longer being filled. His house was a noisy mess. There was a 6-year-old boy looking to him for fatherly attention. But fatherhood requires a man to live for his children and not himself. Mason was not prepared to do that, but how could he walk away from Whitney in her hour of need?

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Alaina lives a stone's throw from the Mississippi River in Missouri. Her first story was published in the local newspaper at age 6. She hasn't stopped writing since.

Alaina spent the lazy summer nights of her childhood revamping movies, books or TV shows in her mind. She would twist and turn the plots and characters into a happy ending or spin off a further adventure for one of the minor characters that caught her eye.

Suspense and adventure are at the heart of each story. Yet, Alaina always manages to add a touch of romance. Alaina has seven children plus the many characters in her books that have become the foster children of her heart.

The Hypnotic Journey characters are her favorite. They are foolish, daring, resourceful, passionate and dedicated to their friends.

Alaina's love for Science Fiction (she's a confirmed Trekkie) gave birth to the Treborel Series. A paranormal romance featuring a psychotic villain and a multiple-layer of hero's fighting to survive the chaos.

Alaina's stories weave tales about the power of friendship as it carries her characters through situations they might not otherwise survive. You will find her stories exciting, sensual, and warm n' fuzzy.

All honest reviews are welcome and appreciated! If you have any questions, comments or just want to say hello to Alaina, you can visit her website or email her at

She loves to hear from her readers.

Dropprice $100 Target Gift Card #Giveaway | Ends 12/20 | @las930 & @DROP_PRICE

This Dropprice $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway is right on time for the holiday season.

I love being able to get hot books at a discount. I like to circle the book sale shelf at Target. Do you buy books at Target?

Just think of how much holiday shopping you could do with this prize!

If you were to win this giveaway, what would you buy with the $100 gift card?

Target Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to the Dropprice $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with other moms.

Target Gift Card Giveaway

In today’s promotion for the Handstand Kitchen Kids Baking Set, it started out at $25.00 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates.

Target Gift Card Giveaway
You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free! Do you want to give it a try?  This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $100 Target gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.

Giveaway: Win a $100 Target Gift Card

All you have to do is help moms drop the price of the Baking Set and you will be entered to win a $100 Target gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries! This giveaway ends on 12/20/2016; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends. Click here if you don’t see the entry form below.


Author Q&A ft. Phillip Cornell + $25 GC #Giveaway | VACATION TO GRACELAND | @GoddessFish & @Phillipthedeal Present #Comedy #Adventure

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized Virtual Book Tour for VACATION TO GRACELAND by Phillip Cornell, a vacation/comedy/adventure available now from Dog Ear Publishing.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner below and at the bottom of this blog post.

Vacation to Graceland

by Phillip Cornell


GENRE:  Vacation/Comedy/Adventure



A man, his mother, his sister, his granny, his niece, and his nephew make a trip to Memphis Tennessee for a family reunion. During the course of the trip, the family encounter a series of circumstances that mold the trip into an unforgettable experience. Through the arguing and internal bickering within the group, they come together and strengthen the blood bond they share with each other. Reflecting on each and every situation encountered, the man realizes the trip is an overall social, emotional, and educational journey.



The idea of a family trip started, when my mom devised a plan to take my granny on a weekend trip. This was difficult because my granny was on a weekly dialysis schedule, so my mom had to come up with a way to keep her schedule and transport her from one city to the next without any problems. My grandma had been on dialysis for the past 2 ½ years, and with her increasing age and decreasing health, she needed more attention from care givers and family members.

The living arrangement in my mom’s house was setup like this. My mom, my sister Brandi, and my granny all lived there constantly. My other sister Crissy and her children did not live there, but they would visit often. I myself would visit quite often also. My job was 2 miles from my mom’s house, so it was nothing for me to visit on my lunch break or when I got off work. My granny anticipated me coming over many times. She would cook a meal for me, and place my name on the plate. It was not the perfect living arrangement, but it definitely had a strong family feel tied into it.

My granny kept close tabs on what my mom and sister were always doing, because that is just who she was. She still liked to get out the house ever once in a while. Her favorite pastime was people watching. If there was one thing that she enjoyed, it was talking about other people. This is a trait that has been handed down from generation to generation, and I myself am guilty of doing it also. Discussing people in a humorous light, that downgrades their physical appearance or personality, is second nature to me now. I can easily do it without any effort or stress. The thoughts just come to my head, and I let the mild form of slander flow. I have never been embarrassed of this, and like me, my granny has never been either.



How did you come up with the title of your book?
It really just came to me. I wanted a title with vacation in it, and I visited Graceland. So I pieced it together from there. I always come up with a title either midway or at the end of a writing. I feel like I can never see the right title for a story until it is nearly done. I believe the title has to embody the work and not vice versa.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
It is me of course! I am the most dynamic character, because I tell the story. My second favorite character is my late Granny. I like her because she is unapologetic. She found out at a certain age of being elderly, you can do whatever you want, and no one will shun you. I personally witnessed her ask a manly looking girl if she was a boy. The girl did not get mad, she just said no. Let me would have tried that, I would have gotten told off in the worst way.  

If you could change one thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
I would change the price. My independent publisher was helpful in guiding me through the process, but when it came down to fine details. The business side of the transaction was pretty much set in stone. I have learned a tremendous amount about the business, and my next novel will be handled differently. I am still grateful to my publisher though. They provided me with an unforgettable opportunity.  

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book?
I wrote the book as one long chapter. It was supposed to be a short story, but it transformed into a full length novel. I am glad it became a novel, because a short story would have not done it justice. Also the novel was not my first choice to kick off my publishing career. I wanted to publish another novel, but this one was just right for what I was to accomplish.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
Snapchat: Phillipthedeal2
Twitter: Phillipthedeal
Instagram: Phillipthedeal
Facebook: Phillip Cornell (St. Louis, MO)
If you follow or message me, I will respond back. I put information in my bio about the current projects I am working on. Also I post gems of my day to day life, which is quite interesting.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Please! Go on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel, and leave comments and ratings. I appreciate all
comments I receive. I just want to share my talent with everyone. I will accept tweets and Instagram post also. Just use the hashtag #VacationtoGraceland so I can find it and repost it.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?
I appreciate everyone who has supported me thus far! I use to think support was buying my book, but now I know support is anything positive in reference to me being an author. I also appreciate all the constructive criticism. I am far from perfect, and I take into consideration any advice I get. I will forever by appreciative, and again I thank you all!


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Phillip Cornell is a college graduate. He gained his degree in Biological Sciences, and currently works at a local pharmacy.  He is the only son of Harron and Connie Cornell, and the youngest of 3 children. In 2006 his father passed away due to colon cancer, and his mom became an inspiration to him and his family in the way she supported everyone. He has a passion for all types of competitive activity, with sports being the favorite. Overall he lives for different experiences to stimulate the mind, and firmly believes that life is something that has to be lived, read about, and dissected. His biggest weakness is beautiful women, and the thought of being a failure. Firmly believing everyone deserves their moment no matter how long or short it is, Phillip listens to anyone who has something to say. The more he writes. The more he realizes what he creates, is something that needs to be shared with someone other than himself. 

SnapChat:  Phillipthedeal2



Phillip Cornell will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



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November 22: Book Lover Promo
November 23: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
November 23: Long and Short Reviews
November 25: Fabulous and Brunette
November 28: BooksChatter
November 30: Queen of All She Reads
November 30: It's Raining Books
December 1: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
December 5: Lilac Reviews
December 5: A Writer's Life
December 6: Notes From a Romantic's Heart
December 7: Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
December 8: Readeropolis
December 9: Dalene's Book Reviews - review