Monthly Archives: October 2012

Access All Areas (Book #1) by Alice Severin

Jenny 4.5

Gitte    4.5 

Jenny:   Well, we said we needed a book to “wow” us didn’t we Gitte and boy did we stumble upon a beauty!

Gitte:   We really did Jenny. Just wow indeed!!

Jenny:  I have to say upfront though that the Prologue sort of confused me and I was wondering if I was going to get into this book but a few pages later and this book hooked us didn’t it?

Gitte:  Yeah I was a bit confused in the Prologue as well. I felt like I had missed something, I wasn’t sure what was going on, then suddenly the story grabbed me and it did not let go. Even after having finished, it still has my heart beating real fast and I still get the shivers and a tear in my eye when I think of it.

Jenny:   Yep, I had the same feelings at the end too GG.  I thought this book was so beautifully and intelligently written – at times it was like reading a journalism piece from Rolling Stone Magazine and I found prose descriptive but not annoying.  This author certainly has a way with words. The first thing I felt was an affinity with the music and how it introduced us to Lily and Tristan.  That’s what pulled me in immediately.  I loved how the author wove The Clash – (London Calling, White Riot….lord save me!) with Tristan’s band Devised, at the start of the book at the Brit Awards.  It made you feel like you were there and was pure genius!
How Lily felt about the music, how she felt watching these bands, it really spoke to me.  I could feel her connection to the music and she experienced everything I feel when I watch a live band so it wasn’t hard for me to connect to her and the story straight away.

Gitte:  The music is what got to me. I love when it’s music I have a connection to as well as in this case London and the people in the business! I heard it, I saw it; I experienced it. When a story is told as brilliantly and as vividly as this one with such apparent knowledge and intelligence I felt it and got the immediate connection with Lily and Tristan. I love live music…if I don’t go to at least 5 concerts a year as well as local gigs I feel lost, the feeling of it is like a drug. The way the Author described Lily’s reactions to the music, how much and what music means to her…I felt it, because this is me, this is how I feel!

Jenny:  We first pick up the story of Lily meeting Tristan for the first time.  All nerves and insecurities in coming face to face with her idol….not only in Tristan but Mick Jones from The Clash,  backstage after a concert to ask them a few questions for her music blog.   Have I mentioned how much I loved the meshing of reality and fiction here? haha

Gitte:  Hmm I think you did mention it.  The first meeting, yeah you just know something special happened there. We felt what it meant and did to Lily when she met Tristan for the first time. Yet Tristan’s words…I don’t know…I just felt at the time reading it that this random episode was going to mean something to him too.

Jenny:  Now Gitte, Lily isn’t our usual type of heroine is she?  We can’t say much because we wouldn’t want to give anything away but a few things she did surprise me about her and you know what?  I sort of found it quite refreshing.  What about you?

Gitte: I think we have gotten used to a certain type of heroine Jenny, hence the shock factor at some of Lily’s actions. However, I have to say what a fantastic and refreshing change Lily made. I have to say she intrigued me from the start!

Jenny:  Fast forward five years later, with Lily more established as a music journalist, more independent and about to meet Tristan, who is now a big deal in the music world, to conduct an interview.  Lily is quite intense, has put up huge barriers, she comes across as a bit of a loner, gets overwrought, has flaws, insecurities, and has had years of wandering and “not feeling”.  Seeing Tristan again ignites something in her that she can’t explain, even to herself.   Her reaction to him and his music is extreme.  He affects her in a way no one ever has.

Lily:   “I’ve just met the love of my life and lost him all in the space of an hour”

Gitte:   Aww Lily, you fell not just literally, you also fell in lust and love at the same time all those years ago.  Our Lily, who I still haven’t figured out, must have been through something in her past I am sure, resulting in her being so emotionally closed off.  She certainly is intense and seems like such a lost soul who has problems identifying her feelings for what they are or even letting herself feel them. She has convinced herself that love is not important; emotions are not important. They bring pain…and not the pain she will willingly admit to wanting. Perfection, anxiety, hurt and numbness….

“How do people deal with desire?”

Jenny:   Tristan…..what can I say about Triz?? We can’t stop talking about him can we? All Dark eyes, dark hair, beautiful, talented, deep, and over 6ft of brooding alpha, dominant, rock god who just oozes sexuality…..hmmm think it’s safe to say we bloody loved him! *wink,wink*  Tristan was such a puzzle. Just who was Tristan?  From the first time I met him I wanted to know him, know his secrets, know more about him, I wanted to know what made Tristan tick.  Oh yes, this guy had me wanting more!!!

“I let my glance drop down his body, oh my there was a lot of him.  What the hell was I going to do with all that?  He was made for sex, I’d never been this enticed by a man’s body before.”
“He was animal and beautiful, and I felt like I was looking at a work of art.  His beauty was so modern, but there was a whisper of something ancient in his proportions” 
Wow Gitte, I love this author’s writing

Gitte: Yes…sigh…Tristan. I absolutely LOVE this guy!  Hahaha Jenny, that quote is highlighted after I read it more than twice, yeah not going to lie. This Author’s words are mesmerizing at times…a lot of the time! Tristan had me right from the start with his words when he and Lily met for the first time. I immediately thought wow…who is this guy! Yes, he is not only a gorgeous Rock Star…he is intense, each word he speaks has meaning; a meaning hidden within a meaning. I was completely drawn to him, I wanted to know everything I could possible know and I wanted more too; this man is one hot enigma with a painful past!

Jenny: The sexual chemistry between these two?  Seriously, it was tangible!  Tristan and Lily are such passionate, complex and complicated people and getting to know them and experience the intensity between them just had me spellbound.  Yes, these two had me hooked!  There was just something so deep and so intense about them, I had to know more!! And this author unwrapped them so slowly and wonderfully that it was killing me (in a good way!) and I was so immersed in their story I just wanted to race to the end to see how it all unfolded.

Lily:          My body felt like someone had held it in their hands.  ……….. satisfied and thoroughly   fucked”
Tristan:    “And you make me come insanely hard”

Gitte: Yeah the Author sure knew just how much to give away reeling us in then having us grasp at scraps here and there to satisfy our need to both know and understand. I think it’s safe to say both Lily and Tristan are emotionally messed up. Though; I’d say Lily more so than Tristan. There is no simplicity here. The connection between Tristan and Lily is intense, it is intricate and heavy and you can literally see it and feel it as a reader. What the other means to them differs to begin with. I think they each see what they want to; what they think they need and want. Confusing as it may be to Lily as she is more emotionally closed off from the world except the music. Tristan embodies music which is where he has an advantage on her.

Jenny:   What about the sex scenes??? Geez, w e nearly burnt up the phones discussing these!  They were intense, hot, descriptive and ummm yeah…hot!!  This author can certainly write a sex scene.  Ummm did you delete those texts by the way?  You delete yours and I’ll delete mine.  Deal?

Gitte:   No problem Jenny, consider them deleted! 😉  Oh for all that is HOT…the sex scenes. Shivers, tingles, heavy breathing and a racing heart…yeah that would be me, I am not talking about Lily and Tristan here hahahaha.  Possession, Obsession and control….

“I knew you’d be like this he whispered” …..sigh……

Jenny:   I absolutely loved this book and felt bereft when I got to the last page – I wanted…..no, needed more.  I will say the only thing I didn’t like was Tristan’s nickname for Lily…..that was kind of a ewwww moment for me, but I moved on from it. Have to also point for readers who may not like BDSM that there is a touch of it in this book.
Thankfully the next book will be out around December….roll on Access Restricted I say because I NEED more Tristan and Lily……but definitely MORE Tristan Hunter!    Hello new book boyfriend – we’ll have to share him though Gitte because we can’t fall out over a fictional character 😉

Gitte: You know that moment you hit 85% on your kindle and you think noooo please keep going don’t stop; I am NOT ready to end this journey, I need more…I still don’t understand everything!!  Lily and Tristan have me spellbound…I cannot let them go…I have so many unanswered questions and even though this story does not have a cliff-hanger as such, it leaves you almost grieving that it has ended. I need more Tristan and intriguingly enough I definitely need more Lily! I cannot wait for Access Restricted to land on my kindle! Oh and Jenny…I think Tristan is more than man enough for the both of us!!

We’ve been listening and loving this song and it’s become our Tristan and Lily song:

So listen to it enjoy, and turn it up …………………..  LOUD!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILDEH-aku6A

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BOFF Bookclub Reviews 31/10/2012 for Disastrous by E L Montes

 

What??? look closely….there’s a book on the bed….therefore that David James Gandy pic is book related hehe J&G 😉

Valerie Marzeno Conforti  I just finished Disastrous…gave it 5 stars…I loved the momentum of the storyline and Marcus’ unwavering love…I would have liked their reuniting to be a little firmer but hopefully the next book will have them fully together…Loved Marcus’ POV…hurry next book… 🙂

Leslie Weinstein Metsch   Loved It! Marcus and Mia are terrific together and are both so damaged that they don’t know how to fit together. Their story had me hooked right from the beginning and you just couldn’t put it down. Now we only have to wait for book 2 to see what happens in their journey. A 4.5 star read for me!

Robyn Ross   Disastrous – loved it, I was hooked petty early on and then had trouble putting it down, even though it was killing me but I just needed to know what was going to happen next. Can’t wait to read where their journey takes them next 4.5 stars

Alina Stoica-Man 5 STARS. I loved everything about Disastrous. The story is beautifully written and it will keep you interested at all times. There are no “slow” parts and you will not be able to put it down. LOVED IT.

Lisa Harley I would give it 4.5 stars.  I started it last night and could not put it down! I was up until 3:30am finishing it! Had to know what was going on with Marcus!! I wanted Marcus to be a good guy through the entire book, and I loved how the author kept us guessing the whole time!

Melissa Mack-Miller Disastrous!!!!! What more can I say……Holy Heck!!!!! Can’t wait for the next one. Rating 4 out of 5 stars & this nail biter is well worth it!!!!!!

Tracy Shayler Disastrous so deserved 5 stars!  Had me hooked from the first page, can’t wait for the second book.

Katelynn Pinson  Disastrous-4.5 stars. I absolutely loved Marcus..I could feel his vulnerability…and his loyalty and I loved his secret..I think it brings all new meaning to “struggles” in a relationship. I also loved Mia although I think at times she was too easy going when it came to Marcus..she gave in to him a little too easily…and it was as if nothing ever happened..I was so upset when the situation occurred and she went in to the hospital..:( Even though I thought everything happened way too soon and it was definitely a whirlwind romance..I still ultimately loved the connection that the main characters share and of course all of the outside characters didn’t hurt. Jeremy..yum. Great book! I can’t wait for the next installment 🙂

Emma Hanaghan Disastrous – 3/5 At first i thought it was too predictable, and a little disappointed. By the end i think it redeemed itself. Just the right amount of emotion was there to keep me hooked, it wasn’t as real as some of the books i have read recently. Will read the next one to see how the story progresses.

Christina Vargas Disastrous / 4 stars, I didn’t feel a  great connection to the characters. Towards the end I did feel somewhat distraught and kept waiting for circumstances to improve. I will read the next book when it comes out, why not…. But I won’t be holding my breath.

Nicole Underwood Wish I could say I loved it more – only 3 stars for me. It just seemed a little too ‘neat’. Maybe missing the grittiness in angst?

Michelle Balcerski Rogus Just finished Disastrous. Loved it!!! The story was greaT and the twists made it so I couldn’t put it down! I loved Marcus and can’t wait until the next book. Hopefully it won’t be too long of a wait. 5 stars!

Teri Archer   This book is by far a 5 star for me. The book kept my on my toes from the beginning. I could not wait to see the relationship of Mia and Marcus evovle. I fell in love with both characters as they went through this rollarcoaster romance. Even though I wanted to hate Marcus for keeping so many secrets from Mia I couldn’t stop cheering for him to land the one girl that he truely loves. The author did an amazing job keeping me hooked throughout the book and it took everything to get me to put it down to take a break to run to the store! Don’t know how I’ll be able to wait for the next book in this series, but I have a feeling I will be pulling an all nighter to read it when it comes out!

Kim Cameron Berentsen   So just finished Disastrous..and OMG!!! I give it 5 stars!! I loved the characters, I laughed, I cried, and sighed ALOT!! I love the last part seeing Marcus’s point of view of their first meeting..I can’t wait until the next book!!

Hillary Hinz  Disastrous – 4.5 stars.  Enjoyed the quick development of the relationship of Mia & Marcus. I particularly like that Mia says what’s on her mind & goes with it. Awesome story line! Can’t wait for the next book.

Laurie Thurston Johnson    Review for Disastrous  I have conflicting thoughts on this book. As I liked the story line I felt I could not warm up to the Characters. I did not get attached to any of them.  I enjoyed the storyline but never felt invested in the characters. I did not feel any connections with them. I guess I would give this s 3 out of 5.

Brenda Stevens   I give Disastrous 4 stars. Loved that the dysfunction this time wasn’t the usual previous abuse. Refreshing to have something different. Liked both characters but I like my sex a little hotter. Will definitely read the next book to see what happens.

Ashley Hartigan Tkachyk 5 STARS!  I absolutely loved this book! The roller coaster of emotions, angst and passion were well balanced and kept me turning the page. Disastrous is defiantly made my top 10 list. A must read.

Michelle Cammack    4.5 Stars – This story was very paced and lust turned to love between Marcus Deluca and Mia very quickly which was kind of off-putting, but overall it was good.  The story built itself quickly and there was a lot of angst, passion, anger, frustration, etc. to keep you reading to the very end.

Suzanne Zvalaren Schneider  Disastrous was anything but a disaster – 4 stars! I loved Marcus! Can’t wait for the second book!

Alina Stoica-Man  I loved everything about Disastrous. The story is about Mia, a 24 yr old law student who is a very focused and dedicated student. She lost her father and brother, never met her mom, and has no friends aside from Jeremy. Bring in Marcus, sexy, rich, mysterious; also owns the law firm where Mia is about to do her externship. From the first meeting Marcus is drawn to her and lets her know he is interested in getting to know her. Their relationship is draining as well as extraordinary. The story is beautifully written and it will keep you interested at all times. There are no “slow” parts and you will not be able to put it down. Then only thing I did not like was the way it ended; it left me hanging and wanting for more.

Kathleen ODonnell Burley  O.M.G…. Disastrous by E.L. Montes 4 1/2 stars. Close to 5 stars but there were a few typos. LOVED this story. LOVED the angst! This is right up there with thoughtless and Effortless. Kudos on an awesome read. I could NOT put it down. I was out of town and actually read this instead of sightseeing. Bravo!

Lej Guevarra Teodosio  Finally finished Disastrous by E L Montes and I give it a 3.5 stars rating only because I find the story predictable from the get go. Mia’s brother is a cop, and Marcus is part of the mafia, so it’s easy to put the two together. Don’t get me wrong, I did find the love story of Marcus and Mia very interesting. What I liked the best though is Marcus character, how he lived a double life, and was very intrigued (up to now) as to why he just couldn’t leave the mafia. So I am assuming that there will be a book 2 to explain it, and also the epilogue gave a hint as well.

Len Francisco  3.5 Stars. This is a quick, sexy read. I like the interaction between Mia and Marcus. I also love that Mia never shy away from her feelings. If she have something to say, she’ll say it. Marcus is one hell of a sexy guy but sometimes he frustrates me. If only he opens up more to Mia then there won’t be so much misunderstanding. But then the story needs conflict. On that note, the “conflicts” don’t have the wow factor for me. Still, the book is overall good. Can’t wait for the second book.

Susan Pauloz Sunderlin  5++ stars!! Loved this book!! I loved Mia so much! I couldn’t stop reading as she fell into her involvement with Marcus. Marcus… what a complicated man. I could not put this book down. I’d recommend it highly. I look forward to reading more books by E.L. Montes. Thanks!

Janis K. Lewis   4.5 Stars Filled with passion, suspense, and side plots that helped make this book hard to put down. Can’t wait for book 2 to find out what’s next for Mia and Marcus!

Jovana Shirley  3 stars  Easy read and looking forward to sequel. Overly descriptive when not needed in some places, but still a good read.

Annjie Gamnje Gordon 4  stars I would have been happier if Mia was stronger. Marcus kept screwing up and she kept taking him back to easily! But I still enjoyed it.

 Maria Hernandez   Enjoyed reading Disastrous, although I did have a love/hate relationship with Marcus and my heart broke for Mia so much! I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who isn’t done reading yet but I definitely recommend this book, it’s a great 5 star read

Lee Clements :    3.5 – 4 stars – loved the book overall, particularly the second half, but thought that some parts were too detailed and then some rushed.

Peggy Cope Saunders   What a wonderful read I give it 4.5 stars This book had me on the edge of my seat…I found myself frustrated yet excited at the same time between biting my lip and grinding my teeth I couldn’t help but root for these two. Looking forward to more of the series.

 

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Take Me (One Night With Sole Regret #3) by Olivia Cunning

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Gitte:   4.5 short sexy stars

Jenny:   4.5 panty dropping stars

Gitte:   Oh wow…this one is definitely my FAVE Sole Regret story so far! I did love Try Me, it was a sexy short read perfectly balanced but didn’t really stir my emotions too much, I wasn’t too keen on Tempt Me, this one seemed more about the nookie not so much about a story. Then came; Take Me.  Now, I was really worried because I did NOT like Shade whatsoever in book 1 and 2. He came across moody, arrogant with a rude and obnoxiousattitude. Well how wrong was I?! He is LUSH…I LOVE him…LOVE LOVE LOVE HIM!!!

Jenny:   Absolutely agree with you about Try Me and Tempt Me Gitte.  They didn’t really grip me as a reader.  I liked them but they were just a read, whereas this book definitely had the emotional factor and gave me the character connection I seemed to miss in the first two.   Take Me is without a doubt my favourite Sole Regret to date and who would have guessed it would be Shade that would win me over.  We really didn’t like him in the first two books did we Gitte?  He was such a dick, but win me over he did – BIG TIME!  I LOVE THIS GUY TOO!!!!!!

Gitte:    Yes, the emotions in Take Me made this one ‘spot on’ for me too.  Reading Shade’s story, he totally redeemed himself, I understood why he acts the way he does and he is definitely my favourite now in this series..by…a…mile!

Jenny:   I really felt the character connection in this book and I loved unravelling Shade’s personality and seeing his defences come down.  I liked what I saw and Shade me in his clutches  from start to finish.

 Gitte:   Yeah I thought Take Me was fab. The characters were explored more; I could connect with them as well. The storyline touched me and it had great banter and seriously the sex factor was HOT! I don’t really want to say too much about his story as these books are so short that saying too much I feel will spoil the reading experience.

Jenny:   I really did love everything about this book….the characters of Shade and Amanda and Julie just stole my heart!  I don’t think I can ever listen to Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing by Aerosmith without thinking picturing that wonderful scene.  That was just mesmerising!  Loved it and for me that’s when Shade stole my heart as well.

Gitte:   Shade is the lead singer of Sole Regret and hides behind….you guessed it…his sunnies in order to hide his extremely expressive eyes. Shade (Jacob) umm wow so hot right Jenny?! His story broke my heart, under all that hot raw alpha male exterior lies a huge heart that is breaking because of his circumstances.  But not only is he completely lovable…but this man is totally shaggable too!! The bedroom scene was…just wow…right Jenny?! And his eyes…what is it about his eyes…they had me and I wanted to pull him out the story so I could gaze into them.

Jenny:   Oh he is totally shaggable for sure!!!  And yes! That bedroom scene….whoa!  You betcha that was hot GG!!   I loved exploring the story behind his nickname……..and yes THOSE EYES!  Although I couldn’t see them that didn’t stop me from drowning in them.   I loved Jacob….nice wonderful, yet totally alpha Jacob!  But….oh Shade….sweet baby Jesus Shade!

but I’ve retired Jacob for the evening.  Now it’s time for Shade to come out and play”    and play he did! And play, and play………phew!

Gitte: Amanda is real, honest, funny and so down to earth. She sees Jacob, not Shade the persona and the chemistry and banter between them is fab.  She sees the man; his hurt and want to be there for him.  She has had a thing for him for years, since her sister brought him into their lives and ceases the day when he is back from the tour which is when their journey; their “One Night” begins…

“Amanda’s panties were going to need scuba gear if they got any wetter” – this line cracked me up…totally stealing this one hahaha.

Jenny:   I absolutely adored Amanda and loved that line! I do believe you snorted repeating that line to me lol !  She was strong, funny, sexy, honest and yes, the chemistry between these two just leapt off the pages!  I love the whole best friends to lovers thing and this one is one of my favourites because I really did love and care about these characters.  She was a perfect counter balance to Shade/Jacob and she saw what was beneath the….well Shades!

Ha! There were some great lines in this book weren’t there Gitte?  I loved this one from Amanda too

“She knew he was teasing her, but that didn’t stop parts in her pants from readying themselves for a welcome invasion”

And Shade/Jacob saw her as someone he could relate to and she felt so real to him as well…..he’s used to having women for sex but Amanda reached him on a whole new level

It was refreshing to flirt with a woman who didn’t think it meant she had to fall on his dick with a missle-seeking vagina

Gitte:    So Jenny…I loved this one…my favourite so far…just wish it was longer, I wanted more Shade!!!

Jenny:    For sure Gitte! This one was my favourite too and I definitely wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Shade just yet!   I certainly would have been happy with much more!

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Totallybooked chats to………………………………………….. R L Mathewson

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We are chuffed to bits to have the fabulous Author R.L. Mathewson here on our blog today to coincide with the surprise early release of her novel Checkmate, the third book in her ‘A Neighbour from Hell’ series. This one is about Connor and Rory. We have read this one and loved it, it had us in stitches and in tears; watch out for our review later this week. This Author is like a breath of fresh air as is her series ‘A Neighbour from Hell’. Enjoy!

Checkmate Synopsis:

There’s nothing worse than living next door to your childhood nemesis, except maybe being forced to share your dream project with him, being blackmailed into going along with something that was just wrong on so many levels, and having your hot cocoa stolen by the person that drove you to drink it in the first place.

As long as she has plenty of hot cocoa, a pair of pliers on hand and is able to resist Connor O’Neil’s bad boy charm then Rory James should be able to make it through this project with her sanity intact. If not…..

She’d probably face a few more nights in jail, have a few more restraining orders slapped against her and lose her heart to the man that ruined her life.

 

TB: Welcome R.L. tell us something we don’t know about you…

RLM    I’m addicted to hot cocoa, baked goods, Luke Bryan and I have an overdue library book.

TB:   What inspired you to write your first book?

RLM   My children.

The situation that we were in was horrible and I was desperate for a way to escape. At the time finding work outside of the house was impossible. I’d tried my hand at website design, looked into going back to school, looked into starting several online companies, but nothing worked. Writing was a long shot, something that I’d always wanted to do. I honestly never thought that I would manage to write something that someone would want to read. Putting everything that I had into writing and hoping that it would work for us was a long shot, but one that I thank God every day that I took.

TB: Do your books or characters resemble someone you know, have met, or events in your own life?

RLM.  No, not really. I wish that I knew a real Bradford, because that would just be awesome. My kids do influence some of the children in my books. I won’t say which ones, but let’s just say that my kids keep me very entertained.

TB: What books have most influenced your life?

RLM:   G.A. Aiken, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, basically any authors who add a bit of humor to their books. They entertain me, help me relax and give me something to smile about.

TB: What book are you reading now?

RLM:  About to reread Lothaire by Kresley Cole. I’ve read it about a dozen times now, but I love it. It’s the perfect combination of humor, drama, love, and Lothaire is the ultimate bad boy.

TB: Who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

RLM:  G.A. Aike/Shelly Laurenston. She writes with humor, a lot of it and isn’t afraid to make her characters less than perfect, annoying and basically real.

TB: Do you ever read your readers reviews?

RLM:  Every now and then. It really depends. I like hearing what someone likes about the book and if there’s something that didn’t quite work in the book I definitely like to know that as well.

TB: While writing, do you need extra stimulants to get those creative juices flowing? If yes, what are they?

RLM:  Hot Cocoa.

TB: Are the names of the characters in your novels important?

RLM:  Nope, not at all.

TB: Have you got a special writing outfit or accessory you must wear when you write?  A cape? Wonder woman outfit?

RLM:  New York Yankees baseball cap, worn backwards. I’m onto my second cap now. The first one had an unfortunate accident when I leant it to my son to wear to school. His teachers shoved it into his backpack and threw an open, full container of juice on top of it. Since I live knee deep in Red Sox country I’m thinking that it was no accident………..

TB: Which character of yours is your favourite and why?

RLM:  I really don’t have a favorite. They all have special meaning to me. I know it sounds crazy, but I spend so much time watching them develop that it really is hard to pick a favorite.

TB: Do you ever assign actors/actresses to your characters in the event a movie was made out of your book?

RLM:  Lol, no, not really. I don’t watch television or movies. I know, weird, but I’m a workaholic and when I’m not writing I’m hanging with my two buddies.

TB: Where did the inspiration for the Neighbours from Hell series come from?

There really wasn’t any inspiration. It was more of a thought, a curiosity that started that series.

TB: Which of your characters would you most/least to invite to dinner, and why?

RLM:  All of them, but I’d have to win the lottery to afford dinner with a Bradford.

TB:  We have to say we would LOVE to go to a buffet with the Bradfords…imagine the hilarity!!! Oh and of course we’d like a Bradford for dinner ourselves too *wink wink*…just saying!!

TB:  Thank you to R.L Mathewson for stopping by!

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Starfish and Coffee by Kele Moon

Gitte: 4 stars
Jenny: 4 Stars

Gitte:  This right here is pure classic Kele Moon yummy indulgence with emotion and is one of the many reasons why I love this Author!  It’s a story about finding love and the emotional turmoil involved in a rocky journey that will make you melt, *sigh*, squirm in your seat and shed a tear. A story about finding that love in the last place you would look, then losing it because of differences and consequently having to fight to get it back.

Jenny:  I love nothing more than when I hear Kele Moon has a new book coming out because I’ve yet to read something of hers that I don’t like.  Kele’s books are like my reading equivalent of a security blanket lol.  Yes Gitte, this story definitely had all the above!  It had angst, drama, emotion and was sizzling…so yes! I enjoyed this story immensely.

Gitte:   I don’t know about you Jenny, but I got sucked into this story immediately. Kele Moon sure has a way of pulling us in and messing with our emotions, falling in love with her characters then throwing a spanner in the works, bringing us to tears right?! The emotions are so intense throughout this story, it’s written so well, so vividly that I could not put it down. Oh and Jenny did you not think that starting this book with a broken heart was genius, page one and I felt sad already lol?! Though I do have to say that even though I knew the breakup is coming it didn’t affect the journey and it still made me cry when it did happen because Kele Moon made these characters come to life.

Jenny:   I’m right there with you girlfriend!  I was sucked into this story straight away – no easing my way, just bam! I was there!   Kele definitely had me immediately and yes, it definitely had something to do with starting the book from the end – and agree that even though you knew the breakup was coming it in no way interrupted the journey you had getting there.

Gitte: So this book is about Alex and Matt, two guys from families that are as different as night and day. Alex is a local boy to the island of Mirabella who has to work hard to earn every single much needed penny and Matt is a rich boy who spends his summers on the island with his wealthy family. Their story begins with their heartbreak after splitting up years ago and we get thrown back into their past to watch their story unfold from day one when we see them fall in love.  These two gorgeous guys somehow against all odds  fall deeply in love, but circumstances and meddlers leave them so vulnerable to the fear of the future causing that horrible 6 year separation they went through….

Jenny:    Alex and Matt…..can I let out a dreamy sigh here Gitte?

Gitte:   You sure can, and I’m right there with you!!!

Jenny:   This was a simple yet no less emotional read and one that I devoured from start to finish.  The chemistry between Alex and Matt…..wow!!! It was hot! They’re opposites.  They were young and in love and let outside influences seep into their relationship.   Can they move forward and give themselves a second chance at love and happiness?  Oh I loved taking this leap with these boys!

Gitte:    Oh Jenny I thought their story was so sweet, funny, heart breaking and umm yeah HOT!! Hahaha….

Jenny:   It sure was, we loved these guys didn’t we GG!

Gitte:   We sure did!  My favourite moment was the “fishing scene” …. My heart melted!! The scene was so real and really touched me, and Matt’s love for Alex was so intense and inspiring….*sigh*

“You’re better than the beach on a spring day, Matty.”

Jenny:    Oh le sigh………………………..

Gitte:  Right so we have Alex who is a gorgeous cocky, sweet and a very laid back guy.  He saunters through life living day to day, hand to mouth.  

“Alex was 100% team cock and Matt was certainly his kind of conquest.” – OMG Jenny I snorted my coffee at this line hahaha.

Jenny:   Ha! Are we book soul mates or what!! I had that line highlighted so we’ll have to share it – I loved the fishing scene as well.

Gitte:   Alex hides his sexuality behind his friendship with Holly, his best friend. These two are so close that people think they are having a relationship. Alex lets people believe this as he finds it easier to pretend than being subjected to judgement and to prevent his brother finding out.

Jenny:   I loved Holly – she had no filter and I found her a great character and a good counter balance for Alex.  Haha I think only he could tolerate her!

Gitte: Matt is honest, bold says what he thinks. He comes from a rich family and is the heir to a business empire. He starts working for a year in the local diner where Alex works because of a bet. Matt is definitely not sure what team he bats for! Matt is adorable, I loved him!! He has the biggest heart and is so gorgeous!! Seriously I wanted to pick him out my kindle and squeeze him tight!! He is treated so badly by him Mum and then…the heartbreak….I was SOBBING Jenny!!!

“All he knew was he felt alive and sexual in a way he’d never been before this moment. No girl had stared at him like Alex did, predatory and hungry. Just the look in Alex’s whiskey-colored gaze running over him hotly, the flames dancing in their depths like a physical manifestation of the blaze that had risen up between them had Matt willing to go along with anything he asked.” – Matt

Jenny:   I loved Matt as well.  He definitely had a heart the size of Australia that’s for sure!  I really connected with him and the treatment he received just let me heartbroken. Trust me…you weren’t sobbing alone!

Gitte: So yeah I loved this story for so many reasons Jenny, but mostly because of Matty, I’m not going to lie! My only issue is that I wanted more….more of what happened after you know what was resolved…it ended too quickly for me…not enough afters!

Oh and Jenny…funniest quote in this book:

“My mother has been calling all fucking day.” Matt groaned in annoyance. “I finally gave in and just spent the last twenty minutes listening to her bitch about how much I suck.”

“She was bitching about that?” Alex pulled back with a mock look of shock.

“Your sucking is one of my favorite things.”

Jenny:   What a way to end a review!  On that note, there is nothing more I can add and yes, that one was definitely a highlighted quote for me as well.  Love it and loved this book!

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Exquisite (Exquisite #1) by Ella Frank

Gitte:    4 stars
Jenny:  4 Stars

Gitte:    So Jenny I thought this was a fab debut novel by Ella Frank.  The story line didn’t immediately grab me the reasons for which I will come back to in a minute; more like it slowly grew on me, then suddenly it had me all warm and fuzzy…much like an unripe peach left out in the hot sun..*wink wink*

Jenny:  haha Gitte! Love it!  Great way to describe how this story unfolded!  It did take a little while for me as well and I’m guessing the same reasons as you but then……..  it had the peaches,  and then it definitely brought the cream…*wink, wink* indeed

Gitte:    Hahahaha yeah sure did! I thought Exquisite was written really well, it came across real and was an authentic portrayal of human emotions.  The story flowed really well and the changes in point of view between Lena and Mason were effortless and not once was I confused as to who was speaking and it definitely made this story so much more emotional having both voices. It also made me fully connect with Mason!

Jenny:  Have to agree with you there.   I thought it was really well written and I connected with Mason immediately.  I’m a fan of dual pov’s so I really did love hearing from Mason and thought his voice added so much to the flow of the story.  Then there was this one scene… …I think you know the one I’m talking about……..go on, try and read my mind!

Gitte:   Let me guess…….it has to be the shower scene!   OMG Jenny how HOT was that shower scene….the visuals wow…That…is….all…!!!

Jenny:   That was beyond hot!  We do love a good shower scene don’t we Gitte and this one was up with the best of them.  Wow!   In fact there were quite a few sizzling moments in this gem of a book!

Gitte:   Overall, to me this was a really refreshing romance because our hero and heroine didn’t immediately fall into bed with each other with instant attraction instead they almost kind of “hated” each other on sight.  Mason found Lena to be bad-tempered and harsh and she thought he was an infuriating Casanova. But despite that, the attraction was there.

Jenny:   Yes, Lena definitely had a preconceived notion of whom and what Mason was and she was a cranky piece of work but somehow they “clicked”.  The sexual tension was palpable that’s for sure.

Gitte:    The banter between them was great, the drama was fab and once we got to the sexy time…umm yeah NICE ONE!! Though Jenny; I have to say what the effing hell was the hair/cock thing all about? I just did not get or understand that one…I re-read it a few times and nope don’t get it and I kind of want to shout eeewwww!!! What was that?

Jenny:   Oh yeah, the sexy times were very sexy indeed, but OMG! Haha!  Gitte – when you rang me asking:  “have you got to the cock/hair thing yet”?  I thought you were joking –  ummm no you weren’t and that part had me perplexed to say the least.

Gitte Right, so we have Mason….our Hero. I loved him! He is a celebrity chef, owner of Exquisite, with a Casanova reputation. He is funny, gorgeous, vulnerable, loving and has an endearing cockiness about him. He was one of the most personable male hero’s I have met in a while, because he was almost attainable if that makes sense? Mason is still looking for “The One”…

“My dad once told me that one day I’d meet someone who drives me so crazy I want to strangle her and yet never would because I can’t bear for her to be gone. Well, that’s when I’ll know I’ve met a woman worth keeping.”

So our serial dating bachelor Mason is not only a cocky hottie, he has such a huge heart for his family and friends. He melted my heart so many times I lost count…..so our serial dater met Dr. Lena O’Donnell.

Jenny:    I can’t add much else to that GG.  I loved Mason Langley!!!  He was confident, hot, successful, warm, tender, handsome, funny and smart, with an amazing body and had a great ass (what?? well, he did!) And yes, he had room in his heart for everyone.   Really, what’s not to love?   I did enjoy him standing up to Lena.
“So suck it up princess.  Easy, relaxed Mason is gone”……….(go Mason!)

Gitte:   Our heroine Lena is a Paediatric Doctor who has still not come to terms with a tragedy from her past. Since then she has functioned in life, but you couldn’t say she has been ‘living’ it. She has had no real romance or fun. She is an intelligent, lovely girl with a big heart which sadly is covered in armour so thick that she lets nothing in and nothing out in return.

Now Jenny, I think this is where I had a few problems with the story grabbing me at first. I have to be honest here; I didn’t like Lena much to begin with. I understood why she cut herself off, guilt and the pain of bereavement affects us all in different ways. I got that this girl had a heart of gold and the way she was with her friend, her patients made her come across as a funny, loving and a spirited girl at heart. Therefore, to me, her almost icy personality that surfaced at times did not make sense to me and almost put me off her completely. It was downright rude, not a reaction to a situation. I don’t know how to explain it really Jenny but I just didn’t get the intense hot/cold thing she had going at first. Did she redeem herself to me…absolutely!! Her strength and her love and determination won me over.

Jenny:     Yep, I know Lena was also the reason I had a hard time connecting with this book at first.  I did feel sorry for her because of the guilt she was carrying around and the blame she put on herself for her past but she just seemed to be downright mean at times.  Her personality swings were like watching ping pong.   I kept telling Mason (via my Kindle) to run for the hills – she just seemed awful to him..
She definitely did redeem herself and I really warmed to her but have to say that had it not been for Mason being such a great character, she could have stopped me in my tracks at the start of this story because I really wasn’t connecting with her at all, but Ella Frank turned that around she became warmer and more relatable, even sexy and sensual.

Lena:  “I think I just came from just looking at you”

Gitte:    Oh Jenny how amazing was Mason in helping her deal…he is so  determined to knock down that armour of hers, and show her what love and life is all about! LOVE HIM!!! Oh Lena did her best to scare Mason off and push him away but our Mason is nothing but persistent and ummm thorough!!!

Jenny:    Gitte, how many times did we say “I love Mason Langley” (GG:  quite a few actually!) when we were discussing this book?  Mason was a persistent man and he saw something in Lena that she didn’t even see in herself.  How he got her to face her problems and was there for her – oh that man melted my heart.  When he was dealing with his demons?  Oh Mason I wanted to hug you and make it all go away.

Gitte:   So yeah, this story got to me, slow start then suddenly I was hooked and I have to say I loved all the supporting characters too.
It was an emotional journey of love, strength, pain and fighting for the one you love by saving them and showing them how to love and live life again.

Jenny:   Having just returned from Chicago this book was a trip down memory lane for me and I loved relating to the places mentioned in the book.
It really was a good story and had everything you could want …. wonderful characters, a story of fate, hope, love, loss, sorrow and finding the one, your missing other half.   Oh, and the heat factor was way up there!   Yes Gitte, I did love this one.

 

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Totallybooked Meets author Madeline Sheehan

           Madeline Sheehan author of Undeniable chats with TotallyBooked

Hi Madeline, thank you so much for joining us at TotallyBooked.  Our fellow readers and us cannot stop talking about Undeniable – it’s like crack to us all!

TB:         You are a new Author for us, so we’d love to know who is Madeline Sheehan?

MS:         Ha!  I wish I knew.  Here goes the basics.  I’m married.  I have a three year old boy who is legally named Cayden Chaos (I’m not kidding), a cat, a whole bunch of awesome sisters and great friends.  I love Jeeps, sweatpants, flip flops, coffee without sugar, bagels with cream cheese, smoky eyes and Social Distortion.   My friends call me the typical Gemini, meaning they never know which Madeline they are going to get and I agree whole-heartedly with them.  Most mornings when I wake up I don’t know which me I’m going to get.  Other than that I’m just along for the crazy ride.

TB:           We can’t tell you how much we loved this book!  The story was so raw and gritty and we have to ask, how much of the book is based on true fact and real life?

MS:         Half and half.  The true MC lifestyle is not for the faint of heart.  Although the obstacles I put my characters through were not based on actual facts some of them were not that far off from situations that may occur.

TB:          Deuce is such a unique character.  We loved him, hated him and loved him again.  Was he hard to write? If there is a real Deuce and can we meet him? (We just want to hear him say “back of my bike babe” – we’re easily pleased)

MS:         A real Deuce?  And you think I’d let anyone meet him?  Ha.  I’d be keeping that man all to myself.  (TB: Damn….can’t knock us for trying 😉 )No, Deuce is a hodge podge of everything I love and hate in men.  Oh, and things that I hate that I love, too.

I love Deuce.  Truly, madly, deeply.  Was he hard to write?  Not at all.  Out of everything I’ve written I’ve had two characters that writing came easy for me.  Deuce from Undeniable and Xan from the Holy Trinity Trilogy.   Men, to me, are not complicated creatures.  Women are the opposite.  There are so many facets to the female mind, so many layers of emotions that make getting inside their heads, fictional or non, very difficult.  Whereas men have a set way they will react to something, you never know how a woman will.  Even if it has happened to her before.   No matter what a woman will always surprise you.

Yes.  We women are very perplexing.

Anyway, I wrote both Deuce and Eva as flawed individuals (which is never easy to write), both were born and raised in a rough world, Deuce was abused both physically and emotionally, Eva was sheltered from life outside of the MC making her vulnerable to anything not of her world.  However, because of their similarities and their differences when Deuce and Eva come together and get past their fears they complement each other, provide for one another what the other is lacking.

You feel me, babe?

TB:          What we particularly loved about this story was that you didn’t romanticise it.  It was such a refreshing read.  You stayed very faithful to the story and the characters, is that how you intended to write it from the start?

MS:         I’m not a fan of cheeze.  I’ve read sappy romances and enjoyed them but they don’t stick with me.  I can’t even begin to count how many books I’ve read, too many ;-), but the only ones that stick with me are the ones that move me, that painfully dig their way deep down inside of me and stay forever.

And yes, I stayed faithful to the story and my characters, all except for one.  Frankie.  Frankie…was special to me.  For a long time I didn’t know where I was going to go with him but when it clicked, it clicked and even though it hurt me, I wouldn’t change Frankie’s ending.

But I won’t get into that because I might start to cry.  😉

TB:            When did your interest in writing start?

MS:         I started reading before kindergarten.  By kindergarten I was reading well beyond my level, by middle school I had already read several of Tolstoy’s works and had completely fallen in love with the written word.  All of it.  Seriously, I even read the backs of shampoo bottles and the ten page guidelines that come with credit card applications.

I’ve never been very good at expressing myself verbally but on paper…I rock.  All throughout my school years I wrote, usually in a journal.  During college I had a blog for years that I used to chronicle my everyday life and the jumbled mess in my head.  After college I started working for a non-profit organization in charge of publications and in my free time I started writing down my daydreams and my reality…and here we are…

TB:            Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

MS:         I learned how far I can push myself.  Writing for me is emotional and writing ugliness hurts.  This is why I didn’t go into too much detail about Chase’s encounter with Frankie.

When I wrote Undeniable I laughed, cried, rolled my eyes, cried some more, yelled, mentally slapped Deuce in the face.  I was sick to my stomach over a few of my characters fates.  I have love for each and every one of my characters and the pain and agony I put them through I felt alongside them.  Reality, life, the world around us, in my opinion, is full of ugly.  Turning that ugly and making it into something beautiful is what I consider a true happy ending.  A realistic happy ending.

TB:          Have you ever hated something you wrote?

MS:        Yup.  All the time.  So I rework and rework and rework until I no longer hate it.

 

TB:      While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?

MS:         Not exactly.  I felt deeply connected to all of them but never did I put myself inside of them.  Because Eva was so damaged, I had to separate how I would have behaved, reacted, did and said things from how Eva does.  But I was definitely right there with them at all times.

TB:             You have to put us out of our misery……we are dying here!!! What will the next two books in the series be called, who are they about and do you have release dates for them?

Book Two:  Unbeautifully, is the story of Ripper & Danny (Deuce’s daughter).  And yes she was with ZZ at the end of book one.  😉

See, this is me being sneaky.  Lol.

Book Three:  Unattainable, will involve Cage (Deuce’s son) and Tegen.   Who is Tegen?  A big secret.  But I will say this.  She has a great mom.  (TB: What???)

TB:              If you could get in someone’s head for a day, who would it be?

MS:         Honestly.  No one.  People freak me out enough as it is.  I don’t want to know what they are really thinking.

 

TB:              Have you any other projects coming up you’d like to share with us?

MS:         Currently I’m working on Unbeautifully, the sequel to Undeniable and My Heart & Soul, the third book in my Holy Trinity Trilogy.  Both of which I’d like to have published by Spring but hopefully sooner ❤

 

              TB:     Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us.   

MS:   Nope.  Thank you!!

Check our our review of Undeniable here:

http://totallybookedblog.com/2012/10/20/undeniable-by-madeline-sheehan-2/

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Just for Now (Seabreeze #4) by Abbi Glines

4.5 *very emotional and yummy-licious* Stars

This is a new adult contemporary book.

I absolutely love the Sea Breeze series by Abbi Glines so I was beyond excited for Preston and Amanda’s story.  Once again Abbi did not disappoint by writing this blinder of a story which had me hooked from the start. The books in this series can be read as stand-alone, however if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to read in order to get to know all the characters and their backgrounds.

I have to say I found this one to be the most emotional book in this series. I was in tears several times following their journey. Preston has been dealt one hell of a bad hand in life and the way he ‘mans’ up and takes responsibility, his protective streak that goes above and beyond what you would or should expect…well my heart hurt so bad and it melted into a puddle on the floor.

Oh and this guy is beyond HOT…yeah true story, but we already knew that right, just thought I’d throw that in there! Also, this book has more ‘sex factor’ (you won’t hear me complaining) than the other books in this series and I thought it was brilliantly balanced with the emotional turmoil making this story spot on and completely un-put-down-able! So yeah if you thought it got hot with Cage…you haven’t met Preston yet.

Now, when I got to a certain point in this story a song was mentioned which is one I happen to love. As soon as I saw that, I turned my iPod on, and listened to it whilst reading.  Let me tell you…if I wasn’t emotional before, listening to this song completely did me in. Whenever a particular emotional scene with Amanda and Preston came up, I was a glutton for punishment and hit play on my iPod. Yeah at times I am a masochist because it made me cry even more! But then I like a good cry in a book.

Seriously, have a listen to this song: Hunter Hayes – Wanted, I promise you will feel it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3xA4xkQGEs&fb_source=message

So, we have Preston who is the definition of ‘a player/man-whore’ no getting around that, we know this is a fact, we have followed him from book to book in this series, but you know what, I get it now. His story showed me why…and I got it.  If you have never been shown love, how would you know how to give it or even know how to recognize it to be love when you feel it?  Our Preston is envious of those who have the ability to love and receive love in return. He doesn’t believe he is worth it.

Preston grew up under dire circumstances, with no one to take the brunt of it and no one to look out for him. He is adamant that his younger siblings don’t suffer the same way he did and works hard to make sure they eat and have a roof over their heads. His siblings live with their Mum in a cramped trailer that has seen better days and is actually more like a hole in the ground. Actually to call her “Mum” is an insult because she does not deserve the honour of that title. Can you tell that she got to me? Yeah….if I could have reached into the story I would have grabbed her and slapped some sense into her! Preston hates that they have to live like that and goes above and beyond to try and make sure they have what they need but also making sure they know he is there for them despite having to leave them to it. It breaks his heart….it broke mine! It all comes down to money…so Preston does what he thinks he needs to, in order to make enough to look after them ,as well as himself. The means to which, though questionable, are kind of understandable.

Preston is not proud of himself. He knows exactly what he is doing and he hates it. As to knowing who he is, he has no idea, confused by responsibilities and actions; he has lost himself along the way.

Preston thinks Amanda is way too good for him; the light to his darkness.  An innocent who will be tainted by his ugliness, a beauty and perfection he does not deserve. However, he can’t get her out of his head; out from under his skin.

“I want to be near you. I can’t seem to keep away.” – Preston

Lovely, adorable sweet and loveable Amanda has had it bad for Preston for years, a fact she hides from everyone especially her older brother Marcus who is best mates with Preston.  They hang around in the same crowd and no way would anyone think Preston was good enough for her and she knows that Preston only sees her as the little sister, no matter the effort she puts into making him notice her.

Amanda is quite clued up about Preston’s ‘persona’, she has seen him in action yet she loves him still.  She sees the real Preston underneath; the sadness the hopelessness and despite knowing she deserves more, she can’t leave him alone, she craves him and wants to be there for him; protect him.

Amanda knows what love is. She has a huge heart and knows the value of forgiveness; one of the biggest and hardest gifts you can give to another. Despite Preston giving Amanda whip lash she sticks around, she fights for it. She believes she can teach Preston how to love, how it feels and show him he deserves to be loved for who he is.

Then one night it happens….Preston sees Amanda:

“You need to push me away and send me packing ‘cause I don’t think I can stop this on my own”….”Manda you’re real sweet. Real fucking sweet and I’m not the kind of guy you’re supposed to let get this close”

….and so their emotional journey begins….

“I’m sorry I can’t be who you need me to be” … “I want to change. You make me want to change everything. I just can’t”

“Why are we here, Preston?” – Amanda

“I don’t know. I wanted to come out here to think. It’s where I think best. And I wanted you to be with me.” – Preston

“Did I need her to breathe….

Could I imagine life without her….

Could I be in love with her…..”

I cannot recommend the ‘Sea Breeze’ series highly enough and once again just when I thought Abbi Glines couldn’t top the last book in this series, she goes and does just that!

We were sent an ARC by the author for a fair and honest review

 

The Seabreeze Series by Abbi Glines

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Talented author and musician/songwriter Brooklyn James visits Totallybooked….psssst: there's also a Giveaway!

Today we have the pleasure of welcoming Brooklyn James to our blog.

Brooklyn is the Author of the fabulous ‘The Boots My Mother Gave Me’ which we loved here at TB!! Today sees the televised debut of her OFFICIAL music video for ‘Can’t Get It Right,’ the title track off the original music soundtrack to this novel.  This lady is not only a fab Author she is also an extremely talented musician/song writer!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRQ8MKk-H6I

“Brooklyn James’ soundtrack to her novel The Boots My Mother Gave Me does more than give a clever feminist twist to the title. Her songs serve as chapters themselves, underlining James’ deft ability as a storyteller and songwriter.” Margaret Moser, The Austin Chronicle

 

 TB:                  Welcome to our blog Brooklyn, it is great to have you here today to talk to us, share your news and showing us your video! Can you tell us how this soundtrack came about?

Brooklyn:   Thank you TotallyBooked for hosting me today! Hope your viewers enjoy the video and the review. When I was drafting the manuscript for The Boots My Mother Gave Me, I didn’t intend for it to have a music soundtrack. As a singer/songwriter in the Austin indie music scene, I was in studio with production of my first full-length album at the same time I was writing in the manuscript. Both projects stemming from the same vein of consciousness, I started to notice chapter titles from the book sharing song titles from the album. It was then, I thought, ‘A movie has a soundtrack, why not a book?’ And that is what the soundtrack to this novel provides, an emotional undertone, setting the scene of the corresponding chapters.

 TB:               How did the idea of this book come about?

Brooklyn: Essentially, the book was a New Year’s resolution to myself to get rid of some excess baggage I had carried around since childhood. After passing the manuscript off to a friend, she convinced me to send it out to editors and publishers. Larger publishing houses passed on the concept. However, I found an editor who was interested in working with me to self-publish. Six-months after the book was published, it won the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award as a Quarter Finalist. I thought, ‘Maybe I really can write!’

TB:                 This song is amazing, what is the story behind it?

Brooklyn:   As an independent artist, sometimes it’s difficult to believe in yourself, to believe your work is as legitimate as the mainstream. The song, ‘Can’t Get It Right,’ featured in the video, is track #4 off the original music soundtrack to the novel The Boots My Mother Gave Me. I wrote this song out of frustration, wondering if I ever would get it right. I had just finished my Master’s in Communication when the impetus hit. I was sitting on the front steps of my apartment, contemplating on how much time, energy and money I had spent on securing Plan A…an education and a ‘real’ job with a 401K and an insurance plan, while my heart was still attached to Plan B…writing songs and stories. I shook my head, saying, ‘I just can’t get it right.’ And the light bulb went off. I grabbed up a napkin and started writing the lyrics to the song.

This music video, as well as the book and soundtrack have been a long time coming. ‘Can’t Get It Right’ was just named to Austin’s MEOW (Musicians for Equal Opportunity for Women) Magazine’s Top 2012 Discoveries Playlist, including me into their Top 15 female singer/songwriters on the rise. Although the consummate screw-up song (I think we’ve all felt that way at one time or another), there is a refreshing hook in ‘Can’t Get It Right,’ paying homage to the notion that if we follow our instinct and believe in ourselves that maybe we will get it right eventually.

Here’s to New Year’s resolutions and holding onto our dreams! Oh boy, we’re only a few months away from 2013…what to do for a resolution? I take my resolutions pretty seriously…lol 🙂

TB:        Yeah don’t remind us hahaha…In all seriousness congratulations Brooklyn on the success of the novel and the release of your album. Goes to show that through perseverance, hard work and following your dreams, you CAN make it happen!

Giveaway:

  Brooklyn is very kindly giving us a signed album and an e-book to give away to one lucky reader on our blog.  In order to enter this competition, we’d like you to comment/share on the blog your favourite indie female artist/musician. Especially the lesser well known one’s as discovering a new artist feels very much as exciting as discovering a new Author. This way you can spread the news about some unheard of female singer/songwriters.  We’d love to hear from you as would Brooklyn!

Good Luck!

For our review of ‘The Boots My Mother Gave Me’ go to: 

http://totallybookedblog.com/2012/08/17/the-boots-my-mother-gave-me-by-brooklyn-james/

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Talented author and musician/songwriter Brooklyn James visits Totallybooked….psssst: there’s also a Giveaway!

Today we have the pleasure of welcoming Brooklyn James to our blog.

Brooklyn is the Author of the fabulous ‘The Boots My Mother Gave Me’ which we loved here at TB!! Today sees the televised debut of her OFFICIAL music video for ‘Can’t Get It Right,’ the title track off the original music soundtrack to this novel.  This lady is not only a fab Author she is also an extremely talented musician/song writer!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRQ8MKk-H6I

“Brooklyn James’ soundtrack to her novel The Boots My Mother Gave Me does more than give a clever feminist twist to the title. Her songs serve as chapters themselves, underlining James’ deft ability as a storyteller and songwriter.” Margaret Moser, The Austin Chronicle

 

 TB:                  Welcome to our blog Brooklyn, it is great to have you here today to talk to us, share your news and showing us your video! Can you tell us how this soundtrack came about?

Brooklyn:   Thank you TotallyBooked for hosting me today! Hope your viewers enjoy the video and the review. When I was drafting the manuscript for The Boots My Mother Gave Me, I didn’t intend for it to have a music soundtrack. As a singer/songwriter in the Austin indie music scene, I was in studio with production of my first full-length album at the same time I was writing in the manuscript. Both projects stemming from the same vein of consciousness, I started to notice chapter titles from the book sharing song titles from the album. It was then, I thought, ‘A movie has a soundtrack, why not a book?’ And that is what the soundtrack to this novel provides, an emotional undertone, setting the scene of the corresponding chapters.

 TB:               How did the idea of this book come about?

Brooklyn: Essentially, the book was a New Year’s resolution to myself to get rid of some excess baggage I had carried around since childhood. After passing the manuscript off to a friend, she convinced me to send it out to editors and publishers. Larger publishing houses passed on the concept. However, I found an editor who was interested in working with me to self-publish. Six-months after the book was published, it won the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award as a Quarter Finalist. I thought, ‘Maybe I really can write!’

TB:                 This song is amazing, what is the story behind it?

Brooklyn:   As an independent artist, sometimes it’s difficult to believe in yourself, to believe your work is as legitimate as the mainstream. The song, ‘Can’t Get It Right,’ featured in the video, is track #4 off the original music soundtrack to the novel The Boots My Mother Gave Me. I wrote this song out of frustration, wondering if I ever would get it right. I had just finished my Master’s in Communication when the impetus hit. I was sitting on the front steps of my apartment, contemplating on how much time, energy and money I had spent on securing Plan A…an education and a ‘real’ job with a 401K and an insurance plan, while my heart was still attached to Plan B…writing songs and stories. I shook my head, saying, ‘I just can’t get it right.’ And the light bulb went off. I grabbed up a napkin and started writing the lyrics to the song.

This music video, as well as the book and soundtrack have been a long time coming. ‘Can’t Get It Right’ was just named to Austin’s MEOW (Musicians for Equal Opportunity for Women) Magazine’s Top 2012 Discoveries Playlist, including me into their Top 15 female singer/songwriters on the rise. Although the consummate screw-up song (I think we’ve all felt that way at one time or another), there is a refreshing hook in ‘Can’t Get It Right,’ paying homage to the notion that if we follow our instinct and believe in ourselves that maybe we will get it right eventually.

Here’s to New Year’s resolutions and holding onto our dreams! Oh boy, we’re only a few months away from 2013…what to do for a resolution? I take my resolutions pretty seriously…lol 🙂

TB:        Yeah don’t remind us hahaha…In all seriousness congratulations Brooklyn on the success of the novel and the release of your album. Goes to show that through perseverance, hard work and following your dreams, you CAN make it happen!

Giveaway:

  Brooklyn is very kindly giving us a signed album and an e-book to give away to one lucky reader on our blog.  In order to enter this competition, we’d like you to comment/share on the blog your favourite indie female artist/musician. Especially the lesser well known one’s as discovering a new artist feels very much as exciting as discovering a new Author. This way you can spread the news about some unheard of female singer/songwriters.  We’d love to hear from you as would Brooklyn!

Good Luck!

For our review of ‘The Boots My Mother Gave Me’ go to: 

http://totallybookedblog.com/2012/08/17/the-boots-my-mother-gave-me-by-brooklyn-james/

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