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This Week’s Blog Posts

This week the usual book reviews and writing journey update plus a cover reveal and contest. :-)

I didn’t manage to post all my book reviews last week as I was so busy with my edits for The Dragon Legacy. So I will post them this week instead  🙂

Monday –Review of: ‘Glittering Fortunes’ Victoria Fox from Harlequin UK (Mira). 

Tuesday – Cover reveal of Drowning with contest Rachel Firasek

Wednesday – Review of: ‘The Outlaw of Cedar Ridge’ – Lori Connelly a historical romance from Harper Impulse

Thursday – Writing Journey Post

Friday –  Review of: ‘Mystique Rogue’ Diane Taylor a paranormal mystery from Crimson Frost Books

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4* Review of: Glittering Fortunes Victoria Fox

Glittering Fortunes
If you like Jilly Cooper and Fiona Walker ‘Glittering Fortunes’ is for you. Set in a Cornish coastal town it is packed with interesting characters whose separate stories are cleverly interwoven by the author.

Olivia an artist returns to her hometown after an unsuccessful stay in London trying to establish herself in her chosen career. Charlie Lomax is the eccentric landowner the last remaining Lomax in the town after the tragic disappearance of his parents. His brother Cato a Hollywood A’ lister fled the manor after a drunken car crash which devastated Charlie. Now the scene is set for a reunion of the brothers,in which Olivia becomes entangled.

The plot’s simplicity complements the complex characters making Glittering Fortunes an interesting read. I particularly liked Susanna and Addy; their characters are riddled with flaws which makes them instantly recognisable.

A racy read but less so than Temptation Island another of this author’s books I loved. If you enjoy multi character books you will find this an easy read great to escape the day-to-day grind with.

I received and ARC from Harlequin (UK) Limited via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Glittering Fortunes

Glittering Fortunes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Victoria Fox

Jane Hunt Writer First Steps

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5* Review The Cowboy Rode a Harley Susan Arden

The Cowboy Rode A Harley (Bad Boys Don't Drink the Water #3)

The third in this erotic western series ‘The Cowboy Rode a Harley is the most risqué; sparkling romance is interwoven with erotic love scenes which make this a hot and steamy read.

Stephen likes to play hard whether it be with women, alcohol or gambling. Until he meets Gillian the kid sister of Haden, an old friend whose life is spiralling out of control as he falls into the clutches of addiction.

Stephen and Gillian wake up in the same bed but Stephen soon finds that Gillian is too innocent for his jaded palate. He tries to back away but can’t forget the feisty red-haired woman. To keep his sanity he must accept the inevitability of their tempestuous love affair.

The erotic love scenes are explicit and as their relationship develops Stephen realises Gillian’s innocence hides a wild and naughty nature which he reverently explores in great detail.

The story is about self-realisation. Is Gillian’s long-held dream really what she wants? Can Stephen settle for just one woman?
The story’s conflict makes this a worthwhile read and it culminates in a make or break moment which threatens to destroy both their lives.

The ending is beautifully written.

If you like your romance erotic and naughty then ‘The Cowboy Rode a Harley’ is definitely for you.

If you haven’t read ‘Tempted by Trouble’ and ‘Twice Tempted’ don’t miss out read them too.

The Cowboy Rode A Harley

The Cowboy Rode A Harley (Bad Boys Don't Drink the Water #3)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Susan Arden

Jane Hunt Writer First Steps

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Writing Journey Update

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As regular First Steps readers know I have written lots of book reviews this week. There are so many good books out at the moment.  If you would like me to post  a review of your latest book here please let me know in the comments section below. 🙂

Daring to Wish_MediumThis week also saw the first author and character interviews on my blog with debut author Tracey Rogers and ‘Daring to Wish’ heroine Eve Ward. I really enjoyed these and would love to interview other authors and their main characters. If you would like to feature on First Steps leave a message for me here or via any of my social media links featured on my website.

I am continuing with my edits for The Dragon Legacy.I hope to have them finished and sent by the weekend. 🙂Dragon Legacy

Have you checked out the first chapters in So You Think You Can Write yet? There are lots of great ones. I  may still enter a chapter as I have until the 9 October I believe, it depends on my edits.  If not I will enjoy supporting those  who have.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Look out for my review of ‘ The Cowboy Rode a Harley’ by Susan Arden tomorrow.

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5* Review The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter Randa Handler

The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter

If you want your pre-schooler to understand the true meaning behind the Thanksgiving celebration this is the book for you.

Beautifully illustrated it tells the story of a young girl’s Thanksgiving experience in 1941. Through pictures and conversation with her mother, Takari learns about the Japanese Thanksgiving.

When Takari accidentally damages the Thanksgiving platter an heirloom from her Japanese grandmother her mum seems unreasonably angry. It is only when her puppy Ruffles has a similar accident, Takari realises her mother was stressed and didn’t mean to upset her.

She is sent to play with Little Sparrow and learns about making corn bread as it was made on the first Thanksgiving by the Wampanoag. When she finds out Little Sparrow and his father are spending part of their Thanksgiving at the veteran hospital she helps too and realises the true meaning of Thanksgiving is sharing and helping others especially those less fortunate.

A lovely way to help your children understand Thanksgiving is more than a Turkey dinner.

The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter

The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Randa Handler

Jane Hunt Writer First Steps

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5* Review The Boy Who Spoke to God Randa Handler

The Boy Who Spoke to God by Randa Handler


Beautifully illustrated ‘The Boy Who Spoke to God’ will appeal to the primary school age group it is intended for. The story told as a fairytale makes the important message of racial harmony and religious tolerance in modern society easy to absorb.

The story describes a multicultural society living in harmony. This allows them to improve the population’s health and abolish poverty by supporting the community’s economy. Their world is perfect except for the different religious celebrations and holidays, which cause discord. The story makes the important point; it is the children who suffer most when society becomes dysfunctional.

The revealing conversation between Niko a young Greek boy and his friends show the children understand the problem better than the adults. Niko is encouraged by his parents to ask God how their multicultural society can live in harmony. God appears to Niko in a dream. His message; people can practice different religions without disharmony if they respect the right of others to hold different beliefs. Niko’s dream is interpreted in different ways by each of the different religious groups and he becomes an outcast. Everyone wants to be right. It is not until his final dream Niko is able to make the adults understand god is perceived differently by every individual and this diversity should be accepted and celebrated in all societies.

This book would be an excellent learning tool to help answer a child’s question of what god looks like and to demonstrate in an easy understandable way the importance of diversity in our world.

I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.

The Boy Who Spoke to God by Randa Handler

The Boy Who Spoke to God by Randa Handler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Randa Handler
JaneHunt Writer First Steps

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Interview with Eve Ward from ‘Daring to Wish’ Tracey Rogers

Daring to Wish_MediumI have Eve Ward the  feisty heroine of ‘Daring to Wish’ on First Steps today.

Here the blurb for ‘Daring to Wish’

What happens when you dare to wish?

In an effort to regain her independence and break out of her shell, shy Eve Ward writes a daring wish list of all the things she wants to do before her thirtieth birthday. It’s a good thing the list is for her eyes only, because some of the items are pretty risqué.

Adrenaline junkie Lucas Riley becomes Eve’s “victim” in a kiss-a-stranger dare, and she thinks he’s perfect for her one-night-with-a-stranger wish.

With Eve, Lucas thinks he’s found the distraction he needs before he has to say goodbye to his bad boy image. When he finds Eve’s sexy wish list, he can’t keep himself from giving into temptation and sneaking a peek, and wish number eight is impossible for him to resist. Being good can wait.

Eve is thrilled when, out of the blue, Lucas offers to take her skydiving. Her sexy stranger has helped her tick so many wishes off her secret list. Her confidence has grown and now she’s having fun both in and out of the bedroom. It seems too good to be true…is it? She can’t shake the niggling suspicion that something’s not quite right.

Content Warning: contains dizzying heights and sensual sex

Genre(s): Contemporary Romance

Hi Eve thanks for visiting my blog.

Thanks for inviting me Jane. I hope this won’t be too revealing. 🙂

Would you describe yourself as an adventurous person?

If by adventurous you mean wearing skyscraper heels then yes…well maybe a little bit.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Except for coming out dressed like a devil? I did have purple hair once. And between me and you I did write this daring wish list recently.

Describe your ideal man.

I would have said dark and slim, but I’ve just spotted this guy at the bar. Can you see him, the tall muscular one with blond hair? Just look at those shoulders! But really someone I can trust would be nice.

Do believe in love at first sight?

I do but I’m still waiting…

Do you believe in ‘Happy Ever After’?

I used to, but now I’m aiming for the happy right now.

Career or family which is your top priority?

A career. I have more chance of getting a new job than I do of having a family *sigh*.

Who’s your favourite fairytale heroine?

Belle from Beauty and the Beast. She’s brave and takes no-nonsense from that Beast no matter how awful he is to her.

Where in the world would you most like to live?

I’ve never travelled but I really want to visit Switzerland.

Are you a cat or dog person?

If I ever have a family I’ll have both.

What’s your favourite sport?

Well I did put skydiving on my list, so who knows…Oops time to go. Great chatting with you Jane. I’ve just drawn the short straw for the next dare. I’ve got to kiss a stranger. Now who do I choose?

They were great answers Eve. I guess if readers want to know more about you they should check out ‘Daring to Wish‘.
Here’s an excerpt:

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“Wait.”

Eve froze mid-turn, halted by his husky command and the tingle radiating from his hand lightly grasping her wrist. She met his gaze and realized how wrong she’d been. He was a million miles away from being uncomplicated. The startling blue of his eyes revealed depths Eve could only imagine drowning in.

“Did you say…nice?” He leaned closer. “I would say that was a lot better than nice. I’m sure if we tried again we could manage spectacular. Don’t you agree?” he drawled.

Maybe nice had been the wrong word to choose Eve relented as she noted his husky tone. It was infinitely better than nice. Try amazing! Her breath hitched as she thought of his kiss again. Knowing he enjoyed it too sent a surge of pleasure through her that settled deep within her belly. Obviously she could do some things right.

If she intended to fulfill her wishes she was going to have to find some confidence from somewhere—and fast! At the moment her confidence seemed to be firmly in the area of her knickers.

Running and hiding now seemed out of the question. Maybe confidence practice would be the lesser of two evils? She paused before turning to face Mr. Hotness for confidence lesson one.

“Hmm…” She pretended to consider. “Maybe you’re right. However, as this was a dare I’m afraid it was a one time opportunity,” she added with mock apology. “So I guess we’ll never know.”

“You kissed me for a dare?” His brow arched.

Eve nodded. “Uh-huh. My dare was to kiss a stranger.”

“A dare, huh? I feel so…so violated.” He clutched his free hand to his chest in feigned hurt, although his eyes brimmed with humor and a smile tugged at the corner of his delicious mouth.

“Don’t be offended. I did actually choose you,” she blurted before forgetting her cool, calm, and confident aim.

“So you really thought you could violate me then run?”

“That was my plan, yes,” she said with a confidence she didn’t quite feel, especially as she was distracted by the thumb lightly stroking her wrist.

“And I didn’t even try to play hard to get. Guess you got lucky.”

“Or maybe you did,” she countered without thought, mortified as a blush warmed her cheeks at his responding grin.

He grinned, releasing her hand. “Tell me. Do you like to be dared?”

Her eyes widened at the loaded question. “I…I find a challenge hard to resist.”

“Damn good thing I’m a challenge.”

Beachwalk Press Buy Link

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Barnes and Noble

 I interviewed  Tracey Rogers on  my blog yesterday .  In case you missed it here’s her author bio:

TraceyRogerspic

 A devourer of books from an early age, I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn’t searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana’s books. I’m still in that world and refuse to leave.

I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around.

You can find me here: http://traceyrogers.wordpress.com/
On twitter: https://twitter.com/TraceRbookworm
Or email me at: traceyrogersaut@gmail.com

Or visit my author page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tracey-Rogers-Author/197643867052117

Tracey’s next novel is ‘Best Fake Day’ whose cover release was yesterday isn’t it great.

BestFakeDay_Medium

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5* Review of Animal Cracker Andi Brown

Animal Cracker


Animal Cracker captured my interest as an animal lover but with elements of humour, romance, mystery and crime it has a wide appeal.

Set in an animal rescue center the story is told through the eyes of Diane the newest member of staff. She is an animal lover, gifted with the idealism and naivety of the young. This ensures a story full of humour, poignancy and relevance.
The numerous characters are integral to the plot. The story focuses on fund-raising for the animal shelters, which throws up an eclectic range of individuals so beautifully crafted they are real. The mystery and tension in ‘Animal Cracker’ is cleverly written ensuring you keep reading.
Hal the animal shelter director is noteworthy. I hated him from his first appearance. This increased my empathy with Diane the heroine as she vows to discover the mysteries of her new workplace.
An easy read it is ideal for the journey to work or a lunch break treat.

‘I was gifted a Kindle copy of Animal Cracker’ by Andi Brown the author in exchange for an honest review.’

Animal Cracker by Andi Brown

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Animal Cracker

 

 

 

 

Andi Brown

Jane Hunt Writer First Steps

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Interview with Debut Author: Tracey Rogers

This is a first for me and my blog First Steps; an author interview.

I’m thrilled my friend and debut author Tracey Rogers agreed to this interview.TraceyRogerspic

Daring to Wish_Medium  I gave Tracey’s first book ‘Daring to Wish’ released last week, a 5* review.

  Hi Tracey welcome to First Steps.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today! So pleased to be sharing ‘Daring to Wish’ with you.

 What influenced your career choice as a writer?

 I never saw it as a career choice as such, more of a sanity saver. I’d had to quit work and studies because of health problems and I hated doing nothing. I had lots of thinking time so to be productive I saw it as an opportunity to explore my love of writing all over again.

What would you like your potential readers to know about Tracey Rogers?

Ooh is this where I pretend to live in a castle? Well my…ahem… ‘castle’ is in Staffordshire UK where I live with my husband and children. I love writing and I hope my words take readers on a journey.

What inspired you to write your debut novel ‘Daring to Wish’?

The inspiration really was one of those ‘what if’ moments. When I thought how life could have been so different by the smallest decision you make. So then came the idea of someone who has a blank canvas of a life and can make changes because they have nothing to lose. So then I had my heroine and an idea of how she could have some fun.

Where do you create your wonderful characters and stories?

Although I have a yearning for a writing tree house, I write at home on my comfy sofa.

What is your favourite time of day to write?

I write mostly in the mornings during school hours, but I am very much a night owl. I get most of my inspiration just before bedtime.

Tell us a little about ‘Daring to Wish’.

Daring to Wish is about a ‘before I’m thirty’ wish list penned by shy Eve Ward that soon becomes a daring for her eyes only list. She’s determined to make some much-needed changes in her life and when she meets a sexy stranger, perfect for one of those wishes, she starts to earn some much-needed ticks. But it seems too good to be true…Is it?

As a new author have you any tips for other new writers?

Keep reading and be inspired by other authors. It’s a wonderful motivator. And if you are undecided about sending a query or a sub, imagine the worst thing that could ever happen to you in your life and then click send. The worst thing won’t happen. Rejections sting, but they won’t break you. Keep looking for the right home and put into practise any valuable feedback you have. Keep reading, keep writing and have fun doing it.

Have you written any other books being released soon?

Yes! Best Fake Day releases in December.

Where can your readers connect with you on social media?

I love to chat, so feel free to join me here:

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest

Blog

Where can we buy ‘Daring to Wish’?

Daring to Wish is out now and is available at:

Beachwalk Press

Amazon Uk

Amazon.com

Barnes and Noble

 Thank you for having me on your blog Jane!

It’s a pleasure Tracey. Tomorrow I will have Eve Ward, the heroine from ‘Daring to Wish’ here answering my questions. Until then I will leave you with the blurb and a taster of ‘Daring to Wish’:

 ‘Daring to Wish’ BlurbDaring to Wish_Medium

What happens when you dare to wish?

In an effort to regain her independence and break out of her shell, shy Eve Ward writes a daring wish list of all the things she wants to do before her thirtieth birthday. It’s a good thing the list is for her eyes only, because some of the items are pretty risqué.

Adrenaline junkie Lucas Riley becomes Eve’s “victim” in a kiss-a-stranger dare, and she thinks he’s perfect for her one-night-with-a-stranger wish.

With Eve, Lucas thinks he’s found the distraction he needs before he has to say goodbye to his bad boy image. When he finds Eve’s sexy wish list, he can’t keep himself from giving into temptation and sneaking a peek, and wish number eight is impossible for him to resist. Being good can wait.

Eve is thrilled when, out of the blue, Lucas offers to take her skydiving. Her sexy stranger has helped her tick so many wishes off her secret list. Her confidence has grown and now she’s having fun both in and out of the bedroom. It seems too good to be true…is it? She can’t shake the niggling suspicion that something’s not quite right.

Content Warning: contains dizzying heights and sensual sex

Genre(s): Contemporary Romance

Beachwalk Press Buy Link

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Barnes and Noble

‘Daring to Wish’ Excerpt

Daring to Wish_Medium

“Wait.”

Eve froze mid-turn, halted by his husky command and the tingle radiating from his hand lightly grasping her wrist. She met his gaze and realized how wrong she’d been. He was a million miles away from being uncomplicated. The startling blue of his eyes revealed depths Eve could only imagine drowning in.

“Did you say…nice?” He leaned closer. “I would say that was a lot better than nice. I’m sure if we tried again we could manage spectacular. Don’t you agree?” he drawled.

Maybe nice had been the wrong word to choose Eve relented as she noted his husky tone. It was infinitely better than nice. Try amazing! Her breath hitched as she thought of his kiss again. Knowing he enjoyed it too sent a surge of pleasure through her that settled deep within her belly. Obviously she could do some things right.

If she intended to fulfill her wishes she was going to have to find some confidence from somewhere—and fast! At the moment her confidence seemed to be firmly in the area of her knickers.

Running and hiding now seemed out of the question. Maybe confidence practice would be the lesser of two evils? She paused before turning to face Mr. Hotness for confidence lesson one.

“Hmm…” She pretended to consider. “Maybe you’re right. However, as this was a dare I’m afraid it was a one time opportunity,” she added with mock apology. “So I guess we’ll never know.”

“You kissed me for a dare?” His brow arched.

Eve nodded. “Uh-huh. My dare was to kiss a stranger.”

“A dare, huh? I feel so…so violated.” He clutched his free hand to his chest in feigned hurt, although his eyes brimmed with humor and a smile tugged at the corner of his delicious mouth.

“Don’t be offended. I did actually choose you,” she blurted before forgetting her cool, calm, and confident aim.

“So you really thought you could violate me then run?”

“That was my plan, yes,” she said with a confidence she didn’t quite feel, especially as she was distracted by the thumb lightly stroking her wrist.

“And I didn’t even try to play hard to get. Guess you got lucky.”

“Or maybe you did,” she countered without thought, mortified as a blush warmed her cheeks at his responding grin.

He grinned, releasing her hand. “Tell me. Do you like to be dared?”

Her eyes widened at the loaded question. “I…I find a challenge hard to resist.”

“Damn good thing I’m a challenge.”

Tracey Rogers BioTraceyRogerspic

A devourer of books from an early age, I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn’t searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana’s books. I’m still in that world and refuse to leave.

I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around.

You can find me here: http://traceyrogers.wordpress.com/
On twitter: https://twitter.com/TraceRbookworm
Or email me at: traceyrogersaut@gmail.com

Or visit my author page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tracey-Rogers-Author/197643867052117

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This Week’s Blog Posts

This week is a mixture of interviews and book reviews with a writing journey update. 🙂

Tuesday – Interview with: Debut author Tracey Rogers. I reviewed ‘Daring to Wish’ from Beachwalk Press last week.

Wednesday – Interview with: Eve Ward the charismatic heroine from ‘Daring to Wish’.

Thursday – Writing Journey Post

Friday –  Review of : ‘The Cowboy Rode a Harley’ an erotic western romance by Susan Arden.

Saturday  – Review of: ‘Glittering Fortunes’ Victoria Fox from Harlequin UK (Mira)

Sunday –  Review of: ‘Mystique Rogue’ Diane Taylor a paranormal mystery from Crimson Frost Books

Monday – Review of: ‘The Outlaw of Cedar Ridge’ – Lori Connelly a historical romance from Harper Impulse