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5 Stars for Which Way is Witch by Kejsi Miller #FF

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Title: Which Way is Witch
Author Name: Kejsi Miller
Publication Date & Length: November 22, 2014 – 143pgs

Synopsis

What if you were to find out after 18 years that you’re adopted? What if your best friend of practically your whole life isn’t who either of you thought she was? And maybe to top it all off, it just so happens that you find out you’re a witch…SURPRISE!
Meet Drina… A girl whose world flips off its axis one night and seems like it will never spin in the right direction again. She gets picked up and thrown into a world where witches, shape- shifters, and Inccu-freaks roam free. She’ll need the help of a little fox, her best friend, and the power within herself to find out… Which Way Is Witch.

Review

FiveStars

This is a great fast read. I love all the twist and turns this book takes! Some you can see coming where others you never expect.
The effects everyone have on each other are perfect the way they all equal out each other and come together.
This book is very well written and I look forward to reading more from Kejsi Miller!

Amber

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I’ve been writing since I was young. I remember writing a series of stories when I was 7 or 8 about a girl and a ghost called “Jackie & Spookie.” Ever since it was always a hobby just for me. It wasn’t until I was about 16 that I found out there was more to it then I ever thought. Ten years later I was ready to share with the world. Here comes my first novel “Coming Out”, about a world where the roles are flipped and a girl must come out to her family as straight in a world where everyone is gay. They ship her off to a cleansing center believing it will gay her back up, but boy are they wrong. She goes on an adventure to find herself and finds friends she never thought she’d have along the way.

My next novel was one I had been working on since I was 16, “Which Way Is Witch?” Completely different than “Coming Out”, this takes on a paranormal twist throwing the main character in a world she never expected. Her and her best friend find out things are never as they seem and family and friendship are more important than they even realize.

My writing style may not be perfect, but I try to bring laughter and smiles to every one of my readers. Whether it be paranormal, romance, or a coming of age, I hope you will come on this journey with me. Writing may be my second love (Music will always be my first), but I always put a piece of me in everything I produce. And just so there is no gasps of shock, there most likely will always be a LGBQ message or characters in my stories.

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TWO 4 Star Reviews for Sandcastles by Suzie Carr – #FF #Health #Literary @girl_novelist

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Title: Sandcastles
Author Name: Suzie Carr
Publication Date & Length: January 28, 2015 – 235pgs

Synopsis

Lia is smart, successful, and best friends with Dean, a gay man who is just as neurotic as she. Life is smooth and flowing, unmarked by much more than a little family jealousy here and there, until she runs into Willow, an exciting enigma from her past.

Willow, a psychic, receives a sense that something is off kilter surrounding Lia. Should she tell her, even though Lia, the person she’s never been able to stop thinking about since childhood, might run the other way? It’s a risk she decides to take, and Lia’s curiosity surprises her.

As truths about life, love and uncertainties are unearthed, Lia and Willow, along with Dean, learn to seek strength from unexpected places and people. Along their journeys, the three learn what a struggle it is to maintain their sandcastles as they embrace the parts of their lives that really matter.

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FourStars

This was a long read, but worth it. I love Suzie Carr’s writing style. For anyone who likes a lot of plot with a side of romance, this fits the bill nicely. There are a few great scenes between Lia and Willow, enough to satisfy but not so much they overshadow the storyline. The steamy-but-not-graphic sex was perfect for my preference.

I enjoyed the characters, but Dean was by far my favorite. I thought he was a good balance for the story. Lia was the textbook definition of stressed workaholic, and Willow was a bit much sometimes on her end, too, so it was good to have something in between.

My only hesitation (and why I can’t give it 5 stars) was that Willow and Yvonne came across as somewhat judgmental and like they had an agenda for the reader. There was also a bit of body-, health-, and fat-shaming (for example, Lia assuming a plump boy was running to get ice cream, or the character running a wellness session on the “causes” of obesity). I wasn’t fond of the part where a couple of the characters seemed to be saying people cause their own illnesses and that emotions other than peaceful/happy are bad. I think those elements could be triggering for some people.

Otherwise, it was an enjoyable read. I’ve been a fan of Suzie Carr for a while, so my concerns with this story will in no way keep me from reading her work and recommending it to others.

Amy

FourStars

Its not exactly a page turner in my opinion but it is a good book full of life lessons that everyone should take to heart. Its a easy read and full of love,happiness and pain just like life.
It is very inspirational and just the right mix of deep and humor. It will have you laughing while thinking how true, and good of a point it is. I also like that it shows the importance of being open minded, how you hurt truly great people by being small minded. This book is a eye opener and we’ll written.

Amber

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Suzie Carr is a prolific novelist, publishing company owner, philanthropist and avid blogger. Occasionally she sleeps, but not often.

Whether it’s writing about women in love, inspiring new authors, advocating for lgbt equality and animal welfare or blogging about community awareness, positive living, taking action and inspiration… Suzie remains passionate in her beliefs!

She believes in the power of community and fostering a welcoming place where everyone feels connected and their voices are equal, valued and appreciated. Bullying, bigotry and inequality are not welcome… but curves always are.

Suzie’s love for the written word started back when she was a child. She enjoyed visiting the library every Saturday to spend hours reading. Books quickly became a constant companion to her and remained as such throughout her childhood.

Always in the creative mindset, she dreamed of a life where she would work by day and write books by night.

Unfortunately, twelve hour work days left her no time or energy for learning how to craft a novel. So, off to college she went to pursue her passion for writing.

College fed her hunger for the written word and Suzie devoured anything and everything written on the subject of novel writing while pursuing her degree in communications at Rhode Island College.

Soon after graduating, The Fiche Room, a coming-of-age novel about two women falling in love, was born. Over the years The Fiche Room grew from its humble e-book origins to an Amazon Kindle best seller receiving glowing reviews and recently giving rise to its adaptation, The Curve, a short film currently in production.

With six bestsellers on Amazon Kindle in the lesbian romance and lesbian fiction genres, Suzie continues to write about the beauty of women falling in love with each other to the rave reviews of her growing fans, loyal followers and fellow authors.

Suzie Carr believes strongly in giving back to the community. She donates a portion of book sale proceeds to the Hearts United for Animals and NOH8 Campaign.

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3.5 Stars for Loving Anna by Autumn Breeze – #FF @autumnbre33z3

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Title: Loving Anna
Author Name: Autumn Breeze
Publication Date & Length: October 31, 2014 – 198 pgs

Synopsis

Amelia Kurt was different. And she knew it. That didn’t stop her from loving her best friend, Annabelle Johnson. They spent an entire summer making love, and growing into what was promising to be the only relationship either ever knew.

Then, one day, the unexpected happens. Anna disappears. No reason, no forwarding address, no number. She was simply gone.

Eleven years later, Anna returns. Her truth is heartbreaking but it’s only the beginning of their journey to recovery.

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ThreeandHalfStars

Amy Kurt attends a teacher conference and gets the surprise of a lifetime there.  The girl who broke her heart 11 years ago (Annabelle Johnson,aka Anna) has appeared and wants to make amends.  However, Amy is not that fast to forgive and forget.  She hails and cab and rushes to her hotel.  Anna chases after her and follows her to her room.  Amy notices that Anna looks sickly.   What follows is a flashback to what happens 11 years ago.  I liked that the flashback helped fill in the holes of the story.

Unfortunately, this story is riddled with typos. I was left wondering if this book was edited.

I was wondering why the boy that Amy’s mom wanted her to marry, that Amy had no interest in, appears after the flashback with his husband.  There was no inkling in the flashback that he might be gay.

There are many ups and downs for Amy and Anna, but they get through them.  I was glad to see that their love prevailed.

It was a good story, but it needed a better editor.

Angela

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In October 1991 Autumn Breeze was born at 11P.M in Clarksville, Tennessee where she grew up in a large family consisting of two brothers, one sister, dozens of cousins, a couple of dogs, multiple cats, and just as many chickens.

In May 2008 she moved to Mississippi with her husband and had a son in November of the same year. She is also the owner of a hyper active dog with a bad habit of chewing on everything including but not limited to shoes, dishes, clothes, feet and hands.

Writing has always been a passion of hers. As far back as she can remember, she has been writing. Paper and pen or laptop and keyboard, she is at home with both.

LOVING ANNA is her first published work.

She is currently working on her second book, GRIM LIFE.

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4 Stars for Desire in Any Language (Masters of the Castle #4.2) by Anastasia Vitsky – #FF #BDSM #Erotic @AnastasiaVitsky

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Title: Desire in Any Language (Masters of the Castle #4.2)
Author Name: Anastasia Vitsky
Publication Date & Length: January 18, 2013 – 70pgs

Synopsis

Mira thought she wanted a spanking. What she got was love.

On her own for the first time, Mira is studying abroad for her translator’s certificate. Unfortunately, the heady excitement of dance clubs, late-night parties, and endless shopping quickly distracts her from her educational goals. Mira’s advisor offers her private tutoring, but the combined pressures of culture and language difference threaten Mira’s progress at school. She is unable to get her act together until she makes a discovery that horrifies and tantalizes her: in her new country, corporal punishment is a way of life. The secret to her academic success just might also fulfill her wildest, unspoken dreams.

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FourStars

This was a very well-written short story/novella. Its genre is a bit hard to place because it’s certainly not a romance or erotic piece. It’s a coming of age, a coming into being, a finding authenticity of one’s self piece. The story flowed nicely and well; however, at the end I was left unsatisfied. There wasn’t much a conclusion and it left me with an odd sense of why did I even just read this? I’m really not sure why, but the lack of conclusion left me on uneven ground.

I loved the details to language in this piece. Anyone who has studied a foreign language in any depth can relate. There is detail here that helps carry the piece along in other areas. The characters are fully formed and definitely relatable. I found Mira’s true to life issues (excluding Mistress Susan) to be very realistic. As for Mistress Susan, it’s not that I found it unrealistic, I found the reactions after the fact unrealistic and unexplored when I think they should have been explored to some extent.

AJ

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I am a multi-published author of F/F DD fiction, an active blogger, and a coordinator of various events to bring together writing, reading, and kink communities. Look for events such as Christmas in July, Advent Calendar, and Spankee Doodle Dandy.

My current releases include The Vengeance of Mrs. Claus (12/8/12), Desire in Any Language (1/18/13), and Editorial Board (3/2/13) from Blushing Books.

My newest release, The Way Home (Kat and Natalie, Volume One), came out 3/6/2013 and reached #31 on Amazon’s Top 100 list for F/F fiction.

I love to hear from readers!

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5 Stars for Come to My Window by Mia Kerick – #Lesbian #FF #YoungAdult #GenderIdentity

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Title: Come to My Window
Author Name: Mia Kerick
Publication Date & Length: January 15, 2015 – 182pgs

Synopsis

Justine Laraby and Kemina Lopez are intimate acquaintances yet they have never exchanged so much as a single word. For months, high school senior Justine, and famed model, “Kemina, the Baby Vixen” of Nightingale Lingerie, have been peering at each other across a narrow alley between brownstones in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This mutual observation soon turns into the exchange of handwritten messages on signs they hold up whenever they come to their bedroom windows. Via this “sign language,” a friendship grows, and Justine learns that Kemina is, like her, a high school senior, but with a controlling mother and a modeling career that requires her to maintain an unnaturally thin physique. And through the window, she also witnesses her new friend exercising fanatically, hoarding food, and being physically and emotionally abused by her ambitious mother.

Window messages evolve into clandestine meetings and soon a tentative romance blooms. But Justine must come to terms with her own “mommy issues,” as well as accept her gender identity and sexual orientation, before she can provide Kemina with the support she needs to survive a family life that resembles a ruthless business transaction.

Will Justine be strong enough to throw open the window so Kemina can escape society’s suffocating expectations?

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FiveStars

This is a terrific book. I couldn’t put it down, and I didn’t want it to end. Both the narrator, Justine, and the other main character, Kemina, are complex, interesting girls. The pleasure is in watching them unfold through the story.

Justine is a great narrator–honest, sometimes brutally so, but likable nonetheless. From putting her father’s girlfriend in her place to admitting her own struggles, she tells it like it is. I loved her interactions with her world. She’s the kind of person girls can admire for her ability to withstand whatever is thrown at her.

I loved the theme of perfection woven into the story and how every character struggles with it in different ways. There is definitely a pretty clear black-and-white line between the truly evil characters and everyone else, but there are also a lot of shades of gray. There’s also an undertone of hope and forgiveness in the side plot about Justine’s mother and her ongoing battle with addiction.

Someday, I hope to share this book with my own daughter. It’s a good one for parents of girls to read and talk about, especially with regard to body image, perfection, and what it means to be beautiful.

5 stars

Amy

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But it’s not until the screen fills with the image of this baby seal,
all white and fluffy with dark vulnerable eyes that we both gasp a
little bit and then turn to look at each other. I can feel her breath on
my lips and my nose is nearly touching hers, and, well, I don’t know
about Kemina, but I’m all kinds of spellbound by this moment. She
reaches up and touches my jaw, just below my ear, with this soft
brush of her fingertips, and I have no choice but to lean down and
kiss her. Not that I was looking too hard for another option. Cuz I
wasn’t.
I kind of thought that my first kiss would be like an electric
shock or the sharp poke of cupid’s dart or fireworks exploding in a
dark night sky, but it’s not like any of those things. The way it feels
when my lips touch Kemina’s is soft and gentle and tender. It’s a
yielding of her mouth to mine, and then mine to hers. It’s an intimate
moment that’s breathy and warm and sweet and just ours.
“Ummmm….” She lets out this sound that makes me think of
how it feels to sink into a hot bath after a long afternoon of ice
skating in frigid temperatures. “That was my first real kiss.”
“Real kiss?” I ask. Our lips are only about an inch apart. I have
a strong feeling that her second real kiss is only a moment away.

AuthorBio

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

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TWO 4.5 Stars for Dead Shot by Erk Shubach – #FF #Military @erikschubach

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Title: Dead Shot (Music of The Soul #13)
Author Name: Erik Schubach
Publication Date & Length: December 18, 2014 – 143pgs

Synopsis

McKenzie is a soldier and her girlfriend, Katie, is a contractor with the United Nations peacekeeping force. McKenzie’s squad has named her Dead Shot for her uncanny ability with weapons.

When her unit is ambushed, will her skills be enough?

This is set in the same world as Music of the Soul but is a standalone book.

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FourandHalfStars

Kenzi is my favorite kind of hero. She is not only one of the best she is humble about it. I love that she doesn’t care if someone insults her, as long as they don’t insult her country. Her whit and personality make her easy to fall in love with.
I like Katie because of her compassion. She is also a hero in her own right only behind the scenes. I love that she is willing to bend the rules when she thinks it will help.
This is a great read especially if you enjoy military/action books with a touch of romance and a lot of loyalty. Their loyalty to there country as well as each other is truly amazing. I was drawn in from the first paragraph, and the twist and turns from heartbreaking to happy makes it a page turner you won’t want to put down.

Amber

FourandHalfStars

There are typos in this book but not so glaring that it took away from the experience of reading this stand-alone book in the Music of the Soul world.

I really liked the lead characters, McKenzie and Katie. I did not have any backstory on these characters but the flashbacks filled in the blanks. I do plan on reading the other books in the series as I really did enjoy this book.

Schubach used his vivid imagination to get McKenzie and Katie together. McKenzie had never seen Katie, only heard her voice and known her as Valkyrie One. She is the one that would help her team see hostiles before they saw them and had done so for 5 years. McKenzie hears her when she is in a bar. And, of course, it is love at first sight.

I have never been in a combat situation, however, when I read about McKenzie and her team dealing with hostiles, I could get a sense of how a situation like that might unfold and a death toll could stack up.

I could feel McKenzie’s heartache as she felt she let down the members of her squad when some of them were gunned down. They were in a sense part of her family. It was clear the way she was felt about them and they felt the same about her.

Despite the typos, Schubach will draw you quickly into the world of McKenzie and her team and Katie.  Not to mention, will make you cry!

Angela

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5 and 3 Stars for Twisted Lives by Ali Spooner – #FF #Romance #Standalone

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Title: Twisted Lives
Author Name: Ali Spooner
Publication Date & Length: September 14, 2014 – 230 pgs

Synopsis

A twist of fate leaves Bet and her daughter Kylie stranded at the entrance of the home of Alex Graves, as she flees the control of an abusive husband.
When custom–homebuilder Alex arrives to find steam boiling from Bet’s car and a beautiful child asleep in the passenger seat, her heart goes out to them.
Alex offers shelter to the pair setting off a chain of events that bring both mother and daughter close to her heart and danger to her door.
A heartwarming story of true love that will keep you smiling long after you’ve finished the book.

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FiveStars

I love Bet because despite having been in a bad, abusive relationship, she had not given up on love or people. She is determined to give her daughter a better life full of love and happiness.
I love Alex because she gets an idea of what she wants and goes for it. And she seems to always find the good in situations.
This is a great book that will take you on a emotional roller coaster. It will draw you in from the moment you start reading and have you laughing and crying.
I couldn’t help but fall in love with this book. From the small town setting, where everyone pulls together when there is trouble. To the boss lady with a heart of gold, and a soft spot for kids and animals.

Amber

ThreeStar

The book started out believable with a woman, Alex, who is described as a tough boss who owns her own business.  I was even fine with the woman, Bet, and her daughter running away from an abusive relationship with her husband and her car breaking down near Alex’s house.

What was not believable to me was the whirl wind romance between the women that happened in a matter of days.  Then the daughter begins calling Alex’s house her home.  It seemed too fairy tale like for me.

Then there is the looming figure of the abusive spouse who finds Bet and his daughter and wants to bring them home to him where they “belong”.  That added an interesting twist to the story and was one I was not expecting.

If you are looking for a love-at-first sight story, this is for you.

Angela

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I am a native Floridian who is temporarily (I hope) displaced in Memphis, TN. for work purposes, however I hope to make it home to a partner of 17 years and our family as quickly as I can. I enjoy photography as a hobby along with spinning a good tale.

I am American by birth and Southern by the Grace of God. LOL I enjoy writing about the south and creating characters and events that I hope my readers enjoy as much as I have in creating them.

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