Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Reaching for the Light

Hello everyone!
I wanted to tell you about an upcoming publication that I am excited about. T.L. Katt and I have joined forces to bring you a book dedicated to mental health awareness. We each contributed a short story for Reaching for the Light, an e-book whose proceeds will be donated to NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness. As a person who deals with depression and anxiety on a daily basis, this is a cause that is near and dear to my heart.
Here is the book summary:

Mental Illness affects people in all walks of life, all countries and all nationalities. It does not discriminate. Those affected are friends, family members and you. The proceeds of this book will be donated to NAMI. If you’d like to know more about NAMI please visit their website. Authors Marie Krepps and TL Katt have opened their minds and imaginations to assist in mental health awareness, something they both feel passionately about. Follow their characters as they reach for their light.

High Heels & Ice Cream by Marie Krepps
Brianna suffers from depression and anxiety, but she won’t let it stop her from moving in with the chatty and attractive Carla. When her attraction to her roommate becomes something more, Brianna has to decide if she will let her inner demons win and run away as usual, or face her fears and admit her true feelings.

Bloom by TL Katt
At the hands of Jen’s husband, the man who should love her unconditionally, she suffers one nightmare after another. His bombardment of mental abuse leaves her a shell of a human and her mind unable to let go of the terror, she relives it again and again. Jen’s actions become more impulsive and dangerous.
Can she reach the light and find solace to begin her coping journey from PTSD?

Reaching for the Light comes out April 28th and is available for pre-order on Amazon here, but it will be available in other formats on sites like B&N and Kobo in the future. We will be having an awesome Facebook event to celebrate the book's release so stop by, play some games, and discover a new-to-you indie author. Please support our Thunderclap to help get the word out about this book that supports a cause we can all get behind, mental health awareness!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

March Reads & Reviews

Hello fellow book-a-holics! Last month was pretty busy, but I still managed to read a good many indie books. Who doesn't love indie authors? Here is what I thought of them.

Siren Slave
by Aurora Styles

Rating: 5 Stars

Do not judge this book by its "typical romance" cover! This story has a goofy princess who loves alliteration, an OCD pirate into BDSM, a lusty sea witch who has a potion for everything (including manly problems), a fey "god" who loves bloodshed and wears a loincloth, a villain who dresses in drag and has a bit too much affection for livestock, mermaids, unicorns, and more. This magical adventure is a non-stop laugh fest with a dash of romance and politics thrown in for good measure. I highly recommend getting swept away on this voyage.

Kissing the Rain
by Jen Winters

Rating: 4 Stars

A nice, short prequel to Kissing Demons told from Alex's point of view. We see his constant struggle with the two forces warring within him and feel his fear about his father's call. I enjoyed getting in this character's head and hope to read more from this author soon!

Souls of the Reaper
by Markie Madden

Rating: 4 Stars

This book was hard to put down! I enjoyed the first book in the series and the second one is even better. Though there were many instances of repetitiveness when it came to Lacey's past, I could overlook it because of the intriguing story. The characters were well developed and the pace perfect. A great read!

Something Borrowed
by Kimberly Kincaid

Rating: 5 Stars

This story had me laughing and falling in love with the characters from page one. I love a book that draws me in so completely in just a few paragraphs. I definitely recommend this one if you want a short, sexy, but sweet read.

by Sylvie Nathan

Rating: 3 Stars

This was a nice little story about a girl who realizes that she is a lesbian. The realization came on rather quickly but was well done. However, I would have liked the characters fleshed out a bit more so I could truly relate to their struggles. Overall, an okay read.

Up in Flames
by Shyla Colt

Rating: 4 Stars

A sweet, short story with a happy ending. It was enjoyable, but I would have loved more. A chance to delve more into the character's lives before the crash would have been great.

Roommate Menage
by Harmonie St. James

Rating: 4 Stars

If you are looking for a short, sexy ride that will leave you hot and bothered, this is it. An unexpected event finds Chad invited into a threesome with his roommate and his roommate's hot girlfriend. Is this a one time deal? Will things be weird afterwards? You have to read to find out!

Looking Into the Abyss
by Various Authors

Rating: 4 Stars

An interesting collection of varying short stories. Each author brought their own unique style and I enjoyed discovering a few new authors.
My favorite stories would have to be "The Elephant" and "Bad Cadet".
A great read for a wonderful cause!

That wraps up last month's reads and reviews. Stay tuned for exciting news coming this month and happy reading!