#BookPromo – A War of Hearts Series (Books 1 & 2) by Karen Lynn

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About the Books

Intro to the Series:

Love triangles and obsession?  Nobody consciously seeks them. Who wants the trouble, heartache and danger? Kristen, the conflicted heroine in this series certainly doesn’t. But she gets more than her fair share of it. To truly understand her, you have to open yourself to the experience of deep, all-consuming love. With Kristen and Jake, it happens out of the blue and is almost instantaneous. Quite the opposite occurs with Logan, where the bond takes years to build and is very difficult to sever.

If it is possible to love too deeply, Kristen is guilty. Then again, so are Jake and Logan. None of them set out intending to hurt anybody, least of all themselves. Except, possibly Logan, but I’ll let you be the judge of that.  You will find many parts of A War of Hearts and A Sea of Smoke, open to interpretation. After all, life and human behavior are very unpredictable.

THE RIVETING, NEW DARK ROMANTIC SUSPENSE SERIES

ENTER THE DARK, TWISTED, WORLD OF ALL CONSUMING OBSESSIVE LOVE!

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Three broken lives collide in these emotional page-turners. Kristen, torn between burning love for two men. Jake, battling seething rage tearing him apart inside. Logan, running with his demons and sinking deeper into depravity. Both so obsessed they will do anything to have her, even kill. When love is an addiction, some bonds can never be broken. And there is no going back!


A War of Hearts: A Dark Romance (A War of Hearts Book 1)

What happens when passion erupts into dark obsession?
They’re about to find out the hard way.

Logan is poison and Kristen knows it.
She’s developed a hatred for the increasingly risqué lifestyle he is addicted to. His lust for deviant sex, women, and drugs threatens to destroy her world. Yet every time she tells herself it’s over, his seductive powers draw her back.

That is until she meets Jake.
Together their worlds are rattled by a love so powerful it promises to change their lives forever.

Unless the manipulative, self-destructive Logan has his way.
As he struggles to preserve his crumbling sanity, his determination to keep Kristen at all costs spirals out of control.

While Jake will die for Kristen…
Logan is ready to kill for her.

Lose yourself in this dark, passionate and deeply emotional tale of toxic love, obsession, revenge and murder.


Genres: Dark Romance, Suspense, Psychological, Multicultural & Interracial

To Purchase: Amazon (Free on KindleUnlimited)

5 STARS Reviews:

AMAZING!! This book had me hooked from the start!

Amazing characters, gritty and full of suspense with romance and a love triangle thrown into the mix…Loved, loved, loved this book. What a fantastic debut Karen Lynn. I am captivated. This book hit me hard and got into my soul like no other book.  Such creativity and very relatable.” – Elizabeth

“I loved this book. Great relatable characters and a seemless storyline. If you are looking to get sucked into a book and feel it then this is the book you are looking for!” – Rachel T


A Sea of Smoke: A Dark Romance (A War of Hearts Book 2)

Kristen wears a smile for survival. 
Her nights are spent dreaming of Jake, the lover she left behind. 
Her days are spent living a nightmare with Logan, who is still unsatisfied in victory.

Jake does not have the comfort of pleasant dreams.
Shallow gratifications fail to quiet his raging mind.
Haunted by his lover’s disappearance and his best friend’s murder, he grows obsessed.

With so much on the line, Kristen plays the game and bends to Logan’s will despite the pain it brings her.

With nothing left to lose, Jake lives on the edge. Consumed by emptiness, he will never rest until he finds the woman he loves. And hurts the man who shattered his world.

The tables have turned, the stakes at an all-time high.  Now, it is just a matter of time before the fine line between love and hate is crossed.

An unforgettable and gripping dark romantic suspense tale that will leave you on the edge of your seat.


Genres: Dark Romance, Suspense, Psychological, Multicultural & Interracial

To Purchase: Amazon (Free on KindleUnlimited)

5 STARS Review:

“Omg, the turmoil in this book between these characters, are crazy.

A Sea of Smoke starts a few months later from book one’s ending. Logan and Kristen’s relationship is dysfunctional. Jake’s in despair about what he thinks happened between him and Kristen. The character’s bond and chemistry is beyond amazing. The situations that goes on in this book is really intense. Kept me on pins and needles.. also on edge. It has some surprising, and unexpected twists. I love ASOS and can’t wait for the next one.” – Frances


Coming Soon:

This twisted, emotional roller coaster ride is not over yet!

Watch for Book 3 – Turn to Dust!


About the Author

IMG_8999Karen Lynn, a native New Yorker, has always loved writing poetry and short stories with intense characters struggling to find love and survive in a troubled world. After years of working in the legal field, Karen moved with her son to Oregon. Inspired by the rain and Portland’s creative culture, Karen has been able to follow her dream of writing novels.

Why do I love writing dark romantic suspense? Powerful emotion and extremely complex, intense characters excite me. I write what I love to read, and stories with highly charged emotions, passion and tension are what I thrive on. That’s why I created broken, imperfect characters in a constant struggle to find and hold onto love without succumbing to the darkness that threatens them. When I write I lose myself in the characters and their fractured worlds. It is a lonely process, but a necessary one because if it is not real to me, it won’t be to my readers either. Every main character deals with some form of mental and emotional turmoil, irrational, compulsive behavior and spiraling out of control obsessive needs. Oh, how we adore those deliciously dark, destructive secrets and fantasies we are afraid or reluctant to share. In dark romance, we get it all. But there’s a lot more involved here.”  

You can find Karen on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Website

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The Aftermath of Your Betrayal — Poetry

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The Aftermath of Your Betrayal

Cupid has judged me
Found me unworthy–
not enough, again

So I bind these breasts
this clitoris and vagina
tight-fisted in steel

Unbreakable
Impenetrable

No one shall pleasure me now
Not even myself

© 2018 Lori Carlson. All Rights Reserved.

#KindleSale – I Can Kill by Angela Kay

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Good News, fellow readers! Angela Kay’s Serial Killer Thriller I Can Kill is on sale on Amazon Kindle for $0.99 from April 25 thru April 29th. This is your chance to get this amazing novel at a discounted price – you save $4.00!  (Note: If you click the link below and the price hasn’t changed, please check back later. Thanks!)

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Other Novels by Angela Kay

The Murder of Manny Grimes (Jim DeLong Mysteries Book 1)

Blood Runs Cold (Jim DeLong Mysteries Book 2)


About the Author

Author PhotoEquipped with a professional writing degree from Augusta State University, Angela Kay always had the imagination and passion of a writer. She has written many, many short stories in her lifetime, most of which won’t ever see the light of day!

During college, her playwright professor had urged her to submit her one-act play to a 2009 playwright contest. To her shock and glory, she was one of 23 across the United States to win for her one-act entitled “Digging Deeper.” Because of this, she was able to spend a week in Atlanta at the Horizon Theater Company.

She’d begun writing her first novel, The Murder of Manny Grimes in 2009 during a Creative Writing college course. The first draft was well-received by her peers and professor. After seven years of writing and re-writing, the final draft of Manny Grimes became so unrecognizable and so different from the direction she initially went in. Finally, finding the nerves to show it to the public, Angela published it in 2016 with ThomasMax Publishing. A year later, she followed it up with a second book, Blood Runs Cold.

Realizing how difficult it is to break into the whole writing scheme, Angela began a blog to help other authors, many of which deserve glory. Between her busy life and keeping up with her writing, she enjoys reading and reviewing books written by both traditional authors and independent authors.

Angela draws her inspiration from international bestselling author, Steven James, as well as Agatha Christie and James Patterson.

Aside from writing, Angela enjoys watching TV and movies. Her favorite entertainers include James Stewart, Bing Crosby, Paul Newman, Mark Wahlberg, Bryan Adams, and Jeremy Camp.

Angela lives in Augusta, Georgia with her crazy calico, Maggie.

To Contact Angela Kay: Website | Website Contact Email | Email

Upcoming Poetry Contest Deadlines!

It’s Poetry month and as such, Poets & Writers has some poetry contest deadlines for you to check out. Have a peek here. Everything from single poems, groups of poems, short fiction, flash fiction, and even one press looking for a second book of poems by African American poets. Check it out! Grand prizes for all of these is $1000 and publication! There are entry fees ranging from $3 to $20.

#BookReview – Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga, #1) by Orson Scott Card is a military-based science fiction novel. It is the story of a child, known as Ender, a third, in a family of brilliant children. Ender is selected to military school after years of being monitored, just as his brother Peter and his sister Valentine had been before him. He is chosen because unlike Peter, he can kill, but doesn’t want to kill. He is chosen because unlike Valentine, he has compassion, but can make the hard choices. He is Earth’s greatest hope against the Buggers. Earth has already fought two wars against the Buggers, barely defeating them both times. A third war is coming. The Buggers learn quickly from their mistakes because they have a hive-mind. In order to defeat them, completely and for all time, the IF needs someone who can think and act like the Buggers. They’ve chosen Ender, but can he live up to their expectations?

Ender is brilliant. He thinks quickly and methodically. He understands strategy, he understands that in order to win, sometimes you have to break the rules and he is willing to do so. During his time at the military school, Ender is deliberately isolated from his school mates by Colonel Graff. Slowly though, he begins to earn friends and establishes himself as a military genius. By the time he enters command school, Ender is nearly broken. He’s tired of games, tired of the rules changing, tired of defending himself against those who wish to do him harm for his brilliance.

Back on Earth, his brother Peter and his sister Valentine have become famous as Locke and Demosthenes, respectively, who argue about political matters on the Webs. Peter has taken the more benevolent stance, gaining respect as a humanitarian. Valentine takes the more rebellious stance, but gains recognition far quicker than Peter. It is obvious that Peter’s intent is to some day take over the world, something not lost on Valentine who knows how sinister her brother can be.

With a visit from Valentine, Ender decides to go on to Command School and command. He discovers that all who are now under him are those friends he made at school. He is now trained by Mazar Rackham, the victor of the second war against the Buggers. It is now that Ender learns to think like the Buggers and discovers how to defeat them. As he prepares for his final exam at Command School, can Ender make the hard choice? Will he make it?

The novel ends with an introduction of sorts into the second book in the series, Speaker for the Dead. Ender carries a special parcel that he will some day deliver to a special place. He tells the story of the Hive Queen and speaks of her life and death. He publishes the story anonymously and it becomes a religion of sorts. It is a wonderful introduction to more of Ender’s world.

Of all the science fiction books I have read, Ender’s Game is the one I come back to again and again. I’ve read it at least a dozen times, but this is the first time I have listened to it as an audiobook. If you want the full experience of Orson Scott Card’s story, I highly recommend that you listen to it. The emotions I felt listening to it where much much more intense than when I read it.

This is a book that I would recommend to anyone who loves science fiction, military fiction, and it is even appropriate for teenagers. I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone under ten years of age because there is some violence in the book.

I’ve tried not to give any spoilers in this review, so hopefully you will still get the full benefit of the story when you read it yourself.

Rating: 5 stars

Genre: Science Fiction, Military Science Fiction

Where to Purchase: Amazon Kindle | Paperback , Audible

#BookReview – In Between by M.A. Fernandez

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In Between by M.A. Fernandez, a new adult romance. tells the story of a love triangle between Rachel, her fiance Ethan and Tom, a new lawyer at the firm where Rachel works. Rachel’s life seems to be on track. She has a great job and a fiance that she loves – although he is absent a lot due to his job. And then charismatic Tom enters the picture. Rachel is immediately drawn to him, but feels guilty every time she is around him because of Ethan. And yet, she cannot help herself from being drawn into Tom’s seductive web.

Fernandez weaves an intricate story of love, seduction, choices, and how one deals with the choices one has made. It is a story of hope, forgiveness, and redemption. With Rachel, Fernandez has created a character who is real and complicated. She is torn between her faith as an Adventist and her desire to be free to do as she wishes. Torn between her fiance and the world they can build together and her desire for unbridled passion. Rachel represents the woman of today. Women who want it all – the job, the family, and passion.

I would give this novel a five star except for two reasons:
1) it needed a bit more editing – there are some grammar mistakes that should have been easy to spot, but only a few minor ones, nothing that would detract from the story as a whole.
2) Ethan’s POV – I am not sure why Fernandez switched POVs in the story by introducing Ethan’s thoughts. The story was fine without them. It is Rachel’s story, after all. Still, this is but a minor distraction, although a distraction.

Rating – 4.5 stars

Genre: New Adult Romance

Where to Purchase: Amazon

Note: I was given a free copy of this novel for an honest and fair review.