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Chasing Casey

 

Chasing Casey 
Author: Jane Anthony
Release Date: January 16, 2017

 

 

~AJ~
Casey Grainger is not only the epitome of the girl next door, she’s the girl of my dreams. The blonde bombshell of a bartender who watches me with sky blue eyes, smiles with the sweetest dimples, and whose laughter is as melodic as chimes.

She stole my heart the way sunlight sneaks up on the day. Then a death in her family took her away from me. Now my heart lives in Texas while my body rots in New Jersey. As if that’s not bad enough, the ranch hand on her family’s farm is her damned ex-fiancé.

Austin still loves her, and he’s made it known. So Casey has a choice to make. It’s either him or me, but I’m far too stubborn to give up the fight.

That’s the one upside to having nothing left — I have nothing left to lose.

~Casey~
I don’t date musicians — I don’t date period — yet I find myself drawn to the dark and broody sound tech, whose wailing drum beats thump in time with the cadence of my heart. Beneath the arrogant grin and cocky one-liners, AJ Morello is a lonely man, burdened by the choices he’s made. But, he’s not the only one with regrets.

Mine goes by the name of Austin Krehley.

After seven years away, there’s still a connection. A tiny spark that slowly builds to a burning flame the longer I stay.

Two completely different men both hold two completely different pieces of my heart, but I can’t have them both.

A sexy country boy and a sultry rocker — how’s a girl to choose?


 

Jane Anthony is a romance author, fist pumping Jersey-girl, and hard rock enthusiast. She resides in the ‘burbs of New Jersey with her husband and children. A lover of Halloween, vintage cars, & coffee, she’s also a cornucopia of useless 80’s knowledge and trivia. When not writing, she’s an avid reader, concert goer, and party planner extraordinaire.
 
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Bluff by Julie Dill

Seventeen-year-old Chelsea Knowles is surrounded by the privileged. Michael Kors gym bags and designer shoes are part of her daily scene, but the talented cheerleader has a secret: she and her dad can barely pay the bills. Broken by his wife walking out on their family, Chelsea’s father ignores his responsibilities. Between cheer costs, grocery bills, electricity, and other regular financial burdens, it’s no surprise when a cut-off notice arrives in the mail. Chelsea knows it’ll be up to her to keep the lights on.

With the deck stacked against her, Chelsea decides to bet their future on the dubious poker knowledge she learned from her father before he gave up on parenting. Nervous but determined, Chelsea heads to a casino with very little security and wins big. Thrilled by her win, she’s quickly drawn to the casino again and again. She risks it all, especially when the attractive, young pit boss takes an interest in her.

Chelsea’s life, no longer filled with cheerleading, school, and hanging out with her friends, is now consumed by smoky casino floors and the ups and downs of a gambler’s life. True gamblers know when to fold, but Chelsea keeps betting long after her needs are met. The complicated web of lies soon begins to spin out of control, threatening to expose everything. Will someone see through her bluff?

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Julie Dill

Author’s Bio

Julie Dill lives in Oklahoma City where the wind always comes sweeping down the plains—literally. As a young girl she always wanted to be a teacher, so she went on to receive her Bachelor’s of Science in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and taught in elementary schools for ten years. Currently, she serves as an adjunct professor and loves helping students achieve success. One of her greatest professional accomplishments is earning her National Board Certification. She holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Oklahoma City University and continues to work on various writing projects. From hiking in Colorado, to playing poker in Vegas, she’s always up for a new challenge. Julie is a busy mom of two teenage daughters, and any extra time that she may carve out is spent reading, writing, and rooting for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Interview with Julie Dill author of Bluff

As a professor, do your students ever influence your characters or writing? 

Yes, I would say my students have always influenced my writing in some way.  Also, I taught in public schools at the elementary level, and definitely some of the characters/settings (or even life situations) have influenced the way I write.

 

During your writing process – do you brainstorm with your students, colleagues, or family? Or, do you prefer writing alone? 

I read some early drafts of scenes of Bluff to friends and family and got feedback, and I guess it was positive enough to keep moving forward with the project.  Also, I have a critique group, and we’re always bouncing ideas off of each other.  I’ve been with the same 3 ladies for several years, and I really value their opinions and input.

 

Do your students read your writing? What are their thoughts?

My students have not read any of my creative work.  I teach English composition, and that’s a whole different ballgame.  However, my students have expressed interest in Bluff and are eager to check it out.

 

What influenced Chelsea’s character development? 

It’s weird how a character evolves.  I really tried to create a unique character- a high school girl who wasn’t the norm.  My personal life, as a teenager, could not have been more opposite than Chelsea’s so I really had to get outside of what I knew and what I was comfortable with to get in Chelsea’s head.

 

You yourself are a poker player. How does poker serve as an underlying metaphor in the novel? 

I’m a recreational player, and I only play a couple of times a year.  I think that the game of poker represents challenges- trying to get ahead and outsmart your competition.

 

Many adolescents have to take on the role as parent in their households. What role did you play in your household growing up? 

I came from a home that Chelsea would envy.  My household was nothing at all like hers.  I had a happy childhood, and unlike Chelsea’s dad, my dad worked very hard to provide for us.  My mom was a stay-at-home mom, and we had stability.

 

What inspired you to write Bluff?

I was reflecting on my first visit into a poker room, and in the early nineties there were hardly any women at all.  Even today, you can still walk by a poker room and notice that the majority of the players are men.  I think when you’re developing a character it’s important to raise the stakes as much as possible (pun intended).  With Bluff, I really wanted something different and that wasn’t already “out there.”

 

Chelsea’s father doesn’t fulfill his role as a parent after her mother leaves him and leaves Chelsea to become a provider. How does Chelsea cope with both parents’ absence?

She manages.  She doesn’t have a choice.  I think down deep Chelsea is longing for some maternal guidance, and that’s why I wanted her to have Ms. Stella.

 

What attracted Chelsea to gambling and casinos?

Initially, it was her attempt to try to get some quick cash.  But long term, it became escapism.  She could enter this world where she didn’t have to think about all of her responsibilities and just escape.

 

Where did you write the majority of Bluff

It’s extremely difficult for me to write at home.  I get too distracted with things like laundry, my dog, Ellen, and naps.  The majority of Bluff was written in coffee shops or the Panera Bread near my house.

 

What made you choose “Bluff” as the title?

I love one-word titles, especially in YA.  Since Chelsea’s life is basically one big bluff- lies to her dad, her friends, Nate and others- I thought it was fitting.

 

Who was your favorite author growing up? Has it changed?  

I have many.  Alice Walker and Billie Letts are up there.  I once attended one of Billie Letts’ book signings, and I remember standing in line staring at her thinking how does that woman come up with these characters?  Her characterization is phenomenal. And who doesn’t love Alice Walker?

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Five Fates Series by Amy McKinley

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Title: Hidden (Five Fates, Book 1)

Author: Amy McKinley

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: November 2, 2015

Synopsis

Cursed since birth, hunted by gods, and desperate for love—Jade never stood a chance.

Half-demon, half-goddess, Jade’s fate makes her a pawn in an epic battle among the gods. Hidden on Earth with her sisters, she successfully avoids the Oneiroi—the dream gods—bent on her destruction until the prophecy, long dormant, awakens a dark shadow within her.

Roen, a reclusive Worr demon known for his battles against the Oneiroi, is called to protect Jade. Together they must unlock their mysterious connection and find a way to beat back destiny. Can she outsmart the prophecy, change her fate, and find love—even when she learns who is connected to her destruction?

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Title: Taken (Five Fates, Book 2)

Author: Amy McKinley

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: June 6, 2016

Synopsis

Forged through a childhood trauma and cursed by the Fates, Layla vows never to be at another’s mercy. With determination and training she evolves into a deadly weapon and quiets her inner demons—until the prophecy activates, shattering her peace. The gods who want her dead converge and the hunt to end her life truly begins. The skills that Layla honed for protection become an unconscious tool for death and destruction, threatening not only the gods but her family.

Entrenched in clan turmoil, Thaull’s life hangs at a precipice. He’s faced with a condition known only to his kind, the soul-divide. If not dealt with, his soul will rip in half and he will turn into an unstoppable, ice-cold killing machine. As he hunts the traitor within his Phantom Warrior clan he worsens. A fragile thread of hope remains. The love of a female, freely given, can save him. Through a premonition of an alluring demigoddess, he gambles his very existence in the chance she will be his salvation.

She will go dark from her curse. He will go numb from his. To survive, Layla must risk trusting another or become another.

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Amy McKinley

Author’s Bio

Amy McKinley is a freelance writer and author of the Five Fates Series. She lives in Illinois with her husband, their four talented teenagers, and three mischievous cats.

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The Cubit Quest

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The Cubit Quest by Trevor Leck

Twelve-year-old Charlie Watkins could have inherited his dad’s massive intellect.

He got his massive feet instead.

Perhaps if Charlie had that intellect he might have been able to figure out why so many men in suits were suddenly following him or where his dad hid the Cubit – a mythical object that men have sworn to protect and even more have died trying to possess – before his so-called accident.

If starting yet another new school wasn’t bad enough, Charlie meets Mr Leopold, a disfigured, mind-reading lunatic and discovers that he alone must find the Cubit if he is to save his dad. The Brotherhood, however, have other ideas. Led by the ruthless Draganovic, they will stop at nothing to get their hands on it. With the help of Mr Leopold and fellow new boy Elvis, Charlie sets out on The Cubit Quest.

Hunting for the Cubit, playing football, lessons with the dreaded Funeral Face and unsuccessfully avoiding school bully Grimshaw by day, Charlie finds his nights no less complicated. Stalked in his dreams, he’s soon immersed in a world of power struggles, battling dragons and duels to the death. With the Brotherhood hot on his heels and as the bullets begin to fly, there are no guarantees that Charlie, or anyone else, will make it to the end in one piece.

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Author’s Bio

Living in Telford, Shropshire, Trevor Leck has been dabbling in writing for over fifteen years. Always a fan of gripping adventure stories he has taken inspiration from his favourite authors, including John Grisham and J K Rowling, and the towns and cities he grew up, especially North Shields, to create his Young Adult series.

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My Review

4 stars

Charlie Watkins seems like a normal 12 year old. But when his dad starts acting strangely, his family and him move to a new house and school. Then Charlie starts experiencing strange dreams he puts off as stress. But when he hears odd voices he knows something has to be going on. Charlie is a special person and may be able to save his father. He is going to do anything and everything just to have his father back. That is if he can survive the men in suits, dragons, and strange teachers.

Charlie just thinks he is a normal kid until strange guys in suits start following him around and strange dreams plague his nights. But he has the ability to save his father if he completes the Cubit Quest. Charlie is a great kid that has the opportunity to save his father and I could help but cheer him on. He has to use his wits to solves the puzzles and complete the quest. But he also has to balance his daily life with school, football, and bullies.

This is a great midgrade story. I admit that I was lost for the first portion of the story but as Charlie learns about the things happening around him so do you. But once you found out what was going on, the rest of the story flew by.

I really liked this story and think that if you are a fan of midgrade stories with quests, mystery, adventure, and mythical beasts then you will really enjoy this one.

I received The Cubit Quest from Authoright for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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