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Title: Tempting Fate Anthology
Authors: Maria Vickers ~ Amy Marie ~ Taylor Anhalt ~ Amy McKinely ~ JC Santo ~ Jade Royal ~ Rosie Chapel ~ Maggie Adams ~ Shannon Nemechek ~ Crystal St. Clair ~ Samatha Harris ~ Elizabeth Princeton ~ Bella Emy ~ Shelby Reeves ~ Ellie Mack ~ Jasmina Siderovski ~ Darlene Tallman 
Genre: Contemporary/NA/MM/YA Romance
Release Date: June 1, 2018
Designer: Nemo Designs
Photographer: CJC Photography
Model: David Wills
 
Sometimes in life, something happens that will not only affect you, it will create a ripple effect, encompassing your family and friends. Hope will help you to overcome and survive, but your life and outlook are forever changed. 

This collection of stories is about overcoming obstacles, surviving when it seems hard or impossible, and dealing with life changing events. 
 
**All proceeds will benefit Cancer Research Institute.
 
 
 
⭐All proceeds will benefit the Cancer Research Institute⭐

 

 
 
MARIA VICKERS
 
Maria Vickers currently lives in St. Louis, MO with her pug, Spencer Tracy. She has always had a passion for writing and after she became disabled in 2010, she decided to use writing as her escape. She believes that life is about what you make of it. You have to live it to the fullest no matter the circumstances.
 
From a young age, she has always loved books and even dreamed of being an author when she was younger. Growing up in the Navy, she used to weave tales for her siblings and her friends about anything and everything. And when she wasn’t creating her own stories, she had a book in her hand. They transported her to another world. She hopes that with her books, her readers have the same experience and that they can relate to her characters. 
 
Getting sick changed her life forever, but it also opened doors for her that she thought would always be out of reach.
 





AMY MARIE





TAYLOR ANHALT

Taylor Anhalt is a student at Albion College working on her bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing. Her other publications include ‘Blood and Fear’ in the anthology Stories From Other Worlds and ‘My World’ in the anthology The Day Before the End of the World. Outside of writing, she runs cross country, plays the oboe in an orchestra, and teaches Karate.
 




AMY MCKINELY

Amy McKinley is the author of the Five Fates Series and Gray Ghost Novels. Her romance books have strong heroines, sexy alphas, and just the right amount of heat, danger, and always with an HEA. She lives in Illinois with her husband, two daughters, two sons, and three mischievous cats. To stay informed about her upcoming releases, sign up for her newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/b_Dc91
 
 



JC SANTO

I’m a southern girl, born and raised in Texas, until my husband enlisted in the Navy and we were relocated to Virginia. I’m a stay at home mom to three boys, so my days are pretty packed. When I’m not reading or chasing around kiddos, I’m on my computer writing. 


I have a weakness for cupcakes and tattoos. My two addictions other than my handsome boys.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 


JADE ROYAL

Jade Royal is a blogger and author that writes all things Romance bringing stories alive one keystroke at a time. Limits of Love is Jade Royal’s first series and it focuses on love and BDSM.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 


ROSIE CHAPEL

A latecomer to writing, but an avid reader all her life, Rosie Chapel was persuaded by her hubby to channel her passion for all things ancient into a book. Despite a healthy amount of scepticism, she took a leap of faith and The Pomegranate Tree was born. This one book became four, and is a tale spanning two thousand years and two continents, connecting the lives of two women and the two men who love them. Since then she has also written both Regency and contemporary romances, and is currently involved in several anthologies. It seems the voices in her head refuse to give her a break 😉 


Born in the UK, Rosie now lives in Perth, Australia with her hubby and three furkids. When not writing, she loves catching up with friends, burying herself in a book (or three), discovering the wonders of Western Australia, or, and the best, a quiet evening at home with her husband, enjoying a glass of wine and a movie.

 


MAGGIE ADAMS

 
Maggie Adams is an Amazon Best Selling contemporary romance author. Her first book in the Tempered Steel Series, Whistlin’ Dixie, debuted in Amazon’s Top 100 for Women’s Fiction, humor, on November, 2014 and then again at #61 in 2016. Since then, she has consistently made the Amazon best seller 5-star list with Leather and Lace, Something’s Gotta Give, Love, Marriage & Mayhem, and Forged in Fire. Her series has launched the tiny town of Grafton, Illinois, into International recognition with sales in Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and the UK.



SHANNON NEMECHEK

Shannon started her writing career while still serving in the US Army. As an NCO in the Army she lead and trained soldiers.  


Shannon grew up in Macomb, IL where she graduated from High School in 1987 and soon after joined the US Army. Shannon served from 1987 to 2015 during Operation Desert Storm and during Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In April 2015 Shannon retired from the US Army with 23 years of service as a Unit Supply Sergeant in several Army units overseas and the United States. She served as a US Army Recruiter for 4 years and She holds a degree in clinical psychology and has been awarded multiple awards during her Army service. She is a mother of 4 children and a grandma to 2 beautiful Grand-daughters. She has been married 24 years to her husband, Ken. They reside in Staunton, IL a small town along Old Route 66.

Shannon Nemechek, Author of a Warranted Series

 


CRYSTAL ST. CLAIR

Crystal St. Clair is a busy mom who lives in the multicultural country of Canada. She does not live in an igloo, but would love to own a pet beaver who loves maple syrup and pancakes!


Crystal graduated as a Law Clerk but would love to one day become an Author full time, writing novels for adults and younger generations.

She can often be found playing soccer with her children while their dog steals the spotlight! She loves making others laugh, writing poetry and other inspiring stories. Once upon a time, Crystal played Momma Bear in a Middle School production of The Berenstain Bears and wrote her first A grade children’s story that sparked her creative writing interest.

Aside from fulfilling her long time dream and calling as an author, Crystal enjoys helping her community as a volunteer for charitable organizations such as, Canine Connect A Care Rescue, Boys’ and Girls’ Club of London Ontario, and many more. She was also a proud sponsor member ofPlan Canada – I Am A Girl Foundation, helping empower girls to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their communities. Through anthologies and individual sales Crystal’s inspiring words have spread awareness and raised money for causes such as human trafficking and Alzheimer’s.

As one of the leading founders of the Ignite Your Soul Author Event, Crystalhas helped lead a team to raise proceeds for Bereaved Families of Southwestern Ontario, Wounded Warriors Canada, andNational Service Dogs.

For more information about inspiring stories by Crystal St. Clair, upcoming events, and to sign up for the InspireMe Newsletter, check out her official website:http://authorcrystalstcla.wixsite.com/inspireme

“An honest review is appreciated, thank you for being my cherry on top”
-Crystal St. Clair, Authoress

 

 

 

SAMATHA HARRIS

Samatha “Sam” Harris lives near Baltimore, Maryland with her husband David and daughter Ava. Born in Florida, she migrated north which most people agree was a little backwards. She has been an artist all of her life, a Tattoo Artist for more than ten years, and a storyteller since she was a kid. 


Sam has a slightly unhealthy love for Frank Sinatra, classic movies, and Jazz and Blues music, but her first love will always be reading. From Romance, to Thrillers, to Historical Fiction and everything in between, she loves to become a part of the story. As a writer she tells the stories that she would want to read.



ELIZABETH PRINCETON

Elizabeth lives in a small town in the heart of Indiana with her husband and son. She loves Crimson Tide football, Wildcat basketball, The Chicago Trilogy shows, and is addicted to coffee. When Elizabeth is not writing you can find her doing activities that gets her adrenaline pumping, or curling up in bed reading a good book.
 



BELLA EMY

International bestselling, award-winning author, Bella Emy, can usually be found madly typing away at a desk or cuddled up in a corner reading. Those are the most common places where you’ll find her. Reading and writing are by far her favorite things to do. A nice cup of coffee is always her choice of beverage while writing.


A New Jersey native, Bella Emy enjoys spending her summers down the shore with her family. Of course, her laptop and iPad are always at her side!

As a child, you could always find her enjoying her days cuddled up to an R. L Stine book. The “Goosebumps” books were her favorite, and later on, the “Fear Street” ones replaced them. She would also enjoy the “Babysitters Club” books.

Not long after discovering her passion for reading, Bella began writing novellas realizing that being an author would one day be a dream come true for her. Writing started something special within her that she just could no longer stay away from.

Some of her favorite authors these days include: Nicholas Sparks, Kristin Hannah, and Lili St. Germain. Bella Emy also loves discovering new authors.

One thing that she always says is that if she’s not writing, she’s reading, and if she’s not reading, she’s writing!

Bella Emy – Creating Fairytales with a Twist!

 


SHELBY REEVES



 


ELLIE MACK

Ellie Mack received her BS in cartography from Southeast Missouri State University. Since leaving the corporate world for the title of MOM, she has pursued her writing dreams. Nowadays Ellie charts unmapped territory through her fiction and humor writing. Formerly a columnist for a local paper, her weekly column received a lot of attention. She lives near St. Louis, MO with her husband of 32 years and their college aged daughters. When she’s not writing she can be found bullet journaling, crocheting, or cooking. 


You can find her musings on her blog: https://quotidiandose.wordpress.com

 

 


JASMINA SIDEROVSKI

 A mum of two beautiful boys and wife to an amazing man of of 27 years. Blessed to live Downunder, in beautiful Sydney, Australia. 


Growing up in the late 80’s, I discovered the true meaning of nostalgic identity, raised in a multicultural society. Appreciating my heritage, as a native-born Macedonian, and living in Australia, my home, learning to shine, helping others, shine too. My passion to write, and empower others through my inspirational quotes (I am sole property owner of +2000 quotes), lessons learned, experience and social etiquette have enabled me to Found “Empowering Your Soul.”

I am recognized, globally by social media, and corporate giants, who continuously, support my mission through my quotes, for a peaceful world. Including:

– Anne Geddes, published my quote in her 2014 release, ‘Little Blessings’ by Anne Geddes.

– Alaska Airlines highlighted one of my quotes and used it in their official ‘Brand Guidelines’ manual

– Highpoint University, USA featured one of my quotes on the front cover of the University Legacy Brochure.

My quotes, and words of positivity, a soul building voice for love, unity, and goodness in a troubled world. I am a Non – Fiction (Philosophy), and Fiction Author (Contemporary Romance and Suspense Thrillers).


 


DARLENE TALLMAN

I am a transplanted Yankee, moving from upstate New York when I was a teenager. I live with the brat-cat pack and a small muffin dog, all rescues, as I plot and plan who will get to “talk” next! 
 
 

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Thief

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Thief by Elena Dillon

It’s been eighteen months since the tragedy of Daisy Rourke. What happened to the boy who fell for her? The book that explains it all:

Thief

If it came down to it, who would you save? Your girlfriend or your family?

As far back in his seventeen years as Trane Braxton can remember, he’s been a thief. A good one. With a cruel and abusive master thief for a father, he’s desperate to keep himself and his brothers from a life of crime.

When he meets London Carstairs, his unbreakable rule of not getting involved with anyone outside his family goes up in smoke. As hard as he tries to keep his two lives separate, fate forces his hand. When his two worlds meet head-on, he must choose between the girl he loves and the family he’s been working so hard to protect.

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Elena Dillon

Author’s Bio

Award winning Young Adult author Elena Dillon is the winner of the Weta Nichols Writing Award for Young Adult, the InD’tale RONE award for Young Adult and was finalist in the Book Buyers Best Awards.

Elena writes sweet teenage romance with sass, suspense and swoon.

What other’s are saying about Elena’s books:

“With a huge reveal, uncovering the dark evil on her trail, this tale is one of the best YA thrillers I’ve read!” Amazon reviewer

“This book pulled me in from the very first line: “Most days I can almost forget someone murdered my sister.” Clare Chu ~ Amazon reviewer

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My Review

4 Stars

Coltrane Braxton, Trane, comes from a family of thieves. His father is abusive yet has raised his son’s to be thieves. Trane hates this life but is willing to do anything to make sure his brothers are OK. London Carstairs is the daughter of a jewelry store owner and model. London is tired of the modeling life and just wants to spend one summer as a normal kid.

London’s father tells her to work at a local pool as a life guard like he did during his summer’s and she jumps at the chance. At the pool London meets Trane and becomes a little obsessed with him. The feeling is mutual but Trane tries to keep some distance between the two of them. Both don’t really want the other to learn the secret of their families.

This was a good story, kind of typical teenagers meet from the wrong sides of society and fall for each other. They have secrets that they don’t the other to know about. When I learned about London’s family having a jewelry story and Trane being a thief I had a little bit of an idea where this story was going. But I will say there were some surprises that I was not expecting.

This was a good read for a young adult story. It was my first book from Elena Dillon and I think that it was a great introduction to her work. I will definitely be checking out her other books.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Ari with Candid Book Reviews for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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phoenixcyclefrontcover.pngThe Phoenix Cycle: The Best Shall Rise

Publication Date: June 23, 2017

Published By: The Department of Smoke

Genre: Dystopian/ YA/ Sci-Fi

New San Francisco is the last city standing on a world ravaged by storms of ash and debris. The city survived by putting the ideals of the American dream on steroids and inspiring its people to persevere, though they have become ruthless in the process. Its citizens are ruled by the General, who has made sure that his people understand that gentleness and pity have become weaknesses that nature no longer tolerates.

Now Steve and Leslie must choose whether they will apply for the General’s once in a lifetime opportunity to “Rise from the Ashes” and join the Inner Circle that rules the city. If they don’t, they will be damned to spend the rest of their lives in the ghettos of Edingburg, a place where virtual reality has become a government-subsidized addiction.

For Steve, the choice is easy. His loyalties lie with the IRA, a revolutionary army led by a voice only known as “Mom.” They are trying to overthrow the General and free the people of New San Francisco from the cruelties of the City Guard. Steve’s mission is to broadcast a recording of a speech that a famous philosopher died to tell. Many thousands have and will perish to get this message out, but is anyone willing to listen?

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About the Author

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Bob is pretty dope. Firstly, his name is Bob, so…yea. Second, have you seen him rock that suit while in a maximum security prison? Epic.

Yea. That’s Bob. No psychological scarring with that author. Nope. Totally fine.

Gosh he looks good in suits.

Hey Have you read The Phoenix Cycle? He wrote that.

One suggestion before you read it and become one of those fans that leaves him roses by his doormat. Read her slowly. This book is not Twilight. She’s deeper than that. Take your time with her. Show the book you care. Cradle it and make it feel loved. If you do, she’ll be good to you. Go too fast and you’ll have no idea why she’s acting so crazy.

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My Review

4 stars

A meteor strike has caused a nuclear winter where ash constantly falls. The story takes place in New San Francisco. This world has been divided into two castes, the Inner Circle and the lower caste that lives in slum sections, the one we delve into is called Edingburg. The Phoenix Cycle is an opportunity for young men and women to try to raise their castes. The story follows Steve, a resistance member that is trying to get into the Inner Circle.

There is a lot of philosophy in this story and I will be the first one that admits that some went over my head. But it did make you think about the different events in this book. I liked how this book makes you stop and think about what is happening in it and what is going on around you in this world.

The Phoenix Cycle is a great story in a dystopian world with a good cast of characters. There is a Hunger Games feel with the trials to change Steve and Leslie’s castes and the IRA, opposition to the General and are trying to free the lower castes that are such in a virtual prison.

I liked this story but admit that I have had to think about the different things in it. I think I will be reading it a second time to try and process what I just read. I think this is a good read and one that you should check out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Sage’s Blog Tours for the opportunity to read and share this book.

If you noticed, I have also taken part in a tour with R&R Book Tours with this same book in error. You can find my original post here.

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