Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Review: LOVE EDY by SHEWANDA PUGH


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Title: Love Edy
Author: Shewanda Pugh
Series: Love Edy #1
Release Date: June 24th 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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When Edy Phelps falls hard for her best friend, she knows nothing can come from it. Forget actual chemistry, or the fact that she cherishes his mother more than her own; centuries of tradition say that Hassan will grow up, marry the girl his parents pick, and forget his best friend: the dancer with the bursting smile. Except he can't. In a world erupting with possibilities for the boy with a body of steel and dreams of the NFL, everything seems promised while nothing at all is; when he's denied the girl he wants most. 
Two hearts. Two families devoted through generations of friendship. Could Edy and Hassan really risk all that? And yet ... how could they not?

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Review
Behind the romance of Love Edy, Shewanda Pugh immerses her reader in ethnic minority American cultures, addressing issues such as arranged marriage, religion and forbidden love.
Love Edy is driven by its two main characters, Nassan and Edy and their evolving relationship. The story begins at the end of Edy's fourteenth year and ends as she turns sixteen. Despite the fact that the best friends are relatively young in age, the passion between them is intense and the emotions they communicate are more mature than some adults.
The Phelps and Pradhan families have known each other for years and Edy and Nassan have grown up closer than most siblings. They are certainly not meant to fall in love, especially as Nassan is already betrothed to a traditional Hindu girl. Yet in a sense Shewanda Pugh allows her reader to see that actually their love is inevitable. The third person narrator mainly concentrates on the events in Edy's life and her desperate attempt to deny her feelings, but we are also given a glimpse into Nassan's head. Nassan acknowledges that Edy is changing, physically as well as emotionally and as her new friendship with Wyatt develops, Nassan's jealousy increases. As the star football player at school he has girls throwing themselves at his feet and though they provide him with a distraction, he realizes that there is only one girl for him.
The strength of the desire for each other causes both Edy and Nassan to cross the boundaries their cultures and their parents have set for them, between what SHOULD be and what IS. As readers we have to acknowledge not only their bravery, but that love transcends religion, race and rules.
Shewanda Pugh creates several secondary characters who either help or hinder the young couple. First there is Bean, who is also finding his own identity and I would like to have seen him developed further.
The three Dyson brothers have grown up with Nassan and Edy and are as protective of her as they would be their own sister. They provide much of the humor in this novel, but I think their characters are stereotyped as the high-school jocks.
Wyatt is someone I immediately mistrusted and as he tries to 'claim' Edy, this feeling only grew, although I was unprepared for his later story-line.
Shewanda Pugh's story not only provides a voice for a minority in the Young Adult contemporary romance genre, but Love Edy is well-told with an ending which leaves us thinking 'What the hell'!!!!
I can't wait for Bittersweet.
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Review: JARROD BANCROFT Book 3 by LIZZIE ASHWORTH


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Title: Jarrod Bancroft
Author: Lizzie Ashworth
Series: Jarrod Bancroft #3
Release Date: July 19th 2014
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Erotic Romance

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Comprises the novellas Jarrod's Day in Paradise (Jarrod Bancroft, #4) and Jarrod's Homecoming (Jarrod Bancroft, #5).

With everything she cared about gone, Dominatrix Macie Fitzgerald has built a new life in service to those seeking pain and submission. She takes pride in her success. When she accepts Jarrod Bancroft’s application to her next training session, she knows he poses a risk to her fragile emotionless world.
Macie fears are confirmed when she discovers that the ten years since he was her high school history student have only made him more magnificent in every way. How long can she resist him? What devastation awaits her if she can’t?
Life has been too easy for Jarrod Bancroft—rich parents, football star, law degree, high powered job, women by the score. Something is missing. He wants whatever Stonybrook Academy can dish out, much as it scares the hell out of him. 
Tied to the bed, his body violated in every way, he faces his first night realizing he was right to be afraid. He never imagined this torture and deprivation. And this woman, his sadistic mistress—the voice behind her mask sounds familiar. 
Macie faces her biggest challenge as she struggles to fulfill her professional obligation to give Jarrod what he wants, what he needs. But Jarrod soon discovers that Macie is what he wants. What she doesn’t give, he takes—a risky venture when you’re a sub. Defenseless against his potent charm, Macie breaks every rule she’s made for herself. Heartbreak soon follows. 
To complicate matters, a legal hammer hangs over Jarrod’s head at Bancroft Investments threatening to ruin his professional future. Sucked into his father’s illegal business mess, Jarrod’s life takes an unexpected and life-threatening turn. Powerless as a nightmare unfolds around him, Jarrod dreams of his queen, the only woman he wants. But there’s nothing Macie can do for him now. 
Told in three parts, the story of Jarrod Bancroft weaves a web of denial and fear, dark family secrets, and wealth at any cost. The lash of a whip is nothing compared to pain like this. When pain feels like love, how does love feel?

Along with romance, love, and erotic pleasures of a more traditional nature, this work includes scenes of sadism, masochism, and sex acts involving multiple and same-sex partners. For mature readers only.

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Book One: A Gift for Jarrod Review
Book Two: Valentine's Day and A Spring Break Reviews

Review
This book is an amalgamation of the fourth and fifth novellas in the Jarrod Bancroft series. Lizzie Ashworth exhibits a writing style which is not only different, but on a higher level than we witnessed in the first book. Whilst she maintains an atmosphere of intense eroticism, she adds a sense of mystery and draws deep emotions from her characters.
The conclusion of Jarrod’s Spring Break left us in turmoil, questioning Jarrod’s disappearance and so at the beginning of book three we discover him imprisoned by an unknown captor in ‘Paradise’. Jarrod is in a desperate situation which forces him to adapt. A new side of him emerges, which is dominant, manipulative and cunning, as he seduces his guard. These are not the first m/m scenes Lizzie Ashworth has written during the series, but here Jarrod is in control and in order to escape the island he is on, he is forced to play a role.
It is interesting to observe Jarrod during this time, but to increase our anticipation Lizzie Ashworth allows us a glimpse into Macie’s world as well.  Macie is at home distracted by her worry and unable to concentrate on the Academy’s students so she decides to seek revenge for Jarrod’s disappearance, in the process revealing certain truths about Jarrod’s life. It becomes obvious to her and the reader that her feelings for Jarrod are far deeper than a Dom/Sub and her issue is how to deal with this.
Jarrod’s Homecoming, the final instalment in the series, enables Lizzie Ashworth to tie up any plot threads and reconcile the main characters with themselves and each other. Not only does Jarrod have to come to terms with the fallout of being held captive for two months, but his life is under threat and he is confused about his relationship with Macie.
Although Macie is now convinced of her own feelings she feels unable to approach Jarrod and ends up making the ultimate sacrifice.
I did not necessarily expect a fairytale HEA for this couple, but I think Lizzie Ashworth’s choice of ending is perfect. Having now completed the series I have enjoyed watching the development of both characters, particularly Jarrod. This is an excellent choice for any fans of erotic fiction with a solid plot-line.
Jarrod Bancroft gets huge thumbs up from me!
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Cover Reveal: TWO FACED by MELISSA PEARL


Title: Two Faced
Author: Melissa Pearl
Series: Masks #2
Release Date: October 12th 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal Romance


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Caitlyn Davies has an unusual gift. She knows exactly how people feel. Everyone 
wears a mask, but she sees the hidden truth. This ability has changed her life, both 
for the better and worse. She can choose to ignore what she sees...but what happens 
when it involves the guy she loves? 
Eric Shore knew getting involved with a girl who could read people was risky, but he 
couldn't help himself. Caitlyn is gorgeous and he loves being with her. Their 
relationship is going great...until she tells him that his step-brother and star 
basketball player, Connor, is doing drugs. Having looked up to the guy for years, Eric 
just can't buy it. Things only get worse when Caitlyn questions the true nature of 
Eric's favorite teacher. 
The first year at college is supposed to be amazing, but theirs is off to a rocky start. 
As masks are peeled away, secrets will be exposed, dangers will be revealed, and 
both must decide out of the people closest to them, who is telling the truth...and who 
is being two-faced… 



About the Author


Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life 
abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan... not to mention a 
nine month road trip around North America with her husband. "Best. Year. Ever!!" 
She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary 
teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had 
the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in 
November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. 
Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book was released in 
February 2014 - True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying 
out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. 
She has six new titles releasing in 2014 and is excited about writing each and every 
one of them. 
"I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I 
want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another 
world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love." 





Monday, 29 September 2014

Guest Post by author CHRISTINE AMSDEN


All in One Place was asked to submit a guest post topic to author of the Cassie Scot series, Christine Amsden. I have been a regular follower of hers since I read the first book and wanted to pick a topic she could have fun with. The question of magical powers also ties well to the book series, in which so many of Christine Amsden's characters have paranormal talents!

“If I had 5 magical powers for a day they would be . . . . . .and this is what I'd do with them . . . “

1. Slowing Time: So many choices! And so little time! Which clearly means that the first power I need is the power to slow down time so I can enjoy the other four powers more. :)

2. Next, I want to fly. I mean, I know it's not as useful as some other things I could do. It's not even as useful as some of the other travel powers I could request (like teleportation). But I've only got 24 hours (well, a few more thanks to the slowing down time power) and I want to enjoy them in style. I sometimes have flying dreams, which are the best ones until I start to doubt that I can fly. I want a day where the dream doesn't end, not even if the Road Runner hands me a physics book.

3. Empathy: I don't think I could deal with this one long-term, but as it's only for a day … I think I'd really like this connection to other people. To know what they're feeling. And even, if empathy works the way I sometimes write it in my books, to be able to subtly influence their emotions to counter fear, anger, and depression.

4. Clairvoyance: Again, this isn't a power I'd like long-term. I think you can know too much about the future. But have you ever wished you could go back and time and warn people about certain impending disasters? I know in books the seer is seldom believed, but after people see me flying around with a cape whipping in the wind, they'll surely give it some serious thought. Besides, I'm also an empath, so maybe I can influence them to believe me.

5. Self-healing: Yes, this is my selfish request. I should ask to be able to heal others, but frankly I've only got a day and I'm already trying to make people less angry, more happy, and possibly avert some disasters. At the end of the day, all the powers are gone and what am I left with? Well, if I take self-healing, I could be left with 20/20 vision instead of the 20/400 vision that currently plagues me. This could be my souvenir from a thoroughly wild and wonderous day!

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Cover Reveal: FOUR OF A KIND by KELLIE SHERIDAN


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Title: Four of a Kind 
Author: Kellie Sheridan 
Publication Date: November 4th 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary


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The odds of giving birth to identical quadruplets: 1 in 13 million.
The population of Fairview, a town so small that all anyone talks about is the Fairview Four returning after fourteen years: 7208.The chance of Reagan blending in with the crowd after a boy in her new town starts to see her for who she really is: zero.
Following in the footsteps—and all too often, the shadows—of her sisters was nothing new to Reagan. But after fifteen years of fading in to the background, she’s finally finding her own way. Amidst all the gossip and assumptions, one person sees Reagan for what she’s always wanted to be. One of a kind.
Finally feeling like she belongs, Reagan wants to enjoy every possibility her new life has to offer, but things aren’t going as smoothly for her sisters. How can Reagan possibly let herself be happy—or maybe even fall in love—when her family is finally turning to her for support?
About the Author


I have been in love with stories in all of their forms for as long as I can remember. Admittedly, sometimes that means falling into places like Stars Hollow and Sunnydale, but books have always been my true love. In early 2011 I began writing a book blog in order to share my favorite reads with book lovers. From there, the bookish community encouraged me to stop sitting on my own stories and share them instead. Since then I’ve been madly devouring everything I can about digital publishing.
For the past two years I have been mainly obsessed with young adult books, but my favorite stories still come from the adult fantasy genre. As far as I’m concerned, Briggs, Bishop, Vincent and Vaughn are all must reads.
I spent part of my twenties living in Galway, Ireland and swooning after various lilting accents but am now back home in Ontario, Canada. My family includes two Glen of Imaal Terriers and a Green Cheek Conure.



Review: DEAD SILENT by SHARON JONES


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Title: Dead Jealous
Author: Sharon Jones
Series: Poppy Sinclair #2
Release Date: February 6th 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Mystery Thriller

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A snow angel etched in blood. An elite society. A secret dying to get out.
The second Poppy Sinclair Thriller.
When Poppy Sinclair and her boyfriend visit snowy Cambridge, she doesn't expect to discover the body of a student - arms outstretched in the act of smearing bloody angel wings on the chapel's floor.
Suddenly, Poppy is faced with the possibility that the one closest to her heart might be the one committing the most malicious of crimes.
Dodging porters and police, dreading what she might find, Poppy follows the clues left by a murderer bent on revenge...
Long-hidden secrets are chillingly revealed, an avenging angel seeks forgiveness and red-hot vengeance must be quelled in the amazing new Poppy Sinclair thriller.

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Review
Aside from the bloody murder scene which begins Dead Silent, much of the novel is spent examining Poppy's relationships, both with her Dad and boyfriend Michael. The young couple are visiting Cambridge University where Poppy's Dad is Chaplain and where Michael has an admission interview. Sharon Jones communicates the depth of emotion shared between the lovebirds, but they are at a crossroads in their relationship and trying to decide whether to progress it physically. I felt a lot of the coded discussion between them was unnecessary and a little immature, but it also helps to remind the reader of Poppy's age and character traits, particularly the fact that she hastily makes decisions based on the feelings of others.
Poppy's relationship with her Dad is complicated and full of misunderstanding. She resents him for leaving her and her Mother to fulfill his vocation in the church and he finds it difficult to accept that his little girl is growing up. Throughout the story we see their relationship grow, as they develop a mutual trust.
Poppy becomes involved in the mystery of the Cambridge University murders after discovering her father kneeling over the body of the first victim. Despite the fact that Dead Silent is a young adult novel Sharon Jones is not afraid to fully describe the scene Poppy witnesses,
"It was then she saw him . . . 
The guy's black jacket had fallen open, revealing a shirt that was no longer white, but had merged with the gaping wound in the centre of his chest. He'd bleed so much that the blood had pooled around him and somehow his arms had smeared through it, creating bloody wings beneath his outstretched arms."
In using this detail Sharon Jones allows us to share Poppy's revulsion, fear and confusion, drawing us further into the plot.
Poppy's interest in the so-called 'Angel' attacks increases when her father is arrested as a suspect. During her investigations she becomes entangled in the secret society traditions at the centuries old establishment, meaning that finding the perpetrator is not as easy as she anticipated.
I enjoyed Dead Silent, particularly the way in which Poppy discovers the extent of her supernatural powers, but unfortunately feel its lacks the punch of Dead Jealous. 
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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Author Spotlight: DAVID LAWRENCE JONES

Any of the regular followers of ALL IN ONE PLACE will know that I have not yet featured a children's author, although I have two children who read every day!
However, after watching a recent episode of Come Dine With Me I realised that I have a fantastic author in my own town and I have already read 3 of his books!! 
David Lawrence Jones is a children's author, widely know for writing the Bradley Baker adventures! He visits local schools to entertain them with his author's showcase, which up to this date 50,000 children have seen! This is where my eldest son first met him and David Lawrence Jones was kind enough to sign the first three Bradley Baker books.
The aim of today's post is for me to introduce the author to you, along with his books so here goes . . . .


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Title: Bradley Baker and the Curse of Pathylon
Author: David Lawrence Jones
Series: Amazing Adventures of Bradley Baker #1
Release Date: September 11th 2011
Age Group: 7 years-Adult
Genre: Adventure

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The first adventure in the series...
During the school summer holidays Bradley Baker visits his aunt and discovers a gold coin with magic powers.
"This is no ordinary coin," thought Bradley, as he is pulled down the plughole and sent spinning through time to the world of Pathylon...
A curse has been cast and the King imprisoned inside the Shallock Tower.
Bradley teams up with a band of renegades... can he influence the King's release, help lift the curse and escape from Pathylon alive?



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Title: Bradley Baker and the Amulet of Silvermoor
Author: David Lawrence Jones
Series: Amazing Adventures of Bradley Baker #2
Release Date: September 10th 2011
Age Group: 7 years-Adult
Genre: Adventure/Fantasy

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This is the second amazing adventure in the series and Bradley is reunited with his friends Sereny and Musgrove when they travel to Yorkshire during the half term break. It's the week leading up to Halloween and this time the sacred coin sends the three adventurers back to Pathylon via a derelict coal mine beneath Bradley's house.
The Amulet of Silvermoor has been stolen and to make matters even worse a mysterious ice-cloud threatens the Freytorian Senate. Can Bradley and his friends find the Amulet in time to prevent the destruction of Pathylon... and stop the contents of the cloud from melting the icecaps of Freytor?




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Title: Bradley Baker and the Pyramids of Blood
Author: David Lawrence Jones
Series: Amazing Adventures of Bradley Baker #3
Release Date: September 30th 2012
Age Group: 7 years-Adult
Genre: Adventure/Fantasy

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The boy hero returns in another exciting adventure... This time, Bradley must confront a dear friend who holds the key to release him from the affects of the kratennuim that is transforming his body into an evil creature. We meet some new characters in the third adventure, including "The Shadow Druid" and "The Witch of Rekab".
Bradley is joined again by his two friends from Sandmouth... Musgrove and Sereny, who follow their troubled friend back into Pathylon and try to help him reverse his iminent transformation into a Werebeast.
The three intrepid adventurers will also be united with an American boy called Jefferson Crabtree from New York and together they all face more daunting tasks, as they fight new strains of evil that threaten the arcane world...



Title: Bradley Baker and the Gullfather of New York
Author: David Lawrence Jones
Series: Amazing Adventures of Bradley Baker #4
Release Date: 30 September 2013
Age Group: 7 years-Adult
Genre: Adventure/Fantasy

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Breaking News: This book has been shortlisted for the RCB Awards 2014... it was chosen from thousands of children's books published in the UK for the "Middle Category" by school children, teachers and librarians!
Bradley receives a desperate call from his American friend Jefferson Crabtree...There are some strange "goings on" in Manhattan and this time the boy hero is sent travelling through time to a whole new world - a very different New York City run by the head of a mobster family. 
Don Brando Ceegulloni is wreaking havoc above and below the streets.  He is changing the appearance of the Statue of Liberty and Bradley has to stop the evil gangster before it's too late! 
The fast-paced storyline takes the boy hero into a very different phase of his life, as he learns some devastating news about his true identity...


My reviews for the first three books in the series will appear soon!!!
To purchase SIGNED copies of the books click here!

David Lawrence Jones has also written the Jig and Saw picture books for 3-6 year olds about two characters who are adopted . . . 


"Jig and Saw" live in a dark house where sadness surrounds them. The first story's rhyming prose takes them on an incredible journey to find happiness in a brand new home with a brand new family... and where they fit into their brand new jigsaw puzzle!
The two colourful characters in this story are brother and sister, who embark on a brave journey through the adoption process. The story is based on the author's research and support of a south west charity called Families for Children... of which he is a patron.


"Jig and Saw" have settled with their adoptive family and whilst exploring their new home they discover a blue dresser with a secret cupboard beneath. A tatty old box is revealed... it's an unusual board game call "Strubble". 
Two of the word tiles in the game have gone missing. Where have "X and Z" disappeared too? Jig and Saw soon find out as they venture into a strange world in search of the two meddlesome Strubbles!!!
What else is in store... behind the cupboard door? More picture books will follow the two colourful characters as they explore a compendium of magical games throughout the series... the third book is due to be released later this year.

About the Author


David was born in 1964 in a mining village called Ravenfield near Rotherham South Yorkshire.
He began to write his first adventure story in 1999 and after a number of rewrites he completed the first manuscript in the "Bradley Baker" series. This book was called "The Curse of Pathylon" and was first published in 2009. 
The boy hero became very popular and in 2011, the second book in the series was published, called "The Amulet of Silvermoor". Bradley found himself back down the plughole on another amazing adventure (this time through a disused coal mine), which eventually led him back into Pathylon. A third adventure book completed the 'Pathylon' trilogy; published in 2012 and titled ‘The Pyramids of Blood’.... the fourth instalment is a brand new adventure called 'The Gullfather of New York', published more recently in October 2013.
David is very proud of the Bradley Baker adventure series and there are scenes in the books that describe landmarks about Devon and his birth place in Yorkshire. Silvermoor, the abandoned coal mine in the second book is actually the colliery where he and his father worked... “Silverwood”. Also, the main character in the series Bradley lives in a fictional village called Ravenswood, which is based on David's own childhood village of “Ravenfield”.
A fifth book is planned for the Bradley Baker series and is scheduled for release in 2015. 
David is also working on an exciting new project for a younger audience... he's entered the picture book market with a brand new series to resounding reviews from his readers.
The picture books follow the adventures of two jigsaw pieces called "Jig & Saw". David was first inspired to write about the characters following his involvement as patron of Families for Children Adoption (a charitable trust based in the South West). Jig & Saw are adopted and when they settle into their new home, they discover a cupboard full of magical games. 
David resides in the UK in the picturesque seaside town of Torquay, Devon with his wife and two youngest children.