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I love my WordPress.com blog, I really do…(and I’m going to miss my Spooky Theme)… but I can’t justify paying them to let me use a domain name when there are platforms such as Tumblr and Blogger that will allow me to use a domain name for free… So I’ve decided to move. The posts that are *currently* on Spooky Girl Reads will be remaining here for the time being (it’ll take time to move them all over to Blogger, because I’ll have to format each post to look good there), but NEW posts will be going to the new blog on Blogger at http://thespookybookshelf.us OR http://thespookybookshelf.blogspot.com immediately.

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Book Blitz: Five Seven Five by C. E. Wilson

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Spooky Girl Reads is proud to present the book blitz for Five Seven Five by C. E. Wilson! Please read on for more information about Five Seven Five and C. E. Wilson!

About Five Seven Five

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Five Seven Five
By C.E. Wilson
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Synopsis:

Take only what can be used. Take only what won’t be missed. The Creators are watching all of us.

White Frost lives in a world cloaked in darkness and ignorance. While most people in her society are content to live in fearful peace, White’s cousin brings her words from the mysterious Unknown. Strange collections of written words that tease her that there may be more to the world than candlelight and dank hallways.

But when tragedy strikes, White can no longer rely on the words to give her solace. She must discover what lies beyond the only world she’s ever known… no matter the cost.

Eventually, White finds her way to the skies and there she discovers that the tantalizing clues of her words are only pale reflections of the massive and wondrous world above. Colors she never thought possible. Blinding light. And an impossible being who may or may not be the Creator of it all.

But this information comes at a price White Frost is not sure she can pay.

White’s hunger for knowledge proves to be her greatest strength and weakness as she strives to learn more. But as she learns, she has to wonder – is there such a thing as too much information? And what will happen as it brings her closer to a being who could destroy everything she’s ever known?

Find out in Five Seven Five, the first book in a two part series entitled The Boy with Words.

Kindle – http://amzn.to/1QQPdmF  // Paperback – http://amzn.to/1I27RRp

About C. E. Wilson

Author Bio PicC.E. Wilson is currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, beautiful daughter, chubby beagle and two cats. They are all the loves of her life. When she’s not writing Young Adult novels, she enjoys writing short stories on DeviantArt. She loves to read and write anything involving giants and little people (also known as G/t) and she can’t decide what she loves more: horror movies or shoujo manga. She has a bachelor’s degree in English Education so she has a soft spot for older literature authors including John Milton, William Shakespeare, and stories such as Paradise Lost and Beowolf. On a side note, nothing helps her to write more than drinking good coffee loaded with lots of cream and watching The Twilight Zone.

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Book Blitz: The Wynning Way by Maisha S. Wynn

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Spooky Girl Reads is proud to present this release day celebration for The Wynning Way by Maisha S. Wynn!

About The Wynning Way

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ABOUT THE BOOK

THE WYNNING WAY: A GUIDE TO CREATING SUCCESS YOUR WAY
Author: Maisha S. Wynn
Release Date: November 18th, 2015
Publisher: Live To Wynn Publishing
Genre: Non-Fiction

SYNOPSIS:

The Wynning Way: A Guide to Creating Success Your Way is the ultimate go-to guide for personal and professional development.

 

This powerful book will show you how to develop your own winning lifestyle through exercises that inspire self-reflection and strategies for creating the mindset of a true winner. Throughout the book, Wynn shares her personal journey from tragedy to triumph and offers inspirational nuggets on the power of prayer, the effect of positive thinking plus affirmations to assist you in living a more abundant life!

Get ready to transform your existence because your time for “WYNNING” is now!

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Praise for The Wynning Way

The Wynning Way: A Guide to Creating Success Your Way is a winner! Maisha Wynn has not only developed an amazing manual for personal and professional development, but she inspires us all to live our very best lives even in the midst of life’s harrowing circumstances! If you want to win in life, you must read this book!”
LEN BURNETT, FOUNDER AND CO-CEO, UPTOWN MAGAZINE

“This insightful book shares the author’s infectious enthusiasm to surrender to God’s will and accept themselves as they are and develop a life the way they have imagined. Reading this book will definitely help readers bring positive energy into their lives and make the required changes they are looking for to achieve peaceful and happy lives.”
-MAMTA MADHAVAN, BOOK REVIEWER, READERS’ FAVORITE

“It is no coincidence that Maisha’s last name is Wynn. Not only is she winning, she is gracious enough to share her strategies to help others on their journey. Her book is Touching, Timely, and REAL! What I love most about the book is her ability to connect with the reader by holding them accountable for their own existence in this world.”
-ANITA KOPACZ, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, HEART & SOUL MAGAZINE

Excerpt

Chapter 5: Visualize Your Victory

One of the greatest methods to achieving the life you were designed to live can be found between your ears! Yes, your ears. Your two beautiful, bright pupils hold the power to help you accomplish whatever you desire in life. What you see in your mind is not only manifested in your actions, but also in your thinking and speaking.

If you desire to be a business owner, it begins with your sight. If you desire to be a senior vice president at your corporation, it begins with your sight. If you desire to be a great journalist, it begins with your sight. If you desire to be a world-renowned opera singer, it begins with your sight. If you desire to be wealthy, it begins with your sight. You are literally just a glance away from the life you dream about morning, noon and night. I know it sounds simple, but what you achieve daily has a positive connection on what you spend your time and energy focusing on.

About the Author

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Lifestyle specialist, Maisha Wynn, gives credence to the mantra “a changed mind is a made-up mind.” She heads up Live To Wynn, a company that provides aspirational and practical guidance for women and men who desire to live their lives more abundantly. As a former size 20 who now maintains a size 4 through exercise and healthy eating, Wynn knows firsthand how difficult and rewarding it can be to transform your life. She speaks around the nation and provides uplifting editorial content to various media outlets. For more information about Wynn, visit www.livetowynn.com

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Blog Tour & Review: Hargrove House by Allie Harrison

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Spooky Girl Reads is proud to present the blog tour for Allie Harrison’s Hargrove House. Please continue reading for exclusive content, a giveaway, and my review of Hargrove House!

My Review

Hargrove House is a great page turner! It starts off a bit slow and honestly, when it first started, I wondered where it was going. But then…. WOW.

I am with Torrie. I wouldn’t want to go back in that house after an experience like that either. But yet I would want to go back in the house for the right person. Even if that person is a bit odd. I started suspecting something was a bit off with William Dalton right away – but it still took a while for me to fully understand what was going on, which was good, because I really don’t like it when a book gives everything away at the beginning. 😉

When the book first starts, it seems like Allie’s writing style is a bit juvenile. But then I realized that the story is being told in the first person, so obviously, it’s going to sound juvenile since the book first starts with Torrie at 11 years old. After 11 year old Torrie’s part is done, the story goes to a regular cadence of normal “adult” writing and honestly, I think that’s brilliant. So many authors tell stories in the first person, but keep the same type of perspective throughout.

I honestly have to recommend this book to anyone who loves paranormal suspense novels. You’ll be kept on your toes!

Excerpt

“Ms. Reynolds?”

Torrie nearly jumped from her seat behind her desk.

A man stood in the doorway to her office. He was tall and broad shouldered. His sandy, brown hair was cut just above the collar of the crisp white shirt he wore. Complete with his black slacks and a dark coat, he made a striking figure. Caught in the memory of sneaking into the Hargrove House, Torrie hadn’t heard the bells over the door with his arrival. On any other day, her assistant, Jane, would announce any potential clients, but Jane was off today because Torrie could no longer pay her for a full week.

“Can I help you?” Torrie asked, working to keep her voice steady. His sudden presence still had her heart pounding. And for a long moment, he openly studied her. She fought the urge to look down and make certain she still wore clothes.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to startle you. I’m William Dalton. I recently bought the Hargrove House. I need it refurbished and decorated to its original grandeur, and your artistic abilities come highly recommended.”

His words—the very idea of what he wanted—left her feeling slightly dizzy, and it took several seconds before she could form a coherent sentence to reply. “Funny, I was just thinking about that place. You don’t beat around the bush, do you?” she said. Most people came to her with something close to an idea or a picture of what they wanted done, and they looked for her advice.

He smiled. “No, never.”

She was drawn to his smile. In fact, she was drawn to every aspect of him, from the relaxed way he stood to his deep, summer evening sky blue eyes. Slowly she stood. “Have we met before?” she asked.

He tilted his head slightly, and Torrie was intrigued with his movement. She thought he might move like that just seconds before he kissed her, if he ever was to kiss her.

She wanted him to kiss her.

She shook her head slightly to clear the cobwebs that suddenly filled it. What was wrong with her? She had never reacted to a man this way, especially not a potential client.

“Perhaps,” he said.

“But you don’t remember? And neither do I,” Torrie put in. She forced a smile. “I’m sure it will come to me about two o’clock in the morning,” she said, trying to lighten the conversation as she worked to hide her instant, weird reaction to this man. “Why don’t you have a seat, and we can talk about it.”

He paused, still staring at her closely until Torrie thought perhaps her blouse might be unbuttoned or something. “Is something wrong?”

“No,” he replied hesitantly. “Not at all. Everything is perfect, as a matter of fact.” Again he smiled, and Torrie couldn’t help but smile back as he sat down in the chair opposite her.

“So you bought the Hargrove House? Really?”

He nodded slightly. “Yes, and at a very reasonable price, I might add.”

“No doubt. I’ll bet it was almost free.”

About Allie Harrison

 

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Allie Harrison lives with her husband in Southern Illinois. By day, Allie works in the medical field, but when she clocks out, she hits the keyboard, crafting stories readers will love. When she isn’t enjoying fun family time, games with friends, reading, crafts, music, camping, biking, and hiking, she’s working to build fictional worlds and unforgettable characters.
Connect with Allie: Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon

 

 

 

Tour Schedule

11/16/2015

United Indie Book Blog
Romance Junkies

 

11/17/2015

Spooky Girl Reads – You are here!
Shelf Addiction

 

11/18/2015

Hart’s Romance Pulse
Fresh Fiction

 

11/19/2015

Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps
Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions
Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!

 

11/20/2015

T&L Book Reviews
RoloPoloBookBlog
Evermore Books
Yah Gotta Read This
Fang-tastic Books
Books & Tales

I received this book for free from The Killion Group in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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Blog Tour: The Courtship of Utopia Miner by Linda Gilman

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Spooky Girl Reads, in conjunction with The Killion Group, is proud to present the blog tour for The Courtship of Utopia Miner by Linda Gilman. Read on for exclusive content, a guest post from Linda Gilman, and a giveaway!

About The Courtship of Utopia Miner


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The Courtship of Utopia Miner
Author: Linda Gilman
Series: Gold Rush
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: November 9th 2015
Publisher: Indie Published
Print Length: 289 pages
Format: Paperback and Digital
Print ISBN: 9781517538941
Digital ISBN: 1517538947

Synopsis:

Utopia Miner is tired of hunting gold and caring for her three adopted fathers. Living in a Rocky Mountain mining camp is holding up her dream of becoming a saloon girl. If only she could learn the essential skills of singing, dancing and kissing, she’d be on her way to a glamorous life. When Utopia discovers she’s the prize in her three fathers’ marrying scheme, she sees benefits in going along with the courting contest. She now has a kissing teacher. And wow, what a teacher. One starter kiss from Lance and her body’s sweating in places it never had before.

Lancelot Jones wants to turn in his life-risking marshal’s badge for a much safer job as a reporter, but the newspaper wants articles as proof of his qualifications. When his editor sends him to a mining camp to get the scoop on a courtship contest, Lance discovers the privilege of covering the story hinges upon chaperoning the bride-to-be. He soon finds himself ensconced in Utopia’s innocent charms and demanding saloon girl lessons. In short order, chaperoning the bride-to-be becomes risky business.

Excerpt

“When you hear me ringing, that’s the signal the next man can cut in for a turn to dance with the Miss Utopia. You’ll each be allowed two dancing cut-ins. Any one breaking the cut-in rule will be tied to a tree wearing nothing but long johns. That fella will stay tied to a tree until morning. Is that clear?”

Lance couldn’t quite hear what Sadie was saying for he was standing near where the musicians were tuning their instruments. He needed to hurry. If the music started he’d have an even harder time getting near Utopia.

The fastest way to the girls from where he presently stood would be to go around the rear of the wagon to the other side. That’s the direction he headed.

“We will go by your suitor numbers,” Sadie stated, “starting with the next gent to court.”

“That’d be me. I’m next,” Travin shouted.

“All right then. Get me and the lady down from here and let’s get this dance started.”

Travin placed his hands at Utopia’s waist and swung her down off the stage. The fiddles struck up a lively tune of Old Suzanna.

Lance finally had circled around to the other side of the stage, but to his dismay, the first notes were struck and that Travin fellow spun the laughing Utopia off in a fast two-step hopping stride. New plan needed.

Figuring the fastest way to reach his objective would be to dance his way through the crowd, he looked around for the closest person to use as a partner. It happened to be Miss Lil, who was dancing with the lad, Mickey Crosby. Lance poked the youngster on his shoulder. “Sorry kid. I have to cut-in.”

“Hey.” Mickey scowled. “I didn’t hear the cow bell.”

More interested in keeping sight of where Utopia had floated off to, Lance went up on his tip-toes, scanning for a glimpse of her auburn hair or that lavender dress. Damnation. Where is she? “Look kid. Go find yourself a new dance partner.”

“Did you hear the cow bell?” Mickey asked a nearby dancer. “That fella says the cow bell rang. Did you hear the bell?”

The lad received several negative nods.

“Look here, mister. No one heard the bell. It’s still my turn.”

“Kid, I don’t have time for your sniveling. I just need Lil for a minute. Stay here and I’ll bring her right back to you.” Lance lifted Lil’s petite frame off the ground and carried her off in a fluid spinning motion, flowing along with the dancing crowd, all the while scanning the bobbing heads for Utopia.

Lil held on tight to her feathers. “In case you don’t know–this is a dance not a foot race. I can say one thing for your way of dancing. At least my sore feet get some rest.”

“I’m not really dancing Miss Lil. I’m trying to catch up to Utopia.”

“So–she’s charmed you, too? Has she?”

“Me? No. I’m her guardian.”

Available now: Amazon

About the Author

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Linda Gilman is known for writing humorous western romance novels. Her stories are centered on independent, strong-willed women, and courageous heroes who always protect the innocent without violating their personal code of conduct. It’s the cowboy west readers are so enamored with and a twist of zany plot. From first page to last, her books are loaded with pain-in-your-side laughable moments.

She has a deep love of the American gold rush era and often uses this as an excuse to do book research and travel to ghost towns in the western states.

Born into a city girl life, her parents raised her in St. Louis County. However, Linda has always felt her country girl roots calling her to move west young woman. She currently lives in rural Missouri with her hubby and the oldest of her three sons.

Connect with Linda: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Guest Post from Linda Gilman

Barn Storming: My Wayward Hobby

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What is it about barns that fascinates me to the point of distraction? I’ll tell you.

When I think about barns and see barns, particularly barns that are near to falling down from weather and lack of upkeep, I think about that structure’s past.

When our country was young and just starting to spread to the west, besides a log or sod house, the next property improvement was a barn. Barns were as much a necessity on a ranch or farm as a source of water for pioneer families.

Barns sheltered animals, equipment, hay, and grain for the animals. In addition, there was another aspect to these
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Moreover, this is where my historical romance writing can let my imagination fly. I think of these barn dances and can envision a young couple sneaking off to the hayloft to have a first kiss – kissing like the kind that occurs in my debut historical romance, The Courtship of Utopia Miner.

During my barnstorming photo ops, I’ve come across a couple barns in rural Troy, Missouri that are century barns. The owners have kept the family farms for over one hundred years. They’ve restored their barns and preserved not only their family legacy but have kept a past of long ago days from perishing.

I’ve included a few of my barn pictures with this post, but if you’d like to see more, feel free to peruse my Barn Blog!

http://www.lindagilman.com/barn-blog

Tour Schedule

11/9/2015

3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too!
Book Adventures

 11/10/2015

 Hart’s Romance Pulse

 11/12/2015

 Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
Babs Book Bistro

 11/13/2015

 Nicole’s Book Musings
A British Bookworm’s Blog

 11/14/2015

 Fresh Fiction

 11/16/2015

 Spooky Girl Reads – You are here!

 11/17/2015

 Yah Gotta Read This
Romancing the Readers
Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions
RoloPoloBookBlog
Romance Junkies

 11/18/2015

 The World As I See It
Naughty Book Eden

 11/19/2015

 Country Gals Sexy Reads

 11/20/2015

 Evermore Books
T&L Book Reviews 

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Blog Tour: On the Verge by Garen Glazier

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Spooky Girl Reads is proud to be a stop today on the On the Verge by Garen Glazier blog tour! Read on for more info about the book, my review, and a bit about Garen Glazier herself!

My Review

I found this book to be very interesting. It takes the supernatural and it mixes with the human world in such a way as to make it perfectly plausible that this could, in fact, be reality in some way.

The Verge is a place on the very edges of human reality where the creatures of myth and legend exist. These creatures can, upon occasion, wander into our reality. Sometimes, they even become bound to objects such as books, holy relics, and paintings. This is an interesting concept and definitely more interesting that your run of the mill vampire novels or fallen angel books. Sure, I like those, but they’re starting to get a wee bit on the old side. This is the supernatural on a whole other level.

Freya is endearing. Awkward, loving of curious objects, and now finding herself in quite the pickle thanks to a very weird old lady and a supernatural being who is at odds with said very weird old lady. Ophidia & Dakryma are extremely interesting characters while Beldame gives me the absolute creeps. Then again, she is a very weird old lady.

I loved the way the story was written. It was easy to get sucked right into the book and I didn’t want to put it down, even though I had to upon occasion. The cats feel they need to be fed upon occasion I suppose. All in all, a great read and a book I definitely recommend for anyone looking for a supernatural book that isn’t ordinary.

About the Author

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I’m a lifelong resident of Seattle. I married my Russia-born-America-raised high school sweetheart, and we have a four year old and a new little one born in February.

I like coffee shops, bookstores, dancing in my living room and singing in my car. The opening scene of Up always makes me cry. The Three Amigos always makes me laugh. Fashion magazines, croissants, and long, long baths are my guilty pleasures. They might occur separately or together. I prefer boxing classes to yoga, and I get some of my best ideas when I’m running. I loved school and spent more time than one really should getting a business degree in marketing and a master’s in art history. In an ideal world I’d go to bed at 2am and wake up at 10am. I’ve never been an early bird, and I feel strongly that alarm clocks kill dreams.

Learn more about me and read my blog, Scriven by Garen, at garenglazier.com.

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/garen.glazier
Twitter: @GarenGlazier

On the Verge is available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1KBUQxS

I received this book for free from Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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Blog Tour: Shattered Pieces by Noelle Rahn-Johnson

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Spooky Girl Reads is proud to present the Shattered Pieces by Noelle Rahn-Johnson blog tour! Shattered Pieces is the second book in the Pieces Trilogy, which started with In Pieces. Please read on for a exclusive content, a review, and a giveaway!

Excerpt

I kiss her neck and breast and pull a hardened nipple in my mouth. I nip and bite, lick and suck and her hips buck under me. I’m already between her thighs and it would be so easy to thrust myself inside of her, but I’m not like that anymore, and Betsey Ann isn’t just some chick.

She’s the love of my life and I want to cherish her. Treasure her. Love her. But right now, she’s making it very difficult for me to do that.

“Colton, just fuck me,” she whispers in the dark.

Holy shit. That just came from her mouth? I line our bodies up and slowly slide in and out of her, making sure she’s ready to accept me. I don’t want to hurt her. I’m big and she’s a lot smaller than me.

She feels so good, a warm tight glove surrounding me. I can feel her tighten those muscles and I groan. She does it again, and I look into her green eyes. “What do you want me to do to you, Betsey Ann?”

“Fuck me,” she whispers.

YOU GOT IT!

“Hold on, Baby.”

Available now: Amazon

Other Books in the Pieces Trilogy

In Pieces – Book #1
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My Review

I’m going to come right out and say it. I haven’t really been a big fan of the contemporary romance genre for quite a while. I suppose it is because in many cases, the books have such shallow characters that it’s just no fun to read the books. But that certainly is not the case with Shattered Pieces.

Although I haven’t read In Pieces, I was easily able to fall into the world of a woman who is in love with her Denver Bronco best friend and doesn’t quite know it at first. A woman who’d been hurt badly in the past and has no idea that her best friend has been hurt just as badly or that he’s in love with her!

Yes, there is a mention of football. No, you don’t need to understand anything about football or be a football fan to enjoy the story. In fact, there’s not much talk of actual football so you don’t have to worry that you’ll be out of the loop. Just know that Colton is a Denver Bronco and you’re good!

The story is light-hearted enough that it makes for a quick and fun read. And it helps to have songs by artists I love (We are Harlot) being mentioned in the story. I have to say, this one was really good and I’d love to read In Pieces and the next story as well!

Trust me, the ending of this one will leave you wanting more!

About the Author

Noelle has lived in Minnesota her whole life. She currently lives in the Northern area of Minnesota with her husband and four children. She enjoys reading, fishing, sleeping, reading, snuggling, watching TV when she’s bored or reading. Did I mention she likes to read and snuggle up with her kindle? She also shares her home with two dogs and a very spoiled cat.

Connect with Noelle: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

Tour Schedule

Check out the other blogs along the tour:

11/9/2015

T&L Book Reviews
Pinky’s Favorite Reads

11/10/2015

Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions
Monlatable Book Reviews
Romance Junkies
Paulette’s Papers

11/11/2015

Reese’s Reviews
Happily Ever Chapter
Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!

 11/12/2015

Blogging by Liza
The Book Disciple

 11/13/2015

Spooky Girl Reads – You are here! 
Yah Gotta Read This
Hart’s Romance Pulse
Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog

I received this book for free from The Killion Group in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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Cover Reveal: The Strength of Love by G. L. Ross

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Spooky Girl Reads is proud to present the cover reveal for The Strength of Love by G. L. Ross! Keep reading for the cover reveal, exclusive content, and a giveaway where one lucky grand prize winner will receive a heart-shaped pendant necklace!

About The Strength of Love:

THE STRENGTH OF LOVE by G.L. Ross is a tale of love, loss, and second chances. This inspiring love story shares how several men influenced one woman’s life and showered her with love in different ways. Experience love, friendship, faith, suspense, tragedy, humor, and a supernatural element…always and forever. Readers who enjoyed THE BEST OF ME by Nicholas Sparks will be drawn in and left breathless by The Strength of Love.

Title: The Strength of Love
Author: G.L. Ross
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 14th 2015
Publisher: Indie Published
Print Length: 275 pages
Format: Paperback and Digital
Print ISBN: 978-1518643743
Digital ISBN: 9781311464309

The Cover

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Synopsis:

Always the bridesmaid, but never the bride, Rachel Thompson is ready to give up on love, before rodeo cowboy Brooks Reynolds rides into the arena and lassos her heart. His smoldering looks and strong yet tender nature sweep her off her feet. Life is pinch-worthy and picture-book perfect, except on the eve of her wedding Rachel’s love story is ripped from the pages. After two months of grieving, she discovers her nightmare is never-ending. In order to escape her heartbreaking past, the middle-school counselor relocates to a new city for a fresh start and a second chance at happiness and perhaps even love. Through her faith and the support of her family and friends she discovers sought after answers during an unexpected journey.

Exclusive Excerpt:

Rachel’s eyes shoot in the direction of the commanding man sitting tall in the saddle. His jet-black hair curls slightly against the collar of his royal blue western-style shirt. The short sleeves are rolled to fit snugly against his massive, bulging biceps. It’s obvious where he spends his free time, from the fine-tuned muscles and the dark tan encompassing his fit frame. Oh my, she mumbles as he sits his buck-colored hat firmly on his head. He secures his boots in his stirrups. His long fingers toy with the coiled rope. Sam acknowledges him with a nod and the steer is released. They’re off. Like bullets the three of them skillfully dart one after another. The steer runs for its’ life as Sam’s rope lunges into action. He twirls his lasso with the style and grace of a ballerina demonstrating pirouettes. As if he has mind reading skills, Brooks instinctively releases his rope. The twisted twine skims perfectly under the steer’s hooves and is brilliantly tightened to prevent the two hundred plus pound animal from moving forward. The two riders face each other backing their horses until the steer is air born. Everything is magically timed and over-the-top exhilarating. The ladies are on their feet screaming as the announcer exclaims team number ten has the best time of eight and a half seconds, with only one more team left to compete.

Sam waves his hat at Courtney who shouts and blows him a kiss. Brooks’ eyes dart toward the high-pitched squeal. Even from the distance, Rachel notices the brilliant blue eyes aimed her direction. Her chest heaves as though she ran a half-marathon. She catches her breath and continues applauding the skilled ride. How could a sporting event be so exhilarating and sexually satisfying? Brooks tips his hat toward her, with a crooked grin, and follows Sam to the exit.

With bated breath, Rachel and Courtney watch the next ride. The team is quite skilled, but can’t beat team ten’s ride. The guys are victorious. All eleven teams enter the arena. Team ten smiles proudly as they are awarded their trophy and belt buckles. Sam hurdles the wall and makes his way into Courtney’s welcoming arms. Brooks laughs at his exuberant teammate and hollers for him to get his ass back to the stables. Once again the announcer broadcasts congratulations to team ten the new Smith County team-roping champions. Rachel enjoys the view of the faded jean clad butts exiting the arena. She’s savoring one fine set of firm ass cheeks when the beholder glances back over his shoulder catching her in the act. He winks. She blushes, prior to catching her breath and smiling. Brooks relishes catching her in the act. He turns and tosses an arm over his partner’s shoulders. Sam lifts the trophy into the air. They turn the corner and disappear. Courtney proudly exclaims, “Team ten wins!”

Rachel smiles and says, “A ten—yes, he definitely is a ten.

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The House on Moody Avenue by Cellestine Hannemann

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I’ve spent a couple of weeks just trying to read this book. It isn’t that I haven’t been trying to read it, because I have. But it just seems to be one of those books I just can’t get into. You know the type – they look so good, but you can’t do it. You can’t read it. Maybe it was the cover that drew you in. Obviously that wouldn’t be the case with this book – the cover is rather plain and uninviting. In fact, since most readers I know find new books by finding gorgeous covers, I’m pretty sure this isn’t going to be one of those “I bought it for the cover” books.

I think a big factor in my inability to read it is that the description makes it out to be a history of the house and the things that have happened to the house. But when reading, it seems that the book refers more to the individuals living in the house over time and their experiences. In all honesty, it seemed to take forever just for the first person to move into that house. From there it just went downhill. This isn’t the author’s fault really, it’s more of a fault with the people responsible for making sure the book’s description properly matched the book.

I don’t really recommend this book. It was far too boring and didn’t fit its description at all.

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Frost Bible

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I’ve seen a few reviews panning this Bible and I honestly can’t see why. It’s meant to appeal to kids who love Frozen with the cover design of swirling snowflakes & glitter. But it’s not meant to be related to Frozen in any other way.

This Bible is gorgeous. Soft blue, glittery, gorgeous swirling snowflakes on the cover. The version is the International Children’s Version, which is meant to be easier for kids to read. The Bible includes a glossary and any words kids are unlikely to know, such as prophesy, are bolded in the text of the Bible to let the kids know that this is a word they might not know and that they can look it up in the back of the Bible.

There are three or four nice maps in the back of the book, including one of Jesus’s last week in Jerusalem. The maps aren’t as detailed as the maps you might find in an adult’s version of the Bible, but they don’t need to be for kids. They need to be a bit simpler and they are.

The Bible comes with a small tote bag. Will it hold up to being tossed in the washer? Definitely not. But it could be hand washed and probably wiped off. It’s made mostly of the same material that most companies use to make the reusable shopping bags you buy for 50¢ to $1 at the store, with a glittery plastic panel in the front.

We think it’s just perfect for a kidlet who loves Frozen and when we sent a photo of it to my friend who has a Frozen-obsessed daughter, she said her daughter would adore it. We plan on giving it to her for Christmas this year. I highly recommend that anyone who is looking for a great Christian gift for a little one obsessed with Frozen look for this Bible.

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