NEW CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: “Charades” by Ann Logan

Mercedes Fuentes, or Mousy Mercy as she often refers to herself, has buried herself in academia in order to avoid those frightening creatures that make up the other half of the human population: MEN! When an opportunity to pay off the majority of her student debt is offered to her by a family friend, Mercy has her doubts. But how can she refuse a weeklong date with a handsome man, at the end of which she will be nearly free of all debt?

Enter the seemingly innocuous, over-worked oil tycoon Wulf Rheinhart, a man in need of a fake fiancée for a week in order to close a business deal with a family-oriented Texan. One charade leads to another in this fast paced car chase of a romance where no one is who they seem to be.

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Blue Star Books’ newest release, “Charades” by Ann Logan,
is an exciting, dangerous romance.

See what others are saying:

Exciting adventures, escapes, twists and turns kept me glued to the pages.
-Tanya Klarer

A fast paced global jaunt filled with danger, romance, and a hero to die for. Five stars!
– Nan Doporto, A Romance Review

I felt drawn to Mercy and just couldn’t wait until the real woman in her was exposed.
– Donna Simpson

‘Charades’ is a good book that reminds me of a weekend thriller movie. The reader should grab a soda, sit back, hang on and enjoy the ride.
– Jan Crow, The World on Romance

Available at Amazon, All Romance eBooks, Nook, and Kobo.
Coming soon to Sony, iTunes, Google Books, and Gardners Books!

Discover Charles W. Allen’s “The Gift: A True Story of Life, Death, and Trust”

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Book Hub Announces Allyn House Publishing’s Touching Memoir “The Gift”

     Charles Allen, loving husband and father in a family of eight, shares his personal experience of conquering the heartache and tragedy of losing two children to cystic fibrosis, and both his oldest daughter and wife to cancer.
Through the details of Allen’s experiences of coping with the loss of four family members, it becomes clear how tragedy can become a powerful source of personal growth and how faith plays an important role in the trials and tribulations of life. Allen’s mourning culminates with the selfless gift given to him by his wife, Sue, as she struggles with her last breath.
Through touching personal journal entries and revealing narrative, ‘The Gift’ chronicles one man’s one man’s struggles with, and triumph over, loss and grief.

“Once in a great while, a story touches you so deeply that it changes you forever,
a timeless story that will never grow old.”

– Brian Carter, SunRise Publishing

Available at Kobo, Amazon, Nook, OmniLit, iTunes, and Google Books.
Coming soon to SONY and Gardners Books!

Spanish Version Coming Soon!!

Hey Romance Fans! NEW RELEASE: “Knight’s Desire” by Elizabeth Taylor George

 

“So addictive I couldn’t put it down!”

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AVAILABLE AT AMAZON, KOBO, NOOK, ALL ROMANCE, and iTUNES!
Coming Soon to SONY, Google Books, and Gardners Books 🙂

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Fat Girl Fairy Boy’ by Debut Author Carol McConkie

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Fat Girl Fairy Boy tells the story of Frieda Kunkelheimer, an aging Hollywood actress and her make-up artist/closest friend, Robin Morris. Carol McConkie’s skilful biographical narration takes us individually through the lives of each protagonist, from birth, to the start of their endearing friendship and later on a trip destined for South America; a journey which will change their lives forever.

Frieda was always pretty, despite being labelled as ‘ugly’ by Ursula, the stern German grandmother by whom she was raised. A social recluse, Frieda is more content with the company of her animal friends, who return her affection and do not call her nasty names like the bullies at school. But her negligent childhood and further traumatic experiences cause psychological damage, a theme handled excellently by McConkie; Frieda bottles up her feelings leading to emotional detachment, she develops a hatred for mirrors and discovers that the only way to deal with these problems is to run…

Robin finds his love for fashion when dressing up with the leftover materials from his mother’s job. He is mollycoddled by his mother and this pampering leads to a fear of flying, driving and most importantly of illness, with which he is plagued from an early age. Robin’s homosexuality and lower social standing make him feel inferior in the world, until some bittersweet good fortune emerges from a heartbreak, which helps him to achieve his dreams: to become a make-up artist.

McConkie, with her expert characterisation, helps to maintain our closeness with Frieda and Robin throughout their personal journeys and struggles, as if we were part of the story; you will find yourself hoping for happy outcomes to two lives riddled with pain, shedding tears of sadness, joy and laughter along the way.

The author’s versatility as a writer is made evident as she increases the pace, injecting adventure and excitement into the second half of the novel, where a planned plane journey to Brazil goes horribly wrong.

Although this section of the novel contains the darkest parts of Fat Girl Fairy Boy, it is in this disaster that the two friends forget the superficial world of showbiz and consequently find the answer to their problems in the most unlikely place: an El Salvadoran jungle. Frieda finally fills the hole left in her heart by a neglected childhood and Robin discovers strength and boldness from a past-life.

My only complaint about the novel is that I wish it was longer! I wanted to continue reading on and on. Nonetheless, Carol McConkie achieves so much, educating us on decades of US history, through the Great Depression, WWII, 60s counter-culture and Americo-Latin American political relations. In Fat Girl Fairy Boy she has produced an absolute gem – an emotional, well-written novel of friendship and self-discovery – and I look forward to reading more from her!

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– Nathan Sherratt, Twenty-First Century Classics Book Reviews  

Available at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, iTunes,
Google Books, and coming soon to SONY!

Introducing New Romance Release “Knight’s Desire” by Elizabeth Taylor George

All that stands between Sir Judson Langley and his chance to inherit Cresswell Castle is the truth, and a beautiful young serving woman with a secret. . .

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Judson Langley yearns for lands of his own. Sent to Cresswell Castle by Lady Emily Goodfife to prove her great-granddaughter is alive, Judson is torn between greed and his obligation to Lady Emily.If he proves the girl, Arian Goodfife, is dead, he stands to inherit Cresswell. Judson expects to encounter the castellan’s hostility, but not the loss of his heart to an enchanting serving girl. How could he know that the secret she hides threatens to tear all his dreams asunder?

Arian Goodfife, rightful heiress of Cresswell, lives in the shadows, dirty and wretched. After her mother’s suicide, her cruel stepfather claimed to all that Arian died in a fire. Her identity stripped away, she trusts no one. Driven by the desire to regain Cresswell, she vows to depose her stepfather. Then a dark, handsome knight named Judson arrives, making another claim on her lands. Though he touches a place in her heart she thought had turned to stone, Arian realizes the peril she would face were Judson to discover her true identity. Is Judson an angel or a devil? Only a miracle of love will answer her question.

Review

‘Knight’s Desire’ is a historical romance which reads with a hint of Romeo and Juliet, and a splash of the legends of Arthur. . . Readers can rest assured that Elizabeth Taylor George knows her stuff.

The further into the novel, the more it invites you in. The twists and sub-plots are so frequent, but remain unexpected. . . it works to inject more agonizing suspense.

The book is so addictive I couldn’t put it down. A very enjoyable novel and I highly recommend others give it a try.

                                                                                                           – Gemma Feltham

AVAILABLE AT AMAZON, KOBO, BARNES & NOBLE, and ALL ROMANCE eBOOKS!

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Praise for Dr. Linda R. Harper’s “Eat”

EAT: A Guide to Discovering Your Natural Relationship with Food
Linda R. Harper, Ph.D.

For over one hundred years, our culture has promoted dieting—with the goal of losing weight—as the acceptable way to eat. With this aim of weight loss, a diet determines your eating choices and in turn creates a thought system that prevents you from trusting your natural ability to make the right choices about eating. Our inner wisdom, or best self, quietly speaks to us through intuition, gut feelings, physical cravings and thoughts about the present moment, whereas beliefs focused on specific outcomes, such as weight loss-focused dieting, push their way to the forefront of our minds and block our ability to enjoy the present. The purpose of this book is to remove the barriers preventing you from accessing and trusting your own best self in choosing and creating each eating experience.
Eat provides the tools you need to remove the thoughts that are obstructing your inner wisdom and replace those thoughts with ones that will guide you back to everyday eating choices that stem from your best self. Linda R. Harper’s simple five-step guide will help you access your best self and discover your natural and healthy relationship with food, leaving the rules of dieting behind.

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Praise for “Eat”!

I choose to read “Eat” by Dr. Linda R. Harper because I am always trying to lose 10 pounds.  I thought this would be another dry reading nutritional diet book.  I was pleasantly surprised that it was light and easy to read. Dr. Harper puts dieting into perspective by advising us to “let go of thoughts of dieting and forbidden foods”.  She provides you with steps that will make you look at eating in a whole new light.  She wants you to enjoy your eating experience not starve yourself. . . They need to know there is another way to get past all the diet mumbo jumbo and starvation and begin to enjoy their meals; “Eat” will help them do that.                                                                                                – Jan Harris

A seemingly interesting concept put to paper – the very idea of this book goes against every diet rhetoric on the market . . . This book gives us the tools to change that [dieting] mentality – she is basically telling us, or rather giving us permission to ditch all diets and the rules associated with them and latch onto yourself, allowing you to make the decisions.  She assumes we already possess the required tools- we just need the instruction manual.  Eat: A Guide to Rediscovering Your Natural Relationship with Food, by Linda R. Harder, Ph.D. is just the manual needed. . .For anyone struggling with the path of dieting I recommend this book highly. . . [the dieter] will be able to identify with the examples and will begin to transform their unhealthy relationship with themselves and food into a healthy one.
                                                                          – Lara Girdler, NCReaderGirl Book Reviews

I would recommend that anyone with an unhealthy food relationship read Eat . . . Harper makes some excellent points. . . I’m happier and much healthier!
                                                                                            – Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie 


Available at Kobo, Nook, Amazon, and other eBook retailers.

5-Star Book: New Release from Debut Author Carol McConkie – “Fat Girl Fairy Boy”!

Blue Star Books is excited to announce the long-awaited release
of debut author Carol McConkie’s Fat Girl Fairy Boy!

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Frieda Kunkelheimer knew she wasn’t welcome in the world from her earliest stirrings. She also knew she was big and ugly, as proclaimed by her grandmother on the day of her birth. Though Frieda Kunkelheimer later blossoms into a beautiful and successful Hollywood film star, it had been determined, even before birth, that she was unwanted and unloved.

En route to a film shoot, the embittered, aging actress known as Frie, and Robin, her fearful, phobic gay makeup artist, survive a plane crash in the jungles of Central America only to be held hostage by El Salvadoran guerrillas. Their self-absorbed lives take a backseat to the events of their capture as a bizarre set of circumstances unfold and kindle courage, compassion, and forgiveness they never thought possible.

Fat Girl Fairy Boy is a darkly humorous tale of family, friendship, and personal discovery. Written in masterful prose, and filled with rich characters, McConkie mixes irony, humor, and pathos while weaving multifaceted storylines into a wildly entertaining adventure. Few experienced novelists fare as well as McConkie in this debut literary event.

Now available at Amazon, Nook, Kobo, and other eBook retailers!
Coming soon to Sony, iTunes, and Google Books.

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