Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Consumption - Be Consumed Today

So I took a wee break yesterday to decompress and relax after a weekend of insanity and chaos as we prepped (Saturday) and then celebrated Christmas with Heli Dad’s family on Sunday. I really needed a day to simply do nothing. I feel much better for it but my unexpected day off threw off my plans for the week so I’ve had to tweak my schedule for everything a bit. But it still works so here we go…

Today I’ve got release news for something a bit different than what I normally feature here on the blog. It’s not romance but then I do occasionally read other stuff too. LOL. And considering it’s December it doesn’t really fit in with what you’d expect to see flashed about either – aka Christmas/Holiday stories.

It’s Horror.

The scare you sleepless, kind of horror. A collection of short stories designed to frighten and keep you jumping at shadows, and all the odd noises that sound in the dark. It’s just a little book and doesn’t take long to read at all, but it’s dark and it gets the heart pumping with fear.

After all, life isn’t all happy ever afters.

Friday, December 8, 2017

FAOM: Learning More About the Avenues Ink Series

Earlier this week I told you guys my guilty secret about this month's FAOM A.M. Johnson's work - that I haven't read any of her work yet - and I asked for advice about which of her books to read first: Sacred Hart, a stand alone novel, or Possession, the first in the Avenues Ink series. Well your suggestions and votes poured in through social media and the results were about even. In the end I took the suggestion made by several Instagram peeps who told me that both books were simply amazing so I should read Sacred Hart first and then Posession... because when I finished Possession I would definitely want to keep going and pour through the other books in the Avenues Ink series. 

So that's the route I'm taking. I started reading Wednesday night and I have to say, so far so good. I've already cried once (in public LOL) which I'm told is just the beginning, and I'm already in love. 

But the love, because there was a lot of love coming in for Possession got me thinking and wondering more about the rest of the Avenues Ink series. About the books, about the men and women featured in them, and about the stories that comprise the series which resulted in the fan following and devotion I discovered when I asked for reading suggestions. So, Avenues Ink.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

FAOM: Help Me Pick A Book To Read

Alright so here’s the thing, I have a horrible confession to make.

I haven’t read ANY of A.M. Johnson’s books yet. *gasp* I know, I know, I’m shocked too. But alas, there is no reason to be too alarmed – I actually bought two of her books yesterday and they are downloaded and waiting in my Kindle for me to dive into them. And since I’ll be up to the hospital with Little Prince Wednesday night and all day Thursday, I will definitely have some time to read then.

Now I just have to decide which one to read first!

Should be simple enough to decide, and I thought I had, but then I was going working on Amanda’s interview and a couple of things she told me have me second guessing. So I’m going need some help people, you have to help me decide. I mean, I’m going to end up reading both of them (and more besides) but…

Which A.M. Johnson Book Should I Read First???

Avenues Ink Series, Book 1

Paige Simon was the only girl Declan ever loved. The only one capable of silencing his voices, the only person to ever have faith in who he was, until the day her faith turned to doubt and destroyed everything they’d made together. 

Declan O ’Connell was the only person Paige could be herself with. The only one she could rely on, until the day she was forced to make a choice that would condemn them both.

They’ve had years apart, and second chances don’t belong to the damned. But when you come face to face with your savior, it’s almost impossible to walk away. In order to move beyond the sins of their past, and forever silence the demons in his head, they’ll have to risk it all. 

But with love, there are real reasons to be afraid and, sometimes… your salvation is your damnation. 

Do YOU like the sound of Possession
If you do, you can get your copy here.

Sacred Hart
A Stand Alone Novel

Sleep, it was luxury I didn’t have.

I could hear it then, in the dark light of night, in the dusky morning…

The click of the trigger, the smell of her blood, the sound of the rain. 

I never thought I would see her again. 

She was a ghost. 

She was dead.

When Maggie Wright pushed her way into my life, she brought the phantom with her, and I was helpless to her pull. 

Everything I had, all of it, had been taken from me ten years ago. I had nothing but the shirt on my back, the memories that still burned through my veins, and the regret I drowned in every day.

I am Ryan Hartford...and I have nothing left to lose. 

How about Sacred Hart, doesn’t it sound fabulous too? 

And guess what? You can even get Sacred Hart as an audiobook!! 

So you see my issue?!?! They both sound so good. They also both sound like they’re going to rip my heart out and quite possibly make me ugly cry in public. (Which I’m surprisingly okay with. LOL.) So what do you think?

Should I read Possession first? Or Sacred Hart? Tell me what you think in a comment here or on any of my social media pages – Facebook, Twitter, G+, or Instagram.

And hey, don’t forget to enter the December FAOM Giveaway for your chance to win a signed copy of any one of A.M. Johnson’s books. You can do that by clicking on the Contests tab at the top of the page, or by clicking here. Remember – a comment on any December FAOM post (this one for example) is one of the ways to enter! 

So drop me your suggestion or just say Hi! And in the meantime, happy reading!!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

FAOM: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like A Giveaway

It’s December!

That means decorations, baking, turkey dinners, Christmas trees, family, and a much needed break from the everyday hustle, bustle and chaos of life in our Corner Table House. But before we get to that we’ve got books, books, books… and more books! I’ll be looking at all the books from A.M. Johnsonthis month’s Featured Author of the Month – for one thing, and a few other’s as well.

Right now, I am ridiculously excited to launch this month’s FAOM Giveaway. From December 3rd to December 29th at 11:59pm (MST) you can enter a number of ways: visit A.M. Johnson’s Facebook page, or mine. There’s one and two. Sign up for the Ups, Downs, Ins & Outs Newsletter, there’s three. Visit the blog and comment on any December #FAOM post. That makes four ways to enter. Or you can tweet a message about the giveaway.

(Psst!!! You can tweet the message and earn an entry every day between December 3 – 29th!)

So like I said, lots of ways to enter!

Now I’m sure you’re starting to wonder… What do I get if I win? That’s the greatest part!

This month A.M. Johnson has offered to gift to the contest winner a signed paperback copy of any one of her books!!  A true “winner’s choice!” Now aren’t you excited???

Get started now, use the Rafflecopter form and enter today!!

Friday, December 1, 2017

There's a New Featured Author of the Month...

Here we are everyone at the beginning of December and at the start of another round of the Featured Author of the Month. I had such fun in November and I’m so excited for this month. So let’s get to it… I’d like to introduce to you an author who is new to me, though she has been writing and publishing for over 2 years now.

A.M. Johnson lives in Utah with her family where she moonlights as a nurse on the weekends. If she’s not busy with her three munchkins, you’ll find her buried in a book or behind the keyboard where she explores the human experience through the written word. She’s obsessed with all things Austen and Oreos, and she LOVES to connect with readers!

You can stay up-to-date with Amanda by signing up for her newsletter here.

And you can connect, follow and/or stalk her online at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And you can always find book info on her website.

Find all Featured Author of the Month posts by searching the hashtags #FAOM and #AuthorOfTheMonth on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram!! 

Stick around and enjoy the fun!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Winners of the November FAOM Giveaway Are...

Hey everybody! It’s been such a great month here on Ups, Downs, Ins & Outs. This first month of the Featured Author of the Month with Linda Oaks has been a blast! But there is one last thing to do before the month is over and Linda steps out of the spotlight to allow someone else their time to shine…

We have to give stuff away!

All month readers, fans and friends have had the chance to enter to win one of two copies of Chasing Rainbows, the first book in Linda’s The Chasing series. I didn’t talk too much about this book beyond sharing the blurb and book trailer earlier this month. Addie and Jake’s story is a tough one. Well more accurately put, their road was a tough one. The love they share with each other – it’s a beautiful, touching thing, and in a couple of ways reminds me of my early relationship with Heli Dad. For all it’s beauty though, it’s got rough spots and moments when you just can’t be sure whether it’s really going to work. And then it does. It does and because of the struggle you know it’s that much stronger, that much better, that much more real.
I hope the ladies who receive the book will enjoy Chasing Rainbows as much as I have and I truly do hope that they will continue on to read the rest of The Chasing series. I’ve read them all now and can safely say that they are all great stories with touching depth, real characters, and moments of perfection that are all too difficult to find.

Enjoy your spoils Martha and Sylvia, and happy reading!!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Have You Missed Out This November?

The month of November is quickly coming to a close – but it’s not quite over yet, which means that you’ve still got time to enter the November FAOM Giveaway and secure your chance to win one of two copies of Chasing Rainbows by Linda Oaks.

Chasing Rainbows is of course the first book in Linda’s The Chasing series and in case you’ve missed it, I’ve been talking about them all month long!

Want to know more about The Chasing series? Here’s a few links to help you out:

Chasing Rainbows and the other titles in the series can be discovered here.

Finding Forever is book 2 of the series and is featured here.

Book 3 The Way Home is spotlighted here but you can also see my review of the book here.

And the final book of the series, book 4, Fighting For a Chance is the topic of this post.

Still want to see more?

Check out my interview with Linda Oaks here and find out more about her and her writing. 

But seriously – don’t forget to enter the giveaway… After all, who doesn’t love a free book?

Friday, November 24, 2017

FAOM: My REVIEW of The Way Home by Linda Oaks

The Way Home
The Chasing series, book 3
by Linda Oaks

About the Book:

“Not everyone you love is going to leave you…but what if they do?"

For Nate Lucas, this was his reality.

When he lost her, he was left with no choice. Life was impossible in Crawley without her. He couldn’t live with all of the memories or her ghost.

He vowed to never return again.

It was business that brought him back and the chance to right a wrong, but then she needed him; his best friend’s little sister. Her life and her child’s were in danger. It was an arrangement until it became more. 

He vowed to never love again; to never allow the past a chance to repeat itself, but sometimes you’re left with no choice. 

When the walls around your heart are finally breached, do you run and save yourself or stay and fight for the chance to love again?

When you lose your way, how do you find the way home? 

The Review:

Nate Lucas lost the love of his young life when he was 18 years-old. We know this story, we’ve read (in Chasing Rainbows) how deeply that death affected the other people who loved her – Natalie Hayes. But for Nate, the pain wasn’t simply about her death; for him, the body blow came from more than just losing her, with her he’d lost his future. Or at least the future he’d seen for himself, for them, the only future he believed he could have. To survive, to go on, he had to leave. He had to keep himself separate, wall himself off and stay away.

But alone is no way to live, and living the way he did through all the years since her death was merely existing. To heal, to really live again would take more.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

FAOM: I'm Giving 'Fighting for a Chance' a Chance Today

I’ve highlighted all of the books in The Chasing series… except this one, the last one. Fighting for a Chance is currently the final book in the series and features a character we met all the way back in the beginning in Chasing Rainbows. In that book, I was left with something of a bad taste in my mouth for Chance and his brother Chase. I am busily working my way through this series and I’m nervously looking forward to this final book.

Will I like the man Chance has become, or will I still have issues with him? Will I find myself rooting for him and Ivy, or quietly hoping that he gets a taste of his own medicine?

If you’ve already read Fighting for a Chance tell me what you thought of it? Should I give him a chance?

Fighting for a Chance
by Linda Oaks
It all began with a secret. 

A cross of paths that altered a life. 

Iris Malone had a plan of revenge. She searched for the man known as “The Savage.”

Chance Logan was one of the most promising heavyweight contenders on the planet. Her plan was simple, to make a savage fall to his knees. She would break his heart like he’d broken so many countless others before her. 

But sometimes even the best-laid plans can begin to unravel. 

What happens when you fall for the enemy?

When you’re in danger of losing your heart to the man you promised to make suffer?

When lines are crossed, and it’s too late to turn back, you have no choice but to live with the decisions you make. 

Will Iris’s plan for revenge ruin the chance at a love of a lifetime? Will she fight for a chance to love a savage or will she lose everything when the truth is finally revealed?

Someone was going down.  

Someone would pay. 

Do you care to place your bets as to who will be standing at the end of the final round?

If you’re like me and still need to read this book, you can get your copy of Fighting for a Chance here:
Amazon US  //  Amazon UK  
Amazon CA  //  Amazon AU 
iBooks  //  B&N  //  Kobo  //  Smashwords 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

FAOM: Taking a Look at THE WAY HOME

After learning earlier this week in Linda’s interview that Nate, in The Way Home has been her favorite character to write, I was increasingly interested in reading the book. I’m just starting his story but obviously I recognize Nate from his mentions and brief appearances in Chasing Rainbows and Finding Forever. I’m truly very intrigued by him – what’s his whole story, the little I do know only makes me what to know more after all, what happens, what changes, and more how does that change him? I can’t wait.

Have you read The Way Home yet? What did you think? Did you love/hate Nate and his story?

The Way Home
by Linda Oaks

“Not everyone you love is going to leave you…but what if they do?"

For Nate Lucas, this was his reality.

When he lost her, he was left with no choice. Life was impossible in Crawley without her. He couldn’t live with all of the memories or her ghost.

He vowed to never return again.

It was business that brought him back and the chance to right a wrong, but then she needed him; his best friend’s little sister. Her life and her child’s were in danger. It was an arrangement until it became more. 

He vowed to never love again; to never allow the past a chance to repeat itself, but sometimes you’re left with no choice. 

When the walls around your heart are finally breached, do you run and save yourself or stay and fight for the chance to love again?

When you lose your way, how do you find the way home? 

Want to read it? Need a copy? 
You can get The Way Home here: 

Amazon US  //  Amazon UK 
Amazon CA  //  Amazon AU 
B&N  //  iBooks  //  Kobo 

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