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New Review: When Forever Changes by Siobhan Davis with Excerpt

6 Oct

 

When Forever Changes, an all-new emotional, angsty, new adult romance from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis is available NOW!

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Looking back, I should have seen the signs. Perhaps I did, but I subconsciously chose to ignore them.

From the time I was ten, when I first met Dylan, I knew he was my forever guy. Back then, I couldn’t put words to what I was feeling, but, as the years progressed, I came to recognize it for what it was—soul-deep love. The kind only very few people ever get to experience. Dylan was more than just my best friend, my childhood sweetheart, my lover.

He was my soulmate.

We were carved from the same whole—destined to be together forever.

Until he changed.

And I believed I was no longer good enough.

Until he shattered me so completely, it felt like I ceased to exist.

And I’d never experienced such heart-crushing pain.

Until he leveled me a second time, and I truly wanted to die.

But I had to stay strong because I wasn’t alone in this cruel twist of fate.

I look to the sky, pleading with the stars, begging someone to tell me what I should do because I don’t know how to deal with this. I don’t know how to cope when my forever has changed, and I can’t help wondering if I had seen the signs earlier, if I’d pushed him, would it have been enough to save us?

Or had fate already decided to alter our forever?



Christie’s Review

5 +++++ STARS

All-Time Favorite Read

A Top Read of 2018, A Top Read in Friends to Lovers, A Top Read in Second Chance Romance

Oh my goodness!!! Siobhan Davis has given her readers an emotional and unforgettable read! It’s a beautiful friends to lovers and second chance romance, which just happen to be two of my favorite sub-genres in romance!

I knew this was going to be an angsty and emotional read, but I certainly wasn’t prepared for the journey Davis had in store for me.

The story centers around Gabby, Dylan, and Slater. From reading the synopsis, I knew there was a possibility of a love triangle, but it wasn’t anything like I thought it was going to be. Several external factors played into it. All I can say is Davis turned this romance upside down with the twists she included. Those were what made this such an extraordinary book.

While creating a wonderful story, she created outstanding characters that breathed life into it. Gabby was a young woman I would want as my friend, caring and kind. At times, I thought she gave Dylan way too many chances, but because of who she was, I understood why. As the story progressed, she really tried not to give Dylan or Slater false hope.

Unlike most romances, this book had two heroes in my opinion, both Dylan and Slater. Each of them loved Gabby. Yes, Dylan was a flawed hero, but his love for her never waned as you will find out throughout the book. I knew Slater was Prince Charming from the very beginning. He is my current reigning king of book boyfriends. I’m not sure any other man will dethrone him in my eyes. He embodies what it means to love someone unconditionally.

This is a book to be read slowly, and I say this because I want others to savor every word like I did. Davis will break your heart several times, but trust me when I way she will lovingly put it back together again. This is a wonderful, wonderful book about real and lasting love!!!!!



 

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Excerpt:

A shrill whistle pierces my eardrums, and I look up as my name is called. My brother, Ryan, waves from across the street. He’s in his running gear, and, judging by the hair plastered to his forehead, I’m guessing he’s on the return route of his daily jog. He sprints across the road with a certain look on his face. One I’ve seen way too many times to count.

“Good evening, ladies,” he says, all but ignoring me as he grins seductively at my friend. Very slowly, he peruses the length of her body, licking his lips and folding his muscular arms across his torso. Myndi’s chest visibly heaves as she returns the eye-fuck, and I know it’s time to stop this train wreck from happening.

I punch Ryan in the arm.

Hard.

“Ow!” Rubbing his arm, he scowls at me.“What the fuck was that for?”

“Quit with the sleazy‘comefuck me’ looks. Myndi is my best friend so that means she’s off limits to the likes of you.” I prod my finger in his solid chest to drill my point home. And it’s not the first time I’ve had to issue a warning. He’s been after her since last year. Although he’d never make a move on any girl in a relationship, now that Myndi and Travis are no more, he seems to have made it a mission to get her underneath him.

As much as I love my brother, and I truly adore him, he’s a complete manwhore, leaving a trail of broken hearts all over campus. If I thought his intentions were serious, and that Myndi was into it, I wouldn’t stand in their way, but I don’t want to see her hurt. And I don’t want things to become awkward. Even though Ryan, Slater, and their crew are seniors, we still hang with them a lot, and if Ryan treated Myndi like one of his “girls,” things would definitely get messy.

“You’re lucky you’re my favorite sister,” he grumbles, shoving my finger away.

I purse my lips and narrow my eyes.“I’m your only sister.”

“Exactly.” He smirks, and I roll my eyes.

“Myndi has just had a bad breakup and the last thing she needs is Mr. One-night Stand hitting on her.”

He slams a hand over his chest, feigning upset.“You slay me, little sis. Such cruel words.”

“Don’t even try to deny it. There’s a running roll call of your conquests on the wall in the girls’ restroom.” A sour taste fills my mouth.“And that is not something I should ever have to see.” I’m not confirming it’s a list of the hottest guys on campus with each girl rating their skills on a scale of one to ten. Or the fact he and Slater are more than holding their own at the top of the list. Ugh. A sister does not need to know this stuff.

He puffs out his chest, and his lips curl up at the corners.“Can’t help it if the ladies love what I’m offering.” He shoots us a smug grin.“It’s all in the James’ genes. You’d know it if you hadn’t attached yourself to Woods when you were still in diapers.”

I smack his chest this time.“I was fifteen when Dylan and I first started going out. Asshat.”

“Does Woods know you get off on beating up defenseless men?” He grabs his chin between his thumb and forefinger.“Oris that the standard he’s used to?”

I fist my hands into knots, working hard to quell the urge to thump him again.“Ugh.You are so freaking annoying. Thank God, it’s your last year here.”

Quick as a flash, he grabs me into a headlock, messing up my hair.“Don’t be mean, Tornado. You know you’ll miss your favorite brother.”

About Siobhan:

USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult romantic fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the international bestselling Kennedy Boys, Saven, and True Calling series’.

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

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Dear Mr. Pop Star by Derek & Dave Philpott Book Tour with Review

6 Oct

Dear Mr. Pop Star

Synopsis:

For more than a decade, Derek Philpott and his son, Dave, have been writing to pop stars from the 1960s to the 90s to take issue with the lyrics of some of their best-known songs.

But then, to their great surprise, the pop stars started writing back…

Dear Mr Pop Star contains 100 of Derek and Dave’s greatest hits, including correspondence with Katrina and the Waves, Tears for Fears, Squeeze, The Housemartins, Suzi Quatro, Devo, Deep Purple, Nik Kershaw, T Pau, Human League, Eurythmics, Wang Chung, EMF, Mott the Hoople, Heaven 17, Jesus Jones, Johnny Hates Jazz, Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, Chesney Hawkes and many, many more.

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Christie’s Review

5 STARS

Dear Mr. Pop Star was a clever, enjoyable, and funny book perfect for any music fan! The synopsis itself caught my attention. While I read mostly fiction, I was really looking forward to reading this one, and it didn’t disappoint!

I wasn’t familiar with every musician or band, but all the letters were entertaining. It was very interesting to realize that some of the songs weren’t really about what I thought. This was illustrated in the responses from “Head Over Heels” by Tears for Fears, which was probably the most humorous, and “My Sharona” by The Knack. I remember both of these songs very well.

One of my all-time favorite letters back to the Philpott’s was from Nu Shooz having to do with the line “tell me what’s on your mind.” The response was ingenious and hilarious. A list was sent back with 10 random questions which included: How the existence of the Easter Bunny was possible? Why is there an extra “D” in Wednesday? That one had me laughing for a while!

Not only were letters included with the responses, but I also enjoyed the notes included to band//musicians without their responses in postcard illustrations.

Any fan of music would really enjoy this collection. It can be read very quickly, and it would make the perfect gift for any occasion.



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Meet the Authors:

Derek and Dave Philpott are the nom de plumes of two ordinary members of the public, working with help from a small family and, crucially, a worldwide social networking community. Neither they, or anybody assisting with the creative aspects of this project had any connections with the music, entertainment, media or publishing industries whatsoever at the time of its commencement. Despite these humble origins, however, they now find themselves in the bizarre but enviable position whereby many pop stars and people within these circles are their friends “in real life’” (whatever that means!). Many artists consider “getting a Dereking” as a badge of honour, and, as one has participant succinctly put it-
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New Review: Rats, Mice, And Other Things You Can’t Take to The Bank by Leslie Handler

6 Oct

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Rats, Mice, and Other Things You Can’t Take to the Bank

by Leslie Handler

 

About the book:

Part memoir, part essay collection, Rats, Mice, and Other Things You Can’t Take to the Bank is written with both wit and charm. It will take you on a ride from finding a mouse in the house to the mortgage crisis, from a smile to a chuckle and from a few tears to the feeling of being wrapped in a blanket sipping a warm cup of cocoa on a cold winter’s day. Handler offers a rich, touching, heartfelt and reflective read that will leave the reader with an indelible uplifting spirit.



Christie’s Review

4 STARS

What a great collection of essays about life!!!!

Handler has written a book that is part memoir and a collection of essays. She grabbed not only my mind but my heart in her introduction. Life is full of ups and downs as she illustrates in her writings. Some of those she shared made me laugh, and some of them made me cry. She wrote of marriage, parenthood, dating, family, motherhood, and life in general.

Her enduring love story with her husband was inspirational. She made it clear that her marriage isn’t perfect, but their commitment to each other is what got them through their hard times, such as 9/11, Super Storm Sandy, and cancer.

She is honest in her commentary about life…one of my favorites, “Stupid Things,” and aging. However, my favorite was “To Young People.” It’s great advice for not only younger people but older people as well. As she says, we should all practice kindness, moderation, and passion in life. “Whatever your choices are, if you practice these three things, your regrets will be small and your successes will not only be abundant, but they will come from your heart.” Thank you, Leslie Handler, for giving your readers a wonderful, thought-provoking, and emotional read!



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About Leslie Handler

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Leslie is a Society of Newspaper Columnists award winner as well as a Gold eLit award winner. She’s an international syndicated columnist with Senior Wire News Service and a frequent contributor to WHYY and CityWide Stories. She freelances for The Philadelphia Inquirer, ZestNow, and Boomercafe, as well as blogs for HuffPost. NY Times Bestselling author Jenny Lawson says right on the cover of Leslie’s book, Rats, Mice, and Other Things You Can’t Take to the Bank, that you should “read this book.” Leslie currently lives smack dab between Philadelphia and New York City with husband Marty, dogs Maggie, Hazel, and Ginger, a collection of fish, said husband’s cockatoo who she’s been trying to roast for dinner for the last 33 years, and a few occasional uninvited guests. You may follow her blog, read previously published essays, and listen in on recently aired radio and podcast interviews at: LeslieGoesBoom.com.
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