Wednesday, May 4, 2016

#Book #Blitz. . .Kale's Paroxysm

Proudly Presents. . .A Book Blitz
Featuring Author, Nina Schluntz

Kale's Paroxysm 

By Nina Schluntz 

Genre: M/M Romance 

Kale has spent years in a volatile relationship with his ex, Martin. Convinced he will come back, even after a conflict that results in Kale being incarcerated and suspended from his law firm, Kale begins a no-strings-attached relationship with the man he meets in jail. 

Eli has always kept his romances with men temporary. He hasn’t always been honest about being gay and he prefers to keep the secrets of his past hidden. Kale’s obsessive nature makes it difficult though, and soon their relationship is edging toward something more. Kale’s possessiveness appears to have no limits, nor do his fits of rage, and Eli worries, as Kale’s affection shifts from Martin to Eli, that he may become Kale’s next victim rather than his lover. 


Nina Schluntz is a native to rural Nebraska. In her youth, she often wrote short stories to entertain her friends. Those ideas evolved into the novels she creates today. 

Her husband continues to ensure her stories maintain a touch of realism as she delves into the science fiction and fantasy realm. And their kitty, a rescued Abyssinian, is always willing to stay up late to provide inspiration. 

“Kale’s Paroxysm” is Nina’s first contemporary novel, but will not be her last. Visit her blog,, for information regarding previous and upcoming publications. She also posts book and movie reviews for a wide variety of genres. 


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Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

#Book #Blitz How Two Have a Successful Relationship

Proudly Presents. . .A Book Blitz
Featuring Authors, Phil and Maude Mayes

How two: Have a Successful Relationship

By Phil and Maude Mayes

Genre: non-fiction, self-help,
relationships - adult romance

Publisher: Olive Branch communications, Inc. 

In “How Two: Have a Successful Relationship” Phil and Maude describe a simple step by step understanding that is easily accessible to everyone. They share their personal experience of how it's possible to have a loving passionate relationship without conflict and alienating arguments, one based on shared core values and a complete acceptance of each other's individuality. They have outlined an effective process for creating mutual solutions and a method of practice that they hope will help spread peace in the world, one relationship at a time. Their strong desire to make their direct experience available to all couples shines through their writing and will renew your faith in what is possible and attainable.

In this book you will learn:

* How to find mutual solutions to decision making and problem solving
* How to remain an individual within the relationship
* How to break the vicious cycle of anger and recrimination
* How to avoid the pitfalls that create separation and estrangement
* How to keep that original loving connection to your partner

This book is a gem. It's short, it's practical, it's based on real life experience. If you want to improve your relationship, this is the book for you.


Author Bios

Phil and Maude Mayes live in Santa Barbara, California, having started in New York City and London, England respectively. They have been writing and speaking about spreading peace one relationship at a time for many years. They wrote the book Secrets of a Successful Relationship Revealed, and write a weekly relationship newsletter, as well as a weekly blog available on their website Phil and Maude are the producers of a number of relationship videos, as well as the series Kit and Kat Relationship Experts, all of which are to be found on their YouTube channel The Couples Project. They have been featured in a number of live interviews and write articles, both online and in print.


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Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer

Monday, May 2, 2016

#Book #Review . . .The Last Good Girl


In the bestselling tradition of Jodi Picoult and written in a style that’s as real as it gets (USA TODAY), this ripped-from-the-headlines novel features prosecutor Anna Curtis as she finds herself again at the center of a national story involving a freshman girl at a prestigious university who disappears after filing rape charges against a young man in a powerful fraternity.

Emily, a freshman at a Michigan university, has gone missing. She was last seen leaving a bar near Sigma Pi, the prestigious and secretive fraternity known on campus as “the rape factory.” The main suspect is Dylan Highsmith, the son of one of the most powerful politicians in the state. But so far the only clues are pieced-together surveillance footage of Emily leaving the bar that night…and Dylan running down the street after her.

Anna Curtis is on the case when she discovers the video diary Emily kept over her first few months at college, exposing the history she had with Dylan—and accusing him of rape before she disappeared.

Emily’s disappearance gets media attention and support from Title IX activists across the country, but Anna’s investigation hits a wall. Now Anna is looking for something, anything she can use to find Emily alive. But without a body or any physical evidence, she’s under threat from people who tell her to think hard before she ruins the name of an “innocent young man.” Inspired by real-life stories, The Last Good Girl shines a light on campus rape and the powerful emotional dynamics that affect the families of the men and women on both sides.

M & J's Review

This is the fifth installment in the Anna Curtis series.  It's the first time I've read the series and I must say, this book had me on the edge of my damn seat--squirming quite a bit.

What should have been the time of her life, as would be expected of any young freshman hopeful embarking upon college life, didn't quite pan out that well for Emily Sharpiro. College life wasn't unfamiliar territory for Emily.  In fact, she and her family lived in the campus community.  This was her dream to one day become a student and enjoy the life she imagined other students enjoyed. 

She carried a secret, and one she'd hope none of the other students would ever find out.  It wasn't anything that would hinder her work, but it would cause her peers to look at her differently, and she didn't want that.  Her roommates asked her to go to the party of the year and mingle with frat boys.  After all, isn't this why parents paid all that money for their kids to go to college, to party, drink and become hungover?  But what Emily's parents couldn't possibly foresee was their daughter, in which she was one of many girls, sexually assaulted by a particular high-profile frat brother, Dylan Highsmith.

Dylan had all the prestige any Highsmith was afforded.  His father was a well-respected man in the community and a high ranking political figure and he wanted to ensure that his son would graduate top in his class, as well as carry on the legacy of their family name. Unfortunately, Dylan would carry on the name, but not in the way his father would have respected.  It would appear Dylan has a problem with the word "no."  When Emily came into contact with Dylan, she thought he was cute and she liked him.  They were getting along and dancing to the music and acting crazy like all the other college kids were doing.  There didn't appear to be anything out of the ordinary.  He was such a gentleman to ask if she wanted something to drink, and Emily happily accepted.

The next morning when she awoke, she found herself lying next to a sleeping Dylan, nude and sore.  She thought she recalled seeing him on top of her at one point, but she blacked out and couldn't remember.  
Unfortunately, what happened to Emily was a fact of life that sometimes happens to women on college campuses.  Of course, the colleges and/or universities want to sweep those unfortunate "incidents" under the rug for that kind of publicity would stop potential applications from coming their way.  Any school worth its salt needs a student body in order to survive.  Was the rape all in Emily's head or was she just an intoxicated naive girl out for a little fun, but got a little too carried away?  

Dylan and Emily were seen having an argument.  When the argument was over, it appears that Dylan went after Emily and that would be the last time he or anyone else saw her alive. Emily's mother was extremely distraught of her daughter's disappearance, but her father didn't think much of it at the time.  As the reader continues with the story, what you learn will be mind blowing and quite witty at the same time.

This was a fast-paced thrill ride type of read.  I hated to get off! Between the legal aspect and Emily's disappearance, there was so much going on your mind will be in a whirlwind of drama.  Mello & June gives The Last Good Girl five stars.  This book will be available for sale tomorrow.  If you love legal thrillers, this is most definitely the one to read!  Get yourself a copy wherever books are sold!

Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

#Book #Blitz . . . Psychopomp and Circumstance

Proudly Presents. . .A Book Blitz
Featuring Author, Adrean Messmer

Psychopomp and Circumstance

By Adrean Messmer

Genre: Horror, New Adult

Publisher: A Murder of Storytellers

It starts on Facebook—an update that Nell doesn’t remember making. It’s bad enough that she’s dying and none of her friends know. Now, she’s pretty sure she’s going crazy. She sees the Sewercide Man everywhere she goes.

The bright, safe little town of Bandon is descending into darkness, dragging the inhabitants along for the ride. Death follows madness for those bound to the Sewercide Man’s will.

But the Sewercide Man is more than just a ghost or a monster. He is death without justice. He is destruction without remorse. He doesn’t have a plan.

He just wants to bring everyone home.

"A blend of gritty realism and dark supernatural, Psychopomp and Circumstance is Heathers meets It Follows, with a sprinkling of The Twilight Zone, all told with black humor, nihilist teen angst, and a buried need to be loved and accepted."—Richard Thomas, author of Tribulations


Author Bio

Adrean Messmer is a horror writer living in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a tiny human she put together from some spare parts and a technowizard husband. She has a cat named after a Batman villain, and a dog who's really a magician.

When she was eight, she asked her mother to read Stephen King's It to her as a bedtime story and her mother actually did it. So, that probably explains a lot.


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Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

#Book #Review . . . Behave

From the author of The Spanish Bow comes a lush, harrowing novel based on the real life story of Rosalie Rayner Watson, one of the most controversial scientists—and mothers—of the 20th century. . .

“The mother begins to destroy the child the moment it’s born,” wrote the founder of behaviorist psychology, John B. Watson, whose 1928 parenting guide was revered as the child-rearing bible. For their dangerous and “mawkish” impulses to kiss and hug their child, “most mothers should be indicted for psychological murder.”

Behave is the story of Rosalie Rayner, Watson’s ambitious young wife and the mother of two of his children.

In 1920, when she graduated from Vassar College, Rayner was ready to make her mark on the world. Intelligent, beautiful, and unflappable, she won a coveted research position at Johns Hopkins assisting the charismatic celebrity psychologist John B. Watson. Together, Watson and Rayner conducted controversial experiments on hundreds of babies to prove behaviorist principles. They also embarked on a scandalous affair that cost them both their jobs—and recast the sparkling young Rosalie Rayner, scientist and thinker, as Mrs. John Watson, wife and conflicted, maligned mother, just another “woman behind a great man.”

With Behave, Andromeda Romano-Lax offers a provocative fictional biography of Rosalie Rayner Watson, a woman whose work influenced generations of Americans, and whose legacy has been lost in the shadow of her husband’s. In turns moving and horrifying, Behave is a richly nuanced and disturbing novel about science, progress, love, marriage, motherhood, and what all those things cost a passionate, promising young woman.


I must say I’ve never heard about this particular babies’ experiment, however, having said that, I was deeply disturbed in the way John Watson went about it. In fact, his whole view on raising of children boggled my mind. For a man who didn’t donate much of his time, except for his deposit of seed, rendering his first two children, and then continuing on in his same M.O. with his second set of children, where on earth did he get the notion this is the proper way to raise a child—without any emotion or affection at all? That, to me, was exhaustive and extremely damaging. After reading the epilogue, I realized that my thoughts were somewhat correct, after hearing what happened to the Watson children as they became adults.

The star of the story, of course, was Rosalie Alberta Rayner Watson, the woman who started out with so much vigor and hope and graduated from Vassar College probably never dreamed sitting in a lecture hall one day listening to a renowned psychologist, John B. Watson, demonstrating human behavior before her very eyes would one day be the father of her two sons?  He threw out a ball to the audience and one of the students didn’t know what to think because it was so unexpected, and so she dropped it. Nothing like the element of surprise. However, after Rosalie witnessed this, when Watson threw it to her, she instinctively caught it. He asked her a very simple question, “What were you thinking when I threw the ball?” Her response, “To make sure I caught it.” Watson successfully demonstrated an element of human behavior.

Watson was so enamored with Rosalie; he was more than happy to learn she’d be working with him at Johns Hopkins assisting in his studies of behavior. It appeared that it would be only a matter of time before Watson took his feelings to a whole other level, which Rosalie didn’t turn away. Although he was married with two children, didn’t seem to stop the full-on love affair the two embraced. All the dreams Rosalie’s parents had for her would have been nearly impossible for them to think things would turn out as they did later. This love affair not only caused problems for the Rayner family, Rosalie and John were both fired from their positions. Rosalie had to know better, especially given the fact that Watson had a reputation for sleeping with his assistants, of which she was one. But, she didn’t care because she was in love and lust.

Before they were let go from Johns Hopkins, Baby Albert was an experiment that helped put Watson on the scientific map. Although the experiments didn’t appear to have any lasting effects on the baby, at least not any that one could see or detect, Watson worked diligently on a series of experiments to further drive home his point that humans aren’t born with fear, but rather we’re taught what to be fearful of. Rosalie didn’t seem to like performing these tests and experiments, but just to be near Watson, was suitable for her tastes. As the reader goes through this story, a bit of karma begins to unfold as one would certainly expect.

I found the story to be very intriguing and sometimes a little boring at the same time. I kept expecting the story to go one way, and Rosalie continued to take me in an entirely different direction. I learned quite a bit about Rosalie and her drive, but felt a sense of sadness for her as well. There were so many questions I would have liked to ask her on some of the decisions she made, especially where her children were concerned. Again, it was mind boggling to me to have her husband advise and downright insist that she let her boys fend for themselves—to not indulge in showing or displaying loving affection with her sons. I can’t imagine what type of person I would have turned out to be had my mother not hugged or kissed me. Or even to say she loved me. In fact, it’s that very type of behavior that would certainly suggest the recipe for potentially raising a serial killer or someone with psychological damage. And like I mentioned before, after reading the epilogue, I wasn’t surprised or shocked by what I learned.

This was a pretty decent read, but not at all what I had expected. I’m not sure what I expected—perhaps a little more excitement, but then again, how could it be with the content of the story. I feel Romano-Lax did a good job making Rosalie the star of the story and telling her side of things, as best she could. Mello & June gives Behave four stars. It was interesting enough to keep you turning the pages and quite an education learned about the behavior of the famous John B. Watson.  

Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer

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