What I’m Reading: Phoenix’s Ascent by Winter Austin…Goddess Fish Review Tour- June 28 – July 26

June 28: The Faerie Review

June 28: Christa Reads and Writes

July 12: The Avid Reader

July 12: Our Town Book Reviews

July 19: Harlie’s Books

July 19: Simply Vogue

July 26: Fabulous and Brunette

July 26: Gina Rae Mitchell

Winter Austin will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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GENRE:   Romantic Suspense/Military Thriller

A maniac developing a fantastical drug wants one more thing to finalize the project—a test subject who fits all the parameters. But that test subject is as elusive as her namesake.

Ex-SAS operative Mitch Edwards has been on the run since the moment he was framed for treason by someone in the British government. But he’s never forgotten the flamboyant and seductive CIA operative with the tongue of a thousand languages. In a bar in Cancun, Mexico, Mitch comes face to face with her once more, and with her comes the full force of her enemies.

Reinstated Hera Force linguist and assassin, Nadia Roth, code named Phoenix, has no memory of Mitch Edwards, or of their affair before her team’s disastrous mission. Her traumatic brain injury is tricky that way. But something about this man sets her on fire and tickles the back of her mind. Her Hera teammates remember him, so why can’t she?

Mitch partners up with Hera, with the sole intent of locating those hell-bent on killing him and all who are associated with him. Yet more is at stake than their lives. A traitor hides among their ranks, one who has been revealing all their secrets to an enemy determined to procure this special drug and Nadia for his scheme.

Hera goes into operation mode, doing what they were created to do, but someone is watching, and the team finds themselves trapped behind enemy lines with no way out.

Will Nadia ever remember the man she once loved, or will they perish with the secret between them?

Eighteen months in Cancún, he’d seen the cartel violence escalate at a rate that made his time fighting in the Afghan war look like a Sunday stroll through Kensington Gardens. Despite it all, exiled SAS operative Mitchell Edwards stayed on. Where else was a man framed for treason supposed to hide out?

Swirling margarita glasses in hot, soapy water, he kept an eye on the open doorway, nodding at the comings and goings of the patrons. A breeze off the sea rippled through the grass roof. The salty, sweet air buffeted his damp face, cooling him. The sea beckoned, tempting him to come and play.

Later. After his shift. A swim in his little alcove sounded marvelous.

Mitch set the sanitized glasses on a drying rack. He raked his fingers through his blonde hair—it still took some getting used to having his hair this long—and flipped the curled strands out of his eyes. Looking and feeling more like Robinson Crusoe than Mitch Edwards. Snorting, he grabbed another handful of bar glasses and plunged them into the hot water. That he wasn’t stranded on a deserted island in the middle of the bloody sea was a better outcome compared to his fictional counterpart.

Shadows passed over the bamboo shades, dampening the late afternoon sun that bounced off the pristine sandy beach. Three men entered the bar and paused inches inside the doorway. The lead man wore a cream-colored blazer over a brilliant blue shirt, and khaki slacks. The two flanking him wore similar styled clothing, the exception being the noticeable bulges under their blazers. Lead man pulled his sunglasses from his eyes and did a quick sweep of the bar. Seemingly satisfied by whatever he did or didn’t see, he pointed at the two with him. They stepped past, and did a circular walk around the bar. Their predatory motions put Mitch at attention.


Mitch’s little, insignificant bar had attracted unwanted visitors. His quick initial assessment turned scrutinizing. These were not casual visitors, not with those bulges. No. Mitch’s blood ran cold. These three had to be cartel. What the hell were they doing here? They tended to avoid the tourists’ haunting hours, preferring to do their dirty work in the black of night.

The dapper dressed man strolled up to the bar. “El camarero, Modelo Especial, por favor.”

Giving him a curt nod, Mitch moved to the fridge. From the corner of his eye, he spotted three more men enter the bar, sporting similar bulges under their jackets to the other two, who were now stationed on opposite sides of the bar. Tension coiled through Mitch’s muscles. The place was half-full of patrons. He didn’t need or want a turf war to go down with innocents caught in the crossfire.

He retrieved the asked-for beer. The fridge door slapped shut behind him as he returned to the dapper dressed man. Mitch cranked off the metal top and held out the beer.



Winter Austin perpetually answers the question: “were you born in the winter?” with a flat “nope,” but believe her, there is a story behind her name. A lifelong Mid-West gal with strong ties to the agriculture world, Winter grew up listening to the captivating stories told by relatives around a table or a campfire. As a published author, she learned her glass half-empty personality makes for a perfect suspense/thriller writer. Taking her ability to verbally spin a vivid and detailed story, Winter translated that into writing deadly romantic suspense, mysteries, and thrillers. When she’s not slaving away at the computer, you can find Winter supporting her daughter in cattle shows, seeing her three sons off into the wide-wide world, loving on her fur babies, prodding her teacher husband, and nagging at her flock of hens to stay in the coop or the dogs will get them. She is the author of ten novels, with more on the way.

Find Winter on:

Website – https://www.winteraustin.com

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/author.winteraustin

Twitter – https://twitter.com/WinterAustin

Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/iasuspensewriter/

Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/winteraustin/

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6880807.Winter_Austin

Book Spotlight: Pluff Mud Murders

New Release: Pluff Mud Murders by Ann Carpenter

Atlanta, Georgia:
Local author releases brand new suspenseful read, Pluff Mud Murders now available at Amazon.com.

Mandi Christine Kerr,an
American actress, director.

Book Description: Riley Jordan has come home to Charleston to begin a new life—a life interrupted when she was a young child, and still haunted by vague memories of danger and mystery. After years of living the fast-paced life of New York’s publishing world, Riley will be the editor-in-chief of Charleston’s Premier
It should be the perfect life. But things are not what they seem.
Soon, Riley, who has suffered amnesia since a traumatic event in her childhood, finds herself embroiled in the past history and current events of the powerful Radisson family, a family whose evil deeds have evaded the long arm of the law, and whose influence reaches far beyond the city limits. When Riley is confronted with three tiny coffins upon a visit to the former Radisson Estate, she begins a journey into the past that will bring her into contact with Summer Radisson and her sister Hayden. Forced by current events to return to her tortured past, Riley is confronted with long-buried secrets that have an impact not only on her life, but on the lives of Alex Keys, a detective who is trying to find out who she really is, and his former partner, Phil Leatherman, who was forced from his position in the department because he knew too much. Under suspicion herself, Riley vacillates between wanting to remember whatever may have happened, and a desire to put the past—whatever it might reveal—behind her, and start life over. But the past is imposing itself upon her very life. As she learns through a series of revelations, “Death is the key that opens the door to the past.” This epitaph from Jefferson Radisson’s grave may indeed provide answers to the secret that has been buried too long—and that will finally set Riley free.

About Ann Carpenter:

Ann Carpenter is the author of three novels, Pluff Mud Murders, Circle of Player, and The Mystical Doll House. She is the founder of Kidz By Dezign, and lives in Atlanta, Ga with her husband and granddaughter.

Black Diamonds Blurb Blitz Tour Stop No. 7: Straight from the Library

Happy Tuesday! Today’s tour stop is at Straight from the Library and once I heard the site’s name, I couldn’t help, but to think of the movie, Straight Outta Compton. This lead me to think about all of the memoirs and biographies out there about some of the world’s most famous people. Do you have a favorite memoir or biography? I will go on record and say that mine is E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX. What is yours? Share in the discussion below by clicking the link:


October 13: Straight from the Library

Black Diamonds Blurb Blitz Tour Stop No.6: SolaFide Self-Publishing and Book Blog

So there was a small break, but now Black Diamonds is back and in action for tour stop number 6! Since 6 is my second favorite number (the first being 7), today’s discussion topic is, what are the six things every book needs to be great? Join the discussion by clicking the link below! #RazzleDazzle goddessfishblackdiamondspromo

October 12: SolaFide Self-Publishing and Book Blog

Black Diamonds Blurb Blitz Tour Stop #10: Please Pass the Books

This has been a great run, but all great things must soon come to an end. Today is the last day of the Black Diamonds Blurb Blitz Tour. I had fun engaging with everyone and I hope you got to learn a lot about me, Black Diamonds, and The Diamond Collection in general. Make sure to grab a copy of the book! #RazzleDazzle


October 16: Please Pass The Books

Black Diamonds Blurb Blitz Tour Stop #5 at Fiction Zeal

TGIF! Today’s stop is at Fiction Zeal. Since the start of this tour, I’ve discussed a range of topics from superheroes to how I deal with writer’s block. Check out the post to see what I’m discussing today. If you have a question, feel free to share it! #RazzleDazzle


October 9: FictionZeal

Black Diamonds: Official Tour Stops

Hello Diamonds,


I’m really excited to engage even more with you all as I start a virtual book tour exclusively for Black Diamonds. Below, you can find the tour stops for the tour. In addition, every day, I will be posting the tour stop along with a link to the website so you can follow every step of the way. Thanks for all the support and make sure to leave your comments and questions on the tour stops! #RazzleDazzle

October 5: Unabridged Andra’s
October 6: Room With Books
October 7: Long and Short Reviews
October 8: A to Z Reviews
October 9: FictionZeal
October 12: SolaFide Self-Publishing and Book Blog
October 13: Straight from the Library
October 14: BooksChatter
October 15: Queen of the Night Reviews
October 16: Please Pass The Books

Black Diamonds is Going on Tour!


Starting October 5, I will be starting a Virtual Book Tour, in support of my fourth novel, Black Diamonds. Stay tuned for updates regarding the tour including tour stops, contests, and exclusive excerpts of Part IV of The Diamond Collection

Book Spotlight: Irresistible Woman II by J.W. Smith

JW Smith In His Words, Meet Author J.W. Smith:

The man behind the post and this is my story……I am J. W. Smith an aspiring writer, inspirational speaker and motivator to all. I was born and raised in one of the toughest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, California. At a very young age I was taught to survive by any means necessary or fall prey to society’s statistics. In the early 80’s when the crack epidemic hit the circulation of the inner city, I lost my father’s guidance and teachings to the drug, and my virginity to the streets. After many years of incarceration both as a juvenile and an adult, I finally woke up and started taken responsibility for my own actions rather than continuing to search for blame in others. With a lengthy stint of incarceration ahead of me and a high-school diploma to fall back on, I diligently set out to write my first novel “No Love Lost”, while the spirit of God provided the faith and the strength to conquer the obstacles I would face along my journey. I am the proud father of three young adults, two girl and a 23 year old young man, with the youngest graduating high school and set for Texas AM College this semester. My oldest daughter was in a tragic accident at the age of 16, paralyzed from the waist down, with every bone in her body broken per the doctors. She’s the inspiration that I look forward to and my 24 hour rock to lean on. She exudes the unfathomable determination to walk again. She’s the woman that gives me motivation to fight harder in becoming a successful provider, entrepreneur and inspiration to all. The perseverance and dedication within allows me to continue on this journey to master what avid readers can relate to, which is real life. I am the C.E.O of Shinning Starr Publications with several authors in the making on the roster.When I’m not writing I am enjoying a day of relaxation with the family or catching up on the politics of the world. I am Author J.W Smith and leaving a legend to be greatly remembered by is what I awake every morning with the anticipation of doing.

Untitled-1Q& A with Author J.W. Smith

1. What genre are your books?
I write Urban Fiyah with a touch of inspiration for the ladies.
2. How much research do you do?
I write about what I know and what I’ve experience.
3. What are you working on at the minute?
Synopsis for Irresistible Woman II: The Boss Take Over
A series of fast paced events are set in motion when Cynthia is manipulated into captivity by a childhood associate. With the loss of a friend, child and the urgent search for a missing teen triple threat squad formulates a plan of action that will ultimately leave everyone involved, stunned, to the core. This title shows the power of one woman’s sheer determination to break the cycle of generational curse with an unsuspecting person as her mentor. With vivid descriptions and play by play action, Irresistible Woman II will never leave you with a dull moment. This book will have you laughing, crying and filled with an abundance of emotion as you take a tour inside the transitional phase of one woman’s plight to raise the bar on life.
4. Tell us a little bit about you and your books.

Synopsis for Irresistible Woman I:

When three of the most diverse young women are adjoined at the hip by loyalty, the threat of death, murder nor mayhem could separate the trio. Bound by blood and a vow made back in the 3rd grade, the girls are made to endure atrocious activity to survive the gritty streets of Texas.  But when one of the pack member’s are suspected of being an informant for the F.B.I., their loyalty is put through the test.  With Jonetta facilitating the way and Ingrid doing hard time, Samantha is left behind to deal with the dingy street’s alone. With street credentials of a true project Diva, Samantha springs into action, readjust her values and commence to handling her priorities. This book is a fast pace novel, with great influential wisdom throughout it’s contents. These women were born and raised in poverty and destined to be a product of their environment, but eventually through believing in one another’s dreams, goals and aspirations, the girls were able to make a determined transition to the top.   

5.How long have you been writing?

I started this journey of sculpturing my first novel “No Love Lost” in 2004 while incarcerated in Federal Prison.

6. What inspired you to start writing?

Being determined to excel beyond measures.

7.What are your plans as far as writing in the future?

Being able to connect with the people on all level of understanding.

8.What do you hope to accomplish in your books to your readers?

To continue to enlightening the avid readers with Inspirational words of wisdom..(Thanks to the Almighty)

Irresistible Woman II will be released on April 5, 2014. To check out Irresistible Woman I, please click here and to check out No Love Lost by the author, please click here

Book Spotlight: The Predatory Lies of Anorexia: A Survivor’s Story

ImageBook Title: The Predator Lies of Anorexia:  A Survivor’s Story

I want. I want you to want me. I want you to think I am the smartest, the thinnest, the most beautiful. I want you to want to be me. I want to be enviable. I want to be impervious. I want to need nothing. I want you to know that I am strong. I want to think I am better than everyone else. I want. I’m willing to give up everything. I will give up mind and future. I will give up health, happiness and peace. I will give up family, friends and fun. I will give up rest and comfort. I will give up food. But please, just let me keep faith.

In this raw telling of her long struggle with anorexia, Abby Kelly reveals the predatory lies that ran rampant in her disordered mind. She will lead readers through the fight to her final victory. Readers will find empathy, compassion and insight in these pages. Most of all, they will find hope for recovery and a life beyond the battle.

ImageAuthor Bio:

 Abby Kelly is a nomadic, military spouse writing from wherever she momentarily finds herself with her husband, their wonderful dog, Brave, and two tolerable cats. Abby began writing in the process of recovering from a more-than-decade long eating disorder. She credits Jesus Christ for her full recovery and for filling her with a passion to encourage others to seek freedom from their own addictions and struggles. Now, Abby writes for numerous Christian publications as well as maintains her personal blog, Predatory-Lies.

In her free time, she and Brave enjoy volunteering in hospitals and schools as a pet therapy team through Pet Partners.

Check It Out: Dead Dreams (Book #1) by Emma Right

Book coverBook Details

Genre: Young Adult

Book Title: Dead Dreams, Book 1, a young adult contemporary psychological thriller and mystery

Print Length: 170 pages

Publisher: Right House Books; 2013 First edition (August 26, 2013)

Format: Kindle


About The Book:

Eighteen-year-old Brie O’Mara has so much going for her: a loving family in the sidelines, an heiress for a roommate, and dreams that might just come true. Big dreams–of going to acting school, finishing college and making a name for herself. She is about to be the envy of everyone she knew. What more could she hope for? Except her dreams are about to lead her down the road to nightmares. Nightmares that could turn into a deadly reality.

photo (5)About The Author:

Emma Right is a happy wife and Christian homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, a  bunny and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. She loves the Lord and when she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one. Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children.

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Social Links:

Email Address: emmarightmarketing@gmail.com

Website: http://www.emmaright.com

Twitter link @emmbeliever
Facebook link https://www.facebook.com/DeadDreamsEmmaRight

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Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Emma-Right/e/B00BD7C4A8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Dreams-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00ESVEVBQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1380565365&sr=1-1&keywords=young+adult+thriller%2C+B00ESVEVBQ

Trailer: http://youtu.be/WkcU1jBMMZc

Music Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM7MI_3vqyo

What I Read: In Times of Trouble by Yolonda Tonette Sanders

4470805A novel where broken relationships are mended.

Before even opening the beginning pages of In Times of Trouble by Yolonda Tonette Sanders, one can read the novel’s tagline and receive a peek into the novel’s storyline. The tagline, which reads, “Life always brings forth difficulties…It is how you react, which dictates the outcome,” accurately summarizes the novel which focuses on a multitude of familial matters. 

At the start of the novel, we are introduced to divorcee, Lisa Hampton, mother to Chanelle, and the main female lead of the book. While you are unsure of what to make of Lisa at first, throughout the course of the novel, as secrets are revealed, you start to understand and sympathize with her character more and more. To further explain, she can first be viewed as a woman focused on materialism and status versus a person’s true character. As the story plays out, we soon learn that Lisa is a former First Lady whose life became rocked by juicy scandal forcing her out her marriage and to the state of Ohio.   

While the details of the scandal are not mentioned until much later, we do see firsthand the strained relationship between Lisa and Chanelle. This relationship is the main basis of the novel. Chanelle is a fairly good student who does make one or two mistakes as a result of her transition into a young lady. I found Chanelle to be quite mature for her age and she handled situations much calmer than I would have expected. While I would love to go into detail regarding these “situations,” I want this review to remain spoiler-free. Throughout the novel you will see how their relationship changes as they endure several unforeseen obstacles, which will definitely keep the reader on their toes!  

Upon reading the novel, I discovered that almost each character in the book is plagued by a painful memory in their past. Whether it is a failed marriage, death of a spouse, domestic violence, addiction, illness, adultery, etc.; each character is holding onto a memory that is affecting their everyday life. These issues helped frame the book’s theme of forgiveness.

A perfect blend of comedy, romance, and drama, this novel also teaches that a person’s financial status is not a direct reflection of their heart. An entertaining and encouraging read; the author did an excellent job creating this story. I recommend this book to anyone who loves Christian Fiction or adult contemporary novels.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

To purchase, In Times of Trouble, please click here.

Radio Interview Alert: Let’s Talk Too!

Join me as I chat with fellow author, Sharnel Williams, author of What Do A Mother Do? The Shakil Williams Story! and host of Let’s Talk Too! The show will air on Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 6:30-7:00pm EST. You can call in to listen to the interview at (347) 215-9970 or stream the show online at www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsharnel. Happy Listening! *Razzle~Dazzle*

Radio Interview Alert: The Midday Release with Doctor Passion

47568_157872140890415_6947181_a Join me as I chat with Doctor Passion of The Midday Release on Friday, May 24, 2013 about my journey as an author. The show airs from 12pm-1pm EST. You can call in to listen to the show at 646-478-5209 or you can stream it live at Blog Talk Radio by clicking the logo to your left. Happy Listening!

Author Conversations with Vogue #KontrolReads

kontrollogoFor many of you who followed my blog on Facebook entitled The Morning Talk, you probably remembered me referencing Kontrol Magazine a lot. I visit the site on a daily basis to get the latest in entertainment, interviews, beauty tips, etc.! So imagine the excitement to finally be featured on the site! Check out my interview with Kontrol Mag by clicking the Kontrol logo! Happy Reading!

Radio Interview Alert with Conversations LIVE Radio!

Tune in to Conversations LIVE! Radio on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 8:30pm EST as I discuss The Diamond Collection and much more! To listen in, simply visit www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive. You can also call in at 347-426-3645.

What I Read: The Climax by Sharee Beasley

51O89+P5OYLSince becoming a self-published author I’ve visited many forums to interact with other writers for advice and to discuss concerns regarding the publishing industry. In one of these forums, I stumbled upon The Climax by Sharee Beasley, who was offering a free promotion of her book. Her debut novel, I wasn’t sure what to expect aside from erotica and maybe a dose of romance. Well, I ended up getting a whole lot more.

The Climax tells the story of a fiery redhead by the name of Lauren who starts a new job and a sexual relationship with her boss, Robert Freeman. Although they try to keep their escapades a secret, it’s obvious people in the office are suspicious of their relationship. It is also hard for them to hide the sexual tension. To add on to the drama, in walks Jin, a lawyer who Lauren starts sleeping with as well. At this point, Lauren is most definitely doing the most. Sex flings are constant, which can lead the reader to believe that the climax of the book would be a scene where Freeman and Jin find out about each other. While this does eventually occur, the book takes a totally different direction than I imagined.

In a scenario such as this, it would be only expected for another woman to come in and shake things up. This part of the plot puts you on the edge of your seat because you want to know what is coming. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!

Overall, the plot and storyline of the book will draw readers in, however the editing of the book may make them stop reading. I’ve read tons of books with errors, but if it is minimal (one to three every now and then); I could care less, and would never mention it in a review. With this book, there were so many errors; the review wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t mention it. I did my best to overlook the errors and read to the end. I was able to follow along and still enjoyed the book.

Please keep in mind these errors could have been corrected since my initial download. Therefore, I would not advise for anyone not to purchase the book based off this review without checking out the Look Inside feature provided on Amazon.

In the end, the overall storyline and the major twist at the end made me grant this book four stars. I would definitely recommend this book to others especially if you like steamy sex scenes!

Blurb Blitz Tour Stop #10 @ The Muse Unleashed

I honestly can’t believe we’re here already. The end of another tour in support of the release of The Ace of Diamonds. Well, just because this tour ends, doesn’t mean touring is over! Up next, my actual book tour! I will be hitting New York and various cities in North and South Carolina from May until September. Then, it is back to writing for book number four, Black Diamonds! Thank you to everyone who has supported the tour! Click the banner to visit one of today’s tour stops! Remember to comment and earn an entry into the giveaway to win a $50 gift card to Kay Jewelers. *Razzle~Dazzle*
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