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Fiction, Literature
Published: September 2017
Publisher: Napili Press
 
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In The Era of Lanterns and Bells, a lighthouse is haunted by the memory of lighthouse keepers, a train operator is forever changed by a subway suicide, a journalist befriends a homeless virtuoso, an orca trainer believes she’s a whale, an aerialist runs away from the circus, and a Golden Gate Bridge jumper saves lives with fortune cookies. An obese woman is rescued from being a shut-in, a woman discovers that her favorite childhood pond is polluted and cancer-causing, a woman falls in love with a bipolar man in Jamaica, and an arborist writes love letters from trees. These quirky and darkly comic stories entertain while posing essential questions about truth, compassion, and humanity.
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About the Author

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Ann Tinkham is a writer based in Boulder, Colorado. She is an anti-social butterfly, pop-culturalist, virtual philosopher, ecstatic dancer, political and java junkie. When she’s not tinkering with words, she’s seeking adventures. Ann has talked her way out of an abduction and talked her way into the halls of the United Nations. She hitchhiked up a mountain in Switzerland and worked her way down the corporate ladder. Ann has flown on a trapeze and traded on the black market in Russia. She cycles up steep canyons, hikes to glacial lakes and mountain peaks, and blazes her own ski trails. As soon as she amasses a fortune, she plans to buy an island and hopes she won’t be voted off her own island. Her fiction and essays have appeared in All Things Girl, Apt, Denver Syntax, Edifice Wrecked, Foliate Oak, Hiss Quarterly, Lily Literary Review, Short Story Library, Slow Trains, Stone Table Review, Synchronized Chaos, The Adirondack Review, The Battered Suitcase, The Citron Review, The Literary Review, Toasted Cheese, Wild Violet, Word Riot, and others. Ann’s essay, “The Tree of Hearts” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her story, “Afraid of the Rain” was nominated for Sundress’s Best of the Net Anthology.
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BOOK REVIEW “LONG, HOT TEXAS SUMMER” BY CAROLYN BROWN

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Book Description
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
A sassy redhead with an axe to grind…

After catching her husband kissing another woman in the barn, Loretta Sullivan Bailey left Lonesome Canyon Ranch and swore she’d never come back. But when her daughter threatens to drop out of college to become a rancher’s wife, Loretta refuses to let her baby make the same mistake she did. She returns to the ranch, determined to get her daughter back in school by the summer’s end…and resolute on ignoring her feelings for her ex-husband.

A bullheaded but oh so sexy cowboy…

A cowboy from his hat to his boots, ruggedly handsome rancher Jackson Bailey is none too pleased that his feisty—and gorgeous—ex-wife has suddenly shown up seventeen years after their divorce. But despite all their fighting and fussing, the two stubborn former lovers soon discover that old flames burn the hottest. Can they finally put aside their differences and find happiness together…forever?

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I WAS GIVEN A COPY OF THIS BOOK BY NETGALLEY FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.

This was a great fun read, with one sexy cowboy and a bull-headed woman. The characters and storyline was well-developed and had me laughing out loud in certain spots.  When Loretta’s daughter decided to not go back to college, but is staying  on the ranch that she loves  with her dad. Loretta heads off to Lonesome Canyon Ranch to try and talk her into going back. This is when the sparks start to fly between Jackson and Loretta. The more they are in each other’s company, the more they realize that they still love each other. LONG, HOT TEXAS SUMMER is a great read. CAROLYN BROWN  has another hit with this book. I recommend that you read it, and I give it 5/5stars.

AUTHOR’S WEBSITE TO FIND OUT WHAT IS COMING UP NEXT. http://carolynlbrown.com/

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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE-“HEART CRAVING” BY SANDRA HILL

HEART CRAVING BY SANDRA HILL
Book Description
Publication Date: June 17, 2014
“Too funny for words.” –All About Romance

They share love, laughter, and a passion that burns up the night.

But can he share the secrets that threaten their marriage?

Nick and Paula DeCello are getting divorced in seven days, even though they love each other dearly. His overprotectiveness has finally become too much for her, and there’s something painful locked deep inside him. Desperate, Nick takes the advice of a quirky, old fortune teller to find his wife’s “heart craving.” To Nick, that means sexual fantasies.

Armed with a hilarious collection of advice books, he embarks on a wild, funny seduction of Paula that proves there’s nothing wrong with their relationship in the bedroom. When it comes to giving her what her heart really craves–soul-sharing communication–he’ll have to take a big step outside his comfort zone.

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I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley for an honest review.

What would you do to try to save your marriage?  Well in HEART CRAVING  Nick will do anything to save his marriage. Including going to a psychic to find out what his wife’s Heart Craving is. He will buy how-to sex books to try to fulfill her sexual fantasies. This produces a lot of funny moments. This was a fast, hot, sexy read, with well-developed characters and story line. the sex scenes are hot, and making you want a cold shower after  reading. Sandra Hill knows how to tell a story. I loved this story and give it 5/5 stars. I recommend this to everyone to read. 

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BOOK REVIEW: “KISSING WITH FANGS” BY ASHLYN CHASE

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Book Description
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
There’s Something He’s Never Told Her…

When her workplace burned down, Claudia should’ve taken it as a sign to move on—and not just professionally. She’s been secretly lusting after her mysterious boss, Anthony Cross, for years. There’s no way she should agree to help him rebuild if she wants to keep her heart intact, and yet it’s impossible to stay away…

The flames that destroyed Anthony Cross’s beloved bar are nothing compared to the heat he feels every time he lays eyes on Claudia. But he can’t have her—it’s against paranormal law for a vampire to date a human. Besides, he has some dangerous enemies, and one in particular already has her sights on Claudia. He owes her the truth—both about his feelings and his vampire nature—which means their lives are about to get hotter than ever…

Praise for Flirting Under a Full Moon:

“Hot sex scenes and a breezy tone with a nice, happily-ever-after ending makes…a fun read.”—Booklist

“A wonderful start to a very lighthearted series.”—Night Owl Romance Reviewer Top Pick

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KISSING WITH FANGS is a sexy, fun, paranormal romance. I have enjoyed all of Ashlyn Chase’s books, and they always seem to bring a smile to my face. Claudia is harboring a few secrets. Anthony has always been in love with Claudia since they met. Now that the bar has been burned to the ground, Claudia and Anthony are at loose ends. When Anthony goes to Claudia’s apartment he finds out about one of her secrets, that she is an alcoholic.  He wonders how she was able to keep it a secret for so long while working in the bar. In light of Claudia’s alcoholism he decides not to reopen the bar and decides to open a tea shop. Paranormal s are being kidnapped and they don’t know who is doing it.  The characters and storyline are well-developed. I also enjoyed seeing other characters from other books. I enjoyed reading  KISSING WITH FANGS, and I give it 4/5 stars.

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CIRCLE OF DESIRE BY KERI ARTHUR

Book Description

         Publication Date:         April 1, 2014
A TEMPTING FATE   Two children have been found dead, their souls torn from their bodies. Two more are missing, and Ethan Morgan’s niece is one of them. A dedicated cop, Ethan has every intention not only of bringing her back alive but of catching the monster behind these kidnappings. And he will use anyone and everyone to achieve those aims—even a crazy woman who claims to be a witch. But time is ticking. The victims rarely stay alive for more than seven days. Four of those days have already passed.   In ten years of working for the Damask Circle, shapeshifter Katherine Tanner has never come across anything that goes after kids the way this monster does. The last thing Kat needs is interference from a cop who has no idea what he’s up against. But the greatest threat to Kat may come not from the forces of darkness, but from the man she is beginning to love. Because Ethan is a werewolf . . . and the full moon is rising.
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Katherine Tanner and Gwen her grandmother are part of the Damask Circle, and they are hunting down the ones who are kidnapping children and killing them later. They have seven days until the next one turns up dead. Ethan Morgan a werewolf and a cop who is on the trail of the one who has kidnapped his niece, runs into who is fighting for her life. The next thing he knows he is waking up and the woman is gone. The more he is in Kat’s company the harder he falls for her. The more his wolf knows that she is his mate and he will not let her go. Kat teams up with to help find his niece and stop anymore kidnappings. The only thing she has to worry about is losing her heart to Ethan. CIRCLE OF DESIRE is very well  written, and the story line and character development is well-developed. I really enjoyed this book and I give it 5/5 stars.
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