Monday, September 1, 2014

Trailer Reveal for TWELVE

Release Date: October 9, 2014
Published by The Writer's Coffee Shop 

Ava Michaels is gifted, powerful, and — whether she likes it or not — part of a plot to take over the world.

It’s only been a few months since Ava Michaels discovered she has ties to an ancient people living in the shadows of the human world, despite their superior gifts and abilities. A select few don’t like hiding, however, and think it’s time to take control. 

Now Ava’s caught up in a conspiracy in the works before she was even born. In fact, her birth was an integral part of the plan. She’s one of the Twelve, the most powerful Race ever created, and they were created for a purpose.

Turns out, Ava doesn’t like being told what to do.

All she wants is to start a new life with her boyfriend, Caleb Foster, but before they can even think about that, they must join forces with former enemies, seek out some powerful new friends, and figure out what exactly the Twelve, and their power-hungry leader, are up to.

Then, they have to find a way to stop them.

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T.M. Franklin started out her career writing non-fiction in a television newsroom. An Emmy-Award winning Seattle TV news producer, Franklin is the author of the award-winning YA adventure, MORE, and its sequel The Guardians. In addition, Franklin penned the Amazon best-selling short stories A Piece of Cake and Window. Her new YA romance,How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You, is Franklin’s first love story without a paranormal element, although she believes love is the best kind of magic.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Cover Reveal: Black Rose

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Black Rose
by Kris Thompson
Release Date: November 13 , 2014
"It's better to die on your feet than beg on your knees."
Black-Rose-3D-Paperback-eReader Lillian Locke had the perfect life in Boulder, Colorado. She had the boyfriend of her dreams, a wonderful family, awesome friends, and a spot on the track team at a great college. There wasn’t anything life could throw at her that she couldn’t get through . . . until he found her. Lillian never could have imagined being abducted and chained up in the dark. Worse yet, being just one of many girls kidnapped and held captive by a madman. All she can do now is hope that she survives the brutality of their captor long enough to find a way to free herself and her new captive friends. When Richard Haines’ girlfriend goes missing, he makes it his personal mission to find the woman he loves and bring her home to the safety of their loved ones. Seeking the help of friends and family, Richard abandons everything except for his pursuit of Lillian. But when someone else close to Richard goes missing, and the bodies of the abducted girls start showing up in the hills outside Boulder, the only thing he can do is hope that he finds her before it is too late.  
kthompson   Kris Thompson is a veteran of the US Navy and single mother of three. When she’s not knitting scarves, chasing her children around or baking, you’ll find her enjoying a good book or writing down notes for her own upcoming stories. Writing has been a passion for Kris for many years, and seeing those stories printed on paper is a dream come true.         pull quote

Monday, August 25, 2014

Cracks in the Sidewalk


Published: October 2012


A powerful story that is a heart-wrenching reminder of how fragile relationships can be. Cracks in the Sidewalk is based on a true story. 

Claire McDermott is a wife, a mother, a grandmother... Her only daughter is gravely ill... Her son-in-law is resentful and angry... Her grandchildren are missing...

After years of writing letters, hoping to find the children, hoping to bring them back, Claire receives a reply...a dog-eared gray envelope is stuffed into her mailbox, but will it bring hope or simply put an end to the waiting?

Can a single letter change the lives of four people? Claire McDermott and her grandchildren are about to discover letters are a journey of the heart which can ultimately deliver people to their destination.

Praise for  Cracks in the Sidewalk

  • Reviewed By Samantha Rivera for Readers' Favorite
    Elizabeth is a woman whose sole purpose in life is to be a good wife and mother. She has no care in the world but to accomplish these goals and she works hard at them despite the treatment she is given at the hands of her husband. When Elizabeth falls ill suddenly during her pregnancy with their last child, her husband determines to have nothing to do with her. Unfortunately that means her children (including her newborn son) will also have nothing to do with her. It's almost a year before Elizabeth is finally able to see her young children again, but even then things are not what they might seem in Cracks in the Sidewalk.

    Cracks in the Sidewalk is the type of book that you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down. Elizabeth is a woman that any woman would be proud to be. She is able to roll with the punches and even when people behave in a reprehensible way towards her she is incapable of truly hating them and can only feel sorry for the love they don't have. Her plight is one no mother would ever want to find herself in, but at the same time it is one that will draw you in. This is a heart-wrenching story but it is also a beautiful one of love and devotion and forgiveness. For Elizabeth's children and her mother it is also a story of miracles and of overcoming any obstacle life may put in your way. An excellent book by Bette Lee Crosby.
  • A moving, emotional story...when I read this book I felt so moved, I was crying at the end...writing flowed beautifully...depth of characters and insight kept me turning pages.-Bria Burton
  • A compelling story...Well written, with a realistic, compassionate telling, Cracks In the Sidewalk will bring readers into the family, happy to be a part of it.-Angie Mangino


Friday, August 15, 2014

Cover Reveal: Eight Days A Week


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Eight Days a Week

by Amber Johnson


Release Date: November 6 , 2014

Eight-Days-a-Week-3D-Bookstack-2 Andrew Lyons has been running from responsibility his entire life. Returning home after a couple of years abroad, he finds himself jobless and living in close quarters with a sister he can barely tolerate. At her request, he searches for a job on Craigslist, but finds a room for rent instead. Or so he thinks. Gwen Stone is in a lurch. With a new promotion at work and two young children at home, she’s in dire need of a caretaker. When Andrew shows up on her doorstep, she thinks he may be exactly what she’s looking for. When she offers him the job, he’s more than interested and she’s confident she’s made the right choice. It shouldn’t be awkward at all. But Andrew isn’t exactly forthcoming about his intentions, and Gwen has some secrets she’s unwilling to share. When the mom and the “manny” don’t have a clue what they’re doing, things are bound to get messy. What do you get with two kids who don’t know how to be kids, a man who never grew up, Beatles Rock Band, and hundreds of hours of kids’ TV? A very interesting job, indeed. But when emotions get in the way, there's more at stake than just an occupation. Because life doesn't have clock-out button. And neither does love.  

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AuthPhot   Amber is a full-time mom and a full-time wife who is employed full time and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day—despite the obstacles real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they’re sweeter simply because of them. She always has two rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads ‘Cocoa,’ because she’s a rebel. If she’s not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she’s supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and her eyes closed, waiting for the drop.  



Friday, August 1, 2014

Cover Reveal: Twelve

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by T.M. Franklin
Release Date: October 9, 2014
Twelve-3D-BookstackAva Michaels is gifted, powerful, and—whether she likes it or not—part of a plot to take over the world. It’s only been a few months since Ava Michaels discovered she has ties to an ancient people living in the shadows of the human world, despite their superior gifts and abilities. A select few don’t like hiding, however, and think it’s time to take control. Now Ava’s caught up in a conspiracy in the works before she was even born. In fact, her birth was an integral part of the plan. She’s one of the Twelve, the most powerful Race ever created, and they were created for a purpose. Ava, however, doesn’t like being told what to do. All she wants is to start a new life with Caleb Foster, the Protector who once put his own life at risk to save hers. Before they can even think about that, however, they need to figure out exactly what the Twelve and their power-hungry leader are up to—and find a way to stop them. Along the way, they’ll have to forge alliances with former enemies, seek out powerful new friends, and infiltrate the heavily fortified enemy stronghold in an attempt to get some answers. In the end, Ava must decide if her destiny lies in her DNA or in her conscience. If she can turn her back on what she was born to do and do what is right. If she will save the ones she loves or save the world. Or if her ties to the Twelve mean she has no choice at all.

                                                                 Sneak Peek                                                  
 She sat up suddenly and grabbed Caleb’s hand. “Do you feel that?” “What?” He instinctively checked the mirrors, but there was nobody behind them. “Someone . . .” Ava’s eyes glazed over. “Someone’s coming. Fast.” Caleb stepped on the gas, searching the horizon. “Who? Anyone familiar?” “What’s happening?” Sophie asked. Ava shook her head. “I can’t tell. Not yet anyway. You think it’s Protectors?” Caleb’s jaw tightened. “Or Rogues.” “You think they know?” Ava glanced at Sophie. “We don’t know. Not for sure.” “Would somebody please tell me what’s going on?” Sophie shouted from the backseat. The temperature in the car dipped as frost formed along the edges of the windows. “You’ve got to calm her down,” Caleb muttered, taking a turn too fast and swerving to correct. “Now.” Ava didn’t argue, instead scrambling over the seat to take the girl’s hand. “Sophie, listen to me. You need to stay calm, okay? Try to breathe with me.” “But—” “I’ll explain everything, but first you need to calm down. You see what’s happening?” Through the mirror, Caleb saw her glance up at the roof of the car as snowflakes began to drift through the interior. “I . . . I don’t understand,” Sophie murmured. “What’s—why is it snowing?” “It’s you,” Ava said quietly. “You’re upset, and your gift is reacting.” “I don’t understand what’s happening to me.” Sophie choked on a sob, and Caleb felt the telltale prickle of another Race signature along the edges of his consciousness. “I feel them now,” he said, sitting taller in the seat and leaning forward as if willing the car to go faster. Ava didn’t respond but remained focused on Sophie. Caleb felt Ava’s gift and knew she was letting it flow into the girl a little, helping calm her. “We’ll help you.” Ava sounded so calm and soothing. “We’ll help you learn to control it, but for right now, you need to calm down. Breathe with me, okay?” Sophie nodded and swallowed tears as she tried to match Ava’s inhale and exhale. The snow stopped. “That’s good.” Ava nodded encouragingly. “Keep breathing. I need you to stay calm. Someone’s coming, and I’m guessing they’re after you.” Sophie’s breath caught, and the ice gathering on the dashboard cracked. “It’s okay,” Ava hurried to say. “Keep breathing. Stay calm. We’re going to keep you safe.” Sophie gripped Ava’s hand, but she kept breathing slowly in and out. “How?” Ava smiled. “You asked what I could do? Well, I’m about to show you.”
TM_Franklin   T.M. Franklin started out her career writing nonfiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a BA in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. Her first published novel, MORE, was born out of a challenge to write a novel in thirty days issued during National Novel Writing month. MORE was well received, selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, and won the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards.   In addition to MORE and its sequels, The Guardians and TWELVE, Franklin has penned the Amazon best-selling short stories, Window and A Piece of Cake. Her new YA romance How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You is Franklin’s first love story without traditionally recognized paranormal or fantasy elements. Although . . . T. M. is the first to argue that love is the best kind of magic.    

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hot Summer Romance Blog Tour Review: Ruthless People

The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House Presents...
Hot Summer Romance Blog Tour Featuring N.K. Smith, M.A. Stacie,
J.J. McAvoy and Lorenz Font!

And revisiting several other 
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Ruthless People
A Novel by
J. J. McAvoy


Release Date: July 17, 2014
Published by The Writers Coffee Shop
Available from: TWCS PH Web PageAmazonBarnes and NobleKobo

1 Marriage + 2 Bosses = 3x the Chaos


To the outside world, they look like American Royalty, giving to charities, feeding the homeless, rebuilding the city. But behind closed doors is a constant battle for dominance between two Bosses, cultures, and hearts.
Ruthless People is a romantic crime fiction set in modern day Chicago, and follows the life and marriage of Melody Giovanni and Liam Callahan—rivals by blood and leaders through fear. Their marriage, arranged by their fathers in hopes to end years of bloodshed between the Irish and the Italians. Liam believes he’s getting a simple-minded wife, one he can control, one who bends to his every need . . . the complete opposite of Melody. She knows exactly what type of man he is, and would rather die than give up the power she has spent her life building. The Mafia of the past has evolved, and with rival bosses gunning for them, Melody and Liam will have to learn to work as one to take down those who stand in their way. 

There will be parts of this review that will make you think I loved this book. And then there will be parts that you will be sure that I hated it. The truth is I think I’m right in the middle. I guess that makes it one of the ones that I love to hate…or maybe hate to love? I just know that while there were parts that I could not put down, seconds later I would be annoyed or pissed off or frustrated and wanting to chuck my reader out a fucking window.

Please ignore the cursing if it gets out of hand. Or blame the book. “Fuck”, or some form of it, was used so many times it is now branded in my brain and flashes every time I close my eyes like a black and white neon sign. Can black and white signs be neon? Well they can when they’re screaming FUCK at you. So if this review is littered with the F bomb, I apologize. I’ve been brainwashed.

I expected something different than what the summary led me to believe I was getting into. I thought it would be…deeper, I guess. There just wasn’t much depth to any of it. Or maybe I believed it would be more of a serious read. Something more realistic, because let’s be honest, none of this came off as a realistic Mafia novel. But then it’s reworked fan fiction (which I didn’t find out until I had started reading), so real and deep are hard to find when writing about someone else’s characters.


Did that come off as bitchy?

Anywho, the fact that it was once FF does not impact my feelings one way or another. Got that? Good. Look at me being all badass.

What does impact how I feel about the book is…well the story. The characters. The plot. The hot, sweaty, animalistic fuck-me-till-I-fall-apart sex. I may not have liked or agreed with the majority of the book, but girlfriend knows how to write some smut. But then, there were one or two parts I didn’t believe in that area either because, um, ouch? Unless the Boss is banging hard on the backdoor things would be a little more difficult. Or maybe Mr. Cocky is not so…cocky.


Anyway. I could get into character detail and the plot of the story and blah blah fucking blah, but you get the gist of what the book is about from reading the summary. Or maybe you don’t since I thought I was getting into something different…

Okay, kiddies, here’s the deal. Meet Melody G. (seriously, I can’t remember how to spell her last name and am way too tired to go back and look) the Boss of the Italian Mafia since she was 18, bragging about killing her first drug thief at 17 for attempting to make off with a pound of Mary Jane. She is the biggest, baddest bitch to walk in white heels. She has many enemies, one of them being the Irish mob. So what’s a girl to do to cool some of the heat?

Marry the Leprechaun Prince and make him King, obviously. (And yes, the book is riddled with stereotypes like that.)

Enter Liam C. (This time I do remember how to spell the name but by doing so I figure it makes him look more important than her and I don’t want to risk being offed in my sleep for offending the fictional mob Gods). So Liam. Liam thinks he’s getting a sweet, timid, shop-till-you-drop wife like his sister-in-laws. Surprise, dear Liam, the only dropping this woman does is bodies. He wants to rule it all and be King (or some really long tongue twisted Irish mob title that, again, I’m too tired to go back and look for) but the only way for that to happen is to marry the woman his father arranged for him to fuck the rest of his life.

I hear wedding bells.

Wait. The Irish mob? Is this really a thing? Does such a thing exist? Off to Google I go. And what do you know? There is actually an Irish mafia. Huh. So much for my belief, because of my experience with the Irish, that they are all sweet and gentle. Although come to think of it, he wasn’t so gentle either….

Did it suddenly get hot in here? No? That’s just me?

Moving on.

The title of this book says it all. These people are ruthless. Is this the real mob? Or has JJ McAvoy tarnished any resembles of truth to the mafia? Don’t they live by a code? No women and children? No innocents? Or is it my view of the dark world that is wrong because of my love for Sonny Corinthos and his code of honour? Although, he does kill women, but only really bad women. And yes, I am taking my Mob 101 studies from a soap opera, so I suppose my view of things could be wrong.

Don’t judge me.

I realize the soap portrayal of a mob king is probably way off. But I also feel like McAvoy’s characters are also a little exaggerated. They’re a little too ruthless, to the point of being unbelievable at times.

Okay, about the book.

It was good in the beginning, but somewhere between the half way and three quarter mark, I grew tired of it. The bloodshed and Melody losing her temper and killing women over simply looking at her husband got annoying. Girl needs some therapy and a big ass prescription to Xanax to chill the fuck out. Her “badass” attitude was over exaggerated and she came off as more annoying and childish than anything else—a psychotic child, but childish nonetheless.

I thought all the POV’s were pointless. Mel and Liam’s POVs were more than enough. At times those two were too much. We didn’t need to have a paragraph thrown in of Sedric’s thoughts, or Neal or Declan just to make the story longer. It was fucking long enough as it was. And we definitely didn’t need a  Coraline side story. Let her work out her issues in her own fucking book. Seriously, who cares?

Now Liam. Liam was just as bad as Mel was. Pretty much everything that I just said about her can also be said about him. An over exaggerated, hot headed, unbelievable character. And the repetitiveness of his actions? Ugh! Enough with the fucking smirking! And the pinching of your god damn nose! That’s all this guy does! Someone break his fucking nose so he stops touching it every five seconds!

So what did I like about the book?

Well here it is. As much as I had grown bored and annoyed with all the killing and death threats, it was the last 50 pages or so where things got good. Really good. Fights broke out, limbs where torn, brass knuckles flew, guns were fired, knives where used…and that’s when I had to stop. Something happened that made me sick—and I know that’s cryptic but I can’t say anything more without giving away huge spoilers. But I did. I stopped reading for about a day because I was, honestly, too sick with worry to continue reading.

But when I did pick it back up again, and as much as I hated what happened, I couldn’t help but feel she deserved it. After all the lives Melody took, after all the innocent people that were killed to satisfy her bloodlust, there was a part of me that thought good, she’s getting exactly what she’s handed out. Finally she will feel all the pain that she caused when taking innocent lives.

But I was back on her side once more when she went after her payback. Because as much as I figured she deserved to feel the pain of what happened to her, I also think she deserved to seek revenge and make those who caused such a horrible thing die a very slow, painful death as retribution.

The book does end on a cliff hanger, but not one of those that seem like the story just abruptly ended. It gives you closure, yet leaves you waiting for the next chapter in Liam and Melody’s lives without feeling like something is missing.

I’m not sure whether to say well done to the author, or tell her to make friends with some mafia hit men and learn the truths behind the real mob. Maybe both? I'm also not entirely convinced it should be getting a 4 star rating, but there you have it.

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About the Author

J. J. McAvoy first started working on Ruthless People during a Morality and Ethics lecture her freshman year of college. X number of years later, she is an insomniac who has changed her major three times, and is a master in the art of procrastination. If you ask her why she began writing, she will simply tell you “They wanted to get their story out.” She is currently working on her next novel . . . so please bug her on Twitter @JJMcAvoy

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