Archive | July 2021

A Secret Gift by Tonya Penrose #CozyRomance #Humor

From Amazon: MORE THAN SHE EVER DREAMED When Halley Bowen learns she has an anonymous benefactor who wants her to live out her dreams and move to the idyllic seaside town of Port Royal, she can’t leave fast enough. The one hurdle – in one year’s time she must find everlasting love to satisfy the gift. Local contractor Ben Shaw is sarcastic, bossy and too sexy for his own good. Every time Halley thinks he might be the one, they hit an obstacle, until they admit what’s in their hearts. Then every dream of theirs comes true.

My Review: I found this novel to be the absolute perfect love story. Starting with a mysterious benefactor, Halley moves to Port Royal having given up her hectic city life. Port Royal is soothing and she moved to Port Royal for a year per her benefactors directives. Halley is to write a romance book, though she’s never been in a real romance, and she’s to get a part time job. She ends up working in a coffee shop and begins to write her book. Time is fast paced, Halley meets two potential suitors, but only one takes her heart. Many funny and sad mishaps happen and one conniving female does her best to break up Halley and her forever love. The twists and turns kept on coming. Five cozy read stars!!!!!!!

Can authors use song lyrics in their books? – By Ginger… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

on Hidden Gems Books: Working in self-publishing, it’s often crazy how much people know – and how much those same people don’t know. Recently, an author colleague of mine had to pull reams of real song lyrics from her book because she was unaware that there’s a process (and a cost) to using other people’s […]

Can authors use song lyrics in their books? – By Ginger… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree #ASMSG #Memoir #MultiAwardWinning @MaryLSchmidt #Artist

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Indie B.R.A.G. has announced the winners and honorees for 2021! When Angels Fly was named an B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. In honor of this achievement, I will give away free copies of the eBook version if you contact me here. Book snippet: After surviving the cruel rage of tyranny from her mother and ex-husband, Sarah Jackson traveled a new path; a journey of loss, heartbreak, and ultimately strength. How do we survive the unthinkable, our child suffering from a terminal illness? They say there is no greater loss than that of a child; I say losing a child is the king of loss. Sometimes the thing that helps us survive it, is knowing we are not alone. Bestselling author, Sarah Jackson, will take you on her journey of hope and strength as she provides an intimate raw look at her life.

How To Sell Your Book On Amazon [70 Book Marketing Tips] – By Dave Chesson… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

on Kindlepreneur: You wrote a book, and now you want to sell it on Amazon. I’ve got good news! Kindlepreneur is coming in clutch with 70+ book marketing ideas that will help you sell more books on Amazon’s eBook and print book marketplace. Also read Kindlepreneur’s Marketing Mastery Guide. Let’s dive right in. In this […]

How To Sell Your Book On Amazon [70 Book Marketing Tips] – By Dave Chesson… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

The Coal Miner’s Son


From Amazon: After tragedy hits the small coal mining village of Wintermore, nine-year-old miner’s son, George, is sent to Granville Hall to live with his titled grandparents. Caught up in a web of treachery and deceit, George grows up believing his mother sold him. He’s determined to make her pay, but at what cost? Is he strong enough to rebel? Will George ever learn to forgive? Step back into the 60s and follow George as he struggles with bereavement, rejection and a kidnapping that changes his life forever. Resistance is George’s only hope.

My Review: I found The Coal Miner’s Son to be an incredible read and I completely immersed myself into several characters. I don’t like giving away too many events in my reviews, but this books is all about family, the good and the bad. Betrayal happens to George, more than once, and by many people as a child. George suffered a lot, many loses, cruelty, kidnapping, thrust into situations as no child should be, and age age 18, his birthday actually, he told his loved ones that he would make decisions with one of them being therapy due to all the traumas in his life. George was smart and knew what he needed. Reading about him being successful in therapy was the fulfillment of seeing his bright future ahead of him. Five huge stars!!!!!

This entry was posted on July 11, 2021. 2 Comments


From Amazon: Grace wants to become a fashion designer but her titled father is lining up suitable suitors for marriage. How will this end? Grace is about to leave Greenemere, a boarding school in Brighton. Blissfully unaware of her father’s plans, she embarks on a new adventure. The quest includes a trip to Bolton’s Palais where she meets coal miner, Jack Gilmore. Grace’s life is never the same again. Is Grace strong enough to defy Lord Granville’s wishes and find true love? Will she become a successful fashion designer? Where will she turn for help? House of Grace is the first book in the historical fiction family saga trilogy. If you like Mr Selfridge and House of Eliott then you’ll love this riches to rags 1950s/60s saga. Delve into House of Grace and follow Grace Granville as she struggles with family conflict, poverty and tragedy.

My Review: House of Grace is the perfect title for this book. Partway through the story, I had figured out that by the end, what the title meant. That written, never did I figure out any other parts of this story. Love is present in abundance and quite necessary with the myriad of happenings going on. I liked the 60s vibe for sure. This book made me cry in times of loss, and happy in times of good things going on. The Christmases evoked worth and truly, family isn’t always blood. So true. Five stars!

This entry was posted on July 6, 2021. 2 Comments