Saturday, 22 August 2015

Review of CAN'T FIGHT FATE by Lisa N. Edwards



AUTHOR: Lisa N. Edwards
PUBLICATION DATE: August 1st 2015
SOURCE: ARC copy provied by Smith Publications inn exchange for an honest review

"Can the words of a Psychic influence your thoughts? Your Choices? Your Destiny? 

Nikki, an inspirited Aussie girl thought she had her life planned. GET A CAREER, FIND A MAN, START A FAMILY. Life seemed simple, until... accompanying her friend to a psychic changed her life forever. The psychic describes her soul mate. Mr Hollywood, a man with crystal green eyes. 

Flash forward 17 years, Nikki's career as a Hollywood Entertainment Lawyer is taking off, and the Green Eyed man is standing in front of her. The words of the psychic are imprinted on her mind... "Remember he's nice to look at, nice to see, but if you chase him, he will flee..." So if she cannot chase him, and she cannot tell him what she knows. Will she ignore the warnings to get what she wants? 

With her best friend, Siobhan, who is effectively her audacious and sassier alter ego, they navigate their way through the supposedly predestined life!

Nikki can try, but she Can’t Fight Fate."

*I Hereby Award This Book 4 Wings!*

I was offered a copy of this book for review and when I read the synopsis, I was truly intrigued. I wasn't let down because it was a brilliant read. Edwards has written a fast-paced, entertaining novel that will keep you guessing as to what will happen to Nikki. Can the words of psychic be helpful or can they lead to disaster? 

Nikki is a Hollywood entertainment lawyer and her career is really taking off. It's her love life that isn't where she wishes it could be. It all started with the words of a psychic years ago, telling her she would meet a green-eyed man who would be the love of her life when the time was right. Since  then, Nikki has dated several men, none of them turned out to be Mr Right. Now she has a career in Hollywood, can she meet the right man to sweep her off her feet? Should she keep listening  to the words of the psychic or should she forge her own path? 

Can't Fight Fate is a funny, fast-paced story that had me laughing all the way through. Nikki is a delightful character and so is her best friend Siobhan. Is Nikki's life path predestined? Is she headed for a happy ever after or is there disaster written all over it? You won't know the answer to that until the end. 
This is a cleverly written book by Edwards that is easily worth 4 stars. The characters are well developed and kept my interest piqued from beginning to end. The story itself had me in hysterics, but it also had me rolling my eyes at some of the jerks in Nikki's life. I would have liked to have punched one of them in particular in the face. 
If you want an easy end-of-summer read, then pick up a copy of Can't Fight Fate today. 

I am lucky enough to have a guest post from Lisa N. Edwards to share with you all today... 

BREAK UP WITH THE JUST INs...
Why you should lose the backup plan.
So you have a dream. However, you just never have the time... You know one day it will happen, maybe, if you ever find that elusive moment. Your life is busy, you are stuck in 9 to 5 mentality, which nowadays starts from the moment you wake up and usually does not end until late at night. Where do you find an hour, a minute, a second for you, for your dreams and goals? Everyone has exactly the same amount of time in their day, but it is how you use it that makes the difference.
GET RID OF THE JUST INS
The JUST INS will only consume your time.  I don't mean Justin as in, a man, like Justin Bieber or Timberlake, I mean the backup plan that stops you giving everything to your dream. The 'Just In' case something happens, I have plan B to fall back onto. WRONG! Plan B will become your safety net, where you now know in the back of your mind its always there, life is safe, you do not need to give everything to your dream to get where you are going, guess what, you'll probably never get there.
BE OPEN TO CHANGE
Everyone's path is different; this is mine. I am a mother of five children, married and at one stage not so long ago, managed my own Talent Agency. One of the largest, if not the largest in Melbourne, it consumed my life, and didn't make me happy. The people were mostly amazing, but the work was routine, while it was an exciting adventure at first, it became 'every day' very quickly with volumes of paperwork. I don't think my heart was ever 100% in love with what I was doing; buying the business was my 'Just In.' I thought I could do everything, and for a while I did, but it came to the point that I didn't feel alive anymore, I wasn't happy. I made the decision, I was going to change my life, not overnight, not even in a week, I didn't actually have a time frame, I just knew this is what I wanted and needed to achieve for myself. I didn't want to live thinking... What if?
LEAVE YOUR COMFORT ZONE
For my own sanity and personal happiness, after ten years at the helm, I put the business on the market. I had a major panic attack, my husband and I were on rocky ground, he didn't have the same vision I had. He felt secure in his comfort zone, of knowing, my half of the bills were paid, life was relatively easy. BUT, I had big dreams. I was dying inside, my dreams felt like they were slipping away, like I could never achieve them. I pushed forward with what would be the most traumatic five years of my life. As I sit here writing this and reflecting, it was never really in me to take the easy road.
 ONE STEP AT A TIME
After the sale of my business, I paid out most of our smaller debts, leaving mortgage and car loans. I was lucky, I had one year of money to make this work. I had no clear plan, just the image of the where I wanted to be, the end result. For six months, I felt like a fish out of water. Not sure which way to go, or how to move forward, life was weird and completely unknown, I now had all this time, but limited money that I needed to stretch over the next 12 months. I didn't factor in, to reach my end dream, was expensive.
I received an email unexpectedly, with dates for a reading from Psychic Medium Lisa Williams. I had been on her waiting list for almost 18months. Surprisingly she knew exactly how I was feeling and where I wanted to be. She gave me a piece of advice, one that I had forgotten...
            DON'T FORGET TO LOOK OUT THE WINDOW
For me this meant focusing on the present moment, the end goal is still very important, and my dreams are huge, but how you get there is the fun part. The part I had forgotten to see by only looking at the end result.
BUILD A SUPPORT TEAM
This doesn't need to be huge; it can be just one person that believes in you, that makes you feel you could do anything.
The 12-month mark was quickly approaching and the money running out, I was going to have to find a job. Not wanting to go back to the stress of me being unhappy, my husband threw me a lifeline, we remortgaged our house after attending and being selected from the audience at an Intimate Group with Medium John Edward. Whoever he was chatting with on the other side said I should write the book. The Book is Can't Fight Fate, a book my husband and those close to me, had heard me talk about on and off, with there never being a 'right' moment.
You can live your dreams, I am living proof, if I can do it, so can you, take the first step; break up with 'Just In'!

Don't Let your Dreams, just be dreams!

 About The Author:
Lisa N. Edwards is a graduate of NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) in Sydney, Australia, after which she was trained at The Film Space. She and her youngest daughter, Darcie, were featured in a series of Coles TV Commercials—‘Feed your Family for $10 with Curtis Stone’ and Coles Home Brand. Lisa’s latest credits include soon-to-be-released Aussie comedy ‘Now Add Honey’ and two Award-Winning Hollywood Short films, 'Riviera' and 'The Road Less Traveled.' A large portion of Lisa's working life was spent as a Talent Agent with VisionsMCP in Melbourne, of which she was the owner and Company Director for 13 years.


Can't Fight Fate will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and http://www.lisanedwards.com/

Thank you for coming by to read my review. I hope you liked the post from Lisa. See you again soon!


Thursday, 20 August 2015

Review for Tribulation and Truths by L.A. Cotton


AUTHOR: L.A Cotton
PUBLICATION DATE: August 20th 2015
SOURCE: eARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

"When Ana revealed her suspicions to Jackson about the circumstances surrounding his father’s death, she never expected it to be the catalyst for a series of events that could change everything. It was supposed to save him, not push him away. But now Ana is left watching the person she loves more than anything, lose himself to vengeance.

Jackson has spent most of his life loyal to the man he calls Uncle. But since learning that Marcus Donohue might have been responsible for the death of his father, Jackson is consumed with the need for revenge. Even if it means hurting the people he loves, and going against everything he believes in, to uncover what happened.

Will the truth finally set Jackson free or will it ruin his last chance at happiness with Ana… and a life out from under the shadows of the Donohues?

Tribulations will be overcome, truths will be revealed. Welcome to Chastity Falls."

*I Hereby Award This Book 5 Wings!*

As always with L.A Cotton's books, I jumped at the chance to read an ARC of Tribulation & Truths. I am seriously glad I did because I had been having Jax withdrawal symptoms *swoon* That man is pure unadulterated bliss!
Tribulation & Truths is the final part of Jax and Ana's story and I won't lie, I am extremely sad that it had to end. I whole-heartedly wish that Lianne would write more books based on the couple because although I am intrigued by Braiden's story (the next book in the series), I wish it didn't have to centre around him. Jax and Ana are the ultimate book couple. They have their ups and downs, for sure. But don't all couples?! 
This time round, Jax is in deeper than ever before. He's taken Braiden's place in the family due to Braiden's incarceration. This makes it a hell of a lot more dangerous for the couple and ultimately, they must live a life pretending to bow to Marcus Donohue's commands, whilst trying their hardest to find evidence linking Marcus to the death of Jax's father. Is there evidence to be found? Could Marcus really have been behind the demise of his best friend? Can Ana and Jax uncover the truth and if so, can the do it in time before Jax is in over his head and gets a target on his back?
The story was fast-paced and highly entertaining. I read it in a matter of hours, though I kept having to put the book down and walk away to try and draw it out. I really couldn't handle it being the end. So for me it was a catch-22 situation. Read faster to uncover the truth or read slower to prolong the story before it's inevitable end? 
As with the previous stories in this series, T&T was well-written, it flowed beautifully and had me on the edge of my seat in anticipation. Lianne always succeeds in making me ride a roller coaster of emotion, but more so this time because I knew it was the end. I laughed, I cried, I even threw something in temper as I was left feeling utterly bereft at one point (no spoilers). 
T&T was the perfect way to end this amazing couple's journey. Many trials and tribulations later, you get to see whether they get their happily ever after or if it ends in disaster. 

I am grateful to Lianne for providing me with this amazing book and wish to congratulate her on a job well done, because I am sure she thrives on emotionally draining her readers LOL. 

Thank you for coming by to read my review.  I hope you'll join me in wishing a Happy Release Day to T&T today! <3




Sunday, 16 August 2015

The Magic Word Is... GIVEAWAY!! (and it's open internationally too!)

Hi Folks,

I wanted to bring you a giveaway to celebrate my 32nd birthday (which is August 22nd). I have recently attended my first signing as an author, in fact my first signing ever. It was amazing, I had such a blast. Everyone was so friendly and awesome, I just wish I'd had more time to stop and chat. But I did have time to get a few things to give away. This giveaway is international and will be open for one week until August 23rd.

Are you ready to see the beauties I have in store for you?

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The top image is of the goodies that I managed to collect from other authors. There are things from Jodi Ellen Malpas, Sophie Jackson, Claire Riley, SJ Warner, Kirsty-Anne Still, CJ Fallowfield, D. Breeze and more. There are poker chips, postcards, magnets, a shot glass, wristbands, bottle tops, bookmarks and other little beauties.

The bottom image shows what I am donating from my own swag. There's a signed tshirt, a signed tablet case, a set of teasers made by my assistant Bella (1 of 3 sets made), wine glass charms, cabochon necklaces, key rings, mini-book magnets, mini-book key rings, glasses cleaning cloths, lanyards, a phone charms and a few other pieces besides.

If you want to win this great bundle, all you have to do is enter via the rafflecopter widget below...

Terms and Conditions:
  • Gothic Angel will not be held responsible for loss or damage that may happen in mailing
  • There are no replacements for these items if they should not arrive
  • This giveaway is international so please allow extra time for these items to arrive
  • The winner will be contacted via email and will be given one week to respond before another winner is selected in their place
  • You MUST fulfil all the requirements of the Rafflecopter widget above or your entries will be discounted
  • Any duplicated entries will be deleted 
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