#US of Book-Lonesome Dove-Texas

47491-125us-of-books-300x96

 

lonesome-dove-brookline-july-2012

 

lonesome-dove-brookline-july-2012Lonesome Dove

A Novel by Larry McMurtry

Reviewed by C.H. Armstrong Books & Blog

When I learned I would have the pleasure of reviewing Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove, I quite literally did a fist pump of victory. Simply stated, this is one of my all-time favorite novels, and one of the very few I would consider reading more than once. For that reason, I’ll not beat around the bush: I enthusiastically give this novel a full 5-star review. If I could give it more than 5-stars, I most certainly would.

So what’s it about?

I asked this question of those who originally recommended it to me, and the answer I received didn’t inspire enthusiastic thoughts: It’s the story about a bunch of old cowboys who go on a cattle drive.

Huh? How is that even remotely interesting? Why would I want to read about a cattle drive?

The answer is this: Just do it. I promise: You won’t be sorry.

Lonesome Dove is about a cattle drive, but it’s more than that. It’s about the strong ties of friendship between two former Texas Rangers, Captain August “Gus” McCrae and Captain Woodrow F. Call, two men who couldn’t be more different. While Call is stoic and serious, McCrae is often seen as more laid back and carefree. But the truth is that the two men, for all of their differences, are like yen and yang or two sides of the same coin. It’s almost a love story without the romance element. They complement each other and, while they seem to have nothing at all in common, they are simply not the same without the other.

Besides the main characters is a series of supporting cast members who round out the story…a 17 year old boy, the son of a prostitute, who suspects that Call might be his father; a young prostitute, Lorie, who just wants to get out of town; and the reprehensible coward, Jake Spoon, who abandons her and leaves her defenseless against the elements and those who would do her harm.

In truth, I sat down to read this book because I wanted to silence someone who insisted I read it…and so I talked my best friend (700 miles away) into reading it with me, just so I would have some company in what I thought would be a grueling read. To my surprise, it was action-packed, funny, heartbreaking, and truly one of the best books I’ve ever read.

Trust me – you don’t want to miss this book. If you read nothing else this year, pick up a copy of Lonesome Dove. You won’t be sorry!

 

Date Like a Girl, Marry Like a Woman by Jessica R Bunevacz Blog Tour

Date Like  A Girl

Date Like a Girl, Marry Like a Woman: The Polished Woman’s Guide to Love, Romance, and Sex will help you navigate how to have a good time with “Mr. Right Now” and how to hold onto “Mr. Right” once you find him. Providing a mix easy to follow rules, and anecdotes showcasing how they worked (and in some cases what happened when they were ignored), Jessica Bunevacz is the best friend you’ll wish you had all along and the one whose advice you’ll go back to again and again.

Unlike “The Rules”, its successors, or similar books offering guidance on how to snag a man, this book isn’t about playing hard to get, instead it’s about playing to win. And the only way that you can truly to that is when you acknowledge yourself as the MVP. This is why one of the first rules in Date Like a Girl, Marry Like a Woman: The Polished Woman’s Guide to Love, Romance, and Sex is about shedding your insecurities, and why other rules offer insight on looking, feeling, and being your best, with an emphasis on having your own life. Additionally, while other guides stop when you get to a marriage proposal, this is the book you’ll come back to after you say “I do”. Understanding that happily ever after may be a good way to end a movie, but isn’t a good way to start a marriage there are real tips about everything from friendship to sex to finances with both humor and heart.

Ultimately Date Like a Girl, Marry Like a Woman: The Polished Woman’s Guide to Love, Romance, and Sex is a work that is meant to transcend beyond the pages as it’s lessons are applied in daily life. It never asks a woman to shy away from her impulses or to hide who she is or what she wants, and instead celebrates her independence and sensuality while showing her ways that she can make her romantic life more fulfilling.

Buy the book: Amazon

Author Interview

What is your book about?

A: It is a self help book about love, relationships and sex that focuses on what to do when your dating and what to do once you’ve said “I do.”

There are many self help books about relationships. What makes yours different?

A: Unlike books like “The Rules” or “ How to Snag a man” this book isn’t about playing hard to get, instead its about winning overall in your dating life. Also while other books stop after you get engaged, this is a book that you’ll be able to come back to after you say “ I do”.

What is your next project?

A: I’m working on a companion project, a set of guidelines for men. I want to create a balance so that it’ll be easier for couples to improve their relationships.

In today’s savvy world, most writers use computers or laptap, have you ever written parts of your book in paper?

A: Yes! I always start by writing my thoughts paper then transfer them to the computer.

If you’re a mom writer, how do you balance your time?

A: I don’t write when the kids are at home, so I normally write when they are in school and on the days when I know I wont pick up the kids. So I don’t rush my writing. My times are usually at noon to around 2 pm, and sometimes at night when every one is asleep. I am a night person, I can stay awake for a while at night.

What is the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

A: Leaving my country, leaving my identity, my job that I worked hard for, for years, to be with my family. It is hard to move to a country without friends, a job and where the dominant language isn’t your native language. I lived in a third world country. There you can easily make money and be happy even if you don’t finish college, you just work hard. Moving here was a little bit intimidating for me, but I’m so happy. I just received my citizenship and now I’m an author. Things happen in our lives that we don’t expect to happen but there’s always a purpose.

Jessica R Bunevacz

Author’s Bio:

What do you get when you mix a strict Catholic upbringing, a strong curiosity for the opposite sex, and the need to grow up quickly? If you’re lucky you get an outcome like Jessica Bunevacz, the vivacious and outspoken first time author behind Date Like a Girl, Marry Like a Woman: The Polished Woman’s Guide to Love, Romance, and Sex.

Born Jessica Rodriguez in the Philippines and raised by her grandparents after the separation of her mother and father, Bunevacz was thrust into the role of provider after the murder of her mother when she was fifteen. With four siblings relying on her she began work early, first as a live mannequin and later as a model, actress, talent manager and television host. The jobs not only helped her to support her siblings, but also her first two children. One of her proudest moments while working in entertainment was as the force behind a project called “Miss Ugly No More” where women were showed how they could feel and look their best. Juggling family and work Bunevacz was not content to simply sit on the sidelines while life passed her by, and dating became her favorite contact sport.

Traveling frequently for work and fascinated by men it wasn’t long before she developed a set of rules to snag them, and guidelines for how she could remain at her best without being bested by the games others were playing. It wasn’t long before she became a self-proclaimed MANnizer, capable of capturing and holding the attention of whoever interested her, while also continuing to do what was in her best interest as both a mother and entrepreneur with both family and a business to protect.

A romantic at heart however she soon stopped her pursuit of “Mr. Right Now” when she met the man who was “Mr. Right”, the man who became her husband. Newly married, she found herself rethinking everything she knew and realized that the same qualities that made a woman an amazing girlfriend didn’t necessarily work for a wife. Rather than wait for someone else to write a marriage manual, she retooled her dating rules for herself to apply for a life after marriage. Jessica Bunevacz is now a happily married wife and mother of three currently residing in California.

While her life has been unconventional she has no regrets, and lives with the understanding that we all have the same basic desire: to feel loved, whether it’s just for one night or for an entire lifetime. Using her own life experiences as a basis she develop real-world relationship advice to help women feel more confident and comfortable whether they’re dating or have already said “I do”.

Connect with the author: Author Website ~ Book’s Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ YouTube

Prizes:

Grand prize: copy of book plus a Polished Woman Make-Up Kit (USA & Canada only)

2nd prize: copy of the book (print or ebook) and $30 Amazon gift card (international)

3rd prize: copy of the book (print or ebook) and $20 Amazon gift card ( international)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

iRead Website new logo

Re-release tour for Rick Carter-Squire’s Sci-Fi/Thriller/Romance- An Altered Course

 

                         .`•.¸.•´ ★


                     ¸.•´.•´¨) ¸.•¨)

 

(¸.•´(¸.•´ (¸.•¨¯`*.¸¸. ..Re-Release.. .¸¸. .`•.¸.•´ ★

 

banner.jpg

 

coverA.jpg

 

Book Blurb – When a friend is in trouble, no barrier is too great; not even decades.

 

Driven to unravel his best friend’s disappearance, Michael Eldridge is on the verge of a discovery that will enable him to finally solve the mystery; time travel. He has worked out the equation, and is testing his theory, ready to leap into the past to find the missing link.

 

While in the process of ensuring a safe and successful trip, Michael’s life explodes around him. A competing company will stop at nothing to get their hands on his technology, and his father’s health is deteriorating rapidly. When the woman of his dreams suddenly announces she’s interested in a relationship, he realizes this could be the worst timing ever; things are coming to a head faster than he can cope with them.

 

Will he find the truth, get the girl, and save his father, or will he be swept away on An Altered Course….
wtmo buy links.jpg

 

 

teaser4.jpg
teaser5.jpg
 

 

teaser6.jpg

 

WTMO author bio.jpg

 

Author Bio – Mr. Carter-Squire likes to write what he enjoys reading…thriller/mystery/horror. He’s had the pleasure of reading most authors in these genres, from Doyle to Grisham, from Poe to King and everyone in between. The story is what compels him to read and continue reading. That’s his plan when he writes and continues to develop his abilities to give you the reader, the best possible story to entertain you. Mr. Carter-Squire has achieved a top ten placement in the Horror Fans Fiction Appreciation competition. Competed in the World’s Best Fiction competition and received a top 200 placing. Rick’s work is supported by his amazing wife and family, because they are his first audience.

 

 
Does this picture prove that time travel exists? You be the judge!

 

wTMO hostedby.jpg

Shades of Sydney by Brittney Coon #BlogTour

brittney coon blog tour banner

 

BLOG TOUR

Shades of Sydney

By

Brittney Coon

Release Date: January 12, 2016

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

 

brittney coon cover

Blurb

Sydney West enjoys sampling summer boys, but this year, one refuses to be a one-night stand…

Twenty-one-year-old Sydney doesn’t believe in relationships. Her parents’ toxic divorce has taught her love is nothing but a sinister fairytale. So every summer she parties, hooks up, abandons her lover before dawn, and repeats.

That is until she meets gorgeous local surfer Jason King at the beach…

When Jason fails to flirt—or even give her a second glance—she decides something must be wrong with him, and it’s safer to stay away. But when Sydney and Jason’s best friends hook up and become Malibu’s hottest couple, they are forced to spend more time together than either of them cares for.

Armed with a sharp tongue, Sydney works to keep Jason at bay…

In a moment of weakness, Sydney lets her guard down and confides in Jason, realizing he’s more than just a hot guy—he’s also a friend. And when Sydney’s need for a summer boy results in her falling into bed with Jason, despite her better judgment, she runs away from him by morning.

The problem is, he won’t accept being another one-night stand, and will do anything to prove…

Love really does exist

12631094_1095893110455776_1150154689_o

Buy Links

Amazon US Amazon UK Amazon AU Amazon CA

12637405_1095893237122430_1412520942_o

Excerpt 1

“I can show you some tips. Been surfing all my life,” he said proudly.
“Yes,” Amelia said excitedly, dragging the poor boy to the ocean.
Rolling my eyes, I turned toward the other boy. He was tall, but not über tall, like the other guy. His muscles moved like liquid as he approached me. I had the urge to touch his abs and see if they were as firm as they appeared. His hair was tussled and golden brown, as if sun kissed. His board was a light blue with black stripes. It was a good brand, but a basic print.
“Do you need surfing lessons too or are you here in support?” the boy asked me. His silver eyes mirrored the moon, sending shivers down my shine.
“Umm…I was wanting to be surfing…”
What the hell did I just say?
His eyes sparkled with laughter, but he didn’t mock me. “I can teach you some tricks if you want.”
I looked at him closer. My stomach fell to the sand. He was the guy I bumped into at that club and he didn’t bother giving me a second look. He kept walking as if I was just another body in the crowd, no one worthy of his attention.
“Were you at Club Purple last night?” I asked.
He tilted his head. “Yes, how did you know?”
“I ran into you and we kept going the same way and then—”
“Oh, right,” he said, nodding as if it all made sense.

 

12674274_1095893337122420_1004907750_n

Excerpt 2

The thrill of the game winded down. People broke away in groups of two and three. I wanted to call it a night and see if any beer was left.
“I challenge you, Sydney, to a game of Truth or Dare,” Jason declared.
I sunk into the sofa and glared at him with my mouth agape. “Are you serious?”
Of course now is when he decides to say my name correctly.
He nodded, flashing a wicked grin.
I swallowed. My throat was too dry. I didn’t want to play. I didn’t want to admit truths to a bunch of weirdos. I guess most were drunk, so they wouldn’t remember, but it was the principle of the thing.
“Do you accept?” a boy wearing black jeans and no shirt asked.
The pressure of everyone’s eyes on me was too much. I sighed. “I guess.”
“Good. We got another game, people!” the boy shouted with excitement.

12650617_1095893483789072_1279320979_n

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brittney Coon graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication and a minor in Film and Media Production. Brittney has always been creative and turned to writing to share the stories playing through her head. In her spare time she reads, watches Friends, and hangs out with her cats. She currently lives in Arizona.

Limitless Publishing Facebook Twitter GoodReads Website

Vampire Knight Release Day Blitz

Title: Vampire Knight
Author: Elizabeth Loraine
Genre: Paranormal
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb:

Vampire Knight is a Royal Blood Chronicle character novella about Katrina’s father Fredrik during his years as a Templar Knight. Find out secrets he’s never revealed before, meet new characters and see familiar characters in a different light along the way, including Katrina’s mother, Elizabeth and Fredrik’s brother, William 


“I wanted to give the loyal fans of Royal Blood Chronicles a prequel where they could get to know many of the main characters of the series and join them on early adventures. I hope you enjoy Vampire Knight.” Elizabeth Loraine.


I grew up in a small northern Minnesotan town married my high school sweetheart, had two beautiful children and as soon as we could we moved to a warmer climate. I have worked with my husband building and decorating custom homes for years. After loving every kind of vampire book, movie and series I decided that I wanted to know more. I can write a book I thought, how hard can that be? Well…. But I stuck to it and finished my first book Royal Blood Chronicles Book One in August 2009. I now have six books in the series and am about to release book two of my new series Phantom Lives. My parents always told me that I could do anything that I wanted, work hard, study and do it right. I believe that and live that way every day.

Buy Links:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/28LiAbA