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Love Ever After, Where I Belong by K. J. Ellis

Another fantastic story review from Karen of Love Ever After Anthology which I am published in

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The next story in the Love Ever After anthology.

Reunite with your soulmate on a ranch in Colorado; escape certain death with the love of your life in Yugoslavia; toast marshmallows by the light of the setting sun whilst you find the strength to carry on; or search for your lost love as the smell of fish and chips dances on the sea breeze. Something for everyone, each of these stories tells of love in all its form.A collection of short stories from authors you know and love.

Karen’s Magic Review

Where the previous story was sweet and clean, K. J. Ellis’s Where IU belong is hot and steaming, with love scenes that bring the story to many climaxes. (Pun intended).
Emma is the main character of this one and Mitch is the boy she has loved all her life. Her parents move her away from…

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Love Ever After, Old Love by Zara Greenshields

Loved this story and a little birdie hinted there may be more to come from these characters so keep your fingers crossed and eyes peeled

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Continuing with the reviews each day of every story in the Love Ever After anthology.

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Reunite with your soulmate on a ranch in Colorado; escape certain death with the love of your life in Yugoslavia; toast marshmallows by the light of the setting sun whilst you find the strength to carry on; or search for your lost love as the smell of fish and chips dances on the sea breeze. Something for everyone, each of these stories tells of love in all its form.A collection of short stories from authors you know and love.

Karen’s Magic Review

For the story of Augustus and Aurelia we travel back to Roman times. I wasn’t expecting this so my interest was piqued.

Returning from long years of war, Augustus returns to reclaim his old love, Aurelia. The problem is that Marcus has already set his eyes on her…

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Love Ever After, Sunsets and Marshmallows by R.M Gardener

I have to say this story really hit home with me, there are many types of love and this story took a completely different approach

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Reunite with your soulmate on a ranch in Colorado; escape certain death with the love of your life in Yugoslavia; toast marshmallows by the light of the setting sun whilst you find the strength to carry on; or search for your lost love as the smell of fish and chips dances on the sea breeze. Something for everyone, each of these stories tells of love in all its form.A collection of short stories from authors you know and love.

The next story in the anthology is different again as it shows another kind of love. This time our main character is June who tells us her story and her love for her niece.

Her sister, April is going through a difficult time with her husband and this has an affect on little Milly. June does what she can while her sister sorts out her marriage.

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Love Ever After, First Contact by Paula Acton

Okay so we get the review of my story and I am sitting with a huge grin on my face

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This is the first of twelve stories in the Love Ever After anthology. I had already been told that Liam, the name I’d chosen for my character, was a popular in several of the stories. This is the first one featuring Liam. To be honest, I thought it quiet funny.

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Reunite with your soulmate on a ranch in Colorado; escape certain death with the love of your life in Yugoslavia; toast marshmallows by the light of the setting sun whilst you find the strength to carry on; or search for your lost love as the smell of fish and chips dances on the sea breeze. Something for everyone, each of these stories tells of love in all its form.A collection of short stories from authors you know and love.

Karen’s Magic Review

I expected to read a traditional nice love story. What I got was something very different.
It…

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Love Ever After, Them by T. S. Arthur

I was blown away by this story i didn’t see it coming either but it was an amazing read

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This is second story in the Love Ever After anthology. I will be reviewing all twelve of them.

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Reunite with your soulmate on a ranch in Colorado; escape certain death with the love of your life in Yugoslavia; toast marshmallows by the light of the setting sun whilst you find the strength to carry on; or search for your lost love as the smell of fish and chips dances on the sea breeze. Something for everyone, each of these stories tells of love in all its form.A collection of short stories from authors you know and love.

Karen’s Magic Review

After a fireworks of a start, I expected the next story to get back to normal with a typically enjoyable romance. I was wrong. This was anything but typical.

Instead, the same thing happened again, it starts our normal and then there is an incredible twist. Marnie is on…

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Love Ever After, Ring of Hope by Kristina Beck

Don’t worry you have not missed the review of my story, the are coming out of order but I will be reblogging them because reviews are always better written by people not involved in the actual book

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Every day I will be reviewing stories in the Love Ever After anthology.

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Reunite with your soulmate on a ranch in Colorado; escape certain death with the love of your life in Yugoslavia; toast marshmallows by the light of the setting sun whilst you find the strength to carry on; or search for your lost love as the smell of fish and chips dances on the sea breeze. Something for everyone, each of these stories tells of love in all its form.A collection of short stories from authors you know and love.

Karen’s Magic Review

This is was the kind of story I was expecting to find in this anthology – romance, sea, sad story, happy ending with a good looking guy and a pretty heroine.

It was also the second story with a Liam in it. Corinna runs a seaside cafe with her sister and she meets surfer…

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Love Ever After Anthology, How it started

I am thrilled to be part of this project

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I belong to a group called Shower Of Schmidt Designs run by Eleanor Lloyd-Jones. I can’t remember how came to join it. It’s a group where she designs beautiful books covers to sell. I have bought one in the past. They are never cheap and if you are an author, you will know this. They are beautiful, though and a lot of work goes into making them. I love scrolling through the designs and have mentioned on my blog before about how much I love looking at book covers. They are inspiring and lure you into a story, or give you an idea for one. In fact, I knew an author once who selected her book cover first, and then wrote her story. I can’t recall who it was now because I don’t think I am in touch with her anymore.

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Me And Mine · So it's Saturday

Saturday Weekly Round-Up – 3rd October 2020

I did really like this idea previously even though I didn’t! stick to it so I am going to give it another go!

If you follow me anywhere on social media you will have noticed I have been very quiet the last couple of weeks. The Truth is ,y back went last Tuesday night and y sciatic nerve has well and truly gone ping, over a week of lying down and drugged up to the eyeballs I am starting to adjust to the meds, so while I am forced to stay put I  might as well try to be productive, so here we go…

Podcasts

I have been listening to a few this week but the one I am point to shout out is UNobscured. I listened to this a while ago initially but enjoyed the first series on the Salam Witch trials so much I gave it another listen you can find it on Apple or here on their website, if you love history you will love this plus I really appreciated the posting of the full-length interviews after the series was finished.

Music

I put my hands up that I have not listened to any music for a while.

Reading

I am currently reading an anthology am part of. I find it hard to blow my own trumpet but I am really proud of the two anthologies I am currently part of but I will tell your more about them during the week, for now, you can find it here

Watching – TV

It is no secret I would rather curl up with a book or listen to podcasts rather than watch TV most of the time but this last week I have watched quite a lot, I have picked one that is linked to a podcast I also listen to The Forgotten West Memphis Three is directly linked to a season of the podcast but you don’t need to have heard it to find this fascinating, at the minute there have been two episodes, I don’t know if there are more but even if not still a good watch for true crime lovers.

Watching – Film

The film I watched this week could have also been classed as my Netflix pick, however, I am not going to cheat Enola Holmes was a great family adventure romp, but I will say the monster, aged 12 going on 40, got bored after ten minutes, he much prefers the style of the BBC Sherlock series so this, where suddenly, the sister is the youngest (though still arguably the smartest Holmes sibling) rather than an older sibling of Sherlock disconcerted him. I actually really enjoyed it, while remaining light-hearted it also touched on issues that were brought up in the BBC verion in The Abominable Bride, fun easy watch.

Watching – Netflix

 

For my netflix series I will go with Tattoo Fixers, it is just the ealier series on there but in my drugged up state stories like this one had my lauin in a pool of tears rather than my self-pitying ones. I only have the one tattoo, in theory I would love loads but am far too indecisive to commit to them, the artwork that goes into some of these those is amazing, especially with thing as personal as memorial portraits.

That’s it for this week fingers crossed I will keep it up and be back next week.

Book Reviews

Talk to Me by Roseanne Beck

The last thing Laura wants is a relationship.

The only thing Austin needs is his independence.

Sometimes love sneaks up on you when you least expect it.

Austin’s car accident shattered his life and his leg. His main focus is on proving his independence. Figuring out how to shut up the new voices in his head would be an added bonus. They like to converse at the most inopportune times.

Laura’s built a wall around her heart. Everyone she loves ends up leaving her. She’s still reeling from the death of her brother and business partner. Seems like he might not be ready to completely give up the ghost yet, though.

And then there’s Aunt Marge, a world-class meddler with a penchant for oversharing. Can she manage to nudge Laura and Austin toward each other? Or will her recipe for love fall flat?

If you like sparkling, witty banter and strong characters with a hint of the paranormal, you’ll fall for TALK TO ME, because humor and love conquer all.

 

I flew through this book, it was easy to read and fun. The main characters are relatable and likeable, you find yourself rooting for them even when you get a little exasperated with them.

The plot is interesting and the paranormal twist adds to what is more or less a rom-com. This is a great choice for a beach read, or would be if anyone were getting near a beach this year, however, it will work just as well sat out in the garden. I read it on Kindle which I find myself doing more and more lately with these sorts of books, it is not a book you are likely to read over and over again, so buying the paper version is not a must.

I give this 4.5 stars out of five, the only reason for the drop of half a point is that it has been a while since I read it and it really did not stick in my mind enough for me to write this review without going back for a quick scan through.

Book Reviews · Monday Musings

Book Review: The Killing Place By Tess Gerritson

Something terrible has happened in the snowbound village of Kingdom Come, Wyoming. Twelve eerily identical houses stand dark and abandoned. Cars still parked in garages. The human occupants have vanished, seemingly into thin air.
this is the unsettling place where Maura Isles finds herself trapped during a snowstorm.

 

This book is the 8th in the Rizzoli & Isles series but if you are a fan of the TV series please bear in mind that the timelines are different and not all elements of their personal lives are necessarily the same. I first read this back before I ever watched the TV series so was lucky enough to go into it with just the literary narrative in place and I really do enjoy this series.

This book deal with various social issues all threaded through a crime story, there are the more base motives of greed but what is more interesting is the world of belief, cults, abuse and the damage caused to those who may have physically escaped but are forever mentally scarred. In a world where we like to think that things are harder to cover up in it revealing to understand how human nature colludes to pervert justice for personal gain.

The characters are well written as always although I will accept that for anyone picking this up as a first book it may be confusing to understand some of the dynamics between some of the individuals. While it is possible to read and enjoy it as a standalone read the reader will get so much more from it by taking the series in order.

I have no problem giving this book 5 out of five stars but do recommend reading the other books first if you can.

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