Girl on My Mind: An Odyssey of Sex, Heartbreak, and the Search for True Love – REVIEW

Girl on My Mind: An Odyssey of Sex, Heartbreak, and the Search for True Love

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BOOK DESCRIPTION: 

With a backdrop of wild animals, elephants and the majestic African savannah, safari guide Lincoln never stood a chance when the stunning, enigmatic Natasha walked into camp, flaunting a cheeky smile and capturing Lincoln’s heart for ever. 25 years later, married and middle-aged, he is still haunted by memories of their long-ago blistering affair.

One day, out of nowhere, Natasha reappears. Once more Lincoln finds himself mesmerized and breathless. Obsessed with the possibility of a second chance at true love, he begins a journey that soon threatens to unravel the entire fabric of his current, middle-aged existence.

Part steamy narrative and part contemporary blog, this deeply emotional love story shadows a REAL-LIFE relationship and ACTUAL EVENTS, giving this tortured romantic memoir a depth of authenticity and pathos which few fiction books can match.

‘The Land Rover swung across my front, obscuring my view of the charging elephant. I glanced up, and there was Natasha clutching the steering wheel and shouting for me to climb aboard. I grabbed the handrail and hauled myself to safety just as another tremendous trumpet split the air…
…“I think,” I conceded later, looking her full in the eye, “that I owe you my life.”
She smiled back. “Well, I think that’s being a bit dramatic, don’t you? I’m just really glad you’re safe.” Once again I felt that cool hand on my arm.’

REVIEW

My emotions were all over the place with this story. I thought the backdrop and the character development were fantastic, especially given that this is a novella.
Girl on My Mind was a whirlwind of fantasy, love, heartbreak and a plethora of feelings.
I found myself enjoying the love story that was building in the African heat surrounded by wild animals then becoming completely exasperated and angry. My topsy turvy emotions weren’t because of anything but the behaviour of the characters, which some would say then that Anderton did his job and did it well.
As a lover of romance and the happy ever after, every story I read, I desperately want the ideal I have mapped out in my mind of what that romance means. When that doesn’t happen, its sometimes difficult to wrap my mind around.
I couldn’t help but roll my eyes in exasperation when Lincoln (the main character) becomes increasingly obsessed with the idea of a second chance at his “true love” and willing, without thought, to give up the life he’d created with another woman, his wife. I found myself yelling at my iPad a number of times when he refused to realize the idea of a 2nd chance wasn’t reciprocated (like climbing a mountain of frustration) but also when his years of marriage and family meant nothing in the wake of Natasha.
Overall I liked the length of the novel and the amount of story that the author was able to achieve, I was impressed with the amount of emotion put into the novel as well as the character development. Its clear L T Anderton is an accomplished novelist; Girl on My Mind is a fast read full of lust and love and weighted emotion. Certainly an interesting read, one I was glad I picked up (even if I did want to shake the main character into reality by the end of the story!)

Where to find Girl on My Mind

GOODREADS

AMAZON

Happy Reading!

Lindsey R. Loucks – The Grave Winner Book Review!

Nothing better to do on a rainy day other than curling up with a new book – today’s happened to by Lindsey R. Loucks – The Grave Winner # 1

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Genre: YA, Fantasy Supernatural, Urban Fantasy

Description: 

Leigh Baxton is terrified her mom will come back from the dead — just like the prom queen did. 

While the town goes beehive over the news, Leigh bikes to the local cemetery and buries some of her mom’s things in her grave to keep her there. When the hot and mysterious caretaker warns her not to give gifts to the dead, Leigh cranks up her punk music and keeps digging.

She should have listened.

Two dead sorceresses evicted the prom queen from her grave to bury someone who offered certain gifts. Bury them alive, that is, then resurrect them to create a trio of undead powerful enough to free the darkest sorceress ever from her prison inside the earth. 

With help from the caretaker and the dead prom queen, Leigh must find out what’s so special about the gifts she gave, and why the sorceresses are stalking her and her little sister. If she doesn’t, she’ll either lose another loved one or have to give the ultimate gift to the dead – herself.

REVIEW:

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for a review! 

The Grave Winner is one that is intricate and complicated in the best of ways when it comes to a YA novel. 
Leigh Baxton is heartbroken as she stands within the midst of her mother’s funeral with her father and sister. With the help of her eccentric best friend Jo she enters back into the world of high school and tries to forget about the scene after standing at her mother’s grave. Sarah, the dead prom queen who rose from the ground. 
Leigh is left with more confusion as word spreads about the dead coming back to life and she does everything she can to keep her mom in her grave all while the world around her drastically changes along with the strict warnings from Scary Boy Tram in which she chooses to ignore. 
Leigh struggles with her heart between Jo’s older brother Cal and Tram even in the midst of the return of the dead, alternate realities, sorceresses and spiders!
Even though it took me a few pages to get into the story by the end I was saying “What’s going to happen next!!??” 
A suspenseful story full of action packed dark twists and turns! An enjoyable read. 

About the Author:

Lindsey R. Loucks works as a school librarian in rural Kansas. When she’s not discussing books with anyone who will listen, she’s dreaming up her own stories. Eventually her brain gives out, and she’ll play hide and seek with her cat, put herself in a chocolate induced coma, or watch scary movies alone in the dark to reenergize.

She’s been with her significant other for almost two decades.

Check out her website for more information and to contact her. She would love to hear from you!http://www.lindseyrloucks.com 

Find Lindsey R. Loucks Here: 

http://www.lindseyrloucks.com/

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PSST! I JUST HEARD ABOUT THE GILDED FEATHERS SERIES PROMOTIONAL PRICING

So apparently my daughter didn’t get the memo about daylight savings time, so I’m sitting here attempting to uncross my eyes out of exhaustion over my third cup of green tea and promptly ignoring the scrumptious chocolate fudge cake that keeps beckoning me with delicious promises! 

Anyways I thought I’d throw out a short teaser for Gilded Faith, book 2 and also announce PROMOTIONAL PRICING!! everyone loves promotional pricing! Staring tomorrow PROMOTIONAL PRICING will be as follows:

GILDED FEATHERS: $0.99 (OMG are you serious? – indeed my friend, it is true!) 

GILDED FAITH: $2.99 (no way, I don’t believe it! – believe young reader, believe…)

TEASER GILDED FAITH, BOOK 2:

It was ecstasy, rapture; a paradise I never even knew existed before his touch, his possession. It was combustion, a fantastical explosion of fireworks that carried me away from all reality.

GILDED FEATHERS IS ON AMAZON!

This is some exciting news! I woke up this morning to an email telling me GILDED FEATHERS has been published! 

http://www.amazon.ca/Gilded-Feathers-ebook/dp/B00GBLQ3XU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383238483&sr=8-1&keywords=Gilded+Feathers

Book Blurb:

An alluring choice.  A fantastical revelation. But what if it changed… everything?

 

Familiar with the art of the nightmare, twenty-two year old university student Cole Evans can’t help but feel a deep connection to the horrifying illusions of her slumber.  

Irrevocably drawn to obscure fantasy, Cole faces a defiant temptation of romance and her first encounter with the mysterious Drex. Covered in tattoos, she unexpectedly finds herself attracted to his dark magnetism and emerald eyes. Before her life takes an impossible turn.   

Uncovering Drex’s true Guardian identity, she is forced on a terrifying journey through the stars into his world – one that brilliantly weaves together the struggle of danger and desire. And the impossible reality of gilded feathers.       

Take a gander and let me know what you think! Reviews on Goodreads and Amazon are greatly appreciated! 

Stay tuned for an announcement of a Goodreads giveaway! 

Happy treating! 

J.