Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Book Review! Red Hot Pleasures!

When you read a book named, Red Hot Pleasures, you going to get a book about, you guessed it! Red Hot Pleasures
Lia Davis' new release is about lawyer, Tessa Barnes. Unlike her twin, who's a bit of a wild child, Tessa is down-to-earth and reliable. When Hunter Reeves, one of her twin's former bouncers appears in her office, she's suddenly interested in doing a lot more than lawyering.
But hold up! In that, when it rains it pours way, Tessa's best friend from high school appears. Jake Braxton (don't we all love a Jake?- like Jake Ryan... Sigh...) is back in town and ready to finally tell Tessa how he's always felt about her.
Classic love triangle, right?
Lia Davis twisted all my expectations into a knot and left me with something wholly different. I'm not going to spoil the ending, but it worked out in the best possible way.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Snow Day Updates!

This isn't really an update about snow days; it's the update the snow day allows me to complete! Too long has passed since I've checked in, and a lot has happened. First off, Finding Nora, Book 1.5 in The Searchers, released in February! Then a week ago, Book 2, Finding Valor, was released. Finding Nora, a short story, focuses on all the characters. It's a slice of life feature about Nora and her guys in the days after they decide to form their unique relationship.
 Finding Valor is Ryan's story. It weaves together Ryan's past and how it influences his present. While Ryan and Nora take centerstage, all of the guys are important parts of story. Next up will be Matisse's story, and while it is without a title, I'll be updating (hopefully sooner than this one went up) about him! In the meantime, I'm including Ryan's playlist— both the link and a list. Some songs I listened to while I wrote, and others I heard and thought, "That's Ryan!" Finding Valor on Spotify

As always, feel free to follow me on Spotify or Pinterest. There is a Searchers board there I'm constantly adding to as I find things reminiscent of the characters and story.
The Searchers on Pinterest

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Let's hope spring is around the corner! ~ Ripley

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Book Review: Haunted Redemption and Phoenix Everlasting by Rebecca Royce

When a book starts with a mom getting a dressing down because her kid has lice— and I’m equal parts freaking out because my scalp is starting to itch, and laughing my ass off— I get excited. 

Haunted Redemption, the first book in the Cascade Series, by Rebecca Royce, is about Kendall, a mom of three who after a more than decade-long hiatus, begins to use her psychic ability to send ghosts to the hereafter. 

Kendall is an immediately likable and relatable character. Not just because she has children, but because she’s struggling to be in control of her life again. She thought she had it together, with the house, husband, and kids, but then a ghost suddenly goes apeshit and she clears it at a PTA meeting. Clearing ghosts drains her, leaving her looking drunk, and her husband, rather than listen to her, divorces her. 

Levi, her husband, has some explaining to do, but as I moved through the book, I glared at him less and less. He's not a bad guy, but everything he thinks about the world isn't exactly... correct.

Rebecca Royce has this amazing ability to mix reality and fantasy. I had no idea what was going to happen to a character who starts off picking nits. Personally, I’d choose dealing with ghosts over lice, and I feel like Kendall probably would, too. At least she knows when she gets rid of they ghosts, they stay gone. 

Haunted Redemption also introduces Malcolm. *Swoon* He’s a broker, matching people with various abilities to people who have paranormal issues. Need to sell a Haunted House? Malcolm can find a ghost-clearer. Gotta demon? Malcolm can take care of that! Right from the get-go, Malcolm is intriguing. When Kendall meets him, he’s tugging around a ghost with him. Malcolm, man. I don’t want to give too much away, but I never saw Malcolm coming. 

Haunted Redemption is full of paranormal awesomeness. I loved the twists and relationship surprises. 5 stars! 

The second book in the series, Phoenix Everlasting, starts off with a bang. Kendall is struggling to come to terms with her past and recovering her memory, while Malcolm has suddenly moved on. While the first book, Haunted Redemption, was full of ghosts, and one especially bad demon, Phoenix focuses on why these demons are suddenly running wild. 

The story is dark. Worlds are literally and figuratively colliding: demons and humans. Kendall’s friends and family. Her soul mate and ex-husband. One of the things I really loved about this story was the way, despite having been through a series of incredible events together, it isn’t a given that Kendall ends up with her soulmate, Malcolm. Without any memory of him, Kendall marries and has children with another man. 

And Malcolm has to watch it all from a distance. Their love is rising from the dead (God, I love how interwoven Rebecca Royce’s themes are!). 

Speaking of rising from the dead, there’s the Phoenix, the totem Kendall and her friends have to find in order to defeat the demons threatening to overrun the world. In case gaining her memory wasn’t complicated enough, Kendall has to come to terms with her role in this new battle— not an easy thing to do when she’s still trying to be a mom, a girlfriend, an ex-wife, and a friend. 

Phoenix Everlasting, the second book in Rebecca Royce’s Cascade series grabbed me from the beginning and didn’t let go. I finished the story breathless. 5 stars! 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Playlist and Pintrest

When writing, Finding Honor, I listened to a lot of different artists. Blue October is always a go-to. A well-worn glove that fits no matter what I'm doing. But editing took place over this really difficult election cycle, and the soundtrack to Hamilton pretty much played on an endless loop. It wasn't really conducive to writing, but I filled in the spaces between writing with Hamilton, feeling inspired by the characters and their struggles. The music, obviously, is beyond the pale. One Hamilton song made it onto my Finding Honor playlist, the heartbreak one....  

I wrote the book during the summer, and the weather often dictated my mood, too. Sometimes, on really warm days, I needed some kickass female rocker to help my main character, Nora find her backbone. Enter Wildwood Kin and Dorothy. Other times, I was pissed on Nora's behalf, and found Jack White did the trick. Below is a link to Finding Honor's playlist on Spotify, so if you are on Spotify, you can follow me there. But I'm also writing down the songs and artists, in case you want to search them out on youtube or whatever music streaming platform you use. The songs are in a particular order, following the arc of the story. 

It's Quiet Uptown— Kelly Clarkson
No one's Gonna Love You— Band of Horses
Would You Fight For My Love- Jack White
Francis Forever— Mitski
Nothing Without Love- Nate Ruess
Not Broken Anymore— Blue October
Hands— Emily Jane White
Breathe Me In— Jared and the Mill
Great Big Storm— Nate Ruess
Don't Let It Get You Down— Johnnyswim
Warrior Daughter— Wildwood Kin

I have a Pinterest board for Finding Honor as well. You won't find character pictures there. Even though I describe Apollo, Matisse, Cai, Seok, and Ryan, they remain a bit nebulous. I catch a flash of their eyes, or dimples, or voices, but they're more personality and emotion than faces or real people. Still, there are some interesting pictures. For example, one of the places in the story, the library on the Canadian boarder, that place really exists. Nora read Nancy Drew in America while dangling her toes in Canada. https://www.pinterest.com/ripleyproserpin/the-searchers/

Feel free to follow any of my boards, but don't expect recipes or crafts. 

Have a great holiday everyone! Ripley

Falling for Them- A New Adult Reverse Harem Collection

This great collection of stories from authors including Rebecca Royce, Autumn Clarke and Julia Reed, AS Oren, Lyn Forester, and CL Stone are brand new! One of the exciting things about this collection is the variation of genres. Amy Sumida has written a re-imagined fairy tale, while AJ Anders has a paranormal, dystopian romance, and RM Walker a fantasy complete with... I'll let you be surprised.
The best thing about this collection though is all proceeds go to benefit St. Jude's Research Hospital, a place where children with catastrophic diseases can get treatment, and their family never sees a bill. In this day and age, that's amazing.

My story, Finding Nora, will also be included in this anthology, and for people who have read Finding Honor, this is a short story to follow: a little peek into Nora's world after falling in love with her five guys.

Happy Holidays to everyone- I hope 2017 brings you, and those you love, health and happiness.
~ Ripley

Friday, November 25, 2016

Finding Honor Release Update- 3D

With a little sneak page of page one....! December 6th can't get here fast enough. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

It's Happening!!

Finding Nora is available for pre-order! 

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1175136000
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/finding-honor-1

Nora Leslie never searched for love, but love found her. 
Nora’s twenty-year existence revolves around one thing— survival. One day, while substitute teaching at the local high school, she is faced with a bigger challenge than paying the rent. In a hail of gunfire, she makes a split second decision that saves the lives of her students and changes hers forever. 

Now, Nora is a suspect in the worst tragedy to ever strike the town. She is thrust into the spotlight the villain, instead of the hero.

But at her darkest moment, the light finds her. 

A chance meeting introduces her to Ryan Valore, a young law student searching to outrun the guilt of his past. With the world turned against her, Nora accepts his help, and the help of his roommates, a group of guys with pasts as dark as her own. For them, she is everything they never believed they deserved. 

This story has a pretty big twist to it. Nora meets the five boys, and falls for them. 

All of them. 

It's not your typical love triangle (I mean, pentagon) because I came to care for my characters so much, I couldn't choose which one would win her. That doesn't mean I'm leaving you with a cliffhanger, it means I'm leaving you with a relationship that looks a little.... different. 

Keep an eye out for Nora's playlist, twelve songs that inspired her story! It's coming soon. 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!