Monday, March 31, 2014

Cover Reveal: Everything I Want (Everything Series, Book 3) by K.L. Shandwick

Lily is moving forward after her break up with Alfie. Her journey continues through some extremely emotional times during key events, as she becomes more self- assured and begins to develop as an performing artist. It isn't easy for Lily to forget Alfie because of circumstances in Alfie's life. However, Lily is tortured by constant reminders of their time together, and this does little for her resolve to move on.  Although, Lily has made her choice, it is also tinged with sadness. Her love for Alfie remains strong, and she fights a constant internal battle, between loving him and loving her music. Lily thinks it's impossible to have both. A fabulous opportunity arises for Lily, but there is a possibility of this bringing her face to face with Alfie again. Can Lily cope with the emotional turmoil this would bring her? Or, is the risk of seeing Alfie something she feels able to manage now?

Musically, Lily concentrates her efforts much more, which brings success, post Alfie. Through this, she finds friends in some of the most unlikely of circumstances. All of her friends continue to protect her, and are all well aware of the impact Lily's relationship with Alfie has had on her. All apart from Elle, who gives Lily food for thought. Although, Lily's mind is still plagued with memories of Alfie; which continue to impact on her to such an extent, Lily has been unable to form new romantic ties. Professionally, her relationships couldn't be better. She is offered some amazing opportunities rarely available, and is determined to do make the most of them. This is especially important to her, given the sacrifices she has made in the past to do this. Will Lily's music be enough for her, and prove to be everything she ever wanted?



I have lived my whole life with comments from both, relative strangers and close friends telling me I should write a book. People continually tell me I have an ability to tell a story and make even the mundane sound interesting. (I’m personally not aware of that.)
The thought of doing this, was something I never thought I would entertain, because being dyslexic, during my childhood and adolescence, I found it very difficult to get past how to spell something, never mind how coherent the sentence sounded. So writing a few paragraphs usually made me sweat.
As a child I discovered coping strategies and developed my own ways of getting by, I wasn’t stupid by any stretch of the imagination, but left school at fifteen without any academic qualifications. I wasn't diagnosed with dyslexia until I attended university at the age of thirty. 
(Both of my children were diagnosed with dyslexia, one at the age of seven and one much later, although, I could see my traits present in him, and both have excelled academically in their chosen professions.
Thanks to the invention of the computer and information technology, my world changed. I learned how to communicate in written form effectively, not afraid to use language present in my oral skills that were lacking in my written work, for fear of spelling them wrongly, which gave me the confidence to write the books. Had I, had to write a book on paper, I know I would never have finished the first page.
I recently discovered the joy of writing after a challenge by a friend, which turned into three books. As I am constantly challenging others to face their demons, I decided, after some persuasion, to brave it out and share the books with others. I don’t have any expectations for them other than to tell the story.
This was a huge step for me, and took courage because there are so many fabulous clever people out there, writing amazing pieces of work that sadly, very few people ever see. 
My work:  I have had the pleasure (and the drama) of working in The National Health Service and in an independent capacity for Social Services in the UK for many years. My work has been supporting many women, children, young people, and families during this time. Sometimes, this has been at some of the toughest or most vulnerable times in their lives. 
During this time I have observed the communications of all parties involved both, in their relationships with others and how their decisions affect the subsequent outcomes for them and others. I have shared in the births and in the deaths of some of these people, and I never take advantage of the privilege my position brings me.
People ask what does the K.L. stand for K.L. Shandwick is a pseudonym. This isn’t to ‘hide’ behind, (I am not ashamed of what I’ve written), but to afford my clients the appropriate level of confidentiality by association. So, K L stands for KL. I am an independent author, who presently self publishes through kindle, but I hope to have a print copy of my books shortly.

Blog Tour: Deceithful Truths by Maggie Thom

Title- Deceitful Truths
Series-  Caspian Winery Series #2
By- Maggie Thom
Expected Publication Date- March 12th, 2014 

 He created a legacy that no one could imagine...

Tarin has lost a week of her life. She doesn't know what happened but not long after she returns to work she is suspended from her job. Confused and pregnant, she quits and agrees to marry Stephen, only to be thrown into a whole new nightmare. Desperate, she grabs her son and moves across the country to get away from her abusive husband and to avoid her unforgiving father. Thrilled at getting the job at Knights Associates, where she'll help them solve cyber crimes but also be able to use their connections and resources to find her own answers. Who stole a week of her life? And will they return to steal the secret she is now protecting?

Graham and his partner Guy, can't keep up with the demand. They are being flooded with requests at Knights Associates, where they offer a combined service of private investigator and that of solving cyber crimes. It appears that someone wants to get their attention as not only have they been hacked but Guy's family business, Caspian Winery, seems to be under attack as well. Hiring an assistant seems to be the answer but when Graham discovers she's been accessing their high-security accounts, he realizes the cause of their predicament might be closer then he thought. Is there new assistant behind the problems they're having? If she's so innocent why does someone want to abduct her?

Tarin and Graham discover that although they don't trust each other, they are forced to work together to solve several seemingly unrelated crimes that may lead to one disastrous conclusion. Can they figure it all out before Tarin's nightmare plays out? An eighty year old woman pays with her life? Or before Tarin learns a truth that may seal her fate and be the one secret that will keep her and Graham apart as neither one of them may be able to forgive or forget...
(Standalone but is a Sequel/Companion Novel to Captured Lies)

You so callously throw my love back in my face and vanish without a trace...
A chill invaded Tarin's core. Stephen had changed tactics again. That wasn't surprising but he'd never used the 'L' word before. He'd even skipped it in his vows, rather than 'love, honor and cherish', he'd said 'I'll cherish & honor you'. She'd been too busy saving her own skin and so thankful to him for wanting to be with her she'd overlooked it.
I've hired a private investigator.
Now she had to step things up.
What she was planning was not smart but she really didn't know what else to do. She'd just earned their trust and was now throwing it out the window. The thought of Stephen finding her though was keeping her from sleeping and she felt she was developing a nervous tick - looking over her shoulder every five minutes. He'd take Chance from her just to bend her to his will, she was sure of that. She felt caught in this vortex of needing to find answers, to resolve some issues in her life and just for once basking in living a normal, carefree life. She'd actually had many moments of feeling like she was normal, living a normal life - raising a son, going to work, paying bills, just all the usual stuff. But then Stephen kept reminding her that hers was anything but normal.
She had to quit lying to herself that everything would just fade away, she really didn't have to do anything. Certainly not break the confidence of others that she'd just gained. She had to be sure that she could be free of Stephen legally. Unfortunately she had no idea if she could or not. That week that she'd lost kept her mired in a thick, swamp of gloom and of monsters in the dark. Until she knew what happened, until she was sure that Stephen had no part in it, until she knew who was responsible, she would never be free.
She didn't really know what to do but it was all making her feel like the acid roiling in her stomach was her new best friend. In truth, she realized it was the game she was playing, the lies she was telling, really more the omissions, that was causing her so much grief. They were so good to her at work and she felt like she was selling them out. If she believed in luck she would hope that she was lucky enough for them to never find out but since that wasn't a part of her life, she just hoped they didn't find out until she was long gone.
Some spoils are inevitable in business, Tarin. Get used to it. Her dad's words echoed in her head. That was how he operated but not how she had ever thought she would. What scared her was maybe she was more like him then she wanted to be. Sighing, she brushed her fingers over her son's wispy hair. It was so soft, so comforting. It reminded her of how life was supposed to be. What she was working so hard for, to make sure it was easier for him. He made the slightest of cooing sounds as he slept. It was a good sign he was out for the night. She kissed him and then crept out of his room. She stopped long enough to talk to Kim, Bobbie's teenage niece, who was now her step-daughter and who was going to babysit, while she was out.

 Omg did I just read that? I have never picked up a book that had so many twists and turns to it that I found myself stopping from time to time to take a second to gather my thoughts on what I had just read.
This book made me cry and cringe at some of the things that are brought up, but bored and uninterested were never a problem with this one.
Tarin suffered at the hands of a mad man and lost part of her memory and finds herself running for not only her life but the life of her son, Chance. As she forges ahead in the road to survival she takes a job assisting fighting cyber crimes she finds herself attracted to her wickedly sexy boss.
He finds her distracting and can't seem to get her off his mind, and though he wants to trust her, something just doesn't add up about her. That doesn't stop him from falling for her whole heartedly.
This book will have you hooked until the final page and when it's over you'll feel sad because you wish you didn't know what happened so you could start it again.
This author has a great career ahead of her, I need to read her other books. Solid 5 star read!


Award winning author, Maggie Thom, took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a fulltime,
twenty year career in management, to write full time. After publishing her first book Captured
Lies, October 2012, she published her second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013. Tainted Waters went on to win Suspense and Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages
Magazine. She is excited to publish her third novel, Deceitful Truths, March 2014. An avid
reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the monotony of wishing to be an author
by making it happen. She is an avid nature lover and likes nothing better than taking a book,
hiking to a remote spot by a river or waterfalls and reading. Married to her best friend, she is
learning that humor, love and patience help her navigate her way through her twins’ teen years.

Her motto: Escape to read and Read to escape. "Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge!" InDtale Magazine