12/31/12

Saying Good-Bye to 2012

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I cannot believe that today is the final day of 2012.  This year has flown by and each year seems to go quicker than the one before.  I hope everyone had a great year and made some great memories.  My year held ups and downs, as every year does, but overall it was a great one.  Another fabulous year watching my two precious children grow, change and learn, another year spent becoming closer to family and friends and, of course, another year of fabulous books!  Please be sure to check out my page listing my favorite reads of 2012 and I would love to hear yours (I can always add more books to my TBR mountain, lol).   Books bless us and take us to any world we wish to go and experience anything that we wish to experience.  My children have grown in their love of books this past year and that thrills me to no end.  My 10 year-old daughter and I have even read a few of the same books and discussed them together – such  fun and enriching moments that I hope to continue!

I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and may you all be blessed with goodness, peace, happiness, love and joy.

12/28/12

Kindle Freebie Time – Limited Time!

How about a few Kindle Freebies to kick off the weekend?  Remember, these are for a limited time only and may change at any time.  Just click on the covers to be taken to the book page!  Enjoy!

Wait For Me Forever Mine Chasing Nikki Perfect for You Cross My Heart (A Contemporary Romance Novel) Bound to You Amelia's Story: A Childhood Lost Collapse Broken Build Chasing the Ghost

12/28/12

Revamp Time!

With the new year upon us, I thought I would do a bit of a revamp to the blog. What do you think of the new look? I would love to hear suggestions and ideas of what you would like to see here at Cafe of Dreams! My hope is to blow this blogging slump out of the water and get back to it. I miss chatting with my book reading friends and helping out all of the awesome and talented authors out there. So be on the lookout for more spotlights, book reading ideas and, of course, reviews! I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and that the new year holds incredible blessings and good things!

12/12/12

Review: The Apocalypse Of Hagren Roose by J.W. Nicklaus


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by J.W. Nicklaus

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Print Length: 105 pages
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About:  Once a small-town success and happy family man, Hagren Roose finds his slide backwards at once abrupt and wrenching. His small-town mentality sets him on a journey of his own making, of which he has no control—and

only he can atone for.

Hagren Roose forgot the Golden Rule

Ever wondered what your choices and decisions have in store for you?

Karma has its place in the scope of human beliefs, but karma extends principally to mortal life as we know it, applies to a conscious, sentient person. Push your imagination a bit: what might we be in for when we pass on?

The Apocalypse of Hagren Roose, coincidentally, is just such a story. Follow Hagren, a native son of a small town with an equally small collective mind. Hagren’s failure to step beyond the antiquated prejudices he grew up with have caused a rift between himself, his family, and everyone else around him. Hagren Roose has plenty to answer for — upon his answers rest his, and his family’s, future.

My Review:  The Apocalypse of Hagren Roose by J.W. Nicklaus is not a light read, nor is it a story that will quickly leave your mind.  Instead it is a story that delves into a world of regrets and reminds us to step back and reassess ourselves and our lives. The life that we lead and how we treat those around us.  We

may make mistakes but we can learn from those mistakes and better not only ourselves but our lives.

Mr. Nicklaus uses lyrical prose and vivid imagery to bring his story to life.  The characters are easy to envision and connect to, lending an extra quality to the overall effect of the story.  The Apocalypse of Hagren Roose is a story knitted together with thick strands of inspiration.

While I was reading, I was reminded a bit of It’s A Wonderful Life meets Scrooge, with an added unique twist that is all J.W. Nicklaus.  This is indeed a wonderful and unique story that will remain with me for some time to come.  I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a wonderful and thought-provoking read.

Favorite Quotes:  

What little dozing she could do at home was paltry at best; a heavy conscience seldom rest well, no matter how soft the pillow.

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The pair journeyed forward, the surroundings soulless yet wit

h a scant trace of warmth, not unlike an embrace.  The disconcerting balance between calm and apprehension that draped itself around everything, and the groaning weight of his surging thoughts all began pricking at him, a white rose with nary a place along its stem with which to hold it.

 


J.W. Nicklaus 2About J.W. Nicklaus: J.W. Nicklaus attests to living somewhere between the city closest to the Sun and upon the precipice of Hell—but the winters are mild in Arizona. An avid reader and peerless amateur philosopher, he is “DNA and energy. I am cellular and soulful. I am shadow and light. I am carbon and water . . . and I am stardust. As are we all.” His singular ambition is simple: to leave the world a slightly better place than when he came into it.

The Apocalypse of Hagren Roose Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Monday, December 3

Guest Blogging at A Year of Jubilee Reviews

Tuesday, December 4

Book Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Wednesday, December 5

Character Dear Santa Letter at Literarily Speaking

Book Featured at Acme Authors Ink

Thursday, December 6

Guest  Blogging at Celtic Lady’s Reviews

Guest Blogging at Moonlight Lace & Mayhem

Friday, December 7

Interview at Broken Teepee

Monday, December 10

Guest Blogging at Denyse Bridger’s Fantasy Pages

Tuesday, December 11

Book Review at Rainy Day Reviews

Wednesday, December 12

Book Review at The Book Connection

Guest Blogging at Miki’s Hope

Thursday, December 13

Book Review at Cafe of Dreams Book Reviews

Friday, December 14

Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Interview at Books Books the Magical Fruit

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12/2/12

Review: Absolute Obstruction by C. Elizabeth

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Series: Book 2 in the Absolute Series
Print Length: 296 pages
Publisher: Wings ePress (October 5, 2012)

Being lonely isn’t anything new for 45 year old Rose Terrance. After all, that’s what she signed up for when she married beautiful, 33 year old movie star, Michael Terrance and in spite of her loneliness, their love stays strong. However, their love, nor Michael’s vehement overprotectiveness, can shield Rose from a threat that is beyond Michael’s comprehension, one that annihilates his heart and lines his soul with guilt.

Michael has murderous intentions that lead him to a place he has already asked Rose to forgive him for, taking the phrase “I would die for you” to the extreme.

Excerpt:

The gate buzzer rang interrupting my thoughts. I answered it. “Yes?”
“I’m looking for Mr. Michael Terrance,” the male voice said.
“He’s not in.”
“Is this Mrs. Rose Terrance?”
“Yes.”
“Well, I have some papers here for Mr. Terrance, but I’m able to leave them with you.”
“What is this about?”
“I’m not at liberty to say Mrs. Terrance, if you would just open the gate, I’ll give them to you and be on my way.”
A crisp chill scorched up my spine. “Just leave them in the box at the gate,” I instructed.
“No, I can’t. It will only take a second.”
Squeaking the words out. “I’m not opening the gate.”
“Mrs. Terrance please! You’re forcing me to wait at the airport for him. I knew he wasn’t home but to avoid the pictures I thought I would come here first.”
Agreeing with his version of things, I conceded, “All right, but keep your distance.”
“Thank you.”
I pushed the button to open the gate and stood on the front porch watching the car slowly approach. He stopped in front of the garage doors, he got out with a large envelope clasped tightly in his fingers, seemingly afraid to let it go.
“Mrs. Terrance?”
Folding my arms around myself, I nodded once.
“Don’t be scared, I just have to give these to you.”
Pointing to the driveway. “Leave them there.”
“I prefer to give them directly to you.”
“I prefer you don’t. Leave them there.”
He sighed, shaking his head, as he put them on the ground. “Have a good day.”
Not a word.
Once he was gone, I pushed the button to close the gate, then went and picked up the envelope. I turned it over and over, it was very thick and after settling on the couch, I opened it. The pages told a story – a story my mind refused to acknowledge, my heart, on the other hand, was something completely different – first it splintered around the edges, then with the reading of the next few paragraphs, it cracked, then…it split into a million pieces of kindling, that reunited with a burn from a long time ago. A revulsion twisted my stomach as a backdraft ripped through my veins, my face burned hot – bolting for the bathroom, I barely made it to the toilet before I threw up. The uncontrollable tears shook every bone in my body. He had promised… A promise that proved to be a lie, one that threatened the very foundation our life had been built on.

My Review:  C. Elizabeth’s ‘Absolute Series’ is an amazing tale of tormented, yet soul-deep love that the reader will not soon forget.

I first fell in love with Ms. Elizabeth’s work when I read her debut novel, Absolute Obsession.  This was a book that took me into the deepest regions of those Hollywood hunk fantasies that I know most of us have had at one time or another.  I quickly became a part of Michael and Rose’s world and was sad to see the book end.

Needless to say, I was thrilled to death to get my hands on copy of Absolute Obstruction!  This story delivered all that I desired and so much more.  Whereas the first book in the series focused on the trials and tribulations of Michael and Rose’s blossoming relationship, this story was a bit more on the suspenseful and dark side. In Absolute Obstruction, Michael and Rose are married with their beautiful baby boy.  Michael is hard at work making movies and Rose is at home keeping those home fires burning and raising their little man.  All is not smooth sailing, however, and when Michael’s past comes crashing down he fears that he will once again lose Rose forever.

In addition to the story line mentioned above, there comes into play an additional story line that holds suspense and focuses on the possible price of fame.  I loved the combination of both of these plots and thought that Ms. Elizabeth did an exceptional job of intertwining them.  There were many times that I found myself holding my breath and flying through pages wanting to learn what was going to happen next.

The character development of the two main characters, Rose and Michael, as well as the secondary characters are excellent and left me feeling as though I truly was able to get to know everyone on a deeper level.  The emotions rolled off the pages and the smooth writing style kept my attention from beginning to end.

I have to also mention that there is more sizzle to Absolute Obstruction as well.  The love scenes, while tasteful and not explicit, were more prevalent within this second book.  The passion between the main characters is very evident, as is the emotional strain that they must endure.

As I read Absolute Obstruction, I found my heart racing, tears fill my eyes, smiles grace my lips and a few gasps of shock.  I do have to admit that I had the suspense plot figured out before it was revealed, however that in no way took away from the excitement of the story.

Though Absolute Obstruction could easily be read as a stand alone, I highly recommend that readers delve into the first book, Absolute Obsession first.  Though reading the second book without the first will not lose the reader in any way, I think that by reading the first book, the reader will be able to appreciate Michael and Rose more, as well as become more emotionally connected to them and their story.

There is one more book in this series that will be released within the near future and I cannot wait to get my hands on it and continue this amazing story.  I love the characters and I love the writing style of C. Elizabeth.  I highly recommend these books for anyone looking for an amazing story that will hold them tight within the depths of the story from start to finish!

 

C. ElizabethAbout C. Elizabeth: C. Elizabeth lives in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada and during her short writing career she’s learned a lot about herself, sometimes to the point that she wonders how the heck she got this far in life and know so little about herself.

For the majority of her life she dabbled in many things, such as drawing, photography, sewing, only to find that after a while, she would lose interest, but writing is a different story — it found her and continues to be an addiction, as well as a most wonderful, incredible passion.

Not only does she write novels, but she does whatever she can to hone her craft. Such as attending the New York Pitch Conference, seminars and the like, as well, she writes for online magazines on the topic of… you guessed it, writing.

Readers can learn more about C. Elizabeth and her work by visiting the following links:

Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ Barnes and Noble

Absolute Obstruction Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Monday, December 3

Book Review at Cafe of Dreams Book Reviews

Tuesday, December 4

Guest Blogging at The Writer’s Life

Wednesday, December 5

Interview at Blogcritics

Thursday, December 6

Guest Blogging at  Curling Up By the Fire

Friday, December 7

Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Monday, December 10

Book Review at My Book Addiction Reviews

Tuesday, December 11

Character Dear Santa Letter at Literarily Speaking

Wednesday, December 12

Interview at Examiner

Thursday, December 13

Book Feature & Giveaway at Delphina Reads Too Much

Friday, December 14

Book Review at Miki’s Hope

Wednesday, January 2

Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Thursday, January 3

Book review at Read It All Reviews

Friday, January 4

Guest Blogging at The Top Shelf

Monday, January 7

Book Review at Waiting on Sunday to Drown

Tuesday, January 8

Interview at Laurie’s Non-Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews

Book Review at Teena in Toronto

Wednesday, January 9

Character “Dear Reader” Letter at Literarily Speaking

Thursday, January 10

Book Review & Giveaway at Mary’s Cup of Tea

Friday, January 11

Book Review and Guest Blogging at Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews

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