By Author Fiction L.B. Simmons New Adult Romance Romance/Series Series

**BLOG TOUR** “Recovery” by L.B Simmons

So, this is a pretty BIG deal!

Those of you who follow, my blog know that I do NOT participate in blog tours….like, EVER! I think, in the last year and a half, I have done 2 and that’s all. The reason for my lack of participation isn’t to go against the flow intentionally, because obviously, that leaves Lisa’s Reads in the baby pool where most of the other blogs are off swimming in the Olympic size pools. My reason is and has always been, I like to read and LOVE the books I post on my page. If I don’t LOVE them, I won’t post them. (Come on, by now you know this…right?!) I also will not rate books. Once again, I just can’t do that in a public forum. Sure, I read books everyday that make me scratch my head and ask out loud, “What? How the heck did this book make it to the top 100 on Amazon’s list…it sucks!!!” That being said, I could never, would never, express those opinions to my readers. So I have chosen to keep Lisa’s Reads as I originally intended, a place where I can share the books I love with anybody looking for book suggestions.

That being said, there are very, very few people who I will bend my rules for. These people have stolen my heart both on and off the pages of the books they have written. And for them, I will go above and beyond to help with their success in any way I can. (Following my review, there is a short interview with L.B. Simmons and information on a Raffelcopter. So Keep on reading!) (more…)

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Bookclub By Author Fiction New Adult Romance

“The Sweet Gum Tree” by Katherine Allred

Do you ever find that when you really love something (or even like it a whole lot) you tend to gorge yourself on it until even the mere thought of that beloved item makes you numb? Or even worse sick and annoyed? For example, when I was young, I loved bananas…I mean I LOVED them! I used to eat them constantly (yes, I know, with all of my erotic book recommendations you aren’t surprised at all to find my favorite fruit was the banana). My parents used to tell me that if I kept eating bananas as often as I did, I would turn into a banana. Heehee, haven’t we all heard that line before?! I find myself using those same words with my own kids. Anyway, no, I never turned into a banana, but I did learn to hate bananas for a long time. There were years when just the thought of eating a banana would turn my stomach. As an adult, I do enjoy the occasional banana but I cannot over-eat them or…I will puke. Sorry for the graphics, but the point needed to be made. I find as a society, that we tend to find something that “works” for us – be it special foods, anti-aging products, electronics, clothes, whatever and we latch onto it and gorge until we make ourselves numb or sick (sometimes only in the proverbial sense but sick none-the-less). For me, sometimes, I find a genre of books that rock my world and I gorge myself until I am ready to explode (think Violet, in the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory). After reading the Twilight Saga, I read every single book that included hot men with fangs…in fact, there was a short time where I think my husband was worried I was going to demand he bite me until I bled! Hahaha…crazy…kind of… The vampire phase smoothly led into the paranormal phase, which still concerned hubby quite a bit. Because when I’m reading, I like to discuss what’s going on with my “friends” in the books, so poor hubby is forced to listen. Well, he pretends to listen… but he still has to take in a few words here and there just in case there is a pop quiz! Lol. Then, I started reading erotica novels and wow, that phase…phew, well, I’m still going through that one! I can honestly say, hubby is a lot less worried during this phase (wink). While I absolutely love these stories, and they entertain me (and hubby) to no end, too much of anything bad or GOOD can end up being, well….too much. After a while, I have started to connect the dots in a lot of these stories and there a lot of books out there that sound very similar to one another. When you are reading a book or two a month, there is no problem, but I’m reading 4-5 books a week. That is a lot of “baby” “babe” “I wanna f*ck you” “I wanna s*ck you” “I’m gonna come” etc. Do you know what I mean? Is it all mind melting hot? Hell, YES!!! But at some points, I become numb to it all and I find that I need a break from it. NOT from the passion and the love, but from the in your face sexual intensity. And that is when I find myself reaching into my bag of recommendations from you (my readers) who send in book titles for me to read.

So, this post is dedicated to my loyal reader and friend, Jen. Thanks for giving me this title – It was exactly what I needed! (more…)

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Bookclub By Author Fiction Heather Gunter Romance Romance/Series Young Adult (YA)

“Love Notes” by Heather Gunter

*Disclaimer – In the following post, I am going to use generalizations such as “we,” “us,” and “our” – please know that I DO realize, not EVERYBODY feels the same things and the same way. I do, however, have a feeling, that there are more of us that can relate than those who can’t. If you are one of the lucky people who cannot imagine what it feels like to share in any of the experiences below, count your blessings, baby – because you are one lucky girl! xo

Do you remember the first time you looked in the mirror and didn’t like the image staring back at you? What about the first time someone said something hurtful or unkind to you? Probably not. For a lot of us, that experience happened when we were far too young to even realize what was going on, so we put those feeling in our proverbial back pocket and let them stay there. We continue to go through life – experiencing ups and downs. For some of us, there may be more downs than ups, for others, we may just spend more time focusing on the downs then enjoying the ups and after a while, our pockets begin to droop and those feelings begin to find their way out, impacting each of us in various ways. For some of us, we use food (either in excess or in sparsity), for others – drugs/alcohol, for some, we become aggressive, while others completely introvert, some use our bodies for the attentions we felt we lacked, while others try to become invisible to the world around us. We look around and see our friends or our “not” friends, and they seem to be so happy and alive and content and we think to ourselves, why can’t I feel like they do?

The older we get, if we are lucky, smart, and touched (no not in a physical way) by the right people, we can learn to believe in ourselves, start listening to the positive more than the negative, and start to love who it is that we have become. We can also learn that if we don’t like where we are, we possess the strength to change and move on (more…)

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Bookclub By Author Fiction L.B. Simmons Romance

“Running on Empty” by L.B. Simmons

The only thing better than an author giving you exactly what you want is when what you want is also what you need. This weekend I wanted a story that would take me away from myself (being that myself was stuck in the hospital with a nasty stomach bug..and was disgusting and unhappy), I wanted a story that would stay with me after I finished reading it. I needed a story that wasn’t going to make me crazy with turmoil and angst (being that my body had enough angst of it own!!) Based on the beautiful cover and the fact that it was a debut novel, I chose to read, “Running on Empty” by L.B. Simmons. I couldn’t be happier with my choice.

You know that I am a huge fan of the Indy authors here at Lisa’s Reads, I know how hard they work to not only write their story but then publish and market it as well. It is a huge project and often times a lot of stories get lost in the shuffle. Not because the stories aren’t good/great/wonderful but because the market get saturated and stories get lost. That’s one of the reasons why I blog, to keep you informed of all the wonderful books you might miss out on if not for…well..me (Smile!!).

“Running on Empty” is a story that just needs to be read. It’s a story that grabs you by the heart from the first page and never lets it go. We are introduced to Alex, a widowed mother of three young daughters, she is flustered and tired but doing the best she can to figure out how to move on and raise her girls. Ms. Simmons brings her readers into the story during a typical morning routine that any parent has experienced some version of during their parental tenure. We are shown motherhood in all of its “glamor” which can only make you laugh if you have ever spent time around children. In fact, while there are so many amazing and wonderful things about “Running on Empty,” three of them are Alex’s daughters. They are precocious, silly, messy, mischievous, little devil-dolls and their presence is a guaranteed scene stealer. Alex’s best friend, Harlow, is the kind of friend we all wish we could have. She is loving, loyal and always there with sound advice or a swift kick in the ass (which ever is needed is what gets delivered). (more…)

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Adult Contemporary By Author Fiction J.A. Redmerski New Adult Romance

“The Edge of Never” by J. A. Redmerski

Hello my friends and welcome to my first post of 2013.  It has taken me five novels (in the past 8 days) for me to get here but I have finally found the ONE!  The one story that is special enough to start “our” year properly.  Let me re-state that.  I have found a story so beautiful…so special…so worthy of sharing with you that it practically begged to be the first post of 2013.

You’re dying to know aren’t you?  You’re so silly..just read the title of the post!  I’m talking about, “The Edge of Never” by J.A. Redmerski.

In a literary world full of roller-coaster ride books sometimes it feels like authors are writing their stories just to see how much they can torment or even torture their readers.  We read about love triangles, love quadrangles, abuse, cheating, drugs, alcohols, rock-stars, movie stars.  And guess what?  I have loved every heart breaking, soul tearing, mind-blowing, panty twisting minute of it.  How could I not?  Our writers have been burning up their keyboards and melting my Kindle for quite sometime.

But every so often a story comes along and it breaks the mold.  It quietly steps away from the crowd and walks over to the side.  It’s almost like a beautiful shy girl.  She’s there among the people but not quite engaged.  She is stunning to look at but her beauty runs so much deeper than her clothes, her hair, and her skin.  She glows with purity, strength and light.  She doesn’t need to call attention to herself but the attention WILL come to her because her inner goodness and inner beauty in almost impossible to ignore.  “The Edge of Never” by J.A. Redmerski is that beautiful girl. (more…)

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