Believing Again (Second Chances, #5) Blog Tour

Believing Again

As the youngest woman ever to make detective in the Portland Police Bureau, Danny Hartmann has racked up an impressive record. It doesn’t keep her warm at night, but it does make up for feeling she’s somehow disappointed her family with her career choice. Called to the scene of the murder of a homeless veteran in a transient camp, Danny doesn’t expect it to be anything other than another case she clears.

Then she meets the man who made the 9-1-1 call and everything changes.

Jake Abrams, a volunteer doctor at the Veterans Medical Services Clinic, doesn’t have much faith in anything other than his work and the vets he cares deeply about. Not shy about voicing his opinions, even to the cops investigating the murder of one of his patients, he annoys Danny with his snarky remarks.

However, working the case, she has to rely on Jake to help her find her way around the transient camps under the bridges and in the city’s huge wilderness park. As they work together, their attraction becomes mutual and passionate.

But Jake has demons. Like the vets he cares for, he carries scars both mental and physical from his service in the National Guard in Iraq. He fears Danny will turn from him in disgust when she discovers them. She’s afraid his experience in Iraq makes it impossible for him to love someone who does what she does for a living.

When the murderer of the homeless vets comes too close to Jake, it’ll be up to Danny to save his life. It’ll be up to their love for each other to save them both.



Believing Again is book five (5)  of the Second Chances series. The good thing is each book can be read as a standalone, although I would always recommend beginning with book one (1) in any series.

This book was enjoyable and a super quick read. I finished the book in one sitting. I love how the author tied in the many issues veterans face when returning to civilian life. It is a common problem that a lot of people don’t acknowledge and one that many people don’t even realize is an issue. 

Danny Hartmann knows how to take care of herself. She’s a detective with the Portland police department and a damn good one in her opinion. She’s been single for a while. Every relationship has seemingly fallen apart when she’s attempted to date. Her job always come first and this has left little room in her life for anything but work. When a series of mysterious murders begin to take place, Danny’s first encounter with Dr. Jake Abrams isn’t a positive experience. In fact, she outright dislikes him and his attitude.  Dr. Abrams regularly volunteers to help veterans around the city of Portland, but when his patients begin to be targeted the two must come together to track down the killer. 

These two clashed from the beginning but the heat coming off these pages is palpable. Jake knows they got off on the wrong foot and quickly tries to apologize asking if they can start over. Danny is cautious but receptive accepting his apology but when she realizes she too is attracted to Jake things begin to get complicated. Jake realizes he wants to know more about Danny and is definitely attracted to her. Danny’s curiosity gets the best of her, she enlists the help of the good doctor to help track down the killer. She wants to know more about Jake, but is afraid to admit it. Jake has demons, Danny has her own issues she’s certain she doesn’t want or need anyone. When Jake’s overwhelming need to protect Danny becomes an issue for her, these two must figure out how strong their feelings really are for one another. 

Dating is a distraction and complication that Danny thinks will get in the way of her life…which happens to be her job. Jake seems to break down some walls and what the reader gets is a hot, steamy romance with plenty of drama. How can two people who are seemingly perfect for one another allow everything to go wrong? Will they find a way to make it work?

This is a fun, sexy romance with plenty of heat. I’d recommended this to my Mystery/Romance fans. Check out the rest of the series…in order preferably lol:

Beginning Again (Second Chances, #1) 
Loving Again (Second Chances, #2) 
Together Again (Second Chances, #3) 
Trusting Again (Second Chances, #4) 

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Peggy BirdAbout the Author 

Born in Philly, I’ve spent most of my adult life in the Pacific Northwest where I have happily grown webs between my toes and moss behind my ears. I pursued a number of careers—nurse, legislative staffer, lobbyist, public affairs consultant, non-profit association executive, workshop teacher, oh, and mother and wife—before deciding to leave it all for what I’ve loved through every stage of life—writing. I’ve been published in anthologies, magazines, newspapers and in the brochures, newsletters and reports of my consulting clients and employers. Unless you count speeches for politicians, I’d never written fiction until a cast of characters began inhabiting my daydreams. A glass artist and a gallery owner were there. So were a sculptor and a jewelry designer. When some dead bodies showed up, a couple of cops and a deputy DA arrived. Soon they began to fall in love with each other and work for their happy ending. Bingo. I was a romance writer.

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A Perfect Mess (A Perfect Secret Series, #1) Blog Tour & Review

A Perfect Mess

Release date: August 19, 2013 
Publisher: Blue Moon Creative, LLC (self)

I know what you did last summer.
Aubree Walker, the perfect girl most likely to succeed, is sure there’s only one person who knows what she did.
Booker Outlaw, one of the three Outlaw brothers—all identical, all gorgeous, all from the wrong side of the tracks, and all pure bad boys. He was always the unpredictable one, the one who would be brash enough to make it big self-publishing horror novels on the internet. He promised never to tell, but everyone knows you can never trust an Outlaw.
Then a year later, in the middle of the night, she receives a phone call at Tulane. Her aunt, who took her in after her mother’s death, is in a coma under suspicious circumstances. Now she has to face that one person who knows all about what she did that summer—sexy Booker.
Returning to Hope Parish to be with her aunt, stirs up all those ugly memories. When Aubree starts getting threats, she can’t help but wonder if what she did last summer was tied to her aunt’s “accident.” Afraid, she turns to the only person who knows the truth and Booker doesn’t hesitate to offer his broad shoulder for her to lean on. But Booker has a secret of his own that could crush their fledgling relationship.
As the hot, sultry summer days move on, she finds that even a perfectly smart girl can lose her heart to a perfectly bad boy. What is she going to do when someone starts asking questions Aubree doesn’t want to answer? She’s knee deep into a terribly dangerous, wholly life changing, who-can-she-really-depend-on perfect mess. 



Aubree Walker has walked away from her life in Suttontowne, LA. She leaves for college attempting to drown out the memories of life before Tulane. She engulfs herself in her studies and work to avoid her life back home, carefully hiding behind the perfect life she’s built. Aubree makes excuse upon excuse to avoid returning home, but when an accident occurs involving her beloved aunt she must travel home for the first time in nine months. Nine months that she’s dreaded returning for fear of seeing him and facing what was done…Booker Outlaw, town bad boy, one third of “the unholy trinity” and the one who has undeniably stolen Aubree’s heart. The fear of facing him after the secret they share is overwhelming but when she comes face to face with Booker himself there’s no denying she’s in trouble.

Booker Outlaw has been smitten by Aubree Walker for as long as he can remember. She’s been placed in a category all her own. She’s so high on a pedestal that he can see no wrong when it comes to her, but he’s not the only one with a secret. Aubree has been hiding something from Booker for years. A secret she fears will change the way Booker sees her for good. She’s sure it will break him and what they’ve been working towards…whatever this is between them. Aubree has run from her feelings for him for so long that when things start to spiral out of control her world becomes a mess. She knows he is it for her, her perfect man, the one that will set the bar so high that no one will ever meet or exceed her expectations. He’s the one she’s waited for but is she ready to admit it to herself, to Booker? Aubree is far from perfect but maybe, just maybe, this life is her perfect.

This book is a splendid mix of romance, mystery and suspense. I loved Booker Outlaw and his brothers or “the unholy trinity” as they’ve been deemed. They’re sort of the band of misfits in a town that feeds off of rumors and gossip. Aubree sees past the town rumors, she sees the good in Booker and his brothers. Set in the deep south and filled with southern drawl and cajun dialect, this book will leave you completely satisfied yet wishing for more. I am eagerly awaiting the release of the second book in this series! 







About the Author
Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic comedy/mystery, new adult, urban fantasy. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.

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Jenny’s Blue Velvet Book Tour


Jenny’s stuck.

She’s tried just about every occupation she can think of and will be digging out of student debt for a very long time, but has nothing to show for it. Her everyday routine feels like a prison. And her marriage? Well, let’s just say it’s been a little one-sided lately and the money she threw down on the toys from Lover’s Erotic Store was well worth it and then some.

Jenny decides her next big step is to become a romance writer. Romance books are flying off the virtual shelves, after all. This will be her big break, her escape from the prison, and a way to freedom. Self-publishing is all the rage these days. She’ll be a best seller in no time.

When Jenny makes friends with a woman named Cassandra from the gym, she instantly decides that her new friend will make a perfect main character in her upcoming book. After the first chapter, real life begins to resemble the fiction she’s writing. Her friendship blossoms, sex with her husband turns into a daily feast, and her job gets more interesting with each chapter written.

Out of the blue, a person who is a close friend with her husband and who is dating Cassandra disappears. As the mystery behind the missing person unfolds, Jenny wonders if she might be responsible for his possible death. And if she is, what will be the consequence? What has this writing business gotten her into?

JENNY’S BLUE VELVET is a dark, humorous, romantic thriller for adults only

*This book was an ARC provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and comments are my own.*


My Review

Jenny’s Blue Velvet is an incredibly interesting, incredibly brilliant novella. It begins with the story of Jenny and her many hats…Jenny knows one thing for sure, she isn’t happy with her mundane life. She decides she wants to work towards publishing a romance novel. As the story progresses her novel takes a dark turn and becomes more of a romantic suspense but when Jenny’s life begins to mirror that of her novel — the shocking truth begins to unravel. I won’t waste time repeating the synopsis but I will say this book is seriously incredible. 

The problem with me writing a review for this book is anything I say will probably give away too much. This book is a serious mind-fuck! I had to go back and re-read things because I was so surprised that I couldn’t believe I’d actually read correctly. You are left with a few WTF and OMG moments. You will likely flip back a few pages to ensure you too didn’t miss something. I was surprised and definitely had a couple of jaw-dropping moments especially towards the end. This is a pretty quick read and probably one of the most unique concepts I’ve ever read in a book. It definitely deviates from the norm. If you have a love for romance, suspense and dark, witty books, this is the perfect read! I actually found myself wishing this was a full length novel…maybe this won’t be the last of Jenny. 

*This book was an ARC provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and comments are my own.*

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About the Author – Angela Carlie

I’ve lived in the state of Washington my entire life. Sure, it rains a lot, but that’s what makes it so beautiful here. I’d like to say it’s the most beautiful place on the planet, but I have yet to travel the world. Someday I’ll know for sure.

I write fiction involving young people. Mainstream publishing would label my writing as YA or middle grade. Since I’m an indie author, I can skip over the labels and tell you that each one of my stories is unique, can be read and enjoyed by all ages, and almost always has a young person as the protagonist. Authors write what they know and I don’t know old yet. I may someday write about older people, but that’s so far in the future that I can’t see it yet.

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September Book of the Month

September BOTM – Defending Jacob by William Landay



Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He’s his father. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own—between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he’s tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.

Award-winning author William Landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis—a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control


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