Is there a county called Rescate, NM?

When I saw Rescate, New Mexico in the post I was wondering what part of the state I live in is this county located. As I read on I realized that this was a fictional town concocted in the fabulous mind of author Krys Fenner

Anyway the town sounds lovely, maybe I’ll pay a visit to it via the books. In the meantime, enjoy the imagery of this beautiful fictional town.

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Krys Fenner PunishedIn case you’ve tried looking, search the map and the state of New Mexico all you want. You won’t find Rescate County or the three towns it incorporates on any map. Nautica Valley, Desemper Ridge and Amorte Cliffstone don’t exist. For the things I had planned, I decided my own town would work best. So I created Rescate County and like my characters, I gave it life.

The basic set-up is that you have downtown, which is full of a multitude of places all that are in walking distance of one another. The entire downtown can be walked in less than thirty minutes without stopping anywhere. Now, downtown is the center hub of all three towns. Each town has their own… standard.

Amorte Cliffstone consists of three and four story homes that are more forts, castles and mansions than anything else. Those with a little bit more money live and work in this area (i.e. Mike Winzer II, David and Heather Warren). Mapleton High School and Reddington Heights, a girls only school, are located here. Cliffstone Catholic Church is the town church.

The middle class or those who are well-off with one and two story homes are more likely to live and work in Nautica Valley (i.e. Bella Kynaston, Jeremiah and Amanda Detrone). This happens to be the largest of the three towns. Both the police station and juvenile detention center are located here. Jackson Heights is the primary high school and their local church is UC Baptist.

Lastly, there is Desemper Ridge. It’s an area of poverty and high crime. A place where a person’s house can be behind a convenience store (i.e. Cristobal and Gervasio Rodriguez). Things look a little more run-down. Blanding Wood is the high school in their part of town with Desemper Fellowship as the local church. Factories and abandoned warehouses can be found in this area.

As each new book in the series comes out, a little bit more will be revealed about each part of Rescate County. Continue reading

Impossible Choice by Sybil Bartel

Book cover Impossible ChoiceImpossible Choice (Unchecked #2) by Sybil Bartel
Published by: Carina Press
Publication date: August 31st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

After her parents were murdered, Layna Blair spent three years on the run—until Marine Sergeant Blaze Johnson stepped in and saved her. With him, Layna knew safety for the first time…but two weeks after shipping out for another tour in Afghanistan, Blaze comes home early.

When Layna sees the jagged wounds covering his body, every truth she thought she knew is destroyed. Blaze is distant and angry and though her heart is shattered, Layna desperately tries to keep their relationship together in the face of another tragedy. When the tenuous bonds holding them together are ripped apart by a revenge-hungry maniac, Layna must trust her survival instinct and bury her past for good.

But the enemy is two steps ahead, and before she can take action, Layna’s hand is forced by his deadly demands—save herself or save the man who risked his life for her freedom. Blaze saved her once. This time it’s her turn to protect him.

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Ben Burgess Jr. Presents, Love and Happiness

 

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Title: Love and Happiness by Ben Burgess Jr.
Genre: African-American romance

Synopsis Love and Happiness by Ben Burgess

Karen has it all: a handsome husband, beautiful twin daughters, a lovely home and a great job. Karen also has a secret; she’s cheating on her husband, with not one man, but two.

On the outside her life seems perfect, but on the inside Karen feels neglected, bored and unappreciated. Yearning for affection and excitement, she falls into the arms of first Raheem and then Tyrell. Out of fear of losing her husband and breaking up her family, Karen ends the affairs but things don’t turn out how she planned. When Karen’s dirty secrets are revealed she must fight to keep her family together.

Chris is doing all he can to hold his marriage together. He loves Karen but she grows more distant every day. When she starts coming home later and later, he suspects she is being unfaithful. When Chris accidentally takes her cell phone what he finds changes their lives forever.

When tragedy strikes, Karen must decide if she should sacrifice her happiness for her husband’s love, and Chris wonders if he should stay with Karen because he still loves her despite her infidelity. But if they do stay together, will they ever find love and happiness again?

Sexy and relatable, insightful and inspiring, Love and Happiness shows us both sides of Chris and Karen’s story, and reminds us that sometimes to have it all, you must first lose it all.

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About Ben Burgess Jr.

Ben BurgessBen Burgess Jr is the author of the award winning novels Monster, Wounded, the poetry book Times Have Changed and Life is Strange and the new novel Love and Happiness.

He is an active performer of spoken word poetry. Ben Burgess Jr uses his love of writing to inspire and influence youths to strive for what they believe in, and to never give up on their dreams.

His poetry book Times Have Changed and Life is Strange and his novel Monster are currently used in schools on the lower east side of Manhattan. Ben Burgess has a BA degree in Business Management, and a MA degree in Educational Leadership. He is the proud father of his daughter Jaelynn and is active in trying to improve urban neighborhoods and communities.

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Family Portrait Box Set Books 1-5

Family Portrait box set 1The Banovics and the DaCostas share a rich history and their futures are about to get complicated. Los Angeles serves as a backdrop to this fast paced dramatic series about first loves, family and friendships.

Changes
Ready, Set, Drama
In Changes you’ll meet Robin Banovic, financially challenged, dealing with the death of his father and his brother’s disappearance. You’ll meet Savannah DaCosta aka Savi, mother/manager; Savi enjoys the life her rock star daughter Leighann has provided. When Leighann makes a choice to end her career, Savi sees it as a personal attack. You’ll meet college boy Haze Lyndon; New to Los Angeles, Haze soon realizes how quickly money changes hands in the City of Angels. Will he return to questionable ways to survive or go back to the safety of his family in Wisconsin?

Banovic Siblings
Blackmail is a gift that keeps on giving …
College boy Kevin Banovic’s casual affair with Savi DaCosta suited him perfectly. Things change when he finds out that Savi is his mom’s high school bestie. When Kevin tries to end their affair, Savi blackmails him. After Kevin rescues Savi’s stepdaughter, L’Wren, from her abusive boyfriend, he can’t stop thinking about her. He must find a way to handle Savi, protect L’Wren, and keep his sanity.

Bastard’s Brew
Everything we touch, we destroy
When L’Wren’s ex-boyfriend Jeff suddenly disappears, she turns to Kevin to help her find him. With one phone call, Kevin makes sure that Jeff stays hidden and that L’Wren’s heart is broken, leaving the door open for Kevin to pursue her. But Kevin is not as free as L’Wren thinks; she is in the dark about his affair with her stepmother, Savi.

Perfect Escape
One person’s perfect escape, is another’s perfect hell.
In this coming-of-age story, teen singing sensation Leighann DaCosta tries to find out who she is without her music career. A career that has been part of her life since before the age of ten. When Leighann’s estranged father enters her life, she is caught up in a tug-of-war between both parents. Does she trust the man who abandoned her as a baby, or a mother who is losing her mind?

Bad Uncle
Who needs enemies when you’ve got family
When Kevin’s lifestyle puts innocent L’Wren in danger, his retaliation brings his ruthless uncle back to Los Angeles and into the lives of his family. In Bad Uncle you’ll get to know the man who has the power to change the legacy of the Banovic family forever.

These novels are written like a television series and this box set is your binge watch.

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My Review of Pasta Chips

DISCLOSURE I was given this free product or sample because I am a Klout influencer. I am under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company. Product: Authentic Italian Pasta Chips.

Pasta Chip InfluencerIntroducing Pasta Chips

From the packaging: Only 120 Cals. per serving. Non GMO project verified. Made from baked fresh pasta, 20% less fat than Pita Chips®. Vegan, crispy texture. Inspired by an authentic Italian snack from the hills of Tuscany, Pasta Chips are a healthy take on a classic recipe. Made with Durum Wheat Semolina Flour-the main ingredient found in premium pastas- and Italian herbs, each chip is carefully cut to create the perfect edge and then baked until golden. Crafted with fine seasonings based on regional Italian favorites, you can add a little taste of Italy to any of your favorite dips and cheeses, or enjoy simply from the bag. For a truly authentic experience, served topped with basil and mozzarella or with marinara for dipping. Comes in 6 exciting flavors: Marinara, Alfredo, Spicy Tomato Basil, Spinach Broccoli Kale, Garlic Olive Oil and Mediterranean Sea Salt.

The Birth of Pasta Chips

Before yesterday I had never seen or heard about Pasta Chips. First off I am not a chips eater, unless by chips you mean fries, which is what we call fries where I’m originally from. For the purpose of this article when I say chips I mean American chips, not fries. I only ever get introduced to chips if I’m at an informal function or at a restaurant and it is served as an appetizer. Hence the reason why that isle of the grocery store doesn’t appeal to me. So yesterday when I opened my mailbox and found a bag of Pasta Chips as my Klout Perk I was like, “Meh. This should be interesting.” I was wondering what to have for dinner and figured I’d give Pasta Chips a try. More on that later. After reading the back of the packaging I saw it had the founder’s name, Jerry Bello so I Googled him. Turns out he’s an entrepreneur like myself, by that I mean if I was worth billions. Anyhoo, here’s what I found out from Food Navigator: Before Pasta Chips, Mr. Bello created Veggie straws, I’ve see those, never tried it nor was ever tempted to. According to Food Navigator’s interview with Mr. Bello, the idea came to him while having dinner with his wife in Tuscany, Italy, when the restaurant they were in served them lightly baked pasta dough drizzled with sea salt and olive oil. Read the rest of the story here. Like a good entrepreneur Mr. Bello didn’t reinvent the wheel, he enhanced it. Pasta Chips is fairly new, it only hit the shelves in September 2013, as reported by Food Navigator. Continue reading

Here All Along Kelly Brothers #7 by Crista McHugh

Here all along book coverHere All Along Kelly Brothers #7 by Crista McHugh
Release date: August 26, 2015

Synopsis

Can best friends become lovers while the cameras are rolling?

Movie star Gideon Kelly has always harbored a secret crush for his long-time friend and assistant, Sarah. One sizzling kiss is enough to convince him she’s the only woman for him, and he’ll do anything to prove to her they have all the makings of an epic Hollywood romance.

Sarah Holtz rose to stardom as a child only to crash and burn in her late teen years. Gideon was there to help put the pieces of her life back together, and she now relishes her life far away from the paparazzi flashes. Her need for privacy is the one thing holding her back from exploring something more with him. When a video of their kiss goes viral, she’s left wondering if he’s worth the risk of stepping back into the spotlight to become his leading lady.

Recommended for those who enjoy:

  • Friends to lovers stories
  • Hollywood romances
  • Las Vegas weddings
  • Waking up married stories
  • Stories of second chances
  • Sidekicks who love a good practical joke

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Excerpt from Songbird

Songbird book coverTitle: Songbird by Colleen Helme
Genre: Romance Fantasy

Synopsis

As the ambassador from Braemar, Bran is sent on a diplomatic mission to the Old Country to establish trade relations. But the real reason for his mission is to uncover the secrets of a potent elixir that can give magic to anyone who drinks it.

While there he encounters the Songbird, a beautiful, exotic woman, and the king’s most prized possession. Her song is full of magic, and he determines that her people must be connected to the deadly elixir. In exchange for her help, he is willing to risk his life to set her free. What he doesn’t expect, is to fall under her spell…

 

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**BLOG TOUR** ~ Bad Uncle, by Gillian Felix (includes guest post, giveaway and excerpt)

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Synopsis for Bad Uncle (standalone)

Who needs enemies when you’ve got family

The stars are aligned in Adriana’s favor, but secrets have a way of exposing themselves just when everything is perfect. As Adriana and Haze’s relationship heads south, Carys is ready to pounce. Will Adriana’s lies drive the man she loves into the arms of another?

Meanwhile Zax is finally with his dream girl, but why can’t he get his best friend’s girl out of his mind? When she turns to him for advice on how to be a better girlfriend, can he put his selfish desires aside, or will he follow his siblings and take what he wants despite the consequences?

When Kevin’s lifestyle puts innocent L’Wren in danger, his retaliation brings his

ruthless uncle back to Los Angeles and into the lives of his family. In Bad Uncle you’ll get to know…

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Get to Know Perfect Escape

Perfect escape book coverOne person’s perfect escape is another’s perfect hell.

In this coming-of-age story, teen singing sensation Leighann DaCosta tries to find out who she is without her music career. A career that has been part of her life since before the age of ten. When Leighann’s estranged father enters her life, she is caught up in a tug-of-war between both parents. Does she trust the man who abandoned her as a baby, or a mother who is losing her mind?

When heartthrob Zax Banovic is assigned to tutor Leighann, he provides her with the perfect escape from the madness in her life. Enter Kristin Newman, Zax’s super-hot, sickeningly perfect, tennis-pro girlfriend, who dampens any chance Leighann has with him.

After the unthinkable happens, Leighann’s world is shattered, causing her to shut everyone out. Unable to cope, Leighann accepts help from her frenemy, but will the help she accept come with a hefty price?

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Cursed Rebel by H.G. Lynch

HG Lunch Cursed RebelThe names of my characters in Cursed Rebel are essential to the story. Traditionally in fae mythology, names are a very superstitious thing. According to lore, the reason the fae got the names Fair Folk, or Good Neighbours, was because if you said the word “faery”, they would hear and they would come to bother you.

In Cursed Rebel, my fae have two names – their Human names, or the names that Lucy gives them. And they have their Real Names. Their Real Names are incredibly important and quite secret, because if a more powerful faery gets hold of another faery’s Real Name, they can be used it to compel them and control them.

Also, I tried to give my fae Irish or Scottish names, as the Fae were originally a Celtic construct. If you look back at old Irish lore, you’ll see a lot of tales about Mag Tuiridh and the Tuatha De Dannan – the Tuatha were seen as gods of a sort, and there were loads of them, like Brigit, the goddess of the forge or smithery, and Aonghus, god of love.

I’ve always had a fascination with Scottish and Irish mythology – the kelpie, the selkie, etc. As a child, the legends appealed to my imagination, and as I grew up, my interest in the lore increased. I’ve spent endless hours researching Scottish myths – I firmly believe in the Loch Ness Monster. Don’t you dare tell me Nessie isn’t real!

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Title: Cursed Rebel by H.G. Lynch Cursed rebel book cover
Published:  July 14th, 2015
Publisher:  Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Genre:  Young Adult Fantasy
Recommended Age:  15+

Synopsis:

Never trust a pretty face. My grandma taught me that. She warned me about the Fair Folk but I never believed her…until I was kidnapped by one. And damn, he is pretty.

But Fin was sent to bring me to his King, and if I want to survive the Otherworld, I have no choice but to trust him – for now.

Oh, and did I mention my sexy best friend is hunting me? I should’ve listened to Gran.

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Photo HG LynchAbout the Author

H.G. Lynch is a Scottish Paranormal Romance author, avid reader, and cat-lover. She spends most of her days writing, while wrestling her cat, Sooki, off her laptop. She believes that chocolate cake can save the world, and is highly caffeine-addicted. She loves horse-riding, Star Trek, and snow.

Her books are dark fantasy romances, usually with a bad boy and a bad girl. Sometimes with zombies, sometimes vampires, sometimes other things.

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