In Memoriam – Dear Dad

Dear Dad,

One year ago you left this earth without saying goodbye and the pain is still there. I still wonder where’d you go. What is life like for you now? Do you see me? Are you happy? Do you miss us? People say that you are in a better place, is that true or is that something they say to make us feel better? I still can’t believe you are gone. I still have all your texts that I re-read and your voice mail. I don’t want to forget your voice or make it so that you never existed.

I have your steering wheel cover on the Dodge, it is too big but I’ve been able to work with it. It looks strange to the average person but it gives me comfort knowing that your hands held the same steering wheel. We have the same driving style you know. I think I learned that from watching you. I always felt safe when you drove.

So much has happened since you left, I want to write about it to help people who have suddenly lost a loved one. There was so much I didn’t know. It’s hard to get started, the pain is still too strong. The one good out of this is that I am no longer afraid of death because I know you will be waiting for me on the other side.

I want to make you proud Dad, I miss you so much and sometimes I wish you would show yourself. I won’t be afraid, I promise.

I bet you are hanging with some of my favorite people who have passed like Paul Walker, I bet you guys talk about cars all day long.

Say hi to Jackie Collins for me, she was my favorite author and Wayne Dyer, he’s taught me a lot about adversity and helped keep my mind strong and positive.

Dad, I hope you are enjoying your new life and it is better than the one you had here.

I miss you so much and I look forward to seeing you again.

In Love and light,

Gillian

 

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Perfect Escape Launch Kickoff

Welcome to the launch of my new book Perfect Escape (Family Portrait Book 4).  For a limited time you can purchase Perfect Escape (Family Portrait Book 4) on Amazon for $0.99.

Synopsis:

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?

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?

Read an excerpt http://familyportrait.plaintalkbm.com/excerpt-perfect-escape/

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Lovers and Loyalty – The Chrome Series Book 2 by Taryn Plendl

Lovers and Loyalty Blog tourLovers and Loyalty – The Chrome Series Book 2 by Taryn Plendl

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 29th, 2014

Synopsis

Lighthearted and funny, Sean Benson has everything he wants: family, friends, and a successful business with his best friend. After the death of her mom, Savanna Davis left the life she never wanted behind, in search of the family she never had.

When Savanna is attacked at Sean’s bar, he clumsily comes to her rescue. Unable to get the green-eyed beauty out of his mind after parting ways, Sean sets out to find her, and inevitably comes to her aid again by offering her a job at Chrome.

Savanna is determined to not lose sight on why she came to Virginia in the first place, while Sean is determined to show her just how great they could be together.

Unexpected discoveries drop a bombshell on the entire Chrome family, putting Sean and Savanna’s new relationship to the test.

Will Sean’s loyalty to his friend ruin his chance at finding Love?

Purchase Lovers and Loyalty (The Chrome Series Book 2) on Amazon US | Amazon UK | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

Purchase  So Much More (The Chrome Series Book 1) on Amazon US | Amazon UK | B&N | Kobo |iBooks

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About the Author

Taryn discovered her love for books at an early age, spending many hours lost in someone else’s story.

It wasn’t until well into adult hood that she discovered, late at night while the house was quiet, that she had just as many stories inside her just waiting to be let out. Writing has been a way for her to step away from reality and live a bit through her fun and sometimes damaged characters. You will almost always find a Happy Ever After at the end of her stories. She can’t help it, it’s an addiction.

She’s a Southwestern girl living a Mid-Atlantic life with her husband of seventeen years and two incredible daughters who inspire her daily. She is proud to be an advocate for her child with autism, and feels incredibly blessed to be able to see the world through her eyes. Her daughters teach her more than she could ever teach them.

She enjoys reading, writing and spending time with her family, but cherishes those quiet nights after everyone is asleep when she can curl up on the couch with her fifteen year old dog. (Shh, don’t tell…He’s not supposed to be on the couch.)

Keep an eye out for more from her!

Connect with Taryn: Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Google+ | Pinterest | Amazon | Web | Email.

 

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I read Changes by Gillian Felix, and let me tell you, it was something else.  I had trouble getting into it at first, and I didn’t really connect to Adriana to begin with.  I couldn’t help but giggle when she was telling her agent that she could be Carly Corinthos’ daughter or Sonny’s love child since I watch General Hospital with my mom.  I thought it was interesting the way that the story cycled through different characters perspectives.  Sometimes, it was a little hard to get through because there seemed to be a lot of back story in places, but otherwise it was fine.  There were definitely some twists that I didn’t see coming and that made it more interesting.  Check it out!

 

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Adriana Banovic’s 15th birthday sucked! She got fired after eight years of playing Shayanne Montgomery on the #1 soap in the country, found out that her…

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Bastard’s Brew with Gillian Felix

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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. Savi constantly reminds Kevin of his devious ways and uses their secret to keep him as her boyfriend.

“You don’t deserve to be loved, and you don’t deserve to be happy. You and I are the same … we’re broken inside. Everything we touch, we destroy. We don’t get happily ever after … we don’t get to ride off into the sunset. You know who gets that? L’Wren … she gets it, she gets the guy, and she deserves a decent guy.”- Savi

Kevin desires to…

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* BLOG TOUR* Bastard’s Brew, Family Portrait vol. 3, by Gillian Felix

Thanks for hosting me Tina! This looks awesome!

Cheers
Gillian

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HUGE welcome today to Gillian Felix’s new novel, Bastard’s Brew, volume 3 of the Family Portrait series. We not only have the book blurb, but also an excerpt to wet your appetite and a super giveaway where you can win an autographed copy of Bastard’s Brew (US only), a digital copy of Bastard’s Brew (worldwide) and a digital copy of Banovic Siblings (worldwide)!

Book Blurb

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. Savi constantly reminds Kevin of his devious ways and uses their secret to keep him as her toyfriend.

“You don’t deserve…

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Food … the variety of life

I am fascinated by different cultures and their relationship with food. In Iceland for example, one of their delicacies is rotten shark meat called Hákarl. We’re not just talking 2 days past the expiry date here… we’re talking about burying the shark for 6-12 weeks, then letting it dry for another couple of months until it forms a brown crust. Note folks this is not an Hors d’oeuvre for the faint-hearted. Famed international food lover Anthony Bourdain described it as the single worst tasting thing he has ever eaten (and he’s eaten everything). The locals usually wash Hákarl down with a glass of cognac. Who could blame them?

East Indian verses West Indian Cuisine.

I was fortunate to grow up in the West Indies where food labeled ‘exotic’ in the US was part of our everyday diet. I took it for granted back then…

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‘Bastard’s Brew’ by Gillian Felix

Bastard’s Brew tour and review by Jolas Book Shelf.

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Synopsis for Bastard’s Brew

 

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. Savi constantly reminds Kevin of his devious ways and uses their secret to keep him as her toyfriend.

 

“You don’t deserve to be loved, and you don’t deserve to be happy. You and I are the same … we’re broken inside. Everything we touch, we destroy. We don’t get happily ever after … we don’t get to ride off into the sunset. You know who gets that? L’Wren … she gets it, she gets the guy, and she deserves a decent…

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Guest Post by Gillian Felix

Family Portrait Review and interview by Matt’s Blog.

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Hey everyone! Today I am excited to introduce author Gillian Felix to my blog. She just released the third book in her Family Portrait series, and it’s quite good.

Without further interruptions by my, here is a quick synopsis of her book, my brief interview with her, and a couple of her thoughts on the book’s background. I will follow up with my review of it.

Synopsis for Bastard’s Brew

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. Savi constantly reminds Kevin of his devious ways and uses their secret to keep him as her toyfriend.

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Bastard’s Brew Family Portrait Vol.3 Blog Tour Stop featuring Dream Cast, Playlist, A Giveaway, & Discount Coupons!!

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Bastards Brew 300pxSynopsis:

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. Savi constantly reminds Kevin of his devious ways and uses their secret to keep him as her toyfriend. “You don’t deserve to be loved, and you don’t deserve to be happy. You and I are the same … we’re broken inside. Everything we touch, we destroy. We don’t get happily ever after … we don’t get to ride off into the sunset. You know who gets that? L’Wren … she gets it, she gets the guy, and she deserves a decent guy.”- Savi Kevin desires to be…

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