Thursday, March 28, 2013

Review ~*~ Trust in Me by Skye Warren

Mia longs for the daily torture to end, but one last task keeps her holding on. In a betrayal of the crime lord who pulled her from the gutter, she’ll free the shipment of human cargo, and if she’s lucky, die in the process. The alternative is unfathomable, even to a woman well-versed in erotic torture. But luck abandons her yet again when she meets the security expert in charge of the shipment and finds herself face to face with her childhood crush. The man she once begged for help. The man who failed her.

Tyler Martinez is an undercover FBI agent with one chance to right the wrongs of his past. Thrust deep into the seedy world of human trafficking, he must put aside his guilt over abandoning Mia all those years ago in order to save her now.

Someone’s pulling the strings in this sadistic play on trust, but Tyler and Mia may not live long enough to see the curtain fall. Trust in Me is a story of erotic pain and incipient romance, spiraling ever faster toward betrayal or redemption.

This book contains explicit scenes of dubious consent, graphic violence and sex. It also depicts abuse and captivity situations. Not appropriate for anyone uncomfortable with these situations or anyone under the age of eighteen. This is a work of fiction.

Available: Paperback or ebook
Pages: 142
Review Rating: 4 Stars


Trust in Me is the second book in Skye Warren's Dark Erotica series and it is dark.  If you are looking for something lighthearted and sexy, this is not the book for you.  BUT if you want something with meat that shows fantastically developed characters and is an emotional read that will suck you into its clutches, then by all means, get your hands on Trust in Me today!

Mia will grip your heart and squeeze in so many ways.  While she lives a life of darkness and depravity, she is a strong woman that will do whatever it takes to make things right for others, even if it means something worse for herself.  She trusts no one, although she aches to and attempts to, it is always a blow when things don't work out.  Yet maybe this time will be different.

Skye Warren takes her characters right to the edge in the Dark Erotica story.  There is nothing light and fluffy about the characters or the situations.  Take heed of the authors warning above before you purchase this story.  Although, if you are anything like me, you will eat this book up and want more.  While it is the second in the series, it can be read before reading Keep Me Safe.  But trust me, if you are looking for something different and breathtaking, pick up Trust in Me and then follow it with Hear Me, the third book in the series.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Review ~*~ Dying to Forget by Trish Marie Dawson

Piper Willow dies the summer after her high school graduation but she doesn’t make it to Heaven or Hell…instead she finds herself in a spiritual terminal called the Station. She’s given only two choices: Return to Earth as the subconscious for a person in need of some outside assistance, or move on and spend an eternity lost in her own sorrow and pain. 
Does Piper have what it takes to save a life - to be the nagging voice inside someone else’s head - or will she fail and end up lost and tormented in limbo...forever? 
Available: Paperback or ebook
Pages: 216
Review Rating: 5 Stars

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book.  Let's just say that I was blown away.   Dying to Forget is an unforgettable story. It is the first book in The Station Series and I can't wait to get my hands on the second book in the series, Dying to Remember.

 Piper is a typical teenager that faces some difficult situations and ultimately ends up at the Station.  The Station is a type of holding place where the people there volunteer to help others going through difficult situations so they don't end up there as well.  Trish Marie Dawson paints vivid pictures for her readers of the Station, the characters, and the amazing situations they face.

Dying to Forget deals with topics that are unpleasant for many people, suicide being the biggest one. This story hits on a lot of issues that everyone faces from teenagers to baby boomers. Once I started it, there was no way I could put it down. I was really glad my Kindle had a nice charge on it because I read it all in one sitting.  The emotions, turmoil, and fantastic writing style had me engaged from chapter one.

I do have to express my frustration with Ms. Dawson though.  Dying to Forget has a twist I didn't see coming in the end and will leave you hanging, but you can rush right out to pick up Dying to Remember since it is already released!

Even if you are not a fan of the young adult genre, Dying to Forget is a story that will fit anyone and leave you with questions and rethinking the little voices in your head.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Blog Hop ~*~ Rites of Spring

Thanks for stopping by our blog on this hop :)

I've decided to share one of my firsts with you.  My first date with my husband 11 years ago still sticks in my head! We decided to meet for dinner and a drink on a Tuesday night with us both having to work the next day... We ordered drinks and dinner and then never saw our waitress again...Never got a drink refill or anything.  It was surprising because we met at 7:30 and when one of us finally noticed that Jay Leno was on the TV we realized how late it was!  we got ready to leave and then stood in the parking lot talking for another 2 hours...the amazing part of that is it was February in Northern Michigan and downright cold!

Thanks again for stopping by and sharing in so many firsts along the way...Now on to the prizes...

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Book Tour ~*~ Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor Cosmic Blast


Chief Complaint Brain TumorChief Complaint: Brain Tumor

At 57 years old, I thought I was the poster child for fifty-year old healthiness: I competed in triathlons, rode in 100 mile biking events and ate a healthy diet chock full of organic vegetables. Then I discovered that I had a brain tumor the size of my wife’s fist. My memoir chronicles the first year I spent addressing tumor-related health issues: preparing for my first operation, discovering a dangerous skull infection, having the infected portion of my skull surgically removed, learning about my substantial vision and cognitive losses, undergoing rehab and radiation treatments, and learning to live with my “new normal.” And, as best I can tell, the phrase “new normal” is the medical community’s code words for “You’re alive, so quit bitchin’.” As my health changed, so did my sense of humor. My humor started out superficially light-hearted prior to the first operation; transmogrified into gallows humor after several subsequent operations; and leveled out as somewhat wry-ish after radiation and rehab. Topics I write about in the book include:
  • How not to tell everybody you have a brain tumor
  • Why it’s a lot of work to die in this country
  • Why I had difficulties in naming my tumor
  • How I negotiated bathroom visits with “Nurse Don’t-Bother-Me”
  • Why I could prove that I was the “dumbest guy in the room”
  • Why someone compared the back of my head to a diseased goat
  • How I flunked a job interview with myself
This is a book for anybody interested in memoirs about people dealing with personal crises, for patients trudging through rehab, for caretakers helping victims of serious illnesses, or for anybody looking for an unexpected chuckle from an unlikely subject. Purchase Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor at

About John Kerastas

John KerastasI've worked at a global advertising agency, at several technology start-up companies and as a free-lance writer. Currently I spend most of my time blogging, speaking and writing about brain health, brain tumors and rehab. I speak to hospital rehab groups, stroke and aphasia groups, and last summer spoke at the American Brain Tumor Association's annual "Patient and Caregiver" conference. My charity and non-profit efforts includes work through the Taproot Foundation on behalf of Apna Ghar (a Chicago-based non-profit providing domestic violence services to immigrant communities). I also go on Appalachia Service project trips through my church, participate in Early Response Teams that follow first responders into disaster areas, and teach and certify Early Response Teams through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (e.g.UMCOR).

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