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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Simply The Best: A Collection of Romances (Book Blast / Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Goddess Fish Promotions, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book blast event for Simply The Best: A Collection of Romances!

Book Review

Simply The Best: A Collection of Romances
Authors: L.A. Sartor, Laurel O’Donnell, Kathy L Wheeler, Dale Mayer, Charity Tahmaseb, Cynthia A Clement
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Format: eBook 
               Kindle - 5204 KB
               Nook - 9 MB
ISBN: 2940153203652
Genre: Multi-Genre Romances 

Buy The Collection: 
The Collection is $.99!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the collection from the authors in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book blast event hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.

Book Description:

This collection of multi-genre romances features winning novels from the International Digital Awards, including historical, suspense/thriller, short historical, contemporary, paranormal, and young adult. Simply the Best of all worlds!

Haunted by Death ~ Dale Mayer

Death haunts anthropologist Meg Pearce…

In her last summer before college, an innocent camping trip ended in a friend’s disappearance…and destroyed her life.

Angel’s Assassin ~ Laurel O’Donnell

When Damien enters Aurora’s life, tempting her with promises of dark passion and forbidden lust, he threatens to tear her peaceful world apart with shadowy secrets of his own.

Be Mine This Christmas Night ~ L. A. Sartor

At Christmas, finding love and a family seems even more possible…unless you’re keeping a secret.

A Hunter 4 Rescue ~ Cynthia Clement

Worlds Apart. Joined by Love

A unit of elite alien warriors, known as Hunters, crash lands on earth and their leader is torn between getting his men to safety or protecting the human woman he has bonded with.

The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet ~ Charity Tahmaseb

Sometimes staying silent is the biggest lie of all

No one expects the girl who has mastered the art of keeping quiet to join the speech team. But Jolia does. When a crush-worthy rival offers to coach her in secret, she can't say no. But secrets have a price, and this one might cost Jolia everything.

The Mapmaker’s Wife ~ Kathy L Wheeler

In the midst of his worn-torn country, love posed the greater danger.

A flippant proposal and an attack on her person finds one young woman married to the mapmaker who only needs someone to take control of his ungovernable child. Feelings quickly shift into something less platonic and when the enemy gains vital secrets, her suspicions land her in jail.

Book Excerpt:

from The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet by Charity Tahmaseb

So we keep going, up the driveway and the three steps onto the front porch. There, the lamplight turns everything yellow, even Sam’s eyes, which look more like autumn than summer right now. I should open the door and go inside. My fingers are ice, my nose threatening to run. My teeth, which I’ve hardly thought of all day, prick at my upper lip. Insidious words pop into my mind.

Can you even imagine anyone wanting to kiss that? I can’t remember why I ever thought she was pretty.

“Thanks for helping me today,” I say despite my teeth.

“Thanks for helping me. What did I tell you? It’s like the Montagues and Capulets, only with scripts instead of swords—and a tree branch.”

I laugh.

“See you tomorrow?”

I nod.

“I’ll text you.”

We don’t move, like earlier in the garage, when it felt like the very air changed. It does that now, becomes hard to breathe. I sway forward, slightly. I don’t mean to—it just happens. Sam takes my hands, squeezes them. Then he sways forward.

His kiss is so warm, it should melt all the icicles hanging from the eaves. My heart beats so hard, it should shatter all my ribs. When he breaks the kiss, and I suck in cold air, I feel like I’m plunged from a warm dream into an icy bath.

“Tomorrow!” He dashes down the stairs and into the night.

In that single word, I hear his promise. We will see each other tomorrow. We will practice. We will … kiss?

My Book Review:

Who could pass up reading an intriguing collection of six full length multi-genre romance stories?

Since I enjoyed reading all ten mystery tales in the Simply The Best, I decided to only provide a general book review instead of individual reviews.

Simply The Best is an eclectic collection of six multi-genre romance stories from authors L.A. Sartor, Laurel O’Donnell, Kathy L Wheeler, Dale Mayer, Charity Tahmaseb, Cynthia A Clement. From the historical, suspense/thriller, holiday, contemporary, paranormal, and young adult genres,
each story flows smoothly from one to the next, and has a unique mixture of romance that will appeal to everyone. Each of the authors weave an intriguing, unique, and thoroughly enjoyable full length romance tale with engaging characters, a variety of settings, and enough drama, humor, mystery, and suspense that will easily draw the reader into each story, keep them turning the pages, and leave them wanting more.

Simply The Best is the perfect collection of romance stories that will certainly peak your interest, and whet your appetite to read more from each of the individual authors featured in this delightful collection.


About The Authors

Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author known for her page turning plotlines and heartwarming characters. A prolific writer, she specializes in Romantic Suspense, but also writes thrillers, comedy, and contemporary romances.

Award winning author Kathy L Wheeler loves travel, fantasy football, NBA and musical theatre. As an avid reader of romance and patron of the theatre, her main sources of inspiration come mostly from an over-active imagination. Kathy writes contemporary and historical romance, from sweet to spicy.

L.A. Sartor is a bestselling, award-winning author. She began telling stories around the age of 4 when her mother, at L.A.’s insistence, wrote them down and L.A. illustrated them. As an adult, she writes suspense and action-adventure novels with a dash of romance, and screenplays—she's had a contracted adaptation!  She lives in Colorado with her husband whom she met on a blind date.  L.A. loves to travel and thinks life is an adventure and we should embrace the journey. 

Laurel O'Donnell is a best selling author and has won numerous awards for her medieval romances, including the International Digital Award and the Holt Medallion Award.

Charity Tahmaseb has slung corn on the cob for Green Giant and jumped out of airplanes (but not at the same time). She’s worn both Girl Scout and Army green. These days, she writes fiction (short and long) and works as a technical writer.

Cynthia Clement is an award winning author who began writing when she was a teenager. Her novels reflect her love of romance, strong honorable heroes, and suspense intertwined with the intriguing and unexplained.

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  1. Thank you for hosting us and for the lovely review! We appreciate it!

    1. Hi Charity! Thank you for the opportunity to feature the collection on my blog.

  2. Thank you for hosting us and for the review!

    1. Hi Cynthia! Thank you for the opportunity to host the book blast event, what a great collection of romance stories!