Sunday, April 16, 2017

EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Sunday Spotlight: Sans Espoir by Kimelene Carr

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Sunday Spotlight!

Today we are spotlighting Kimelene Carr's
Sans Espoir!

Six persons of uncommon backgrounds are about to be seamed together by a common thread. Circumstance has led each individual on a journey. And though each began on a different route, mapped out by their individual lives, they are now arriving at the same destination and the lesson will soon be learnt that sequential actions can precipitate untold tragedy and the decision of one, can change the lives of others.

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Q & A with Kimlene Carr about Sans Espoir!

Tell us about Sans Espoir. 

Sans Espoir is a West Indian Drama. It’s a story that follows the journey of six persons to a common destination leading up to a dramatic climax. 

What initially inspired you to write Sans​ Espoir? 

Initially it was thought up by my husband who woke up one afternoon with a great idea for a story. I took notes as he related the sequence of events and started building characters. As I was writing and plotting, a very dear friend was tragically killed and I was inspired by his memory to pen the personality and circumstance of one of the main characters in Sans Espoir. As to using a West Indian setting, I thought that my debut novel should showcase the culture of my country. In doing that, I decided to highlight an aspect of Trinidad culture that sometimes is unappreciated (even by Trinidadians), our unique language. 

Tell us little about the characters ​ in Sans Espoir. 

Each character, whilst fictitious, still holds a measure of similarities to persons I know or have come into contact with over the years. Meet the characters: 

BIANCA: A young, single mother whose monotonous life is about to be impacted by the charms of a handsome stranger. 

TREVOR: A country boy to his heart. His unpretentious charm will captivate the hearts of readers and maybe someone else?

 JEFFERY: Marred by a childhood tragedy that shaped his personal and moral convictions, he struggles to stick by them and retain some measure of sanity. 

SANDRA: The loss of one child has led to her hatred of a system which seems to be against poor persons. In a time of crisis, can she now trust the very same institution that was responsible for the death of her first baby? 

SHELDON: He always wanted to be a hero. Could his obsession lead to transgression? 

TANTY: An old woman's belief and faith in a place she had been coming to and relied on for years, is about to diminish.

What was the hardest part of writing this book? 

The hardest part was probably having to re live the tragedy that befell my friend whom I had mention earlier when writing the character that was inspired by him. 

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? 

My favourite part is when Bianca meets Trevor. Why? I’m a romantic! I adore a love story! 

What are your future project(s)? 

At the moment I’m in the process of publishing a collection of poems titled “Blank Canvas” and also “Surreal” which was previewed at the end of Sans Espoir.

Author Bio:

Kimelene Carr was born and currently lives in Trinidad. Sans Espoir is her first published book. Apart from writing, she also enjoys reading (especially history books and the works of Lord Byron), collecting pins of abandoned places and listening to Bon Jovi. At present, she lives in the town of Arouca with her husband Pablo and their three daughters: Chela, Chloe and Emmily. As a child growing up. Kimelene Carr wanted to be a doctor. However, at the age of 14, her then English A teacher at B.A.H.S, Mrs. Paddington, made her aware of her gift for writing. She had always loved writing short stories and poems, but she had never realized her natural ability until it was awakened by her teacher. However she didn't pursue a career in writing until 2013, when she began freelance writing through various consulting agencies. Sans Espoir is her debut novel. Readers can look out for more books from Kimelene Carr by the end of 2017.

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EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Review: Crash and Burn by Amanda Adams

Crash and Burn
The Walker Brothers #1
Amanda Adams


Some love songs are just waiting to be written.

The guitar in his grip revives a childhood promise, but he needs sexy Erin Michaelson as his music teacher. When he sees her on stage using another name -- and seducing an entire audience -- she brings more back to life than just his music.

A single, sizzling backstage kiss will change both of their lives forever. Chance soon realizes that Erin is not just an itch, she's an obsession he refuses to live without.

Publisher's Note: Crash and Burn was previously released under the same title by another publisher.

Review:                                   4 stars

After the death of their mother the four Walker brothers are convened at their mother’s attorney’s request to watch a video of their mother that she taped years ago and to hand each boy a card they made on her birthday. On each card each boy wrote what their dreams were and the video she asked them to forget their childhood dreams.  Once Chance hears his mother’s request and sees the card he knows he is screwed.

Chance meets shy Erin Michaelson at the music store she works at when he starts the journey of one of his childhood dreams. Erin’s dream is to make it big in the music world and she may have her chance when the band she plays in at local venues will be scoped out by a big label in a week, as her alter ego Eva James.  Chance likes what he sees in Erin as herself, but Erin thinks he only likes her bold alter ego Eva James after he sees her on stage. Will Chance be able to convince Erin he is falling for HER and not Eva James.

Crash and Burn is the first book in Amanda Adams The Walker Brother’s Series, four brothers, Derek, Mitchell, Chance & Jake, adopted by a very special lady and loved them as any mother could. Crash and Burn is Chance’s story and what a way to start a series, Amanda Adams has me hooked to see what the other three brother’s childhood dreams will be.  Chance and Erin was a delight to read about. Watching Erin come out of her shell without her alter ego Eva under Chance care was such a delight to watch. The chemistry between Chance and Eva all I can say is wow.  I truly loved the scenes with the brothers the had me laughing as they tormented each other like brothers do.

If you are looking for an weekend read I recommend you pick up a copy of Crash and Burn and got hook like I am to see what is in store for Derek, Mitchell & Jake, since Chance has already has the girl and two of his childhood dreams.

I received a copy for my honest review!

Review by Mel

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EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Review: Ride Me Hard by Vanessa Vale

Ride Me Hard
Bridgewater County #1
Vanessa Vale


They remember her as a gangly kid.

She doesn't remember them at all.

Her life's in New York. The property she's inherited is in Bridgewater, Montana. Going back to the town she visited every summer as a child stirs up long forgotten memories and a girlhood crush, on not one teen-turned-hot-cowboy, but two. Cousins Jack and Sam Kane. Fortunately for her, in Bridgewater, one cowboy's never enough.

In this contemporary version of Vanessa Vale's USA Today bestselling, Bridgewater Ménage series, Catherine is forced to choose the life she really wants: the big-city lawyer or the small town cowgirl with two men who want to take her for a very dirty ride.

Warning: Panty melting! Ride Me Dirty is a wildly dirty romance with two obsessed alpha cowboys and a Type-A heroine. This HEA is all about her - no m/m.

Review:                                  5 stars

Vanessa Vale takes us back to Bridgewater, MODERN DAY Bridgewater. Bridgewater isn’t only a ranch anymore but a COUNTY. When Vanessa had us last visit Bridgewater, it was only the Bridgewater Ranch that did the “Bridgewater Way” two men or three men for one woman, to love, cherish & protect if something should happen to one of the men. Now in Modern Day Bridgewater the whole county is following their ancestors “Bridgewater Way”.

Catherine “Katie” Andrews is a workaholic attorney working her way to partnership in her firm when she meets sexy as hell cowboy Jack, he makes her blood boil along with other female parts on her plane ride to Montana to settle her deceased uncle’s estate in Bridgewater Montana left her. Katie hasn’t been back to Bridgewater for 15 years, her parents stopped her visits after she turned 12 years and she never understood why. Jack makes her want to take her best friends advice and have monkey sex with a cowboy, she considers looking him up when she gets off the plane after she settles her uncle’s estate. But Jack has other ideas for her with his cousin Sam Kane. Will Jack, with Sam’s help, convince Katie to stay in Bridgewater and consider the “Bridgewater Way”?

I really enjoyed Vanessa Vale’s Bridgewater Menage Series but I REALLY enjoyed the first installment of the Bridgewater County series. The men are still as dominant as always but have change over time especially Sam & Jack they know they don’t dominant Katie out of the bedroom she is who own woman out of the bedroom and they are all right with that except she needs to get her priorities straight. They do help her with that and boy do they have their work out with Katie sometimes it is comical. If you are looking for a awesome weekend menage read I recommend you pick up a copy of Ride Me Dirty, Vanessa Vale will not disappoint!

I received a free copy for my honest review!

Review by Mel

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