Review: Listen to Your Heart by Sydney Logan

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Title: Listen to Your Heart
Author: Sydney Logan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: T.M. Franklin
Release Date: November 19, 2016

 

Blurb

Skye Douglas has made a career out of helping brides plan the wedding of their dreams—even if she’s bitter when it comes to her own love life. Instead of risking her heart again, Skye prefers to spend her free time with her nephew—a little guitar prodigy who shares his aunt’s obsession with 80s metal hair bands.

Then she meets Caleb, the guitar teacher, and Skye suddenly finds herself unable to think about anything except the guy’s Def Leppard T-shirt and his bright blue eyes.

Caleb Lynch has waited all this life for a girl like Skye.

Too bad he’s engaged.

The fake engagement to his best friend seemed like a good idea at the time—after all, it’s her mom’s dying wish. But now he’s met someone he might actually have a future with, and Caleb’s not sure how understanding Skye will be if she learns the truth.

Then Caleb meets his wedding planner, and his entire world is turned upside down.

When Skye realizes she’s broken the cardinal rule of wedding planning by falling for the groom, will she listen to her head . . .or her heart?

 

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Caleb stands and offers me his hand.“Dance with me?”

I hate to dance . . . almost as much as I hate to date. But this is, without a doubt, the most romantic thing that’s ever happened to me.

“Okay.”

Caleb’s eyes never leave mine as he leads me to the dance floor. Pulling me close, he drifts his hands up my arms and along my shoulders until I’m flush against him. I encircle his waist with my arms as we sway to the music.

Then the most amazing thing happens.

Caleb leans his forehead against mine and starts to sing.

And I melt. Absolutely, positively melt right there in his arms.

Correction. This is the most romantic thing that’s ever happened to me.

Caleb’s deep blue eyes burn with emotion as he sings softly to me. I don’t care that we probably look ridiculous and cheesy. I don’t care that the waitress will most likely slash my tires. I don’t care that he’s singing slightly off key. I don’t even care that my best friend is going to scream bloody murder when I tell her about this moment.

I don’t care about any of it, because I’m here.

With him.

It’s exciting.

It’s terrifying.

Suddenly too overwhelmed with everything, I close my eyes.

“Please look at me,” he whispers, and because I’m completely under his spell, I obey.

“Caleb, I . . .” my voice drifts off.

Everything’s just too intense. It’s too much. And I don’t know what to say.

“You feel it, too?”

The insecure girl in me wants to ask what he means, but the woman in me knows. Of course I feel it, and I have no idea how to answer him. I decide to go with the truth.

“I do.”

My Review

Whew, where to begin? I just loved this. Well, when do I not love one of Sydney Logan’s books? I’m a fan. She gives me all the feels.

These characters and situations present so much nuance. Sky and Caleb—above all else—are affectionate, kind and responsible people. Their inner code places their morals above all else. Old-fashioned values are challenged by a modern world, which is one of my favourite inner conflicts. Both characters must learn that they can bend a little without forsaking their self-respect.

Reviewers have been comparing this book to The Wedding Planner. Those who love that movie will discover that Caleb is far a more likeable man, because he’s not sticking to his engagement out of duty, rather, out of genuine affection.

Speaking of movies, this would make a great one. Five stars.

Author Bio
Sydney Logan writes heartfelt romances that feature strong heroines and the heroes who love them. In addition to her novels, she has also penned several short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul. Sydney holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and spends her days surrounded by kids and books. A native of East Tennessee, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.
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Title: Listen to Your Heart
Author: Sydney Logan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: T.M. Franklin
Release Date: November 19, 2016

 

Blurb

Skye Douglas has made a career out of helping brides plan the wedding of their dreams—even if she’s bitter when it comes to her own love life. Instead of risking her heart again, Skye prefers to spend her free time with her nephew—a little guitar prodigy who shares his aunt’s obsession with 80s metal hair bands.

Then she meets Caleb, the guitar teacher, and Skye suddenly finds herself unable to think about anything except the guy’s Def Leppard T-shirt and his bright blue eyes.

Caleb Lynch has waited all this life for a girl like Skye.

Too bad he’s engaged.

The fake engagement to his best friend seemed like a good idea at the time—after all, it’s her mom’s dying wish. But now he’s met someone he might actually have a future with, and Caleb’s not sure how understanding Skye will be if she learns the truth.

Then Caleb meets his wedding planner, and his entire world is turned upside down.

When Skye realizes she’s broken the cardinal rule of wedding planning by falling for the groom, will she listen to her head . . .or her heart?

 

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Caleb stands and offers me his hand.“Dance with me?”

I hate to dance . . . almost as much as I hate to date. But this is, without a doubt, the most romantic thing that’s ever happened to me.

“Okay.”

Caleb’s eyes never leave mine as he leads me to the dance floor. Pulling me close, he drifts his hands up my arms and along my shoulders until I’m flush against him. I encircle his waist with my arms as we sway to the music.

Then the most amazing thing happens.

Caleb leans his forehead against mine and starts to sing.

And I melt. Absolutely, positively melt right there in his arms.

Correction. This is the most romantic thing that’s ever happened to me.

Caleb’s deep blue eyes burn with emotion as he sings softly to me. I don’t care that we probably look ridiculous and cheesy. I don’t care that the waitress will most likely slash my tires. I don’t care that he’s singing slightly off key. I don’t even care that my best friend is going to scream bloody murder when I tell her about this moment.

I don’t care about any of it, because I’m here.

With him.

It’s exciting.

It’s terrifying.

Suddenly too overwhelmed with everything, I close my eyes.

“Please look at me,” he whispers, and because I’m completely under his spell, I obey.

“Caleb, I . . .” my voice drifts off.

Everything’s just too intense. It’s too much. And I don’t know what to say.

“You feel it, too?”

The insecure girl in me wants to ask what he means, but the woman in me knows. Of course I feel it, and I have no idea how to answer him. I decide to go with the truth.

“I do.”

Author Bio
Sydney Logan writes heartfelt romances that feature strong heroines and the heroes who love them. In addition to her novels, she has also penned several short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul. Sydney holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and spends her days surrounded by kids and books. A native of East Tennessee, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.
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Review: Breathe Again by Sydney Logan

 

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About Breathe Again:

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From the bestselling author of Songbird comes a story that will make you laugh, cry, and believe in the power of second chances.

Carrie Malone has seen enough heartbreak to last a lifetime.

Her family’s demons gave Carrie the courage to move away from home and leave her past behind. Now a college senior, she stays busy with her classes and her job at the diner. It may sound boring to some, but to Carrie, the very best thing about her new life is that every day is calm and blissfully uneventful.

That all changes the night Josh Bennett walks into her diner.

With his dirty designer suit and mud-caked shoes, Carrie’s not sure what to think about the broken man sitting at her counter. She’s even more confused when he doesn’t touch his coffee . . . and leaves his Rolex watch as a tip.

Josh Bennett has nothing to live for.

Starved for affection and deep in despair, he’s looking for a tender touch. A kind word. A giving heart.

A shattered and broken Josh finds himself standing on a city bridge, looking down into the freezing river that will undoubtedly bring an end to his pain.

He’s prepared to jump.

He’s prepared to die.

He’s not prepared for the pretty waitress who finds him there by the river’s edge.

When two lost souls find each other in the dark of the night, can they give each other a reason to breathe again?

 

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Cold November air nips at my bare fingers, and I mutter a curse. Leaving my gloves at home isn’t the dumbest thing I’ve done lately, but it’s close.

You should’ve let Tony drive you home.

Pulling my jacket tighter around me, I quicken my pace. It’s just a few blocks between the diner and my apartment, but the cold air makes it feel like miles.

Flurries start to swirl, prompting me to walk a little faster. I’m just making my way across the Hart Street Bridge when something catches my eye.

A man’s standing next to the concrete barrier, looking down into the frigid water below.

I stop.

Without a backwards glance, he places one leg over the edge.

My heart pounds in my chest. “No!”

His head jerks up, and there, under the lights of the city, my eyes lock with the man who left his watch on my counter.

I’m paralyzed.

So is he.

Thank God.

People keep walking. Cars keep moving. But my eyes remain fixed on the man straddling the concrete barrier—the only thing that’s keeping him from plunging into the icy river below us. I don’t know his name. I don’t know why he’s dressed like a beggar, and I certainly don’t know why he left his Rolex on my counter.

But in this moment, none of that matters.

I make sure the street is clear before walking across, keeping my movements slow as I approach him. The last thing I want to do is freak him out. For now, one leg is still on this side of the barrier, giving me hope that maybe he doesn’t really want to die tonight. Needing the support it provides, I hold onto the cold concrete and pray I say the right thing.

“What are you—”

“Leave me alone, Carrie.”

The fact that he’s coherent enough to remember my name gives me even more hope. But his voice . . . it’s raw and tinged with so much sadness that it nearly breaks my heart.

“What are you doing?”

“It’s none of your business. Go away.”

“No.”

His eyes flash with anger.

“Screw you.”

“Don’t jump and maybe I’ll let you.”

It’s a ridiculous thing to say, but I’m desperate. He’d never survive the fall, and I already have enough guilt in my heart to last a lifetime. I don’t need this on my conscience, too.

The man blinks rapidly, as if he’s trying to comprehend what I said.

“Tempting, but trust me. I’m not worth saving.”

“I don’t believe that.”

“Believe it,” he whispers. “Please, Carrie. Just . . . go.”

I shake my head and take a step closer.

Keep him talking.

“I don’t even know your name. You know mine. That’s not fair.”

He looks surprised. “You don’t recognize me?”

“Should I?”

“Wow. That’s . . . refreshing, actually.”

I glance around. Surely someone has noticed us and called the cops by now. But I don’t hear sirens, so I keep talking, hoping the man will come to his senses.

I offer him my hand. “My name is Carrie Malone. What’s yours?”

“Josh Bennett.”

The name sounds vaguely familiar.

“Nice to meet you, Josh. Now, would you please place both legs on this side of the barrier before I have a heart attack?”

Josh looks down into the river.

“Please? Let me call your family.”

It’s the wrong thing to say.

“My family’s dead, which is exactly what I should be. What I want to be.”

 

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My Review:

In Breathe Again, Carrie Malone and Josh Bennett meet as two lonely souls struggling to find worth. When Josh commits a rash act, Carrie gambles one of her own. The two become almost instantly attached. This is the story of how they work their way backward to find their way forward. From a time of desperation and isolation comes healing and emotional balance.

Reading a story by Sydney Logan is always a pleasure. Four stars.

 

 

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About Sydney Logan:

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Sydney Logan is the bestselling author of seven novels. She has also penned several short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul. A lover of music, she fills her playlist with everyone from Johnny Cash to Eminem.

Sydney holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and spends her days surrounded by kids and books. A native of East Tennessee, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

 

Visit her online at www.sydneylogan.com.

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From the bestselling author of Songbird comes a novella that will make you laugh, cry, and believe in the power of second chances. You can pre-order the book today for the special price of just .99¢ on Kindle! Also, be sure to enter the giveaway for a signed copy!



Release Date: July 22, 2016
Genre: New Adult

Cover Designer: T.M. Franklin
 
Carrie Malone has seen enough heartbreak to last a lifetime.

Her family’s demons gave Carrie the courage to move away from home and leave her past behind. Now a college senior, she stays busy with her classes and her job at the diner. It may sound boring to some, but to Carrie, the very best thing about her new life is that every day is calm and blissfully uneventful.

That all changes the night Josh Bennett walks into her diner.

With his dirty designer suit and mud-caked shoes, Carrie’s not sure what to think about the broken man sitting at her counter. She’s even more confused when he doesn’t touch his coffee . . . and leaves his Rolex watch as a tip.

Josh Bennett has nothing to live for.

Starved for affection and deep in despair, he’s looking for a tender touch. A kind word. A giving heart.

A shattered and broken Josh finds himself standing on a city bridge, looking down into the freezing river that will undoubtedly bring an end to his pain.

He’s prepared to jump.

He’s prepared to die.

He’s not prepared for the pretty waitress who finds him there by the water’s edge.

When two lost souls find each other in the dark of the night, can they give each other a reason to breathe again?




 

Cold November air nips at my bare fingers, and I mutter a curse. Leaving my gloves at home isn’t the dumbest thing I’ve done lately, but it’s close.
You should’ve let Tony drive you home.
Pulling my jacket tighter around me, I quicken my pace. It’s just a few blocks between the diner and my apartment, but the cold air makes it feel like miles.
Flurries start to swirl, prompting me to walk a little faster. I’m just making my way across the Hart Street Bridge when something catches my eye.
A man’s standing next to the concrete barrier, looking down into the frigid water below.
I stop.
Without a backwards glance, he places one leg over the edge.
My heart pounds in my chest. “No!”
His head jerks up, and there, under the lights of the city, my eyes lock with the man who left his watch on my counter.
I’m paralyzed.
So is he.
Thank God.
People keep walking. Cars keep moving. But my eyes remain fixed on the man straddling the concrete barrier—the only thing that’s keeping him from plunging into the icy river below us. I don’t know his name. I don’t know why he’s dressed like a beggar, and I certainly don’t know why he left his Rolex on my counter.
But in this moment, none of that matters.
I make sure the street is clear before walking across, keeping my movements slow as I approach him. The last thing I want to do is freak him out. For now, one leg is still on this side of the barrier, giving me hope that maybe he doesn’t really want to die tonight. Needing the support it provides, I hold onto the cold concrete and pray I say the right thing.
“What are you—”
“Leave me alone, Carrie.”
The fact that he’s coherent enough to remember my name gives me even more hope. But his voice . . . it’s raw and tinged with so much sadness that it nearly breaks my heart.
“What are you doing?”
“It’s none of your business. Go away.”
“No.”
His eyes flash with anger.
“Screw you.”
“Don’t jump and maybe I’ll let you.”
It’s a ridiculous thing to say, but I’m desperate. He’d never survive the fall, and I already have enough guilt in my heart to last a lifetime. I don’t need this on my conscience, too.
The man blinks rapidly, as if he’s trying to comprehend what I said.
“Tempting, but trust me. I’m not worth saving.”
“I don’t believe that.”
“Believe it,” he whispers. “Please, Carrie. Just . . . go.”
I shake my head and take a step closer.
Keep him talking.
“I don’t even know your name. You know mine. That’s not fair.”
He looks surprised. “You don’t recognize me?”
“Should I?”
“Wow. That’s . . . refreshing, actually.”
I glance around. Surely someone has noticed us and called the cops by now. But I don’t hear sirens, so I keep talking, hoping the man will come to his senses.
I offer him my hand. “My name is Carrie Malone. What’s yours?”
“Josh Bennett.”
The name sounds vaguely familiar.
“Nice to meet you, Josh. Now, would you please place both legs on this side of the barrier before I have a heart attack?”
Josh looks down into the river.
“Please? Let me call your family.”
It’s the wrong thing to say.
“My family’s dead, which is exactly what I should be. What I want to be.”

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Sydney Logan is the bestselling author of six novels. She has also penned several short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul. A lover of music, she fills her playlist with everyone from Johnny Cash to Eminem.
Sydney holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and spends her days surrounded by kids and books. A native of East Tennessee, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

Visit her online at www.sydneylogan.com.

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Review: Songbird by Sydney Logan

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Synopsis:

One bridesmaid. One groomsman. One classic wedding hookup. But for Callie and Devin, their weekend of passion is anything but typical. Callie Franklin doesn’t do one night stands. Ever. She’s far too responsible and focused on her career to ever let herself give in to temptation. But, on the eve of her best friend’s wedding, she meets that temptation . . . And his name is Devin McAllister.

Devin, on the other hand, has no problem with meaningless hookups. The very last thing he needs—or wants—is a relationship. Relationships come with strings. Relationships come with heartbreak. A late-night encounter in the hotel’s piano bar finds the two unable to resist each other. With her angelic voice and bright blue eyes, Devin’s sure he’s never met anyone as beautiful as his Songbird. Six weeks later, when two pink lines confirm Callie’s worst fears, she and Devin have to face the consequences of their wild weekend. And they have to deal with each other—whether they like it or not. With a love story that’s far from traditional, Callie and Devin begin to wonder if their one-night stand could turn into something neither of them anticipated. A happily ever after.

 

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My Review:

I was excited to hear Songbird would be published as in its previous incarnation it was one of my fan favourites. And I love it more now than ever.

 

The characters and the plot in this book aren’t clichéd. You might suppose they would be, and then our crafty storyteller turns it around on you.

 

Callie and Devin are members of a wedding party. Neither one of them is enjoying the experience. In fact, they’d prefer all the pre-wedding hoopla to be over. Can’t they just get on with the main event?

 

Of course, they haven’t met yet and haven’t exchanged names.

 

Callie doesn’t have flings. Devin doesn’t do relationships. But he throws that idea out the window when he finds the attractive woman playing the piano in the hotel bar late at night.

 

Taking the advice of friends that she should live it up more often, Callie accepts Devin’s proposition, never dreaming that she’ll see him the next morning at the wedding brunch. Talk about awkward.

 

Devin realizes that he’d entertain having a serious relationship with Callie. She shuts him down. Little do they know that their lives have already changed irrevocably.

 

It’s really fun to watch them build a relationship backward, particularly as all their friends and his family weigh in. Her family is not so much fun. However, his mother is an absolute delight. I would like to have that woman for a friend. She’s a force of nature.

 

One can always count on Sydney Logan for a top notch read. Five stars.

 

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Amazon best-selling author Sydney Logan holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She is the author of five novels – Lessons Learned, Mountain Charm, Soldier On, Once Upon a December, and Pros & Cons. Sydney has also penned several short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul.

A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat. Visit her website at www.sydneylogan.com.

 

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Songbird by Sydney Logan

It’s cover reveal day for Songbird by Sydney Logan! Sydney is sharing an exclusive excerpt and giveaway with us so be sure to check it all out!

 

Title: Songbird

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Sydney Logan

Release Day: October 5th

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About Songbird:

One bridesmaid.

One groomsman.

One classic wedding hookup.

But for Callie and Devin, their weekend of passion is anything but typical.

Callie Franklin doesn’t do one night stands.

Ever.

She’s far too responsible and focused on her career to ever let herself give in to temptation.

But, on the eve of her best friend’s wedding, she meets that temptation . . .

And his name is Devin McAllister.

Devin, on the other hand, has no problem with meaningless hookups. The very last thing he needs—or wants—is a relationship.

Relationships come with strings.

Relationships come with heartbreak.

A late-night encounter in the hotel’s piano bar finds the two unable to resist each other. With her angelic voice and bright blue eyes, Devin’s sure he’s never met anyone as beautiful as his Songbird.

Six weeks later, when two pink lines confirm Callie’s worst fears, she and Devin have to face the consequences of their wild weekend.

And they have to deal with each other—whether they like it or not.

With a love story that’s far from traditional, Callie and Devin begin to wonder if their one-night stand could turn into something neither of them anticipated.

 

A happily ever after.

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Sitting down on the piano bench, I let my fingers drift aimlessly along the keys. I switch on the microphone and start to play the opening bars of my favorite Fleetwood Mac song.

 

Closing my eyes, I play and sing, allowing the music to soothe my troubled mind. I’m at the final chorus when I feel someone’s eyes on me. It’s the most incredible sensation—instinct alerting me to the penetrating stare of some stranger in the dimly lit bar.

 

I slowly open my eyes, and my fingers slip off the keys when I see him.

 

He’s seated at a table just a few feet away. His tie is undone, as are the first couple buttons of his shirt. He gazes at me, and I watch as his finger lazily trails along the rim of his glass while I struggle to remember the words to a song I’ve loved all my life.

 

The man rises from the seat, his eyes never leaving mine as he picks up his glass and walks over to the piano. I break the spell, forcing myself to look down and focus on the keys. Without asking permission, he sits down on the bench next to me. I take a deep breath and pray for instinct to take over as I finish the song.

 

After I play the last note, silence hangs in the air between us until he lifts his hand and brushes my hair away from my shoulders.

 

“Play something else,” he says, his voice deep and smooth against my ear.

 

So I sing, paying no real attention to the words as we stare at each other throughout the song. I have no idea how long we sit there, but it’s apparently too long for the bartender because he announces last call.

 

The handsome stranger stands up and reaches for me.

 

“Come with me, Songbird.”

 

The look in his eye is unmistakable, filling me with a sense of longing and excitement that I haven’t felt in so very long. I know I’m too tired, too lonely, and probably a little too tipsy to accept this man’s outstretched hand.

 

I do it anyway.

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Sydney Logan Bio Pic jpgAmazon best-selling author Sydney Logan holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She is the author of five novels – Lessons Learned, Mountain Charm, Soldier On, Once Upon a December, and Pros & Cons. Sydney has also penned several short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul.

A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

Visit her website at www.sydneylogan.com.

 

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Character Interview: Pros and Cons by Sydney Logan

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Con artists Jenna York and Ethan Summers always seem to cross paths during their travels around the world. With their partners in tow, the cunning criminals wreak havoc across the globe, stealing from the rich and giving to the richer. While Jenna tries to convince herself that she sees him as nothing more than a professional rival, Ethan finds it a little harder to fight his attraction to the beautiful thief.

When tragedy strikes, Jenna and Ethan join forces, but are the stakes too high? Can they escape this last job with their lives—and their hearts—intact?

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Character Interview: Ethan

We have Ethan Summers visiting with us today. Ethan does not have a… typical career. When meeting new people, how would you describe yourself, Ethan?

It depends on the people and the situation. If I’m working, I’m professional with associates and charming with the people I’m trying to con. There’s an art to this, and Coop and I are good at it. So are Jenna and Abby, unfortunately.

You’ve spent a good portion of your life running cons. How did you get into that?

After I dropped out of college, my parents cut me off financially. I found a job at a local sports bar. There was a casino in the back, and Coop was one of the blackjack dealers. He wouldn’t ripoff the regulars, but we’d get the occasional out-of-town businessman who thought the little hole-in-the-wall casino was his for the taking. Coop would rob him blind. It was fascinating to watch. He taught me how to count cards and it sort of just snowballed from there. We started small—card counting and pool hustling—but we eventually moved to the city. That’s when we really started making a name for ourselves.

Where is your favourite place?

I have a house in the mountains of Tennessee. Totally secluded. The only people who’ve ever seen it are my pilot, Gabe, and my housekeeper and her husband. Their names are Minnie and Joe, and they take care of the house when I’m away. It’s the one place I can totally chill and be myself.

Do you think you’ll ever stop conning?

I don’t know. I’m really good at it, and I take a lot of pride in my work—even if it’s illegal. The only thing that could convince me to stop is if someone I cared about was in danger because of my actions.

Tell us about Jenna.

Jenna York is my biggest rival. Wicked smart and immensely talented. She and I have this weird, palpable chemistry that I’m more than willing to explore. She needs more convincing. I’ll wear her down eventually. She’s also the most beautiful woman I’ve ever met. Don’t tell her I said that, though.

 

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SydneyAmazon bestselling author Sydney Logan holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She is the author of three novels – Lessons Learned, Mountain Charm, and Soldier On. Sydney has also penned four short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul.

A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

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Cover Reveal and Excerpt: Pros and Cons by Sydney Logan

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Sydney Logan is revealing the cover of her upcoming novel, Pros & Cons! She’s also revealing the video book trailer and offering readers the chance to win an advanced copy of the ebook!


Cover by T.M. Franklin
Book Release: February 21, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Suspense
Publisher: Mountain Media
 
Con artists Jenna York and Ethan Summers always seem to cross paths during their travels around the world. With their partners in tow, the cunning criminals wreak havoc across the globe, stealing from the rich and giving to the richer. While Jenna tries to convince herself that she sees him as nothing more than a professional rival, Ethan finds it a little harder to fight his attraction to the beautiful thief.When tragedy strikes, Jenna and Ethan join forces, but are the stakes too high? Can they escape this last job with their lives—and their hearts—intact?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24445498-pros-cons



As I slip quietly out of the suite and rush toward the elevator, I can’t deny I’m feeling a little better about Vegas.

 


That is, until the elevator doors open.

 


Standing there, leaning against the stainless steel wall with a cocky smile on his face, is the one person I really didn’t want to see this weekend.

 

 

With a miserable groan, I step inside the elevator and furiously stab the button.

 

 

 

“Are you following me, Summers?”

 

 

“I’d follow your dimples anywhere, York.”

 

 

Ethan Summers is infuriatingly charming and handsome. Both assets have proven to be beneficial to his career and detrimental to mine.

 

 

“Well, these dimples just lifted Bradley Jones’ credit card numbers.”

 

 

“Impressive. Although, one might argue that a more superior con artist would be capable of accomplishing such a feat without showing a little skin. Really, Jenna, I’m disappointed.”

 

 

He rarely calls me by my first name. Last names have always been our thing.

 

 

“Were you watching me?”

 

 

“Every heterosexual man in the casino was watching your little performance. Nice legs, by the way.”

 

 

Crap.

 

 

“Not good,” I mutter.

 

 

“No, but I enjoyed it.”

 

 

Ethan grins as the elevator doors open. I don’t protest when he grabs me by the elbow and leads me toward the nearest exit. It’s not brightly lit, but there’s a very nice bouncer that Ethan greets by name who allows us to walk right out the door and into the starry Nevada night. He doesn’t let go of my arm as we hurry toward a black SUV.

 

 

“Why are you helping me?”

 

 

“You drugged a millionaire and stole his credit card info. I think it’s best we get you out of town.”

 

 

That doesn’t really answer my question, but I can’t argue with his logic.

 

Ethan opens the passenger door and helps me inside.

 

 

“Nice stilettos.”

 

 

I glare at him, and he shoots me a sexy smile before slamming my door.

 

 

It’s really too bad that I hate his guts.

 

 

Ethan Summers and I have crossed paths many times throughout the past couple years. It’s unavoidable, considering we’re two of the finest criminal minds in the world.

 

 

That’s what the news says, anyway.

 

 

“Let me guess,” Ethan says as he pulls the SUV out onto the highway. “You used Rohypnol on Jones?”

 

 

I roll my eyes. “I’m a thief, not a sexual predator.”

 

 

“Well, you obviously slipped something into his drink.”

 

 

“Sleeping pill.”

 

 

Ethan hums his disapproval. I can’t argue with him. Slipping Bradley a sedative is so amateur.

 

 

“I was desperate. The entire weekend has been a complete waste of time. When did the Viper install dome cams?”

 

 

“A few weeks ago. The casino’s hosting the U.S. Poker Championship next month. Ceiling cams are a requirement.”

 

 

“Super.”

 

 

“I know.”

 

 

“So, if you knew about the cameras, what were you doing at the casino?”

 

 

“Let’s just say a little birdie told me you were hitting the Viper tonight. I had a feeling you might need my assistance.”

 

 

“So you’ve been talking to Abby.”

 

 

He remains silent and keeps his eyes trained on the freeway, giving me the chance to study his profile. Ethan has a mop of unruly dark hair and deep blue eyes that make most girls go weak in the knees.

 

 

Not this girl. Nope.

 

“Like what you see?”

 

 

My face heats. I hate when he catches me ogling him.

 

 

“You’re an ass.”

 

 

He laughs. “Someday, Jenna, you’re going to stop fighting this attraction between us. I’m really looking forward to that.”

Amazon bestselling author Sydney Logan holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She is the author of three novels – Lessons Learned, Mountain Charm, and Soldier On. Sydney has also penned several short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul.

A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

Visit her website at 
www.sydneylogan.com
. She can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


 

Blog Milestone Mega Giveaway: Jess Molly Brown and Friends

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DSC_1200Hi! The holidays are fast approaching and it’s time for gifts!!!

My website launched in August of 2013 and wow, has it been fun. I’ve just hit a milestone: 250, 000 visits. To celebrate, some of my friends and I are offering 8 winners various prizes. I’d like to thank my friends for participating. Please meet them below!

 

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Pretty.Hot.TemplateDONNA ALAM: PRETTY HOT

SYNOPSIS:

 

A charming playboy. A girl on the run from love. An exotic location where the weather isn’t the only thing that’s hot.

 

Kate Saunders is sure of only one thing as her flight to her new life lands in Dubai: short of joining a convent, her new job teaching at a conservative all-female school is just what she needs. Until she meets Kai, that is.

Cultured and worldly, Kai lives a life of wealth and privilege where he always gets what he wants. And what he wants next is Kate. He’s determined their relationship is only going one place: his bed.

The road to hell may be paved with good intentions, but it’s also littered with underwear when Kate struggles to resist his sweet, filthy mouth. Talented of tongue he may be, but he’s also not quite who seems to be. Kate’s life is about to take a turn for the complicated, making the one she left behind look easy.

BIO:

Donna AlamHailing from the North East of England, Donna is a bit of a Bedouin, moving houses and continents more times than she cares to recall. A bit of a clueless nomad rather than the stateless kind, she once worked at a school very much like the one described in her book. Alas, there were no Kai-a-likes floating about there . . .

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DEBRA ANASTASIA: THE POUGHKEEPSIE BROTHERHOOD TRILOGY

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SYNOPSIS: SAVING POUGHKEEPSIE

Beckett Taylor’s quest to be a better man has brought Eve Hartt back into his life, but sometimes it feels like they’re bound together with barbed wire. Though he longs to love her without causing pain, the wreckage of their past continues to crash down around them.

Yet with the help of this brothers—and for his brothers—Beckett won’t stop trying. He’s determined to make them all a family, to make a life they want to live, and to make Poughkeepsie a place that’s safe to live it.

He can feel their futures balanced precariously on his shoulders: Blake and Livia and their children, Cole and Kyle and the new baby they’ve just brought home, and Eve…always Eve. He wants their dreams to be real. But murderers don’t just get Happily Ever After handed to them. They have to wrench it away from Satan himself.

Good thing Beckett is prepared to do just that. After all, saving Poughkeepsie is the only way his story ends.

Prepare your heart and your head for a wild ride in this final installment of the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series. Debra Anastasia does not disappoint as she weaves the last chapter of a story that blends true love, turbulent emotions, and life’s harsh realities into an uplifting tale that calls to the good in each of us.

BIO:

Smaller SHh Debra Anastasia  TwitterThere are a lot of eyes in Debra Anastasia’s house in Maryland. First, her own creepy peepers are there, staring at her computer screen. She’s made two more sets of eyes with her body, and the kids they belong to are amazing. The poor husband is still looking at her after 17 years of marriage. At least he likes to laugh. Then the freaking dogs are looking at her–six eyeballs altogether, though the old dog is blind. And the cat watches her too, mostly while knocking stuff off the counter and doing that internal kitty laugh when Deb can’t catch the items fast enough.

In between taking care of everything those eyes involve, Debra creates pretend people in her head and paints them on the giant, beautiful canvas of your imagination. What an amazing job that is. The stories hit her hard while driving the minivan or shaving her legs, especially when there’s no paper and pen around. In all of the lies she writes hides her heart, so thank you for letting it play in your mind.

Debra is eternally grateful to Omnific Publishing, which has now published five of her books: two in the Seraphim Series and three in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series, as well as her novella, Late Night with Andres. That one is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. (So go get it right now, please!)

You can find her at DebraAnastasia.com and on Twitter @Debra_Anastasia. But be prepared…

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BUY LINKS:

Poughkeepsie (Book 1)

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1wrLt0t

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/poughkeepsie-debra-anastasia/1107612742?ean=9781936305940

Audio Book Poughkeepsie: http://www.amazon.com/Poughkeepsie/dp/B00B1NW9AO

Poughkeepsie Enhanced Collector’s Edition for iPad ($12.99): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/poughkeepsie/id763056961?mt=8 

 

 Return to Poughkeepsie (Book 2)

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Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1y3LQNq

Saving Poughkeepsie (Book 3)

http://www.amazon.com/Saving-Poughkeepsie-Debra-Anastasia-ebook/dp/B00PDXSE2A/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1417841424&sr=1-1&keywords=saving+poughkeepsie

 

TheJeweler_FRONT resizeBECK ANDERSON: THE JEWELER

SYNOPSIS:

Fender Barnes profits from an institution he doesn’t believe in: marriage. He’s a talented designer, but a reluctant jewelry store owner, thanks to his pop’s retirement. He’s cynical, he’s jaded, he’s not entirely certain about the concept of love, but he’s happy to sell an eager young guy an engagement ring for his fiancée to be—until moments after the transaction when that eager guy is hit by a car and killed, and Fender’s conscience pays a rare visit.

He retrieves the ring and decides to find the woman his customer intended to marry. That woman turns out to be Ginger Stevens, twenty-something ski instructor, who—despite being full of guilt and self-doubt after the death of her boyfriend—is someone Fender finds he quite enjoys being around. He’s smitten.

Which is all well and good, except that after he meets her, Fender can’t do it. Though it’s right there in his pocket, he can’t tell her about the ring. Instead, he embarks on a long, ridiculous quest to find a way to tell her the truth he knows she deserves. Aided by advice from Pop and the antics of his best friend Sam, Fender tries desperately to juggle his budding romance with the reality he knows could ruin it.

Will he find love or foul it up? Can Ginger move out of the past to embrace what the future has to offer? Meet this unlikely pair in Beck Anderson’s heartfelt and fabulously funny second novel, The Jeweler.

BUY LINK:

http://www.amazon.com/Jeweler-Beck-Anderson-ebook/dp/B00OYVY7F0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417843574&sr=1-1&keywords=beck+anderson

BIO:

beck-anderson-press-releaseBeck Anderson loves to write about love and its power to heal and grow people past their many imperfections. She is a firm believer in the phrase “mistakes are for learning” and uses it frequently to guide her in writing life and real life.

For Beck, the path to published novelist has taken lots of twists and turns, including a degree in anthropology, a stint as a ticket seller at a ski resort, a much-loved career as a high school English teacher, and a long tenure as a member of the best writing group ever, hands down.

Beck balances (clumsily at best) writing novels and screenplays, working full-time as an educator, mothering two pre-teen males, loving one post-40 husband, and making time to walk the foothills of Boise, Idaho, with Stefano DiMera Delfino Anderson, the suavest Chihuahua north of the border.

Twitter:  @BeckAndersonID

 

 

!cid_CE871EC3-9C03-4C6D-9536-A0770D8C6A89@wowwayJENNIFER LANE: BLOCKED

SYNOPSIS:
College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. ¡Híjole! Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?
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BIO:
Jennifer LaneGet psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she witnesses tremendous growth in her psychotherapy clients, and by night she wrangles misbehaving fictional characters as she writes sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. She can’t decide which is more fun.A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen wove some of her own experiences into Streamline — a military mystery about swimmers. Readers can dip their toes into Jen’s world of swimming romance by sampling her free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.College volleyball romance Blocked is Jen’s newest release. Peek inside big-time college sports and even bigger national politics when the offspring of two presidential candidates find out whether opposites really do attract, or their match is blocked from the start.Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a complete romantic suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior. Two parolees find love in a hopeless place.Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, hanging out with her plus-size, “I’m not fat, I’m big-boned” Izzie cat, and visiting her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.
 SoldierFullTemplateRemakenytSYDNEY LOGAN: SOLDIER ON
SYNOPSIS:
Will his call of duty break both their hearts?Losing her father in Desert Storm has left Stephanie James with a bitter soul when it comes to the military. As a college senior juggling a full course load, Steph’s only goal is to graduate with honors at the end of the semester. She’s focused, determined, and a firm believer in all work and no play. Then she meets Brandon Walker at a New Year’s Eve costume party. Despite his disguise, Steph finds herself attracted to the camouflaged soldier who curls her toes with a scorching midnight kiss.Brandon is an engineering major and ROTC student from the hills of Kentucky. Growing up as the son of a major general has given Brandon firsthand knowledge of the struggles military families sometimes face. Now that his father’s memory is fading, Brandon is even more determined to make his dad proud and graduate as an officer in the United States Army. Then he meets Stephanie, and suddenly, his focus is less on his military service and more on the pretty brunette who has stolen his heart. When he becomes aware of Steph’s resentment toward the military, he worries their relationship is doomed.When faced with the realization that she’s fallen in love with a soldier, can Steph’s wounds from the past be healed with love in her present . . . and in her future?
BUY LINKS:

Amazon Buy Link: http://amzn.com/B00L3KTFLQ

Nook Buy Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/soldier-on-sydney-logan-sydney-logan/1119866913?ean=2940149695447

BIO:
SydneyAmazon bestselling author Sydney Logan holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She is the author of three novels – Lessons Learned, Mountain Charm, and Soldier On. Sydney has also penned four short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul.A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.Visit her website at www.sydneylogan.com.

 

 

 

 

 

The-Woman-In-BlackRENE NATAN: THE WOMAN IN BLACK

 RELEASED ON DECEMBER 6TH, 2014!
SYNOPSIS:
When Savina Thompson, an ex-police agent and amateur performer, is asked to impersonate a call girl, she’s at first flabbergasted and only with reluctance she accepts to play that role. It’s needed to help the police penetrate the criminal ring that plagues the town of Varlee, Ontario. It’s part of a daring operation engineered by Chief Detective Conrad Tormez. Using a new speech emulation system, he wants to replace The Woman in Black, a recently deceased member of the criminal gang, with Savina.
Operation Woman in Black isn’t the only challenge Conrad Tormez has to face. For the last year he’s been searching for Isabel, his mentally-impaired teenage daughter. Then one day he finds her—living in a log cabin in the Rocky Mountains, together with a baby and a wolf. A loving father, yet a cunning detective, Conrad Tormez has to balance every minute of the day between parenting and police work. To complicate things, Savina falls in love with a man she is supposed to keep at a distance.
As operation Woman in Black progresses, Conrad Tormez realizes that the mastermind of the criminal ring is a formidable opponent—his deadly tentacles can reach anybody, anywhere, anytime.
BIO:
RENE NATANRene Natan, aka Irene Gargantini Strybosch was first attracted by the myriad possibilities offered by computers and pursued a career in information technology with the University of Western Ontario. The desire of being a storyteller, however, never left her since plots kept taking shape in her mind. After following a number of online courses on fiction writing, she started to jot down her first story, Mountains of Dawn. Eight novels followed naturally. Most belong to the romantic suspense genre (such The Collage and The Red Manor); The Jungfrau Watch, however, is a political thriller and The Blackpox Threat is a spying story set in Canada. The latter won the first prize in the 2012 Five Star Dragonfly Award and was one on the four finalists in the 2011 Indie Excellence Award competition. The Bricklayer got an honorary mention from the 2012 San Francisco Book Competition.
Rene Natan makes her home in Strathroy, Ontario. Contact: renenatan@aol.com
More information can be found over the Internet:
http://www.vermeil.biz
http://www.facebook.com/rene.natan.7Rene Natan uses the pen name R.S. Natanevin for her collaborative writing with Sharon Langevin Crawford.

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Soldier On by Sydney Logan: Review and Giveaway

 Release Date: June 20
Genres: Romance/Military/New Adult
 
Will his call of duty break both their hearts?
Losing her father in Desert Storm has left Stephanie James with a bitter soul when it comes to the military. As a college senior juggling a full course load, Steph’s only goal is to graduate with honors at the end of the semester. She’s focused, determined, and a firm believer in all work and no play. Then she meets Brandon Walker at a New Year’s Eve costume party. Despite his disguise, Steph finds herself attracted to the camouflaged soldier who curls her toes with a scorching midnight kiss.

Brandon is an engineering major and ROTC student from the hills of Kentucky. Growing up as the son of a major general has given Brandon firsthand knowledge of the struggles military families sometimes face. Now that his father’s memory is fading, Brandon is even more determined to make his dad proud and graduate as an officer in the United States Army. Then he meets Stephanie, and suddenly, his focus is less on his military service and more on the pretty brunette who has stolen his heart. When he becomes aware of Steph’s resentment toward the military, he worries their relationship is doomed. 
When faced with the realization that she’s fallen in love with a soldier, can Steph’s wounds from the past be healed with love in her present . . . and in her future?
MY REVIEW:

Sydney always makes me understand her characters’ points of view –even when they conflict. I enjoyed these characters because they act their ages. They’re likeable, but immature. Steph has a chip on her shoulder against the military (for a sensible reason), and Brandon is therefore chicken to claim his status as a member of the army. Rational fears lead to some irrational behaviour. Fortunately, some sensible friends and family straighten the pair out.

I particularly like the character of Brandon’s dad, a retired military man with Alzheimer’s. He makes me think of my grandfather (WWI cavalry, WWII reserves) and uncles (WWII army, navy and Royal Canadian Regiment). I think they’d have given the young people similar advice. Brandon’s dad has good days, when he’s “on”, and bad days, when his memory falters and his frustration takes over. He reminds me of my grandmother, who had dementia with her Parkinson’s.

I gained insights reading this book, which always makes me happy. Five stars.

 

 
http://www.amazon.com/Sydney-Logan/e/B0096LZK90/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1401309284&sr=1-1
Regular Price: $2.99 (ebook) 
Also available in paperback

 

Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author and holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. With the 2012 release of her debut novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. Her second novel, Mountain Charm, was released in 2013. She is also the author of four short stories – Mistletoe Magic, The Little Drummer Boy, Force of Nature, and Stupid Cupid.A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.