New Release Alert for Shannon Kent

One of my favorite authors has a new release. It’s only 99 cents right now, so you need to hop on over to Amazon to grab it. From the first pages, this book has my attention.

FROM FAKE RELATIONSHIP TO TRUE LOVE

A broken engagement drives Susanna Kelly back to her hometown of Sweetheart, Texas and the arms of its quirky, lovable citizens. But her peaceful return to her roots is shattered when heart-shaped notes with sinister messages start appearing. The support of Daniel Sheppard, Asian American bestselling author and her childhood friend, gives her a much needed ally amidst the turmoil. He offers to play the role of her boyfriend to discourage the stalker, but Susanna resists. Pretending to be a couple? And with Daniel of all people? Who would buy it?

The note writer’s mind games force her to reconsider. Susanna accepts Daniel’s crazy plan, but her heart acts up whenever she’s near her decoy valentine. Comfortable, uncomplicated Daniel has turned into a full-grown man who makes her senses spin. As she tries to sort out her feelings, the make-believe romance has the opposite effect intended. Harmless notes turn into life-threatening accidents, and Daniel and Susanna must find out who’s behind the chaos before they can decide if their temporary relationship is a heaven-sent gift meant to last forever.


My Review

From the first page, I was drawn in. This book has it all: romance, mystery, suspense, sweet kisses and romance.

Susanna is the perpetual nice girl that gets taken advantage of. She is also valued by her neighbors. She made for a great female lead.

Daniel is her perfect counter balance and the leading man of the story. He’s a successful writer who has returned home. He’s loved Susanna for a very long time.

We also have an assortment of supporting characters, which I won’t get into so that I don’t risk spoiling the mystery, other than to say: Go, Lindy! Woof! Woof!

One of the things I enjoyed about this book was the all American feel with a touch of K-drama. This book blended it together. I loved that it was a melting pot.

I was left with one question after reading this though: Can you really go outside barefoot and feel warmth in winter in Texas? If I went outside barefoot in my neck of the woods, I’d be dealing with potential frost bite!

Grab you copy today! And don’t forget to come back and let me know what you thought.

You can also find other books by Shannon Kent by going here: For the Love of Korea

Farewell, SoaringwithDragons. Hello, Erica.

Hi. Erica here.   I have some news I wanted to share.

Soaring with Dragons is changing it’s name.  Or rather,  I’m streamlining my author platform and removing it.  When I first started indie publishing I thought that having a cool URL would make it easier to find me.   What seemed like a good idea at the time, I’ve decided isn’t the best moving forward.  I mean, my name is my brand, and I want my readers to recognize me and the happy wholesome stories I write.

My official URL is now ericalaurie.com.  Please update your bookmarks if you were using soaringwithdragons.com. (If you weren’t, then you should be fine, as both directed to the same website.)

Thank you for the support. Stay safe, stay happy.

A new Kdrama style book

One of the writers in my Kdrama club wrote this new book. I grabbed a copy. I haven’t had a chance to read it, but it sounds intriguing. If you pick up a copy, stop by and let me know what you think? (It’s in the Kindle Unlimited, so members can read for free.)


 

Just outside the city of Seoul, Korea, a crime scene is discovered with two corpses and two critically injured victims. Detective Yong Taemin is assigned to the case. Of the two surviving victims, only one awakens. But, she has lost her memory. With Taemin’s help, she delves into her own troubled past, searching for clues that will bring memories of the fateful, murderous night to the surface. Song So Ah had her life planned out to the smallest details with a bright and promising future . . . until her fiance is murdered and her life is turned upside down. Two men enter her life: Ji Jin Woo, the half-brother of her fallen fiance and a man from her past who she’d rather forget even existed. Unbeknownst to her, The Game has just begun, and it won’t stop until one of them is dead.

Oh My Oppa!:A My Korean Crush Series novel

 

Kate Morrison has plans to rekindle her dying relationship when her boyfriend Derek invites her on a two week business trip to Korea. But when the trip turns out to be just that—business—she discovers that eating kimchi and bulgogi alone isn’t exactly what she’d hoped for.

Even though he can’t take his eyes off his laptop, Derek does try to make sure Kate isn’t completely bored. Unfortunately, hiring an oppa tour guide to show her around isn’t the solution Kate had been hoping for. All she really wants is for Derek to remember how much he still loves her.

Kate decides that spending more time with her “oppa,” Sean, might jog Derek’s memory. The problem is, Sean isn’t just attractive—he’s smart, funny, and he not only listens to her dreams about writing children’s books, he encourages them. With Derek too busy with mergers and acquisitions to find time to be jealous, will Kate be able to win his heart back before her new oppa steals hers away?


 

Oh My  Oppa! is the latest release in the multi-author My Korean Crush series.  You don’t need to read these in any order really.

This new title is only $0.99 for a limited time.

For more books with Korean characters and settings, including more My Korean Crush books, visit my book blog here. (You can find reviews and more there.)

February Reads

I have read quite a few books this month. (I’ve reviewed a few of them  over on my book blog.) Here are a few of them. (Don’t forget to tell me what you’ve been reading in the comments!)

Beneath the Bellemont Sky is a heartwarming story about family, love, and second chances. It primarily follows the Larson family, who own a farm in Wyoming.

As I was reading this I felt like I was part of the family. I wanted them to find happiness, and this book delivers. (Even for the couple who you wanted to shake some sense into.)

I received an ARC from the publisher.


This was an enjoyable story about family, finding love, and God. It also deals a bit with prejudices after the Civil War. It shows how both sides had issues that were painful for them, and how God’s healing hand can help. It also showed two different father and son relationships. I liked the character growth. There was a lot of it.

What made this book a bit difficult was the way speaking was written for the Quincy and his family. I had trouble reading it, and would have preferred a little less linguistically spellings..

The other drawback was the romance. The bulk of it is with a man who doesn’t suit Laurel. I do appreciate the happy ending though. The ending was as it should.

I received an ARC, and would read this author again.


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I loved this book. For one thing, I could relate to how Ollie must feel about moving. Ollie’s unhappiness is straining his family relationships. Quickly upon moving, Ollie has a run in with the class bully, and a friendly boy name Teddy.

When Ollie’s mom’s new job is threatened with closing, Teddy tells Ollie about his father’s hidden gold. The trouble is, Teddy doesn’t remember where his house is, nor his last name. So Ollie and Teddy go on a hunt for the golden treasure, and end up repairing another treasure–Ollie’s family.

This is a must read book. It’s middle grade, but I do feel that it’s a good book about family.  If you like heartwarming tales of adventure and family, this is for you. All the pieces fit together nicely.

This book releases June 18, 2019.

I received an ARC from the publisher.


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Heartwarming tale with beautiful illustrations.

One of the things I loved about this storybook was that it showcases family love. Although Grandpa lived far away from Mayumi, he still was a part of her life through the garden he created for her. The ending is poignant.

I received and ARC from the publisher.


What books have you been reading? 

January Reads

January is nearly gone. We’ve finally gotten cold, and snow had started to stick. (Although, as I write this it is raining and melting.)

Over the past year, I’ve been learning the more technical details of crafting a good story, and honing editing/proofreading skills.  Lately, I’ve also been reading a lot. I love getting lost in a good book. I thought I’d share some of those books with you.

 

The Winter of the Witch is the third book in the series, The Bear and the Nightingale. I have enjoyed the series, although there were a few things I could do with out. (For sensitive readers, such as myself, there are several instances of the word b—h,  and in this particular book, mostly in reference to a dog with nursing puppies.)

You can read my reviews for The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower here at my book blog.

Again, I enjoyed this book. I enjoy the way author Katherine Arden writes, the way she weaves her words. But there were a few things I didn’t care for.

The story picks up where The Girl in the Tower left off.  A growing mob wants Vasya dead, endangering Vasya’s sister Olga and her family. So Vasya faces the peril head on, and goes into Midnight. Meanwhile, Russia  is on the brink of war, the bear is again lose, and Morozko is trapped.

Sensitive Reader warning: Some language, nudity, and some sensuality.  (the b word, Vasya gets naked a few times, such as  a scene were she is drying her clothes, and there’s a mostly fade to black sex scene in the bathhouse.)


This book was a lot of fun.  This book starts after Flower Boy Tour Guide, where we first met our leading lady, Letty.

We start off at the airport, where a classic K-drama scene unfolds. Letty literally bumps into her favorite star and becomes an overnight gossip sensation. Not to miss out on the free publicity, the Kpop singers  agency launches a web show, Marry My Stalker. Because Letty doesn’t speak Korean, she gets her own charming translator, Ben.

From the array of  reality brides, to the camera crew, the Kpop stars themselves, and to Letty’s developing relationships with her co-stars and translator, this story will keep you turning (digital)  pages.

A delightful modern day fairy tale.

Only  $0.99 today, January 23, 2019.

(this review also appears on my book blog.)


I’ve long been a fan of Carrie Fisher.  Princess Leia was my childhood hero.  Star Wars was also the first VHS movie my parents purchased with our very first VCR. They asked my sister and I to choose the movie, and Star Wars it was.  I cried when she died.

I was also a fan of Debbie Reynolds. I had first known of her from Charlotte’s Web, and that she was Carrie’s mother. (We watched the animated Charlotte’s web a lot after my sister died. And during that time, Leia was even more important. Leia had lost her family too.  She had to be strong and carry on, too.)

I knew that Carrie had a brother, and I was interested in reading his book. He had been lucky to have his sister longer than I had, but we had both suffered a tragic loss, and there is a sad kinship to that.

I liked seeing things from Todd’s eyes. You can tell he loved his mother and sister.  The hard part is knowing that it’s only his version, and because it’s in his point of view, things are missing. There were a few things that were TMI about his personal relationships.  I didn’t need to know that.

What I liked the most was, how valued family was. That they didn’t give up on Carrie.  They didn’t give up on family.

Now, at the time I write this, the kindle edition of this book is $1.99. If you’ve been waiting to  get a copy, now is the time.

 


 

What books have you read recently? Let me know in the comments!

Get Ready for the Halloween Hop

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Trick or Treat for your chance to win a variety of prizes!

Prizes include: eBooks, audiobooks, gift cards, and more!

PLUS one lucky winner will win the GRAND PRIZE if $130 AMAZON (US) GIFT CARD!

Here’s how it works:

On Halloween, visit each author’s Facebook Group and enter their giveaway. Be sure to comment on the pinned giveaway post in the group (Posting here does not count).

YOU MUST COMMENT ON ALL 13 GROUP POSTS TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN THE GRAND PRIZE.

Here are the participating groups. Just click and join them ahead of time so you’re ready for the Hop on Halloween! Plus, you’ll find some awesome YA and YA-Friendly reads in a variety of genres! (If you ask to join and have to answer a question or two, just let them know you’re joining to participate in the Trick or Treat Hop, and to find out about their books!)

S. Usher Evans Street Team

Stevie Rae Causey Author Fan Group

P.A.W.S. People

The Explorers of Kendra’s Realms

Erica Laurie’s Soaring with Dragons

Sydney’s Sweethearts – Sydney Logan’s Reader Group

Julie C. Gilbert’s Special Agents

Caroline’s Court of Love

Carol Beth Anderson’s Street Team

Epic YA – Free Books for Young Adult Readers

Clean Speculative Fiction Readers Group

Mystical Mishaps Series

T.M. Franklin Book Club

The Hop runs from 11:59 EST on October 30th to 11:59 EST on October 31st. Grand prize will be awarded at random among entrants who comment in all 13 groups, and winner will be verified.

Good Luck!

 

This hop is organized by author T.M. Franklin