Fitzgerald’s Gatsby Girls–Now on Audiobook!

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Gatsby Girls is now Available on Amazon.com or Audible.com

For the first time ever, you can enjoy the works for F. Scott Fitzgerald in a completely new way. Voice over actor Jeff Kongs reads the eight short stories written by Fitzgerald for The Saturday Evening Post. Follow the ups and downs of fitting in with Bernice Bobs Her Hair, or travel along with Myra and a wacky cast of characters in Myra Meets His Family. The characters were all inspired by his real life wife, Zelda.

 

 

5 Good Reads for Weekend Readers

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For those of you that want to make the weekend last a little bit longer, we have picked some titles that will capture your imagination. There is something here for everyone; from light and uplifting reads, anecdotal collections to moving novels! Continue reading “5 Good Reads for Weekend Readers” »

How To Be a Friend To a Friends Who’s Sick

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Everyone knows someone who’s sick or suffering. Yet when a friend or relative is under duress many of us feel uncertain about how to cope. Now, in a warm and sympathetic book inspired by her own experiences, a renowned author and journalist offers new insights and concrete advice on how to relate to, and help, our sick friends. Continue reading “How To Be a Friend To a Friends Who’s Sick” »

Julia Dumont Is Back with Hearts Unleashed

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By Jeff Favre, HBL Critic

If you can do it once, that might be luck. Doing it twice surely takes some skill. With Hearts Unleashed, Julia Dumont has proved that her ability to blend romantic comedy and well-crafted trips to the bedroom is no fluke.

It’s hard to pick which of her three novels in the Second Acts series is the best, but there is certainly no worst. Perhaps the most enjoyable thing about “Hearts Unleashed,” though, is knowing these characters pretty well by now. Continue reading “Julia Dumont Is Back with Hearts Unleashed” »

Age of Eve: Return of the Nephilim

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Look out, vampires—here come the Nephilim.

The popularity of different genres tend to rise and fall in waves, and few have ridden a higher crest recently than vampires. That may change with D.M. Pratt’s “Age of Eve,” which introduces an ancient supernatural being that is probably new to most readers.

You don’t have to know the backstory to Nephilim to be drawn into this page-turner. All you need to know is that they are mentioned a couple of times in the Bible, and that they pre-date human existence on Earth. Continue reading “Age of Eve: Return of the Nephilim” »

Aris Returns Brings New Twist on Vampires

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By Jeff Favre

HerBusyLife, Critic

It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact time and place the vampire genre was resurrected from its grave.  But by the time the first Twilight book was turned into a movie, it seemed like there was more blood-sucking going on than at a mosquito convention. Continue reading “Aris Returns Brings New Twist on Vampires” »

Vampires Are Coming!

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Aris Returns: A Vampire Love Story–

Psychologist Sarah Hagan thought she had her life under control. She pulled herself together after a painful (and unexpected) divorce. She’s currently dating a successful but neglectful attorney—a relationship that is adequate, if not totally satisfying. She has a few good friends, lives in a beautiful condo in the heart of Chicago, and loves her work as a therapist. From the outside, it looks like her life is almost perfect.

It only takes one patient — a handsome younger man named Carlos who is on parole for car theft — to put her well-ordered life into a tailspin. As she regresses him with hypnotherapy, she discovers an unusual presence. Is this some elaborate alter ego that Carlos has created or is something much stranger going on? In Sarah’s attempt to help Carlos deal with his issues of anger and a troubled past, she is captivated by the persona she uncovers through hypnosis – Aris.  Aris reveals that he is a vampire whose story begins in the time of Alexander the Great. His retelling of his lives, involvement and apparent demise in the court of Henry VIII keep her spellbound and hungry for more.

On top of grappling with a phantom vampire, Sarah begins to have the most disturbing (and sensual) dreams. They awake the emotion, passion and vulnerability that she thought she had buried for good. The dreams both terrify and excite her as she struggles to make sense out of her world turned upside down. Sarah genuinely cares about Carlos as a patient and wants to help him find his way to a better life, but he has brought chaos, confusion and danger into her neatly buttoned-up reality. And if that’s not enough to deal with, she is inexplicably drawn to Aris in a way she can’t begin to rationalize. Can Sarah possibly love this vampire “ghost” or will he destroy everything she treasures?

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Sleeping with Dogs Is Sexy, Funny Page-Turner

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By Jeff Favre,

HerBusy Life Critic–

Whether it’s Harry Potter or Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic novels, a series has to start somewhere. For “Second Acts,” by Julia Dumont, her world opens with Sleeping with Dogs and Other Lovers.  Some might call this novel chick lit, while others would call it a spicy contemporary romance. And while both might be accurate, they do a disservice to a well-crafted page-turner that is equal parts sexy and funny. Continue reading “Sleeping with Dogs Is Sexy, Funny Page-Turner” »

New Collections: Forbidden Love

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No one is immune to the temptation of forbidden love. Many of us merely dip our baby toe into this realm – perhaps by Googling the names of old lovers to see what they look like now, years later, while our spouse watches television in another room. Or we spy on an alluring married co-worker by studying his Facebook page to learn as much as we can about him. Continue reading “New Collections: Forbidden Love” »

Starstruck Romance Is Sexy, Funny New Novel

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By Jeff Favre

HerBusyLife Critic

Racy romance novels are making a comeback into the mainstream, thanks, in part, to the phenomenon that is Fifty Shades of Gray.

The landscape may be a little edgier than the days when Fabio adorned the covers of Harlequin romances, but the quality for the genre remains mostly substandard. Continue reading “Starstruck Romance Is Sexy, Funny New Novel” »

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