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Talk About It Thursday: BorrowAThon Wrap Up

BorrowAThon has come to an end and I had fun joining in the Twitter chat and sharing about the books I was reading. I didn’t get to make my video but wanted to share that I was able to finish all of the books I chose, but didn’t participate in the graphic novels because I don’t read them.  Here is a recap of what I did for BorrowAThon:

I chose to read each book within two days to make sure I was finished by 11:59pm on Sunday. The topics are below along with the books that fit each one.

Read a book you’d like to purchase

Read a Graphic novel

Read a book by an author you’ve never read

Read a book that’s been recommend

Read a book that’s cover is you favorite color

Read a book that features a library

What I liked about each book:

Caraval by Stephanie Garber– I enjoyed the bond between the sisters, the attraction Scarlett has for Julian and the mystery behind the game of Caraval. Scarlett’s love for  Dontella’s  and wanting to protect and find her made the game and journey a wonderful ride.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han-I liked the evolution of the main character but the storyline did not capture me.

The Perfectionist by Sara Shepard-I loved the mystery within the storyline and that the popular girls necks were on the line. The characters were show enjoyable and I was definitely invested in them and can’t wait for the author to write more on these characters.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell-I liked that the story incorporated twins and how their lives changed once entering college. I also liked that Cath was forced to come out of her shell.

If you joined BorrowAThon let me know how you did.




Book Features

Sneak Peek of His Last Resort by M. A. Malcom


Driven and focused, business owner and future pastor Robert Marsden knows exactly what he wants… and what he doesn’t. The Do Not Disturb sign he’s placed on his heart is his way of discouraging the ‘wanna-be first ladies’ who’ve set their sights on him… ladies like Claire Foxwood. The way he sees it, Claire and others like her are clearly more focused on impressing others than on their eternal souls.

Claire can’t help her attraction to Robert, but his decision to make a public spectacle of her hurts to the core. Part of her wants to give him a piece of her mind, but the rest of her remains infatuated with the man who’s too attractive for his – and her – own good. If only she didn’t feel like he has a role to play in her destiny!

Can Ruby “Aunt Ruby” Crawford’s words of godly wisdom peppered with a hint of humor help the misguided pair look deep within themselves and discover God’s plan for their lives?


 “Do you go out of your way to be offensive to everyone? Or am I special?” She folded her arms and looked crossly at Robert. Chaz stood alert, as if he was aware of his owner’s mood.

“Excuse me?” He wondered if he’d heard her right.

“I’ve wracked my brain, Mr. Marsden. I’ve gone over every minute of every conversation we’ve ever had, and the only time I remember being even a little bit rude to you was that day at your church. Clearly, my defensiveness that day made more of an impact than I thought, so please let me apologize. I’m sorry for my behavior that afternoon. I was annoyed that you had so easily forgotten me, although I obviously remembered meeting you. It was childish, and if I was rude or out of line, I’m really sorry. Now, if you don’t mind, I need to go.”

She stepped away from him, but Robert moved in front of her and stood with his legs wide apart and his hands on his hips, effectively blocking her path. It was amazing how attractive she was with her face free of makeup and covered in perspiration. If circumstances were different, he might be tempted to lean forward and kiss the bead of sweat from just above her top lip and then maybe he’d—

He caught himself mid-thought and tried to remember what she had just said.

As if she were aware of the direction his thoughts had taken, she retrieved a small towel that had been tucked into the waistband of her pants and mopped her face.

“Thank you for the apology, as unnecessary as it was. Exactly how have I ever been offensive to you?”

She gave a wry laugh. “I guess the word is not so much offensive as it is judgmental.” She moved towards the nearby park bench, but remained standing.

“Me? Judgmental?” He was quite confused. Was he hearing right?

“You. Judgmental….”

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About The Author:

M. A. Malcolm, a native of Jamaica, is a wife, mother, stepmother, daughter, sister and aunt. She is a freelance copy editor, administrative service provider and self-publishing consultant who also works part-time as an educator. With a passion for enhancing the work of Christian writers, she is certified in copyediting and is the founder of Nitpicking with a Purpose ( Over the years, she has worked with a host of local and international authors and authors-to-be.

When she published her first book, “His Last Hope: A Contemporary Christian Romance” in July, 2015, she fully expected it to be ‘one and done.’ She had no intention of writing another book of any kind; however, readers have demanded more, and the Lord has made it possible for her to comply. Not only has He allowed her more time to write; He has also given her more messages to share.

 With the anticipated publication of “His Last Resort,” the first part of her relatively recent vision of turning “His Last Hope” into a series has come true. She is currently working on two more manuscripts in the series, and has plans for a third.

In 2016, she also became a children’s author with the publication of her first children’s book, “So very… Max!”—a modern-day response to Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling.”

Mrs. Malcolm has been a part of Faith in Christ Ministries in Westmoreland, Jamaica, for more than ten years. She divides her time among her family; work and writing projects; dogs; to-be-read list, and catching up on much-needed sleep.

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Sneak Peek of After the Dark by Cynthia Eden

After the Dark by Cynthia Eden

Release Date: March 28th, 2017

Genre: Romantic Suspense

After the Dark from Cynthia Eden is now LIVE!!

Four months after being fired from the FBI and retreating to her hometown of Fairhope, Alabama, former special agent Samantha Dark is still learning to enjoy the peaceful anonymity of small-town life. Her confidence shaken, Samantha avoids contact with others. After all, when monsters live in plain sight, it’s hard to trust anyone. But when her former partner, Agent Blake Gamble, the ultimate good guy and someone who’s always believed in her, comes to town seeking her help with his latest case, Samantha is torn. Her fabled instincts let her down once before, when the killer who ruined her career got away under her watch, and there are no guarantees they won’t again.

But Blake doesn’t believe in ever giving up…especially when it comes to Samantha. While they could never pursue their mutual attraction before, when they were partners, now there’s nothing standing in their way…except the specter of known serial killer Cameron Latham. Cameron always claimed he and Samantha both had a darkness within that connected them…until Blake came into her life. Samantha knows that darkness is real—that it’s what allows her to penetrate the minds of sadistic killers. The last thing Samantha could bear, however, is to reveal her dark side to Blake and have him recoil from her. Blake wants to prove to Samantha that he can handle all her secrets—she just needs to trust him. But Samantha learned to be careful about whom to trust. Those close to you can turn on you in an instant…

Blake’s current case turns out to be the work of a copycat killer—a psycho pupil of Cameron’s who is seeking vengeance for his former master by planning to kill Samantha. But it serves as a catalyst for something more venomous—a reason for Cameron himself to reemerge, deadlier than ever. The last person Cameron wants harmed is Samantha. He’s more interested in eliminating perceived rival Blake for good.

Two deadly killers are after them, but Blake and Samantha know every monster has a weakness. It’s just a matter of finding who it is before it’s too late…

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About the Author:

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World and IndieReader bestseller.  Cynthia is also a three-time finalist for the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA® Award. Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over fifty novels and novellas.

Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

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Twitter: @CynthiaEden

Book Reviews

Handyman needed! May the Best Woman Win in Starting Over on Blackberry Lane by Sheila Roberts

Title: Starting Over on Blackberry Lane

Author: Sheila Roberts

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

Three friends, One handyman and an auction starts the excitement in Starting Over on Blackberry Lane. We meet Stefanie, Cass and Griffin, three friends in need of serious repairs ro their homes. Stefanie Stahl’s husband wants to do all the renovations to their house himself and she is fine with it if he would actually finish what he starts. The single Griffin James is in the process of trying to sell her home but has some snags that is holding her back. Cass Wilkes is dealing with a ceiling that has crashed and needs a handyman as soon as possible.

These three friends are in need of help and what better way to renovate than by hiring a handyman that joins the fundraiser  that is auctioning off a handyman. Grant Masters is part of auction and is an item everyone wants. Stefanie, Griffin and Cass have a plan to bid together so the other bidders will not win.

Starting Over on Blackberry Lane is an entertaining book about friendship, matchmaking and a hint of romance. The book started off slow for me but soon picked up. The characters were well-developed and carried the storyline. I look forward to reading more of this author’s work.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley