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Blog Tour Stop! Striving for Normal by B.L. Mooney


~ Blurb ~

 The most intimate relationship Drew Clayborn had with a man in the last four years has been with her therapist. With a past that has left her broken and scarred, she tries to piece herself back together enough to make it through each day. Whether she’s ready or not, life brings her back among the living, and Drew needs to learn quickly how to deal with her troubled past. When the perfect opportunity presents itself to pursue her dream career, it also provides Drew her first encounter with a compelling man since her devastating breakup with the last one. Carl Williamson is rich, powerful, and gorgeous. The desire she feels when he’s near makes it impossible not to melt into his arms. He wants Drew and will stop at nothing to have her. Carl promises to be her protector, but he brings familiar concerns to the surface. Dennis Brooks is a nice guy her best friend thinks would be her perfect match. He’s strong, honest, and sexy as hell, and he makes her smile in a way no one else can. Drew feels safe and secure with him, but she isn’t certain he is strong enough to handle Drew and give her what she thinks she needs in a relationship. When Drew’s demanding, controlling ex comes back to stake his claim on her, the carefully crafted world she built for herself is turned upside down. Does she need a powerful man like Carl to help her? Will Dennis step up and be the man she needs? Or does she finally become strong enough to deal with her past on her own? Who is the true hero in her quest of striving for normal?

~ Simone’s review ~

Striving for Normal is the brilliant story of a young, driven woman, Drew, and the struggles she faces in trying to re-build her life, making herself whole and “normal” again after suffering a harrowing past at the hands of her abusive ex-boyfriend, Craig.

Drew struggles to find herself, and struggles to accept that she is complete enough, and worthy enough to be loved.

It is because of these insecurities that Drew feels herself too broken to experience a “normal”, loving relationship with the trustworthy, “good guy”, Dennis.

Dennis is a man who worships Drew and puts everything she wants, needs and desires before everything else.
Yet will her own insecurities and self doubt force Drew to turn away from Dennis, a man she views herself inferior to, and into the arms of Carl.

Carl isn’t necessarily a “bad guy”. He is struggling with his own demons, but he is a very dominating, very pushy and manipulating man.
In fact, he is so much like Craig it terrifies Drew. But it is this similarity that pulls Drew to Carl. She understands manipulation and finds it an easy pattern to fall back into. Is this really what she wants though? Will it mean that she is forced to push Dennis away forever, as the negative attraction to Carl proves too much? Will she push away her dream of a happily ever after?

Whichever decisions she makes, Drew has the unwavering, continued love and support of her two best friends and therapist. Together they provide a strong support network and help Drew face her demons head on, giving her the courage to survive all that life throws at her.

I absolutely loved this book. All the characters are well developed and the plot is exciting, believeable and pulls on your emotions.
You are left thinking “what next?” and this urges you to read on and stops you being able to put the book down.

The author cleverly delves into Drew’s destructive past using numerous flashback episodes – I really enjoyed this aspect of the book.

The flashbacks Drew experiences are quite shocking, and as a reader, you are transported back to the moment Drew is actually going through the
event. This adds a whole different dept to the story.
As the reader, I found myself in the moment with Drew, feeling what she felt, and then immediately after, once out of the flashback, you witness how the event has affected Drew’s life.

You really “get to know” Drew on every level, and can see just how strong a person she is to have survived everything that she has – even if she can not see this herself.

I really recommend this story. It is well written, real and believable.


~ Meet the Author ~

B.L. Mooney started writing when the voices and storylines in her head ran out of room. They were getting too cramped and neither B.L. nor the characters could take it anymore, so she did the only thing she could do—she made room. She always knew she wanted to write, but vowed to make time for it later. Now that she’s made time for writing, most everything else falls to the wayside. That seems to suit the characters that keep popping up just fine. B.L. lives in the Midwest and her other talents include in-demand cookies, a very dry sense of humor, and stealth eavesdropping. Some mannerisms, attitudes, or twists come from random sentences picked up while passing by strangers. So speak up the next time you have something to gossip about. You never know, it may just end up on the pages of the next book you read.

~ You can follow Ms Mooney on the following sites ~

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Author spotlight – Samantha Fontien – How To Catch Butterflies


The time has come to finally introduce Samantha Fontien’s brand new book, How To Catch Butterflies, and  boy are you in for a treat!
Prepare yourself for an emotional roller coaster of up and downs as you join Rebecca and her best friend Lucy on a whirlwind adventure that is life, and boy do these girls know how to live!!


Book blurb ~

For 7 years Career girl Rebecca Keane had been stuck in an abusive relationship with David Rosenberg. Until one night, fate intervenes enforcing the strong minded Lucy Watters her long lost best friend, back into her life.
Will David Rosenberg let her go?
Together the two friends will embark on a journey of self discovery. Can they learn to trust or love again? Or will career’s and life get in the way.
Can Rebecca and Lucy learn how to spread their wings and fly? Or will they fall into one of the men’s nets, and be caught forever?
Join these two London girls on their international journey of love in the first part of a series of Butterflies books, because ‘Girls should be pretty to see but hard to catch’.


Simone’s Review ~

This is the story of Rebecca, a beautiful, clever young woman who settled down very young and convinced herself life was perfect.
However Rebecca suffers domestic violence at the hands of her fiancé of 7 years, David. He grinds her down and alienates her from her friends, until one evening, he takes things too far….

With the help of her equally beautiful, sassy best friend Lucy, Rebecca turns her life around. She finds the strength to leave her life and move on from David. She learns how to live, have fun and find herself again.

The story is set in London, with both women having very successful careers, and all the luxuries that come with such a lifestyle. They work hard and play hard.
Along the way, both girls find love and break hearts, and they do both with class and style.

The men in the story are all (bar one horrible exception- David) likeable in their own way. They each have their own positives and negatives, and they fall under the spell of the young women immediately.
Both Rebecca and Lucy each have two of the men fighting, at times physically, over them: Rebecca is loved by Jason, who has watched her from the sidelines for years, but she catches the eye of the successful, handsome “man-whore” Jackson. Who will she choose? Lucy is worshipped by the wealthy George, but catches the curiosity of Christopher each time she runs out on him- who will manage to win her over?
These choices the women make will shape all of their lives.

I loved this story.
And then when I realised it was based on real-life people and events- I loved it even more.
The story is genuine and believable, and it shows how with love and support, a person can come back from a very dark place, and can come back in such a brilliant, positive successful way. Very inspiring.
The characters are believable, with their own individualities, flaws and issues. They are likeable with strong personalities- each character so different from the others.

I loved the freshness of a story having two very beautiful, career driven, successful young women take the lead. These two women take no rubbish from men, and set their own rules firmly in place. They are not fazed or halted, even by high flying, successful men- men who are used to getting their own way, especially with women.

**I loved the “smut” also… 😉
And there is quite a bit of smut to be enjoyed…!**

The plot is well developed, with places and scenarios described in great detail. Outfits, buildings and situations all come to life as there is so much detail put into describing them.
There is an added depth also, with there being a playlist of songs to accompany each chapter. The music really takes you into the story, into that characters life at that moment in time.
Again- brilliant.

I really can’t wait for the next instalment. I want more! I need to know what happens next and to find out which of the men the women’s futures are bound to.



A sneak peek at Chapter 26 😉

It was then her phone started to ring, with her free hand she fished for the phone in her huge Bag, which doubled as her briefcase.
“Rebecca Keane well I never, Glad your home…. Did you miss me?”
Said the voice at the other end of the phone,
“Open the door”.
She was still moving to the tune, smiling to herself as she shimmied to the door. Don’t ask her why she did what she was told; she probably would have blamed it on the jetlag.
Upon opening the door, was her voice at the other end of her phone.
His eyes lit up at the sight of her, a smile forming on his hansom face as their gazes met. They continued to talk on their devices. He was standing there, one arm extended leaning against the door join.
He was wearing a formal separate suit jacket with jeans and a simple fitted white T. Around his neck, a cashmere scarf which hung loosely over the lapels of his jacket.

He looked gorgeous, as soon as she saw him as her heart started to pound. She could see his biceps through the outline of the fitted jacket. She wanted him, she could feel the ache within her grow.

He still spoke into his phone toying with her.

“Come here”, he smiled at her with his come to bed eyes that burned right through her.

Mocking him she spoke.

“Uh uh, if you want me, you come here” as she pointed to the ground before her.

She looked back at him, defiantly. Jackson didn’t have to be told twice as he moved towards her, sweeping her off her feet. His mouth firmly planted on hers.

“So Jackson, have you been a good boy while I’ve been away?” she asked
“I Rebecca, have been a very good boy, while you were away. Its’s been a long 2 weeks believe me. I want you as the song say’s ‘Right here Right now’” his lips caressing her neck tenderly.

“Do you know how much I’ve missed you?”

He pulled her hand down towards the bulge in his trousers. She laughed

“Are you sure”

She gave him a little squeeze. She could feel the need in him,

“Then let’s see how much”.

Rebecca grabbed Jackson’s scarf, pulling him in the direction of her bedroom.


Nicola’s Review ~

Samantha was onto a winner with this book just with the front cover, I love butterflies, lol.
But this book is nothing like I anything I have ever read, made all the more fabulous by the fact that it’s also based on real life events. It had me laughing, crying and also asking how the freakin hell do I get a life like this……… But I only wan the good bits, the clothes, the job, the men 😉 shallow I know but you’ll also want these things once you read it!

Right back to the smut……. I mean book…….. It begins with poor Rebecca, stuck in a dead end relationship with “shithead” David, who if I’m honest I wanted really REALLY bad things to happen to him! After the final straw that leaves her black and blue enough is enough, Rebecca decides its time for changes and with the help or her lovely and very sassy friend, Lucy, Rebecca turns her life around….. And for the better!
These girls live the life, high earning jobs, and guys that fall over backwards to be with them.

The characters are very believable, and the events that happen in these people’s lives, OMG, you couldn’t make it up!
Lucy has to be my favourite character, she’s confident, sassy and takes no crap….. From anyone! She had me in stitches with some of the things she got up to.
As for Rebecca, I’m sorry Samantha but the whole Jason thing, I wanted to slap her!! Talk about stabbing a guy in the heart 😦
Now for the guys *dreamy look crosses my face* where do we start?
Jason ~ I love him (Beverly Hollowed I WILL fight you for him!) broke my heart with the things that happened, I cried…. No scratch that….. I sobbed into my pillow 😥
George ~ truth will out…… But talk about putting your foot in it…. Typical bloke!
Jackson ~ The “man whore” now this guy is growing on me, time will tell.
Chris ~ the guy with the massive c**k! Lucy’s words not mine…… But if I can have his number 😉
Did I cover everyone? Maybe….. maybe not.

To sum it up, Samantha you did good girl, this book kept me VERY entertained. I laughed, I cried, I “OMFG what were you thinking?” And I did a whole lot of messaging to Samantha while I read, for explanations.
If book 1 is anything to go by then book 2 should be a blast! I shall be forcing this book on all my smut loving girlies as I know they will enjoy it very much, I fact after these reviews they may even rip my arm off for it!!


After reading all that do you want a teaser? Of course you do…….

Chapter 5 ~
When she came down there was Jason air drumming to ‘The Chain’, she laughed to herself he obviously had not expected her down so soon, but he’d forgotten, that it was a perfectly normal Jason thing he done in front of her so many times before. She loved that about him that he was passionate about everything he done, that was Jason through and through.

‘God she really had made a bad choice many years’ ago she thought looking at the Adonis wrapped in a towel before her….

As the well known guitar rift (used for Formula 1 racing) started to charge the air it must have spurred Jason into walking over to Rebecca, he pulled her to him whispering in her ear “ Bec’s you made the wrong choice years ago…..make the right choice now….choose me”…. he begged, ….their eye’s then met…as did their lips….

Jason could feel Rebecca’s soft silky body against him.

Naturally, he went hard, she felt his arousal as she turned her back into him, pressing against him, reciprocating his advances, as he ran his hand down her thigh slowly.

She pressed closer against him as her arm encircled the back of his neck pulling him to her.

Jason moved his hand up her thigh again his fingers gliding, teasing as they trailed to her awaiting pert ni**les.


And we can’t leave sassy Lucy out 😉

Lucy & George

He loved his kitchen and he loved to cook, especially for her she wasn’t in to all the fancy restaurants and he had prepared dinner earlier while waiting for her to finish work. When she entered the kitchen ‘Dark side of the Moon ’was playing on the docking station that was set into the huge seamless island, he had stripped and was only wearing an apron standing at the cooker “I’m doing Shepherd’s Pie “(it was her favorite) his back was turned to her exposing his firm tight tanned arse, he always sunbathed naked on his Yacht moored in Cannes. “Oye Cheeky” she said slapping his firm buttocks “Oh yes… please May I have another “he said. She slapped him again “Another” he said looking over his shoulder at her “Another”.

Hope your all ok after reading that….. If not grab a quick COLD shower and we will give you the links for following Samantha and that all important GIVEAWAY!!


Facebook ~ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Samantha-Fontien/334598369990293
Twitter ~ https://mobile.twitter.com/SamanthaFontien
Goodreads ~ http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17448311-how-to-catch-butterflies?ac=1

That all important giveaway link ~

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We would like to take this opportunity to thank Kristy at Book Addict Mumma https://www.facebook.com/BookAddictMumma for her hard work on organising the blog tour and to Samantha for letting us review and snoop into her life 🙂

~Simone and Nicola~

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A Thousand Tiny Cracks


A Thousand Tiny Cracks by Stella Maddox
Reviewed by Crystal

After looking through possible books to review, I chose this one and I’m so glad that I did.  I really, really enjoyed it.  I felt like it was written in such a beautiful way to show the devastating emotions Stella was facing.  I was first intrigued about the book after reading the synopsis and I was hooked from the beginning.  There are emotions and feelings in the book that I think most people, especially women, can relate to.  Especially in a less than perfect world, and let’s face it, most of us are in a less than perfect world.  Stella’s personal reflections on how she lives, how her life ended up, choices she made and ultimately the potential circumstances surrounding those choices made for a very, very good read.  I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a read about how life sometimes goes awry.


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Life is a Balance


LIfe Is a Balanceby Philip Nork
Reviewed by Emma

A follow on from Misguided Sensitivity this second book about Phil’s “Life Lessons” will leave you feeling sad, happy, dark and light, sometimes all at the same time.

Although abruptly honest yet still amusing in places, this book is written in such an uncomplicated way that it allows the reader to find certain empathy, even when Phil’s “Journey” takes him to darker times, and places.

Another excellently written book that I would happily recommend to anyone, purely on the basis that I truly believe anyone can take a piece of this story and use it in their own lives.

Plus, everyone likes a happy ending.



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Peaceful Meadows


Peaceful Meadows by Tracey Madeley
Reviewed by Simone

Initially I thought “Peaceful Meadows” wouldn’t be a story I would enjoy. I found the initial few chapters of the story quite slow and difficult to “get into”. At times, the layout made the story difficult to grasp, but I didn’t let this put me off and I’m now very glad I didn’t!

The story explores the day to day difficulties facing a family, in particular the two brothers, and their struggle with life, love & university after the loss of their mother.
One brother finds love and an alternative way of living to his norm, within a self sufficient “hippy” commune.

“Peaceful Meadows” explores this alternative lifestyle to society’s expectations in a really positive way. It makes you think about the everyday struggles we all face and gives you opportunity to question them – are these things really as important as we make them out to be?

The characters are well developed and the plot flows quite easily. The book doesn’t really bring around many surprises, but you feel like you know where the plot is heading fairly early on. I felt I knew what the characters personalities would be like and what they would bring to the story almost as soon as they were introduced.
This then made me eager to pick the book up again once I had put it down because I wanted to find out if what I believed should happen, actually did happen.
Would the characters get their happy endings?
Would the “villain” be brought to justice?

If you like a fairly uncomplicated read with a nice conclusion then defiantly give “Peaceful Meadows” a read!


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