Author Archives for Isabel Jolie

Lake Life & Curveballs

September 9, 2020 11:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The last couple of weeks closing out summer arrived with a curveball emailed in by AMS ads (for those that don't know, that's Amazon).  They said that my cover was too sexually explicit. As a reminder, this is (or was) the cover: Mind: Blown. It kind of made me feel like they needed to take a handheld tour of their own site, because comparatively speaking, this is what I call mild. And as I pointed out when I lobbed a dispute, she's wearing polka dot leggings. POLKA DOT. She's not wearing thigh highs (and some people ARE on covers in their store). At this point, I'm kind of waiting to see what else can possibly go wrong on this little trek to release day. There's been other blood pressure raising hiccups, but the cover is one that's easy to point to and explain. We (meaning my husband) tested a new cover on Facebook ads and it performed better than the above, so maybe it's all shaking out the way it's supposed to.  Reviews are beginning to roll in and so far it's all good! Here on our little lake, the humidity isn't quite so high. The leaves remain a solid... View Article

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Life, Review & ARC News

August 18, 2020 11:58 am Published by Leave your thoughts kids return to school. Normally I'd post happy pics (me possibly happier than them) holding a sign with their grade and age, both at home and in front of the school. But this year, right after a breakfast of champs, we have to do temp checks and double-check they have masks. Who'd have ever thought we'd have to do that??? I'm nervous. Filled with self-doubt. Maybe I shouldn't be taking this risk. The what-if scenarios run rampant. It's a just-breathe-and-push-forward moment. I suppose it's similar to when I watched my tiny kindergartener board the yellow bus for the first time. Similar but different. That's not the only thing that has my nerves flaring. Reviews are starting to come in on Lost on the Way. This is the part of writing that, I'll be's the worst. Waiting to see if someone likes what you've written. I mean, I have beta readers and editors who I hope would tell me if it needed work. But, publishing is putting a piece of yourself out there. And as an introvert, I'd rather pull a paper bag over my head and hide in a closet. Good news though.....first review came in from Brandie DeRusha,... View Article

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Lost on the Way

July 31, 2020 12:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Yes! The cover is here! And, for those who received the August newsletter, you might have noticed this cover isn't like EITHER of the ones I polled. (Thanks for responding to that poll, by the way, if you did). Well, here's the story behind that. You see, finding good photos for a cover is trickier than you might think. I was beyond frustrated, after spending HOURS going through cheesy ass photos when my husband told me it's not that hard. Then, he sent me the photo that you see on the right. I LOVED it. So happy! I ask where he got it and if I can use it. He texts back "Of course you can use it." Then, it turns out, he MEANT to text, "you CAN'T use it." See what a bad typo that is??? He found it on a photographer's site, India Earl. I wrote to her and didn't hear back. She's a wedding and special events photographer. Book covers aren't even on her radar, although she's so incredibly talented they should be. So, alas, I gave up and went back to the drawing board. My good friend Sarah volunteered to help me search the stock photo... View Article

The August Scoop

July 31, 2020 12:16 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

We dropped our kids off for a two-week overnight camp. Kind of a big deal these days. Two weeks quarantine before the camp and required temperature checks seven days before the start of camp and all kinds of forms. But we did it. Why you might ask? Why would we take the risk? Well, for one, our youngest girl LOVES camp. With passion. And, our older daughter's summer plans were canceled by COVID, and she decided she wanted to go check out this camp her little sister loves so much, and at thirteen, she's kind of getting to that age where she *might* age out of camp soon. Then, there's also the fact they've been rotting their brains on electronics for a ton of the summer since we've been laying low and not doing so much. At the end of the day, did we do the right thing? I don't know. I think we did the right thing for us, and that's all we really can do, right? One thing I've noticed since they've been gone: The house is quiet. So quiet. On the bright side, and there's always a bright side, it's allowed me to jam on work. I'm... View Article

The Lineup Book Review

The Lineup by Meghan Quinn

December 8, 2019 9:58 pm Published by 1 Comment

Meghan Quinn delivers a laugh out loud rom-com with The Lineup. Jason, the baseball player perfectly illustrated on the book cover, is one of those characters you'll remember. The character role reversal threw me at first, but once I got into it, I became a Jason fan. By "role reversal" I'm referring to the fact that Jason has a whole lot of stereotypical woman in him. He's emotional, cries easily, loves to talk about his feelings, loves to cook, cares about the presentation of said food. Then there's Dottie, his sort of opposite. She's a no tear, has her own chef, all about work kind of lady. I've definitely read many romance novels where she's the hero to a T. She might be a bit difficult to like, except her long-time besties help to round out those soft edges and we see the heart underneath the shell.  One thing about Jason. That cover image with the hair and necklace is spot on. And that towel image! So many times in the book we hear about THE towel photo. And, I do love it when the book cover plays out on something in the book, and especially when it nails my image of... View Article

Kiss Me With Lies Book Review

Kiss Me With Lies by S.M. Soto

December 4, 2019 8:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Gripping, suspenseful page turner with one helluva cliffhanger, Kiss Me With Lies will leave you punching the pre-order button for the sequel, Bury Me With Lies. S.M. Soto leaves readers on the edge in this duet. Yes, it's a suspense. But there is a love story in here. A sexy, scintillating, pussy clenching love story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Bad boy billionaire Sebastian, or Baz for those he likes, comes across as cold and manipulative, but we get to see his POV and there're a good guy in there. A good guy who's also a master in the bedroom. And he falls for Mackenzie, a girl from his past he doesn't recognize. After her sister's murder, her life falls apart to some degree. Nine years later, she's determine to bring her sister's killer to justice. As she searches for the truth, she falls for Baz (and who the F wouldn't?). But, we don't know everything about Baz and it's conceivable he helped to murder her sister. Spoiler Alert At the end of Kiss Me With Lies, it's not looking so good for Mackenzie and Baz, but I have confidence he's going to read that... View Article

His Royal Highness Book Review

His Royal Highness by R.S. Grey

December 1, 2019 8:27 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

R.S. Grey delivers another heartwarming, feel good romance with His Royal Highness. And, yet again, she pulls out a book cover that perfectly illustrates the hero and heroine. In this reimagination of a theme park remarkably similar to the one where a mouse reins supreme, Derek's grandfather plays the role of park architect and CEO. After buying up tons of land in Georgia on the cheap, he builds a masterpiece with a castle and princesses. Cast members strive to keep the magic alive at all cost. I just came back from Disney, the similar theme park in Florida, and I have to say, everywhere I went I kept thinking back to passages in this book. Yes, it's a bit laughable to think that, even in a small park, there's only one cast member per princess.  But, aside from a few creative licenses, R.S. Grey knows her park stuff. Whitney falls for Derek when she's nineteen and he's twenty nine. He's her mentor. Understandably, he doesn't see her in a romantic way and sort of does her a solid by ignoring an out of line email that would get her fired in a flash at most companies. She grows up in... View Article

The One Night Stand Before Christmas

The One Night Stand Before Christmas by Jana Aston

November 24, 2019 11:50 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The Reindeer Falls series is like a bowl full of red and green gumdrops. For a quick moment, your mouth is filled with sugary sweetness, then it's all gone. But, look! More are in the bowl. Reindeer Falls, a quaint, iconic tourist town, modeled after a German Christmas village, provides the snowy backdrop for insta-love and Christmas magic. Of the three Reindeer Falls Christmas books from Jana Aston, The One Night Stand Before Christmas ranks as my second favorite. Noel's one night stand with a guy, who isn't who she thought he was, is make-you-smile romantic comedy. My biggest issue with it is it's over so dang quickly, just like a single gumdrop. Teddy/Theo, a city guy with a long history of milking the cow for free, gets wrangled into a Santa suit by someone his GRANDMOTHER recommends. And that's all she wrote? We don't ever get to see his perspective, but I wish we had. He even handles her impatience for him to put a ring on it with ease. I guess his grandmother does know him best. He really did agree with her that he needed a wife. But see, here's the thing. I'm being a Grinch. Reindeer... View Article

Forget the Stars Book Review

Forget the Stars by Kelsey Kingsley

November 20, 2019 6:39 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

With Forget the Stars, Kelsey Kingsley delivers a friend to lovers romance filled with strong, memorable characters and a slow burn. Chad and Molly have been best friends since before they could crawl. They remain best friends until high school, when social pressures and different classes split them up. Molly is the quiet girl and she struggles a bit with her weight. Chad, in her eyes, was always meant to be the star. He was the popular guy in school and destined to be in a band. When Chad turns thirty though, his life isn't where he thought it would be. His girlfriend of eight years doesn't want to live with him or get married. His health is anything but ideal as he's always in pain from his "bad gut." Meanwhile, Molly's life is actually pretty good. She's come out of shell a bit, she's found a diet and exercise regime that works for her, and she sings at a local restaurant a few nights a week.  When Chad's band needs an opening act to go on tour, Chad turns to Molly. The Highlights The book is filled with strong secondary characters, but by far my favorite is Sebastian, one... View Article