Review: Pretty Perfect by Lana Sky

Perfection. It is an illusion that twenty-year-old Anya DeSotto strives to maintain.

The perfect ballerina.

The perfect daughter.

The perfect liar.

Everyone else seems fooled by the charade—but Anya isn’t prepared for the moment her perfect mask is cracked in half by someone much more adept at the art of pretending. Nearly two decades her senior, Revend Marcus, the owner of a prestigious international ballet company, has no problem with breaking Anya down to suit his own twisted idea of perfection. But when a shadow from Revend’s past looms over their futures, and Anya’s insecurities push their relationship to a violent crescendo, the resulting chaos threatens to destroy them both.

Though, sometimes, even destruction can be pretty perfect

 

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Author Spotlight: Lana Sky

Lana Sky Books

Hiya, folks! We’re super excited to present one of the most talented self-published authors we’ve come across, Lana Sky! With 5 published titles (more to come), and nearly 90k social media followers, she’s readying herself to become a household name. Our review for her latest offering, “Pretty Perfect“, will be posted in a few weeks, but for now we’d like to give you the chance to get to know her better AND win some awesome prizes!

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REVIEW: LESSON THAT TAUGHT LOVE BY G. L. THOMAS

Lesson That Taught Love by [Tomas, G.L.]

Following in his father’s footsteps, it’s been ages since Kit “Lucky” Parrish left his small town of Wheelwright, Kentucky to serve his country.

Nine years of triumph haven’t come without life-altering tours of loss, as Kit returns a different man. Determined to adjust to civilian life while coming to terms with past demons won’t be easy, but when he becomes captivated with an old classmate, his motivation changes for the better.

If only the beautiful and intelligent Rebecca “Beck” Dobson, a girl he’d never known, wasn’t plagued with her own grief and untold secrets.

Is love enough to heal them from their pain-stricken pasts?

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Review: Predestined Love by Marsha-Lee Patterson

Traveling to Italy was Maria’s way of escaping her past and beginning a new life, which she had opened to the will of God.

It was while in Italy she met the man she had asked God to bless her with, seeing that all her choices in the past had led her to being used and treated as cheap.

Her happiness was almost jeopardized when someone from her past came to claim what he thought was his.

 

 

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Better Cover = Better Sales

A few years back, after years of working and reworking a novel, I decided to publish. I had big plans for the cover. I’d use my model friend and her husband, the photographer. They lived out of state, but agreed to the plan I’d sent them—without pay! My excitement was short lived as weeks passed before I received any photos. Excuses were made and in the end, I had to come up with something on my own. At the time, I didn’t know about sites like PicMonkey or Imagur, etc. I used what I had and came up with something like this:

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FLASH.FICTION: Therapy for Serial Killers by Jada Trainor

The killer stared at the knife in her hand, and wondered how this could ever have happened. How could he have been bested… by a girl?

“Wow, you really came prepared, bucko. So bloodthirsty. I’m impressed. Definitely the guy for the job.” The young woman strolled the length of the wooden table, studying the various array of weapons and torture devices–knives, rope, cat-o’-nine tails, a metal bucket filled with water, a dirty towel draped across its handle. But the power drill with a box of six-inch screws–that was her favorite. She picked up the drill, weighing it in her hand like Shylock’s gold. “This seems fun. And all these plastic sheets–really shows your dedication. When you have a job to do, you’re committed. I like that about you.”   Continue reading

FLASH.FICTION: Vocal by Nina Brandon

No one said a word.

Not a single person would tell Emily what happened to her daughter, Aubree, the night of the twelfth. Like any other weekend, she’d dropped the girl off at her grandparent’s ranch so she could work double shifts.

Like all the other times, she spoke with them during her midday breaks. In the background, she heard her daughter laughing while holding side conversations with her cousins and other visiting friends.

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FLASH.FICTION: In the Name of Love by Valeri Beatrix

 

Pock marks covered the ceiling like festering boils. Megan tried not to stare long at any of them, less they burst and leave her covered in some foreign substance. She moved to sit on the bed, but a glimpse of the stained duvet sent her to the nearest window.

She surveyed the room. Years ago, the fleur de lis border was probably considered chic. Now, it hung like a birthday sign no one cared to take down. The paint peeled as if recovering from sunburn and left leaden flakes in odd places: atop the dusty headboard, clinging to a lampshade, and swimming in a vase of half-dead flowers.

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