Reds Review: First Kiss by Luna Lopez

What happens if taking that first kiss ruins everything they have? What if that first kiss makes everything better?

First Kiss: A Lesbian Short StoryFirst Kiss: A Lesbian Short Story by Luna Lopez

Have you ever started reading a book just knowing in your heart how the story will end?
Well, you might not get the outcome you expected when reading First Kiss. I know I didn’t.

Luna Lopez has written a sweet short story that touched my heart and made me think about love.

First Kiss is a story of two women but let’s back up. It’s a story of two people. Two people who have been friends for a long time and now see their friendship could be more. That’s a pretty risky thing to do regardless of their gender.

What happens if taking that first kiss ruins everything they have?
What if it ends the special connection which has grown over the years?
What if that first kiss makes everything better?
Does the fact these two people are women create other complications?

Will there be acceptance or rejection? First they must accept or reject the idea of more than friends themselves. How will their decision be accepted or rejected by family and friends?

Is the risk of losing it all worth taking a chance on love?

These were the questions and thoughts running through my mind while reading and even after I closed the book. I thought about how Ms. Lopez told this story and all of the ways it could have ended. I looked inside myself and tried to see all sides of this story. Like I said at the start, it touched my heart.

No spoilers in my review. You will have to read it yourself to find out more.

I am looking forward to reading Ms. Lopez’s debut novel, Where the Heart Lies.

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FIRST KISS By Luna Lopez
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💛Blurb
Kara and Yasmeen have been best friends since high school.
Now in their early twenties, they’re as radically different to one another in personality as they’ve always been.
Both have overcome the loss of their respective mothers, in albeit different circumstances which helped cement the bond between them.
Kara is a working class, out and proud lesbian, while Yasmeen is a spoiled, yet dutiful middle class Muslim on the verge of an arranged marriage.
Realizing Kara is the girl for her, Yasmeen is hell bent on living the life she wants, even if that means going against her fathers wishes.
Kara doesn’t need a declaration of love and is happy to remain on the sidelines, but Yasmeen will do whatever it takes to be with the one she loves.

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Debut Author: Luna Lopez

Is their relationship a meeting of souls destined to be together, or is the thrill of forbidden love the only driving force? – Where My Heart Lies by Luna Lopez

I love that I am able to share new books and authors with you. I’d like to introduce you to Luna Lopez. Her debut book is scheduled to release on March 29, 2019.

Click here to preorder from Amazon : Where My Heart Lies by Luna Lopez

The Redhead’s Book Blog is anxious to read Ms. Lopez’s book and hopefully learn a bit more about her as a new author in the future.

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WHERE MY HEART LIES
by Luna Lopez

Pre-order Link – http://mybook.to/LLheartlies

Releasing on 29th March 2019.
On eBook and Paperback

🌹 Blurb

Willow Olivia Walker is a newly single university student heading home for the summer holidays.

Initially dismayed to discover her parents have hired the beautiful Georgia as a live-in nanny for her two younger sisters, she treats her with contempt, but upon further reflection, finds a kindred spirit.

Discovered by her over-bearing mother in flagrante with Georgia, she packs her bags and returns to Cambridge, intent on spending the summer preparing for the academic year ahead.

Professor Francesca Marten is at a crossroads in her own life.

Married for twenty years and mother to two children, Francesca had buried a part of herself, deep inside, that is now fighting to come to the forefront.

A chance meeting between Willow and Francesca is the start of a relationship that extends beyond the confines of student and teacher.

In Francesca, Willow sees a lover who knows what she wants, but for Francesca, Willow is the epitome of the young, carefree girl she left behind twenty years ago.

Is their relationship a meeting of souls destined to be together, or is the thrill of forbidden love the only driving force?

 

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💞 Finding Melodie By Laura Rossi 💞

We’ve never even spoken to each other, but then one day he walks up to me and…

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🎶Blurb

My name is Melodie and I’m in love with a guy, but he doesn’t know.

He walks by every day, I catch him staring, listening to me sing and play my guitar. I don’t even know his name.

Crazy I know but I can’t stop thinking about Office Guy. That’s what I secretly call him, Office Guy.

We’ve never even spoken to each other, but then one day he walks up to me and…

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Red’s Author Chit Chat with Kimberley O’Malley

Thanks Ms. Kimberley O’Malley for being a good sport and letting me test out my interviewing skills on you. Like I said the Redhead does things her way. I hope you and everyone reading learned a little bit about you and smiled a lot.

Hi Kim. I feel like we are old friends so I hope its ok to call you Kim. Thank you for agreeing to chat with me today. You are my first author interview so please be patient. Most of my members know that I am the crazy redhead with nothing but the best of intentions. With that said I have no idea what I am doing. I am just making it up as I go along.

Let’s get started. I see that you currently write contemporary but may branch out to other genres. That sounds like a lot of fun to stretch your creative mind.

So I am going through the interview form I asked you to fill out and I am blown away. When did you figure out time travel? I see you started writing in 2092. Is this a secret or can you share your travel plans with us? I would love to be able to see what the future holds, like get the lotto numbers and…..

Oh, that was a typo. I feel so silly. OK, So you started writing in 2002. Although that’s not quiet as exciting as the time travel spin it is still very interesting.

1) Do you have a favorite book that you have written?

Kim: Coming Home is my first and favorite because I wrote in 2002 while waiting to adopt our daughter from Russia. It saved my sanity.
2) How about a favorite character from your books?

Kim: I really like all my characters. They’re like my children in a way. I love Katie from Taking Chances. You would too. She’s a feisty red head!

A feisty red head? You are a genius.

3) Do you have a specific way you choose the characters names?

Kim: I use names that I like. Ones I hear and think I’ll use that…

Ever consider using Red??? Just asking for a friend. 

4) What is your favorite part of being a published author?

Kim: When a stranger tells me they’ve read my book. I write because I have stories to tell. The fact that someone not related to me chooses to read them? That blows my mind.

5) Where is the strangest place you had a book or character idea come to you?

Kim: Not so much a strange place as time. I’m wrapping up my first series this year and starting the next one in 2019. Then a friend mentioned wanting to write a cozy mystery…and I’m off!

6) I am sure you dont sit with a timer but if you had to guess how long does it take for you to write a book? 

Kim: Not really sure.. 15 years for the first one. I’m getting better! I’ve released 4 in 13 months!

You are on a roll! Go Kim! Go Kim!

7) Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Kim: I read everything, even though they say not to. They are what they are. I try to learn from bad ones. I treasure the good ones!!

8) What do you do what you suffer from writer’s block?

Kim: Hasn’t happened thankfully. My issue is more about never having enough time.

Crap, I hope I didn’t jinx you. No writers block, no writers block. There that should work. 

9) Which of your books do you wish more readers were aware of?

Kim: All. Of. Them! 

GREAT ANSWER. I WILL GET TO ALL OF YOUR BUY LINKS SOON!

10) Did you have a mentor when you started?

Kim: Yes’m the lovely Jeni Burns, who is now my editor.

Shout out to Jeni Burns!!!

11) What advice would you give an aspiring author?

Kim: Write the book! Don’t give into self-doubt. Just write it. Then spend the money wisely. Use an editor. Have a cover designed.

12) What can we expect from you in the future?

Kim: Book 5 in my series will be released this fall

The Crowd goes wild!!!!

13) Tell us something fun. Anything that can make us smile or giggle. Life is too short, lets spread some smiles around.

Kim: I’m obsessed with Candy Crush!

Ok, just a thought, if you are looking for some more time to write delete Candy Crush from your phone. I am just looking out for your fans that don’t want to wait for your new books. xoxo

Anything else you would like to share?

Kim: Thank you for this fabulous opportunity!!!

Thanks Ms. Kimberley O’Malley for being a good sport and letting me test out my interviewing skills on you. Like I said the Redhead does things her way. I hope you and everyone reading learned a little bit about you and smiled a lot.

~Red xoxo

Oh and heres some more good stuff. Kim’s first book and a little bit about her.

Coming Home (Windsor Falls Book 1) by [O'Malley, Kimberley]Coming Home (Windsor Falls Book 1) Amazon Link https://amzn.to/2PCrZVx

Dr. Elizabeth Abbott Fitzgerald has spent the last ten years of her life running; from tragedy, from family, from love. But now her mother’s failing health calls her home to Windsor Falls, North Carolina; to the place where her past awaits. Sam Bishop can’t believe his eyes when the love of his life returns after ten long years. All he wants is to clear his conscience and get back the family he lost when Connor, his best friend and Elizabeth’s husband died tragically. Could it really be true that time heals all wounds?

About the Author

Kimberley O’Malley is a transplant to Charlotte, North Carolina from the frozen North. She is learning to say y’all but draws the line at sweet tea. Sarcasm is an art form in her world. When not writing, she is a full-time nurse and part-time soccer Mom, but not necessarily in that order. She shares her life with an amazing husband of more than twenty years, two teenagers, and one very sweet Shetland Sheepdog, Molly.
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Red’s Author Chit Chat with Isobelle Cate

I wish readers were more aware of the Second Chances series – my steamy contemporary romance series.

Today we are here with Isobelle Cate. Thanks for stopping by to chat. Let’s get starts.

1) Tell us what genre you write and when did you start writing.

Isobelle: Paranormal and Contemporary Romance. I began writing when I was still in high school but became a published writer in 2013

2) Do you have a favorite book that you have written?

Isobelle: Gosh this is a tough one. Ha! Paranormal, I’d probably say My Haven, My Midnight (Book 5 of the Cynn Cruor Bloodline series), and Take all of Me (Book 3 of the Second Chances series). They’re my favorites because the characters are placed through the wringer. It’s about sacrifices, and secrets that can make or break a relationship and the protagonists have to go through inner and outer conflicts and come out stronger than they were before.

Red: Those sound amazing. Reds review team have read several of these. Their reviews will be listed at the bottom of this interview.

3) How about a favorite character from your books? Do you have a specific way you choose the characters names?

Isobelle: Female character would probably be Amaryllis Hart from My Have, My Midnight. Male character would probably be Zac McBain from Midnight’s Fate (his story isn’t over yet! 😉 As for their names, I look for the oldest Scottish male and female names since my paranormal romances involve vampire/wolfen hybrids who trace their origins in Scotland. At times, the names just come to me full-blown like Amaryllis’ or Eirene Spence’s name. Eirene is the heroine from Rapture at Midnight.

Red: Eirene is so original. I don’t think I have ever seen it on a book I have read before.

4) What is your favorite part of being a published author?

Isobelle: That I’m able to write stories that readers will love and get to engage with readers when I can.

Red: It must be amazing to see your words come together and then have other read it.

5) Where is the strangest place you had a book or character idea come to you? Continue reading “Red’s Author Chit Chat with Isobelle Cate”

The Playbook by Maggie Jane Schuler

I have no doubt the desire to solve the puzzle within this book will keep you turning pages- The Redheads Review

The Playbook

The Playbook by Maggie Jane Schuler
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Reds Review


The Playbook picks up right where Up to Bat ended. We were left wondering what will happen with Sam. All of the questions you asked and waited anxiously to know the answers to are revealed but not everything will be as you expect. Maggie Jane Schuler does an amazing job of keeping the readers on their toes in this romantic suspense filled book.

I fell in love with Blake and Sam while reading book 1. I can relate to Sam’s innocence and instant love for Blake. My whole heart wants them to find their HEA. Their whirlwind romance compounded by the stress and drama surrounding the pair made me read on and on into the night just waiting to see who is responsible for the chaos. Who is causing the problems which seems to be following Sam where ever she goes?

My favorite part of this entire series is the relationship Sam has with her late brother, Mitch. Mitch was killed on 9/11 but he is still a strong presence in Sam’s life. Their time around the baseball field in Sam’s dreams aids in painting the picture the author is laying before you. The admiration Sam has for her big brother shines through even the darkest times. His guidance in those dreams helps piece together the story and understand Sam’s way of thinking.

I have no doubt the desire to solve the puzzle within this book will keep you turning pages.

Amazing ending to The Diamond Series. I can’t wait to read more from Maggie Jane Schuler.


The Playbook Book 2 in The Diamond Series by Maggie Jane Schuler

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Things aren’t always what they seem… Continue reading “The Playbook by Maggie Jane Schuler”

Red’s Author Chit Chat with Joz Maxel

My Absolution by Joz Maxel
Have you ever loved a woman with your heart and soul, just to watch her slip away?
I had her.
I broke her.
I left a piece of me behind.
My best friend put her back together.
Cherished her.
Loved her the way she deserved.
My time for absolution has come.
And I’ll stop at nothing until I get it.
Now I’ll have to fight my way back to what I left behind.

It’s time to share another Red’s recommended author with you. Joz Maxel’s books were introduced to me when I first started my blog in January 2018. I have became a fan instantly. Let’s find out a bit more about Joz.

Hi Joz, Thanks for agreeing to stop by today. Let’s start with what Genre you write.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

1) When did you start writing ?

Joz: October of 2016

Red: Wow not too long ago. I’m glad I was able to find you. You know I love My Absolution. I have fangirled over you for the past year.

2) Do you have a favorite book that you have written?

Joz: Probably My Absolution because it was to prove to myself I could do it…and I did. And people actually like it.

Red: I am so glad you wrote it! LOVE THAT BOOK!

3) How about a favorite character from your books?

Joz: I don’t have a favourite because I love them all.

Red: OK, I will let that answer slide. It’s a good thing I love you or I would make you choose.

4) Do you have a specific way you choose the characters names?

Joz: Names are from characters in my favourite movies and kids’ names are usually what I had in the running to name my kids.

Red: What a great way to use those favorite names. I always wanted a girl name Aurora Rose. I have 4 sons. Aurora would not have worked for them. Maybe if I ever write a book I can use it.

4) What is your favorite part of being a published author?

Joz: Interacting with people all over the world.

Red: Like me.

5) Where is the strangest place you had a book or character idea come to you? Continue reading “Red’s Author Chit Chat with Joz Maxel”