Do I LOVE to read? Yes I do! Addictively, I feast on books. At least four or five a week. I read well over three hundred or so books a year. As I polish off one book after the other I hit upon some that rise up and become embedded in my physical being. These books I call my All Nighters. In the world of stars they would consist of 4 to 5 star books.
Here, on this page I will highlight, spotlight, and recommend any book that has caused an All Night reading obsession. These are few, but in my humble opinion, as great as they come. Most of what I scour through are Indie Authors, the undiscovered, or slightly discovered writers that have talent seeping from their very pores.
I will not bring out the negative, that is not what these reviews are about. Here is a little tid bit about me, I am a youtube girl I find all my music muses there. My playlists all reside there as well, I’m constantly searching for new voices, new tunes, talent and beats (just as I do in reading books). Now, when I come across something that is not to my liking I move on to the next. There are comment boxes below but I never complain or criticize. And here’s why, life is too short to sit down and write paragraph after paragraph of degradation. The time that it takes to put forth that type of negative effort I could have discovered the next best thing.
I am always on a journey, looking for my demons, and lovers, my friends and unforgettable moments that await me within the world of words. Here is where I live, either consuming or creating my own tales of bliss or broken hearts.
Welcome to my page that I call The All Nighter.
by Melanie Harlow
Have you ever been hijacked on the open seas by a book? I think I’ve just been drafted by the open oceans, drowned by waves of words and plummeted into 1923. I’ve never been one to read historical romances, I’ve never dared to pick one up, but the Speak Easy cover made me stop, made me look, and buy the book. And it was then I was hit with this raging storm of pure excitement and suspense and all I could do was cling desperately to my kindle.
I never believed in time travel until I started reading this book. I was quickly immersed into the story so deeply that I can still smell the cigarette smoke and whiskey mingling with perfume at Club 23. When someone says Historical Romance I turn and run the other way, but oh my God, the first page of this book grabbed me tightly by the wrist and said, “Follow me, Doll.” And without another word I jumped in and sat down next to Tiny, watching everything right over her shoulder. Her life and her love is as alive as anything I’ve ever read. I forgot I was reading words and sentences, chapters and dialogue. I was there with them, and their story is now embedded in me so deeply I almost wonder if it wasn’t some distance memory from a past life of my own. Thank you Melanie Harlow, I am now a true fan of yours. I just bought all of your books!
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Book blurb –
Became a tech billionaire by his twentieth birthday. Has been in a relationship with me for 3 years. Has proposed 4 times. Been rejected 4 times.
Cuts grass when he’s not banging housewives. Good with his hands, his mouth, and his body. Has been pursued relentlessly by me for almost 2 years, whether he knows it or not.
Go ahead. Judge me. You have no idea what my love entails.
If you think you’ve heard this story before, trust me – you haven’t.
**This is a STANDALONE full-length novel. It is not part of a series, and does not contain a cliffhanger.**
My review …
I read a lot of books, not as much as I used to, but when I stumble across one that makes me feel every human emotion possible…I am addicted. I thrive for the next page and the next page and the next trying desperately to unravel the story. I felt as if I was sitting in a vintage black and white movie theater and the scenes played out so luminously, so methodically that the story reveals something absolutely breathtaking. A love story. A love story that I had never read before, never heard before, never dreamed of or even mused the very idea. Because, simply put, this story is Epic. We read because we want to be taken on a journey, a break from the mundane. You want something unpredictable, something that will haunt you for days on end? Well…this, this is a tale no one should miss out on! Black Lies by Alessandra Torre has my vote for the best book for 2014.
In The Stillness
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Book blurb –
Natalie is a wife.
Natalie is a mother
Natalie is a cutter.
Clawing at walls built by resentment, regret, and guilt, Natalie cuts as an escape from a life she never planned.
Staying present is only possible when you let go of the past. But, what if the past won’t let go of you?
** 5% of the proceeds of this novel will go to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans **
My review... Where do I even begin? It has taken me several weeks to flesh this one out of my internal thoughts. I have to say, I have never read anything like this. It’s so raw, so real, and I could practically feel what Natalie was going through in this story. In reading this I learned a great deal about someone trying to cope with their life by ways of cutting, A way to release some of the pain and anguish held deep inside. I learned about losing someone you love to the after effects of war when they arrive home. There were so many emotions that surfaced within this story, I felt compelled to to keep reading until I hit the last page. I had to know how it would all turn out, and yes, it was definitely an all nighter for me.
A very close friend of mine asked me recently, “Why is it that everyone seems to enjoy reading such sad stories?” Well, in my opinion, it’s about the journey each one of us takes. The hardest, most unimaginable circumstances arise (some we may never personally experience) and live through these characters by reading these stories. The hope, the love, the support, and most of all the second chances. There is a lot of layers within this book and each character evolves throughout the novel, some for the good and some not so much. I cheered, cried, screamed and laughed throughout this one, much to the dismay of my sleeping husband. We are all broken in some way, it’s how we take love and keep each other together that counts.
This just came out this summer
And here is my review,
|I am totally fascinated with novels that reach inside me and stir up my emotions. Bringing flashes of my own past into focus again. The loves, the loss, the trials that have formed me into the being that I am.These novels are rare, gems buried in the depths of electronic words and hidden, not intentionally, but obscured by the endless supply of predicable works that cause me to fall asleep prematurely.Where I End and You Begin kept me up until 4 am in the morning. I was once told that a great author always leaves a piece of their heart and soul in their novels. I feel after finishing this book that I left a piece of my own soul scattered on the pages along with the heroine.|
I want to rant over how many parts of this novel I highlighted and how the tears flowed openly over heart-touching moments and some that almost ripped me to shreds. Not everyone will be able to appreciate and love this book as I do, although everyone should have the pleasure of reading this one.
Andra Brynn wrote something here that is more than a story, a ride, or an adventure. She confessed, released, and purged into the story a distinguished and enduring creation that is timeless.
I love stories that opens your soul and then clings to your heart… this one will haunt me for years to come.
So, as a published author myself, I do not approach such a dark threshold. I have admiration for any author that does so. Andra Brynn, consider this a Standing Ovation, Bravo!!!
The link where you can purchase it on Amazon