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Meltdown by Tara Thompson

Meltdown-by-Tara-ThompsonNYSSA, internationally renown supermodel, is accustomed to turning heads. As a young girl, her flawless face attracted the wrong kind of attention. She escaped an abusive father and successfully navigated life’s seedy underbelly to become a runway renegade, although not without leaving her share of enemies behind. Lately she’s caught the eye of….STEVE, handsome hometown hero and soon-to-be Governor of Texas. Unfortunately he’s already married. As Steve publicly dumps his perfect, former Miss Texas wife for Hollywood’s latest ‘It’ girl, his state faces the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression. Will he be able to turn things around, or is he too embroiled in his political sex scandal? His good friend and business partner….DEMETRI, sexy hedge fund manager, is at the top of his professional game and tries to save his friend from near financial ruin. Yet he’s distracted by Steve’s new girlfriend, who just happens to be  Demetri’s old flame. Years ago, Nyssa ran from him and he’s never forgotten her. But why is he still interested? Demetri’s dating…. AISLINN, a woman as brilliant as she is beautiful. Enjoying all the perks of having a billionaire boyfriend, she’s falling fast for Demetri and has no idea that she might be the one getting played. Although she bets big on Wall Street, the largest casino in the world, nothing is more risky than giving her heart away. In this fun, juicy, glamorous novel, no one is exactly who they appear to be… And all of them are heading for a MELTDOWN. Who will rise from the ashes?
~~~The Review ~~~

I love being on vacation. Not that taking a vacation provides a great deal of change in my life. No matter where I go, I have my computer, I check Facebook, I tweet. So more than actually taking a trip, I rely on the books that I read to take me to a different place. Meltdown  is a book that definitely transports the reader to another world–a world of sophisticated models, tycoons, and international playboys. Normally I prefer a more romantic read–one guy, one girl, and a guaranteed happy ending. The feel of Meltdown is grittier than a romance by definition, yet has a polished feel where everything glitters. If I could change one thing about the book, it would be to make it a little more about action than back story. I would have loved to have walked the streets with Nyssa, been there with Steve as he married Johanna, and experienced first hand how Demetri fell for Nyssa so long ago. But all in all, Meltdown is a satisfying read with interesting characters and a love square (yes, it is a square) whose outcome will have you guessing until the end.

~~~Author Bio~~~

Tara ThompsonI am a married thirty-something with three awesome kids and a sweet, workaholic husband.  We had two dogs but about the time I was feeling completely overwhelmed, they abandoned my chaotic house for doggie heaven (for their sakes, I hope no children are chasing them anymore).  In my former life I attended Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia Business School in New York, and worked on Wall Street and Main Street before giving up on both.  I thoroughly enjoyed my twenties and am quite content settling down to a much quieter life in Suburbia, USA.  For me, writing is a much welcome respite from the reality of running to the bus stop, pediatrician, food store, gym, soccer games, tennis lessons, etc. etc etc.  My family and I recently moved from Garden City, Long Island to Wilton, Connecticut and couldn’t be happier.

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~~~Tara on Tour~~~

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Eleusis by Genevieve Fairbrother

eleusisMacy needs a break to sort out her life. Her parents are dead and now a moody trespasser has set up camp on the property she has inherited. When the stranger confesses himself to be an ageless sea-god and tells Macy she has been guarding a secret she never knew existed, her simple life takes a drastic turn. Just when she thinks it can’t get any stranger,  a back door to the Underworld opens up and it’s time to run like hell.
This fast-paced adventure romance novel explodes as the dark forces tracking Macy surface to capture her. In the transatlantic chase that follows, she learns of her forgotten past and an ancient connection to the sea-god who helps her escape.
As events challenge Macy, she must come to grips with her past, determine what she wants in life, and become a force in her own right. Family betrayal, sinister plot twists, and unlikely friends fill this exhilarating story of one woman’s journey to forge her own path as she learns her true identity.
She soon realizes that to gain real freedom and become legend, she must reject her assigned place in history and risk everything in the process.

 ~~~ The Review ~~~

Lovers of Greek mythology, this book is definitely for you. After the death of her parent’s Macy retreats to the country to the land she has inherited only to find Jason, son of Poseidon. I don’t want to give anything away, but I don’t think it’s clear from the blurb how entwined with mythology the story truly is. Fabulous research and interesting characters round out this interesting tale.

The only problem I had was with the wordiness of the story. To me, it was a bit distracting, I kept wondering where the idea came from instead of simply reading. Perhaps it was the amount of description that pulled me away from the story. Though beautifully written, I didn’t feel that I needed all the surrounding details about the forest  and the lake and especially the poison in Jason’s various wounds. (yuck!) I would have preferred a bit more about the mythological tales than the ordinary surroundings.

All in all, Eleusis is a unique tale and an interesting take on the gods and what has happened to them as the world has changed around them.

genevieve fairbrother

~~~Author Bio ~~~
The author lives in Atlanta with her husband and two teenagers. She attended Wellesley.  

~~~Connect with Genevieve ~~~
Website: www.genevievefairbrother.com

Blog: www.genevievefairbrother.com

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 Goodreads author page:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6941372.Genevieve_Fairbrother

 Twitter:@FairbrotherGen

Book trailer: http://youtu.be/BSYk-8Y_5zc

 ~~~ From Genevieve ~~~

Advice for new authors…

The story that draws you in is the one to write. Writing is a selfish pastime. If you don’t enjoy the story or if is tedious to write it will be deadly to read. Your passion will be self evident.

If a passage doesn’t read well you have to be persistent and keep editing until works. Edit your work, be ruthless, edit again. Poor editing is as detrimental as poor writing. A professional editor is well worth the money.

If a passage doesn’t move the story forward get rid of it. Don’t be sad, it wasn’t a waste of your creative energy. You are merely moving it into a hidden backstory that further informs your character’s actions or feelings.

Consider how you want your characters to evolve. The actions of your characters to the situations that you create are mere shadows. You must understand the deeper issues that produce the conflicts in your book. The deeper issues drive the story and through conflict produce a maturing change in the participants. This is what is worth the reader’s time.

~~~ Genevieve on Tour ~~~

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