Good morning, everyone! I’m thrilled to help promote the release of author Carrie Butler’s new book, As We Know It, which released today! She is a friend, fellow blogger, and all around awesome person. Congrats, Carrie!

Here’s a little info about the book:



Title: As We Know It

Author: Carrie Butler

Category: Adult

Genres: Action / Adventure (Disaster) & Romantic Suspense


About the Book: Deep beneath the ocean, stretching hundreds of miles alongside the Pacific Northwest coastline, lies the Cascadia subduction zone—a fault on the verge of unleashing a catastrophic earthquake, thirty times more powerful than the San Andreas. Unfortunately, like most tourists, Elena Cordova is oblivious.

She’s got her own pent-up stress to deal with, a humiliating breakup that’s driven her to end her tenure as a human doormat once and for all. So, when a pickpocket makes off with the last remnant of her relationship, she takes action—only to get trapped with him when disaster strikes.

Now, if either one hopes to survive, they’ll have to get past their initial impressions and work together . . . because in fifteen minutes, half the town will be underwater.

E-Book ISBN: 978-0-9910421-5-9
Paperback ISBN: 978-1539682073

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Note: Amazon links also available in UK, DE, FR, ES, IT, NL, JP, BR, CA, MX, AU, and IN.


  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble (link pending)
  • Book Depository (link pending)
  • Powell’s (link pending)
  • IndieBound (link pending)
  • Diesel  (link pending)

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Interested in the scientific side of things? Read up on the real future event that inspired the book and check out the awesome trailer below!

carrie-butlerCarrie Butler is an award-winning author and the owner of Forward Authority full-service studio—not to mention an inbound-certified marketer with a penchant for superhero socks and Firefly. Time away from her desk is spent playing with her rescue pup, yelling at the TV during hockey season, and indulging in target-based recreation. Otherwise, you’re likely to find her glued to her chair, discovering new ways to share her daydreams…  |  Twitter  |  Facebook
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Hey all. I’m proudly participating in a cover reveal for fellow blogger Lori L. MacLaughlin’s new book, Trouble By Any Other Name. It’s been a while since I’ve posted any, and this book looks like it’s right up my alley.


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Tara Triannon is no stranger to trouble. She’s yet to find an enemy her skill with a sword couldn’t dispatch. But how can she fight one that attacks through her dreams?

With her nightmares worsening, Tara seeks answers but finds only more questions. Then her sister, Laraina, reveals a stunning secret that forces Tara to go to the one place Tara’s sworn never to return to. Her troubles multiply when Jovan Trevillion, the secretive soldier of fortune who stole her heart, is mentally tortured by an ancient Being intent on bending him to its will. And worst of all, the Butcher — the terrifying wolf-like assassin she thought she’d killed — survived their duel and is hunting her again.

Hounded by enemies, Tara sets out on a harrowing quest to discover the true nature of who she is, to come to grips with the new volatility of her magic, and to defeat the evil locked in a centuries-old trap that will stop at nothing to control her magic and escape through her nightmares.


LoriLMacLaughlinLori L. MacLaughlin traces her love of fantasy adventure to Tolkien and Terry Brooks, finding The Lord of the Rings and The Sword of Shannara particularly inspirational. She’s been writing stories in her head since she was old enough to run wild through the forests on the farm on which she grew up.

She has been many things over the years – tree climber, dairy farmer, clothing salesperson, kids’ shoe fitter, retail manager, medical transcriptionist, journalist, private pilot, traveler, wife and mother, Red Sox and New York Giants fan, muscle car enthusiast and NASCAR fan, and a lover of all things Scottish and Irish.

When she’s not writing (or working), she can be found curled up somewhere dreaming up more story ideas, taking long walks in the countryside, or spending time with her kids. She lives with her family in northern Vermont.

You can find her here:

Twitter: @LLMacL




Hey everyone! Welcome to the Read and Review Challenge, started by the wonderful Jessica Therrien. It’s a great opportunity for authors and reader/reviewers to connect.ReadRev

Click on the image  to find out more.

Today I’m reviewing Hot Flashes and Cold Lemonade, by Susan Flett Swiderski .






RATING: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥




Living the perfect life has always been easy peasy for Pearl Bryzinski, because she’s practically a pro at ignoring the negative and putting a positive spin on the facts, but it’s impossible for her to find anything positive about Daddy skipping town with that blue-haired floozy in a flashy brown Pinto. No matter how hard she tries, she can’t ignore the fact that he’s gone… or the fact that she’s becoming a drama queen who can sweat like a sumo wrestler doing push-ups in a sauna. It’s almost enough to suck the blush out of her rose-colored glasses. Whether she likes it or not, she’s gonna have to turn some of her wishbone into backbone.

Layer by layer, assumptions and misconceptions peel away, as Pearl learns to buck up in the face of reality, and to laugh at her imperfect… but not so bad… life. Supported by a down-to-earth husband who loves her with every blue-collar bone in his body, a mother who isn’t the self-centered witch Pearl imagined her to be, three terrific grown kids… okay, make that two terrific kids, and a Golden Boy who’s a far cry from 24-carat… and a bunch of wonderful wacky gal pals, Pearl comes to realize that her mixed bag of family and friends makes her life damned near perfect. Pearl being Pearl, she’ll never give up her rosy specs entirely, but learning to handle reality also means learning to deal with death.


The blurb gives the reader a good general idea of what the book is about. Pearl Bryzinski has spent most of her life living with rose-colored glasses on. If a positive spin can be put on anything, Pearl is the one to do it – even when she sees her dad leave her mom with another woman. Her mom Ida, doesn’t shed a tear; just sells their house and moves to an apartment in an unsavory part of town.

Pearl’s been married to her husband George forever, and has three great kids, Matt, MaryBeth, and her golden boy, Luke. After weeks of not feeling right, she finally decides to see a doctor, and finds that she’s in the midst of her ‘change of life’ – menopause. Lucky for her she has a few great friends to count on, especially her best friend Candy to help her through.

From the situation with dad to her golden boy Luke and everything in between, Pearl realizes everything is not what it seems when she takes off the colored glasses. It’s a story about how a woman in mid-life comes out of her shell and deals with the realities of life, love, and loss.

Hot Flashes and Cold Lemonade is a great read that I could relate to. It is well written and the story flows well. There scenes where I laughed and scenes I wanted to cry. The main characters are well fleshed out, with distinct personalities, quirks, and mannerisms. My only issue was the occasional change in POV mid-chapters. It could just be me and the brain thing.

Otherwise, I definitely recommend this book; I read it in two sittings.

RATING: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥



SwiderskiSusan Flett Swiderski grew up in Dundalk, Maryland, a suburb of Balmore, (That’s Baltimore, for the uninitiated.) where everybody calls everybody “hon,” fishing and crabbing is a way of life, and eating steamed crabs is practically a sacrament. Although she loves her home in Georgia, a part of her heart is still hanging out near the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. The rest of it enjoys life near Atlanta with her husband and their two spoiled cats Dot and dash. Strange names, perhaps, but not for a couple of amateur radio operators. Susan and her husband, that is. Not the cats.

Find Susan at her blog: I Think, Therefore, I Yam.