Excerpt Reveal: When August Ends by Penelope Ward

 

EXCERPT REVEAL

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A Standalone Contemporary Romance Novel

NY Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Penelope Ward

RELEASE DATE: February 25, 2019

  EXCERPT: Noah stood up and walked off the porch to put his cigar out on the cement. When he returned, he remained standing across from me. I was reminded of just how tall he was as he towered over me. A breeze blew his scent—a mix of cigar and cologne—in my direction. The same smell saturated the shirt I was wearing. I could’ve breathed it in all night. His nearness was doing things to my body I hadn’t ever felt. Noah looked around. “You mentioned some stuff around here needs to be repaired. What specifically?” I blew out a breath. Even thinking about it was exhausting. “So much. I’d have to make a list.” “Why don’t you do that? Make a list. I’m pretty good with my hands. I’ll see if there’s anything I can help with while I’m here.” He’d lost me at pretty good with my hands. My imagination was running wild. Shit. I imagined those hands doing a lot of things—mostly to me. “I can’t let you do that.” “You’d be stupid not to take me up on it. I came for a change of pace, but the truth is, too much quiet isn’t good. I like to keep busy.” Biting my bottom lip, I shook my head. “I don’t know…” “Make the list,” he insisted. Noah was right. It would be dumb not to take him up on his offer. It wasn’t like there was anyone else knocking down our door to help. I tilted my head. “What would be in it for you?” His expression turned dark. “People don’t always have to have ulterior motives.” Suddenly feeling bold, I said, “I thought maybe you would want me to go out with you in exchange.” Did you hear that? It was a record screeching. I admit, that was ballsy, but being around him brought out my flirtatious side. Maybe his cologne and cigar smoke were going to my head. “You’re joking, right?” Okay. I shouldn’t have asked. “Actually, I—” “I’m practically old enough to be your father.” Really? That’s how he saw me? I knew he was older than me…but he didn’t seem that old. No way. I’d pegged him as early thirties, though I truly had no idea how old he was. I shook my head. “No, you’re not. That’s a lie. An older brother, maybe. How old are you?” Instead of answering, he took two steps forward. “Let me make something clear.” “Okay…” “I was not insinuating anything by offering to help. And I will not be asking you out, propositioning you, or going anywhere near you, for that matter. We clear on that?” Okay, then. I swallowed. Disappointment washed over me as I cleared my throat. “Yes.” “Good.” He made his way toward the door, turning around one last time. “You’d better go. It was nice chatting. Get me the list tomorrow.” He disappeared into the house, leaving me on the porch to wallow in his lingering smell and feeling like a complete and utter idiot.  

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Synopsis:

What do you do when a sexy, older man moves into your family’s summer rental? Well, apparently, you make a fool of yourself—over and over. Things didn’t exactly get off on the right foot with Noah Cavallari. Our first encounter was embarrassing, to say the least. But despite that, I found myself waking up every day with a newfound energy. Nothing exciting ever happened on the lake—not until Noah moved into the small boathouse on our property. He’d booked it for the entire summer…and I was still trying to figure out why. When my mother became ill, I inherited the responsibility of making sure our guests were well taken care of. I should have been in college. Instead, I was living my best life…as a maid. Dark, handsome, and mysterious, everything about Noah screamed forbidden. I knew he was just passing through town for the summer. I knew he was probably too old for me. Yet, I was drawn to him. Not to mention, he tried to save my life when he mistakenly thought I was drowning. I wanted him and made no secret of it. His own attempts to warn me away soon gave way to late-night moonlight chats by the lake. We were slowly easing into a friendship that was gearing up to explode into something I might not recover from. Because he’s leaving at the end of the summer. And I have no idea what I’ll do when August ends.

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About the Author:

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.
She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor.
Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.
With over one-point-five million books sold, she is a twenty-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels.

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WHEN AUGUST ENDS - RELEASING FEBRUARY 25, 2019

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Giveaway: A Madea Family Funeral Prize Pack - #MadeaFamilyFuneral




TYLER PERRY'S 
A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL
A joyous family reunion turns into a hilarious nightmare as MADEA and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia and unexpectedly plan a funeral, which threatens to reveal sordid family secrets.
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Hashtag: #MadeaFamilyFuneral



A Madea Family Funeral Prize Pack Giveaway:

  • T-shirt
  • bottle opener
  • tissues
  • poster
  • 2 movie tickets to see film once its hits theaters
Open to US residents only. 


THE DIRT - Launches on Netflix on March 22!

A Netflix film
THE DIRT
Launches Globally March 22

Starring Douglas Booth, Iwan Rheon, Colson Baker, Daniel Webber
Directed by Jeff Tremaine
Produced by Julie YornErik OlsenAllen Kovac
Executive produced by Rick YornChris NilssonSteve Kline, Ben OrmandMichelle Manning
Written by Rich Wilkes, Amanda Adelson
Based on the autobiography
The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
Co-written by the band members of Mötley Crüe and Neil Strauss

Based on the bestselling autobiography from Mötley Crüe, the film is an unflinching tale of success and excess as four misfits rise from the streets of Hollywood to the heights of international fame.

THE DIRT will launch globally on Netflix March 22.

THE DIRT soundtrack will also be available on March 22 featuring 14 Mötley Crüe classic hits and 4 brand new songs.


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Jennifer Lopez Stars in SECOND ACT Available on Digital 3/12 and Blu-ray & DVD 3/26



 

JENNIFER LOPEZ, LEAH REMINI, VANESSA HUDGENS AND 
MILO VENTIMIGLIA STAR IN THE HEARTWARMING AND INSPIRATIONAL ROMANTIC COMEDY


SECOND ACT

“JENNIFER LOPEZ IN HER SWEET SPOT” 
– LEAH GREENBLATT, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY 

 
AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL MARCH 12, 2019
AND ON BLU-RAY AND DVD MARCH 26, 2019

Universal City, California, January 24, 2019 – Jennifer Lopez (Maid in Manhattan, “Shades of Blue”) returns to the big screen and proves it’s never too late to pursue your dreams in the hilarious and relatable romantic comedy, Second Act, coming to Digital on March 12, 2019 and on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on March 26, 2019 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From the director of 50 First Dates and Get Smart, Second Act is a heartfelt comedy that will inspire and empower audiences of all ages to reach for their biggest dreams. With an honest and moving performance from Jennifer Lopez, the film also features Lopez’s latest single “Limitless” and  stars an incredible supporting cast including Leah Remini (“The King of Queens,” “Kevin Can Wait”), Vanessa Hudgens (The Princess SwitchHigh School Musical franchise) and Milo Ventimiglia (“This is Us,” “Gilmore Girls”).

Maya (Lopez) is a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations of not having achieved more in life. As an experienced, quick-witted, perceptive employee, she is passed over for a promotion solely because she doesn’t have a college degree. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts, and that it is never too late for a Second Act.

Filled with funny and genuine moments from beginning to end, Second Act “delivers smiles for miles” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital, packed with special bonus content including funny and insightful commentary from the cast and filmmakers as well as entertaining featurettes that will take viewers behind the scenes of this incredibly thoughtful romantic comedy.

BONUS FEATURES on BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL
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Book Review: Ryder by Diana Gardin




RYDER
Delta Squad #2
Author: Diana Gardin
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: February 12, 2019
Review Source: Forever Yours

This Navy SEAL is putting his life - and heart - on the line to protect a woman on the run, but her dangerous secret threatens to destroy them both in this high-octane novel that proves.

I'm a Navy SEAL and a member of the elite Night Eagle Security team, so you better believe I take every one of my missions seriously. But this one is different. I'm protecting Frannie - she's beautiful, fiercely independent, and on the run from her criminal ex-husband. I know he's dangerous, that he'll do anything to get Frannie back. But there's no way I'll ever let that happen...

Trouble is, I can tell Frannie is hiding something from me. Something big. Since she barely got away from her ex alive, I understand that she's wary, but I can't help her if she doesn't let me in. And no matter how badly I want a future with her, I swore I'd never allow myself to be with someone who doesn't trust me. But when Frannie's secret comes out, I have to decide whether her betrayal is enough to make me walk away...or if I'll protect the woman I love no matter the cost.


Diana Gardin does it again.  I read this book in one sitting because I could no put it down.  I had to know what happened.  I was not prepared for the emotions I would feel and the journey that I would be taken on with this book.

I love Diana's writing so much!  Ryder is my favorite book she has written to date.  I connected to Frannie more than any other of her characters.  She goes from being a victim, to a bad ass, strong, a little stubborn, female.  I love her so much and would definitely want her as a best friend.

Where to start with Ryder.... He is sooooo well written and complex.  He is the sexiest, strongest, yummiest alphas I have read this year.  The two together are nuclear.  Just the right amount of tension.

I highly recommend this book and this series, you won't want it to end and you'll be begging for the next book.  I'm rating it 4.5 stars because this book was outstanding!!!

OUaT's February "LOVE" Book Giveaway - #CelebrateLove



OUaT's February Book Giveaway is all about LOVE!

Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi - Amazon | Goodreads
When Betts meets Aiden at the candy store where she works, their connection is like a sugar rush to the heart. Betts already knows the two of them are infinite. Inevitable. Destined to become an us.
Betts has only ever kept one secret from her best friend, Jo, but suddenly there's a long list of things she won't tell her, things Jo wouldn't understand. Because Jo doesn't see how good Aiden is for Betts. She finds him needy. Possessive. Controlling.

She's wrong. With a love like this, nothing else matters.
Someone to Love by Melissa de la Cruz - Amazon | Goodreads
Constantly in the spotlight thanks to her politician father's rising star, Olivia Blakely feels the pressure to be perfect. As the youngest girl in her class, she tries hard to keep up and to seem mature to the older boy she's crushing on, even as she catches his eye. But the need to look good on camera and at school soon grows into an all-consuming struggle with bulimia.

As Liv works toward her goal of gaining early admission to art school, including taking part in an upcoming student show, her life spirals out of control. Swept up in demands to do more than she's ready for, to always look perfect and to succeed, Liv doesn't know who she is anymore. It will take nearly losing her best friend and even her life for Liv to learn that loving herself is far more important than earning the world's approval.
From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon - Amazon | Goodreads
Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.
When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.
Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?
Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.
This Is Kind of an EPIC LOVE STORY by Kheryn Callender - Amazon | Goodreads 
Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy endings. Although he’s the ultimate film buff and an aspiring screenwriter, Nate’s seen the demise of too many relationships to believe that happy endings exist in real life.
Playing it safe to avoid a broken heart has been his MO ever since his father died and left his mom to unravel—but this strategy is not without fault. His best-friend-turned-girlfriend-turned-best-friend-again, Florence, is set on making sure Nate finds someone else. And in a twist that is rom-com-worthy, someone does come along: Oliver James Hernández, his childhood best friend.
After a painful mix-up when they were little, Nate finally has the chance to tell Ollie the truth about his feelings. But can Nate find the courage to pursue his own happily ever after?

OUaT's LOVE Giveaway:
One (1) winner will receive a copy of all 4 books:

  • Always Forever Maybe 
  • Someone to Love 
  • From Twinkle, With Love
  • This Is Kind of an EPIC LOVE STORY
Giveaway open Internationally! 

Movie Review: Sony Pictures Classics' Capernaum



Capernaum
Release Date: 2/01
Director: Nadine Labaki
Writers: Nadine Labaki (screenplay), Jihad Hojeily (screenwriter), Michelle Keserwany (screenwriter)
Stars: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and some drug material
Runtime: 119 mins
While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy sues his parents for neglect.


Capernaum is Lebanon’s entry in Oscar’s Best Foreign Language Film category this year. The film is in Arabic, with English subtitles. Set throughout Lebanon, with many scenes taking place in Beirut, Capernaum may be the most haunting film you see all year.  Ghosts and goblins are nothing compared to witnessing man’s indifference to the suffering of man, depicted in Capernaum.  Worse still, that the victims of that indifference are children, makes it so that viewers will be thinking about this story long after the house lights come up in the theater.

Don’t be discouraged from seeing Capernaum by anything written above.  Yes, it is gripping and the despair of the landscape, literally and figuratively, is bleak, but Capernaum is ultimately a story of hope.  Further, that story of hope is brilliantly told by Director Nadine Labaki using a cast of non-actors, and actual refugees. Zain Al Rafeea (as Zain), Yordanos Shiferaw (as Rahil) and, even, little Boluwatife Bankole (as Yonas) are entirely captivating in roles that reflect the trials and tribulations of their own lives. The performances feel effortless and sincere. 

The camera work added a dimension of connectivity to the story.  The cameras conveyed parts of the story that the first-time actors did not convey.  Tight shots highlighted the dirt on the faces of the children, as well as every helpless expression.  Overhead drone cameras captured he vastness of the landscape in which Zain was endeavoring to thrive.  The alternating too close or too far shots of the scenes gave the audience necessary perspective.  Capernaum is a story of three “throw-away” souls, but why are there throw-away souls? There are many more similarly situated and the film seeks to have the audience understand the severity of the issues presented.

The themes of Capernaum are very timely. Touching on issues such as narcotics trafficking, parenting, immigration, degradation of women, Capernaum weaves a tapestry of realism from which its hard to look away.  Parts of it felt heavy-handed, but any optimism would have felt fake. Best of all, Capernaum skips political rhetoric. 

Go see Capernaum.  Travel, through the screen, to a place you’ve never been to and a reality much different than your own.  See the world through the eyes of the children in the film. It will give any viewer something to think about.  Capernaum is playing everywhere now.


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