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High school graduation is a time for goodbyes, new beginnings, and if you’re Lainey Young, narrowly escaping with your life. Forced to leave behind both Northbrook Academy and Carter Penrose, Lainey believes she’s earned her freedom—from the eyes of the Perceptum and Daniel Astor’s schemes. Meeting handsome and very persistent Teaching Assistant Jack Kensington the first week of college complicates everything, including her feelings.
College and flirtations with Jack help Lainey put all things Sententia behind her. But when her aunt arrives for a visit, with an unexpected guest and even more unexpected news, Lainey’s tenuous control over her life snaps. Once again, she’s linked to everything she thought she left behind. And this time, there’s no escape.
Growing up, Carter Penrose thought he knew a thing or two about heartbreak—namely that it sucks—but he never knew exactly how much until losing Lainey. His life moves in a totally unplanned direction and he finds himself with a new home, new job, and even a surprising new girlfriend, all thanks to Daniel Astor. But just when Carter feels settled in the DC world of politics, a visit home to Northbrook brings up unexpected questions—about what happened at graduation and everything he believed about his Uncle Dan.
When tragedy brings Lainey and Carter face to face for the first time since summer, their lives have never felt more separate. Lies drove them apart. Will the truth bring them together?
Praise for Second Thoughts – Book Two
“Like many a romance novel, the question of will they or won’t they have sex is at the heart of Second Thoughts. But since this is a paranormal-romance novel, there is an equally important question: Will the heroine and her boyfriend kill each other first? Bertrand writes smoothly, and her characters, if improbably perfect, are engaging enough to keep the pages turning quickly and the demand for the next in the series high.” ~ Booklist
“A great choice for anyone looking to get swept away in the romance of the city of love, from an author who is an expert in her craft.”
“Eighteen-year-old Julie finds love, mystery, and adventure when she moves to Paris the summer after graduation to take a job as a nanny. Still recovering from her painful rejection from the Art Institute of Chicago, Julie soon becomes enmeshed in the mystery of a new Modigliani painting that is acquired by a Parisian art gallery. Is the heralded painting real or forged, and what can the mystery teach her about her own path?
This charming coming-of-age story follows the heartwarming, sweet tale of a girl on the cusp of finding herself, along the way navigating new romances, old secrets, and a passion for beautiful art. Jacqueline Kolosov takes care with her characters, bringing them to emotional depths and heights as they not only seek to solve a mystery, but to discover the shifting bonds of family that unite them. A great choice for anyone looking to get swept away in the romance of the city of love, from an author who is an expert in her craft.”
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“This book was the right amount of tough issues and light romance. It was really well balanced, in that I never fell too far on one side or the other. This isn’t a light-hearted romance. Jasmine is dealing with some serious shit, especially considering she is in high school. And yet, the romance part of the book left me smiling.” ~ Such A Novel Idea
“Danny’s medical problems along with Jasmine’s complete devotion to him makes the story pull at your heartstrings. It’s sad, full of love, and deeply realistic.” ~ A Dream Within a Dream
“Jennifer Walkup’s writing is beautiful. It’s smooth and well-paced. Although it is quite a short book, This Ordinary Life packs a powerful punch to your heart. I love the sibling relationship and how much Jazzy cares for him. Often, short books are rushed or there isn’t much plot but This Ordinary Life is the opposite. It’s a well- thought out plot with an array of events.
This Ordinary Life is an amazing read. I highly recommend it if you want a quick, but emotion-packed story with heart felt characters… this was my first 5 star in a while. Definitely pick this up!” ~ Princessica of Books
“Jasmine is really one of the most admirable heroine that I’ve ever read. I can’t help but be charmed and fascinated by This Ordinary Life.
I can confidently say that there’s nothing ordinary about this book. I highly recommend it!” ~ Her Book Thoughts
“This Ordinary Life rises well above the ordinary; while the romance is swoon-worthy, it is the love between Jasmine and her little brother that makes the book so vibrant and harrowingly real.” – Tracy Banghart, author of the Rebel Wing series
High-school radio host Jasmine Torres’s life is full of family dysfunction, but if she can score the internship of her dreams with a New York City radio station, she knows she can turn things around. That is, until her brother Danny’s latest seizure forces her to miss the interview, and she’s back to the endless loop of missing school for his doctor appointments, picking up the pieces of her mother’s booze-soaked life, and stressing about Danny’s future.
Then she meets Wes. He’s the perfect combination of smart, cute, and funny. He also happens to have epilepsy like her brother. Wes is living a normal life despite his medical issues, which gives Jasmine hope for Danny. But memories of her cheating ex-boyfriend keep Jasmine from going on a real date with Wes, no matter how many times he asks her. Jasmine can’t control everything, not who wins the internship, not her mother’s addiction, not her brother’s health, not even where her heart will lead her. She wishes she could just have an ordinary life, but Jasmine may just discover that what she already has is pretty extraordinary after all.
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“THE POSSIBILITY OF SNOW reminds us what it is like to develop a new relationship and all of the emotions involved. [It] keeps you turning the pages as Al Riske pushes the limits with the friendship of these two characters.” ~ Rachel Rennie, Rachel Rennie’s Blog Reviews
“…the author does a great job of showing the boundaries of new friendships and what happens when those boundaries are crossed. The novel, which starts off light and care free soon turns dark, pitch black. I give the book 4 out of 5 stars.” ~ KM Hodge, KM Hodge Author Reviews
Learn more about Al Riske’s novel at the Luminis website.
Entrevoir by Chris Katsaropoulos is both lyrical and mystical, opening the doors to the mysteries of the Universe. Order your copy at the Luminis website.
“One of the things I liked about [Entrevoir] is that, no matter what the author was trying to convey, in their personal showing of this enlightening moment, we all read into these chapters how we want. We all gain from his words something that we want to see, feel and hear. It may not take us to our own level of enlightenment, but it is rather uplifting and makes what starts our as a sad read, something that is so much more.” ~ Bri Wignall, NaturalBri Blog
“Reading Entrevoir is like opening the gates of purgatory & the universe all at once.The title I think is perfect…. Thought provoking is only one way to describe the universe that unfolds within its pages.” ~ Naomi Leadbeater, Naimeless Blog
Al Riske has written a powerful novel in The Possibility of Snow. Find out why reviewers are giving such strongly positive reviews. Order your copy today at the Luminis website.
“If I had to pick one word to describe the way I felt reading The Possibility of Snow it would be – uncomfortable. There are so many important topics addressed in this book through dialogue. The Possibility of Snow reads like a vignette into Neil & Steve’s lives, and focuses almost entirely on their relationship without developing who they are as people outside the relationship.
However, that focus is totally intentional, and clearly moves the story forward.
In the end, you may feel both a sense of loss and peace, but also anger. Whatever your reaction to this work, it will be visceral.” ~ Naimeless
“This is the story of a friendship that does go on. It is a story of how a relationship falls apart. I give this book a 4/5.” ~ Deal Sharing Aunt
Reviewers are challenged and rewarded by The Possibility of Snow by Al Riske. Buy your copy at the Luminis Website.
“The storyline flowed smoothly and the history between the characters was well written. The ending blew me away! This book will challenge the way you think.” ~ Granny Loves to Read
“This book was excellent… honest, real, emotional and very well written. It was great to read and connect with both character and story, making it hard to put the book down. I recommend giving this a read!” ~ Bri Wignall, NatrualBri