LET'S WELCOME BRENDA NOVAK AUTHOR OF UNTIL YOU LOVED ME

LET’S WELCOME

BRENDA NOVAK




AUTHOR OF:



Rad-Reader: In his past, Hudson was afraid to get hurt by getting involved after being with his girlfriend of seven years.  He says the only thing he felt when she left was lonely and missed the regular sex?  Really is that all?  Or was that just a safeguard?


Brenda:  I always tell my stories from the viewpoint of the character involved.  That was how he perceived his relationship with his ex, knew he steered clear of deep relationships because he distrusted love, but, of course, it was more complicated than that. 


Rad-Reader:  Ellie never noticed any clues what-so-ever about her and his boyfriend?


Brenda:  Again, the story is told from Ellie's point of view, so we don't get to see an objective judge's opinion on the matter.  There were probably clues along the way that she chose to overlook, correct?  But a lot of women do this.  Her part of the story was actually based on the experience of a woman I once met on a plane who saw an episode of Oprah that went over how to know if your spouse/significant other is cheating on you.  She told me she checked all of those boxes--and that's when she knew (even though they'd been married for a number of years and had two children.)


Rad-Reader:  If Hudson liked her more than the others why didn’t he ask more questions or for her number?


Brenda:  I assume you're talking about after Ellie first met Hudson?  He didn't realize he wouldn't have the chance.  They had that one crazy night together and then she disappeared before he could ask. (Until that point, he probably wasn't sure he wanted to, right?  That sort of takes a little bit of time.) 


Rad-Reader:  Was he adopted by anyone or did he stay the whole time at the home?


Brenda:  It's been a while since I wrote this story, but if I remember right, he stayed at the home after being returned a number of times by foster parents. 


Rad-Reader:  Why does Ellie care what others at work think of her she wasn’t the cause of her relationship demise?


Brenda:  I think any woman (or most) feel somehow "less" when something like this happens.  So, it's embarrassing, especially because everyone is talking about it and watching for her reaction.  


Rad-Reader:  What is your best advice for up and coming writers?


Brenda:  Believe.  If you truly believe in yourself, you'll do everything it takes to write the book you want to write.  


Rad-Reader:  What was your favorite book as a child?


Brenda:  Jane Eyre.  It completely captured my imagination and is one of my favorites to this day.  




Rad-Reader:  What is your next project and when will it be coming out?


Brenda:  I will have two new books out this year.  The first is a continuation of my popular Evelyn Talbot series about a psychiatrist who studies serial killers at a remote facility in Alaska.  It's called FACE OFF and will be out August 28th.  The other one is a stand-alone, trade paperback release titled BEFORE WE WERE STRANGERS, and it will be released on September 25th. 



Rad-Reader:  Where can our readers buy your books?


Brenda:  My books are available wherever books are sold-- in print and digital.  



Rad-Reader:  Where can our readers find you on the Web?


Brenda:  My website is always updated at www.brendanovak.com


Also, I'm very active on Facebook
(https://www.facebook.com/BrendaNovakAuthor/). I even run an online book group of 12,000 on Facebook where, in the months I don't have a release, we feature other authors. We have a monthly meeting where the author visits the book club in a Facebook Live Event to answer questions and discuss the book. Everyone is invited to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/brendanovaksbookgroup/.


I would like to thank Brenda for being with us.  I know she is on a tight deadline and this was a hard time to squeeze us in.  So, Bravo.
Char 

SCORING WITH THE WRONG TWIN (WAGS #1)

SCORING WITH THE WRONG TWIN         NAIMA SIMONE


Shy, awkward Sophia Cruz has a hard time telling her vivacious identical twin “no.” But when her sister begs her to swap places for a modeling shoot, she caves … again. Then Zephirin Black walks onto the set. The brooding, aloof, and gorgeous tight end for the Washington Warriors. But she can keep it professional… She has to. Because the adorkable Cruz twin has no luck with guys once they compare her to her sister. 

After a bad break-up, Zeph hasn’t been big on second chances—and even less with trust. But he finds himself giving please-call-me-by-my-middle-name-Sophia both. The woman he’d dismissed as a spoiled cover model is different from the first time he met her. Quirkier. Funnier. Definitely sexier. What started as one night turns into another…and another…and another…

Still, Sophia can’t go on keeping her secret from him. But telling Zeph the truth will mean losing him for good.


MY REVIEW:

     I really enjoyed this book the premise was one that was fun and made you want to keep reading.  You have two sisters, twins.  One, in the world of modeling, that at fifteen-years-old knew what she wanted.  At fifteen she was driven and making her mark to become the first Porte Rican top notch model in the business.  On set, she is known as all business.  Not a person that is one to mess around or sleep around.
     So, now she has a problem she has just booked a runway modeling event in Italy, Malan.  She just can’t pass it up.  They asked for her and it’s an honor.  But she booked a year ago to do a sports shoot for a magazine layout.  She has done it before and can’t cancel.  The thing is the shoot is the day after she will have left for Italy.  So, who does she call but her twin, Sophia?
     They are identical with the exception of piercings, a beautiful tattoo below the bikini line of a peacock, and blue tips on her chocolate long hair.  Although, this is not something Sophia feels comfortable doing and she gets Giovanna to promise to coach her for the next week before she leaves she agrees.
     This is totally out of her comfort zone.  You see, Vanna as Sophia calls her, always the more confident of the two of them.  The bolder, prettier, (so Sophia thought too), and the most outgoing.  Everyone wanted to be around her.  Stepping over her to get to her sister to do it.
     The football players would tease and torment her for being a geek and a nerd.  They even went as far as asking her out to find out info about her sister for dating tips.  The bullying was painful.  The thing is she was a brilliant minded as a computer specialist.  As a junior, she was an assistant teaching the class in high school.  Then in college, she created her own game app and companies were recruiting her.  At twenty-four-years-old she’s now been at a company that makes sporting apps but the company as a whole is not fulfilling her needs.  They are taking advantage of women within the company.
     She is saving though to branch out.  So, this one day although she is scared senseless.  It is better than facing Brian, her prick of a boss, for one day.  When she arrives the other person, she will be working with on the shoot is a player on the Worriers Football Team, tight end, Zephirin Black.  A sexy black god at 6’4’’, with tattoos, muscles, and eyes that look right through you.  When she says hello to everyone he says nice to see you again.  And her heart stops because she knows he knows she’s not Vanna.

     The chemistry between these two characters is so hot and steamy it melts the pages as your reading them.  There are times you are just laughing so hard or talking out loud to the characters.  I was a fun fast read.  5++++ stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

THE BEST MAN'S BRIDE (Royal Wedding Invitations #4)

THE BEST MAN'S BRIDE                ANNE McALLISTER


Rock star Jack Masterson is every woman’s sexy, heartthrob fantasy. He can have any woman he desires—except the one woman he wants — Celina Harris, the one who got away. Two years ago, focused on his career to the exclusion of all else, he let her slip through his fingers, but now there’s a royal wedding coming up, and both Jack and Celie will be there. 

It’s taken two long, lonely years, but Celina is finally putting the pieces of her life back together. Now appointment secretary to San Michele’s Serene Dowager Margaret she spends her days assuaging royal egos, and ensuring that all runs smoothly. Each night she returns home to solitary peace after the heart ache of her tumultuous relationship with Jack. 

Thrown together by the royal wedding arrangements, Celie knows the key to survival is to resist Jack’s careless charm. But Jack isn’t the man he once was, and seeing Celie awakens all his former desire. Can Celie resist the former love of her life, or will he break her heart all over again?

MY REVIEW:

     Wasn’t sure what to expect with this being about a prince getting married and all.   The woman works for his grandmother.  Never been a fairytale kind of a girl but the rock star aspect caught me.
     This was cute.  There was enough angst from Jonas’ grandmother the elder princess of San Michele the Serene Dowager Margaret or Maggie to family and friends.  The story revolves around three best friends, roommates from grad school in Iowa.  Jack Masterson, Jonas the prince, and their friend Celina Harris.  With a bit of a catch.
     Both men were smitten but it was Jack who was bold enough to approach.  A good thing too.  Because at the Frat party they attended he had to frog walk a frat guy out and toss him into the hedges for not listening to the word “NO!”  When it was uttered by “Celie” as he likes to call her.  He took her to his place to calm her down by playing his acoustic guitar for her. He played for hours.  You see Jack was part of the local hot rock/jazz/blues band.
     She felt safe and totally comfortable with him too.  When she felt better he walked her home asked her out to the concert he was playing the next night.  They became a couple.  They get married she finishes grad school, Jack on the other hand signs a record deal and starts touring the world dropping out of grad school.  They blow up.  It’s time for her graduation he is supposed to be on his way home when he calls and says the manager booked a charity gig on graduation night.  She’s disappointed but understands.  He wants her to come out to Barcelona to be with him but she had invited her parents to come be at her graduation. 
     But she changes her mind and shows up.  But there’s a problem when she gets there and she turns around goes home and files for divorce.  He never goes after her or tries to contact her.  Making her feel she wasn’t worth his time or effort.
     So, two and a half years later when she is now working for Maggie and Joe is getting married, his fiancé and he run into Jack at his concert.  Jack assumes that Joe wants him to be his best man like he was for theirs.  Now there is a runaway train called Jack headed her way moving on the tracks toward Celina.
     This book is funny and a fast read.  The author made the characters enjoyable to read about even the ones that were ones you were not meant to like.  I loved Maggie, Joe’s grandmother, she really made the story pop.  I give this: 5 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com. 

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GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY (Romance By Design #3)

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY               VIRGINIA TAYLOR

They grew up together yet worlds apart. But a wealthy young man and a classy young woman find that some bonds can’t be broken . . .

The only thing Marigold Reynolds and billionaire Hagen Allbrook ever had in common was their attraction. Marigold made sure that never went anywhere by cutting ties with him six years ago. Now, however, she needs a job—and Hagen’s design assistant desperately needs someone to fill in for her at his family’s construction firm. Trusting that time has dimmed the electricity between them, Marigold accepts. But as she undertakes his challenging renovation of her own ancestors’ home, it’s soon clear she’s mistaken.

A year after his wife’s death, Hagen is coming to terms with the past. He’s as drawn to Marigold as ever, but as they finally cross long-held boundaries, a misunderstanding, and Marigold’s belief that she can never measure up to his perfect wife, threatens to tear them apart once more. Hagen’s only chance of winning her back is to reveal the truth about his marriage. And perhaps then Marigold will reveal a heartfelt secret of her own . 

MY REVIEW:


     I so love books with families that meddle for all the right reasons.  This surrounds Marigold Reynolds who lost her mother after a long illness.  Being that her parents were divorced it left her the primary caregiver.  Which she never thought twice about.
     Although her mother came from a family in good standing in the community several generations in they, unfortunately, lost their wealth.  When they divorced, her father also from a wealth, but newer money.  Their family name never held the same status as her mothers and he never shared it with her anyway.
     Yet, she was taught all the proper ways from eating, greetings, setting a table, and speaking.  She with her second-hand clothes was taught to stand proud.  It turns out she becomes best friends with Tiggy and her twin Calli but at six she lost her heart to their older brother by two years Hagen when he was eight.
     The Allbrook family never cared she dressed in hand me downs or that her hair is an orange-red so bright is could like your way in the dark.  She was always made to feel like part of the family.  Since the divorce, her father forgot he had a daughter especially when he had her first half-brother.  So, she craved family.
     Hagen never paid attention to his sister’s friend until the year she joined the swim team at sixteen, he was eighteen.  Life had changed he lost his heart to that day.  Marigold though was jailbait and so he shut the attraction down.
     At his parents fiftieth they meet up again.  She shuts it down.  Saying things that hurt his pride.  Rather than get to the root he beds all things on campus.  Six years have passed.  A year ago, he lost his wife.  Tiggy needs a break from being her stand in as hostess, interior homes dresser, and all-around sister.  So, she asks Marigold to step in.  She agrees.  Life just got interesting.  Why?  Because she doesn’t realize she will be working daily with you got it, Hagen.
     This was a quick read with a lot of fun reading fun.  You will enjoy it.  There is a lot of family underhanded fun afoot.  The soul-searching gets to the heart of it too.  I give this: 5 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com. 

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THE HOLIDAY PACKAGE (Jack Davis #1)

THE HOLIDAY PACKAGE                LEIGH LENNON

Ever wonder what happened to Justine's other sexy neighbor?

Ten days.
The Cayman Islands.
A holiday trip to forget the woman I lost.
Suddenly, I’m face to face with the sassiest and hardest of women, who may be able to make me forget all I left behind.
And I want her!

This vacation is about moving on.
The saucy little ginger flaunting her perfect curvy body in her next to nothing bikinis can be the distraction I need to forget it all.
Her fire and brimstone attitude leaves me in constant arousal.
And she proposes a holiday affair, one I gladly accept knowing this is a hell of a risk to my already floundering heart.
But in the end, will I be able to say goodbye?


MY REVIEW:


     This was an interesting storyline to take several hours to read.  I enjoyed the tension and bantering of the two-man characters a whole lot.  The sexual tension is one you feed off of as you are reading it because it is extremely hot.  They do make the most of their seven days of vacation.
     Their idea of thinking they could spend not only that much time together but in some form or other in bed together and not get emotionally attached had me wondering as it did their house family host Mack and Anna.
     But, life for Jake and Sasha is nothing as they present to one another or even to themselves anymore really.  They really want more for themselves but there are things and people that are making it beyond their control anymore.  Jake has an evil boss who uses his past to blackmail him.  Sasha has sad memories of her evil father’s act of murder that killed her mother.
     Can they help each other find a future together or at least a life of safety for themselves apart from what they have now?  I enjoyed this book I knew it was a novella but hated the ending which in this case for the storyline was good.  LOL!  You’ll see it will all make sense.  To be continued for sure…I give this: 4 stars.

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HERE TOMORROW 7 PM PST. BRENDA NOVAK AUTHOR OF: UNTIL YOU LOVED ME INCLUDES REVIEW

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TOMORROW

7 PM PST.

BRENDA NOVAK


AUTHOR OF:


Sometimes starting over means finding everything you've been missing…
After catching her fiancé cheating—with another man—usually straitlaced, workaholic scientist Ellie Fisher liberates her wild side just long enough to indulge in a passionate one-night stand with a tall, dark stranger she meets at a trendy Miami bar. Embarrassed by her recklessness, she ducks out the following morning without learning the guy's full name, something that shouldn't have been a problem…until a pregnancy test turns positive.
Being a professional football player, Hudson King has always been cautious around women. But this one had been different—so disinterested in his celebrity, so convincingly into him. When Ellie tracks him down, claiming she's carrying his baby, he's stunned. And more than a little betrayed.
But after growing up as an orphan, he'll do anything to stay involved in his child's life, so he urges Ellie to move to Silver Springs, where they can co-parent. Hudson has a lot of love to give, certainly enough for his child, and when their initial spark reignites, perhaps for Ellie, too…

What an interesting twist to this fun story. Ellie Fisher is a soon to be a thirty-year-old scientist who was just dumped by her newly outed guy boyfriend and his boyfriend. That she to by the way work with both of them daily and they are making it out to be her fault that his relationship was so awful. That he had to play straight because of his parents and she made sex so unbearable.
My thing why did he even have to have sex with her anyway but that is just me. Because he could have kept up the fake engagement until he had to say, “I Do!” Giving him time to get his boyfriend moved down to the area, a job where he worked and outing himself with his family and friends.
Word in the lab is Don used her to save face with his family. Life was tough. She was not what you would call a party girl but her best friend since childhood, Amy was always the all-American girl. Popular, cheerleader, proms, everything. Ellie on the other was her polar opposite. Made her go out this night with her to Envy a nightclub. She really didn’t want to be there. She dressed sexy as she was instructed by Amy to do and they went.
As she watched Amy and her friend get their dance on with two guys they met she had decided shots were in order after three shots and a mixed drink she was finally feeling relaxed. When a waitress brought another mixed drink over from a guy in sunglasses and ball cap. Which seemed odd to her but she accepted the drink anyway. He seemed harmless enough. He appeared tall, broad-shouldered, and muscled.
When the second drink arrived, she turned it away. He was surprised no one had ever turned anything he had ever given them away. So, he had decided to leave his sheltered corner that the management had set up for him and go investigate. When he gave his first name she showed no signs of knowing him. Hudson King was big in LA but since he was in Miami well even still he was still big everyplace.
Especially, since he was in town to play a big game on Sunday even in Miami his first name got some recognition. But nothing. Are you into pop culture as a topic of conversation? To which she answered not really since being a scientist and always working or reading the up and coming findings for work she doesn’t keep up with pop culture.
After a while they left so they could go for a walk on the beach and talk two hours later they were headed to his hotel for the night, at the Four Seasons.
You see, Hudson King is the starting quarterback for the LA Devils. He is totally against love and marriage. Doesn’t sleep around because he has major trust issues.
This was a very good book of two people who have been hurt many times over varying degrees. Causing them to guard their hearts to the point where they stand in their own way. The way the author has their relationship develop is sweet and intense at times. I give this: 5 stars. Provided by netgalley.com.

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COMING FRIDAY 7 PM PST. BRENDA NOVAK AUTHOR OF: UNTIL YOU LOVED ME

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FRIDAY
7 PM PST.
BRENDA NOVAK
AUTHOR OF:


Sometimes starting over means finding everything you've been missing…
After catching her fiancé cheating—with another man—usually straitlaced, workaholic scientist Ellie Fisher liberates her wild side just long enough to indulge in a passionate one-night stand with a tall, dark stranger she meets at a trendy Miami bar. Embarrassed by her recklessness, she ducks out the following morning without learning the guy's full name, something that shouldn't have been a problem…until a pregnancy test turns positive.
Being a professional football player, Hudson King has always been cautious around women. But this one had been different—so disinterested in his celebrity, so convincingly into him. When Ellie tracks him down, claiming she's carrying his baby, he's stunned. And more than a little betrayed.
But after growing up as an orphan, he'll do anything to stay involved in his child's life, so he urges Ellie to move to Silver Springs, where they can co-parent. Hudson has a lot of love to give, certainly enough for his child, and when their initial spark reignites, perhaps for Ellie, too…


Books are available wherever books are sold--in print and digital.







(https://www.facebook.com/BrendaNovakAuthor/). I even run an online book group of 12,000 on Facebook where, in the months I don't have a release, we feature other authors. We have a monthly meeting where the author visits the book club in a Facebook Live Event to answer questions and discuss the book. Everyone is invited to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/brendanovaksbookgroup/.

LET'S WELCOME BRENDA NOVAK AUTHOR OF UNTIL YOU LOVED ME

LET’S WELCOME BRENDA NOVAK AUTHOR OF: Rad-Reader: In his past, Hudson was afraid to get hurt by getting involved ...