All About the Donuts: Donuts in an Empty Field (For the Love of Donuts Book 1) Publication Day June 3rd (Tomorrow)!



TOMORROW it’ll be here!

Have you joined the release party for Donuts in an Empty Field? Go RSVP now.

Here’s the lineup of my blog tour for Donuts:

May 31- Fluffygolarky –

June 1 – FreeValleyPublishing –

June 1 – T.A. Henry –

June 2 – K.J. Farnham –

June 3 – A Spark in the Dark Blog –

June 3 – Jo Michael’s –



And Oddmall in Everett is coming up this weekend! Be sure to stop by our booth (8) and say hello, maybe take your picture with me.

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Local young adult writer, Rachel Barnard, will release the first novel in her young adult For the Love of Donuts series titled Donuts in an Empty Field with Life’s a Book Publishing, June 3rd, 2016 (AKA National Donut Day). Pre-order your copy HERE.

Letting go of anger is life’s greatest challenge.

Vanessa hasn’t been the same since her father’s death. A hero until the end, he died saving a restaurant owner’s son from a burning building. Nessa blames the boy, but her best friend Nichole thinks it’s time to let go of the past. In a last ditch effort to break Nessa’s obsession, Nichole hopes signing up for the local food challenge will bust her out of her shell. A single choice defines the road ahead for Nessa. Doing the right thing isn’t easy, but living with the consequences of doing nothing might be worse.

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Book Review: INERTIA (The Threestone Trilogy Book 1) by A.R. Rivera


INERTIA (The Threestone Trilogy Book 1) by A.R. Rivera

A Fiction/Science Fiction Novel published by Amazon Digital Services (06/17/2015)


“…some of life’s most painful events are the ones that shape us— make us who we are destined to become— and that shaping makes those moments unavoidable. If we are ever to meet our destiny, they have to happen.” (Kindle Locations 265-266).

Gerry Springer is in his 30’s, about to get kicked out of his apartment, rides the bus every day because he can’t afford to fix his BMW, and works at a convenience store. His dreams of making music have been gathering dust for years and all he wants to do is get by, make sure his dad can comfortably live out his days at the retirement home, keep his girlfriend Abi happy and with him, pay his rent on time, work down his bills and debt, and fix his car that has been sitting in the garage for months.

Everything goes wrong for G, but then everything seems to be on an upswing, and then the bus he’s riding gets hit and there is no way he would have survived. Waking up in the hospital, G goes through a lengthy period of disorientation where everything from the date to the lack of GPS has him reeling. Is this a dream in a coma induced by the accident or has he been transported to 1996, the year his baby sister was killed in a car accident?


Car Accident, Relationships, Forward Motion, Father-Son, Time Travel, Can’t Get Ahead, Debt, Dead End Job, Money Troubles, Determination, Music


My Review:

A.R. Rivera has a knack for writing characters and stories about tragic and luckless individuals just struggling to get by day by day when something out of this world or unusual happens to them (makes for a good story). The level of detail of their day to day lives is amazing and really sets the reader into the story with the characters.

At first you think Gerry’s a jerk who can only make bad decisions, but when push comes to shove he thinks of -almost- nothing else than others and of saving his baby sister. Day to day he may be without motivation, but really that’s only because of his lack of opportunity and having to be responsible, or at least to try to be. Gerry shines when he has purpose in his life, but when he lacks direction his personality in the being a good person department is also lacking. He is a fascinating character to watch bomb personal relationships and to watch making hard decisions, like keep the car or the apartment and keep his girlfriend happy or follow his aging father’s final wishes?

Why does Abi, his girlfriend, love Gerry? What is her part in this relationship? It somewhat bothered me how G treats his girlfriend and how he’s always putting her last even in his thoughts unless she’s being abnormally loving and doing something huge for him. She gives and gives and he takes and takes and their relationship is grating, even bordering on abusive?

This novel was published by Amazon Digital Services 06/17/2015 and is available on Amazon here.

TL;DR Star Rating: 4.25

Links for more information:


A.R. River’s Website

Book Review: September Rain: Book 2 Savor The Days Series by A. R. Rivera


September Rain: Book 2 Savor The Days Series by A. R. Rivera

A Suspense/Contemporary Romance Novel published by Amazon Digital Services (05/05/15)



“Because I knew that the small stuff is what destroys a person. Only with Angel, nothing was ever small. Even the littlest things were mountains in her mind. She would sweat everything and the more her troubles piled up, the more I felt the need to drive them away because just watching Angel try to deal with stress was painful.” – Avery (Kindle Locations 3011-3014).

Angel Patel is in jail for something that her best friend Avery did, even if she’s indirectly at fault. It has been six years and Angel has slowly come to terms with being behind bars, because she blames herself for what happened. During another one of her case reviews, the story and the fascinating twist will come to light that may even surprise Angel herself.

Angel was in love with the singer of Analog Controller. He was older than her, but they were meant for each other. Angel’s life was never easy before falling in love and still has its bumps in the road. Growing up in foster homes and knowing the ugly truth of how she got there causes Angel to reach out and she grasps hold of Avery. They become friends and protectors of one another, but Avery will eventually be the bad seed that leads to both of their current situations: incarceration.



Romance, Love, Sex, Band, Music, Musicians, Best Friends, Foster Home, Bad Mother, Incarceration, Jail, Mental Grief, Talent, Crimes, Following Your Heart, Young Love


My Review:

The author’s descriptions, though they were narrated in the author’s playback as information to the reader and not live action, were very well articulated and quite vivid. For example, “The whole place smelled like the smoke machine was set to kill—a fog of cat litter and ammonia that burned my retinas.” (Kindle Locations 522-523). I really enjoyed the writer’s way of describing the world, even if it wasn’t coming live, similar to the setup in if I stay by Gayle Forman.

Since most of the action is told in flashback/playback format, much of the focus of the narration is on internalizations and thoughts and regrets and remorse, the characters thinking back to the “events.” Even so, most of the story is centered on the characters themselves more so than the events that happened and the descriptions of the events. The story is made up of Angel and Avery, with Jake and a few others thrown in. It is centered on these two girls and their intertwining stories. Rivera also employs perspective switches between Avery and Angel, separated by chapter and it’s neat to get both point of views in the story.

Interestingly enough, though both gals are in jail, you want to sympathize with one and blame the other, you just don’t know which one is guilty yet. As the story progresses and the girls reveal more about themselves and what happened, you feel both more sorry for them and you like them less for what they did and how they reacted.

The story gets a bit hot and steamy at points so be warned.

Everything was elongated and took its time. The ending was filled with high tension but smoothly brought out in multiple spurts to finish with all questions answered and everything about Angel concluded. The only mystery: Jake

If you liked “if I stay” by Gayle Foreman and the dramatic buildup without too much present day action, then you’ll love September Rain.

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this story in exchange for my honest review.

This novel was published by Amazon Digital Services on May 5th, 2015 and is available on Amazon here.

TL;DR Star Rating: 4.25

Links for more information:


A. R. Rivera’s Blog