The Stranger by Anna del Mar

The Stranger- Anna del Mar

Summer in Alaska? I was immediately pulled into this story when Summer Silva, a native of Miami, finds herself stranded in the harsh Alaskan elements. She travels to Alaska, unprepared, to search for her sister, who ran away with a man she’d met on the internet. Summer crashes her rental, dressed wrong for the weather, and walking in hopes to find some help.

Seth is an angered Army Vet with pains of his own. Driving home, he finds Summer stumbling in the road and is immediately enraged. Seth thinks she’s a trap, set up by his greedy cousin Alex, who is after Seth’s position in the family business. He picks Summer up but demands that she tell him who she’s working for. She explains what she’s doing in Alaska but he’s not buying it. Instead he takes her home for the night, until the storm passes, where he’ll investigate Summer Silva for himself.

That night, Summer and Seth have a night of passion. I have to admit that I almost stopped reading at that point. I thought it was extremely out of character. Up until then, Summer was strong, independent, and on a mission to find her sister. There was no believable way that she’d be seducing the stranger. But, I continued reading and I highly recommend that you do as well. Although it seemed uncharacteristic, I realized that I haven’t yet known the real Summer at all. After that night, all her deep secrets are revealed and suddenly everything makes sense.

So now you know there is sex in this book. I hope you’re not surprised, it is, after all, a romance.

All leads to Summer’s sister end up with nothing, and Summer is forced to stay in Alaska. By now, Seth has found out all that he needed to know about Summer to make him want to get to know her better. He also learns that someone tried killing her that first night. There’s no way that he’s going to allow her to stay anywhere else. It’s his desire to protect her, although she doesn’t believe her car accident was a hit on her.

Together, they search for her sister. Together, they are starting to get to know each other deeper than anyone else ever has before. From the start, Seth wants to make Summer his and isn’t afraid to tell her that. But, Summer isn’t interested. Her only thoughts are on finding her sister, taking her home, and getting back to the life she is used to.

This whole book leaves you asking things like; where is this sister, who’s trying to kill her, and what is Alex doing next to corrupt Seth’s name and business? In the end, all is answered and The Stranger ends the way I hoped it would.

If you’re looking for a good romance, with a bit of military background- read the Stranger. The characters are real, the pace is fast, and you will be hungering for more. Great read, thanks Anna de Mar!

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Review- My Own Mr. Darcy

My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White 

I came across this book and couldn’t help but want to read it. I’m a Jane Austin fanatic and love all her work. I once wanted my own Mr. Darcy as well, so I adopted a bird and named him that. But, I was skeptical because Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorites and I was afraid this book was going to be some kind of spin off. I was wrong, so very wrong.

Elizabeth reluctantly watches the movie with her mother and best friend, then becomes obsessed with it. It’s her dream to wait for a man that fits Mr. Darcy’s image. Not just any Mr. Darcy but one that looks like Matthew Macfadyen- and who could blame her, he was the best looking Mr. Darcy that Hollywood could find.

Her best friend, Janessa, tries to bring her back to reality. When Elizabeth meets Chad in a grocery store, Janessa encourages her to date him ten times before giving up on him. In walks Matt, her perfect Mr. Darcy look alike. Not only does he look like the part, he plays it as well. Elizabeth is on cloud nine!

I felt for both the men in this story. For Chad, who didn’t deserve what happens to him. For Matt, who also didn’t deserve what happens to him. However, I am very happy for Elizabeth who followed her dreams and we are to assume she lives happily ever after.

As an author myself, I found My Own Mr. Darcy to be a little predictable. Or maybe it’s because I dreamed of this story too- finding my own. But, Karey White has given Elizabeth all the romance she ever wanted. Elizabeth found someone who spoiled her with affection, stayed by her side, paved her future, and loved her unconditionally.

Was it Chad? Or was it Matt? I can’t tell you that. You’ll have to get a copy yourself, you won’t be disappointed. And if you haven’t seen Pride and Prejudice yet, what are you waiting for? Click the picture below to order your copy of My Own Mr. Darcy and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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I am giving away copies of St. Matthew's House on If you don't have a copy yet, enter for a chance to win. See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: St. Matthew's House: A Paranormal Romance Novella (Kindle Edition). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Jul 29, 2016 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules Good luck!

A little about reviews

Have you ever wondered why authors ask readers to leave a review on Amazon, or other online stores, after you finished reading their book? The intent of this blog post is to explain it a little better to you.

  Picture this… Remember what it was like before the internet came along and buying books was a complete different experience. We went into a store, a real store that we can touch the walls with, and selected the books we wanted to read. A customer had an idea of what kind of book they wanted to read, and went to that aisle. (Hence, on Amazon you search Sci-fi, romance, nonfiction, ect- you did it years ago too.) There in the aisle was shelves full of books to choice from. The customer picked a book up, maybe judged it from its cover, and read the back of the book, the inside flap, any editorial reviews that were printed inside, and possibly started reading the first chapter. We put the ones we didn’t find interesting back, and we bought the ones that liked. You were able to hold it in your hands, feel it, skim through it, and check its price to see if you thought it was worth the price. Then the book was bought.

This happened at new and used book stores, by the way. I’m not saying that people can’t do this anymore, but bookstores in general are losing their appeals with all the online bookstores and ebooks available. Now bring your mind back to the present day. You want a book, you go on Amazon, there are millions of books. Many of which are self-published so you have no idea who the author is. Now you really are clicking on the ones that your eyes are attracted to, or the title interests you. But is it good? You can’t tell, you can’t hold it, you can’t flip through the pages. Yes, you can download a sample, or what Amazon calls “Look inside the book,” but that only gets you so far. You must sample read what they allow you to sample, not like in the book stores days where you could read anywhere you wanted in the book. How do you know if you’d like it?

Reviews! When others read a book and then go back to the site in which they purchased it and leaves a review- it’s like telling someone else whether they should buy the book or not. Reviews tell us things like, the book was a page turner, the reader couldn’t put it down, the ending was perfect. Or, the review could be just the opposite, the reviewer might say that there were too many spelling errors in the book, or the characters weren’t strong enough. It’s valued information for you and makes your decision process easier. So after you read the book, you do the same and help another reader decide if they like it.

Sad fact- many good books go unsold because there are no reviews left. My historical fiction book, Amelia’s Story, was downloaded over 350 times when it was priced free during a promotional period after its release. I personally sold about 50 of them myself. Many people have told me that they loved the book. It made them happy, sad, angry. It made them cry, but they all told me it was good and they looked forward to my new books. Unfortunately, there are only a few reviews left on it, and when new readers discover it- there aren’t enough reviews to convince them that it’s worth the price. Tragic but happens to so many independent authors.

What do we do about that? We should read books and then leave a few sentences about them online. They don’t have to be professionally written, you don’t have to be a writer. Just tell others what you thought. My newest novella, St. Matthew’s House, is being released tomorrow and I sure hope that I can get reviews posted. I realize that I’m still new in the industry and I’m not going to be a household name anytime soon. That’s ok with me, right now I’m building up a following. That starts with what reviews.

Hope that give you a better understanding. Happy reading!

First review for St. Matthew’s House- 4 Stars

Check out the first review of St. Matthew's House here. Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite St. Matthew’s House: A Paranormal Romance Novella is written by C.P. Murphy. Young bride, TaShena, is shot dead on her wedding day by her abusive ex-boyfriend, Adam, before he turns the gun on himself immediately after seeing her lifeless body. After such a tragedy, the church is no longer used as a place of worship and is transformed into a residence. When Sophia Demitri flees to Greenville to escape her abusive ex-boyfriend, Charlie, and start a new life, she feels blessed to find such a beautiful house, especially since she can easily afford the rent. Little does Sophia know that her every move is being watched by two ghosts – one of which is held against her will while the other rejoices in inflicting pain and torment on others. Sophia seems to feel their chilling presence and hear a woman’s voice whisper to her, which Sophia shrugs off as lingering dreams. When former groom-to-be, Frankie Everhart, notices that somebody has moved into the church where his beloved TaShena had been gunned down in front of him all those years ago, TaShena suddenly appears in his dreams, desperately trying to guide him towards the new girl in town. At first, it is to try to fill the void that TaShena’s death had created in Frankie’s heart, but it quickly escalates into something life-threatening with Sophia’s urgent need for protection from a man who only knows how to talk with his fists. As a domestic violence survivor, I have to say that I got chills while reading C.P. Murphy’s paranormal tale of psychopathic abuse. Starting with the murder-suicide of a bride by her ex-boyfriend on her wedding day and moving on to a woman who, years later, unknowingly moves into the building where the murder-suicide had taken place whilst escaping her own nightmarish abusive past, St. Matthew’s House is a fast-paced thriller which keeps the adrenaline pumping from start to finish. Incorporating the afterlife into a maniacal obsession which had led to such a horrific crime creates a unique and incredible storyline, filled both with fear and unbridled passion. As difficult as it was for me to read, I enjoyed how the story played out so beautifully. I recommend this book to mature audiences who enjoy a lot of action and drama in their paranormal romance.

St. Matthew’s House in on presale!

I'm getting very excited as my new book is being released in less than a month! Over 60 people have shown an interest in receiving an advanced copy for a review, and its been sent to a few blogs for review. I'm in the process of setting up a virtual book tour, so stay tuned and I'll tell you where you can find me. The book will be exclusive on Amazon, on July 5, 2016. I can't wait to see how the world feels about St. Matthew's House (A paranormal romance novella). Get your presale copy today and tell everyone you know who reads to get theirs. Stay tuned as the excitement continues. Get your presale copy here! And remember: it's FREE on Kindle Unlimited:)

Breaking one of the golden rules!

Hello all! One thing I've heard over and over is; if you want to be a successful writer, you need to blog often. Unfortunately I'm not on here as much as I should be. I just wanted to take a few minutes to update you all on why I'm not, and what I'm up to.

As much as I'd love to write full time, I can't yet. I have a job that is demanding of my time. It seems that I get more days off then most people but believe me when I say, its a struggle to get there. When those days off do come around, I find that typical life gets in my way too. It's difficult to be a social butterfly and to chop away at a writing career at the same time. Yes, I'll admit, I'm somewhere between introvert and social butterfly. I'd love my time alone, but there are family and friend times that I also want to be a part of.

It's not like I'm not working on my writing career; I'm just not blogging enough. Something I'll try very hard to work on. Please have patience with me if my thoughts on here are scattered.

I have been working on my writing career. My 3rd book, a paranormal/supernatural romance novella is scheduled to be released on July 5, 2016. Whoohoo! I have advanced review copies out now, and soon it'll be available for presale on Amazon. I've decided to make this novella just a Kindle for now. Maybe by Christmas time I'll have it put in print but in my past experience, I'm selling more ebooks than I am print.

I'm also expecting the cover to be completed this coming week. Of course I'll share it when it comes out. This is a very exciting time for me.

Also, I've had my historical fiction novel narrated and within the next few months it'll be available on Audibles. It's another thing keeping me busy, listening to the recording, making sure it's right.

I have an outline going, story in my head, and I'll be writing another book. Actually I have 3 in my head. Ahh, the struggles of a writer.

And if that's not enough, I'm trying hard to finish reading books that I'd love to review. I downloaded some off of Amazon, authors I'll tell you about soon enough. But also I've been reading a series, young adult, that I'm almost done with. Today's agenda, to sit down and finish the last book. (I literally only have like 50 pages left). Won't say what series it is, but will say I heard rumors of it coming to the big screen and I can't wait!

I'm also half way through Shearwater: A Mermaid Romance by D.S. Murphy. No, we're not related and no, we don't know each other- just wanted to put that out there since we share the same last name. There are currently 174 reviews on Amazon, so why am I reading it? Because I've been following Murphy's advice on book covers and launching a book, and really learned a lot. So even though he doesn't necessarily need another review, I'm doing it out of pure appreciation of what he's teaching me. Btw: I'm loving the story though.

So yes, as you can see I have been busy. I know its not an excuse not to blog and I will try my hardest to get on here more often. I'm sure I'll be back soon with those reviews anyway soon.

Until then, hope you enjoyed my random thoughts.

Would you like an advanced readers copy?

  I'm currently in the final production stage of St. Matthew's House, just waiting on the cover. My tentative release date is June 21, 2016. I am seeking readers who would like to join Team C.P. Murphy by receiving an advanced copy (pdf which could be read on your computers/tablets/any device that supports pdfs). Readers who receive an advanced copy are then asked to post a review on Amazon the day of the review. Anyone who reviews the novella on release day will be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card; anyone who posts their review during release week will be entered to win a separate $25 Amazon gift card. That's two chances automatically if you post on release day. Also, anyone who joins Team C.P. Murphy (my newsletter) before release day is entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card. I strongly suggest that you go to my website,, and sign up because more details about the advanced copies, as well as the advanced copies themselves, will be emailed through the newsletter. Join Team C.P. Murphy today! As of right now, there are those 3 chances to win. You could win one, you might even win all 3:) Again, you'll automatically receive the advanced copy by signing up for my newsletter. Thank you! St. Matthew's House: A Paranormal Romance Novella. When Sophia moved to Greenville to forget her obsessive ex-boyfriend, she thought her life was about to begin again. She meets Frankie, the town's playboy, and the two develop romantic feelings towards each other. But her home, once a church, has a different plan for Sophia. St. Matthew's House has secrets that nobody wants to tell her about, especially Frankie.  

The Descendant by Ally Capraro

I read this book to help out a fellow indie author. The story line took off right away, and that made the book kind of predictable, but I honestly enjoyed this story. Ava Davenport begins having strange dreams that somehow seem to come true when she’s awake. At first it’s thought to be stress since she’s busy planning her wedding to a man she has doubts about. She’s not sure if he’s the one or not and becomes attracted to the man in her dreams. He’s from another dimension and guards her throughout her life. After calling her wedding off, she goes out with Victor as a favor to her friend. Victor isn’t what he appears to be and Ava finds herself in danger with him. Her dream man, Meldrick, rescues her and takes her away from Earth where she will be safe. Personally I find the romance a little unbelievable, although to the writer’s defense, Meldrick has loved Ava for years, long before she knew he existed. It’s an innocent romance though, good for young adults. I won’t give away what happens after Ava is taken away but I will say that the end of this book is a cliff hanger and more is to come. I rated this story 4 stars. It is a great story and I do recommend it but like I said earlier, it took off right away and didn’t leave room for the imagination to wonder what was going to happen. Considering this is Ally Capraro’s first book, I say she did a good job and I look forward to book 2.