Books, Photos & a little bit of everything else: Feb. 1

  • Before the Sky Fell by Aria Michaels: Cover Reveal

  • Maximum Risk by Ruth Cardello: New Release & Review

  • The Contract by M.C. Thomas: Book Trailer

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Book 0.5 in the Icarus series


*A prequel novella to the dystopian thriller, Icarus Series*

Seventeen year old Liv Larson’s world came crashing down around her six months before Solar Storm Icarus devastated the rest of the planet. Suddenly orphaned, and with all of her carefully constructed plans laid to ruin, Liv is forced to make a decision that could change everything. Will give in to her grief, or fight for what is left of her family, her friendships, and the future that existed…before the sky fell.

-Includes a special sneak peek at Killshot (Icarus Series, Book One)-




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Aria Michaels live in a small town in Illinois with husband, who also happens to be an author, and her six (yes, SIX) energetic boys. Always the creative type, Aria began writing and illustrating her own stories at a very young age. Her first book, a story about a fox and a chicken, had a brief stint with publication in her third grade classroom and elementary school library. Aria’s passion for creation and love of the human spirit followed her to the university level where she graduated with an Associates Degree in Fine Arts, and a Bachelors Degree in Communications with a minor in psychology. After years of juggling parenthood with a hectic career in higher education, the universe gave Aria the shove she needed to get me back to her original passion…writing.

According to Aria, writing has been the single greatest adventure (outside of motherhood) she has ever had the pleasure of experiencing! When she’s not glued to her computer or painting her next masterpiece, Aria can be found playing in the dirt with her kids, snuggling up to a good zombie flick with her husband, or sipping a glass of wine by the fire with friends.






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Check out the first book in the Icarus series, Killshot.

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Maximum Risk (The Andrades, #3)

Book: Maximum Risk

Series: The Andrades Book 3

Author: Ruth Cardello

Publication Date: January 27, 2015

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Max Andrade:
Rich, bold, unapologetic. He is a man who doesn’t hear the word no—until he meets Tara. In his obsession to have her, he’ll offer her anything—except his heart.

Tara Holmes:
Outspoken, hardworking, levelheaded. She makes her living by exposing unfaithful spouses. She doesn’t believe in love, especially not with a man who sees her as nothing more than a challenge.

When Madison D’Argenson hires Tara to uncover the truth about Aunt Patrice, Tara is pulled into Max’s world.
How far would you go to help a man who doesn’t want to be helped?
And how long would you give yourself over to the pleasure of his touch if you knew it would end as soon as he discovered your lie?

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Loved this book! In reading Ruthie’s books, Dominic Corisi had always been my favorite character until the Andrades Series came out. I loved Gio in Book #1 of the series almost as much as Dominic. Now, I have found with Maximum Risk that I think I may like Max as much or more than any of the other characters. He was a seriously flawed guy who thought he had his life under control. Enter Tara, the one female who could turn his world upside down. And turn it upside down she did. I love how this series is trying to bring these four broken brothers back together. Max was a tough guy to break but I sure enjoyed reading Tara’s attempts to break him down emotionally and get him to feel his emotions again. Ruth Cardello is an excellent writer and this book is a five star read! Bring on Luke’s story!
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Ruth Cardello was born the youngest of 11 children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She spent her young adult years moving as far away as she could from her large extended family. She lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, New York–then came full circle and moved back to Rhode Island. She now happily lives one town over from the one she was born in. For her, family trumped the warmer weather and international scene.She was an educator for 20 years, the last 11 as a kindergarten teacher. When her school district began cutting jobs, Ruth turned a serious eye toward her second love- writing and has never been happier. When she’s not writing, you can find her chasing her children around her small farm, riding her horses, or connecting with her readers online.

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