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Didi Oviatt

Author of the Time Waster Series-Super Short Preludes, and suspense novels Aggravated Momentum, The Stix, and New Age Lamians… (blogger)

Cast Your Writing Prompt Vote! Wk 2, K & D Suspenseful Collection (3 MORE HOURS TO VOTE!!)

A new week, a new genre, a new improv writing prompt that YOU CHOOSE! (some stories will be 18+ and some will not. We plan to cover everything!)

***THE POLL WILL BE LEFT OPEN FOR THREE MORE HOURS. SO IF YOU HAVEN’T VOTED THEN PLEASE OH PLEASE DO SO!***

I’m so excited to be working on weekly short stories with Kim! She’s an amazing writer, and it turns out we have so much in common for a couple of gals who live in such different worlds!  

Yesterday we posted our very first short story. It’s a twisted historical fiction featuring a WOMAN SERIAL KILLER ON DEATH ROW! Wow right!  All of you fantastical nerdy voters picked the prompt “It was the first time I killed a man” and we ran with it! Read Story Here It’s juicy, dark, psychological, and packed with suspense. I couldn’t be any happier with our first challenge!

But that’s not why where here today is it? Because TODAY YOU GET TO VOTE ON ANOTHER NEW PROMPT!!!!   eeeeeekkkkkkk!!  So exciting! So what will our story be friends? Give us a challenge!  You can find more on our weekly buddy writing challenge HERE . Or by reading the short description below the poll.  HAPPY VOTING FRIENDS! Pick our prompt and we’ll tell you a tale!

A LITTLE INFO:

This interactive writing challenge is simple and insanely creative. It’s a group effort and we’re so glad to have you join in the writing fun!!  I hope you’re ready to challenge Kim and I by choosing which prompts we can transform into stellar suspense!  Give us your best shot!  You vote on our weekly prompt, and we provide the entertainment. One of us will start the story and the other will pick up where she randomly left off. It’s that simple! The super easy steps are as follows:

STEP ONE: Every Wednesday we’ll post a voting poll with a few prompts to choose from.
STEP TWO: With the click of a button, you cast your vote on a prompt. (voting will stay open for three days.)
STEP THREE: READ AND ENJOY!  Every week on the following Tuesday we will post the short story that transformed from the very winning prompt you chose!
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“Free, a Novella” by Felicia Denise #ChapterReveal

Felicia is an amazing writter! I can’t wait for this release!

Felicia Denise, Author

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“Free, a Novella”

Author: Felicia Denise

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release Date: May 30, 2017

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Synopsis

Lenore Porter’s life had not gone as she planned.

The marriage she put her heart and soul into failed.

The man she sacrificed so much for abandoned her.

But Lennie refused to be broken. She pushed on, running a successful business and raising her three sons alone.

Through health scares and severe family dysfunction and trauma which forever changed their lives, the Porter family clung to each other to keep from sinking into the darkness.

With her marriage over long ago and her adult sons living their own lives, Lenore Porter decides to sell the cold fortress she worked so hard to make a warm, loving home.

A short, final inspection of her former home turns into a confrontation with ghosts from the past, and decisions and events Lennie felt she’d dealt with and moved…

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Book Review: Aggravated Momentum by Didi Oviatt 5*

Omg I’m so excited I could squeel! ( okay okay, maybe I did, just a little) another 5 stars for Aggravated Momentum 🤗 thanks Kim! I’m glad you liked the twisted minds of my crazy characters!

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Aggravated Momentum by [Oviatt, Didi]

A very enjoyable read! First let me start by saying, this author has a certain style of writing, it’s not just fast paced and gripping, it’s moving and will place you in the same room as the characters. Each character is portrayed via a first person POV, my personal favourite in the thriller genre. Didi Oviatt did not fail me! I was convinced by every character’s POV. Especially  our prime suspect and killer.

The Plot:

Markie finds her self surrounded by death, her nearest and dearest are dropping like flies, and no one can understand why.  Her sister Kam is also unnerved by the random killings taking place. Early on in the book we learn who the suspect is, I won’t give spoilers as I hate these myself. As I was reading I thought to myself why did the author do this, why has she given away the who-dun-it so…

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Cast Your Writing Prompt Vote! Wk 2, K & D Suspenseful Collection

Two more days to cast a vote!

Didi Oviatt

A new week, a new genre, a new improv writing prompt that YOU CHOOSE! (some stories will be 18+ and some will not. We plan to cover everything!)

I’m so excited to be working on weekly short stories with Kim! She’s an amazing writer, and it turns out we have so much in common for a couple of gals who live in such different worlds!  

Yesterday we posted our very first short story. It’s a twisted historical fiction featuring a WOMAN SERIAL KILLER ON DEATH ROW! Wow right!  All of you fantastical nerdy voters picked the prompt “It was the first time I killed a man”and we ran with it! Read Story Here It’s juicy, dark, psychological, and packed with suspense. I couldn’t be any happier with our first challenge!

But that’s not why where here today is it? Because TODAY YOU GET TO VOTE ON ANOTHER…

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Blog Tour Review Stop: Before The Tempest, by Tani Hanes. (my rate 4 of 5 stars) #blogtour #review #giveaway

Before the Tempest (UK Crush Series Book #4)

Tani Hanes

Publication Date: March 21, 2017

Genre: New Adult Romance/ Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:

Aileen Foster, poor, orphaned, musically gifted, never imagined her life could change so much, so fast, but getting a job as interpreter for boyband UK Crush pitched her headfirst into tumult and a glamorous life she never thought she’d have. Now, engaged to band member Theo Shelley, and having survived her audition to Hamilton Conservatory in Manhattan, she’s off to the Bahamas with the boys while they write their new album. Life has never been easy for her, but she’s trying.

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MY REVIEW:

4 of 5 stars!!

Three books in and I’m yet to be disappointed! Before the Tempest is an absolutely indispensable portion of the UK Crush tale. Moving along with the romance of Tink and Teddy is emotionally enchanting. Now engaged, and after winning a very prestige classical music scholarship, Aileen faces a whole new set of obstacles in life.

I love all the drama in this one!! In my opinion it’s neck and neck with book one, and is much better than 2 and 3. It’s rare to be able to keep the story flowing and to create such a bang three books in!! Tani executed quite the whirlwind of admiration, love, and obsession. She is able to mix up the couple’s bedroom escapades in a way that keeps you as the reader wanting more. It’s far from droll, to put it lightly! *drools*

My hat is also off to Tani with this one in terms of intense scenes of jealousy, sabotage, and rage. The fans of our favorite group of gorgeous boy/men are at an all time high in erratic action – As is the craziness of past relationships(ish)… Pushing the limits with ups and downs in a relationship, especially such a high profile relationship, is really a strong point for Tani in Before the Tempest!

Another aspect that I love about this book is the music standpoint. The entire series IS after all written around musicians. Up until this point the main focus (in terms of tunes) has been all behind the scenes with an occasional explanation of concerts and piano practice/performance. I found it very fulfilling to learn more about the back end of the music process. Especially since the band decides to make some changes.

I loved Before the Tempest, and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

About the Author:

Tani Hanes was born in Yokosuka, Japan. She spent the first few years of her life traveling back and forth between Japan and the US, making the permanent move to the Central Valley of California when she was five. She visited family in Japan on a regular basis, and attended college in Tokyo for one year at ICU before getting her degree in Language Studies from UC Santa Cruz. She has two children, and was a substitute teacher for fifteen years. Hanes currently resides in New York City with her husband and cats, Moss and Lily.

Make sure to visit and follow Tani!!  Here are her Author Links:

Facebook: HERE
Website: HERE
Twitter: HERE
Amazon: Author Page
Goodreads: HERE
Pinterest: HERE

Swoonreads: https://www.swoonreads.com/a/tani-hanes/6QA49L/

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I’m so glad I decided to read this series!  It isn’t my usual genre, so I was honestly a little bit leery going in.. I’m happy to say that I’M SO GLAD I DID FINALLY READ THESE BOOKS!!  You can find my reviews for all three previous books here:

Review: Living in the Shallows (UK Crush #1), by Tani Hanes 4 of 5 stars

Review: Diving Deep (UK Crush #2)

Review: Learning to Fly (UK Crush #3), by Tani Hanes

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And, now for the..

Giveaway:

5 digital sets of the UK Crush series and 1 complete print set of the UK Crush series, signed by author

Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/0e7c6a8f6/

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Last but not least, don’t forget to PRE-ORDER book #5!!

AMAZON ORDER LINK: HERE

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Vicious competition of our thoughts: Inspiration Vs. Self-doubt

Picture this (or re-live it in memory, if the case may be):

Sally wakes to a cool crisp morning, after a refreshing peaceful nights sleep. She feels fantastic, you see, because for the first time in weeks she was able to get a full nights sleep. The night before her children did the unthinkable and laid themselves down in bed without a peep!!  No begging for water, crying for cartoons, or repetitive tip-toes into the living room trying to sneak a peak at whatever rated R movie the adults are watching on television. It was a miracle of an evening!  Sally took advantage of that wonderful gift from above.

After replacing the sheets on her bed with a cleaner higher thread count, she shimmied into a fantastic silk top, dropped some lavender into the diffuser by her bed, did a couple yoga stretches and laid down herself.  It was a beautiful night. The stars were shining bright, the house was silent, and then ‘BANG’ like a lightning bolt, inspiration struck!! Sally thought of the exact changes that needed to be made to the novel she had been struggling with for months. So naturally, she sat up and jotted down a few notes. Then she slept like a rock, feeling accomplished and content knowing full well that the next day would be nothing but a success.

Now, as Sally slipped on her jeans and favorite T, she began to question.  The ‘what-ifs’ began rolling in like the rolling thunder after the strike. She thought things like, What if I can’t word it right?, and What if its already been done, and I just don’t know it? Sally moved on into the bathroom and while she brushed her hair and teeth the battle within continued. What if my friends and family think it’s stupid?, and What if it’s not as bold as I want it to be?  How can I compete with a more seasoned writer?

By the time Sally cooked breakfast and prepared her children for school, she had herself worked into a complete and utter blunder! So much for a full night’s sleep, she thought.

Finally as Sally sat down to her computer, notes in tow, the stress of it all had completely overwhelmed her. Although the feeling of inspiration had been such a satisfying and exciting experience, the self-doubt had knocked her for a loop. A battle had played out and while she stared at the blank page on her screen, Sally had no clue if she could do it, or if she should even try for that matter.

BUT, she wrote it anyways!!  

 Moral of the story: Everyone fights this battle to a certain point. Everyone has self-doubt, it’s all a part of being human. Write anyway!  Don’t just reach for your dreams, but GRAB them!!!  You will never fulfill that inspirational thought or achieve your quest, if you don’t push through.  YOU are both sides of the battle, so make the positive team win out.  Good luck!

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Let Me Tell You A Tale… Wk #1. “It Was The First Time I Killed A Man”#amwriting #crimefiction #thriller

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You voted for the writing prompt “it was the first time I killed a man”so Didi and I responded. This is OVER 18 READING!  The prompt was both of our favourite, so thank you! We’ve had a ball, remember we never discuss the way the story should go. Author A writes her part and hands it to author B to finish. I just wanna say, I personally am so happy my path has crossed with Didi. I enjoyed her novel Aggravated Momentum and she is an excellent thriller and suspense writer.  I hope we are life long practice writing buddies to perfect our craft in our genre no matter where our careers take us. What caught our attention over each other’s suspense novels? The writing style! LOL.  Can you guess who wrote what? Comments and feedback welcome!

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Blog Tour: Before the Tempest by Tani Hanes #Review #Interview #Giveaway #Romance #NewAdult

If you’ve read any of my reviews over the last week, then you have an idea about this series! Don’t miss your chance at the exciting giveaway, right here on R&R’s tour hosting page! 😍

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I’m proud to launch R&R Book Tours’ first official blog tour with Tani Hanes’ Before the Tempest (Book #4 Uk Crush Series)!

I have read the entire UK Crush series, (I have a connection, Shhhh) and it is soooo good! But, today is all about book #4, Before the Tempest.

Before the Tempest (Release Date: March 21, 2017)

Aileen Foster, poor, orphaned, musically gifted, never imagined her life could change so much, so fast, but getting a job as interpreter for boyband UK Crush pitched her headfirst into tumult and a glamorous life she never thought she’d have. Now, engaged to band member Theo Shelley, and having survived her audition to Hamilton Conservatory in Manhattan, she’s off to the Bahamas with the boys while they write their new album. Life has never been easy for her, but she’s trying.

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INDI-AUTHORS UNITE. Leave a link and find a read! Open book swap! (last chance)

Last chance, last week!  Don’t miss your chance for a great swap!  I’ve kept this page posted to my front main homepage of my blog for a couple of weeks now.  There are some AWESOME books here available for review swaps. I’m only keeping it pinned to my main page for another couple days before moving onto other adventures. So, don’t miss out!  Comment and pick a book to swap with now, while its still hot on the burner!

I’ve personally added each book suggested so far onto my TBR list, and I can’t wait to read them!

I’ve noticed a slight lack in support as of late. There is a lot of talking and not much reviewing of each others Indi books!

So, I’ve decided to drop this post as a semi-permanent place to read and review each others books. We’ll call it a ‘pick your book swap’.  Leave an order link in the comments with your work, THEN come back whenever you’d like and PICK ONE TO READ! Please only share if you plan on reading another.  

This isn’t only a promote yourself post, but a show your support for other amazing authors! Please share share share!!   I’m talking share you links, share this post, and lets share our thoughts on each others books!

It’s time to pay it forward fellow Indi’s.  Lets read others work just as much as we promote our own 🙂 ..  I can’t wait to see all of your books!!

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