The CEO Release

If you haven’t heard, the CEO released this week. I have never had a book do so well, and I know some of it is that I’ve been marketing with the help of Book Enthusiast Promotions and making connections over the past couple of years, but the bulk of it was the huge help from my publisher. Limitless Publishing has been awesome. From the cover to the editing to the marketing, I am grateful for every person who contributed to my book.

 

Whether you’re an author or a reader, you should check out Limitless books. http://www.limitlesspublishing.net

 


Nothing Ventured

Check out the next book by Kristen Luciani.

Nothing Ventured

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Synopsis:

Mia Bradshaw realized long ago that falling in love is a harbinger of pain. As a single mom working for one of the most prestigious venture capital firms in the country, she doesn’t have time for serious emotional entanglements. Her sort-of–friend boy is dependable, respectful and…okay, fine, maybe a little lukewarm but whatever! Who ever said there was anything wrong with being…vanilla? It’s safe, low-risk and not fraught with conflict and heart wrenching disappointment.

Chris Camden is one of the most eligible bachelors in northern California. A successful entrepreneur with a hot car and a panty-dropping grin doesn’t need to do much to keep his bed warm at night. His smoldering hazel-eyed gaze makes women melt at his feet. No strings, no conditions, no questions – just the way he likes it. Why should he settle for just one when there are so many sizzling alternatives begging for a spin?

A coveted opportunity to partner with Chris’s company stirs up emotions that threaten everything Mia’s been so careful to protect and control. The guy with more lines than a crowded supermarket before a snowstorm can singe her insides with the slightest accidental touch, proof that she needs to steer clear.

But reality hurls a very unexpected curve ball that can change Mia’s life in a heartbeat. And sometimes…the perception of safety is relative.

Bio:

Kristen Luciani is a self-proclaimed momtrepreneur with a penchant for Christian Louboutins, Silicon Valley (the place and the show), plunging necklines and grapefruit martinis.  As a deep-rooted romantic who prefers juicy drama to fill the lives of anyone other than her, she tried her hand at creating a world of enchantment, sensuality, and intrigue, finally uncovering her true passion. No pun intended…

Connect With Kristen:

Website  Facebook  The Stiletto Click  LinkedIn  Twitter  Pinterest

Buy Unlikely Venture:

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Finding Series Upgrade

Since the Whole Life Series is getting its own makeover thanks to an awesome publishing deal that I entered with Limitless Publishing, I thought it was time for the Finding Series to get a little facelift. Truth: I didn’t know what I was doing when I published my first book. I published on a whim. Now that I’m older and wiser (ha. ha.), it is time for me to do a little updating.

The covers will be changed first, so stick around for a cover reveal coming soon.

This is all a learning process for me, and I’m excited to show my readers growth as I learn. However, I appreciate all who read the books in the format they are currently in, so changes will be made to the existing books in order to keep reviews and update what nice people already have.

 

Thanks for the support and happy reading.

Shealy


Recent Reviews

I am pretty bad about writing reviews. I rate almost every book I read. Sometimes I go on a hiatus then forget, but for the most part I have rated every book I have read over the last three years on Goodreads. I spent a little time today writing some reviews, some good and others not great, but I wanted to highlight a few books that I have read in 2015.
Fake BoobsFake Boobs by Ryan Ringbloom

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

And Ryan Ringbloom thinks we all have it. Tori broke my heart with her body issues and blending in. She’s the perfect representation of the insecure girl that lives inside most women. On the flip side was Grant, so sure of himself until he let his heart takeover. I felt every moment of their journeys. Relatable and convincing, these characters were my friends from high school, college, and now. They represented people we all know in a story that breaks your heart then puts it back together. I laughed out loud. I cried a few tears. I even blogged about this book. This is one you need to read. Be prepared for it to stick with you long after you read “The End.”

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Beneath the Layers (Beneath the Layers, #1)Beneath the Layers by Mia Rivers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an amazing debut novel from Mia Rivers. As the synopsis tells you, Tara has a secret, a big one, and wait until you find out what it is. I was itching to know the secret the whole time I was reading while simultaneously wanting to punch and steal her hot boss. I spent most of the book guessing, and I was still surprised when the big reveal came.

These characters were smart and relatable with differences that ran so deep, I felt like I knew them. In every way Alex was lacking, Tara had Nick to make up for it. I also loves Tara’s girl time and how it showed her personality in a different light.

Over all, this story was intriguing and sexy, and I couldn’t get enough…can’t get enough. I can’t wait for the next book especially since this one leaves you hanging with the biggest reveal yet. While the story is complete, a little cliffhanger is thrown in at the end to set up the next book. Now I am dying to know what happens while being completely satisfied with part 1.

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Strings (Hard Rock Harlots, #1)Strings by Kendall Grey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have literally never read anything like this. I had to give it five stars for all of the figurative language that had me falling out of my chair. This book is NOT for everyone and was beyond shocking for me, but I loved the love story, was shocked by the sex, and found her inner dialogue to be bold and unique. Way to go Kendall Grey for shocking the hell out of me.

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The Virgin Romance NovelistThe Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved everything about this book except one small thing right at the end, and the timing made it hard to forget. Otherwise it was funny. All the characters were likable until Henry did what he did, but you will have to read the book to find out about that. I loved that Rosie had no idea she was awesome, but she really was. Her job was hilarious. Overall this book was funny and unlike anything I’ve ever read. It certainly isn’t for everyone, but I would highly recommend it.

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SlickSlick by Kristi Pelton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read by Kristi Pelton, and I really enjoyed it. There were times when I wanted to scream at the characters for doing stupid stuff or for not communicating, but I liked the drama (and there’s a lot of it) and how it all worked out in the end. I sat down and read it all in a few hours since I couldn’t put it down, so I would highly recommend this book to others.

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RevvedRevved by Samantha Towle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don’t know a damn thing about racing, but I loved this book. I liked the back and forth between the characters although it went on a little too long. I liked that their families were involved in their lives. That always tells me a lot about the characters and add a depth and likability that would otherwise be missing. This reminds me a bit of another book I read where the girl is a mechanic. I think tough girls that can get girly are cool and I find the men that tame them (or that they tame) are often the swooniest of the swoon. Yes, those are real words. This is a good one, girls. Go get it.

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Anyone but Alex (The English Brothers, #3)Anyone but Alex by Katy Regnery

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read almost this whole series over 3 days, and now I can confidently say Alex is my favorite. Not only does he show his true colors in his book, but his story gives into the fantasy that all guys need is the right woman. I also loved the premise. Seriously, how do some of these characters deal with landing the man whore like they do in so many stories? Katie Regnery explores what happens next and puts a fun spin on what happens after the man who has been with everyone lands the girl of his dream. Don’t just read this book though. Start at the beginning, so you get the full effect of the greatness that is Alex. PS – I love Stratton, too.

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Falling for Autumn (Falling for Autumn, #1)Falling for Autumn by Heather Topham Wood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read by this author, and she did something I love. She guided us into the characters lives as if we were actually meeting them for the first time. Every character in this story was perfection. Autumn was broken but overcoming her past when she is first introduced. She didn’t give it all up right away. Wood slowly immerses us in Autumn’s life then hits you with Autumn’s tragic past right when the build up is about to make you go crazy.

Blake was a little different. Autumn couldn’t figure him out, making us wonder exactly what his motives were. I did predict his secret early on, but I thought the build up and big reveal were sly enough to build suspense. I never wanted to quit reading even after I figured it out. I must say, the big reveal was more dramatic than I had predicted.

I’m excited to read the next book and would recommend Falling for Autumn to anyone who likes a college love story with a twist.

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Amour AmourAmour Amour by Krista Ritchie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was the first book I have read by these authors, and I loved it. It was unique and fun while having enough drama and seriousness to have me believing in the story 100%. This is the first Russian acrobat that has ever had me swooning, so well done ladies. He wasn’t just muscles and strange flexibility. He was a showman and a perfect hero for this story.

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A few favorites

I want to recognize some awesome blogs out there who have helped me out lately. Here are five favorites of the month.

 The Book Enthusiast

What I love:

This was one of the first blogs I followed because she seems to know everything that’s going on. If I’m looking for something to read, this is the place to look. There is something new everyday. She is also the rock star that puts together my promos. Not only is she super organized, but she is knowledgeable about anything and everything related to promoting a book. If you’re looking for a new book or a fun giveaway, click here.

Follow Debra on Twitter @BookEnthusiast1

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheBookEnthusiast

http://thebookenthusiast.net

 

Bookaholic Confessions

What I love:

Holly is the best of the reader, reviewer, blogger world. Not only is she super nice, but her reviews are thoughtful and honest. She shares the good and the bad in the kindest of ways. I really trust her reviews and often check her page or tweets to see what she’s reading.

Follow Holly on twitter @bookaholicholly

http://bookaholicconfessions.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/book-review-whole-life-re-do-by-shealy-james/

 

Summer’s Book Blog

What I love:

This is another blog I’ve been following for a long time. These reviewers are brutally honest and into the same genres as I am. Their reviews are thorough and often help guide my decisions. Plus, they do a ton of fun giveaways, not that I ever win, but I still like to enter.

http://summersbookblog.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SUMMERSBOOKBLOG

Twitter @Summer_Clark_1

 

A Page Review

What I love:

Ashley Page is a new blogger and she is doing her part reading and reviewing books like a madwoman. Like most of the blogs I follow, Ashley really reads the books and pays attention to the authors intentions, as well as the story and writing style. She was thorough, thoughtful, and kind. I will be seeking her out to review my books in the future, but in the mean time, go check out what she’s reading now.

Twitter @APage426

www.apagereview.com

 

Magical Magnetism

What I love:

Okay, so this one isn’t a dedicated book blog, and technically it’s a vlog on You Tube, but it is one that keeps me giggling and in my happy place. College friends and soul sisters, Anna E and Sarah, decided it was time to share with the world their tips and insights into staying classy and grounded in the modern world. They share all kinds of fun things, and I find their positivity and humor equivalent to puppies, rainbows, and butterflies. I laughed out loud several times during each video, so I would highly recommend this to anyone who has an appreciation for glitter and pancakes…so everyone, right?

Latest video:

 

That is all for now. I will try to do this monthly because I am always finding new blogs, and I would like to show my appreciation for the awesome people who take time to review my books, promote my books, or simply make me happy. Thanks for spreading positivity and news about my books, people. You make a girl feel like she’s riding on a unicorn into the sunset with Henry Cavill. Too far? You get my point.


Find Me in Manhattan – Out Now!

My latest book is out and available everywhere (almost) online. I’m really excited about this one because it combines two passions of mine, psychology and romance. Michael is battling his version of PTSD after his time as a soldier. Sarah is a graduate student studying the effects of trauma on veterans when she experiences a trauma of her own. Her acute reaction  makes her feel weak and insecure, something she has never felt before. Michael is there to pick up the pieces, but the last thing she wants is a man to save her. She’s the girl looking for the prince, not the white knight, right up until she realizes they may be one in the same.

I love this book because it was something a little different for me. It was harder to write and rewarding in its own way once it was complete. Of course, I’m freaking out about what people will say, so leave me a review if you read it.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23148558-find-me-in-manhattan

Amazon US: http://amzn.com/B00T0VFNRA

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/find-me-in-manh…/1121320920…


Fake Boobs and Other Insecurities

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I am a middle school teacher by day and reader/writer by night in addition to everything else in my life. I have been a teenage girl in a large public high school. I have been a college student in a sorority and lived with a few “indepe

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ndent” girls. I worked my first job at a university and found a great group of girls. Now, I teach, and have another set of girl friends in addition to my hormonal middle school students that I keep up with long after they leave my classroom. So why am I telling you how many women I have spent time with? Because they all have one thing in common. INSECURITIES.

I have yet to meet the woman who knows she’s perfect. I know confident women who will tell me they could stand to do this or that to their body. Women are always trying to better themselves whether it be through looks, education, receiving advice, etc. We are never satisfied. 

I bring this up to anyone and everyone who will read this because of a wonderful book written by my friend, Ryan Ringbloom. In her novel, Fake Boobs she brings these issues to light through Tori’s difficult journey. I am only a li

ttle over halfway through this book, and all I can think of is my students and me when I was a teenage

r and thought my body was imperfect. Now that I have had a baby, my thoughts regarding my body are even worse. Looking back, I see how foolish I was to think anything of my figure at all, but hindsight is 20/20, you know? 

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My girls at school are no different. They all have something going on. Their bodies are changing, and while some are showing them off in the most inappropriate ways, some are hiding beneath baggy clothing for fear someone might see how they really look. I worry for our

 future when ideal is unreachable and reachable is never ideal.

Thank you Ryan for teaching women to see their beauty through Tori’s story. I think all women can relate to her experience even if it isn’t fake boobs they desire. For a read that will make you see all the good you have to offer the world, check out Ryan Ringbloom’s Fake Boobs. 

PS – I was reading it at 5:00 this morning because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. This book sucked me in, and I didn’t want to put it down when I was forced to go to work. Fake Boobs


Find Me in Manhattan Teaser

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Here’s another teaser from Find Me in Manhattan. If you haven’t met Sarah yet, you can meet the wild girl we can’t help but love in Finding Me, Finding You and Finding Us.

Teaser 2:

“I thought I was tough. I always prided myself on being a strong woman. Hear me roar! It turned out I was just like every other sob story you read about, the warning story for other women. I had become the one who ignored the old saying about something being too good to be true. I so badly wanted love that I believed the lie. Men were my weakness. Well, men and chocolate.”

Sarah’s story, Find Me in Manhattan, will be out on March 25.


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