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Trashy Romance Novel

Delaney Brooks is the author of The Queen’s Surrogate, the “sinfully satisfactory” romance novel that swept readers around the world off their feet and into the fictional embrace of His Majesty, King Malcolm.

When her book is adapted into an eight-part miniseries, Delaney and her best friend, Gemma, fly to Scotland for what promises to be two months of lush green mountains, historic castles, and hot celebrity co-workers, including the gorgeous Matthew Kent, British playboy Benjamin Wyndham, and Hollywood’s hottest reformed rebel, Colin Ward.

Even though “trashy” is the first word in the title, this book is anything but trashy. In a word, this book is impressive. Jacqueline E. Smith wrote excerpts from books with in a book, and she made everything up. If memory serves, all John Green did when he wrote The Fault in Our Stars was make the up the title of a book and and the author.

It also reads like a daydream, but it’s not necessarily something specific to the author. Everyone has daydreams about what they’d do if they met and got to hang out with their favorite celebrities, right?

All this to say, this is Smith’s best book so far. Just the right amount of fantasy and daydreaming within realistic fiction.

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Spotlight

Wedding bells are ringing, but not for Melissa Parker. Months after shocking The Kind of September’s friends, family, and fandom with news of their engagement, Cory Foreman and Tara Meeks are ready to walk down the aisle, and Mel couldn’t be happier for them. At least, that’s what she’s supposed to think, especially now that she’s been recruited as a bridesmaid.

While Septemberists around the world are bracing themselves for the upcoming nuptials, Mel, Sam, and the rest of the guys are celebrating a new album, embracing new romances, and trying their best to avoid new rumors … Particularly those claiming that Mel and Sam are on the verge of ending their relationship.

The fourth book in the Boyband series by Jacqueline E. Smith might just be the best. The characters feel like family at this point, and the books where readers can connect with and relate to the characters are always excellent.

This book – as has come to be expected – had well timed humor and references that will make readers laugh out loud. And of course, there’s drama. There’s always loads of drama in the entertainment world of course, but this fictional drama is a whole other level. And don’t forget the plot twists. A good book and/or series always has a few, but readers won’t see these coming. At all.

Makes this book sound like something worth reading, doesn’t it?

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Security Blanket

Growing up, I didn’t really have a security blanket.  I can’t remember ever needing one.

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After Death 

When Michael Sinclair receives an invitation to attend the grand opening of Cirque Sominatis, he figures it will be a good opportunity to get away from the ghosts, potential in-laws, and the seemingly endless stream of rejected job applications … And a chance to spend a romantic weekend at the circus with Kate.

But nothing is as it seems as Michael, Kate, and ghost hunter extraordinaire Luke Rainer venture onto the haunted fairgrounds in the small town of Hugo, Oklahoma.  New rivals, theatrical psychics, and a Ringmaster with a dark secret of his own all wait for them under the Big Top.

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Between Worlds

Now that his secret is out, Michael Sinclair finally agrees to join Luke Rainer and the Cemetery Tours crew on an investigation.  Not just any investigation.  The biggest investigation of their career.

Once home to the wealthy Sterling Hall and his beloved wife, Joanna, Stanton Hall Manor is a dream come true.

Unfortunately, some dreams turn out to be nightmares.

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Cemetery Tours

Some secrets are best kept laid to rest.

At least, that’s as far as Michael Sinclair is concerned.  At twenty-seven, he has spent his entire life perfecting the art of pretending that the ghosts he encounters on a daily basis do not exist.  Now, if only the dead would let him rest in peace.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem likely, especially after Kate Avery and her ailing brother, Gavin, move in next door.  Kate and Gavin are haunted, and not by a dearly departed loved one.  This spirit is aggressive, menacing, and harboring a dark resentment towards Gavin.  In spite of every instinct advising him to walk away, Michael finds himself seeking to uncover the mysteries of Gavin’s past, and falling for the bright and lovely Kate.  Yet competing for her affection is Luke Rainer, television’s hottest celebrity ghost hunter and the only (living) person to know Michael’s secret.

But the dead have secrets, too.  Some will go to any length to withhold what should have gone with them to the grave, while others will risk everything to make their voices heard, even if that means putting another’s life at stake.  Now, for the sake of strangers and friends alike, Michael must choose between preserving his cherished anonymity and lending his aid to those for whom all hope seems lost.

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Backstage 

Melissa Parker might just be the luckiest girl on the planet.  She’s just turned twenty-one.  She’s best friends with The Kind of September.  And she’s dating Sam Morneau, everyone’s ultimate celebrity crush.

Of course no one is supposed to know that.  As it turns out, no one is supposed to know about a lot of things that happen behind the scenes of life with the world’s most popular boy band.

Now, what should be Happily Ever After for Mel and Sam is turning into a series of secrets, manipulation, and potential heartbreak … Just in time for The Kind of September’s world tour.

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Boy Band


 First of all, special thanks to my friend @JackieSmithAuthor for sending this to me.

Sam Morneau is Melissa Parker’s best friend.  He’s also a member of The Kind of September, basically the hottest boy band on the planet.  After two and a half years, Mel is all too familiar with the day-to-day occurances that come with being a member of the band’s inner circle, including hectic schedules, passionate fans, and gossip-mongering celebrity girlfriends.

Now, with the release of the group’s album just weeks away, their lives have never been crazier, and Mel is doing everything she can to keep up, all while trying to cope with the ridiculous rumors that follow the band everywhere they go, and pretending she isn’t harboring a secret and hopeless crush on Sam.

It’s weird enough being in love with your best friend.  It’s even weirder when the rest of the world is in love with him, too.