My Ántonia by Willa Cather

“My Ántonia” evokes the Nebraska prairie life of Willa Cather’s childhood, and commemorates the spirit and courage of immigrant pioneers in America. One of Cather’s earliest novels, written in 1918, it is the story of Ántonia Shimerda, who arrives on the Nebraska frontier as part of a family of Bohemian emigrants. Her story is told through the eyes of Jim Burden, a neighbor who will befriend Ántonia, teach her English, and follow the remarkable story of her life.Working in the fields of waving grass and tall corn that dot the Great Plains, Ántonia forges the durable spirit that will carry her through the challenges she faces when she moves to the city. But only when she returns to the prairie does she recover her strength and regain a sense of purpose in life. In the quiet, probing depth of Willa Cather’s art, Ántonia’s story becomes a mobbing elegy to those whose persistence and strength helped build the American frontier.Willa Cather was a great artist. —Truman CapoteNo romantic novel ever written in America, by man or woman, is one half so beautiful as “My Ántonia”. —H. L. MenckenThe time will come when Willa Cather will be ranked above Hemingway. —Leon Edel

Author: Willa Cather

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
1114 reviews

Stuck On Stupid by Apryl Cox

No matter how many times Dezmond breaks her heart, Jazzlynn, better known as Jazzie, can’t seem to shake him. He was her first love and his love is all she knows. She doesn’t want to let it go, no matter how much it hurts. Tori, her best friend, is tired of her girl playing the fool. She convinces her to live life for just one night, and Jazzie does just that. One night out and she meets Mr. Right, but she lets him get away because she can’t stop playing the fool.

Truth and Tori are best friends, but Truth wants more. Although he has proven his love and loyalty on several occasions, Tori wants to remain just friends. She appreciates their strong bond just the way it is, and doesn’t want anything to come between their friendship. She knows that Truth only wants what’s best for her, especially when it comes to her line of work. But no matter how many times he complains, she says she it’s her profession to make a living and she’s not giving it up; deep inside it’s her own insecurities that have her in love with one man—and she calls him money!

Truth isn’t giving up on her, though. He will stay by her side until she realizes that, “He’s the Truth,” but his psycho baby momma ain’t having that. Truth belongs to her and she’s willing to go to extreme measures to prove it.

Stuck on Stupid is based on real-life decisions and the consequences that come behind foolish choices. Get ready for a ride full of emotion, disappointments, drama, heartbreak, close calls, and a little laughter.

Will these women ever allow real love in, or will they stay Stuck on Stupid?

Author: Apryl Cox

Rating: Rating: 4.70 / 5
297 reviews

Pleasure Pain and Prison: My Life (Part-1) by Wanda McRoyal

“Pleasure Pain and Prison” would be fictitious only if the real-life character portrayed as Jayla was fictitious. But the true nature of Jayla is the true nature of the Author. As proof, journey with her in “Pleasure Pain and Prison” as she navigates through a destructive culture as a teenager where her troubles begin after rebelling against the dysfunction between her parent’s, caused by her father’s abuse of alcohol and her mother’s gambling addiction. Like so many girls who find themselves in trouble in inner cities, she’s introduced to sex, drugs and a surprise pregnancy. No matter how Jayla tried to run away from her destructive ways her own inner demon refused to let her run too far. This demon trapped Jayla to a life of drug trafficking and fast money; many heartaches and heartbreaks. As she becomes of age, she runs into Terrence, the man she would love more than life itself. Jayla’s love for Terrence and the unimaginable indignities, infidelities and emotional trauma she suffered in love’s name form the crux of the book. Realizing Terrence could not love her like she deserved to be loved, Jayla runs from him by moving to another city. But no matter how far she tried to run, other troubles found her in the form of a multi-count federal indictment. Just when Jayla thought her troubles couldn’t get any worst, it did when the man she couldn’t stop loving turned against her to protect himself.

Author: Wanda McRoyal

Rating: Rating: 4.90 / 5
36 reviews

FRANKENSTEIN or The Modern Prometheus (The Revised 1831 Edition – Wisehouse Classics) by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

This is the Revised 1831 Edition of FRANKENSTEIN; OR, THE MODERN PROMETHEUS, a novel written by the English author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley about the young science student Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque but sentient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was eighteen, and the novel was published when she was twenty. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818. Shelley’s name appears on the second edition, published in France in 1823. Shelley had travelled through Europe in 1814, journeying along the river Rhine in Germany with a stop in Gernsheim which is just 17 km away from Frankenstein Castle, where, two centuries before, an alchemist was engaged in experiments. Later, she travelled in the region of Geneva (Switzerland)-where much of the story takes place-and the topic of galvanism and other similar occult ideas were themes of conversation among her companions, particularly her lover and future husband, Percy Shelley. Mary, Percy, Lord Byron, and John Polidori decided to have a competition to see who could write the best horror story. After thinking for days, Shelley dreamt about a scientist who created life and was horrified by what he had made; her dream later evolved into the novel’s story.Shelley completed her writing in May 1817, and Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was first published on 11 March 1818 by the small London publishing house of Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones. The second edition of Frankenstein was published on 11 August 1822 in two volumes (by G. and W. B. Whittaker) following the success of the stage play Presumption; or, the Fate of Frankenstein by Richard Brinsley Peake; this edition credited Mary Shelley as the author.On 31 October 1831, the first “popular” edition in one volume appeared, published by Henry Colburn & Richard Bentley. This edition was heavily revised by Mary Shelley, partially because of pressure to make the story more conservative, and included a new, longer preface by her, presenting a somewhat embellished version of the genesis of the story. This edition tends to be the one most widely read now, although editions containing the original 1818 text are still published. Many scholars prefer the 1818 text, arguing that it preserves the spirit of Shelley’s original publication.

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
3541 reviews

Watching Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney

After 40 years of marriage, Olivia Glass thought she could handle the unexpected death of her husband, but when Ben’s will reveals a long-held, life-altering secret, she suffers a blow no widow should ever experience.Olivia learns that she gave birth to a baby who later died in the nursery. Instead of telling his wife what happened, Ben switched the child with another. And as if that’s not enough, Ben’s will doesn’t reveal which of their five sons is truly not hers.While an attorney searches for the answers, Olivia visits each of her sons to share a final connection before facing the truth that will change the dynamics of an already grief-stricken family. During the visits, Olivia learns that each of her sons has been harboring a painful secret, just like his father. Olivia challenges herself to re-assemble and save their relationships. But will the secrets destroy their family beyond repair?

Author: James J. Cudney

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
112 reviews

Surrender to Fate: Part One of Fate’s Path by Jacelyn Rye

  Click the cover to read the first six chapters of this epic story of love and romance for FREE! Start here and get ready for Jacelyn’s New Release coming in June 2014!

Reviewers are falling for Jacelyn Rye’s twist on young love and fate in her new release!

“Extremely powerful read—the truth is I feel wholeheartedly connected with these characters and their story. I think everyone should read this book, especially those who enjoy angst, as this story is FILLED with it..” ~Katie Love Romance Books

“It’s been a LONG time since I’ve savored a story. This book was beyond amazing…it was more than words can describe. It flowed beautifully and was written masterfully. This was my first historical romance and I cannot wait to read books 2 & 3.” ~Bethany HEA Bookshelf

How do you fight against fate? You don’t. You can’t. You can only surrender to fate in Jacelyn Rye’s new release!
Some say fate holds the cards. But what if love deals the hand? No love goes untested. Ever. Indeed, true love is left to prove itself. And that is exactly where fate steps in to play the game.
For William and Sarah, that game begins with growing up, in the unspoiled mountains of Colorado. In a time and space as clear as the Rocky Mountain skies above, these young souls together learn about life, what matters most, what endures, what doesn’t, and about love. Innocent young love moves ever so surely toward lives they both can picture, lives spent loving each other in a place they know so well and cherish.
Will and Sarah are ecstatically swept away in the swells of new love. And it is in their rarefied bliss that they make the fragile promise of first love, a promise that fate will soon rock and pound into doubt, guilt, and epiphany.
Unexpected and unprepared, these young lovers are suddenly torn apart, first by distance, and then by the far greater pressures of temptation that test the very fidelity of their heart-held promise. No longer able to console each other, hold each other, touch each other, they face the inevitable decision: move on to other loves, or cling to the faith that they will someday be together, again.
Will and Sarah stare down an unknown path, sensing destiny will not wait long before it comes to take them. Wracked with doubt, they wonder if their love was real. Caged by guilt, they both feel tempted by others intent on stealing their hearts.
Fate plays hardest when love is tested. And Will and Sarah are no exception, letting go of their happy past to embrace hope for an uncharted future. Love plays hardest when fate tests. And so it is, even through their trials of the heart, Will and Sarah never really stop loving each other. Theirs is a love so real and pure that each just wants the other to find happiness, even if it’s with another.
But fate does not surrender so easily. Dealing blow upon blow, both Will and Sarah are each struck by jolting events that take them to the very edge of life, itself.
Sarah and Will hold tightly to their past, but steadfast promises begin to wane. Life continues, filled with romance, drama, and two souls yearning to understand the challenges brought with coming of age, and learning that fate is ultimately in control. What happens to love when life is on the line? Can they both relinquish control when love is on the line? Will fate even allow them to find out?

This is book one of the New Adult Romance Series: Fate’s Path.
The books are not stand alone. For your reading enjoyment, please read the books in order.
1–Surrender to Fate
2–Shattered by Fate
3–Chosen by Fate (Releasing June 2014)
Recommended for 18+ for new adult content and explicit scenes. If you love steamy coming of age and unique historical romance novels that spin an emotional story all around you, scroll up and add this love story to your kindle now!

Author: Jacelyn Rye

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
194 reviews

I’ll Ride For My Hood: A Salty Love Story by Aleta Williams

                                      HOT NEW RELEASE…***This is a Spinoff from the Salty Series; Not a Continuance.***       A few chicks will do anything to claim a spot in Hood’s heart, but he isn’t feeling the thirst buckets like that. Hood doesn’t mind hitting when it’s convenient for him, but there’s one he can’t stand. He hates Asia with a passion and the messed up thing about it is, she used to be the love of his life. Asia see’s it like this, if Hood wouldn’t have ever betrayed her she wouldn’t have hooked up with Satan (his ex-homeboy) and things wouldn’t be the way the were, but most importantly her mother would still be alive. After getting revenge on Hood and disappearing for a few years, Asia and Satan are back in ‘Sac’ (Sacramento, California) and brought back bags full of drama. Obsolete to the fact that there are a few females that are willing to Ride for their Hood, will Asia and Satan’s drama backfire in their faces? Paris is a chick that Hood would have never imagined feeling anything for. Paris comes into his life full of surprises and before he knows it, he finds himself head over heels for her. Paris and Hood may get their perfect love story, but what will they have to endure in order to get it? And when they get there, will her undisclosed dealings with the Fed’s push him away from her?Hood isn’t the only one with drama, his boy, Scrap and his wife, Irene has drama of their own. Find out what happens when a wife gets tired of her cheating husband. Will he man up and act right or will Scrap lose Irene forever?This explosive read by Aleta L. Williams, is full of lies, secrets, and loads of drama.

Author: Aleta Williams

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
52 reviews

Salty 10: An Unforgettable Journey (A Ghetto Soap Opera) by Aleta Williams

Salty 10: An Unforgettable Journey
Take your finale ride with these Salty characters’ and see firsthand how this ghetto soap opera will end.

Author: Aleta Williams

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
96 reviews