Friday, November 21, 2014

Firday Feature - Amy DeLuca/Patrick

Amy is a two-time Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014) who writes Young Adult fiction as Amy DeLuca and Contemporary and Fantasy romance as Amy Patrick.  Her books have won and finaled in many RWA chapter contests, and she is the author of the 20 SOMETHING series. 

I couldn't have given her a better introduction. I was pleased when she asked me to review the series. And I must say, she definitely earned those awards. 

The 20 Something series begins with the novel Channel 20 Something. Mississippi girl, Heidi Haynes, has come home to hide. Well, she did that in the first semester of college, and now years later, she's still hiding in her hometown. Her only outlet is her job at WPLM New station until the new sportscaster, Aric Serrano is hired by the station. Not only does she have to contend with being the weekend anchor, but working closely with Aric. Add into the mix and ex who's hoping to marry her, and a family, who's all up in her business. 

But, that's not all these series have to offer. If you've ever wondered about working as a journalist, or in the news business, Amy delivers a lot of details, and makes it sound interesting.  

Add in two best friends who have your back in every situation and this series is worth reading. 

The series name, 20 Something suggests the news station where it all began, but you can factor in the ages of these young men and women and it adds a whole new meaning as well. 

Book 2 in the series is Mara's story. Heidi and Aric are off on new adventures and so Mara heads home to Providence, a definite career boost, but also to take care of her mother, who suffers from depression. 

All is well until she runs into her ex, Reid Mancini, who happens to be a billionaire. Since she left Providence Mara's motto is to date only himbo's. The term was new to me, which, incidentally, was thrown out in book 1, so I was curious. And I found out a himbo is a gorgeous, but not too smart male. A male bimbo if you will.

That leaves Reid off her radar, but that's not the only reason. Mara too is running scared of a real relationship, and she has her mother to thank for that. Her mother's 'words of wisdom', not, has had Mara seeking one, one night stand after another.

But Reid isn't about to let her get away. I can't say more because I'll give the entire story away. Reid has loved Mara since they were in grade school together, and though she left him, once he sees her again, he stops at nothing to have her.

Still Me, book 3 in the series is Kenley's story. In book one, she went home to Atlanta to marry her fiance. That didn't turn out the way it was planned. And I love how Amy wrote the way her ex dumped her. Nope, not giving that away. Kenley returns to work, and home to her parent's house. Where momma is still working on Kenley to snag a rich husband. WOW, these moms are something. They do a number on their daughters, but not to be manipulative, but out of love. Gotta love our parents. Anyway, Kenley goes to the opposite extreme, dressing down, not wearing make-up and swears off wealthy men. 

But, Larsen Overstreet is doing his best to wear Kenley down. Between him and her mother, Kenley doesn't stand a chance. But Kenley isn't the only one who's not accepting who she really is. This book has the entire cast of characters growing, which makes the title really worth something.

These novels may be sweet romance, but Amy sure has some hot kissing and heavy petting scenes to appeal to those who like more explicit in their romance.

Amy lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons and actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. She's been a professional singer and news anchor and currently narrates audio books as well as working as a station host for a Boston TV station.

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