To any authors/publishers/ tour companies that are looking for the reviews that I signed up for please know this is very hard to do. I will be stopping reviews temporarily. My husband passed away February 1st and my new normal is a bit scary right now and I am unable to concentrate on a book to do justice to the book and authors. I will still do spotlight posts if you wish it is just the reviews at this time. I apologize for this, but it isn't fair to you if I signed up to do a review and haven't been able to because I can't concentrate on any books. Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time. I appreciate all of you. Kathleen Kelly April 2nd 2024

27 November 2023

Best Case Scenario: Act I of Nyra's Journey The Nyra Westensee Series Book 1 by D.B. Sayers Book Tour!

Isn't hope in some form our best-case scenario?

Best Case Scenario: Act I of Nyra's Journey

The Nyra Westensee Series Book 1

by D.B. Sayers

Genre: New Adult Romance 

Isn't hope in some form our best-case scenario?

More than a year after graduating from college, Nyra is beginning to wonder when her life, professional and personal, gets started. Was it like this for her mother? She doubts it, but things were different, then.

Nyra's reality is nothing like her mother's. Each generation confronts its own challenges. Still, she's tired of feeling like she's wading through waist-deep wet cement. Buried somewhere deep in a future she can sense but not feel, Nyra can hear the siren's song of hope and hypothetical options whispering to her. She's so ready! But is the song she hears hope or just an illusion?

Best Case Scenario is the first act in Nyra Westensee's journey from student to self-aware, fully actualized woman.

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The Year of Maybe: Act II of Nyra's Journey

The Nyra Westensee Series Book 2

He’s nothing like her hopeful dream—and everything she wants.

Nyra’s transition from college grad scrambling for her first career job to full independence is as on track as it can be, these days. With her new marketing job is going well, even if she’s still living at home,Nyra’s pretty sure the light at the end of the tunnel is not an onrushing train.

Still, she gets bored, sometimes. A whimsical decision to take up surfing brings her together with Tai Abrega, a professional surfer and shaper so delicious Nyra’s imagination hasn’t even gotten around to fantasizing about a man like him, yet. Surfing awakens a latent, mystical connection with the sea along with a driven passion for the man himself.

But embracing one possibility often demands abandoning another. How can Nyra fit Tai and the seductive siren song of freedom into her “safer” vision of perfect? Can she blend her conventional world with his freespirited lifestyle, or is she doomed to disappointment and heartbreak? New Adult fans of It Ends with Us and Finding Perfect are sure to enjoy this upbeat tale of hope.

The Year of Maybe Act II of Nyra’s Journey continues the story begun in Best-Case Scenario.

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Dirk’s path to authorship wasn’t quite an accident, but almost. Through two previous careers, first as a Marine officer and subsequently as a corporate trainer, he started way more stories than he finished.

But in the backwash of the 2008 financial collapse, Dirk’s employer filed for Chapter 11 protection, cordially inviting him to leave and not return. Out of work and excuses, he published his first novel, West of Tomorrow, while job hunting.

Since opting for “retirement,” Dirk has published five more titles including an anthology of short stories, two science fiction yarns and two new adult novels. He lives in Laguna Niguel with his wife, two psychotic cats and a fourteen-year-old Ball Python named Corona.

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The Face in the Mirror

The mirror in the women’s room taunts Nyra with a confusion of pride and dissatisfaction. Expressive green eyes set in a clear complexion get lots of second looks. Her prominent hawk nose calls attention to high cheekbones and overall symmetry. Cute, on balance. The charitable might even call her pretty. Time to tweeze her eyebrows, though.

Lips maybe a little too full for her thin “ish” face. A boyfriend from two years ago had called them “kissable.” He’d wanted to do a lot more than kiss, but had moved on just before Nyra’s simmering sexuality overwhelmed Sister Elise’s repeated admonitions against promiscuity.

The modest swell of her breasts is nearly camouflaged by her loose-fitting tunic. Twisting in the mirror, she pulls it tight and pouts. Does anyone even notice? Nyra twists and stands on tip toe, for an over-the-shoulder look. Does her slender waist make her ass look too wide?

Her brother’s best friend commented, once, on her ‘sassy chassis.’ Nyra’s all-through-high school crush on Mark began the day her brother Kip shared Mark’s comment with her.  Mark had flirted persistently, but nothing ever came of it. Had Kip warned him off?

The door swings open and Toni, one of the IT Applications Managers, smiles at her. Nyra quickly turns back toward the mirror. 

“Hey, Nyra!” Toni pulls out her lip stick and gets to work. “You look just fine leaving, if that’s what you were wondering. How goes it in the call center?”

“Nothing but a party.” Nyra pulls out her lip-gloss and concentrates unnecessarily on applying it.

“One of those days, huh? I feel your pain.” Toni grimaces. “Used to work the IT help desk before I got my certification.”

Toni has most of what Nyra wishes she had. Prominent, rounded breasts, perfect symmetry and flawless mahogany skin that seems to glow along with generous, kissable lips. Toni catches her looking. Their eyes meet in the mirror and Nyra’s stomach twists. Nyra picks up the thread of their conversation. “I’ll get over it.”

“That which does not kill us?” Toni’s smile leaks warmth. As their eyes meet again in the mirror, Nyra’s pulse races, drawn to Toni’s liquid hazel eyes.

Toni drops her lipstick into her purse and pulls out the cell phone chiming to a text message. Furrows appear on her brow as she reads. “Gotta go.” She smiles at Nyra in the mirror, then turns for the door. 

“Keep the faith, Baby,” she says over her shoulder. Nyra’s eyes follow Toni until the door closes slowly behind her.

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