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Jennifer Reviews: Pros & Cons by Sydney Logan (@SydneyALogan)

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Synopsis:

Con artists Jenna York and Ethan Summers always seem to cross paths during their travels around the world. With their partners in tow, the cunning criminals wreak havoc across the globe, stealing from the rich and giving to the richer. While Jenna tries to convince herself that she sees him as nothing more than a professional rival, Ethan finds it a little harder to fight his attraction to the beautiful thief.

When tragedy strikes, Jenna and Ethan join forces, but are the stakes too high? Can they escape this last job with their lives—and their hearts—intact?

My Review:

Over the past couple of years, I’ve read and reviewed several of Sydney Logan’s novels. Her books are always well-written and offer a certain amount of sweetness that I find refreshing. I’ve enjoyed all her stories to date, and was excited when I heard another book was on the way. Right from the moment I first saw the cover of Pros & Cons, I knew there was going to be something a bit different about this story.  As soon as I began reading this book, I really began smiling…

 As I slip quietly out of the suite and rush toward the elevator, I can’t deny I’m feeling a little better about Vegas.

That is, until the elevator doors open.

Standing there, leaning against the stainless steel wall with a cocky smile on his face, is the one person I really didn’t want to see this weekend.

With a miserable groan, I step inside the elevator and furiously stab the button.

“Are you following me, Summers?”

“I’d follow your dimples anywhere, York.”

Ethan Summers is infuriatingly charming and handsome. Both assets have proven to be beneficial to his career and detrimental to mine.

“Well, these dimples just lifted Bradley Jones’ credit card numbers.”

“Impressive. Although, one might argue that a more superior con artist would be capable of accomplishing such a feat without showing a little skin. Really, Jenna, I’m disappointed.”

He rarely calls me by my first name. Last names have always been our thing.

“Were you watching me?”

“Every heterosexual man in the casino was watching your little performance. Nice legs, by the way.”

Crap.

“Not good,” I mutter.

“No, but I enjoyed it.”

Ethan grins as the elevator doors open. I don’t protest when he grabs me by the elbow and leads me toward the nearest exit. It’s not brightly lit, but there’s a very nice bouncer that Ethan greets by name who allows us to walk right out the door and into the starry Nevada night. He doesn’t let go of my arm as we hurry toward a black SUV.

“Why are you helping me?”

“You drugged a millionaire and stole his credit card info. I think it’s best we get you out of town.”

That doesn’t really answer my question, but I can’t argue with his logic.
Ethan opens the passenger door and helps me inside.

“Nice stilettos.”

I glare at him, and he shoots me a sexy smile before slamming my door.

It’s really too bad that I hate his guts.

Ethan Summers and I have crossed paths many times throughout the past couple years. It’s unavoidable, considering we’re two of the finest criminal minds in the world.

That’s what the news says, anyway.

“Let me guess,” Ethan says as he pulls the SUV out onto the highway. “You used Rohypnol on Jones?”

I roll my eyes. “I’m a thief, not a sexual predator.”

“Well, you obviously slipped something into his drink.”

“Sleeping pill.”

Ethan hums his disapproval. I can’t argue with him. Slipping Bradley a sedative is so amateur.

“I was desperate. The entire weekend has been a complete waste of time. When did the Viper install dome cams?”

“A few weeks ago. The casino’s hosting the U.S. Poker Championship next month. Ceiling cams are a requirement.”

“Super.”

“I know.”

“So, if you knew about the cameras, what were you doing at the casino?”

“Let’s just say a little birdie told me you were hitting the Viper tonight. I had a feeling you might need my assistance.”

“So you’ve been talking to Abby.”

He remains silent and keeps his eyes trained on the freeway, giving me the chance to study his profile. Ethan has a mop of unruly dark hair and deep blue eyes that make most girls go weak in the knees.

Not this girl. Nope.
“Like what you see?”

My face heats. I hate when he catches me ogling him.

“You’re an ass.”

He laughs. “Someday, Jenna, you’re going to stop fighting this attraction between us. I’m really looking forward to that.”

Right off the bat, Ethan and Jenna show us their incredible chemistry.  Their back and forth banter is flirty and fun, and as the story moves along the sexual tension between the two amps up considerably with each encounter. Along with this dose of humor, however, is a darker plot twist that perfectly offsets the sexy comedy. As the story progressed, I found myself wrapped up within the fast paced plot and drawn up in the suspense generated once years of conning others begins to catch up with Ethan and Jenna.

The synopsis for Pros & Cons is shorter than most books I see, and I think there is good reason for this. There are several great twists and turns within the story, and to reveal any one of them could really diminish from the reader’s overall enjoyment. I am always loathe to reveal spoilers in my reviews, so I’m hoping my enthusiasm for Pros & Cons along with the excerpt I’ve included here will be convincing enough for you to give this book a go. If you’re looking for an entertaining read with some great sexual tension and a large dose of humor thrown in, then I highly recommend Pros & Cons.

While I was reading the story, I tweeted Sydney Logan and informed her this was fast becoming my favorite book of hers, and I still stand behind that tweet in this review. Four fabulous and flirty stars from me!

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About Author

Amazon bestselling author Sydney Logan holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She is the author of three novels – Lessons Learned, Mountain Charm, and Soldier On. Sydney has also penned four short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul.

A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

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Happy Release Day! Pros & Cons by Sydney Logan (@SydneyALogan)

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Blurb:

Con artists Jenna York and Ethan Summers always seem to cross paths during their travels around the world. With their partners in tow, the cunning criminals wreak havoc across the globe, stealing from the rich and giving to the richer. While Jenna tries to convince herself that she sees him as nothing more than a professional rival, Ethan finds it a little harder to fight his attraction to the beautiful thief.

When tragedy strikes, Jenna and Ethan join forces, but are the stakes too high? Can they escape this last job with their lives—and their hearts—intact?

Goodreads:
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Buy links:
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About Author

Amazon bestselling author Sydney Logan holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She is the author of three novels – Lessons Learned, Mountain Charm, and Soldier On. Sydney has also penned four short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul.

A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

Website: http://www.sydneylogan.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SydneyLoganAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SydneyALogan
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5787300.Sydney_Logan

Excerpt

As I slip quietly out of the suite and rush toward the elevator, I can’t deny I’m feeling a little better about Vegas.

That is, until the elevator doors open.

Standing there, leaning against the stainless steel wall with a cocky smile on his face, is the one person I really didn’t want to see this weekend.

With a miserable groan, I step inside the elevator and furiously stab the button.

“Are you following me, Summers?”

“I’d follow your dimples anywhere, York.”

Ethan Summers is infuriatingly charming and handsome. Both assets have proven to be beneficial to his career and detrimental to mine.

“Well, these dimples just lifted Bradley Jones’ credit card numbers.”

“Impressive. Although, one might argue that a more superior con artist would be capable of accomplishing such a feat without showing a little skin. Really, Jenna, I’m disappointed.”

He rarely calls me by my first name. Last names have always been our thing.

“Were you watching me?”

“Every heterosexual man in the casino was watching your little performance. Nice legs, by the way.”

Crap.

“Not good,” I mutter.

“No, but I enjoyed it.”

Ethan grins as the elevator doors open. I don’t protest when he grabs me by the elbow and leads me toward the nearest exit. It’s not brightly lit, but there’s a very nice bouncer that Ethan greets by name who allows us to walk right out the door and into the starry Nevada night. He doesn’t let go of my arm as we hurry toward a black SUV.

“Why are you helping me?”

“You drugged a millionaire and stole his credit card info. I think it’s best we get you out of town.”

That doesn’t really answer my question, but I can’t argue with his logic.
Ethan opens the passenger door and helps me inside.

“Nice stilettos.”

I glare at him, and he shoots me a sexy smile before slamming my door.

It’s really too bad that I hate his guts.

Ethan Summers and I have crossed paths many times throughout the past couple years. It’s unavoidable, considering we’re two of the finest criminal minds in the world.

That’s what the news says, anyway.

“Let me guess,” Ethan says as he pulls the SUV out onto the highway. “You used Rohypnol on Jones?”

I roll my eyes. “I’m a thief, not a sexual predator.”

“Well, you obviously slipped something into his drink.”

“Sleeping pill.”

Ethan hums his disapproval. I can’t argue with him. Slipping Bradley a sedative is so amateur.

“I was desperate. The entire weekend has been a complete waste of time. When did the Viper install dome cams?”

“A few weeks ago. The casino’s hosting the U.S. Poker Championship next month. Ceiling cams are a requirement.”

“Super.”

“I know.”

“So, if you knew about the cameras, what were you doing at the casino?”

“Let’s just say a little birdie told me you were hitting the Viper tonight. I had a feeling you might need my assistance.”

“So you’ve been talking to Abby.”

He remains silent and keeps his eyes trained on the freeway, giving me the chance to study his profile. Ethan has a mop of unruly dark hair and deep blue eyes that make most girls go weak in the knees.

Not this girl. Nope.
“Like what you see?”

My face heats. I hate when he catches me ogling him.

“You’re an ass.”

He laughs. “Someday, Jenna, you’re going to stop fighting this attraction between us. I’m really looking forward to that.”

Cover Reveal: Pros & Cons by Sydney Logan (@SydneyALogan)

Sydney Logan is revealing the cover of her upcoming novel, Pros & Cons! She’s also revealing the video book trailer and offering readers the chance to win an advanced copy of the ebook!


Cover by T.M. Franklin
Book Release: February 21, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Suspense
Publisher: Mountain Media
 
Con artists Jenna York and Ethan Summers always seem to cross paths during their travels around the world. With their partners in tow, the cunning criminals wreak havoc across the globe, stealing from the rich and giving to the richer. While Jenna tries to convince herself that she sees him as nothing more than a professional rival, Ethan finds it a little harder to fight his attraction to the beautiful thief.When tragedy strikes, Jenna and Ethan join forces, but are the stakes too high? Can they escape this last job with their lives—and their hearts—intact?

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As I slip quietly out of the suite and rush toward the elevator, I can’t deny I’m feeling a little better about Vegas.

 


That is, until the elevator doors open.

 


Standing there, leaning against the stainless steel wall with a cocky smile on his face, is the one person I really didn’t want to see this weekend.

 

 

With a miserable groan, I step inside the elevator and furiously stab the button.

 

 

 

“Are you following me, Summers?”

 

 

“I’d follow your dimples anywhere, York.”

 

 

Ethan Summers is infuriatingly charming and handsome. Both assets have proven to be beneficial to his career and detrimental to mine.

 

 

“Well, these dimples just lifted Bradley Jones’ credit card numbers.”

 

 

“Impressive. Although, one might argue that a more superior con artist would be capable of accomplishing such a feat without showing a little skin. Really, Jenna, I’m disappointed.”

 

 

He rarely calls me by my first name. Last names have always been our thing.

 

 

“Were you watching me?”

 

 

“Every heterosexual man in the casino was watching your little performance. Nice legs, by the way.”

 

 

Crap.

 

 

“Not good,” I mutter.

 

 

“No, but I enjoyed it.”

 

 

Ethan grins as the elevator doors open. I don’t protest when he grabs me by the elbow and leads me toward the nearest exit. It’s not brightly lit, but there’s a very nice bouncer that Ethan greets by name who allows us to walk right out the door and into the starry Nevada night. He doesn’t let go of my arm as we hurry toward a black SUV.

 

 

“Why are you helping me?”

 

 

“You drugged a millionaire and stole his credit card info. I think it’s best we get you out of town.”

 

 

That doesn’t really answer my question, but I can’t argue with his logic.

 

Ethan opens the passenger door and helps me inside.

 

 

“Nice stilettos.”

 

 

I glare at him, and he shoots me a sexy smile before slamming my door.

 

 

It’s really too bad that I hate his guts.

 

 

Ethan Summers and I have crossed paths many times throughout the past couple years. It’s unavoidable, considering we’re two of the finest criminal minds in the world.

 

 

That’s what the news says, anyway.

 

 

“Let me guess,” Ethan says as he pulls the SUV out onto the highway. “You used Rohypnol on Jones?”

 

 

I roll my eyes. “I’m a thief, not a sexual predator.”

 

 

“Well, you obviously slipped something into his drink.”

 

 

“Sleeping pill.”

 

 

Ethan hums his disapproval. I can’t argue with him. Slipping Bradley a sedative is so amateur.

 

 

“I was desperate. The entire weekend has been a complete waste of time. When did the Viper install dome cams?”

 

 

“A few weeks ago. The casino’s hosting the U.S. Poker Championship next month. Ceiling cams are a requirement.”

 

 

“Super.”

 

 

“I know.”

 

 

“So, if you knew about the cameras, what were you doing at the casino?”

 

 

“Let’s just say a little birdie told me you were hitting the Viper tonight. I had a feeling you might need my assistance.”

 

 

“So you’ve been talking to Abby.”

 

 

He remains silent and keeps his eyes trained on the freeway, giving me the chance to study his profile. Ethan has a mop of unruly dark hair and deep blue eyes that make most girls go weak in the knees.

 

 

Not this girl. Nope.

 

“Like what you see?”

 

 

My face heats. I hate when he catches me ogling him.

 

 

“You’re an ass.”

 

 

He laughs. “Someday, Jenna, you’re going to stop fighting this attraction between us. I’m really looking forward to that.”
Amazon bestselling author Sydney Logan holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She is the author of three novels – Lessons Learned, Mountain Charm, and Soldier On. Sydney has also penned several short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul.

A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

Visit her website at 
www.sydneylogan.com
. She can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Jennifer Reviews: Soldier On by Sydney Logan

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Synopsis:

Losing her father in Desert Storm has left Stephanie James with a bitter soul when it comes to the military. As a college senior juggling a full course load, Steph’s only goal is to graduate with honors at the end of the semester. She’s focused, determined, and a firm believer in all work and no play. Then she meets Brandon Walker at a New Year’s Eve costume party. Despite his disguise, Steph finds herself attracted to the camouflaged soldier who curls her toes with a scorching midnight kiss.

Brandon is an engineering major and ROTC student from the hills of Kentucky. Growing up as the son of a major general has given Brandon firsthand knowledge of the struggles military families sometimes face. Now that his father’s memory is fading, Brandon is even more determined to make his dad proud and graduate as an officer in the United States Army. Then he meets Stephanie, and suddenly, his focus is less on his military service and more on the pretty brunette who has stolen his heart. When he becomes aware of Steph’s resentment toward the military, he worries their relationship is doomed.

When faced with the realization that she’s fallen in love with a soldier, can Steph’s wounds from the past be healed with love in her present . . . and in her future?

My Review:

During the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to familiarize myself with Sydney Logan’s novels.  I first read one of her books last summer, and since then I’ve found myself drawn to her stories again and again.

Soldier On is the fourth book I’ve read by Sydney, and it is my favorite to date.  My husband asked about the book and Sydney’s style of writing as I was preparing to draft this review, and it didn’t take me long to use the adjectives “sweet” and “wholesome” to describe this romance, although there is much more to Sydney’s writing than that.

Sydney resides in East Tennessee and usually sets her stories in small town settings.  Having spoken with her recently, I know it’s important to her that the rural communities in her stories are populated by “good-hearted, friendly people who are educated, well-read, and truly love living in the country.” As someone with roots in a rural community myself, I truly appreciate Sydney’s depictions of small town life, but there are many themes and situations which can be universally understood and enjoyed no matter where you call home.

At the beginning of Soldier On, college student Stephanie James reluctantly finds herself at a New Year’s Eve frat house costume party.  She’s a serious student, focused on achieving her academic dreams, and uninterested in her university’s social scene. Seeking solace and peace, Stephanie wanders off to find a quiet corner to hide away in.

“Bravely, I try a few of the rooms, but all are locked except for a set of open double doors at the end of the hallway.

Curious, I step inside, and I’m instantly mesmerized.

Frat houses have libraries?

This one does, complete with ceiling-high bookshelves. Laptops line one wall, and a giant multimedia screen is attached to the other. While all of it is impressive, nothing excites my book-loving heart more than to see the library ladder.

Secretly, I’ve always wanted to climb one – the tall ladders that roll from one end of the shelves to the other. Ironically enough, library ladders always remind me of Beauty and the Beast. Or the love scene in Atonement.

One of those movies is G-rated. The other most definitely is not.”

And (as tends to happen in great romance novels) Stephanie is soon joined in the library by a handsome stranger dressed as a soldier. They speak ever so briefly, an instant attraction brewing between them as the New Year quickly approaches…

“Before I can ask why he noticed me, shouts erupt from downstairs.

“Ten, nine, eight…”

“Do you have someone to kiss at midnight?” he asks.

I simply shake my head. He steps closer, pinning me between his body and the bookshelf.

“You do now.”

Horns blare below, but I barely notice because in the next second, his mouth covers mine. His lips are featherlight and sweet, causing warmth to spread through my veins and settle itself in my heart. I sigh, causing my lips to part slightly, allowing him to deepen the kiss.”

As the story progresses and Stephanie and her new friend, Brandon, get to know one another, both find that their careful planning for the future never took falling in love with someone into account. Brandon is as serious about his future as Stephanie, but he becomes concerned when he realizes their individual aspirations and beliefs strongly contradict one another.

 

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Soldier On is a carefully crafted love story, featuring two fully-developed lead characters who deeply care about one another, but who are also challenged by their family circumstances and the unstoppable onset of adulthood.  Stephanie and Brandon are faced with important decisions that could not only alter their individual plans but could also challenge their long-held perceptions of their place within their families.

Sydney Logan manages to handle this fragile love story with a wonderful mixture of warmth, humor, consideration and passion.  On it’s first day of release, Soldier On became an Amazon best seller, and within a few days was featured in USA Today as one of this week’s new romance release highlights.  So, clearly I’m not alone in my high opinion of this story.

Whether you’ve read one of Sydney Logan’s novels or not, I highly recommend that you pick up Soldier On. It’s a great summer read and enthusiastically earns four stars from me!

Amazon Link: http://amzn.com/B00L3KTFLQ

Sydney Logan’s Website: http://www.sydneylogan.com/

Take Care,

Jennifer

‘Soldier On’ Release Party on Facebook

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Author Sydney Logan has just released her latest novel, Soldier On, and is hosting a celebration party on Facebook.  I’ve enjoyed reading Sydney’s stories, including Lessons Learned, Mountain Charm, and The Little Drummer Boy (which I reviewed on this blog a few months ago).

And the really good news is this…

 

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I’ve had the pleasure of reading an ARC for Soldier On, and I’m looking forward to posting my review next week during Sydney’s blog tour. In the meantime, I’ll be stopping by the Facebook release party from 4:00-4:15 PM Eastern time this afternoon. I’ll be talking a bit about Exposure, sharing a pic teaser, and offering up an e-book of Exposure as a giveaway prize!

I’d love to see you there so feel free to drop by: https://www.facebook.com/events/1481151402122460/

Looking forward to celebrating this new release!

Take Care,

Jennifer

Random Fan with Sydney Logan

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This month’s Random Fan is Sydney Logan. Sydney is a fellow author and we met her online a few years ago. Sydney has published several novels and is about release her latest, Soldier On.  The release day for her book is June 20, but you can pre-order a paperback now via Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Soldier-Sydney-Logan/dp/0692219242/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402074379&sr=1-3&keywords=sydney+logan

Many thanks to Sydney for signing on for this experiment with us.

Sydney: Congrats on your debut novel! What is your favorite aspect of publishing so far? What causes you the most anxiety?

Morgan and Jennifer: Thank you, Sydney. For us, our favorite thing about publishing Exposure was the opportunity to improve the story through the editing process. When we submitted to Omnific, the publisher received our second draft of the manuscript. Even so, our editor encouraged us to explore avenues we had initially hesitated to pursue. Although the editing process had its challenges, we knew the story was benefiting as a result.

The biggest anxiety we had to deal with was the waiting period between having our book accepted for publication and the release of the novel. We knew we had a fun story that people would enjoy, and it’s a real joy being able to share it with everyone now.

Morgan and Jennifer: Your latest novel, Soldier On, is scheduled for release on June 20. Can you tell us a bit about the story? What was your inspiration in writing it?

Sydney: Soldier On is about a college senior named Steph who lost her dad in Desert Storm. Because she never met her father, she’s always had a sort of irrational hatred for anything military related. She’s very focused on school. No dating. No partying. She’s just focused on graduation and getting her teaching degree. She meets Brandon at a New Year’s Eve costume party, and even though he’s dressed up as a soldier, she’s instantly attracted to him. Of course, she finds out later that his disguise is more than just a random costume, so Steph has to come to terms with the fact that she’s fallen in love with a soldier. Brandon is focused on graduation, too, but for entirely different reasons. His dad is a retired major general, and Brandon has always been expected to follow in his father’s military footsteps. Now that Brandon’s dad suffers from dementia, he is even more determined to please his father. But now that he’s met Steph, he’s not so sure he wants a military life. It’s definitely a coming-of-age story about growing up and having to make decisions you never thought you’d have to make.

Inspiration came from many different places for Soldier On. I was in the mood to write a New Adult novel that actually took place on a college campus, and I really, really wanted to write about a soldier. I didn’t, however, want to write about war, so I decided to make Brandon an ROTC student. I have a close friend whose mother had been battling Alzheimer’s for a while, and my friend had told me that someday, I should write a book about it. I don’t know if she even remembers saying it, but I always remembered it, and that’s where the inspiration for Brandon’s story comes from.

Sydney: I’m fascinated by the fact that you collaborate in your writing. What happens if you disagree on a particular plot point? How do you resolve that issue?

Morgan and Jennifer: Any time we disagree in writing, we each present our individual cases. So far, we’ve been able to hear one another out and come to a solution. We’ve been married for a while now and, over time, we’ve learned how to work through disagreements whether they have anything to with writing or not. The most important is to let one person talk while the other one listens.

Morgan and Jennifer: We’ve noticed that your stories tend to take place within the setting of Appalachia. Can you tell us a bit about why this part of the world is important in your writings?

Sydney: Appalachia is important in my writing because that’s where I was raised (and still live today). I think it’s important to show a side of Appalachia that’s very different from what people may see on television or in the news. Yes, we’re rural, and yes, we have communities that have been destroyed by poverty and meth, but we also have good-hearted, friendly people who are educated, well-read, and truly love living in the country. It’s a beautiful place, and it’s important to me that I showcase that in my stories. That being said, I’m sure I’ll change locales eventually. Soldier On actually takes place in a fictional college town in Indiana, but Brandon, my hero, is from Eastern Kentucky. I just couldn’t leave the mountains completely out of the story. 🙂

Sydney: I know we’re all music lovers. If you could pick three songs for the soundtrack of your lives together, which three would you choose and why?

Morgan and Jennifer: It’s difficult to narrow down to three songs, but here are the ones that came to mind first.

One More Story – Peter Cetera: It’s a song that was Important to us in our youth. Now, the song has a new meaning to us as adults and writers.


World to Me – Huey Lewis & The News: This is officially “our song”. It was chosen early in our relationship, and it was also the song that was played for the first dance at our wedding.


The Swing of Things – a-ha: We have varied musical tastes, but we both love the music of a-ha and agree that this song is one of their best.


Morgan and Jennifer: Which one of your books would you like to see made into a movie and why?

Sydney: Soldier On is so fresh in my mind that my first instinct is to choose that one, but many readers have told me that Lessons Learned “reads” like a movie. Plus, Matt’s story would be very timely and socially relevant.

(Jennifer: Having read Lessons Learned, I agree with my fellow readers! 🙂

Exposure Blog Tour: Sydney Logan

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Sydney Logan:

Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author who may or may not have an unhealthy obsession with music (seriously, she loves everything from Eminem to Johnny Cash). She also has an amazing husband and a ridiculously spoiled cat, both of whom join her in soaking up the stunning views from their East Tennessee front porch.

Find her on Amazon, iTunes, B&N, and TWCS Publishing House.


Visit her online at www.sydneylogan.com.

Twitter: @SydneyALogan

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

Today on the blog tour, we’re stopping by the online home of fellow author Sydney Logan.  We’ve known Sydney for several years and Jennifer has even reviewed several of Sydney’s stories during the past year.  She has been wonderful to us with her personal encouragement as we’ve prepared to launch the novel. We’re thrilled Sydney has chosen to spotlight our book today. Having her enthusiastic support means a great deal to us personally, so be sure to stop by and say hello.

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Good news!  You can now request a digital autograph for your ebook of Exposure by visiting the Authorgraph website. We’ve added a widget here on our blog page. Simply give it a click and it will take you right where you need to go.

Thanks and Take Care,

Morgan and Jennifer

Jennifer Reviews: Little Drummer Boy by Sydney Logan

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Synopsis: 

A holiday short story by Amazon bestselling author Sydney Logan.

It’s Christmas Eve, and Justin Banks is on the hunt for a last-minute gift for his wife, Megan. With the help of a homeless man and the beat of a drum, Justin stumbles upon the one thing Megan has always wanted. The one thing money can’t buy.

It’s amazing what we can hear if we just take a moment and really listen.

My Review:

This short story begins amidst the tiring hustle and bustle of Christmas Eve, a time when many of us are so focused on the quest of finding the right gift for our loved ones that we forget the intended meaning behind the gift exchange.  We’re consumed with dinner plans, wrapping presents, preparing our homes for guests and running from one social engagement to another.  By the end of the holiday season, most of us are more than ready to leave it all behind and move on to making our New Year’s Resolutions, many of which I’m guessing involve making the holidays more simple going forward.  Yet somehow, we find ourselves repeating the cycle year after year.

Justin Banks finds himself in this mode when his mission is interrupted by a man on the street.

“Do you hear drums?”

I turn and find myself face-to-face with  a man. Homeless, I assume from his appearance. He’s dressed in a tattered coat and looks desperately in need of a bath. I try not to cringe as he tugs on my designer suit.

“The drums,” he says again, his voice forceful.  “Do you hear them?”

Although Justin is inclined to ignore the request, the man is so insistent that he relents and pauses to listen.  He is surprised when he realizes that the homeless man is right. Somewhere nearby the sound of drums can be heard.

“Intrigued, I step away from the old man and walk slowly toward the alley. Each step brings me closer to the beat, until finally, I see a little boy, nestled in the corner. His only light comes from a lantern, and a snare drum rests in his lap. The drum is scarred and the strap is frayed, but it’s obviously his most prized possession.

 Probably his only possession.

 Does he live here? In this filthy alley? And where are his parents?

 “Shall I play for you?”

 His voice is just a whisper. His clothes are dirty and ragged, and the faded blue jacket he wears is about three sizes too big.

 “I heard you playing,” I tell him, keeping my voice soft and light. The last thing I want to do is scare the kid. “You’re very good. Are you alone?”

 He nods.

 “Where are your parents?”

 His face contorts in pain, and my stomach lurches. He can’t be more than five years old. Maybe six.

 “Shall I play for you?” he asks again. A little stronger this time. A little more determined.

 Because I don’t know what else to do, I nod. The covered alleyway has thankfully kept most of the snow away, so I find a flattened section of shredded cardboard and sit down. I don’t think about the fact that I’m probably ruining my thousand-dollar suit. I just sit and listen.

The boy’s sticks pound the head of the drum.

Rum pum pum pum.

Rum pum pum pum.

Each rhythmic thump pierces my soul, and when he comes to the end of his song, I reach inside my jacket for my wallet.

“No, sir,” he says softly. “I don’t need your money.”

To reveal much more than this would likely ruin what I promise is an uplifting and heartwarming reading experience, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. I gave this story a five star rating on my Goodreads page without hesitation. I knew at once I’d found a worthy gift  for my friends and family this holiday season.  The Little Drummer Boy is a moving and compassionate piece which perfectly captures how hope, love and compassion can change not only the recipient’s life but the benefactor’s as well.

I highly recommend that you take the time to read this and then pass it along to others as a gift.  You can find The Littler Drummer Boy on amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Little-Drummer-Sydney-Logan-ebook/dp/B00GYOJ3KO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385840184&sr=8-1&keywords=the+little+drummer+boy+by+sydney+logan

Many thanks to Sydney Logan for writing and sharing this holiday short.  It is the perfect reminder of what this time of year should really be all about.

Take Care,

Jenn