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Love is Not Free. The Price is 99 Cents.

lnf99An in-depth look at the placebo effect of believing that mathematical calculations can predict the outcome of a completely human relationship.

99 cents seems to be the ideal price for apps for our smart phones and tablets. People download hundreds of these programs everyday, basing their purchase on a snippet of information, usually from the mouth of a friend.

In this tale, such an app to help you find the perfect soul mate has reached an all time high rank in popularity. Couples are boasting that uCupid matched them up perfectly (99.97% according to the statistics). The app asks you hundreds of seemingly random but personal questions at the rate of five per day. Then it chooses your match and all you have to do is accept. (“Decline” is not an available option.)

David and Lily have been married for a few years and have a baby. Each of them separately and secretly downloads uCupid, thinking they’d play along just for fun. David’s brother created the app, after all. Neither of them suspected what would inevitably happen.

Xavier Dekker, the creator of the uCupid app, knows little to nothing about relationships. He is on the autism spectrum and does not understand social cues or know how to exhibit appropriate emotions. He created the app using mathematical algorithms that eventually select the closest match after an array of questions are answered. He doesn’t anticipate the issues the app might cause in the world outside the computer.

Given the story from a variety of points-of-view, though mostly David, we watch the scenario unfold. Set up with a distant but “happy” marriage of David and Lily in the beginning, we are offered glimpses into David’s family history and subtle clues into the truth behind how Lily feels about being a wife and mother that feed into the growing issues with the popular app.

“She didn’t want to sound selfish – but perhaps there was no avoiding the truth, that there is something inherently selfish about falling in love.”

4 Stars





Just Pru-Anne Pfeffer

Welcome to my tour stop for Just Pru by Anne Pfeffer. This is a review tour and runs February 16-27th.  Just Pru releases March 2, 2015. Check out the tour page for more information.

About the Book:

JustPru_Lo res_11.20When twenty-five-year-old Pru Anderson—braless, pajama-clad, and clutching her cat, Chuck—is rescued from her burning Los Angeles apartment, the thing that scares her most is meeting the neighbors. New people make her hide in the bathroom, counting by sevens, but when her home is destroyed, she must turn strangers into friends …  or crawl back to the controlling parents she only recently escaped.

What would her idol, Pepper Hathaway, do? That’s a no brainer: the detective-slash-supermodel heroine from Pru’s favorite TV series would take no prisoners while looking fierce in a tankini and stilettos. So when the chance comes up to live with playwright Ellen, Pru sets aside her fears and goes for it.

Thus begin the adventures of a girl who’s never had a job, a friend, or a first kiss. Swept into Ellen’s whirlwind life, Pru begins to build her own, as director’s assistant for a new play, muse to brooding actor Blake, and possible love interest to adorably neurotic neighbor, Adam.

Only one thing can derail Pru’s exhilarating journey. Well, actually, it’s two things—and they’re in a car headed straight for LA to torpedo her life. When the past that nearly destroyed her comes calling, who will she be: a Prudence or a Pepper?


 Preorder Just Pru from Amazon for only $2.99!



Anne Pfeffer worked in finance and was a children’s rights attorney before she decided to follow her respective dreams of writing books and working in her pajamas. Since then, she has self-published the novels Any Other NightThe Wedding Cake Girl, and Girls Love Travis Walker, which was named one of‘s Best Indie Books of 2013.
Anne loves her family, cool breezes, carbohydrates, and elastic waistbands. She lives in Santa Monica, California, with her dachshund, Taco. Learn about her latest projects at

Writerbee’s Review of Just Pru

5 Stars!

This book made me laugh and made me shudder. Looking into the mind of a person suffering from anxiety and depression can be humorous and frightening. Pru is a size 16 gal with severe anxiety issues who is trying to change her life – she doesn’t want to go on living with her parents forever. She wants to get out and do things on her own, but everything her parents have ever told her is holding her back. A series of unfortunate events propels her to make many of those changes happen, and shows her that she isn’t as crazy as some other people – especially actors.

There are many great devices used in this book to propel the story, such as Pru’s love of television and the “life lessons” she remembers from different episodes of sit-coms, dramas, and made-for-TV movies. The journal entries add a touch of realism to Pru’s character.

The pages of this book flew by. Ann Pfeffer created an easy-to-read novel that was a joy to keep going, if it weren’t for the other two million things that have to get done in a typical day. You want to root for Pru and hope that she’ll get everything she dreams of.

Two (2) winners get a paperback set of Anne Pfeffer’s books, Any Other Night, Girls Love Travis Walker, The Wedding Cake Girl and Just Pru.
Open to US only
Ends March 4, 2015

Blurbs for the books in the giveaway:

Just Pru

When shy, anxious Pru loses her apartment in a building fire, she learns how to make friends and find love.

“….a laugh out loud, heartwarming story…. The eccentric characters are easy to fall in love with and to cheer for…” The Self Publishing Review

Girls Love Travis Walker

Despite his sexy charm and good looks, Travis must struggle to get the job and girl that he wants.

“This novel deserves every award it got… an incredible redemption story that’s both lighthearted and sincere…”

The Wedding Cake Girl

When expert scuba diver Alexandra wants to leave her island home for college, she must stand up to her difficult, demanding mother.

“A well written emotional plot with a lot of twists and turns that will keep you hooked from the beginning. Highly recommended for all YA genre fans…”

Any Other Night

After Ryan’s friend Michael dies with a secret, Ryan must take over Michael’s unfinished business.

“…. beautifully realized characters in a gripping, page-turning plot….This lively, fresh young-adult romance is Say Anything for a new generation…”

Reviewed as Loving Emily.

This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.


The Gate Keeper’s Key-Blog Tour



Love In the House of War – Al M. Scott


Meehan I am proud to introduce to you Al M. Scott, the author of Love in the House of War.

In Scott’s words: “It is a romantic love story and thriller that is set in post 9/11 Afghanistan. Teams of Special Forces (Green Berets) were deployed to link up with Afghan freedom fighters who were fighting Al Qaeda and the Taliban after the 9/11 strikes on US soil. The Taliban have taken Shararah, an Afghan nurse, and will execute her for being seen speaking to one of the Americans. The American, Special Forces medic, Ron Hawkins, comes to her rescue and they escape through the Hindu Kush Mountains, hiding in a secluded cave. Together, they develop a mutual respect for each other, quickly followed by romantic gestures, and finally an undeniable love for each other. Will they and their new-found love survive within the House of War?”

Scott Meehan is a retired Army Major.  Al M. Scott is his pen name for fictional works. He served in the Army from 1980 to 2005 as both an enlisted soldier and commissioned officer. He married Trena Denise Bass in 1981, after meeting her in the Amazon jungle where she was doing mission work. They have a 32 year-old son, and 30 year-old daughter who is married to an infantry soldier. Their 3 year-old grandson is named Jaden. They live in Orlando, Florida, and besides writing, Scott teaches a variety of computer courses at local colleges.

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I asked Scott to answer a few questions about himself and his work.

What can you tell us about your current writing endeavor? I am currently working on the sequel to “Love in the House of War,” called, “A Flame in Paradise,” but I cannot say too much about it because mentioning any of the characters could spoil “Love in the House of War’s” dramatic conclusion. I will say that the story’s setting jumps forward to present day, 2014 and includes characters (many of the same) and scenes from the Russian-Ukrainian conflict as well as the Kurds stand against ISIS is northern Iraq. A third novel, “Asha,” in this series is planned as well.

Otherwise, I have two completed novels (not yet published), and three non-fiction works in the planning stages.

Can you give us an excerpt from one of your favorite scenes in your latest novel? There are several favorites for audiences of all genres. The following is for the romantic Christian:

As the sun sank below the ridge to the west, they packed up their gear to begin their move across the mountainside. The landscape darkened rapidly, with the amber-tinted river below slipping into blackness. The distant hills revealed scattering gleams of campfires. They left the area; Shara leading the way. As the two of them moved along at a steady pace, Ron thought of and old hymn that came to mind from his younger days as a kid in church, back in Elizabethton, Tennessee. He began humming softly, the song, Rock of Ages, cleft for me.

Shara stopped to listen. “That is nice. What is the song?”

“Rock of Ages.”

“It is a popular song in America?”

“Not really. Only in church, when we sing it on Sundays. It is an old song.”

“What are the words?”

“I only remember, Rock of Ages, cleft for me. Let me hide myself in Thee.”

“You said from church. The rock is Jesus?”

“Yes, Jesus. That is what the church calls him today. The real name is actually ‘Yahushua,’ which means ‘God-saves,’ in Hebrew.”

“You believe that he is still alive?”

“Yes. Yes I do. He is alive. He is the living water. God raised him from the dead. We believe in the resurrection.” Ron took a sip from his CamelBak. “And I try to live like he is alive in me.”

Shara thought for a moment and then walked up to Ron. Standing in front of him, she stared into his eyes and held out her hand. “I’d like some, too, please.”

“What, water?”

“Yes, of course. Water. You have the living water, yes?” Ron held the nozzle up to her lips so she could drink. She lifted her right hand to hold the nozzle with him, placing it directly on top of his. With her left hand, she held on to his extended wrist. As she drank the water, her head tilted downwards, her eyes looking up into his as she stared into them until she finished drinking. “Thank you. Very refreshing.”

Ron still held the nozzle in his hand like a statue as she turned around and began walking quickly away. “Wait for me!” Ron called as he quickly regained his composure, placing the nozzle haphazardly back onto the pack and swiftly retrieving his M4 assault rifle.

What was the inspiration for Love in the House of War? I was inspired by a combination of personal experiences with multi-culturalism, military missions, and both fictional and non-fiction books I enjoyed reading.

How did you decide what the title of this book would be? According to one sect of Islam, the world is divided into the House of Islam (Dar al-Islam) and the House of War (Dar al-harb). Dar al-Islam consists of all the lands in which a Muslim government rules and the “Holy Law of Islam” prevails. The outside world, which has not yet been subjugated, is called the “House of War,” and strictly speaking a perpetual state of jihad, of holy war, is imposed by the law.

Would you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser? More of a pantser because I’m always thinking of scenes in my head even before going to sleep at night or other sporadic moments. I only come close to being a plotter when I need to jot these thoughts down quickly (not in outline format though) until I can get behind a computer to develop the scene.

What made you decide to become an author? Initially, I wanted to write about my personal experiences (which I did in, “Stone in a Sling”) because so many of them were so extraordinary. Then, as I continued experiencing the phenomenal and hearing other stories from friends with the same background, stories started developing in my mind, many of which pull in the events and trends of today. I also have an inner motivation to get a message across a diverse audience.

In your latest novel, who’s your favorite character? Tell us why. The Afghan girl, Shararah, is my favorite character because of her resilience against hardship, her dreams for a paradise, and her devotion to what she loves as she emerges victoriously against all odds. She epitomizes all of the oppressed of the world who cling onto hope until they finally realize their dreams.

Do you set aside a specific amount of time to write, write/answer emails, and market/promote your book[s]? I wish I did, unfortunately, I have too many other irons in the fire.

What are you favorite books that you’ve read? Tell us one or two. I always enjoy reading the Bible on a daily basis, especially from the book of Psalms. The last book that I just finished this past week was Ian Fleming’s, “From Russia with Love,” an old 007 James Bond book with intrigue and romance. The ending shocked me and was nothing like the movie.

What is your favorite writing environment and/or accessories? Complete quiet isolation in terms of people. I will at times choose certain music, depending on my mood.

Find Love in the House of War on Amazon.  And check out Stone in a Sling, Scott’s non-fition journey.


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