Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy Happy Release Day eARC Review: Author Spotlight: From All of Us to All of You (Boughs of Evergreen) by Ofelia Gränd

We would like to thank author Ofelia Gränd for donating an ebook copy of From All of Us to All of You, to 1 lucky commentator who gets chosen. Make sure to leave a comment below to get a free ebook copy of From All of Us to All of You.

Ofelia Gränd is Swedish through and through. She lives in a small west coast town with her husband and their three children. She has absolutely no time to write, so, naturally, that’s what she wants to do. Have you ever tried to write something with one child in your lap and two more standing around wanting attention? Ofelia does all the time—try, that is.
She could give up her glamorous life as a stay-at-home mom, and go back to her work as a teacher. But why not take advantage of the situation when she’s living in a parental leave utopia? Enough about her being a parent, you think, and you’re quite right. Ofelia is a No Poo practiser, a pescatarian who bakes her own bread and makes her own soap—now, you wished that we’d stuck to the children, don’t you?
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Proceeds from sales of this anthology will be donated to The Trevor Project

Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology, Volume OneBoughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology, Volume Two
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Category: Fiction
Cover Design by Tami Veldura 
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, LGBT, History, Romance,Fantasy, Women's Fiction, Short Stories, Humour,Contemporary Fiction, Holidays and Celebrations

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Outstanding Christmas Anthology

Boughs of Evergreen is a two-volume collection of short stories celebrating the holiday season in all its diversity. Penned by authors from the UK, the USA, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, these are tales of the young and the not-so-young from many different walks of life.
Themes of family, friendship and romance take readers on a journey through some of the major holidays, both past and present, including Thanksgiving, Advent, St. Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Eid al-Fitr, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice, Yule, Christmas and New Year. In each we find at the very least hope, and often love, peace and happiness.
Each story will also be published individually as ebooks on 1st December, 2014.

Authors: S.H. Allan, Larry Benjamin, Rick Bettencourt,L.L. Bucknor, K.C. Faelan, Hunter Frost, Ofelia Gränd,Kathleen Hayes, Hans M Hirschi, Laura Susan Johnson, Terry Kerr, Amelia Mann, Debbie McGowan,Shayla Mist, Raine O'Tierney, Ava Penn, Jonathan Penn, Amy Spector, L.M. Steel, Al Stewart and Claire Davis, J P Walker, Matthias Williamson, Alexis Woods

Spotlight Author & eBook Review: 

From All of Us to All of You 

by Ofelia Gränd

Simon hates the Holidays. It’s the same every year - awaiting the dreaded Christmas Eve, when his father gets drunk, while the family fake Christmas spirit and strain to hear the TV over Dad’s snoring. This year, Simon’s sister is celebrating Christmas elsewhere, leaving him to deal with their parents on his own. But there’s a glimmer of hope. A work colleague introduces Simon to her son Hannes at the Lucia Day celebrations, the trouble being that Simon mistakenly believes it’s a blind date, and as if that isn’t embarrassing enough, Hannes wants them to be friends, and Simon’s starting to see signals that aren’t there. He’s beginning to wonder if he’ll make it through Christmas with his sanity intact.

Review by multitaskingmomma

After reading Simon's internal observations and reaction to the modern-day commercial celebration of the Christmas holidays, I don't blame him for hating it, or the other holidays. The way people approach it now, there is no longer any 'goodwill to all' experience. At. All. For Simon, it just meant that whatever his mother or father were hiding from, were denying to all, were trying to save face from, this is the time when all that comes to the fore. And it's just a miserable time for him. Unfortunately, he cannot seem to find a way out. 

Then, from out of nowhere, a motherly co-worker does some, at least to Simon, too-obvious planning of a blind date with her son, Hannes. Fortunately, or unfortunately, Hannes is a great guy and comes by often to just be good friends and companion with Simon. And so it goes, and continues going. Just. As. Friends.

Then the dreaded Christmas Eve arrives and Simon is just about ready to climb the walls. He is almost beyond standing his parents' actions and hypocrisy when Hannes arrives and offers him a gift he could not refuse.

This is really a story of a budding sweet romance. Simon and Hannes slowly and very surely get to know each other as friends after that almost disastrous first meet and are reaching that almost comfortable stage where things can go either way. The build up is slow and confusing for Simon. He really does not have a full-functioning gaydar so is constantly wondering what or where Hannes was going with this new friendship of theirs. The way the author wrote it, the reader is looking in from the outside and of course knows where this is going but also wondering how it all unfolds. A truly interesting way to get the attention of this reader and lock onto it until the very, very sweet ending. 

Oh, that was a really lovely way to end.

Note: I don't know what St. Lucia's holiday is all about but I will investigate! 


Nah, Im not starting my new position until January, so I have about two more weeks off.
Oh. I didnt know that. Where will you be working?
Im a police sergeant.
I sat up straight in my chair. Youre a what! Jeez! Had I ever done anything illegal?
Hannes laughed. See, thats why I didnt tell you. You look like youre about to bolt.
I felt as if I was about to bolt. I was in a police officers home. Having dinner, chatting, as if he was normal people. Oh my God, Id been driving with him in the car. What if Id run a red light, or something. Not that I ever had, but it wouldnt surprise me if I had done it when he was in the car.
Relax, Simon. Im not gonna put you in cuffsunless you want me too. He winked, and I spluttered wine all over my plate before, of course, choking on some. What the hell? Hannes got a little worried when I couldnt seem to stop coughing, and asked me if there was anything I wanted him to do. Luckily, I couldnt respond verbally, or I would probably have asked him to cuff me, so I just shook my head.

Proceeds from sales of this anthology will be donated to The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization [USA] providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
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First Prize: Complete Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology

3 Runner Up Prizes: Winners' Choice. Winners get a chance to win an ebook copy of choice of  From All of Us to All of You by Ofelia Gränd and  from two titles included  in this anthology. 

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Game ends November 28.

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