Monday, September 22, 2014

A Brief Moment of Weightlessness TLC Book Tours + Giveaway

~ I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author to facilitate this review.  I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~

Giveaway:  One lucky reader will win their very own copy of this book! If you’re interested, please just let me know in a comment below. Please be 13 years or older and have a U.S. mailing address. Please leave your email.  Winner will be randomly selected 9/30/14. Good luck.

Synopsis (from Amazon): A BRIEF MOMENT OF WEIGHTLESSNESS is a collection of short stories that illuminate the beauty and extraordinariness of "ordinary" lives. Each explores the human desire for connectedness and grace. The stories range from large upheavals such as how a marriage shifts when a spouse loses a limb or how a girl reconfigures her world when her father goes to jail, to smaller moments such as when a woman experiences wonder again on a visit to a nursing home with her child and their dog, or when a man finds redemption in the midst of tragedy after being bitten by his dying dog. These illuminating, heartbreaking, poignant, astute stories take on serious issues of death/dying, injury, infidelity, aftermath of war, estrangement and more, but without a sense of gloom that could overwhelm them. They often, though not always, find that glimmer of hope or opportunity without feeling forced, and they are told in a voice that can cut to the quick of a character or conflict, with endings that don't always resolve neatly. If it is the small moments that make up a life, then these stories, explore, dissect and celebrate those small moments that make all of our lives extraordinary.


One (or more) Sentence Summary:  Beuatifully written.  I have no idea how one would come up with such stories, but they really made me think about relationships and life.

Fast read/slow read:  Really fast read. 

Cover:  Beautiful, calming, weightlessness - perfect!
What Others Are Saying:  Check out what others are saying on the TLC Book Tours:
Monday, September 15th:  Bibliophiliac
Wednesday, September 17th:  Kahakai Kitchen
Thursday, September 18th:  A Bookish Way of Life
Monday, September 22nd:  Seaside Book Nook
Wednesday, September 24th:  A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall
Thursday, September 25th:  Suko’s Notebook
Monday, September 29th:  Book Snob
Wednesday, October 1st:  Bookchickdi
Thursday, October 2nd:  Knowing the Difference
Monday, October 6th:  Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Wednesday, October 8th:  Patricia’s Wisdom
Thursday, October 9th:  Lit and Life
Monday, October 13th:  The Things You Can Read
Tuesday, October 14th:  Under My Apple Tree
Wednesday, October 15th:  5 Minutes for Books

In addition to writing short stories, Victoria Fish is pursuing her Masters of Social Work. Her stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Hunger Mountain, Slow Trains, Wild River Review, and Literary Mama. She lives with her husband and three boys in the hills of Vermont. A BRIEF MOMENT OF WEIGHTLESSNESS is her first book.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Heiresses: A Novel





Synopsis (from Amazon): From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars, comes The Heiresses—a novel about the Saybrooks, a diamond family blessed with beauty and fortune yet plagued by a string of tragic and mysterious deaths.

The only thing more flawless than a Saybrook’s solitaire is the family behind the diamond empire. Beauties, entrepreneurs, debutantes, and mavens, the Saybrooks are the epitome of high society. Anyone would kill to be one of them. But be careful what you wish for, because if you were a Saybrook, you’d be haunted by secrets and plagued by a dark streak of luck.

Tragedy strikes the prominent family yet again on a beautiful morning in May when thirty-four-year-old Poppy, the most remarkable Saybrook of them all, flings herself from the window of her office. Everyone is shocked that someone so perfect would end her own life—until her cousins receive an ominous warning: One heiress down, four to go.

Was it suicide . . . or murder? And who will be next: Aster, the beautiful but reckless girl who’s never worked a day in her life—and who’s covering up her father’s darkest secret? Her older sister, Corrine, whose meticulously planned future is about to come crashing down around her? Perhaps it will be Natasha, the black sheep of the family who suddenly disinherited herself five years ago. Or maybe the perpetually single Rowan, who had the most to gain from her cousin’s death.

A gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller about heiresses who must uncover a dark truth about their family before they lose the only thing money can’t buy: their lives.



One (or more) Sentence Summary: I absolutely LOVED The Heiresses.  There better be a second novel coming soon.  It reminded me of the Kennedy family meets Sex in the City.  

Favorite Character(s):  Oh, I can't possibly have a favorite.  They are all great and perfect for the book and setting.

Fast read/slow read:  Super FAST!  The best of chick lit!

Cover:  Can't imagine a different cover!  Just right.

What Others Are Saying:  
“A smart, delicious suspense novel filled with money, murder and well-heeled heiresses up to no good. Warning: You’re going to be up late tonight!” (Kate White, author of The Sixes)

The Heiresses is absolutely riveting, with more twists than a labyrinth and one of the most vivid cast of characters in contemporary fiction. Sara Shepard’s smart, funny voice--already beloved by legions of fans--shines brighter than ever. I’m recommending this book to everyone I know.” (Sarah Pekkanen, author of Catching Air)

“Sara Shepard has created a Pretty Little Liars for adults. . . . Perfect for a light beach read.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, PLEASE write a sequel and publish it ASAP!


Sara Shepard is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars. She graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College. Sara has lived in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Arizona, where the Lying Game series is set.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Beyond Hollywood Strip - TLC Bood Tours + Giveaway

~ I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author to facilitate this review.  I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~

Giveaway:  One lucky reader will win their very own copy of this book! If you’re interested, please just let me know in a comment below. Please be 13 years or older and have a U.S. mailing address. Please leave your email.  Winner will be randomly selected 9/14/14. Good luck.

Synopsis (from Amazon): Callie Lambert is the hottest starlet in Hollywood. With a hit TV show under her belt, the tabloid-targeted actress--christened one of “The 20 Most Tantalizing Angelenos”--leads a charmed life, hobnobbing with fashionistas in Paris and industry bigwigs in Los Angeles . She's sexy, sassy, and unsinkable....and currently unemployed. 

Beyond Hollywood Strip offers an inside look into the realities of being famous and beautiful, following Callie as she navigates the seedy underbelly of the entertainment industry. Juggling hunky ex-boyfriends, battling lawsuits from rival actresses, staying one step ahead of the press, organizing a charity event to honor her murdered friend…Callie’s got it all under control. But when she receives a mysterious letter from a young woman claiming to be her long-lost sister, Callie’s world begins to crack around the edges and all bets are off. 

An ode to the literary popcorn of Jacqueline Susann, Beyond Hollywood Strip is a steamy, action-packed ride down Sunset Boulevard. Better buckle your seat belt…it’s going to be bumpy... 


One (or more) Sentence Summary: I really liked that Beyond Hollywood Strip included both the "Hollywood" scene and "normal" life stuff.  The connection Callie had to her grandmother..loved it.  Finding out she has a sisterloved it.  Her lustful mistakeso real!

Favorite Character(s):  Callie was my favorite character.  She seemed to have it all together and didn't get caught up in the "Hollywood" scene.

Fast read/slow read:  I found Beyond Hollywood Strip to be an okay paced read.  I think if my "work life" was not so crazy at this time, it would have been a fast read.

Cover:  LOVE it!  So perfect for the book.
What Others Are Saying:  Check out what others are saying on the TLC Book Tours
Monday, August 18th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, August 20th: Steph the Bookworm
Thursday, August 21st: Mom in Love with Fiction
Monday, August 25th: Bewitched Bookworms
Thursday, August 28th:  The Suburban Eclectic Review – Book Spotlight
Wednesday, August 27th: Harlie’s Books
Monday, September 1st: Read – Love – Blog
Tuesday, September 2nd: Sveltlana’s Reads and Views
Wednesday, September 3rd: Shelf Pleasure -author guest post, “The Godmother”
Thursday, September 4th:  Three Girls and a Book Obsession
Friday, September 5th:  Seaside Book Nook
Wednesday, September 10th:  Traveling with T


Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, in fact, I didn't know that Beyond Hollywood Strip was the sequel to Hollywood Strip.  I am going to read the first book.

The chronicles of Callie Lambert are loosely based on author Shamron Moore’s real life experiences as an actress and model. Shamron left her home state of Michigan to pursue the excitement of Los Angeles. She has appeared in numerous commercials, television shows and feature films. FHM named her one of the 100 Sexiest Women in the World. Nowadays, she prefers to focus on writing, one of her lifelong passions. Beyond Hollywood Strip is her second novel.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lucky Me - A Must Read!!


~ I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author to facilitate this review.  I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~




Synopsis (from Amazon): After breaking a chain letter, can superstitious Megan find a way to turn her luck around?

Meghan McGlinchey is the most superstitious girl in her family—and probably in the entire state of Delaware. When she receives a chain letter from a stranger in Ireland, Meghan immediately passes it on, taking only a tiny shortcut in the directions.

But after a disastrous day, made complete by losing the election for class president and embarrassing herself in front of the entire school, Meghan realizes that tiny shortcut was a big mistake. Thankfully, her family was already headed to Ireland on spring break, and Meghan makes it her mission to find the original sender and break her extremely unlucky streak.

With the help of an eccentric cast of characters—and one very cute Irish boy—can Meghan figure out a way to stop her bad luck? Or is she cursed forever?



One (or more) Sentence Summary:  My Mom and I read Lucky Me together and I am not sure who liked in more; me or her.  It doesn't really matter because we both LOVED it.  

I had never heard of a chain letter (of course my mom did), but I would love to start one now.  My mom said she use to get them all the time as a kid.   How cool is getting mail, right?

Megan is absolutely hilarious, as are her sisters.  The book is 100% funny.  

Favorite Character(s):  Megan, Finn and Carissa were the best.  I think Mrs. Buck was so funny.  She would make an awesome grandmother!

Setting:  Mostly in Ireland traveling the country side trying to find the links to the chain letter.  Ireland is one of my top 5 countries I would LOVE to go visit. It is in my Mom's top two!

Fast read/slow read:  I couldn't wait for my Mom to get home from work so we could read together for 20 minutes.  We often went way past the 20 minutes, since we both loved the story.

Cover:  I just love Megan's shirt.  I have one very similar.  The cover is perfect for the story.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  My Mom has read Lost in London (click here for the review).  My Mom and I would both love to read more books by Cindy Callaghan.



Cindy Callaghan grew up in New Jersey and attended college at the University of Southern California before earning her BA in English and French, and MBA from the University of Delaware (Megan in the book is from Delaware!).

She is the author of three tween novels all published by Simon & Schuster, JUST ADD MAGIC (2010), LOST IN LONDON (2013) and LUCKY ME (2014). The ebook JUST ADD A FAMOUS TV CHEF is available for download from www.cindycallaghan.com.


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I have to share my two cents….Lucky Me is just too cute for words.  It is perfect for 5th grade up.  It is clean and a very funny story.  Hard to find these days!  It reminded me of Meg Cabot/Sophia Kinsella for kids.  Absolutely adorable with so much humor!  Well done Cindy, well done!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

The Other Life

~ I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author to facilitate this review.  I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~


Synopsis (from Amazon):  If you could return to the road not taken...would you?

Quinn Braverman has a perfect life, with a loving husband, an adorable son, and another baby on the way.

Quinn also has an ominous secret: she knows that another version of her life exists...one in which she made totally different life choices. But she's never been tempted to switch lives-until a shocking turn of events pushes her to cross over, and she discovers the one person she thought she'd lost forever: Her mother.

But Quinn can't have both lives. Soon, she must decide which she really wants-the one she has...or the other life...

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  What a powerful question, eh? If you could return to the road not takenwould you?  The Other Life, drummed up a lot of questions for me.  Which of those road not taken would I go back and possible take?  Quinn takes us on such a journey and it is one you won't forget.

The part I really liked, was her going back to her mother and being able to ask questions and talk with her.  What I wouldn't give for that to be able to happen.  The Other Life will leave thinking that is for sure.  Also, watch out for the ending, I never saw it coming…what a shocker!

Favorite Character(s):  Quinn's neighbor is pretty funny and adds some humor to this otherwise serious page turner!

Fast read/slow read:  Average read, you are left wanting more.

What Others Are Saying (from Amazon):  
"Gripping! A truly fascinating story of love, loss, and a magical place in between."
– Beth Harbison, New York Times bestselling author of Hope In A Jar

"The Other Life is a provocative and unique tale of the road not taken. Ellen Meister puts a magical, masterful spin on one of my favorite questions: "What if?" What if you took both roads? You won't want to miss this one!"
– Sarah Addison Allen, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon

"Ellen Meister makes a big leap toward the literary in The Other Life, a book where "What if" becomes the most powerful question in the world. This is the thinking woman's beach read, a love story to the modern family, written with a deep and lovely understanding of mothers and daughters and the sacrifices they'll make for each other."
– Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Stopped Swimming

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Sign me up!


Ellen Meister has written five novels: DOROTHY PARKER DRANK HERE (Putnam 2015), FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER (Putnam 2013), THE OTHER LIFE (Putnam 2011), THE SMART ONE (HarperCollins 2008) and SECRET CONFESSIONS OF THE APPLEWOOD PTA (HarperCollins 2006). She has also published short stories and essays, and one novelette, THE WISHING CAKE. She teaches creative writing at Hofstra University Continuing Education, and does public speaking about her books and other writing-related issues. Ellen runs a popular Dorothy Parker page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DorothyParkerQuotes. For more information visit www.ellenmeister.com.


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

When Dreams Are Calling


~ I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author to facilitate this review.  I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~



Synopsis (from Amazon): Inspired by a true story, When Dreams are Calling is a powerful mixture of adventure, travel and reflections that will redefine your idea of courage while making you laugh all the way. 

The main character, Dora, is a witty young woman who chases her dreams across continents, from Europe to America, then to Asia, and finally, to the far away shores of Australia. 

We see the changes she goes through, the price she pays for following her dreams, but also the rewards she gets on the way. Her life is a roller coaster and her plan is nothing more than the confidence that everything will work out for the best. 


The story is filled with magical words of wisdom that will inspire and delight you, while making you reflect on the beauty of friendship, lust, love and kindness. 

“Words have power, dreams have power, we have power” is the motif which echoes all through this enthralling novel that bursts with optimism. 



One (or more) Sentence Summary:  The book jacket sums it up best.."Not a travelogue, but a journey. Not a comedy, but a joy. Not a self-help book, but a lesson. A book you won't forget."

I think When Dreams are Calling would make a FANTASTIC movie. I don't recall every thinking that or saying that about a book.  I just wanted to travel right along side Dora and share her experiences and all the lessons she learned. 

Truly a remarkable story…I mean journey!

One of my favorite quote (and there are lots of them) is, "If we juggle everything at once, we might drop the most important piece and not even notice."


Favorite Character(s):  Besides Dora, I really liked her friend Robert, who she meets in Canada.  He was a true friend, through and through.  What a great character.

I also really liked Stallion! There is no need to say anything else about him!

Setting:  The book is written in different parts: Dora's home country, Romania, on to Canada, and ends in Australia.

Fast read/slow read:  Just right!  Every chapter ended with me wanting more. Darn those work hours!

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  Yes, I would.  I really enjoyed this one!  Carol keep me in mind when you publish your next novel.


Carol Vorvain is an Australian fiction writer who lives in Melbourne, a city famous for having all four seasons in a day. A lawyer and mediator by training, Carol writes uplifting, touching stories about people from all over the world. Her characters are funny and witty while exploring life choices and the power of intention, change and passion. She loves to travel, share a laugh, and dream with her eyes wide open in her beautiful rose garden.


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City

~ I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~



Synopsis (from Hollysinbox.com): For Holly Denham, life seems too good to be true. She loves her job as a receptionist at swanky investment bank D.K Huerst. And she’s going out with the man of her dreams. All she has to do is stay out of trouble But things are about to go disastrously wrong. There’s a scandal in the City and the gossip is all about Holly. And she discovers someone’s been keeping a very big secret from her…. Can she save her job and her relationship? For Holly, time is running out…



One (or more) Sentence Summary: Email-azing!  Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City is absolutely HILARIOUS!  I couldn't get enough or read it fast enough.  I love the format of telling a story through email.  My very first Meg Cabot that I read was in email too - The Boy Next Door.  

This is 100% chick lit and I LOVED IT!  Even though it is a stand alone book, you must read Holly's Inbox first - merely for the enjoyment!  I also think the second book will make more sense (all the underlying comments) if you read Holly's Inbox first!

Favorite Character(s):  Of course Holly is my favorite, but I have to mention Grandma too.  She was too funny.  There could be a separate book just on the emails between Holly and Grandma.  I also have to say.Ron emailing for Holly's brother.roll on the ground laughing.

Fast read/slow read:  SUPER fast!

Cover:  I like it!.

What Others Are Saying:  You can see what others are saying at Holly's website, including comments from Jill Mansell, NBC News, New York Post, Ok Magazine and more.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Absolutely!  I loved Holly's Inbox and was so excited when I stumbled upon Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City.  Please, please write more!

Holly Denham is the pen name for Bill Surie, the owner of a placement service for receptionists and secretaries in London. He started the Holly's Inbox website as a place to serialize his first novel, and it became an overnight sensation. He lives in Maida Vale, England.


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