Monday, November 20, 2017

Amanda Wakes Up





Synopsis (from Amazon): When Amanda Gallo, fresh from the backwater of local TV, lands the job of her dreams at FAIR News - the coveted morning anchor slot - she's finally made it: a six-figure salary, a wardrobe allowance, plenty of on-air face time, and a chance to realize her dreams, not to mention buy herself lunch. Amanda Wakes Up takes off as Amanda feels for the first time that she can make her mom and her best friend proud and think about an actual future with her boyfriend, Charlie. But she finds her journalistic ideals shredded as she struggles to keep up with the issues in a ratings-crazed madhouse - battling for hair and makeup time, coping with her sexist (but scathingly handsome) coanchor, Rob, mixing up the headlines with pajama modeling on the street, and showing Benji Diggs, her media maestro boss, that she's got what it takes. 


As the news heats up in a hotly contested election season and a wild-card candidate, former Hollywood actor Victor Fluke, appears on the scene, Amanda's pressure-cooker job gets hotter and her personal life unravels. Walking a knife's edge between ambition and survival, and about to break the biggest story of her career, Amanda must decide what she's willing to give up to get ahead - and what she needs to hold on to to save herself.



One (or more) Sentence Summary: I liked reading about all the nutty things Amanda had to go through all for "the story."  Amanda Wakes Up was very entertaining hitting several different emotions - funny, energizing, nerve wrecking, and sexy/romantic. The story ties in so many similar recent events, it made it a very interesting but fun read.  I really liked the ethical challenge Amanda took us through the entire book.  I also liked the outcome and how she handled the challenges.  She made the right choice and did the right thing (in my opinion!).

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: I would, read other books by Alisyn Camerota.  




Alisyn Camerota is a journalist and cohost of CNN's morning show New Day. Prior to joining CNN, Camerota was cohost of FOX News Channel's morning show FOX + Friends Weekend. She has been a national correspondent for NBC's morning magazine show Real Life and the crime show America's Most Wanted

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

One Good Thing

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Synopsis (from Amazon): Before you can fix it up, you might have to tear it down.... 

Embroiled in a battle to regain control of their renovation turned reality TV show, Do Over, Maddie, Avery, Nikki, and Kyra find themselves holding tight to the frayed ends of their friendship and relationships. 
Maddie must face the realities of dating a rock star once again topping the charts and deal with her hapless ex-husband while Avery is caught up in family drama even as she attempts to transform a tiny cottage into a home for the newly impoverished heiress who helped bankroll their last renovation. Put on bedrest, a hugely pregnant Nikki can't quite believe love can last or trust in her own maternal instinct. And Kyra, who has secretly put Bella Flora at risk in an attempt to salvage Do Over, must decide whether to accept a desperately needed bailout from her son's famous father that comes with far too many strings attached.... 
But friendship is made for times like these, to keep each other - and their dreams - from crumbling.



One (or more) Sentence Summary: Nice story, easy read and a series that doesn't require you read to the books in order.  They are are all stand alone novels.  The characters are great and all work together to make a good story.  I don't feel like this series is about one of the characters with the others in the background like other series.  If you are looking for a good, easy, take me to the beach type of read, One Good Thing would fit the bill.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes...I am currently reading A Bella Flora Christmas.  Also check out my review for Sunshine Beach.




Wendy Wax was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, and graduated from University of Georgia. After college she worked in radio, television, and film. Her books include Ocean Beach, Ten Beach Road, Single in Suburbia, Hostile Makeover, Leave it to Cleavage, and 7 days and 7 Nights. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Best Day Ever

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Synopsis (from Amazon): In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life. 

“I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…” 

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever. 

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really? 

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. 



One (or more) Sentence Summary: What a thriller!  Best Day Ever kept me on my toes the entire story.  It also ended in a perfect situation for a sequel!  Paul is one devious man.  Once I figured out what Paul was up to, he surprised since he was just so evil. All the crazy things he did once he was confronted by Mia was unbelievable.  Great thriller - quick read!

I liked the scenes at Lakeside (which I didn't realize is a real place).  I have been reading a lot of books that seem to take place in Ohio lately.  Best Day Ever takes place in Columbus and Lakeside

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, I would read another book by Kaira.  I have read Here, Home, Hope, and In the Mirror.




Kaira Rouda is the USA Today bestselling author of novels including Here, Home, HopeThe Goodbye Year, In the Mirror and All the Difference. Her stories explore what goes on behind closed doors of seemingly perfect lives. She lives in Southern California with her family and she's at work on her next novel. Visit her website, KairaRouda.com. Connect with her on Facebook.com/KairaRoudaBooks; and on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter - @KairaRouda.


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Friday, September 29, 2017

The Royal Wedding - A MUST read!

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Synopsis (from Amazon): Don't miss the irresistibly funny conclusion of The Crown Jewels Romantic Comedy Duo for fans of both Bridget Jones and The Princess Diaries…

When most girls get engaged, at most they face a disapproving mother-in-law, but in Tessa Sharpe’s case, it’s a disapproving nation. No one in the tiny kingdom of Avonia wants the former anti-royal blogger to wed Prince Arthur. The anti-royals haven’t forgiven her for abandoning ship and swimming over to the Prince’s yacht, and the royal watchers won’t ever forget all the horrible things she wrote about their beloved Royal Family.

Up against all odds, Tessa has only six months to prove herself worthy of the title of Princess. Her nasty father-in-law is going to throw every obstacle in her way, including the beautiful, poised, and highly accomplished Lady Doctor Brooke Beddingfield. But Tessa is determined to make this work and keep her fledgling career as a reporter intact.

Will Tessa manage to fight her way down the aisle and find her Prince Charming waiting? Or will one of them succumb to mounting pressure and run the other way before they can say I do?

Get your copy today and be part of the feel-good fairy tale!




One (or more) Sentence Summary: Loved, Loved, Loved it!  This is book 2 in the Crown Jewel Series.  I loved it as much as I the first one.  The same characters in The Royal Treatment are in The Royal Wedding.  It is a laugh out loud your stomach will ache funny romance novel.  The Crown Jewel series is one of my favorite reads this year.  Super fast read that leavings you wanting  book 3!  Extremely funny, amazing cast of characters, great setting and a fantastic storyline.  I said it before, and will say it again, MJ reminds of Sophia Kinsella, Meg Cabot, Janet Evanovich and Helen Fielding all in one.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Oh yes.  When is the third book in the series coming out?  Here is my review on The Royal Treatment (book 1).




Melanie Summers currently resides in Edmonton, Canada, with her husband, three young children, and their goofy dog. When she's not writing romance novels, she loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), and long walks in the woods near her house. Melanie also spends a lot more time thinking about doing yoga than actually doing yoga, which is why most of her photos are taken ‘from above’. She also loves shutting down restaurants with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something. More like just staying until they turn the lights off. Melanie is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as the International Women's Writing Guild. Melanie would love to hear from you! She does her best to respond to all inquiries and emails personally. If you would like her to attend a book club meeting via Skype please contact her to book a date. Contact her at mjsummersbooks@gmail.com or visit www.mjsummersbooks.com.

Melanie - please, please being writing book 3.  It is a must have for all of us that LOVE the Crown Jewel series (The Royal Treatment and The Royal Wedding).



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Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Royal Treatment (A MUST read book)

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Synopsis (from Amazon): Ultra-private, ridiculously handsome Crown Prince Arthur has always gotten by on his charm. But that won’t be enough now that the Royal Family is about to be ousted from power once and for all. When Prince Arthur has to rely on the one woman in the kingdom who hates him most, he must learn that earning the love of a nation means first risking his heart.

Twenty-eight-year-old Tessa Sharpe, a.k.a. The Royal Watchdog, hates everything about Prince Arthur. As far as she’s concerned, he’s an arrogant, lazy leech on the kingdom of Avonia. When he shocks the nation by giving her the keys to the castle, Tessa has no choice but to accept and move in for two months. It’s lust at first sight, but there’s no way she can give in to her feelings—not if she wants to have a career or a shred of pride left when her time at the palace ends…

Can two natural enemies find their forever in each other’s arms, or will they ruin each other to save themselves?




One (or more) Sentence Summary: If I had a 10 star, I would give it to The Royal Treatment.  I absolutely, without a doubt loved this book.  The Royal Treatment had me in stitches.  I haven't laughed so much while reading a book in a long time (thank you M.J.).  I would say, The Royal Treatment is a Prince Mia (Meg Cabot, Princess Diary Series) for adults.  There is also a mix of Bridget Jones (Helen Fielding), Becky Bloomwood (Sophia Kinsella) and Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich) in the main character, Tessa.  

I really don't want to give away anything here and I can't emphasize enough that this is a MUST read book.  It has been my number one read this year.  Tessa is down on her luck and trying to make ends meets after being fired.  She starts a blog that is geared towards eliminating the Royal families power.  She also has a blog that reviews different products that never seem to go just right. She is clumsy, adorable, smart, witty and finds herself in unusual situations.

Prince Arthur, all I can say is....sigh. Or maybe I should say....yummy!

*SPECIAL WARNING: As per legal counsel, Melanie Summers will not be responsible for others assuming you’ve gone crazy and/or accidents or injuries caused by laughing fits while reading The Royal Treatment. For your own safety: Do not read this book while driving, cooking, walking on slippery surfaces and/or crossing busy roads. Thank you.*

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: I can NOT wait for book 2 (The Royal Wedding out September 7th)  in this series.  PLEASE M.J. remember me when it becomes available.  I will drop everything else just to read book 2!

What Others Are Saying:  

Shockingly Funny!
~ Kim – Effing book club ~

A laugh-out-loud, unputdownable book... (it) left me feeling like I’d just watched a great chick flick with a happily ever after. Loved it!! 
~ Carissa James, Reviewer ~

A gorgeously funny, romantic and seductive modern fairytale…
I have never laughed out loud so much in my life...incredibly funny, witty, romantic, swoony. It quite simply is unforgettable and impossible to leave behind. It just keeps replaying itself over and over again in my mind and making me lust for it— and more.”
~ MammieBabbie Book Club ~

Impossible to put down. This book will forever reside in my ‘read over and over again’ list! YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!”
~ Marie LaFrance, Author ~



MJ Summers currently resides in Edmonton, Canada, with her husband, three young children, and their goofy dog. When she's not writing romance novels, she loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), and long walks in the woods near her house. MJ also spends a lot more time thinking about doing yoga than actually doing yoga, which is why most of her photos are taken ‘from above’. She also loves shutting down restaurants with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something. More like just staying until they turn the lights off. MJ is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as the International Women's Writing Guild. MJ would love to hear from you! She does her best to respond to all inquiries and emails personally. 

*PLEASE NOTE: The Crown Jewels Series is not a typical MJ Summers book. It’s a light romantic comedy, very heavy on the laughs with a low steam level (but lots of delicious sexual tension and some swearing).*

If you would like her to attend a book club meeting via Skype please contact her to book a date. Website: www.mjsummersbooks.com 
Email: mjsummersbooks@gmail.com 

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The Buffer Zone Diet

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Synopsis (from Amazon): WHAT'S YOUR LIFE WORTH? 


When you're drowning, the last thing you do before you go unconscious is take a breath. The carbon dioxide rises so much in your blood it overpowers the last few molecules of oxygen in your body. You reach your breaking point, then you inhale. I inhaled food my whole life and I reached my breaking point in my battle with weight loss.

Right at the moment I was ready to give up, I had some last thoughts:

What if there were things I believed that weren't true? What if calories in and calories out had exceptions? What if we don't all metabolize food the same? Why can't we successfully lose weight and keep it off? I had to find out - my life depended on it. In my quest to break my weight loss code, the Buffer Zone is the space where I found my truth. 

 
The Buffer Zone diet is the answer to all of these questions and more. In this book you will learn:
 

  • The Top Ten lies we've been told about our diet
  • Tips for distinguishing between emotional hunger and physical hunger
  • How to create nutrient-dense meals to keep physical hunger at bay
  • Science between weight loss and weight gain 
  • Five distinct blueprints for designing the new and healthiest you 
  • Strategies for breaking through weight loss plateaus 
  • The Four Laws of Weight Management 
  • And most importantly, the formula that regulates weight for the human body!
No matter where you are in your weight-loss journey or quest for a healthy lifestyle The Buffer Zone Diet is a must-read to help you get started on a path to success!



One (or more) Sentence Summary: Do you struggle with your weight? I sure do.  I often need to read books like The Buffer Zone Diet to get my head back in the game. The end of March, I gave up McDonald's Coke (the absolute best Coke in the world), which I HAD to have daily.  Cold turkey gave it up because I got mad at my doctor, who told me I had to do something NOW (thanks doc)!  I have lost 20 pounds.  However, I haven't lost anything this past month.  Buffer Zone Diet....here I come.

I was pulled in by the first chapter and the ten lies.  I am not sure I agree that they are all lies, but that is okay.  As I continued to read the book, it helped me layout some "rules" to follow.  As the book indicated, most people get more than enough protein, I realized I am not getting nearly enough protein.  I have a list of foods that will help me up my game in that category.  

The other thing I really need to do (and I knew/know it) is exercise.  I liked the different options in the book and allows me to tailor my weeks to ensure I get my daily dose of exercise. I am hoping this will help me past my plateau.  

I find the slow steady weight loss makes me feel better, have more energy and want to continue to eat healthy instead of sucking down my McDonald's Coke.  Don't get me wrong, there are stressful days that I would love to drive thru and pick one up, but I have to keep in mind that is emotional hunger not real hunger.  This is also discussed in the book.



Fred Cuellar has distinguished himself in various fields. He is one of the world’s top diamond experts, a three-time Guinness Book record holder in jewelry design, a consultant to investment and financial firms, and a best-selling author. His clients include the Dallas Cowboys, the Denver Broncos, the Detroit Redwings, plus celebrities associated with Lionsgate and the Rubik’s Brand. His personal commitment to making a difference in people’s lives has taken him on a journey into the world of obesity, and his discoveries not only saved his life but can save yours.  

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The Book of Awesome Women

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Synopsis (from Amazon): Super women ─ who are some of the most awesome women in history?


Sheroes: Women hold up half the sky and, most days, do even more of the heavy lifting including childbearing and child-rearing. All after a long day at the office. Women have always been strong, true heroes ─ sheroes, oftentimes unacknowledged. As we shake off the last traces of a major patriarchal hangover, women are coming into their own. In the 21st Century, all women can fully embrace their fiery fempower and celebrate their no-holds-barred individuality. It is time to acknowledge the successful women of the world.

Super women as female role models: From the foremothers who blazed trails and broke barriers, to today's women warriors from sports, science, cyberspace, city hall, the lecture hall, and the silver screen, The Book of Awesome Women paints 200 portraits of powerful and inspiring role models for women and girls poised to become super women of the future.

Successful women: Some of the super women you will meet in The Book of Awesome Women:

  • Dian Fossey
  • Martina Navratilova
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Indira Ghandi 
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Margaret Mead
  • Coretta Scott King
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  • Joan Baez
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Coco Chanel
  • Anita Hill
  • Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai
  • and many more

    Now is the time to acknowledge the greatness of women!



One (or more) Sentence Summary: I love books that promote awesomeness.  Add to that, women who have done amazingly awesome things in the past and you have a winner.  The Book of Awesome Women is something should be celebrated and shared with others (especially your kids, grandchildren, nieces and nephews).  I was recently going through a what I will call a personal struggle; however, after reading The Book of Awesome Women, I realized my struggle was not real and I needed to move on.  Thanks Awesome Women!

This week bought a bracelet for an amazing friend with "She needed a hero, so she became one," etched on it.  I have wrapped it up with a copy of The Book of Awesome Women.  An awesome gift for an awesome women.  I can't wait to give it to her next week.  



Becca Anderson is a writer, gardener and teacher living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Originally from Ohio, Becca s background in sustainability and landscaping inspired her to become a part of the seed-saving and seed-sharing community with chapters across the US and Canada. Becca Anderson credits her first grade teacher as a great inspiration and runs several popular classes and workshops including How to Put Your Passion on Paper. Anderson and is currently at work on a book about the healing power of gardening.

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