Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lessons From A Difficult Person + Giveaway





Synopsis: Elliston is a highly successful workshop leader and trainer, who offers wisdom learned the hard way—by experience – as well as through rigorous study and certification in many areas of professional training that aid her in her work -- Values Realization, Parent Effectiveness Training and Reality Therapy. She is a faculty member of the William Glasser Institute. Glasser is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and developer of Reality Therapy, a method of psychotherapy that teaches people they have a choice in how they choose to behave.


The methods Elliston offers in her book end the trauma and the drama, and minimize the possibility of confrontation. She gives YOU, the reader, the ability to take a strong, positive, confident—yet compassionate--stance with the “difficult person”—whether that is a relative, coworker, friend, one of your children or anyone else for that matter.

Elliston demonstrates how to:

• Identify the ways to talk to a “difficult” person
• Incorporate true incentives to help people change
• Make real the consequences of the “difficult” person’s action
• Increase success through acceptance and belonging
• Avoid being triggered by the “difficult” person allowing you to neutralize those hot buttons and communicate without judgment

Elliston lays out a proven script for peacefully transforming the difficult person’s behavior and the environment. She gives you the tools for successfully initiating and engaging in a conversation with a difficult person that would lead to change.






Sarah (Sam) Elliston is an expert in the art of Dealing with Difficult People. She is a top workshop leader and a member of the faculty of the William Glasser Institute, which espouses “Reality Therapy” to foster behavioral change.

But her instructional career began long before she even became aware that she was herself a “difficult person,” traits that began in Lincoln MA, where she grew up. For more than 30 years she has been teaching and training, first as a high school teacher in Ohio and Cincinnati—and then as an administrator in the not-for-profit sector.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook






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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Let's Try This Again + Giveaway

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Synopsis: One girl.  Two guys.  It's complicated. And hot.


First there is Isaac, the ex-boyfriend who threatens her move to a sunny new life on the west coast when he suddenly comes back into the picture.  The chemistry is intoxicating and Josie starts eating, breathing, and sleeping with him again until the move.  Things are hard enough saying goodbye to her childhood home and very best friends, but when Isaac makes it seem like he might actually want her to stay, Josie wonders if she’s giving up on him too quickly.


Josie takes the plunge and moves to California.


Then comes Carter. Sweet, doting - and, oh my god! - former boy band heartthrob, Carter. Josie’s new life falls into place, with new friends and a job working as the personal assistant for Carter as he plans the re-launch of his career. When it seems like there might be something between Josie and her new boss, she can’t help but hold back in fear of crossing a line and, worse yet, getting her heart crushed.  Once again.


What spirals into a complicated, heart wrenching, unexpected love triangle forces Josie to face a decision that she is not sure she can make.  Carter or Isaac.  Or - who knows?


It’s Sex in the City meets Bridget Jones Diary under the Hollywood sign.  A masterful debut novel of love, sex and rock & roll in the New Adult genre.




One (or more) Sentence Summary: I enjoyed Let's Try This Again.  I loved the one gal, two guys concept....about time! Who will Josie pick, Isaac or Carter? Who would you pick, your go to guy or your rock star crush? The book is funny, sexy, and takes us to la la land, where dreams do come true.   Let's Try This Again was a quick read that was hard to put down when it was time to go to work!



Check out what others are saying on the Tour!


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Feb 15 - 100 Pages A Day - review / guest post / giveaway
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Feb 16 - To Be Read - review
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Feb 17 - The Writing Garnet - review / giveaway
Feb 20 - Book and Ink - review / giveaway
Feb 20 - Haddie's Haven - review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 21 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 21 - The Phantom Paragrapher - review
Feb 22 - The World As I See It - review / giveaway
Feb 22 - Book Lover in Florida - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 23 - Olio by Marilyn - review / author interview

Feb 24 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
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Jordyn Woodtke is an exceedingly gifted new author who is destined to take the New Adult genre by storm with her debut novel entitled Let's Try This Again.


A graduate of NYU, she majored in screenwriting with a minor in bottomless brunching, skills she took with her when she moved to Los Angeles to follow her dream of becoming a writer. Jordyn started writing poetry and plays in high school, garnering prestigious awards and accolades from the Hartford Stage, Drexel University, the Waterbury Young Playwrights Festival and the national Scholastic Art & Writing awards, among others.


Now, on any given afternoon you are likely to find Jordyn petting random dogs on her street, noshing at any of the numerous brunch spots in LA, or bingeing Netflix on her couch. She's grateful and dedicated to the art of storytelling because it lets her say all the things she wished she'd said when she had the chance.


And if Let’s Try This Again is any indicator of future success, Jordyn will get to keep saying them for a long, long time.  


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Prizes:Win an ebook copy of Let's Try This Again. One winner will also get a $25 Amazon GC. (Open Int'l, 30 winners). Ends March 4


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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Silence Interrupted

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



Synopsis: Two months before Troye Saavedra’s senior year of high school, his father’s drinking problem skyrockets. When Troye’s parents make an impulsive move to Georgia in order to “help” him finish high school on a positive note, he is forced to leave behind everything he knows. Things couldn’t get worse for Troye. That is, until he meets three enigmatic teenagers: Adelaide, an independent violinist with radical ideas; Zaidan, fiercely loyal and always funny; and Arabella, a girl who harbors secret struggles. Together, the four friends try to pick up the jagged pieces of their lives without getting hurt themselves. An insightful tale of perseverance, Silence Interrupted is a young adult novel about the beauty and peril of traversing the world as a teenager.





Sania Shaikh is a junior at Cambridge High School. Inspired to write from a young age, she worked on Silence Interrupted, her debut novel, starting in eighth grade.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

Buy the Book:  Amazon



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Simply Irresistible

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Synopsis (from Amazon): Georgeanne Howard leaves her fiancĂ© at the altar when she realizes she can't marry a man old enough to be her grandfather, no matter how rich he is. Hockey superstar John Kowalsky unknowingly helps her escape, and only when it's too late does he realize that he's absconded with his boss's bride. This bad boy isn't looking to be anybody's savior but his own. Still, a long night stretches ahead of them—a night too sultry to resist temptation.

Seven years later, Georgeanne and John meet again. She is on her way to becoming Seattle's domestic darling and he is past his hellraising days. Shocked to learn that he has a daughter, John's determined to be part of her life. Georgeanne has loved John since the moment she jumped into his car, but will he risk the wrath of his boss, and one final chance at glory, to prove that this time his love will be everlasting?


One (or more) Sentence Summary: Nice quick story with fun characters.  While very predictable it was enjoy and easy to read.  Love the hockey player theme.


Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, I purchased Not Another Bad Date.  There are several others that look like they are great reads.


Rachel Gibson lives in Idaho with her husband, three kids, two cats, and a dog of mysterious origin. She began her fiction career at age sixteen, when she ran her car into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper, and drove to a parking lot, where she strategically scattered the car's broken glass all about. She told her parents she'd been the victim of a hit-and-run and they believed her. She's been making up stories ever since, although she gets paid better for them nowadays.


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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Suddenly Royal




Synopsis (from Amazon):  Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working on a master's degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it's to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed . . .

As crown prince of Lilaria, Alex D'Lynsal has had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures in the press have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She's stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone's front-page news. While Sam tries to navigate her new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.


One (or more) Sentence Summary:  Suddenly Royal was a good and clean book.  It was a cute story that was pretty predictable.  If you are like me...anything "royal" is a good read.  

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  I already have Reckless Royal on my TBR list!



Nichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal and Recklessly Royal. She lives in Georgia with her husband, little girl, superhero dog, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not devouring novels by the dozens, you can find her writing, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

Connect with Nichole www.nicholechase.com  http://www.facebook.com/author.nicholechase
Twitter: @NicholeChase


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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Long Walk to Water




Synopsis (from Amazon): The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.




One (or more) Sentence Summary:  I have really, really struggled with this review.  I am terrified I will not do the book or Salva justice.  A Long Walk to Water is an AMAZING book and so beautifully written.  My son read it in 7th grade when we still lived in Rochester, New York area. He came home from school and told me he had to read the book.  He was so surprised that I pulled my copy off my shelf.  I had not read it yet.  I immediately got to it.  He too, loved the book. He even got to go to Monroe Community College where the author Linda Sue Park and Salva spoke.  I was so upset I couldn't attend.  You can check it out here:



I had no idea that when Salva came to America, his American family lived in the area.  He also went on to college and Monroe Community College.  All of this was right under my nose and I didn't know about it.  I then had a flash back to being a church and Salva talking to us about his story and his project, Water for South Sudan.  I was even more in aww. 


This past year, my daughters needed a book to read for a school report.  I suggested A Long Walk to Water.  They loved it too.  I have recommend the book to several others in the Rochester area and realized I needed to write a review and let others know what an amazing book it is and what things Salva is doing in Sudan.  

I recommend that everyone, regardless your age, to pick up a copy of A Long Walk to Water and recommend it to others.  It is truly a wonderful read.
Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Absolutely.  I did know she also lived in Rochester.  How did I not know this amazing author lived in my area.  I really want to read A Single Shard and When My Name Was Keoko.



Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard, many other novels, several picture books, and most recently a book of poetry: Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems). She lives in Rochester, New York, with her family, and is now a devoted fan of the New York Mets. For more infromation visit www.lspark.com.



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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Something Borrowed




Synopsis (from Amazon):  Rachel White is the consummate good girl. A hard-working attorney at a large Manhattan law firm and a diligent maid of honor to her charmed best friend Darcy, Rachel has always played by all the rules. Since grade school, she has watched Darcy shine, quietly accepting the sidekick role in their lopsided friendship. 

But that suddenly changes the night of her thirtieth birthday when Rachel finally confesses her feelings to Darcy's fiance, and is both horrified and thrilled to discover that he feels the same way. As the wedding date draws near, events spiral out of control, and Rachel knows she must make a choice between her heart and conscience. In so doing, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren't always neat, and sometimes you have to risk everything to be true to yourself.

The smash-hit debut novel for every woman who has ever had a complicated love-hate friendship.



One (or more) Sentence Summary: Great chick-lit book with substance. Best friend drama, maid-of-honor sleeping with groom to be and more.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  Yes, I have read a few of Emily's novel and have a list of others I would like to read.



Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of seven New York Times bestselling novels, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love The One You're With, Heart of the Matter, Where We Belong, and The One & Only, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and three young children. Visit www.emilygiffin.com.


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