Friday, January 30, 2015

The Metabolism Solution + Giveaway and Author Interview

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



SBN:  What;s your mission in life? 

Lisa: My life mission is to help as many depressed and overweight people lose weight.  Especially teens and families, since being overweight is a family affair and teens are prone to being bullied.





What Others Are Saying:  Check out what others are saying as part of the iRead Book Tours:

Jan 12 -Suko's Notebook – review
Jan 13 - Working Mommy Journal – review / giveaway
Jan 13 -Bound 4 Escape – review / giveaway
Jan 14 - A Soccer Mom's Book Blog - review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 15 - My Life. One Story at a Time –  guest post / giveaway (review will be posted later)
Jan 15 - Life With Katie – review / giveaway
Jan 15 - Rockin' Book Reviews – review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 16 - Laura's Online Interests - review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 16 - Mary-andering Creatively – review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 19 - 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - review / giveaway
Jan 19 - Psychotic State Book Reviews – review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 20 - Bless Their Hearts Mom – review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 21 - Hello, my name is Alice – review – guest post
Jan 22 - Cassandra M's Place – review / giveaway
Jan 22 - Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
Jan 23 - Tragically Dull Adventures of an Almost Librarian – review / giveaway
Jan 23 - Luxury Reading – review / giveaway
Jan 26 - Roughseasinthemed - review
Jan 27 - Green and Glassie – review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 28 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
Jan 29 - Genuine Jenn – review / giveaway
Jan 30 - Seaside Book Nook – review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 30 - Jessica Cassidy – review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 30 - JBronder Book Reviews – review / author interview
TBD - I'd Rather Be At The Beach – review / giveaway



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Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming



Synopsis (from Amazon): Laurel Gray Hawthorne needs to make things pretty, whether she's helping her mother make sure the literal family skeleton stays in the closet or turning scraps of fabric into nationally acclaimed art quilts. Her estranged sister Thalia, an impoverished Actress with a capital A, is her polar opposite, priding herself on exposing the lurid truth lurking behind middle class niceties. While Laurel's life seems neatly on track--a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna--everything she holds dear is suddenly thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of a her 13-year old neighbor Molly Dufresne. The ghost leads Laurel to the real Molly floating lifelessly in the Hawthorne's backyard pool. Molly's death is inexplicable--an unseemly mystery Laurel knows no one in her whitewashed neighborhood is up to solving. Only her wayward, unpredictable sister is right for the task, but calling in a favor from Thalia is like walking straight into a frying pan protected only by Crisco. Enlisting Thalia's help, Laurel sets out on a life-altering journey that triggers startling revelations about her family's guarded past, the true state of her marriage, and the girl who stopped swimming.

Richer and more rewarding than any story Joshilyn Jackson has yet written, yet still packed with Jackson's trademarked outrageous characters, sparkling dialogue, and defiantly twisting plotting, THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING is destined both to delight Jackson's loyal fans and capture a whole new audience.



One (or more) Sentence Summary: Woooowhat a twisted plot.  I really enjoyed The Girl Who Stopped Swimming! The book kept me on my toes. There is lots of family past, drama, dysfunctional relationships that leaves you wanting more.  Through all the ups, downs, sideways turns of the book, the mystery is solved.

Favorite Character(s):  Thaila..the improvised actress who doesn't hold back any punches.

Setting:  In the South, I don't remember exactly where though.

Fast read/slow read:  I listened to The Girl Who Stopped Swimming - I got the CDs from my local library.  It was a fast listen!

Cover:  Works for me!

What Others Are Saying:  "...a great tale [that] builds to an exciting and violent ending, one that surprises and yet seems to fit." 
-USA Today

"... buoyant and moving ....beautifully balanced between magical and realist fiction... closer in tone and voice to Alice Sebold's 'The Lovely Bones' or Richard Ford's Frank Bascombe trilogy."
-Atlanta Journal Constitution

"A ghost story, family psychodrama, and murder mystery all in one. Jackson's latest is a wild, smartly calibrated achievement. A-." 
-Entertainment Weekly

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, I have several of Joshilyn's books on my phone to listen too!


Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times Bestselling author of six novels, most recently Someone Else's Love Story.  Her short novella, My Own Miraculous, is a prequel to her latest title, and is available as an e-book and an audio download.

She lives in Decatur, Georgia with her husband and their two kids.  She loves Bourbon and Hot Yoga (not together) and she has more dogs than you. Unless you have three.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Rockin' Book Reviews
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Climax - Book Three of The Publicist + Giveaway

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



Synopsis: Kate Mitchell has never forgiven herself for breaking Nick Lavigne’s heart. Now he’s back and he’s moved on, and it’s affecting Kate’s life more than she’s willing to admit. 


Kate Mitchell has everything. She's the head of a crazy successful publishing house, engaged to the traffic-stopping sexy Mac Ellis and she's about to sign one of the biggest authors of her career.

And that's when everything falls apart. 

Everything is perfect…until it’s not.

In a city of 8 million people Kate manages to run into someone she never expected to see again.

Nick is handsome, impossibly kind, every girl’s dream, and Kate’s former fiancĂ©. He’s also the brother of the rising star author she’s trying to sign. Now that Nick’s back in town and has moved on he insists he’s over Kate, but part of him still can’t get past how amazing they were, and his sister won’t let anyone forget how brutally it ended.

When Mac is dealt a life-changing blow, it forces Kate to question every single choice she’s made.

Follow Kate as she embarks on a journey of life and love, navigating through the decisions that will change it all forever.




One (or more) Sentence Summary: Can't get enough.  I absolutely LOVE this series - The Publicist.  OMG - Nick is in NYC and Kate literally bumps into him…..of goodness.  Max is dealing with other issues…what will happen. Nick? Max? You have to read it to find out.

Favorite Character(s):  I really like all the characters, but Grace is still my favorite.  She has been through the entire series.  She is such a good friend, honest and true Grace isn't afraid to tell Kate the truth even if it is going to be hard for Kate to hear.


Setting:  Back in NYC!  As you know I love books that take place in NYC!

Fast read/slow read:  Super fast.

Cover:  Love it!

What Others Are Saying:  Check out what others are saying on the iRead Book Tours:

Jan 12 - Feminist Reflections – review of The Publicist / author interview
Jan 12 - afternoonbookery – review of Climax
Jan 12 - Bound 4 Escape – review of Shelf Life
Jan 12 - Romance Novels For the Beach – review of The Publicist
Jan 13 - Library of Clean Reads - book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 13 – Roughseasinthemed – review of The Publicist and Shelf Life
Jan 13 - Deal Sharing Aunt – review of The Publicist /author interview
Jan 13 - Perfect Chaos – review of Shelf Life / author interview / giveaway
Jan 14 - Feminist Reflections – review of Shelf Life
Jan 14 - allthingsbookie – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 15 - Life With Katie – review of The Publicist / giveaway
Jan 15 - The Phantom Paragrapher – review of Climax
Jan 15 - Pinky's Favorite Reads – book spotlight
Jan 15 - Laura's Online Interests - review of The Publicist / giveaway
Jan 16 - Being Tilly's Mummy – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 16 - Being Tilly's Mummy - guest post
Jan 19 - Rockin' Book Reviews – review of The Publicist / giveaway
Jan 19 - Romance Novels For the Beach – review of Shelf Life 
Jan 19 - Feminist Reflections – review of Climax
Jan 20 - The World As I See It – review of The Publicist
Jan 20 - Seaside Book Nook – review of Shelf Life / giveaway
Jan 20 - Deal Sharing Aunt – review of Shelf Life
Jan 21 - Elizabeth McKenna Romance Author – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 21 - The World As I See It – review of Shelf Life
Jan 22 - Life With Katie – review of Shelf Life
Jan 22 - A Soccer Mom's Book Blog - book spotlight of The Publicist & Shelf Life
Jan 22 - The World As I See It – review of Climax
Jan 22 - Laura's Online Interests - review of Shelf Life 
Jan 23 - A Soccer Mom's Book Blog – review of Climax / giveaway
Jan 23 - Perfect Chaos – review of Climax
Jan 26 - Back Porchervations – review of Climax / giveaway
Jan 26 - Romance Novels For the Beach – review of Climax
Jan 27 – Seaside Book Nook – review of Climax
Jan 27 - Deal Sharing Aunt – review of Climax
Jan 27 - Hello, my name is Alice – review of The Publicist / giveaway
Jan 27 – Pure Jonel - review of Shelf Life / giveaway
Jan 28 - Why Girls Are Weird – review of Climax 
Jan 28 - Rockin' Book Reviews – review of Shelf Life
Jan 28 - A Bit Bookish – review of Shelf Life / giveaway
Jan 29 - Life With Katie – review of Climax
Jan 29 - Brooke Blogs – review of Climax / giveaway
Jan 29 - Laura's Online Interests - review of Climax
Feb 2 - A Blue Million Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 2 - Pure Jonel – review of Climax / guest post
Feb 2 - My Life. One Story at a Time. - review of Climax / guest post / giveaway
Feb 2 - Hello, my name is Alice – review of Shelf Life / author interview
Feb 2 - A Bit Bookish – review of Climax
Feb 3 - Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – review of Climax
Feb 3 - Bound 4 Escape – review of Climax
Feb 3 - Refreshingly Riki – review of Climax / giveaway
Feb 3 - Svetlana's Reads and Views – review of Climax
Feb 4 - Jessica Cassidy – review of The Publicist
Feb 4 - The Caffeinated Booknerd – review of The Publicist
Feb 4 - The Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 4 - Readers' Muse – review of The Publicist / giveaway
Feb 5 - Jessica Cassidy – review of Shelf Life
Feb 5 - The Caffeinated Booknerd – review of Shelf Life
Feb 5 - Readers' Muse – review of Shelf Life
Feb 6 - Rockin' Book Reviews – Review of Climax
Feb 6 - Jessica Cassidy – review of Climax
Feb 6 - The Caffeinated Booknerd – review of Climax
Feb 6 – Roughseasinthemed – review of Climax
Feb 6 - Readers' Muse – review of Climax
Feb 6 - Hello, my name is Alice – review of Climax / guest post
Feb 6 - The Pen and Muse Book Reviews - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Oh yes, absolutely, can't wait for another book to come out by Christina George.  Check out my reviews on the first two books in the series, The Publicist and Shelf Life.


Christina George has worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here’s what this book isn't. It’s not a slam against publishing (though it is broken) and it’s not a slam against authors (though some of them are crazy). This book is not autobiographical though many of the stories are true. No you won’t know which ones, cause it’s more fun to guess, right? George continues to work in publicity and helps authors because at the end of the day she does love books, she loves publishing, and she loves authors. She hopes you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as she enjoyed creating it.

Connect with Christina: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~ Goodreads



You can purchase any of the books in the series on Amazon.



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Thursday, January 22, 2015

All the Summer Girls

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



Synopsis: In Philadelphia, good girl Kate is dumped by her fiance the day she learns she is pregnant with his child. In New York City, beautiful stay-at-home mom Vanessa finds herself obsessively searching the Internet for news of an old flame. And in San Francisco, Dani, an aspiring writer who can't seem to put down a book--or a cocktail--long enough to open her laptop, has just been fired . . . again.In an effort to regroup, Kate, Vanessa, and Dani retreat to the New Jersey beach town where they once spent their summers. Emboldened by the seductive cadences of the shore, the women begin to realize just how much their lives, and friendships, have been shaped by the choices they made one fateful night on the beach eight years earlier--and the secrets that now threaten to surface.



One (or more) Sentence Summary: I am not sure why, but All the Summer Girls just didn't grab my attention while reading it. I was not feeling that urge to get back to the book.  Afterwards, reflecting on the book, it is a great story, just moved a little slower than I would like.  It is a perfect book to take on vacation or when you are in the mood to read.  That might have made a difference for me.  I really enjoyed how all the girls were finally able to behind them a haunting past and move on….they are true friends.

Favorite Character(s):  I connected more with Vanessa. I can see why she wanted to connect with an old flame after giving up so much of herself when she become a mother. I liked all the characters though.

Setting:  A beach in New Jersey.

Fast read/slow read:  Slow. I just couldn't connect.

Cover:  LOVE it!  The cover grabbed my attention right away.

What Others Are Saying:  "Beach Book Extraordinaire! Donohue's three protagonists are irresistibly sympathetic as they try to unbury their true selves from the ruinous secrets of their shared past."  
     -- Elin Hilderbrand, bestselling author of Beautiful Day

"All The Summer Girls is an intimate, heartfelt, beautiful exploration of friendship, family and the ties that bind and the secrets that destroy us. Read it first, pass it to your girlfriend later. She'll be grateful."
     -- Allison Winn Scotch, bestselling author of The Song Remains the Same
 and Time of My Life

"All the Summer Girls is an honest and engaging look at the complicated and powerful bonds of female friendship. Donohue takes us on a weekend reunion full of secrets, resentment, and regret--in other words, once you start this book, you won't be able to put it down!"
     -- Jennifer Close, bestselling author of Girls in White Dresses
 and the forthcoming The Smart One


Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, I would. I have read great reviews on How to Eat a Cupcake.

Meg Donohue is the author of How to Eat a Cupcake. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband, their two young daughters, and their dog.

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