Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Perfect Bait



Synopsis:  Born and raised in Seattle, Corey Phillips is new to Southern California, but with his devoted and beautiful girlfriend Jennifer by his side, their boat "Vintage" has become one of the top charter operations in the area.  However, not all those seeking trips offshore are looking for fish.  Young girls are disappearing.  Local authorities hope the FBI can put the pieces together, but nothing fits - until Corey and Jennifer become the perfect bait and find themselves in a fight for their lives. 

A spellbinding thriller, as suspenseful as it is sensual. The richly-textured settings of Seattle's commercial waterfront, San Diego's topless beaches and the breathtaking waters off Cabo San Lucas create the backdrop for a riveting story of love, romance and betrayal, as a young couple find themselves in a fight for their lives having been set up by the FBI as perfect bait. 

My Review:  I liked Perfect Bait and was pulled into the book fairly early on.  There was a lot of romance (mature audience type) and some thrilling twists and turns.  I could have done without the details of Cory's earlier life and the chapters related to the restoring of the boat.  I am sure I am the only who feels that way. If you have an appreciation of boats and how to repair/restore them, it wouldn't seem detailed at all. 

Perfect Bait really picks up when Jennifer fills in to help another charter boat.  The boat becomes a floating brothel until some "fishy" business starts to happen.  Without spoiling it for readers, the turn in the plot is pretty significant (mature audience type).  It is very detailed and graphic leaving nothing to the imagination.  

Perfect Bait was a good, fast (especially the 2nd half), full of twists/turns, violence and sex read.   



Meet the Author:  As the producer/writer/director of the Award Winning Fox Sports/ Inside Sportfishing television series on Fox Sports, Fowlkes has also earned nineteen Telly Awards for Broadcast Excellence, since Inside Sportfishing premiered in 1989. Inside Sportfishing was also voted the best Saltwater Fishing Show of the Year, has earned 19 Telly Awards and is the longest running, highest rated fishing show in Fox Sports history. 

In addition to his Telly Awards, Fowlkes has also received three national Cable ACE Awards for his productions with Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures and Showtime. Flawed is currently under consideration by MGM/Sony as a feature length motion picture. 

Fowlkes has lived and worked in Laguna Beach since 1970. Today, Michael lives with his wife Kimberly, and their golden retriever, Shammie, on a secluded, wooded hillside along Laguna Canyon. 

Purchase it:  You can purchase Perfect Bait online at Amazon for $15.95.

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The Last Man






Synopsis:  An invaluable CIA asset has gone missing, and with him, secrets that in the wrong hands could prove disastrous. The only question is: Can Mitch Rapp find him first?

Joe Rickman, head of CIA clandestine operations in Afghanistan, has been kidnapped and his four bodyguards executed in cold blood. But Mitch Rapp’s experience and nose for the truth make him wonder if something even more sinister isn’t afoot. Irene Kennedy, director of the CIA, has dispatched him to Afghanistan to find Rickman at all costs.

Rapp, however, isn’t the only one looking for Rickman. The FBI is too, and it quickly becomes apparent that they’re less concerned with finding Rickman than placing the blame on Rapp.

With CIA operations in crisis, Rapp must be as ruthless and deceitful as his enemies if he has any hope of finding Rickman and completing his mission. But with elements within his own government working against both him and American interests, will Rapp be stopped dead before he can succeed?

My Review:  Once again Vince Flynn has hit a home run with his latest Mitch Rapp novel.  The Last Man (as in the last man you wan to mess with) is extremely fast-paced and can be finished in a day or two.  

So engrossing is this latest novel, that you’ll miss half a day as you are immersed in the behind the scenes in Afghanistan.   Stan, Irene, Mike and Scott are all back, along with a ghost from Rapp’s past. 

Vince Flynn doesn’t disappoint with this latest installment, and you’ll be on the edge of your seat throughout the book.  Beware, a major twist is involved that I didn’t see coming, but Mitch Rapp was all too aware of.

I love Vince Flynn books - I have read the entire Mitch Rapp series and can't wait for the next one to come out every year.  I think there should be a movie (or two or three) made out of the series....just saying!


Meet the Author:  Vince Flynn (isn't he so cute!!) is a best-selling American author of political thriller novels.  He is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and three children. You can connect with Vince online, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Purchase It:  You can buy The Last Man (and all other Vince Flynn books) online at Amazon for $27.99 (Kindle version $12.99 and $15.99 for Prime members).
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop - Amazon GC Giveaway




Welcome to the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop!
The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop is hosted by Leeswammes. Between now and Wednesday, October 31st, you can hop to 50 different book blogs, all offering one or more giveaways of books or bookish items. All books will be literary (non)fiction or something close to that. Follow the links at the bottom of this post to find the other participating blogs.
Giveaway
I am giving away a $15 Amazon gift card or a book of your choice from Book Depository up to $15.  Just complete the form below....

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Blog Hop Stops
  1. Leeswammes
  2. Read in a Single Sitting
  3. Ephemeral Digest
  4. My Devotional Thoughts
  5. Devouring Texts
  6. Tony's Reading List
  7. Nishita's Rants and Raves
  8. Too Fond
  9. The Parrish Lantern
  10. Kristi Loves Books
  11. The Book Club Blog
  12. Sam Still Reading
  13. Silver's Reviews (USA)
  14. Bibliosue
  15. Heavenali
  16. Under My Apple Tree
  17. Misfortune of Knowing (North America)
  18. Lena Sledge's Blog
  19. Lost Generation Reader
  20. Seaside Book Nook
  21. The Relentless Reader
  22. Rikki's Teleidoscope
  23. Monique Morgan
  24. That READioactive Book Blog
  25. kaggsysbookisahramblings
  26. Ragdoll Books Blog
  27. Kate's Library
  28. The Book Garden
  29. Uniflame Creates
  30. Curiosity Killed The Bookworm
  1. Ciska's Book Chest
  2. The Book Divas Reads
  3. Alex in Leeds
  4. Simple Clockwork
  5. Bluestalking (USA)
  6. Fresh Ink Books
  7. Sweeping Me
  8. Giraffe Days
  9. Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book (USA)
  10. Books Thoughts Adventures (USA)
  11. emmalikestoread
  12. Colorimetry
  13. Page Plucker
  14. Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity
  15. 2606 Books and Counting
  16. Book Nympho
  17. She-Wolf Reads
  18. The Little Reader Library (Europe)
  19. Booklover Book Reviews
  20. Dolce Bellezza

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Things Remembered TLC Book Tours



SynopsisTo face the future, a woman must let go of the past. . . .

Returning to her childhood home in the golden hills of Northern California means regret and pain for Karla Esterbrook. Yet she can’t refuse when her ailing grandmother, Anna, asks her to help settle her affairs. After all, Anna raised Karla and her younger sisters after their parents’ death twenty years before. But from the beginning a powerful clash of wills separated Karla and her grandmother, leaving them both bitter and angry.

Little does Karla know that a very determined Anna will do everything in her power to bridge the chasm between them. But can the wounds of the past truly be healed? For Karla, opening her heart could lead to more hurt—or perhaps to reconciliation . . . and a love the likes of which she has never known.

My Review:  What a great time of year to read Things Remembered.  It takes place in Northern California in the fall/Thanksgiving!  While you are craving Thanksgiving dinner, make sure you have plenty of Kleenex too.  Things Remembered is a very touching story involving Anna, the grandmother, and three sisters she raised (her granddaughters).  The focus on the story is really around the older sister, Karla and Anna (the grandmother).  

As Karla is helping Anna settle her affairs (she is dying), she meets Mark.  He is a single father that Karla sparks up a little romance with.  He also helps break down the walls that Karla has built around her.  The walls come down as Anna and Karla help each other remember the daughter/mother they both lost.  The emotional toll both ladies go through is so touching and real.  Of course Mark is there to help Karla.  

This is a "re-write" of Things Remembered as it was originally published in 1998.  The author updated it by "modernizing" it for today's world. I hope it was "re-written" because the author is writing a sequel.  It would be really good to pick one of the other sisters to write about....just a thought Georgia.

One of my favorite lines "...when she was twenty and had believed old age to be fifty.  Of course she'd changed her opinions she neared the half-century mark....."

I like the style and story of Things Remembered so much, I pick up two other books by the author; Another Summer and The Beach House (love both covers!).


Meet the Author:  Georgia Bockoven is an award-winning author who began writing fiction after a successful career as a freelance journalist and photographer. Her books have sold more than four million copies worldwide. The mother of two, she resides in Northern California with her husband, John.

You can connect with Georgia on her website and Facebook.

Purchase It:  You can purchase Things Remembered on-line at Amazon for $14.99 ($10.72 Amazon Prime or $8.00 Kindle version).
Make sure you check out all other reviews on the TLC Book Tour:

Wednesday, October 17th: The Crazy Life of a Bookaholic Mom
Friday, October 19th: As I turn the pages
Monday, October 22nd: Peppermint PhD
Tuesday, October 23rd: Kritters Ramblings
Wednesday, October 24th: StephTheBookworm
Thursday, October 25th: Seaside Book Nook
Friday, October 26th: WV Sticher
Tuesday, October 30th: Library of Clean Reads
Wednesday, October 31st: A Patchwork of Books
Thursday, November 1st: Me, My Book and the Couch
Tuesday, November 6th: Kahakai Kitchen
Wednesday, November 7th: Peeking Between the Pages

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Married TLC Book Tours




Synopsis:  Sometimes tying the knot just means getting strangled.....

Not too long ago, Jennifer Johnson was stuck in a cubicle, lovelorn and addicted to Cinnabon frosting. Now she's married to her Prince Charming—the handsome, wealthy son of a midwestern department-store magnate. But the grass on this too-manicured other side is not as green as she'd thought.

After a honeymoon from hell at a gated Christian resort in the Virgin Islands—bought and paid for by the in-laws and complete with alcohol-free drinks, curfews, and Satan-free yoga—Jennifer is beginning to have her doubts about the whole "happily-ever-after" thing. Soon she finds herself organizing Valentine's Day abstinence dances with her mother-in-law's church committee and dining with the ladies of the country club, who have their own theories about how to hold on to their men.

Is this really all there is to married life?

My Review:  First, I wish I had read the first book in this sequel, Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Single.  Don't get me wrong, you don't have to read it.......I just think I would have really enjoyed it.  Chick lit books are my favorite and Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Married fits that genre to a "T!" I loved the sassiness of Jennifer, she just makes me laugh.  

The mother-in-law.....OMG.......I so couldn't handle an MIL like that.  An MIL picking the honeymoon location, no....buying the house next door, say it isn't so!  The MIL was just crazy!  Brad's family (Jennifer's husband) is very well off....and she doesn't have to work.  Her life becomes country club luncheons, chairing church committees, and BOREDOM.  I just loved the roller coaster ride I took with Jennifer during her earlier (very earlier) stage of marriage.

I seem to be in a reading "the second book in a sequence first" rut.  I have to keep going back and reading the first book - not because anything is missing, but because I love the story and author.  The Jennifer Johnson series is no different.  I hope Heather (author) is busy writing a third book right now!


Meet the Author:   Heather McElhatton produced the award-winning literary series Talking Volumes. Her commentaries have been heard on This American Life, Marketplace, Weekend America, Sound Money, and The Savvy Traveler. She lives in Key West with her pug, Walter.

Find Heather online at www.prettylittlemistakes.com, on facebook, and twitter!
Purchase It:  You can purchase Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Married on-line at Amazon for $14.99 ($10.98 Prime members and $8.89 Kindle version).

Be sure to check out the reviews on the TLC Book Tour:


Tuesday, October 9th: An Unconventional Librarian
Wednesday, October 10th: Kritters Ramblings
Thursday, October 11th: Silver & Grace
Monday, October 15th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Wednesday, October 17th: WV Stitcher
Thursday, October 18th: Drey’s Library
Tuesday, October 23rd: A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, October 24th: Seaside Book Nook
Thursday, October 25th: Book Him Danno!
Tuesday, October 30th: girlichef
Wednesday, October 31st: Never Too Fond of Books



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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Emerald Talisman Book Blast


The Emerald Talisman Audio Book by Brenda Pandos  
Read by Mary Morgan

You can run from your destiny, but you can't hide.

If for no other reason than to help endure the hormonal rush of high school, sixteen-year-old Julia Parker would trade her ability to feel her fellow students' emotions in a heartbeat, especially half the boys in class.

When the beguiling Nicholas uses his superhuman strength to rescue Julia from the edge of a cliff before she's devoured by a bloodthirsty stalker, Julia is suddenly thrust into an underground world where people and animals are often one and the same. Fellow high school students disappear and only Julia and Nicholas know the truth. While Nicholas, a vampire hunter, is out stopping the ever-growing coven, an old friend entices Julia to join him on the dark side and a psychic tells Julia she alone is the key to stopping the madness, problem is it'll require Nicholas' life. 






Author Brenda Pandos:  

Brenda Pandos lives in California with her husband and two boys. She attempts to balance her busy life filled with writing, being a mother and wife, and spending time with friends and family. Working formerly as an I.T. Administrator, she never believed her imagination would be put to good use. After her son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder her life completely changed. Writing paranormal romance became something she could do at home while tending to the new needs of her family, household, and herself.


Three years later, Brenda now has five books published, The Talisman Trilogy: The Emerald Talisman, The Sapphire Talisman, and The Onyx Talisman, and Mer Tales: Everblue and Evergreen. She is currently working on the third book of Mer Tales, Everlost, coming February 2013.



LINKS:
Website * Blog * Goodreads * Twitter * Facebook 


Audio Book Tour 

Readers are invited to participate in The Emerald Talisman blog tour from 10/26-11/23 hosted by Confessions of a Bookaholic. There will be giveaways, interviews and a scavenger hunt! 





Book Blast Giveaway Details:
$100 Amazon Gift Card or $100 PayPal Cash from Author Brenda Pandos
Ends 10/30/12
*You need not enter your twitter name for each entry.  Simply enter it when you follow Brenda and leave the others blank.
Open to anyone who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent's permission. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.




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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Valentina Goldman's Immaculate Confusion Book Blas/Tour

Title: Valentina Goldman's Immaculate Confusion
Author: Marisol Murano
Publisher: Hipso Media
Released: August 1, 2012

Since her arrival in the United States from Venezuela, Valentina Goldman isn’t exactly living the American Dream. She’s living the American Nightmare.

Her late husband, Max, has left her a young widow, a step-daughter whom Valentina didn’t want, and a bi-polar ex-wife. And oh, having given up her dream job in New York, Valentina is also unemployed in Arizona.

Part "Bridget Jones Diary," part "Modern Family," "Valentina Goldman’s Immaculate Confusion" is the story of a woman trying to get a handle on her whacky life in America. In breathless, blog-like snippets, Valentina compares her own story with that of her eccentric sister, Azucena, who has bizarre troubles of her own down in the tropics.

"Valentina Goldman’s Immaculate Confusion" is a funny and moving story about what happens when a passionate South American woman moves to the USA and, like so many of us, ends up with a life she never imagined.


Praise:
"A funny and quirky mix of anecdotes and life lessons. This is imbued with such a distinct personality -- one that begs you to laugh at nearly every page."
~ Emily from Goodreads


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About Author Marisol Murano

When she was 18-years-old Marisol Murano moved to the United States to attend school so that afterwards she could return to her native Venezuela to get married and have kids. None of this happened. Instead, she ended up getting a Master’s degree which eventually landed her a boring job in an exciting city: New York.

After a few years running the corporate rat race, Marisol woke up to this one day, "Even if you win the race, you're still a rat." That was the end of her banking career and the birth of her first novel: The Lady, The Chef, and The Courtesan.

Marisol was the first to be surprised when her first novel was named Latino Book of the Year, Original Voices from Border’s and was picked as a BookSense selection. She was further surprised when it was translated into several languages.

A second career detour led her to become a chef and the author of a cookbook, Deliciously Doable Small Plates from Around the World. Between novels, Chef Marisol now travels the world conducting culinary demonstrations on exotic cuisine. In fact, Valentina Goldman's Immaculate Confusion was born at sea in a split-second of confusion when during a culinary demonstration a woman raised her hand to ask: “Did you always know you wanted to be a chef?”

Life is stranger than fiction, indeed.




Book Blast Giveaway:
$100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash from Hipso Media
Ends 10/25/12


Open to anyone who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent's permission. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Lola's Secret - TLC Book Tours and Giveaway



Synopsis: At the Valley View Motel in South Australia's picturesque Clare Valley, eighty-four-year-old Lola Quinlan is up to her usual mischief. She's sent her family away for Christmas and invited a number of mystery guests to come and stay. But who are all these people, and why aren't they spending the festive season with their own loved ones? 

As the big day draws closer and Lola's personal family dramas threaten to unravel her plans, she discovers that at a special time of year, magic can happen in every family – especially your own. 

A funny and sad and moving novel about the very meaning of life, Lola's Secret has touched the hearts of women the world over.

My Review:  I LOVED Lola's character.  She was a hoot.  How thrilling it would be to live such a full life at her age! I can't help but laugh at her internet/sales/advertising savvy, not to mention her plotting and planning everyone's Christmas.  

Lola wants her family to take a much needed break from the Valley View Motel and its business.  She encourages them all to go away for Christmas.  She won't be alone after all, the Motel will be filled with guests.  As Christmas approaches, there are no guests registers.  Lola's quick thinking takes care of that.  Now that the Motel has special guests coming for Christmas, Lola sets out to make it a very special one for each and every guest.  

Is Lola able to pull her secret off, or not?  Without giving anything away, you will need to read Lola's Secret find out!

Lola's Secret is filled with humor, family drama, great characters, and lots of entertainment! If you are looking for a fast, great read to start kick off the holiday season, I recommend you pick up Lola's Secret!

What I didn't know was Lola's Secret is a sequel to The Alphabet Sisters (which got great reviews).  You don't need to read The Alphabet Sisters first, but it has been suggested.  I just picked up The Alphabet Sisters at my local bookstore.  More of Lola....how exciting!

Meet the Author:  Monica McInerney grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley wine region of South Australia. She has lived all around Australia and in Ireland and England. Her novels are bestsellers in Australia and Ireland and are published in translation in Europe. 

Those Faraday Girls won the General Fiction Book of the Year in 2008 in Australia. Her mot recent book, At Home With The Templetons was shortlisted at the 2010 Irish Book Awards in the Eason Popular Book of the Year category. 

She now lives in Dublin with her husband.  You can find Monica at her website and on Facebook.

Purchase it:  You can purchase Lola's Secret on-line at Amazon for $15.00 ($10.20 for Prime members or $9.99 Kindle version).

Other covers:  I found these other covers....I have to say, I love these better than the latest one.  




Giveaway:  I am so excited to be able to host a giveaway.  All you have to do is leave a comment with our email, letting me know if you are ready for the holiday season to start?

Contest ends October 24th at midnight (EST).  Good Luck.

Check out other reviews on the TLC Book Tours:


Monday, October 15th:  Adventures of an Intrepid Reader
Wednesday, October 17th:  Seaside Book Nook
Thursday, October 18th:  Mom in Love with Fiction
Monday, October 22nd:  BookNAround
Wednesday, October 24th:  Silver & Grace
Thursday, October 25th:  Books in the City
Monday, October 29th:  Peppermint Ph.D.
Tuesday, October 30th:  Reviews from the Heart
Thursday, November 1st:  Colloquium
Monday, November 5th:  A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, November 6th:  Bookfoolery and Babble
Wednesday, November 7th:  Amused by Books
Thursday, November 8th:  Suko’s Notebook
Monday, November 12th:  Fiction State of Mind
Wednesday, November 14th:  Life in Review
Friday, November 16th:  Books and Movies



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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Kids Can Book Blast - Giveaway!

It's Time for Good Manners!

Part story book, part practice book, all parts fun! Children will learn about good manners -- and how to tell time -- with this colorful, engaging book.
They'll spend the day with Torie, Tad, Tessa and Tyler and discover how it's time for good manners all day long. And then they'll get the chance to practice telling time -- all while enjoying the cute clock designs, and without realizing they're learning!

Praise:

"It's Time for Good Manners" is a great package workbook for children ages 4-7, combining learning twin virtues of considerateness and courtesy and punctuality."

“If ever a book was needed for this time, then this is it.”

“A fun way to learn how to tell time.”

“…good book for introducing time to students in earlier grades.”







The Kids' (and parents', too!) Book of Good Sportsmanship 


Do you have little athletes in your family? Then this colorful, engaging book is the perfect way to help them understand what it means - and how important it is - to be a Good Sport. Soccer? Dancing? Swimming? Whatever sport they do, they'll learn easy, basic sports manners through reading familiar situations featuring kids just like them. Parents, you'll also find handy reminders for you with each tip, so that the entire family can learn to be Good Sports together.

Praise:

“This is a great easy read that reminds not just the kids in your family but also parents, and in my case, grandparents how important it is to be a Good Sport. Basic sports etiquette that works just as well with Dad's Sunday Soccer game as with the munchkin's is presented in an engaging and entertaining way. Memorable reminders teach this important etiquette and keep it top of mind and simple for the whole family!”

“The Kids' (and parents', too!) Book of Good Sportsmanship” is a guidebook for raising winners, both on and off the field!"

“Children need more books like this, to teach important lessons. Parents are as big a factor in a child's perception of sports as the children themselves, and the parents attitude becomes the children's. This book teaches children that no one should take sports so seriously that they get angry, be rude, but instead, be gracious, respectful and have fun with it.”








About the Author:

Leslie A. Susskind lives with her husband, daughters and two cats outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she writes children’s books while working in marketing and trying to keep up with everyone’s activities.


She is a BIG bookworm and loves to read just about anything she can get her hands on. She also loves to watch home improvement TV shows (and tries to convince her husband to do the projects), sing in choirs, and watch movies (especially anything Jane Austin). Sometimes she can even be found cooking without a microwave.


Leslie is the author of several manners-themed books, including “The Kids’ (and parents’, too!) Book of Good Sportsmanship,” and “It’s Time for Good Manners!” She is also the of the middle grade fantasy series, The Zephram Tales, which include “The Month of Zephram Mondays” and “The Tale of Time Warp Tuesday.”

Giveaway:
1 lucky winner will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card compliments of author Leslie Susskind.
Ends 10/23/12

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sad Desk Salad - TLC Book Tours Review




Synopsis:  As a writer for Chick Habit, an increasingly popular women's website, Alex Lyons gets paid to be a bitch. She's churning out several posts a day, and she saves her juiciest ones for blog prime time, when working women eat their sad desk salads in their offices. Alex tells herself she's fulfilling her dream of being a professional writer; so what if it means being glued to her couch and her laptop from six a.m. to six p.m., scouring the web in search of the next big celebrity scandal? Since Chick Habit's parent company keeps close tabs on page views, Alex knows her job is always at risk.

So when an anonymous tipster sends her the year's most salacious story—a politico's squeaky-clean Ivy League daughter caught in a very R-rated activity—it's a no-brainer. But is Alex really willing to ruin the girl's life by igniting the next Internet feeding frenzy? And what she doesn't yet realize is how this big scoop is about to send her own life spiraling out of control.

My Review:  Sad Desk Salad is great book.  I loved learning/reading about the behind scenes of a "gossip" blog.  I thought writing a book review blog was tough!  I really liked Alex.  I could picture Alex on her couch writing blog posts in her dirty muumuu (and greasy hair).  Every time I open Yahoo and I see the stories scrolling by, I can't help but think of Sad Desk Salad.

Sad Desk Salad is a quick and easy chick-lit book with a great story.  There is a lot humor along the way and an ethical dilemma that we go through with Alex.  I could not do Alex's job that is for sure.  It is just crazy.  If you are looking for an interesting, funny, chick-lit, quick read, I recommend you check out Sad Desk Salad.  You won't be disappointed.



Meet the Author:  Jessica Grose is a writer and editor. She was previously a senior editor at Slate and an editor at Jezebel. Her work has appeared in the New York TimesGlamourMarie ClaireSpin, and several other publications, and on Salon.com. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

You can connect with Jessica on her  websiteFacebook  and Twitter.

Purchase It:  You can purchase Sad Desk Salad on-line at Amazon for $14.99 ($10.19 prime members and $8.89 Kindle version).
TLC Book Tours:  Make sure you check out other reviews as part of the TLC Book Tours.

Tuesday, October 2nd: A Bookworm’s World
Wednesday, October 3rd: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Thursday, October 4th: Book Review by Molly
Thursday, October 4th: Book Journey
Monday, October 8th: StephTheBookworm
Tuesday, October 9th: My, My Book and the Couch
Wednesday, October 10th: It’s a Crazy, Beautiful Life
Thursday, October 11th: Seaside Book Nook
Friday, October 12th: Peppermint PhD
Monday, October 15th: Stephany Writes
Tuesday, October 16th: Chaos is a Friend of Mine
Wednesday, October 17th: Kahakai Kitchen
Thursday, October 18th: Twisting the Lens
Wednesday, October 24th: Sweet Southern Home

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Better than Chocolate


My Rating:  Great Read

Synopsis:  Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they're about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bank—and that would be a disaster, not only for the family but for the town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it?


After Samantha does some brainstorming with her mother and sisters, inspiration strikes. They'll have a chocolate festival! Time's running out, but the Sterling women are determined and the town's behind them, so everything's bound to go smoothly….

Or not. Events seem to be conspiring against Samantha, and her mother's attempts to help aren't helping. To make matters worse, the fate of her company is in the hands of her archenemy, Blake Preston, the bank manager with the football-hero good looks. It's enough to drive her to chocolate. But Blake's also enough to convince her that (believe it or not) there's something even better than chocolate.

My Review:  First of all I LOVE chocolate. Better than Chocolate had my name written all over it!  I enjoyed this read!  Better than Chocolate is filled with great characters (loved Blake!), engaging story, and some yummy recipes!  Icicles Falls Moose Munch.....oh my!

I am not much of a romance reader, and Better than Chocolate is more of a chick lit book (my favorite genre!).  I wanted to keep reading to see how Samantha and Sweet Dreams pulled through.  I enjoyed the town businesses coming together to benefit all, but especially sweet Dreams.  Not only did the town businesses pull together, but so did Samantha and her sisters.

I had no problem imagining myself all around Icicle Falls.  The descriptions of the shops, restaurants, Sweet Dreams, etc. were just so clear to me.  If only I could really find such a place.  I loved all the detail around the festival too. 

Better than Chocolate is the first book in the "Life in Icicle Falls" series.  In the back of the book is chapter 1 from the next book....Merry Ex-mas!  I think it is another hit!  I would love to read it and look forward to Merry Ex-mas and others in the series.


Meet the Author:  Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her novels have appeared in Readers Digest Condensed Books and have been published in several languages. Her book Angel Lane, was an Amazon Top Ten Romance pick for 2009 and her holiday perennial, On Strike for Christmas was made into a movie for the Lifetime Movie Network. You can visit Sheila on Twitter and Facebook or at her website (http://www.sheilasplace.com).

Purchase it:  You can purchase Better than Chocolate today on Amazon for $7.99 

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