Saturday, September 30, 2017

A Year in the Company of Freaks + Giveaway

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Synopsis: It's 1972 and a seismic clash-of-cultures is rattling northern California. In the redneck town of Trinity Springs, rumors of hippies migrating up from San Francisco have residents bracing for an invasion. When Italian-American hometown boy and Berkeley graduate Sid Jackson is busted for growing pot on his deceased parents' farm, locals suspect the assault has begun. Will a crazy deferral program devised by the sheriff keep Sid out of prison? Or will a house full of eccentric strangers, a passionate love interest, and demons from his past be his undoing?

A "disarmingly appealing" tale of discrimination, transformation and restoration, Freaks is bursting with intrigue, drama, comic relief and romance. Reviewers agree this five-star, coming-of-age classic "very much reflects the attitude and mood of the times."

Praise for A Year in the Company of Freaks:

“This coming of age story will draw the reader right in. Teresa Neumann demonstrates how much she values relationships in her writing … a precious skill. I held my breath all the way through to the final few pages. Five stars!” — The San Francisco Book Review

“As it relates to the complicated clash of culture and counterculture, Freaks acts as an authentic, strongly Seventies book. Northern California works as a strong presence in the novel that is vivid and omnipresent, but never overwhelming. Sure to intrigue and entertain, Freaks will have its digs in you before you realize how involved you’ve become.” — The Manhattan Book Review

To read more reviews, please visit Teresa Neumann's page in iRead Book Tours.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: I am a hippie want-a-be and was so excited to read A Year in the Company of Freaks.  I was't really sure what to expect, but knew I would really enjoy the time period.  I so enjoyed it!  A Year in the Company of Freaks is a great story with great characters.  

We learn about each person through out the year that they live together.  The evolve and become so supportive of each other.  They all have different back grounds and things they are running from and need to heal.  Their lives intertwine with the police chief and his wife, which help round out the story.  

Great time period, wonderful characters, fantastic story!

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  I would enjoy reading other books by Teresa Neumann.

TAuthor of highly-acclaimed "A Year in the Company of Freaks," Teresa was raised in a large Midwest family and now lives in Oregon. She is also the author of "Bianca's Vineyard," and its sequel, "Domenico's Table." Both books are based on the true stories of her husband's Italian family in Tuscany. In addition to enjoying family, writing, reading, meeting her readers, wine tasting, traveling, and all things Italian, Teresa loves playing the fiddle with other musicians.

Connect with the Author:  Website ~  Facebook ~  Twitter

Ends Oct 7


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 or visit

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).