#Review #BlogTour #Giveaway – DEFINING HER by Samantha March

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5 Stars

Title: Defining Her

Author: Samantha March

Genre: Women’s Fiction

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Review

What a different style of book from Samantha March and what an amazing one! I had a sneaking suspicion that Prue knew what was going on and what she was doing. Emotions play a huge part in people’s actions. The beginning of the story may cause some trigger emotions but what a way to begin the story. Suspenseful read that had me intrigued the entire time!


Synopsis

Nellie Hawthorne is a woman who has it all. A devoted husband, her own business, a wealthy lifestyle. But the Nellie she is now is much different from her past. A past filled with abuse, addiction, and men. Nellie’s carefully constructed new life is suddenly in jeopardy when a blast from the past emerges in her small town and her overbearing mother-in-law starts pushing for grandchildren and questions start being asked. A budding new friendship presents itself at an opportune time, and a once friendless Nellie finds herself growing closer to Prue Doherty.

Prue Doherty is the quintessential good girl. Always making the right decisions, always playing it safe. Until she meets a man that could change all of that. Still reeling from a devastating breakup and betrayal that had her fleeing from Chicago and settling into suburb life with her mom close by, Prue finds herself in a damaging funk. But everything changes when she befriends Nellie Hawthorne.

Nellie is trying to escape her past. Prue wants that perfect future. While both women strive to change their lives, they continue to cling to the past. But what defines us? Who we were then . . . or who we are trying to be now? Lies, manipulation, and deceit are woven throughout the pages of this edgy women’s fiction novel, with an ending you won’t see coming.

Excerpt

From Chapter 1

Nellie

I pulled up the schedule and minimized it to a small square, dragging it up to the top of my screen. I loved keeping an eye on the appointments, seeing the client name turn purple upon checking in, then yellow when their room was cleaned after they were finished. Our salon had three Versa Spas and sixteen regular tanning beds, all varying in speed and power. Mondays could be a fairly busy day, as people have their high hopes for the week, their mental to-do lists of how to get it started off right. Even during summer season the tanning salon stayed busy. Heaven forbid one of the suburbanites looked less than stellar taking their children to the pool or their summer activities and camps.

I blew out a breath. I could feel my old self threatening to peek through my carefully worked on new persona. My Mrs. Hawthorne persona. I wasn’t the old Nellie. I wasn’t.

I turned back to the computer, watching the check-ins and check-outs start to happen. I scanned the schedule again. Mostly familiar names in there. One in particular stood out to me on that day. Prue.

I clicked on her profile, which opened up the client information, including their photo we scanned from their driver’s license. Yep, it was the woman I’d been observing the past . . . oh, two weeks or so. Cute blonde bob, though longer now than in her picture. Bright green eyes. Petite. I remember being the one to give her the tour when she first joined as a member. I towered over her, and I’m 5’7.

She stuck out to me because she seemed so . . . sad. Something in her piercing green eyes stuck out to me that day. I didn’t know what her story was and I knew it wasn’t my business. We all deal with our own shit in our own way. But something . . . just gave me a pause. I never really had an empathic bone in my body, and I wasn’t the girlfriend type. I tried doing that whole have chicks on my side that I can count on and have each other’s backs years ago and that didn’t pan out. Nah. It’s just me and Harrison now. And our neighbors and Harrison’s work friends and the girls at the salon, but these are all acquaintances or employees. Not friends.

Working on a graphic for the Labor Day sale distracted me from my thoughts, and I forgot about Prue and much of anything else. I worked on a color scheme that popped, a layout that was aesthetically pleasing, and squeezing in all the pertinent details to the sale. At noon on the dot, my phone gave a chime. Time to break for lunch. If I didn’t schedule my reminders, I would forget to eat all together. And yes, I cared about my body and my health and I worked out, but I did not skip meals. I was not anorexic or bulimic, thank you so much. I was healthy.

I drove to the deli and picked up a typical lunch—turkey and cheese on wheat bread, loaded with spinach, green peppers, lettuce, a few pickles, and low-fat Italian. I asked for an apple and, back in the office, grabbed a Smart Water out of my personal mini fridge. I watched YouTube videos while I ate—everything from how to perfect my winged liner to design tips to music videos. This was my time to zone out. To forget work and deadlines and schedules and invoices and just chill.

At ten to one, I started cleaning up my mess. Throwing my wrappers away. Wiping up some apple juice dribbled next to my MacBook. Clicking out of YouTube and getting back to the daily schedule. And, just like clockwork, I watched Prue’s name become highlighted. She tanned Monday and Thursday at one o’clock each day. Ten minutes a time, though she stayed in the room for nearly twenty.

I headed out to the front desk, while Kerri took off for the day. The next employee, Sasha, was scheduled at two o’clock, so during this hour, I sat out front and checked people in and out and cleaned rooms. I loved my job. My career. My business. And while no, I didn’t need the salon to help us financially, I loved having a schedule. A normalcy to a life that had rarely seen any. A purpose.

“Have a good rest of your day, Kerri. I’ll see you in the morning.”

“Sure thing, Nellie. Catch you on the flip.” Kerri waved enthusiastically and headed out the door, gaudy pink Coach purse slung over her shoulder, already thumbing away on her ginormous cell phone. I made a mental note to buy my best and favorite employee a real designer purse this year as her Christmas bonus. Coach was so . . . basic.

I shook my head as I took a seat behind the reception desk. Listen to me! Coach was basic. How so much could change in so little time. If you had told me this would be my life at twenty-nine not even ten years ago, I would have laughed in your face. Or tried to rob you.

I looked up when I heard a noise and saw Prue approaching the desk, head down, car keys in hand.

“Thanks for coming in!” I said cheerily, a smile on my face.

She glanced back at me, just for a moment, but I saw the tears slipping down her face before she managed to put her sunglasses on. “Thanks,” she practically whispered, before she was gone.

I frowned, looking at the screen. I checked out her room on the computer, then proceeded back to room 8 to give it a clean. Wiping down the bed, I couldn’t stop thinking about this particular client. Why was she giving me the vibe that I should . . . help her? Offer her a shoulder to cry on or at least just someone to talk to? Maybe she was like me and never had a real friend she could count on. Maybe I could be that person for someone. Maybe making a new friend was just what I needed right now. To remind me that I had changed my life for the better, and I could still be that better person. Maybe the timing was perfect, what with my past threatening to return. This was the life I ran away to. I had to keep it together.

From Chapter 2

Prue

Once back home, I had just over an hour to get showered and changed and to the school. My mom, Jean Doherty, was the principal of Eakwood Elementary School, one of the three elementary schools in this small town. School had only been in session for two weeks but I found myself there three days a week helping out. They got unexpectedly short-staffed in several places right before the school bell rang for the first time, so I was filling in. Because I didn’t have anything else going on in my life. Right.

I was a court reporter and worked hard at my job. But it wasn’t your typical 9-5 desk job. Some days I worked in the courtroom from eight in the morning to two in the afternoon without a break. Some days I worked solely from home, transcribing notes and proofreading the depo. Not very often would you find me in the office of my employer, Swank and Marty, because it simply wasn’t needed and now it was too far to travel. Just three blocks west of Michigan Avenue, when I lived in Chicago I was there much more often, simply because I enjoyed being there and around my co-workers. That changed real quick when I learned one of my office-friends, Brandi, was sleeping with my boyfriend. That put a real damper on the office morale, especially when I learned she moved into the house with him that I cosigned my name to on the mortgage. Yeah. That stung.

After my relationship imploded, I hightailed it out of Chicago and to Oamark Park, to be closer to my mom. Since my dad died three years prior and I was their sole offspring, I often wanted to be closer to her. It was only about an hour drive from here to Chicago and I came back nearly every weekend to be by her or bring her into Chicago, but it was different being just minutes away from each other now. And being that I was at her school so much, we saw each other on nearly a daily basis. I wasn’t complaining because I loved my mom and our relationship was fantastic. I just didn’t . . . expect life to turn out this way.

It was all planned out. I had been with Deacon Moore for three years. We were in love. We met through mutual friends at a birthday party one night and had our first date just days later at Portillo’s. He was everything to me. My best friend. My biggest supporter. He gave me shoulder rubs when I was hunched over my steno machine all day and night. He brought me foot-long sandwiches when I was in the courtroom and only given a ten-minute lunch break. He eventually started working in my office, which I loved. He came home with me and charmed my mother. I thought a proposal was coming anytime. We bought a house together. It was my own version of a fairy tale.

Until it all came crashing down. Turned out the perfect Deacon wasn’t quite as perfect as I thought he was. He had been seeing Brandi on the side for nearly eight months. Eight months. We signed the mortgage papers as he was sleeping with another woman. How . . . how could someone do that to a person? And why? Why make me waste so much time and money and energy when he didn’t even want to be with me? What was the point?

Though money was never really much of a concern for me—Dad had a good life insurance policy and court reporters made a better-than-decent salary—but Deacon was still slowly draining my finances. I paid for the home inspection, the realtor fees, the upfront taxes. I paid the loan payments on the new car “we” purchased together but only Deacon still drove. Deacon and Brandi had missed three mortgage payments and the bank called me to get that paid because my name was still on the mortgage. All that nonsense has led us to court, which means . . . more money being drained out of my account. I couldn’t believe I made such a mistake. That I was so easily fooled. That I was betrayed by my lover, my best friend. Betrayed by a co-worker and someone who I was at least friendly with, if not real friends. And the fact that it totally upended my life was just the cherry on top.

I went from thinking a marriage proposal was on the way, moving into a beautiful home, bringing a new puppy into our lives to living in a small cramped apartment with my finances in jeopardy. Suing my ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend to try to gain back some of the money that I spent paying their freaking mortgage. It just wasn’t fair.

I pulled up to the school and parked in the employee parking lot. Walking in, my thoughts were still on how my life turned so quickly. What did I do to deserve such deceit? I was the good girl, the good person. I had morals and always tried doing the right thing. Karma scared the crap out of me. I was the dependable, reliable one. How was this fair, karma? Huh? It wasn’t. It just simply wasn’t. And that infuriated me. What was the point of always making the right choices if this is what I got in the end?

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Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things beauty, fashion and fitness. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has five published novels – Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket, A
Questionable Friendship, Up To I Do and Defining Her, and one holiday novella, The Christmas Surprise. You can also find her on Youtube sharing beauty reviews and creating makeup tutorials. When she isn’t reading, writing, or vlogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs. Samantha lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla puppy.
 

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#BlogTour #Giveaway – PLAN CEE by Hilary Grossman

Synopsis

Would you abandon your present for a second chance at your past?

Cecelia Reynolds has spent most of her life trying to forget the commitment-phobic man who broke her heart. It wasn’t easy, but eventually she did it, or so she thought…

As Cecelia and her husband gather for a friend’s wedding, her perfect world is thrown into complete turmoil. Even though it’s been twenty years since she last laid eyes on Keith Emerson, all it takes is one glance for her to feel emotions she thought were long gone. When Keith ends up officiating the ceremony, she quickly realizes his message of love is directed at her, not the happy couple. But can she believe him?

We live our entire lives thinking we know ourselves. But do we ever really?

As secrets and lies cause Cecelia’s world to spin completely out of control, she is forced to seek advice from the most unlikely ally. In the process, she must confront the demons of her past and the events that shaped her into the woman she is now. Will she finally learn the real meaning of love, friendship, and family?

While this book is a sequel to Plan Bea, it also reads as a standalone.

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By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her “characters.” She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She’s been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball – she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island. 

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#Review – BENEATH A SHOOTING STAR by Susan Harrison Rashid

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4 Stars

Title: Beneath a Shooting Star

Author: Susan Harrison Rashid

Genre: Literary

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Review

Talk about a deep and moving story. What research and detail went into this book was beyond amazing. Reading about the lives of two girls growing up in Pakistan and the differences between their religions was very enlightening and allowed me to experience a different perspective. Great insight into the inner battles between religions within one community. 

I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review.

Synopsis

In 1971, as a civil war rages in Pakistan, two girls are born in the city of Lahore; Nadira to a Sunni family, and Hameeda to a Shia family. At age six, an outspoken, lively Nadira and her beautiful, shy classmate, Hameeda, are drawn to each other, and they become the closest of friends. In the beginning, their religious differences mean very little. But as the years pass and their society fragments, their lives and their relationship are torn apart by a horrific, sectarian tragedy. Separated, they must experience their sorrows, hardships and joys without the support and companionship they once provided each other. Years later when fate brings them back together again, they have to choose whether they will let the past keep them apart, or reclaim their dreams and the friendship they once cherished.

Excerpt

Instead of shopping in the convenient stores of Gulberg’s neighborhood marketplace, her nani preferred the shops in the convoluted streets of Lahore’s old city. Here, she frequented family establishments she had been going to since the early days of her marriage.

The protective walls that once surrounded this part of the city had been destroyed by the British, and only five of the original thirteen massive stone gates remained. Nadira and her nani always entered through one of two gates. Sometimes they passed through the Kashmiri Gate, and just beyond its threshold, were welcomed by a bazaar of the same name. Other times they went through the Roshnai Gate which was located between two architectural marvels. On one side was the Alamgiri Gate, its massive arched opening flanked by fluted bastions, giving access to the trapezoidal citadel of the Lahore Fort. Within the Fort’s walled enclosure, ancient mansions, pavilions, towers and open fields were spread out over fifty acres. On the other side of the gate was the Badshahi Mosque with its red sandstone walls, four soaring minarets and three white marble domes inlaid with arabesque floral patterns. The Roshnai Gate’s proximity to these important sites may have been why it was in close to original condition, its stone walls gleaming as white as bleached bone in the sunshine.

Nadira often imagined ancient, elephant caravans passing through the Gate’s arched opening, the tasseled howdahs straddling the animals’ massive backs, swaying with their heavy footed gait. It was a pretty picture compared to the reality inside the old city. The once grand havelis had been divided up into small apartments for its poor residents. Once beautiful carved and decorated Mughal facades with cantilevered, ornate wooden balconies had been ravaged by time and lack of attention, and only sporadic, surviving surfaces provided a tiny glimpse of their past magnificence.

Trips to the old city were like passing over an invisible border and entering another country where Nadira often felt as awkward as a foreigner. A very different kind of existence from the one she inhabited confronted her as they navigated around the broken pavement of the narrow streets. Large bouquets of refuse were strewn by the roadside and their malodorous perfume permeated even the closed windows of the car. Men and women with the lethargic gait of the undernourished, wearing the dirty, old clothes of the underpaid, crowded the shoulder of the road. Girls, some no more than seven or eight, hefted babies or pulled younger siblings along by their hands, the harried look of an adult already imprinted on their faces. Young boys, their backs bent under heavy loads, moved in and out of the small shops and beggars propped themselves up against the walls of sagging brick buildings. Nadira had seen poverty before, but it had always been at a distance, surrounded by all the familiar places and people of her class, easily dismissed with a turn of her head. Everywhere she looked in the narrow streets, she saw deterioration and the faces of people who spent their days just managing to put one foot in front of the other, and she longed for her old self-absorbed ignorance. Her image of Lahore was tarnished; it was no longer the entertaining, perfect city she’d thought it was.

MeetTheAuthor

susan-harrison-rashidSusan Harrison Rashid was born in the United States and lived an unremarkable life until she met and fell in love with a young man from Pakistan. They were married in 1980 in Lahore, Pakistan. Annual visits to Lahore and life as a member of a Pakistani family introduced her to a very different culture and country. Always a reader, Ms. Rashid started writing stories when she was ten years old but never imagined she could support herself with her tales. Instead, she practiced law for twenty-four years before retiring to follow her dream and begin her writing career. Beneath a Shooting Star is her first novel.

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#BlogTour #Review #GuestPost #Giveaway – CARDS FROM KHLOE’S FLOWER SHOP by Isabella Louise Anderson

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5 Stars

Title: Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop

Author: Isabella Louise Anderson

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Review

I won’t lie but this cover drew me in. Once I saw the cover, I HAD to read this book and the story did not disappoint at all! I enjoyed everything about this book. I could relate to each character’s story and didn’t have any issues in the transitions with the narrator. What a delightful read for the Valentine’s weekend! 

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Synopsis

As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she’s kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all.

Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story.

A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn’t ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor’s guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life?

As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe’s shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.

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HOW I FIND MY NEXT BOOK TO WRITE

Whew, I think, after publishing a book, but now what? While I have a current WIP in progress, I’m already thinking about what the premise will be for my next book, and sadly, I’m lost for ideas. Since I’ve already written a short romance Christmas story, “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe” in the anthology Merry & Bright, a Palm Beach designing woman in The Right Design, and now Khloe, Gabby, and Connie are featured in my latest release in Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop, who are looking for and learning to accept love in their lives.

In each published work, I’m sharing part of myself with the world. For instance, The Right Design was based in Palm Beach because my family’s vacationed in South Florida since I was a kid, so I hold a lot of those memories close to me—even though I’m not a beach person, (and as a strawberry-blond, I’m not a sun person either). With Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop, my motivation for it was the fact that I’ve always wanted to own a flower shop, (seriously, how cool would that be?). As for my current WIP (title to be announced at a later date), deep down, I’m a country girl. This book has been one I’ve wanted to write for four years, and I’m beyond thrilled that I’m finally doing it! Being born and raised in Dallas, my family has owned a ranch for over twenty years, which is forty-five minutes away, and I’m beyond proud to call it my “happy place.” Yes, dirt, trees, grass, goats, deer, and cows (as of recently, I’m the own a heifer, Legend, and she’s my love), make me the happiest. I grew up fishing with my dad, (I love those time together where we made lifetime memories), I’ve cut down tree limbs, and I’ve even pet deer that are raised in our pens. There’s something about being in the country that helps define my life—it makes me calmer, happier, and find the meaning of life. I feel more alive when I’m there, so when I’m working on my WIP, it makes me feel just that—alive, and loving what I’m writing. After all, isn’t that the point of being an author? In my opinion, there’s part of us that want to live our character’s life? Well, in this book, I realize that I’m sharing more of my true self in my main character than any other one I’ve ever written. Though I’m just starting this book, I can honestly say that it’s the most real book—one I’ve tried to find on bookshelves, and so I’m proud to say that I’m writing the book I’ve always wanted to read.

That being said, who’s to know what’s next. However, over the past seven months, I’ve come to realize that life can change in (literally) a New York minute, so when my current WIP is published, I’ve decided to see what’s around me, decide what I like reading and/or what I’m interested in (a baseball series, for example—GO TEXAS RANGERS), and just go with it!

So, for the authors who don’t know what’s next, just live life, and I’m guaranteed that something will come to you because I know you’ve got it in you!

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Author, Isabella Louise Anderson created Chick Lit Goddess to share the love of the following genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Romance, and Romantic Comedies!

BioPicIsabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and has been featured on several blogs. While Isabella doesn’t blog a lot, she focuses her time on featuring other writers, along with writing and editing.

She lives in Dallas with her husband. She enjoys spicy Mexican food and drinking margaritas, and can be found spending time with family and friends, cheering on the Texas Rangers, and reading.

Isabella’s short story, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright, in November 2013. The Right Design is her first novel.

To learn more about Isabella Louise Anderson and her books, click HERE to see her author website!

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#BlogTour #Review #Giveaway – COMBATTING FEAR by Sandy Vaile

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Title: Combatting Fear

Author: Sandy Vaile

Genre: Romantic Suspense

4.5 Stars

Review

When I began reading this book, I did not know what to expect. Was the story going to be about a kidnapped child? Was the story going to have romance? What about suspense? Well, the story had it all and blended everything together nicely. This was a suspenseful read set in Australia, which added a little twist since I live in the USA. Enticing read for a weekend getaway. 

 

I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review.

Synopsis

How far would you go to save a child that wasn’t yours?

Mild-mannered kindergarten teacher, Neve Botticelli, leads a double life. At home with her paranoid father, she is a combat trained survivalist who lives off-the-grid.

When self-made billionaire, Micah Kincaid, storms into town in search of his four-year-old son, Rowan, he’s pushy, entitled, and stands for everything Neve despises.

But something far more sinister than a cheating estranged wife, is lurking in rural Turners Gully, and it has its sights set on little Rowan’s inheritance. It turns out there is one thing Micah and Neve can agree on, and that’s keeping Rowan safe.

As they work together to free Rowan, they glimpse beneath one another’s guises. Falling in love could be even more dangerous than hunting deadly criminals.

 
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I’m Sandy and my motto in life is…

I’ll try anything once 

To that end, I take every opportunity that presents and have a wealth of life experiences to draw on when writing. 

These include  riding a motorbikeskydiving, hot air ballooning, getting tattoos, swimming with sharks and turtles, and having the privilege to carry the Olympic flame.

The common denominator in my stories is courageous, gritty heroines who don’t especially need the strong heroes who sweep them off their feet, but when they do find Mr. Right, they’re not afraid to hold on tight.

My love of adventure and action sports started early, with 3-day eventing horses and cross-country running. Living in Papua New Guinea as a child meant lots of water sports, outdoor living and learning the local Pigeon English.

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#Review – SWEET PURSUITS by Pauline Wiles

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4 Stars

Title: Sweet Pursuits

Author: Pauline Wiles

Genre: Chick Lit 

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Release date: January 26, 2017.

Review

What a cute and delightful story. At times I wanted to shake Bella to wake her up so she would see that Owen was not the one for her and to look at what is in front of her. We all have a little bit of Bella in us so this story makes it easy to relate to. Pleasant chick-lit read for a relaxing weekend getaway. 

I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review.

Synopsis

What’s the recipe for a second chance at love?

After six blissful years with scientist boyfriend Owen, Bella Beecham was convinced he was about to pop the question she’d been longing to hear. Instead, he accepted a prestigious job in California and left England without a backwards glance. Now, Owen’s back in the village of Saffron Sweeting, and appears to be more eligible than ever. Bella’s determined that the man of her dreams won’t slip through her fingers again.

But her plans to tone up, trim down, and tempt Owen back into her life prove bittersweet. Although Bella’s talent for baking wins her new friends, her tasty treats have a disconcerting tendency to sabotage her own intentions. And as her increasingly bold attempts to recapture Owen’s heart stumble, Bella must question whether she’s chasing a guy who wants to be caught.

A British romantic comedy featuring both familiar characters and fresh faces, Sweet Pursuits explores how a young woman seeking her soulmate must first learn to love herself.

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British by birth, Pauline is now a contented resident of California, although she admits to occasional yearnings for afternoon tea and historic homes. Her
debut novel, Saving Saffron Sweeting, reached the quarter final of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and was a number one Kindle Best Seller. The stand-alone prequel, Secrets in the Sky, was reviewed by Publishers Weekly as ‘an enticing read’. Sweet Pursuits is the third book in the series. 

 

When not writing, Pauline can be found pursuing The Serenity Project, her year-long attempt to slow down and appreciate life. She also likes to ponder how many miles she has to run to justify an extra piece of cake, and is fond of daydreaming about flying herself and a reader to London for afternoon tea.

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#Review #BlogTour – 15 MINUTES by Larissa Reinhart

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5 Stars

Title: 15 Minutes

Author: Larissa Reinhart

Genre: Chick Lit Mystery

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Talk about sitting on the edge of your seat reading. This book kept me on my toes on what was going to happen to Maizie next. Maizie is a mess – she just wants to do something different with her life, outside of the controls of her momanger but it seems that every time she starts on her detective path, she makes a little mess that her new boss does not seem too thrilled about. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series! 

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Synopsis

When ex-teen star Maizie Albright returns to her Southern hometown of Black Pine, Georgia, she hoped to rid herself of Hollywood tabloid and reality show hell for a new career as a private investigator. Instead, Hollyweird follows her home. Maizie’s costar crushing, but now for her gumshoe boss. Her stage-monster mother still demands screen time. Her latest rival wants her kicked off the set, preferably back to a California prison.

By entangling herself in a missing person’s case, she must reprise her most famous role. The job will demand a performance of a lifetime. But this time, the stakes are real and may prove deadly.

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A 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, Larissa writes the Cherry Tucker Mystery and Maizie Albright Star Detective series. The first in the Cherry Tucker series, Portrait of a Dead Guy, is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. She loves books, food, and travel in any and all combinations.
Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, live in Nagoya, Japan, but they still call Georgia home. You can see them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website, find her chatting on FacebookInstagram, and Goodreads, and sign up for her newsletter athttp://smarturl.it/larissanewsletter.
If you enjoy her books, please leave a review. She sends you virtual hugs and undying gratitude for your support!
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#BlogTour #CoverReveal #PreOrder #Giveaway – PLAN CEE by Hilary Grossman

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Would you abandon your present for a second chance at your past?

Cecelia Reynolds has spent most of her life trying to forget the commitment-phobic man who broke her heart. It wasn’t easy, but eventually she did it, or so she thought…

As Cecelia and her husband gather for a friend’s wedding, her perfect world is thrown into complete turmoil. Even though it’s been twenty years since she last laid eyes on Keith Emerson, all it takes is one glance for her to feel emotions she thought were long gone. When Keith ends up officiating the ceremony, she quickly realizes his message of love is directed at her, not the happy couple. But can she believe him?

We live our entire lives thinking we know ourselves. But do we ever really?

As secrets and lies cause Cecelia’s world to spin completely out of control, she is forced to seek advice from the most unlikely ally. In the process, she must confront the demons of her past and the events that shaped her into the woman she is now. Will she finally learn the real meaning of love, friendship, and family?

While this book is a sequel to Plan Bea, it also reads as a standalone.

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By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her “characters.” She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She’s been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball – she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island.

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When ex-teen star Maizie Albright returns to her Southern hometown of Black Pine, Georgia, she hoped to
rid herself of Hollywood tabloid and reality show hell for a new career as a private investigator. Instead, Hollyweird follows her home. Maizie’s costar crushing, but now for her gumshoe boss. Her stage-monster mother still demands screen time. Her latest rival wants her kicked off the set, preferably back to
a California prison.

By entangling herself in a missing person’s case, she must reprise her most famous role. The job will demand a performance of a lifetime. But this time, the stakes are real and may prove deadly.

 
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MeetTheAuthor
A 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, Larissa writes the Cherry Tucker Mystery and Maizie Albright Star Detective series. The first in the Cherry Tucker series, Portrait of a Dead Guy, is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. She loves books, food, and travel
in any and all combinations.
Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, live in Nagoya, Japan, but they still call Georgia home. You can see them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website, find her chatting on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads, and sign up for her newsletter at http://smarturl.it/larissanewsletter.
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#BlogTour #Excerpt – THE NEXT BEST THING by Wendi Nunnery

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Title: The Next Best Thing

Author: Wendi Nunnery

Genre: New Adult Romance

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Four years ago, Emma Fraser’s first love took his own life. Now, twenty years old and in college, Emma and her best friend, Andy, are still mourning the loss of a friend and brother. Nothing is the same as it once was…and things are about to change even more.

Too heartbroken to even consider falling in love again, Emma stays distracted by school and work. Until she meets Landon and, for the first time ever, finds herself believing she might actually have a future with someone. But when Deegan Burke—the man responsible for all of Emma’s heartache—gets out of prison early, Emma is suddenly confronted by her worst fears. And when faced with choices she never thought she’d have to make, Emma discovers that the only person she really wants by her side is the last person she ever expected.

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On Saturday morning, Emma slept late. Even though she came back to Cley for holidays and summers, Emma didn’t spend many weekends home during the school year like so many of her peers did. During football season, it was akin to sacrilege to miss a home game and Emma attended every single one. In the spring, she was busy picking up more hours at the Academic Success Center, where she was an English tutor. She preferred to stay on campus as much as possible and never grew tired of being there, even when she was stressed out about her classes or worrying about Elsie and Andy. Life had to be lived, and hard things still existed in Emma’s sparkling college bubble, but she could always rely on Georgia Southern to be exactly what she needed. Emma might have been raised in Cley, but she was growing up in Statesboro.

She stretched out beneath the comforter and yawned deeply. With a quick glance at her phone, Emma saw that Elsie had called already and she had a text from Andy asking if she’d made it home okay. Emma typed a hurried response and then padded into the bathroom for a shower.

Later, as she was finishing her first cup of coffee in the living room, the house phone rang.

“Yeah, she’s home,” Renee said from the kitchen. “Hold on.”

Emma put her mug on the coffee table just as Renee came around the corner. She held the phone out to her daughter with a smile.

“It’s Grace,” she said.

“Oh!” Emma exclaimed, taking the phone from her mother’s outstretched hand. “Hey mama,” she said into the receiver.

“Emma!” Grace sounded like she was grinning from ear to ear, and her voice had an immediate calming effect on Emma. She hadn’t realized how tense she still was until this very moment. “How are you, sweetheart? I’ve missed you.”

“I’ve missed you, too. And I’m good. Just glad to have a break.”

“I bet,” Grace replied. “I hope Andy hasn’t been getting you into trouble.”

“Ha!” Emma laughed. “He’s been trying to get me into trouble for years. It never works.”

Grace laughed, too, and Emma was glad to hear it. It never ceased to amaze her that a woman who had lost so much could still manage to find joy. Emma knew that Andy had been the one who found Jesse first, but Grace hadn’t been far behind. Emma’s imagination haunted her with pictures of what Jesse might have looked like, but she was certain that nothing she imagined would ever be as disturbing as reality. Grace had seen her dying son hanging in his closet, had held him up around his chest, hoping to take the pressure off his neck. Emma found out months later, when Andy would finally talk about it, that Jesse had still been alive when the cops arrived for their interview with him. But just barely. Grace’s firstborn son had died while she screamed for the officers to cut him down, her face pressed against Jesse’s chest as she strained to feel his heart beat.

Grace was Jesse’s mother. She had been the first one to touch Jesse as he slipped into this world, and she was the last one to touch him as he slipped out. Perhaps, Emma thought, Grace had been able to find some kind of peace in that, however fleeting.

“How is Elsie doing, do you know?” Grace asked.

Emma sighed heavily. “Not good. I think she wants to move on, but she doesn’t understand why Andy ended things. And I don’t know much more than she does, to be honest.”

“Maybe it’s because he’s only twenty-one?” Grace offered, without the slightest hint of sarcasm. “I know they were together for a long time, and I love Elsie, but being together for years doesn’t necessarily mean they know each other.”

Emma agreed. “That’s a good point. Although I’m not sure Elsie would see it that way.”

“Do you?” Grace asked. Emma furrowed her brows together, considering. Of course she saw it that way. Now. In high school, Emma had encouraged Elsie to ask Andy out because she thought it would be fun having her two best friends together all the time. At first, Andy had rejected Elsie for reasons not unlike this breakup. But once Jesse was gone, Andy had turned to Elsie for comfort in ways Emma couldn’t provide. For four years, Elsie had filled the gap between friendship and love, and somewhere along the way they all got tricked into thinking it was enough.

“Andy never really wanted to be with Elsie the way she wanted to be with him,” Emma replied solemnly. “It’s better that he ended it now.”

“Well, what about you?” Grace asked, charging ahead. “Are you dating anyone yet?”

Yet.

As in, “Emma, would you get around to it already?”

It wasn’t like Emma didn’t want a boyfriend. But in high school she had made the terrible mistake of falling for the guy who turned out to be an attempted rapist, so, naturally, she was a little gun shy. Emma had been just one of many girls to hope Deegan Burke would look her way. But hoping had actually turned into looking. And looking had turned into being invited as his date for prom. Which, as everyone now knew, meant walking up on a scene Emma would never be able to erase from her memory.

Before Jesse ever broke Emma’s heart, Deegan had already taught her to question it. And it was a lesson she wasn’t sure she could unlearn.

“No, not yet,” Emma replied patiently. “But I’m sure someone will come along.”

“Maybe he already has,” Grace said, sounding like the mother she was. “You never know.”

Emma smiled sadly to herself. Grace wasn’t wrong. Someone had already come along. But he was gone now.

“Yeah,” she said to Grace. “You never know.”

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MeetTheAuthor

Wendi Nunnery is the author of The Mayfield Family Story,
The Best Kept Secret, and The Next Best Thing. She is also the
founding editor of Lady Literary Magazine and her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Simply Beloved, and Introvert, Dear. Wendi is a proud Georgia Southern University alum and believes colorful language is good for the soul. She lives, loves, and mothers in Atlanta, Georgia.
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