#BlogTour – THE WRONG SIDE OF TWENTY FIVE by Kate Armitage

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Title: The Wrong Side of Twenty-Five
Author: Kate Armitage
Genre: women’s fiction

Release Date: December 28th, 2017

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Blurb: With newsfeeds full of perfect pouts, hot-dog legs and the self-proclaimed hashtag-blessed, it’s hard not to feel inadequate. How has everyone figured out how to live their best life except you?

That’s what Kylie wants to know. She thought she would spend her twenty-fifth birthday having a mini-break not a mini-breakdown. After an evening of finger-food and snide remarks, Kylie decides that things must change. Naturally, Alexa disagrees. She doesn’t think anything needs to change and is quite happy plodding on with her best friend by her side. So, when everything changes for the better for Alexa, while it’s going from bad to worse for Kylie; will it tear them apart?

 

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#BlogTour – SEVEN HOURS CHALLENGE ACCEPTED by Angelina Kerner

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Title: Seven Hours Challenge Accepted
Author: Angelina Kerner
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: July 31st, 2016

One pill every 7 hours. That could be all it takes to give Chanel the chance to finally see the world around her.

Chanel is an independent 19-year-old, despite what her overprotective mother and senator father may think. Being the daughter of a Senator comes with its own problems, one simple afternoon out with friends becomes overwhelming when they’re swarmed by reporters.

Keeping the secret of the experimental treatment close to her chest, she is able to fool everyone but her hawkeyed bodyguard, Leon, that has now been assigned to protect her.

Chanel doesn’t want a bodyguard, but will she get more than she bargained for?

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#BlogTour – SINGLE-MINDED by Lisa Daily

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Title: Single-Minded
Author: Lisa Daily
Release Date: June 27th, 2017
Tour Dates: June 27th – July 4th, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Women’s Fiction

Alex has planned and executed her life with laser focus since she first met her future husband at the play-doh table on the first day of kindergarten. They have a terrific life, a gorgeous house on the bay, and fantastic careers they love. There’s only one problem: Alex’s husband Michael is gay, a fact he neglected to mention in the 23 years since they first met.

Now, Alex’s perfectly planned life has completely fallen apart, her biological clock is starting to feel like the timer on a nuclear device, and she finds herself drooling over her completely-dreamy-but-definitely-off-limits client, a star chef opening a hot new restaurant. Armed with dating guidance from her oddball collection of advisers—including her gay ex-husband, a foul-mouthed political consultant, a perkily masochistic yogi, and a pot-smoking octogenarian—Alex navigates the booby-trapped world of modern dating, in her search for a second chance at love.

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#BlogTour #Excerpt – ONE LAST FIRST DATE by Kate O’Keeffe

Title: One Last First Date
Series: Cozy Cottage Cafe Series
Author: Kate O’Keeffe
Release Date: June 1st, 2017
Tour Dates: June 11th – 16th, 2017
Genre: Chick Lit

Cassie Dunhill is sick of dating. It’s been ten years and it’s time, time to find The One. It’s either that or buy a fetching habit and veil and abandon the whole thing. But Cassie believes in love, and she’s not ready to give up yet.

Cassie and her best friends make a pact that the next date they go on will be their One Last First Date. The pressure is on to find Mr. Right, and Cassie’s the first to find him: Parker Hamilton. He’s good-looking, smart, cultured—and a doctor. Despite his obvious credentials, Cassie’s not taking any chances. She’s vetted Parker so thoroughly she could offer some pointers to the CIA. He passes with flying colors.

Things get complicated when Will Jordan, her irritating work colleague, muscles in on her dream job and her love life. Will is a typical guy, complete with nicknames for everyone, even Cassie. His good looks and relaxed and easy nature can be distracting. But Cassie can do without that kind of distraction right now, no matter how good Will looks with his shirt off.

In the end, is there only One Last First Date?

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“SO, WE ALL AGREE? We’re really doing this?” Marissa’s upturned face was illuminated by the crackling fire as the waves continued their dark, rhythmic pounding against the shore.

We stood in a tight little group, empty wine glasses discarded carelessly on a picnic blanket next to the glowing fire. I looked from one of my friends to the other. They were both smiling, their faces full of hope and excitement, their right hands placed on top of one another’s, awaiting mine.

I bit my lip as goosebumps rose on my bare legs in the late summer evening breeze. “After more than ten years of dating, we need to take things into our own hands.” I placed my hand on top of theirs. A surge of anticipation hit me, and my face broke into a grin. “Let’s do this.”

“Yes!” Paige cried, almost piercing my eardrum.

“Good,” Marissa added more calmly, nodding. “Let’s begin, then.” She cleared her throat. “We, the three present on this beach tonight, agree that—”

She was cut short by Paige. “Umm, Marissa?”

“What is it?” Marissa asked.

“It’s just . . . shouldn’t you name us?”

“Why?”

“To make it, you know, more official,” Paige replied.

We were still standing in the circle, our hands piled up on top of one another. My arm began to hurt.

Marissa rolled her eyes. “Okay, Paige. I’ll start again.” There was a sizeable note of irritation in her voice. Marissa cleared her throat once more, closing her eyes momentarily to collect her thoughts—and, perhaps, to try to remember our middle names.

“We, Marissa Jane Jones, Cassandra . . .”

“Clementine,” I whispered after a beat.

She shot me a surprised look. “Really? Pretty.”

I rolled my eyes. “Long story.”

She nodded. “Cassandra Clementine Dunhill, and Paige Prudence Miller, agree that—”

“Why does my name have to be last?” Paige interrupted again, sounding indignant, as she dropped her hand from ours.

I let out a frustrated breath. “Does it matter whose name comes first, Paige? It’s getting cold here.”

“Of course it matters, Cassie,” she insisted. “It won’t be real otherwise. Plus, Marissa always puts herself first. We need to be more . . . egalitarian.”

“Egalitarian?” Marissa questioned. “This isn’t some sort of committee, Paige. We’re just three friends on the beach, who have, quite possibly, had a little too much to drink and have decided to make a pact.”

There was a low rumble of thunder in the distance, diverting our attention. All three of us broke into nervous laughter as the wind picked up, whipping our hair around our faces. I glanced around the deserted beach. All we needed now was a cauldron on the fire and we’d look like a coven of witches, brewing up a spell.

Paige shrugged, looking wounded.

“I guess this was Paige’s idea,” I offered, ever the peacemaker.

Marissa’s hands shot up into the air in surrender. “Okay. Do you want to do it?”

Paige’s face beamed. “Yes, I do.” She smoothed her full skirt down and stuck her hand out in front of her.

Marissa and I added ours once more.

Paige looked from Marissa to me and back again. She tossed her dark hair in a dramatic fashion, and then began. “We, the three maidens of the beach—”

Marissa sniggered. Paige glared at her. Unperturbed, she continued, “The three maidens of the beach, Paige Prudence Miller, Cassie Clementine Dunhill, and Marissa Jane Jones—”

Marissa scoffed.

“—agree that the next date each of us goes on will be with the man we marry.”

A Girl Scout knot looped in my belly.

“We agree to this pact in the presence of the Goddess of the Beach,” Paige continued.

My eyes darted around, half expecting to see a goddess floating nearby. Hmm, definitely too much chardonnay for me tonight.

Marissa scoffed again. “I don’t remember agreeing to any goddess crap,” she protested.

“Just go with it, will you?” Paige replied, arching her eyebrows. “I know what I’m doing; this isn’t my first beach pact.”

I looked at Paige in surprise. “It’s not?”

Paige shook her head. “No.”

I let out a breath. Goddess or no goddess, I didn’t care; it was the pact that mattered to me—and meeting the man of my dreams. “I agree to the pact.”

“I agree to the pact, too,” Marissa said at length.

Paige held her chin high, a strange look on her face—perhaps triumph? Or solemnity? Or a combination of both. “Then, it is set.”

There was a sudden flash of lightning followed immediately by a loud crash of thunder. Marissa and I leaped a good four feet back from one another. Marissa fell on her butt, narrowly avoiding the fire. I stumbled but managed to right myself.

“What the heck was that?” Marissa exclaimed, pushing herself off the ground and brushing the sand off her jeans.

“Whatever it was, it scared the living daylights out of me.” I let out a short, sharp laugh, my heart pounding in my chest.

Paige remained standing stock still, a look of pure exhilaration on her pretty face as the wind whipped her hair and made her skirt billow around her. She looked like something out of Game of Thrones. “That, my friends, was the sealing of the pact. There’s no going back now.”

The sealing of the pact? I looked at her, wide-eyed, half expecting her to regale us with some lame ghost story, a flashlight illuminating her face in a prepubescent attempt to freak us out.

“Actually, I think it was that storm we’re expecting,” Marissa replied in her pragmatic way. She leaned down and scooped the picnic blanket and the empty bottle and glasses up. “We might need to take cover, girls.”

I looked up and scanned the dark night sky, shivering as the evening turned cold. A large blob of rain landed on my face. I blinked. Within a heartbeat, the heavens opened and the rain came pouring down on us. I pulled my hoodie up and made a dash for shelter, followed closely by a loudly protesting Marissa.

“No way am I getting wet,” she exclaimed, pulling her own hood up as protection from the elements.

“Wait! We haven’t finished!” Paige called out to us both, her voice thin through the growing storm. “Come on, you two. We have to do this right.”

I paused to squint back at her. She hadn’t moved from her spot by the dying fire. I glanced up at the house, the windows glowing with light. I let out a sigh. Warmth and dry clothes were so, so close. “Marissa! Let’s finish this off, then get back to the house, okay?” I called out.

“Have you seen what happens to my hair in the rain?” she called back.

“I’ll sort it out for you, I promise.” I clambered up the beach and grabbed her arm, pulling her back with me. She muttered something about hair straighteners and ice cream under her breath.

Once back by the smoking fire, Paige extended her now wet arm toward us once more.

“Make it quick,” Marissa warned.

We resumed our positions.

Another flash of lightning illuminated the beach as the waves crashed with force against the shore. When the thunder hit, my heart leaped into my mouth. This was like something out of a movie!

Paige continued in her Hammer House of Horrors voice, louder this time to be heard over the lashing wind and rain. “From this day forth, we, the maidens of the beach, have just One Last First Date.” She paused between each word, piercing us with her intense gaze.

“One last first date?” I questioned, panic inching its way up from my toes. In my bid to find Mr. Right, I’d been on so many dates I’d totally lost count. Having only one more really put the pressure on. It was going to have to be with the perfect guy. I swallowed.

“That’s right,” Paige replied, looking at me intently. “One Last First Date. We’ve got one shot at this, ladies.”

“Agreed,” Marissa said quickly, possibly more to get out of the rain and save her hair from the dreaded frizz than for any real desire to agree to Paige’s terms.

I chewed the inside of my mouth and glanced at both of my friends. One last first date meant whoever I next dated would end up being my husband. Either that or I’d become celibate, adopt seventeen cats, take to wearing ill-fitting mismatched clothes, and possibly smell a little funky to boot.

I chose dating.

“Cassie, come on!” Marissa urged, the rain still blobbing heavily down on us.

“Agreed,” I added as a surge of nerves, excitement—and hope—rose in my chest.

One Last First Date it was.

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Say Hello to author Kate O’Keeffe.

Kate O’Keeffe is an award-nominated author of fun, feel-good romantic comedies. She lives and loves in beautiful New Zealand with her family, two scruffy dogs, and a cat who thinks he’s a scruffy dog too. He’s not: he’s a cat.

To date, Kate’s written the popular chick lit series, the Wellywood Romantic Comedy Series, and a fun holiday novella. The first in her new Cozy Cottage Café Series, is available now, with book 2 releasing on August 10, 2017.

Books in the Wellywood Romantic Comedy Series:
Book 0: Wedding Bubbles (short story prequel)
Book 1: Styling Wellywood

Book 2: Miss Perfect Meets Her Match

Book 3: Falling For Grace

Books in the Cozy Cottage Café Series:
Book 1: One Last First Date

Book 2: Two Last First Dates – releasing August 10, 2017
Book 3: Three Last First Dates – late-2017
Book 4: One Final Last First Date – early-2018

Visit kateokeeffe.com and sign up to Kate’s newsletter for new releases, great offers, and your chance to win.

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#BlogTour – RADICAL NEW ME by PK Hrezo

Title: Radical New Me
Author: PK Hrezo
Release Date: May 10th, 2017
Tour Dates: June 6th – 10th, 2017
Genre: Women’s Fiction


Callie Cow: Where is She Now?

That’s what Calliope Crown’s old high school classmates want to know.

Now it’s five years later and Calliope’s gone from fat to fit in a year-long transformation with a world-renowned self-help guru. When funds she’s always counted on fall through, she moves to ritzy Boca Raton to work for her snobby aunt’s beachside bakery and face the same temptation that put her in the body she so desperately wants to forget. Calliope may be armed with a new identity, but old self-images don’t die fast, and true self-esteem isn’t something you can buy online with a credit card, even though her guru would suggest otherwise with the prices of his webinar course and weekly regimen.

Enter one cute and dedicated handyman and Calliope begins to see the world in a new light. Connecting with him, as well as new friends and Internet followers may just prove that life’s detours can sometimes reveal our truest identities in the most unexpected of ways.

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#BlogTour – SEE YOU LATER BROADWAY by Melissa Baldwin


Title: See You Later Broadway
Series: Broadway Series
Author: Melissa Baldwin
Release Date: April 5th, 2017
Genre: Chick Lit

It’s finally here . . . the much-anticipated sequel to See You Soon Broadway! Maris is back!

Decisions, decisions, decisions . . .

Maris Forrester’s exciting new life is not everything she was hoping it would be. Although she’s happy in her new career, she’s plagued with the feeling that something is still missing. Imagine her surprise when an old friend presents her with an unbelievable opportunity that could change everything. This new career sounds almost too good to be true, including the upcoming trip to London. She quickly learns that even the most perfect scenarios have their drawbacks, and when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is . . .

In addition to making a life-changing career choice, Maris realizes she has other decisions to make—whom to love and where to find happiness. What if neither is what she thought they should be?

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I watch him closely, keeping my hand around my phone just in case I have to make a quick call to 911. Once I’ve had a few minutes to get used to him being here, I notice how good-looking he is. His dirty blond hair is spiked in several different directions, his arms are muscular and tan, and apparently, he’s a good cook because this chicken marsala smells divine. I wonder if Layla’s actually going to try any of her new man’s food. I have no idea if chicken marsala is gluten free or not.

“So, Layla tells me you’re a Broadway singer?” he says, trying to make conversation. “That’s really cool.”

I sit down on a stool. “I’m actually not a Broadway singer, not yet anyway. Hopefully someday.”

“Sing something for me.”

My mouth drops open. “What? No.”

Say Hello to author Melissa Baldwin!

Melissa Baldwin is an avid runner, planner obsessed, and has always had a love for writing. She is a wife, mother, and avid journal keeper who took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember…or Forget. Melissa writes about charming, ambitious, and real women and is now a published author of seven Romantic Comedy novels and novellas.

When she isn’t deep in the writing zone, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy spending time with her family, chauffeuring her daughter, traveling, running, indulging in fitness, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.

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#BlogTour – LUZ by Leslie DJ


Title: Luz
Author: Leslie DJ
Release Date: March 23rd, 2017
Genre: Women’s Fiction

Luz Vargas is a promising young Latina writer from Washington Heights, a predominantly Dominican neighborhood in New York City. Who upon receiving top honors for her short story, “Here and There” from the prestigious Quisqueya Writers of Tomorrow Association, Luz’s boyfriend, Luke, suggests a couple’s getaway to the Dominican Republic where he plans to propose. But when the trip to the Island brings her face to face with a past love, Luz is torn between honoring her commitment to Luke and revisiting an island romance.

The story is told through a series of vignettes that chronicle Luz’s struggle to reconcile her American identity with her Dominican side.

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Tell me what made you want to become a writer?

Writing is the one thing that comes easy to me. I carry pen and paper everywhere I go, I try using notes on my iPhone but it’s not the same, there’s just something about jotting down thoughts on paper that is calming for me. I was a very shy kid growing up and sometimes wouldn’t speak so I found it easier to write the things I wish I had the courage to say.  I didn’t know it then but I was creating characters and writing dialogue.
What are you reading right now?

 “The Princess Diarist” by Carrie Fisher. I love and miss her daily. She meant a lot to me; her outspokenness, her courage when it came to talking about addiction and mental health, it breaks my heart knowing she is no longer around.

If you’re a TV watcher, what are you addicted to?

 The Real Housewives are my drug! I’m addicted to that franchise. I started with New York, then Beverly Hills now I watch them all. I can’t get enough. Nothing satisfies me more than seeing middle-aged women with frozen Botox faces screaming at each other.

 
What’s a hobby you have that’s got nothing to do with books?

 I’m a big music lover and since I can’t play an instrument or carry a tune I interview those who can. I host a weekly radio show at a college station called Sinister Girlz Live on 94.3FM WBMBM. I get to program the music I love and expose listeners to new or interesting female musicians and occasionally they stop in and perform live. It’s lots of fun!

 What is your favorite season?

Fall, not too hot not too cold. I love watching the leaves change. I also tend to fall in love in the fall.

Tell me your favorite part of the writing process?

Being done! Writing is hard! Although stories or ideas come very easily to me, making something coherent, cohesive and worthwhile takes a lot of time and effort. I love the finished product, holding the book in my hand and looking back at my notes and marveling at the fact that it went from a stack of notes to a paperback.

Now the writing process you hate the most?

 Receiving notes from my editor and having her say, “I don’t get why your character would do this or that” or “this makes no sense” because to me it all makes perfect sense, in my mind it’s clear but I did a poor job of transferring that to the page. So I go back and think, “ok, what am I trying to convey here…” refer to my notes and try to remember why I was so passionate about that one passage that makes no sense.

 Do you have a favorite writing spot that you get the most done?

 My bed! I prop all my pillows up, turn on my laptop, turn on my TV for background noise and get writing.

What are you working on now?

I am in the very early stages of writing the sequel to my first book, “That Girl” I have a few scenes written out, a killer opening and tons of notes and points I want to hit. I’m hoping to release that by end of 2018.

Coffee, Wine or something else?

Coffee in the morning, Wine every other time of the day.

What was the last movie you saw in the theater and what you thought of it?

I just saw La La Land in theatres I know I’m late to the party but it was wonderful and inspiring. Knowing that the writer and director is a millennial just like me made me want to write more and get myself out there a little more.

 

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March 23rd

Kristin’s Novel Cafe – Book Excerpt
Blog on the Run – Author Guest Post

March 24th

For the Love of Chick Lit – Book Review

March 25th

Judging More Than Just The Cover – Author Q&A

March 26th

Wonderfully Bookish – Book Excerpt

March 27th

He Said Books or Me – Author Guest Post

March 28th

ItaPixie’s Book Corner – Book Review/Excerpt

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Tea Party Princess – Author Guest Post

March 30th

Book Lover in Florida – Book Excerpt/Author Q&A

 


Say Hello to author Leslie DJ!

Leslie DJ is a Dominican-American writer and radio personality who resides in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. She is the writer and founder of SinisterGirlz.com, an online publication that features written and audio music related content. She hosts Sinister Girlz Live on WBMB Baruch College Radio 94.3 FM New York on Fridays at 4pm EST.

Her debut novel, “That Girl” was released in September of 2016 and is available on Amazon.com

She graduated with a BA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Playwriting from Marymount Manhattan College and received her MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction from The New School of General Studies.

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#BlogTour #GuestPost – 15 MINUTES by Larissa Reinhart

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15 Minutes
By author: Larissa Reinhart
Release Date: January 24th, 2017
Genre: Cozy/Humorous Mystery

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#10days #findthewoman #getthejob #doNOTfallinlove

#WannaBeDetective

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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15 MINUTES, Maizie Albright Star Detective, by Larissa Reinhart

Georgia: The New La-La Land

When I’m not living in Japan, I live south of Atlanta. My two humorous series, A Cherry Tucker Mystery and Maizie Albright Star Detective, both take place in Georgia. Like me, Cherry lives south and west but within commuting distance of Atlanta. Maizie Albright was born in fictional Black Pine, located in my favorite part of Georgia, the North Georgia Mountains.

Although she was born in Georgia and her father remained there (Maizie’s got the stage monster-mother from hell), she grew up around LA as a child actress turned teen star whose star spun out of orbit, crashed, and burned, leaving her with rehab and a reality show. A kind judge believes her celebrity lifestyle was her undoing and forces her to return to Black Pine. And she happily complies so she can begin her new dream as a private investigator. Because she played one on TV and liked it.

Maizie’s not always grounded in reality, but after all, she did grow up in La-la Land.

Unfortunately La-la Land follows Maizie to Black Pine. Which is difficult when you’re not supposed to be celebrity life-styling anymore.

Now why, you might ask, would I do that to a nice town in Georgia? Because that’s what’s happening to many towns in Georgia.

The TV and film industry in Georgia is ranked third worldwide, after California and New York. 245 films and TV shows were shot in Georgia last fiscal year. Turner Studios and Tyler Perry Studios have been famous Atlanta icons for years. But now the famed British company, Pinewood Studios, has built almost twenty sound stages and a back lot in Fayette County, a few miles from my house. Small cities and towns like Senoia, Covington, Griffin, and Grantville regularly host TV and movie sets.

In my town of Peachtree City, I can see the set of Drop Dead Diva behind my favorite diner. As my daughter took the bus to school, she sees zombie heads and was once waved at by Rick from The Walking Dead. On the lake behind my friend’s house, they filmed the newest Spiderman movie. My other friend’s office building (Porsche’s North American Headquarters) became the Avengers’ headquarters in Captain America: Civil War. My husband’s friend got to play a pilot (he’s an actual pilot) in the Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2. He even got a line. Another neighbor, a fireman, got to play a fireman in Ant Man.

This is becoming typical in my town. Yet, I never got to see Daryl from TWD at the Fresh Market (someone else I know did). Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band fame also lives nearby and does a lot for the community, but it’s not like he hangs out at the Kroger. I’ve seen his car a few times, but Tesla’s tend to stand out.

It’s all very exciting except our regular day-to-day lives never change. Our conversation is occasionally peppered with celebrity sightings or talk of trucks blocking off neighborhoods to film something. We recognize the signs showing the crew where they should park for shoots. But the film world is fairly closeted and separated from real life goings-on.

When I was creating the Maizie Albright series, this world had obviously soaked into my subconscious. At this point, remembering what came first—the characters or the setting—is a bit of a chicken or the egg syndrome. But putting La-La Land in small town Georgia is fun. Like a fish out of water and into a frying pan kind of story.


What readers are saying:

“Hollywood glitz meets backwoods grit in this fast-paced ride on D-list celeb Maizie Albright’s waning star—even as it’s reborn in a spectacular collision with her nightmarish stage mother, her deer-pee-scented-apparel-inventing daddy…and a murderer. Sassy, sexy, and fun, 15 Minutes is hours of enjoyment—and a wonderful start to a fun new series from the charmingly Southern-fried Reinhart.”
— Phoebe Fox, author of The Breakup Doctor series

“Child star and hilarious hot mess Maizie Albright trades Hollywood for the backwoods of Georgia and pure delight ensues. Maizie’s my new favorite escape from reality.”
— Gretchen Archer, USA Today bestselling author of the Davis Way Crime Caper series

“I was already a huge fan of Larissa Reinhart’s Cherry Tucker series, but in her new mystery series, FIFTEEN MINUTES, she had me at the end of the first line: ‘Donuts.’

Maizie Albright is the kind of fresh, fun, and feisty ‘star detective’ I love spending time with, a kind of Nancy Drew meets Lucy Ricardo. Move over, Janet Evanovich. Reinhart is my new ‘star mystery writer!’”
— Penny Warner, Author of Death of a Chocolate Cheater and The Code Busters Club

“Larissa Reinhart’s newest heroine, Maizie Albright, is at once naïve and worldly. As a former child star, she craves life in the real world by becoming a PI, just like the TV character that made her famous. Armed with humor, charm, and stubborn determination, Maizie is a breath of fresh air. I adored every second of 15 Minutes. Viva la Maizie!”
— Terri L. Austin, author of the Rose Strickland mysteries and the Null for Hire series.

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Larissa Reinhart

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. 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 – ESCAPISM by Candice Lee

 

Book Title: Escapism – words + photos

Genre: Poetry/Photography

Release Date: September 30th, 2016

Author: Candice Lee

Synopsis

This is a story about love and loss. This full-color book is a collection of poems and landscape photographs–all written, shot, and arranged by the author.

Composed in the style of a memoir, she shares her experiences through words and photos. This window into her emotions reveals the dark side of love as it narrates the journey through relationships, friendships, it’s-complicated-ships, and self-identity. But really, it’s a story about finding beauty in pain through growth.

Note from the author:

“Everybody hurts. But not everyone is willing to share their pain from weak moments. It’s difficult to put it all out there. I believe, these are the moments that mark beginnings of transformation. I hope this book helps people feel a little less lonely and a little more inspired. We all feel it.”

Photographs include: Yosemite NP; Antelope Island SP; Anza-Borrego Desert SP; Death Valley NP; Glacier NP; Grand Teton NP; Lake Tahoe, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Olympic NP; Pacific NW beaches; Provincetown, MA; Saguaro NP; Saratoga Springs, UT; Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP; Sierra Nevadas; White Sands NM; Yellowstone NP; and more.

All proceeds from the first year of publication through Sep 2017 will be donated to:

  • National Parks Conservation Association
  • National YoungArts Foundation

MeetTheAuthor

Candice Lee is a photographer and writer from Los Angeles, California. “Escapism” is a poetry/photograpy book and is her first publication. As an avid hiker and nature enthusiast, she frequently ventures off into the wilderness where she shoots and writes most of her work.

Website  |  Contact  |  Amazon Author Page

 

#BlogTour – WAITING FOR AEGINA by Effie Kammenou

waiting-for-aegina-promoTitle: Waiting for Aegina

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Tour Dates: January 15th – 21st

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Synopsis

Book Two in The Gift Saga: The continuation of Evanthia’s Gift…

In 1961, five little girls moved into a suburban neighborhood and became inseparable, lifelong friends. They called themselves the ‘Honey Hill Girls,’ named after the street on which they lived. As teenagers, they shared one another’s ambitions and dreams, secrets, and heartaches. Now, more than thirty years later, they remain devoted and loyal, supporting each other through triumphs and sorrows.

Evanthia’s Gift follows the life of Sophia Giannakos. In Waiting for Aegina the saga continues from the perspectives of Sophia and her friends as the story drifts back and forth in time, filling in the gaps as the women grow to adulthood.

Naive teenage ideals are later challenged by harsh realities, as each of their lives takes unexpected turns. Now nearing their fiftieth year, Sophia, Demi, Amy, Mindy and Donna stand together through life-altering obstacles while they try to regain the lighthearted optimism of their youth.

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