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Book Review & Giveaway: Freefall: A Divine Comedy by Lily Iona MacKenzie

10 Oct

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Publisher:  Pen-L Publishing (Oct 1, 2018)
Category: Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction
Tour dates: Oct-Nov, 2018
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During a four-day reunion in Whistler, B.C., Tillie Bloom, a wacky installation artist, reconnects with three women she had hung out with in the late ’50s and early ’60s. While in Whistler, secrets surface and a near death experience occurs during a hike, both of which bind the women at a deeper level.

Their new intimacy prompts them to celebrate the millennium as well as their approaching sixtieth birthdays in Italy. So a few weeks later, Tillie travels to Venice to have an extended reunion with her friends. While the women assume they’re in Venice to vacation and deepen their relationships, Tillie has a hidden agenda: she intends to crash the Venice Biennale, hoping to find a larger audience for her art. Cupid’s arrows complicate her goals when she and an Italian priest fall for each other.

The reflective quality of Venice’s canals also create unexpected changes in the women, causing them to turn inward. They all end up with a fresh take on themselves and their lives. Tillie, in particular, experiences a deeper understanding of herself. But will it take her on a path she’s ready to travel, and will Venice finally give her the recognition she seeks as an artist?

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Advance Praise 

“Hilarious, spiritual, and sensual, Freefall: A Divine Comedy takes you on a rollicking ride spanning three countries and four decades. These fascinating characters will fill your imagination, defying expectations about aging, art, and what truly matters in life.” —Laurie Ann Doyle, author of World Gone Missing

“This is an enchanting story about old friends reuniting as they struggle with thoughts on aging, religion, motherhood, men, art, and death. A delightful trip in every respect, with plenty of surprises and laughs along the way. A Divine Comedy, indeed!” —Mark Willen, author of Hawke’s Point and Hawke’s Return

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Guest Review by Sal

This is a story of 4 former friends who reconnect at a four day reunion in Whistler B.C.  They originally knew each other in the 50’s and 60’s.  They are all approaching their 60th birthdays and decided to celebrate together in Venice, Italy.

While in Italy, the women discover how much their lives really diverge from each other yet they also share a past and secrets that bond them even closer.  We also discover, not everyone is there for the same reason.  The main character, Tillie is a unique installation artist plans to crash an art extravaganza in order to promote her art. 

During the trip all 4 women reflect on their lives and past loves.  ‘Freefall’ is a rollicking journey with much depth.  There are a lot of laugh out loud moments, poking fun at life.  I also shed many tears while reading it.  Lily Iona MacKenzie has really captured the essence of life, friendship, and love.  Her characters come to life and kidnap the reader into their lives.  I highly recommend ‘Freefall’ for all literary fiction readers!  I give it 5 stars.

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About the AuthorFreefall: Divine Comedy by Lily Iona MacKenzie

A Canadian by birth, Lily Iona MacKenzie has published reviews, interviews, short fiction, poetry, travel pieces, essays, and memoir in over 155 venues. Her poetry collection All This was published in 2011. Fling!, her debut novel, was published in July 2015. Curva Peligrosa, another novel, was released in September 2017.

Currently, she teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco’s Fromm Institute of Lifelong Learning. She also blogs about writing and reading.

Website: http://lilyionamackenzie.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lilyionamackenzieauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lilyionamac

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Dan Diaries by D.D. Marx

4 Jun

Book Title: The Dan Diaries by D.D. Marx (The Beyond Series Book #4)
Category: Adult Fiction; 200 pages
Genre: Chick-Lit
Publisher: Beyond Dreams Publishing
Release date: April 6, 2018
Tour dates: May 14 to June 8, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 (minimal swearing)

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Book Description

Dan Sullivan was the best friend of Olivia Henry when his life was taken in a tragic car accident. Shocked to be on the other side, Dan navigates his way by learning his new role in eternal life. His first assignment is as Olivia’s guardian angel. He has the crucial role of guiding her to her pre-defined destiny. Dan’s death throws Olivia into a tail-spin which causes her to veer way off course. He understands the enormity of the challenge when he hears the mechanism by which he can communicate. He’s only allowed to use signs and symbols to get her attention and cannot interfere with her free-will.

Every time he thinks he’s close, something throws her off track. He’s forced to start over by convincing her to trust in their enduring, unbreakable bond. Olivia can feel Dan’s presence but is still reluctant to believe the messages he’s sending. She is fearful of falling in love again at the risk of losing another soulmate. Can Dan persuade her to trust in his love from afar so she can finally receive the happiness she truly deserves?

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I had read the previous books in the Beyond Series and I enjoyed them so I was looking forward to reading this one.
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Most of the books I’ve read about characters in the afterlife have left a lot to be desired but this story about Dan was great. He becomes his best friend’s guardian angel and although I’d read the story about Olivia (Hank) and Finn  before, it was good to read from Dan’s point of view. I especially liked how God was depicted.
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I like D.D. Marx’s writing style. It flows well and she has a knack at making me cry. The only thing that I had a little trouble with were the nicknames Hank and Frank. Both being such good friends to Dan, I had to keep reminding myself which was which. This wasn’t an issue in the first three books but both of them being such a big part in this book made it more of an issue.
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In the first three books, it is obvious that Dan was supporting Hank from beyond. In The Dan Diaries, we learn just how much Dan, Frank, and God help Hank and Finn reach their destiny. This book is a good fourth book in the series but it could also be read as a stand-alone. 
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About the Author

 

D.D. Marx is a contemporary romantic fiction writer and blogger. Marx is a graduate of the University of Dayton, as well as the Second City program in Chicago, where she currently resides. A proud aunt and self-described hopeless romantic, Marx has always had a knack for humorous and engaging storytelling. Her pen name is a dedication to her beloved friend Dan, who continues to guide and inspire her in her daily life.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Beyond Love by D.D. Marx

1 Nov

Book Title: Beyond Love (Book #2)
Author: D.D. Marx
Category: Adult Fiction; 184 pages
Genre: Chick-Lit
Publisher: Beyond Dreams Publishing
Release date: November 2017
Tour dates: Oct 16 to Dec 22, 2017
Content Rating: PG 13 (Light sex scenes/not explicit; language (couple f bombs)

 

Description

After trusting in her beloved friend Dan’s guidance from the beyond, Olivia is finally on the path to realizing her destiny. Staring at a blank canvas after ditching her raucous corporate life and meeting the love of her life, Finn McDaniels, a hot, widowed celebrity chef, she is ready to begin anew.

Arriving back in Chicago, she receives more frightening news further delaying her future journey with Finn. Unable to control the outcome, she begins questioning her trust and faith in Dan once again. She distracts herself the only way she knows how, by diving head first into a new project. What seemed like a time-killer may actually be the thing that saves her and catapults her into a world she never dreamed of.

When Olivia and Finn finally reunite, a looming secret is uncovered threatening to ruin the relationship she has waited for her entire life. Olivia is forced to decide whether to tell Finn or let it live in the past forever. Is their relationship strong enough to weather the storm or will it cause them to part ways for good?

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I read Beyond Believing a couple of years ago and enjoyed it so I was looking forward to seeing what happens in the next stage of Olivia and Finn’s journey.

Olivia and Finn have decided that she’s going to sell her condo in Chicago and move to California to live with him. They’re deeply in love with each other and are sure that his deceased wife and her dead best friend have had a hand in bringing them together. They do have challenges along the way but surely their love can keep them together…

Olivia does not do well when she is faced with a crisis. If someone she loves may be in danger, she falls apart so it’s a good thing she has a strong support system. Being able to call upon Dan also helps her. She seems so mature in some ways but her reaction to crises is rather immature, especially since she’s been through so much.

Olivia is keeping a secret that seems so trivial to me that I can’t believe she’s kept it for so long and has blown it so out of proportion. Finn’s reaction is not what I expected at all.

Beyond Love is full of interesting characters, close friendships, and love of all kinds. I look forward to reading the next book in the series to see what happens with Olivia and Finn.

 

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About the Author

D.D. Marx is a contemporary romantic fiction writer and blogger, as well as a lover of all things social. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton, as well as the Second City program in Chicago, where she currently resides. A proud aunt and self-described hopeless romantic, Marx has always had a knack for humorous and engaging storytelling. Her pen name is a dedication to her beloved friend Dan, who continues to guide and inspire her in her daily life.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Fresh Brewed by Pamela Ford

25 Aug

 

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Breanna Mitchell is on her way to a relaxing vacation at the ocean. Maybe she’ll even have a beachside fling to help her get over a recent breakup.

But when a tropical storm makes her destination hotel uninhabitable, a chance encounter at continental breakfast delivers a fabulous option—with a catch. She and her friends can stay at a privately-owned, three-story oceanfront home—if she pretends to be the girlfriend of the owner’s heartbreaker grandson, Ethan. Since he won’t even be there, how hard could it be?

Everything is going swimmingly until Bree drinks too much wine and regales the family with romantic tales about her relationship with Ethan. His adorable brother Adam gets suspicious. His marriage-minded grandma gets engagement fever. The beautiful woman next door gets teary-eyed.

And then, Ethan unexpectedly arrives. Suddenly Bree is about to get everything she’s ever wished for—but is it what she really wants?

 

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My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

I just read Over Easy and was looking forward to seeing what adventure the girls in The Continental Breakfast Club were going on this time (or getting themselves into). I found it interesting that Over Easy was what I would consider a mystery and Fresh Brewed is chick lit. It shows Pamela Ford’s diversity as an author and also makes me wonder what the next book will bring.

Fresh Brewed is told from Bree’s point of view. She is going on vacation with her friends Allie and Megan. Their vacation is turned upside down by a tropical storm. They’re still able to go but their hotel is damaged so they end up staying with the family of Kristin, a girl they met at a continental breakfast, of all things.

I really like Bree, Allie, and Megan. They’re independent single women who are looking for “the one.” Actually, Allie thinks she may have found hers and Megan was burned when she was young so she’s happy being single. Their new friend, Kristin, fits right in although she tends to try to “fix” things for her brother Ethan.

Fresh Brewed is fun, fast reading. It’s chick lit at its best with lots of humor and a little romance. I can’t wait to read the next book in The Continental Breakfast Club series! 

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Author’s Bio

2016-08-15_11-32-28Pamela Ford is the award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance. She grew up watching old movies, blissfully sighing over the romance; and reading sci-fi and adventure novels, vicariously living the action. The combination probably explains why the books she writes are romantic, happily-ever-afters with plenty of plot – and often lots of laughter.

After graduating from college with a degree in Advertising, Pam merrily set off to earn a living, searching for that perfect career as she became a graphic designer, print buyer, pantyhose sales rep, public relations specialist, copywriter, freelance writer – and finally author. Pam has won numerous awards including the Booksellers Best, the Laurel Wreath, and a gold medal IPPY in the Independent Book Publisher Awards. She is a Kindle Book Awards finalist and a two-time Golden Heart Finalist. She lives in Wisconsin where she is working on her next novel.

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Revenge in Paradise by Deborah Brown

26 May

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When a man of questionable character’s corpse is found at The Cottages, beaten to death with Madison’s own gardening tools, she and her partner, Fab, set out to prove that the man’s abused girlfriend did not kill him. Along the way, Madison finds herself behind bars twice, held hostage in a mansion, and running from flying bullets.

There is no shortage of action, suspense, comedy, or romance in this edge-of-your-seat story of two friends with a knack for getting into—and somehow out of—trouble. This time they must answer one question: Who is responsible for getting their Revenge in Paradise?

Revenge in Paradise, is the sixth novel in Deborah Brown’s Paradise series, which can be also read as a stand alone book.

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“I loved the location, the story, and the people so I recommend this book for those who enjoy a good mystery that has a lot of fun as well.”

“I’ve ready every book in her Paradise Keys –and can’t wait for the next one to come out.”

“So delightfully entertaining this is one story not to be missed!”

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My Review

I read Crazy in Paradise and Greed in Paradise and I was looking forward to reading this book. The Paradise books are quick, fun reads. 

Madison Westin and her best friend, Fabiana, are constantly getting into trouble. Madison’s boyfriend, Creole, has to get them out of scrapes and near misses, over and over. Not only do they have a murder mystery to solve, but even a simple job, like dropping off an expensive car to its new owner, turns into an adventure.

Now that Madison and Fab both have boyfriends, they make a great foursome, and two great couples. I really like the relationship that Madison has with Creole.

Deborah Brown’s writing flows well and is easy to read. This book is full of action and suspense as well as romance and humor. A typical quote: “I settled back in a chair, careful to make sure I sat on my skirt; otherwise, the backs of my legs stuck to the plastic and made an unfortunate sucking noise when I stood.”

Anyone who likes women’s fiction or mystery will like Revenge in Paradise. I highly recommend it and I hope there will be more of these books in the future.

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About the Author

I’ve been writing, in one way or another for as long as I can remember; writing poetry, short stories, a romance novel secretly stashed under the bed and sappy love letters. Fiction should be fun. I wanted to create the perfect beach book, to make the reader laugh, cry and cheer… and then run out and tell their friends about it.

My love of reading began when I was seven, the day I opened the cover of my first Mrs. Piggle Wiggle book. Mrs. P gave lessons to other children in how to behave and to me I learned to love the written word. I live with my family and demon children aka rescue cats in South Florida.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Beyond Believing by D.D. Marx

8 May

Beyond Believing

Book Description

 

When Olivia gets news of her best friend Dan’s fatal car accident, her life is shattered. Consumed with grief and struggling to find any meaning or purpose to life, she trudges along with a gaping void in her heart. Finally, when her frustration reaches its peak, Olivia decides to put her trust in the depth of friendship the two of them shared. That trust finally allows him to breakthrough to her, and Dan begins to guide Olivia through the twists and turns of her life, leading to something new and entirely unexpected.

When Olivia exposes a gigantic internal scandal at work, her career implodes. With no job and nowhere to turn, she escapes to Palm Springs for the sympathy and care of her beloved cousin, Garrett. However, with only weeks left before the opening of his newest store, “Gin and Tonic,” Garrett isn’t quite the comfort Olivia had expected. She yet again tries to find her way, and in the process meets someone who begins to fill that void in her heart. She’s never before experienced a love like this; it heals her soul and rekindles her spirit – and just may have been the design of her dearly departed friend all along.

Beyond Believing is a sweet, funny, and romantic story that touches the heart, serves up delicious twists and turns, and shows the reader that there’s no such thing as “coincidence.” Author D.D. Marx regards this book as her “love letter to friendship,” written in memory of her best friend, Dan.

 

My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Beyond Believing is a must read if you enjoy chick lit. It follows Olivia and her close friends from high school through young adulthood. At the same time, across the ocean, it follows Finn and his close friends, and the love of his life. They both have amazing friendships and suffer major losses. Then fate steps in.

The writing of D.D. Marx is easy to follow and this was a quick read. So much happens in this book that it felt like I flew through the pages.

The characters are interesting and likable and I was a little jealous of their friendships throughout the years. Olivia said that she was addicted to friendship but I don’t think it was as much of an addiction as being lucky to have such good friends through the years.

If you like chick lit, I definitely recommend Beyond Believing.

 

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D.D. MarxD. D. Marx is a contemporary romantic fiction writer and blogger, as well as a lover of all things social. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton, as well as the Second City program in Chicago, where she currently resides. A proud aunt and self-described hopeless romantic, Marx has always has a knack for humorous and engaging storytelling. Her pen name is a dedication to her beloved friend Dan, who continues to guide and inspire her in her daily life.

 

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Book Review: My Favorite Second Chance by Rue

10 Mar

Favorite Second Chance_Front_ebooklgTitle: My Favorite Second Chance

Author: Rue

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Publication Date: March 10, 2015

Summary

Have you ever wished for a second chance?

The Hutchinson sisters are out of the frying pan and into the fire—just like their mother always threatened!
Gwenn is floating in the dreamy, fragile glow of her new relationship with wealthy artist, Daniel Gregory, when a blast from her past makes a triumphant return. Sure he ran out on her over a decade ago, but can she turn her back on a war hero?
Rachel is on the brink of having everything she ever dreamed of, but that’s not how things work out for Hutchinson girls. Her rock-star girlfriend is leaving for a lengthy tour and something is afoot at the bakery. The righteous hand of her mother, Shirley, can orchestrate tribulations from halfway across town.
The sisters think they can run away from their troubles on a quick trip to the heart of Mexico, when an unexpected phone call shatters that illusion.
Filled with intriguing characters, plenty of steamy romance and lovely plots twists, MY FAVORITE SECOND CHANCE will have you flushed with anticipation, blinking back tears, laughing out loud and cheering for your favorite characters.

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

 My Favorite Second Chance is women’s fiction and is the second book in the Lake Effect Series. I read the first book and was looking forward to reading this one.

The main characters in this series are sisters Rachel and Gwenn. They both have a lot of baggage because of their dysfunctional parents but are supportive of each other. Gwenn has been in several bad relationships and now that she’s in one that she’s content in, her first love, Steven, is back. Suddenly, everything has changed. Rachel is madly in love with her girlfriend, Annie, but they have some major trust issues.

There is so much going on in Gwenn and Rachel’s lives that I wondered what could happen next. They made me laugh and made me cry. It’s a fast read and I was disappointed when it ended. I’m ready for the next book in the series!

About the Author

Rue_2013BW(2)Rue graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, with a degree in Journalism. Her intimate knowledge of the Midwestern United States, the inordinate amount of time she spent in its churches’ pews and her unique parentage make her an expert on life after religion. Having moved 17 times by the time she graduated from high school Rue has seen more than her share of the Great Plains. She never stayed in one place long enough to make lasting human friends. Her best friends were all characters from her beloved books; and the love of reading led to a lifelong passion for writing.

Book Review & Giveaway: Climax by Christina George

3 Feb

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

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

And that’s when everything falls apart.

Everything is perfect…until it’s not.

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

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

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

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

My Review:

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

I read the first 2 books in The Publicist Series, The Publicist and Shelf Life, and was looking forward to reading book #3 because everything was pretty much resolved in book #2, so I was curious to see what happens.

When I started reading Climax, there were indications on how it was going to ultimately end. I was pretty resistant to the idea of that ending, but after reading the book, I was happy with the ending. This is the ultimate chick lit novel, full of drama and relationships. It made me laugh, made me cry, made me cringe, and made me want to shake some sense into the characters on occasion.

I was partially wrong in my review of the second book. I’d said that the characters had learned a lot about themselves. They did learn about themselves but they had so much further to go. Mac, Kate, Nick, and Vivienne all did a lot of soul searching and learned a lot about themselves and those around them. 

I like Christina George’s writing style. There a lot of information of how publishing works, but it’s not so much information to make the story boring. I was so jealous when Kate went to Book Expo of America, the biggest publishing event each year. It is an actual event and it was described perfectly. As a bookseller, I was able to go one year and it was interesting, exciting, and overwhelming…but also very expensive (not the Expo itself but travel and the hotel). I wish I could afford to go every year because there’s so much information and so many authors and publishers there.

I definitely recommend Climax for anyone who enjoys chick lit. It does stand alone but it’d be even better if you read The Publicist and Shelf Life first.

 

 

About the Author

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

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Book Review & Giveaway: Shelf Life by Christina George

12 Jan

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It’s an industry of out-of-control egos, unrealistic expectations, and unfulfilled promises.

This is publishing and it’s Kate’s world, but maybe not for long.

When one of Kate Mitchell’s star authors is carted away in handcuffs, it’s only the beginning of her troubles. As her world crumbles around her, Kate desperately looks for anyone to hold onto but finds that happy endings are truly works of fiction. With the shelf life of her career and her love affair quickly expiring, Kate sets off on a new adventure…

Starting over in California is easy but Kate soon learns that leaving her old life behind isn’t. Nick Lavigne is eager to help her forget but two things still own her heart, the dream of discovering the next great American novel, and MacDermott Ellis.

As Kate tries to rebuild her life she finds a surprising gift that reboots her career in a new and unexpected direction. Suddenly her name becomes synonymous with one of the biggest bestsellers publishing has seen in ages and she’s welcomed back with open arms.

But at the height of her success the ghosts of her past come back to remind her of the world she’d been trying to forget and the man who never let go of her heart.

Behind the book, there’s always more to the story. Welcome to Publishing, the ego has landed.

My Review:

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Shelf Life is the second book in the Publicist series. I read (actually listened to) the first book, The Publicist, and was looking forward to reading book #2 because several things weren’t resolved in the first book.

I like Christina George’s writing style. There’s also information of how publishing works (or doesn’t work), but it’s not so much information to make the story boring.

The characters are well developed and Kate and Mac both learn a lot about themselves as well as those they care about.

Shelf Life is great chick lit. It’s full of drama, love, and heartache. It made me laugh and made me cry. What more can you ask for? I really liked the ending and I can’t wait to see what happens in the third book in the series, Climax.

 

About the Author

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

Connect with Christina: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~ Goodreads

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Book Review: It’s Not My Favorite by Rue

13 Aug

22174034Title: It’s Not My Favorite (The Lake Effect Series #1)

Author: Rue

Genre: Chick Lit

Publisher: Sittin’ On A Goldmine Publications LLC

Pages: 312 pages

Date Published: April 21, 2014

 

 

Description:

The Hutchinson sisters grew up under the piercing, pious stare of a preacher’s wife. Plagued by her ever-disappointed refrain, “Well, it’s not my favorite.” Their search to find their own way in the world has not been a screaming success. Gwenn is a good girl, a responsible girl… a miserable girl. Her steady diet of vivid fantasies is the only part of her life she enjoys. She daydreams of new parents, a more exciting job and an actual love life. She struggles to run a business as “The Organizer,” while she stacks relationship carcasses in the closet of her own completely unorganized life. Her only real friend is her younger sister, Rachel. Rachel is outgoing, risque and happily gay. The only people who don’t know this little secret are her judgmental parents, Pastor Ed and Shirley. Rachel struggles mightily to dodge her mother’s constant attempts to set her up with “nice Christian boys”; while holding down a job at the bakery and keeping up with her rock-star girlfriend! Gwenn uncovers a photo that brings her imaginary world careening into reality. She’s forced to ask herself if wealthy artist, Daniel Gregory is the answer she’s been seeking or a grand delusion. Break-ups, meltdowns, family secrets, wild nights and finally a journey of self-discovery to exotic New Zealand keep Gwenn and Rachel stumbling toward independence. So grab your parka and join the Hutchinson girls, as they experience the Lake Effect in Duluth, Minnesota!

Review:

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

It’s Not My Favorite is women’s fiction and a nice break from all of the fantasy and horror I’ve been reading lately. It’s a quick read that will make you laugh and make you cry.

The characters are believable and Rachel and Gwenn are actually in better shape emotionally than many people would be after being raised by their judgmental parents. They have a great relationship that many sisters would envy. The thing I liked most was that Gwenn and Daniel Gregory each have a lot of issues but, for the most part, they act like adults. That’s not real common in this genre.

I recommend It’s Not My Favorite to anyone who enjoys chick lit.

 

About the Author:

8-12-2014 9-30-23 PMRue graduated from Pepperdine University in Southern California with a degree in Journalism. Her intimate knowledge of the Midwestern United States, the inordinate amount of time she spent in its churches’ pews and her unique parentage make her an expert on life after religion. Having moved 17 times by the time she graduated from high school Rue has seen more than her share of the Great Plains. She never stayed in one place long enough to make human friends. Her best friends were all characters from her beloved books; and the love of reading led to a lifelong passion for writing.

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