Sunday, April 13, 2014

Blog Tour - On Grace by Susie Orman Schnall


Grace May is truly excited about turning 40 in a few months. And now that her boys are both in school and she has a stimulating new writing job, the next chapter in her life can finally begin. She can’t wait to rediscover the intelligent and interesting woman deeply buried under the layers of mother and wife. But when Grace loses her job and gets unexpected news from her husband and her best friend, life suddenly gets complicated. Grace stands to lose everything: her marriage, her best friend, and her sense of self. But by her 40th birthday party, Grace will realize who and what matter most. With laughter. With tears. With grace..

About Susie Orman Schnall

Originally from Los Angeles, Susie Orman Schnall graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Schnall has written for national and local publications about parenting and health. She lives in New York with her husband and their three young boys. ON GRACE is her debut novel.  

My review

4.5 Stars

I really enjoyed this story, not least because I'm also careening towards the big four-oh,  a stay at home mother with boys of similar age, and am constantly questioning my role in life and family.    Grace was a relatable character, with a lot of inner conversation and it was nice to see she wasn't perfect.    The people in Grace's life and those she meets were familiar as everyday people, although I did feel as though I only got a glimpse into many of them.  No one was over the top or unrealistic.   It was easy to understand many of the challenges and decisions she had to make.    I felt like I was getting a peek into a neighbour or friend's personal life, behind closed doors.

I would definitely recommend this novel and look forward to reading Susie's next.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

February or Forever - New Release by Juliet Madison. (Book Spotlight and Excerpt)

I recently read Juliet's 'romagic' debut "Fast Forward" and absolutely loved it so was very happy to offer a new release post for the second book in her Tarrin's Bay series, February or Forever.   I haven't started this series yet, but being a small town girl myself, I'm looking forward to it.   Read on for an excerpt and where to buy.

Genre: Contemporary coastal romance, women’s fiction.
Available worldwide from all ebook retailers 1st February.
Published by Escape Publishing.

In this heartwarming coastal romance, Escape bestselling author Juliet Madison asks, what if your favourite celebrity fell in love with you?
Yoga teacher and single mother, Chrissie Burns has a plan: move into the rundown beach house left to her by her deceased aunt, renovate it, sell it, and move on. The scene of a terrible accident years ago, the house needs to get out of Chrissie's hands as soon as possible.
But Tarrin's Bay, where the house stands, has more to offer than bad memories. The town is lovely, the people friendly, and even Chrissie's young son finds friends and begins coming out of his shell. Employed at Serendipity Retreat as a yoga instructor, Chrissie is shocked to be given the role of private teacher to Drew Williams, Australia’s top singer/songwriter for the month.
Relationships between instructors and clients are strictly forbidden, but Drew draws happiness out of Chrissie with his down-to-earth nature and sense of humour. Days of stretching and bending may bring Chrissie unexpected peace and strength, but she knows that this interlude must end, and there's no pose or position to aid her when Drew walks away and leaves her broken-hearted. 

A stronger breeze rose in the air and Chrissie shivered. ‘I should have brought a cardi.’
‘Me too. I mean, not a cardi, a male version of such an item, a...’
Chrissie raised her eyebrows. ‘Lost for words?’
‘I’ve gone blank! What’s that thing, you know, that covers your arms and keeps you warm?’
‘I’m not helping you out, I want to watch you struggle.’ She placed her hands on her hips in amusement.
‘Oh man, this jet lag must have frozen my brain.’ He twirled his finger in the air as though trying to summon the correct word. ‘Jacket! A jacket! Geez, it must be past my bedtime.’
Chrissie laughed.
Drew glanced at her arms as she rubbed them. ‘If I had a jacket, I’d do the gentlemanly thing and wrap it around you.’ His voice was softer now, more genuine.
‘Like they do in the movies, huh?’
He nodded.
‘Oh well, what a shame. I’ll survive.’ Chrissie held her arms close to her body and continued watching the fireworks, when a pair of arms slid around her from behind, superimposing themselves on top of hers and spreading warmth across her skin.
‘Will these do instead?’ Drew asked gently. ‘I’ll be a human jacket.’
A soft smile floated onto Chrissie’s lips. ‘Even better,’ she whispered. ‘I mean, body heat and all that.’
His arms covered hers, pushing more warmth into her skin and sending fireworks of her own off in her belly. The way he held her from behind was so natural, so effortless, so...perfect. They fit together, like a lock and a key, like a piece of timber slotting into the groove in another piece of timber, forming a strong supportive structure. They stood like that, gazing at the explosions that had nothing on the ones going off inside, until a smoky grey blackness hung in the sky.
The display might be over, but whatever was happening between them was not.    

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Cover Reveal - Damaged by Nina D'Angelo

Before Stephanie Carovella had nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, she was damaged.

Stephanie Carovella has been running from her past all her life. The survivor of a brutal attack, which left her best friend dead, she has carefully built a protective wall around herself, but she knows sooner or later her past is going to catch up with her. It’s why she doesn’t want to fall in love. It’s why she doesn’t want to let anyone get too close.

Dominic Delaney works hard and plays just as hard. He’s a love ‘em and leave ‘em guy who doesn’t believe in forever until Stephanie walks into Outlaws. She is wild, unpredictable and dangerous as hell, yet, he’s drawn to her. He needs to know the secrets behind her eyes. He can’t walk away.

A sexy, tattooed womanizer, Dominic Delaney’s everything Stephanie wants to avoid. She knows she should stay the hell away from him, but he makes her want to stop running. Sometimes, even the Damaged deserve to fall in love.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Birthday Celebrations! The Green Ticket by Samantha March turns 1! Book Spotlight, Author Interview and Giveaway

I'm very happy to have Samantha March on my blog today as celebration of the first birthday of her novel The Green Ticket.    Samantha is wonderful and lovely creator of the fabulous tour group Chick Lit Plus and does so much for authors, so I'm so pleased to have her star on my blog.

Author Interview

Tell me a little about your Works in Progress:

My work in progress is my third novel, which I plan to release in February 2014. It is currently finished, we’re just waiting on cover design!

For any new readers who would like to read your work, please tell me a little about your past books. 

I have published two novels – Destined to Fail and The Green Ticket. Both could fall under the “new-adult” category, as they feature characters in college.

Do you have a favourite writing snack?

I think chips are just my favourite snack in general!

What do you do for fun when you’re not writing?

My husband and I just got a new puppy, and we love her! And she keeps us quite busy...

What sort of books do you like to read?

I love chick lit, women’s fiction, and I’m always a sucker for mysteries – especially with a chick lit twist!

Do you have any advice for people wanting to write their own book?

Write every day. Even if it’s not a lot of words, you have to get them written.

What parts of the writing process do you love and hate the most?

Starting makes me nervous. I love the first read-through once everything has been written – though seeing all my red ink on the pages can make me hate it too ;)

Do you have a favourite Chick Lit author?

I have way too many. It’s really not even funny. 

Shoes or handbags, which is more your guilty pleasure?


Chick Lit as a genre has apparently died a few times, which we know isn’t true.  How do you see the future of Chick Lit?

It’s just going to keep getting bigger and bigger. I don’t think chick lit will ever die, because readers love to read it and writers love to write it.

Do you have a signature lip colour?

I’m all about Baby Lips from Maybelline, and I really like all their colors!

About the book

College junior Alex Abrams scores her dream job at the ripe age of twenty – manager to a successful salon and spa. Thrilled to finally have a real adult job, Alex enthusiastically jumps into the world of schedules, conference calls, and getting a massage when interviewing prospective employees. What she doesn’t expect are the very grown-up issues that comes with a demanding boss. Kevin Dohlman quickly becomes Alex’s worse nightmare – covering up his affairs, dealing with his enormous ego, and trying to protect her female staff from him becomes a full-time job in its own right. Alex has also befriended Kevin’s wife and co-owner, Dani, and is trying to keep Kevin’s secrets hidden from her. The situation only worsens when Kevin starts paying Alex off to make sure she keeps her insider knowledge to herself.
While struggling to keep her wits and stay happy with her new grown-up job, Alex is juggling college courses, a new love interest, and keeping up with her close group of girlfriends. When her roommate and best friend Lila gets offered an opportunity to move to Los Angeles and sign with an agent, Alex realizes her life truly is changing, and everyone around her – including herself –– is growing up. Knowing she is faced with some hard decisions ahead, Alex struggles with keeping her job at Blissful. But does she really want to throw away what she dreamed of as a career – or will the secret-keeping for Kevin become too much to handle? The Green Ticket is a story about morals versus money, and how one young woman navigates the shaky line between the two.

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About the Author

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 health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has two published novels – Destined to Fail and The Green Ticket. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers.

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