Friday, April 29, 2016

Sweet Breath of Memory - Review & Giveaway

Review by Marlene Engel
Two years after Cate’s husband is killed in Iraq, she needs to be in an area that won’t serve as a constant reminder of what she lost.  She chooses to move to Amberley, Massachusetts in the hope of making a new life for herself.  What she didn’t expect was to find a close-knit group of ladies who are all so different, but share the sacredness of friendship.  And, after moving into a store-top apartment, she discovers journal entries chronicling the life of Holocaust survivor Miriam.  Through these entries, both women’s lives seem to parallel each other.  Though living in different times, they share similar experiences.  And, it’s through these pages, and the help of her friends, that Cate starts to heal. 

With tragic, yet powerful, events the authors transports us in time and around the world.  We are gifted with a cast of amazing characters and a story that will have us anxious to share it with others. 

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About the Author:
A native of Bergen County, New Jersey, Ariella now lives in New England but her dream self resides in County Mayo, Ireland. The daughter of a school teacher/librarian, she doesn't remember learning to read, only the frustration when her older siblings could and she couldn't.

Ariella graduated with honors from Barnard College, Columbia University, and attended the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as a Visiting Scholar. Her three years in that city were magical. She holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School where she served as Associate Editor of both The Journal of International Law and Comparative Studies in Society and History. 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Best of My Love - Pub Day Review and Giveaway

Review by Marlene Engel
Twenty books into the Fools Gold series and the stories just keep getting better and better!  Mallery brings us back to the small town that we’ve fallen in love with.  But this story is a bit different from the previous ones.  The focus is more on friendship than relationship.  We are given an honest view of both the male and female perspectives as each delve into gender specific events.  In learning about activities that are geared more to the opposite sex, they not only get a better understanding of that gender, but of each other as well.

I enjoyed having characters from previous books make appearances.  The author seamlessly incorporates them into the story, while still allowing the main hero and heroine to shine.  How she’s able to do this, and so well, twenty books in is a testament to her impeccable writing skills!  But it also had me thinking … with all of the catching up she did with the previous characters, will this be the last book in the series?  And should we expect a new series from her in the near future?

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About the Author:
Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books about the relationships that define women's lives--romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan's books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.

Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a tattletale toy poodle. Her heart for animals has led Susan to become an active supporter of the Seattle Humane Society. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they're an integral component to a happy life. 

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Dear Thing - Promo & Giveaway

After years of watching her best friends Ben and Claire try for a baby, Romily has offered to give them the one thing that they want most.
Romily expects it will be easy to be a surrogate. She's already a single mother, and she has no desire for any more children. But Romily isn't prepared for the overwhelming feelings that have taken hold of her and which threaten to ruin her friendship with Ben and Claire-and even destroy their marriage.
Now there are three friends, two mothers and only one baby, and an impossible decision to make...
Thought-provoking, heart-rending but ultimately uplifting, Julie Cohen's Dear Thing is a book you won't be able to put down, until you pass it on to your best friends.

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About the Author:
Julie Cohen grew up in Maine and studied English at Brown University and Cambridge University. She then moved to England permanently, where she taught before becoming a writer. Her books have won or been shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Award, the National Readers' Choice Award, the HOLT Medallion, and more. She now writes full time and teaches creative writing. She lives with her husband, son and dog in Berkshire, where she is teased daily about her American accent.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Where We Fall - Promo & Giveaway

By all accounts, Abby Holden has it all. She’s the mother of a beautiful teenager and the wife of a beloved high school football coach. And all it took to achieve her charmed life was her greatest act of betrayal.
Coach Ryan can coax his team to victory, but he can’t seem to make his wife, Abby, happy. Her struggles with depression have marred their marriage and taken a toll on their daughter, Juliana. Although this isn’t the life he’s dreamed of, he’s determined to heal the rifts in his family.
Chasing waterfalls and documenting their beauty has led photographer Lauren Sheppard all around the world. Now it has brought her back home to the mountains of North Carolina—back to the scene of her devastating heartbreak.
For the first time in seventeen years, a trio of once-inseparable friends find themselves confronting past loves, hurts, and the rapid rush of a current that still pulls them together…

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About the Author:
I was born and raised in Miami, Florida amongst the chaos of three siblings: Randi, Robert, and Ron.  I am the baby "R"of the brood and like it that way.  After graduating from the University of Maryland in 1991, I moved to Los Angeles, California.  I launched my career at the LA Weekly, where my advertising and promotion responsibilities included hosting film screenings at various studios around LA. After a colorful three years, I returned to Miami and became an Account Executive at the acclaimed Beber Silverstein & Partners.  In August 1993, I landed my dream job through an ad in The Miami Herald. Yes, it can happen.  For the next ten years, I managed the advertising, marketing, and promotion for every record label in the country at The Box Music Network.   Ensconced on South Beach, our offices were the hub for musicians and record executives worldwide.  Work consisted of meeting talented superstars and listening to great music.  Fun, right?

My husband and I were married in 1997 and the twins arrived soon thereafter. The Box moved to New York and I opted to stay in Miami. The boys were terrific nappers (don't hate me) and I sat down one afternoon and began to write. 110,000 words later became the raw, unedited version of What We Leave Behind. Sometime in between PTA meetings, carpool, flag football and basketball tournaments, writing freelance, cheering on the Dolphins and Heat, and volunteering at organizations near and dear to my heart, my second novel, The Mourning After took form. Both explore the human condition, heartfelt emotions, and conclude with a signature twist.  Where We Fall, my third novel (Lake Union Publishing), releases April 2016, ripe with more of the same. Book Four is making its way onto paper. Stay tuned for updates.

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Where We Fall by Rochelle B. Weinstein

Monday, April 18, 2016

Three Martini Lunch - Promo and Giveaway

From the author of the “thrilling” (The Christian Science Monitor) novel The Other Typistcomes an evocative, multilayered story of ambition, success, and secrecy in 1950s New York.
 
In 1958, Greenwich Village buzzes with beatniks, jazz clubs, and new ideas—the ideal spot for three ambitious young people to meet. Cliff Nelson, the son of a successful book editor, is convinced he’s the next Kerouac, if only his father would notice. Eden Katz dreams of being an editor but is shocked when she encounters roadblocks to that ambition. And Miles Tillman, a talented black writer from Harlem, seeks to learn the truth about his father’s past, finding love in the process. Though different from one another, all three share a common goal: to succeed in the competitive and uncompromising world of book publishing. As they reach for what they want, they come to understand what they must sacrifice, conceal, and betray to achieve their goals, learning they must live with the consequences of their choices. In Three-Martini Lunch, Suzanne Rindell has written both a page-turning morality tale and a captivating look at a stylish, demanding era—and a world steeped in tradition that’s poised for great upheaval.

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About the Author:
Suzanne Rindell is a doctoral student in American modernist literature at Rice University. Her first novel, THE OTHER TYPIST, debuted on May 7, 2013. It has been translated into 15 languages and optioned for film by Fox Searchlight Pictures. Her second novel, THREE-MARTINI LUNCH, is forthcoming from Putnam on April 5, 2016. She lives in New York City and is currently working on a third novel. 

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Friday, April 15, 2016

The Winemakers - Pub Week Promo & Giveaway


A young woman
A family secret
A devastating truth that could destroy the man she loves

Many years ago, the Rosetta family’s hard-won dreams of staking their claim in the vineyards of California came to fruition. Now high-spirited, passionate Caterina Rosetta, who has inherited both her mother’s talent for crafting the finest wines and also her indomitable will, wants nothing more than to win her mother’s approval and work at her side. But that can never happen, because Caterina is keeping a secret that could ruin her: a daughter of her own, fathered by the love of her life, who left her without explanation. Just as she feels she has nowhere to turn, Caterina discovers that she has inherited a vineyard in the Tuscan countryside in Italy, from a grandmother she’s never heard of, and she seizes the chance to start a new life for herself and her child.

But the past is not so easily outrun. In the country of her ancestors, Caterina meets the family of the father she never knew, and discovers that her mother is also hiding her own secret―a secret so devastating it threatens the future of everything her family has worked for. As an old murder comes to light, and Caterina uncovers a tragedy that may destroy the man she loves, she realizes her happiness will depend on revealing the truth of her mother’s buried past―if she has the strength to face it.

From author Jan Moran comes The Winemakers, a sweeping, romantic novel that will hold you in its grasp until the last delicious sip.
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About the Author:
Jan Moran is an author of historical novels for St. Martin’s Press (Scent of TriumphThe Winemakers). She also writes the Love, California contemporary series, which includes FlawlessBeauty MarkRunway, and other upcoming titles. She wrote Fabulous Fragrances I and II, which earned spots on the Rizzoli Bookstore bestseller list, and Vintage Perfumes. She is represented by Jenny Bent at The Bent Agency. Books are also translated into German, Portuguese, Turkish, Italian, and other languages.


She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and the University of Texas at Austin. As an entrepreneur and former CEO and board member, she speaks on a variety of topics, including topics in the fragrance and beauty industries, technology engagement at retail, entrepreneurship, the business of writing, women in business, and other topics.
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Let's Spread Love, Not Hate. Bullying In Any Form Is Never Okay! - Special Giveaway

I fought myself on whether or not I was going to write this post or just let the incident go.  In this day and age where bullying is a huge epidemic, I felt the need to use my platform at Book Mama Blog to address something.  I have always tried my best to be kind, not to judge people and respect others’ uniqueness.  For me, I don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs.  However, I do enjoy the art of tattoos and have chosen, for many years, to express myself with them.  Ten years ago I lost my daughter.  She was the love of my life, my little side-kick and the person who brought me so much joy.  She was always by my side, and when I lost her, I lost a piece of myself.  I have chosen to add tattoos in remembrance of her.  Recently, I finished up a piece on my back that I call Samantha’s Garden.  It’s a grouping of bright, colorful, vibrant flowers (which my daughter always loved feeling and smelling flowers, as she was blind and it was her way of enjoying the beauty that they are), a butterfly with a halo (ever since she passed butterflies, specifically Monarch butterflies, make me think of her), and a leukemia awareness ribbon (the horrible disease that took her life).  After having my tattoo finished I shared it on Facebook, where I share much of my life with my “friends.”  I got many likes and comments to the tattoo.  Not just from people who knew my daughter, but from people who respected my choice in memorializing her with them.  However, I got one comment that was not very nice, that I chose to delete.  It was from an author that I was friends with on FB.  We were not close friends by any means, but being a book blogger I have many author friends on FB.  She commented on my picture with … I don’t understand the popularity of permanently scarring your body.  As stated, I deleted it and chose to address this in a more private manner.  This is how the messages went until she chose
to unfriend me:  Me:  Although I appreciate your opinion about tattoos, I deleted your comment.  My daughter suffered a horrific death after being diagnosed with leukemia.  This is the way I choose to memorialize her.  I know not all people enjoy the art of tattoos, but it's my way of saying that my daughter will always have my back.  Her: I had people die horrible deaths too. I don't feel the need to scar myself in their honor.  Me: That's your right to have that opinion, but you should be ashamed of yourself for passing judgement on how I choose to memorialize my daughter.  At this last message she did me a favor by unfriending me.  It really hurt my spirit for a moment that someone would be so cruel and insensitive to how I choose to grieve.  I am a firm believer that you should never judge a book by its cover.  We are all unique, beautiful creatures.  As long as we are good people and don’t do things to hurt others, who are we to tell others what to do or how to live their lives?  Because of this person’s comments that really dug deep, I want to do something to spread love and happiness.  Something I try to do on a regular basis.  One winner will win a basket full of things that make me happy.  I’m not sure what the contents are yet, but I assure you that it will be things that will bring a smile to the winner’s face.  Comment below and share something positive.  It can be anything and you are entered.  If you choose to share more than one thing, put each in separate comments.  That way each can be considered an entry.  Giveaway will be international and will close at midnight on April 21.  Let’s be kind to one another, respect the things that make us all unique and open your minds and hearts to new things.  There is too much hate in this world.  We need to flood the world with more kindness!