Friday, December 30, 2016

Get Your Sh*t Together - Pub Week Review & Giveaway

With the New Year comes resolutions.  Shouldn’t one be to live the best life you possibly can?  Get Your Sh*t Together will help you do that.  With useful information, delivered in a no nonsense, honest and humorous way, this book will help you simplify your life will becoming the best you you can be.  We all need a good mental enema at times and this book will help you achieve that.

The no-f*cks-given, no-holds-barred guide to living your best life

Ever find yourself stuck at the office-or even just glued to the couch-when you really want to get out (for once), get to the gym (at last), and get started on that "someday" project you're always putting off?

You need to Get Your Sh*t Together.

In The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, "anti-guru" Sarah Knight introduced readers to the joys of mental decluttering. This book takes you one step further-organizing the f*cks you want and need to give, and cutting through the bullsh*t cycle of self-sabotage to get happy and stay that way. You'll discover:

·         The Power of Negative Thinking
·         Three simple tools for getting your sh*t together
·         How to spend less and save more
·         Ways to manage anxiety, avoid avoidance, and conquer your fear of failure
·         And tons of other awesome sh*t!

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I'm a freelance editor and writer based in Brooklyn and the Dominican Republic. I graduated with honors from Harvard University ('00) and spent fifteen years working in New York City's top publishing houses.

In 2015, I made the exciting/terrifying decision to leave behind a successful career as an acquiring editor and go out on my own. I wanted to be free to put one hundred percent of my time, energy, and focus into working with writers—and spend less of it in meetings, running profit & loss statements, and eating overpriced chopped salads at my desk when instead I could be happily working from home or abroad.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Magdalen Girls - Pub Week Promo & Giveaway

Dublin, 1962. Within the gated grounds of the convent of The Sisters of the Holy Redemption lies one of the city’s Magdalen Laundries. Once places of refuge, the laundries have evolved into grim workhouses. Some inmates are “fallen” women—unwed mothers, prostitutes, or petty criminals. Most are ordinary girls whose only sin lies in being too pretty, too independent, or tempting the wrong man. Among them is sixteen-year-old Teagan Tiernan, sent by her family when her beauty provokes a lustful revelation from a young priest.
 
Teagan soon befriends Nora Craven, a new arrival who thought nothing could be worse than living in a squalid tenement flat. Stripped of their freedom and dignity, the girls are given new names and denied contact with the outside world. The Mother Superior, Sister Anne, who has secrets of her own, inflicts cruel, dehumanizing punishments—but always in the name of love. Finally, Nora and Teagan find an ally in the reclusive Lea, who helps them endure—and plot an escape. But as they will discover, the outside world has dangers too, especially for young women with soiled reputations.
 
Told with candor, compassion, and vivid historical detail, The Magdalen Girls is a masterfully written novel of life within the era’s notorious institutions—and an inspiring story of friendship, hope, and unyielding courage.

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V.S. Alexander is an ardent student of history with a strong interest in music and the visual arts. Some of V.S.’s writing influences include Shirley Jackson, Oscar Wilde, Daphne du Maurier, or any work by the exquisite Brontë sisters. V.S. lives in Florida and is at work on a second historical novel for Kensington.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Marriage Lie - Review #FRC2016

Will and Iris seem to have the cookie cutter life.  Living in a beautiful house in Atlanta, working in their chosen fields and trying for a baby; life for them is great.  But life as they know it comes to a crashing halt when Will’s plane goes down.  Iris was stunned to find that the flight he was on was not the one to Orlando as he told her, but instead heading to Seattle.

As Iris deals with the loss of her husband, she’s trying to put the pieces together to try to come up with a reason for his deceit.  She hopes a trip to Seattle with her brother will help her find answers.  But, while there, she’s greeted with more questions than answers.  What she does find is that Will had a hidden past full of secrets that will leave her wondering if anything in her marriage was real.

The Marriage Lie is a thrilling read full of complex characters that will have you wondering what is going to happen next.
                       
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Kimberly Belle worked in marketing and nonprofit fundraising before turning to writing fiction. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, Kimberly lived for over a decade in the Netherlands and currently divides her time between Atlanta and Amsterdam. She is the author of three novels: The Last Breath, The Ones We Trust, and The Marriage Lie.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Bought to Carry His Heir - Review

Review by Marlene Engel
Having lost their parents four years ago, sisters Georgia and Savannah are all each other have.  Being the oldest, Georgia has taken on full financial and emotional responsibility for her younger sister.  Including putting her through college while attending medical school herself.  No matter the financial burden, Georgia is determined to do everything to keep their heads above water.  When she’s asked to be the surrogate for a Greek tycoon, the money’s too good to pass up.  What she didn’t expect was to have to bend to his every demand. 

Nikos is the last living heir to the Panos empire.  Isolated and alone since he was left disfigured, he’s hoping that a son will help ease the guilt he has felt for the past five years and allow him to move on with his life.  When choosing the appropriate woman to carry the next heir to the Panos legacy, he was pleasantly surprised when he found that one greatly resembled his late wife.  But when they meet for the first time, he starts to wonder if being around a woman who looks so much like Elsa was a good idea.

While their initial interaction was laced with tension, on a remote island in Greece as the backdrop for much of this story, it will be impossible to deny the feelings that both are quickly developing.

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Born in Visalia, California, Jane’s a small town girl at heart. She loves Central California's golden foothills, oak trees, and the miles of farmland. In her mind, there's nothing sweeter in the world than the heady fragrance of orange blossoms on a sultry summer night.

Jane holds an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and makes her home in sunny San Clemente, CA with her surfer husband three sons, and two dogs.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Say Goodbye For Now - Pub Day Giveaway

On an isolated Texas ranch, Dr. Lucy cares for abandoned animals. The solitude allows her to avoid the people and places that remind her of the past. Not that any of the townsfolk care. In 1959, no one is interested in a woman doctor. Nor are they welcoming Calvin and Justin Bell, a newly arrived African American father and son.
When Pete Solomon, a neglected twelve-year-old boy, and Justin bring a wounded wolf-dog hybrid to Dr. Lucy, the outcasts soon find refuge in one another. Lucy never thought she’d make connections again, never mind fall in love. Pete never imagined he’d find friends as loyal as Justin and the dog. But these four people aren’t allowed to be friends, much less a family, when the whole town turns violently against them.
With heavy hearts, Dr. Lucy and Pete say goodbye to Calvin and Justin. But through the years they keep hope alive…waiting for the world to catch up with them.

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Catherine Ryan Hyde is an American novelist and short story writer, with more recent forays and notable success in transitioning from traditional publication towards the world of eBook publication. Her novels have enjoyed bestseller status in both the U.S. and U.K., and her short stories have won many awards and honors.

Ryan-Hyde's literary works are generally optimistic explorations of ordinary people, characters who are troubled or down-on-their-luck or recovering from past difficulties or abuse. Many feature journeys that parallel some of Catherine's own travels, life in New York City, small towns, and 'cross country' travels and explore settings often in those areas and the American West and Southwest. Ryan-Hyde's Young writings and activities deal issues such as alcoholism, (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, TransGender) concerns, social service difficulties, etc. Catherine is also an avid hiker, kayaker, photographer, and is well known for being a very active blogger and interview-accessible author.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Fifty Ways To Make A Family - Release Day Giveaway

Eve Wolcott is back!

Finally free of her cheating husband and conniving monster-in-law, Eve is carving out a life of her own.  A new career, a hunky boyfriend, two teenaged sons, and a wildly energetic puppy don’t leave much time for looking back.  

Yet it’s far from smooth sailing ahead.

Tamara is facing a health crisis. Nate and Ian have adopted double trouble. And Eve is learning that even new romance can be fraught with difficulties.

Add one death, two unplanned pregnancies, a preppy alcoholic, fast food royalty, and one hell of a bequest into the mix, and you’ve got Fifty Ways to Make a Family.

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“K.C. Wilder is a master storyteller who creates real-to-life characters you can root for. Don't pick up this book unless you have the time to devour the whole thing, because you won't want to put it down!”

- Brea Brown, author of the Underdog Series


"Her fans have been clamoring for a sequel to Wilder's bestselling debut novel, Fifty Ways to Leave your Husband, and here they have everything they wished for. Wilder tells a story with depth, color, and heart - lots of heart. Her characters come to life with deftly-crafted prose. Unputdownable!"

 - Martha Reynolds, author of Chocolate for Breakfast and Bits of Broken Glass

About the author:
K.C. Wilder is the author of the bestselling novel Fifty Ways to Leave Your Husband, the Heather Hollow series of YA paranormal fiction, and the novella Seattle Postmark. Her short fiction appears in the compilations WrecksA Kind of Mad Courage, and Merry Chick Lit. She is a contributor to Elephant Journal and The Huffington Post, and she blogs weekly about women, adventure and creativity at Girl on a Wire.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Wrong Brother, Right Match - Promo & Giveaway


Wrong Brother, Right Match
Anyone But You #3
By: Jennifer Shirk
Releasing December 5, 2016
Entangled Bliss

Blurb
Matchmaking guru Kennedy Pepperdine’s life is perfect. Perfect job. Perfect friends. Perfect boyfriend. Except...when she gets trapped in an elevator with a handsome stranger, she accidentally confesses a secret: maybe her perfect boyfriend, Justin, isn’t so perfect for her after all. But a matchmaker should be able to successfully match herself, right? Thankfully, she’ll never see the handsome stranger again. Until she heads home with Justin for the holidays and learns that the sexy stranger is none other than Justin’s older brother, Matt.
Matt Ellis is trying to be on his best behavior for his mother—it is Christmas, after all. But when he recognizes the beautiful woman from the elevator—the one he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about for months—his best behavior is being held by a thread. Matt’s always sacrificed for his family, and nothing is more important than their happiness, but the more time he spends around Kennedy, the more he wonders if her supposed "right match" might just be the wrong brother.

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Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.

She writes sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Samhain Publishing, Avalon Books/Montlake Romance and now Entangled Publishing. She won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC's Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her first book, THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME. Recently, her novel SUNNY DAYS FOR SAM won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance.

Lately she's been on a serious exercise kick. But don't hold that against her.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Size Matters - Booksparks #FRC2016

John Frederick is a man of considerable substance, in every sense of the word. Rich, intelligent, reclusive, and very large, John Frederick lives to eat. His everyday needs are tended to by Mrs. Floyd, his house manager, and by a never-ending parade of personal chefs. 

Enter Lexie Alexander, the latest applicant for that once-again vacant position. A young woman of magical sensibilities, fresh out of culinary school and still recovering from a recent personal tragedy, Lexie lives to cook. As time passes, a love of food, musical comedy, and tea begins to weave a connection between John Frederick and his new chef―but then a major medical crisis completely turns life at Frederick House upside down, threatening the bond John Frederick and Lexie have forged.

Size Matters is the story of how people interact with each other and with the world, and what happens when the structure of a person’s life, their self-image, and all their familiar coping mechanisms are shattered.

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Cathryn Novak has had a love affair with words that began as soon as she could read. After graduating with a degree in Communications and Public Policy from U.C. Berkeley, Cathryn did a stint in advertising before devoting the rest of her professional career to public service. During that period she wore many hats including speech writer, policy analyst, and investigative report writer. Her monograph on the Los Angeles Police Commission, The Years of Controversy, was published by the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C. Now retired, Cathryn has returned to her first love, the world of fiction. Size Matters is her first novel.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Survivor’s Guide to Holiday Madness Tour & Giveaway


Change Maker is Rebecca Austill-Clausen’s story of her discovery that she could communicate with her brother after he died. Following this realization, a world she never imagined opened up to her—even as she doubted her sanity and feared she would lose the respect of her colleagues, as well as the love and support of her family. Austill-Clausen struggled with how her spiritual awakening and eventual spiritual transformation could mesh with the practical everyday world—the one where she had a rapidly growing rehabilitation business to run, and where she was known as a knowledgeable, science-based expert in the field of occupational therapy. 

Each chapter of Change Maker explores spiritual beliefs and understanding, includes an original black-and-white illustration by Micki McAllister, and ends with an “Illumination”—guidance, suggestions, encouragement, and inspiration for readers who wish to pursue their own spiritual journey. The end result is a book that blends the best of memoir, self-help, new-age philosophy, and inspiration.

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In a society that deeply values productivity, speed, and external rewards, we often find ourselves with less of what we really long for: space, clarity, connection with others, and a sense of well-being. Our attempts to improve our lives and bottom lines by adding more to our calendars, expanding our to-do lists, and constantly being plugged in to technology is backfiring. Instead of getting more done, our minds are spinning, leaving us stressed, disconnected, and unable to focus. 

Drop In challenges our assumptions about the effectiveness of our busy lives and offers a compelling alternative approach to living and leading by inviting people to “drop in” to the present moment. Deepening our awareness of the present moment, asserts Sara Harvey Yao, is the most efficient and sustainable way to navigate the complexities of work and life and to access our clarity, connection, and courage so we can lead your life more powerfully. Full of practical tools, Drop In will help busy professionals get out of the spin cycle of their minds—and tune in to their already-existing wisdom and clarity that resides within all of us.

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While Jennifer Monahan has always felt connected to the spirit world, she didn’t fully realize how it had been orchestrating her life until a spur-of-the-moment trip to Yucatan, Mexico and a chance meeting with a Mayan shaman changed her life forever. 

This is the true story of Monahan’s journey to finding and living her life purpose as a shaman. Filled with wisdom from her spirit guides and teachers that can benefit others looking for their life purpose, This Trip Will Change Your Life: Shaman's Story of Spirit Evolution shows how finding her true path made all the synchronistic “threads” in Monahan’s life come together into a beautifully woven tapestry and life purpose that she could have never imagined on her own.

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Baggage! We all carry it with us through life.

It comes in a wide variety of styles, shapes, and colors—more than enough to accommodate the stuff that we accumulate through life. And no matter how we dress it up, it’s frustrating, inconvenient, and slows us down. In fact, it’s downright disruptive. 

This book is about offloading emotional baggage—something that’s especially important when we realize that we don’t just pack for one; we pack for seven. Each of the seven selves—self-preservation, self-gratification, self-definition, self-acceptance, self-expression, self-reflection, and self-knowledge—has characteristics, wellness types, and shadows. Each plays a vital role in harmony, overall health, and well-being.

Chock full of real-life emotional examples, as well as “keys” at the end of each chapter offering actionable tips, techniques, and exercises designed to help you unlock baggage, examine it, and offload it permanently, Note to Self will help you discover a lighter, joy-filled you!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

One Snowy Night - Promo & Giveaway


One Snowy Night
Heartbreaker Bay #2.5
By: Jill Shalvis
Releasing November 8, 2016
Avon Impulse

Blurb

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Heartbreaker Bay with a fun and festive holiday novella!

It’s Christmas Eve and Rory Andrews is desperate to get home to the family she hasn’t seen in years. Problem is, her only ride to Lake Tahoe comes in the form of the annoyingly handsome Max Stranton, and his big, goofy, lovable dog Carl.

Hours stuck in a truck with the dead sexy Max sounds like a fate worse than death (not), but Rory’s out of options. She’s had a crush on Max since high school and she knows he’s attracted to her, too. But they have history… and Max is the only one who knows why it went south.

They’ve done a good job of ignoring their chemistry so far, but a long road trip in a massive blizzard might be just what they need to face their past… and one steamy, snowy night is all it takes to bring Max and Rory together at last.

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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras with her family and far too many assorted quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental.

Look for Jill's latest, SWEET LITTLE LIES on shelves and e-readers now, and get all her bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold.

Visit Jill's website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

London Belongs to Me - Review #FRC2016

Aspiring to be a playwriter, shortly after graduating Alex heads to London.  She’s always been fascinated by that part of the world and just knows that it’s the perfect place to start a new life.  After her boyfriend’s deception, with enough money to hold her over for a year, Alex packs up and head across the pond to stay with a friend and focus on her writing.  But the second she steps foot off the plane chaos ensues.  It takes no time at all for Alex to realize that this move is going to be a bit more difficult than she thought. 

You can’t help but fall in love with Alex.  She is such a kindhearted person, even naïve at times.  She can be so over giving of herself that she is an easy target of being taken advantage of.  But her trip to London is a good one filled with self-discovery and following one’s dreams.

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Jacquelyn Middleton is an award-winning freelance writer with articles published by several of the most popular magazines, newspapers, and websites in North America including Canadian Living, Best Health, National Geographic Travel, the Toronto Star, Reader's Digest, Chatelaine, Today's Parent, and Flare. She previously worked in television broadcasting, and lives in Toronto. When she's not writing, you can find her hanging out in London, waiting in a comic con line with her husband, or chasing after her bossy Schipperke. LONDON BELONGS TO ME is her first novel.

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