Wedding Dreams: 20 Delicious Nuptial Romances by 20 Authors! #romance #giveaway @XpressoTours




 

Wedding Dreams: 20 Delicious Nuptial Romances
Publication date: April 18th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance

 

**You are invited to the weddings of your dreams**

 

Twenty award-winning, USA Today and International best-selling authors have come together to bring you over 3,000 pages of love, lust, and lusciously sexy men.

 

From sweet second chance romances to bad boys, BBWs, and brides looking for revenge, this is a perfect read for anyone who enjoys Romance or Women’s Fiction. These pages are packed with cozy romances, thrilling international and holiday adventures, and sweet heart-melting stories. Our authors bring you everything from hot cowboys to rockstar romances, elegant weddings to nuptial disasters, and blushing brides to bold women, all in a delightful celebration of love.

 

You’re in for a wild, passionate ride on a breathtaking voyage to make your heart soar. This box set will leave you craving all things marital and wishing the honeymoon would never end.

 

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Edna and Luna by Gleah Powers @GPWriterArtist #fiction #womensfiction #giveaway


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Title—EDNA AND LUNA

Author —Gleah Powers

Genre—Fiction

Publisher—Vine Leaves Press

 

Book Blurb

Set in the American Southwest, Edna and Luna is the story of two women: a lonely, recently widowed eccentric and a much younger new age healer. Facing old age and a hysterectomy, Edna, at 70, reminisces and ruminates about her losses as she makes unsuccessful attempts to start a new life. She tries to befriend her hairdresser, her gardener and a man she meets at a senior dance who makes sexual advances in the swimming pool. Luna, at 35, ridiculed since childhood for her unorthodox gift of healing, has left a violent husband before moving to a local trailer park. Despite Edna’s initial suspicions that Luna is both out of her mind and after her money, their relationship becomes an odyssey filled with unpredictable depths and discoveries for both women.

 

 

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Excerpt—

Edna wheeled her cart over to the chicken cooler and after scrutinizing the size, weight, date and price, put a three pack of breasts in her cart. She made her way to lemons. She’d had a craving all week for the lemon cake she used to make for Hank on Sundays. As she sniffed one lemon after another testing for sweetness, an unkempt woman appeared beside her and began moving her hands through the air over the pink grapefruits. Her nails were dirty and the joints of her fingers were knobby. Edna had read that that came from too much knuckle cracking. The woman wore a big silver ring with a milky white stone held in place with star-shaped prongs. Edna had seen her in the market before but not this close. Suddenly she felt another twinge in her pelvis and dropped her bag of lemons. She tried the breathing exercise again, but this time it didn’t work. Edna put her hand over her belly and said to the cramp, “Knock it off.”

 

“Were you talking to me?” The tall wiry woman had stringy blonde hair that hung over the sides of her face and Edna could see her nipples through her flimsy top.

 

“No, I wasn’t.”

 

“Am I in your way? I was just checking to see which of these grapefruits wanted to go home with me.” The woman told Edna she’d just moved to town and was scouting the markets in Phoenix to see where she best resonated with the food.

“Are you okay? I noticed you were holding your stomach.”
“I’m fine.”  Edna snapped a plastic bag off the roll above her head.

 

“Are you sure you don’t need some help? I could at least pick out some lemons for you. I just need to touch your arm so I can feel your energy.”

 

“No, thank you.” Edna pulled her shoulders back.

 

“I love that you’re wearing a Christmas tree in the summertime. I do that. Leave my tree up all year long.”

 

“If you must know, it has nothing to do with Christmas. It just so happens December 25th is my birthday. This is a birthday pin.” Edna was tired of feeling obligated to speak and exchange smiles with strangers. Even when she was young, men she didn’t know would come right up to her on a street corner and say, “Smile, honey. It can’t be all that bad.” Now that she was older and a widow, she realized she could get away with things like bumping into people who were in her way or stepping on their feet and then pretending she’d lost her balance, which she decided to do with the barefooted woman now.

 

“Oh, I’m so sorry. Did I hurt you?”

 

“It’s okay.” The woman picked up her foot and began massaging her big toe. “I understand where you’re coming from.”

 

“What? It was an accident.” Edna spun her cart around and headed for the liquor aisle to get her usual half-gallon of Ancient Age. Before checking out, she picked up some frozen dinners and a Sara Lee Fudge cake.  Thank God two people came up behind her in line before the grapefruit woman got there.

 

 

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Author Biography—

Born in Chicago and raised and educated in the American Southwest, Gleah Powers has led a life by turns grounded and nomadic—a perfect preparation for discovering in herself the voices of Edna and Luna. In her early teens, she lived with her grandmother in Phoenix. At 18, she traveled with the production of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point. (Antonioni, suffering from insomnia, liked that Gleah was a worthy opponent at cards. She even taught him to play gin rummy.) Thereafter she studied art in Mexico City and at Cal Arts in Los Angeles; moved to New York where she worked as an actor, model, bartender and administrative assistant to a wealthy philanthropist; and became an explorer and teacher of alternative therapies. These adventures will be detailed in the memoir she is currently writing. Edna and Luna is her first novel. Visit her website at: www.gleahpowers.com

 

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Edna and Luna by @GPwriterartist Celebrates Women with Humor and Grace #bookreview


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Title: Edna and Luna

Author: Gleah Powers

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Metaphysical Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

Set in the American Southwest, ‘Edna & Luna’ is the story of two women: a lonely, recently widowed eccentric, and a much younger new age healer. Facing old age and a hysterectomy, Edna, at 70, reminisces and ruminates about her losses as she makes unsuccessful attempts to start a new life. She tries to befriend her hairdresser, her gardener, and a man she meets at a senior dance who makes sexual advances in the swimming pool. Luna, at 35, ridiculed since childhood for her unorthodox gift of healing, has left a violent husband before moving to a local trailer park. Despite Edna’s initial suspicions that Luna is both out of her mind and after her money, their relationship becomes an odyssey filled with unpredictable depths and discoveries for both women.

 

My Review:

Two women, Edna and Luna, forge an unlikely friendship and traverse through life’s ups and downs. Edna is dealing with life in the Southwest as a widow and it’s much more difficult than even her country club friends realize. Luna is a mid-thirties new age healer dealing with her own form of isolation. A chance meeting at the grocery store changes their lives forever.

 

Two strong, independent women are front and center in Edna and Luna, which delights me. No hair-pulling, no back-stabbing, just two women trying to figure out this crazy thing called life. Told in dual POV, each chapter unveils a snapshot of Edna’s or Luna’s life. From the mundane (grocery shopping for one) to the poignant (miscarriage), the reader befriends both women at the same time. The metaphysical sub-plot added a mystique to the story which gave it an almost ethereal backdrop.

 

Women’s Fiction is not just about dating and romance, it’s about women and journeying through life. Edna and Luna made me laugh, cry, nod my head in agreement and form a bond with the characters. Powers is truly gifted in sharing the female experience (pregnancy to miscarriage to menopause) with humor and grace.

 

A must read!

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in the hopes I’d review it.

 

Favorite Character: Edna. She’s a quirky character with definite beliefs and morals. Upon first meeting Luna, she thinks Luna’s a nutcase but as time goes on and the Universe keeps putting them together, Edna realizes Luna may just be the friend she’s always needed. Dealing with living as a widow is a challenge for Edna and I loved her shock when her handyman tries to kiss her. She’s one in a million and I wanted to reach into the book and hug her.

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

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Author Biography:

Born in Chicago and raised and educated in the American Southwest, Gleah Powers has led a life by turns grounded and nomadic-a perfect preparation for discovering in herself the voices of Edna and Luna. In her early teens, she lived with her grandmother in Phoenix. At 18, she traveled with the production of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point. (Antonioni, suffering from insomnia, liked that Gleah was a worthy opponent at cards. She even taught him to play gin rummy.) Thereafter she studied art in Mexico City and at Cal Arts in Los Angeles; moved to New York where she worked as an actor, model, bartender and administrative assistant to a wealthy philanthropist; and became an explorer and teacher of alternative therapies. These adventures will be detailed in the memoir she is currently writing. Edna and Luna is her first novel. Visit her website at: www.gleahpowers.com

 

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Fling! by @lilyionamac is Available in #Audio! #literaryfiction #womensfiction #giveaway


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Title:  Fling!

Author: Lily Iona MacKenzie

Genre: Literary/Women’s Fiction/Humor

Publisher: Pen-L Publishing

 

Book Blurb:  

Fling! features 57-year-old Feather and her 90-year-old mother Bubbles. They travel from Canada to Mexico, making stops in San Francisco and the Isle of Skye, seeking answers to family mysteries during their odyssey. What they find instead is a whole new view of life that they hadn’t considered before.

Lewis Buzbee, who teaches creative writing in the University of San Francisco’s MFA in writing program and has published several volumes of fiction and non-fiction, says, “Fling is both hilarious and touching, the madcap journey of an aging mother and her adult daughter from cold Protestant Canada into the hallucinogenic heart of Mexico’s magic, where the past literally comes to life.  Every page is a surprise, and ‘Bubbles’ is one of the most endearing mothers in recent fiction.  A scintillating read.”

 

Excerpt:

Waiting for Bubbles to answer the door, Feather dangles her straw tote bag from one shoulder. She’s wearing an ankle-length red peasant skirt with matching top and scuffed brown leather hiking boots. A yellow cotton triangle partly conceals her long dark auburn hair, now streaked with gray.

The door opens, and before Feather can speak, words rush out of Bubbles’ mouth: “Mother’s ashes, they’re in the dead letter office. Mexico City.” Feather sighs and steps inside, sets down her bag, and gives her mum a tentative hug. The corset she’s wearing prevents Feather from feeling her generous curves, and she can smell urine. The scent is mixed with cheap Evening in Paris perfume. As usual, she feels overwhelmed by this woman who gave birth to her.

Bubbles pulls away and pats her hair. “I’m telling you, we need to make plane reservations right away.”

“Cool it, Mum. You’ll have a heart attack!”

Pure white hair a frizzed halo, scalp pink as a baby’s, she checks out Feather from head to foot and shakes her head. “I thought you’d be dressed up for my party.”

“I am dressed up!” Feather should be used to her mother’s scrutiny by now and her disapproval of anything that isn’t the latest in fashion. But she isn’t. It still stings when she doesn’t accept her as she is, a leftover hippie from the ’60s.

Bubbles swerves away from Feather and lurches toward the coffee table, snatching a creased, brown manila envelope from among the clutter there. “I’m serious! Mother’s ashes—” She hands her the letter. “Look: it says Mexico City. But I can’t make out these words: Oficina de cartas perdidas. What do they mean?”

“I think it’s the office of lost packages.”

Feather flops onto the love seat, sending up a cloud of dust, and reads the letter aloud: “Dear Madam: There big box dead letter office address you name. Come get box. Mrs. Heather MacDonald ashes. Nun found box and note for family. Have box many years. No send ashes by mail for health reasons. When you pick up?”

“Granny’s ashes? She popped off years ago.”

Bubbles paces, the bunny ears on her slippers flopping back and forth, almost tripping her. “You’ve got to take me to Mexico City. It’ll be like old times. Traveling together.”

Feather throws up her hands. “Mexico City? No way. They kill tourists there. Anyway, I already have plans for the summer. I’m doing research in Puerto Vallarta and San Miguel de Allende on matriarchal cultures.” She’s been interested in spending more time in Mexico since doing her earth goddess series of sculptures. The matriarchy still lives there, hidden under the layers of modern life. There’s something very primitive hovering in that country.

Bubbles scowls. “I can’t just leave her in a foreign country. I could get killed here, too. Gangs are attacking old people all the time. Never mind, I’ll get Buddy to take me.”

“Buddy! Jesus, Mum, he can’t handle a trip like that.”

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Author Biography:

 A Canadian by birth, a high school dropout, and a mother at 17, in my early years, I supported myself as a stock girl in the Hudson’s Bay Company, as a long distance operator for the former Alberta Government Telephones, and as a secretary (Bechtel Corp sponsored me into the States). I also was a cocktail waitress at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, briefly broke into the male-dominated world of the docks as a longshoreman (I was the first woman to work on the SF docks and almost got my legs broken), founded and managed a homeless shelter in Marin County, co-created THE STORY SHOPPE, a weekly radio program for children that aired on KTIM in Marin County, CA, and eventually earned two Master’s degrees (one in Creative writing and one in the Humanities). I have published reviews, interviews, short fiction, poetry, travel pieces, essays, and memoir in over 150 American and Canadian venues. Bone Songs, another novel, will be published in 2017. Freefall: A Divine Comedy will be released in 2018. My poetry collection All This was published in 2011. I also taught writing at the University of San Francisco for over 30 years, and I blog at https://lilyionamackenzie.wordpress.com .

 

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Single Chicas by Sandra C. Lopez is a Fresh Take on the Single Life #BookReview #WomensFiction


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Title: Single Chicas

Author: Sandra C. Lopez

Genre: Short Stories, Hispanic Fiction, Women’s Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

Perfection is a Barbie doll, and, unless you’re looking for a guy with a fake smile, a hard head, and no genitalia, then you’re better off NOT being perfect―Single Chicas

 

Single Chicas is a collection of stories about modern Latinas being in, out, and around the zany hurdles of relationships. One woman receives strange calls from a lonely soul, another seeks advice on how to love herself, and another wakes up in a parallel universe to a man she’s never met. These chicas will make painstaking effort to survive the complexities with humor and grace. Once again, López dazzles audiences with her brilliantly candid craft. Smart, witty, and funny, these stories will explore the true endurance of singlehood.

 

My Review:

There’s a brand new voice in Women’s Fiction and her name is Sandra Lopez. Single Chicas brings a new perspective to the trials and tribulations of being a single woman. A Hispanic group of women dealing with everything from being hit on by men in the grocery store to a crank caller to learning to love oneself to trying to please your family. These six short stories will make you laugh, cry, nod your head in agreement and so much more.

 

Sandra Lopez knows what she writes and it adds truth to the characters in these stories. She sprinkles humor throughout while bringing up serious topics like love, friendship, stalkers, self-esteem and what it means to straddle two cultures. I laughed at loud at the story when a chica attempts to diffuse an unwanted suitor trying to pick her up at the grocery store by pretending to be a lesbian, only to have it back-fire on her in a big way.

 

Both single and married women will enjoy these stories. As a married woman, I remembered fondly going through similar experiences as a single woman. Not to sound like a cliché but I could totally see this Hispanic Sex and the City group of women becoming a hit for television. A must read!

 

Favorite Quote:

“Guys really suck. I mean, are they stupid? Do they realize how much they suck?” – The Lesbian Theory

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

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Author Biography:

Sandra Lopez is considered one of today’s influential Latina writers in young adult literature. Her first novel, “Esperanza,” a teen fiction novel, was published in March 2008 WHILE she was still in college! “Beyond the Gardens,” is the sequel to her engaging and inspirational heroine, Esperanza.

 

She travels as much as she can and is currently at work on her next book.

 

To find out more about her books, please visit her website at www.sandra-lopez.com

 

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

The Phoenix Syndrome by Claire Gem @GemWriter + #EntertoWin Amazon GC #Romance #MFRWAuthor


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Title:    The Phoenix Syndrome

Author:    Claire Gem

Genre:     Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction

Publisher:  Erato Publishing

 

Book Blurb:

Turning forty, for lab technician Lannie Marvin, is rough. It’s the day she discovers her husband is leaving her for a younger “soulmate.” At work, a crazed mouse brutally bites her. Then Lannie goes a little crazy, too.

Seems she’s recently developed a serious crush on the drummer of her son’s favorite heavy metal band. Waking up to her husband’s empty closet, her finger still throbbing from the mouse bite, Lannie snaps. Under the ruse of a shopping trip, Lannie kidnaps her sister-in-law/best friend and heads toward Bethel, New York – the site of the original Woodstock concert.

Just so happens Dreamwish is playing a concert there, and Lannie managed to procure the pair of tickets her son won but couldn’t use.

Tristan Allard, the band’s drummer, holds this breast cancer benefit every year in memory of his late wife. The musician is beginning to doubt his ability to write the band’s music without his wife’s inspiration – she was also his muse. Plus, he’s damn lonely. So when a sexually charged, extremely attractive, slightly older woman literally plows into him at the backstage reception, Tristan is ready to learn more about her – and her long-buried interest in musical composition.

The two head off for a wild ride of a weekend, but reality boomerangs way too soon. Tristan is headed back to the UK to audition his next album’s scores. And for Lannie, an elevated libido isn’t the only side-effect of that experimental drug.

Lannie soon discovers the treated mice are going deaf.

 

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Excerpt:

But then there was the drummer. If not for the overhead monitors panning in for close-ups during the performance, I might never have known he existed. What a travesty that would have been.

In a word, he was . . . magnificent. He sat like a king on his throne at the elevated rear of the stage, sparkling silver-flake drums surrounding him like loyal minions. The monitor directly over our seats focused on him often, so close and so clear I could see the sweat glistening on sculpted upper arms, bare beneath a black muscle shirt stretched taut across a broad chest. Some sort of ink crawled over one bicep. A black-and-white paisley bandanna covered most of his head, but long, dark curls framed his face and clung damp against his neck. His facial hair, limited to a sparse mustache and goatee, was chocolate brown. I indulged in the fantasy that his eyes were that same sweet, smoldering color.

His passion for his work was palpable. Hands flying, head bobbing, he was completely engrossed, as if the music were a drug he was tripping on. His hooded eyes gave him the look of a sleepy lover, but when he did open them, I could swear he was gazing directly at me.

Looking back on that night, I can’t be sure how long we’d sat there before I fixated on my drummer boy. The music, which at first grated on my senses as way too loud and completely discordant, gradually began to permeate my brain. Before long, my bare toes started tapping against the carpeted floor. I freed one hand from my cup of wine to pat my thigh in time with the music. When my head began to bob, almost of its own accord, I smiled.

Ah, now I know why they call progressive metal fans head bangers.

 

We were climbing into my brother’s SUV, Paul at the wheel with Jeri and Jay next to him in the front. I sat squashed between my husband and son in the back.

“So, what did you guys do for all that time?” Ryan asked.

“We saw Dreamwish,” Paul piped up from the front, sounding as though his statement actually made sense.

“You saw our concert? You guys?” Jay sputtered through his laughter.

I opened my eyes to find my son staring at me in much the same way Jeri had been earlier.

“How’d you like it, Mom?” Ryan asked in a slight singsong of ridicule, which I chose to ignore.

I hesitated, clearing my throat. “The music is . . . different,” I said.

I caught my brother watching me in the rearview mirror. He was wearing an impish grin. “It’s true, Ryan,” he said. “For a while there, we were afraid your mother might run off with one of the roadies.”

“To hell with the roadies,” I snapped. “If I run off, it will definitely be with the yummy drummer.”

 

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Author Biography:

Claire writes intensely emotional romantic novels. Her vision is to transport her readers into another place and time, creating characters so real, readers miss them when they reach The End. Her heroes are hot, & her heroines strong and brave: a combination producing the spark to fan the flames of your most intense romantic fantasies. Claire’s characters are human, just like you & me. They make mistakes, they get clumsy sometimes, & they’re not too proud to laugh at themselves & each other.

 

The keyword here is EMOTION. Big on the Sigh factor, Claire’s stories aim to hit you straight in the heart and leave you smiling through happy tears.

 

She writes in two genres: romance w/a ghostly twist, and sexy contemporary. Claire’s books are like a thrill ride at a theme park. Whether it’s spooky-scary, angst-ridden relationships filled with gut-wrenching turmoil, silly chuckle moments, or hot-flash-inducing sex, Claire guarantees to take you on an emotionally intense romantic journey.

 

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Welcome to Havenport by @RuthACasie et. al. is the Perfect #Beachread! #romance #MFRWAuthor


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Title: Welcome to Havenport

Author: Lita Harris, Emma Kaye, Ruth A. Casie, Nicole S. Patrick

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

 

Book Blurb:

A multi-author romance novella boxed set.

Get the latest with Havenport Herald’s very own gossip queen, Candy Apples.
Gossip with a snarky, tart bite…

SUMMER’S HEATING UP!

After a much-needed revamping of The Final Chapter, resident sweetie Olivia Baxter has reopened the bookstore as A New Chapter–and launched Serendipity, a metaphysical shop next door. But that’s not all she’s been up to. The grapevine tells me that cutie Max Porter is back in town, and they’ve made an intimate connection. Sounds intriguing. After all, there’s nothing better for New Beginnings than young love…

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Rumor has it Christa Morrow skipped town on that hunky Jeremy Pearce months ago. Heard he wasn’t so faithful. Now she’s back…and I love to see a man grovel. There’s something strange in the air around these two. A little magick? Hocus-pocus, and maybe they’ll be a couple again. Can’t wait to watch. Christa might just be able to get Jeremy back and Under Her Spell.

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Did you hear Beth Holmes and JD Watson are in town? Will sparks fly? Only if it’s the ones between these two lovebirds. Pick up autographed copies of their latest best sellers at their tent. Now those two should craft a book together. He writes compelling mystery and her steamy stuff is to die for. Adventure on the horizon? Who knows…maybe The Game’s AFoot.

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I’ll be keeping my eye on Augusta Moore, owner of Wags and Walks, who’ll have a tent set up for the animal shelter during the July Fourth festivities. Why isn’t she attached? She’s irresistible with those furry cuties she helps get adopted. And don’t forget to cheer for our very own Evan Washburn in the parade. The hunky Marine can save me any day. Who doesn’t love a man in uniform? He’s throwing his hat in the ring for town council, too. Havenport could benefit from a Hometown Hero. Hmm…sounds like a match made in Havenport heaven…

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Enjoy the July 4th parade and celebration, including vendor tents, food and Mayor Owen to kick things off. Fireworks display over the harbor starting at 10PM. (weather permitting)
Happy July 4th!
~Candy

 

My Review:

Looking for a beach read this summer? Welcome to Havenport offers something for everyone. From young love budding amongst family/life struggles to one couple’s magical romance to a romantic suspense featuring my favorite couple (Beth and Jarrod) to a military/pet romance. This boxset has it all.

 

New Beginnings- While I like this couple as they’re trying to navigate life and falling in love, I found the story to be out of place in a romance boxset. The romance takes a backseat and it’s all about Max discovering who his birth parents are plus Olivia dealing with her obtrusive sister and family. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a solid story but I’d classify it as New Adult fiction rather than contemporary romance. If this isn’t your thing, please skip to the next one. I promise, you won’t be sorry.

 

Under Her Spell – I’m a big fan of paranormal romance and this story was fantastic! I loved Christa and her conflict. She fled months ago and left Jeremy high and dry… but with good reason. Can she overcome her fear and face the truth about her feelings for him or will the dark magick finally destroy her? I loved this I can’t wait to find out more about this couple. The author draws you in and doesn’t let go. Plus, the scenes with Jeremy are downright yummy!

 

The Game’s Afoot – Beth and Jarred are back in Havenport, only it’s far more dangerous than either of them realizes. They made the decision to collaborate last Christmas but it’s more difficult than they thought. Every time Jarred sends her notes, Beth cringes with self-doubt. She needs to confess her feelings to him before it pulls them apart. But that’s the least of their issues when Beth accidentally stumbles upon a criminal plot in the least-likely place. Can Jarred protect her or will he be too late? A beautifully written romantic suspense by Casie and it only made me love this couple more. Casie kicks up the adrenaline at just the right spots and has a talent for romantic suspense. Well done!

 

Havenport Hero – Who doesn’t swoon over a military man? Evan and Augusta are such fun in this story. I remember them from The Final Chapter (previous collection) and their story continues. Evan decides he wants to run for town council and I’d salute him anytime. * winks * Augusta and her furry pets are adorable and I want to read more! A blend of pet and military romance that’ll make your heart beat faster.

 

Favorite Story:

The Game’s Afoot. I loved everything about this story from the plot to the pacing. This is Casie’s first attempt at romantic suspense and she’s got a talent for it. Plus, Beth’s mobile app is a must-own for any author. Jarred is sexy as can be while still being sensitive to Beth’s needs. Can’t wait for more from this couple!

 

My Rating for the Boxset:  4 stars

 

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Amazon: http://bit.ly/Amazon_Welcome_to_Havenport

Kobo https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/welcome-to-havenport

iBook: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1116562753

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/welcome-to-havenport-lita-harris/1123846740?ean=2940158421587

 

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Author Biography:

RUTH A. CASIE is an author of swashbuckling action-adventure time-travel romance about strong empowered women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. Her Druid Knight novels have both finaled in the NJRW Golden Leaf contest. Ruth also writes contemporary romance with enough action to keep you turning pages. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she found her voice, she was a speech therapist (pun intended), client liaison for a corrugated manufacturer, and international bank product and marketing manager, but her favorite job is the one she’s doing now—writing romance.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: http:// www.ruthacasie.com

 

Email:  mailto:ruth@ruthacasie.com

 

Personal Blog:  http://www.ruthacasie.blogspot.com

 

Google+ https://plus.google.com/+RuthSeitelman

 

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/RuthACasie

 

Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/RuthACasie

 

Amazon: http://amzn.to/13GwuQ1

 

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ruth-seitelman/6/6b7/964

 

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/ruthacasie/

 

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4792909.Ruth_A_Casie

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Together, Again by the Fabulous @CharJGordon is a Lovely Story About Love! #BookPromo #womensfiction


Together Again

 

Title: Together, Again

Author: Charmaine Gordon

Genre: Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Book Blurb:

A wealthy couple, no children in sight, answer the door one day to find a replica of the woman living there, titian hair and all. Charlie is her name and so begins the story. Years later Charlie’s young twin sisters , now seventeen, are rescued by the same couple with a big heart. It’s a tale of love and hearts that keep on giving.

A Note from the Author:

I wonder where oh where did my lovely voice go after years of performing in NYC. Those golden days have ended beginning with Harrison Ford in Working Girl, When Harry Met Sally-so much fun singing and dancing, Mike Nicols telling me not to drop the cake or let the balloons hit the ceiling and then lunch with Anthony Hopkins-call me Tony. There are many more memorable times during the wonderful years and then boom, when a voice goes, it goes. I began to write without any knowledge except an idea. But what is writing after all. Ideas. And so this newbie wrote. My first book was picked up by Vanilla Heart Publishing. I had this idea. A woman wakes to find a note on her pillow. Dear Liz it’s not you, it’s me. “To Be Continued” is the story. A woman is left to recover her life after her husband leaves. A story with a twist. Nevertheless she finds her way, Survives and thrives, my first story. Me, suddenly widowed in my personal life with no experience.

After many books, my latest is Together, Again.

Buy Links:

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CHHGPPW

 

Apple

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1089674907

 

Kobo

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/together-again-30

 

Inktera

http://www.inktera.com/store/title/ecff98e5-52d0-4fac-a0e5-327e2d215a62

 

Nook

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/together-again-charmaine-gordon/1123485653

 

Charmaine Gordon

 

Author Biography:

Years of experience as an actor on daytime drama. Stage, spokesperson and commercials plus writing sketches for Air Force shows helped prepare me for the wonders of a writing career. Of course, I didn’t realize it at the time when immersed in the written words of others, that I was like a sponge, soaking up how to construct a scene, write dialogue, and paint the setting.

 

My writing effort came later when I wrote a two-page story, sent it to son, Paul who commented, “Cool. Can you write ten pages?” Seemed impossible but the story poured from my fingers and seventy thousand words later, I typed The End.

 

I kissed my acting career goodbye, leaving on a high note with the lead in an Off Broadway play, “The Fourth Commandment” author Rich Knipe. It was great fun and time to move on. Movies like “Working Girl”, “Road to Wellsville” and having the pleasure of Anthony Hopkins company at lunch, working with Mike Nichols in “Regarding Henry” and singing outside with Harrison Ford, crying with Gene Wilder over loss on another set, When “Harry Met Sally” with the whole gang singing It Had to Be You. Lots of fond memories. My first job as stand-in leg model for Geraldine Ferraro in a Diet Pepsi commercial with Secret Service men guarding her and her daughters. A sweet time.

 

One last memory and a funny one at that. A casting call went out for an actor with a Betty White voice. Talent in the tri-state area scouted and I was the only one who fit the bill. A voice-over accomplished for a nutrious drink for seniors; another credit added to my resume. I smile every time I see and hear Ms White on television and recall yet another sweet time.

 

Social Media Links:

Blog/Website https://authorcharmainegordon.wordpress.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/charmaine.gordon

Twitter @CharJGordon

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1514425.Charmaine_Gordon

Friday Book Round-Up Spotlight: From Italy With Love @JulesWake #books #bookreview


Welcome to the first Friday Book Round-Up Spotlight. It’s a special spotlight geared to books that I have read repeatedly and have a special place in my heart. Today, I’m pleased to introduce you to From Italy With Love by Jules Wake. I love this book because it’s a fun, exciting and very British romance. But it’s more than just a romance; it deals with discovering who you are and what kind of life you’d like to lead. The heroine reminded me of myself and the author made me fall in love with Italy. A must-read! 🙂 MRS N

From Italy

 

Title: From Italy With Love

Author: Jules Wake

Genre: Romance, Chick-Lit, Women’s Fiction

Blurb:

‘This epic road-trip is full of glamour, romance and sizzling sexual tension, but at its heart is a truly heart-warming tale of self discovery – you’ll not want to miss a moment of it.’ – Chick Lit Love

Home-loving Laurie thinks she’s happy – she has a safe, reliable boyfriend and working in her local library is what she thought she always wanted. That is until she inherits a vintage Ferrari from her eccentric Uncle Miles and the conditions of the inheritance are far from simple. To keep the car Laurie will have to drive across Europe with the gorgeous but unreliable Cameron Matthews as her guide… and Cam’s motives for helping are not all that altruistic.

Cam isn’t particularly thrilled about escorting his late pal Miles’ dull mouse of a niece on this wild goose chase but all he has to do is get Laurie safely to Italy and he’s sure the Ferrari is his.

But Uncle Miles had a few tricks up his sleeve and the route he’s planned takes Cam and Laurie on a road trip they’ll never forget. From sampling the delights of the Loire Valley to the breathtaking beauty of Lake Garda, this is one journey that has more twists and turns than either of them could ever have imagined…

My Review:

Laurie is a caterpillar making her way through life. She thinks she’s happy living with her boyfriend Robert and working at the library. She has everything in control and then her Uncle Miles dies. At the funeral, per Miles’ instruction, everyone is dressed in colorful clothing and having a great time. Laurie feels out of place and alone (even with Robert next to her).

At the reading of the will, she discovers she has inherited the ultra-rare Ferrari worth millions. What am I supposed to do with that, she wonders. It’s not like she can afford the insurance. Ahh, but there’s a catch. Uncle Miles has it arranged that he wants his beloved niece to go on a road-trip in the Ferrari across England, into France and end up at the Ferrari Museum in Italy. Just to make sure she’s safe, Uncle Miles insists on Cameron Matthews (who knows cars inside and out) to accompany her.

Thus starts the journey and like a scared jackrabbit, Laurie is timid and shy around Cam. They appear to be opposites but along the journey, Laurie emerges from her cocoon. Both Cam and Laurie are shocked by the attraction they feel and try to deny themselves.

Laurie discovers that life is more exciting than she imagined and with every obstacle, she emerges stronger. But when she has to choose between her old life and new life, which one will she choose?

Take a look at that gorgeous cover. It’s one of the reasons why I chose to review this book. It’s eye-catching and I can picture myself behind the wheel of that gorgeous Ferrari.

I absolutely LOVED this book! I loved the writing (very British) and the characters are well-developed. I loved the sexual tension between Cam and Laurie. I loved how she transformed before my eyes. Life is all about discovering who you really are and never settling.

When reading this book, I got the same giddy feeling I did when I read Confessions of a Shopaholic for the first time. Jules Wake has a gift for weaving an entertaining romantic comedy filled with delightful fun characters. I highly recommend this book, especially if you love romance, cars, travelling and chick-lit!

Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Impulse for a complimentary copy in order to review this fabulous book.

Favorite Character:

Laurie is my favorite character, hands down. I loved how timid she was in the beginning and the further they got from home, the more independent she became. Uncle Miles loved her feistiness and bravery; it just took her awhile to realize it.

My hope is that the author will write more stories about Laurie (or others like her). Such an endearing character. 🙂

My Rating: 5+ stars

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Italy-Love-Jules-Wake-ebook/dp/B00SS459DS

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Italy-Love-Jules-Wake-ebook/dp/B00SS459DS

Breakfast at the Beach House Hotel by @JudithKeim #womensfiction #bookpromo #giveaway


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Title: Breakfast at the Beach House Hotel

Author: Judith Keim

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Book Blurb:

When Ann Rutherford’s husband dumps her for the bimbo in his office, unfairly leaving her without a home or a job, she reluctantly joins forces with Rhonda DelMonte to convert Rhonda’s Florida seaside estate into the small upscale hotel it once was. Ann, quiet and reserved, is no match for brash, bossy Rhonda, who left the family’s New Jersey butcher business after she won the lottery. Amid their struggles to succeed, The Sins of the Children, a soap opera, films a number of episodes at the hotel and things get complicated in unexpected ways when Ann falls for Vaughn Sanders, the star of the show.

Excerpt:

I turned to Angie’s mother and shocked, I rocked back on my heels. This was sweet, shy, little Angie’s mother?

Wearing a bright green silk caftan and sparkly, gold and “diamond” sandals, Rhonda DelMonte stood before me like a large tropical bird. Rhinestone-studded sunglasses rested atop her head and huge diamonds, offset by a deep tan, winked at her ears, wrists and throat. My gaze traveled up to Rhonda’s bleached blond hair, pulled away from her full face and gathered in a knot at the base of her head. Wide brown eyes, surrounded by lashes stiff with mascara, studied me openly.

“So, you made it!” Rhonda boomed, pulling me into a bosomy hug that reeked of Poison perfume. “Let’s see if we can put some color on that thin, little figure of yours!” She squinted at me. “And a sparkle in those eyes.”

Bowled over by her presence, I forced a smile.

She gave me a little jab on the arm. “Boy, have I heard a lot about you! But, don’t worry! It wasn’t all bad.” She let out a short burst of laughter and studied me. “Ann Rutherford sounds so formal. I’ve decided to call you Annie.”

“But, but,” I sputtered. I hated the name Annie. It reminded me too much of Little Orphan Annie. My own parents were killed in an auto accident when I was just five, leaving my strict grandmother to raise me. “I don’t…”

“Don’t pay any attention to me.” Giving me a broad grin, Rhonda elbowed me playfully. “I have to dub people in my own way, and with those round blue eyes of yours, you’re an Annie if I ever saw one!”

Before I could respond, Liz tugged on my arm. “Mom! You have to come see what Angie got for an early Christmas present!”

She led me outside. A shiny, little white convertible was parked in the waiting zone.

Liz grinned. “Neat, huh? I’ve always wanted a Beemer!”

“It’s just perfect!” Angie gave her mother a quick hug. She might be a little spoiled but she was a sweet girl. Dark-haired and quiet, she was a perfect match for my more outgoing blonde daughter.

We loaded the car with the suitcases, and I squeezed into the backseat of the BMW with Rhonda. As we drove through town, it was difficult to hear Rhonda’s chatter above the rush of wind in my ears, but I strained to listen.

“Palm Avenue is one of the nicest shopping districts in Sabal. They have some beautiful things.” Rhonda gave me a meaningful look. “You’ll be able to buy some bright, fun clothes, and not be quite so beige.”

Dismayed, I glanced down at the simple beige dress I was wearing.

“Don’t worry.” Rhonda winked. “We’ve got plenty of time for shopping.”

I sat back in my seat, realizing this short visit wasn’t going to seem short at all.

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Breakfast-at-Beach-House-Hotel-ebook/dp/B00YD5X6NG/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Judith-Keim/e/B00THNL4VA/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/breakfast-at-the-beach-house-hotel-judith-keim/1122015573?ean=2940152206142&itm=1&usri=2940152206142

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id999110580

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/breakfast-at-the-beach-house-hotel

Giveaway:

Enter to win one of three signed copies of Breakfast at the Beach House Hotel. All you have to do is go to her website and send her an email with your name and mailing address:

http://www.judithkeim.com/contact-me/

Winner will be randomly drawn by Judith Keim and she will be responsible for the prizes awarded and shipped.

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Author Biography:

Judith Keim was born and raised in Elmira, New York, and now makes her home in Idaho with her husband and long-haired dachshund, Winston, and other members of her family.

Growing up, books were always present – being read, ready to go back to the library or about to be discovered. Information from the books was shared in general conversation, giving all of us in the family a wealth of knowledge and a lot of imagination. Perhaps that is why I was drawn to the idea of writing stories early on. I particularly love to write novels about women who face unexpected challenges with strength and find love along the way.

As J.S. Keim I write children’s middle-grade stories. I love writing about kids who have interesting, fun, exciting experiences with creatures real and fantastical and with characters who learn to see the world in a different way.

I have a story in Chicken Soup to Inspire a Woman’s Soul and a story in Belle Book’s Mossy Creek Series – A Summer in Mossy Creek. Some of my stories have finalled in RWA contests and three of my children’s stories have been published in magazines – Highlights for Children, Jack and Jill and Children’s Playmate.

I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I enjoy telling them!

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.judithkeim.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Judith-Keim/184013771644484?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Twitter: @judithkeim

The Ladies Temperance Club’s Farewell Tour by @jfredlee #bookreview #fiction #roadtrip


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Title: The Ladies Temperance Club’s Farewell Tour

Author: Jeff Lee

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Humor, Satire, Crime, Offbeat & Quirky Commercial Fiction

Book Blurb:

Vonda Mae Ables could never hurt a living soul. Now she’s on the lam in a huge RV, with her best friends, gallons of Chardonnay and a stiff in the freezer.

Vonda has suffered her alcoholic boyfriend’s abuse for twenty years. But the first time she stands up for herself, she overdoes it and crushes his skull with a football trophy. Rather than turn herself in, she enlists the help of her friends to ditch the body. They stash the boyfriend in the freezer of his humongous RV and hit the road for Arizona, planning a quiet desert burial.

Unfortunately, the plan goes more sideways with every mile, culminating in rural Idaho. Vonda finally finds a likely place to plant the dead SOB, but now he’s frozen solid and stuck in the freezer. Exhausted from their day of digging and unsuccessfully trying to extricate him, the women stop at a local cafe.

While they’re drinking dinner, a gang of Harley-riding repo guys makes off with the RV and a Good Samaritan reports the theft. When the state troopers arrive to take a stolen vehicle report, Vonda panics, knowing if the cops recover the motor home and discover what’s in the freezer, she might have to turn that old trophy on herself.

My Review:

I love road trip books and this one is hilarious from start to finish. Listen up ladies, we’ve all been in Vonda’s shoes. We’ve been saddled with a selfish SOB and once or twice, we’ve wondered what would happen if we offed him. 😉 Vonda only did what came natural and her best friends are there to help her get rid of the body. No body, no crime, right?

Thus begins a rib-tickling adventure featuring three woman, a deceased deadbeat and the authorities on the hunt for the RV they’re riding in. The author, who is a man, does an incredible job getting us inside the head of Vonda and her two girlfriends. I was really impressed.

I laughed all the way through the book and I can’t wait to read the next installment!

If you like Thelma and Louise, you’ll love this book!

Favorite Character: Vonda. I love how matter-of-fact she is. She’s a fun no-nonsense kind of woman who get herself into some sticky situations. Luckily, she has her best friends at her side or else she’d lose it. She reminds me of Thelma from Thelma and Louise, only a bit wackier.

Favorite Quote: “Y’see officer,” she launched into a character centered somewhere between Gracie Allen and Ethel Mertz. “Vonda might have been driving and all, but I’m the reason she had to swerve.”

My Rating: 5 stars

Buy Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Ladies-Temperance-Clubs-Farewell-Tour-ebook/dp/B004TNI8BM

Author Biography:

Born in New York State, Jeff Lee was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has spent his entire career in Los Angeles. For more than 30 years he has been a copywriter and creative director for some of the advertising industry’s most recognizable agencies, winning numerous awards for his creativity.

Unfortunately, none of those ad agencies are still in business, but Jeff appears to have an alibi. He is currently co-founder and creative director of a small ad agency located halfway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, where he lives with his two sons and a cat that thinks it’s part golden retriever. Trained as a cook in the Army, Jeff still enjoys being creative in the kitchen when not writing or protecting his clients from themselves. He also admits that few things in life compare with the thrill of finding out you have just given 140 heavily armed men a good case of food poisoning.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/jfredlee

Website: http://jeffleewriter.weebly.com

Celebrating #Chicklit in This Week’s Friday Book Round-Up #amreading #books #bookreview


Friday Book Round Up

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! May is International Chick-Lit Books month and in honor of this, I created my top ten must reads. Call it chick-lit or women’s fiction, it’s one of my favorite genres. Why? It’s funny, irreverent and at the core it’s all about falling in love. The characters are honest, real and could be you (if you were female) or me. So without further ado, here are my top ten (yes, they’re in order):

1- Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

I remember the moment when I was introduced to this book. The Random House rep pulled me aside and whispered in my ear, “You have to read this book. It’s going to be huge!” I nodded as she handed me the ARC. I took it home that night and read it the next day (my day off) in one sitting. I laughed, I rolled my eyes and swooned over the devilishly handsome Luke.

Becky is a shopaholic and the ironic thing is that she’s a financial advisor. Each chapter is filled with notices from her creditors asking to payment and her creative excuses for being behind in the payments. What woman hasn’t ditched work or an appointment to find the perfect outfit, shoes or accessory?

It’s a fun read and there is even some romance in it. A great start to a fantastic series and a must-read this summer if you haven’t read it yet.

2- The Big Bad Wolf Tells All by Donna Kauffman

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! I have read it at least a dozen times and each time that I read it, I love it even more! It’s fun, flirty and the tension between Tanzy and Riley is tantalizing! Who doesn’t love a sheep/wolf hybrid?? If you love chick-lit, please go and grab this book NOW!

3- Girls’ Poker Night by Jill A Davis

A funny, clever story about one woman’s journey to discover who she is and what she wants. She’s a writer who, tired of being the single girl columnist, leaves her boyfriend and moves to New York City. She takes a job with The New York News and starts fresh. She starts a poker night with three other women and soon the stakes grow higher. She falls for her new boss and editor, Michael, who pushes her to be more than she thought possible.

I loved this book (and read it every year) because it reminds me that life is filled with unknown hands of luck and loss. You’ve got to take a chance on life and throw all your chips in. I laughed out loud in many places and I love this book!

4- Babyville by Jane Green

I’m a huge fan of Jane Green and this delightful book doesn’t disappoint.  Three friends deal with the biological clock ticking and that urge (or denial of said urge) for babies. I loved this book and it made me laugh hysterically. It’s a fast read and the characters are so life-like I swear Jane Green knew some of my girlfriends. A must read!

5- Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding

Some say that Bridget Jones started the whole chick-lit phenomenon and I would tend to agree. The author wrote a funny, honest account of what it means to be a single woman in today’s society. It’s further down on my list for the simple fact that I think there is too much emphasis on smoking.

I loved the format of this book along with the antics Bridget gets away with. I mean, who wears a costume to a tea party? Bridget takes it all in stride and the book is 1000% better than the movie.

6- To Have and To Hold by Jane Green

Another one of Jane Green’s novels that makes you think. Most chick-lit and romances end when the couple falls in love but Jane Green delves deep into what happens after the couple says “I do”. I loved this honest account of a woman who turns a blind eye to her husband’s penchant for cheating and discovering true love. I loved Alice and the way she grew as a woman! A heartwarming solid chick-lit pick.

7- Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella

Out of all the Shopaholic books, this one is my favorite. Becky and Luke are getting married, which means more hijinxs for Becky’s spending habits. LOL! I LOVED it and Luke is a saint! To put up with her and all her excuses, it must be true love!

8- Loose Lips by Claire Berlinski

This is a comical and light-hearted story about Selena’s entrance into the CIA. On a whim, she decides to apply for the CIA. She figures she won’t pass due to her sketchy background but surprise, surprise, she’s accepted. What happens next is a fun inside peek into the training of the CIA.  I’m positive all that happens to Selena is not based on fact but it is makes for a page-turning treat. I love this book and it will appeal to everyone who likes Alias and James Bond.

9- Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

This was the first book I’d read dealing with a plus-size heroine. Bravo to Jennifer Weiner for writing such an honest character in Cannie. Cannie is a 28 year old woman dealing with all that life throws at her, including her jerk of a boyfriend. But when her boyfriend writes a tell-all article about living with a larger woman, Cannie has no choice but to go on a soul-searching journey. This book details the highs and lows of weight and how society sees larger women with such accuracy, I cheered aloud! A must read and a mantra for women everywhere (no matter what their size)!!!

10- Last Chance Saloon by Marian Keyes

Another one of my favorite chick-lit authors, Marian Keyes does not disappoint in Last Chance Saloon. Three girlfriends dealing with the single life and the men who make you cringe. Before there was Sex and the City, there was best friends Tara, Katherine and Fintan.  Being single can make you feel like a cowgirl in the Last Chance Saloon. Available men are becoming fewer and it makes a woman wonder if she’ll ever find her cowboy to ride off into the sunset. Even though these characters are flawed and made me want to shake them for settling, I love this book! Being single, like being married, is a matter of choices and perspective.

What’s your favorite chick-lit book? Share in the comments below.

Do you have a book you’re reading now or have just read? Share in the comments below. If you want to be included in next week’s Book Round-Up, send me the title, author, why you recommend it and a social media link to: nnlight@outlook.com before Thursday afternoon. 

 

Happy Reading!

MRS N, Book Addict

#BeachReads: Friday Book Round-Up #amreading #books #summer


Friday Book Round Up

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! Summer is right around the corner and these are five books I can’t wait to read this summer (or have just finished reading). So grab your favorite sunscreen plus a pen (you’ll want to write these down) and read on.

Lola Carlyle’s 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman

Lola’s friend, Sydney, calls to tell her what a wonderful time she’s having in rehab. Lola can’t believe her ears. Rehab fun??? The more Sydney talks about it, the more Lola is dying to escape her reality. A plan develops and soon Lola has convinced her Hollywood folks she is addicted to alcohol and needs to go into rehab. They don’t know the real reason she’s going is to be closer to her crush, Wade.

I liked the triangle the author created between Lola, Wade and Adam. It was fun and made me root for Adam. Who would she choose? Her sexy crush or a down-to-earth guy?

Twisted (Deathwind Trilogy #1) by Holly Hook

Nothing says summer like tornados and this book is filled with twists and turns. I can’t to read this!

Sixteen-year-old Allie isn’t like other girls. Instead of spending her summer break sitting around on the beach, she takes the epic vacation of a lifetime.

Tornado chasing.

And she’s not disappointed. Just a few miles from the town of Evansburg, Nebraska, Allie meets her dream of seeing a tornado. In person. She can’t wait to tell her friends back home. Never mind that her parents are going to kill her.

But her dream soon turns into a nightmare, and a strange event leaves her shocked. Confused. When she returns home to Wisconsin, something’s…different. Allie now bears a curse so awful, it could destroy everyone and everything she’s ever known.

With her best friend, Tommy, Allie must return to the plains to find a way to reverse it. She enters a world that she had never imagined, where she becomes a pawn in a fight to save the people of Evansburg from her fate…or to destroy them.

Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! by Kay Marie

I can’t wait to read this and I really think it’s going to be a best-seller!

My name is Skylar Quinn, I just moved to New York with my best friend Bridget, and I have a confession. Well, more than one. Okay, quite a few really. Fine, here goes!

Confession #1: I’m a sex columnist. Hold on, that’s not really the confession. You see, I’m sort of a virgin…sex columnist.

Confession #2: I’m in love with Bridget’s older brother, Oliver. No—I was. No—I am. Wait, was? Am? Crap.

Confession #3: I’ve been avoiding Oliver for four years. Or I was until today, because he just moved in. Yes, you read that correctly. He’s my new roommate. So that night we’ve both been pretending never happened, well, we might not be able to keep it a secret any longer.

And trust me, this is only the beginning.

Summer Secrets by Jane Green

I have been a huge fan of Jane Green for years and while this one is more serious, I still can’t wait to read it!

With Summer Secrets Jane Green has reached an even deeper level of emotion that will stay with you long after you turn the last page…

Living in London in her twenties, Cat had it all–a great job and wonderful friends. But with the good came the bad–a party every night, wreaking havoc, and blackouts. When she discovers the father she never knew she had, living in Nantucket, it sends her into a spiral, costing her the new family she had desperately craved. The drinking had always been a constant evil in Cat’s life. Now in her late thirties, sober, divorced from the love of her life, and trying to make up for lost time with her teenage daughter, she’s ready to make amends to those she has hurt. But facing the past and the unthinkable act she committed one summer night could change the course of her life forever.

Summer by the Sea by Susan Wiggs

This book has a little bit of everything I love in a good book. I can’t wait to read it!

This summer Rosa Capoletti is about to rediscover the pleasures of love and laughter, food and wine, friendship and romance…

With a little determination and a lot of charm, Rosa Capoletti took a run-down pizza joint and turned it into an award-winning restaurant that has been voted “best place to propose” three years in a row. For Rosa, though, there has been no real romance since her love affair with Alexander Montgomery ended without explanation a decade ago. But guess who’s just come back to town?

Reunited at the beach house where they first fell in love, Rosa and Alexander discover that the secrets of the past are not what they seem. Now, with all that she wants right in front of her, Rosa searches for happiness with the man who once broke her heart—and learns that in love, as in life, there are second chances.

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MRS N, Book Addict