Friday, May 9, 2014

Follower’s Love Giveaway One


First I would like to thank everyone who has supported Writer’s Corner.  This month we are celebrating two things.  One four years of Writer’s Corner.  The second having 100 followers.   So I have some great authors and some friends that are contributing prizes.  Let’s see if we could possibly make 200.

The  first prize is:  

Jewelry from Pia Berndardino.


 









Then ebooks from Lisa Becker from the Click Series. 






Second Prize is the newest novel by L. Alison Heller The Never Never Sisters.














Third Place is a signed copy of  Return to Tradd Street by Karen White.



So what do you need to do to win?   You need to be 18 years of age.  A United States resident.  Follow the Rafflecopter below.  The giveaway will run from May 9 through May 16.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Kaira Rouda and her son Dylan shares their ideas on Casting In The Mirror!



Thank you so much for having me on your blog today! Here’s how I went about figuring out the movie star cast for IN THE MIRROR – I found my teenage son, Dylan, who knows just about everything about movies and entertainment and asked him!

Our process was like this:

Me: I need to cast my book as a movie and you know how bad I am at movie stars names.

Dylan: Yes, you are. (Looks back down at movie he is watching on his laptop.)

Me: Please.

Dylan: Ok, tell me about the book.

Me: Jennifer is the protagonist, ah, I mean the lead actor. She’s a mom of two young kids and she’s dying of cancer. But she keeps her humor about her, and she is full of hope. She’s very pretty, too.

Dylan: Amy Adams. She’s perfect.

Me: Yes! Ok, her husband, Henry, is a bit aloof, he loves her but he’s overwhelmed keeping the household together and doesn’t know how to handle this Jennifer, with a disease.

Dylan: Hugh Jackman.

Me: Who?

Dylan: Hugh. He’s famous, mom. Classy and they would look good together.

Me: Who would?
Dylan: Amy and Hugh.
Me: Whatever. Next we have Amy, I mean, Jennifer’s first love who walks back into the picture. He’s sexy, and he is convinced he and Jennifer still belong together.

Dylan: Christian Bale. You know, Batman?

Me: Oh, that’s perfect.

Dylan: Who else – I need to finish my movie.

Me: Right, well there is Jacob, Jennifer’s snarky partner at her clothing store Clothes the Loop. Jacob always pops in to make Jennifer’s day brighter, with gossip and chardonnay.

Dylan: Justin Timberlake.

Me: Wow, he could sing to her, too.

Dylan: Is that in the book?

Me: No, but when they make the movie they take liberties.
Dylan: True.

Me: Who would you cast to be Ralph, Jennifer’s best friend at the treatment facility? Ralph has cancer, too, and is much sicker during most of the movie. He’s married with two kids, too, but they are older. He’s a funny, and very endearing character. One of the favorites of early readers.

Dylan: Matt Damon. You do know who that is, right?

Me: What about Brad Pitt?

Dylan: Got any other characters?
Me: Not really.

Dylan: Well then, no Brad Pitt for you. Bye!


Even though I was abruptly dismissed, I walked away smiling, because as many of you know, if you can get your teenage son to talk to you for that long about anything, it’s a small victory! Oh, and in this case, a victory and a blog post, too!

Too purchase your copy of In the Mirror use these links:  Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iTunes.















Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Come and Join us For a Night Out With the Ladies Review and Giveaway



Are you having a hard time with your ex?  Do you need to just get away from life’s circumstances?  Come and join us for Ladies' Night...Would you like to win a goodies bag with a paperback copy of Mary Andrew's Ladie's Night with some other goodies?

Synopsis:

Grace is a lifestyle blogger and with her blog Gracenotes.  Her husband Ben keeps track of the advertising, and her assistant J’aimee does the rest.  One night Grace stumbles upon Ben and J’aimee in a compromising position and promptly loses her composure.  So much so in fact that Ben’s prized position, his car is in the bottom of the pool.  Grace decides to leave throws a few things into a suitcase and goes to her mom’s house.  Once at her mom’s she finds out that Ben is seeking a divorce.  She consults with an attorney and winds up in divorce therapy.  All is not as it seems with her therapist or the judge.  Will Grace be able to start over?

My Thoughts:

Another great read from Mary Kay Andrews.   I learned something about blogging from her character Grace.  I love when a novel gives you an idea for either trying something new or growth in something you have already started such as blogging (for me).  I enjoyed this novel!  I had an idea of what this story might look like from the title.  I was very interested to see how the story would progress.  I am left with a few questions for me on some characters like what is going with Paula the therapist of the divorce support group?  What is behind Stackpole’s decision to send the ladies to see Paula?    When is Ben the antagonist in this book going to get what he deserves?  In fact I flipped pages ahead for a sneak peak to find out what happens.

Ratings:

4.75/5

Would you like to win a copy of Ladies Night and some other goodies? And here's
a list of what all will be in the fabulous goody bag: 

   
    Signed copy of LADIES' NIGHT in paperback
    Set of 3 LADIES' NIGHT recipe cards
    LADIES' NIGHT drink coasters
    Cocktail umbrellas
    LADIES' NIGHT drink cup
    Three different Mary Kay Andrews bookmarks
    SAVE THE DATE magnet
    Set of 3 SAVE THE DATE recipe cards
    News about a special SAVE THE DATE pre-order gift

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Two Pieces of a Heart



In Another Piece of My Heart by Jane Green takes us into the blended family.  How would the relationships in the family affect the people involved?

Synopsis:

Andi could not be happier to finally find the man of her dreams Ethan.  There is one small catch to this relationship.  He has two daughters Sophia and Emily.  His ex-wife is an alcoholic can barely take of herself much less her daughters.  So Andi has them the most of the time.  While Andi gets along great with Sophia; her patience is tested with the other daughter Emily.  What can she do to win her favor?  Emily on the other hand wants Andi gone and out of her life.  Will she succeed?  Will Andi be able to have everything she wanted?

My Thoughts: 

I absolutely loved this novel!  I did not think I would say this because of the subject matter of the blended family and divorce.  I didn’t think that I would find it relatable since I am single with no children of my own. I did have opinions of what I thought the characters should do because of my background as a Special Education Paraprofessional.   I found myself fighting for Andi with her take on the events occurring with Emily.  I wanted Ethan to open his eyes and see what is truly going on with his daughter.   I also found myself fighting for Emily and wanting to see her succeed, and get a second chance.

This story is told from two different points of view Andi’s and Emily’s.  You hear also from the other characters that help to pace the story.   This created an interesting dynamic with the characters because you brought both sides of the story. 
The story is set just outside of San Francisco in the Mill Valley area.  This setting is opposite from most of her novels because they are set on the east coast or in England. 
I look forward to more novels by Jane Green and hope you all will too!

Rating:

5/5

Visit Jane on her Facebook Page, Twitter, and her Website.

Casting Couch:

Andi:  Jennifer Aniston

Ethan:  Michael Vartan

Sophia:  Abigail Breslin

Emily: Chloe Bennet

Drew:  Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Toffa:   John Cryor

Michael Flanagan:  Aaron Taylor Johnson

Janis:  Virgina Madsen