Tuesday, December 27, 2016

If You Have Been Missing Downton Abbey!

Thank you to William Morrow for a copy of THE GIRL IN THE CASTLE by Santa Montefiore.  I was given this copy in exchange for an honest review.
Santa Montefiore is an international best-selling author of many novels.  If you are missing Downton Abbey then I think this novel is the ticket to what you have been missing! A great story that will have you turning the pages to the end.
Synopsis: 
Kitty is the youngest child of Lord and Lady Deverill.   Her mother Lady Deverill. has no interest in her youngest daughter.   Kitty is left in the custody of her governess who she escapes as soon as she can.  She goes to play with her friends Jack and Bridie.   As the years go by Kitty, Jack, and Bridie go their separate ways.   Bridie ends up in the States.  Jack and Kitty fight for independence of Ireland.  What will fighting for Ireland cost both Kitty and Jack? How does America change Bridie?  How will Kitty move forward without him?
My Thoughts: 
I loved this novel!  It is my first novel by Santa Montefiore.   I would be interested in reading more from this author in the future. .   Kitty Deverill is an awesome character!  She is independent, smart, and sassy.  The author has an upstairs downstairs feel to her story just like Downton Abbey. The Deverills are nothing like the Crawleys.   There are times when I wished that Kitty’s mother was Lady Crawley.   I feel that Kitty might have turned out differently.  
The setting is Ireland.  The area is full of history which adds greatly to the story. The story uses the history of the area and great character development.   
Rating: 
4.75/5


Thursday, December 22, 2016

What Are Your Favorite Christmas Memories?

Thank you to Library Thing and Velvet Morning Press for giving me a copy of Christmas Actually in exchange for an honest review.

Who doesn’t love the Christmas season? What are your favorite memories of those times growing up? Are they funny memories or sad? This novel will definitely lift your spirits.

Synopsis:

This novel is an anthology. There are stories that include a Christmas dinner gone awry. An artist who sets out to learn a new skill of speaking French . A woman who decides her smile deserves an upgrade. Another women who decides to give love a second chance. Then there are other stories included.

My Thoughts:

I have mixed feelings about this novel. I felt that many of the stories are written well. A couple could not keep my interest beyond the first page. The settings included varied depending on the author. I thought the one in England was the most interesting of the set of stories. It is interesting to read a story about how another country celebrates Christmas. Another story that spoke to me was the artist who learned to speak French.  Then he had  the courage to learn the skill, of another language.

I might find interest in reading more by some of these authors in the future.

Rating:

3.5/5

Please visit these authors:

Katie Rose Guest  Pryal  on her Facebook page, Twitter, and Website.
Aimee Horton on her Facebook page, Twitter, and Website.
Cheryl McAlister on her Facebook page, Twitter, and Website.
Didier Quemener on his Facebook page, Twitter, and Website.
Vicki Lesage on her Facebook page, Twitter, and Website



Tuesday, December 20, 2016

O Holy Night!

Merry Christmas!  Colleen Coble shares this story from her Aloha Reef series.  Will this be the perfect addition to your Christmas?  So let’s meet the characters of the Aloha Reef series.

Synopsis:

Bane and Leia are preparing for their upcoming wedding.  Nothing could be better than a wedding at Christmas time.   Will this wedding take place?  Leia has a sister that has special needs.  When she goes missing will she be able to trust Bane?  When the kidnapper makes his next move and wants the wedding canceled.  Will this be the final straw for Leia and Bane?  Or will they find more to celebrate?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this story.  There are great plot points throughout the story.  It is a short story.  The reader will be kept guessing till the end.  I enjoyed learning about Hawaiian culture.  I feel that readers will find this series worth catching up on.   The only negative for me is that this story was so short. 

Rating:

4/5


Please visit Colleen on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her website.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Does one of Beth Harbison's Recent Novels Remind You of a Good Read?

Have you ever had that from the past boyfriend that continues to haunt you in present day?  The guy that you just cannot stop thinking about. What if that relationship had turned out differently? Would it impact the present? Beth Harbison explores relationships that are complex in her novel There is Always Something There To Remind Me.    

Synopsis:

There are two stories throughout the novel.  One takes place in the past.   The reader will learn about Erin’s relationship with Nate her boyfriend. What happens with their relationship to cause the present events? Then in the present Erin lives around the D.C. area with her daughter Camilla. Erin also has been seeing this guy who is also single but a widower with a daughter the same age as Camilla.  One night they go out and he pops the question to marry him.  What will her answer be?  Meanwhile Erin's work as an event planner leads to the next big event.  She is planning this big sweet sixteen birthday party.  Her client is a spoiled teenager that has outrageous demands on her time.  Will she be able to pull this party off with success? What happens to her relationship with Nate?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this novel!  I have thought often what would life been like if I had made different choices?  The story is plotted with two different story lines.  One is narrated in third person about the past and Erin’s experience with her boyfriend Nate.  The second story line is narrated in first person. Where the reader will discovery how Erin’s choices in the past impact her current life.

 Beth Harbison always has interesting characters in her novels.  The story is set in the suburbs of Washington D.C.  Which makes it the perfect backdrop for this story?    I found it a little hot and steamy at times which is not my preference, but  a great read!
This story is worth you your time.  

To purchase this novel by Beth Harbison click on the link. Readers can also read A Shoe Addict’s Christmas her current novel.

Rating:


4/5

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Meet the Four Ms. Bradwells

I had the honor of meeting Meg Waite Clayton at the Decatur Book Festival for her book The Race for Paris.  I hope to share that soon as well.  Today we are considering one of Meg’s past novels The Four Ms. Bradwells.  This is a story of friendships that formed long ago.  The story is set against the Washington D.C.  Political scene. Ms. Clayton explores how the choices we make affect others both personally and professionally.

Synopsis:

The Ms. Bradwells met in Law school in Constitutional Law in Michigan.  In their first class in professor named Mia, Betts, Ginger, Laney, and Mia the Ms. Bradwells. They have been friends for a long time sharing in one another’s joys and heart breaks.  Now Betts is about to be confirmed for the Supreme Court. She is attending a hearing for confirmation in front of a Senate Subcommittee.  When she is asked about the death of Trey Humphrey that happened years ago one weekend.  Who killed him? Each Ms. Bradwell has a secret about what happened on that weekend.  Will these secrets break this sacred friendship or make them stronger?

My Thoughts:

I liked this novel.  The story is interesting as the reader tries to find out what happened so long ago.  It is told from alternating viewpoints of Mia, Betts, Ginger, and Laney.   Then chapters include both the present and flashbacks I found the plot unpredictable.    This novel has the politics of Washington D.C. as a back drop for this story.  After having been through this previous election season it was not my favorite to read. 
The novel has a satisfying conclusion!

Rating:

4/5


Please visit Meg on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Meet Litsy!

I have been asked at Writer’s Corner to share an honest review of the application Litsy. It is a new application or app for readers.   Think of this app as Instagram meets Goodreads.  The app invented by Todd Lawton and Jeff Leblanc.   So what was this application used for?
“As an independent bookstore owner, Amy is aware of how much effort goes into finding books and getting them on the shelf. During her last book tour, she used her social media platforms to discuss the books she found and the bookstores/booksellers where they can be purchased.  
As one of Litsy’s first subscribers, Amy quickly realized it was the perfect platform to highlight the books that independent bookstores are championing; along with the booksellers who make these discoveries and share them with their patrons.
Amy’s getting the community involved by requesting their support by visiting their favorite independent bookstore, give a shout-out to a book through a blurb or post and include the #getindie hashtag. She’s also recruited many other authors, including Alexander Chee and Christina Baker Kline.”
So how does Litsy work? 
There may not be many followers yet from your Facebook page or other social media options since it is a new app.   I have a few indie bookstores that I work with on a regular basis, but have not seen them on Litsy yet.   When you post on it a book has to be attached to your post.  You can comment on a photo that you upload.  You also have options to follow the other person or add that book to your TBR pile.
If a user has problems with using Litsy shake your phone.  Once this happens a prompt will ask if you have a problem.     A dialogue box appears and the user can dialogue with support from Litsy.  I had an issue with a Wifi problem at my work, but was able to resolve it quickly.
My Thoughts: 
I like the Litsy application.  I feel that will develop into a user friendly application.  I am interested to see what Indies do with this application and its users.  As long as users are comfortable with an Instagram type application then it will seem easy to use. 
The only downside to me is its newness of the application. It may not work  in  some WIFI locations.  Otherwise interesting social media tool!


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Visit Sunshine Beach with Wendy Wax!

It is time to catch up with the ladies of Ten Beach Road.  This series started with book one Ten Beach Road. The four ladies found one another:  Avery, Nicki, Maddie, and Kyra as victims of a Ponzi scheme.  Their story continues in this next book four Sunshine Beach by Wendy Wax.

Synopsis:

Kyra and Dustin have a home at the Ten Beach Road house.  Stephanie is finally starting over since the divorce with Will the rocker.  Avery is still grieving over the loss of her mother Deirdre the interior designer.  Nicki and FBI agent Joe are progressing in their relationship.  What will their next renovation project be?  Kyra and Dustin stumble onto this hotel on the beach.  This would be their biggest renovation project yet.  Maddie’s ex-husband Steve appears for a visit with thoughts of reclaiming his wife.  Will he be successful?  Who will be Deirdre’s replacement?

My Thoughts:

I loved this novel!  It was great to catch up with the characters that I have gotten to know so well, in the previous book.  Readers can pick this up series with this book or start at the beginning with Ten Beach Road.  Sunshine Beach can stand alone.   There is not much mentioned in it about the renovation of the hotel.  In other words because of the story the physical work was not as documented as usual.  I loved the twist in the plot with bringing back Steve the ex-husband.  

A mystery is also associated with the story.  This mystery surrounds the hotel and its past, and the family that owns it.  The two sisters that own it are not sure they want to renovate.   It adds a nice flavor to the story.  One readers will find very interesting.

The next Ten Beach Road novel is One Good Thing.  You can preorder it now.

Rating:


4.5/5

Please visit Wendy on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Would You Like to Meet Zelda Fitzgerald?

Who loved the Paris Wife by Paula McLain?   The Paris Wife was Hadley Hemingway's story. Zelda Fitzgerald was also part of her story. Therese Anne Fowler explores Zelda's story in Z A NOVEL of ZELDA FITZGERALD.  How did she meet Scott Fitzgerald?  What was she like as a person? 

Synopsis:

Zelda is from Birmingham Alabama.  Her father was one the most well-known judges of that time. She is their youngest of the family and most spoiled.  The rules seem to never apply to her.  Out with friends she meets young Lt. F. Scott Fitzgerald.  They seem to hit it off.  They first met during the waning years of World War I.  Once the war was over and Scott goes back to New York what will happen to their relationship?   Zelda wants to marry Scott but is not sure he will meet the financial requirements.  Once this problem is solved then it is off to married life and trips to Europe.  Scott wants to go over to France so he can feel inspired to finish his novel.  What happens when he meets the popular Ernest Hemingway?  How does this change Scott’s relationship with Zelda?

My Thoughts:

I thought that Zelda’s story was interesting.  I loved reading about the time in Paris.  I always envisioned her as being flighty and not very intelligent.  Ms. Fowler created the character of Zelda.  The character has one trait that surprised me, her intelligence.  I felt for her with the misogynistic behavior of her husband and Hemingway.  I am glad to see that times have changed with the role of women.   I had a desire to seek out the Fitzgerald family tree to see what became of her descendants. 
Therese Fowler weaves an interesting picture of  Zelda Fitzgerald.  
Rating:
4/5

Please visit Therese Fowler on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Does Pretty Make a Good Novel?

This year during the Decatur Book Festival St. Martin’s Press had a booth there.  I was so excited.  Sorry no picture!  I enjoyed meeting the people from St. Martin’s Press at the booth.  The novel that I picked up from this visit is Pretty Is by debut author Maggie Mitchell.  This novel is in the thriller suspense genre.

Synopsis:

Lois and Carly May are both survivors from a childhood kidnapping.  Both women survive the experience but their lives take different paths.  Lois keeps up with Carly May after name change to Chloe Savage while surfing the internet.  Chloe is now an actress out in Hollywood.  She is a working actress who left her hometown in Nebraska and her family.  Her father makes choices that push Carly May onto her path to become an actress.   Her next script will be for an adaptation of a popular novel. It is written by Lois using her pen name Lucy Ledger.  This novel is a fictionalization of Chloe and Lois’s experience with their kidnapper.  Lois is a college professor in a small town in New York.   She also has another career as writer.  She rarely sees her family or lets anyone else into her life.  What will happen when one of her students takes a personal interest in her life?  Could this student have a connection to the kidnapper?  When the film brings Lois and Chloe together will it be smooth sailing? Or a replay of what happened years ago?

My Thoughts:

I was a little disappointed.  The characters in this book are interesting but fall flat of interesting.  I did not feel that there was much suspense in the novel.  The author has crafted this novel so the story is narrated from Lois and Chloe’s points of view.   Then there is a section of the story which tells the story of the abduction from Lois’s novel.  This section was the most interesting part of the novel.

Thrillers tend to follow a certain path for readers.  The beginning of the novel gives you the details.  The reader will learn about the characters, setting, and what the conflict will become.  A suspense thriller novel that is three hundred fifty  pages, for example.  The first part of the novel page one to about three hundred is all the detail.  When the story climaxes about three hundred twenty; then the action starts.  The action usually keeps readers interested in finishing the novel.  I was a little interested but it did not have enough action in the end for me.

Rating:

3.75/5

Please visit Maggie on her Facebook page and Twitter.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Can One Summer Bring the Sisters She Always Wanted Together?

Nancy Thayer is another writer that often writes about Nantucket Massachusetts. She known for her fabulous beach read novels.  This novel is a light read to focus on the bond of sisters.  What would one daughter do to have a relationship with her sisters?  They are in fact half-sisters.  They have to live in a house on Nantucket for the summer.

Synopsis:

Jenny is anxious to share the house on Nantucket with her half sisters Meg and Arden.  There is one problem she has not relationship with either half-sisters.  Their father Rory Randall chose her over her two sisters or so she thought.  There was a theft at the house and Arden is blamed and her sister Meg by association.  The women come to the house to fulfill the clause in the will.  Will each sister find what she is looking for?  Will the truth from the past come out?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this story.   Readers will too!  The issues between the sisters resolved pretty easily.  My favorite sister in the group is Meg.  Meg is a professor in the beginning of her career but with lack of confidence issues.   The major issue is what happened between Arden and Jenny’s step mom.  How to resolve this conflict?   The resolution took a little longer but made for a more interesting end to the story. 

Awesome setting as in Nantucket!   Readers can look forward to reading her current novel  Hot Flash Holiday.

Rating:

4/5

Please visit Nancy on her Facebook page and her Website.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Winner of the Alyson Richman giveaway is....

Chrissy for Every Free Chance.   Please email me as soon as possible!   I will see Alyson tomorrow night and can get your copy signed.   My email address is jenceyg@gmail.com

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Great Christmas Box For a Great Cause

Novak’s latest “digital box set for a cure,” ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS, is a contemporary romance collection of stories featuring her own Rita-nominated novella “A Dundee Christmas” as well as stories by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Debbie Macomber and romance favorites Bella Andre, Melody Anne, Violet Duke, Marie Force, Heather Graham, Laurelin Paige & Kayti McGee, Jane Porter, Melanie Shawn, RaeAnne Thayne, Melinda Curtis, Anna J. Stewart and Scarlett York. The set sells for only $9.99 (less than $1/story) and is up for pre-order now wherever e-books are sold. The box will be released November 1st and will only be available through December 31st. For more information, visit  Brenda Novak's  website

About the Books:

“5-B POPPY LANE” by Debbie Macomber
Come visit with Helen Shelton, her granddaughter Ruth and Ruth's husband, Paul. They'll offer you a cup of mulled cider and the story of how they met.

“KISSING UNDER THE MISTLETOE” by Bella Andre
For Mary Sullivan Christmas has always been about family. As she hangs her ornaments, she's swept back to the first days of her whirlwind romance with her husband--and the love that would be the foundation on which they built their family.

“FINDING EACH OTHER” by Melody Anne
Brayden Steele gave up his love of Christmas many years ago when he lost his mother and father in a car wreck. But the magic hasn’t given up on him.

“BEFORE THAT PROMISE” by Violet Duke
If anyone can make Drew Lawson believe in the magic of Christmas, it's the girl-next-door he's classified as completely off-limits.

“CELEBRATION AFTER DARK” by Marie Force
On the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary, Big Mac and Linda McCarthy take a look back at how they came to be, while each of their children confront a new challenge in their own lives.

“SPIRIT OF THE SEASON” by Heather Graham”
While struggling to raise her newly orphaned nephew, Davey, widow Becky Wexham must deal with the feelings she experiences when she once again comes into contact with Tim Yeagher, an old flame and Davey's Little League coach.

“A DUNDEE CHRISTMAS” by Brenda Novak
Welcome to Dundee, Idaho, where the town is small but the hearts of the people living in it are large. A woman seeking refuge in an unfamiliar town during a snowstorm is taken in by a man who helps her discover a new sense of home.

“UNMATCHABLE” by Laurelin Paige and Kayti McGee
After Jane Osborne is unceremoniously dumped by a rich man, and then invited to his wedding, on (Christmas Eve no less), she decides to hire a date from Craigslist and pass him off as an upgrade.

“CHRISTMAS MIRACLE FOR DAISY” by Jane Porter
When his goddaughter, Daisy, is orphaned, confirmed bachelor Cormac Sheenan adopts her. All goes well until Marietta's seasonal Santa Claus promises his daughter a mommy for Christmas.

“CHRISTMAS WISH: A HOPE FALLS HOLIDAY NOVELLA” by Melanie Shawn
For the movie star and the single mom, will a Christmas Wish become their new reality?

“A COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS MIRACLE” by RaeAnne Thayne
Widow and caterer Jenna Wheeler is determined to spin Christmas into the stuff of magic for her four children, even if that means helping out her new landlord, sexy billionaire Carson McRaven..

"THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS" by Melinda Curtis
Simon Castle' s on his way to a make-or-break meeting unseasonably scheduled for December 25--until the gorgeous redhead subbing for his limo driver takes him on a detour.

“GINGERBREAD DREAMS” by Anna J. Stewart
Can carpenter Hamish MacFadden show free-spirit Essie Goodman how magical family--and Christmas--can be?

“CRUEL INTENTIONS” by Scarlett York
For fans of Pretty Little Liars…It’s hard to be a rhinestone in a diamond world...I was far from living the dream, but now I'm stuck in a nightmare of lies, deceit....and murder. Merry Christmas to me. 

To purchase and support the cause visit these retailers:

Amazon

IBooks

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Pink Escape Velvet Hours Giveaway

Thank you Alyson Richman  for sharing a copy of The Velvet Hours.  I look forward to reading it and sharing your novel with us.  A review from Writer’s Corner is coming soon!   I first met Alyson when her novel The Lost Wife appeared in Penguin’s Read for Pink.  Her novels are all very interesting reads.  There is always a little truth in fiction.  She writes with such vivid detail the plight of the Jews during World War two.  Let’s learn a little about The Velvet Hour

Synopsis:

From the international bestselling author of The Lost Wifeand The Garden of Letters, comes a story—inspired by true events—of two women pursuing freedom and independence in Paris during WWII.

As Paris teeters on the edge of the German occupation, a young French woman closes the door to her late grandmother’s treasure-filled apartment, unsure if she’ll ever return.

An elusive courtesan, Marthe de Florian cultivated a life of art and beauty, casting out all recollections of her impoverished childhood in the dark alleys of Montmartre. With Europe on the brink of war, she shares her story with her granddaughter Solange Beaugiron, using her prized possessions to reveal her innermost secrets. Most striking of all are a beautiful string of pearls and a magnificent portrait of Marthe painted by the Italian artist Giovanni Boldini, conjuring a tale of love and survival.

Inspired by the true account of an abandoned Parisian apartment, Alyson Richman brings to life Madame de Florian and Solange Beaugiron, the young woman forced to leave her fabled grandmother’s legacy behind to save all that she loved.
The Velvet Hours explores the unlikely relationship between two women who pursue freedom and independence during uncertain times, as Solange and Marthe’s stories unfold like velvet itself, each stitched with its own shadow and light.

"Richman fills her novel with vibrant details (including some of the more juicy bits from Marthe’s real life), much as Marthe decorated her apartment: always with care, craft, and a sharp eye."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Alyson Richman’s writing sings in her evocative new novel set in Paris at the dawn of World War II. The Velvet Hours is a beautiful and compelling portrait of two women facing their unknown past and an unimaginable future as their world begins to crumble.”
— Kristin Hannah #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale

“Alyson Richman deftly weaves fact and fiction to create an enthralling tale of love and sacrifice in The Velvet Hours. Richman slips flawlessly between time periods, her sense of place in depicting Paris in the 1880's and 1940's spot on. The reader navigates the streets of the City of Light alongside Solange and Marthe, two carefully crafted and worthy heroines. The author does a superb job of creating a Paris apartment full of exquisite treasures and a priceless painting, a world of light and shadow, beauty and darkness. Ultimately, this is a carefully wrought story of love, of what the heart chooses to give up, and what it chooses to keep. Highly recommended to readers who enjoyed Kristen Hannah’s The Nightingale.”
—Karen White, New York Times bestselling author

About the Author:

 Alyson Richman is the #1 International bestselling author of The Garden of Letters, The Lost Wife, The Last Van Gogh, The Rhythm of Memory, and The Mask Carver’s Son. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and a former Thomas J. Watson fellow. Her novels have been published in nineteen languages and The Lost Wife is currently in development to be a major motion picture starring Daisy Ridley. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her husband and two children. 
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Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Adventure of Writing a Novel When You're a Mom

Since the title of my first novel is Confessions of a Wedding Musician Mom, you might not be too shocked to hear that I am a mom myself. (I also happen to be a wedding musician. But the book is a complete work of fiction. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.)

Writing a novel when you have kids -- in my case, three homeschooled kids -- is a bit of an interesting challenge. I started writing the rough draft during swim team season. During the kids' morning practices, I sat off to the side and wrote beginning character sketches and a scene-by-scene outline. During the evening meets, when I wasn't volunteering, I was sitting on the bleachers scribbling into composition notebooks (yes, I wrote the rough draft by hand) in between munching on my concession stand pizza.


When summer swim team season was over, I needed to figure out a new writing schedule. Fortunately, all three of my kids were in a musical that fall, and at evening rehearsals I would shoot over to Panera to re-write a scene.

Or not. During tech week, when there was a rehearsal every evening, one night I was lazy to go anywhere and I spent two hours in the theater parking lot. I alternated between reading Getting Over Jack Wagner and writing with my knees propped against the steering wheel and my notebook propped up against my legs.


One of the many deep and thought-provoking tomes that provided my writing inspiration But hey, there's to more to being a Mom/Novelist that just figuring out when and where to write. Not only did my kids think that what I was doing was pretty cool, but they were often eager to help.

Angela and Danny, the main character's two children in Confessions of a Wedding Musician Mom, were both named by my youngest child, Benjamin. At the time he had recently finished a year in a morning pre-school program. Miss Angela was the name of his favorite teacher, while Danny was his best friend that school year.


Benjamin also suggested many times that I name the book Blue Notes (which is agree is a great name, but I didn't think it fit this particular book). He also thought it should end with Heather, the main character, making a lot of money from playing the piano at weddings and her son Danny saying, "Yay, let's spend on the money on toys!" Which is also not a bad idea.

As the years went by (yes, sadly it took that long), I got closer to publication and needed more help. Around this time my daughters, Rachael and Rebecca, were in another musical, and while I was driving them and their friend Maggie to rehearsal, I told them I needed a made-up name for a kids' TV show. The three girls spent the car ride calling out different names and different types of animals until Maggie came up with the infamous Millie Mallard's Pond of Fun, which I absolutely love. (Rachael even started singing a theme song for it that she made up in the car.)

But wait -- we still weren't quite done. I needed a great cover idea, and Rebecca came up with the brilliant idea of having a piano with crayon scribblings on the keys and even created a mock-up using images she found through Google. My cover designer Ana Grigoriu worked her magic to turn Rebecca's crude (and probably highly illegal) mock-up into the fantastic final product it is today: 




So as you can see, writing a novel when you're a mom is an adventure that is offbeat, creative, and rather amusing.

Just like the book. 


About the Author:  
Jennifer McCoy Blaske has been writing since she was ten and published her first story when she was fourteen. Confessions of a Wedding Musician Mom is the first book in the Madison Musician series. 

To contact Jennifer please visit her website.  
















Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Gift that Keeps Giving!

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for a copy of Under a Maui Moon by Robin Jones Gunn.  I was given this copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Who likes vacations?  I know I do.  I would also say cancer sufferers love vacations even morel.  What would be your favorite destination?  I know that I have been wanting to travel out west again. This time I plan to visit Maui.  So I invite you to come with us to Maui!

Synopsis:

Carissa is an office manager for a busy medical practice in Portland Oregon.  One morning she walks into work to find that a meeting has occurred.  What did the doctors meet about?  It does not take long for her to find out.  Dr. Walters comes to see her and lets her know that she is let go from her job.  He hands her a key and says that he will fill her in on what the key is for tomorrow after she finishes packing up her office.  Once home she is also having conflict with her husband Richard.  His psychiatry practice is what upsets Carissa.   He tells her to discuss it with her boss again tomorrow because they need her pay check.  Then there is the other problem of his clients showing up after hours, at their house.  The next day Dr. Walters explains that the key is for cottage on the island of Maui.  The purpose is to give Carissa time to clear her head and decide what is next.  What will her trip have enstore for her?  Will she be able to heal the rift between herself and her husband?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed Under a Maui Moon by Robin Jones Gunn.  It is set in a great location!  I loved how the author really took us the readers on a journey into Carissa’s life.  The readers will turn pages to find out how the story will resolve.   I also loved how she integrated the bible into the story.    I think the author hit on a key issue with many Christ followers.    Are we willing to seek and trust God in our life?  Can we forgive those who have wronged us or let God be the tunnel?

Rating:

4.5/5

Please visit Robin on her Facebook Page, Twitter, and her Website.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Can the Past Haunt Your Future?

The next novel in our Pink Escape series is When Light Breaks by Patti Callahan Henry.   This story asks the question can the past change the future?   Is it worth investigating?  Follow along this story set in South Carolina.
Synopsis: 
Kara Larson is a manager for the country club.  She works with Pros on the golf tour.  She met her fiancĂ© Peyton through her work with the PGA.  She feels that she has everything she ever wanted.  Then the benefit fundraiser comes along that will follow the tour stop of PGA.  Shelly needs a band for this event.  Then there is Mave's story of her first love.  Kara keeps up her visits to this lady to fulfill her Junior League committment.  One night her fiancĂ© suggests this band that is very popular.  The main members of the band are Jack and his brother.  Shelly and Jack grew up together in her old neighborhood.  Will this band solve all her problems?  Will this change her future?
My Thoughts: 
I enjoyed this novel.  Patti Callahan Henry has another gem of a novel in When Light Breaks.  The characters are likeable. The occupation of the main character working with the PGA is interesting. This occupation is not one that I familiar with.  It really added to the story.   Then there was Mave's  story of  her first love.  The reader will find her story interesting and how it relates to the plot.  The plot was not predictable.  I wondered who she would choose Jack or Peyton?  Or who would break off the engagement?  A good story keeps you guessing to the end! 
Another wonderful tale set in the lowcountry!
Rating: 
4/5
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