Tuesday, August 15, 2017

In the Spotlight E.J. Copperman and The Dog Dish of Doom

Please welcome to E.J. Copperman to the Spotlight.  His new book releases today Dog Dish of Doom.  This is book one in a new series.  Readers will follow Kay Powell a Talent Agent.  She is on a mission to find a break out star. 

Synopsis: 

Kay Powell wants to find that break-out client who will become a star. And she thinks she’s found him: His name is Bruno, and he has to be walked three times a day.

Bruno’s humans, Trent and Louise, butt in a lot, and Les McMaster, the famous director now mounting a revival of Annie, might not hire Bruno just because he can’t stand Trent in particular.

That becomes less of an issue when Trent is discovered face down in Bruno’s water dish. With a kitchen knife in his back . (St. Martin's Press synopsis)

About the Author:
E.J. Copperman is someone you could sit down and have a beer with, if that’s your thing. Or a hot chocolate. Or a diet soda. Actually, you can have anything you want as long as you don’t care what E.J. is drinking.

E.J. is the author of a number of mystery series: Agent to the Paws begins with Dog Dish of Doom and other series include the Haunted Guesthouse mysteries, Asperger’s mysteries, and Mysterious Detective mysteries.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

What Happens When They All Come Back?

Kristy Woodson Harvey is a new author for me.  She is also one of the sweetest and extremely personable.  I have said for the last two summers that I would read one of her books. This summer I had the opportunity. Today I am sharing with you Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey.

Synopsis:

Caroline Murphy has decided to go back to the one place she detests the most Peachtree Bluff. Her mother moved her and her sisters there when she was a teenager. What is the reason to leave New York? Her husband had a very public affair with a model and it is chronicled on a reality television show Ladies Who Lunch. So Caroline must also bring her sisters Emerson and Sloane home to Peachtree Bluff. Ansley their mother ends up with a full house. Her old flame Jack returns with secrets that impact Ansley’s past. Will she be open to a new future or will she be stuck in the past? What will Caroline decide?

My Thoughts:

I loved this book! Kristy has a unique voice to her writing which comes across the page  beautifully. It made for a very easy read. I also loved how she added subtle humor throughout the book. Kristy excels in writing about sisters and their conflicts. She has created a magical world in Peachtree Bluff. The setting reminded me a little of the Gilmore Girls which has a town cast full of characters as well.

Since this is Kristy’s first series I was a little disappointed with how Slightly South of Simple ended. I felt that it was not all tied up, but we might see more resolution in the future books? Slightly South of Simple is the first book of the series. This series will chronicle the sisters Caroline, Sloane, and Emerson. This book is still worth taking to the beach for a great read!

Rating:

4.5/5

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Catching Up with Lisa Becker and Links!

I am thrilled to have Lisa Becker back at Writer’s Corner.  She is her today to discuss her latest release Links.  It has been a while since Lisa has been with us.  She is best known for the Click: AnOnline Love Story series.    We had fun casting that one!    I have always loved sitting down with one of her books.    

Tell us about your newest release.

A light-hearted, second chance romance, Links explores what happens when nerdy girl Charlotte Windham reconnects with her unrequited schoolgirl crush, star athlete Garrett Stephens, 15 years after high school. 

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Did you have an unrequited crush in high school?

I'm not too ashamed to admit I had such a fierce crush on a boy, I willingly sat with him in the bathroom at parties while he puked up wine coolers, just so I could spend time with him. Thankfully, that soul-crushing time in my life in over, but I couldn't help but wonder what would happen if I came upon that secret crush today as a confident, successful woman.

Can you tell us more about the main character(s)?

Charlotte Windham was a typical ugly duckling in high school -- glasses and all. Highly intelligent and immensely talented, she's become a breakout success with her best-selling novel, The Crossing Guard.  In school, she harbored an unrequited crush on Garrett Stephens, the teen heartthrob and star athlete who's gone on to become a professional golfer suffering a possible career-ending injury. The book explores what happens when these two former classmates have a chance encounter in a Los Angeles restaurant, 15 years after high school. With the upper hand, can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways, and for his more recent Don Juan lifestyle? Will she even want to? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be the perfect fit for him?

Imagine Links would be turned into a movie, who would you cast for the main characters?

I would love to see someone with the emotional range and depth of Maggie Gyllenhaal to play Charlotte. I think she could make her come across as vulnerable, successful, intelligent and passionate. For Garrett, we would need someone who is classically handsome and oozes charm. Matt Bomer, who pulled that off perfectly on White Collar comes to mind.  If he's not available, let's just say, I would love to be at the casting call for that role. 

You have also published other books, can you tell us more about them?

I'm most known for the Click trilogy comprised of Click: An Online Love Story, Double Click and Right Click.  The series follows a young woman's search for love online in Los Angeles with the entire series unfolding in emails between our heroine, her friends and her hilarious dates. Fraught with BCC's, FWD's and inadvertent Reply to All's, readers will cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends. And ultimately, they will root for Renee to "click" with the right man.

What do you have in the works?

I've just wrapped up a contemporary romance called Starfish, which examines the unlikely relationship between a regular girl and a touring guitarist in a band. When it comes to romance, you just can't pass up the idea of falling in love with a rock star.


About Lisa Becker

Lisa Becker is a romance writer whose previous novels include Click: An Online Love StoryDouble Click and Right Click. The books, about a young woman's search for love online in Los Angeles, have been called, “a fast read that will keep you entertained,” “a fun, quick read for fans of Sex and the City,” and “hard to put down.” The first in the series was optioned for a major motion picture.

Lisa’s writings about online dating have been featured in Cupid’s Pulse, GalTime.com, Single Edition, The Perfect Soulmate, Chick Lit Central and numerous other book blogs and websites.

As Lisa's grandmother used to say, "For every chair, there's a rush." Lisa is now happily married to a man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for anyone! 


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Thursday, August 3, 2017

One Definitely To Include In Your Beach Bag!

So what are you going to take in your beach bag this year? Would it include one Good Thing by Wendy Wax? My sister asked me does Wendy Wax have anything new out? Yes, of course she does! One Good Thing is the finale of The Ten Beach Road series

Synopsis:

The book opens with Maddie and William Hightower on a date. While out with Will; he asks when Maddie will have the freedom to make her own choices. She cannot leave things as they are right now with the ladies. They are still trying to get the inn up and running and sell the remaining cottages. Kyra keeps the loan that she made against Bella Flora a secret. She hopes that she will be reimbursed by the proceeds of the sale of their version of Do Over. When Kyra and Avery meet with the lawyer and he offers a way to get out of the contract but not much else. They realize that they have to find a way to salvage their latest project.  Meanwhile Nikki is very pregnant with twins and on bedrest, and driving everyone else crazy with her demands. How can they save Bella Flora, the inn, and their future?


My Thoughts:

The Ten Beach Road series by Wendy Wax is one that I have come to love! She created characters that the readers can truly care about. My mission through reading this book was to see Nikki get a happy ending. I was going to be very upset if that did not happen. When Sunshine Beach ended the project was not really over. One Good Thing is more like a part two of Sunshine Beach. I hated to have to say good bye to these characters! Maybe we might see a special Ten Beach Road book from Wendy Wax in the future with our beloved characters? This book is a very easy read. I flew through the pages. I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next!

Rating:

5/5

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

What Secrets Lie Within Your Family?

What family secrets do you have? Do you share them with others outside your family? What secrets from the past haunt your family in the present? In Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter one family’s secrets pose a threat to the future.

Synopsis:

Althea Bell’s family has secrets. I mean big secrets. Women in her family reach their thirtieth birthday, and lose their minds. They are diagnosed with schizophrenia. These women disappear never to be heard from again. Althea is nearing her thirtieth birthday. She has recently been released from drug rehabilitation center. She is recovering from an addiction to pain pills her mother gave her. Althea comes home to a father who has Alzheimer’s. Her brother is getting ready to run for governor in the state of Alabama. So they do not need her coming home to ruin things. Her welcome is about as warms as a freezer. When she realizes she can’t stay at home she turns to her friend Jay. Althea starts to go down the same path as the other women in her family. Will she be able to put together what happened to these women? Why does it always occur around their thirtieth birthday? Is there an end to this tragic family secret?

My Thoughts:


I loved this book! At first the main flaw of the protagonist character was a little bit of a turn off. Althea's drug addiction made me unsure of where the story would go. I was happy to continue! I like escape reads. I happened to be recovering from surgery so this book was the perfect book to read while recovering. This book was the debut for Emily Carpenter. It is well written! The story is set in rural Alabama. Each page will leave you wanting to come back for more till the mystery is solved. 

Rating:

5/5

Emily’s current book is The Weight of Lies.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

How Do You Write a Chick Lit Book?

I will one day publish a book. I swear see I am holding my hand up with this promise.
I have learned a lot over the years visiting with authors such as Jane Green, Emily Giffin, Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Hannah, and more. One resource I decided to consult is See Jane Write A Girl’s Guide to Writing ChickLit by Sarah Mlynowski and Farrin Jacobs.

 Sarah Mlynowski and Farrin Jacobs wanted to help amateur writers proceed through the steps to publication with advice, and how tos from of your favorite authors. Authors like Emily Giffin, Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus, and Sophie Kinsella.  Sarah is a published author and knows the process well. Farrin is an editor and covers well what not to do portions of the book. They explain each step of the writing process.

The book is structured a little differently then what readers are used to with a book on writing.  The book is written in different color fonts and backgrounds that are not typically seen in the adult book market. The book also includes exercises on how to handle some of the finer points of writing.

My Thoughts:


I liked this book! I thought it was a great introduction to the Chick Lit Genre. I loved that it included advice from popular authors in this genre. I would keep a copy of this book because it offers advice that I could use as a writer. It would be very helpful! The only negative is that much of the information is out of date. Red Dress Ink no longer exists as a publisher. I would love to an update to the list of current publishers in this genre. Then ask for a modern list of authors. Still this is a great book to help you get started on your book in the Chick Lit Genre!

Rating:

4/5

Sarah's current available title is I See London, I See France.
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Going Below the Surface with Lysa Terkeurst

In my journey through the other side of cancer God has called me to a specific direction. He used a scene from the movie War Room to open my eyes to application of his word, the bible. I learn what it means to be a prayer warrior, in the Priscilla Shirer study Armor of God. I am healing from cancer and some changes have occurred both positive and negative. I prayed about my loneliness and God brought me to the next study, which is Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst. Have you ever felt less than, left out or lonely?

For this review I will be discussing both the book and the Bible study guide. Both books have a beautiful cover!

The bible study guide is divided into seven sessions. Each session begins with an outline of Lysa’s teaching. I am not going to go into great detail because I had no access to this teaching which was done on video. Then the week’s session proceeds into a group bible study. Then the rest of the homework is personal. The personal study sections go deeper into the teaching. It focuses on application. The study begins with the participants reading the first three chapters of the Uninvited book. Then Lysa teaches on those in-depth in the personal sections. The participant is also asked to read other chapters on certain days.

What is this study about? How to handle rejection when attacked. ? What is God’s plan when you experience rejection? How do we live when feeling less than and lonely? How can we help others?

My Thoughts:

I loved this study! The structure was different than what I was used to, in previous bible studies. I loved how it really connected with Armor of God.  The connection in application is using my war room. I think we as followers all struggle with trying to find what it means to be fully loved. How can we bring the fullness of love, and present that too the world? How can we trust God in the process? I would have liked to have done it with a group but I was still able to learn so much. I plan to put these tools to use in my daily life.

Rating: 
5/5


Please visit Lysa on her social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

It is worth your time to get both the book and the study guide.



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Does It Compare to Lord and Lady Grantham?

Is a comparison between Daisy Goodwin’s debut The American Heiress and Downton Abbey? For those of us who have seen all the seasons of Downton Abbey and are waiting for the movie. Can Daisy’s book tide us over while we wait? 

Synopsis:

Mrs. Cash has great plans for her daughter Cora, and they do not involve the neighbor from the mansion down the street. Cora knows about these plans that her mother has for her and wants nothing to do with them. She tries to run away with her friend the neighbor but an accident occurs when they are discovered. Cora’s mother’s face is injured. So they go onto London England to meet a wealthy prospect with a title. Mrs. Cash thinks life will be perfect if Cora can land one. One day while riding Cora has an accident and meets the titled man of her dreams. Will their story be one of happily ever after or not? Does money really make people happy?

My Thoughts:

This story is nothing like Downton Abbey. I was very disappointed with it. I have loved Daisy’s more recent book Victoria. I do not understand the choices that Cora made. Ivo was a completely unsympathetic character. I wanted to say to him at the end of the book you deserve to lose everything. The book had a great start with interesting characters such as Cora, Mrs. Cash, and her maid. The pacing of the book lagged after she married. Then ending was underwhelming to me.

I love Daisy Goodwin’s writing and look forward to reading her next book.

Rating:

3/5

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

It is Time for the Grand Finale!

Have I got a beach read for you today! The Alaskan Quest series by Tracie Peterson is full of suspense, romance, and action. Today I am featuring Whispers ofWinter. Book three of the series. You can find the review for Summer of the Midnight Sun which is book one of the series here.

Synopsis:

Leah Kincaid and Helaina are waiting to hear back from Jayce Kincaid and Jacob Barringer.   Jayce is Leah’s husband and Jacob her brother.  Helaina wants a relationship with Jacob but does he?  At the end of book two Jayce and Jacob finally got a chance to go to the Arctic. One problem this trip has become rife with problems and it left them stranded on an island out in the Arctic Ocean. Leah prays for their safe return to their family. Karen and Adrik (Leah and Jacob’s adoptive parents) come to visit.   While they are visiting, Leah finally gets new about the safe return of Jayce and Jacob. Adrik suggests that they return to Last Chance Creek  to work for the railroad. This move comes with a tragedy. How will this affect Karen and Adrik’s family? How will Leah and Jacob’s families be impacted?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed Whispers of Winter. Tracie Peterson has a way of keeping readers interested in her characters by challenging them throughout the book.  Leah and Helaina waiting for word of whether Jayce and Jacob survived a number of incidents.  My only disappointment was the tragedy that happened early in the story.  The loose ends were tied up, but I felt that the story should have ended sooner. The story did have lots of action and suspense.

I have always enjoyed Tracie’s books and will highly recommend them. This series was full of themes of family, love, patience, and hope.

Rating:

4/5


Please check out Tracie's latest release Beloved Hope.




Thursday, July 13, 2017

It Could Happen!

Thank you to Atria Books for giving me a copy of It Happens All The Time by Amy Hatvany. I was given this copy in exchange for an honest review. I also received no financial compensation.

Sexual assault is a major crime against women.  In It Happens All The Time by Amy Hatvany, shares a story of sexual assault and how it impacts both the victim and the abuser. I am a sexual assault survivor like Amber in this story. This story is symbolic what this experience might be like.

Synopsis:

Amber and Tyler have been friends for years. Their families met when they were teenagers. Tyler has been the best friend that Amber has ever had. He has been with her through some of the worst times in her life. Tyler also has a secret crush on Amber. So fast forward to college and Amber comes home with an engagement ring on her finger. Tyler is crushed that he has lost his opportunity with the woman of his dreams. When Amber graduates from college, and starts her plans towards her future. . She also starts spending a lot of time with Tyler. Amber argues with her fiancé that they are just friends, but Fourth of July party changes everything. Will Tyler be able to come to terms with what happened? Will Amber be able to heal?

My Thoughts:

It Happens All The Time is a great story! It is well written. I feel that Ms. Hatvany did a great job of sharing both sides of the traumatic event, and the trials both characters go through. The characters of Tyler and Amber are well developed. I loved that the backstory did not overtake the book. I have a love hate relationship with this book because of my past experience. I am a sexual assault survivor and therefore it was a little hard to read Amber’s side of the story. Ms. Hatvany did a great job of covering the topic of sexual assault. Many cases of this type of crime do no end like this story.

One point that I would like to make is that many don’t know how hard it is to share your story. The first thought is that many victims have is that none will believe you. I have had that experience over the years or the judgement from others about my story. It is important regardless of the choice made by either party to accept their truth.  Then investigate that truth. We should validate the feelings of the victim.

Rating:

5/5

You can purchase a copy of it happens all here.