Thursday, April 11, 2013

Everything is Coming up Roses!

It has been a while but the Chicklitplus blog tour is back on Writer’s Corner.  Today we bring you Elly In Bloom by Colleen Oakes.


Elly leaves Atlanta in a blur after she found her husband in bed with his mistress.  Her goal is to drive and not to stop.  Something draws Elly to stop at a coffee shop in Clayton Missouri where she meets Kim.  Her new friend helps start over.  Elly’s new business is a flower shop which is renowned for helping with weddings.  What will her future hold?  Will she finally get past her ex-husband? 

My Thoughts:

Colleen Oakes is a new author for me.  I did enjoy the story very much.  There were spots where it lagged for me.   I did enjoy learning about flowers and how they are arranged in for weddings.   I also loved that the setting is in St. Louis Missouri.  Clayton is a suburb in that city.  It is known for being a more well to do area.
The characters are unique in this novel.  Elly is an emotional eater that solves all her problems by eating.  Kim is a free spirit expecting a baby.   Snarky teenager is an interesting character.  I wish she had a name.   The other characters are also very unique. 

I look forward to seeing Elly move forward.  To see the next chapter in Elly’s life check out Elly In Bloom.

Author Bio:

Colleen Oakes is a passionate Colorado native who really enjoys living in other places. She attended college in Bronxville, NY where she received her degree in Creative Writing. After college, she opened up a successful wedding florist before the writing urge came knocking. Now she is a night owl who does most of her writing in pajamas. When not drowsily hitting the keys, Colleen enjoys swimming, reading, and immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. Elly in Bloom debuted in September, 2012 via Amazon Publishing. She now lives with her husband in North Denver, where they are awaiting their first child through adoption. Colleen blogs about life (good, bad, and awkward) pretty frequently over at The Ranunculus Adventures. ( She is currently at work on the sequel to Elly in Bloom.



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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Welcome to the Authors in Bloom Hop!

Welcome to the Authors in Bloom Hop!  I am excited to host and be part of this year.   The hop runs from April 10th to  the 20th.  We will have an exciting giveaway here.  This giveaway will be open to US Residents only.  I am also going to share a recipe here.

The recipe I am sharing is one from my childhood and a favorite.  The recipe is for Lemon Torte:

There are four layers: 

First layer is :   One stick butter melted, l cup flour, and ¼ cup chopped pecans.  Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees, and let cool completely .You can also avoid this step by using a gramcracker crust.

Second layer:  Blend eight ounce package of cream cheese, one cup powdered sugar and one cup cool whip. 

Third layer:  Fix two packages of instant lemon pudding mix and only use 3 ½ cups of milk.  Once the pudding has set then add to the pan with the rest of the layers. 

The final layer is  cool whip on top.

Here is the prize from me:
Two books that have appeared right here at Writer’s Corner: 
The Memory Thiefby Emily Colin:   Maddie warns her husband Aidan that he shouldn’t go on this latest climb.   There might be severe consequences.   Aidan chooses to go on the climb anyway.  While on the climb something happens.  Over in another part of the country Nicholas is recovering from a car accident, but does not remember anything.  Nicholas wakes up with someone else’s memories.   Maddie and Nicholas both have premonitions about what happened to Aidan.   Are there any attachments between Nick and Maddie?   Will Maddie survive her latest trial?

The AfterWife by Gigi Levangie Grazer:    Hannah Bernal loves life, loves her husband, and their daughter.   One morning John leaves to run an errand but does not come back.  Hannah is in shock and immediately calls the Grief Team.   They are her friends which consist of her superior Jay, Chloe the blogger, and Aimee the middle aged actress.  They are always at her side ready to offer advice and drama.  Hannah loves and depends on her team but she also has developed a special talent.   Where will Hannah’s life turn?   Will she survive her husband’s death?

The authors of this hop are giving away a grand prize. We are giving away a Kindle Fire or Nook (winner’s choice) along with a $25 gift card for the same.  

To enter the giveaways see the rafflecopter below.   You must be a US resident.

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