Wednesday, September 7, 2016

In the Spotlight: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS of the Furred Kind by Tom Cox

Please welcome Tom Cox to Writer's Corner.  He is sharing his latest book CLOSE ENCOUNTERS of the Furred Kind.  If you love pets then this is the book for you!  


Close Encounters of the Furred Kind is the follow-up to the Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller The Good, The Bad, and the Furry. Like The Good, The Bad, and the Furry, it tells the story of Tom Cox's life with his charismatic cats--The Bear, Shipley, Ralph, and recent recruit Roscoe.

Close Encounters of the Furred Kind begins with a long, emotional goodbye to Norfolk, and continues with another amazing new lease on life for The Bear, the Benjamin Button of the cat world, among the bluebells and verdant hedgerows of Devon. Readers who became attached to The Bear's magical, owlish persona during his previous adventures will become more so here as he proves, once again, that he's a cat with endless secrets and significantly more than nine lives.

About the Author:

TOM COX has a monthly column in The Guardian’s Life and Style section called The 21st Century Yokel.  He also has regular slots in Golf International magazine, Your Cat magazine, and reviews books for several newspapers. He lives in Norfolk, England.

Please visit Tom on his Twitter page and his Website.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Ultimate Enemy!

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for a copy of One Less Problem Without You by Beth Harbison.  I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

You are in for a treat!  Have you ever had someone in your life who is the ultimate enemy?  This is the perfect novel to read next on your to be read pile.


Prinny has known Leif Tiesman all her life.  He has been the step brother she would like to forget.  When their father dies and splits the inheritance 50/50.  Leif is always fighting to get what he feels is his fair share of the inheritance.  This can also include Prinny’s share.  She opens a shop named Cosmos which includes mystical merchandise.  Leif fights her step of the way.   One of her employees is Chelsea who only wants to get an acting job but also acts as the psychic at the store.  She also has an encounter with him.  Diana who is Leif’s wife has had enough and also joins the team at Cosmos.  She will serve herbal ties and run the tea bar.  So who will finally get rid of Leif?

My Thoughts:

What a great read!  I recently learned to appreciate when authors create great characters.  In One Less Problem Without You, Leif Tiesman is the ultimate villain.  Ms. Harbison should not be penalized for writing the ultimate antagonist.  This fact should highly recommend this novel because it is so good.   She creates such sympathy through Leif’s treatment of the other characters. The power that he had over these women at times was a turn off for me, but over all enjoyable.  The story is set in the District of Columbia.



Please visit Beth on her Facebook page and  Twitter.

Monday, September 5, 2016

In the Spotlight: The Boyfriend By the Book by Laura Briggs

Laura Briggs is stopping by to share her novel Boyfriend by the Book.  It looks like a very interesting novel!  Is a bestselling author in the genre of Chick Lit and Contemporary Romance.  Her novels are worth your time!  Here is an excerpt from Boy Friend by the Book.

“Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre?”

Stephanie waved the DVDs around like bait, waiting for us to vote. My mouth was full of popcorn, and Monique was talking on her cell phone—as usual. That left Kristen, who claims to have read Pride and Prejudice the novel more than fifty times. Guess which movie she chose.

Romance movie night. This was how my circle of friends loved to kill a Friday evening that wasn't spent on a date. Or, for that matter, any free evening. They squeezed into my cozy apartment, a spot which was always a jumble of books, magazine collages, and other clutter that I had collected over the years. I loved big stuffed armchairs and my chintz sofa with its brightly-colored pillows was oversized and comfy — that was the reason they picked my place, I felt. That, and my special popcorn made with a light dusting of garlic and chipotle.

This evening, however, was the beginning of where everything went wrong for me, not that I knew it at the time. I thought it was just another innocent movie night, which proves I'm not psychic in the least — otherwise, if I had seen the future, I would have ejected that DVD and opted for a horror movie instead.

“Wouldn’t you kill to be Lizzie for a day?” Kristen asked, pulling her blond layers into a ponytail as Jane Austen’s characters shared an elegant dance on the screen. “You’d spend all your time drinking tea and going to parties at English manor houses.”
I was pretty sure that wasn’t an accurate description of Regency life, but Kristen would just roll her eyes if I said that. You're being a spoilsport, Jodi, she would say. Next to me on the carpet, Stephanie wore a dreamy smile, chin propped on her knees. “I could do tea and dancing for awhile,” she decided. “I mean, who couldn’t?”

“Sure, you could,” Monique quipped. She was curled up on the sofa behind us, laying claim to my plushiest throw pillow, a pink one embroidered with flowers. “Someone like me would be stuck serving the tea or cleaning up the mess that’s left after the ball,” she added, with a reference to her dark skin and sleek, black hair with its natural kink tamed by a salon. “Plus, electricity and plumbing weren’t invented yet. Think about it, girls.”

We shared a collective giggle for this. Stephanie reached for the popcorn bowl, exclaiming over the fact it was almost empty. “What, did you guys skip dinner or something?” she asked. Stephanie herself eats like a bird and has the figure to prove it — skinny and sleek, perfect for her red hair and ceramic skin. Grabbing the bowl, she headed towards the kitchen, muttering something about bad manners. Meanwhile, on the screen, Darcy and Lizzie shared a look fraught with significance.

“Can’t you just picture yourself in Lizzie’s place?” Kristen asked, still clinging to her fantasy.

I tried to summon a vision of myself in a beautiful empire-waist gown like the one in the movie, but it didn’t work. All I could think of was my uniform at the hotel. Knee-length black skirt, a matching vest and silk tie over my crisp white blouse. My dark hair in a neat ponytail as I asked Mr. Darcy if he wanted a pot of tea sent up to his room, or needed additional clean towels? I smiled at the ludicrous thought.

“I just think foregoing modern conveniences would be worth it to dance with Mr. Darcy,” Kristen continued. “Don’t you think so, Jodi?”

“Not really,” I admitted, reluctantly. “I mean, I can’t really picture it. It’s just a story, after all.”

Bad choice of words.

About the Author: 

Laura Briggs’ first stories were written in crayon about a rooster named Henry--but she was pretty young at the time, so it’s understandable. She eventually graduated to writing more complex plotlines and characters and writing her stories on a laptop. She tends to write stories with a romance edge, but as a reader she has a soft spot for mysteries, including those by Agatha Christie and Mary Roberts Rinehart. She also enjoys books by Jane Austen, Alexander McCall Smith, Anne Tyler,  Amy Tan, and too many others to name. In her free time, she likes to experiment with new recipes and tries to landscape her yard (a never-ending project).

You can  visit Laura on Twitter or at her Website

To purchase her novel you can visit Amazon.