Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Husband Maker by Karey White - Coming Soon! (Giveaway, Media Blast)

Coming July 15th from USA Today Bestselling author Karey White

The Husband Maker by Karey WhiteThe Husband Maker Charlotte’s a girl with nicknames. She may not love being called Charles or Chuck, but the hardest nickname to take is the one she was given in college, the one that’s followed her now for too many years. They call her “the husband maker” and sadly, it fits. Every guy she’s dated since high school has become his next girlfriend’s husband. Not hers. Not three girlfriends down the road. The next. Is she doing something wrong or is she just cursed? When Kyle Aldsworth enters the picture and sweeps her off her feet, Charlotte begins to hope that maybe she's not destined to be single forever. A senator’s son with political aspirations of his own, Kyle's wealthy, handsome, and in need of a wife. Will Charlotte be disappointed yet again, or will she finally be able to make a husband for herself?

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kareyAuthor Karey White Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist. She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.  

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Righting a Wrong by Rachael Anderson (Tour, Review, Giveaway)

Righting a wrong
Righting a Wrong by Rachael Anderson
Seven years ago, Cambri Blaine fled her small hometown of Bridger, Colorado after her senior year ended in a fiasco. Only Jace Sutton knew the real reason why—that she was a spineless coward. Now, seven years later, her father's been in an accident and needs help, and Cambr has no choice but to return home. So with trepidation, she takes a leave of absence from the landscape architecture firm where she works and boards a plane, hoping against hope that Jace is no longer around and that the past can stay where it belongs—in the past.
If only life worked that way.
Jace never expected to see Cambri again. After she’d led him on, bruised his heart, and left town without a backward glance, he was forced to pick up the pieces and try not to hate her for it. Eventually, he put it behind him and moved on, creating a life for himself in his beloved hometown. But now that Cambri is back and looking more beautiful and sophisticated than ever, some of those old feelings resurface, and Jake instinctively knows, for the sake of his heart, that he needs to avoid her at all costs.
If only it were that easy.
RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson
USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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The Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series
Enjoy this exciting new series of clean novellas by six critically-acclaimed authors.
"Like a pebble tossed into calm water, a simple act can ripple outward and have a far-reaching effect on those we meet, perhaps setting a life on a different course—one filled with excitement, adventure, and sometimes even love."

My Review:

This is turning out to be a wonderful romance series; light-hearted, fun, sparky, and humorous. This is the third book in the series and they just keep getting better and better. I've reviewed several books by Rachael Anderson and I love her writing. Other than the book blurb (which I will not regurgitate) all you need to know is the series is outstanding - so far, three books in - and this story is no exception. Great writing, few - if any, grammatical errors, and great romance. I hope you'll join the tour and read each book. 

I'm giving RIGHTING A WRONG by Rachael Anderson five stars. 

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Excerpt 1
    Her father eyed her hand with disdain. “I feel fine. I don’t need a bunch of medication to mess that all up.”
    “No medication, no breakfast.” Cambri wriggled her palm.
    “What’s for breakfast?”
    Her eyebrow lifted. “I can tell you it’s not the fatted calf.”
    Although he harrumphed, a twinkle of humor appeared. “I almost forgot how cheeky you could be.”
    “And I almost forgot how ornery you could be.”
    He rolled his eyes, but grudgingly accepted the pills, swallowing them with a sip of water. Then he settled back against his pillow. “I always have sausage, eggs, and hash browns on Saturdays.”
    “Believe it or not, I remember.” Cambri retrieved a breakfast tray from the kitchen and set it on his lap, mentally preparing herself for what would come.
    “What’s that supposed to be?” Her father stared at the food in disgust.
    “Oatmeal, whole wheat toast, and freshly squeezed OJ,” said Cambri smoothly. “Try it. You might like it.”
   “Why isn’t there butter on this toast? Where’s my sausage and hash browns?”
   “Your heart doesn’t want bacon and hash browns. It wants oatmeal.”
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Idea of Him by Holly Peterson (Review, Giveaway)

Publisher: William Morrow/Harper Collins (April 1, 2014)
Category: Contemporary Fiction/ Women's Fiction
ISBN: 978-0062283108
Available in: Print & ebook, 384 Pages
In the fabulous and intrigue-packed new novel from Holly Peterson, the New York Times bestselling author of THE MANNY, THE IDEA OF HIM explores the dangers of falling for the idea of a person, and why facing reality is more liberating than we ever dreamed it could be. For anyone who's let the fear of being alone keep them from seeing who someone really is, THE IDEA OF HIM is an inspiring, action-packed story of what happens when we embrace our own power and allow the truth to finally set us free.
Allie Crawford has the life she always dreamed of-she's number two at a high-profile P.R. firm; she has two kids she adores; and her husband is a blend of handsome and heroic. Wade is everything she thought a man was supposed to be-he's running a successful newsmagazine and, best of all, he provides the stable yet exciting New York City life Allie believes she needs in order to feel secure and happy.
But when Allie finds Wade locked in their laundry room with a stunning blonde in snakeskin sandals, a scandal ensues that flips her life on its head. And when the woman wants to befriend Allie, an old flame calls, and a new guy gets a little too close for comfort, she starts to think her marriage is more of a facade than something real. Maybe she's fallen in love not with Wade-but with the idea of him.
Captivating and seductive, told in the whip-smart voice of a woman who is working hard to keep her parenting and career on track, The Idea of Him is a novel of conspiracy, intrigue, and intense passion-and discovering your greatest strength through your deepest fears.
Holly Peterson is the author of the New York Time sand international best seller, The Manny. She was a Contributing Editor for Newsweek and editor-at-large for Tina Brown's Talk magazine. She was also an Emmy Award-winning producer for ABC News for more than a decade, where she cov­ered global politics. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, Talk, the Daily Beast, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and other publications.
My Review:
Just reading the book blurb for THE IDEA OF HIM tells you everything I would want to put into my review. It describes the book accurately and gives you a taste of what you'll find between the covers. Yes, that is what the blurb is supposed to do. The book is full of intrigue and mystery and makes you think evaluate every relationship in your life. Are the friendships, relationships, for real or do you see past the "Idea of" whom the relationship is with. I will find the occasional book title or blurb that resonates me a little more than usual and THE IDEA OF HIM definitely fit the bill.  
THE IDEA OF HIM by Holly Peterson really made me pause and re-evaluate a few relationships in my own life. The book has found mixed reviews and I tend to lean toward to the better of them. Even though I was provided with an uncorrected copy of the book for review, I found the book (other than a few minor grammatical errors) to be a strong book with a lot going for it. I loved the way the author opened up the book, working in a flashback from childhood as the protagonist rides in a taxi in New York City with a less than desirable cabbie. Having been to New York City on several occasions and finding myself in the backseat of cab weaving its way in and out of traffic, slamming on brakes, and working the horn, I would say that many nightmare flashbacks have found their way into the fray. But, what this opening did, was pull me immediately into the book. 
I'm giving THE IDEA OF HIM five stars. I really enjoyed the thought-provoking book. 
I had the chance to chat with Holly and she was kind enough to answer a couple of my questions. 
Why do you write and you tell me a little something about yourself that no one really knows.
No one really knows that I’m a Manhattan hard-working mom with three kids and I often get up really early in the morning and surf in the Rockaways…the area of Queens that was hit so hard by hurricane Sandy.  I actually started surfing when I was 42 years old… my brother’s beautiful wife was dying of cancer in August of that year…and I felt so sad that I walked on the beaches in Long Island in the mornings just to cry.  There were always surfers out there in the dew-y morning light and the water is so calm at that time of day I thought, I should try to surf out there, it might be fun to paddle out.
So…I took a lesson with my then ten-year-old daughter, got pushed into waves by some funny instructors, and somehow I stood up my first time. Now I surf all over the world and it is my absolute healing therapy to be in the salt water. I yearn for it and I crave it.
I call the saltwater “amniotic” because it brings us back from whence we all came. It’s elemental to slosh around in the saltwater when a wave makes me tumble in three backwards somersaults. I don’t fear that; in fact, that’s the feeling I crave! I look like hell, I have very long hair that gets tangled in my face, I wear zinc globbed onto my face thick as cake frosting which makes me look like a weird woman ghost, but I don’t care because I’m smiling and so happy the entire time.
Writing doesn’t work unless you get deep inside yourself. That’s where you find your true feelings in nascent form that you may have never discovered. My new novel, THE IDEA OF HIM, is about a woman named Allie Crawford who has fallen for the “idea” of her husband (and certain other men) and she suddenly wakes up to reality to find that he’s not what she wanted him to be. In fact, everything in Allie’s life is looking more like an illusion of a happy life than the real deal.
As she gathers the strength to face that reality and make choices, the narrative of the book really takes off.  Surfing helped me to realize a lot of things in my life weren’t as I wanted: my work, my marriage, some of my relationships.  It got me facing my deepest fears and hidden feelings I’d been trying to ignore.
We all have fallen for the “idea” of someone at some point…the long hair, the cool accent, the bizarre background….traits that attract us to someone. Problem is sometimes we get a little too excited about those “ideas” and when reality hits…what do we do next?
Sometimes we are so entrenched in the relationship and our “idea” of what we wanted it to be, that we are scared to leave. Sometimes the fear of being alone trips us up into staying when we shouldn’t. Allie Crawford in THE IDEA OF HIM is facing that fear head on and I hope you’ll laugh, cry, and RELATE to her quest to gain enough strength to make the right choices in her life.
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Housewife Blues & Chihuahua Apr 9 Guest Post
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My Life. One Story at a Time Apr 14 Guest Post & Giveaway
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Romance & Inspiration Apr 17 Review
Open Book Society Apr 22 Review & Giveaway
A Bookish Girl Apr 23 Review
Books à la Mode Apr 24 Guest Post  & Giveaway
A Casual Reader's Blog Apr  25 Review & Giveaway
Every Free Chance Apr 28 Review
Books and Bindings Apr 29 Review
Genuine Jenn Apr 30 Review
Mina's Bookshelf May 1 Review
Mina's Bookshelf May  7 Interview
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From the TBR Pile May 9 Review
Giveaways & Glitter May  12 Review
Book Fan May  14 Review & Giveaway
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Room With Books May 16 Interview
Book Dilettante May 19 Review
As I Turn the Pages May 20 Review
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