Archives for December 2012

GIVEAWAY!! Post-Christmas Holiday Book Sale!!!

The Post-Christmas Holiday Book Sale, hosted by the Indie Book Festival, will kick off on December 28 and run through December 31. All books will be .99!! The Indie Book Festival will be posting the participating books to their Facebook page as well. The Indie Book Festival website is the premier online website for seasonal ebook sales events! From Halloween to Valentine’s Day – we’ll celebrate it by bringing you bestselling books by today’s hottest Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal and Young Adult indie authors.

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GIVEAWAY!! Blog Tour: Elder (Firstborn Trilogy #3) by Raine Thomas

Elder (Firstborn Trilogy #3)
written by Raine Thomas          
published by Iambe Books 

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads


Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour organized by the author, Raine Thomas. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)


Did I enjoy this book: I LOVED IT!!!!! I really did…I was happy and giddy and just in a good place when I finished this last installment of the Firstborn Trilogy. There was a lot of action, suspense, and romance. I was hooked from beginning to end.

For this review, please keep two things in mind: (1) I would say more but I do not want to spoil anything. And (2) I may gush quite a bit because I thought this book was fantastic. It was extremely well-written, entertaining, and engrossing. 

Clara Kate and Ini-Herit…what can I say but YAY! It was heart-wrenching to watch these two try to recapture what they had on the human plane. Their connection on the human plane was so intense. It was a joy yet saddening to read the flashbacks to that time. And then I couldn’t help but feel sad yet happy for Clara Kate later in the book. I really enjoyed watching her transformation throughout Elder. So many emotions hit me while reading Elder and about these two characters. 

I love Tate and Zachariah. They are the best couple in this series. They truly complete and match each other. Their interactions continue to get me. I laugh out loud with, and at, them. I love his sarcasm and sense of humor. I love how Tate can calm him and reach him in the way only a soulmate can. The reader can feel how much he cares for and loves Tate. His character evolves so much in this book. And I love him even more after this book. So happy!

Tiege and Ariana are so sweet and Ariana is just plain awesome. We don’t hear too much about these two throughout the series and that is okay. We get to know enough to make us happy for them. We do not hear too much about Quincy and Sophie either in this book. But they play some very integral parts in this action-packed finale. 

Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book…especially if you’ve read the first two books, Defy and Shift. If you have not read any of the books in the Firstborn Trilogy, you should definitely do so. They are wonderful reads. 

Will I read it again: I think I will read the Firstborn Trilogy again. I will definitely read more by Raine Thomas. I really hope that there are more series that follow these characters in the future. Please, Raine, tell me that there will be! Pretty please!


About the book – from Goodreads: 
Clara Kate is one of the eight beings needed to activate the Elder Scroll, an ancient artifact causing tragedy and darkness on the Estilorian plane. She knows that her focus needs to be on finding the final piece and stopping the evil Mercesti, but Ini-herit isn’t making it easy.

He’s working closely with Clara Kate on the quest to stop their enemies…too close for her comfort. His presence serves as a constant reminder of the love they shared on the human plane, a love that he no longer remembers at all.

Her life and the lives of those she loves are at risk, and she knows she has to put aside her personal problems. So far on their journey, she’s endured heartbreak, terror, pain and loss. She’s even been brought to the brink of death.

She thinks things can’t get any worse.

She’s wrong.


About the author: Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of a series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer’s Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing or glued to social networking sites, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

Find Ms. Thomas here: web, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest


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When Girlfriends Break Hearts by Savannah Page

When Girlfriends Break Hearts By Savannah Page - EBook CoverWhen Girlfriends Break Hearts
written by Savannah Page
published by Pearls and Pages

find it here: Amazon, Barnes & NobleGoodreads

Why did I pick this book:  I was asked by the author to review her book. I happily accepted her request. I also featured Savannah Page on the blog a few months ago. She wrote a fantastic guest post. Check it out here(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had. I found When Girlfriends Break Hearts to be well-written, engaging, and a very good read start to finish.

The main character, Sophie, is one who likes order and control in her life. She soon learns that she cannot always have said order and control because life just doesn’t work that way…and she doesn’t even have kids yet! Then you really don’t have control or order! LOL Anyway…Sophie was in a tough spot, as were her friends, Claire, Lara, and Robin. In all of their positions, I don’t know what I would have done. You never truly know unless you are put in the situation.

Sophie was relateable. There were times that I wanted her to listen to Claire, Lara, and Pamela and heed their advice. There were times I agreed with her and wanted her to stick to her guns. There were times when she was very self-absorbed and blind to what was going on around her. But this is true with so many young women when they get their hearts broken by someone they thought was “the one.” I think most women have taken some of the same courses of action after getting their hearts broken and can relate to Sophie.

Claire is a wonderful best friend. Her relationship with Sophie is real. They don’t always get along. Sometimes they fight, yell, and get really angry with each other. Then they make up as true friends so often do. Lara is the older, wiser friend who is in a tough position. The other friends that make up their “sisterhood” – Jackie and Robin – round out this somewhat eclectic group of young women. They seem to make a good group of friends. And Pamela, the yoga instructor and mentor to Sophie, was a sweet woman.

I thought the message in this book was fantastic. It rings true. Good friends are so hard to find…especially loyal friends who will stand by you through anything. Forgiveness can save you and those who mean the world to you.

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Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book to anyone who loves chick lit.

Will I read it again: I just may read this book again. I will definitely be reading When Girlfriends Step Up. I have to find out what happens next.

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About the book – from the author: A novel about the bonds of friendship, the power of forgiveness, and the lessons you learn when you let go.

Sophie Wharton doesn’t like losing control, especially of her life. She’s always been the girl who’s kept it together—the girl with a charming boyfriend, a lively social life, and plans to start her own bakery. Life is great for Sophie a few years out of college in Seattle…or so she thinks.
Then a series of events start to turn Sophie’s perfectly ordered world upside down.
After three years, her boyfriend suddenly decides to call it quits. Her close camaraderie of girlfriends is starting to fall apart. Secrets are exposed. And when she thinks things couldn’t get any worse, Sophie learns that one of her friends is fighting a devastating battle.
Now living with her best friend Claire, Sophie struggles with learning to forgive or forget those who break hearts, while trying to accept that there are some situations she cannot control. But is there still a light at the end of the tunnel? Can a girl find the “good” in the “bad”?
This is a heartfelt story about what happens when friendships take different paths and when life doesn’t exactly go according to plan. It’s a story about betrayal, forgiveness, acceptance, and letting go. About what happens when girlfriends break hearts.

Savannah Page, authorAbout the author: Savannah Page, a native southern Californian and University of Tulsa graduate, lives in Berlin with her husband. She is the author of the contemporary women’s fiction/chick lit book, When Girlfriends Break Hearts, and its sequel, When Girlfriends Step Up. She is also the author of Bumped to Berlin, a personal narrative and her first book. When the keyboard gets to cool, Savannah enjoys a good book with a latte and jazz tunes, Frasier re-runs, and Pilates.

Find Ms. Page here: web, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook

 

Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

Blog Tour – Spotlight: A Hard Act to Follow by Henry Bushkin with a guest post and excerpt


A Hard Act to Follow 
written by Henry Bushkin

find it here: http://johnnycarsonbook.com/, Goodreads

About the book: A Hard Act to Follow is a non-fiction literary account of Henry Bushkin’s tenure as Johnny Carson’s lawyer, business partner, and friend.  The book gives genuine insight into the ‘Carson behind Johnny’ with candid personal vignettes about the two, during the rollicking years when Johnny was the undisputed king of television.  This is an engaging, eye-opening, anecdote-packed story about a young lawyer and his client, one of the biggest celebrities in the country.  This funny, unfiltered account gives readers a look at the Johnny Carson that none but a select few really knew.

A Hard Act to Follow by Henry Bushkin provides a stirring account into Johnny Carson’s world—as told by Carson’s closest confidant.

The New Yorker article by Kenneth Tynan from 1978, included the following question and answer:
Tynan: When you’re at home, whom do you entertain?
Carson: My lawyer, Henry Bushkin, who’s probably my best friend.

Praise for A Hard Act to Follow


“I loved the book.” ~Wayne Newton

“Henry was Johnny’s closest friend for many years which becomes clear through many of the wonderful chapters of the book.” ~Bob Trapenberg

“The book is full of tough love, humor, cultural history, sadness, humor, love, loss, well I guess I am saying it is full of life.” ~Rupert Garcia

” Henry’s portrayal of Johnny was spot on. I highly recommend this book which is the closest the reader will ever get to know the real Carson.” ~ Ed Weinberger, former Tonight Show writer and Producer for Carson Productions

“A beautifully easy read that pulls you in to an effortless journey through Johnny Carson’s effortful life. The glamour  the fellow celebrities behind the curtain, the loyalties, and the betrayals. It certainly provides new insight on decisions and the lives that are behind the scenes.” ~Kathy Davis, Kathy Takes on Books

“”I have read this book and it is FAB! If you love reading about celebrities, this is awesome. It is also a great memoir as well. I am a huge memoir fan so this one was a real treat and one of the best I have read in this genre in a long time” ~Mary,  Bookhounds Blog

“Bushkin’s easy, unpretentious style allows the reader to be a fly on the wall as this inside story plays out in the rarified air on which Johnny thrived. “A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW” is a must read whether you grew up on Johnny or never heard of him. And then there are the supporting characters — from the Rat Pack to Johnny’s Ice Queen mother ranging around the pages disturbing the peace. I read it straight through in 90 minutes and was left wanting more.”  ~Sandy Ignon, Screenwriter (RANSOM).

“The tales are epic in nature and stretch from the first page to the last. “A Hard Act to Follow” is an honest appraisal of Carson and shows his dark side. In this, Bushkin strikes the right blend of salacious detail with an appropriate dose of discretion. Sure, you’ll learn more detail about Carson’s marriages– in a tasteful way.  Bushkin will leave you wanting more. Great books will do that.” ~Barry Mordis, Senior VP at Merryl-Lynch

“No one would describe Johnny as easy going-there was an edge to him that Bushkin always managed to soften. He continues to do that in this book. There was that challenging side of Johnny which is also captured in the book. Henry was Johnny’s closest friend for many years which becomes clear through many of the wonderful chapters of the book. All in all a great book to read.” ~Bob Trapenberg, Johnny’s former Tennis Pro. 

Every Free Chance Book Reviews is pleased to welcome Henry Bushkin, author of A Hard Act to Follow, to the blog today. He has answered some questions that I had for all of you.


What did you find most challenging about writing this book? The thing most challenging was trying to find the right voice.  The right tone.  The right sensitivity.  And that required a lot of introspective thinking.  The first two years I was merely writing anecdotes and it took two more years to shape the story as well as the book.  Which has a beginning middle and an end.  It was easy to write the anecdotes.  And much harder to insert the emotional impact on what was going on in that moment in time.  
  
How did you handle doing Mr. Carson’s “dirty work” and being referred to as “that prick lawyer”? History of the entertainment business in Los Angeles is ripe with stories of close relationships between very visible celebrity clients with their attorneys at their side. Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Howard Hughes, are but a few examples of very famous people who were connected with very well known lawyers. My job in representing Carson was no different than many others who had come before me.  Mickey Rudin, who was Frank Sinatra’s lawyer, was always the one to deliver the news someone didn’t want to hear. Rudin played that role for Sinatra,  I played that role for Carson. Particularly when Johnny had no agent or manager to share in the “dirty work”. It came with the territory but I had thick enough skin to deal with the abuse that came with it.
  
I am a licensed attorney, not currently practicing, but I always found that I had to maintain a professional distance from my clients. This was not the case between you and Mr. Carson. Was that hard to balance…being his attorney and being his friend? What was the most challenging part of being Mr. Carson’s attorney and friend? Johnny and Frank Sinatra were similar in many ways.  Frank and Johnny never had the ability to confront a problem head-on. It was always easier for Johnny to do it through me and for me to deal with the consequences of the probably unpleasant act. It can be said that my role is quite similar to many lawyers today who have important celebrity clients who socialize regularly with them.  If Johnny invites you over to dinner, or a weekend in Spain, are you really gonna say no? 


About the author: 

Henry Bushkin is an experienced lawyer who practices in both California and New York. He currently lives in Los Angeles where his children also reside.

Find Mr. Bushkin here: TwitterWebsite 




Please enjoy the following excerpts from 
A Hard Act to Follow.

The question that people most frequently ask me is what Johnny was really like.They are usually happy to hear the first part of the answer: he was endlessly witty and enormously fun to be around. Their interest flags when I get to the second part, when I add that he could also be the nastiest son of a bitch on earth. The truth is that he was an incredibly complex man: one moment gracious, funny, and generous; and curt, aloof, and hard-hearted in the next. Never have I met a man possessed of a greater abundance of social gifts—intelligence, looks, manners, style, humor—and never have I met a man with less aptitude for and an even lesser interest in maintaining real relationships.  


But to understand Johnny in his complexity is to first understand his artistry and the esteem in which he was held. It is not an easy thing to do. If we were to talk about a great movie actor, it would be simpler: his transformation into his character would be evident; the range of behavior he depicts would be obvious; the subtlety and nuance of the human experience that he illustrates would grab you by the throat. But what Johnny seemed to do was more commonplace. He came out and told a few jokes. He then kidded with Ed (McMahon) and Doc (Severinsen), played a game with the audience or per- formed in a ridiculous skit, and then made chitchat with celebrities. And it was the same thing, every night. What was so damn special about that?


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A big part of every day continued to be devoted to my number one client. His show taped at 5:30 in the afternoon and he didn’t go to the office until around 2 p,m. He had lots of time to kill, and I made sure to swing by and spend at least an hour with him every day. Sometimes that meant sunning ourselves by his kidney-shaped pool, but more often it meant hitting the courts at the Bel Air Country Club, at least until his home court was built. Later I often met Johnny at the studio after the program. He and his producers critiqued every show immediately after completion. There were days when everything was perfect, and there were days that nothing worked. The skit sucked, the comedian flopped, and the sound went bad for ZZ Top. Fred de Cordova was the master of blowing smoke up Carson’s ass. Bobby Quinn and Peter Lassally were far more accurate in the observations. But Johnny always knew if the show worked. He always knew.

I never said anything, and that’s why people tolerated my presence. I never tried to use my relationship with Johnny to undermine anyone at the program or force a role for myself in a place I didn’t belong. People knew that I had only one interest and that was Johnny’s well-being, and for that reason, I was treated warmly, like a friend of the family.


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GIVEAWAY!! Book Blast: Faith by Heather Bixler


Faith – 4 Week Mini Bible Study
written by Heather Bixler
published by Becoming Press LLC

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads

About the book: In this four week mini Bible Study, you will examine your faith and what it means to have faith in God. He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 Our faith begins with what we know and believe about God. Our faith will carry us how far we are willing to let it take us. Faith is a choice and we need to begin by choosing to believe in Jesus and His power to move mountains, heal the sick, and save us from all our sins through His sacrifice on the cross. When we believe in God we then learn to walk in faith and trust God. But first we must believe, and it’s up to us, we can either choose to believe in Him or not. But faith will mean nothing until we believe with all our heart that God is who He says He is.

Praise for Faith


Don’t have time to read a long book on faith? This study will give you simple tools to understand faith and help you to develop a closer relationship with God. ~Lorilyn Roberts

This is a great book that allows you to start looking deeper into faith. I love the fact that there is a lot of scripture reference so one can look into the Bible and further study the word. ~Shraon

This study was a wonderful lift to my faith. I encourage others to take this short journey to an increased faith. ~Shirley Strait

About the author: Heather is a Christian stay-at-home homeschooling mom of three, married to a firefighter, and a writer. She is founder of www.CSAHM.com among other websites for Christian mothers, and women. Heather is passionate about sharing God’s word in a practical and loving way.

Find Ms. Bixler here: BlogTwitterFacebook, Goodreads




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GIVEAWAY!! Blog Tour: V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram

V is for Virgin
written by Kelly Oram          
published by Bluefields

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads


Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by I Am a Reader Not a Writer(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)


Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was a good, clean story and a quick read that kept me interested. 

V is for Virgin is well-written. I felt like I was there in the story…not just reading it. I was nodding my head in agreement. I was appalled at the right moments. I was giddy with the sweet moments. I was happily surprised at the unlikely moments. V is for Virgin has it all. There is some really witty dialogue and exchanges. Some of Val’s comebacks to the “Virgin Val” nickname and other innuendo were laugh out loud funny. Furthermore, this story has a wonderful message – it is okay to wait to have sex. And that message is conveyed in a great way, not a beat-you-over-the-head-until-you-agree-with-me kind of way. 

All of the characters are real and anyone can relate to them. Val is a sweet girl who has strong moral convictions and control over her life’s choices. I think she is a great role model for teens. She doesn’t give in to pressure from her boyfriend or her peers. She sticks to her guns and ends up making a difference in the lives of many other young adults. While her success with the “V is for Virgin” campaign and jewelry line is rather unlikely, you have to root for her and be proud of Val for her accomplishments. 

The other characters were wonderful and added to the whole of the book. Kyle…bad boy, lead singer in a rock band…was a great counter for Val. The chemistry between them jumped off the page. You could feel the tension and heat between them. Isaac was an unexpected character. He is Mr. Popular and the head of the A-list crowd. He is the great boyfriend…there for Val supporting her along the way. And so sweet to her throughout the whole book. Zach kind of got a bad rap in this story…maybe more than he truly deserved. But, hey, that’s high school. 

Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book…especially to high school students, boys and girls.

Will I read it again: I can see picking this book up again at some point in the future. 


About the book – from Goodreads: 
When Val Jensen gets dumped for her decision to stay a virgin until marriage, the nasty breakup goes viral on YouTube, making her the latest internet sensation. 

After days of ridicule from her peers, Val starts a school-wide campaign to rally support for her cause. She meant to make a statement, but she never dreamed the entire nation would get caught up in the controversy. 

As if becoming nationally recognized as “Virgin Val” isn’t enough, Val’s already hectic life starts to spin wildly out of control when bad boy Kyle Hamilton, lead singer for the hit rock band Tralse, decides to take her abstinence as a personal challenge.

How can a girl stay true to herself when this year’s Sexiest Man Alive is doing everything in his power to win her over?





About the author: Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.

Find Ms. Oram here: blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads




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Cocoon (The Metamorphosis Trilogy #2) by Kate Oliver

Cocoon (The Metamorphosis Trilogy #2)
written by Kate Oliver          
published by MAB Books

find it here: Amazon, Barnes & NobleGoodreads


Why did I pick this book: 
 I was asked by the author to review her book. I happily accepted her request. I had previously read book #1 in this series, Caterpillar, and I was anxiously awaiting this installment. See my review here(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had and once I hit the last quarter of the book, I could not put my Nook down!

Cocoon was a good sequel to Caterpillar. I did find some parts, particularly the beginning, to be kind of slow. But the end had a lot of action and has me on the edge of my seat to read the final book in this series. I cannot wait to see what decision Cara makes.

Sometimes I felt that Cara and Will’s relationship was too intense given Cara’s age and their unique circumstances. They are clearly in love but it was a bit too much for me. Their love and attachment just doesn’t feel right to me in this book. There is a definite change from the first book, in my opinion. I did like that Cara does have doubts and starts to question things…especially considering what she would have to give up. 

The introduction of James was intriguing. I am wondering what will come of that relationship in the third book. And Liv is just as great in this book as she was in the first.  (I’m not going to give anything away…but Oh, Liv!)

Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. If you haven’t already, be sure to read book #1, Caterpillar


Will I read it again: I will not read this book again but I cannot wait to read book #3 in The Metamorphosis Trilogy. I hope I don’t have to wait too long to see how this story ends!!!


About the book: 
It seemed to me, then, that love exists balanced on the edge of a knife, with self-doubt on one side and temptation on the other. And if you succumb to both, there’s nothing for you but to be sliced in half, right down the middle of your wanting heart.


I’d come so, so close to the blade of that knife.

To save the girl he loves, Will Mallory destroyed his only means of returning to his own world, a decision that lays heavily on Will and Cara both as they try to navigate the new life—the human life—they’re building together.
In the sequel to the acclaimed Caterpillar, a horrifying mistake sends a frantic Cara on a mission to the other side of the country to find James Napolitano, Will’s genetic twin. Meanwhile, Will is stalked by a woman from his  past, who promises to teach him the control of his Eolian abilities that he’s sorely lacking…at an unimaginable cost.

Temptation and danger lurk at every turn as Cara and Will are forced to confront their greatest fear: that the love they’ve nearly died for may not be enough.

Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

Blog Tour: The Green Ticket by Samantha March with a guest post

The Green TicketThe Green Ticket
written by Samantha March
published by Marching Ink LLC

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads

Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by CLP Blog Tours(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had. I thought it was a good story and it kept me interested until the very end. The Green Ticket had a good pace to it and enough action to keep me wanting to finish it.

I connected with a lot of the characters in this book. All of the characters were believable and real. Alex was very well-written. In the beginning, she was a bit naive but she grows up. I respected her final actions and decisions. That took courage and guts. She also turned out to be a great manager…I wasn’t sure at first. I liked that the salon gave her a chance despite not having graduated yet or having any experience. I wish more companies and businesses would take chances like that.

I felt for Dani. She just didn’t want to see what was going on. She seemed to truly care about Alex and wanted to be her friend. Lila, Carmen, Emma, and Hannah were great friends to Alex and each other. They are what I see when I think of a group of girls in college that are so close to one another. Henry was a good boyfriend and a nice match for Alex. Kevin was a class A jerk, womanizer, and creep. I really disliked him. He gave me the heebie-geebies!

I also enjoyed the fact that there was no sex for the main character or most of her friends. Yes, we hear about other sexual escapades…but it isn’t what you think of for college kids. There was some clean romance for Alex and her friends.

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Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. It was a fun read.

Will I read it again: The Green Ticket just may be a book that I revisit at some future time.

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About the book – from Goodreads: College junior Alex Abrams scores her dream job at the ripe age of twenty – manager to a successful salon and spa. Thrilled to finally have a real adult job, Alex enthusiastically jumps into the world of schedules, conference calls, and getting a massage when interviewing prospective employees. What she doesn’t expect are the very grown-up issues that comes with a demanding boss. Kevin Dohlman quickly becomes Alex’s worse nightmare – covering up his affairs, dealing with his enormous ego, and trying to protect her female staff from him becomes a full-time job in its own right. Alex has also befriended Kevin’s wife and co-owner, Dani, and is trying to keep Kevin’s secrets hidden from her. The situation only worsens when Kevin starts paying Alex off to make sure she keeps her insider knowledge to herself.

While struggling to keep her wits and stay happy with her new grown-up job, Alex is juggling college courses, a new love interest, and keeping up with her close group of girlfriends. When her roommate and best friend Lila gets offered an opportunity to move to Los Angeles and sign with an agent, Alex realizes her life truly is changing, and everyone around her – including herself – is growing up. Knowing she is faced with some hard decisions ahead, Alex struggles with keeping her job at Blissful. But does she really want to throw away what she dreamed of as a career – or will the secret-keeping for Kevin become too much to handle? The Green Ticket is a story about morals versus money, and how one young woman navigates the shaky line between the two.

Every Free Chance Book Reviews is pleased to welcome Samantha March, author of The Green Ticket, to the blog today. She has prepared the following guest post for all of you.

Title Search
Coming up with titles can be super, duper, uper hard. At least, that’s what I hear from people. In my situation, it was bizarrely easy. Times two. With Destined to Fail, I didn’t have a title when I started plotting, still didn’t have any clue when I started writing, but the first time I read through my novel, the title just jumped out at me. It also helped that my character, Jasmine Jones, spoke those words in the novel. It just fit with the overall theme, and then the cover concept came to me almost immediately after the title was decided on.
With The Green Ticket, I actually had the title and the scene the title revolved around thought of before I even started really plotting the book. I had the basic idea of what the novel was going to be about, and during one of my first brainstorming sessions, the scene between Alex and her roommate Lila talking about The Green Ticket (play on “The Golden Ticket”) popped up into my mind. The scene basically wrote itself that day, and I never had one other thought of a different title.
I’m wondering (and hoping!) that the title to my third novel will come just as easy with the first two. I guess only time will tell!

Samantha MarchAbout the author: Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011, she launched her independent publishing company. Marching Ink, and her debut novel, Destined to Fail. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers.

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GIVEAWAY! Blog Tour: All I Want by Jolene Perry, Rachael Anderson, and Kaylee Baldwin with a guest post by Rachael Anderson

all i wantAll I Want
written by Jolene Perry, Rachael Anderson, and Kaylee Baldwin
published by HEA Publishing

find it here: Barnes & NobleAmazonGoodreads

Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by I Am a Reader Not a Writer(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. The stories were each quick reads that left you with a happy, feel good feeling when you were finished. This was a great, fast read for the holidays.

Pretty Nearly Perfect was cute. I like it a lot. Norah was brave and strong and had such courage to go to her fiance’s parents’ home when it had to have been so tough for her. Collin was sweet and not so good with the spoken word despite being a talented writer.

Six Days of Christmas was a sweet story that made me smile. Natalie is the career-driven, by-the-book girl who doesn’t do well with spontaneity. Grant is the same as Natalie, concerned about his career and professional life. Janessa, Natalie’s best friend, can see what is happening with Natalie and Grant. Sometimes the best friend truly knows best. Jimmy, Janessa’s little brother, has harbored a long-time crush on Natalie. He is the opposite of Natalie in that he takes chances and tries to have fun all of the time. He brings out a better side of Natalie.

Twist of Fate was my least favorite of the three stories but still a sweet story. I just didn’t connect with the characters.

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Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book.

Will I read it again: I may read this book again at future Christmases.

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About the book:

Pretty Near Perfect
written by Jolene Perry

The last thing Norah needs is to be attracted to anyone – especially in her deceased fiancé’s parents’ home. Collin’s starting a new career, and has no business getting involved – especially while staying with his roommate’s family, who very kindly offered to take him in for the holidays. Unfortunately, you just don’t always pick the most convenient time and place to fall for someone.

Six Days of Christmas
written by Kaylee Baldwin

When Natalie goes home with her best friend for Christmas, she expects plenty of quiet time to work on a winning ad so she can turn her dream internship into her dream job. Instead, she gets time-consuming Christmas festivities, a house full of children, and Jimmy, her best friend’s brother – someone who makes her question everything she’s always thought she wanted.

Twist of Fate
written by Rachael Anderson

When a postcard meant for Kenzie winds up in Ty’s mailbox, Ty’s faced with a decision. Should he tell her that her fiancé is breaking up with her and let it ruin her favorite holiday, or should he do what he’s wanted to do since he met her – make a move and hope that he can win her over before she discovers there won’t be a wedding after all.

 

Every Free Chance Book Reviews would like to welcome Rachael Anderson, author of Twist of Fate, to the blog today! She has written the following guest post for all of you.

Short Story Vs. Full Length Novel

When first presented with the prospect of writing a novella, I was both excited and nervous about keeping it short. Would I be able to develop the characters and relationships well enough in so few pages? Would it read too rushed? Would it be one of those novellas that people read and think, “Where’s the rest?” All I could do was try and pray that I could pull it off.

I knew from the get-go that I wanted my characters to already know each other and to start off being good friends. That way, I wouldn’t have to develop a friendship–just the romance. I also didn’t want a lot of extra characters involved so I could keep the story focused on the two main characters and their love connection. All said and done, I think I had 2-3 scenes where the 2 main characters weren’t together, and because of that, it actually turned out to be a really fun book to write. (LOVE those romantic, tension-filled scenes.) The best part of all is that no one can ever accuse me of dragging the conflict out too long. 🙂
                                                                                      ~ Rachael

 

rachael - reluctant bacheloretteAbout author Rachael Anderson: Rachael Anderson is the author of four contemporary romances: Divinely DesignedLuck of the DrawMinor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She’s the mother of four, 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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joleneperryAbout author Jolene Perry: Jolene Perry is an enigmatic figure. She is most often seen behind her laptop, staring at the words flying onto the screen with reckless abandon.

She survived growing up in rural Alaska, driving like a lunatic, and her husband’s careers in the military, as a perpetual student, and an Alaska State Prosecutor. She also survived as a middle school math teacher using her degree of Political Science and French.

One day Jolene was playing her guitar (probably some-thing juvenile for her kids) when she wondered what it would be like to write a song for a rockstar, and her first book was born. (that book is shelved)

She now lives a very glamorous life as a stay-at-home mom, elbow deep in dirty dishes and peanut butter sandwiches. She doesn’t even attempt to keep up with the laundry because non-writing time is precious, and her family is sorta awesome.

Find Ms. Perry here: WebsiteTwitterBlogFacebookGoodreads

kayleeAbout author Kaylee Baldwin: I grew up in Mesa, Arizona, and graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in English literature. I currently live in southern Arizona with my husband, Jeremy, and our three children. When I am not writing, I enjoy reading, starting new craft projects, and spending time with my family.

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