Archives for December 2016

Fall Reading Challenge: Hindsight by Mindy Tarquini (spotlight)

 

HindsightHindsight
written by Mindy Tarquini
published by Sparkpress, 2016

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About the book – from Goodreads:

“Tarquini’s innovative concept is paired with realistic characters and sparkling wit, making this enjoyable novel a keeper.”
–Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Finalist, General Fiction — 2016 USA Best Book Awards

EUGENIA PANISPORCHI LIVES WITH HER MOTHER, TEACHES CHAUCER, AND REMEMBERS ALL HER PAST LIVES. SHE IS DESPERATE TO CHANGE HER FUTURE

Born this time around into a South Philadelphia Italian-American family so traditional, she and her siblings are expected to marry in birth order, Eugenia lives a simple life―no love connection, no controversy, no complications. Her hope is that the Blessed Virgin Mary (who oversees her soul’s progress) will grant her heart’s desire, the option to choose the circumstances of her next life. But when a student reveals he shares her ability, Eugenia suddenly finds herself setting up a Facebook page and sponsoring a support group for others like her, an oddball odyssey, during which she discovers she must confront her current shortcomings before she can break the cycle and finally live the life of her dreams.

A layered contemporary fable, Hindsight reminds us to live this life like it’s the only one we’ll have.

 

 

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EFC Promotions Social Media Blitz Wrap-Up: Nightfall Bay by Carolyn Rose

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written by Carolyn Rose

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About the book – from Goodreads: When her grandmother dies, Rain Paxton inherits an extraordinary gift-the ability to follow a phantom dog into the afterlife, to a place called Nightfall Bay. There, at the edge of a dark sea, the souls of the missing and murdered must wait for earthly mysteries to be solved. Pierce Jennings is a wealthy man, rich enough to fund a crime task force. But money can’t buy what he wants most-to know whether his wife is dead or alive. Missing more than two years, Ariel is one of a dozen women taken by a serial killer known as the Peddler. Drawn to Pierce, and longing to learn Ariel’s fate and free the souls of the Peddler’s victims, Rain prepares to journey to Nightfall Bay. But the Peddler will kill to keep her from speaking with the dead and revealing his identity.

carolynAbout the author: Carolyn J. Rose grew up in New York’s Catskill Mountains, graduated from the University of Arizona, logged two years in Arkansas with Volunteers in Service to America, and spent 25 years as a television news researcher, writer, producer, and assignment editor in Arkansas, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. She lives in Vancouver, Washington, and her interests are reading, gardening, swimming, and NOT cooking.

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

 

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Blitz Participants

 

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Fall Reading Challenge: In the Heart of Texas by Ginger McKnight-Chavers (spotlight)

 

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In the Heart of Texas
written by Ginger McKnight-Chavers
published by She Writes Press, 2016

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About the book – from Goodreads: Named a Top Pick by RT Book Reviews Named a Fall Must-Read by RedbookMag.com * PopSugar * Parade Magazine * Brit + Co * SoulCycle

Hailed as a Best Fiction Book by Women of Color at Bustle.com

Pitched as a poor man s Halle Berry, forty-one-year-old soap star Jo Randolph, has successfully avoided waiting tables since she left Midland, Texas at eighteen. But then, in the span of twenty-four hours, Jo manages to lose her job, burn her bridges in Hollywood, and accidentally burn down her lover/director s beach house after which she is shipped home to Texas by her agent to stay out of sight while she sorts out her situation.

The more Jo reluctantly reconnects with her Texas roots and the family and friends she left behind, the more she regains touch with herself as an artist and with what is meaningful in life beyond the limelight. The summer of 2007 is cathartic for Jo, whose career and lifestyle have allowed her to live like a child for forty years, but who now must transition to making grown-up decisions and taking on adult responsibilities. In the Heart of Texas is a wry, humorous commentary on the complexities of race, class, relationships, politics, popular culture, and celebrity in our current society.”

 

 

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In the Kitchen: Home Chef Subscription: Thai Red Curry Shrimp

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Hi, Everyone!

In an effort to spend less time meal planning and more time reading, I decided to give Home Chef a try. It costs less than taking the whole family to a restaurant, and it seemed like a fun way to add some new recipes to my repertoire.

Tonight: Thai Red Curry Shrimp

I cook a lot and follow recipes with ease, but I really love the detailed recipe cards/pages with pictures.

I added extra peppers and snow peas to our meal. We love these veggies! It looks like the picture!

And the finished plate! I wasn’t fancy with rice, but it sure was tasty. The lime added a nice freshness to the dish.

 

If I make it again: I will definitely make this again. I love the flavors, and this recipe was very easy to throw together.

Did my kids eat it: Again, we didn’t share with the kids. They aren’t into spicy food.

 

 

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DNF: Written in Hell (Melissa)

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Written in Hell 
written by Jason Helford
published by Jason Helford, 2014

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Where I stopped reading: Chapter four.

Why I stopped reading: I . . . I just couldn’t do it. I didn’t like the story, I didn’t like the prose, heck, I didn’t even like Nathaniel.  It was all I could do to stop myself from picturing Fedora Guy and wondering why I started reading in the first place. Then I got a text or something and used it as an excuse to stop reading. Sorry, Mr. Helford.

 

Melissa

What others have rated this book: According to Goodreads, the average rating for Written in Hell is 4 stars. It looks like a majority of readers gave this book 4 stars. The average rating on Amazon is 4.7 stars. There were no reviews or ratings listed at Barnes & Noble. Just because I didn’t finish this book doesn’t mean you won’t.

About the book – from Goodreads: “The entire narrative is irreverent fun, with mild overtones of Kurt Vonnegut and Tom Robbins … An entertaining, inventive and occasionally over-the-top fantasy novel.”
-Kirkus Reviews

Written in Hell follows writer Nathanial Blovey on his strange and perilous adventures through Hell. Nathaniel’s book, a collection of lewd tales set in the old west, failed miserably, prematurely ending his career; however, unbeknownst to him, his stories had become a huge success in Hell. The Devil decides to send him a one-way invitation to her realm, to write for her, and to keep his damned fans happy. There is only one problem: he has writer’s block. With a firm deadline imposed by the Devil herself, Nate has to find a way to keep the most terrible of bosses happy, and survive his trip through Hell. While there is no fire and brimstone, and a burgeoning civilization is growing, Hell is still a very dangerous place for a soft man like Nathaniel.

Written in Hell is a creepy, fun and thought-provoking journey through Hell, with a guide who can’t help but anger people everywhere he goes. It takes you through a new and creative re-imagining of Hell.

 

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Fall Reading Challenge: Found by Emily Brett (spotlight)

 

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written by Emily Brett
published by Sparkpress, 2016

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About the book – from Goodreads: Twenty-seven-year-old ICU nurse Natalie Ulster has a desire to see the world, in case she dies young like her mother, and a need to heal, which is compensation for her own damaged heart. Armed with an independence and self-reliance that stems from her father s emotional abandonment and wanting to separate herself from a deranged nurse whose husband just died under suspicious circumstances on Natalie s watch Natalie grabs life by the globe and accepts successive assignments in Belize, Australia, and Arizona. When Natalie meets Dr. Joel Lansfield, a physician who is also familiar with grief, she finds that Joel sees her for the strong woman she is, and loves her for all she has yet to figure out but she s not sure she s ready to make room in her heart for love. Desperate to maintain her emotional distance with Joel, she continues to travel. In each country, however, she finds herself confronted with near-death accidents, from a poisoned drink to a severe food allergy to being thrown overboard in the Great Barrier Reef. Too many coincidences force her to ask herself a frightening question: Is someone trying to kill her?”

 

 

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Fall Reading Challenge: Size Matters by Cathryn Novak (Melissa’s review)

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Size MattersSize Matters
written by Cathryn Novak
published by She Writes Press, 2016

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy the book: I did indeed. I read the whole thing during my daughter’s afternoon nap (and still had time for a quick catnap myself before she woke up). Novak’s prose is refreshingly lovely, and I’m impressed at her dedication to food-themed language. I stumbled a bit getting used to her tense choices, but I fault myself, not her. I’m still not sure whether Lexie and John Frederick’s relationship is meant to be romantic, but Love is Love, and they’re both clearly full of it. I can see this book on a required reading list in a creative writing class. Well done, Ms. Novak.

 

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“Well, he is a rather kind frog, and even amphibian friendship might not be such a bad thing, given the lack of other candidates.”

 


5 stars

 

Melissa

 

About the book – from Goodreads: John Frederick is a man of considerable substance, in every sense of the word. Rich, intelligent, reclusive, and very large, John Frederick lives to eat. His everyday needs are tended to by Mrs. Floyd, his house manager, and by a never-ending parade of personal chefs.
Enter Lexie Alexander, the latest applicant for that once-again vacant position. A young woman of magical sensibilities, fresh out of culinary school and still recovering from a recent personal tragedy, Lexie lives to cook. As time passes, a love of food, musical comedy, and tea begins to weave a connection between John Frederick and his new chef but then a major medical crisis completely turns life at Frederick House upside down, threatening the bond John Frederick and Lexie have forged.
Size Matters is the story of how people interact with each other and with the world, and what happens when the structure of a person s life, their self-image, and all their familiar coping mechanisms are shattered.”

 

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Boost It Tuesday! – December 6, 2016

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Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free Chance BooksIf These Books Could Talk, and Between My Lines.

 

What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.

 

Here are some tips for Boosting. A big thanks to Kate at If These Books Could Talk for the image!

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We will be featuring one blogger or author on the Boost It Tuesday post. We hope that you will visit that blogger or author and give their page a bit of extra BIT attention!

 

 

This week’s featured blogger is Unconventional Bookviews! Visit their Facebook page and give it an extra Boost!

 

If you would like to be featured one week, please fill out the form below.

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Remember: Like, comment, and share!  Let’s all give each other a boost!




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EFC Promotions Blog Tour Sign-Up: The Wolf Mirror by Caroline Healy

 

 

 

The Wolf Mirror
written by Caroline Healy
expected publication February, 2017

 

About the book: Changing places doesn’t always help you see things differently.

Cassie throws the first punch in a brawl at Winchester Abbey Girl’s School. Her subsequent suspension is a glitch in Cassie’s master plan; Finish School/Get Job/Leave Home (and never come back). As punishment her mother banishes her to Ludlow Park, their creepy ancestral home. In the dark of a stormy night Cassie finds herself transported to 1714, the beginning of the Georgian period.

With the help of a lady’s maid and an obnoxious gentleman, Mr Charles Stafford, Cassie must unravel the mysterious illness afflicting Lord Miller. If Lord Miller kicks the bucket the house goes to Reginald Huxley, the brainless cousin from London.

Cassie’s task is to figure out who is poisoning the Lord of Ludlow without exposing herself to the ridicule of her peers, getting herself committed to the asylum or worse, married off to the first man who will have her.

Cassie must learn to hold her tongue, keep her pride in check and reign in her rebellious nature – because the fate of her entire family, for generations, rests on her shoulders.

Meanwhile, Lady Cassandra Miller frantically searches for her smelling salts or her trusted governess Miss. Blythe, whose soothing advice she would dearly love. Instead Cassandra finds some woman and a boy squatting in the Ludlow mansion; her father, her lady’s maid and all the servants have magically disappeared.

Tell-a-vision, the In-her-net, horseless carriages and women wearing pantaloons; Cassandra is afraid that she might have inhaled fowl air causing her to temporarily lose her senses.

Only when both girls can get over their pride, societal prejudices and self-importance will they be able to return to their rightful century. Until then, they are free to wreak maximum damage on their respective centuries.

About the author: Caroline Healy is a writer and community arts facilitator. She recently completed her M.A. in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University. She alternates her time between procrastination and making art.

In 2012 her award winning short story collection A Stitch in Time was published by Doire Press. Fiction and commentary has been featured in publications across Ireland, the U.K. and more recently in the U.S. Caroline’s work can be found in journals such as Wordlegs,The BohemythShort Story IrelandShort Stop U.K., Five Stop StoryProle, Literary Orphans and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice

Her debut Y.A. novel, Blood Entwines was published by Bloomsbury Spark in August 2014 and she is in the process of writing the second book in the series, Blood Betrayal, as well as a short story collection, The House of Water.

She has a fondness for dark chocolate, cups of tea and winter woollies.

(More details can be found on her website www.carolinehealy.com)

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Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop

 

Make the holiday season even merrier by discovering new reads from some of today’s best chick lit and romantic comedy authors during the Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop on Facebook.

Here’s how it works: every day from Monday, December 5 through Friday, December 16, readers are invited to hop around to more than 60 authors’ Facebook pages (with about five stops each day) to receive gifts and enter to win prizes.

Here is the schedule, which includes the list of authors posting each day and links to their Facebook pages in case you’d like to give them a “like” and follow along:

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5
Rich Amooi
Glynis Astie
Melissa Baldwin
Laura Chapman
Nikki Mahood
Carol Maloney Scott

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16
Cindy Arora
Amy Avanzino
Erin Huss
Susan Murphy
Lucie Simone

We will also give away several Amazon gift cards as bonus prizes on the event page. Every day that you participate and leave a comment on the main post for the day, you will be entered into the drawing to receive the prizes. Be sure to check back every day to maximize your chances!

Happy Holidays to all and to all some fabulous reading!

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