Tuesday, March 13, 2018

French Vanilla & Felonies Release Day!

Happy Release Day to Erin Huss! FRENCH VANILLA & FELONIES, book one in the Cambria Clyne Mystery series, is available now!

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Series: Cambria Clyne Mysteries #1
Published by Gemma Halliday Publishing on March 13, 2018
Genres: Cozy Mystery

From author Erin Huss comes an "uproariously funny" (InD'Tale Magazine) new mystery... 
When Cambria Clyne—klutzy, twenty-something single mom—takes the job of an apartment manager at an LA complex, she hopes her run of bad luck is finally coming to an end. She's got a nice home for her daughter, a steady source of income, and the cute maintenance guy is certainly a nice perk! But her luck takes a bad turn again when a dead body turns up, a crime spree takes over the community, and Cambria finds her complex squarely at the center of it all! 
With her dream job suddenly on the line, Cambria dons her detective hat to get to the truth—after all, she's watched enough crime shows on TV to know how to catch a perp! Or so she hopes as she wades through a streaker in apartment 40, an ex-con with a shady agenda, an overly frisky retired couple, and the suspiciously sneaky dealings of the dentist in apa​rtment 36. But will Cambria be able to catch a killer... or will she get caught up in his game and lose it all?

About Erin Huss

Erin Huss is a blogger and best selling author. She can change a diaper in fifteen seconds flat, is a master overanalyzer, has a gift for making any social situation awkward and yet, somehow, she still has friends. Erin shares hilarious property management horror stories at The Apartment Manager’s Blog and her own daily horror stories at erinhuss.com. She currently resides in Southern California with her husband and five children, where she complains daily about the cost of living but will never do anything about it.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Review - The French Girl by Lexie Elliott

They were six university students from Oxford--friends and sometimes more than friends--spending an idyllic week together in a French farmhouse. It was supposed to be the perfect summer getaway--until they met Severine, the girl next door.

For Kate Channing, Severine was an unwelcome presence, her inscrutable beauty undermining the close-knit group's loyalties amid the already simmering tensions. And after a huge altercation on the last night of the holiday, Kate knew nothing would ever be the same. There are some things you can't forgive, and there are some people you can't forget, like Severine, who was never seen again.

Now, a decade later, the case is reopened when Severine's body is found in the well behind the farmhouse. Questioned along with her friends, Kate stands to lose everything she's worked so hard to achieve as suspicion mounts around her. Desperate to resolve her own shifting memories and fearful she will be forever bound to the woman whose presence still haunts her, Kate finds herself buried under layers of deception with no one to set her free.

My Thoughts
What an awesome read!  I was hooked from the very beginning.  Lexie has an amazing writing style that keeps you intrigued and wanting more.
6 college students take a trip to France and more than a decade later the case has now reopened due to a body being found.  The French authorities are now coming back around to question everyone as to their involvement with Severine at that time.
If the questioning isn't enough, Severine has taken up residence with Kate and she can't seem to shake her.
There are so many plot twists and turns that you really won't know who did it till the very end. 
Great read!  Kept my attention! Get your copy today, I highly recommend it!

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Drink Selection
I'm going with the 1789.  It's a French go to dating back to the French Revolution!
This is the perfect cocktail for those who enjoy drinks on the sweeter side, as the recipe calls for white wine, whiskey, and Lillet; a sweet and citrus flavored French aperitif.

5 wine glasses of course!  LOVED it!

Lexie Elliott
About the Author
Lexie Elliott has been writing for as long as she can remember, but she began to focus on it more seriously after she lost her banking job in 2009 due to the Global Financial Crisis. After some success in short story competitions, she began planning a novel. With two kids and a (new) job, it took some time for that novel to move from her head to the page, but the result was "The French Girl", which will be published by Berkley in February 2018 - available to pre-order now!

When she's not writing, Lexie can be found running, swimming or cycling whilst thinking about writing. In 2007 she swam the English Channel solo. She won't be doing that again. In 2015 she ran 100km, raising money for Alzheimer Scotland. She won't be doing that again either. But the odd triathlon or marathon isn't out of the question.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Made for Me by Kathryn R. Biel

Michele's lack of focus in life hasn't bothered her, until the day she finds herself with mounting credit card debt, unable to afford her rent, and without a job. While her meddling family questions how she can end up in this predicament, at the age of 29, and single to boot, Michele doesn't want to admit the truth. All she wants to do is sew.
Faced with the prospect of moving back into her parents' house, Michele throws a Hail Mary pass and applies for a TV design contest, Made for Me. In order to win the contest, Michele will have to compete with nine other contestants to design the new wardrobe for Duchess Maryn Medrovovich, who's about to marry Prince Stephan of the United Republic of Montabago.
While in the seclusion of the show, Michele starts to realize where her focus in life should be, and what's truly important to her. However, a dashing competitor might just cause her to lose her focus once and for all. Can Michele keep her eye on the prize while being true to herself?

My Thoughts
Such a  fun read! For those of you who love Project Runway, Made for Me would be right up your alley!
Michele has no focus but is an amazing designer and has a talent for sewing. But a good job seemed hard to come by and living with her parents was the end of the road.  She needed to do better and then she saw the ad for a TV design contest.  What did she have to lose?
Not only is she winning challenges but she is also creating friendships and a possible love interest?
The final challenge is designing the wedding attire for the soon to be princess of Montabago and if she wins she would design her wardrobe for a year!  WOW!
Can Michele make it to the end?  Can she be the designer she's always wanted to be and pursue dreams beyond Etsy?

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Drink Selection
I'm going to pair this read with a delish Cosmopolitan, yum!
Jigger of Gordon's Gin (​1 12 oz Beefeater)
2 dash Cointreau (​12 oz Cointreau)
Juice of 1 Lemon (1 oz Lemon Juice)
1 tsp Raspberry Syrup (1 tsp homemade)

What a fun read! 5 wines for sure!
Kathryn R. Biel
About the Author
Telling stories of resilient women, Kathryn R. Biel hails from Upstate New York where her most important role is being mom and wife to an incredibly understanding family who don't mind fetching coffee and living in a dusty house. In addition to being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage insurance companies to fund her client's needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Kathryn is the author of ten women's fiction, romantic comedy, contemporary romance, and chick lit works, including Live for This and Made for Me. Please follow Kathryn on her website, www.kathrynrbiel.com and sign up for her newsletter at bit.ly/KRBNews.  

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Standing Strong by Teresa Giucice

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star and New York Times bestselling author Teresa Giudice opens up about her tumultuous past year in her emotional new memoir Standing Strong.

In her second memoir, Teresa chronicles her life since her release from prison and what it’s been like to weather difficult times as a single mother. Though she recounts the happy memories she has experienced over the past year, she also touches upon some of the darkest times of her life, including her parents' hospitalizations for severe medical issues in late 2016, which led to the tragic passing of her mother in March of 2017. With unparalleled honesty and courage, Teresa opens up in Standing Strong in ways she never has before, showing her fans what it truly means to be a survivor.

My Thoughts
I have always thought Teresa seemed like such a fun loving person!
  To be honest I have only seen bits and pieces of Real Housewives of NJ, but the parts I did see were great!  She has such a great personality and seems pretty down to earth for the most part.
This second memoir touched on her life after prison and wow, it has not been a walk in the park for her.  Between her husband going away from 4 years, her mother's passing and the hectic life of a single mom of 4 girls,she has her hands full.
This book tells about her raw innermost feelings.  She doesn't hold back and that's another thing I love about her.  She tells it like it is!
If you are a fan or have been in the past I highly recommend this book, you will really enjoy it. 

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Drink Selection
I am going to pair this book with Turin Vermouth, a big hit with Italians!

5 wine glasses for sure, real and raw emotion make it a great selection!

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About the Author
Teresa Giudice is an American reality television cast-member, known for starring in The Real Housewives of New Jersey. She is the daughter of Italian immigrants, grew up speaking Italian, attended Catholic school and is a graduate Berkeley College. Teresa is married to businessman Joe Giudice and they have four daughters together. In 2014, Teresa and Joe entered a guilty plea to several counts of financial fraud. Teresa was sentenced to 15-months in a federal prison.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst

I have no memory of what happened but I was told I killed my son. And you believe what your loved ones, your doctor and the police tell you, don't you? My name is Emma Cartwright. Three years ago I was Susan Webster, and I murdered my twelve-week-old son Dylan. I was sent to Oakdale Psychiatric Institute for my crime, and four weeks ago I was released early on parole with a new identity, address, and a chance to rebuild my tattered life. This morning, I received an envelope addressed to Susan Webster. Inside it was a photograph of a toddler called Dylan. Now I am questioning everything I believe because if I have no memory of the event, how can I truly believe he's dead? If there was the smallest chance your son was alive, what would you do to get him back?

My Thoughts
What a page turner!  I enjoyed the twists and turns of this story and it held me interest from beginning to end. 
This to me is a mother's worst nightmare - being set-up and having your baby stolen from you.  Then the police tell you that you killed your own newborn baby.  What?  And you don't remember and have no proof to tell them otherwise. 
That is exactly what happened to Susan Webster, she served her time, was released and is now living under a new identity in a new town as Ms. Emma Cartwright.
Then weird/sinister things begin to happen - a picture shows up of a 4 year old and it has your son's name, then his baby blanket and a baby brush (just to name a few)...What is happening?
Is this an awful trick or is Dylan really alive?

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Drink Selection
I'm going to pair this book with Pimm's Iced Tea, delish!

I would rate this read 4 wine glasses our of 5. 

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About the Author
Jenny Blackhurst grew up in Shropshire where she still lives with her husband and children. Growing up she spent hours reading and talking about crime novels - writing her own seemed like natural progression. The Night She Died is Jenny's fourth novel.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Cover Reveal - Messing with Matilda by Cat Lavoie

Messing With Matilda by Cat Lavoie Cover Reveal

Happy Cover Reveal Day to Cat Lavoie! Enjoy the cover of MESSING WITH MATILDA, coming April 4, 2018!

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Cat Lavoie – Messing With MatildaMessing With Matilda by Cat Lavoie
Published by Cat Lavoie on April 4, 2018
Genres: Chick Lit, Romantic Comedy
As a professional organizer in New York City, Matilda Hart wages war against chaos and clutter on a daily basis for her clients—and she vows to never let it invade her own well-ordered world. 
But when her boyfriend decides to deviate from the path she’s been planning for them, Matilda's perfectly structured life begins to crumble. She reluctantly finds herself back in the tiny hometown she fled a lifetime ago—determined to lay low and avoid running into anyone she used to know. So why is she reconnecting with her former best friend and putting up with the bridezilla antics of Amber, her high school nemesis? 
When Matilda is tasked with keeping the bride-to-be’s heartbroken ex away from the ceremony, she discovers she has history with the man who’s trying to sabotage the wedding. Matilda quickly realizes that teaming up with cute and quirky—but hopelessly devoted—Silas Flynn could be mutually beneficial. He needs help wooing the woman he considers the love of his life and Matilda can't pass up the chance to finally get back at the meanest of the mean girls by assisting Silas in his attempts to disrupt her wedding. 
Will everything go according to plan for this mismatched pair? Or will working so closely together make uptight Matilda and laid-back Silas lose sight of their common goal? 
One thing's for sure—things are about to get messy.

About Cat Lavoie

Cat LavoieCat Lavoie is a chick lit writer from Montreal, Canada. She loves writing fun and quirky romantic comedies and is the author of BREAKING THE RULES, ZOEY & THE MOMENT OF ZEN, PERI IN PROGRESS and MESSING WITH MATILDA.

A fan of all things feline, Cat loves cats and hopes to someday have a house full of them in order to officially become a crazy cat lady. (But one or two cats will do for now.)

If she isn’t reading or writing, Cat enjoys listening to podcasts (mostly comedy and true crime) and watching way too much TV. She fell in love with London many years ago and hopes to go back one day. Cat is currently at work on her next novel.

To connect with Cat and find out more about her books, visit CatLavoie.com and follow @CatLavoieBooks on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Still Me (Me Before You, #3) by Jojo Moyes

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She steps into the world of the superrich, working for Leonard Gopnik and his much younger second wife, Agnes. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her new job and New York life.

As she begins to mix in New York high society, Lou meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. Before long, Lou finds herself torn between Fifth Avenue where she works and the treasure-filled vintage clothing store where she actually feels at home. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?

My Thoughts
Book 3 did not disappoint.  I LOVED it!  I'm not going to lie, I would love to read a #4!  Just saying.
Louisa Clark heads to NYC to start her new life after Will.  Will her long distance relationship with Sam last the with her across the ocean?
  Her newest adventure is being a personal assistant to Agnes Gopnik who is very needy.  Louisa wants to make the most of this experience and her goal is to be the best personal assistant she can.
But there are times when Agnes crosses the line and Louisa has to compromise her judgment to be able to follow through - funneling money out of the account or sending outrageous gifts to another country without Leonard's knowledge.  But Louisa does as she's told and it doesn't end well for her.
Then she meets Josh.  I personally don't like him, he's very city and his ambitions are to climb the corporate ladder, not build a meaningful relationship.
Louisa runs into many challenges in this third book - lying, backstabbing, dishonesty, will she make it through without a mark or will one of these take her down?  She also makes a few great friends, meets a pretentious dog, and tries to befriend a recluse named Margot from the fashion world of years past.  If anything she hopes to grow from all of these experiences - good and bad - and become a better person which is what Will had hopped for her.

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Drink Selection
A perfect selection for this book would be a Martini with Vermouth! 

I loved this book from beginning to end, 5 wine glasses hands down!

Jojo Moyes

About the Author
Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children.

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