Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Blog Tour Stop - One Way Ticket by Kate O'Keefe and Melissa Bauldwin - Exceprt

Would you switch lives with someone you just met? Sabrina Monroe is poised and ready for her future as Mrs. Todd Edward Blakely. Everything seems perfect, but on the big day, suddenly she's not so sure. Her nicely mapped out life ahead of her, she finds herself in her own movie scene as the runaway bride, climbing out of the bathroom window. All she can think is escape. Addison Bloom needs a life makeover. She's travelled the world to find love--and failed. On her way back from yet another friend's wedding, she starts to feel ill at the mere thought of seeing another veil that's not hers. Should she go back home and marry her former sweetheart, or stick it out looking for love in her new home? Sabrina and Addison are both on the run, wanting to escape to a new life. As the two strangers talk at an airport, discovering they have the same job at opposite ends of the country, a crazy idea unfolds--one which might provide the answers they've both been looking for. Is there such a thing as a One Way Ticket to a new life, or will they find they're running from themselves, not just the past?

Excerpt 

I don’t understand why Addison isn’t back yet?” Mrs. Watson bristled. “There’s
something fishy going on here that you’re not telling me. If I didn’t know better, I would
guess Addison was in some kind of trouble.” She folded her arms tightly across her chest.
I could tell she was trying to intimidate Isabella into giving her information—and I
was glad to see it wasn’t working.
“Good morning, Mrs. Watson,” I said, interrupting the intense stare down she was
giving Isabella.
Mrs. Watson gave me a side-glance. “Are you still running this shop?”
Was this woman for real?
She acted like she was shocked to see me, which was completely ridiculous. We’d
had several conversations since I had taken over Blooms. I’ve now done a few different
floral orders for her, and each time I’d felt extremely relieved she didn’t complain.
Maybe she was looking for something to complain about?
I got the feeling Addison spent quite a lot of time coddling her, and Mrs. Watson
obviously enjoyed the attention.
“Yes, I am,” I replied, jutting out my chin in defiance.
She narrowed her eyes at me. Her platinum blonde hair was teased extra high today,
and her choice of outfit didn’t disappoint. She was wearing a peacock feather print jacket
along with peacock blue polyester pants. I tried to drag my gaze away from her . . . err
“creative” ensemble.
“Hmm . . . I’m starting to think I should notify the authorities. Addison wouldn’t
leave her shop this long unless something bad had happened.”
What is she talking about?
“Mrs. Watson, as I’ve told you before, Addison is fine. You don’t need to be
concerned about her. I’m more than happy to assist you with anything you need.”
Isabella opened her laptop, causing a horrified gasp to escape from Mrs. Watson’s
mouth. I noticed her clench her fists as she stared at the innocent electronic device. I
knew she thought computers were “the devil,” but what exactly did she think was going
to happen?
Maybe she expected an alien to reach out and drag her into the screen?
“Why don’t you come with me and we can review your order for this week?” I
suggested, steering her away from where Isabella sat, typing away on the keyboard.
Isabella obviously had no problem passing the high-maintenance woman off to me.
After several minutes of reassuring Mrs. Watson that Addison hadn’t been abducted
by aliens, been murdered, or run away with a convicted felon, I was able to review her
floral order. She did mention that Faye Stanley had been using Fuchsia Flowers and Gifts
for all her floral-design needs but that she was staying loyal to Blooms—for now.
I still had no idea who this infamous Faye Stanley was. I assumed she was Mrs.
Watson’s friend, but probably more along the lines of the women my mother associated
with. In other words, they pretended to like each other but gossiped about the other
behind one another’s backs.
When she finally left the shop, I let out a huge sigh. I had plenty of experience
dealing with difficult customers, but they were at my shop. This was Addi’s shop, and I
would feel terrible if I was the cause of her losing an important customer.

About Kate O’Keeffe


Kate O’Keeffe is a bestselling author of fun, feel-good romantic comedies. She lives and loves in beautiful New Zealand with her family, two scruffy dogs, and a cat who thinks he’s a scruffy dog too. He’s not: he’s a cat.
She is a wife, a mother, and a chocolate expert. Seriously. She loves to read, to hang out with friends, and to hike up the big hill behind her house each day.
To date, she’s written the Amazon bestselling chick lit series, the Cozy Cottage Café, the Wellywood Romantic Comedy Series, a fun holiday novella, and co-authored One Way Ticket with fellow author, Melissa Baldwin.
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About Melissa Baldwin

Melissa Baldwin is an avid runner, planner obsessed, and has always had a love for writing. She is a wife, mother, and avid journal keeper who took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember…or Forget. Melissa writes about charming, ambitious, and real women and is now a published author of ten Romantic Comedy novels and novellas.
When she isn’t deep in the writing zone, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy spending time with her family, chauffeuring her daughter, traveling, running, indulging in fitness, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.
 
 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air, Twilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.”

At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.

With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can—from her unusual path to the performing arts (Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants may have played a role) to her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her initial “dating experiments” (including only liking boys who didn’t like her back) to reviewing a binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual “man-child.”

Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page—with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious).

My Thoughts
What a fun read!  I have always thought Anna Kendrick was funny, and this book is totally her!  I love when I'm reading a book and I can actually "hear" the author's voice while reading the words. 
She talks about everything from her early years of growing up to when she broke into showbiz.  I never knew that she was on Broadway before movies!
She doesn't hold anything back and she tells it like it is whether you like it or not. 
She loves to talk about her small size and how much of a big deal the industry has made it along the way. Crazy!
From her discussion on her likeness to a "man-child" to her trip to Buccaneer Day - you will laugh out loud throughout this entire book - guaranteed!


Drink Selection
I am going to go with a yummy drink any pirate would love, tequila with pineapple juice and a pineapple wedge for garnishment! 

Rating
Fun read from beginning to end, 5 wine glasses all the way!



About the Author
Anna Kendrick is an American actress and singer, born and raised in Portland, Maine. She is widely known for her roles in The Twilight Saga, Up in the Air, and Pitch Perfect. Throughout her acting career, Kendrick has received various awards and nominations.


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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Release Day Blitz - One Way Ticket by Kate O'Keefe and Melissa Baldwin

It's release day for ONE WAY TICKET by Kate O’Keeffe & Melissa Baldwin. Congrats!


One Way Ticket by Kate O'Keeffe & Melissa Baldwin
Published on January 9, 2018
Genre: Romantic Comedy

  
Would you switch lives with someone you just met?
Sabrina Monroe is poised and ready for her future as Mrs. Todd Edward Blakely. Everything seems perfect, but on the big day, suddenly she's not so sure. Her nicely mapped out life ahead of her, she finds herself in her own movie scene as the runaway bride, climbing out of the bathroom window. All she can think is escape. 
Addison Bloom needs a life makeover. She's travelled the world to find love--and failed. On her way back from yet another friend's wedding, she starts to feel ill at the mere thought of seeing another veil that's not hers. Should she go back home and marry her former sweetheart, or stick it out looking for love in her new home? 
Sabrina and Addison are both on the run, wanting to escape to a new life. As the two strangers talk at an airport, discovering they have the same job at opposite ends of the country, a crazy idea unfolds--one which might provide the answers they've both been looking for. 
Is there such a thing as a One Way Ticket to a new life, or will they find they're running from themselves, not just the past?

About Kate O’Keeffe


Kate O’Keeffe is a bestselling author of fun, feel-good romantic comedies. She lives and loves in beautiful New Zealand with her family, two scruffy dogs, and a cat who thinks he’s a scruffy dog too. He’s not: he’s a cat.

She is a wife, a mother, and a chocolate expert. Seriously. She loves to read, to hang out with friends, and to hike up the big hill behind her house each day.

To date, she’s written the Amazon bestselling chick lit series, the Cozy Cottage Café, the Wellywood Romantic Comedy Series, a fun holiday novella, and co-authored One Way Ticket with fellow author, Melissa Baldwin.

About Melissa Baldwin

Melissa Baldwin is an avid runner, planner obsessed, and has always had a love for writing. She is a wife, mother, and avid journal keeper who took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember…or Forget. Melissa writes about charming, ambitious, and real women and is now a published author of ten Romantic Comedy novels and novellas.

When she isn’t deep in the writing zone, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy spending time with her family, chauffeuring her daughter, traveling, running, indulging in fitness, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.

 

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon’s Skookum National Forest. She would be eight years old now—if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certain someone took her, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and a select group of parents as "the Child Finder," Naomi is their last hope.

Naomi’s methodical search takes her deep into the icy, mysterious forest in the Pacific Northwest, and into her own fragmented past. She understands children like Madison because once upon a time, she was a lost girl too.

As Naomi relentlessly pursues and slowly uncovers the truth behind Madison’s disappearance, shards of a dark dream pierce the defenses that have protected her, reminding her of a terrible loss she feels but cannot remember. If she finds Madison, will Naomi ultimately unlock the secrets of her own life?

My Thoughts
Such a thought provoking read...It really made me evaluate myself and what I would do if this happened to me and if my child was taken and not found for months or years on end. 
Some parts of the book are hard to read, now I don't mean bad writing, I mean the content can be heavy and dark.
The thought of Madison getting lost when he parents were Christmas tree hunting.  How is that possible?  A lost little girl in a bright pink coat.
She was lost at age 5 and if she survived, IF, she would be 8 now...
Her parents couldn't accept that she was dead, they hired The Child Finder, Naomi, to help find their little girl.  Naomi doesn't sugar coat things, she was sure to tell them, she may be dead and IF she has survived she will not be the same little girl they lost 3 year prior.  Could they handle that?
While trying to find little Madison, Naomi is trying to find out more about herself and what happened to her in her trauma filled past that she has blocked out to date.
Will Naomi find Madison?  Will Naomi find herself?  Can she survive knowing what happened to her?


Drink Selection
Because most of this book takes place in the freezing cold, snow covered woods, I am going to pair this read with a Hot Toddy - delish! 

Rating
This book pulled me in from beginning to end and really had me thinking at time.  5 wine glasses for sure!

About the Author

Rene Denfeld is the bestselling author of THE ENCHANTED and THE CHILD FINDER. Her lyrical fiction has won numerous awards including the prestigious French Prix, an ALA Medal for Excellence and an IMPAC listing. In addition to writing, Rene works as a licensed investigator. She has worked hundreds of cases, including missing persons, and was the Chief Investigator at the public defender's office. The child of a difficult history herself, Rene has dedicated her life to helping others. She has been a foster-adoptive parent for 20 years, and is the happy mother to three children she adopted from foster care.

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