Thursday, May 31, 2012

Upcoming Blog Tours...

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to view my upcoming blog tours for 
June, July and August.

I have joined some really great tours
with some amazing authors
with interesting reads!

You may find some fun summer reads!



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A Tale of Many Reviews

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What I am reading now....THE BABY PLANNER by Josie Brown

The Baby Planner


Book Description-THE BABY PLANNER

April 5, 2011
The Nanny Diaries meets The Wedding Planner in this smart, dishy novel from the author of Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives—featuring a woman who runs San Francisco’s premier baby planning company and the mommies-to-be who seek out her services.

Katie Johnson may make her living consulting with new moms on the latest greatest baby gadgets no parent should be without, or which mommy meet-ups are the most socially desirable, or whether melon truly is the new black, but the success of her marriage to her husband, Alex, depends on controlling her own urges toward motherhood.
He's adamant that they stay childless. Sure, Katie understands that he's upset over the fact that his out-of-town ex-wife rarely lets him see their ten-year-old son, Peter. But living vicariously through her anxious clients and her twin sisters' precocious children only makes Katie resent his stance more deeply.

While helping a new client—Seth Harris, a high tech entrepreneur who must raise Sadie, his newborn daughter, as a single parent after the tragic death of his wife in childbirth—maneuver the bittersweet journey from mourning husband and reticent father to loving dad, Katie’s own ideals about love, marriage, and motherhood are put to the test as she learns ones very important lesson about family:  How we nurture is the true nature of love.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Blog Tour/GIVEAWAY: SOUNDS BITES: A ROCK & ROLL LOVE STORY by Rachel K. Burke: Review/Character Interview



REVIEW

Right at the end of chapter one you are hit with a bombshell and from there you are taken a literary ride of emotions; betrayal, love, forgiveness, courage and passion in many forms.  You will love this book with realistic characters in realistic situations.  I found it to be an entertaining and fun read.  There are twists and turns, tense situations and a story line that keeps you engaged.  I recommend it highly and rate it 4.5 stars!


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GIVEAWAY
To WIN an ebook copy of SOUND BITES, please leave a comment below!  It is just that easy!


*The giveaway ends Wednesday, June 6 2012 and winner will be chosen randomly!

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Book Description

 January 16, 2012
Renee Evans has a knack for trouble. After walking in on her best friend and boyfriend in bed together, twenty-five year-old Renee flees sunny Los Angeles and her dream job as a music journalist and returns to her hometown of Boston – only to meet Dylan Cavallari, the mysterious, aspiring musician who lives in her apartment building. Dylan’s piercing gaze and womanizing demeanor make him exactly the type of guy that Renee should steer clear of – which is most likely the reason she falls for him. But when Renee’s troublesome ex comes back and threatens to drive her and Dylan apart, Renee is forced to face her past and save her relationship with Dylan before it's too late.

Sound Bites dramatizes what happens when Renee finds herself caught between a painful past and an uncertain future. Happiness turns out to be within her grasp, but it all depends on whether she can trust herself enough to make the right decisions. Sound Bites is a novel about love, friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, and the power of music to help you find your way.


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INTERVIEW with Renee


1)    What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about your ex-boyfriend and best friend?

Honestly, when I think of Justine and David now, I think of it as a positive experience. Because if that hadn’t happened, I never would have met Dylan. As cliché as it sounds, I’ve always believed that everything in life happens for a reason. And even though at the time I felt completely betrayed, I’m grateful for it now.

2)    Is being a music journalist as exciting as it sounds?

There are exciting parts, and there are not-so-exciting parts. The free concert tickets, free albums, and the opportunity to interview some of your favorite artists are some of the perks. In addition, you get paid to do something you love, and people are always so interested when you tell them what you do for work.

The not-so-exciting part is that it’s a lot of work for little money. When you count the travel time to and from shows, combined with the amount of time to transcribe interviews, conduct band research, and put together a great article, it really is a lot of work. There is also the downside of meeting your favorite musician, only to find that he or she is a complete jackass in person. It tends to ruin the music for you after that.

But, at the end of the day, there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing
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3)    Going home is hard to do and LA is a big city.  Why return to Boston?

Unfortunately, when you move away with your best friend, it can be both a positive and negative thing. It’s good to have a familiar face as a support system, but the problem is that you can get dependent on that person, and it doesn’t really force you to live outside your comfort zone and meet new people.

The problem was that Justine and I did everything together, and we although we had acquaintances, we didn’t have any true friends in L.A. except each other. So when things went sour, I realized how alone I was without her. And at the time, I needed my friends and family for support, so I felt I had no choice but to return home.

4)    What precisely attracted you to Dylan?

Dylan has a captivating presence that’s hard to put into words. He has these piercing blue eyes and low, hypnotic voice that I find mesmerizing. There’s just something about him that immediately drew me in. And he’s so incredibly talented yet so humble about it. He hides his emotions pretty well, but deep down, he has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I’ve ever met. He really genuinely cares about everyone.

5)     How hard was it to face up to your past and reconcile it with your present?

Well, as I mentioned, I’m glad everything worked out the way it did. All experiences - even painful ones - can have a positive outcome, even though it may not seem positive at the time. It was a learning experience, not only for me, but also for Justine. Even though she had her heart broken, she also came to the realization that true love really does exist. I don’t hold any animosity towards her at all because, as I’ve learned, love really does conquer all. And sometimes, it makes you do things completely out of character. But at the end of the day, forgiveness is the only way to move on.  

6)    Finally, would you do anything differently?

Not a thing… except maybe slam the door in David’s face next time!



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Rachel was born and raised in Boston, MA. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.  She graduated from Bridgewater University in 2011 with a B.A. in Communications and Media Studies.  Rachel's work has appeared in Prevention Magazine, Worcester Magazine and Starpulse News Entertainment.

For more information on Rachel and her upcoming fiction, please visit www.rachelkburke.com





Hosted by A TALE OF MANY REVIEWS


CONTEST CLOSED:  Winner is LISA at Lost in Lit

Monday, May 28, 2012

REVIEW/GIVEAWAY: THE ZEN MAN by Colleen Collins

The Zen Man

Make sure to check out her website, it is SUPER cool! 

MY REVIEW:
Readers of mystery are going to love Colleen Collins novel THE ZEN MAN.  It is a fast paced who-done-it that will keep you turning pages and guessing to the very end. I was shocked and surprised by all the twists and turns.  This novel will leave you wanting more.  I highly recommend it and rate it 4 stars. 

GIVEAWAY!  

Want to win a $10 Amazon gift card?  Leave a comment below regarding your nickname or lack there of to be eligible to win.  For BONUS ENTRIES (one per action) like Mrs Mommy Booknerd on FACEBOOK, follow this blog publicly or follow Cpleen's blog at  Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes: http://writingpis.wordpress.com/ and comment on what you did.  Enjoy and have fun!  


Winner chosen and named here on June 4th!


Book Description
Publication Date: December 18, 2011

Just as washed-up criminal defense attorney, life-long Deadhead (nickname “The Zen Man”), and current PI Rick Levine decides to get relicensed as a lawyer, he’s charged with killing one and ends up in the slammer with a half-mil bail.

Released on bond, Rick and his girlfriend Laura have 30 days to find the real killer. In the course of their investigations, they dig for dirt among Denver’s shady legal backrooms to its tony corporate centers. Dodging bullets, a kidnapping, trumped-up charges and the FBI's unwanted intervention, Rick and Laura continue tracking key suspects who have motive...eventually learning that true redemption begins at home.

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Happy Memorial Day!

Friday, May 25, 2012

RACHEL SIMON Exclusive: Book Covers






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I met Rachel at THE FOX CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL this year and we had a brief chat about my book cover of THE STORY OF BEAUTIFUL GIRL because it was the UK version.  I told her that when I bought it online I was really drawn to that cover.   And now here we are with Rachel Simon talking about book covers! I hope you enjoy the exclusive video made by Rachel for Mrs Mommy Booknerd!!!!  (if you are having problems with the video, please email me)
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THE STORY OF BEAUTIFUL GIRL COVERS

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon (hardback)
American hardback


The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon (paperback)
American paperback


The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon (UK)    The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon (Portuguese)
           UK cover                                           Portuguese cover

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon (Brailian)
Brazilian cover

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon (Dutch)
Dutch cover

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon (Italian)The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon (Norwegian)
Italian cover                                            Norwegian cover



The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon (Taiwan)
Taiwan Cover
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Rachel Simon speaking about The Story Of Beautiful Girl
BOOKS   BLOG  

Rachel Simon
 is the award-winning author of six books and a nationally-recognized public speaker on issues related to diversity and disability. Her titles include the bestsellers, The Story of Beautiful Girland Riding The Bus with My Sister. Both books are frequent selections of book clubs and school reading programs around the country. Rachel's work has been adapted for theater, NPR, the Lifetime Channel, and Hallmark Hall of Fame, whose adaptation of Riding The Bus With My Sister starred Rosie O' Donnell and Andie McDowell, and was directed by Anjelica Huston.

Rachel Simon's awards include The Secretary Tommy G. Thompson Recognition Award for Contributions to the Field of Disability from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, and creative writing fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. She is one of the only authors to have been selected twice for the Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Award. Rachel Simon lives in Wilmington, Delaware.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

REVIEW: THE ROCK STAR IN SEAT 3A by Jill Kargman

The Rock Star in Seat 3A: A Novel

REVIEW:

What would you do if you were seated next to your dream musician and the one you were granted the "free pass" by your boyfriend/girlfriend?  Well Hazel was about to find out when her dream rock star crush, Finn Schiller, was seated next to her in seat 3A.  I literally read this novel in one sitting because I thought it was so fun and original.  I love stories that take you to the place of fantasy and address the age old question: is the grass greener on the other side?  Hop onto the plane in seat 3B and be prepared for a wild ride.  I rate this book 4 stars and look forward to reading more by Jill Kargman.

*Be warned there is strong language in the novel.


Book Description

May 22, 2012
It's Hazel's thirtieth birthday and she has everything she's ever wanted: a kickass job, a dream apartment in New York City, and the perfect boyfriend—who's just days away from proposing. Hazel thinks she's happy but isn't quite ready to settle down. So when her most far-fetched fantasy enters the realm of the possible, shouldn't she drop everything to see it through?
The morning after her birthday, Hazel boards a flight to L.A. only to get the surprise of her life. When she's bumped up to first class, extra legroom and free drinks are absolutely the last things on her mind when she catches sight of her seatmate: her all-time biggest celebrity crush, rock star Finn Schiller! Only the night before she'd confessed her infatuation with the gorgeous musician, and her boyfriend joked that she had a free pass if she ever met him. Hazel can't believe fate has actually thrown them together.

Even more unbelievable is that during the flight they genuinely connect. Finn likes her uncensored cursing and wicked sense of humor, and that she's unlike all of his groupies; Hazel likes his killer looks, ripped physique, and soulful music. But what started as a fantasy quickly becomes a real attraction, and after a dream date and taste of the rock-star life with Finn in L.A., Hazel is forced to examine the track her life is on. Indulging in a passionate affair with a rock star seems crazy—but could she ever forgive herself if she walked away from her wildest dream coming true? And is her wildest dream the stuff that happiness is made of?
A lively novel about a down-to-earth New York City girl who suddenly finds herself in a rock 'n' roll Cinderella fantasy, The Rock Star in Seat 3A is seasoned with Jill Kargman's signature wit and hilarious dialogue. This is a fairy-tale romance with a twist.


Image of Jill Kargman
Jill Kargman is deathly afraid of clowns. And mimes. Wait, mimes are worse. She lives in New York City where she writes magazine articles and trashy novels and enjoys wrap sandwiches. She is the author of teen books Bittersweet Sixteen, Summer Intern, and Jet Set, plus some excellent grown-up books. And by grown-up books she doesn't mean porn; she means not young adult but plain old adult. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, Teen Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country, Travel + Leisure, Elle, Elle Décor, and a bunch of British magazines you've never seen. She went to Yale where she did not study writing and has three children who keep her young. And exhausted.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

DOUBLE REVIEW: LOST & FOUND and PICTURE THIS by Jacqueline Sheehan

Lost & Found


REVIEW:

From page one I feel in love with this novel.  Heartbreak, soul searching, danger, love and a dog who makes moving forward worth it are elements that make up this amazing novel.  You will get drawn into this novel and the characters that take over the page.  I rate it 4 stars.


Book Description

April 24, 2007
A poignant and unforgettable tale of love, loss, and moving on . . . with the help of one not-so-little dog Rocky's husband Bob was just forty-two when she discovered him lying cold and lifeless on the bathroom floor . . . and Rocky's world changed forever. Quitting her job, chopping off all her hair, she leaves Massachusetts—reinventing her past and taking a job as Animal Control Warden on Peak's Island, a tiny speck off the coast of Maine and a million miles away from everything she's lost. She leaves her career as a psychologist behind, only to find friendship with a woman whose brain misfires in the most wonderful way and a young girl who is trying to disappear. Rocky, a quirky and fallible character, discovers the healing process to be agonizingly slow.

But then she meets Lloyd.

A large black Labrador retriever, Lloyd enters Rocky's world with a primitive arrow sticking out of his shoulder. And so begins a remarkable friendship between a wounded woman and a wounded, lovable beast. As the unraveling mystery of Lloyd's accident and missing owner leads Rocky to an archery instructor who draws her in even as she finds every reason to mistrust him, she discovers the life-altering revelation that grief can be transformed . . . and joy does exist in unexpected places.




Picture This: A Novel



REVIEW:

Better than the first novel in the series, Picture This takes over where Lost & Found left off.  I was instantly drawn into the story line of this novel and found it hard to put down.  Sheenhan has the same great foundation in this novel as she did in the first but I felt the pace was much quicker and the story much more rich.  I love that there is a great story, but a sense of suspense as well.  I highly recommend this novel and the previous novel, especially to those who have a love and appreciation for the relationship between a pet and its owner!  A 4.5 star read!   


Book Description

May 22, 2012
The poignant and unforgettable sequel to the beloved bestseller Lost & Found; a marvelous tale of life-altering surprises and unanticipated guests Peaks Island, Maine, vibrates with its own special magic, a unique flow to life that knits together the small community that calls it home. The people, the animals, and even the houses have a charm and personality all their own. Just ask Rocky Pelligrino. Devastated by her husband Bob's sudden death, she found hope thanks to a relentlessly loyal black Lab named Cooper. Warm friends and a new job—as the island's animal control warden—have helped Rocky chart a course toward a promising future. She's even ready to try love again with Hill, the gentle and patient archery instructor. And there is an old house haunted by lost love and forgotten secrets that speaks to her soul.
But a phone call from a troubled young woman looking for her biological father shakes Rocky's newfound joy. Could this young girl hold a tendril of the man who was the love of her life? Or could the girl's appearance throw Rocky's world into chaos . . . and shatter her heart again?


More books by Sheenhan 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blog Tour: A CONTENTED MIND by Samantha Hoffman: Q&A

I found the explanation in the book regarding this beautiful cover: 

"Moving her eyes over the painting, she noticed the simple beauty of the giant white open petals of the rose flowing outward from the right side of the canvas.  When painting it, the artist made a conscious effort to leave a large open space of black canvas on the left, and beyond the midpoint of the painting, giving it perfect balance.  Not confined, the rose was allowed to expand into its full splendor, even if its ability to do so was only within the mind of the one viewing it." (A Contented Mind, p. 293)

WOW!  Isn't that something!





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Author Bio: Samantha started writing books as a child. Although those roughly hewed works are kept under lock and key, they possess the same need to understand life as her current novels. In the past, Samantha has written numerous columns on health and spirituality for a local newspaper. Currently, she writes the popular blog: Insanity - A Writer’s Commentary On All Things, as well as two novels: A Contented Mind, it’s sequel, Chasing Nirvana, and the children’s chapter book series: Dainty Delaney. Currently she is at work on her third novel. On May 18th, 2012 Samantha will be featured in Art & Entertainment section of The Traverse City Record Eagle newspaper.
Life can get rough at times, loving oneself shouldn’t be. That, in a nutshell, is the message that is imbued within the books Samantha writes. 

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Q&A


Q.  What inspires your writing?

A.  For the most part music inspires my writing. It was a verse within one song in particular, as well as my battle with depression, that brought about A Contented Mind. The words within that song worked like lighter fluid on a fire that was on its last ember. To this day  when I want to bring my characters to life, I turn on the music.

Q.  What is your favorite thing about being an author?

A.  I take the movie that is in my mind, with its almost tangible words, palpable emotions and scenes, transcribe it, then give it to others to enjoy. And within those mental movies, people are given the chance to feel things they may never feel otherwise.

Q.  What is the toughest part of being an author?

A. Having the courage and resolve to write what I want to write in the way and style that I want to write.

Q.  If you could not be author, what would you do/be?

A.I used to teach yoga. Like the conductor in an orchestra standing in front of the class, I loved gently yet firmly leading the movements of the room - harnessing everyone's energy into a more balanced, peaceful state. I enjoyed that. I enjoyed bringing relaxation and peace to those that needed it the most. I would probably do that again.

Q.  What would the story of your life be entitled?

A. 50 Shades of Grey...NO I'm just kidding. Sorry, I couldn't resist.  That would be wild though, wouldn't it? No, my life story would be named... 'She Dances. The story of the little girl that danced in the rain.'

Q.  What is your favorite book of all time?

A. I love so many, that is a very tough question. Perhaps Crime and  Punishment. I appreciate and respect the way in which Fyodor  Dostoevsky captured the struggles of one's mind.

Q.  Which character from ANY book are you most like?

A. In many ways I can relate to Martin Eden, as far as identifying the  lunacy of what is considered 'genius' writing within the literary elite. In my opinion all writing has profound value. But the system chews writers up and spits them out, in the process spitting out many 'genius writers' along the way. Within that one thing I have a strong resonance with Martin. For the most part however, I have much in common with Jane Eyre. She trusted her mind and her abilities. I have been through a great deal and yet, I have emerged whole, and hopefullyduring the walk I do so with the grace of Jane.

Q.  What character from all of your book(s) are you most like?

A. From a mental and emotional stand point I am very much like Meg
and Madelyne, Meg's mother, in A Contented Mind.

Q.  What is your favorite season?

A.  When I was young it used to be autumn. But now that I am older, autumn, although beautiful, is now seen as the precursor of winter; and I don't like being cold. So now, my favorite season would be Spring. It's the Friday of the seasons. It kicks off the weekend of Summerand Fall.

 Q.  Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or  while promoting your book(s).

A. So far I haven't had much of anything. I will say there is something to be said for timing. Just as I was set to visit a couple bookstores and do a radio interview I came down with a cold that robbed me of my voice. Which I have to say, didn't help the situation.

Q.  Are you working on something new?

A. I'm just now putting the finishing touches on my children's chapter book, the first in the five book Dainty Delaney series. I'm also going back through the sequel to A Contented Mind which is entitled Chasing Nirvana. There may very well be a third book within that group as the characters aren't quite done with me yet... Lastly, I look forward to getting back to writing Safe People which is actually the novel mentioned in A Contented Mind.

Q.  Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?

A.  For one I would like to say thank you for stopping by. I cherish my reader's. I mean that. There has never been one kind word that's been extended to me that I have not absorbed and valued. In closing I would like to say that my books, all of them, will always have an underlying theme. It seems to be the undercurrent behind my writing. And that is, to believe in oneself. Believe in all that you offer. I lived with depression for many years, and in many ways still do. I felt that part of myself was unworthy, dark and ugly. It took writing A Contented Mind for me to take a hard look at myself and come to terms with who I am. My darkness only adds to my light. I am the sum of all my parts and I would like to think that's what makes me a better person. The world needs all of us, as different as we may be, weare all internally and externally beautiful.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Blog Tour: A CONTENTED MIND by Samantha Hoffman: REVIEW


 Follow the tour via Chick Lit Plus HERE
MY REVIEW:

Music and love come together in A Contented Mind: Love, Hope and the Complicated Mess of Redefining One's Life.  Life is not always a easy step from A to B.  Sometimes we are forced to change paths. Sometimes we take detours.  Sometimes we chose to hide our real self from the world.  But whatever way we travel through life we are still moving forward whether we like it or not. 

 

Meg, an author by trade and musician on the side, had a mix of life's obstacles thrown at her.  She has struggled to face the world and to allow them to judge her freely as an author, so she writes under a pen name for the fear of criticism.  She was attacked in her home and no longer felt safe so she moved to California.   She has only one love, Bob her dog, before she starts playing her violin on her patio and her mysterious neighbor joins in with his piano perfectly.  She is instantly and without explanation finding herself falling for the mysterious piano man next door.   


Through the pages of A Contented Mind you will flow through a gamete of emotions that are almost set to music.  Passion, heartbreak, success and failure, betrayal and love linger within the pages of this novel.  I really enjoyed this novel and rated it 3.5 stars.  I hope you enjoy it too.     


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Book Description


Publication Date: November 22, 2011

Sometimes it takes seeing the dream before we find the courage to face the nightmare.

When young, our greatest fears are of the shadow figures that live within our sleeping mind. As we age, we discover what's most frightening is a life not fully lived, desires left unfulfilled and a past that keeps us tethered in darkness.

Without realizing it, bestselling author Meg Scott, stepped into the life of her dreams. A new beachfront home on the West Coast; a far cry from her secluded home shared only with her faithful Irish setter on Martha's Vineyard. A gig playing violin with a world renowned rock band about to depart on a European acoustic tour; friends that easily became the family she lost when young. And upon shaking hands with the band's drummer, Jadon Hastings, love and desire she'd never known beyond the stories she wrote.

All too often, shadow figures arrive camouflaged as friends, and those who profess love are worse than those that once haunted our childhood nights.

Under a hazy California sun, Meg's dream sits in clear view. To make it her own, she'll have to confront not only her past, but her future. In doing so, she discovers - those you trust - can't always be trusted. 

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Author Bio: Samantha started writing books as a child. Although those roughly hewed works are kept under lock and key, they possess the same need to understand life as her current novels. In the past, Samantha has written numerous columns on health and spirituality for a local newspaper. Currently, she writes the popular blog: Insanity - A Writer’s Commentary On All Things, as well as two novels: A Contented Mind, it’s sequel, Chasing Nirvana, and the children’s chapter book series: Dainty Delaney. Currently she is at work on her third novel. On May 18th, 2012 Samantha will be featured in Art & Entertainment section of The Traverse City Record Eagle newspaper.
Life can get rough at times, loving oneself shouldn’t be. That, in a nutshell, is the message that is imbued within the books Samantha writes. 

 Connect with Samantha!  
www.bysamanthahoffman.com       
www.bysamanthahoffman.com/buy_now/

Sunday, May 20, 2012

BEING MOM...football

I think that I am going to add a bit more to the blog about being a mom.  Because I am a mom first and foremost.  I spend so much time doing amazing things with my boys and I want to share it here.  Today I am going to showoff my son at his last day of football.








Photos taken by my amazing brother, Chad!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Before I Fall - Book Trailer



BEFORE I FALL is on my to be read pile!


Book Description

October 25, 2011
What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.


More By Lauren Oliver

Friday, May 18, 2012

Graduation!




My son is now a preschool graduate. We have an awesome week enjoying the last few days! Today is preschool time was ended with a preschool picnic at a local park where the kids played, ate and had fun together. The picnic was actually my son's idea and it was a great hit! I cannot believe how fast time goes!


Photo by Julie Lee Photography

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thank you!

I just want to give a shout out to the women of my book club!  We had club last night and I left feeling so grateful for the wonderful women I am fortunate enough to call them my friends.  We have all gone through good and bad times together and to know that there are there when and if I need them means the world to me.  One of my very wise friends stated that we don't get to choose our families, but we get to choose our friends and build our families that way.  I am happy that all of you chose me to be your friend and I am glad you are part of my family!  


LOVE YOU ALL!!!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

An upcoming release!

The Survivor


Book Description  (preorder now)

August 21, 2012


The #1 international bestselling author of You’re Next, unleashes his most accomplished, compelling thriller yet
 
One morning in Los Angeles, Nate Overbay—a divorced former solider suffering from PTSD and slowly dying from ALS — goes to an eleventh-floor bank, climbs out of the bathroom window onto the ledge, and gets ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself, a crew of robbers bursts into the bank and begins to viciously shoot employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate confronts the robbers, taking them out one-by-one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning.


Nate soon learns what that message meant. He is kidnapped by Pavlo, a savage Russian mobster and mastermind of the failed heist. Unable to break back into the bank to get the critical item inside, Pavlo gives Nate an ultimatum—break in and get what he needs or watch Pavlo slowly kill the one thing Nate loves most—his ex-wife Janie and his teenaged daughter Cielle—both lost when he came back from Iraq broken and confused. Now he’s got one last chance to protect the people he loves, even if it’s the last thing he is able to do.


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Monday, May 14, 2012

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Friday, May 11, 2012

REVIEW: Bluestone Homecoming (Welcome to Bluestone) by M. J. Fredrick

Bluestone Homecoming (Welcome to Bluestone)


REVIEW:

I first need to start by saying that I enjoyed this novel very much, but had a visceral reaction to it.  I have thought about what I would want my husband and kids to do if I ever passed away and struggle with thinking about them moving on and having another "mother".  I was so consumed by this that I finished the book in a few hours.

Fredrick beautifully captured the hold grief can have on you, how selfish and raw is can be.  Leo could not see past his own grief of losing his wife and felt unable to help his son, Max, deal with the emotions of losing his mother so he escaped into his work out of town.

Fredrick created a wonderful story that illustrates that grief can totally encapsulate somebody until they are ready to let go and move on.  How in times of grief people can come together and build back relationship by remembering and not running away.

The novel is quickly paced, allowing you to really get drawn into the characters.  I cannot wait to see where this series will take us, with a touch small town, a dash of fun and a whole lot of romance BLUESTONE HOMECOMING is a 4 star read you will really enjoy.   



Book Description  (Buy it HERE)

 January 30, 2012
War correspondent Leo Ericson returns to his hometown of Bluestone Lake, Minnesota, when his parents notify him his young son is having trouble fitting in at school. Leo doesn’t know how to be a single parent since the death of his wife, and he certainly has no desire to return to Bluestone. But he needs a place for his son, a place where he’ll be with family, while Leo does his job. He’ll stay long enough to get Max settled, then go back to work.

School counselor Trinity Madison watches Leo struggle with his son, trying to overcome the mental barricade she’s erected against the man who sent his son away when he’s perfectly capable of caring for the child. The situation brings about her own unsettled feelings about giving her child up for adoption when she was young. But as she observes Leo’s difficulties, his sacrifices, she softens toward the man.

While he’s in town, he ends up working with some old friends and Trinity on a committee to revitalize Bluestone. The former resort town is struggling and looking for ways to bring tourists back. Leo finds himself charmed, then smitten with the feisty counselor, but will he still love her when he learns her secret?



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Bio:
MJ has been writing forever. In elementary school, she wrote plays and pseudo-Trixie Belden mysteries. After fifth grade, she wrote her first romance, a Grease rip-off. She continued writing serialized stories throughout high school, then went to college and got married. After completing 20 manuscripts, her first two books were out within two weeks of each other, and both have firefighter heroes! Where There's Smoke is in print from The Wild Rose Press, and Hot Shot, a romantic suspense, is from Samhain Publishing. Three more books are scheduled for release this coming year: Beneath the Surface and Breaking Daylight from Samhain Publishing and Don't Look Back from The Wild Rose Press. MJ also has a Wayback Texas story from The Wild Rose Press in ebook and an essay in In the Hunt, Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural, available March 2009. Her next book, Beneath the Surface, her 2007 Golden Heart finalist, will be coming from Samhain in September 2009. Visit MJ at mjfredrick.com and marywritesromance.blogspot.com.
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