Book Tours: Starter Day Party for Bee Stings

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I’m happy to host the starter day party today for the book tour for chicklit novel “Bee Stings”. The novel will be touring for a week. It sounds like an awesome read! Visit all the tour stops below.

Tour Schedule

March 18th: Starter Day Party @  I Heart Reading

March 19th: Promo Post @ Deal Sharing Aunt

March 20th: Author Interview @ Books, Authors, Blogs

March 22nd: Book Review @  I’m an Eclectic Reader

March 24th: Book Excerpt @ Cajun Book Lover

March 25th: Promo Post @ Dana’s YA Bookpile

About Bee Stings

21453575Title: Bee Stings

Author: RosaLinda Diaz

Genre: Chicklit

The decisions we make create and destroy us.  Fourth grade teacher Poppy Rodriguez thinks she has all the answers, and realizes, perhaps too late, that she needs schooling in just about every area, especially love–oh, and baking.

A novice in the kitchen and the bedroom Poppy samples both, while surrendering to Michael Borchard’s irresistible charm, when she join his baking class. There are a couple hiccups––it’s a kids’ class, and he’s married. Poppy and Michael improvise a recipe for passion that hits all the right spots. Their honeyed entanglement becomes increasingly sticky as his wife and her past muddy their budding romance. Is love stronger than circumstances, or will Poppy succumb to the sweetest temptation?

 

Author Bio

P_HeadshotRosaLinda Diaz, was raised in a particularly magical section of Los Angeles; between the original Disney Hyperion Studios and Snow White’s Cottages. The magic in the air and soil gave her already active imagination roots and wings. Wings that took her gypsying around Europe, Australia, and Africa, and roots that brought her back to California to earn her B.A. at Pepperdine University. She makes her home in California’s Central Coast igniting the fire of creativity and sparking imaginations with her endeavors.

Links

Website: www.RosaLindaDiaz.com

Facebook Fanpage for the book: https://www.facebook.com/BeeStingsNovel

Facebook Fanpage for the author: https://www.facebook.com/RosaLindasIdiaz

Twitter: @GitanaRosa

Buy a copy of the book:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bee-Stings-RosaLinda-Diaz-ebook/dp/B00IX6ZB70/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1394664267&sr=1-1&keywords=Bee+Stings

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bee-stings-rosalinda-diaz/1118890955?ean=2940149392063

Astraea Press (publisher) : http://astraeapress.com/#!/~/product/id=34826740

Book Review: A Life Less Ordinary by Victoria Bernadine

Updated cover patricia feb 28 13Title: A Life Less Ordinary

Author: Victoria Bernadine

Genre: Chicklit, Contemporary

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

For the last fifteen years, Rose “Manny” Mankowski has been a very good girl. She turned her back on her youthful fancies and focused on her career. But now, at the age of 45, she’s questioning her choices and feeling more and more disconnected from her own life. When she’s passed over for promotion and her much younger new boss implies Manny’s life will never change, something snaps. In the blink of an eye, she’s quit her job, sold her house and cashed in her pension, and she’s leaving town on a six month road trip. After placing a personal ad for a travelling companion, she’s joined in her mid-life crisis by Zeke Powell, the cynical, satirical, most-read – and most controversial – blogger for the e-magazine, What Women Want. Zeke’s true goal is to expose Manny’s journey as a pitiful and desperate attempt to reclaim her lost youth – and increase his readership at the same time. Leaving it all behind for six months is just an added bonus. Now, armed with a bagful of destinations, a fistful of maps, and an out-spoken imaginary friend named Harvey, Manny’s on a quest to rediscover herself – and taking Zeke along for the ride.

Manny has spent the last fifteen years being a good person, and doing everything everyone asked from her. She focused on her career, but when a promotion passes her by at work, she figures out she’s worn nothing but dull grey for the past fifteen years, and she doesn’t have a lot to look forward to in life, something snaps. She quits her job, sells her house, cashes in her pension, and places an ad for a travelling companion. Zeke, a cynical blogger for an e-magazine, decides to join her on her travels, even if it’s just to expose her true goal – according to him – which would be to reclaim her lost youth. The two of them leave for a six month roadtrip across the country, in a quest for Manny to rediscover herself.

Usually protagonists tend to be below thirty, or if they’re above that age, for some reason most of them are cynical or satirical. Not Manny. She may be a bit bitter at the start – and with good reason – she quickly turns into a joyful, humorous, entertaining person. Manny’s fears seem all too real, and her sudden decision is pretty brave. I instantly liked her for it. Zeke was tougher to like, mainly because his intentions at the start weren’t all that nice. He wanted to use Manny and simply a character to write about.

It was great to see their bond grow though, and the more time they spent together on the journey, the more he came to respect her, and found himself unable to write the hurtful things he was planning to write. That just goes to show we can’t judge people by their appearance, or how they act at first.

There are plenty of different storylines going on, with Manny’s friend and sister, Rebecca and Daisy, for instance. They each have troubles of their own and things to deal with. That’s what I like the most about this book – it talks about problems all of us will face, in form or another, sooner or later, but does so in a humorous, relaxing way.

A great read with lots of humor (like Manny’s imaginary boyfriend, Harvey) and some great life lessons thrown in along the way.

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party for A Life Less Ordinary

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I’m hosting a starter day party today for chicklit, contemporary fiction novel “A Life Less Ordinary”. I will review this book on January 11. Stay tuned for the review, and visit all the other blogs as well. You can win a $25 Amazon Gift Card during this tour – participating is easy! All you have to do is comment on one of the tour stops, and you’re in.

Tour Schedule

January 6th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

January 6th: Book Excerpt @ Stories of Romance

January 7th: Book Excerpt @ Sylv Jenkins’ Blog

January 9th: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

January 10th: Book Excerpt @ The Book Daily

January 11th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

January 13th: Book Excerpt @ The Reading Guru

January 15th: Guest Post @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

January 17th:  Character Interview @ The Book Daily

January 18th: Book Excerpt @ Annette Gisby’s Blog

January 19th: Book Review @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

January 21st: Book Excerpt @ The Book Gazette

January 23rd: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

January 25th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

January 27th: Guest Post @ Endazzled Reading

January 28th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

January 29th: Book Excerpt @ 365 Days of Reading

January 31st: Book Review @ Forever Book Lover

February 1st: Promo Post @ Book Suburbia

February 2nd: Book Review @ Books, Books and More Books

February 3rd: Book Review and Excerpt @ Books are Love

February 5th: Author Interview @ Bookaholic Ramblings

Feb 6th: Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers

 

A Life Less Ordinary

Updated cover patricia feb 28 13Title: A Life Less Ordinary

Author: Victoria Bernadine

Genre: Chicklit, Contemporary Fiction

For the last fifteen years, Rose “Manny” Mankowski has been a very good girl. She turned her back on her youthful fancies and focused on her career. But now, at the age of 45, she’s questioning her choices and feeling more and more disconnected from her own life. When she’s passed over for promotion and her much younger new boss implies Manny’s life will never change, something snaps. In the blink of an eye, she’s quit her job, sold her house and cashed in her pension, and she’s leaving town on a six month road trip.

After placing a personal ad for a travelling companion, she’s joined in her mid-life crisis by Zeke Powell, the cynical, satirical, most-read – and most controversial – blogger for the e-magazine, What Women Want. Zeke’s true goal is to expose Manny’s journey as a pitiful and desperate attempt to reclaim her lost youth – and increase his readership at the same time. Leaving it all behind for six months is just an added bonus.

Now, armed with a bagful of destinations, a fistful of maps, and an out-spoken imaginary friend named Harvey, Manny’s on a quest to rediscover herself – and taking Zeke along for the ride.

Author Bio

Victoria Bernadine (a pseudonym) is, as the saying goes, a “woman of a certain age”. After twenty-something years of writer’s block, she began writing again in 2008.

Victoria enjoys reading all genres and particularly loves writing romantic comedy and post-apocalyptic science fiction. What those two have in common is anybody’s guess.

She lives in Edmonton with her two cats (The Grunt and The Runt). A Life Less Ordinary is the first novel she felt was good enough to be released into the wild.

Links

Twitter: @vicbernadine

Blog:  victoriabernadine.wordpress.com

E-mail:  loveofwords@shaw.ca

Purchase your copy:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AMJBOSQ

Barnes and Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-life-less-ordinary-victoria-bernadine/1114941600?ean=9780991810215

CreateSpace:  https://www.createspace.com/4164575

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/299257

Chapters/Indigo:  http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/a-life-less-ordinary/9780991810222-item.html?ikwid=victoria+bernadine&ikwsec=Home&gcs_requestid=0CPD4utrH3LcCFY355wodCn4AAA

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"The Chick Flick Project" Book Tour: Guest Post

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I’m hosting a guest post written by author Courtney Elliot today for “The Chick Flick Project” Book Tour. Courtney is touring with her romantic comedy novel, “The Chick Flick Project”. You can see the full tour schedule here.

Why I started writing

When I was probably about four or five years old, I decided to write my first book. It wasn’t any good, and in fact there weren’t even words. At the time I was obsessed with horses, and I wanted my family to know everything there was to know about them. I figured the best way to do this would be to put it in a book.

Most of it was badly drawn pictures and random letters in no particular order. Needless to say it was not a big seller. A few years later when I was eight years old, I made another attempt to become an author. I decided to write a book based on my favorite movie, Titanic. It was a little better than my horse book but still not great. To this day it remains in my family and is often brought out to embarrass me while laughing hysterically at the innocence of youth.

When I turned sixteen, I tried again and wrote my first novel. I spent five years trying to get it to perfection, but sadly, it fell short. I eventually became tired of it, and the novel suffered because of it. My heart just wasn’t in the story anymore.

Now in between these failures, I never gave up on myself. I knew this was something I wanted to do. I love writing. To sit down at my desk with my laptop and create these stories is something I think it completely fascinating. It’s a way to just get away from whatever things might be stressing me out.

If I have a bad day at work, I come home and create an island paradise where two people fall madly in love, but they’re torn apart for some reason or another. Suddenly, my problems don’t seem so great.

My favorite part of writing is not always knowing the outcome of a story. Now, there are times where I will have the whole thing mapped out from beginning to end before I ever write my first sentence. Then there are times where I will start writing, and a character will do something that I never saw coming. They will take the story in a direction that I initially never even thought of. Those are the moments that I find the most thrilling. It’s almost like reading a story while you’re writing it, and I think it’s great.

I can have a character that at the beginning of the story isn’t really important, but by the end he could end up being the one to save the day and get the girl. I never know when I begin where things might end up. I live for those moments.

The Chick Flick Project

13570404Title: The Chick Flick Project
Author: Courtney Elliott
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Publisher: Senzuri Books
Release Date: November 2nd, 2012

Ally Nichols is fed up with constantly putting herself out there to only be rejected again and again. After her most recent failure, she comes up with a solution. She decides to start modeling her love life after all of the big screen’s most recognizable love stories. Hilarity, heartbreak, mishaps and mayhem ensue. She hopes that maybe one of them actually figured out the secret to true love. The only problem: no one ever told her that sometimes your Hollywood Happy Ending is where you least expect to find it.

Author Bio

Courtney Elliott lives in a small town in Texas called Cleburne. She has been writing stories since she was eight years old. She’s an easy person to get along with. She loves making jokes, most of which are self deprecating. She’s not ashamed of who she is therefore not afraid to be herself. She may be young, but does not believe age should be a factor, her writing should speak for itself.

Links

Goodreads | Author on Goodreads | Facebook | Courtney’s Blog | Senzuri Books Facebook

Release Day Party The Chick Flick Project

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We’re hosting a release day party for The Chick Flick Project, a romantic comedy novel by author Courtney Elliott, published by Senzuri Books.

Read more about The Chick Flick Project, find out more about the author AND get a chance at winning an eBook copy of this delightful and fun read!

The Chick Flick Project

13570404Title: The Chick Flick Project
Author: Courtney Elliott
Genre: Romance, Comedy

Ally Nichols is fed up with constantly putting herself out there to only be rejected again and again. After her most recent failure, she comes up with a solution. She decides to start modeling her love life after all of the big screen’s most recognizable love stories. Hilarity, heartbreak, mishaps and mayhem ensue. She hopes that maybe one of them actually figured out the secret to true love. The only problem: no one ever told her that sometimes your Hollywood Happy Ending is where you least expect to find it.

Author Bio

Courtney Elliott lives in a small town in Texas called Cleburne. She has been writing stories since she was eight years old. She’s an easy person to get along with. She loves making jokes, most of which are self deprecating. She’s not ashamed of who she is therefore not afraid to be herself. She may be young, but does not believe age should be a factor, her writing should speak for itself.

Links

Goodreads | Author on Goodreads | Facebook | Courtney’s Blog | Senzuri Books Facebook

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Starter Day Party The Chick Flick Project

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for The Chick Flick Project, a romantic comedy by author Courtney Elliott.

Tour Schedule

October 29th: Starter Day Party
@ I Heart Reading

November 1st: Book Excerpt
@ Bookaholic Ramblings

November 3rd: Author Interview
@ Majanka’s Blog

November 4th: Book Review
@ Crossroad Reviews

November 5th: Guest Post
@ Forever Book Lover

November 7th: Book Review
@ Openly Honest Reviews

November 8th: Book Excerpt
@ The Book Daily

November 10th: Book Review
@ Bookaholic29

November 12th: Book Excerpt and giveaway
@ Enchanting Reads

November 13th: Author Interview
@ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

November 14th: Guest Post
@ I Heart Reading

November 15th: Book Review
@ My Bookmark Blog

November 18th: Book Review, Excerpt and Giveaway
@ Debbie Jean’s Blog

November 20th: Book Review and Giveaway
@ I Heart Reading

November 22nd: Guest Post
@ I’m an Eclectic Reader

November 23rd: Book Excerpt
@ Hollow Readers

November 25th: Guest Post and Giveaway
@ Night Owl Reads

November 27th: Promo Stop
@ Blooding Reviews

November 28th: Guest Post
@ The Single Librarian

The Chick Flick Project

13570404Title: The Chick Flick Project
Author: Courtney Elliott
Genre: Romance, Comedy

Ally Nichols is fed up with constantly putting herself out there to only be rejected again and again. After her most recent failure, she comes up with a solution. She decides to start modeling her love life after all of the big screen’s most recognizable love stories. Hilarity, heartbreak, mishaps and mayhem ensue. She hopes that maybe one of them actually figured out the secret to true love. The only problem: no one ever told her that sometimes your Hollywood Happy Ending is where you least expect to find it.

Author Bio

Courtney Elliott lives in a small town in Texas called Cleburne. She has been writing stories since she was eight years old. She’s an easy person to get along with. She loves making jokes, most of which are self deprecating. She’s not ashamed of who she is therefore not afraid to be herself. She may be young, but does not believe age should be a factor, her writing should speak for itself.

Links

Goodreads | Author on Goodreads | Facebook | Courtney’s Blog | Senzuri Books Facebook

Release Day Party Dancing Naked in Dixie

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Today I’m hosting the release day party for Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark, a southern fiction chicklit novel. There’s also a giveaway! Feel free to participate by entering the Rafflecopter giveaway below!

13550676Title: Dancing Naked in Dixie
Author: Lauren Clark
Genre: Chick Lit, Contemporary
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Purchase: Amazon Kindle | Amazon Paperback | B&N

Travel writer Julia Sullivan lives life in fast-forward. She jet sets to Europe and the Caribbean with barely a moment to blink or sleep. But too many mishaps and missed deadlines have Julia on the verge of being fired.With a stern warning, and unemployment looming, she’s offered one last chance to rescue her career. Julia embarks on an unlikely journey to the ‘Heart of Dixie’—Eufaula, Alabama—home to magnificent mansions, sweet tea, and the annual Pilgrimage.
Julia arrives, soon charmed by the lovely city and her handsome host, but her stay is marred by a shocking discovery. Can Julia’s story save her career, Eufaula, and the annual Pilgrimage?

Author Bio: Lauren Clark writes contemporary novels set in the Deep South; stories sprinkled with sunshine, suspense, and secrets.

A former TV news anchor, Lauren adores flavored coffee, local book stores, and anywhere she can stick her toes in the sand. Her big loves are her family, paying it forward, and true-blue friends. Check out her website at www.laurenclarkbooks.com.

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Book Review: A Vampire’s Deadly Delight by Liv Rancourt

13438160Title: A Vampire’s Deadly Delight
Author: Liv Rancourt
Genre: Vampires, Paranormal, Clicklit, Novella
Publication Date: January 11th 2012
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Rating: 3,5 stars
Review copy thanks to Bookish Snob Promotions.
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She’s a quiet, unassuming bookstore owner by day, but by night…
Kristen has a deadly secret—when she smells a vampire, she turns into Jai, a beauti-licious babe who makes vamps permanently dead. To a vamp, Jai is like ambrosia. They can’t resist her. She uses this attraction, plus her super strength and her trusty blade, Mr. Sticky, to end their undead lives. The thrill of wearing miniskirts without worrying about cellulite stifles any qualms Kristen might have about killing the undead. Being Jai is the most fun she has ever had—until they come up against the one vampire Jai can’t kill. If he and Jai have a history, as he claims, Jai can’t remember it…or him.
But when her work catches the attention of some old enemies—who won’t hesitate to destroy Kristen if it also means the end of Jai—this vampire may be their only hope. Can Kristen and Jai learn to tell the difference between good and evil in time to defeat Jai’s ancient nemesis? Or will being Jai’s hostess cost Kristen more than just a little sleep?

I’m not a big fan of chicklit, and A Vampire’s Deadly Delight is definitely chicklit. But surprisingly enough, I found myself enjoying the story. It’s a bit short, hence why it’s a novella of course, but this time I wasn’t too bothered with the fact that it was a short book. It’s like you realize from the start that this is meant to be a novella. It’s light-hearted, funny and cute, and just a light read for a casual winter afternoon.

This book actually has two heroines. Tricky part? They both share the same body, which of course leads to hilarious circumstances and events. The body apparently belongs to Kristen, one of these two heroines, and is sometimes inhabited or possessed (whatever term you prefer) by Jai, our other heroine. To help keep things simple, Kristen and Jai’s POVs are in different fonts. They both talk in first person, and they’re actually surprisingly easy to relate to. I found myself likin both Kristen and Jai, and finding it hard to decide who I should like more. Kristen is a shy, quiet and calm book store owner who, duh, loves books. That’s why I could relate to her almost instantly. But then, as soon as she smells the undead, she morphs into Jai, vampire slayer extraordinaire, who reminded me a lot of Buffy, my favorite heroine ever. So deciding between a fellow bibliophile or a kick-ass vampire slayer was a bit too hard, so I settled to like them both.

Of course there are enough hot guys to make this story interesting, and the wit and humor of both the author and characters kept me turning page after page. However, this isn’t just some brainless chicklit. There’s actually a story behind all of it, as Jai’s powers seem to be taning and an old arch nemesis of hers resurfaces. Kristen and Jai have to team up to fight him, and they’ll have to learn how to put their differences aside – something which sounds easier than it is. If you’re looking for a light read that will bring a smile to your face, and sometimes even cause you to burst out laughing, then A Vampire’s Deadly Delight is a great choice.