Monday, April 7, 2014

Interview with Samantha March

Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has three published novels – Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket and A Questionable Friendship. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers. Samantha lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla puppy.

Q. What inspired the plot for your novel, A Questionable Friendship?

I got into a teeny tiny fight with a girlfriend about six months before writing the book, and as I left her house upset, my writer mind went into overdrive, thinking a lot of “What If” questions about her and us. That created the story, and I had a great time creating the characters to go with it! (Side note – we are no longer fighting!)

Q. Would you say you're more like Brynne Ropert or Portland Dolish?

Good question! I think I’m more like Brynne in some ways because I’m kind of the quiet friend, the one that wants everything to be always be okay. But in other ways I’m more like Portland – I know life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, and I accept that.

Q. Describe your writing ritual.

I prefer to write in the mornings, before the stress of my day has time to set in! I always give myself a daily word count when I first start writing, typically anywhere from 2-5 thousand words. I try to keep that schedule going until the first draft is written, because I don’t like having large gaps in my writing time, as I feel it affects my characters’ voice.

Q. What are your writing goals for 2014?

My goal would be to finish writing book 4 and get it published, and start plotting and hopefully even writing book 5!

Q. What is your favorite thing to munch on while writing?

Oh you know – ice cream, jelly beans, Skittles...anything not healthy!

Q. What book(s) are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline – quite a page turner!

Q. If A Questionable Friendship were a movie, who would you like to see play Brynne and Portland?

Ooh fun! Hmmm, for Brynne, I do love Ginnifer Goodwin. For Portland, I think Ashley Tisdale could do a good job, or even like Emma Roberts.

Q. Out of all of your novels, which novel was the hardest to write? The most fun? The longest to write?

The hardest one was probably the first one, because everything was so foreign and scary to me. It was also probably the longest! I really think A Questionable Friendship was the most fun to write, because I really let myself go. I let myself be creative and let my mind take me to where I wanted the story to go and who I wanted my characters to be.

Q. What can your fans expect next?

A new book about a girl getting married – I’m a newlywed ;)

Q. As always, what advice can you offer to aspiring authors? In the past, you've given great advice on writing and publishing. Have anymore advice?

I always say you have to write, because you can’t expect to be published if you don’t. Read a lot, take notes about the style of writing you like, even write down sentences you think sound so great. Join writing groups. Get on social media and find others like you and talk and bounce ideas off each other. I belong to several, and they really are so helpful.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Review: The Right Design by Isabella Louise Anderson

Title: The Right Design
Author:  Isabella Louise Anderson
Genre:  Chick Lit
Publisher:  Chick Lit Goddess
Release Date:  March 8, 2014
File Size/Pages:  1228 KB/173 pgs
Source:  Isabella Louise Anderson

My Rating:  5/5

Summary:  Interior designer Carrie Newman could not have envisioned a more perfect life for herself. She had a great job doing what she loved, wonderful friends, and a close relationship with her sister and brother-in-law. Add in an amazing man who she’d hoped would soon become her husband, and her life was perfect. Until one devastating decision ruins her relationship and changes the course of her life.

Determined to make a new start, Carrie leaves Texas and heads to Palm Beach to pick up the pieces of her shattered and broken life. The last thing she expects is to find herself attracted to her first client at her new job—Brad Larson, who has proven himself time and time again to be cad.

But there’s something beneath the surface of Brad’s arrogant exterior that keeps her craving more of him—something almost sweet that Carrie can’t seem to resist.

Is Carrie ready to take another chance on romance? And will this new design of her life prove to be the right one…?

Review:  I received this novel in exchange for my honest opinion, and I absolutely LOVED this novel! The story begins with our main character, Carrie Newman, who has everything:  the perfect job as an interior designer, the perfect boyfriend, the perfect life...until their anniversary! After Carrie's shocking discovery, she moves in with her sister and brother-in-law for a brief second. After her decision to move to Palm Beach, things start to look up for Carrie. Once she moves to Palm Beach, she begins to find herself attracted to Brad Larson, but not only is he a little arrogant, but he's also Carrie's first client. I absolutely loved the characters that were in this novel...they were created so vividly, and I felt that I knew them in real life! Overall, this was a wonderful story, and I was completely honored to read this novel. I'm so proud of Isabella and what she has accomplished and will accomplish. I can't wait to read more stories by her!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Interview with Isabella Louise Anderson

Isabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and has been featured on several blogs. While Isabella doesn't blog a lot, she focuses her time on featuring other writers, along with writing and editing.

Isabella Louise Anderson created Chick Lit Goddess to share the love of the following genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Romance, and Romantic Comedies! She loves featuring authors and their books.

She lives in Dallas with her husband and cat. She enjoys spicy Mexican food and drinking margaritas, and can be found spending time with family and friends, cheering on the Texas Rangers, and reading.

Isabella's short story, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, was featured in Simon & Fig's Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright, in November 2013. The Right Design is her first novel.

Q. What inspired the plot for "The Right Design"?

Participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) was my inspiration for creating “The Right Design.” It was my first time to try to write a book in 30 days, and while I knew it was a challenge, I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. For this book, I was a definite panster, and didn’t have an idea of where the book would take me. I’m fortunate that my family has a home in Palm Beach that got my creative juices flowing.

Q. Who would you cast as Carrie, Roger, and Brad if The Right Design ever became a movie?

Great questions! I’d love for Katherine Heigl to play Carrie, and Josh Holloway to play Brad.

Q. Do you think you're like Carrie, or are you the exact opposite of her?

Carrie and I are very much alike. We’re both close to our sisters, love to please people, and work very hard for what we want.

Q. At what age did you realize writing was something you wanted to pursue?

Somehow, I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but didn’t seriously pursue it until I started taking writing classes at Gotham Writers’ Workshop, in 2010. Since I was a newlywed at that time, I envisioned seeing my new last name on my books, which motivated me to take more classes. Now that I’ve published “The Right Design,” I love how my name looks. J

Q. What is the most rewarding thing about being an author? What is the most challenging part?

The most rewarding thing about being an author is knowing I’ve made my dream finally come true. While I only have a few reviews right now, it makes me so happy that people have bought and enjoyed “The Right Design.” As for the most challenging part, it’s definitely the marketing part. I’m a very shy girl, so asking people to review and feature me and my book is difficult. I’m hoping that it gets easier.

Q. What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading, “Keep Calm and Carry a Big Drink” by Kim Gruenenfelder, and “In the Mirror” by Kaira Rouda.

Q. If there was any book you could read over and over, what would it be, and why?

For about a year or so, I was obsessed with historical romances. I read several books by Philippa Gregory, but after reading “Wideacre,” I wanted to read it again and again! While it is a controversial book, I highly recommend it for anyone who wants a touch of history, with a lot of naughtiness, this is the book for you!

Q. Describe your writing ritual:

A writing ritual, what’s that?! I really wish I had one, but I don’t, but I do have a timer I carry with me. While I know I could use one on my smartphone, it helps keep away any distractions, which keep me focused.

Q. What is your favorite thing to munch on while writing?

Anything salty…chips or almonds are the best!

Q. What can your fans expect next?

I just finished the second draft of “Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop.” It’s about a woman (Khloe) who owns a florist looking for love, and takes orders from four other characters: a cheating husband (Richard) who can’t decide between his devoted wife and his mistress, an older woman (Gabriella) who finds love online after her husband dies, a middle-aged woman (Connie) who sends herself flowers at work each week, claiming that their from an imaginary boyfriend only to gain attention from her co-workers, and a young man (Curtis) who dates a health-obsessed nut, only to find himself falling in love with Khloe.

Q. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

While it’s easier said than done, the words “just keep writing” are true. No matter how bad a draft can be, just getting it down is the first step.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Review: Natural Beauty by Leslie DuBois

Title:  Natural Beauty
Author:  Leslie DuBois
Genre:  Romance
Publisher:  n/a
Release Date:  February 13, 2014
File Size/Pages:  463 KB/188 pgs
Source:  Bought

My Rating:  5/5

Summary:  Over the next year, can Mahogany Brown learn to love herself … and her hair?

Damaged. Stressed. Out of control. Those words could describe not only Mahogany’s hair but her love-life. When she realizes that she has spent the last seven years being someone she’s not in order to please her man, she decides it’s time to take control and find out who she really is. Join Mahogany’s journey of self-discovery … through her hair.

This novella blends fact and fiction as it relates real-life advice and tips for the newly natural sister.

Review:  I'm usually not one to read novellas, but I couldn't wait to read this one for two reasons:  one, because Leslie DuBois is one of my all time favorite authors and I would read anything she published, even if it was only five pages! Two, I'm currently in the process of transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, it's the best hair decision I've ever made! Anyway, the novella tells the story of Mahogany Brown and the journey she goes through with her hair and discovering herself. After her break up with her boyfriend of seven years, Mahogany chops all of her hair off, which she regrets the next morning. Throughout the novella, as Mahogany hair starts to grow out, a piece of herself starts to grow as well. Aside from the characters, one thing I absolutely loved about this novella were the names of the chapters. I also enjoyed the tips as well. As someone who is in the early stages of transitioning, I can definitely relate to Mahogany's love/hate relationship with her curls. Overall, I thought this novella was really cute and helpful. Thank you, Leslie DuBois for writing such an amazing story...and for writing again! I seriously wouldn't be able to function without your novels!!

Review: Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Title:  Addicted to You
Author:  Krista & Becca Ritchie
Genre:  New Adult
Publisher:  K.B. Ritchie
Release Date:  December 21, 2013
File Size/Pages:  535 KB/324 pgs
Source:  NetGalley

My Rating:  5/5

Summary:  She's addicted to sex. He's addicted to booze...the only way out is rock bottom.

No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway's biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

Loren Hale's best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they've pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They've mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.

But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.

Their real vice may be each other.

Review:  I received this novel from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion, and I absolutely loved this book. Lily Calloway and Loren Hale are best friends, but for three years they have been pretending to be in a relationship to fool their families and hide their addictions. Lily is addicted to sex and has been for some time now. Loren is addicted to alcohol to the point where he drinks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. When I first read the description for the novel, I knew I was going to like it, and I wanted to know how their addictions would affect each others' addictions and their friendships. I knew eventually things would crumble for them, but I was rooting for them the entire time. I think Becca and Krista did a marvelous job creating each character and focusing on their addictions. This is a series I definitely look forward to finish reading!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: Lost Without You by Heather Thurmeier

Title:  Lost Without You
Author:  Heather Thurmeier
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Publisher:  Crimson Romance
Release Date:  July 1, 2013
File Size/Pages:  574 KB/238 pgs
Source:  Heather Thurmeier

My Rating:  5/5

Summary:  Zoe Oliver never wanted to be on another reality TV show . . . until Chip Cormack made an offer too good to refuse. He’s guaranteed her a payday this time and a chance to redeem herself in America’s eyes. But Zoe worries she won’t be able to focus as her desire for Chip grows and her strength to resist him weakens. When she learns she’ll be roughing it in the woods with Chip and without luxuries like indoor plumbing and electricity, she’s instantly on edge, feeling naked and terrified that her scars will be exposed and her secrets revealed. When Zoe’s past turns up on the show, she fears she’ll lose not only the life she’s sacrificed everything else to have, but also the affections of the only man she’s ever trusted with her heart.

Review:  I received this novel in exchange for my honest opinion, and I absolutely loved it! This is the third novel in the Reality TV Romances series, and it tells the story of Zoe Oliver and Chip Cormack. In the two previous novels, we know Zoe as the mean girl and Chip is the Producer of all of the reality shows that takes place in the novels. I thought it was a nice twist when Chip had Zoe meet with the other cast mates, and he gives her the surprise of all surprises in her reality TV history! Throughout this novel I was really rooting for Zoe and Chip's destined relationship. I was a little leery of Zoe because she was the mean girl in the last two novels...the girl you hated to love, but I really ended up enjoying her story. Also, the Epilogue was a great touch! I would love to see another novel featuring all of the couples. Either way, this was a great read, and I would definitely recommend this series!

Review: Friends to Lovers by Christi Barth

Title:  Friends to Lovers
Author:  Christi Barth
Genre:  Romance
Publisher:  Carina Press
Release Date:  October 14, 2013
File Size/Pages:  525 KB/228 pgs
Source:  Christi Barth

My Rating:  4/5

Summary:  As florist and co-owner of a successful Chicago wedding planning business, Daphne Lovell has been there for the happiest days of other people's lives. As for her own life? Well, it's hard to be perfectly happy when you're carrying a torch for your sexy, womanizing and oblivious best friend. So when the lights go out on New Year's Eve, she seizes the opportunity to kiss him senseless.

British expat Gibson Moore has a lot on his plate. The hotel he manages is being bought out, his family is crazy and someone just kissed him in the dark. When the lights go on, he searches the room, trying to find the mystery pair of lips. Only, he never thinks to ask the woman standing by his side. He's shocked when he discovers that Daphne is the woman he's been searching for. But Gib's also eager to act upon the attraction for her he's always fought to ignore.

It takes trust to move from friends to lovers, and as Gib's work situation worsens, he is no longer sure he can risk the friendship he relies on most. It's up to Daphne to convince him that some things are worth fighting for…

Review:  I received this novel from the author in exchange for my honest opinion, and I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I honestly didn't think I would enjoy this novel as much as I did. This is the third novel in the Aisle Bound Series, but the second novel I've read by Christi Barth. This novel follows Daphne Lovell, a florist, and Gibson Moore. I was a little leery of their relationship because Gib can be quite the player. However, Christi ended up making this story work for them. Although it was a little hard for me to get into at first, I really enjoyed this novel!

Review: A Fine Romance by Christi Barth

Title:  A Fine Romance
Author:  Christi Barth
Genre:  Romance
Publisher:  Carina Press
Release Date:  March 11, 2013
File Size/Pages:  489 KB/229 pgs
Source:  Christi Barth

My Rating:  4/5

Summary:  They say you form your first impression of someone within thirty seconds of meeting them. Or, in Mira Parrish's case, within thirty minutes of not meeting them, when said person is supposed to pick you up from the airport and never shows. This is not a perfect start to her new life. Her friend Ivy is depending on her to run a new romance store, and Mira can't afford to let her down.

Sam Lyons should probably apologize. But every time he sees Mira--which is often, since his family owns the bakery next to her shop--he can't resist antagonizing her. There's something about the sexy, straight-laced woman that drives him crazy. He can't get involved, though. He has too much baggage to be any good in a serious relationship.

Despite his teasing attitude, Mira finds Sam too sweet to resist. (His hot body may be a factor.) But if there's going to be anything permanent between them, they'll need to let go of their pasts and look to the future...

Review:  I received this novel from the author, Christi Barth, in exchange for an honest review, and I enjoyed this novel. This is the second novel in the Aisle Bound series, and although I didn't read the first novel, I had no trouble keeping up with this book. This novel is about Mira Parrish, Ivy's friend. Ivy was the main character in the first novel, Planning to Love. When Mira arrived to town, the guy who agreed to pick her up, Sam Lyons, never showed. This made Mira have to walk in the rain AND hate Sam's guts. As I got further into the novel, I did something I try to refrain from; I went and read other people's reviews on it. While these reviews did not reflect my opinion, I was shocked that Sam's relationship with his mother was an issue for people. I liked that he was worried about his mother. Although I enjoyed Sam's relationship with his mother, I wasn't a huge fan of Ivy…it seemed as if she always tried to make everything about her. Also, it took a while for Mira to grow on me as well. Overall, this was a good novel, it was a little hard for me to get into at first, but it ended up being a good read.

Review: Blogger Girl by Meredith Schorr

Title:  Blogger Girl
Author:  Meredith Schorr
Genre:  Womens Fiction
Publisher:  Booktrope
Release Date:  August 2, 2013
File Size/Pages:  508 KB/244 pgs
Source:  Meredith Schorr

My Rating:  5/5

Summary:  What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to find out.

A chick lit enthusiast since the first time she read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim, with her blog, "Pastel is the New Black," has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that "chick lit is dead" once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law firm.

While Kim's day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that's turning heads--and pages--across the land. It's also popped into Kim's inbox--for review. With their ten-year high school reunion drawing near, Kim's coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her off-line life.

Review:  I received this novel from the author, in exchange for my honest opinion, and I absolutely loved it! This is the second novel I've read by Meredith, and she has a knack for creating such vivid characters! Kimberly Long is a Chick-Lit book blogger. She receives an email to review a novel, which happens to be written by her high school nemesis, Hannah Marshak. I loved this novel and Kim's journey from beginning to end. Meredith is an author whose novels never disappoint!

Review: Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino

Title:  Sweet Thing
Author:  Renee Carlino
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Publisher:  Atria Books
Release Date:  August 20, 2013
File Size/Pages:  3847 KB/339 pgs
Source:  Renee Carlino/NetGalley

My Rating:  5/5

Summary:  "You have to teach your heart and mind how to sing together…then you'll hear the sound of your soul."

Mia Kelly thinks she has it all figured out. She's an Ivy League graduate, a classically trained pianist, and the beloved daughter of a sensible mother and offbeat father. Yet Mia has been stalling since graduation, torn between putting her business degree to use and exploring music, her true love.

When her father unexpectedly dies, she decides to pick up the threads of his life while she figures out her own. Uprooting herself from Ann Arbor to New York City, Mia takes over her father's café, a treasured neighborhood institution that plays host to undiscovered musicians and artists. She's denied herself the thrilling and unpredictable life of a musician, but a chance encounter with Will, a sweet, gorgeous, and charming guitarist, offers her a glimpse of what could be. When Will becomes her friend and then her roommate, she does everything in her power to suppress her passions-for him, for music-but her father's legacy slowly opens her heart to the possibility of something more.

A "heartbreaking and romantic" (Aestas Book Blog) debut, Sweet Thing explores the intensity and complexities of first love and self-discovery.

Review:  I received this novel from the author, in exchange for my honest opinion, and I absolutely loved it! The story is about Mia Kelly, who has been torn for a while between her business degree and her love for music. After her father's death, Mia heads to New York City to take over her father's cafe. She meets a guy named Will who becomes her friend, her roommate, and a glimpse of what the life a musician is like. This novel was an incredible read that explored things such as first love. I also enjoyed how Renee wrote the beginning and ending of this novel; I've never read a novel that has done that before.

Review: Saving Saffron Sweeting by Pauline Wiles

Title:  Saving Saffron Sweeting
Author:  Pauline Wiles
Genre:  Womens Fiction
Release Date:  April 2013
File Size/Pages:  477 KB/309 pgs
Source:  Pauline Wiles/NetGalley

My Rating:  4/5

Summary:  Grace Palmer's British friends all think she's living the American Dream. But her design business is floundering and when she discovers her husband is cheating with her best client, she panics and flees home to England.

The tranquil village of Saffron Sweeting appears to be a good place for Grace to lick her wounds, but the community is battling its own changes. Reluctantly, Grace finds herself helping her new neighbours as they struggle to adjust and save their businesses. However, not everyone has the same opinion on what's good for the village. The charismatic new man in her life may have one speculative eye on Grace, but the other is firmly on profit. How will she navigate the tricky path between her home and her happiness?

With gentle humour and generous helpings of British tea and cake, Saving Saffron Sweeting explores one woman's need to define herself through her career and community, before she can figure out who should be by her side.

Review:  I received this novel from the author, in exchange for my honest opinion, and I loved it! The novel is about Grace Palmer, our main character, who is a Brit, living in the states, chasing the American dream, or at least she was until she discovered her husband cheating on her with her only client! When she finds this shocking discovery, she flees back to her home, ending up in a small village names Saffron Sweeting. During her stay in Saffron Sweeting, she learns that the town could us her help. I enjoyed this novel immensely, and I really liked Grace's character!

Review: Pursuing the Times by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Title:  Pursuing the Times
Author:  Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Genre:  Chick Lit
Publisher:  TKA Distribution
Release Date:  August 24, 2012
File Size/Pages:  374 KB/257 pgs
Source:  Lauren Baratz-Logsted

My Rating:  4/5

Summary:  All that popular Chick-Lit author Mercury Lauren wants is to have one of her books reviewed by the New York Times Book Review - just one - and she'll do almost anything to get it. In this contemporary romantic comedy, with a nod toward Pride and Prejudice she crosses swords and hearts with the Editor-in-Chief of the NYTBR in a madcap adventure that takes her from her home in Westport to a yoga retreat to a golf course in Florida. Will she get what she wants and will she finally be happy if she does? Only one thing's for certain: nothing will stop her from Pursuing the Times.

Review:  I received this novel from the author, in exchange for my honest opinion, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Mercury Lauren is a Chick-Lit author who wants nothing more than for her book to be reviewed by the New York Times. Although it was a little hard for me to get into the story at first, I ended up admiring Mercury's drive, and pursuance of the New York Times. This was definitely an enjoyable read!

Review: Christmas in Wine Country

Title:  Christmas in Wine Country
Author:  Addison Westlake
Genre:  Romantic Comedy
Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services
Release Date:  November 18, 2012
File Size/Pages:  868 KB/303 pgs
Source:  Addison Westlake

My Rating:  4/5

Summary:  It's Lila's big debut as an event planner and the company holiday party is going to be her chance to shine. At a Tuscan-style vineyard near the Northern California coast in the perfect little black dress she's sure to impress commitment-phobe Phillip. What could go wrong?

Seventy-two hours later with no job and no boyfriend, Lila finds herself with all kinds of answers to that question. Like mistaking the glowering Jake Endicott of Endicott Vineyards for the groundskeeper. Or a new video on YouTube featuring Lila pawing her way through drunken karaoke of "Hungry Like the Wolf."

Solo on the romantic holiday getaway she'd booked for her and Phillip near the vineyard, Lila at least gets to visit with her old friend Annie who lives nearby in the coastal town of Redwood Cove. Drawn into the local bookstore with gleaming wooden floors and welcoming armchairs, Lila chats with the owner and impulsively accepts a job offer.

Sleepy, misty Redwood Cove is the perfect place for Lila to take a break from her horrible track record with guys. The only one she finds even remotely attractive knows her as the holiday party crazy lady. Ranked in Bay Area magazine's 10 hottest bachelors, Jake Endicott is just the type Old Lila would have wasted years pining after.

Join Lila on her year of comedy, adventure and self-discovery on the Northern California coast, with all kinds of ups, downs and misadventures and a full cast of small-town wine country characters. Thankfully, even the greatest misunderstandings can all be worked out with a little Frank Sinatra and mistletoe.

Review:  I received this novel from the author, in exchange for my honest opinion, and I really enjoyed it! The story is about an Event Planner, who finds herself job-less and boyfriend-less within a matter of 72 hours. Over the next year, Lila learns more about herself, happiness, true friends, and good guys. Although it took me a little while to get into the book, it ended up being a fun, loving, enjoyable read!