Thursday, August 21, 2014

Novel Spotlight: Open My Eyes by Jennifer Collin

Everything happens for a reason, they say. And sometimes the reason is you're stupid and make bad decisions. Sleeping with her sister's best friend is one of the dumbest things soon-to-be divorcee Emily Evans has ever done. But she's determined to put it behind her and move on. She's walked away from her cheating husband, managed to make a new friend, and found herself a real job and somewhere to live so she doesn't have to couch-surf any more. Everything should be falling into place but for one problem – there are some mistakes from which you can't move on.

Meanwhile, Ben Cameron is getting on with his life. After all, it's the only thing to do once your heart has been stomped on by the woman of your dreams. Expanding his business and getting cosy with the girl next door are proving welcome distractions. He's even happy to babysit his nephew, as long as he can to hand him back when he's done! And thankfully, Emily Evans, the woman with the heavy boots, is avoiding him like the plague.

But Emily can't avoid him forever, and when she drops a bombshell that turns Ben's world upside-down, suddenly, getting on with his life takes on a whole new meaning.

Author Bio


Jennifer Collin writes quirky, and sometimes gritty, love stories about ordinary people dealing with what life throws at them.  She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband, two noisy children and a cantankerous cat.  She used to party, but now her idea of a good time is an uninterrupted sleep.  These days, her characters do her partying for her, and she doesn't necessarily let them sleep. 

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Review: Virgin by Radhika Sanghani

Title:  Virgin
Author:  Radhika Sanghani
Genre:  New Adult
Publisher:  Berkley
Release Date:  August 5, 2014
File Size/Pages:  1758 KB/304 pgs
Source:  NetGalley

My Rating:  2/5

Summary:  Okay, I admit it…I didn’t do it.

Yet.

This is normal, right? I mean, just because everyone I know has talked like they’ve already done it doesn’t mean that they’re telling the truth…right?

It’s not like I’m asking for that much. I don’t need the perfect guy. I don’t need candlelight or roses. Honestly, I don’t even need a real bed.

The guys I know complain that girls are always looking for Mr. Right—do I have to wear a sign that says I’m only looking for Mr. Right Now?

Sooooo…anyone out there want sex? Anyone? Hello? Just for fun?

I am not going to die a virgin. One way or another I am going to make this happen.

Hey, what have I got to lose? Besides the obvious.

Review:  I received this novel from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion, and honestly I wasn't thrilled about this novel. The story begins with the main character, Ellie Kolstakis, in the Doctor's office. In that scene, we learn that Ellie is 21-years-old, a Senior in college, and a virgin. The entire novel is based on Ellie's journey and the lengths she goes to to actually lose her virginity. There were a number of reasons I didn't really care for this novel. The first reason is because it was way too detailed. For example, the author would take you step by step of how the main character shaved her nether regions or how to properly give a "blow gift" as they called it in the book. Another reason this novel didn't sit well with me is because the main character was way too hard on herself, and didn't find herself pretty until after she lost her virginity. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with being sexually active, but a woman also shouldn't feel as if she needs a man or sex to justify her beauty. It was hard for me to finish this novel. Although this novel wasn't my most favorite read, I must still commend the author for being brave enough to put such a provocative novel out!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Review: Better Critiquing for Better Writing by Kelly Hart

Title:  Better Critiquing for Better Writing
Author:  Kelly Hart
Genre:  Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
Publisher:  Better Scribe
Release Date:  February 22, 2014
File Size/Pages:  784 KB/108 pgs
Source:  Kelly Hart

My Rating:  5/5

Summary:  Turn the fear of what others will think and say about your writing on its head and discover how to harness the power of critiquing and feedback to elevate your writing to the next level.
Whether you're writing your first word or you're a first-time fiction author, Better Critiquing for Better Writing is the book that shows you how to implement one of the best-kept secrets to writing.

Inside this ACTIONABLE guide you'll discover how to:

- Rapidly improve your fiction writing with the power of short critiques
- Harness the mechanics of critique to receive powerful writing feedback
- Find the right critiquing partner or group for you
- Give valuable feedback and have other writers and authors love you
- Find the best critique websites online - this book tells you what they are
- Take a bad critique and use it to improve as a writer

This book is ideal for:

- Those who are writing fiction and want to leverage critiquing to elevate their writing skills quickly
- New writers who want better writing skills and critiquing experiences
- People who are writing a novel, novella or short story and want to know what to expect when getting feedback
- New writers who want to join a critiquing group
- Writers and authors who benefit from visual examples of what 'to do' and 'not to do' when identifying story structure flaws
- Writers who feel that their critiquing group is not as helpful as they expected. This book will show you why.

BONUS: Free Online Fiction Writing Course and Formatting Guide Inside!

From your initial idea to writing your first draft, this free step-by-step writing course will be the kick-start you need for better writing skills and to complete your manuscript.

Review:  I received this novel from the author in exchange for my honest opinion, and I absolutely loved this novel! The great thing about this novel is that Kelly gives you a lot of useful tips giving and getting critiques. A week before I started reading this novel, I joined the site, Ladies Who Critique, so I was thrilled to see that Kelly mentioned this website as one of her recommended online resources for writers. After reading Kelly's novel, I feel comfortable and confident enough to give and receive critiques on my current and future manuscripts!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cover Reveal: Tempting the Player by Kat Latham


Synopsis

Book three of the London Legends

Best friends make the best lovers.

Libby Hart and Matt Ogden are perfect for each other—as friends. They’ve known each other for ages. They act as each other’s plus-ones. They even share custody of a dog. And if there’s always been a little spark between them, so what? It’s never been worth jeopardizing their friendship.

Professional rugby player Matt is fighting for a starter position with the London Legends—and that’s not the only thing he’s fighting. A crippling fear of flying means he’s struggling to get his career off the ground. He has no time for a relationship, even if Libby does make him ache. As an airline pilot, Libby’s looking for a stay-at-home husband so she can have a family without sacrificing her high-flying career. Matt’s certainly not that man.

But just because they don’t have a future together doesn’t mean they can’t have a right now. When Matt asks Libby for help overcoming his fear, they agree to take a vacation from their platonic relationship—whenever they fly together, they can have sex. It’s the perfect way to resolve all that built-up tension. As long as they can avoid getting a little too comfortable…

About Kat

Kat Latham is a California girl who moved to Europe the day after graduating from UCLA, ditching her tank tops for raincoats. She taught English in Prague and worked as an editor in London before she and her British husband moved to the Netherlands. Kat’s other career involves writing and editing for charities, and she’s traveled to Kenya, Ethiopia and India to meet heroic people helping their communities survive disasters. Find out more on her website: katlatham.com.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda by Tara Lee Reed

Title:  Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda
Author:  Tara Lee Reed
Genre:  Chick Lit
Publisher:  Doorflower Company
Release Date:  April 13, 2014
File Size/Pages:  2519 KB/529 pgs
Source:  CLP Blog Tour

My Rating:  5/5

Summary:  “The End” is Only the Beginning.

Elle Masters is over dating. It used to be fun: the drama, the angst, the exhilarating beginnings, the bittersweet middles, the blowout endings. Then the tears, hangovers, rebounds, and another addition to the shoebox of memories in her closet. Now Elle can’t remember the last time a guy made his way into her box.

When her friends Rachel and Valerie insist she snap out of her post-breakup funk with a girls’ night out/rebound hunt at a San Francisco bar, Elle isn’t expecting tall, dark, and hummuna-hummuna, Nick Wright. This is no rebound guy. He’s definitely, maybe, The One.

In Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, the interactive romantic comedy where you direct the plot, you play Elle as she and her pals put the “antics” in “romantics.” Get ready to question everything you thought you knew about love, over-analyzing and second-guessing your way through hundreds of modern dating dilemmas and passionate predicaments. Will you accept a last minute date? Freak out if Nick wants space? Be the first to use the ‘L’ word? Live in sin? Or hold out for a ring? Wait, do you even want a ring?

With 60 good, bad and inexplicable endings, you’ll always have another second chance at love with Mr. Wright.

Review:  I received this novel from CLP Blog Tours in exchange for my honest opinion, and I absolutely loved this novel. The novel begins with the main character, Elle Masters, going through an old shoe box of memories. Her friends, Rachel and Valerie, whisk her away from "heartbreak hotel" and force her to go out, Elle finds Nick Wright. I love the fact that the author, Tara Lee Reed, made this novel interactive and unique. Although I kept ending up alone, I definitely enjoyed this novel, and will continue to read it until I have my happily ever after. This was a great, and unique read for sure!


Tara Lee Reed is the accidental writer from Toronto, Canada, not that chick from Sharknado. When her career in public relations was forced into hiatus by a jerky plot twist, she wrote the first in a series of interactive novels. When she received offers of single and multi-book deals from top houses, she turned them down to publish independently. Because she’s crazy.
She was voted Most Sarcastic Female at her high school prom, which she went to alone. (Not that she thinks about it.) She can fit her whole fist in her mouth (which makes the prom thing surprising), and she can sing with her mouth closed, but she can’t do both at the same time.

Her tweets on The Bachelor have been aired in a live broadcast and picked up by national media. She once appeared on the cover of a romance novel with her longtime partner, who has done 79 more – with other women. She thinks that’s qualification enough to write this book.

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