Monthly Archives: April 2014
EXCITING DAY! Today we’re tour hosts for lovely Aven Ellis, the author of ‘Connectivity’ and ‘Waiting For Prince Harry’. We’ve read/reviewed and above all, LOVED, both of her books and we’re thrilled to welcome Aven on This Chick Reads today. Read on her post and make sure you enter the amazing giveaway (rafflecopter at the end of the post). Also, make sure you visit the other tour hosts for loads of more guest post, interviews and reviews. The stage is all yours Aven and thank you for being our guest today!
Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use—when she has a house, when she meets her future husband, when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer…Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer.
The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry—Kylie’s ideal man. A hot, fun ginger boy would be worth breaking all the rules for, of course. And Kylie is sure Harry just needs the right, centering woman to settle him down. But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option.
Or does it?
Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger boy—yes, even more gorgeous than the real Prince Harry—all bets are off. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to take a chance, to face her fears, and live in the present? And could this stranger be the Prince Harry she has been waiting for? Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this chance encounter, and she knows her life will never be the same because of it…
The Setting in Waiting for Prince Harry
Setting is always so important to me when writing a story. It gives readers a new place to explore, or a familiar trip to somewhere they’ve been many times through the eyes of a character instead of their own. In Waiting for Prince Harry, I take the readers to my hometown of Dallas, Texas.
Dallas is a chic, fashion-forward city in the southwest. Summers here are sultry and hot, with temperatures often over 100F in the day. So I decided to place my story here, in the steamy summertime, to allow the heat to bring another element to the story. And we visit some fabulous places, too. So let’s take a look at some of these, shall we?
- The Ritz Carlton Hotel. The Ritz is gorgeous and the perfect place for a posh Dallas wedding reception as described in the opening scene in the book.
- The Rattlesnake Bar is where Kylie meets Harrison for the first time. It’s rugged sexy—just like our hockey hero!
- The lobby of the Ritz Carlton is where Kylie’s indecision costs her a chance to ask Harrison for his number. This scene happened right next to this table of vases.
- Kylie works at an outdoor mall in Dallas, and I modeled it after the famous Highland Park Village.
- Kylie lives in Uptown, a chic spot for shopping, dining out, and living.
- Harrison and Kylie enjoy nights out in Dallas, and this is the beautiful skyline of my hometown.
- Kylie attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
- Southlake, Texas is the Dallas suburb where Kylie grew up.
- Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant Five Sixty is a favorite of Kylie & Harrison.
So I hope you enjoyed this visual trip through Dallas. And if you’ve read the book, I hope my descriptions gave you a good picture of my hometown.
About the Author
Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency.
But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night. Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista (New Adult romantic comedy) will be published this year.
Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.
The overall giveaway on tour is an ecopy of Connectivity and an ecopy of Waiting for Prince Harry. Open Internationally!
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Meet Angelica, or Geli (as her friends call her), the writer of the famous column Hot or Not. Writing the most impressive columns and getting the boyfriend of her dreams, she seems to have it all. Until, a photo on Facebook ruins it all.
Her archenemy Tiggy is getting married.
Tiggy is also Geli’s stepsister and she has to attend the wedding. Just how on earth, the most selfish bitch got the most gorgeous and nicest man in the world?
There are things about Geli that I loved. I was so impressed with her way of doing her job. I laughed so hard at the conversation about Hilary-Obama marathon. Poor Geli, she thought it was all about two sportists running a real marathon. Well, not everyone is interested in politics. On the other hand, seeing all friends’ statuses changed into “engaged”, makes her feel jelous. Her sister is getting married, her archenemy is getting married, however she is not getting married. So what!?! She’s just twenty-five. Everyone has fears that will stay single for the rest of the life while all the others are getting married. But Geli suddenly starts to show interest for Tiggy’s boyfriend. Not Hot, at least for me. Her attitude was little bit annoying sometimes, but that made her appear only more real. Nor good or bad, just ordinary girl with feelings.
Geli’s family life is like a telenovela. Tiggy was her best friend until she lost her virginity with Geli’s boyfriend. Geli and Tiggy’s families were best friends until Tiggy’s father died and couple of months later, Geli’s father divorced her mom and married Tiggy’s mom. So the girl she hated the most became her stepsister. And she hates her.
Theo is Geli’s gorgeous boyfriend. She always admires his well-shaped body. He knows about politics and he reads her column. What’s more to ask? Is this guy real?
Tiggy always has two faces. One as a mask, the other one is real. Everything is just a play for her. She seems so nice, but than, boom, she stucks a knife in the back. The author created a reading that was fun and entertaining to read. It made me laugh so many times. Sometimes it made me feel like watching a telenovela. I liked the way it was narated and how characters were developed. Overall, I did enjoy it and will be on a watch out for Elle’s upcoming novels.
My rating: 3.5/5
Thanks to lovely Elle, we have one paperback of ‘Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not’ to give away. The giveaway is open internationally and closes on April 25th. The winner will be contacted by e-mail and will have 48 hours to claim their prize by responding to our e-mail. In case we don’t hear from them in 48 h, we’ll have to pick another winner. This Chick Reads is not responsible for the delivering of your prize. This giveaway is sponsored by Elle Field. Enter through rafflecopter and best of luck!
Hello and welcome to the cover reveal of The Breakup Artist by Nichole Severn!
The novella, from Beyond The Page Publishing, is set to release on 23rd April 2014 but Nichole’s giving readers a sneak peak of the fab cover and the book’s blurb. Full details below . . .
About The Breakup Artist:
‘Demi Shepherd is going to jail.
As a professional heartbreaker, she’s been charged with the murder of one of her clients. She can’t explain how fifty thousand dollars ended up in her bank account, how her fingerprints were found on the murder weapon and who called in an anonymous tip labeling her as the murderer. Determined to clear her name and find out who uprooted her life, Demi goes on the run and turns to the least likely of allies: the man she believes set her up for murder.
Jack Austin is Demi’s only chance of clearing her name, but as an undercover organized crime agent, whose only goal is to bring down the organization laundering money through one of Vegas’ casinos, he’s not willing to risk his life or career for her. That is until Demi shows her innocence.
With former clients and victims on her trail and unknown shooters finding her every step of the way, Demi fights for her life and her damaged heart, but will Jack protect either?’
About Nichole Severn
Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada where she spent most days at her grandmother’s house watching X-Men, Married with Children and The Simpsons, Nichole Severn migrated to the Salt Lake City valley to live life as scandalous romance author.
She graduated with a degree in psychology from Utah Valley University, which stemmed from her obsession with serial killers, and received her bachelors in English Literature from Nevada State. Over the years, she’s experimented with selling jewelry, insurance, and clothing, but now she just sells books. The serial killer obsession has toned down…a little.
She resides with her very supportive and patient, husband in Utah, where she constantly injures herself running, rock climbing, and snowboarding.
Today we have the pleasure to welcome Ellen Faith to This Chick Reads. Ellen is the author of ‘The Story of Us’ and recently had a brilliant tour for her debut. Also, we’ll be reviewing her book soon so watch this space! Now Ellen, the stage is all yours and thank you so much for visiting us today!
They say you remember the things that trigger a passion inside you.
Joseph and His Technicolour Dreamcoat triggered my love of musicals, so much so that I joined a performing arts school when I was 12. Macbeth triggered my love of Shakespeare when I was 14. Cookie Dough triggered my love of Ben and Jerrys haha
I remember vividly the book that encouraged me to start reading again, turning me into the chicklit loving bookworm that I am today, and that book was Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella. I remember my mums friend telling me how funny it was and how much I’d enjoy it if I bought it. After looking at the cover and reading the back of her book, I bought it from Waterstones that weekend.
I laughed til I cried. Seriously, I couldn’t put it down and just wanted more from this amazing author. So I bought the Shopaholic series. I signed up to find out when her new releases were out and bought them all – bit obsessive I know, please don’t judge me – I even managed to get lucky and buy a signed copy of The Undomesticated Goddess from one shop where she had done a signing and there were some that she had left for them to sell.
It was at this point that I realised just how much I loved ‘chicklit’.
For me, chicklit is about having a relaxing read where I get to laugh like a crazy lady in public, maybe have a cry if I’m feeling particularly emotional (not in public for this one!) but most of all, it’s an escape. We all know that the likeliness of the events that occur in a chicklit book happening in real life are pretty slim, but we all love a bit of romance and happy ever after right? For me, reading these books took me away to my happy place.
Right now, Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk are my go to girls, I don’t even bother to read the synopsis anymore, I just one click those babies. My new love is Alice Clayton too, I just can’t get enough.
Needless to say, my collection of books and my to be reads don’t just consist of these wonderful ladies (Fifty Shades of Grey anyone?) but they still remain my favourites. I’m so so weak for a pretty cover too. Sigh.
How about you? Are there any authors that you don’t even bother to read the synopsis for anymore because you just know whatever they write, you’ll love anyway? Do you fall for pretty covers too or is it just me that’s a sucker haha
I just want to thank the lovely Ananda now for letting me do this guest post, it’s been so much fun to write, I hope you’ve enjoyed my ramblings. I think I might have a reread of Can You Keep a Secret soon!
Alexandra Jones has a pretty peachy life. A gorgeous, stinking rich fiancé, her sleazy boss is retiring which means an imminent promotion in a job she loves, and she gets her best friends Jimmy Choos when she dies, although she would prefer her best friend to stick around as long as possible. Obviously.
But when a blast from the past turns up on her doorstep just as her world turns upside down, she decides to take her best friend, Rosie, up on her offer of a 10 day break in San Francisco. Whilst Rosie works on a fashion shoot and Alexandra becomes well acquainted with the photographer’s brother, it becomes clear that this trip is one that will change their lives forever.
Book: Confessions of a City Girl LA
Author: Juliette Sobanet
Tour Organized by: Indie Sage, LLC
Lighting This Chick’s Fire – Guest Post
Have you ever met someone who swooped into your life unexpectedly, and who—possibly even from that very first chance encounter—changed the entire course of your life? In my own experience, I have found that these people come along just when we need them. Whether they stay in our lives for only a brief time, or become our best friend or future husband, their mere presence in our lives will challenge us to grow, to make bold changes, and to follow our true passions. And, if we’re lucky like the main character Natasha in my latest novella, this life-altering person will come in the package of an alluring, sexy stranger like Nicholas Reyes.
When Nicholas swoops into Natasha’s life, she is knee-deep in a failing marriage after a difficult struggle with infertility. She is so attached to the idea of what she once wanted for her life that she has abandoned her true desires, her true self. Nicholas is the flame who comes along and lights her fire again—something we all need from time to time. If you’ve been lucky enough to have one of these people come into your life—welcome or not—and give you the wake-up call you needed to experience life on a deeper level, thank them.
One of my absolute favorite quotes sums up this phenomenon perfectly:
“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light. ” — Albert Schweitzer
Now, whether or not Nicholas stays in Natasha’s life for a while or storms in like a lightning bolt and simply shakes things up—well, you’ll have to read the story to find out…
About the Author
Juliette Sobanet earned a B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.A. from New York University in France, living and studying in both Lyon and Paris. She worked as a French professor before turning a new page in her career, penning romantic women’s fiction with a French twist. Today she lives in San Diego, where she devotes her time to writing, eating chocolate, and dreaming about her next trip to France. Visit Juliette’s website at http://www.juliettesobanet.com
Enter to win a wine and spa gift basket as well as 3 ecopies of Confessions of a City Girl LA
DO YOU DREAM OF BEING A PUBLISHED AUTHOR?
How would you like to see your words appear alongside stories from Milly Johnson, Alexandra Potter, Tracy Bloom, Rosie Blake, Julia Williams, Chrissie Mansby and Roisin Meaney.
Enter the Sunlounger 2 short story competition and the dream could become a reality.
Last years winner Holly Martin has since soared to #5 in the Amazon Kindle chart, with her debut women’s fiction novel and is now signed with the Madeline Milburn agency along with other SUNLOUNGER authors Belinda Jones, Talli Roland, Carrie Duffy and Anna-Lou Weatherley!
Drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and the Belinda Jones Travel Club will send you a set of guidelines so you can get going along with your mini masterpiece.
WORD COUNT: 1000-3000 words
DEADLINE: May 7th 2014
SETTING: Somewhere summery (not UK)
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THE WINNING STORY WILL APPEAR IN SUNLOUNGER 2 – out June 21st 2014
Today we have the pleasure to welcome Kathryn Starke to our blog. We met Kathryn on twitter and immediately clicked:) She’s the author of ‘Because of You’ which was published last November and is currently working on her new novel. She’s here to share her post with us and there’ll be a UK/US giveaway too (info found at the end of post). So read on Kathryn’s post and make sure you enter the amazing giveaway.
Lilly never wanted to settle, not in her education, her career, and especially not in her relationships. She observes the countless number of couples in her circle of family and friends, but she has always been unsure if marriage is for her.At thirty-one, she is convinced she has finally found the man of her dreams. But on her actual wedding day, she shares a conversation with a mysterious stranger in a hotel elevator. Suddenly, she begins to question her “happily ever after.”
An instant connection with this stranger leads her to doubt what and who she believes in. She recalls flashbacks of her courtship with fiancè Patrick and begins to wonder if she is indeed settling for the first time in her life.Lilly struggles internally with her decision and begins questioning her future. Will she marry Patrick or will she ultimately start her search for love all over again?
As a literacy specialist, I always encourage my students to make a connection to any book they are reading, whether it is to an event, setting, problem, or even a character. As readers, we love to read fictional books that have both main and supporting characters that remind of us our best friend, mother, neighbor, or even ourselves in some capacity. When we relate to these make believe personas, we develop a reading relationship that lasts for the entire duration of the book. We laugh, cry, shout, and are even surprised alongside the character on their journey. These characters that resonate with us are the ones that we want to tell other readers about. Lilly is just one of these characters in my debut novel, Because of You. I invite you to read this chick lit release to find a character that reminds you of someone you know in your life and cheer for him or her as decisions are made. I read a poem recently entitled “You’re Never Alone” that explains how people are never alone when they’re reading a book because of the characters and friends they meet along the way. I hope the next character you meet in your new favorite chick lit book makes a lasting impression.
About Kathryn Starke
Kathryn Starke is an urban elementary school reading specialist, literacy consultant, and author. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Kathryn graduated from Longwood University with a BS degree in elementary education and a Master’s degree in Literacy and Culture. She has taught first, second, and third grade and served as a literacy specialist for a decade in an inner city/Title I school system in Richmond, Virginia. Kathryn travels to schools and organizations throughout the nation presenting workshops for children, parents, teachers, and administrators. She is the 2013-2014 urban literacy trainer for the VCU Ameri-Corp program.
Kathryn serves as the founder/CEO of Creative Minds publications, which exemplifies quality literacy instruction for all children. CMP publishes engaging and educational children’s literature. Kathryn presents at reading and writing conferences throughout the nation and is a keynote speaker for many nonprofit organizations and events. She is a freelance educational writer for a variety of magazines includingEducation Digest. Kathryn was named one of the 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading in 2012. She is excited to write for a different audience with the debut of her first novel, Because of You, November 14, 2013.
Thanks to lovely Kathryn, we have 2 paperbacks of ‘Because of You’ to give away. The giveaway is open UK/US only and closes on April 16th. The winners will be contacted by e-mail and will have 48 hours to claim their prize by responding to our e-mail. In case we don’t hear from them in 48 h, we’ll have to pick another winner. This Chick Reads is not responsible for the delivering of your prize. This giveaway is sponsored by Kathryn Starke. Enter through rafflecopter and best of luck!
*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
OMG! THIS BOOK.. IS SIMPLY BRILLIANT!
I have the opportunity and honor to chat with Ms Ellis often and let me tell you, she’s one of the nicest authors out there. I was soooo excited to read this book (as many of my friends/bloggers), so when I got a copy I was over the moon. I started reading and if life (and kids) didn’t interfere, I would have read it in probably 3 hours. MAX!
No it’s not a short book and I’m not the fastest reader, but this book is sooo good, you won’t be able to put it down.
I haven’t read such a brilliant and addictive romance in quite some time. Everything about this book is simply amazing. The story is centered around Kylie, who’s the sweetest thing EVER! Honestly, I could relate to her so much, though I’m not that big of an OCD person (as she is). Anyhow, she won my heart from page ONE! When she’s introduced to us, she’s at her brother’s wedding and seems everyone is trying to hook her up with someone. But Mr Right could be (LITERALLY) just around the corner, waiting for her, to fall into his lap! Again, LITERALLY! Harrison is a hottie, there’s no doubt about it, but Kylie sees something more in him, he’s different, he’s a good listener and he’s fun! But, soon Kylie finds out that Harrison is a famous hockey player and things start to get crazy for her.
Ok, no more about the plot. You MUST read it for yourself, and what I already said is more than enough. But boy oh boy do I feel like gushing over the romance and the wonderful writing style. Though there’s an instant chemistry between Kylie and Harry, Ms Ellis doesn’t rush things. She’s building the romance gradually, connecting us with these two characters, making us feel exactly what they’re feeling. Everything seems so natural, despite the fact there’s a celebrity in this book. Both Kylie and Harry are such wonderful characters and they feel so real! That’s probably the thing I loved most about them.
Kylie loves personality tests, so each chapter starts with one, adding so much humor in this book. God, even the thought of this book puts a big smile on my face. I really can’t praise this book enough! It’s definitely a book that will stay with me for a long time. Totally recommend to every romance fan, you’re in for a treat!
My rating: 5/5