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Blog Tour: In the Mirror by Kaira Rouda Review + Giveaway

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*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

In the Mirror is the first book by Kaira Rouda that I have read. Not being familiar with her writing style, I didn’t have any expectations for this book. The blurb sounded great, and though I’m not the biggest fan of sad stories or stories about sicknesses I decided to give this book a go.

However, whatever it was I was expecting from the blurb, I got something else. The story itself was rather complex, at times even too complex for me to digest. Jennifer Benson is the main character and is facing a deadly illness while being only 34 years old. Knowing she might leave this world too early she decides to celebrate her life by hosting a party. Now, despite the fact that I love her attitude and the fact she’s fighting the illness and mocking it in its face, I have to admit this attitude seems a bit strange to me. It’s either that, or the fact I didn’t feel Jennifer as strong as the author tries to portray her. She’s also very indecisive and I must admit the love triangle left me disappointed.

It would be awkward to say this is an enjoyable book, because it’s serious and deals with a tough subject. However, it’s definitely thought provoking and one that will take you by surprise. I couldn’t relate to the main MC as much as a tried too, but I can totally see many readers connecting to Jennifer. Either way, even if you don’t really connect to Jennifer, you will be able to at least get a glimpse of her life, and all the horror she’s going through. You’ll root for her (or against the illness) and you’ll start thinking about your own life. I’m quite sure of this! I would read couple of pages, than pause and try to see all the good stuff happening around me, remind myself of everything I’m blessed with. 

In the Mirror is certainly a complex story and not your every day read. At least, it wasn’t for me. I stepped off my comfort zone with this book, but at the end, I’m glad I did it. I’m glad I picked it up and would definitely read Ms. Rouda’s other books.

My rating: 3/5

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 About the author

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Kaira Rouda is an award-winning entrepreneur and author of both fiction and nonfiction. Her books include: Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women EntrepreneursHere, Home, HopeAll the Difference; and the short story, A Mother’s Day.  She lives in Southern California with her husband and four children and is at work on her next novel.

Connect with her on Twitter, @KairaRouda, and on Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books. And of course, on Pinterest! For more about Kaira and her books, please visit her website KairaRouda.com.

GIVEAWAY

The US/Canada giveaway on tour is : a cozy throw,  a scented candle and a coffee or tea mug.

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The International giveaway on tour is: A signed copy of all of the authors novels, including In the Mirror.

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Blog Tour: Sinfully Summer by Aimee Duffy Review + Giveaway

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Here to put a little sizzling sunshine in your life is the Sinfully Summer Tour!

The smash-hit contemporary romance novel by Aimée Duffy has just been released in paperback so take a look at the details to find out why fans are loving it! There will be reviews and guest posts along the way, plus the chance to win a personalised signed copy of the book.

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What they say:

A Summer Bonkbuster perfect for fans of Jackie Collins, Tilly Bagshawe, Jilly Cooper and Victoria Fox!

SUN, SEA AND SEX

FLINGS & FLIRTATIONS

Notorious heiress Alexa Green has certainly been enjoying her most recent girls-holiday in Marbella. Just as we thought, she’s been knocking back the cocktails and showing off her fabulous bikini body on the beach…

SECRETS & SCANDALS

But rumour has it she’s also been spotted sneaking out of Enrique Castillo’s penthouse in the early hours of this morning – in nothing but her underwear! Our question is, doesn’t this fiercely private billionaire know what he’s letting himself in for?
He’s got the millions… and she knows how to spend them! So lie back on your sun lounger and get comfortable, because this summer fling is going to be a sizzler!

 

Our review

 

*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

I really should have read this book by the beach! Look at that summery cover and all those vibrant colors! Sinfully Summer is one of those books that should come with a cocktail and lots of sun. Unfortunately the weather out here is crazy and been raining and grey mostly, however Aimee managed to transport me to sunny Marbella and its beautiful beaches.

This is a rather short, but very much sweet read. It’s one of those you’ll finish in one sitting, cover to cover, maybe even on your lunch breaks. It follows the story of Alexa, a bit of a spoilt, wild party-girl who’s on a vacation with her girls. Under very strange and embarrassing conditions, she meets Ric the hotel owner, an up tight businessman who asks (or shall I say forces) her to help him out organize a charity ball.

The writing is easy to follow and I really liked the immediate chemistry between Alexa and Ric, however there were few things that bothered me. As much as I tried to, I couldn’t relate to Alexa and despite the fact she’s trying to act mature I still thought she’s very spoilt. I also didn’t like the way Ric is blackmailing her to help him out.

However, Sinfully Summer is definitely a nice beach read, perfect to get your mind off serious matters and every day problems. I wish it was a bit longer though, because maybe I’d got to see more of Alexa’s character and like her more. I loved the setting and think I should definitely re-read it for my summer holidays.

If you’re looking for an easy, romance read and a short getaway from all your daily troubles, look no further. I’m sure you’d love to visit Marbella, just make sure you don’t forget getting a nice cold drink.

My rating: 3/5

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Aimée writes steamy, contemporary romance for the 21st century woman who enjoys the 21st century alpha male. She’s addicted to reading, shopping and can’t go a day without music. When she’s not writing you can find her traipsing up the Ochils (weather permitting of course) or procrastinating on Facebook and Twitter.

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***GIVEAWAY***

Enter the giveaway and you could land yourself a personalised signed copy of Sinfully Summer, the book readers have dubbed “Sexy”, “Fun” and a “Must Read!”

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Blog Tour ‘Dear Thing’ by Julie Cohen – Review + Europe & UK Giveaway

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The day is finally here! We are thrilled and so honored to be the second stop of Julie Cohen’s ‘Dear Thing’ Blog Tour. ‘Dear Thing’ is a wonderful, emotional novel and we must say we weren’t surprised to hear it’s a 2014 Richard and Judy Summer Book Club pick. Congrats Julie, well deserved! And to you our lovely blog readers, read our review and make sure you enter the fantastic giveaway (details found at the end of the post). Many thanks to Julie and Tess Henderson for the opportunity to be part of this tour and for sponsoring the great giveaway. Also, make sure you visit the other tour hosts for more great content and chances to win this amazing book!

 

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Blurb:

After years of watching her best friends Ben and Claire try for a baby, Romily offered to give them the one thing they most wanted.

But Romily wasn’t prepared for the overwhelming feelings that have taken hold of her and which threaten to ruin her friendship with Ben and Claire – and even destroy their marriage.


Now there are three friends, two mothers and only one baby, and an impossible decision to make . . .

 

 

 

 

Our review:

*Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*

OMG what a journey! ‘Dear Thing’ can be only described as a roller coaster, swinging you up and down, throwing you from side to side, evoking all these emotions you never thought a book would get out of you.

I knew pretty much just by reading the blurb this was going to be an emotional read, but honestly, I was not prepared for this. And even now, while I am writing this review, I can’t help but have teary eyes. 

‘Dear Thing’ is definitely one of the strangest books I’ve ever read, and I don’t mean strange in a bad way. It tells the story of Claire and Ben, a loving, (almost) perfect couple who seem to have it all. Except, the most important thing in life – children. No matter how hard they try, how many IVFs they have, they seem to be out of luck. That’s until Romily, Ben’s best friend for years suggest another plan. She wants to be their surrogate, letting them have the only and most precious thing in life they seem to miss.

Of course, many things will go wrong, and there’s the topic of Romily’s ex boyfriend (the father of her 7 year old daughter, Posie) but there’s also lots of drama with the new (and very awkward position) Romily, Ben and Claire get themselves into.

As you can assume, it’s a hard book, speaking about difficult topics, about being in a position when you have to make some choices and wondering which one would be the best. It’s deep and thought provoking and raises so many serious questions. It will make you love, hate, sympathize, even cry – it will get all these feelings out of you. The emotional factor and the exquisite writing skills of Ms Cohen will literally keep you glued to its pages. I’m sure many women, even if for a moment, will relate to either Claire or Romily (if not with both), and though they may not agree with the choices these women make, they will genuinely care for them. I didn’t like Romily much at the beginning, I admit. I couldn’t understand her reasons for wanting to be a surrogate. I’ve had the chance to discuss this topic with a friend of mine a couple of years ago, and to be honest, though I would never judge anyone for wanting to go through this, I would never be able to be a surrogate. I would never be able to have my dear thing in the womb for 9 months, and unselfishly give it away. Now, some would think this is normal, others would feel it’s selfish… but we’re all different and that’s the beauty of living. Those are the questions the characters in this books ask themselves and those are the challenges they face each day.

Ben is truly a great character, loving and caring, just the type of a man any woman would fall for. He’s so supportive and his desire to become a father was truly heart breaking. But at the same time, all these characters have certain flaws, making them more believable and adding dimension to them. They experience jealousy, fear and competitiveness just like any of us. Ms Cohen really managed to describe all of the turmoil and all their emotions so well, so descriptive. 

It’s a truly unique, thought provoking story that will make you think of the most precious things in life, of all the choices you make and of the consequences. Wonderful, deep and emotional, ‘Dear Thing’ is a story that will surprise you, make you think and stay with you for a long time. I can think of million reasons why you should read this book, however can’t think of a single reason why you shouldn’t. ‘Dear Thing’, you’re precious and I love you with all my heart.

My rating: 4/5

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GIVEAWAY:

Thanks to lovely Julie and Tess, we have THREE paperbacks of ‘Dear Thing’ to give away. The giveaway is open to UK and rest of Europe and closes on May 21th. 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. Enter through rafflecopter and best of luck!

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Guest post by Chineka Williams + INT giveaway

Today we have the pleasure to welcome Chineka Williams, the author of ‘Love Illusion’. We’ve been following Chineka’s updates for quite some time and were so excited to hear she published her debut in February this year. We’ll be reviewing it soon, so stay tuned. But in the mean time, read her post and make sure you enter the fantastic INT giveaway (details found bellow). Many thanks to lovely Chineka for visiting This Chick Reads and sponsoring this great giveaway.

 

 

Writing while having a personal life can be challenging, but it can be done. Both are important in a writers life and should be nurtured equally. For me the balance can get a little hectic, but through scheduling and being organized I have found a way to make it work for me.

Planning and making time for writing is half the battle. If you make time for it then you will be more likely to stick to the commitment of writing. My favorite planner to use is the Life Planner from Erin Condren.

 At the beginning of each month I sit down and write down all of the events and things that I have to do for my personal life in my planner. Then I pencil in writing time. I at least schedule an hour of writing time. Ive found that writing late at night works best for me. Nighttime is the quietest and most relaxing part of my day and I find that my words come pouring out effortlessly.

 If I schedule writing during the day I will often go to the library. It is quiet and a place where I  can think clearly. All of the writing inspiration being so close by doesnt hurt either.

 It is good to get some writing in everyday no matter how many words end up on the paper. Remember that any amount of words is more words than you had before.This will keep you in the practice of writing and keep your skills fresh.

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Blurb:

Lucy is a confident PR professional, who is fearful of her troubled ex-boyfriend Charles. He is in denial about their breakup. With issues of alcoholism and abandonment, he spirals out of control. 

Meanwhile, Lucy’s best friend Jade has found love and is about to get married. She is a loyal friend who is there for Lucy every step of the way. 

Feeling trapped, Lucy is determined to fight back against Charles, but it won’t be without complication. After great debate, she optimistically accepts a new job offer miles away. Lucy soon embarks on an uncertain journey all connected to love.

About the Author

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Chineka Williams found a love of reading and writing early on as a child. She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Books and Stilettos is the blog that she maintains for all things women’s fiction and writing updates. Outside of reading, her hobbies include baking, playing the clarinet, photography, and DIY. She can always be seen with a cup of tea close by. Love Illusion is her debut novel.

GIVEAWAY:

Thanks to lovely Chineka, we have two e-books of ‘Love Illusion’ to give away. The giveaway is open internationally. 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 Chineka Williams. Enter through rafflecopter and best of luck!
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Blog Tour ‘Heartbreak Cake’ by Cindy Arora – Guest Post + Giveaway

Hey guys, today we are part of another awesome tour. This time we’re touring with Cindy Arora, the author of ‘Heartbreak Cake’. This is Cindy’s debut and she’s also one of the authors of the ‘Merry & Bright’ anthology which was published last Christmas. Today, Cindy is here with her post and has an awesome giveaway for you (details to be found at the end of the post). So, make sure you visit the other stops on her blog tour, read on her post and make sure you enter the giveaway. Very soon we’ll be reviewing ‘Heartbreak Cake’ so stayed tuned! Many thanks to lovely Cindy for being our guest on the blog today!

 

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Can Your Chick Lit Heroine Be A Mistress?

By Cindy Arora

I just finished watching the first two seasons of the show Scandal (http://abc.go.com/shows/scandal), and am completely hooked. Nighttime soap operas are not typically my wheelhouse. But one of the main things I love about the show is the heroine– a strong, brilliant, fiercely independent woman who also happens to be wrapped up in a complicated, messy, passionate, multilayered relationship with a married man.

Did I mention that he’s the President of the United States? It’s a delicious mess.

Since releasing HEARTBREAK CAKE in the fall one of the more poignant questions I get asked by readers is why I chose to tell the love story of a woman detangling herself from a relationship with a married man. It’s not always a popular topic and a lot of readers don’t always want to hear the story of The Other Woman. She’s not typically the character you root for, but in the case of Indira, her story isn’t just about infidelity. It’s about renewal.

Her story is weaves the classic tale of how one bad choice can lead to a negative domino effect that touches every aspect of one’s life. In Indira’s case, it’s her love life, friends, family and ultimately –her career, which was the one place where she felt safe, stable and in control.

Yet, taking chances (as illogical as they may be) when it comes to love is what we love about our Chick Lit heroines. They are feisty, spirited and don’t always make the best choices … but they always try to figure out how they can fix it so they can grow and become a better woman and at heroine to admire.

Feminist and author ― Simone de Beauvoir once said: “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.”   Which is ultimately the journey I intended for Indira in order to become a better version of herself.  She is undeniably flawed, but is ready for significant change for herself.

And like all good Chick Lit heroines, she does it with spirit, sass, her favorite pair of jeans and her best friends. Oh and chocolate cake. Always chocolate cake.

 

About the Author

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Cindy Arora was a staff writer at The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, The Orange County Register and Sacramento Magazine. She’s been published in Saveur, Tasting Table, Orange Coast Magazine and Fodor’s. She’s also a mother, a feminist, a whiskey enthusiast, and proud to call herself a Chick Lit author. Heartbreak Cake is her debut novel. 
GIVEAWAY:
Thanks to lovely Cindy, we have one paperback of ‘Heartbreak Cake’ (US only) and one e-book (INTERNATIONAL) to give away. 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 Cindy Arora. Enter through rafflecopter and best of luck!

 

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Guest post: The Dr Pepper Prophecies vs Emma by Jennifer Gilby Roberts + Giveaway

The Dr Pepper Prophecies vs Emma

The Dr Pepper Prophecies is a modern version of Jane Austen’s Emma, but then Bridget Jones’ Diary is an updated Pride & Prejudice.  So how faithful is it to the original?

The basic story of Emma is of a young woman who has set herself up as a matchmaker.  I kept to that, although in TDPP Mel’s efforts extend to the rest of her victims friends’ lives.  Mel’s chief project is Beth, who is the Harriet Smith character.  In Emma, Emma Woodhouse uses their difference in social status to influence Harriet.  In TDPP, Mel uses Beth’s natural reserve, good manners and her status as “replacement” flatmate.  Rather than having a Mr. Elton character, Mel sets Beth up on a series of blind dates – each more horrible than the last.

Will Knightley takes the role of Mr. Knightley here (yes, I did a Helen Fielding and just nicked the name).  As in Emma, Mel has known him all her life.  While Emma and Mr. K are related by marriage, Mel and Will grew up living next door to each other.  Like Mr. K, Will often has to (attempt to) restrain his over-enthusiastic friend.  The crucial thing I left out was the age difference.  Mr. Knightley is 16 years older than Emma, which would have been common at the time, but would be less acceptable to a modern audience.  Also, I didn’t want Will playing too parental a role in Mel’s life.

The subplots in TDPP, however, deviate from Emma.  Mel has a somewhat fraught relationship with her parents and sister, who always manage to make her feel second rate.  While Emma shows no interest in dating at the start of the book, Mel has had a string of lousy boyfriends.  In fact, the book starts out with her being dumped by the most recent just as he becomes her boss.

And Emma never had to try to improve her career at the same time as hindering helping her friends.  In fact, the key thing Mel and Emma have in common is that they are underemployed.  Emma is a wealthy and well-born young woman, in a time when they just didn’t work.  She has charitable and hostess duties in the neighbourhood, but nothing like enough to use up her energy.  Mel, on the other hand, has an extremely dull job inputting insurance claims.

While Emma is brimming with confidence – natural given her position – Mel lacks it in some areas of her life.  This is partly due to her family – particularly her father – who have never valued her efforts to get a good education and career.  Mel also suffers from spectacularly bad luck at times, especially in formal situations.  There’s a reason the tag line of the book is ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’  That brings the high comedy to TDPP that is missing in Emma.

What Mel and Emma definitely have in common, however, is their blindness when it comes to love.  Although they are both convinced they know best when it comes to others, they both go a ridiculously long time before they realise that their own Mr. Right is right under their noses.  It’s a good job he’s the patient type…

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To celebrate The Dr Pepper Prophecies’ one-year anniversary since publication, Jennifer Gilby Roberts is giving away one paperback and five ebook copies!  Enter on Rafflecopter.

Find out about her other great celebration offers, giveaways and extras on her blog.

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25-year-old Mel Parker has a few tiny problems:

  • Her job is terrible
  • She’s been dumped yet again
  • Her ex is now her boss
  • Her parents think she’s a loser compared to her perfect younger sister
  • All her efforts to improve her life seem doomed to failure
  • Her best friend, Will, is in grave danger of being stolen away by his evil girlfriend
  • There just isn’t enough chocolate in the world to make up for the above.

So what do you do when you’ve pretty much given up on your own life? Help others, of course!

After all, what’s the worst that can happen?

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Buy for Kindle or in paperback on Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk and other Amazon sites.  The paperback is also available from Barnes & Noble.

Blog Tour: Take Me Home by Daniela Sacerdoti Guest Post + INT Giveaway

We’re so honored to be tour hosts for Daniela Sacerdoti’s Blog Tour for ‘Take Me Home’. We first heard about Dani when she published her debut ‘Watch Over Me’ which became a HUGE hit! (If you don’t believe me, just check the number of reviews on amazon). It is one of the BEST and most touching books we’ve ever read. We’re beyond happy to see ‘Take Me Home’ receiving so many positive feedback already and we do hope Dani is already working on a new book. Today, Dani is here to talk about Inary, the MC in ‘Take Me Home’, but there’s also a fantastic giveaway for you (rafflecopter link found bellow). So, enjoy Dani’s post and make sure you read her books! She’s a fantastic author who’s books are NOT to be missed!

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Blurb:

Inary Monteith’s life is at a crossroads. After a stolen night with her close friend Alex, she’s just broken his heart by telling him it was all a terrible mistake. Then she has to rush home from London to the Scottish Highlands when her little sister’s illness suddenly worsens – and in returning she must confront the painful memories she has been trying so hard to escape.

Back home, things become more complicated than she could ever have imagined. There’s her sister’s illness, her hostile brother, a smug ex she never wants to see again and her conflicted feelings about Alex in London and a handsome American she meets in Glen Avich. On top of that, she mysteriously loses her voice but regains a strange gift from her childhood – a sixth sense that runs in her family. And when a voice from the past keeps repeating, ‘Take me home’, she discovers a mystery that she knows she must unlock to set herself free.

Take Me Home is a beautiful story of love, loss, discovering one’s true abilities and, above all, never forgetting who you really are.

 

Inary’s Silence

Take Me Home is the story of a young woman who, after a trauma, stops speaking altogether. Although it took me a relatively short time to write this novel – nine months – the story has been growing inside me for a long time. I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of not speaking, of letting yourself be sheltered by silence.

As a teenager, I read Kilmeny of the Orchard by Lucy M. Montgomery (the author of Anne of Green Gables) about a girl who, for some mysterious reason, can’t speak, so she expresses herself through writing in a notebook she carries around her neck. I very much saw myself in Kilmeny back then, because so much of what I wanted to say could only be conveyed by writing – so I found the idea of a girl who can’t speak, but instead writes, spellbinding.

The catalyst for Inary’s silence is her sister’s death – her grief is such that her feelings can’t be expressed with words, and her overwhelming emotions somehow choke her. As she loses her voice, she finds that silence changes her from the inside. Because she now has to write everything she wants to express, she can’t blurt out things any longer – they need to be filtered by the medium of writing, they need more time and effort to be said. Therefore she begins to say less and think more, to shave off layers of herself until she gets to her core. She begins to understand herself more, and realise what she really wants and needs from life. The deepest, most secret part of her – her Sight, the ability to see the dead and listen to their stories – springs back to life after years of dormancy. As she sinks into silence, people long gone begin speaking to her, and she’s able to listen and, in turn, tell their stories through her writing.

Inary’s journey to me is a metaphor of the writing process, of the necessity of silence to focus on the stories inside our minds – but in her case it’s also a journey through grief. The trauma of her sister’s death is such that she has to work through her pain and bewilderment in a way that’s almost physical – before she can find herself again. Having had two major bereavements in my life, I found it very hard, almost heartbreaking, to let myself remember those feelings so I could describe Inary’s. However, it was certainly cathartic to write the ending… but I won’t spoil it for you!

If you have any thoughts about this post I wrote, or about Take Me Home, or if you feel like a natter, do come and find me – @danisacerdoti. Thank you for having me!

Dani

 

About the Author

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Daniela Sacerdoti is a mother and a writer. Born in Naples, but brought up in a small village in the Italian Alps, she lives near Glasgow with her husband and sons. She calls herself a thief of time – she steals time to write when everyone has gone to bed, or before they wake up. She’s a Primary teacher, but she chose to be at home with her children. She loves being with her boys, doing art with them, reading anything she can get her hands on and chatting with her girlfriends. But she also adores being on her own, free to daydream and make up stories.

You can find out more about Daniela Sacerdoti on her website.  You can also tweet (@danisacerdoti) with her and find her on Facebook.

 

GIVEAWAY:

The overall giveaway is a paperback copy of Take Me Home.  Open Internationally.
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Blog Tour: Waiting For Prince Harry by Aven Ellis Guest Post + INT giveaway

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!

 

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Blurb:

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?

 

  1. 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.

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  1. The Rattlesnake Bar is where Kylie meets Harrison for the first time. It’s rugged sexy—just like our hockey hero!

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  1. 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.

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  1. Kylie works at an outdoor mall in Dallas, and I modeled it after the famous Highland Park Village.

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  1. Kylie lives in Uptown,  a chic spot for shopping, dining out, and living.

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  1. Harrison and Kylie enjoy nights out in Dallas, and this is the beautiful skyline of my hometown.

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  1. Kylie attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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  1. Southlake, Texas is the Dallas suburb where Kylie grew up.

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  1. Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant Five Sixty is a favorite of Kylie & Harrison.

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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

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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.

 

Author links

Facebook:

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Twitter:

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Web site:

http://www.avenellis.com/index.html

Pinterest:

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The overall giveaway on tour is an ecopy of Connectivity and an ecopy of Waiting for Prince Harry. Open Internationally!
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Book review: Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not by Elle Field + INT giveaway

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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

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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!

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Confessions of a City Girl: Los Angeles by Juliette Sobanet – Book Blitz and Giveaway

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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…

 

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About the Author

Juliette Sobanet

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

 

 

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