Thursday, August 18, 2016

INKSPIRATIONS: Fruit of the Spirit: Original Art by Lorrie Bennett


When TLC Book Tours invited me along on their tour for the adult colouring book INKSPIRATIONS: FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT my answer was an enthusiastic "yes!". I love adult colouring books, and I wish that I had more time to use them! I have a collection of them that frequently call my name and encourage me to sit down and remember how to play for a minute or two. INKSPIRATIONS: FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT is a collection of gorgeous illustrations that are accompanied by a companion Bible verse. There is a lot of variety here and no lack of choices! INKSPIRATIONS: FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT is a playful way to connect with your inner child and there is something for everyone in the pages, from the beginner to those who are more experienced. My thanks to TLC Book Tours for inviting me along! One lucky person from the US or Canada is going to win a copy, so make sure you enter below!


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne


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About The Hating Game

• Paperback: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 9, 2016)

Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
                     2) A person’s undoing
                     3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

My Review:

THE HATING GAME is a great book for the beach! Although the story is pretty predictable from the beginning, and the childish behaviour between Josh and Lucy in the beginning did deter me a little, the story takes a cute turn part way through and ended up being enjoyable. If you're looking for something a little sassy and a lot sexy, add this one to your TBR pile ASAP!

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About Sally Thorne

Photo credit Katie SaarikkoSally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia and spends her days writing funding submissions and drafting contracts (yawn!) so it’s not surprising that after hours she climbs into colorful fictional worlds of her own creation. Sally believes that romance readers are always searching for intensity in their next favorite book—and it isn’t always so easy to find. The Hating Game is her first novel. Follow Sally on Facebook and Twitter.








Saturday, July 23, 2016

Emily Giffin on Tour in Toronto!

First of all, I know that it has been a while since I last posted, and I'm sorry. I have no excuse except that time for myself (ie. reading and blogging, LOL), seems to come last after kids, work, the dog, cleaning the house, and time with the hubby. Since it's the summer I spend as little time indoors as possible anyways. We are lucky enough to live within 20 minutes of a beautiful beach (I LOVE Southern Ontario!) so I head there with the boys as much as I can. Long story short, I've been doing far more reading than reviewing!

This week I had the pleasure of heading to a Chapters just outside of Toronto to attend a book signing with the immensely gracious Emily Giffin. Authors are my rock stars, and this is the second signing of hers that I have attended. The event was very well organized and even though there were about 200 people in attendance, it went so smoothly. Even though there was a wait (almost 2 hours) to meet her and have my picture taken with her and have her sign my books, she was so sweet and patient with everyone. She laughed about trying to pronounce my name before signing my copies of First Comes Love and Something Blue. She also confirmed that a Something Blue movie is definitely happening! I'm so excited!

Emily's lovely daughter Harriet was there as well. She was so well behaved despite their jam-packed tour schedule while they were here in Toronto, and she even decorated some lovely bookmarks for those of us lucky enough to get one! Topping off the whole experience was the fact that Emily replied to one of the Instagram pictures that I posted from the tour. EEK! I can't wait to see her when she comes back again in two years!







Friday, June 3, 2016

Blog Tour: THE TURNING POINT by Freya North

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About The Turning Point

• Paperback: 480 pages
• Publisher: Harper (May 3, 2016)

"Rich, romantic, beautifully drawn and utterly compelling" Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author

Life is short. Sometimes you have to take a chance…

Two single parents, Scott and Frankie, meet by chance.

Their homes are thousands of miles apart: Frankie lives somewhat chaotically with her children on the shoreline of North Norfolk, while Scott's life is in the mountains of British Columbia. Distance divides them – but it seems that a million little things connect them. A spark ignites, one so strong that it dares them to take a risk.

But fate has one more trick in store… There are some truths about life and family we only learn when we grow up. There are some we never thought we'd have to.

My Review:

Watch this space! I will be reviewing THE TURNING POINT soon!

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About Freya North

Freya North is the author of many bestselling novels which have been translated into numerous languages. She was born in London but lives in rural Hertfordshire, where she writes from a stable in her back garden. A passionate reader since childhood, Freya was originally inspired by Mary Wesley, Rose Tremain and Barbara Trapido: fiction with strong and original characters. To hear about events, competitions and what she’s writing, join her on Facebook, Twitter and her website.


Monday, May 30, 2016

THE RIGHT DESIGN by Isabella Louise Anderson Blog Tour



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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…?

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excerpt

“Carrie Newman?” he asked in an ├╝ber-sexy Australian accent. Her toes curled at the sound of his voice. He reached out his hand and said, “I’m Oliver. Jane sent me over to help you unpack your boxes.”

Whether it was the Florida sun or the handsome man who stood in front of her that hit her like a heat wave, she blinked a few times more, and shook his masculine hand. “Thank you for coming, but I can manage. There are only a few of them anyway.” She pointed to her tightly packed car.

“I don’t mind.” Oliver smiled and clasped his hands, his voice sounding eager and more than ready to help.

I certainly could use your help in more ways than one, she thought to herself, calculating that it had been quite a while since she’d last had sex, which was way too long in her opinion. Shaking naughty thoughts away, Carrie regained her composure. “Thank you. I’d certainly appreciate your assistance.” She turned toward her car and pressed the unlock button, and then he took the lead. Between telling him which room to put the boxes in and passing one another between entranceways, Carrie tried to ignore Oliver’s flirtatious smile and the dimples indented in his cheeks. Finally, they unpacked the last two boxes from the car, leading them to meet in the kitchen.

“Is there anything else I can help you with?”

“No, but thank you for coming.” She observed sweat beading the sides of his forehead. “Can I get you some water? I think I have another bottle in the cooler.” She pointed to the cooler Sara had packed for her.

He wiped the sweat off with his forearm. “No, I’m okay. Thanks, though.”

“Okay.” She looked around her kitchen and awkward silence filled the room.

“Would you like to come to Nick & Johnnie’s tonight? I’m working as a bartender there, and I’d love to buy you a drink.”

Carrie blushed and bowed her head. “I’d love to, but I’m kind of tired,” she lied as his face turned somber. “But maybe soon,” she added, giving him a polite grin.

Oliver beamed. “Wonderful! I look forward to seeing you again.” With one last glance in her direction, he reached into his wallet, pulled out a card, and handed it to her. “Call me if you need anything else. I work full time for Moving Waves, but call anytime—even if you need a handyman—I do it all.”

She wanted to say, “I’m sure you do,” but kept quiet. Shaking her head once again at the dirty thoughts that swam back into her mind, she took his card and smiled at him. “You’ll be hearing from me if I need anything.” She followed him out the door and watched him get into the truck.

“Goodbye,” he said after rolling down the window. “Bye,” Carrie said quietly as she waved her hand in the warm air.

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Isabella Louise Anderson 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. Isabella lives in Dallas with her husband. Her 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.
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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Check Out My New Blog!

I've started a new blog called THE CURVY GRRL BLOG that is about making peace with my curvy body and (hopefully! eventually!) learning to love myself! It's part weight-loss blog (many of the things that I do to my body are quite destructive and not things that I would do to someone that I love) and partially my journey to self-love and acceptance. If you would like to check it out, here are the links!

The Curvy Grrl Blog: http://curvygrrl.blogspot.ca/

The Curvy Grrl Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/curvygrrl/

Thursday, May 26, 2016

DON'T YOU CRY by Mary Kubica

Synopsis:

In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she's the person Quinn thought she knew. 

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.  

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under Pearl's spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us in the end.

My Thoughts:

Ever since I read THE GOOD GIRL (and I only did so because people would not stop raving about it!), I have been hooked on both psychological thrillers and Mary Kubica. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read DON'T YOU CRY ahead of publication and I couldn't wait to read what she had come up with this time. I deliberately did not read the synopsis ahead of time. I wanted to be surprised at every twist and turn! There is something to be said for reading this way (reading with absolutely no prior knowledge of the book). I found myself shocked and surprised, and Kubica kept me guessing until the very end.

There were both things that I did like and things that I didn't like about DON'T YOU CRY. I love how Kubica wrote the parts of the book that were told from Esther's roommate Quinn's perspective. These chapters kept me on my toes, and painted such an interesting portrait of Esther. While Quinn's initial thoughts were that Esther was a great person who would never hurt or betray Quinn, she changed her tune as the book went on. Artfully done! I didn't know which version of Esther I believed in more. The parts of the book told from Alex's perspective were less interesting. I found those sections slow-moving, and they did not further the overall plot as much as I would have liked. I loved the conclusion, and how Kubica built up the suspense until the very end.

Even though THE GOOD GIRL remains my favourite novel by Mary Kubica, I loved DON'T YOU CRY as well and would recommend it as a great read to anyone who enjoys suspense novels or psychological thrillers. It is well worth adding this one to your beach bag this summer but pack the sunscreen- you won't want to leave the beach until the last riveting page has been read.

My thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.