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Halfway Hexed

Tue, 03 May 2011 13:35:00 +0000

Some days it doesn't pay to be a witch, even one with malfunctioning powers. Back of the Book Pastry-chef-turned-unexpected-action/adventure heroine Tammy Jo Trask is finally ready to embrace her mixed-up and often malfunctioning magic. Too bad not everyone wants her to become all the witch she can be. First, there are the local residents who form a scripture-spouting posse and kidnap Tammy to “defend” Duvall against witchcraft. Next, someone saddles her with a secret package chock full of dangerous visions, just as the president of WAM—the World Association of Magic—arrives with his entourage to investigate her. And who worse to examine Tammy’s entanglement with off-limits and drop-dead gorgeous wizard Bryn Lyons than his ex-girlfriend? Not to mention that the clash between the locals and the magical visitors leads to a series of unnatural disasters that may doom them all. Will Tammy Jo's magical synergy with Bryn be enough to help her save the town or will her enemies succeed in putting Tammy out of commission for good? One thing’s certain: this would-be witch is ready to rumble, Texas style…My ThoughtsHalfway Hexed is third in the Southern Witch series and I have to tell you it's not the best of the three. Not to say it's bad by any means but the first two were much stronger- much more entertaining. As a reader, you'll want to start with the first, then make your way to the latest installment. Look I'll be frank 80% of the time I had no idea exactly what was going on. She's kidnapped. She escapes by pulling off a feat that is physically impossible. She's kidnapped again. The Witch council is in town. There's some mystery surrounding the dead relatives. The town is determined to burn Tammy Jo as the witch she is. I think I'm going to put the book down and go take a nap. However just as I'm about to write this off as a complete piece of drivel, Kimberly Frost rallies, pulls her head out of wherever it was residing and finishes with a flourish that makes me think I need to go back and re-read the book because anything that ends this well can't be all the bad. Maybe. Or maybe I'll pick up the newest Deborah Coonts and move on. From one kidnapping to the next it's hard to keep track of all the people who want to do away with poor Tammy Jo. The religious nuts in town think that if they somehow make the witch disappear the town's problems will get whisked away. The Witch council is determined to take over the town. The ancestor's don't want Bryn and Tammy Jo to co-habituate.I'm bummed. I loved the first two. This one is lukewarm at best. Please, please Ms. Frost pull it out for the next one. [...]



Slate

Sat, 23 Apr 2011 18:42:00 +0000

For the last twenty years Vivien Slate has run an incredibly successful casting agency in the heart of Hollywood. She's cast some great movies in the past but mostly these days it's independent art films. Although she's reached success in her profession,  has a wonderful son, a great home and a not-so-wonderful husband, Vivien is bored with her life, craving a little excitement. When she discovers her husband cheating- an idea is born. Instead of casting for some unknown director- this time she is going to put all her creative juices to work- casting a new man in her life.Back of the Book: Hollywood casting director Vivien Slate thought she had it all, until coming home one day to find her husband cheating on her with a younger woman. With her marriage on the rocks, she decides it's the perfect time to recapture her sexual identity... by finding a younger man of her own. Vivien realizes she has a dating service right inside her own office--she's a casting director, after all. She devises a scenario to make the town believe her newest film project is as real as any other. She populates the cast with male characters spanning the ages of twenty to forty and begins holding auditions for hundreds of Tinseltown's most eligible bachelors. Vivien stops at nothing to find her perfect younger man, even it it means leaving her morals behind and ultimately putting her life in danger.My ThoughtsThey say don't judge a book by it's cover but you know we all do. I have to admit I don't even pull a book off the bookstore shelf unless there is something that grabs my attention- the color, a graphic, an interesting title, the description on the back.Based on the description, the cover, the graphic of this book, I was expecting a light-hearted romp through the world of movie casting. I was expecting a middle-aged woman emotionally mistreated by her husband, who runs out and finds a younger man to assuage her abused feeling and to hep her rediscover her youth. A cross between How Stella Got Her Groove Back and well seemingly every other chick-lit book on the shelves these days. What I got was something vastly different. Not bad, just not what I was expecting.Everything as described above really happens. Vivien get screwed over by her husband and by the urging of a friend decides to find a boy-toy and then it gets weird.For the sake of full disclosure I have to tell you I've never hated a main character more than I did Vivien Slate. Between her violence, her conceit, her violence, her narcissism, her violence, her utter and complete disrespect of everything and everyone- by the end of the novel I was actively praying for her death. I've never been more disappointed to see a happy ending in all my life. I wanted her to suffer. I mean really suffer. Suffer deeply. Chuck Palahniuk style of suffering. Yet she doesn't. For all her bad behavior, she succeeds, time and time again. Well, perhaps that's the true morale of this tale. The meek don't always inherit the earth.Slate is gritty, perhaps realistic view of the world of casting movies; it's not pretty, sunshine and light-hearted, it's dark, self-serving and more than just a little vulgar. Vivien is the ultimate anti-heroine. She'd be the perfect fit for The Housewives of just about anything.Brian Rowe is going to be an author to watch. I think with a great editor at his hip, he has the potential to be this generation's Sidney Sheldon. But this style of writing, the oohy, gooey feel good chick-lit- not his style. One thing needs to change-either the marketing to fit the book or the book to fit the marketing.You can also find Brian at mrbrianrowe.blogspot.com or on Facebook.Disclaimer: Brian Rowe was kind and provided a copy of the book. But as always I'm my own woman. [...]



Book Giveaway: Win a copy of Heads You Lose

Mon, 18 Apr 2011 06:16:00 +0000

Hey, did I casually mentioned Lisa Lutz came to Sacramento to talk, answer questions and generally get gawked at? No, you don't recall? Hmmm. Sorry about that. But she did and I got to see her.I have to make two comments about the event.1. Barnes and Noble never plans appropriately for these things (or may just not in our area) I haven't been to a signing yet where I think great job B& N. Either 2/3rds of the audience is left to stand or in my case jump and generally try to shift until I can see around the unusually tall gentleman who is right in front of me. ALWAYS. Or I can't hear a thing. Don't they want people to come? Really what's with stashing author's in the kid's area? The kids area- for crying out loud?2. Lisa Lutz is nothing like I imagined. AT ALL. Not bad, not good. Just does not match my internal picture of what I imagined she looked like.I did forever walk away with an autographed copy just for one of my very lucky readers. I also read a copy of the book and will post my thoughts later in the week.Giveaway:A copy of Heads You Lose- signed by both Lisa Lutz and David Hayward. If you're not lucky enough to be one of our winners but still want to pick up a copy,  you can find it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or any other major bookseller. To Enter:If you've read any of The Spellman's- comment on your favorite character and why. If not what's your favorite off the wall book of all time?Bonus Entries: These are Optional1. Subscribe to my blog by email/RSS.2. Follow my blog.3. Like me on Facebook- this is worth five extra entries- Hey don't judge. I'm desperate for friends.4. Follow me on Twitter and tweet the giveaway.Leave a comment for each one you do- you have to complete the first or all of the bonus entries won't count! Winner will be choosen by Randon Number Generator.Giveaway ends on May 1, 2011 at 11:59 pm PST. Winner will be selected by random.org and notified by email and will have 48 hours to reply back before a new winner is selected. Please remember to leave your email address if it is not attached to your profile so I can contact you if you win. Good luck!Disclaimer: All reviews on zoereads.com are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews.Hardcover: 320 pagesPublisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (April 5, 2011)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 9780399157400ISBN-13: 978-0399157400 [...]



Falling Home

Sat, 16 Apr 2011 17:07:00 +0000

"“Love isn’t about sacrifice. It’s about meeting each other’s needs — it’s about companionship.”Revised and modified, Karen White's novel tells the story of Cassie White and her relationship with her estranged family. Falling Home is a stereotypical traditional coming home story. Cassie ran from her Southern home as fast she could to New York City. There she built a pretty satisfying life with an active career, an intelligent boyfriend and a great apartment, until news of her father's death made her return to the home she hasn't seen in over twenty years.Back of the Book:At twenty Cassie Madison left her hometown of Walton, Georgia, for New York City, where she has reinvented herself-from losing herself in her career to squashing her accent. But one night a single phone call brings back everything she's tried to forget. She hasn't spoken to her sister since Harriet stole Cassie's fiancée; and married him. But now Harriet's on the line with news that their father is dying.As she makes the trip back, the only thing that frightens Cassie more than losing her father is seeing Harriet and the family that should have been hers. But she can't help loving her nephews and nieces any more than she can help feeling at home again in Walton. As she fights a surprising reaction to a forgotten friend, and faces an unexpected threat to the family she'd once left behind, Cassie comes to realize that moving on doesn't always mean moving away from who you are.My Thoughts:If I have any criticism, it's in White's use of the clichéd dying-of-cancer-go-to storyline. What? We can't have a drama without someone dying of cancer, someone getting molested or the kidnapping of a child? Don't get me wrong. All of the those things are truly horrific. Please don't think I'm belittling someone's pain. But authors- Really? Seriously? That's all you have? In your huge vat of imagination?  I feel like I'm watching an episode of House- yelling IT'S LUPUS, IT'S LUPUS.I feel like a disappointed Jewish mother watching her brilliant yet quirky child drop out of medical school to pursue a career in finger-painting.  I was hoping for a woman who reconnected with her family. One who dealt with a real struggle of finding home. I could connect with a character who struggles between the life of her youth and the life she's carved out as an adult. Everyone knows the struggle of wanting to be in two places at once. Hell, Reece Witherspoon was just in a pretty successful movie about that topic just a few years ago- a movie that's on repeat on the local channels at least once a week. So it must be a storyline that resonates with people. Or else we all just like Reese Witherspoon so gosh darned much. Hmm, quandary.Not to say it wasn't enjoyable. These types of stories do well for a reason. I just felt she could have done so much more with Falling Home.White is an incredible story writer- her descriptions make the reader remember what it's like to be a child."Cassie was dreaming again. It was of old summers; the summers of bare feet, skinned knees and homemade peach ice cream that dripped down her chin and made her fingers sticky. Aunt Lucinda rang the supper bell, and Cassie and Harriet raced each other past the gazebo toward the back porch, their sun-kissed legs pumping under white sundresses. The jangling of the dream-bell seemed so real, Cassie felt she could touch the cold brass and make it stop."-Source: Falling Home, Karen White Which is probably why her fluffy plot line annoyed me so much. Long time fans of Karen White and fans of Southern fiction will love the book. Others may find the characters just a little too one-dimensional. Either way it's a good book for the plane or to read as you're watching the kids play in the pool.  [...]



Icebreaker

Fri, 15 Apr 2011 14:07:00 +0000

Adam Perry plays hockey the way it's supposed to be played; swiftly, efficiently and with the hardest of hits. When one of his body checks lands an opponent in the hospital, Adam is charged with assault by a prosecutor with an election to win. His team hires Sinead O'Brien to defend his case. It's Sinead's job to get to the truth so she can properly defend her client, but the more she digs, the more she really starts to like the self-contained althleteBack of the Book: Good thing high-powered attorney Sinead O' Brien has a rule about never dating clients. Because Adam Perry, the newest star of the New York Blades-and her newest client-has her headed for the penalty box. If only she could prove he's just another jock... Adam's been charged with assault after a borderline hit on another star player, but off the ice he's a private, no-nonsense guy who knows the Blades are his last shot at Stanley Cup glory. Assembling her case, Sinead tries not to get distracted by Adam's dazzling good looks or strong work ethic, but she quickly discovers that there's a wounded man under that jersey, and she's starting to fall for him-hard. Now Adam's having trouble focusing on the goal with Sinead in his sights. And Sinead is tempted to break her 'no dating clients' rule. Can they play on their newfound feelings without penalties? My Thoughts:I can't remember the last time I read a book where I really liked the main characters so much. Just because Adam is quiet doesn't mean he isn't a good guy. On the ice he plays an old-school type of hockey- hard, brutal, with no mercy. But off the ice he's considerate, supporting his family and home town best friend. Hockey his job, nothing personal.“How did you feel when you saw what your hit did to Mr. Clarey?”Adam looked baffled. “How did I feel?”“Let me rephrase that,” said Sinead, since feel clearly wasn’t a word he was comfortable with. “What did you think?”“I felt sorry when I saw he was hurt. I hoped his injury wasn’t severe. That was never my intent. But I knew it was a clean hit. We’re professional hockey players. He was doing his job. I was doing my job. End of story.”Sinead gets a lots of grief from her loud but loving Irish family. They can't understand her work, work, work lifestyle. When's she going to settle down, find a man and have some babies?Deidre Martin's last few books have quite frankly been a snooze. I was ready to chalk her up as another one note wonder, incapable of stepping out of her comfort zone. With Icebreaker Martin has rediscovered her story telling roots. With characters who genuinely seem to like each but aren't willing to set aside their ethics for a quick roll in the hay. Martin uses the attraction the between the two to build up the tension till the final climax at the end. No pun intended. Well maybe just a little. [...]



Lisa Lutz is coming to Sacramento!!!!!

Thu, 14 Apr 2011 14:11:00 +0000

While I probably shouldn't be telling you this because I desperately want to be the first  person in line but Lisa Lutz is coming to Sacramento!!!!If you don't know Lisa Lutz- you should be ashamed, deeply ashamed. Just kidding. Like Janet Evanovich? Then you will LOVE Lisa Lutz. Because she's less redundant and the family is just as much fun.Lucky for us Lisa has a new novel out. Well, one she wrote with some guy. I'm reserving judgement until I actually meet him and see how the book goes.Address:Arden Faire1725 Arden WaySacramento, CA 95815Not in Sacramento? Go here for further Tour Dates.Back of the Book:From New York Times–bestselling author Lisa Lutz and David Hayward comes a hilarious and original tag-team novel that reads like Weeds meets Adaptation.Meet Paul and Lacey Hansen: orphaned, pot-growing, twentysomething siblings eking out a living in rural Northern California. When a headless corpse appears on their property, they can’t exactly dial 911, so they move the body and wait for the police to find it. Instead, the corpse reappears, a few days riper ... and an amateur sleuth is born. Make that two.But that’s only half of the story. When collaborators Lutz and Hayward—former romantic partners—start to disagree about how the story should unfold, the body count rises, victims and suspects alike develop surprising characteristics (meet Brandy Chester, the stripper with the Mensa IQ), and sibling rivalry reaches homicidal intensity. Will the authors solve the mystery without killing each other first? [...]



How Sweet It Is

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 13:35:00 +0000

In a split second, Dante Shepard made a mistake, one that changed his life and the life of a young woman forever when he ran that red light. Now he's wracked by guilt; not able to taste food, work or sleep. All he can do is try to make up his momentary lapse of attention one that cost Candy's mother her life. But Candy won't accept his help or his remorse. When he hears a local waitress wish for a handyman- he volunteers to help her out.Lizzie Carpenter knows all about mistakes. Long ago she made the mistake of sleeping with the wrong person. Now the father of her teenage child wants to meet his daughter for the very first time. Between taking care of the ever disintegrating home and worrying over her child, Lizzie reluctantly accepts Dante's offer of help.Back of the Book: Single mom Lizzie Bea Carpenter learned long ago that no white knight was coming to save her. A hardworking waitress at the local diner, she's raising her daughter to be like the independent women in her "Enemy Club"--high school rivals turned best friends, promising to always tell each other the whole truth and nothing but! Yet part of Lizzie wishes she did have a man's help, just for small stuff, like fixing up the house. Her fairy godmother must have been listening, because Dante "Tay" Giovanni soon appears. He's sexy, kind, and offering assistance--no strings attached. Slowly, steadily, Lizzie's heart opens. But the grip of the past is fierce, and nothing in life is ever really free. Tay has his own tragedies to overcome, but if he can, he'll fix more than Lizzie's home. He'll show her just how sweet it is to be loved by him.My Thoughts: If I had to pick a favorite character/storyline in this book, I'd have to say it was Dante's. Who hasn't been in the position where they weren't paying attention for a scant second and they miss some catastrophic event by a hair. Although the law deemed her death an accident, poor Dante is so wracked by guilt that he can't go back to his life until he somehow can make reparations. He just wants to in some atone for his actions and no one will let him. The law won't arrest or punish him. Candy won't accept his apologies or help."I'm starting to see I won't ever be able to make that up to them. ...People hate help from the people who wronged them." He's stuck in a never-ending limbo of guilt and remorse.The relationship between main character Lizzie and her teenage daughter is so accurate one must assume the author must be pulling from a real-life scenario. Daughter Paige just wants to buy into the fantasy of the perfect dad. One who swoops in and saves them all of a life of struggle and poverty. He'll be rich of course and exciting and wonderful. Lizzie is bound and determined to protect her daughter from what she views as a potentially dangerous situation. After all he left once. How exactly can she guarantee he won't do it again.With all this drama going on, it's a wonder the two main character can find the time to get together. Yet they do somehow manage. It's only through their relationship that Dante begins to forgive himself and Lizzie begins to relax.There are some minor characters and subplots throughout the novel. Some which add to the storyline- the sister is struggling with some pretty serious postpartum depression and feelings of guilt and inadequacy. Some which aren't so good. All in all How Sweet It Is delivers exactly what it promises, a sweet romance between two characters who've been knocked around by life.     [...]



Big Girl

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 13:27:00 +0000

Honestly I haven't picked up a Danielle Steel in years. I was quite frankly surprised to find new Steel books on the shelf.  One would think she would have retired by now.Heroine Victoria is the ugly duckling born to the fairy princess family. She's too big, too plain and too loud to ever fit in with the beautiful and sleek Dawson clan. Worse she's told she's too big, too loud and too plain- all the time.Back of the Book:A chubby little girl with ordinary looks, Victoria Dawson has always felt out of place in her family, especially in body-conscious L.A. While her parents and sister can eat anything and not gain an ounce, Victoria must watch everything she eats, as well as endure her father’s belittling comments about her body and see her academic achievements go unacknowledged. Ice cream and oversized helpings of all the wrong foods give her comfort, but only briefly. The one thing she knows is that she has to get away from home, and after college in Chicago, she moves to New York City. Landing her dream job as a high school teacher, Victoria loves working with her students and wages war on her weight at the gym. Despite tension with her parents, Victoria remains close to her younger sister, Grace. Though they couldn’t be more different in looks, they love each other unconditionally. So when Grace announces her engagement to a man who is an exact replica of their narcissistic father, Victoria worries about her sister’s future happiness, and with no man of her own, she feels like a failure once again. As the wedding draws near, a chance encounter, a deeply upsetting betrayal, and a family confrontation lead to a turning point.My Thoughts:Look everyone knows you're going to hit it out of the park every single time you perform. Don't baseball players average a hit like 30% of the time. Authors are no different. You can't be as prolific a writer as a Danielle Steel and not have a stinker or twelve. One of two things could have possibly happened with this book. Either as many people suspect- she's having someone else write her books now or she tried to tackle a topic she knows nothing about and fell on her face.Big Girl should have been fantastic. The subject matter was one we all like to read about. Poor little overweight girl is abused by her family until she finally takes control of her life and emerges the winner. But it wasn't fantastic- it was terrible. Thank God this wasn't Steel's first book- she never would have had her wonderful career.Family's one-dimensional. The storyline is repetitive, monotonous and vaguely condescending.  Truly the book would have made more sense had she rolled the timeline back 25 years. In the fifties, sixties and even early  seventies it would have been believable that her mother went to college only to land a man. I didn't think people even played bridge any longer. Certainly not people under the age of 65.I think probably was the most disappointing aspect of the book was the shallowness and weakness of the main character. Despite the many years of counseling, she never grows emotionally, never comes into her own as a person. You want Victoria to succeed, to stand up for herself, to stand up to her parents. She never does. Here she is - a smart, successful woman with a great education, job, apartment in New York, and awesome friends and everything is always Woe is Me, I'm Fat. I hate to tell you this but even fat people are happy sometimes. I assume or else we'd have a lot less fat people in the world. Victoria never once deals with any of her issues. Instead she gets a nose job and then a new boyfriend. Who stands up for her at a family event. Yeah- rescued by a man- lovely messaging there. Way to roll back the woman's movement by about 40 years.Hey- can you tell I didn't like this book? I know-subtle. [...]



A Light At Winter's End

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 13:03:00 +0000

Hannah always had to be the perfect daughter for their demanding mother. Perfect grades. The right clubs. A demanding career. The perfect husband followed by the perfect baby. Holly, never quite good enough in their mother's eyes stopped trying. She decided to go her own way and pursue her music songwriting career. Working temporary jobs during the day and writing at night, her career is just starting to take off. Then their mother dies and everything changes.Back of the Book: Hannah has always done everything right: getting married, having a baby, caring of her mother in her final days, all the while performing impeccably in a high-level job. Her sister Holly is the college dropout, the one who works at a coffee shop and wants to be a songwriter. Then one day perfect Hannah suddenly--without explanation--leaves her baby with Holly and disappears. What Holly knows about babies is laughable, but she takes little Mason to the empty family homestead, where she meets Wyatt Clark, a close-mouthed, handsome cowboy who is mysteriously good with babies. And then, just as Holly can no longer imagine her life without either Mason or Wyatt, Hannah returns for her son...My Thoughts:Some pretty serious issues between the two covers of what should have/could have been a fluffy romance novel. To be frank that's what I was expecting. A light touch on the main issues and straight to the romance. While I don't mind that type of book, this was an incredible surprise. These are two characters- well three if you include Wyatt Clark, the hero, are struggling with some serious issues.Hannah, after caring for her ailing mother, working a high stress job, dealing with infant Oscar and a philandering, cheating ass of a husband, finally cracks under the pressure. First she starts drinking and soon moves to her mother's pain pills. Only when she finally hits bottom, does she turn to her sister. Showing up in the middle of the day, she dumps baby Oscar on Holly with no explanation other than she's going to be gone for awhile.Holly suddenly finds her already chaotic life turned completely upside down by something she never expected and never planned for. She soon moves from her unsafe city apartment to her mother's country home and there she meets equally damaged Wyatt. After being dumped by his wife, Wyatt retreated to his ranch, determined to never again let anyone in.Very easy to put yourself in the shoes of any of the characters. Hannah just wants to get well and have her baby back. Holly loves the baby with all her heart and is unsure if she can turn the little guy over to a known drug addict even if it is her little sister. Poor Wyatt has lost the love of his life and was publicly humiliated all in one breath. Yet he finds it in himself to let Holly in bit by bit until she worms her way into his whole heart.This book is at equal measures heartbreaking and wonderful. Just like life there are no easy answers. Yet the ending more than enough makes up for the emotional roller coaster. Pick it up- it will surprise you. [...]



That's (Not Exactly) Amore

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 02:16:00 +0000

Laini is bound and determined to get through design school. It may not exactly be her forte- after all she gets the worst marks in the class- but she will finish. Period. It's not like she doesn't like designing for other people-it's just that she's not very good at it. So when  Nick Pantalone asks her to redesign his coffee shop, it's a job she just can't refuse particularly as she needs to do a good job to graduate. Even if that means fighting with Nephew Joe every single step of the way.Back of the Book:When Laini Sullivan lands a job designing Nick Pantalone's coffee shop, there are two problems: one, Nick's nephew Joe hates all of her ideas and two, Laini has to admit he's right--she's a disaster at design. Still, she can't risk losing the job. To compromise, Joe brings in help on the project, while Laini continues to bake the goodies that keep his customers lining up. Their relationship is moving along, so when new guy Officer Mark Hall implies that Joe's family is tied to the mob, Laini doesn't want to believe it. But things spin out of control when she meets the family, including "the uncles," who seem to confirm Mark's suspicions. To make things worse, Nana Pantalone makes it clear Laini isn't the kind of girl she has in mind for her grandson. Laini's not sure if she should give Joe the benefit of the doubt or just set her sites on Mark and fuhgetaboutit.My Thoughts:Laini is confused, at a place in her life where she isn't quite sure where her passions lie. She can tell you it certainly isn't interior design but she's determined to get through and graduate. Who hasn't been in that position? As a reader you want to both shake her and hug her at the same time. She's confused and frustrated trying to find her place in the world, take care of her widowed mom and survive day-to-day living.Through her baking she truly excels but for some reason doesn't see it as her career despite people all but climbing over themselves for a sample of her tasty treats. In other words Laini is just like many of us. She's real. Doesn't always make the right decisions  but always tries. Laini has to successfully create and oversee the remodel to pass her last final. Here we met Nick Pantalone and nephew Joe. Joe seems to like Laini but never really makes his move. Despite Laini's attraction to Joe, she agrees when neighborhood Officer Mark asks her out. I have to admire that quality in a woman, the ability to not wait around for Mr. Right to make up his mind.If I have any compliant - the book is slow. Baby turtle crawling through molasses slow. Dear god, Ms. Bateman...pacing, pacing, pacing. I could walk away with little effort and after awhile it was harder and harder to go back. The attraction between the nephew Joe is fun at first but when it just doesn't go anywhere...readers lose interest. Well I lose interest. Short attention span- what can I tell you? I like a little romance mixed in with my chick-lit. Even if the chick-lit is also Christian based. Christians like love and romance too- or so I'm told. Officer Mark is kind of a jerk but truly the perfect foil for the bland Joe. Readers  will root for him simply because he isn't Mark.That's (Not Exactly) Amore is a perfect by-the-pool book. Doesn't require much from the reader and will entertain to the very end. [...]



Leave it to Cleavage

Sat, 09 Apr 2011 12:52:00 +0000

Miranda's biggest plans for the day were to play a little tennis and plan the annual Guild Ball, it certainly wasn't to find pictures of her now missing husband dressed up in women's lingerie with another woman's hand on his behind. Nor did she ever suspect he'd cleared millions out of her family business. If anyone found out hundreds of people would be out of work. So it's up to her to save the day and potentially hundreds of jobs.

Back of the Book: 
Miranda Smith was searching for a stamp when she discovered how good her ex-football player husband looked in ladies’ lingerie. Even worse, she found out her two-timing, cross-dressing “ladies’” man had run off, leaving her and her family’s hundred-year-old bra business teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. It’s up to Miranda to keep everything under wraps until she can rescue the company. But when Blake Summers, the town’s all-too-attractive police chief, starts asking questions, it’s going to be all she can do to stay in the underwear business while everything about Blake is charming her out of hers. Something’s got to give, and Miranda is determined it won’t be her—no matter how hot the temptation is to bare it all.

My Thoughts:
Pleasantly surprised. As I turned the last page, those were the two words floating through the think grey matter I call a brain. This book was pleasantly surprising good. I'll be honest I wasn't expecting much from the whole I've discovered my husband is a cross-dresser, this gives me permission to do whatever I want  storyline. Miranda is a great character, one who realizes her life has been pretty wasteful up till the moment everything fell apart but is willing to pick up the reins and do what needs to be done. She's a take life by the horns kind of person but still true to her self.

Sure it's a feel good romance- you know Miranda and Blake will end up together in the end but Leave it to Cleavage definitely leaves you guessing along the way.(image)



First Grave on the Right

Fri, 08 Apr 2011 13:36:00 +0000

Better to see dead, than be dead.                                              -Charlotte Jean Davidson, Grim ReaperCharlotte "Charlie" Davidson is a Private Investigator by day and a Grim Reaper all the time. To the dead, she's a shiny beacon of hope and they flock to her like flies to...well you know. Lately she's been having nocturnal visits of the dirty kind by someone she thinks she knows.Back of the Book: A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to go into the light. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely. My Thoughts:Should be required reading for all future Grim Reapers or fans of early Laurel K Hamilton, with a mix of Lisa Lutz and Janet Evanovich. Every once in a while you'll find an author that makes you squeee in excitement (No that wasn't meant to be dirty- you perv) think more early fans of the Beatles. This was it- let's face it...it's been desert dry out there for new fantastic authors. I've been hitting the well of recycled authors for so long, the bucket's hit dirt. Finding this new wonderful author will keep me going for a while- keep the endorphins flowing so when I get to work and that co-worker that normally sets my teeth on edge starts up- I can go to my happy place. My -at least I found a new author-place.What I really like is that she has the next two books in the series written already...Second Grave on the Left due out in August 2011 and Third Grave Dead Ahead. If you can't wait until these come out- you can go to her website. You'll find short stories, deleted scenes, excerpts from upcoming novels. Really can't wait? Go to Heroes and Heart breakers.com for an original short story featuring my newest favorite heroine. [...]



Searching for Paradise in Parker, PA

Thu, 07 Apr 2011 12:36:00 +0000

With her young son off in college, Addy Lipton is suffering from the almost thirty year itch. Luckily the 30 year itch doesn't require one to buy a sports car or meet dashing silver haired gentlemen in divy bars. But it does force one take a good hard look at their life and wonder "What the Hell Happened?" and "Is this what I want for my life?"Back of Book: After twenty-eight years of marriage to her husband Lucky, Addy Lipton feels anything but happily married. In fact, just thinking of their garage, filled to the brim with Lucky's useless junk collection, drives Addy dangerously close to plowing her car through it. But when Lucky wins a trip to paradise--aka Costa Rica--Addy has a faint hope they may be able to turn things around. Or maybe they won't. Either way, Addy never gets the chance to find out.  On the morning of their departure, Lucky fractures his back tossing their luggage into his truck. Now, with the man she feels she barely knows anymore parked indefinitely on her couch, Addy can't see their already shaky relationship surviving much longer. It's time to make some big changes--and some drastic choices.   My Thoughts: I've certainly been in Addy's shoes. You're in a relationship for a longtime. Certain small little things start to bug you. The oil stain on the driveway. If only that oil stain on the driveway wasn't there. If your spouse loved you, they'd get rid of that oil stain. Pretty soon you're awake in the middle of the night, imaging all the ways you could get rid of that oil stain. Then resentful...Doesn't he understand? Why doesn't he do something about that oil stain. He's not getting rid of that oil stain, he must not love you. Then suddenly you're on a beach in Mexico chatting up the Lothario in the pool bar and wondering how the hell you got divorced after years of marriage.Well not exactly but you get my meaning. Poor Addy knows she's not happy. She just not sure what to do about it. between fixating on her husband's flaws and imaging driving the car through the bane of her existence (the garage) she doesn't really take the time to figure it out until she reaches her breaking point. Searching for Paradise in Parker, PA ia a novel of discovery, her to found yourself...after marriage, after kids, after career. To re-discover what it means to be person in your own right. Well I enjoyed the basic premise, I felt much of the novel simply being sad for the poor husband. He is basically at heart a good guy who has little idea he's done anything wrong and he basically get railroaded the entire book. All I could think the entire time- "Why did they just not talk to each other?" People who've been in a marriage for a long-time will certainly be able to relate to Addy plight. Those who haven't been lucky enough to find the spouse of their dreams will probably simply want to slap her upside the head.  [...]



How to Bake the Perfect Life

Wed, 06 Apr 2011 13:42:00 +0000


 Ramona Gallagher is having a rough time of it. Her 41st birthday is steadily approaching. Her twenty-something married, pregnant daughter is racing to Germany to be with her injured military spouse and leaving Ramona with a 13 year old step-daughter she's never met before. Worse Ramona's bakery business is slowly sliding downhill.

Back of the Book:
Professional baker Ramona Gallagher is a master of an art that has sustained her through the most turbulent times, including a baby at fifteen and an endless family feud. But now Ramona’s bakery threatens to crumble around her. Literally. She’s one water-heater disaster away from losing her grandmother’s rambling Victorian and everything she’s worked so hard to build. When Ramona’s soldier son-in-law is wounded in Afghanistan, her daughter, Sophia, races overseas to be at his side, leaving Ramona as the only suitable guardian for Sophia’s thirteen-year-old stepdaughter, Katie.


My Thoughts: 
Perhaps it's because I can relate so well to Ramona's plight but I really enjoyed this. No, I'm not a baker (cook-hah) but I am quickly approaching my fortieth birthday and will have grown children capable (although I hope not too soon) of marrying and baring babies. Yikes. I think my life flashed before my eyes as I re-read that last sentence. Still worried about finding the perfect partner. Still working at my passion every single day. Wait was it me the author wrote about?

Although Ramona is surrounded by interesting and entertaining secondary characters and sub-plots, she remains very much so at the nucleus of this story. She's a character women can identify with. Here, we are adults and yet most of us still feel as though we're in our late twenties with more crow's feet. Still worried about many of the same things. Falling in love. Taking care of our families. Finding a passion to work at every single day. Taking care of ourselves. Still wrestling with our pasts, our decisions. While many of us weren't pregnant at fifteen- I can still think of many mistakes any one of us still regrets from those tumultuous times.

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If You Were Here: A Novel

Tue, 05 Apr 2011 13:48:00 +0000


Did you know Jen Lancaster has a new book out? 
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As you know Jen is the voice of our generation. Ok- not really. But she is really funny and snarky and wonderful and I love her writing almost as much as Belgium chocolate but way more than bunnies.

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On Folly Beach

Mon, 04 Apr 2011 12:31:00 +0000

Emma Hamilton has not only lost her husband but her way. Wrapped in her grief, she's stumbling through her life unsure as to what course to take. Her mother suggests she purchase a small bookstore On Folly Beach to ease some of the grief and help her find a purpose. After a little resistance Emma takes her mother's suggestion, only to become embroiled in drama, both decades old and modern when she meets her landlord Heath and his family.Back of the Book:To most people, Folly Beach is simply the last barrier island before reaching the great Atlantic. To some, it's a sanctuary for lost souls, which is why Emmy Hamilton's mother encourages her to buy the local book store, Folly's Finds, hoping it will distract Emmy from the loss of her husband. Emmy is at first resistant. So much has already changed. But after finding love letters and an image of a beautiful bottle tree in a box of used books from Folly's Finds, she decides to take the plunge. But the seller insists on one condition: Emmy must allow Lulu, the late owner's difficult sister, to continue selling her bottle trees from its back yard. For the most part Emmy ignores Lulu as she sifts through the love letters, wanting to learn more. But the more she discovers about the letters, the more she understands Lulu. As details of a possible murder and a mysterious disappearance during WWII are revealed, the two women discover that circumstances beyond their control, sixty years apart, have brought them together, here on Folly Beach. And it is here that their war-ravaged hearts can find hope for a second chance...My Thoughts:Seriously, THANK GOD I was trapped on an airplane or else I may never have gotten through. Personally I hate books that jump back and forth from one time to another. It's too many stories to get through. One story- I want to follow one main character all through the story. Is it because I know the characters from the past time are dead??? Hmmm, something to think about.While Emma's recovery is at the heart of On Folly Beach, most of the book is centered on the lives of three women who lived on Folly Beach during WWII; Margaret, Cat and Lulu. Cat was the femme fatale of her time. Beautiful and spoiled, she understood her power over men and would use it to get what she wanted. And she wanted everything, especially if it wasn't hers. Maggie the long-suffering cousin seemed doomed to always come in last, until she decides to finally take what is hers. Lulu, at nine, watches all the drama unfold, helpless to stop the actions of those around her or the consequences.Good amount of mystery throughout the novel, however I could see the gist of the ending a mile before we landed and I turned that last page. While I didn't enjoy the frog-jumping through time, I do have to say I enjoyed Karen White's basic writing style so much so I did pick up her next book. Worth reading especially if you like a little Desperate Housewives sprinkled in with your history. [...]



The Convenient Groom

Sun, 03 Apr 2011 14:34:00 +0000

(image) There you are an acclaimed on author aka the Love Doctor, on the Eve of your latest book release, poised to marry the man of your dreams when you receive the dreaded phone call...you've just been jilted. Your fiancée has left you for another woman. What do you do? Well if you're Kate Lawrence you marry a stand-in and hope no one ever finds out.

Back of the Book: 
Five hours before her Nantucket beach wedding–and on the eve of her big book launch–celebrity marriage counselor Kate Lawrence has everything in place. Everything, that is, but the groom. She might not have a career, either, when her nationwide audience finds out their marriage guru has been left at the altar. Enter Lucas Wright, who offers to stand in for the missing husband-to-be and marry her. Kate’s desperate enough to agree–although she’s sure this Mr. Wright is completely wrong for her. They might just be able to pull it off? But Kate has one crucial question: what's in it for him?  Could it be that God's plan's for  “Dr. Kate” don't align perfectly with her to-do list? And will Kate realize that the truest love she'll ever receive can only come from God?

My Thoughts:
The premise is cute enough, one I've seen in countless other novels, not the least Susan Elizabeth Phillips Breathing Room but not so tired that it turned me off. However I do have to say Ms. Hunter started off strong, wandered around through the middle and rounded the bend with a spectacular ending.

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Lost and Found

Sat, 02 Apr 2011 13:25:00 +0000

Poor Rocky. After losing her young husband she's adrift and lost in her own life. She runs away to Peak Island. A place where she can grieve. Soon against all odds she starts to connect with thel motley crew of local characters and rediscover herself.Back of the Book:Rocky's husband Bob was just forty-two when she discovered him lying cold and lifeless on the bathroom floor . . . and Rocky's world changed forever. Quitting her job, chopping off all her hair, she leaves Massachusetts—reinventing her past and taking a job as Animal Control Warden on Peak's Island, a tiny speck off the coast of Maine and a million miles away from everything she's lost. She leaves her career as a psychologist behind, only to find friendship with a woman whose brain misfires in the most wonderful way and a young girl who is trying to disappear. Rocky, a quirky and fallible character, discovers the healing process to be agonizingly slow. But then she meets Lloyd. A large black Labrador retriever, Lloyd enters Rocky's world with a primitive arrow sticking out of his shoulder. And so begins a remarkable friendship between a wounded woman and a wounded, lovable beast. As the unraveling mystery of Lloyd's accident and missing owner leads Rocky to an archery instructor who draws her in even as she finds every reason to mistrust him, she discovers the life-altering revelation that grief can be transformed . . . and joy does exist in unexpected places.My Thoughts:This was also at the bottom of the bag of books a friend has passed along and I have to tell you I was glad to have found it. Also not a book I would have pulled off a bookstore shelf although I can't tell you why exactly. The cover is lovely but I would have assumed it was another Marley and Me. Which I suppose is why they tell you to never judge a book by it's cover.Lost and Found was a surprise. One expected a certain amount of emotion- how does one ever getting over losing a beloved spouse- but more so than that. I wasn't expecting a whole subplot of teenage anorexia or another of mental illness. Most surprising was the suspense throughout. Really wasn't expecting that.All in all, Sheehan's descriptive writing style made Lost & Found a pleasure to read. One can not only imagine themselves in Rocky's shoes but for all intent could reach out touch the leaves on the trees. A great cross over of woman's fiction and mystery. [...]



Now and Then

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 13:29:00 +0000

(image) Barely before she has a chance to open her front door, Anna is summoned to the hospital bedside of her brother Patrick. He, roused from bed in the middle of the night to retrieve his misbehaving son, is in a coma injured from a horrific car crash. It's up to Anna to retrieve the misbehaving boy from the juvenile center in New Jersey. When they return home, both grasp the cloth she returned with from Ireland and are cast back in time.

Back of the Book:
Anna O'Shea has failed at marriage, shed her job at a law firm, and she's trying to re-create herself when she and her recalcitrant nephew are summoned to the past in a manner that nearly destroys them. Her twenty-first-century skills pale as she struggles to find her nephew in nineteenth-century Ireland. For one of them, the past is brutally difficult, filled with hunger and struggle. For the other, the past is filled with privilege, status, and a reprieve from the crushing pain of present-day life. For both Anna and her nephew, the past offers them a chance at love.

My Thoughts:
I think I've mentioned this before- I'm not a huge fan of the-going-back-in-time novel.Of course what can one expect from a novel titled Now and Then. This was at the bottom of a bag of books someone had given me and I was getting desperate for reading material. Not something I ever would have picked up off a bookstore shelf.

Now that I've read it- I have to say it wasn't bad. Sheehan's writing style more than makes up for the annoying premise. Her scenes are so descriptive, one could imagine themselves tumbling through the ocean current or sneaking off to sell illegal wine to the French. Both characters grow during the novel in ways they never expected. I do have to say I never lost the urge to smack the nephew from page one all the way to the end.

While I think this could have been a stronger novel had the author gone in a different direction, Now and Then is still a worthwhile read and will keep the reader going to the very end. I liked it enough to read another Sheehan- although this time no time travel. Thank Goodness.(image)



Bullet Work

Wed, 30 Mar 2011 17:44:00 +0000

As a novice, I never really thought much about what goes into the sport of horse racing. We'd go, a huge group of us, get some dinner, place a few bets and cheer as we watched the 1,200 pound beasts round the track, laboring to make it home. We'd yell or moan depending on where our cash lay and go home happy, a little inebriated either cash poor or rich depending on our guessing skills. Steve O'Brien illustrated a different side of the track- the backside. One I'd never have a chance to see or know otherwise.Back of the Book:They lived for that one chance; the chance to get home first. They waited for that one second. For that moment when they broke into the clear down the home stretch, and no one was going to catch them. Behind the glamorous exterior of horse racing, lies the gritty reality of the backside. Within this fiercely competitive world of owners, trainers, vets, and jockeys something has gone terribly wrong. As opening day approaches, one racehorse is poisoned, another has her leg crushed by a lead pipe and a third mysteriously disappears. Shock and horror grip the racing community.Despite all security efforts, the brutal killings continue. For Dan Morgan it becomes personal when his precocious two-year-old filly is targeted. Dan befriends AJ Kaine, a lonely, “horse whispering” young man. AJ is a hotwalker, the lowest of jobs in the backside food chain. But AJ has a secret—perhaps a secret that can corner a killer. With AJ’s help, Dan must crack the extortion scheme or risk becoming the next victimMy Thoughts: Although billed as a mystery, Bullet Work is really an education of the inner workings of a multi-billion dollar business, one built on an animal with "ankles like a pre-teen ballerina." A micro community where the beauty and ugliness of humanity is magnified through their interactions both with the animals and with each other. At the heart of the story is Dan Morgan, an attorney in his day-to-day life and a new horse owner as his passion. This is an ugly season for horse racing as someone is out to blackmail the owners. Pay just $20 a horse or risk injury, death or even kidnapping. Dan is determined to find the blackmailer before his young horse is next.Fast-paced and entertaining, the novel will keep you reading late into the night. You'll never look at horse racing quite the same again. [...]



Love and Other Natural Disasters

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 22:47:00 +0000

Is emotional cheating just as bad as physical cheating? That's the premise of Holly Shumas's new book Love and Other Natural Disasters.Eve is celebrating a stereotypical Thanksgiving with her family when her husband excuses himself to take a call. A call from a "friend" who is a little down for the holidays. Only to Eve's utter horror- this friend turns out to not be one of his buddies but a woman with whom her husband had been exchanging e-mails and phones calls with for quite some time. After a little digging she found the relationship was much more serious than she could ever imagine.Back of the Book: Eve is eight months pregnant and in the middle of a Thanksgiving celebration when she discovers that her husband Jonathan has developed an intimate relationship with a woman over the past year. Jonathon asserts his innocence (an affair involves physical intimacy, and he didn't have any), while Eve feels deeply betrayed by the emotional connection he shared with someone else. What Jon has done seems so terrifyingly out of character that Eve finds herself questioning her entire reality. Did she ever really know Jon at all? Was their happiness together a lie? Is emotional intimacy more forgivable than sexual intimacy? And can their marriage survive?My Thoughts:On the plus side Eve is a fully developed character. We're placed directly in her shoes; eight months pregnant and betrayed by the one person who should be on her side. The person who should be on her side not just when she is feeling emotionally vulnerable but in life in general.On the downside the husband Jonathan is not a very likable character and not just because of his behavior. I don't find him anything other than whiny and more than a little self-indulgent. One wonders just what Eve ever saw in him at all.Reading this book is like watching your best friend go through a similar situation. Everything is so real- from Eve's emotions, to her handling of the situation, to the down-ward spiral into behavior she wouldn't normally indulge in and thoughts she wouldn't normally have. You can't help but to root for her the entire way through. Despite's it's depressing topic, this is book you should pick up. Wonderfully written about real characters living real lives. [...]



Fated

Tue, 01 Feb 2011 16:10:00 +0000

I loved Breathers. Found myself telling others about it, long after I turned that last page (those poor people in the elevator but that's another story). An absolute brilliant take on an overexposed topic. Fated- absolutely equally entertaining. SG Browne is going to be a writer to watch- in the same vein as Christopher Moore or Chuck Palahniuk- his writing so quick and witty. Fated had it all; a great hook, a decent hero, a believable storyline. Back of Book:Over the past few thousand years, Fabio has come to hate his job. As Fate, he's in charge of assigning the fortunes and misfortunes that befall most of the human race-the 83% who keep screwing things up. Frustrated with his endless parade of drug addicts and career politicians, Fate has to watch Destiny guide her people to Nobel Peace Prizes and Super Bowl MVPs. To make matters worse, he has a five-hundred-year-old feud with Death, and his best friends are Sloth and Gluttony. And worst of all? He's fallen in love with a human. Getting involved with a human breaks Rule #1, and about ten others, setting off some cosmic-sized repercussions that could strip him of his immortality-or lead to a fate worse than death.My Thoughts: Main character Fabio is losing his mojo- his ability to care for his charges. Just once he'd like to watch a single person make the right choice. To turn their back on their path and do a little good in the world. But his folks never achieve greatness- he spends his days "dealing with child molesters and chronic consumers and more than five-and-a-half billion screw-ups," While Destiny's humans are perfect, they "can still make mistakes, but we're talking two Oscars instead of three." Fed-up, Fabio starts to change the rules. An invention here, a tweak there and soon the human race isn't quite the cesspool it was before. Made even worse he soon falls for his New York neighbor, Sara Griffen. Falling for a human is absolutely forbidden by the Big Guy. But Fabio can't seem to help himself.Browne has such a dry sense of humor you'll find yourself laughing and marveling all at the same time. If I have any critsicim- at times the storyline was a little slow and the book easy to put down. But the ending more than makes the read worth finishing. [...]



After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery

Mon, 27 Dec 2010 19:35:00 +0000

It easy to take for granted how good we have it here in America. Freedom of speech. The ability to pick our leaders. Freedom to dissent. Relative safety.  The right to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and make a little something of ourselves. The right to choose. Yet we rarely spare any of these gifts much of a thought.I don't even walk my butt down to the polling place to personally deliver my vote. Instead I wait for the bright orange envelope to arrive in mail, place my stamp of approval and merrily send it back on it's way, ever hopeful my one little vote combined with a multitude of others will be enough to ensure the goodness doesn't disappear overnight.As I'm  lucky enough to live in a country that doesn't make me pick one political party over another, I've chosen to register Independent. It's a political party that agrees with my values in that it's not a political party at all but a merely a responsibility and a set of beliefs. Plus the dues are fantastic considering there aren't any.  I get to choose amongst the best; Republican, Democrat, Green Party or Bob from around the corner. The choices, the choices, the endless choices. Of course with choice comes great responsibility. I think Yoda said that.Independents don't get the luxury of being told what to do or think. We have to get out there and listen to all the truths, until we find one that resonates within ourselves and vote accordingly.Which was why, when Thomas Nelson Publishers sent me After the Hangover I relished the chance to look at a different view, one skewed to the nth degree from mine. All in all I'm very glad I gave Mr. Tyrrell a chance because while I didn't agree with every idea- he wrote those ideas well. With great thought and clarity, passion, and a strong belief in his words. Plus at heart, a deep optimism, one you  you don't find in many conservatives these days.Of course he indulged in the usual Liberal bashing one would expect from a book of this nature. Liberals are to blame for our current predicament. They control the media and therefore control the minds of our youth and uneducated. Liberals are bad and evil and to blame for all that is wrong with the country. Plus they eat baby's faces. (No, he didn't say that part) (But once you read enough rhetoric, it all starts to sound the same)  However once you wade through the nonsense and get to the core- Tyrrell makes a decent stand. He believes wholeheartedly in conservatism and he believes in an America that supports his beliefs. “When we run for office, we state forthrightly what we believe in – limited government, personal liberty, lower taxes, strong foreign policy. We don’t have to mince words because that’s where the mainstream of the American people are.” However, for Tyrrell Conservatism isn't all roses and good feelings. He doesn't hesitate to point fingers and place blame where blame is due stating the cause is "pinched by a smallness that has set the movement back and encouraged intramural squabbling."It's always fun to take a peek into a world unlike your own. While I'm not inclined to suddenly change political affiliations, R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr is a delight to spend an afternoon with. [...]



the thing about jane spring

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 05:52:00 +0000

 Meet Jane Spring, Manhattan attorney extraordinaire. Raised by a General to never, never embrace her feminine side, Jane is much more in touch with the Yang part of her personality than the Yin. She's loud, she's direct, she never met a witness she couldn't browbeat into submission.

In other words everything in her life seems to be going swimmingly except for one teeny, tiny little thing.

Jane just can't seem to get a man. Not a second date, not a walk in the park, not a kiss in the cheek. Never mind a date to a wedding or even a wedding of her own.

Jane is stuck in the house during a bitter snow storm and is struck with a rather brilliant idea. Doris Day never had trouble getting a man. Not one time. Jane vows then and there forever more to ask WWDD (what would Doris do) She decides from this point forward to dress like Doris, to cut her hair, to speak softly and and demurely and to never- never allow a gentleman caller up to her apartment. Pretty soon Jane finds her entire life changing.


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Now usually I consider myself an Audrey Hepburn kinda girl but this was a cute idea. A little simplistic at times. A little zany but always, always fun. I have to admit I found myself asking WWDD.(image)



Book Videos

Fri, 08 Oct 2010 13:24:00 +0000

Let's face it. Most publisher's video about upcoming books are just well, retarded. To be frank. Sure they try and they do have the right idea.

This one breaks the mold.

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