Book Review: Friendship Bread by Darien Gee

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Author: Darien Gee

Pages: 402

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Release Date: April 5, 2011

Genre: Women’s Fiction

 

Synopsis (from Amazon)

In the quiet community of Avalon, Illinois, Julia Evarts wonders how to move on with her life. Though her husband and five-year-old daughter give her an abundance of love, Julia still reels from a tragedy that has left her estranged from the sister who was once her best friend. Meanwhile, across town, widow Madeleine Davis takes great pleasure in serving up delectable treats and cozy comforts at her tea salon—now, if only she had some customers to enjoy them. And famed concert cellist and recent Avalon transplant Hannah de Brisay finds herself at a crossroads when her career and marriage come to abrupt ends. The three strangers forge a friendship at Madeleine’s Tea Shop, and soon their camaraderie extends to everyone in Avalon in the guise of a unique and wonderful gift. But even as Julia becomes ever closer to her new friends, she realizes the profound necessity of confronting the painful past she shares with her sister.

Life and loss, friendship and community, food and family: Friendship Bread tells a spirited, remarkably moving tale about the triumph of hope.

 

Review

From the start the tittle and cover of Friendship Bread let me know that it was my type of book.

Baking was a main theme of the book a long with the friendship of three women. Immediately I was drawn to how the idea of the friendship bread bonded people together.

Darien Gee is masterful in the craft of  writing different emotions and making you feel as if you have a slice of friendship bread in your hand.

I love how the friendship bread brings the people and community of Avalon together. It’s recipe helps mend broken relationships and teaches patience.

The themes of friendship as well as forgiveness are clearly found in this book. Just when you think that the friendship bread has run stale there are many angles surrounding the main them throughout the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to bake and anyone who loves good women’s fiction. Friendship Bread can be found on Amazon

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

Publication Day: Love Illusion

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The day that I have been working towards has finally arrived and I am so excited. Countless nights of organizing, planning, and of course writing have all lead to this day. It’s publication day for Love Illusion and I couldn’t be more proud to share my creation and literary baby with you all.

Of course all of this wouldn’t be possible without some people helping me along the way. I hired a cover designer, formatter, editor, and blog tour coordinator to take some of the load off of me. They all were instrumental in helping my dream come alive and I thank them for it.

Since the age of ten it has been a goal of mine to write a book and I have accomplished it. As a child I was constantly reading books, visiting the library, and looking forward to the book mobile coming down the street that I lived on every Wednesday. Not much has changed since then because I still frequent the library and a local bookstore in my area. I guess I can say that books have always been close to my heart and they still are.

Love Illusion definitely won’t be the first and only book written by me. In fact, I have an idea for my second book already and will begin writing it soon.

I also plan to have Love Illusion  available for order in paperback in the coming months. I’ll keep you all updated on when that happens.

The links for where you can purchase Love Illusion are below. Please leave a review after you have read the book and enjoy.

Amazon (Kindle) – here

Barnes and Noble (Nook) – here

Love Illusion can also be found on Goodreads.  Add it to your to be read list today by clicking here.

Thanks for all of your continued support. As always you can tweet/follow me @ChinekaWilliams. I always reply back.

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

Book Teasers: Love Illusion

It is the weekend before Love Illusion will be published on February 24, 2014. I am having a little publication jitters, but I know that all of my hard work and dedication to my novel will pay off. To celebrate I wanted to share two book teasers with  you all. Both of the pictures were created using my favorite photo editing software, PicMonkey and iStock Photo.

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Both of these book teasers serve to give you a sneak peak of the book, while the text also compliments the picture.  I am still experimenting with overlays in these book teasers and am having a lot of fun with the layout process.

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I hope that you enjoy the book teasers. Stay tuned for links for the purchase of Love Illusion on February 24, 2014. Have a great weekend.

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

Book Review: The Chick Lit Cookbook

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Author: Alicia de los Reyes

Pages: 68

Publisher: KMR Publishing

Release Date: November 25, 2013

Genre: Writing and Publishing Guides

Synopsis (from Amazon)

You’ve said it a dozen times before: If only you had the chance, you would write a chick lit novel. But between job, boyfriend, kids, school — life — you just can’t find the time.

The Chick Lit Cookbook: A Guide to Writing Your Novel in 30 Minutes a Day is the solution. This fun, cupcake-themed guide will take you from start to finish of your first draft. In 13 chapters, each with a short exercise that will get you writing now, you will learn how to create the perfect main character, her ideal love interest, a world for her to live in and an adventure that will draw in readers. You will outline your entire first draft — and then you will write it.

The Chick Lit Cookbook is a beginner’s guide to writing funny, snappy, sucks-you-into-the-story prose about modern women, life and love. It is full of tips and techniques, prompts and pep talks that will spark your imagination and inspire you to put pen to paper. The exercises can be done while sitting on the bus, waiting at the doctor’s office, or talking on the phone with your mother-in-law. This book will show you that you can and will write a chick lit novel.

Whether you’ve been wishing for years that you could write chick lit or are a brand-new fan of Bridget Jones and Becky Bloomwood, you owe it to yourself to pick up this guide. The Chick Lit Cookbook will prove to you that writing a novel can be fun and easy — it’s just like baking cupcakes!

Review

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to bake. When Alicia contacted me to review her book I jumped at the chance and I’m glad that I did.

The Chick Lit Cookbook by Alicia de los Reyes is a clever way of blending the concept of a recipe with a how-to guide. In true cookbook form this book will give you the tools that you need to get the book written. I was impressed with how fun that this book was to read and how easy it was to follow.

My favorite chapter was Chapter 3: The main ingredient – butter. Every good baker knows that lots of butter needs to be used in order to make a delicious sweet treat. With that being said as a writer the butter of your book is your main character.

Each of the exercises in the book are detailed, allowing you as the writer to really think about the elements that you want in your book and bring them to life.

This how-to book was so unique and well thought out. The Chick Lit Cookbook can be found on Amazon .

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

Recruitment Day: Rave Reviews Book Club

If you are looking for an online book club whose authors and readers support one another then Rave Reviews Book Club is for you. There is something for everyone to participate in the book club.

Several Indie Authors make up the book club and book selections from these authors are read and reviewed by members.

The book club has many opportunities for promoting their members such as a monthly spotlight author that is posted on blogs.Their are prizes for recruitment efforts as well as contests.

The book club was founded by Nonnie Jules, who is always promoting indie authors such as herself.

Rave Reviews Book Club can be found on many social media sites. The links are below.

Twitter:         https://twitter.com/Rave_ReviewsBC (#RaveReviewsBookClub)
Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rave-Reviews-Book-Club/271290866357000
Pinterest:      http://www.pinterest.com/ravereviewsbook/
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/27478378-rave-reviews
LinkedIn:      http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Rave-Reviews-Book-Club-7443473?trk=my_groups-b-grp-v
If this seems like a book club that you would be interested in joining then click here.
Happy Reading and Writing,
Chineka

Book Review: Jane’s Melody by Ryan Winfield

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Author: Ryan Winfield

Pages: 336

Publisher: Atria Books

Release Date: October 7, 2013

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Synopsis (From Amazon)

What boundaries would you cross for true love?

That’s the question a grieving mother must answer when she takes in a young street musician she believes can shed light on her daughter’s death—only to find herself falling for him. A sexy but touching love story that will leave you both tantalized and in tears, Jane’s Melody follows a forty-year-old woman on a romantic journey of rediscovery after years of struggling alone.

Sometimes our greatest gifts come from our greatest pain. And now Jane must decide if it’s too late for her to start over, or if true love really knows no limits.

Review

I listened to Jane’s Melody on audiobook a couple of months ago and am just now getting around to writing a review. This book is filled with the themes of love, loss, and growth.

From the start I was drawn to the two main characters, Jane and Caleb. They each helped one another grow in one way or another, while each dealing with their individual struggles.

The pace of the book overall was really good. I just wish that the book hadn’t ended as sudden as it did. I hope that there will be a part two to Jane and Caleb’s story.

If you are looking for a book that will bring out many emotions in you then this is the one. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry.

More importantly this book brings home what the important things are in life. Ryan Winfield does a wonderful job of telling a beautiful story where a lot can be learned from. Jane’s Melody can be found on Amazon.

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author-Margo Bond Collins

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Fairy, Texas Blurb:

Fairy, Texas. A small town like any other.

Laney Harris didn’t want to live there. When her mother remarried and moved them to a town where a date meant hanging out at the Sonic, Laney figured that “boring” would have a whole new meaning. A new stepsister who despised her and a high school where she was the only topic of gossip were bad enough. But when she met the school counselor (and his terminal bad breath), she grew suspicious. Especially since he had wings that only she could see. And then there were Josh and Mason, two gorgeous glimmering-eyed classmates whose interest in her might not be for the reasons she hoped. Not to mention that dead guy she nearly tripped over in gym class.

She was right. Boring took on an entirely new dimension in Fairy, Texas.

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Buy Fairy, Texas

Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/Fairy-Texas-Margo-Bond-Collins-ebook/dp/B00I7BTMJ4/

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About the Author

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Margo Bond Collins lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, several spoiled cats, and a ridiculous turtle. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters. Fairy, Texas is her second novel. Her first novel, Waking Up Dead, came out with Solstice Shadows Publishing in October 2013. Her third novel, Legally Undead, is an urban fantasy forthcoming in 2014 from World Weaver Press.

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Character Profile

Josh Bevington

Age: 16

Physical description from the book: Josh had a slow smile—it wasn’t blinding, but it still managed to eclipse everything else around it. And his eyes were a strange, indefinable color, almost silver, but maybe blue or green.

Quote that fits his personality: “I’m not trying to be funny. I’m trying to explain this in a way you’ll understand.”

Best quality: He takes the events around him seriously.

Worst quality: Like his friend Mason, he just might spend his weekends doing “black-magicky things” with evil adults.

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Connect with Margo

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/margobondcollins

Email: MargoBondCollins@gmail.com

Website: http://www.MargoBondCollins.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargoBondCollin  @MargoBondCollin

Google+: https://plus.google.com/116484555448104519902

Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/vampirarchy

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MargoBondCollins

Facebook Novel Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Waking-Up-Dead/502076076537575

Tumblr: http://vampirarchybooks.tumblr.com/

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mbondcollins/

Be sure to add Fairy, Texas to your Goodreads bookshelves: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19502285-fairy-texas

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