Pieces of it All Book Blast

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On May  9, 2014 my author friend, Tracy Krimmer published her second book Pieces of it All. Here is the information about her book and more about her. Congratulations Tracy!!

 

Synopsis

An alcoholic. A scarred man. A thief.



Harvey, a twenty-two-year-old high school drop-out arrives home, a brief stint in rehab behind him and ready to start his life again. Then he meets Beth and her innocence and her desire to have it all capture him completely.



A girl on the cusp of womanhood. Determined. A bright future.



Beth, a recent high school graduate among the top in her class, can’t wait to get to college and fulfill her dreams. Then she meets Harvey and with his mysterious past, he stirs feelings in her she can’t ignore.

The chemistry between them is unmistakable but Harvey doesn’t trust easily and refuses to divulge his past to Beth though she wants to be a part of his future.

The pieces of their lives lie broken all around them, but can Harvey put his life back together and win Beth over before she begins her new life without him? And can Beth find the strength to become the woman she wants to be without sacrificing her integrity?

 

Author Bio

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Tracy Krimmer started writing in grade school. Poetry was her first love, and after writing a series of one and two page stories in her third grade Creative Writing notebook, she knew she had many stories to tell. After taking a break from writing, she finally re-discovered her spark in 2012.

Pieces of it All is her first New Adult Contemporary Romance, and she is working on two new books now. An avid reader, she picks up books from almost every genre, and explores many in her own works.

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tkrimms
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KrimmerAuthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7153703.Tracy_Krimmer
Website: http://www.tracykrimmer.com

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1kOt71L
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1hzsbMp
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1s6sqDL
iBooks: http://bit.ly/1fYq21T

 

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

 

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Book Review: A Single Breath

 

 

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Title: A Single Breath

Author:Lucy Clarke

Publisher: Touchstone

Publication Date: April 8, 2014

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

 

Review:

I have read Lucy Clarke’s debut novel, Swimming At Night, and this novel is no exception to Clarke’s writing.

In A Single Breath Clarke transports readers into a world of secrets and discovery with her rich and descriptive writing style.  Secrets are brought out in the marriage of Eva and Jackson after Jackson drowns, but everything isn’t as it seems. The points of view switch between Eva and Jackson.

Clarke paints a colorful picture of Tasmania where Eva travels to learn more about Jackson and his life. For any travelers you will want to board a plane to Tasmania with it’s pretty beaches and culture after reading this book.

Eva is easy  to relate to in the way Clarke describes the emotional roller coaster that she is on. You want to not like Jackson, but parts of his personality are charming.

Jackson’s brother Saul adds romance to the novel as he and Eva get closer. It’s nice to see the contrast between the two brothers and this also adds another conflict to the novel.

You will want to keep turning the page as Eva starts to put the pieces together and begins to move on with her life.

A Single Breath can be purchased here.

I give this book a rating of 5 stars.

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

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

Love Me Not Book Highlight and Excerpt

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Summary

Tortured artist, Jamie Charles’ life is a careful balance between flashes of brilliance and self-loathing. Her art is as dark and dramatic as her painful past. Her resentment of the biological parents—who were too preoccupied with their addictions to bother with her—fuels her ambition to succeed as an artist, but also takes a heavy, personal toll.

Love Me Not by Reese RyanMiles Copeland climbed to the top of his advertising agency because he isn’t afraid of taking risks and because he has something to prove to the father who betrayed his family. But when he falls for a moody, Gothic beauty with zero interest in anything but a purely physical relationship, he finds himself in dangerous territory.

Jamie prefers living hard and fast without the complications of love, but finds it impossible to resist the stunningly handsome, yet incredibly sweet man who is determined to have every piece of her–including her heart. Miles shows Jamie the beauty of being loved madly and deeply, but is it enough to make her finally learn to love herself, and open her heart to him?

Love Me Not Excerpt

“You’re not the only person who can read people, mister.” She crossed her arms and stared at him.

“Okay, so maybe I can afford pricey shoes and—”

“A black BMW.”

His mouth gaped open. “How’d you—?”

“It’s a gift,” she said proudly, leaning in a little closer. “I could tell you were a BMW guy two minutes after we met. Took me another fifteen minutes to figure out you’d probably go for classic black, probably a high-end five series…maybe the six series. Definitely not the seven, ’cause that’d just be flaunting it.”

He let out a low whistle and ran his fingers through his hair. “No way. The valet must be acting as your secret informant.”

“Nope. I told you, it’s a gift.” She rested her elbows on the bar and leaned even closer to him. Her voice was a husky whisper. “Don’t look now, but the older guy coming in the door with the chick in the tiny sequin skirt who’s young enough to be his granddaughter…bet he drives a wee little Corvette in some wildly inappropriate color like lemon yellow.” She backed away from him and headed to the other end of the bar to refresh another customer’s drink. When she was done she returned to Miles and whispered, “So whadya think? You think I’m right?”

He had that ridiculously sexy grin plastered on his face again, the wattage decidedly turned up a notch. “That guy is staying at my hotel. You’re only half right, though. He drives a nineteen sixty-five Corvette Stingray, but it isn’t yellow, it’s Incredible Hulk green.”

Jamie shuddered. “Even worse. And the guy should be taken behind a woodshed and beaten for mutilating an American classic like that. Not to mention the fact that he’s corrupting a minor.”

“Agreed.”

They giggled like naughty schoolchildren making fun of the substitute teacher’s ten-buck toupee, and something about it felt good. Familiar. Like having an inside joke with an old friend.

“You’re a bad influence on me.” She swiped underneath her eye with the heel of her hand, careful not to ruin her makeup. “I shouldn’t be making fun of the customers.”

“You’re telling me you wouldn’t have slammed that guy’s superhero-inspired midlife crisis on wheels if I wasn’t here?” He smiled at her. “Then I’m really glad I came. Face it, you might not want to talk about it, but you needed a good laugh tonight.”

Bad Boys Gone Good Series

Love Me Not explores the story of Jamie Charles and Miles Copeland. When these characters were introduced in Book #1–Making the First Move–they were already a couple, and Jamie had undergone a transformation. In that book we were given glimpses of what led to that change. Love Me Not steps backward, to tell the story of how Jamie met Miles.

If you haven’t already read Making the First Move…don’t. Read Love Me Not first.

Comment on this post, follow this blog, or choose one of the other available options to enter the Love Me Not blog tour contest below for your chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card, a $10 Starbucks e-Card and both books in the Bad Boys Gone Good series to date–Love Me Not & Making the First Move.

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Bio:

MAKING THE FIRST MOVE author, Reese Ryan

Reese Ryan writes sexy, contemporary fiction filled with colorful characters and sinfully-sweet romance. She secretly enjoys torturing her heroines with family and career drama, reformed bad boys, revealed secrets, and the occasional identity crisis, but always rewards them with a happily ever after.

Born and raised in the Midwest, she now resides in Central North Carolina where she has happily declared herself a Bohemian Southern Belle. Visit Reese online at ReeseRyan.com. Follow her on Twitter @ReeseRyanWrites. Connect with her on Facebook or Goodreads.

 

Love Me Not Blog Tour Grand Prize

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  • $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card
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  • Digital copy of Love Me Not by Reese Ryan
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November 2013 Reads

I read a lot of meaningful women’s fiction this month. Some authors were old and some authors were new ones that I discovered through twitter or amazon. The stories of the women in these books growing and jumping over obstacles were life changing . They would be life changing for you as well.

 

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I was given There’s More to Life Than Cupcakes to review by the publisher. My review can be found here. I enjoyed reading this book and all of the changes that the main character went through.  It also included hobbies that I enjoy such as baking.

 

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The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. was a book that I listened to on audiobook. The friendship between the two women was so strong. The addition of a journal in this book also made it a fascinating read to me. It was a recommended weekend read here.

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If you have ever wanted to go to San Francisco then Take A Look At Me Now is the book to read.  Miranda Dickinson does a great job of describing the city.  The storyline is even more wonderful. It’s great to see the main character realizing her dreams after a major setback. This book was also a recommended weekend read here.

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The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax was the first book that I read by the author. I enjoyed the friendship of the four writers and how they all pulled together to help one of their friends out that needed them.

Those are my November 2013 reads. What books did you read this month?

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

Weekend Book Recommendation: Take A Look At Me Now

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Take A Look At Me Now by Miranda Dickinson is my weekend book recommendation for this week. This is Dickinson’s most recent book and I can’t say enough about it. It is written really well and the characters, even down to the supporting ones, are so dynamic.

The cover of the book is simply beautiful and it draws you in as well.

This book is mostly set in San  Francisco. After reading this book I want to board a plane to experience the city for myself.

You will root for the main character as she navigates the circumstances that have come upon her.

Go read this book. You won’t be sorry. It can be found on Amazon.

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka