Thursday, July 30, 2015

Blog Tour ~ "Love on a Whim" by Aubrey Mace + tour giveaway

Love on a Whim by Aubrey Mace
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Genre: Romance/Comedy

Book Description:  Six months out of law school, Rachel Pearce is completely disillusioned by her job hunt. Despite pounding the pavement with her Ivy League degree in hand, her job prospects are no brighter than the day she graduated. Then in a chance meeting with a former acquaintance, eccentric young millionaire Henry Walker, Rachel finds an unexpected opportunity: Henry is looking for a personal secretary. Swallowing her pride, Rachel sets aside her law firm aspirations for what she envisions as secretarial work—mountains of paperwork and filing. But when she finds her most demanding duty to be daily cookie runs for her new boss, she’s baffled by her unconventional job responsibilities.
As she’s pulled into Henry’s delightful whims, caught in a whirlwind of private jets and fancy dinners, Rachel finds herself inexplicably drawn to this handsome and charismatic man. But reality always has a way of intruding, and logic tells her that this adventure can’t last. When real life inevitably comes calling, Rachel must decide if she’s willing to trade in her dream of success in the courtroom for a chance at love. 

My thoughts: This book was the perfect read for me right now. I love the combination of romance and comedy. There are comedic situations that put a grin on my face and kept me anticipating what could possible happen (or go wrong) next.

The cover is perfect for the book.  The character re-connect in a sweets shop.  I like to see the cover and think of the really good stuff that is non-fattening inside of the book.  It's a very sweet romance.

Rachel thinks she has her life figured out. She graduated from law school and thinks she should be on track to a productive career practicing law. Her dreams are not coming true and she is struggling to survive when she runs into Henry. He is a wealthy ex-boyfriend of her best friend. His offer to employ her as his secretary was not well received, but became a necessity as things became more desperate for Rachel.

Aubrey Mace writes with a wonderful and clear voice. I could picture many of the scenes in my head. Her presentation of the banter between Henry and Rachel was excellent. They are wonderful characters and I am very grateful that I got to read their story!

This book is clean and fun! There is mild religious references that don't have a big impact on the story. This book can be enjoyed by all.

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12 Days of Back To School Books ~ Day 4 ~ Simply West of Heaven by Monique Bucheger

"Twelve-year-old BFFs are matchmaking geniuses. Sweet! Not long after they schemed to get Ginnie’s widowed dad to fall in love with Tillie’s divorced mom, Ginnie stumbled upon her late mom's journals, making life even more awesome sauce … until her dad confiscated the journals, determined to protect Ginnie from a danger he won’t name. Ginnie is counting on her future sister's help to make Dad change his mind, but Tillie's not so sure the ghost of Ginnie's mom will make a good addition to their new family tree.   The girls' world gets flipped upside-down when a blast from the past shows up and makes Tillie go nutburgers. Ginnie is torn between helping her best friend and what could be the answer to her deepest wish."
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When Monique Bucheger isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi cab driver to one or more of her 12 children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events. Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy the journey that is her life. She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children, a son-in-law, and 3 adorable grandchildren, one cat, and many real and imaginary friends. She is the author of the Ginnie West Adventure middle-grade series: The Secret Sisters Club, Trouble Blows West, & Simply West of Heaven. and Being West Is Best, a picture book: Popcorn.

Twitter: MoniqueBucheger 

Question and Answer with the Author

1.      All-time favorite book? Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer Holm
2.      Writing snack of choice? GOOD Chocolate
3.      Top hobby you do when not writing? Scrapbooking

4.      Favorite Animal? Horse

Tired of keeping her uncles secret, Ginnie and Uncle Jake face off:

Before she could tell her feet whether to flee toward the barn, the pasture, or the front of the house, Uncle Jake stood in front of her, worry coloring his face. Dont make me jump any hoops. Just tell me whats wrong. And dont say nope or nothing. Wests dont lie.
But they sure know how to keep secrets, dont they? Ginnie let the words drip with spite. She crossed her arms. Too bad Wests dont keep their promises.
Didnt we just have this conversation?
She toggled her head. I told you that you didnt want to hear what I had to say. Too bad you didnt listen, huh?
Wow, even more attitude. His eyes narrowed. Then worry crept into his voice. Is this how youre gonna act tonight? Because I thought you had my back.
I have your back as much as you have mine. She took a sideways step.
He matched her move. I do have your back. You need to have some patience.
No, sir. Ginnie shook her head so hard her blonde braids flipped from one shoulder to the other. What I NEED is a dad who isnt afraid of his past, an uncle who keeps his promises, a best friend who doesnt have to talk about weddings all the time, and oha brother who isnt perfect.
Uncle Jake hung his thumb on his jean pocket and asked quietly. Anything else?
As long as youre asking, a mom who isnt dead would be nice. She blinked quickly and jutted her chin. But since pigs dont fly, I got nothing.

She brushed the bangs out of her eyes and glared just past his shoulder. Leave. Me. Alone.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

12 Days of Back To School Books ~ Day 3~ When Magic Fails by Alaina Stanford

 What good is magic if it can't heal a broken heart?

Risking everything to save Sarah from the elven council’s decision to execute her for treason, the elf Prince Cabal rescues her and the others. They quickly disappear in search of the menacing storm cloud responsible for assassinating the wizards of the elf council.

 I have one of those brains that won't turn off at night. Many nights I would distract my intellect by revamping a movie, book or TV show in my mind. I would twist and turn the plots and characters to achieve the ending I preferred. That developed into side stories about my favorite minor characters. Each night I fell asleep in the middle of a grand adventure.

It wasn't long before I began to create stories of my own and put pen to paper.

I love a good adventure. I love a good romance. As the mother of seven children I also learned to love to play video games. One day it occurred to me to write an adventure that flowed like a video game and I added a touch of romance. Thus, Hypnotic Journey was born.

Snippet Time

"The trolls built the large fire in mere minutes. The ailing trees fell easily with a few short blows, of their huge axes. By the time Gravid's garrison had backtracked and crossed the river, the trolls had laid out nearly a dozen trees. Cabal climbed the white stone embankment to peer into the water for signs of the beast. Sarah began to work her magic, envisioning the black form creature lying at the base of the frothy water.

As the warriors and trolls worked together to pile the logs, Sarah searched the dark water with her mind, searching for the dead beast.  Feeling a coldness touch her mind as her probe reached the bottom of the dark water, she knew she had found the creature.  She glanced up at Cabal, and signaled that she was ready to begin. Sarah move her thought under the beast and pushed it upward until it slowly breached the surface of the frigid spring fed pool. Elves and trolls scrambled from the large pile of logs, staring at the water as the sleek, purplish-black skin of the dead beast broke the surface. The sickening stench increased tenfold as soon as it appeared, nearly overwhelming Sarah.

High above the beast, perched upon the boulders that partially blocked the falls, Cabal staggered back as the reeking odor hit him. Sarah’s ear-piercing scream filled the air, causing Cabal to lose his balance and tumble over the slick rock, plunging toward the black water. Sarah struggled against her horror and the awakening of the beast, as the sleek black blob quivered in the warm air then slowly began to spread itself out over the water.  Letting the beast's carcass drop, Sarah reached out with her magic and pulled Cabal from the water, placed him on the yellow grass beside the pond.

Cabal yanked his sword free, as he reached the ground. Running toward the edge of the pond, Gravid shouted for his warriors as the trolls scattered, bellowing in fear. From across the river, Nicole rushed forward, chastising herself for not bringing the black, crystal talisman she possessed. The creature was not dead! It had merely lain helpless at the bottom on the pool, waiting. Its brief moment in the sunlight was enough to give it strength. It was coming back to life, and they had no weapon to stop it. Feeling the reassuring pressure of Jack's hand on her arm, she watched as the beast shot from the water and soared over their heads to land on the pile of logs behind them.
Not waiting for the others, the two lovers attacked. There was a chance in its new awakening that it was still weak. It remained a large blob of black tar. It showed no sign of the metamorphic powers it possessed nearly a year ago. Raising his sword high, Jack swung viciously at the slithering beast as it attempted to dislodge the pile of logs. Severing a large piece of the formless creature, Jack became quickly entangled as it surrounded his feet, and climbed up his legs. Screaming, Nicole dragged him back from the beast, toward the water, tearing at the black ooze with her fingers as it spread attempting to engulf him in a thin black film."

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