Thursday, August 30, 2012

Lost in the Light by Mary Castillo



No one remembers…

One October morning in 1932, Vicente Sorolla entered the white house on the hill and was never seen again.

Now, Detective Dori Orihuela helplessly witnesses his brutal murder in her nightmares.

Settling into a 120 year-old Edwardian mansion, Dori restores her dream home while recovering from a bullet wound and waiting to go back on duty.

But then one afternoon, Vicente materializes out of Dori's butler's pantry and asks her to find a woman named Anna. Dori wonders if she's not only about to lose her badge, but also her sanity.

Dori and Vicente's unlikely friendship takes us back to the waning days of Prohibition in San Diego and the Westside barrio of National City, California. Mary Castillo's latest novel, featuring the wild Orihuela family that first delighted readers in Names I Call My Sister, weaves romance, history and mystery into a humorous, touching and unforgettable story.

October 1- Chick Lit Plus – Review

October 4 – Storm Goddess Book Reviews – Review & Q&A

October 7 – Lost in Literature – Review

October 8 – Every Free Chance Book Reviews – Novel Spotlight & Guest Post

October 10 – Samantha March – Q&A & Excerpt

October 11 – Lost in Literature – Guest Post

October 11 – Cellar Door Lit Rants and Reviews – Review

October 15- Latino Books Examiner – Review

October 16- Whoopeeyoo - Review & Excerpt 

October 16 – Blood Mother Blog – Review & Guest Post

October 19 – Reader Girls –  Guest Post & Excerpt

October 20 – eBook Addict – Guest Post

October 21- Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews – Guest Post, Q&A & Excerpt

October 22- Tlassy Beyond Belief – Review
**Everyone who leaves a comment below will be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of Lost in the Light before October 22 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.**

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Author Bio:

Mary Castillo can remember the exact moment when her destiny to write smart, sexy stories for women began. (And no, it was not the day this photo was taken!) Her Grandma Margie gave her a copy of Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor (banned in 14 states and then when it was made into a movie starring Linda Darnell, condemned by the Hays Office, which controlled decency in movies) and said, "If you have any questions about what they're doing in that book, just ask me!"

While Forever Amber is hardly a book for a high school freshman (frankly the heroine makes Scarlett a model of propriety and modesty in comparison), Mary was fascinated by a character that seized life with no apologies ... and looked doing it.

After a few minor distractions (poor dating choices and pre-med studies), Mary committed herself to writing on February 10, 1994 and then sold her debut to Harper Collins Avon A in 2004. Hot Tamara was selected by Cosmopolitan magazine as the Red Hot Read of April 2005. The book wasn't banned but Grandma was proud!

A lifelong professional writer, including a stint as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times Community News (second best job in the world), Mary is the proud author of three novels (Switchcraft, In Between Men and Hot Tamara) and three novellas featured in the anthologies, Orange County Noir, Names I Call My Sister and Friday Night Chicas. Her latest book, a paranormal that goes back and forth between modern day and Prohibition, Lost in the Light is now available.

Latina magazine called Mary "an author to look out for" and selected In Between Men and Names I Call My Sister for the Top 10 Summers Reads in July 2009. OC Metro magazine named Mary one of the hottest 25 people in the O.C. (the first but certainly not the last time her hotness has been publicly confirmed). She has also been profiled in Orange County Register, Coast, The Arizona Republic and San Diego Union Tribune.

Mary grew up in a haunted house in National City, CA. She cries every time she sees the movies, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and Casablanca, and feels that Joan Collins is by far the preeminent TV villain (which is why Joan plays such an pivotal role in the novel, In Between Men).

A graduate of USC, Mary lives in The O.C. with her family.

Also, she may have a mild addiction to Pinterest.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Down at the Golden Coin by Kim Strickland


How would your life change if you met your Messiah at the laundromat?

During the horrible recession, DOWN AT THE GOLDEN COIN’s main character, former airline pilot Annie Mullard, feels she has sunk to new low when she is forced to go to a run-down laundromat, The Golden Coin, after her washing machine breaks, but it’s here she meets a messiah named Violet. Even though she can read minds, send Annie into past lives and levitate Tide with Bleach Alternative, Violet isn’t anyone’s idea of a messiah. But Violet is equipped with the wisdom, love and humor to help Annie find a way to a more authentic life, one in which Annie’s free to create her own reality and where money is not the key to happiness.


November 19 - Mrs. Mommy Booknerd Book Reviews - Guest Post, Interview, Excerpt

November 20 - A Novel Review - Review

November 22 - Samantha March - Interview and Excerpt

November 23 - A Buckeye Girl Reads - Guest Post, Interview

November 26 - Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf - Review

November 28 - Chick Lit Plus - Guest Post & Excerpt

November 30 - Storm Goddess Book Reviews - Review

December 1 - Shelley's Book Case - Guest Post, Interview, Excerpt, Review

December 2 - Lost In Literature - Guest Post

December 3 - Chick Lit Plus - Guest Post



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Author Bio:


Kim Strickland lives in Chicago with her husband, three children, two cats and one dog. She also blogs as A City Mom at ChicagoNow. Down at the Golden Coin is her second novel. When she's not being a mom or a writer, she flies jets for a major airline, which means, every once in a while, she gets to eat an entire meal sitting down.  

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