Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Elly in Bloom by Colleen Oakes

The #1 Kindle Bestseller in Contemporary Fiction!  Surrounded by lush flowers and neurotic brides, chubby 32-year old Elly Jordan has carved out a sweet little life for herself as the owner of Posies, a boutique wedding florist in St. Louis. It's not bad for a woman who drove away from her entire life just two years ago when she found her husband entwined with a red-headed artist.

Sure, Elly has an embarrassingly beautiful best friend, a terribly behaved sheepdog and a sarcastic assistant who she simply calls "Snarky Teenager", but overall her days are pleasantly uneventful. As a bonus, her new next door neighbor just happens to be an unnervingly handsome musician who has an eye for curvy Elly. Just when she feels that she is finally moving on from her past, she discovers that an extravagant wedding contract, one that could change her financial future, is more than she bargained for.

With the help of her friends, staff and the occasional well-made sandwich, Elly bravely agrees to take on the event that threatens to merge her painful history with her bright new life, and finds herself blooming in a direction she never imagined.

Elly's voice, both charming and hilarious, will appeal to those readers who have been looking for a new voice in chick-lit, and will give women of all sizes the realistic heroine they've been waiting for.

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**Everyone who leaves a comment below will be entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of Elly in Bloom before April 15 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.**

**The winner is Kim Pinch! Please email me to confirm your prize!!** 

Author Bio:

Colleen Oakes is a passionate Colorado native who really enjoys living in other places. She attended college in Bronxville, NY where she received her degree in Creative Writing. After college, she opened up a successful wedding florist before the writing urge came knocking. Now she is a night owl who does most of her writing in pajamas. When not drowsily hitting the keys, Colleen enjoys swimming, reading, and immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. Elly in Bloom debuted in September, 2012 via Amazon Publishing. She now lives with her husband in North Denver, where they are awaiting their first child through adoption. Colleen blogs about life (good, bad, and awkward) pretty frequently over at The Ranunculus Adventures. (http://ranunculusadventure.blogspot.com/) She is currently at work on the sequel to Elly in Bloom.

Connect with Colleen!

http://colleenoakes.net/  (My website)
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15992353-elly-in-bloom (Goodreads)
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorColleenOakes (Facebook Author Page)
http://ranunculusadventure.blogspot.com/ (My Blog)
https://twitter.com/ColleenBlooms (Twitter)
http://pinterest.com/colleenblooms/ (Pinterest)

Buy the Book!

http://www.amazon.com/Elly-In-Bloom-Colleen-Oakes/dp/1477514120 (Amazon Link)



  1. I bought this book back in february but have not gotten to it yet. Looking forward to reading it though!

  2. I purchased this book and it is on my TBR list. Looks like a great book. Love the cover as well!

  3. Sounds like a great read. I look forward to seeing her triumph over her past painful history

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  4. Oh Dear. Is the "big event" the wedding of her ex-husband and the red-headed artist? Interesting.
    cathyapicella28412 (@) gmail (.) com

  5. I read this book and loved it. Elly is a spunky character and I loved the St. Louis setting.

  6. I'm looking forward to hosting Colleen at Books à la Mode! ELLY IN BLOOM sounds like an uplifting, feel-good story and I can't wait to read it.

    Karielle Stephanie @ Books à la Mode
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  7. I have a copy of this book in my kindle as well but still havent gotten around to reading. I'm going to have to start it soon.

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  8. Books sounds great!!! I love the cover!!!

  9. Elly definitely is a character I can root on. I like that she gets a chance at a fresh start and her friends sounds great too.


  10. The #1 Kindle Bestseller in Contemporary Fiction? That's pretty great. I'll have to check it out.
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  11. Hearing great things about this one!! Can't wait to get my hands on it :)

  12. This looks like a great book, definitely adding it to my TBR list!
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  13. This sounds wonderful from the synopsis! Adding to my (seemingly never ending) TBR list :-)

  14. Sound like a great book. I have added it to my TBR list!

  15. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Sounds like a fun book!


  16. Just moved this book to the top of my TBR list. Thank you for the review and book tour, I would never have heard of this book otherwise.

  17. Thank you for the giveaway! :) Great book!!



  19. I think I like Elly already & curvy is just fabulous.


  20. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway!!!!!

  21. Sounds like a great book.


  22. Added to a very long and steadily growing TBR, thanks!

  23. This sounds great! I love discovering new authors.
    Congrats on the release!


  24. This looks great! Another one to add to my list. Congrats and good luck on future endeavors! alliemathews@ymail.com

  25. Sounds like a great book; adding it to my TBR!

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  26. This book sounds really good :)


  27. This book looks great can't wait to add it to my TBR!



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