Monday, March 4, 2013

Appetites by Karen Frankola

When Sarah suddenly hears from Harry, the Brit she almost married twenty years ago, she decides now is the time to change her life. Sarah has a great job in Manhattan, but she considers herself too fat to have a boyfriend. Harry is visiting New York in four months and she wants to turn back into the girl he fell in love with. Since she can never stick to a diet, she comes up with a drastic solution.

Sarah asks her sister Max to lock her up in her basement and feed her nothing but healthy meals. Max, a struggling waitress, agrees begrudgingly. She's skinny, but has her own set of appetites—for drink, drugs, and great-looking losers.

Sarah thinks a summer in Max’s basement will give her a new body, a chance to reconnect with Harry, and the friendship she’s long craved from her sister. But things quickly go wrong. Max's drinking leads her to neglect Sarah, who figures out how to get out of the basement. Sarah develops an obsession with Max's boyfriend and manages to fulfill a sexual fantasy by pretending to be something she's not.

Can Sarah turn back time with Harry or will she and Max kill each other first? Can either sister ever learn to say no?

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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 Appetites before June 1 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.**

**The winner is Sarah P. Please email me to confirm your prize!** 

Author Bio:

Karen Frankola wrote Appetites to explore the hard choices women make in love and work. Karen spent much of her career writing very short stories at news organizations like CNN and MSNBC, so creating a novel was challenging. She now does a variety of writing for corporations and nonprofit organizations. Karen is lucky enough to work mostly from home, with her dog Rascal curled up under her desk.
Karen grew up near Pittsburgh, where she spent much of her childhood reading books in the cemetery that bordered her family’s backyard.  Karen moved to nine different states and England.  Some of her favorite jobs were teaching journalism at the University of Missouri, working as a television news director, and handling video shoots for Deloitte around the world.  She also spent a summer repairing motors at a steel mill and hopes to soon publish a coming-of-age memoir about that experience.
Karen and her husband Troy now reside  in Durham, North Carolina, where they enjoy watching deer in the woods behind their house, lots of live music, beautiful biking trails, and great neighbors.
Karen is working on a sequel to Appetites and would love to hear what you think of it.

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  1. I'm excited for this tour to start! The twisted love triangle in APPETITES sounds intriguing and the cover is gorgeous!

    Karielle Stephanie @ Books à la Mode
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  2. What was your inspiration to write your book? I find the premise interesting. jsididia (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Sounds like it is going to be a crazy read. It seems like there has to be a easier solution but desperate times cause for desperate measures I suppose

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  4. so excited to be part of this tour!!!

  5. The premise actually sounds scary? What if the sister had really forgotten her and she couldn't get out of the basement? It sounds like it could be a scary Lifetime movie!

  6. The protagonist has such a unique idea. I don't know if I could handle it but it would be interesting to see how she deals with being in a basement for all that time and what she learns.


  7. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. I think this sounds like a very interesting read! Definitely interested in checking it out. Thanks for the chance!!


  9. Sounds like an interesting read to say the least!

  10. Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  11. I would love to read this, sounds really good!! Thank you!!


  13. What a fabulous idea for a story. Talk about an extreme diet technique. I can't wait to read this.


  14. This book sounds pretty interesting and definitely different from anything I've ever read. I've added it to my tbr list :)

  15. Hi Karen. I also live in NC, but I have not been to Durham, except to RDU once. I used to live near Manhattan, Too.

  16. What a cool cover! Seems like a great book :)

  17. Sounds great!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  18. Sounds like a interesting story. Hmmm, never thought of locking myself in the basement to lose weight, might have to give it a try! :)~

  19. This doesn't sound like a normal chick lit story line. Should be an interesting read.


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