Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hold Her Down by Kathryn R Biel

Elizabeth Zurlo is lost. She's a wife, a mother, a teacher, a PTA volunteer—but somewhere along the way, she's lost herself. Depression and despair can lead to desperate measures and when she is pulled back from the brink of suicide, Elizabeth slowly tries to rebuild her marriage and reclaim her life. Just as she has finally started to put herself back together, a scandalous novel rocks her small town ... and costs Elizabeth her social standing, friendships and ultimately, her marriage. However, the man who seemingly destroyed Elizabeth's life, helps her realize who she is and what she needs to do to become the woman she's not only capable of being, but the woman she used to be.

May 19 – Tabby’s Tantalizing Reviews – Review

May 21 – Chick Lit Goddess – Guest Post

May 22 – Authors to Watch – Review

May 26 – The East Village – Review

May 28 – Every Free Chance Book Reviews –  Excerpt

May 30 – Storm Goddess Book Reviews –  Guest Post

May 30 – Books in the Burbs – Review

June 2 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt

June 3 – Cupcake’s Book Cupboard – Review & Excerpt

June 3 - Cupcake's Book Cupboard - Guest Post & Q&A 

June 4 – Two Children and a Migraine – Excerpt

June 4 - Two Children and a Migraine- Guest Post

June 4- Two Children and a Migraine - Review

June 6 – Book Reviews and More by Kathy – Guest Post

June 9 – Chick Lit Plus – Review 

**Everyone who leaves a comment below will be entered to win a print copy of the book and a $20 Amazon gift card! Please note this is open to US residents only.**

**The winner is Edythe Hamilton!**

Author Bio:

Kathryn Biel hails from Upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients' needs and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her debut novel, GOOD INTENTIONS, was released in 2013, and her second novel, HOLD HER DOWN was released in 2014. Her musings and rants can also be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fantastic Blogger Giveaway : April 2014

How her daughter and her passport taught Jennifer to live like there's no tomorrow
Jennifer Coburn has always been terrified of dying young. So she decides to save up and drop everything to travel with her daughter, Katie, on a whirlwind European adventure before it's too late. Even though her husband can't join them, even though she's nervous about the journey, and even though she's perfectly healthy, Jennifer is determined to jam her daughter's mental photo album with memories—just in case.
From the cafés of Paris to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Jennifer and Katie take on Europe one city at a time, united by their desire to see the world and spend precious time together. In this heartwarming generational love story, Jennifer reveals how their adventures helped vanquish her fear of dying...for the sake of living.

I am giving away my ARC print copy of We'll Always Have Paris by Jennifer Coburn to one Fantastic Blogger who participates in an April tour! If you are involved in Hilary Grossman, Savannah Page, Samantha March, Chineka Williams, or Cecilia Dominic's tour, you will automatically be entered to win. Thank you for all you do for CLP Blog Tours! 

**The winner is Josie Ann @ eBook Addict!**

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Unwell by Marie Chow

How do you tell your child that you won’t be there when they grow up? UNWELL is the raw, honest story of a mother who writes to her unborn child, sharing her decision of choosing not to be a mother. She doesn’t choose abortion. Nor does she consider adoption. Instead, she decides to give her child a fighting chance in life, without the angst and drama that’s shaped her own bittersweet life. 

With a poignant lack of emotion, the young mother shares her life story. As the child of Asian parents who moved to America early in her life, the mother shares how her life disintegrated after her parents’ divorce. From upper middle class suburban to sharing her mean aunt’s house to a one bedroom apartment in a shabby neighborhood, this mother endures the indignity that comes with the change of status. From her father’s absence to her mother becoming a married man’s mistress, her story reads like a tragic Victorian novel set in the 21st century, but that’s where the similarity ends—she is definitely not a shy country miss and she certainly did not take the easy way out. 

This amazing story chronicles the life of a woman who fought for everything she got, faced her demons and made the hard choices. Her fortitude and candor are disarming, her avant-garde views strangely endearing. You’ve never read a book like this and probably never will again. Get your copy today and take the literary journey of a lifetime. Through this glimpse into the life of a woman of integrity, sacrifice and love, you’ll feel her pain, live her failures and cheer for the meager joys that come her way. But the one thing you’ll never do… is forget her. Or her story.

May 12 – The Book Bag – Review & Guest Post

May 12 – eBook Addict – Q&A

May 13 – A Writer in a Wheelchair – Review

May 13 - A Writer in a Wheelchair -  Q&A

May 14 – Wendi Kay – Review

May 15 – Second Bookshelf on the Right - Q&A

May 19 - eBook Addict - Novel Spotlight

May 19 – The East Village – Review

May 20 – Chick Lit Plus – Review

May 22 – Samantha March – Q&A 

May 23 –Christy’s Written Word Love – Review

May 26 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt

Author Bio:

Marie is a former teacher, education evaluator, and engineer. A lifelong student, she has degrees in degrees in chemical engineering, teaching, an MFA in writing, and a doctorate in educational leadership. Her writing focuses on bilingual and English-only children's books that feature mixed families, as well as literary and contemporary fiction focused on Asian and Asian American characters.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Diamonds in the Sky by MA Harper


When struggling artist/shoe clerk Caddy Keyhoe stumbles across what may be a lost and untraceable diamond, her first reaction is down-to-earth: Maybe I can sell it. But how odd to be finding it in the gutter now, after last night’s dream of a UFO scattering bright gemstones. Research via Google leads her to the website of melancholy Alec Rix, semi-failed writer and newly-minted UFO authority—courtesy of his published interview with octogenarian Hatchell T. Beckham Sr., retired from farming and strangely eager to discredit the new crop circle on the Beckham property. The crop circle perpetrated by a neighborhood hoaxer. Or by those blazing diamond-shaped UFOs that just about everybody in Hopkins, South Carolina—except old Hatch—claims to have seen…? 

As Caddy’s art career takes a magical turn for the stratosphere, Alec’s friendship with Hatch deepens through the old farmer’s tale of his long-lost family. Could there be a book in this? the blocked author has to wonder. But when pursuit of the story sends him blundering into radiant Caddy on the biggest night of her life, priorities immediately change. Because what can it really mean, to “follow a star”? And what does Hawaii have to do with it? 

A feet-on-the-ground story with its head in the clouds, Diamonds In The Sky reports from the Unknown with quiet wit, endearing characters, and the speculation that love just might be forever—even if not all diamonds are. 

May 5 – Book Suburbia – Excerpt

May 5 – Fiction Dreams – Excerpt

May 8 – Everything Books and Authors – Excerpt

May 8 - Tea Party Princess - Review 

May 9 – Sweets Books – Excerpt

May 9 – Chick Lit Plus – Review

May 12 – Carol Clarke Blogs – Review

Author Bio:

M. A. Harper, a southern farmer's daughter, was once a free-lance commercial artist. But upon her discovery that no picture is always worth 1,000 words, she took the 1,000-word option and ran with it. Her published works include novels, children's plays, nonfiction articles and the online FAINT GLOW BLOG. Fascinated by those thin places where reality seems to give way into something Other, her fiction can be described as Supernatural Lite. Among past and present pursuits are palmistry, skydiving and metaphysics. A guilty pleasure is NFL football and her day jobs have included shoe seller, New York City window dresser, department store sales clerk and legal office receptionist. Her favorite night job was as off-Off-Broadway stage manager for many productions at La MaMa. She currently lives in New Orleans. If asked to define herself in one word, she'll say "interested".

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Redesigning Rose by Lydia Laceby

Rose Parker’s husband has been lying. About everything.
When a conversation with her husband triggers questions, Rose Parker uncovers alarming answers that shatter her perfect life. But it is only when she shoves her belongings in her SUV and drives off that Rose realizes just how far from perfect her life actually was. She has nowhere to turn.
While debating between distressing sleeping arrangements–her mother’s house full of questions or a hotel room with too much solitude–Rose bumps into an acquaintance from her gardening class and allows bubbly, exuberant Becky to indulge her in a wild night full of whiskey, weeping, and whispered confidences. Suddenly, Rose has a new friend, a roof over her head, and two gorgeous men moving her out of her marital home.

As Rose struggles to settle into her new life, she remains determined to comprehend her past. And with time and distance and especially wine, comes knowledge. Frank wasn’t the only one lying to her. Rose was lying to herself.

April 28 – Chick Lit Goddess – Q&A & Excerpt

April 30 – Change the Word – Q&A & Excerpt

May 2 – Storm Goddess Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

May 6 – Chick Lit Plus – Novel Spotlight

May 8 – Crooks on Books – Review

May 9 – Karen’s Korner – Review

May 14 – Sweets Books – Excerpt

May 14 – Eat Write Love – Novel Spotlight & Q&A

May 15 - Julie Valerie’s Book Blog – Review & Q&A

May 16 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt

May 19 – Fiction Dreams – Q&A

May 20 – Little Whimsy Books – Novel Spotlight &  Excerpt

May 21 – Books à la Mode – Excerpt & Giveaway

May 23 – Books in the Burbs – Review & Excerpt

May 26 – The Book Geek Wears Pajamas –  Excerpt

Lydia Laceby Bio:
LYDIA LACEBY is a co-founder of the fiction book blog, Novel Escapes. Since 2009, she has read and reviewed as much women’s fiction as humanly possible while designing, organizing and expanding the blog from two reviewers to seven.

In her spare time, she knits cute baby hats, would pick cheese over chocolate, and longs for the days she was able to cheat on her allergy free diet.

Lydia began her career writing a soap opera at the tender age of thirteen. It never aired. Redesigning Rose is her first novel.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Precious Words by Leigh Fleming

Emberly Fallon is a smart, beautiful American attorney who goes on a dream vacation with her two best friends to the UK, where she meets the irresistible Niccolo Bartoli, an Italian tennis pro who is just as commanding off the court as he is on.
Emberly resists his advances, not wanting anything to do with paparazzi and Nico’s rabid fans.
Currently ranked number two in the world, Nico finds himself struggling with his game and his personal life. Although always surrounded by his entourage, he is lonely in his world of celebrity and constant travel. Emberly makes him feel grounded, and despite her best intentions, she does fall in love with the dashing, foreign sportsman.

Their romantic adventures take them to Miami, New York, and Rome. This whirlwind love story was not in Emberly’s future plans, but she allows herself to be happy with Nico—until she becomes the victim of threats. Someone is trying to bring Nico’s success and newfound happiness to a tragic end … and that person is much closer than they suspect.

 April 28 – Chick Lit Plus – Review

April 29 – Samantha March – Q&A & Excerpt

April 30 – Carol Clarke Blogs – Review

May 1 – All Around the Circle – Review & Excerpt

May 2 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, GP & Excerpt

May 5 – Storm Goddess Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

May 5 – Books and Tea – Review

Author Bio:

Leigh Fleming is the owner of the Scrapbook Cottage, a weekend retreat center for craft enthusiasts. She lives with her husband, Patrick, in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and is mom to adult children, Tom and Liza, and two beloved dogs, Lula Belle and Napoleon. Precious Words is her first novel.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Finding Home by Tammy L Grace

Finding Home is a coming of age novel, but for a middle-aged woman devastated by past heartaches and loss, who flees to a small island expecting a change of scenery and discovers much more.

Shattered by her husband's infidelities after twenty-five years of marriage, Sam Collins is plagued by constant fear and loneliness, reliving the tragic death of her parents and the betrayal by the man she loved.  She leaves Seattle seeking relief from the relentless darkness that has swallowed her.  With only her dog for companionship, she sets out to live in her vacation home on San Juan Island.

In her search for a carpenter, she meets the handsome and very available, Jeff Cooper.  Sam's not looking for romance, but can't deny the attraction to the retired firefighter, turned handyman.  While working together and eating her pies, Jeff finds himself falling for her.

The past she wrestles to let go of comes hurtling back when she least expects it.  In an effort to help a struggling young man, she is forced to confront the anguish she is desperate to escape.  While torn between love and friendship, she must face her fears and choose between the life she's known and a chance for a family and home she's been longing for all her life.

May 5 – Chick Lit Plus – Review

May 6 – Sweets Books – Excerpt

May 7 – A Blue Million Books – Q&A & Excerpt

May 9 – Carol Clarke Blogs – Novel Spotlight & Excerpt 

May 9 – Fiction Dreams – Guest Post

May 13 – Storm Goddess Book Reviews – Review, Interview & Excerpt

May 14 – On My Bookshelf –  Guest Post & Excerpt

May 16 – Christy’s Written Word Love – Review

May 20 – Samantha March – Q&A & Excerpt

May 21 – All Around the Circle – Review

May 23 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt

May 26 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review 

**Everyone who leaves a comment below will be entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases a copy of Finding Home by May 26 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) will receive 10 bonus entries!**

**The winner is Teresa L! Please email me to confirm your prize!**

Author Bio:

Born and raised in Nevada, Tammy L. Grace loved reading at a young age. With the help of her middle school teacher, she discovered the joy of writing. After spending a career in local and state government service, she retired and finally has the time to dedicate to writing.

When Tammy isn't working on ideas for a novel, she's spending time with family and friends or supporting her addiction to books and chocolate. She and her husband have one grown son and a spoiled golden retriever.

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Twitter: @TammyLGrace

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