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GIVEAWAY: BEACH HOUSE COOKBOOK BY MARY KAY ANDREWS — June 21, 2017

GIVEAWAY: BEACH HOUSE COOKBOOK BY MARY KAY ANDREWS

Nothing says summer like a summer cookbook from New York Times Best Selling Author MARY KAY ANDREWS. THE BEACH HOUSE COOKBOOK is sure to be a summer cookbook you’ll use for years to come!! I’m lucky enough to have a copy to giveaway. So without further a due let’s cut to the chase.

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BLOG TOUR: ONE WEEK TO THE WEDDING by OLIVIA MILES — June 16, 2017

BLOG TOUR: ONE WEEK TO THE WEDDING by OLIVIA MILES

“Kate Daniels couldn’t be more excited to be planning her best friend’s wedding…in theory.
Lately, just thinking about gowns and centerpieces makes her want to hide under the covers with her dog and a good book –one that doesn’t include a romantic plot, thank you very much. Maybe it’s because her fiancé cheated. Or maybe it’s because he cheated with her younger sister, Charlotte. Or maybe it’s because her newfound reputation as jilted wedding planner isn’t exactly doing wonders for her career.

Charlotte knows she messed up. Big time. But she also knows something Kate doesn’t-something that might bring them close again, if her sister will ever take her calls. But as time passes and silence grows, Charlotte begins to realize she can’t hide from her problems forever, and that sometimes the only place to run is home.

With the wedding only a week away, Kate expects a few surprises. But what she doesn’t expect is to find herself believing…in the strength of family, and the possibility of finding love again.”

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I can say, this book is perfect! At first I struggled with getting into the storyline but that was all my fault. Book slumps are real. After the first chapter I was hooked. Instantly I felt as though I was main character Kate. Not that I can relate with her but the effortless writing just has that effect on me.

Kate is struggling with a sister who stole her boyfriend and a boss that’s really a piece of work. All the while trying to plan a wedding for her best friend. While Kate struggles with what life has thrown her way, she still carries on with life like a champ. While planning the wedding for best friend, she finds herself befriending the best man Alec. Alec is everything Kate doesn’t want to get involved with but can she resist him?

Oh Charlotte, how could you do such a thing to your sister? While Charlotte has moved off to be with Kate’s ex she finds the grass isn’t so green, it’s actually quite dry and dead. Charlotte is trying to reach out to Kate to explain everything that’s happened since she’s moved away and to try to save their sister relationship. Secrets eventually must come out and Charlotte is busting at the seams with them.

I honestly loved Kate and this story. I feel anyone in their 20s-30s would love this book. It would also be the perfect book to give your bookworm maid of honor!!! It was an honor to be apart of “ONE WEEK TO THE WEDDING” blog tour and I look forward to many more books by Olivia Miles!!!

 

This read was easily a

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Be sure a purchase your copy here.

REVIEW: SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE by KRISTY WOODSON HARVEY — June 14, 2017

REVIEW: SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE by KRISTY WOODSON HARVEY

“Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she’d spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley.

Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley’s life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open.

Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart.”

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Let me cut to the chase and keep my SSOS review SIMPLE. This book gave me all the feels. Instantly i fell in love with Caroline and everything she stood for. She’s stubborn as nails but loving as can be. Caroline devotes herself to her family and this book shows you just that. When so much changes in her life she heads south. I mean, everything is better in the SOUTH! Not only is Caroline heading south so are her two sisters, Emmy and Sloane. I really loved getting to hear about their sibling love/hate relationship. Caroline is strong willed but has some hard decisions to make. After such embarrassment can she go back to her husband or will she move back to New York single?!

Ansley is a wonderful mother who with open arms opens her home and guest house for her children. Since being widowed and having her grown children out of the home Ansley has found her calling as a Interior designer. I enjoyed the back history of Ansley and her late husband Jack. Gosh did they have a bond and understanding like no other. We learn that Jack was unable to have children but wanted them so bad that he would do anything to have them. When Ainsley takes on a design job of redecorating a house boat she has no idea that it will lead her straight back to the arms of her past. This tale is straight from a book literally. Ainsley holds a lifetime full of secrets but how long can she keep them secrets with the past back in her life?!

The only things that I didn’t like about this book is that it had to end and now I’m left waiting for the next book to release. Needless to say, I’m a fan of the Peachtree Bluff Series and have been left longing for the next book. It also helps that author Kristy W. Harvey is a super amazing lady. So amazing that she sent me her manuscript (as pictures below) which she also signed. It is with great joy that I am able to write this review for her. Keep doing what you do Kristy, you’re amazing!!

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DOUBLE COVER REVEAL FOR KENNEDY FOX — June 12, 2017

DOUBLE COVER REVEAL FOR KENNEDY FOX

Title: Checkmate: This is Dangerous
Series: Checkmate Duet Series (Logan & Kayla, #1)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Second Chance Romance
Photographer & Designer: Sara Eirew
Release Date: July 11, 2017


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Introducing book 1 in the Logan & Kayla saga of the Checkmate series from a secret duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox! This second-chance romance will have you gasping and cheering this two on from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the final game?

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Logan Knight is a real life knight in shining armor.
A detective godsend in a sleek black suit has me thinking less than secretive thoughts. Brooding and mysterious, he’s the kind of guy every girl instantly notices. Between his seductive smirk and charming good looks, it’s no wonder I can’t help the way he makes me feel whenever I’m near him.
Too bad he’s unavailable—or so he says.

He thinks I’m a do-gooder who shouldn’t get involved with a guy like him. His past is messy and relationships just add to that. He insists the timing is all wrong and he’s devoted to his career, but I don’t buy that excuse for a second. I see the way his body tenses and his jaw ticks every time another guy is around me. He just won’t admit it, but I’m more determined than ever to show him what he’s missing.

I’m a devoted animal rescuer and I’ll risk everything to save them, but when a dramatic turn of events puts both our lives at risk, I’m positive Logan will write me off for good. But when he asks for my help with a personal crisis, I know it’s my last chance to finally show him I can handle anything he throws my way—messy past and all.

He might think he has me all figured out, but I’ll prove him wrong no matter what he thinks. This game of push and pull has me running in circles. One wrong move and we could both lose.

Checkmate, Knight.

*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*
**This is book 1 in the Logan & Kayla Saga–a second-chance romance. You don’t need to read any of the other Checkmate series to enjoy this one, but is always recommended as they are both introduced in the earlier books.**

Every part of my body is on fire, fueled by the electricity between Logan and me as his lips glide across the softness of mine. The low hum in my stomach aches when he pulls us apart, and I fight the urge to press my lips back to his.
His lips are red and swollen, probably just like mine are right now. I don’t know what got into him, but Logan and I have never, ever kissed before. Hell, we’ve slow danced before at weddings, but nothing this intimate—ever.
“I think that did the trick,” he finally says, catching his breath. Fred left over two minutes ago.
“Yeah, I think so.” I take a small step back, trying to act unaffected, but the hard beating in my chest gives me away. I know he feels it, too. I just don’t understand why he pretends he doesn’t. “Thanks for your help,” I say, breaking the tension.
“Anytime. It was fun watching him sweat.” He grins, rocking back and forth on his feet, gripping the coffee cup tight in his hand. He’s just as nervous as I am.
“Don’t you get enough of that at work?” I tease.
“Can never have enough.” He flashes a pleased smile.
“You do have some sick fetish for that, don’t you?”
“I do. Gets all my juices flowing,” he quips.
And just like that, we’re back to our platonic friendship as if the kiss never happened. However, the ache between my legs knows otherwise. It happened, and it was hot as hell.
“What are you doing on a dating website anyway?” he asks after I grab another cup of coffee and sit across from him at the table.
“How else am I supposed to meet guys?” I ask, although it’s really a rhetorical question. “Guys in bars just want sex and one-night stands. I have a strict no dating guys from work rule and everyone else is taken or just wants me to be apart of their menage a trois.”
His brows lift. “What kind of people are you hanging out with?”
I sigh. “This city literally has no available, decent, single men. I might as well just move to another planet. Like Pluto. Get as far away from here as possible.”
“Actually, Pluto isn’t a planet anymore,” he tells me matter-of-factly.
I blink, unamused. “Great. I can’t escape this damn city.”
He chuckles, and I only slightly hate that he finds my pathetic dating life entertaining. “You’re still young. No need to panic until you’re like…thirty.”
I grab a piece of his pastry and throw it at him. “You suck.” I scowl. “I’m twenty-six, which means I’m almost thirty, and almost thirty means I should be with the guy I’m planning on marrying. Otherwise, I’ll be forty, my looks will be gone, my boobs will have fallen to my feet, and I’ll have gray hair,” I ramble, knowing I’m over exaggerating, but right now it feels true. Every date is a disaster. More than the last.

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Title: Checkmate: This is Beautiful
Series: Checkmate Duet Series (Logan & Kayla, #2)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Release Date: September 12, 2017


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A secret duo of romance authors team up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox who share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!

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Q&A session with Marilyn Rothstein — June 11, 2017

Q&A session with Marilyn Rothstein

My review is in and you can find it here. I really loved reading “LIFT AND SEPARATE” and I’m excited to have the opportunity to have Marilyn Simon Rothstein on Book Blogging Momma. Marilyn possesses highbrow humor that will have you wishing you were that witty. Please enjoy our Q&A session, I sure did.

 

 

Q&A
Marilyn Simon Rothstein

Q1: The writing of this novel seems effortless, like it was meant to be on paper. Did it feel that way for you while writing?

A1: A great compliment! However, I write slowly and with effort. What’s more, most of writing is rewriting–then rewriting, tuning and tuning again. I can think about one sentence for a long time. I have been known to do this standing in front of my open fridge.

Q2:How do you take your coffee?

A2:In a cup—it’s less messy. I always add milk. My favorite is Carpe Diem Coffee, which I discovered while visiting Maine. I enjoy going to Starbucks for cappuccino. I don’t write there, but I like to read newspapers. I majored in journalism at NYU. I am addicted to The New York Times and I buy local newspapers wherever I go.

Q3:What is your advice for writing a first novel?

A3:Write—and join a writer’s workshop.

Q5:Who would you invite if you could have dinner with any writer in the world?

A5:I’d invite my eldest daughter, Sharyn Rothstein. She’s a TV writer as well as an award-winning playwright. I’m done bragging now.

Q6: What books are you reading?

A6: I’ve been busy writing, but when I have a chance to read I choose fiction by fellow Lake Union authors. We have a Facebook site called Lake Union Authors. Our first drawing was huge. The grand prize was fifty-four novels and a $150 Amazon gift certificate. One winner.

Q7: What was it like working for “Seventeen” magazine?

A7: Starting in seventh grade, I read the magazine every month. Remember how thick the August issues were? So, of course, I was thrilled to work there. I wrote features about home and food, fashion and beauty. I can still answer any question about acne.

Q8: Is your husband in the brassiere business?

A8: No. He does something that’s far more fun. He’s a Certified Public Accountant.

Q9: What’s something you hope readers take away from “Lift And Separate”?

A9: That at any age, summoning the strength to change and grow is possible.

Q10: Now that you published your book, can you tell us a bit more about your next book? Please tell me there is a next!

A10: My next novel appears in January 2018 from Lake Union Publishers and will be available for pre-order on Amazon. It’s the story of a woman starting a new life while her daughter is planning a wedding. I guarantee laughter.

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Hats off to this fabulous author. Marilyn is now one of my very favorite! Hurry up January 2018 because I’m eager for the next book.

You can purchase your own copy of “Lift and Separate” here.

 

*Huge thank you to Marilyn for being so kind to answer my many questions. You are seriously inspiring as a writer and a person.

Girl Boss .A Netflix Original. — May 28, 2017

Girl Boss .A Netflix Original.

Viewers Discretion Advised:

The following blog you are about to read could lead to binge watching of “Girl Boss”. It should be noted that there’s 13 episodes that are 30 minutes long & the pass by super fast. If you can handle this, please continue reading.

 

OK so typically I stick to book reviews but that changes NOW! I’m that girl who if not obsessing over a book is obsessing over the latest series on Netflix. Recently, I cancelled my Netflix because I was reading more and watching less of Netflix.  But I had just paid my subscription which means I have until June 14th to watch all I want. I figured I wouldn’t even watch anything but launched my Netflix app yesterday morning (10ish am to be exact) and clicked “Girl Boss”. Needless to say,  approximately 38 hours later and I’m on the last episode while searching for when season 2 will come out. None the less, coming to you guys at 1 am to tell you that you MUST watch the series.

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Girl Boss is about this bratty millennial Sophia (you may know this star, Britt  Robertson, from another series “Life Unexpected”) who doesn’t necessarily want to hold an actual job. Ya know, one with set hours, regular pay and/or health benefits. Instead Sophia wants to be her own boss on her own time. Sophia runs across a very vintage jacket which brings her over two grand when she listed on her first eBay auction. I’m already telling you too much but from this vintage sale becomes “NastyGal Vintage”.

 

Hold that thought because if I have your attention then you must head over to Netflix and watch the first episode!!! If you’ve watched the series, tell me what you thought. I could literally write about each episode but I must not spoil it for you. Go watch and come back to let me know your thoughts!!!!

Clear out the next 38 hours though because your about to binge watch “Girl Boss”!!!!!!

 

Xo,

a book blogging momma who sometimes watches Netflix series!

PS, look at this jacket though!!

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REVIEW: LIFT AND SEPARATE by MARILYN SIMON ROTHSTEIN — May 18, 2017

REVIEW: LIFT AND SEPARATE by MARILYN SIMON ROTHSTEIN

It’s with great pleasure that I was able to receive and review “Lift and Separate” by Marilyn Simon Rothstein. After picking this book up off my TBR pile I immediately regretted that I had waited so long to read it. “Lift and Separate” is effortlessly written and I look forward to many more books by Marilyn!

“Marcy Hammer’s life has been turned upside down. Her husband, the head of a global brassiere empire, didn’t think twice about leaving her after thirty-three years of marriage for a 32DD lingerie model. Now Harvey the Home-Wrecker is missing in action, but Marcy’s through thinking about what a cliché he is. What she needs now is a party-size bag of potato chips, a good support system, and a new dress.

Striking out on her own is difficult at first, but Marcy manages to find traces of humor in her heartbreak. Even while devastated by Harvey’s departure, she still has her indomitable spirit and her self-respect. She has no intention of falling apart, either, even when her adult children drop a few bombshells of their own and she discovers a secret about her new, once-in-a-lifetime friend. Life may be full of setbacks, but by lifting herself up by her own lacy straps, Marcy just may be able to handle them all.”

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Oh Marcy. I felt her pain as I read her story. Harvey, husband of 33 years who owns a bra company, tells on himself that he has had an affair with a barely legal fitting model. Marcy is righteously broken, irate and confused. Not only is Marcy having to deal with her failing marriage but she is also taking care of a sick mother. Marcy’s children are grown but still have adult issues. Like Elisabeth, Marcy’s daughter, dating a married man. While Marcy tries to explain all the repercussions her relationships could cause if she continues to see him. Because after all, look what it is doing to her parents. Marcy knows best.

I loved everything Marcy and despised everything Harvey. How could he even?? Just when you think he’s done enough damage he comes up with more. Leaving me really feeling for Marcy.

I loved this book so much. From the writing to the storyline everything was perfect! I would recommend this book a million times infinity. Please, I beg you, buy this book! You will not regret it!!!

My rating for “Lift and Separate” is definitely

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Stay tuned for more on author Marilyn Simon Rothstein!!!

Xoxo