#BookReview – Ivy Secrets by Jean Stone – The Examiner gives the full scoop!
ON sale now – Ivy Secrets by Jean Stone is a dramatic, suspenseful novel that weaves together the lives of three young women with a closely guarded secret that puts a teenage girl in jeopardy. Here’s what The Examiner had to say – enjoy!!
Sometimes book reviews zero-in on one aspect of a book which is most prominent to the reader. Ivy Secrets by Jean Stone is one book in which the reader can do just that.
Ivy Secrets by Jean Stone is about three women who met at a New England college and are from different backgrounds; Charlie – the poor girl from the other side of the tracks, Tess – the artist with an inferiority complex, and Marina – the beautiful princess from the small country of Novokia who wishes for an ordinary life. The book follows these three friends who during college and into their adult lives kept a closely guarded secret. However, fifteen years later they reunite as the truth behind their secret began to unravel. Read more
A Life List with A Life Lesson: Lori Nelson Spielman on Finding “Mr. Perfect”
It’s no secret: The idea for my novel, The Life List, was sparked by an abandoned life list I’d written when I was a teen. But what most people don’t know is that I also wrote another list, eight years later, when I was 22. Cheerleading and good grades didn’t make the cut this time around. Instead, I’d written 18 serious goals, things I hoped to carry with me for the rest of my life. Read more
A 20-Book Valentine’s Day Giveaway!
Love Valentine’s Day? So do these authors!
Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Four Ms. Bradwells, The Wednesday Sisters, and the forthcoming Wednesday Daughters, has partnered with twenty of her writer friends to offer this fabulous Valentine’s Day promotion.
WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of STARTING NOW by Debbie Macomber!
This week we’re giving away 10 copies of STARTING NOW by Debbie Macomber, a return to Seattle’s beloved Blossom Street in this heartfelt tale of friendship, renewal, and discovering what’s truly important in life. Winners will be emailed this Friday, so enter to win below!
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New Release: The Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel
About the book:
Every woman makes choices. And no one has made more difficult choices than Olivia Grayson. The enormously successful businesswoman missed out on much of her children’s lives while she built her legendary home-furnishings empire. In Danielle Steel’s character-rich new novel, Olivia faces the past, tries to balance the present, and makes amends where due, while still running her vastly successful business. Read more
Book Review by Janet Webb, The Inn at Rose Harbor
Debbie Macomber always writes a story that keeps on giving – I really enjoyed Janet’s post & hope you do to. Happy Reading!!
Whew, at last it’s September, and life can get back into a regular routine. Time to crack open the covers of new books by favorite authors. High on my list of tried and true authors is Debbie Macomber because she takes me to a very familiar place, a guaranteed escape for a few hours. As she says on her website, “Wherever you are, Debbie takes you home …”. Read more
What happened to my sister? – this story will move you.
“A storytelling triumph about the meaning of family — ultimately a wondrously uplifting tale of hope and redemption starring a main character who is quite simply unforgettable.” – Bookreporter.com
This stand-alone, follow-up to Me & Emma is a dazzling novel of two unforgettable families bound together by their deepest secrets and haunted pasts—perfect for fans not only of Me & Emma but also Ellen Foster and The Lovely Bones. Read more
The Memory Thief – a new release you won’t want to miss
In Emily Colin’s exquisite debut novel, perfect for the fans of Kristin Hannah, one man’s vow to his wife sparks a remarkable journey that tests the pull of memory and reaffirms the bonds of love. With a quote like this how can you pass up this book – “Dazzlingly original and as haunting as a dream, Emily Colin’s mesmerizing debut explores the way memory, love, and great loss bind our lives together in ways we might never expect. From its audacious opening to its knockout last pages, I was enthralled.”—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You” Read more
Wife 22, a book every woman should read + Today’s giveaway!
For fans of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary and Allison Pearson’s I Don’t Know How She Does It comes an irresistible novel of a woman losing herself . . . and finding herself again . . . in the middle of her life.
About the story . . . Read more
I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER Giveaway: Winners!
And the winners are:
Shelley B. from Morris, AL
Lisa B. from Filion, MI
Shirley R. from Rosharon Texas
Dottie L. from Mount Laurel NJ
Allie M. from North Port, FL
Amy P. from Santa Ana, CA
Sherie L. from Baton Rouge, LA
Brandi O. from Huntsville, TX
Audrey S. from Waukesha, WI
Michelle S. from Honolulu, HI
Patti P. from Elk Grove Village, IL
Donna S. from St Louis, MO
Barbara E. from Orlando, FL
Roberta D. from Rochester, MN
Catherine L. from Leland, NC
Kerrie D. from Matteson, IL
Barbara A. from Clearwater, FL
Sara L. from Fairborn, OH
Rachel H. from Oakley, CA
Connie F. from Fort Myers, FL
Trudy C. from Tecumseh, MI
Carole F. from Crawfordville, FL.
Donna S. from Philadelphia, PA
Wendy C. from Vienna, VA
Congratulations to all of our winners, and thanks to everyone who entered. Even if today wasn’t your lucky day, we hope you enjoy the excerpt below. Remember, I’ve Got Your Number will be on sale everywhere on Valentine’s Day (February 14th), but you can preorder your copy today!
Winners on Romance At Random
Winners on Romance At Random
Hi everyone! Thanks again for blogging with us this week — winners are below & if you are one, please send your snail mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get you your book! Or email if you prefer a digital copy. Authors that may have offered a giveaway during the week will post their winners on those posts in the comment section — so take a look to see if you’re included!
Congrats to all:
Check out our book list to see what is on sale this week click here
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All the best for a safe New Year! Stop by this week & increase your chances to win – Happy Romance, SueG
Chick lit and women’s fiction is there a difference? Plus – Giveaway!
Chick lit is geared more towards younger, college-aged women. Even the covers of these books are brighter and appeal to the younger crowd. These type novels are meant for entertainment purposes only. It’s not intended for the reader to walk away with some lesson that they could use in their own life. No, this type of novel is just to keep the reader engaged and entertained.
Women’s fiction tends to be for the more mature woman who’s ready to roll up her sleeves and get into a story – a story in which she could possibly gain lessons and apply those lessons to her own life. It doesn’t really matter that the story is fiction.
Today, there tends to be a merging of these two sub-genres. Whether its chick lit or women’s fiction – women love reading stories about women’s issues – marriage, divorce, best friend squabbles, raising children, starting over, forgiveness, etc. It doesn’t matter if the targeted reader is twenty-four or forty-four, we all have the same issues, right? So why not mix the two together, add a level of entertainment while still being able to draw a lesson from a novel that you’ve read. That’s what I strive for in my novels. I think it’s important as an author to keep the story interesting so as not to lose your reader with just a bunch of boring lessons. After all, people read to be entertained. To escape reality. To get away.
For discussion: What was the last chick lit novel you’ve read? Do you think women’s fiction and chick lit are one in the same? Or do you prefer one genre over the other?
I’m choosing one lucky commenter to receive a copy of my novel, Another Man’s Treasure.
Tina Martin is the author of Another Man’s Treasure, Secrets On Lake Drive and the forthcoming, The Baby Daddy Interviews. You can visit her at www.tinamartinbooks.com.
Happy Birthday! By Danielle Steel
On sale now – buy here
In this beguiling new novel, Danielle Steel tells the story of three very different people, each of whom, on the same day, reaches a crucial turning point in life—a rite both bittersweet and full of hope, a time to blow out the candles, say goodbye to the past, and make a wish for the future.
Valerie Wyatt is the queen of gracious living and the arbiter of taste. Since her long-ago divorce, she’s worked hard to reach the pinnacle of her profession and to create a camera-ready life in her Fifth Avenue penthouse. So why is she so depressed? All the hours with her personal trainer, the careful work of New York’s best hairdressers, cosmetic surgeons, and her own God-given bone structure and great looks can’t fudge the truth or her lies about it: Valerie is turning sixty.
Valerie’s daughter, April, has no love life, no rest, and no prospect of that changing in the foreseeable future. Her popular one-of-a-kind restaurant in downtown New York, where she is chef and owner, consumes every ounce of her attention and energy. Ready or not, though, April’s life is about to change, in a tumultuous transformation that begins the morning it hits her: She’s thirty. And what does she have to show for it? A restaurant, no man, no kids.
Jack Adams once threw a football like a guided missile. Twelve years after retiring from the NFL, he is the most charismatic sports analyst on TV, a man who has his pick of the most desirable twentysomething women. But after a particularly memorable Halloween party, Jack wakes up on his fiftieth birthday, his back thrown out of whack, feeling every year his age.
A terrifying act of violence, an out-of-the-blue blessing, and two extremely unlikely love affairs soon turn lives inside out and upside down. In a novel brimming with warmth and insight, beginning on one birthday and ending on another, Valerie, April, and Jack discover that life itself can be a celebration—and that its greatest gifts are always a surprise.