Book Review & Blog tour: To Be Honest by TC Booth #Giveaway

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This is my stop during the book blitz for To Be Honest. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 21 till 27 July, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

To Be HonestTo Be Honest
By TC Booth
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: July 21, 2015

Blurb:
A freak accident left Starla Emerson with a deformed hand, low self-esteem, and a need to fade into the background. However, she finds it impossible to be invisible at her new high school where she is pushed front and center by a behind the scenes internet bully.

She joins forces with newfound friends to launch a counter attack in order to expose the cyber bully, aka grizzlygirl2015. Part of the plan involves the school’s bad boy Chase McFall. Star feels more for this golden eyed boy than she should as the plan progresses.

The plan backfires and lands Star in a mountain of trouble. Will she have the courage to be honest about her part in the plan and her true feelings for Chase? Or will she be left heartbroken? Once the truth is out…there’s no turning back.

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Heroes by Alesso and Tove Lo
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My Review

To Be Honest by T.C. Booth, is an inspirational story to me. I like that it is a Teen/Young Adult, Clean story. Something that can be hard to find. I loved that it focused on Starla, and the fact that she looks different because of an accident. High school can be hard enough without looking different. I loved that she has a strong family and she is a smart girl. The fact that her parents have to the move  family when she is 17 years old to a new high school away from her friends, is hard, takes courage and Starla managed to meet new friends.

I am also impressed how the cyber-bulling came up and how that was dealt with.  I did love the other characters in the book. How they all wanted to help Starla. There is so much good in this story, and also showing the diversity and the sameness of others.  I laughed and cried while reading this story, It is a great story to read.

I did receive this book in an exchange for and honest review.

About the Author:
TC Booth was born and raised in a small town in Northeast Ohio where she currently teaches. She lives with her husband and four children ranging in ages from 13-23. Her pets include one dog named Sammy, and two cats- Sheldon and Sasha.

TC Booth views books as the best form of entertainment and her escape for life’s stresses. She prefers reading a book over watching a movie, and writing over almost any other way to spend her time.

When not attending her children’s sporting events and running them around, you’ll see her writing on her laptop, iPad, and even jotting ideas down on her phone apps.

She enjoys the escape from the adult universe into the adolescent world. The passion in which young people experience life is contagious and the driving force of her writing.

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– Signed e-copies of To Be Honest by TC Booth
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Release Day Blitz: Murder, Mystery and Dating Mayhem by D. E Haggerty #Giveaway

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Book Title: Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem
Author: D.E. Haggerty
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: March 1, 2015
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Book Blurb

My name is Izzy. I drink too much, am clumsier than a newborn foal, and my brain-to-mouth filter often malfunctions. My daredevil husband killed himself in a parachuting accident five years ago and my best friend Jack has decided it’s time I jump back in the dating pool. He’s perfectly happy to throw me in if I don’t listen. Just when things in the dating world start to heat up, my grandma dies. Only her knitting group of Jessica Fletcher wannabes is sure it’s murder. I’m not convinced but I’m always up for a bit of excitement as long as it doesn’t lead to a night in jail. Well, more than one night anyway. Will I miss my chance at love because I’m chasing imaginary killers? Did someone really kill grandma or am I and my merry band of geriatric thieves imagining things?

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The driveway is full of older, American-built cars resembling boats in size. That can only mean one thing – grandma’s hosting this week’s knitting club get together. The knitting club is actually just a bunch of grandma’s closest friends who, like grandma, are widowed and have no or little family in the area. I take a deep breathe to fortify myself as I get out of my car, wondering if the ladies have started getting wild yet. It sounds like a joke, a bunch of seventy-year-olds going out of control, but it’s no lie. These ladies turned off their brain-to-mouth filters decades ago and they say the darndest things – most of which makes me laugh until my stomach aches.

“Helllooo!” I yell as I walk into the house without knocking. If you want to avoid being hit by a rolling pin, you don’t knock at grandma’s house. Family doesn’t knock she’ll yell as she hits you. For an old lady, she can hit hard!

“Back here my darling girl.” I follow the voice to the screened porch at the rear of the house, which has a view over the rolling hills that are part of grandma’s land. Another thing I covet about this house. Coveting isn’t one of the seven deadly sins, is it? Otherwise, I’m in big trouble here.

The porch is full of elderly women knitting and babbling away. Their chattering voices halt as I enter. “Hi Izzy,” they yell in unison. I smile at each of them and walk over to give grandma a kiss on the cheek.

“Get yourself an iced tea girl and then come sit with us.”

After I get myself a drink and refill everyone else’s glasses, I sit down on the footstool at grandma’s feet and start to untangle some of her yarn. Grandma has arthritis in her hands, which means she doesn’t knit much anymore. She needs to concentrate and doesn’t gab like the other ladies. After a few minutes, she takes a break and puts down her needles with a sigh.

“Where’s Jack?” she asks. I shrug in response.

“You really should marry that boy before someone else does.” I snicker. We’ve had this conversation a million times before.

“Grandma,” I explain – again. “Jack’s gay.”

“So he’s happy. That’s a good thing for a husband.” I swear she’s deliberately obtuse.

“Not happy. Ho-mo-sex-u-al.” I speak slowly to make my point. I don’t know why I bother. This is probably the billionth time we’ve had this conversation. Grandma is perfectly aware that Jack’s gay, but she does love to tease – the old bat!

Grandma waves her hands in dismissal. “I’m sure it’s just a phase. Your pretty face could convince him otherwise.”

I snort, which causes grandma to give me a dirty look. Young ladies do not snort. Never mind that I’m not young or a lady. “I’ve tried that already. Trust me, it was a disaster.” I can feel my face burning. Being reminded of my ‘Jack humiliation’ two days in a row does nothing for my self-esteem.

The other ladies agree with grandma. “Oh but Jack’s sooo handsome.” That’s Betty. The ringleader of the old lady posse if there ever was one.

“I wouldn’t mind trying to convince him to give the ladies a try.” Rosemary chimes in.

“He can eat crackers in my bed any time.” Martha sighs with a faraway looks in her eyes.

And finally Rose gives her two cents. “Such a fine buttocks on him.”

I laugh at the audacity of these ladies, the youngest of whom can’t be a day less than seventy. Only Ally remains quiet. Not because she wouldn’t take a stab at Jack should the opportunity present itself, but because she’s shy when in a group.

Interview

An Interview with Izzy, the protagonist of Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem

  1. In three sentences, tell us about your story.

It all starts when my bestie Jack basically throws me back into the dating pool. I’m fudging that up nicely when my grandma dies. Her crew of knitting buddies are convinced she was murdered and all of a sudden I’m caught up in a mystery. But that doesn’t mean that Jack or the knitting crew turned detectives leave me alone about finding a man. Oh no, they’re determined to catch a killer and find me love. Oops! That was like way more than three sentences.

  1. Are you the hero of your story?

I’m totally the hero of my own story. Okay maybe my detective boyfriend helped out a bit. And well I can’t not thank the Jessica Fletcher wannabes for their help. Maybe Jack helped as well. Okay, fine, I’m not the hero of my own story, but I definitely played a major part, didn’t I?

  1. It sounds like your story could have some conflict in it. Do you embrace or run from conflict?

Is there any way to say yes that doesn’t make me sound like a drama queen?

  1. Since the ladies and Jack are trying to find you a partner, it’s fair to ask – what is the quality you most desire in a man?

The direct opposite of my first husband would be a good place to start. Oh that’s sounds really catty. I loved Ryan, really I did, but it’s hard to stay in love with someone who puts getting his next thrill before taking care of his wife. So I’m going to say that thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies need not apply.

  1. How did you get mixed up with the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives?

Before my adventure started, the so-called detectives were part of my grandma’s knitting club. Since I was really close to my grandma, I knew all of them. After grandma died and they decided it was murder, they insinuated themselves into my life and now I can’t live without them. They’re my family. By the way, you really shouldn’t call them detectives. It only encourages them.

  1. Do you find your true love in your story?

If I tell you, will you still read my story? Is it enough to say there is a happy ending?

  1. What’s next for Izzy?

I started volunteering with this local environmental group. Except for what I learned about conservation during my recent adventures, I know next to nothing about the environment, so I usually stick to what I do know – graphic design. When I first met the group, they kinda freaked me out with how nice and enthusiastic they were. In the meantime I’ve grown to like the volunteers, although I still won’t be hugging any of them.

 

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Wow this book was a lot of fun to read. The characters are a hoot!! I love Izzy quirky attitude and the way she thinks, she is strong willed and does what she wants to do. She has her Gay BFF who looks after her, trying to find her the right man. Takes her to speed dating, not something she wants to do. She meets Noel, a police detective and goes on a date, well if you would call it that, embarrassing. You of course will have to read the book to find out what happened.  She has a really awesome Grandma, by marriage, her first husband’s Grandma and well Izzy and she got a long great until she dies. Everyone thinks it is a heart attack. Izzy doesn’t fall for that, she knows something is up, but no one believes her.  So she starts snooping around with Grandma’s friends to find out what happened.

Great story, reads to me like a cozy mystery, if you love cozy mysteries then you will love this book. The characters were fun and interesting. Lots of interesting things happen to Izzy, she has to find out the truth.

 

Praise

“If you are a fan of Victoria Laurie or Janet Evanovich, you’ll probably enjoy this book. The writer has a conversational tone and the main character, Izzy, has an inner monologue that is humorous all the way through the story.”

~ Amazon Reviewer

“4 Quirky, Fun and Highly Enjoyable! If you are in the mood for a good bit of fun, a light-hearted laugh and the story of a clumsy widower, with loads of friends who mean well, then this book should be next on your reading list. I highly recommend this book if you are in the mood for a romantic comedy that is slightly out of the ordinary. It is addicting and highly enjoyable!”

~ Amazon Reviewer

Funny, clean, and suspenseful. The perfect combination! Haggerty’s style of writing is engaging and witty. This book is a wonderful read, and I’d definitely recommend it to anybody looking for a good, funny whodunit book that rivals the likes of Agatha Christie.

~ Amazon Reviewer

Light-hearted romance with touch of suspense! This book was full of laughs. Loved the quirky Izzy, her gay friend Jack, and the grey haired old lady brigade. This book was full of hilarious comedy and all the different characters gave it lots life, with a touch of suspense. You will love it!”

~ Paula of Harps Romance Book Review

Must Read for Mystery Lovers. Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem was such a fun read. If you enjoy murder mysteries with a huge helping of humor, Izzy is going to soon become your favorite character!”

~ Amazon Reviewer

Meet the Author

I was born and raised in Wisconsin, but think I’m a European. After spending my senior year of high school in Germany, I developed a bad case of wanderlust that is yet to be cured. My flying Dutch husband and I have lived in Ohio, Virginia, the Netherlands, Germany and now Istanbul. We still haven’t decided if we want to settle down somewhere – let alone where. I’m leaning towards somewhere I can learn to surf even though the hubby thinks that’s a less than sound way to decide where to live. Although I’ve been a military policewoman, a commercial lawyer, and a B&B owner, I think with writing I may have finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up. That’s assuming I ever grow up, of course. Between tennis, running, traveling, singing off tune, drinking entirely too many adult beverages, and reading books like they are going out of style, I write articles for a local expat magazine and various websites, review other indie authors’ books, write a blog about whatever comes to mind and am working on my sixth book.

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Cover Reveal: Tribulation and Truths (Chastity Falls Series Book 3) by L.A Cotton #Sale

 

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Title: Tribulation and Truths (Chastity Falls Series Book 3)

Author: L.A. Cotton

Genre: New Adult/Contemporary

Pre-Order Date: August 6th

Release Date: August 20th

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When Ana revealed her suspicions to Jackson about the circumstances surrounding his father’s death, she never expected it to be the catalyst for a series of events that could change everything. It was supposed to save him, not push him away. But now Ana is left watching the person she loves more than anything, lose himself to vengeance.

Jackson has spent most of his life loyal to the man he calls Uncle. But since learning that Marcus Donohue might have been responsible for the death of his father, Jackson is consumed with the need for revenge. Even if it means hurting the people he loves, and going against everything he believes in, to uncover what happened.

Will the truth finally set Jackson free or will it ruin his last chance at happiness with Ana… and a life out from under the shadows of the Donohues?

Tribulations will be overcome, truths will be revealed. Welcome to Chastity Falls.

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L.A is author of the Fate’s Love Series and Chastity Falls Series. Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time mum to two little people with writing. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L. A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.

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“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Book Review: Try a New Genre and WIN

TRY A NEW GENRE reminder

On July 2nd, we launched the Take a Walk on the Wild Side – Try a New Genre & Win contest. There are only two weeks to go, so while there is still time to take part, you need to get reading!

We started out with 200 books to giveaway, so first check the FB group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/311838205606591/) to see if there are any copies left, but if not, you can still participate, by finding a new-to-you genre book at the library, borrow one from a friend, or support one of the great authors sponsoring this contest. Read below to see how it all works. If you already know, and are participating, this is just a reminder that there are only 14 days left. And don’t forget, the person who participates the most on the Facebook group wins a $50 gift card. Go on, be a chatterbox! 🙂

How It Works

PERSUADE US . . .

We’re all different and what we like to read is no exception. However, sometimes it’s fun to change things up a bit and try something new. We’re going to help with that, by giving the first 200 lucky readers to ask us an ebook for free. All we ask is that the book they request is in a genre they don’t read, or read a long time ago and drifted out of.

Each participating author will offer ten books for free (we’ll give you a list of what’s available). But if you don’t manage to get in fast enough and there aren’t any books left, don’t worry, you’re still eligible for the Take a Walk on the Wild Side contest. Find a book in a new-to-you genre, whether at the library, from a friend, or if you want to support the wonderful authors involved in this contest by buying one of their books, so much the better!

Read the book—the contest runs for four weeks, so you’ve got time—then write a paragraph on the contest’s Facebook group about what surprised and delighted you about the genre you just read. You can also include a short paragraph on the genre you usually read and why you love it. Help convince other readers to give a new genre a try!

We’re going to encourage people to like the paragraphs that inspired them to read a new genre, and the five entries with the most likes will go to a well-known book blogger (with names redacted) to choose the winner of the $200 gift card.

BE A CHATTERBOX . . .

This is one place where being a chatterbox will get you sent to the top of the class, not to detention. We want people talking about the books they’re reading, swopping recommendations, and generally connecting over new genres, so we’ve got a $50 gift card prize to the person who interacts the most on the Facebook group.

Good luck, everyone, this is going to be a lot of fun!

And here are the amazing authors involved in sponsoring this contest:

Marilyn Brant
Robin Bielman
Kelsey Browning
Zoe Dawson
Michelle Diener
Cynthia Eden
Jennifer Estep
Misty Evans
Maggie Mae Gallagher
Lori Handeland
Mary Hughes
Shona Husk
Rachel Johns
Dale Mayer
Nancy Naigle
Christina Phillips
Edie Ramer
Elle J Rossi
Barbara Samuel
Therese Walsh

We’ll be posting a profile on each author and the books they have made eligible for the giveaway on the Read a New Genre Facebook group. As stated above, the first 200 people to request the books on offer will get them for free, thereafter, participants will have to source their own books, either from the library, a friend, or if they’d like to support one of the authors sponsoring this contest, so much the better! Only one free book request per person, so as many readers as possible can benefit.

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Book Review: Inspirational Pictures Quotes about Happiness by Gabi Rupp

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Inspirational Picture Quotes about Happiness

Synopsis

Happiness is a choice not a faith. It is the sum of our daily thoughts and actions. Newest scientific research proves that happiness can be trained.

Gabi Rupp invites you with lovely inspirational picture quotes to find happiness within yourself and push you to be a better version of you. This is a heartwarming book to always carry with you and cherish to be there whenever you need to be uplifted. Featuring 80 handpicked words of wisdom about being happy, in vibrant full color, this book belongs on every quote lover’s desktop.

Review

I always love to read a good quote, and I loved these quotes in this book. The quotes are presented nicely and readable. Each page has a couple of quotes that are set in a beautiful background picture to go with the quotes.

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About the author

Author Gabi Rupp is a dynamic professional whose greatest desire is helping others achieve healthier lifestyles.

She spent more than a decade working as a marketing executive before founding LeanJumpStart and creating the 52 Week Clean Eating Challenge where she uses science and realistic methods to encourage others to get in shape and maintain their new healthy habits.

In addition to running her business, she has published 52 Chef Habits, Inspirational Picture Quotes about Happiness, Picture Quotes, Picture Quotes about Friendship, Picture Quotes about Hope and her newest release “Inspirational Picture Quotes about Gratitude”.

Gabi and her family reside in a little German town near the Black Forest. Please visit http://leanjumpstart.comI love this quote, Diana
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Author Spotlight: Rich Amooi-Kissing Frogs #Giveaway

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Book Title: Kissing Frogs
Author: Rich Amooi
Genre: Romance/Romantic Comedy
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Summer is finally here and Geography teacher Sara Larson has exactly one month to find the perfect date for the wedding of a high school rival. The odds seem stacked against her, but the last thing she wants is to sit at the kids’ table again. Or even worse, the singles’ table. While trudging through an assortment of certified losers, Sara fights her attraction towards Ian, the irresistible guy next door.

Art teacher Ian McBride has a dream of opening his own gallery, but for now he’s focused on sculpting a gift for his grandparents’ 50th anniversary and enjoying a relaxing summer. However, Ian is blind-sided when crazy, beautiful Sara and her giant dog move in next door and rock his world. Too bad she wants nothing to do with him.

How can Sara avoid the attraction that sizzles between them and stick to her rule of not dating neighbors? As far as Ian’s concerned, the prince Sara is looking for is right under her nose. And one kiss just might change everything.

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Poor bastard.Sara Larson’s new neighbor

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Rich Amooi is a former Silicon Valley radio personality and wedding DJ who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is happily married to a kiss monster and has a hairy golden retriever/lab mix that likes to eat carrots, tuna, and Manchego cheese imported from Spain.

He believes (Rich, not the dog) in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

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