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22 September 2014

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  Thirty-Two Going on... Spinster


  • Author: Becky Monson
  • Release Date: December 12, 2012
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance, Clean Read


Book Description:


Julia Dorning is a spinster, or at least on the road to becoming one. She has no social life, hates her job, and lives in her parent’s basement with her cat, Charlie.
 
With the arrival of Jared Moody, the new hire at work, Julia’s mundane life is suddenly turned upside down. Her instant (and totally ridiculous) crush on the new guy causes Julia to finally make some long-overdue changes, in hopes to find a life that includes more than baking and hanging out with Charlie.
 
But when the biggest and most unexpected change comes, will the new and improved Julia be able to overcome it? Or will she go back to her spinster ways?
 
 
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Praise for Thirty-Two Going on... Spinster:


"Oh my, oh my. I have just finished wiping the tears of laughter from my eyes. This is seriously funny." ~Julie Darley (Never judge a Book by its Movie)

"This was a refreshing change of pace for me to read. Some good clean romance was found in it’s pages and that is a rare find these days. It was some great chick-lit. I would not have thought this was Becky’s debut book, it was so well done." ~Liberty Ann (SnifferWalkBooks)









Main Entry: spin•ster 

Pronunciation: 'spin(t)-st&r

Function: noun

 

1: an unmarried woman of gentle family

2: an unmarried woman and especially one past the common age for marrying

3: a woman who seems unlikely to marry

 

It certainly shouldn’t come as a shock. I’ve always thought of myself as a recluse, a loner of sorts. Now I have a new title: spinster. I think I need some ice cream or an entire chocolate cake… or both.

I am a spinster… I am a spinster.  It’s true. I just looked it up in the dictionary, and there was a description of my life, in plain view:

 

1: an unmarried woman of gentle family.

 

I’m an unmarried woman of gentle family. Okay, so I’m not quite sure what is meant by “gentle family”.  I wouldn’t actually call my family “gentle”. More like obnoxious.  Still, I’m an unmarried woman who is part of a family, so that counts.

 

2: an unmarried woman and especially one past the common age for marrying.

 

I believe that I am past the common age for marrying.  I just turned thirty-two. What’s the going age for marriage now? Twenty-five? Twenty-six? It doesn’t matter because at the age of thirty-two, my clock is ticking. My doctor informed me of that last week, in fact. He actually told me that I seriously should consider finding someone and settling down and that my eggs “weren’t getting any younger”. Pretty harsh when you consider that I haven’t been on a proper date in over a decade, right? I seriously should find myself a new doctor, one who sugar-coats everything. I could use more sugar-coating in my life right now.

 

3: a woman who seems unlikely to marry.

 

This one has to be the worst of them all… a woman who seems unlikely to marry. That is so me.  I bet when people look at me, that’s what they’re thinking. I get that pity look all the time. The one where people tilt their head slightly to the side purse their lips and nod sadly at you.




Becky Monson Author Becky Monson


By day, Becky Monson is a mother of three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful time will last... But it probably won't. Becky runs a large book club on Facebook called "This Chick Reads".

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Life on Hold
 
 
  • Author: Beverly Stowe McClure
  • Release Date: June 20, 2013
  • Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance
 
 

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A paper found. A secret revealed. A girl’s life changed forever. Myra Gibson’s life is a lie. For sixteen years her parents have kept their secret, but the adoption paper she discovers while cleaning the guesthouse tells the truth. As the past and present collide, Myra finally stands up for herself and begins a journey she may regret.  
 
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All I can say is wow! Beverly Stowe McClure knocked this one out of the ballpark. The story of Myra and her search for the truth touched upon one of the fundamental needs of all children (and teens): the need for a father in their lives. -Darby Karchut, author of the Griffin Series and other books for tweens, teens, and adults.

McClure exhibits rare talent in this story which follows a young girl on her journey to discovery as she struggles to be true to herself in this compelling coming-of-age novel. -Children’s Literary Classics Book Reviews (Silver Medal Winner 2012)

Teen readers can easily relate to Myra's pain and rebellion. Part coming of age, part teen romance, "Life on Hold" is full of surprises. -Peggy Tibbetts, author, editor, and associate producer.  



Excerpt:


As we drove to my house, I gazed out the car window. The moon, hazy around the edges, hung in the sky. Stars smiled down. The evening with Jeremy had been fun, like before his trouble, before KW, before I defied my mother. I tried to hold the happiness of the past hours in my mind, but a sour lump clogged my throat. Shivering, I rubbed my arms. I was as bad as Rachel, thinking only of myself, unconcerned about my mother’s feelings, ignoring the fact she’d worry if she got home before I did.

“You want me to turn off the air conditioner?”

Jeremy’s voice startled me. My thoughts had wandered. Lately, the past kept intruding in my life, making it difficult to concentrate on the present. I looked at Jeremy, who was looking at me, a thin wrinkle between his eyes. “What?”

“You’ve got goose bumps.”

I stared at my arms. Tiny bumps dotted them, yet sweat dampened my palms. “I’m okay,” I said, as okay as I could be, considering I’d hung up on my mother, considering I was with Jeremy.

On the plus side, I was enjoying myself, except for the unwelcome phantom face haunting me every time I blinked ¾ KW. He would not go away. I wanted Dad to be my dad. He wasn’t, at least not my birth-dad. Since he wasn’t really my dad should I keep calling him Dad? Father? Or was Neil better? What about Stepfather? Why was it so hard to make decisions?


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Beverly Author Beverly Stowe McClure

Most of the time, you’ll find Beverly in front of her computer, writing the stories little voices whisper in her ear. When she’s not writing, she takes long walks and snaps pictures of clouds, wild flowers, birds and deer. She also enjoys visiting with her family and teaching a women’s Sunday school class at her church. To relax she plays the piano. Thank you, Mom, for making encouraging me to practice. Her cats do not appreciate good music and run when she tickles the ivories. She is affectionately known as the “Bug Lady” because she rescues butterflies, moths, walking sticks, and praying mantis from her cats. Beverly has several articles published in leading children’s magazines. Two of her stories have appeared in CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL Anthologies. She also has nine books for children and teens published, with four more under contract.


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A @Litfuse Review: All is Fair in Love and Cupcakes by @BetsyStAmant | A #FiveStar, Feel-Good #Contempiorary #Romance!

21 September 2014

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All's Fair in LOVE and Cupcakes


  • Author: Betsy St. Amant
  • Release Date: September 2, 2014
  • Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary Romance



Book Description:

Kat inspected rows of the same old cupcakes. They seemed to blink back at her, as if they knew she was capable of so much more.

Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.
At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie’s bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.

But when Lucas Brannen, Kat’s best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.

As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself—her—is suddenly in danger of slipping away.

The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat’s senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana.


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Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana with her young daughter and has a heart for sharing the amazing news of God's grace through her novels. A freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not reading, writing, or singing along to a Disney soundtrack with her daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing.












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Somewhere along the way, one batch of cupcakes along the way, he'd tripped right over the label of Best Friends they'd worn the majority of their teen years and landed upside down on the field of Love. - All is Fair in LOVE and Cupcakes

I loved so much about this book. I could really relate to Kat Varland. She loved baking outside of the box, making new cupcake creations of the gourmet variety. Her Aunt's bakery, "Sweet Pies", is Kat's only public outlet for her creativity. Unfortunately, her Aunt Maggie only believes in strawberry, chocolate and vanilla. Kat has a talent that's far-reaching but she has a problem believing she has what it takes. She is her own worst critic and, in that, I can relate. I loved Kat. Her sweet personality and the constant war she waged within herself made her a very lovable character.

I have to say that Lucas Brannen is one of those perfect heroes in a story that you fall in love with just a little. You don't mean to but you just can't help it. He was a good guy. He had loved Kat for years, unknowingly to her, and he was her biggest cheerleader. He pushed her to do things she would never have done otherwise and helped her celebrate her successes. Lucas is my kind of leading man.

I really love this book all the way around. The storyline is engaging and the characters are the kind you want to revisit. It has enough character to stretch for miles--the small town feel of Bayou Bend, Aunt Maggie's little bakery and the string of loyal, regular customers that are dedicated to her "plain" cupcakes, Kat's father being a pastor and her sister competing in beauty pageants, Lucas the football coach at the local high school. Every body knows everybody in Bayou Bend. I fell in love with the town and it's amazing characters because that's my kind of place.

I love the easy romance between Kat and Lucas. They have been best friends since their school days so they are relaxed around each other even though both are feelings things the other knows nothing about. You could feel the chemistry and it made for an explosive combination. It's also the perfect blend of light-hearted and serious. It has a fun and flirty edge but Kat deals with some deep rooted personal issues as well. The icing on the cake (no pun intended) is the Christianity lightly woven into the mix. It's in no way over done but a very light sprinkling all throughout the pages (like the sprinkles on a cupcake!) so that you know it's there but you don't feel overwhelmed by it. And, I think, that makes a perfect story!

I have never read a book by Betsy St. Amant and, after reading All is a Fair in LOVE and Cupcakes, I feel I have been missing out. Her talent for writing pours out each time you turn a page because she weaves the perfect story like only a handful of other authors I am crazy about. She is definitely on my list of "Must Read" authors and I am looking forward to her next book! If you love contemporary romance with a little "zing", you'll love All is Fair in LOVE and Cupcakes! It's a five star PLUS read for me and I recommend it very highly!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher for my honest opinion and no monetary compensation was received.


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Up Close & Personal with #Author Rosie Somers (@ProsyRosie) from @AnaiahPress | Enter to #Win a #GiftCard!

20 September 2014



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PRIDE by Rosie Somers
Surge, Anaiah Press
Release Date: September 9, 2014


 

Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Gabriella Pierce is used to taking care of herself, but she’s about to become responsible for a whole lot more. When she gets a visit from three men claiming to be defenders of fantastical rings imbued with the powers of THE CARDINAL SINS, her life is changed irrevocably.

Gabby is the steward of PRIDE

To make matters worse, she’s falling hard for fellow steward, Grant Barnett, and he hates her guts. Now Gabby has to learn to protect Pride without letting her feelings for Grant get in the way.
 

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Five Things You May Not Know About Me

 


 

I’m a bit of an open book, so there isn’t a whole lot people don’t know about me. But I’m going to give this list a go anyway.
 
1)   I have a soft spot for rescue animals. The quickest way to tug at my heartstrings is with a sad, homeless, puppy dog (or kitty cat) face. We have four animals -- two dogs and two cats). One of our dogs and one of our cats were rescues I took in when they were abandoned or their owners were no longer able to care for them. Our other dog and cat are children of our other animals, born and raised in our home/family.
2)    I involve my family in my attempts to rescue animals. My mother is now the not-so-proud owner of a fat, ornery, man-hating chihuahua because the dog needed a home and I couldn’t take in another animal. The poor girl was dropped off at an animal clinic with a broken jaw; her owners signed her over rather than pay the vet fees. If someone hadn’t offered to take responsibility for her, she was going to have to be put down that very evening. Obviously, I couldn’t let that happen -- even though it meant driving 3 hours round trip. And convincing my mother she needed a little companion.
3)    I’m a neat freak, but my husband does most of the house work.  God bless my husband; I would be lost without him. The man knows how to take care of a woman. He cooks; he cleans; he brings me breakfast in bed. I’ve never been a big fan of housework, and for the most part, I don’t really have to do much around the house. I definitely got the good end of the marriage stick.
4)    I sometimes consider becoming Amish -- or moving to the Quiet Zone. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology. I mean, my whole job exists because of technology. But sometimes I wish for a simpler way of life: when communities were small and friendly and people spent more time face to face than staring down the business end of a computer screen.
5)    I’m a sucker for romantic movies, especially those from the early 2000’s. I sometimes binge-watch RomComs, and I make my husband participate in my RomCom marathons.
 
Well, that’s basically it. Oh, and just for fun, I’ll add fact number 6: I often wish I were much more interesting than I actually am. I guess that’s why I write fiction.
 

 



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Rosie Somers is a YA author who lives in Florida, soaking up the year round sunshine. She can often be found in her favourite spot on her favourite beach, nose-deep in a good book.

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@ClashOfTitles Turns FOUR Years Old! | FOUR Amazing #Giveaways | Sixty-One #Books and FOUR #Winners!

19 September 2014

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Happy Birthday,
Clash of the Titles!

Can you believe Clash of the Titles is FOUR years old?
It hardly seems possible.

Four years ago this month, COTT's arena opened for its first Clash, and it's been going strong ever since! Hundreds of Christian authors have competed, and 58 have left victorious. Each author has earned a special place in our hearts, and we at COTT find it an immense privilege to promote Christ through their work.

Join us this week as both COTT champs and COTT staff celebrate these four, amazing years together!

Over the next four days, our generous champions will be giving away 61 of their books.

Sixty-one!

We've divided those books into four giveaways--one for each year God has blessed us!
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Each participant has myriad opportunities to enter the four drawings,
but there will only be FOUR WINNERS.
Will you be one of them??

Find out at Clash of the Titles on Tuesday, September 23rd!

Drawings will be open until Monday night,
September 22 (midnight PST).

Until then, it's free rein on entries.
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