Thursday, April 19, 2018

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Weisberger returns with a novel starring one of her favorite characters from The Devil Wears Prada—Emily Charlton, first assistant to Miranda Priestly, now a highly successful image consultant who’s just landed the client of a lifetime.

Welcome to Greenwich, CT, where the lawns and the women are perfectly manicured, the Tito’s and sodas are extra strong, and everyone has something to say about the infamous new neighbor.

Let’s be clear: Emily Charlton, Miranda Priestly’s ex-assistant, does not do the suburbs. She’s working in Hollywood as an image consultant to the stars, but recently, Emily’s lost a few clients. She’s hopeless with social media. The new guard is nipping at her heels. She needs a big opportunity, and she needs it now.

Karolina Hartwell is as A-list as they come. She’s the former face of L’Oreal. A mega-supermodel recognized the world over. And now, the gorgeous wife of the newly elected senator from New York, Graham, who also has his eye on the presidency. It’s all very Kennedy-esque, right down to the public philandering and Karolina’s arrest for a DUI—with a Suburban full of other people’s children.

Miriam is the link between them. Until recently she was a partner at one of Manhattan’s most prestigious law firms. But when Miriam moves to Greenwich and takes time off to spend with her children, she never could have predicted that being stay-at-home mom in an uber-wealthy town could have more pitfalls than a stressful legal career.

Emily, Karolina, and Miriam make an unlikely trio, but they desperately need each other. Together, they’ll navigate the social landmines of life in America’s favorite suburb on steroids, revealing the truths—and the lies—that simmer just below the glittering surface. With her signature biting style, Lauren Weisberger offers a dazzling look into another sexy, over-the-top world, where nothing is as it appears.

My Thoughts
Amazing!  Loved it!  Can't say enough great things!  I won't lie, I am a HUGE Devil Wears Prada fan and when I heard about this book I was dying to read it!  When my wish was granted I stopped everything and read it morning, noon and night. 
Emily is nasty, mean and I LOVE it!  She tells it like it is and she doesn't care if she makes you cry.  She'll just tell you to toughen up.  HAHA
In this book we meet Karolina and Miriam and learn about their issues and they all start to meld together in this mean girls version of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (minus the jeans of course that Emily would HATE!) 
Emily's craziness comes in handy and we even have a little pop in of Miranda as well.  I was in seventh heaven for sure.
There is so much dramas - DUI's, pregnancy, infertility, cheating, love, scandal and so much more. Lauren does not disappoint in this newest tale in the Devil Wears Prada series! (You know it's amazing when you can HEAR Emily's voice as you read her character)


Drink Selection
We are going with a CT fav - he Mark Twain!
Jim Beam White Bourbon, steeped in Tahitian Vanilla
House made Cinnamon Syrup
Fee Bros. Black Walnut Bitters
Crown Organic Maple Syrup
Cinnamon stick garnish


Rating
5 wine glasses all the way! Actually 19 wine glasses! 

Lauren Weisberger

About Lauren
Lauren Weisberger was born March 28, 1977, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, a locale recently made even more chic, if possible, by The Office. She was joined four years later by sister Dana, a.k.a. The Family Favorite, and moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania, at age eleven. At Parkland High School, Lauren participated in all sorts of projects, activities, and organizations for the sole purpose of padding her college application, although she did genuinely enjoy playing varsity tennis (especially when the girl who should have played first singles incurred a season-ending injury and Lauren had no choice but to step in for the team).

Once matriculated at Cornell University, all civic-minded extracurriculars fell by the wayside. There, she focused her energy on securing a steady stream of fake IDs and dating boys from the right fraternities. After graduating in 1999 with a BA in English, Lauren moved home for the summer to save money and then traveled all over Europe, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Thailand, India, Nepal, and Hong Kong. She carried a single small backpack and stayed in questionable places, further enriching her authentic cultural experiences by eating only Nutella and drinking Coca-Cola Light.

Lauren's first job after returning to the U.S. and moving to Manhattan was the Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour. Lauren became proficient in the language of stilettos and Starbucks before moving to Departures magazine, where she wrote 100-word reviews by day and took writing classes at night. The Devil Wears Prada, begun at the Writer's Voice, was published in April 2003, and spent six months on The New York Times Bestseller List. It was sold in thirty-one foreign countries and made into a major motion picture by Fox 2000 starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Lauren has a half-second cameo in the film that even she is hard-pressed to locate after several viewings. Her second novel, Everyone Worth Knowing, was published in October 2005 and is also a New York Times Bestseller.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Release Day Post/Giveaway: Somebody's Daughter by Rochelle B. Weinstein


A personal piece by Rochelle Weinstein:


Let’s Use Empathy and Kindness. Not Judgment and Ridicule.
 

Remembering my childhood in Miami, I recall passing a private note to my middle school best friend detailing my latest crush. As I slipped it across the floor, a classmate intercepted the note, reading my private musings with a cheeky grin on his face. My loyal friend grabbed the note from his hand, quickly ripping it into shreds. The secret was gone, the evidence contained. I could live with the glare of one classmate. An abstract confession left to billow in the breeze.
 

Not so for today’s youth. Flimsy notes are obsolete, and intimate details are shared on digital devices, powerful carriers of destruction. And the worst part? The oversharing of explicit content is not regulated or monitored. What would our childhoods look like in the age of digital media? A confession no longer crumbled in the trash, but widespread amongst so-called friends and strangers. Whether it be a stolen kiss, an experimentation in sexuality, or a private conversation, today’s youth are using their phones and computers as a stream of consciousness, sharing detailed accounts of their lives for all the world to see. And while the ease of social media makes spontaneous sharing both possible and accessible, these freedoms can come with a price.  



In my latest novel, Somebody’s Daughter, we see the far-reaching effects of social media sharing gone wrong. As parents, we believe it will never happen to our children. We’re doing the best we can with the best of intentions, careful to pass down valuable life lessons, but the reality is this: it can happen to any of us. Understanding the dynamic facing today’s teens requires returning to our childhoods and understanding our own history. Imagine that moment in time you drank too much, how you hooked up with a boy you thought you loved and trusted, the cringe-worthy days when you didn’t quite fit into your PE shorts. Now imagine the evidence being shared with your entire school, the eyes you must face each morning in what is supposed to be a safe, nurturing environment.  Or worse, your private, personal moment being shared with millions of people on the Internet. Hurts, right? Humiliating? Guaranteed.

 
The impetus for writing Somebody’s Daughter came to me for several reasons. The obvious was to shed light on the growing epidemic of suggestive online sharing and how technology is a vehicle for bullying. But there was something more to this story that tugged deep inside my heart. As I’ve raised twin sons (now 18), I’ve witnessed how scandalous stories ripe with spectacle shoot through our communities inviting criticism and ridicule. I’ve been guilty of the naive “It would never happen to my child” attitude and quietly judged parents for their child’s mistakes. I wrote Somebody’s Daughter to illustrate my and others’ complete lack of compassion for a compulsive habit that none of us truly understand. As adults, we didn’t grow up with this level of scrutiny, and children and teens are too young to understand the dangers and repercussions. Kids mess up, they make mistakes, and unfortunately, the first ones to point fingers and judge are the people closest to them—the tribes that are supposed to hold their hands and lift them up.

 
Now imagine again your indiscretions at twelve or thirteen being captured on the Internet, your innocent conversations, your private musings. Imagine being powerless to stop its reach, as though there’s a monster lurking around every corner waiting to pounce.  Imagine the helplessness, the humility, the powerlessness. I’ve often stated that social media’s greatest strengths are its greatest weaknesses. With accessibility comes lack of privacy. With community comes overexposure. With rapid-fire technology comes no take backs.

 
No one is immune to the dangers associated with online oversharing. As parents, we do all we can to ensure our children heed our lessons, but we won’t always be able to save them. If the unfortunate occurs, let’s all try to be more compassionate and understanding. It could’ve been you at fourteen. Your grand mishap on display for all to see. Wouldn’t you want those around you to be a little kinder?


Rochelle's amazing new book, Somebody's Daughter releases TODAY!
I highly recommend it to all, especially those with children.

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Emma and Bobby Ross enjoy a charmed life on the shores of Miami Beach. They are a model family with a successful business, an uncomplicated marriage, and two blessedly typical twin daughters, Zoe and Lily. They are established members of a tight-knit community.

Then, on the night of the girls’ fifteenth birthday party, they learn of Zoe’s heartbreaking mistake—a private and humiliating indiscretion that goes viral and thrusts her and her family into the center of a shocking public scandal.

As the family’s core is shattered by disgrace, judgment, and retribution, the fallout takes its toll. But for Emma, the shame runs deeper. Her daughter’s reckless behavior has stirred memories of her own secrets that could break a marriage, a family, and friendships forever.

Rochelle B. Weinstein

About Rochelle

 Hi readers and friends! I'm Rochelle Weinstein, and I love to read as much as I love to write. Check out my women's fiction novels, WHERE WE FALL, THE MOURNING AFTER, WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND, and soon-to-be-released SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER (4/17) or visit my shelf to see what I've been enjoying. If you're an aspiring author, please contact me with any questions you might have regarding the writing process. Happy Reading!

 


Release Day Blitz - On the Road to Love by Melissa Baldwin



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On the Road to Love by Melissa Baldwin
Published by Gemma Halliday Publishing on April 17, 2018
Genres: Romantic Comedy
From bestselling romantic comedy author Melissa Baldwin comes the road trip of a lifetime!
Successful Manhattan accountant Stacy Brown is shocked when her almost perfect life unexpectedly crumbles around her. Blindsided by her husband when he serves her with divorce papers and tossed aside by the women she considered her best friends, devastation and depression hit her hard. But when her mother sends her an old photograph of her and two childhood friends, Candace and Olivia, it fuels a desire in Stacy to find that person she once was. What starts as a chance to reconnect turns into an unforgettable road trip back to her childhood home and an encounter with a man from her past.
Gavin Kingsley, son of Stacy's old piano teacher and former annoying boy next door, sparks something in Stacy that she hasn't felt in a long time…maybe never? Despite her hesitation to jump into a relationship, Stacy can't help being drawn to him as she and her girlfriends take a journey of self-discovery, laughs, tears, and hysterical moments.
Can returning to her past give Stacy everything she's been searching for in her future?

About Melissa Baldwin

Melissa Baldwin is an avid runner, planner obsessed, and has always had a love for writing. She is a wife, mother, and avid journal keeper who took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember…or Forget. Melissa writes about charming, ambitious, and real women and is now a published author of ten Romantic Comedy novels and novellas.
When she isn’t deep in the writing zone, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy spending time with her family, chauffeuring her daughter, traveling, running, indulging in fitness, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Single State of Mind by Andi Dorfman

Andi Dorfman, breakout star of ABC’s The Bachelorette and New York Times bestselling author of It’s Not Okay, returns with this new collection of her adventures as a still-single gal surviving and thriving in New York City.

Sharing moments like finding her first New York apartment (the front door broke so she had to use the fire escape), her first dates on “celebrity Tinder” and finally, watching her ex-fiancĂ© propose to another woman on Bachelor in Paradise, Andi Dorfman doesn’t shy away from pulling back the curtain on the life of a reality star who’s returned to reality.

Dorfman’s supremely relatable personality has inspired incredible devotion from her fans, who follow her every move on social media. Filled with a mix of romantic mishaps, city adventures, and, of course, plenty of insider Bachelor details, Andi’s new book is Sex and the City for the reality TV generation.
  

My Thoughts
First of all, I love watching the Bachelor franchise (for the most part).  There are a few season's I've skipped but it's so addicting!  I feel I may invest a little too much time and emotion into what happens each and every week.
Now, one thing I have noticed is that the girls on the series do not get a fair shake in comparison to the guys.  They are both on their for the same reason, doing the same sort of things but yet the girls are looked like as sluts so to speak and the guys are looked at as princes.  What's with the double standard?
Which leads me to this book by Andi Dorfman.  Does she talk about guys she's hooked up with?  Yes.  Does she have fun with girlfriend's and go to bars?  Yes.  Now look at the reviews for this book - they slam her (women do) about sleeping around and getting drunk.  First of all guys do it all the time but it's rarely talked about and second they act like she does this all the time.  Come on now?
Lastly, this is a memoir about a reality tv celebrity, did you think it was going to be the next amazing novel of the century?  It's meant to be fun, document her story and make you laugh.  RELAX people!!!

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Drink Selection
I would totally pair this book with a cosmopolitan!  Delish!


Rating
Just plan fun, 4 wine glasses (or cosmos) all the way!

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About the Author
 She is an American television personality, author, and former ADA from Georgia. She is notable for being a contestant on the eighteenth of The Bachelor, and the lead on tenth season of The Bachelorette. She became famous for walking out on bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis in the ninth episode of The Bachelor. She became the first former attorney to appear as "The Bachelorette". She is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, "It's Not Okay,” and the New York Times Bestseller, “Single State of Mind.”

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Blog Tour Stop - Excerpt from Reuniting Reality by Nikki LeClair













Reuniting Reality by Nikki LeClair
Published by Nikki LeClair on March 20, 2018
Genre: Chick Lit


Excerpt


My body stiffens as we lock eyes. His smile slowly slips off his face when he realizes my aggravated glare isn’t going anywhere. His brown eyes dart to my bags and he gestures at them. “Do you want some help with your bags?”


            “Don’t touch them.” There’s nothing cordial about my tone and I watch Declan sigh slowly before looking back at me.


            “Look, Jules, I know this is—”


            “Don’t call me that. Only my friends call me Jules,” I declare.


            He doesn’t need to know I don’t have any.


            His shoulders slump as he scratches the back of his neck, “fine. I just thought your suitcase may be heavy and you may not be able to lift it into the back of the Jeep.”


            I let out a snarky laugh. “I don’t need your help, with my suitcase, or with anything. So you can get back into your mountain wagon and be on your way.” I swat at him as I walk back to my bags.


            He frowns at me. “You don’t want a ride to the Lodge?”


            I whisper to myself, as I reach my bags. “What I want is your guts splattered on the side of the asphalt...”


            “What?”


            “Nothing. Go away, I don’t need your help. Ever.”


            “Julie, it’s a good thirty minute walk up the mountain.”


            “Maybe for you,” I huff with a laugh as I reach into my open duffle bag and take out my hat. “I see you’ve let yourself get a bit pudgy. I, on the other hand am in perfect shape. As you can see.” I put my hat over my head. “I run marathons now. Even triathlons. This is nothing to me. This is light, tranquil walk.”


            How is he going to know I exercise once a month, if that?


            I zip up my duffle bag and pull the strap over my shoulder. I stand up and shove the bag behind me as I reach down for the handle to my suitcase. He looks amused, and it sends an angry ping throughout my body. “Now if you excuse me, I’ll be on my way.”


            He takes a step towards me. “Don’t be insane. Just get into the jeep. We don’t have to talk to each other.”


            I spin on my heel and give him my back. “I don’t speak traitor.”


            “You're going to walk all the way up there with those boots?” he calls to me.


            I lift my head and pick up my pace. “I said, I don’t speak traitor!”


            My scream rings around the forest.


            That’ll show him.






Starring opposite her best friend in hit reality TV show Daughter of Famous Mothers, Julie Duncan was riding high, clouded with adoring fans and cozily married to an ambitious plastic surgeon. One day, everything changed. Betrayed by not only her husband, but someone she completely trusted, Julie disappeared from that life and left it all behind.
Four years later, Julie’s life is far from brag-able. Living with her sister and scraping by doing D-list gigs, Julie is given an opportunity to fix her pathetic life. The only catch? Spending a week on camera with the people who destroyed her life.
So what’s a girl to do when her back is against the wall?
✓ Create a new, improved version of herself—a version that has moved on and let go the trials of the past. ✓ Invent a hopping new social life and a hot Olympian boyfriend. ✓ Beg forgiveness from her former best friend.
Simple enough until her fake new boyfriend suddenly shows up, her former best friend gives the cold shoulder, her ex-husband is as shady as ever, and butterflies she thought had died long ago begin to flutter alive.
Will Julie be able to keep up her ruse? Or will the cameras catch something she won’t ever be able to escape?

About Nikki LeClair

Nikki LeClair lives in Canada with her loving husband and their two rambunctious children. When she isn’t ordering her children to behave or begging her Border Terrier to listen to her, she sits behind her lap-top plotting out the next adventure of her new characters. She’s a fan of a good glass of Pinot Noir, and can’t live without her favorite Tea blends.
She enjoys hearing from readers and fans of her work. You can find her on twitter at @NikkiL_Books, and on her Facebook Fanpage Nikki LeClair

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Blog Tour Stop - Excerpt from Messing with Matilda by Cat Lavoie

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Cat Lavoie – Messing With Matilda
Messing With Matilda by Cat Lavoie Published by Cat Lavoie on April 4, 2018 Genres: Chick Lit, Romantic Comedy


Excerpt
 
I stare at the massive cardboard box leaning against my office wall. Evie bought a bookcase at IKEA last month because her collection of art deco books is overflowing into my office, but she hasn’t gotten around to assembling it yet. It’s not a good look for someone who’s supposed to project a clutter-free image. “When are you going to build your bookcase?” I walk over to her desk and sit in the closest chair. “I almost tripped on it earlier.” Falling flat on my face would have surely made Emma’s article more interesting, but I can’t afford an injury right now.
“I think it’s so cute that your mother calls you Tilly,” Evie says, deflecting my question like a pro. “Are you ever going to let me call you Tilly?”
“Not a chance.” Evie and I have had this conversation before, and I know she’s just trying to distract me as I dial my mother’s number for the twentieth time in five minutes. “Why won’t this woman get call waiting?” I ask the heavens when I’m greeted with an aggravating busy signal yet again. I end the call with an angry jab of my finger and a grunt.
Evie fans out a rainbow of paint swatches on the table in front of her. “I’m sure everything is going to be okay.” She gives me a reassuring smile.
I wish I lived in Evie’s world where everything is sunshine and rainbows and you throw caution to the wind like it’s confetti at a wedding. It’s a miracle we’re friends. I’m a realist who knows that things can change in the blink of an eye and disaster is only a phone call away. “You can’t be sure of that,” I say, picking up a swatch of orange paint so bright I’m afraid it might be burning my retinas. “Are you redecorating a color-blind person’s living room? Who would voluntarily put this hideous shade on their walls?” I put the swatch down and try my parents’ number again with no success. Can you still call the operator to make sure someone’s phone is working? Do operators still exist?
“Who else? Mrs. Murray,” Evie says calmly, and it takes me a few seconds to connect the dots.
“Ah, the client who’s going to put your unborn children through college strikes again?”
Evie nods. “Yup. Apparently, the midnight sky theme that she requested for her living room is too dark and I should have known better. So now it’s all about the sunshine orange daydream, whatever that means.”
Even the most cheerful and optimistic person has something that makes them want to hide under the covers—and for Evie that something is Mrs. Murray, a notoriously difficult client who has our office’s number on speed dial.
“I’m so jealous you’re getting featured in a newspaper,” Evie says wistfully. “It’s so exciting, don’t you think?”
I make a face. “It’s the Messina Messenger, Evie. Not the New York Times. A grand total of five people will read it and then it’s going to line Mrs. Merchant’s bird cages.” Truth be told, if my face was going to be splashed across the pages of the New York Times, I wouldn’t be half as nervous. I’m fine with a million strangers reading about me, but the fact that people I grew up with are going to read it makes me want to lose my morning bagel.



As a professional organizer in New York City, Matilda Hart wages war against chaos and clutter on a daily basis for her clients—and she vows to never let it invade her own well-ordered world.
But when her boyfriend decides to deviate from the path she’s been planning for them, Matilda's perfectly structured life begins to crumble. She reluctantly finds herself back in the tiny hometown she fled a lifetime ago—determined to lay low and avoid running into anyone she used to know. So why is she reconnecting with her former best friend and putting up with the bridezilla antics of Amber, her high school nemesis?
When Matilda is tasked with keeping the bride-to-be’s heartbroken ex away from the ceremony, she discovers she has history with the man who’s trying to sabotage the wedding. Matilda quickly realizes that teaming up with cute and quirky—but hopelessly devoted—Silas Flynn could be mutually beneficial. He needs help wooing the woman he considers the love of his life and Matilda can't pass up the chance to finally get back at the meanest of the mean girls by assisting Silas in his attempts to disrupt her wedding.
Will everything go according to plan for this mismatched pair? Or will working so closely together make uptight Matilda and laid-back Silas lose sight of their common goal?
One thing's for sure—things are about to get messy.

About Cat Lavoie

Cat Lavoie
Cat Lavoie is a chick lit writer from Montreal, Canada. She loves writing fun and quirky romantic comedies and is the author of BREAKING THE RULES, ZOEY & THE MOMENT OF ZEN, PERI IN PROGRESS and MESSING WITH MATILDA.
A fan of all things feline, Cat loves cats and hopes to someday have a house full of them in order to officially become a crazy cat lady. (But one or two cats will do for now.)
If she isn’t reading or writing, Cat enjoys listening to podcasts (mostly comedy and true crime) and watching way too much TV. She fell in love with London many years ago and hopes to go back one day. Cat is currently at work on her next novel.
To connect with Cat and find out more about her books, visit CatLavoie.com and follow @CatLavoieBooks on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.






Friday, April 13, 2018

Blog Tour Stop - Messing with Matilda by Cal Lavoie

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Cat Lavoie – Messing With Matilda
Messing With Matilda by Cat Lavoie Published by Cat Lavoie on April 4, 2018 Genres: Chick Lit, Romantic Comedy
As a professional organizer in New York City, Matilda Hart wages war against chaos and clutter on a daily basis for her clients—and she vows to never let it invade her own well-ordered world.
But when her boyfriend decides to deviate from the path she’s been planning for them, Matilda's perfectly structured life begins to crumble. She reluctantly finds herself back in the tiny hometown she fled a lifetime ago—determined to lay low and avoid running into anyone she used to know. So why is she reconnecting with her former best friend and putting up with the bridezilla antics of Amber, her high school nemesis?
When Matilda is tasked with keeping the bride-to-be’s heartbroken ex away from the ceremony, she discovers she has history with the man who’s trying to sabotage the wedding. Matilda quickly realizes that teaming up with cute and quirky—but hopelessly devoted—Silas Flynn could be mutually beneficial. He needs help wooing the woman he considers the love of his life and Matilda can't pass up the chance to finally get back at the meanest of the mean girls by assisting Silas in his attempts to disrupt her wedding.
Will everything go according to plan for this mismatched pair? Or will working so closely together make uptight Matilda and laid-back Silas lose sight of their common goal?
One thing's for sure—things are about to get messy.

About Cat Lavoie

Cat Lavoie
Cat Lavoie is a chick lit writer from Montreal, Canada. She loves writing fun and quirky romantic comedies and is the author of BREAKING THE RULES, ZOEY & THE MOMENT OF ZEN, PERI IN PROGRESS and MESSING WITH MATILDA.
A fan of all things feline, Cat loves cats and hopes to someday have a house full of them in order to officially become a crazy cat lady. (But one or two cats will do for now.)
If she isn’t reading or writing, Cat enjoys listening to podcasts (mostly comedy and true crime) and watching way too much TV. She fell in love with London many years ago and hopes to go back one day. Cat is currently at work on her next novel.
To connect with Cat and find out more about her books, visit CatLavoie.com and follow @CatLavoieBooks on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.