Teal Paisley Tights by Barbara Brutt (Excerpt & #Giveaway)


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Teal Paisley Tights
By Barbara Brutt
Adult Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Paperback & ebook, 230 Pages
November 15th 2018 by Vinspire Publishing

Summary

Life post-graduation was supposed to see the launch of paisley-loving Jadyn’s art career, or at least an art gallery showing one of her watercolor paintings. Instead, this Pittsburgh native is locked into a low-paying, buttoned-up consultant position with an impossible boss. When another colleague is dismissed, Jadyn inherits extra workload, including the company’s biggest client. If she loses him, she’s fired.

Jadyn people-pleases her way through life, resulting in extra work opportunities and a community classroom of art students. But when two guys appear on her doorstep, she just might not be able to people-please her way out of this love triangle. At the end of the day, she can’t please everyone.

Then, because of a small spending problem, Jadyn is evicted from her apartment, and she must move in with her know-it-all sister. Jadyn needs to decide between a job transfer that would place her near her love interest, or a full-time art career with all its risks.

Stretched like canvas between responsibility and dreams, she must choose. Will practicality always win?

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Excerpt

No.

An overdue rent notice threatened me: Pay up or move out. I had one month. My mind sped through options. I didn't have rent money because my cash flow was shot from the daily expenses: occasional retail therapy, my art hobby, and a slight coffee addiction. My full-time job hadn't lived up to its promises. I worked all the time and still couldn't pay the rent. And night jobs usually involved poles or polos and ball caps.

My eyes wandered the apartment. Heated ceramic floors. Lush carpets. Modern amenities. Those beautiful things had been my downfall. Mel had warned me that I should find a cheaper apartment at first, but I wanted to go big or go home. Now, I might be going home to Mom after all.

About the Author


Barbara Brutt, a born and raised Pittsburgher, spent her growing-up years with her nose in a book. After claiming her bachelor's degree in English, she plunked down hard into a smattering of jobs from shop girl to communications director with a healthy dose of nanny and house-cleaner. Flying to new adventures is her favorite, especially on an airplane or aerial silk. Barbara adores ice cream and only buys purses that provide room for a book or two.

Barbara talks books, aerial silks, faith, and travel on her website and blog at barbarabrutt.com.


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  • a pair of teal paisley tights (one size fits most)
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This is one high school election you don't want to miss... Your Own Worst Enemy by Gordon Jack (Interview & #Giveaway)


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Your Own Worst Enemy
By Gordon Jack
YA Contemporary, SciFi
Paperback & ebook, 448 Pages
November 13th 2018 by HarperTeen

Summary

Three candidates, three platforms, and a whirlwind of social media, gaffes, and protests makes for a ridiculous and hilarious political circus in Gordon Jack’s second highly satirical novel. Perfect for fans of Andrew Smith and Frank Portman.

They say that with great power comes great responsibility. Unless you’re student body president at Lincoln High School. Then you get all the responsibility but none of the power. And the three candidates running for president know all about that.

Stacey Wynn is the front-runner, but she didn’t count on Julia Romero entering this race. Julia is challenging Stacey for the title while also putting the moves on Stacey’s campaign adviser and only friend, Brian. And then there is Tony Guo, the way outsider. Tony is usually oblivious to the school’s political campaigning, as he’s oblivious to anything that isn’t about getting high and drinking all the Space Cow chocolate milk he can stomach. But when his favorite beverage is banned at school, a freshman political “mastermind” convinces Tony to become the voice of the little guy. But what kind of voice is that, really?

If this were an ordinary high school election, the winner would be whichever candidate was the most popular. But this year, each candidate may have to sink to a new low to win an election that could change the course of...very little.

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Author Interview

Would you tell us a little more about the main characters from YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY?

YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY is about a high school election for student body president. Stacey is the front-runner because she has the most experience. But then Brian, her best friend and campaign manager, falls in love with her rival, Julia, a transfer student from Canada who may or may not be Latinx. Unbeknownst to Brian, his little brother, Kyle, is spying on both campaigns and putting his own candidate forward -Tony, a stoner who just wants to bring chocolate milk back to the cafeteria. Everything gets really crazy when a spaceship of giant squid-like creatures lands in the quad and enslaves everyone. Just kidding about that last part. I’m saving that story for the sequel.

If they each could give one piece of advice, what would each of them say?

Stacey would say, “Work harder”
Tony would say, “Don’t work so hard.”
Julia would say, “Dare to be yourself.”
Brian would say (quoting Walt Whitman), “I contain multitudes,” which isn’t really advice but Brian struggles with decision-making so advice doesn’t come easily to him.

What do you find the most interesting about elections (of any kind)?

Elections are so carefully scripted it’s fascinating when you’re able to peek behind the curtain and get a glimpse of what politicians really think or feel. This doesn’t happen often. Usually, the person has to be recorded or videotaped without their permission. When Mitt Romney was running against Barack Obama, he got caught saying he doesn’t care about 47% of the population, which was pretty revealing. Hillary Clinton called some of Trump’s voters “a basket of deplorables”, which is such a great line, true or not. Of course, the king of the political gaffe is Donald Trump, which is why people seem like him. His supporters listen to his free associative mouth vomit and because it sounds so different from most polished political speeches they think it’s sincere instead of bat shit crazy.

Did you ever run for a student body position in school and, if you did, what was your experience (if you didn’t, what did you think about school elections and those who ran)?

Yes. I was a class representative at my high school. I wish I could say I ran because I wanted to make my school a better place, but really, I just did it for my resume. All I remember is one terrifying speech and a lot of boring meetings. I quit after a year and devoted myself full time to not failing Physics.

What is your favorite thing about this book?

I love all the characters, even the ones I disagree with. My first book was populated with mostly white, affluent teens and I really made an effort to diversify the cast of this next story and tackle issues of race and privilege in a way that isn’t overly simplistic or preachy. During election season, you hear the term “identity politics” used a lot to describe voting blocks that are reliably Republican or Democrat. When you reduce people to these narrow categories, you fail to take in the complexities that make us human. Every one of these characters exists on some kind [of] spectrum that makes them difficult to define so easily, which feels real and relatable to me.

What are you working on next?

I am currently finishing my trilogy of terror series centered on pivotal high school experiences. The Boomerang Effect tells the story of someone trying to bring down homecoming. Your Own Worst Enemy tells the story of someone trying to bring down a high school election. The next story is going to be about someone trying to bring down prom. Or graduation. Or back to school night. I love working in a high school, but I’m starting to wonder if I’m taking out some of my workplace issues in my books.

About the Author


Gordon Jack always wanted to be a writer. In third grade, he put that on his “What I want to be when I grow up” list, just behind astronaut and professional dog walker. While working towards this goal, he had jobs as an advertising copywriter, English teacher, librarian, and semi-professional dog walker. The Boomerang Effect was his first novel. He lives in San Francisco with his family.


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If only real life was like the movies... Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany's by Julie Wright (Review)



This is one of my favorite lines of books! Read my review below...

Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany's
(A Proper Romance Contemporary)
By Julie Wright
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 320 Pages
November 6th 2018 by Shadow Mountain

Summary

The Lie
Women in Hollywood are just pretty faces. But Silvia Bradshaw knows that’s a lie, and she’s ready to be treated as an equal and prove her worth as one of Hollywood’s newest film editors.

The Love
She and Ben Mason had worked together as editors before Silvia got her big break, so he’s the perfect person to ask for feedback on her first major film. But even as their friendship begins to blossom into something more, a lawsuit surfaces, jeopardizing both Ben and Silvia’s jobs—as well as their fledgling romance. Audrey Hepburn once said: “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” Silvia agrees. Or she used to. It’s one thing to risk her job and her heart, but can she really risk Ben’s, too? Does she have the right to make decisions for her own happiness when they affect so many other people?

The Breakfast
With everything to lose, Silvia meets Ben for breakfast at his favorite diner, Tiffany’s, for one last conversation before the credits roll on true love.

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My Review

LIES, LOVE, AND BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S is a sweet contemporary romance with plenty of nods to the classic Audrey Hepburn films and the actress herself. The characters come across as authentic and are easy to relate to while the plot has plenty of realism, humor, Hollywood drama, and romance to keep things interesting. Recommended to women's fiction and contemporary romance readers!

The beginning to about the first third or half of this story felt very steady. The reader becomes familiar with the characters and all the different possible storylines, but mostly we just follow along as Silvia deals with the challenges of her job and her life in general. Then about half-way, things start to pick up. I was pretty much glued to the pages from then on. I fell in love with these characters, and not only Silvia and Ben, but also Silvia's grandmother who I just adored! The author did a really good job on pulling on my heart. There are a lot of Audrey Hepburn references, so if you're not familiar with her at all, this is a great push to become such. It was maybe a little strong in that area. There were quite a few twists towards the end and my heart broke for these characters. Thank goodness this line only produces happily-ever-after stories though, leaving me with the happy contentment from a sweet ending that was hard won.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story! Contemporary romance fans will find much to love here, but even more so will those who familiar with Audrey Hepburn.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

Other Proper Romance Books

 
  
  
    
  The Lady of the Lakes: The True Love Story of Sir Walter Scott (Historical Proper Romance #2) The Sheriffs of Savage Wells
Beauty and the Clockwork Beast Forever and Forever (Historical Proper Romance) A Lady's Favor My Fair Gentleman
Heir to Edenbrooke Lord Fenton's Folly A Heart Revealed 
   
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About the Author


Julie Wright wrote her first book when she was fifteen, and has since written twenty-three novels. She has a husband, three kids, a dog, and a varying amount of fish, frogs, and salamanders (depending on attrition). She loves writing, reading, traveling, speaking at schools, hiking, playing with her kids, and watching her husband make dinner.



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Only 99¢... The Risky Groom by Carly Morgan

 

The Risky Groom
By Carly Morgan
Adult Contemporary Romance
ebook, 178 Pages
October 28th 2018 by Archstone Ink

Summary

A football player and the woman who got away! How much would you bet on true love this holiday season?

The generous and seriously hot, Dalton Ruff, wide receiver for the Denver Storm, has had a rough twenty-four hours. Spending time in jail with his teammates a week for Christmas wasn’t on his to do list. But after fellow player and good friend, Will Kent bets him that he can’t find, date, and kiss the woman who got away, he accepts the challenge.

The beautiful and talented, Lydia Landon is newly relocated to the quaint town of Port St. Austen. The fact that it happens to be her ex boyfriend, Dalton’s, hometown doesn’t bother her at all, until she runs smack into his naked chest on the beach and then finds herself at his brother’s house having dinner with his family. When Dalton asks her to go out with him again, she tells him no because there’s NO way they could ever work out. But when he shows up to help out with the Christmas program she’s in charge of…she remembers how determined he is.

After exploring a cave of sea creatures together, unexpectedly discovering the secret acts of service Dalton was doing for a family down on their luck, and finding herself being comforted in Dalton’s arms when she’s attacked by a dangerous stalker, Lydia can’t help but find herself falling for him all over again.

Now they have to make a choice, let the problems of the past keep them apart or give the ultimate sacrifice and get everything they ever wanted.

Praise for The Risky Groom

"This is a refreshing and thoughtful love story with characters that will just steal your heart and lift your spirits with their journey towards true love."

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I Can't Wait for... The Triumphant by Lesley Livingston (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday) #CWW #WOW


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you're continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.

I've been a fan of Lesley Livingston for some time. I have the first two books in this series on my shelves and am excited for this third (even though I still need to read the prior two). It's my pick this week...

The Triumphant
(Valiant #3)
By Lesley Livingston
YA Historical Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, Pages
February 12th 2019 by Razorbill

Summary

The final book in the Valiant series takes Fallon and her warrior sisters on an epic journey from the corrupt Roman Republic to the wonder of the ancient world: Alexandria, Egypt.

In the wake of their victorious fight to win back the Ludus Achillea, Fallon and her gladiatrix sisters have become the toast of the Republic. However, as a consequence of his actions during the Ludus uprising, Fallon's love Cai has been stripped of his Decurion rank and cast down to serve as one of Caesar's gladiators.

Amid fighting for Cai's freedom, Fallon soon learns that Caesar's enemies are plotting against him and planning to get revenge on his fearsome gladiatrices. When Caesar is murdered by these conspirators, Fallon and the girls lose any sort of protection they once had. Fallon also realizes that the foreign queen Cleopatra is now in grave danger.

Fallon rallies her war band and Cai's friends to get Cleopatra out of the city, and the group heads to the safety of Cleo's homeland, Alexandria, Egypt. Once there, the gladiatrices are promised a place of honor in the queen's elite guard, but is that what any of them really want?

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Ten Things this Story Was Based On... Jane of Air by Jessica Penot (Guest Post & #Giveaway)


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Jane of Air
(The Tattooed Girl Series #1)
By Author
YA Paranormal, Gothic
Paperback & ebook, 199 Pages
October 8th 2018

Summary

Jane has spent her entire life hiding. Hiding under bulky clothing. Hiding behind books. Hiding behind glasses. Abandoned in an emergency room at the age of four with her name written on her forehead in Sharpie and a mysterious tattoo of a door on her back, Jane grew up in foster care and learned early on that blending in with normal people was the only way to survive.

Now, at the age of 16, Jane is hoping to get a fresh start at a prestigious college on a full scholarship. With limited resources and no family to help her, Jane takes a job as a live-in companion to a wealthy old woman who lives near the school. Jane grows to care for Miss Adele and loves her new home, the magnificent Thornfield Hall, even though everyone says it’s haunted. She doesn’t even mind Adele’s brooding grandson, Edward Rochester, who the locals believe murdered his first girlfriend. At first Jane tries to stay away from Edward, but she can’t help being drawn to him. As her attraction grows, so do the whispers about the dark secrets that Edward is hiding. After Jane witnesses several improbably accidents, she realizes that any sensible girl should run away in terror. She realizes that only a fool would stay, yet she can’t make herself leave no matter how dark the shadows grow and how real the ghosts become. As her fears escalate, her tattoo begins to change and spread across her back. Jane knows something wicked lurks at Thornfield and she knows it’s connected to her. She knows the only way to stop the darkness is to run, but somehow, she can’t seem to find the strength to leave the only person she’s ever loved.

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Guest Post
Ten Things Jane of Air Was Based On
By Jessica Penot

Jane of Air is a collection of ideas and inspirations that can be easily seen throughout the book. The most obvious inspiration is Emily Bronte’s classic work Jane Eyre. This is one of my favorite novels, but it suffers quite a bit with time. When I reread this book, there were parts of it that actually hurt to read despite the beauty of the work. The romance teeters on the edge of pedophilia when viewed through modern eyes. A rich older man toys with a lost teenage girl to gain her affections. He locks his mentally ill wife in the attic when she becomes inconvenient. With a rereading, Mr. Rochester is kind of a monster. My goal with Jane of Air, was to create a less horrible Mr. Rochester and twist the story into a modern Gothic, horror story. So my major inspirations for doing this were many.
  1. Jane Eyre:  The Classic Novel served as the basic plot template for the novel.  
  2. H.P. Lovecraft:  Lovecraft could be called the father of modern horror and his notion that ancient evil sleeps just below the surface of reality waiting to break free is the thematic backbone of the novel. His elder gods and mythology are the inspiration for the evil that lurks in the shadows of Thornfield Hall. 
  3. Twilight:  My overall frustration with this book served as my desire to create a new type of male lead.  As a therapist who works with teenage girls, I don’t think it is healthy for us to teach young girls that older men who stalk them should be their romantic ideals.  I think they should have romantic ideals that are age appropriate and aren’t prone to stalking.
  4. The Door:  This was my first published short story.  It was flash fiction piece about two lovers who accidentally open the door to hell with their love.  The girl has a door tattooed on her back that opens as her love deepens.
  5. Katherine Arden’s The Girl in the Tower:  I loved this book. I love all her books. I tried to pull the dark fairy tale elements of this book into Jane of Air.  There is beauty in dark magic and I try to keep that feel throughout the book.
  6. The Devil’s Bible by Dana Carpenter:  Another one of my favorite book, this novel plunges a heroine who is powerful and smart into a world of magic drawn from darkness that she must learn to control.  This is the basic framework of my novel as well.  
  7. Wuthering Heights:  Quote from Charlotte Bronte’s masterpiece of thwarted love and broken hearts litter my book reminding readers that love can be dangerous.
  8. My own work with teenagers;  I am a therapist and I spend a lot of time with teenage girls who tend to idealize romantic love as the answer to their problems. In this book, I emphasize romance, but I also thematically try to emphasize the danger inherent in getting lost in it and letting go of your own dreams to chase it.  
  9. My sons:  I have two teenage boys.  I tried to create a male lead that could be more realistic.  He doesn’t sit around all day dreaming about the heroine. He has his own life and interests and when things do get to the point where they become obsessive, it is clearly unhealthy and destructive.  
  10. Ghost Stories:  The many collections of ghost stories I have written pop up in the horror aspect of Jane of Air.  

About the Author


Jessica Penot is a therapist and writer who lives in Alabama. Jessica is the owner of Tree of Life Behavioral Health and connoisseur of ghost stories and all things that go bump in the night. She is the Author of Haunted North Alabama, Haunted Chattanooga, and Amazon bestseller, The Accidental Witch.


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These work spaces inspire... Ava's Prize by Cari Lynn Webb (Guest Post & #Giveaway)


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Welcome to my tour stop! The author talks about her hero's work space and some others
that, frankly, I'm a little jealous of. Check those out and enter the giveaway below...

Ava's Prize
(City by the Bay Stories #3)
By Cari Lynn Webb
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
November 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Summary

He needs a great idea

She can provide it—but at what cost?

The battle lines are drawn when army medic turned EMT Ava Andrews enters a contest devised by San Francisco entrepreneur Kyle Quinn. The first responder isn’t just competing for a tempting grand prize. She’s fighting her attraction to the self-made millionaire…and losing the war. But private and professional boundaries blur when a breach of trust threatens Ava’s future with Kyle.

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Guest Post:
Work Spaces and Offices that Inspire
By Cari Lynn Webb

In my new release, Ava’s Prize, a sweet contemporary romance from Harlequin Heartwarming, my hero, Kyle Quinn has a second-floor suite that doubles as both his living and work space in San Francisco.

An inventor, Kyle has a design lab, conference room and business office situated in part of the suite. But he also has a personal arcade space filled with both vintage and contemporary arcade games from Skee-ball to basketball shoot to driving games along with pinball machines and a foosball table. There’s even a chalkboard wall for the high score earners to write their names on. Kyle refers to his arcade as his inspiration area. As you might imagine, Kyle’s suite becomes the backdrop for many game nights and unexpected gatherings of friends and family.

And as it happens, there are quite a few companies that offer inspiring work spaces beyond the typical cubicles and stale conference rooms. Here are a few of my favorites from my research on coolest offices to work in:

  1. Google’s Headquarters – a campus of more than 60 buildings in Mountain View, California. They have Google Bikes, beach volleyball courts and group cooking classes for their employees. If that wasn’t enough, there are themed offices, free lunch for employees and their own organic gardens. Need I say more?
  2. Inventionland – in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania offers places like Inventalot Castle, Nursery Nook, and Brainpower Ballpark for idea creation and product development (and those are only three of the over dozen themed sets inside the building). And the best part – their employees wear lab coats. I’m inspired just from the virtual tour on their website.
  3. Pixar Studios is considered a closed studio and isn’t open for public tours. But thanks to blog posts like this one and You-Tube videos, I’m already polishing my resume. Unfortunately, I live on the East Coast now, so I’ll just keep using my imagination and eagerly await the next Pixar movie.
  4. Instagram headquarters located in New York City has a gelato bar and living plant wall. And I’ll repeat: A gelato bar ๐Ÿ˜Š Want to see more, click here. Obviously, they had me at gelato.

Not all work spaces are created equal. However, I think everyone can add inspiration and creativity to their own office. Kyle Quinn added his favorite arcade games from his childhood to his work space to inspire him. I have a growing collection of Venetian masks on my office wall that inspire me. What have you done to your office that inspires you?

Happy Reading!

Cari Lynn Webb

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About the Author


Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She's been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent's 70 year marriage and her parent's marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn't always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.


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