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Giveaway: Things Unsaid by Diana Y. Paul

[ 9 ] October 5, 2015

things unsaid book coverEnter to win a copy of Things Unsaid by Diana Y. Paul!

Open to US residents only

About the book

Former Stanford University professor and author Diana Y. Paul announces a bold launch into the literary scene with her debut novel, a deft exploration of the ever-shifting covenants between parents and children, and a ferocious tale of family love, dysfunction, and a sense of duty spanning forty years, Things Unsaid is a family saga, the pulse for our times.

Fans of Anne Tyler will rejoice in a tale portraying family in all its emotional complexity, tracing back three generations rooted in guilt, obligation, broken promises, and the intricacies of karma.

Jules, a former university professor, has always played “the good daughter.” She and her husband Mike have set aside a college fund for their daughter Zoë, who is preparing to leave for Stanford. But when Jules’ parents lose everything in 2008’s Great Recession, she must make an impossible choice: her daughter’s future, or her dying parents.

Seamlessly weaving between the perspectives of competitive siblings—responsible, guilt-ridden Jules, plastic surgery-addict Joanne, and closeted, insecure Andrew—their parents, and their own children, Things Unsaid is “a bold and poignant story that brings deep insights into the messy and complicated world of family relationships, and one woman fighting to survive them with her sanity and spirit intact,” (Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, author, Love in Translation and His Wife and Daughters).

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Giveaway: Copygirl by Anna Mitchael & Michelle Sassa

[ 9 ] October 1, 2015

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Open to US residents only

About the book

Kay Carlson is a talented young writer living in New York City for the first time and working alongside Ben, her good friend from ad school and secret crush. But she feels inadequate at work and in her NYC life, while her older brothers always have her parents’ attention for their successes and girls who fit the ideal “It Girl” persona—fun, flirty, and looking like fashion bloggers and real-life Pinterest pages—always seem to overshadow her. Instead of being the girl who parties every night, Kay has a creative side project: “Copygirl,” a series of short videos she makes using homemade dolls in which she skewers the vapid personalities she sees around her. “Don’t be a Copygirl” her characters warn, a theme Kay struggles with herself as she feels the pressure in every area of her life to be like other girls—the girls who get more attention at work and from the boys. The videos start out as an escape from her day-to-day struggles, and she sends them to her best friend Kellie overseas—until Kellie sets up a website using the videos and lets them go viral. While the website gains international fame, Kay stays anonymous, focusing her energies on winning a big campaign for a major new client—and the affections of Ben in the process.

But Kay is much more talented than she gives herself credit for, a fact that Kellie—and other unexpected allies—notice long before she does, while people she thought she trusted are quick to switch sides. And her quiet rebellion against being like everybody else proves to be her strongest asset.

Mad Men gave us an insider look into what actually happens behind the scenes in the seemingly glamorous world of advertising: the high profile clients, the pressures of creating something brilliant, the hope that a great idea will succeed, the cocktail-filled brainstorming sessions and long lunches, and the difficulties of breaking the glass ceiling as a young woman in an undeniable boys club. Copygirl combines the back-stage drama of an ad agency with a universal coming-of-age story complete with love, friendship, and a healthy dose of feminism—told from two women who know it best. As friends, colleagues, and veterans of the ad world, Mitchael and Sassa deliver a delightfully written and relatable fast-paced story filled with quirky humor and a lot of heart about following your instincts, learning who to trust, and taking big risks.

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Giveaway: The Hard Times by Russell Scott

[ 6 ] September 29, 2015

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Open to US residents only

About the book

The Hard Times is, first and foremost, a novel about how men love. It focuses not on simple lust nor affection, but the complex web of expectations, loyalty, duty, and desire that define the society of men, how they love women, how they love their families, and how they bind themselves to one another in friendship and in war.

Taken from the news, declassified CIA documents, and the author’s personal experiences in Africa and Namibia, it is a fictional story superimposed on what’s actually happening in the diamond trade, today, where international politics and industry, play a strange game of hide and seek with illegal stones.

It begins in Mississippi. Ray Moffett is an ER doc, and Ray is facing an abyss. When his best friend and former boss comes into the ER dead, just six weeks after his retirement party, Ray finds himself searching for meaning in his own life. All Ray has left is his work. Work, punctuated only by the occasional round of golf. That’s all he can see stretching between him and his own trip to the grave if something doesn’t change.

A chance meeting with an African hunting guide, Fritz Dietrich, shows Ray a second chance to live the adventures he’d dreamed of as a boy. Dreams that were fueled by books written by men like Hemmingway, Ruark, and Capstick. Unfortunately, Fritz isn’t exactly what he seems.

Ray finds himself hunting desert oryx in the Namib with Fritz, both men trapped. Fritz must kill Ray and use his papers to smuggle illegal diamonds. For Ray to get home alive, he’s going to have to kill Fritz and then, somehow find his way out of the most hostile desert on the face of the earth.

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Danielle Steel Library Giveaway

[ 10 ] September 17, 2015
Ready for a huge giveaway?

One lucky winner will receive a limited edition Danielle Steel library, valued at $2,000!!


Danielle Steel is one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels in print. She is published in 69 countries and 43 languages. Her many international bestsellers include Pegasus, A Perfect Life, Power Play, Winners, First Sight, and Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved. In 2002 Steel was decorated by the French government as an “Officier” of the distinguished Order of Arts and Letters and in 2014 was named “Chevalier” of the Légion d’Honneur, its highest honor. She is the mother of nine children and lives in Paris and San Francisco with her two Chihuahuas, Minnie and Blue.

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Giveaway: A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

[ 16 ] September 14, 2015

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Enter to win a copy of A Whole New World by Liz Braswell  plus FAIRY TALE 2.0 tank, notepad, cosmetic pouch and pillow! Open to US residents only

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If you love a good fairy tale retelling, check out more of the FAIRY TALE 2.0 campaign to discover Red’s Untold Tale and A Frozen Heart. Simply follow the #FairyTale2pt0 hashtag to find other giveaways across the web!

About the book

What if Aladdin had never found the lamp? This first book in the A Twisted Tale line will explore a dark and daring version of Disney’s Aladdin.

When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish. To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war. What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

About the author

After the sort of introverted childhood you would expect from a writer, Liz earned a degree in Egyptology at Brown University and then promptly spent the next ten years producing video games. Finally she caved into fate and wrote Snow and Rx under the name Tracy Lynn, followed by The Nine Lives of Chloe King series under her real name, because by then the assassins hunting her were all dead. She lives in Brooklyn with a husband, two children, a cat, a part-time dog, three fish and five coffee trees she insists will start producing beans any day.

Prize pack is provided by Disney-Hyperion. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Starlight on Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs

[ 10 ] September 10, 2015

starlight on willow lake book coverPlease join Susan Wiggs, author of Starlight on Willow Lake, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy of the book below – open to US and Canada residents

Reviewed by Sarah McCubbin

No stranger to difficulty, Faith McCallum has weathered significant hardship for someone so young. Before she turned thirty, her husband died, leaving her to raise two daughters on a meager income, while struggling to pay off medical bills from her husband’s illness. Months behind on her rent, she applies for a variety of home health positions, hoping better employment might be found. Nearby, but socially worlds apart, lives Alice Bellamy. Beautiful, wealthy and well-educated, she is also a recent quadriplegic from an accident that killed her husband. Needing round the clock care, she wields a sharp tongue, angry disposition, and proclivity to fire her staff for the slightest infractions, leaving her son Mason with the difficult job of finding replacements on a regular basis.

When an unfortunate accident leads to Faith working for Mrs. Bellamy, it represents a fresh start for all involved, even as an unspoken connection seems to exist between Faith and Mason. As a live-in aid, Faith brings her daughters with her to stay at the Bellamy home on Willow Lake. Having lived through their own broken past, they are able to connect with Alice in a unique way that begins to give her hope and purpose. But when Faith makes a discovery about Alice’s most recent accident, it results in her son Mason coming to live at Willow Lake for the duration. Struggling to make sense of his own past and family secrets, he is torn between his well-planned life and fiancee and the connection he feels to Faith.

In her book, Starlight on Willow Lake, Susan Wiggs sets the stage for a stirring tale involving every flavor of emotion. Her characters are real and their personal stories will connect with readers from all walks of life. This book was the first of her works that I have read and I found her writing to be colorful, and heart-warming. A novel with a strong family theme, her focus on redemption will bring you hope, make you smile and cheer for the underdog. I can’t wait to read more by this talented author.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Sarah McCubbin is a homeschooling and foster mom in NE Ohio where she resides with her husband and 7 children. In addition to reading great books, she enjoys gardening, traveling and blogging at Living Unboxed.

Review and giveaway copies were provided by MIRA. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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