Q and A with Suzanne Nicole and Book Spotlight for UNRAVELLED IN NEW YORK

10/15/2015 06:51


Welcome author Suzanne Nicole on her CLP Blog Tour for UNRAVELLED IN NEW YORK!

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Sydney journalist Charli Cooper is making major changes in her life. She has no idea what destiny has in store for her as she moves half way around the world for a fresh start. 

Jack Manning is everything Charli shouldn't want. He is arrogant, cocky and use to getting what he wants. He has no time to deal with an inexperienced journalist who has no idea of the New York social hierarchy. 

As she unlocks the truth about Manning and his empire, she realises all is not as it seems and if she digs deep enough, she might just find the story she has been looking for. She has to make a decision between her ambition and her heart. 

Will the secrets they both hold cause their delicately poised relationship to crumble? 

Can one mistake unravel their lives? 



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Q & A with the author


What is the best dish you can cook?

I’m really not a great cook … I can re-heat anything really well though.


Can you fake any accents?

I think I can pull off a British accent, my children tell me otherwise.


Do you have any hidden talents?

I can remember how to get back from a place once I’ve been there without using Sat-Nav.


What do you have in your pockets?

My phone – I feel lost without it.


Most hated chore on the household chore list?

Picking up clothes off the floor … drives me crazy!


Which bad habit drives you crazy?

My children stepping over clothes left on the bathroom floor.


Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at.

Remembering names of people I’ve just met.


Name one thing you totally suck at.

Ball-sports … I am completely hopeless, like embarrassingly bad.


What is on your bedside table?

Piled high with books I want to read and a picture my youngest son made for me.


Are you a morning or night person?

A morning person, I think, well I wake up early, but I love lying in bed reading … hmm maybe I’m a night person?


What was the last thing you watched on TV?

Homelands … was seriously addicted to watching season 4.


What's your favorite holiday?

Going to the beach in summer and listening to the sound of the waves crashing on the beach – Just perfect!



Author Bio

With a passion for reading and writing Suzanne has been creating stories all her life through both her writing and dance teaching. Suzanne is a graduate from IMEB (Aus) and is a member of Romance Writers, Australia, she is also a qualified and registered dance and drama teacher. When she is not bombarding family and friends with story ideas she can be found in front of a class of students teaching dance or curled up with a good book. She loves romantic stories, angsty reads and dark-haired heroes. She also loves travelling, her recent highlights have been her trips to Los Angeles, New York and Boston and she dreams about going back there soon. Suzanne lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband and three gorgeous boys.







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October 12 – Evocative Book Reviews

October 13 – Living Life With Joy – Q&A & Excerpt

October 14 – CDyess Writes  – Excerpt

October 15 – Charline Ratcliff – QA&

October 15 – Caroline Fardig – Q&A

October 16 – Queen of All She Reads – Review

October 19 –  Hey Said Renee – Review & Q&A

October 20 – Change the Word – Q&A

October 20 – myhomemadelibrary – Review & Excerpt

October 21 – I Love My Authors – Excerpt

October 21 – Hello Chick Lit – Q&A & Excerpt

October 22 – The Book Sirens – Excerpt

October 23 – Love For Books and Java – Review

October 26 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Q&A & Excerpt

October 26 – Polished and Bubbly – Review & Q&A

October 27 – Texas Book-a-Holic – Review

October 29 – The Phantom Paragrapher – Revie

October 30- Granny Loves to Read – Review & Excerpt 



Q&A with Randi M. Sherman and Book Spotlight for THE TRUTH ABOUT CAROLINE

10/01/2015 19:30


When I heard the title to Randi M. Sherman's latest novel, THE TRUTH ABOUT CAROLINE, I jumped at the chance to be part of the blog tour!


Book Description

Honesty has always presented a problem for Caroline. 

Manipulating situations and navigating around blunders and deceptions have become second nature to Caroline. She could justify every lie she has ever told, and any truth she ever stretched. Honesty and revealing secrets would only keep her from moving forward with her life. What good would it do anyhow? 

Even all of those bad financial decisions, flawed relationships and questionable life choices seem like child’s play compared to being arrested for the solicitation of her husband’s murder, and what follows. Could someone figure out Caroline? And what would happen if someone did?


Q&A with Randi M. Sherman

What is the best dish you can cook?

Deconstructed eggplant parmesan 

Can you fake any accents? 

Yup - when I write, I often write accents into my books - and spell them phonetically - so I have to practice them out loud to figure out how they sound and how they might be spelled. My favorite - is Italian. 

You wouldn't be caught dead, where?

A Justin Bieber concert 

Do you have any hidden talents? 

Many, but if I told you I'd have to kill you. 

What do you have in your pockets? 

Change from buying coffee 

Most hated chore on the household chore list?

I don't know why - but it's emptying the dishwasher. I'd rather load dirty dishes in with the clean ones and run it all over again, than empty the thing 

Which bad habit drives you crazy?

Gum chewing - drives me nuts especially when audio is involved. 

Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at.

Laughing and making other people laugh 

Name one thing you totally suck at.

Being pushed around 

What was least favorite job that you had? 

Oh where do I start - any job where the word "methodology" is used. 

What is on your bedside table?

A lamp, a clock and a bottle of Advil, and a coaster - because Im not allowed to put a glass directly on the wood. Rules are rules. 

If you could play any instrument, which would you play?

Alcohol or coffee?


Are you a morning or night person?

Definitely a morning person. 

Name a singer you can't stand the sound of. 

Mariah Carey - mostly because she has been so overplayed 

Name one thing you remember about your high school prom

I should have worn a strapless bra. 

What wa s the last thing you watched on TV?

Ray Donovan


What was the last photo you took on your phone?

I took a picture of Minnie, my 14 year old Chihuahua, who has one eye, she's deaf, has no teeth, her tongue hangs out and she is 5 full pounds of attitude. Shh - she doesn't know.


What's your favorite holiday?

Which one has the most carbohydrates?

When was the last time you fired a gun?




Author Bio

With an eye for detail, an ear for well-tuned dialogue and an incredible grasp of the obvious, all honed while performing stand-up comedy in Los Angeles and improvisational theater in San Francisco, Sherman adds just enough bawdiness to deliver character-driven contemporary novels that will have the reader laughing, thinking and even connecting with the characters in her books.


Writing has been a part of Randi’s life since she was a teenager, one hundred and fifty thousand years ago. But being pragmatic and realizing that she preferred having an income, living indoors and eating regularly, she reluctantly put her dreams on hold and entered the corporate world, yet never left behind her sense of humor and creative storytelling ability, skills which were not always appreciated during budget and strategy meetings.


Now, after living indoors for a while and eating regularly, albeit too much, Randi has picked up her pen again and her third novel, THE TRUTH ABOUT CAROLINE is here. It is the continuation to her second novel CAROLINE STARTS OVER (2014). Randi's first book PAULA TAKES A RISK was released in 2012. Look for Randi's next novel THE LOBBY, Spring-ish 2016.


Randi lives in the California wine country. She would never claim to have a genius IQ, the body of a super model.  However, she can spell “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”  Randi maintains a trim, well-toned body that is cleverly concealed beneath twenty pounds of soft protective layering and she has the appetite of a bird (vulture).


Things that Randi cannot live without:  people to laugh with, her car horn, a gym membership where there are chubby women who break into a sweat while putting on a jog bra, wine, waist capes, and her wife, Carol.


Randi can live without: mean-spirited people, liver, left-overs, communal dressing rooms, tight underwear, and people who point.

Randi is five-foot-seven.








Book spotlight for A JERSEY DREAMBOAT

09/22/2015 13:54



is a new romantic comedy by my author friend





Release Date:  4th September 2015

A Jersey Dreamboat is the third book in The Jersey Scene series.


Book Description:

Event planners Izzy and Jess are badly let down when a Jersey socialite hires them for the busiest weeks of the season and then cancels at the last minute, leaving the girls with no bookings and no money.

Feeling despondent, they try a night out to cheer themselves up, and meet the captivating, aristocratic Ed, who invites the two on a luxury yacht cruise to Nice, together with his two brothers. Romance builds through heady days of blue skies and warm seas, but when a last-minute wedding booking is offered, the girls must return to Jersey, and real life has to begin again … or has it?



About the Author:

Georgina Troy lives on the island of Jersey and can see the lights in France at night from her bedroom window. This isn't surprising as Jersey is only fifteen miles off the French coast. She lives near the sea; then again most people live fairly close to the sea in an island only nine by five miles in size. She's an impossible romantic and likes nothing more than creating gorgeous heroes. Her books are published by Accent Press.


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Cover Reveal for MUG SHOT

09/14/2015 10:58


Random House just revealed the gorgeous

new cover for MUG SHOT, the second book

in my Java Jive series, coming this spring.


I love it!


Interview with Laura Chapman in honor of the release of FIRST & GOAL

09/09/2015 13:47


Congrats to Laura Chapman

on the release of FIRST & GOAL!


Set your lineups and pull out the old game tape—football is here. This year, you can experience fantasy football vicariously through (or commiserate with) Harper Duquaine in First & Goal by Laura Chapman.

What begins as a way to make nice with her new co-workers soon becomes an obsession for Harper as she navigates the ups and downs of managing a fantasy football team. Add in a pair of meddling brothers, a crew of quirky colleagues, and a league-mate who makes her toes curl, and Harper’s football season has plenty to keep her interested.

This new romantic comedy is now available from Marching Ink on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. Join in the fun and cheer Harper on as she takes on the old boys club.


If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Then beat them.


About the Book

When Harper Duquaine’s no-nonsense approach to work unintentionally ruffles the wrong feathers at her new job, she joins her co-workers’ fantasy football league to prove she can hang with the guys. Only problem: she doesn’t know a sleeper from a keeper (or any of the other lingo thrown her way).

Embroiled in a world of lineups, stats, and trades, Harper’s quest to make nice topples when her competitive streak emerges. And her promise to herself that she’ll be a strong, independent woman and leave the drama and heartache behind is seriously tested when she catches the attention of her two biggest competitors: J.J., a local celebrity determined to win a fantasy championship, and Brook, the mild-mannered coach who seems too good to be true. Both threaten her resolve to remain single… and, more importantly, her chances at winning the prize pool.

With a slew of conflicting advice in her real and fantasy worlds, Harper must figure out how to play the game and come out a winner.


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Interview with Laura Chapman

You probably recognize Laura from before on my blog.  

We're always trading interviews.  She's a hoot!


What is the best dish you can cook?
I make a mean tofu/veggie stir fry. I grill the tofu for texture and substitute quinoa for rice to add extra nutritional value. I also just tried a cauliflower crust pizza recently, and it was super yummy. (I’m on a healthy eating kick right now if you can’t tell.)

Can you fake any accents?
Not very well, but I’ve been known to attempt British and Southern accents for fun.

You wouldn't be caught dead, where?
At a football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. I’d watch either team play if they were up against the Green Bay Packers.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I played the oboe in middle school and high school. I can also open a corked bottle of wine using a hanger or pen. It’s not a pretty process, but it gets the trick done.

What do you have in your pockets?
Nothing usually—I sit at my desk most of the day. But when I’m out and about, I usually have my iPhone stashed away.

Most hated chore on the household chore list?
I hate doing the dishes, which is why I tend to let them pile up in my sink until it reaches the point of disgusting. Someday I’ll break that habit.

Which bad habit drives you crazy?
People chewing with their mouths open or chomping/slurping loudly. I find it unappetizing, and I don’t do a very good job of hiding my disgust when people are doing it around me. I wrinkle my nose without even realizing!

Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at.
I’m good at beginnings. I get really excited and can go from zero to one-hundred lightning flash. I also like to get other people excited about whatever it is I’m starting.

Name one thing you totally suck at.
By comparison, I suck at endings. Either I have trouble getting there or once I do, I don’t want to say good-bye.

What was least favorite job that you had?
I waited tables at a chain restaurant, and I hated almost every second. I was way too anxious of a person to go with the flow, and I was always worried my customers were mad at me.

What is on your bedside table?

A pile of library books (Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” Aziz Ansari’s “Modern Romance,” and Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew”) along with my Kindle, Nook, and phone charger. I do a lot of reading in bed.

If you could play any instrument, which would you play?
As I mentioned, I can play the oboe. I also played English horn, saxophone, piano, and percussion. I was a total band nerd in high school (said with respect and love).

If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be?
Ariel from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” I’ll forever consider Prince Eric to be one of the most handsome and charming of men, and I wouldn’t mind living in a modest castle on the beach with him. He also has a fantastic dog. Besides that I love Ariel’s sense of adventure, excitement for life, and desire to follow her dreams. I know there are plenty of reasons why her story isn’t super realistic (she’s a mermaid for one), but it will always be one of my favorites.

Alcohol or coffee?
Both. More specifically coffee from dawn until noon and alcohol any time after.

Are you a morning or night person?
I’m at my best in the morning if I can sleep until about seven. That makes it hard for me to be very productive with writing before work though I try. I get a good second wind in the evening, though, so I tend to do most of my writing and blogging then.

Name a singer you can't stand the sound of.
This is tough, because I kind of love everything. I like imitating singers when I play “American Idol” in the car, so I even like the obnoxious ones. But if I had to choose one, I’d probably say Chad Kroeger of Nickelback.

If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?
I wish I could say something like the trapeze, but I’m afraid of heights and have anxiety just watching the artists do their work. I’d be a clown to make people happy, but they freak me out. So instead I’ll channel Britney Spears and say “I’m like a ringleader, I call the shots.”

Name one thing you remember about your high school prom.
I actually went to five proms—three my junior year and two senior year. (You can see photos from those proms here. And yes, that’s my mom pinning the boutonniere on my date, because I was struggling with it.) My favorite memory was singing “Baby Got Back” at the Post Prom karaoke booth my senior year. It seemed like a good idea until I realized half of the audience consisted of my teachers and administrators. Figuring it was too late to change my mind, I owned the song and happily welcomed an impromptu dancer from the audience to the stage as you see pictured here.

What was the last thing you watched on TV?

I re-watched episodes from the past season of “The Mindy Project” in preparation for the launch of Season 4 on Hulu. I can’t even say how happy and relieved I was the show found a new home. Before that I binge-watched “Inside Amy Schumer.” Can you tell I’m a fan of fabulous, funny, and fierce women?


What was the last photo you took on your phone?

A selfie to see how my hair was holding up after being out in the rain. I always make sure to pout or do something interesting with my pose when I take this kind of selfies, because I’m ridiculous. I have way too many selfies on my phone. If anything happens to me, will one of you please delete most of them before the contents go public?


What's your favorite holiday?

I love the whole Christmas season, though it usually comes with a lot of nostalgia and sometimes sadness (especially when it’s over). But my favorite standalone holiday is the Fourth of July. I like watching fireworks, eating food, and spending time with my family, which the whole holiday encompasses. One of my favorite traditions includes watching the musical “1776” with my family.

When was the last time you fired a gun?

I’ve actually never fired a real gun. The closest I’ve come was paintball, and I last did that about 13 years ago in high school.




About the Author

Laura Chapman is the author of First & Goal, The Marrying Type, and Hard Hats and Doormats. Her work appears in Merry & Bright, A Kind of Mad Courage, and a forthcoming Christmas anthology from Marching Ink. A native Nebraskan, she loves Huskers and Packers football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Laura is currently in pursuit of a fantasy football championship while penning her next novel.


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Review of THE RIGHT DESIGN by Isabella Louise Anderson

09/09/2015 06:51


Welcome Isabella Louise Anderson

and CLP Blog Tours!


Today I'm reviewing THE RIGHT DESIGN

as part of Isabella's Blog Tour, and there's a giveaway, too!



Do business and pleasure mix?

In the author's debut novel comes a story about picking up the pieces, letting go of the past, and finding love along the way--even if morals are tested!

Interior designer Carrie Newman could not have envisioned a more perfect life for herself. She had a great job doing what she loved, wonderful friends, and a close relationship with her sister and brother-in-law. Add in an amazing man who she’d hoped would soon become her husband, and her life was perfect. Until one devastating decision ruins her relationship and changes the course of her life.

Determined to make a new start, Carrie leaves Texas and heads to Palm Beach to pick up the pieces of her shattered and broken life. The last thing she expects is to find herself attracted to her first client at her new job--Brad Larson, who has proven himself time and time again to be caddish.

But there’s something beneath the surface of Brad’s arrogant exterior that keeps her craving more of him--something almost sweet that Carrie can’t seem to resist.

Is Carrie ready to take another chance on romance? And will this new design of her life prove to be the right one?


My Review

THE RIGHT DESIGN is a lovely contemporary romance with all the right elements--it's sweet, a little steamy, and there's plenty of girl power!
Main character Carrie comes home to find, instead of an engagement ring, her boyfriend cheating on her.  She takes her dignity and relocates, striking out on her own.  She gets a great job as an interior designer, and her first job is for a known playboy--although he's quite irresistible.  Carrie doesn't want to jump into another relationship, but there's something about Brad that draws her to him.
Isabella delivers a delicious "will they or won't they" feeling throughout the story that won't let you put the book down.  I love her vibrant descriptions of the decor Carrie is working on--the author has some cool fashion sense!  It's well-written and a quick read, perfect for a day at the beach or snuggling by the fire on a lazy Saturday.  I recommend THE RIGHT DESIGN to any romance fan!

Author Bio:


Isabella Louise Anderson grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and has been featured on several blogs. While Isabella doesn't blog a lot, she focuses her time on featuring other writers, along with writing and editing.

She lives in Dallas with her husband and cat. She enjoys spicy Mexican food and drinking margaritas, and can be found spending time with family and friends, cheering on the Texas Rangers, and reading.

Isabella’s short story, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright, in November 2013. The Right Design is her first novel, and she is currently working on her next release.


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Guest post by the hilarious Jennifer Ammoscato!

08/31/2015 10:19


Welcome to Jennifer Ammoscato,

author of



Jen and I met on Twitter, of all places, and I immediately loved her snarky sense of humor.  If you're looking for more laughs, visit her blog here.  She's always got a new post that will make you LOL.

Take it away, Jen!


If I don’t invite you over for dinner—don’t be offended.

It’s not you—it’s me.

You see, I’ve sort of slacked off on the housecleaning.

Why? you may ask (while silently cheering for the woman with whom you now have a much closer bond.)

Well I’ll tell you.

It’s because I’ve learned something very, very important over the years.

It’s just going to get dirty again.

I was once one of you.

Every Saturday morning, I’d clean for several hours—savouring the fake orange scent of my Lysol floor wipes. That feeling of wiping away the layer of dust on the armoire. The vacuum’s efficient whooshing of the previous week’s dirt.

Somewhere, in the past year or so, I’ve come to an important realization.

I don’t freaking care.

It’s like, no matter how much I clean, I know someone else is going to bleach their floors—including the baseboards—just for the fun of it.

Someone else will wash their walls at the beginning of each season to remove the grime—actually moving the appliances to do so!

Someone else will clean out all of their kitchen cupboards, put in a fresh layer of shelf paper, and arrange their cutlery neatly in their proper holders.

I’ll never win this contest. So, why try?

Instead, I’m going to ignore the dust that is hanging from the ceiling fan blades (and take another antihistamine for my allergies).

I’m going to ignore that sticky spot on the floor by the garbage.

I’m going to leave the streaks on the windows from where the puppy keeps guard over our street.

I’m not going to be able to see my face in the countertop’s shiny surface.

Because I’m taking a stand against giving a rat’s ass about anyone else’s opinion but mine.

As I like to say, the Queen isn’t coming over. And, I don’t really care what the UPS delivery guy thinks when I open the door and the cushions on the couch are not plumped in exactly the way I always made sure they were.

Of course, every once in a while, my OCD self takes stock of the smudgy glass tabletops, the curtains that would benefit from a wash, and the crumbs in the pots and pans drawer.

In a particularly weak moment a few weeks ago, I was tempted into falling into my old habits.

I dusted, shined, vacuumed, and mopped.

And then the puppy ran in from outside and bounced all over the clean tile, my gleaming hardwood and the leather couch with his wet paws.

After my initial outcry, I decided it’d be far easier to simply have a latté or—better yet—a glass of wine and read a book.

You see? When you lower your standards, everyone’s a winner!




Oh, don’t judge me, people. We all do it.

Don’t try to tell me that you’ve never checked that weird mole on your thigh on WebMD. Or how to fold meringue on Epicurious. And, there’s no way that I’m the only one who clears her search history after looking up how to give a great bl— (Um, that last one’s not important.)

When newspaper reporter Avery Fowler discovers her husband is having an affair, the online help site is where she turns to navigate this challenging stage of her life.

If the Internet is Avery’s information god, then is her Holy Grail. Its live chat option is like having a virtual life coach (a snippy British chippy named Clementine) for the low, low price of fourteen ninety-five a month.

Add into the mix a new boss, Victoria van Horne, whose managerial style calls to mind the Wicked Bitch Witch of the West—or the Anti-Christ—and the poor girl needs all the help she can get! The stakes rise and hilarity ensues as our heroine struggles to take control of her personal life and topple her boss after she learns Victoria’s guilty secret.

With Clementine (virtually) in tow, our heroine tackles such tricky situations as dating after divorce, sex once nothing points north anymore, and how to cover attempted murder scenes (despite a paralyzing fear of blood) as the new and improved Avery Fowler 2.0. 



Author Bio

Author Jennifer Ammoscato – solving the world’s problems one cosmo at a time.

Jennifer Ammoscato is a paid, productive member of society. Frankly, it’s not enough. Therefore, May 2015 will see the launch of her debut novel, “Dear Internet: It’s Me, Avery” (The “Avery Fowler 2.0” series, Book I).

During the day, she is an intrepid writer/editor for the public relations department of a Canadian university. By night, she fights crime and the urge to organize closets and stuff herself with salted chocolate caramels.

Jennifer began writing as a child, producing such classics as “The Occurrence” (she understood the appeal of werewolves long before Stephenie Meyer). She had to search for the courage to write a novel, though. “That’s so F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. I didn’t know if I had the alcohol capacity for it.” However, after being goaded encouraged by a friend, she took the leap.

Dreams do not inspire Jennifer’s books. In fact, they tend to terrify her. In particular, the ever- popular naked-at-school or I-have-a-final-exam-and-didn’t-study dreams. She usually just makes stuff up.

She is married to her husband, Ezio. As opposed to someone else’s husband (insert name here). She is the proud mom of two very tall sons, Dante and Christian.


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Interview with Bestselling Author Gina LaManna!

08/07/2015 08:58


I am super excited to welcome




to my blog today!


Gina is the bestselling author of the popular 

Lacey Luzzy Mysteries series!



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I love the idea of the mob running rampant through the (relatively) safe, corn-fed Twin Cities.  What made you choose the setting?


For starters, that’s where I was born and raised, so I know and love the area more than anyplace in the world! My sisters & I ran around the alleyways of St. Paul for most of our childhood, so although I’ve since lived abroad in Italy and now in Los Angeles, the Twin Cities is the place I’ll always call home.

Also – a little known fact – the Twin Cities was actually a place many ‘gangsters’ hung out during Prohibition, so it’s not quite as far-fetched as most people might think! (My mom took my family on a “Gangster” tour of the city once.)


The characters in your series are so likeable.  Are any characters in your book based on people you know (yourself included)? 


Hah, yes of course! My real life certainly bleeds into the characters I write. Although I’m not “Lacey” under any circumstances, I can relate to many of her characteristics, as I think most women can. She’s imperfect and makes mistake, and she has imperfect friends, who also make mistakes. Then she’s gotta set things right.

I wouldn’t say anyone from my story is based strictly upon a real life person, but I will say that my mom embodies a few characteristics of Carlos – in the best way possible. ;) However, I think a lot of Lacey's resourcefulness comes from things I've learned from her - my mom made sure that my sisters and I had an amazing childhood, and I think that's a part of the reason I have the imagination today that I do!


Along the same lines, do you ever use things that have happened in your life as part of your stories?


I will leave you with this: Lacey’s Kia and her Lumina are both real cars.
I also tend to catch a few one-liner gems from my boyfriend or from family members during holiday functions.


Your series has been described as “Tony Soprano, meet Stephanie Plum”.  I totally agree!  What authors have influenced you and who are your favorites?


I grew up reading a ton of Janet Evanovich, and I love her writing – she’s probably been the biggest influence on my work. However, I also love Harry Potter & J.K. Rowling, and though I don’t write about boy wizards, her ability to transport readers to a new world is incredible.


All of your book covers are very eye-catching.  Do you have someone who does your cover artwork or are they your own design?


I got very lucky, and I have a great cover designer! We’ve worked together for the entire series. I have NO artistic eye (my mom will vouch for that), so I stick to words on the paper.


Congratulations on the huge success of your series!  What is the most effective strategy you’ve used to make your books visible in the market?


First of all, thank you! That means a lot to me. :) This is a tricky one because there are always so many factors at play, and it’s difficult to know exactly what contributes to visibility. I think having a good cover, a good description and a good story is a place to start. Beyond that, I just try to go by the golden rule – be nice to people, interact with fans, and be involved in the community! 


And super congrats on your new Misty Newman Mysteries series coming out through Gemma Halliday Publishing!  How has working with a publisher been different than going it alone?


Thank you, I am thrilled as well about this series! I am very lucky to be working with a publisher as wonderful as Gemma. She offers a lot of flexibility and takes a lot of author input during the editing and cover design phases, which is great. The process takes a bit longer to get a book out because more people are involved – but at the same time, it’s been fantastic getting to meet and work with the other GHP authors, who are all very talented.


Of all the characters in Lacey’s universe, which one is your favorite?  (Mine is Clay!)


Clay, that’s awesome! He is one of the only characters who is a complete figment of my imagination. I don’t know anyone like him in real life, but he just seems so adorable in my head, and I think he’s grown a lot throughout the series.


For me though, I have to say, I like certain parts of every character. (This question is tough – it’s like trying to pick your favorite kid, haha!)

A few of my favorites:

1.     Lacey & Meg’s relationship – finding and keeping true girlfriends is so difficult. Though Meg is often over-the-top, inappropriate, etc., there’s a loyalty between the two which I think is very special.

2.     I love Nora’s carefree attitude. I want to be her when I get older.

3.     Anthony’s vulnerable side – anyone can have a tough exterior, but when we find another person we’re comfortable opening up to, that is a fun, new, and exciting moment in any relationship.



Sprinkled Blurb


Tony Soprano, meet Stephanie Plum.




CURRENT: MOBSTER (in training) 






Lacey Luzzi’s rollercoaster of a life has been filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. She just never expected the lows to be so… sparkly. 

After falling on her face during an attempt to follow in her recently-deceased mother’s stripper-boots, Lacey realizes she’s not cut out for life on stage. She sets out on a year-long investigation to find her true family, never expecting she’ll find it with a capital “F.” 

With a rumbling stomach, a need for money (check engine lights don’t fix themselves!), and a conscience that operates at 78% on a good day, Lacey is sucked into a whirlwind of Family secrets, hard-as-cement cookies, and mysterious, sexy men who unfortunately shoot guns, sometimes aimed at her face. The long-lost-granddaughter of Carlos Luzzi, the Godfather of the Italian Mafia, Lacey accepts her first assignment for the mob: finding fifteen million dollars of ‘the good stuff.’ 

Even after she enlists the help of her mouthy best-friend and her cousin, a technical genius and social disaster, she finds that going toe-to-toe with the rival Russian mob is more dangerous than expected.


No one chooses their Family, but Lacey Luzzi will be lucky if she can survive hers.



Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Gina LaManna has also called Italy and Los Angeles home. At the moment she lives nine blocks from the beach and sometimes runs marathons. After studying numbers and equations in college, she realized multiple choice tests were "just not for her" and began writing books instead. She loves cappucino foam and whipped cream and would subsist solely on sprinkles if possible. She has one imaginary dog. 

Gina also writes the Mini Pie the Spy! books under pen name Libby LaManna, a children's series featuring an over-enthusiastic little detective, similar in style to Junie B. Jones.


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Spotlight and Review of Sheryl Browne's THE REST OF MY LIFE

08/06/2015 11:08


Today I'm spotlighting a great book by the lovely 




This is the first book of Sheryl's I've read, and I loved it!  

I'm excited to read more of her work!




Genre: Contemporary Romance : Release Date: 1st July 2015

Publisher:  Choc Lit @ChocLituk

Watch the Book Trailer here!



“You can’t run away from commitment forever … “

Adam Hamilton-Shaw has more reason than most to avoid commitment. Living on a houseboat in the Severn Valley, his dream is to sail into the sunset – preferably with a woman waiting in every port. But lately, his life looks more like a road to destruction than an idyllic boat ride…

Would-be screenplay writer Sienna Meadows realises that everything about Adam spells trouble – but she can’t ignore the feeling that there is more to him than just his bad reputation. Nor can she ignore the intense physical attraction that exists between them.

And it just so happens that Adam sees Sienna as the kind of woman he could commit to. But can he change his damaging behaviour – or is the road to destruction a one-way street?







My Review:

THE REST OF MY LIFE by Sheryl Browne is captivating, romantic, steamy, and sweet—everything that makes for a perfect romance novel.


Adam Hamilton-Shaw is a hopeless womanizer, but if you look a little deeper, the man is an iceberg.  He’s got a cargo hold full of baggage he needs to get rid of before he can move on and even consider having a real relationship.  However, he’d rather booze and help women cheat on their husbands instead of work through his problems.


Enter Sienna Meadows, an up-and-coming screenwriter so sweet and innocent she can’t even properly write a love scene.  Figuring the sexy Adam can give her some pointers in that department, she sets her sights on him…for research, of course.


Neither one of them intended on falling in love, and both of them have a lot of internal AND external conflicts to overcome in order to be together.  At first, I wasn’t sure I liked Adam.  He made so many stupid mistakes, it was hard to feel sorry for him when they came back to bite him in the butt.  Slowly, though, the author began turning him around, and he became my favorite character by the end.  His character was extremely deep and well-rounded.  Sienna was easy to love throughout because of her delightfully naïve nature and blind faith in Adam.  The supporting cast was great—Nathaniel was a true friend and Sienna’s dad, David, was a loving (if a little overprotective) father.


The author’s writing really draws you in and makes you want to keep reading.  I would recommend this book to anyone who loves romance!




Heartache, humour, love, loss & betrayal, Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy, poignant fiction. A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for Innovation in Romantic Fiction, Sheryl has seven books published with Safkhet Publishing.

Sheryl’s new contemporary romance novel was recommended to the publisher by the WH Smith Travel fiction buyer. THE REST OF MY Life comes to you from award winning Choc Lit.

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Handmade red rose in a bottle (scene from book) with scrolled tied message: The Rest of My Life.  Plus, one other handmade item: ceramic flower pendant.



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Bad Medicine Blog Tour Wrap-up and Last Chance for Giveaway

08/03/2015 14:19


THANK YOU to everyone who hosted me on their blogs last week for my BAD MEDICINE tour!  I've been "around the world", stopping in the US, UK, South Africa, and Australia.


In case you missed any of the stops, here is a complete list:


Zanna Mackenzie author blog--Book spotlight

Brook Cottage Books--Book promo

Change the Word--Guest post on writing a series

Written by Deb--Interviewed by author Deborah Nam-Krane

Writer in Paradise--Interviewed by author Jami Deise

PJ Fiala author blog--Book of the Week

Alissa Baxter author blog--Guest post on Plotting vs. Pantsing

Awesomely Epic Book Blog--Book spotlight

Chick Lit Goddess--Book spotlight

Clue Review--I received the NICEST review of Bad Medicine from Julie, 

plus she invited me to do a guest post on researching!

Georgina Troy author blog--Book spotlight

Monique McDonell author blog--Blake Morgan character interview

Sheryl Browne author blog--Book spotlight



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