Thanks to authors Cathy Alter, Isabelle Laflèche, Jane Porter, Maureen Lipinski, Maggie Barbieri, Anne Milford & Jennifer Gauvain, we’re giving away TEN books: a copy of Not Ready for Mom Jeans, Final Exam, J’adore New York, Up for Renewal, How Not to Marry the Wrong Guy, and five copies of She’s Gone Country!!
Not Ready for Mom Jeans is Maureen Lipinski’s sequel to, A Bump in the Road. Previously, event planner and famous blogger, Clare Finnegan, navigated marriage and an unexpected pregnancy after a wild night in Law Vegas. Not Ready for Mom Jeans continues Clare as she juggles returning to work, family, and being a new mommy.
To top it all off, Clare is coping with her mother’s battle with breast cancer, the commitment of purchasing a home, helping one of her friends who is going through a divorce, and being forced to slip into Miss Piggy pants for work. Maureen’s characteristic signature as an author that she brings laughter to life’s funny and unexpected events! Readers have raved that this novel is hilarious and better than your favorite pair of skinny jeans.
Final Exam is part of author Maggie Barbieri’s Murder Mystery Series: Murder 101, Extracurricular Activities, Quick Study & Third Degree (available in November). Final Exam is the fourth book in the series and surrounds the main character, Alison Bergeron as she solves homicides and develops a relationship with an NYPD Detective:
Alison Bergeron, a college professor, is set to replace a resident director for one of the dorms on the campus of St. Thomas University where she teaches, putting a serious crimp in her social life and her romance with Detective Bobby Crawford. St. Thomas is a dry campus and doesn’t allow overnight visitation by members of the opposite sex. Upon her arrival, Alison discovers that all is not how it appears, as a brick of heroin is found in the toilet in her new “suite” of rooms. Alison’s quest to find the new resident director—and return to her normal life—takes on a new urgency as it is revealed that Wayne Brookwell, the RD, wasn’t the “cool” guy that everyone in the building claims he was. Or was he?
A former model, Shey Darcy is devastated when her famous photographer husband suddenly announces he’s in love with someone else and wants a divorce. Shey decides to move back home to Texas to the family ranch with her three teenage sons. While Shey tries to figure out what to do next, her sons are struggling to adjust to life in a small town and dealing with depression. Add to the mix her old crush, former bull-riding champ, Dane Kelly shows up on the scene and suddenly life gets even more complicated. Shey realizes that in order to find true happiness, she’ll have to let go of the past. Readers have raved that this novel will have you two stepping to the nearest bookstore for more Jane.
Up For Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over is journalist Cathy Alter’s second nonfiction novel where Cathy turned to magazines’ advice and tips for one year in an attempt to revitalize her life.
As a 37-year-old recent divorcee, Cathy was eating most of her meals out of the vending machine at work food, running through money, and hanging with the wrong crowd until a good friend pointedly told her she needed to snap out of it. That’s when Cathy turned towards the shiny, flash frozen faces of women’s magazines to lend her a hand. The same hand they promise to millions of women everyday. For one year, she put her life into the hands of Elle, Marie Claire, O The Oprah Magazine, Self, Glamour, Instyle, Real Simple, and of course, Cosmopolitan.
Does it work? Do these magazines offer anything more than superficial sugar coating? You’ll have to read it to find out the full story but….since I love a killer ending, yes. They did. They helped Cathy transform herself from the inside out. She learns how rid her self of that upper arm jiggle, decorate, cook, and finds the love of her life.
I absolutely loved Up for Renewal. Cathy writes with refreshing honesty as she reveals her personal life, choices, and consequences in her life. She was what everyone finds in her life at some point: in crisis, no longer a child but certainly not a put-together adult…you know the kind we all dream will happen when we grow-up. Then, life hits and it’s no where near the fairy tale we imagined. This is a story of a woman in desperate need of guidance and living off of combos. But there’s more, I laughed out loud several times while reading the book! Cathy is like a real life Sophie Kinsella character, funny, brave, and sometimes embarrassingly so. I did not want to put it down. Its a tale that reads from your own heart: her story is your story, your friends, sisters, nieces, aunts, mother….I’d recommend this novel for anyone who loves honesty mixed with humor and served with a glossy Cosmopolitan. *Personally Reviewed
J’adore New York is a debut novel of Isabelle Laflèche. Isabelle worked for ten years as an attorney in New York City, Toronto, and Montreal in a large law firm and on Wall Street. In addition, she worked along side a fashion designer in Quebec where her love of haute couture blossomed. Isabelle has combined all of her knowledge into a dazzling novel:
Catherine Lambert, a chic parisian lawyer, requests a transfer to her firm’s New York office. A dedicated follower of fashion and everything stylish, she is determined to conquer the high-flying world of Manhattan law — and love. Catherine’s dreams of glamour fizzle quickly, however, when she is faced with the hard realities of her profession. The pressure of billable hours, the incessant demands of her impossible bosses, the conspiracies of two malicious secretaries and the advances of the lecherous client prompt her to question her career choice. But then she meets Jeffrey Richardson, a powerful client, and her New York life takes on the romance she’d hoped it would — until an unexpected request forces Catherine to re-evaluate the exclusive world she’s chosen for herself.
J’adore New York is simply parfait. My heart and soul were pinned to the pages from the moment I picked it up till I put it down. The main character, Catherine, is exactly the type of woman I admire: strong, stylish, and a romantic to the core. As I begin to read further and further, I was instantly transported to the sidewalks of New York along side Catherine as she tackles the cold world of law. But do not fear! Her assistant Rikash, a lover of all things fashion as well has her back. Just as Catherine is learning to navigate the heavy waters of office politics, her work loads verges on the extreme as new clients, memo’s, and little sleep add up. She begins to question whether or not partnership and a corner office are really worth it after all?
Now through in a couple of smooth talking New York Men, Christian Dior sales, a visit from her mom, and a few martinis…and this is the best Chic Lit novel I’ve ever read. Hands Down. *Personally Reviewed
How Not to Marry the Wrong Guy is Co-authors, Anne Milford and Jennifer Gauvin first nonfiction novel where they share real-life stories of women in unhappy and happy marriages while providing clinical insight, sound advice, and lots of encouragement.
Years ago, Anne Milford called off her wedding five months before the big day and walked away from the man she knew was wrong for her. Today, Anne has over twenty years of experience as a freelance writer and editor and has been happily married for fifteen years. Despite the fact that her life was better for it, Anne couldn’t help wondering about all the women out there that do not cancel their wedding. Those who do traipse through unhappy relationships despite big red flags. Anne teamed up with Jennifer Gauvin to find out why women traipse through unhappy relationships despite big red flags. Jennifer is a licensed clinical social worker whose primary focus is working with couples and families and has over 13 years experience in private practice.
While there are tons of book out there on how to snag a guy and pretend to live happily ever after, there are virtually no books on there that help women get rid of the wrong guy, learn the difference between cold feet and jitters, and encourage women to take a leap of faith in themselves. Their debut novel, How Not to Marry The Wrong Guy, would have provided Cinderella with tennis shoes instead of glass slippers in case Prince Charming ended up being a big no-no.
This book should be a required reading for woman everywhere. Not only does it provide a list of common red flags, types of men, and a non-preachy nudge to self-exploration, real women and their stories are sprinkled throughout its pages. Women who walked down the isle despite wanting to run away because they were comfortable, they’re family was pressuring them, or they felt it was simply too late to turn away from their wedding. Their stories really struck a chord within me as a read. In addition, this book had several scenarios, such as the fear of loneliness or financial difficulty, outlined and examined in depth showing to me that Anne and Jennifer provided a book that can apply to everyone, no matter what the story! *Personally Reviewed
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