Book Review: American Honey

American Honey by Nancy Scrafano

Synopsis-

After graduating high school, Olivia “Ollie” McKenna leaves her small town roots in Summerville, Georgia, to pursue her dream of becoming a professional singer. With her best friend and older sister in tow, wholesome Ollie travels to the big city to compete in singing contest Atlanta Idol.

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There she meets nineteen-year-old Jack Bradley, a fellow country singer who quickly becomes a close friend. The connection between them is magnetic and an opportunity to sing together

could change their lives forever. But what about Ollie’s mama’s fear of the music business? She’s been burned by the lures of the bright lights before and doesn’t want Ollie anywhere near that world. And Ollie’s growing feelings for Jack as more than just a pal could ruin everything. Despite her own doubts, Ollie is determined to win. Can she make her dream come true or will she return to her hometown empty-handed and brokenhearted?

 

 

Review: Nancy Scrafano has written an adorable book! American Honey is a quick and easy read with a like-able main character (not to mention the title is named after an awesome song). A lot of the book took place in the next town over from where I live, so i was interested to see how Nancy described the area of North Carolina.

I would, recommend this book to readers of Young Adult and New Adult.

5 Stars

 

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For more on Nancy, you can check out her Twitter page @NancyScrofano or check out her Goodreads page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5784909.Nancy_Scrofano

Worst Date… ever! Courtney Hamilton’s worst dating in New York story

As you know, Courtney is having a “Worst Date Ever Contest”, which you can enter by visiting this site here  http://ecochainofdating.com/blog/?p=1495 

For those of you who haven’t read my review of Almost Royalty, Courtney is a fantastic writer from California.

Written just for me- here is Courtney’s worst New York dating story!

 

I, Courtney Hamilton author of “Almost Royalty” was on my way back from Brazil (just like Amalia Hastings in Chase 2), and decided to stop off in NYC to see some friends. (BTW, “Amalia”– I had a great time in Brazil, especially in Bahia).  While in NYC, I looked up a guy who I kind of always had a crush on and he asked me to come over to go out with him.  When I got to his apt. he was there– looking very great–and so was this other guy in a torn tee-shirt and dirty jeans.  It turned out that this was his brother, who had seen my picture, and really, really wanted to meet me.  The three of us went out together to a club– it was a little weird, and of course I should have left ASAP– and the brother then asked me if I would go to a party with him the following evening, that he promised would be really amazing– I thought, whatever, this is NYC, and it will be fun to go to a party. The following evening I met the brother (my cute friend had disappeared), and we went to “the party”.  When we got to the party, the guy got these keys out, opened the door and there was no one there– just an empty apt.  I said “What the hell?” and the guy confessed that this was the apartment OF HIS GIRLFRIEND and she was away (he was taking care of her cat for her), and he was hoping that we could have a “nice evening” together. I left ASAP and somehow made it back to the place where I was staying on my own.

 

For more info on Courtney, check out her GoodReads page!  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7374257.Courtney_Hamilton

And make sure you enter her contest!!!

 

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Meet my Main Character Blog Hop – Amalia Hastings

Hey everyone! Jill here- I’ve been nominated by the lovely Michelle Betham, author of Striker for this blog hop – and you can check out her post and find out more about the main character here-

http://michellebethamwriter.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/meet-my-main-character-blog-hop.html

I’ve also decided, like Michelle, to give my main character a voice of their own, and let them tell you more about her. Amalia was a little nervous to show herself, so she chose a picture of the person her physical attributes were based on :-) So without further ado, I turn the page over to miss Amalia Hastings.

 

What is your name and profession? Are you real or fictitious? 

My name is Amalia Hastings, and I am a graduate student at New York University. What is real anyway? Isn’t everything you see, smell, touch, and taste just a perception that your brain is conjuring up?

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When and where is your story set?

My story is set in present day New York City in the good ole U.S of A.

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What should we know about you?

I’m a native New Yorker who just started her first year of grad school at NYU. I have a boyfriend named Nicholas who I believe is my soul-mate, but I still get butterflies in my stomach whenever my friend Michael walks in the room. I have a best friend named Cassandra and another close friend named Olivia.

What’s the main conflict in your life?

Ugh I have to pick just one? *rolls eyes*. Well I think I may be in love with my friend Michael, who has a girlfriend. Even though they are long distance and he hardly ever see’s her, he hasn’t broken up with her yet. It’s my first semester of school and my grades are slipping, I’m drinking way more than I should, and my roommates are more than a little weird.

What is your goal?

My goal is to graduate from NYU in one piece, stop letting my dating life define who I am, and ultimately be happy with myself and the choices I have made.

 What is the title of the book you are from?

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The book was originally called Chase but has now been renamed “What Happens To Men When They Move To Manhattan?” The book is being re-released on July 24th by Harper Impulse, HarperCollins. You can pre-order it here! (Ignore the August 8th release date, that’s wrong!)

http://www.amazon.com/Chase-HarperImpulse-Contemporary-Romance-Knapp-ebook/dp/B00KKC43BA/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1401819902&sr=8-1&keywords=jill+knapp+zitron

 

Here is a picture of my creator, and author of the book, Jill Knapp

 

 

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I am now “tagging” fellow Harper Impulse writer Nic Tatano. His new book, The Adventures of Jillian Spectre is available now!

Over to you, Nic!!!

“Worst Date Ever” contest! Hosted by Courtney Hamilton

Hey everyone! Check out this awesome contest hosted by one of my favorite authors, Courtney Hamilton! You can follow Courtney on Twitter - @ecochaindating

Courtney Hamilton’s “Worst Date Ever” Contest (U.S. Only)

Courtney Hamilton is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card and a signed copy of her novel, Almost Royalty, to the top 5 winners! To enter, all you have to do is tell her:

What is your “Worst Date Ever” experience? Share your story in the comment section below.

Courtney will personally read every participant’s entry and pick the top 5 best stories. The winners will be announced through Courtney’s Facebook page, Twitter, and blog. This contest will hosted on various blogs, social media sites, and forums.

In honor of the “Worst Date Ever” contest, Courtney is also having a Velveeta Kindle Special. For a limited time, Almost Royalty is only $2.99 for the Kindle. Download the novel here: Amazon Kindle Store (need updated Kindle Link)

Participating Websites: Want your blog to host future giveaways? Contact Amanda at alarson@ftpublishers.com. The full list of participants in Courtney’s “Worst Date Ever” Contest is available on her blog at: Eco Chain of Dating

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Courtney Hamilton’s Worst Date Story:

I went to a party and met this guy—he was 31-32—I was 17.  The guy called me and asked me to come to dinner at his “new house” and—could I bring a friend? I begged my roommate to come with me and told her that it was going to be a fun, sophisticated evening with “older guys” and a “special meal” in their brand “new house.”   We had to drive over an hour and a half to get to there.  When we got to the address, there wasn’t a house there—it was just the wooden frame of house, just the skeleton, on a cement foundation—this was the “new house.”  I walked around the back and the guy and his friend were sitting around a cement fire pit with a six-pack of beer. The guy said, “You thought we were going to make dinner or something?” My roommate and I left in about 90 seconds. I don’t think she ever forgave me.    

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Terms and Conditions for Entry Eligibility

No purchase necessary to enter. Sponsored by Forrest Thompson Publishers. Giveaway ends June 16, 2014 at 11:59 PM (PST). Open to U.S. Residents only. 18+ years of age. Void where prohibited. Winners will be announced on Courtney Hamilton’s blog at www.Ecochainofdating.com/blog. Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or their winnings will be forfeited. By entering the giveaway, you give Courtney Hamilton and Forrest Thompson Publishers permission to repost your story or recite it in a video for media purposes. Forrest Thompson Publishers reserves the right to withdraw or terminate this contest at any time without prior notice.

 

 

In honor of the “Worst Date Ever” contest, Courtney is also having a Velveeta Kindle Special. For a limited time, Almost Royalty is only $2.99 for the Kindle. Download the novel here: Amazon Kindle Store

 

Here is the link to post your Worst Date Stories!!  http://ecochainofdating.com/blog/?p=1495

Book Review: How To Win A Guy In 10 Dates

How To Win A Guy In 10 Dates by Jane Linfoot

Published by Harper Impulse, HarperCollins

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Synopsis-

The 10 Date Challenge:

Day 1: Take one loaded commitment-phobe explosives expert, embarking on the impossible–a challenge to have ten dates with one woman.

Day 5: Add in a fiercely independent and feisty burlesque teacher who has sworn off men.

Day 10: She’s so not his type and he’s so not in her life-plan. But the heat is sizzling and the attraction is explosive. And they’re fighting it all the way….

 

 

Review:

I don’t usually read romance novels, in fact this is the first one I have ever read, but I must say this… Jane is a fantastic writer.

Her descriptive writing style makes you feel like you are right there with the characters themselves. The story is great and the book itself is an easy read. It’s one of those books that when you are reading, you don’t even realize how much time has passed. She is truly a gifted and talented writer and I can’t wait to read more from her.

I would recommend this book for anyone who likes romance novels.

5 stars

 

Jane Linfoot writes fun, flirty fiction, with feisty heroines and a bit of an edge. She lives with her family and pets in Derbyshire, UK, and loves hearts, flowers, happy endings and all things vintage.

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For more information on Jane or to buy her books you can check out her websites-

US     http://amzn.to/175vMNR

UK    http://amzn.to/19axrXZ

Author Page Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/JaneLinfoot2

Twitter: https://twitter.com/janelinfoot  @janelinfoot

Website: http://www.janelinfoot.co.uk

Book Review: Imperfect Chemistry

Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame

Synopsis-

Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. Having obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she’s amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her—people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her both confuses and intrigues her, so when she’s offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity.

When her attempts to come up with an actual experiment quickly drop from lackluster to nonexistent, she’s given a choice: figure out how to conduct a groundbreaking study on passion, or lose both the grant and her position at the university. Put on leave until she can crack the perfect proposal,’

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she finds there’s only one way she can study emotions—by experiencing them herself.

Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy’s neighbor and the one person on the planet she finds strangely and maddeningly appealing. Jensen’s life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, complicated—in short, the perfect starting point for Lucy’s study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what’s more important: analyzing her passions…or giving in to them?

 

 

Review:

This was a cute, short book that was definitely easy to read. I think the writer has a lot of potential. I would have liked to have seen Freya’s story line developed more and to know a little bit more about Jenson, but the story itself is good.

 

3 Stars

Book Review: The Breakup Doctor

The Breakup Doctor by Phoebe Fox

Published by Henery Press

 

Synopsis-

A broken leg requires an orthopedist. A broken car requires a mechanic.

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And a broken heart requires a specialist too.

 

The Breakup Doctor is now in.

 

Call Brook Ogden a matchmaker-in-reverse. Let others bring people together; Brook, licensed mental health counselor, picks up the pieces after things come apart. When her own therapy practice collapses, she maintains perfect control: landing on her feet with a weekly advice-to-the-lovelorn column and a successful consulting service as the Breakup Doctor: on call to help you shape up after you breakup.

But when her own relationship suddenly crumbles, Brook finds herself engaging in almost every bad-breakup behavior she preaches against. And worse, she starts a rebound relationship with the most inappropriate of men: a dangerously sexy bartender with anger-management issues—who also happens to be a former patient.

As her increasingly out-of-control behavior lands her at rock-bottom, Brook realizes you can’t always handle a messy breakup neatly—and that sometimes you can’t pull yourself together until you let yourself fall apart.

 

Review:

I received an ARC of this book and thought it looked interesting by the description and cover. I was expecting a cute quick read, what I got was much more. Brook’s character is great. She is well-rounded and her path to self discovery through her break-up was realistic and at times heartwarming. As someone who has been left cold by a significant other without so much as a explanation- I completely sympathized with Brook’s character. The fact that she starts off stone cold normal and at some point in her journey takes an exit to crazy-town only made me like the story more. I just read that there will be a sequel, and I am definitely looking forward to that.

Phoebe Fox makes a great point in the book about people not showing their true emotions. I write about this a lot and found myself nodding along to a lot of what she wrote in the book more than once. I really liked that towards the end her main character began to see what handling a break-up normally truly was, and that being closed off and cold was the abnormal thing to do.

4 stars

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