Monday, May 28, 2012

Willow Pond Review

I've always loved the prohibition era, so I found this book interesting due to the detail it provided about what I find as a fascinating period of time. The book frustrated me in some ways though because the characters seemed to be quite conflicted internally and therefore were having trouble managing their lives and emotions.
I loved that the power of family shone through in this book as it's something I personally have deemed quite important. And not to give the ending away, but as the saying goes, "All's Well that Ends Well."

Carol Tibaldi was born and raised in Bayside, New York and attended Queens College of the City University of New York. She loves to travel and has lived in London and Los Angeles. For twenty five years she worked as a newspaper reporter and covered the crime beat. She is a history buff and loves to research different time periods having a special affinity of the prohibition era and the Civil War. Willow Pond is her first novel and she is hard at work on the sequel.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Taking Shots Book Review

What a fantastic book. So descriptive and of course, being from Montreal, I do love my hockey so I could relate to a lot of the book. Especially the part about not feeling good enough. It's something I've struggled with my entire life, so I can definitely relate. The fact that the main character was so approachable in this way really made me enjoy this book an awful lot.

I have a few friends who are woman working in the professional sports field and I'm definitely going to recommend this book to them as I think they will really enjoy it and so will you!

My name is Toni Aleo!
I am a wife, mother, and hopeless romantic.
I have been told I have anger issues, but I think it’s cause of my intense love for hockey!
I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!
When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughters dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, and reading the latest romance novel.
I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, and did I mention I love hockey?
I hope to hear from you on here, my Facebook, or my twitter! Thank you so much!

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Interview with a Jewish Vampire Review

This book was an easy read and would definitely be a big draw due to the current vampire craze. I liked it a lot because I've always been fascinated with all things Jewish and therefore already knew some Yiddish. I did find myself a bit lost at time and having to look a few things up so perhaps a glossary of Yiddish terms could help out to make this appealing to a broader audience.

I liked how the story flowed and definitely got some great entertainment out of this book, so Erica, MAZEL TOV!

Erica Manfred is a freelance journalist, humorous essayist, and author.   Her most recent book is the novel,  Interview with a Jewish Vampire.  She’s also authored two non-fiction self-help books, including most recently He’s History You’re Not; Surviving Divorce After Forty.     Her articles and essays have appeared in Cosmopolitan, The New York Times Magazine, Ms., New Age Journal, Village Voice, Woman’s Day, SELF, Ladies Home Journal, and many other publications.  Erica lives in Woodstock, New York with her Chihuahua, Shadow, and her daughter, Freda. Brought up by Jewish parents who spoke Yiddish but avoided religion, she got her Jewish education at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation which welcomes Jews from all backgrounds, from atheist to Orthodox, to vampire.    Her website is, or

Monday, May 7, 2012

Love by Design Excerpt

Today we'll be doing something a little bit different. An author has generously given us a tiny peek at her book, Love by Design. I hope it will tempt you!

Victoria stood outside the Johnson’s Staten Island home and unwisely took another sip of coffee. Already a hot mess of nerves, caffeine was the last thing she needed, but due to lack of sleep she had no choice. Normally anxious on the first day of taping an episode, the perils of breaking in a new co-host only added to the long list of what could go wrong. Especially when Russ was playing a starring role in her nighttime fantasies. As long as he didn’t sneak into her daydreams, she’d be fine. She brought the cup to her lips for another hit.
     “G’day, luv.”
     Victoria jumped and coffee spilt on her outfit. Damn. Putting a mental check mark on the list next to ‘wardrobe change,’ she refused to ask the universe what could go wrong next. She turned, trying to brush off her blouse, unprepared for the full impact of seeing Russ in the flesh again.
     The morning sun bounced off his tousled hair, picking up every highlight. His thumbs were hooked into the belt loops of his tight jeans, a grey t-shirt clung to his chest and he didn't even try to pretend he wasn't staring at her breasts.
     She shifted her gaze down. The cream silk was soaked through like a spring break wet t-shirt contest. The lacy, barely-there bra offered no coverage. She brought up her arms to cover herself.
     His stance stayed perfectly relaxed like he practiced it in front of a mirror, but his stare was lethal as his gaze met hers. She knew she was supposed to say something. She blurted the first thing that came to her mind. “You’re early.”
     “I would say I arrived just in time.”

Liz Matis is a mild manner accountant by day and by night a writer of fun, flirty, and fiery romps! She is a Kindle Best Seller and winner of the NECRWA First Kiss Contest. Married 26 years and counting she believes in happy ever afters.

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