Monday, June 25, 2012

Dancing Naked in Dixie Book Review

I loved this book. I think it's one of the books that I've read the most quickly recently. Everywhere I would go, I'd bring the book with me, in hopes that I would have a moment or two to read another chapter.

Lauren's writing is very solid, and she makes her characters realistic and approachable. The story flowed very well and even though I'm not sure if the plot was something that would actually happen, she made me believe that it could and did.

I've read previous work by Lauren and I have to say, I'm very much looking forward to next year and her next book release!

Lauren Clark is the author of Stay Tuned and Dancing Naked in Dixie. She writes contemporary novels set in the Deep South; stories sprinkled with sunshine, suspense, and secrets.

A former TV news anchor, Lauren adores flavored coffee, local book stores, and anywhere she can stick her toes in the sand. Herbig loves are her family, paying it forward, and true-blue friends. Check out her website at

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Finding Felicity Book Review

Finding Felicity was a book I very much enjoyed as it was written from the heart and that was obvious. The way the family dynamics were described to the realistic portrayal of one of my favourite countries, Italy, this book was a literary gem.
The way that the author described the characters' feelings definitely hit the mark. I never felt like anything was contrived or unrealistic and that is rare for me in literature. She really wove a fantastic story about some difficult topics.
I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story and perhaps not one that they were expecting.

Monica Marlowe was born in Toronto and later moved to Los Angeles. While in LA, Monica studied the craft of novel writing and participated in the Noel Hynd Workshop. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Spiritual Psychology. Now, Monica makes her home in North Carolina and divides her time between the East and West Coasts. Monica is currently writing a memoir, The Gift Horse, about acquiring her first horse and finding herself on a most unexpected path. Monica writes stories about heroes and heroines who follow their heart, wherever the path may lead, knowing that the heart has reasons of its own. 

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Unlocked Review

Unlocked was definitely a book with a theme. A theme of unhappiness and having been too giving in a world that will take advantage of it, which I've also experienced in my life. I felt bad for the central character though as repeatedly she seemed to be getting taken advantage of by people who played on her desire to be loved.
I am glad that the author added a note at the end to explain that a lot of it was based on her personal experiences and that she used writing as a type of therapy as it helped clarify exactly what I had already started wondering.
Perhaps we should all write a cathartic book of this type as I'm sure we all have our past hurts to work through and if it seems to have worked as well as she says it did, then why not?

 Rachael O'Bryan grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She attended college at Temple University. After college she pursued her law degree, starting off at Tulane University and then graduating at American University. Rachael is a lawyer, but pursues writing in her free time. Besides writing Unlocked, she keeps a blog at Also, on June 1st she launched her own business - an online women's magazine. The magazine is operated under RachaelMagazine LLC. The self-titled magazine is geared towards professional women in their 20s and 30s that want it all. You can subscribe at When Rachael isn't working, writing, or running her own business she enjoys reading, traveling, watching The New York Mets. and following the University of Louisville basketball team. She currently resides in New York City.

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