Friday, March 15, 2013

Blog Tour: Suicide Note by Teresa Mummert Blog Tour: Adventures with Max and Louise by Ellyn Oaksmith Book Release Day: Life by Design by Elizabeth James!!

  • Blog Tour: Suicide Note by Teresa Mummert
  • Blog Tour: Adventures with Max and Louise by Ellyn Oaksmith
  • Book Release Day: Life by Design by Elizabeth James

I had the privilege to get an advanced copy of this amazing book to review. I would love to share the greatness that is Teresa Mummert! 
Release date: March 15, 2013 

Disclaimer: **This book contains no acts of suicide and it does have a 'Happily Ever After'** A soldier returning for mid-tour leave decides to stay with a cousin in Maine, after his fiancé leaves him for someone else while he is away at war. His cousin is going through his own devastation and is struggling to pick up the pieces and move on with his family. As they try to help each other through the pain, Shane's path crosses Jenn's and he soon learns that everything happens for a reason.   

Rock my world is exactly what this book did to my heart and soul!!!! I still feel like my heart is permanently lodged in my throat and could burst open at any second. What an amazingly heartfelt, happily heartbreaking story of a couple who finally find their happily ever after!

Jenn is a part of a family that has taken her for granted and taken advantage of her passive demeanor her entire life. She is faced with the most degrading situation a woman could  fathom being dealt. Her fiancé left her for another woman.... But the other woman was no other than her SISTER!!! Who even does that?!?!? To make matters worse, her parents act as if she should just sweep the hurt under the rug and support her sister who is now marrying the douche bag.

Enter on the scene Shane, an Alpha male soldier who wants control of every aspect of his life and is on leave from Iraq. Shane has been dealt his own hand of bad luck lately. His fiancé married another man while he was at war without his knowledge. She now has a new husband in HIS house and with HIS dog. Needless to say Shane has washed his hands of women and is just going to focus on his visit with his cousin before he has to return to Iraq.

A chance encounter between Jenn and Shane change the course of their lives and lead them on a path to finding themselves, finding love, and finding how to trust another person again. Suicide Note sucked me in from the very beginning and I could not put this book down! I easily award this book 5 stars and highly suggest everyone to introduce yourself to these characters. This book made me laugh, cry, cry some more with happy tears, and overall just connect with the theme of a couple of people wanting to be needed by another person and them wanting to need that person in return.

Great job Teresa Mummert on this amazing love story!! If you have not read this book.... Get it now!!!
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We also have Ellyn Oaksmith on our blog today. Check out her amazing book, Adventures with Max and Louise!! This book is hilarious and had me in stitches throughout the whole "adventure"!!
Adventures with Max and Louise
Ellyn Oaksmith

Book Description: This novel was originally published as an e-book in 2011 under the title Knockers. If you like Sophie Kinsella, Meg Cabot, and Liza Palmer, you'll love Ellyn Oaksmith!
Molly Gallagher does not like to be the center of attention. As the mysterious Diner X, her pseudonym for a restaurant review column, she thrives on blending in. But before you can say "medical malpractice," she wakes up from a routine procedure to find that her chart got switched with someone else's, and now her A cup runneth over.
Suddenly, unassuming Molly is turning heads wherever she goes. The man she's been pining for since high school is sitting up and taking notice, a very handsome stranger has captured her attention, and her lifelong dream of publishing a cookbook is about to come true. But Molly feels like an imposter. Will some advice from avery strange place help her figure out how to navigate her new, full-figured world?
Molly realizes her revamped shape might change her life. She just doesn't anticipate quite how much . . .
My Review:
Adventures with Max and Louise is a comedic contemporary romance book about a woman (Molly) finding herself in a very unconventional way. This story is hilarious and I could definitely see this as a book adapted into a movie! Max and Louise are constantly "chattering" and advising Molly on decisions about life, men, wardrobe, and anything they can speak their mind about. The problem is that Max and Louise are not people.... But her breast implants!!
Molly is a food critique that has had two enormous opportunities fall into her lap. The first mishap would be that she went in for a cosmetic surgery to have scars removed from her chest and came out with double D's!! She now has to learn how to accept her new "assets" as gifts and live her life with her new "friends... Max and Louise." The second opportunity that came her way was becoming a published cookbook author with a PR representative from Hell. Molly also happens to literally run into her high school crush and hopes to ignite a mutual love affair.
Of course, a good writer will have more than one love interest vowing to win the lady's heart. This is where the book lost and hooked me all at the same time. On one hand there was Chas, the high school crush, and Wolf, the son of a restaurant owner. Chas is a typical rich kid born with a silver spoon in his mouth, pompous ass that wants what he wants at the moment and can move on to the next conquest at a moment's notice. Wolf is a down to Earth, laid back, could care less what people think about him type of guy that has a genuine interest in Molly. I kept running into a brick wall about 50% into this book with the hopes that Molly would choose Wolf and I could hear more of their story. To my disappointment, most of the book was about Molly trying to win Chas over and failing miserably at times. I think Adventures with Max and Louise would have kept my attention a little bit better if there were more Wolf and less Chas.
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars on the knock my socks off scale. Adventures with Max and Louise was a good story. It had a comedic storyline with lovable characters. My only wish was that the story would have flown a little quicker. I loved the basis behind the story and the laugh-ability factor that it had, it just took too long for me personally to get to the end. I would still encourage book lovers to read this story. This is a well written book that gave me the giggles many times!
“Here we go,” says the anesthesiologist. Poking the needle into my arm, he withdraws a tiny bit of blood into the clear drug he’s about to shoot into my vein. Red blood blooms in the benzodiazepine. I squeeze Angeli’s hand, grateful to have an ally in the room. She squeezes back hard, too hard. From the bed where I rest, prone in my unisex surgery gown, I can see thatAngeli’s brown eyes are scary huge, like melting chocolates. She stares at the needle, transfixed, her lush coffee-colored skin now ashy pale. She clasps my hand until my fingers tingle. I want to say something about my hand being strangled, but the drug is taking effect. My brain floats three feet above, watchingAngeli wobble unsteadily. Her skin fades further to a weird hue, lips purplish white. I haven’t seen her this shade since high school, when we drank all my dad’s Crown Royal and threw up on my mom’s prize Tropicana rosebushes. She’s going to faint.
In the back of my drug-addled brain there is a tug of remembrance, a creeping sense of doom. Why did Angeli quit medical school? Because she was tired of her doctor parents pushing their profession, their immigrant drive, their Indian lives down her thoroughly Americanized throat. That was it, right? Then I remember: she quit because she fainted at the sight of blood.
“You’re squeezing my hand too hard,” I squeal.
This isn’t happening. I’m shot full of drugs, going down faster than the Hindenburg, and my best friend, the person who is supposed to drive me, tend me, and take the helm while I am out of commission, is teetering like a drunk. My lips numb Lovely soft fuzz fills my brain. I remember some comedian’s quip about why so many people become drug addicts: because drugs are fun. I give Angeli a squishy smile, trying to form a sentence in my soggy brain, something about how she’d better not faint because I need her to look after me. Then Angeli disappears from view. One minute she’s there, and the next, nothing but wall space and a dull thud.
I turn woozily to the anesthesiologist. He looks down at the floor, a deep frown creasing his brow.
“Nola, we got a fainter!” he yells.
Panicking, I realize that this surgery, which is supposed to rid me of the scars on my neck and chest, boost my confidence, expand my career, and maybe even jump-start my love life, isn’t going well. And I haven’t even left the pre-op room. The last thing that goes through my head is this: I’ve picked the wrong damn friend.
Medical errors occur in 17 percent of all hospital procedures. Most of them are caused by understaffing, fatigue, lack of communication, and staff error. My best friend caused mine. When it came time to pick my advocate during surgery, it came down to five people: my sisters, Trina and Denise; my best friends, Martin and Angeli; and my dad. Trina was out because I was using her plastic surgeon. She’d spend all her time agonizing over whether or not to get a quick shot of Botox instead of looking out for me. My younger sister Denise is too busy chaining herself to whaling ships and picketing outside the federal building. Besides, she’d view plastic surgery as antifeminist, lecturing me on embracing my scars and wearing them like a badge of courage. My dad, well, surgery would remind him of the worst night of his life, the night I got the scars. Martin was busy covering my job at the newspaper.
Angeli, who never mentioned anything about queasiness at the sight of blood, could easily get someone to cover for her at the Clinique counter at Nordstrom. She seemed the obvious choice.
I subscribe to the domino theory of life. One bad choice or event triggers a chain of events that then lead to an explosion in one’s life. In this case, Angeli was the first tilting tile. Nurse Nola, who rushed to pick Angeli off the floor, was holding someone else’s chart. In her haste, she dropped the chart on my bed. Three minutes later I was wheeled into surgery with another patient’s chart. I wake up in the recovery room three hours later feeling as if I’ve fallen off a cliff. It’s not so bad, though, because I’ve landed in a warm pile of drugs. A wan, tired Angeliis at my side, holding my hand, smiling in her surprisingly empathetic way. In a chemical haze, I tilt my head from side to side. The room swims pleasantly as though I’m underwater. Dimly aware of a faint ache in my chest and neck, I float above the pain, enjoying my little high. This isn’t so bad. My surgeon, Dr. Hupta, told me I’d have lots more pain after the drugs wear off. But then he’ll give me more to take home. Easy peasy.
Across from me is a teenage girl with bandages covering her cheeks and nose, sipping from a green juice box. Her mother, in a pink velour jogging suit, flips through a movie magazine. They watch me as I blink my eyes woozily, struggling to sit up.Angeli jumps from her chair to help me.
“Here, here, I got it.” She presses a button, lifting the bed. As my head becomes level with hers, she whispers in my ear, nodding at the teenager. “One guess what she’s in here for.”
Before I can answer, a nurse bustles in, her neon white smile fixed. “Well, hello there. And how are we feeling after our big day in surgery?”
I try to say, “Fine.” It comes out, “Fiiiiaaaay.”
The nurse takes my pulse, listens to my heart rate, and hands me a juice box. “We need to get your blood sugar up, or you’ll end up on the ground like your friend here when you try to walk.”
Angeli rolls her eyes behind the nurse’s back. As soon as she leaves, Angeli whispers about my roommate. “Nose job. High school graduation present. Can you imagine? Happy graduation; how’d you like a new schnoz?”
Slowly I drink my apple juice, my head clearing slightly. “I doubt it went like that. Nice disappearing act back there.”
She rolls her eyes and shrugs. “Now you know why I flunked premed.”
“You said blood used to make you queasy, not parallel.” I wince as the pain radiates into my neck and shoulders. 

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Adventures With Max and Louise

We are so very excited to announce the release day and post a blurb for Life by Design by Elizabeth James!! Show this author and her books some 1- Click love!! :)
Life by Design by Elizabeth James Book Release Day!!!!
Book Release Date: 3/15
Jane Carter’s life has never been easy. Leaving her parentsbehind only to be abandoned pregnant by the one man she thought she could depend on. She had a sense that things just weren’t going to be easy for her or her precious daughter Jolene. She’s so skeptical about life that she thinks she’s dreaming when she catches the eye of handsome, successful architect, Jay Anderson. Will Jay be willing to accept her and her child or will she be forced to return to a past that just won’t go away. Falling in love is easy. Life is hard. Has life finally designed the happy ending she’s always dreamed of?

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Link to Love by Design on Goodreads: Here

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