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That Girl
By author: Rachel Strong


After serving half of a three-year prison sentence, James is out and ready to try and get his life back on track, which means forgetting about the girl who sent him to prison in the first place – despite the fact he’s still in love with her!
Katie knows that she can’t see James, but that doesn’t make it any easier. If she does it could send him straight back to prison, but, she still loves him and is desperate to make things right and tell him how sorry she is for ruining his life.
After accidently bumping into each other, James and Katie can’t stay away from one another and so begin to see each other in secret. After a slight wobble on James’s part, when he decides he can’t take the risk of going back to prison, Katie decides enough is enough and it really is time to move on and put James behind her.
Heartbroken, James decides to try and get his life in order. But due to his conviction it’s not as straightforward as he would like, leaving him miserable and despairing at what his life has become.
When a job opportunity comes up hundreds of miles away he doesn’t hesitate to head south and put his troubles behind him.
Can James and Katie forget each other and move on with their lives without one another?

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About the Author:

Rachel Strong


Rachel Strong is a romance author and lives in Lancashire, England, with her husband, three children and little dog Daisy. Rachel works part time as a Health Care Assistant at her local hospital, but her real passion is writing.

Ever since she can remember, Rachel has been writing stories but didn’t really take it seriously until summer 2012 when her husband discovered one of her stories, read it and convinced her that it was good. She loves writing and creating characters, sometimes a whole day can pass her by, just sitting at her laptop, typing away.
When she’s not writing, Rachel loves to read slushy romance novels, chick-lit and a good thriller. When she finds a spare moment she will be found curled up on the sofa with her nose in a book.

Rachel’s debut novel ‘Complicated Love’ is out now with her second novel ‘That Girl’ is due to be released this coming June.

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June 13th

The Bookworm Lodge – – Book Excerpt/Promo Post
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The Writing Garnet – HTTPS:// – Book Review

June 14th

Grass monster – Amazon/GoodReads – Book Review
Vikbat – – Book Review/Promo Post
The Bookdragon – – Book Review
Boundless Minds – – Author Guest Post
ItsShelbyMariee – – Book Review

June 15th

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Liz Ellyn – – Book Review
Fervently Curious – – Book Review/Excerpt
Love Sex and Other Dirty Words – – Book Promo Post
Little Novelist – – Book Excerpt
Hello…Chick Lit – – Book Promo Post

June 16th

Rachel Brimble Romance – – Author Guest Post
Have books, Will read – – Book Excerpt/Promo Post
Bookmyopia – – Book Excerpt
Book Lover in Florida – – Book Excerpt/Promo Post
Ali – The Dragon Slayer – – Book Review
The Book Basics – – Book Review/Promo Post

June 17th

Steamy Book Momma – – Book Review
Book Groupies – – Book Promo Post
Brittany’s Book Blog – – Book Review
Sparkles at Midnight – – Book Review
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The Treachery of Trains

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The Treachery of Trains
By author – Sylvia Ashby


Sky has made an abominable mistake at work. Something so awful she doesn’t dare stay in the HR office of XIM Technics for fear of being lynched by her colleagues.

So she gets on a train…

What happens when it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year?

Sky Candy is about to find out.

Praises about other books by the same author.
“Like a late night, post-pub cheeseboard or the final few drops of Rosé, it will prove mighty hard to resist.”

“If this book were a movie, it would be the biggest romantic comedy of the next five years, and I’d be first in line to pay my $10 for a ticket and $20 worth of popcorn and soda.”

“Great characters, interesting plot line and wonderful writing bringing it all together! Well worth the read. Kind of hoping for a sequel.”

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Sylvia Ashby


Sylvia Ashby’s first book, Pot Love, is about food and love.
Her second, The Treachery of Trains, is about finding love in unlikely places.

She lives in Belgium with her family.
You can talk to her on Twitter @bysylvia_a

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Ever Growing Book Obsession – – Promo Post
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May 10th

The Belgian Reviewer – Http:// – Book Excerpt
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Steamy Book Momma – – Book Excerpt

May 12th

Judging More Than Just The Cover – – Author Q&A

May 13th

Around the World in Books – – Book Excerpt
Ali – The Dragon Slayer – – Book Review

May 16th

T&L Book Reviews – – Promo Post
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Book Groupies – – Book Excerpt

May 18th

ItaPixie’s Book Corner – – Book Review

May 19th

The Bookworm Lodge – – Promo Post

May 20th

One Book At A Time – – Promo Post
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These Words: A Blog – – Book Review

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Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock

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Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock
By author – Nino Gugunishvili


Tasha is a dreamer in search of a new dream.

She’s bored with Pilates. She’s never tried yoga. She doesn’t even have a driver’s license. She lives a pretty ordinary life as a freelance writer who battles the occasional flow of melancholy with the regular flow of martinis. Nestled into her couch, her television remote in one hand and a cold adult beverage in the other, she’s found a favorite way to pass the hours on a Friday evening. It’s comfortable and familiar, but it’s not exactly an exciting way to live. With two of her closest friends, a bossy mother, an eighty-two-year-old grandmother, and Griffin, her fat yellow Labrador at her side, she knows that there has to be something better out there.

But where?

When she gets an unexpected offer to relocate to France to write a magazine column, she thinks her circumstances are improving. But life in a new country isn’t all pêches et la crème. Now far away from her comfort zone, Tasha must find the inner strength to start a new career and navigate the bizarre and unknown world of professional jealousy, intrigue, and conflicting personalities in a very foreign land.

It’s enough to make a girl yearn for those quiet nights on the couch.

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 Today I would like to write and share my thought about a blank page. Yes, exactly, about that terrifying, scary, rising our self-doubts, bringing up our insecurities the very first blank page you may be staring at right now and thinking what to type or handwrite on it.  I know that many of us are familiar with the feeling and an overwhelming emotion of bewilderment, panic or confusion when we sit there with our laptops, agonizing over on how to start.

But stop for a minute or two, and think differently.  See, how beautiful that blank page is even without a single word on it, reminding us of a whole mesmerizing universe of stories, plots, characters and their paths, or beautiful settings still unseen and untold, waiting to be born, holding so many possibilities, so many developments and twists and turns and premises ahead.

Before you start writing you are free. That blank page in front of you gives you an ultimate freedom to decide what to write, where to go, what type of narrative to follow, how far to travel.

 I hope you’ll agree, that the minute before you start writing the very first sentence of your future novel is almost surreal and for me we surely owe it to the blank page, for it certainly brings us a feeling of a magical happening, a possibility of discovering how intimate and at the same time how demanding, scrutinizing but also fulfilling and joyful the process of writing can be.

The blank page is giving you a precious gift of a mystery that you yourself unfold with your own unique style and voice.  Because it’s your story, your experience, your regrets, your ups and downs and your distinctiveness that makes it sparkle.  It’s an excitement of diving into something unknown, so thrilling, captivating, ecstatic that once you get a taste of it you won’t be able to trade it for anything other.   And so the blank page is always there for you, waiting silently until you get brave enough, fearless enough, dedicated enough to start the most turbulent, often painful but equally rewarding journey of writing a book.

You begin, words are flowing, filling the space, shaping your story with every sentence you write and then you finish and start again, only to discover, that there are millions of blank pages out there, that you’ll still have to conquer.


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Author – Nino Gugunishvili


Nino Gugunishvili holds MA in arts and has worked in the film and television industries.
“Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock” is her debut novel. She lives in Tbilisi, Georgia

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Grass Monster – Amazon, Goodreads and Twitter – Book Review

May 10th

Ever Growing Book Obsession – – Promo Post
Judging More Than Just The Cover – – Author Q&A
vvb32 reads – – Book Review
Booked Up and Bossy – – Book Review

May 11th

ItaPixie’s Book Corner – – Book Review
T&L Book Reviews – – Author Guest Post
Around the World in Books – – Promo Post
Hello…Chick Lit – – Book Excerpt

May 12th

The Bookworm Lodge – – Promo Post
The Belgian Reviewer – – Author Q&A
Ali – The Dragon Slayer – – Book Review

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One Book At a Time – – Promo Post
Book Groupies – – Book Excerpt
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The Lost and Found Life of Rosy Bennett

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The Lost and Found Life of Rosy Bennett
By author – Jan Birley


Rosy loved her London life – her job in a designer shop, her gorgeous West London family house and of course her gorgeous family (although young sons are enough to test anyone at times). All that disappears when, one unremarkable morning, after one unremarkable school run, her husband collapses on a crowded tube carriage and dies.
As she struggles her way through the grief, she discovers her husband’s secret life: secrets accounts, secret deals that their solicitor knew nothing of, secret debts and what looks like a secret “very close friend” at least.
Totally unprepared and suddenly in debt, Rosy is forced to leave London to start a new life with her incredibly reluctant boys in the countryside. Can angsty urban teenagers cope with farm life, let alone enjoy it? More to the point, can their mother? It’s certainly not going to be easy but when you are at rock bottom the only way is up.

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Chapter Three – Mid December
She wasn’t able to sleep, eyes sore and wide open, mind whirling with images of everything from her last day with Simon to being a child and sitting on her mother’s lap. How she wished she could have that right now – the blissful certainty of a child that a mother could make everything better. She was completely and utterly emotionally wiped out. Her head seemed to have grown to a six-foot washing machine drum, crazily spinning with countless mismatched thoughts, sliding into one another like jumbled socks. She eyed the pack of paracetamol on the bedside table and thought how easy it would be. And then chided herself, remembering the boys. At least there was some trace of sanity left, she thought ruefully. But I am so tired. So tired of grief, of worry. She tossed in the bed. The projector clock on the ceiling moved with reluctance. The last time she had checked, it was 4:30a.m. and when she did finally drop off, her dreams were of debts and huge, greedy bank managers. She was up at 7:00a.m. With gritty eyes, she got out cereal bowls and put bread in the toaster.
It was a windy late autumn day, chilly with a sun playing hide and seek. She turned the corner of the road to Richard’s office, her feet tapping nervously along the pavement, hands unknowingly clenched. Up the stairs and back in his office, she looked at the mounds of paper still stacked on his desk – nothing seemed to have moved. Richard got up, arm outstretched and they shook hands.
‘Good to see you. Thank you for coming. Not a bad day for December,’ he said in a voice that, to her, rang with tension. Sitting down he shuffled awkwardly in the chair.
‘Rosy, there’s no easy way to say this.’
Her heart plunged. She looked at him steadily whilst clasping her hands together very tightly on her lap. The whites of her knuckles shone through, she noted. It was the kind of detail logged in women’s magazine stories, she thought.
Richard spoke. ‘To get straight to the point, it seems that in err…’ he looked down at his papers, ‘… in July this year, Simon bought an alpaca farm in Dorset, near Blandford Forum – Prior’s Gate Farm in a village called Kirmington Abbas.’
Rosy sat stunned. His love of surprises meant he had been known to keep things from her, small things, but this was in a different league. For some reason, she suddenly vividly remembered being in this office with Simon when they had made their wills. How he had taken her hand, looked at her and grinned, saying that with the amount of wine she drank, she’d be dead long before him. Still stunned, she brushed an imaginary bit of fluff from her skirt. A door in the outer office opened and closed. There was complete silence.
‘A what?’ she whispered.
‘A farm, a farm of twenty acres, so nothing too big,’ he said almost apologetically, as if it was his fault. ‘But including a farmhouse with six bedrooms, a range of outbuildings and a barn. And alpacas.’
‘Why would he?’ she breathed. And then, a few moments later, ‘Aren’t alpacas llamas‘I believe so,’ he looked at her over the top of his glasses. ‘The situation is that to enable him to do this, he sold everything – his portfolio of stocks and shares, and he used those funds as a deposit on the property.’
She hurriedly interrupted. ‘Everything? What? Are you saying there’s nothing left?’
‘Not that I’m aware of. There may be a little in an account I haven’t as yet found. Do you know of any other accounts Simon might have had?’
She shook her head, not trusting herself to speak. Feeling giddy, and then being cross with herself for being so tiresomely weak, she gripped the side of the chair and leaned forward. ‘Alpacas, are you sure?’
He nodded. ‘Yes, quite sure. And to continue, I know this is very hard for you, I can hardly believe it myself, but having had detailed conversations with this bank yesterday and seeing all the documentation that they have emailed over to me, it seems that Simon paid well over a million for the property and livestock, and to do this took out a mortgage of over £900,000.’
The numbers floated around Rosy’s ears; she heard them but wasn’t able to take them in.
‘Although the property is not mentioned in Simon’s will, as his wife you inherit it and also, unfortunately, its funding. There was no insurance to back up this sum. As you are probably aware when you take out a mortgage, building insurance is mandatory but it is not necessary to take out any other type of insurance.’
‘But how was he going to pay it back? The monthly payments? We didn’t – don’t – have that kind of income?’ She bit her bottom lip.
He shook his head, ‘I don’t know. He did make three payments, for August, September and October. There is one other thing I feel I must tell you.’
Rosy closed her eyes. ‘What?’ she said bleakly.
‘Simon, when applying for this mortgage was, how shall I put it, economical with the truth. The bank is not happy.’
‘What do you mean?’

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So – all about me ………

I went to live in London when I was 17. Pretty young really, amazing that my parents let me go – after six years at a draughty boarding school in Yorkshire, my knowledge of life was hardly encyclopaedic. Mind you, whose is at 17? Initially, I trained as a radiographer but didn’t like it much and dabbled in other worlds where I couldn’t find anything I really wanted to do. Apart from sit and read a book, of course. Nanny? Nope. Not after attempting to look after two hideous children who only spoke Dutch. Cooking in a restaurant in Cornwall? Not really my thing, especially as my role seemed to consist of doing the washing up. So back to London where I spent many years in Wandsworth, getting married and having three fabulous sons, two of whom are twins. Now I live in Dorset, but am unwilling to give up totally on city life and so I still go back there to work at LSE one day a week. I’m a dyslexia support tutor. I also work at a local girls’ school and because of the lovely, long holidays I’m able to spend a good part of the year with all my boys at our holiday home in Italy. Along with our elderly dog, we relish the time we’re able to spend in la bella Umbria. My husband is the Deputy Mayor of our town here in Dorset which keeps him busy.

I’ve recently published, on line, my first novel with the second one to follow shortly. The third one is still in the process of being written. All of them are stand-alone books. Although I’ve been writing for many years, it never seemed a possible financial option as a career but belatedly I’ve realised that if I don’t pursue my dream right now, that’s all it will ever be. The result is The Lost and Found Life of Rosy Bennett.

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Judging More Than Just The Cover – – Review/Author Q&A
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Grass Monster – – Book Review

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Literary Chanteuse – – Promo Post
Steamy Book Momma – – Book Excerpt
Around the World in Books – – Promo Post

March 23rd

JustaBooklovinJunkie – – Book Excerpt/Promo Post
SassyCatChat – – Book Review/Promo Post
Book Groupies – – Book Excerpt
Hello…Chick Lit – – Book Review

March 24th

ItaPixie’s Book Corner – – Book Review/Book Excerpt
Chick Lit Central – – Author Q&A
The Bookworm’s Book Reviews – – Book Review

March 25th

Ali – The Dragon Slayer – – Book Review/Promo Post
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Natalie’s Getting Married @hellochicklit

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Natalie’s Getting Married
By author – Rosa Temple


“Grab a blanket and your comfiest chair, you won’t be able to put this book down. Natalie is so easy to relate to, you just get her and she is such a pleasure to read about. Her strengths and insecurities brought her to life for me page after page. Gabriel captured my attention straight away and every time he was in a scene, I was completely mesmerized. The character chemistry and unexpected story line twists were phenomenal, I loved this book!” Wil Scott (Beta Reader)

“Rosa Temple is one of the best authors to come along in quite a while. Natalie’s Getting Married is a great, feel good, romantic book that will keep you turning pages until the very end.
Natalie is such a great character and readers will simply fall in love with her!” Amanda (Beta Reader)

Career minded, Natalie Spencer, had never been in love. She could never understand what all the fuss was about. But when she met Jackson Humphries during Fresher’s Week at university, that all changed.
Utterly infatuated, Natalie quickly discovers the meaning of love and, before she knows it, she’s heading up the aisle – for the first time, that is.
This is a tale about four wedding dresses, a runaway groom and a girl who got so carried away, she couldn’t see true love staring her right in the face.

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Rosa Temple


Rosa Temple began writing romantic comedies and chick lit because of her passion for what she calls the ‘early chick lit films’, like: Sabrina, Barefoot In the Park and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. She honed her skills as a ghost writer, gaining experience writing romantic novellas, both sweet and on the slightly steamy side. In her notebooks, she constantly jotted down story ideas of her own and she eventually completed her first novella Sleeping With Your Best Friend and now, the full length novel, Natalie’s Getting Married.

Rosa Temple is a Londoner and is married with two sons. She is a reluctant keep fit fanatic and doer of housework and insists that writing keeps her away from such strenuous tasks. She spends her days creating characters and story lines while drinking herbal tea and eating chocolate biscuits.

To find out more about Rosa and to catch up on all her musings please join her here on Rosa Temple Writes…

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Sparkly Word –– Author Guest Post
Isabelle Andover – – Author Q&A
The Page Unbound – – Promo Post
The Book Magnet – – Book Excerpt

March 15th

Literary Chanteuse – – Promo Post
Boundless Minds – – Author Q&A
Writing Pearls – – Book Review
T&L Book Reviews – YOU ARE HERE – Author Guest Post

March 16th

Steamy Book Momma – – Book Excerpt
JustaBooklovinJunkie – – Book Review
Chick Lit Central – – Promo Post

March 17th

Around the World in Books – – Promo Post
Ali – The Dragon Slayer – – Book Review
Books N Pearls – – Book Review

March 18th

Grass monster – – Book Review
Girllovespinkbooks – – Author Guest Post
One Book At a Time – – Book Excerpt
Hello…Chick Lit – – Book Review

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A Sudden Crush


A Sudden Crush
By Author Camilla Isley


Joanna Price is a city girl with the perfect life. She loves her job as a book editor, she just married Liam, high profile bestselling author and the man of her dreams, and she’s headed to the Caribbean to enjoy two weeks of paradise for her luxurious honeymoon.
Connor Duffield is a gruff, grumpy rancher from the Midwest. He is a country boy who has a no-nonsense approach to life, more scars than he’d like to admit, and he hates city girls.

So it’s just a misfortune they have to sit next to each other for a six hour plane ride. Even more so when their flight is caught in the perfect storm and Joanna wakes up stranded on a desert island with Connor, the very man she hoped she would never have to see again.

Why are they alone on this forsaken island? What happened to Joanna’s husband?

When her dream honeymoon turns into a hilarious tropical nightmare, Joanna’s first thought is survival. However, she and Connor will quickly discover just how boring paradise can be. As the days turn to weeks, and then months, this mismatched pair will have to learn how to coexist and how to resist the sparkles of an attraction they weren’t prepared to feel.

When they are finally rescued will Joanna’s marriage be saved as well, or will the life she knew and loved be in ruins?

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Hi! I’m a writer of romantic comedy, cat’s lover, coffee addict, and shoes hoarder.
Besides writing, I love reading (surprise, surprise), cooking—and eating—especially pasta, going to the movies and obviously ordering a gigantic bowl of popcorn, and watching too much TV.
I understand that mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem as a part of other animals’ diet, and I don’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but I could really live without them.

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Around the World in Books/Melissa – – Excerpt
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Bookmyopia/Ishita – – Review
Calico Gifts Blog/Laura – – Review
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Pretty Little Book Reviews/Elle – – Review
Just a Book Lovin’ Junkie – – Promo
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Romantic Reads and Such/Julie – – Review
Boundless Minds/Shouryaman – – Author Q&A
Ali – The Dragon Slayer/Alison – – Review
Hello…Chick Lit/Aimee – – Review


On My Bookshelf/Agi – – Review
Liz Ellen/Liz – – Review
The Nest of Books Review/Petra – – Author Guest Post
ItaPixie’s Book Corner/Fede – – Review
I Heart Fictional People/Cheryl – – Review


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Book Groupies/Jazzy – – Promo
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Christmas Confessions & Cocktails by Vicki Lesage

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Christmas Confessions & Cocktails
By Author Vicki Lesage


American-turned-Parisian Vicki tells it like it is, from her crazy Christmases growing up in the Midwest to her even crazier holidays in her new home in France. Bizarre gifts, stomach-turning food, and holiday travel disasters are just some of the tales you’ll chuckle at in this installment of the Paris Confessions series.

This Christmas-themed memoir features 25 funny and heartwarming essays, all with a tenuous tie to Christmas, and pairs each with a delicious drink recipe. So grab your martini shaker and get ready for tasty cocktails and hearty laughs this holiday season!

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Confessions of a Paris Party Girl


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When newly-single party girl Vicki moved to Paris, she was hoping to indulge in wine, stuff her face with croissants, and fall in love. It proved to be much more difficile than she’d imagined. In this laugh-out-loud memoir, this cheeky storyteller recounts the highs and lows of her life in the City of Light. Sassy and shamefully honest, Vicki makes you feel as if you’re right there in Paris stumbling along the cobblestones with her.

Will she find love? Will she learn to consume reasonable amounts of alcohol? Will the French administration ever cut her a break?

A funny memoir about coming of age and embarking on a new life in Paris. Part travel memoir, part love story, this collection of funny essays shows the humorous side of life, love, and drinking in Paris.

Excerpt from Christmas Confessions & Cocktails by Vicki Lesage

When 55 people gather for Christmas, there obviously isn’t room for everyone at the official dining room table. Grandma and Grandpa always sat at The Big Table, the grandkids had to sit at The Little Table, and the other adults had to either fight for a spot at The Big Table or resign themselves to sitting on the couch or one of The Medium Tables set up in the basement.

“At least you get a table,” my mom would say every year. “We always had to sit on the steps when we went to our grandma and grandpa’s house.” If I thought I had a lot of cousins, my mom had even more. And at every family event at her grandparents’ house, situated on a farm in central Missouri, the kids would line up on the front porch steps and eat their meal on their laps. I doubted they did this in winter, but like the “We walked uphill to school in the snow both ways” line parents always spit out, you just nod and go along with it and let them enjoy their trip down memory lane, not even realizing you’ll totally do the same thing with your kids one day.

Stephen loved sitting at The Little Table. “Mom doesn’t nag me about my manners and I don’t have to zip my pants up.” Which isn’t quite as pervy as it sounds because he was a kid and just wanted to stuff himself full of as much turkey and mashed potatoes as possible, and his only-worn-once-a-year-yet-still-always-too-small dress pants did not accommodate that plan.

One year, when he was five, his pants were so tight they literally burst at the seams, putting his Superman tighty whities on display. He didn’t even notice it at first, so being the mean older sister I am, I let him run around—excuse me, fly around—in his superhero undies in the hopes of embarrassing him.

Finally, he asked why I was giggling. “Because we’ve all been staring at your butt for the past hour. You ripped your pants.”

He looked down. “I don’t see anything.”

“I said your BUTT. Turn around.”

He twisted around and saw his pants flapping around behind him. “I thought I felt a breeze! Oh well.” He shrugged and ran off to play.

That is so not how I would have reacted. And that is so not how I expected my teasing to go! I was done with these little kids. I headed to The Big Table.

Grandma didn’t reprimand me when I hopped up in the empty seat next to her, likely vacated by one of the smokers in the family. She continued talking and I tried to keep up.

“I don’t know about this Dukakis character,” Grandma said. “You think he’ll win?”

“I sure hope not,” one of my uncles said. “But I’m not so sure about Bush, either.”

At school I’d heard kids calling the Democratic presidential candidate “dookie caca,” but I was pretty sure that type of dinner conversation wouldn’t get me invited back to The Big Table. I kept looking for an “in” but at seven years old, precocious as I was, I couldn’t convincingly debate politics.

Then they moved on to a topic I did know a little something about: babies.

I was one of the oldest cousins, so I got to play with each new little baby that came along. I loved holding them, rocking them, and giving them their bottles. What cute little story would my aunt tell about her new baby?

“This probably isn’t for kids’ ears, but…”

I looked around. I didn’t see any kids. I gave her a look indicating the coast was clear.

Then she proceeded to talk about childbirth, which is ohmygod way different than talking about babies. I couldn’t unstick myself from my seat. And I couldn’t unhear that conversation. I tried to nod along, as if I totally understood what she was saying and wasn’t totally terrified by it. Then, when she was done, I politely excused myself to go eat all the Christmas cookies and try to forget about things like “cervixes” and “epidurals” and “episiotomies,” whatever the hell those were.

I set my plate of cookies down at The Little Table, a look of horror still on my face.

“Welcome back,” Stephen said, grabbing a handful of cookies.

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Vicki Lesage


Amazon bestselling author Vicki Lesage proves daily that raising two French kids isn’t as easy as the hype lets on. In her three minutes of spare time per week, she writes, sips bubbly, and prepares for the impending zombie apocalypse. She lives in Paris with her French husband, rambunctious son, and charming daughter, all of whom mercifully don’t laugh when she says “au revoir.”

She penned the Paris Confessions series in between diaper changes and wine refills. She writes about the ups and downs of life in the City of Light at

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City of Illusions

City of Illusions
By Author: Judith Works


Laura impulsively applies for a job in glorious Rome
without telling her husband, Jake. She wants to leave gray Seattle and make her
dreams of a more exciting life and a rejuvenated marriage come true. When the
offer unexpectedly arrives she talks Jake into the adventure. After all, she is
nearing 30 and Jake crossed that threshold only a few years earlier. Life might
pass them by if they don’t take the chance.

But she and Jake soon learn la dolce vita is far more complicated than they imagined when they
are catapulted into a world full of intrigue, deceit, and infidelity lurking
behind the sunny piazzas and crumbling ruins.

Their lives spin out of control when naïve Jake, cast
adrift as the trailing spouse, is sucked into a gang of antiquity thieves. Laura
is left to find her own way the city of yearning, of echoes, of illusions. What
will she do? Preserve her marriage at all costs or search elsewhere for the key
to the happiness she desires?

In this woman’s fiction set in the romantic city of
Rome, author Judith Works tells the classic tale of the Old World colliding
with the New but with a modern twist.

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“Let’s go to the Trevi Fountain. A couple of weeks ago I downloaded that old movie called Three Coins in the Fountain, with all those thin women wearing clothes from the 1950s with pointy bras and the men calling them girls.”

“Like Madonna used to wear.” He surprised her with a quick hug, saying, “You’re my girl. And better looking too.”

“Thanks. Love you.” Laura stopped in the middle of the street to put her arms around him like lovers do, but when passing tourists bumped against them they parted to join the flow of sunburnt humanity hurrying along a street lined with forbidding Renaissance palazzi, the massive buildings built of dark stone. Chinese and Africans hawked junky plastic toys and fake Fendi handbags to the passing crowds, exhausted guides waved their folded umbrellas in an attempt to keep their flocks in order, and smartly-dressed police watched with bored expressions. At the far end of one street Laura could hear the noise of rushing water over the murmurings from tourists.

The theatrical fountain lived up to the claims in their guidebook, with Neptune riding in his chariot drawn by two seahorses guided by tritons amid cascading waters. Tourists shoved each other out of the way as they threw two coins over their shoulders and into the basin – one to return to Rome and one for a favorable answer to another wish. Laura cast in a dime she found in the bottom of her backpack, wishing for a happy life in Rome. She couldn’t find a second to make another wish. Anyway, it was too soon to think of one.

She glanced up at the building supporting the fountain. An elderly woman, as motionless as one of the statues, leaned down from a window to watch the crowds below, her elbows resting on the sill. What does she see? Does she see me? Does she care about any of us? Uneasy at the woman’s fixed stare, Laura squeezed back through the crowds to find Jake who had remained at the back of the piazza.

By now footsore and hungry, they began their walk back to the pensione. They came to a small shop with a sign advertising pizza al taglio.

Jake said, “What about this place? I don’t know what taglio means but it does say pizza.” An aroma of oregano, basil, and cheese wafted out the door, pulling them in to see large rectangular trays of pizza, so hot they were still bubbling. They each ordered a large square, Jake’s with onions and sausage, Laura’s with tomato and basil. They ate while standing in front of the shop like living advertisements.

“Awesome,” she said between bites. She wiped the dripping cheese off her face with a tissue.

Jake became animated. “No kidding. When we get back home let’s see if we can find a place like it. Maybe we could open one near the U – bet we would do well.”

“That might be fun. But now we have a whole year to enjoy ourselves. And eat all this great food.”

“Yeah. I hope everything goes okay.”

“I’m sure we’ll be fine. Other people do this sort of thing all the time.”

“I don’t know “other” people.” He curled two fingers on each hand to make quotation marks.

Jake’s doubts were momentarily contagious. What if it wasn’t fine? Then what would she do?

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Judith Works


Ran away to the Circus (Maximus) in mid-life. In reality I worked for the United Nations in Rome for four years as a legal advisor to the director of human resources. When the contract was up my husband and I reluctantly returned to the US. But we pined for the land of pasta, vino, art, and sunny piazzas. Then the gods smiled and offered a chance to return to Rome. Six more years in the Eternal City passed much too quickly.

Now back in the US, I volunteer for arts and literary organizations when not traveling to Italy and other places on my list. And whenever I am in Rome I toss coins into the Trevi Fountain to ensure yet another return to enjoy la dolce vita.

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Please keep an eye out for Judith’s upcoming release of her memoir of living in Rome called ‘Coins in the Fountain’.

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Title: Decimation / Series: Angels & Demons (book 3) / Author: Tich Brewster / Photographer: K Keeton Designs / Models: Eric Zeke & Jaclyn RutlandCover Artist: Sprinkles On Top Studios / Publisher: Pennedit

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Armageddon has arrived and the kings of hell are out for Hannah’s blood.

Hannah is the only one that can destroy hell and save the world from destruction. She diligently trains with her father in preparation of her final battle with evil. The task of slaying demons in the few short months that she’s been a Devada has changed her — she’s no longer the scared, innocent girl she once was.

When she rescues a frightened little boy, she gets more than she bargained for. He is the host body for Liehijon and Liehijon is the key to finding Satan.


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Tich Brewster

Tich is an Oklahoma resident and the mother of five.  Her passion for reading started at an early age when her Aunt Vicky gave her the novel Heidi for Christmas.  She didn’t start writing until middle school, after being inspired by her best friend’s short stories.  “Genny’s stories weren’t just great but they inspired me to put my pen and paper to good use.”  Tich never thought of publishing her works until working with Teresa on the Royal Blood series.


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Tangled Web

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Tangled Web
By Author: Angela Whisenhant
Release Date: 10.27.15


One bad decision can change your life forever. Alyson Carter has always put her family first, so the small town of Sage Grove is shocked to learn she’s abandoned them for a man she met online. Seeking a more exciting life, she moves to his horse ranch in Colorado.

Attempting to adjust to life without her, her husband, Kurt, accepts an opportunity to train with the FBI, reluctantly allowing their daughter, Lacy, to move in with a family friend. When the friend is kidnapped, it’s discovered Lacy was the intended target. Pursued by unknown assailants who will stop at nothing to catch her, Lacy finds herself scared and alone. She turns to her mother for protection, unaware that her mother’s secluded mountain sanctuary has become a prison. Alyson discovers she’s merely a pawn in the deadly game of a man she thought she knew. Secrets and lies draw her family onto a collision course with cold-blooded killers.

Her ill-fated decision has placed them all in danger, and she is forced to confront her enemy head-on to protect herself and her daughter. Now she must depend on a God she turned her back on and the husband she left behind to save them both.

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Angela Whisenhant Bio:

Angela has been a passionate reader her whole life and that love of reading developed into a love of writing. She is excitedly awaiting the publication of her first novel, Tangled Web. She wants to tell the stories of real people who make real mistakes and, yet find real redemption. People who are leading normal lives and suddenly find themselves thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Sometimes they make good decisions and sometimes bad decisions. But either way they must live with the consequences.
Much of her inspiration comes from her life in a small town and her love of all things suspense. Her perfect storm is when the two collide. Crime in a small town impacts everyone because of the close ties.
Angela lives in Texas with the three loves of her life; her husband Leslie and sons, Kyle and Chase. Other than writing, she loves coffee, 80’s music, hiking in Colorado and HGTV. She aspires to live a joyful life, always chase her dreams and never settle for mediocrity.

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