Promo Post: Peri in Progress by Cat Lavoie

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Happy Book Blast Day, Cat Lavoie!

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Progress

By author Cat Lavoie

Release Date: October 2nd, 2016

Genre: Chick Lit

Blurb:

You know what they say about best-laid plans… After a

disastrous thirty-first birthday party where she gets stood-up by a man she isn’t supposed to be dating,

Peri McKenna decides it’s time to change what hasn’t been working—which is pretty much everything.

Her love life is going nowhere fast, she’s bored to tears by a job that makes her the office pariah, and

the lifelong junk food addiction that used to be somewhat quirky is now positively problematic. To top it

all off, her newly-purchased home is falling apart and wishful thinking hasn’t done much to fix the leaky

roof. It’s time be an adult now that she’s officially ‘thirty-something.’ But when the first step of Peri’s

self-improvement plan backfires, she starts to wonder if change might be overrated.

Enter Milo Preston, an up-and- coming chef who’s in town

to take over a local restaurant. When Peri and Milo begin working together, she finds it hard to ignore

his easy charm and captivating emerald-green eyes. Since Milo is her best friend’s estranged brother,

Peri has to keep reminding herself that he is completely off-limits. As they grow closer, Milo introduces

Peri to new foods, the joy (and pain) of jogging, and makes her think her luck might finally be turning.

But when the past catches up with them, Peri finds herself back at square one.

Will she be able to sort herself out—or will the roof cave in

on her once and for all?

Buy the Book:

Peri in Progress will be on sale for $0.99 from October 31 to November 8

Make sure to grab your copy!

 

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About the Author:

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Bio:

Cat Lavoie lives in Montreal, Canada with her tempestuous

cat, Abbie. She is the author of BREAKING THE RULES, ZOEY & THE MOMENT OF ZEN, and PERI IN

PROGRESS.

If Cat isn’t reading or writing, she’s most likely watching too much TV or daydreaming about her next

trip to London.

To find out more about Cat and her books, please visit

http://www.catlavoie.com and follow @CatLavoieBooks on Twitter.

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Release Blitz: The Christmas Surprise by Samantha March

About the Book

Juliette Mabry is a happily married stay-at-home wife and mother…until there appears to be trouble brewing in her nearly ten-year marriage. Juliette takes it upon herself to find out if her husband is up to no good, but does she want to know the truth? Everything is revealed on Christmas, and Juliette is in for her biggest Christmas surprise.


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About the Author


Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things beauty, fashion and fitness. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has four published novels – Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket, A Questionable Friendship and Up To I Do. You can also find her on Youtube sharing beauty reviews and creating makeup tutorials. When she isn’t reading, writing, or vlogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs. Samantha lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla puppy.


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Book Links

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The Green Ticket  – http://amzn.to/2eDKWbl

A Questionable Friendship – http://amzn.to/2eiuSsq – 99 CENTS! 

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We Love Book Wednesday: Cover Reveal – The Adulthood by Lori Goldson

the-adulthoodAbout the Book
New from Lori Goldson, the author of the four-star rated novel Irene in College: The Life &
Times Series, book 1,
comes the new-adult fiction novel The Adulthood:
The Life & Times Series, book 2,
the follow-up sequel to last year’s
debut.
With her degree in hand and college campus in her rear view mirror, 22-year-old Irene Jimenez is ready
to grapple with her newest adversary, adulthood. With the help of a family
friend, Irene quickly lands a job where she meets her new boss, the brilliant,
charismatic, and virile Justin. Fear-stricken and paralyzed at the idea of
being on her own for the first time in life, Justin’s guidance in the workplace
leaves Irene intrigued to get better acquainted with her new boss, despite her
current relationship situation with her live-in boyfriend, Artie. Justin
notices Irene’s inquisition, and admits his curiosity about her as well, despite
his own set of personal and professional obligations.
Enjoying her work and
curious about her boss, Irene finds herself losing sight of the objective, and
turns to her longtime friend, Michaela, who is entrenched in her own adulthood
obstacles with her girlfriend, Ryan, including a domestic dispute that pushes
Irene even closer to her boss in ways that leave her boyfriend, Artie, jealous.
Irene and Michaela are equally trapped in wading the waters of adulthood as
they try to balance their actual jobs with their romantic desires and fears
contained. Irene finds herself struggling, however, with balancing work and
pleasure with Justin as her boss, and is soon placed in a new work environment
where an old adversary becomes a new supervisor, and is forced to confront old
emotions that she thought were buried in the past.
Participating Blogs
the-adulthoodAbout the Author
My first novel came along
during the wee hours of the night in 2011. I was laid off and laid up after a
car accident, and figured it was time to bring my goal to light. Four years
later, it is finally available to the masses. I took every frustration and
disappointment that life had handed me thus far and created some truly
relatable characters. Who wouldn’t be able to connect to a lost college
student? Aren’t we all lost to some extent at that time?


I’m a Jersey girl through and through who lives in
Pennsylvania. I’m a Westonian, a Blue Hen, and a Hawk with a flair for the
Spanish language. I’ve been bit by the traveling bug on numerous occasions, and
I won’t be surprised if my first child is born in the middle of a yoga
studio
.
Oh yeah, I have a husband now.
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We Love Books Wednesday: Review – Just One Week by Alice Gaines

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Her brother’s best friend is not only the hottest man Michelle Dennis has ever seen, he’s the one man she hopes to avoid after leaving town eight years ago. Of course he’s the one waiting at the airport. Worse, he made sure they’re staying in the same house.

Pro football player Alex Stafford is expecting to pick up his friend’s kid sister, not a full-fledged bombshell. He was planning to apologize for their past, but the feelings he had years ago come roaring back…and this time, there’s no denying them.

Keeping his hands off is a test he’s bound to fail—especially when they’re stuck in close quarters. But falling in love with Michelle, living in her world, isn’t an option for a guy like him. And remembering that will save them both a lot of heartache…

Review

four-stars

I was given a copy of this novel from Author’s Pal, in exchange for my honest opinion, and I found this novel quite enjoyable. From the beginning of the novel, I was pulled in; I kept wondering what happened between Michelle and Alex, and why she had so much hatred for him when he picked her from the airport. I thought all of the characters were very well-developed. I don’t usually read novels that are written in third person, I prefer first person point of view novels, however, the POV didn’t hinder my feelings towards the novel. The only downfall to this story, I couldn’t tell when Michelle was being honest, or when she was “playing games”…her personality was kind of back and fourth at times. Overall, I thought this was a good read.

We Love Books Wednesday 5: Jessica Sorensen

Good morning, lovelies. As you all know my favorite author of all times is Jessica Sorensen. I admire her writing as well as her work ethic. I’m still not sure how authors such as her, Denise Grover Swank, or Lauren Layne are able to produce books at such a fast pace, but I absolutely admire it. One book that I’m (trying) patiently awaiting the release of is Jessica Sorensen’s What Lies in the Darkness. For more information on one of Jessica’s upcoming releases, click here.

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Upcoming Changes

Hey Lovelies! I’m back and at it again. Things have been super hectic at the office, but school is out for the summer so there may be some hope after all. However, my “leave of absence” has allowed me to focus on writing, blog changes, as well as quality time with my little nephew. So what kind of changes are coming? You’ll have to sit through a few pictures to find out.

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First things first, I’ve been working vigorously on my latest manuscript, Every Breath I Take. My goal is to have at least 85,000 words written by July 31st. Not too bad, right? I started this 85k journey on May 1st, and will share my current word count for May on Monday.

This leads me to my blog changes. Starting on Monday, I will be blogging three times a week. Yes, you read it correctly. THREE TIMES A WEEK! The schedule will look something like this:

Mondays:  Manuscript Mondays
Wednesdays:  We Love Books Wednesdays
Fridays:  Freebie Fridays

Since Mondays are a little self-explanatory, allow me to delve deeper into Wednesdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays, I will be highlighting/reviewing books that I’ve read in the past or just recently finished. Also, don’t be surprised if there are a few interviews and guest posts here and there. We wouldn’t have books if it wasn’t for the amazing authors behind them, so they’ll be getting some recognition on Wednesdays too.

Now Fridays, on the other hand, will be reserved for fun. Think about when you were required to write journal entries in school and on Fridays your teacher used to allow you a free topic. Those were some of the best days ever. That’s what Fridays are going to be like on the blog. Whether it’s my thoughts on a Lifetime/Hallmark, television shows, a product or snack review, or just what’s happening in life. On Fridays, all subjects are game. I want to know what are some things you’re hoping to see me talk about in the upcoming weeks? Please, feel free to leave suggestions below in the comments.

Interview with Beth Albright

AUTHOR INTERVIEW TOURBeth Albright is the author of the award-winning, best-selling series The Sassy Belles, and the nationally best-selling series In Dixie. After spending nearly 15 years as a talk radio host in talk radio, acting as a principal character on the soap opera, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, owning her own acting school and children’s theater, and raising a son who was a nationally ranked figure skater, Beth returned to her roots; storytelling. “In the south, we are good at stories. We hold them close like fine diamonds, polish them up like precious silver, and we hand them down like a priceless heirloom to our young with the hope that they will tell our stories for us when we are buried beneath the red clay of home.” Except from Southern Exposure, Tales From My Front Porch. (Beth’s Memoirist book of essays.)

It’s just what we do down south, pass on our stories,” she says.

Though Beth has had a remarkable career, literally from New York City to Hollywood, she has never forgotten where she came from, and what she loves: The Deep South!

Beth is also a screenwriter, a voice-over talent for commercials, and a nationally known speaker and emcee. Beth lives with her TV producer husband, award winning promotions and branding executive, Ted Ishler. Her son, graduating with Distinction from Berkeley in the top 10%, is on his way to graduate school in the fall.

Contact Info:

Website: http://www.BethAlbrightBooks.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorBethAlbright

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/BeththeBelle

Q. What inspired your plot for Stardust in Dixie?

For this particular story, as part of a series I just knew this character so well. But her development actually happened as I wrote. I was surprised at how sarcastic and funny she was, self-deprecating yet charming. I saw so much of myself in her! But usually, Ideas are lurking everywhere! I get about 5 or 6 ideas a day! I had two just before bed last night and they kept me up for hours! Every person I see, every gate I pass, every old house— stories, stories everywhere! I also draw on my real-life, especially my past growing up down south in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It was my original inspiration to write—homesickness, perpetual homesickness! The women represent the women who raised me after my dad died suddenly in a car crash when I was only four years old. They were and always are my inspiration. They are hilarious and strong and oh, so sassy! The titles are always wandering around in my head, many times before stories pop up so I have a list of them I keep in case I need them.

Q. Who would you cast as the main characters in Stardust in Dixie?

Mila Kunis for Abigail! She would be so perfect! Ben Higgins, who was the most recent “Bachelor” would be awesome as her lover. But we’d need blue contacts as my hero has blue eyes. The Bachelor was on and he was so on my mind! My favorite bachelor ever! So I named my hero Ben!

Q. Are you and Abigail similar or different from one another?

We are very much alike! I didn’t mean for that to happen but I am a very good combination of Abigail and her sister Annie. I am a clean-freak like Abby and a priss-pot like Annie. Sarcastic and self- deprecating yet love my make-up and girlie stuff! I didn’t mean for that to happen with Abby but more of me came through in her than I had even planned. It was fun watching that happen!

Q. What are you currently reading?

Anything Kristan Hannah, and I just bought The Nest. Can’t wait to dive in. I also love Mary Kay Andrews!

Q. Would you say that you’re more of a plotter or a pantser?

I learned not long ago from my dear friend Robyn Carr that I am a pantster—not a plotter. I write by the seat of my pants. I have tried in vain to write with an outline or even bullet points on a legal pad and it is useless. I love getting into the heads of my characters and feeling their story unfold. I have so many “ah ha” moments this way! The outlines always make me feel so trapped. I really hate them so much! So I just sit down and meld into one with my heroines and write for hours. She is telling me the story and sometimes I can’t write fast enough! I listen and see the surroundings and feel as though I am out of my own body and into the story living it right along with her.

Q. What is your favorite thing to munch on while writing?

I love salty snacks so I try to be good and not live on chips. So I eat apples with a dash of salt but I do tend to have popcorn and even olives nearby in a bowl. Sometimes a handful of pecans is good too!

Q. Out of all the novels you’ve written, which one would you say is your personal favorite?

Oh goodness! That is like choosing a favorite child. My fist born will always be so special—The Sassy Belles. I love my characters and their super strong sense of sisterhood through thick and thin! But, I also loved Wedding Bells in my SASSY BELLES series. I laughed so much writing that book, sometimes I was even crying from laughing at my characters. So that one stands out for that series. I truly loved Magic In Dixie, the first book in my current series. It was my greatest character arc. It is a bit deeper yet still hilarious. It will always remain a favorite! For some reason, I like to read that one over and over. I also really loved this latest one I just released, STARDUST IN DIXIE. I really love my heroine. She surprised me on every page!

Q. Describe your writing routine.

I write with a word count goal for the day—usually 3-4 thousand if I can. Toward the end that number increases naturally because I know exactly what I want to say. It takes me about 2-3 months and when I am done, I have a margarita! (and a bubble bath—usually at the same time!) I take a few days off then begin editing—which for me means decorating and smoothing, adding in things and descriptions I want to make sure I include. After my smoothing and decorating are done, usually 7 LONG days, I hand it over to my proofers and then edit from their notes one more time. I do one last read of the entire manuscript and smooth it out some more then turn it in to my formatter. And have another margarita, of course!

Q. What can your fans expect next?

Having just released my new book, STARDUST IN DIXIE, book 4 in my IN DIXIE series, I am working on my preparations to attend the fabulous Barbara Vey Readers Appreciation Weekend in Milwaukee at the end of the month. Then I will be heading to my beloved Alabama for a huge book release party and Kentucky Derby Hat competition! That book party will be a doozy, complete with mint juleps! After that, I will be working on a fabulous cookbook, Southern Comforts, A Southern Girl’s Guide To Cooking & All Things Southern.” That comes out this fall. After that, my Christmas novella will be out at Thanksgiving to end this current series, A Christmas Wedding In Dixie.

Q. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Make notes when you see something or think of something or even hear something. I keep a notebook going all the time and include titles that pop into my head. Don’t be too critical. That stops many writers in their tracks. Just write—as much as you can. Write as if you are telling a story out loud to a group of people who fit the genre you want to hit. And write as you hear the words in your head. Edit later—NOT while you’re writing—just get the story out and fix it later! Write what YOU love—write the book you NEVER find in the book store, the one YOU want to read—that one helped me tremendously! WRITE!!! And don’t stop!!

About Stardust In Dixie
Abigail Harper Cartwright was coming undone.  As the promotions director for a Tuscaloosa radio station, a huge upcoming Mother’s Day live event could make or break her career.  But at the same time, two former lovers have stumbled back into the picture turning her life upside down.

One old boyfriend – who works for a competing radio station, seems to be out to sabotage everything she does, while another may just be her knight in shining armor. But after being dumped during a very public marriage proposal, he may not be able to give Abby a second chance.

To make matters worse, a nosey neighbor has started an epic turf war and azalea bushes, a stolen mailbox and some front porch graffiti are the result.

As event day draws near, the dirty tricks at work get more intense and Abby has to call on her sassy sisters to help get to the bottom of it.

And Abby’s new/old love has another love of his own – a three year old thoroughbred horse whose name holds the secret to some long harbored feelings.

It all culminates in some Derby Day and Mother’s Day fireworks that will get your heart pounding and tears flowing.

National best-selling author Beth Albright does it again with this new Southern page-turner filled with romantic comedy, emotion, passion and laugh-out-loud humor.  Grab your best girlfriends and hang on tight for this hilarious, exciting, sassy, southern tale.

 

**Buy links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Stardust-Dixie-Book-4-ebook/dp/B01DFJW1P4/albrigh-20
Barnes &Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stardust-in-dixie-beth-albright/1123583595?ean=2940158030994
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/stardust-in-Dixie

Ten Memories from 2015

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I didn’t bother making a Writing Wednesday post yesterday because I wanted to countdown my 10 memories of 2015. Not all of these memories will be great ones, but they are all memories that I will remember for the rest of my life. In no particular order, here are my most memorable moments of 2015.

  • I finished the third draft of my upcoming novel, Sliding into Love.
  • My hometown lost two beautiful women in a tragic theatre shooting.
  • On July 31st, I lost a paternal cousin to a massive heart attack. On September 24th, I lost my paternal uncle to colon cancer. On December 21st, I lost another paternal cousin to a massive heart attack.
  • I started this blog.
  • On October 9th, I was hired full time in the Child Nutrition department at my parish’s School Board Office.
  • My hair has been transitioning to its naturally curly state for two years now.
  • Received my screenwriting diploma in the mail.
  • Threw a World Kidney Day party.
  • Threw a World Prematurity Day party.
  • Started a fundraiser through American Kidney Fund to raise $2000 for dialysis patients.

Now that you’ve read about my ten memories, here are five memories I’m hoping to make happen in 2016.

  • Raising $2000 for dialysis patients.
  • Releasing my very first novel, Sliding into Love.
  • Celebrating the health of my family.
  • Working out on a consistent basis.
  • Successfully completing the 85k Writing Challenge.

Writing Wednesday 1: The Man Behind the Novel

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Not only are we half way through the work week, but today I’m starting a weekly feature on the blog called Writing Wednesday. Each Wednesday (hopefully) I’ll be letting you in on the latest things dealing with my writing as well as other works in progress. This week, we’re talking about the man behind the novel.

In my novel, Sliding into Love, the main characters, Emma Murphy and Bradley Carter, both suffer from renal failure and receive dialysis in order to keep their kidneys functioning. Many authors are taught to write what they know, and that’s exactly what I did. With Sliding into Love, not only did I do a ton of research, but I also witnessed it.

On March 9, 2011, my dad was diagnosed with renal failure. His kidneys were functioning at less than 5%; it was a miracle that he even went to the hospital, because, at that point, he wasn’t he even feeling sick when he decided to go. Being a daddy’s girl, his diagnosis hit me hard.

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Like the trooper she is, my mom was by his side 24/7 in the hospital. The only time she left his side was to take showers, and that’s only when they’d roll him out of the room to get his treatment. As a young, single woman, I never gave any thought to wedding vows. But in this moment, I now realize how important vows are, especially when you vow to love someone through sickness and in health. My parents have been married for 38 years, and their marriage is still blossoming as if they were newlyweds.

 

Fast forward to 4 years later, my dad is doing exceptionally well on dialysis, his blood pressure is more manageable, and he gets comments from people all the time about how well he looks. When he first got sick, I’m not going to lie, I was terrified of him. Not in a sense of scared of him, but scared for him. I didn’t want to hurt him. I didn’t want him to feel useless. And I didn’t want to lose him. While I do still worry about my father and his health, I proudly tell people that my father does have renal failure, but he isn’t sick. Yes, he does have to go to dialysis three times a week, but he doesn’t let that define him.

All of this leads me to my overall reason for this post, and believe it or not, it goes deeper than my upcoming novel.

After my father’s diagnosis, I made a vow to myself that I’d always bring awareness to this illness. In March, I celebrate National Kidney Awareness month by wearing my green, sharing facts about kidneys, and throwing my dad a kidney party. I also acknowledge National Recognition Week for Dialysis Technicians. I even took the “I did the Math” pledge where I vowed to add healthy things into my daily lifestyle and subtract unhealthy things. Although these things seemed big, I wanted to something bigger. Something that would bring awareness to renal failure, as well as help people that are suffering from this illness.

All of this being said, with the help of kidneynation.org and their fund the fight against kidney disease, I have vowed to join Kidney Nation and start a fundraiser. The fundraiser will be in honor of my father, and my goal is to raise $2000 by December 23, 2016, my father’s next birthday. The proceeds will help AKF (American Kidney Fund) provide financial assistance to dialysis patients. And even if I don’t reach my goal, at least I’ll know I tried my best, and I’ll keep bringing awareness to renal failure.

To find out more information about my fundraiser, and what you can do to help these dialysis patients, please visit this link.

One Defining Moment

First and foremost, I’d like to announce that I have officially finished the third draft of my novel, Sliding into Love. I’m shooting for an early November release for my debut novel. Currently, my mom and sisters are reading as a few of my beta readers. I know a lot of authors and other people in the writing community are against family members as beta readers because they feel the family won’t be honest, but my family doesn’t sugarcoat anything; especially my sisters.

Anyone who knew my uncle knew he was a die-hard Cowboys’ fan.

Today is a bittersweet day for me. It’s a defining moment that will forever be etched in my heart. Six years ago I lost my uncle/writing hero to stage 4 cancer. It was so defining to me because it was the first time I really experienced a loss. And even though it was six years ago, I remember that day as if it were yesterday. I was eating circus peanuts while attending a live webinar for the college I was enrolled in when we got the call. Not only did it take me an entire year to force myself to eat circus peanuts again, but after that day I never attended a live webinar for my school again.

Another reason why this day is so defining is because I almost gave up on my dream of writing. Because he wouldn’t be writing anymore, I felt that I shouldn’t write anymore either. Somehow, my older sister knocked some sense into me.

Six years ago, if anyone would’ve told me I’d be working towards publishing a novel, I would’ve called them a liar.

With finishing the third draft of my novel so close to death of his anniversary, and when I almost gave up on my dream, I can’t help but think this was a little sign from my uncle, telling me to continue following my dream!