Wednesday, October 31, 2012

WWW Wednesdays October 31

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading

To play along, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Clicking on the book covers will take you to Goodreads
for more information about the books listed here.

What are you currently reading?

The Shortest Way Home by Juliette Fay
Wonderful story and if I didn't have to get up for work today, I would have stayed up last night and kept reading to the end. Darn work! 

What did you recently finish reading?

The Dirty Girls Social Club by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos
Loved it! You can read my thoughts here

What do you think you will read next?

Viewer Discretion Advised by Cindy Roesel

What's on your WWW this week?

Leave me a comment and
I'll stop by to check out your reads.

And be sure to check out the sidebar for my current giveaways! 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

On Tour and a Giveaway: Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos

From their first day of college orientation, Pen, Cat and Will seemed born to be close friends. Eventually though, Cat's decision to marry an unpleasant mate had loosened their magical bond and without its center, the group had drifted away from each other.

Now, six years later, when Cat emails her former cronies, asking them to join her at their college reunion, they cannot resist. Whatever nostalgic dreams the pair nurtured, however, dissolve when they are forced to confront a dangerous situation in which everything they believed about themselves and each other is brought into question.

With its vividly drawn characters; plausible plot developments, another triumph for the author of Belong to Me. ~~ synopsis from Goodreads

My thoughts about Falling Together ~~

Oh - my - goodness! What a beautiful book this was to read!

I have been wanting to read Falling Together for quite awhile and when I saw that it was on tour, well .... that was the perfect opportunity to make it a 'must-read'. This is a story about three college friends who had a falling out and who have not seen each other for six years. A reunion pulls them back together. I love books that deal with relationships and all that goes into tearing them apart or bringing them back together.

I thought this would be an easy, fast read. Well, I was totally wrong about that! This is a book so beautifully written that I was going back to reread parts that went by too quickly. And then I started reading each page slowly so that I could savor every word.

'... when the three of them parted ways, first Cat leaving, then Will, they had agreed to make it final, to never get in touch, not years later, not ever.'

What tore this close friendship apart? And what makes them come together again after not being in each other's lives for six years? The story flows very gently from the present to the past as we come to understand Pen, Cat and Will. Has the past changed them? And can they recapture the closeness that they once had?

'I don't know how to be with you without her.'

Can just two of the three be friends if the other one is not there? Does this once fabulous friendship only work if all three of them are together?

As you can tell, I love Falling Together and I love the story of Pen, Cat and Will. Marisa is such a beautiful writer and I can't wait to read more of her books. I actually have one of her other books, Belong to Me, on my shelf already. What am I waiting for?

About the author

Marisa de los Santos was a poet for a very long time, with an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. Her first book, FROM THE BONES OUT, a collection of poems, was published in 2000.

She and her husband, writer David Teague, lived in Center City, Philadelphia for a number of years before moving to Wilmington, Delaware in spring of 2003. That summer, Marisa began writing what would become her first novel LOVE WALKED IN (Dutton, 2006). LOVE WALKED IN was translated into fourteen languages, was optioned by Paramount pictures, and was a trade paperback bestseller. William Morrow published her second novel BELONG TO ME in April 2008, and it was an instant New York Times Bestseller.

Marisa, David, and their two children, Charles and Annabel, live in Wilmington, where Marisa takes as many ballet classes as she can, volunteers at her kids' school, and is working on her third novel.

Connect with Marisa

I received a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours
in exchange for an honest review.

Enter the giveaway for a chance to win
a copy of Falling Together!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Book Blast and a Giveaway: No Holly for Christmas by Julie N. Ford

Widowed, practically penniless, and reduced to shopping at WalMart, Holly is dreading the approaching Holiday Season. However, her angst isn’t due to her husband’s untimely death the previous December 25th, but because of a secret that could reveal itself unless she can find a way to avoid the coming Christmas.

As Brian McAlister struggles to move past being jilted not once, but twice by the only woman he’s ever loved, he’s all but given up on relationships. Then, on special assignment for the DA’s office, he crosses paths with ex-socialite turned social worker, Holly Cavanaugh Winter—and romance blossoms.

Love at first sight quickly turns frigid for ADA, Brian McAlister, and social worker, Holly Winter, when Holly gets pulled into a manhunt for an accused murderer who now has his sights set on her. His case unraveling, Brian finds himself tasked with keeping Holly and her two daughters safe while bringing an assassin and the powerful man who hired him to justice.

A heart-warming story of suspense, healing, giving and receiving, No Holly for Christmas is the perfect addition to everyone’s holiday reading list.

My thoughts about No Holly for Christmas ~~ 

I love reading Christmas stories this time of year. I am not sure why I just limit myself to reading them in November/December. This one would be good anytime of the year!

No Holly for Christmas is not your typical Christmas story. It is a great suspense romance. Both of the main characters start out as people I didn't like very much and then as I got to know them, I came to understand why they were the way they were.

Then the suspense part of the story took over and kept me up way too late reading, to make sure everything would be okay. Holly and Brian have to rely on each other to make sure they both stay alive. And by being dependent on each other, they learn to open up to each other and see that they really are meant to be together.

I had previously read another one of Ford's books, Count Down to Love, (my thoughts about that book are here) and was so excited to read this one. I was not disappointed! A little Christmas, a little romance and a little suspense, all rolled into one - it doesn't get any better than that! Thanks Julie, for making my Christmas reading a lot more fun this year! (originally posted November 28, 2011)

Giveaway details
Enter to win a $25.00 gift card from Barnes & Noble when you purchase the $.99 ebook and/or hard copy from Barnes & Noble or Amazon. Just email your confirmation number to Steph & Jules at by November 1st.

Two additional ways to win

Enter to win a free hard copy and/or ebook (your choice) of No Holly for Christmas when you do one and/or both of the following between Tuesday, October 29th and Thursday, November 1st:

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Showcase Sunday #15

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by 
where we show off the books we receive each week.

Come join the fun!

Click on the book covers to find out
more about the books on Goodreads.


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
A good friend gave me a copy of this book!! Yea!!!! It has been on my TBR list for forever! Now I just have to make sure it goes on the top of that list.

For Review

Vision by Galen Snowden & Cathy Newcomb
I met the author, Cathy at the SD Book Festival last month. I immediately was drawn to this cover. Oh, and the story sounds very intriguing also. She sent me a review copy AND a copy to giveaway!! Stay tuned for that.

 Turning Pages by Trisi Pinkston


The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I won this from the Book Tasty blog. Thanks Christina! 

Swapped from PaperBackSwap
PaperBackSwap was very good to me the past few weeks.
I got several books from my wishlist.

Monarch Beach by Anita Hughes 

 How Lucky You Are by Kristyn Kusek Lewis

Remember Me By Cheryl Robinson

The following 2 books are selections for my book club. I had not heard of either one of them so it will be interesting ~ will I like them or not?

The Lake, the River & the Other Lake by Steve Amick

Nothing Daunted: the Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden

What are you showcasing this week?

Leave me a comment or a link so I can stop by and check out your books!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Remembrance by Michelle Madow

Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England ... but she doesn't know it yet.

Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's high school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can't stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can't she get him out of her mind?

Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, fighting fate isn't going to be easy. ~~ synopsis from Goodreads

My thoughts about Remembrance ~~

Once again, a cover drew me in. Isn't this cover beautiful? And intriguing? I had been seeing this book everywhere and I finally got myself a copy. This book is book 1 in the Transcend Time Saga. Book 3 is coming out in November and I didn't want to be left behind, so I made it my mission to get books 1 and 2 read before book 3 came out.

Michelle has done an excellent job in writing a book that is set in present day but also flashes back to the Regency Era in England. In present day, Elizabeth and her best friend Chelsea are going through life, enjoying high school. Drew is a new student who Elizabeth is immediately drawn to and who she feels she knows, although she has never seen him before.

I found myself wanting to believe that true love can 'transcend' time and that we can reconnect with our true love from the past. But sometimes things don't happen easily, like we would want them to. Elizabeth, Chelsea and Drew have to go through alot together in order to realize their destinies.

I really enjoyed reading Remembrance and being a part of both worlds for a time. The story is very well written and the characters are very believable. My only regret is not discovering this book and this author sooner. The good thing is that book 2 is already there waiting for me and I only have less than an month for book 3. I can hardly wait!

About the author

Michelle Madow was inspired to write Remembrance after seeing Taylor Swift's "Love Story" music video while a junior at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. The song and video gave her the story idea about a high school girl reincarnated from Regency Era, England. She handed in the first chapter as a homework assignment for class, and when her teacher and fellow classmates wanted her to continue writing, she decided to go for it. By the end of the school year, her first novel was completed!

Along with the Transcend Time Saga, Michelle Madow has written two other young adult novels, both which will be developed into series.

Michelle Madow graduated from the Park School of Baltimore in 2005, where she always took two English classes each semester. She graduated from Rollins College in 2010, cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English. At Rollins she was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and a member of the International English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta.

She received the Charles Hyde Pratt Award for Excellence in Creative Writing in 2010.

Michelle lives in Florida, where she is hard at work writing more novels for young adults.

Connect with Michelle

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WWW Wednesdays October 24

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading

To play along, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Clicking on the book covers will take you to Goodreads
for more information about the books listed here.

What are you currently reading?

The Dirty Girls Social Club by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
This is the book my group is reading this month. It's a fun read but I am not sure how much discussion there will be about it.  

What did you recently finish reading?

Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie
Catherine has done it again!
What a wonderful book! 
Read my thoughts here.

Whole Latte Life by Joanne DeMaio
Doesn't this cover look just yummy?
The story was just as wonderful!
You can read my thoughts here

What do you think you will read next?

Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos
for TLC Book Tours
I am super excited to read this one!
My thoughts will be posted next week.

What's on your WWW this week?

Leave me a comment and
I'll stop by to check out your reads.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie and a Giveaway!

Emma Tupper is a dedicated lawyer with a bright future. But when she takes a month-long leave of absence to go on an African vacation, she ends up facing unexpected consequences. After she falls ill and spends six months trapped in a remote village thanks to a devastating earthquake, Emma returns home to discover that her friends, boyfriend, and colleagues thought she was dead -- and that her life has moved on without her.

As she struggles to re-create her old life, throwing herself into solving a big case for a client and trying to reclaim her beloved apartment from the handsome photographer who assumed her lease, everyone around her thinks she should take the opportunity to change. But is she willing to sacrifice her job, her relationships, and everything else she worked so hard to build?

In Forgotten, Catherine McKenzie tweaks a classic tale of discovering who we really are when everything that brings meaning to our lives is lost. ~~ synopsis from Amazon

My thoughts about Forgotten ~~

Catherine McKenzie has done it again! I read her first novel, Spin, in January of this year and loved it. You can read my thoughts about Spin HERE. I loved the writing and loved the characters and was excited to see what was next from this awesome author. When I was asked to read and review her third novel, Forgotten, I was ecstatic! I also have her second book, Arranged, sitting on my bookshelf and I really need to get it down and get it read. So far, I have loved everything she has written and her books just keep getting better and better.

Emma Tupper is a successful lawyer who finds herself taking a one month trip to Africa after making a promise to her dying mother. Well, due to circumstances beyond her control, the one month turns into 6 months. When she finally makes it back to her life, where everyone assumed she had died, she has a hard time deciding if she wants to keep that life, and the people in it, or if it's time to make some changes.

'I've been thinking about it a lot lately, ever since, well, you know. And the thing that keeps occurring to me, the only positive thing, is that I can start over. How many people have a chance to change something major in their lives without having to suffer the consequences?'

I love that the themes of Catherine's books seem to be about looking at ourselves and our lives and deciding if this is where we really want to be. Her characters go through a lot of growing up and self-reflection about what makes them happy, something we should all try to do, right?

Like I said, this is the second book of Catherine's that I have read and she has now become a 'must-read' author for me. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for her books as they are published and I will be putting them at the top of my TBR list.

About the Author

Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. A graduate of McGill University and McGill Law School, Catherine practices law in Montreal. Her novels SPIN and ARRANGED are International Bestsellers. They, along with her third novel, FORGOTTEN, will all be published in the US by William Morrow in 2012. SPIN has also been published in French (Ivresse) and German (Sternhagelverliebt), and ARRANGED will be published in French in June, 2012.


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Monday, October 22, 2012

Whole Latte Life by Joanne DeMaio and a Giveaway!

Would you leave everything behind to know who you are?

Sara Beth Riley never dreamt she'd walk straight out of her life. Actually she'd never dreamt a lot of things that had happened this year ... From being kidnapped by her own best friend, to throwing her wedding rings into the Hudson River, to calling an old love in France, to getting inked with said best friend, painting the passionate constellation of these choices into permanence. But mostly, she could never have dreamt what started it all. How could it be that her mother's unexpected death, and the grief which lingered painfully long, turned her into the woman she was finally meant to become?

Sara Beth's escape begins a summer of change - of herself, of marriage, of the lives of those around her. In a story that moves from Manhattan to the sea to a quaint New England town, Whole Latte Life looks at friends we never forget, at decisions we linger with, at our attempts to live the lives we love. ~~ synopsis from Goodreads

My thoughts about Whole Latte Life ~~

If you know me at all, then you know I have to comment on this cover. This is such a yummy looking cover ~ can't you just smell the coffee? I read this as an e-book but I am sure if I had read the print version of it and had to look at that cover all the time, I would be on a caffeine high right now.

I love reading books about women friends and their relationships. This book has that and so much more. Sara Beth and Rachel are best friends and head to the big city to celebrate their fortieth birthdays. Sara excuses herself to go to the bathroom and never comes back. She leaves a note for Rachel saying she is fine, but how can a best friend just let her go. This story just drew me in from that very first scene.

Whole Latte Life is a very well written women's contemporary fiction which kept me involved in these women's lives the entire time. There is just so much going on in both Sara Beth's and Rachel's lives that I was compelled to keep reading to make sure they were going to be alright. I really felt like Rachel and Sara Beth were my friends also and I cared about what happened to them.

I loved the references to art that were in the book. It appealed to my artistic side to be reminded of how much our lives are paralleled to art - the layers of our lives, like the layers of paint on a canvas. There was so much more, too much to go into here but it was comforting to read the analogies between art and relationships.

I loved Whole Latte Life, the book, (which is also the name of the coffee shop that the women frequent, isn't that a cool coffee shop name?) but it could also refer to how we should all live our lives. A lot of lessons could be learned from this story.

Joanne's website indicates that she is working on her next novel which should be out in early 2013. I know I will be watching for it and I will be anxious to see where she takes me next.

About the author

Joanne DeMaio is an award-winning author of contemporary fiction. Her bestselling novel Whole Latte Life won First Place in the 2012 Discovery Awards and was selected by Kirkus Reviews as a Critics' Pick. It has been featured in USA Today, The Huffington Post, Barnes & Noble's blog and other outlets. In addition, her music essays have appeared in literary journals, celebrating her passion for song. Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut, where the coffee and stories are always brewing.

Connect with Joanne

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Winners @ The Book Bag!

I am pleased to announce the winners 
of the awesome book 
Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft
by Jody Gehrman

Jody graciously offered a print copy for one of my followers from US/Can and an e-book for one of my international followers. 

If you didn't win, you can get the book for free on Amazon on Halloween and the Day of the Dead.

How perfectly scary is that!! 

Happy Halloween!
Let's Get Spooky...

In celebration of the witchiest month
will be FREE on Amazon

October 31st (Halloween, of course)
November 1st (Day of the Dead)

You really need to get this while it's free! 

And now ~ to announce the winners! 

The print copy goes to 

Suz Reads

and the e-book goes to 


Congratulations to you both! 

Emails are on their way. 
Be sure to check your spam folder. 
You have 48 hours to respond to the email. 

I have a couple of other giveaways going on right now so go check them out. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

On Tour and a Giveaway: Cold Light by Jenn Ashworth

I'm sitting on my couch, watching the local news. There's Chloe's parents, the mayor, the hangers on, all grouped round the pond for the ceremony. It's ten years since Chloe and Carl drowned, and they've finally chosen a memorial - a stupid summerhouse. The mayor has a spade decked out in pink and white ribbon, and he's started to dig.

You can tell from their faces that something has gone wrong. But I'm the one who knows straightaway that the mayor has found a body. And I know who it is.

This is the tale of two fourteen-year-old girls, best friends, and one terrible summer when lies, secrets, jealousy, and perversion ended in tragedy more tangled and evil than a tight-knit community can possibly believe.

A dark tale with a surreal edge, Jenn Ashworth's gripping novel captures the intensity of girls' friendships and the dangers of a predatory adult world they are just grown up enough to think they can handle. And it shows just how far that world will go, sacrificing truth in the name of innocence. ~~synopsis from Goodreads

My thoughts about Cold Light ~~

Wow! This book blew me away. It ended up not being at all like I thought it was going to be. The story starts out strong ~ finding a buried body on page 5. Wow! And then goes from there. The reader gets a look back to a summer over 10 years ago when things got very bad for a group of teenagers.

The story switches back and forth from that summer where a couple of 14 years old girls are hanging out and then the present, where those girls are grown up and trying to deal with what happened that summer. There is friendship, secrets, jealousy, lies, and people getting hurt, in a lot of different ways.

Chloe and Lara are best friends that summer. Add a boyfriend, add another girl who is trying to fit into the mix and add a sexual predator who is doing some not very nice things to lonely girls. It becomes a very intense summer. There is a lot of jealousy and anger that comes about when the friend's dynamics change.

The story overall is very good with some dark and disturbing aspects to it also. The end of this story was a complete shock to me ~ didn't see that coming. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!

I received an ARC from TLC Book Tours
in exchange for an honest review.

Trailer for Cold Light

About the author

I get asked a lot at festivals and events if I’ve always written and the answer (if I feel like telling the truth that day) is yes. The first story I remember finishing was about a family of field mice who made a nest in the corner of a corn field and were massacred by a combine harvester. I think I was about six years old then, my fiction hasn’t lightened up much since and I still think happy endings are a bit of a cop out.

I studied English at Uni, thinking it would help make me into a writer. I wrote and almost finished a novel about a woman who built a hot air balloon in her garden shed – and then some bastard broke into my house and stole the laptop I was writing it on. I’ve learned to back up more carefully these days. I went to work in a library, had a baby and decided it was now or never – so signed up for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester, clutching the first draft of the novel that would become A Kind of Intimacy. I started blogging around this time too.

Since then A Kind of Intimacy has been published in the UK, US and elsewhere and I’ve won or been short-listed for a number of awards for my blog. In 2009 A Kind of Intimacy was included in the Waterstone’s New Voices promotion and short-listed for Sam Jordison’s Not The Booker Award at The Guardian. In 2010 it got a Betty Trask award from the Society of Authors.

Reluctantly, I decided to stop being a librarian, and I now write, edit and teach full time. I’ve just finished my second novel, Cold Light which was published by Sceptre in the UK and William Morrow in the US in 2011.

If you root around enough on my website you’ll be able to find out about my books and short stories, read about the other work I do – including how to hire me, should you wish to – read my interviews and reviews, and contact me with questions, compliments, insults and offers to buy me drinks.

Connect with Jenn

Other stops on the tour

Enter the giveaway for a chance to win
an ARC of Cold Light!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WWW Wednesdays October 17

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading

To play along, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Clicking on the book covers will take you to Goodreads
for more information about the books listed here.

What are you currently reading?

Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie
Catherine has done it again! What a wonderful book! 

What did you recently finish reading?

Remembrance by Michelle Madow
Loved it! Can't wait to have time to read book #2!

Cold Light by Jenn Ashworth 
for TLC Book Tours
My thoughts will be posted tomorrow.

What do you think you will read next?

Whole Latte Life by Joanne DeMaio
Doesn't this cover look just yummy?

What's on your WWW this week?

Leave me a comment and
I'll stop by to check out your reads.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Elissa Ambrose talks about her voices, make that her tingles.

Yesterday I posted my thoughts on the very intriguing book, Sex, Lies & Hot Tubs by Elissa Ambrose. You can read those thoughts HERE. Today Elissa is here @ The Book Bag, answering my question about the voices in her head.

Great to have you here, Elissa. I have heard other authors say that they 'hear voices in their head' and that is how they write their books: the characters are telling their stories. Not being a writer myself, that concept has always intrigued me.

When some people hear voices, we get them medical attention, others end up becoming writers. Does this happen to you? How do you come up with your stories?

To admit that I hear voices in my head would be to admit I’m schizophrenic. On that note, I’m happy to report that I do not hear voices, and neither do I. But I do get a tingle, sometimes down my spine but mostly in my stomach, whenever an idea hits me. It’s like falling in love but without the rash. Of course, the question still remains, where does the idea come from?

Let me tell you a story. (Oh, how I love saying those words!) A few years ago, I was driving my daughter’s old Chevy pickup when I saw a car that looked suspiciously like my Ford Taurus. But what was really strange (other than the fact that I was driving a pickup in the first place, not to mention why my daughter even owned one) was that the Ford had my license plate. Wasn’t my car supposed to be in the auto shop getting a lube job and whatever else cars got while being maintained? Maybe this is a test drive, I thought. If so, what was the driver doing in my neck of the woods? Did lube jobs even require test drives? What exactly was a lube job anyway? So I did what any normal Nancy Drew graduate would do—I chased my car. Down Phoenix’s Superstition Highway I sped, but the tired old truck couldn’t keep up, and alas, the carnapper got away. (Isn’t Superstition a great name for a highway? Gives a whole new meaning to Marvel’s Ghost Riders.) The next day I confronted the owner of the auto shop, who asked me if I could identify the driver. “By the way,” he said, “did you happen to notice if he had red hair?” Well! That question spoke volumes, and a funny little tingle ran through me. That tingle was the seed of my novel, Sex, Lies & Hot Tubs.

They say that life is stranger than fiction, and I agree. Here’s another example. I recently read a news item in Toronto’s Globe and Mail about a maple syrup heist that took place somewhere in Quebec. Apparently, more than thirty million dollars worth of the sticky stuff had mysteriously vanished from a warehouse. Now that’s a lot of syrup, I thought. The getaway car must have been massive. How could so much syrup get stolen without being noticed? Where were the maple syrup police when you needed them? Naturally, other questions followed. Is there a black market for maple syrup? Is maple syrup the new designer drug of choice? Seriously, what did the thief plan to do with it? How many waffles can anyone eat? Yup, there was that tingle again in the pit of my stomach (though I suspect it had something to do with the thought of waffles).

Bottom line, I get my ideas from the real world. The possibilities are endless, as we’re constantly being bombarded with images as we go on with our daily lives. Sometimes an image plants itself in us like a seed; sometimes it falls away like an unrecalled dream. Sometimes a seed takes years to grow into a story, as in Sex, Lies & Hot Tubs. Sometimes it never germinates at all, as I fear might be the case (actually, make that “cases”) of the missing syrup. That seed is called inspiration, and it’s entirely individual. Some writers hear voices, I get tingles. It’s as if my stomach has a mind of its own.

About the author

Elissa Ambrose was born in Montreal, Canada. After graduating from McGill University with a degree in English, for some strange reason she embarked on a career in computer programming. Seventeen years later, after an amicable parting with technology, she returned to her first love—the written word. First she was an editor at a company that produced educational material, and later at a literary magazine. Prior to Sex, Lies & Hot Tubs, she published four romances with Harlequin and several short stories. Along the road to publication, she raised two daughters. She and her husband now live in Arizona. (Yes, it’s hot. But it’s a dry heat, remember? And you can’t shovel heat.)

Connect with Elissa:

Twitter @ElissaAmbrose

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