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Me-Time Tales – Rosalind Minnet

MTT-RMThese tales of women cover all the ages of our existence and poignantly, and with some amount of humor, point out our flaws, both those internal to being a woman as well as those forced on us by societal norms. Women have expectations of the world about being married and having children and enjoying a fulfilling life. The world places just as many expectations on us for those same things, and often we are torn between being who we want to be and becoming what others want us to be.

I found the first story in the book quite humorous with the use of irony and the well-drawn personality of the narrator, though I predicted the outcome of the story early on. Knowing the outcome did not inhibit my enjoyment of how the tale ended. Each story carries a unique voice and the characters are well-designed and written. Every word is intentional and meaningful, telling the tale without excessive “flowery” writing, yet still providing solid settings. The stories were told from different points of view, including the tricky 1st person/present tense style, and all stories kept my attention and left me with points to ponder about how girls and women perceive the world.

Rosalind Minett deserves 5 Stars for this collection of short stories.

Available on Amazon.com

 

 

Just Pru-Anne Pfeffer

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Welcome to my tour stop for Just Pru by Anne Pfeffer. This is a review tour and runs February 16-27th.  Just Pru releases March 2, 2015. Check out the tour page for more information.

About the Book:

JustPru_Lo res_11.20When twenty-five-year-old Pru Anderson—braless, pajama-clad, and clutching her cat, Chuck—is rescued from her burning Los Angeles apartment, the thing that scares her most is meeting the neighbors. New people make her hide in the bathroom, counting by sevens, but when her home is destroyed, she must turn strangers into friends …  or crawl back to the controlling parents she only recently escaped.

What would her idol, Pepper Hathaway, do? That’s a no brainer: the detective-slash-supermodel heroine from Pru’s favorite TV series would take no prisoners while looking fierce in a tankini and stilettos. So when the chance comes up to live with playwright Ellen, Pru sets aside her fears and goes for it.

Thus begin the adventures of a girl who’s never had a job, a friend, or a first kiss. Swept into Ellen’s whirlwind life, Pru begins to build her own, as director’s assistant for a new play, muse to brooding actor Blake, and possible love interest to adorably neurotic neighbor, Adam.

Only one thing can derail Pru’s exhilarating journey. Well, actually, it’s two things—and they’re in a car headed straight for LA to torpedo her life. When the past that nearly destroyed her comes calling, who will she be: a Prudence or a Pepper?

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 Preorder Just Pru from Amazon for only $2.99!

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbout the Author:

Anne Pfeffer worked in finance and was a children’s rights attorney before she decided to follow her respective dreams of writing books and working in her pajamas. Since then, she has self-published the novels Any Other NightThe Wedding Cake Girl, and Girls Love Travis Walker, which was named one of IndieReader.com‘s Best Indie Books of 2013.
Anne loves her family, cool breezes, carbohydrates, and elastic waistbands. She lives in Santa Monica, California, with her dachshund, Taco. Learn about her latest projects at http://www.annepfeffer.com.
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Writerbee’s Review of Just Pru

5 Stars!

This book made me laugh and made me shudder. Looking into the mind of a person suffering from anxiety and depression can be humorous and frightening. Pru is a size 16 gal with severe anxiety issues who is trying to change her life – she doesn’t want to go on living with her parents forever. She wants to get out and do things on her own, but everything her parents have ever told her is holding her back. A series of unfortunate events propels her to make many of those changes happen, and shows her that she isn’t as crazy as some other people – especially actors.

There are many great devices used in this book to propel the story, such as Pru’s love of television and the “life lessons” she remembers from different episodes of sit-coms, dramas, and made-for-TV movies. The journal entries add a touch of realism to Pru’s character.

The pages of this book flew by. Ann Pfeffer created an easy-to-read novel that was a joy to keep going, if it weren’t for the other two million things that have to get done in a typical day. You want to root for Pru and hope that she’ll get everything she dreams of.

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Giveaway:
Two (2) winners get a paperback set of Anne Pfeffer’s books, Any Other Night, Girls Love Travis Walker, The Wedding Cake Girl and Just Pru.
Open to US only
Ends March 4, 2015

Blurbs for the books in the giveaway:

Just Pru

When shy, anxious Pru loses her apartment in a building fire, she learns how to make friends and find love.

“….a laugh out loud, heartwarming story…. The eccentric characters are easy to fall in love with and to cheer for…” The Self Publishing Review

Girls Love Travis Walker

Despite his sexy charm and good looks, Travis must struggle to get the job and girl that he wants.

“This novel deserves every award it got… an incredible redemption story that’s both lighthearted and sincere…” http://www.talksupeblog.com


The Wedding Cake Girl

When expert scuba diver Alexandra wants to leave her island home for college, she must stand up to her difficult, demanding mother.

“A well written emotional plot with a lot of twists and turns that will keep you hooked from the beginning. Highly recommended for all YA genre fans…” http://www.coziecorner.blogspot.com

Any Other Night

After Ryan’s friend Michael dies with a secret, Ryan must take over Michael’s unfinished business.

“…. beautifully realized characters in a gripping, page-turning plot….This lively, fresh young-adult romance is Say Anything for a new generation…”

Reviewed as Loving Emily. www.kirkusreviews.com

This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.

 

The Bleaklisted Books – Promo

 

 

Welcome to the teaser tour for The Bleaklisted Books by David M. Brown and Donna Brown. This is humorous non-fiction for every cat and animal lover. The Bleaklisted Books releases December 1st!

 

My mini-irons,

I urge you to embrace the goose-spell of Animal Farm and you will find sanctuary when our difficult war is over. I will add, of course, that given that conquering the world means a long, long, long, long, long war, I will permit you to read another book every now and again.

Just remember which books are bleak-listed; e.g. Barry Potterer, 100 Years of Silly Tudor, Prude and Perjury, The Hungary Olympic Games, The Chronicles of Nerdia and Of Mike and Ben.

In the meantime, here is a list of books I have vetted and will reconsider for approval if the appro… apprap… proper changes are made. Read this manyule carefully mini-irons.

Your Cat-tain

Charlie Brown

What happens?

Some spy is told to carry out an assignment in East Germany to uncover a double agent but he falls for someone prior to this and love ultimately messes the operation up.

Reason for bleaklisting?

Proper spies don’t fall in love. Wimps they are!

What should have happened?

Eric is sent on an exclusive mission into East Germany to assassinate a double agent. Before setting off he is approached by an air stewardess named Fiz who fancies him but he turns her down. She does warn him that it’s cold in East Germany and gives him some cough syrup.

Suspicious of the bottle labelled poison with a skull on it, Eric tosses the syrup and completes his mission. When he returns home to England he has a runny nose and is coughing a lot. Fiz realises he has seen through the poison expertly disguised as cough syrup and she runs away. She is shot and killed by a traffic warden who believes her car is parked on double yellow lines. Eric ends the novel by nipping to the pharmacy for some genuine cough syrup.

Special instruction

Make available at MI5, MI6, CIA, B&Q and M&S and rename The Spy Who Came Home with a Cold.

 

Mr B compares the stories

Dear me, Charlie, I thought you’d like John le Carré’s 1963 Cold War Novel. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold does deal with Communist East Germany where Alec Leamas is sent, under the pretence that he is defecting, and with the intention of locating Mundt, suspected of being a double agent. Alec has a romance with Liz which ultimately throws a spanner in the works. There isn’t anything about cough syrup thankfully and as with Charlie’s other efforts, this one is likely to disappear into the ether. My apologies to Mr le Carré for this despicable alternative to his story.


 
About the Authors: 
Donna: Donna is a longtime book lover and sometime book reviewer and has devoured books from an early age. She writes short (or long) stories as and when inspiration hits and is married to fantasy author David M. Brown (Fezariu’s Epiphany, A World Apart). She was also co-contributor to David’s book, Man vs Cat, a humorous look at life with six rambunctious rescue cats.Donna has lived in many different areas of the UK over the last 30-something years but has remained in Yorkshire for the past decade. She ardently disputes the misnomer that ‘It’s grim up north’. You can find Donna on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Goodreads, or visit her and her husband’s shared blog: B-Lines and Felines.

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David: David Brown could be considered a fantasy fanatic, especially since he has spent the last 10 years developing a 47,000-year history for his fictional world of Elenchera. When converting his obsession into literary form, David commits himself to a rigorous writing and editing process before his work can meet his approval. Combined with the critical eye of his wife and a BA Hons in History and English, David’s dedication leads him to his goal of inspiring readers through heartfelt stories and characters.

Although David is inspired primarily by fantasy fiction, he also finds his muse in the form of anime, world cinema, history, and biographies. His own books, Fezariu’s Epiphany and A World Apart, combine aspects from worlds both old and new into compelling tales of a world not soon forgotten., David himself certainly does not lack a spirit of adventure; in fact, he left his job in 2007 in order to spend a month travelling. Second only to meeting and marrying his wife, David counts this as one of the most amazing experiences of his life.

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Giveaway:

$20 Gift Certificate for Amazon or B&N & paperback or audiobook of Man vs. Cat (INT)

Ends December 16th.

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This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.

 

Bible Bashing – Tony Lewis

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This short, humorous read gets 4 Stars just for being so gosh-darn funny! I laughed at every page. If you want to take a break from serious reading and indulge in a bit of irreverent humor, you’ll want to download this little gem to your kindle and spend a half-hour getting your chuckles on.  I’m off to grab II and III to complete my collection.

 

Find BIBLE BASHING (The Bible Bashing Series Book 1) on Amazon.com

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