Release Days!

Two of my favourite authors release new books this week! I was incredibly lucky to have received early copies of both of these novels (Thank You!!!) Marie asked me to do a beta read last year and her book is adorable as she always has hunky guys with swoon-worthy accents! Brenda sent me an ARC of her new novel for review, and I shall be posting that just before Valentine’s Day… That way I won’t give y’all any spoilers and you will have plenty of time to have your own blind dates in preparation for cupid 😉  In the meantime, I have another book review on a novel Brenda co-wrote called “Happy New Year You” that I shall be posting this month as it fits the whole new year/new you theme. I can hardly wait to hear what you think about both of these novels and be sure to check out the back cover description below! Continue reading “Release Days!”

#LOVEATHON: MINI CHALLENGE 4 – CANDY MESSAGES

The Love-a-Thon is hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick, and Mel of The Daily Prophecy. Follow along on social media using the hashtag #LoveaThon

You’ve received a box of sweethearts candy, and you’re asked to share the candy with a person or couple –fictional or real. Tell us who you’d give these messages to.

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2017 Love-A-Thon: Introduction

 The Love-a-Thon is hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick, and Mel of The Daily Prophecy). Follow along on social media using the hashtag #LoveaThon

I can hardly believe I almost forgot about the love-a-thon! My friend Marie mentioned it a couple weeks ago, but before I could check it out life happened… Okay, reading books happened. What can you expect from a booklover? I’ve recently returned both to Ontario, Canada and the bookblogger world after a hiatus in the United Kingdom. If you want to know more about me, check out my answers to the intro questions our hosts asked!

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Cover Reveal

I know I haven’t been on in a couple months due to work, illness, editing, and other obligations. I have been writing reviews, but I have to type them up yet! In the meantime, here is the cover for a novella I did some developmental editing on:

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You may recall that I’ve worked on most of Marie Landry’s other novels such as Blue Sky Days, The Game Changer, and Waiting for the Storm. This novella is her latest works and will be coming out near Christmas time which really is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

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Simple Smile Saturday(Apr-2)

Recently I had the pleasure of editing yet another of Marie Landry’s novels. About two month’s ago I was part of the cover reveal, but now I’m here to announce her book is now available. I have to say Marie’s work is always fabulous, and with each book her talent improves. This is a great book you won’t want to miss!

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WAITING FOR THE STORM

Charlotte O’Dell knows this summer is going to suck. Her beloved mother just died, her sister hates her, and her dad has completely checked out. Fulfilling her mother’s final wish, the family heads to Angel Island for the summer to stay in a beach house her mother once loved. 

After a year of being shut away taking care of her mother, Charlotte is numb and practically afraid of her own shadow; she hopes going to the island will give her the time and space she needs to begin healing, and an opportunity to bring her family back together. When she meets her mysterious neighbor, Ezra, it doesn’t take long for Charlotte to confess the issues she’s developed. Ezra begins giving Charlotte assignments to get over her fears, and although she accepts his tasks, all she really wants is to be with him. When she’s with Ezra, she’s able to forget the hollow ache in her heart and the fact that her family is falling apart. But Ezra has secrets…

Can Charlotte pull what’s left of her family together, mend her broken heart, and allow herself to fall for Ezra? Or is it all just a storm waiting to happen?

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17258025-waiting-for-the-storm

The Game Changer Cover Reveal

I am extremely excited to be part of the cover reveal for Marie Landy’s second book! Most of you already know I was an editor for Marie’s first novel, Blue Sky Days (review,  interview, buy link), and I’m happy to say I will also be involved with this one as well. I mean, who wouldn’t want to read this book?

Melody Cartwright has never had a problem with change, but for the first time in her life the changes are beyond her control—she suddenly has a niece she never knew, but has to prove herself to; her best friend is making huge life changes of her own; and she has to deal with her ex and his crazy new girlfriend who has stalker tendencies.

When Melody meets confident, sexy Julian, she’s not interested in a relationship. He tells her it’s possible for a man and a woman to just be friends, and despite his ultra-charming ways there’s something about him that makes Melody believe he could be right.

During a time of change and turmoil, it doesn’t take long for Julian to become everything Melody never knew she needed in her life. But is it possible for them to remain ‘just friends’ or will Melody be a game changer for Julian the playboy?

If you are interested in reviewing the novel once it is released later this fall, be sure to check out Marie’s blog here. And if you haven’t already read Blue Sky Days, be sure to check out this awesome celebration sale!

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Book Review: Blue Sky Days by Marie Landry

It has been just over one month since the debut of Blue Sky Days! I had promised the author I would review her novel, but then I realized it would be practically impossible to do so. I was one of the editors for her book, I saw this go through various stages as a manuscript before it ever became the ebook it is today, however would I manage an unbiased review?

So I am saying this upfront that this analysis of Blue Sky Days may not be completely impartial and will probably be more about the difference from when I first saw this book-to-be to the book-that-is.

Synopsis: Emma Ward is a nineteen-year-old girl with no direction. She has spent her whole life doing what her mother wants that Emma now has no idea what she wants for herself. On a journey to find a life of her own, Emma goes to visit her quirky Aunt Daisy and ends up meeting Nicholas. Emma falls crazy in love and finds happiness in the small town, but when Nicholas is diagnosed with cancer Emma learns what it is to be strong.

Author: Marie Landry is a small town girl with big dreams of becoming an author. Not wanting to wait to get her stories to the public, Marie is self-publishing her debut novel Blue Sky Days.

Writing Style: Marie has a tendency to use a repetitive sentence-structure, yet she is consistent with it and seems to take on a modus operandi aspect. She also strictly adheres to using the word “said” for every characters’ speech, but in doing so it prevents the necessity of thinking up a variety of creative ways to say the same exact thing and it works.

Editor’s Note: The first draft I saw was pretty good, but comparing it to the final draft that passed through my hands is like the difference between an A-class major motion film and a B-rated flick. The end product just took on a je ne sais quoi aura that gave the novel real “it” factor that was missing in its earlier entities.

Plot: This story-line is rather two-fold in that it has intertwining and equally important tales to tell. The first is Emma’s quest for a discovery of self; bildungsroman in that it is about the heroine growing up. The second is the love story between Emma and Nicholas -very “meet cute” boy sees girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl have an obstacle to overcome.

Location: The novel starts in a suburb near Toronto, but moves northward to Riverview where Emma’s Aunt Daisy lives. This small town is a throw-back to the fifties and has not only a slower pace, but a friendlier vibe than the big city.

Character: Let me put it this way, Nicholas will give any storybook hero a run for their money. He is like the dream boyfriend that every girl wishes for, and every parent will approve of as the love of their daughter’s life. He is kind, loving, brave, supportive, chivalric, and just plain ol’ swoon-worthy.

Point of View: This novel is told in first-person though the eyes and mind of Emma Ward. Emma’s written voice seems to be a cross between telling what happened as though it were in the past and telling it as it happens like its occurring in the present making for an interesting way of “talking” to the reader.

Character Development: Emma flat-out states from the beginning that she is a boring and studious person, though we never really see that. The Emma that the reader is introduced to is one that is struggling to find her way into life.  As the novel progresses Emma goes through different experiences that bring a change in her, it is gradual and believable as the reader is experiencing it alongside Emma.

Romance: Emma and Nicholas have the kind of relationship I’d always wanted myself; the improbable love-at-first-sight-instant-meeting-of-souls phenomenon that steadily grows into an enduring and lasting forever type of love which only happens when two people truly know each other. It is the end result you get when you take Romeo and Juliet combined with The Notebook.

Theme: If there is a moral to this story, it has to be either “Never give up” or “Love concurs all”.

DiY: Emma gets an interest in photography when she picks up an old camera and starts playing around with it, only to find out she has a talent for the art. Rummage around your own home to find a camera and go try to capture the same photos that Emma takes or whatever else catches your eye.

Note to Reader: Make sure you have snacks on hand when you read this book, because it can and will make you hungry with all the delicious-sounding food that is mentioned throughout.

Quote: “When I close my eyes and try to picture myself in a few years, it’s just blank.”

The Verdict: Blue Sky Days is a wonderful novel that is a privilege to read. It is commercial enough to have been company-published, but intensely personal in the way self-published books can be.  If you like romance and chick lit, young adult, or Lurlene McDaniel novels, then you will like this one.

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