IN SERVICE TO LOVE by Darlene Green – SPOTLIGHT & Giveways

Darlene Green has written a series of books called, IN SERVICE TO LOVE: A dynamic experience of consciousness, transformation and enlightenment. In book one, love is remembered, book two, love is elevated, and soon to be published book three, love is now.

The cover of book one features a hummingbird which represents love, joy, peace and lightness of being.

Book two features a butterfly which is one of the oldest symbols of metamorphosis: of life, endurance, change and rebirth.

The soon to be published book three features a lotus flower which symbolizes purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration and rebirth.

IN SERVICE TO LOVE, Green offers a guided experience to your unique path of enlightenment. She teaches that in our chaotic world, we all demand a new way, and a new path to be illuminated.

Highly sensitive, an empathetic, healer, teacher and scribe, Darlene has followed her heart’s direction in discovery of the sacred. What started as a personal journey ignited by profound events Dec. 2017 has become the extensive work of In Service to Love. In collaboration with Masters of the Council of Light, what has unfolded is a frequency rich, guided pathway and new paradigm to enlightenment.

DARLENE’S WORDS:

“The sense of mission has been the background of my life.” Highly sensitive, an emphathic healer, teacher Darlene has pursued work and studies that would delve deeper into the extraordinary expression that has always beckoned her into the discovery of the sacred in life.
“There are defining moments that forever alter our trajectory. In facing circumstances that call into question what I thought I knew of myself, the space opened for events beyond what I thought possible. The miraculous as a daily reality.” Following trauma from a car accident early in 2017, a deep internal process of healing began. Profound spiritual events of Dec. 26, 2017 signaled a new expression. And the divine collaboration of In Service to Love began.

http://www.darlenegreenauthor.com

Thanks to FSB Associates we have copies of the first two In Service To Love books to giveaway. Just tell us about the last book you read that was a life-changing experience. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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SEX AND VANITY by Kevin Kwan – Review & Giveaway

“Call me shallow. I want to laugh. I want to bring joy. I want to provide entertainment.” Kevin Kwan, bestselling author

One thing that’s positive during these difficult times of isolating, is the complete eruption of zoom interviews. I got to attend a talk with Kevin Kwan of CRAZY RICH ASIANS fame about his new book, SEX and VANITY (Doubleday) and what a delight it was. Kevin is as engaging and entertaining as one would expect.

Kevin says he “writes what he wants to read,” that its urban rom-com. He’s writes about the rich and famous.

SEX and VANITY is a love letter to one of the cities he loves, New York. It’s the first of another trilogy visiting NYY, London and Paris.

SEX and VANITY takes place on the island of Capri, Kevin’s favorite place in the world. He is the king of satirizing the uber-rich.In SEX and VANITY a woman finds herself torn between two men, the WASPy fiand of her family’s dreams and a man she will do just about anything NOT to fall in love with. Kevin’s descriptions of extravaganzas are a dream during this time of isolation and anxiety. Kevin is unmatched when it comes to name-dropping luxury brands and enjoying fame, fortune and utlimately following your heart.

For those wanting to write their own novel, Kevin’s secret to success is the following: write 8am-1, do all his social media stuff and write again from 4-8pm. “It’s a job and I’ve never missed a deadline.

And yes, the film rights have already been sold. Can’t wait to see the movie!

KEVIN KWAN is the author of Crazy Rich Asians, the international bestselling novel that has been translated into more than 30 languages.  Its sequel, China Rich Girlfriend, was released in 2015, and Rich People Problems, the final book in the trilogy, followed in 2017.  For several weeks in 2018, the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy commanded the top three positions of the New York Times bestseller list – an almost unprecedented single-author trifecta, and the film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians became Hollywood’s highest grossing romantic comedy in over a decade.  In 2018, Kevin was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

We’re lucky to have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us which “Rich” book is your favorite out of the trilogy. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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CHARMING FALLS APART by Angela Terry – SPOTLIGHT & Giveaway

In Angela Terry’s debut novel, CHARMING FALLS APART (SparkPress), Allison James is a people pleaser and rule follower. But the day before her thirty-fifth birthday, that all implodes: she loses the job she’s had for twelve years, and finds out her fiance has been sleeping with her maid of honor. And you thought you were having a bad day!

Feeling lost, Allison takes her friend Jordan’s advice and uses the time off for some self-reflection. Over the next few months, she devours countless self-help books (albeit skeptically), schedules a soul reading with an astrologer/psychic/magician, and goes on a meditation retreat in Costa Rica, where she finally starts to feel like she’s getting her groove back.

Back at home, her desire to escape the condo she once shared with her fiancé makes her a regular at the new coffeehouse in her neighborhood, where she finds some guidance from (and eye candy in) the attractive owner, Eric. Between Jordan’s support, the Barnes & Noble self-help aisle, and the Tao of Eric, Allison gradually discovers that her old life wasn’t as perfect as she thought―and that if she truly wants to find her happily-ever-after, she’s going to have to start writing her own rules.

Angela Terry is an attorney who formerly practiced intellectual property law at large firms in Chicago and San Francisco. She is also a Chicago Marathon legacy runner and races to raise money for PAWS Chicago—the Midwest’s largest no-kill shelter. She resides in San Francisco with her husband and two cats, and enjoys throwing novel-themed dinner parties for her women’s fiction book club.

Thanks to Angela we have one book to giveaway. Just tell us what book you’re looking forward to reading this fall. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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NOWHERE NEAR GOODBYE by Barbara Conrey – SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY

Meet Barbara Conrey author of NOWHERE NEAR GOODBYE (RedAdeptPublishing). In her novel, tragedy of the past meets the challenges of the future. NOWHERE NEAR GOODBYE publishes tomorrow.

​Oncologist Emma Blake has dedicated her life to finding a cure for a rare brain cancer. Twenty-five years ago, Emma’s childhood friend Kate died of glioblastoma, and Emma vowed to annihilate the deadly disease. Now, Kate’s father, Ned, is pushing her to work harder to fulfill that promise.

When Emma discovers she’s pregnant, she’s torn between the needs of her family and the demands of her work. While Ned pressures her to do the unthinkable, her husband, Tim, decorates the nursery. Unwilling to abandon her research, Emma attempts to keep both sides of her life in balance.

Emma knows she needs to reconcile her past with her present and walk the fine line between mother and physician. But Ned has a secret, and when Emma discovers what he’s been hiding, the foundation of her world cracks.

Nowhere Near Goodbye is a story of family, failure, and second chances. I didn’t want NOWHERE NEAR HERE to end. Barbara’s prose coupled with complex, intriguing characters kept me glued to the page. I can’t believe this is her first novel. I look forward to what she publishes next.

Barbara Conrey worked in the health care industry for many years before opting for an early retirement which lasted all of three months. Retirement didn’t suit, so Barbara accepted a position in finance for which she had absolutely no background, and four years later she decided to write a book. But not about finance.

Travel is a passion, along with reading, hiking and exploring antique shops. Barbara’s greatest passion is Miss Molly, her rescue beagle. There are stories to be told about beagles and Barbara hopes to incorporate some of those stories into her books.

Barbara lives in Central Pennsylvania, close to family and friends, and of course, Miss Molly.

http://www.barbaraconreyauthor.com

Thanks to Barbara, we have 2 of her books to giveaway. Just tell us what novel you’re looking forward to reading this fall. We’ll announce winners soon. Good luck.

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HOLLYWOOD PARK by Mikel Jollett – Review & Giveaway

HOLLYWOOD PARK by Mikel Jollett

HOLLYWOOD PARK (CeledonBooks) by Mickel Jollett is an emotional memoir of a tortured youth ultimately redeemed through music, therapy, and love.

Mikel is born into the cult. Synanon started off as a program to get addicts off their drug of choice, and became a place of mental and physical abuse. Michel is taken away from his mother at 6-months old and only gets to see his parents very rarely. No one was a allowed to leave. As a toddler his mother escapes from the cult with her sons Mikel and Tony. After being released from captivity they find themselves in Oregon.

His mother has numerous boyfriends and she tries to creates a family atmosphere, but all the men end up leaving. “I remember that a ‘Mom’ is supposed to be a special thing….She tells me I’m her son and she wanted kids so she would not be alone anymore and now she has us and it is a son’s job to take care of his mother,” he writes. His mother often falls into “deep-russian.” (depression)

His mom’s distorted view of being a mother leaves the children fending for themselves. At times in the story, Jollett’s mother’s personality disorder becomes redundant. His father, an ex-con and addict is his hero. The scenes between the boys and their father are often tender. Hollywood Park is the horse track he often took his sons to.

In his teens, Mikel gets into alternative music like The Cure, The Smiths, Morrissey and David Bowie ultimately getting a job as an interviewer for a rock on-line magazine. This gives him a purpose and he creates and becomes the frontman of the successful alternative band, Alternative Toxic Event band.

I don’t often read memoirs, but when I do I usually enjoy them. I found most of HOLLYWOOD PARK compelling. Towards the end of the book, Jollett often repeats himself. The editor could have cut down at lease 75-pages. Jollett does a great job at presenting the cards he was handed in life, and the choices he took to move ahead.

Mikel Frans Jollett (born May 21, 1974)[1] is an American musician and author. He is best known as the frontman for American indie rock band the Airborne Toxic Event as well as the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Hollywood Park.

We have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us about the latest memoir you’ve read. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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THE KNOCKOUT QUEEN by Rufi Thorpe – REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

Author, Rufi Thorpe’s novel, THE KNOCKOUT QUEEN (Knopf) is a tough one to wrap your head around. But if you put in the effort, it’s a fabulous read. It’ll take you back to your high-school years (cringe). It’ll also introduce you to two unlikely friends you definitely haven’t met before.

Bunny Lampert is the princess of North Shore⁠—beautiful, tall, blond, with a rich real-estate-developer father and a swimming pool in her backyard. Michael⁠⁠—with a ponytail down his back and a septum piercing⁠—lives with his aunt in the cramped stucco cottage next door. When Bunny catches Michael smoking in her yard, he discovers that her life is not as perfect as it seems.

“I always seemed to be the right person there, loving the wrong person, betting on the wrong dark horse.

At six foot three, Bunny towers over their classmates and is a volleyball champion. Even as she dreams of standing out and competing in the Olympics, she is desperate to fit in, to seem normal, and to get a boyfriend, all while hiding her father’s escalating alcoholism.

Michael has secrets of his own. At home and at school Michael pretends to be straight, but at night he tries to understand himself by meeting men online for anonymous encounters that both thrill and scare him. When Michael falls in love for the first time, a vicious strain of gossip circulates and a terrible, brutal act becomes the defining feature of both his and Bunny’s futures⁠⁠—and of their friendship.

Rufi’s storytelling will grab you from the start and won’t let you go until the last page. It’s a highly emotional depiction of two people craving friendship and finding it in the most unlikely place. If you don’t mind some inappropriate words and some somewhat shocking scenes this is for you. It’s not for the timid.

It’s definitely one of my favorite books of the year, so far.

*****

Rufi Thorpe received her MFA from the University of Virginia in 2009. Her first novel, The Girls from Corona del Mar, was long listed for the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize and for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Her second novel, Dear Fang, With Love, was published by Knopf in May 2016. She lives in California with her husband and two sons.

http://www.rufithorpe.com

We have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what it was like growing up. Everyone has a story. We’ll announce winner soon. Good luck.

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DIGNITY & GRACE by Alison Ragsdale – *SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY *

Alison Ragsdale delivers what destined to be another bestseller … DIGNITY & GRACE is a heart-rending story about secrets that tear a family apart. It’s a tale of loss, and courage, and the strength of a gifted young woman to face the past, find a way to heal and move forward.

On her 21st birthday, gifted cellist Iona Muir receives a package from her estranged father containing a letter from her mother, Grace, a talented musician who tragically died ten years earlier. Reeling from what she reads, Iona soon discovers a mysterious, faded photograph of Grace, hidden inside her cello case.

Honoring her mother’s request, Iona visits Grace’s beloved music teacher, taking the first step on an emotional trail of discovery that has been left for her. As Grace’s story unfolds, Iona gains a deeper insight into the mother she lost and the heartbreaking truth about Grace’s last months. The more Iona learns, the more she is drawn back to her family home, on the remote Scottish island of Orkney, and to her father.

I love how Alison writes characters. They are emotionally deep and complicated. You’ll be lured into the character’s lives in DIGNITY and GRACE.

ALISON’S WORDS:

A proud Scots lass, I was born in Edinburgh and the connection to my homeland has never left me. Consequently, my novels are set in the stunning Highlands and islands of Scotland.

I’ve had what could be termed a varied career. I trained as a professional ballet dancer and worked in the field of dance for many years. When an injury called a halt to that, I eventually became a marketing executive. After two decades in that world, I started my own health-services business but it took too great a toll on me so my husband encouraged me to focus on writing, as I’d always dreamed of doing.

I took the leap of faith in 2014 and dived into my first full-length novel TUESDAY’S SOCKS. It was a scary feeling, putting my ‘baby’ out there, but I was delighted when readers fell for my sweet protagonist, Jeffrey Mere. TUESDAY’S SOCKS soon became an Amazon bestseller. My second novel, THE FATHER-DAUGHTER CLUB, came out at the end of 2014. I was thrilled when it too made it to an Amazon best seller list, receiving a wonderful review from Kirkus Reviews, and going on to win the 2016, IPPY Bronze medal for Best Regional Fiction – Europe.

My third Amazon best selling novel, FINDING HEATHER, was released in October 2016 and my fourth, A LIFE UNEXPECTED, won a 2018 IPPY Bronze medal in the Popular Fiction category, then become an Amazon best seller too.

THE ART OF REMEMBERING, released in July, 2019 debuted as a best seller. It has since been included in BookBub’s Best Book Club Book list for July and August, 2019, was honored as a finalist in the 2019 American Fiction Awards – Literary category, and was nominated for the Goodreads Readers Choice Award, 2019.

While I didn’t set out to be an author, it has always been a dream of mine and now, thanks to my incredibly supportive husband and the forces of the universe, that has become a reality.

I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I loved writing them.

http://www.alisonragsdale.com

Thanks to Kate Rock Book Tours we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what book you’re reading now and why you are enjoying it … or not. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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MUSICAL CHAIRS by Amy Poeppel – Review and TWO THREE-BOOK GIVEAWAYS

HAPPY BOOK-DAY! Today Amy Poeppel’s new third novel, MUSICAL CHAIRS (Atria/EmilyBestlerBooks) comes into the world. Amy is one of our favorite authors and we think MUSICAL CHAIRS may be her best book so far.

It’s all about family, friendship, motherhood and finding your own way!

Bridget is preparing her country home for two more months of romance with the man she hopes to marry when he emails to cancel not only the vacation, but the relationship entirely. Shortly, thereafter, her adult children arrive unannounced, with their literal and emotional baggage. Her summer is suddenly much messier than she anticipated. Her once empty nest is not only full, but falling apart.

MUSICAL CHAIRS had me laughing out loud, drawing interesting stares from my husband. I loved getting to know all of the characters, especially Bridget. It’s always fun to peek into someone else’s quirky-neurotic family. I also loved all the musical references. This is definitely a summer must read.

I can already hear Hollywood calling!

Amy Poeppel grew up in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Wellesley College and worked as an actress in the Boston area, appearing in a corporate industrial for Polaroid, a commercial for Brooks Pharmacy, and a truly terrible episode of America’s Most Wanted, along with other TV spots and several plays. While in Boston, she also got her M.A. in Teaching from Simmons College

She is married to David Poeppel, a neuroscientist at NYU and Director of the Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt. For the past thirty years, they have lived in many cities, including San Francisco, Berlin, and New York, and had three sons along the way. Amy taught high school English in the Washington, DC suburbs, and after moving to New York, she worked as an assistant director of admissions at an independent school where she had the fulfilling experience of meeting and getting to know hundreds of applicant families.

She attended sessions at the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit and wrote the theatrical version of Small Admissions, which was performed there as a staged reading in 2011. Amy’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The RumpusWorking MotherPoints In CaseThe Belladonna, and Literary Mama. You can read an interview with Amy on Authors Answer.

NOW ON TO THE BEST PART:

Amy if offering ALL THREE of her books – SMALL ADMISSIONS, LIMELIGHT and MUSICAL CHAIRS to TWO lucky winners! Just tell us what your favorite musical is and why. We’ll announce winners soon. Good luck.

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** AMY POEPPEL ** AUTHOR & GIVEAWAY

Amy Poeppel is one of our favorite authors and her third novel, MUSICAL CHAIRS (Atria/EmilyBestlerBook) is being published tomorrow.

Today we’re telling you about her new novel and tomorrow we will be giving away 2-packs of her 3 novels to TWO LUCKY WINNERS! Including: SMALL ADMISSIONS, LIMELIGHT and of course, MUSICAL CHAIRS.

MUSICAL CHAIRS is a charming story of role reversals, reinvention and sweet synchroncity.

Classical cellist Bridget is preparing her country home for two more months of romance with the man she hopes to marry when he emails to cancel not only the vacation, but the relationship entirely. Shortly, thereafter, her adult children arrive unannounced, with their literal and emotional baggage. Her summer is suddenly much messier than she anticipated

Her once empty nest is not only full, but falling apart.

MUSICAL CHAIRS is being called a must read for summer 2020, by some of the most influential reviewers, bloggers, magazines and authors.

*****

Amy Poeppel grew up in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Wellesley College and worked as an actress in the Boston area, appearing in a corporate industrial for Polaroid, a commercial for Brooks Pharmacy, and a truly terrible episode of America’s Most Wanted, along with other TV spots and several plays. While in Boston, she also got her M.A. in Teaching from Simmons College

She is married to David Poeppel, a neuroscientist at NYU and Director of the Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt. For the past thirty years, they have lived in many cities, including San Francisco, Berlin, and New York, and had three sons along the way. Amy taught high school English in the Washington, DC suburbs, and after moving to New York, she worked as an assistant director of admissions at an independent school where she had the fulfilling experience of meeting and getting to know hundreds of applicant families.

She attended sessions at the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit and wrote the theatrical version of Small Admissions, which was performed there as a staged reading in 2011. Amy’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The RumpusWorking MotherPoints In CaseThe Belladonna, and Literary Mama. You can read an interview with Amy on Authors Answer.

BE SURE TO COME BACK TOMORROW FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A THREE-PACK OF ALL OF AMY’S NOVELS! YAY!

DICTATORSHIP of the DRESS by Jessica Topper – Spotlight & Giveaway

In Jessica Topper’s novel, DICTATORSHIP of the DRESS (Penguin), the dress-bearer for her mother’s wedding, comic book artist Laney Hudson has a lot more baggage than the bulky garment bag she’s lugging from New York to Hawaii.

Laney is determined to prove she’s capable of doing something right, but running chores for her mom’s fairytale nuptials is proving to be a painfully constant reminder of her own lost love. So when she’s mistaken for the bride and bumped up to first class, Laney figures some stress-free luxury is worth a harmless white lie. Until the flight crew thinks that the man sitting next to her is Laney’s groom, and her little fib turns into a hot mess.

The last thing Noah Ridgewood needs is some dress-obsessed diva landing in his first-class row. En route to his Vegas bachelor party, the straight-laced software designer knows his cold feet have nothing to do with the winter weather.

When a severe storm leaves them grounded in Chicago and they find themselves booked into the last available honeymoon suite, Laney and her in-flight neighbor have little choice but to get better acquainted. Now, as her bridal mission hangs in the balance, perhaps the thing Laney gets right is a second chance at love.

Rock. Write. Repeat.

Jessica Topper broke the rock romance mold with her 2013 debut novel LOUDER THAN LOVE. Her follow-up romantic comedy, DICTATORSHIP OF THE DRESS, was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2015.

After working almost two decades in the music industry, Jessica hung up her touring boots in order to concentrate on her writing. She lives in Western New York with two cats who love to walk across her keyboard, a teenage writer girl and a husband who wishes to remain anonymous.

http://www.jesstopper.com

Thanks to Jess we have a signed copy to giveaway. Have you ever been gifted with a second chance? We’ll announce a winner coon. Good luck.

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