Monday, August 22, 2016

#MMBBR #Review #BlogTour #FirstLine THE REGULARS by @georgialouclark @GoSparkPoint

About Georgia: Georgia Clark is
widely published in women’s and lifestyle magazines, has written for TV, and performs improv. She’s the author of fiction novel The Regulars, and the YA novels She’s With The Band and Parched. A native Australian, Georgia lives in Brooklyn with her girlfriend and a fridge full of cheese. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram at @georgialouclark.

About The Regulars: Best friends Evie, Krista, and Willow are just trying to make it through their mid-twenties in New York. They’re regular girls, with average looks and typical quarter-life crises: making it up the corporate ladder, making sense of online dating, and making rent.
Until they come across Pretty, a magic tincture that makes them, well…gorgeous. Like, supermodel gorgeous. And it’s certainly not their fault if the sudden gift of beauty causes unexpected doors to open for them.
But there’s a dark side to Pretty, too, and as the gloss fades for these modern-day Cinderellas, there’s just one question left:What would you sacrifice to be Pretty?

#FirstLine of the Regulars by Georgia Clark~ Despite her mother's impassioned insistence to the contrary, Evie Selby had never thought of herself as beautiful.  

What a delight this book is.  It takes us regulars and puts us in the place of the stunning and beautiful.  I laughed and I loved being taken away in the story.  The story has a touch of magic and loads of fun.  It was such a honest and interesting story about what we think we want, the costs and what really makes us happy!  4 stars

Twitter: @georgialouclark
Instagram: @georgialouclark


Sunday, August 21, 2016

#MMBBR Review: Doodle Art Alley Coloring Books @DoodleArtAlley @KathleenWelton

Explore the Magic of Doodle Art
Magical Henna Coloring Book shares 50 doodle art images printed on one side of the page for all ages to color. The henna designs have been organized from simple to more intricate so that you can design your own beautiful pictures from lines and paisleys to swirls and other shapes.

  • Choose your color combinations and see what patterns they create. Let the magical designs take shape before your eyes.

  • Experience greater focus, dedication, and patience that coloring can bring. Slow down and enjoy the colors and patterns coming to life in front of you.

  • Designs are printed on one side of the page.

  • Doodle Art Alley Books are so much fun and are perfect for adults and older teens along with younger kids.

  • Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore! There is something for everyone, so take a minute and explore the magic of it all!
Each doodle art image has been carefully selected to provide plenty of enjoyment, inspiration, and relaxation.

Samantha Snyder

Samantha Snyder has been doodling her whole life. While teaching elementary school, she often drew up coloring pages and printables for her students and fellow teachers. She decided to start sharing her creations and in 2008, Doodle Art Alley was founded. 

Doodle Art Alley is dedicated to giving those squiggly lines the proper credit they deserve. Who would have thought that such a small and simple idea could possess so much potential? There are lots of fun art activities, tips and information to read through and enjoy at, along with hundreds of free coloring pages and printables.

By far DOODLE ART ALLEY BOOKS are my absolute FAVORITE coloring books EVER!  I just love everything about them!  I love the detail, the designs and the size!  I use them as inspiration on the bathroom mirror for my kids (and myself) to see each morning.  I switch the pictures out from time to time to keep things fresh.  The boys think that is a great way to start their day!  I use these pictures as thank you cards and for other occasions that would constitute a greeting card.  I feel that this is such a more personal way to let people know that you are thinking of them!!!

In addition to the practical purposes of the finished product the actual process of coloring it both relaxing and therapeutic!  I make sure to set aside 20 minutes nearly daily for coloring and I feel so much better when I get my time in!  I think there is something very wonderful that happens when you color and I found that is it one of my favorite things to do!!!  This whole series of books are all wonderful and each book focuses on something a bit different than the others!  All the books are awesome and I HIGHLY recommend them!  I cannot wait to see what other books that come out and I hope I am lucky enough to review them here for all of you!!!



Saturday, August 20, 2016

#MMBBR #Highlight #FirstLine The Long Hot Summer The Long, Hot Summer by @macmkathleen @HachetteUS @HachetteBooks

Nine Lives. Four Generations. One Family. The MacEntees are no ordinary family. 

Determined to be different from other people, they have carved out a place for themselves in Irish life by the sheer force of their personalities.

There's Deirdre, the aged matriarch and former star of the stage. Her estranged writer husband Manus now lives with a younger man. Their daughter Alma is an unapologetically ambitious television presenter, while Acushla plays the part of the perfect political wife. And there's Macdara, the fragile and gentle soul of the family. Together, the MacEntees present a glamorous face to the world. But when a series of misfortunes befall them over the course of one long, hot summer, even the MacEntees will struggle to make sense of who they are. 

From Kathleen MacMahon, the #1 bestselling author of This is How it Ends, comes this powerful and poignant novel, capturing a moment in the life of one family.

Kathleen MacMahon

Kathleen MacMahon is a former radio and television journalist with Ireland's national broadcaster, RTE. The granddaughter of the distinguished short story writer Mary Lavin, Kathleen lives in Dublin with her husband and twin daughters. This is How it Ends, her first novel, was published in 20 countries and was a #1 bestseller in Ireland.

#FirstLine ~ The story of their lives was all there. 

#MMBBR #Highlight #FirstLine The Movie Star and Me by Kelly Durham @KDurhamAuthor


Frank Russell is a star-struck young Army veteran when he stumbles into a job at Pacific Pictures studios in Hollywood. Frank, just back from the war in the Pacific, immediately runs into the studio's biggest stars, including the beautiful, ambitious Vera Vance-and gets off on the wrong foot! But when Frank demonstrates his leadership abilities to studio founder Abe Baum, relationships change quickly! Movie magic, labor strikes, HUAC committee hearings and the business of show business are revealed as a colorful cast of characters fight for their self-interests--with surprising results. 

Kelly Durham

#FirstLine ~ I had not been with the 10th Army when it landed on Okinawa on Sunday, April 1, 1945.

Friday, August 19, 2016

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine Things Unsaid by Diana Y. Paul @DianaPaul10

Jules, her sister Joanne, and her brother Andrew all grew up in the same household―but their varying views of and reactions to their experiences growing up have made them all very different people. Now, as adults with children of their own, they are all faced with the question of what to do to help their parents, who insist on maintaining the upscale lifestyle they’re accustomed to despite their mounting debts. A deft exploration of the ever-shifting covenants between parents and children, Things Unsaid is a ferocious tale of family love, dysfunction, and sense of duty over forty years.

Diana Y. Paul

Diana Y. Paul is the award-winning author of Things Unsaid, her debut novel (SheWrites Press: 2015). It has won the award for best New Adult Fiction from Beverly Hills Book Awards for 2016 and has been ranked #2 in the "Top 14 Books about Families Crazier Than Yours" ( ). Diana has also written three books on Buddhism, one of which has been translated into Japanese and German (Women in Buddhism, University of California Press). She is a former professor at Stanford University in Buddhist Studies and the role of women in religion and culture.

Diana was born in Akron, Ohio and is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in both psychology and philosophy and the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Ph.D in Buddhist Studies . Her short stories have appeared in a number of literary journals and she is currently working on a second novel, A Perfect Match. She lives in Carmel, CA with her husband and loves to create mixed media art, focusing on printmaking. Her art has been exhibited in California, Hawaii, and Japan. Whenever possible, Diana and her husband love to visit their adult daughter and her family in San Francisco and their son in Los Angeles. To learn more about her and her work, visit her author website at, her blog on movies, art, and food at or follow her on Twitter: @DianaPaul10.

An outstanding book that is not only deeply honest, heartbreaking and hopeful, but also brilliant, poignant and original.  Paul draws and fleshes the characters out beautifully...allowing flaws and imperfections to show.  It captures what is at the heart of all of us and showcases that life is what we make it. It is thoughtful, precise and allows the reader inside family, dysfunction and all.  Brilliant, just brilliant!  5 stars

#FirstLine ~ After penetrating the chain-link fence and knocking over the soccer goalpost, her father's car had landed in the deserted grassy field.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

#MMBBR #Showcase Promises by Ardyce Durham


Promises, a work of historical fiction inspired by the life of the author's paternal great-grandfather, chronicles the lives of two boys the same age who grow up together. More than friends, they are buddies, constant companions, confidants, and accessories in everything they do. Joining the Confederate Army together in March of 1862 and engaging in and surviving some of the most catastrophic battles of the Civil War, the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg changed their lives forever. 

1.  Q.  What inspires your writing?
A.  I’d like to say that people I know, places I’ve been, things I’ve done, and stories I’ve read have been a big influence. However, that’s not really true. I think the biggest inspiration has come from my ancestors and what I’ve learned about them.
      What actually started me on the path that resulted in Promises was the discovery of what really happened to my paternal great-grandfather in the American Civil War. He never told anyone but while researching family history on, I found his records and learned the truth.
       We (family members) know that he didn’t tell anyone because if he had, the story would’ve been handed down from one generation to the next. My father and his big sister were the family historians. Had they known the real story, they would’ve broadcast it all over the state of Mississippi.
       My husband’s lineage offers a plethora (I’ve always wanted an excuse to use that word!) of ideas, too.
2.  Q.  What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
A.  I believe it is being able to use poetic license to express my thoughts, to put a story on paper in a way that allows the characters to jump off the page and into the reader’s imagination. Based on the reviews of Promises that have been written, I seem to do a good job of getting my readers to become emotionally connected to my characters’ unique personalities and their circumstances. I think that should be the goal of every writer.
3.  Q.  What is the toughest part of being a writer?
A.  For me, it’s thinking of something about which to write. I may be destined to become a one-hit-wonder with Promises. Virtually every person or situation in that book, no matter how crazy or far-fetched, is based on fact. Many of those facts came from interviews and family lore. For that reason, I had very little trouble putting the words on paper. The plethora of ideas mentioned earlier has me stymied because all I have on which to rely is research…no one to interview, no family tales handed down, no personal knowledge. I’ll be forced to give my imagination a real workout.
4.  Q.  If you could not be a writer, what would you do/be?
A.  I’d be looking at the items on my ‘bucket list’ and wondering what to do next. I’ve traveled throughout the ‘lower 48’ but there are so many places I haven’t been. If I could, I think I’d spend every waking hour touring the USA.
5.  Q.  What would the story of your life be entitled?
A.  I’ve written my memoirs under a pseudonym (Clementine Rhodes) and entitled it My Children’s Legacy. It was published by Sarah Book Publishing and was made available to Amazon customers on December 26, 2014. I think anyone who reads it will understand why I wrote it under a fictitious name.
6.  Q.  What is your favorite book of all time?
A.  Roots
7.  Q.  Which character from ANY book are you most like?
A.  I believe that I’m a lot like Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird.
8.  Q.  What character from all of your books are you most like?
A.  Since My Children’s Legacy is about me, let’s go with Promises. It’s easy for me to say this since I wasn’t there and didn’t have to personally endure the hardships, but I believe I would have fit right in as any one of the women in Promises, except for one. I won’t say which one because I want people to read the book and decide for themselves. I have the spirit, common sense, and mind-set that were required of country folk in the 19th century.
9.  Q.  Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?
A.  This is a question for which I really don’t have an answer. I like to read books by writers like James Patterson, John Grisham, Mary Higgins Clark, and Nora Roberts. I can’t imagine taking a weekend vacation in any of their books, but I would like to take a weekend vacation to visit with one or more of them. I’d like to know how they take an idea and turn it into a best seller. I’d especially like to know how James Patterson comes up with some of his book titles.
10.  Q.  What is your favorite season?
A.  Autumn/Fall
11.  Q.  What inspired your book cover(s)? Or what is your favorite book cover and why?
A.  The covers of both of my books are composed of my personal collection of photographs plus a few public domain pictures. The cover of My Children’s Legacy shows a 19th century barn. That barn belonged to my paternal grandfather and still stands in Prentiss County, MS. The cover of Promises is a collage of pictures. The black-and-white photo of the man in overalls who takes center-stage on the cover represents Promises’ main character. In reality, it is a picture of my paternal grandfather, the man who owned the barn previously mentioned. The rest of the pictures are of people, places, and things that have a role in the book.
12.  Q.  Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.
A.  I’ve never been on a book tour. Family dynamics and logistics stand in the way of being able to do that sort of thing. Other than contacting Amazon reviewers, book bloggers, and various others, I haven’t done anything to promote my book. During the last 2 months, I have sent out more than 550 individualized e-mails, asking people to read and review Promises. So far, I have received requests for paper books or ebooks from 60 of those individuals. Eighteen of those 60 have posted their reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and various other sites.
      I spent the bigger part of 2 years putting Promises together. I lived and breathed that book and consider it a labor of love. During all that time, I don’t recall anything funny happening but believe it or not, I had fun.
13.  Q.  Are you working on something new?
A.  The short answer is “No.” The long answer is I have several ideas that I think might turn into a good book. Time will tell.
14.  Q.  Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
A.   I would like for everyone to take a Look Inside of Promises. They can read the first 10 chapters on Amazon for free. Even though it’s listed as historical fiction, it has a little bit of everything a reader might look for in a book. Check out the reviews that have been submitted by other readers. Some might even be interested in My Children’s Legacy. Both books are available on Amazon.

Monday, August 15, 2016

#MMBBR #Showcase #FirstLine Will You Won't You Want Me by @missnoraz (Nora Zelevansky)

Will You Won't You Want Me?: A Novel by [Zelevansky, Nora]

Marjorie Plum never meant to peak in high school. She was queen bee. Now,10 years later, she's lost her sparkle. At her bleakest moment, she’s surprised by renewed interest from a questionable childhood crush, and the bickering with her cranky boss—at a potentially game-changing new job—grows increasingly like flirtatious banter. Suddenly, she’s faced with a choice between the life she always dreamed of and one she never thought to imagine. With the help of a precocious 11-year-old tutee, who unknowingly becomes the Ghost of Marjorie Past, and a musician roommate, who looks like a pixie and talks like the Dalai Lama, Marjorie struggles with the ultimate question: Who does she want to be? Nora Zelevansky’s Will You Won’t You Want Me? is a funny, often surprising, novel about growing up when you are already supposed to be grown.


#FirstLine from Will You Won't You Want Me 
by Nora Zelevansky

"Marjorie Plum was the most popular girl in school, but

 it had been a decade since anyone cared."

Available now:
“Funny, sexy, and packed with perfect poignant insight that will resonate with readers of any age. I LOVED this book and didn’t want it to end. Reading Zelevansky’s prose felt like watching 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'—Marjorie is so utterly captivating and endearing that even when she’s flailing you don’t want to miss a second of it!”—Nicola Kraus, New York Times bestselling co-author of The Nanny Diaries and Nanny Returns

“Will You Won't You Want Me? achieves that rare combination of razor-sharp wit and romance - a love story that's not afraid to be smart, satirical and wise. Nora Zelevansky's mesmerizing writing captivates from page one.” —Cara Lockwood, USA Today bestselling author of I Do (But I Don't)

“Nora Zelevansky deftly explores the ups and downs of a young woman learning that the first step toward real love lies in coming to love one's true self.” —Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet

Nora Zelevansky
Author, Journalist, Satirist, Lifestyle Expert
Nora Zelevansky is a novelist, journalist and editor. As a freelance writer, she covers style, beauty, travel, design, food, wellness, health, fitness, TV and film and burgeoning cultural trends, as well as writing profiles and humor essays. Her work has appeared in publications including ELLE, Vanity Fair, Town & Country, T Magazine (The New York Times), Travel + Leisure, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times,, SELF,, The Daily Beast and The Washington Post. She is also the editorial director for upscale wellness website, Live The Process.
Her debut novel SEMI-CHARMED LIFE was released on July 3rd, 2012.  This first in a two-book deal with St. Martin's Press draws heavily on her childhood on Manhattan's Upper West side with art world parents, as well as her years as a lifestyle journalist, chronicling (with humor) the latest—sometimes wonky—cultural trends.
Zelevansky attended New York City’s Calhoun School through high school, then Scripps College of The Claremont Colleges in California. After graduation, she moved to LA to work first in film development & acquisitions and then in politics, before transitioning into freelance writing.
She currently lives in Brooklyn, NYC with her husband and baby daughter amidst copious artisanal nooks.

Q.  What inspires your writing?
A. Many things inspire my writing from my own background to cultural phenomena. But, above all, I'd say, words. I love language and even grammar. Nothing makes me as happy as when the writing is just clicking and you can feel that you've found that perfect cadence.

Q.  What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
A. Both as a journalist and a novelist, I love experiencing something and then describing it -- a place, a feeling, even a smell. With fiction in particular, I think there's something so freeing about allowing the mind to go wherever it pleases and creating characters who do whatever you feel they should in this imaginary world.

Q.  What is the toughest part of being a writer?
A. The blank page. There's nothing as difficult as staring down that as yet unwritten story and worrying that it might not live up to your grand expectations.

Q.  If you could not be writer, what would you do/be?
A. I sometimes joke with my husband that I'd own a pretty shop full of all sorts of items that smell amazing. If I could surround myself in orange blossom and lavender scents at all times, I would.

Q.  What would the story of your life be entitled?
A. "Where Are My Keys? The Nora ZelevanskyStory."

Q.  What is your favorite book of all time?
A. Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters by JD Salinger. And I'm so lucky: My father just surprised me with a first edition copy that we saw at Southampton Books during one of my readings for Will You Won't You Want Me? It's now my prized possession.

Q.  Which character from ANY book are you most like?
A. Wow. That's a great question, but super difficult. As a kid, my mother used to say I reminded her of Eloise (who was super precocious and lived in the Plaza). I think I'm probably most like Elizabeth Bennet -- before the positive transformation: deeply stubborn and probably a bit judgmental and bossy, but with a deep sense that justice must prevail.

Q.  What character from all of your books are you most like?
A. I'm not sure if this is really true, but I want to say Belinda from Will You Won't You Want Me? At least she's the one I aspire to be most like. She's an 11-year-old girl from Brooklyn, who sees the world with so much clarity and humor despite her young age. She doesn't quite buy the stories people tell her until she's investigated all angles. In reality, I'm probably most like the main character, Marjorie Plum, who is indecisive and scared in the face of change, but who can feel that there's something more out there for her and fights to find it.

Q.  Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?
A. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. I just love everything about that era in Paris and the idea of frolicking around Europe with all these great literary figures and artists . . . I mean, what could be better than that?

Q.  What is your favorite season?
A. Fall. I love everything about it: The crisp air, the smell of fireplaces burning, the leaves changing. I even think the best fashion comes out in autumn. What's better than a great pair of jeans and boots with a leather jacket and a cozy scarf?

Q.  What inspired your book cover(s)?  Or what is your favorite book cover and why?
A. I actually didn't have that much to do with the design of my book cover. My publisher created it. But I liked it instantly because I think it's just cool and contemporary looking and also reflects the tone of the book, which is at once sort of light and literary.

Q.  Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.
A. During my first reading for Will You Won't You Want Me? at Barnes & Noble on the Upper West Side of NYC, the bookstore had set up a lovely table to the right of the stage where I could sit and sign books after the reading/Q & A portion was over. I was up at the podium reading, when a strange man came and just sat at the table facing the audience and started reading a random book. It was really funny because it was so obviously set up for signing with flowers and a sign and all! People kept asking me if I knew him afterward!

Q.  Are you working on something new?
A. Yes. I have a manuscript about which I am really excited. Like SO excited. It's something different -- still a sort of delayed and disoriented coming-of-age story (because that's what I always tend to write), but it's from the perspective of a first person male voice. I can't wait to get it out there.

Q.  Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
A.  Just thank you for reading this interview and hopefully for checking out my new novel, Will You Won't You Want Me?. The book is specifically about a 28-year-old woman who feels stuck and can't find a clear path to her future, but the story seems to resonate with people of all genders and ages, who have ever experienced growing pains during a period of transition. Sometimes -- often actually -- change comes when we least want or expect it and we have no choice but to roll with it. Although it's painful, in the end, so often, we end up evolving for the better.



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