Books

The Shape of Us by Lisa Ireland

Four different women. The same big problem. One magical solution? 
Despite excelling at university, Mezz has ended up the second-choice doctor in a two-doctor town, and won't be winning Mother of the Year any time soon. Miserably overweight, she knows it's only a matter of time until her gorgeous husband starts to stray...

Jewels runs a successful business and lives in her dream house. All she needs to make life complete is a baby. She'll do anything to lose weight and become a mother... just as soon as the Tim Tams are finished.

Ellie's life looks perfect on Facebook. But unlike the sunny snapshots, her world in Canberra is dull: she left everything behind in London, and the woman she sacrificed her life for is hardly ever home. Her ever-increasing waistline is testimony to just how small Ellie's life has become.

Kat's baby is her world. As a Bosnian refugee, she wants nothing more than a stable, happy life for Ami, but Kat's relationship with Ami's dad is collapsing. If she could just lose the 'baby weight' maybe Josh would look at her the way he used to.

When Mezz, Jewels, Ellie and Kat meet in an online weight-loss forum, a common goal accelerates their friendship. As the kilos start to disappear but their problems don't, they begin to realise that weight-loss might not be the key to happiness, but that supporting and believing in the ones you love, and yourself, just might be ...
 



Hey! Here's my review.

This is the type of book I would pick up and hand to random strangers in Kmart and insist they buy... Okay, it's the actual book I did that with. The story has stayed with me long after I finished reading. It's a fabulous example of contemporary Australian women's fiction - full of friendships, romance, and personal growth. I laughed, I cried, I ran out of pages too quickly. 

Four women from diverse backgrounds meet in an online weight loss forum and develop a deeper friendship. They share their struggles and each takes a different path on their journey. This book would be particularly relatable to anyone who has ever stood on the scales and seen a number they didn't like. 

★★★★★   

  • Where: Borrowbox
  • Format: ebook

Little Gray Dress by Aimee Brown


Hey Everyone!


I'd like to introduce you to Aimee Brown, fellow book blogger and debut chick lit author (sound familiar??). She's on virtual tour with her novel, Little Gray Dress. I was curious about whether Aimee's journey from blogger to author was similar to mine, so I asked her.

Aimee Brown is a writer and an avid reader. Little Gray Dress is her first published novel. My second novel is in the works now. She’s currently studying for her Bachelor’s degree in English Writing. She spends much of her time writing, doing homework, raising three teenagers, binge watching shows on Netflix and obsessively cleaning and redecorating her house. She’s fluent in sarcasm and has been known to utter profanities like she’s competing for a medal.

Aimee grew up in Oregon but is now a transplant living in cold Montana with her husband of twenty years, three teenage children, and far too many pets.

She would love to hear your thoughts on Little Gray Dress! If you’d like to chat with her she’s very active on social media. You can find her at any of the networks below. Stop by and say hello!


From Blogger to Author 
‘When Did I Realize I wanted to Write a Book?’ 

By Aimee Brown

I started Hello…Chick Lit in April of 2015 with the anticipation that I was preparing an audience for when I finally completed writing the book I so desperately wanted to write.

I’ve known I wanted to write for about ten years. It happened the moment I sat down with the very first Shopaholic book. I’d found my calling, in the form of chick lit. For some reason not long after, I sat down and wrote a story. I don’t still have it and it would probably be considered more ‘sweet romance’ than ‘romantic comedy’ but I loved writing it.

I enrolled in a creative writing class in 2009 and was nervous as all get out. I knew I would be possibly reading my assignments aloud. Luckily there were only about twelve of us in the class. It was so scary listening to others stories, none of them the genre I’d written in. They were mostly drama, fantasy and a few were even really depressing. Everyone was going for the feel of true, smart, classic literature for the most part. I don’t remember a single one that made me laugh or leave the class feeling good.

The day came that it was my turn to read my first story aloud. I had thirteen copies printed out for the class and the instructor. I literally hid behind my laptop as I read. I don’t think I looked up once. When it was over the teacher actually stood and applauded. She was impressed! She liked how I kept her attention, made the class laugh and tied up all my loose ends in a seventeen-page story.

“I think you might be a romantic comedy writer.” She said. It took everything I had to hold it together. No one had ever read or been read, one of my stories. And after all the stress I’d put myself through, she loved it.

“That totally reminded me of a Sex and the City episode.” One guy said. I took that as a HUGE compliment. That is exactly what I was going for and the lone nineteen-year-old dude in the class called it.

“It’s not even realistic…” the girl who’s story put me to sleep, whined. Another compliment. Why would I want a boring book? It’s FICTION lady. And chick-lit is fun, sometimes unrealistic and funny. I’d found my calling.

Now, being finally published is much like a dream. I thank God for that class because, without it, I’m not sure I’d have had the confidence to finally pitch a book to a publisher. I can’t wait to finish the next one and see where my new career goes.



Little Gray Dress by Aimee Brown

Emi Harrison has avoided her ex-fiance, Jack Cabot, for nearly two years. Her twin brother Evan’s wedding is about to end that streak.

From bad bridesmaid’s dresses, a hyperactive sister-in-law, a mean girl with even meaner secrets, and too much to drink, nothing seems to go right for Emi, except when she’s wearing her little gray dress.

When she speed-walks into Liam Jaxon’s bar, things get more complicated. He’s gorgeous, southern, and has no past with Emi. He may be exactly what she needs to prove for the last time that she doesn’t need or want Jack!

Her favorite little gray dress has made an appearance at nearly every major event in Emi’s adult life. Will it make another when she least expects it?

AmazonUSeBook – $2.99 | print – $9.99
AmazonUKeBook – £1.99| print – £6.99
Barnes & Nobleprint – $9.99



I have the cutest Giveaway for the tour - pictured here & open worldwide.
Included is a 'create' coffee cup, some dark & handsome K-cup pods, a cute Life is Short, Eat Cake wall art, some tiny macaroons, a Little Gray Dress bookmark & postcard!

Enter here:


Ugly Beautiful Girl by Tracy Krimmer **Cover Reveal**


Today is the cover reveal for Ugly Beautiful Girl by Tracy Krimmer. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

Ugly Beautiful GirlUgly Beautiful Girl
By Tracy Krimmer
Genre: Coming of Age/ Contemporary Romance
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: September 27, 2017

Blurb:
Nerd. Weird. Ugly. That's me. And I don't want it to be anymore.

Now is my time to make my mark on the world. My college roommate doesn't make it easy. Neither does her brother, Jesse, but for completely different reasons. He makes me feel things I've never felt before.

Wanted. Important. Beautiful.

But we can't be together because it isn't real. Someone like him could never fall for someone like me. We aren't meant to fit together.

Even if I fall apart without him.


You can find Ugly Beautiful Girl on Goodreads

You can pre-order Ugly Beautiful Girl here on Amazon
Ugly Beautiful Girl will be available on Kindle Unlimited


Tracy KrimmerAbout the Author:
Tracy's love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She's been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her loves include fitness, reading, coffee, dogs, and naps (not in that order), and her dislikes are blue cheese, cold weather, and burpees.

You can find and contact Tracy here:
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Beautiful Messy Love by Tess Woods




What happens when love and loyalty collide? Two couples must deal with the consequences of their messy love not just for themselves but for those who depend on them. For lovers of passionate romance in the vein of Nicolas Sparks.


When football star Nick Harding hobbles into the Black Salt Cafe the morning after the night before, he is served by Anna, a waitress with haunted-looking eyes and no interest in footballers famous or otherwise. Nick is instantly drawn to this exotic, intelligent girl. But a relationship between them risks shame for her conservative refugee family and backlash for Nick that could ruin his career.
Meanwhile, Nick's sister, Lily, is struggling to finish her medical degree. When she meets Toby, it seems that for the first time she is following her heart, not the expectations of others. Yet what starts out as a passionate affair with a man who has just buried his wife slips quickly into dangerous dependency. 
Through attraction, breakups, triumphs and tragedies, these two couples learn just how much their beautiful messy love might cost. A West Side Story for the modern day.



Hey! Here's my review.

Tess Woods's debut novel, Love at First Flight, stayed with me long after I finished reading it, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of her second novel, especially when I discovered that Beautiful Messy Love was the story of the children from the first book. Beautiful Messy Love is a stand alone novel, though. You don't need to have read Love at First Flight to enjoy it, but once you read it I'm sure you'll fall in love with Tess's incredible writing and rush out to grab a copy. I was lucky enough to receive an advance ebook copy and devoured it within a couple of days. I also received a surprise paperback advance copy too. I loved the story so much that I bought the audiobook the day it released and finished that within a couple of days, too. So now, I have the whole set!

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Wow! This was the best audiobook I've ever listened to - and I've listened to almost 200 audiobooks (you can see them all HERE). There are four different narrators that are perfectly matched to the four different point of view characters. The book was a five-star read anyway, but this extra attention to detail took it to the next level. If you're an audiobook fan - this is an auto buy. If you're not sure about audio then this book is a great place to start. The narrator for Toby - SWOON! 

I found Lily very relatable - in my early 20s, I also struggled with studying a difficult university degree and debated whether to finish it. My heart went out to Anna and I loved Tante Rosa - the grumpy Egyptian matriarch made me smile. My favourite character would be Toby's brother, John - he cracked me up so many times with his inappropriate, self-absorbed comments. He was like the Aussie version of Joey from Friends - but more of a prick (and his girlfriend's name was Renee - I'd never put up with his crap, though). 

I went from laughing at hilarious one-liners to sobbing, on multiple occasions - a roller coaster of emotions. Two intertwining love stories, overcoming issues of race, religion, fame and grief. This book is firmly at the top of my Best of 2017 list.

★★★★★ 

  • Where: Harper Collins, NetGalley & Audible
  • Format: ebook, paperback & audiobook

Return to Summer by Melissa Baldwin *Release Day Blitz*




Hey Everyone!

I'd like to introduce you to Melissa Baldwin, who has just released her latest romantic comedy novella, Return to Summer.

Melissa Baldwin is an avid runner, planner obsessed, and has always had a love for writing. She is a wife, mother, and avid journal keeper who took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember...or Forget. Melissa writes about charming, ambitious, and real women and is now a published author of nine Romantic Comedy novels and novellas.


Where to Find MELISSA


Return To Summer

Summertime has arrived and things aren’t only heating up outside for Summer Peters. After a rocky spring, Summer thinks she’s finally moved on from the heartache of last year. She’s found a new place to live, her company has new clients, and her relationship with Alexander Williams is going strong, despite the desperate attempts by others to sabotage it.

Just when Summer thinks everything is finally falling into place, she receives another crushing blow, and this time it could even affect her business. Summer knows it’s finally time to put a stop to the one thing that threatens her happiness, even though it requires a difficult decision in order to do this. Will this season bring her everything she’s always wanted or will history repeat itself?
Find out how Summer’s one-year journey ends in this final installment of the Seasons of Summer Novella Series.


Where to Find RETURN TO SUMMER


Return to Summer by Melissa Baldwin

Read the first three SEASONS OF SUMMER novellas!
FALL INTO MAGIC - https://books2read.com/mbfim
WINTER CAN WAIT - https://books2read.com/mbwcw
TO SPRING WITH LOVE - https://books2read.com/mbtswl