Monday, April 1, 2013

Comparison: Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Beautiful Creatures

   

  Since I have two books to reviews, Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Beautiful Creatures, I thought I would tackle them the way I did in so many high school essays: the good, old-fashioned comparison. I'm sure you'll forgive me for breaking essay form. (I mean when was the last time you heard anyone say, "I just can't get enough of comparison essays"?)

Hot, mysterious girl with magical powers- Karou, from Daughter of Smoke and Bone has wish-beads, strange tattoos, blue hair that she swears comes out of her scalp that way, the ability to speak fifty languages and unusual strength. Her best friend complains she is always doing mysterious things like disappearing, often for days at a time, and frequently returning back to school injured. Lena, from Beautiful Creatures, is a darkly beautiful new girl at school who can break windows with her mind, control the weather and read the thoughts of others. She too is shrouded in mystery. Why does the strange black dog always follow her? Why does her uncle never leave his mansion? Why are their number inked all over her hands?

Hot, mysterious girl with magical powers doesn't know truth about her parentage: Karou was raised by creatures called chimera who live in another world only accessible by secret portals, but her foster- alligator-dad won't tell her who her parents are. She uncovers the truth over the course of the novel. Lena was raised by random relatives, particularly her uncle. She is told her parents died in a car accident when she was a toddler, but she learns the truth of her parents' fates by the end of book.

Love conquers all- Karou falls for an enemy of her people, and she and her magical boyfriend are set on the course of bringing about peace. Lena's cursed, doomed to become evil, probably. But her mortal boyfriend is determined to free her from the inevitable, and you know he will. At least until the sequel.

Stern male figure- Karou has her grouchy, half-animal foster father, Brimstone who shields truths about her own origins from her, withholds affection from her and even scratches her, in order to keep her from great danger. Lena has her non-mortal uncle, Macon, who keeps the truth about her origins from her, has his dog follow her, discourages her relationship with her boyfriend and doing normal social activities like attending prom.

Wacky, Happy-Go-Lucky Friend who is in on the secret- Zusann is the tiny and protective friend of Karou's who makes goofy puppets and sends funny emails to Karou. Link is one of Lena's few allies at school, a jokester who plays bad music in his band aand is a sucker for hot girls. He downplays all the hatred directed at Lena to make her feel better.


But, wait! There's more! I shan't divulge every likeness between these novels, but I shall tell you that the greatest similarity is that these books are both beyond incredible and a joy to read. 



Tuesday, March 26, 2013

State Of Emergency Promo and Excerpt



State of Emergency 
by Summer Lane

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What would you do if the world as you know it ended in an instant? How far would you go to survive? 

Cassidy Hart is your typical High School graduate: a little shy, a little sarcastic, and a little naive. But when an electromagnetic pulse takes down the United States, she's forced to kick into full survival mode when she gets separated from her father. Yeah. Things suck. But with the help of a handsome soldier named Chris, she just might find her dad without getting into serious trouble. Emphasis on might. Oh. And there's the matter of avoiding getting killed in a world that's quickly turned into an active war zone. It's going to change Cassidy's life. It's going to be a major pain in the butt.

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About Summer Lane

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Summer Lane is the author of the YA/NA Dystopian Romance, State of Emergency. She is a freelance writer, publicist and lover of all things feline. Summer is also the author of Snappy Social Networking: How to Dominate the Blogosphere & Everything in Between. 

In her spare time, Summer is the creator of the online magazine/blog, Writing Belle, in addition to being a frequent contributor at NA Alley, a website dedicated to all things New Adult.  

Summer began writing when she was 13 years old, due to the fact that the long afternoons after school were somewhat boring, and writing stories seemed to make the time pass a little quicker. Since then she has written many books about jungle cats, secret agents, princesses and spaceships. She is also a non-fiction writer, but her debut novel, State of Emergency, is her favorite book yet. You can find Summer hopping around on the Internet by following her on Twitter@SummerEllenLane or swinging by Writing Belle.


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Excerpt {Prologue}

I don’t know how it happened.  Nobody does. There are only theories, empty rhetoric and doomsday prophecies. None of them are right, but none of them are completely wrong, either. They all have a grain of truth. All I know is where I was and what I was doing when it happened. 

The day had started out like every other day of my life.  I hit the snooze button on my alarm about five times before dragging myself out of bed. I combed back my unruly red hair, threw on some clothes, and went into the kitchen. As usual, my dad hadn’t gone to the grocery store, so breakfast consisted of burnt toast and a teaspoon of olive oil. 

Because fatty acids are supposed to be healthy for you. 

And because there’s nothing else to eat in my house except a can of string beans from 1999. 

Being nineteen, graduated from high school and unemployed, I didn’t have much to do besides surf the internet looking for interesting stories and reading my stack of books from the library. Lately I had applied for a multitude of different jobs, including a flight attendant, car washer and hotel manager. Needless to say, none of those positions panned out. 

I’m more of the independent type, getting paid by my dad to help him out with his job as a private detective. He’s been letting me poke around in his cases since I was a freshman in high school. I’m good at it, too. Criminal justice, that is. I even wanted a degree in it, but since I’m flat busted broke and stuck in a two-bedroom home with an empty refrigerator, my options are kind of slim. 

Anyway, after I looked for a few jobs online, I closed my laptop and started cleaning the house. My dad and I lived in a small house in the outer suburbs of Los Angeles. Culver City, to be exact. It’s about ten minutes away from Hollywood. The land of spray-on tans and yoga classes. 

It’s a nice place to live as long as you don’t drive about five miles in the opposite direction. In that case you’ll end up in the middle of a ghetto. A visit to the grocery store might end up becoming a drive-by shooting. 

Unsurprisingly, I’m an introvert. 

So that day, that regular, average day, turned out to be a day that not only changed my life – but everybody else’s. 

It was the day technology turned on us. 

It was the beginning of a major pain in the butt. 


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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Claiming Words Excerpt


  The Claiming Words by Tricia Drammeh


Excerpt:
Using all my strength, I quickly grabbed his ankle and pulled until he was airborne for a split-fraction of a second. He fell on his behind, but sprang to his feet with unnatural speed, and faced me once again. I briefly wondered whether or not he used a little magic, but decided it didn’t matter. Bryce smiled at me, nodding once to acknowledge the fact that I’d bested him. He darted forward, and I launched my body to the side, remembering to keep low. I managed to dig my elbow into his side, and was rewarded by his quick intake of breath. Score another point to me. 
The battle quickly went downhill from there. Bryce was faster, stronger, and had the advantage of professional training, not to mention magic. Before I knew it, I was lying on the mat flat on my back with Bryce straddling me, his forearm on my throat. He’d managed to disable me without hurting me at all. He hovered over me and I could feel his breath in my ear. Leaning close he said softly, “Well, done, Alisa.” He stood quickly and reached down to help me to my feet. 

The Claiming Words by Tricia Drammeh
The Alexanders have always kept their secrets hidden…
When sixteen-year-old Jace Alexander moves to the small town of Oaktree, Georgia, he attracts the attention of every girl in school. Shy, introverted Alisa Cole immediately casts Jace in the leading role of her latest fantasy, but she assumes he’ll never return her interest. After she saves Jace from a Hunter, everything changes. Her accidental discovery of Jace’s secret propels her into a world of magic and danger. Alisa’s newfound courage is put to the test when Jace introduces her to his intimidating older brother, Bryce, and she decides she would rather battle a Hunter than endure another moment under Bryce’s intense scrutiny.
Jace and Bryce aren’t the only ones with secrets…
Rachel Stevens is the girl who has it all. She’s beautiful, popular, and in possession of an ancient power which endangers not only her, but those sent to protect her. Jace is drawn to Rachel—and he isn’t the only one. The Demon Re’Vel will do anything to claim her—even if it means waging a war with the entire Alexander family. As layers of secrets are peeled away, revealing the truth of her heritage and her family’s betrayal, Rachel struggles to resist an immortal suitor who stalks her in her dreams. With the Alexanders fighting to protect her, can Rachel escape the power of the Demon and his Claiming Words?



Author Bio:
Tricia Drammeh is a wife and a mother of four children. Although she currently lives in Missouri, she has called many places home, including Georgia, Ohio, and California. She’s worked in retail, customer service, sales, and accounting, but writing has always been her dream career. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, drinking vast amounts of coffee, and spending time with her family and the multitude of animals who have taken over her home. Tricia is currently working on her sixth novel.

Links:
The Book’s Site: http://theclaimingwords.com/
Author’s Website: http://www.triciadrammeh.com/
Author’s Blog:  http://blog.triciadrammeh.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tricia-Drammeh-Author/453408644723825
Twitter: @triciadrammeh


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Dazzle Review and Giveaway



Website links:
Dazzle synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Delaney Scott possesses a special gift. Ever since she was a child she has known about her calling and the duty she's expected to fulfill. However, all Delaney wants is to be normal. That's why she is drawn to Sam. He can offer her the life she's always desired. Only Sam has secrets of his own. Secrets that are deadly. Secrets that can change everything.

My Review:

Dazzle is action-packed from page one, where we find heroic Micah and Delaney rescuing a mysterious girl. I love when novels don't slowly pull you into the story, but rather, throw you in and keep you racing through the pages to the very end, and this novel definitely does that. The characters are likable and fleshed out. There's sort of a love-triangle in the plot, which, despite all my resistance, is something I'm drawn to. Sam, the boy-next-door type is my personal favorite. Dazzle is also loaded with twists, and if you have read other reviews I've written, then you know that nothing wins brownie points with me like a good plot twist. Amber Garza clearly has a lot of natural writing talent and can write action very well and produces some beautiful metaphors.

Now, that was all the positives. Just a couple of criticisms to point out. Not much, I did enjoy the book, but for a paranormal/supernatural work to capture my cold, cold heart it has to work especially hard not to be cheesy. Dazzle does a pretty good job of not being too predictable or fantasy-driven, but it has some very familiar ideas and conventions that kept me from being completely wowed by the story. (Judging by Goodreads, most other reviewers didn't have an issue with it, and in fact, they raved on this novel. Just so you know!) 

Now, there are no grammar errors in this novel that I've seen, so kudos to Ms. Garza for that, but with most indie books, I find myself mentally editing the whole time I'm reading. (And I'm an indie writer so in reading so many other indie novels, I have learned a much needed lesson. I have to confess,I am the shoddiest self-editor ever!) I just feel that this is a very good book and with a professional editor this could be another one of those books that gets turned into a series or a film. It has that much potential. 

My critical nature aside, Dazzle is an exciting, hard-to-put down read that will indeed dazzle most readers. But don't take my word for it! We have some copies to give away!

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Author Bio:
Amber Garza has had a passion for writing since she was a little girl, making books out of notebook paper and staples. As an adult she's worked hard to make her dream of being published a reality. She writes while listening to music (mostly the Civil Wars), and drinking lots of coffee. Amber lives in California with her amazing husband, and two hilarious children who provide her with enough material to keep her writing for years.




Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Review



The Perks of Being a Wallflower




The Perks of Being a Wallflower


by Stephen Chbosky
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 · rating details · 225,380 ratings · 18,917 reviews
Charlie is a freshman.

And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
Paperback, 213 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by MTV Books and Pocket Books
ISBN
0671027344 (ISBN13: 9780671027346)


My Review:

Charlie, the sensitive and strange protagonist of The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a welcome departure from the brooding and angst-ridden narrators we so often get in young adult literature, aka realistic teenagers. Told through letters directed simply to "Dear Friend," the novel shows an uber- accepting, observant and philosophical high school freshman trying to "participate" in life, rather than just watching curiously from a distance. Charlie is gentle and vulnerable, a boy who makes no judgement, but rather practices extreme empathy. He comes off to me as a mix of Micheal Cerra and Harold from Harold and Maude. Just a genuinely innocent and sweet soul, though at times he was so innocent that I kept trying to figure out if I had missed a clue about his personality. Was he really an adolescent whose advanced intellect had him bumped up to high school? Did he have Asperger's or some other disorder on the Autism spectrum?

I cheered when Charlie found some friends who accepted and appreciated him as he was, naivete and all. And he becomes charmingly devoted to them, particularly siblings Sam (the girl he loves) and Patrick (the gay kid with inner torment.) And his introduction to them and their friends brings a lot of excitement and firsts for Charlie. He helps them with their conflict and heartbreaks, and they make him feel "infinite" and give him the courage to understand his panic attacks and a few painful memories.

There's an inner peace and wisdom that Charlie possesses that makes this book cool-headed, mild and easy to lap up, chapter after chapter. I absolutely adored it.












Sunday, February 24, 2013

Reviews


Looking For Alaska by John Green Review



Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads):

Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (Fran├žois Rabelais, poet) even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

My Review:


Miles Halter, a very low-key, serene, teenage boy enrolls in a co-ed boarding school to shake his droll life up a little. On the first day, he falls in with a group of intelligent, though cynical, cigarette -smoking, booze-swilling pranksters, including the stunning girl named Alaska. The semester is spent sneaking around campus, pulling jokes, rapping, camping, drinking, telling stories, talking poetry and growing their bond. But beneath Alaska's confidence and spark is an element of tragedy, that leads to a heart-breaking twist that I never saw coming. Mile and his friends must come to turns with their lives after the tragic event and learn to be happy again.

John Green's writing style is like white bread: uncomplicated, pure, basic and once you start consuming it, you can't stop. And who doesn't like bread? The novel is almost entirely dialogue: funny, true-to-life dialogue, with dashes of interesting ponderings and action. They say a good novel has a character who changes himself or others. Looking For Alaska shows not one change in Miles Halter, but two. The first occurs in the "Before" portion of the book, where we find Miles's friends teach him to let loose and be a kid. In the "After" section, Miles has to learn to become an old, to come to terms with the more difficult things in life" death, guilt, disappointment and find a way to still be hopeful. Looking For Alaska is just a clean, brilliant look into the emotional year in the life of  thoughtful, extremely Holden Caulfield-esque kid. And it is nothing short of perfect. 

Favorite quote: 

"And the way her mouth curled up on the right side all the time, like she was preparing to smirk, like she'd mastered the right half of Mona Lisa's inimitable smile..."

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

First Frost Tour and Guest Post



Thanks to the lovely and clever, Liz De Jesus for stopping by today for an interesting look at her reasons for writing YA. And isn't First Frost such a pretty book? 


Synopsis:


Fairy tales aren’t real…yeah…that’s exactly what Bianca thought. She was wrong.

For generations, the Frost family has run the Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts, handing down guardianship from mother to daughter, always keeping their secrets to “family only.”

Gathered within museum’s walls is a collection dedicated to the Grimm fairy tales and to the rare items the family has acquired: Cinderella’s glass slipper, Snow White’s poisoned apple, the evil queen’s magic mirror, Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted spinning wheel…

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Frost wants none of it, dreaming instead of a career in art or photography or…well, anything except working in the family’s museum. She knows the items in the glass display cases are fakes because, of course, magic doesn't really exist.

She’s about to find out how wrong she is.






Guest Post from Liz DeJesus:

Why I write YA

It’s actually happened by accident. I didn’t wake up one morning and decide ‘Today I’m going to write a book for Teens!’. Sadly things don’t happen for me that way. I follow my muse and go wherever she takes me. I got the idea for First Frost while watching a commercial for a local children’s museum. I thought it would be cool if there were themed museums for kids that had different interests. Like a car, pirate or fairy tale themed museum. Something that would be fun for kids. Then when I repeated to myself the idea for a fairy tale themed museum everything stopped.

Whoa.

That’s a pretty cool idea for a book. Everything sort of unraveled for me after that. First I needed an awesome main character. Originally, Bianca Frost was going to be 20 years old and would occasionally help her mother while she went to college. But I decided that it would make things a little easier on me if I made her younger and still living at home with her mother. Plus, there are other challenges I can throw at her since I turned her into a 17 year old girl.

I wrote for about nine months straight (first, second and third draft included).  And to be honest, that time simply flew by for me. This was the first time in a long time where writing was actually fun for me. I love my other novels and short stories, don’t get me wrong. But that felt more like work. Does that make any sense? Anyway writing First Frost allowed me to flex some muscles I didn’t know I had. I had fun writing Bianca and Ming’s dialogue. I love the back and forth they have, it felt natural to me. Plus, it helped that I modeled Bianca after myself at 18. I was a weird, sarcastic and introverted teenager just like her and lucky for me I was able to tap into those emotions fairly easy.
I read a few articles and books on how to write for teens. One of the things I read that really stayed with me was that teenagers are not stupid, they’re simply inexperienced. So I try to remember that now that I’m working on a Young Adult series.  That little bit of advice has helped me a lot.

But I shouldn’t be that surprised that I sort of stumbled into the young adult genre. It’s the one I read most. I’ve read the Twilight books by Stephenie Meyer, Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, Once Upon a Time series (each book is written by a different author), almost everything written by Francesca Lia Block, and a few others. One of the things I like about reading young adult books is because they’re plain fun. And if it has fantasy and/or fairy tales? I’m in. I don’t even need to read the blurb on the back of the book. I’ll buy it. It’s my favorite genre so it was only a matter of time before I took on the task of writing a book of my own.

For now I’m sticking with Bianca Frost for as long as she’ll continue taking residence in my head. I’ll keep writing her story until it comes to an end. I’m sure it’ll have a happy ending. ;-)





About the author:

Liz DeJesus was born on the tiny island of Puerto Rico.  She is a novelist and a poet. She has been writing for as long as she was capable of holding a pen. She is the author of the novel Nina (Blu Phi'er Publishing, October 2007), The Jackets (Arte Publico Press, March 31st 2011) and First Frost (Musa Publishing, June 22nd 2012) Glass Frost (Musa Publishing, Summer 2013). She is also a member of The Written Remains Writers Guild  http://www.writtenremains.org/ . Liz is currently working on a new novel.
Feel free to email Liz at lizdejesus23@yahoo.com
For more information please visit her website www.lizdejesus.webs.com

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Monday, February 18, 2013

An Italian Obsession Promo



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 Young Adult/Historical/General Fiction
Title: An Italian Obsession
Author: Kfir Luzzatoo
Date Published: 9/3/12


 In the lax atmosphere of middle-class post-war Italy, sex and drugs are easy to come by. Roberto tries to find his own balance, but a crush he had for Alessandra in elementary school is reignited and the course of his life is changed forever.

It's the 1970’s, a time of political upheaval driven by disillusioned young people. Roberto is caught up in the times. He makes a new start, but his past catches up with him. Finding himself accused of a crime, he must defend himself even when he isn’t sure he committed it. A vivid snapshot of European post-war society, this novel is viewed through the eyes of a young adult coming of age.

Virtual Book Tour February 1 - March 10

February 1 - Reading Addiction Blog Tours - Meet and Greet
February 2 - Pink Fluffy Hearts - PROMO
February 3 - Lovely Reads - Guest Post/PROMO
February 6 - Lust For Stories - Review/Interview
February 7 - Mom With a Kindle - PROMO
February 9 - The Stuff of Success - PROMO
February 11 - Lauries Thoughts and Reviews - Interview/PROMO
February 12 - Emily's Bookshelf - PROMO
February 13 - Love in a Book - Guest Post/PROMO
February 14 - My Reading Addiction -PROMO
February 15 - Boundless Booklist - Review/Interview
February 16 - Crazy For Books - Review
February 18 - YA Reviews and News - Interview/PROMO
February 19 - Fictional Reality - Review
February 23 - Books, Books, the Magical Fruit- Guest Post/PROMO
February 24 - Andi's YA Books - Interview/PROMO
February 27 - Author Ever Leigh - Review
March 1 - Books For Me - Review
March 2 - Lov Liv Life Reviews - Guest Post/PROMO
March 4 -Debbie Jean's Blog - Review
March 5 - Tiramisu Mom - Review/Interview
March 7 - Book Marks the Spot - PROMO
March 8 - RABT Reviews - Review
March 9 - I Know That Book - Guest Post/PROMO
March 10 - My Cozie Corner - Review

Kfir Luzzatto

Author Bio:
Kfir was born and raised in Italy, and moved to Israel as a teenager. He acquired the love for the English language from his father, a former U.S. soldier and WWII veteran, a voracious reader and a prolific writer. Kfir has a PhD in chemical engineering and works as a patent attorney. He lives in Omer, Israel, with his full-time partner, Esther, their four children, Michal, Lilach, Tamar and Yonatan, and the dog Elvis.
Novels: Crossing the Meadow (2003); The Odyssey Gene (2006); The Evelyn Project (2012); Have Book – Will Travel (2012 – with Yonatan Luzzatto); An Italian Obsession (2012).
Short Story Collections: His Darker Side (2002-2011); His Lighter Side (2002-2011).
Non-Fiction: The World of Patents (2002)
www.kfirluzzatto.com. Blog: on the web site. Twitter: @KfirLuzzatto. Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/kfir.luzzatto. LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kfir-luzzatto/23/659/981

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

O!Jackie Review and Giveaway















Mainstreem/Commercial/Literary
Title: O! Jackie
Author - Mercedes King
Web site: OJackiebook.com
Twitter: @OJackiebook

 Despite her poise and graceful smile, Jackie Kennedy’s life was far from perfect. Behind closed doors, Jackie struggled with bouts of depression, endured a heartbreaking road to motherhood, and had difficult relationships with those closest to her. Ravaged by insecurities and humiliation, she even wrestled her own temptations for both other men and divorce. But Jackie clung to the belief that she could make JFK abandon his wandering ways. Through the years, though, Jack Kennedy’s lustful escapades grew in carelessness and frequency, and most needling for Jackie were his trysts with Marilyn Monroe. When Marilyn becomes erratic and unstable, Jackie must decide how far she will go to protect the presidency and to save her marriage. 



My Review

O! Jackie is masterfully written, emotional and heart-wrenching. I stayed up well-past midnight every night gobbling down every word of this novelization of Jackie Kennedy-Onassis's  life with her first husband. The voice shifts seamlessly from fictional diary entries to a third person narrative. O! Jackie blends facts with stunning imaginings of her encounters with Marilyn Monroe, Bobby Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, and Aristotle Onassis, among others. But, the story isn't a feel-good romp through Hollywood. Rather, it's the tale of a dutiful young woman who finds herself unwillingly in the limelight and in love with a chronically unfaithful man, and this woman goes to shocking lengths to hold her family together.

Jackie feels trapped in what is basically an arranged marriage with JFK, pushed by her mother to marry well, and pressured by the Kennedys to perform as a poised and perfect wife. Lonely and constantly trying to pin down the affections of a husband who humiliates her with very public trysts, Jackie goes to extremes to keep her husband and her spotless reputation.

It was so easy to identify with the protagonist, her yearning to be loved, the turmoil of handling painful situations, her desire to be a normal mom and wife. But since this book isn't a biography, but a historical imagining of Jackie O's life, you'll get surprising twists. Especially at the conclusion of the novel. Scandals, empathy for Jackie and an abundance of conflicted characters equals a book without equal. I can't imagine a soul on this planet who wouldn't enjoy O! Jackie. This is best-seller material!







Author Bio:
A founding member of Sisters in Crime Columbus, Ohio, Mercedes King is an active member and past president. She graduated from Capital University with a degree in Criminology, and since then has been crafting stories with a scandalous flair. A born and bred Buckeye, she writes in a variety of genres and is hard at work on her next novel. 


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VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR February 4 - March 1st

February 4 - Reading Addiction Blog Tours - Meet and Greet

February 5 - Cozie Corner- Review
February 6 - A Chick Who Reads - Review/Guest Post
February 7 - Bless Their Hearts Mom - Review/Guest Post
February 10 - Author Ever Leigh - Review
February 11 - The Self-Taught Cook - Review
February 12 - YA Reviews and News - Review
February 13 - Tiffany Talks Books - Review
February 14 - Keenly Kristin - Review
February 15 - The Book Lover's Paradise - Review
February 16 - My Reading Addiction - Review 
February 20 - Love In a Book - Review/Guest Post
February 21 - Jersey Girl Book Reviews - Review/Guest Post
February 22 - Must Read Faster - Review/Guest Post
February 23 - Book Bliss - Review
February 24 - My Devotional Thoughts - Review/Guest Post
February 25 - Queen of All She Reads - Review
February 26 - Manhattan Reader - Review
February 27 - Celtic Lady Reviews - Review
February 28 - Keeping Up With the Rheinlanders - Review/Guest Post
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March 1 - RABT Reviews - Review


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