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7/31/14

BREAKER -- Cover Reveal by Emma Raveling

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This is the cover reveal for Breaker by Emma Raveling, the fourth book in the Ondine Quartet, an upper Young Adult Urban Fantasy series. 

Breaker

War. Prophecy. Freedom.


She fought for herself.
She fought for friendship and love.
Now, Kendra Irisavie fights for the survival of her world.



War rages on, leaving no one untouched. Destruction rips through elemental communities and terror flourishes in its wake. Suspicion soars, order fractures, and loyalties crumble despite Kendra’s desperate attempts to protect everyone she holds dear.



 When an organized Aquidae army launches a series of merciless assaults, Kendra and her friends set out to end the bloodshed once and for all. With the fate of elementals hanging in balance, the Shadow and sondaleur hunt each other down in a brutal match of cunning and will.



 Kendra has trained for this her entire life. But in a ravaged world where trust is scarce and no life is sacred, she soon realizes her battle may be against an invincible enemy and that her darkest days lie ahead.



 Twists and turns shape her harrowing odyssey, leading to a stunning climax that challenges everything she believes in.



 Torn between destiny and autonomy, Kendra must finally decide whether the cost of freedom is too high.



 Heartbreaking decisions, turbulent alliances, and shattering revelations collide in Breaker, the

explosive conclusion to the Ondine Quartet.





Tell us about the covers in this series.


The main novels of the Ondine Quartet (Whirl, Billow,Crest, Breaker) have conceptual covers. Each cover’s imagery captures a particular theme or motif in the book, and the coloring conveys a sense of the story’s mood and emotional arc.



The shorter works/novellas in the series (Ondine,Chevalier, and Warrior Prince) are essentially character portraits and are told through the eyes of different characters in the series. Those covers use models.



The goal for Breaker’s cover was to visually convey high stakes, explosive energy, and a brilliant, sharp intensity.This is the epic finale to the series and everything that has happened in previous books has led to this moment.



Out of all the covers in the series, this one took the most amount of work. My designer and I went back and forth multiple times, going through several drastically different versions before finally arriving at the right

imagery and coloring.





How does it feel to end a series?



It’s bittersweet. A part of me is thrilled to share the end of Kendra’s journey with readers. I’ve had the entire series planned since the very beginning so finally releasing what’s been in my head is a relief.



But the process of writing this final book has been a highly emotional one. There’s a personal attachment to the work itself. I’ve spent countless hours thinking and living with these characters and with this world over the past four years. It’s difficult to bring not only Kendra’s story, but my journey with her story,to an end.



A few easy questions:



Top 3 books?



Only 3?? Argh! There are so many books I love for different reasons and my list of favorites is always changing, depending on what’s going on in my life. Right now, if I had to name three, they’d be:



1. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy



2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald



3. And of course, the Harry Potter series





Top 5 movies?



1. Aviator



2. Mulholland Drive



3. The Matrix



4. The Breakfast Club



5. Okay, I couldn’t just pick five. So the last one is a tie between The Usual Suspects, Reservoir Dogs, Star Wars (ep. 4-6), and Catch Me If You Can.



Top 5 places in the world you enjoy visiting?

1.New York City

2.Tokyo

3.Paris

4.Kauai Island (Hawaii)

5.Berlin





Top 5 foods?

1.Fresh basil pesto – I’ll add this on anything

2.Sashimi (Japanese-style raw fish)

3.Dark chocolate

4.Jamón ibérico(Spanish ham)

5.And my terrible guilty pleasure: pizza







Author Bio:
Emma Raveling writes a wide variety of fiction for teens and adults. Hopelessly addicted to coffee and diet coke, she is the author of the Ondine Quartet and Chancer young adult series, and is currently working on the first book in her new Steel Magic series for adults.

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IN BETWEEN SEASONS : RELEASE BLITZ,BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY by Cassandra Giovanni

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IN BETWEEN SEASONS
BLOG TOUR
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Cassandra Giovanni
Cover Design: Gio Design Studios
Photography: Alex Kotlov via iStock
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In Between Seasons by Cassandra GiovanniBOOK DESCRIPTION
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 In 2021 the world as we know it changed. The government collapsed, and the worst characteristics of human nature were shown as the world fell into ruins. Years after The Fall, the Tribes that were established are still at war. They still fight to keep what they pillaged, and most of all, they fight to keep their lies a secret. In a world filled with deception, nothing is as it seems.
I was born into this world.
Hunter Marks was molded into this world; a General— a person cold and harsh. A person meant to kill me.
We were told to just believe.
We were taught to never question.
We’re supposed to be robots, and accept our roles in this altered society.
Too bad Hunter and I don’t follow the rules.
And we’re a hell of a lot stronger than they ever thought possible.
They’ve been searching for the world’s deadliest weapon.
It’s me.
And I’m not following the leader any more.

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Cassandra GiovanniCassandra doesn't remember a time when she wasn't writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character's stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.

Cassandra Giovanni is published by Show n’ot Tell Publishing based out of Connecticut, USA.
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In 2021 the world as we know it changed. The government collapsed, and the worst characteristics of human nature were shown as the world fell into ruins. Years after The Fall, the Tribes that were established are still at war. They still fight to keep what they pillaged, and most of all, they fight to keep their lies a secret. In a world filled with deception, nothing is as it seems.
I was born into this world.
Hunter Marks was molded into this world; a General— a person cold and harsh. A person meant to kill me.
We were told to just believe.
We were taught to never question.
We’re supposed to be robots and accept our roles in this altered society.
Too bad Hunter and I don’t follow the rules.
And we’re a hell of a lot stronger than they ever thought possible.
They’ve been searching for the world’s deadliest weapon.
It’s me.
And I’m not following the leader any more.
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I would have given him everything.
I would have melded every part of me into him.
My breath caught in my throat.
I already had.
Love hadn’t existed in this world. Only hate, deceit and lies, but by letting him in I’d let all of that crumble. By letting me in he’d done the same, and now we were engaged in an even deadlier game than before.
We weren’t enemies as we had been born to be.
We weren’t friends as we had come to be.
Then what were we? I let my hands run through my hair as I clasped my eyes shut even tighter.
We were cursed.

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7/30/14

ORIGIN OF ANGELS COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY by Christie Rich


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I'm excited to share the cover for Origin of Angels by Christie Rich! This is the first book in the Elemental Legacy series and is New Adult Fantasy. It is a continuation of the Elemental Enmity series.
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A man searches for the woman he loves. A woman fights to survive.

As the first male Elemental, Travis is a wanted man. Women fawn all over him, both fae and Elemental alike, but he only has one female on is mind—the woman who captured his heart when he was sure he’d lost it. Travis is not only determined to find her, he’s willing to go through his meddling sister, Ralya, to do it. He doesn’t care if she’s queen of the fae, if war is brewing, or if there is a price on his head. He needs to find his mystery woman before it’s too late—before he loses her to the Order or worse, to the evil Valen, who has made a bargain of his own to win back his kingdom.

Emily will do anything it takes to save her son from the Order, no matter the cost. Her heart yearns for the man who gifted her with the only joy she has in her dreary world, yet the odds she will ever see Travis again are slim to none. Emily has a single desire: to raise her child. Love is beyond her reach, or so she thinks. As evil draws near, Emily must guard her heart or lose her soul to the fae who wants her to fulfill his wicked purposes.

Will Travis find Emily before she gives up, or will she fall into the hands of his enemy and be forever out of his reach? In this gripping sequel to Elemental Enmity, the stakes for control of Earth have been raised. Evil has taken hold of the mortal realm and won’t relinquish it easily. The forces of Elemental and fae must unite against the dark court if they have any chance at all of overcoming the gloom overtaking the human realm.


Christie Rich

About the author:


I grew up daydreaming about fairytales, and my love for discovering new worlds has never died. I am not one of those writers who always knew I would write. I thought that was what other people did until one day, a few years ago, I took a challenge from a friend and typed my first words. My journey has been wonderful, and I cannot imagine a day where I would ever give up writing. My love for reading is what fueled my imagination in the first place and still does. When I am not writing or reading, I enjoy family time with my husband and two children. My family and I live in a quiet community in Northern Utah, and I am so thankful for the rich life I have been blessed with.


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ZERO by J.S. Collyer




ZERO
An Orbit Novel
by
J.S.Collyer, Author
R.J.Davey, Editor
Matt Davis, Cover Design

Zero by J.S. Collyer
SUMMARY
Kaleb Hugo is every­thing an offi­cer of the Ser­vice should be: loyal, expertly trained, unques­tion­ing. He has done every­thing ever ordered of him and has done so with a pride that comes from know­ing you are fight­ing for the good of humankind… until the day that he made a decision to go against orders to obtain victory and save lives.

The bat­tle was won, but Hugo was con­demned and dis­hon­ourably dis­charged by Ser­vice com­man­ders for defying regulations. There is no place in the Service for heroes. Their soldiers serve and obey.

Officially, anyway.

Unof­fi­cially, Hugo is re-​​assigned to cap­tain the crew of the Zero, an eight-​​man craft clas­si­fied as, at best, a pri­va­teer ship and at worst a smug­gling and crim­i­nal enter­prise vessel. But what very few know is that the Zero, and her crew, are con­tracted by the Ser­vice. Their role is to inves­ti­gate and infil­trate the less savoury lev­els of soci­ety. They sell on, buy in, bar­gain, threaten and report back on every­thing the polit­i­cal lev­els the Ser­vice don’t offi­cially want to know about.

The Zero’s rag-​​tag crew look to their com­man­der, Ezekiel Webb, as their leader and mid­dle­man between the reg­i­mented expec­ta­tions of the Ser­vice and the harsh and unpre­dictable demands of the under­world of colo­nial space. He has lived in both worlds his whole life and has trouble adjusting to Hugo, as he has every captain before him.

Hugo has to find a way to manage this unruly ship and unruly crew as they are pulled deeper into an orbit-​​wide game of pol­i­tics, deceit and cor­rup­tion which will threaten to tear them apart as well as throw human­ity back into a cycle of war and destruc­tion. Hugo, Webb and the crew will have to over­come per­sonal tragedy, insur­mount­able odds and every depraved twist of fate that the Orbit can throw at them in order to survive and prevent events that could threaten the lives of millions.

For Kaleb Hugo, nothing will ever be certain again.
  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Dagda Publishing Ltd (August 16, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0992987105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992987107
  • AUTHOR
 J. S. Collyer has written stories since she was old enough to hold a pen and began reading obsessively when she discovered Star Wars and science fiction in secondary school. She went on to study literature and creative writing up to Master of Arts level at the Lancaster University.

After graduating with her MA in 2008 she has stayed in Lancaster with her partner and has written consistently since.

She has always had a taste for narratives that are larger than life and science fiction delivers what she needs. But, though it’s true she likes spaceships, lasers and moon rocks, she also likes humanity, sincerity and relating to her characters. They may live on the moon, but they’re real and she is committed to creating human narratives albeit usually with a super-human backdrop.


 REVIEW
 From page one I thought this would be a new series that would be a definite winner.  The author used a different approach to sci fi. Commander Kaleb Hugo is disgraced after not adhering to several commands ordering retreat.  Even though, he was disgraced he was promoted to be the captain of the ZERO.  The ZERO was a ship shod  stuck together with whatever was available.  The crew was a bunch  of pirates that had gone rogue.
 The Serviceman and the True Believer are forced to work alongside a crew of misfits.  They try to settle their differences while on t his terrifying adventure.  The book is totally enjoyable as the author puts misfits , Serviceman and TrueBeliever to work together.  The author has taken HER plot and arranged it with fresh characters and scenes and has brought about a different approach to other books of the same nature.  The author puts a bit of herself in the book showing that she is somewhat like the underdogs that she has in her book.  She's willing to fight for what she needs and believes in.  The author appears to be a strong willed woman and she brings that forth in her book.  You will find a surprise about mid way through the book that will make you look twice.What you see on the surface is not all that is going on.   There's more underneath.  More for you, the reader to find out.
 The plot is about the future Earth and its colonial space subjects.     It all starts with what the title says, Earth's immediate orbit.   There's none of the warp's drive, no wild crazy escapades, no aliens and none of that technical talk that most of us don't understand.
The author stays with her bold crew of misfits and the political high stakes, which gives us a science fiction in the near future.


I was given a complimentary copy of ZERO from the author, J.S. Collyer for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.


I would give this book 4 STARS.

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THE POISONED ISLAND by Lloyd Shepherd


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THE POISONED ISLAND
by
Lloyd Shepherd 

Tahiti 1769. English sailors arrive on the shores of the Polynesian paradise— a place of staggering beauty where magic and ancient myths still hold sway. But they soon devastate the island with disease, war, and death, planting deadly seeds that will be carried back to England forty years later.

London 1812. On a gray June morning, the Solander docks, her hold containing hundreds of exotic plants from Tahiti for the King’s Gardens at Kew. The apparently successful expedition soon takes a horrifying— and inexplicable—turn: The crew of the Solander starts dying one by one. Thames River Police Chief Charles Horton can find no signs of murder or suicide to explain the deaths, and the ship’s surviving crew seems intent on hampering his investigation. When one of the plants begins to show frightening changes, it is up to Charles Horton to determine how it might be stopped.

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Original edition (January 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476712867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476712864
 AUTHOR
Lloyd ShepherdGiven Amazon is a bookstore (among a great many other things), it seems a bit weird to be introducing myself on here. I mean, if you wandered into a real-world bookstore and there was an author standing there offering to fire random facts about himself at you, it'd be a bit off-putting. Wouldn't it? Or perhaps it'd be nice to bump into David Mitchell or Stephen King as you're browsing the racks.

So I'll keep this short, and do tell me to go away if it's getting a bit weird.

My name's Lloyd. I live in South London. I've got two children and a lovely wife (she's a headteacher). My first book, The English Monster, came out in 2012. My second, The Poisoned Island, followed in 2013. They're both set in London in the early 19th century, they both feature a proto-detective named Charles Horton and his magistrate John Harriott, and they both combine historical fiction with murder-mystery and a good healthy dash of the supernatural. They've been called 'Regency X-Files' and I rather like that.

If you're interested, I enjoy reading literary fiction, horror and some science fiction. My favourite book is The Portrait of a Lady. My favourite author - possibly by virtue of how many of his books I've read - is Stephen King. The best novels I've read recently were The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell and The Sisters Brothers by Patrick Dewitt.

I blog at www.lloydshepherd.com, I've got a Facebook page (Lloyd Shepherd: Author) and a pretty active Twitter account (@lloydshep). Do come and say hello. We can talk, then, without me feeling that I'm intruding.

Happy shopping!
REVIEW
This book is a wonderful work of fiction.   Beginning in Tahiti (Otaheite) in 1769, An Englishman is pursuing a royal native princess. This is an island that is just like Eden.  The problem being it may soon be infested with diseases that were never known before.
The European disease was sitting calmly in the air.
We then go to England, 1812. This is when the SOLANDER arrived in port.In the case of The Poisoned Island the settings are  exotic but bound for trouble South Sea Island of Otaheite where ancient rites are practiced still, magical, perhaps? Meanwhile the island’s most valuable tropical plants  are harvested and transported to England   It was a full of exotic species from the island that were to be taken to the Royal Gardens at Kew,  This travel was paid for primarily by Joseph Banks,  who was the president of the Royal Society.which are intelligent and stylishly written, being part historical thrillers, part detective fictions, and part fantasy horrors. Both include actual historical figures in  fictional plots.
During all the uproar on the ship's arrival, six of the seamen, in a hurry to reach land and they were in a secrecy pact.  They disappear into London.
he author wrote a complex murder plot that held many secrets.  During this time, the Age of Enlightenment evolves.  This is falling apart.  Murder is on the horizon, just beyond the enterprise.  This murder plan started on the voyage and as soon as the SOLANDER arrives at home port, the plant takes hold.Terror strikes,  the sailors are found, their throats slashed with smiles on their faces.  The murders happen one after another.  John Harriott, a magistrate of the River Police Office and his detective Thames River Police Chief Charles Hortona were in charge of solving these murders.
The author takes you from the highest parts of government to the crowded poor sections.
The author shows the dreams of an empire and the opposite which is the greed that will haunt the age for a long time. 
If you like a little magic, murder, voyages, greed and all that goes with it, you will definitely like this book  The author combined a good deal of characters that gave a little spice to the novel and yet weren't all that important.  I was so fascinated with the plants that were of such value which the author put in the novel..  Well written, good descriptions and wanting more. There is still the secret of the plants that is to be discovered.  Will you figure it out?

I  was given a complimentary copy of THE POISONED ISLAND from the author, Lloyd Shepherd and Night Owl Reviews for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

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7/29/14

KEVIN - BOY TO MAN by E. Finklemeyer

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Recommended for adults only, due to strong language and sexual content
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KEVIN
BOY TO MAN
by
E.Finklemeyer


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OVERVIEW
A tale of a young man who lives a solitary life and is in desperate need of female contact, other than from his mother and Aunt. Follow Kevin through his metamorphosis from boy to man, enjoy the characters he meets along the way. Accompany him through his journey, experience the sad, the happy, the hilarious and the serious. A story so full of emotions, a story which unfurls from something simple into something so wonderful.
Something of a modern Tom Sharpe book, very witty and deliciously rude.
Think Sue Townsend's brilliantly funny Adrian Mole series but rewritten for adults.
  • File Size: 2211 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: M.Withers (April 26, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JZ2FJNC
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REVIEW
This book is written in a diary/memoir style.  It's about attempts of a 20 year old to get sex. His hormones are driving him crazy and are constantly nagging at him. The book is written with quite a bit of humor. Kevin Bradstock gets himself into so many situations that the book gives you a lot of enjoyment.  Just a reminder,   The book does have some sex scenes so it may be only suitable for adults.  I believe the author put in the sex scenes to show how Kevin was growing and maturing.
Kevin is pretty much a  typical teenager.  As most teenagers, he is quite set on sex but he does have morals and is quite a likable teenager. I found the part where Kevin meets a mistress. This added a different touch to this book compared to some other coming of age books.
The supporting characters also add humor and the author described them as people you might know.   They not only pt in humor but some important parts to the book.
The book is not your typical teenager hung up on sex.  The author takes a different approach which is refreshing.
I would recommend this book to any adult who enjoys reminiscing of those teenage years and how sex was so important to you.  You may sit back and smile or laugh thinking how immature you may have been as a teenager.  Thinking you were in love and love meant sex.  As we are older, our outlook becomes different, just like it did for Kevin as he grew and matured.

I received a complimentary copy of KEVIN - BOY TO MAN from the author, E. Finklemeyer for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

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http://www.amazon.com/review/RPOFMG2KDVYTP/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00JZ2FJNC
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1010390167


7/28/14

THE AGBEN SCHOOL VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR by Jo Sparkes

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THE AGBEN SCHOOL
The Legend of the Gamesmen
Book Two
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Jo Sparkes 

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Jo Sparkes will be returning July 24 – August 22 with her fantasy, The Agben School!


INSIDE THE BOOK
 Agben had stood for a thousand years. A mysterious school housing more than students, it was the seat of the powerful Women of Agben, and the center for harnessing the potency of herbs. Few knew all that transpired within the walls.
And now Marra stood at its gate.
Friends and support stripped from her, the fragile life she’d built for herself now lay in tatters. And the source of this evil hunted her like a deer culled from the herd.
The gateway before her was her only hope.
For as the city itself crumbled, all depended not on a prince trying to save his people, nor the valiant men who’d brought them this far.
Everything depended on finding a magic powder in the vaults of Agben itself.
Everything depended on her.

Title: The Agben School
Author: Jo Sparkes
Publisher: Oscar Press
Pages: 384
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback

REVIEW
Marra found the island had many strange customs.   Most were really nice. As the Trafalcon docked, fresh flowers made into necklaces were put over their heads and cold drinks put into their hands
Marra was the Britta's, Potions Maker to Drail and the Hand of Victory.   She started as an apprentice little less than a years ago at age 15.  After Mistress Britta died, Marra and her brother were left with no skills and few morals.  Drail, had rescued Marra. Marra performed many potions to help the ones in need.
 Marra had spent most of her life in the desert, so having so much water was such a lavish thing to have. There were sandy beaches, with the seas lashing cool water at your toes.
 There were taverns right on the water .  It made Mara feel so wonderful, eating with the beautiful water all around her.  Positively rich.
A very good fantasy book with such rich and beautiful descriptions of the characters and the scenery.   Enter into a lovely fantasy world but don't forget every fantasy has its flaws.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Jo Sparkes and Pump Up Your Book Virtual Tours for my view of the book,  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

PUYB Meet the Author
Jo Sparkes
A well-known Century City Producer once said that Jo Sparkes “…writes some of the best dialogue I’ve read.”  Her  body of work includes scripts for Children’s live-action and animated television programs, a direct to video Children’s DVD, commercial work for corporate clients. She won the 2012 Kay Snow award for her screenplay, Frank Retrieval.
She’s written numerous articles for internet sites. As a member of the Pro Football Writer’s Association, she was a contributing writer for the Arizona Sports Fans Network, where she was known for her humorous articles, player interviews and game coverage. Jo was unofficially the first to interview Emmitt Smith when he arrived in Arizona to play for the Cardinals.
She served as an adjunct teacher at the Film School at Scottsdale Community College, and wrote “Feedback  How to Give It  How to Get It” for writers, actors, and other artists.
Her latest book is the fantasy, The Agben School.

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7/27/14

A LADY IN FRANCE by Jennie Goutet


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A Lady in France

A LADY IN FRANCE
a Memoir
by
Jennie Goutet
 
Tulip Clip ArtAt seventeen, Jennie Goutet has a dream that she will one day marry a French man and sets off to Avignon in search of him. Though her dream eludes her, she lives boldly—teaching in Asia, studying in Paris, working and traveling for an advertising firm in New York. When God calls her, she answers reluctantly, and must first come to grips with depression, crippling loss, and addiction before being restored. Serendipity takes her by the hand as she marries her French husband, works with him in a humanitarian effort in East Africa, before settling down in France and building a family. Told with honesty and strength, A Lady in France is a brave, heart- stopping story of love, grief, faith, depression, sunshine piercing the gray clouds—and hope that stays in your heart long after it’s finished.
Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494400987
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494400989

Purple Flower 4 Clip ArtJennie GoutetAbout the Author

Jennie Goutet blogs at A Lady in France, and has published a memoir under the same name, as well as the illustrated children's book Happy People Everywhere. She is a contributing author to Sunshine After the Storm - A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother, and was a BlogHer Voice of the Year pick two years running. Her writing has also appeared in Huffington Post, Queen Latifah's website, and BlogHer, among other places. She lives just outside of Paris with her husband and three children. 
 
REVIEW
Daffodil Clip ArtMs. Goutet's writing grabs you the moment you open the book.  A magnificent journey to France, Asia, Africa, New York and then back to France. The story immediately starts with devastation.  Deep losses in t he heart and so many challenges, but those challenges are also an inspiration.   Mr. Goutet tells how her discovery of faith led her through everything and gave her a new strong faith.
 The author adds some humor.  The reader can be a part of the young, unconfident Jennie.  Off course, she is a twenty year old know it all and she is quite cocky..  You can also relate to the mature woman that Jennie becomes.  Her faith in God gives her strength.  She becomes more sure of herself as she becomes a mother.

The story has verses from the Bible and shows Jennie's faith in God.  the book doesn't offend those who are not Christians.  Her faith in God leads her through her life but it's her writing that brought out the beautiful places that she lived, worked and travelled to.  She met many people in her travels that made quite a difference in Jennie's life.  God and her faith truly guides her writing. The book shows how faith can help bring you through many difficult times.  The author wrote this book not only for Christians but for those who have no faith too.  It's a book you can read without feeling you are being preached to.  That can turn a lot of people off.   The verses from the Bible can be very inspiring to all who read the book.  You don't have to believe in a certain "God".  There are many people who believe but believe in a different way, to a different entity.  That doesn't make them wrong and it doesn't make those who believe in God wrong.  I believe it's just having faith in our hearts and believing.  In her travels you will journey through many countries and learn about a lot of different people.
 
I was given a complimentary a complimentary copy of A LADY IN FRANCE from the author, Jennie Goutet and BookCrash for my view of the book,  No other compensation took place.
 
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