Showing posts with label Count Down to Valentine's Day book blitz event. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Count Down to Valentine's Day book blitz event. Show all posts

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Change of Plans by Donna K Weaver

 Originally posted February 1st, 2015 DAY 1 of a Count Down to Valentine's Day Book blitz event. 
Updated with reviews April 30th, 2015

A Change of Plans 
by Donna K Weaver

Book Blurb:

When Lyn sets off on her supposedly uncomplicated and unromantic cruise, she never dreams it will include pirates. All the 25-year-old Colorado high school teacher wants is to forget that her dead fiancĂ© was a cheating scumbag. What she plans is a vacation diversion; what fate provides is Braedon, an intriguing surgeon. She finds herself drawn to him: his gentle humor, his love of music, and even his willingness to let her take him down during morning karate practices. Against the backdrop of the ship’s make-believe world and its temporary friendships, her emotions come alive.
However, fear is an emotion, too. Unaware of the sensitive waters he navigates, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship—on the very anniversary Lyn came on the cruise to forget. But Lyn’s painful memories are too powerful, and she runs off in a panic.
Things are bad enough when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise’s snorkeling excursions in American Samoa. However, paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped. Lyn’s fear of a fairytale turns grim. Now she must fight alongside the man she rejected, first for their freedom and then against storms, sharks, and shipwreck.

Author Bio:

A wife, mother, grandmother, Harry Potter geek, Army veteran, and karate black belt. Author of the
Safe Harbors series and Second Chances 101, Book 5 in the Ripple Effect series.


*I was gifted a copy of the audio version in exchange for an honest review*

When Donna sent out a request looking for people who'd be willing to listen to and review her audio version of A Change in Plans, I was slightly hesitant. The last time I listened to an audio book, it was scriptures on cassette, which my parents forced us to listen to when a road trip ended up taking over a Sunday that it wasn't intended too. It was so boring that I pretty much slept the entire time. But audio books are getting bigger and bigger all the time, and a few of my friends swear that they'd never get to keep up with books if it wasn't for them. So I volunteered. With a couple long drives to out of town doctors ahead of me, I figured this would either be a great way to stay awake, or I'd have to send her an email apologizing that I wouldn't be able to do the review. IT WAS FANTASTIC!!! Narrated by a lovely lady by the name of Karen Kruper, the book was as spell bounding as it was in print. It was easy to follow along with, and I found myself itching for a chance to put it back on when I wasn't able to finish it before getting back home from the long drives. I absolutely adored all the accents Karen managed to pull off, and she kept the voices organized very well. I suppose the only thing I'd change, would be I wish Lyn (the main female character) wasn't done with such a slow deliberate voice every single time. But even that wasn't a huge issue.
There is so much fantastic symbolism in this book, and it's not that you have to shred the book into pieces to find it either! The names of best friends Lynn and Elle were selected perfectly. Besides that, the characters have you wrapped around their fingers in seconds. I found myself a new BBF (Book boy-friend) in Braedon, and quickly despised Jason as Lynn's back story was craftily revealed. All in all, I give this book a 5 star review! BRAVO Donna and Karen!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Count Down to Valentine's Day: Day 13: Big in Japan by Jennifer Griffith

Day 13
Big in Japan 
by Jennifer Griffith

Today I not only finish bringing you fabulous clean romance books to celebrate Valentine's Day, but I get to reveal the brand new cover for this book which doubles as a great read for the man in your life too!

This book won the Best Books of 2014 Award on Amazon and there is a rumor going around that it is in the process of being made into a movie! 
Author Jennifer Griffith herself did write a screen play.
First, for those of you who haven't heard about this fantastic read,

the book blurb:

Buck Cooper can’t remember when he became socially invisible—probably when he hit 300 pounds. Now he’s working a dead end job, getting no notice from his boss and no love from the cute secretary he pines for.

But when he gets shanghaied to Tokyo, all of that changes for the mild-mannered Buck—because this blond Texan is about to go sumo!

Peek inside the secret world of sumo, and cheer for Buck as he fights his way through the ranks— against bullies of incredible size—to win the heart of the girl he loves.

Now to introduce you to the amazing author behind this book:

Author bio:

Jennifer Griffith is a wife and a mother of five, and although she’s never seen a Jennifer Griffith is a wife and a mother of five, and writes all manner of romantic comedy--her husband supplies the romance, and the kids supply the comedy. She lives in Arizona now, but in college she lived in Japan for almost two years. At 5'1" tall, she never once sumo wrestled.

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This is the original cover, which isn't at all what Jennifer had envisioned for her book, but is pretty elegant don't you think?

Now for the BRAND NEW COVER!

Are you ready? Prepare yourself for something completely different from the original!


Please leave a comment and let Author Jennifer Griffith know what you think of her new cover!

And now for a snippet from this fabulous book:

“It’s me? What’s me?” A rush of hot fear sloshed up from his gut and colored his neck and head red.
            “You’re on the TV screen up there—quick, smile!”
            Buck squinted, smiling in confusion, but then he realized almost 15,000 people were staring at him and screaming. Horror. He strained out his best grin, looking back and forth to no avail. The spotlight blinded him. What was going on? How long would they torture him with this fierce glare? Move it along, already. Yeah, fat guy in the audience here—fat enough to be a blond sumo wrestler. Fine. Pick on someone else now.
            But the light didn’t dissipate, and the audience started chanting and clapping. Then the clapping got rhythmical, and soon Hiro joined it, too. All the air sucked out of Buck’s lungs, like someone just opened an airplane door. Where was that dangly air mask when he needed it?
            “You need to stand up, Buck. Go toward the ring.”
Go toward the light was more like it. Death had hit him swiftly and much more painfully than he’d ever imagined.

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Be sure to check out the other blogs revealing this fabulous cover today for snippets, and fun facts about this amazing author!