Book Review: You Were Meant For Me by W. Parks Brigham

 

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You Were Meant For Me

W. Parks Brigham

Publication Date: August 1, 2014

3 Stars=Okay Page Turner

In You Were Meant For Me by W. Parks Brigham readers are introduced to Jetta Faye Anderson, a woman who is released from prison and preparing to start a new life. Jetta relocates and takes a job helping others. She is accustom to minding her own business and causing no trouble. Jetta’s faith has been keeping her on the straight and narrow. When she is introduced to Tyson Brinkley, Jetta can’t help the attraction she feels for him. Jetta’s church members believe matchmaking is in her future.

Minister Tyson Brinkley is the new pastor of Allanville Church and he is single. Unbeknownst to Tyson the church matchmakers are making it their job to help him in that area of his life. Minister Brinkley has his eyes set on one member and feels an attraction toward her. He doesn’t want to be a part of any blind dating but finally gives into the matchmaking. When the church matchmakers choose the same woman Tyson is interested in he decides it can’t be all that bad.

You Were Meant For Me was a story of finding that special someone. The author does a wonderful job letting readers know that your past does not have to define your future. The main character overcomes a lot and deserves happiness. I recommend this book to others.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley

 

Book Excerpt: Love at First Flight by Tess Woods

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Tess Woods is a health professional who lives in Perth, Australiawith one husband, two children, one dog and one cat who rules over all of them. Love at First Flight is her first novel for HarperCollins. When she isn’t working or being a personal assistant to her kids, Tess enjoys reading and all kinds of grannyish pleasures like knitting, baking, drinking tea, watching Downton Abbey and tending to the veggie patch.

 

Links

My website:

http://www.tesswoods.com.au/

My Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Tesswoods.harpercollins?ref=hl

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25058078-love-at-first-flight?from_search=true

love at first flight

What would you risk to be with the love of your life? A family is threatened by an irresistible attraction in this compelling debut that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty and Anita Shreve.

Looking back on it now, I can see it was instant. the second we locked eyes. Boom. Just like that. the me I had spent a lifetime perfecting began its disintegration from that moment. And despite the carnage it brought to all our lives, I still don’t regret it.

What would you risk to be with the love of your life? And what if your soul mate is the one who will destroy you?

Mel is living the dream. She’s a successful GP, married to a charming anaesthetist and raising a beautiful family in their plush home in Perth. But when she boards a flight to Melbourne, she meets Matt and her picture perfect Stepford life unravels as she falls in love for the first time ever.

What begins as a flirty conversation between strangers quickly develops into a hot and obsessive affair with disastrous consequences neither Mel nor Matt could have ever seen coming. Mel’s dream life turns into her worst nightmare.

Love at First Flight will take everything you believe about what true love is and spin it on its head

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Love-First-Flight-Tess-Woods-ebook/dp/B00S47T1AG/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429057388&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=tess+woodsds

iBooks:

https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/love-at-first-flight/id972723972?mt=11

Kobo:

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/love-at-first-flight-6

Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-at-first-flight-woods-tess/1121030099?ean=9781460705414

Excerpt

‘Alright, love, have a good night.’

‘You too, hey? Be safe. Don’t talk to strangers. See you tomorrow. Love you.’

His voice was warm. No suspicion there whatsoever. Of course there wasn’t, Adam trusted me. I’d never given him reason to be suspicious before.

‘Love you too, Adam. See you tomorrow, darling,’ I croaked.

I dropped the phone into my bag and walked back into the bathroom, with a sudden sharp headache behind my left eye.

‘How’s Hercules?’ Sarah looked up from painting her toenails.

‘He’s fine,’ I said flatly. ‘He says hi. He’s having an early night.’

‘God bless him, like he needs the beauty sleep,’ she laughed.

I regarded myself coolly in the bathroom mirror. ‘You are a stupid, stupid woman,’ I hissed at the reflection.

I vigorously shook Matt from my head, wiped off the red lipstick, replaced it with a clear gloss, and sent a mental kiss to my unsuspecting husband who was missing me back at home.

No more nonsense.

Finished.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A&RBC’s Interview with Lori Goldson

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In book 1 of The Life & Times Series, “Irene in College”, Irene comes face-to-face with the realization that college is anything but easy. At the mercy of an insufferable mother, pompous boyfriend, malevolent best friend, dim-witted nuisance, and an ineffable college professor, what would be easy about it? Come join Irene as she learns how to deal with it all.
Irene thought college would be the easy part—get good grades, make new friends, and say good-bye to a daunting past. Little did she know that the whimsy of life would have other plans for her!

Purchase Links:

Available On Amazon

Available on BN.com

Available from Tate Publishing

About The Author

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Lori Goldson the Middle School Academic Director for the Philadelphia non-profit organization SquashSmarts.  She has been in education for seven years. During her years as a college student at the University of Delaware, Lori took a fondness to Latin American culture. She has traveled to Dominican Republic, Spain, Mexico and Puerto Rico. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Erik.

Q & A with Lori Goldson

 

Where did the concept for the Life and Time series come from?

The series comes from a short story I began in 2008. I initially started a story that focused around four women who lived different lives and were brought together through a particular incident, but I wasn’t completely happy with that story. I decided to focus in on one protagonist instead of four, and incidentally Irene was the one that stuck. However, the other character names that I used–Michaela, Nicolette, and Emily–are all used in this series as well. I am very much into the idea of growth and prosperity through life lessons, so I thought that readers like myself would appreciate a series that focused on being just a regular person who goes through ups and downs and in some way, whether through blind faith or hard work, manages to rise above it all.

Why did you feel you had to write this particular series?

Like I mentioned before, this series stems from another story I had worked on, but wasn’t completely satisfied with. As I got into the new series, it just kind of took off. I had been at such a stalemate with the original story, it was nice to feel free with the writing, not like I had to force rhetoric.

How did you come up with Irene’s character? Is she part of you or someone you know?

As I mentioned, Irene was from my original short story. In that story, she was physically the same character–a Latina college student. However, she was a bit more assertive and boisterous, but not everyone is like that (hence why I added Michaela, who is kind of Irene’s alter ego). I do believe all people have those moments of internal turmoil that Irene experiences throughout this story. So many times we spend so much energy debating with ourselves over what we truly want that we make ourselves crazy.

Irene is definitely part of me, but part of everyone. The goal with that character was to ensure that she was someone everyone could identify with, which is a large part of why she stuck so much for me from my original short.

What do you want readers to take from Irene in College? and the Life in Time series?

The hope is that readers of the first book will, first and foremost, enjoy the story. I hope people get a good laugh and maybe even feel some sympathy for some of the more poignant parts of the story. Secondly, I’d want people to feel encouraged to be more open to self-discovery. A large part of this book and the series as a whole is Irene’s journey of self-discovery to fulfillment and independence. I’d love for readers to realize that you can change, grow, learn, and discover at any stage of life, and there’s no age limit on finding yourself and your happiness.

What 4 tips would you give a person wanting to write a ChickLit book or series?

First, I’d definitely say don’t let the term “ChickLit” confine you. It’s a term that can be defined in a variety of ways. Originally, I knew my focus was Young Adult, and never considered this ChickLit until I decided that I was going to define ChickLit as driven by female characters with a variety of strengths and weaknesses that women encounter regularly. Some might consider ChickLit to be just a female protagonist, or a woman searching for liberation. There are so many ways to explore the subgenre, that I think boxing it to only mean one thing is limiting.

Second, I’d say think about your friends, family, past acquaintances, and yourself. Every experience is valid, and makes for great storytelling. Some of the encounters in this story have been from past experiences. Why not? Why not use those life lessons, those upsets, those joys, and those friendships-gone-bad to your advantage?

Third, conflict is a must. I don’t think it’s possible for women to not endure some sort of conflict from other women, men, or even themselves. We tend to think a lot, and internal conflict can makes for great stories.

Lastly, fantasize. I find that some of the best stories come from a place that is not a person’s current reality. Irene has had a few experiences that I never experienced first hand, but could only imagine what it would be like to do those things, and it made the story that much more entertaining to write. Let the imagination go, and escape to another place.

Who is Lori Goldson?

I’m an introvert. Often this comes off as arrogance in public settings because I will not go out of my way to speak to people as I rather have them speak to me first, but that’s because I’m observing. I like to take in my surroundings before diving into conversation or any other action. I’m also very low-maintenance. For instance, I have friends who I might not speak to be once a month, or visit very seldomly, but when we are together, we just pick up where we left off. I am not the kind of person who needs, or even wants, interaction on a regular basis. If I didn’t have to interact, I’d probably remain a recluse.

Do you believe it is important for writers to also be avid readers?

Absolutely. For me, it helped me set a standard for myself. While all authors have their own style and voice, I know that reading YA and ChickLit authors like Ann Brashares, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus has given me a standard I would like to reach. Also, I would imagine it’s difficult writing to a target audience if you’re not in tune with what they like to read to create your own artistry.

What has been your biggest challenge/achievement as an writer and published author?

The greatest challenge has been transitioning into the career of being a full-time author. It is time consuming, but because I have a day job, I cannot focus on it as much as I would like. I am confident I will get there, but I just have to keep working on it daily. The greatest achievement would be getting published! I know a lot of people are into self-publishing, which does heed more residuals, but I like the fact that I am signed to a publishing company that helped me get it right as this is my first novel. I’d been published online and in the paper as a student journalist, but publishing a novel has a very surreal feeling. It’s like of all the things I’ve been fortunate to do in my life, this is the most awe-inspiring for me.

What new project (s) are in the works for you?

I am finishing up the sequel to Irene in College. Haven’t settled on a title yet, but it is the second book in the series and I am 17 chapters in. I am so working on a couple of other books and playing around with some other stories. None are quite ready for publishing, but I am excited about the different types of writing that will be available for the public in time. I am also working on another series with a male protagonist. I’m excited about that project because it’s a retrospective that takes place during his teen years in the 1990’s. I love playing around with different ideas.

Where can readers find you?

Readers can find me on Twitter (@elle_gee_jones). I’m still working on my website and a Facebook page, so they should definitely check my Twitter for when those other outlets will be available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotlight Wednesday with The Accidental Art Thief by Joan Schweighardt

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For a quarter of a century forty-five-year-old Zinc has worked as a caretaker for a wealthy old man, living in a small casita on his ranch in New Mexico. She doesn’t make much money, but she has the old man, her dogs, and gorgeous views of the mountains. She is basically a very content recluse who doesn’t invest much time thinking about what she might do if her circumstances change. So when the old man dies suddenly, and his daughter all but throws her off the property, Zinc is forced to reinvent herself—and quickly. With a touch of magical realism and a collection of offbeat characters, The Accidental Art Thief explores the thin line between life and death and the universal forces that connect all things.

Purchase at: http://twilighttimesbooks.com/

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The Accidental Art Thief is Joan’s fifth novel. Her previous work includes three novels published with The Permanent Press and a historical novel published with Beagle Bay Books in 2003. The historical, called Gudrun’s Tapestry, won Foreword and IPPY awards and was translated into Italian and Russian. Joan is currently completely her sixth novel, another historical.

Author web site: http://www.joanschweighardt.com/