Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Lincoln Ladies Blog Tour: Suzy Duffy Guest Post

Lincoln Ladies
New England Trilogy, Book 3
by Suzy Duffy
Release Date: October 30 , 2014
Genre: FICTION/ Contemporary Women/ Romance/Contemporary
ISBN e-book:   978-1-61213-274-7
Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH
Kate Kavanagh is happy raising her daughter and focusing on work, but when the girl moves to New York for a fantastic job and ends up moving in with her philandering father, things get complicated. Her best friend, Madeline Stein, has been a career girl all her life. As a single mom, her job defines her, so when she loses it, Maddy needs to find something or someone else to make her forties fun. Portia Kavanagh hits New York with a bang, but she’s so hungry for adventure she bites off more of the Big Apple than planned. Portia retreats to what she thinks is the sanctuary of her father’s home and soon discovers she’s not the only one in the family with an overactive appetite. Kate and Maddy find themselves leaving their lovely hometown of Lincoln, outside Boston, for the fertile and romantic hills of Tuscany. However, blue skies, rich wine, and charming Italians bring the women a whole new world that they have to maneuver with the grace and style of a Lincoln Lady. Portia’s high-octane life in Manhattan comes at a price, too. Out of the millions of men she could have, she chooses the only one she’s meant to avoid. Her quandary: Has she made a mistake of epic proportions or found the one in a million? This is a story of three fantastic women on a journey of self-discovery. With more ups and downs than a Florentine fairground, the ladies survive love, loss, and fresh pasta by laughing at life and using a doggie bag. There are lots of thrills and spills along the way, but in the end it’s all about friendship, attitude, and walking off that fabulous food. Come on an adventure and enjoy the ride with the lovely Lincoln Ladies.

Guest Post
Learning to let go (and loving it)

I know we have to start letting go almost as soon as were born. Babies cry when they separate from their mothers. Toddlers hate leaving to start school. Life is full of change and I accept that; but moving from Ireland to America hit with me an experience I never thought Id face and definitely wasnt prepared for.  Truth be told, Im still adjusting.

I got married and had my babies in Dublin.  There, the tradition is to go to a nearby school and then onto one of the excellent universities the city has to offer.  Students aged 18 -21, who live in Dublin continue to live at home!  Dont get me wrong, they still manage to escape.  During the long summer months, its traditional for third level students to head to Australia, the USA, maybe the Far East.  I think they try to get as far away as possible but they always come back.  When they finish college, they usually get a job and then move out.  Here in the USA, things are very different.  Their babies – BABIES – leave home at eighteen and head to college.  Sometimes its only a three hour drive but they can go up to 5 thousand miles away.  When I first heard about this, I didnt worry because I thought wed be back in Ireland by now and my eldest would still be safely under my wing. Were not and shes gone. 

Im going to suffer a double whammy because, like the American kids, shes gone to college for term time but she chose Trinity College, back in Dublin so like the Irish kids shes going to travel during vacation time with her Irish buddies.  So Im slowly coming to terms with my new situation.  She. Is. Gone. Shes not really coming back. I may get a long W/E or two and Christmas.  They dont do Thanksgiving in Ireland so well do that without her.  It really is my worst nightmare and yes, I cried my heart out as reality hit me. 

It was about this time last year when I got the distinct feeling that she and I were moving toward a precipice together. It was inevitable, unavoidable and after that point, shed go one way and I another.  I started to write about it.  That was the birth of Lincoln Ladies Line 1 on page oneMom, are you ready? We seriously have to go.

There was no way I could hold her back or change the situation.  All my Irish friends still have their kids living at home and all my US friends get to have their kids back for summer. I dont. As last year moved on, I realized I was going to have to figure a way to get through this transition. We set up all sorts of cell phone apps to talk for free, text and send photos.  Shes not beside me but shes still in my life.  I began to focus on the things I would do with the gap in my life her exit would create. I had to learn to let go and be at peace with it.

Heres the irony.  She has four younger siblings and that gap has closed fairly swiftly.  Im focusing on my other children and writing more than ever.  Ive even joined the gym again.  (First visit tomorrow morning – waghhhh.) Ill be honest and she knows this.  I think the idea of her going was a lot worse than her actually going. Do I love her being gone? No, but just like Kate Kavanagh in Lincoln Ladies, Im using the time I would have spent with her in other fun ways.  I havent come as far as Kate but Im working on it and Im open to suggestions, friends - because I have another daughter leaving me in two years and going to have to go through all of this again. I can feel a sequel coming on!

Heres to letting go, ladies and right now Ill settle for liking it.
Lots of love,
Suzy XXX

Ok now blink and ….


suzyduffySuzy Duffy is an international and #1 best-selling author. She writes laugh-out-loud, life-affirming stories about women from five to ninety-five. (Sometimes she writes about men, too, but only for comedic purposes, and pets—if they’re funny.) Her books have won numerous awards and critical acclaim. They’ve been published in Norwegian and German, and she gives 10% of her royalties to Her New England trilogy includes: Wellesley Wives – September 2012 Newton Neighbors – September 2013 Lincoln Ladies – September 2014 Praise for Duffy: “Five Star rating . . . An all-American heart-warming romantic comedy.” “Suzy Duffy . . . I had wondered who would be filling Maeve Binchy’s shoes . . . EXCELLENT . . . Highly Recommended.” “Duffy isn’t just a good writer, she’s a darn good storyteller, too—a rare combination.” Suzy is Irish and currently lives in Boston with her husband, five children, and one dog. She was recently a guest speaker at the Sydney Writers Festival in Australia. She loves connecting with readers, book clubs, and writer’s events.
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Review: Spring Shadows

Release Date: October 1, 2014 
Published by: Booktrope Editions
Genre: Romance, Women's Contemporary 


Lydia wasn’t looking for love. Having just finalized a difficult divorce, she attended her best friend’s destination wedding with a simple plan: to reconnect with old friends and take a much needed break from the stresses of single parenthood. But life had more in store for her. In AUTUMN GETAWAY, Book One of the Seasons of Love series, Lydia connected with charming, sensitive Sam over that weekend, and took a chance on someone new. Then, in WINTER HOPES, Sam and Lydia explored the excitement of blossoming romance. Even though a long distance relationship isn’t easy, in each other they found renewed hope, both overcoming past losses to learn to trust and love again.

Now, in SPRING SHADOWS, Book Three of the series, author Jennifer Gracen brings Lydia and Sam one step closer to lasting happiness. But it isn’t all romance and roses. The realities of a long distance relationship held between Chicago and New York start to take a toll. Add in the complications posed by Sam’s overprotective brother, Lydia’s difficult ex-husband, and an unexpected tragedy, and it all threatens to tear them apart before they’ve even begun to truly be together.

Lydia and Sam must face their pasts and come to terms with old fears and insecurities. They need to focus on the things that really matter: true love, forgiveness, compassion, and fearless commitment--another leap of faith. Full of the sweetness and heartfelt emotion you’ve come to expect from the Seasons of Love series, SPRING SHADOWS shows us the power of purposeful communication, understanding, and unrelenting self-awareness, proving that true, lasting love is possible when nurtured by healing and hope

 Holy emotions, Batman!

Grab some tissues and be prepared to shed some tears with this one, my lovelies.

Spring Shadows is the third installment in the Seasons of Love series by Jennifer Gracen. I had the pleasure of reading the first two and was looking forward to the continuing story of Sam and Lydia and Gracen did not disappoint.

The roller coaster of emotions this one puts you through is exhausting—in a good way. Gracen has a way of making you care about her characters and when they hurt you hurt. When they’re angry and betrayed you feel exactly the same way.

If you read my review, then you will know there was an incident in Winter Hopes that really got my blood boiling and I felt a little hatred for Sam at that moment. I can’t give too much away without splashing a big SPOILER sign on this review so I won’t say much, but, as promised, that incident did come to light in Spring Shadows. Ugh. My fury matched Lydia’s when she discovered it. Her reaction was exactly the kind of reaction I would have had. If you want to get into the technicalities of it all, then fine, technically Sam didn’t really do anything wrong. But our head and our hearts don’t always agree, am I right? And Gracen hits that target perfectly.

I really love that Sam and Lydia’s characters aren’t portrayed as this happy-go-lucky newly in love couple where nothing goes wrong and they live in a world where everything is perfect. Couples have problems, particularly couples who are individuals with baggage like Sam and Lydia have. Gracen gives them real obstacles to face, and makes everything part of their life fit into the story somehow. Even Matt, Lydia’s ex-husband, is real and believable with his actions and attitude towards Lydia and the new man in her life. His threats regarding Andy (Matt and Lydia’s son) were bang on. I could totally see that happening to someone that I actually know.

But Gracen doesn’t stop there. Towards the end she throws us a curve ball no one saw coming—a heart wrenching one at that. This is where you will need your tissues, people. Maybe a whole friggin’ box of them.

There is one more book to come in this series, and I cannot wait to see how this story ends for everyone involved. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Review: Immortal at the Edge of the World

Immortal at the Edge of the World
Book 3 of the Immortal Series
by Gene Doucette
Release Date: October 2 , 2014
Genre: FICTION/Fantasy/General & Fantasy/Contemporary
ISBN e-book:   978-1-61213-276-1
Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH
Immortal-Edge-of-World-3D-Bookstack“What I was currently doing with my time and money . . . didn’t really deserve anyone else’s attention. If I was feeling romantic about it, I’d call it a quest, but all I was really doing was trying to answer a question I’d been ignoring for a thousand years.” In his very long life, Adam had encountered only one person who seemed to share his longevity: the mysterious red-haired woman. She appeared throughout history, usually from a distance, nearly always vanishing before he could speak to her. In his last encounter, she actually did vanish—into thin air, right in front of him. The question was how did she do it? To answer, Adam will have to complete a quest he gave up on a thousand years earlier, for an object that may no longer exist. If he can find it, he might be able to do what the red-haired woman did, and if he can do that, maybe he can find her again and ask her who she is . . . and why she seems to hate him. “You are being watched. Move your loved ones to safety . . . trust nobody.” But Adam isn’t the only one who wants the red-haired woman. There are other forces at work, and after a warning from one of the few men he trusts, Adam realizes how much danger everyone is in. To save his friends and finish his quest he may be forced to bankrupt himself, call in every favor he can, and ultimately trade the one thing he’d never been able to give up before: his life. From the author of Immortal and Hellenic Immortal comes Immortal at the Edge of the World, the breathtaking conclusion to the best-selling trilogy. Will Adam survive?

Adam’s back!

Yes, I actually squealed that when I first saw the cover for the third book in the Immortal series. It’s been two years since I last had an Adam fix and I’ve been waiting, and waiting, and waiting to find out what happens next.

Was it worth the wait, you ask.

Uh, yeah! And the fact that you even have to wonder that proves you’ve obviously not read the first two books in this series. Shame on you! They are a must read, and in order to follow the story you really need to read them before you get your hands on this one.

Now, I admit that the book was a little slower for me to get into up until the middle. Part 2 is really where it took off for me and flew by.

After a two year span between the last book and this one, I was so glad to see Doucette hadn’t lost that spark that is Adam. He’s still the same sarcastic immortal he’s always been. I’m always a little worried the author will lose what makes the characters special when there’s such a huge gap between books. Especially when they’ve put out new books and have gotten into the heads of new characters. Will they be able to go back and find that voice that made the character unique after so long? The answer to that when it comes to Adam is obviously a big hell yeah!

You can expect the usual thrilling adventure with this book. Questions the reader, and Adam, have are finally answered. Old friends are brought back. New friends are made. We experience loss and love and a big ‘ole surprise that not even Adam saw coming.

I’m sad to say goodbye to Adam, but I loved how the series was wrapped up.  

gdoucette Gene Doucette is the acclaimed author of Immortal and Hellenic Immortal, the sci-fi thriller Fixer, and (as G Doucette) the erotic horror thriller Sapphire Blue.  He is also the author of multiple short stories-- including The Immortal Chronicles series-- is a prize-winning playwright and screenwriter, and a published humorist and essayist.  He lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife and two children.
Praise for Immortal at the Edge of the World
"Brilliant end to the trilogy, with much twistiness involved in tying up all the plotlines. Lots of humour and typical Adam-ness - but no spoilers from me. You'll just have to read it for yourself. I think this might be my favourite of the series.+  - Andrea Goodreads Review
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