Monday, May 27, 2013

Tracie Banister "In Need Of Therapy" Chick Lit Blog Hop Author

Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About The Book:

Lending a sympathetic ear and dispensing sage words of advice is all part of the job for psychologist Pilar Alvarez, and she’s everything a good therapist should be: warm, compassionate, supportive. She listens, she cares, and she has all the answers, but how’s the woman everyone turns to in their hour of need supposed to cope when her own life starts to fall apart? 

While working hard to make a success of her recently-opened practice in trendy South Beach, Pilar must also find time to cater to the demands of her boisterous Cuban family, which includes younger sister Izzy, an unemployed, navel-pierced wild child who can't stay out of trouble, and their mother, a beauty queen turned drama queen who’s equally obsessed with her fading looks and getting Pilar married before it’s “too late.” Although she’d like to oblige her mother and make a permanent love connection, Pilar’s romantic prospects look grim. Her cheating ex, who swears that he’s reformed, is stalking her. A hunky, but strictly off-limits, patient with bad-boy appeal and intimacy issues is making passes. And the sexy shrink in the suite across the hall has a gold band on his left ring finger. 

When a series of personal and professional disasters lead Pilar into the arms of one of her unsuitable suitors, she's left shaken, confused, and full of self-doubt. With time running out, she must make sense of her feelings and learn to trust herself again so that she can save her business, her family, and most importantly, her heart.

About The Author:

Author Tracie Banister

Tracie is an author, blogger, co-host of #ChickLitChat on Twitter, and dog wrangler (She has three rescue cocker spaniels.) At present, she's working on her third Chick Lit novel and has a Regency series simmering on the backburner. She hates having her picture taken, which is why she's been using the same author headshot for 7 years, enjoys watching all kinds of TV for "research purposes," and hopes to cross "Learn how to Tango" off her bucket list very soon. 

Tracie visited Book Talk last year. View her May 29, 2012 post by clicking here.


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Tracie started the Chick Lit Author Blog Hop last year and the tradition continues this year with Julie Valerie. Visit Julie's blog Chick Lit Chit Chat .

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Look for more Chick Lit Authors to be featured this week on Book Talk.

Courtney Rice Gager author The Buggy List

Em Barrett author Leaving Green Island

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Lauren Clark "Stardust Summer" Perfect Holiday Weekend Read As Chick Lit Author Book Hop Continues

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About the book:

Single mom Grace Mason doesn’t believe in miracles, magic, or love at first sight. She likes the quiet life, complete with her eight-year-old son, their tiny house, and her teaching job. For Grace, happiness means that nothing much ever changes in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Then, one thousand miles away, tragedy strikes. A massive heart attack leaves Grace’s estranged father comatose in an Upstate New York hospital. While a team of doctors fight to keep Henry Mason alive, Grace and Evan rush to his bedside to say their final goodbyes.

Henry’s passing brings little closure for Grace, but she finds herself inexplicably drawn to her new surroundings. What begins as a short trip results in an entire summer spent with Henry’s second wife, Kathleen, and her next-door neighbor, Ryan Gordon, the town doctor. When a series of unlikely events lead to Evan’s disappearance, Grace must face her worst fears to find her son and bring him back home.
Stardust Summer explores the complexities of forgiveness, what it means to be a family, and the fabulous possibility of falling in love—again.

About the author:

Author Lauren Clark

Lauren Clark writes contemporary novels sprinkled with sunshine, suspense, and secrets. A former TV news anchor, Lauren adores flavored coffee, local book stores, and anywhere she can stick her toes in the sand. Her big loves are her family, paying it forward, and true-blue friends.

Lauren is a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association, the Mobile Writers Guild, and a regular contributor to Parents & Kids Magazine's Mississippi Gulf Coast Edition. Check out her website .

Lauren Clark visited Book Talk last year on May 30, 2012 with her novel Dancing Naked In Dixie. Click here to see that post.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Dee DeTarsio "All My Restless Life To Live" Chick Lit Author Blog Hop Continues

Soft cover available now on Amazon. Look for Kindle version on June 4th.

About the book:

A Soap Opera writer unravels a mystery from her dead dad’s computer in a divinely funny journey . . .

Life is a soap opera, especially for Elle Miller, who writes for one. (Ellen dropped the “n” in her name in hopes of finding a better ending for herself.) When her laptop crashes, she borrows her recently deceased dad’s computer and gets way more than she bargained for.   Elle unravels mysterious communications from his computer, while her mom decides to give Internet dating a try. As Elle tries to save her career at I’d Rather Be Loved with a storyline featuring a trip through Atlantis, she takes a trip to the Emmys, and finds herself in the middle of a romance between a real doctor and a hunk who just plays one on TV.  Friends, family, and clues from “the other side” all help Elle figure out the difference between living the good life and living a good life. 

About the author:

Author Dee DeTarsio

Dee DeTarsio is a TV writer living in southern California. After growing up in Ennui, Ohio, and graduating from The Ohio State University she vowed never to be cold again (in a tantrum more worthy of Suellen than Scarlett) and ended up in Tucson, Arizona, producing the news for the CBS affiliate, oddly enough called KOLD-TV. She moved to San Diego where she worked in the SeaWorld entertainment department as a producer/writer. (Penguins are mean!) She then became a producer/writer for the NBC affiliate.

Dee is the author of : THE SCENT OF JADE, THE KITCHEN SHRINK (both finalists in the prestigious San Diego Book and Writing Awards), 'TIL SOMEBODY LOVES YOU, ROS, and HAOLE WOOD, 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist!  ALL MY RESTLESS LIFE TO LIVE is her latest novel.

Her literary talents shine with tenderness and humor as she takes readers into the heart of women's lives. Filled with friendship, love, loss, betrayal, and challenges that force her characters to find their place in the universe, Dee's books give us that hopefully-ever-after we're searching for.

Dee says, "I love books that laugh at the sadness of life--and that is a great
definition of chick lit!"

Photo courtesy of John DeTarsio Director of Catfish (and Dee's husband) 

How awesome are guys who read?  Nev Schulman, Host of MTVs Catfish (2nd season starting June 25th!) with a copy of my book! Thanks, Nev!

Twitter @DeeDeTarsio

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Meredith Schorr "A State of Jane" on Chick Lit Author Blog Hop This Week

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About the book:

Jane Frank is ready to fall in love.

It's been a year since her long term relationship ended and far too long since the last time she was kissed. With the LSAT coming up she needs to find a long term boyfriend (or husband) before acing law school and becoming a partner at her father's law firm.

There's just one problem: All the guys in New York are flakes. They seemingly drop off the face of the earth with no warning and no explanation.

Should she join her best friend Marissa in singlehood, making cupcakes and watching True Blood? Or should she follow her co-worker Andrew's advice and turn the game back on those who've scorned her? As Jane attempts to juggle her own responsibilities and put up with the problems of everyone around her, she starts to realize that the dating life isn't as easy as she originally thought.
About the author:
Author Meredith Schorr
A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to, and was famous among her friends for writing witty birthday cards. After dabbling in children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing “real” chick lit for real women. When Meredith is not hard at work on her current work in progress, she spends her days as a trademark paralegal at a law firm in New York City. Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner. She also loves to read and is always on the lookout for her new favorite author. A State of Jane is her second novel.
In Meredith's words:
I'm so excited to be participating in the International Chick Lit Month Author Blog Hop for the second year in a row.  Long before I started writing chick lit, I was an avid reader of the genre. I love chick lit because it is grounded enough in reality to be relatable, yet embellished enough to be entertaining. I love chick lit because the career, friendship and romantic woes faced by the characters provide a much-needed escape from my own. I love chick lit because it makes me laugh, sometimes makes me cry and almost always makes me believe in happy endings.



Twitter @meredithschorr


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Monday, May 20, 2013

Samantha March "The Green Ticket" on Chick Lit Author Blog Hop

Available on Amazon and Kindle

About the book:

College junior Alex Abrams scores her dream job at the ripe age of twenty – manager to a successful salon and spa. Thrilled to finally have a real adult job, Alex enthusiastically jumps into the world of schedules, conference calls, and getting a massage when interviewing prospective employees. What she doesn’t expect are the very grown-up issues that comes with a demanding boss. Kevin Dohlman quickly becomes Alex’s worse nightmare – covering up his affairs, dealing with his enormous ego, and trying to protect her female staff from him becomes a full-time job in its own right. Alex has also befriended Kevin’s wife and co-owner, Dani, and is trying to keep Kevin’s secrets hidden from her. The situation only worsens when Kevin starts paying Alex off to make sure she keeps her insider knowledge to herself. While struggling to keep her wits and stay happy with her new grown-up job, Alex is juggling college courses, a new love interest, and keeping up with her close group of girlfriends. When her roommate and best friend Lila gets offered an opportunity to move to Los Angeles and sign with an agent, Alex realizes her life truly is changing, and everyone around her – including herself ­­–– is growing up. Knowing she is faced with some hard decisions ahead, Alex struggles with keeping her job at Blissful. But does she really want to throw away what she dreamed of as a career – or will the secret-keeping for Kevin become too much to handle? The Green Ticket is a story about morals versus money, and how one young woman navigates the shaky line between the two.
About The Author:
Author Samantha March
Samantha a book blogger, blog tour coordinator, editor, author and publisher. She loves all things books - and the GB Packers! While Samantha is keeping busy with her duties she is also in bridezilla mode – 3 months until the wedding!

Learn more about Samantha on the links below.
Twitter @chicklitplus
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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Celebrating Chick Lit May 20 - 27, 2013. Meet An Author A Day For A Week.

May is International Chick Lit Month. To celebrate the talented women who specialize in this genre, I am posting an author a day to coincide with the Chick Lit Author Blog Hop that runs from May 20-27

The Blog Hop was started last year by author Tracie Banister, who appeared on Book Talk last May 29, 2012 with her novel Blame It On The Fame. You can read her post by clicking here. Her latest release is In Need Of Therapy. Tracie will be joining us again here later in the week.

The Chick Lit Author Blog Hop tradition continues this year by  Julie Valerie on her book blog, Chick Lit Chit Chat. Stop by her blog and join in the hop with twenty-five authors. There's a grand prize raffle and you can find the rules there. Bookmark her blog for the latest in women's fiction and chick lit after the hop.

Until tomorrow, happy reading. Barbara

Friday, May 17, 2013

Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday, book one INHERITANCE by Victoria Wilcox

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Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday

The Old South meets the Wild West in a trilogy of historical novels about the life of legendary Doc Holliday. The saga begins with Inheritance released this month, May 2013

Doc Holliday
About The Book

The name Doc Holliday conjures images of the Wild West and the shootout at the OK Corral, but before he was a Western legend he was a Southern son, born in the last days of the Old South with family links to Gone With the Wind. Now this amazing story is told for the first time in a trilogy of novels entitled Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday.
The story begins with Inheritance set during the American Civil War, as young John Henry Holliday welcomes home his heroic father and learns a terrible secret about his beloved mother. His only confidant is his cousin Mattie, the childhood sweetheart who shares his memories of plantation life and better days before the War. But Mattie isn't around to comfort him when tragedy strikes and John Henry's young hero worship turns to bitter anger.
As the Confederacy falls, John Henry becomes a troubled teenager and joins in with a gang of vigilantes trying to chase the Reconstruction Yankees out of their small Georgia town. But when a murderous plot brings threats of military prison, he vows to change his reckless ways and leaves Georgia to attend dental school in Philadelphia, hoping to come home as a respected professional man worthy of asking for cousin Mattie's hand.
But as he returns after two years in the Yankee north to begin dental practice in Atlanta, he finds his courtship beset with challenges. Their are family intrigues, lies and revelations, rivals for Mattie's affections, and a violent encounter that changes everything.
Inheritance is the first novel in an epic tale of heroes and villains, dreams lost and found, families broken and reconciled, of sin and recompense and the redeeming power of love

About the Author

Victoria Wilcox was born in California to a pioneer Hollywood film industry family and grew up loving dramatic stories of all kinds, especially those with a sense of history. As a young woman she developed a passion for the stories of royal families found in English historical fiction, and felt certain she was descended from King Arthur himself and destined to discover the historic Camelot. So she began her college career as a Medieval English History major - admittedly a narrow field in American academia - before receiving a degree in English Literature and doing graduate work in Playwriting. In her professional life she has been a teacher of English and composition on the college level and worked as a technical writer and instructional designer for industry and universities.

A move to Atlanta, Georgia inspired a love of all things Southern and introduced her to a project that would fill the next few years of her life: the white-columned Greek Revival home built by the uncle of the legendary Doc Holliday in the last days before the Civil War. Although the Holliday House was one of Georgia's only remaining unrestored antebellum homes it was slated to be torn down and replaced by a parking lot, so Wilcox founded a non-profit organization to save it and turn it into a museum site. It was while researching the history of the house and its former owners that she discovered the untold story that led to Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday.

Victoria Wilcox is a member of the Western Writers of America, with her writing on the history of the Old South and the Wild West featured in such publications as TrueWest Magazine, North Georgia Journal, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. As Founding Director of the HollidayDorsey-Fife House Museum she has lectured extensively and been a guest on various television programs. Drawing on her lifelong love of music and theater, she has written songs for Nashville recording artists and authored the musical Goin' to Zion! along with numerous smaller theatrical works. To celebrate the upcoming release of the first book of Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday, she began a national speaking tour last fall with a return to Tombstone, Arizona, site of Doc Holliday's legendary gunfight at the OK Corral
Visit the author's website to read more of the fascinating history behind Doc Holliday.

Fayetteville, Georgia's, historic museum the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House
In the author's words:

This house, the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House in Fayetteville, Georgia.  It’s been standing here since the 1850s, watching the world go by: small town folks walking to Church, Yankee soldiers marching toward battle, model T automobiles bumping along dirt roads before the asphalt pavement came, sweltering summers and snowy winters, prized green roses planted one spring and blooming for a generation and sapling trees that grew taller than the roof.  It’s been the home of three families and welcomed dozens of cousins and kin; housed the first telephone answering service in town; stood vacant and lonely until it became a museum and welcomed company again.  It’s full of stories, this house.  I guess that’s why it spoke to me.  I like old stories and old houses.

Dorsey family descendant Beth Kissel and me hosting a “Victorian Christmas” fundraiser at the unrestored, and unheated, Holliday House (I’m the one shivering in the red plaid skirt).