Review: Christmas Confessions and Cocktails by Vicki Lesage

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I’m so excited to bring you Christmas Confessions & Cocktails by Vicki Lesage.

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My Review:
As soon as I started reading Christmas Confessions and Cocktails, I felt like I had made a new friend. The author writes in such a way that I was actually nodding my head, agreeing with her, as she proclaimed her affinity for tasty concoctions and her aversion to bugs. Her short stories were followed by a cocktail recipe which related to the theme of the story, all of them related to Christmas.

They were delightful – humorous and heartwarming. There were some stories of Paris and abroad, as well as in America. Some stories detailed traveling by plane- solo and drunk, or with one or two children (infant and toddler). I particularly enjoyed the tales of having a young family and Christmas with 52 relatives in a small house. I’ve never been to Paris, so for me, reading about living and working in France was fascinating.

I never had a big sister to teach me the ways and delights of fun, mixed drinks. The author’s charming way of relaying a recipe makes it seem so inviting. I am sure to try them, now!

I may have added some Kahlua to my hot chocolate as I wrote this review. (It was all that I had.). Oh, wait, I think I do have some champagne in the house…

Cheers!

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Christmas Confessions & Cocktails
By Author Vicki Lesage

Blurb:

American-turned-Parisian Vicki tells it like it is, from her crazy Christmases growing up in the Midwest to her even crazier holidays in her new home in France. Bizarre gifts, stomach-turning food, and holiday travel disasters are just some of the tales you’ll chuckle at in this installment of the Paris Confessions series.

This Christmas-themed memoir features 25 funny and heartwarming essays, all with a tenuous tie to Christmas, and pairs each with a delicious drink recipe. So grab your martini shaker and get ready for tasty cocktails and hearty laughs this holiday season!

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Giveaway

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Vicki is giving away her book ‘Confessions of a Paris Party Girl’ below:

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Confessions of a Paris Party Girl

Blurb:

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When newly-single party girl Vicki moved to Paris, she was hoping to indulge in wine, stuff her face with croissants, and fall in love. It proved to be much more difficile than she’d imagined. In this laugh-out-loud memoir, this cheeky storyteller recounts the highs and lows of her life in the City of Light. Sassy and shamefully honest, Vicki makes you feel as if you’re right there in Paris stumbling along the cobblestones with her.

Will she find love? Will she learn to consume reasonable amounts of alcohol? Will the French administration ever cut her a break?

A funny memoir about coming of age and embarking on a new life in Paris. Part travel memoir, part love story, this collection of funny essays shows the humorous side of life, love, and drinking in Paris.

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About the Author:

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Vicki Lesage

Bio:

Amazon bestselling author Vicki Lesage proves daily that raising two French kids isn’t as easy as the hype lets on. In her three minutes of spare time per week, she writes, sips bubbly, and prepares for the impending zombie apocalypse. She lives in Paris with her French husband, rambunctious son, and charming daughter, all of whom mercifully don’t laugh when she says “au revoir.”

She penned the Paris Confessions series in between diaper changes and wine refills. She writes about the ups and downs of life in the City of Light at VickiLesage.com.

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Check out all the Tour Stops:

12.07.15

Review @ Corinne’s Garden
Review @ Hello…Chick Lit
Spotlight Post @ Lozza’s Book Corner
Guest Post by Vicki @ This Chick Reads

12.08.15

Review/Spotlight Post @ ChocolatePages
Spotlight Post @ Literary Chanteuse
Inteview with Vicki @ Judging More than just the Cover

12.09.15

Review @ Ali – The Dragon Slayer
Excerpt @ T&L Book Reviews
Interview with Vicki @ The Avid Readers Blog

12.10.15

Review/Excerpt @ Live, Laugh & Love Books
Review @ Writing Pearls
Spotlight @ One Book at a Time
Spotlight Post @ Chick Lit Central

12.11.15

Spotlight Post @ Key of Dee
Review @ Serve Me Reviews
Guest Post @ It’s not all Gravy
Excerpt @ Art, Books & Coffee
Spotlight Post @ Around the World Books
Excerpt @ Book Groupies

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Chocolate-Covered Pop Tarts

Ok so back when everyone was trading Twilight, I happened upon LiveJournal blogger Cleolinda’s hilariously snarky recaps. I’d read one book then read her recap.  At one point I realized I enjoyed her recaps more, so I didn’t finish reading the last book and just read Cleolinda’s recaps instead.

Well now that Stephenie Meyer has released “Life & Death” -which is Twilight-reimagined gender-swapping Edward and Bella to Edythe and Beaufort- @CleolindaJones is now live tweeting her reading using the hashtag #sparkletime. 

It really is a gas. Now I can have my guilty pleasure and not have to take the time to actually read it. I can have my sparkly Chocolate covered cherry pop tarts and eat them, too.

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Okay, I admit it. I am one of those weird people who don’t ever quite fit in. Not many people seem to get me. In real life, that is. Somehow we square pegs seem to find one another online. A curious phenomenon. Although one time I joined an Internet group of introverts: long story short- I had to quit it because OMG all the posts were So Long! #IntrovertsTyping

Let’s get things Rollin’ back over here.

Another Ten Random Things About Me

1. I prefer white chocolate. Okay, the Lindt White Chocolate Truffle balls with the soft velvet center that just takes you to another place. (I still remember my first time. Do you? If not, what are you waiting for?)

2. I can not bring myself to wear insensible shoes. *Sam&Libby bow flats are not insensible!

3. I sometimes brush lipstick on yhe dark circles under my eyes, then add concealer and proceed with my make-up routine. (I saw it on YouTube and it totally works: masks the dark spots and brightens the eye area.)

4. I dabbled in fan fiction a bit. I wrote a love interest for Severus Snape. When I realized it was something of a Mary Sue, I stopped. But not before writing a delicious, steamy legilimency scene.

5. I keep hoping I will fit into my cute clothes from ten years ago again. But I don’t seem to be actually doing much significant in the way of getting there. Probably because…

6. There is a special place in my heart for Cherry Pop Tarts. And those individual pies that you hold in one hand that are glazed with sugar. You know the ones. Tastes like poptart filling wrapped in a Krispy Kreme doughnut. Sugar-filled sugar-coated sugar with a side of sugar and sugar on top.

7. I am fascinated by the Tarot. My card is Death, which I have always understood to mean transition

8. I love a good karaoke session. In my car. Ok anywhere. Karaoke is like therapy for me.

9. My intuition is easily overstimulated, and then I start overthinking. I’ve wasted entire lunch hours thinking about where I should go to lunch.

10. There’s a young man at my day job who is so smooth, I’m embarrassed to say that I find him attractive. He’s just a little flirty but it’s tastefully subtle. Blush-worthy. Makes me feel young again. And I almost let my imagination take me to another place.

Where are those truffles?

Can you relate? What’s your Chocolate?

Spotlight: Elizabeth Barone & The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos

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Ladies and Gentlemen! I am happy to spotlight the illustrious Elizabeth Barone!

Ms. Barone’s latest New Adult novel is refreshingly honest in its depiction of a new adult relationship. Her attention to detail makes the story and characters come alive. Without further adieu, here is The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos!

The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos, by Elizabeth Barone

THE NANNY WITH THE SKULL TATTOOS

The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos, by Elizabeth BaroneMax will have to drop out of school if he can’t find anyone to help take care of his two-year-old daughter. He never expected to find Savannah, and he definitely didn’t expect to fall in love with her.

Max became the family screwup when he got his high school girlfriend pregnant, and his parents have never forgiven him. Just as he’s almost done with his sophomore year of college, his mother tells him that it’s time for him to move out—and he has to take his two-year-old daughter Chloe with him. Getting an apartment won’t be too big of a problem, but when Max’s mother also tells him that she won’t be watching Chloe anymore, he might have to drop out of school.

With no other choice, Max posts an ad online, offering his third bedroom and a weekly paycheck in exchange for a nanny for Chloe. He doesn’t expect anyone to answer, and he definitely doesn’t expect a woman with a sleeve of skull tattoos. Desperate, Max agrees to interview Savannah, and he is surprised to discover that she is great with Chloe. As he gets to know Savannah even more, he begins to think that he might just have a shot at love again.

Before he can even try, Chloe’s mother forces her way back into his and Chloe’s lives—and she is determined to drag them through the mud once again.

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About the Author

Elizabeth BaroneElizabeth Barone is an American novelist. She writes contemporary New Adult romance and suspense, starring sassy belles who chose a different path in life. She is the author of over a dozen books, including The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos and the South of Forever series.

Elizabeth lives in Waterbury, Connecticut with her husband, the artist Michael Campbell. Learn more and read her blog at http://elizabethbarone.net.

Persephone is on Tour!

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Hello lovely writers, readers, and storytellers!

I am so excited to announce that my book Persephone & Me is on tour this week and next!

Persephone Tour 2015

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Happy New Year!

What are you doing? I’m deciding between which one of three books to write next. Well, really it’s between two. Oh, damn, I just thought of a third/ fourth idea. Seriously.

Also I’m starting book blogging. I want to feature one or two writers a month. I have already lined up one. I love reading new books. I am looking at aligning with a book tour company.

In other news: it’s a great time to be a fairy-tale lover. Into the Woods is out in the theaters, Cinderella is coming soon, Once Upon a Time continues on TV, even Galavant airs on abc. Though I’m not so certain about that last one. (But I do love Weird Al.)

Finally, I have been more writing haiku and posting on Twitter. It’s always interesting to see who likes my tweets. Once I used the hashtag #grumpy and then @GrumpyCat followed me. LOL.

See you online,
Corinne
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Book Club: Burnt Edges by Dana Leipold

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Writers, Readers, Friends!  It is my pleasure to spotlight a new book by my writing coach and friend Dana Leipold.  Dana has a gift for evocative, compelling writing, and she dares to tell a difficult story, with beauty.

Burnt Edges

    Burnt Edges

Abuse or an uncertain future.
This is Laurel Lee Page’s choice when she is faced with an unplanned pregnancy at 18. Born into a broken family, all she has ever known is guilt and shame. No matter what she does or who she meets, Laurel appears to be living a condemned life but she is determined to find independence and freedom in spite of her family’s legacy of hatred and self-contempt. Can Laurel see that she is in a powerful position, poised to break the cycle of abuse? Set in Southern California during the tumultuous 1960s era, Burnt Edges is based on true events and proves that strength can be…

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Becoming Beauty

Friends, I am delighted to share with you now a spotlight on Becoming Beauty by Sarah E. Boucher. When I saw a call for blog hosts, I knew I wanted to participate, as this story is so dear to my heart. Please read on as we celebrate Becoming Beauty!




Welcome to Becoming Beauty’s Blog Tour! Learn all about Sarah E. Boucher and her exciting new Young Adult novel based on the classic fairy tale Beauty & The Beast.



Becoming Beauty


Self-centered Bella focuses her attention on
beautiful dresses and fabulous balls rather than helping her family earn a
living.  And her siblings have had
enough! To pay off their father’s debt, they send Bella to a far-off manor
where the owner is more like a beast than a man.
 

As their personalities clash, Bella comes to
realize there’s more to the Beast than she could ever have dreamed—if only she
can look beneath the surface. And then there’s Jack, the kind servant who helps
Bella adjust to her new life, someone Bella could easily fall in love with. But
pursuing love may cost Bella her dreams of wealth and beauty. And that’s a
price she’s not willing to pay.

My review:

What grabbed be from the beginning was that this story was told in the first person. I am a lover of this tale and have read many versions and retellings, most of which were written in the third person. This Regency setting hooked me with Bella’s fantasizing of chucking a beaded slipper at her beautiful sister, the belle of the ball. I hadn’t read that before! How refreshing.

Normally I like to identify with a main character, as I follow her on her journey. I admit I didn’t feel that connection with entitled Bella at first. But this is an origin story, and a fairy tale retelling, so I went with it. I appreciate the realistic details from the author, bravely taking this well-known tale of enchantment to a new level. There’s no enchantress nor animated inanimate object helpers, here. The one mystical object is handled delicately, and not overblown.

What I liked about Bella’s arc was that she, too, was transformed, in more ways than one. The awkward action of her siblings literally stripped her of any illusions of entitlement and as a result, she grew and blossomed beautifully . The Beast, too, is transformed by Bella, naturally, and that part of the story we have come to expect. The twist in Becoming Beauty is the introduction of the Beast’s manservant and friend. I read on, impatient with Bella as she sorted out her feelings. But that journey is her transformation, ultimately becoming herself.

Other aspects are worthy of note. I appreciate the humor introduced in the story, with Bella’s first prepared meal and later with the hedge clippers. The resolution of this retelling was also unique and refreshing. As I’ve said before, I am familiar with many versions and retellings of this story, as well as the Persephone myth (of which the tale is a derivative). The introduction of the love triangle has been seen before in Phantom of the Opera, but this was different.

I believe lovers of fairy tales and regency novels will enjoy this retelling.



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Sarah E. Boucher spends her days instilling young children with the same love of literature she has known since childhood. After hours, she pens her own stories and nurses an unhealthy obsession for handbags, high heels, baking, and British television. Sarah is a graduate of Brigham Young University, who currently lives and teaches in Ogden, Utah. Becoming Beauty is her first novel.



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