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Stay Tuned Blog Tour: My Review

What happens when a #1 news team becomes the top story instead of reporting it?

For TV producer Melissa Moore, crisis management comes with the job. From employee disputes to her high-maintenance boss, there’s not much she hasn’t seen or can’t handle.

But no one—including Melissa—expects a fistfight during the ten o’clock news. When sexy-but-crazy Alyssa Andrews lands a punch on her co-anchor’s face, Melissa jumps on set to help. She’s determined that WSGA’s reputation won’t be destroyed on her watch.

Both anchors are fired and Melissa agrees to fill in—but not before polishing her look from haircut to heels. While the new Melissa wows WSGA viewers, her personal life starts fraying at the edges. Melissa’s husband is away more than he’s home, leaving cryptic Post-it notes in his wake. Her mother’s antics spiral out of control at the nursing home and a stalker decides Melissa is her next target.

What happens next? Stay Tuned to find out…

I Give This Book:1 star1 star1 star1 star

My Thoughts:
‘Stay Tuned’ was a fun story, but when it jumped ahead I didn’t like that it didn’t say the dates – I found it confusing. It could have at least said “two weeks later” or something like that when it jumped ahead. It is for this reason alone that I gave it four stars.

Melissa is a forty year old woman, whose daughter had recently left home to attend college. Melissa’s marriage is a shadow of what it once was. Her husband and her barely have time for each other, both are so busy with their careers, that they communicate through post-it notes – which sometimes only have a brief message.

Melissa’s mother was a lady who rubbed elbows with the who’s who of Hollywood back in the day, and she wrote many books about them. When at age forty she became pregnant with Melissa, she didn’t hide the fact that it was an unplanned pregnancy. Now Dementia has taken a hold of her and she has a hard time even recognizing her daughter. This is just devastating to Melissa, when all she even wanted was her mother’s love and affection – which she never got.

When station anchors, Alyssa and Tim, are fired, Rick Roberts comes back to the station and Melissa fills in until they can find another woman to fill the job. Melissa begins to realize that she loves being in front of the camera instead of being behind the scenes, but will she be allowed to keep it? Will her marriage survive her husband’s distant behavior and her growing attraction to her co-host?  Will Melissa ever know whether or not her mother cared for her?

Initially, I thought there wasn’t going to be any swearing in this book because the first few times, instead of using a swear word, it just said that they couldn’t repeat what was said when a person was supposed to be swearing. I was hoping that would continue – it did not. I don’t like the use of swear words in a story. Even though there wasn’t a lot of them, I just don’t like books containing swear words – I feel that it takes away from a story. Even though I personally found it offensive, since this isn’t a Christian book, I did not let it affect my rating, and am only mentioning it in case others might be offended as well.

Overall I liked the story and had it not had the swearing in it I would recommend it. So if you don’t mind books with that in it, I think you would enjoy Stay Tuned.

*** I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book – which I have done.***




As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of the Stay Tuned eBook edition has dropped to just 99 cents this week.

What’s more, by purchasing this fantastic book at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes, including lots of Amazon gift cards (up to $100 in amount) and 5 autographed copies of the book. Be sure to enter before the end of the day on Friday, December 2nd, so you don’t miss out.

The Featured Events include:

Monday, Radio Interview with Novel Publicity! We’re kicking-off on the Novel Publicity Free Advice blog. We interviewed Lauren on our radio show Sunday night and have embedded the full podcast and blogged about its highlights. Give it a listen and then leave a comment on the blog post. This is a great chance to get to know more about this fun and bubbly author. One commenter will win an autographed copy of
Stay Tuned. Don’t forget to enter for the other contest prizes while you’re over there!

Tuesday, Twitter sharing contest! A tweet is tiny, only 140 characters. But on Tuesday, it could win you $50. Send the following tweet across the twittersphere, and you just may win a $50 Amazon gift card. An autographed copy of Stay Tuned is also up for grabs. The winners will be announced Wednesday morning.


Here’s the tweet: Take a break from the holiday frenzy, and read Stay Tuned. It’s fast, fun, and reduced to just 99 cents! http://ow.ly/7zA1e #whirlwind

Wednesday, Google+ sharing contest! Yup, there’s yet another awesome opportunity to win a $50 Amazon gift card, and this time it just takes a single click! Visit Google+ and share Emlyn Chand’s most recent post (you’ll see the Stay Tuned book cover included with it). On Thursday morning, one lucky sharer will be $50 richer. An autographed copy of Stay Tuned is also up for grabs. Two chances to win with just one click! How about that?

Thursday, Facebook sharing contest! Stop by Novel Publicity’s Facebook page and share their latest post (you’ll see the Stay Tuned book cover included with it). It’s ridiculously easy to win! On Friday morning, one lucky sharer will be $50 richer. An autographed copy of Stay Tuned is also up for grabs.

Friday, special contest on the author’s site! Are you ready for some more fun? Take a picture of yourself with your copy of Stay Tuned either in paperback or on an eReading device, tag Lauren Clark’s Facebook page, and you can enter to win one of three Amazon gift cards! A $100 prize will go to the most creative photo, $50 to the best BFF photo, and $50 to the photo with the most people in it. An autographed copy of Stay Tuned is also up for grabs. If you need help learning how to tag a
photo, you can visit Lauren’s Facebook page for detailed instructions.

Remember, it’s all about the books!

About Stay Tuned: What happens when a #1 news team becomes the top story instead of reporting it? For TV producer Melissa Moore, crisis management comes with the job. From employee disputes to her high-maintenance boss, there’s not much she hasn’t seen or can’t handle. But no one—including Melissa—expects a fistfight during the ten o’clock news. When sexy-but-crazy Alyssa Andrews lands a punch on her co-anchor’s face, Melissa jumps on set to help. She’s determined that WSGA’s reputation won’t be destroyed on her watch. Both anchors are fired and Melissa agrees to fill in—but not before polishing her look from haircut to heels. While the new Melissa wows WSGA viewers, her personal life starts fraying at the edges. Melissa’s husband is away more than he’s home, leaving cryptic Post-it notes in his wake. Her mother’s antics spiral out of control at the nursing home and a stalker decides Melissa is her next target. What happens next? Stay Tuned to find out… Get it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

About the Author: Lauren Clark has been a voracious reader since the age of four and would rather be stranded at the library than on a desert island. In her former life, she worked as an anchor and producer for CBS affiliates in Upstate New York and Alabama. Lauren adores her family, yoga, her new Electra bike, and flavored coffee. She lives near the Florida Gulf Coast. Visit her on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads

To Win the Prizes:

1. Purchase your copy of Stay Tuned for just 99 cents on Amazon or Barnes & Noble (You’ll need it for

the big contest on Friday)
2. Fill-out the form on Novel Publicity to enter for the prizes
3. Visit today’s featured event; you may win an autographed copy of the book or a $50 gift card!
…And I can win too!
Over 100 bloggers are participating in this gigantic event, and there are plenty of prizes for us too. The blogger who receives the most votes in the traffic-breaker poll will win a $100 gift card as well. So when you visit Novel Publicity’s site to fill-out the contest entry form, don’t forget to say that I referred you, so I can get a point in the poll. 

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Blog Tour: Marian’s Christmas Wish by Carla Kelly – Review, Author Interview, and GIVEAWAY!

Marian's Christmas WishMiss Marian Wynswich is a rather unconventional young lady. She plays chess, reads Greek, and is as educated as any young man. And she is certain falling in love is a ridiculous endeavor and vows never to do such a thing. But everything changes when she receives a Christmas visit from someone unexpected— a young and handsome English lord.

I Give This Book: 1 star1 star1 star1 star

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed reading ‘Marian’s Christmas Wish’. Marian was definitely an unconventional young woman! Her father allowed her to be educated in subjects normally reserved for men at that time and she excelled at them.  When the time came for each person to make a wish on the Christmas pudding, Marian made a wish for another person – which showed her unselfishness and caring spirit.

Marian’s sister, Ariadne (what a name!), was in love with the rector, Sam Beddoe. At first Ariadne seemed more meek and reserved, as though she didn’t have a will of her own, or at least not a very strong one. But later in the story you see a deep strength in her.

I found Marian’s younger brother, Alistair, quite adorable even though he was a trial at times. He secretly arrived home earlier than expected, due to the fact that he was expelled from Eton. Throughout most of the story he appeared quite immature; but, towards the end he had become quite a mature young man.

Marian’s older brother Percy was a Diplomat. He was coming home from Belgium and was bringing two gentlemen with him, Sir William & Lord Ingraham. Sir William was a short, fat but wealthy gentleman. He was the type of man who thought he knew everything and had no problem stating his opinions on matters that were none of his concern. Lord Ingraham was also a Diplomat and a man of many secrets. He hadn’t seen his family in years, ever since an accident had left him scarred. I don’t know why, but I never really felt connected to him.

The story begins with Marian and Ariadne decorating their home for Christmas. This is the first Christmas they are celebrating since their father passed away a little over a year ago and most likely the last that will be celebrated in their ancestral home. The Wynswich family has had to tighten their purse strings since his death, because he left them with a mountain of debt, and they may have to move out of the only home they have ever known. But not if their mother, Lady Wynswich, has her way.

Lady Wynswich is plotting to marry off Ariadne to a wealthy gentleman, Sir William, who is a great deal older than she is (quite disgusting). She doesn’t care that he is so obnoxious and condescending to their family, or that Ariadne cares for another man – she just wants to be able to keep her rank in society.

There were several occasions, when Marian and Lord Ingraham were alone together, that I thought would not have been acceptable behavior for a single woman at that time. Also towards the end of the story, Lord Ingraham’s behavior was quite inappropriate and a bit shocking. I can’t give the particulars because it may spoil the story for you.

Overall I thought it was an endearing story – especially to read over the holiday season. I would recommend this book to those looking for a sweet, light Christmas story.

*** I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book – which I have done.***

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Product Details:

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (September 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599559536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599559537
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.4 x 0.8 inches
INTERVIEW:

Carla, welcome to Hardcover Feedback! Would you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m 64, like water aerobics, never read romance fiction, because I prefer really good crime fiction. I have two degrees in history, and have written a few what I call footnote works. My scholarly backround is military history, with emphasis on the Indian Wars and Napoleonic Wars at Sea. I’m really near sighted, and a good interviewer (years and years of that with my various jobs). I like to write. Favorite movie is Yojimbo, directed by Akira Kurosawa. Favorite musicians are Michael Martin Murphey and Ian Tyson, cowboy singers. 


What are you currently working on?

I’m finishing up my current three-book contract with Harlequin. It’ll probably be my last with then, since I have several novels in the work for Cedar Fort. Also, Signet is interested in having me write for them again, so I’ll go in that direction. For my own fun, I’m also working on a little book set in the Royal Colonel of New Mexico in 1725. Don’t have a home for that one yet, but I probably will.


What or who made the biggest influence on you wanting to become a writer?

No single person. I just like to write. The person who gave me the most help was my high school journalism teacher. She taught me a lot about plain, factual writing, which is still pretty much what I write. More important, she instilled in me a stewardship for words. They matter, and the right word matters even more.


What was the first book you ever wrote about and was it ever published?

I wrote a novel about the Nez Perce exodus in 1877. Never published. My first published novel came next, Daughter of Fortune, set in the Royal Colony of New Mexico in 1680. It will be coming out in ebook form soon.


Do you have any writing habits that people might find unusual?

Not really. I sit at my computer and write. I do have a wonderful photo over my desk that I look at from time to time, of a 1948 trail drive in Sunlight Basin, Wyoming, from the Two Dot Ranch.  My dad was from Cody, and knew the Two Dot Ranch folks, the Taggarts. I love that photo.


I have heard that many authors listen to music while they write. Do you? If so, what do you usually listen to? 
No, I don’t listen to music. I find it distracting.

What is something that you have always wanted to do, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet?

I’ve pretty much done – career-wise- what I wanted to do: ranger, adjunct history prof, contract researcher for ND Historical Society, PR writer for a major Missouri hospital, daily newspaper feature writer and columnist. And mom.  I would like to study for a year at Oxford. The closest I came to that was writing “Miss Grimsley’s Oxford Career” for Signet. 

All the music in the world is being destroyed and you can only save one album, what would you save and why? 
Handel’s Messiah, without question. That’s a total no-brainer. I consider it the high water mark of Western civilization. And probably Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club album, if I could save two.

Borrowed LightDo you have a favorite character or one that is especially close to your heart?
It’s usually the characters I am currently working on. I do have a real fondness for Julia and Mr. Otto in Borrowed Light, because I do like stockmen. (All my own years in Wyoming.) It was nice to revisit them in Enduring Light. (They’re doing well, BTW) Currently, I’m happy with Paloma Vega and Marco Mondragon of the Chama Valley in 1725. So it goes.


What is the best gift you have ever received and who gave it to you?
My husband gave me a first-edition, boxed set of Paul Horgan’s two-volume history of New Mexico. So nice of him. I use it, and love the gorgeous prose. My oldest son gave me a first edition of a book by Jim Corbet, game warden in India during the British Raj.  And daughter Mary Ruth gave me a first edition of Kate Seredy’s The Good Master, one of my favorite books that I read to my kids. Both of those books were a thank you for all the books I read to them when they were little. They mean the world to me, because they opened a world of reading to my kids.

What are three things (not people) that you wouldn’t want to live without? 
Hot water. That’s about it. When I worked at Fort Laramie NHS as a ranger, we did living history. I discovered quickly that working in a kitchen without hot water is a pain. Book. Add books.



What is your all-time favorite book? What is your favorite book you have read this year? 
I have three, and the order shifts: War and Peace, A Town Like Alice, and The Lawrenceville Stories.  Favorite book this year?

 Fiction, it would be Richard Bradford’s “Red Sky at Morning.”  Great book. Can’t believe I didn’t read it years ago.
Enduring Light
What do you like to do in your spare time?  Spare time? Not much of that. Travel and visit old friends, but the trusty netbook is always with me for writing.

Are you an early bird or a night owl? 
Early bird. I start writing about 4:30 a.m. And night owl, if the writing is going well. 

If you were throwing a dinner party and you could invite five people (fictional or real, dead or alive) who would you invite? 
John Marshall, the Great Chief Justice; Custer– just what did happen, sir, when you took Medicine Tail Coulee? The truth now; Admiral Chester Nimitz; Bob Kisthart, a ranger friend of mine, alive and interesting; the Duke of Wellington.


You are given a ticket that will bring you anywhere that you want to go, at anytime in history. Where would you want to go and why?

Philadelphia, for the debates on the Constitution. And then probably Waterloo. Wish I could visit some strands in my family history, which runs through all the royal houses of Europe. Some real nasties there.

Where can people connect with you online? H’mm. I have an ego-sounding email address ckellycanwrite@gmail.com.  Can’t guarantee how much time I’d have to reply.


Thanks you so much Carla for being on Hardcover Feedback!
You’re welcome. I think I’ll get that dinner party ready now. What fun that will be.  Do you think John Marshall will like enchiladas?


Make sure to visit the other blogs participating in this book tour. For a complete listing of them go HERE.

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