Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Book Review: The Undercover Mother by Emma Robinson

Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Humor
Publication Date:March 20, 2018
Published By:  Bookourture 
Website:Emma Robinson  

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https://www.amazon.com/Promise-Between-Barbara-Claypole-White/dp/1542048982/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1506376055&sr=8-1  https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781786813596

Have you ever wondered what secrets other mothers are keeping?

Jenny has too much on her plate: literally – she’s only pregnant with one child but she’s already eating for three. Not to mention trying to juggle her future life with a baby, a nightmare boss, a know-it-all sister, and a bizarrely laid back husband.

She used to be famous for her ‘Single Girl About Town’ journalism. But not only is she bored of parties, she also hasn’t been single for years, and is now 8½ months pregnant.

So when her boss hands her column to a younger colleague, Jenny panics and proposes instead writing about being a clueless new mum. Surely people will find her new friendship group fascinating? Even if the only thing they have in common is that they all had sex around the same time 9 months ago...

Like – what’s the deal with scary Gail’s mystery husband? How is posh mum Antonia already out drinking when Jenny can barely make a cup of tea? Why isn’t sweet-natured Ruth answering any phone calls?

And if her readers aren’t quite hooked yet, maybe Jenny will just have to be more liberal with the truth. After all, none of the other mums will read it… will they?

The Undercover Mother is a feel-good parenting page turner that will make you laugh, cry and recognize every moment. Perfect for fans of Why Mummy Drinks and The Bad Mother’s Diary.


My first thoughts for this book are laugh out loud hilarious! I simply couldn't stop laughing through this book. Emma Robinson's writing is so relatable that any Mother/Reader can put herself in Jenny's shoes.

Does having a baby change you? Are you different from those perky, single gals that can stay out past midnight and dress to impress every day? Jenny doesn't think so. She is determined to take maternity leave and come back to her column " The Single Girl About Town" with nothing stopping her. That is until Jenny's boss gives her the bad news. She's been replaced! Now Jenny is bound and determined to write a new, funny blog to impress her boss so she can have a new column once she's ready to work again. However, Jenny has NO IDEA what she's getting herself into.

Jenny meets a great bunch of ladies who she dubs “The Spice Mums” and discovers life with a baby is a bit different to what she was expecting.

The book is hilarious and fun. It capture perfectly the transition experience from a woman to a mom. In the middle of this book, I was afraid that it will offer a cliché conflict of chic lit, but thankfully, that predictable conflict is resolved quickly in a non dramatic way.

I think this book will be great for first time mothers looking for the fun in all their frustrations as well as seasoned mothers who can totally relate to what they went through right after they realized their whole world was about to change.

About the Author

Emma Robinson thinks of herself as one of the ‘Bridget Jones generation’ – who are now grown up and having children – and writes novels for women who feel the same.

She also has a blog, Motherhood for Slackers, which takes a humorous look at parenthood, and includes poems such as ‘Dear Teacher’ about her son starting school which has been shared around the world. Emma is an English teacher and lives in Essex with a patient husband and two children who are an endless source of material.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Excerpt: Wrecking us Saving you by Leaona Luxx

Adult, Romance, Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date:March 8, 2018
Published By:  Indie
Website:Leaona Luxx 

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Have you ever wanted to go back?

I’ve contemplated it every day for the last six years. 

Knowing once I did, I’d wreck everything all over again, but still—I dream. 

Until last night.

My past came back to me. 

As I finished my set, looking through the smoke and flashing lights, I see him. The wreckage still written on Chord’s face, tells me hell’s coming. I can’t erase the hurt my leaving caused, and I’ll be damned if I let him wreck us even more. 

But when I utter one word, I know we’re finished before we can even begin to pick up the pieces. 





“Talk to me.”

“Nothing, brother. Are you sure she was coming to school after?” I know Thayer’s trying to help, but so help me—I can’t with this.

“Yes, I’m positive. You know she would tell me,” I growl.

“Okay, alright. Just double checking.” She sighs. “What are you doing?”

“I just turned onto the highway, I’m hauling ass to her house.”

“Please be careful, you know how Lisa feels about you,” Thayer warns me with good intentions.

“Fuck her, like she gives a shit about Sarah,” I bark at her. “I’m sorry. I’m fucking scared.”

“Brother, I’m scared too. But you have to calm down, you’re not gonna do her any good being this upset.” She tries to calm me as best she can, but it’s not helping.

“I know!” I yell as the light turns green, and I spin my tires.

“Chord, slow down. You’ll not be any help if you wreck.” Her voice wavers as my stomach takes a pitfall.

I turn into her mobile home park, driving straight to her place. I shove my stick into park, licking my dry lips. “I’m here, give me five.” I don’t even let her answer before hanging up and jumping from my SUV.

I scan the area, looking for anyone who can tell me anything. Nothing, it’s like no one’s home. I take the steps two at a time. Pounding on the door the second I can. No answer.

I walk around the trailer, checking doors and windows, but there’s no sign of anyone. I rub my forehead, my heart racing. I close my eyes, trying to regain my senses. “Go home, maybe she’ll call,” I convince myself.

I drive the long way home, searching every bus stop and bench in the city. She’s nowhere to be found. There’s still no texts or a call. I’ve never been so pissed and frightened at the same time in my life. “Please, Lord, let her be alright. She means… everything to me.” I wipe the fledgling tears away as I make my way home.

I’m not even parked before One’s at my door. I shake my head. “She wasn’t there, One.” When my brother wraps his arms around me, I allow my fears to take me, and I cry.

“She’s gonna be alright, we’ll find her.” He pats my back, trying to calm my trembling body.

“Chord,” Dad calls my name, helping me to pull myself together. “We can’t make a formal report until tomorrow. Come on in, let me write down what you know.”

“Baby boy, come in, you’re a mess.” Mom slips her arm around my waist as One releases his hold.

“I know something’s wrong, I can feel it.” I stumble through the door.

We spend the rest of the evening going over everything I know. Her texts, where she was going, and the last time anyone heard from her. It was Thayer, she called my sister last. I’m a little surprised as to how I feel about that fact.

Watching as the sky turns dark, my body quakes with fear. Sarah hates the night, with good reason. I try to keep my mind busy, thinking of what could be happening to her has me freaking out.

I pace the foyer, waiting on Dad’s friend to arrive, he’s a detective. I refused to go to school today. It’s been twenty-four hours since I’ve heard from Sarah. I couldn’t even sleep last night, so school isn’t a priority.

About the Author

Leaona, also known as Lea, lives with her husband, Lu in southern WV. A mother of three sons and mother in law to three amazing woman. She enjoys spending time with her furbabies, Kaylea (cat) and Frankie (beagle), watching Carolina Panthers and Marshall University Football, reading, writing, gardening, crafts, NASCAR, TWD, HGTV, hot rods, and surf fishing.

Lea was inspired to write while she raised her family, never dreaming one day, she would be published. While loving all genres of books, Lea writes redeeming contemporary romance that are gritty and true to life. She draws from her life and loves to create her characters from everyday situations, proving everyone can be redeemed. 

Leaona (Lee-aw-na) released her first book in June 2016 upon the encouragement of her father, who passed away before seeing her dream come true. The Cove Series was followed by Highway 17 Series, all are standalone family sagas and intertwine.


Book Review: The Promise Between Us by Barbara Claypole White

Adult, Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date:January 16, 2018
Published By:  Lake Union Publishing
Website:Barbara Claypole White 

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From the bestselling author of The Perfect Son comes a hopeful tale of redemption, renewal, and the promise of love.

Metal artist Katie Mack is living a lie. Nine years ago she ran away from her family in Raleigh, North Carolina, consumed by the irrational fear that she would harm Maisie, her newborn daughter. Over time she’s come to grips with the mental illness that nearly destroyed her, and now funnels her pain into her art. Despite longing for Maisie, Katie honors an agreement with the husband she left behind—to change her name and never return.

But when she and Maisie accidentally reunite, Katie can’t ignore the familiarity of her child’s compulsive behavior. Worse, Maisie worries obsessively about bad things happening to her pregnant stepmom. Katie has the power to help, but can she reconnect with the family she abandoned?

To protect Maisie, Katie must face the fears that drove her from home, accept the possibility of love, and risk exposing her heart-wrenching secret.


My family has left me. Or maybe I left them first. The lock on our bedroom door clicks, and Ringo whines. A new thought settles, one I don’t dispute. One I know is the truth. After months of uncertainty, of dread, of fear over who—or what—I’ve become, I have my answer. My husband is terrified of me. I am a monster.
“Art for me is about working through my need for perfection. I want it to be imperfect.” “But why?” “Perfection stops you from enjoying the wonder of what is. It snares you with unrealistic expectations. Tells you constantly things can only be a certain way, and that’s how you fall into the trap.” “What trap?” Maisie said. “Of always wanting everything to feel just so.”

The Promise Between Us, is a deeply riveting page turner.

It focuses on the horrific and devastating effects of mental illness if left untreated.

The author, Barbara Claypole White, delves deeply into her characters personalities and lives.

This book captures you from the beginning until it’s riveting conclusion. Truthfully, it stays with you beyond the last page.

Barbara lets you into the mind of someone with obsessive compulsive disorder just enough to give you a realistic look at what their life must be like, and then reigns it back a little so that you don’t shut the book in dismay. Katie Mack abandoned her young daughter when she was just an infant as thoughts of harming her swarmed her mind. She thought the girl would be safer without her, and by the time she got treatment and found herself in a semi-stable state, her husband had moved on and told their daughter that she was dead.

Over a decade later fate steps in and mother and daughter meet. Katie randomly comes back into contact with her daughter, only to realize that her own mental illness was now manifesting itself in her daughter. Her attempts to help her and deal with her own continuing issues make up the bulk of the story.

This story is a heartbreaking journey through mental illness and the many view points of the people who are effected by it. I adored it. Ten stars wouldn't be enough for this read. 

About the Author

Bestselling author Barbara Claypole White creates hopeful family drama with a healthy dose of mental illness. Originally from England, she writes and gardens in the forests of North Carolina where she lives with her beloved OCD family.

Her novels include The Unfinished Garden, The In-Between Hour, The Perfect Son, and Echoes of Family. The Promise Between Us, a story of redemption, sacrifice, and OCD, has a publication date of January 16th, 2018.

She is also an OCD Advocate for the A2A Alliance, a nonprofit group that promotes advocacy over adversity. To connect with Barbara, please visit www.barbaraclaypolewhite.com, or follow her on Facebook. She’s always on Facebook.

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