Category Archives: PERSONAL

Passion’s Race by Christine Mazurk (women’s fiction/ romance)

Passions Race front 1400 x 2100Tuesday’s Revolving Book is the women’s fiction/romance PASSION’S RACE by CHRISTINE MAZURK!

“A stunning debut!”

Where you can buy the book: $4.99
Kindle: http://tinyurl.com/bwyox3s

All Romance E-book: http://tinyurl.com/d3h5yxs
Bookstrand: http://tinyurl.com/ck55cb2
Lachesis Publishing: http://tinyurl.com/ckl74kf
also available at Ibooks and Barnes and Noble Nook.

Publisher: Lachesis Publishing

BLURB:
The heart of change is the change of heart.

Life is about never-ending choices. Yet some people never have the courage to choose change.

CJ Fallon has struggled with a family that she’s never quite fit into and a negative body image poisoned by her toxic, emotionally-distant mother. CJ’s mom finds fault with every choice CJ has made in her 27 young years. From earning her degrees; to climbing the corporate ladder; to her love of competing in Ironman triathlons; it’s all been one mistake after another according to CJ’s mother.

And now that CJ has won her ‘age group’ in an Ironman race as an amateur, she’s on the radar of the world’s athletic elite. Nick Madison, a former Tour-de-France star and coach of an up-and-coming Ironman team, wants her to join his outfit and become a professional. A real pro!

CJ struggles with her decision but once she commits to something, there’s no turning back.

After all, life is about making choices.

Even if it means leaving a stable career.

Even if it means leaving friends and moving half-way around the world.

Even if it means living with her mother’s rejection.

Even if it means losing her heart.

Even if it means risking her very life.

Screen Shot 2012-12-18 at 5.12.43 AMAUTHOR BIO:

Christine Mazurk is a business woman and Ironman triathlete with a passion for writing stories about ‘heart’. Her business experiences and participation in endurance events have allowed her to live and travel the world with her husband, John, and their two black cats, Tango and Samba.

CONNECT WITH CHRISTINE ONLINE:
web site: http://www.christinemazurk.com/
blog: http://www.christinemazurk.com/blog/
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/christine.mazurk
twitter: https://twitter.com/christinemazurk
linked in: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/christine-mazurk/8/802/55a

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THE HAT by BABETTE HUGHES (murder/mystery)

Friday’s Revolving Book is the mystery THE HAT by BABETTE HUGHES.
GENRE: Murder/Mystery/Romance/Historical

Boardwalk Empire Era Novel Takes First Prize in Historical Fiction!

The Hat received first prize for Historical Fiction from the Texas Association of Authors.
BUY IT ONLINE:
Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/cad86bp
Barnes and Noble: http://tinyurl.com/bqeywt4
PUBLISHER: Sunstone Press http://www.sunstonepress.com/
SYNOPSIS: “The Hat” has its roots in personal history. What lends this novel its authenticity is that its author, Babette Hughes, is the daughter of a bootlegger who was murdered by the Mafia when she was an infant. Hughes (née Rosen) spent years piecing together her father’s bootlegging career and murder, despite her mother’s attempt to hide the truth. “The Hat” draws directly on the drama of Hughes’s search for the truth, as told in her acclaimed memoir, Lost And Found. The novel begins in 1931 with the brief, chilling murder of the godfather of the Jewish bootlegging world, Ben Gold. The killer disappears without a trace and Chapter Two, in flashback, introduces Kate Brady, who has just been fired from her Depression-era job working at Shapiro’s Bakery. She has little hope of a future until she meets the magnetic, wealthy Ben Gold, who immediately identifies her as his future wife. They marry in a brilliantly described wedding.

The charged love affair between Kate and Gold’s employee, Bobby Keane, and their struggle to escape the dangerous Gold, is revealed later in the book. Ultimately, “The Hat” is the story of Kate’s struggle for lost innocence, selfhood, and freedom. Of courage in the struggle with evil. Of bravery in the face of danger. And of being led into daylight
by the restoring power of love.

WATCH THE BOOK TRAILER: http://www.babettehughes.com/media.html

READ AN EXCERPT: http://www.babettehughes.com/excerpt.html

REVIEWS:
“Riveting…. The book sizzles with sex…. Its harrowing conclusion left me breathless. Hughes is a gifted writer”.
—-Violet Spevack, Cavalcade columnist, Cleveland Jewish News

“For Babette Hughes, writing has been her lifeline. The words that spill forth during her daily writing practice turn her past trauma and heartaches into art. Hughes’ latest work, “The Hat” is no exception.”
—- The Jewish Outlook

”This is a terrific story that chronicles the beginning of the Mafia and its revelations that profoundly changed lives forever.”
—-Jewish Book World

AUTHOR BIO:
Babette Hughes, author of “The Hat” and “Lost And Found”, and co-author of “Why College Students Fail”, has also been published in the Saturday Review; she’s been Contributing Editor of Cleveland Magazine; a twice-weekly columnist for the Cleveland Press; and has published articles and book reviews in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Sunday Magazine. She has also written, produced and appeared in television documentaries and news and feature stories for Cleveland television stations WKYC-NBC and WNBK-UHF.

In addition to her writing career she was National Director of Women’s Political Action for Hubert Humphrey in his 1972 Presidential campaign, as well as founder and President of Discover Yourself, Inc., a motivation and self realization program for women. She was also Director of Public Relations for Revco D.S., Inc. in Twinsburg, Ohio, and Account Executive with Frazier Associates, in Washington, DC. She and her husband live in Austin, Texas, and are the parents and step-parents of eight children.

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PARIS IN LOVE by ELOISA JAMES (memoir)

Tuesday’s Revolving Book is the beautiful memoir PARIS IN LOVE by New York Times best selling author Eloisa James

PUBLISHER: Random House
http://random-house.atrandom.com/2012/04/06/paris-in-love-by-eloisa-james/

BUY “PARIS IN LOVE” ONLINE:

AMAZON: http://tinyurl.com/8lw23hm
iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/9x9kt6w
Barnes and Noble: http://tinyurl.com/9a7t99w
Posman Books: http://tinyurl.com/9gwslhe
Word Brooklyn: http://tinyurl.com/9yg4ptl (for copies signed by Eloisa James)
Books-A-Million: http://tinyurl.com/93gf4su
Indiebound: http://tinyurl.com/8sfl9db
Random House: http://tinyurl.com/9u47jv5

AUDIO BOOK:

AMAZON: http://tinyurl.com/96cd52q
Random House: http://tinyurl.com/99aef4c

SYNOPSIS:

In 2009, New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James took a leap that many people dream about: she sold her house, took a sabbatical from her job as a Shakespeare professor, and moved her family to Paris. “Paris in Love: A Memoir” chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

With no classes to teach, no committee meetings to attend, no lawn to mow or cars to park, Eloisa revels in the ordinary pleasures of life—discovering corner museums that tourists overlook, chronicling Frenchwomen’s sartorial triumphs, walking from one end of Paris to another. She copes with her Italian husband’s notions of quality time; her two hilarious children, ages eleven and fifteen, as they navigate schools—not to mention puberty—in a foreign language; and her mother-in-law Marina’s raised eyebrow in the kitchen (even as Marina overfeeds Milo, the family dog).

“Paris in Love” invites the reader into the life of a most enchanting family, framed by la ville de l’amour.

READ AN EXCERPT:

http://parisinlovebook.com/excerpts.php#top

WATCH THE BOOK TRAILER:

http://parisinlovebook.com/excerpts.php#top

STELLAR REVIEWS FOR “PARIS IN LOVE”:

“After fighting cancer, James took a sabbatical from her university job as a professor and Shakespeare scholar to spend a year in Paris with her husband and two kids. In this delightful charm-bracelet of a memoir, James, also the author of 20 romance novels, offers quirky, often laugh-out-loud funny snapshots of her adventures as an American suddenly immersed in all things French-food, clothes, joie de vivre. Her portrait of her family is equally lighthearted, and her reference guide is indispensable.” – People Magazine, 4 of 4 stars

“Eloisa James’ enchanting memoir about living in France for a year features a funny fat Chihuahua named Milo, enormous chunks of dark delicious chocolate, American and French culture-clashing, and, of course, the envy-inducing éclat of elegant French females… Written like a spool of lovely prose haiku, Paris in Love gives the reader a sense of being immersed along with James in Paris for the year rather than reading her memories. As if in real time, you see the rain, taste the food, observe the people…In the end, Paris in Love isn’t about going abroad, it’s about making the most of the time we’re given in life. This would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift.” – USA Today

“Paris in Love: A Memoir is a series of charming outtakes…including [Eloisa’s] children’s initial struggles and later triumphs in school, as well as her own increasingly bold forays into French-ness, from food and flea markets to embracing her femininity—where better than Paris to rediscover the pleasures of lingerie, post-mastectomy (and reconstructive surgery)? Along the way, James savors the moments of dissonance and satisfaction that come from the shared adventure of figuring out life in another country.” – Vogue.

“Written with a dry sense of wit and an elegant sense of style, James’ literary love letter to the City of Light is inspiring and insightful.” – Chicago Tribune

“[James’s] online musings on food, fashion, and family became the basis for this chronicle of an unforgettable year in Paris, where, without the constant claims of academic life and the rigorous demands of the publishing treadmill, James rediscovered the simple pleasures of life. Her chic, charming, and completely captivating memoir of a healing year in the City of Light is bound to inspire readers to dream of setting off on their own escapes.” – Bookscan

“What a beautiful and delightful tasting menu of a book: the kids, the plump little dog, the Italian husband. Reading this memoir was like wandering through a Parisian patisserie in a dream.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

AUTHOR BIO

New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa’s very first book that she “found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar”; later People Magazine raved that “romance writing does not get much better than this.” Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers’ Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists.

After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.Phil. from Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor, publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press. Currently she is an associate professor and head of the Creative Writing program at Fordham University in New York City. Her “double life” is a source of fascination to the media and her readers. In her professorial guise, she’s written a New York Times op-ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women’s magazines such as More to writers’ journals such as the Romance Writers’ Report.

CONNECT WITH ELOISA ONLINE:

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/EloisaJamesFans

TWITTER: http://twitter.com/eloisajames

PINTEREST: http://pinterest.com/eloisajames/

WEB SITE:
http://eloisajames.com/
http://parisinlovebook.com/

BLOG:
BARNES AND NOBLE REVIEW: http://tinyurl.com/cda3q9x

UPCOMING CONTEST/BOOK TOUR/BLOG TOUR INFO

Join Eloisa’s Ambassadors to help spread the word about new releases. Ambassadors have their own special contests and swag! You can sign up here: http://on.fb.me/R0caoA

Australia: August 17, 2012
Booksigning, hosted by the Australian Romance Writers of America
4:30-6:00 PM
QT Gold Coast Hotel
7 Staghorn Avenue
Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
61-7-5584-1200

New Zealand: August 24 – 26, 2012
Reading and Booksigning
Time TBD
Crowne Plaza Hotel,
Auckland, NZ

St. Louis, Missouri: Sept. 4, 2012
Author Visit
7:00-9:00pm

St. Louis Public Library http://eloisajames.com/www.ttpbooks.com
1640 S. Lindbergh Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63124
tel:314-241-2288
http://www.slpl.org/

Okemos, Michigan: Sept. 5, 2012
Booksigning and Talk
7:00 PM
Schuler Books and Music http://eloisajames.com/www.ttpbooks.com
1982 Grand River Ave
Okemos, MI 48864
tel:517-349-8840
http://www.schulerbooks.com/event

Frankfort, Illinois: Sept. 6, 2012
Booksigning and Talk
7:00 PM
Frankfort Public Library <http://eloisajames.com/www.ttpbooks.com>
21119 S. Pfeiffer Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
tel:815-469-2423
http://frankfortlibrary.org/calendar
Seating is limited. Please reserve online: http://frankfortlibrary.org/calendar

Edina, Minnesota: Sept. 8, 2012
Booksigning and Talk
2:00 PM
Barnes and Noble <http://eloisajames.com/www.ttpbooks.com>
3225 W. 69th St.
Edina, MN 55435
tel:952-920-0633
http://www.voiceplaces.com/eloisa-james-minneapolis-st-paul-2542117-e/

Boonsboro, Maryland: Sept. 15, 2012
Booksigning with Nora Roberts!
12:00 – 2:00 PM
Turn the Page Bookstore http://eloisajames.com/www.ttpbooks.com
18 North Main Street
Boonsboro, Maryland 21713
tel:301-432-4588
info@ttpbooks.com https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&amp%3Bfs=1&amp%3Btf=1&amp%3Bto=info%40ttpbooks.com
http://www.ttpbooks.com/

Washington, D.C.: September 23 or 24 (details to come!)
Library of Congress National Book Fair: Talk & signing
I’ve never been to the National Book Fair—and I can’t wait! I gather the book fair takes place under a series of big tents on the Mall in Washington. I’m giving a talk, so please come along and find my tent.
http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/

Dallas: November 9, 2012
Readers and ‘Ritas
Friday, November 9, 2012
This is a fun celebration of romance and reading, held in a small hotel outside Dallas. Come hang out with me for the weekend! Tickets are available here: http://readers-n-ritas.org/blog/

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