Review: Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista by Aven Ellis

Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fasionista by Aven Ellis
Book two in this series was released on 19 December 2014 and is called: Surviving the Rachel
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Release Date: 10 September 2014
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Chick-Lit

Chronicles of a Lincoln Park FashionistaRecent college graduate Avery Andrews is ready to begin a new life in the big city. She’s landed an apartment in Chicago’s famed Lincoln Park neighborhood–and has her eye on the cute commodity trader just a floor above.

If Premier Airlines knew about her fear of flying, they never would have hired her to be their marketing assistant—but it’s not like Avery wants a lifelong career. Right now she simply wants a job to pay her bills . . . and fund a few little shopping excursions, too.

Her new lifestyle comes with a price tag, as Avery is not only faced with paying a ridiculous rent but finds she’s perceived as one of the vacant, husband-hunting fashionistas who live in the area. Avery resents this stereotype. So she doesn’t want a lifelong career, and she loves fashions she can’t afford, but that doesn’t mean she is empty-headed and spoiled, does it?

When an opportunity to participate in a documentary at work arises, Avery finds a two-fold solution to her problems. She’ll earn extra money for it, and the documentary will show her as a serious career woman, enabling her to shed that husband-hunting fashionista label for good.
When the camera is on, Avery attempts to be a motivated professional woman. But when she is challenged by Deacon Ryan, the videographer assigned to cover her story, Avery finds herself wanting things she was never supposed to want—like a lasting career—and Deacon. And Avery might just gain more from the experience than a perfect career image and extra cash to put in her Tory Burch wallet . . .

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Blog Tour, Giveaway & Review: The Christmas Spirit – Susan Buchanan

The Christmas Spirit Tour BannerWelcome at the awesome blog tour of The Christmas Spirit! I have read this book back in October where I was still shying away from the dreaded ‘C’ word – but this book really got me in the spirits! Go and enjoy and let me know in the comments what you think. ^_^

thechristmasspirit5_finalChristmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it.

Rebecca has just been dumped and the prospect of spending the holiday period with her parents is less than appealing.

Eighty- two year old Stanley lost his beloved wife, Edie, to cancer. How will he cope with his first Christmas without her?

Jacob’s university degree hasn’t helped him get a job, and it looks like he’ll still be signing on come New Year.

Workaholic Meredith would rather spend December 25th at home alone with a ready meal and a DVD box set. Can anything make her embrace the spirit of the season?

The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?

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My Thoughts

I quite enjoyed this book – from the beginning it reminded me a little bit of Mary Poppins… and I love Mary Poppins!

Natalie Hope is in town and she’s determined to turn around and give out the Christmas Spirit to 4 people who deserve it, or need it the most – sometimes even without knowing that they need it!
I quite liked Natalie from the beginning, the detail in which Rose Cottage was described was so cute and lovely I had an instant picture of it in my head! So cute and romantic ^_^
She starts in this cute bakery and instantly feeds the customers the Christmas Spirit and installs some festive cheer – well it certainly did for me!

All 4 people in this story, Meredith, Jacob, Stanley, Rebecca and a few more other side characters, are all so in need of the Festive Cheer that I wanted all to give them a hug and sit down and listen to all of their stories. I can’t give away too much without giving away the story, but even the people where you think… why do you need to be helped you are downright rude – need a helping hand in finding the Christmas spirit. Yes if you read it you probably know who I am talking about and I also had pre-conceptions…
There is also a little bit of romance which was just really good and romantic and ideal for the book.

The cakes deserve a special mention! I almost felt the need to start baking for days on end!! I was drooling everytime Natalie was baking a new Christmas cake! I desperately need some recipes ^_^

 

AUTHOR BIO

twitterpicSusan Buchanan has written three novels in the chicklit and contemporary fiction genres: Sign of the Times, The Dating Game and The Christmas Spirit. She lives in Central Scotland with her partner, Tony, and their baby daughter. She is currently working on her fourth and fifth novels, What If and another Christmas themed book, both due to be released in 2015.

Blog – www.susancbuchanan.blogspot.co.uk

Twitter – susan_buchanan

Facebook – www.facebook.com/susan.buchanan.author

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4216164.Susan_Buchanan

Books

The Christmas Spirit – http://amzn.to/1gcpTrc (UK) & http://amzn.to/KUArMU (US)

Sign of the Times – http://amzn.to/GKqZGd (UK) http://amzn.to/IYN0Fc (US)

The Dating Game – http://amzn.to/RuSl7Y (UK) http://amzn.to/WZQtZK (US)

GIVEAWAY

2 Ecopies of Susan’s book THE DATING GAME

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Review: Connectivity – Aven Ellis

ConnectivityConnectivity – Aven Ellis
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Release date: 14 October 2013
Source: Received from Author

Overachiever Mary-Kate Grant (who is indeed named after an Olsen Twin) has followed every rule to the letter to pursue her dream of working in TV programming. Ripping a page from the “hard work pays off” playbook, she takes an assistant level job at a Chicago sports network to break into the industry.

MK has no time or desire for a relationship right now—she is totally focused on her career and being independent, unlike the other women in her family.

But MK’s plans are run through the shredder when she finds herself working for William Cumberland, a British media mogul who made his fortune with Connectivity, a social media site. William blows into Chicago just like the winds off Lake Michigan and purchases the group of networks MK works for—and makes her his personal assistant in the process.

Suddenly MK finds her career plans in jeopardy. William makes her question everything she has ever thought and has the uncanny ability to see right through her. And for the first time in her life, MK finds herself not only questioning what she wants for her career but for her personal life as well.

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Three day chapter release – Beneath the Moon and the Stars – Amelia Thorne – Chapter 3

Welcome back to the release of Chapter 3 and the last chapter release of Beneath the Moon and the Stars by Amelia Throne! I hope you enjoy!

Beneath the Moon and the Stars is released on October 18th, the gorgeous new debut from Amelia Thorne.

Here’s the blurb:

Beneath the MoonHome, sweet home…

Joy Cartier has been to some of the most beautiful places in the world – but none of them have ever felt like home. So moving into a tiny cottage in the idyllic village of Bramble Hill, walking distance from her childhood home, seems like the perfect plan.
That is, until she gets there. The surly inhabitants of Britain’s Friendliest Village are anything but welcoming. Even her neighbour, reclusive Hollywood star Finn Mackenzie, takes one look at her and walks in the other direction.
But when the village animosity steps up a gear, it is the infuriatingly brooding Finn who keeps coming to her rescue. Slowly Joy begins to realise that maybe a happy home isn’t about where you live, but who you’re with…

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Three day chapter release – Beneath the Moon and the Stars – Amelia Thorne – Chapter 2

Welcome back to the release of Chapter 2 of Beneath the Moon and the Stars by Amelia Throne! I hope you enjoy!

Beneath the Moon and the Stars is released on October 17th, the gorgeous new debut from Amelia Thorne.

Here’s the blurb:

Beneath the MoonHome, sweet home…

Joy Cartier has been to some of the most beautiful places in the world – but none of them have ever felt like home. So moving into a tiny cottage in the idyllic village of Bramble Hill, walking distance from her childhood home, seems like the perfect plan.
That is, until she gets there. The surly inhabitants of Britain’s Friendliest Village are anything but welcoming. Even her neighbour, reclusive Hollywood star Finn Mackenzie, takes one look at her and walks in the other direction.
But when the village animosity steps up a gear, it is the infuriatingly brooding Finn who keeps coming to her rescue. Slowly Joy begins to realise that maybe a happy home isn’t about where you live, but who you’re with…

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