Thursday, September 18, 2014

Book Review: Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista by Aven Ellis



About the Book:

Recent 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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Review of the Book:

This is the first time I have had the pleasure of reading anything written by Aven Ellis.  Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista was a light and fun read and I recommend it if you are looking at something entertaining to read.  I am far myself from being a fashionista, but loved escaping into Avery's world.  It is so different from my own that it was great to read and experience hers.  I also found the book to be another great reminder of why we should not judge a book by its cover.  I did not find any dull moments and enjoyed every page in the book.


Two Children and a Migraine was supplied a book for review purposes.  Views expressed have not been influenced in anyway and no compensation was received for this post.

Getting to Know Aven Ellis Author of Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista

Today Two Children and a Migraine will be spotlighting and reviewing Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista.  Now is your chance to get to know the author and be sure to check out the review today as well!!




About the Author:

Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency.

But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night.  Connectivity is Avens debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista(New Adult romantic comedy) will be published this year.

Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.


Five Things You Wouldn’t Know About  Aven Ellis

For this post, I decided to share some things about myself that my readers might not know. So let’s get to the list of five, shall we?

1.       I originally wanted to be a sports reporter when I first started college. Yes, I love sports (I work in event production for a sports TV network now as my day job) but I really thought I wanted that lifestyle. But once I was in college, I realized it’s a very hard profession that takes you away from home a lot and I decided to go into feature reporting instead.

2.      My favorite book in the whole world is My Life In France by Julia Child. This book changed my life and inspired me in ways I never saw coming. Julia is proof that it is never, ever, too late to find your passion and make it your calling.

3.      My favorite movie(s) are Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. I absolutely love these films as the dialogue is so real. As someone who loves to write dialogue, this movie inspires me to keep working harder at it.

4.      I have never seen the movie ET. I’ve been told I’m weird because I haven’t, but I can’t say it ever looked appealing to me.

5.      I could never eat another French fry in my entire life and be totally happy about it. Same with potato chips, and chips and salsa. Zero interest in that stuff. But take away my dark chocolate and things will get ugly in a hurry, LOL.


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Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: A Grand Design by Amber Stockton #50Bookpledge



About the Book:

A getaway on a charming island may be just what Alyssa needs---if only she can let go of her past.

When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a fun getaway for two on Mackinac Island where her grandmother lives, she gives her carefree best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops and hidden treasures of the quaint island while helping Alyssa's grandmother piece together an heirloom quilt. Their quest gains them entrance into the homes of many longtime residents of the island, parts of the city that are otherwise off limits to tourists.

As the quilt's story takes shape, Alyssa gains amazing insight into her grandmother's life . . . and attracts the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman, an island resident in charge of hotel transportation. Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will the quest to piece together the heirloom quilt restore Alyssa's fractured heart---and bring healing to her entire family?

About the Author:

Amber Stockton is an award-winning author, a national speaker, and a direct-sales brand partner with Nerium International. She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son, and an Aussie/retriever mix named Roxie. Three of her novels have won annual reader's choice awards.



Review of the Book: 

We never realize how much our past has a direct link to how we will behave in our future.  Many times we believe that if we move or try to forget about it that the pain itself will go away.  A GRAND DESIGN reminds the readers that this is not the case.  It is important to face our pat so that it can not ruin our future.  I enjoyed the friendship between Alyssa and her best friend and her grandmother seemed like such an inspirational lady.  It was nice to see women that are completely opposite in many aspects, but through it all they were there for each other and lifting one another up.

  A Grand Design was an easy read and not overwhelming at all in regards to book length.  Though the book did deal with mature subject manner it was not a book I would be worried about my children picking up.  The author told a story and kept it entertaining along the way without having to use any shock factors.  I found this made the characters seem more "real" and they could have been anyone I know.  Overall I really enjoyed the story and it actually made me a little envious that I do not have a home made quilt that has a story to tell!

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Quilts of Love Kindle HDX Giveaway, Amber Stockton, A Grand Design

  One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • A Grand Design by Amber Stockton
  • Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 16th. Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love blog. Plus make sure you RSVP to the October 7th author chat party with Amber Stockton and Robin Caroll for an evening of book chat, quilting tips and tricks, prizes, and more!

RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on October 7th!

 

 

Views expressed are those of Two Children and a Migraine and not influenced in anyway.  A book was supplied  for review purposes only and no compensation was received for this post.