Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Book Review: ROCK STAR’S GIRL By Jennifer Farwell

About the Book:

Emily Watts just wants a weekend break from the workaholic hours she's taken on to keep her business—a popular fashion-snark website—up and running. What she gets is overnight celebrity and a career-killing media scandal. 

While taking time out to attend a concert in support of friend Jesse Cinder, a struggling musician, Emily meets Cory Sampson, the lead singer of a chart-topping rock band. When she agrees to a date with Cory, making entertainment headlines is the last thing she expects. Even so, it's a minor surprise by comparison to her discovery that in the music world, media notoriety trumps all. Tabloid allegations erupt when Cory and fame-hungry Jesse use Emily for personal gain, and her tarnished image spells disaster—personally and professionally. To save the website and writing career she's made her life and dream, Emily must go from being a pawn in the Hollywood headline game to becoming the media mastermind.


“I wouldn’t want to be that guy,” Cory commented, sitting down.
“That was fast,” she said, trying not to look startled. “What guy?”
“The guy who invited us here. You were just giving him the death stare.”
“Did it look like a death stare?” She fought to keep her tone light. “My mind must have just drifted off.”
“Whatever you were thinking about, it couldn’t have been good.”
“It was about the piles of work waiting for me to tackle at home,” she said, offering him the first explanation she could think of.
“On a Friday?” he asked. She nodded, scrunching her face into what she hoped passed for an exasperated look. “What do you do?”
“I’m a writer, and I run my own website.” She tried to guess what his reaction would be before he spoke. Most of the people she met in L.A. first assumed she was an actress or a singer. She was never quite sure if her lack of being part of the entertainment world worked for her or against her in a city where make-believe was the main industry.
“A writer and a website,” he repeated. “Anything I know?”
“Maybe,” she answered. “I run Zeeked. It’s a fashion website. I do a regular column for Sweltry, too.”
“Oh, nice. That’s definitely different for this town.” To his credit, he looked impressed. “Sweltry does music reviews, right?”
She nodded again, wondering if he was genuinely interested in what she did or if he was simply being polite. “Among other things. I don’t write the reviews, but I know the guy who does.”
“Next time you talk to him, please thank him for me. Sweltry gave my band’s last album a great review.”
Great. He was a musician. If Wednesday night had taught her anything, the last thing she needed was to get involved with another boy in a band.
“So, you’re a musician, then?” She struggled to keep the disappointment from flooding her voice.
“I’m a singer.” She may have imagined it, but the look on his face seemed expectant of something.
“Huh,” she mused, trying hard to sound indifferent.
“What?” he asked. She could tell that wasn’t the reaction he’d been hoping for.
“What, ‘what?’” she answered, feigning ignorance.
“Is there something wrong with me being a singer?” he asked.
“Not if it makes you happy,” she said. “Just so you know, though, I’m not.”
“Not what? Happy?” He looked slightly confused, and, she had to admit, absolutely adorable.
“A singer.”
He gave her a curious look. “I know that. You just said you were a writer.”
“Yeah, I know. It’s just that if you’re a musician, and especially if you’re a singer, you should probably be flirting with another singer right now, or an actress. Maybe a model.” She paused when their margarita and chips appeared in front of them, and leaned in to sip from one of the two straws that peeked out of the giant glass.
“What makes you say that?” he asked, not making a move for the food or their drink.
“Experience.” She took another sip and looked him squarely in the eyes, silently daring him to tell her she was wrong.
He leaned back in his chair, laughing. “You’re probably right, but I’m not flirting with a singer, actress, or model right now, or sharing a drink with one. Does that count for anything?” He held her eyes with his, taking a drink from the other straw.
“Not really.” She watched him try to contain another laugh while swallowing.
“You have something against singers, I take it?” he asked, once he’d recovered.
“Well, singers, guitarists, bass players, drummers, keyboardists, and possibly cellists, so I wouldn’t take it personally.”
“Drummers, huh?” He raised an eyebrow. “Even bongo players?”
“Especially bongo players.” She picked up a chip from the platter in front of her and dipped it in the small bowl of guacamole.
“Well, while you’re at it, don’t forget about anyone who plays an accordion.”
She swallowed the chip she was chewing. “Why’s that?”
“Equal opportunity. If you’re going to slam us, don’t limit yourself to alt, rock, and country. Polka’s pretty badass too.” He took another sip from their glass.
She knew he was teasing her and could tell that her wariness amused him. Finally, she could only shrug. “No offense,” she said, looking down at their margarita and stirring its melting ice cubes with her straw. “I’m not a big fan of musicians.”
“I’m getting that,” he replied. “Why is that, anyway?”
She kept her eyes down. “I know too many of them,” she offered.
“Me too. Funny.”
Emily could feel the corners of her lips move while she fought a smile. She knew Cory had seen the change in her expression when, appearing encouraged, he stretched out one of his arms and laid it to rest on her shoulder. She didn’t move away.
“I thought maybe I’d switch it up a bit and hang out with a stunning writer,” he said. “Is that okay by you?”
She smiled in spite of herself. “I guess mass amounts of tequila must work in your favor. So what’s your band’s name?”
“Blistering Twilight.” He watched her while he answered.
She nodded and took a sip of their drink, aware that he was waiting for her reaction. From what she knew of Blistering Twilight, they had at least one album that had made it to the number one spot on Billboard and a few singles that had hit the top of the American Top 40 charts. She wondered if he expected those two words to be the magical key to getting her to retract everything she’d just said about musicians.
A long silence followed while she pretended to be incredibly thirsty. Finally, he spoke. “You don’t look impressed.”
She released the straw from her lips. “Are you used to girls looking impressed when you tell them what band you’re in?” she asked.
“I’m actually used to girls knowing what band I’m in before they meet me.” For a split second, he looked the slightest bit sheepish.
“I guess I’m not your typical girl.”
“I’ll drink to that.” He took a sip from their glass, moving the hand that was on her shoulder to play with a strand of her hair. “So now that my occupation is out of the way, can I go back to hitting on you?”
“Is that what you were doing?” she asked, unwinding her hair from his finger.
He put his hand back on her shoulder. “Before I realized telling you what I do for a living would be a turn-off, that’s absolutely what I was going for.”
“Hmm. What other lines have you got?”
“I’m afraid to try, given how badly that one bombed. It’s usually foolproof.”

About the Author:

Jennifer Farwell has been writing since the day she picked up a navy blue Crayola as a toddler and began scribbling on her parents' freshly painted white walls. She's the author of SEVEN WEEKS TO FOREVER and ROCK STAR'S GIRL. When not writing novels, she can often be found at a Kundalini yoga class, cheering on the L.A. Kings during hockey season, or curled up with a good book. Her love of storytelling led to completing a Bachelor of Journalism degree and a Master of Arts degree in English, both from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She grew up in Thunder Bay, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Pico.


ROCK STAR'S GIRL was an enjoyable read.  This is not the first time that I have had the privileged to read something by this up and coming Canadian author and I hope this is not the last!  I personally can not comprehend what it would be like to go through the chaos of Hollywood.  Having spend a few days out there in 2014 I learned that I am very much a small town girl.  I definitely would not want to walk through any of the scandal that Emily had to go through, but then again she probably would not want to deal with my kids on a bad day ;-) . 

 Jennifer Farwell is an entertaining writer and writes stores that appeal to a large audience.   I loved the book from start to finish and thought the characters were perfect and entertaining!  Get yourself a copy and I know you will not regret it!  Check out the authors website for more information about this book and more!

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

Friday, May 8, 2015

Book Review: Stages & Thieves by Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba

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Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba will be on tour May 4-8 with her novel Stages & Thieves

One fateful July morning forever changed the lives of Sémya Slotin and her best friend Polliannah Guryev. Vincent Edgerton, the only man Sémya has ever loved, was taken from her by an explosion and a fire that she couldn’t understand, trust, nor explain. It left her alone, hurt, angry and desperately seeking answers. On top of everything, she is also incredibly hormonal; Sémya Slotin is going to be a mother. Polliannah just healed from losing her husband but seeing her best friend grieving is not only breaking her heart, it has been a strain on their once close-knit relationship. She is afraid that Sémya will completely disappear into her grief. Thankfully, Polliannah can always seek refuge with the handsome Chief Superintendent James Connelly. In the past three months, he has become her safe haven. But when they finally give in to each other and Jim reveals his true feeling for her, Polliannah pulls away. Is she ready to put herself out there again? Then all of the sudden, Sémya, the pregnant Detective Extraordinaire is chasing art thieves across the globe, making dangerous deals and finally meeting her father… It’s all about ex-lovers and new ones, a priceless painting, con artists, baby bumps, an impromptu trip to Moscow, designer dresses, teacakes, a birthday ball and reconnecting with your roots. With everything that has happened this year, Sémya and Polliannah are more vulnerable and exposed than they have ever been. Will Jim’s love and trust be enough to ease Polliannah’s doubts? Will Sémya find out what happened to Vincent? Welcome to the Stages & Thieves saga, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. 

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AUTHOR BIO: I’m over 30. I was born in Quebec City, Canada. I grew up in France and in Gabon. I speak English & French fluently. Pizza is my favorite dish. Black Forest Cake is my favorite dessert. I met Michael Jackson when I was eleven. I loathe vodka but love gin, wine and tequila. I'm obsessed with Robbie Williams and Michael Fassbender. I call Toronto my home. I love reading. I love dancing. I love watching exciting TV shows. I love my life... most days. I'm a major goof. I can't stand intolerance. I'm curious, cheeky and oh so opinionated! 
Author website: http://iamdanielle-claude.com 
Book Review:
 This is the first time that I have read anything by Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba.   It was an enjoyable read and kept me entertained from start to finish!  Reading Stages & Thieves made me appreciate my own life even more and know that I am blessed within my life, although sometimes that may be hard to see.  Sémya Slotin and Polliannah are shown as strong and motivated women.  I love reading stories about women like them  They are inspirational and honestly even motivating. Grab yourself a copy and one for a friend while your at it!  I know you will enjoy it!  
Views expressed are those of Two Children and a Migraine and have not been influenced in anyway.  A book was supplied for review purposes only.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Book Review: Lowcountry Boneyard (A Liz Talbot Mystery Book 3) by Susan M. Boyer

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 609 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Henery Press; First edition (April 21 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
The twenty-three-year-old heiress from one of Charleston’s oldest families vanished a month ago. When her father hires private investigator Liz Talbot, Liz suspects the most difficult part of her job will be convincing the patriarch his daughter tired of his overbearing nature and left town. That’s what the Charleston Police Department believes.
But behind the garden walls South of Broad, family secrets pop up like weeds in the azaleas. The neighbors recollect violent arguments between Kent and her parents. Eccentric twin uncles and a gaggle of cousins covet the family fortune. And the lingering spirit of a Civil-War-era debutante may know something if Colleen, Liz’s dead best friend, can get her to talk.
Liz juggles her case, the partner she’s in love with, and the family she adores. But the closer she gets to what has become of Kent, the closer Liz dances to her own grave.
Related subjects include: women sleuths, private investigators, cozy mysteries, murder mysteries, book club recommendations, Southern fiction, Southern humor, Southern living.

About the Author: Susan M. Boyer

Susan M. Boyer's debut novel, Lowcountry Boil (Liz Talbot Mystery #1) is an Agatha Award winner for Best First Novel, a 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense recipient, a Macavity nominee, and a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® finalist. Lowcountry Bombshell, the second book in the Liz Talbot series, is available now. LOWCOUNTRY BONEYARD will be released April 21, 2015. LOWCOUNTRY BORDELLO is due out in November 2015.

Susan's short fiction has appeared in moonShine Review, Spinetingler Magazine, and Relief Journal, among others. She is the recipient of Relief Journal's editor's choice award in fiction and has been recognized by the Carrie McCrary Memorial Literary Awards program.

She and her husband live in Greenville, SC, with an inordinate number of houseplants.

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