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The Angry Woman Suite by Lee Fullbright….Review Tour & Giveaway

MEDIA KIT NEW TAWS cover (2)Welcome to my site today as I host Lee Fullbright, author of the new book, The Angry Woman Suite.  As part of her Review Tour, Lee is giving away a $100 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly selected commenter at the end of her tour.  Click the link below to find out the stops she will be making along her tour.  Remember the more comments you leave, the better your chances of winning!

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I made an agreement with Goddess Fish Promotions to review The Angry Woman Suite by Lee Fullbright.  I must admit I hastily read the blurb and thought this was not going to be my cup of tea, but I had made the commitment, so I would uphold it.  The story is told through three different characters’ point of view.  Each narrator has a page in the front explaining who they are, and who the characters are that they mention during their segments of the book.  Again, when I saw this I wondered how I was going to read a book that appeared to require a lot of brainpower to keep the plot straight.  I couldn’t have been more wrong about the assumptions I had made as I prepared to begin reading, The Angry Woman Suite.

I found the character outline helpful and easy to follow in the beginning of the story, but then I had everyone clear in my mind.  I was captured by this book from the beginning, and would read it at night until my Nook dropped on my face when I drifted off to sleep!  It was my little guilty pleasure to read each night after settling everyone else down for the night.  Now, as for the real review of the book, I will warn you this is not a happy-go-lucky romance, though the lovers in this story are deeply affected by their love. The psychological element to this plot was fascinating, propelling me to continue in search of some answers.  Mystery is much a part of this story, and another reason the reader must read until they can no longer hold their eyes open.  There is humor in some parts of the story that made me chuckle.  As a resident of the Gulf Coast, Ms. Fullbright nailed the way a hot, humid day in the South is like no other heat one will experience anywhere on the planet.

As I read this, I saw every scene in my head like a movie. Her descriptions of scenery, places, facial features,body language I saw it all vividly in my imagination.  This story was well worth reading. I really liked it, and the characters “got to me”.  I have thought about this book and what happened in it more than once since I finished it a few days ago.  I recommend this book to the serious readers out there.  This book will make its mark, and I believe bring Ms. Fullbright into the spotlight as never before.

 

BLURB:  

Raised in a crumbling New England mansion by four women with personalities as split as a cracked mirror, young Francis Grayson has an obsessive need to fix them all. There’s his mother, distant and beautiful Magdalene; his disfigured, suffocating Aunt Stella; his odious grandmother; and the bane of his existence, his abusive and delusional Aunt Lothian.

For years, Francis plays a tricky game of duck and cover with the women, turning to music to stay sane. He finds a friend and mentor in Aidan Madsen, schoolmaster, local Revolutionary War historian, musician and keeper of the Grayson women’s darkest secrets. In a skillful move by Fullbright, those secrets are revealed through the viewpoints of three different people–Aidan, Francis and Francis’stepdaughter, Elyse–adding layers of eloquent complexity to a story as powerful as it is troubling.

While Francis realizes his dream of forming his own big band in the 1940s, his success is tempered by the inner monster of his childhood, one that roars to life when he marries Elyse’s mother. Elyse becomes her stepfather’s favorite target, and her bitterness becomes entwined with a desire to know the real Francis Grayson.

For Aidan’s part, his involvement with the Grayson family only deepens, and secrets carried for a lifetime begin to coalesce as he seeks to enlighten Francis–and subsequently Elyse–of why the events of so many years ago matter now. The ugliness of deceit, betrayal and resentment permeates the narrative, yet there are shining moments of hope, especially in the relationship between Elyse and her grandfather.

Ultimately, as more of the past filters into the present, the question becomes: What is the truth, and whose version of the truth is correct? Fullbright never untangles this conundrum, and it only adds to the richness of this exemplary novel.—Kirkus Reviews

 

EXCERPT:

ELYSE

1955

It is said that love is comfort, and that comfort comes from recognition of the beloved. Papa was the first to tell me this, and if it’s even a little bit true, then I took my comfort for granted, not realizing that one can’t truly appreciate the beloved until one yearns for the comfort to be returned. Even now, when I can’t sleep at night, when I can’t slow the speeding of my heart, when I can’t stop the replaying of what-if’s in my head, I take myself back to that place where cabbage roses dance on walls and my beloved reigns supreme; where I am queen of his heart and he is my comfort, and then and only then do I feel safe.

You’d think it would be enough, being able to conjure up at least a measure of my old, first love. Yet for a long while it wasn’t. Because I was incapable of stanching the nagging questions about my second, almost greater love. Questioning why Francis hadn’t seen the truth of it like Papa had; that the streak I’d struggled with hadn’t been born of badness; that badness wasn’t an intrinsic part of me like my eyes being blue.

But Francis, unfortunately, hadn’t been able to see through things the way Papa had, and that was because Francis had rarely felt safe. You could see it in the way Francis’s eyes got doubtful taking in a room, and the way he was always biting down on his lower lip. The way it looked as if he was always trying to keep himself from crying

 

REVIEW SOUND BYTES

From Kirkus Reviews

“Secrets and lies suffuse generations of one Pennsylvania family . . . in a skillful move by Fullbright, those secrets are revealed through the viewpoints of three very different people . . . a superb debut that exposes the consequences of the choices we make and legacy’s sometimes excruciating embrace.”

2012 DISCOVERY AWARD

GLOBAL E-BOOK AWARD NOMINEE

From Midwest Book Review

“A very human story . . . a fine read focusing on the long lasting dysfunction of family.”

“There is something fascinating in labyrinthine plot twists, which is what we have here, and I must applaud Fullbright for her keen and magical ability to pull it off with such aplomb.”-Norm Goldman, Montreal Books Examiner and Bookpleasures.com

5 Stars ***** Reviewed by Joana James for Readers Favorite: “The Angry Woman Suite is quite a ride . . . very cleverly written . . . an outstanding novel.”

Rating: 5.0 stars Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite:” Lee Fullbright is master of characterization.”

Rating: 5.0 stars Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite:“The Angry Woman Suite is a brilliant, complex, complicated story about talented, complicated people . . . this is a story to remember!”

 

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Lee Fullbright, a medical practice consultant in her non-writing life, lives on San Diego’s beautiful peninsula with her writing partner, Baby Rae, a 12-year-old rescued Australian cattle dog with attitude.

The Angry Woman Suite, a Kirkus Critics’ pick, 5-starred Readers Favorite, and a Discovery Aware winner, is her first published novel.

 

LINKS:

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13555924-the-angry-woman-suite

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/fullbrightlee

Blog/website: http://www.leefullbright.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Angry-Woman-Suite-Fullbright/dp/193769853X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352916923&sr=8-1&keywords=the+angry+woman+suite

 

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“Book-A-Rama” at KP!

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Books!  Books!  Books!  I can’t get enough books!  Whether it’s books on my Nook, or books I buy or check out from the library, I always have room for one more.  Luckily, last year we started sharing books at school.  We designated an empty cabinet to house books of all genres for faculty members to come “peruse and choose” when looking for something new to read.  The idea is to bring a book to leave behind when you take one to read.   I have been able to part with a few of my beloved companions knowing they would be going to good homes where they would be held and enjoyed by someone new.

During January and February, I will be partnering with Goddess Fish Promotions to host several “book tour stops” for many new authors.  All of them will be giving away prizes to randomly chosen commenters, so you will want to stop by if just to say, “Good luck!”.  Here is a list of the authors that will be stopping by during their tour, and the books they will be sharing with us:

  1. Jan. 8thManless in Montclair by Amy Holman Edelman
  2. Jan. 14thAway From the Spotlight by Tamara Carlisle
  3. Jan. 21st:  For the Love of Sarah by Hazel Statham
  4. Jan. 23rdUnder Her Spell by Eliza Daly
  5. Jan. 28thThe Angry Woman Suite by Lee Fullbright
  6. Jan. 30thHolding Off for a Hero by Gail MacMillan
  7. Feb.6thThe Boudoir Sessions by Starla Cole
  8. Feb. 26th Laura’s Light by Donna Gallagher

Sleep Problem? I Don’t Have a Sleep Problem!

              ……….OR   ?

Tonight at 8:00 p.m., I will step inside The Sleep Center and hear the door lock behind me.  I have no idea what is going to happen after that.  Well, not exactly.  I do know the following:

  •  I will change into pajamas at some point.
  • I will have electrodes attached to me.
  • I will have a TV in my room to watch if I choose to do so.
  • I will have a camera, complete with audio watching everything I do.
  • I don’t have to go to sleep at a certain time.
  • I am not supposed to take a nap today (Sorry,  already did that, as I went to bed at 2 a.m. and woke up at 6:30 a.m.)
  • No caffeine after 3:00 this afternoon.

I really don’t know why I have to go do this in the first place.  I don’t snore .  I make a low growling sound.  There is a big difference.  I don’t hold my breath when I sleep.  My husband does that – even when he’s awake!  My husband told my endocrinologist that I don’t get enough sleep, and that is why I have to spend this Friday night AND next Friday night at The Sleep Center.  The reason I don’t get enough sleep is because I am a writer that prefers quiet, uninterrupted time to write, and that only happens around here when everyone else goes to sleep.  I stay up until early morning hours, and try to get going at the regular time because I have obligations and responsibilities.  So here I am.

There are a lot of things I don’t like about this set-up:

  • l don’t like the idea of feeling like I am on a reality show like Big Brother with cameras focused on me all the time.  I don’t like audio because I don’t know what kind of sounds besides snoring/growling they may hear once I’ve gone to Nappyland!!
  • I don’t like being somewhere that may have a deranged insomniac on site!  I hope I can lock my door, but doubt it.  Guess I can pack hair spray and a stiletto for protection!  A four-inch spike heel can do some damage as long as I don’t hesitate!  (I’ve watched 50+ episodes on The Mentalist on ion network this summer, so I am primed should some crime scene take place!)
  • I hope nobody has ever died there and haunted spirits roam the facility, because they will definitely look me up since I have psychic dreams and intuition (no joke- it is passed down on my mother’s side apparently.  There is one woman each generation with the “gift” and it appears to be me for my generation).  I don’t want to think about a sleep-deprived spirit.  Probably pretty darn grouchy!

What can I do to make the evening more bearable, maybe entertaining?  Here are some thoughts I’ve had on that subject:

  • I will probably do a concert for the poor souls on duty tonight.  I love to sing, and I can sing (or so I’ve been told), so I will make a song list before I go, and try to sing as many as possible before sleep overtakes me.
  • I considered ordering a pizza to be delivered around 11:00 p.m. just for laughs, but probably won’t spend the money just for a laugh, and because I’m sure they won’t unlock the door to accept it.  (Why are they so hip on locking the doors?  Do they think one of us will say, “Forget this!  I’m out of here!” and yank off the electrodes and leave mid-case study?)
  • I’ll pack some Smartfood popcorn to snack my way through the evening. Maybe a few bottles of water.  Maybe they will have “chewy ice” in the ice maker and I can eat that all night.  IT IS THE BEST! (I am iron deficient, and that is something common to those of us with that problem.  No joke.)
  • I have the current romance novel by Stephanie Laurens I started this week.  Maybe I’ll finish it.
  • I’ll take my trusty Nook and play Jewel Match and see if I can get past level 82, my current record.
  • I may take my laptop to try to complete my third novel which is almost to the end.  I’m not sure if the setting is conducive to romance writing (unless there is a gorgeous male nurse on duty to inspire me!)
  • Maybe I’ll “fan the dial” and see if there are some good crime dramas scheduled for this evening.

HEY!!!  Maybe I’ll just go to sleep at 8:30 and sleep through the night since that may be the best, and quickest, way to get through this.

If anyone reads this post and has actually gone through a sleep study, I welcome your comments on your experience.  Right now, even if they say I need that head-gear/machine to help me sleep better, I doubt I’ll get it.  I think I will look like a fighter pilot in the cockpit like in the movie,  Top Gun.  I spoke with a lady in the waiting room of The Sleep Center when I went for my consultation appointment.  She came outright and said her husband asked if there wasn’t something more sexy available for her to wear every night.  I suggested she hot glue black lace and tiny black satin ribbons on it.  Maybe even a sheer black veil edged in lace or satin ribbon?  If she could take on a dominatrix persona while in said suggested gear, that might do the trick and add a whole new side to their sex life, too!

Like I said, please send any suggestions or comments of what I can expect.  I will write tomorrow to tell you what ACTUALLY happens.  Have a great day, and a better weekend!:)

Sunday Book Review: Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love by Sebastian Cole

by Sebastian Cole

A couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d go ahead and buy this book, but actually read it when school is out for the summer (next week).  Earlier this week I had a day of doctor’s appointments, so I took my trusty Nook to play a few games while waiting my turn to be stuck, poked, and prodded.   I sat down to play Aces Jewel Hunt, but the gorgeous cover of Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love by Sebastian Cole popped up along with a few others.  What the heck, I figured I could start it, because it would probably be something I had to force myself to finish.  WAS I EVER WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  This story caught and kept my attention from the first chapter to the last.  I read a good bit at the hospital between visits and procedures.  When I got home, I went straight to my favorite red reading chair and was there until I had to get up to prepare the evening meal for my family.  I couldn’t get the last dish loaded in the washer fast enough, so I could get back to this story.

Sebastian Cole says on his website that his story is a cross between The Notebook and The Sixth Sense, and that is a perfect description.  Cole writes with a strong voice and does a beautiful job of taking the reader from current day, back in time as the hero of the story, Noah,  now eighty years old,  shares his love story with an orderly in his hospital room.  Part of the title is “undying love”, and Noah and Robin share such a love.  If you are going into this story thinking it will be another cookie cutter story of undying love, you will not get that with this one.  Cole twists and turns this plot (which is why I couldn’t put it down) to where you can’t assume anything about the ending.  You HAVE to read it.  This couple has issues that must be dealt with( and not little problems either), but they do deal with them.   The element of suspense was a strong point of the story, and well woven throughout the tale.  Another important point I’d like to make is that Cole mastered writing a story that goes back and forth from present to past.  Never once was I unclear about the path of the story.  It was very clearly written, and the momentum of the story WAS NEVER derailed due to the reader needing to stop and figure out where and when the characters were in the story.  THAT takes talent!!

Sand Dollar:  A Story of Undying Love is Sebastian Cole’s debut novel, but I think he will have a long list of best sellers if he keeps going at this rate.  I recommend that you take the time to read this story.  It will renew your faith in finding and keeping that one true love.

Sand Dollar:  A Story of Undying Love is available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  You may want to visit Cole’s website at www.sebastiancoleauthor.com   to find out more about this up and coming author.  Here is an excerpt from Cole’s new book:

“It’s a sand dollar. I’m sure you’ve seen one, probably even held one in your hand, huh, Josh?”

Noah kicked his fins and dove down about ten feet, picking up the sand dollar and resurfacing to get air through his snorkel. From beneath the water’s surface, he proudly displayed his newfound prize to Robin.

“No two are exactly the same. Its simplistic design and imperfect form may appear somewhat… well, ordinary. Most people probably wouldn’t think twice about it. So why should this seemingly insignificant object capture so much of my attention?”

BOOM ! The precious sand dollar in Noah’s hand exploded. In what seemed like slow motion, the sand dollar disintegrated through his fingers into a thousand tiny grains of sand that evanesced into obscurity.

“Because for me, the sand dollar represents life, and how fragile life really is. What was once so very precious to me, suddenly and without warning, disintegrated and vanished before my eyes. Just like the sand dollar, life holds no promises. Seemingly solid and secure in our grasp, the blessings we have in our lives today are easily shattered tomorrow. The lesson learned: never take your loved ones for granted. And if you’re ever lucky enough to find that one person in life who makes you love more than any other person could possibly make you love, you treat every day together as if it were your last. You cherish every moment.”

“However, for me, this lesson came too late, for she was already gone, seemingly lost forever. And there was nothing I could do to put the pieces back together. I would spend my life wishing I could somehow travel back, back in time, to the day I first laid eyes on that precious beauty.”

The precious beauty of Robin’s young face was shadowed by sadness as she nervously searched Noah’s worried eyes for reassurance.

“If only I’d known how fragile she really was. If only I’d known her hidden secret. I would have held onto her so differently… never letting go…”

Would You Dare To Love a Beast?

by Teri Butterfly Harvey

Would you dare to love a scoundrel, rake, or outright beast?  That is the dilemma of the heroine of Teri Butterfly Harvey’s debut novel, To Love a Beast I think most of us that read romantic novels think that is the ONLY kind of man to fall in love with.  We all root for the “Bad Boy” of the story.  Something about that recklessness is incredibly alluring.  To be ravished by the worst rake of the ton would be a dream!

I first discovered this “page turner” when its author, Teri Butterfly Harvey, “Liked” a particular post on my blog.  I checked out her blog and realized she had just published her first novel, so I understood her feelings of anxiety now that it was out there for the world to see.  I have since been following her blog at www.bflyzone.wordpress.com and love it.  I checked out more information about her book, and after reading the sample excerpt, purchased it simply because I had to know the rest of the story.  I started reading the book yesterday, and have just finished a few minutes ago!  It was a great way to spend Mother’s Day.  I read To Love a Beast on my Nook, beside my son reading his book on his Nook.  It couldn’t have been any better!

Teri began her story with immediate action and romance, and kept the story moving straight to the end.  The characters had spirit and sass, and a sensuous side that could not be denied.  She wrote the love scenes with good taste, but without forfeiting the “hot’ factor.  She wrote clearly and descriptively, making me hear the intonation in the voices, and see the exact looks on the characters’ faces.  I couldn’t put this down until I finished it, and I was not disappointed.  I recommend this book to anyone that loves to read a good regency novel.  It is flirty, sassy, sensuous, and sexy from start to finish!  I loved it, and give it “2 Thumbs Up“!

Please go to this site to read an excerpt (the one that made me have to have a copy!), and purchase To Love a Beast by Teri Butterfly Harvey:

www.smashwords.com

***type in To Love a Beast in the Search box and it will take you to the page with description and purchasing info

This cover is really cool, too.  It has a purple iris on the cover, which is my favorite flower!  It had to be good!

Now Officially a Published Author!

It appeared on the publisher’s website this evening.  Sandwiched between  two paranormal romance stories(and at the bottom of a list of some WILD stories!) was my book, One Sizzling Summer!  Ava and Quinton will finally be able to share their love story with the masses (Ha!).  If you want a quick, “feel good” fantasy to read on your Kindle, Nook, or PC  while stuck in traffic, a waiting room, carpool line, checkout line, etc. this is for you!  You can Pre-Order now at http://www.bookstrand.com/one-sizzling-summer.  It will be available to download as an ebook on Wednesday, February 29th. I hope you will enjoy meeting these characters as much as I enjoyed writing their story!:)

CAUTION:  If reading this while in a doctor’s waiting room, please be advised an unusually high blood pressure reading and/or increased pulse rate may result after reading the love scenes between these two!  🙂

FYI:  I’ll be doing an interview with Joan Chandler tomorrow at her site, www.joanchandler.wordpress.com Drop by and check it out!