Book Review: Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

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Title: Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
Author: Lauren Graham
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN:978-0-425-28519-0

Synopsis:

In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.

In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).

In “What It Was Like, Part One,” Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What It Was Like, Part Two” reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later, and what doing so has meant to her.

Some more things you will learn about Lauren: She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (“If you’re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you’ve already set the bar too high”), and she’s a card-carrying REI shopper (“My bungee cords now earn points!”).

Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.

Review:

I listened to the audio version of this book before receiving a physical copy from the publisher.  Even though having Lauren Graham narrates the book makes it 10 times better, I suggest readers don’t be lazy like me and skip all the photos.  She does tell reader when to look at them.  P.s. she really does talk really fast.

I was hoping there is more about her and Alexis Bledel or Scott Patterson.  However, the person from Gilmore Girls she talks about the most is Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator.  Since Amy is more like a backstage staff, so I do not feel as connected.  I have not had the chance to watch Parenthood yet, so nothing much to say about that section.  Still, it is nice to read about how actors think more their works.  Also there is a lot of spoilers, so watch the shows before reading this book.

3.5 out of 5 stars
Received a free copy from LibraryThing Early Review Program in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Blitz: All That Doesn’t by Tracy Krimmer

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This is my stop during the book blitz for All That Doesn’t by Tracy Krimmer. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 20 till 21 August. See the tour schedule here.

All That Doesn'tAll That Doesn’t (All That #2)
By Tracy Krimmer
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Women’s Fiction
Age category: Adult
Release Date: August 20, 2018

Blurb:
After a devastating end to her marriage, Dory Walker has rebuilt her life in her hometown of Sycamore Bay. She’s left her music career behind and is only looking forward to her future with her rekindled love, Harris Malone.

Single dad Harris is doing his best to guide his young daughter and take the reins of his soon to be retired dad’s hardware store. With Dory by his side, he can do anything.

But just when Dory thought she had it all, a surprise visitor turns her world upside down with a revelation that threatens to tear her family apart. She turns to Harris for help, but he’s caught up trying to save his relationship with his daughter. Can the bond between Dory and Harris survive these turbulent times?

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First book in this series
All That Glitters
“A has-been country music star. A divorced dad from a small town. Almost a decade of bottled up passion…”Links:
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Tracy KrimmerAbout the Author:
Tracy Krimmer loves coffee, popcorn, Drew Barrymore, and the movie Saving Silverman. She enjoys reading great books (of course) and writing realistic characters for you to enjoy. When she listens to music she prefers the 80s and 90s music she grew up on. In a typical day you’ll find her writing at one of her favorite spots–on the couch, at the kitchen table, or at her favorite hometown coffee shop.

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Book Spotlight: Emergence by SGD Singh

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Emergence by SGD Singh. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 30 July till 19 August. See the tour schedule here.

EmergenceEmergence (Infernal Guard #1)
By SGD Singh
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: January 30, 2016

Blurb:
Seventeen year-old Asha’s days are spent training in martial arts, attending homeschool classes, and helping in the kitchens of a luxurious Miami resort which she seldom leaves. Until the night her grandfather arrives home mysteriously injured, accompanied by a terrifying stranger. Asha begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems when she is abruptly sent to Punjab, India to live with relatives she never knew she had.

Joined by her best friend, Lexi, and her newfound cousin, Nidhan, Asha is soon drawn to an unusual place where the three of them learn that our World is much more than it appears. And there is a good reason people are afraid of the dark.

Meet The Infernal Guard: Shape-shifting Jodha warriors, Seers of various psychic Talents, Healers, Illusionists, and weapons-creating Tvastars. They are the gifted few who fight to protect our realm from demonic Underworlders escaping the seven lower dimensions of Hindu Mythology’s Fourteen Worlds.

As the next generation of heroes from around the globe gathers to begin training, Asha discovers true love and a family in her friends and instructors. But something in the darkness knows that she alone possesses the rarest Talent of all. Now Asha must find the courage and strength to risk everything she has gained before a devouring evil like no other The Infernal Guard has ever faced destroys our realm’s very existence.

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It’s available to read with Kindle Unlimited.

Later books in this series:
DescentSeverance

SiriGuruDev SinghAbout the Author:
SiriGuruDev Singh lives in New Mexico and Punjab, India with her husband, two daughters, and various extended relatives and animals. She is the author of the YA urban fantasy trilogy The Infernal Guard and Exiled To Freedom, a YA historical fiction novel about India’s bloody Partition of 1947.

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Book Review: The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

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Title: The Music Shop
Author: Rachel Joyce
ISBN: 9780813996685
Publisher: Random House

Synopsis:

“An unforgettable story of music, loss and hope. Fans of High Fidelity, meet your next quirky love story.”—People

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE TIMES (UK)

It is 1988. On a dead-end street in a run-down suburb there is a music shop that stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind. Like a beacon, the shop attracts the lonely, the sleepless, and the adrift; Frank, the shop’s owner, has a way of connecting his customers with just the piece of music they need. Then, one day, into his shop comes a beautiful young woman, Ilse Brauchmann, who asks Frank to teach her about music. Terrified of real closeness, Frank feels compelled to turn and run, yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman with eyes as black as vinyl. But Ilse is not what she seems, and Frank has old wounds that threaten to reopen, as well as a past it seems he will never leave behind. Can a man who is so in tune with other people’s needs be so incapable of connecting with the one person who might save him? The journey that these two quirky, wonderful characters make in order to overcome their emotional baggage speaks to the healing power of music—and love—in this poignant, ultimately joyful work of fiction

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Book Review: The Secret Lives of Royals by Shalini Dua

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Title: The Secret Lives of Royals
Author: Shalini Dua
ISBN: 9781732077706

Synopsis:

Olivia can’t take it anymore. She’s had enough of the big city and it’s lack of fulfilling her dreams. Then, just when she’s about to give up and move home, out of the blue, she is offered her dream job. Olivia is suspicious but that could just be the New York in her. She decides not to pull at threads. Despite her best efforts to remain blissfully oblivious, the secret to her life upgrade is soon uncovered when she finds herself invited to be part of a secret society.

Olivia learns that there is a thin curtain separating our world from theirs. Just beneath the surface, an entirely different one exists. One that is controlled by those of Royal lineage. The chosen ones, the Royals, hold the fate of the world in their hands. Will Olivia be able to bear the weight of the crown?

Confessions of a Shopaholic meets The Adjustment Bureau, this contemporary fairytale is both relatable and aspirational. Taking a look at the current balance of media and power with a healthy dose of humor, fashion, food and wanderlust.

Review:

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was only less than a month ago, the book came in a perfect time for my royal withdrawal.   I really like the concept of this book, a secret circle for the modern royalties.  It is a fun and easy read.  There is also a love triangle that might or might not involve a prophecy.   The competition is quite fair, that would make readers wonder til the end.

There are some minor con that I have to mention.  I hope the copy I got is not final version of the book.  There are many typos in the beginning.  =(  Also, the title for people in the Circle are weird.  Not everyone can be prince or princess, maybe a a lady or duke.  There are some questions that have not been answered.  Will there be a second book?

#TeamAlex

3 out of 5 stars
Received a complimentary copy from BookSparks Pop-Up Tour in exchange for an honest review.

Book Cover Reveal and #giveaway : Monster’s Best 2019 by multiple authors

 

 

Today is the cover reveal for Monster’s Best 2019. The cover is designed by Monster House Books. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

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By multiple authors
Genre: Non-fiction and fiction short story collaboration
Publisher: Monster House Books
Release Date: August 6, 2019

Blurb:
Monster House Books publishes a compilation of short stories featuring fierce females. Our 2019 edition includes new stories by best selling authors Christina Bauer, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, and Majanka Verstraete! Plus, we’re searching through hundreds of new author submissions in order to select a handful of the most creative and compelling short stories to add in to the mix. To have your work considered for the 2019 edition of MONSTER’S BEST, please send your short story (50 pages or less) to info@monsterhousebooks.com.

You can find Monster’s Best 2019 on Goodreads
Or check out Monster’s Best 2019 on the site of Monster House Books
You can pre-order Monster’s Best 2019 for free here on Amazon

Submissions are still open!
Want your story to be part of Monster’s Best 2019? To have your work considered for the 2019 edition of MONSTER’S BEST, please send your short story (50 pages or less) to info@monsterhousebooks.com.

Monster's Best 2019 authorAbout the Authors:
Authors of Monster’s Best 2019 include best-selling authors Christina Bauer, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, and Majanka Verstraete, as well as potentially you! Submit your short stories (50 pages or less) to info@monsterhousebooks.com!

Giveaway:
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Book Excerpt and Author Guest Post: Phi Alpha Pi by Sara Marks

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Phi Alpha Pi by Sara Marks. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 14 till 28 May. See the tour schedule here.

Phi Alpha PiPhi Alpha Pi (21st Century Austen #2)
by Sara Marks
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: New Adult, Adult
Release Date: May 28, 2018

Blurb:
Phi Alpha Pi is the oldest and largest sorority on campus and new president Lizbeth has a busy senior year ahead of her. She’s determined to keep her sorority in good standing on campus after a year on academic probation. She’s trying to manage the new sorority house manager, Mrs. C, who has her own ideas about how to support the sorority sisters. All while trying to find balance with her own academic goals to complete an honors thesis, graduate, and decide her future plans.

The last thing Lizbeth expects is her anger when Wil, a new member of the Alpha Pi fraternity, pushes every one of her buttons. Lizbeth finds Wil, a new transfer to the university with his best friend, to be rude, snobby, and judgmental. Even though she tries to avoid him, he seems to be everywhere, scowling with displeasure when he sees her. That is, until his Thanksgiving proclamation of love. That causes Lizbeth to reconsider how she sees the world.

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Modern Persuasion
“Tension builds as they each learn about the current version of the person they once loved and resolve the ramifications of their choices.”Links:
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Sara MarksAbout the Author:

Born in Boston, MA and raised in Miami, FL, Sara Marks has two masters degrees and plans to never stop getting over educated. She likes the idea of having all the academic regalia she can ever possess and winning with the most degrees in her family. By day she’s an academic librarian. In what little free time she has, she also knits and plays with her dog Cedric Doggory.

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There are two tour wide giveaways during the blog tour of Phi Alpha Pi! There is a US Only Giveaway for a prize pack and an international giveaway for 14 e-copies and a print copy of Phi Alpha Pi!US Only Giveaway
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– Mrs. C’s homemade officers shirt in Comic Sans (you pick XL or XXL)
– A Phi Alpha Pi sorority sticker, candle, and bracelet (some of the items mentioned in the story).
– An illustration by cover designer Risa Rodil
– A rooster dishtowel (so you can make cock jokes with Lizbeth and Wil)
– Autographed printed copies of Modern Persuasion, A Little More Modern Persuasion, and Phi Alpha Pi (not pictured)
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Book Review, Interview, and Giveaway: Paris Ever After by K.S.R. Burns

 

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Paris Ever After

(women’s fiction)

Release date: May 1st, 2018
at Velvet Morning Press

ASIN: B079H32ND3
260 pages

 

SYNOPSIS:

Can Amy’s rocky start in Paris turn into a happy ever after?

Amy didn’t realize how stale her life was until she jetted off to Paris without telling a soul—not even her husband—and had the adventure of a lifetime. Now as she tries to establish herself in the City of Light, she finds that despite a fun (and quirky) group of friends and the ability to indulge in French pastries whenever she wants, reinventing her life is much harder than she imagined.

Then on Amy’s thirtieth birthday, two unexpected visitors leave her wondering if she will soon be saying au revoir to Paris and the new life she’s struggled to build. Her estranged husband, Will, shows up—but is he interested in reconciliation or separation? And a young woman who arrives on Amy’s doorstep unleashes chaos that could push Amy out into the street.

As Amy’s Parisian dream starts to fall apart, she must decide: return to the stability of Will and Phoenix (if that’s even still an option) or forge her way forward in Paris? Amid secrets and surprises, set in enchanting gardens, cozy cafés, and glittering Parisian streets, Amy must choose between two very different worlds. And each has a claim on her heart.

NB: The author’s previous book, The Paris Effect, featured here on France Book Tours, was just optioned for Film & TV!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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K. S. R. Burns
is the author of the Amazon bestseller,
THE PARIS EFFECT, its upcoming standalone sequel PARIS EVER AFTER, and THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF WORKING GIRL:
Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use.  She has lived and worked in four countries and 22 cities, including Paris.  No longer a wanderer, Burns now resides in the Pacific Northwest, where in addition to novels she writes a weekly career advice column for she Seattle Times.

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Author Interview:

Why did you choose Paris as the main setting for The Paris Effect and Paris Ever After?
Well, they say write what you know—so because I lived in Paris for a number of years it seemed natural to set my books there. Also, writing about Paris is a way to “be” in Paris, even when you are somewhere else entirely!

Can you use one word to describe the places you called home: Paris, Arizona, Virginia, Washington DC, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, and Washington State? 
Other than the fact that all these places are located on Planet Earth, they have very little in common, don’t you think? So I guess that one word could only be “terrestrial.”
(Sorry, I meant one word per city)

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? 
I’d live in Paris during the winter and Seattle during the summer. That would be the best of both worlds, weather-wise. And fun-wise.

What is your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Get ready, because this is an odd one: I LOVE In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden. She’s a fantastic writer and it’s a wonderful book.

How did you select the names of your characters?
I named my main character “Amy” because it reminds me of “aimer,” the French verb for love. I chose “William” for her husband because I wanted the contrast of a short name versus a longer name. I chose the name “Kat” because it’s a sharp sound, and this character has a sharpness about her. Margaret is named after a lovely English lady I met while hiking the Cotswold Way in southwestern England. She was charming and gracious and welcoming (and just slightly loony), like Amy’s Margaret.

What was the hardest scene to write?
In The Paris Effect, the hardest scene by far was the adventure in the illegal portion of the catacombs. It’s a scary place that I haven’t ever visited (you could not pay me to go  own there, though I have visited the tourist portion). In Paris Ever After it was, of course, the sex scene!

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
A writing friend who works on screenplays introduced me to the concept of “unifying filmic devices.” Basically, this is just a repeating image. Often they’re symbols, but they don’t have to be. I liked the idea, so in Paris Ever After I sprinkled around mentions of flowers. In The Paris Effect, it was puzzles (jigsaw, crossword). No one seems to have noticed or, if they have, they haven’t told me!

When developing characters do you already know who they are before you
begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?
My characters reveal themselves slowly. Sometimes they surprise me. I may start by basing them on a person I’ve met (like Margaret), but they quickly evolve off into other directions.

Can you describe the mundane details of your writing process: Do you write every day?/ How many hours per day or section?  Do you use outline or draft?  If you do, on paper or computer?
Sadly, my life is not very organized or scheduled. I write whenever and wherever I can. My only halfway interesting quirk is that I always write my first drafts in longhand, on scrap paper. This way I’m not wasting paper with my bad first drafts. I hate to waste paper.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I would say don’t waste energy trying to be “original.” There are no new stories in this old world (though there are perhaps new ways of doing old things). The only thing that’s really new is you! So give your writing something of yourself.

When you wrote The Paris Effect, did you have the sequel(s) planned out?  Is
there another one after Paris Ever After?
When I finished The Paris Effect I never had the intention of writing a sequel. I felt done. But then readers kept asking me, What happens next? So I started to wonder, and voilà, a new book was born.

What are you working on?  Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I am thinking about a new book and making notes. But it’s in that fragile, delicate stage where I’m afraid to talk about it. Stay tuned…..

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Bookstagram Blitz: Pas De Deux by Lynn Turner

 

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This is my stop during the bookstagram blitz for Pas De Deux by Lynn Turner. This bookstagram blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. Read on for more information about this book, some teaser images and a giveaway! This bookstagram blitz runs from 7 till 11 May. See the tour schedule here.

Pas De DeuxPas De Deux
By Lynn Turner
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: May 11, 2018

Blurb:
It’s said the artist is born of a damaged soul…

Wilhelmina Allende is a prima ballerina. When tragedy turns her beloved Paris into a gilded cage, she jumps at the chance to work with one of the most prolific choreographers she’s ever seen. But Zack’s style is way out of her comfort zone. So is his teaching method. And his humor. And his everything. He’s a charming little connard. It’s hard not to like him. Merde. What has she gotten herself into?

Zachary Coen’s first musical is opening on Broadway. Much like his life, it’s anything but conventional, so hiring Mina is simply out of the question. She’s too…classical. Too perfect. She’s all wrong for the role. Then he meets her in person and sees her cracks. Her broken pieces. How unique and beautiful each one is. And he can’t help but notice how her edges seem to fit his…perfectly.

Just when teaming up seems to be working, the monsters they’ve kept hidden threaten to rip it all apart.

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Lynn TurnerAbout the Author:
Lynn Turner is dedicated to writing inclusive stories that explore what it means to be imperfectly human. She is convinced she would have made a great Gilmore Girl, that writing about herself in third-person is weird, and that Colin Firth is the best Mr. Darcy (don’t fight her on this). When she isn’t writing and adulting, she’s tackling her monstrous TBR list, TV-binging, traveling, or watching old Samantha Brown travelogue videos and wishing she had her job. She and her husband share their home in California with their two extraordinary children and their sometimes cat, Bowie.

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Book Review: A Promise Given by Michelle Cox

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Title: A Promise Given
Author: Michelle Cox
Series: Henrietta and Inspector Howard #3
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 978-1-63152-373-1

Synopsis:

A delightful romp through the English countryside and back.

Anxious to be married, Henrietta and Clive push forward with their wedding plans despite their family differences, made worse now by Oldrich Exley’s attempts to control the Von Harmons. When the long-awaited wedding day arrives, there is more unfolding than just Clive and Henrietta’s vows of love. Stanley and Elsie’s relationship is sorely tested by the presence of the dashing Lieutenant Harrison Barnes-Smith and by Henrietta’s friend Rose—a situation that grows increasingly dark and confused as time goes on.

As Clive and Henrietta begin their honeymoon at Castle Linley, the Howards’ ancestral estate in England, they encounter a whole new host of characters, including the eccentric Lord and Lady Linley and Clive’s mysterious cousin, Wallace. When a man is murdered in the village on the night of a house party at the Castle, Wallace comes under suspicion—and Clive and Henrietta are reluctantly drawn into the case, despite Clive’s anxiety at involving his new bride and Henrietta’s distracting news from home.

Delicately attempting to work together for the first time, Clive and Henrietta set out to prove Wallace’s innocence, uncovering as they do so some rather shocking truths that will shake the Linley name and estate forever.

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