Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

Fitness Junkie

 

synopsis

 

When Janey Sweet, CEO of a couture wedding dress company, is photographed in the front row of a fashion show eating a bruffin–the delicious lovechild of a brioche and a muffin–her best friend and business partner, Beau, gives her an ultimatum: Lose thirty pounds or lose your job. Sure, Janey has gained some weight since her divorce, and no, her beautifully cut trousers don’t fit like they used to, so Janey throws herself headlong into the world of the fitness revolution, signing up for a shockingly expensive workout pass, baring it all for Free the Nipple yoga, sweating through boot camp classes run by Sri Lankan militants and spinning to the screams of a Lycra-clad instructor with rage issues. At a juice shop she meets Jacob, a cute young guy who takes her dumpster-diving outside Whole Foods on their first date. At a shaman’s tea ceremony she meets Hugh, a silver fox who holds her hand through an ayahuasca hallucination And at a secret exercise studio Janey meets Sara Strong, the wildly popular workout guru whose special dance routine has starlets and wealthy women flocking to her for results that seem too good to be true. As Janey eschews delicious carbs, pays thousands of dollars to charlatans, and is harassed by her very own fitness bracelet, she can’t help but wonder: Did she really need to lose weight in the first place?

A hilarious send-up of the health and wellness industry, Fitness Junkie is a glorious romp through the absurd landscape of our weight-obsessed culture.

 

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“But to be divorced, over forty, without kids – that made Janey something different altogether.”

Any woman of a certain age that has been through something and then went on a journey to “find” herself will be able to relate to this book. There are parts that are lighthearted and completely over the top in a funny way and others that hit on the serious measures some women will go to for their happiness. All of those things make this an almost perfect chick lit book. My only issue is that the ending seemed rushed and I wanted more details about the progression of the characters. Overall, I predict this book will be a HUGE hit and a perfect companion for the beach this summer!!!

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Have Gown, Will Wed by Killian McRae

Have Gown Will Wed

 

 

synopsis

 

Back in college, the bras-before-bros sisterhood decided to live for achievement in the boardroom, not the bedroom. Rosalind Betters embraced that philosophy, pursuing her career and little else. But when her last single friend, Kamakshi, announces her engagement in of all things, an arranged marriage, Rosalind reevaluates the merits of matrimony. In her typical gung ho fashion, she names a date, books a venue, hires a caterer, and picks out a dress, all before finding a groom. Taking a lesson from Kamakshi and too busy to do otherwise, Rosalind hires San Francisco’s best headhunter, Xavier Hommes, to find her better half for her.

At first, Xavier thinks Rosalind is one of the eccentric personalities for which the city is famous. As the search starts, however, Xavier finds himself hating his task for reasons he never would have suspected. If Rosalind really wants a man who will make her happy, she need look no further. As W-Day approaches and Rosalind starts falling for someone Xavier himself headhunted, he walks the line between professionalism and passion, trying to decide if competing to become Mr. Betters is worth the risk to his commission, his reputation, and Rosalind’s happiness.

myreview

 

Funny, fresh, and  full of romance!! Those are the words that come to my mind when I think of Have Gown, Will Wed. It has such a different storyline and I think it is one that quite a number of women will be able to relate to.

The concept of having a professional woman who seems to be independent and has all of her stuff together is a breath of fresh hair from the damsel in distress stories. Not only is the storyline fresh but the book is well-written. This was my first time reading something by Killian McRae, but it definitely will not be my last!!!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Have Gown, Will Wed in exchange for an honest review.

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four

 

 

meettheauthor

Killian McRae would tell you that she is a rather boring lass, an authoress whose characters’ lives are so much more exciting than her own. She would be right. Sadly, this sarcastic lexophile leads a rather mundane existence in the San Francisco Bay Area. She once dreamed of being the female Indiana Jones, and to that end she earned a degree in Middle Eastern History from the University of Michigan. However, when she learned that real archaeologist spend more time lovingly removing dust with toothbrushes from shards of pottery than outrunning intriguing villains with exotic accents, she decided to become a writer instead. She writes across many genres, including science fiction, fantasy, romance, and historical fiction.

links

Site/Blog: www.killianmcrae.com

Twitter: @killianmcrae (www.twitter.com/killianmcrae)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorkillianmcrae

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Have-Gown-Will-Wed-ebook/dp/B00FABYTSS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383182645&sr=1-1&keywords=have+gown+will+wed

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BLOG TOUR: Over the Edge by Suzanne Carroll

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Summary of Over the Edge:

In six weeks Zoe Harper will marry Dan Costi in an over-the-top Sydney society wedding, complete with fire-eaters and belly dancers. But when she receives an unexpected gift from her future mother-in-law, Zoe realizes she’s making a huge mistake. In a blazing sidewalk argument, she breaks up with her fiancé, and his mother—who has joined the fight via conference call.

Following the advice of friends and co-workers, along with some inspiration from late-night-television self-help guru Dr. Pam, Zoe sets out to find the life she thinks she should be living. Always a planner, she makes a list of goals: travel, career, tattoos, and no romantic entanglements. It’s all carefully laid out, until she meets Angus Creed.

Angus is supposed to lead the opening waltz at a charity ball in New York City. Only problem is the handsome billionaire construction magnate with the tabloid past can’t dance. Not one step.

Tainted by gossip and with a well-publicized failed engagement behind him, Angus has become a master at keeping an emotional distance. Until he meets Zoe.

What starts as dancing lessons, slowly becomes something more. Angus begins to let down his guard and open his heart, even when his past makes an unexpected and unwelcome return. As Zoe discovers the real man behind the headlines, she questions where her new choices are taking her. Her goals look good on paper, but are they what she really wants? And by the time she realizes where her heart lies, will it be too late?

Author Bio:

suzanne carroll

Suzanne lives in Sydney with her husband and children.  By day she works in an office where she sneakily scribbles plot ideas on yellow sticky notes and hopes they don’t accidentally end up on the departmental monthly report.

One such sticky note has turned into her first novel, Over the Edge.

Get to Know Suzanne Carroll:

1. What message do you hope to convey through Over the Edge?

Over the Edge is a romantic comedy, so mostly I hope it gives readers a bit of a laugh, but I guess there is also a subtle message running through the story. I guess it follows the idea that the life we think we should be living isn’t always the life we actually want. Sometimes while trying to “have it all” and meet expectations, real choices and desires can get lost and pushed aside. There’s a line in the book where Zoe’s mum says… “Sometimes the bravest thing you can do is live the life you want.”  I guess that’s the message of Over the Edge.

 

2. What was the inspiration for Over the Edge?

A friend was getting married and there were issues with the planning, and this image came to mind of a bride-to-be running away from her wedding planner.  I thought it was a funny idea and the story went from there.

 

3. If Over the Edge were made into a movie, who would you have as your dream cast?

I had to think hard about this one.  Over the Edge is an Australian story, so if we’re looking at an all-Australian cast then Daniel Macpherson would be great as Angus.  Maybe Daisy Betts for Zoe.  And either Noni Hazlehurst or Jacqui Weaver would be great as Zoe’s Mum, Elaine.

If we’re talking Hollywood-style dream cast, then probably Zooey Deschanel for Zoe.  And maybe Henry Cavill or Orlando Bloom for Angus.  Tall, dark and handsome, you get the idea 🙂

 

4. Set the mood for us…when you’re writing, you have to…

Have no distractions. No music (or I’ll just start dancing in my chair and nothing will get done).  I like to be by a window.  My desk is in an alcove off the bedroom and it looks over the garden.  So I sit at my desk, with the window open, listening to the birds 🙂

 

5. What has been the most surprising and upsetting part of your literary journey?

Okay, definitely one of the most surprising parts of this experience has been trying to find names for fictitious organisations and landmarks.  I needed a name for a hotel in New York, and I swear everything is taken.  Every  name I came up with, when I googled to check, there was already an hotel, a guest house, a pub, something, somewhere in the world, with that name.  Took me ages to find a name for my hotel and I ended up enlisting the help of a friend on twitter.  And it was the same when I was looking for a name for an environmental group that Zoe was thinking of joining (that scene never made it into the final version).  I spent a whole evening trying to come up with a name and everything I tried was taken.  Finally I settled on Penguins for Peace, because I thought that couldn’t possibly be taken, but I was wrong.  There actually is an organisation called Penguins for Peace.  Honest.  So I ended up abandoning the whole idea of the environmental group and sent Zoe to sushi lessons instead.

Upsetting?  See above.  No, just kidding.  To be honest, it’s been a good experience with very little to get upset over.  Although there was a scene that I really liked that I had to let go.  It was a lovely scene, but it just didn’t seem to fit the flow of the story, and no matter how I tried, it wasn’t going to work.  It was a big decision to cut it out, but ultimately, the story was better for losing it.  But it still hurt.

 

6. When you’re not writing, what authors do you enjoy reading? What are you currently reading?

I really enjoy reading Ben Elton’s books. I like  his humour, and the way he looks at society.  I like Philippa Gregory and Douglas Adams.  Marian Keyes, too.  I like books that will make me laugh, or keep me in suspense.  I like a bit of intrigue.  Currently I’m reading Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle.  It’s about Katherine Parr, sixth wife of Henry VIII, and the wife who outlived him. There’s intrigue and romance and courtly manners and I’m enjoying it very much.

 

7. If you had to write your life story, what would the title be? How does that title portray your story?

Just A Minute.  And the sequel could be called Hang On A Sec.  I’m a procrastinator.  I say I’ll do things in a moment, but I keep putting them off until the last minute.  Unless the task is something I’m really excited and passionate about, and then story would be called  The Bull In A China Shop – just jumping in, crashing around, without really thinking or looking at the bigger picture.

 

8. What are three things readers might be surprised to learn about you?

Um, let me think.

I have diplomas in iridology and reflexology.

I love the idea of time travel.

I once dyed my hair blue.

 

9. What can your fans look forward to next?

I have lots of ideas!  The one I’m fleshing out at the moment is another romance, based in Australia and the UK, and there’s a bit of a twist to the romance.  I’m quite excited about it, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

 

10. Thank you again for allowing me to interview you on Tiffany Talks Books. Are there any last words for those who are reading this interview?

It’s been fun, thanks for having me 🙂   And if you’re reading this interview and think you’d like to check out Over the Edge, I really hope it gives you a laugh, and some swoony moments, and you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it 🙂

Website: www.suzannecarroll.com

Email: suzannecarroll.writes@gmail.com

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Twitter: @suzanne_carroll

 

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