#NewRelease THE BOOKSHOP ON AUTUMN LANE by @CynthiaTennent #RomCom #TuesdayBookBlog

The Bookshop on Autumn Lane (Truhart #3)The Bookshop on Autumn Lane by Cynthia Tennent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Bookshop on Autumn Lane is a fun #RomCom set in Truhart, Michigan. It opens with some of the inhabitants of Truhart waking Trudy from her sleep in her 1973 VW Beetle, concerned she is a vagrant of some sort. Instead they find the new owner of “Books From The Heart”.

Trudy has been left the shop by her namesake Gertrude, but instead of it being a delicious gift Trudy sees it as a millstone around her neck. Its only saving grace being that she might be able to sell it to fund her travel dreams.

It soon becomes apparent that Gertrude senior got a little carried away with her book obsession and Trudy accepts the help of visiting English Professor Kit Darlington to sort and clear the books. Kit’s English mannerisms are a hit with the local Truhart ladies who insist on calling him “My Lord” and he soon becomes more than friends with Trudy, but what is Kit hiding from? Will Trudy ever be able to sell the shop and make her travel dreams come true?

This was a fun read, I would be in heaven if a relative of mine left me a shop packed with books, I would want to read the lot. I loved all the parts for Lulu the VW Beetle, I’ve always been a fan ever since the TV days of “Herbie”. For animal lovers their is a lovely role for Moby, a loyal friend to Trudy and the amusing stereotype of Kit and the English ways and sayings were well presented in a tongue-in-cheek manner.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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Guest Author L. T. Vargus

Today I’d like to welcome author L.T. Vargus to the blog, yesterday I reviewed her book “Casting Shadows Everywhere” you can read the review here http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4nq

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1) Where is your home town?
I’ve lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan, for about 12 years. Actually, I’m about to go shovel a foot of snow off the of the driveway so I can go to the grocery store before it snows more tonight. It’s like I always tell people: Michigan is a great place to live if you like a lot of snow and murder.
2) How long have you been writing?
I’ve been serious about writing for about 4 years. I was interested in writing and stories from a pretty young age, though.
3) How do you see the title of your book “Casting Shadows Everywhere” fitting with the storyline?
I think of the “shadows” in the title in terms of the archetype – so more like the dark side of humanity instead of literal shadows. Nick casts his shadow on Jake in the story, and as he does so he basically reveals that all of his ideas are based on the underlying messages all around us in advertisements and wars and slaughterhouses and the way people treat each other and other beings in general. The idea that morality isn’t really real is sort of all around us these days, and Nick is following that premise to its logical conclusion. That’s the shadow that’s being cast everywhere, to me. It’s open for interpretation, though. I mean, they’re creeping into dark places, so I think there’s a literal connection as well.
4) You’ve written the book from the point of view of a 15 year old boy, how much of a challenge was that as you are female?
Jake is based on a mixture of some people I knew in high school. I knew them pretty well, so it wasn’t that hard to write from that point of view. I guess the idea of writing from the perspective of a different gender might be a little overrated in terms of difficulty. If you want to sound like the average 15 year old boy, just mention boobs a few times and you’re well on the way to authenticity in my experience.
5) The storyline took quite a sinister turn for Jake, what made Jake turn away from the road of no return?
I think Jake’s self-awareness catches up at the end. I liked the idea of a seemingly self aware character that slowly starts deluding himself over the course of the story and becomes a less and less reliable narrator. I don’t know if I executed that as well as I’d hoped. Anyway, grasping the logical conclusion of Nick’s teachings snaps Jake out of it at the last minute.
6) Do you think much of the storyline reflects issues that teenagers in America face today?
On a literal level, I actually think the book is tame in some ways and over the top in others. Loads of kids are drinking, smoking weed and having sex on a regular basis by Jake’s age. He’s really shy, so he’s barely dabbled in those. On the other hand, the majority of teenagers definitely aren’t burgling all that much. Morally and philosophically, though, I think the issues are relevant.
7) Would you agree that learning to live your life and finding a reason to get out of bed each morning is worth more than winning the lottery?
 There are many examples of lottery winners’ lives falling apart shortly after they get the money, and studies have suggested that earning anything above $75,000 a year doesn’t actually make anyone happier. So yeah, I think finding things to be passionate about and people to connect with both mean a lot more than money.
8) Are you working on your next book? Can you tell us about it?
 I actually have a few different works in progress, and I don’t know which will be finished next. If I had to guess, I’d say that the next to be released will be a comedy about a slacker girl in her late 20’s that seeks revenge by trying to ruin the wedding of a girl that tormented her in high school. It’s a lot lighter than Casting Shadows Everywhere.
9) Do you have an expected publication date for fans?
I’m hopeful that it will be out in the summer or fall of 2014.
Thanks again for the awesome review and featuring me on your blog. I really appreciate it.
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Casting Shadows Everywhere – Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com
Thank you L.T for being our guest today and good luck with the next book.

Romancing September Author Cynthia Harrison (Day 30)

I can’t believe we have reached the last day of our Romancing September Across the World. It’s day 30 and we have interviewed and discussed romance writing with 30 authors on both sides of the Atlantic. Today our final author is Cynthia Harrison and she has a little good news for you at the end of our interview. Don’t forget to go over and visit Stephanie later for the final update on writing romance in today’s society.

Cynthia Harrison authorLet’s find out more about Cynthia;

1) Where is your home town?
I live in small town north of Detroit: Washington, Michigan.
2) How long have you been writing?
I was a star reporter at my junior high school newspaper. So 12-13 years old.
3) Have you always written romance?
No. I wrote two “literary” novels, then a mystery, then a Regency, which is a kind of romance. I indie pubbed a contemporary novel, and only understood how to write full-on romance with my editor’s help.
4) Your book title is “Blue Heaven” with Blue Lake in brackets, what is the connection between the two?
 Blue Heaven is the first title in my Blue Lake series.
5) Where is your book set?
In a tourist town on the Great Lakes in Michigan.
6) Eva takes on an enormous project with a tight time scale can you tell the readers a little about this?
 Eva had a great job in advertising until Detroit plunged into massive unemployment. She looked for more advertising work, but the game had changed and nobody was hiring. She came up with a last-ditch desperate plan to turn “Blue Heaven” (her family’s beat up old vacation cottages on Lake Huron) from the 1920s into a shabby chic vacation resort.
7) What is it that Daniel Bryman thinks Eva will destroy?
 Eva has big plans. She especially wants to recapture that big family feeling without opening up her private space to paying customers, so she plans to put a second story party room on the main bungalow. Daniel is all about integrity of design, and since his ancestor built the bungalow, he did not want to see the original structure tampered with.
8) Will there be time for some romance in Eva’s busy schedule?
 Daniel is so keen to make sure all goes right that he is at Eva’s every minute of every day. He makes her an offer she can’t refuse. Free labour!
9) How do you add the romance; a slow burner or fast and furious like a hit and run?
 For these two, the attraction is immediate, but other things get in the way of them being together, so they do a painful slow burn for each other.
10) Do you like your writing to have a “Happy Ever After” ending or do you leave unanswered questions?
I love happy endings.
11) This book has recently been published, I believe you have some information which might please our readers?
Yes! “Blue Heaven” is going to be free for five days (Oct.1-5) on Kindle.
BlueHeaven_w7796_300Here are the links to Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com
Thank you Cynthia for being our guest today, Good Luck with the book promotion. Now please step over to Stephanie’s side of the tour http://Stephanie-hurt.com/

Guest Author Donna Childree

After a month of blogging my way through the alphabet with the brilliant AtoZ Challenge, author interviews are back. Today my guest author on the blog is Donna Childree, please join me in welcoming her to the blog and finding out more about her.

1.  What is your name?   Donna K. Childree
2. Where do you come from?     Ann Arbor, Michigan
3.   When did you start writing?   I’ve written little stories for as long as I can remember, but never publicly shared until recently.
4.   What do you most like writing about?   My adult son, Mike L. Hopper, and I work together as a writing team. We’ve recently published our first book, The Wayward Gifted, a YA novel about two children from the Deep South who are uprooted and moved a thousand miles from the only home they have ever known. It’s probably best described as a coming of age adventure. We’re currently working on our next book, The Wayward Gifted – Grey’s Case.
5. Give our readers 3 tips;     Tip number one – write every day. Even if you only write for a few minutes, write something
Tip number two – read every day. You learn a great deal by reading other writers.
Tip number three – edit, edit, edit.
6. What was the last book that you read?     The Complete Stories of Truman Capote – I am a huge fan of his short stories.  I would give this the highest rating possible.
7.   Leave a link to one of your books;   http://www.amazon.com/The-Wayward-Gifted-Broken-ebook/dp/B00BPKT99M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363723258&sr=8-1&keywords=the+wayward+gifted

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Wayward-Gifted-Broken-ebook/dp/B00BPKT99M/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1367435019&sr=1-1&keywords=donna+childree

Product Details

Adopted at birth, Samantha Leigh and Steuart James DuBoise reside in a complex world of southern love and crazy dysfunction. They snack on cold buttered
biscuits and drink sweet iced-tea as they create stories and share fantasies on the sleeping porch of their grandmother Ida Light’s bay-front home. Their world
is abruptly altered when Olivia DuBoise, their rigid, emotionally disturbed mother decides to move the family more than a thousand miles from the only home they have ever known. The children, not only angry, but also certain that life has prematurely ended, fight against a world they believe to be both humdrum and routine. Both highly intelligent, and uniquely talented, Sam and Steuart struggle to mature while holding fast to childhood. Each carries unique interests and talents into the fight. Steuart has a deep love of words and a hobby of creating anagrams. Sam has an obsessional need to collect colors, and will go to great lengths to increase her collection. Encouraged by Ida, and several new friends, Sam and Steuart set out to make the best of their
situation, soon discovering worlds unknown in this coming of age, young adult fiction, fantasy adventure.

If you love young adult fiction or are seeking good books for young adults, don’t miss The Wayward Gifted – Broken Point.