Anna has spent twenty years in a marriage from hell, locked in with Erik because of their children and politics. Erik is a successfully trial attorney with ties to equally successfully politicians, and each time Anna has tried for a divorce, Erik is quick to put an end to it. Anna finally realizes she has no choice but to get away from her tainted marriage for her own safety and the safety of her children, but once they are separated everything begins to fall apart for Anna. Erik starts using his powerful connections with the law to keep Anna away from her children, and using his manipulation skills to deteriorate the once strong bond between a mother and her kids.
The Look of Love by Jill Egizii was a touching story, yet I found it difficult to read at times. The brutal honesty and eyes wide open look at parental alienation, psychological devastation, and manipulation of the justice system was hard to swallow at times. Egizii is an advocate for parental alienation awareness, serving as a board member on a number organizations to educate about the devastating effects, and the knowledge readers can gain from this novel is profound. The story that surrounds love, family, and a mother’s quest of well-being for her children is heart-warming and compelling.
Author Name: Jandy Nelson
Bio: Jandy received a BA from Cornell, an MFA from Brown in poetry, and another MFA from Vermont College in writing for children and young adults. It was at Vermont College, under the tutelage of amazing mentors, where the whole marvelous world of children’s literature opened up for her. That was her inspiration to work around the clock on a first novel after previously being devoted solely to writing poetry. For the past twelve years Jandy has been a literary agent with Manus & Associates Literary Agency. Before agenting, she worked in theater, doing everything from making palm trees out of styrofoam to stage managing to dramaturgy. She loves teaching, and plans to do more in the near future. She has taught creative writing at Brown and other places, and gives lectures and workshops on various subjects at writer’s conferences all over the country throughout the year.
Titles: The Sky is Everywhere
The Journey Home by Michael Baron is a beautiful story that intertwines the lives of four very different individuals. Joseph, a man in his late thirties, is awoken one day with no recollection of who is, where he is, or why he has no memory of his life. All he knows is that his wife is waiting for him, needs him, and it is up to him to find her. Will, a young boy, becomes his traveling companion, and is wanting to get away from his foster parents. Antoinette is an elderly woman living in assisted care, still grieving the death of her husband who passed six years earlier. Her son, Warren, visits her frequently but is going through his share of struggles. He is in the process of a divorce and has lost his job, so he begins to spend more time with his mother, often cooking her meals that she was once cooked for him. Each character is struggling to find happiness and home, and Baron does an excellent job at transitioning between each of their respective lives and journeys. I didn’t get pulled it right away, it took me a few chapters of getting to know the characters and differentiate between the situations, but once I was able to get past the multiple points of view, I was all in. A definite recommendation.
Tallulah Jones, proprietor of Dalliance, Texas’s old-fashioned ice-cream parlor, dishes up luscious ice cream that is simply to die for….
Unfortunately, Remember the A-la-mode’s profits are melting faster than a snow cone in July–and Tally’s stuck scooping sundaes for her two-timing ex-husband and his bodacious new girlfriend, Brittanie, at his company luau. To make matters worse, twenty years after she dumped him in the Tasty-Swirl parking lot, Tally’s high school beau, Finn Harper, comes back to town–looking every bit as delicious as a double-dip raspberry mascarpone waffle cone.
The cherry on top? Brittanie drops dead, and Tally’s suddenly the prime suspect in her murder investigation. To catch a killer, Tally will have to churn up Dalliance’s darkest secrets and dip deep into the past. But can Tally freeze out the real culprit before a murder charge puts her dreams on ice for good?
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The winner is Sabrina-Kate Eryou, congrats!
Reality TV “stars.” What is the deal with all these people thinking they are God’s gift to Earth when they possess no talent? I am tired of seeing the cast of ‘Jersey Shore’ thinking that they need more money and more privilege. We know you got on the show because of you’re ridiculous home videos, cosmetically enhanced bodies, and being stupid enough to repeatedly embarrass yourself on national television. Also, Heidi Montag. What is your deal woman?? How can you tell girls that they should feel beautiful in their own bodies when nothing on your body is real anymore? We know that you can’t act, that you definitely cannot sing, so now the only way you can be famous is to destroy your body and start over again? Creepy. And oh Kate Gosselin. Stop crying to the cameras about how much you miss your children. That you have to do stints like Dancing With the Stars to be able to support them. Maybe if you didn’t live in a $1.1 million dollar house and get hair extensions every other day, your children would be okay. There are countless mothers out there that don’t feel the need to be a fame whore in order to get their children by. They get jobs, they work hard, to get their kids a good education and a roof over their head. Maybe Kate should think back to the days when she and Jon were happy and thankful for the little miracles in their lives, before money and fame got to their heads. Now your children are growing up in a divorced family and only seeing their mom when cameras are rolling. Makes me ill. Kate, you honestly can’t tell me that the only way you can make a living is by being a reality star. Give me a break.
I just have to wonder, do these people really think they’re all that and a bag of chips? You exploit your own lives, your children’s and parents and friends lives just to make good TV. You will never win a Grammy or an Oscar. You will continually be the butt of people’s jokes. And the worst part is? We see people with real talent act with more grace that these reality folks. Look at Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Angelina and Brad, George Clooney, countless celebrities who use their money and platform to help others. While Kate spends her money on hair extensions, Heidi on EE breasts, and Snookie on spray tans. I’m scratching my head.
In My Mailbox: Week of June 27th
Title: Welcome to My Life
Author: Micheline McAllister
Received: From Micheline McAllister
Synopsis: Lights, camera, action! Samantha Kelly is a thirty something personal assistant working in Hollywood, and still looking for the perfect role as an adored girlfriend with a balanced checkbook, good friends, and all the respect she deserves. But somehow, she’s caught in a world where she working fourteen hour days, her boyfriends are cheating, her bosses are completely crazy, and her friends aren’t quite to be trusted. Even worse, as the glamour quotient in her life goes up, her bank account begins to skyrocket down. As she moves from being a personal assistant to becoming an actress, and from boyfriend to boyfriend, she begins to slowly rescript her life. But can she make a fairytale come true and find the life she’s meant to lead? And will that life have the happy ending Sam’s so desperate for? This is a brash and funny account of Hollywood, told by an author who lived through it. Full of insider information about the entertainment world and its denizens, and peppered with a roster of famous names, this is smart and savvy chick lit with a Hollywood pedigree.
Title: Love You, Love Your Work, Let’s Do Lunch!
Author: Micheline McAllister
Received: From Micheline McAllister
Synopsis: Love You, Love Your Work, Letas Do Lunch! is about a talented teleplay writer, Ashling Donovan, who moves from Des Moines to L.A. to live with her boyfriend. Unfortunately, she doesnat have the proper Hollywood connections to get a writing job on a television show, so reluctantly she takes a position as a production assistant. When, unexpectedly, she splits up with her boyfriend, she finds herself looking for a place to live and having to make her own future as a writer. She comes up with a brilliant idea and tells one lie that changes her entire world. Just like that, she is a head writer, creator of a new show, and her own personal assistant. Can this girl from Iowa make a career for herself living a double life and find happiness again?
Title: Tuesday Tells it Slant
Author: Holly Christine
Received: Amanda Parker- BookSparks PR
Synopsis: Tuesday Morning has always been a little… different. She’s kept a diary since 1989 and while researching for her senior seminar paper on Emily Dickinson’s Transcendental tendencies, reads a poem that will change her life. And not just her future. Tuesday changes her past. We all have secrets and skeletons in our closets, but Tuesday has managed to clean hers out with a pen and a diary. Just how precious is our past? And how much has our past created what we are today? How far would you go to forget your past? Tuesday Tells it Slant is a story about the tension between one’s past and personal dreams with a uniquely purposed presentation.
Author Name: Diane Chamberlain
Bio: Diane grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey and attended New Jersey Glassboro State College in New Jersey. Diane was a special education major before moving to San Diego, where she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from San Diego State University. After graduating, she worked in a couple of youth counseling agencies and then focused on medical social work, working at Sharp Hospital in San Diego and Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. before opening her own private psychotherapy practice in Alexandria, Virginia, specializing in adolescents. While in San Diego, Diane decided to put her love of reading into trying to write, and quickly found another passion. Her first novel, Private Relations, took her four years to write and was published in 1989, wining a RITA award for Best Single Title Contemporary Novel. She now has 19 titles published.
Titles: Private Relations, Lovers and Strangers, Secret Lives, Fire and Rain, Brass Ring, Reflection, The Escape Artist, Cypress Point, Keeper of the Light, Kiss River, Her Mother’s Shadow, The Bay at Midnight, The Secret Life of Ceecee Wilkes, Before the Storm, The Courage Tree, Secrets She Left Behind, Breaking the Silence, Summer’s Child, and The Lies We Told.
Currently: Diane currently lives in north Caroline with her significant other, photographer John Pagliuca. She also has three grown stepdaughters, three sons-in-law, three grandbabies, and two shelties named Keeper and Jet.
Should you use different cleansers after your workout? According to an article in the June edition of Fitness magazine, that answer is yes. After a workout, you will want to go beyond the surface and get deeper down in the pores, and Fitness highlights three of the top after-workout cleansers.
Neutrogena Deep Clean Sport Facial Cleanser. This claims to break up the clogged oil with salicylic acid, along with reducing redness with menthol.
Garnier Skin Renew The Brusher Gel-Cleanser. This is the cleanser I am most eager to try out. The rubber bristles wipe away dead cells, and vitam E is able to penetrate deep into the skin, giving it silky smooth touch.
L’Oreal Paris Go 360 Clean Deep Cream Cleanser. This scrub has 500 touch points that spread the suds over the skin, leaving the face feeling smooth and invigorated.
Gasp! The Bachelor loses another hopeful couple. People.com has reported that Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi have broken up. Janice Lee, a rep for the reality couple, said in a statement, “Jake and Vienna have split. They appreciate the respect for their privacy at this time.” There was no reason given for the breakup, though the couple was spending time apart. Pavelka is currently in Atlanta filming a guest appearance on the Lifetime series Drop Dead Diva, while Girardi is in Los Angeles. Tell me honestly, who is even the least bit surprised??
Photo Credit: Mark Brendal/ABC
I have been a fan of Chelsea Handler since the beginning of her popular late night show Chelsea Lately on the E! network. When I learned she had books out, of course I had to scoop them up. I started with Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea. And I loved it! The story speeds through Chelsea’s life, ranging from her as a young girl up until she is an adult, highlighting some of the most bizarre and hilarious events that has taken place. From telling her classmates that she is a major movie star with Goldie Hawn, a girl-on-girl stint in jail, and all her crazy family issues in between, this book kept me laughing until the end. Handler’s uninhibited point of view and sarcastic remarks kept me laughing out loud, and even though at times the story line seemed a bit all over, her narrative kept it all flowing together. If you can appreciate cynical, self-deprecating humor and raunchy situations, be sure to check this one out! If you have seen Chelsea Lately and don’t find her funny, or are sensitive to racy content, I would suggest passing.