Here by Denise Grover Swank

December 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Chick Lit Review, Samantha's Favorites

Denise Grover Swank is on tour with CLP Blog Tours. I was so excited to host Denise again – for the third time – because her writing is truly phenomenal. The worlds she creates, the characters that will stick with you, and the way I can just not close her books has made her one of my top authors of 2011. Her latest novel, the YA/paranormal Here focuses on Julia Phillips after she is involved in a horrible car accident, where her best friend Monica is killed. Strange things have happened since the accident – such as Julia’s sudden ability to draw, false memories of the accident where Julia remembers her dying and Monica surviving, and a bracelet engraved with her name – that Julia has never seen before. To add to the strangeness – the most popular boy in school, Evan Whittaker, has now taken an interest in Julia. Where before he paid no attention to her, he is now offering to tutor her and seems to have a crush on her. What Julia doesn’t realize is that Evan is no ordinary boy – and he doesn’t even belong in her world. So what is he doing Here?

All I can say, another great read from Denise Grover Swank. The prologue was terrific – a glimpse into maybe where the storyline could go, but not too much information so I kept wondering how and when it was going to come into the story. The buildup to the big reveal is on point, just enough story with Julia and Evan to get readers ready for a wild ride when she finally discovers who he really is. I enjoy reading paranormal stories because I like to see what the author can come up with. With this parallel universe that Denise creates, I love how the government is created, how the citizens live, and even small details like the elevators move sideways instead of up and down.  It’s fascinating to me. I finished this book in one day because I did not want to put it down. Here has another cliff hanger ending (as did Chosen) and I will definitely want to read the next in the series!

[Rating: 5]

Connect with Denise!

 http://www.denisegroverswank.com/

 http://www.denisegroverswank.com/blog/blog/

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4921525.Denise_Grover_Swank

 http://www.facebook.com/deniseswank

http://twitter.com/#!/DeniseMSwank

 

On Tour : Here by Denise Grover Swank

December 10, 2011 by  
Filed under CLP Blog Tours

Denise will be on tour December 12- January 2 with her novel Here

Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.

Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can’t ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from.

Please visit CLP Blog Tours for all the reviews, interviews, and guest posts! **Everyone who leaves a comment on Denise’s tour page will be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card! If you purchase your copy of Here  from December 9-January 2  and send your receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, you will get five bonus entries!**

Mid-Week Mailbox- November 16

November 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Chick Lit Plus, In My Mailbox, Updates

In My Mailbox: Mid-Week- November 16

 

Title: Year of the Chick

Author: Romi Moondi

Received: Via CLP Blog Tours

Synopsis: An awkward family homecoming at Christmas.

A humiliating public weigh-in, with two judging parents as the audience.

The announcement of a deadline for arranged marriage doom.

And that’s just the first two chapters.

In “Year of the Chick,” Romi Narindra must find love before her parents find her a husband. This is a difficult task in a world where self-consciousness is at an-all-time high, and dating experience at an all-time low.

Severely lacking in seductive skills and uninspired by her corporate job, Romi turns to what she loves, by writing about her quest to find love on her brand new blog.

From whiskey-breath scum bags to uni-browed creeps and everything in between, Romi and her wingmen come up empty time after time. But hope floats again when she meets a fellow writer unexpectedly.

On the Internet.

So will it be arranged marriage doom, or an Internet affair that’s not as creepy as “To Catch a Predator?”

Time will tell in the “year of the chick,” a twelve-month quest to find love.

Tick-tock.

 

Title: Here

Author: Denise Grover Swank

Received: Via CLP Blog Tours

Synopsis: Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.

Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can’t ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from.

 

Title: Build a Man

Author: Talli Roland

Received: From Talli Roland

Synopsis: How far would you go to create the perfect partner?

Slave to the rich, rude and deluded, cosmetic surgery receptionist Serenity Holland longs for the day she’s a high-flying tabloid reporter. Unfortunately, every pitch she sends out disappears like her clients’ liposuctioned fat, never to be seen again. Then she meets Jeremy Ritchie — the hang-dog man determined to be Britain’s Most Eligible Bachelor by making himself over from head to toe and everything in between — giving Serenity a story no editor could resist.

With London’s biggest tabloid on board and her very own column tracking Jeremy’s progress from dud to dude, Serenity is determined to be a success, even going undercover to gain intimate access to Jeremy’s life. But when Jeremy’s surgery goes drastically wrong and Serenity is ordered to cover all the car-crash goriness, she must decide how far she really will go for her dream job.

 

Title: Stay Tuned

Author: Lauren Clark

Received: Via CLP Blog Tours

Synopsis: What happens when a #1 news team becomes the top story instead of reporting it? For TV producer Melissa Moore, crisis management comes with the job. From employee disputes to her high-maintenance boss, there’s not much she hasn’t seen or can’t handle. But no one—including Melissa—expects a fistfight during the ten o’clock news. When sexy-but-crazy Alyssa Andrews lands a punch on her co-anchor’s face, Melissa jumps on set to help. She’s determined that WSGA’s reputation won’t be destroyed on her watch. Both anchors are fired and Melissa agrees to fill in—but not before polishing her look from haircut to heels. While the new Melissa wows WSGA viewers, her personal life starts fraying at the edges. Melissa’s husband is away more than he’s home, leaving cryptic Post-it notes in his wake. Her mother’s antics spiral out of control at the nursing home and a stalker decides Melissa is her next target. What happens next? Stay Tuned to find out…

 

Title: Blue Straggler

Author: Kathy Lynn Harris

Received: By Laura Pepper Wu

Synopsis: A blue straggler is a star that has an anomalous blue color and appears to be disconnected from those stars that surround it.

But this is not a story about astronomy.

Bailey Miller is “disconnected” from the cluster of her rural south Texas family. She has never quite fit in and now in her early 30s, she finds herself struggling with inner turmoil and a series of bad choices in her life.

Future Tour: Here by Denise Grover Swank

November 8, 2011 by  
Filed under CLP Blog Tours

Denise will be on tour December 12-January 2 with her novel Here.

Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.

Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can’t ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from.

Please visit CLP Blog Tours for the full tour schedule. **Anyone who purchases their copy of Here between November 7-January 2 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five entries in a drawing to win a $10 Amazon gift card!!**