Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Solemn by Kalisha Buckhanon Giveaway (US/Can only)

Solemn
Kalisha Buckhanon

Solemn Redvine is a precocious Mississippi girl who senses a nearby baby may be her half-sibling: the outcome of her father's mistakes with a married woman who lives in their trailer park. After Solemn witnesses a man throw the baby down a community well, she struggles to understand the event, leaving her forever changed.

As Solemn finds refuge in fantasies of stardom as well as friendships with her brother's wife and a nearby girl, the ill-fated baby's doomed mother disappears without a trace. Solemn remains trapped by connections to the missing other woman and an honest cop who suspects more to the story than others on the small local police force want to see. When her father's next mistake—a robbery—lands Solemn in a group home for troubled girls, she meets a Chicago delinquent who wants to escape. There, Solemn must face the truth of who she really is and what she is really made of.

Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy of Solemn—yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me in the comments below:
How do you choose to forgive someone who has wronged you? Such as lied, stood you up, said rude things, etc. Do you confront them directly or have some other mechanism to cope?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Kalisha and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at St. Martin's Press!
Giveaway ends May 11th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada readers only—sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for the list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

Monday, April 25, 2016

How My Life in Theatre Shaped The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom by Alison Love + Giveaway! (US/Can only)

The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom
Alison Love

The first meeting between Antonio and Olivia at the Paradise Ballroom is brief, but electric.

Years later, on the dawn of World War II, when struggling Italian singer Antonio meets the wife of his wealthy new patron, he recognizes her instantly: it is Olivia, the captivating dance hostess he once encountered in the seedy Paradise Ballroom. Olivia fears Antonio will betray the secrets of her past, but little by little they are drawn together, outsiders in a glittering world to which they do not belong. At last, with conflict looming across Europe, the attraction between them becomes impossible to resist–but when Italy declares war on England, the impact threatens to separate them forever.

The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom is a story of forbidden love and family loyalties amid the most devastating war in human history.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan Giveaway (US only)

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery (Little Beach Street Bakery #2)
Jenny Colgan

For fans of Elin Hilderbrand, Jojo Moyes, and Jane Green, Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery is an irresistible novel—moving and funny, soulful and sweet—about happiness, heartache, and hope. And recipes.

A thriving bakery. A lighthouse to call home. A handsome beekeeper. A pet puffin. These are the things that Polly Waterford can call her own. This is the beautiful life she leads on a tiny island off the southern coast of England.

But clouds are gathering on the horizon. A stranger threatens to ruin Polly’s business. Her beloved boyfriend seems to be leading a secret life. And the arrival of a newcomer—a bereft widow desperately searching for a fresh start—forces Polly to reconsider the choices she’s made, even as she tries to help her new friend through grief.

Unpredictable and unforgettable, this delightful novel will make you laugh, cry, and long for a lighthouse of your own.

Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy of Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery—yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
What are you most looking forward to this summer?
I'm sad it'll be my last summer vacation before I graduate, but excited to go to Barcelona (YES!) and home to see my family!

Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Jenny and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at William Morrow!
Giveaway ends May 4th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US readers only. Sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for a list of currently running giveaways that are open internationally. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Will You Won't You Want Me? by Nora Zelevansky Giveaway! (US/Can only)

Will You Won't You Want Me?
Nora Zelevansky

Marjorie Plum isn't your average washed up prom queen. After all, her New York City prep school was too cool for a royal court. Yet, ten years after high school graduation, she is undeniably stuck in the past and aching for that metaphorical tiara.

But when her life takes an unexpected turn, she is forced to start over, moving in to a tiny box of an apartment in Brooklyn with a musician roommate who looks like a pixie and talks like the Dalai Lama. Desperate to pay rent, she starts tutoring a precocious 11-year-old girl-who becomes the unknowing Ghost of Marjorie Past, beginning a surprise-filled journey towards adulthood, where she learns about herself from the most unlikely sources: a rekindled childhood love, a grumpy (but strangely adorable) new boss, even her tutee.

In Nora Zelevansky's charming second novel, Will You Won't You Want Me?, Marjorie soon realizes only she can decide: who is the real Marjorie Plum?

Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away two print copies of Will You Won't You Want Me?—yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me in the comments below:
What was your high school prom like? If you didn't attend or didn't have one at your school, who would you have gone with?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Nora and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at St. Martin's Press!
Giveaway ends May 2nd at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada readers only—sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for the list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Interview with Anita Hughes, Author of Island in the Sea + Giveaway! (US/Can only)

I'd like to welcome Anita Hughes to the blog today to celebrate the exciting release of Island in the Sea from St. Martin's Press!

Welcome to Books à la Mode, Anita! Let's get this interview started.

Will you please share a brief introduction with us?

Thank you for having me on your wonderful blog!

Anita Hughes was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. She attended Bard College and UC Berkeley’s Masters in English and Creative Writing Program. She writes women’s fiction for St. Martin’s Press and lives in Dana Point, California with her family.


It's my pleasure! It's amazing to get to feature you today! And GO BEARS✌️! Readers, here's a bit about the book, which just hit shelves earlier this week:

Juliet Lyman is a senior executive at Yesterday Records. Music is her passion and she's very good at her job. That's why her famously philanthropic boss Gideon sends her to Majorca, Spain to work with a very tortured, but talented client. Lionel Harding is one of the best song writers of the 20th century, the multi-Grammy award-winning lyricist of the third most recorded song in history. But now he's 42 and six months overdue on the his latest paid assignment. Juliet is not leaving Majorca without either new lyrics or a very large check.

To Juliet, business comes first. Emotions are secondary, and love isn't even on the menu. But to Lionel, love is everything, and he blames Gideon for his broken heart. He's determined to show Juliet that nothing is more important than love, but Juliet is just as determined to get Lionel to create the music that made him famous. If she can sign up local talent, even better. Her new friend Gabriella has a voice like an angel, but she's not interested in fame. Her grandmother, Lydia, wants the world for Gabriella, and she wants Juliet's help to give it to her.

As her professional and personal lives start to mix for the first time, Juliet is forced to reevaluate her priorities. Gideon hasn't been totally honest, and love may be the only thing that gives them all what they need.

Island in the Sea is Anita Hughes's captivating sixth novel, filled with exotic descriptions of food, fashion, and romance.

Describe Island in the Sea in six words.

Female music executive travels to Majorca.

How did you arrive at writing women's fiction? Are there any other genres you’d like to try your hand at, or any you want to stay away from?

I have always loved women’s fiction and have been a big fan of Jane Green, Sophie Kinsella, and Marian Keyes for decades. I started writing women’s fiction simply because that’s what came out when I put pen to paper. I also think about a lot of the issues women’s fiction covers: female friendships, relationships, infidelity.

I can’t really see writing anything else. I’m very happy with what I write.


What was the inspiration for the book?

The inspiration was the song "The Girl from Ipanema." It is the second most popular song in pop music history, and when I hear it I think of white sand beaches and girls in bikinis. Then I thought what would it be like to write love songs but be bitter about love. That’s how I created Lionel Harding, the famous songwriter who is so bitter about love; he can’t deliver on his new contract.


Which character from Island in the Sea was most difficult to write?

Probably Lionel was the most difficult character to write, while also being my favorite character. He is quite complex and it was difficult to make him likable while allowing him to have many weaknesses. But in the end, I think the reader can see he has a good heart and means well, even with his failings. Plus, he was often very funny!

What do you consider your biggest strengths and weaknesses as an author?

I think my biggest strength might be dialogue. I love writing witty dialogue, and I feel the story really comes alive. My weakness might be a penchant to be too descriptive. I love really seeing the places and people when I write.

Name the top five novels that have made the biggest impact on your life or on your writing.

Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham, Mill on the Floss by George Eliot, The Reef by Edith Wharton, The Love Machine by Jacqueline Sussan, and Princess Daisy by Judith Krantz.

What’s the greatest thing you ever learned?

The greatest thing I have learned is just to enjoy what I’m writing. I really immerse myself and enjoy the process. I think if you do that, your readers will enjoy reading the book as much.

Blog babes, click "Read more" to find out Anita's random favorites, her best writing and personal advice, and what makes Island in the Sea stand out as a book from all the rest. We're also hosting a giveaway for a finished copy of Island in the Sea, so you don't want to miss that either!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Rivals of Versailles by Sally Christie Giveaway! (US/Can only)

The Rivals of Versailles (The Mistresses of Versailles #2)
Sally Christie

And you thought sisters were a thing to fear. In this scandalous follow-up to Sally Christie’s clever and absorbing debut, we meet none other than the Marquise de Pompadour, one of the greatest beauties of her generation and the first bourgeois mistress ever to grace the hallowed halls of Versailles.

I write this before her blood is even cold. She is dead, suddenly, from a high fever. The King is inconsolable, but the way is now clear.

The way is now clear.


The year is 1745. Marie-Anne, the youngest of the infamous Nesle sisters and King Louis XV’s most beloved mistress, is gone, making room for the next Royal Favorite.

Enter Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, a stunningly beautiful girl from the middle classes. Fifteen years prior, a fortune teller had mapped out young Jeanne’s destiny: she would become the lover of a king and the most powerful woman in the land. Eventually connections, luck, and a little scheming pave her way to Versailles and into the King’s arms.

All too soon, conniving politicians and hopeful beauties seek to replace the bourgeois interloper with a more suitable mistress. As Jeanne, now the Marquise de Pompadour, takes on her many rivals—including a lustful lady-in-waiting; a precocious fourteen-year-old prostitute, and even a cousin of the notorious Nesle sisters—she helps the king give himself over to a life of luxury and depravity. Around them, war rages, discontent grows, and France inches ever closer to the Revolution.

Enigmatic beauty, social climber, actress, trendsetter, patron of the arts, spendthrift, whoremonger, friend, lover, foe. History books may say many things about the famous Marquise de Pompadour, but one thing is clear: for almost twenty years, she ruled France and the King’s heart.

Told in Christie’s witty and modern style, this second book in the Mistresses of Versailles trilogy will delight and entrance fans as it once again brings to life the world of eighteenth century Versailles in all its pride, pestilence, and glory.

About the Author


Sally Christie was born in England of British parents but grew up mostly in Canada. As a child she moved around with her family and then continued her wandering as she pursued a career in international development; she’s lived in 14 different countries and worked in many more. She’s now settled in Toronto and loving it.

Sally lives and breathes history; ever since she read Antonia Fraser’s masterful Mary, Queen of Scots when she was 10, she’s been an avid history junkie. She wishes more attention and technical innovation was devoted to time travel, because there is nothing she would rather do than travel back in time! Writing historical fiction is a poor substitute, but it’s the best one we have at the moment.

When not reading and writing history, she’s a tennis and Scrabble fanatic.



Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy of The Rivals of Versailles—yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me in the comments below:
Who is your favorite historical mistresseither real or in fiction? Whether they accompanied a king, a politician, an artist... who intrigues you the most?
Although Adriana from The Violinist of Venice is a fictional character, the book was about one of Vivaldi's love affairs—yes, THAT Vivaldi! How fascinating!

Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Sally and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the tour publicist and publisher—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at TLC Book Tours and Atria Books!
Giveaway ends April 28th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada residents only. Sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for a list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Double Knot by Gretchen Archer Giveaway! (US/Can only)

Double Knot (Davis Way #5)
Gretchen Archer

Super Spy Davis Way sets sail on a Caribbean cruise aboard the MS Probability with fifty billionaires, a boatload of Louis Vuitton luggage, Anderson Cooper, and her mother. (Her mother?) The weather is perfect, the seas are calm, and Suite 704 is spectacular. Until the door slams shut. For good.

Obviously, it’s a system glitch. Surely someone will show up to free Davis, Miss Hawaii, and the creepy staff. But when the minutes turn to hours and the hours stretch into a day, Davis knows it’s up to her. With $50,000 in casino chips, a pot roast, and a crash course in banking, she races against the clock to determine why they’re being held, stop the people behind it, and find a way out.

Secrets are revealed, antiquities are destroyed, and they’re running out of dishes. It’s mayday on Probability when Davis Way realizes that only the truth will set her free.
Buy the book from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleiTunes | KoboPublisher

Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away two print copies of Double Knot—yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
What's something in your life that you attribute to pure, sheer luck?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Gretchen and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publicist—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at Claire McKinney PR!
Giveaway ends April 27th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada readers only—sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for the list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!