Friday, November 28, 2014

The Beauty of a Second Chance by Lori Jones Giveaway (Open Internationally!)

Growing Up Beautiful: A Novel about Three Models in Milan
Lori Jones
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In the summer of 1986, three young American models are shipped off to Milan to fill their portfolios with photographs. Ready to experience the charmed lifestyles depicted in fashion magazines, Star, Joanne, and Casey soon find themselves thrust into a foreign world that also includes private parties, unlimited drugs and predatory men.

Star's dream of obtaining financial security takes an unexpected turn after a fight with her new Italian agent. She quickly learns it takes more than beauty to make money in a city already crowded with pretty faces.

Joanne, seeking a reprieve from the demands of her privileged upbringing and Ivy League education, sneaks off to Europe without her parents consent. She meets a handsome photographer whose mere presence reveals a desperate longing in her heart she didn't know existed. Time is not on her side as a decision to honor family obligations or take a chance on love must be made.

Casey is a naive seventeen year old who is tired of hearing her mother's constant warnings about life. She is ready for adventure, but not prepared for the potential dangers that are part of the journey.

Together, these three learn the funny, unexpected, and sometimes ugly truth about growing up beautiful.



Sixteen years after their European adventure, ex-fashion models Star, Joanne and Casey reunite over lunch and realize they have a lot to talk about.

On Star’s wedding day, her mother-in-law drops a bomb that threatens her marriage and future security. Joanne becomes a reluctant volunteer out to protect a park against development while hesitant to lower her guard for love. Casey struggles to find a job while trying to be her daughter’s friend instead of enemy, and wonders how she can get her son’s Little League coach to play fair.

Now, older and wiser, will these three women use this second chance at friendship to help one another find success and happiness.
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Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy each of Growing Up Beautiful and The Beauty of a Second Chance—that's two winners total! Even though TBoaSC is a sequel, it reads perfectly well as a standalone :)

To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
What do you think is the most common argument mother have with their daughters, and why?
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. Lori and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the author—a huge thank you to the lovely Lori Jones!
Giveaway ends December 12th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open internationally—woohoo! That means anyone in the world can enter!
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, November 12, 2014

Top 10 Research Methods Used to Write The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson + Giveaway! (US/Can only)

The Paris Winter
Imogen Robertson

"There is but one Paris."
– Vincent van Goh

Maud Heighton came to Lafond's famous Academie to paint, and to flee the constraints of her small English town. It took all her courage to escape, but Paris, she quickly realizes, is no place for a light purse. While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling decadence of the Belle Époque, Maud slips into poverty.

Quietly starving, and dreading another cold Paris winter, she stumbles upon an opportunity when Christian Morel engages her as a live-in companion to his beautiful young sister, Sylvie. Maud is overjoyed by her good fortune. With a clean room, hot meals, and an umbrella to keep her dry, she is able to hold her head high as she strolls the streets of Montmartre. No longer hostage to poverty and hunger, Maud can at last devote herself to her art. But all is not as it seems.

Christian and Sylvie, Maud soon discovers, are not quite the darlings they pretend to be. Sylvie has a secret addiction to opium and Christian has an ominous air of intrigue. As this dark and powerful tale progresses, Maud is drawn further into the Morels' world of elegant deception. Their secrets become hers, and soon she is caught in a scheme of betrayal and revenge that will plunge her into the darkness that waits beneath this glittering city of light.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Glimpse at Certainty by Victor Bevine + Giveaway! (US/Can)

Certainty
Victor Bevine

When you're fighting an injustice, can it be wrong to do what's right?

Inspired by the scandalous true story that shocked a nation at the close of WWI.

With America's entry into World War I, the population of Newport, Rhode Island, seems to double overnight as twenty-five thousand rowdy recruits descend on the Naval Training Station. Drinking, prostitution, and other depravities follow the sailors, transforming the upscale town into what many residents—including young lawyer William Bartlett, whose genteel family has lived in Newport for generations—consider to be a moral cesspool.

When sailors accuse a beloved local clergyman of sexual impropriety, William feels compelled to fight back. He agrees to defend the minister against the shocking allegations, in the face of dire personal and professional consequences. But when the trial grows increasingly sensational, and when outrageous revelations echo all the way from Newport to the federal government, William must confront more than just the truth—he must confront the very nature of good and evil.

Certainty recalls a war-torn era when the line between right and wrong became dangerously blurred.