Tuesday, July 22, 2014

#REVIEW AND #GIVEAWAY - "The Husband Maker" by Karey White

The Husband Maker by Karey WhiteThe Husband Maker by Karey White

Charlotte’s a girl with nicknames. She may not love being called Charles or Chuck, but the hardest nickname to take is the one she was given in college, the one that’s followed her now for too many years. They call her “the husband maker” and sadly, it fits. Every guy she’s dated since high school has become his next girlfriend’s husband. Not hers. Not three girlfriends down the road. The next.

Is she doing something wrong or is she just cursed?

When Kyle Aldsworth enters the picture and sweeps her off her feet, Charlotte begins to hope that maybe she's not destined to be single forever. A senator’s son with political aspirations of his own, Kyle's wealthy, handsome, and in need of a wife. Will Charlotte be disappointed yet again, or will she finally be able to make a husband for herself?


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Excerpt
I’d always heard the view from Top of the Mark was exceptional. When San Francisco Life listed the top ten places to view the skyline at night, Top of the Mark was ranked number three, so when the invitation to Harrison’s wedding arrived, I finally had an excuse to take in the view for myself.
Stupid, stupid me. I should have taken a cab up the steep hills to 999 California Street, hopped on the elevator to the nineteenth floor, and looked out the windows. I could have come with or without makeup, and I could have worn jeans and a t-shirt. If I’d brought Mia or Aleena with me, we could have had a nice dinner or dessert. If I’d brought Angus, we could have had both. Since Top of the Mark was built at the crest of Nob Hill, I could have snapped a jaw-dropping photo or two with my iPhone and made the sparkling skyline my screen saver.
But no. I had to come see it on the night my old boyfriend was marrying a 49'ers cheerleader named Nicki, who’d had more remodeling than an episode of Property Brothers. She looked like a Who’s Who of Hollywood parts—Scarlett’s nose, Angelina’s lips, and Kim’s cheekbones. Her bias-cut dress clung to her other (ahem) purchased body parts and made me feel very un-girly in comparison.
“Nicki, this is Charlotte.” Harrison looked me level in the eye, and for the first time all evening, I felt an inch of relief that things hadn’t worked out between us. Five-eleven is pretty average for a guy, and Harrison towered over Nicki, even in her stilettos. But the only way he’d ever have been able to look down at me the way he’d looked down at Nicki when they’d exchanged their vows was if he’d stood on a stool. I know it’s not important, and it makes me sound completely shallow, but I read a romance once where the leading man “gazed down at his true love with tender eyes.” Someday, I’d like a guy to gaze down at me with tender eyes. And I’d rather not have to be standing in a hole for that to happen.
“It’s fabulous to finally meet you.” Nicki’s voice was chirpy, and her lips didn’t move quite right. “I want to thank you for breaking his heart”—she puckered up and baby-talked—“so I could put it back together.” She pulled him down by his tuxedo lapel to kiss his cheek, then wiped the red smear away with her acrylic-nailed thumb.
Well, this was awkward. And I wasn’t the only one feeling it. Harrison’s eyes begged me not to set the record straight.
You see, Harrison had broken up with me. “I’m not ready for the whole settling down with one woman thing,” he’d said four short months ago. “You’re ready to get married, and I won’t be ready for that scene for years.”
Maybe he’d meant dog years.
“Congratulations, you two. You make a much better couple than we ever did,” I said, although it stung to admit it.
“Did Will come? I saw Angus a little while ago,” Harrison said. Will is my twin brother. No, his name is not Wilbur, although we’ve been asked if our parents had a thing for Charlotte’s Web more times than I can count. His name is William, and he’s the reason I ended up dating Harrison in the first place.
Our families lived on the same street in Fairfield, but I barely remembered Harrison, who was two years older than us. Nearly a year ago, Will and Harrison had been at the same concert, and Harrison had asked Will if his little sister was still available. Will wasn’t sure if he meant me or McKayla, but since McKayla was already married, he gave Harrison my number. On our first date, Harrison admitted he hadn’t been asking about me, but he was decent enough to say he was glad for the mix-up. And the rest is history.
A short and tragic history, but history nonetheless.
“Will and his wife are in D.C. right now interviewing.” I stepped on my tiptoes and scanned the room over the groom’s head. “I didn’t know Angus was here.”
“I talked to him earlier, but he might have left already,” Harrison said.
“Aaahhh!”
I nearly knocked over a waiter as I jumped away from Nicki’s scream. “Look, Kitten. It’s Baxter Kensington. I didn’t think he’d actually come.”
Kitten? Did she really call him that? Harrison’s red face confirmed that yes, she had. “He plays for the 49'ers,” he explained, and I nodded.
“I’d better go and make room for the celebrities,” I said, and Harrison grinned. He’d always appreciated my sarcasm, and his cute grin jabbed at my not-quite-healed heart.
“Thanks for coming.” He pulled me into a hug while his bride arranged her dress to best flatter her cleavage and patted the sides of her platinum fauxhawk. “Are things good with us?” he said quietly in my ear.
I pulled away. “Oh sure.”
“I was worried—”
“Nothing to worry about. Go. Be happy.”
“Thanks, Charlotte.”
I turned away, my eyes stinging, and nearly barreled into one of the most stunning specimens of athleticism I’d ever seen. His pale yellow shirt and silvery gray suit contrasted beautifully with his dark skin. No wonder the bride was swooning about someone other than the groom. Poor Harrison looked like a little boy in comparison.
Ah, one of the hazards of marrying a cheerleader.
BOOK BLAST AND BOOK TOUR, TOO!

Through slightly blurred vision, I saw Harrison put his arm around Nicki. Not too long ago, I’d thought that would be me, though the venue and guest list would have been drastically different.

My Take:
4 Stars!
I LOVED this book! As you can tell just from this excerpt, it has it's humor, for sure! I happen to LOVE Property Brothers TV show, and I was 'dying' of laughter when I first read that! Then the remark about Charlotte's Web! There are so many more through the book, but you can't help but to feel sorry for Charlotte. Then the tag name of 'The Husband Maker'. That, she hates! Nicknames she hates. Will she ever, and the emphasis is on ever, get her own husband? Then she meets someone and thinks he's the one, and then THE END??? NO!!!!! This cannot be!!!
I found out this book is a trilogy. Now we have to wait until the next book comes out. UGH!!! No!!!
Do yourself a favor and humor yourself with this book, and enjoy it to THE END! Although now you know we are left wanting for MORE! I received this book for FREE from the Author, Karey White, in exchange to read and write a review about it. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to do so, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it and giving my own honest opinion no matter whether it is positive or negative. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the law set here: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html., The Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, 16 CFR 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Federal Acquisition  Regulation.



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Karey WhiteAuthor Karey White

Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.







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The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane (Life in Icicle Falls #5) by Sheila Roberts PLUS #GIVEAWAY!


Description:

After a fake food poisoning incident in L.A., Bailey Sterling's dreams of becoming a caterer to the stars collapse faster than a soufflé. Now Bailey's face is in all the gossip rags and her business is in ruins. But the Sterling women close ranks and bring her back to Icicle Falls, where she'll stay with her sister Cecily.



All goes well between the sisters until Bailey comes up with a new business idea—a tea shop on a charming street called Lavender Lane. She's going into partnership with Todd Black, who—it turns out—is the man Cecily's started dating. It looks to Cecily as if there's more than tea brewing in that cute little shop. And she's not pleased.



Wait! Isn't Cecily seeing Luke Goodman? He's a widower with an adorable little girl, and yes, Cecily does care about him. But Todd's the one who sends her zing-o-meter off the charts. So now what? Should you have to choose between your sister and the man you love (or think you love)?


My Take:
4 Stars
Just like this book description reads, Todd makes Bailey's 'zing-o-meter' go off the charts, don't let this cover fool you into thinking this book doesn't have some heat to it! (No, it's clean, but there IS some heat in Icicle Falls! LOL!)
This was my first time reading about life in Icicle Falls, and I enjoyed it, (brrrr! Kind of chilly there with that name! Just kidding! Like I said, quite the opposite!) but one thing in the beginning didn't make sense to me, and this very well could have been the fact that this is Book 5 in the series, and this is my very first Life in Icicle Falls book.
In the very beginning, I really didn't understand why when there was a fake food poisoning Bailey automatically thought it was 'her fault', packed up as fast as she could, and flew out of the event? Who knows why that woman started choking and acting like an idiot for. Even Bailey wondered if it could have been an allergic reaction, so why did Bailey think it was something 'she' caused? Did she have that little confidence in herself to completely ruin her business because that IS what she thought she did? Hmmm? Or, this could have just been a subconscious reason to take herself back home to Icicle Falls to live with her sister Cecily until she can get on her own feet there?
Cecily is dating Todd, and Bailey and Todd have lunch together about deciding to go into business together, Cecily sees them having lunch, and another sister loses her confidence in herself and she dumps this boyfriend? Cecily found fear in that lunch for some reason and gets very upset at her sister. She takes her anger out on her because she feels threatened by Bailey and Todd's business partnership, which Cecily manages to forget that is what their relationship is about, and not against Cecily. What Cecily just did was force Todd into the arms of Bailey because they do start dating! Now Cecily and Bailey are not getting along at all. Again, here is where I might not know something about these characters and their lack of self confidence? I thought Cecily should have given it time, time to find out what was really going on between the two
What I loved the most about this book was the fact that when the Tea Shop opened and Bailey thought Cecily was not going to come to the Grand Opening that Cecily finally does come at the very, very end. Despite everything, they made up and decided that nothing would ever come between them ever again, and it's always family that comes first.
Like flawed characters, people are like this in real life, too, which is why reading this book was still very enjoyable even if I did have a few questions about things.
I think Icicle Falls is a great place to live, have family, and work, and I wouldn't mind living there for a while again in another book! I received this book for FREE from the Publisher, Harlequin MIRA, and NetGalley, in exchange to read and write a review about it. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to do so, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it and giving my own honest opinion no matter whether it is positive or negative. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the law set here: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html., The Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, 16 CFR 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Federal Acquisition Regulation.

***If you would like to win my copy of this book which I took extra special care of while reading, please leave a comment below with your name and email (creatively so the robots can't pick it up. For example, for my email, I would write it like this: laurieis reading at g mail dot com. Just get creative! Good luck! Giveaway entries will run until July 31st!


Monday, July 21, 2014

#ChristmasInJuly #Giveaway Hop! July 22 to July 31st! 3 Winners!


Sponsored by I Am A Reader and myself! Laurie Here - Contemporary Fiction and MORE

I have been SO looking forward to this hop and now it's HERE! So . . . here are the prizes I have to give away!

INTERNATIONAL - wherever Kindle books from Amazon are accepted - check your country

"3 WINNERS!" 

2 Winners are immediate and 1 winner will receive their book on October 7th, Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber, the day it releases!

Here's how it works:

The 1st Winner will win these 2 ebooks:

"Nowhere for Christmas" by Heather Gray - provided by the author! Thank you, Heather Gray! I'll be doing a review on this book shortly!



Anything can happen on the road to Nowhere… 
A journalist and single mother, Avery is used to being in control though she tries to remind her-self to let God take lead in her life. Eli, her son, is happy as long as he has his music, plenty of food, and the occasional adult on which to practice his rapier wit. Gavin, a virtual stranger, is a photojournalist who mysteriously dropped off the scene a few years ago. 
The trio ends up together for a Christmas road trip to the small town of Nowhere. An eight hour drive in a rental car turns into two days of misadventure and calamity as bad luck seems to stalk them. They get a flat tire, the bumper falls off, the car overheats – and that's only the beginning! Along the way they meet some interesting people – from a bait shop owner who moonlights as a mechanic to a chatty preacher's wife and a highway patrolman whose wife and mother can't agree on the best way to remove a skunk's stink. 
Hungry, cold, and tired, the three finally reach Nowhere only to discover the town is nothing like they expected. They learn that reaching their destination doesn't necessarily mean the journey has ended.


AND

"Christmas In July (Christmas, Coloradao #2)" by Debbie Mason



Grace Flaherty had given up hope of ever seeing her husband again. After all, it'd been over a year since he went missing in combat. So when he strides through the door of her bakery in downtown Christmas one sunny afternoon, she can hardly believe her eyes. But her happily-ever-after is going to take some effort - because Jack has no memory of his family.

All Jack Flaherty remembers about Christmas is that he couldn't wait to leave town. Now he's a local hero with a wife and son he doesn't know. Even as he struggles to rekindle the romance with his wife, he knows in his heart what he wants: a second chance at love.


The 2nd Winner will receive this book when it releases on October 7th! "Mr Miracle" by Debbie Macomber! (My review is forthcoming!) We ALL know and love Mrs. Miracle from her books and movies on the Hallmark Channel! Here is her FIRST Mr Miracle book!



Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber celebrates the most wonderful time of the year in this heartwarming Christmas novel of romance, hope, and the comforts of home—coming soon as a Hallmark Channel original movie!

Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track—and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store.

After trying to make it on her own, Addie has returned home to Tacoma for the holidays, but this time she plans to stay for good, enrolling in the local community college to earn her degree. What she doesn’t plan to do is run into Erich Simmons.

Addie and her next-door neighbor, Erich, are like night and day. Growing up, he was popular and outgoing while she was rebellious and headstrong, and he never missed an opportunity to tease her. Now she intends to avoid him entirely, yet when they’re suddenly forced to spend Christmas together, Addie braces for trouble.

Perhaps it’s the spirit of the season or the magic of mistletoe, but Addie and Erich soon find they have more in common than they thought—and that two people who seem so wrong for each other may actually be just right. With a little prompting from a certain angelic teacher, the two are in for a holiday miracle they’ll never forget.


The 3rd Winner will win a $5 Amazon Gift Card so you can choose your OWN Christmas book!




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Saturday, July 19, 2014

The #NYTimes Top 15 (25) #BestSellers for the week ending July 20, 2014 PLUS #Blog Updaes!



Welcome to another week of GREAT BOOKS! This post is always up by NOON every Sunday! Make sure to stop by every week to see the latest and greatest and where they are on the chart!

First, I found a story in The New York Times today, and you can access it at this link HERE! in which a man turns phone booths in the west side of New York into libraries! It's a video, and well worth the watch! He hangs around sometimes to find out what happens to the books! Sometimes it's good and other times it's not good. I tried to find it on YouTube, but I was not able to. Bummer! But here is another one from London! The people in London seem to treat it MUCH nicer than the people in New York. Enjoy!




Okay! What's going on at the blog this week?

GIVEAWAYS!

**Invitation by Christina Hoffman - Win 1 of 2 $50 #Amazon Gift Cards! Enter HERE!

**The JULY #KINDLE #FIRE HDX OR #Amazon GC OR #PayPal #CASH! ($229 value!) HERE!


**Win a $75 #Amazon Gift Card for "The Husband Maker" by Karey White's Blog Tour HERE! My review date is this Wednesday, July 23rd! Be sure to come back by and check it out! This woman keeps ending up setting her boyfriends up for marriage with her girlfriends, but she remains single! Ugh! What's it going to take for HER to find happiness?


**Sign up HERE! to participate in the CHRISTMAS IN JULY GIVEAWAY HOP! It's coming up soon! It STARTS TUESDAY!

**REVIEW: The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalie Sammartin Fenollera Click HERE! to read it!


What's going on next week?

Tuesday, July 22nd - The START of the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop! It runs until July 31st!

Tuesday, July 22nd - REVIEW of "The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane (Life in Icicle Falls) by Sheila Roberts!

Wednesday, July 23rd - REVIEW of "The Husband Maker" by Karey White

Thursday or Friday - REVIEW of "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrick Backman


LOTS of Giveaways in the HOP next week and LOTS of reviews next week HERE at the blog! Can't wait to see you back here!

Okay - Let's get to the books!

FICTION - COMBINED EBOOK AND PRINT

1.  Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis
ebook: $  8.99
print:   $16.80



2. Top Secret Twenty One by Janet Evanovich
ebook: $10.99
print:   $16.76



3. The Promise, Book 5 of Thunder Point Series by Robyn Carr
ebook: $5.60
print:  $6.79



4. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
ebook: $ 8.99
print:  $16.74



5. When Day Breaks by Maya Banks
ebook: $5.73
print:   $6.79



6. Until We Touch (Fool's Gold Book 15) by Susan Mallery
ebook: $5.26
print:   $6.79



7. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
ebook: $ 6.99
print:  $18.55



8. Mr Mercedes by Stephen King
ebook: $11.99
print:   $16.11



9. All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
ebook: $10.99
print:   $16.16



10. Gone Girl by Gilllian Flynn
ebook: $8.52
print:   $8.78



11. Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
ebook: $  9.99
print:   $16.73



12. Written In My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander Series Book 8) by Diana Gabaldon
ebook: $11.99
print:   $23.57



13. Rusty Nailed (Cocktail Book 2) by Alice Clayton
ebook: $  7.59
print:   $12.09



14. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
ebook: $  6.99
print:   $12.43



15. Kiss and Tell (Sisterhood Book 23) by Fern Michaels
ebook: $5.83
print:   $6.68


Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a GREAT week of reading ahead of you! PLEASE leave a comment if you have read a book you are dying to share with everyone! We would LOVE to hear about it!
Here are the rest of the book, 16 to 25!


  1. ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, by Anthony Doerr (Scribner)
  2. BREATHE WITH ME, by Kristen Proby (Ampersand)
  3. THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, by Liane Moriarty (Amy Einhorn/Putnam)
  4. A GAME OF THRONES, by George R. R. Martin (Bantam)
  5. LOVE, LAUGHTER, AND HAPPILY EVER AFTERS COLLECTION, by Violet Duke (Violet Duke)
  6. UNLUCKY 13, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown)
  7. THE NEIGHBOR, by Dean Koontz (Bantam)
  8. THE TARGET, by David Baldacci (Grand Central)
  9. THE MATCHMAKER, by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown)
  10. THE VACATIONERS, by Emma Straub (Riverhead)

Friday, July 18, 2014

REVIEW - The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalie Sammartin Fenollera



DESCRIPTION:

In this #1 international bestseller, a young woman leaves everything behind to work as a librarian in a remote French village, where she finds her outlook on life and love challenged in every way.
Prudencia Prim is a young woman of intelligence and achievement, with a deep knowledge of literature and several letters after her name. But when she accepts the post of private librarian in the village of San Ireneo de Arnois, she is unprepared for what she encounters there. Her employer, a book-loving intellectual, is dashing yet contrarian, always ready with a critique of her cherished Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott. The neighbors, too, are capable of charm and eccentricity in equal measure, determined as they are to preserve their singular little community from the modern world outside.

Prudencia hoped for friendship in San Ireneo but she didn't suspect that she might find love—nor that the course of her new life would run quite so rocky or would offer challenge and heartache as well as joy, discovery, and fireside debate. Set against a backdrop of steaming cups of tea, freshly baked cakes, and lovely company, The Awakening of Miss Prim is a distinctive and delightfully entertaining tale of literature, philosophy, and the search for happiness.

My Take:
3 Stars
Release Date: July 8th, 2014
This was a hard book for me to initially get into. This is definitely 'not' Women's Fiction, Chick-Lit or anything related, so if you are looking for that in this book, you are not going to find it at all. 
This book is Literature. Sometimes I feel literature can be a tad boring at times, and that is the way I felt with this book. After reading the first quarter of this book, I felt like I almost could not go on. I went on, despite. It took me about half the book before I could like the book a 'little' more. After the halfway mark, it got a little more interesting, but I thought Miss Prim would have an awakening to life and love, but the love never came. Yes, there was a discussion between her and her employer, but that went nowhere. The last quarter of the book was the best because that is where she finally came into her own. 
Did I feel moved by reading this book? No. I was kind of glad it was over. Sorry to say this, but this is my opinion of which I am entitled. I felt this book was trying to give us an old fashioned feel to it, and it did, even though it took place very much in the modern day, Overall, while I did read some other reviews about this book to see if what I felt about this book was spot-on or not, I found the average rating for this book is 3-stars, at least according to Goodreads, so I am correct in my rating I felt it deserved. I then went to Amazon to see the ratings there, and there are only four so far. 2 at 5 stars, and 2 at 2-Stars. From that as well as the Goodreads reviews, I found either you loved this book, or you just did not. Sorry to say, I was not one who loved this book.
Miss Prim decides to take the position of a Librarian in Spain to a man who sat in a wingback chair. That entire scenario was a bit strange, as he was always sitting there with his back against her. She was in charge of reshelving all of the books in this man's library/her employer, There were a lot of books to shelve, which did require a Librarian. She put the books in the right places, labeling them correctly, and also shelved children's titles as well. (This part was a bit boring to me, but then again I am much more into Women's Fiction and Chick Lit than Literature, I guess, or perhaps this is what I learned while reading this book?) She and her employer had a few discussions, and she discussed some of the women's classics she loved, but this man/her employer did not like them and was quite adamant about his opinions.
The townspeople were lovely people. They were highly opinionated, quite eccentric, and extremely concerned that Miss Prim was not yet married and did not have a few kids of her own by now. She tried to explain she still had more than enough time yet before she felt the need to settle down. Miss Prim and her employer even had a discussion about this, but that is all.
The last quarter of this book Miss Prim blossoms into herself. (I guess you could say this is where she had her awakening.) She starts to thrive as she decides to travel, and one of her favorite stops is in Italy. She is very happy there and she really starts to find herself now. I really wish the rest of the book was written more like this. If it had been, I know I would have enjoyed it more. I received this book for FREE from the Publisher, Atria - A Division of Simon and Schuster, and NetGalley, in exchange to read and write a review about it. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to do so, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it and giving my own honest opinion no matter whether it is positive or negative. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the law set here: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html., The Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, 16 CFR 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Federal Acquisition Regulation.



ebook: $ 9.73
print:   $11.63

Monday, July 14, 2014

"The Husband Maker" by Karey White Blog Tour #BOOK #BLAST #GIVEAWAY! $75 #Amazon GC OR #PayPal #CASH!


The Husband Maker by Karey WhiteThe Husband Maker by Karey White

Charlotte’s a girl with nicknames. She may not love being called Charles or Chuck, but the hardest nickname to take is the one she was given in college, the one that’s followed her now for too many years. They call her “the husband maker” and sadly, it fits. Every guy she’s dated since high school has become his next girlfriend’s husband. Not hers. Not three girlfriends down the road. The next.

Is she doing something wrong or is she just cursed?

When Kyle Aldsworth enters the picture and sweeps her off her feet, Charlotte begins to hope that maybe she's not destined to be single forever. A senator’s son with political aspirations of his own, Kyle's wealthy, handsome, and in need of a wife. Will Charlotte be disappointed yet again, or will she finally be able to make a husband for herself?
Get your copy of The Husband Maker for just $3.99!



Excerpt
I’d always heard the view from Top of the Mark was exceptional. When San Francisco Life listed the top ten places to view the skyline at night, Top of the Mark was ranked number three, so when the invitation to Harrison’s wedding arrived, I finally had an excuse to take in the view for myself.
Stupid, stupid me. I should have taken a cab up the steep hills to 999 California Street, hopped on the elevator to the nineteenth floor, and looked out the windows. I could have come with or without makeup, and I could have worn jeans and a t-shirt. If I’d brought Mia or Aleena with me, we could have had a nice dinner or dessert. If I’d brought Angus, we could have had both. Since Top of the Mark was built at the crest of Nob Hill, I could have snapped a jaw-dropping photo or two with my iPhone and made the sparkling skyline my screen saver.
But no. I had to come see it on the night my old boyfriend was marrying a 49ers cheerleader named Nicki, who’d had more remodeling than an episode of Property Brothers. She looked like a Who’s Who of Hollywood parts—Scarlett’s nose, Angelina’s lips, and Kim’s cheekbones. Her bias-cut dress clung to her other (ahem) purchased body parts and made me feel very un-girly in comparison.
“Nicki, this is Charlotte.” Harrison looked me level in the eye, and for the first time all evening, I felt an inch of relief that things hadn’t worked out between us. Five-eleven is pretty average for a guy, and Harrison towered over Nicki, even in her stilettos. But the only way he’d ever have been able to look down at me the way he’d looked down at Nicki when they’d exchanged their vows was if he’d stood on a stool. I know it’s not important, and it makes me sound completely shallow, but I read a romance once where the leading man “gazed down at his true love with tender eyes.” Someday, I’d like a guy to gaze down at me with tender eyes. And I’d rather not have to be standing in a hole for that to happen.
“It’s fabulous to finally meet you.” Nicki’s voice was chirpy, and her lips didn’t move quite right. “I want to thank you for breaking his heart”—she puckered up and baby-talked—“so I could put it back together.” She pulled him down by his tuxedo lapel to kiss his cheek, then wiped the red smear away with her acrylic-nailed thumb.
Well, this was awkward. And I wasn’t the only one feeling it. Harrison’s eyes begged me not to set the record straight.
You see, Harrison had broken up with me. “I’m not ready for the whole settling down with one woman thing,” he’d said four short months ago. “You’re ready to get married, and I won’t be ready for that scene for years.”
Maybe he’d meant dog years.
“Congratulations, you two. You make a much better couple than we ever did,” I said, although it stung to admit it.
“Did Will come? I saw Angus a little while ago,” Harrison said. Will is my twin brother. No, his name is not Wilbur, although we’ve been asked if our parents had a thing for Charlotte’s Web more times than I can count. His name is William, and he’s the reason I ended up dating Harrison in the first place.
Our families lived on the same street in Fairfield, but I barely remembered Harrison, who was two years older than us. Nearly a year ago, Will and Harrison had been at the same concert, and Harrison had asked Will if his little sister was still available. Will wasn’t sure if he meant me or McKayla, but since McKayla was already married, he gave Harrison my number. On our first date, Harrison admitted he hadn’t been asking about me, but he was decent enough to say he was glad for the mix-up. And the rest is history.
A short and tragic history, but history nonetheless.
“Will and his wife are in D.C. right now interviewing.” I stepped on my tiptoes and scanned the room over the groom’s head. “I didn’t know Angus was here.”
“I talked to him earlier, but he might have left already,” Harrison said.
“Aaahhh!”
I nearly knocked over a waiter as I jumped away from Nicki’s scream. “Look, Kitten. It’s Baxter Kensington. I didn’t think he’d actually come.”
Kitten? Did she really call him that? Harrison’s red face confirmed that yes, she had. “He plays for the 49ers,” he explained, and I nodded.
“I’d better go and make room for the celebrities,” I said, and Harrison grinned. He’d always appreciated my sarcasm, and his cute grin jabbed at my not-quite-healed heart.
“Thanks for coming.” He pulled me into a hug while his bride arranged her dress to best flatter her cleavage and patted the sides of her platinum fauxhawk. “Are things good with us?” he said quietly in my ear.
I pulled away. “Oh sure.”
“I was worried—”
“Nothing to worry about. Go. Be happy.”
“Thanks, Charlotte.”
I turned away, my eyes stinging, and nearly barreled into one of the most stunning specimens of athleticism I’d ever seen. His pale yellow shirt and silvery gray suit contrasted beautifully with his dark skin. No wonder the bride was swooning about someone other than the groom. Poor Harrison looked like a little boy in comparison.
Ah, one of the hazards of marrying a cheerleader.
Through slightly blurred vision, I saw Harrison put his arm around Nicki. Not too long ago, I’d thought that would be me, though the venue and guest list would have been drastically different.


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Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.




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Blog Tour Schedule
July 21st
I Am A Reader – Guest Post
Julie Coulter Bellon – Review
Joy in the Moments – Review
Seasons of Humility – Review
My Book A Day – Review
b00k r3vi3ws – Review
Corazones Literarios – Review
Books Are Sanity!!! – Review
Kelly P’s Blog – Spotlight
Cherry Mischievous – Spotlight
A Book Lover’s Retreat – Spotlight
Michigan Saving and More – Spotlight
July 22nd
BookHounds – Spotlight
Room With Books – Spotlight
From the TBR Pile – Review
Author Cindy C Bennett – Review
Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Review
Getting Your Read On – Review
Gwynneth White – Review
Girl of 1000 Wonders – Review
July 23rd
LOVE. WITHOUT YOU – Guest Post
Beck Valley Books – Spotlight
A Writer’s Life – Spotlight
Book Readers – Spotlight
Debbie Jean – Review
LDS and Lovin’ it – Review
Mel’s Shelves – Review
Christy’s Cozy Corners – Review
Midnight Book Girl – Review
Laurie Here – Contemporary Fiction and MORE – Review
I Love to Read and Review Books :) – Review
RachelleWrites – Review
Extaordinaryreads – Review
July 24th
Desirablereads – Review
Tressa’s Wishful Endings – Review
The Reading Diaries – Review
July 25th
Shout with Emaginette – Spotlight
Books Direct – Spotlight
Brooklyn Berry Designs – Review
Gamila’s Review – Review
Home on Deranged – Review
readalot blog – Review
Jinky is Reading – Review
Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review
What’s Beyond Forks? – Review
July 26th
Clutter Your Kindle – Review
July 28th
StoreyBook Reviews – Review
Manic Mama of 2 – Review
Ramblings of a Book Lunatic – Review
July 29th
Fantastical Adventures through the Paper Realm – Review
Simple Wyrdings – Review
books are love – Review
The Book Nympho – Review
July 30th
Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – Spotlight
My Devotional Thoughts – Review
i blog 4 books – Review
July 31st
Books and Benches – Spotlight
Bonnie Gets A Say – Review
August 1st
Cassandra M’s Place – Spotlight
Tifferz and Her Sisterz Book Reviewz – Review
The NerdHerd Reads – Review
To Read or Not To Read – Review
Why Not? Because I Said So! – Review
Enter Here Canada – Review
August 4th
From the Bootheel Cotton Patch – Spotlight
A Casual Reader’s Blog – Review
August 5th
deal sharing aunt – Spotlight
Victoria Simcox’s Blog – Spotlight
Cloud Dancing – Review
August 6th
Curling Up With A Good Book – Spotlight
Twenty 5 Three – Spotlight
Every Free Chance Book Reviews – Review
My Life. One Story at a Time. – Review
August 7th
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Spotlight
Sweeping Me – Spotlight
Lucinda Whitney | LDS Author – Review
Literary Time Out – Review
Bookworm Lisa – Review
August 8th
Amethyst Daydreams – Spotlight
Bella Harte Books – Spotlight
Sweeping Me – Spotlight