Pretty Sweet to Get This “Top Reviewer” Badge from NetGalley!

Reviews Published

And let me hold up this one, too, for launching my first 50 book reviews:

50 Book Reviews

I’m so happy to work alongside so many fabulous and generous book reviewers — and get to meet such fabulous authors! Authors can often stick to themselves or to their trusted circles, but NetGalley and all the participating publishers definitely give us a place to link up with some of the best creators out there. Glad to do my part in shining a light on amazing books, series, authors and even a stunningly-written line in a standout book!

Let’s read on. There are gems out there, waiting to be discovered.

A $2.99 Kindle #DealAlert for my novel ‘It’s My Wedding Too’

Just in time for beach-reading, my novel ‘It’s My Wedding Too‘ is on #dealalert at Kindle right now!

I had so much fun writing this one! It all started with an image of two wedding moms completely freaking out in a posh bridal gown atelier — we’re talking a rainbow of fabrics flying everywhere, while the hapless bride looks on, wondering where her own mom went and how she can ever give her fiancé’s mom a chance to be a part of her life when she’s so crazed about the wedding in general (or should I say, CHANGE in general.) I sprinkled a heart-broken, feng shui-obsessed roommate and a dependable fiancé into the mix, and here we have it.

I love that my debut novel is a fast read, light and frothy, lots of fun, and I’m so happy to see it up for $2.99 on Kindle (This won’t always be the price, so check to make sure you know what the current price is before you hit 1-Click.) Step into the world of this wedding, especially if you have wedding mama drama, and see how it all comes together.

Happy reading!

“Cape May” is Here!

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Valentine’s Day hasn’t even started yet, and I’m over the moon with the e-arrival of Cape May, by Chip Cheek, sent to me by NetGalley for review. You know how you’re not looking for the perfect book, but you wander into a honeypot of an online book club and completely lose your mind with all of the fabulous book suggestions? That happened. Ashley Spivey DM’d me an invitation to her Facebook book club, and I have been on a book-getting spree for the past week. Buying ’em, buying ’em on sale, so very gratefully getting some from NetGalley.

My love of reading is back. You might now that my mom passed away a few years ago, and after so much time selling her house, settling her estate and THEN blooming back into life (as much as you can with such a huge, huge loss,) I wasn’t able to stay with a book…until now. I tried. Couldn’t get hooked in, and now I’m a happily bookish girl. I’m happily STOPPING reading, for those books that just don’t bubble my bubbly. Don’t like it, don’t have to finish it.

Mom would love that the book I just received is Cape May. She loved going there, loved the quiet morning walks on the beach, all of our favorite restaurants, looking for dolphins. It kind of feels like she’s in on this book showing up today.

Now, I’ve read the description, and I know this is NOT a story about a mom who loves walking on the beach when it’s quiet. I hear this is a sexy story, with pulse-quickening passion, and I’m here for it.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all, and may this day bring you book scores of your dreams, a TBR pile for the gods, and some really great people with whom to book-chat. Thank you Ashley and NetGalley and thank you Celadon Books for this day’s joy.

Something New! Ayesha Curry’s “The Seasoned Life” for Your Registry

Bridal shower guests LOVE giving cookbooks as gifts! You simply can’t lose with a buzzy, beautiful cookbook that captures a celebrity chef’s sparkle and skill and whichever kind of recipes you’re hungry for now — keto, GF, quick, comforting, southern, and so on.

Here’s my pick:

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How lovely is Ayesha Curry? She’s got that fun-girl energy, excellence in the kitchen, family-friendly dishes, and always a mix of inspiration. I set her TV show to record even if it’s going to be all reruns all day. Don’t care. Love it that much. Recipes to die for, intros to kitchen gear, family visits, al fresco dining, and those cutie kids. All of this great energy, sparkle and great taste comes through in “The Seasoned Life,” and here are my picks for some of the best dishes in this cookbook: Smoked Salmon Scramble. Seriously. Made easy, and finished with a mastery of garnishing that creates a wish to get better at the garnish. Delish, and a fab pick for any bridal brunch or the wedding morning breakfast. Love this one.

Her Making Dinner Happen is one of the warming chapter openings, inviting you into Ayesha’s kitchen with her family, and you just have a seat at the table, or giving her in-progress recipe a taste. “Dinner is also the meal that draws in the most memories” gets you in a reminiscing mood with Ayesha, and this is a great time to look back with gratitude on all of the family dinner memories you have with your inner circle. And White Chocolate Bread Pudding at the end of this book with the desserts (many of them impressively low in sweet stature) completes the equivalent of a great meal. Fabulous finds happen everywhere in this cookbook, on so many levels and in so many categories, with helpful charts and lists like the mix-ins salad chart that’s going to send you right to the crisper. This is a good one, sure to get lots of ooohs and ahhhs if you’re among the brides who open their bridal shower gifts in front of the shower guests. (Not everyone does. We didn’t. People lived. Cake was had.)

I’m excited to open the doors of my book reccs starting with Ayesha’s gorgeous book, for your wedding registry or for a self-bought treat to stave off wedding stress. Books can always rescue you, so I’ll share more of my favorite registry books coming up here!

Hey, as always, thanks for following me here on the blog, and on my social media spots. Many of you know that I’ve been dancing with grief the past few years, and no one tells you that it’s going to take a long time to not just get back to normalcy but to see some slivers of color in the clouds where new joys are coming through. I haven’t really enjoyed a book club novel for years, understandably. I’ve started a few, then put them down, picked them up, then put them down and fired up Netflix. I just couldn’t connect, just couldn’t be there. Then I chanced upon Ashley Spivey’s Book Club and a DM from Ashley led me to her bubbly, energetic, kind, and generous circle of readers. It was exactly what I needed. Exactly exactly. So I am re-reading those sputter-stop novels (Tea Girl?! Really?! I couldn’t get into Tea Girl?!) and jumping into the big names of now (Where the Crawdads Sing, etc.) with my love of reading — and reviewing and recommending — all shined up with a vibrance even my husband has noticed. I’m sure there’s some kind of article out there somewhere on how reading fulfills the soul, in part helping to add extra light to a relationship. Don’t need an article on that. It’s just true.

So if you’re hurting in your wedding planning season, or any other kind of straining season, grab a great novel, crack open a cookbook and some farm-fresh eggs, and just breathe in all that new energy. That’s what I’m going to be doing here on the blog for a while. I published by 38th wedding planning book, I’m turning 50 in about 3 months (!!!) and I’m navigating a post-grief life. Book titles are popping up in my mind, and I’m editing my next novel, so this is a coasting with sea air blowing my hair around after a loooong pedal up that hill.

Happy reading, and hugs to you and yours!