Blog Tour: Goddess of Suburbia

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Excerpt
It’s a terrible feeling, like you’re free falling, knowing that your husband is lying to you and not knowing why. Not knowing if it’s a cover-up of epic proportions or simply a little white lie. I’ve witnessed lies of all shapes and sizes slip over Nick’s silver tongue. That he finished college is a big one. He was six credits short – just two classes, but he never got around to doing it. He started working, and that was that, but he tells everyone he graduated early. Lying is second nature to him, but the lies he told me were always sandpaper lies – smoothing out the roughness of life. They were lies designed to avoid confrontation, not malicious lies. Sure he bought me a birthday card on time – he just left it at work. No, he didn’t forget to pick up milk; he just planned on stopping home first. Little things. But, in snooping around, I knew I had stumbled upon something big – a great big fat lie that would likely destroy us.”
My bookish thoughts…
First up… prettiest cover in the universe, right? I think so. I’ve already got this on my list of titles to order for the library next time we’re evaluating our adult fiction, mostly just so I can look at this cover all the time. And to make it even better, this book is actually pretty great as well! I loved seeing a heroine who is solidly middle-aged getting into a situation that is so tied to social media and modern technology.

Max isn’t exactly flawless as far as characters go, but that makes her so endearing. All I wanted was for things to go well for her, but this is a book, so of course her journey won’t be an easy one. But it did make for great story telling!

Highly recommended!

The book
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Suburbia meets scandal in this hopeful and honest portrayal of that moment in every woman’s life when it’s time to make a change, even if that means risking losing it all. Goddess of Suburbia by Stephanie Kepke is a must-read for women looking to reconnect with their passions, and live authentically.

When pillar of the community and PTA mom, Max, allowed her husband, Nick, to record a sex video of them on his cell phone, she thought of it as simply a way to keep Nick interested and entertained during his frequent business trips. But suddenly, Max is trending everywhere-her video lighting up the blogosphere and Twitter, thanks to the fact that she’s a genuine, imperfect woman. Now the paparazzi are chronicling her every move; her daughter wants to disown her; and her marriage has completely fallen apart. Just as things can’t get any more chaotic, Max’s college boyfriend, shows up two decades after he broke her heart. Now Max must learn to stop going through the motions of her life on auto-pilot and start living authentically, or risk forever being a suburban lemming running towards the cliff of old age.

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The author
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An award winning writer and blogger, Stephanie’s second grade teacher told her she should be a writer and she hasn’t wavered in her path since. In her past life – before kids – Stephanie was an arts reporter and music journalist. She spent her twenties listening to loud rock bands (including her drummer husband’s) in bars all around Boston and New England.

She has three boys and two slightly crazy rescue dogs (one of whom is three-legged).

 

Blog Tour: The Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse

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I’ve got a super exciting tour stop today. I cannot tell you guys how much I loved this book! Ahhhhmazing! Everything from the humor to the characters to the general concept makes it a must read. I can’t wait to see what Daphne Lamb comes up with next. Annnnd, lucky me… I got to interview the author!


26148254Here’s Daphne!

I am originally from Colorado Springs, and now I call Los Angeles home. I’ve been a writer ever since my mom would let me rewrite the endings of picture books. I’m a movie buff and comic book collector.  . In my spare time I do aeriels,  perform in storytelling shows and blog about bad movies.   Wednesdays are a great day because that’s when new issues of comics are released and I’m a hardcore collector of all things Wonder Woman.  My book is a satire, a dark comedy about the end of the world as we know it.  What happens when we’re not ready to leave the life we became so comfortable with? That’s the story told from our heroine’s perspective as she learns how to live a life where you need to do more than just “eek” by for survival.

What was the writing process like?

The writing process for this book was so much fun.  I’d had the title rolling around in my brain for awhile but couldn’t figure out the right way to tell a story with it. It was after going on a Habitat for Humanity build a few years back that I realized I lacked actual real world skills and knew that in the event of an Apocalypse, I’d be toast. I sat down with a list of rules that I thought would be handy in the event of  such an event and gave myself a goal of crafting a chapter a month for a year. I based the main character a lot on myself. There’s something therapeutic about magnifying your own worst tendencies on the page.  From there I chose to surround my main character around the worst people you’d met in everyday life, that you’d never want to face the end of the world with.

How did you build the post apocalyptic world?

The interesting thing to me is when reading other people’s interpretations of what the future would look like there’s two different realities.  Its either a militant structure with no room for free thought (I’m looking at you, The Hunger Games), or its dystopian world devoid of hope and simple niceties (i.e. Mad Max, Blade Runner). Maybe that’s what we have to look forwards to, but I thought about a period just shortly the Apocalypse where there’s nothing but fumbling for normalcy and the resistance to the kinds of changes a complete shakeup would bring.  No one’s going to turn into a cut Warrior of the Lost World overnight, but you’ll have a lot of people demanding to be recognized for what kind of sales numbers they used to pull in.

I imagined a city that’s been trashed but not deserted.  If you’re without the home you know, you’ll go from one place to the next until the resources are gone or until you’re asked to leave.  I couldn’t leave our characters all in one place, I had to explore the little worlds being created by people with stories of their own failures of trying to plug in their first world solutions into this new situation.

What kind of books do you read in your down time?

Science fiction and really any high concept idea are my favorite things to read.     Probably not alone when I say this, but I have a list of books to read that gets added to faster than I can read them!  I just finished rereading Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and have just started Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow.  I was on page one and thought, “Welp, I’m in for a ride…”

What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m about finished with a rewrite of a follow up novel about the down home charms of cult livin’.   I do a fun YouTube channel with some really fantastic writers called The Fictionistas where every week we bring answers to hard writing questions with lots of personal flare. I also have a blog where I find obscure or forgotten terribly made movies that can be found on places like Netflix and YouTube called I Found It on Netflix (www.instantqueuedrandomness.blogspot.com).  And finally, my writing partner and I are developing a really exciting project for television that we’re wrapping up some finishing touches on, so stay tuned for that!


Review: Decide by Michelle Irwin

25980059Strap in, get ready to start your engines and see where it all began.

From an early age, Declan Reede’s only goal was to race in the ProV8 Championship Series. One thing he couldn’t anticipate was that a blistering kiss shared with his best friend, Alyssa Dawson, might derail his plans.

While he knows things between them will never be the same, it’s impossible to predict just where the road will take them, or how rocky it might get.

Will he decide to fight for love or follow his dreams?


I received a copy of Decide from NetGalley, and I’m so glad I did, especially since I almost didn’t request it. I hadn’t read this series before (and kind of feel like I should have? Maybe not.) but now I’m definitely curious to jump in more to find out more about Declan and Alyssa.

This was a pretty quick read, but I couldn’t put it down because I was always so curious to see what would happen next. This was seriously a great start to what I think will be one of my favorite bookish romances.

I was a big fan of Alyssa right away, though it took me some time to warm up to Declan.