Special Feature: Love Poems for Married People by John Kenney

I recently had the privilege of reviewing this hysterical collection of poems and I couldn’t resist talking about it today for Valentine’s Day!

This was a book of poems that I could read over and over again, and I frequently paused to share a few with my husband of fifteen years, who laughed just as hard as I did.

There is something refreshing and real about these poems and they are the perfect gift for your significant other on this special holiday. Whether you are a ‘long time’ married person, just staring out, or simply in a relationship—there is so much truth in these little poems about the day to day nuances of relationships.

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this book of poems and I hope that you consider checking them out or sharing them with a loved one this Valentine’s Day.

Recently John Kenney was interviewed on NPR and the interview was a hoot to read! This book has sky rocketed to number #7 in all books on Amazon and #1 on B&N.com – just ahead of Michelle Obama’s Becoming so the secret is out about this hilarious little book of poems.

The book has recently been optioned by Ryan Reynolds’ production company, Maximum Effort. “I’m stunned, thrilled and flattered that Ryan and his team like the book,” Kenney says. “As my wife said, ‘That’s amazing, considering that the poems aren’t that good.’”

 Based on his wildly popular New Yorker piece, Kenney presents a hilarious collection of love poems for, well, married people. The original selection, featuring a range of topics from parental gripes to dwindling sex lives, is a perennial favorite, skyrocketing to the top of the New Yorker‘s most-shared list each year, and now Kenney is writing a collection of new poems that dig even deeper into what it’s like to be married to the person you love. With an ironically elegant package, this is a delightfully funny collection that’s perfect for not only Valentine’s Day, but anniversaries, wedding season, and more.

John Kenney is the author of Truth in Advertising, which won the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and the forthcoming novel, Talk to Me (which Putnam published on January 15, 2019). He has worked for many years as a copywriter and has also been a contributor to The New Yorker magazine since 1999. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.



Review: The Curiosities by Susan Gloss

As many of you know, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to read more books outside my comfort zone. I do read a lot of women’s fiction, but I often pass on books that have anything to do with pregnancy loss or infertility.

Not necessarily because it’s a sensitive subject, but more because I often find that it’s incredibly heavy and when I read, I want something happy. This book caught me a little unaware when it came to its subject matter, but that was mostly my fault.

This cover looks so happy and colorful. Just looking at this cover made me think spring. I have also seen a lot of hype for this book on my social media, and mainly my Facebook group, Bloom Tall Poppy Writers. This author is a Tall Poppy Writer and when I saw this book up for review, I eagerly jumped at it for these two reasons. I didn’t really know what it was about—just that I wanted to read it.

Had I actually read the description, I probably would have passed, but I didn’t and that was a stoke of luck.  Continue reading “Review: The Curiosities by Susan Gloss”

Review: With this Pledge (Carnton #1) by Tamera Alexander

This is my first Tamera Alexander book, though I have had her books on my TBR radar for quite some time. I think her covers are beautiful and there is something about southern belles and romances that I can’t get enough of. But yet, I haven’t moved her books up on my TBR list for some unknown reason.

I was thrilled when this book came up for review because it gave me the perfect excuse to read one of her books, but then I forgot that I had it coming up soon.

When I started looking at my calendar I realized that I hadn’t even started it yet and to be honest, I was really wanting to read another book instead. But being part of a tour leaves little room for flexibility. Reluctantly, I picked up this book to read one night, and the next thing I knew, it was well after midnight.  Continue reading “Review: With this Pledge (Carnton #1) by Tamera Alexander”

Author Q and A: WINTER SISTERS by Robin Oliveira

I read this wonderful book last year and currently have it up for review on my blog this week so be sure to check it out and enter to win a copy of this consuming read.

While this book was a little on the heavy side, it was a wonderful read and one that you don’t want to miss. I love historical fiction that involves nursing and that’s what caught my eye about this book.

I also have a special treat for all of you, a little Q & A with the author! Here she talks about her novels and her writing and research process for her novels! You don’t want to miss this little insight into her world!

A Conversation with Robin Oliveira

Continue reading “Author Q and A: WINTER SISTERS by Robin Oliveira”

Giveaway: Winter Sisters (Mary Sutter #2) by Robin Oliveira

Last year I had the pleasure of reading this very interesting book by Robin Oliveira and I loved it. Though a little on the darker side, it was an excellent read that stayed with me long after I was done with it.

I am thrilled to be able to offer a copy of the novel in paperback to my lucky readers!

New York, 1879: An epic blizzard descends on Albany, devastating the city. When the snow finally settles, two newly orphaned girls are missing. Determined not to give up hope, Dr. Mary Sutter, a former Civil War surgeon, searches for the two sisters. When what happened to them is finally revealed, Dr. Sutter must fight the most powerful of Albany’s citizens, risking personal and public danger as she seeks to protect the fragile, putting at risk loves and lives in her quest to right unimaginable wrongs.

As contemporary as it is historic, Winter Sisters is part gripping thriller, part family saga, and ultimately a story of trauma and resilience that explores the tremendous good and unspeakable evil of which humans are capable (summary from Goodreads).

Giveaway runs 2/11/19-2/16/19

A winner will be announced 2/17/19

(how to enter)

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