Monthly Archives: April 2012

Book Review: Will Write for Shoes by Cathy Yardley

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Just so you know, the full title of romance author Cathy Yardley’s how-to book is Will Write for Shoes: How to Write A Chick Lit Novel. Does it strike you as odd that I would read such a book? It shouldn’t – especially if you’ve already read my novel GUESTLIST.

In the weeks leading up to GUESTLIST’s release, whenever most people asked what genre it would fall into, I would say, without hesitation, “chick lit.” That response was usually followed by a look of utter perplexity.

But think about it. GUESTLIST is the story of a young woman who moves to New York City and attempts to adjust to life in her new surroundings. She begins looking for love (or, at least, companionship) and struggles to find a foothold in her career. Isn’t that basically what most chick lit books are about?

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Instagram Photo Challenge #MayPhotoADay

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The truth is, you people are much better at doing the Instagram Photo Challenges than I am. Twice I’ve vowed to participate; twice I’ve failed. Woe is most assuredly me.

But since I know y’all are gearing up for May, I wanted to share the list of challenges with you. Shout out to FatMumSlim, whomever she is, for coming up with these truly creative challenges.

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Book Review: The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst

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Every once in a while, I come across a novel that causes me to throw some side-eye the author’s way. The most recent novel to do this is The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst.

The Dogs of Babel is the story of linguist Paul Iverson, who calls home one day to find out his wife Lexy is dead. The only witness to her death is their dog, Lorelei, and so Paul sets out to teach the dog to speak so he can find out what really happened.

Now I’d first heard of Babel on a screenwriting website. It seems someone adapted the book and the resulting screenplay was so good, it made that year’s Black List. Reportedly, they were looking for an A-list actor for the role of Paul and blah blah bliggity blue. The way the story had been reported, I thought Babel was going to be a comedy of some sort. Anyway, when I’d found the novel at my new favorite book store Book Off, I decided to pick it up. What the hey, the premise was certainly intriguing. Unfortunately, what made for an intriguing premise turned out to be a patience-testing exercise in banality.

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Watch the Book Trailer for Struck by Jennifer Bosworth (Video)

One of my most eagerly anticipated books of 2012 is Struck by author Jennifer Bosworth. The YA novel tells the story of Mia Price, a “lightning addict” who’s been struck by the weather-related electric discharges so many times, she’s covered in veiny red “lightning scars.” However, when a massive earthquake decimates her hometown of Los Angeles, Mia finds herself in a post-apocalyptic wasteland and torn between two factions, both of which want her to harness her powers for their own ends.

But doing so could mean bringing about the destruction of the entire planet.

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GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers Mentioned by AllHipHop

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Over the weekend, popular music industry website AllHipHop featured my novel GUESTLIST in a post entitled A Breakdown of the Latest Urban Reads.

The article, written by Senior Staff Writer Biba Adams, says of GUESTLIST:

The standout debut is at the top of this list, and soon to be at the top of many others. The book is a funny and intriguing behind-the-scenes glimpse into inner workings of New York City nightlife among the Black, upwardly mobile crowd with lots of new money to burn. “Guestlist” is a page-turner from beginning to end, and one of the best independent books I’ve read in a long time.

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GUESTLIST Sony Reader Edition is Finally Here

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Hello there, Dear Readers! Okay, like Kobo, I don’t know anyone that actually has a Sony Reader (though I do hear it is very popular). However, I want everyone  in the world to have an opportunity to read my debut novel GUESTLIST. And so, keeping that in mind, the Sony Reader edition of GUESTLIST hath finally arrived.

And yes, Dear Readers, it’s only $2.99.

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GUESTLIST Kobo Edition is Finally Here

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Can I be for real with y’all? I don’t know anyone who uses a Kobo eReader. But hey, that doesn’t mean I don’t want my Kobo homies to miss the party! And so, my debut novel GUESTLIST is also finally available for Kobo. Just like its Kindle and Nook counterparts, it’s only $2.99.

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