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Night the Lights Went Out by Karen WhiteNight the Lights Went Out by Karen White


Thanks to Lauren Burnstein of Berkley, I am giving away one print copy of Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White.

Description of Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White


From the New York Times bestselling author of the Tradd Street series comes a stunning new novel about a young single mother who discovers that the nature of friendship is never what it seems…. 

Recently divorced, Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. It’s not her first time starting over, but her efforts at a new beginning aren’t helped by an anonymous local blog that dishes about the scandalous events that caused her marriage to fail. 

Merilee finds some measure of peace in the cottage she is renting from town matriarch Sugar Prescott. Though stubborn and irascible, Sugar sees something of herself in Merilee–something that allows her to open up about her own colorful past. 

Sugar’s stories give Merilee a different perspective on the town and its wealthy school moms in their tennis whites and shiny SUVs, and even on her new friendship with Heather Blackford. Merilee is charmed by the glamorous young mother’s seemingly perfect life and finds herself drawn into Heather’s world. 

In a town like Sweet Apple, where sins and secrets are as likely to be found behind the walls of gated mansions as in the dark woods surrounding Merilee’s house, appearance is everything. But just how dangerous that deception can be will shock all three women….

Praise for Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White


“An atmospheric and entertaining look at the friends who keep your secrets—and the friends who keep you guessing until it’s too late.”—Kirkus Reviews

“If Big Little Lies met To Kill A Mockingbird and had a compulsively readable love child, that book would be The Night the Lights Went Out. I couldn’t stop reading!”—Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author 

About Karen WhiteNight the Lights Went Out by Karen White


Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of ‘The Sound of Glass’, ‘A Long Time Gone’, and ‘The Time Between’, among other novels.

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Minger`s Tale by R.B.N. Bookmark: Review

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on April 10, 2017
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Minger`s Tale by R.B.N. BookmarkMinger`s Tale by R.B.N. Bookmark


Publisher: Create Space (Mar 18, 2016)
Category: Satirical Biography, Humor, Memoir
Tour Date: Mar & Apr, 2017
ISBN: 978-1517428396
ASIN: B01DJAXURM
Available in: Print & ebook,  278 Pages

A Minger's Tale

British slang definition: “ A minger is a male or female who fell out of the ugly tree at birth and hit every branch on the way down.”

A Minger`s Tale is not so much of a biography, but more of a “Boyography”.

It is a humorous account of growing up in the back streets of Manchester, England during the 1960`s and 70`s.

“Do pastures greener exist for the colour blind –and how would they ever know?

This is the conundrum Bookmark is faced with and the results are akin to a dog looking for a lamp post in a blackout.

Bookmark does indeed find some of lifes lamp posts, but more often than not he just winds up getting his feet wet.

My Thoughts Minger`s Tale by R.B.N. Bookmark


Wow, I thought I had a rough time as a kid.  What I endured was not much compared to what R.B.N. Bookmark (Ribban) endured.  First, it’s important to know the definition of a “Minger”.  “A minger is a male or female who fell out of the ugly tree at birth and hit every branch on the way down.”  When I read that, I envisioned the old ‘Road Runner’ cartoons.  That poor Coyote always got hurt in the end.  He hit every rock, fell off cliffs, exploded, etc.  It was funny!  The different was that Coyote got what he deserved for going after Roadrunner.  Ribban did not usually go looking for trouble but it found him.  He was born into it.

With humor, Ribban tells his story of growing up in one of the poorest parts of England, Manchester. Life was hard and the people in it did not make it any easier.  The entire neighborhood seemed like one big dysfunction from the way Ribban describes it.  I laughed so much at his expense and antics, he wants the reader to.  He lightens the load while still telling his truth.  Sure, there were times he got to laugh as a kid but not as much as I laughed reading his story.  I felt sad for what he had to go through.

It takes a lot of talent to make comedy out of tragedy but that is just what Ribban has achieved.  I admire his courage and his ability to make a better life as an adult.  ‘A Minger’s Tale’ is well written, full of humor, and tragic.  It reminds me somewhat of ‘Running With Scissors’ by Augusten Burroughs. I highly recommend ‘A Minger’s Tale’!

5/5

I received the ebook version for my honest review.

About R.B.N. BookmarkMinger`s Tale by R.B.N. Bookmark


“Hindsight & perforated toilet paper
are what sets us apart from the apes”: rbn bookmark

Originally from Manchester in the UK, R.B.N. Bookmark left the damp north of England behind him and exiled himself to the frozen north of Scandinavia where he has remained these last 25 years.

He began writing 3 years ago, urged on by family and friends
A Minger`s Tale-Beginnings eventually saw the light of day in March 2016.

The books quirky humour portrays the flipside of life in northern England during the 1970`s through to the mid 1980`s.

Website: http://www.rbnbookmark.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RBN-Bookmark-988776994541136/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rbnbookmark

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Speed of Life by Carol WestonSpeed of Life by Carol Weston


Thanks to Katie Schnack of Smith Publicity, Inc, I am giving away one print copy of Speed of Life by Carol Weston.

Description of Speed of Life by Carol Weston


What happens when the keeper of your most embarrassing secrets starts dating your dad?

Sofia wonders if 14 might be the worst possible age to lose your mom. Talking with her dad about puberty and s-e-x is super-awkward (even though he is a gynecologist). And when she wants to talk about her mom, her friends don’t know what to say and her dad gets sad.

When Sofia discovers Dear Kate, an advice columnist from Fifteen magazine, she’s grateful to have someone to confide in about everything from crushes to mourning—someone who is completely, wonderfully anonymous. It feels ideal—until Sofia’s dad introduces her to his new girlfriend, Katherine Baird, a.k.a., Dear Kate…

Praise for Speed of Life by Carol Weston


“The multicultural cast is led by the completely likable Sofia, whose mother was Spanish and whose abuelo’s comforting presence remains across the ocean. Her story has no fast, easy answers, but there is a clear message that while time does not necessarily heal, it helps. The advice of not to fall too hard, too fast, or too far is real, not preachy. Complex characters and a strong voice make this one stand out.” – Kirkus, starred review

“Sofia’s growth-amid unexpected interest from boys, her first relationship, new additions to her family, and grief-is both relatable and moving.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This slice-of-life story echoes the author’s own experience as a teen magazine advice columnist and addresses all sorts of issues: death, grieving, moving, parental dating, parental sexuality, stepsibling conflict, new schools, self-esteem, and relationships. This refreshing work tackles a lot of themes, but eventually Sofia does get to a better place…Weston isn’t afraid to tackle the squirm-inducing questions common to high school freshmen too embarrassed to seek sound information from reliable sources.” – School Library Journal, starred review

“Carol Weston’s novel takes place over the course of a year, allowing readers to see how much Sofia changes as time goes by.” – Bookish 

About Carol WestonSpeed of Life by Carol Weston


Carol has been “Dear Carol” at Girls’ Life since 1994. Her first book, GIRLTALK (HarperCollins) was translated into 12 languages. A Yale grad with an M.A. from Middlebury, Carol has been a guest on Today and The View and loves visiting schools. The author of The Diary of Melanie Martin series (Knopf), her fan page is: www.facebook.com/writercarolweston. She posts helpful videos at www.youtube.com/girltalkwithcarol. She and her husband live in NYC, and have two daughters and a cat.

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