Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups by Andrew Joyce – Book Spotlight

Overview

Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups is a jumble of genres—seven hundred pages of fiction and nonfiction … some stories included against the author’s better judgment. If he had known that one day they’d be published, he might not have been as honest when describing his past. Here is a tome of true stories about the author’s criminal and misspent youth, historical accounts of the United States when She was young, and tales of imagination encompassing every conceivable variety—all presented as though the author is sitting next to you at a bar and you’re buying the drinks as long as he keeps coming up with captivating stories to hold your interest.

Comprised of 218,000 words, you’ll have plenty to read for the foreseeable future. This is a book to have on your night table, to sample a story each night before extinguishing the lights and drifting off to a restful sleep.

Mr. Joyce sincerely hopes that you will enjoy his stories because, as he has stated, “It took a lot of living to come up with the material for some of them.”

From Andrew Joyce

Hello, my name is Andrew Joyce. I’m here today to try to sell a few books. I have a new book out entitled Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups. And I thought it might help if I brought my dog along because he’s a bit more articulate than I am. We’re here to discuss a few of our favorite things. But first, I’d like to introduce you to Danny the Dog.

Say hello, Danny.

Hello.

Could you be a bit more enthusiastic?

Could you get on with it? You dragged me away from a Lassie rerun. She was just about to save Timmy, who fell into a well. I wanted to see how she was gonna do it, seeing as she has no opposable thumbs. You never know, I might have to save you from a well someday. Then you’ll be sorry you didn’t let me finish watching my show.

Okay. Let’s just get down to it. I’ll say my favorite things first and then you can tell the nice people about your favorite things.

Why do you get to go first?

It really doesn’t matter to me, Danny. Do you want to go first?

No.

Boy, oh boy! You are something else. I’m sorry, folks, but Danny seems to be in a mood today. I’ll start the ball rolling by telling you some of my favorite things.

Make sure they’re not too sappy.

Be quiet, Danny. Okay, here goes. I like getting up early to see the sun rise out of the ocean. I like rainy days when I can stay inside and read a good book. I like a good cup of coffee, and happy endings in movies. Now it’s your turn, Danny.

Whoa! Are you kidding me? What are you trying to do, fool these poor people? I’ll tell ’em what you really like.

No need to do that, Danny. I’m just trying to sell some books here.

Hush. If you want to sell books, then be honest with the people. It’s my turn and I’ll use it to tell the people what you’re really like. Andrew’s favorite thing is vodka. Then there’s his obsession with beer. You should see him when he has a snootful. He’s just like Hemingway. I don’t mean he can write like Hemingway, but he sure can drink like him.

Thanks a lot, Danny.

I’m not done yet. Sunrises? Andrew hasn’t seen a sunrise since I was a pup. And coffee? Of course, he loves coffee. He puts three shots of vodka in every cup. I will admit he does read a lot, rain or shine.

You are a bad doggie, Danny. Alright, you blew my cover, but we still haven’t heard about your favorite things.

I thought you’d never ask. I love to sniff where other dogs have peed. I love our walks in the morning when it’s just the two of us. I love it when, after our walks, you give me those treats. But do you want to know what I love the most?

I’m afraid to ask.

I love you. I’m hard on you because I’m trying to keep you on the straight and narrow. An impossible task, I think. But I’ll keep trying.

Aww shucks, Danny.

Can we get out of here now? There’s an old Rin Tin Tin movie on TCM that I don’t want to miss.

Sure, Danny. Let me just thank Reeca for having us over.

Thank her for me too. It wasn’t so bad.

Thank you, Reeca.

IS DANNY NOT THE CUTEST THING EVER – Reeca

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About the author

NOW HE LOOKS LIKE A CONVICT-Reeca (JUST KIDDING! He is one of the sweetest guys in the blogging world- his dog is sweeter! 😂)

Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until years later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written five books. His first novel, Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, was awarded the Editors’ Choice Award for Best Western of 2013. A subsequent novel, Yellow Hair, received the Book of the Year award from Just Reviews and Best Historical Fiction of 2016 from Colleen’s Book Reviews.

Joyce now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his dog, Danny, where he is busy working on his next book, tentatively entitled, Mahoney: An American Story.

Thank you for stopping by Andrew Joyce!! This book looks fabulous!!

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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Overview

New York Times Bestseller

Goodreads Best Fiction Of 2016 Runner-Up

As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.

Review

Wavy’s father is a meth dealer and her mother is too deep into pills to care about her children. Enter Kellen. He becomes a saving grace for Wavy and her brother Donal.

The plot of this book is complex but then again it’s not. It is about survival by any means possible. Wavy is a damaged, abused and neglected child. Kellen is not very smart but he is a tough, motorcycle riding, meth dealer. He can be as gentle as a lamb with Wavy and she needs someone to help her. She is ONLY 8 years old when they meet(this is an important fact).There are so many things which occur in this book that shape Wavy’s, Donal’s and Kellen’s future.

WOW, WOW, WOW!! This book!! It’s amazing!! It gives you all the feels. I was crying and screaming one minute and wanting to throw it across the room the next. I cannot really describe what it does to the reader. You really want to HATE Kellen for what he is doing but then you can’t stand it when he gets caught. (I have not told you all he is doing…YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!) He really is Wavy’s saving grace. He makes sure she gets to school. He celebrates her birthday. He buys her clothes. But….

I want to say this is the best book of the year for me. I know that will change with the next book I read. However, these characters and this story have stayed with me long after the book has been finished. Many places I cringed and gasped but I could not stop. It leads you into many gray areas in your thoughts. Things are not what they seem to the outside world. You really need to walk in other people’s shoes before you judge. Easier said than done!

I received this novel from St. Martins’s Press for a honest review.

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The Amy Binegar-Kimmes-Lyle Book of Failures by Amy Lyle

The Amy Binegar-Kimmes-Lyle Book of Failures

By Amy Lyle

Genre: Funny Memoir

THE AMY BINEGAR-KIMMES-LYLE BOOK OF FAILURES is a humor memoir. If you have ever failed at love, finances, been fired, not fit in, self-diagnosed yourself with disorders and conditions and/or said, “I really need to get my s*** together,” this is the book for you.

You may appreciate your own dysfunction a little more as you take a journey through Amy’s debacles including: “I Was Not Talking to You,” where Amy mistakes a handsome man waving at her as a potential suitor but in reality, he was only trying to inform her that her belt was dragging on the freeway and “In the Neighborhood,” where members of a cult moving in concurred with a suspicious decline in the cat population. You will relish the chapters entitled “Calls from Sharon,” where Amy’s best friend rants about her kids not getting a fair shot because public schools are ‘so political,’ as her OB/GYN reported her vagina was ‘too clean’ and how the most eligible bachelor from 1982 married a whore. Enjoy “I’m Going to Kill You,” where Amy compares her lack of sleep from her husband’s snoring to CIA agents extracting secrets from a POW. Feel 20-32% better about your own life after reading “Getting Divorced Sucks,” where 911 was called after Amy had an adverse reaction from taking Xanax.

The book has been featured in Scoop OTP, Georgia Followers, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Points North Atlanta Magazine, Just4Fun Radio and the WXIA-TV morning show, “Atlanta & Company.”

Amy Lyle is comedienne, playwright for a large non-profit and monthly contributor for My Forsyth Magazine.

Ten percent of book proceeds are donated to The Place of Forsyth County, a non-profit helping people to become self-sufficient.

Review

With all her trials and tribulations, and believe me, there are many, Amy laughs at herself and her quandaries. Through two marriages, many job misplacements (firings) and 4 children, Amy truly keeps her humor. Her ability to laugh at all her mistakes and to laugh at life is remarkable.

This book reads like a stand up comedy act. It is such a hoot and you can really relate to her troubles. I enjoyed so many areas of this book. However, it does read like a comedy act so it is a little choppy in places. But is is such a joy to read something so refreshing.

Amy has a fabulous outlook on life. I hope she has more books in her future.

I received this book from the author for a honest review.

About the Author

Amy Lyle is an author, comedienne, actor and screenwriter who works as a playwright for a large nonprofit in Alpharetta, Ga. Obsessed with fellow female comedians, Amy developed a writing style that is self-deprecating, hilarious and slightly neurotic.

Although she describes her book, The Amy Binegar-Kimmes-Lyle Book of Failures, as a “how not to” book, her message of “You are not a failure, you’re just having a little bit of trouble right now” is prompting people to share how the book made them feel (#bookoffailures), including the relief of knowing they are not alone in the world of missteps. Fan posts of people reading the book have been popping up from all over the world, including Lake Como, Italy, Amsterdam and The Great Wall of China.

The funny memoir, dealing with everything from getting fired to trying to blend a family, has been described as relatable and authentic, while sparking conversations about how we all handle failure.

The author has been featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Points North magazine and the WXIA-TV morning show, “Atlanta & Company,” in addition to writing a monthly column for My Forsyth magazine.

Amy grew up in Marietta, Ohio, in the heart of Appalachia, a place known for a population that is partial to moonshine and prone to acts of violence. She currently lives in Cumming, Ga., with her second husband, Peter, lots of teenagers and a large dog. Ten percent of book proceeds are donated to The Place of Forsyth County, a non-profit helping people to become self-sufficient.

To learn more, visit www.amylyle.me/.

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IndieBRAG!!!

I have no idea how I ever found out about IndieBRAG. I am sure it was just cruising around the internet. But, I have been a huge fan for a while. I love what they do and how they do it. Anything to help authors get the word out is super in my book.

Here is some information about this wonderful company plus an interview with the president.

Who is IndiBrag

Our mission is to discover talented self-published authors and help them give their work the attention and recognition it deserves. Our primary focus is fiction across a wide range of genres; however, we selectively consider non-fiction books as well.

It is important to note that indieBRAG is not a paid book review website or service and that being nominated for and/or receiving the B.R.A.G. Medallion, or any other feedback provided by indieBRAG or one or more of its readers, does not constitute and should not be interpreted to represent a book review. It is intended to simply provide impartial feedback to the author.

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How did IndieBRAG come about?

My husband is a retired corporate executive and a self-published author.  When he published his books quite a few years ago, we thought we had a leg up on promoting the books due to his career.  This was when self-publishing was just taking off and we discovered two things about self-publishing:

The positive was that anyone could publish a book

The negative was that anyone could publish a book!

The market was flooded with so many poorly written, badly edited and unprofessionally produced books that it seemed impossible for the ones that deserved attention to rise to the top.

We began contacting a number of book clubs and asked if they would consider reading a few SP books and let us know what they thought.  We knew from experience that getting all members of any group to agree a book was good wasn’t easy and ones that did pass this test deserved attention.  So the B.R.A.G. Medallion, Book Readers Appreciation Group, was born!

What exactly does IndieBRAG do?

We now have nearly 300 readers globally who have signed up to read for us.  We send them a list of book suggestions from our submitted books in the genres they request, we “gift” them the book and when they complete the book they fill out a report card. Our readers are kept anonymous so that they can be honest with their comments and decision without any pressure from the author, other reader or even us.  The books that the readers deem “worth a reader’s time and money” are then awarded the B.R.A.G.Medallion and we do what we can to shine a light on them.  Our readers are not all professionals- they are people who love books.   We require at least a high school leaving but many of our readers do have advanced degrees. Some are authors, bloggers, editors but all are book lovers.

Think of us as the “Good Housekeeping” award for books.  We are not book snobs.  We read historical fiction alongside vampires!  We are looking for good storytelling done to a professional standard.

How many authors take advantage of your services and is there a fee for the authors?

Our readers have considered thousands of books and to date, we have honored 811 books.  In the beginning only about 90% of the books submitted made it through the system to receive the medallion but as time has gone by and our reputation for quality increased, it is now about 75%.  Authors know it is a waste of money to submit a book that isn’t done to the best of their ability. We do charge a fee.  I might add, that as our fee rose, so did the quality of books being submitted!  We purchase all the books that we send out along with maintain an active website and social media.  Our team is very dedicated and love what they do.

It is important for authors to know that they are not out there competing with self-published books but all books and the vast majority of readers never consider who publishes a book. Self-publishing is not an excuse for a poorly presented book.  With services such as Createspace, authors can create their own publishing name so it is even less relevant to the readers.  What is relevant is a good book.  An author very seldom gets a second chance at a good first impression.  If you put a bad books out with the expectation that you will do better the next time, you have to know that readers will probably not bother with reading your new book if they were burned the first time!

Tell us a little about yourself?

I am a wife, mother and grandmother.  I was trained as a registered nurse but due to international moves, gave up that career and focused on home.  One thing that was constant was my love of books.  When my husband was a graduate student, I took the opportunity to read every book that was considered a “must read” that I had never had the time to read before.  Books by authors such as Shakespeare, Austen, and Bronte –practically every author featured at the university book store!

When Bob began writing, I was his muse.  We talked about plots and characters and considered scenarios.  I was so thrilled to be a part of it.  Although I would say I have quite an imagination, I am not a skilled story teller—that is his expertise!

Can you tell us about any awards or authors’ achievements?

Many of our authors have become bestselling authors- New York Times, Washington Post, Amazon etc.  Some authors have gained notice from publishers and have decided to traditionally publish their next books.  We do not encourage an “us against them” philosophy when it comes to publishing.   We do encourage authors to do what is best for them and they are always B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree authors and their books remain on our library even if they choose to have that book re-published by a traditional publisher.

Many of our authors have become respected and honored for their work winning many prestigious awards. Some have become sought after speakers in their genre and self-publishing.  We attend a number of conferences and seminars and I am always thrilled to see indieBRAG authors there speaking and sharing their expertise. Several of the panels we have had the opportunity to present included some of our authors.

We will be in Philadelphia next month at the Bookbaby Independent Authors Conference and know we will be seeing a number of our authors.  I invite any authors out there to stop by and say hello and, if you are new, come learn more about indieBRAG!

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.” William Faulkner From IndieBRAG blog.

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How I’m Spending My Afterlife by Spencer Fleury – BOOK SPOTLIGHT

How I’m Spending My Afterlife

By Spencer Fleury

Genre: Noir, Suspense, General

Alton Carver has a problem.

A cocky lawyer in his mid-30s, he’s under federal investigation for embezzling and securities fraud. Instead of spending the next three to five years behind bars, he’s got a plan: stage his own death, take the money he stole and light out for Central America, leaving behind wife Nicole and daughter Clara. But when he sticks around town long enough to watch his own funeral, he makes the unpleasant discovery that the life he’s leaving behind isn’t the life he thought he had.

When he overhears the way his former colleagues talk about him now that he’s “gone,” Alton is forced to reconsider his self-image as a respected and admired pillar of the legal community. Then the shock of seeing Nicole in the arms of another man leads Alton to postpone his plan to run for the border. What comes next is a slow-burn train wreck, a tale of self-deception, revenge and bad decisions.

About the Author

Spencer Fleury has worked as a sailor, copywriter, economics professor and record store clerk, among other disreputable professions. He was born in the Detroit suburbs, spent most of his life in Florida, and now lives in San Francisco. How I’m Spending My Afterlife is his first novel.

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Christmas in London by Anita Hughes

Overview

A charming, glamourous love story set at Claridge’s in London during the magical week before Christmas starring a sweet NYC baker and the Cooking Channel Producer who could change her life.

It’s a week before Christmas and Louisa Graham is working twelve hour shifts at a bakery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. When a young cooking show assistant comes in from the rain and begs to buy all the cinnamon rolls on her tray, she doesn’t know what to do. Louisa is just the baker, and they aren’t hers to sell. But the show burned the rolls they were supposed to film that day, so she agrees.

The next morning, Louisa finds out that her cinnamon rolls were a hit, but the star of the show was allergic, and the whole crew is supposed to leave for London that afternoon. They want Louisa to step in for their annual Christmas Eve Dinner TV special at Claridge’s. It’s a great opportunity, and Digby Bunting, Louisa’s famous baking idol, will be there. Even if he does seem more interested in her than her food.

And then there’s Kate, the show’s beautiful producer. On their first day in London she runs into the skinny boy she jilted at St. Andrew’s in Scotland ten years ago. Now he’s a handsome, brilliant mathematician, and newly divorced. Their familiar spark is still there, but so is the scar of how they left things. Kate and Louisa are busy preparing for the show, but old and new flames are complicating their work.

Set during London’s most festive time of year and filled with delicious food, Christmas in London is about love and friendship, and the season’s most important lesson: learning how to ask for and give forgiveness.

Review

Noah is in a bind. His star on his cooking show has had an allergic reaction and cannot get to London to film. He manages to capture Louisa (in more ways than one). She agrees to be an understudy and Noah whisks her off to London, at Christmas course. Kate is the producer of the show. While she is in London she runs into more than one old flame!

Right off the bat, you need to be warned! DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU ARE ON A DIET! The food in the book is mouthwatering!

There are two storylines in the read, Noah and Louisa and Kate and Trevor. Noah and Louisa are just learning about each other and everything is fresh and new. Kate and Trevor have been here before. There have been some past hurts which they need to overcome.

I just love the characters in their story. Trevor is my favorite. He is a smart, charming introvert! He and Kate have a lot to work through. Noah is also a super sweet guy. He just needs to be a little more confident. He gets there in the end.

The setting is so freaking amazing!! The sights and sounds of London peel through this book. I LOVED reading about London at Christmas. I do not know why, but I have never even considered London at Christmas. But now it is on my BUCKET LIST. Oh and the awesome pastries and the smells of famous recipes…oh MY!! I think I gained 10 pounds just reading this book!

This is A charming and enchanting read! It is the perfect book to get you into the Christmas spirit. (In October no less!)

I received this novel from the publisher and Netgalley for a honest review.

Pictures of London at Christmas! ENCHANTING!

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The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain

Overview

From perennial bestseller Diane Chamberlain, a compelling new novel

In 1944, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina, a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess’s new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly realizes she’s trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

The people of Hickory love and respect Henry and see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain, especially after one of the town’s prominent citizens dies in a terrible accident and Tess is blamed. Tess suspects people are talking about her, plotting behind her back, and following her as she walks around town. What does everyone know about Henry that she does not? Feeling alone and adrift, Tess turns to the one person who seems to understand her, a local medium who gives her hope but seems to know more than he’s letting on.

When a sudden polio epidemic strikes the town, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess, who has a nursing degree, bucks Henry’s wishes and begins to work at the hospital, finding meaning in nursing the young victims. Yet at home, Henry’s actions grow more alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle her husband’s mysterious behavior and save her own life?

Review

This novel starts out a little slow, basically because the first part of the story is “nothing new”. Tess makes a huge mistake and gets pregnant. She marries the father of her child and moves to Hickory, NC. The tale then escalates with all her adjustments and the mysteries surrounding her new husband.

This story has many plots folded all into one. It really keeps you humming along. Henry with his mysterious comings and goings, Vincent, the heart broken fiancé, the polio clinic, the racist attitude of the town, all of this weave into a saga which is absorbing on many levels. Plus! You must read about Reverend Sam. He is a character which stole my heart!! I also enjoyed learning about the Polio clinic. (Which is true!) The town of Hickory did put up a polio clinic in 54 hours.

The only reason I am giving this 4 stars is Tess. She is a little infuriating. She is not as strong as I want her to be. She takes way too much off of her mother-in-law and many others in the town. There were places I wanted to pop her and say “SPEAK UP FOR YOURSELF!”

I have only read one other book by Diane Chamberlain and I adored it. I have no idea why I have not picked up her other books. I must! I love her plot turns and her rich historical detail!

I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.

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