Author Guest Post
I can't believe 2013 is almost over! The last few months have been particularly fun and exciting with the release of my second novel, Zoey & the Moment of Zen. And now I've started thinking about the year ahead. Instead of the usual promises that are usually broken by February—eat healthier, get more exercise and step away from the computer now and again—I'd like to share a few writing-related resolutions with you.
Frank Zappa was definitely right when he said: "So many books, so little time." Even though I'll never be one of those people who can read several books every month—as someone who reads extremely slowly, I'm insanely jealous of those people—I want to make more time for all the books currently on my To Be Read list. (But since that list grows longer every day, I doubt I'll never see the end of it. There are just too many great books out there.)
Before the publication of my debut novel, Breaking the Rules, I used to blog pretty regularly—even if it was just to post cute pictures of Abbie the Cat or talk about my novel's progress (or lack thereof.) I plan on being more involved with my blog in the New Year—even if it means posting random pictures of Abbie. (She loves all the attention.)
I have a confession to make—I hate writing reviews. Absolutely loathe it. Why? Because I am very bad at reviewing books. Over the last few years, I've learned that it takes a special kind of talent to write a concise and constructive review. And even if I truly enjoyed a book, writing a review scares me because I never know what to say beyond "I liked it." But since I've been reading a lot of indie books lately (and reviews are especially important for self-published and indie books) I will face my fear and flex my reviewing muscle in 2014.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that, someone who studied English Literature, must have read a TON of Jane Austen novels. Nope. Not a single one. In fact, I read my first Jane Austen novel a few years after graduating. I don't know why every professor I had skipped over Miss Austen, but they did. So I feel like I have a lot of catching up to do in the Jane department and I think 2014 will be the year to do it! (And I will also watch the TV and movie adaptations with period costumes and lovely British accents—added bonus!)
That's it for my writerly resolutions. I'd like to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2014! Here's to a great year filled with good times and awesome books. Cheers!
About The Author
Zoey & The Moment Of Zen by Cat Lavoie
Publisher: Marching Ink
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
Format: Paperback - 318 pages / Kindle - 1519 KB / Nook - 774 KB
Genre: Chick Lit / Contemporary Romance / Women's Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
But Zoey's relaxing vacation turns out to be anything but peaceful when she meets Shane Lawson, a resort guest who bears a striking resemblance to Braden. And things get even more complicated when the resort's owner starts spilling secrets about Zoey’s aunt Nessa, the woman who raised her. Add a snarky Wellness Coordinator and Nate Holmes—Shane's grumpy friend—to the mix, and you've got the recipe for a perfect tropical storm.
When Zoey comes back home with a new husband instead of tacky souvenirs, she must convince everyone she hasn't completely lost her mind. As Zoey and Shane struggle to keep the magic alive outside the resort, Zoey discovers that she isn't the only one having trouble letting go of the past. And when Nate drops a bombshell that changes everything, Zoey must decide if the old saying is true—what happens at the Moment of Zen stays at the Moment of Zen.
My Book Review:
It's been over a year since Zoey Everwood's ex-boyfriend Braden broke up with her, but she can't seem to let him go ... in fact she has a stalker like obsession with him! When her obsession goes way overboard, Zoey's family and friends convince her to go away to the Moment of Zen Wellness Resort in Mexico, in the hope that she can put Braden and her obsession with him behind her, and move forward with her life. But for Zoey, getting in touch with her inner zen isn't the only thing she finds at the resort, she comes home with Shane Lawson, a Braden look-alike as her new husband!
Zoey & The Moment Of Zen is a thoroughly entertaining chick lit story that will keep the reader laughing-out-loud! In her second novel, author Cat Lavoie weaves a fun tale that follows Zoey Everwood's journey filled with zany antics, hilarious trials and tribulations, and well-meaning lapses in judgement. It's so easy to get drawn into Zoey's story: the humor, drama, and poignancy wraps itself around the reader and holds them captive until the surprising conclusion.
Zoey is a sassy, flawed, and realistic character who is likable and easy to relate to. You can't help but feel for Zoey as she struggles with her obsession with her ex-boyfriend and the realities of romance and marriage, and hope it all works out well for her in the end. With a engaging cast of secondary characters; witty dialogue and humorous interactions; a richly detailed description of the settings; and a storyline full of drama filled romantic twist and turns; Zoey & The Moment Of Zen is an enjoyable and perfect chick lit story to escape into on a long cold winter's day!
RATING: 5 STARS *****
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