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Friday, August 22, 2014

Red, White & Screwed by Holly Bush (Virtual Book Blitz Tour / Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Goddess Fish Promotions, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book blitz tour event for Red, White & Screwed by Author Holly Bush!

Book Review

Red, White & Screwed by Holly Bush
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: July 14, 2014
Format: Paperback - 267 pages
             Kindle - 480 KB
             Nook - 274 KB
ISBN: 978-0692256824
BNID: 2940149766598
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women's Fiction

BUY THE BOOK: Red, White & Screwed

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book blitz tour hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.

Book Description:

Political strategist Glenda Nelson is having a meltdown. Her handpicked, very married Congressional candidate was just caught climbing out of the window of the Sleepytown Motel, and her philandering ex-husband seems to have the most to gain from the colossal scandal that follows. As Glenda attempts to salvage the campaign in a hotly contested race, conservative and liberal pundits pounce on the story to further their own agendas.

Glenda’s love life is nonexistent to say the least, that is, until she meets handsome artist Chris Goodrich. Chris’s easy-going, carefree outlook on life couldn’t be more different than the 90-mph crazy train that is Glenda’s, but the more time she spends with him, the more she craves his calming presence, his sexy smile, and his steamy embraces. Is Chris the one to take a chance on?

Between the pressure of full-blown spin control mode, rapidly declining job security, refereeing two teenagers, caring for aging parents, and spending hours on her therapist’s couch trying to get past her ex’s crushing betrayal, Glenda finds love and makes the long trek back to happy.

Book Excerpt:

Glenda gets her first look at the new man in her life.

“And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Our artist, Christopher Goodwich, was commissioned nearly a year ago and has come here from his home state of Ohio for tonight’s unveiling. He has won multiple accolades for his work, and the Goodwich Family Foundation is well-known among philanthropists. Mr. Goodwich, would you do the honors?”

Christopher Goodwich moved from his place in line, yanked a gold pull rope, and the black curtain fell away. I looked up at the thirty-foot mural of a Lancaster County Revolutionary War battle as did everyone else. To my amazement this typically chattering crowd fell silent other than a smattering of appreciative oohs and aahs.

The painting was stunningly beautiful. I could see the hope and fear on the faces of the soldiers and practically hear the roar of the cannons and smell the smoke. Our host grabbed the microphone again and began discussing the mural as if he had the foggiest understanding of artwork. But it made me curious about the artist, and I took a second look at Christopher Goodwich.

He was a handsome man. Casually masculine with green eyes and a smile that made me think about George Clooney in a tuxedo. Get those hormones under control, I thought. At forty-six with a rather ugly divorce under my belt and two teenage children, I needed a man like the President needed another Cabinet nominee in tax trouble.

My Book Review:

A political scandal, two teenage children, a manipulative philandering ex-husband, and a non-existent love life, how much more can forty-six year old political strategist Glenda Nelson handle in her life? Does Glenda have the time and enough energy for love when Christopher Goodwich, a celebrated artist unexpectedly comes into her life?

Red, White & Screwed is an entertaining romance novel that follows the crazy daily life trials and tribulations of Lancaster County Democratic Committee political strategist Glenda Nelson. Author Holly Bush weaves a humorous tale that easily draws the reader into the crazy arena of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania politics that makes up the demanding,stressed out, and overworked Glenda Nelson's world.

When Glenda's political candidate for the US Senate is caught having an affair ... a twelve year affair that is ... all hell breaks loose, and it is left up to Glenda to salvage the campaign. This single mother of two precocious teenagers, with aging parents to care for, and a philandering ex-husband whose crushing betrayal caused her to seek therapy sessions, has enough on her plate, but when she unexpectedly meets artist Christopher Goodwich at the county courthouse mural unveiling, she starts to think that maybe it would be worth the risk to find love again.

Red, White & Screwed is a fast-paced humorous political romance novel that kept me thoroughly entertained. You can't help but relate to and sympathize with Glenda as she tries to juggle everything in her stressed out life, one that is filled with enough daily trials and tribulations that would make anyone go bonkers. This is a fun story that has plenty of crazy political mishaps, humorous family drama, and a heartwarming unexpected romance that keeps the reader turning the pages. I loved the quirky and realistic characters, the drama and humor, and the witty intertwining of politics and romance within the storyline.

Red, White & Screwed is an enjoyable romance novel that provides plenty of comedy, laugh-out-loud moments, and a sweet romance that will leave a smile on your face.


About The Author

Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. Holly has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject.

Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She writes historical romance set on the American Prairie and in Victorian England, and more recently, Contemporary Romance and Women’s Fiction. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer’s group.

Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, has been an active member of her local library board and loves to spend time near the ocean. She is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.


Contest Giveaway

Win A $20 Amazon Gift Card

Author Holly Bush will be awarding a $20 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn host.

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

The tour dates can be found here:

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Virtual Book Blitz Tour Schedule

Tour Schedule:

August 4: Room With Books 
August 5: The Crafty Cauldron 
August 6: Jen's Reading Obsession 
August 7: Hope. Dreams. Life... Love 
August 7: Nickie's Views and Interviews 
August 8: Linda Nightingale...Wordsmith 
August 8: Long and Short Reviews 
August 11: Punya Reviews... 
August 12: A to Z Reviews 
August 13: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews 
August 14: Reading in Black and White 
August 15: Books Direct 
August 15: Mia Downing 
August 18: The Snarkology 
August 18: Christine Young author 
August 19: Margay Leah Justice 
August 20: The blog of C.R. Moss 
August 21: Books N Pearls 
August 22: Jersey Girl Book Reviews 
August 25: Harlie's Books 
August 26: Kaisy Daisy's Corner 
August 27: Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock 
August 28: The Certifiable Wenches 
August 29: Undercover Book Reviews


  1. Morning Kathleen! Thanks for having me and thanks for the wonderful review!

    1. Hi Holly! Thank you for the opportunity to host your virtual book tour. I really enjoyed reading this fun story! :)

  2. Great excerpt. Congrats to Holly on the new release

  3. This was one of the best reviews I have ever read. It was great.

    1. Thank you for the kind comment MomJane, I appreciate it. :)

  4. The title of the book is great! I loved everything about this post actually :)

  5. I enjoyed the review, sounds like an intriguing book!