Author Interview & Giveaway – Rachel Khona

Author Interview – A Quick Word with Rachel Khona

Can you describe Are You There Krishna?  in a tweet (140 characters or less)?

I think the subtitle sums it up!

“Essays on Talking to Ghosts, Accosting Celebrities, Getting High, Sexism, Race, and First-Generation Woes”

What are you currently reading? 

I am currently reading Jessi Klein’s book You’ll Grow Out of It

How important do you think social media is for authors these days? 

Yes! But it’s more than just posting it’s about really creating a following. Much easier said than done!

Are you currently working on another novel? 

Not at the moment, but I hope to in a year or so.

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 About the Book

Title: Are you there Krishna?

Author: Rachel Khona

Published: February 2017

Book Blurb: Rachel knew even as a young child that she wasn’t like the rest of her Indian family. While her parents were plotting how she could make it into med school with her mediocre grades in chemistry and biology, she had other things on her mind, including such gems as:

· Why can’t she go to the temple on her period?
· Why don’t her Indian cousins like her?
· Why was it OK to be sexualized at a beauty pageant but not for herself?
· How can she straddle two cultures while retaining her sense of self?
· Why are women considered sluts and men considered studs?
· Why do people keep asking her if she was born in India?
· Should she wax down there?
· Why does she have crazy eyes?

After leaving home, Rachel got high in Amsterdam, met her pop singer idol in a bathroom, argued with a ghost, and got lost in the Pyrenees. But that didn’t stop her from questioning while men still tell her to smile. ‘Are You There Krishna? It’s Me, Reshma. Or Rachel. Or Whatever.’ weaves stories of Rachel’s life with observations on race, class, sex, feminism, and culture with humor and candor.

Book Links: Amazon | Amazon UK | Goodreads

About the Author – Rachel Khona

Author Bio:  

Once upon a time in an exotic land called New Jersey, Rachel used to dream of one day playing tambourine in an all-girl rock band. That never happened.

Instead she became a writer. She has written for The New York TimesThe Washington PostPlayboy, Penthouse, Maxim, and Cosmopolitan among others.

When she’s not writing or designing, she is busy drinking wine and singing off key, bike riding, pretending she’s friends with Mindy Kaling and Amy Poehler, eating absurd amounts of cheese, or listening to rock music at an appallingly loud volume. Sometimes all at once.

Check out her book at bit.ly/areyoutherekrishnabook 

Check out the other stops on the blog tour:

April 17 – Karan Eleni – Excerpt

April 18 – BookLove – Review

April 18 – Cafinated Reads – Review

April 19 – T’s Stuff – Interview & Excerpt

April 19 – Chick Lit Plus – Review

April 20 – Living Life With Joy – Guest Blog

April 21 – Books Dreams Life – Interview & Excerpt

April 24 – Chick Lit Goddess – Excerpt

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March Reading Review Round-Up

Today I’m sharing a round-up of the books I read during March. Scroll on to find out which one was my favorite. Click the images below to read my reviews for each novel.

       

Books Read in March 2017

Books listed below in the order they were read

  1. New Attitude by Kathryn R. Biel
  2. Playing House by Laura Chapman
  3. See You Soon Broadway by Melissa Baldwin
  4. Perfect Girl by Michele Gorman
  5. Defining Her by Samantha March
  6. Wait for the Rain by Maria Murnane
  7. Bridges by Maria Murnane
  8. Plan Bea by Hilary Grossman

My favorite book read during March was…

All of them! I loved all of the books I read this month, that I can’t possibly pick only one favorite! They were all 5 star reads in my book, so I’m choosing not to pick just one.

What books did you read last month that you loved?

 

 

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Exclusive Guest Post by Author Maria Murnane

Today I am beyond excited to share an exclusive guest post with you written by author Maria Murnane. In case you missed my posts from earlier this week I shared my review on her novels Wait for the Rain and Bridges. Read on for a little Behind The Scenes insight on how the novels came to life.

How one particular friendship helped Bridges come to life!

Bridges is a story about how friendship can overcome differences of all kinds. In my own life, friendship helped me overcome the fear that my success as an author had come to an end. I make a living off my novels but am far from wealthy, so after I finished Wait for the Rain, which I absolutely loved writing, I put a lot of pressure on myself to begin another book right away. That proved to be a terrible decision, because I didn’t have a good idea for an interesting plot. As a result I ended up spending more than a year working­­ on­­––forcing, actually––a lackluster story that was going nowhere. In the process I not only lost my joy for writing, but my confidence. When I finally decided to pull the plug on the book, I honestly didn’t know if I had it in me to write another one.

Fast-forward a few months, and during a visit to see my parents back to California I met up with my dear friend Annie, who may be the most kind-hearted person I have ever met. A devoted fan of my books—as well as the inspiration for the globe-trotting, ultra successful saleswoman Skylar character in both Wait for the Rain and Bridges—Annie convinced me to get back on the horse, and over dinner we put our heads together and came up with the idea for Bridges. It was a bare bones outline, but it got me motivated to try again.

As soon I returned to Brooklyn, I sat down and started writing. For months I wrote and wrote, and when I finished the first draft I emailed it to Annie to see what she thought.

The very next day I got this email from her:

OMG!!!  Maria…it is 5:54am here in the Canary Islands and I stayed up all night reading your book!!!  I was going to just start it by reading a couple of chapters and fall asleep (on my iPhone…not even my iPad) and ended up reading there entire thing on my phone!  I was pretty much crying or had tears in my eyes the whole book (in a good way!) so I had to expand the text on my phone a bunch of times to read through the water works!

I absolutely LOVE it!  You are an amazing writer (as I already knew) but I agree with you that this one is very special.  You really got to the bottom of these characters and I am with you…I want to be friends with them too!

I never would have been able to write Bridges without Annie’s help and support, and I can only hope those who read it enjoy it a fraction as much as she did. Here’s to the power of female friendship!

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The photo above is of the author Maria [left] and her friend Annie [right] at the launch party for Maria’s novels Katwalk. ❤ 

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Exclusive Author Guest Post – Melissa Baldwin

Today I’m excited to share an exclusive guest post written by author Melissa Baldwin. She has a new book releasing today called See You Later Broadway. Here’s the link to my review of the first book in the series See You Soon Broadway, in case you missed last week’s review post.

Distractions? What distractions? By Melissa Baldwin

I truly consider myself a master of multi-tasking. I’m proud to say I can fold laundry, put away groceries, get my daughter a snack and text all at the same time. So why couldn’t I do many different tasks and write at the same time?

Because even a master multi-tasker gets distracted!

No judging, as I will now reveal my FIVE Biggest Distractions that keep me from Writing…Drum Roll…

  1. The love of my life- my amazing, supportive husband. Of course I want to spend every second I can with him. 🙂 I try to save much of my writing for after he goes to bed. Thankfully he’s an early to bed, early to rise kind of guy.
  2. TV- I really don’t watch that much TV other than a few of my favorite shows (um, addictions?) The Bachelor, Dancing With The Stars, General Hospital, and 90210 re-runs. This is where the no judging comes in. It’s a good thing the Bachelor is only on once a year- I’m completely useless on Monday nights.
  3. Social Media- This is an obvious distraction because lets face it, who isn’t distracted by this? I’ve already checked Facebook three times while writing this post.
  4. My sweet little girl- There are many times that I want to sit down and write or an idea for my book pops into my head, but my daughter asks me to play with her or watch her do something. I have come to realize that as a mother of an only child, she’s my most important distraction so I jot down my idea, save it for later and give her my undivided attention.
  5. Working out, cleaning my house, talking to friends, answering emails—the list goes on. As a busy mother and wife there will always be distractions.

So, I guess I have more the five? Most of us women feel like we have to be the best or do everything. I have learned that it’s okay if everything isn’t perfect and that life doesn’t always go as planned. After a full day of errands, chores and family time I’m thankful for the time I have to write and bring ideas to life…as long as there are no good TV shows on of course. 🙂

 

 

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Review – Bridges

Wishing a very happy release day to author Maria Murnane for her latest novel called Bridges, the second in the Daphne White series. Check out yesterday’s blog post if you missed my review of the first book in the series called Wait for the Rain and then scroll on to read about her new book called Bridges. Cheers to having a new novel available to enjoy!

Bridges by Maria Murnane

My Review:

Bridges is the second story in the Daphne White series. This time we find Daphne on a trip to visit Skylar in New York and The Three Musketeers are together again. The three best friends have another fun adventure together, and there’s tons of love and laughter to be had along the way.

There’s more to these ladies than what appears on the surface, and they each have major changes and sources of anxiety to overcome at this point in their lives. Daphne battles the fear of not being good enough, not being the person she wanted to be or thought she would be when she began as a driven young woman. Skylar and KC both have major changes happening in their lives, situations that they never thought they would find themselves in, but ultimately they have the potential to be good changes.

Age is just a number and these gals in their early forties are prime examples to drive home that sentiment. Bridges was a wonderful second book in the series and I can’t wait to see where life takes these gals next.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

I received a complimentary review copy via the author. All reviews 100% reflect my honest opinion.

About the Book

Title: Bridges

Author: Maria Murnane

Published: April 4, 2017

Book Blurb: It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it.

Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that becomes trickier when she sees Skylar’s spectacular apartment. Could her life have been like this if she’d chosen a different path?

What Daphne doesn’t know is she’s not the only one with a secret. Skylar and their friend KC are also holding something back, but what? As the trip unfolds, the truth about each woman emerges, along with tears.

And laughter. And love.

The fun-loving trio readers fell for in Wait for the Rain is together once more. Here’s to the power of friendship!

Book Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

About the Author – Maria Murnane

Author Bio:

Maria’s road to becoming an author is a little crazy. She used to work in high-tech PR but hated it, so she quit and ended up playing semi-pro soccer in Argentina for a year. While she was down there she decided to write a novel, which was something she’d always dreamed of doing. Fast forward a few years and a LOT of perseverance, and she’s now the best-selling author of Perfect on Paper, It’s a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, Chocolate for Two, Cassidy Lane, and Katwalk. Her next book, Wait for the Rain, will be released in Feb 2015. And yes, she still plays a lot of soccer!

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If you like her books, please tweet @mariamurnane.com!

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Review – Wait for the Rain

Author Maria Murnane recently reached out to me wondering if I would be interested in reading and reviewing her latest novel called Bridges. After reading the book blurb and learning that it was the second in a series, I was excited to read both Wait for the Rain and Bridges. Scroll on to read my review of the first book Wait for the Rain and tune back in tomorrow for my review on her new novel Bridges, the second in the Daphne White series.

Wait for the Rain by Maria Murnane

My Review:

Wait for the Rain is a wonderful women’s fiction novel. Well written, entertaining, and thought provoking, this novel is about living in the moment and learning to let go of the past. Being a good parent is not mutually exclusive to being a married parent and sometimes marriage doesn’t work, especially when it wasn’t right to begin with.

A milestone birthday is celebrated, and as they say forty is the new black. This book was fun and I loved reading it. It reminds you that it’s never too late to find yourself and live the life you want. It’s never too late to go after your dreams. Dance until you can’t, because life is short.

I loved all three of the main characters; Daphne, KC and Skylar. Daphne’s friend KC was one of my favorite characters because she’s a constant ball of energy. I’m 28 and I don’t know if I’ve ever had that much energy but KC’s attitude and perspective on life inspired me to work on getting active again and being healthier.

Main themes of the novel were perspective, life, love, and friendship; a fabulous combination for a wonderful story. I couldn’t wait to read the next one! Thankfully I didn’t have to wait long! Check back in tomorrow for my review of Bridges.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

I received a complimentary review copy via the author. All reviews 100% reflect my honest opinion.

About the Book

Title: Wait for the Rain

Author: Maria Murnane

Published: February 2015

Book Blurb: Daphne White is staring down the barrel of forty—and is distraught at what she sees. Her ex-husband is getting remarried, her teenage daughter hardly needs her anymore, and the career she once dreamed about has somehow slipped from her grasp. She’s almost lost sight of the spirited and optimistic young woman she used to be.

As she heads off to a Caribbean island to mark the new decade with her best friends from college, Daphne’s in anything but the mood to celebrate. But when she meets Clay Hanson, a much younger man, she ignores her inner voice warning her that she’s too old for a fling. In fact, this tropical getaway might be the perfect opportunity to picture her future in a new sun-drenched light.

With the help of her friends, Daphne rediscovers her enthusiasm for life, as well as her love for herself—and realizes that her best years are still ahead.

Book Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

About the Author – Maria Murnane

Author Bio:

Maria’s road to becoming an author is a little crazy. She used to work in high-tech PR but hated it, so she quit and ended up playing semi-pro soccer in Argentina for a year. While she was down there she decided to write a novel, which was something she’d always dreamed of doing. Fast forward a few years and a LOT of perseverance, and she’s now the best-selling author of Perfect on Paper, It’s a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, Chocolate for Two, Cassidy Lane, and Katwalk. Her next book, Wait for the Rain, will be released in Feb 2015. And yes, she still plays a lot of soccer!

Learn more and sign up for her monthly newsletter at www.mariamurnane.com

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Review – See You Soon Broadway

Today I’m excited to share a review for a novel called See You Soon Broadway, written by author Melissa Baldwin. The second in the series is about to be released next week on Tuesday, April 5th, and I thought it was appropriate to start from the beginning, where it all began.

Seen You Soon Broadway by Melissa Baldwin

My Review:

See You Soon Broadway is the first in series by Melissa Baldwin. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Melissa’s writing and it’s all completely true. Her story was thoroughly entertaining and well-written. Filled with subtle humor, romance, major life decisions and changes, this was a wonderful story to read and I can’t wait to read the next one, which is about to be published!!!

The first book in the series begins the story of Maris finding herself, both in her personal and professional life. There’s an interesting twist where she begins to learn about her grandmother that she was named for and how some of her grandmothers’ past connects with her current life and potential future. We’ve got an interesting love triangle, an annoying co-worker and some thoroughly entertaining characters. I can’t wait to read the second novel to see what happens next in Maris’s life… The wait won’t be long because the second in the series, See You Later Broadway is being released soon!!

My only regret upon finishing this novel was waiting so long to read one of her stories!

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

I received a complimentary review copy via the author. All reviews 100% reflect my honest opinion.

About the Book

Title: See You Soon Broadway

Author: Melissa Baldwin

Published: August 2015

Book Blurb: Maris Forrester has a wonderful life with an amazing boyfriend and a fulfilling job. She’s happy and content . . . or so she thinks. Maris has always had huge dreams of being on Broadway. Ever since her very first performance as a child, she has envisioned herself on the stage under the shining lights. Now she has to decide whether she should to give up her wonderful life to chase those dreams.

When her parents announce they are moving, she comes across a long-lost family treasure. She doesn’t realize that this treasure may hold the key to her future and to all her dreams coming true.

And if that wasn’t sign enough, a mysterious stranger throws another wrench in the mix at a dazzling rooftop party benefiting the Arts. These could be signs of things to come.

But will she remain content in her perfect world, or will she step into the unknown world she has always dreamed of?

Book Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

Interested in Melissa’s newest addition to the series, or already read the first one? Check out her new novel, See You Later Broadway.

See You Later Broadway by Melissa Baldwin

Published: April 5, 2017

Book Blurb: It’s finally here . . . the much-anticipated sequel to See You Soon Broadway! Maris is back!

Decisions, decisions, decisions . . .

Maris Forrester’s exciting new life is not everything she was hoping it would be. Although she’s happy in her new career, she’s plagued with the feeling that something is still missing. Imagine her surprise when an old friend presents her with an unbelievable opportunity that could change everything. This new career sounds almost too good to be true, including the upcoming trip to London. She quickly learns that even the most perfect scenarios have their drawbacks, and when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is . . .

In addition to making a life-changing career choice, Maris realizes she has other decisions to make—whom to love and where to find happiness. What if neither is what she thought they should be?

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