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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Review, Excerpt & Giveaway – Going for Two

Today I’m excited to share my review of Laura Chapman’s second novel in the Queen of the League series in addition to an excerpt of the novel. Once you’ve read through, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win 4 print novels by Laura Chapman!

Going for Two by Laura Chapman

Going for TwoPublished: January 27, 2016

Book Blurb: Harper Duquaine is back for another season of fantasy football! This time she’s a year wiser and prepared to dominate the league. But while she finally seems to have her fantasy life in order, reality proves more challenging.

Her plans to peacefully play house with her boyfriend come to a halt when the high school suddenly names Brook its head football coach. The promotion comes with more responsibility on the field and less time at home. It also unexpectedly means more work for Harper, who already has her hands full helping a friend pull off the perfect proposal (while dodging questions about when she and Brook are going to get hitched already). Plus, a new development at work could leave her—and half of the fantasy league—jobless.

With the complications of her career and being “Mrs. Coach” adding up, Harper wonders if she’s committed to the life she’s already building or if there is something else out there.

Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads

My Review

Going for Two is the second book in the Queen of the League series by Laura Chapman. If you need another classic example of why I love Chapman’s writing, then you’ve got it right here. Her writing is clever, witty and downright entertaining.

In the second novel we continue Brook and Harper’s story. At this point in time, their relationship has progressed and they’ve moved in together. Can they accomplish domestic bliss when they’ve got new drama and chaos in their lives? And all on top of another season of fantasy football on their hands? To overcome last year’s season, Harper has thoroughly done her homework and flawlessly creates a total kick-ass team. Will her practically perfect team be enough to make the cut to the playoffs and bring home a win?

One of my absolute favorite things about this story is the idea that they’re a team. Their relationship may not be perfect and they’ve got things to overcome and big decisions to make, but they’re doing it together. It’s so spot on and relate-able and at the same time extremely entertaining. This novel kept me entertained the whole way through and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series when it comes out!

5 stars for another win by Chapman

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About the Author – Laura Chapman

Author Links: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Goodreads | Blog | Website

Headshot1Author Bio:

Laura Chapman is the author of Going for Two, First & Goal, The Marrying Type, and Hard Hats and Doormats. Her work also appears in Merry & Bright, A Kind of Mad Courage, and the holiday collection All I Want For Christmas from Marching Ink. She loves Huskers and Packers football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Laura makes her home in Nebraska, where she is penning her next novel. Be sure to check her out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Excerpt – Going for Two

The quarterback claps his hands once, then twice. He takes the snap and steps back. He

pitches the ball left to the running back and runs toward the end zone. The defense descends on

the running back, who has only taken a few steps forward. He can’t go any farther. If he does,

he’ll be tackled behind the line of scrimmage, and the clock will run out.

I cover my face, but peek through my fingers. I can’t watch, yet I have to see what happens.

With a hulking player lunging at him, the running back throws the ball straight to his right into

the waiting arms of a wide receiver. The game clock ticks down to zero as the wide receiver

pulls back and throws the ball into the waiting arms of the wide open quarterback.

Oh. My. God. That was one of the most ridiculous trick plays I’ve ever seen. It’s like

something from one of the epic football movies or TV shows Brook made me binge-watch with

him over the summer. And it worked.

While the crowd around me roars, I set my sights on the sidelines once more. Brook jumps in

the air and rushes out onto the field with the rest of the players and coaches. One of the offensive

linemen pulls him into a hug that lifts his more than six-foot frame off the ground for a moment.

The quarterback, who has finished his celebration in the end zone, turns on his heel and makes a

run for the celebrating crowd. Brook never has a chance to prepare for the impact when the QB

throws him to the ground. A bunch of the other players join in the pileup.

I wince through my laughter. “He’s going to hurt in the morning.”

Major MacLaughlin’s lip twitches. “Probably so, but he’ll say it was worth it.”

“I wish they’d be a little more careful with him.” Mrs. MacLaughlin darts a worried glance at

the field. “He’s not wearing any pads, and he’s not as young as he used to be.”

“He’s practically geriatric.” Amelia winks at me. “I’m surprised the AARP even lets him out

on the field.”

“I’m not saying he’s old—”

“You don’t have to.” Amelia’s face sobers, but her eyes sparkle. “I’m pretty sure I heard him

complain about an ache in his hip that bothers him whenever the weather turns cold.”

Mrs. MacLaughlin’s face grows concerned, and her husband intervenes—sending a warning

look at Amelia—assuring her that Brook is fine.

One by one the players roll out of the dog pile and spring to their feet to greet the waiting

parents and fans. The quarterback is last to stumble up. He offers Brook a hand to help him

stand. Limping up, Brook’s face is flushed but beaming. Leaning his forehead against the

player’s helmet, he says something and pats the top of the player’s head. A lump lodges in my

throat, and my eyes sting.

What is it about a great football comeback story that always makes me cry?

The ruckus on the field cools to handshakes and hugs. Brook glances up at the stands.

Amelia’s daughters, Marley and Ellery, jump around waving their arms and screaming his name.

A grin spreads across his face, and he waves back.

I’m making a resolution right now. Every time I feel the slightest ebb of jealousy or

annoyance about how much time he spends on his job, I’m bringing myself back here, to this

moment. I’ll remember the pure joy on his face, the joy swelling in my heart. And I’ll understand

why he puts in the early mornings and late nights.

His eyes scan past the girls and Amelia, past her boyfriend, Wade, and his parents until they

land on me. The grin turns up a watt just for me. He covers his heart then points at me. My

breath catches, but I manage to mouth “I love you, too” back. For a few seconds, it’s just us. Him

and me. Like we’re in a bubble, and everything around us fades away. Yeah, I’m definitely

saving this memory for later.

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Check out the other stops on Laura’s tour…

GFT Tour ButtonFebruary 22- Chick Lit Club Connect – Excerpt

February 23 – A Southern Girls Bookshelf- Review  & Excerpt

February 24 – Chick Lit Goddess – Excerpt

February 25 – Living Life With Joy – Review & Excerpt

February 26 – Authors and Readers Book Corner – Excerpt

February 29 – Annabel and Alice – Review

March 1 – A British Bookworm – Excerpt

March 1 – Around the World in Books – Excerpt

March 3 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review

March 4 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

March 4 – Whispering Stories – Review & Excerpt

March 7 – Chick Lit Plus – Excerpt

Check out Laura’s other novels…

First & Goal

First & Goal CoverPublished: September 9, 2015

Set your lineups and pull out the old game tape—football is here. This year, you can experience fantasy football vicariously through (or commiserate with) Harper Duquaine in First & Goal by Laura Chapman.

What begins as a way to make nice with her new co-workers soon becomes an obsession for Harper as she navigates the ups and downs of managing a fantasy football team. Add in a pair of meddling brothers, a crew of quirky colleagues, and a league-mate who makes her toes curl, and Harper’s football season has plenty to keep her interested.

This new romantic comedy is now available from Marching Ink on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. Join in the fun and cheer Harper on as she takes on the old boys club.

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Then beat them.

About the Book: When Harper Duquaine’s no-nonsense approach to work unintentionally ruffles the wrong feathers at her new job, she joins her co-workers’ fantasy football league to prove she can hang with the guys. Only problem: she doesn’t know a sleeper from a keeper (or any of the other lingo thrown her way).

Embroiled in a world of lineups, stats, and trades, Harper’s quest to make nice topples when her competitive streak emerges. And her promise to herself that she’ll be a strong, independent woman and leave the drama and heartache behind is seriously tested when she catches the attention of her two biggest competitors: J.J., a local celebrity determined to win a fantasy championship, and Brook, the mild-mannered coach who seems too good to be true. Both threaten her resolve to remain single… and, more importantly, her chances at winning the prize pool.

With a slew of conflicting advice in her real and fantasy worlds, Harper must figure out how to play the game and come out a winner.

Book Links: Amazon | Goodreads | Kobo

The Marrying Type

24766966Published: February 24, 2015

About the Book: Always the wedding planner, never a bride, Elliot Lynch is famous for orchestrating the splashiest weddings in Charleston, South Carolina. When her father’s sloppy management practices leave them on the brink of bankruptcy, Elliot will do whatever it takes to save the family business. When asked to appear on “The Marrying Type,” a reality TV show about the people behind the scenes as couples exchange I dos, she says yes to the invasion of privacy (and the hefty paycheck that comes with it).

With a camera crew capturing every detail of her life, Elliot faces her most challenging contract yet: planning a wedding where her ex is involved in every part of the process. Add in a lazy assistant, liquor-loving bridesmaid, and rival planner encroaching on her turf, and Elliot’s wedding season goes from high-end to high-stress.

Forced to confront her past, Elliot must live out her troubled present on national TV if she has any hope of saving her future.

Check out my review on the novel here and my interview with the author here!

Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsKobo | Marching Ink

Hard Hats & Doormats

18753707Published: December 11, 2013

About the Book: Lexi Burke has always been a stickler for following rules and procedures. As a human resources manager for a leading Gulf Coast chemical company, it’s her job to make sure everyone else falls in line, too.

But after losing out on a big promotion–-because her boss sees her as too much of a yes-woman––Lexi adopts a new policy of following her heart instead of the fine print. And her heart knows what it wants: Jason Beaumont, a workplace crush who is off limits based on her previous protocol.

While navigating a new romance and interoffice politics, Lexi must find the confidence to stand on her own or face a lifetime of following someone else’s orders.

Who says nice girls have to finish last?

Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsKobo | Marching Ink

Excerpt – The Juggling Act

Today I’m excited to share an excerpt from The Juggling Act, the third book in the Rom-Com on the Edge Series by Carol Maloney Scott!

The Juggling Act by Carol Maloney Scott

the juggling actPublished: January 5, 2016

Book Blurb: 

THE JUGGLING ACT is Book 3 in the Rom-Com on the Edge series. All books are standalone novels, however read in order for maximum fun!

Now that her dating days are finally behind her, Claire is enjoying a blissful life with her new husband and baby boy. Gone are the drunken nights in impractical shoes, and Internet dates with men who lose their hair…and their pants.

Unfortunately, she’s discovering that life as a married, working mom isn’t turning out to be the perfect happily ever after she dreamed about. She adores her little boy, but her husband’s behavior is about to make him eligible for the Most Disappointing Spouse of the Year Award.

His unwillingness to help around the house and his slacker work ethic are frustrating enough, but the constant parade of beautiful, single women in his life has Claire in a constant state of distress. Didn’t she realize that the cute front man of a popular cover band would attract hot, young women with perfect cellulite-free legs? And whose idea was it to hire the curvy nanny with the sexy accent?

When an unexpected business trip pops up – with a super-hot, much-too-young former love interest, Claire’s own loyalty is put to the test. A publishing conference in Key West may be the ideal escape from her troubles, but will she be tempted by the forbidden in a town full of swingers and breakfast alcohol consumption? And why does everyone they meet think the business colleagues are on their honeymoon?

Scrambling to cover up innocent, but suspicious circumstances, the couple struggles with honesty, loyalty and what to share with each other. As they sink deeper into their marital gloom, will they find their way back to wedded bliss, or finally succumb to the enticement of new…and uncomplicated romance?

Book Links: Amazon | Goodreads

About the Author – Carol Maloney Scott

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

carol maloney scott (1)Author Bio: Carol Maloney Scott, author of the Rom-Com on the Edge series, is a frazzled new bride and wiener dog fanatic. She is a lover of donuts, and a hater of mornings. Recently unearthing a childhood passion for writing, she can once again be seen carrying around a notebook and staring into space. Her stories are witty, fresh and real, just like life.

Join her on “The Edge” for giveaways, cover reveals, excerpts, contest and members-only content at carolmaloneyscott.com/

Excerpt – The Juggling Act

“Claire, what’s wrong with you today? Why were you so rude to Diamond?” His beautiful bright blue eyes show genuine bewilderment, as if he truly does not see the woman across the street is hot for him.

“Are you kidding?” I stand up and kiss him. “Never mind. I just thought it would be nice to spend the day alone together, since we don’t have as much privacy now, with Tatiana here all the time.”

Brandon seems to think I’m trying to seduce him, which I am. He helps to settle Aidan down for his nap. I am trying thebees with honey approach, even though my stinger is on alert.

Later on, afternoon sex prompts a short nap in our bed, and Brandon’s phone buzzes repeatedly on the end table. Aidan is still asleep, but the phone won’t wake him in his room across the hall.

I rub Brandon’s chest gently as I wake up close to him in our king size bed. “Hey, are you gonna answer that?”

He rolls over and pulls me closer. “What?” He rubs his eyes. “I am beat from last night, and from my little woman’s loving.” He kisses my head, but I’m distracted by the incessant buzzing. Someone wants to get in touch with him urgently.

I lean over his body and grab the phone, stealing a glance at the display. Zoe.

Instead of announcing the caller, I hand it to him. He takes it and begins to scroll through his messages. “Zoe wants to come over tomorrow and work on the vocals for the new songs.” Brandon looks at me and says, “Is that okay? We won’t be all day.”

I smile and respond, “That’s fine. I was planning on meeting Rachel at the mall with her kids anyway.”

Aidan starts crying and I jump up to retrieve him from his crib. Brandon makes no move to get up, drifting back to sleep. In all fairness, performing is tiring, and he was up later than me. He was more hyped up after the show. Jane kept Aidan acrossthe street, and I was eager to pick him up, carry him back to his crib, and get some rest.

“Hi, Pumpkin.” I affectionately lift my son out of his crib and hug him tightly. He is perfect in every way. His beautiful black hair and dark blue eyes remind me of my sister, Jackie, whose coloration is the opposite of mine. Aidan looks like he could be Jackie’s child. Even though he’s adopted, he resembles the family a bit. It will be interesting to see if Jackie’s baby looks thesame.

My younger sister is now married and expecting her first child. She lives in Northern Virginia, and neither of us have time to make the two hour drive as often as we would like. She met her new husband, Chet, while volunteering at the homeless shelter. Chet actually runs the homeless shelter, and is extremely left wing. And a Buddhist. As if that isn’t enough to give my mother a coronary, they got married at the homeless shelter, without telling anyone, and their wedding picture is a selfie with various shelter residents in the background. Jackie knows how to rile up my mother, but at least it takes her attention away from critiquing my decisions.

My wistful smirk fades into a sigh as I carry Aidan downstairs to feed him a late lunch. We are off our schedule, but who cares? It’s a holiday.

“Daddy’s sleeping, Aidan, but we can eat without him.” The two continuously hungry wieners dance at my feet, hoping for a scrap of our lunch.

So now Zoe is coming over tomorrow. Bringing on a new female vocalist was part of Brandon’s plan to launch the band into genuine success. At least Zoe is friendly towards me, and she doesn’t seem all that amazed by Brandon. She’s in her early twenties, and looks like the stereotypical rocker chick with dark sunglasses, leather, and lots of black.

I trust Brandon, but I knew being married to a man eight years my junior would make me feel insecure at times. I just wish we were on the same page about the attention of other women, like Diamond and even our nanny.

Speaking of being on the same page, I may have been the one who wanted a second wiener dog, but Duncan is not as much work as another baby. Brandon has been pushing me to adopt another child soon, claiming that it’s best for the kids to be close in age, and it would be good to complete our family before I turn forty, which is another year and a month away, but apparently looming large as a deadline. I guess he thinks forty is the year I will shrivel up, and my inevitable incontinence will eat up our diaper budget.

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Check out the other stops on Carol’s virtual blog tour!

The JugglingActJanuary 18 – Cheryllynn Writes – Excerpt

January 19 – Around the World in Books – Excerpt

January 20 – Change the Word – Interview

January 21 – My Pretty Little Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

January 21 – Book Lover in Florida – Review & Excerpt

January 22 – The Venice Experience – Review

January 25 – Chick Lit Plus – Review

clp button (7)January 26 – Living Life With Joy – Excerpt

January 27 – The East Village – Review

January 28 – Granny Loves to Read – Review

January 28 – One Book At a Time– Review & Excerpt

January 29 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt