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 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 – 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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Not Quite Sheer Happiness by Melissa Baldwin

Wishing a very happy release day to Melissa Baldwin on her latest novel, Not Quite Sheer Happiness!!!

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by Melissa Baldwin

#3 in the Event to Remember Series

Published: June 8, 2016

Book Blurb: 

Sienna Harris is back and appears to be on top of the world! Her company, Sheer Happiness Events, is booming, but personally she’s a mess. She never imagined that with amazing success would come tremendous pressure. Although her professional life seems in disarray at times, her relationship with the dashing Ace Eckelund is finally progressing.

Friendships are tested and so is her relationship when—once again—the past collides with the present. Sienna begins to question everything in her life and wonders if she should throw out her desire for constant certainty and live life on the edge for once. But, will she be able to change the person she has always been for who she wants to become?

Find out in this captivating third installment of The Event to Remember series.

Book Links: Amazon | Amazon UK | Goodreads | Smashwords

Haven’t read the series yet? Here’s a bit about the first two in the Event to Remember series:

#1 – An Event to Remember… or Forget

An Event to Remember... or ForgetPublished: June 2014

Book Blurb: Sienna Harris is a girl with a plan. Her days of slaving away at Carrie’s Classic Events and More are numbered as she is on the brink of launching her own event planning company. Her relationship with Luke Price is headed in the right direction and they are approaching their one-year mark. The future is looking bright and she knows that life could not get any better . . . That is until her perfectly planned world is thrown upside down by the unexpected arrival of someone from Luke’s past.

She receives the shock of her life on the night of the biggest event of her career. Sienna will now have to pull it all together without a list or a plan. The question is, can she do it?

Book Links: Amazon | Goodreads

#2 – Wedding Haters

Wedding HatersPublished: March 2015

Book Blurb: The exquisite dress, the dazzling menu, the family drama . . . It’s the day every girl dreams of, and Madison Wales is no exception. Her wedding plans seem to be going perfectly thanks to her very talented wedding planner, Sienna Harris. That is, until her grandmother and her two overachieving, bullying cousins suddenly want to become very involved in her big day. But . . . why?
Madison’s perfect wedding dreams are dashed as things slowly start to unravel. With family drama in her midst, she wonders if her cousins are behind each disaster or if she has truly become a paranoid bridezilla.
Will Madison be able to withstand all of the pressure and finally stand up for herself? The idea of eloping with her fiancé, Cole, is looking better everyday, even if it means leaving her dream wedding behind. Will she make the right choice?

Book Links: Amazon | Goodreads

About the Author – Melissa Baldwin

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

MelissaBaldwinAuthor Bio: 

Melissa graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications; she has always had a love for writing. An avid journal keeper, she took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember . . . Or Forget. Since then, she has written and published two more novels, Wedding Haters and See You Soon Broadway.

Melissa resides in Florida, with her husband and young daughter. When she isn’t writing, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy being a mother, wife, chauffeur, PTA President, and Fitness Trainer.

When she has free time, she enjoys traveling, running, fitness, fashion, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.

 

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