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SNAPPED | DECEMBER 17TH, 2013

snapped: nancy spiller’s ‘compromise cake’

What better way to celebrate a new book than with dessert?! Then again, we don’t think any celebration is complete without a cake. But it’s especially fitting for Nancy Spiller’s food memoir, Compromise Cake: Lessons Learned from My Mother’s Recipe Box. This thought-provoking holiday read looks at the relationship between mothers and daughters and all women who struggle to find a balanced compromise in marriage, family, relationships––and in the kitchen. Especially during the holidays…
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READ | DECEMBER 17TH, 2013

read: my favorite writer and empowerment by marina peralta

I love a story with an amazing heroine. There is something to be admired about authors whose protagonists are strong females to which I always feel a connection. My favorite author is Isabel Allende. She is a writer of Latin American “magical realism”. In most of her books love, desire, and passion between men and women are the main ingredient. She is a vivid and master storyteller, a writer whose powerful voice conveys an extraordinary passion and depth. Her books are literary jewels that I cannot put down until I finish.
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READ | DECEMBER 12TH, 2013

read: fictional families we wish we were spending the holidays with

No offense to our own perfectly fine families, but sometimes we can’t help but daydream what it would be like to spend the holidays with some of our favorite characters. After all, “accidentally” standing under the mistletoe is so much more exciting if Mr. Darcy happened to be hanging around! Here are the fictional folks we’d love to score invites from this holiday season. And make sure to share your picks below!
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READ | DECEMBER 11TH, 2013 | 2 RESPONSES

read: sail away with me by kate deveaux

“I’ll have what she’s having…”

As I write in the note to my readers in the first few pages of SAIL AWAY WITH ME…

“All bets are off when you embark on a cruise. Is it something in the balmy sea air, the promise of exotic locales or those wonderful tropical drinks?”

This brings up an interesting question about the setting for SAIL AWAY WITH ME. Just what is it about stepping on board a mega cruise liner with fellow passengers crowded together, all waving goodbye to the folks left behind on land, that makes us thrill for a week of deliriously intoxicating fun in the sun?
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READ | DECEMBER 11TH, 2013

read: shelf pleasure’s 2013 gift ideas for the “impossible to shop for” person in your life

For the women who do it all:

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
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LOVE/HATE | DECEMBER 10TH, 2013

love/hate: my short-lived gender change by brian pinkerton

My new romantic suspense novel, Killer’s Diary, made its paperback debut this summer at the World Horror Convention in New Orleans. In this photo, you can see me standing next to a promo poster of the book cover like a proud papa.
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