Monthly Archives: March 2015

Review: Misery Loves Cabernet by Kim Gruenenfelder

Kim G. has a wicked, fun sense of humor and I’m not ashamed to say this is a big part about why I like her books. Centered on an amusing, identifiable main character–a late-twenties woman named Charlie–this book fits best fits the Chick Lit category. The writer clearly knows her setting, which is the film industry in current day Hollywood. Our protagonist initially works as a personal assistant to one of the bigger male stars of the movie world and, as such, she gets his coffee and cleans up after his whimsical random wild animal purchases, among many other things.

Charlie’s boss, Drew, is a silly, self-centered, but not uncaring star with crazy impulses and he gets to follow up on most of these because, well, he can. The story is centered on Charlie’s struggle with finding happiness with the right guy and while doing this, she’s both trying to quit smoking and writing a book of very funny advice to her mythical future niece. Her recommendations to this future teen always arise from her own struggles and her close friends and family.

I enjoyed the secondary characters with which she peopled her story–and upon which other stories are based–and I would heartily recommend this book to anyone who has a sense of humor and who doesn’t mind occasionally salty language. She does sometimes drop the F bomb, but not frequently and only when it fits. Overuse of colorful language is tedious and speaks of a limited vocabulary, but that is certainly not the case with this book.

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Inspirations of a Romance Writer

I watch television…and movies. And read a lot of books. I like old movies from back to the forties and fifties and pieces of these often inspire my own work. No, I don’t lift plots. Every writer of every sort deserves to own their words as long as the law allows. Probably longer. At the same time, every writer also… Continue Reading

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Author Interview: Anna Stewart talks of her Tremayne Family Romances

National and USA Today Bestselling author, Anna Stewart talks of procrastinating, the Tremayne Family Romances and writing in the kitchen– •When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? In high school after reading my first romance (boy, back in the early 80’s). I’d always been a storyteller (as an only child, I had… Continue Reading

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