TBR: Leaning Tower Edition

Because I am a masochist… I mean, love reading… I thought I’d share with you my ever growing To Be Read: Chick-Lit Edition pile that intermingles oh so nicely with my To Be Read: School Edition pile. I mean just look at my desk…


Recession Proof by Kimberly S. Lin

Sometimes going after what you want is the hardest thing you will ever do…

Meet Helen. Smart, successful and obliviously trapped. For the past six years, Helen has given her life and her heart to her cushy corporate finance job and to Mark without question. However as the Recession sweeps the Nation, she is one of many left unemployed and with the burning question of what does she really want in life.

RECESSION PROOF is a debut novel for anyone that has settled in their career and relationship but has discovered that what really matters in life is living it.

Kimberly Lin’s website.

Received for the Chick Lit = New Black Blog Tour.


The Eco-Chain of Dating by Courtney Hamilton

A novel  about four female “Civilian” friends (non-celebrities) who attempt to enter ‘A Level” Los Angeles Society, the Royalty Level, by climbing their way up  the LA Eco-Chain of Dating.  However, to enter A-Level Los Angeles Royalty, the four friends– Courtney, Marcie, Bettina, and Jennifer- will first need to shape, revise, and erase themselves and their pasts to “fit” into A Level LA.  And once that’s accomplished they’ will need to use every bit of their urban-warrior skills to gain admission to the private schools, book groups, therapist’s offices, hair salons and restaurants of the feral Royalty of Los Angeles: the Celebrities.

Eco-Chain of Dating website.

Recieved for Chick-Lit Plus Blog Tour.


The Earthquake Machine by Mary Pauline Lowry

The Earthquake Machine tells the story of 14 year-old Rhonda. On the outside, everything looks perfect in Rhonda’s world, but at home Rhonda has to deal with a manipulative father who keeps her mentally ill mother hooked on pharmaceuticals. The only reliable person in Rhonda’s life is her family’s Mexican yardman, Jesús. But when the INS deports Jesús back to his home state of Oaxaca, Rhonda is left alone with her increasingly painful family situation.

Determined to find her friend Jésus, Rhonda seizes an opportunity to run away during a camping trip with friends to Big Bend National Park. She swims to the Mexican side of the Rio Grande and makes her way to the border town of Milagros, Mexico. There a peyote- addled bartender convinces her she won’t be safe traveling alone into the country’s interior. So with the bartender’s help, Rhonda cuts her hair and assumes the identity of a Mexican boy named Angel. She then sets off on a burro across the desert to look for Jesús. Thus begins a wild adventure that fulfills the longing of readers eager for a brave and brazen female protagonist.

Mary Lowery’s Website

Mary also writes for the Huffington Post.

Recieved from Mary Lowery for review.


Empire of Light by Gregory Earls

Jason Tisse is in over his head. As a young black cinematography student at LA’s notoriously tough American Film Institute, he’s got the vision, but not the balls to battle the ruthlessness that is Hollywood. After a failed year at AFI, which includes nearly electrocuting a fellow classmate, Jason embarks on a trip to Europe to hunt down the works of his favorite painter. Armed with an enchanted camera gifted to him by an eccentric film professor, Jason is prepared to master the art of light and shadow as depicted in the infamous baroque artwork of the original Emperor of Light known to the rest of the world as Caravaggio.

What Jason doesn’t expect, however, is that the innocent-looking Kodak Brownie camera he’s been given holds remarkable powers, capable of miraculously bringing his idol’s artwork alive with each snapshot. Caravaggio’s work, packed full of sex, religion, violence and some outrageous hilarity, explodes to life and sends Jason spiraling from one escapade to the next. Spanning the bright lights of Paris, the grand churches of Rome and the cutthroat alleys of Naples, Jason must overcome his inhibitions—even at the risk of life and limb—if he is to one day rule his own Empire of Light.

Publisher website.

Received from publisher for review.


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