Monthly Archives: January, 2012

UNSCRIPTED by Natalie Aaron & Marla Schwartz

♥♥♥♥♥ You Gotta Read This Book ♥♥♥♥♥

The Blurb–As a producer on a reality dating show, Abby Edwards knows that true love is a myth. Her career and her friends are all she needs. Right?
When her screenwriter ex makes a hit movie based on their relationship, Abby’s faults are projected on screens across the country. Suddenly the fact that her job depends on orchestrating hot tub hook-ups doesn’t seem so impressive.

Her friends rally to help. Zoë thinks she needs to meet a guy. Stephanie suggests an attitude adjustment. Nancy wants her to get in touch with her inner Goddess. Abby knows they mean well, but she prefers to focus on her work. Unfortunately, she’s already embarrassed herself in front of her new boss, Will Harper, who she would find totally crush-worthy if he weren’t so irritating.

Abby’s about to be reminded that life doesn’t follow a script—and good things happen when you least expect it…

Though most of us can’t boast to have the life of Abby Edwards–even if she feels her life has not taken her down the proper paths–I think all of us can identify with her. We have all looked around and wondered, “How did I get here?” We had big plans and dreams. We still have those, along with a successful ex who–even unknowingly–likes to rub our nose in the fact that those dreams are still just dreams.  Abby has them too, (dreams and an ex) and it’s eating her up as she struggles to stay employed in the ever changing world of reality television, keep her friends sane, and shield herself  from their good intentions.

Aaron and Schwartz have a way about them , a funny, backhanded sarcasm mixed with just enough self-deprecating humor for a laugh out loud good time.  Abby’s internal dialogue is sharp and witty, showing her intelligence and making the reader feel smart for reading along. Through an ex’s new movie, near sexual harassment, and a rip-roarin’ goddess party, past three jobs, two apartments, and a major friendship blow-up,  Abby shows she’s a survivor. How can so many crazy things happen to one girl? Well, it’s California, after all. So grab a jar of Nutella and enjoy the ride in LA-LA land. You won’t be disappointed!

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Lot’s of <3–Amie

NATALIE AARON was born in Kansas, moved to L.A. and based solely on her astrological sign, was hired as a PA on commercials and music videos – only confirming what she’d heard about L.A. was true.  Natalie went on to such critically acclaimed shows as Taxicab Confessions, Behind the Music and Movies That Shook the World, where she learned how to coax interviews from reluctant celebrities. Her recent producing credits include The Judds, Ruby, Sweet Home Alabama and Little People, Big World.  Natalie lives in L.A. and hardly ever wonders how she wound up doing this for a living.

MARLA SCHWARTZ was born in L.A. but moved to England to pursue a graduate degree in Medieval Studies.  After working as Head Researcher for both Dreamworks Animation and writer/director Andrew Niccol, she began working as a television producer. Marla’s producing credits include Blind DateStarting Over, Making the BandBad Girls ClubDane Cook’s Tourgasm, and Wanted:  Ted or Alive, an assignment that required her to screen footage of a deer being shot, gutted, and cooked.  Marla lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter and hardly ever wonders how she wound up doing this for a living.

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Samantha March and Destined to Fail


Jasmine Jones is ready to start her college experience. With her best friend at her side, she’s ready to leave her past behind and start anew, even if it means being away from her mother, brother, and new boyfriend, Nate. But college doesn’t turn out the way her high school best friend wants it to, and Jasmine soon finds herself without a roommate. Thankfully she’s met two new and wonderful friends to help her through. But secrets are revealed and Jasmine finds herself pregnant and helping her friends—old and new alike—in ways she never dreamed possible.

Though it started out a tad slow, Destined to Fail picked up and when it did, I understood the pacing at the beginning. A story with that much heartbreak throughout would have been hell to read even with a happy ending. All the characters are believable and likeable, even surly Abby, Jasmine’s friend from high school. The delicate situations these girls recount and face were brilliantly handled, the attitudes and conversations perfect for college-age teenagers.

At first I was a little doubtful of the pain and abuse these girls suffered. But now I feel I had something of a charmed life, and this is what others around me experienced when they were growing up. This book just goes to show that it’s impossible to know what demons others have faced even when you’re in relationships that seem close. I can only say that most of us wish we could help our friends and others, that we could make a difference in a life, the way Jasmine does.

Destined to Fail is a heartwarming book of second chances, friendships, and the power of one person to right wrongs and change their world.

A Heart in Sun and Shadow by Annie Bellet


In an ancient Wales that never was… The twin brothers Emyr and Idrys are cursed to live as hounds; Emyr by night, and Idrys by day. The twins believe they will be trapped this way forever until they meet the fierce and curious Áine, a changeling woman born with fey blood and gifts struggling to fit into a suspicious human world. Áine unravels the fate of Emyr and his twin as all three of them fall in love. To free her lovers from the curse, she embarks on a journey to the realm of the fey where she confronts her own unique gifts and heritage. Ultimately, she must decide where her heart truly lies and what she’s willing to risk to get what she desires most.

Wow. And since that’s not enough I have to say it again…wow.

A Heart in Sun and Shadow is captivating. Here’s a woman, Áine, a healer who was almost killed at her birth, fostered (my word not Bellet’s) to a wise woman, and destined to save the kings of a land she doesn’t know. And you have the twins–cursed, pretending to be only one twin while saying the other is dead. For years, they have done this until they meet Áine. It’s safe to say that the twins need Áine. She is their salvation. She brings passion and light back into their lives. She breaks the curse that has changed and haunted them for years. But I would chance to say that Áine needs them just as much, if not more. Emyr and Idrys give her an acceptance and understanding that Áine has not been afforded much in her life. Perhaps that’s the reason she goes to such lengths to break their curse. Or maybe it’s simply for love.

Bellet handled the triangle between the twins and Áine with a delicate hand that made it not only believable, but acceptable as well. This is a land where Other things happen. There are feys and raven kings, and months that can pass like days. Yet every word is as believable as the history book I read in the fourth grade. That is the mark of a great fantasy. The language–though most the time I didn’t know how to pronounce any of the words–drew me in and submerged me into a different time/place/world, making it as real to me as where I truly live.

I LOVED this book. I can’t wait to read the next one. Check out Annie Bellet. She’s on her way to the top!

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