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A Day in the Life of Trixie Pristine
Cozy mystery/chick lit
14, 2014
In this short story prequel, Trixie and her friends Berklie and Sophie, considered themselves typical thirty something females until someone
turned up murdered in their newly opened bookstore/wine bar. They thought they would be living out their dream in their new shop not
trying to catch a killer. Who killed Sylvia and why? Or was one of them the intended target?
Author’s Bio:
As a child Laina thought she would either be a truck driver (thanks to Jerry Reed in Smokey and the Bandit) or work at Taco Bell (her
favorite restaurant as a child). As she grew older she realized her talents lay in academics and business and for the last several years
has been a business consultant and college professor where she uses the analytical side of her brain and not the side that makes up

Through all her career choices she has continued to have a passion for writing. This stemmed from childhood whereas an only child she
developed a vivid imagination spending most of her time making things up and thinking the Incredible Hulk lived in her closet.

Proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing to being on the dance team for a semi pro basketball team to being a mom of 2 amazing
kids, she tells her family and friends that no one is safe from their escapades slipping in to her books.

Taking the plunge to write books that she actually lets people read in 2010, she has worked her way up to having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). Her blog,
The Art Of Living Fabulously, was launched to share the daily fun in the life of a Real Housewife of the Midwest along with the musing of
other fabulous ladies.









What the hell!”

 I said for the second time in as many weeks as we walked back in to the shop to find someone had once again been here and not
with the intention of helping us clean and organize. 

“Not again! That bitch Sylvia. This is the last straw. I’m calling Tom and telling him he better have a word with her. This has gone too far.” 

“Uh, Berklie. I don’t think it was Sylvia this time.” 

“What are you saying?” Berklie asked but realized what I meant when she saw where I was pointing. 

As Sylvia sprawled out on the floor. Clearly dead. 

“I don’t think she will be bothering us anymore,” said Sophie. I reached for my phone and dialed 911. 

“911, what’s your emergency?”


 I’m calling to report a murder …”


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The Blog Affair



Alissa Baxter


Chick Lit/Contemporary

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Escape to Africa

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Twenty-something, white, South African Emma Bradshaw has a pattern of falling for unsuitable men and starts a blog about these so-called “serial datists”. Her search for new beginnings takes her to Cape Town, where she gets a job working for sexy author, Nick Reynolds. Romance with her boss is a no-no, but slowly, Nick works his way around her defenses. Trust him, or not, especially with her awful track record with men?

When an anonymous male reader of the blog challenges her on her ideas about the male species, Emma realises she must confront her past and find her true self before she can move forward…and love can blossom again in her future.



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Damn him. Damn him. Damn him. Like a bad apple, he just had to pop up in her new home. She’d left Durban to escape him, and here he was, back again, tormenting her as ever. Awful enough that memories of him were with her all the time, without him turning up in the flesh. And what flesh it was….

“You had a good time in Italy?” she inquired.

Phil nodded.

“Great. Well, I have things to do. Bye.”

“Running away, Em?”

Emma, who had starting walking toward the door, stopped in her tracks and turned around. “I’ve moved on, Phil.”

“You mean you’ve moved away. You haven’t moved on.”

“What makes you so sure?”

Phil gazed into her eyes before looking down at her mouth, and Emma swallowed hard. He always made her insides twist into knots, and the fact she couldn’t bear to be in the same room with him for even five minutes clearly showed she hadn’t moved on.

She had to put him behind her, though, and stop allowing him to upset her equilibrium to the degree he did.

But as she studied his once-loved face, she let out a tiny sigh. How did you just move on and forget someone? Especially when you’d once believed that someone was the love of your life?

She stood immobile for a long moment. Then, without a word, she turned around again and walked out of the room.

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Welcome Alissa Baxter! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

I’m married and have two sons – a two-year-old and a four month old, so I’m the only female in a household of males, which is fun! I’ve written two Regency romances, and two modern day chick lit stories, set in South Africa, and I love the challenge of writing creatively. I also work in Corporate Communications in a freelance capacity, so I have a lot of different things to juggle on a daily basis. It’s great to be busy, though.

Is The Blog Affair a single title, or part of a series?

The Blog Affair is technically a stand-alone book, however my first chick lit novel Send and Receive is actually the first book in the series. A number of characters in Send and Receive feature in The Blog Affair.


What were your inspirations for the story?  Please share your setting for The Blog Affair. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?  

When I was single and dating, I moved to Cape Town, and it was this time in my life, when I experienced the highs and lows of being on the dating scene in a new city, that inspired The Blog Affair. My novel is about twenty-something Emma Bradshaw who moves to Cape Town and tries to make sense of her dating blunders by starting a blog where she analyses her past relationships. Cape Town is a beautiful coastal city with an amazing outdoor lifestyle – a wonderful place to live!


When did the writing bug first bite?

I first decided that I wanted to be a writer when I learned to read properly at the age of seven.  It was very clear cut in my mind – I knew specifically that I wanted to write novels. I started writing my first novel, a Regency romance called The Dashing Debutante, when I was 19 and in my second year at university.


Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

I like to read across a range of genres. I’ve read all of Cathy Kelly’s novels and most of Marian Keyes’ novels, and I recently completed Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove series.  I enjoy crime novels, particularly Peter Robinson’s Inspector Banks series and I also enjoy inspirational novels.


If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

Cathy Kelly, Marian Keyes, Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Debbie Macomber, Jill Mansell, Helen Fielding… the list goes on!


Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time? 

I don’t have much spare time at the moment, what with two babies and all. But when I do have some free time, I enjoy running, reading and attending language classes (I majored in French at university).


What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?

Well in the context of dating… I once dated a guy who told me that after his divorce he’d started putting all his bad dating experiences into a closely guarded notebook. I decided not to stick around when he consistently referred to women as being “crazy” and whipped out his notebook on a date!





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Alissa Baxter was born in South Africa, and grew up with her nose in a book on a poultry and cattle farm. After school and university, where she majored in Political Science and French, she published her first novel, The Dashing Debutante. Alissa travelled to London, England, and did an odd assortment of jobs while researching her second novel, Lord Fenmore’s Wager, which she wrote after she moved back to South Africa and settled in Durban. Alissa then relocated to Cape Town where she wrote her third novel, Send and Receive, before moving to Johannesburg, where she currently lives with her husband and two sons.





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Website: www.alissabaxter.com



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Love Rehab by Jo Piazza – Review/Giveaway

Prize alert:  Harlie has learned that she giving away a print copy of Love Rehab courtesy of Open Road Integrated Media.  Rafflecopter is at the bottom of the post.  Good luck.  Publisher will be mailing the copy to you.


Peeps…I don’t care how old you are, this book is a must read.  Share it with your friends, nieces, daughters, heck even the men in your life.  Laugh out loud funny but it does make you think about what YOUR idea of a love relationship is and how it defines you.  Full review is at the bottom…



For anyone who has ever overdosed on love—or planned the wedding before the second date—Jo Piazza’s dazzling debut novel is a must-read

Cyber-stalking, drive-bys, drunken text messaging, creating fake email accounts—you’re gonna have to face it, you’re addicted to love.

Sophie isn’t dealing with her breakup well. Dumped by her boyfriend, Eric, for his sexting, D-cupped, young Floozy McSecretary, Sophie leaves Manhattan and lands back in her hometown, crushed and pajama-bound, blaming herself and begging her ex for a second chance.

But when her best friend, Annie, gets in trouble for driving drunk and is forced to go to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, something clicks in Sophie’s strung-out mind. Women need love rehab, she realizes, to help fix the craziness that comes along with falling for someone.

If you start it, they will come. When she opens up her home to the obsessed and lovelorn, Sophie finds a way to help women out there who have overdosed on the wrong men—and she saves herself in the process.

Love is a drug and the only things that can save us are the steps, rules, and one another. Step one: Admit you have a problem, and keep the hell away from Facebook.


Okay, I have to admit my real age here…46, happily married for 8 years and a mom to a 8 yr old boy.  You would think that I wouldn’t identify with the characters in this book but sadly I did.  I just didn’t have cell phone or social media when I was in the dating pool.

This book had me laughing out loud more times than not.  Yes, its chick lit and there is a bit of a romance in the end but its more about self discovery and how different women deal with breakups, hookups and eventually their self-worth when it comes to their relationships with men.

Founded on the premise of AA, the Love Rehab support group was formed.  The group is an eclectic group of women from all walks of life, professions and social/economic classes.  Eventually there is a male in the group and the results are heartwarming when he realizes how big of a douche he has been to women.

Sophie isn’t a one dimensional character.  She has a lot of layers and when she finally peels those layers from her and realizes that she needs to love herself first, its emotional.  Failing for Annie’s doctor Joe wasn’t in the plan but sometimes love doesn’t care.  (BTW, that isn’t a spoiler but their relationship is explored in great depth and with a deft hand)

What is so fun about the book is the dialogue.  Spot on, laugh out loud funny and true to the characters that speak them.  No two women are alike and its reflected in their thought, actions and dialogue.  OMG…the movie references are to die for.  Plus, when one of the women finally confronts her ex at the end of the book.  Again, OMG!  Its a question that every woman has after a break up.  I nearly came to tears for her.  It was sad but in the end, she wanted to hear it and her reaction was priceless.

I’m not sure really what else to say except this is must reading for the summer.  Some of what you will read will make you cringe, laugh, cry and want to really slap any man upside his head.  As we all know, women are emotional and men…well, they are still trying to figure themselves out.




Jo Piazza (b.1980) began her career as a staff writer at the New York Daily News after receiving a degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Millions of people have enjoyed her “Celebenomics” column on AOL’s PopEater site, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Beast and Slate. Jo has also appeared as a commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and NPR.

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