I enjoyed this story a lot. I know nothing about working in a newsroom, and this novel really gives you the sense that you are there. The author obvio...moreI enjoyed this story a lot. I know nothing about working in a newsroom, and this novel really gives you the sense that you are there. The author obviously knows the ins and outs of news production and it's fun to follow along as the news broadcasts are produced. In fact, that was my favorite thing about this book - the fact that much of the story focuses on Charley's work. We're there with her while she's managing the news anchors and other staff with their various personalities, handling her sometimes inscrutable boss, and dealing with "spot news" as breaking events throw the newsroom into a swirl of organized chaos. Charley's character knows her stuff. She's good at her job, confident and sticks to her guns, even in the face of anchor tantrums and possible intervention from her take-no-prisoners boss.
There's also some romance mixed in, with a few options available for Charley to choose from, keeping the reader guessing as to who she'll end up with in the end. As some reviewers said, I would have liked to see a bit more of Bachelor X's personality. His hotness was obvious, and he was very sweet with Charley, but I wanted to see more of his personality come through. All in all, a fun and entertaining read for vacation or by the pool, or... by the fire while you pretend you're there in steamy Miami with Charley. (less)
I preordered this book because as soon as I heard about it I thought, "That's a book for me!" Also being childless by choice, I found a lot here that...moreI preordered this book because as soon as I heard about it I thought, "That's a book for me!" Also being childless by choice, I found a lot here that I could relate to. Even though I love to laugh IRL, I don't often laugh when reading, but several parts of this book had me laughing. I highlighted many passages in the book that echoed my own feelings when trapped with folks who just don't understand!
I did find it to be just a wee bit dis-jointed here and there in the beginning sections of the book, but on the whole I would recommend this to any other childless by choice folks who want to find out that they're not alone out there with their feelings of not fitting in with the baby-making world. Probably also a great read for siblings/friends of CbC folks who want to understand. Everyone makes their own path. It's time for ALL of us to just let folks walk their own paths without trying to foist our choices on to them. (less)
It seems weird to review my own book, but hey... Goodreads lets me, so I outta, right?
It is probably no surprise that I love this book. It is a fictio...moreIt seems weird to review my own book, but hey... Goodreads lets me, so I outta, right?
It is probably no surprise that I love this book. It is a fictionalized version of my own dogs, so it was definitely written from the heart.
It starts with Jane losing her beagle, Barnum, and I started writing it after losing my beagle, Bailey. (Hence Jane's full name: Jane Bailey.)
A lot of books hit you with that sad dead-dog stuff at the end. I've gotten it out of the way at the beginning. :) You're welcome. I think that is one thing that makes this book different. I hope readers will also like the mix of humor, heart and hopefulness.
Whenever I hear someone talk/write about their beloved furry angel, I feel a connection to that person because we both know how devastating that loss is. I hope this book will resonate with readers who have loved a furry family member. (less)
I wish I'd had this book before I published my first novel. But even now, reading it as I prepared to pub my 2nd novel, I still found tons of helpful...moreI wish I'd had this book before I published my first novel. But even now, reading it as I prepared to pub my 2nd novel, I still found tons of helpful tips. I dog-eared many a page and found myself adding to a growing "Marketing To-Do" list that I created on the final blank page of the book as I read. What I like most about this book is how practical the tips are. Some marketing books leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed with trying to wrap your head around algorithms and whatnot, but this book is full of practical advice that you can go out and do today, tomorrow, every day! Just like the title says.
The Q&A section in the back is full of helpful interviews - from authors (including an international bestseller), event planners, a book blogger, a library manager, even a photographer with tips for your author photo. Good stuff!
I would say this book is a must have if you are just starting out on your marketing journey with your first book (and listen to that advice everyone says about starting *before* the book is out - it's true!), but will also be helpful to any author who feels a bit overwhelmed by the "business side" of writing.
Note: I contributed to a few pages of the Q&A section. I receive no financial compensation for my small contribution to the book. (less)
Super entertaining. Very much a page-turner and a "can't put it down" read. Seems a lot of folks gave bad ratings for hating the ending. I thought the...moreSuper entertaining. Very much a page-turner and a "can't put it down" read. Seems a lot of folks gave bad ratings for hating the ending. I thought the ending was appropriate. But then... I'd heard so many people say before I read the book "Oh that was a good book; I hated the ending" that I had already guessed what the ending would be long before I got there.
I thought there were a few plot points that could have been explained a little better to make them a little more believable (don't want to go into too much detail and be spoiler-y). Just some spots were the bounds of believability of the lengths the character would go to were a bit stretched for me.
This is not normally a genre I read, but I had to see what all the buzz was about. A good read and on the whole I would definitely recommend this book. (less)
I was really caught off guard by this book! I read it in one day - but that's not to say it was a light, fluffy, quick read. For one thing, I read it...moreI was really caught off guard by this book! I read it in one day - but that's not to say it was a light, fluffy, quick read. For one thing, I read it while on vacation, so I had lots of time to sink into it, and it was so delightful I just didn't want to put it down until I finished. I admit... I kinda thought it was going to be sort of a typical 29-yr-old looking for love sort of book with the usual plucky main character, but I really fell in love with Libby - flaws and all. You know from early on that this girl's got issues, but the reasons why are revealed with a master hand over the course of the book. I laughed. I cried. I will definitely read more by Brea Brown! And you should too if you like a book that is fun while still having some depth! (less)
I'm not much for romance (I hate Valentine's Day, dating shows, corny pop songs, etc.), but I do like a good romantic comedy. Throw in a dog and I'm s...moreI'm not much for romance (I hate Valentine's Day, dating shows, corny pop songs, etc.), but I do like a good romantic comedy. Throw in a dog and I'm sold.
This story switches back and forth between the dog (Apollo) and the heroine's point of view. Sure, you can see where the story is going, headed for that Happy Ever After ending, but the parts with Apollo pushed this firmly into 5 stars land for me. I was amazed how quickly I fell in love with Apollo. Watson manages to get you on his side, routing for him after only about one and a half pages of his narration. I loved how Watson works so many scents into his narration (Apollo often judges people's mood by their smells) and he is just so full of love, well, you just can't help but love him back.
The HEA ending is sweet, but the last few lines, by Apollo, are truly adorable. If you like rom-coms and love dogs, I think you'll love this book!(less)