Excerpt: Cupcake Explosion by Bethany Lopez


What it’s about:

For the first time in a long time, life is good. I’ve got a smokin’ hot motorcycle man as my fiancé, the best friends a woman could have, a couple of great kids, and things have been relatively quiet on the PI front.

You know what that means… the other shoe was bound to drop sooner or later…

Just when I was ready to settle down and plan the coolest wedding Greenswood has ever seen, the shit hit the fan, and hit it hard.

My friends are fighting, Cade’s been out of town doing God knows what for the club, and my sweet little twins are turning into hair-pulling pre-teens with more drama than my old daytime soaps.

I feel like I’m being pulled in a million directions, and I’ve been going so crazy that Elin’s swear jar is near to overflowing. I’ve been eating cupcakes like a woman possessed, and if I’m not careful, there’s going to be a Cupcake Explosion… in my pants.


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I shut the door and prayed there was no evidence of my investigation as I followed her into my living room.

“Carmens here?”she asked, looking at the two wine glasses, cheese board, and our discarded electronics.

Carmen was still in the kitchen. I could hear the strain of her voice, but luckily couldnt make out the words.

 Hopefully, Bea didnt have supersonic hearing.

 “Yeah, we were just hanging out. And, dont beat yourself up, I was busy most of the day with the Wilkes.”

“Oh, right, the future in-laws are here. I cant wait to meet them,”Bea said with a grin.

My friends had all loved hearing about our escapades with Cades parents in Hawaii. How his mom always seemed to know when we were about to have sex, the time we accidentally skinny dipped together, and when Elin found Cades moms vibrator.

Good times.

“Im sure youll all love each other,”I said wryly, then asked, “Want a glass?”Pointing at the wine.

“Sure,”she said, as Carmen came back into the room talking.

“Hes on his way and happy to help,”Carmen said, then stopped in her tracks when she saw Bea.

 “Whos on the way?”Bea asked curiously.

 “Bran,”I replied, then tried to keep the conversation going by sing-saying, “Her boyfriend.”

“Oh, stop, hes not my boyfriend,”Carmen argued, playing along.

 “Oh, I didnt know youd given him a second chance, thats great, Carmen. Im happy it worked out this time,”Bea said.

 I hurried to grab her a glass and came back as Carmen said, “Its still pretty new. I dont want to jinx anything.”

 “I cant wait to finally see you guys together, you know, since you made it official. Did you say hes coming over now?”I asked.

Carmen nodded.

“Can you ask him to pick up some McDonalds? Im suddenly jonesinfor a quarter pounder with cheese, no onions.”

 “Oh, yeah sure, Im hungry, too. You want anything, Bea?”

 “Im good,”she said, then looked pointedly at the cheese board.

 “What? I stress eat, you know that.”



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About the author: Award-Winning Author Bethany Lopez began self-publishing in June 2011. She’s a lover of all things romance: books, movies, music, and life, and she incorporates that into the books she writes. When she isn’t reading or writing, she loves spending time with her husband and children, traveling whenever possible. Some of her favorite things are: Kristen Ashley Books, coffee in the morning, and In N Out burgers.

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Excerpt: Beneath Your Beautiful by Emery Rose

What it’s about:

All I wanted was a fresh start in a new city … and a bartending job. I never intended to fall for the sexy, tattooed bar owner.
Emotionally unavailable. 
Killian Vincent is a challenge I can’t seem to walk away from.

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Review: The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go by Amy E. Reichert

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆


What it’s about:

Three generations. Seven days. One big secret. The author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake unfolds a mother-daughter story told by three women whose time to reckon with a life-altering secret is running out.

Gina Zoberski wants to make it through one day without her fastidious mother, Lorraine, cataloguing all her faults, and her sullen teenage daughter, May, snubbing her. Too bad there’s no chance of that. Her relentlessly sunny disposition annoys them both, no matter how hard she tries. Instead, Gina finds order and comfort in obsessive list-making and her work at Grilled G’s, the gourmet grilled cheese food truck built by her late husband.

But when Lorraine suffers a sudden stroke, Gina stumbles upon a family secret Lorraine’s kept hidden for forty years. In the face of her mother’s failing health and her daughter’s rebellion, this optimist might find that piecing together the truth is the push she needs to let go.

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My Thoughts:

Gina is the optimist in Amy E. Reichert’s The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go.  She maintains her optimism even though she has lost the love of her life, her mother is unapproachable, and her daughter treats her with nothing but disdain.  She finds solace in her food truck business.  The business was the brainchild of her late husband, who creatively named Gina’s grilled cheese restaurant on wheels, Grilled G’s!

I was really disheartened by the relationship between Gina and her daughter. May, is sullen over the loss of her father, but instead of turning toward her mother for support, she shuns her.  In fact, she is nothing but rude and disrespectful to her mother throughout much of the book.  Families falling apart after loss are hard books to read.

When Gina’s mother, Lorraine, suffers a major stroke, her long-kept secrets are spilled.  The trifecta of medical issues, skeletons in the closet, and badly behaved teenagers, begin the unraveling of life as they know it.  However, that might not be a bad thing.  This dysfunctional family, made up of individually strong women, needs to be shaken up so that they are forced to regroup and begin again.

Ms. Reichert has written a complex family drama with fragile yet rich relationships.  The similarity of Gina and Lorraine’s history juxtaposed to how they responded is a historically interesting social statement.  The different choices made by Gina and her sister, Vicky, as well as their parent’s responses to those choices, create further strain on the family dynamics.  The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go features food and culture from the state of Wisconsin as well as some seriously lovable lead female characters.

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