Double-click: An Online Love Story

Double Click is a sequel to Click: An Online Love Story, the modern epistolary novel that book bloggers and reviewers called hilarious, clever and full of fun.

In the first book, fast approaching her 30th birthday and finding herself not married, not dating, and without even a prospect or a house full of cats, Renee Greene reluctantly joined her best guy pal on a journey to find love online in Los Angeles. The story unfolded entirely through emails between Renee and her best friends as well as the gentlemen suitors she met online. Fraught with BCC's, FWD's and inadvertent Reply to All's, readers rooted for Renee to "click" with the right man.

Double Click, which follows the same all-email format, picks up with the same main characters six months after the original books ends. If the first book was about Renee’s search for love online, this book is about whether she and her friends have all found their “HEA” or “happily ever after.” Through a marriage proposal, wedding, new baby and unexpected love twist, Double Click allows readers to cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends.

Friends and fans can follow updates on the Click saga at this Facebook page

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Click: An Online Love Story | Double Click; the sequel

Review: Fade to Black

Fade to Black by Francis Knight, narrated by Paul Thornley 

5 stars

Imagine a combination of 1984, The Hunger Games, and a James Patterson mystery novel. That is the best way I can sum up Fade to Black. A world so intriguing, mysterious, and exciting that you want to live in it, and yet then again, maybe you don’t. A plot that never stops moving and throwing stuff at you, and with every page you become more and more wrapped up in it. Characters that you want to be, or be friends with, or take a good swing at. I am so excited about this novel, guys. I can’t recommend it enough.

First, the characters/narrator. I love Jake. I love Pacha. I love Rojan. I love them all. I love the way they talk to each other (or don’t talk to each other) and argue with each other. And the narrator, Rojan, is awesome. There are three things that makes Rojan a fantastic character, and a new favorite of mine.

First, he’s different. He’s not the “guy who wants to be a hero,” or the “I want to prove myself” or “I’m looking for my one-true-love” kind of guy. No, Rojan just wants to finish his damn job and get on with his damn life. He doesn’t want to be a hero or a villain: he just wants to get paid, go home, and find a new girl to chase. He’s the reluctant hero.

Second, the word “loyal” is not in Rojan’s repertoire. He specifically admits to enjoying the chase more than the catch, and for some reason, that’s really attractive! And of course, the girl he falls for is so perfect for him that it’s not even funny… in fact, if she’d come to terms with the idea, he might actually manage not to cheat on her. At the very end after he’s managed to kill the bad guys, save the planet, and rescue the girl, the only thing he was focused on was getting into the nurses pants.

Third, his personality is just fantastic. He’s such a pessimist, and admits to being a cynic. He makes the most absurdly snarky comments about everything, to the point that even in a tense scene there’s comic relief because he’s such a clever bastard (as a matter of fact, I think he actually calls himself that at least once).

The ending was wonderful, and left me feeling satisfied and complete, even though I can’t wait for the next book: not because it had a cliff-hanger, but because it was just so good!

Only thing I hate: It’s book 1 in a 3-book series, and the other two aren’t published… This happened to me while reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and The Better Part of Darkness. Gah! So annoying!

Content/Recommendation: Language and violence and dark humor. Mention of rape and sex. This is an adult book, maybe older teens, ages 18+. It’s totally worth the read. It’s also hilarious.

ISBN 9781478978459  (paperback: 9780356501666)| Published February 26th 2013 by Hachette Audio| Audible | Goodreads | Amazon

Review: Vogue and Butterick Step by Step Guide to Sewing Technique

Step by Step Guide to Sewing Techniques
5 Stars

This book is an absolute must-have for all seamstresses! It’s great for absolute beginners, all the way up to the experienced sewer who wants to learn little details they may have missed. It’s filled with tons of great images and diagrams, it’s organized alphabetically, and it’s easy to read and understand. Literally the only thing that could have made this better is if it were bound as a spiral bound book or a binder, so it would stay open.

This handbook covers all the different techniques, from basting to different types of machine/hand-sewing stitches, to seams, to zippers, to appliques… anything you can think of, it’s in here.

Absolutely recommend to anyone interested in garment sewing.

America’s favorite sewing guide is back and better than ever!

Long hailed as the dictionary of sewing, the Vogue/Butterick Step-by-Step Guide to Sewing Techniques has become even more exhaustive in this revised and updated edition.  Organized alphabetically, the guide is easy to navigate and features more full-color step-by-step illustrations than ever before.

Written by the editors of Vogue Knitting and Butterick Patterns, the guide has been continuously in print since its initial publication in 1989.  It became a bestselling classic and is still considered one of the finest sewing guides today.  With this newest edition comes even more expertise, making the Vogue/Butterick guide essential for any sewer – regardless of skill level!

Vogue Knitting is a highly respected quarterly publication focusing on knitting and crocheting news, tips, and tricks. Butterick Patterns is the premiere name in sewing patterns and celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.

9781936096275 | March 2013, Sixth&Spring Books | Amazon

Review: The Red Knight

The Red Knight, by Miles Cameron
4 Stars

This is another one of those books that I liked, but didn't finish for one reason or another. Right now in my life I've had to stop listening to the audiobook so many times that I don't remember names and what's going on. However I absolutely loved what I listened to. The narrator is fantastic, the description is great, and it’s full of evil creatures and exciting sword fights and magic. I recommend it to anyone who loves high fantasy, or a really good hero. Hopefully the next time I go on a long car-trip I'll be able to focus on it and make some headway on it.

Content/recommendation: language and sexual references. Ages 18+.

Twenty eight florins a month is a huge price to pay, for a man to stand between you and the Wild.
Twenty eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern's jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. But if standing and fighting is hard, leading a company of men - or worse, a company of mercenaries - against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder.
It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it.
The Red Knight has all three, he has youth on his side, and he's determined to turn a profit. So when he hires his company out to protect an Abbess and her nunnery, it's just another job. The abby is rich, the nuns are pretty and the monster preying on them is nothing he can't deal with.
Only it's not just a job. It's going to be a war. . .

ISBN 9780316212281| Published January 22nd 2013 by Orbit| Amazon | Goodreads

Tour: Naked As We Came

Today I’m hosting author Amberly Wynn for her new YA sci-fi release, Naked As We Came. I’ve started it, and it’s fantastic! Some stuff has come up though, so I haven’t been able to finish it. Keep your eyes peeled for a review later this week!

About the book

Escaping Earth was the first triumph. Surviving Nyx will be the last…

Sixteen-year-old Cassidy Tomei was one of the lucky few airlifted aboard the Wonder to the planet Nyx. This emergency exodus from Earth was meant to bring new hope for the remaining survivors of humankind, but there’s one problem. Humankind isn’t alone on this mysterious new planet.

On Nyx, Cassidy is one of many living amongst subzero temperatures and with nothing, but a meager ration of food for every household. When the rations deplete, she flees to into unfamiliar wilderness in search of food, but instead discovers debris from a foreign spacecraft that proves humankind is no longer the dominate species.

Soon, everything she knows is at stake and everyone she loves is dead. But she’s got one more battle to fight when she’s taken prisoner within Pelhoi, a concentration camp constructed specifically for humans where hominoid creatures dubbed, “the Achillai” reign supreme.

She seeks freedom, but finds romance with someone who might either save her or get her killed.

9781481275408 | Published January 21st 2013 | Amazon | Goodreads

About the Author

Born and raised as a native of the south, Amberly's spent a life with books and been writing since she could talk. This soft-spoken southern bell is always reading (or eating) something. You can find her near Elvis' hometown smackdab in the heartland of Graceland, Memphis TN.
Her favorite tales come from a plethora of the classics such as Jane Austen and some of today's modern favorites such as John Green. She's a lover of all things YA and enjoys even more putting her own spin on the genre herself.She writes for horror, suspense and sci-fi audiences of all ages and loves every second of this whimsical writer's life.



Check out the book trailer (above) and the rest of the tour:

Waiting on Wednesday: Robyn Carr Series

I found these books on facebook because I follow Kristan Higgins, who I love.

From Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Virgin River novels, comes Thunder Point-the highly anticipated new series that will make you laugh, make you sigh, and make you fall in love with a small town filled with people you'll never forget.

Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land's unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he's been left an old friend's entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community's destiny in his hands.

Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful.

With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home.

ISBN 9780778314479 | Expected publication: March 26th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA| Amazon | Goodreads | Author

Tour: Angela Scott

Check out Angela Scott’s new series, Desert Rice and Desert Flower! Also click here to see the other tour links.


Angela will award one commenter at every stop a Mobi or ePub copy of WANTED: Dead or Undead or Survivor Roundup from her backlist, and one randomly drawn commenter on the tour will receive a $15 gift card to Amazon. Leave a comment to enter!

About the Books

Desert Rice

Samantha Jean Haggert is a beautiful twelve-year-old girl—but no one knows it. All they see is an awkward boy in a baseball cap and baggy pants. Sam’s not thrilled with the idea of hiding her identity, but it’s all part of her older brother’s plan to keep Sam safe from male attention and hidden from the law. Fifteen-year-old Jacob will stop at nothing to protect his sister, including concealing the death of the one person who should have protected them in the first place—their mother.
Sam and Jacob try to outrun their past by stealing the family car and traveling from West Virginia to Arizona, but the adult world proves mighty difficult to navigate, especially for two kids on their own. Trusting adults has never been an option; no adult has ever given them a good reason. But when Sam meets “Jesus”—who smells an awful lot like a horse—in the park, life takes a different turn. He saved her once, and may be willing to save Sam and her brother again, if only they admit what took place that fateful day in West Virginia. The problem? Sam doesn’t remember, and Jacob isn’t talking.

ISBN 9781622538546 | Published June 2012| Amazon | Goodreads

Desert Flower

Bodies have a canny way of finding Samantha Jean Haggert. The first, the dead body of her mama. The second, a naked man in the middle of the Arizona desert. For Sam, dealing with one dead body in her lifetime is more than unfair. Two, is downright cruel.
Seven years after running from West Virginia, Sam's now a young woman of nineteen, trying to put the pieces of her life together with the help of her family—Jacob, Boone, and Laura. But the naked man in the desert spirals her world out of control, resurfacing past hurts, revealing old secrets, and pitting her between two men who via for her heart. Carson, her friend, her first kiss, and the one man who knows everything about her past and loves her despite it. And Turner, the stranger who knows nothing, but who excites and frustrates her all at once.
When bad choices made as a child leads to more bad choices as a young adult, Sam finds herself at a crossroads and is forced to face her demons head on if she plans to have any future at all—with Carson, with Turner, or with anyone. But fixing the wrongs of the past takes time, and learning to forgive herself is damn near impossible.

ISBN 9781622538607 | Published January 24th 2013| Amazon | Goodreads

About the Author

Angela Scott hears voices. Tiny fictional people sit on her shoulders and whisper their stories in her ear. Instead of medicating herself, she decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell her, and turn it into a book (or books since the darn voices keep coming back). She's not crazy. She's an author.

When she's not writing, she's thinking about writing and what would make a great zombie scene. So you may not want to ask her what she's thinking: it just may disturb you.

Goodreads | Website | Blog

Review and Interview: Cristelle Comby

Cristelle Comby, author of Russian Dolls, is visiting The Life and Lies today! 

Why and when did you begin writing?

As far as I can remember, I’ve always loved writing and I’ve always been good at it. Every time we had to write essays, or whatever else at school... I aced it. Fiction writing is, by far, what I like best. I love creating characters, and then seeing them evolve and interact with each other. This is truly what drives me to write.

What inspired you to write your book?

The characters, really. I’ve been wanting to writing a novel for quite some time, and before thinking of a plot, before figuring out when and where the story would take place, I created the main characters. I knew I wanted a female heroine, knew she’d have qualities and flaws, and then I created an accomplice who would stand by her side. Neve & Egan were born, and then I crafted a story around them.

Do you have any other books planned in the future?

Yes, Russian Dolls is the first installment in my detective series ‘The Neve & Egan cases’. The second installment, Ruby Heart, will be released before the end of 2013. I’m working on it right now, and it’s progressing nicely.

What are your ten most favorite things?

Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, chocolate truffle, chocolate praline, ... you get the picture.

What book are you reading right now?

Book #13 of the ‘Dresden Files’, Ghost Story, by Jim Butcher, which I’m devouring. And I’ve started Stephenie Meyer’s The Host, which I’m, so far, finding agonizingly slow.

Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.

I’ve studied stage-acting for seven years, when I was younger.

Thanks for stopping by, Criselle! Chocolate is my favorite food group as well (although I’m allergic to it), and don’t worry, you aren’t the only one who had that reaction to Meyer… don’t get me started.



A great start to the series, Russian Dolls kickstarts with a profound and confusing death, two unlikely and exciting characters, and a wonderfully woven story. From the first page I was entranced by the story-telling and description. A fast and engaging read. I’m excited to see what else Comby comes up with in the future!


About the Book

Alexandra Neve is a student at University College London whose world suddenly falls apart. When her best friend jumps from the university’s rooftop, she can’t stop herself from asking, ‘Why?’ The police rule her friend’s death a suicide and for them the case is closed — so whom can she turn to for help?

Sometimes the person you need the most is the one you least expect to find, and in this case it’s none other than Ashford Egan, a blind middle-aged history professor, who’s more willing than most to listen to what she has to say.

Neve and Egan are as different as they come. She’s restless, careless at times, and fearless when the need arises, while he’s almost the complete opposite: a deep thinker with an analytical mind, a highly rational and collected individual.

As they enter the violent world of the Russian mafia, they must overcome their differences and learn to work together. It’s their only chance if they want to survive.

ISBN 9781482030396 | March 8th 2013 by Createspace | Amazon | Goodreads


Consider this a teaser for tomorrow’s book tour…

Life, death. Two concepts, two words.

You don’t think about them unless you’re forced to. You take the first for granted and try to forget the

You get on with your life, worry about meaningless things and you simply stop thinking about death,
even though you see it every day on the telly, in the papers you read.

So long as it’s happening to others, you continue to go on with this comforting lie that says it’s never going
to happen to you. The Reaper won’t come anywhere near you — until the day he does.

It could be a car crash, it could be a stroke. Or it could be your best friend jumping from the rooftop of
the university you both attend. And suddenly you remember that death is very real and there’s no way of
knowing who is going to be called next. You’re forced to face the frailty of life and accept your own

My best friend recently passed away and I almost died twice myself in the past couple of weeks. My
name is Alexandra Neve. I’m a student who used to live in a reassuring bubble. It burst, and now I finally see
the world for what it truly is.

Waiting on Wednesday (on thursday)

Hey. Computer problems. Gimme a break. :D

Mila 2.0

Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.
Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.
Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.
Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity-style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel.

ISBN 9780062090362 | Pub March 12th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books | Amazon | Goodreads

Promo: Russian Dolls

Russian Dolls
By Cristelle Comby
New Adult - Mystery&Detective
Date Published:3/13/2013

Alexandra Neve is a student at University College London whose world suddenly falls apart. When her best friend jumps from the university’s rooftop, she can’t stop herself from asking, ‘Why?’ The police rule her friend’s death a suicide and for them the case is closed — so whom can she turn to for help?
Sometimes the person you need the most is the one you least expect to find, and in this case it’s none other than Ashford Egan, a blind middle-aged history professor, who’s more willing than most to listen to what she has to say. 
Neve and Egan are as different as they come. She’s restless, careless at times, and fearless when the need arises, while he’s almost the complete opposite: a deep thinker with an analytical mind, a highly rational and collected individual.
As they enter the violent world of the Russian mafia, they must overcome their differences and learn to work together. It’s their only chance if they want to survive.


I don’t find much more information on Anthony Anderson and eventually stop researching for lack of interesting leads. I spend Monday morning tailing him, instead. I leave the flat at the crack of dawn in my mother’s old blue Fiat Punto and drive all the way up to the Andersons’, my camera on the passenger seat.
I park a little farther up the road, turn off the engine and check the camera. Mr Anderson’s dark Mercedes passes me, at six thirty. I snap two pictures, before turning on the ignition and following him at a reasonable distance.
He goes straight to work and disappears in an underground car park that requires an ID card.
I open the car door and move to the boot. I reach down for one of my short winter duffle jackets and a black cap. I shrug both on and then grab a small parcel, before closing the boot and walking to the Credit Suisse building.
I force myself to walk in as casually as I can, and approach the reception with a look I hope is confident.
‘Morning,’ I say to the young man at the desk. ‘Urgent delivery for Anthony Anderson.’
The young lad narrows his eyes on the parcel and then looks me up and down. I square my jaw. Time to see whether my plan’s going to work.
I pinned a badge on my chest. I made it up on my laptop, with a fake logistic company name and logo, and my name and picture. The cap on my head bears the same logo. It’s actually one of my old white caps that I craftily hand-painted last night.
‘Sure,’ the man says with an easy smile. ‘Leave it here; I’ll see that it’s delivered with the morning mail.’
‘Sorry, but it’s hand delivery only.’ I shrug apologetically.
‘Fine.’ The man motions to one of the men minding the elevator. ‘He’ll escort you.’
That’s not what I had planned. I smile nonetheless and follow the bulky man through the lobby.
The elevator doors close after us and I stand immobile in a corner. Porca vacca, Lexa! Why didn’t you think it through? I’ve been too hasty again. How could I think that they would just let me wander the hallways on my own? My cover will be blown if Anderson catches sight of me, and there I am, being escorted straight to him. Way to go, Lexa!
My escort takes me to an office and we stop in front of a secretary.
‘Parcel for Mr Anderson,’ I tell her, fighting hard to prevent my voice from quivering.
He has to be here, just behind the large wooden doors that bear his name. She’s going to call him and he’ll come right out and see me and then it’ll be goodnight Vienna!

Cristelle Comby

Author Bio:

Cristelle Comby was born and raised in the French-speaking area of Switzerland, somewhere between Geneva and Lausanne, where she still resides.Thanks to her insatiable thirst for American and British action films and television dramas, her English is fluent.She attributes to her origins her ever-peaceful nature and her undying love for chocolate. She has a passion for art, which also includes an interest in drawing and acting.Russian Dolls is her first new-adult novel, and she’s hard at work on the next titles in the series.

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Review: Gun Machine

Gun Machine, by Warren Ellis

Genre: Crime Thriller
ISBN 9780316187404
Published January 3rd 2013 by Mulholland Books
Rating: 5
Goodreads | Amazon | Audible | Website

I'm going to try to review this book, but it's unlikely that I will be able to give it as much credit as I believe is due. Gun Machine is probably the best crime thriller novel I've read all year. And I've read some awesome books.

With the first few words of Gun Machine, I was hooked. All the way through the whole book, I couldn't get enough of it: The clever dialogue, the awesome characters, the nerve-wracking plot, the twists and the turns... I was really upset when it was over. I wanted about a thousand more chapters with Bat and Scarley and John Tallow. But the end was fitting and I loved it.

If you like adventure, crime thriller, excitement, or just a really awesome story, you need to pick up Gun Machine immediately.

Content: Violence and language. Ages 18+

Audio: The reader for this audio book, Reg E. Cathey, was amazing: He had the deepest voice I think I've ever heard, and it was perfect for the book. Not only that, he was a good reader. I'm adding him to my list of favorite readers.

Summary: (from goodreads)

Warren Ellis reimagines New York City as a puzzle with the most dangerous pieces of all: GUNS.
After a shootout claims the life of his partner in a condemned tenement building on Pearl Street, Detective John Tallow unwittingly stumbles across an apartment stacked high with guns. When examined, each weapon leads to a different, previously unsolved murder. Someone has been killing people for twenty years or more and storing the weapons together for some inexplicable purpose.

Confronted with the sudden emergence of hundreds of unsolved homicides, Tallow soon discovers that he's walked into a veritable deal with the devil. An unholy bargain that has made possible the rise of some of Manhattan's most prominent captains of industry. A hunter who performs his deadly acts as a sacrifice to the old gods of Manhattan, who may, quite simply, be the most prolific murderer in New York City's history.

Warren Ellis's body of work has been championed by Wired for its "merciless action" and "incorruptible bravery," and steadily amassed legions of diehard fans. His newest novel builds on his accomplishments like never before, announcing Ellis as one of today's most daring thriller writers. This is twenty-first century suspense writ large. This is GUN MACHINE

Review: What In God's Name

What in God's Name by Simon Rich
Genre: Fiction/Humor
ISBN: 9780316133739
Published August 7th 2012 by Reagan Arthur Books
Rating: 4
Goodreads | Amazon | Author

What in God's Name is a hilarious novel about the would-be-destruction of the earth. God is tired of running Heaven Inc, and wants to open a restaurant, figure out his Rubrics Cube, and play golf instead. The rest of the angels are just as tired as he is. All except two: Craig and Eliza, who actually enjoy working in the Miracles Department. When they find out God is going to destroy the earth, they make a bet: They'll answer one of the "impossible" prayers that God has ignored over the past few months, and if they can do it, God will not destroy the world.

Eliza and Craig have no idea what they've gotten themselves into: Their job is to get two of the most socially awkward humans to kiss... since apparently they already like each other, neither of them is willing to make a move. On top of it all, Craig is pretty sure he's crushing on Eliza

I tore through this whole book in a matter of hours--though it felt like minutes. It's hilarious. I got it back in August and I don't remember why I put off reading it for so long... because it's awesome! The characters are adorable (or in the case of the cantankerous archangel Vince, annoying). The writing is witty and easy to read. I loved every second of it.

With that in mind, I'm a hard person to offend. People who are easily offended by their faith/religion being mocked should not read this book... God is portrayed like a Frat boy, and he lets people into heaven only if they can skip a rock twelve times. Suffice to say it's not exactly orthodox.

But if you're in the mood for a fast, funny, slightly intense read (it gets tense there near the end!)  this is for you!

Content: Some language. Ages 17+

Interview and Tour: S.C. Langgle, Alice in Everville

Today (Well, okay, it was supposed to be yesterday) I have SC Langgle, author of Alice in Everville, visiting The Life and Lies! Check out her book below, and don't forget to enter the giveaway!


What inspired you to write your book?
I actually dreamed the entire first scene of Alice in Everville, almost exactly as it appears in the final book.  I think when you have a dream that vivid and remember it that clearly, your subconscious is trying to tell you something, so I decided to go with it!

How did you come up with the title?
My novel includes many plays on words and references to other works of literature, so the title is a reference to the novel Alice in Wonderland.  I liked the title because Alice’s world is a somewhat strange, exaggerated, topsy-turvy version of our own, and her journey through it is a little bit like Alice’s through Wonderland.  My Alice’s last name, Little, is also a play on words: the original Alice in Wonderland grew out of a series of stories the author, Lewis Carroll, told to a young girl named Alice Liddell.

Do you have any other books planned in the future?
My next release with Pendrell Publishing, Light Sister, Dark Sister, is a novel in verse about teenage twin sisters with opposing personalities.  I’m very excited to see it in print!

What are your favorite (and least favorite) foods?
I have a major sweet tooth, and a particular love for pumpkin pie.  I really dislike mayonnaise, mustard, horseradish, and blue cheese!

Do you have a specific snack that you have with you when you write?
I really like to snack when I’m writing, so I make a huge bowl of air-popped popcorn every night while I work, since it takes a long time to eat!  And, of course, I’ve got to have my chocolate!

What book are you reading right now?
Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz

Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.
I was a very clumsy and accident-prone child, and I actually broke my arm five times between the ages of three and eight!

About the Book

A poem can seem like a labyrinth, a maze of words you can lose yourself in.  The key is to find a thread to hold on to, to guide you in your reading, to lead you into and out of a labyrinth of words… 

AliceLittle thinks she’s read every word the world-famous poet Sylvie Plate published before her untimely death…until she discovers a coded message hidden in Sylvie’s final collection of poems--a message that may explain the poet’s mysterious demise.  

All she has to do is decipher the code and she knows she can convince her beloved English teacher, Miss A, that Sylvie’s message is real. Unfortunately, she only has one manic day at Everville Mall to do it. And between keeping track of her fountain-splashing, havoc-wreaking sister, finding a new copy of Sylvie’s poems, and…oh yeah…dealing with the blue-eyed, guitar-playing, majorly swoon-worthy Jaden Briar, who keeps popping up everywhere she goes, Alice wonders if she will ever finish deciphering in time

March 12, 2013
S.C. Langgle


About author S.C. Langgle

S.C. Langgle is a lifelong lover of words and stories who has never outgrown her preference for children’s and young adult literature. A graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California, S.C. is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She currently lives in Hollywood, California, only a block from Marilyn Monroe’s handprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, though she spends more time at home with her computer than mingling with celebrities. Luckily, she has her two adorable dogs—a Chihuahua, Chin-Mae, and a maltipoo, Sasha—to keep her company, and she’d choose them over a gaggle of Hollywood stars any day.

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Blog Tour Stops
February 27 – Jennifer @ My Life With Books www.jenkjovus.com
February 28 – Misty @ The Book Rat  www.thebookrat.com
March 1 – Jessica @ www.booksatruestory.com
March 4 – Kathy @ I Am A Reader Not A Writer www.iamareader.com
March 5 - Penelope @ The Reading Fever www.thereadingfever.com
March 6  - Jamie @ Writers, Write, Right? www.jmanni32.blogspot.com
March 7 – Alexis @ The Book Hideaway www.thereadinghideaway.com
March 8 – Haley @  Life and Lies www.haleymathiot.blogspot.com
March 11 – Michelle @ Book Briefs www.bookbriefs.blogspot.com
March 12 – Author post @ http://www.sclanggle.blogspot.com


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Exploring Etsy: Dance edition!

You know I’m a dancer, right? And you know I have a ballet shop on etsy, right? No? well, here you go.

Here are awesome ballet things that I love.

Contrast, Nicole by Isamaa Wear


Ballerina pendant by Not So Dotty *guys, this is totally on my wishlist.* 


Leotard by Bina Samet

Merope by Keith Link


Burgundy and Lace leo by Lone Reed Designs


Contrast leo by Isamma Wear


Ballerina Drawstring Pouch by URSA


various tutus (pictures linked) by Sisters of the Moon


Or if you want the real deal:

White swan tutu by The Dancer’s Choice


Attitude pendant by Follow the Rainbow


Photograph “Balance…” by Silas Stubbs Photography

*I swear if I had a studio to decorate, this would be in there…*


Grey skirt by AM Designs


Wine ballet skirt by Grand Jete


Ballet skirts (pics linked) by Janet’s Store


Giselle mini-tutu from Miss Haley’s Ballet Boutique

Waiting on Wednesday

This sounds both Awesome and Hilarious…

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.
But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses.
Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?
Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.

ISBN: 9781423139935 | Expected publication: March 12th 2013 by Disney Hyperion | Amazon | Goodreads

Guest Post: Skyla Madi

Today I have Skyla Madi, author of Your Guardian Angel, visiting The Life and Lies, and she’s going to share a special post with us today!

Starting Out As A Writer – 5 Things You Should Know:

  1. Take your time and don’t rush your writing. You’ll regret it later.
  2. Expect rejections and don’t let them get to you. Rejections from publishers can be a little depressing, but they are also a critical part of the writing process—nothing motivates me more than someone that tells me NO.
  3. Research publishing companies carefully. Make sure you’re getting the best deal for your book.
  4. Don’t let bad reviews get to you. Before my first book was published I’d have all kinds of horrible dreams about bad reviews and I’d freak out and email my publisher (who was very supportive). At the end of the day, bad reviews don’t matter. Not everyone is going to like it and that’s okay. Once you get one or two bad reviews it gets easier to brush off.
  5. If writing is something you love to do, don’t let it turn into something that stresses you out. Take breaks when you need to or do something else for a little while and come back to it later.

Thanks Skyla! Check out the book and the rest of the tour stops below!


About the Book

For Ruby Moore life is far more complicated than that of your average teen, for she is in no way average. Ruby is a vampire and her life as a vampire is far from traditional.

It has been one year since her normal life was brutally taken from her. Still adjusting to the shock of the change from mortal to immortal, her world is rocked again and she is taken under the wings of a guardian angel back to Sage Sanctum- a school beyond reach from the vampires that are determined to destroy her.

There, she is freed from her vampiric chains and her normal needs and urges return. However a new urge arises… Lust. A forbidden lust toward her savior, her guardian angel.

Attempting to control these desires is difficult, very difficult and when things couldn't possibly get any worse, her situation becomes life or death as someone, somewhere in the school is aiding those who want her dead.

Genre: YA | ISBN: 9780615745374 | Published December 18, 2012 | Amazon | Goodreads

About the Author

Skyla Madi was born in the small town of Port Maquarie, New South Wales in 1993. She spent half her life growing up in Wauchope, a thriving rural town at the heart of the Hastings River Valley before making the leap to the busy city of Brisbane.

Whenever she isn't changing diapers, watching cartoons, cooking for her husband or doing other motherly-wife things, she is actively working on her writing and improving her writing skills.


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